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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 25 May 2006

Ruth E. Nesselrodt, 73

Ruth Eye Nesselrodt, 73, of Alexandria, VA, died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, VA. 

She was born June7, 1932, at Franklin and was the daughter of the late Emory Eye and Lillian Eye. 

She was a homemaker and served as president of the Mount Vernon Civic Association.  She was Mormon by faith. 

On Sept. 10, 1954, she married Dorman Russell Nesselrodt, who preceded her in death onJuly 8, 1997. 

Surviving are one daughter De'Onne Scott of Fredericksburg, VA; three sons, John Brewer of Lebanon, PA, Russell Nesselrodt, jr., of Cabin Creek and David Nesselrodt of Alexandria, VA; two sisters, Charlotte Hartman of Springvale, UT, and Cathy Alt of Petersburg; one brother, Bobby of Petersburg; one brother, bobby Eye of Harrisonburg, VA; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Judie Buckmaster, who died April 28, 2006, and will buried with her mother. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Elder David Hartman officiating.  Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery at Fort Seybert.  

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  

Jerry James Hays, 23

Jerry James Hays, 23, of Richmond, VA, died Sunday, May 14, 2006. 

He was born Sept. 1, 1982, in Norfolk, VA, and was a son of Joan Ryan Carlton of Grand Junction, CO, and James R. Hays Jr. of Glen Allen, VA.

He attended James R. Tucker High School and was a student at ECPI. 

In addition to his parents, survivors include his daughter, Jamie Lynn Hays of Richmond, VA; step-mother, Maxine Hays; three brothers, Joseph Hays of Chester, VA, Jon Hays and Jeffrey Hays, both of Richmond, VA; a step-brother, Eric Barlow, of Glen Allen, VA; a step-sister, April Barlow of Richmond, VA; his girlfriend, Heather Joris, of Richmond, VA; grandmother, Dorothy Kron, of Pittsburg, PA; and step-grandmother, Pauline Waggy of Franklin.  

funeral services were held at the Bliley Funeral Homes' Staples Mill Chapel, Richmond, VA, on may 19.  Interment followed in Mt. Vernon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jamie Lynn Hays college Fund, BB&T, c/o April R. Barlow, 1120 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA 23113.  checks should be written win the name of Jamie Lynn Hays.  

Memories of Hays and condolences may be registered online at  

Gerald D. "Jerry" Smith

Gerald Donovan "Jerry" Smith, 71, of Laurel, MD, died Monday, May 15, 2006, at John Hopkins Howard County General Hospital.  

He was born Dec. 22, 1934, at Ruddle and was the son of the late Olin Frederick (Poodie) Smith and Margaret Pauline Miller Smith. 

He was a 1953 graduate of Franklin high School.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict 1953-1956 as an airborne ranger, jump master, firearms and P.T. instructor and Sniper with the 511th Airborne Division and later with the 101st Airborne Division, stationed at fort Campbell Kentucky, Fort Benning Georgia and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He achieved the rank of First Sergeant within 18 months.  

In 1976, Mr. Smith retired from United iron Workders Local 17 in Baltimore, Md, as a connector, certified welder, foreman and master craftsman of ornamental and structural steel.  He later opened his own commercial contracting business and part-time gunsmithing business.  

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Lee Robinson Smith. 

Also surviving are two sons, Gerald D. Smith, Jr., and wife Christine of Woodbine, MD, and Sterling Smith and wife, Jane of Bartow; one daughter, Cynthia Nagle and husband, Bill of Akron, OH; one step-daughter, bonnie Smith and husband, Michael of Smithsburg, MD; one step-son, Robert Mardres and wife Patsy of Stanardsville, VA; two brothers, Jimmie D. Smith and wife, Betty of Harrisonburg, VA, and Gene W. Smith and wife, Pat of Brandywine; two sister, Lucy Gae Propst and husband, Delbert (Bud) of Sugar Grove and (Peg) Beulah Hoover and husband, jerry of College Park, MD; and several grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

He also was preceded in death by one infant daughter and one brother, Olin F. (Sonny) Smith, Jr., formerly of Petersburg. 

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Interment was at the Ruddle Church Cemetery at Ruddle with military graveside services conducted by members of the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard. 

Nora Maude Harper

Nora Maude Harper, 86, of Blairsville, PA, died April 24, 2006, at the Keeper of the Flame Personal Care Home. 

Born Jan. 30, 1920, in Deer Run, she was the daughter of Calvin and Olive Propst Lough.

Mrs. Harper moved to the Indiana area in 1938 from West Virginia.  Prior to retirement, she was employed by United High School and Fours company of Blairsville, PA, as a seamstress. 

She was a member of Homer City Presbyterian Church and attended Cornerstone Worship Center in Indiana and was a member of the Brush Valley Fireman's Auxiliary and the Brush Valley Senior Citizens.  Mrs. Harper enjoyed gardening and sewing and was known as an excellent baker. 

Her most joyous moments were times spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

She is survived by her son Donald Earl Harper, and wife, Mary of Homer city, PA; grandchildren, Sheila Reese and husband, Troy of Brush Valley, PA, and Sherri Carson and husband, Christopher, and Shelby McCullough and husband Timothy, all of Homer city, PA; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary Earl Reese and Gabrielle Lynn Reese, both of Brush Valley, PA. 

Funeral services were conducted April 28 at the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home chapel in Indiana with Revs. Paul Price, David Salinger, Scot Pifer and Tammie Pifer officaiting.   Interment followed in the Brush Valley Cemetery.  

Edna Tressie Turner, 90

Edna Tressie Turner, 90, of Maysville, died Friday, May 19, 2006, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Ms. Turner was born Aug. 13, 1915, in Mouth of Seneca and was the daughter of the late Wellington Turner and Minnie Dolly Turner. 

She was a homemaker and caregiver and was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by a daughter, Viola Porter of Maysville; three grandchildren, Lysle Turner, Sabrina Hines and Bootie Wilson; three great-grandchildren,Megan Turner, Lane Turner and Carley Turner; three step-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by five brothers, Woodrow, John Pershing, Burley, Marvin and Dillon Turner; and one sister, Sylvia Heavner.

The Revs. Lynn Durbin adn Jospeh Eversole conducted the funeral Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at the Lahmansville Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or a charity of choice.

Lester Harper, 88

Lester Harper, 88, of Warren OH, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Forum health Trumbull Memorial Hospital. 

Born June 15, 1917, in Onego, he was the son of the late George and Bertha Ketterman-Harper. 

Mr. Harper moved to Ohio in 1953, and after 26 years of hard work and dedication, he retired from HK Porter in 1979. 

He was a great farmer who loved the outdoors almost as much as he loved his church and his family.  An active member of Austin Village Baptist Church since the church was built in 1964, he was considered grandpa to many of the loving hearts there at the church. He loved sports, especially baseball and football. 

His wife, Artie Hedrick-Harper, whom he married on Aug. 1, 1936, survives. 

Also surviving are one son, Melvin L. Harper; two brothers, Charles (Guy) Hedrick of Warren, OH, and James (Gar) Harper of Onego; two sisters, Marcie Clatterbuck of Baltimore, MD, and Ellen Teter of Mt. Solon, VA; two grandkids; five great grandkids; nine step-grandkids; 21 step-great-grandkids; 12 step-great-great-grandkids. 

He also was preceded in death by five brothers, Junior, Marvin, Virgil, Archie and Roy; and three sisters, Macie Hedrick, Beulah Ketterman and Jerlean Smith. 

Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, Warren, OH, with Pastor Gary Summerland and Clifford Carpenter officiating.  Burial was in champion Township Cemetery, Champion, OH.  


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