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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

28 May 2008

Willard Friend

Willard Franklin Friend, 88, of Parsons, departed this life Saturday evening, May 24, 2008, at his home. He had been in declining health.

He was born Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1919, at Leadmine, a son of the late Thomas Franklin Friend and Florence Pearl Knotts Friend.  On Dec. 30, 1940, at Red House, Md., he was married to the former Virginia Lucille Kisner, who survives. They had celebrated sixty-seven years of marriage.

Surviving are three sons, Donald Eugene Friend and wife, Jan of Ohio, Terry Wayne Friend and wife Linda of Texas, and Denzil Keith Friend and companion Joan Meade of Danville; two daughters, Bonnie Jean Friend and husband, James A. Mays of Barrackville and Cheryl Ann “Sherry” Friend and companion Jay of Elkins; one brother Argle Lyndon Friend and wife Marg of Ohio; one sister Okareta Stemple of Kingwood; ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were one infant son and two brothers, Earl and Ralph Friend.

He attended the school at Leadmine. He was a truck driver for the Carnation Milk Company for many years. He was a coal miner and trucked timbers for coal mines. He was a farmer and an outdoorsman, loving to hunt. He loved to watch NASCAR racing and was a fan of Jeff Gordon.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Wednesday, May 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Thursday, May 29 at 1 p.m. The Reverend J. Michael Lantz will officiate and interment will follow in Limestone Cemetery at St. George. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Willard Franklin Friend. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

James Hood

James Hood, 56, of Mt. Airy passed away on May 23, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by Paula A. Hood, his wife of 33 magnificent years together.

He was born on April 29, 1952, at Marion, Ind., he was the son of James Edward Hood of Wheaton, Md. and Margaret Jean Callen of Charlotte Court House, Va.

Mr. Hood was a 1971 graduate of Wheaton High School. He was an active member of the Wheaton and New Market, Maryland Fire Departments. He was employed for 32 years by Hahn Transportation of New Market, Md. where he was a professional tractor-trailer driver. James was an avid football and NASCAR fan and also enjoyed bird watching. He enjoyed time spent with his wife at their retreat in Dryfork.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents are a grandmother, Irma Alber of Gas City, Ind.; brothers, Frank C. Hood and wife Carol of Smithsburg, Md., and William Wayne “Bill” Callen of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and sisters, Luanne Smith and husband Randolph of Frederick, Md., and Laura Caffey and husband Frank of Mt. Airy, Md. He is also survived by ten nieces, eight nephews, five great-nieces, two great-nephews, five aunts, three uncles and numerous cousins.

Friends re received on Tuesday, May 27 from noon until 9 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mt. Airy, Md. 21771, and again on Wednesday, May 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hinkle Funeral Home, 567 Thomas Ave., Davis. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Arthurdale Presbyterian Church, Arthurdale. Interment will be in Arthurdale Cemetery, Arthurdale. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Shirley Leshin

Shirley Eloise Leshin (nee Rubinstein), of Milwuakee, Wis., passed away on May 14, 2008, at the age of 86, at the home of her daughter Liz in Los Angeles, Calif. after a long battle with lung cancer. 

She was born at home on Oct. 20, 1921 in Thomas, a duaghter of the lat eRuby and Celia (Schilansky) Rubinstein.  On Sept. 3, 1945 she was married at the extended family's home on Front Street in Thomas to Solomon ("Jack") Leshin, who preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1998. 

Surviving are sons  Larry Leshin of Albuquerque, N.M. and Randy (Julie) Leshin of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter Liz Safirstein Leshin of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren Alexis Engel, Courtney Ettus of Chicago, Ill.., Isaac Sullivan-Leshin of Albuquerque, N.M. and Lindsay and Andrew Leshin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three great-grandchildren Rs yan and Jake Engel and Jesse Ettus, of Chicago; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death are a son Jim Leshin and brother Kenneth ("Honey") Rubenstein and Leonard ("Schlabe") Rubenstein.

