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Obituaries for Wednesday, September 9, 1998

Robert E. Byrnes

GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- Robert E. Byrnes, 87, a longtime resident of Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998, following an extended illness.

His wife, Marie, preceded him in death in 1992.

Surviving are two sons, Robert, Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Terry, Mishawaka, Ind., and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Byrnes, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., moved to Clarksburg in 1940, where he was employed by Hope Gas Co., retiring in 1976 to Delray Beach, Fla. He and Mrs. Byrnes were active members of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Clarksburg.

Clarence H. Carpenter

SALEM -- Clarence Herbert Carpenter, 92, of Marietta, Ohio, formerly of Center Point, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, in Marietta following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 1, 1906, in Salem, a son of the late Karl and Emma Payne Carpenter.

His wife, Geraldine Hathaway Carpenter, preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 1997.

Surviving are two sons, James Carpenter, Gulf Port, Miss., and Andrew Carpenter, La Plata, Md.; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Braddock, Ft. Thomas, Ky., Mrs. Lon (Frances) Tackett, Morgantown, and Mrs. Gary (Martha) Reynolds, Williamstown; two brothers, Elmer Carpenter, Everett, Pa., and W.G. "Mike" Carpenter, Tampa, Fla., and 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Jo Carpenter and one brother, Harold Payne Carpenter.

At the time of his death, Mr. Carpenter was a member of Shirley United Methodist Church and a former charter member of the Hughesville Baptist Church, Hughesville, Md. He was a member of Jackson Lodge, AF&AM of Good Hope, the Valley Grange, Tyler County, and the Doddridge County Farm Bureau.

He was involved in public education, serving as a secondary school teacher, first with the Unidis High School, West Milford. He was affiliated with the Soil Conservation and Veterans Farm Training in Doddridge County. He later taught agriculture in the public schools in La Plata.

Mr. Carpenter was well known for his registered Red Angus cattle and was a member of the Mason-Dixon Red Angus Association. He was a graduate of the Salem Academy and earned a bachelor's degree both from Salem College and West Virginia University. He was also a holder of a master's degree in Animal Husbandry (Agriculture).

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Paul Flanigan officiating. Interment will follow in Salem I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery.

Tiny Cartwright

MANNINGTON -- Tiny Cartwright, 84, of Piney Flats, Tenn., died Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, 1998, at Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tenn.

She was born Feb. 24, 1914, in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Harry C. and Helen Potter Fitzhugh.

Her husband, Paul Lowell Cartwright, preceded her in death in 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Eleanora Cropp, Piney Flats; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Irene Pickett; two brothers, Jack Fitzhugh, Worthington, and Ted Fitzhugh, Farmington, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Mrs. Cartwright retired from the Cannery Department at Krouse Food Co. She moved from Marion County to Tennessee in 1991 and was United Methodist.

Edwin R. Davis Sr.

STRASBURG, Va. -- Edwin Roscoe Davis Sr., 78, of 736 Capon St., died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, Va.

He was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Brown, a son of the late Leslie and Lucindia Davis.

His wife, Edith "Betty" Stutler Davis, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Janet L. Rinker, Edinburg, Va.; one son, Edwin R. Davis Jr., Riverton, Va.; four brothers, Thomas Davis, Dallas, Texas, Andy Davis, Paynesville, Ohio, Francis Davis, Wallace, and Duane Davis, Salem; two sisters, Carolyn Cooper, Salem, and Margarie Cullum, Melbourne, Fla., and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Davis was a member of Strasburg Christian Church, the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Shenandoah Valley Chapter, Harrisonburg, and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 9, Stonewall Jackson, Winchester.

He had received a Purple Heart, four battle stars, marksmanship, National Defense, Good Conduct, Grenade, the Prisoner of War medals and a Bronze Star.

Mr. Davis was retired from Avtex Fibers, Inc., Front Royal, after 36 years of service and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was a former prisoner of war having been captured during the Battle of the Bulge.

Charles D. O'Neil

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Charles D. O'Neil, 80, of Lawrence, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 18, 1918, in Clarksburg.

