John Hunter Williams
John Hunter Williams, age 82, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at the home of his caregivers, John and Barbara Kinley, in Oak Hill, following a long illness.
Born at Durbin March 8, 1921, he was the son of the late John Luther and Frona Flynn Williams.
He was a retired Chemical Engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, having served as an engineer in various countries, and was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He served in the United States Navy as a pilot. Preceding him in death were his wife, Evelyn Barlow Williams; a brother, Robert Williams; and a sister, Millie Williams.
Mr. Williams is survived by a son, John Hunter Williams, Jr., of Alexandria, Virginia; a daughter, Millie W. Petersen, of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren.
Graveside rites and committal and burial were Saturday afternoon at Arbovale Cemetery by the Rev. Mark Flynn.
Memorial donations may be made to the Flynn Foundations, Scholarship Fund, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, or Salvation Army, 312 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, WV 25801.
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Nora V. Perkins
Nora V. Perkins, age 91, of Huntersville, died Friday, August 1, 2003, at Greenbrier Valley Hospital.
The daughter of the late Forest and May Syms Underwood, she was born at Huntersville May 11, 1912.
She attended the Huntersville Baptist Church
Her husband, Clyde Lee Perkins, preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were a son, Franklin D. Perkins; three sisters, Edna Phillips, Mable Miller, and Shirley Means; and a brother, Oliver M. Underwood.
She is survived by a sister, Ola Redding, of Huntersville; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Moore, with burial in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
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Mary H. Galford
Mary H. Galford, age 77, of Millville, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at her home. She had been seriously ill for two months. She was a 42-year resident of Millville.
Born in Green Bank July 6, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Bernell and Hazel Arbogast Gum
A 1945 graduate of Green Bank High School, she took business courses at the former Bloomsburg State College, now Bloomsburg University.
Mrs. Galford had been employed for many years in the payroll department of Milco Industries, Inc., Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, retiring in December 1991.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Moody C. Galford, who died June 22, 1998; a sister, Madelene "Boots: Cosner; and two brothers, Bobby Gum and Richard Gum.
Surviving are three daughters: Cheryl E. Kessler and Ruth Ann Henrie, both of Millville, and Jill M. Galford, at home; four grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; two brothers, Stanley Gum, of Danville, Pennsylvania, Burel Gum, of Millville, and a sister, Joanne Gum, of Millville.
Graveside services were held July 31 in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, by the Rev. Richard D. Leonard, pastor of Millville United Methodist Church.
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James Elbert Barnes and
Margaret McAdory Melton Barnes
Professor James Elbert (Eb) Barnes, Ph.D., and his wife of 38 years, Margaret (Maggie) McAdory Melton Barnes, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, died of gunshot wounds inflicted during a bank robbery in Greer, South Carolina, on Friday, May 16, 2003. The teller was also killed. The robber has not been found.
Barnes was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, June 5, 1942, and graduated from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, where he met Margaret and they were married in 1965. He received a Master of Teaching arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Clemson University, and taught Physics at the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, for 28 years.
Margaret (Maggie) was born in Bristol, Virginia, on August 19, 1944. She grew up in Marlinton where her father was pastor of the Marlinton Presbyterian Church. In 1965, her father became pastor of the Bethesda Presbyterian Church in McConnells, South Carolina, and that is where she and Eb were married. She attended King College and the Katherine Gibbs School in New York. Shortly after she was married, Margaret found a flax spinning wheel in the attic of her great-grandparents' farmhouse in Alabama and this led to a career as a spinner and weaver; she sold spun and woven goods at craft fairs throughout the Southeast. She had worked for 10 years with the National Beta Club of Spartanburg.
She was the daughter of the Rev. Roger P. Melton, of Georgetown, Georgia, and the late Alice Caldwell Melton. She is also survived by two brothers, Roger Patrick Melton, Jr., of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Lawrence C. Melton, of Columbia, South Carolina.
Margaret and Eb had three children, Katherine May, of New Bern, North Carolina, James Richard, of Spartanburg, and Elizabeth Davis, of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Dr. Barnes was the son of Agnes King Barnes, of Blountville, Tennessee, and the late Ralph Hawk Barnes. He is survived by his two brothers, George K. Barnes, of Blountville, and John H. Barnes, of Nashville, Tennessee; and a sister, Martha B. Sabin, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
They were members of the Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg.
