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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 28 August 2008

Elmer Arrington, 85

Elmer "Tuck" Ryland Arrington, 85, of Covington, VA, formerly of Monterey, VA, died Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the Salem V.A. Medical Center.

He was born May 4, 1923 a son of the late William and Laura (Webb) Armentrout.

On July 12, 1946, he married Alletta "Dickie" Opal Watson, who survives.

 During WWII, Mr. Arrington served with the US Navy having first enlisted with the Coast Guard.  In 1984, he retired from the Virginia Game commission, after 26 years a game warden.  He was a faithful member of the Monterey United Methodist Church and held a position on the church's board of trustees.  Also active within his community, he had served as past president of the Effinger PTA, Effinger Ruritan Club and Monterey Lion's Club, was a life time member of the HIghland VFW Post 9666 and had volunteered 35 years for the Highland county Rescue Squad.

Also surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Ryland "Pete" and Debbie Arrington of Midlothian, VA, Berkley M. Arrington and Melvin Arrington, both of Richmond, VA, William G And Donna Arrington of Sugar Arrington of Sugar Grove; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Jo A. and Fernando Lopez and Clifton  Forge, VA, and Peggy Jean and Ed Yancey of Covington, VA; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Eloise Arrington of Covington, VA; a sister and brother-in-law, Dreama and Herbert Carter of Covington, VA; and special friends, Catherine and Gary Smith and family, and Roger and Patsy Propst.

A funeral service was conducted Sunday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA, with Rev. Andre Crummett and Rev. Derek Tomek officiating.  Interment followed in the Monterey Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Monterey, VA  24465.

Arthur D. Armentrout

Arthur D. Armentrout, 83, of Seneca Rocks died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg. 

Mr. Armentrout was born Dec. 12, 1924, in Macksville and was the son of the late Grover C. and Margie Catherine Harper Armentrout.

He was a farmer and had retired from Greer Lime Co.   He had attended North Fork Schools and was a Methodist by faith.

Surviving are three sisters, CArolyn "Jean" Wimer and husband, Larry of Riverton, Ann Armentrout and husband, Don of Ocala, FL, and Carrie Wetsch and husband, Don of Elkins; three brothers, Ray Armentrout of Seneca Rocks, Guy Armentrout and wife, Mary of Cherry Grove, and John ARmentrout and wife, Mary of Columbus, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Fay Armentrout; and four sisters, Ruby Sites, Joy Ann Armentrout, Ruth Armentrout and Grace Smith.

Pastor Barbara Rexroad conducted the funeral Sunday  at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was in the Armentrout Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Safe Harbor Palliative Care at the Grant County Nursing Home or a charity of choice.

John D. Driver, 69

John David Driver, 69, of Grottoes, VA, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, OR.

He was born in Dayton, VA, on March 27, 1939, and was a son of the late Wayne W. and Sophie Elizabeth (Swope) Driver.

He was the owner of Driver Auto Sales & Service in Grottoes, VA.

His loving partner for over 30 years, Cathy Hasler of Port Republic, VA, survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Crystal Horning of Christiansburg, VA, Michelle Ressler of Gloucester, VA, Roxanne Maxwell of Everett, PA, and Sharlene Simmons of Patton, PA; a step-daughter, Carol Moran of McGaheysville, VA; five sisters, Hannah Burkholder of Harrisonburg, VA, Florence Heatwole of Onego, Ruth Kauffman of Portland, OR, Beulah Kenagy of Clackamas, OR, and Mary Wenger of Versailles, MO; three brothers, Daniel Driver and Lewis Driver, both of Harrisonburg, VA, and Willard Driver of Bridgewater, VA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Roy Driver.

A funeral service was held at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes, VA, on Saturday with Pastor Leslie Horning and the Rev. Bruce Maxwell officiating.  Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grottoes Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Paul R. Self, 76

Paul Richard Self, 76, of Grottoes, VA, died on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Self was born on Dec. 31, 1931, in Upper Tract and was a son of the late Alvin and Emma R. Alt Self.

He was a machine operator at American Safety Razor in Verona, VA. He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal in the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He was a member of the Grottoes VFW Post 4698 and IUE Local 173.

On Feb. 14, 1955, he married the former Patricia Ann Lawson, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Sharon Dovel of Shenandoah, VA, and Deborah Dean of Grottoes, VA; a son, Steven Self of Grottoes, VA; three sisters, Doris McDaniel of Stanardsville, VA, Eva Ailer of Verona, VA, and Ruth Fulk of Harrisonburg, VA; a brother, Delmar Self of Lynwood, VA; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A private burial was conducted at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Assembly of God, 712 Maryland Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes, VA, was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Curtis Boggs, 75

Curtis Johnson Boggs, 75, formerly of Franklin, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Autumn Way in Rupert.

