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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 5 September 2002

Ellener L. Snyder, 61

Ellener L. Snyder, 61, a native of Harrisonburg, VA, and a resident of Lehighton, PA, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at her home.

Mrs. Snyder was born March 10, 1941, in Harrisonburg, VA, and was a daughter of Beulah Vandevander Cook Will, formerly of Franklin and the late Arthur Cook.

She was a secretary for Kovatch Corp. in Nesquehoney, PA, before retiring in 1987. She previously was a secretary for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Mahoning Valley, PA, and the Order of the Eastern Star in Lansford, PA.

Besdies her mother, of Mount Crawford, VA, she is survived by two sons, James A. Snyder of Lehighton, Pa, and Craig L. Snyder of Grantville, PA; and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Edward S. VanDyk conducted a graveside service Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Fund of St. John's United Church of Christ of Mahoning Valley, PA, in her memory.

Lindsey Harrisonburg, Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Christabelle Poore, 73

Christabelle Poore, 73, of Fort Washington, MD, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, in John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.

She was born in Riverton and was a daughter of the late Roy Welton Lambert and Edith Phares Lambert.

Mrs. Poore attended West Virginia University and was a member of Providence United Methodist Church. She was a retired medical technologist.

Surviving are her husband, Percy Hugh Poore, one daughter, Julia Ann Hildgeburg of Huntington, MD; one son, Tom Poore of Fort Washington, MD; three brothers, Keith Lambert and Harold James "Jim" Lambert, both of Circleville, and John Lambert of Morgantown; and three granddaughters.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Lambert.

The Rev. Vic Simposn conducted the funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverton United Methodist Church in Riverton. Burial was in North Fork Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverton United Methodist Church in Riverton.

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


Maxine M. Mowery

Maxine M. Mowery, 69, of Franklin, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Ms. Mowery was born June 13, 1933, in Upper Tract and was a daughter of the late Eston M. Kile and Lucinda Edith Kimble Kile.

She was employed at the Carr-Lowery Glass Factory in Baltimore, MD, for over 30 years and was Methodist by faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Sherri L. Parsons, and a son, David Kile, both of Baltimore, MD; four sisters, Kathleen Simmons of Brandywine, Evelyn Kesner of Dayton, VA, and Shirley Kile and Mildred Kimble, both of Upper Tract; three brothers, Reginald Kile of Franklin, and Harlan Kile and Bunis Kile, both of Upper Tract; and four grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

The Rev. Ed Null conducted the funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Upper Tract.


Beulah M. Taylor, 82

Beulah Marie Taylor, 82, of Burlington and formerly of Moorefield, died Saturday, Aug 31, 2002, at Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser.

She was born April 12, 1920, in Pendleton County and was the daughter of the late Oscar and Lennie Thompson Dolly.

She was a member of Moorefield Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a son, James Ray Taylor of Arthur; a daughter, Clara Jane Sions of Burlington, with whom she lived; a brother, Stanley Dolly of Maysville; four sisters, Annalie Murry of Romney, Mabel Schuller of York, PA, and Edna Grace Walters and Madeline Whtieman, both of Baltimore, MD; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; one step-great-granddaughter; four step-great-grandsons; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Bruce Macbeth conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Moorefield Presbyterian Church. Burial followed at Beaver Run Cemetery in Burlington. Tributes to Mrs. Taylor may be left after her obituary at:


Bettie E. Sponaugle
Bettie E. Sponaugle, 89, of Cherry Grove, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. She had been a resident of the Pendleton Nursing Home for several years.

She was born July 26, 1913, at Hunting Ground, and was the daughter of the late Pet Warner and Laura Mullenax Warner.

She was a homemaker and a member of the North Fork Brethren Church in Dry Run.

On March 9, 1937, she married Conda R. Sponaugle, who preceded her in death on April 28, 1997.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Genevieve and Denny Glover, Franklin, Norma Jean and John Quigley, Fairfax, VA, and Brenda K. and Bill Allen, Baltimore, MD; one son and daughter-in-law, Billy R. and Carolyn Sponaugle, Franklin; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.

