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23 October 2008

Mary C. Hively

Mary (Catherine) Hoover Hively, 88, of Brandywine died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mrs. Hively was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Brandywine, and was the daughter of the late John D. Hoover and Nizzie Mitchell Hoover.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and attended Lone Poplar School (Pendleton County Schools).

Her husband of 61 years, Luther William Hively, preceded her in death Dec. 21, 2007.

She is survived by a niece, Thelma Puffenbarger and husband, Harold; a nephew, James Hoover and wife, Doris; and a great nephew, Kevin Puffenbarger and wife, Nancy.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Russell Hoover and Elmer Hoover.

Pastors Craig and Wendy Richter and Kara Propst conducted the funeral Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church.  Burial was at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church or Pendleton County Rescue Squads.

Arrangements are by Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.

Emma Bennett Ray

Emma Bennett Ray, 81, of Miami, FL, passed away on October 12, 2008.  

A native of her beloved state of West Virginia, she went to Miami, FL, in 1965.  A devoted wife and mother, Emma enjoyed music, playing the guitar, travel (especially her trip to Australia), hiking, gardening and the great outdoors.  A woman of great faith, she was a lifelong member of Christ Fellowship Church.

Her husband, Harry Ray, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Lynn and Doug Ray; two daughters, Angie Gianfrancesco and Faith Xenos; two brothers, Quentin and Dice Bennett; four grandchidlren; and three great-grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Virgie Lehman, Grace Price, Nancy Golden and Mary Wanless; and three brothers, Marshall Bennett, Byron Lambert and Joseph Bennett. 

Funeral services were held on Friday at Christ Fellowship Church, Miami, FL.  Inurnment will take place at a later date at Woodlawn North Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent online at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stanfill Funeral Home, Miami, FL.

Andy Amos "Dump" Ours

Andy Amos "Dump" Ours, 60, of Cabins died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at his home. 

He was born March 23, 1948, in Petersburg and was the son of Justin J. Ours and Clara Nell (Whetzel) Ours of Cabins.

He was a lifelong farmer and worked for Germany Valley Greer Limestone Company and Pilgrims Pride.  He was a member of Cabins Assembly of god Church and attended Riverside Church and the Lighthouse Community Church.

His wife, Marlene (Turner) Ours, survives.

Surviving in addition to to his parents and wife are two sons, Andrew Phillip ours of Cabins and Joseph A. Ours of Morgantown; mother-in-law, Annie nelson Turner of Pendleton Manor, Franklin; one sister: Karen Sue Dolly of Cabins; two brothers, Dale Ours and Allen Ours, both of Cabins; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Schaeffer FuneralHome, Petersburg, with Rev. Roseph Eversole, Rev. Mike Humphrey and Rev. Tommy George officiating.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. 

Memorials may be made to the Ours Family, c/o Marlene Ours, HC 59 Box 1930, Cabins, WV  26855.

Ruby Moyers Lambert

Ruby Susan Moyers Lambert, 86, of Harrisonburg, VA, died on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mrs. Lambert was born in Franklin and was the daughter of the late William Dee and Iva Delmar Moyers.

She worked for Dupont in Grottoes, VA, Stehli Silk Mills, and IMCO (Brockway) before her retirement in 1991.  Following her retirement, she worked for McDonalds on Carlton street and South Main Street, for Kroger doing custodial work, and she also helped clean the Church of the Valley at Lake Shenandoah.

On July 19, 1944, she married Isaac John Lambert, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1995.

Surviving are a son, Johnny Lambert and wife, Joyce of Bridgewater, VA; two daughters, Carolyn Lambert Thompson and husband, Arby of Franklin, and Susan Kiser and husband, Charles of Harrisonburg, VA; six grandchildren, Pamela Wilberger and friend, Craig Detamore, Jonathan Lambert and wife, Angel Caldwell Lambert, Yolanda Obaugh and husband, Steve Matthew Lambert, Sarah Olka and husband, Darren, and Joy Wimer and husband, Michael; and eight great-grandchildren, Emily Weilberger, Jason Wilberger, Victoria Messick, Amanda Messick, Brinna Swang, Silas Caldwell, Austing Lambert and Brody Wimer.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Mount Pleasant church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg, VA, with the Revs. Henry Elsea, Jeff Ferguson, and Daryl Ritchie officiating.  Burial was private.   

