Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 15 April 2004 

J. Otis Cook, 85

James Otis Cook, 85, of Maysville, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Mr. Cook was born Sept. 25, 1918, at Brushy Run and was a son of the late George Ezra Cook and Edna Florence (Whetzel) Cook.

He retired from Rocco as a serviceman in chicken  and turkey production after 26 years of service.  He attended Faith Assembly of God Church in Petersburg.  

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Catherine Kimble Cook; two sons, Leroy Cook of Morgantown, NC, and Roger Cook of Maysville; one daughter, Linda Lambert of Maysville; one brother, Ralph R. Cook of Petersburg; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

The Revs. Charles Lomasney and Lyle Berg Sr. conducted the funeral last Thursday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was in the  Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Maysville. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Maysville Elementary PTO or a charity of choice.  

Macil Virginia Dolly, 80

Macil Virginia Dolly, 80, of Stephens City, VA, and formerly of Pendleton County, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, VA.

Mrs. Dolly was born June 27, 1923, in Smoke Hole, she was the daughter of the late Otis VanMeter and Alice (Kimble) VanMeter.

She was a member of Stephens City United Methodist Church.  

Her husband of 59 years, Olie A. Dolly, survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Wanda M. Dolly, a resident of Central Virginia Training Center in Lynchburg, VA; three sisters, Goldie Shirk, a resident of Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg,  Dora Alt and Thelma Shreve, both of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Juanita Dolly and Eunice Dolly; two sisters, Gernie Judy and Gaynell Whetzel; and four brothers, Kermit VanMeter, Clinton VanMeter, Mervin VanMeter and Melvin VanMeter.  

The Rev. William Withers conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.  Burial was in the Dolly Family Cemetery in Seneca Rocks. 

Stephen C. Roberson

Stephen Curtis Roberson, 54, of Franklin died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home. 

Mr. Roberson was born April 16, 1949, in Cherry Grove and was the son of Mabel Marie Simmons Roberson and the late Roy Curtis Roberson of Franklin.

He graduated from Franklin High School in 1967 and was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church.  He was a truck driver for Franklin Oil Company for three years and for Atlantic Oil Company from 1987 to 2001.  

 Mr. Roberson was assistant chief for the Franklin Volunteer Fire Company and was president of the Pendleton County Fire Association.  

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Linda Eulala Alexander Roberson; a daughter, Amy Roberson of Franklin ; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Daniel Curtis Roberson, U.S. Air Force, Eielson Air Force Base, AK, and Stephen Lee Roberson and wife, Lori, of Sugar Grove; a sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Ron Huffman of Franklin; and two granddaughters, Monica and Katrina Roberson.

Dr. Richard Young conducted the funeral 2p.m. Monday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton County Volunteer Fire Departments.   

Bruce G. Lough 

Bruce G. Lough, 77, of Petersburg, died Monday Apirl 5, 2004, at Rose Hill Nursing Home in Berryville, VA. 

Mr. Lough was born March 14, 1927, and was the son of the late B.C. "Dick" Lough and Ethel Mallow Lough. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as a machinist from the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, VA.  He was a life member of the Petersburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6454 and was a member of the Mount Hope Lutheran Church.  He played country music at local nursing home for the past 24 years. 

Surviving are his wife, Norma "Jeanie" Hesse Lough, whom he married June 13, 1954; a son, Barry K. Lough of Stephens City, VA; a sister, Carolyn Borror of Winchester, VA; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pastor Larry Cantu and vicar Sherrie Hofmann conducted the funeral Friday at Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Upper Tract.  Burial was at the church cemetery with military rites by the Grant County combined veterans organizations and the JROTC.   

memorial donations may be made to Mount Hope Lutheran Church, c/o Sam Smith, HC 32 box 12A, Upper Tract, WV 26866 or the American Diabetes Association.

Funeral arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home.  

Faye I. Calhoun

Faye I. Calhoun, 66, of Fort Seybert died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at her home. 

Ms. Calhoun was born June 18, 1937, in Fort Seybert and was a daughter of the late Isaac W. Hottinger and Lena V. Dove Hottinger.  

She was employed at Hanover Shoe Company and the Korner Shop.  She was a member of Bethlehem Church of the Brethren.  

She is survived by her companion, John Propst; three daughters, Veronica Losh of Brandywine, Carrie Simmons of Dayton, VA, and Katrina Lintz of Rawley Springs, VA; four sons, Claude Michael Legg of Linville, Va, Claude C. Legg, Jr. and Barry Legg, both of Port Republic, VA, and Jackie Calhoun of Fort Seybert; four sisters, Mae Harold of Linville, VA, Gay Marvin of Buena Vista, VA, Kay Hammond of Stephens City, VA, and Mary Dasher of Fort Seybert; three brothers, Albert Hottinger of Linville, VA, Fred Hottinger and Dee Hottinger, both of Fort Seybert ; and six grandchildren.  

She also was preceded in death by one brother, William Hottinger, and one sister, Velma Ratliff.   

Pastor Richard Lintz conducted the funeral Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.  Burial was at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Franklin.  

Mary Bergdall, 74

Mary Susan Bergdall, 74, of South Fork Road, Moorefield, passed this life on April 10, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.  Mrs. Bergdall was born Oct. 2, 1929, in Landes.  

She was the daughter of the late Victor Clyde Alt and Joy Belle Alt.  Mrs. Bergdall was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Ray Bergdall Feb. 3, 2003, and two brothers, Victor Ralph "Bunt" Alt and Clifton R. "Kip" Alt.

Mrs. Bergdall was a homemaker, retired poultry farmer, and a member of the Mount Olive Lutheran Church.  She was a charter member of the Peru Community Center and served on the Board of Directors; was the treasurer of the Peru CEOS Club for 25 years; and a member of the Governing board of the South Fork Lutheran Ministry.   

She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda and Carl Burgess of Moorefield and Sara and Bob Faulk of Chantilly, VA; two grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law, Bobby and Katie Faulk and David Faulk.  She is also survived by two sisters, Beverly Bowers of Landes and Betty Jo Calhoun of Petersburg;  two brothers, Stanley E. Alt of Landes and Forrest A. "Buck" Alt of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Elmore Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, with Pastor Pat Pittsnogle and Briana Richardson officiating.  Burial followed at the Kline Cemetery, Upper Tract.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Peru Community Center or charity of choice. 

Sylvia L. Rieger, 79

Sylvia Lambert Rieger, age 79, went to be with her Lord on Friday, march 19, 2004, at Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home in Baltimore, MD. 

Mrs. Rieger was the daughter of the late Ada and Garber Lambert and was born October 25, 1924, at Cherry Grove.  

She married the late Charles F. Rieger of Philadelphia, PA, on April 25, 1942,.  They always resided in Baltimore, MD. 

She ws the loving mother of seven sons, William, Anthony, Michael, Fred, Thomas, Steven and the late Charles, Jr. Rieger; and one daughter, Linda Sara Rieger. 

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Cleatis, Lerta, Leo and Jesse Lambert.  Cleatis, Leo and Lerta were in the standing army together at Fort Hollabird in Baltimore, MD, and served overseas.  Jesse was in the Merchant Marines and passed away in his 20s.  

Sylvia was the last member of her immediate family and was a cousin of Lillian Johnson, Hope Estes, Olive Simmons and Isaac and John Mick.  

A Mass of Christian burial was held March 23 and interment was at Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore, MD. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Hubbard Funeral Home in Baltimore, MD. 

Sweet and Thoughtful
You were beautiful to us
Love poured from your hear and soul
Victorious in your faith
Innocent and pure
Always Kind and generous.  

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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