S. Franklin Burford, of Elkins, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Greystone Landing in Lewisburg. He had been in failing health for several years.
Mr. Burford was born in Huntington on June 21, 1928, the son of Charline and S. S. Burford. He was a graduate of Indiana University and received a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1952. He then served two and a half years in the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, living in Korea for fifteen months. He went on to receive his Doctor of Law degree from New York University and practiced with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City from 1956 to 1961, then a law partner with Judge Martin Rouse in St. Petersburg, Florida, until 1964. He taught law at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1964-67, returning to West Virginia to run an aggregates company in Alloy, then a mining partnership in Monterville until 1976. From 1977 to 1985 he owned Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. In 1992 he published his book The Snowshoe Story.
In August 1955 he married Betty Stubbs in St. Petersburg, Florida. She now resides in Frost.
They are the parents of four children, Sam Burford, Abigail Gavrila, Adam Burford, and Ves Burford, with five grandchildren.
In 1978 he married Hazel Kump Billups, who survives in Elkins. He has five stepchildren and eleven step-grandchildren.
Also surviving are his sister, Nola Legg, of Idaho, and brother, Joseph Burford, of Atlanta, Georgia.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Elkins 1 p. m. Saturday.
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Brian Paul Hatfield
Brian Paul Hatfield, age 56, of Beckley, formerly of Lewisburg, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Pinecrest Hospital in Beckley, after a three month illness.
Mr. Hatfield was born April 6, 1944, at Friars Hill, the son of Vera McMillion Hatfield and the late Roy Paul Hatfield.
He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School, in Ronceverte, and West Virginia University. He was a former resident of Lewisburg, where he resided with his mother most of his adult life.
Surviving him are his mother, Vera McMillion Hatfield, of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, and a brother, William F. Hatfield, of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. He was a nephew of Ina Montgomery, of Buckeye.
Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg by Pastor Michael Estep.
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Kathleen Virginia Wilfong, age 93, of Front Royal, Virginia, formerly of Bartow, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at Loving Arms Rest Home in Front Royal.
Mrs. Wilfong was a former teacher in Pocahontas and Highland Counties. She was a member of the Durbin United Methodist Church.
Born June 25, 1907, at Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Harry M. and Lola Scruggs Taylor.
Her husband, Gray E. Wilfong, died March 13, 1996; also a son, Harold Wilfong, preceded her in death.
Surviving her are two daughters, Nancy Cook, of Front Royal, and Connie McGroder, of Baltimore, Maryland; a son, Sam H. Wilfong, of Front Royal; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. David Rittenhouse. Burial will be in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 12:30 until time of services.
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James Edward Broyles
James Edward Broyles, age 72, of Newport News, Virginia, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, in Hampton, Virginia.
Born in Monroe County January 8, 1929, he was the son of the late Andrew and Grace Biggs Broyles, of Marlinton.
Mr. Broyles was a welder in the shipyards and a Presbyterian. He served in the Army in the Korean War 1951-53
His parents, a sister, Lillie McClure, and a brother, Bobby Broyles, preceded him in death.
Surviving him are his wife, Mescal Morrison Broyles; a daughter, Jane Ellen Broyles, of Newport News; seven sisters, Marie Hannah, of Oceana, Polly Dilley, of Vine Grove, Kentucky, Peggy Landis, Nancy Broyles, Brenda Broyles and Barbara Broyles, all of Marlinton and Patsy Puffenbarger, of Hillsboro; three brothers, Russell Broyles, of Nettie, Bernard and Larry, both of Marlinton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Randy Benson. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday night from 6 to 8.
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M. Joan Miles
M. Joan Miles, age 56, of Wooster, died March 16, 2001, at her residence after a long illness.
She was born August 20, 1944, in Sutton, the daughter of Earl and Gay W. Tolley Deal and married Okey E. Miles on October 2, 1964, in Sutton.
She moved to Wayne County from Sutton in 1964, and was employed at the Wooster Brush Company for 25 years in the shipping department. She retired in 1998.
She was a member of West Hill Baptist Church, Wooster.
She was preceded in death by her father and an infant brother.
She is survived in addition to her husband by a son, Timothy O. Miles, of Shreve; 4 grandchildren; her mother, of Sutton; brothers, John, Larry and Jerry Deal, all of Sutton; sisters, Delores Berry, of Bradenton, Florida, Shirley Keener, of Cleveland, Judy Houghton, of Marlinton, and Sharon Purvis, of Myakka, Florida.
Services were held Wednesday, at West Hill Baptist Church, Wooster, by Pastor Dan Wingate with burial at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.