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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 9 June 2004

Luther Winkler

Luther Dart Winkler, 74, of Philippi and a former resident of Pickens, died June 4, in the Davis Memorial Hospital.  He had been in failing health and was receiving care from Hospice Care Corporation. 

He was born Sept. 20, 1929 at Pickens, a son of the late Dart Augustine Winkler and Ruth Azelia Lawton Winkler.  In his youth, Winkler made his home with an aunt, the late Mary Ida Winkler.  On June 4, 1965, he married the former Dorothy Mae Pennington, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Linda (and Rev. Pat) Cassidy of St. George, Margaret Mae "Peg" (and Moody) Collette of Philippi, Ruth Ann (and Steven) Marks of Liberty, NC; a brother Blaine Edward (and Dora) Winkler of Covington, KY; four grandchildren STeven Craig (and Tammy) Marks of Lillington, NC, William Keith Collette of Hambelton, Charles Kenneth (and Sabrina) Marks of Parsons, Jacob Lee (and Regina) Collette of Philippi; two great-grandchildren, Gavin Luke Marks and Hannah Nicole Collette; a sister-in-law Luretta McDonald Winkler of Junior and two nieces Sandra Kaye (and Paul) Tracewell of Troutville, VA and Ruth Bell Longwell of Hannibal, OH. 

Preceding him in death was a brother Clinton Casper Winkler and a granddaughter Cassandra Maria Davis.  

Mr. Winkler was a graduate of Pickens High School.  He served in the United States Army from 1951 until 1953.  He was a retired coal miner and farmer and attended the Jerusalem United Methodist church of Philippi.

Friends were received at the Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins.  Funeral services were at the funeral home chapel with Revs. Pat Cassidy and Alicia Rapking officiating.  Interment followed at the Pickens K. of P. Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care Corporation, PO Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.   

Noah Mullenax

Noah Lee Mullenax, 77, of Montrose, died June 4 at his home. He had been in his usual health and death was unexpected.

He was born June 10, 1926, at Sugarlands, Tucker County, a son of the late Amos Gilbert Mullenax and Ethel Zaddy Hedrick Mullenax.  On Dec. 31, 1949, he was married to the former Betty Lea Carr, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jerry Allen (and Linda) Mullenax of Montrose; two daughters, Julia Ann (and Thomas) Phillips of Montrose, and Jacqueline Annette (and Bill) Workman of Elkins; a brother, Grover Mullenax, Belington; two sisters, Dorothy (and Bob) Valentine of  Columbus, OH, and Verda (and Earl) Weese of Montrose; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Vida Mullenax.

He attended the school at Sugarlands, had worked for the former Parsons Tannery, was a lumberman having worked for various companies including himself, had worked for the Quail Ridge Construction Co. at Mt. Storm, was a farmer.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons where final rites were conducted with the Rev. Allen D. Crosten officiating and interment followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens in Gilman. 

Norman Auvil

norman Lowell Auvil, 66, of Springdale, PA died May 19, in WEst Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh following an extended illness. 

He was born Jan 23, 1938 in Leadmine, a son of the late Troy Williams and Rena James Auvil.  On Dec. 16, 1978 he was united in marriage to the former Gladys Elizabeth Maddox who survives.  

Surviving are two sons Norman G. (and Diane) of Pittsburgh and David (and Erin) of Springdale Township; three daughters Debra McPherson of Cheswick, PA, Susan (and Timothy) Kephart of LowerBurrell, PA and Diana (and Timothy) Borland of Cheswick, PA;  grandchildren Nathan and Ryan Auvil of Pittsburgh; Monica and Georgine McPherson; Brian and twins Daniel and Kristen Kephart; Matthew and Annie Auvil; and Jonathan , timothy and Christopher Borland; five brothers Troy (and Twyla) Auvil of Scot Depot, Huey Auvil of Leavenworth KS, Alton (and Patricia) Auvil of Aurora, Kenneth Auvil of Aurora and James (and Penny) Auvil of Randolph, VT; five sisters Leoda (and Arthur) Maloy of Charleston, Arvella (and Dewey) Smith of Clinton, OH, Dorothy (and Clayton) Hauser of Terra Alta, Selma (and Ralph) Cummings of Aurora and Jeckie (and Delbert) Boggess of Rainelle; 13 nieces, 11 nephews; 8 grand-nieces, 15 grand-nephews; a great-grand niece and two great-grand-nephews.  

Norman attended the One Room School on Stemple Ridge near Aurora and graduated in 1956 from Aurora High School.  He was a retired Warehouse manager for the former Montgomery Ward's Warehouse in Arnold, PA, retiring in 1981 with 25 years service. 

Funeral services were conducted at the Charles B. Jarvie Funeral Home in Cheswick, PA with the Rev., David Carlise, of the United Presbyterian Church, Springdale, PA officiating.  Burial followed in the Deer Creek Cemetery Harmar Township.

'Ruth' Riley

Virginia "Ruth" Stevens Riley, 84, a native of Parsons and a resident of Cardinal Care Nursing Home at Hendersonville, died June 6 at the home.  She had been in declining health. 

She was born November 22, 1919 at Washington, D.C., a daughter of the late Clifford Stevens and Nancy Baker Stevens.  On February 14, 1942, she was married to William Oliver "Bill" Riley who preceded her in death February 15, 1986.  

Surviving are two sons David (and Renata Halter) Riley of Dedham, MA, Richard (and Sandra) Riley of Mt. Pleasant, SC; three grandchildren Alison Riley of Brooklyn, NY, Erin Riley and Adam Riley students at Carolina College near Myrtle Beach, SC. 

She was preceded in death by a sister June Stevens.

She was a 1936 graduate of Parsons High School, a homemaker and a member of the Woman's Sorority, PEO at Hendersonville, was a former member of the First United Methodist church at Hendersonville.  

The family will receive friends at the first United Methodist Church of Parsons on Friday, June 11 from 11 am to 12 noon, the funeral hour.  The Rev. David Fuller will officiate at the Parsons city Cemetery at Parsons.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons was in cahrge of the arrangements.      

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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