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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

23 February 2006

Warnie L. Mowery

Warnie L. Mowery, 85, of Upper Tract, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

He was born Jan. 22, 1921, at Kline and was a son of the late Chester and Annie Lough Mowery. 

He was a life-long poultry and livestock farmer.  He wsas one of the first farmers in West Vriginia to raise poultry for a living, having begun on his father's farm as a teenager in the 1930s.  HE built a successful egg business through th years, marketing and selling eggs to grocery stores, restaurants and individual customers in Virginia and West Virginia.  He later grew broilers and was awarded a life-time membership into the WV Poultry Association in 2000.  He was a 1941 graduate of Franklin HIgh SChool, attended Bridgewater College, and was a veteran of the U.S.Army, having served during World War II.  He was a member of Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, V.F.W. and was a past member and president of of the South Branch Ruritan Club. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie Hedrick Mowery, whom he married Oct. 16, 1948.  

Also surviving are one daughter, Marsha Shenk and husband, Eddie of Harrisonburg, VA; three sons, Dennis Mowery and wife, Donna of Augusta, Jerry Mowery of Upper Tract and J.P. Mowery and wife, Debbi of Harrisonburg, VA; four grandchildren, Brian Mowery, Jared Shenk, Luke Mowery and Grace Mowery; two brothers, Virgil Mowery of Oak Ridge, MO, and Connie Mowery of Upper Tract; and two sisters, Macie Van Slyke of Upper Tract and Hester Williams of Harrrisonburg, VA. 

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John Newton Mowery and Claude Mowery.

The Rev. Gary Phillips will conduct the funeral at 11:00 a.m. today at the Kimble Funeral HOme Chapel in Franklin.  

Burial will be at the Cherry Hill Cemetery at Upper Tract with military graveside services conducted by members of the Pendleton County Veterans HOnor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to the Upper Tract Rescue Squad or Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, c/o Tony Calhoun, HC 62 Box 37, Upper Tract, WV 26866. 

John Oldman, 52

John Oldman, 52, of Bridgewater, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at his residence. 

Mr. Oldman was born Feb. 11, 1954, in Wilmington, DE, and was the son of Ann Goshorn Oldman of Harrisonburg, VA, and the late John Oldman. 

He received a bachelor's degree from Hampden Sydney College of Master of Divinity from Union Seminary in Richmond, VA.  He moved to Bridgewater, VA, 13 years ago.  

He preached at the Paroisse de Lac Des Seize Iles, Quebec at the Eccumenical Services each summer.  He was a minister of the Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, Circleville Presbyterian Church, Jamestown Presbyterian Church, the Cooperative Parish in Delaware and the Keysville / Meherin Presbyterian Churches. 

On July 13, 1984, he married Deborah Oldman-Brown, who survives. 

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Meg Oldman of Bridgewater, VA; a son Iain Oldman of Bridgewsater, VA; and a sister, Luann Oldman of Charlottesville, VA.

The Rev. Thomas Hay conducted a memorial service Sunday at the Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance, VA. 

Johnson Funeral Services in Bridgewater, VA, handled arrangements.  

Online condolences may be sent to the family at 

E. Lee Sponaugle, 88

E. Lee Sponaugle, 88, of Franklin and formerly of Circleville, died Sunday, February 19, 2006, at his home on Moyers Gap Road. 

Born September 5, 1917, in Circleville, he was the son of the late Robert B. and Louisa Vint Sponaugle.  

He was a farmer and a former coal miner and retired from Greer Limestone Company in 1982.  He was a member of the Circleville United Methodist Church. 

On December 9, 1939, he married Elsie H. Hinkle Sponaugle, who preceded him in death on January 24, 2004.  

Mr. Sponaugle was the last surviving member of his family. 

He is survived by two daughters, Elsie L Bowers and Husband, John F. of Franklin, N. Sharon Leatherman and husband, Tom of Williamsport, MD; one son, Gary E. Sponaugle and wife, Linda of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren, Greg Bowers and wife, Mary, Clark Bowers and wife, Joan, Sheri Coleman and husband, Michael, Melissa Leatherman and Mark Bader, Amy Houska and husband Michael, Jennifer, Parsons and husband, Kurt, and Bradley Sponaugle and wife, Erin; 12 great-grandchildren, Sarah and David Bowers, Ashley and Eric Bowers, Bailey,  Jonothan and Elleigh Jo Coleman, Hannah and Michelle Bader, Emily and Alyson Houska and Richard Cole Parsons;  and a number of nieces and nephews.  

He also was preceded in death by three sisters, Vella Vandevander, Lima Sponaugle and one infant; and four brothers, George Sponaugle, Robert Sponaugle, Richard Sponaugle and Ward Sponaugle.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with Rev. Earl Bible and Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Burial will be at the Davis Memorial Cemetery at Davis.  

