Gatrel P. Thomas
Gatrel Poage Thomas, 88, of Salem, Virginia, died March 10, 2001.
She was born near Marlinton, the daughter of William E. and Lena Williams Poage.
Mrs. Thomas was retired from Denmar State Hospital.
Survivors include one son, William Marshall Thomas, of Salem; two brothers, Warren Poage, of State College, Pennsylvania, and Jack Poage, of Washington, D. C.; two sisters, Jewell Hamilton, of Ashland, Kentucky, and Faith (Sally) Woodrum, of Pompano Beach, Florida; two granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Audley M. Thomas; two sisters, Zell Lewis and Alea Poage; and two brothers, Van Poage and Col. (Ret.) Oren Poage.
A private service was held on March 11 at John M. Oakey and Sons in Salem followed by burial in the Swope Cemetery in Monroe County.
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Kyle W. Irvine
Kyle Walker Irvine, 47, of Harkers Island, North Carolina, died February 20, 2001.
He was the son of Elva Guthrie Irvine, of Harkers Island, and the late Andrew Gale Irvine.
Mr. Irvine was a member of the Harkers Island Fire Department, on the Board of Directors of Harkers Island Fire and Rescue, and a member of the Down East Democratic Club.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Willis Irvine; two sons, Daniel Kyle Irvine and Willis Jordan Irvine; two sisters, Deloris Lewis, of Straits, North Carolina, and Donna Wade, of Harkers Island; and two brothers, Kenneth Irvine and Robert Irvine, both of Harkers Island.
He was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother, Andrew Gale Irvine, Jr.
Services were held on February 23 at the Harkers Island Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Clayton Guthrie and Joe Hancock officiating. Burial was in Virgie Mae Cemetery in Harkers Island.
Mr. Irvine was a nephew of Kyle Irvine, of Marlinton, and Elsie Long, of Mill Point.
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Claude A. Stimeling, Jr.
Claude A. Stimeling, Jr., 82, of Marlinton, died Monday, March 13, 2001, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was born on January 26 at Stony Bottom, the son of Claude A. Stimeling, Sr., and Eula Simmons Stimeling.
Mr. Stimeling served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a coal miner and security guard and was a Methodist.
Survivors include two daughters, Saundra F. Parsons, of Marlinton, and Susan L. Armstrong, of Valley Head; one son, S. Allen Stimeling, of Claysville; two half-brothers, Bobby Blake, of Marlinton, and Billy Blake, of Virginia; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lutricia M. Stimeling, and three half-brothers, Guy Stimeling, Ed Blake, and Richard Blake.
Visitation will be at VanReenen Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Norman Lee Alderman and John D. Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.
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Ernest H. Gumm
Ernest Harding Gumm, of Covington, Virginia, died March 6, 2001, at home.
Mr. Gumm was born May 30, 1921, in Pocahontas County, the son of the late Willis A. and Alice Puffenbarger Gumm.
He served his country with the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Gumm retired from Virginia Power as a lead lineman in 1980.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Johnson Gumm, in 1978, and a brother, Basil Gumm, and a sister, Bonnie Wilson.
He is survived by a devoted friend, Ruth C. Smith, of Covington; two brothers, Maxie Gumm, of Green Bank, and Austin Gumm, of Scott Depot; three sisters, Polly Lucas, of Craigsville, Virginia, Ruby Dowdy, of Staunton, Virginia, and Sarafene Gumm, of Renick.
Mr. Gumm's body was cremated.
Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Gumm to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 11, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422 or to Mountain Regional Hospice at 525 Main Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.
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Lonnie R. Byers
Lonnie R. Byers, age 65, of Arbovale, died March 8, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Byers was born February 15, 1936, in Sun, the son of the late Joseph M. and Willie Belle Angle Byers.
He was a member of the Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church and was a retired supervisor with Giant Foods. He was also a Navy Veteran.
He was preceded in death along with his parents by three brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Bilyard Byers, of Arbovale; one step-daughter, Rebecca M. Ola, of Bristow, Virginia; one son, David W. Byers, of West Virginia; two step-sons, Henry D. Iddings, III, and Donald E. Brown, both of Manassas, Virginia; two sisters, Charlotte Schwid, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Ruth Toni, of Ferellsburg; three brothers, Cecil Byers, of Craigsville, Vernon Byers, of Bladensburg, Maryland, and Donnie Byers, of Fishersville, Virginia; and nine grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, by Pastors Lauri Aho and Samuel E. Tumer, with burial in Arbovale Cemetery Annex.
