Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

8 July 2004 

Robert Leon Gonshor, II

Robert Leon Gonshor, II, age 37 of Warrenton, NC, and formerly of Jackson, NC, died Monday, July 5, 2004, at his home. 

Mr. Gonshor was born January 19, 1967, in Dover, OH.

He was a manager of Spring Valley Farms. 

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Byrnes Gonshor; his mother, Nancy Kimble Gonshor of Franklin; a brother, Kevin Gonshor and his wife, Michelle, and a sister, Susan Gonshor all of Franklin; his father-in-law, Johnny Joyner of Warrenton, NC; his mother-in-law, Mamie Joyner of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his brothers-in-law, Gene Stallings and his wife, Judy of Raleigh, NC, Greg Stallings and his wife, Wanda of Franklinton, NC and David Stallings of Raleigh, NC; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  

A Rosary was held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Massey Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids, NC, with Father Mario Claro officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Johns Catholic Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

George W. Branson, 82

George Webster Branson, 82, of Baker, died Friday, July 2, 2004, at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. 

Mr. Branson was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Lost River and was a son of the late Harper L. Branson and Freddie Webster Branson.  

Survivors include his wife, Luann Arnold Branson; a daughter, Deidra B. Thorne of Bridgeport; a son , George L. Branson of Broadway, VA; three sisters, Alice Hartman of Franklin, Eleanor Dove of Virginia Beach, VA and Betty Wolfe of Moorefield; two brothers, John Branson of Baker and William L. Branson of Norfolk, VA; and five grandchildren. 

The Rev. Jonathan L. Hedrick conducted a memorial service 2 p.m. Monday at the McKee Funeral Home in Baker.  Burial was private.  

Donna Bennett, 73

Donna Bennett, 63, of Rockville, IN, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at West Central Community Hospital in Clinton, IN. 

Mrs. Bennett was born July 17, 1940, in Harvey, IL, and was a daughter of the late Riley Hall and Edith Owen Hall. 

She was a product handler for the Eli Lilly Company.

On March 5, 1959, she married Lenza Bennett, who survives. 

She is also survived by a daughter, Diane Koch of Bloomingdale, IN; a son Stanley Bennett; three sisters, Betty Hamand of Pontiac, IL, Wanda Wrigley of Seelyville, IN., and Shirley Messer of Orland Hills, IL and four grandchildren. 

The Rev. William Cox conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Friday at the Circleville Presbyterian Church, Circleville.  Burial was at the Bennett-Judy Cemetery in Cherry Grove. 

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. 

Betty S. Puffenberger

Betty Sue Puffenberger departed this life to be with the Lord on July 3, 2004, at her home in Fort Seybert, after many years of failing health. 

Surviving are her husband, Virgil, of 44 years.  Betty was born Sept. 18, 1942, in Beckley, and was the daughter of the late Giles and Ruby Tolliver and her stepmother, Florence, who survives. Betty had two sons and four grandchildren.  Son, Greg and his wife, Tammy, live in Hagerstown, MD, with their two children, Tyler and Ashlyn.  son, Kevin and his wife, Heather, live in Upper Tract with their two children, Kyle and Kole. 

She is survived by one sister, Carol Volk, who resides in Richmond, VA, and three brothers, Roger, Carl, and Stevie, who live in Beckley.   One brother, Michael, receded her in death. Surviving her are many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins which include one special aunt and uncle, Mary and Jack of Cleveland, OH.  Betty also had many friends who loved and helped to care for her. 

Betty worked for the U.s. Coast Guard, Washington, DC before moving to Franklin, where she operated a home play school for many years.  She loved to baby-sit for working mothers whenever she was physically able and loved the children dearly.

Pastor Glenn Sites and the Rev. Richard Lynch conducted her funeral at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin on Wednesday, July 7, at 11 a.m.  Betty was buried in the Puffenberger cemetery in Fort Seybert. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to any Pendleton County Rescue Squad. 

Harold R. Collins, 78

Harold Ray Collins, 78, of 15 Greenfield Road in Luray, VA, died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray, VA. 

Mr. Collins was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Reedsville, and was the son of the late Norman Ray Collins and Ruby May Knotts Collins. 

He was a salesman and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club of Alexandria, VA. 

On Feb. 9, 1962, he married Judy Arlene Purdham, who preceded him in death May 2, 2004. 

He is survived by two daughters, Alison Blythe Collins of Luray, VA, and Sharon Lee Kenaston of Chattanooga, TN; three sisters, Colleen Swearinger of Franklin, Wanda Huff of Elizabeth City, NC, and Vanetta Barston of Petersburg, and one grandchild.  

The Rev. Ben Jenkins conducted a graveside service 11 a.m. Monday at Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley, VA. 

Memorial contributions may be made tot he Luray Rescue Squad. 

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, VA. 

Katherine Lough, 83

Katherine Mae Lough, 83, of Grant county Nursing Home, and formerly of Upper Tract, died Saturday, July 3, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.  She had lived at the nursing home since Oct. 26, 1998. 

