Annie L. Shears
Annie Leta Shears, age 89, of Arbovale, died Thursday, January 20, 2000, at her home.
She was born April 3, 1910, at Circleville, the daughter of the late Opie and Ratie A. Lambert Johnston.
She was retired from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, and was a member of the Arbovale United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Arbovale United Methodist Women and belonged to the Buffalo Cabin Quilt Guild.
She is survived by one daughter, Louise Burner, of Cass; two sons, Darrell Shears, of Newville, Pennsylvania, and Kenneth Shears, of North Augusta, South Carolina; two sisters, Audria Sell, of Carrollton, Ohio, and Lorraine Myers, of Canton, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlan Shears; a son, Stanley Shears; five brothers, George, Harlan, Mason, Merle and Keith Johnston; and a sister, Grace Brown.
Services were held January 23, 2000, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, by the Rev. David Rittenhouse. Burial followed in Arbovale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Arbovale United Methodist Church.
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J. Emmett E. Spade
J. Emmett E. Spade, age 88, of Alderson, formerly of Meadow Bridge, died January 15, 2000, at home after a long illness.
He was a retired C&O Railway conductor with 43 years' service and a member of Grace Bible Church, Asbury.
He is survived by his wife, Glenna Spinks Spade; three daughters, Loretta S. Johnson, of San Luis Obispo, California, Geneva S. "Jeep" Butner, of Arroyo Grande, California, Sara S. Yost, of Alexandria, Virginia; two sons, James C. of Marlinton, Michael, of Meadow Bridge; stepdaughter, Sylvia Moore, of Summersville; stepson, Woodrow Spinks, of Craigsville; sister, Veneda Waldron, of Rim Rock, Arizona; eight grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 27 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one step-great-great-grandchild.
Service was held Wednesday at Grace Bible Church with Pastor Charlie Taylor. Burial followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
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Irvin Leroy White
Irvin Leroy White, age 73, of Green Bank, died Saturday, January 22, 2000, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. White was a lifetime resident of the Green Bank community and attended Hebron Baptist Church. He was shift commander and held the rank of captain at Huttonsville Correctional Center. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, American Legion, and the VFW. A World War II Army veteran, he served in Italy and was awarded the Army Occupational Medal for his service in Germany, the European, African, Middle East Theatre Ribbons, as well as the World War II Victory Ribbon.
He was born January 22, 1927, at Job, the son of the late Caleb Joseph and Olive Teter White.
Preceding him in death were three sisters, Reesa Wilson, Madaline White, and Lillian Wooddell, and four brothers, Julius White, Creed White, Bill Harmon and Pershing Harmon.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Madge Galford White, and their five children, two daughters, Margaret Kast, of Lewisburg, and Jeanie Nelson, of Renick, and three sons, David White, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wayne White, of Neola, and Kevin White, of Green Bank; sister, Mary Jo Mayes, of Cass; brother, James White, also of Cass; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 1 p. m. Monday at the Hebron Baptist Church in Green Bank by Pastor Michael Moore and Pastor Eddie Kyle.
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Loyal K. Briggs, age 86, died suddenly from a heart attack January 2, 2000, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Born October 11, 1913, in Campbelltown, he was the son of Gerry A. and Eva Lena Jordan Briggs, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G. M. Jordan, of Frost. The next year they moved to Russell, Pennsylvania, where he grew up.
Loyal was graduated from Slippery Rock University, where he was a star football player, his team winning the National Football Championship. He was an Eagle Scout, a school teacher, summer home builder, Scoutmaster, youth leader and Sunday School teacher, a member of both the Russell and Lakeland, Florida, United Methodist Churches, where he retired.
During World War II he served three years in the Air Force in the China-Burma-India area, where he and three or four colleagues were sent to build and maintain a radio communications center in interior China throughout the war.
Near the end of the war he met Mabel Christine Fuston at a USO function; they were married April 18, 1946. She preceded him in death in 1988; also preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Mary Frances Engle.
Surviving him are two daughters, Karen Christine Eddy, of Des Moines, and Joyce Ann Briggs, of Denver, Colorado; two brothers, Raymond Briggs, of Russell, Pennsylvania, and Gerry Allen Briggs, of New Port Richey, Florida; and two grandchildren.
Services were held January 6 at Scottish Rite Park Penthouse in Des Moines by the Rev. Mark Davis. Burial of his ashes will be in the home cemetery in Russell, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Briggs spent some time in Pocahontas County every summer with his cousin, Dr. Roland Sharp.
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Mary Enid Cochran
Mary Enid McComb Cochran, age 86, of Elkins, died in her sleep Monday, January 24, 2000/
She was the widow of Harry Cochran, who was representative of the Monongahela Power Company in Marlinton for many years, and the sister of Phil McComb, of Huntersville.
Tentative arrangements are for graveside services at 1 p. m. Thursday at Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton.
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Judith Lynn Shorter
Judith Lynn Shorter, age 52, died at her home on Elk Monday, January 24, 2000.
No funeral arrangements have been made.
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Dempsy Ellen Burdette
Dempsy Ellen Adkins Burdette, age 75, of Fayetteville, formerly of Beckley, died January 23, 2000, in a Beckley hospital after a short illness.
She was a Baptist.
Surviving her are a son, Roger D. Burdette, of Fayetteville; daughters, Della Marie Coleman, of Durbin, and Jewell Pinson, of Van; brother, Ernest Adkins, of Hinton; sisters, Venietta Bostic, of Richmond, Virginia, Patricia Scarberry, of Beaver, and Audrey Ward, of Ohio; ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Service was held Wednesday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, by the Rev. Charles Singleton. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.
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Ethel V. Ramsey
Ethel V. Ramsey, age 80 years, of Clayton, Delaware, formerly of Street, Maryland, died Monday, January 24, 2000, at Kent General Hospital, Dover, Delaware.
Mrs. Ramsey was the wife of the late Delbert W. Ramsey, who died December 18, 1995.
She was born March 25, 1919, at Cowen, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Wise Miller.
She worked at Bata Shoe Company for over 25 years. Surviving her are three sons, Roger D. Ramsey, of Vineland, New Jersey, Daniel W. Ramsey, of Darlington, Maryland, and David K. Ramsey, of Clayton; one sister, Helen Portlock, of Mesa, Arizona; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a. m. at Harkins Funeral Home, Delta, Pennsylvania, with entombment at Bel Air Memorial Gardens.
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Rhoda L. Arbogast, 85, of Cleveland, Ohio, died on January 8, 2000, in Berea Nursing Home.
She was born in Cass on November 16, 1914, the daughter of the late Fallen and Deanie Lambert.
Survivors include her husband, Ernest Arbogast, who she married on June 15, 1938; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ernest Arbogast, Jr.; five brothers, Gus, Russell, Roy, Orie, and Dewey; two sisters, Georgia Simmons and Jessie Varner.
Mrs. Arbogast was buried in the Arbovale Cemetery with a graveside service by the Rev. David Rittenhouse.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Hospice of Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44119.