Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 6 February 2003

L:ucille Harper Bowers

Lucille Harper Bowers, 69, of Sugar Grove, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the home of her son, Darin Bowers, in Lynchburg, VA. 

Mrs. Bowers was born March 16, 1933, in Franklin and was a daughter of the late Edward Otis Harper, Sr. and Ella O. Sites Harper. 

She was a librarian at West Virginia Wesleyan College and also worked at the Pendleton County Library.  She was a member of the Wayside Baptist Church, a Gideons International Auxiliary member, and had served on the board of directors for Pendleton Senior and Family Services.  

On Aug. 25, 1951, she married James E. Bowers, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Brad Bowers of Sugar Grove, Randy Bowers of Franklin, and Darin Bowers of Lynchburg, VA; two sisters, Danese Jones of Alexandria, VA, and Jean Mason of Clarksburg; a brother, Otis Harper, Jr., of Sugar Grove; and seven grandchildren. 

Pastor Robert Arnold conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Cherry Hill Cemetery on Sandy Ridge Road. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 582, Franklin, WV  26807. 

Dora Marie Yokum, 85

 Dora Marie Yokum, 85, of Landes, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. 

Mrs. Yokum was born Oct. 29, 1917, in Pansy and was the daughter of the late Martin G. Alt and Rebecca Borror Alt.

She and her husband owned and operated the Blue Jay Service Station in Landes for 50 years.  She was  a member of the Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church. 

On Oct. 31, 1946, she married Virgil R. Yokum, who preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1997. 

She is survived by a son, Jack Yokum of Landes; a daughter, Donna Black of Ruddle; four grandchildren, Erica Black, Nicholas Black, Jonathan Yokum and Daniel Yokum; and two great-granddaughters, Katilyn Black and Brooklyn Black. 

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

The Revs. Gary Phillips and Edgar Null conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Monday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at the Yokum family cemetery in Landes. 

Memorial donations may be made to the great-granddaughters, Katilyn and Brooklyn Black, c/o Jack Yokum, HC 32, Box 418, Petersburg, WV  26847 or a charity of choice. 

Charles Roy Whetzel

Charles Roy Whetzel, age 85, of Franklin, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mr. Whetzel was born Oct. 21, 1917, in Kline and was the son of the late Albert Milton Whetzel and Martha Jane Alt Whetzel. 

He was retired from local 984 Laborers Union in Clarksburg. 

On May 28, 1941, he married Gladys Kimble, who survives.  They were married for 61 years. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Shirley and husband, Gene Kile of Petersburg, Bonnie and husband, Orville Lee Rexrode of Moyers, and Frances and husband, Randy Ruddle of Franklin; four sons, Charles Lee Whetzel and wife Margaret of Franklin, Cletus and wife, Sandra of Baltimore, MD, Paul and wife, Midge of Petersburg, and Gary Whetzel and Donna of Franklin. 

Surviving are two brothers, Vernon Whetzel of Paris, TN, and Albert Whetzel, Jr., of Arthur; five sisters, Arbutis Kesner and Anna Marie Bennett of Moorefield, Ruth Engle of Purgittsville, Clara Nell Ours of Cabins, and Cloda Bell Kisamore of Arthur.  

Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ora, Curtis, and Arvil John Whetzel and two sisters, Rhoda Berg, and infant sister Geneva Whetzel; also preceded in death by triplet great-granddaughters, Brittney, Brooke and Bridgett Whetzel. 

He attended the House of Prayer Pentecostal Church in Franklin. 

The Reverends Joseph Eversole and Harold Cullers conducted the funeral services on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at the Cherry Hill Cemetery at Upper Tract.  

Memorials may be made to The House of Prayer Pentecostal Church building fund in care of Margaret Whetzel, HC 60 Box 19-C, Franklin, WV  26807, or charity of choice. 

Joy Vance Bowers

Joy Edith Vance Bowers, 81, of Baltimore, MD, and formerly of Onego, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. 

Mrs. Bowers was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Onego and was a daughter of the late Mason and Bertha F. Vance. 

She was a retired elementary school teacher.  She began her teaching career in Pendleton County schools, including Riverton and Circleville Elementary and taught in Maryland several years before retiring.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Essex, MD. 

Her husband, Carl Bowers,Sr., preceded her in death January 22, 1991. 

She is survived by a son, Carl Bowers, Jr., of Baltimore, MD; three sisters, Eula Bland of Seneca Rocks, Grace Harper of Warren, OH, and Hope Smith of Baltimore, MD; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dessie Hartman and Jessie Tingler; four brothers, Dale Vance, Lester Vance, Marvin Vance and Carl Vance. 

Pastor Charles "Dusty" Twigg and Rev. Earl Bible conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Friday at Onego Church of the Brethren.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

 Memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics. 

Arrangements were provided by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Inc., in Petersburg. 

Herbert Carl Harman

Herbert Carl Harman, 80, of 104 W. Liberty St., Staunton, VA, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at the Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA.

Mr. Harman was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Oswayo, PA, and was the son of the late William Washington Harman and Effie Frodelia George Harman.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a Methodist.  He retired from Stanley Furniture and was a band saw operator. 

On April 17, 1987, he married Viola Ritchie, who survives. 

Also surviving are two step-daughters, Teresa Tidd and Anna Wiles, both of Stuarts Draft, VA; one stepson, Daniel Tidd of Stuarts Draft, VA; two step-grandchildren, Erin and Destiny Wiles, Stuarts Draft, VA; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Lee Harman and Harry Richard Harman; one sister, Erma Ruth Lantz (2-6-1997); six half brothers, Samuel Harman, Ervin Kenny Harman, John A. Harman, William Lester Harman, and James E. Harman; and four half sisters, Esther Susan Parker, Gertrude Mitchell, Beulah Constable and Velma Addie Harman. 

The Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Friday at the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin.  Burial was at the Kline Cemetery in Upper Tract. 

Raymond Bible

Raymond Bible, 90, of Franklin, WV, died February 2, 2003, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

  Mr. Bible was born March 27, 1912, at Buffalo Hills, Franklin, WV, and was the son of the late James W. and Almedia Simmons Bible. 

He was a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren. 

On April 15, 1934, he married Myrtle V. Smith, who preceded him in death June 19, 1999.  They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary shortly before Mrs. Bible's death. 

Mr. Bible was a poultry grower and logger prior to being employed at Hanover Shoe Company as a night watchman.

A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he is survived by a daughter, Genevieve Bible, Franklin; sons and daughters-in-law, Vestyl and Shelby Bible of Franklin, and Jim and Vada Bible of Harrisonburg, VA; three granddaughters, Sandra Bennett, Carolyn Sponaugle and Amy Berg of Franklin; seven great-grandchildren, Renee Bennett Sager of Morgantown, WV; Krista Bennett Walls of Harrisonburg, VA; Brandon, Ariana and Makayla Berg, Kaitlin and Logan Sponaugle, all of Franklin; four step grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren. 

He is also survived by a sister, Virginia Bowers, of Franklin. 

In addition to his wife, and parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters, Vergie Bible, Lena Wimer, Edith Smith, Cosba Sponaugle and brothers, Olin Bible and Stanley Bible.  

Pastor Shryl Smith and Dan Ludwick will conduct funeral services Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin, WV.  Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin, WV.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad. 

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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