Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 8 January 2004 

Wilbur Leo Dove, 64

Wilbur Leo Dove, 64, of Annapolis, MD, and previously of Easton, MD, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, in Annapolis, MD.

Mr. Dove was born June 12, 1939, in Fort Seybert. 

He graduated from Franklin High School and retired from Safeway Stores, Inc., in 1987.  He was co-owner of Annapolis Thriftway Supermarket through 1997 and was employed at Honda of Annapolis, MD, until February, 2002.  He was a member of Mulligans Golf club and Toastmasters International. 

Surviving are his wife, Joan A. Dove, whom he married June 18, 1960; a son of David W. Dove of Millersville, MD; three daughters, Kathy A. Woolf of Idaho Falls, ID, Karen J. Dove of Annapolis, MD, and Diana L. Cox of Crownsville, MD; two brothers, Alvin Dove and John Dove; three sister, Ivy Mitchell, Elda Kibler and Ruth Boyers, all of Harrisonburg, VA; and four grandchildren. 

The funeral was held 11 a.m. Wednesday at John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, MD.  Burial was at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association. 

Elsie M. Blizzard, 95

Elsie M. Blizzard, 95, of Franklin, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin. 

Miss Blizzard was born Jan. 29, 1908, in Dahmer and was the daughter of the late Granville H. and Sarah J. Dahmer Blizzard.  

She graduated from Shepherd College in 1940 and was a teacher with Pendleton County Schools for over 50 years.  She was a member of the Pendleton county Retired Teachers Association and Franklin Presbyterian Church. 

She is survived by a brother, John Carroll Blizzard of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin; a niece, Diann Blizzard of Franklin; and two nephews, Dr. Steven Blizzard of Visalia, CA, and Richard W. Blizzard of Hedgesville. 

She was preceded in death by three brothers. 

Dr. Richard Young conducted the funeral 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.   

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton County Library, P.O. Box 519, Franklin, WV  26807.

Orland R. Dorsey

Orland R. Dorsey, 84, of Franklin, died at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, Jan.3, 2004, in Pendleton County Nursing Home in Franklin. 

 She was born in Franklin on Feb. 8, 1919, a daughter of the late Phillip Ruddle and Stella (Warner) Ruddle.  

She was married on Dec. 21, 1946, at the Virginia-West Virginia line on top of Shenandoah Mountain.  

Her husband, Alden Hawkins Dorsey, preceded her in death on July 16, 1999. 

Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, John Phillip Dorsey, Franklin, William O'Dell and Linda S. Dorsey, Clarksburg, James R. and Wanda Smith , Hanceville, AL; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Rose and Danny Junkins, Arthur, Scherry Lynn and Greg Chambers, Franklin, and Angelina Susan and Randy Donlin, Fairmont; one sister, Mary R. Murphy, Franklin; eight grandchildren, Jennifer E. Dorsey, Clarksburg, Mrs. Mike (Abigail) Hill, Martinsburg, Christopher Donlin and his wife Olga, Fairmont, Heather Donlin, Roper, NC, Emily Chambers and Allison Chambers, both of Franklin, Michael Smith, Nashville, TN, and Kristine Smith, Charleston, SC.  also surviving is a former daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bob (Karin) Smith, Anniston, AL. 

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Reginald Dorsey.  Having been a triplet, she also was preceded in death by an infant brother and an infant sister at birth. 

Mrs. Dorsey was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, where she was an active member of the Ladies Church Circle.  When the Franklin Presbyterian Church was built in 1928, her father transported bricks by horse and wagon from Harrisonburg, VA, to help build the church.  

Mrs. Dorsey worked for Dr. Paul Thacker as a dental assistant for several years after which she became a mother and homemaker.  Mrs. Dorsey was a member of the Franklin Homemakers.  

Friends were received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg Sunday.  Mrs. Dorsey was moved to the Kimble Funeral Home, South Main Street, Franklin, where friends were received Monday.  A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Franklin Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Don Wilkinson presiding.  Interment was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.   

Bonnie M. Moyers, 83

Bonnie Mae Moyers, 83, of Moyers, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at her home.  

Mrs. Moyers was born June 26, 1920, in Moyers and was the daughter of the late Rob and Abbie Rexrode Rpopst. 

She was a homemaker and a member of the Totten Chapel United Methodist church.  She was an avid musician.

On July 17, 1940, she married Quinten Lewis Moyers, who preceded her in death April 2, 2001. 

