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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

11 June 2008

Sandra Brooke

Sandra Jean Brooke, 72, of Davis, passed away June 9, 2008, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born Oct. 15, 1935, at Davis, a daughter of the late Frank Melvin and Alice Adele Shreve Roby.

She is survived by three sons, Frank Robert Brooke of Benbush, Phillip Gregory Brooke of Front Royal, Va., and William Russell Brooke of Davis; one daughter, Cheryl Jean Hopson of Charles Town; one brother, William Frank Roby of Oakland, Md.; and seven grandchildren, Faith Adele, Aubrey Dean, Julia Dorthea, Amy, Troy, Andrew and Joseph.

Sandra was employed as an auditor for Blackwater Falls State Park. She was a life-long member of the Davis United Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge #274, Fraternal Order of Eagles #936 Ladies Auxiliary and Tucker County Senior Citizens. She served as secretary for the Davis School Reunion and she played piano for Tucker County Chorus, St. Thomas Aquinas Church and the Davis United Methodist Church. She was an avid sports enthusiast and season ticket holder for West Virginia University football games. Sandra also enjoyed attending rock and roll concerts.

Friends will be received at Hinkle Funeral home on Tuesday from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 11 at Davis United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Davis Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Roger Cale

Roger L. Cale Sr., 63, of Independence passed away Wednesday, June 4 at his residence. 

He was born in Licking Creek on May 7, 1945, a son of Amos and Mabel Cale.  Mr. Cale retired in July 2006 from the CSW Railroad where he was a member for 30 years.  Prior to that he worked for the Armour Leather Company of parsons.  He loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Esther L. Casteel Cale; two sons Roger Lee Jr. and Lori Cale and Duane and Regina Cale, all of Parsons; a daughter Lettie Cale of Pittsburgh; three stepchildren Teresa and Jerry Brown of Newburg, Carl "Eddie" and Susan Casteel of Independence. Jeanette French of Martinsburg; three grandchildren Kaleb and Lily Lester of Pittsburgh and Bailey Cale of Parsons; a brother John and Debbie Cale of Baltimore, Md.; four sisters Rosie and June Amie of parsons, Betty and Virgil Host of corinth, Anna nad Loren Fitzwater of Montrose and Patty Cale of Kingwood; eight step-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers Jerry, Harry, Virgil, Everett and Dale' and three sisters Orpha, Mary ELlen and Shirley.

Services were held at Bolyard Funeral Home in Newburg. 

Faye Elliott

Faye Hedrick Elliott, 82, of Centralia, Mo. died May 22 at Columbia Regional Hospital following a short illness due to a rare cancer.

Faye was born May 31, 1925 in Hendricks, to the late Merrill and Pearl Jane Waggy Hedrick.  She graduated from parsons HIgh School in 1943.  Following graduation she attended WEst Virginia Wesleyan.

She was married on Nov. 25, 1955, in Vienna to Harold L. Elliott, who survived.  Also surviving are three daughters and their husbands Sharry and George Klinger of Springfield, Mo., Karen and Jerry Meisenkeimer of Blue Springs, Mo. and Suzie and Ray Champitto of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother w. Allen Hedrick; two sisters Susan Asbury and husband Robert and Helen Schlarb and husband David, all of West Virginia; and one cousin Carl "Sonny" Hedrick of Hendricks.

She was preceded in death by one brother Merrill G. Hedrick II.

Faye was a member of First Christian church, past president of Centralia Chapter no. 195 serving various offices and a charter member and past president of Chapter KZ of the P.E.D. Sisterhood of Centralia.  She was a Girl Scout leader in West Virginia and Centralia.

Faye was a hostess at Centralia Museum for many years and was a volunteer Pink Lady at the Audrain Hospital of Mexico, Mo.

She retired as a bookkeeper at the Centralia Fireside Guard where she worked for twenty years.

Funeral services were held at the Fenton Funeral Chapel in Centralia on May 27.  It was officiated by Rev. Joe Jimerson, pastor of the First Christian Church.  Interment was at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, Mo.

Remembrances are suggested to The Centralia Museum, 319 East Sneed St., Centralia, Mo.

Randy Hardy

Randy H. Hardy, 52, of Oak Hill, died Sunday May 11, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born June 21, 1955, at Rainelle, he was the son of the late John and Pearl Carr Hardy, formerly of Parsons.

Mr. Hardy was a member of Salem Road Free Will Baptist Church.

Working with Jan-Care since 1976, Randy was chief supervisor and a critical care paramedic. 

He was a member of the Fayette County Vertical Rescue Team, a dive master and a former member of the Rainelle and Ansted Fire Departments.

Survivors include wife Suzette M. Bretz hardy; a son John Hardy of Roanoke, Va.; a daughter Sonia Hypes and husband, Daniel, of Rogersville, Tenn.; two step-daughters, Alyssa Martin of Morgantown and Aimee Martin of Morgantown; four sisters Kay Sencindiver of Inwood, Carol Morris of Prince George, Va., Tina Mann of Statesville, N.C. and Cindy Grimmett of Rainelle; a brother Mike Hardy of Clintonville; and an aunt Ruth Carr of Rainelle.

