Omar Bowyer, Jr.
Omar A. Bowyer, Jr., 72, of Green Bank, died Tuesday, August 17, 1999, at Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston after a short illness.
He was born November 30, 1926, in Nuttallburg, the son of Omer Allen and Pruda Mae Davis Bowyer.
Mr. Bowyer was a member of the Green Bank United Methodist Church and was employed at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank for 40 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Bowyer Brown, and a brother, Herbert Allen Bowyer.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rose E. Tremor Bowyer, of Green Bank; sons, Rev. Ronald E. Bowyer, of Moorefield, and John Kent Bowyer, of Gastonia, North Carolina; daughters, Jetta Lou Coleman, of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Marlene Terry, of Seminole, Florida; brother James L. Bowyer, of Mt. Nebo; sister, Mary Bowyer, of Charleston; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at the Green Bank United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., Thursday with the Rev. Ronald E. Bowyer officiating. Entombment will be in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Green Bank Library Building Fund, P.O. Box 1, Green Bank, WV 24944.
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Robert L. Miller
Robert Luther Miller, age 91, of Marlinton, died Friday, August 13, 1999, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Miller was retired manager of the Marlinton A&P Store, coming to the store in Marlinton over sixty years ago. He was a member and active in the Marlinton United Methodist Church, having served as treasurer and about all other board, trustee, and administrative positions. He was past president of the Marlinton Rotary Club, treasurer and past master, Marlinton Masonic Lodge, AF&AM #127, 32nd Degree Mason, and member Order of Eastern Star #97, former Marlinton town recorder and council member, member of the Volunteer Fire Department for several years, worked with the Boy Scouts, and was a member of the Pocahontas Country Club.
He was born July 14, 1908, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Alexander Luther and Mary Ella Turney Miller.
His wife, Clara A. Miller, his son, Robert H. Miller, and a sister, Myrtle Sidell, preceded him in death.
Surviving him are two daughters, Judy Ramsey and Roberta Smith, both of Marlinton; four brothers, Paul Miller, of Venice, Florida, Kenny Miller and Howard Miller, of Fairmont, and Charles Miller, of New Manchester; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Marlinton United Methodist Church by Earl D. "Butch" Michael and the Rev. Stanley Clark. Burial with Masonic rites was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
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Thomas Jason Moore II
Thomas Jason Moore, II, of Concord, North Carolina, died at birth at the Northeast Medical Center in Concord on Monday, August 9, 1999.
The infant is survived by his parents, Thomas Jason and Michelle Moore, of Concord; brother, Joseph, at home; grandparents, Thomas and LuAnne Moore, of Orlando, Florida, Bill and Margaret Smith, of Clermont, Florida, and Winston Kelley, of Bainbridge, Georgia; great-grandparents, Lucy Moore, of Marlinton, and Louise Kelley, of Bainbridge.
Services were held Friday at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord with the Rev. Tom Anderson officiating.
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Mildred Rose Shortt
Mildred Lee Rose Lang Shortt, age 85, of Ona, died Tuesday, August 10, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington.
Mrs. Shortt was active in all community affairs wherever she lived, was camp director for the Girl Scouts in Virginia, instrumental in the inception and growth of the Indian Meadows Civic Association in Ona, and member of the Professional Engineers Auxiliary of Huntington.
Born at Ronceverte June 3, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Alta Thomas Rose, and grew up in Marlinton.
Preceding her in death also were her husband, Randolph K. Shortt; a brother, Robert McNeil Rose, and two sisters, Margaret T. Rose Lutz and Mary Ruth Rose Moore.
She is survived by a daughter, Anne S. Barham, of Aiken, South Carolina; a son, Maurice "Tim" Lang, of Summersville; a sister, Louise Rose McKeage, of Montrose, Pennsylvania; and a brother, Hubert Shan Rose, of Hendersonville, Tennessee; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday morning by the Rev. Stanley Clark in Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Marlinton United Methodist Women.
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Vella Ernestine Hess
Vella Ernestine Hess, age 78, of Jodie, Fayette County, died August 12, 1999, in Montgomery General Hospital.
She was born in Marlinton January 19, 1921, the daughter of John Washington and Amanda Rita Lively Biggs.
Surviving her are her husband, John W. Hess; daughters, Carla Horrocks, Loretta Kay McClung and Charlotte Ruth Krise, all of Jodie; son, William Clayton Krise, of Mount Lookout; sister, Opal Holcomb, of Ansted; brother, James E. Lively, of Fayetteville; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, by the Rev. Herman Angle. Burial was in Rich Creek Community Cemetery, Jodie.
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Memorial services were held Saturday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home for Thomas Bell by the Rev. Jerry Moore. His ashes will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery.
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Glena May Pyles
Glena May Pyles, age 80, of Webster Springs, died August 9, 1999, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
She was a Methodist and a lifelong resident of Webster county. Her husband was the late Richard Pyles, from Seebert.
Surviving her are a son, Richard D. Pyles, Jr., of Newark, Ohio; a brother, Fred Starcher, of Webster Springs; sisters, Hazel Payne, of Gordonsville, Virginia, Lennie Ray, of Summersville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday in Point Mountain Cemetery by the Rev. Sam Nichols.
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Rockford N. Hamed
Rockford N. Hamed, age 78, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, in Alexandria, Virginia.
He was born October 4, 1920, in Green Bank, the son of the late Farris and Mattie B. Trainer Hamed.
In 1949, he married Dorothy Hope Lough Hamed, who preceded him in death this year.
Surviving him are a daughter, Marty Hamed, of Clifton, Virginia; a son, Tony Hamed, of Alexandria; one granddaughter; one step-daughter, Rose Neuman, Buckhannon; a brother, J. M. "Tony" Hamed, of Green Bank; two sisters, Blanche Sheets, of Kernersville, North Carolina, and Bernice Taylor, of Arbovale;
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth, and a son, Rocky Hamed, Jr.
Mr. Hamed attended school in Pocahontas County and in the 1930's participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps before enlisting in the U. S. Army in 1942.
He served in the China-Burma-India Theatre of Operations during World War II. Following the war, he moved to the Washington, D. C., area.
He received a degree from George Washington University in 1953 and held various positions with the federal government.
He was employed by the Veterans Administration in compensation and benefits, and had a brief career in private industry with ACF Industries and ARINC Inc. He later took a position with the Bureau of Naval Ordnance in the 1960's (later Naval Sea Systems Command) where he was a warranted contracting officer. He worked on and oversaw the acquisition process for major shipbuilding and weapons systems. He retired in 1986 and pursued a career in real estate and private consulting on federal acquisition, working with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency until 1955.
Graveside services were held at the Arbovale Cemetery on August 2, by the Rev. David Rittenhouse. Military committal services were conducted by the Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps.