Jack K. Wallace
Jack K. Wallace, died December 30, 2003, at his home in Lewisburg, after suffering a massive stroke on August 16, 2002.
He was born June 24, 1924, in Buchtel, Ohio, to Luther R. Wallace and Norma Koenig Wallace.
He was a licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and owner of the Jack K. Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, for more than forty years, before his retirement in 1996. He served with the Marines in the South Pacific in WWII, after graduating from Greenbrier Military School, attending Ohio Wesleyan College, and Cincinnati College of Embalming. He was a member of American Legion Post 69 and very active in many worthwhile projects through the years. He served as Chairman of the Greenbrier County Heart Association, Chairman of the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee, held a local Preacher's License in the Methodist Church, and used it to fill in for ministers in various churches, once for about a year for a church until a minister could be employed. He was a member of Lewisburg United Methodist Church where he was teacher of a teen class, and was leader of a young adult group. While operating his funeral home in Alderson in the 50's he worked to start a teen center, and taught a teen class in Johnson Memorial Methodist Church.
Always concerned about young people who wanted an education and having to travel distances to attend college, he initiated a one-man campaign in the 1980's to see that Greenbrier Community College Center would continue to be a permanent institution of higher education in the Greenbrier Valley and then to relocate it to the building of the former Greenbrier College for Women. In February 2003, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Greenbrier Community College Foundation for "30 years of dedication" to that goal. He also put forth much effort to convince legislators that the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg should have their support to operate the same as the medical schools at Marshall and WVU. He enjoyed working spaghetti dinners and other events to provide a football field for the Spartans of Greenbrier East High School, Fairlea.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Twyla Cain Wallace; daughter, Twyla Sue Wallace, of Blacksburg, Virginia; son, Jack C. Wallace, of Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Norma Lemon, of Lewisburg; brother, Bill Wallace, of Lewisburg; 2 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Wallace..
Funeral service was held at Rhema Christian Center in Fairlea with Rev. Stewart Farley with burial in Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg.
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Lester C. Waybright
Lester C. Waybright, age 71, of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, died December 29, 2003, at VA Medical Center, in Butler, Pennsylvania.
He was born July 18, 1932, at Cave, and was the son of the late Kenny and Ollie Mullenax Waybright.
Mr. Waybright was a member of First Baptist Church, of Zelienople. He retired in 1984 from American Universal, Zelienople. He was a US Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post #747.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Greathouse Waybright; daughter, Debbie Allison, of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Lucille Back, Mary Johnston, and Dollie Varner, all of Churchville, Virginia; brother, George Waybright, of Staunton, Virginia; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at First Baptist Church, in Zelienople, by Pastor Fred Freed, with visitation at Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Graveside services were held January 3 at Arbovale Cemetery with Military Honors with David Rittenhouse officiating.
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Donald E. Morrison
Donald Eugene Morrison, age 63, of Renick, died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at his home.
He was born at Marlinton, January 8, 1940, and was preceded in death by his parents, Carl L. and Alice Puffenburger Morrison, and a sister, Brenda Sue Beverly.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Morrison, of Renick; two daughters, Lisa Reinholt, of Renick, and Samantha L. Morrison, at home; a son, Dennis Morrison, of Ontario, California; six grandchildren; sister, Beverly Gibson, of Hot Springs, Virginia; four brothers, Gerald and Sam Morrison, of Elkins, Jim Morrison, of Ronceverte, and Bill Morrison, of Lewisburg.
Mr. Morrison retired from the US Army in 1986; retired from Hanover Shoe in 1995, was presently employed as a security guard at B. A. Mullican Lumber Company. He attended the Church of God in Fairlea.
Services were held Saturday at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, by Pastor Susan Erskine with burial in Rosewood Cemetery.
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Clyde R. Goff
Cyde R. Goff, age 70, of Vienna, Ohio, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Goff was born April 23, 1933, at Coalton, the son of the late Everett C. and Bertha Rowan Goff.
He was a shutter operator for Packard Electric for 28 years, retiring in 1991. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and was a member of the Moose Lodge of Cortland, AMVETS in Vienna, American Legion, and many other organizations.
Four brothers, Kenneth, Jimmy, Robert, and Sterling Goff, preceded him in death.
Surviving him are his wife, Nancy Sampson Goff, whom he married on June 19, 1960; a son, Jeffrey Goff, of Vienna; a sister, Marie Temple, of Elyria, Ohio; a brother, Lewis E. Goff, of Ellamore; and two grandsons.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. David Rittenhouse, with burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
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Nettie Mae Lackey VanReenen, age 71, of Marlinton, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Born November 5, 1932, at Marfrance, she was the daughter of the late John and Cora Ford Lackey.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Edray United Methodist Church.
