Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

6 January 2011

Irene M. Landes

Irene M. Landes, 91, of Riverton died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Born Dec. 28, 1919, at Riverton, she was the daughter of the late Russell Ruddle and Floda Bennett Ruddle.

Mrs. Landes was a homemaker, had worked at Franklin Garment Company and was a cook at Dixie School.

She was a member of the Riverton United Methodist Church.

On Feb. 1, 1936, she married Frank Landes, who preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1994.

Surviving are three daughters, Bonnie H. O’Bryon of Elkins, Janet S. Nelson of Riverton and Mary Frances Monn and husband, Greg of Maysville; one son, Morris Edward Landes of Lanham, MD; two sisters, Wilda Carver of Florida and Wanda McDermond of Bowie, MD; two brothers, Roscoe Ruddle of Fairfax, VA and Henry Ford Ruddle of Harrisonburg, VA; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one uncle, Berlin Ruddle of Maryland.

She was also preceded in death by two sons; one daughter; three brothers; one sister; two sons-in-law, Patrick O’Bryon and Bardon “Bink: Nelson; and one grandson, John Lee Nelson.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton with Rev. Earl Bible officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Burlington Children’s Home, Make A Wish Foundation or the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.Kimblefuneralhome.com

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.

Ona Sarah Warner

Ona Sarah Warner, 96, of Pendleton Manor in Franklin and formerly of Riverton, passed away on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va.

Mrs. Warner was born in Riverton on Dec. 3, 1914, the daughter of the late Kenny and Annie Vandevander Bland.

She attended Hopewell and Circleville High School and was a member of the Solomon Chapel Church and a homemaker.

Her husband, Burke Warner, preceded her in death Feb. 19, 1990.

Surviving are three daughters, Naomi Wheeler and husband, James of Lacey Springs, VA, Mary Doris Huffman and husband, Richard of Franklin, and Lorene Warner of Riverton; a son, Guy Warner and wife, Brenda of Elkton, VA; two brothers, Guy Bland and wife, Louise of Riverton, and Stanley Bland and wife, Rosie of Brunswick, OH; 10 grandchildren, Eddie, Sally, Lisa, James, Jr., Sandie, Susan, Sarah, James, Jr., Joyce and Tracey; 18 great-grandchildren, Allysa, Wilson, Solinda, Jared, Burke, Amber, Bryan, Megan, Lacey, Breanna, Samuel, Adam, Jaeson, Ryan, Aaron, Alice, Mary Ona, and Joseph; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dallas Hundley.

Funeral services were held Dec. 28, 2010, at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Calvin Bailey officiating. Interment was in the Burke Warner Family Cemetery in Riverton.

Memorials may be made to Pendleton County Volunteer Rescue Squads.

Words of comfort and memories may be left at www.basagic.com.

Mary Mitchell Barnett

Mary E. Mitchell Keplinger Barnett, 72, of Winchester, VA, and formerly of Petersburg, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her residence.

She was born May 28, 1938, in Rough Run to the late Oscar and Mable Sites Mitchell.

She was a nursing assistant for 14 years at the Winchester Medical Center before retiring Feb. 3, 1989. She went back to work as a sitter at the Winchester Medical Center for nine and one-half years, from November, 1998 to June, 2008. She was currently employed at Home Instead Health Care Facility as a care companion. She was baptized in the Church of the Brethren and attended Trinity Lutheran Church, Stephens City, VA. She attended Petersburg High School.

On Jan. 12, 1955, she married Archie Ray Keplinger, who died June 18, 1986. They lived in Winchester, VA, and had five children.

Her second husband, Paul K. Barnett, also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Malinda Davis of Winchester, VA, and Malena Kenny, Berkeley Springs; three sons, Rocky Keplinger and Gary Keplinger, both of Winchester, VA, and Johnny Keplinger, Quarryville, PA; one sister, Neva Rexrode, Franklin; one brother, Wayne Mitchell, Woodbridge, VA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Ours and Juraldean Pratt.

