Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

12 May 2011

Nellie Frances VanMeter

Nellie Frances Full VanMeter, 90, of Maysville and formerly of Upper Tract died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

She was born June 4, 1920 in Landes to the late Jacob Preston Simmons and Mary Elizabeth Full.

Mrs. VanMeter was a homemaker. She was a member and attended the Brushy Run Church of God in Upper Tract.

Her husband, Samuel H. VanMeter, preceded her in death on March 18, 1970.

Surviving are three daughters, Katheryn Armentrout and husband, Sam of New Market, VA, Amanda Franco of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Connie Alt and husband, Dannie of Maysville; one step-daughter, Edna Grimm and husband, Ernest of Timberville, VA; one son, Ivan Full of Maysville; five grandchildren; and 19 stepgrandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one step-son, William H. VanMeter; two step-daughters, Rhoda Reel and Dora Reel; and three step-grandsons.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg with Rev. Bruce Cosner officiating. Interment was at the Wilson Chapel Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Memorials may be made to the Brushy Run Church of God, Bridge Fund.

Words of comfort and condolence can be left at www.basagic.com.

Ralph Harlan Mallow

Ralph Harlan Mallow, 87, of Franklin passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonburg, VA.

He was born at Deer Run on Dec. 31, 1923, the son of the late Jay and Sylva Harman Mallow.

Mr. Mallow retired after working 18 years for the WV Department of Highways. He graduated from Franklin High School and was a farmer.

He was married to Ara Nelson Mallow, who preceded him in death May, 1990, and to Mary Mae Botkin Mallow, who preceded him in death Feb. 23, 2005.

Surviving are a daughter, Ella Calhoun and husband, Jeff of Urbana, OH; two sons, Jeff Mallow and wife, Paula of Harrisonburg, VA, and Kevin Mallow of Franklin; a brother Richard Mallow of Harrisonburg, VA; three grandchildren, Kristie, Danielle and Kevin Mallow, Jr.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Mallow; two sisters, Helen Sherwood and Ella Katheryn Mallow.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.

Interment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad.

Words of comfort and memories may be left at www.basagic.com.

Delsie Whetzel

Delsie Strawderman Whetzel, 87, of Singers Glenn, VA, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Harrisonburg, VA.

After 87 years of loving her family and friends, she is now in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. Her love has surrounded, enfolded and embraced everyone she knew.

She was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Needmore and was a daughter of the late Charlie Strawderman and Nannie Miller Strawderman Albright.

She worked at the Virginia Mennonite Home, before retiring in 1985. She was a member of Morning View Mennonite Church in Singers Glen. VA.

Mrs. Whetzel was good at many things, sewing, canning and cooking, but she was especially good at loving and caring for others, especially her six children who survive.

On June 26, 1943, she married Olin Hays Whetzel, who preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1985.

Surviving are five daughters, Peggy Nicholson of Concord, NC, Betty Lawson and husband, Tommy of Madison VA, Marcia Warner and husband, Harry of Franklin, Donna Miller and husband, Harold of Tasboro, NC, and Judy Coffman of Stuarts Draft, VA; and a son Gary Whetzel and wife, Stella of Penn Laird, VA; 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, whom she adored.

She was also preceded in death by sons-in-law, Bob Nicholson and Dwayne Coffman.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday at Morning View Mennonite Church with Pastors Richard Gullman and Rawley Rhodes officiating. Burial was at Martin Luther Lutheran Church cemetery in Bergton, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morning View Mennonite Church, PO Box 27, Singers Glen, VA 228590

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.

Funeral arrangement were under the direction of the Grandle Funeral Home, Broadway, VA.

Jenny Almira Vandevander

Jenny Almire Dahmer Vandevander, 93, of Franklin passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Pendleton Manor.

She was born at Dahmer on April 15, 1918, the daughter of the late John and Estella Dickenson Dahmer.

Mrs. Vandevander attended Dahmer Schools and was a homemaker and a mother. She was a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren, where she was a lifetime deacon for over 50 years, was a Sunday School teacher for 40 years, taught Bible School, was a member of the choir and a member of the ladies aid. She was a member of Pendleton County Farm Bureau for 40 years. She enjoyed wild flowers and birds and collected fourleaf clovers.

