Virginia Burns Buzzard
Virginia Elizabeth Burns Buzzard, age 82, formerly of Minnehaha Springs, died at the home of her daughter in White Sulphur Springs on Saturday, March 22, 2003.
Mrs. Buzzard was a retired Postmaster (23 years) and a member of the United Methodist Church.
She was born August 4, 1920, in Highland County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Elmer and Mattie Buzzard Burns.
She was married to Jarrett G. Buzzard, who is deceased. Others preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Constance Anne Buzzard; three brothers, Charles Burns, William Burns, and Stanley Burns.
Surviving her are her daughter, Shirley Joyce Mullens, of White Sulphur Springs; two sons, David Gayle Buzzard, of Lancaster, California, and Stephen Jarrett Buzzard, of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Floyd Burns, of Staunton, Virginia; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton by the Rev. Randy White. Burial was in the McElwee Cemetery at Minnehaha Springs.
Memorial donations may be made to Greenbrier Valley Hospice, 203 South Jefferson Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901.
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Paul Clayton Bradley
Paul Clayton Bradley, age 85, of Cass, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at his home.
Mr. Bradley was a welder for West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Mower Lumber Company, Howes Leather Company, and the Cass Scenic Railroad. He was of the Methodist faith.
He was born in Cass April 21, 1917, the son of the late William Clayton and Mary Allie Cassell Bradley.
In addition to his parents, a sister, Edith Muller, preceded him in death.
Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife, Garnett Marie Lambert Bradley; two daughters, Arthea Summerfield, of Cass, and Patricia Foulks, of Parkersburg; one son, Thomas Bradley, of Cass; one sister, Mary Loucas, of Baltimore, Maryland; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the graveside in Wanless Cemetery near Cass by Pastor Carl VanStavern.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bethel United Metho-dist Church, c/o Jean Taylor, Durbin.
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Dorothy Hill Terlizzi
Dorothy Hill Terlizzi, age age 77, died on March 6, 2003, at her home in Melbourne, Australia, where she had resided since 1961.
Mrs. Terlizzi was born in Lobelia, a daughter of the late Ellawood and Ruby Hill, on June 14, 1925.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Anthony Terlizzi, Sr., and four brothers, Joel Hill, Paul Hill, Ward Hill, and Murl Hill.
Surviving her are three daughters, Vicki McNiff and Jackie Cooney, both of Melbourne, Australia, and Toni Callow, of Seattle, Washington; two sons, Gerry Terlizzi, of Melbourne, Australia, and Major Anthony Terlizzi, Jr., stationed in Hawaii; ten grandchildren; four sisters, Ruth Wright, of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, Madeline Smith, of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, Betty Ramsey, of Raeford, North Carolina, and Mary Ionescu, of Chevy Chase, Maryland; two brothers, Melvin Hill, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Lorraine Hill, of Hillsboro.
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Margaret Slaven Samples
Margaret Slaven Samples, age 80, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died unexpectedly at her residence on Friday, March 21, 2003.
She was born in Bristol, Tennessee, February 4, 1923, the daughter of the late Carrie and Frank Slaven.
She was a dedicated member of Mouzon United Methodist Church, serving on the Altar Guild and giving generously of her time to volunteer work. She retired from Celanese in 1985 after working there for 32 years.
In addition to her parents, those preceding her in death were her husband of 49 years, William Henry Samples; two sisters, Beaty Slaven and Kat Simmons; and two brothers, Ralph Slaven and Hunter Slaven.
Survivors include two sons, Ken L. Samples, of Taylorsville, North Carolina, and Mark A. Samples, of Charlotte, North Carolina; one granddaughter; one brother, Warren Slaven, of Cass; two sisters, Lou Chapman, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Dot McLaughlin, of Stony Bottom.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Mouzon United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jim Martin. Interment followed at Sharon Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mouzon United Methodist Church, 3100 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209.
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Ralph Roosevelt Heavner
Ralph Roosevelt Heavner, age 69, of 249 Hillcrest Drive, Mooresville, North Carolina, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
He was a mechanic in the United States Army.
