The Elkins Intermountain, 29 June 2009

David Beighley Jr.

David C. Beighley Jr., 69, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, in United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

Mr. Beighley was born Aug. 8, 1939, at Reading, Mass., a son of the late David C. Beighley Sr. and Edna Mae Gorie Beighley.

On Dec. 21, 1963, he married Judith E. Gower, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Christopher D. Beighley and wife, Kristin, of Titusville, Fla.; two granddaughters, Brianna Taquinto of Titusville and Marissa Beighley of Titusville; a sister, Edna Mitchell and husband, Charles, of Derry, N.H.; and a brother, Earl Beighley and wife, Lois, of Londonderry, N.H.

Mr. Beighley was retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received Tuesday, June 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Poling-St.Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Lowell Swisher officiating. Military services will be conducted at the graveside by Buckhannon Veterans of Froeign Wars Post 3663, Frank B. Bartlett Post 7 American Legion and Disabled Averican Veterans Chapters 5 and 36.

On line condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Elizabeth A. May

Elizabeth Ann "Bay" Silvester May, 89, a resident of Elkins, and more recently a resident of the Elkins Regional Convalescent Center since October of 2005, departed this life Friday, June 26, 2009, in the center.

She was born Friday, Nov. 28, 1919, at Coalton, the oldest daughter of the late Romeo Silvester and Marie DiBacco Silvester.

On Jan. 5, 1946, she was married to Eugene H. May Jr., who preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1967.

Surviving are four brothers, John "Johnny" Silvester and wife, Esther, of Coalton, Joseph Silvester and wife, Idia, of Elkins, Anthony F. Silvester and wife, Jean, of Norton and Vincent "Freddie" Silvester and wife, Midge, of Elkins; three sisters, Mary Ferruso of Clarksburg, Pauline Johnson of Elkins and Magdeline "Maggie" DeMotto and husband, L. Hugh, of Red Creek; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who she loved.

Preceding her in death was one infant son in 1948; one sister, Helen R. "Dolly" Silvester; two brothers-in-law, John Ferruso and John B. Johnson; and one nephew, John Anthony Ferruso.

She was a graduate of Coalton High School with the class of 1938 and attended Mountain State Business College at Parkersburg from 1938 to 1941. She had worked for the Works Progress Administration Certification Department in Elkins prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army, where she served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp from September 1942 until August of 1944. She then went to work during 1949 for the Golden Clinic at Fourth Street in Elkins and then worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Memorial General Hospital, retiring in 1985 after 36 years of service. She was a member of the H.W. Daniel's Post 29, American Legion, where she had served as the first female commander, second vice commander, historian and chaplain and the H. W. Daniel's Unit 29, American Legion Auxiliary, where she had served as president, first vice president, second vice president and Ninth District president. She also belonged to the Randolph County Salon 238 of the Eight and 40, the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association, the Citizens Flag Alliance; the All Veterans Memorial Council, the Aerie 2344 Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, the Veterans of World War I Ladies Auxiliary Barracks 1060, the AARP, a life member of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of West Virginia and was a charter member of the Women in the Military Memorial Foundation Inc. at Washington, D.C. She had a great love for the flag and patriotism and she, as a Legionnaire, visited local schools to encourage love for the flag. She was a member of Saint Brendan Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the Holy Rosary Guild.

The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Today, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home, a prayer service will be recited by the Very Rev. Donald X. Higgs, V.F. On Tuesday, June 30, Mrs. May will be moved to the Saint Brendan Catholic Church, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Donald X. Higgs, V.F. will be the Presider and interment will follow in Saint Brendan Cemetery at Elkins, where the H.W. Daniel's Post 29, American Legion will present the American flag.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Elizabeth Ann "Bay" Silvester May. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Gertrude Ringer

Gertrude "Trudy" Caroline Ringer, 78, of Buckhannon, died Friday, June 26, 2009, in Paula's Personal Care Home under the care of St. Joseph's Hospice after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late Francis Heighler and Helen Klemme Hutton.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin Wayne Ringer of Buckhannon; two stepsons, M. Wayne Ringer and wife, Rose, of Norfolk, Va., and Michael B. Ringer and wife, Cathy, of Norton; three granddaughters, Misty, Natalie and Emilie Slider all of Buckhannon; one great-granddaughter, Vaida Dean; and one great-grandson, Oliver Slider both of Buckhannon; three stepgrandsons and one stepgranddaughter; one brother, Forest Hutton and wife, Betty, of Artmus, Pa.; and one niece, two nephews, two great-nieces and two great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Slider Baker, who died on Nov. 18, 2005, and one nephew.