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Shirley Moyers of Dayton, VA; two sisters, Beulah Botkin of McDowell, VA, and Shirley Propst of Franklin; a brother, Grant Propst of Franklin; three grandsons, Daniel, Jason and John Moyers; nine great-grandchildren; and special friends, Bruce and Hilda Lambert.  

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Mae Moyers in February, 1985; a sister, Audrey Propst; and two brothers, Russell and Dewey Propst. 

The Rev. Dave Boger conducted the funeral 1 p.m. December 30, 2003, at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA.  Burial was in the Totten Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Totten Cemetery, c/o Philip Rader, HCR 63 Box 94, Moyers, WV.  

Marlin Ray Bodkin

Marlin Ray Bodkin, 75, of Brandywine, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, on U.S. 33 in Brandywine. 

Mr. Bodkin was born Sept 27, 1928, in Brandywine and was a son of the late Byron Bodkin and Fannie Catherine Hartman  Bodkin.

 He was a farmer for Eye and Craig Farms for 45 years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.  He ws a member of Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren. 

Surviving are his wife, Carol Lee Simmons Bodkin; three daughters, Fern Kline of Franklin, Elizabeth Hostetter of Hot Springs, VA, and Carol Ann Shiflett of Churchville, VA; two sons Neil Simmons of New Market, VA, and Terry Lee Bodkin of Franklin; three sisters, Erma Carter of Martinsburg, Elva Crouse of Dayton, VA, and Juanita Cowger of Baltimore, MD; three brothers, Billy S. Bodkin, Roy A. "Mickey" Bodkin and Bobby G. Bodkin, all of Brandywine; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

He was also preceded in death by three grandsons, Doug Simmons, Jerry Shell and Nathan Bodkin; and one granddaughter, Brandy Shiplett.  

The Rev. Harold Cullers and Bishop David Hartman conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine with military rites by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sugar Grove Rescue Squad.  

Paul Wilfong 

Paul Wilfong, 91, of Brandywine, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin. 

Mr. Wilfong was born Feb. 10, 1912, in Sugar Grove and was the son of the late Emory and Elva Puffenbarger Wilfong.  

He was a self-employed builder, a farmer and in later years, he helped Elmer Snyder survey land.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he was an 842 aviation engineer corporal medical assistant. 

Mr. Wilfong was a charter member of the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the American Legion and Sugar Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9666.  He was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church. 

Surviving are his wife, Geneva Swadley Wilfong, whom he married March 21, 1944; a son Bernard Dale Wilfong, and a daughter, Patricia Ann Bodkin, both of Brandywine; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Pastors Harold Cullers, Mark Bowser and Randy Cosner conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at St. Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Sugar Grove with military rites by the Pendleton County Veteran's Honor Guard.   

memorial donations may be made to the South Fork Fire Department, South Fork Rescue Squad, St. Michael's Church Cemetery, c/o Sherry Wilfong of Sugar Grove, WV, or the Sugar Grove VFW Post 9666.   

Ashley Nicole Risinger

Ashley Nicole Risinger, 20, of Hedgesville, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident. 

Born June 5, 1983, in Winchester, VA, she was the daughter of Steve and Sondra Avey Risinger of Hedgesville. 

She was a graudate of Berkeley Springs High School, Class of 2001, and was employed with Aker Plastic. 

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Chad Risinger; grandparents, Mike and Thelma Watson of Brandywine, and Mary Risinger of Hedgesville; a number of aunts, uncles and cousins; and her boyfriend, Jeff Griffith of Hedgesville. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Eddie Risinger. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3:00 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Bennett officiating.  Interment will be in Grace Church Cemetery in Hedgesville. 

Helen Propst Lough

Helen Propst Lough, of Franklin died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at the Pendleton county Nursing Home in Franklin. 

Mrs. Lough was born Jan. 28, 1909, in Brandywine and was the daughter of the late martin F. and Julia Dickenson Propst.  

She taught school for two years and was a graduate of Fairmont Business College in Fairmont.  She worked for the NERA in Franklin for several years.  Most of her life she was a mother and homemaker.  

On Dec. 1, 1934, she married Walton W. Lough, who preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1976.  Surviving are one son, Richard Lough of Franklin and one daughter, Sue Nickels of Harrisonburg, VA. 

Her older brother, Tyson Propst of Brandywine, and her younger sister, Delsie Mitchell of Bridgewater, VA, preceded her in death. 

