Woodrow C. Ray
Woodrow Clarence Ray, age 87, of Elk Mountain, died Sunday, October 20, 2002, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 21, 1915, at Clover Lick, the son of George Scott Ray and Levia Annabell Kennedy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother of his children, Violee Defibaugh Ray; two sons, Ernest Clarence, Delbert Calvin, and three stillborn children; three brothers, George William, Harry Lee and Lewis Calvin; four sisters, Ruth May McCloud, Letha Hazel Ware, Rebecca Elizabeth Friel and Grace Helen Cain.
He served in C.C.C's between 1935 and 1936. He worked at Mower Lumber Company at Cass, WV Department of Highways, retiring at Astrup Company, of Cleveland, Ohio.
He is survived by fifteen children?eleven daughters, Helen Louise Keegan, of Baltimore, Maryland, Mary Ellen Holloway, of Lewiston, Idaho, Virginia Grace Wilcox, of Twin Falls, Idaho, Darlene Hazel Cassell, of Cass, Frances Rosalene Tawney, of Buckeye, Margaret Ann Corbett and Barbara Lee Gragg-Mock, both of Marlinton, Sally Kay Gibson, Ernestine Sue Hannah, Della Marie Rider and Nellie Nolene Ray, all of Elk Mountain; four sons, Jacob Benjamin and Ronald Bernard, of Twin Falls, Idaho, Charles Woodrow, of Elk Mountain, and Johnny Cash, of Mountain Grove; 49 grandchildren, 77 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday, at VanReenen Funeral Home by Rev. Stanley L. Clark and Rev. Norman Alderman, with burial at Clawson Cemetery.
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Harper Willard McCoy
Harper Willard McCoy, age 45, of Hillsboro, died Friday, October 18, 2002, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Mr. McCoy was a medical assistant.
Born November 9, 1956, at Marlinton, he was the son of the late Everette McCoy and Verda McCoy Williams.
In addition to his parents, those preceding him in death were two sisters, Mary Ann McMillion and Evelyn Roberts, and a brother, Freddy McCoy.
He is survived by a sister, Patricia Clutter, of Renick; two brothers, Bruce McCoy, of Hillsboro, and Charles McCoy, of Droop; step-dad, Dr. Felix Spector, of Ohio.
The Rev. Gail Cutlip held funeral services Monday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home. Burial was in the McCoy Cemetery, Droop.
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Virginia D. Lambert
Virginia Delcie Vandevander Lambert, age 75, of Elkins, formerly of Frank, died at her home October 17, 2002.
She was born August 12, 1927, at Cherry Grove, a daughter of the late John and Bertie Lambert Vandevander.
She was a member of the Durbin Calvary Gospel Church, the BFD Ladies Auxiliary, former worker at the Forestry Service as a maintenance worker, and worked with the SCSFP program.
Mrs. Lambert was preceded in death by her husband, Oakland Lambert, a son, Dewayne J. Lambert, two grandchildren, and two sisters, Minnie Judy and Zinnia Hinkle.
Surviving her are five daughters, Lucille Mallow, Sandie Greathouse, and Pamula Ober, all of Bartow, Patricia Dehaven, of Frank, and Wanda Greathouse, of Durbin; five sons, William O. Lambert and Dale A. Lambert, both of Bartow, Roger L. Lambert, of Dailey, and Ronnie T. Lambert and Danny D. Lambert, both of Elkins; six half-sisters, Carol Thompson, of Elkins, Martha Wimer, of Franklin, Lorine Heafner, of Topeka, Kansas, Nola Skouftos, of Florida, Reva Rittenour, of Mt. Jackson, Virginia, and Revella Siever, of New Market, Virginia; three half-brothers, Carl Wimer, of New Market, Virginia, Gilbert Wimer, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Johnny Wimer, of Timberville, Virginia; 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Durbin Calvary Gospel Church by the Rev. Harold Swecker and the Rev. Lawrence Bennett. Burial was in the Lambert Cemetery at Elk Mountain.
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Norma Belle Cochran
Norma Belle Cochran, age 92, of Lewisburg, died Monday, October 14, 2002, in Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland.
Born July 20, 1910, at Cordova, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Priscilla Grose Workman.
Mrs. Cochran was selected as the Mountain Messenger's "Mother of the Year" in 1987.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Taft Cochran, on September 25, 1977.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Taylor, of Rising Sun, Maryland, Barbara Smith, of Baltimore, Maryland, Vera Ingool, of Cardiff, Maryland, and Carol Reid, of Clifton Forge, Virginia; five sons, William J. "Bill" Cochran, of Forest Hill, Maryland, Ralph Cochran, of Bel Air, Maryland, Melvin Cochran, of Havre de Grace, Maryland, Marshall Cochran and Gary Cochran, both of Frankford; three sisters, Flora Scott, of Edgewood, Maryland, Ivy Corbett, of Whiteford, Maryland, and Texas Adams, of York, Pennsylvania; one brother, Fred Workman, of Lewisburg; nineteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Frankford by Pastor Marshall Cochran. Burial followed in the Old Droop Church Cemetery.
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Lucille V. Fessenbecker
Lucille V. Fessenbecker, age 88, died October 8, 2002, in Long Beach, California.
She was born March 16, 1914, in Lobelia, the daughter of Lovie and Georgia Vaughan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Bruce, Edwin, Lloyd and Yancey Vaughan, and three sisters, Hallie Malcomb, Mildred Fox, and Annie Hodkins.
Surviving her are a brother, Arlie Vaughan, of Marlinton, and two sisters, Betsy Murray and Nesbith (Toots) Coleman, both of California.
Graveside service of remembrance by Pastor John Wilkerson was held on October 12 in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Long Beach, California.