Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 21 February 2008

Elizabeth Kirk

Elizabeth "Betty" Kirk 80, of Franklin and formerly of Lincoln, VA, died Saturday, Feb. 16. 2008, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.  

Mrs. Kirk was born March 15, 1927, in Plymouth, PA, and was the daughter of the late Frank Kotch and Julia Roman Kotch. 

She was a retired U.S. Navy Nurse and Catholic by faith.

On Oct. 7, 1950, she married Alfred H. Kirk of Huntingdon PA, who survives.   

She is also survived by a daughter, Regina A. Hedrick and husband, Wayne of Franklin; two sons, Mark A. Kirk and wife Gloria of Adrian, MI, and Timothy A. Kirk and wife, Jone of Red Lodge, MT; four grandchildren, Melvina Kolman and husband, Shawn, Lydia Hedrick, Rachel Kirk and Benjamin Kirk; and two special great-granddaughters, Allyssa and Kimmy.

She also was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Kotch.  

Father Mario Claro conducted a memorial service Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV  26807 or ST. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, PO Box 890, Franklin, WV  26807. 

Ruth K. Helmick 

Ruth Katherine Helmick, 83, of Franklin died SAturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA. 

Ms. Helmick was born June 15, 1924, in Parsons and was a daughter of the late Luther Helmick and Lena Pennington Helmick. 

She was a homemaker and caregiver.  She attended Pendleton County schools and was a Protestant.  

Survivors include a sister, Ella Mae Smith of Burlington; three brothers, James C. Helmick of Brandywine, Luther Helmick, Jr., of Burlington and Richard Murphy of Franklin. 

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, two infant boys, and Paul Helmick; and five sisters, Betty Jo Helmick, Anna Lea Helmick, Lydia Kesner, Mary Helmick and Mable Helmick. 

The Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral Monday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Upper Tract.  

John David Eye

John David Eye, 84, of Franklin died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Eye was born June 22, 1923, in Dahmer and was the son of the late Benjamin and Jane McQuain Eye.  

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had served in the 95th Infantry Division in the European Theater of World War II.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1941.  He taught engineering at Virginia Tech, the University of Southern California and the University of Cincinnati for 37 years.  He also served on the Franklin Town Council.  He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Franklin and the Franklin Moose Lodge #769.

On Jan. 31, 1946, he married Marie Mullenax Eye, who survives. 

Also surviving are four daughters, Nancy Gant and husband, Carl of Franklin, Sarah Cobb and husband, Craig of Philippi, Linda Lotton and husband, Donald of Wilmette, IL, and Patricia Waid and husband, Randy and Mason, OH; two sisters, Virginia Boggs of Columbus, OH, and Imogene Myers of North Carolina; a brother, Harlan Eye of Columbia, PA, eight grandchildren, Lea Jones, Amanda Cobb, David Cobb, Lauren Lotton, Jennifer Lotton, Jordan Waid, Austin Waid and Cameron Waid; and one great-granddaughter.   

Pastors Craig Richter and Wendy Richter conducted the funeral Sunday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Joseph F. Kline, Sr.

Joseph Franklin Kline, Sr., 91, of Fulks Run, VA, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Avante Nursing Home in Harrisonburg, VA.  

Mr. Kline was born Dec. 22, 1916, in Circleville and was a son of the late Otto Kline and Carrie Nelson Cline. 

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He worked at Swift and Company in Harrisonburg for 13 years and also worked at Marvel Poultry and Hinton Poultry.  He was a retired mail carrier for Simoda and Onego.  He was also a milk carrier and was with the C.C.C. in 1935.  He played the guitar and sang. 

His wife, Birdie Bennett Kline, preceded him in death in 1967. 

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Jean Kline of Grottoes, VA, and Shirley Ann Kline of Harrisonburg, VA; four sons, Joseph Kline, Jr., and Larry A. Kline, both of Fulks Run, VA, Berlin Lee Kline of Dayton, VA, and Gary D. Kline of Harrisonburg, VA; a sister, Mildred Alt of Cabins; a brother, Oscar Kline of Circleville; 22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a number of great-great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by three sons, Jerry Kline, Delno Kline and Jennings Wayne Kline; and five brothers, Johnny Cline, Austin Kline, Jacob Kline, Sedgie Kline and Hobert Kline. 

Pastor Jesse Nelson and the Rev. Laney Knight conducted the funeral Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV  26807.   

Mable V. Elyard

Mable Virginia Elyard, 81, of Franklin, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Mrs. Elyard was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Oak Flat and was the daughter of the late Byrd Ruddle and Mary Vesta Anderson Ruddle.  

She was co-owner and founder of Elyard's Gulf and B&M Services in Franklin and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.  She attended Pendleton County Schools and was a member of Ladies of the Moose Lodge No. 812 of Franklin.  

Her husband, William Lee Elyard, survives.   

