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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

   22 December 2005 

Jessie M. Snyder

Jessie M. Thompson Snyder, 81, a resident of Harman, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, 2005, in Davis Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 12, 1924, at Tract Mountain in Pendleton County, a daughter of the late George Otis Thompson and Bessie Alice Hartman Thompson.

On July 27, 1940, she was married to John Harold Snyder who preceded her in death April 15, 1984.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Neil (Marlene) Ours of Harman and Mrs. Terry (Rosalind) Wyatt of Elkins; one brother, Paul Junior “Chap” Thompson of Franklin; and three sisters, Donna Alice Thompson Landes Casidy and Tressie Jane Thompson Bridges, both of Bridgewater, Va., and Viola Arvelda Thompson Hevener of Harrisonburg, Va. Three grandchildren, Mrs. Darryl (Stephanie) Roy of Harman, Mrs. Neal (Kim) Paugh of Elkins and J.W. Wyatt and wife, Julie, of Bowden; five great grandchildren; Ethan and Heath Roy, Jessica Corrick, Hillary and Garret Paugh; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were eight brothers, Raymond Howard “Pete” Thompson, William Denver “Den” Thompson, Ona Glenn Thompson, George Hansel Thompson, Ray Otis “Coy” Thompson, Charles Clarence “Pum” Thompson, Arlie Edwin “Boss” Thompson and Oden Lee “Son” Thompson; and three sisters, Reda Mae Thompson Gauding, Nettie Florence Thompson Alt and Anna Louise “Granny” Thompson Hedrick.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Tomblyn Funeral Home, Elkins, with Pastor Todd Rhodes and the Rev. Stanley Kyle officiating.  Interment followed at Buena Cemetery at Canaan Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to either Dry Fork Recreational Center, in care of the Grant County Bank of Harman, P.O. Box 129, Harman, W.Va. 26270 or the Job Church of God, HC 65, Box 191, Harman, W.Va. 26270.  Condolences may be made to the family at

Joseph W. Blizzard, 79  

Joseph W. Blizzard, 79, of Tequesta, FL, passed away Oct. 19, 2005, at his residence.

Born Feb. 17, 1926, in Dunbar, he was the son of the late Andrew and Hallie Nunley Blizzard.

Mr. Blizzard was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during WWII.

He was the owner of the Jobco Plumbing and a concessioner at Jonathan Dickinson State Park for 20 years.  he was a member of the First Baptist church of Tequesta and also was the past commander of the Jupoiter / Tequesta American legion Post #271, past commander of the West Palm Beach V.F.W. Post #12, and a member of the B.P.O.E.

Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Angelina Pagnato Blizzard; one daughter, Connie Palmer of Ft. Pierce, FL; two sons, Michael Scarbrough of West Palm Beach, FL, and Joseph Nichols of Sanford, FL; one brother, James Blizzard of Brandywine; one sister, Shirley Blizzard of West Virginia; two grandchildren, Tammie and Angelina; and a very close friend, Bill Wilson.   

A graveside inurnment took place at Riverside memorial Park, Tequesta, FL, on Dec. 3.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407 in memory of Joseph W. Blizzard.

Taylor and Modeen Funeral Home, Jupiter, FL, was in charge of arrangements. 

Viola A. Hevener, 79

Mrs. Viola Arvelda Thompson Hevener, 79, of Harrisonburg, VA, died at her home Dec. 15, 2005.

She was born in Upper Tract on June 14, 1926, and was the daughter of the late George Otis and Bessie Alice Hartman Thompson.

Mrs. Hevener graduated from Franklin High School and was a member of Otterbein United Methodist church.  She enjoyed china painting, golfing, flowers, church and family.  she was head of the prayer line for the church.

On Aug. 14, 1945, she married Forrest M. Hevener, who preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1994.

