Robert C. Tester
Robert Clarence "Bob" Tester, age 70, of Marlinton, died September 19, 2001, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Forest E. and Betty Christl Tester on March 30, 1931, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He served honorably with the U.S. Marine Corps, earning two Purple Hearts while serving with the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. He fought at the Battle of the Pusan Perimeter, the Inchon invasion and the Chosin Reservoir and was subsequently medically retired as a Private First Class as a result of his wounds.
He had worked at civil engineering on Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, bridge maintenance and prison guard in Minnesota, cattle ranching in Arkansas, and as a sports writer and columnist and a newspaper publisher in Texas in a life of adventures. He and his wife had owned Sis's Bar & Grill in Marlinton for five years.
He was married to Margaret Parker "Peg" Tester, of Marlinton, for 50 years.
Including his wife he is survived by one son, Christopher J. Tester, of Marrero, Louisiana; and four daughters, Marcia M. Tester, of Waco, Texas, Sherry D. Lawton, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Elizabeth K. Tubridy, of Laurel, Maryland, and Roberta C. Sinopole, of Iceland; 17 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother, William F. Tester, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; two sisters, Diane Kirby, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Jeanne Berg, of Eagan, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death in 1984 by one brother, Richard J. Tester.
There will be no local services. Burial will include cremation and military honors in the South China Sea. The family requests that any memorials be made to your local Humane Society for protection of animals, to the Marlinton Rescue Squad, or any neighborhood athletic group.
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Lucille Dulaney, age 84, of Buckeye, died Saturday, September 22, 2001, at Alleghany Regional Hospital.
She was a Methodist.
Born on Bucks Run, Buckeye August 3, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Ira T. and Rebecca Collins Hannah.
Her husband, Luther C. Dulaney, preceded her in death. Others deceased are a sister, Ethel Hinchey, and two brothers, Clenston Hannah and Ira T. Hannah, Jr.
Survivors include four daughters, Loretta L. Simmons, of Hillsboro, Leona M. Furr, of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, Dorothy J. Whiting, of Raphine, Virginia, and Betty M. Hollandsworth, of Buena Vista, Virginia; five sons, Clenston C. Dulaney and Arnold L. Dulaney, both of Marlinton, Kenneth P. Dulaney, of Buckeye, Eugene M. Dulaney, of Hillsboro, and Donald E. Dulaney, of Glasgow, Virginia; two sisters, Ida Edith Hannah, of Buckeye, and Millicent Branstetter, of Torrance, California; two half-sisters, Rebecca S. Hollandsworth, of Slaty Fork, and Jewell L. Simmons, of Clayton, North Carolina; two brothers, James Kirk Hannah, of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, and Ralph Hannah, of Matheny; and two half-brothers, Charles S. Hannah, of Oceana, and Herold S. Hannah, of Hopewell, Pennsylvania; twenty-eight grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Phyllis Cox. Burial was in the Williamsburg Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Relief Fund to Victims of New York and Pentagon, in care of Dorothy J. Whiting, 4400 Brownsburg Turnpike, Raphine, Virginia 24472.
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Richard Darle Biggs
Richard Darle Biggs, age 73, of Clifton Forge, Virginia, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, in the Carilion Community Hospital of the Roanoke Valley, Roanoke, Virginia.
Biggs was a retired Car Inspector of the C&O Railroad with 33 years of service, a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, Selma, and served in the U. S. Army - Air Corps.
He was born February 10, 1928, in Marlinton, a son of the late James R. and Effie Meadows Biggs.
Surviving him are his wife, Elma Shinaberry Biggs, of Clifton Forge; a daughter, Darlene Nuckols, of Iron Gate, Virginia; a son, Mark Biggs, of Clifton Forge; three sisters, Betty Chrislip, of Vero Beach, Florida, Kathleen VanDevender, of Alderson, and Dottie Cutlip, of Marlinton; two brothers, Emmett Biggs and Jack Biggs, both of Marlinton; three grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Marie Biggs; a sister, Juanita Carr; and five brothers, Carlyle Biggs, William Biggs, Dorsey Biggs, Harold Biggs, and James R. Biggs, Jr.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton, with Earl "Butch" Michael officiating.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Clifton Forge Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 419, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.
