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Obituaries for Friday, September 11, 1998

Arthur L. Bosley

BELINGTON -- Arthur Lee Bosley, 91, of Route 2, Marysville Road, died at 3:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, in Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

He was born March 24, 1907, in Elk Garden, Mineral County, a son of the late W.W. and Delilah Belle Bean Bosely.

His wife, the former Lois Naomi Butler, preceded him in death on June 17, 1980.

Surviving are four daughters, Linda Everson, Warren, Ohio, Edna Lorane Brown, Cortland, Ohio, Sandra Plunkett, Tamarac, Fla., and Sherril Shaffer, Kittanning, Pa.; two sons, Joseph Bosely and Tim Bosely, both of Belington; one sister, Irene Cain, Johnston, Ohio, and 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Ora Mae Poling, Beryl Chastine, Bertha Bosely and Cora Marteny; two brothers, Ralph Paul Bosely and Alva Floyd ''Slim'' Bosely, and one grandchild, Patrick Lewis Everson.

Mr. Bosley was a retired coal miner, had worked for Armour Foods and Masketeers Inc., the West Virginia Department of Highways and in construction and the timber industry. He was a former auctioneer.

He was a member of the Joseph Chapel United Methodist Church, attended the Belington Church of Nazarene and was a former 4-H Leader. He was an avid gardener.

Anna B. Boyles

PHILIPPI -- Anna B. Boyles, 97, of Route 1, Moatsville, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 22, 1901, in Philippi, a daughter of the late John R. and Eliza Ocie Phillips Strawderman.

Her husband, William Arthur Boyles, preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1942.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Daniel H. (Rose A.) Frey, Moatsville, Mrs. Ronald (Thelma B.) Griffith, Jamestown, Pa., Mrs. Robert (Louise) Harris, Belington, Mrs. Leonard (Mary Ethel) Shaffer and Mrs. Edward (Frankie Mae) Skidmore, both of Philippi; one son, Clyde Leonard Boyles, Long Beach, N.C., and 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Clifford Guy Strawderman.

Mrs. Boyles was a homemaker and a former teacher in the Locust Grove School. She attended the Souls Harbor Tabernacle. She was a member of the A.A.R.P. and the West Virginia Golden Mountaineer Club.

John M. Cleavenger

FAIRMONT -- John Mason Cleavenger, 51, of 273 Middletown Road, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at his home.

He was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Clarksburg, a son of Charles L. Cleavenger and Helen Mason Cleavenger, Fairmont.

Also surviving are one daughter, JoniSue Mignon Cleavenger and her mother, Sue Carolyn Swihart Cleavenger, both of Fairmont; one brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Mary Ann Cleavenger, Mt. Vernon, Ill.; two aunts, Ruth Mason Terry, Willis Wharf, Va., and Mary C. Stephens, Clarksburg; and three nieces, Mrs. Mark (Jaci Jo) Dalton, Fairmont, Brandi Cleavenger and Ann Marie Cleavenger, both of Mt. Vernon.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Carolyn Ann Cleavenger and one aunt, Juanita Cleavenger.

Mr. Cleavenger was chief operating officer of Webnic Construction Services, Inc. of Fairmont, a firm incorporated by his father over 25 years ago. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Webster Springs and a graduate of Webster County High School.

He attended Potomac State, Salem College and Fairmont State College. He was formerly employed by Monongahela Power Co. for 10 years. He was a member of the Fairmont Lodge No. 294, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Green Hills Country Club and was a life master of the American Contract Bridge League.

He was an avid sportsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and also helped support West Virginia University Athletics for many years.

Harley I. Fleming

SUTTON -- Harley I. Fleming, 84, of Burnsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 14, 1913, in Braxton County, a son of the late Perry Isaac and Lillie B. Garrett Fleming.

His wife, Reva Gay Allen Fleming, survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Hubert Harrison Fleming, Buckhannon, and three sisters, Jessie Hickman and Betty Brown, both of Heaters, and Marjorie Gregory, Massillon, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Janet Pritt.

Mr. Fleming was a retired farmer and attended the Little Kanawha Independent Church, Burnsville.

Paul R. Florence Sr.

