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WESTON -- Margaret Elizabeth Bailey Covey, 85, of 463 Center Ave., died at midnight Saturday, Aug. 21, 1998, in Crestview Nursing Home, Jane Lew, following an extended illness.
She was born March 21, 1913, in Weston, a daughter of the late James Herbert Bailey and Myra Florinda Grace Farnsworth Bailey.
On March 2, 1935, she married Thomas H. Covey, who survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas H. Covey Jr. and Hope, Morgantown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Myra Jo White and her husband, Thomas, Fort Ashby, and Sharon Lindsey and her husband, Billy, Parkersburg; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Russell B. Bailey and three sisters, Lottie Todd, Ethyle Jarvis and Hallie Clarice Bailey.
Mrs. Covey was a homemaker, a physical education teacher at Sophia and Woodrow Wilson high schools for several years and a substitute teacher for several years in Lewis County.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the West Virginia University Emeritus Club and a more than 50-year member of Weston Chapter 40, Order of Eastern Star, where she was past worthy matron.
Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. today at Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Kent Lowther officiating. Interment will follow in Weston Masonic Cemetery. An Eastern Star service will be held by Weston Chapter No. 40, OES, at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Virginia University Foundation, the General Scholarship Fund, at 1-800-847-3856.
William McKinley Frazier, 92, of Mount Clare, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in United Hospital Center following an extended illness.
<ll7,11>He was born Jan. 23, 1906, in Lewis County, a son of the late James William Frazier and Ida Gibson Frazier.
His wife of 69 years, Lessie Gay Stutler Frazier, preceded him in death on June 17, 1997.
Surviving are three sons, James W. and wife, Ina Frazier and Martin Frazier, both of Mount Clare, and Francis E. and wife, Willa Jean Frazier, Stonewood; one daughter-in-law, Bernadine Frazier; 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by three brothers, Wilmer, Gibson and David Frazier and three sisters, Alice Lough, Virginia Lough and Maxine Lough.
Mr. Frazier attended the Mount Clare Methodist Church. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America District 31.
Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at McGlumphy Funeral Home, 260 E. Main St. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Benjamin Samms officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
GRAFTON -- Leland Alva "Junie" Lawler, 55, of Peterson Avenue, Sauk Village, Ill., and Lizemoores, Clay County, died Friday, Aug. 21, 1998, as a result of an automobile accident in Bridgeport.
He was born Feb. 5, 1943, in Taylor County, a son of the late Alva Leland Lawler and Eva Pauline McDaniel Lawler.
Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Bo (Loretta Lou) Martin, Grafton; one brother, Wayne ''Bud'' Lawler and wife, Grace, Plainfield, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lawler was a retired management foreman with Electro-Motive Co. in Illinois, with over 33 years of service. He was a 1961 graduate of Plainfield High School. He was an avid outdoor sportsman and was Protestant.
GRAFTON -- Eva Pauline McDaniel Lawler, 83, of West Main Street, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at Grafton City Hospital.
She was born April 20, 1915, in Taylor County, a daughter of the late Walter and Ethel Brown McDaniel.
Her husband, Alva Leland Lawler, preceded her in death on April 7, 1994.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Bo (Loretta Lou) Martin, Grafton; one son, Wayne ''Bud'' Lawler and wife, Grace, Plainfield, Ill.; several grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Virginia McFadden, Grafton, and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Leland Alva "Junie" Lawler; 11 brothers and sisters, Ernest, Lloyd, Harold, Brady, Paul and Ralph McDaniel, Myrtle McCracken, Edith Sayres, Opal Knotts, Anna L. Weaver and Marguerite McCracken.
Mrs. Lawler was retired from Kerr Glass Co. in Plainfield, where she resided for over 30 years before returning to Grafton 10 years ago. She was a member of Fetterman United Methodist Church.
Gertie H. Lewis, 89, of 306 Ohio Ave., Nutter Fort, died at 2:34 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
She was born on Hackers Creek, Upshur County, Aug. 8, 1909, a daughter of the late Horace H. Mohler and Mary E. Lewis Mohler.
Her husband, Raymond D. Lewis, whom she married April 16, 1926, preceded her in death on July 5, 1976.