Mr. Boggs was born Sept. 28, 1932, at Franklin and was the son of the late John and Anna Messick Boggs.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Walnut Street United Methodist Church.

He never married.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, JEan boggs of Buckeye; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Wayne R. Boggs, on July 17, 2007.

Graveside services were held Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin, with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.

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

Carolyn M. Hammer

Carolyn M. Hammer, 61, of Franklin died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at the home of her son.

She was born Jan. 29, 1947, in Upper Tract and was the daughter of Nellie Armentrout Calhoun of Upper Tract and the late Otha Carl Calhoun.

She worked at the Franklin Garment Company for 21 years, was a caregiver for Myrtle Hammer for eight years and was a crafter. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 25 years and was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church.

On Dec. 19, 1976, she married Reed O. Hammer, who preceded her in death May 21, 2004.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Karen A. Altizer and husband, Jason of Weyers Cave, VA; a son, Dewayne M. BOrror and wife, Vonda L. of Franklin; three sisters, Patricia Harman of Harrisonburg, VA, Noreen Alt of Petersburg, and Judy Vandevander of Upper Tract; four brothers, Lynwood Calhoun, Styrl Calhoun and Tony Calhoun, all of Upper Tract, and Jackie Calhoun of La Plata, MD; three grandchildren, Christina, Amanda and Daniel; and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Cameron.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Gary Calhoun.

Funeral services will be held today at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Franklin Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery at Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Cary Hevener, HC 74, Box 38F, Brandywine, WV 26802

The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. today at Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Arlie B. Smith, 88

Arlie B. Smith, 88, of Sugar Grove died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

Mr. Smith was born July 18, 1920, in Sugar Grove and was the son of the late Douglas Smith and Maude Simmons Smith.

He was a farmer and a mountain man. He was a member of Crummetts Run Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include a sister, Sera May of Cranberry Township, PA, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

The Rev. Jerry Smith, his nephew, conducted the funeral Tuesday at Crummetts Run Church of the Brethren.  Burial will be at Crummetts Run Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin, W.Va.

Ernest Bland, Jr., 70

Ernest Edward Bland, Jr., 70, of Oxon Hill, MD, and Cabins died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at theWinchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. 

Mr. Bland was born Oct. 10, 1937, in Riverton and was a son of the late Ernest Edward Bland, Sr., and Kate Lucy Bland.

He graduated from Circleville High School in 1957 and was a retired bus driver for the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority.   He was a member of Solomon Chapel Untied Methodist Church and Local 689 Teamsters Union.  He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. 

His wife, Gwen Judy Bland, whom he married June 10, 1961, survives. 

Also surviving are three sisters, Martha Brotemarkle and husband, don of Chardon, OH, Frances Bergdoll and husband, Ernest of Waldorf, MD, and Patsy ARmentrout and hsuband, Carl of Woodbridge, VA; a brother, Jerry Bland and wife, Tammy of Cabins; and six grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Vincent Bland on Dec. 12, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with Pastor Steve Davis officiating.  Burial will be at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton.

Memorial donations may be made to his grandchildren, c/o Patsy Arentrout, 1447 Maryland Ave., Woodbridge, VA  22191. 

Arrangements were by Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. 

Vervie Bennett 

Vervie Bennett, 78, of Mogadore, OH, went home to be with the Lord Aug. 23, 2008.

He was born April 22, 1930, in cherry Grove and was a son of the late Lura Arbogast and Dossie Bennett.

Mr. Bennett lived in Mogadore, OH, most of his life and was a member of Grace Cathedral.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the American Legion.  He was employed 30 years with General Tire and also worked at Sea World.  He was an avid gardener and loved painting.

His wife, Mable Bennett, survives.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie Bennett.

Also surviving are daughters, Pamela (Danny Boyett of Ellet, OH, Paula (Joseph) Mytko of Ravenna, OH, Debra (Robert) Smith of Panama city, FL, and Janice (David) Brister of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Toy, Russell and Cecil, all of West Virginia; sister, Radie Wilmoth of WV; step-sons, Mark (Kim) Crain, and Rex (Debra) Crain, both of Akron, OH, Craig (Donna) Bennett of Morgantown and Leon (Candice) Bennett of Circleville; step-daughters, Deanna (Jerry) Scott of Manfred, OK, and Lynn (David) Butz of Suffield, OH.

He was also preceded in death by a son, David Bennett. 

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