Her first husband, Marvin L. "Jim" Sharp, twin daughters, five brothers, Walter, James, Frank, General, and Isaac Lackey, three half-brothers, Harry, Edward, and Dewey Lackey, and two half-sisters, Bessie Stone and Annie Price, preceded her in death.
Surviving her are her husband, Guy F. VanReenen; a daughter, Carolyn Ann Sharp Dean, of Marlinton; an adopted son, James Thomas, of the Netherlands; three step-sons, Doug VanReenen, of Marlinton, Ronnie VanReenen, of Wasilla, Alaska, and Steve VanReenen, of Fredricksburg, Virginia; three sisters, Molly Rohrig, of Charleston, Christine Smith, of Alderson, and Margaret Lilly, of Princeton; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday, January 3, at 2 p.m. at VanReenen Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Mann officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Edray United Methodist Church.
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Katie Margaret Wilfong
Katie Margaret Wilfong, age 83, of Charleston, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston.
Born in Marlinton October 29, 1920, she was the daughter of Ressa and Mary Bright Wilfong.
She was a retired waitress, and a Methodist by faith.
Surviving her are her daughter-in-law, Linda Kay Wilfong, and her sister, Valley Wilfong, of Marlinton; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Henry Lee Wilfong and James Marvin Wilfong, and two brothers, Paul Wilfong and Milburn Wilfong, are deceased.
Funeral services were held Tuesday by Pastor Bryan Treadway, with burial in Wilfong Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Cancer Society of Charleston or Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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Velma Helena Sutton
Velma Helena Sutton, age 96, of Durbin, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.
Mrs. Sutton was a member of the Durbin Church of the Brethren and attended Durbin United Methodist Church. She was a retired cook for the Durbin Graded School.
She was born November 21, 1907, in Durbin, the daughter of the late James McKendree and Mary Annis Gragg Colaw.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Clyde W. Sutton, whom she married September 7, 1927. Also deceased are two sisters, Monna B. Feather and Virginia Colaw, and two brothers, James Russell Colaw and Arnold J. Colaw.
Mrs. Sutton is survived by a son, Lake W. Sutton, of Cripple Creek, Colorado; a sister, Mary Willa Smith, of Norfolk, Virginia; three brothers, June Colaw and Hayward Colaw, both of Durbin, and Vernon Colaw, of Richmond, Virginia; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. David Rittenhouse and the Rev. Frank Naglic. Burial will be in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Visitation Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Arbovale
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B. Kathleen Kelley
B. Kathleen Kelley, age 92, of Frost, a resident of Greenbrier Manor in Ronceverte, died January 5, 2004, at the Manor.
Visitation will be Friday, January 9, at VanReenen Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m., with funeral services Satuarday, January 10, at 1 p.m. at Frost United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Frost United Methodist Church, Frost Volunteer Fire Department, or Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
A complete obituary will be published in next week's paper.
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Mary Moore Taylor
Mary Moore Taylor, age 98, of Charleston, died January 4, 2004, at home..
Mrs. Taylor was born in Durbin, the daughter of Forest K. and Margaret E. Moore. She had formerly lived at Clinton-ville and then 35 years in Charleston. Mrs. Taylor was a Methodist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oran Taylor, and a daughter, Mary Ellen Garrett. Mrs. Taylor is survived by her daughter, Nora T. Hanson, of Charleston; one sister, Effie Kelly, of Elkins; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at Sunrise Methodist Church, Clintonville, by the Rev. LeRoy Crane and the Rev. Jay Hicks, with burial in the church cemetery.
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Shirley Estaline Tharp
Shirley Estaline McMillion Tharp, age 92, of Rupert, died Thursday, January 1, 2003, at her home.
Born September 20, 1911, in Beard, she was the daughter of the late Tinker Alfred and Allie Estaline Cutlip McMillion.
She was of the Methodist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morgan Neal Tharp, in August 1998; one son, Gerald McMillion; a half-sister, Girta Shue Hendricks; two sisters, Mary Snedegar and Hester Holmes; four brothers, Faust, Robert, Delbert and Gerald McMillion.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Tharp, of Rupert, and Zora Ashley, of Lancaster, Ohio; four sons, Morgan E. Tharp, of Columbus, Indiana, Melvin R. Tharp, of Clintonville, Robert D. Tharp, of Kieffer, and William J. Tharp, of Glasgow; thirteen grand-children and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle by the Rev. Denver Tiller, with burial in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.
Visitation will be Wednesday night and one hour prior to the service Thursday.