Surviving are nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Laura Mohler, Blanche Nestor, Eugenia Mohler, Icie V. White and Carnie M. Sandy.
Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker and had worked with her husband on their farm in Johnstown.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St. in Clakrsburg, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. D.D. Meighen will officiate. Interment will follow in the Johnstown Cemetery.
SALEM -- Robert Paul McDonald, 84, of Valley Street, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at United Hospital Center following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 19, 1913, in Salem, a son of the late Theodore and Essie Mae Hansford McDonald.
His wife, Pauline E. Haskins McDonald, whom he married June 16, 1930, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ancel (Jeanette) Curry, Fairfax, Va.; one sister, Wilma Richards, Akron, Ohio; five grandchildren, Janet Sperry, Diane Sperry, Cheryl Currey Ohashi, Aaron S. Curry and Bryan S. Curry, and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Dorothy Sperry and one brother, Hedrick McDonald.
Mr. McDonald was a member of Salem Baptist Church. During his adult life, he had been employed at Timken Roller Bearings, Akron, Ohio, was a water well driller in the Salem area, a taxi operator in Salem, and in later years was custodian for Central Junior High School.
During the early 1970s, Mr. McDonald served the City of Salem as street and water commissioner and two terms as mayor.
Friends will be received from noon-9 p.m. today at Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Roger Fontaine and the Rev. Ray French officiating. Interment will follow in Salem I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery.
BUCKHANNON -- Ruth M. Moore, 70, of P.O. Box 212, Adrian, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998.
She was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Steubenville, Ohio, a daughter of the late Robert Wiley and Mary Janus Wiley.
Her husband, Carey Moore, whom she married in 1949, preceded her in death in 1995.
Surviving are five daughters, Joyce Ann Sines and Carol J. Anderson, both of Adrian, Mary Susan Hamner, Gaines, Judy D. Hamner and June P. Moore, both of Buckhannon; three sons, Robert L. Moore and David W. Moore, both of Adrian, and Timothy L. Moore, Buckhannon; six grandchildren, and one brother, Robert Wiley, Mingo, Ohio.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sherry Lynn Moore; two sisters, Alberta Wiley and Carrie Wiley and one brother, Jimmy Wiley.
Mrs. Moore was a homemaker.
BRIDGEPORT -- Janet M. Pepper, 80, of 607 Lawman Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, at Heritage Convalescent Home.
She was born Aug. 23, 1918, in Warren, Ohio, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Hyman and Rossi Fowler Hyman.
Her husband, Denver Hugh Pepper, preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1986.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Annette) Johnson, Waverly, Ohio; two sons, Larry Alan Pepper, Bridgeport, and Randall Craig Pepper, Kennapolis, N.C.; four grandchildren, Jason Pepper, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lori Spurling, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jerry Pepper Jr., Bridgeport, and John Johnson, Parkersburg, and two great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Fowler and Frank Fowler and two sisters, Mrs. K.A. (Martha) Stasel and Mrs. Charles (Virginia) Yaukers.
Mrs. Pepper was a member of Bridgeport United Methodist Church and Rachel Chapter No. 47, Order of Eastern Star. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the Class of 1937.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Allen Funeral Home, Bridgeport. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Dale C. Waters officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
FAIRMONT -- Rev. Charles W. Roderick, 69, of Fairmont, Bentons Ferry community, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, at his home.
He was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Fairmont, a son of the late Naaman and Goldie Pearl Little Roderick.
His wife of 50 years, Anna Gower Roderick, whom he married Oct. 11, 1947, survives.
Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda L. and Richard ''Snuffy'' Smith and Michelle A. Roderick, all of Benton's Ferry; one brother, Raymond E. Roderick, Boothsville; three sisters, Virginia Wolfe, Grant Town, Elouise Costello, Florida, and Lettie Lee Toothman, Bentons Ferry, and two grandchildren, Jamie and Jeremy Smith.
Rev. Roderick was a 40-year member of the Sarrietta Kingdom Heirs Baptist Church and served as pastor of the church for several years. He had also worked at Sharon Steel for over 20 years, retiring in 1979 from the saturation department when the plant closed. Prior to that he had worked at the Kingmont Mine.
