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23 April 2009

Jerry Mallow “Bob” Hinkle

Jerry Mallow “Bob” Hinkle, 66, of Gibsonville, NC, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Hospice Home.

He was a native of Kline and was the son of the late Hobert Garrett and Margie Mallow Hinkle.

He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Wayne Hinkle and wife, Wendy of Mebane, NC; two daughters, Angel Sikes and husband, Thomas of Graham, NC, and Barbara L. Fargis and husband, Tommy of Gibsonville, NC; seven grandchildren: John Hall, Jr., Brooke Hall, Daniel Hinkle, Jennifer Fargis, T.J. Fargis, Megan Sikes and Mark York; and three sisters, Mary Lou Riggleman, Jean Phares and Norma Channell.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margie Hinkle Hall; four brothers, French (Mutt) Hinkle, Alonza Hinkle, Ona (Jug) Hinkle and Roland Hinkle; and one sister, Anna Mongold.

The service was held at Lowe Funeral Home in Burlington, NC, and burial was in the Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help defray expenses, c/o Barbara Fargis, 3622 Gilliam Church Road, Gibsonville, NC 27249.

One may sign the on-line register book at

Carl David Mick, 69

Carl David Mick, 69, of Durbin passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Born Nov. 18, 1939, in Pocahontas County, he was the son of the late Elmer Clyde and Mary Ellen Ervine Mick.

He was a meat cutter for the Cargill Company.

Surviving are one daughter, Kathy Kimble and husband, Earl, Jr., of Franklin; one sister, Karen Young of Durbin; two brothers, Robert Mick of Frank and Kenneth Mick and wife, Phyllis of Durbin; three grandchildren, Jeremy Kimble and wife, Mandy of Upper Tract, Earl David Kimble and wife, Christina of Onego, and Andrew James Kimble of Franklin; four great-grandchildren, Briana, Tyler, Blake and Dakota Kimble; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.  Burial will in Hevener Cemetery on Back Mountain.

Online condolences may be left at

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

Bobby Pennington, 59

Bobby Gene Pennington, 59, a resident of Timberville, VA, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Pennington was born on July 9, 1949, in Rockingham County, VA, and was the son of the late Robert and Doris Vandevander Pennington.

He graduated from Franklin High School in 1968.

Surviving are two sons, Christopher Andrews of Harrisonburg, VA, and Donald Sutherly and wife, Toy of Timberville, VA; one daughter, Joy Sutherly; one sister, Joyce Sutherly of Grottoes, VA; and seven grandchildren, Eric Sutherly, Ashley Earman, A. J. Hedrick, Michael Lytle, Amanda Andrews, Kristin Andrews and D. J. Sutherly.

The Rev. Curtis Hensley conducted a graveside service April 2 at Mount Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1290 Seminole trail, Suite 2, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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

Richard William Patch

Richard William “Dick” Patch, 82, of Petersburg died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1926, in Grant County and was the son of the late Robert Lee Patch and Eva Lena (Harper) Patch, from Pendleton County.

His first wife, Rosabelle (Lantz) Patch of Franklin, preceded him in death in 1978.  His second wife, Mary Lynn (Ours) Patch, also preceded him in death in 2004.

He was the oldest of seven children.  His childhood home was on what is known as the “Town Hill”.  He grew up during the Great Depression and talked of shooting groundhogs to help provide food for his family.  He also learned to cook at a young age to help out when his mom was sick.  His meals included fried potatoes and gravy.  He did many odd jobs growing up to ear money, including tending to Charlie Smith’s cows for five cents a day and digging graves at Maple Hill Cemetery for ten dollars.

He spoke often of going to movies and ballgames and that Eddie Oates would pay the nickel admission for dad and the other boys to get in.  He also talked about running from his home on the hill to Sites Restaurant barefooted to get a newspaper and getting back to the house in less than five minutes.

Mr. Patch was a 1946 graduate of Petersburg High School.  He went to work at the tannery with his dad the day after graduation.  When he went to enlist for the service for the first time, he was turned down due to a heart murmur.  He went back a second time and was declared fit to serve.  He was stationed at Fort Eustis, VA, on fire detail.  He was in charge of keeping the fires going in the 60-bed barracks.  He would make his rounds to each of the barracks for 24 hours and be off for 48 hours.  On the weekends, he received passes to come home.  He sometimes rode the bus or hitched a ride home.  Sometimes he got lucky, and the farmers would give him a ride in the early mornings and “wish him luck.”  He spoke of paying forty cents for his bus ticket from Franklin to home.

After being discharged from the military, he worked for C.R. Roberts in Franklin, doing plumbing and heating.  After buying his first car, he got the only speeding ticket ever in his life in Moorefield.  He said the officer told him “you boys from Petersburg think you can come down here and run things.”  He handed the cop a twenty dollar bill and left and didn’t go back for a long time.  He said he didn’t need to go to Moorefield to be treated like that.

