Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

28 October 2004 

Rachael L. Burns

Rachael Lynne Burns, 28, of Circleville, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins as the result of an automobile accident on U.S. Route 33 on Middle Mountain.

Ms. Burns was born July 10, 1976, in Petersburg, a daughter of Eva Vint Lambert, who survives in Circleville, and Dennis Junior Warner and step-daughter of John Lambert of Circleville.  

She graduated from Circleville High School in 1994 and was employed at Woodline Products in Franklin.  

In addition to her mother and stepfather, she is survived by a daughter, Sabrina Burns, 6, Circleville; one son, Donald Burns Jr., both of Circleville; and fiance James Bennet..

The Revs. Paul O'Gorek and Donald R. Watts conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Warner Family Cemetery.  

Memorial donations may be made to Donald and Sabrina Burns in c/o Eva Lambert, PO Box 105, Circleville, W.Va. 26804.  From 25 Oct 2004.

John Carleton O'Brien

John Carleton O'Brien, 61, of Green Bank, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at the elizabeth Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston following an extended illness.  

Mr. O'Brien was born on July 18, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA, and was the son of Flora May Bell O'Brien and the late James Patrick O'Brien, natives of Piedmont.

He was a graduate of West Virginia University and devoted much of his life to writing and literatures.  he was the author of At Home in the Heart of Appalachia, for which he received the 2001 Weatherford Award.  This award was presented annually by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for the published work that best illuminates the problems, personalities and unique qualities  of the Appalachian South.  He also held writing fellowships at the University of Iowa and Stanford University, and he was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award.  His work appeared in Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Tri-Quarterly, Country Journal, Harrowsmith, and Gray's Sporting Journal.

Mr. O'Brien is survived by his wife, Rebecca A. Sheets O'Brien of Green Bank; daughter Shelly O'Brien Turner and her fiance, Michael Sumner of Fredericksburg, VA; son Christopher S. O'Brien  and wife, Marcella of Harrisonburg, VA; four grandchildren, Rachel, Sean, Ally and jack; four brothers, David, Michael, Robert and Ricky O'Brien; and two sisters, Nancy and Kathleen.     

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick and Bill; and one sister, Barbara.  

A memorial service was conducted at Liberty Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 24. 

The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to Green Bank Library Building Fund, Po Box 1, Green Bank, WV 24944, or to Pendleton county Library, Franklin, WV  26807.  

Arrangements were be the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Lewisburg.  

Steven Lee Burns

Steven Lee Burns, 47, of Riverton, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in Randolph County due to an automobile accident.  

Mr. Burns was born May 8, 1957 in Baltimore, Md and was the son of Charles A. Burns of Riverton and the late Ruby "Sis" Bennett Burns. 

He graduated from Circleville High School in 1977.  He was employed by the U.s. Forest Service and the Howes Leather. 

In addition to his father, he is survived by his companion, Donna Thompson; two brothers, Charles E. "Chuck" Burns and wife, Debbie of Riverton, and Dale P. Burns and wife, Donna of Doe Hill, VA; a niece Sarah Burns; and a special nephew, Derek Burns.  

He also was preceded in death by one brother, Dwight Burns; one half sister, Joyce Selmon; and grandparents, Don L. and Mary Burns.

The Rev. Rebecca Bennett conducted the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Burns family cemetery, Riverton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind,301 East Main St., Romney, WV  26757.  

Ruby A. Kiser

Ruby Ann Kiser, 53, of Brandywine died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg. 

Ms. Kiser was born May 5, 1951, in Harlan County, KY, and was a daughter of Nola Faye Day Salyers of Brandywine and the late Walter Craig and step-daughter of Tom Salyers of Brandywine.  

She was a nursing assistant in Manassas, VA, and Charlottesville, VA.  She graduated from high school in Dayton, OH, and received her nursing degree from Southwest community College.  She attended Mount Zion United Methodist Church.  

In addition to her mother and stepfather, she is survived by her companion and fiance, Vincent Puckett; a daughter, Cynthia Combs of Broadway, VA; a son, Roy Eugene Salyers of Lost city; two sisters, Barbara Hiett of Brandywine and Tursie Craig of Cleveland, VA; two brothers, William Truesdale of Nokesville, VA, and Charles Truesdale of Maryland; and seven grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by one son, David A. Salyers. 

The Rev. Mark V. James conducted the funeral at 7 p.m. Monday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Kiser family cemetery in Cleveland, VA.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton County Rescue Squads.  

A. Ruth Simmons, 86

A. Ruth Simmons, 86, of Franklin and formerly of Sugar Grove died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harissonburg, VA. 

Miss  Simmons was born March 12, 1918, in Sugar Grove and was the daughter of the late Gabriel and Ida Florence (Simmons) Simmons. 

She was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church. 

She was never married. 

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by seven brothers and one sister. 

Pastor Guy Hudson and Dan Ludwick conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at St. Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Sugar Grove. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Nursing Home, P.O. Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807 or St. Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery, c/o Sherry Wilfong, Sugar Grove, WV  26815.  

Marlene Ellifritz, 64

MArlene Joy Ellifritz, 64, of Keyser died Thrusday, Oct. 21, 2004 at her residence. 

Born on August 16, 1940, at Keyser, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Brady and Delphia Josephine (Reeves) Ellifritz. 

Ms. Ellifritz was a homemaker and loving mother and was a Methodist by faith.  She was also a member of the Keyser Kiwanis Club and Chapter 191, Women of the Moose, Keyser. 

Surviving are one son, Marco Monroe Bennett of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, Daniel Brady Ellifritz, Jr. and Kenneth H. K. Ellifritz and wife, Phyllis all of Keyser; one sister, Judith C. Taylor and husband, George of Crownsville, MD; one sister-in-law, Linda Ellifritz of Keyser, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was also preceded in death by a brother, William D. Ellifritz.  

Funeral services were conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. James A. McCune officiating.  Interment was in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.    

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