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15 October 2009

Jessie M. Vandevander

Miss Jessie M. Vandevander, 93, of Franklin died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at the Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

She was born Oct. 25, 1915, at Simoda and was the daughter of the late Charles A. Vandevander and Christina Lambert Vandevander.

She had worked at the Star Restaurant and Byrdís Restaurant and had retired from the Franklin H-P Store.  She was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church.

She never married.

She is survived by one sister, Ethel Wimer of Pendleton Manor in Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Burial will be at North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Odell Johnston, 74

Odell Johnston, 74, of Bartow passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

Mr. Johnston was born Sept. 29, 1935, at Brood and was the son of the late Jesse and Monna Raines Johnston 

He was a Mason, retired logger and coal miner and an avid bear hunter.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Johnston.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Annetta Cook of Cumberland, MD, and Polly Tingler and husband, Rick of Circleville; two sons, Jay Johnston and wife, Crystal, and Mark Johnston, all of Bartow; three sisters, Jean Ruddle of Atlanta, GA, Eva Gail Gumm of Green Bank and Carolyn Tingler of Bartow; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday at Thornwood Community Church with Pastor Carl Radcliff officiating.  Interment followed at Lambert Cemetery.

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Henry Rudolph Alt, 81 

Henry Rudolph Alt, 81, of Rockville, MD, and formerly of Landes, died Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at his home.

He was born June 8, 1928, in Landes, and was the son of the late Henry Clay Alt and Lula Mae (Kimble) Alt.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Jean (Anderson) Alt, in 1958.

He retired from Johnson Crane Service, Inc. in Beltsville, MD, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Diana (Sites) Alt; three sons, Bradley Clay Alt and wife, Andrea of Brookeville, MD. Henry Mark Alt and wife, Ellyn of Fisherville, VA, and Daniel Paul Alt of Mozer; three daughters, Sandra Kaye Mongold and husband, Roger of Petersburg, Delena D. Wirth and husband, Keith of Little Chute, WI. Shanna E. Alt of Rockville, MD; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Tankersley and Anna Belle Harold; and one brother, Paul W. Alt.

Graveside service was Friday, Oct. 9, at the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract, with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating and burial following.

Memorials may be made to, Cherry Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Leta Kimble, P.O. 636, Franklin, WV 26807.

Rev. Ed Null

Rev. Ed Null, 75, of Upper Tract, died Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at his home.

He was born December 11, 1933, at Parkersburg, and was the son of the late Clarence E. Null and Ella Naomi Archer Null.

Rev. Null came to Pendleton County in January, 1960, and served as a minister until July, 1960, for the Franklin Evangelical United Brethren Charge, which included three churches - Franklin EUB, East Dry Run and Harpers Chapel.

On July 31, 1960, he married Nancy Huber and moved to Marietta, OH, to continue his education at Salem College.  In 1962, he began pastoring the Pendleton/Grant County Charge, which consisted of the Mt. Horeb, Reeds Creek and St. Johnís Churches.  In 1967, when the Methodist and EUB Churches merged, the Upper Tract and Gordonís Chapel congregations were added to his charge.

In 1973, he and other congregants established Christ Central Community Church, where he was a member and served as their dedicated pastor until his retirement in 2004.  Being one of the founders of the Country Store Opry in the 1960ís, he enjoyed many performances with the group, publishing several CDs and most recently performing with them at the Wheeling Jamboree.  He served as a chaplain with Market Place Ministries at Pilgrimís Pride in Moorefield for the past four years.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 49 years, are one son and daughter-in-law, Eddie & Jennifer Null, and one granddaughter, Elizabeth of Winchester, VA.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the Christ Central Community Church near Upper Tract, with Pastor Sam Harper, Rev. Wilton Thomas and John Rockiki officiating.

Burial was in Cherry Hill Cemetery at Upper Tract.

Memorials may be made to Christ Central Community Church, P.O. Box 1286, Franklin, WV 26807 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 582, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin, was in charge of the arrangements.

Denny L. Bodnar, 73

Graveside services for Denny L. Bodnar, 73, of Westminster, MD, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Cherry Hill Cemetery at Upper Tract.

Mr. Bodnar died on May 9, 2009, and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Compton Bodnar, formerly of Upper Tract.

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

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