Dyer M. Burr
Chief Petty Officer Dyer M. Burr, died January 21, 2000, at Orange Park, Florida.
Mr. Burr was born in Hillsboro.
He was married twice. First, to Phyllis Ropier Burr, who preceded him in death, and second for 29 years to Dorothy Sweat Burr, who survives.
Mr. Burr served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring after 20 years of decorated and distinguished service.
After retiring from the Navy, he founded the Dyer M. Burr Insurance Company, and operated it for more than 20 years.
He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Branch No. 126 for many years, serving several terms as president.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Navy Family Service Center to assist Navy families at their time of need; this program later became a pattern adopted nationwide.
He was preceded in death along with his first wife by one son, Garry Burr.
He is survived by three children, David M. Burr, Stephen Paul Burr, and Janice Bogle, all of Jacksonville, Florida; a sister, Eileen Donaldson, of Elkins; a stepson, Bill Smith; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Fleet Reserve services were held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church on Thursday, 2 p.m., with the Rev. Hall Hunt. Burial followed in Jacksonville Memory Gardens with full military honors.
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Mary Enid Cochran
Mary Enid McComb Cochran, age 96, of Elkins, died in her sleep Monday, January 24, 2000.
Mrs. Cochran was born April 6, 1903, at Huntersville, a daughter of the late A. B. and Emma Alice McLaughlin McComb.
She was a graduate of the Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
On June 12, 1934, in Philadelphia, she married Harry David Cochran, who preceded her in death on December 9, 1988. He was the representative of the Monongahela Power Company in Marlinton for many years.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Robert McComb, and five sisters, Lollie McCray, Jessie Pierson, Connie Holland, Elizabeth Faulknier, and Donna Burwell.
Surviving is a brother, Phil McComb, of Huntersville.
Graveside services were held in Mountain View Cemetery Thursday with the Rev. Stanley Clark officiating.
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Judith Lynn Shorter
Judith Lynn Ritchie Shorter, age 52, died at her home on Elk Monday, January 24, 2000.
She was a cook for Elk River Bed and Breakfast, Slaty Fork, and a member of Marlinton Moose Lodge and Alderson Baptist Church at Craigsville.
Surviving her are her husband, James Shorter; daughters, Kelly Seabolt, of Austin, Texas, Terri Seabolt and Jamie Seabolt, both of California, Beth Angulo, of Alexandria, Virginia; brothers, George A. Ritchie, of Calvin, Ronald G. Ritchie, of Dale City, Virginia, and Robert "Butch" Ritchie, of Martinsville, Indiana; sisters, Carolyn R. Murphy, of Cottle, and Leah D. Armstrong, of Craigsville.
Services were held Friday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, by the Rev. Eddie Groves. Burial was in the Craigsville Cemetery.
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Dale Edward Gill
Dale Edward Gill, age 46, of Hinton, died January 27, 2000, in a Hinton hospital after a long illness.
He was a self-employed furniture maker and a member of Hinton Gospel Tabernacle.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Phillips Gill; a son, Tanner Gill, of Princeton; a daughter, Amy Roseann Fullen, of Marlinton; a step-son, Clinton Edward Oney, of Hinton; two step-daughters, Karen Newsome, of Kentucky, Tena Burmidge, of Cynthiana, Kentucky; three brothers, Cecil, Calvin, Jr., and Billy Dan Gill, all of Hinton; a sister, Opal Thompson, of Cheshire, Ohio; and three step-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday afternoon at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, by the Revs. Jimmy Fitzpatrick and Lawrence Bennett. Burial was in Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz.
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Ota C. Hefner
Ota Crystelle Lewis Hefner, age 103, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday, January 25, 2000, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
She was Pocahontas County's oldest citizen.
Born September 9, 1896, she was the daughter of the late George Andrew and Rachel Ella Payne Lewis, of Seebert Lane.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andy W. Hefner; one sister, Ina Hultz; three brothers, Lanty, James, and Hubert Lewis; and a great-grandson, Joshua Gibby.
Surviving her are two sons, Winters Hefner, of Bridgewater, Virginia, and Alexander Hefner, at home; one sister, Mattie Rexrode Carlisle, of Marlinton; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren.
Her body was donated to science for medical research.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Rebecca Slaven Wenger
Rebecca Slaven Wenger, age 89, of Parkersburg and former resident of Shinnston, died Wednesday, January 19, 2000, in The Willows of Parkersburg, following an extended illness.
She was born at Marlinton October 2, 1910, a daughter of the late R. B. and Anna Hiner Slaven.
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Leland H. Wenger, in 1987, and a brother, Dr. Hubert Slaven, dentist of Marlinton.
Surviving her are two sons, James David Wenger, of Parkersburg, and Lela H. Wenger, of Martinez, Georgia; one daughter, Ann Hooper, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Wenger was a school teacher in Harrison County for 19 years. She was a graduate of Fairmont State College and received her Master's degree from West Virginia University. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.
A graveside service was held January 22 at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery by the Rev. Ronald James.
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Wallace W. Bussard
Wallace W. "Buzz" Bussard, of Wilmington, North Carolina, died Sunday, January 30, 2000, in New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Stony Bottom on May 27, 1930, the son of the late Albert W. and Ella Ware Bussard.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene P. Bussard, Albert L. Bussard, and Floyd E. Bussard.