She is survived by a daughter, Kay Ann Hevener Rodgers and husband, Nelson; two granddaughters, Cynthia L. Sechler and husband, Michael, of Bridgewater, VA, Teresa R. Butcher  and husband, Darren "Todd" of Dayton, VA; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Sechler of Bridgewater, VA, Trenton and Garth Butcher, both of Dayton, VA; one brother, Paul Junior "Chap" Thompson of Franklin; and two sisters, Donna Alice Thompson Landes and Tressie Jane Thompson Bridges both of Bridgewater, VA.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Jessie M. Snyder, Reda Mae Thompson Gauding, Nettie Florence Thompson Alt and Anna Louise Thompson Hedrick; eight brothers,  Raymond Howard “Pete” Thompson, William Denver “Den” Thompson, Ona Glenn Thompson, George Hansel Thompson, Ray Otis “Coy” Thompson, Charles Clarence “Pum” Thompson, Arlie Edwin “Boss” Thompson and Oden Lee “Son” Thompson. 

Funeral services were held Monday at the Otterbein United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Butcher officiating.  Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1920 medical Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA  22801, American Diabetes Association, PO 2680, North Canton, OH  44720, or Otterbein United Methodist Church, 176 W. Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA  22801.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA, was in charge of the funeral arrangements. 

Virgil Kimble

Virgil “Wayne” Kimble, 53, of Petersburg, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home.

Mr. Kimble was born Nov. 16, 1952, and was the son of Nellie G. Wilfong Kimble of the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg and the late Virgil Jacob Kimble.

He was employed at Adell Polymers, was a member of the Union of United Rubber Workers (URW) and was a Protestant by faith.  

Also surviving are four sisters, Betty Jo VanMeter of Lexington Park, MD, Polly Vance of Lake Milton, OH, Barbara Roberson of Upper Tract and Nancy Cosco of Burke, VA; a brother, Bruce Kimble of Petersburg; three nephews; seven nieces; five great-nephews; and five great-nieces.   The Rev. Gregory Rotruck conducted the funeral services Wednesday at the chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home chapel in Franklin.  Burial was in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Raymond Dickenson, Jr., 75

Raymond G. Dickenson, Jr., 75, passed away Nov. 13 2005, at Utica, MI.

Born Feb. 7, 1930, he was the son of the late r. Guy and Irene Rexrode Dickenson, formerly of Brandywine.

Funeral services were held Nov. 20 at the William Sullivan and Son Funeral Home with Pastor Douglas Graham officiating. 

Russell Flesher Crummett

Russell Flesher Crummett, 97, husband of Sallie Pauline (Puffenbarger) Crummett of Stuarts Draft, VA, and formerly of Staunton, VA, died Dec. 14, 2005, in the Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, VA.

He was born July 5, 1909, in Moyers, a son of the late Pinckney and Bessie (Price) Crummett.

Mr. Crummett was a life-long farmer.  He retired from Smith's Transfer Corporation.  He was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder.  He was a member of the Bethany men of the Church and the Ed Brandt Sunday School Class.  He was a craftsman who worked with different types of wood and he also enjoyed gardening.

 In addition to his wife of 71 years, whom he married November 7, 134, survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Anna Hayes and Lois and Richard "Dick" Samples, both of Staunton, VA; a sister, Lura Smith of Bridgewater, VA; three grandchildren, Debbie Lynn (Hayes) Collins and her husband, Ronnie of Hardy, VA, Douglas Scott Samples and his wife Lisa of Layton, UT, and Jeffrey Wayne Samples and his wife, Connie of Stuarts Draft, VA; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Nicole (Samples) Coffey and her husband, Derek, and Amber Brittany Samples, all of Stuarts Draft, VA; two great-great0-grandchildren, Raegan Nicole Coffey and Trenton Wayne Coffey; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Elmer, Galen., Charlie, Arch and Wilmer Crummett, and a sister, Mary Smith. 

A funeral service was conducted at Monday at the Bethany Presbyterian Church by the Revs. Robert R. von Oeyen, Jr. and Otis Fisher.  Burial followed in Augusta Memorial Park.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Presbyterian church, 2501 Fifth Street, Staunton, VA  24401.  