Trudy was a 1949 graduate of Elkins High School. She retired in 1993 from K-mart in Marietta, Ohio. Trudy attended the Episcopal Church of Transfiguration in Buckhannon.

At the request of the deceased, the body was cremated and memorial services will be at a later date at the Episcopal Church of Transfiguration in Buckhannon. Inurnment will be in the Brick Church Cemetery at Huttonsville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice at 1 Amalia Drive, Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201. Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Gredal P. Oaster

Gredal Geraldine Pennington Oaster, 89, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Saturday morning, June 27, 2009, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

She was born Monday, May 3, 1920, at Bretz, a daughter of the late Seymour and Calnettie Roy Pennington.

She was married to Melvin Peter Oaster, who preceded her in death during 1966.

Surviving are one son, Philip Dale Oaster and wife, Sandra, of Mackeyville; two grandchildren, Philip Todd Oaster and April Rachelle Oaster Miller and husband, Rick, all of Parsons; and two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Olivia Miller; many nieces and nephews; her extended family Cynthia Helmick and children, Buck, Angiy and granddaughter, Izabella; and many wonderful neighbors.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by one son, Melvin Alan "Bub" Oaster; six brothers, Boye Pennington, Lorenza Pennington, John Pennington, Junior Pennington, Woodrow Pennington and Denzil Pennington; five sisters, Roxlanie Pennington, Gladys Pennington, Buena Phillips, Madeline Thorpe and Alberta Phillips; and a very special friend, Robert Bright; and great-nephew, Robert Sponaugle.

She was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1939. She was an employee of the former Puffenberger's Hotel, the former Dorman Mills, Nella's Nursing Home "White Gables," the former Tucker County Hospital and was a former employee for the Department of Health and Human Resources. She attended the Free Methodist Church in Hendricks and the First United Methodist Church in Parsons. She loved caring for her flowers, garden and family.

The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Tuesday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Jeff Anderson will officiate and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Gredal Geraldine Pennington Oaster. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Jackie Propst

Jackie Propst, 74, a resident of Beech Avenue in Philippi, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 30, 1934, at Pierce, a son of the late Hubert Leon and Martha Adeline (Hershberger) Propst.

He was united in marriage May 19, 1963, to E. Jean (Crites) Propst, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons: David Michael and wife, Erlinda Propst, ofVirginia Beach, Va., and Daniel Keith and wife ,Judy Propst, of Philippi; one sister, Barbara Willson of Vineland, N.J.; one brother, Ronald and wife, Fran Propst, of Atco, N.J.; five grandchildren, Brandon Propst, Tyson Propst, Joy Propst, Clint Propst and Chris Lyn Propst; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony Propst and Isiah Propst.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Lois Ostroff.

Mr. Propst retired as a coal miner from C&W Coal Co. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Propst was a member of the Barbour County Post 44 and was a Methodist by faith.

Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service hour with the Rev. Linda Payton officiating. Interment will follow in the Parsons City Cemetery with military rites being accorded.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com. Wright Funeral Home services.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Kenneth A. Smith

Kenneth A. Smith, 67, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1942, in Barbour County, a son of the late Elbert Austin and Virginia Gladys Moore Smith.

On Feb. 3, 2004, he married Patricia Riley, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Kenya Mae Smith of Buckhannon, Kimberly Erlenbach and husband, Dan, Sonja Smith and Kora Smith, all of Ohio; five grandchildren; eight brothers, Paul W. Smith and wife, Elsie, Thomas L. Smith and wife, Brenda, Richard H. Smith, James B. Smith and wife, Gala, Timothy Smith and wife, Christine, all of Buckhannon, Leonard Smith and wife, Dorothy, of Utica, Ohio, Roger D. Smith and wife, Connie, of Huntington and Daniel K. Smith and wife, Michelle, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four sisters, Mary M. DeBarr and husband, Donald, and Melinda Kay Smith of Buckhannon, Kathy Bedell and husband, Denny, of San Antonio, Texas, and Lisa C. Whaley and husband, Brian, of Alliance, Ohio; one grandson, William Martin of Ohio; four granddaughters, Danielle Erlenbach, Collean Martin, Kahala Duffield and Barbara Duffield, all of Ohio; several nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Stacie Marsh and husband, Daniel, of Buckhannon and Lisa Rodriguez of French Creek; two brothers-in-law, Robert Riley of Buckhannon and James Riley and wife, Wilma, of Queens; mother-in-law, Rita Riley of Buckhannon; best friend, Jimmie Shipman of Tallmansville; four nephews, Joshua Riley and Justin Rodriguez of Buckhannon, Brend and Brooks Smith of Queens; and niece, Amber Sines and husband, Russell, of Volga.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Davy L. Smith; and one sister Charlotte S. Norman.

