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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

20 August 2008

Agnes A. Ferruso

Agnes Anne Ferruso, 74, a resident of White Oak Lane, Elkins, departed this life Friday, Aug, 15, at her home. Death was unexpected.

She was born Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1933 in Thomas, a daughter of the late Michael "Mike" Ferruso and Filomenia DePollo Ferruso.  She had never married.

Surviving are two brothers, Joseph Patrick Ferruso of Ohio, and Orlando A. Ferruso of Catonsville, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were three brothers, Orlando "Butch," Otavia "Shorty" and John A. Ferruso; and three sisters, Esther F. Helmick, Mary C. Suder and Virginia L. Wilson.

She was a graduate of Thomas High School, with the class of 1951 and was a graduate of West Virginia University with the class of 1955 with a Bachelor's degree in Library Science. She had worked for the Library of Congress for thirty-seven years, where she headed the reference and documentation department, retiring in 1990. She was a member of Saint Brendan Catholic Church, was an avid gardener and a world traveler.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins  from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18. At 7:30 p.m. the Rosary was recited by the Rev. Father Timothy Grassi. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, she was moved to the Saint Thomas Catholic Church at Thomas, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Timothy Grassi was the Presider and interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Thomas. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Venora H. Heitz

Venora Hedrick Heitz, 82, of Davis, passed away Aug. 15 where she resided with her daughter Patty, in at North Richland Hills, Texas.

She was born May 9, 1926, in Dry Fork, a daughter of the late William Hedrick and Viola Helmick Hedrick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Clay Heitz, in 1965.

Survivors include one son, Allen (Vanessa) Heitz of Davis; a daughter, Patty Jo Heitz of North Richland Hills, Texas; two brothers, Joseph (and Doris) Hedrick and Herbert Hedrick, both of Virginia; and two sisters, Sandra (and Doyle) Patch and Lucille Harr, both of Moorefield.

Also preceding Nora in death were one brother, William Hedrick Jr.; and one sister, Lorene Elizabeth Pennington.

Nora worked as a waitress at Joe's Restaurant in Thomas and at Blackwater Lodge. Upon retirement, her hobbies included gardening, cooking and yard sales. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks fan.

A memorial service will be held at Buena United Methodist Church in Canaan Valley on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.with the Rev. Doyle Patch officiating. Interment will follow in the Buena Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

John M. Raines

John Martin Raines, 93, of Cumberland, Md., died Saturday, Aug. 16, in Lions Manor Nursing Home.

He was born April 11, 1915, at Whitmer, the son of the late Charles Edward Raines and Cena (Thompson) Raines.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline A. Raines, on March 22, 2001, four brothers and a sister. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

He retired as a machinist from the Kelly-Springfield Tire and Rubber Company.

Friends were received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, Md., on Tuesday, Aug. 19.  A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Fred Iser officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. 

Doris Silk

Doris Mary (Nolin) Silk, 97, formerly of Parsons, passed peacefully to eternal life on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Courville Nursing Home at Nashua, N.H.

She was born in Claremont, N.H. on July 7, 1911, a daughter of the late Frank X. and Rose (Boucher) Nolin.  She married Edward F. Silk of Newport, N.H. on Oct. 24, 1936.  The had been married 48 years when he passed to eternal life on March 7, 1985.

She is survived by three sons Terence E. Silk and his wife Sue Ann of Hendricks, David F. Silk of Nashua, N.H. and Donald P. Silk of Manassas, Va.; six grandchildren Cindee Gray (and Mike) of Rochester, N.Y., Melody Doran (and John) of Shadyside, Md., Christy Silk of Front Royal, Va., Timothy P. Silk (and christine) and David M. Silk (and Debbie), all of Potomac Falls, Va. an dDaniel E. Silk of Alexandria, Va.; eleven great-grandchildren Erin and Kevin Gray, Justin Anderson, Shannon, Shaun, Lindsey, Leecy, Tara and Thomas Silk, and Michael and John Silk;and cousins Mrs. Dennis J. (Claire) Sullivan of Nahsua, N.H and Mrs. James D. (Rita) Shea  of Hudson, N.H., Mary Pat Racicot of Benninton, VT and Joan Magas of Indiana, Pa.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in St. Patrick Church, Nashua, N.H. on Thursday Aug. 14.  Interment was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Newport, N.H. 

Elmer H. Watring, Sr

Elmer Hubert Watring Sr., 90, of Thomas, passed away Aug. 12, 2008, at his home.

He was born April 30, 1918 in Shaffertown, a son of the late George Edgar Watring and Bertha Florence Moats Watring.

He is survived by his wife Betty Lou Mayles Watring; three sons; eight grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. 

Friends were received at the Hinkle Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 14.  Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. with Rev. James Martin officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.  

Charles Young

Charles Junior Young, 77, formerly of Parsons, and a resident of Elkins, departed this life Friday, Aug. 15, at his home. He had been in declining health.

He was born Thursday, July 2, 1931, at Parsons, a son of the late Charles Young and Mary Carr.  He was twice married. First, on May 8, 1954, at Redhouse, Md., he was married to the former Regina Joann Phillips, who preceded him in death during 1989. Second, during December 1991, he was married to the former Betty Butcher White, who preceded him in death March 20, 2008.

Surviving are three sons, Mike Young of Mt. Jackson, Va., Rick and Mark Young, both of Parsons; one daughter, Debbie Pratt and husband David of Harrisonburg, Va.; and two step-children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He attended the Hamrick and Hendricks schools. He was a veteran of the United States Army from Jan. 1951 until Dec. 1953. He was a former employee of D & W Truck Lines, for thirty-three years from which he retired. As a child, he loved to hunt and fish. He loved to drive his truck and enjoyed watching pro-wrestling and rooting for his Cleveland Browns and West Virginia Mountaineers. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Hendricks.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Tuesday Aug. 19, from noon until 2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Pat Cassidy officiated and interment followed in the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Charles Junior Young. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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