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Joseph Harry Bava Sr., 86, a resident of Hendricks, died Sunday night, Aug. 16, 1998, at Davis Memorial Hospital. He had been in declining health for the past year and death was attributed to respiratory failure.
He was born April 26, 1912, in Coketon, a son of the late Pete and Lectie Lipscomb Bava.
His first wife, Alvena Pregley, preceded him in death. On Nov. 7, 1948, at Red House, Md., he was married to the former Norma Eleene Bohon, who survives.
Also surviving are five sons, Joseph H. Bava Jr., St. George, John D. Bava, James B. Bava, Pete M. Bava and David A. Bava, all of Hendricks; five daughters, Dorothy Oberding and Joann Jarosiewicz, both of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mrs. Randall (Dianna) L. Phillips, Hendricks, Mrs. Denver (Connie) S. Rosier, Elkins, and Mrs. Patrick (Louanna) G. Carr, Parsons; two sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Caroline) Williams, Eleanor, and Mrs. Bill (Mildred) Bennett, Parsons, and 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Tony and Daniel Bava; one sister, Sarah Bava and one grandson, Ray Greenlee.
Mr. Bava attended school at Pierce. He was a railroader and had worked in the coal mines for 44 years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the S.M.P.J. Lodge.
He was the oldest member of the Parsons Church of God and attended the Pentecostal Church at Rosendorf.
PARKERSBURG -- Robert D. Brake, 40, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, in Parkersburg, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Clarksburg, a son of Barbara G. Brake, Parkersburg, and the late Norman L. Brake.
Surviving are one sister, Patty Barker and her husband, Randy, Kanawha; two nieces, Kimberly Bean and her husband, Tommy, Parkersburg, and Ashley Barker, Kanawha; and his grandmother, Alma Johnson, Charleston.
Mr. Brake was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, and graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1976. He then attended and received his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and then received a master's degree in sociology from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
He was employed by the State of Florida as a statistician.
ELKINS -- Irene Elizabeth Bucklew, 87, a resident of Mabie, died at 7:47 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, in Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Mabie, a daughter of the late Hanning ''Foggy'' Rowan and Georgianna Hanifan Rowan.
On Dec. 29, 1945, she was married to Leslie C. Bucklew, who preceded her in death on March 29, 1986.
Surviving are one daughter, Anna Nunn, Mabie, and one grandson, Dan Nunn, Lexington, Ky.
Mrs. Bucklew was a graduate of Elkins High School with the Class of 1928 and Davis & Elkins College with the Class of 1933. She was employed as a school teacher in the Coalton area for 30 years prior to her retirment.
She was a member of Philippi Chapter No. 41, Order of the Eastern Star, Lady Templar of Pilgrim Commandery No. 21, Coalton, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5583 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a charter member of Phi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority for Women Educators.
Mrs. Bucklew was a member of the Randolph County Senior Center, Randolph County Association of Retired School Employees, the Randolph County Retired Teachers Association and the Rowan Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a life member of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees.
SHINNSTON -- Sharon S. Martin, 40, of Clarksburg, died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 6, 1957, in Clarksburg, a daughter of Okey Thomas, Clarksburg, and the late Doris Jean Riley Thomas.
Surviving are two sons, Shawn Andrew and James Joshua Martin and one daughter, Heather Michelle Martin, all of Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Anastasia, Brett, Dustin, Michael Patrick and Shayla Martin; four brothers, Roger and Robert Martin, both of Fairmont, Jeffrey Martin, Clarksburg, and David Martin, Enterprise; four sisters, Darlene Butler, Clarksburg, Wanda Joyce Shanks, Newark, Ohio, Carol Jean Hall, Fairmont, and Karen Cappeillo, Shinnston; the father of her children, Joseph M. Butler Sr., Clarksburg; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Ms. Martin was employed at Salem Americare Nursing Facility as a certified nurse's assistant. She was Baptist.
Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. today and after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
BUCKHANNON -- Rubert Dayton Mealey, 68, of Route 1, Walkersville, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
He was born May 7, 1930, in Crawford, a son of the late William Ray Mealey and Choral Vada Casto Mealey.
Surviving are one son, Larry Dayton Bailey, Ireland; four brothers, Darley Galord Mealey, Frenchton, William Denver Mealey, Elyria, Ohio, Junior Lane Mealey, Crawford, and Charles Richard Mealey, Buckhannon; eight sisters, Eva Ellen Chidester, Rock Cave, Gertrude Emogene Kincaid, Elyria, Rhoda Magdalone Holloway, Flint, Mich., Floda Oleta Crower, Florida, Susie Etta Woodcock, St. Louis, Mo., Carol Jean Lee, French Creek, Jo Ann Whetsell, Manassas Park, Va., and Ruby Marie Woodyard, Buckhannon, and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Mealey and Dallas Ray Mealey.
Mr. Mealey was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663, Buckhannon, and a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was a timberman.
FAIRMONT -- Shari O'Dell Roberts Muriale, 35, of Fairmont, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born Jan. 20, 1963, in New Martinsville, a daughter of William O. and Mable Kimball Roberts, Alma.
Her husband, Rocco F. Muriale, survives.
Also surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, William Scott and Tracy M. Roberts, Alma; one sister and brother-in-law, Lisa K. and Daniel L. Hadley, Alma; her paternal grandmother, Gladys Kimball, Alma; her mother-in-law, Violet Isabella Muriale, Clarksburg; one brother-in-law, Richard Muriale, Bridgeport; nieces and nephews, Rachael Marie Roberts, Daniel Scott Hadley, Timothy Scott Roberts and Baylee Elizabeth Roberts.
She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Emory Kimball; paternal grandparents, Sam and Dorothy Roberts and her father-in-law, Frank Russell Muriale.
Mrs. Muriale was the Corporate Banquet and Catering director for Muriale's Restaurant of Fairmont and Morgantown since 1985 and was employed by Muriale's since 1981.
She was a 1981 graduate of Tyler County High School and a graduate of Fairmont State College with a degree in food and beverage management. She was Baptist.