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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 20 February 2003

Earl Martin Weese, 81

Earl Martin Weese, 81, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. 

Mr. Weese was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Bass and was the son of the late Arnold Weese and Dora Crites Weese.

He was a member of Duffy Methodist Church and very active in the Men's Bible Class.  He was a member of the Moorefield Lodge No. 29 A.F. & A.M.  He was also a member of the Moorefield Lion's Club, where he received the 1997-1998 Lion of the Year award and the 2002 Leonard Jarrett Award. 

He owned and operated Weese's Greenhouse with his wife, Helen, for 22 years.  He was a gifted wood craftsman and enjoyed working in his garden. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen Kimble Weese, formerly of Upper Tract; a daughter, Becky Weese of Naples, FL; and a sister, Kathleen Puffenberger of Moorefield. 

One brother also preceded him in death.

The funeral was held 10 a.m. Monday at Duffy Methodist Church with pastor Ted Osgood officiating.  Burial was at the Olivet Cemetery with Masonic rites by the Moorefield Masonic Lodge.  Memorial donations may be made to Duffy Methodist Church or the Moorefield volunteer Fire Company No. 46. 

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Elmore Funeral Home in Moorefield.  

Richard B. Ruddle, 84

Richard Brown Ruddle died January 2, 2003, at age 84 in Springfield, VA.

He was the son of the late I.S. and Verna C. Ruddle.

His wife, Virginia Shumate Ruddle preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2002. 

Surviving siblings are Joe R. of Edgewater, MD, Max of Lincolnton, GA, Ruth Dolly of Waco, TX, Kitty hammer of Franklin, and Betty Heavner of Harrisonburg, VA. 

His is the father of Richard D. Ruddle of Pataskala, OH, Patti Hamilton of Springfield, VA, Bobbi Michalowski of Asburn, VA, and Wendy Steard of Virginia Beach, VA.  Grandchildren are Beth, Allyson, and D.J. Hamilton, Ellie and John Michalowski, Kevin, Ricky, William and Gracie Steward. 

Mr. Ruddle owned and operated a Gulf Oil gas station on Adams Mill Road in NW Washington, Dc, for more than 30 years.  He formerly lived in McLean VA.  He was a World War II veteran and a a member of  Masons Naval Lodge No.4 FAAM. 

Memorial services were held at Trinity United Methodist Church, McLean, VA, on Sunday, Jan. 5.  His body was cremated.  Additional services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The American Heart Association. 

Ruby M. Harper Vance

Ruby Marie Harper Vance, 81, of Glen Burnie, MD, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie, MD. 

Mrs. Vance was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Riverton and was the daughter of the late Fred Harper and Jennie Harman Harper.  She was a homemaker.

 Her husband, Fred Vance, preceded her in death Jun 9,m 1998. 

She is survived by eight daughters, Elaine Swick of Pasadena, MD, Margaret Ferris, Maxine Morris and Sue Ramsey, all of Glen Burnie, MD, Edith Good, Irene Stump and Donna Herb, all of Upper Tract and JoAnn Plaugher of Franklin; eigh sons, Jack Vance and Frederick "Mancie" Vacne, both of Glen Burnie, MD, John Vance  of Baltimore, MD, Jerry Vance of Brooklyn Park, MD, Ricahrd Vance and Randy Vance, both of Eastern Shore, MD, Tom Vance of Upper Tract, and bob Vance of Fort Seybert; a brother, Mason Harper of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin; 64 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Roger Dale "Rab" Vance (1994), and Gary Vance (1981); one daughter Billie Joe Stull (2002); four brothers, Walter, Brozie, Johnny and Burrell Harper; and four sisters, Kertie Harper, Beulah Watts, Mamie Warner and Margie Huffman. 

The Rev. Stanley Kile and Elder David Hartman conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Monday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Upper Tract.  

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. 

Joy Kimble Phillips, 69

Mrs. Joy Marie Alt Kimble Phillips, 69, of Graham NC, and formerly of Pendleton County, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at her residence.

Mrs. Phillips was born Nov. 20, 1933, in Pendleton County and was the daughter of the late Glen E. and Artie M. Nelson Alt. 

She attended the Victory Worship Center in Graham, NC, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 0015 in Parkersburg. 

She married Obed R. "Gabe" Kimble, who preceded her in death in 1990. 

Surviving are,  two daughters, Karen Kimble and Christine Johnson, both of Graham, NC; two sisters, Caretta Straigther of Kent, OH, and Florence Dearth of Parkersburg; two brothers, Harold Alt of Blythesville, AR, and Gene Alt of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Hopkins and Elva Sites; four brothers, Mervin Alt, Walter Alt, Gilbert Alt and Delmer Alt. 

The Rev. Don Overman conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.   Burial was in the Lahmansville Cemetery in Lahmansville.

Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice of your choice or American Cancer Society.  

Zona Mae Arbaugh, 72

Mrs. Zona Mae Arbaugh, 72, of Moorefield, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at Lions Manor Nursing Home, Cumberland, MD.

Mrs. Arbaugh was born July 25, 1930, at Eglon, she was the daughter of the late Adam L. and Eliza (Whetzel) Wimer. 

She was a homemaker and a Brethren by faith.  On June 5, 1948, she married Calvin Coolidge Arbaugh, who preceded her in death. Dec. 5,  1996.

Surviving are three daughters, Vandlyn L. Cost, Moorefield, Joyce M. Rossotto, Piedmont and Charlene M. Fitzwater, Goose Creek; one stepdaughter, Rebecca Bennett, Seneca Rocks; six sons Steve Arbaugh, Kenneth W. Arbaugh and Calvin George Arbaugh, all of Moorefield, Daniel T. Arbaugh, Glen Burnie, MD, Glenn W. Arbaugh, Dorcas and Michael Gribble, Lusby, MD; one sister, Ruth Hott, Romney; two brothers, Clem Wimer of Virginia and Sturdy Wimer of Delaware; 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers; one sister; one grandson; and one great-grandson. 

the family will receive friends at the Brake Church of the Brethren from 7-9 p.m. Friday. 

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Brake Church of the Brethren with Pastor Craig Howard officiating. 

Burial will be at the Whetzel family cemetery at Arthur.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Kenneth Arbaugh, Box 37, MIsty Terrace, Moorefield, WV  26836.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Arlene S. Hedrick, 63

Arlene S. Hedrick, 63, of Franklin, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. 

Mrs. Hedrick was born April 4, 1939, in Oxford, PA, and was a daughter of the late Lester Swift and Maude Hastings Swift.

She was a retired seamstress of the Franklin Garment Factory and had worked at the Franklin Group Home.  She was a member of the Franklin Assembly of God. 

Both of husbands, Walter Shreve and Roger Hedrick, preceded her in death. 

Surviving are two sons, Richard C. Shreve and Alton Shreve, both of Franklin; and three grandchildren, Joshua, Curtis and Adrianne Shreve, all of Franklin. 

Rev. Calvin Bailey will conduct the funeral at 1 p.m. today at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial will be at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in upper Tract. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton county rescue squads. 


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