Vernon C. Dean
Vernon Channing Dean, age 87, of Huntersville, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Plateau Area Medical Center at Oak Hill.
Mr. Dean was retired from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, a former Assistant Superintendent at Watoga State Park. He was a Mehodist and a member of the I.O.O.F.
Born near Huntersville, he was the son of the late Alfred G. and Ina C. Smith Dean.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Devada G. Scott Dean; a daughter, Shirley Wilson; and two sons, Robert and Ronnie Dean; two brothers, Leonard Dean and Raymond Dean; and two sisters, Delena Dunn and Elsie Tacy.
Survivors include three sons, Gilbert D. Dean, of West Union, John C. Dean, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Sterl H. Dean, of Elkins; three daughters, Della M. Johnson, of Lookout, Vicki L. Neal, of Fayetteville, and Mary L. Nicora, of Mason, Ohio; four brothers, Alfred Dean, Jr., and Elmer Dean, both of Huntersville, Ezra Dean, of New cumberland, and Hubert Dean, of Huntington, Summers Dean, of Buckeye, and Winters Dean, of Fenwick; three sisters, Grace Combs, of Huntington, and Gay Fields and Alta Holbrook, both of New Cumberland; twelve granchildren and two step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday morning in the Beaver Creek Chapel by the Rev. James Murphy, with burial in Beaver Creek Cemetery, Huntersville.
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Robert Shannon McElwee
Robert Shannon "Mac" McElwee, age 43, of Clermont, Florida, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, of cancer.
Mr. McElwee was a Project Manager for Sentry Electric of Orlando, Florida.
Born in Orlando, he was a lifelong resident of Central Florida.
He was a Presbyterian and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Bahai Shrine Temple of Orlando.
Survivng him are his wife, Linda R. McElwee; one son, Robert Shannon, II; step-son, Jay Siebrecht, of West Palm Beach, Florida; his parents, Mary Alice and Robert McElwee, of Marlinton; sister, Connie L. Wilken, of Orlando; and a brother, Michael McElwee, of Newport News, Virginia.
A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, May 31, at Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home in Orlando.
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Ronald Ray Simmons
Lt. Ronald Ray Simmons, of Pocahontas County Sheriff Department, died June 4, 2000. He was a 14 1/2 year veteran of law enforcement.
He was born February 28, 1964, in Marlinton.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge 121, A.F.&A.M. at Hillsboro, Fraternal Order of Police, active coach in Little League, co-founder of the Pocahontas County Needy children's fund. He was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by wife, Debra Kay; a son, Ronald Ray, II; two daughters, Michelle Dawn and Hilary Ann, all at home; his father, Claude, and step-mother, Sandi Simmons, of Craigsville; mother, Clara Cottrell, and step-father, Winston Cottrell, of Florida; brother, Robert Gray Simmons, of Marlinton.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1 p. m. at the Hillsboro McNeel Gymnasium by the Rev. Julian Rittenhouse, Robert Mann, and the Rev. Jerry Lee. Burial was in the Sunset Cemetery at Jacox.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made for his children's college fund at First Citizens Bank in Marlinton.
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Frances Hill Jordan Trader, 80, of Belmont, died June 3, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkers- burg.
She was born June 2, 1920, on the family farm at Hillsboro, the daughter of the late James Winters and Georgia Virginia Morgan Jordan.
Mrs. Trader was a 1941 graduate of Hillsboro High School and trained as a registered nurse at Fairmont Emergency Hospital. She was a member of the St. Marys Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by two sons, George Trader, of St. Marys, and John William Trader, of Hillsboro, Illinois; three sisters, Lucy Vandergrift, of Fairmont, Mildred Walton and Nancy Fowler, both of Hillsboro; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Trader, on March 4, 1988, and two brothers, James Jordan and Harry Jordan.
Services were held on Monday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home in St. Marys with the Rev. Michael Anderson officiating. Burial was in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown.
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Melissa P. Gum
Melissa Payne Gum, 72, died on May 9, 2000, at a Beckley hospital following a long illness.
Born on March 3, 1928, in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late William Okey and Josie Humphrey Payne.
She was a graduate of Pax High School, Concord College, and received her master's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She taught school in Raleigh County for seven years, five years in Warren County, Ohio, and for 20 years at Mayfield School in Middletown, Ohio, before retiring in 1979. She was teacher of the year in 1974.
Following retirement Mrs. Gum moved to Oak Hill. She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, the Fayette County Historical Society, Fayette County Retired Teachers Associa- tion, and the White Oak Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. She volunteered as a guide at the Contentment Museum and helped prepare the 1993 book on Fayette County history.