In 1952, he married Rosabelle Lantz from Franklin, and they moved to Petersburg and had two daughters, Sherry and Cindi.

He worked with Bus Smith at Veterans Plumbing and Heating for several years and then went into business on his own with Dick’s Plumbing and Heating.  His customers included many of the people in Petersburg and the surrounding areas.

He was an avid sportsman.  He killed 62 turkeys and caught thousands of fish, several of which were trophy fish.  He hunted for deer up until the last two years of his life.  He taught his daughters to fish and hunt with great patience and was proud of the trout they caught.  He collected coins and could quote from memory how many coins were issued and the details of them.  He also collected antiques, his favorites included hens on the nest.  He made deer jerky and peanut butter fudge for everyone.

He combined his interest in coins and antiques when he opened Corner Collectibles in Moorefield, with his second wife, Mary Lynn Ours Nash.  Her son, Russ, and his wife, Christine, also helped in the store for several years.  Mr. Patch continued to operate his plumbing and heating business until he was 81 years old.  During the last few months of his life, he was cared for in his home by his daughter Sherry.

He often said, “Squirt, I don’t know what I would do without you.”

He looked forward to the visits from Russ and Christine, Pete and Mary, Tommy, and Rev. Cantu.

Mr. Patch was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church and the Petersburg American Legion Post 78, where he served as commander.

He served on the Petersburg Town Council 

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry Cain and Cynthia “Cindy” Hinkle, both of Petersburg; one step-son, Russell Harman Nash and wife, Christine of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren, William Wesley Hinkle of Princeton, Nathan Matthew Hinkle and wife, Whitney of Richmond, VA, Rebecca Susanne Hinkle of Jane Lew, Jessica Kristine Hinkle of Petersburg and Ashley Marie Cain of Florida; one great-granddaughter, Hailey Rose Cain of Florida; one sister, Edith Waughtel of Georgia; one brother, James “Pete” Patch and wife, Mary of Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ann Hobson; and three brothers, Marvin Leo Patch, Cecil E. Patch and Frederick D. “Bucky” Patch.

Funeral services were held: Monday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Rev. G. Richard Cardot and Rev. Larry M. Cantu officiating.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, with military honors by the Petersburg VFW Post 6454 and JROTC.

Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for his great-granddaughter, Hailey Rose Cain, who has Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, c/o Grant County Bank, 3 North Main Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Willadene V. Simmons

Willadene V. Simmons, 76, of Sugar Grove died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA, surrounded by her family.

She was born Feb. 2, 1933, and was the daughter of the late W. Gordon and Lulu P. Smith of Sugar Grove.

Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Sugar Grove V.F.W. Post 9666 Ladies Auxiliary.  Her passion was flower and vegetable gardening, along with sight-seeing around the mountains of West Virginia, particularly her home place of Stoney Run.  She also enjoyed spending her afternoons with her animals and listening to gospel and country/bluegrass music.

On July 19, 1958, she married W. Luther Simmons, who preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1982.

Surviving are a daughter, Rose Marie Smith; one grandson, Eric Shane Tichenor and wife, Leah of Harrisonburg, VA; one great-granddaughter, Reagan Anne Tichenor of Harrisonburg, VA; two brothers, Cletus Smith and Stanley Smith of Harrisonburg, VA; six sisters, Sheba Rexrode of Doe Hill, VA, Cleo Simmons and Wilda McDorman, both of Staunton, VA, Wanda Pitsenbarger of Franklin, Vada Wilfong of Sugar Grove and Charlotte Eckard of Harrisonburg, VA.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Gilmer Smith of Dayton, VA; two sisters, Glenna Puffenbarger of Sugar Grove and Jane Downs of Lorton, VA; and a great-grandson, Colton Tichenor of Harrisonburg, VA.

A funeral service was held Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Moyers with Rev. Jerry Smith and Pastor Brad Mitchell officiating.  Interment was at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Sugar Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Wilfong Cemetery, c/o Sherry Wilfong, HC 70 Box 11, Sugar Grove, WV 26815 or South Fork Rescue Squad, PO Box 55, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Clement E. May

Clement E. May, 75, of Cranberry Township, PA, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at UPMC Passavant Hospital, McCandless Township, PA.

Born July 16, 1933 in Grant County, he was a son of the late Albert A. and Roxanna (Schell) May.

Mr. May worked for U.S. Air for 32 years.  He was a member of the IAM and enjoyed fishing.

