Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

10 April 2008

Sherman O. Lambert

Sherman O. Lambert, 87, of Franklin died Monday, April 7, 2008, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

He was born Aug. 3, 1920, at North Dry Run, and was the son of the late Robert Decatuer Lambert and Edna Mullenax Lambert.

He had worked at Thompson's Esso and for 41 yeas worked at Pendleton County Bank, retiring as a loan officer in 1990.  He served in the U.S. Army Military Police during World War II.  He was a member of Harpers Chapel United Brethren Church, which is now Walnut Street United Methodist Church. 

Mr. Lambert was a 1940 graduate of Circleville High School.  He was a member of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, charter member of the Franklin Ruritan Club, Quarter Master of Spruce Knob V.F.W. Post #2370, Pendleton American Legion Post #30, Franklin Lions Club, where he was Lion of the Year 1990-1991 and recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow For Dedicated Humanitarian Service Award by Lions International, Pendleton County Man of the Year in 1993 and Gideons International.  

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Ruby Lambert of Monterey, VA; three nieces, Barbara Landis and husband, James of Harrisonburg, VA, Sheila Lambert of Williamsburg, VA, and Roberta Lambert of Monterey, VA; one nephew, Jeffrey Sponaugle of Luray, VA; and one great-niece, Kimberly Landis-Hamner andhusband, Kevin of McGaheysville, VA. 

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert W. Lambert, and one sister, Shirley Sponaugle. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officaiting.  Burial was at Blue Grass Cemetery at Blue Grass, VA, with members of the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard conducting military graveside services. 

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.  

Sally G. Watts

Sally Gail Watts, 91, of Cabins died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mrs. Watts was born Jan. 27, 1917, in Cabins and was the daughter of the late Marshall S. Ours and Emily Smith Ours.

She was a charter member of Cabins Assembly of God Church and in recent years, she attended the Riverside Church in Dollytown.  All of her family continues to be active in their respective churches as Vivan Watts Pastors Fall Assembly of God Church, Don Watts, pastors the North Fork Chuirch of the Brethren and DElton Watts is a foreign missionary with the Assemblies of God. 

Her husband, Lee Watts, preceded her in death in 1952.  

Survivors include three sons, the Rev. Vivan Watts and wife, Linda of New Creek,  the Rev. Don Watts and wife, Ruthie of Cabins and the Rev. Delton Watts and wife, Marilyn of Springfield, MO; three daughters, Wanda G. Barkley and husband, Bobby of Seneca Rocks, Twila M. Kessel and husband, Eugene of Maysville, and Barbara Lucille Ritter and husband, Rick of Winchester, Va.; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Watts of Seneca Rocks; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She also was preceded in death by two sons, infant, Frederick Mark Watts and Marlin Lee Watts Sr., in 2000; an infant grandson, Timothy Brian Watts; five brothers, Alonzo Ours, Earl Ours, Robert Ours, Clyde Ours and Bruce Ours; and four sisters, Lula B. Goldizen, infants Lillian and Bessie Ours and Elizabeth Brooks. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

The Revs. Joseph Eversole, Tommy George and Greg Rotrick conducted the funeral Thursday at Cabins Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Memorials may be made to her three sons' ministries.

Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg was in charge of funeral arrangements.

William B. Page, 89

William Bernie Page, 89, of Fort Seybert died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center. 

Mr. Page was born April 8, 1918, in Windham, ME, and was the son of the late Ira B. and Leona Evans Page. 

He attended the University of Maine and also graduated from Harvard University Graduate School.  He served in the civil service and retired from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1973 as a captain and also received a National Defense Service Medal.  He was an engineer for the National Institutes of Health.  

On Oct. 10, 1969, he married Marilyn Page, who preceded him in death. 

Surviving are a guardian, Ruth Bauer; a step-son, Randy Earl; a step-daughter, Rose M. Marshall; and four step-grandchildren.  

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

Norma V. Smith 

Norma Virginia "Jane" Smith, 78, of Franklin died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at her home. 

Mrs. Smith ws born April 11, 1929, in Riverton and was a daughter of the late Austin Lee Judy and Beula WArner Judy. 

She retired from the Hanover Shoe Company and also worked for the Pendleton County Committee on Aging.  She attended Circleville High School and was a member of Friends Run Church of the Brethren.  She loved to garden and read. 

