Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 3 March 2005 

Edgar J. Nelson

Edgar John Nelson, 78, of Franklin, formerly of Harman and Elkins, died Feb. 26, 2005, in Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

Mr. Nelson was born March 12, 1926, at Dry Run, a son of the late John Adam Nelson and Laura Jane Lambert Nelson.

he was a retired custodian at Citizens National Bank of Elkins and South Branch Valley Bank in Franklin.  He was a member of the Circleville Presbyterian Church and was former county commissioner for Pendleton County.  

His wife, Wanda Lee Vandevander Arbogast, preceded him in death June 27, 1991.

Survivors include four daughters, Naomi Jean Smith of Greencastle, PA, Patsy Jeanna Smith of Telford, PA, Faye Lucille Tharp of Pickens and Kathy Louise Hedrick of Harman; four brothers, Elmer Nelson, Bennie Nelson, and Jesse Nelson, all of Franklin, and George Nelson of Baltimore, MD; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Glenn, Richard, Bob and Harry Nelson.

The Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton. 

Memorial donations may be made to Pendleton Nursing Home or Pendleton County Rescue Squad.  

Mary M. Mallow

Mary Mae Mallow, 68,  of Franklin, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

She was born Aug. 21, 1936, at Smith Mountain at Onego, a daughter of the late Philbert Bodkin and Mary Payne.

She attended Circleville High School and graduated from Florida School of Cosmetology. She was the former owner of Orange Park Beauty Academy in Orange Park, FL, from 1968 to 1974 and the Auction House in Franklin from 1977 to 1985.

In 1981, she was married to Ralph H. Mallow, who survives.

Also surviving are, one daughter, Jeri Harper and husband, Charles, of Franklin; a stepdaughter, Ella Calhoun of Urbana, OH; a son, Bobby Hartman of Richwood; two stepsons, Jeffery Mallow of Harrisonburg, VA, and Kevin Mallow of Franklin; two sisters, Irene Mallow and Philberta Bland, both of Riverton; three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Golden Bodkin and Richard Bodkin.

The Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral Sunday at Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. or the Pendleton County Rescue Squad.  

Kenneth Price Jr., 58

Ralph Kenneth Price Jr., 58, a resident of Franklin, died Feb. 22, 2005, in Charleston as a result of an apparent heart attack.

He was born Oct. 9, 1946, in El Dorado, AR, a son of Carolyn Crittenden Price of Uniontown, PA, and the late Ralph Kenneth Price Sr.

He served in the Army National Guard. He graduated fro Lenape Regional High School in Medford, NJ, in 1964; received a degree in special education from West Chester (PA) State college in 1975; a master's degree from West Virginia college of Graduate Studies, Institute in 1982 and an education administration degree from James Madison University in 1986. 

Mr. Price was a counselor and special education teacher.  He was director of special education for Pendleton County Schools, executive director for the West Virginia Advisory Council at West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, Institute, and coordinator of clinical and field based experiences.  He was principal at Circleville High School and North Fork Elementary School and was presently superintendent of Pendleton county Schools.  

He was past president/vice-president of the Board of Directors at Potomac Highland Mental Health Guild, vice-president and member of the  board of directors at Potomac Center, past chairperson and member of Tri-County Preschool Interagency Council, former due process hearing officer and state review official, past chairperson  and member of the West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children and past president and member of council of Administrators of Special Education.  

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

His first wife Deborah Penelope Cressman Price preceded him in death April 19, 2000. 

On July 13 2003, he married Gail Ellaine Jessee, who survives.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by two daughters, Kimberlie Gail McElwee of Raleigh, NC, and Carrie Lea Lowry of Fredericksburg, VA; two sons, Joshua Ryan Price of Decanto, FL, and Zachary Adam Price of Huntington; and one brother, Marc Price of Millersville, PA.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Susan Price.

Darwin Collins conducted the funeral Saturday at John M. Dice Fieldhouse at Pendleton County High School in Franklin.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the R. Kenneth Price Memorial Fund for Special Needs Students, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Franklin, WV  26807.  

Arrangements were under the direction of Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. 

Donna Warlitner, 80

Donna Lee Warlitner, 80, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

She was born June 10, 1924, in Arbovale and was the daughter of the late Robert Dewie and Tressie Rella Nelson Bennett. 

