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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, June 21, 2001


Rev. E.F. Humphreys, 92

The Rev. Elwood Franklin Humphreys, 92, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at King's Daughters' Nursing Home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1908, in Waynesboro, VA, a son of the late Lewis Greenberry and Annie Jeanette Sampson Humphreys.

He served as a reverend for 50 years in many areas, including in West Virginia, Smith Creek, Hammers, Friends Runs, Pocahontas and Durbin. He also served in Virginia at Boones Chapel, Snow Creek Rocky Mount, Henry Fork, Jones Chapel, Little River Church of the Brethren and White Hill. He was an intern pastor at Buena Vista and a school teacher for 30 years. He was a member of the Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Claytor Humphreys; one daughter, Elsie Lee Via; one step-daughter, Marie Walker; two sisters and one brother.

Survivors include his wife, Hayden Humphreys of Craigsville, VA; two daughters, Dorothy Mae martin of martinsville, VA, and Mary Frances Peters of Stuarts Draft, VA; one step-daughter, and two step-sons-in-law, Charlotte and Edward Gorniak of Erie, PA, and Gordon Walker of Lewistown, PA; one sister, Thelma Thurston of Richmond, VA; one brother, Lewis Glenn Humphreys of Buena Vista, VA; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

A service was conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14 at Little River Church of the Brethren by Rev. Eugene Lenker. Burial took place in Augusta Memorial Park, Fishersville, VA.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Little River Church of the Brethren.

Arrnagements were under the direction of the Craigsville Funeral Home.


George K. Lambert, 80

George Keister Lambert, 80, Mount Crawford, VA, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Lambert was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Pendleton County and was a son of the late George Ira and Sudie Arbogast Lambert.

He owned and operated the handyman Repair Service in Mount Crawford, VA, until his illness in October. He served in the US Marines in World War II in the Pacific Theatre and in the Korean War.

Mr. Lambert was a member of the Mount Pleasant church of the Brethren and was attending Truth, Light and Life Fellowship in Penn Laird, VA, where he was chairman of the Elders. He was also a member of the International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen.

Surviving are his wife, Syvil Rexrode Lambert, whom he married Jan. 3, 1946; two daughters, Janet L. Campbell, Mount Crawford, VA, and Angela Renee Lambert, Dayton, VA; one sister, Erma Nuckols, Mount Crawford, VA; three brothers, Hancel Lambert, Mount Crawford, VA, Varley Lambert, Sr., Riverton, and Ira O. "Bill" Lambert, Austin, TX; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

The Rev. Daniel Rodes conducted a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren.

His body was donated to the Virginia State Anatomical Board.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Truth, Light and Life Building Fund, 2597 Fairview Road, Mount Crawford, VA 22841 or the Mount Pleasant church of the Brethren Building Fund, 2788 Taylor Springs Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.


Emma Lee Barkley

Emma Lee Barkley, 73, Circleville, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mrs. Barkley was born April 16, 1928, at Cherry Grove and was the daughter of the late Virgil H. and Hazel Ferbee Rymer.

She was employed by Pendleton Community Care as an in-home provider until her illness. She has also worked for Pendleton Senior and Family Services and Community Action. She was a member and deacon of the Circleville Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of Ladies Auxiliary 6862 and the Dry run and Spruce Knob CEOS Club.

On May 27, 1946, she married Wardell Barkley, who survives.

She is also survived by three daughters, Judy Warner, Carolyn Steele and Diane Hiner, all of Circleville; three sons, Donald Lee Nelson, Kenneth Barkley and Richard Barkley, all of Circleville; three sisters Mattie Hedrick, Marie Rexrode, and Pauline Arbaugh, all of Circleville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Rev. William C. Cox and Pastor Mark McAllister conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Circleville Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton.

Memorials may be made to the Circleville Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.


Joseph T. Stumbo, Sr., 67

Joseph Trevorlee "Pete" Stumbo, Sr., 67, Cherry Grove, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Stumbo was born May 19, 1934, in Iaeger and was a son of the late Joe Columbus Stumbo and Ocie Roberts Stumbo.

He was a retired coal miner and was a member of UMWA No. 5997, District 29.

Surviving are his wife, Ida Pruitt Stumbo; eigh daughters, Debra Faye Adams, Lexington, OH, Ocie Kathrine Mills, Columbus, OH, Carolyn Kidd, Iaeger; Shelby Jean England Lema Louise Warner, Lena Louise Stumbo and Lisa Marie Bennett, all of Cherry Grove; and Patricia Ann Hess, Jolo; three sons, Joseph Trevorlee Stumbo, Jr., and Joe Don Stumbo, both of Cherry Grove, and Carl Stumbo, Iaeger; two sisters, Kathalena Worthington, and JoAnn Walker, both of Iaeger; two brothers, Alfred Estel Stumbo, Troy, OH, and Samby Stumbo, Niagara Falls, NY; 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Mark McAllister conducted the funeral at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. At fmaily request his body was cremated following the service.

