Murrel Vandevender, 74, of West Alexandria, Ohio, died on March 26, 2004.
He was born on July 19, 1929, to Charlie and Grace Waybright Vandevender at Thornwood.
Survivors include a brother, Vervie Vandevender, of West Alexandria.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, George Starks; two sisters, Lottie Wilfong and Dollie Goff; and two half-brothers, Berlin Vandevender and Grant Vandevener.
A graveside service was held on March 30 at the Fairview Cemetery in West Alexandria with Pastor Doug Bottles officiating.
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Emma Jane Clark Wilfong
Emma Jane Clark Wilfong, age 88, of Buckeye, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Pocahontas Center.
Mrs. Wilfong was a member of Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church.
Born at Millboro, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Nannie Dean Clark.
She was the widow of Burley B. Wilfong. Also preceding her in death were a son, Ray C. Wilfong; two step-sons, Robert B. Wilfong and Ralph T. Wilfong; three sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances Cawthorne, of Columbus, Ohio, and a step-daughter, Genevieve Totten, Huntington, Indiana; a son, Kenneth D. Wilfong, of Buckeye, and a step-son, Beecher Wilfong, of Huntington, Indiana; two sisters, Mary E. Sumner and Florence Brinkley, both of Staunton, Virginia; a brother, Benjamin Clark, of Millboro, Virginia; twelve grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Phyllis Cox. Burial will be in the Ruckman Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at VanReenen Funeral Home.
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Charles W. Hamilton
Charles W. Hamilton, age 67, of Marlinton, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
The son of the late Roy and Mary Gaylor Hamilton, he was born at Huntersville November 10, 1936.
He was a logger and a member of Cummings Creek Church of God.
Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Hamilton; a daughter, Charlene Hamilton, of Marlinton; two sisters, Marilee Long, of Marlinton, and Dottie Gehan, of Fairfax, Virginia; and eight brothers, Ralph Hamilton, Allen Hamilton, Alvin Hamilton, Marshall Hamilton, Marvin Hamilton, Johnny Hamilton, Randy Hamilton, and Dalton Hamilton, all of Marlinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna Lou Hamilton.
Funeral services were held at VanReenen Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon by pastor Sam Felton. Burial was in Emmanuel Cemetery.
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Harold "Buck A. Cosner
Harold "Buck" A. Cosner, age 76, of Cass, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Craven County Regional Hospital in Newburg, North Carolina.
Mr. Cosner was born November 10, 1927, at Cass, the son of the late Emory and Izetta Sheets Cosner.
He attended the Reeces Baptist Church in Newport, North Carolina. He was a World War II Air Force Veteran, and he worked for the engineering department for Holiday Inn.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma Gum Cosner, a son, Harold "Skip" Cosner, Jr., four brothers, Thurmond Cosner, Raymond Cosner, Earl Cosner, and Carl Cosner, and his stepfather, Barton Nelson.
Mr. Cosner is survived by his wife, Nancy Whitenight Cosner, of Cass; four daughters, Bonnie Pierce and Penny Moreno, and Tina Cosner, all of Newport, North Carolina, and Polly Houseknecht, of Blumsburg, Pennsylvania; a sister, Pauline Nelson, of California; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held Tuesday at Arbovale and there will be a visitation Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the McMichael Funeral Home in Benton, Pennsylvania.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McMichael Funeral Home at 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton, with John Pierce officiating. Burial will be in the Stillwater Cemetery in Benton.
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Vere Bly Moore Tracy
Vere Bly Moore Tracy, of Boyer, died Good Friday morning, April 9, 2004, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.
Mrs. Tracy, daughter of the late Ida Smith Moore and Samuel Moore, was born May 6, 1908, at Edray.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Glenn T. Tracy, on January 2, 1994, and her sister, Ida Viola Moore.
Mrs. Tracy was a magna cum laude graduate of Davis and Elkins College and retired in 1954 as an elementary school teacher of 23 years in several Pocahontas County schools.
She is survived by two daughters, Marian Bittle, of LaVale, Maryland, and Helen Loman, of Boyer; five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Monday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale and a service was conducted at Kerr Memorial Church in Boyer on Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. David Rittenhouse presiding. Interment was at the Boyer Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Kerr Memorial Church, Boyer, c/o Joanne Barkley, HC 63 Box 58, or Greg Monk, HC 53, Box 57, both Arbovale, West Virginia 24915.
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Emmett Frank Hefner
Emmett Frank Hefner, age 88, of Charleston, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.
Born January 12, 1916, at Beard, he was the son of Samuel and Rachel Dorman Hefner.
He was retired from Davey Tree Company and was a veteran of World War II.
Mr. Hefner was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hefner, two stepsons, Thomas Edward Pruett and Norman Dale Pruett, his brother, Hugh M. Hefner, and three sisters, Lillian Deane, Hattie VanReenen, and Ruth Hefner.
Survivors include his five step-grandchildren and their mother, Evelyn Pruett, of California.
Graveside services were held April 4 at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.
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Georgia Estelle McLaughlin Taylor
Georgia Estelle McLaughlin Taylor, age 89, of Dunmore, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Virginia.