The Revs. Dan Ludwick and Thom Malcolm conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

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


Harry Sheldon Lear, 54

Harry Sheldon Lear, 54 of Fayetteville, PA, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at his residence of an apparent heart attack.

He was the son of Bernice Wimer Lear, Spotsylvania, VA, and the late Harry A. Lear.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Zimmerman Lear.

He was employed as a diesel mechanic with USF Glen Moore, Carlisle. He and his wife owned and operated Rustic Tymes in Gettysburg, PA. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force having served 12 years. He was in the U.S. Air Force Guard for an additional 12 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and of Desert Storm. He most recently was active with the OSI at Travis Air Force Base, San Diego, CA. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1342, Bonneauville, and the Gettysburg Moose 1526. He graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1956.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Christopher A. Lear of Detroit, MI, and Dennis S. Lear of Gettysburg, PA; one grandson, Chase; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Benitez of Emmitsburg, MD, and a step-grandson; a brother, Glenn Wayne Lear and nephew, Michael of Amissville, VA; a sister Shelva Lear of Fredericksburg, VA; a half brothers, Dallas Hansbarger of Harrisonburg, VA; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was the grandson of the Glen and Eva Jane (Warner) Wimer of Franklin.

Sheldon lived on Friends Run with his family in his younger days.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. by Rev. Robert L. Basom at the Peters Funeral Home in Gettysburg, PA. Burial was at the Gettysburg National Cemetery Annex with full military honors. The casket was taken to the cemetery by a horse drawn hearse.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hoffman Homes Inc., 815 Orphanage Rd., Littlestown, PA 17340.


Stelman C. Simmons,75

Stelman C. Simmons, 75, of Staunton, VA, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Simmons was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Sugar Grove and was a son of the late William Luther and Myra Alice Mitchell Simmons.

He retired from King's Daughters' Hospital as an orderly and was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sugar Grove.

Surviving are three sister, Leota Wilson of Lady Lake, FL, Doris Willett of Merritt Island, FL, and Peggy Renner of Funkstown, MD; three brothers, Norman Simmons of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, Herman Simmons of Hinton, VA, and Sheldon Simmons of Bridgewater, VA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Francis Oland.

The Rev. Mike Sullivan conducted a graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sugar Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Reid Homan, HC74, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

Arrangements were by Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA.


Foster E. Bennett Sr., 68

Foster Elwood Bennett Sr., 68, of Seneca Rocks, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 as a result of an automobile accident.

Mr. Bennett was born June 22, 1934, in Onego and was a son of the late Estel Bennett and Iva Dolly Bennett.

He is survived by his wife, Lora Dolly Bennett of Gaithersburg, MD; two sons, Paul Dolly and Charles Bennett, both of Damascus, MD; three daughters, Lois Bennett and Linda Bennett, both of Gaithersburg, MD, and Loretta Cooley of Damascus, MD; four sisters, Vallie Kisamore of Cabins, Merle Sites, a resident of Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, Shirley Flohr of Augusta, and Josie Payne of Fredicksburg, MD; three brothers, Clifford Bennett of Maysville, Chester Bennett of Onego and Paul Bennett of Monrovia, MD; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Pastor Tommy George conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, Interment was at the Bennett family cemetery in Onego.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Mrs. Lora Bennett, 7673 Laytonia Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.


Donald Lee Bowers

Donald Lee Bowers, 52, of Sugar Grove, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 at Hopemont Nursing Home in Terra Alta.

Mr. Bowers was born April 20, 1950, in Franklin and was a son of Dorothy Huffman Mitchell of Sugar Grove and the late Stover Bowers. He was a stepson of Jim Mitchell of Sugar Grove.

He was a pipe fitting welder and a Lutheran by faith.