He was a member of A.F.&A.M. Acasia Lodge No. 157, Fairmont, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He raised and trained Beagle dogs for hunting and was a member of the Mountaineer Beagle Club.
PINE GROVE -- Rupert E. Shreve, 81, of Smithfield, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.
He was born Jan. 8, 1917, in Wetzel County, a son of the late Robert Lee and Ethel D. Hart Shreve.
His wife, Amanda A. Horner Shreve, preceded him in death on May 10, 1993.
Surviving are one son, Robert Shreve, Pine Grove; two daughters, Karen Shreve and Peggy Highley, both of New Martinsville; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Geneva) Rentschler, Oakland, Md., and Mrs. William (Madeline) Carlin, Smithfield; six grandchildren, Arron Dulaney and Thomas Dulaney Jr., both of Wheeling, Carmen Tustin, New Martinsville, and Cortnie Shreve, Brandon Shreve and Cassie Shreve, all of Pine Grove.
Mr. Shreve was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Smithfield, the American Legion Post 138 in Smithfield, where he was post adjustant and was a past member of the Shortline Emergency Squad for several years.
He attended West Liberty College, graduated from Salem College with an A.B. degree and graduated from West Virginia University in 1974 with his master's degree. He retired from the Wetzel County Board of Education with 45 years of service and had also taught school in Alaska and Ohio.
Mr. Shreve was a former owner and operator of Yellow Cab Company in Anchorage, Alaska, and also sold World Book Encyclopedia for several years in West Virginia and Alaska. He served as Justice of the Peace and Constable for Grant District in Wetzel County.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a farmer.
WESTON -- Goldia Radcliffe Simmons, 85, of 1211 12th St., formerly of Ritchie County, died at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at Crestview Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.
She was born Sept. 24, 1912, in Ritchie County, the only daughter of the late Stark Radcliffe and Ethel Spiker Radcliffe.
Her husband of 47 years, Ralph C. Simmons, whom she married June 1, 1951, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Ginger S. Bailey; one son-in-law, Fred A. Bailey; three grandchildren, Tabitha Bailey, Washington, D.C., Travis Bailey and Tori Beth Bailey, both of Weston; several nieces and nephews; two nieces, Betty Carpenter and Donna Sams and two nephews, Dale (June) Radcliffe and Willy ''Bill'' Radcliffe, whom she helped raise after the death of her brother's wife.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by three brothers, Guy, Dale and Clyde Radcliffe.
Mrs. Simmons was known by many in Lewis County after working for many years in the retail business as a clerk at the Style Shop, Fountain Cut Rate, Rite Aid and later G.C. Murphy Co.
She was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, Slaughter Bible Class, Broad Street United Methodist Women Organization and the Gee Lick Homemakers Extension Club.
Friends will be received from 4-9 p.m. today at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
SHINNSTON -- Cacie Swiger, 87, of Bennetts Run, Lumberport, died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1911, in Doddridge County, a son of the late Archie Clinton and Olive Lucretia Vincent Swiger.
His wife, Hazel Loraine Swiger, preceded him in death on May 9, 1994.
Surviving are two sons, Melvin Edgar Swiger, Columbus, Ohio, and David Lee Swiger, Lumberport; two daughters, Donna Faron, Bennetts Run, and Mrs. Kenneth (Glenna) Swiger, Morgantown; one brother, Gairy Richard Swiger, Wallace; five sisters, Mildred Alferd, San Jose, Calif., Lavera "Kitty" Miller and Loraine Barnhart, both of Chester, Dorothy Fowler, Rinehart, and Mrs. William (Wilma) Sandy, Lumberport; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Swiger was a retired coal miner with 39 years service, having last worked in the Laura Lee Mines, and later worked nine years at the St. Mary's Hospital in Clarksburg in the boiler room.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1501 in Shinnston and an active, lifetime member of the Tenmile Baptist Church in Dola.
Friends will be received after 2 p.m. today at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tenmile Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Hutson and Rev. Robert Perine officiating. Mr. Swiger will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Lions Cemetery, Wallace.