Mary Jo McElwee Williams
Mary Jo McElwee Williams, age 67, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, in a Jackson, Tennessee, hospital of cancer.
Mary Jo was a member of The Bethlehem Baptist Church in Greenfield, Tennessee, where she resided the last 36 years.
Born March 20, 1935, in Marlinton, she was the daughter of the late Ted J. and Julia Johnson Grove McElwee.
Her parents, first husband, Clayton Ellis Lockhart, one son, Clayton Ellis Lockhart, Jr., two sisters, Margaret W. Curry and Edna Lee Byrd, and a grandson preceded her in death.
Surviving her are her husband, Jewell Williams, four sons, David Wayne Lockhart of New Burgh, Indiana, Nickie and Shawn Lockhart, both of Greenfield, Tennessee, Byrd Lockhart of Martin, Tennessee, two daughters, Cynthia Rehberg and Devy Moore both of Thomasville, Georgia, one brother, Robert H. McElwee of Marlinton, ten grandchildren and one great- grandchild.
She was cremated and a Memorial Service was held at the Williams Funeral Home in Greenfield, Tennessee, with Randy Stacy and Jerry Moore officiating.
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Charles E. Simmons
Charles E. "Pete" Simmons, 58, of Durbin, died on Monday, June 3, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg.
He was born on May 6, 1944, to the late Bill Burkins and Annie Virginia Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was a retired truck driver and worked for North American Airlines, Bata Shoes, and Blue Ridge Construction. He was a Christian by faith. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran. Mr. Simmons was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Cooties, and Veteran Honor Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Macie Nelson Simmons; one daughter, Jennifer Crim, of Bridgeport; one son, Charles Simmons, of Beverly; one brother, Tom Burkins, of Martinsburg; and four grandchildren.
Funeral service will be on Thursday at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Leonard L. Freeman
Leonard L. Freeman, 77, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died on April 26, 2002, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Chillicothe, following an extended illness.
He was born on April 2, 1925, in Durbin, to Edward L. and Levva Wilmoth Freeman.
Mr. Freeman was a World War II Navy veteran, having served in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Walnut Street United Methodist Church and a number of civic and fraternal organizations. He had two master's degrees, one in guidance counseling and one in psychology. He was a school principal in McDowell, Virginia, 1949-1953; a psychologist with the National Carbon Company in Cleveland, Ohio, 1951-1953; Chillicothe City School System Guidance Director and psychologist, 1953-1980; and principal of CETA Vocational Training Center, 1980-1981. From 1984 to 1988 he served as mayor of Chillicothe.
Mr. Freeman is survived by a son, James E. Freeman, of Chillicothe; two sisters, Ella Meeks, of Columbus, Ohio, and Opal Allen, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and one grandson.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Betty Gregory Freeman, and a brother, Edward L. Freeman.
A memorial service was held on May 1 in the Walnut Street UMC with the Rev Dennis Mohler officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery.
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Nancy Irene Davis
Nancy Irene Davis, age 78, of Rt. 1, Marlinton, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at her home.
A native of Akron, Ohio, she was born September 24, 1923, the daughter of the late Bernard and Roxie McNeil Barb.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin Davis; son, Bernard G. King, of Marlinton; two stepsons, Melvin Davis, Jr., of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ricky Lee Davis, of Apple Creek, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Della Warten, of Conneaut, Ohio, and Lisa Bossa, of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Juanita Aarons, of Akron, Ohio; a brother, Paul Barb, of Spring Hill, Florida, two grandchildren, twelve step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were three sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Moore, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to McClintic Library, 500 Eighth Street, Marlinton.
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Melvin C. Anderson
Melvin Clift Anderson, age 85, of Marlinton, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at his home.
He was a foreman at the International Shoe Company Tannery in Marlinton until it closed, then retired as a custodian at Marlinton Elementary School. He was a member of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
Born at Spice on July 31, 1916, he was the son of the late Emery Earnest and Prudie Susan McCoy Anderson.
In addition to his parents, his wife, Joy Gay Malcomb Anderson, his daughter, Brenda Ann Anderson Nelson, his brothers, Curtis Denver Anderson and Clyde Wilbur Anderson, preceded him in death.
