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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

15 March 2006

Opal Alkire

Opal M. McDaniel Alkire (nee Sponaugle), 78, a former resident of Baltimore, Md. and Hendricks, passed away on Feb. 10 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Michael Myers, in Palm Coast, Fla. where she made her home since becoming ill in 2004.

Born Sept. 24, 1927 in Norton, she was the daughter of the late Clarence W. and Vista B. Bodkins Sponaugle.  On May 22, 1947 she was united in marriage to Rodney Lee McDaniel who preceded her in death Oct. 28, 1989. 

Mrs. Alkire is survived by three daughters Sharon Kaye Myers and her husband Michael of Palm Coast, Fla., Coleen Mae Buys and her husband Robert of Alto, Mich. and Bonnie Sue Raynor of Baltimore, Md.; one son Kevin Lee McDaniel of Baltimore, Md.  also survived by three sisters Thelma Plaugher and husband Eldon of Hendricks, Edith Wilson of LaPlata, Md. and Wanda Stahl and her husband bob of Baltimore, Md. and the late Freddie Bennett.   

Opal was a homemaker and former employee of Ray Machine Tool and Die.  She was well known in the middle River Md.  and surrounding area for her generous hospitality.  She loved attending church, singing and working puzzles in her later days.  Opal was a member of Middle River Baptist Church.  she will be greatly missed by her family and friends and will remain in their hearts forever. 

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 14,  Arrangements were made by Bruzdzinski Funeral Home and Lohman Funeral Home of Palm Coast Fla. with interment at Gardens of Faith Cemetery. 

Mabel A. Danza

Mabel Arbogast Day Danza, 82, a resident of Argillite, Ky., and a former resident of Melbourne, Fla., departed this life Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital at Russell, Ky.

She was born Friday, Nov. 16, 1923, at Whitmer, a daughter of the late Ona and Junie Long Arbogast.  She was twice married. First to Harry Day, who preceded her in death June 20, 1967, and second to James Danza, who preceded her in death during 1994.

Surviving are one son, Steve Day and wife, Sharon of Argillite, Ky.; one step son, Robert Danza and wife, Terry of Melbourne, Fla.; one step daughter, Shirley Ohara and husband, Charles, of Maryland; two sisters, Gwen Williams and husband Paul, of Argillite, Ky., and Cheryl Williams and husband Dwayne, of Annapolis, Md.; grandson, Shane Day of Argillite, Ky; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, William, Franklin and Eldon Arbogast; and four sisters, Genevieve Clifton, Violet Alcorn, Linda Newton and infant, Ruby.

She attended the schools of Tucker and Randolph counties. She was a retired custodian for Anne Arundell County Public Schools in Maryland.

The family received friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Tuesday, March 14  from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Brent Reed will officiate and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mabel Arbogast Day Danza. Condolences may be expressed to the family at  

Elizabeth R. Harman

Elizabeth “Betty” Rachel Harman, 81, of Harman, passed away March 11, 2006, in Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins.

She was born Feb. 20, 1925, at Deerfield, N.J., a daughter of the late John Hummel and Olive Tash Camp Nichols.  Her husband, Warren Gale Harman, preceded her in death in 1995.

She is survived by three daughters, Sheryl and Bruce Hartley of Clarks Summit, Pa., Phyllis (and Tim) Turner of Parsons and Sharon Harman of Harman; two sisters, Marjorie (and Curtis) Pompper of New Castle, Del. and Carol Schweitzer of Bridgeton, N.J.; sister-in-law, Ruthaleen (and Bill) Edwards of Cumberland, Md.; two grandchildren, Scott Hartley and Krista (and John) Weber; one great-grandchild, Sydney Weber; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Dawn Marie Harman; three brothers, Kenneth, Edward and Horace; and one sister-in-law, Eva Cooper.

Mrs. Harman worked as a mail order clerk for Sears in Bridgeton, N.J., and for a short time as a clerk at the Harman post office. She was a member of Harman Church of the Brethren and a member of CBWF.

