Kenton W. Gillispie
Kenton William Gillispie, age 72, of Princess Anne, Maryland, died Friday, January 4, 2002, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.
Born in Arbovale, he was a son of the late Clifford Gillispie and Rosa Bell McQuain Gillispie.
Mr. Gillispie was a gas station owner and self-employed businessman. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Parsons Gillispie, of Princess Anne; a daughter, Lois Ann Gillispie Collins, of Westover; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Kyle Gillispie, of Chatham, Virginia, and Donald K. Gillispie, of Washington, D.C.; and three sisters, Ruth Lambert, of Martinsburg, and Hazel Shears and Pebble Alexander, both of Arbovale.
A funeral service was held at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Company, 11794 Somerset Ave., Princess Anne, Maryland 21853.
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William Edward Keeney
William Edward Keeney, age 88, of Cummings Creek, near Huntersville, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
He was a retired process operator with DuPont in Kanawha County, and a Baptist.
A native of Eskdale, he was born April 23, 1913, the son of the late Jim T. and Edna Jacobs Keeney.
His wife, Opal Richardson Keeney, preceded him in death, also a sister, Lucy Canterbury, and a brother, Lewis Keeney.
Survivors include a son, William E. Keeney, Jr., of Hayden, Idaho; two sisters, Ilene Bass, of Lebanon, Virginia, and Elmo Scott, of Marmet; and one grandchild.
Memorial service will be held at VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton at 2 p. m. Sunday by Rev. Robert Mann.
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Ruby Grimes Sprouse
Ruby Grimes Sprouse, age 82, of Frost, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Sprouse was a member of Frost United Methodist Church.
Born at Cass October 29, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Verna Fertig Grimes.
In addition to her parents, a brother, Carl Grimes, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Quentin R. Sprouse; a daughter, Lena Viliamu, of Kapolei, Hawaii; a son, David Sprouse, of Frost; three sisters, Creola McCarty and Naomi Ryder, both of Frost, and Marie Cain, of Buckeye; a brother, Gary Grimes, of Covington, Virginia; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel Saturday afternoon by the Rev. David Rittenhouse. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
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Joella Maxine Simmons
Joella Maxine Simmons, age 72, of Slaty Fork, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, in Monongalia General Hospital at Morgantown.
She was a homemaker and of the Assembly of God faith.
The daughter of the late William Franklin and Grace Ellen Mace Tracey, she was born at Mace November 21, 1929.
Her husband, Homer Marvin Simmons, is deceased.
Surviving her are a daughter, Linda Simmons, of Pennsylvania; two sons, Marty Simmons, of Slaty Fork, and Randy Simmons, of Apex, North Carolina; a sister, Virginia Crowder; a brother, Forrest Tracey; and two grandchildren.
Two sisters, Mary Tracey and Shirley Jean Sharp, and two brothers, Wallace Tracey and Lyle Tracey, are deceased.
Funeral services were held at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel Sunday afternoon by Pastor Pete Losh, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Darrell Lynn McNeill
Darrell Lynn McNeilll, age 44, of Hillsboro, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Alleghany Regional Hospital, Low MOor, Virginia.
Mr. McNeill was a farm worker. He was born June 24, 1957, at Marlinton, the son of Mary Arnold McNeill, now of Hot Springs, Virginia, and the late Dempsey McNeill.
A sister, Georgia Siders, is also deceased.
Surviving him are his mother; a sister, Barbara Williams, of St. Albans; two brothers, Thomas McNeill, of Hillsboro, and Bobby McNeill, of Sutton.
Services were held Sunday afternoone at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Phyllis Cox, with burial in the McNeill Cemetery at Buckeye.
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Verlie Nottingham Ryder
Verlie Nottingham Ryder, who would have been 96 on February 1, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at Greenbrier Manor after a sudden illness.
Born February 1, 1906, at Nottingham, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Sadie Acord Nottingham, of Durbin.
She spent most of her life at Bartow and Durbin. Late in life she resided in Johnson City, Tennessee, Winchester, Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia. The last ten years she lived in the Lewisburg area and was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, Stewart W. Ryder, of Bartow, in 1972, and her eldest son, Stewart Richard Ryder, in 1989, also two sisters, Violet Hayner and Audrey Jordan, and four brothers, Chester, Lennie, Robert, and Ralph Nottingham.
Surviving her are four daughters, Marguerite Miles, of Punta Gorda, Florida, Kathleen Stone, of Ronaoke, Virginia, Carolyn Kiene, of Stephenson, Virginia, and Joyce Carpenter, of Arcadia, Florida; three sons, Harold C. Ryder, of Lewisburg, Leon Ryder, of Lodi, California, and Charles D. Ryder, of Winchester, Virginia; one brother, Raymond Nottingham, of Kamiah, Idaho; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted by the Rev. David Rittenhouse Tuesday afternoon at the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Sylvia Miller Workman
Sylvia Miller Jones Workman, age 91, of Quinwood, formerly of Campbelltown, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at Rainelle.