Mr. Smith served as a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Friends will be received from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wease Day officiating. Burial will follow in the Reger Chapel Cemetery. Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663, Frank B. Bartlett Post 7 American Legion, Disabled American Veterans Chapters 5 and 36 will conduct military honors at the graveside.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Gredal P. Oaster

Gredal Geraldine Pennington Oaster, 89, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Saturday morning, June 27, 2009, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

She was born Monday, May 3, 1920, at Bretz, a daughter of the late Seymour and Calnettie Roy Pennington.

She was married to Melvin Peter Oaster, who preceded her in death during 1966.

Surviving are one son, Philip Dale Oaster and wife, Sandra, of Mackeyville; two grandchildren, Philip Todd Oaster and April Rachelle Oaster Miller and husband, Rick, all of Parsons; and two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Olivia Miller; many nieces and nephews; her extended family Cynthia Helmick and children, Buck, Angiy and granddaughter, Izabella; and many wonderful neighbors.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by one son, Melvin Alan "Bub" Oaster; six brothers, Boye Pennington, Lorenza Pennington, John Pennington, Junior Pennington, Woodrow Pennington and Denzil Pennington; five sisters, Roxlanie Pennington, Gladys Pennington, Buena Phillips, Madeline Thorpe and Alberta Phillips; and a very special friend, Robert Bright; and great-nephew, Robert Sponaugle.

She was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1939. She was an employee of the former Puffenberger's Hotel, the former Dorman Mills, Nella's Nursing Home "White Gables," the former Tucker County Hospital and was a former employee for the Department of Health and Human Resources. She attended the Free Methodist Church in Hendricks and the First United Methodist Church in Parsons. She loved caring for her flowers, garden and family.

The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Tuesday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Jeff Anderson will officiate and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Gredal Geraldine Pennington Oaster. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Lenora Carpenter

Lenora Alice Carpenter, 89, of Hacker Valley, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at her residence on Potts Run Road.

She was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Webster County, the daughter of the late Robert Mckinley and Ella Moats Cool.

She had spent most of her life in Webster County and was an assembly line technician for Westinghouse in Fairmont. She attended the Long Run Community Church at Cowger Hill.

She is survived by her husband, Arnel Carpenter of Hacker Valley, foster son, Robert Brown of Webster Springs, brother, Gene Cool of Buckhannon; and sisters, Opal Shuttlesworth of Four State and Rub Cogar of Webster Springs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Lanna Bleigh and Mabel Cool; and brothers, Bobby and Charles Cool.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs with the Rev. Cecil Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Ware Cemetery. Friends may call from p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary L. Gerasko

Mary Louise "Jackie" Gerasko, 89, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Sunday evening, June 28, 2009, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lohr & Barb Funeral Home for Mary Louise "Jackie" Gerasko. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Nellie A. Lewis

Nellie Agnes Lewis, 87, a resident of Hambleton, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 21, 1922, at Hambleton a daughter of the late Alex Cecil and Laura Jane (Phillips) Summerfield.

She was united in marriage, in 1956, to James E. Lewis, who preceded her in death Aug. 17, 1962.

Surviving are three daughters, Laura Summerfield, Helen and husband, Robert Dumire, and Margaret Roxanne and husband, David Bolinger, all of Hambelton; one son, Joe and wife, Janet Lewis, of Hambleton; one sister, Reta Bennett of Hambleton; and 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren

Ms. Lewis was preceded in death by one daughter, Judy Bolyard; one grandson, William Bolyard; two brothers, Harry Summerfield and Don Summerfield; and three sisters, Bes Teusing, Edina Jordan and Margaret Summerfield.

She was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 30, from 8 a.m. to11 a.m. ,the service hour with Pastor Loren Metzner officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Hambleton.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com. Wright Funeral Home services.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Raymond Spore Sr.

Raymond Eugene Spore Sr., 72, of Buckhannon, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, in St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon.

He was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Virgil Lee and Ora Wilmoth Spore.

On Aug. 24, 1960, he married Violet Louise Anderson, who preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2000.

In addition to his parents and his wife he was preceded in death by a daughter, Violet Marie Spore; a granddaughter, Danielle Sheets and two sisters Reda Lowther and Mabel Ruth Lough.

