Delmas E. (Joe) Bussard
Delmas E. (Joe) Bussard, age 57, of Frost, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was a mechanic and a Protestant by faith. He served in the U. S. Army in the Vietnam War.
The son of the late June and Viola McCarty Bussard, he was born at Frost August 7, 1943.
A brother, Dennis Buzzard, and a half-brother, Jim McCarty, are deceased.
Surviving him are his wife, Patricia Miller Bussard; a daughter, Angela Bussard, of Frost; a son, Joey Bussard, of Manassas, Virginnia; three sisters, Jean Boggs, Mary Lue Waugh, both of Marlinton, and Linda Whittington, of Harrisonburg, Virginia; two brothers, Clark Buzzard, of Marlinton, and Ben Buzzard, of Frost; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held on Christmas Day at 2 p. m. by the Rev. David Rittenhouse at Van-Reenen Funeral Home Chapel.
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Fred Alexander Hefner
Fred Alexander Hefner, age 91, of Rt. 1, Marlinton, died at his home on Sunday, December 24, 2000,
Mr. Hefner was a carpenter and stone mason, and was retired as Head of Carpentery at West Virginia State Road Department in Pocahontas County. He attended the Marlinton Church of the Nazarene.
Born September 1, 1909, at Farmington, he was the son of the late George and Bertha Overholt Hefner.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, Edna Mae Clark; a daughter, Patricia Lynn Hefner; two sons, Fred Andy Hefner and Mark Pifer; a sister, Mary Yauger; and three brothers, Glen Hefner, Henry Hefner, and Andy Hefner.
Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Cutlip, of Tennessee, Helen Layman and Freda Jackson, both of Marlinton; three sons, Gary Wamsley, of Mansfield, Ohio, Mike Hefner, of Marlinton, and Steve Hefner, of Arlington, Virginia; a brother, Robert Hefner, of Florida; sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, December 29, at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Arbaugh, Jr., with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Marlinton Rescue Squad.
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James Judson Howard
James Judson Howard, age 57, of Buckeye, died Monday, December 25, 2000, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Howard was disabled, a former plumber and water service technician/businessman, and a member of Grace Baptist Church.
He was born November 14, 1943, at Buckeye, the son of the late James W. and Charleen Swearinger Howard.
Surviving him are his wife, Constance Birchfield Howard; two sons, Judson Dale Howard, of Ma-nassas, Virginia, and Joseph Gale Howard, of Staunton, Virginia; two sisters, Florence A. Barkley, of Denton, North Carolina, and Sara A. O'Brien, of Reston, Virginia; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Bryan Treadway. Burial with militiary honors was in the Buckeye Cemetery.
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Floyd B. Shrader
Floyd B. Shrader, age 89, of Marlinton, who had been living at Calvin, died Tuesday, Decmeber 26, 2000, at Charleston Area Medical Center.
A native of Pocahontas, he was the son of the late Robert Luster and Stella Dilley Shrader.
His parents and his wife, Virginia McPaters Shrader, preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Kay Hester, of Morganton, North Carolina, and Mary Lee Cain, of Hudson; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel Saturday morning by the Rev. Randy White, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Walker Sharp, age 81, of Mill Point, died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.
Mr. Sharp was a retired welder for Anderson Paving Company. He was in the Marines in World War II.
Born at Mill Point June 27, 1919, he was the son of the late Joseph and Gertrude Vaughan Sharp.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Frances Rose Sharp; a daughter, Patricia Sharp; four brothers, Luther Sharp, Joseph Grant Sharp, Lacy Denton Sharp, and Herbert H. Sharp; four sisters, Mattie Kertzman, Nettie Lattch, Grace Wilfong, and Frances Sharp; and two half-sisters, Tina Bryant and Effie Bryant.
Mr. Sharp is survived by his wife, Teresa Lynn Wilfong Sharp; a daughter, Shirley Ann Burbaugh, of Morral, Ohio; a son, Maxwell Sharp, of Key West, Florida; a sister, Dortha Wells, of Phoenix, Arizona; three brothers, Charles Sharp, of Topeka, Kansas, James Sharp, of LaRue, Ohio; and Clyde Sharp, of Stow, Ohio; four grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Jack Burks. Burial with military rites was in Sharp Cemetery, Mill Point.