Loretta M. Stalter, 68

Loretta M. Stalter, 68, of Jackson Township, NJ, and formerly of Franklin died Dec. 16, 2005, at the residence of her daughter after a long illness. 

She was born in Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Karl Hofmann. 

Mrs. Stalter owned and operated the hemlock Inn in Franklin for 10 years.  She was a graduate of Bronx High School of Science. 

Surviving are her former husband, Ray Stalter of Fort Pierce, FL; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Sue Davis of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Tommy and Kim Davis of Franklin, and Eric and Karen Stalter of new Jersey, four daughters and one son-in-law, Lisa Bolinsky and Barbara and Tim Williams , all of Jackson, NJ, Laura Bernard of Franklin, and Susan Glaser of Toms River, NJ; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Ruth Hofmann of Palm Key, FL; a special aunt, Kate Theim of Long Island, NY; 15 grandchildren, Heather, James, Shawn, Lisa, Karissa, Lacey, Timothy, Thomas, Danielle, James, Amanda, Jordan, Daniel, Brittney and Kayla; two great-grandchildren, Mia and Rylan and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at the Freehold first Assembly of God Church, Freehold, NJ.  

Memorials in her name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1035 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ  08753. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Aaron Cremation Associates, Inc., Whiting, NJ.     

Ruskin L. Murphy

Ruskin Lee Murphy, 64, of Franklin, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005 at Wayside Baptist Church in Franklin.  

Mr. Murphy was born June 2, 1941, at Frederick, MD, a son of Mary Loy Murphy Ford of Green Castle, PA, and the late Richard Murphy.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1979.  He was a Pendleton county Corrections Officer for 20 years.  He also served as an assistant disaster preparedness officer. 

He was a member of the Wayside Baptist Church, the American Legion, the VFW and the Air Force Sergeants Association.   

His wife Pauline Mae “Polly” Propst survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Maria Hottinger and husband, Patrick, and Lee Martin and husband, Bert, all of Franklin; three sisters, Sharon Murphy Marshall of Frederick, MD, Donna Ford Pertee of Hagerstown, MD, and Vali Ford Tetzlaff of Green Castle, PA; a brother, Fredrick Ford of Hagerstown, MD; and three grandchildren, Ashley Martin, Levi Martin and Colleen Hottinger, all of Franklin.

The Rev. Daniel Williams conducted the funeral Wednesday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial with full military honors by the members of the Bolling Air Force Base was in the Ruddle Family Cemetery on Deer Run road in Franklin.   

Memorial contributions may be made to Wayside Baptist Church Scholarship Fund. 

:Lee Roy Warner

Lee Roy Warner, 76, of Arthur, died Dec. 17, 2005, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Mr. Warner was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Cherry Grove and was the son of the late Elmer Warner and Mary Bennett Warner Goldizen. 

He was a retired farmer.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Puprle Heart.  He was a lifetime member of the National Plott Hunters Association, the VFW No. 6454 and DAV No. 29. 

His wife, Phyllis Wratchford Warner survives. 

Also surviving are four daughters, Brenda Lamb  and the late William, of Pamplin, VA, Pamela Smith and husband, Richard, of Capon Bridge, Catherine Ours and husband, Rickie, of Moorefield, and Carol Meade and husband, Jeff, of Myrtle Beach, SC; four sons, Terry Warner and wife, Jeannie, of Burlington, and Gary Warner and wife, Kathy, Randy Warner and wife, Donna, and Roger Warner and wife, Shirley, all of Arthur; a sister, Betty Watts of Franklin; a brother, Brad Teter of Muncy, PA; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Michael Warner; one brother, Delton Warner; and one sister, Madaline Bland.

The Rev. Rebecca Bennett conducted the funeral Tuesday in the chapel  Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.  Burial with military graveside rites by the combined Veterans organizations of Grant County and the Jr. ROTC, was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to any volunteer fire company or rescue squad.

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