Her husband, George Ralph Vandevander, preceded her in death on Nov.6, 1991.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Vandevander of Franklin; a son, Lynn Vandevander and wife, Carol of Franklin; a sister, Elvira Crummett of Pendleton Manor; two granddaughters, Amy Vandevander Taylor and husband, Devon of Berkeley Springs, and Holly Vandevander of Fairmont.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Arvin Dahmer; and four sisters, Rose Dahmer, Arla Sponaugle, Verona Pitsenbarger and Ella Mullenax.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Smith Creek Church of the Brethren with Rev. Max Fisher and Rev. Mario R. Claro. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.

Franklin will receive friends on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren, c/o HC 73, Box 2, Franklin, WV 26807.

Words of comfort and memories may be left at www.basagic.com.

Guy Miley

Guy Miley, 89, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab with his family by his side.

Mr. Miley was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Onego and was the son of the late Walter and Effie Vance Miley.

He managed the family poultry farm for many years following the death of his father in 1945. He was a member of the Dale Enterprise Fast Pitch Softball team and a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.

On March 17, 1979, he married the former Christine Cline Heatwole, who survives.

Also surviving are two step-sons, Wayne Eugene Heatwole and wife, Carole of Harrisonburg, VA, and Gary Wilson Heatwole of Ormond Beach, FL; one sister, Ethel Bentch of Harrisonburg, VA; three brothers, Dale Mile and wife, Nan of Edgewater, MD, Gar Miley and wife, Peggy of Harrisonburg, VA, and Richard Miley of Roanoke, VA; five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Kanagy.

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel. Harrisonburg, VA, with Pastors Mark Keller and Jim Grogan officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com.

Erma Alice Waggy

Erma Alice Waggy, 88, of Franklin died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

She was born Feb. 19, 1923, at Smith Creek and was the daughter of the late Albert Ross Simmons and Levie Susan Lambert Simmons.

Mrs. Waggy was a homemaker and a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren.

On April 12, 1947, she married Claude Waggy, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2002.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie G. Mitchell and husband, Roger of Upper Tract and Judy A. Ralston and husband, David of Monterey, VA; one son, Danny C. And wife, Margaret of Franklin; two sisters, Ruby Propst and husband, Ira of Franklin, and Reba Wiseman of Winter Haven, FL; one grandson, Stacy Waggy of Franklin; a number of nieces and nephews, including two special nieces, Ramona Luckel and Anna Tesi and husband, Brian; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Norma Warner; and one brother, Jesse Guy Simmons.

Funeral Services were held Sunday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating. Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the Franklin Rescue Squad, PO Box 966, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com

Vernon Greenawalt, 92

Vernon Arthur Greenawalt, 92, of Greenville, VA, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at his residence.

He was born March 30, 1919, in Kline, a son of the late David Andrew and Clara (Alexander) Greenawalt.

Mr. Greenawalt was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Burma, China and India during World War II.

He attended Berea College in Kentucky and had a masterís degree in forest pathology from the University of Michigan and a masterís degree in pharmacology from the Medical College of Virginia.

He loved the outdoors and spending time hiking, fishing, camping and taking care of his Christmas tree farm.

Prior to retirement, he was employed as a U.S. forester and later as a pharmacist for 30 years and was co-owner of Peoples Pharmacy in Stuarts Draft, VA.

He was a member of Greenville United Methodist Church, Stuarts Draft VFW, the Virginia Pharmaceutical Association, the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Lions Club and was active in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization, where he mentored Patrick Guffey and Steven Carter.

His wife, Dorothy (Talbott) Greenawalt, survives.

Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. David James and Elizabeth Greenawalt of Prattville, AL; a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah (Greenawalt) and Gene Straley of Harrisonburg, VA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Ruth Greenawalt of Harrisonburg, VA, and Forest and Rachel Greenawalt of Burbonnais, IL; a sister, Twila Greenawalt Muterspaugh of Harrisonburg, VA; a sister-in-law, Arvella Greenawalt of Upper Tract; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Jonathan, Rosemarie, Kaitlyn and Nathan Greenawalt and Rebecca and Andrew Straley and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Willie, Carl, Fred and Hugh; a sister, Geneva and two grandchildren, Allison and Thomas Straley.

A funeral service was conducted Tuesday in Greenville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jim Harris. Burial followed in Augusta Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Shenandoah, PO Box 215, Fishersville, VA 22939, or to Greenville United Methodist Church, Building Fund, PO Box 250, Greenville, VA 24440.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net

Linda J. Kesner

Linda J. Kesner, 68, of Weston died Tuesday April 12, 2011.

She is survived by her husband, Leland Kesner, formerly Upper Tract; one son; two daughters, one granddaughter, and one brother.

At her request her body was cremated.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Harold Cullers officiating. Inurnment will be at the Kline Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com

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