A native of Webster County, he was born May 27, 1933, the son of the late Lester and Dorothy Hamrick Heavner.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Christopher Heavner; two sons, Joseph Allen Heavner, of Mooresville, and Jess Heavner, of Frankford; two daughters, Patricia Keller, of Mooresville, and Terry McClung, of Frankford; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; a brother, Roland Heavner, of Mingo Junction, Ohio; and four sisters, Rosalie Slaven, of Cass, Betty Defibaugh, of Durbin, Ruby Richards, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Audra Summerfield, of Beverly.
Two brothers, Ray and Robert Heavner, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Eastside Baptist Church by the Rev. Roger Wood. Burial was in Glenwood Memorial Park.
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Geraldine McCurry Snyder
Geraldine (Gerry) McCurry Snyder, of North Bloomfield, Ohio, passed away Friday, March 14, 2003.
Born on Williams River in Pocahontas County August 10, 1933, she attended Woodrow Grade School and Marlinton Junior High.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Snyder, her father, Allison (Mike) McCurry, and two sisters, Jonita Parabeck and Linda Smith.
Mrs. Snyder is survived by her mother, Clara McCombs McCurry; four children, Debra, Vickie, Doug and Tim; two sisters, Ruth Sams and Helen Warrner; two brothers, Lawrence and Larry McCurry. She was a niece of Clorie Green, of Marlinton.
Funeral services were held in Ohio.
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Evalene Baxter Harper Hawkins
Evalene Baxter Harper Hawkins, widow of Herbert Claiborne Hawkins, of Petersburg, Virginia, died March 16, 2003.
The daughter of Ernest Fletcher and Georgia Ann Baxter Harper, she was born in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School Class of 1932. She was the oldest living graduate of the Petersburg General Hospital School of Nursing and a member of the Alumni Association. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Historic Petersburg Foundation and was named Sustaining Preservationist of the Year in 1999. In 1992 she received its award for her work in planting and maintaining the flower boxes and beds around the information center in Old Town and around the fountain in Poplar Lawn Park. She belonged to the Historic Poplar Lawn Association, the Women's Committee of the Symphony, and the Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation. An avid gardener and conservationist, she was a member and past president of Burlington Garden Club, and was instrumental in obtaining the Dunn legacy to plant trees in the city. She was also a member and past president of the Federated Woman's Club of Petersburg. An active member of Ettrick United Metho-dist Church, she was the recipient of the Barnabas award for her service.
Mrs. Hawkins is survived by her daughter, Kay Hawkins Carwile, of Petersburg, a granddaughter and great-grandson.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Annie Frances Rock, Blanche Harper Wymer, and Edna E. Hall.
A memorial service was held Wednesday afternoon, March 19, in the Ettrick United Methodist Church.
Attending the service were Ed and Sue Rock, Ruth W. Taylor, and Ed Hall.
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Ralph Wayne Irvine
Ralph Wayne Irvine, age 80, of Mount Crawford, Virginia, died Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, following an extended illness.
Mr. Irvine was born August 18, 1922, in Pocahontas County, a son of the late Emmert Ison Irvine and Constance Reed Irvine.
He lived in Mount Crawford most of his life and was a member of St. Andrews United Church of Christ. He retired from Victor Metals in 1987.
Surviving him are his wife, Ethel Hartman Irvine, of the Bridgewater Home. They married June 5, 1946.,
Also surviving are two sisters, Ruth Carroll, of Grottoes, Virginia, and Crystal Simmons, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a brother, Keith Irvine, also of Grottoes.
The funeral was conducted March 1 at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave, and burial was held in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Mr. Irvine was a cousin of Kyle "Chick" Irvine, of Marlinton, and Elsie Irvine Long, of Mill Point.
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Philip V. Bagdon
Philip Vincent Bagdon, 50, of Hinton, was found dead at his home on February 11, 2003, of an apparent heart attack. He was a writer and historian, with a special interest in the railroad and lumber industry history of West Virginia.
He was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on November 1, 1952, the son of the late Vincent J. and Phyllis Bagdon.