Surivors include her husband, Charles Wallace Gum, whom she married on May 28, 1954; five brothers, William U. Payne, of Miami, Florida, John A. Payne, of Sacramento, California, Waymon H. Payne, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Franklin L. Payne, of Fayetteville, and Lowell E. Payne, of Sissonville; and one sister, Mary Jo Morris, of Rock- bridge, Ohio.
Services were held on May 11 at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Shepherd officiating. Burial was in the High Lawn Memorial Park at Oak Hill.
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Austin McCoy Sharp
Austin McCoy Sharp, age 80, of Route 1, Marlinton, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
He was born March 13, 1920, at Marlinton, the son of the late Paul Warwick and Mary Catherine Sharp.
Mr. Sharp served in the Army during World War II. He retired from Sewell Coal Company after 32 years and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a member and elder of the Assembly of God Church, Marlinton; for many years he was a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent of Stony Creek Presbyterian Church.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He and his twin brother, Oscar, were widely known as the "Bear Hunting Sharp Twins." He was a lifetime member of the NRA.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were four brothers, Charles J. Sharp, twin Oscar Sharp, Lanty Sharp, and Layton Sharp; and five sisters, Hazel Russell, Polly May, Nettie VanReenen, Sylvia Moore, and Marlie Curry.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eula Mae Underwood Sharp; four daughters, Elvina Arlene Nay, of LaGrange, Ohio, Vivian Leigh Reed, of Marlinton, Rebecca Ann Sharp, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Mary Rachel Sharp, of Aiken, South Carolina; three sons, Paul Warwick Sharp, of Marlinton, Gary Wayne Sharp, of Caldwell, and Randy Allen Sharp, of Marlinton; a sister, Nina Waybright, of Bluefield; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. John McKinney. Burial with military honors was in the Sharp Cemetery on Jericho Road.
The family suggest donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street Suite 1100, New York, New York 10016; American Heart Association, West Virginia Office, P. O. Box 11062, Charleston, WV 25339-1062; or First Assembly of God Building Fund, c/ Rev. John McKinney, Route 1 Box 390, Marlinton, WV 24954.
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Henry Lee Scott
Henry Lee Scott, age 68, of Rogers, Arkansas, died May 30, 2000.
He had lived in Arkansas thirty years. He was of the Pentecostal faith, a member of the House of Prayer in Rogers. He was a member of the Governor's Golden Mountaineer Program and sponsor of St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a Sergeant in the Air Force and was a member of Bella Vista POA.
Born in Pocahontas County August 20, 1932, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Lida Rose Scott.
A brother, Smith Freeman Scott, also preceded him in death.
Surviving him are his wife, Alvina Scott; two step-daughters, Jessica Fay Scheile and Julie Anne Scheile, both of Rogers; a step-son, Joshua Lee Scheile, of Rogers; and two sisters, Dot Vaughan, of Hillsboro, and Mary Frances Dilley, of Dunmore.
Graveside services were held by the Rev. Carl Holland at Emmanuel Cemetery on Bruffeys Creek, with military honors by Air Force Honor Guard from Washington, D. C.
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Willard A. Hackett, Jr.
Willard A. Hackett, Jr., age 43, of Green Bank, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at home.
Mr. Hacket was a self-employed contractor and a member of the Baptist Church at Green Bank.
He was born July 8, 1956, in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, the son of Willard A. Hackett, Sr., and Josephine Reed Hackett. Surving him are his wife, Jeralee Harmor Hackett; two daughters, April Lynn and Trish; a son, Willard Ashley Hackett, III, and a stepson, Corry Lassen; five sisters, Fran, Pam Hall, Brenda, Mary Jo King, and Josephine Cummings; three brothers, Mike, Arthur and Jimmy Hackett; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
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Tom D. Morrison
Tom D. Morrison, age 69, of Frank, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at his home.
The son of the late Herbert H. and Ora Dilley Morrison, he was born in Charleston, January 16, 1931.
A brother, Herbert Morrison, is deceased.
Mr. Morrison worked for International Shoe Company in Marlinton from 1950, serving as Plant Manager when they closed in 1970; from 1970 to 1987 he was Plant Manager for Howes Leather Company, Inc., at Frank. He was a member of the Marlinton United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the Marlinton United Methodist Men and active in the Marlinton Little League organization.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen W. Bennett Morrison; three sons, Douglas Glen Morrison, of Gaines, Pennsylvania, Tom Dilley Morrison, Jr., of San Jose, California, and Frank Morgan Morrison, of Marlinton; a step-daughter, Ruth E. Smith; two step-sons, David A. White and Michael C. White; four grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p. m. Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. David R. Rittenhouse. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.