Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 9 January 2003

Dona Berlie Rexrode 

Dona Berlie Rexrode, 74, of Circleville, and formerly of Akron, OH, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at his home. 

Mr. Rexrode was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Moyers and was a son of the late Minor Clay Rexorde and Attie Propst Rexrde. 

He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and retired as a pipelayer in construction after 35 years of service.  He was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, which is now St. Paul's Independent Lutheran Church.  He was also a member of the VFW Post No. 6862 and the Laborers Union Local 894.

On Nov. 23, 1956, he married Marie Retha Rymer, who survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Dempsey of North Canton, OH, and Debra Arbaugh of Springfield Township, OH; two sisters, Ardena Ellison of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and Alma Harper of Fishersville, VA; two brothers, Welton Rexrode of Uniontown, OH, and Dolan Rexrode of Moyers; and four grandchildren, Robert Alan Dempsey, John David Arbaugh, Matthew Clay Arbaugh and Amanda Marie Dempsey.

Also preceding him in death were one brother, Vernon Rexrode; and one sister, Agnes Hanger. 

The Rev. Jerry Smith conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the North Fork Cemetery in Riverton with military rites by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Independent Lutheran Church, Moyers, WV,  26813. 

 

Gene Brown Kiser 

Gene Brown Kiser, 63, of Upper Tract, died Saturday, Jan.4, 2002, at his home. 

Mr. Kiser was born March 10, 1939, in Franklin and was the son of the late Watson Brown Kiser and Nola Grace Warner Kiser. 

He was a retired  guidance counselor and school teacher at South Branch Valley Vocational Center and was guidance counselor at Grafton High School, Franklin High School and West Fairmont High School. He was a member of Main Mountain Freewill Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1957 and also graduated from Fairmont State College and West Virginia University. 

Surviving are his wife, Julian Ann Mallow Kiser; a son and daughter-in-law, Terry Lee and Kathy Kiser of Mount Solon VA; and two grandchildren, Whitney Nicole and Nicholas Brown Kiser.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Jo Puffenbarger. 

Pastor Glenn Sites conducted the funeral 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was in the Kline Cemetery in Upper Tract with military rites by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Whitney and Nicholas Kiser Trust Fund, c/o Pendleton County Bank, Franklin, WV  26807.  

 

Nellie Rae Propst

Nellie Rae Propst, 92, of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, died Thursday, Jan 2, 2003, at the nursing home. 

Mrs. Propst was born July 9, 1910, in Upper Tract and was the daughter of the late Sam Whitecotton and Myrtle Ruddle Whitecotton and step-daughter of the late Clercie Thompson.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church where she took care of the church nursery in her earlier years.  She had been a volunteer at Pendleton Nursing Home for 20 years and had lived there since January of 1999.

Her husband, Robert Stanley Propst, whom she married in 1937, preceded her in death on June 3, 1991. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pauline "Polly" Mae and Ruskin "Russ" Murphy of Franklin; a son, Larry Keith Propst of Franklin; two grandchildren, Maria Hottinger and husband, Pat, and Lee Martin and husband, Bert, all of Franklin; and three great-grandchildren, Ashley Martin, Levi Martin and Colleen Hottinger. 

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, James, Arnold and Arlie; and two sisters, Beulah Tingler and Orpha Whitecotton. 

The Revs. Thom Malcolm and Stephanie Malcolm conducted the funeral at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin.  Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.  

 

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