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 5 June 2008

William McCoy, ‘Pendleton Times’ Owner, Publisher Dies at Age 87 

The publisher and past editor of “The Pendleton Times,” William McCoy Jr., died Monday, June 2, 2008. He was 87 years old. His work with the paper, which had been established by his father in 1913, began in 1952, when he became manager and later editor and publisher.

McCoy found great pleasure in his work as editor as he loved serving both the county and the people who live here.

A lifelong resident of Pendleton County, he graduated from Franklin High School in 1939. He was class president two of his four years, was quarterback of the football team and played baseball and basketball. He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1943 and West Virginia University College of Law in 1949, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Alpha Delta. He practiced law in the county from 1949 to 2000. During that time, he was a member of the South Branch Valley and West Virginia Bar Associations and West Virginia State Bar.

McCoy was a veteran, serving in the Army Air Force during World War II.

He served 14 years in the West Virginia Legislature as a delegate from Pendleton County. While in the legislature, he was a leader of the farm block, using his influence to pass laws to help farmers and residents of rural West Virginia. McCoy was instrumental in bringing the Sugar Grove Naval Base and the Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob National Recreation Area to Pendleton County.

He served as director of Pendleton (County) Community Bank for 52 years and was chairman of the board for most of those years.

He was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder, trustee and Sunday School superintendent. He was also an active citizen, serving as director of the American Legion and past president of the Franklin Lions Club.

In his spare time, McCoy actively dreamed up and executed projects related to his many interests: farming, horticulture, boat building, carpentry, photography and the study of architecture. Mostly though, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He had an astute appreciation for a good apple dumpling.

He was born May 14, 1921, at Franklin, and was the son of the late William McCoy Sr. and Mary Grace Hedrick McCoy.

On July 17, 1963, he married Harriet Virginia Wright, formerly of Shepherdstown, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John Wright and Terri Lyn McCoy; a daughter and son-in-law, Molly Ann McCoy and Timothy Scott Peck; daughter, Martha Ellen McCoy; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert Gilkeson and Mary Lea McCoy; and two grandsons, William Aidan and Braden Summers McCoy; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Martha McCoy Burnett; and one niece, Caroline McCoy Burnett.

Funeral services will be held today 11 a.m. at the Franklin Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kevin Hand and Dr. Richard Young officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad or Franklin Presbyterian Church.  

The family received friends at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lonnie C. Eye

Lonnie C. Eye, 97, of Franklin died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Eye was born May 13, 1911, in Arbovale and was the son of the late Daniel and Catherine Hinkle Eye.

He was the last survivor of the Levi Eye family.

He lived much of his life on the Friends Run.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways after 20 years of service.  He ws a painter, having started painting when he was 23 years old.  He also took much pride in this gardening and was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church. 

On April 15, 19333, he married Zona Bowers Simpson, who preceded him in death Nov. 2, 1987. 

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Teter Eye Hartman of Franklin; three grandchildren, Diana Hartman Coleman and husband, Roy, Charles Hartman and wife, Sherry, and Angela Hartman Rexrode and husband, Kent; six great-grandchildren, Michael Coleman, Chris Coleman, Thomas Coleman, Tiffany Simpson, Rebekah Simpson and Jessica Hartman; and tree great-great-grandchildren, David Coleman, Renee Coleman and Chris Coleman. 

He also was preceded in death by one infant son, one infant daughter, three brothers and six sisters. 

The Rev. Kevin Hand conducted the funeral Tuesday at Kimble Funeral home in Franklin.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made t the family, c/o Angela Rexrode, HC 69 Box 212, Fort Seybert, WV  26806.

Guy O. Miller 

Guy O. Miller, 80, went home to be with the Lord, suddenly on Saturday, May 31, 2008.

He was born in Mouth of Seneca, a son of the late Winnie and Willie Miller.

Mr. Miller lived in the Akron, OH, area for over 50 years and worked for waht is now called Ameri Gas for 40 years, retiring as a manager .  He was an Army veteran who served the country proudly in WWII.  He also worked for many years for his good friend and colleague, David Usher.

His loving wife of 58 years, Nancy Teter Miller survives.

Also surviving are children Marvin Miller (Alisa), Phyllis Yoders (Bob), and Tricia Miller; grandchildren, Robert Jr., Nicole and Alexis; and great-grandchild, Shamira.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Eula Piscatelli.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron, OH, with Pastor Knute Larson officiating.  Interment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests  donations be made to the American Heart or American Lung Associations. 

A special message can be left a 

Hansel Hedrick

Hansel Hedrick, 88, of Riverton died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Hedrick was born Oct. 1, 1919, in Macksville and was the son of the late Solomon Baxter and Artie Miller Hedrick.

He was a member of high Rock United Methodist Church and was church treasurer.  He was one of the original founders of North Fork Memorial Cemetery and was a member of Gideons International and the West Virginia Cattleman's ASsociation.  He received the Farmer of the Year award.  He was a livestock dealer and a farmer and was founder of Riverton Livestock Sales. 

His wife, Virginia R. Harper Hedrick, preceded him in death Oct. 30, 1999.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Lambert of Riverton; a sister, Ella Griffith of Arlington, VA; three brothers, the Rev. Roy Hedrick of Harrisonburg, VA, Hugh Hedrick of Coshocton, OH, and Joe Hedrick of Riverton; four grandchildren, Beverly Rexrode, Debra Kay Wise, Jeannie Lambert and Steven Douglas Lambert; and four great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Dice Hedrick, Guy Hedrick and Donnie Hedrick; and four sisters, Elizabeth Alander, Betty Harper, Hazel Hedrick and Mabel Harper.

