Pearl Louise Gibson
Pearl Louise Shaver Gibson, age 93, of Elk Route, Marlinton, died Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at Springs Nursing Center, Hot Springs, Virginia.
She was a member of Mary's Chapel Presbyterian Church.
She was born on Spring Creek October 4, 1908, the daughter of the late James and Lara Rose Shaver.
Her husband, Harlan Gibson, preceded her in death. Also deceased are a son, Glen A. Gibson, and five sisters, Lena Peso, Della Wamsley, Zora Ratliff, Nellie Pritt, and Russie Shafer.
Mrs. Gibson is survived by two sons, Jimmie H. Gibson, of Marlinton, and Ralph E. Gibson, of Hot Springs; a step-daughter, Mildred Sage, of Spencer, Ohio; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and thirty-six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert Mann. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery on Elk.
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Rev. Bernice Hanlon Winkler Messenger
Rev. Bernice Hanlon Winkler Messenger, age 81, of Davisville, died November 9, 2001, at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
She was an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church, being called into full time ministry in 1944, licensed preacher in 1949, a deacon in 1957, and Elder in 1961, served in the Associate Member Annual Conference in 1971, and retired in 1984, continuing in ministry in the Cedar Grove and Davisville area. She pastored or assisted in Speedway, Arbovale, Webster Springs, Bloomington, Maryland, Sandyville, Sylvester, Racine, New Haven, Clifton, Peach Creek, Bradshaw, Red Hill/Murphytown, and Sissonville.
She was born in Summersville, Ohio, a daughter of the late James William and Nellie L. Truster Hanlon. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Clarence E. Winkler, second husband, Rev. Roy Messenger, and a brother, Keith Hanlon.
Surviving her are a son, Jerry D. Winkler, of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter, Sharon Winkler-Serena, of Huntington; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Forrest E. Hanlon, of Kensington, Maryland.
Services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Parkersburg by the Rev. Tim Waugh and the Rev. Joy Butcher-Winfree.
Graveside services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, Bernice Messenger Memorial, Rt. 47, Parkersburg.
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Alma Mae Miller
Alma Mae Miller, age 85, of Abingdon, Virginia, formerly of Elkins, died Sunday, November 11, 2001, at Johnston Memorial Hospital.
She was a daughter of the late Robert Cole and Ida Sena Collings Miller.
She was of the Methodist faith, and was a retired elementary school educator. She graduated from Davis and Elkins College and received her Master's in Education from West Virginia University. She had been a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, Randolph County Association of Retired School Employees, Women's Club of Elkins, and AARP.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene M. Doyle Keller and Waneta Miller, and one brother, Hubert B. Miller.
A graveside service was conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a local hospice care organization.
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Sallie N. Sponaugle
Sallie N. Sponaugle, age 91, of Arbovale, died Monday, November 12, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Patricia Johnston, in Arbovale.
Mrs. Sponaugle was born July 11, 1910, at Cherry Grove, the daughter of the late Harness and Levy Moyers Sponaugle.
She was a member of the Thornwood Community Church.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Herbert C. Sponaugle; one daughter, Geraldine Blosser; two sisters, Mary Sponaugle and Edith Sponaugle; four brothers, Oscar, Raymond, Olen, and James Sponaugle; and one great-grandson.
Mrs. Sponaugle is survived by five daughters, Marie O'Roark, of Mount Sidney, Virginia, Patricia Johnston, and Juanita Taylor, both of Arbovale, Myrtle Gravely, of Lithonia, Georgia, and Sylvia Warner, of Green Bank; two sons, Carl Sponaugle, of Broadway, Virginia, and Ralph Sponaugle, of Knox, Indiana; three sisters, Betty Vandevander, of Elkins, Iva Sponaugle, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Annie Kisamore, of Cherry Grove; a brother, Omer Sponaugle, of Harrisonburg, Virginia; twenty-eight grandchildren and thirty-seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a. m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. Harold Swecker and the Rev. Lawrence Bennett. Burial will be in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 9 p. m. at the funeral home in Arbovale.