Mattie C. Waugh Wilson
Mattie C. Waugh Wilson, age 83, formerly of Marlinton, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Nicholas County Health Care Center in Richwood.
The daughter of the late William Tolbert and Elizabeth Sharp Waugh, she was born at Marlinton March 3, 1921.
She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Sue Baxter, of Marlinton; a son, Willard G. Wilson, Jr., of Marlinton; a sister, Norma Reed, of Huntersville; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
One sister, Nellie Lott, and four brothers, Joe E. Waugh, Loyal Waugh, Otis Waugh, and Milburn E. Waugh, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Bryan Treadway. Burial was in the Sharp Cemetery.
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George Douglas Dunbrack, age 62, of Marlinton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. He had been hospitalized since Thursday after complications developed in his treatment for cancer.
Mr. Dunbrack was the present Mayor of the Town of Marlinton, being first elected to that position in 1981, and had served as Director of Pioneer Days for about thirty years. He was a member of Rotary and Moose.. Active throughout the state, he was a member of the Municipal League, served on the Board of Region IV Development Council, was a Director of First Citizens Bank, and had businesses of Dunham and Style Right.
The son of the late Winters and Virginia Reynolds Dunbrack, he was born at Campbelltown February 3, 1942. He was married to the late Donna Jean Weiford Dunbrack.
Surviving him are a daughter, Addie Dunbrack Pennington, of Barboursville; three step-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Dunbrack, of Marlinton; and three sisters, Anita Nelson, of Marlinton, Phyllis Jackson, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Brenda Sue Vickery, of Valdosta, Georgia.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at press time.
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Margaret Noonan Sharp
Margaret Ellen Noonan Sharp, age 80, of Hillsboro, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at home.
Mrs. Sharp was a retired nurse's aide and a member of Stony Creek Presbyterian Church.
Born May 30, 1923, at Clover Lick, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland and Lottie McComb Noonan.
She was the widow of Oscar W. Sharp. Also preceding her in death were three sisters, Dora Ryder, Stella Tallman, and Erma Knight; and three brothers, Ralph Noonan, Lawrence Noonan, and George Noonan.
Surviving her are three daughters, Elaine N. Walker, of Buckeye, Christine R. Wilfong, also of Buckeye, and Eileen A. Burks, of Hillsboro; two sons, Duane H. Sharp, of Slaty Fork, and Martin D. Sharp, of Marlinton; two sisters, Maxine Smith, of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, and Joy Knight, of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers, Earl Noonan, of Willowby Hills, Ohio, and Burton Noonan, of Old Fort, North Carolina; sixteen grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home by Pastor Bryan Treadway, with burial in the Sharp Cemetery on Jericho Road.
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Melinda Darlene Hoke
Melinda Darlene Hoke, age 49, of Buckeye, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at home.
Mrs. Hoke was employed in housekeeping at Marlinton Motor Inn. She was a Methodist.
A native of McDowell, Virginia, she was the daughter of Linda Townsend Cassell, of Marlinton, and the late Carl D. Fink.
A daughter, Gina Marie Jack, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Kenny Clyde "Doc" Hoke; four sons, Steven Hickman and Michael Hoke, of Marlinton; Kevin Hickman, of Virginia, and Matthew Hoke, at home; three sisters, Annie F. Tuning, Dora Lynn Grimes, and Terry Bradshaw, all of Virginia; a brother, Glenn Fink, of Virginia; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at VanReenen Funeral Home by Pastor Buddy Crockett on Saturday afternoon. Burial was in the Cochran Cemetery.
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Merlin E. Paul
Merline "Tater" E. Paul, age 70, of Bartow, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Paul was born August 19, 1933, in Wausau, Wisconsin, to the late Elmer and Hilda Weitzel Paul.
Mr. Paul retired from the Air Force in 1973 after serving his country faithfully for 20 years. After working for a heavy equipment company for 12 years, he went into business for himself as an excavating contractor and later hauling logs for several different loggers. He was a member of the Pine Grove Church, the American Legion, and Green Bank Senior Center.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou McDonald Paul, of Bartow; three daughters, Shelly Roberts, of Dothan, Alabama, Ronda Grogg, of Bartow, and Terry Guffy, of Athens, Tennessee; two sons, Steve Hurley, of Yorktown, Virginia, and Greg Paul, of San Diego, California; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. David Rittenhouse and Brother David Grimes. Burial was in the Arbovale Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Pocahontas County Honor Corps.
