Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

9 September 2004 

Catherine S. Simmons

Catherine S. Simmons, 85, of Franklin died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at her home. 

Mrs. Simmons was born Aug. 8, 1919, at Ziegler and was the daughter of the late Green Sponaugle and Fannie Bland Sponaugle.

She was employed at Simmons Cleaners and the Franklin Meat market.  She was a cook at Franklin Elementary School and Pendleton Senior and Family Services.  She was a member of the Franklin BPW and the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren, where she was active in the Ladies' Aid Society. 

On June 15, 1939, she married Olin B. Simmons, who preceded her in death Oct. 29, 1966. 

She is survived by four daughters, Hester Judy of Luray, VA, Janet Lambert of Waynesboro, VA, Loie Nelson of Charlottesville, VA, and Bettie Leonard of Shenandoah, VA; a sons, Jeffrey O. Simmons of Franklin; two sisters, Elizabeth Ritchie of Harrisonburg, VA, and Rhea Simmons of Franklin; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. 

Pastors Dan Ludwick and Shyrl Smith conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith Creek Church of the Brethren.  Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin by Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren, c/o Sandra Vandevander, P.O. Box 73, Franklin, WV  26807.  

Stanley Leonard Bennett

Stanley Leonard Bennett, 76, of Brandywine died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mr. Bennett was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Columbus, OH, and was a son of the late Acie H. Bennett and Elsie F. Blizzard Bennett. 

He is survived by a brother Emanuel Bennett of Brandywine. 

Pastor Harold Cullers conducted a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine.

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

Quinten Champ, 85

Quinten Arthur Champ, 85, of Old Fields died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at his residence. 

Mr. Champ was born Oct. 15, 1918, at North Mountain, Champe Rocks, Pendleton County, and was the son of the late Andrew J. and Ethel Alt Champ. 

He married Bessie Florence Layton Champ, who preceded him in death in March, 1968. 

Surviving are seven sons, Charles Champ, Sr., of Purgitsville, with whom Mr. Champ resided, Roger Champ of Moorefield and Carl, Gary, Jim, John and Andrew champ, all of Purgitsville; a daughter, Judy Pratt of Moorefield; four brothers, Earl Champ of Cabins, Harlan Champ of Baltimore, MD, Darryl Champ of Petersburg and Dayton Champ of Lahmansville; three sisters, Thelma Rohrbaugh and Virginia Vance, both of Petersburg, and Ruby Dolly of Medley; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Pastor Vivian Watts conducted the funeral at 2 p.m Sunday at the Fraley Funeral Home in Moorefield. Burial was in the Lahmansville Cemetery in Lahmansville. 

Condolences to the family may be left at Mr. Champ's obituary at fraley.funeralhome.com.  

John Carroll Blizzard 

John Carroll Blizzard, 89, of Franklin died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mr. Blizzard was born April 22, 1915, and was the son of the late Granville H. Blizzard and Sarah J. Dahmer Blizzard.

He graduated from Shepherd College and was listed in  Who's Who among American Colleges.  He was a farmer, postal clerk and postmaster in Franklin from April, 1970 to December, 1971. 

Mr. Blizzard was an active member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, adult Sunday school teacher, choir member and church treasurer.  He was a member and past master of Pendleton Masonic Lodge No. 144 A.F.&A.M.

He is survived by one niece, Diann Blizzard of Franklin, and two nephews, Dr. STeven Blizzard of Visalia, CA, and Richard W. Blizzard of Hedgesville. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. 

Dr. Richard Young conducted the funeral at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Franklin Presbyterian Church.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin with graveside Masonic rites by the members of the Pendleton Lodge No. 144.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Presbyterian church, P.O. box 486, Franklin, WV  26807.   

Nancy Ann Dewese, 50

Nancy Ann Dewese, 50, of Glen Burnie, MD, died Aug. 14, 2004, at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD.

Born May 29, 1954, at Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late James. L. Pennington and Grace E. (Holloway) Pennington of Baltimore, MD. 

She was the granddaughter of the late William and florence (Wilfong) Holloway. 

Surviving are her husband Carlis J. Dewese of Glen Burnie, MD; two sons, Carlis J. Dewese, Jr., and Mark J. Dewese, both of Maryland; three sisters, Linda Purnell and Wanda Godwin, both of Maryland, and Betty Simmons of Franklin; two brothers, James and jerry Pennignton, both of Maryland; five grandsons; and four granddaughters. 

Mrs. Dewese was cremated. Services were held at the Loudon Park Funeral Home, Baltimore, MD, on Aug. 18, 2004.  

John W. Hedrick 

John Worth Hedrick, 74, of Upper Tract, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Hedrick was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Franklin and was a son of the late John and "Fannie" G. Hedrick.

He retired in 1991 as a truck driver for Franklin Oil Company after 32 years of service.  He attended Reed's Creek EUB Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Rohrbaugh Hedrick; five sons, John Paul Hedrick of Seneca rocks, Kenneth Hedrick and William P. Hedrick, both of Upper Tract, Michael W. Hedrick of Petersburg and Charles F. Hedrick of Franklin; five sisters, Icie Clark of Pennsylvania, Eula Kimble and Madeline Whitecotton, both of Upper Tract, and Pauline Waggy and Mary Thompson, both of Franklin; and five grandchildren, Maggie and Morgan Hedrick, Courtney McCutcheon, Bridget Bennett and Vanessa Ours. 

He was also preceded in death by one sons, John Wayne Hedrick; one grandson, John Eric Hedrick; one brothers, Alton P. Hedrick;and two sisters, Ina Hartman and Nellie Galippo. 

The Rev. Gary Phillips conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at  the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Upper Tract.   

Lysle T. Veach, 87

Dr. Lysle T. Veach, 87, of Petersburg died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 at the Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Dr. Veach was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Maysville and was the son of the late Wardnie Veach and Blanche Trenton Veach. 

He was a physician and retired in 1974, having delivered2,042 babies.  He established the Veach Townsend Clinic in 19437 and was Grant County health officer for 33 years.  He was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  

Dr. Veach graduated from Petersburg High School in 1934.  He also graduated from St. John's Academy and West Virginia University in 1938, hwere he was a member Phi Beta Kappa.  He was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church. 

His wife, Barbara Eva Shepherd, preceded him in death Oct. 7, 1999.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Semerjian of Lincoln, MA; three sons, Greg Veach of Shepherdstown, John Veach of Beverly and Trent Veach of Petersburg; and six granddaughters, Sarah Semerjian of Miami, FL, Jessica Semerjian of Boston, MA, Laura  Semerjian of Philadelphia, PA and Whitney, Sydney and Bailey Veach, all of Petersburg. 

The Rev. Richard Cardot will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Today at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be at Lahmansville Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant Memorial Hospital Chapel Fund.  

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