Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 12 June 2003

William A. Dahmer, 78

William A. "Bill" Dahmer, 78, Franklin, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at his home. 

Mr. Dahmer was born June 23, 1924, at Dahmer and was the son of the late Joel "Bud" Dahmer and Bertie Bowers Dahmer. 

He was a farmer and a construction worker.  He attended Franklin Church of God. 

On Oct. 25, 1952, he married Naomi Harper Dahmer, who preceded him in death June 5, 1973. 

Surviving are two daughters, Doris Dahmer of Harrisonburg, VA, and Martha J. Dahmer of Franklin; and one grandson. 

He was preceded in death by one half-sister. 

Pastor Rob Borror conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Friday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Frankin.  Burial was in the Dahmer cemetery at Dahmer.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad, PO Box 727, Franklin, WV  26807. 

Alfred C. Ellifritz, 83

Afred Charles Ellifritz, age 83, of Balitmore, MD, died March 24, 2003, at the Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Middle River, MD. 

Born March 14, 1920, in Kitzmiller, MD, he was the son of the late Thomas and Ethel (Johnston) Ellifritz.  

Mr. Ellifritz was a member of the CCC (Civil Conservation Corp) in Cabins. 

Surviving are his wife, Martha (Hollen) Ellifritz of Baltimore, MD; one son, Jerry Ellifritz of Moorefield; five daughters, Carol Ellifritz and Becky Mullins, both of Petersburg, Annalee Self of Burlington, KAy Marmen of Baltimore, MD, and Barbara Sponaugle of Circleville; one step son , Ken Jackson of Baltimore, M; one step daughter, Gail Jackson of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, James Ellifritz and Bill Ellifritz, both of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Alberta Miller of Keyser; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  

Preceded in addition to his parents , by his wife, Irma Schaeffer) Ellifritz; an infant son, Charles Alfred Ellifritz; one granddaugther, Barbara Lee Mullins; one sister, Lillie Hott; and two brothers, Earl Ellifritz and Ernest Ellifritz. 

Funeral services were held in the Connelly Funeral Home, Essex, MD, and burial in Bel Air Memorial Cemetery, Bel Air, MD.  

Diana Sue Parish

Diana Sue Parish, 53, Petersburg, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg as the result of an automobile accident. 

Mrs. Parish was born Feb 22, 1950, in Petersubrg and was a daughter of the late Jacob Whetzel and Ottie Thorne Whetzel. 

She was a registered nurse who had worked at Grant County Nursing Home, Pendleton Nursing Home and Grant Memorial Nursgin Home; her last job was at the Hospice of the Panhandle.  She graduated from Petersburg HighSchool in 1968 and Alleghany Community College. 

She was married to Charles Parish who survives.  

Also surviving are a daughter, Melanie Whetzel of Upper Tract; a sister, Virginia Bryant of Covington, VA; two brothers, Gary Whetzel of Petersburg and Eston Whetzel of Aldie, VA; and two grandchildren, Jillian and Jamey Whetzel.

The Rev. Randy Ours conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial and a graveside service were held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Cabin Run Cemetery in Keyser.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren or to the American Heart Association.  

William "Shook" Sears 

WIlliam Ellis "Shook" Sears, 80, of Petersburg, died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. 

Mr. Sears was born Aug. 17, 1922, in Petersburg and was the son of the late May Sears. 

He graduated from Petersburg High School in 1942,  He was employed by Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways in 1981.  He was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church and the Petersburg Lodge I.O.O.F. 408 for 54 years and was past Vice-Grand July 1, 1984.  He was a World WAr II veteran of the US Army.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Arletta Kesner Sears; several nieces and nephews; and three great nieces, Tara Mallow, Seara Mallow and Trina Mallow. 

He was also preceded in death by one son, William E. Sears, Jr; one daughter, Darlene Sue Sears; two brothers, John Bean Sears and an infant brother; five sisters, Eula Parker, Mildred Cook and Helen Mongold and two infant sisters.  He was the last member of his immediate family.   

The Revs. C. William Cox and Max Fisher conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg where the Petersburg Lodge I.O.O.F. 408 conducted a service at 7:30 p.m. Monday. 

Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Petersburg with military rites by the combined veterans organizations of Grant County and the JROTC.

Memorial donations may be made to the Petersburg Presbyterian Church or to a charity of choice. 

