Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 18 December 2003 

Wilmoth Raines 

Wilmoth Raines 84, of Franklin, died Saturday, Dec,13, 2003 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. Mr. Raines was born Aug.17.1919 in Cherry Grove and was the son of the late Margaret Murphy Raines and Edward Raines.

He was a heavy equipment operator and a t4ruck driver. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army and was a member of the House of Prayer Pentecostal Church.  

On May 18,1946, he married Gilda J.Wimer, who preceded him in death March 1,1960.

He is survived by five daughters, Margaret Lee Whetzel and husband, Charles, Wanda Mangold and husband, Russell, and Patsy Reel, all of Franklin. Linda Wimer and husband Virgil of Blue Grass, VA. and Judy Kile and husband Jim of Upper Tract; a stepson, Harry E. Raines of Franklin, a stepdaughter, Elsie Mae Lambert of Franklin, a sister, Wilma Huffman of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren,

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister and four great grandchildren.

The Rev. Joseph Eversole conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to House of Prayer Pentecostal Church c/o Margaret Whetzel HC 60 Box19-C Franklin, WV 26807

Arlie C.Vandevander, 90

Arlie C. "Pete" Vandevender, 90 of Riverton died Sunday,Dec.14, 1993 at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

Mr. Vandevander was born Dec.15,1912 in Circleville and was the son of the late Charles A. Vandevander and Christina Lambert Vandevander.  He was a woodsman and retired from Howes Tannery in Bartow. He served in the U.S. .Army with 881st Bomb Squad.  He was a Baptist and a member of Rock Cavern Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Harper Vandevander; a daughter Patricia Wimer of Moorefield; a son Donnie Vandevander of Riverton; four sisters, Gracie Groff, Jessie Vandevander and Georgie Strawder, all of Riverton, and Ethel Wimer of Cherry Grove, and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Timothy Wimer; three brothers, Russell, Othel and Glennie Vandevander.

The Rev. Mack McAllister conducted the funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Military rites by the Pendleton County Honor Guards.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton County rescue squads.

Willia Gladys Fleming, 91

Willia Gladys Fleming 91, of Harrisonburg, VA died Monmday,Dec.8, 2003 at her home.

Mrs. Fleming was born April 4,1912 in Fort Seybert and was a daughter of the late Edward H. and Lucy Blizzard Rexrode.

She moved to Harrisonburg, VA. from West Virginia in 1959. She was a member of the Dayton Methodist church where she was a Sunday School teacher. She had worked as a salesclerk at Joseph Neys and Leggett and was a member of the Home Demonstration Club.

On January 19,1938 she married Marvin A. Fleming, who preceded her in death March 14,1976.

She is survived by a daughter, Clara Kline of Harrisonburg, VA., A son, Paul A. Fleming of Hampton, VA. a brother Two sisters, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held Wednesday at Mount Horeb Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Ferguson officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society,1920-H Medical Ave. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Arrangements were handled by the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA.

Bessie Alice Dahmer

Bessie Alice Dahmer, 88, of the Deer Run section near Franklin, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, where she had resided since May 7, 1997. 

Born Feb. 5, 1915, at Brushy Run, she was a daughter of the late Henry G. and Esta Kile Kimble.  She was a homemaker and a member of the the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

On Nov. 5, 1932, she married Luther Ray Dahmer, who preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1998.  

Surviving are two sons, Glenn Dahmer of Franklin and Elmer "Tom" Dahmer and wife, Nancy of Hinton, VA; one brother, Melvin Kimble of Harrisonburg, VA; five grandchildren, Pamela Hartman, Glenna Dunkle, Bradley Dahmer, Darrell Dahmer and Rodney Dahmer; and five great-grandchildren, Jennifer Dunkle, Stacy Hartman, Myra Harmtna, Autumn Dahmer and Dillon Dhamer. 

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Loy, Dolan and Arnold Kimble, and a daughter-in-law, Marie Dahmer. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Revs. David Fisher and Stanley Kile officiating.  Burial was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Nursing Home, PO Box 700 Franklin, WV 26807, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, HC 72 Box 26A, Franklin, WV  26807 or a charity of choice. 

James Arnold Thorn 63

James Arnold Thorn 63, Petersburg died December 10,2003 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Thorn was born Dec.14,1939 in Moser and was a son of the late Oscar R, Thorn and Mary Catherine Kesner Thorn. He retired from Mount Storm Power Station in Mount Storm in 1994. He was a deacon and treasurer of the South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren.

His wife of 43 years, Carolyn Sue Hiser Thorn, survives. 

Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert H. and Teresa Thorn of Clear Spring, MD, six sisters and brothers-in-law. Ruth and Rembert Moyers of Moyers, Lucy and Richard Seymour of Harrisonburg, VA., Goldie and Kay Showalter of Timberville, VA. AnnaLee and Herman Alt and Arlie Kile of Upper Tract and Catherine and Eugene Lantz of Broadway.VA; two grandchildren, Hunter and Hailey Thorn and several nieces and nephews.

Pastor Randy Ours conducted the funeral 1 p.m. Saturday at the South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren.  Burial was in the Kline Cemetery in Kline.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, c/o Roger Mitchell,HC 32 Box 40,Upper Tract,WV 26866.

Robert Lee Simmons

Robert Lee Simmons, 95 of Moyers, died Tuesday Dec.9, 2003, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital at Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Simmons was born ay May 27,1908 in Moyers and was the son of the late Henry Simmons and Minnie Bodkins Simmons.

He was a farmer and a member of the West Virginia Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Thorn Chapel Church of the Brethren, where he was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. His wife, Mary Emma Stone Simmons preceded him in death, July 13,1995. They were married March 26,1932.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Ken Nelson of Moyers, a son and daughter-in-law, Hobert L. and Glenna Mae Simmons of Harrisonburg, VA. a sister, Edith Harper of Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin four grandchildren, Lori Roberson, Gary Simmons, Dianna Kenney and Sandra Riddel, and three great grandchildren, Timothy Kenney, Ryan Kenney and James Riddel.

The Rev. Jerry Smith conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Friday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Fork Rescue Squad c/o Kathleen Brennan, Sugar Grove, WV 25815

Kennie O. Lough

Kenneth O. Lough,93, Upper Tract died Wednesday, Dec.19,2003, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Lough was born on Oct.20,1910 in Deer Run and was the son of the late Calvin Z. Lough and Olive Ida Propst Lough. He was a poultry and beef cattle farmer and a carpenter. He was a member of the West Virginia Farm Bureau and a member of Christ Central Church.

On Sept.12,1934 he married Leona K. Greemswalt Lough who preceded him in death on March 31,1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley F. Borror of Petersburg and Betty J. Smith of Upper Tract, two sisters, Ella Miller of Keyser and Nora Harper of Brush Valley, PA, five grandchildren, Larry Smith, Jerry Smith, Roger Borror, Lonnie Borror and Carolyn Wonders and five great-grandchildren, Kimberly Borror, Jodi Borror, Roger Borror II, Hannah Wonders and Trevor Wonders,

He was preceded in death by one brother.

The Revs. Ed Null and Gary Phillips conducted the funeral 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Central Church in Upper Tract. Burial was in the Kline Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in the charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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