Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 24 January 2002

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.

 

A. Pauline Roberson

A. Pauline Roberson, 78, of Franklin, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Roberson was born July 9, 1923, in Petersburg and was a duaghter of the late Lester V. Kimble and Lillie B. Hedrick Kimble.

She was an Avon sales representative for 20 years. She was a member of the Ruddle Presbyterian Church and the Hope Circle of Franklin Presbyterian Church Women.

On Oct. 14, 1939, she married Isaac Henry Roberson, who preceded her in death on March 14, 1988.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda M. and Danny Mallow of Franklin; a son and duaghter-in-law, Junior and Barbara Roberson of Warren, OH; a sister, Mary Barb, Moorefield; a brother Lloyd V. Kimble, Upper Tract; three grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Mallow of Frnaklin, and sonya Doutt and husband, Ron of Mooresville, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Megan and Ryan Doutt ofMooresville, NC.

The Revs. Donald Wilkinson and Shyrl Smith conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ruddle Presbyterian Church. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

 

Lester Paul Simmons, 75

Lester Paul Simmons of Riverton died Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Simmons was born June 5, 1926, in Riverton and was a son of the late Lester Clyde Simmons and Madeline Judy Simmons.

He was a retired Pendleton county school bus driver and had worked at Monarch Mills in Petersburg. He was a member of the North Fork Baptist Church.

On Nov. 18, 1950, he married the former Susie Alice Hedrick, who survives.

Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Carl William Simmons and Kaye of Franklin; three sisters, Martha Hickman, Waynesboro, VA, Nancy Poleo Roanoke, VA, and Faye Nottingham, Dunmore; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Simmons, and Jake Simmons; and two sisters, Ruth Simmons, and Mary Pugh.

The Revs. Mark McAllister and Stanley Kile conducted the funeral at theNorth Fork Baptist Church. Burial followed in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.

 

Albert Roy Raines, 82

Albert Roy Raines, 82, of Riverton, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at his home.

Mr. Raines was born February 2, 1919, in Riverton and was a son of the late Ora Martin Raines and Mamie Cahteryn Thompson Raines.

He retired from Pendleton County Schools, where he taught for 40 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Gladys Lawrnece, and a brother, Hubert Raines, both of Riverton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers,Berlin, Paul, Otis M., and Owen Raines.

The Rev. Barbara Rexroad conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grant hospice or Valley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Arrnagements were by the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.

 

Bernice K. Yokum, 73

Bernice Kathleen Yokum, 73, of Maysville, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mrs. Yokum was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Kline and was a daughter of the late Verlie Hevener and Gladys Calhoun Hevener.

She was a sales representative for Avon Cosmetics and was a member of Petersburg Memorial Church of the Brethren.

Her husband, Dwight Wilson Yokum, preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 1986.

She is survived by a daugther, Deborah Chapman of Fredericksburg, VA; two sisters, Ardella Alexander of Ceredo, and Chloe Miller of Radnor, OH; and one granddaughter, Charity Hope Chapman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Allan W. Yokum; three brothers, William Forrest and Melvin Hevener; and two sisters, Wanda Hartman, and Janet Smith.

The Rev. Greg Rotruck conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg,. Burial was at Kline Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Rescue Squad.

 

Sonny L. Pitsenbarger, 45

Sonny Lee Pitsenbarger, 45, of Moyers, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002,.

Mr. Pitsenbarger was born July 6, 1956, in Harrisonburg , VA , and was the son of W. Virgil and Retha Simmons Pitsenbarger.

He was a farmer and a member of St. Paul's Independent Lutheran Church and also attended Totten Chapel United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Michele Marie Pitsenbarger; and a step-son, James Calvert Cooper.

The Rev. Jerry Smith conducted the funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Independent Lutheran church. Burial was at St. Paul's Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Educational Fund for James Cooper, c/o Tom Kimble, Summit Community Bank, 626 N. Main St., Franklin, WV 26807.

Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA, was in charge of the arrangements.

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