WEST UNION -- Paul R. Florence Sr., 82, of Route 1, West Union, Summers community, died at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at Sunrise Nursing Center, Salem, following a brief illness.

He was born May 7, 1916, in Washington, Pa., a son of the late George A. and Fannie Martin Florence.

His wife, Gertrude E. Florence, whom he married in September of 1958, preceded him in death on June 28, 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Mae Meade, West Union, Summers community, and Jane Smith, Benton, Ark.; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son, Paul R. Florence Jr.; one brother, George Florence and two sisters, Hazel Bickerton and Louise Vaughn.

Mr. Florence had retired in the early 1980s with over 40 years of service as a carpenter in Maryland. He was Protestant.

Stephen A. Mann

Stephen A. Mann, 24, of Philippi Pike, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, in Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 1, 1974, in Parkersburg, a son of Raymond Snodgrass and the late Lucille Virginia Wilson Mann.

His wife, Trena May Hawkins Mann, whom he married Dec. 10, 1994, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Stephen James Mann and one daughter, Rebekah Virginia Mann, both at home; one sister, Cheryl D. Marlette Day, Clarksburg; one brother, Virgil Barrett Mann, West Milford, and his paternal grandparents, L.A. and Martha Mann, West Milford.

He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Roscoe and Virginia Wilson.

Mr. Mann was a certified apprentice electrician and was employed by Man Power.

Friends will be received from 4-9 p.m. today at Davis Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Blare officiating. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

William R. Queen

BUCKHANNON -- William Ray Queen, 69, of Route 5, Buckhannon, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at home.

He was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Upshur County, a son of the late Jack King Queen and Ethel Mervie Roy Queen.

His former wife, Norma Lee Summerville Queen, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Serena Grace Queen, Colorado, and Charlene Ray Tenney, Route 2, Buckhannon; three sons, Stephen Ray Queen, Texas, Joseph Roger Queen, Utah, and Monty Jack Queen, Buckhannon; seven grandchildren, and his stepmother, Dessie Queen, Ellamore.

Mr. Queen was a member of the United Mine Workers and attended Mt. Union Church. He was a retired coal miner.

Void L. Reed

GRAFTON -- Void Leonard Reed, 74, of Plymouth Drive, Delaware, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at Harbor House in Lewes, Dela.

He was born March 4, 1924, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Owen and Grace Jack Reed.

His wife, Helen J. Weaver Reed, preceded him in death in 1982.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Lee Robinson, Lewes; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Verlin Reed, Newport News, Va.; three sisters, Lillian Dennison, Weston, Tressie Smith, St. Albans, and Ressie Morrison, Suffolk, Va.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Caynor.

Mr. Reed formerly worked in the Naval Ship Yard in Newport News. He retired in 1994 as a pipe welder for Texaco (previously Star Enterprise & Getty Oil) in Delaware City.

He was a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 74 and was an avid horseman. Each year, he rode his horse (with the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union) in the Labor Day parade in Wilmington, Dela.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, the funeral hour, at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton. The Rev. Dr. Grant Nelson will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodsdale Memorial Park.

Laura E. Nutter

PENNSBORO -- Laura E. Nutter, 104, of 407 Wood St., West Union, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at Care Haven of Belmont, Pleasants County.

She was born Dec. 9, 1893, on Cabin Run, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Billy and Lucy Leeson Squires.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Nutter and by her second husband, Eli Marshall Nutter.

Surviving are one son, Joe Nutter, Salem; three stepdaughters, Susie Hickman, Baltimore, Md., Virginia Haynes, West Union, and Alpha Bond, Lake Horn, Miss., and 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, William Porter Nutter and E. Marshall Nutter; two daughters, Oleta Nutter and Marshalene Nutter; one stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Willis; two brothers, Harry and Frank Squires; four sisters, Gensia Thomas, Juna Broadwater, Gussie Leggett and Genevary Gribble and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Nutter was a homemaker and a former schoolteacher at Cabin Run. She was a member of the Oxford Farm Women's Club, the Oxford Grange and a charter member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens. She was a former Doddridge County Belle and was elected to the first Silver Haired Legislature from Doddridge County.

She was a former Sunday school superintendent and a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church at Oxford, in addition to being an avid quilter and gardener.