Rev. Roger Conklin officiated a memorial service on Sunday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. A memorial service was held at Mt. Pleasant/Lamps Church, Winchester, VA, on Sunday.

At her request, her body was cremated. Burial was at Sites Cemetery, Dorcas.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester or the American Cancer Society.

Memories and words of comfort may be left for the family at www.basagic.com.

Anthony ”Tony” Sponaugle

Anthony Loring “Tony” Sponaugle, 70, of Petersburg and formerly of Cherry Grove passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010.

Mr. Sponaugle was born on Hunting Ground on July 4, 1940, the son of the late William Letcher and Leona Arbogast Sponaugle

He attended Hunting Ground School and was a farmer and a Methodist.

Surviving are a daughter, Deleney Ours, and husband Lonnie of Maysville; a son, Anthony G. Sponaugle of Franklin; five sisters, Merlie Long, Rosie Sponaugle, Rhea Nelson, Loretta Harman and Grethel Bennett; a brother, Dwight Sponaugle; and five grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brother, Roche, Jacob, Olin “Buddy” and Herbert; and three sisters, Thelma Harris, Sudie Sponaugle and Nola Wimer.

Funeral services were held on Friday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating. Interment was in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorials may be made to: “the family”, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, PO Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Robert Spitzer, 82

Robert Morris “Bobby” Spitzer, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Berkeley Springs Rehabilitation and Nursing, Berkeley Springs.

Born Sept. 12, 1928, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Emma Susan Armentrout Spitzer.

He was of the Evangelical United Brethren faith. He was an avid roller skater and fisherman and was a country western music fan.

Surviving are one sister, Mary Cushwa of Martinsburg; one brother, William “Bill” Spitzer of Berkeley Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by nine brothers, Roy Thomas, John Brewer, Sanford E., Marshall W., Homer, Max H., Kingsley F., Benjamin F., Jr., and Danny L. Spitzer; and three sisters, Frances Leora Spitzer, Pattie June Kief and Dixie Lee Warner.

Funeral services were conducted Monday at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs with Rev. Kathy Spitzer officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan County Special Olympics, c/o Linda Michael, 460 Spielman Rd., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Goldie M. Savage

Goldie M. Savage, 95, of Kingwood died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Preston Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 7, 1915, in Mouth Seneca, a daughter of the late Ola and Hannah Kesner Sites.

She was a mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker and loved to cook, can and enjoyed flowers.

Her husband, Nathan Savage, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Delmer Sherman of Middletown, VA, and Ray Sherman of Old Fields; four daughters, Nola Wolfe Chappelle of Kingwood, Tressie Heavner of Petersburg, Annabelle Harper of Cabins and Shirley A. Kerns of Middletown, VA; a brother, Harman Sites of Cabins; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, Harman, Clarence Junior and Emery Sherman; and a brother, Bernard Sites.

Browning Funeral Home of Kingwood provided cremation services.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family on-line at www.browningfuneralhome.net.

Wilma Wagner, 86

Wilma Evelyn Wagner, 86, of Landes died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

She was born March 12, 1924, in Smoke Hole and was a daughter of the late Frank “Doc” Alt and May Clara (VanMeter) Alt.

Her husband, Frank “Buddy” Wagner, preceded her in death in 1984.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda Bonner of Hazlet, NH, Sandy Todd of Mishawaka, IN, and Gail Morse of Maysville; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Zola Kile, Ganel Armentrout and Jeanie Kimble, all of Upper Tract, Kathleen Raker of Williamsport, PA, Thomasine Berg of Maysville and Millie Hedrick of Timberville, VA; four brothers, William “Jim” Alt of Lahmansville, Charles “Bo” Alt of Petersburg, Loy “Bubby” Alt of Green Spring and James “Pete” Alt of Manassas, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carol Sue Walden; three brothers, Raymond Alt, Ervin Alt and Burley Alt; and two sisters, infant Bertha Alt and Bessie Kimble.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Rev. Bruce Cosner officiating. Interment was in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Memorials may be made to the Wagner Family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, PO Box 455, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Raymond Hedrick, 81

Raymond “Rowell” Hedrick, 81, a resident of Riverdale, MD, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 29, 2010, at Hill Haven Nursing Home in Adelphi, MD.

