Pearl F. Wilt
Pearl F. Wilt, age 96, of Beard Heights, Marlinton, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, after a short illness at Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor, Virginia.
She was born January 18, 1907, in Spring Creek to the late George and Zelphia Fowler.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Keith Wilt; four sons, Kenneth, Tommy, Harold and John Wilt; two daughters, Berntice Lester, Shirley Hogge; six brothers, Elery, Anthony, Otho, Bernard, L.J. and Homer Fowler; and two sisters, Jesse Sampson and Marguerite North.
Surviving her are a daughter, Rebr Spanler, of Hertford, North Carolina; two sons, Ed Wilt, of Westville, New Jersey, Bob Wilt, of Hillsboro; and two sisters, Ruth Seay, of Renick, and Marie Fowler, of Pennsylvania; twenty-five grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Moore, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
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Sarah J. Hively
Sarah Jane Hively, 70, a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2003.
She is survived by her husband, Lee Hively, of Knoxville, one daughter, Kathy Ferguson, of Bartlett, Tennessee; one son, David Hively, of Libure, Louisiana; three sisters, Doris Dilley, of Charleston, Mary Galford, of Green Bank, and Arlene Self, of Falmouth, Virginia; and one brother, William Arbogast, of Smithfield, Virginia.
Also surviving are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her parents, William and Annie Arbogast, and one sister, Norma Lee Dilley, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the West Hills Presbyterian Church with Pastor Scott Horne and the Rev. Fred Fowler officiating. Entombment followed in the Highland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, West Virginia Affiliate, P. O. Box 11062, Charleston WV 25339 in memory of Sarah.
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Charles E. Bilyard
Charles Eugene Bilyard, age 82, of Durbin, died Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at his home in Durbin.
Bilyard was born February 25, 1921, in Miami, Florida, and was the son of the late Tom W. and Pearl Lee Williamson Bilyard.
He was a member of the Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church, was a self-employed plasterer, and was an intermail carrier for the Fairfax County School Board.
Preceding him in death were a sister and a brother.
He is survived by his wife, Madeline Mae Bilyard; a daughter, Shirley Byers, of Arbovale; two sons, Stanley Lee Bilyard, of Arbovale, and Wayne Allen Bilyard, of Harrisonburg, Virginia; two sisters, Lena Crandall, of Georgia, and Marguerite Johnson, of Florida; a brother, Robert Bilyard, of Virginia; ten grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Friday afternoon by Pastor Stewart Pepper in the Arbovale Annex Cemetery.
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Melvin Austin Dilley
Melvin Austin Dilley, age 83, of Elkins, and more recently a resident of Swisher's Private Home Care at Diamond Street for the past two-and-a-half years, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at the Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to pneumonia.
Born August 7, 1919, at Mingo, he was a son of the late William Austin and Iva Merle Wood Dilley. He had never married.
Surviving are one brother, Max Eugene Dilley, of Elkins, and one sister, Leona Zoe Rainey, of Beverly.
Preceding him in death was one brother, Raymond Jay Dilley.
Melvin attended the schools of Durbin and served with the United States Army during World War II, where he became disabled. He was of the Protestant faith.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at the Beverly Cemetery in Beverly by the Rev. Gloria M. Roy.
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Hubert B. Wilfong
Hubert B. Wilfong, age 83, of Circleville, formerly of Boyer, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at the home of his adopted family, George and Ruth Adkins, of Cherry Grove.
Wilfong was a retired worker with the Howes Leather Company. He was of the Christian faith, a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, VFW. He was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran.
He was born September 5, 1919, at Deer Creek to the late Oscar B. Wilfong and Zadie Alice Pennington Wilfong Slayton.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Rachel E. Wilfong in 1985; three sons, Allen Gray, Oscar Benson, and Hubert Opie Wilfong; two sisters, Irene and Catherine; and two brothers, Galvin Wilfong and Jobert Slayton.
Surviving him are five daughters, Mary Catherine Higgins, of Covington, Virginia, Charlotte "Susie" Taylor, of Weston, Joyce Ann Palmer, of Aurora, Colorado, Alice Faye Kramer, of Arbovale, and Violet Louise Ryder, of Marlinton; adopted daughter, Virginia Ruth Adkins, of Cherry Grove; four sons, Edward Dale Wilfong, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, David Lee Wilfong, of Weston, James Blaine Wilfong, of Boyer, and Brian Edward Wilfong, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; twenty-seven grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Boyer Community Church by the Revs. John Swartz, David Rittenhouse, and Bobby Brown. Burial was in Boyer Cemetery.
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Roma Branham Fields Dill, age 93, of Bay City, Texas, formerly of Cass, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, in Bay City.
Mrs. Dill was born April 28, 1909, in Tivis, Virginia, and was the daughter of the late Thomas Abraham and Elizabeth Wallace Branham.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Steve Fields; three children, James Howard Fields, Lovella Fields, and Patsy Ruth Fields Shields; her second husband, Wallace Dill; and a brother, Thomas O. Branham.
Survivors include a daughter, Rodellin Fields Ingram, of Bay City; a sister, Naomi Powell, of Elkhorn City, Kentucky; three step-daughters, Colleen Yokum, of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Bertha Lee Burns, of Claremont, Florida, and Joyce Dill, of Providence Forge, Virginia; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton.
Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Funeral Home at Arbovale.