Mr. Bussard was a member and Elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Wilmington Fire Department for 11 years, and a member of the Sunny Point Fire Department for 24 years before retiring as Chief. Mr. Bussard was presently a member of the Security Forces at Kosa. He also served in the U. S. Coast Guard.
Surviving him are his wife of 46 years, Mrs. Bessie Cook Bussard; a son, Gene Bussard, of Chesapeake, Virginia; one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted Tuesday at Oleander Memorial Gardens Mausoleum by Dr. Roger E. Horner.
Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 500 Kenwood Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405.
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Mattie W. Higgins
Mattie W. Higgins, age 89, of Edray, Rt. 1, Marlinton, died Friday, January 28, 2000, at Alleghany Regional Hospital, Low Moor, Virginia.
She was a member of Edray United Methodist Church.
Born June 5, 1910, at Marlinton, she was the daughter of the late George and Virgie Bright Wheeler.
Her husband, Carl Higgins, a sister, Lillie Shinaberry, and a brother, Noel Wheeler, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Charles R. Higgins, at home; four sisters, Eula Friel and Nora Miller, of Marlinton, Edith Nelson, of Renick, and Zoe Sharp, of Jarrettsville, Maryland.
Funeral services were held Monday at Edray United Methodist Church by the Robert Mann. Burial was in the Wilfong Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Edray United Methodist Church.
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Waldo Noah Buzzard
Waldo Noah Buzzard, age 88, of Huntersville, died Thursday, January 27, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Beckley.
Mr. Buzzard was a farmer and retired shipping clerk at the Tannery. He served in the Army in World War II.
He was born at Enid, Oklahoma, on March 30, 1911, when his parents, Rodney W. and Esta Alderman Buzzard, moved there to homestead, later returning to Pocahontas County. He never married.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Margie Buzzard, Vera Beahm, Lola Workman, and infant Virginia Buzzard, and three brothers, Arnold, Harlen L., and James E. Buzzard.
Surviving him are a sister, Pauline B. Gardner, of Clover Lick, and two brothers, Hubert H. Buzzard, of Campbelltown, and William H. Buzzard, of Huntersville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a. m. Tuesday at the Cummings Creek Victory Chapel by the Rev. Norman Lee Alderman, with burial in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
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Edna May Bear
Edna May Bear, age 92, of Marlinton, died Sunday, January 30, 2000, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
The daughter of Ransom Cassidy May and Myrtle Good May, she was born in Marlinton September 23, 1907.
She was the widow of John Trimble Bear, II, mother of John Trimble "Jackie" Bear, III, and sister of Edith Elizabeth May and Clarence Washington May, all deceased. Her only survivors are several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bear graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in Public School Music. She taught music in Berkeley Springs and then Elementary School in Marlinton.
She was a member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church, a director of the Youth Choir in former years, active in the choir, Sunday School, and Women of the Church, a member of the Marlinton Woman's Club, Order of Eastern Star, and Pocahontas County Historical Society.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church by the Rev. John Haney, of Craigsville, Virginia, and the Rev. Randy Benson. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pocahontas County High School Music Department in memory of Edna Bear and Edith May.
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Clara Belle Miller
Clara Belle Miller, age 78, of Buckeye, died at home on Sunday, January 30, 2000.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.
Born at Clover Lick November 1, 1921, she was the daughter of the late John William and Laura Katherine Rose Kramer.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Brown Miller; three sisters, an unnamed infant twin, Margaret Ann Kramer, and Mary Grace Kramer; and two brothers, Howard Adam Kramer and William Lee Kramer.
She is survived by three daughters, Edna Rachel Scott, of Buckeye, Betty Jane Willet, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Pearl M. Grimes, of Marlinton; three sons, John W. Miller, of Elkview, Luke H. Miller, of Robertsdale, Pennsylvania, and Paul M. Miller, of Buckeye; a brother, John Philip Kramer, of Marlinton; nine grandchildren, two step-grand-children; thirteen great-grand-children and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held 11 a. m. Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Moore. Burial was in the Dilley Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
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Lanty W. Rose
Lanty Winters Rose, age 70, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday, February 1, 2000, of an apparent heart attack.
He was born May 19, 1929, at Caesar Mountain, the son of the late Lon and Jessie Ellen Scott Rose.
He served in the United States Army, attended Glenville State College and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Physical Education and Social Studies. He taught for five years in Maryland. Returning to West Virginia, he worked as a logger and farmer for many years, while also working as a Social Worker with the West Virginia Department of Human Services until retiring. He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Rose is survived by his wife of forty years, Reta Morrison Rose; two sons, Gregory and Bruce Rose, both of Marlinton; one granddaughter; two brothers, Leroy Rose, of Hillsboro, and Thomas Rose, of Feasterville, Pennsyl-vania; and three sisters, Alice Rose Bradley, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Clarice Jean Rose, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Jerry Rose Weiser, of Croydon, Pennsyslvania.
A sister, Lucille Rose Myers, is deceased.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 Wednesday at VanReenen's Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Hillsboro, at 1 p. m. Thursday by the Rev. Phyllis Cox. Burial will be in Emmanuel Cemetery on Bruffey's Creek.