Memorials may be made to the Circleville United Methodist Church, c/o Sadie Belle Propst, PO Box 174, Circleville, WV  26804 or Mountain Hospice, 1410 Crim Avenue, Bellington, WV  26250. 

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. today at Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.  

Maryann Mongold, 64

Maryann L. Mongold, 64, of Keyser died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at her residence. 

Born on March 11, 1941, at Black Oak, MD, she was a daughter of the late Cletus L. and Ella M. (Lough) Miller, former residents of Pendleton County.  

Mrs. Mongold was retired with 28 and one-half years of service as cafeteria manager at the Westernport Elementary School.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burlington, where she served as a treasurer and was an honorary member of the First Baptist Church in Keyser.  She was active in the WMU of both churches.  She also was a member of the National Food Service Association, the Maryland State Food Association and the Allegany County Food Service Association, where she served as secretary and convention chairperson and was a volunteer at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home.  

Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Sango D. "Mutt" Mongold; one son, William L. Mongold of New Creek; two daughters, Betty L. Walker and husband, Dwight of Fountain, and Bonnie L. Bean and husband, Jody of Keyser; one brother, Stanley L. Miller and wife Yvonne of Accident, MD; one sister, Evelyn M. Iser Cowatch and husband, Joe of Keyser; five grandchildren, Eric D. Walker, Jacob D. Walker, Logan D. Walker, Samantha M. Bean and Jonah M. Bean. 

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Miller. 

Funeral services will be conducted today at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Keyser, with Pastors Samuel Biser, Jody Bean and Rick High officiating.  Interment will be in the Waxler Cemetery, Rawlings, MD.

Condolences may be left after Mrs. Mongold's obituary at 

Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, Keyser, were in charge of funeral arrangements.  

James L. Cook, 62

James Leroy Cook, 62, formerly of Petersburg, died Monday, Feb. 13, in Jacksonsville, Fla., after a battle with liver cancer.

Born June 21, 1943, he was the son of Mary Catherine Kimble Cook of Maysville and the late James Otis Cook.

He is survived by his second wife, Onie Cook; one daughter, Relenee Cook Vencill and husband, Charles "Chuck" of Churchville, VA; and his  son, Scott Timothy Cook and wife, Teresa of Moorefield; one brother, Roger Cook and wife, Shirley of Maysville; and one sister, Linda Lambert and husband, Russ of Maysville.

Mr. Cook was a 1961 graduate of Petersburg High School and a 1965 honors graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in agriculture.  

During his high school years, he was an active and decorated member of the Future Farmers of America, having received numerous local and state awards.  He was the recipient of the American Society of Animal Science scholarship, State Farmer Degree in 1961 and the Future Farmers of America Poultry Farming award. 

Mr. Cook spent the majority of his life working in the poultry industry fro Rocco Inc., Moorefield, and Harrisonburg, VA, Perdue Farms Inc., Salisbury, MD, and Lewiston, NC; and Case Farms, Inc., Winesburg, OH, and Goldsboro and Morganton, NC.  He was a past president of the West Virginia Poultry Association, working with Poultry growers in Pendleton County.  

A memorial service was conducted at the Mount Hebron United Methodist Church in Maysville on Sunday with Pastor Briana Richardson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Petersburg High School Future Farmers of America Scholarship Fund, c/o Jack Yokum, HC 32 Box 410, Petersburg, WV 26847 or the American Cancer Society through the local Relay for Life, c/o Becky Bishoff, 121 South Main St., Moorefield, WV 26836. 

Maxine B. Cosner

Nola Maxine Bennett Cosner, 83, of Petersburg, and formerly of Cabins, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Mrs. Cosner was born Feb. 3, 1923, in New Boston, OH, and was the daughter of the late Dewey E. Skaggs and Rose Anna Pack Skaggs. 

She was a member of Cabins Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Cosner was a former resident of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin. 

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Finley Lee in 1943, Robert Lee Bennett in 1966 and Melvin E. Cosner in 1992.

Survivors include four sons, Michael Lee Bennett of Wheelersburg, OH, Franklin Eugene Bennett, David H. Bennett and Jimmy Gary Bennett, all of Maysville; four daughters, Rose Mary Bennett of Wilsonville, OR, Judy Ann Shultz of Hedgesville, Dinah Sue Bennett of Port Orange, FL, and Nola Maxine Lawrence of East Haddam, CT; a sister, Garnet Brickey of New Boston, OH; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by an infant son and daughter, Nolan Ernest Lee and Anna Elizabeth Lee; one grandson, Bobby Dean Pratt; two brothers, Dewey E. Skaggs Jr. and Clyde H. Skaggs; two sisters, infant Louise Skaggs and Jean Payne; one grandson, Bobby Dean Pratt; and four step-children.

The Revs. Peter Scott and Paul Donaldson will conduct the funeral at 11 a.m. today at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg,.  Burial will be at Riggleman Cemetery, Cabins.

Memorial donations may be made to the Grant County Nursing Home, Safe Harbor program, 27 Early Ave., Petersburg, WV 26847. 