A vacation visit to the Cass Scenic Railroad with his parents in 1964 began Mr. Bagdon's deep interest in the history of Cass and logging railroads in West Virginia. His writing experience began while in college, working for Jim Comstock's West Virginia Hillbilly during the summers.
He received a degree in printing management from the West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1976. Following graduation, he worked a summer job for the CSRR and then moved to New York City to begin a career as a writer, editor, graphic designer, and print/promotion consultant. Mr. Bagdon returned to Alexandria in 1992 and moved to Hinton in 1994. He worked again at the CSRR in 1996 and 1997.
He was the author of books on the logging railroads of the W. Va. Pulp and Paper Company and the Meadow River Lumber Company. A book on the Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company was underway at the time of his death. He also authored two booklets on Cass and wrote numerous articles that appeared in a number of magazines.
Mr. Bagdon was a member of the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association and editor it its magazine, The Log Train, for two years.
He attended the Nazarene Church.
His only survivor is a distant cousin, Jane Wait, of Ashland, Va.
A memorial service was held at the First Christian Church in Hinton on February 22. His body will be cremated.
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Martin "Shelly" Solliday, Jr., 64, died unexpectedly on March 22, 2003, at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee.
He was born in Charlestown on August 2, 1938, to Violet Beans Solliday, of Hillsboro, Virginia, and the late Martin S. Solliday, Sr.
He was a machinist and master gunsmith, working for the FBI at Quantico, Virginia, Glock, Inc., at Smyrna, Georgia, and Para-Ordinance, at Sevierville. He served in the Army.
He was a member of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Ina; daughter, Sarah Beth Hamilton, of Marlinton; son, Martin III, of Dallas, Georgia; step-daughter, Lisa Crammer, of Wellsburg, New York; and five grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on March 26 at the Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville, Virginia, with burial in the Hillsboro Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar Street, Annandale, Virginia 22003, or a charity of your choice.
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Guy Thomas "Tom" Hill
Guy Thomas "Tom" Hill, age 49, of Delcambre, Louisiana, and formerly of Hillsboro, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2003, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Born November 12, 1953, Tom was the son of Elva Mae Dalton Hill, of Hillsboro, and the late Marion E. Hill.
Mr. Hill was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America for 15 years where he served as Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and participated in many other scouting activities. He was an avid outdoorsman using every opportunity to hunt, fish, camp, canoe and backpack. He led scouts on six 50-mile backpacking trips and three 50-mile canoeing trips. He touched the lives of many young men whether by helping them to become Eagle Scouts or simply by teaching them to tie a knot.
He is survived by his wife, Ellyn B. Hill, of Delcambre; two sons, Kasey and Clint Hill, both of Delcambre; his mother; brothers, John Hill and Phil Hill, both of Hillsboro, and Paul Hill, of Marlinton; one sister, Jeanie Sharp, of Hillsboro.
Funeral services were held March 19, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, in Delcambre, by the Rev. Thomas Voorhies. Entombment was in the Church Mausoleum.
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Shirley Taylor Stephenson
Shirley Jean Taylor Stephenson passed away Wednesday March 12, 2003, after a short illness on.
Mrs. Stephenson was a homemaker and of Baptist faith and a life-long resident of Kanawha County.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence R. Taylor and Geneva Teter Taylor, step-mother, Betty L. Davies Taylor, and brothers, Robert L (Bobby) Taylor and Gary Wayne Taylor.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh E. Stephenson; sons, Hugh Edward Stephenson, II, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Stephen Fox, of Beckley, and Thomas McDonald, of Charleston; daughters, Gwendolyn S. Stephenson, Drema J. McDonald and Melody A. McDonald, all of Charleston, brother; Clarence Roger Taylor, of Phoenix, Arizona, sisters, Mary Williams, of Charleston, Susan Stanley, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Ellen Mariea Stephenson, of Pocahontas County.
Funeral services were held Friday March 14, 2003, at J. E. Johnson Funeral Home in Kanawha City with Reverend David Clark officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Alpha Cemetery, Charleston.