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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate,   12 May 2004

Stella Martin

Stella Belva Shaffer Martin, 91, a resident of Parsons and a resident of Nella’s Nursing Home at Crystal Springs, died May 6, at the home.

She was born Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1913, at Pifer Mountain, St. George, the daughter of the late “Bedford” Albert Shaffer and Dora Alice Moore Shaffer.  On July 6, 1929, in Oakland, MD, she was married to Howard Dailey Martin, who preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1989. They had celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Surviving are a son, Dr. Franklin (and Miriam) Martin of Frankfort, KY; a daughter, Mrs. William "Nola" DeVilder of Parsons; two step-brothers, Jesse F. Shaffer of Port Smith, VA, and Troy L. Shaffer of Orlando, FL.; two grandchildren, Dr. Elizabeth Jane Granger of Zachary, LA, and William Michael “Mike” (and Sheila) DeVilder of Parsons; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Alex Granger of Zachary, LA; and two step great-grandchildren, Daniel and Marcy Williams.

he is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by a brother, Clifford R. Shaffer; a step-brother, Cecil Shaffer; a sister, Effie Grace Shaffer; a step-sister, Pearl Forsythe; and a son-in-law, William “Bill” DeVilder.

She attended the Murphy School at Texas Mountain. She worked at the former Dorman Mills from 1928 until its closing, then worked at the former Lamberts Store in Parsons.
She was a member of the St. John’s United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, was a member of the United Methodist Women and sang in the church choir.  She was a member of Rebekah Lodge 95, a member of the Tucker County Senior Center and a member of the Goldenaires.  She loved flowers and gardening.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons where final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor with the Rev. John Morrison officiating and interment followed at the Pifer Mountain Cemetery at St. George. 

Toye White

Toye Ethel Bonner White, 74, a resident of Hambleton died May 4, at her home. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to heart failure.

She was born May 16, 1929, at Dry Fork, a daughter of the late Solomon Bonner and Lorena Bonner.  She was first married to Vicent Johnson, second to Hoye Snyder and third to Lukens White, all preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Melvin Johnson and Henry Blake (and Kim) Snyder all of Hambleton; a daughter, Gloria Elaine Snyder of Martinsburg; four grandchildren, Henry Blake Snyder Jr., Andrew Blake and Amber Nicole Fravel and Caitlin Marie Fladung; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jennie Rae Snyder; five brothers, Edgar “Buck” Bonner, Stanley Bonner, Ocie Bonner, Mitchell Bonner and Wilbur Bonner; three half-brothers, Albert “Doc” Bonner, Will Bonner and Boyd Bonner; three half-sisters, Minnie White, Mamie Bell and Lou Harper; and an  infant grandson, Ronald William Snyder.

She attended the one-room school at Lanesville. She was a member of the Mackeyville Community Church and was a homemaker.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons where final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor with Pastor Pat Cassidy officiating and internment followed at the Flanagan Hill Cemetery at Red Creek. 

 Bernice Winters

Bernice E. Roth Winters, 91, of Eglon, died May 8 at Garrett County Memorial Hosptial, Oakland, MD. 

She was born January 25, 1913 in Red House MD, a daughter of the late William Henry and Ada Mae Bachtel Martin.  She was preceded in death by her first husband William Calvin Roth in 1976 and by her second husband Ceceil Roth Winters in 1997.  

Survivors include five sons Weir W. (and Marilyn) Roth, Oakland, Samuel G. (and Helen) Roth, Eglon, Cecil R. (and Gloria) Roth of Petersburg, Gay C. and Virginia) Roth of Thomas, Willard C. (and Dorothy) Roth of Eglon; two daughters Shirley (and John) Parsons of Aurora, Sue Ann (and William) Myers of Fort Ashby; a daughter-in-law, Susie Roth of Oakland; two brothers, Wayne Martin and Arlie Martin both of Oakland; a sister Ruby Castle of Sykesville, MD; 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. 

Preceding her in death were a son Harold O. Roth; a grandchild; a brother and five sisters. 

Mrs. Winters was a life long member of St. Johns' Lutheran Church of Red House, MD.  

Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis.  The body was moved to St. Johns' Lutheran Church, Red House, MD, where funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Keith Pittsnoggle. Interment followed in the Red House Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mrs. Winters name may be made to: St. Johns' Lutheran Church of Red House, MD at 3301 Garrett Highway Oakland, MD  21550-2330.  

