Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

   26 January 2006

Alma R. Simmons, 88

Alma R. Simmons, of Franklin and formerly of Blue Grass, VA, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin. 

Mrs. Simmons was born Oct. 20, 1917, in Hightown, VA, and was a daughter of the late Luther Loyd and Sadie Catherine Hevener Rexrode. 

She was a homemaker and was a member of Hightown United Methodist church and Dry Run Home Demonstration Club.  She attended the Highland Senior Citizens. 

On Oct. 26, 1945, she married Adam Vaiden Simmons, who preceded her in death April 13, 1989.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruby Frances Parks and husband, Newman of Marion, VA, and Sarah Elizabeth Hedrick and husband, Keith of Franklin; a son, Luther Blair Simmons and wife, Gena of Harrisonburg, VA; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Rexrode; a brother, Marvin Rexrode; and an infant brother. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Nursing Home, PO Box 700, Franklin , WV 26807, or Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV  26252.   

Mimsi M. Sions, 56

Mimisi Marr Sions, 56, of Old fields died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.

Mrs. Sions was born Nov. 11, 1949, in Greenbelt, MD, and was a daughter of the late Frederick W. And Georgia Scherlies Schrom. 

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Sions; a step-son Christopher R. Sions of Baker; two sister, Sandra Sneberger of Smoke Hole and Debbie Schrom of Petersburg; four step-grandchildren; and three nieces.  

Pastor Harold Garber conducted the funeral Saturday at the Fraley Funeral Home in Moorefield.  Burial followed at the Bethel Cemetery in Old Fields. 

Memorial donations may be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, MD  20814.

Condolences to the fmaily may be left at Mrs. Sions' obituary at: www.fraleyfuneralhome.com  

Richard P. Smith, 86

Richard Pershing Smith, 86, of Baltimore, MD, died Jan. 23, 2006, at Lighthouse Senior Living Center in Baltimore, MD. 

Born mach 29, 1919, at Circleville, he was the son of the late William Lester Smith and Beulah Calhoun Smith.  

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.    

Grover Long

Grover Long, 94, of Onego, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.

Mr. Long was born Sept. 26, 1911, at Onego, a son of the late Sheridan Long and Mary Jane Vance Long.

He retired from Mongold Lumber Company in Elkins in 1984 after 26 year of employment. 

His wife, Ruth Jean Turner, preceded him in death Jan. 7, 1991.

Survivors include five daughters, Ruby Ann Kisamore, Rebecca Teter and Rheba Helmick, of Onego, and Rosemary Hofecker and Ruthalee “Susie” Hess, both of Franklin; two sons, Richard Conrad of Rivesville and Robert Lee Long of Maysville; three brothers, Milton Long of Onego, Kermit Long of Trout Run, PA, and John Long of Seneca Rocks; 34 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and a large number of great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three sons, Ray Michael Long, Randy J. Long and Ronnie Dale Long; one daughter, Ronna Thompson; three brothers, Warren Long, Earl Long and Fred Long; and three sisters, Beulah Cook, Hazel Mallow and Bertie Heavener.

The Rev. Rebecca Bennett and Pastor Harold Mullenax conducted the funeral Sunday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Frnaklin.  Burial was at Turner family cemetery in Onego.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, WV 26807. 

James Allen McLaughlin

James Allen McLaughlin, 48, of Cabins, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at Cabins.

He was  born July 16, 1957, at Petersburg and was the son of Margarette McLaughlin of Franklin and the late Lawrence McLaughlin.

He was a 1975 graduate of Franklin High School and a 1980 graduate of WVU. He had worked as a certified public accountant in South Carolina. He attended Riverside Church, Cabins.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are two sisters, Brenda Turner of Cabins and Peggy Davis of Franklin; three brothers, David McLaughlin of Durham, NC, and Richard McLaughlin and Robert McLaughlin, both of Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Pastors Tommy George and Calvin Bailey officiating.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery at Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Margarette McLaughlin, P.O. Box 835, Franklin, West Virginia  26807.

Mary F. Shockey

Mary F. Shockey, 61, a resident of Dailey, went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, 2006, at her residence. She had been in her usual health and death was sudden and unexpected.

Born April 4, 1944, at Elkins, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Marietta Bennett Shiflett.

Mrs. Shockey was a CNA, receiving her certification in the early 1980s. She was formerly employed at Nella’s on Central Street and then at Nella’s at Crystal Springs. At the time of her death, she was employed at Elkins Regional Convalescent Center. She loved gardening in her numerous flower beds and reading romance novels. She also enjoyed her job and loved taking care of her residents and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandson and her special nephew, Andy. Mary was a Methodist by faith. 

On. Jan. 13, 1962, she was united in marriage to James I. “Jim” Shockey, who survives in Dailey. They would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary Friday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Teresa Ann “Terry” Godfrey and husband, Patrick, of Franklin; two sons, Edward Ray “Eddie” Shockey and friend, Joann, of Shiloh, NC, and James Shockey Jr., of Elkins; two sisters, Ethel Mele and husband, Albert, of Woodstock, Va., and Judy Ferguson of Woodbridge, VA; and three brothers, Steve Shiflett and wife, Lee, and Ed Shiflett, all of Elkins, and Tim Shiflett and friend, Gina, of Bowie, MD; five grandsons, James Allen “TJ,” Bradley, Logan, Joshua and Nathan; one granddaughter, Jennifer; several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Andy Shiflett; and a host of friends.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was one brother, David Shiflett.

Funeral services were conducted from the F.E. Runner Chapel, Elkins, on Jan. 13, with  Pastor Jim Tallman, minister of Light of Christ Chapel in Belington, officiating. Interment followed in Elkins Memorial Gardens, formerly the IOOF Cemetery, near Elkins.  

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