Doris E. Simmons
Doris E. Simmons, age 92, of Arbovale, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, in Nella's Nursing Home in Elkins.
Mrs. Simmons was a member of the Arbovale United Methodist Church.
She was born November 30, 1908, in Arbovale, the daughter of the late David Oscar and Armenta Emily Gum Woods. She was the last member of her immediate family.
In 1933 she married James W. Simmons, who preceded her in death on February 6, 1977.
Survivors include a son, James "Jimmy" Simmons, of Arbovale; foster daughter, Leola Wooddell, with whom she roomed at Nella's Nursing Home; four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday morning at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. Curlie Ray, Jr. , with burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Virgil Vance, age 81, of Rt. 82, Marlinton, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was a retired coal miner and a affiliated with the Baptist Church.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a lifetime member of National Rifle Association.
A native of Paynesville, he was born April 6, 1920, the son of the late David D. and Martha Horn Vance.
A sister, Zona Mace, and a brother, Edgel Vance, are deceased.
Surviving him are his wife of 56 years, Orpha Vance; three daughters, Zona Swann, of Huntington, Mona Bennett, of Cochranville, Pennsylvania, and Joann Estep, of Marlinton; four sisters, Roma Payne, Lona Payne, and Oakie Blevins, all of Paynesville, and Ida Payne, of Kississmee, Florida; four brothers, Hestel Vance, of Paynesville, Homer Vance, of Iaeger, Kermit Vance, of Bradshaw, and Ernest Vance, of Richlands, Virginia; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Huntersville by the Revs. Bob Blevins and Jerry Moore, with burial in Beaver Creek Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or the First Baptist Church of Huntersville Building Fund.
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Stewart D. Woods
Stewart D. Woods, age 89, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
He was a farmer.
He was born July 15, 1911, in Woodrow, the son of William and Lenora Hamrick Woods.
In addition to his parents, three brothers, Elmer, Clyde and Forest, preceded him in death.
Mr. Woods is survived by three children: Michael Woods, Sylvia Byers and Joe Woods; two brothers, Lloyd Woods, of Marlinton, Albert Woods, of Chicago, Illinois; two sisters, Mable Barnett, of Ripley, and Mildred Sutton, of Marlinton; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Carman Funeral Home by the Rev. Ed Mathews.
Graveside services were held Wednesday by Rev. Robert Mann at the Cochran Cemetery. Burial followed with military rites.
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Houston Eugene Simmons
Houston Eugene Simmons, age 86, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Seebert, died in Carmel, Indiana, on May 7, 2001, of complications of a stroke and pneumonia.
Mr. Simmons was retired from the Federal Prison Service, a member of Federal Retired Employees, a past president of the Pocahontas County Historical Society, a Blue Lodge Master Mason and Past Master, Bernitleri Shriner. He had been Circuit Clerk and a County Commissioner of Pocahontas County. He was a member and former Deacon of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. In World War II he served in the United States Army for three and a half years. He was a star basketball player at Marlinton High School, and active throughout his life in promoting youth and community activities. He will be remembered as "Uncle Sam" in Pioneer Days Parades.
He was born at Marlinton August 1, 1914, the son of the late Letcher Oscar and Hannah Loven-stein Simmons.
A brother, John Paul Simmons, is deceased.
Surviving him are his wife, Mary White Wiseman Simmons; a daughter, Agnes Hannah Simmons Friel, of Indianapolis; a brother, Letcher Oscar Simmons, Jr., of Clayton, North Carolina; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning in the Marlinton Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Randy Benson. Remembrances were spoken by Jane Price Sharp, Senator Walt Helmick, granddaughter, Jennifer Graves, and son-in-law, Edward Friel.
Burial with Masonic Rites was in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Jefferson W. Nelson
Jefferson William Nelson, age 90, a former resident of Valley Bend and a resident of Marlinton for the past four years, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was an engineer for Western Maryland Railroad for many years, spending most of the time at Spruce, Slatyfork and Elkins, and was a member of Harman Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Knights Templar, Pilgrim Commandry No. 021, Riverside Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M., Osiris Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, S.J., U.S.A., Beverly Chapter No. 23, R.A.M., Cass Chapter No. 124 Order of the Eastern Star, Randolph County Senior Center, Senior Center Melody Chorus, Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association.
Mr. Nelson was born March 14, 1911, at Whitmer, the son of the late Vernon and Bertha Judy Nelson.
On May 29, 1929, he married Grace Harper Nelson, who preceded him in death on March 15, 2000. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Evelyn Hedrick and Gertrude Vandevender; four brothers, Warren, Roscoe, Racy, and Clyde Nelson; and three grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Jane Shaw and Sondra Cochran, both of Marlinton; three sons, Jackie Walter Nelson, of Oxnard, California, Robert Kirk Nelson, of Struthers, Ohio, and Harper William Nelson, of Marlinton; two brothers, Monroe Nelson, of Norfolk, Virginia, and George Nelson, of Baltimore, Maryland; nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Randy Benson. Burial was in Jacob C. Harper Cemetery at Harman.