His wife, Sera L. (Smith) May, whom he married April 4, 1953, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael A. May and wife, Carol of Evans City, PA, and Douglas May and wife, Karen of Williamsburg, VA; one daughter Bonnie Glenn and husband, William of Chicora, PA; one brother, Edward May of Maysville; one sister, Carol Barr and husband Johnny of Woodbridge, VA; nine grandchildren, Colleen Priester and husband, Larry, who is currently serving his country in Iraq, Carolyn Madden and fiancé, John Duncan, Greg Madden and wife, Emily, Sera and Andrew May, Nioka Shaffer and husband, Brian, Joshua Glenn and Emily and Travis May; and two great-grandchildren, Lauryn and Ryan Priester.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home, Inc., Cranberry Township, PA, with Pastor Lee Dreyer of White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial was held in Pinewood Memorial Gardens, Cranberry Township, PA.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

On-line condolences may be left at

Ralph Samuel Hawk

Ralph Samuel Hawk, 80 of Scherr passed away April 16, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Hawk was born at Scherr on May 9, 1928, the son of the late Ohley M. and Willye Schell Hawk.

He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Maysville and a graduate of Petersburg High School, class of 1947.

Mr. Hawk was a US Army Veteran, having served in Korea.  He retired with 36-1/2 years service from Anchor Hocking Glass in Lancaster, OH, and moved back to West Virginia in 1993 and resided on part of his old home place.

He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His wife of 57 years, Genevive Carr Hawk, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Krissy Lynn White and husband, Michael of Amanda, OH; two grandsons, Hunter and Shad White of Amanda, OH; one granddaughter, Cassandra White of Amanda, OH; three sisters, Ruth A. Cosner of Rig, Lorene Purdum and husband, Reginald of Montrose, and Marie Harper and husband Kelly of Sugar Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Oleda Van Meter.

Rev. Ann Harrison and Pastor Rebecca Bennett conducted funeral services on Sunday at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Maysville.  Interment was in the Idleman Cemetery, Scherr with military graveside services conducted by VFW #6454 and JROTC.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, Otterbein United Methodist Church or Maysville Volunteer Fire Company.

Yoshie Shinaberry, 76

Yoshie N. Shinaberry, 76, of Durbin, passed away Monday, April 13, 2009, in Durbin.

Born Sept. 28, 1932, in Fukuoka, Japan, she was a daughter of the late Yoshio and Kimiko Takeshita Nakano.

Shinaberry was a cook with the Hermitage Restaurant for over 20 years.

Her husband, Melvin Shinaberry, preceded her in death

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Mallow, and husband David of Franklin; two sons, Henry Shinaberry and wife, Wilma of Arbovale, and Jerry Shinaberry and wife, Vicki of Durbin; two sisters, Taeko Fujita and Chizuko Yano, both of Japan; two brothers, Noboru Nakano and Youichi Nakano, both of Japan; a sister-in-law, Lucille Robinson and husband, Ralph; a brother-in-law, Eddie Meeks; four grandchildren, Amanda Seldomridge, Sara Shinaberry, Jason Shinaberry and Jared Mallow; five great-grandchildren, Makayla, Sierra, and Joshua Mallow and Matthew and Nathaniel Shinaberry; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale with Rev. David Rittenhouse and Rev. Frank Naglic officiating.  Burial followed in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Norma Rebecca Swick

Norma Rebecca Swick, 77, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

She was born in Brushy Run on Jan. 11, 1932, the daughter of the late Samuel Calvin and Lena Ellen Kesner Cox.

On Dec. 14, 1950, she married James Virgil Swick, who preceded her in death on March 11, 1995.

Mrs. Swick briefly worked for Sites Restaurant in Petersburg.  She attended Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church and Pendleton County Schools and was a homemaker.

Surviving are three daughters, Carolyn Ours, Petersburg, Judy Kimble, Upper Tract, and Marsha Wolfe, Moorefield; one sister, Janie Sites, Dorcas; one brother, Raymond Cox, Upper Tract; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two infant daughters.

Funeral services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel in Petersburg with Pastor Larry Cantu officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Carolyn Ours, 36 Davis Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.

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

Earlie Taylor Wimer

Earlie Taylor Wimer, 69, of Petersburg passed away Monday, April 20, 2009, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Mr. Wimer was born at Smith Creek on Feb. 29, 1940, the son of the late Ocie and Louella Vance Wimer.

He worked at saw mills and Advantage Foods and was a member of the Miracle Revival Center.

On Sept. 28, 1974, he married Anna Mae Vance, who survives in Petersburg.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jeanne Lynn Wimer of Circleville; two sons, Danny Earl Wimer of Moorefield and Earlie Thomas Wimer of Petersburg; one brother, Harlan Wimer and wife, Jurlene of Cherry Grove; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Donnie Earl, on April 1, 1972.

Rev. Greg Bland and Rev. Brady Goldizen will conduct funeral services today at 2:00 p.m. in the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel, Petersburg.  Interment will be in the Vandevander Family Cemetery on Smith Creek Road, Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, PO Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847.

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

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