Shirley was a graduate of Thomas High School with the class of 1938.  She attended Syracuse University and transferred to West Virginia University where she graduated in 1942. She received a Master's Degree in Speech Therapy from the University of Michigan, where she met her future husband, Jack.  After marriage, they made their life together in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wis.  In addition to being a homemaker and speech therapist, Shirley was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and an active volunteer.  She and her husband helped many immigrants from the former Soviet Union resettle in Milwaukee, and visited out-of-town patients who came to Milwaukee for heart surgery.  She was involved in many organizations, leading her children's cub Scout and Brownie troops, and serving as president of a local chapter of the Jewish women's service organization Hadassah.  IN recent years, she was honored as "Volunteer of the Year" by Milwaukee Jewish Family services. 

Shirley's family, the Rubensteins and Schilanskys, wereon of the original pioneer families in the Thomas area, settling there in the 1880s, and running a series of businesses including a dry goods store, grocery store, sweets shop, dress shop and bar.  Her father Ruby served as the mayor of Thomas for many years.

Shirley was beloved by the family and friends and will be deeply missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know her.

Funeral services were held at Goodman-Bensman Funeral Home in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m.  Burial followed at Mound Zion Cemetery, in Brookfield, Wis.  condolences may be expressed to her family via her daughter at  Memorial donations may be made to Jewish Family Services, 1300 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee, Wis.  53202, or Hadassah, 6720 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, Wis.  53217.  

Anna Metz

Anna Clare Frey Metz, 77, of Kerens, departed this life early Sunday morning, May 25, 2008, at the Davis Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sunday, Feb. 15, 1931, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Dorsey James Frey Sr. and Delcie Mae Dayton Frey.

On March 10, 1950 she was married to William Junior Metz who preceded her in death May 15, 2007.

Surviving are children, Steven Boyd Metz and wife Dr. Maureena Andreas of St. George, Dr. Charity Anne Metz Schuller and husband Dr. Brian P. Schuller of Cary, N.C., and Emily D. Heston and husband Michael A. Heston III of Elkins; one grandson Loren R. Wiseman III; and two great-grandchildren, Sebastian V. Heston and Octavia S. Heston.

Preceding her in death is one daughter, Pamela Renee Metz; three brothers Charles L. Frey, Dorsey James Frey Jr. and one infant Clifford Dale Frey; and four sisters Vera Mae Hamilton, Fredricka Gale Godwin, and two infant twins, LuLu and Louise Frey.

Anna attended the schools of Randolph County and was a graduate of Sequoia Union High School at Redwood City, Calif. She had worked for the C & P Telephone Co., the former Golden Clinic at Elkins, J & H Market and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Elkins-Randolph County Senior Center, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church at Elkins.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins on Wednesday, May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli and the Rev. Nancy I. Stevens will officiate and then Mrs. Metz’s request for cremation will be honored. Interment of the cremains will follow at a later date in Israel Cemetery at Kerens. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Elkins, 412 Randolph Ave., Elkins, W.Va. 26241. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Anna Clare Frey Metz. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Robert Shupp Jr.

Robert Allen “Bobby” Shupp Jr., 36, of Parsons, departed this life Wednesday, May 21, at Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to diabetes.

He was born Dec. 29, 1971 at Parsons, a son of Robert Allen Shupp Sr., and the late Karen Ruth Allen Dixon, who preceded him in death Aug. 29, 2006.  He was married to the fromer Justina Renee Moore, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons Anthony  Schott Shupp of Burlington and Robby Allen-Lee Shupp of Parsons; one sister Kelly Ruth Osborn and fiance Stephen Lee Church of Illinois.

Proceeding him in death are one brother James Edward Shupp; and one sister Lillian Dawn Shupp.

He attended the schools of Tucker and Indiana.  He was an avid NASCAR Fan, West Virginia Mountaineer Fan and he loved to fish.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Harley Deleurere will officiate and interment will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Thomas. the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Allen “Bobby” Shupp Jr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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