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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 17 January 2002

Alvin E. Shockey, 44

Alvin Eugene Shockey, 44, of Old Fields, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Shockey was born May 24, 1957 in Old Fields and was a son of the late George and Louise Katherine McDonald Shockey.

He was a press operator for American Woodmark Corp.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Sions Shockey; two duaghers, April Sions, Brandywine, and Crystal Shockey of Old Fields; three sisters, Mary Jane Bolton and Dorothy Vandevander, both of Brnadywine, and Betty May, Sugar Grove; five brothers, Ray Shockey and Paul Shockey, both of Brandywine, George Shockey, Bigleville, PA, and Roger Shockey and Wayne Shockey, both of Old Fields, and three grandchildren.


Betty Jo Helmick, 67

Betty Jo Helmick, 67, of Burlington, and formerly of Upper Tract died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

Miss Helmick was born March 20, 1934, in Upper Tract and was a duaghter of the late Luther Helmick and Lena Mae Pennington Helmick.

She was a resident of the Pendleton Nursing Home and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

She is survived by four sisters, Lydia Kesner of Purgitsville, Ella Mae Smith and Anna Lee Helmick, both of Keyser, and Ruth Helmick of Franklin; and three brothers, James R. Helmick of Brandywine, Richard W. Murphy, Franklin, and Luther Junior Helmick, New Creek.

The Rev. Stanley Kile conducted a graveside service at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cherry hill Cemetery in Upper Tract.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.


Evelyn Vandevander
Evelyn B. Vandevander, 89, of Riverton, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, in Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton, N.J., following an automobile accident in New Jersey.

Mrs. Vandevander was born Jan. 29, 1912, in Riverton, a daughter of the late Jacob Elmer Lambert and Maggie Hedrick.

She retired in 1980 as the Riverton Postmaster. She was a member of the Riverton United Methodist Church in Riverton. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russell Lantz, April 16, 1967 and her second husband Bryan VanDevander, in 1982.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Phares, Cinnaminson, NJ; a son, Jerry Wayne Lantz, Petersburg; a brother, Lynn Lambert, Newark, OH; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Estyl Lambert, Ival Lambert and Cam Lambert; and two sisters, Tina Snodgrass and Myrtle Nelson.

The Rev. Barbara Rexrode conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverton United Methodist Church. Burial followed at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton County Rescue Squad, or the Riverton United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were by the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.


Samuel Victor Kesner, 87

Samuel Victor Kesner, 87, of Rough Run, died Sunday Jan 15, 2002, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.

Mr. Kesner was born Nov. 21, 1914, in Rough Run and was the son of the late George Kesner and Clara Adaline Bond Kesner.

He was a carpenter and farmer. He was a member and trustee of the Hedrick Chapel United Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Stella S. Parsons Kesner; two sons, Dough Kesner and wife, Melda of Dorcas, and Allen Kesner and wife, Kimberly of Broadway, VA; five grandchildren, Tammy Kesner, Greg Kesner, Ben Kesner, Elizabeth Kesner and Laura Kesner; three step-grandchildren, Shawna Cordray, Devin Cordray and Breanna Cordray; two great-grandchildren, Samuel Kesner and Autumn Kesner.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by four sisters, Lena Westfall, Nellie Kesner, Myrtle Mongold and Beulah Sites; five brothers, William "Babe" Kesner, Austin Kesner, Lester Kesner, John Kesner and Fred Kesner. He was the last member of his immediate family.

The Revs. Michael E. Taylor and Richard L. Longbon conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Burial was at the Kline Cemetery in Kline.

Memorial donations may be made to Hedrick Chapel United Methodist Church, PO Box 834, Petersburg, WV 26847 or Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc., 145 Southern Drive, Keyser, WV 26726.


John Lehman Moyers, 75

John Lehman Moyers, Sr., 75, of Doe Hill, VA, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA. He was born April 19, 1926, in Pendleton County, a son of the late Albert Lewis and Virginia Madge (Blagg) Moyers.

On June 29, 1946, he married Arleta J. Moyers.

Mr. Moyers was a long time dairy farmer. He was a member of the Doe Hill United Methodist Church, past member on the Highland County Board of Supervisors, a charter member of the Stonewall Ruritan Club and past district governor of the Stonewall Ruritan Club. He was also a member of the Dairy Association for over 50 years and a charter member of the MGW Telephone Company.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judy Ann Moyers, and a sister, Lillian Hevener.

He is survived by his wife, Arleta J. Moyers of Doe Hill, VA; three sons an daughters-in-law, John L., Jr., and Sharon Moyers of McDowell, VA, Bert and Pat Moyers of Mt. Crawford, VA and Eddie and Kristie Moyers of Doe Hill, VA; six grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters; two sisters, Lucille M. Maloy of McDowell, VA, and Glenna Ruth M. Graves of Harrisonburg, VA; a brother, Rembert D. Moyers of Moyers; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at the Doe Hill United Methodist Church by the Revs. Dave Boger and Charles W. Townsend. Burial was in the Doe Hill Cemetery, Doe Hill, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doe Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Gary Simmons, HCR 02 Box 131, Doe Hill, VA 24433 or the Highland County Rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.


Bettie V. Lambert, 95

Bettie Vandevander Lambert, 95, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at the Augusta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA, where she had lived since May 16.

Mrs. Lambert was born Oct. 28, 1906, in Cherry Grove and was a daughter of the late Charlie H. and Rebecca Rexrode Vandevander.

She moved to Harrisonburg, VA on April 1, 1943, from Franklin. She was an active member of Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren, where she was a past Sunday school teacher, a deaconess, and worked with the Church's women's group. She was a seamstress at Metro Pants and had also worked at Hudson Bag, Griffith Bag and Bowman Bag Company. She was a member of the Cross Keys Senior Citizens Club.

Mrs. Lambert was referred to as a mother hen and during her life, she helped raise over 40 children.

Her first husband, Isaac Rexrode, preceded her in death. On April 13, 1929, she married Ezra J. Lambert, who also preceded her in death in April, 1960.

She is survived by a son, Hoy Lambert, Petersburg; four daughters, Syvil Lambert, Mount Crawford, VA, Madelena Logan, Baltimore, MD, and Sudie Wisman and Ollie Knighting, both of Harrisonburg, VA; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of 11 children.

The Rev. Richard Hall conducted the funeral at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg, VA. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren, 2788 Taylor Spring Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Arrangements were under the direction of Kyger and Trobaugh Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.


Minnie Mabel Crites, 96

Minnie Mabel Crites, 96, of Upper Tract, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

Mrs. Crites was born August 22, 1905, at Mitchell Mountain and was a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Mitchell and Hannah Elizabeth Mowery Mitchell.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church.

On October 8, 1923, she married Isaac Abraham Crites, who preceded her in death in 1973.

Surviving are one daughter, Anna Sites of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin; one granddaughter, who she reared, Sandra Boore of Uniontown, OH; one brother, Andrew Mitchell of Harrisonburg, VA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Gary Phillips officiating.

Friends were received at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.


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