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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 10 March 2004

Theresa R. Barbera

Theresa Rose Barbera, 79, of Thomas, passed away Monday, March 1,  in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

She was born April 8, 1924, in Thomas, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Mondama Barbera.

Ms. Barbera was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by six nieces, Joann Groves, of Wintersville, OH, Carmella Popish of College Park, MD, Josephine Gennantinio of Highland, OH, Barbara Robinson, Rita Howell and Jackie Goodlin all of Chester; a nephew Joe Lamonto of Thomas and a host of great and great-great nieces. 

Ms. Barbera was employed many years at Joe’s Italian Supper Club in Thomas.  She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis, where a Vigil for the Deceased as held.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Thomas with the Father Lina Ebejer as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. 

Jo Ann Simmons

Jo Ann Simmons, 61, of Sterling, VA died Feb. 29 at home. 

She was born May 11, 1943 in Kanawha County a daughter of the late Joe Ernest and Corda Marie Angel Russell. 

She is survived by husband George A. Simmons; a daughter Marlain M. Simmons of Sterling, VA; two sisters Loreita Pecovish and Liston Pennington both of Florida and three grandchildren, Jordan and Sahunah Simmons and Kameron Collo.  

She was preceded in death by a son Shane A. Simmons and a sister Marlain Collo.  

The family received friends at Adams-Green Funeral Home of Herndon, VA.  The family then received friends at the Flanagan Hill Church in Red Creek, where funeral services were held with the Rev. J.R. Lawson officiating.  Interment followed at Flanagan Hill Cemetery.  Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Spencer Parsons 

Spencer Blackburn Parsons, 98, a resident of Texas Mountain, St. George, died March 1 at home. 

He was born June 2, 1905 at Ash County, NC, a son of the late James M. Parsons, Sr. and Louise Richardson Parsons,  He was married to the former Bernice Richardson, who preceded him in death.

 Surviving are a daughter Ella Louise Morton of Texas Mountain; a brother James M Parsons, Jr. of McLean, VA and a sister Gwen Parsons Benjamin of Arlington, VA.

He attended the schools of North Carolina.  He was the owner and operator of the former Parsons Propane Company. 

Mr. Parsons' request for cremation was honored.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons is in charge of the arrangements. 

Riley Nestor

Riley H. Nestor, 78, of Portsmouth, OH, died March 5. 

He was bornMay 7, 125 in St. George, a son of the late Alec Nestor and Ina Shahan Nestor. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Marjorie Lee Oppenhiemer; a son Jim (and Melinda) Nestor of Chillocothe, OH; a daughter V. Sue Nestor (and Neil) Meisner of Taos, NM; six grandchildren Christina (and Michael) Burnright, Emily (and Eric) Walsh all of Wilmore, KY, Ben, Nathaniel, Zachary and Lily Meisner all of Taos, NM; two great-grandchildren Jacob and Megan Burnright; two brothers Ellis Nestor of Richmond, VA and Ira Nestor of Canton, OH; brothers and sister-in-law Joe (and Beulah) Carroll, Lillian Brisker and Bill (and Gloria) Oppenheimer; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by four sister, Ruth, Elsie, Ruby and Bertha Nestor; two brothers Woody Nestor and Asa Nestor. 

He was a 1942 graduate of Parsons High School.

He served in World War II, in the Navy aboard the USS Franklin.  He was an active member of the Temple Baptist Church, a deacon and he lead a Bible Study group at Riverview Retirement Center.  He was in business in Portsmouth for 45 years, owning and operating the Riley Nestor Company.  He was a member of the Portsmouth Lodge of Elks and James Dickey Post 23 of the American Legion. 

Services were held at the Temple Baptist Church, Portsmouth with Pastor John Gowdy officiating.  Interment followed in Scioto Burial Park with graveside military rites by James Dickey Post 23 American Legion. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Ohio, 1248 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth, OH  45662; or to Temple Baptist Church, 1148 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH   45662.

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.

 

 

 

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