Her surviving siblings are Shirley Rexrode of Brandywine, Irene Stone of Harrisonburg, VA, and Stanley Propst of Brandywine.  Also surviving are two grandsons, Adam and Matthew Lough; two step-granddaughters, Melynn Byerly and Jennifer Nickels; one great-granddaughter, Maddison Lough; and two step-great-grandsons, Jack and Ad Byerly. 

Pastor David Byerly will conduct the funeral at 11:00 today at Faith Lutheran Church in Franklin.  Friends called at the Basagic Funeral Home Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Pendleton County Nursing Home or Mountain Hospice.

Faye Warner Rosencrance

Faye Lucille Warner Rosencrance, 65, a resident of East Dailey, departed this life Monday morning, Dec. 29, 2003, at her home.  She had been failing health for the past four years and death was attributed to cancer. 

She was born Tuesday, June 28, 1938, at Hunting Ground, a daughter of the late Owen "Bud" Warner and Peachie Warner.

She was twice married.  Formerly to Bernard Collett, who survives.  On Oct. 25, 1991, at Harrisonburg, VA, she was married to Gary L. Rosencrance who survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Terry Thornhill and husband, Dan, East DAiley, and Tammy Armentrout and husband, Davie, Whitmer; one son, Roger Collett and wife, LeAnn, Lexington, NC; two step-sons, Richard Rosencrance and wife, Pam, East Dailey, and Tim Rosencrance and wife Pam, East Dailey, Tim Rosencrance, Snowshoe; one step-daughter, Susan Rosencrance, East Dailey, three sisters, Lyda Armstrong, Culloden; Frances Morgan, Harrisonbrug, VA, and Jerri Sipes, Bartow; two brothers, Ronald Warner, Durbin, and Jimmie Warner, Riverton; five grandchildren, Lindsay, Andrea and Joe Thornhill, Alex Armentrout and Jake Collett; six step-grandchildren, Richie Rosencrance, Erica and Brent Gladwell, Tricia and Heather Rosencrance and Alyciann Campbell. 

Mrs. Rosencrance was a graduate of Circleville High School, with the Class of 1957 and had worked for Conrad's Restaurant, Bata Shoe Company and Rite Aid.  She loved fishing, camping, sewing and restoring antique furniture.  

Final rites were conducted at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home chapel, Elkins, Dec. 31, 2003, at 1 p.m.  The Reverend Jack Howell officiated, and interment followed at the Bell Cemetery at Becky's Creek. 

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Hospice Care Corporation, 929 South Davis Avenue, Suite D, Elkins, WV  26241. 

James E. Grogg, 75

James "Jim" Earl Grogg, 75, of Luray, VA, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Mr. Grogg was born Feb. 1, 1928, in Sugar Grove and was the son of the late W. Early and Edna Smith Grogg; and step-mother Bessie Shank Grogg of Richmond, VA. 

He was a retired route manager with Coca-Cola and the former owner of Betty's Pizza.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.  He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church, Comer Jones VFW Post No. 621, Luray Moose and Luray Fire Department. 

On March 10, 1956, he married Betty Jean Seekford Grogg of Luray, VA; two sisters, Shirley Shoemaker of Stockbridge, GA, and Nancy Lee Drummond of Richmond, VA; and a brother, Dolan Ray Grogg of Sugar Grove. 

 Surviving in addition to his stepmother, are a daughter, Sherry L. Grogg of Luray, VA; two sisters, Shirley Shoemaker of Stockbridge, GA, and Nancy Lee Drummond of Richmond, VA; and a brother, Dolan Ray Grogg of Sugar Grove. 

A brother, Eugene Grogg, preceded him in death. 

Pastor Frank Painter and the Rev. Erie Coft conducted the graveside funeral January 3 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray, VA.  The Comer Jones VFW Post No. 621 conducted military honors at the grave. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Fire Department. 

The Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, VA, was in charge of arrangements.

Annie Lucille Warner

Annie Lucille Warner, 93, of Franklin, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mrs. Warner was born Sept. 10, 1910, in Dry Run and was a daughter of the late Wilbur Flick Warner and Mary Kate Nelson Warner. 

She was a farmer and U.S. mail carrier.  She was a member of Walnut Street United Methodist Church and North Dry Run Home Demonstration Club.  She was a former Pendleton county Mother of the Year.  

