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Obituaries for Monday, August 17, 1998

Freda M. Carson

WESTON -- Freda M. Carson, 85, of Weston, died Friday, Aug. 14, 1998, in Broaddus Long Term Care, Philippi, following an extended illness.

She was born July 5, 1913, in Weston, a daughter of the late Robert Martin and Maude D. Shifflett Carson.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Russell "buck" Probst, Weston, Joyce and Raymond Smith, Grafton, Ohio, and Betty and Glenn Sypolt, Sandusky, Ohio; two sons, John R. Carson and Charles R. and wife, Betty Carson, all of Weston; 12 grandchildren, one stepgranddaughter, 20 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Lenora Kelley; three brothers, Arlie L. ÒBillĘ Carson, Roy L. Carson and Paul E. Carson.

Aside from house cleaning for many families in Weston, she was a devoted mother and grandmother, and a member of the Clark Chapel United Methodist Church in Deanville.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. today at the Floyd Funeral Home chapel in Weston with the Rev. Phillip Houghton officiating. Interment followed in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.


Oris D. Ford

WEST UNION -- Oris Dean Ford, 63, of Route 2, West Union, died at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, at United Hospital Center.

He was born Aug. 27, 1943, in Big Flint, Doddridge County, a son of the late Clifford R. and Audra Benedum Ford.

His wife, Patty Fay Wright Ford, whom he married Jan. 13, 1955, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Kimberly Ann and her husband, Jeffery Powell, Big Flint, and Cynthia Jewell Ford and her husband, Randall Lynn Bonnell, West Union; one son, Stephen L. and his wife, Cynthia Brigitte Ford, Lakewood, N.Y.; three sisters, Audra Cliftine Flanigan, Grove City, Ohio, Rena Jane Dennison and Deloris Jane Gaskins, both of Newberry Spring, Calif.; three brothers, Clifford R. Ford Jr., Wolf Summit, Jimmie E. Ford, Buckeye Lake, Ohio, and Orva Franklin Ford, Salem; six grandchildren, Joshua David, Angela Dawn and Michelle Nichole Powell, all of Big Flint, Stephen Arthur Ford, Lakewood, Ray Dean and Lindsey Bonnell, both of West Union.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Irma Mae Haskins and Anne Belle Lee Clevenger, and one brother, Donald Eugene Ford.

Mr. Ford worked at Anchor Hocking. He was a member of A.F.G.W.U. Glass Workers and the American Riffle Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. the funeral hour on Tuesday at Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, with the Rev. Ashby Titus officiating. Interment will follow in the Freeman Cemetery in West Union.

Dale E. Hall

BUCKHANNON -- Dale E. Hall, 84, of HC 31, Box 198, died at 5:54 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, at Davis Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 27, 1914, in Hall, a son of the late Clayton T. Hall and Nannie Ruth Murphy Hall.

His wife, Beryl Curkendall Hall, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Barbara and her husband, Paul Hodyas, Uniontown, Pa.; one son, Larry W. and wife, Nancy Hall, Bridgeport; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Opal Jackson, Hall, Eunice McGee and Anita Newcomb, both of Buckhannon; one brother, Owen Hall, Omaha, Neb., and one daughter-in-law, Linda Hall, Pylesville, Md.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Jerry C. Hall.

Mr. Hall was a well tender at C&A Gas Co., retiring on March 1, 1979 after 44 years of service. He was a life long member of Bethany Baptist Church, where he currently served as a deacon, teacher and Sunday superintendant for many years.

Rosa T. Karickhoff

ELKINS -- Rosa Thomasa "Macie" Karickhoff, 83, a former resident of Keyser and Philippi, a resident of Elkins for the past 10 years, and most recently a resident of Colonial Place, Elkins, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, at Colonial Place.

She was born June 27, 1915, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late O.A. and Grace Chrislip Queen.

During 1934 in Randolph County, she was married to retired State Police Captain Robert R. ÒBobÓ Karickhoff, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Mary Karickhoff, Fairmont; three daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Kenneth Smith, Glenville, Gingy and Tom Westfall, St. Louis, Mo., and Sue and David Core, Elkins; one brother, Teal Queen, and one sister, Deeds White, both of Buckhannon; seven grandchildren, Barbara Tackett, Diana Butcher, Bruce Smith, Sean and Kathleen Westfall and David and Krista Karickhoff, and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Kenneth, Taft and Clay Queen and two sisters, Catherine Queen and Becky Murphy.

Mrs. Karickhoff was a graduate of Upshur County High School with the class of 1934. She was a member of the Philippi Chapter No. 41, Order of the Eastern Star, the Shook's Run Farm Women's Club and was Episcopal.

Elbert B. Wagner

FAIRMONT -- Elbert B. Wagner, 77, of Deerfield Drive, died Sunday morning, Aug. 16, 1998, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Belington, a son of the late Early and Ruth Phillips Wagner.

His wife, Carrie L. Stout Wagner, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, ÒAlÓ Elbert Jr. and Judy Wagner, Fairmont; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Ron West, Cranberry Township, Pa., Robin and Tom Stanek, Crown Point, Ind., and Lisa and Marc Auber, Morgantown; two sisters, Helen Garrett, Gaithersburg, Md., and Clarice Radabaugh, Richmond, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian West, Denise and Travis Wagner, Christopher, Michael and Rebecca Stanek, Carrie and Robert Butterworth and Jason Auber, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, James Gray Wagner.

Mr. Wagner was a member of Clarksburg Baptist Church and Simpson Baptist Church, where he had been active with the Sunday school class. He retired from Hope Natural Gas, CNG of Clarksburg in 1986 after 30 years of service.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, with three years of service. He was a graduate of Flemington High School in 1939 and West Virginia University with a bachelorÕs degree in agriculture. He taught for two years at Jane Lew High School.

Mr. Wagner had earlier conducted street cars for the city transit of Washington, D.C. He was a member of AF&AM, Yates Lodge 163, Flemington, a 50 year member, having served as past master, the Scottish Rite Bodies, Clarksburg and was a 14th degree mason.

Geneva B. Zirkle

PHILIPPI -- Geneva B. McCauley Zirkle, 86, a resident of Route 4, Buckhannon, Audra Park community, died at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, in Holbrook Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 2, 1912, in Talbott community, a daughter of the late Waitman D. and Mary Oldaker McCauley.

Her husband, Opha O. Zirkle, whom she married March 2, 1931, preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1989.

Surviving are five daughters, Vivian Arbogast and Carol Criss, both of Buckhannon, Betty Elwood, Lorain, Ohio, Sylvia K. Thorne, Volga, and Opal Skidmore, Elkins; four sons, Ivan Zirkle, Avon, Ohio, Howard Wayne Zirkle, Elyria, Ohio, Donald L. Zirkle, Vermillion, Ohio, and Burl Roger Zirkle, Buckhannon; one sister, Virginia, Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Jerl McCauley, Midway Road, Philippi, and 37 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, one great-grandson, two granddaughters and three brothers.

Mrs. Zirkle was a homemaker and attended the Bethel United Methodist Church.