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24 June 2010

Richard Homan, 87

Richard Wilson Homan, 87, passed away on Monday, June 21, 2010, at his residence in Franklin.

Mr. Homan was born on Jan. 14, 1923, in Sugar Grove, the son of the late Dr. Virgil Ray Homan, Sr. and Leafy A. Mitchell Homan.

He worked for Kiser Roller Mill, Sugar Grove, and was elected to the board of directors at Pendleton County Bank, Franklin from 1952-2010, president from 1969-2010 and CEO from 1972-2000.  He was a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, where he was teacher and Sunday School superintendent.  He attended Sugar Grove Elementary School and graduated as salutatorian from Franklin High School in 1941 and from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, in 1950 with a BA in math.  He was the recipient of the Distinguished West Virginian Award.

Homan was a member/president of Pendleton County Board of Education, a member of Pendleton County Board of Health, Town Council of Franklin, Pendleton County Extension Service Committee, served four six-year terms on Veterans Council of West Virginia Department of Veteran Affairs and was a Corridor H supporter.  He was a charter/life member of VFW Post 9666, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, West Virginia Bankers Association (past president 1991-1992), Pendleton County Industrial Development Authority, Area Three Governor Caperton's Partnership for Progress, 32nd Degree Mason of the Pendleton Lodge 144 AF & AM.

He was a WW II US Army Veteran having been inducted into Company A, 220th Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Blanding, FL.  He went overseas to Europe where he served with the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  He served in the Rhineland and Central Germany Campaigns and was promoted to Sergeant at the end of WW II.  He was then assigned to the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg, Germany, during trials of top Nazi leaders.

He was a charter member of VFW Post 9666 at Sugar Grove, which he helped to organize and where he served through all the chairs to commander (VFW department 1957, junior vice- commander-in-chief 1966, senior vice-commander-in-chief 1967, commander-in-chief 1968).  He served two terms as district commander and served as chairman of every major committee in the West Virginia Veterans Department and was then elected department commander in 1957, where he served six years on the National Council of Administration, National Legislative Committee, National Security Committee, National Awards and Citations Committee, National Budget and Finance Committee and as chairman of the National Loyalty Day Committee.  During his service in the National Chairs of the VFW, he traveled in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries in Europe and spent several weeks studying first hand the conditions in the Far East, where he visited Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, the Island Fortress of Quemoy, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Phillipines.

He was instrumental with the water line extension to Entry Mountain, securing  Hanover Shoe Company and Franklin Garment Company to the area through the original Pendleton Industries group (now Pendleton County Economic and Development Authority) and construction of the access road to Pendleton Community Building/Town Park.

On Aug. 14, 1964, he married Jean Ann Simmons, who survives in Franklin.

Also surviving are three daughters, Amy Byrd DePoy of Harrisonburg, VA, Mary Carter Homan of San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Sheets and husband, Kenny of Martinsburg; three brothers, Reid Homan of Sugar Grove, Virgil R. Homan, Jr. and wife, Jeanne, all of Sugar Grove, and John F. Homan and wife, Loretta of Shepherdstown; and two granddaughters, Hannah Byrd DePoy and Evelyn Carter DePoy, both of Harrisonburg, VA.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Morris M. Homan and Walter Byrd Homan; and a son-in-law, William Anderson “Andy” DePoy on May 21.

Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Rev. Susie Echols, Rev. Bill Blackwell and Rev. Kevin Hand officiating.  Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin, with military graveside services conducted by Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial donations may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad, Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Mountain Hospice, or the VFW National Home for Widows and Orphans, Eaton Rapids, MI.

The family received friends on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6  p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Words of comfort and memories may be left at

Pauline Smith, 89

Pauline Smith, 89, of Sugar Grove died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at her home.

She was born Sept. 28, 1920, at Brandywine a daughter of the late Cloda Rexrode Hartman.

On Oct. 19, 1946, she married Ralph Vernon “Dick” Smith, who preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 2003.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Varner of Monterey, VA, Doris Hull of Doe Hill, VA, and a daughter of Broadway; ten grandchildren, Lori, Ronnie, Mikie, and Ricky Lambert, Lisa Turner, Tom and Juny Hull, Timmy Varner and Bobby and Shelly Bradburn; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted Friday at the Sugar Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sugar Grove Cemetery, c/o Ellen Mitchell, HC 74 Box 102A, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell, VA.

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