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Jamie Lee Abdella
Jamie Lee Abdella, age 71, of Huntersville, died Sunday, December 31, 2000, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Abdella attended Fairmont Business College, was a heavy equipment operator, former superintendent of SS Joe Burford Company, former Superintendent for Pocahontas County West Virginia Department of Highways, and was an avid gardener and lawn caretaker. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a Methodist.
The son of the late Harrison Abdella and Laura Smith Abdella Byrd, he was born in Burr Valley April 2, 1929.
Three brothers, Delbert Abdella, Dallas Abdella, and Theodore Abdella, are deceased.
He is survived by his wife, Leota Shields Abdella; two daughters, Vickie L. Smith and Donna J. Bronson, both of Marlinton; two sons, Jamie Lee Abdella, Jr., of Manassas, Virginia, and Gregory Lewis Abdella, of Binghamton, New York; a sister, Hallie Combs, of Huntersville; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Thursday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Randy White. Burial will be in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
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Robert Milton McNabb, Sr.
Robert Milton McNabb, Sr., age 59, of Marlinton, died at the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital December 23, 2000, after a short illness.
Born August 9, 1941, at Columbia, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Forrest and Erma McNabb.
Surviving are his wife, "Pat" Ethel G. McNabb; two sons, Robert M. McNabb, Jr., and "Frosty" Andrew Forest McNabb; three brothers, Thomas McNabb, of Purvis, Mississippi, Donald McNabb, of Biloxi, Mississippi, Billy Joe McNabb, of Columbia, Mississippi; and five grandchildren.
One brother, Larry McNabb, preceded him in death.
He was an electrical contractor and owner of Edray Electric Company. He was of the Christian faith.
Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial service will be held later on.
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Lowell R. Payne
Lowell R. Payne, age 65, of Lumberport, died December 20, 2000, in United Hospital Center, Clarksbsurg, after a long illness.
He was a retired miner from Consolidation Coal Company, with 29 years' service, a past officer of the West Virginia Mine Rescue Association, and a member of UMW. He was a past master of Masonic Lodge #24, a member of Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies, and former deputy district grand master of the State of West Virgnia Masonic Body. He was vice president of the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery board of trustees and had attended Chestnut Bottom Union Mission Church, Bergoo.
Surviving him are his wife, Pearl Y. Styer Payne; daughter, Regina Payne, of Lumberport; brothers, Howard "Mickey" Payne and Elsworth "Sonny" Helmick, both of Bergoo, Walter Helmick, of Marlinton, Robert Helmick, of Webster Springs; sisters, Shirley Dulaney, of Webster Springs, and Patricia Hamrick, of Beverly.
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Debra Lynn Winn
Debra Lynn Winn, age 43, of Chester, Virginia, was killed by a drunk driver in an automobile accident on Christmas Day, December 25, 2000.
She was the daughter of the late Percy and Geraldine Galford Oliver and the wife of the late John Winn.
Mrs. Winn is survived by two brothers, James Oliver, of Dunmore, and Robert Oliver, of Staunton, Virginia; three sisters, Carroll Shanahan, of Ledyard, Connecticut, Phyllis Scruggs and Katherine Garber, both of Dunmore.
A memorial service was held at the Gould Funeral Home on Saturday, December 30. Her ashes were placed beside her husband in the Bermuda Memorial Park in Hopewell, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 7th, at 1 p. m. at the Dunmore United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to MADD, 300 Capitol Street #1121, Charleston, WV 25301, or your local chapter.
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Clarence G. Beale
Clarence G. Beale, age 85, died December 2, 2000, at his home in Temple Hills, Maryland, from an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Beale was retired from Thompson's Dairy, Washington, D. C.
He was born August 20, 1914, on the farm of his parents, Howard and Meck Beale, on Dry Branch Road, Mace.
He was the husband of Nina R. Vandevender Beale and the father of Clarence G. Beale, Jr. Also surviving is a grandson.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a brother, Leroy Beale, and a sister, Mrs. Norman (Ruth) Beale.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 6, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, Oxon Hill, Maryland, with burial in Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
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Ronald Harold Wellman
Ronald "Ronnie" Harold Wellman, age 43, of Frankford, was killed in a single vehicle accident on December 25, 2000, in Monroe County.