Mr. Spore is survived by a son, Raymond Eugene Spore Jr. and girlfriend, Lesa Scott, of Buckhannon; two daughters, Tina Sheets and husband, Danny, of Rock Cave and Meredith Dye and husband, Gary, of Akron, Ohio; four granddaughters, Whitney and Parthena Sheets of Rock Cave and Patience and Destiny Spore of Akron; three grandsons, Hezekiah Spore of Akron, Cody Hite of Akron and Andrew Wiant of Weston; one great-granddaughter, Gracelyn Sheets of Rock Cave; two sisters, Annabell Lipps and Virgie Landers of Buckhannon; two brothers, Robert Lee Spore and Virgil J. "Bud" Spore of Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Patches.

He was a maintenance engineer for A. Schulman Corp., was Pentacostal by faith and loved to hunt and fish.

Friends will be received at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wease Day officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.   From 29 Jun 2009.

Shirley G. Scott

Shirley Goff Scott, 67, of Sumter, S.C., widow of Everett Scott Sr., died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at her home.

Born Feb. 10, 1942, at Pinewood, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Lloyd Andrew Goff and the late Louise Bradley Goff.

She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church in Elkins. Mrs. Scott graduated from Furman High School. She was a U.S. Navy veteran, who marched in the John F. Kennedy inaugural parade.

Survivors include two sons, Rhett Scott (Cindy) of Sumter, S.C., and Mark Scott (Tracey) of Elkins; five grandchildren, Nathan, Philip and Leah of Sumter, S.C., and Stephanie and Catherine of Elkins; four sisters, Barbara Kirven (Bob) of Pinewood, S.C., Charlene Buddin and Sally Yates of Sumter, S.C., and Wanda McKenzie (Dean) of Florence, S.C.; a brother, G.P. Goff (Karen)of Sumter, S.C.; and five nieces and seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Goff.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Eddie Richardson and The Rev. Paul Goff officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathan Scott, Philip Scoot, Andy Kirven, Rocky Kirven, Joe Buddin and Dana Miller.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home and at other times at the home at 40 Par Court, Sumter, S.C.

Memorials may be made to Sumter Baptist Temple, 2295 Harper St., Sumter, S.C. 29153. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the the arrangements. www.ecsfunerals.com   From 29 Jun 2009.

Willard C. Rosier

Willard Clay Rosier, 80, of Clover Run Road, Montrose, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, surrounded by his family. Willard had suffered from a massive stroke on Thursday, June 18.

Arrangements for Willard Clay Rosier are incomplete and have been entrusted to The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services. www.therandolphfuneralhome.com  From 29 Jun 2009.

The Elkins Intermountain, 30 June 2009

E. Neil Proudfoot

E. Neil Proudfoot, 80, passed away June 28, 2009, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer and Parkinson's Diseases.

He was born at Belington on April 1, 1929.

He graduated from Belington High School in 1947 and then went on to complete an associate of fire science degree at the University of Akron. Neil retired in 1987 after 37 years of service at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. as manager of plant fire protection, traveling worldwide during his career for Goodyear International.

After retirement, he and his wife, Patricia, relocated to Belington from 1989-2004. He was a former member of Tallmadge United Methodist Church and a current member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Belington. He also belonged to the United Methodist Men, the church choir and the Kiwanis. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening and sharing his vegetables with others.

Neil was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Adkins) Proudfoot; and daughter, Jennifer Proudfoot.

He will be missed by his daughter, Janice (Brian) Shriber of Wooster, Ohio; sons, Michael (Cynthia) of Akron, Ohio, and Wayne (Sharon) of Canton, Ohio; twin brother, C. Noel (Henrietta) Proudfoot of New Bern, N.C.; sisters, Zelma (Sterling) Yeager of Elkins and Mary Belle (Carl) Simmons of Edmunds, Wash.; grandchildren, Amanda (Alex) Pummell, Andrew Shriber, Amy Shriber, Brittney (Dan) Moore, Brandon Proudfoot, Kelli (Devin) Schafrath and Benjamin Proudfoot; and great-granddaughter, Heidi Lynn Pummell.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tallmadge United Methodist Church, 207 N. Munroe Road, Tallmadge, Ohio, where funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Tallmadge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Tallmadge United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 207 N. Munroe Road, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com. Newcomer Funeral Home 330-784-3334.  From 30 Jun 2009.

