Ruby Sprouse, of Frost, died January 15, 2002, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete at press time. The body is at Van -Reenen Funeral Home.
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Minty W. Vance
Minty F. Waugh Vance, 94, of Cartersville, Georgia, died December 27, 2001, at the Starcrest Nursing Home.
She was born on January 1, 1907, on Thorny Creek, the daughter of Moffett and Maggie Waugh.
Mrs. Vance was a Methodist.
Survivors include one daughter, Juanita DeGenova, of Acworth, Georgia; one stepdaughter, Eva Simmons, of Baltimore, Maryland; one brother, Ben Waugh, of Marlinton; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lemuel R. Vance; three brothers, McKinley, Renick, and Elzie Waugh; and four sisters, Lela Sowers, Christine Phillips, Mary Jane Defibaugh, and Thelma Sharp.
A memorial service will be held in Marlinton at a later date.
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Nancy Eloise Burns-Barlow
Nancy Eloise Burns-Barlow, age 49, of Granburg, Texas, died Saturday, December 29, 2001, at Lake Granburg Medical Center.
She was born June 18, 1952, at Hot Springs, Virginia, a daughter of Pearl Barnes Burns, and the late Charles Andrew Burns.
On August 9, 1975, she married George Edward Barlow. Mrs. Barlow was a member of Grace Bible Church.
She is survived by her husband, George E. Barlow; two daughters, Rochelle and Corina Barlow, both of Granburg, Texas; two sisters, Charlotte B. Mierchuk of Hampton, Virginia, and Wanda B. Tefft, of Houston, Texas; one brother, Zane Burns of Hampton, Virginia; and one grandchild.
Memorial service was held Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at the Grace Bible Church in Granburg, Texas, by the Rev. Terry Enns.
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William R. Whitmire
William R. Whitmire, age 85, of Valley Haven, Beech Bottom, formerly of West Liberty, died January 8, 2002, at Valley Haven.
He was born June 2, 1916, in Pocahontas County, the son of the late Clifton Whitmire and Molly McCall Whitmire Brown.
He was retired from Valley Camp Coal Company and was of the Protestant faith.
He was preceded in death along with his parents by his wife, Florence Hornick Whitmire, on October 18, 1988; one daughter, Alice Molly Whitmire, in 1947; two sons, William R. Whitmire, Jr., in 1989, and Allen Whitmire, in 1956; one sister, Violet Whitmire Botkin; and one brother, Harris Whitmire; and one granddaughter.
He is survived by one son, Steven, of West Liberty; three daughters, Wanda White, of West Liberty, Terry Susan Bone, of Wellsburg, and Ashley White, of West Liberty; three brothers, Charles Whitmire, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thomas Whitmire, of Supply, North Carolina, Melvin Whitmire, of Minerva, Michigan; two half-brothers, John Brown, of Bartow, and June Brown, of Dallas, Texas; two half-sisters, Betty Brown, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Ruth Lambert, of Bartow; twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation. Graveside services were held Monday at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg, by the Rev. Paul Bailey with interment in Franklin Cemetery.
The family also suggests that if you wish to send memorial contributions they be made to the Valley Hospice, Wheeling, WV 26003.
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Frank H. Gardner
Frank H. Gardner, age 74, of Dunmore, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.
Mr. Gardner was born February 5, 1927, in New York, to the late Kathreen Moore.
He was of the Catholic Faith, a member of the Riverside California Moose Lodge, a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force during the Korean War and a General Manager of the Commissary. He was a mail sorter for the US Post Office.
He is survived by his wife, Ella Miersen Gardner; one daughter, Elke N. Taylor, of Dunmore; one sister, of Chicago, Illinois; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, by the Rev. Doyle Kester. Military graveside rites were held at Arbovale Cemetery.
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John Junior Jackson Sharp
John Junior Jackson Sharp, age 71, of Rt. 2, Marlinton, died January 14, 2002, at his home.
Born at Clover Lick September 9, 1930, he was the son of the late Edward Jackson and Elsie Grey Shrader Sharp.
He was a former machinest at a hydraulic maintenance plant and a member of the Frost United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the National Guard.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Carolann Sharp, and three infant children; and a sister, Mary Sharp.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Delores Kimmel Sharp; two daughters, Rose Marie Cunningham, of Euclid, Ohio, and Sharon Diane Ervine, of South Euclid, Ohio; a son, Steven Edward Sharp, of Marlinton; two sisters, Elenore Alderman, of Spokane, Washington, and Margaret Sharp, of Richwood; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Mt. Zion Church by the Revs. Randy White and Stanley Clark, with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 at VanReenen Funeral Home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice Cancer Centers.
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Donald H. Hovatter
Donald H. Hovatter, age 74, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, January 13, 2002, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born March 9, 1927, at Auvil, Tucker County, he was the son of the late O. G. and Grace Grindstaff Hovatter.
A brother, Alan G. Hovatter, also preceded him in death in 2000.
Mr. Hovatter was a member of the Parkersburg Lutheran Church, and a member of the Lewisburg Lions Club.
He served his country twice, in the U. S. Navy as a Gunner's Mate, Third Class, in World War II, and in the U. S. Air Force as Second Lieutenant, stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, during the Korean War. He was employed by the U. S. Forest Service as a fire watcher in Tucker County after discharge from the Navy.
A graduate of Potomac State College, he also received a degree in accounting from West Virginia University. Following employment by Price Waterhouse Accounting and Burroughs Corporation, he went with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, retiring following 26 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jona Hovatter, of Lewisburg; two daughters, Donna Jo Hinkle, of Lewisburg, and Peggy Ann Hovatter, of McCurdysville; six grandsons; two sisters, Mary Margaret Backoff, of Maryland, and Helen Shafer, of Parsons.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Parsons Cemetery. Family will receive friends there.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, WV Division, 1200 Quarrier Street, Suite 4, Charleston, WV 25301.