Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 8 April 2004 

Bama V. Hood Hott

Bama Vivian Hood Hott died Wednesday, MArch 31, 2004, at her home.  SHe was born July 31, 1914 in Grant County, WV; her parents were C. H. and Lydia Ann Hood. She attended school in Petersburg at St. Johns Academy and West Virginia University.  SH e married C.P. Hott, Superintendent of Schools. 

Their children are Marlene, Steve, Ann and John. 

Her most cherished activities  were in the world of horses with expert equestrian breeding, training, riding and award showing; awards recognition in fishing and hunting during a lifetime of these activities; she enthusiastically traveled, exploring and enjoying the country throughout her life.  Bama and Clarence shared a lifetime of mutual love and respect for education, nature and reading for both knowledge and pleasure. Career focus was a very successful business of nature and wildlife conservation and land development with her own Real Estate business. 

Marlene Kline, Steve Hott and John Hott live in Petersburg and surrounding area. Grandchildren are Gina Franchini of Olympia., Washington; Philip Cerne, New York State, John Paul Hott II, Petersburg, Amanda Hawk, Timberville, VA; Wendy Cerne, Morgantown, WV; and nine great-grandchildren.    

The REv. Richard L. Longbon and Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Interment was in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery at Arthur. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Educational Fund for Underprivileged Children, c/o Marlene Kline, Kline & Kline Associates, 204 Virginia Ave., Petersburg, WV  26847. 

Evelyn R. Sites, 73

Evelyn Ruth Sites, 73, of Hagerstown, MD, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Washington Co. Hospital in Hagerstown, MD. 

Ms. Sites  was born May 7, 1930, in Mouth of Seneca and was a daughter of the late Port Sites and Margie Long Sites.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sisters, Patsy Thornton of Bramwell and Thema Walker of Petersburg; and five brothers, Dale Sites of Bayard, Larry Sites of Charleston, Paul Sites of Martinsburg, Robert "Carl" Sites of Riverton and Terry Sites of Seneca Rocks.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Sites.

The Rev. C. William Cox conducted the funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca Rocks Presbyterian Church.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton by the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.  

Patricia Townshend, 70

Patricia Jean Secrist Townshend, 70 of Petersburg died Monday, March 29, 204, at her home. 

Mrs. Townshend was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Maysville and was a daughter of the late Raymond D. Secrist and Dorothy Clauze Secrist.  

She was valedictorian of Petersburg High School class of 1952.  She attended Potomac State College and George Washington University and graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelor of arts degree in education.  She received a master of arts degree in administration and supervision from Frostburg State college.  Her post graduate work was completed at West Virginia University.  She taught school in Catlett, Upper Tract, and Grant County schools for 30 years.  During that time, she was also principal at Bayard Elementary, Union Elementary and Petersburg, Elementary.

Mrs. Townshend served on the Grant County Board of Education Association.  She was also a member of  the West Virginia Education Association, the National Education Association, the West Virginia School Board Association, the National Reading and Language Arts Councils and the Grant county Association of Retired School employees.  

She was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, where she was Sunday School teacher, treasurer and elder.  She was also a member of the Adult Choir and Handbell choir.  She was a member of the Petersburg, Lions Club, where she had been secretary, director, vice-president and president.  She was also a member of the local chapter of AARP, the Lahmansville and Busy Homemakers clubs and the National Council for Executive Women.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Alan H. Townshend; a son, Scott Eric Townshend of Keyser; a sister, Margaret L. Donovan of Petersburg; a brother Charles E. Secrist of Laurel, MD; a step-grandson  and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church.  A private burial was at the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.  

Memorial donations may be made tot he Petersburg Presbyterian Church. 

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.     

Joshua Reed Ruddle, Infant

Joshua Reed Ruddle, Infant son of James Mark Ruddle and Tracy Lynn Ruddle of Brandywine, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA, where he was born the same day. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Shauna Ogle and Anna Ruddle, both of Brnadywine; four brothers, Matthew Ruddle, Kevin Ruddle, Adam Ruddle and Markus Ruddle, all of Brandywine; and his grandparents Reed and Kathryn Vandevander Ruddle, of Franklin, and Arlie and Joyce Whittington Ruddle of Fort Seybert.  

The Rev. Dennis G. Shoemaker conducted a graveside service 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ruddle Cemetery in Franklin. 

Arrangements were by the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. 

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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