Wirt E. Kinnison
Wirt Edwin Kinnison, age 89, of Charleston, died January 11, 2004.
He retired from Esormont Foods and was a member of the local Teamster's Union and the Masonic Lodge No. 21. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a Christian.
Wirt was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret E. Kinnison.
He is survived by his son, James C. Kinnison, of Charleston; daughter, Linda Horton, of New Orleans, Louisiana; and three grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday, January 13, at Barlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home with private graveside service Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1111 East Lee Street, Charleston, WV 25301.
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Evert Vis, age 79, of Manshua Township, New Jersey, died Friday, January 16, 2004. He was born in the Netherlands.
In 1950, Mr. Vis and his wife, Theodora, came to America with $65 and two suitcases. They recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. During World War II, Mr. Vis escaped from German occupation forced labor and then assisted with the underground network to help pilots escape. He was a nurseryman all his life, owning Vis Nursery for 30 years. He was a member of the Oak Valley Seniors.
Mr. Vis enjoyed traveling. He spent time in Pocahontas County with his son, Bill, who owns property in Huntersville and Buckeye and spends summer and holidays here and he made many friends in this area in recent years.
He is survived by his wife, Theodora, nee Epping, and son, Williams B. Vis.
Services were held in New Jersey.
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Theodore D. Moore
Theodore Darius Moore, age 75, originally from the Marlinton area, died Tuesday, January 20, in Abington, Virginia.
He was the son of the late Darius Moore and Mary Cochran Moore, of Marlinton.
No arrangements have been made at this time. A complete obituary will be published next week.
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Ella F. Kirby
Ella F. Kirby, age 96, of Marlinton, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. She was a resident of Pocahontas Center.
A native of Marlinton, she was born June 12, 1907, the daughter of the late Colbert J. and Dora B. Cook Pritt.
Mrs. Kirby was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a former housekeeper.
Her husband, James C. Kirby, preceded her in death. Also deceased are three sisters, Lillie Madison, Rosie Moore, and Mary Pritt, who died in infancy, and two brothers, George Pritt and Page Pritt.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday afternoon at Fairview Cemetery by the Rev. Jerry Moore.
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Arnold Buren Cutlip
Arnold Buren Cutlip, age 66, of Marlinton, died Monday, January 19, 2004, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
He was a timber cutter.
The son of Frederick and Ora Farley Cutlip, he was born in Gobles, Michigan, November 25, 1937.
Mr. Cutlip is survived by his companion of 30 years, Virginia Schoolcraft; three daughters, Angela D. Schoolcraft, Joyce A. Schoolcraft, both of Marlinton, and Sherry Burtchett, of Coloma, Michigan; a son, Arnold B. Schoolcraft, of Marlinton; two sisters, Lucie Ocie, of South Carolina, and Joyce Rudd, of Bangor, Michigan; three brothers, William Cutlip, Fred Cutlip, Jr., and Douglas Cutlip, and two half-brothers, Glen Tucker and Daniel Tucker, all of Bangor, Michigan; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, at 1 p.m., at VanReenen Funeral Home by Pastor Bryan Treadway. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Van-Reenen Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening.
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Robert David Bittle
Robert David Bittle, age 78, LaVale, Maryland, died December 21, 2003, at Sacred Heart Hospital, after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Bittle was born August 19, 1925, in Frederick, Maryland, the son of the late Foster David Bittle and Goldie Mae Biser Bittle. In 1929 the family moved from Williamsport to Oakland, Maryland, where he graduated from high school. He attended Johns Hopkins University and Potomac State College before spending 2 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in the Asiatic Pacific, where he was a part of the Philippine liberation.
After his service in the Navy, he received a B.S. degree and M.S. degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University, then an M.S. in Management in 1972 from Frostburg University. He was employed by Hercules Aerospace Division from 1950-1988, working in engineering, research and development of various programs.
Mr. Bittle was one of the founding members of Christ Lutheran Church in LaVale, where he served on many committees, Lay President, and in many other capacities. He was also a long-time member of the chancel and handbell choirs. He served as a leader of Boy Scout Troop, LaVale, and was a member of the Allegany Solid Waste Management Board and LaVale Civic Improvement Association.
He was a 53-year member of the Masonic Order, member of Oakland Lodge No. 192, A.F.&A.M. He was an active member of the Ali Ghan Shrine, 42 year-member of the Shrine Band, and also played in the Autumn Glory Oompah Band, the Community Orchestra and the Church Orchestra.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Tracy Bittle, whom he married October 15, 1950; sons, Robert David Bittle, II, of Roanoke, Virginia, and Mark Tracy Bittle, of Charlottesville, Virginia; daughter, Lisa Bittle Tancredi, of Baltimore, Maryland; seven grandchildren; mother-in-law, Vere Bly Tracy, and sister-in-law, Helen T. Loman, both of Arbovale.
A sister, Rita M. Sparks, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were conducted at Christ Lutheran Church LaVale on December 27, 2003, by Pastor Charles Erzkus and Pastor Beth Welsch. Interment was at St. Paul's ELCA Church, Myersville, Maryland.
Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation Fund for Crippled Children.