Gladys V. Simmons
Gladys V. Simmons, age 80, of Bartow, died Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center, following an extended illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and was a member of Durbin United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Simmons was born September 15, 1919, at Green Bank, the daughter of the late Howard and Lottie Runion Curry.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Everette Curry, who died in World War II, and Clarence Curry; a sister, Kathryn Humphrey; and a granddaughter, Dawn Elizabeth Brockway.
Surviving her are her husband of 63 years, Maurice E. Simmons, who resides at White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center; two daughters, Mary Jane Galford, of Marlinton, and Norma L. Brockway, of White Sulphur Springs; two sons, James E. Simmons, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and William H. Simmons, of Cross Lanes; two sisters, Helen Cassell, of Fayetteville, Georgia, and Bessie Purcell, of Left Hand; two brothers, Howard Curry, Jr., of Davenport, Florida, and Robert Curry, of Stow, Ohio; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday afternoon at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. David Rittenhouse. Burial was in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Samuel E. Harper
Samuel E. Harper, age 66, of Marlinton died Monday, September 11, 2000, at his home on Knapps Creek, of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Harper was a car salesman for Mitchell Chevrolet and an auctioneer of H&H Auction Service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a member of West Virginia Auctioneers' Association, a car salesman for 42 years (34 years with Mitchell Chevrolet), former member of Board of Directors of First National Bank in Marlinton, former director of Pocahontas Producers, and an auctioneer for 48 years. He was an Army veteran.
The son of Edith Newman Harper, of Marlinton, and the late Ward Elton Harper. he was born on Knapps Creek August 28, 1934.
A brother, Vincent "Buddy" Harper, is also deceased.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Maxine Thomas Harper; a daughter, Beth H. Hill, of Marlinton; two sisters, Marilyn H. Riggs, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and Cornehia H. Jarman, of Crozet, Virginia.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Randy Benson, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery
Memorial donations may be made to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital or Frost Volunteer Fire Department, RR 2 Box 99A, Marlinton, WV 24954.
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Alfred B. Ryder
Alfred B. Ryder, age 84, of Staunton, Virginia, died August 30, 2000, at his residence.
He was born April 23, 1916, in Highland County, a son of Donald Spottswood and Delana Lightner Ryder.
Mr. Ryder was a 1939 graduate of Green Bank High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in Burma, India and China in the 10th Air Force. He retired from E. I. duPont in 1975 after 35 years of employment. He was a member of Springhill Presbyterian Church, where he was Elder Emeritus and a member of the Men's Bible Class.
On June 5, 1940, he married the former Fannie Ruth Spencer.
Preceding him in death were a sister, Abby Warwick, and a brother, Warren Ryder.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Roger B. Ryder, of Staunton; a daughter, Beverly A. VanLear, of Mount Sidney, Virginia; a sister, Helen Craft, of Charleston; two brothers, J. D. Winfield and Algernon Ryder, of Earlimart, California; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A service was conducted September 2 at Oak Lawn Memory Gardens by the Revs. David Spearing and Herbert T. Lewis.
Memorials may be made to AHC Hospice of the Shenandoah, P. 0. Box 215, Fishersville, Virginia 22939, or Springhill Presbyterian Church, 4141 Springhill Road, Staunton, Virginia 24401.