Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 25 September 2003 

Ralph "Dick" Smith, 87

Ralph "Dick" Vernon Smith, 87, of Sugar Grove, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at his home.

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Sugar Grove and was the son of the late Pinkney and Martha Puffenbarger Smith. 

He was a member of the Crummett Run Brethren Church and was a logger for many years.  He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the Sugar Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9666.

On Oct. 19, 1946, he married Pauline Rexrode, who survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters and a stepdaughter, Barbara Varner of Monterey, VA, Doris Hull of Doe Hill, VA, and Darlene Fulk of Brodway, VA; a sister, Judith Batman of Waynesboro, VA; nine grandchildren, Lori, Ronnie Michael and Ricky Lambert, Lisa Turner, Tom and Juny Hull, Timmy Varner and Bobby Bradburn; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and a nephew.  

The Revs. Jerry Smith and Ralph Sides conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crummett Run Brethren Church.  Burial was in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crummett Run Church of the Brethren, c/o Gerald Rexrode, HC 70 Box 40W, Sugar Grove, WV  26815. 

The Obaugh Funeral Home of McDowell, VA, was in charge of the arrangements. 

Edith Dora Smith, 83

Edith Dora Smith, 83, of Durbin, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hopsital in Elkins. 

Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 13, 1919, at Clay and was a daughter of the late Harve and Georgie Taylor.

she was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Gospel Church at Durbin. 

Surviving are three daughters, Wanda Jean White and the late Charles Edward White and Diana Faye White and husband Thomas Harold of Circleville, and Freda Keeney and the late Charles Keeney; two sons, Robert Vernon Smith and wife, Gloria of Bartow and Michael David Smith of Durbin; four sisters, Mary Irene Bowers of Fayetteville, Lillian Rowland of Florida, Rosie Bostic of Clendenin and Ruby Synes of Summersville; a brother, Charles Taylor of North Carolina, nine grandchildren, Charles, Jason, Josh, Kevin, Kenneth, Melody, Felicia, Kristina and Cahrlie; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

The Rev. Harold Swecker conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of the Wallace & Wallace funeral Home in Arbovale.  Burial was in the Lambert Cemetery.  

Naomi "Ruth" Rader

Naomi "Ruth" Rader, 74, formerly of Sugar Grove, and a patient at Nella's Nursing Home in Crystal Springs, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins. 

Ms. Rader  was born April 1, 1929, in Sugar Grove and was the daughter of the late Clement Washington Rader and Margie Tina Judy Rader. 

She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. 

She is survived by two brothers, the Rev. C.J. Rader of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Willard S. Rader of Sugar Grove.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Philip E. Rader.  

The Rev. Jerry Smith will conduct the funeral 10 a.m. today at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. 

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the South Fork Rescue Squad. 

Catherine Virginia Hill, 85

Catherine Virginia Hill, 85, formerly of Grove Street in Petersburg, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Grant County Nursing Home.

Ms. Hill was born Feb. 27, 1918, in Petersburg and was a daughter of the late Raymond Hill and Capitola Baker Hill. 

 She graduated from Petersburg High School and was employed at the Potomac Valley Bank for 50 years.  She was a member of the Petersburg main Street United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. 

She is survived by a sister, JoAnn Mowery of Upper Tract; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by four brothers, James Hill, Robert Hill, Ray Hill and Keith Hill; and two sisters, Susan Chester and Jean Combs. 

The Rev. William Haynes, Jr., conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at Main Street United Methodist Church.  Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.

 Memorial donations may be made to Burlington Children's Home or the American Alzheimer's Foundation. 

Basagic Funeral Home of Petersburg was in charge of the arrangements. 

Wilda L. Pitsenbarger, 89

Wilda L. Pitsenbarger, 89, of Franklin, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at Avante at Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mrs. Pitsenbarger was born Feb. 15, 1914, in Deer Run and was a daughter of the late Abraham Rudolph Lough and Bertha Alberta Fleming Lough. 

She was employed at the Fleming Restaurant and Pendleton County Bank.  She was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church and the Farm Women's club. 

On Oct. 26, 1935, she married J. Stanley Pitsenbarger, who preceded her in death Oct. 7, 1996. 

She is survived by one sister, Maude Lough of Inwood and several nieces and nephews. 

The Rev. David Fisher conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Zion United Methodist church in Deer Run.  Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin. 

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

Cornelia Mae Grogg

Cornelia Mae Grogg, 79, of Deer Run, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at her residence. 

Mrs. Grogg was born Feb. 27, 1924, in Deer Run and was a daughter of Carl Michael Skiles and the late Etta Mae Evick.  

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Donna Mae and Ronald Wagner of Deer Run; two grandchildren, Keith and Meredith Wagner; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Tristan Wagner; two brothers, Earl Skiles of Franklin and LeRoy Skiles of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by one brother, William; and three sisters, Rebecca Skiles, Delsie Bergdoll and Theda Hevener. 

The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. 

The Revs. David Fisher and William Cope will conduct the funeral 11;00 a.m. Friday at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Skiles family cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton County rescue squads or Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.  

Max Rubin Ruddle, 87

Max Rubin Ruddle, 87, of Lincolnton, GA, formerly of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at Lake Crossing Health Center in Appling, GA. 

Mr. Ruddle was born November 15, 1915, at Deer Run, near Franklin, and was the son of Isaac Saylor and Verna Catherine Smith Ruddle. 

He was a member of the Morningside Baptist Church in Lincolnton, GA.  He was a World War II veteran who served in North Africa, Middle East, and Italy.  He was the former owner of Ruddle Lumber and flooring Company in Franklin and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He was formerly married to Pauline Wiseman Ruddle, who is deceased. 

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Bill Zahniser of Valdosta, GA, Gloria an dtony Vitti of Alpharetta, GA, and Debbie and roger Wade of Lincolnton, GA; grandsons, Greg Grant and Chad Zahniser; step-grandsons and spouses, Anthony and Lenore Vitti, Vincent and Ann Vitti, and Scott and Marsha Wade; five great-grandchildren, Colin and Hayden Grant, Ann Katherine and Julia Vitti and Bryan Wade; three sisters Ruth Dolly of Waco, TX, Mrs. Charles (kitty) Hammer of Franklin, and Mrs. George (Betty) Heavener of Harrisonburg, VA; one brother, Joe R. Ruddle of Edgewater, MD; and several nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Dwight, Saylor, Jr. (both infants), and Richard B. Ruddle; and two sisters, Cornelia Hamilton and Mary Susan Swadley.

 A funeral service was conducted at Morningside Baptist Church, Lincolnton, GA, with Revs. Albert Stroup and Larry O. Martin officiating.  Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, Thomson, GA. 

Norma E. White, 79

Norma E. White, 79, of Romney, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at her residence. 

Mrs. White was born on April 22, 1924, atWesternport, MD and was a daughter of the late Everett Wilson and Bertha Elizabeth (Bothwell) McCarty.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Alice Darlene Duckworth, and two brothers, Charles and Lester McCarty. 

She was a homemaker and attended the First Baptist Church in Romney.  

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Edwin White; one son, Charles William Duckworth and wife, Betty of Baltimore, MD; two grandsons, Kevin and Keith Duckworth; and a great-grandchild on the way. 

Extended family members live in the local area.

Funeral services were conducted  at the Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, on Friday, Sept. 19, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Perry Yost officiating. 

Interment was in the Philos Cemetery, Westernport, MD.  

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. White's obituary at www.smithfuneralhomes.net

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