Mary Elizabeth Beverage
Mary Elizabeth Beverage, age 41, of Mount Storm, died in Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Maryland, on Monday, December 28, 1998.
Miss Beverage had worked as a nurse's aide at Pocahontas Care Center. She was a Presbyterian.
Born at Marlinton August 23, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe T. and Edith May Sharp Beverage.
Her parents and a sister, Nina Beverage, preceded her in death.
Surviving her is a sister, Alma Uphold, of Gormania.
Graveside services were held in Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton, on Thursday by the Rev. Randy Benson.
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Lillian M. McClure
Lillian Blanche McWhorter McClure, age 85 years, of Elkins, a former resident of Marlinton, died Friday, January 1, 1999, at the Davis Memorial Hospital. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to cardiac arrest.
Born January 12, 1913, at Weston, she was a daughter of the late Olan C. McWhorter and Ina E. McWhorter Clem. She was married to Theodore R. McClure, M. D., of Marlinton, who preceded her in death.
Surviving her are a son, Theodore R. McClure, Jr., of Columbia, South Carolina; two daughters, Alice Rogers, Elkins, and Heather Godbold, of Frederick, Maryland; a brother, James L McWhorter, of St Albans; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Harvey G. Clem, one brother, Vance B. McWhorter, and one sister, Elva M. Murphy.
Mrs. McClure was a Registered Nurse, graduating from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing at Clarksburg. She was a practicing nurse in Randolph and surrounding counties for more than forty years. She was active in the American Red Cross, serving as a member of the Eastern Area Advisory Board and was an organizer of West Virginia blood banks. She also served as a nurse with the United States Peace Corps and was a long-time member of the American Heart Association.
At the request of the deceased, her remains will be cremated. A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Randolph County American Red Cross, P. O. Box 626, Elkins, or to the American Heart Association, West Virginia Affiliate, 211 35th Street, SE, Charleston 25304.
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Ada Pearl Vess
Ada Pearl Vess, age 91, of Charleston, died December 22, 1998, at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Vess was a member of the Church of God Prophecy at Culloden.
She was born at Cass April 15, 1907, the daughter of Jackson Henceford Bennett and Allie Belle McMillion Bennett.
Surviving her are a son, Langley Melton, of Freeport, New York; daughters, Poindita Vereina, of San Marcos, California, Fagelia Veneita Ryon, of Reno, Nevada.
Graveside services were held Monday at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, by the Rev. Earl G. Hissom.
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Helen V. Ritchie
Helen V. Ritchie, age 78, of Craigsville, died December 31, 1998, in Summersville Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was a member of Alderson Missionary Baptist Church, Craigsville, and was retired from B. F. Goodrich at Fenwick.
Surviving her are three sons, George A. Ritchie, of Calvin, Ronald G. Ritchie, of Dale City, Virginia, and Robert "Butch" Ritchie, of Martinsville, Indiana; three daughters, Carolyn R. Murphy, of Cottle, Judy L. Shorter, of Slaty Fork, Leah D. Armstrong, of Craigsville; a sister, Patricia Schuyler, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania; 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at Alderson Missionary Baptist Church by Pastor Gary Eisenman and Pastor Ed Groves.
Burial was in Craigsville Cemetery.
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Archie Gray McLaughlin
Archie Gray McLaughlin, Jr., of Whittier, California, 67, died November 21, 1998, at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier after a month-long illness.
He was born February 6, 1931, at the home of his grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. Harry Blackhurst, in Cass.
Mr. McLaughlin was a 1955 graduate of Fairmont College after serving in the Army Field Artillery from 1950-1952. He joined General Electric Company as an auditor, then worked as a salesman, moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1957. He retired from G.E. in December, 1988, after 33 years.
He ran an income tax business, was an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the choir along with his wife, Rene.
Archie is the son of the late Archie Gray McLaughlin, Sr., and the late Elizabeth Blackhurst McLaughlin. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Edward H. McLaughlin.
Surviving him are his wife, Lorene McLaughlin, of Whittier; daughters, Anne Trujillo, of LaCanada, California, and Mimi Newton, of Sunland, California; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held November 25 at Community Presbyterian Church in La Mirada, California. Interment was at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier.
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Marie O. McCoy
Marie O. McCoy, age 76, of Buckeye, died Monday, January 4, 1999, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
She was a nurse's aide and a Methodist.
Born at Spice April 29, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Loch and Mary Hodges McCoy.
Survivors include a son, Paul David Cutlip, of Marlinton; a sister, Nellie McCoy, of Ohio; a brother, Charles McCoy, of Baltimore, Maryland; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. I. W. Morgan. Burial will be in the Whiting Cemetery.
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Mary Shafer Shaw
Mary Irene Shafer Shaw, age 83, a resident of Green Bank, died January 2, 1999, at her residence after a long illness.
She was born April 14, 1915, at Cass, the daughter of the late Ervin John and Henritta Elizabeth Kamp Shafer. In 1939 she married William Perry Shaw, who preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by a son, David Shaw, and her only brother, Walter Shafer.
