Patty and Herb McClure were called to Maryland following the death of her father, George Marvin, on December 14.
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Phyllis Poage Barkley
Phyllis Poage Barkley, age 62, of Renick, died December 15, 1998, at University of Virginia Hospital after a long illness.
She was born May 3, 1936, a daughter of the late Reynold and Ellen Cooper Poage. She was a homemaker and a member of Renick Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Steven and Shannon Barkley, and a brother, Jerry Poage.
Survivors include her husband, Elwood Barkley; two sons, Brian Barkley, of Frankford, Scott Barkley, of Renick; a daughter, Teresa Johnston, of Frankford; four step-children, Brenda Cohernour, of Renick, Rev. Phyllis Cox, of Smoot, Ricky Barkley, of Hillsboro, and David Barkley, of Renick; one sister, Carol Harrah, of Roanoke, Virginia; and ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Saturday at the Renick Baptist Church by Rev. Jim Anderson. Burial followed at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg.
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Hal K. Slaven
Hal K. Slaven, age 89, of Durbin, died Monday, December 14, 1998, at his home.
He was born September 27, 1909, at Monterey, Virginia, and was the son of the late Henry Adam and Sarah J. Tallman Slaven.
He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, The Pocahontas County Honor Corps, and was a WWII Army Veteran. He was a retired leather hanger for Howes Leather Company.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva M. Rexrode Slaven; two daughters, Shelia Slaven and Betty Elizabeth Slaven; eight sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by a daughter, Peggy Sue Sapp, of Fairmont; one son, John Kenton Slaven, of Durbin; three grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church by Rev. Roland Armstrong and Rev. Donnie Curry. Burial followed in Gum Cemetery on Back Mountain. Donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church.
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Agnes Sharp McCloud
Agnes Lenore Sharp McCloud, age 84, of Route 1, Marlinton, died Wednesday, December 16, 1998, at Alleghany Regional Hospital at Low Moor, Virginia.
Mrs. McCloud was a retired food service supervisor at Denmar State Hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Born March 29, 1914, in Pocahontas County, she was the daughter of the late Creetus and Lucy Underwood Sharp.
She was twice married, to John Matthew McCloud and June Raymond McCloud, both deceased. Also deceased are two daughters, Carol Tyree and Mildred McCloud, and two brothers, Adrian and Alvon Sharp.
Surviving her are five daughters, Lenore Donovan, New Castle, California, Lucille Withers, Marlinton, Nancy Kershner-Baldwin, Woodland, California, Junie Cutright, Elyria, Ohio, and Sharon Broce-Mullins, Marlinton; three sons, Jim McCloud, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Warren McCloud, Elyria, Ohio, and Harry McCloud, Marlinton; four brothers, Delbert Underwood, Gainesville, Florida, Arlie Sharp, Julian Sharp, and Harold Sharp, Baltimore, Maryland; twenty-six grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by Sam Felton, with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
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Carman E. Sharp, Sr.
Carman E. Sharp, Sr., age 77, of Marlinton, died Saturday, December 19, 1998, in Lewisburg at the home of his daughter.
Mr. Sharp was a retired plant manager of Hanover Shoe Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church at Huntersville, and a member of Marlinton Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star and of the Marlinton Lions Club. He was a veteran of the Army Air Forces.
The son of the late H. Emerson and Pearle Elizabeth Underwood Sharp, he was born in Marlinton May 28, 1921.
His wife, Thelma Smith Sharp, is deceased.
Surviving him are two daughters, Mary Sharon Crone, of Lewisburg, and Elizabeth (Beth) McLaughlin, of Waco, Texas; two sons, Carman E. Sharp, Jr., and Charles S. Sharp, of Marlinton; twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Moore with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church in Huntersville or charity of your choice.
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Brown Cochran, age 91, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, December 20, 1998, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center after a long illnenss.
He was a retired maintenance worker and a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, Rupert.
Born at Renick August 1, 1907, he was the son of the late Roy Robert and Emma Miller Cochran.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mellie Suttle, Mary Franklin, and Blanche Cochran Lester; and six brothers, Moffett, Phillip, June, Ray, Jess, and Roy Cochran.
Surviving him are his wife, Nina Cochran, of Oak Hill, and a sister, Carrie Frances Smith, of Rupert.
Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, by the Rev. Gary Seaton.
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Norman B. Blake
Norman Bradbury Blake, former owner, publisher and editor of the West Virginia Daily News, died Saturday, December 12, 1998, at his home in Ronceverte. He was 84.
His was the first paper in the state to use offset printing. He was also the author of the book "How to Abolish Taxes." He succeeded his father, William Blake, at the paper.
Mr. Blake was a former president of the West Virginia Press Association. He was also past president of Ronceverte Rotary Clubm and Ronceverte Chamber of Commerce. He attended Duke University and graduated from West Virginia University. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of Lewisburg Elks club, and a 50-year member of American Legion. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Ronceverte.
Surviving him are his wife, Virginia Butler Blake; a daughter, Beverly B. Boswell, of Huntington; a son, William B. Blake, at home; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Tuesday at the Church of the Incarnation by the Rev. Lada Hardwick and the Rev. Gary Waple. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
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Frank Collins, age 77, of Durbin, died Sunday, December 20, 1998, at his home in Durbin after a long illness.
He was a member of the Durbin Church of the Brethren and was retired from Howes Leather Company. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Born November 21, 1921, at Frank, he was the son of the late Louis and Antiano Urbanc Collins.
Surviving him are his wife, Anna Mae Ash Collins; two daughters, Linda K. Findley and Millie Arbogast, both of Durbin; a son, Leonard D. Collins, of Poulsbo, Washington; a sister, Edith Williams, of French Creek; a brother, Leonard D. Collins, of Painesville, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel at Arbovale by the Rev. Donnie Curry. Burial will be in Arbovale Cemetery.