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Her brothers, Samuel and Douglas Bennett, her sisters, Joann Kiser and Barbara Jean Bennett, and half brother, Richard Nelson, have all passed before her. 

Ms. Warlitner never had any children of her own, but she spent her life raising others.  She was like a second mother to Ray Bennett and a grandmother to his children, Jessica, Kaitlyn, and Cody Bennett, all of Harrisonburg, VA.  She also helped raise Kitty Lineweaver and Sandy Wampler of Harrisonburg, VA, Jesse Bennett II of Bridgewater, VA, and Roger Bennett of Bow, NH.

She was laid to rest at Weaver's Mennonite Church Cemetery in a private ceremony. 

Pleas no flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA  22802. 

Lindsey Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA, was in charge of funeral arrangements.   

Virgil S. Shanholtz

Virgil S. Shanholtz, 83, of Brandywine, died Friday Feb. 25, 2005, at Nella's Nursing Home in Elkins.

Mr. Shanholtz was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Petersburg, and was the son of the late Archie Guy Shanholtz and Mernie (Kimble) Shanholtz. 

He was a brick mason, worked at Monarch Mills, Petersburg, for the West Virginia Department of Highways and retired from Kawneer Corporation. He was a Army veteran of World War II. He was a Little League and ladies softball and basketball coach at Brandywine. He was a member of the Navy Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Shanholtz was a member of the  Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren and Sugar Grove VFW Post 9666.

His wife Madaline Smith Shanholtz preceded him in death Aug. 26, 1985.  They were  married June 16, 1951.  

Survivors include a daughter, Gaye Nell Hull of McDowell, VA; a stepdaughter, Linda Dorsey of Clarksburg;  five sons, Paul Shanholtz of Charles Town, Bob Shanholtz, Tom Shanholtz and John Shanholtz, all of Brandywine, and Michael Shanholtz of Harrisonburg, VA; a sister, Winnie Mae Vance of Saint Petersburg, FL; a brother, Donald Shanholtz of Sugar Grove; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren and his extended family, Ronnie and Betty Kimble and family. .

The Rev. Mark Bowser conducted the funeral Wednesday at the Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren in Brandywine.  Burial was at the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar Grove with military honors by members of the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.  

Rebecca Summers, 93

Rebecca Susan Smith Summers, 93, a resident of Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonburg, VA, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. 

Mrs. Summers was born June 17, 1911, in Sugar Grove and was the daughter of the late George and Sarah Jane Hoover Smith.  She was one of 16 children. 

She lived in Harrisonburg, VA, since 1935 and was a member of the Westside Baptist Church. 

She was a seamstress and had been employed with Sancar and Virginia Garment Company. 

Her husband, Earl E. Summers, preceded her in death July 19, 1951. 

Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Wimer of Churchville, VA; a brother, Charles R. Smith of Amelia, VA; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The Rev. Paul White conducted the funeral Sunday at the Chapel of Lindsey Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.  Burial was in the Lacey Spring Cemetery.  

Anna L. Hedrick

Anna Louise Hedrick,  of Upper Tract, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mrs. Hedrick was born May 17, 1930, in Ruddle and was one of 16 children of the late George Otis and Bessie Hartman Thompson. 

She lived her entire life in Pendleton County.  She was employed at Dick’s Restaurant in Ruddle and most recently had been employed by Pendleton County School System as teacher's aide at Upper Tract Elementary School and Brandywine Elementary school. She attended Reed’s Creek United Methodist Church.

Her husband,  Jesse H. “Buzz” Hedrick, preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1989.

She is survived by four sisters, Viola T. Hevener of Harrisonburg, VA, Jessie M. Snyder of Harman, Donna L. Casidy and Tressie T. Bridges, both of Bridgewater, VA; and three brothers, Oden L. Thompson of Brandywine, Paul J. Thompson and C. Clarence Thompson, both of Franklin; and an umber of nieces and nephews. 

She also was preceded in death by six brothers, Artie E. Thompson, George H. Thompson, Ona G. Thompson, Ray O. Thompson, Raymond H. Thompson and W. Denver Thompson; and two sisters, Nettie T. Alt and Reda T. Gauding.

The Revs. Stanley Kile and Gary Phillips will conducted the funeral today at 11 a.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial will be at Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.  