She is survived by two daughters, Connie Sloan, of Clendenin, and Mary Rosemarie Southall, of Ripley; 9 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She attended the schools of Pocahontas County and was a graduate of WV Wesleyan College with a degree in teaching. Prior to her marriage, she taught Elementary School in Cass. After moving to Kanawha County she resumed her teaching career at Andrew Heights Grade School at Tornado. From there she retired in the mid 1970's. She was a member of the Cass Chapter #124 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as organist for a number of years. Mrs. Shaw was an active member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church in Green Bank for over twenty years and was also active in community service in Green Bank for many years.
Friends will be received at the Liberty Presbyterian Church in Green Bank on Thursday, January 7, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at which time a memorial service will be held by Rev. David Bower. Burial will follow on Friday at the Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans, at 2 p.m.
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Susie McLaughlin Bernardini
Susie McLaughlin Bernardini, age 59, died December 30, 1998, at her home in Hampton, Virginia.
A native of Dunmore, she was the widow of Phillip A. Bernardini.
She was born May 8, 1939, in Dunmore, the daughter of the late Everett Bedford and Ella Minnie McLaughlin.
She was preceded in death along with her husband by one infant daughter, Bonnie Sue Bernardini, and three brothers, Eddie McLaughlin, Ernie McLaughlin and Roger McLaughlin.
She is survived by three daughters, Deborah Dickey and Tonia Bernardini, both of Hampton, Virginia, and Teresa "Terry" Paquet, of Bowmanville, Ontario; a son, Bruce A. Bernardini, of Newport News, Virginia; two sisters, Alice Hall, of Faquay Varina, North Carolina, and Brenda Chornick, of Hampton, Virginia; two brothers, Ralph McLaughlin, of Dunmore, and Billy McLaughlin; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 9, at 11 a.m., at the Dunmore Community Center by Rev. David Rittenhouse.
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Ollie K. Elza
Ollie Katherine Elza, age 95, of Bartow, died January 2, 1999, at the Crystal Springs Nursing Home in Elkins.
She was born September 30, 1903, at Winterburn, to the late Amby and Lottie Nelson Waybright.
She was a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Elza, a son, Clinton Elza, two sisters, Grace Starks and Edna Vandevander.
She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Shirley Jean Elza, of Ambridge, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Gertrude Gum, of Bartow, and Rella Arbogast, of Parkersburg; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, at 1 p.m., at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, by Rev. David Rittenhouse and Rev. Bert Arbogast. Burial followed in Arbovale Cemetery.
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John O. Riley
John O. Riley, age 78, of Arbovale, died December 28, 1998, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Riley was born October 25, 1920, and was the son of the late John William and Ada L. Varner Riley.
He was of Methodist faith and a painter.
He is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Pierce, of Baltimore, Maryland, Patricia Nuckoles, of Staunton, Virginia, and Wilma McGuire, of Philippi; four brothers, Joe W. Riley, Ernest L. Riley, Harold Riley and James Riley, all of Arbovale.
Services were held December 31, at 1 p.m., at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home by Rev. David Rittenhouse. Burial followed in Arbovale Cemetery Annex.
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Edith M. Cain
Edith M. Cain, age 78, of Dunmore, died January 1, 1999, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Cain was born August 29, 1920, at Marlinton, the daughter of the late David Cecil and Norma Dean.
She was a member of Alexander Memorial Presbyterian Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl J. Cain, and a daughter, Norma Queen.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Queen, of Stony Bottom; two sons, Roger E. Cain, of Marlinton, David J. Cain, of Newport News, Virginia; one sister, Iris Keirn, of Calabash, North Carolina; a granddaughter, Doloris Roberts, of Dunmore, whom she raised; several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m., at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, by Rev. David Rittenhouse with burial following in Stony Bottom Cemetery.
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Ray Michael Fretwell
Ray Michael Fretwell, age 60, of Elkins, died January 1, 1999, at the Davis Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
He was born June 30, 1938, at Elkins, the son of the late Carlton Ashley and Barbara Marie Barkley Fretwell.
He was married twice. First, to JoAnn Gibson Crouch, who survives. On June 30, 1982, he was married to the former Janet Doreen Currence, who preceded him in death on August 24, 1996.
He was a graduate with the class of 1958 from Elkins High School, had worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1988, was a member of the Aerie # 2344, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Elkins Moose Lodge #375, the Tygarts Valley Post #3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a Protestant by faith.
He is survived by two sons, Ronald Eugene Fretwell, serving with the U.S. Navy, Honolulu, Hawaii, Richard Ray Fretwell, of Elkins; one daughter, Angela Christine Fretwell, of Elkins; one brother, Richard Ashley Fretwell, of Elkins; six step-sons, James Michael, Robin Russell, Danny Douglas, Rocky Allen, John Wesley and Stephen Ray Maxson, all of Elkins; two step-daughters, Mrs. Keith "Mary" White, of Elkins, and Janet Rebecca Hawkins, Manassas, Virginia; one daughter, Linda Waldron, of Elkins; nine grandchildren; fourteen step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Harold Trimble, and one son, Ray Michael Fretwell, Jr.
Services were held at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m., by the Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli. Burial followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.