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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 18 May 2006

Arlene S. Brisson

Arlene Smith Brisson, 85, of Richmond, Va., died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Richmond, VA.

Mrs. Brisson was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Upper Reeds Creek and was the daughter of the late Jared B. Smith and Ida V. Waggy Smith. 

She was a longtime service volunteer with the 80th Division Army Reserve Family Support and a member of the American Legion Post No. 78 in Petersburg.  she was well known for her cooking and baking and had previously been a caterer and professional cake decorator.  

Having lived in California, South Carolina and Hawaii, she spent the last 40 years of her life in Richmond, VA. 

Her husband, Vernon A. Brisson survives. 

Also surviving are two sons, Douglas Brisson and wife, Lanni of Lorton, VA, and Keith Brisson and fiance, Lynn Lutz  of Richmond, VA; seven grandchildren, Mrs. Amber Brisson Vernon of Portland, OR, Marcia, Alisha, Linda Rachel and Jacob Brisson of Lorton, VA, and Spencer Brisson of Chicago, IL; a sister, Thelma Greenhalgh of Newport News, VA; a brother, Lacy Smith of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five sisters, Edith Lambert, Beulah Bible, and Myrtle Bible, all of Franklin, and Evelyn Hendrickson and Loraine Sites both of Petersburg; three brothers, Eston and Raymond Smith of Franklin, and Elmer Smith of Harrisonburg, VA. 

Pastor Shyrl Smith officiated at his aunt's funeral Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral home in Petersubrg.  Interment was at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.

Irene T. Adkison, 81

Irene t. Adkison, 81, a resident of the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin and formerly of Riverton died Saturday, may 13, 2006, at the nursing home. 

Mrs. Adkison was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Simoda and was the daughter of the late Warnie Thompson and Nannie Jane Payne Phares Thompson. 

She retired from the Franklin Garment Company as a seamstress. 

Survivors include two sons, Allen Hugh Thompson of riverton and Bobby lee Thompson of Seneca Rocks; two grandsons, David and Michael Huffman, and several nieces and nephews. 

Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Harlan Thompson, Roy Thompson and Loy Thompson; and one sister Lonnie Dice. 

The Rev. mark McAllister conducted the funeral Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Thompson family cemetery in Riverton. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton County Rescue Squads, the Circleville Fire Company, or the Pendleton County Nursing Home. 

Bessie V. Nelson , 90

Bessie Virginia Nelson, 90, of Dorcas, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Ms. Nelson was born April 17, 1916, in Smoke Hole and was the daughter of the late Abraham Nelson and Amanda Shirk Nelson. 

She was a member of sites Chapel United Methodist Church.  

Surviving are a brother, John Nelson of Fort Ashby; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Bertha Stalnaker and Janie Ours; and four brothers, Ray, Jesse, Jasper and Ross Nelson.

The Rev. Roger A. Harrison, Jr., conducted the funeral Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral  home in Petersburg,. Burial was in the Sites Cemetery in Dorcas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sites Cemetery. 

Lawrence "Larry" Marsh

Lawrence Edgar "Larry" Marsh of Moyers, 54, died Friday, May 12, 2006, at his home. 

He was born Nov. 26, 1951, at Baltimore, MD, and was the son of the late Harry Samuel Marsh and Othilla Kraus Marsh. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and retired after 21 years of military service.  He was a member of the Totten Chapel United Methodist Church.

On July 2, 1976, he married Yvonne Patterson Marsh, who survives. 

Also surviving are one daughter, Theresa Marsh at home; five sisters; and nine brothers. 

Funeral services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Chapel in Franklin with Pastor Dave Bogar officiating. 

Interment will be at the Totten Chapel Cemetery at Moyers with military graveside services conducted by members of the Pendleton county Veterans Honor Guard.  

Memorials may be made to the Theresa Marsh College Fund, c/o summit community Bank, PO box 863, Franklin, WV  26807or the American Cancer Society. 

Friends called at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.  

Dorothy Cunningham, 89

Dorothy G. Cunningham, 89, of Mesopotamia, OH, died May 10, 2006, at Champion, OH.

Mrs. Cunningham was born Dec. 21, 1916, in Las Vegas, NM, the daughter of the late Arthur L. and Nina R. Beal Antonides. 

She was a graduate of the Wilcox College of business in Cleveland, OH and worked as a stenographer , bank teller, and as a secretary for the Cunningham Farm Drainage Company in Mesopotamia, OH.  

She was a member of the Mesopotamia United Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star Alpha Chapter #44, Enterprise Grange of Mesopotamia, #1948 and the Ohio Genealogical society.  Genealogy was her favorite past time and she was a contributor to the book "Pendleton County Past and Present."

Her husband, Edgar V. Cunningham, whom she married June 28, 1941, survives.  Mr. Cunningham was born in Circleville in 1915, the son of Edward J. and Amanda E. Vandevander Cunningham. 

Also surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Martin and Ruth of Grove City, OH, Jim and Rose of Colebrook, OH, Donald and Karen of Mesopotamia, OH, and Tom and June of New Lyme, OH; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Lloyd b. and Lee M., and one sister, Ruth L. Lapham. 

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Carl W. Hall funeral Home in Warren, OH, with Rev. James W. Smith officiating.  Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Mesopotamia, OH.   

Ella M. Piner

Ella Mae Harman Piner, 97, of Collinsvillle, IL, and formerly of Harrisonburg, VA, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, IL. 

Mrs. Piner was born June 6, 1908, in Brandywine and was the daughter of the late William and Martha Susan Cave Harman. 

She was raised in Brandywine and had lived in Rawley Springs, Hinton and Harrisonburg, VA, before moving to Illinois 45 years ago.  She was a homemaker and was of the Lutheran faith. 

In 1926, she married Howard McKinley Piner who preceded her in death in 1957. 

Surviving are two daughters, Evalene G. Higgins of Harrisonburg, VA, and Faye L. Harsson of Collinsville, IL; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

The Rev. Clarence Moyers will conducted the funeral Friday at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA.  Burial followed at Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery.  

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