Friends were received at Harman Church of the Brethren on Tuesday, March 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be at the church on Wednesday, March 15, 11 a.m. with Rev. John Mowers, Rev. Joe Mininger, Rev. Allen Crosten and Sister Mary Ella Morrison officiating. Interment will follow at Davis Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  

Ernest Heisley 

Ernest Stephen Heisley of Fairfax, VA, died on February 26, 2006, at Georgetown University Hospital after a brief illness.  He was the eldest son of the late Ernest F. and Emily C. Heisley of Alexandria, born on November 11, 1934 in Alexandria, VA.  Besides his parents Mr. Heisley was preceded in death by two brothers.  Joseph and  Leo "Tony".

Mr. Heisley was a graduate of Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC, and Georgetown University in 1958 graduating cum laude with a BA degree in economics and military science.  He received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1961 from Georgetown Law School.  While at Georgetown he was a member of the Washington Club and sodality.  Upon graduation, Mr. Heisley became a member of the law firm of Ames, Hill and Ames.  The partnership was dissolved in the 1980s after deregulation occurred in the transportation industry. One of his former clients while at Ames and Hill, and Ames was Dewey Wilfong of D&W Trucking.  AT the time of his death Mr. Heisley was the former owner of Title Works in Fairfax. 

In August 1962, Mr. Heisley was united in marriage to Mary Barbara Meyer of Davis, who preceded him in death in 1986.  The Heisleys were the parents of one chosen child, Stephen Andrew and his wife, Maribel, who reside in Fairfax.  Besides his son , Mr. Heisley is survived by one brother, Michael and Agnes Heisley of the Chicago area and ones sister, Mary and Daniel Finnegan of Alexandria.  Mr. Heisley also leaves behind  his three precious grandchildren, Marisol Maria, Andrew Joseph, and Anabel Noelle and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

He had been a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was a past member of the International Town and country Club, a former practitioner before the Interstate Commerce Commission and past president of the practitioners group. 

Visitation was held at the Fairfax Memorial Gardens funeral home on March 1st from 7-9 p.m.. with a Mass of the Resurrection offered at St. Ambrose Catholic church in Fairfax on March 2nd at 11:00 am.  The Rev. Mark Pelon served as the celebrant.  Interment was at Fairfax Memorial Park next to his late wife.  

Donald Roy

Donald Clair Roy, age 75 years, a resident of Parsons, departed this life on Friday March 10, 2006 at the Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center at Clarksburg, WV.  He had been in declining health.  

He was born Saturday, May 19, 1930 at Parsons, a son of the late Denver Roy and Viola Bodkin Roy. 

Surviving him are one sister Joan Liller; two brothers, Paul "Essie" and Junior Roy; one half brother Stelman; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death besides his parents were four brothers Wallace, Raymond, Eddie, and Howard "Hank" Roy; two half brothers Winnie and Charles Roy; two sisters Gladys Kisner and Patty Smith. 

He was a graduate of Parsons High School, had served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, had worked as an OR Technician for the Parsons Hospital, and had worked as an aide at the Cortland Acres Nursing Home.  He was an organist for various churches throughout Parsons, and his passions were his music, elderly people, and his dogs.  

Mr. Roy's request for cremation was honored.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Donald Clair Roy.  condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Gerald S. Warner

Mr. Gerald S. “Jurl” Warner, 74, a resident of Eglon, and a patient in Devlin Manor at Cumberland, Md., passed away at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday March 8 at the manor.

He was born June 18, 1931, at Whitmer, a son of the late Adam Harness and Jessie Elza Warner.  He had never married.

Surviving are a brother, Charles E. Warner of Harrisonburg, Va.; six nieces, Ruth Miller of New Market, Va., Debra Warner of Harrisonburg, Va., Kathryn Tipton of Norfolk, Va., Shirley Campbell of Elkins, Melody White of Broadway, Va., and Miriam Hedrick of Seneca Rocks; a nephew, Douglas Warner of Fulks Run, Va.; and  several great-nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and a niece, Charlotte Weatherholtz. 

Mr. Warner worked for many years on the family farm and was a member of Whitmer Church of God.

Friends were received  from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the funeral home chapel. Rev. Eli Hostetler officiated and interment followed in the Laurel Hill Cemetery near Whitmer. Memorial contributions may be made to Tucker County Senior Center, 206 Third St., Parsons, W.Va. 26287 in memory of Mr. Warner. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins was in charge of the arrangements for Gerald S. “Jurl” Warner. Condolences may be expressed to the family at  

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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