Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

 19 October 2006

Walter F. Hopkins

Walter Francis "Hoppy" Hopkins, 88, of Franklin, and formerly of Cape May, NJ, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

Mr. Hopkins was born Dec. 26, 1917, in Philadelphia, PA, and was the son of the late Walter F. Hopkins Sr. and Mary Cummings Hopkins.

He served in the Army from 1935 to 1959 and retired as CWO 4 with 24 years of service. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the VFW Post No. 6454 in Petersburg.

His wife, Hilda Maria DeSota Hopkins, preceded him in death in 1992.

He is survived by a daughter, Cookie Cunningham and husband, Carl of Franklin; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Walter "Ty" Hopkins; one grandson, Christopher David Young, one brother, William Hopkins; and two sisters, Rose Oleskow and Marie Bates. 

The funeral will be held Saturday at Our Lady’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Cape May, NJ. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cape May, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton County Rescue Squad.

Arrangements are by the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin and Sudak & Sons in Cape May, N.J.

James F. Varner
 

James "Jimmy" Franklin Varner, 85, of Monterey, VA, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Ruxton Health of Staunton, VA.

Mr. Varner was born March 7, 1921, in Mustoe, VA, a son of the late Arthur Clarence Varner and Elsie Corbett Varner.

He was raised in the Advent Christian Faith. 

On June 21, 1947, he married Norma Lee Snyder of Doe Hill, VA..

Mr. Varner was always an avid horseman, having shown horses over a wide area for many years and had acted as not only a riding instructor, but as a farrier and trainer as well. He owned and operated a breeding business working with registered saddlebred and walking horses. He was a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association and the American Saddlebred Museum and was always willing to share his knowledge of the horse business with others. .

Varner was a member of the VFW having served in the Pacific Theatre with the US Army (Americal Division) during WWII. A very patriotic man, he was always proud of his contribution to his country and had the utmost respect for the US Flag.  He was a farmer and had operated the Swiss Esso Service Station for a number of years.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Varner of Monterey, VA; a daughter, Vonne Kameron Siron of Weyers Cave, VA; two grandchildren, James Evan Siron and Lauren Mercedes Siron; three sisters, Judith V. King, Mabel V. Snyder and Velda V. Smith, all of Staunton, VA, a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service was conducted Friday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA, with the Rev. Donald E. Rose and Pastor Chip Hill officiating.  Interment followed in the Monterey Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church, c/o Irene McAllister, PO Box 446, Monterey, VA, 24465, the Highland County Rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Monterey, VA, 24465, or the Highland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, VA 24465.

Polly J. Hill, 78

Polly Jean (Shaver) Hill, 78, of Bridgewater, VA, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2006 at her home.

Mrs. Hill was born in Harrisonburg, VA, on February 21, 1928, and was a daughter of the late Huber Miller Shaver and Bonnie (Tutwiler) Shaver.

Mrs. Hill was a graduate of Bridgewater High School, class of 1945, and from Madison College now James Madison University class of 1949. She was a retired Math Teacher at Dayton High School and Turner-Ashby High School. Mrs. Hill was a member of Bridgewater United Methodist Church.

She was united in marriage on July 22, 1950, to Elvert W. Hill, who preceded her in death on February 20, 1986.

She is survived by in-laws, Belva M. Hill, Cleo H. Smith, Charlsey H. and husband, James Puffenbarger all of Bridgewater, VA; nieces and nephews, Deidra K. Hill, Bridgewater, VA, Charles A. "Tony" & Kathy Hill of Greensboro, NC, Rebecca Hill-Shifflett and husband, Mark of Elkton, VA, Sue Ann & Stanley Sheets of Churchville, VA, Rev. Joseph J. "Jerry" & Julie Smith of Sugar Grove, Cynthia J. and Rev. Timothy Gregson of Amsterdam, NY, James D. and Brenda Puffenbarger of Bridgewater, VA, Joseph W. and Becky Puffenbarger of Harrisonburg, VA, and Teddy Shaver of Salem, VA; many great-nieces and nephews; three very special neighbors, Vivian Mundy, Connie Thurston, Dale Sherman, and many other dear friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Huber M. Shaver, Jr., and his wife, Pearline.

A graveside service with burial was conducted at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Bridgewater, VA, on Thursday with Rev. Peggy Packard officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be given to Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 219 N. Main St. Bridgewater, VA 22812, the American Lung Association of Virginia, 39 South Gate Court, Suite 102 Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.

Johnson Funeral Service, Bridgewater is in charge of arrangements.

Della V. Dean

Della Viola Dean, 66, of Seneca Rocks, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

She was born Oct. 30, 1939, in Hampshire County and was the daughter of the late Lee Dean and Orie Dawson Dean.

Survivors include four daughters, Vickie Shook of Petersburg, Robin Christina Green of York Springs, PA, Rebecca A. Hedrick of Seneca Rocks and Eugenia Lynn Dean of Winchester, VA; four sons, Donald Ray Dean of Romney, Pete Dean of Shanks, Robert William Walker of Lost River, and David Dean of Delaware; 25 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Pastors Ken Martin and Todd Bruce conducted the funeral Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial was at St Luke’s Cemetery, River Road, in Romney.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dean family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, 11 North Main St., Petersburg, WV 26847.

Charles P. Alt

Charles Payton Alt, 74, of Petersburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Alt was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Pansy and was a son of the late James Frank Alt and Stella Emily Florence (Alt) Alt.

He was employed by Glen L. Martin Aircraft in Baltimore, MD and was a life-long farmer. He attended the Potomac Valley Baptist Church in Maysville.

Survivors are his wife, Ina Jane Kesner Alt; three sisters, Audrey Blosser of Richmond, VA, Vada Evick of Franklin and Martha Evans of Bulls Gap, TN; three brothers, William S. Alt and Roger L. Alt, both of Petersburg, and Kermit Alt of Baltimore, MD; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Myrtle (Alt) Berg; four brothers, Orville Alt, James Frank Alt, Jr., O. Paul Alt and an infant brother. 

Pastor Ted Anderson will conduct the funeral Thursday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Potomac Valley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 439, Maysville, WV 26833 or to a charity of choice.

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