Mrs. Workman was a member of Church of God.
She was born April 15, 1910, at Beverly, the daughter of the late David and Margret Crites Miller.
Her husbands, Richard Jones and Pat I. Workman, preceded her in death.
Survivors include four daughters, Lillie Burgess and Doris Vandevender, both of Hillsboro, Opal Woods and Fredia Woodie, both of Ashland, Virginia; Oscar Jones, of Buckeye, Richard Jones, of Quinwood, and Steve Jones, of Lewisburg; thirty-three grandchildren, seventy-five great-grandchildren, and thirty-eight great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Edna Sharp and Ruth Jones; four sisters, Laura Isner, Della Teter, Rosie Raines, and Mishi Shipp; and two brothers, Forest Miller and Harry Miller.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Dale Usey. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Twila J. Rosencrance
Twila Jean Rosencrance, age 68, of Huttonsville, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001, in Davis Memorial Hospital, following a one-year illlness.
Mrs. Rosencrance was a 1951 graduate of Green Bank High School. She was employed by Peoples Life Insurance Company and later worked for K-Mart. She was a member of Cass Chapter No. 124, Order of Eastern Star, the Randolph County Senior Center and the Melody Chorus. She was a member of Valley Chapel United Methodist Church and served as choir director of the church.
Born November 25, 1933, in Arbovale, she was a daughter of the late Leonard C. Wenger and Maudie Dolan Wenger, who survives in Arbovale.
On February 13, 1954, she was married to Warren Rosencrance, who survives in Huttonsville.
Also surviving are three daughters, Peggy Jones, Elkins, Jan Nelson, Marlinton, and Susan Basham, Fredericksburg, Virginia; five sisters, Naomi Waybright, of Staunton, Virginia, Carma Lee Domokos, of Alabaster, Alabama, Nancy Prockiw, of Hockessin, Delaware, Linda Zambelli, of Reisterstown, Maryland, and Carolyn Sue Simmons, of Arbovale; six grandsons and two step-grandchildren.
An infant daughter, Judy Ann, died in 1955.
Funeral services were held at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. Interment was in the Brick Church Cemetery at Huttonsville.
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Michael Stephen Villars
Michael Stephen Villars, age 54, of Friars Hill, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, in Alleghany County, Virginia, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Born September 14, 1947, in Huntington, he was the son of Forrest and Margie Spencer Villars, of Ona. Mr. Villars had been a resident of Greenbrier County for the past 25 years, a Vietnam Veteran, member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was a disabled veteran. Survivors include his parents; his wife, Jo Anna Jackson Villars, of Friars Hill; a son, Michael T. Villars, of Clintonville; three brothers, David Villars, of Daytona, Florida, James Villars, of Hurricane, and Gregory Villars, of Barboursville; and two grandchildren.
Graveside service by the Rev. Roger Williams and burial were Wednesday at the James Chapel Cemetery, Clintonville.
Mr. Villars is the father-in-law of Jackie Weber Villars, formerly of Hillsboro.
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Mary W. Oldaker
Mary Elbon Wiley Oldaker, age 87, of Baltimore, Maryland, formerly of Durbin, died January 22, 2002.
She was born February 12, 1914, at Dunlevie.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Quinn L. Oldaker, her parents, James Howard Wiley and Effie Elbon Wiley, her brother, Jim Wiley, by her grandparents who raised her, Marietta Kramer Wiley and James Crawford Wiley, and a half-brother, Warren Starcher.
She married Quinn L. Oldaker May 7, 1938, at Monterey, Virginia, who was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force; they lived at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the winter months and at Durbin in the summer months. They were both stationed at Hickam Air Force Base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Mrs. Oldaker is survived by her sister, Eunice Emma Wiley Fraser, of Georgetown, South Carolina, and by her nephew, Jonathan M. Goff, Sr., with whom she made her home in Baltimore the last six years.
Viewing will be Friday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
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Guy T. Reynolds
Guy Thomas Reynolds, 81, of Charleston and Green Bank, died January 16, 2002, at home.
He was a graduate of Morris Harvey College and retired from Dupont. He was an avid outdoors- man, nature painter, short story writer, and gardener.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston and attended Hebron Baptist Church while in this county. He was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge #153.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Board Reynolds; four daughters, Vivian Pranulis, of Lewisburg, Barbara Reynolds, of Charleston, Susan Reynolds, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Kim Lefebre, of Lake Worth, Florida; one brother, William Reynolds, of Riverside, California; and one grandson.
Service was held on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in the Board Family Cemetery at Wellford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 6008, Charleston, WV 25302, or Kanawha Hospice Care, Inc., 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.