Memorial may be made to the family, c/o Ida Stumbo.


Bessie V. Thompson, 96

Bessie L. Vandevander Thompson, 96, Charleston, and formerly of Circleville, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at CAMC General Division after a short illness.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church. She was involved in several area church and community activities. She was retired from the State of West Virginia Workers Compensation Division and was an elementary school teacher in Pendleton County for 10 years. She was a graduate of St. Johns Academy and Shepard College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie E. Thompson, and son Charles L. Thompson.

Surviving are a son, JohnWayne Thompson of Charleston; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Morris Memorial United Church, Kanawha City, with Dr. Chuck Pullins and Rev. Bill Holsclaw officiating. Interment and Committal Service will be today at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to Morris Memorial United Methodist Church to the Contiguity Fund, 4615 Mac Corkle Ave., S.E. Charleston, WV 25304.

J.E. Johnson Funeral Home of S.E. Charleston was in charge of the arrangements.


Isaac E. Simmons, Sr., 85

Isaac Elmo "Ike" Simmons, 85, Harrisonburg, VA, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Camelot Health and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a patient for three years.

Mr. Simmons was born March 15, 1916, in Pendleton county and was the son of the late William and Ida Simmons.

He was founder of the L&S Diner, which began in 1947, and was part owner for many years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose 1686 in Harrisonburg, VA. Mr. Simmons served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 632. An avid baseball player and fan, Mr. Simmons attended spring training in Florida for nine consecutive years and was also a scout for the Cleveland Indians in the Shenandoah Valley. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

He was first married to the former Donna Lee Lampe, who died in 1978. On June 11, 1979, he married Juanita L. Simmons, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, I.E. "Sparky" Simmons, Jr. and James C. "Cricket" Simmons, both of Harrisonburg, VA; one daughter, Doris "Suzy" Leonard, Litchfield, AZ; two step-sons, Douglas L. Armentrout and Michael W. Armentrout, both of Harrisonburg, VA; two step-daughters, Debra Jane Johnston, Charles Town, and Kathy Armentrout, Harrisonburg, Va; two brothers, John E. Simmons, Harrisonburg, VA, and Leroy Simmons, Hinton, VA; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Glen Langston and Don Fridinger conducted a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, Va.


Lillian G. Puffenbarger, 76

Lillian Grace Puffenbarger, 76, Blue Grass, VA, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at the Springs Nursing Center, where she had been a resident since 1997.

Miss Puffenbarger was born April 8, 1925, at Blue Grass, VA, a daughter of the late Albert Luther and Eliza Edith (Fleisher) Puffenbarger.

She was a homemaker and attended the Union Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Ina Mae Wimer of Staunton, VA, and Gladys Viola Mullenax of Franklin; a brother, William Dale Puffenbarger of Monterey, VA; eight nieces; and three nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret V. Newlen; a brother, Harry L. Puffenbarger; and a nephew.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA, by the Rev. Jerry Ginn. Burial was in the Union Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Mointerey, VA or the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 267, Monterey, VA 24465.


David Allen Kimble

David Allen Kimble, 16, Upper Tract, died, Thursday, June 14, 2001, in Hampshire County as the result of drowning.

Mr. Kimble was born July 7, 1984, in Staunton, VA, and was a son of Steve Jarvis of Florida and Ruth Puffenbarger of Franklin. He was a junior at Pendleton County High School and was a member of the North Fork Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his adoptive parents, Vernon D. and Brenda Sue Mick Kimble, Upper Tract; four sisters, Amandi Bennett, Upper Tract, Jessica Jarvis, Indiana, Christina Kimble, Cherry Grove and connie Wimer, Onego; a brother, Darryl W. Kimble, Upper Tract and his grandparents, Luther and Thelma Peck, Franklin and earl and Katherine Kimble, Upper Tract, with whom he lived.

The Rev. Mark McAllister conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at Wilson Chapel Church Cemetery in Upper Tract.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.


Mabel Marie Hartman, 68

Mabel Marie Hartman, 68, Franklin, died Saturday, June 16,2001, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Mrs. Hartman was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Harrisonburg, VA, and was the daughter of the late Minnie Sites and Newton Beach.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are her husband, Bobby Hartman; two daughters, Linda Sue Shaffer, Franklin, and Charlotte Leola Moyers, Harrisonburg, VA; two sons, Johnny Lee Hartman, Harrisonburg, VA, and Robert Wayne Hartman, Franklin; two sisters, Rosalee Kephart, Harrisonburg, VA, and Elizabeth Shifflett, Dayton, VA; a brother, James Beach, Broadway, VA; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Marie Hartman.

Pastor Dan Ludwick conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren. Burial was at the Hartman cemetery, Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.


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