Mason Harper 

Mason Harper, 89, a resident of Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin and formerly of Riverton, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at the nursing home. 

Mr. Harper was born Jan. 14, 1914, in Macksville and was the son of the late Fred Harper and Jennie Harman Harper.

He was a farmer and a sergeant in the US Army during World War II.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Rock Cabins Post 6862. 

He is survived by his wife, Cora Hedrick Harper, whom he married Feb. 14, 1946; a daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Jerry Walls of Brandywine; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, , Burrell, Johnny, Brozie and Walter Harper; and five sisters, Ruby Vance, Kertie Harper, Beulah Watts, Mamie Warner and Margie Huffman. 

The Rev. Calvin Bailey conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin. burial was at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton with military rites by the combined veterans organizations of Pendleton County. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Nursing Home. 

Bruce S. Hammer, 72  

Bruce Simmons Hammer, 72, of Staunton, VA, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. 

Mr. Hammer was born Nov. 118, 1930, in Cave, Pendleton County and was the son of the late Ervin Leo and Annie Simmons Hammer. 

He was a 1949 graduate of Franklin High School and a 1953 graduate of Bridgewater college with a BS degree in Business administration.  He was a US Army veteran.  Prior to retirement, he was employed by McQuay, the former Westinghouse Company of Verona, VA, with 40 years of service.  He was also a greeter with Wal-Mart Super Center in Staunton, VA, since its opening.  He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and a member of the Men's Club of the church.

On June 23, 1956, he  married Joyce Shiflet Hammer, who survives.  Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Gwen Hammer of Staunton, VA;  a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa (Hammer) and William Robson, Jr., of Staunton, VA; and four grandchildren, William Michael Hammer, William T. "Beau" Robson III, Danielle Elizabeth Hammer and Allan Michael Hammer.  Also surviving is a special family friend, Terry Cox. 

The Revs. Steven Greer and Zig Volskis conducted a memorial service 11 a.m. Friday in the St. John's United Methodist Church.  Burial was private. 

Henry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Turetha H. Emrich 92

Turetha H. Emrich died Friday, May 30, 2003, at the lebanon Valley Home in Annville, PA, and a former resident of Ono, PA.  She was 92 years old. 

Her late husband, William G. Emrich, died in 1995.  

Born in Franklin on May 15, 1911, she was a daughter of the late William Propst and Emma Wimer Propst.  

She retired in 1981 from the Northern Lebanon School district where she was employed at the East Hanover Elementary School cafeteria.  She was an active member of the JOnestown United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church Women, Lebanon County WCTU, Ono Fire Company Auxiliary and the Mt. Lebanon Campmeeting Auxiliary.  

She is survived by two sons, Gerald R., husband of Mary Emrich of Lititz, PA: Larry W., husband of Ruth Anne Emrich of Hummelstown, PA; a daughter, Shirley M. Wife of Robert L. NAuman of Lewes, DE; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several cousins residing in Pendleton County.  

She was preceded in death by brothers, William, Jason and Marvin, and a sister, Eva Umberger. 

Services were held on Tuesday, June 3, at the United Methodist Church in Jonestown, PA.  Interment was held at Grand View Memorial Park, Annville, PA.  

Strauss-Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home of Jonestown, PA, was in charge of the arrangements.  

Sara M. Mitchell, 72

Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, 72, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Sunday, June 8, 2003, suddenly at her home. 

Mrs. Mitchell was born on Sept. 4, 1930, in Franklin and was the daughter of the late James and Virginia Dare Wagner McLaughlin. 

She had lived in the Hinton, VA, area for the past 35 years.  She worked as a bank teller for Crestar Bank until her retirement.  

On January 1, 1950, she married Lester F. Mitchell, who survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Suzette M. Smith and her husband, Jeffrey, of Woodbridge, VA, and Lynn A. Mitchell, Mount Crawford, VA; three sisters, Mary Lee Sites and Betty Hevener, both of Franklin and Martha Jean Walker, Hayes, VA

Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by three brothers, J. William McLaughlin, Paul McLaughlin and E. Wilson McLaughlin. 

The Rev. Don Wilkinson will conduct a graveside service at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum this morning at 11 a.m.

The family received friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 8 at the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.  Friends may also call at the Mitchell home at any time. 

Memorial contributions  may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Tributes Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1290 Seminole Trail, Suite 2, Charlottesville, VA  22901. 

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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