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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

2 July 2008

Merle Adams

Merle Dessie Lipscomb Adams, 105, a resident of St. George, departed this life Saturday, June 28, at Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas.

She was born Friday, April 17, 1903, in Preston County, a daughter of the late Oliver Lipscomb and Anna Elizabeth Victoria Moreland.  She was married to John C. Adams, who preceded her in death in 1958.

Surviving is one brother; Bryce Lipscomb of Ohio.

Preceding her in death are four brothers, Alvin, Luther, Earl and Howard Lipscomb; and three sisters; Esther Martin, Gay Durr and Dorothy Miller.

She attended the one room school at White Ridge. She was a housewife and farmer. She was an avid canner and she loved to read. She was a member of the Limestone United Methodist Church. She loved to spend time with friends.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Wednesday, July 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m. The Reverend Neil Parsons will officiate and interment will follow at the Limestone Cemetery at St. George. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Merle Dessie Lipscomb Adams. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Mary Kisner

Mary M. Kisner, 85, of Terra Alta, died Tuesday, June 24 at home.

She was born Nov. 6, 1922 at Parsons, a daughter of the late Glenn A. and Virginia Mae Price Digman.

She was a member of the Freeland United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harry R. Kisner, of Terra Alta; two sons Steve and Dorinda Kisner, of Terra Alta and Phil and Patsy Kisner, of Millstone; three daughters Susie and John Friend, of Woodbridge, Va., Becky and John Dixon, of Terra Alta, and Karen and Marshall Bishop, of Morgantown; a brother, Berkly Digman, of Randallstown, Md.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters, and a granddaughter, Mary Margarette Kisner.

Friends were received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta on Wednesday June 25, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  The funeral service was held on Thursday June 26 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Tim Kelley officiating. Burial followed in the Terra Alta Cemetery, Terra Alta.  Personal condolences may be made at

Doward Matlick 

Doward Eugene "Gene" Matlick, 35, a resident of Rt. 1, Indian Fork Road, Philippi, passed away Friday, June 27 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

He was born Feb. 25, 1973, at Philippi, a son of Doward Lester and Twila Burton (Moore) Matlick and the late Wilda Jean (McBee) Matlick.  He was united in marriage Aug 6, 1994 to Kelly Diane (Dickenson) Matlick, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Hannah Jene Matlick; three sons, Elijah Cole Matlick, Noah Ryan Matlick and Jesiah Seth Matlick, all at home; one brother, Gregory Scott and Becky Matlick of Moatsville; one stepbrother Quinton Marsh of Moatsville; two step-sisters, Trinia and Shawn Alt of Valley Furnace and Stephanie and Anthony Reed of Moatsville; and grandmother Anna Matlick of Moatsville.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Howard Matlick who passed away April 30, 1998.

He was a construction manager at Sunrise Construction, was president of the American Youth Football and was a member and attended Overfield Community Church.

Friends were received at Wright Funeral Home, Philippi on Sunday, June 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Monday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the service hour with the Rev. Michael L. Rexroad officiating. Interment followed in the Tacy Crossroads Cemetery. Wright Funeral Home services was in charge of the arrangements.

R. Keith Simmons

R. Keith Simmons, 68, of Citadel Street, Morgantown, passed away Saturday, June 28 at his home.

Keith was born in Canaan Valley, on June 18, 1940, the son of the late Harry E. and Mary Elizabeth (Bonner) Simmons.

He was a State Park Superintendent for the Department of Natural Resources at Holly River, Tygart Lake and Cacapon State Parks. He also served as an Assistant Superintendent at Blackwater Falls State Park.

In his spare time Keith enjoyed collecting antiques and other collectables.

Keith is survived by his wife, Joyce Hawkins Simmons, his sons; Greg Simmons of Pittsburgh, Pa., Jeff Simmons and wife Allison of New Bern, N.C., Jay Simmons and wife, Heather of Grafton, his step-children; Allen Hawkins and wife Joelle of Richmond, Va., Doug Hawkins and wife Susan of Morgantown, David Hawkins and wife Sarah of Pittsburgh, Pa., a brother, Jack Simmons and wife Carol of Oakland, Md., a sister-in-law, Linda Simmons of Ashburn, Va. , a son-in-law, Jhan Anderson of Hacker Valley; his grandchildren; Shane and Tyler Anderson, Madison and Hunter Simmons, Ellie, Caroline and Brewer Simmons, step-grandchildren, Kyle, Kate and Kenneth Hawkins, Taylor, Virginia and Stephen Hawkins as well as nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen Sue Simmons in 1999, a daughter, Kristin Sue Simmons in 2003, and a brother Melvin Simmons in 2006.

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown on Tuesday, July 1 from 2-5 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in the funeral home with Rev. Graham officiating.  Cremation services to follow.

Donations may be made in Keith’s memory to Hospice Care Corp., 3363 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505.

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Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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