He was born December 14, 1957, in Cheverly, Maryland. He resided in Greenbrier and Jefferson Counties, attended Greenbrier County schools, and was employed by Baxter Plumbing in Union. He was of the Church of God faith.
Mr. Wellman is survived by his wife, Cathy Wellman; two daughters, Crystal and Tiffany, and a son, Justin, all of Jefferson County; mother and stepfather, Hildred Lewis Carper and Willard, of Frankford; father and stepmother, Harold and Jean Wellman, of Ballard; brothers, Wayne Wellman, of Jefferson County, and Jimmy Lewis, of Frankford; sisters, Debbie White, of Princeton, Pansy Wellman, of Tucson, Arizona, and Angie Bates, of Bedford, Virginia.
Services were held December 29 at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg by the Rev. Gary Lauzon. Burial was in the Carroll Hill Methodist Cemetery near Lewisburg.
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Bruce Nelson died December 2, 2000, in Santa Clara, California.
Mr. Nelson was born in Whitmer November 9, 1918, the son of David and Nellie Nelson.
He moved to Cass as a child and later worked on the railroad through World War II years. He also worked for the Mower Lumber Company in the mill at Cass, moving in 1951 to Warren, Ohio.
He possessed a lifetime passion for the old railroad days and general history of the area and could tell many stories about the colorful characters he remembered as a young man. The Times printed several of his articles about the train logging era on Cheat Mountain and Spruce Knob, as well as the sometimes boisterous life in Cass at the time.
In 1943, he married Pauline Cosner, by whom he had two children, Bruce, Jr., of Lakeport, California, and Mildred Elaine, of Gatesville, Texas.
His final years of retirement were spent in Santa Clara. He is also survived by Lee, his second wife, and sisters, Madge and Shirley, of Ohio.
Burial was in San Jose, California.
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Robert J. Varney
Robert J. Varney, age 69, of Wheatland, Wyoming, died December 28, 2000, at the hospital in Wheatland, of a massive heart attack.
Born September 27, 1931, in North Conway, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Winifred and Lewis Varney, Sr.
Surviving him are a sister, Barbara Kelly, of Minnehaha, and two brothers, Lewis Varney, Jr., of Hot Springs, Virginia, and Larry Varney, of Morrison, Colorado.
Services were held at the Platte Funeral Chapel in Wheatland on January 3, 2001.
A memorial service will be held here at a later date.
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Betty J. Schuhman
Betty J. Schuhman, age 63, of Durbin, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at her home of a sudden illness.
Mrs. Schuhman was born January 22, 1937, at Boyer, and was the daughter of the late Merle and Pearl Stone Rexrode.
She was a member of the Durbin United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin Schuhman; one son, Jeffrey Schuhman, of Mount Sidney, Virginia; and one sister, Daisy Wright, of Durbin.
Services were held at Durbin United Methodist Church by Rev. Gary Gordon with burial in Arbovale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Durbin United Methodist Church.
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Stella Mae Yates Blackhurst
Stella Mae Yates Blackhurst, age 83, of Cass, died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at The Brier Nursing Home in Ronceverte, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Blackhurst was born May 3, 1917, at Unus, and was the daughter of the late Chester A. and Mamie Ethel Harvey Yates. She was reared by a devoted step-father, Martin V. Dahmer.
She was married to the late Warren "Tweard" Blackhurst, of Cass, on June 25, 1934, who was a teacher at Green Bank for 30 years and was the author of many books of the Cass era.
Mrs. Blackhurst was a co-owner of the Cass Country Store and owner of the Wildlife Museum of Cass. She was a devoted member of the Cass United Methodist Church, Ladies Circle, and Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a director of the First National Bank of Marlinton.
She is survived by two sisters, Thelma Quick and Helen Musser, both of Lewisburg; two brothers, Chester A. Yates, of Cass, and Martin "Bo" Dahmer, of Lewisburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Blackhurst; an infant son; one brother, Leonard Yates; and one sister, Lucille Farren.
Services were held Wednesday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, by Rev. David Rittenhouse, with burial in Arbovale Cemetery.