George Duncan, of Buckeye, died September 16, 1998, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be on Friday.
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Wilmurth Hanna, of Summersville, formerly of Marlinton, died September 16, 1998.
Funeral service will be on Saturday in Marlinton.
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Alice McQuain Gillispie Blush, 64, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died September 7, 1998, at home.
She was the daughter of Clifford and Rosa Gillispie, of Arbovale.
Survivors include two sons, two daughters, three sisters, three brothers, and six grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral service was held on September 14.
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Lillian Bessling Harvey
Lillian Preston Bessling Harvey was born December 1, 1907, in Baltimore, Maryland, and died September 10, 1998, in Pocahontas Continuous Care Center, Marlinton, after a long illness.
Mrs. Harvey was the daughter of the late John G. and Louvernia Lightner Bessling, of Marlinton. She was the widow of D. C. (Curly) Harvey, a barber in Marlinton and Hillsboro. Also preceding her in death were a brother, John H. Bessling, and a sister, Katherine Bessling Moore (Mrs. Ralph).
She was a member of the Marlinton United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star Chapter #97. She was a former member and Sunday school teacher at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church at Hillsboro, where she lived for many years.
Her only survivors are cousins.
An Eastern Star service was held Saturday evening.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Dennis Mehaffie. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Angus Price Irvine
Angus Price Irvine, age 83, of Marlinton, died September 9, 1998, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, after a long illness.
Born August 4, 1915, in Marlinton, he was the son of the late Levi and Eula Miller Irvine.
He was a coal miner and a member of the Charity Baptist Church. He was also a member of Marlinton Lodge #127 AF&AM, Marlinton Chapter #97 Order of Eastern Star, American Legion Post #50 Marlinton, American Association for Retired Persons National. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Irvine was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Merl, Ralph, Verlin, and Clarence Irvine; and one sister, Margaret (Maggie) Beverage.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel Virginia Beverage Kramer Irvine; two brothers, Ray Irvine, of Marlinton, and Donald Irvine, of Joppa, Maryland; four sisters, Leona Dilley and Gladys Friel, of Marlinton, Veda Johnson, of Stony Bottom, Dorothy Dempsey, of Huntington, and a half-sister, Lisa Fishburn, of Indianapolis, Indiana; one son, Fane Robert Irvine, Sr., of Marlinton; four daughters, Linda Sue Kesterson, of Charleston, Ardell Audrey Lovelace, of Marlinton, Sandra Lou Dilley, of Buckeye, and Connie Jean Rose, of Cusseta, Georgia; five step-children, Thelma Jean Hansford, of Hot Springs, Virginia, William Lee Kramer, Jr., of Roanoke, Virginia, Eugene Ray Kramer, of Marlinton, Gary Lynn Kramer, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Terry Wayne Kramer, of Arlington, Virginia; ten grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
OES ceremony was held Friday night.
Funeral services were held Saturday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Jarrell and Pastor Jerry Moore. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery with Masonic rites.
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Lester C. Swecker
Lester C. Swecker, age 58 years, of Mingo, died Friday, September 11, 1998, in Greene County, Pennsylvania. He had been in his usual health and his death was unexpected.
Born April 7, 1940, in Elkins, he was a son of the late Thad and Laura Sharp Swecker, of Dry Branch area, Pocahontas County.
He was married to the former Barbara Lee Henline, who survives at Valley Head.
Mr. Swecker attended the schools of Pocahontas County and was employed as a mechanic and electrician in the coal industry for the past 37 years. He was employed by consolidated coal company at the Blacksville No. 2 Mine at Wana at the time of his death. He was a member of U.M.W.A. Local 1702, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a Presbyterian by faith.
Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins by the Rev. Bill Sparks. Burial was at the Beale Cemetery near Mingo.
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Oneida M. Oliver Collins
Oneida Motsie Oliver Collins, age 96, of Marlinton, died September 9, 1998, at Pocahontas Continuous Care Center in Marlinton, after a long illness.
Mrs. Collins was born April 10, 1902, at Dunmore, to the late Peter Preston and Lilly Jane Nottingham Oliver.
Mrs. Collins was of the Methodist faith, and was a retired custodian with the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Vere Collins, a son, Robert Blair Oliver, and three brothers, Robert Keith Oliver, Albert Neal Oliver, and Percy Oliver.
She is survived by one sister, Inez Horner, of Marlinton, one grandson, one great-granddaughter and three great-great-grandchildren.
Service was held Saturday, at 2 p.m., at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, by Rev. David Fuller. Burial was in Arbovale Cemetery.
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James W. Self
James W. Self, Jr., age 72, of Greensboro, North Carolina, died September 9, 1998, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Self was a member of the Sumner Baptist Church, the Greensboro Moose Lodge #685, the American Legion Post #53, and Bussin' Buddies Senior Citizens Club at his church. He was retired from D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, and worked with the Greensboro Auto Auction. He was also a Navy Veteran of WWII.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Walter and Anna Deputy Self, brothers, Charles, Howard, and Harold Self, and a step-son, Perry Allen Andrews.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia McCaskill Andrews Self, of Greensboro; step-daughter, Carol Wooten, of Burlington, North Carolina; and step-son, Victor Andrews, of Gibsonville; 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral service was Friday, at 2 p.m., at the Sumner Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bussin' Buddies Senior Citizens Club, c/o Sumner Baptist Church, Old Randleman Rd., Greensboro, North Carolina 27406.
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Nora Faris LaPlace, age 111, of Lakewood Manor, Richmond, Virginia, died Sunday, September 6, 1998.
She was born December 14, 1886, in Batesville, Virginia. She entered the Richmond Baptist Home in 1962, and then transferred to Lakewood Manor when it opened.
She is survived by a sister, Vinnie Smith, of Marlinton, two grandsons and one great-grandson, all of Richmond, Virginia, several nieces and nephews, including Frances McKenney, of Marlinton.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, in Oakwood Cemetery. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Manor.
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Ruth L. Marshall
Ruth L. Marshall, age 83, of Mingo, and recently of Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, died Sunday, September 13, 1998, in Davis Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Marshall was born April 21, 1915, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Ira H. Wilmoth and Mattie Mae Miller Wilmoth.
On October 19, 1932, she married Frank P. Marshall, who preceded her in death in 1989.
Mrs. Marshall was a homemaker and worked for many years for the Memorial General Hospital in Elkins. She was a member of the Mingo Presbyterian Church, Daughters of American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonists, West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs, Valley Head Library Association and the Presbyterian Women's Associations. She was active in the Randolph County Democratic Party, served on various Mountain State Forest Festival Committees and was a 4-H leader.
Surviving are two sons, Adam J. Marshall, of Venice, Florida, and Mingo, and Herbert P. Marshall, of Huntington; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn Lee Marshall in 1935; a brother, Donald Wilmoth; two sisters, Ruby Dorsey and Dorothea Diggle.
At the request of the deceased her remains were cremated and will be interred at Mingo Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mingo Cemetery Fund, in care of Josephine Sharp, Valley Head, WV 26294 or Mingo Presbyterian Church, in care of Rosemary Swecker, Valley Head, WV 26294.