Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 26 Apr. 2001

Avis L. Warner, 86

Avis L.Warner, 86, died Monday April 23, 2001, at the Montgomery Village Rehab & Rest Center in Gaithersburg, MD.

Mrs. Warner was born Nov. 5, 1914, at Cherry Grove and was the daughter of the late Abe Mullenax and Sudie Waybright.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Circleville Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Foster Kenneth Warner, preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1974.

Surviving are a daughter, Leona Kahie, Woodbridge, VA; two sons Wayne Warner, Franklin, and Foster Warner, Jr., Giathersburg, MD; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four sons, Eugene Warner, Zola Warner, Reed Warner, and Leo Warner and on granddaughter, Lisa L. Lloyd.

The Rev. C. William Cox will conduct the funeral at 11:00 a.m. today at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial will be in the Warner Cemetery at Cherry Grove.

Visitation hours were from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home.

 

Frieda Sponaugle, 74

Frieda Sponaugle, 74, of North Olmsted, OH, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at the Oakridge Nursing Home, Westlake, OH.

Mrs. Sponaugle was born in April 11, 1927 in Germany.

She was a meat cutter.

She was married to Berlin Sponaugle, who died Jun 7, 1992.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Sponaugle Cemetery in Circleville with the Rev. Mark McAllister officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.

 

Michael T. Koneful, 52

Michael Thomas Koneful, 52, Petersburg, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at Seneca Rocks.

Mr. Koneful was born Jan. 22, 1949 at Camden, NJ, and was the son of Chester and Cecilia Vickers Koneful of Maysville.

He was a US Army veteran of the Viet Nam Conflict. He attended Camden County Technical School.

He was married to Joan Acker Koneful, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Jeremy Stallsmith, Alabama, and Michael Koneful and Angelo Stallsmith, both of New Jersey, three brothers, Robert Koneful, Indiana, and Chester Koneful and Thomas Koneful, both of New Jersey.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens in Petersburg.

Visitation time has been set from 6-7 p.m. today at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.

 

Johnny Pennybacker, 87

Johnny Pennybacker, 87, Blue Grass, VA, died Sunday, April 22, 2001., at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

Mr. Pennybacker was born July 31, 1913, in Franklin and was the son of the late Thomas Wyatt and Alpha Susan Nelson Pennybacker.

He was a member of the former Crabbottom Presbyterian Church. He was a US Navy veteran and retired from the US Naval Ordnance Laboratory on Oct. 31, 1969. He was a member of the Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4989.

His wife, Juanita Swecker Pennybacker, died March 10, 1998. The were married May 30, 1941.

He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ida Shipley.

The Rev. James W. "Bill" Moore conducted a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Grass Cemetery in blue Grass, Va.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA.

 

Ralph Homer Botkin, 84

Ralph Homer Botkin, 84, Sugar Grove, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at the home of his son, Roland Botkin, in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Botkin was born July 11, 1916, and was a son of the late Henry Clay and Bertha Simmons Botkin.

He was a member of the Crummett Run Church. He was employed by the US Forest Service and retired form the West Virginia Highway Department 22 years ago. After retiring, he was involved in farming.

His wife, Ruth Marie Wilfong Botkin, died Dec. 20, 1979.

He is survived by two sons, Roland T. Botkin and Ralph Eugene Botkin, both of Harrisonburg, Va; two granddaughters; a step-granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Clay Botkin, and a step-daughter, Marjorie Atwell.

The Rev. James S. Bosserman will conduct the funeral at 3 p.m. today at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA. Burial will be at the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

The family received friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Margaret P. Newlen, 81

Margaret P. Newlen, 81, Monterey, VA, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Newlen was born Aug. 10, 1919, in Blue Grass, VA, and was a daughter of the late Albert and Eliza Fleisher Puffenbarger.

She was a homemaker and a member of Union Chapel Church. She owned and operated Puffenbarger's Store in Blue Grass, VA, for a number of years.

On May 1, 1948, she married Charles R. Newlen, Sr., who died Oct. 19, 1985.

She is survived by four daughters, Louise Shiplett, Verona, VA, Glenna Neil, McDowell, Va, Janet Wimer, Blue Grass, VA, and Joyce Griffin, Monterey, VA; three sisters, Ina Wimer, Staunton, VA, Lillian Puffenbarger, Hot Springs, VA, and Gladys Mullenax, Franklin; a brother Dale Puffenbarger, Monterey, VA; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Jerry Ginn conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA. Burial was at the Blue Grass Cemetery, Blue Grass, Va.

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

 

Treva A. Nesselrodt, 83.

Treva Arleta Sinnett Nesselrodt, 83, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at the Sterling House in North Augusta, SC, where she had lived since June, 1999. Mrs. Nesselrodt moved form Alexandria, VA.

She was born in Franklin on May 26, 1917, and was a daughter of the late Harvey and Myrtle F. Balton Sinnett.

She retired from the Douglas McArthur School as the supervisor of the cafeteria after 37 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Nesselrodt, in 1979.

Surviving are three daughters, Carolyn Jean Gambill of North Augusta, SC, Grace Cook of Edinburg, Va, and Helen Jones, Falls Church, VA; two brothers, Lee Sinnett, Franklin, and Harvey Sinnett, Chittenango, NY; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the First Christian Church in Falls Church, Va, on April 20, with burial at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria, VA.

 

Martha Susan Seveir

Marth Susan Seveir, 97, Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at the nursing home, where she had lived for four and one-half years.

Mrs. Seveir was born Feb. 27, 1904, in Moyers and was the daughter of the late Charles Simmons and Sara Jane Propst Simmons.

She was a homemaker and a member of Thorn Chapel Church of the Brethren.

On Aug. 18, 1926, she married Wilbur James Seveir, who died Marcy 11, 1998.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Anna Lee Mitchell, Franklin, and Janice Carpenter, and son-in-law, Melvin Carpenter, Staunton, VA; six grandchildren, Nancy Blankenship, Patricia Hammer, James Mitchell, Bill Mitchell, all of Franklin, Anda Ruff of Waynesboro, Va, and Stacy Carpenter of New York; 10 great-grandchildren, Mickey Blankenship, Nevin Blankenship, Holly Beachler, Stephanie Mitchell, Charlie Hammer, Jared Hammer, Erin Hammer, Colin Mitchell, Britney Ruff and Sheridon Ruff; and several nieces and nephews.

The Revs. Randy Simmons, Dan Ludwig and Edgar Null conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at the Basagic Funeral Hoome in Franklin. Burial was at the Thorn Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Nursing Home, Lighting System for the front of the home, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807 or the Thorn Chapel Cemetery Fund, C/o Lester Junior Propst, Franklin, WV 26807.

 

Kermit Lee Lantz, 82

Kermit Lee Lantz, 82, Harrisonburg, VA, died Monday, April 16, 2001, in the emergency room at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Lantz was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Upper Tract and was a son of the late Victor A. and Ella Wimer Lantz.

He attended the Reeds Creek School and was a member of the Reeds Creek Church of the Brethren. He retired from Dunham-Bush.

His wife, Ocie Waugh Lantz, died June 7, 1967.

He is survived by a companion, Iona Pennington; a brother, Dolen Lantz, Harrisonburg, VA; three grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Homer Frazier conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kyger and Trobaugh Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA. Burial followed at Rest Haven Cemetery.

 

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