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Obituaries for Friday, September 4, 1998

June B. Morris

GRANTSVILLE -- June B. Morris, 78, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born June 26, 1920, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Alva H. and M. Chloe Burke.

Her husband, Donald W. Morris, whom she married in 1945, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Donna) Maxwell, Clarksburg, and Mrs. Ronald (Jane) Carpenter, one son, Richard J. Morris, both of Grantsville; one brother, Opha M. Burke, Weston, and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Morris was a graduate of Jane Lew High School and a former Brownie and Cub Scout Leader as well as a 4-H Leader. She was a member of the Calhoun General Hospital Auxiliary and the Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants.

For several years she worked with her husband in Morris Oil and Gas Company and the family farms.

Erma R. Reed

GLENVILLE -- Erma Ruth Reed, 89, of Glenville, died at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 20, 1908, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Lewis C. and Alice Floyd Beall.

Her husband, Camden Reed, whom she married Oct. 20, 1927, preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1968.

Surviving are two sons, David L. Reed, Baltimore, Md., and George G. Reed, Glenville; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Vines, Holdenville, Okla., and Onidee Nutter, Glenville, and eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one brother, Hyre Beall.

Mrs. Reed was a homemaker and a member of Little Kanawha Independent Church.

Adorah P. Riffle

Adorah Purkey Riffle, 70, of Route 1, Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, at United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Daniel Fred Purkey and Edith Catherine Hoskinson Jenkins.

Her husband, John S. Riffle, whom she married July 8, 1947, preceded her in death on June 9, 1990.

Surviving are three sons, Edward L. Riffle, North Central, Calif., Darrell S. "DougĻ Riffle and his wife, Carolyn, Wana, and Stanley N. Riffle, Chantilly, Va.; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Doreen) Sandy, Bridgeport; seven grandchildren, Steven Douglas Riffle, John Tobias Riffle, Mary Angela Riffle, Jeffrey David Ammons, Amy Lee Sandy, Amanda Marie Riffle and Melissa Dawn Riffle; one brother, Rolland F. Purkey, Detroit, Mich.; three half sisters, Margaret McCauley, Bridgeport, Shirley Bosley, Ohio, and Patricia Williams, Philippi; two half brothers, Jimmy Purkey, Virginia, and Bud Hudkins, West Virginia.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas G. Purkey.

Mrs. Riffle was a member of the Lost Creek Church of God.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg Chapel, 443 W. Pike Street. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Randall C. Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Franklin J. Strader

BUCKHANNON -- Franklin J. Strader, 64, of Route 2, Bailey Ridge Road, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, at his home.

He was born May 26, 1934, in Upshur County, a son of the late Huston "Perry" Strader and Alta B. Lantz Strader.

His wife, Loretta Todd Strader, whom he married May 27, 1955, survives.

Also surviving are eight sisters, Jane Crawford, Morgantown, Alice Cole, Pittsburgh, Pa., Ruth Stiles, Bruceton Mills, Judy Bryant, Clendenin, Carolyn Watson, Deland, Fla., Jean Zickefoose, Buckhannon, Vickie Poe, Bristol, and Kay Evans, Finleyville, Pa.; four brothers, William Strader, Morgantown, Walter Strader, Buckhannon, Robert Strader, Nutter Fort, and Thomas W. Strader, Pennsville, N.J.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Ester Southard, and two brothers, Eddie and Daniel Strader.

Mr. Strader was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Boilermaker Union Local Number 13 in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a retired welder for the Boilermaker Union and a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korea Conflict. He was Methodist.