He had not been well for the past several months.

A son of the late Charles Opie and Estella Propst Hedrick, he was born on Dec. 20, 1929 in Brandywine.

Mr. Hedrick graduated from Franklin High School. He moved to Maryland in 1959 where he lived the majority of his life. He was in the flooring business for over 35 years and owned and operated his own business for over 20 years. He had a special fondness of Brandywine.

On Jan. 31, 1956, he married Veralee Metzgar Hedrick, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Larry Rowell Hedrick of Hughesville, MD; three daughters, Susan E. Hedrick of Riverdale, MD, Sheila R. Sutphin of Dunkirk, MD, and Dawn L. Hutchison of Jessup, MD; seven grandchildren; one brother, Everett Hedrick of Marlington; and one sister, Mary Howdyshell of Lanham, MD.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the chapel of the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA, with the Rev. Sue Tyykila officiating. A graveside service followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Brandywine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1920 H Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the Hedrick family at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Leora “Ruth” Breece

Leora “Ruth” Breece, 89, of Franklin died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at her home.

She was born Dec. 13, 1921, at Moyers and was the daughter of the late George Hiram Rexrode and Mertie Merle Puffenbarger Rexrode.

She was a waitress and a member of Central Baptist Church in Bladensburg, MD.

On December 31, 1949, she married Carl Thomas Breece, who preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1989.

Surviving are three daughters, Wanda Marie Lewis of Colmar Manor, Md, Mary Lee Sawyers and husband, Arthur of Franklin, and Barbara Sue Jackson and husband, James Edward of Colmar Manor, MD; two sisters, Loretha Faye Bodkin of Moyers and Thelma Louise Watson of Charles Town; two brothers, William Rexrode of Williamsport, MD, and Charles Rexrode of Moyers; six grandchildren, Michael Lewis, Amanda Fike, Karen Lewis, Jason Sawyers, Edward Lewis and Jesse Hammond; and 17 great- grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Tim Hall and Pastor Sam Harper officiating. Burial was at the Fort Lincoln Cemetery at Brentwood, MD.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International or Mountain Hospice, PO Box 416, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com

Paul Hartzler, 88

Paul David Hartzler, 88, of Burlington and formerly of Riverton, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at his home.

He was born Feb 5, 1922, in Marshallville, OH, and was a son of the late Enos F. Hartzler and Ada (Stouffer) Hartzler.

Mr. Hartzler was a lifelong farmer and a member of the North Fork Mennonite Church.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are one son, James B. Hartzler of Burlington; four daughters, Rhoda Knicely of Mt. Crawford, VA, Mary Hartzler of Columbus, OH, Grace Secrist of Burlington and Martha Picone of Palermo, Italy; 16 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Herman D. Hartzler; two sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Dec. 28, 2010, at the North Fork Mennonite Church. Interment followed in the North Fork Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, Inc., 1600 Crim Ave. Belington, WV 26250.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

George “Bob” Dice, 74

George “Bob” Dice, 74, of Franklin died Jan. 4, 2011, at his home.

Born June 3, 1936, he was the son of the late Mary Florence Hoover and Fred Hinkle Dice.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Ann Atkins of Hurricane; and a brother, Isaac Hinkle “Bud” Dice and wife, Bertha of Franklin.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, were incomplete at press time.

Brandan Michael Raines

Brandan Michael Raines, 26, of Perryton, TX, and formerly of Circleville, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in Hemphill County, TX, as the result of a truck accident.

He was born Feb. 16, 1984, at Harrisonburg, VA, and was the son of Laura and Jeff Nelson of Riverton and the grandson of Charles and Sue Raines of Circleville.