The crew at Jan-Care Ambulance said goodbye to their friend and hero, who served his community for the past 32 years as a critical care paramedic, rescue diver and firefighter.

Randy had numerous honors including: two time West Virginia Paramedic of the year; three time outstanding Rescuer of the year; West Virginia Police Chief Association's Medal of Honor recipient; Raleigh General EMS Person of the Year; Beckley ARH Hometown Hero of the year; and accomplished American Heart Association Instructor. 

Randy co-founded the Fayette County Rope Rescue team and he also taught hundreds of firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement officers all phases or rope rescue.  Randy was the co-leader of a resuce team dispatched to WTC Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.  Randy was a pioneer in the EMS system of West Virginia who mentored thousands of Emergency Service Personnel over his 32 year career.  Randy's legacy will live on through his teaching, leadership, and especially through the lives he touched.  The world was truly a better place for having known our friend and hero Randy Hardy.

Services were 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at Tyree Funeral home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Eric Dangerfield and his brother in Christ, Kenny Garrett, officiating.  Burial was at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Victor.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the funeral home.

Mike Gray, Mike Harper, Rick Cornett, Todd Cornett, Eugene Endicott and Paul Seamann served as pallbearers. 

Online condolences may be sent at a www.tyreefuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. 

Benjamin Lee

Benjamin Harvey Lee, 71, a resident of Parsons, departed this life late Sunday evening, June 8, at Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins. He had been in declining health.

He was born Thursday, June 28, 1956, at Howard County, Md., a son of the late Benjamin Franklin Lee and Edna Smallwood Lee.  He was married to the former Charlotte Raleigh, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Robert E. Lee of Fla.; four daughters, Kathleen Lee Snow and Phyllis Lee, both of Md., Rebecca Lee of W. Va. and Patty Lee Bryan of Tenn.; one brother; Micky Porter of W. Va.; and several grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Robert and Jimmy; and one sister, Margaret.

He attended the schools of Maryland. He was employed as a Truck Driver for Exxon Mobil for many years and was an independent hauler for various fuel companies. He loved fishing and crabbing.

A graveside service will be conducted at the Pifer Mountain Cemetery at St. George on Wednesday, June 11, at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Carolyn Shreve will officiate and interment will follow. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Benjamin Harvey Lee. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com 

Martha Swartz

Martha Louise Roberts Swartz, 61, of Parsons, departed this life early Thursday morning, June 5, at her home following a short illness.

She was born Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1946, at Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Jack Hagerty Roberts and Virginia Brickey Roberts.

Surviving are one son, Donald Herbert “Yogi” Swartz Jr. of Parsons; one daughter, Marion Lucille Guy of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother, Jack H. Roberts Jr. of Gloucester, N.J.; two sisters, Lucille Roberts Stilwell of Mechanicsville, Va., and Virginia Roberts Buckelew of Baldwin, Md.; four grandchildren, Dillon Swartz of Parsons, Hanna Martin, Benjamin Martin and Kathryn Guy, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.; her Uncle David, and Aunt Rita Roberts, of Hambleton; and numerous other uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was a graduate of Parsons High School. She was a retired state employee of the Davis Center, where she worked for many years. She was a volunteer grandmother at Tucker Valley Elementary School and a member of the First Baptist Church in Parsons.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home in Parsons on Monday, June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. Pastor Allen D. Crosten officiated and interment followed in McNeeley Cemetery at Hendricks. A luncheon will follow at the First Baptist Church for family and friends. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Martha Louise Roberts Swartz. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com

Charles Wagner

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 at Asbury United Methodist Church for Charles Edward Wagner, 86, who passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Lafayette General Medical Center.

Reverend Ira Robinson, Associate Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, conducted the funeral services. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, June 10 in the Parsons city Cemetery, Parsons.   

Charles Edward Wagner was born near Parsons, the youngest of seven children, to Charlotte Jane Phillips Wagner and Cary Edward Wagner.  His brothers were Albert, Wilbur and Francis; and his sisters were Marie, Virginia and Marguerite.

Charles graduated from high school in 1939 and joined the Army in Baltimore, Maryland at Holabird Quartermaster Depot. His last station was in Louisiana with the 874th airborne engineering battalion. It was here that he was injured and discharged in 1944.  Charles was active in many areas of the community in Lafayette. When Diamond Crystal Salt ceased operations at Jefferson Island in Louisiana, he accepted a position as Director of Personnel at Lafayette General Medical Center. He was president of the Louisiana Manufacturer’s Association and president of the Lafayette Parish Personnel Association and was commodore of the Mardi Gras Krewe of Zeus. He was also active in church work, serving as chairman of the building committee, chairman of the board, chairman of trustees and treasurer of the Sunday School Class.

Survivors include his wife, Marian E. Wagner of Lafayette; two daughters, Dawn Wolf and her husband Ronald of Youngsville, and Paula Peterson of Flint, Mich.; one son, Charles K. Wagner, M.D. and his wife Polly S. of Piney Flats, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Thomas Wolf and Matthew Wolf and his wife Emily; and one great-grandson, Seth Wolf.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

The family requested that visiting hours be observed Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and continue Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Personal condolences may be sent to the Wagner fmaily at wwww.delhommefuneralhome.com  Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, was in charge of the arrangements. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.

 

 

 

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