Judy Vandernoot, 56

Judy Elaine Scheaffer Vandernoot, 56, of Petersburg, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at the Grant County Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 4, 1950, in Cumberland, MD, and was the daughter of Reba E. (Harper) Sheaffer of Petersburg and the late William B. Sheaffer.

Vandernoot graduated from Petersburg High School in 1967.  She graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, in 1971 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, Cum Laude.  She was an assistant director of nursing at Grant Memorial Hospital and was the first director of nursing for the Grant County Nursing Home.  Her last employment was with Dr. Bensenhavers Medical Practice as a registered nurse.   

She was a member of Grove Street United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church Women.  

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Richard Vandernoot, whom she married Oct. 16, 1971. 

Surviving are one son, Eric Vandernoot of Woodbridge, VA; two sisters, Barbara J. Soule of Swanton, VT, and Diane C. Allen of Petersburg; a half-sister, Betty Ann Leonard of Sherman; one brother, William A. Sheaffer and a special friend, Carol Sweeney of Micanopy, FL; three nieces, several aunts, uncles and cousins, many of whom live in Pendleton County.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with the Rev. William R. Brown officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.  

Memorials may be made to The Huntington's Disease Society of America, 505 Eight Ave., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10018 or Grant County Nursing Home, 27 Early Ave., Petersburg, WV 26847.

Charles J. "Mike" Watson

Charles J. "Mike" Watson, 80, of Brandywine, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006.

He was born July 23, 1925, at Akron, OH, and was the son of the late James William Watson and Bessie Shook Watson.  

He had worked for the Western Maryland Railroad and later was an iron worker, serving as president of Local Union No. 568 for 30 years.  He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, a member of American Legion Post No. 30 and a board member for the committee on aging.  

On Jan. 20, 1971, he married Thelma Louise Rexrode WAtson, who survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Sharon "Cherie" and Galen Batzel of Ridgeley, Terri Hedrick and Jerry Smith of Bryce, VA, Sondra and Steve Risinger of Hedgesville; two sons, Gary and Nola Avey of Sugar Grove, Jamie and Shana Watson of Charles Town; two sisters, Eileen Duncan of Frostburg, MD, Connie Timmons of Warrenton, VA; seven grandchildren, Courtney Batzel, Megan Batzel, Kevin Avey , Robert Avey, Josh Hedrick, Chad Risinger and Baylee Lynch; three great-grandchildren, Alec Avey, Jacob Avey and Reice Hedrick; and a number of nieces and nephews, including Gordon Orr, Sheila Grove, Michael Timmons and Margherita Timmons.   

He was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Ashley Risinger, and one sister, Norma Orr.  

 Funeral services were held Tuesday at the chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home with Reverends Craig and Wendy Richter officiating. 

Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery at Brandywine with military graveside services conducted by Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to South Fork Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 297, Brandywine, WV  26802, or Pendleton County Rescue Squad, PO Box 727, Franklin, WV  26807.  

Shirley Faye Hartman 

Shirley Faye Hartman, 70, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at her home after a lengthy illness of Alzheimer's. 

Mrs. Hartman was born March 13, 1935, in Brushy Run and was a daughter of the late Kermit and Donna E. Alt Kimble. 

On Aug. 8, 1953, she married Michael Emerson Hartman, who survives. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, and their Husbands, Karen and Jimmy Lenahan and Marilyn Faye and Michael Peer, all of Baltimore, MD, and Sonya Marie and George Janouris of Bell Camp, MD; two sons, Michael Emerson Hartman, Jr., and wife, Pam of Blanchard, LA, and Joseph Allen Hartman of Baltimore, MD; a sister, Linda McKee Moyers and husband Donald of Camp Spring, MD; two brothers, Cecil Kimble and wife, Sharon of Powhatan, VA, and Dwight Douglas Kimble of Upper Tract, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  

One brother, Donald Dewey Kimble, also preceded her in death. 

The services were private.  She was laid to rest in the Eastlawn Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA. 

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA.  

Mary F. Pennington 

Mary Francis Peace Pennington, 72, of Franklin died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mrs. Pennington was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Kenvir, KY, and was a daughter of the late Charles Peace and Carrie Martin Peace. 

She was a home health care aide and was a Presbyterian. 

Her husband, Richard Glen Pennington, preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1987. 

Survivors include a daughter Debra Cook of Franklin; three sons, Dennis Glen Pennington and Richard Wayne Pennington, both of Franklin, and Charles Edward Baxley of Evarts, KY; three sisters, Wanda Smith of Baltimore, MD, Pearl Rogers of Lafayette, TN, and Sue Lindsey of Corbin, KY; two brothers, Benjamin Peace of Baltimore, MD, and Thomas Peace off Evarts, KY; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Baxley; and one brother, Charles Peace, Jr. 

The Rev. Robert Borror conducted the funeral Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton County Rescue Squad.  

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