Pebble Gillispie Alexander
Pebble Gillispie Alexander, age 78, of Arbovale, died Sunday, January 6, 2002, at Davis Memorial Hospital, in Elkins.
Ms. Alexander was born on May 27, 1923, at Pine Grove, and was the daughter of the late Harry Clifford and Rosie Belle McQuain Gillispie.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Joe W. Riley, of Arbovale; three sons, Charles C. Alexander, of Arbovale, Bernard George Alexander, of Easton, Maryland, and Michael Riley, of Essex, Maryland; two sisters, Ruth Lambert, of Martinsburg, and Hazel Shears, of Arbovale; two brothers, Harry Kyle Gillispie, of Chatham, Virginia, and Donald Kay Gillispie, of Washington, DC.; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, with graveside service on Thursday, January 10, 12 noon, at Arbovale Cemetery by the Rev. David Rittenhouse.
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Seraphine Alice Gum
Seraphine Alice Gum, age 70, of Dunmore, died Saturday, January 5, 2002, in Springfield Center, Lindside.
The daughter of the late Willis Austin and Leah Alice Puffenbergar Gum, she was born March 1, 1931, at Wesley Chapel.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruby B. Dowdy, of Staunton, Virginia, and Polly S. Lucas, of Craigsville, Virginia, and two brothers, Austin J. Gum, of Scott Depot, and Maxie A. Gum, of Green Bank.
A sister, Bonnie G. Wilson, and two brothers, Ernest H. Gum and Basil M. Gum, are deceased.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. David Rittenhouse, with burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Fred Woodrow McCoy
Fred Woodrow McCoy, age 85, of Radford, Virginia, died Sunday, December 16, 2001, in Orlando, Florida, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation there. He lived for ten days after undergoing a quadruple bypass.
Born April 25, 1916, he was the son of the late Albert and Ora Clowers McCoy, of Hillsboro.
He grew up in Hillsboro, going to Hillsboro High School, attended Concord College and then graduated from Radford College. He coached at Radford High School for a year before going into Service in 1944 and then returned to coach another nine years before going into the insurance business. In 2000 he was inducted into the Radford University Hall of Fame; he had served as chairman of the University's Athletic Foundation in his later years.
He was a member of Grove United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Virginia May Masonic Lodge #38 A.F.&A.M. and the Kazim Shrine Temple.
Mr. McCoy is survived by his wife, Kitty Sisson McCoy; two sons, Fred Douglas McCoy, of Savannah, Georgia, and James Andrew McCoy, of Lebanon, Virginia; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy McCoy, of Longwood, Florida; and a sister, Ruth McCoy Karnes, of Gallagher.
Funeral services were held December 22 at Grove United Methodist Church by the Rev. Warren Stewart. Burial followed in the West View Cemetery in Radford with military rites conducted by VFW Post #776.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Avenue, Radford, Virginia 24141.
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Sharon A. Hunt
Sharon Arbogast Hunt, of Mount Hope, died Sunday, December 6, following a long illness.
Services will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home.
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Russell M. Clarkson
Russell M. Clarkson, age 79, of Arbovale, died Wednesday, January 2, 2002, at Colonial Place in Elkins.
Mr. Clarkson was born January 14, 1922, in Cass, the son of the late Walter G. and Mertie Viola Curry Clarkson.
Mr. Clarkson had been a resident of Arbovale for most of his life. He was employed for many years with the Mower Lumber Company in Cass and then with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank. He was a member and superintendent of the Arbovale United Methodist Church, a member of the Arbovale/Pine Grove Men's Brotherhood and the Riverside Lodge #124 A.F.&A.M. of Cass, where he served as secretary for over 45 years, also a member of the Cass Chapter #124, O.E.S., where he was Worthy Patron for over 45 years.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were three brothers, Kyle, Odie, and Ivan Clarkson, and two sisters, Lola Jackson and Vallie Wilkes.
Surviving him are his wife, Lucy Pearl Rexrode Clarkson; daughter, Wanda Jean Raupach, of Berryville, Virginia; sister, Glenna Raimondo, of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Roy B. Clarkson, of Morgantown.
Services were held Saturday morning at the Arbovale United Methodist Church by the Revs. Scott Ingleton and David Rittenhouse. Burial followed in the Arbovale Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care Corporation, 629 North Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241.
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Henry A. Wilfong
Henry A. Wilfong, age 59, of Hillsboro, died at his home on Monday, January 7, 2002.
Mr. Wilfong had worked for the Department of Highways and on maintenance for Ralph H. Burns & Son in Hillsboro. He was a member of the Stamping Creek Tabernacle.
He was born at Mill Point May 17, 1942, the son of Eula May Gaylor Wilfong Young, of Mill Point, and the late George Kenneth Wilfong, Sr.
Surviving him are his wife, Oca Young Wilfong; two daughters, Teresa Wilfong Sharp, of Mill Point, and Karen Wilfong Morrison, of Buckeye; a son, Garland Wilfong, of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania; a sister, Judy Wilfong Crocket, of Marlinton; a brother, George Kenneth Wilfong, Jr., of Lewisburg; and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at VanReenen Funeral Home by Pastor Jack Burks. Burial will be in the Sharp Cemetery on Stamping Creek.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.