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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 

26 April 2012

Kitty Swanda, 76

Kitty Carole (Kimble) Swanda, 76, of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

She was born at Franklin on June 5, 1935, the daughter of the late Clinton Raymond (Aug18,1975) and Marguerite Dice Kimble (Apr 26, 1983).

Her husband, David Swanda, whom she married on May 16, 1967, preceded her in death on July 27, 1980.

Mrs. Swanda was a 1953 graduate of Franklin High School. She attended Berea College, was a member of the Ladies of the Moose #812, and was a Methodist. She had worked as a secretary for Monongahela Power Company, WV Department of Highways, and WV DHHR.

Surviving are two sisters, Phyllis K. Frye and husband Charles of Silver Springs, MD, Nancy K. Gonshor of Franklin; two brothers, Clinton Reed Kimble and wife Bernice of Petersburg; Raymond Kimble and wife Kate of Ashland, VA; three nephews, Charles Frye III and wife Sarah of Lexington, NC, Alan Propst of Bridgewater, Kevin Gonshor and wife Michelle of Franklin; three nieces, Kathy Crowder and husband Tommy of Glen Allen, VA, Kelly Kimble of Ashland, VA, and Susan Bennett and husband Jared of Elkins.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Dice Propst, and a nephew, Robert Gonshor II.

A graveside service was conducted Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.

Memorials may be made to Pendleton County Emergency Rescue or to the charity of the donors choice.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Alvin Cyde Simmons

Alvin Clyde Simmons, 81, of Sugar Grove, WV, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012 at his residence.

He was born at Sugar Grove on July 30, 1930, the son of the late Solomon Roy and Cora Mae (Bodkin) Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was a 1948 graduate of Franklin High School, was a member of the VFW Post #9666, and a member of the St. Paul Independent Church. He was employed from 1961 to 1992 as a Forest Service Leader with the United States Forest Service in the Dry River District of George Washington National Forest, and was a veteran of the US Navy.

On October 20, 1962, he married Deloris Ann Harold who survives.

Also survived are three daughters, Lisa Ann Hull and husband Dennis of Doe Hill, VA, Amy Marie Gardiner and husband Kent of Franklin, Penny Gail Lambert and husband Chris of Franklin; a son, Dennis Clyde Simmons of Sugar Grove; three brothers, Vernon Simmons and wife Cleo of Staunton, VA, Hobert Simmons and wife Maxine of Romney, William Simmons of Sugar Grove; five grandchildren, Ben Hull, Tyler Gardiner, Lindsey Houck, Isaiah Gardiner, and Trace Lambert.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Other and Gilbert.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Jerry Smith officiating.

Interment was at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sugar Grove with military graveside services conducted by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Deloris Simmons, 2392 Simmons Mountain Road, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

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Roger D. Bennett, 90

Roger Daniel Bennett, 90, a well-known business man and a resident of Elkins, departed this life Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2012, in Nella's Nursing Home at Crystal Springs.

He was born Sunday, Oct. 9, 1921, at Hazelwood, German Valley, Pocahontas County, a son of the late Rev. Vernon Lester "V.L." and Lillian Susan Teter Bennett, formerly of Timber Ridge.

Mr. Bennett was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1940. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the United States Navy in the South Pacific at Guam, Boganville, Sipan and New Caldonia and was discharged as a Marine Raider. He worked for 15 years as shop supervisor for the Western Maryland Railroad Roundhouse. He then was employed for Laton and Laton at Delaware, Md., and retired from the Southland Corp. after 27 years of service, being their number one salesman. After retiring, he built the first townhouses of Elkins known as the Bennett Townhouses and along with his wife owned and operated them for 21 years. He was a member of the Elkins Church of the Brethren.

On Aug. 16, 1942, at Baltimore, MD., he was married to the former Ruby M. Rosencrance, who survives. They had celebrated 69 years of marriage.