Gredal P. Oaster

Gredal Geraldine Pennington Oaster, 89, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Saturday morning, June 27, 2009, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

The family received friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Monday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor today at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Jeff Anderson will officiate and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Gredal Geraldine Pennington Oaster. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.  From 30 Jun 2009.

Jackie Propst

Jackie Propst, 74, a resident of Beech Avenue in Philippi, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 30, 1934, at Pierce, a son of the late Hubert Leon and Martha Adeline (Hershberger) Propst.

He was united in marriage May 19, 1963, to E. Jean (Crites) Propst, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, David Michael and wife, Erlinda Propst, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Daniel Keith and wife, Judy Propst, of Philippi; one sister, Barbara Willson of Vineland, N.J.; one brother, Ronald and wife, Fran Propst, of Atco, N.J.; five grandchildren, Brandon, Tyson, Linda Joy, Clint and Chris Lyn; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Isiah.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Lois Ostroff.

Mr. Propst retired as a coal miner from C&W Coal Co. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Propst was a member of the Barbour County Post 44 and was a Methodist by faith.

Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday July 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service hour with the Rev. Linda Payton officiating. Interment will follow in the Parsons City Cemetery with military rites being accorded.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com. Wright Funeral Home services.  From 30 Jun 2009.

Mary L. Gerasco

Mary Louise "Jackie" Loughry Gerasco, 89, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Sunday evening, June 28, 2009, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

She was born Monday, April 19, 1920, at Pheasant Run, Tucker County, a daughter of the late Wayne Loughry and Bessie Olive Moran Hull.

On Nov. 13, 1937, at Oakland, Md., she was married to Samuel Eugene Gerasco, who preceded her in death Sept. 12, 1977.

Surviving are four daughters, Sandra Jo Jones and husband, Eugene, of Pifer Mountain, Judith Ann Minke and husband, Butch, of Elkins, Janelle Louise Judy and husband, Mike, of Beaverdam, Va., and Janette Ellen Caplan and husband, Craig, of Philadelphia, Pa; one sister, Margaret Anne Parsons of Maryland.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Claude Loughry; and two sisters, Ethel Mae Robinson and Freda Lee Altiere.

She attended the schools of Tucker County. She was a homemaker, a noted cook and a devout Christian and a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church at Parsons. Jackie never met a stranger. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Wednesday, July 1, at noon. The Rev. John Morrison will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary Louise "Jackie" Loughry Gerasco. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.  From 30 Jun 2009.

The Elkins Intermountain, 1 July 2009

Edith J. Gum

Edith Juanita Gum, 92, a resident of Elkins, passed away Monday evening, June 29, 2009, at her home.

She was born Aug. 15, 1916, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Rory M. and Lela Nelson Teter.

On June 8, 1933, she was married to Robert Lee "Shorty" Gum, who preceded her in death in 1981.

Surviving is one sister, Betty Regester, with whom Edith lived in their home place where they were raised on South Kerens Avenue until her death. Also surviving are brothers, Raymond Teter, Roy M. Teter and Ralston Teter; sisters-in-law, Eloise Teter and Catherine "Kate" Teter; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and her special friend, "Tabby" the cat.

Also preceding her in death were one infant sister, Opel Teter; sisters-in-law, Eunice, Ruie and Mary; and a brother, Robert "Bob" Teter.

Edith had no children of her own, but being the next oldest of seven children, she was like a second mother to her siblings.

She helped to raise her sister, brothers, nieces and nephews. She touched other children's lives through her involvement in her church Sunday school.

She loved the Lord and was a member for many years of the First Baptist Church in Elkins.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the First Baptist Church in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday from the church with Pastor Greg Hickman and the Rev. Nancy Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in the Elkins Memorial Gardens on the Airport Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, W.Va. 26250 or to the charity of choice, in memory of Edith. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Edith Juanita Gum.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.  From 1 Jul 2009.

Mary L. Gerasco

Mary Louise "Jackie" Loughry Gerasco, 89, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Sunday evening, June 28, 2009, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

The family received friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Tuesday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor today at noon. The Rev. John Morrison will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary Louise "Jackie" Loughry Gerasco.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.  From 1 Jul 2009.

Mollie St. Clair

Mollie Culp St. Clair, 88, of Buckhannon, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon.

She was born Jan. 29, 1921, at Job, a daughter of the late Harry Golden and Ora Mae Woodford Cooper.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald C. Culp, whom she married on June 20, 1938, and who died Sept. 27, 1980; two sisters, Hazel Shedd and Thelma Howell; two brothers, Emmett and Leonard Cooper; and a son-in-law, Randy Tucker.

