Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 17 March 2005 

Virgie Mae Simmons

Virgie Mae Simmons, 89, a resident of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, since 1998, died Monday, March 7, 2005, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg,, VA.

Mrs. Simmons was born Feb. 29, 1916, in Zigler and was the daughter of the late Isaac Perry Hartman and Lucy Vandevander Hartman. 

She was a homemaker and a member of Smith Creek Church of the Brethren. 

Her husband, Joseph A. Simmons, preceded her in death March 25, 1986. 

She is survived by five daughters, Guilda Meadows of Vermillion, OH, Velma Lantz, Judy Simmons, Lacy N. Simmons, George I. Simmons and Perry W. Simmons, all of Franklin; 28 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.  

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Alexander; four brothers, Tom Hartman, Harry Hartman, Arthur Hartman and Charlie Hartman; nine sisters, Rettie Pennington, Bessie Lambert, Fannie Bodkin, Gertrude Lambert, Martha Simmons, Mary Johnson, Dora Murphy, Nettie Moyers and Beuanna Judy; two grandchildren, Norman Sisson and Bobby Jack Mitchell; and one great-grandchild, Alicia VanMeter. 

Pastor Dan Ludwick and Forrest Rodgers conducted the funeral Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Simmons family cemetery, Smith Creek. 

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

Ralph R. Cook

Ralph Richard Cook, 80, of Upper Tract, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Mr. Cook was born Oct. 12, 1924, in Mozer, he was the son of the late George Ezra Cook and Edna Florence Whetzel Cook. 

He was a farmer and a member of Local Laborers Union No. 984, Clarksburg.  He was a Navy Veteran of World War II, where he served as a coxswain USNR and earned the Pacific Theater Ribbon two stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon.  

Mr. Cook was a member of the VFW Post 6454 in Petersburg.  He was a member of the Christ Central Community Church in Upper Tract and was one of the trsutees for the Kline Cemetery until his illness.  

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mildred M. Kimble Riggleman Cook; two daughters, Nancy Riggleman of Rhoadsville, VA, and Teresa Bosserman of Millboro, VA; five grandchildren, Richard and Jeremy Auville, Colby and Courtney Bosserman, and Felicia "P.J." Alt; four great-grandchildren, Philip, James and Anthony Auville, and Jaden Fryer; and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Vanila Dahmer and Leota Watts; and two brothers, Orville and Otis Cook.

Pastor Sam Harper and the Rev. Edgar Null conducted the funeral Sunday at Chirst Central Community Church, Upper Tract.  Burial was in Kline Cemetery with military honors the combined veteran organizations of Grant County and the JROTC. 

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Central Community Church or Grant County Nursing Home.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

William "Bill" Harr

William "Bill" David Harr, 80, of Franklin died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at his residence.  

Born Oct. 14, 1924, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Carl and Bessie Teter Harr. 

Mr. Harr was a World War II Army veteran.  He retired from Franklin Oil company, where he was employed for 25 years as a fuel truck driver.  He was a member of the Franklin United Methodist Church. 

His wife, Effie Viar Harr, survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth Harr and Dennis Harr, both of Franklin and one sister, Betty Welshans of Clinton, MD. 

Two brothers, Glenn C. Harr and Herman M. Harr, and two sisters, Heisel Cooper and Velma Harper, also preceded him in death. 

FUneral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with the REv. David Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Frnaklin. 

Memorials may be made to the Franklin United Methodist Church of Mountain Hospice.  

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

Mellie Marie Harold, 83

Mellie Marie Harold, 83, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 9, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.

Mrs. Harold was born Dec. 10, 1921, in Landes and was a daughter of the late Simon Obert Borror and Cora Alice Ayers Borror. 

She was a homemaker and a member of the church of God.

Survivors include her husband, John G. Harold; six daughters, Virginia Thorne of Dorcas, Blondena Bennett of Circleville, Betty Simmons of Franklin; Peggy Sions of Cabins, Teresa Harold and Debra Helmick, both of Maysville;  four sons, John R. Harold Sr. of Burlington, Marvin Paul Harold of Petersburg, Randy Harold of Kitzmiller, MD, and Glenn Harold of Dorcas; two sisters, Ruth Crites of Durgon, and Rhoda Riggleman of Moorefield; one brother, William Dawson Borror of Ohio; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

The Revs. Bruce Cosner and Robert Borror conducted the funeral Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at the Borror family cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Debra Helmick, HC 30 Box 1890, Maysville, WV  26833.  

Goldie Gutshall, 85

Goldie S. Gutshall, 86, of McDowell, VA died Tuesday, march 8, 2005, at Shenandoah Nursing Home. 

Mrs. Gutshall was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Bartow and was a daughter of the late Seth Monroe and Hettie Hester Wilson Selmon.  

She was a homemaker. 