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Gary D. Layman
Gary D. Layman, age 57, of Marlinton, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
A native of Marlinton, he was born March 16, 1946, the son of the late Paul P. Layman, Sr., and Della Jackson Layman.
He was a construction worker and was a Sergeant E-5 in the Army in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Marlinton Church of the Naza-rene and of Modern Woodmen of America.
Mr. Layman is survived by his wife, Helen Wamsley Layman; two sons, Shawn McCarty and Johnny McCarty, both of Gainesville, Virginia; a sister, Paula Troutman, of Fort Ashby; and a brother, Paul P. Layman, Jr., of Powhatan, Virginia.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. William Kumpf.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice and Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
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Sterl Ralph Irvine
Sterl Ralph Irvine, age 60, of 959 Old Stoney Creek Road, Nellysford, Virginia, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Sterl was born May 10, 1943, in Marlinton, a son of the late Ralph C. and Martha Friel Irvine.
He retired as a maintenance worker for the Nelson County School Board, and was a member of the Wintergreen Christian Church.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Price..
Survivors include his wife, Angela C. Irvine, of Nellysford; five sons, Rich S. Irvine, of Mt. Solon, Virginia, Quincey (Butch) E. Irvine, of Ruby, South Carolina, Shaun D. Irvine, of Waynesboro, Virginia, Matthew A. Irvine, of Faber, Virginia, and Paul S. Irvine, of the home; one daughter, Michelle Denise Long, of Stanley, Virginia; three brothers, David Irvine, Hollis Ryder, and Jim Ryder, all of Marlinton; two sisters, Jean Carpenter and Sandra Irvine, both of Marlinton; six grandchildren.
A service was held Saturday afternoon at the Wintergreen Christian Church by the Rev. Ernie Love. Burial followed in the Wintergreen Christian Church Cemetery.
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Lenvy D. Wilfong
Lenvy D. Wilfong, 77, of Huntington, Indiana, died Tuesday, February 24, 2004, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Mrs. Wilfong was born August 18, 1926, in Buckeye, the daughter of the late Adger and Hanna Pearl Bolt Bostic.
She was married to Beecher Wilfong, who survives, August 1, 1948. Mrs. Wilfong was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Denver, of Marion, Indiana, Thomas, of Huntington, and Otis Bostic, of Ossian, Indiana; sister, Gretchel Allen, of Hillsboro; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Tabaray Wilfong; five brothers, Jack Bostic, Joe Bostic, Jess Bostic, Clarence Bostic and Randolph Bostic; and two sisters, Pearl Rucker and Martha Rena.
Mrs. Wilfong's funeral was held Friday, February 27, at McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home. Burial was in Gardens of Memory, Marion.
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Janet Sharp Gurd
Janet Sharp Gurd, 65, of Covington, Virginia, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at her residence.
She was born September 9, 1938, in Pocahontas County, a daughter of the late Dorsey J. and Clara Shearer Sharp.
Mrs. Gurd retired in 2003 from the Covington City School System after nine years in the Covington High School Cafeteria. She was a former nurse's aide at Alleghany Regional Hospital and a member of McCallister Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Littlepage Bible Class and Circle #4 of the church. She was a member of the Curtis A. Smith Post #1033 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew William Rodgers, and two brothers, Joe Sharp and Jerry Sharp.
Surviving are her husband of 48 years, William H. "Bill" Gurd, of Covington; three daughters, Deborah Rodgers and Linda Law, both of Covington, and Diana Hinton, of Hampton, Virginia; six grandchildren and one step-grandchild; two sisters, Susan Terrell and Carolyn Waugh, both of Covington; and two brothers, Harold Sharp, of Ozark, Alabama, and Roy Sharp, of Sweet Springs.
Funeral services were held Friday at McCallister Memorial Presbyterian Church, Covington, with the Rev. Michael Fleenor officiating.
Interment will be in the Alleghany Memorial Park, Covington.
The family suggests donations in Mrs. Gurd's name be made to McCallister Memorial Presbyterian Church, 900 North Alleghany Ave., Covington, VA, 24426, Mountain Regional Hospice, P. O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422, or to Kay Ray Benefit Fund, c/o Highlands Community Bank, 307 Thacker Ave., Covington VA 24426.