On Nov. 1, 1986, she married M. Conard St. Clair, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Rosemary Culp Naylor and husband, Capt. Charles K., of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and Sandra Culp Tucker of Plano, Texas; one son, Ronald C. Culp Jr. of Ashville, N.C.; one stepson, Jeffrey C. St. Clair and wife, Kathy, of Buckhannon; two stepdaughters, Rise Kay Segur and husband, Denny, of The Villages, Fla., and Denise Straight and husband, Steve, of Buckhannon; five granddaughters, Carrie Bialous and husband, Jason, of Providence Forge, Va., Shelley Dunn and husband, Jeremy, of Limestone, Tenn., Rise Beth Straight and fiance, Shawn Hanifan, of Buckhannon, Sarah K. St. Clair of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kimberly D. St. Clair of Buckhannon; four grandsons, Stephen R. Tucker and wife, Chelsea, of McKinney, Texas, Dr. Christopher C. Tucker and wife, Lisa, of Frisco, Texas, David Culp of Ashville, N.C., and Doug Straight and wife, Tisha, of Rescue, Calif.; one great-granddaughter, Alexis P. Tucker of Frisco, Texas; four great-grandsons, Corey D. Tucker and Mason C. Tucker of McKinney, Texas, Reid S. Tucker of Frisco, Texas, and Michael W. Dunn of Limestone, Tenn.; and one sister, Edna Naylor of Cape Coral, Fla.

Mollie was the former owner/operator of the Rainbow Restaurant, member of First United Methodist Church, member of Chapter 18 Order Eastern Star and a member of the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend whose beautiful smile and warm heart conveyed her unselfish love of family and keen sense of generosity to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed.

Friends will be received at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Thursday, July 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Damon Rhodes and the Rev. Dr. Charles Godwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Buckhannon Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  From 1 Jul 2009.

Rita R. Wilson

Rita Rice Wilson, 81, died at the home of her son, Danny, in Lacombe, La., on Saturday, June 20, 2009, as a result of complications following surgery related to a vascular condition.

Rita was born at Bridgeport on July 2, 1927, the daughter of Lewis Jordan and Florence Nutter Rice.

The family moved to Elkins in 1931, where she attended school, graduating from Elkins High School in 1945, being one of nine siblings who graduated from Elkins High School. She served as a majorette in the high school band and was active in many school organization. She attended Potomac State College and Davis & Elkins College, becoming employed in the financial office of the later school.

Upon marriage to the late William "Bill" Wilson, a radio announcer in the early years of local radio station WDNE, she relocated to Chattanooga, Tenn., and Pass Christian, Miss.

She ultimately settled in New Orleans, La., where she resided for seven years until relocating to West Virginia due to Hurricane Katrina.

She worked as a land abstractor for Security Homestead of New Orleans and performed independent title research until her retirement. Her husband, Bill, served as chief announcer, programmer and newscaster for WWL-TV in New Orleans prior to his retirement.

Surviving are her children, Suzanne Wilson and Scott Wilson of Pompano Beach, Fla., Sally Aldrich of Metairie, La., William Wilson Jr. of New Orleans and Daniel Wilson of Lacombe, La.; and nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Robert Rice of Cherry Hill, N.J. and James and Donald Rice of Elkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Willard and Paul Rice; and sisters, Lois Richmond, Virginia Willhide, Eleanor Teter and infant, Mary.

She has been residing in the Buckhannon area since her return to West Virginia. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Buckhannon and the Upshur County Senior Center where she regularly played bridge with other members of the center.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, in Buckhannon at the First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 52 Florida St., Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201.  From 1 Jul 2009.

Ronald Williams

Ronald Warren Williams, 65, a resident of El Paso, Texas, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 17, 1944, at Elkins, the son of Oskar Williams, who survives at Elkins and the late Arlene L. Armstrong Williams.

He graduated from Elkins High School with the class of 1963. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served for 12 years. He was the owner and operator of Eagle Military in El Paso, Texas, for 30 years.

In addition to his father, he is survived by former wife, Rose Williams of El Paso, Texas; four children, Ronald W. Williams II of Albuquerque, N.M., Relee Williams of Texas, Becky Renee Williams of El Paso, Texas, and Loretta Arlene Lentz of El Paso, Texas; nine grandchildren: two brothers, Neil Williams of Elkins and Keith Williams of Hagerstown, Md.; and three sisters, Carol Williams of Elkins, Donna Pitsenberger of Beverly and Deb Leary of Elkins.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by one son, Terry Wayne Williams.