On Nov. 1, 1947, she married Walter "Ralph" Gutshall, who preceded her in death July 4, 1999. 

Survivors include a daughter Kathy Marie Gutshall of McDowell, VA; a son, Ivan Judy Gutshall of McDowell, VA; a sister, Rosie Pugh of STaunton, VA; a brother, Otis Selmon of cherry Grove; a granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

The Rev. Lester La Prade conducted the funeral Friday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA.  Burial was in the Monterey Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Monterey, VA  24465.  

Rhea M. Simmons

Mrs. Rhea May Simmons, 95, of the Smith Creek area of Franklin went to be with her Lord on Friday , March 11, 2005, following a lengthy illness.  She passed away at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg. VA. 

She was born Feb. 26, 1910, at Smith Creek, where she lived most of herlife, and was a daughter of the late Green Judy and Fannie Bland Sponaugle. 

On Dec. 24, 1934, she married Earlie Lee Simmons, who preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1978. 

She loved her church and was a life-long loyal member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren .  She was a homemaker and caregiver of her mother for many years prior to her death.  She loved having visitors, and no one was ever turned away without food and drink.  She was a friend to all who knew her and had two especially good friends, Elvira Crummett and the late Lola Lambert. 

She is survived by three children, Fannie Naomi Brandli of Fairmont, Lee Grail Simmons and wife, Jean of Waynesboro, VA, and Jerry Price Simmons and wife, Evelyn of Abingdon, VA; five grandchildren, Steve Simmons of Clinton, TN, Michele Simmons of Waynesboro, VA, Teresa Price of Abingdon, VA, Jody Dyer of Franklin and Greg Dyer of Fort Seybert; four great-grandchildren, Crystal Farmer, Toni Farmer, Dustin Dyer and Aaron Simmons, four step-grandchildren, Debbie Gattian, Mark Brandli and Lynn, Billinda Fullaway and Donnie Collier; eight step-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Iva Sponaugle of Franklin and Joyce Sponaugle Rehoboth DE, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by three sister, Ruth Lambert, Elizabeth Ritchie and Catherine Simmons; four brothers, McClure Sponaugle, Glenn Sponaugle, George Sponaugle and Bill Sponaugle; a son-in-law, Bill Brandli; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren with Pastor Dan Ludwick and a former pastor Max Fisher of Virginia officiating.    Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin by Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Smith Creek Church Ladies Aid Society, c/o Sandra Vandevander, treasurer, Franklin, WV  26807, the Franklin Rescue Squad, PO Box 966, Franklin, WV  26807, or Pendleton Home Health, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV  26807.  

Earl L. Mitchell, 77

Earl Leo Mitchell, 77, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Friday, March 11, 2005 at his home.  

Born Aug, 8, 1927, in Kline, he was a son of the late Albert Ira and Lillie May Ratliff Mitchell. 

Mr. Mitchell moved to Harrisonburg, VA, in 1953 after serving in the United States Army, where he was a medical technician at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC.  He also worked on the last medical train that operated.  

Upon moving to Harrisonburg, VA, he worked for 29-1/2 years as body mechanic for Highway Motors, from where he retired and became a full-time poultry and beef farmer.  He was a member of the Mount Pleasant church of the Brethren, where he was a past church treasurer and a lifetime trustee, a member of the Keezletown Ruritan Club and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. 

 Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Mitchell, and two sister, Charlotte and Mary Mitchell. 

Survivors include his wife, Ivy Arlene Dove Mitchell, whom he married March 24, 1951; four sons, Earl L. Mitchell, Jr., and wife Phyllis of Mount Crawford, VA, Larry A. Mitchell and wife, Frances of Broadway, VA, Dennis L. Mitchell of Grottoes, VA of Grottoes, VA; two daughters, Wanda M Muterspaugh and husband, Troy of Bridgewater, VA, Linda F. Cline and husband, Gary of McGaheysville, VA; one brother, Forrest Mitchell of Alexandria, VA; four sisters, Irene Strauderman of Dorcas, Arvella Greenawalt of Upper Tract, Ardella Thorne of Moorefield, Beulah Wegman of Mount Storm; 13 grandchildren, Nathan, Rachel, Jessica, Gregory, Daniel, Crystal, Amanda, Charity and Bradley Mitchell, Melissa Sullivan, Misty and Missy Muterspaugh and Andrea Cline; five great-grandchildren, Tristan and Kaylie Moitchell, Dylan Doffelmyer and Patrick and Joshua Sullivan. 

The funeral service was conducted Monday at the Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren with Pastor Henry Elsea Jr. officiating.  Burial followed at Eastlawn memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg, VA by Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pleasant church of the Brethren 2788 Taylor Spring Lane, Harrisonburg, VA  22801, or to the RMH Cancer Center, 100 E. Grace St., Harrisonburg, VA  22801.   

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