Also surviving are two daughters, Sharon L. Graeber and husband, Mark, of San Jose, CA, and Joanne Rosania of Phoenix, AZ; one half brother, Harry Viven of Camden, DE.; three grandchildren, Kimber Garrett, Robert Rosania and James C. Graeber; and four great-grandchildren, Brittany Jenkins, Patricia Graeber, Jillian Garrett and James A. Graeber.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Also preceding him in death were one brother, Charles Edward Bennett; one sister, Nettie June Elmore; and one half sister, Evelyn May Wood.

Funeral services were held April 20 at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins with Rev. Larry Poling officiating. Interment followed at the Brick Church Cemetery at Huttonsville where full military honors will be accorded by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Denzil Fink, 68

Denzil "Denny" Lee Fink, 68, a resident of Kelly Mountain Road, Elkins, went to be with our Lord late Friday evening, April 13, 2012, in Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 25, 1943, at home in Parsons, the son of the late Wanda Jean Fink Wotring.

Mr. Fink grew up in the home of his beloved great-grandmother, Carrie Moore Fink, who preceded him in death.

He attended the Harper one-room school at Clover Run near Parsons. He graduated from Damascus High School in Damascus, MD., specializing in vocational agriculture.

He served with the U.S. Army from 1960 until 1966. He worked for Tom's Foods as a corporate representative for 38 years from 1963-2001 and for the last 11 of those years, he was the owner and operator, along with his family, of D.L Fink Distributing in Petersburg.

As a hobby, he loved and worked with radio station WELD in Fisher covering five counties in West Virginia and Allegheny County, MD. He played old country, bluegrass and gospel music for 19 years; he was known to his fans as "Denny Lee." He loved to sing and was a noted guitar and piano player. Denny had a passion for farming at his farm on Kelly Mountain and loved to watch animals in the wild. He was a Christian and a member of the Harts' Chapel Church. He considered the late Rev. Meade L. Gutshall and the Rev. Robert Lowther as his pastors and friends.

On June 25, 1967, at Elkins, he was united in marriage to the former Winifred "Wini" Bosworth, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Denise Fink Long and husband, Robert, of Moorefield, Carrie Lee Fink and Johnnie Fink Bennett and husband, Philip, all of Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Robert "Rob" Bosworth Fink of Elkins; one grandson, Caleb Long; and one granddaughter, Cara Jo Long; and three other grandchildren, Bobby Long, Jennifer Long Conrad and Austin Bennett; two sisters, Karen Haller Long and husband, Danny, of Parsons and Cynthia Wotring Shehan and husband, Tom, of Jenks, Okla.; and one brother, Curtis Haller of Elkins.

Mr. Fink's request for a private celebration of life was honored on April 18 at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins with Rev. Robert Lowther officiating. Interment followed in Kelly Mountain Cemetery on Kelley Mountain.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harts' Chapel Church, Rt, 1, Box 155-1, Elkins, WV 26241.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Earl Kisamore, Sr. 72

Earl Paul Kisamore, Sr., 72, of Mount Solon, VA, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Seneca Rocks, on June 27, 1939, and was a son of the late Ervin and Cleda (Vance) Kisamore.

Mr. Kisamore worked as a supervisor at Banta, retiring in 2000 after 28 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army.

His wife, Joann Marie (Cook) Kisamore, whom he married May 21, 1959, survives.

Also surviving are two sons Earl Paul Kisamore, Jr. and wife Sherry of Verona, VA, and Tony Kisamore, Sr. and his girlfriend Tracey May of Mt. Solon, VA: four sisters, Ruth Rexrode of York, PA, Joy Michael of Mt. Solon, VA, Mardale "Ann" Botkin of Grottoes, VA, and Sharon Grimm of New Market, VA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Douglas Kisamore, Veronica Kisamore, Ashley Kisamore, T. J. Kisamore, Paul Kisamore, Zack Kisamore, and Jessica Brown; four great grandchildren, Prophecy, Knowledge, Salona, and Dominique.

He was also preceded in death by a son Matthew Paul Kisamore.

A funeral service was held at Emmanuel Church of the Brethren, Mount Solon, VA, with Rev. B. Eugene Shaver and Pastor Josh Davis officiating. Burial followed at Emmanuel Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Johnson Funeral Service, PO Box 41, Bridgewater, VA 22812 to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA.

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