In addition to his mother and step father, he is survived by his wife, Janet Hiner Bowers, whom he married May 15, 1967; three sons, Johnny Andrew Bowers of Scottsville, VA, Donnie James Bowers of Troy, VA, and Ronald Lee Bowers of Barboursville, VA; two sisters, Donna Arrington of Sugar Grove and Robin Eckard of Harrisonburg, VA; a brother , Ronald Bowers of Sugar Grove; and seven grandchildren.

The Rev. Stanley Kile will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. today at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin, where the family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. during the same day. Burial will be at North Fork Cemetery in Riverton.


Annie E. Kimble, 80

Annie Evelyn Riggleman Kimble, 80, a resident of Elkins, the Crystal Springs Community, departed this life, Aug., 31, 2002, at the Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins. She had been in declining health for the past few weeks.

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, at Petersburg and was a daughter of the late Arlie Riggleman and Verna Calhoun Riggleman.

She was a graduate of Franklin High School, was retired from West Virginia Children's Home, was a member of the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church at Upper Tract, and enjoyed baking, sewing and gardening.

On Dec. 19, 1944, she was married to Alvie Martin Kimble, who preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1985.

Surviving are three sons, Alvie D. "Joe" Kimble and wife, Linda, Flatwoods, Larry Kimble and Kim, Elkins, and Roger Kimble and wife, Jody, Coalton; six daughters, Shirley George and husband, Lloyd, Lordstown, OH, Linda Haines and husband, Bill, and Sharon Coberly and husband, Robert, all of Elkins, Patsy Cates and husband, Timmy, and Debbie Ratzer and husband, Fred, all of Beverly, Carol Mayton and husband, Dennis, Colonial Heights, VA; two sisters, Ruth Cline, Arthur, and Dorothy Shobe, Petersburg; 19 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Herman Riggleman; and one grandson, Justin Kimble.

Final rites were conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home with Pastors Parker Cooper and Mike Allen officiating. Interment followed at the Elkins Memorial Gardens, (formerly the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery) at Elkins.


Pearl G. Judy, 84

Pearl Gladys Landis Judy, 84, of Petersburg, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at her residence.

Mrs. Judy was born January 17, 1918, in Smoke Hole and ws a daughter of the late Albert Landis and Cora Alice (Alt) Landis.

She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1935. She was a homemaker and was employed by the Monarch Mills buffet for several years.

Her husband, Kermit Oliver Judy, preceded her in death on March 3, 1989.

Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, James "Jim" Judy and Juanita, and Gerald Judy and Judith, all of Petersburg, and Randall Judy and Margaret of Dorcas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Beck and Charles, and Dotty Oates and Jerry, all of Petersburg, and Beverly Halterman and Gene of New Creek; a sister, Gail Landis Parker of Arthur; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and two foster great-granchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Savannah Donaldson; daughter-in-law, Shirley (May) Judy; three brothers, Edgar Landis, Harman Landis and Herbert Landis; and two sisters, Marie (Landis) VanMeter and Goldie (Landis) Taylor.

The Revs. Bruce Cosner and Paul Donaldson conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, burial was at Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart or Lung Association of the American Cancer Society.


Ressie T. Biller, 91

Ressie Thompson Biller, 91, of Broadway, VA, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Life Care Center in New market, VA.

Mrs. Biller was born April 17, 1911, in Onego and was a daughter of the late Amby and Della Payne Thompson.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mennonite church.

On May 11, 1935, she married Casper Lee Biller, who preceded her in death April 18, 1990.

She is survived by two sons, Harry Biller of Harrisonburg, VA, and Gary Biller of Toms Brook, VA; four daughters, Edith Mae Barb of New Market, VA, Bonnie Griffith of Harrisonburg, VA, Nellie Payne of Baytown, TX and Shirley Yearwood of Texaco, IL; two brothers, Achie Thompson and Jerlo Thompson, both of West Virginia; three sisters, Lill Elza, Mary Thompson and Peachie Thompsoin, all of West Virginia; 19 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Kevin Strite and Tim Biller will conduct the funeral 3 p.m. today at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway, VA. Burial will be at the Fellowship United Methodist Church Cemetery near Lacey Spring, VA.

The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Rescue Squad, PO Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815.

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