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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

3 September 2008

Kathleen Benden 

Kathleen Faye (Eye) Benden, 71, of Falling Waters, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, after battling Leukemia for seven months.

She was born Nov. 29, 1936 in Hendricks, the daughter of the late Morris Eye and Texie (Smith) Eye.

She loved spending time with her husband, family, and especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed painting, Curves and walking. She was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years Joseph Leonard Benden; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Bryan Compton, of New Windsor, Md.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Kelly Benden, of Woodbine, Md.; two grandchildren, Samantha F. Compton and Kyle J. Benden; five brothers, Robert Cooper of Monroeville, Pa., John and Harold Eye, both of Red Creek, Joseph Eye of Welcome, Md., and Frank Eye of Harman; and two sisters, Helen Brown of Gloucester, Va. and Ruth Bonivich of Waynesboro, Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Cooper.

Services with interment in Flanagan Hill Cemetery in Red Creek, WV will be announced at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter, 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza 3, Hunt Valley, Md. 21031 or Harmony United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1510, Falling Waters, WV 25419.  Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.  See obituary at 

Douglas Bonner

Douglas William Bonner, 56, a resident of Kohler Street, Parsons, departed this life early Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, at Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lohr & Barb Funeral Home for Douglas William Bonner. Condolences may be expressed to the family at  

Dr. Joseph de Courten 

Dr. Joseph Francois de Courten, 66, a resident of Elkins, passed away early Saturday, Aug. 16, at his home following a brief illness. 

He was born Sept. 14, 1941 in Cairo, Egypt.  On June 21, 1969 he married Mary Elizabeth Mills de Courten, who survives in Elkins. 

Also surviving are one son Nicholas Andre de Courten of Elkins; two daughters Josette Francoise Batsenikos of Elkins and Nicole Eugenie Gillespie of Scotland, Pa.; one brother Dr. Alfred de Courten of Geneva, Switzerland; one sister Liliane Remboulis of Montreal, Canada; and three grandchildren Jack, Catherine and Charlie. 

Dr. de Courten was a practicing physician in Elkins for many years prior to retiring from Davis Memorial Hospital in 2004.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at  

Shirley Martin

Shirley Clifford Martin, 97, a resident of the Holly Meadows Community, Parsons, departed this life early Monday morning, Sept. 1, at his home.

He was born Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1911, at Pifer Mt., St., George, a son of the late Asbury Martin and Sarah Fitzwater Martin.  During March of 1932, at Oakland, Md., he was married to the former Flossie Strawderman, who precedes him in death.

Surviving are two sons, Clifford Alan Martin and wife Marijane of Parsons and Gary Lee Martin and wife Barbara of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Jane Wilson Martin of Parsons.

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by one son Bernard Roger Martin; six brothers, Walter C. Martin, Boyd Stanford Martin, Claudie Francis Martin, Thurman Brown Martin, Otha Ottis Martin and Howard "Dailey" Martin; and two sisters, Anna Belle Phillips and Velvy Myrtle Moore.

He attended the one room school at Pifer Mountain. He worked for the former Funkhouser Handle Factory of Parsons, the former Dorman Mills of Parsons for 27 years and he was a farmer. He was a member of the former Parsons Chapter #39 I.O.O.F. and a former member of the Parsons Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church of Parsons for more than sixty years of which he was a former Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees, and he and his wife were former custodians of the church.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. John Morrison will officiate and interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Shirley Clifford Martin. Condolences may be expressed to the family at  

Muriel Simmons 

Muriel Snyder Simmons passed away on Aug. 24, 2008 in Brunswick, Ohio. 

She was born April 22, 1928 in Tucker County, the daughter of Henry and Jenny (Judy) Snyder.

She was married to Earl Simmons, who preceded her in death. 

Surviving are one daughter Carolyn and Mike Jacob of Ohio; two sons Dale and Jeannie of Ohio and Lonnie and Judy of Ohio; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving are six sisters Lena Pennington, Betty Bonner, Patty McDaniel and Sharon Nestor, all of Parsons, Gaye Dae of Dry Fork and Shirley Allison of Ohio; two brothers Kelly Snyder of Parsons and Belly Snyder of Mackeyville.  

She was preceded in death by sisters Opal Griffith and Tacie Dewalt; and brothers Gerald, Hoye and Kenneth Synder.  

SErvices were provided on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Carlson Funeral Home in Brunswick.  

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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