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Lloyd Lee Stevens
Lloyd Lee Stevens, age 73, of Grassy Meadows, died May 8, 2001, at his home in Patterson Creek, following a short illness.
Mr. Stevens was born January 26, 1928, in Rainelle, the son of the late Emmons L. and Margaret Buckland Stevens.
He was a member of Charleston Mountain Mission Church and also attended Elton Community Church, Maude Chapel United Methodist and McElhenny Presbyterian Churches. He was a retired building manager with Union Carbide and a resident of Charleston for 35 years. He was a former substitute teacher in Kanawha County, a Scoutmaster, a U. S. Navy veteran, and also worked for Cass Scenic Railroad for a number of years. He competed in fiddle contests around West Virginia and played in various bands in Florida and West Virginia.
He is survived by two sons, John Stevens, of Elkview, and Dennis Stevens, of Pinch; their mother, Mildred Austin, of South Charleston; brothers, Charles Stevens, of Racine, and Fred Stevens, of Grassy Meadows; sisters, Edna Whitt, of Yorktown, Virginia, and Gail Ferry, of Vermilion, Ohio; and four grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Thursday in the Stevens-Kincaid Cemetery near Blue Sulphur Springs Church of God by the Rev. Clay O'Dell.
Memorial donations may be made to the church of your choice.
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Opal Neoma Moore
Opal Neoma Moore, age 69, of Newport, Maryland, died at the Washington Home and Hospice on Monday, May 14, 2001.
Mrs. Moore was born November 8, 1931, in Durbin, the daughter of the late Harry and Vergie Nottingham Curry.
She was a member of Hughesville Baptist Church where she was a Bible School teacher, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Civista Medical Center.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Thomas A. Moore, Sr., brother, Leonard Curry, sister, Arlene Fitzgerald.
Survivors include her husband, William T. Moore; son, Ronald "Bill" Moore, of Newport; daughter, Louise Montgomery, of Bryantown, Maryland; brother, Franklin Curry; six sisters, Sandra Mullenax, Pearl Mace, Eloise Henson, Maxine Lantz, Georgie Nelson, and Diane Curry; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a. m. at Hughesville Baptist Church by the Rev. Keith Corrick and Rev. Steve Trice, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery at Newport.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hughesville Baptist Church, 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD, or New Covennant Church, 10251 Penns Hill Road, La Plata, Maryland.
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Kenneth Albert Gerhan Gottschalk, age 88, of Hillsboro, died at his home Saturday, May 12, 2001.
He was an electrical engineer.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he was born March 23, 1913, the son of the late Albert and Louise Gerhan Gottschalk.
Surviving him are his wife, Noriene L. Day; a daughter, Sue Beth Gottschalk, of Glendora, California; a son, Richard J. Gottschalk, of Strongsville, Ohio; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hillsboro Public Library.
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Stanley L. McNeill
Stanley Lee McNeill, of Hampton, Virginia, died May 1, 2001, after a long illness.
He was the son of the late George Arnot and Ida McNeill, of Marlinton. He was born in Pocahontas County and graduated from Marlinton High School. After his marriage to Dorothy Ann Cunningham he moved to Virginia and lived most of his adult life in Hampton. He worked at the Newport News Shipyards as a welder and was retired from Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local #640.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Helen Lee Bertlekamp, of Huntsville, Alabama, and Susan Wolf, of Denby, Virginia; one son, John, of Hampton; sister, Dorothy Johnson, of Dunmore; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Ann Amos; a granddaughter, Christina Bertlekamp; brothers, Gerald McNeill, of Marlinton, and Manuel McNeill, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Services were held at Parklawnwood Funeral Home on May 8 with private burial in the Parklawnwood Cemetery in Hampton.
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Alberta J. Phillips
Alberta J. Phillips, 81, of Richmond, Virginia, died April 17, 2001.
She was the founder of the McGuire Clinic Volunteer Program.
Survivors include two daughters, Leah Ann Eckenroth and Judy Glazier; one son, Alan D. Phillips; three grandchildren; and two great- granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert D. Phillips, a native of Pocahontas County.
A memorial service was held on April 23 in the chapel mausoleum of Westhampton Memorial Park.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Christ Lutheran Church, 7809 Woodman Road, Richmond, VA 23228.
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Nancy L. Aponte
Nancy L. Aponte, 65, of Geneva, Ohio, died April 30, 2001, at LakeEast Hospital in Painesville, Ohio.
Born on September 26, 1935, at Green Bank, she was the daughter of and Ella Puffenbarger Judy Sheets and the late James W. Judy.
Prior to retirement in 1977, Mrs. Aponte worked at Geneva Rubber. She was a member of Peoples Church in Geneva.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Eduardo Aponte; two daughters, Lisa Schneider, of Mentor, Ohio, and Judith Ann Frabotta; three sons, Jamie, Thomas, and Michael Frabotta; one stepson, Eduardo Aponte, Jr., of California; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas, William L., and James L. Judy.
Funeral service was held on May 4 at the Donald E. Walker Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Burial was in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Geneva.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Foundation.