Her husband, George Albert Smith, Sr., of Hightown, VA survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Mary Frances Hise of Waynesboro, VA, Susan Burns of Monterey, VA, and Vicki Wood of Staunton, VA; two sons, George A. Smith, Jr., of Hightown, VA, and Jerry Smith of Mount Jackson, VA; two sisters, Martha L. Bailey of Fredericksburg, VA, and Dessie Brendle of Glen Burnie, MD; nine grandchildren, Candace Thompson, Charity Cooper, Tracy Smith, Lance Hise, Luke Hise, Lee Hise, Ben Hise, Faith Sadler and Tristan Hartman; and nine great-grandchildren, Dyland Hedrick, Nicole Hedrick, Bailey Thompson, Carly Cooper, Caitlyn Cooper, Avery Smith, Alexander Smith, Evan Hise and Logan Hise.

Pastor Daryl D. Ritchie conducted the funeral Sunday at Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton. 

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

Dorothy J. Miller, 92

Dorothy J. Miller, 92, formerly of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 2, at the Harrison House of Georgetown, DE.

She was born in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Otie Burgess Smith. 

She was a homemaker, and in the 1950s, , worked as school cook at the Maysville Elementary School.  She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Maysville and the Jordan Run HOmemakers Club. 

Her hsuband, Albert Miller, preceded her in death. 

Surviving are three grandchildren, Charles, Melanie and Fred Miller; three sisters, Hazel Olif, Sibyl Thorne and Victoria Jones; and one brother, Eugene Smith and a daughter-in-law, Celia Miller of Franklin.  .

She was also preceded in death by one son, Charles Miller.

Graveside services were Sunday afternoon at Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

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

Imogene Smith 

Imogene "Jean" Smith, 76, of Brandywine, died April 5, 2008, at her residence. 

Mrs. Smith was born June 12, 1931, in Brandywine and was a daughter of the late Earl Everett Kiser, who died Jan. 8, 1984, and Mabel Florence Simmons Kiser, who died Oct. 3, 1994. 

She was one of the original employees of the Potomac Highlands Rec Center in Franklin.  IN 1997, she retired after 17 years as the secretary for Public Works at Sugar Grove Navy Base.  She was a former office manager at Shen Mar Foods in Bridgewater, VA, for 19 years.  She graduated from Franklin High School in 1949 and Catherman's Business College.  She was a member of the South Fork Rescue Squad for 17 years and Calvary Lutheran Church. 

Her husband, Walter Jennings Smith, preceded her in death Feb. 10, 1984.    

Survivors include four sons, Gary Smith and wife, Deborah, and Greg Smith and wife, Jackie, all of Franklin, Jay Smith and wife, Diana of Sugar Grove, and Steve Smith and wife, Kathy of Grafton; two sisters, Bernadean "Bernie" Raney of Martinsburg, and Darlene McLaughlin and husband, Neil of Charlottesville, VA; eight grandchildren, Rodney, Michelle, Aaron, A.J., Jason, Suzanne, Eric and Kellie; and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Jaylen, Tyce, Alliyah and Isabella. 

Pastors Brianna Richardson and Mark James conducted the funeral Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Sugar Grove.  Burial was at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar Grove. 

Memorial donations may be made to South Fork Rescue Squad, Calvary Lutheran Church or Mountain Hospice.  

Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, was in charge of funeral arrangements.   

Jesse R. Simmons, 65

Jesse R. Simmons, 65, of Piqua, OH, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, OH.

Mr. Simmons was born May 7, 1942, in Smith Creek and was the son of the late William and Martha Hartman Simmons. 

He was a member of Piqua Loyal Order of the Moose NO. 1067, where he served in several officer's positions and earned a fellowship degree.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1968.  He was employed at Piqua Steel Company for 31 years as a truck driver and mechanic, retiring in 2002. 

On Sept. 29, 1989, he married Iva E. Allen, who survives. 

Also surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Tom Danas of Piqua, OH, Rita and Ronald Brun of Centerville, OH, Peggy and Steve Carey of Sidney, OH, and Carole and Woody Young of Troy, OH; two sons and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Niki Smith of St. Marys, OH, and Joseph R. Simmons of Piqua, OH: two brothers, Stanley Simmons of Denison, TX, and Garry Simmons of Harrisonburg, VA; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, OH, with Bishops David Hartman and Larry Hartman officiating.  Burial followed at Forest Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. 

The Piqua Loyal Order of Moose conducted a service on Monday at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home to defray the cost of the funeral. 

Condolences may be sent to the family a www.melcher-sowers.com 

This obituary is courtesy of Kimble Funeral Home.    

Sarah F. Harper 

Sarah Fay Huffman Harper, 61, of Bridgewater, VA, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, at AVante Nursing Home in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mrs. Harper was born July 13, 1946, in Franklin and was a daughter of the late EArlie Albert Huffman and Sylvia Mae Lambert Huffman. 

