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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

9 January 2008

Gladys H. Hedrick

Gladys H. Hedrick, 90, of Red Creek, and for the last six years a resident of Cortland Acres Nursing Home, was called home to forever be with the Lord on Dec. 31.

She was born Oct. 24, 1917, at Red Creek, a daughter of the late Flick and Maudie (Raines) Hedrick.  On May 24, 1942, at Red House, Md., she married James Willie Hedrick, who preceded her in death July 4, 2003.

They were the parents of eight children, including four sons, Jim (and Kathy) Hedrick of Red Creek, Richard Hedrick of Catlettsburg, Ky., Jack (and Jean) Hedrick of Dry Fork and Jonathan (and Wilma) Hedrick of Mathias; and four daughters, Audrey Nelson of Dry Fork, Rose (and Bob) Bennett of Red Creek, Betty (and Jim) Bonner of Gladwin and Judy (and Dean) Smith of Red Creek. Gladys had 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, John (and Joy Lou) Hedrick of Harman; one sister, Kate Hedrick of Thomas; two sisters-in-law, Grace Mitchell of El Paso, Texas, and Norean Hedrick of Red Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Burley Hedrick; and one sister, Loutie Smith.

Gladys was a homemaker and member of Flanagan Hill United Methodist Church and Senior Citizens. She and Willie were the caretakers of Flanagan Hill Cemetery for many years in which she took great pride. She also loved the outdoors, gardening, growing flowers and taking long walks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Flanagan Hill United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 24, Red Creek, W.Va. 26289 and/or Friends of Cortland Acres, HC 60, Box 98, Thomas, W.Va. 26292.

Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 3, at Flanagan Hill United Methodist Church, Red Creek at 11 a.m. with the Rev. J.J. Johnson officiating. Interment followed in  the Flanagan Hill Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William A. Helmick

William Ashley Helmick, 75, a resident of Parsons and more recently a resident of Good Samaritan Nursing Home, departed this life Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, 2008, at Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins.

He was born Monday, June 20, 1932 at Hambleton, a son of the late Miles Pleasant Helmick and Georgia Ann Delaney Helmick Likens.  On June 20, 1950 at Lock Lynn, Md., he was married to the former Hazel Marquerite Deets, who preceded him in death Dec. 7, 1991.  They had celebrated forty-one years of marriage.  

Surviving are one daughter Rose Marie Helmick Eason of Gates, N.C.; one sister CAtherine Louise HInkle of Hambleton; and two grandchildrne Diane Melanie Phillips of Pittsburgh, Pa. and DAvid Ashley Phillips of Morgantown. 

Preceding him in death are one son James DAvid Helmick; tgwo brohters MilesHelmick, Jr. and Tehodore V. Helmick; and one sister Mary Lee Burriss. 

He attended the schools of Tucker County.  He was an employee of Kingsford Charcoal Company of Parsons nad retired from MOnarch Rubber Company in Baltimore, Md., where he had worked for twenty-five years.  He attended the Church of God in Baltimore, Md., and Rosendorf.  He loved to take his daughter to watch the Baltimore Orioles, of which he was a ntoed fan.  HE played softball for the Church of God in Baltimore.  He loved to spend time at his farm on Pheasant Run.  He was an avid hunter.  

The family receives friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. Pastor Pat Cassidy officiated and interment followed at the Sunrise Cemetery at Hambleton.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for William Ashley Helmick. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com 

Reda Lantz 

Reda Buraker Lantz, 93, a resident of Hendricks, departed this life Thursday morning, Jan.3, at Nesbitt Personal Care Home of Hendricks.  

She was born Friday, July 24, 1914 at Page County, a daughter of the late George William Buraker and Willie Estte Thomas.  On Aug. 16, 1932 at Cumberland, Md., she was married to Thomas H. Lantz who preceded her in death Aug. 16, 1985. 

Surviving are two sons Thomas H. Lantz Sr. and wife Roberta of Petersburg, James E. Lantz and wife Jeanie of Jackson, Ohio; four daughters twins JoAnn Watring and husband Ralph of St. George and Reva M. Nesbitt and husband Stewart of Hendricks, Marlene Ambrose and husband William of the Moore Community and Jean Clayman and husband Robert of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two brothers Harold and Gratton Buraker both of Culpeper, Va.; three sisters Eva Mae Abernethy of Harrisonburg, Va., Virginia Anderson of Culpeper, VA. and Iva Dene Efird of Madison, Va.; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. 

Preceding her in death are one son Richard Douglas Lantz; one brother Ray BUraker; and two sisters Pauline and Zelma Buraker. 

She attended the Hoover School in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and she was a homemaker. 

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Monday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m.  The Reverend Eli Hostetler officiated and interment followed at the Aurora Cemetery at Preston County.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Red Buraker Lantz.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com  

Edward Simmons Sr.

Edward “Clell” Simmons Sr., 85, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Sunday morning Jan. 6, 2008, in Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas. He had been in declining health.

He was born Friday, June 9, 1922, at Bretz, Tucker County, a son of the late Edward Lee Simmons and Anna Dorothea Stevens Simmons.  On Oct. 4, 1946, at Red House, Md., he was married to the former Helen Eugenia Kepner, who survives. They had celebrated 61 years of marriage

Also surviving are four sons, Edward “Clell” Simmons Jr. and wife Cheri of Jacksonville, Fla., Preston Lee Simmons and wife Kelly of Parsons, Gregory Scott Simmons and wife Randy of York, Pa., and William Robert Simmons and wife Sherry of Bretz, six daughters, Gale Ann Kuhn and husband David of Acworth, Ga., Barbara Elaine Nestor and husband David of Lexington, Ky., Janet Marie Denison and husband Lawrence of Parsons, G. Yvonne Williams and husband Joe of Fort Pierce, Fla., Debra Lorraine Fansler and husband Phil of Parsons, and Teresa Kaye Simmons of Parsons; two brothers, Herbert Simmons of Elkins and Wallace D. Simmons and wife Mildred of Richmond, Va., one sister; Catherine Bellows of West Denise, Mass.; sixteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. 

Preceding him in death is one infant sister, Gloria Simmons.

He was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1941. Following graduation, he moved to Baltimore, Md., and worked in the Defense Plant. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He attended the Refrigeration School at Chicago, Ill. 

He was a former construction worker, having helped build the flood control in Elkins. He was a former beer truck driver for the late Bus Morman, and he had worked as a mechanic and salesman at the Ford Dealerships in Parsons and Elkins for thirty-nine years, retiring June 30, 1988. 

Clell was an avid sports fan, and he loved to hunt. He was a Baptist by faith.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Pastor Allen D. Crosten will officiate and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons, where the H.W. Daniels Post #29 American Legion and the Tygart Valley Post #3647 Veterans of Foreign War will conduct full military rites. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Edward “Clell” Simmons Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.

 

 

 

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