Also surviving are two sons, Charles Elyard and wife, Charel of Franklin, and David Elyard and wife, Cynthia of Harrisonburg, VA; a brother, Arlie Ruddle of Fort Seybert; two half brothers, Carl Simon of Harrisonburg, VA, and Robert Simon of Fort Seybert; six grandchildren, Wesley Elyard, Jamie Bostic, Jenny Elyard, Brent Elyard, Carrie Ann Fulk and Brandon Lee Elyard; and three great-grandchildren, Kortney Bostic, Aidan Bostic and Mason Lee Fulk.   

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William Ruddle  and Weldon Ruddle; and two sisters, Eitty Forguson and Annie Whetzel.

Pastors Craig Richter and Wendy Richter will conduct the funeral today at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton Manor, PO Box  700, Franklin, WV  26807.  

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Opal B. Wilfong, 91

Opal B. Helmick Wilfong, 91, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at Willow Estates, where she resided for the past nine years. 

Mrs. Wilfong was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Brandywine and was the daughter of the late Charles O. and Estella Propst Helmick. 

In 1946, she moved to Harrisonburg, VA, from Brandywine.  She was employed in the laundry department at Rockingham Memorial Hospital and previously Rockingham Poultry Cannery.  She was a member of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church and the Mount Clinton VFW Ladies Auxiliary.   

On June 28, 1938, she married Carl Wilfong, who preceded her in death April 19, 1996.

Surviving are a daughter, Wanna W. Randall of Grottoes, VA; a sister Mary Howdyshell of Lanham, MD; two brothers, Everette Hedrick of Martinsburg and Raymond Roy Hedrick of Riverdale, MD; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

The Rev. John Neff conducted the funeral Sunday at the Chapel of the Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA.  Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grottoes Church of the Brethren Building Fund, PO Box 498, Grottoes, VA 24441. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family a www.mem.com 

John Garland Raines

John Garland Raines, 76, of Onego died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. 

Mr. Raines was born July 22, 1931, in Onego and was the son of the late Brinton Raines and Velva Chloe Sites Raines. 

He was a carpenter and was a member of Seneca Rocks United Methodist Church, where he served as superintendent and Sunday school teacher for 40 years.  He was also a member of the West Virginia Mountain Boys and Girls Music Group.

His wife, Bonnie Lee Hedrick Raines, whom he married Nov. 15, 1963, survives. 

 Also surviving are a daughter, Christina Kimble and husband, Earl David of Onego; and a sister, Marian Bland and husband, Foster of Onego.  

He also was preceded in death by three infant brothers, Coy "Willis" Raines, Jearl Hildred Raines and Jimmie Raines; and three sisters, Donna Jean Phares, Martha "Gae" Lambert and Evelyn "Marie" Vance Wiley.

Pastor Barbara Rexroad conducted the funeral Wednesday at Seneca Rocks United Methodist Church in Seneca Rocks.  Burial was in the Raines family cemetery, Onego.  

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Bonnie Lee Raines, HC 81, Box 98, Onego, WV  26886. 

Funeral arrangements were by Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.  

Edna L. Botkin, 76

Edna Louise Botkin, 76, of Staunton, VA died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Ruxton Healthcare. 

Mrs. Botkin was born March 23, 1931, in Hightown, VA, and was a daughter of the late Andrew and Hester Bodkin Hevener. 

She was a homemaker. 

On Sept. 20, 1949, she married James Edward Botkin, who survives. 

She is also survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Perry Simmons of Franklin, Carol Nuckoles of Staunton, VA, Sharon Altizer and Homer Moats of Verona, VA, and Wanda and Jerry Hodge of Churchville, VA;  three sons, Johnny Botkin, Jimmy Botkin and Ricky Botkin and companion, Judy Sensabaugh, all of Staunton, VA; a half sister, Vivian Hevener of Harrisonburg, VA; 10 grandchildren, Dean Pitsenbarger, Kimberly Puffenbarger, Eric Nuckoles, Lori Simmons, Michael Simmons, Daniel Simmons, Jeffrey Hodge, Kevin Jodge, Ashley Botkin and Aaron Botkin; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.  

The Rev. Steven Propst conducted the funeral Friday at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA.  Burial was at Oak Lawn Memory Gardens.

Jodie Marie Will, 32

Jodie Marie Will, 32, of Blue Grass, VA, died Sunday, February 17, 2008, at her home.

She was born March 1, 1975, at Staunton, VA, and was the daughter of Joe and Donna Will of Blue Grass, VA. 

She was a member of Word of Faith Church.  She loved everyone.  She assisted in the church nursery and enjoyed giving teddy bears to babies.  Her dad took her bear hunting and she liked "hound music."

Surviving in addition to her parents, are a brother, Justin Will of Blue Grass, VA, and his fiancee, Courtney Marshall of Roanoke, VA; maternal grandparents, Carol and Ruby Hinkle of Blue Grass, VA, Paternal grandparents, Alice Will of Blue Grass, VA and the late William C. Will; and very special aunts and uncles.     

A funeral service was conducted Wednesday at Word of Faith Church by Pastor Chip Hill.  Burial was in Blue Grass Cemetery.  

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

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