She was a supervisor at Rocco in Dayton, VA, for 23 and one-half years and formerly worked for the FBI Finger Division in Washington, DC.  She graduated from Franklin High School in 1964 and was a member of Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene.

On April 5, 1969, she married Joseph L. Harper, who survives.  

She is also survived by three sisters, Rettie Mae Waggy of Franklin, Mildred "Midge" Florence Jennings of Peterstown and Rose Elva Adams of Wellsburg, A brother, Ralph Ora Huffman of Franklin; and a lifelong fiend, Carroll Smith of Fulks Run, VA.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl L. Huffman and Albert Wayne Huffman. 

The Rev. Tony Martin 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 Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene, Bridgewater, VA.  

Vera Virginia Cosner 

Vera Virginia Cosner, 88, a resident at Pendleton County Nursing Home in Franklin, and formerly of Mount Storm, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, at the nursing home, where she ahd lived for the past six years.

Mrs. Cosner was born March 5, 1920, in Bismark and was the daughter of the late Summers and Virginia Rebecca Aronhalt Cosner. 

She was a homemaker and was a member of Locust Grove Church of the Brethren.  She attended school in Bismark. 

In 1935, she married John H. Cosner, who preceded her in death in 1999.  

Survivors include two daughters, the Rev. Carol Yerkey of Maysville and June Waybright of Mount Storm and one grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by four brothers, the Rev. Newton Cosner, Harry Cosner, Frank Cosner and Ezra Cosner and seven sisters, Frona Cosner, Ollie Binker, Maude Hanlin, Mernie McDowell, Stella Cosner, Ruth Cosner and one infant.

The Revs. David Krause and Carol Yerkey conducted the funeral Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at Locust Grove Cemetery in Mount Storm.

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Carol Yerkey, P.O. Box 379, Maysville, WV 26833.

Jewel (Van) Vandevander

Jewel (Van) Vandevander, 81, of Edgewater, MD, and formerly of Riverdale, MD, and was raised in Circleville, died on Sunday March 23, 2008.  

Mr. Vandevander was born February 1927 in Circleville, the son of Oral Howard "George" Vandevender and Freddie Marie Johnston Kerns.  He was raised by his grandmother, Lelia Bennett in Circleville. dney, VA, in May 1953. 

He served in the Army from 1949 to 1952.  He then worked as a warehouseman for 36 years and was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 570.  

His wife, Margaret Faye VAndevander, survives. 

Also surviving are three daughters, Rose Marie Carter of College Park, MD,  Margaret Crissinger, of Bladensburg, MD, and Mary Young of Shady Side, MD; three sons Larry VAndevander of Ellicott City, MD, John Vandevander of Glen Burnie, MD and Jerry JOhnson of Fishersville, VA; three brothers, Robert Kerns and John Kerns, both of Pennsylvania, and Chris Vandevander of Virginia;  five sisters, Linda Buffham and Barbara Galbraith of Pennsylvania, Joanna Wamsley of Massachusetts, Leighoda Moore of Virginia, and Cynthia Feather of West Virginia; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Larry Kerns and Steve Vandevander.

A funeral serviced was held March 27, 2008 at George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater, MD, and burial was at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.

Clara B. Cosner

Clara B. Cosner, 62, of Petersburg, died Saturday, April, 5, 2008, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mrs. Cosner was born June 7, 1945, in Petersburg and was the daughter of the late Carl D. Landis Sr., and Susanna Layton Landis. 

She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1964.  She was a charter member of Brushy Run Church of God and served as church clerk.  She was also a teacher of the Young Adult Sunday School Class and was president of the Ladies' Ministries. 

Her husband of 44 years, the Rev. Bruce H. Cosner, pastor of Brushy Run Church of God, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Barbara L. Sisson and husband, Allen, and Tonya L. Thorne, all of Petersburg; a sister, Freda Mae Whetzel and husband, Albert of Arthur; a brother Boyd D. Landis and wife, Shirley of Petersburg, three grandchildren, Monica Stump of Nashville, TN, Kendra Thorne and Kelson Thorne, both of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Carl D. Landis Jr.; and one sister, Alice Oden.

Bishops Wayne Wicker, Aaron Davidson, Noah King, Johnny Stump and Sam Sponaugle conducted the funeral Tuesday at Brushy Run Church of God.  Burial was in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Memorial donations may be made to the grandchildren's trust fund, c/o Rev. Bruce Cosner, HC 59 Box 124, Petersburg, WV 26847 or Brushy Run Church of God, HC 59 Box 124, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, was in charge of funeral arrangements.  

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