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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 21 April 2004

Eda Thayer

Eda Pausek Thayer, 79, of Thomas, died April 13, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Thomas to U.S. citizens of Slovanian immigrants, Blaz and Katarina Obreza Pausek.

On Jan. 7, 1942, she was married to Stuart Grey Thayer at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Oakland, MD. Together she and Stuart raised six children: Mary Ellen Helmick of Omaha, NE, (husband, R. Edward, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren with a set of twins expected this September); Stuart Grey Thayer Jr. of Oakland, MD (wife Vivian, four granddaughters, one great-grandson); Kathryn Thayer, infant daughter born January and died May 1950; Deborah Curtis of Elkins (husband Ashton “Chris,” two grandsons); Karen J. Lewandowski of Thomas (husband, Edward, two grandchildren); and Eda G. McDowell of Davis, (husband, Matthew, two granddaughters). Also, she was a caring aunt to two nieces and two nephews.

She had one brother, Boris Pausek, who preceded her in death.
She was a 1941 graduate of Thomas High School where she was an honor student and played the cello in the school orchestra.  For several years after graduation she was employed in the accounting/bookkeeping department of the Buxton Landstreet Company.

She was a faithful member of the Thomas United Methodist Church and served many years as recording secretary.

Edie was a very devoted wife, a very loving mother and befriended her neighbors and all she encountered.

Her sustaining scripture through life came from Psalm 139 ... “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am ...” AMEN.

Friends were received at the Thomas United Methodist Church where Rev. Jeff Winter officiated. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Marcella B. Eddy

Marcella B. Eddy, 96, of Parsons and more recently a resident of Nella’s Nursing Home in Crystal Springs, died April 14, at the nursing home. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to congestive heart failure.

She was born April 15, 1907, at Pheasant Run, a daughter of the late Thomas H. Bright and Emma Susan Cross Bright.  She was married to Roscoe Sutton Eddy, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are a son, David Leroy Eddy of Phoenix, AZ; one sister-in-law, Freda Bright of Parsons and several nieces and nephews.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by two brothers, Henry R. Bright and Thomas P. Bright; one half brother, James B. Cross; and a sister, Grace B. Bright.

She attended the Salem School on Pheasant Run. She was a former employee of the Bisco Plant at Parkersburg and the former Dorman Woolen Mill of Parsons, and was a seamstress.
She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene at Parsons where she was a member of the willing workers of the church for many years.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons where final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor with Pastor James Ellis officiating and interment followed at the Parsons Family Cemetery at Shavers Fork.

Joseph L. Siler

Joseph L. Siler, 93, of Elkins, died April 14, at the Davis Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

He was born April 17, 1910, at Hutton, MD a son of the late Charles Albert Siler and Mary Gank Siler.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Wanda Ruth Phillips Siler. 

He is also survived by two sons Charles Richard Siler of Elkins and Joseph Lee Siler of Parsons; four daughters, Patricia Cooper of Elkins, Mary Jane Spencer of Ohio, Barbara K. Ingersoll of Baltimore, MD, and Joanne Kellogg of Severn, MD; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death are a brother, Leonard; and two sisters, Lollie and Zana.

He attended the schools of Randolph County and had formerly worked for the Texaco Gas Company for many years.  After retiring from the Texaco Gas Company, he worked for the Randolph County Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Highways, retiring at the age of 65. 

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins where the Rev. Fr. Thomas Dagle recited a prayer service. On April 17, Mr. Siler was moved to St. Brendan Catholic Church, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Dagle was the Presider and interment followed at the St. Brendan Cemetery at Elkins.

'Jim'  Oldaker Jr. 

Ohley Ord “Jim” Oldaker Jr., 80, of Kerens, died April 17, at his home. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to heart failure. 

He was born April 8, 1924, at Tucker County, a son of the late Ohley Ord Oldaker and Nellie Taylor Oldaker Bartrum.  On October 5, 1946, he was married to the former Betty Lee Carr Oldaker, who preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2000.

Surviving are a son, David J. (and Regina) Oldaker of Kerens; a half brother, Mike Oldaker; three grandchildren, Christi (and Keith) Mantheiy, David J. “Davie” II (and Dee) Oldaker and Tommy Oldaker; and four great-grandchildren, Lillian and Andrew Mantheiy and Sydney and Taylor Oldaker.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Roy Earl Oldaker.

He attended the schools of Porterwood and Kerens and was a 1943 graduate of Parsons High School.    He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army and was a Prisoner of War. He entered the Army at Clarksburg on Jan. 3, 1943 and served as construction equipment mechanic with the 1544 Engineer Maintenance Company.  He was sent overseas on March 9, 1944, and served in the CBI Theater until Dec. 12, 1945, when he returned to the states and given an honorable discharge at Camp Atterbury, IN, on Dec. 23, 1945.  While overseas he saw action in Burma, China and Central Burma. He wears the China War Memorial Badge Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, with four bronze service stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award, the World War II Victory Medal and the Purple Heart.  He was a farmer, was the first employee hired by the Kingsford Charcoal Company  to begin the construction of the new plant in 1958 at Parsons, and retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways.
He was a member of the H.W. Daniels Post 29, American Legion, the Tygarts Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the former Hart Chapel Church at Kerens, and was an avid outdoorsman.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins where final rites were conducted at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jonas Johnson Jr. officiating and interment followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman where full military rites were accorded by members of the H. W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.

 

 

 

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