His wife, Agnes O'Neil, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Belcher and Janet Mihalchik, both of Lawrence; one son, Ron O'Neil, Wrentham, Mass.; one brother, William O'Neil, Clarksburg, and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lula B. Powell

MADISON, Ohio -- Lula Belle Powell, 89, of Thompson, a resident there after moving from Anmoore, W.Va., in 1987, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Inn Madison, Madison.

She was born June 9, 1909, in Folsom, a daughter of Cora D. Swiger and William W. Hayhurst.

Her husband, Earl J. Powell, preceded her in death in 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Jones, West Virginia, and Patricia (Arty) Swiger, Thompson; four sons, Gary (Sherrie) Powell, Concord Township, Roger (Barbie) Powell, Montville, and William (Becky) Powell, West Virginia, and Jack (Francis) Powell, Alabama; 34 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter; two sons, Francis and Terry; one granddaughter; one sister, Effie, and three brothers, Loman, Harold and Francis.

Mrs. Powell was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church.

Fermen E. Rhoades

GLENVILLE -- Fermen E. Rhoades, 85, of Glenville, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 14, 1913, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Jackson and Rhoda Miller Rhoades.

His wife, Eva M. Sims Rhoades, whom he married Jan. 2, 1932, preceded him in death on April 18, 1991.

Surviving are three sons, Fermen Lee Rhoades, Glenville, Robert Ray Rhoades, Bridgeport, and Billy Dean Rhoades, Holly Springs, N.C., and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.

Mr. Rhoades attended Sand Fork High School and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a retired owner of Little Kanawha Coal Co. and a former owner of Glenville Ford<fn115>/<fn7>Mercury.

He was a World War II Army veteran, having served in both the European and Pacific Theaters.

Lorraine K. Rutherford

HARRISVILLE -- Lorraine Kincaid Rutherford, 71, formerly of Harrisville, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at Sunrise Health Care Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Hazelgreen, a daughter of the late E. Clark and Dona Stansberry Kincaid.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Lou Bush, Worthington, Ohio, Charlene Stephens, Williamstown, and Kelly Harless, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Everett C. Kincaid Jr., Smithville, and Robert Kincaid, Harrisville; three sisters, Ardea Kafcas, Michigan, Mary Newbrough, Harrisville, and Arlena Miller, Pennsboro; seven grandchildren, Tracey Settipani and Julie Garner, both of Worthington, Charles Stephens IV, Joseph Rutherford Stephens and Christopher B. Stephens, all of Williamstown, and Stefanie Harless and Ryan Charles Harless, both of Charlotte, N.C.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Rev. Floral Kincaid and three sisters, Myrtle Wright, Frankie Wright and an infant.

William A. Stout

William A. Stout, 81, formerly of Elm Street, Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, in United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 14, 1916, in Nutter Fort, a son of the late F. and Josephine Basile Stout.

His wife, Eleanor V. Trader, preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 1993.

Surviving are one brother, Richard Stout, S. Daytona, Fla.; two sisters, Hazel Bowen, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Helen Thompson, Clifton, Va.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Bill A. Stout.

Mr. Stout was a retired sales representative with Palace Furniture. He was a member of Clarksburg Lodge 52, Loyal Order of Moose and Clarksburg Lodge 482, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

A service of remembrance will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

Mary E. Whitehair

PENNSBORO -- Mary E. Whitehair, 91, of Route 1, New Milton, Lick Run community, Doddridge County, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, on Lick Run.

She was born July 3, 1907, in Newburg, Preston County, a daughter of the late George W. and Tacy Belle Poling Boylan.

Her husband, William Darrell Whitehair, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Robert "Bob" Whitehair, Pennsboro; three grandchildren, Lilly Whitehair, Parkersburg, Mavis "Aggie" Moore, Lick Run community, Doddridge County, and Robert D. Whitehair, Kutztown, Pa., and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Meredith, Cyrl, George, Frank and Earl Boylan; two sisters, the Rev. Gertrude Messenger and Dorothy Watkins and six infant siblings.

Mrs. Whitehair worked taking care of elderly people in their own homes. She was a member of the former Rebekah Lodge of Pennsboro, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Finch, and had attended the Trinity United Methodist Church, Pennsboro.