Floyd L. Cassell and Lavenia P. Cassell
Floyd L. Cassell, 70, and Lavenia P. Cassell, 75, of Cass, died when their home was destroyed by fire on September 18, 1998.
Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at press time.
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Florence Price McNeel
Florence Randolph Price McNeel, age 89, of Marlinton, died Saturday morning, September 19, 1998, at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. McNeel was a graduate of Flora Macdonald College in North Carolina and taught Latin at Richwood and Marlinton High Schools until after her marriage in 1935 when she moved to Charleston. She was later a social worker with the Crippled Children's Division of the Health Department.
While in Charleston she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and had the nursery department for thirty years. She returned to Marlinton on her retirement.
Mrs. McNeel was a member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church, sang in the choir, and was active in a circle and Sunday school. She was a member of the Marlinton Woman's Club and served on the board of the Pocahontas County Historical Society.
The daughter of the late Calvin W. and Mabel Milligan Price, she was born in Marlinton January 6, 1909.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Isaac McNeel; her parents; a brother, Calvin Thomas Price; and two sisters, Betsy Price Green and Ann Price Hubard.
Mrs. McNeel is survived by two sons, William Price McNeel, of Marlinton, and John Randolph McNeel, of Palo Alto, California; a sister, Jane Price Sharp, of Marlinton; two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p. m. at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Randy Benson. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Hillsboro.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Marlinton Presbyterian Church, Pocahontas County Historical Society, or the History Room of the new McClintic Library.
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George W. Duncan
George W. Duncan, age 73, of Buckeye, died September 16, 1998, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital from complications of Sarcoidosis.
Born December 3, 1924, in Buckeye, he was the son of the late Austin Harlow and Agnes Pearl Luzier Duncan.
He was a farmer, formerly a clerk in the A&P and FasChek stores, a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Swago United Methodist Church.
George served 26 months in Pacific Area World War II on the USS Hunt (DD674), USS Dobbin (A03), USS Norman Scott (DD690), receiving Asiatic-Pacific Area (5 stars), American Area (1 star), Philippines Liberation (2 stars), and Victory Medal World War II (1 star).
Surviving him is his wife, Jane Kershner Duncan. They were married March 25, 1950. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.
His late brothers were Glenn and Paul Duncan.
Funeral services were held Friday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jay Hicks. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Donations can be made to Swago United Methodist Church and Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
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Pearl Barlow Smith
Pearl Barlow Smith, age 96, of Back Mountain Road, Marlinton, died Monday, September 21, 1998, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
She was born of a pioneer Pocahontas County family on January 9, 1902, the daughter of the late A. Neal Barlow and Frances Sharp Barlow. Her husband, James B. Smith, preceded her in death, as did her sister, Ruby Cochran.
For many years Pearl and Jim Smith worked Maple Hill Farm, a National Bicentennial Farm.
Mrs. Smith is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p. m Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel in Marlinton by the Rev. Randy Benson, with burial in the William Sharp Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the William Sharp Cemetery Fund, First National Bank of Marlinton, P. O. Box 58, Marlinton, WV 24954.
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Nancy C. Simonson
Nancy C. Simonson, age 81, of Marlinton, formerly of Fayetteville, North Carolina, died September 19, 1998, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Born October 31, 1916, at Ramseur, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Stephen W. and Martha Siler Caddell. Mrs. Simonson was a retired elementary teacher and a Methodist by faith.
She is survived by her husband, Louis A. Simonson, of Marlinton; a son, Stephen Simonson, of Rustburg, Virginia; a daughter, Susan Arbogast, of Hillsboro; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, James Caddell, Moses "Dick" Caddell, Paul Caddell, Dr. Fred Caddell; and two sisters, Alease Scott and Lucy Hughes.
Graveside services were held at Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, North Carolina, on September 22, at 1 p. m., with Dr. Stephen W. Caddell.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Medical and Scientific Affairs, 919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1676.
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Norel Wilmurth Hanna
Norel Wilmuth "Rip" Hanna, age 75, of Spencer, formerly of Charleston and Huntersville, died September 16, 1996, in Summersville Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hanna was retired after being a store room clerk for Monsanto Chemical Company of Nitro. He attended the Huntersville United Methodist Church and Epling Chapel Baptist Church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #65, Huntersville, Order of Eastern Star Chapter #97, Marlinton, and Scottish Rites of Charleston. He served in the Army in World War II.
