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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

9 April 2008

Tommy Turner

Tommy R. Turner, 69, a resident of Red Creek, passed away Tuesday, April 1, at his home.

He was born June 3, 1938, at Dry Fork, a son of the late Conley and Texie Alice Pennington Turner.  He was twice married, first to Juanita Davis Turner, who preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2002. On March 1, 2003, he was married to Phyllis E. Stickley McDonald Turner, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Tommy R. Turner II and wife Barbara, of New Castle, Del.; and one daughter Robin L. Reynolds and husband Dayton of Harman; two brothers; one sister; four stepchildren, four grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and one great-grandson.

One sister Nina Turner Carr preceded him in death.

Mr. Turner served as a magistrate in Tucker County for 12 years. He was a member of Hendricks Ruritan Club and Friends of Cortland Acres Nursing Home. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Davis.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Allen Schwarz officiating. Interment followed in Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Elkins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Boulevard, Suite 6 and 7, Charleston, W.Va. 25309 or Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, W.Va. 26250. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Tommy R. Turner. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Iris Davis

Iris Dessie Phillips Davis, 82, a resident of Parsons, and more recently a resident of Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas, departed this life Sunday evening, April 6, 2008, in the nursing home.

She was born Saturday, April 11, 1925, at Otter Creek, a daughter of the late Thomas Phillips and Cora Long Phillips Davis.  She was married to Herbert W. Davis, who preceded her in death July 6, 1982.

Surviving are one son, Alfred William Hershman and wife Wilma of Michigan; three grandchildren, Susan Stelzer, Kevin Hershman and Justna Hershman, all of Mich.; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by one infant son; and three brothers, Webster, Alfred and Edgar Phillips.

She attended the schools of Tucker County. She had worked for the former Nella’s Nursing Home at Parsons and the former Parsons Footwear. She was an avid gardener.

A graveside service will be conducted at Collett Cemetery at Hambleton on Wednesday, April 9, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Eli Hostetler will officiate and interment will follow. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Iris Dessie Phillips Davis. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Vera Knotts

Vera “Susan” Plum Knotts, 78, a resident of Parsons, departed this life early Wednesday morning, April 2, at her home. Death was attributed to cancer.

She was born Monday, Nov. 18, 1929, at Parsons, a daughter of the late Walter Clyde Plum and Laura Della Loughry Plum.  On July 1, 1955, at Parsons, she was married to Hubert D. Knotts, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, John H. Foster and wife Barbara of Montrose, Rodney A. Foster and wife Kathleen of Baltimore, Md. and David D. Knotts of Parsons; three grandchildren, John D. Foster of Parsons, Susan Foster of El Dorado, Ark, and Samantha Knotts of Virginia; two step-grandsons, Robbie D. Courtney and wife Stephanie of Philippi and Mark J. Courtney of Ken.; two special grandchildren, Stephanie Nicole “Nicky” Foster and Jesse Wayne “J.W.” Foster of Montrose; and one step-great-grandson, Nathan Courtney of Philippi; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by four brothers, Elmer Plum, Joseph Plum, Walter “Tucker” Plum and Frank Plum: and four sisters, Georgia Teter, Bessie Godwin, Ruby Stevenson and Mary South.

She was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1948. She was a former employee of the Tucker County Board of Education for over twenty years, as a teacher’s aide. She was a homemaker. She loved to dance, was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing. She was a member of First United Methodist Church at Parsons.

The family received friends on Saturday, April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Sunday April 6, at 1 p.m. Pastor Allen D. Crosten officiated and interment followed in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church, 101 First St., Parsons, W.Va. 26287. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Vera “Susan” Plum Knotts. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Elsie Nestor

Elsie B. Nestor, a resident of Farwell, Mich., and formerly resident of Mobile, Ala., passed away  Friday, March 14..

She was born April 21, 1917 in Leadmine, a daughter of Earl and Elva Jennings Fike.  She was united in marriage to Alva Nestor on March 24, 1940 in Oakland, Md.

She is survived by a son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a brother, two sisters, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, a son and three brothers.  

Services took place on Thursday, March 20 in Mobile, Ala.

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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