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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 3 May 2001

Margie E. Smith, 84

Margie E. Smith, 84, of Nitro died April 21,2001, after a long illness. She was born Oct. 3, 1916 in Kingston and was the daughter of the late Herndan and Sarah Elizabeth Mabe Edwards.

She graduated from Nitro High School in 1936 and attended the Charleston School of Commerce.

On Oct. 16, 1937, she was married to Stanley L. Smith, her surviving husband.

Also surviving are daughters, Helen Harman of Luray, VA, and Rebecca Jordan of South Lake, TX; sons, John Smith of Montgomery, and Richard Smith of St. Albans; eight grandchildren, including Sarah Crider of Elkton, VA, Betsy Harman of Harrisonburg, VA, and Jonathan Harman of Luray, VA; and two great-grandchildren.

She was a former employee of the American Viscose Plant in Nitro, the Diamond Department Store of Charleston, and retired from the State of West Virginia in 1980. After retirement she was employed in the J.C. Penney Company. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nitro. During the last years of her life she enjoyed traveling to the Shenandoah Valley and Pendleton county.

Services were held on April 24 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Dorothy K. McCray, 72

Dorothy Kiracofe McCray, 72, Moyers, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at her home.

She was born May 21, 1928, at doe Hill, VA, a daughter of Jesse Booker and Viola Roxie (Botkin) Kiracofe.

Mrs. McCray was a member of the Doe Hill United Methodist Church. She has worked at many different jobs, but the one that she cherished the most was the time she spent as a caregiver to the elderly.

On Oct. 29, 1946, she married Robert Brown McCray, who preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1980. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Gilbert Botkin.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Alt, Upper Tract, and Linda McCray, Sugar Grove; three sons, Robert L. McCray, Meredith W. McCray and Alfred L. McCray, all of Moyers, two sisters, Laura Stuart, Head Waters, VA, and Myrtle Hoover, Moyers; five grandchildren, Michael McCray of the U.S. Army, Elizabeth Scott, Brandywine, Dana McCray, Essex, MD, Gary Alt, Upper Tract, and Melissa Moats, Grottoes, VA; and five great-grandchildren, J.W. Scott, Brandywine; Kaitlyn and Joshua McCray of the home and John Preston and Carena Dawn Moats of Grottoes, VA.

A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, Va, by the Rev. Charles W. Townsend. Burial was in the Doe Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dick Hiner, Johnn Scott, Arthur Thompson, James and William Stuart and Gernon Hoover.

Honorary pallbearers were the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assocaition/ c/o Gailya Herold, PO Box 172, Monterey, VA 24465.


Charles W. Moats, 69

Charles William Moats, 69, Mount Solon,VA, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Avante at Waynesboro, VA.

Mr. Moats was born Apirl 9, 1932, in Sugar Grove and was the son of Charles and Lou Ellinger Moats.

He was employed at the Augusta Military Academy and was a chef at various organizations.

In 1954, he married Nellie Virginia Losh, who died in November, 1991. He later married Opal Smith, who died in January, 1997.

He is survived by three sons, Sam Moats, Clarksville, TN, and Richard Losh and Charles Moats, both of Mount Solon VA; two daughters, Treva Ritenour and Brenda Metz, both of Maryland; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

The Rev. William H. Strickler conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA. Burial followed at Emmanuel Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mount Solon Fire and Rescue Squad, 668 Emmanuel Church Road, Mount Solon, VA 22843.

Used with permission, Pendleton Times.