A native of Adrian, he was born January 13, 1923, the son of the late Clarence and Beulah Dooley Hanna.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Casto Hanna; two sons, Larry Hanna, of Old Town, Florida, and Roger Hanna, of Spencer; one brother, Clarence Hanna, Jr., of Orion, Michigan; and three sisters, Marie Saulton, of Charleston, Louise Skidmore, of Poca, and Emmajean Kilgore, of Sanford, Florida; two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. John "Jay" Hicks. Burial with Masonic rites was at Mountain View Cemetery.
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Virginia M. Phillips
Virginia M. Phillips, age 84, of RD 3, Meadville, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, September 15, 1998, at Meadville Medical Center.
She was born in Green Bank March 25, 1914, and married Willis A. Phillips on June 1, 1946; he preceded her in death January 28, 1982.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and the KJU Class.
Surviving her are a son, David A. Phillips, of Meadville; two granddaugters and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Orpha Monk, of Boyer; and a brother, Harold Gustafson, of Keyser.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Rosberg, and her mother, Lillian Sutton Johnson.
The Rev. Gregory A. Streed, of First Baptist Church, officiated at the services. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 353 Chestnut Street, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335.
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Thomas R. Burruss, II
Thomas Russell Burruss, II, 63, of Hillsboro, formerly of Louisa, Virginia, died Monday, September 21, 1998, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Burruss was born September 29, 1934, in West Virginia, a son of the late Fred L. and Edith Stover Burruss.
He was a soil scientist.
Surviving him are his wife, Janice K. Burruss; a daughter, Angela Dunlavey, of Goochland, Virginia; two step-sons, Michael Harris, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, and Darren Harris, of New York; two grandsons and two step-granddaughters; three brothers, David Allen Burruss, Sr., and Lawrence Edward Burruss, Sr., both of Bumpass, Virginia, and Daniel Grant Burruss, of Richmond, Virginia.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev Paul Goehner, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, September 24, at the Woodward Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa, with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.
Memorial contributions may be made to any rescue squad.
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Mary F. Ball
Mary F. Ball, age 77, of Gevena-on-the-Lake, Ohio, died September 6, 1998, at her home.
She was born June 24, 1921, in Marlinton, the daughter of Charlie W. and Gertrude F. Spencer Adkinson and had been a 52-year Geneva area resident.
Mrs. Ball was assistant manager of the Normandy Development, Painesville, Ohio, from 1983 to 1989. She also worked from 1980 to 1983, as assistant manager for Forest City Management.
She married Hayward P. Ball on October 24, 1950, in Fairport Harbor.
She was a member of the Church of the Living God, Ashtabula.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Richard P., of Ashtabula, Ohio; two daughters, Katherine Hessley, of Geneva, Ohio, and Charlotte Steimle, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Ann Lee Alexander, of Painesville, Ohio; and a brother, Kenneth Adkinson, of Buckeye.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Charles Lightner, William, Robert Lee and Clarence Adkinson, Jr.; and a sister, Georgia Marie Adkinson.
Service was held Wednesday at the Donald E. Walker Funeral Home, in Geneva, with the Rev. James Yeary, of Chesterland Christian Center. Burial was held in Greenlawn Memory Garden, North Kingsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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John M. Walker, Jr.
John Mack Walker, Jr., age 83, of Montreat, North Carolina, died August 31, 1998, in an Asheville hospital.
He was born on August 5, 1915, in Marlinton, the oldest child of the Rev. John Mack and Annie Muller English Walker, who served the Marlinton Presbyterian Church. He was raised in the Steele Creek community of Charlotte, and was a 1936 summa cum laude graduate of Davidson College, which honored him with a doctor of divinity degree in 1973. He earned B.D. and Th.M. degrees at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. From 1940 to 1942, he served as minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Roxboro, and from 1942 to 1980, at the First Presbyterian Church in Roanoke Rapids.
In retirement in Montreat, he continued his series of wood sculptures on New Testament texts, which have been exhibited in churches, colleges and museums throughout the southeast.
He was married to Amelia Clark in Clarkton, in 1943. In addition to his wife, his family includes his children, John Walker, of Montreat, Daphne Walker, of Nashville, Tennessee, Eric Walker, of Tallahassee, Florida; a brother, Dr. T.E. Walker, of Davidson; two sisters, Mrs. C.L. McRae, of Boone, North Carolina, and Mrs. J.T. Womack, of Hickory, North Carolina; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Montreat Cottagers Wilderness Fund, P. O. Box 111, Montreat, NC 28757.