Memorial contributions may be made to Generations Crossing, 3765 Taylor springs Lane, Harrisonburg, VA  22801. 

Online condolences may be sent to the Lambert family at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Pauline Mae Rader Mitchell

Pauline Mae Mitchell, 84, of Falls Church, VA, went to be with her Lord, Oct. 15, 2008, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.

She was born in Pendleton County, the daughter of the late Delilah F. Lough and Fred K. Rader.

Pauline worked for Boeing in Seattle, WA, during World War II.

A member of Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, Pauline was active with the United Methodist Women, Church Women United and many other committees and responsibilities. 

Mrs. Mitchell was a charter memeber of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, where she served as vice-president and treasurer and was most active in various projects.  She ws involved with the Falls Church Community Service Council, where she was president and telephone coordinator; a member  of the Bailey's Crossroads Shelter Advisory Council.  She was a member of the Potomac Legal Service Board and teh Church Women United where she was vice-president, among other responsibilities.

Helping people was very important to her, and she loved her family very much.   

Her husband, Allen Lee Mitchell,  preceded her in death.

She leaves her three loving children, Pamela Dolores Billings; Dennis Allen Mitchell and David Lee Mitchell; two grandsons, Paul Allen Billings and Kenneth Dale Billings; three great-grandsons, Jackson Knox Billings, Tyler David Chamberlain and Aleksander Thomas Christopher Lukins. 

She was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel Teddy Mitchell.

Memorial donations may be made to the Susan B. Koman for the Cure, American Cancer society and Sleepy Hollow United Methodist church.

Funeral arrangements were shared by Everly Funeral Care in Falls Church, VA, and Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. 

Anna B. Harold

Anna B. Harold, 79, of Mauertown, VA, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock, VA.

She was born May 12, 1929, at Landes and was the daughter of the late Henry Clay Alt and Lula Mae Kimble Alt.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Maurertown Brethren Church.

Her husband, Raymond A. Harold, survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Sharon Wilt of Shippensburg, PA, and Marsha Rush of Mountain Falls, VA; one step-daughter, Karen Sue Ours of Petersburg; one sister, Irene Alt Tankersley of Edinburg, VA; one brother, Henry Rudolph Alt of Rockville, MD; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Richard Craver officiating.  Burial was at the Cherry Hill Cemetery at Upper Tract.

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

Harland Bruce Sites

Harlan Bruce Sites, 76, of Crystal Springs Trailer Court, Elkins, died Monday at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

Born Oct. 7, 1932, at Mouth of Seneca, he was a son of the late Cletis and Ella Painter Sites.

Mr. Sites worked at Inter-State Hardwoods in Bartow and was a veteran of the US Army, having served in Korea.  He was a 1951 Circleville High School and attended Davis and Elkins College, Elkins.  He was a member of the Seneca Rocks Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Joann Hedrick of Petersburg; a brother, bill Sites of Riverton; several nieces andnephews; and close friends, Bonnie and Lewis Ward of Elkins. 

He was also preceded in death by four  brothers, Cletis Sites, Jr., Jackie L. Sites, Gene Sites and Holly Sites; one sister, Violet Ruth Sites; and one half sister, Pauline Hedrick.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Burial was in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, with military graveside services by Pendleton county Veterans Honor Guard.

Mary Widanka, 76

Mary Gae Vance Widanka, 76, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008, at Hospice of Toledo.

She was born Oct. 21, 1931, at Seneca Rocks and was the daughter of the late French and Margaret Nelson Vance.

She was a homemaker. 

Her husband, Chester Widanka, Sr., survives.  

Also surviving are one son, Charles W. Widanka of Toledo; one daughter, Sandra Juarez of Toledo, OH; one sister, Alice Huffman of Seneca Rocks; six grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister and one granddaughter. 

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Jasons Funeral Home in Toldeo, OH.  A memorial service will be held at a later date at Seneca Rocks. 

Stanley Marion Auville

Stanley Marion Auville Sr., 81, of Dayton, VA, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at his home.

