Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 19 February 2004 

Virginia A. Stewart

Virginia Annette Stewart, 81, of Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mrs. Stewart was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Circleville and was the daughter of the late Decatur "Dick" Vandevander and Mary Grace Tingler Vandevander. 

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

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William H. "Willie" Judy on January 25, 1998; her second husband, Joseph V. Stewart, Jr., on Nov. 27, 1974; and her companion of many years, Ervin Seiver, on Oct. 23, 1983. 

She is survived by a son, Forrest Richard Judy of Circleville. 

The Rev. C. William Cox will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. today at the Circleville Presbyterian Church, where the family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial will be at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.  

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

Viola C. Nelson, 86

Viola Catherine Nelson, 86, of Cabins, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Mrs. Nelson was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Mozer and was a daughter of the late Robert M. Harman and Jessie Mae Calhoun Harman.  

She was a manager of Smoke Hole Caverns for 17 years and attended Mount Hebron United Methodist Church. 

Her husband, Edgar Nelson preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1998. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Karen N. and O. Vernon Keplinger of Maysville; Edgar Harman and Dolores Nelson of Cross Junction, VA, Rev. Donald Roy "Duke" and Janet Nelson of Bloomington, and Ernest Wilson and Sandy Nelson of Cabins; a sister, Anna G. Mullenax of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren, Michael Nelson, Lisa Gates, James Nelson, Greg Keplinger, Kevin Keplinger, Dr. Lynn Keplinger, Lori Keplinger Carr, Shawn Nelson, Shannon Nelson, Clint Nelson, Cindy Fleming and Kelly Roby; one step granddaughter, Carolyn Bonney; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Nelson; two step grandchildren, Carmen Cleaver-Work and Elvin R. Cleaver, Jr.; two sisters, Beulah Miller and Bonnie Keplinger Jones; five brothers, John Harman, Quinten Harman, Stanley Harman, Edwin Harman and Eulis Harman.

The Revs. Stanley Kile and Rebecca L. Bennett conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Friday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at the Maysville Cemetery.    

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Hebron United Methodist church Building Fund, c/o Betty Rohrbaugh, HC 30 Box 108, Maysville, WV 26833, or the Grant County Nursing Home, 27 Early Avenue, Petersburg, WV  26847.

Evelyn Harper Ruddle

Evelyn Harper Ruddle, 71, of Petersburg and 1327 Deer Park Court, Sebring, FL, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at the Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. 

Mrs. Ruddle was born June 19, 1932, at Macksville and was the daughter of the late Neil Harper and Mabel Hedrick Harper. 

She was an RN for 45 years and had worked from 1976-1998 at the Florida Hospital, Sebring, FL.  She graduated from Circleville High School in 1950 and the Martinsburg City Hospital School of Nursing.  She was a member of the Grove Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg.  

She is survived by her husband, David James Ruddle, whom she married on Feb. 18, 1956.  

Also surviving are one daughter, Bobbi Ruddle of Wilmington, NC; and two sister, Eleanor Brill of Centreville, VA, and Ethel Painter of Shinnston.

The Rev. Barbara Rexroad will conduct the funeral 1:00 p.m., Saturday at the Riverton United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Children's Home.   

Eugene R. Rexrode, 86

Eugene Russell Rexrode, 86, of Blue Grass, VA, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at his home. 

Mr. Rexrode was born Dec. 29, 1918, in Blue Grass, VA, and was a son of the late Russell Eugene and Sudie Simmons Rexrode.

He was a livestock farmer.  He and his wife owned and operated the Highland Drive-In Theatre for 20 years.  He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star medal in the U.S. Army during World War II.   

Mr. Rexrode attended Blue Grass United Methodist Church.  He was a member of the Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4989, a lifetime member of the Franklin Moose Lodge and a member of the Highland County Farm Bureau.  

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ava Hylkema Rexrode; a daughter, Betty Constantine of Charlotte, NC; three sons, Dayton A. Rexrode of Baltimore, MD, Don L. Rexrode of Chicago, IL, and Bob E. Rexrode of Mount Solon, VA; a sister, Ruby Rexrode of Hightown, VA; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

The Revs. Andre Crummett and Richard Gibson and Dr. Daniel Freed conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Medical Center, PO Box 490, Monterey, VA 24465.  

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