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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

25 August 2004

Stella D. Zalatoris

Stella Dorothy Zalatoris, 93, formerly of Davis, passed away Monday, Aug. 16, in Cincinnati, OH.

She was born Feb. 25, 1911, in Davis, the daughter of the late Stanley and Dorothy Z. Pachosa.  She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Zalatoris.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph Anthony of Cincinnati, OH, and Carl Paul of St. Marys; two brothers, Harry of Spokane, WA, and Albert of Topeka, KS; a sister, Adella of Gadsen, AL; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Albert Edward; and five brothers, Metz, Adolph, Stanley, Jack and Andy.  

Stella was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Veronica Catholic Church.

Friends were received at the Hinkle Funeral Home, DAvis, where a Vigil for the Deceased was held.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Thomas with Father John Agipito as celebrant. Interment followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Thomas. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Alice Dye

Alice Mae Mason Dye, 62, formerly of the Mackeyville Community and more recently a resident of Cortland Acres Nursing Home, died Aug. 20, at the nursing home following a brief illness. Death was attributed to cancer.

She was born in Parsons, a daughter of the late Arlie Vernon Mason and Frances Mary Wilson Mason, who survives at Fork Mountain.  On April 5, 1965, she was married to the late Otho “Ray” Dye, who preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 2004.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia “Judy” Phillips of Hambleton and Christina (and Lucas)  Lee of Deep River, CT; a stepdaughter, Sue (and Jerry) Martin of Charleston; two stepsons, James (and Brenda) Dye of Elkview, and Jay Dye of Charleston; a brother, Paul (and Pearl) Mason of Fork Mountain; four sisters, Katie (and Lawrence) End and Wanda (and Bill) Day, all of Parsons, Sandra “Cindy” (and John) Long of Fork Mountain, and Rosemary (and Randy) Phillips of Sugarlands; several nieces and nephews and several stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, June Dye; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Duffield; and a step-grandson, Brian Dye.

She was a 1961 graduate of Parsons High School, was a Methodist by faith and a homemaker.

Friends were received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons where final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor.  The Rev. Pat Cassidy officiated and interment followed at the Bethel Cemetery, Holly Meadows.

Eldora Nuzum

Eldora Marie Bolyard Nuzum, 78, of Elkins, the first woman editor of a daily newspaper in West Virginia, died Aug. 20, 2004, after a long illness.

Mrs. Nuzum had been editor emerita of The Inter-Mountain daily newspaper since 1992 after serving as editor of the paper for over three prior decades.

She was born May 10, 1926, in Grafton, the daughter of the late Roy Everett Bolyard and the late Georgia Ellen Deavers Bolyard.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Randolph County Circuit Judge Jack Robert Nuzum. Judge Nuzum served in the West Virginia House of Delegates representing Taylor and Randolph counties. Jack Nuzum was a law partner of former Gov. Herman Guy Kump and Cyrus Kump, in the firm of Kump, Kump and Nuzum. After their deaths, his firm was titled Nuzum and Smith.

Mrs. Nuzum was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Glenn Bolyard; and her sister, Vonda Jean Bolyard Norris.

Surviving are her sons, Jefferson Patton (and Carrie) Nuzum of Valley Bend, and Jon Cedric (and Diane) Nuzum of Elkins. Also surviving are a sister Dr. Cassandra Bolyard (and William R. Jr.) Whyte, of Cross Lanes; a sister-in-law, Jackie Bolyard of Bridgewater, VA; and a brother-in-law, Clyde Norris of Ridgeley, two grandchildren, Lydia Ann-Marie Nuzum and Derek Warren Nuzum, both of Valley Bend, two nephews, Rick Norris, Jon Robert Bolyard; two nieces,  Michelle Bolyard Wescott and Jennifer Whyte Onks; two great- nephews Christopher Norris and thomas Onks and two great-nieces Lauren Kate Wescott and  Isabelle Bolyard.

Mrs. Nuzum received many honors during her lifetime. She was named a Distinguished West Virginian by Gov. Gaston Caperton and will be listed as the first woman editor of a daily newspaper in the state in the West Virginia Encyclopedia to be published soon by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Mrs. Nuzum was named the Outstanding Woman in Business by the West Virginia Women’s Commission in 1987. She was also the first woman president of the Press Editors of West Virginia.

She received several awards such as Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Beta Alpha Beta business honorary of Davis & Elkins College, Citizen of the Year in 1976 from the Elkins Jaycees, and received the Masthead Award from the West Virginia University School of Journalism in 1968.

Paul Harvey recognized her efforts to rebuild the Elkins newspaper after it burned to the ground in 1974. He offered his radio newscast presentation about “The Newspaper that Wouldn’t Die.”

Mrs. Nuzum interviewed three presidents of the United States during her working tenure to include Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Harry S. Truman. She was invited to the White House three times. Mrs. Nuzum was the only female editor at the first invitational press conference.

Also, she interviewed President Truman on a famous whistle-stop train tour through Grafton. She interviewed him seated in a passenger seat across from him.

Mrs. Nuzum was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Elkins.

Friends were received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins.  Funeral services will be held at 11 am Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Ellis E. Conley officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Woodsdale Memorial Park in Grafton.

Irene Lomas

Irene L. Lomas, 90, of Bristol, died on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont. 

She was born Sept.2 1, 1913, in Douglas, a; daughter of the Harry and Zoreen Lipscomb.   

She is survived by a son Robert Kesner of Ashburn , VA; two daughters Angeline Voxakis of Pompano Beach, FL, and Marcella (and Don) Hoylman of Fairmont; three sisters mary Young of Burbank, CA, Jackie Kochman of Weirton and Ginnie of Colorado Springs, CO;; a brother Harry (and Bobby) Lipscomb of Keyser; eight grandchildren Marsha Ice of Houston, TX,  Steven (and Mary) Hoylman of Fiarmont, Donna (and Guy) Peduto of Fairmont, Rodney (and Becky) Hoylman of Parkersburg, Perry (and Robin) Kenser of Ashburn, VA, Brad Kesner of New Bern, NC, Michael (and Jennifer) Voxakis of Silverthorne, CO and Georgine (and Dan) Appling of Austin, TX; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband Michael Lomas on April 1, 1968, a son John Kesner; a daughter Sarah Ice,; two daughters-in-law RoseAnn Kesner and Ann Kesner; a granddaughter Sheila Kesner; a grandson Michael Kesner; two brothers Dick and Ronald Lipscomb; four sisters Ruth, Louise, Mildred and Margie Lipscomb. 

The family received friends at the Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, where funeral services were held.  Interment followed at the Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg.   

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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