Stanley was born in Onego on April 13, 1927, and was a son of the late Guy Carl and Polly (Kisamore) Auville.

He worked as a wood worker at Padgett Co. in Bridgewater, retiring in 1981. He also worked at Celanese for 27 years.

He was a member of the Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was united in marriage on Oct. 22, 1949, to Lois Elaine (Driver) Auville, who survives.

Also surviving are six sons, Donald L. and wife, Kathy Auville, and Stanley “Duner” M. Auville Jr. and wife, Yvette, all of Dayton, VA, Tom C. and wife, Dianne Auville, of Harrisonburg, VA, John A. and wife, Patricia Auville, and Miles O. and wife, Susie Auville, all of Bridgewater, VA, and Dietmar Kurzstiel and wife, Gerda, of Germany; six sisters, Shirley Miller of Harrisonburg, VA, Reva Shull and  and Sue Cupp, both of Bridgewater, VA,  and Margaret Anderson of Dayton, VA, Mary Brown of Phoenix, AZ,and  Helen Sites of Elkins; a brother, Golden Auville of Bridgewater, VA; 14 grandchildren, David and Scott Auville, Katie and Adam Auville, Jason, Wesley and Joshua Auville, Ashley Messick, Amy and Angie Auville, Brandon and Brett Auville, Inga and Anne Kurzstiel; three great-grandsons, Cody Auville, Layne and Jacob Auville; one great-granddaughter Jordyn Auville; two step-grandchildren, Amy McCauley, J.D. Siever; two step-great-grandchildren, Jaggar Siever and Trey McCauley.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Richard, Harvey, Calvin, Granville and Marvin Auville; and one sister, Eva A. Hartman.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren with Pastor Randy Cosner officiating. The burial was conducted at the Briery Branch Church Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, Building Fund, 6628 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA 22821.

Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater was in charge of funeral arrangements.

The online guestbook may be signed at

Mark Paul Novack, 44

Mark Paul Novack, 44, of Manassas, VA, died Oct. 11, 2008, at his residence. 

Born Aug. 18, 1964, in Washington, DC, he was the son of John H. Novack of Falling Waters and the late Delphia Pauline Lambert Bosserman. 

He attended school in Washington, DC, and was a service manager at M.F.I. Honda Kawasaki in Woodbridge, VA. 

Surviving are two nieces Kimberly Riggleman of Franklin and Brittany Novack of Washington, DC; two nephews , Robert Noavack and Stacey Riggleman, both of Franklin; one sister, Janet Novack Riggleman of Sugar Grove; one brother, John Novack of Washington, DC; five aunts, Arvella Pitsenbarger and Phyllis Lambert, both of Franklin, Sally Wright of Mt. Crawford, VA, Lola Nelson of West Lafayette, IN, and Elizabeth Novack of Upper Marlboro, MD; and two uncles, Billy D. Lambert of Vernona, VA, and William Butch Lambert of Franklin.

He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Ida Propst Lambert; and one uncle, Paul Lambert. 

A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct 27, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home of Franklin.  

Funeral arrangements were shared by Baker Funeral Home, Manassas, VA, and Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Vervie Nicholas, 87

Vervie "Punk" Nicholas, 87, of Cherry Grove died Monday, October 20, 2008 at the Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.  

He was born Oct. 8, 1921, at Monterey, VA, and was the son of the late Walter Nicholas and Liz Grogg Nicholas.

He was a dozer operator for Allegheny Wood and had been a resident of Pendleton Manor. 

On Nov. 3, 1945, he married Anna Belle Bennett Nicholas, who preceded him in death on April 28, 2002.

He is survived by two sons, Eugene Nicholas and Jackie Lee Nicholas and wife, Patsy, all of Cherry Grove; one sister, Carole Of Oregon; one brother, Harvey Nicholas of Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren, Miranda Vandevander and husband, Tommy, Stephanie Nicholas and Bradley Nicholas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Big Run Presbyterian Chapel at Cherry Grove with Pastor William Vandevander officiating.  Burial will be at Cherry Grove Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening at the Big Run Presbyterian Chapel, Cherry Grove.

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

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