Funeral services will be Thursday at Crestview Funeral Home, 1462 Zaragosa, El Paso, Texas. Interment will be in Fort Bliss Cemetery in El Paso, Texas, with full military honors.  From 1 Jul 2009.

Willard C. Rosier

Willard Clay Rosier, 80, of Clover Run Road, Montrose, entered into eternal rest Sunday June 28, 2009, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, surrounded by his family. Willard had suffered from a massive stroke on Thursday June 18.

He was born on Monday Sept. 3, 1928, at Elkins, the son of the late Warren and Virginia Ella Rosier.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1964, at Oakland, Md., he was married to the former Carol Ann Wilfong, who survives in Montrose.

Willard attended the schools of Randolph County. After serving a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he then served eight years in the U.S. Air Force being stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and Smokey Hill Air Force Base in Salina, Kan. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of corporal. After military life, Willard returned to civilian life and was employed by Baltimore Air Coil in Baltimore, Md. Later, he returned to West Virginia and was a salesman for Reserve Life Insurance Co. for 20 years.

After his retirement, Willard was an avid gardener on his farm in Montrose. He fed the wildlife everyday. He loved watching and feeding the birds, deer and wild turkeys. He enjoyed his hunting trips in Colorado for elk and moose very much. Until recently he had driven the van for Disabled American Veterans on trips to Clarksburg. Willard was a member of the Buckhannon Moose Lodge 598, American Legion Post 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis and Ralph Rosier; one infant son; one daughter: Cindy Rosier; and one nephew.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Rosier of Montrose; four sons, Willard Wilson of Logan County, Willard Rosier Jr. and wife, Lois, of Montrose, Michael Rosier and wife, Roseann, of Valley Bend and Jeffrey Rosier and wife, Angela, of Montrose; one daughter, Virginia Cook of Utah; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Rosier of Philippi and Warren Rosier Jr. of Toano, Va.; two sisters: Juanita Daily of Elkins and Marjorie Jenquin of Montrose; and several nieces and nephews.

At Willard's request, his remains will be cremated. The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Randolph County Humane Society, Weese Street Ext, Elkins, W.Va. 26241. Arrangements for Willard Clay Rosier been entrusted to The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services. www.therandolphfuneralhome.com  From 1 Jul 2009.

The Elkins Intermountain, 2 July 2009

Edith J. Gum

Edith Juanita Gum, 92, a resident of Elkins, passed away Monday evening, June 29, 2009, at her home.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. from the church with Pastor Greg Hickman and the Rev. Nancy Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in the Elkins Memorial Gardens on the Airport Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, W.V 26250 or to the charity of choice, in memory of Edith. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Edith Juanita Gum. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.  From 2 July 2009. 

Juanita Newsome

Juanita Mae Newsome, 87, of Buckhannon, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the home of her daughter, under the care of St. Joseph's Hospice.

She was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Ira Raymond and Edna Elizabeth Tolliver Heavner.

She was united in marriage on Dec. 14, 1943 to Thurman F. "Thumper" Newsome, who preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1981.

She was also preceded in death by one stepson, Denver Newsome; one son-in-law, James Eugene Oldaker; six brothers, James, Basil, Burton, Thomas, Robert and Fay Heavner; and five sisters, Mildred "Billie" Gregory, Avis Brimlow, Garnett Roberts, Lolita Heavner and Genevieve Rexroad.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue, and husband, Jerry Hoover, and Nancy and husband, Edward Humphrey, all of Buckhannon; one stepdaughter, Rosalie of Ohio; seven grandchildren, Angie Smith of Weston, Jamie Oldaker of Buckhannon, William Humphrey of Buckhannon, Jeffrey Oldaker of South Carolina, Rob Hoover, Dianna Hoover and Joetta Hoover, all of Buckhannon; six great-grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Cletis Marsh of Akron, Ohio; one stepsister, Shirley Rogers of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

Juanita loved gardening and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She attended the Cornerstone Community Church.

Friends will be received at Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be Friday, July 3, at the Cornerstone Community Church in Tennerton, where she will lie in state from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the funeral hour with Pastor John Darnall officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lorentz Cemetery.

Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  From 2 July 2009. 

Richard L. White

Richard Lee White, 71, a resident of Wymer, went home to be with our heavenly Father, Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. He had been in failing health for the past two years.

He was born Dec. 4, 1937, at Wymer, a son of the late Orval and Lorine "Kate" White.