Mrs. Lough was born April 265, 1921, in Old Fields, and was the daughter of the late Abraham Lewis and Eliza Bobo Lewis.

She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Clarence Lough, preceded her in death July 13, 1971. 

She is survived by a niece Pearl Champ of Arthur; and two nephews, William Shockey and Donald Lewis, both of Old Fields.  

Also preceding her in death are two brothers, Thomas and Samuel Lewis and one sister, Laura Shockey. 

The Rev. Edgar Null conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin.  Burial was at the Kline Cemetery. 

Lon J. Simmons

Lon Joseph Simmons, 89, of Reeds Creek Franklin, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. 

Mr. Simmons was born April 15, 1915, in Reeds Creek and was a son of the late Josephus Simmons and Stella Smith Simmons. 

He retired Dec. 1, 1977, as a Pendleton County supervisor with the Department of Highways after eight years of service. He was a member of the Reeds Creek United Methodist Church. 

His wife, Hazel Kimble Simmons, preceded him in death March 2, 1982. 

He is survived by a daughter, Stella Grace Weatherholtz of Franklin; four sons, Norman Simmons and Joe Simmons, both of Petersburg, Mahlon Simmons of Mount Airey, MD, and Troy Simmons of Poolsville, MD;a brother, Walter Stern Simmons of Amarillo, TX; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 

Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Otha, William Edgar and Eston Simmons; and one sister, Verna Riggleman.

The Revs. Gary Phillips and John Ware conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin.  Burial was at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Upper Tract. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Reed's Creek United Methodist Church. 

A. Reed Moyers, 82

A. Reed Moyers, 82, of Frederick, MD, died Wednesday morning, June 30 2004, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland. He was the husband of Marilyn Kehne BRuchey Moyers. 

Mr. Moyers weas born May 14, 1922, in Pendleton county, WV, and was a son of the late George Dice and Sadie Harper Moyers. 

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Europe during World War II, and the Korean War.  He was retired after 30 years of service with State Farm Insurance, as divisional manager of the West Virginia Automobile Division. 

He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, and had served on the official board, a life member and past commander of the John R. Webb Post, VFW, a member of the Francis Scott Key, Post #11, American legion, and a member of the Korean War Veterans Last Man's Club and the Korean War Veterans Association.  He was also a member of the BPOE, #684, Frederick, MD, and the Middletown Amvets, and teh West Virginia University Alumni Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife, is one son, Darryl Reed Moyers of Denver, CO; three daughters, Donna L. Burchey and Cheryl B. Radcliffe and husband, Andy, all of Frederick, MD, and Christina B. Green and hsuband, Dennis of Thurmont, MD; five grandchildren, Andrew Radcliffe, Brandon Green, Kyle Green, Marilyn Radcliffe, and Cody Green.  

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Moyers, and his sister, Eva Harper. 

Funeral services were held July , at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home in Frederick, MD.  Interment was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick, MD. 

Those desiring may send memorials to the Animal Control of Frederick County, 1832 Rosemont, Ave., Frederick, MD 21702. 

Clona R. Rexrode, 89

Clona R. Rexrode, age 89, of Moyers, died July 1, 2004, at Pendleton Nursing Home. 

She was born May 8, 1915, in Moyers, a daughter of the late William E. and Carrie (Propst) Moyers.  

Mrs. Rexrode was a homemaker and a member of the St. John Lutheran Church. 

On May 13, 1934, she married Emmett Franklin Rexrode, who preceded her in death on May 3, 1997. 

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Dennis Rexrode and an infant; a sister Beulah Hoover and three brothers, Jesse, Roy and Carl Moyers.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Orville Lee and Bonnie Rexrode of Sugar Grove; three grandsons, Gary Rexrode and his wife Cindy of Sugar Grove, Timothy Rexrode of Verona and Lewis Shawn Rexrode and his wife, Dorothy of Bridgewater, VA; a granddaughter, Nicole and her husband, Chris and three great-grandchildren. 

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2004, at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA by the Rev. Jerry Smith.  Burial was at the family cemetery at the homeplace.  

Active pallbearers were Gary, Shawn and Tim Rexrode, Adelbert and Olin Hoover and Dwight Moyers. 

Honorary pallbearers were the great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Nursing Home, P.O. Box 700, Franklin, WV, 26807. 

Jenna L. Eye, 63

Jenna Lea Eye, age 63, of Atwater, OH, died Thursday morning, July 1, 2004, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna, OH. 

Born April 10, 1941, in Brandywine, she was the daughter of the late Robert Miles and Alma Catherine (Judy) Eye and had lived in Atwater, OH for most of her life. 

Jenna was a member of the Alliance Baptist Temple.

Survivors include her brothers, Robert William Eye, Green Township, OH, Larry E. Eye, Windham, OH, Eugene Oliver Eye, Akron, OH, and Randy Allen Eye, Rootstown, OH. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved step-father, Richard Douthitt. 

Services were held at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2004. 

Interment will be in Atwater Cemetery.  

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