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Wilma Sue Yorns
Wilma Sue Galford Yorns, age 67, died Thursday, September 20, 2001, in Toronto, Canada.
Memorial services will be held at the Edray United Methodist Church at 1 p. m. this Saturday, September 29. Burial will follow at the Cochran Cemetery.
Mrs. Yorns was born January 19, 1934, in Marlinton, the daughter of the late Henry and Lucy Waugh Galford.
She is the mother of Jeffrey Yorns, Tampa, Florida; Rhonda Walker, Houston, Texas, Joseph Yorns, Owensboro, Kentucky; Angela Marino, Caledon East, Ontario. There are eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, two brothers, Bruce and French.
Three brothers, Denny, Elza, and Paul, preceded her in death.
She lived for many years in Owensboro, Kentucky, where she served in many civic organizations, including the Owensboro Junior Women's Club, the Owensboro Girl's Club, the Young Republican's Club, and was a member of the Settle Memorial United Methodist Church. From Owensboro she moved to Houston, Texas, and then to Caledon East, Ontario, Canada.
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Dorothy E. Barker
Dorothy E. Bleigh Barker, age 62, of Procious, died September 18, 2001, at home after a short illness.
She was born at Craigsville and was a member of the Reamer Gospel Tabernacle Church, Clendenin.
Surviving her are her husband, Ronnie Barker; daughter, Penny Leep, of Mt. Jackson, Virginia; sons, Marty Barker, of Front Royal, Virginia, and Scotty Barker, of Kent, Washington; brothers, Mitchell Bleigh, of Cleveland, Ohio, Benny Bleigh, of Craigsville; sister, Linda Armstrong, of Marlinton; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday at Reamer Gospel Tabernacle Church, Clendenin, by the Rev. Donald E. Blackwell, with burial in Clay Memorial Gardens.
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Joe Elmer Smith
Joe Elmer Smith, age 81, of Route 1, Marlinton, died Sunday, September 23, 2001, at home.
Smith was a retired fireman and brakeman and was a Methodist. He served in the Navy in World War II.
The son of the late Luther Lawrence and Frances Elizabeth Sharp Smith, he was born at Brushy Flats December 30, 1919.
He is survived by a daughter, Vonda Jean Workman, of Marlinton; a son, Richard Arlen Smith, of Marlinton; two grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a son, Douglas Blaine Smith; seven sisters, Susie McKinney, Lula Jackson, Sally Friel, Emma Dunbrack, Faye Fitzgerald, Lucy Jackson Warner, and Maude Fertig; three brothers, Lee Smith, Jacob Smith, and Albert W. Smith, I; a grandson, Ricky Workman; and a great-grandchild, Cayla Bryant.
Memorial gifts may be made to Seneca Mental Health, Marlinton Office, or the American Red Cross.
Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Robert Mann at the Fairview Cemetery.
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Melvin Reed Rose
Melvin "Shorty" Reed Rose, age 74, of Clarksville, Maryland, died Friday, September 21, 2001, at home.
He was born December 10, 1926, at Seebert, a son of the late John Snowden and Grace Waugh Rose.
Rose was a Navy veteran, serving our country during World War II and the Korean War. He was retired from George Hyman Construction Company of Bethesda, Maryland. He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and Pocahontas Masonic Lodge #121.
Surviving him are his wife, Helen Rose; daughters, Linda Rose Havilland, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Cheryl Ann Rose Connell, of Eldersburg, Maryland; three grandchildren; sisters, Jean Melgaard, of Vienna, Virginia, and Joan Rose, of Falls Church, Virginia.
Preceding him in death were a brother, James Lee Rose, and a sister, Eula May Batchelder.
Services were held Wednesday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Phyllis Cox. Burial with Masonic rites was in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Howard County, 553F Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, Maryland 21045.