On Oct. 20, 1961, he was married to Betty Jean White, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Carlton White and wife, Tonia; two grandsons, Ben and Zack White; a granddaughter, Carlee White; two stepgranddaughters, Destinee Isenhart and Emilee Riffle; and brothers and sisters, Edith Ray of Elkins, Mary Evans and husband, Gary, of Elkins, Ruby Phillips and husband, Ronald, of Bowden, Sarah Woods and husband, Hank, of Elkins, Orville "Keith" White and wife, Mary, of Beverly and Arthur White of Wymer.

Also preceding him in death was one brother, Floyd "Leonard" White.

Mr. White was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by Labcraft, Polino Contracting, W.H. Hazel of Manassas, Va., Perry's Engineering in Winchester, Va., and retired from Blue Ridge in Winchester, Va. He served as associate pastor of the Lambert Mennonite Church and enjoyed farming, fishing and hunting.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be under the direction of Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins for Richard Lee White. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.  From 2 July 2009. 

The Elkins Intermountain, 3 July 2009

Harry O. Hoover

Harry O. "Buster" Hoover, 90, of Moyers, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church at Moyers with Pastors Craig and Wendy Richter officiating. Burial will be in the Rexrode-Hoover Cemetery at Moyers. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Kimble Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com.

Leona C. Canfield

Leona Crandall Flores Canfield, 64, a resident of Nella's Nursing Home, Crystal Springs, and formerly of Parsons, entered into eternal rest Friday, July 3, 2009.

Arrangements for Leona Crandall Flores Canfield are incomplete and have been entrusted to The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.  From 3 Jul 2009. 

Richard L. White

Richard Lee White, 71, a resident of Wymer, went home to be with our Heavenly Father, Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Roy Good and the Rev. Boyd Wyatt officiating. Interment will follow in the Lambert Cemetery near Wymer.

Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Richard Lee White. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.  From 3 Jul 2009. 

Ruby J. Dreher

Ruby Jean Hatfield Dreher, 78, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born June 4, 1931, in Kentucky, a daughter of the late Elmer and Verna Brooks Noffsinger.

Her first husband, Billie L. Hatfield, preceded her in death in October 1991.

She is survived by her husband, Norman Dreher; two sons, Billie Hatfield of Buckhannon and Donald and wife, Betty J. Hatfield, of Weston; one daughter, Carol, and husband, Timothy G. Southern, of Louisa, Ky.; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Helen Stirsman of Central City, Ky., and Dorothy Robinson of Owensboro, Ky.

Mrs. Dreher was a member of the First Baptist Church of Buckhannon.

Friends will be received at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will be Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m. at the funeral chapel with Pastor Don Knotts officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  From 3 Jul 2009. 

Shyann M. Pritt

Shyann Marie Pritt, infant daughter of Peter and Jessica Marie Pritt of Junior, went to be with the Lord June 28, 2009.

Surviving are one sister, Shantelle Lynn Pritt, at home; grandparents, Ben and Suzanne Marie Hite of Huttonsville and Libern and Stella Pritt of Junior; great-grandmothers, Juanita Taylor of Churchville, Va., and Carrie Taylor of Elkins; great-great-grandmother, Roxie Louk of Mill Creek; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding her in death were four great-grandfathers, Junior Taylor, John Taylor, Melvin Pritt and Gilbert Titus; one great-grandmother, Missouri Pritt; and one great-great-grandfather, Forest Willard Louk.

Family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel in Belington. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Herron officiating. Burial will be in the Pritt Cemetery at Junior.  From 3 Jul 2009. 

Theresa B. Dithomas

Miss Theresa Bernadine Dithomas, 50, a resident of 118 S. Sturmer St., Belington, departed this life at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, in Davis Memorial Hospital. Her death was sudden and unexpected.

She was born July 5, 1958, at south Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Anthony Dithomas and Rose Marie Alassandrini Dithomas.

Miss Dithomas is survived by her loving companion, Michael Bright of Belington; one son, Kenneth Moore and wife, Melissa, of Hagerstown, Md.; three grandchildren, Dane and Ryan Grimes and Jillian Moore.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Miss Dithomas attended the schools of Baltimore, Md. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, camping and wildlife. Theresa was loved very much by her family and will be sadly missed.

Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home, 210 Brandenburg St. in Belington, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and graveside services will follow in the Mt. State Memorial Gardens in Gilman with the Rev. Jimmie Tallman officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. State Memorial Gardens near Elkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to your favorite charity in Theresa's name. Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Miss Theresa Bernadine Dithomas. Condolences can be made to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.  From 3 Jul 2009. 

The Elkins Intermountain, 4 July 2009

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