Benjamin Franklin Waugh
Benjamin Waugh, age 90, died Monday, May 26, 2003, in Marlinton after a long illness.
He was born in Clawson on July 17, 1912, the son of Lemuel Moffet Waugh and Margaret Hinkle Waugh.
Mr. Waugh worked with his brother in the Taxi and Coal Delivery businesses, later working for International Shoe Company and as a truck driver in the construction and mining industry.
Survivors include two sons, Eldridge Oren Waugh, of Manassas, Virginia, and Lewis Edward Waugh, of Hagerstown, Maryland; one stepdaughter, Shelba Murphy, of Craigsvillle; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Waugh was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Beatrice Dunbrack Waugh, and his second wife, Ethyl Murphy Waugh; three brothers, Lemuel McKinley (Mac) Waugh, Renick Hanson Waugh, Laurence Elzeworth (Elzie) Waugh; five sisters, Lela Alice Sowers, Christenia Catherine Phillips, Minty Florence Vance, Thelma Charlean Sharp, and Mary Jane Defibaugh.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at press time.
Memorial donations can be made to the Pocahontas Center Auxiliary, c/o Gladys Waugh, Buckeye, West Virginia 24924.
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Jimmy D. Menefee
Jimmy D. Menefee, age 76, of Route 4, Philippi, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, where he had been a patient for a week.
A native of Marlinton, he was born May 24, 1926, a son of the late Herman J. and Eva M. Shinaberry Menefee.
He was united in marriage in 1947 to Muriel E. Soden, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters: Sharon Menefee, of Baltimore, Maryland, Nancy Impallaria, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Melanie Menefee, of Marriottsville, Maryland; six sons, Jimmy Dale Menefee, Jr., of Severna Park, Maryland, Gary Michael Menefee, Alexandria, Virginia, Stanley J. Menefee, of Linthicum, Maryland, William Brian Menefee and Curtis Own Menefee, both of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Herman Taylor Menefee, Baltimore, Maryland; one brother, Starling Menefee, of Marlinton; ten grandchildren.
Mr. Menefee was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
He was retired as a steam fitter for Local Union #602 in Washington and was a member of AF & AM Lodge of Glen Burnie, Maryland and of the Broken Booster Club. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II, and was a United Methodist by faith.
Funeral service was held at the Wright Funeral Home in Philippi Friday afternoon by Pastor Bryan Headley. Interment followed in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown.
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Melvin R. Bostic
Melvin R. "Slim" Bostic, age 79, of Stow, Ohio, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina, Ohio.
Born July 29, 1923, in White Sulphur springs, he had lived in Stow for the past 51 years. He was retired from the Ford Stamping Plant in Bedford, Ohio, after 31 years of service. He was a charter member of the United Methodist Church in Stow and was also in the Stow Masonic Lodge. During World War II he served in the North Atlantic and South Pacific for the United States Navy.
On June 24, 1951, in Charleston he was united in marriage to Bessie Lee (Pat) Patterson, of Marlinton and Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Surviving him are his wife; daughter, Susan Stockton, of Sherman, Illinois; son, Joel Bostic, of Akron; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Baer, of Florida, and Fonda Corbin, of Wilmington, Ohio; and a brother, Marion Bostic, of Clarksville, Tennessee.
The body was cremated. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Northlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Jack Yeagar.
Remembrances may be made to United Methodist Church in Stow, Capital Fund, 4880 Fishcreek Road, Stow, Ohio 44224.
Mrs. Bostic is the daughter of the late Richard and Blanche Patterson and niece of Helen Patterson McMann, of Marlinton.
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Lester E. Sturgill, Sr.
Lester E. Sturgill, Sr., formerly of Cass, died May 9, 2003.
He was the husband of the late Ruth Elizabeth Neighbors Sturgill and was the son of the late John and Josephine Sturgill.
He was the father of Juanita Colleen Ryder, Lester Earl Sturgill, Jr., Vernon L. Sturgill, Belva Y. Cassell, Larry E. Sturgill, Shelby J. Sturgill, Carolyn Maurice Dorsch, Patricia A. Barrett, Glema S. Sassman, Glenna Tate and the late Sharon H. Sturgill. He was the brother of Fern Wagner, Freda Bensinger, Donald Sturgill, and the late Beatrice, Marie and Johnny Sturgill. He leaves numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held May 13 at the family owned and operated McCully Polyniak Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
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Elpenor R. Ohle
Elpenor R. Ohle, 88, recently of Green Bank, died peacefully in his sleep on May 25, 2003, after a long illness.
He was born in Keifersfelden, Germany, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1934, becoming a citizen in 1942. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and did his internship and an internal medicine residency at Yale before entering the U.S. Public Health Service in 1944. After his tour of duty with the USPHS, he moved to Celo, North Carolina, where he started his medical practice in the newly opened Celo Health Center.
He was an old-fashioned family physician there for nearly 40 years, retiring to active pursuit of his hobby of gardening and landscaping. Friends and neighbors will remember particularly his extensive collection of native azaleas. In 1997, he was honored by the National Weather Service for 50 years of continuous recording of weather in the South Toe Valley.
Dr. Ohle was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolf F. Ohle and Friede Hoffmann Ohle; two sisters Alma Ohle and Carol Ohle Schwintzer; his first wife, Mary Wheeler Ohle; and his second wife, Elisabeth Emmons Ohle.
He is survived by his children: Paul Ohle, of Hickory, North Carolina; Janet Ghigo, of Green Bank; Susan Johnson of Chula Vista, California; and Charles Ohle, of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. He also leaves three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three step-children, and two step-grandchildren.
During his life, he contributed to medical research through the Harvard Medical School's Physicians' Health Study. He donated his body after death to the nearest medical school. Per his expressed wish, there will be no funeral or memorial services. Friends are asked to honor his memory by doing even one thing in his name to make the world a better place in which to live.