Memorial services were held May 21 at the First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, conducted by the Rev. Steven H. Rhodes.
Memorial gifts may be made to Mobile Meals Service, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
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Jewel E. Hefner
Jewel E. Hefner, age 96, of Hillsboro, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Lewisburg.
She was born on August 18, 1906, in Watoga, to George S. and Lydia J. McClure McComb. Mrs. McComb died in 1946 and Mr. McComb died in 1951.
She was preceded in death by five sisters and six brothers: Osker Burton McComb (died 1965), Ora McComb (1977), Augusta McComb (1886-1886), Daisy Mae McComb (1889), Early Neal McComb (1936), Lottie McComb (1987), Guy McComb (1980), Brown McComb, Lock McComb, Edna McComb (1901-1901), Glen Henry McComb.
Jewell married Lanty Hefner on November 5, 1924. They were married 52 years until his death in 1976.
They had three children. Two daughters preceded her in death.
She is survived by her oldest son, George E. Hefner, of Hillsboro; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in Marvin Chapel Church by the Rev. Phyllis Cox. Burial was in the Ruckman Cemetery.
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Kenneth "Gene" Boggs, age 67, of Droop, died August 3, 2003, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.
He was born December 26, 1935, at Spring Creek, a son of the late George and Dorothy Wolfe Boggs. He was retired from Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home where he was a custodian, and was a member of AARP and Good Sam Camping Club.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Boggs, a granddaughter, Angela Boggs, and a sister, Marie Coots.
Survivors include his wife of twenty-two years, Frances Harmon Boggs; son, Kenneth Wayne Boggs, of Conneaut, Ohio; three sisters, Ella Snedegar, of Lewisburg, Mary Loudermilk, of Frankford, and Norma Clancy, of New York; five grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday afternoon at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg by Brother Butch LeGrand. Burial followed in Morningside Cemetery in Renick.
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Rease Herbert Workman
Rease Herbert Workman, age 74, of Havre de Grace, Maryland, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
He was born at Cordova, a son of the late Ira and Luella Lewis Workman.
Mr. Workman was retired from Bata Shoe Company.
Surviving are his wife, Wilma Jane Scott Workman; sons, Herbert R. Workman, of Ben Salem, Pennsylvania, Marlin D. Workman, of Rockledge, Pennsylvania, Herbert D. Workman, of Havre de Grace, Maryland; Laymer L. Workman, of Whiteford, Maryland, William A. Workman, of Aberdeen, Maryland, and Mark A. Workman, of Havre de Grace; daughters, Nancy C. Baliko, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, Ella J. Workman, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Bonnie J. Leister, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Patricia A. Patterson, of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, and Eleanor J. Torbert, of Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania; 20 grandchildren; four sisters, Estie Roberts, of Covington, Virginia, Mary Howeth, of Wayne, Oklahoma, Dacil Hill, of Hillsboro, and Dessie Simmons, of Orange, Virginia.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with burial at the Ruckman Cemetery at Mill Point.
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Evelyn E. Grimes
Evelyn E. Grimes, age 78, of Rt. 1, Marlinton, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003, in Davis Memorial Hospital.
She formerly lived in Philippi, where she was a pharmacy clerk and partner in the Davis Drug Store. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Morgantown.
The daughter of the late Bruce and Susan Fleming Davvis, she was born October 10, 1924, in Morgantown.
She was united in marriage September 6, 1958, to John Robert "Bob" Grimes, who preceded her in death December 20, 1995. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Gray, and a brother, Loyd Davis.
Surviving her are a son, Joseph H. "Joe" Grimes, and one granddaughter.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Wright Funeral Home in Philippi. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton.
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Geneva Sparks Geneva Sparks, of Marlinton, died Tuesday night at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
No arrangements at press time at VanReenen Funeral Home.
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William J. Chestnut
William "Cider" Chestnut, age 67, formerly of Cass, died August 1, 2003, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital in Ohio.
Graveside services were held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.
He was born May 22, 1936, in Cass to Bedford and Belva Neighbors Chestnut.
He moved to Rittman in 1967 where he worked at the PCA for 30 years, retiring in 1997.
Surviving are his wife Linda White Chestnut; and daughter Robin Chestnut, of Rittman.
A sister Mary Cassell, died previously.