Pastor Barbara Rexroad and the Rev. Stanley Kile conducted the funeral Saturday at High Rock United Methodist Church. Burial was in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

Memorial donations may be made to High Rock United Methodist Church or Gideons International.

Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Anna E. Sites

Anna Elizabeth Sites, 80, of Franklin died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

Mrs. Sites was born Sept. 23, 1927, at Masonville, (Grant County) and was the daughter of the late Isaac Abraham and Minnie Mabel Mitchell Crites.

She was a cook at New Frontier Restaurant and for the Pendleton County Committee on Aging.  She was a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren, where she was active in the Ladies' Aid.

On March 23, 1948, she married Warnie E. Sites, who preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1977.

Surviving are three daughters, Sandra Darlene Boore of Uniontown, OH, Sharon Ann Smith of Harrisonburg, VA, and Diana K. Thompson of Upper Tract; two sons, Dale Glenn Sites of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Eston Lee Sites of Maysville; one son whom she raised, James Turner of Upper Tract; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers.

The Revs. Shyrl Smith and Glenn Sites conducted the funeral Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to donor's choice.

John Hobert Kimble

John Hobert Kimble, 75, of Severna Park, MD, and formerly of Landes, died Thursday as a result of an automobile accident in Bunker Hill.

He was born April 21, 1933, in Landes and was the son of the late Eston T. and Dora Edna (Cox) Kimble.

Mr. Kimble worked for Glenn L. Martin Aircraft, Westinghouse and retired from General Electric.  He worked on Medical Equipment in hospitals in the Washington and Maryland areas.  He also served in the United States Army. 

His wife of 52 yeas, Pierrette Yoletchitch Kimble, survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sisters, Carolyn Jean Nelson and Sylvia Ours, both of Martinsburg, Joan Borror of Petersburg and Barbara Bloom of Akron, OH; two brothers: James R. Kimble of Bel Air, MD, and Randy Kimble of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Eston "Buck" Kimble Jr., Kenneth Preston Kimble and an infant brother; and one sister, Emily Florence Kimble.

Funeral services will be Friday at 12 noon at St. John's Catholic Church, Severna Park, MD.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Severna Park, MD.

This obituary is a courtesy of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Vallie Vandevender, 95

Vallie Judith Arbaugh Vandevender, 95, a resident of the Chenoweth Creek Community, Elkins, departed this life Wednesday afternoon, May 28, 2008, at her home.

She was born Saturday, June 8, 1912, at Oceola, Randolph County, a daughter of the late Clarence Arbaugh and Laura Sponaugle Arbaugh.

She attended the schools in Pendleton County.  She ws a homemkaer, a member of the New Life Fellowship Church and loved Jesus with all her heart.

On Sept. 25, 1931, at Cumberland, MD, she was married to French Vandevender, who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1986.

Surviving are two sons, Herman Vandevender and wife, Debbie of Virginia, and Carl Vandevender and Joan of Montrose; two daughters, Bertie Lee Leaderer of Akron, OH, and Carol Hudnall and husband, George of Elkins; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Also preceding her in death were one daughter, Kittie Shaffer; two brothers, Price and Woody Arbaugh; and two sisters, Mae Judy and Marie Arbaugh.

Final rites were conducted at the New Life Fellowship Church Saturday with the Reverend Gloria M. Roy and the Reverend John Means officiating. Interment followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Chester Hugh Butcher

Chester Hugh Butcher, 59, of Hanover, MD, died Saturday, May 17, at his residence.

Born Dec. 20, 1948, at Phillippi, he was the son of Levene Sponaugle Butcher of Riverton and the late Herbert Stern Butcher.

He was an electrician with Johnson Control, an industrial contruction company.  He was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Vietnam era and in Korea.  He graduated from Circleville High School and attended Temple University.  He was a member of the Seneca Rocks United Methodist church and Local 26 IBEW.

Surviving are two sons, Benjamin Butcher of Pasadena, MD, and Bradley Butcher of Crofton, MD; one sister, Sherry Lynn Murray and husband, Dr. Harry M. Murray, III, of Bridgeport; one brother, Douglas Mark Butcher of Riverton; and three nieces, Ashley Murray, Merideth Veltri and Julia Murray.

Memorial services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. Barbara Rexroad and Earl Bible officiating. Burial will be at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, with military graveside services by Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to Seneca United Methodist Church, North Fork Fire Company or Rescue Squad.

Eva Grace Harper, 101

Eva Grace Harper, 101, of Stuarts Draft, VA, and formerly of the Forks of Water community in Highland County, VA, died Monday, June 2, 2008 at Stuarts Draft Christian Home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1906, in Highland County, VA, a daughter of the late Sullie and Florence (Fleisher) Beverage.

On June 28, 1927, she married Dillon Emory Harper, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Harper was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Mount Pisgah United Methodist church and the Mount Pisgah Craft Ladies.  She was a former member of the Forks of Water United Methodist Church and the Harper Chapel United Methodist church.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Earl Bowers and Doris and Robert Timberlake, all of Fredericksburg, VA; a son and daughter-in-law, Orris "Dale" Harper of Fort Defiance, VA; eight grandchildren, Judy Augst, Kimberly Aldizer, William Harper, Teresa Turner, Jeffrey Bowers, Cheryl Bowley and Brian and Brent Timberlake; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by a sister, Ethel May Bible.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Crawford, III officiating.  Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Harper Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 48, Mt. Sidney, VA 24467.

The family received friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. 



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