Bruce Hutton

Captain Bruce L. Hutton, 86 of Umatilla, FL, formerly of Forest Heights, MD, died April 17 at Florida Hospital Waterman. 

He was born July 8, 1919 in Davis, a son of the late Jessee Bowman and Roseanna Rohrbaugh Hutton.  

Survivors include wife Kathaleen Collins Hutton of Umatilla; a daughter Brucene (and Wayne) McNeil of Sorrento; a brother Brady (and Nellie) Hutton of Umatilla; two granddaughters Susan (and David) Jediniak of Tallahassee, Gail (and Gordon) of Umatilla; a great-great-granddaughter Crystal Jedziniak of Tallahassee; two nieces Beverly Hanekamp of Cumberland, MD, Barbara Presley of South Carolina; three nephews David and Daniel Collins of Davis and David Hutton of Orlando, FL.

He was preceded in death by a sister Mildred Williams and a nephew John Williams of Cumberland, MD.  

He was a veteran of WWII having served overseas 38 months.  He flew C-47's and Gliders during the war. 

Becker Family Funeral Home in Clermont, FL was in charge of the arrangements.  At the request of the deceased his remains were cremated.  

Bermah O'Neal

Bermah E. O'Neal, 86, of Akron, OH, died May 3. 

She was born Aug. 3, 1918 in Benbush, a daughter of the late Dennis and Elizabeth Auvil Dumire. Husband John preceded her in death.  They ahd celebrated 49 years of marriage. 

She is survived by two daughters Jackie (and Jerome) Schiffer and Renee O'Neal; a brother Durwood Dumire; four grandchildren Janet, Jeffrey, Joan and Jessica; cousins the John and Gertrude Auvil Family and the Eugene Bowen family all of St. George.

The funeral was held at the Hecker Funeral Home in Uniontown, OH with Dr. Charles Billington officiating, burial was in the Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.  

Joseph Coombs Sr. 

Joseph Dale Coombs Sr, 75, of Manassas, VA died may 8 at home. 

He was born April 21, 1929 in Hambleton, a son of the late Theodore Frederick and Grace Ford Combs.  

He is survived by his wife Annis Del combs of Manassas; a son Joseph D. Jr (and Mary P.) Combs of Nashville, TN; a daughter Deborah Faye (and Greg Smoot) Combs of Bealeton, VA, four grandchildren Betty Lynette (and Danny) Baxter, Amanda Dell Sizemore, Joseph Dale Combs III, William Pettus Combs; a great-granddaughter Alexa Mikelle Beckett. 

Mr. Combs was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters and a grandson Earl Michael Sizemore II. 

Mr. Combs attended the schools of Tucker county and was a Veteran of the Korean War. 

The family received friends at Lee Funeral Home, Manassas. Graveside services took place at Stonewall Memory Gardens in Manassas.  

Earl L. Channels

Earl Lee Channels, 60, a resident of Kerens died Monday, May 10 at home.

He was born Nov. 12, 1943, at Baltimore, MD, a son of the late Walter Nelson Channels and Eva Louise Wilmoth Channels.  On April 9, 1968, in Elkins, he was married to the former Betty Jo Weese who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Thomas McGriff Channels of Torrington, CT, Kenneth Paul Channels and Joseph Lee Channels, both of Elkins; a daughter, Crystal Dawn Calain of Newport News, VA; five brothers Cecil Channels of Henderson, MD, Floyd Channels of Kerens, and Ralph, Lawrence and Ray Channels, all of Elkins; a sister Clara Schoonover of Elkins; eight grandchildren, Earl Channels Jr., Steven, Pamela, William Channels, Christian and Alexis Calain, and Jordan Price.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Robert “Bob” Channels, and two sisters, Betty Evans and Bertha Channels.

He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United States Army. He was employed by the former Memorial General Hospital and retired as maintenance foreman from Davis Memorial Hospital with 22 years of combined service. He was a member of the FOE Lodge 2344 of Elkins. 

Friends will be received at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins from 6-9 pm, Thursday, May 13.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10 am, Friday, May 14 from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Destry Daniels officiating.  Presentation of the American flag will be made by members of the HW Daniels Post 29 American Legion. At the request of Mr. Channels, his remains will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 625, Elkins, WV 26241, in memory of Earl.

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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