Her husband, Fred Marion Warner, preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1977. 

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Jean Hoover of Franklin and Shirley Thompson of Bridgewater, VA; six sons, W. Carl Warner and Gaylon Warner, both of Hinton, VA, Nathan Warner, Jimmie M. Warner and Steven E. Warner, all of Franklin, and Dennis Warner of Dayton, VA; two sisters, Thelma Lambert of Cherry Grove and Myrtle Ruth Thompson of Franklin; 22 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by one son, Jerry Warner; one great-grandson, Timothy Warner, Jr.; one daughter, Irene Ruth Hoover; three brothers, Russell, Nelson and Julian; and two sisters, Mildred Colaw and Leslie Warner.

The Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.  

Memorial donations may be made to Walnut Street United Methodist Church or to a charity of choice.  

Rosa Lee Bennett, 75

Rosa Lee Bennett, 75, of Nella's Nursing Home in Crystal Springs, and formerly of Cherry Grove, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.

Mrs. Bennett was born June 18, 1928 in Cherry Grove and was a daughter of the late Payton Bennett and Maggie Arbogast Bennett. 

She was a homemaker and a member of Big Run Presbyterian Church. 

Her husband, Isaac Elmer Bennett, preceded her in death June 4, 1966.  

She is survived by a sister, Doris Lee Puffenbarger of Harrisonburg, VA.   

The Rev. Mary Lou Cox conducted the funeral noon December 26, 2003, at Big Run Presbyterian Church in Cherry Grove.  Burial was at the Bennett family Cemetery in Circleville.  

Memorial donations may be made to Nella's Nursing Home, Big Run Presbyterian church or the Pendleton County Rescue Squad. 

Arrangements were by the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  

Wilbur "Bill" Robbins

Wilbur Lloyd "Bill" Robbins of Knoxville, MD, died December 20, 2003, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD, of a sudden heart attack. 

He was born Feb. 23, 1939, in Red Wing, MN, to Lloyd and Olive (German) Robbins. 

He attended Colvill School, St. John's Parochial School and graduated from Red Wing Central High School.  He served in the US Navy, stationed at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, RI, from 1958-1960.

He married Marcia Green in Nov. 1959, the later divorced.  He worked for Meyer Industries / ITT in Red Wing, MN.  He and Joanna SMith Edwards married in Sept. 1977. 

Mr. Robbins was a member of Circleville Presbyterian Church for several years.  He lived on Smith Robbins Nest Farm from 1983 until after the flood in 1985.  This farm was one of his favorite Places.  He helped Lora Richard and Joanna restore the farm to its present beauty.  The moved to Knoxville in 1989.  He worked for MDT, Inc., Baltimore, MD, Tate Architectural Prod. Inc., Jessup , MD, Niro Atomizer, Inc., Columbia, MD, John Driggs Company, Capitol Heights, MD, Duro Construction / Duro Development Corporation, Washington, D.C., Suburban Contractors, Inc., Vienna, VA, Sabre Construction, Inc., Chantilly, VA, Kenbridge Construction, Gainesville, VA, Heery International, Inc., Baltimore, MD, Pinnix Design Inc., Siegfried Construction Inc., R.J. Crowley, and International Builders, Inc.

He was devoted to and very active in his church, Harmony Community Lutheran, considering himself more of a Oleander' or Oguide' than a teacher of the adult Sunday School class.  He was a member of the Int. Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Lodge #647, and of the American Legion Steadman-Keenan Post 96, Brunswick, MD. 

He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, restoring old houses, spending time with his family and his dog, Zach. 

Survivors include his wife Joanna; four daughters, Beth Keller and her husband, Ray, Lake City, MN, Holly Hoesli, and husband, Markus, Red Wing, MN, Cheryl Youmans and her husband, Rick, Red Wing, MN, Ginger Kundert, and husband, Jon Kasson, MN; eight grandchildren; four step-children; a former son-in-law, Bruce Dschaak; nine step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, one sister, Tootie Wright and husband, John, Red Wing, MN, one brother Dave Robbins, and wife Jean, Clear Lake, MN, father- and mother-in-law Richard and Lora (Murphy) Smith, Circleville and many, many loving friends.  

 He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson. 

A celebration of his life is planned at Harmony Community Lutheran Church, Myersville, MD, January 10, 2004, at 2:00 p.m., and at Red Wing, MN, at a later date. 

The family would prefer no flowers.  

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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