Matthew Dempsey McNeill, age 71, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, in Alleghany Regional Hospital at Low Moor, Virginia.
He was a farmer and a former hair machine operator for International Shoe Company.
The son of the late Thomas Rush and Anna Bertha Morrison McNeill, he was born at Buckeye April 25, 1928.
In addition to his parents, those preceding him in death were a daughter, Georgia Anna Siders, and a sister, Nancy Taylor.
Surviving him are his wife, Mary Arnold McNeill; a daughter, Barbara Williams, of St. Albans; three sons, Thomas H. McNeill and Darrell L. McNeill, both of Hillsboro, and Bobby W. McNeill, of Sutton; three sisters, Helen Carr, of Marlinton, Sherlin Ledford and Vera Hudson, both of North Augusta, South Carolina; a brother, Walter McNeill, of Buckeye; and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at VanReenen Funeral Home at 2 p. m. Friday by the Rev. Phyllis Cox. Burial will be in the McNeill Cemetery, Buckeye.
Visitation will be at VanReenen's from 6 to 8 p. m. Thursday.
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Jennie Marie Cutlip
Jennie Marie Cutlip, age 63, of Route 1, Marlinton, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, in Alleghany Regional Hospital at Low Moor, Virginia.
Mrs. Cutlip was a member of the Pocahontas County Republican Executive Committee.
She was born May 16, 1936, at Marlinton, the daughter of the late Milburn Emanuel and Pearl Beverage Sharp.
Her husband, Leonard F. Cutlip, Jr., preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Kenny Cutlip and Timmy Cutlip, both of Marlinton; two daughters, Debra M. Crookshanks, of Buckeye, and Glenda D. VanReenan, of Marlinton; five brothers, Carl Sharp, Claude Sharp, Johnny Sharp, and Ray Sharp, all of Marlinton, and Ralph Sharp, of Dunmore; seven sisters, Margaret Channell, of Elkins, Edna Webb Graham, Nancy Hager, Ann Hannah, Dot McComb, and Eula Moore, all of Marlinton, and Jane Madron, of Dunmore; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p. m. Monday at VanReenen Funeral Home by Pastor Jack Burks, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Jerry Michael Borg
Jerry Michael Borg, age 43, of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after a short illness.
Mr. Borg was a member of the Catholic Church and a United States Navy veteran. He was a maintenance worker with the United States Postal Service.
Born in Marlinton April 22, 1956, he was the son of Emil L. Borg, Jr., and Nancy Y. Friel Borg.
Surviving him, in addition to his parents of Camdenton, Missouri, are two sons, James Darvis Borg, of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and Jerry Joseph Borg, of St. Louis, Missouri, and a daughter, Kari Marie Borg, of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
Services were held Sunday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton by Father George Manjadi, with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Thelma Dever Bird
Thelma Dever Bird, age 93, of Monterey, Virginia, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000.
She was born July 25, 1906, at Mill Gap, Virginia, a daughter of Charles S. and Annarine Wade Dever.
Mrs. Bird was a retired school teacher, having taught in the Highland County schools; she had a second career as manager of Highland County Crafts. She belonged to the Retired Teachers Association.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Russell Bird; three brothers, Guilford, Roy and Stanley Dever; and a sister, Annie Dever Bussard.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary A. Byrd, of Staunton, Virginia; a son, James D. Bird, of Cypress, Texas; a sister, Alice Dever, of Marlinton; three grandchildren, and a great-grandson..
Funeral services were held Friday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell by the Rev. Jerry Ginn. Burial was in the Green Hill Cemetery near Mill Gap.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 268, Monterey,Virginia 24465.
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Ernest Lee Alexander, II
Ernest Lee "Ernie" Alexander, II, age 46, of South Charleston, died February 24, 2000, at home after a long illness.
He was an employee of Graziano's Pizza, Charleston, a musician, and an original member of Stratus. He was a graduate of South Charleston High School and attended West Virginia State College, Institute.
Surviving him are a son, Ernest Lee Alexander, III; mother, Magnolia Cashwell Alexander; brother, Robert Alan Alexander, of Terra Alta.
Service was held February 29 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, South Charleston, by the Rev. Robert Davis. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.
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Virgil J. Sheets
Virgil J. Sheets, age 72, of Colman Manor, Maryland, died Monday, February 14, 2000, at Prince George Hospital, Maryland.
Born April 16, 1927, in Pocahontas County, he was a son of the late Porter Sheets and Stella Aggers Sheets.
Surviving him are his wife, Leona Shiflett Sheets, of Colman Manor; three sons, David, of Laurel, Maryland, Charles and Ronald, of Colman Manor; four sisters, Frances Sutton, of Miller, Maryland, Marie Miller, of Appomattox, Virginia, Betty Leigton, of Bangor, Maine, and Mae Askew, of Louisa, Virginia.
He served in the Air Force from September 1948 to September 1952.
Burial and funeral services were held February 18 at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, Brentwood, Maryland.
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William L. McNeel
William L. "Bill" McNeel, age 82, of Fishersville, Virginia, died March 10, 2000, at the Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, after a long illness.
Mr. McNeel was born at Locust Creek, on May 7, 1917, the son of the late Thomas P. and Nora Kidd McNeel. He was an employee of the state road for seventeen years and in 1960 took over the operation of the McNeel dairy farm in Asbury. In 1973 Bill and Frances were selected as the West Virginia Farmers Home Administration Outstanding Farm Family of the Year. He was a member of the United Methodist Churches in Asbury and Fishersville, Ruritan Clubs in Asbury and Fishersville, and was a charter member of the Ruritan Club in Williamsburg.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Cooper McNeel; two sons, Tom, of Lenoir, North Carolina, and Ed, of Corbin, Kentucky; three daughters, JoAnne Brown, of Bridgeport, Carol Buckalew, of Charleston, and Marcy Baker, of Fishersville, Virginia; two sisters, Louise Parker, of Lewisburg, and Jean Barber, of Miami, Florida; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Asbury. The Reverends Sterling Morgan and Jim Harris conducted the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Asbury, WV 24916, or to the Building Fund at Fishersville United Methodist Church, Rt. 2, Box 19, Fishersville, Virginia 22939.
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Brooks Hedrick, age 85, of Painesville, Ohio, since 1952, formerly of West Virginia, died March 7, 2000, at the Altercare of Mentor. Born November 14, 1915, in Whitmer, he was the son of the late Charlie and Clara Warner Hedrick.
As a young teenager, Mr. Hedrick worked in various sawmills and lumber companies in Pendleton and Randolph Counties. He was a Trackman for the Western Maryland Railroad in Cheat Bridge, from 1938 to 1952. He retired from the Diamond Shamrock Corporation in Painesville, Ohio, in 1976 after 24 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Painesville. He also had served in the U.S. Army from 1934 to 1938, stationed in Panama and Hawaii.
He is survived by his wife, Helen East Hedrick, of Fairport Harbor, Ohio; step-son, Donald Pethtal, of Fairport; sister, Bonnie Sipes, of Bartow; nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Matt Hedrick and Rich Hedrick; sisters, Pauline Hedrick, Kathryn Simmons and Margaret Renz.
Graveside services were held at Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton, by the Rev. Jerry Moore.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Pocahontas County.