The daughter of the late Charles A. and Mazie Hannah McLaughlin, she was born in Dunmore on March 20, 1915.
Mrs. Taylor was a member and past Elder of Baxter Presbyterian Church in Dunmore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmet Taylor, one brother, Arling McLaughlin, and a sister, Thelma Sizemore.
Surviving her are three daughters, Jean Wimer, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Suellen Cosby, of Richmond, Virginia, and Betty Lou Funkhouser, of Buena Vista, Virginia; three sons, Jerry Taylor, of Dunmore, Ralph Taylor, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Teddy Taylor, of Fort Defiance, Virginia; a sister, Mary Hunter Miller, of Marlinton; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning, March 27, at the Baxter Presbyterian Church by the Rev. David Bush, with burial in the Dunmore Cemetery.
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Hattie Jane Scott
Hattie Jane Scott, age 70, of Hillsboro, died at Allegheny Regional Hospital in Low Moor, Virginia, on Sunday, April 11, 2004.
She was a Baptist.
Born at Hillsboro February 6, 1934, she was the daughter of Elmer and Mary I. Walton Brock.
Her husband, Elbert (Bub) Scott, her parents, and a brother, David Brock, are deceased.
Mrs. Scott is survived by three daughters, Teresa Lynn Tuttle, Lisa Elaine Scott, and Tammy Irene McCarty, all of Hillsboro; two sons, David Michael Brock and Jeffrey Paul Scott, also of Hillsboro; four sisters, Betty Rudd and Annabelle Scott, of Hillsboro; Phyllis Anderson, of Maryland, and Brenda Rudd, of Richwood; two brothers, Marvin Brock and Kenneth Brock, both of Hillsboro; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. by Pastor Jerry Moore. Burial will be in Emmanuel Cemetery at Lobelia.
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Kent R. "Jake" Galford
Kent R. "Jake" Galford, Jr., age 67, of Marlinton, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, in Charleston Area Memorial Medical Center, Charleston.
For 44 years Mr. Galford was known as the "Milkman." He delivered milk in both Pocahontas and Nicholas Counties, one of the few milkmen who still delivered house to house. He was a member of the Marlinton United Methodist Church and of the Masonic Lodge #127 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.
The son of the late Kent R. Galford, Sr., and Leona Sheets Galford, he was born at Green Bank April 14, 1936.
In addition to his parents, a brother, Arnold Ray Galford, preceded him in death.
Mr. Galford is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Simmons Galford; three daughters, Cynthia Swecker, of Monterey, Virginia, Carol Beverage, of Conway, South Carolina, and Cheryl Cassell, of Davis; a sister, Margaret Hurley, of Lakeland, Florida; six brothers, Berlin Galford, of Elkins, Sam Galford, of Seminole, Florida, Dick Galford, of Springhill, Florida, Clark Galford, of Roachdale, Indiana, Bob Galford, of Springhill, Florida, and David Galford, of Greentown, Indiana; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Marlinton United Methodist Church by the Rev. Betty Shields. Burial with Masonic Rites was in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Marlinton United Methodist Church or the Marlinton Rescue Squad.
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Hazel R. Ravenscroft
Hazel Rose Cook Ravenscroft, age 81, of Hooker Hollow Road, Keyser, died Monday, April 12, 2004, at her residence.
Born on January 12, 1923, at Keyser, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. Cook, Sr., and Clara Barr Cook.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Ravenscroft, Sr., on April 16, 1977; one son, Douglas R. Ravenscroft, Sr.; three sisters, Margaret Umstot, Bernice Giffin, and Rejohnia Blackburn; and one brother, Charles W. Cook, Jr. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Ravenscroft was a 1940 graduate of Keyser High school, a life-long member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Keyser, Women of the Church, and the Semper Fideles Sunday School Class. She was instrumental in starting the Limestone Vanguards 4-H Club in the late 1950's and served as a leader for many years. She was also a 50 year plus member of the Limestone CEO's.
Surviving are four sons, Donald C. Ravenscroft, Jr., at home, Leon Ravenscroft and Chris Ravenscroft, of Keyser, Norman Ravenscroft of New Creek; seven daughters, Judith Barrick, Marian Miller, and Karen Ravenscroft, all of Key-ser, Patricia Keller, of Minnehaha Springs, Amy Wildman, of Martinsburg, Mollie Ravens-croft, of Burlington, and Janet Turner-Meadows, of Romney; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, April 15, from 2-4 and 7-9.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Calvary United Methodist Church Friday, at 2 p.m., by the Rev. Gordon T. Humphreys. Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.
Memorial gifts may be made to Mineral County 4-H Scholarship Fund, c/o WVU Extension Office, Rt. 3, Box 3046, Keyser, WV 26726, the Mineral County Special Olympics, c/o Boyce-Houser Post #41, American Legion, 66 S. Main Street, Keyser, or to your favorite charity.
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Delmas Kincaid, age 90, of Buckeye, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
No arrangements have been made at VanReenen Funeral Home.
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John Kramer, of Elk, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at VanReenen Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.