Memorial donations may be made to Reed’s Creek United Methodist Church.  

The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Kenneth G. Smith

Kenneth G. Smith, 68 of Shamokin, PA, passed away after a brief illness Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, in Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Shamokin, PA. 

He was born July 16, 1936, in Rebuck, a son of Esther (Stepp) Smith of Jessup, MD, and the late Homer Smith. 

He was a resident of Shamokin, PA, for three years, having moved there from Franklin. 

On Jan. 4, 1958, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hunter Station, PA, he married the former Gladys F. Howerter Smith, who preceded him in death Jan. 28, 2004.  

Mr. Smith was a 1954 graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School.  

He was a retired serviceman, serving 26 years with the Air Force. 

Mr. Smith was a member of Himmel's Lutheran Church, Rebuck, PA. 

He was also a member of Mandata American Legion Post 504, the Moose Lodge in Franklin, and the Eagles Lodge in Yakima, WA. 

Surviving in addition to his mother, are two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Colleen Smith of Baden, PA, and Wayne and Terri Smith of Inwood; one daughter, Lynn Self of Siloam Springs, AR; seven grandchildren; one brother, Earl Smith of Oklahoma City, OK; and one sister, Norma Corrado of Jessup, MD.

Funeral services were held at Himmel's Lutheran Church, Rebuck, PA, on Feb. 18 with the Rev. Frederick H. Faust Officiating.  Burial was in Himmel's Lutheran Cemetery. 

Contributions in Mr. Smith's memory may be made to Himmel's Church Memorial Fund, General Delivery, Schwaben Creek Rd. Rebuck, PA  17867. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Robert G. Foust Jr. Funeral Home, 841 W. Shamokin St., Trevorton, PA.   

Joy M. Rao, 74

Joy M. Rao, 74, of Petersburg, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.

She was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Seneca Rocks, she was the daughter of the late Denton Miller and Chloe Lough Miller. 

Surviving are two sons, Bradley Vance of Baltimore, MD, and Ricky Vance of Flintstone, MD; seven daughters, Joann Pugh of Charlottesville, VA, Linda Cosner and Debbie Cullers, both of Moorefield, Vickie Bedua of Bellefonte, PA, Darlene Iammarino of Baltimore, MD, Annette Bennett of Maysville, and Cindy Gongloff of Milesburg, PA; five sisters, Pauline Phares of Maysville, Josie Champ of Lahmansville, Sweetie Vance and Velma Bland, both of Onego, and Mae Sites of Cabins; six brothers, Johnie Miller and Worth Miller, both of Seneca Rocks; Truman Miller of Onego, Dewey Miller of Gainesville, VA, Roosevelt Miller of Newburg, VA, and Gene Miller of Petersburg; 22 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Oley Vance Jr.; and one infant sister, Joann Miller.

Pastor Charles "Dusty" Twigg conducted the funeral Thursday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at the Miller family cemetery in Seneca Rocks.  

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, 11 North Main Street, Petersburg, WV.

M. Jean Bible, 72

M. Jean Bible, 72, of Marengo, OH, died Thursday morning, Dec, 30, 2004, at the Morrow County Airport as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane accident. 

Born in Mansfield, OH, on Nov. 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Casimir and Isabel Ciesla. 

She graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1950.  She was a member of Sacred Hearts Parish.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and very much loved being a pilot.  for the past 24 years, her passion was flying. 

Her husband, Sheldon Bible, the son of the late Olin and Beulah Bible, survives.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. 

Also surviving are one daughter, MRs. GAry (Kay) Bible Gale of Delaware, OH; and a granddaughter, Mary Beth Gale of Delaware, OH. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 4, 2005, at the Sacred Hearts Church.  Graveside committal services followed in Mansfield Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Hearts Church. 

Diana Eustler, 53

Diana Rose Eutlser, 53, died Sunday, February 25, 2005. 

She was a daughter of the late Raymond and Grace Harold Kimble. 

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Thomas Eutsler; one son, Gary Eutlser of Columbus, OH; one daughter, Lisa Dunn of Columbus, OH; one brother, Bing Kimble of VA; one sister, Patsy Spalding of PA; and seven grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Today at the Tidd Funeral Home in Hilliard, OH, with Rev. Keith Burt officiating.  Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Tidd Funeral Home of Hilliard, OH.

 

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