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22 July 2010

Erslie Beulah Sites

Erslie Beulah (Bergdall) Sites, 85, of Petersburg died Monday, July 19, 2010, at her home.

She was born April 2, 1925, in Rough Run and was the daughter of the late Edward Silas Bergdall and Ella Mae (Propst) Bergdall.

Her husband, Earl Lee Sites,  preceded her in death in 1958.

Mrs. Sites was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are two sons, Alva Lee Sites of Petersburg and Jerry E. Sites and wife, Janet of Cabins; one granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn (Sites) Roy and husband, Jamie of Old Fields.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Clarence, Carl, Forest and Leland Bergdall; and one sister, Bertha Cleaver.

Funeral services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating.  Interment will be in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, PO Box 416, Franklin, WV 26807 or Grant County Commission on Aging, 111 Virginia Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847.

The family received friends Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Shirley R. Eckard, 93

Shirley Rebecca Puffenbarger Eckard, 93, of Bridgewater, VA, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.  She had resided at White Birch Estates for the past five years.

She was born in Sugar Grove on Sept. 5, 1916, and was a daughter of the late James and Tena (Simmons) Puffenbarger.

Mrs. Eckard had worked at Jordan Brothers Hatchery.  She was a member of the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren.

She was united in marriage on Oct. 12, 1941, to Isaac Kermit Eckard, who preceded her in death on March 21, 2006.

Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca E. Simmons and husband, Joseph of Harrisonburg, VA; a son, James William “Bill” Eckard and wife, Bonnie, of Bridgewater, VA; a sister, Leora Grogg of Sugar Grove; and a brother, Harold J. Puffenbarger of Harrisonburg, VA; two grandsons, William Bradley Eckard and wife, Theresa, and Craig Miller Eckard and wife, Tammy; and four great-grandchildren, Jared Isaac Eckard, Caleb Matthew Eckard, William Michael Eckard and Emma Rose Eckard.


A memorial service was conducted Friday at the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Glenn E. Bollinger officiating.  Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren Building Fund, 5651 Beaver Creek Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812 or the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, Ladies Auxiliary, 320 North River Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Dyer Dalen

Mary Dyer Dalen, 88, of Franklin passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at her home.

She was born March 22, 1922, at Baltimore, MD, and was the daughter of the late Dr. Osceola Dyer and Myrtle Curry Dyer.

A 1940 graduate of Franklin High School and a 1944 graduate of Madison College, she taught school in the Pendleton County School System from 1966 to 1990.  She was a member and elder of the Franklin Presbyterian Church, member of the South Branch Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, was an avid skier and hiker, a ski instructor at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, a swim instructor and 4-H leader.

On May 6, 1946, she married Ole B. Dalen, who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Andrea Dalen Larrivee of New Zealand; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Mel Dalen of Franklin; four grandchildren, Jonathan Larrivee, Emily Larrivee, Emma Dalen and Sara Dalen; four great-grandsons; nieces and nephews, Jacqueline Wilkins Upp, Dorothy Wilkins Miller and Jack Curry Wilkins; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rebecca Dyer Browdy and Dorothy Dyer Wilkins; a granddaughter, Anne Curry Kelch; and a nephew, James Dyer Wilkins.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Franklin Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Hovland and Rev. Kevin Hand officiating.  Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens near Franklin.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, PO Box 416, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Junior Hartman, 79

Junior Ake Hartman, 79, of Monterey, VA, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Augusta Health, Fisherville, VA.

He was born April 3, 1931 in Pendleton County, a son of the late Elemuel and Monna Tina (Wimer) Hartman.

Mr. Hartman attended Green Hill United Methodist Church.  He retired from the US Navy after 20 years of service and also from Bath County Pumped Storage Project.  He was an avid hunter.

His wife, Jo Ann Hartman, whom he married on Nov. 6, 1981; survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jeri Louise Harper of Franklin; a step-daughter, Linda Mitchell of Harrisonburg, VA; a step-son, Neil Douglas Gumm of Churchville, VA; three grandchildren, Amber Nicole Dunn and Shawn and Cindy Hartman; four step-grandchildren, Miranda Lokey, Lacy Graham and Brad and Lindsey Gumm; two step-great-granddaughters, Aliza E. and Ellie Virginia Lokey; four sisters, Irene C. Hahn of Baltimore, MD, Betty J. Connelly of Falls Church, VA, Mary V. Elyard of Orlando, FL, and Joan C. Lambert of Riverton; and two brothers, Raymond W. “Jack” Hartman of Baltimore, MD, and Jimmy G. Hartman of Apache Junction, AZ.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby G. Hartman; a step-son, Darrell Gumm, Jr.; and two brothers, Warden G. and Jerry R. Hartman.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday at Green Hill Cemetery, Mill Gap, VA, with the Rev. Richard Gibson officiating.