Surviving him are two daughters, Sandra Joyce Anderson Gay, of Princeton, and Nancy Lorraine Anderson Allman, of Barboursville; two sons, Phillip Eugene Anderson, of Ona, and Melvin Lee Anderson, of Marlinton; two sisters, Lucille Dinwiddie, of White Sulphur Springs, and Olive Schneider, of Winston Salem, North Carolina; two brothers, Emery Ernest Anderson, Jr., and Marvin Anderson, of White Sulphur Springs; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Henry Johnson. Burial was in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Emma's Kids (a mission school for children in Africa), c/o Sandra Anderson, 619 Second Avenue, Marlinton, WV 24954, or the Marlinton Lions Club.
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Evah Andrick Harper
Evah Andrick Harper, age 88, of Marlinton, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Colonial Place in Elkins.
Mrs. Harper was a member of the Pocahontas County Historical Society, Pocahontas County Country Club, Marlinton Woman's Club, and United Methodist Church Women, and graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was a housewife and a former teacher and was a member of the Marlinton United Methodist Church.
Born August 5, 1913, in Parkersburg, she was the daughter of the late Emmett and Fannie Grove Andrick.
Her husband, William W. Harper, survives her. Other survivors are two daughters, Frances A. Taylor, of Dunmore, and Nancy R. Pottmeyer, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren.
A sister, Helen Harris, is deceased.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. David Rittenhouse, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Walter Fred Shafer, Jr.
Walter Fred Shafer, Jr. age 67, of Keezletown, Virginia, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Fred was born June 11, 1934, in Green Bank, the son of Mary Wotring Shafer, of Marlinton, and the late Walter Shafer.
He was a farmer and farm manager for Dogwood Hill Farms for 32 years, and was an Army veteran.
Surviving him in addition to his mother are two sons, Walter F. Shafer, III, of Keezletown, and Daniel E. Shafer, of Weyers Cave, Virginia; three daughters, Teresa A. Shafer, Jacqueline K. Werner, both of Keezletown, and Karen Hensley, of McGaheysville, Virginia; ten grandchildren; five brothers, Phillip Shafer, Tom Shafer, Bill Shafer, and Jack Shafer, all of Marlinton, and Joe Shafer, of Keezletown; two sisters, Pat Carter, of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Marylee Roy, of Marlinton.
His body was cremated.
A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon at the Keezletown United Methodist Church, conducted by Martin Chamelin and the Rev. David W. Breeden.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, 729A East Market Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, the American Cancer Society, 1920 H Medical Avenue, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Mary Catherine Sharpe
Mary Catherine Sharpe, age 59, died May 27, 2002, at New York University Medical Center.
She was born March 28, 1943, to Nellie Slaven Payne and Lyle G. Sharpe.
She was a 1961 Albemarle (Virginia) graduate and attended the Jefferson School of Commerce. She moved to New York in 1964 and was employed by the Wall Street Investment Company.
Surviving are her mother, Nellie S. Payne, a sister, Dana Woltering, of Long Island, New York, and friend, William Casey.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Algie "Bud" Thompson, age 79, of Durbin, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown.
Mr. Thompson was a retired logger with the Mower Lumber Company.
He was born May 9, 1923, at Bartow, a son of the late Thaddeus and Ethel L. Lambert Thompson.
Others preceding him in death were three sisters, Macel Thompson, Ausiphine Rexrode and Mabel Warner, and two brothers, Marvin Thompson and Doryle Thompson.
Survivors include two daughters, Monna Burns, of Columbus, Ohio, and Judy Brooks, of Spotsylvania, Virginia; a son, Alfred Thompson, of Spotsylvania; two sisters, Marie Hedrick and Violet "Bill" Waddell, both of Thornwood; five brothers, Jake Thompson and Branson Thompson, both of Durbin, Woodrow Thompson, Opie "Buck" Thompson, and Carlas Thompson, all of Thornwood; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two former wives, Zona Hoover, of Marlinton, and Wilma Starks Jolley, of Frank. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. William Vandevender. Burial will be in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Visitation Wednesday 6 to 9 p.m.