Mr. Raines was a 2002 graduate of Pendleton County High School and was a member of the North Fork Baptist Church. He was a Veteran, having served in the US Army from Oct. 24, 2002 through Oct. 23, 2006. He had served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, attaining the rank of sergeant. In addition to his four years of active duty, he served four years in the reserves. Most recently, he was a truck driver and in his spare time, enjoyed cars, hunting, X-box and poker.

His loving wife and high school sweetheart, Kellie Kile Raines, whom he married March 22, 2003 survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Karissa Raines at home; one half sister, Andrea Wyatt and husband, Tim of Circleville; one half brother, Bardon Lee Nelson of Riverton; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Kathy Kile of Upper Tract.

A memorial service was held Dec. 28, 2010, at the North Fork Baptist Church in Riverton with Rev. Mark McAllister officiating.

Memorials may be made to a fund for their daughter, Karissa, at Grant County Bank, Attn; Kathy Kile, PO Box 929, Petersburg, WV 26847 or First Bank Southwest, PO Box 929, Perryton, TX 79070.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com.

Arrangement were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Carol Puffenbarger, 72

Carol “Maxine” Puffenbarger, 72, of Mount Solon, VA, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Community Health & Rehabilitation Center in Staunton, VA.

She was born in Highland County, VA, on Dec. 25, 1938, and was a daughter of Hannah (Anderson) Trimble Gum of Monterey, VA.

Mrs. Puffenbarger was a retired line worker from Shen-mar and Cargill. She was a lifetime member of Monterey United Methodist Church.

She was united in marriage on Nov. 10, 1967, to Forrest Lee Puffenbarger, who died Dec. 12, 2001.

Surviving are a son, Steven D. Puffenbarger and wife, Michelle Obaugh of Staunton, VA; a step-daughter, Nancy L. DeWitt and husband, David of Franklin; a step-son, Roger L. Puffenbarger and wife, Judy of Port St. Lucie, FL: two sisters, Betty Eavey and Joyce Landrum, both of Staunton, VA; two brothers, Melvin Trimble of Springfield, VA, and Donald Trimble of Georgetown, SC; two grandchildren, Hunter Puffenbarger and Raegan Puffenbarger; three step-grandchildren, Richard Anderson, Sandra Young and Laura Puffenbarger; two step-great-grandchildren, Robert Anderson and Jessica Young; and a companion, H. B. Hensley.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Hinkle; and two step-fathers, Luther Trimble and Alvie Gum.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater, VA, with Scottie Stevens officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. PO Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.

Patricia Jones, 68

Patricia Ketterman Jones, 68, of Chesterfield, VA, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.

Mrs. Jones was a compassionate and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed taking an active part in her grandchildren’s lives and activities.

Her husband, David R. Jones, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathryn Jones Tollison and Jacqueline Jones Baird and husband, Andrew; step-father, Willie Simmons, Sr.; a sister Pamela Ketterman-Stevens and husband David; two brothers, Carroll Ketterman, and Willie Simmons, Jr., and wife, Lesley; four grandchildren, Marina Baird and Logan, Chad and Sarah Tollison; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jo Ferruzza-Allen.

A funeral service was held Dec. 29, 2010, at the Morrissett Funeral Home, 6500 Iron Bridge Road (Rte 10), Richmond, VA. Interment was held Dec. 30 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Donations may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016.

Local funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.

Allen Mitchell, 72

Allen Junior “Pete” Mitchell, 72, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Jan 2, 2011, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Mitchell was born June 21, 1938, in Fort Seybert and was a son of the late Russell and Myrtle Kile Mitchell.

He worked for Ethan Allen Furniture in Bridgewater, VA, for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

In October, 1958, He married the former Mildred Louise Shoemaker, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles A. Mitchell of Harrisonburg, VA, and Terry W. Mitchell and wife, Melissa of Bridgewater, VA; one brother, Dorman Mitchell of Linville, VA; one sister, Ruby Stallings of Timberville, VA; and three grandchildren, Brandon Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell and Jordyn Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Huffman.

Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonbuarg, VA, with Pastors Jeremiah Reamer and Bruce Murray officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Run Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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