Friends may call at the Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Green Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Dorothy Lightner, PO Box 456, Monterey, VA 24465.

Eleanor Belle Anderson

Eleanor Belle Anderson, 70, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Franklin.

She was born in Rymer on Jan. 7, 1940, the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Bussey Hayhurst.

Miss Anderson graduated from Mannington High School, was a member of Living Faith Church, worked for Westinghouse, was a retired coal miner having worked at the Federal Number two mine and was a member of UMW #1570.  She had lived in Franklin since 1997 and was formerly of Mannington.

Surviving are a daughter, Marlene Denise Simmons and husband, Avery of Franklin; three sons, Richard Allen Boyce and wife, Debbie of Mannington, Ronald Lee Boyce and wife, Texa of Farmington, and Roger Ray Anderson of Franklin; one brother, Bud Hayhurst of Parkersburg; and five grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Hayhurst; and an infant sister.

Funeral services were held Friday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Steven Teter and Pastor Brad Mitchell officiating.  A graveside service was held at Rymer Cemetery, Rymer on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Marlene Simmons, HC 61 Box 203, Franklin, WV  26807.

Tasman Lees Graham

Tasman Lees Graham, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), 78, of Bonney Lake, WA, died July 9, 2010.

Mr. Graham was born in Newdale, ID on Sept. 8, 1931, and raised in Tasmania, Australia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronal D. Graham, mother, Georgina Chick, and stepmother, Eleanor Bennion.

In 1952, he returned to the United States to serve his country in the US Army.  He enlisted, completed basic training and Officer Candidate School and rose to the rank of colonel.  After a 27-year distinguished career, which included two tours in Vietnam, three tours in Germany and command of the 54th Engineer Battalion (Combat), he retired in 1979.

His professionalism, dedication to duty and personal integrity were recognized by and earned the respect and admiration of those who served with him.  His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal among others.

His retirement to Upper Tract led to a 20-year service with the Upper Tract Volunteer Fire Department as president, secretary and firefighter.  He also served with the Upper Tract Rescue Squad as an EMT for a decade.  He always felt that Pendleton County was his true home, even after his illness required him to move to Washington state.

Mr. Graham was an avid hunter and shooter.  In his youth, he served an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker and joiner and enjoyed woodworking throughout his life.  He also had a passion for working on and riding motorcycles.

His loving and close family meant the world to him.  His family is thankful for his life and mourn his passing.

His wife of 52 years, Helga Graham, survives in Bonney Lake, WA.

Also surviving are two sons, Carl (Marion) and Andrew (Carrie); two daughters, Annette (John) and Kathy (Stan); nine grandchildren; six brothers, Ian Hyde Graham, Rex Graham (Loma), Gary Graham (Maryn), Gordon Graham (Larri-Jean), John Chick (Diana), Neil Chick (Anne); and a sister, Maeve Watson (Paul).

Funeral services with full military honors will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA, on July 30.

Online condolences for the family may be left at

Funeral arrangements were under thre direction of the Curnow Funeral Home, Sumner, WA.

Mark Sheldon Bodkin

Mark Sheldon Bodkin, 48, of Verona, VA, and Fairfax, VA, died Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Lower Keys Medical Center, Key West, FL, while on vacation with his family.

He was born Nov. 11, 1961, in Biloxi, MS, son of Billy Sheldon Bodkin and Lucy Sewell Bodkin of Brandywine.

He graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor of arts degree in data processing.  He pursued his love for computer science and became manager of Network Security in the field of computer forensics.  He worked with NCIS, the Department of Defense, and most recently with the Department of U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization.

Left to cherish his memories, besides his parents, are his wife, Anjey Rodgers Bodkin of Verona, VA; and his children, Morguean Alexander Hatch (16), and Rhiannon Olyvia Bodkin (seven).

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Annastine Elizabeth Bodkin.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandywine.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday at McDow Funeral Home, Waynesboro, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901 or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311-1733.

Those wishing to share their memories online with the family may do so at

Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

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