Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 19 June 2003

Sylvia Mae Thompson

Sylvia Mae Thompson, 92, of Cherry Grove, died Monday, June 16, 2003 at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin. 

Mrs. Thompson was born Oct. 12, 1910, in Cherry Grove and was a daughter of the late Wayne Sylvester Vandevander and Lena Mae Tingler Vandevander. 

She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Mason Thompson, preceded her in death April 29, 1968. 

Surviving are one sister, Betty Bennett of Riverton; nine grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Mattie Bennett and Annalyn Heavener; three brothers, Virgil Vandevander, Willie Vandevander and Buzz Vandevander; one half brother, Charlie Tingler; and two sisters, Belva Bennett and Dessie Sharp.  

The family will receive friends today from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Friends may call at any time Wednesday. 

The Revs. Paul O'Gorek and Stanley Kile will conduct the funeral today at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home.  Burial will be at the North Fork Cemetery in Riverton. 

Jessie Marie Carr, 83

Jessie Marie Carr, age 83, of Maysville, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at the Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mrs. Carr was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Jordan Run.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas Christian Berg and Dolly (Barger) Berg.

She was a homemaker and retired from Rockingham Poultry.  She was a member of the Cabins Assembly of God Church. 

Surviving are two sons, Larry D. Carr and Gary A. Carr, both of Maysville; three daughters, Elma G. Layton of New Creek, Geneva B. Hedrick of Belington, and Geraldine L. Evans of Maysville; one brother, Arlie Berg of Maysville; two half brothers, David Berg and Vernon Berg, both of Maysville; one half sister, Betty Smith of Harrisonburg, VA; 26 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 

  She was also preceded in death by her step mother, Ora Berg; her husband, Julius V. Carr on February 3, 1998; one son, Paul V. Carr; one grandson, Ronnie Hedrick; one granddaughter, infant Miranda Herndon Evans; four sisters, Viola Turner, Edna Hesse, Elsie Carr and Pluma Goldizen; half sister, infant Mary Berg; four brothers, infant Brady Berg, Ulysses Berg, Car Berg and George Berg; and two half brothers, Vence Berg, Sr., and Leon Berg. 

The Revs. Stephen B. Landis and Joseph Eversole conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Monday at the Cabins Assembly of God Church.  Burial was in the Barger in Jordan Run.

Memorials may be made to Cabins Assembly of God Church. 

Marie C. Dahmer

Marie Catherine Dahmer, 69, of Deer Runs, near Franklin, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at her home. 

Mrs. Dahmer was born Aug. 22, 1933, in Pansy and was a daughter of the late Loy Whetzel and Ottie Ratcliff Whetzel. 

She retired as a Pendleton County deputy assessor  in 1996 after 31 years of service and was a clerk for the FBI in Washington D.C., from 1952 to 1957.  She graduated from Franklin High School in 1952.  She was active with the Treasure Mountain Festival Association for 20 years and Treasure Mountain Festival Grand marshal in 2002.  She was a  member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church, CEOS Club and FBI Alumni, Washington, D.C., Metro Chapter. 

Mrs. Dahmer was a 4-H leader of Deer Run Pioneers for 30 years and was named 1985 Outstanding 4-H volunteer leader.  She did volunteer work at Christian Assistance Network (CAN) and was named 2003 past outstanding 4-H volunteer leader, was a 4-H all-star and a notary public.  

She is survived by her husband, L. Glenn Dahmer, whom she married on Sept. 9, 1957, at Mt, Zion United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Al Guyon officiating. 

All surviving are two daughters, Pamela Hartman and Glenna Dunkle, both of Franklin; a son, Rodney Dahmer of Elizabeth; four sisters, Ardella Clear and Luella Montgomer, both of Alexandria, VA, Arvella Finnigan of Hinton, VA, and Louise Butler of McGaheysville, VA; two brothers, William "Raymond" Whetzel of Broadway, VA, and Virgil Whetzel of Mount Crawford, VA; three granddaughters, Jennifer Dunkle and Stacy and Myra Hartman, all of Franklin, and mother-in-law, Bessie Dahmer, Pendleton Nursing Home. 

She was preceded in death , in addition to her parents, by one brother, Arlie Whetzel.  

The Revs. Walter Mullins, Kathy Mullins and Stanley Kile conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church.  Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Grant County Hospice, PO Box 1019, Petersburg, WV  26847; Mount Zion United Methodist Church, HC 72 Box 26-A, Franklin, WV 26807; or Deer Run Pioneers 4-H Club Camp Fund, HC 69 Box 81-A, Brandywine, WV 26802.

Bruce S. Hammer, 72

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

Mr. Hammer was born Nov. 18, 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 Williams 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. StevenGreer 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.  

Goldie R. Severance, 74

Goldie R. Severance, 74, of Franklin, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.  

Mrs. Severance was born July 7, 1928, in Sistersville. 

She was a cook, a waitress and a homemaker.  She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies' Auxiliary.  She was a Presbyterian by faith. 

