Mell J. Smith
Mell Juanita Smith, age 82, of Rainelle, died Thursday, March 15, at Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home in Fairlea.
Mrs. Smith was born December 5, 1918, at Clay County, and was the daughter of the late Perry Lee and Ada Joy Carpenter Jorunell.
She was of the Methodist Faith, and a resident of Rainelle for 30 years, and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Kessler Smith, Sr.; a sister, Opal Marie Jorunell; and one brother, Leonard Jorunell.
She is survived by one daughter, Erma Smead, of Bartow; three sons, Luther Smith, Jr., of Rainelle, Charles Rogers, and Victor Rogers, of Sevierville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at Lambert Cemetery near Bartow, by Rev. Donnie Curry.
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Anna Grace Rase
Anna Grace Rase, age 72, of Kingsland, Georgia, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida.
A native of Mill Point, she was a resident of Kingsland for the past five months. She was a homemaker and a member of the First English Baptist Church in Frostburg, Maryland.
Survivors include two sons, Jack Rase, of Washington, D. C., and Gary Rase, of Cumberland, Maryland; two daughters, Carla Rase Williams, of Kingsland, Georgia, and Betty Rase Klipstein, of Midland, Maryland; five brothers, Hubert Puffenbarger, Julian Puffenbarger, Karol Puffenbarger and Billy Puffenbarger, all of Hillsboro, and Samuel Puffenbarger, of Titusville, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Mildred Swab, of Titusville, Pennsylvania, Dotty Lou Poage, of Lake Milton, Ohio, and Katherine Wimer, of Hillsboro; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday from Marvin Chapel Church in Mill Point from six to 8 p. m.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 1 p. m. at the German Lutheran Cemetery in Frostburg, Maryland, with Rev. David Sandvick officiating.
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Loman Calvin Lester, age 68, of Marlinton, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at Alleghany Regional Hospital, Low Moor, Virginia.
Mr. Lester formerly worked for the Town of Marlinton.
Born in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth VanReenen Lester.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a daughter, Regina Louise Lester; a son, Loman Keith Lester; two sisters, Eva Sparks and Birdie Mayes; and two brothers, Jim Henry and Bill Lester.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Lester; five daughters, Charlotte Lester, Linda Cassidy, Darlene Lester, and Michelle Lester, all of Marlinton, and Norma Hughes, of Nettie; three sons, Michael Lester, Gregory Lester, both of Marlinton, and Steve Lester, of Hillsboro; two sisters, Mollie Belle, of Ohio, and Opal Gillispie, of Virginia; a brother, Tom Lester, of Marlinton; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by Dave Acree, with burial in the Cochran Cemetery.
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Thelma Conley Cottrell
Thelma Conley Cottrell, age 90, of Morgantown, formerly of Chloe, Calhoun County, and Marlinton, died March 16, 2001, at Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown.
Born in Calhoun County, she was a graduate of Glenville State College and received her Masters Degree at West Virginia University in Elementary Education. She was a retired elementary school teacher in Calhoun and Clay Counties for over 30 years. She was a member of the WVU Alumni Association and the Rebekah Lodge at Minnora.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Delmar Conley, her second husband, Walter Cottrell, of Marlinton, and one son, William F. Conley.
Surviving are three granddaughters.
Funeral services were held March 19 at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Interment was in the Clark Jarvis Cemetery at Chloe.
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Paul Cobb, age 84, of Beverly, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, in Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg.
Mr. Cobb was born March 21, 1916, in Durbin, a son of the late John Cobb and Flora Peck Cummins.
Surviving him are a brother, Henry A. Cummins, of Bartow; two sisters, Thelma R. Mallow, of Circleville, and Ethel Morrison, of Lancaster, New York.
He also was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph S. Cummins; two sisters, Mary J. Eye and Flora "Sis" Nelson; and a brother, Joseph "Albert" Cummins.
Mr. Cobb attended the Nazarene Theological School in Tennessee and was a Nazarene by faith.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served in World War II in the European Theatre and was employed for many years by the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The funeral was held at Tomblyn's Funeral Home in Elkins on Sunday, March 18, with the Rev. Allen Woolums officiating. Burial was in the American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery, where full military rites were accorded at the gravesite by members of H. W. Daniels Post 29, American Legion, and Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memorial contributions may be made to Randolph County Senior Center, Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241.