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Harlan G. Tallman
Harlan G. "Pistol Pete" Tallman, age 84, of Durbin, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, of cardiac arrest following a protracted illness.
Tallman had been a merchant in Durbin, farmer, school bus driver, guard and bus driver at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He served two terms on the Pocahontas County Commission, also as president, was a former member and chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, and served on Durbin Town Council. He was an office holder in the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a lifelong active member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.
In World War II, Tallman was captured and held captive about six months in a German prison camp, released in April, 1945, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Born August 5, 1916, on Back Mountain near Durbin, he was the son of the late Flora Tallman Galford and was reared by his maternal grandparents, Enos and Martha Tallman.
Surviving him are his wife of 63 years, Inez Catherine Mullenax Tallman; a daughter, Bonnie Tallman Plyler, of Durbin; two sons, H. Roger Tallman, of Troy, Ohio, and Edward W. Tallman, of Franklin; three brothers, George Galford, of Catonsville, Maryland, Andy Galford, of Hamlin, and Ray Galford, of Chesapeake, Virginia, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Bethel United Methodist Church by the Revs. Gary Gordon, David Rittenhouse, and Donald Curry. Burial with military honors was in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church or to the B.F.D. Rescue Squads.
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Howard F. Keeler
Howard F. Keeler, age 87, of Buckeye, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
He was retired from the United States Postal Service and was a Methodist. He served in the United States Army in World War II and was a member of the American Legion and of the Moose Lodge.
The son of Chester A. and Pansey Emmons Keeler, he was born in Wilmington, Delaware, February 26, 1914.
His parents and adopted mother, Katherine Kopf Raymond, preceded him in death.
Surviving him are his wife, Kathleen Handley Keeler; a daughter, Kathleen Gordon, of Buckeye; a son, John R. Keeler, of El Paso, Texas; four granddaughters, two step-grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Van-Reenen Funeral Home Sunday afternoon by Earl D. "Butch" Michael. Burial with military rites followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
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Evelyn Mae Roberts
Evelyn Mae Roberts, age 47, of Renick, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.
Born April 24, 1953, in Marlinton, she was a daughter of the late Everette McCoy and Verda McCoy Williams.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Herman United Methodist Church in Renick, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women.
A sister, Mary Ann McMillion, and a brother, Freddie McCoy, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Roberts, of Renick; a daughter, Teressa Hamner, of Springfield, Virginia; five sons, Michael, Patrick and Jason Roberts, all of Renick; Stuart Roberts, of Ronceverte, and Kevin McCoy, of Renick; one sister, Patricia Clutter, of Renick; three brothers, Harper and Bruce McCoy, both of Hillsboro, and Charles McCoy, of Droop; and seven grandchildren.
Services were Wednesday afternoon at Mount Herman United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dan Arbogast and Emory Hanna. Burial was in Morningside Cemetery at Renick.
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Marvin Gray Jackson
Marvin Gray Jackson, age 69, of Chesterfield, Virginia, formerly of Marlinton, died March 10, 2001.
He was born in Marlinton, the son of the late Oley and Hester Wilfong Jackson.
Surviving him are his wife, JoAnn Rexrode Jackson; two sons, Walter Jackson, of Summersville, and William Jackson, of Ashland, Virginia; daughter, Janice Diehl, of Chester, Virginia; four grandchildren; two sisters, Rebecca McLaughlin, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Hazel McPeak, of Marlinton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church and on Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton. Burial was in the Wilfong Cemetery.
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Willard A. Addleman
Willard A. Addleman, age 86, of Hurricane, died March 6, 2001, at Putnam General Hospital after a long illness.
Born October 24, 1914, at Marlinton, he was the son of the late Arthur and Sylvia Addleman.
He was a graduate of Marshall University and a World War II veteran. He was retired from the DuPont Company at Belle.
Surviving him are his wife, Helen Nunley Addleman; stepchildren, Glen Nunley and Sharon Guest, both of Charleston, Jeanette Infanger, of Victoria, Texas; four step-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, by the Rev. Lynn Wood. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.