On July 6, 1963, she married Thomas C. Severance, who preceded her in death June 18, 2002. 

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Hamilton of Norfolk, VA; a son, Michael Severance of Franklin; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held 7 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 

Ronald A. Shelin 

Ronald A. Shelin, son-in-law of Bruce and Mary Gray Dolly, died in Williamsburg on June 10, 2003. 

He moved to Williamsburg in 1990, after retiring from 30 years of service in the United States Navy Dental Corps. 

He was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Norfolk, Virginia.  He graduated from the college of William and Mary in 1956 and from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1960.  He was honored as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 1976.

His long and distinguished Naval career included deployments of Africa with the United States marine Corps on the USS Spiegal Grove and two tours to Vietnam on the USS Enterprise.  His duty stations included  tours at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba, Oceana Naval Air Station Virginia Beach, naval Air Station Dallas and at the Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco.   

After retiring, he enjoyed performing volunteer dental exams on children from Olde Towne Medical Center.  H performed part time dentistry for Drs. Lombard, Luckam, Smith and Gordon, who referred to him as their "911" dentist whom they could call to work when needed. 

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Gray, at home; his daughter, Sandy of Walla Walla, WA; and his son, Randy of Las Vegas, NV.

He was interred at a graveside ceremony at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, on Saturday, June 14.  Navy chaplain Cdr. Kingman conducted the service.  Full military honors were given to Capt. Shelin by the Navy Honor Guard. 

Blanche Washington, 73

Blanche Virginia Washington, 73, of Moorefield, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at her home. 

Mrs. Washington was born June 14, 1929, in Petersburg and was a daughter of the late Emmett Redman, Sr., and Myrtle Patch Redman. 

She was a homemaker and was active in the Asbury United Methodist Church in Moorefield. 

Her husband, Omer B. Washington, preceded her in death. 

She is survived by four daughters, Gloria J. Washington and Linda Yvonne, Washington, both of Altedena, CA, and Glenda Cole and Pearlene Washington, both of Moorefield, three sons, Omer B. Washington, Jr., David Washington and Paul Washington, all of Moorefield; two sisters, Myrtle Moats of Moyers and Geraldine Redman of Petersburg; a brother, William J. Redman of Petersburg; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pastors Calvin McCutcheon and Judy Vetter conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Friday at the Elmore Funeral Home in Moorefield.  Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.  

Memorial donations may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church.  

Zola May Smith, 94

Zola May Smith, 94, of Keyser, and formerly of medley, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser.  She had lived at Heartland of Keyser for the past seven months. 

Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 12, 1909, in Smoke Hole and was the daughter of the late John t. Self and Susan Shirk Self. 

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Keyser. 

Her husband, Frederick R. Smith, Sr., preceded her in death Oct. 15, 1979. 

She is survived by a  son, Frederick R. Smith, Jr., of Greenbelt, MD; five daughters, Ruth Gochenour of Luray, VA, Polly Oates of Keyser, Mary Alice Wahley of Stephens City, VA, Freeda Pence of Charlottesville, VA, and Betty Mallow of Odenton, MD; 13 grandchildren; and a number of great grandchildren. 

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

President Wesley Ehlers will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. today at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial will be at Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. 

The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 pm. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Robert Hedrick, 91

Robert "Mace" Hedrick, 91, formerly of Upper Tract, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Pendleton Nursing Home where he had been a resident. 

Mr. Hedrick was born Oct. 30, 1911, in Upper Tract and was a son of the late Taylor S. Hedrick and Emma F. Stump Hedrick. 

He had retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways.  He was a veteran. 

On July 7, 1945, he married Bessie M. Whitecotton Hedrick, who preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 1993. 

He is survived by nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. 

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.  He was preceded in death by three brothers. 

The Rev. Calvin Bailey conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin.  Burial was in the Cherry Hill Cemetery in upper Tract with military graveside services conducted by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.  

Memorials may be made to Pendleton Nursing Home, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV,  26807. 

Gladys G. Bain, 84

Gladys Gwendolyn (Alt) Bain, 84, of Baltimore, MD, and formerly of Brushy Run, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD. 

Mrs. Bain was born July 9, 1918, in Brushy Run and was the daughter of the late Scott R. and Effie (Whetzel) Alt. 

Surviving are one daughter, Gwendolyn Barnes of Kearneysville; one sister, Dorothy Sears of Petersburg; two brothers, Archie Alt of Sparta, MI, and Victor Alt of Baltimore, MD,; two grandchildren, Christine and Kenny Wilson of Baltimore, MD; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by one son, Larry Wilson; three brothers, Russell Alt, Galen Alt and Titus Alt; five sisters, infant Goldie Alt, Viola Smith, Vernie Whetzel, Mary Setzer and Hazel Cosner. 

Graveside services were conducted under the direction of the Gonce Funeral Home in Baltimore, MD.  

Local arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. 

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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