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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

17 November 2004

Jessie Bodkin 

Jessie Sponaugle Bodkin, 101, of Parsons and more recently a resident at Cortland Acres Nursing Home, Thomas, died Nov. 12 at the nursing home. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1903, at West Union, a daughter of John Wesley Sponaugle and Isabelle Cunningham Sponaugle.  On Jan. 29, 1921, at Cumberland, Md., she was married to Oscar William Bodkin, who preceded her in death. 

Surviving are a son Lawrence Bodkin of Hermitage, Tenn.; three daughters Hilda Williams of Parsons, Arlene Deets of Hendricks and Lucille Simmons of Worthington, a granddaughter she raised, Glenda Filler of Parsons; 14 children,; 26 great-grandchidren and 34 great-great-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by four brothers Lorenzo, Alvin, Clarence and Bryan Sponaugle; five sisters Bricy Moore, Bessie Bodkin, Melenna Auvil, Tiny Nucilli and Alpha Hickman; and one grandson Danny Williams. 

She attended the schools of Gladwin.  She was a homemaker and a protestant by faith.  she was an avid gardener.  

Friends were received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home parlor on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. with Pastors Eli Hostetler and Brent Reed officiating.  Interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery, Parsons.  

Louise Misch

Louise Misch, 66, of Wellsburg, died Oct. 24 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburg. 

She was born Sept. 5, 1938, in Benbush, a daughter of the late Herbert and Grace Carr Loughery. On April 3, 1959, she was married to Eugene Misch, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons Tom (and Dorothy) Misch of Wellsburg, Kevin Misch of Columbus and Kerry Misch at home; two daughters Terry (and Tom) Goff of Wellsburg and Marla Jennings of Wellsburg; a brother James "Jimmie" Loughery of Woodsfield, Ohio; three sisters Susie Burnem of Wellsburg, Ethel Reid of Windsor Heights and Cleo Klages of Wellsburg; and four grandchildren Aimee Misch, Jamie Goff, Gabriel Clymer and Ella Jennings. 

She was preceded in death by  three brothers Edward, Herbert and Eugene Loughery.  

She was a homemaker and a Christian by faith. 

Friends were received on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at the Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg.  Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Oct. 28 with the Pastor James Seabright officiating.  Interment followed in Franklin Cemetery in Wellsburg.  

Ruth Sommerville

Ruth Phares Sommerville, 93, a resident of the Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, died Nov. 9, 2004, at the center.

She was born Sunday, Aug. 6, 1911, at Onego, a daughter of the late Isaac S. Phares and Carrie Boggs Phares.  On Jan. 23, 1926 at Clover Run, Tucker County, she was married to Roswell Spearman Sommerville, who preceded her in death Nov. 5, 1998.

Survivors include three sons, Willard Bruce Sommerville of Richmond, Va., Ernest Frank Sommerville of Greenwell Springs, La., Carl Lee Sommerville of Jetersville, Va.; four daughters, the Rev. Venora Hammond of Havre De Grace, Md., Ruth Lynn Schoonover of Elkins, Hilda McWilliams of Beverly and Linda Marsh of Philippi; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roswell Spearman Sommerville Jr.; six brothers, Dewey P., Don, Emerson, Frank, Clarence and Snowden Phares; and five sisters, Nellie Vance, Ethel Moore, Naomi Collett, Ina Moran and Elaine Vance.

She attended the schools of Tucker and Randolph County, was a homemaker, was a member of the former West Virginia Licensed Practical Nurse Association, member of the Pleasant Grove Rebekah Lodge 98, the Randolph County Chapter WCTU and the Elkins Church of the Brethren.

Friends were received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins. Funeral services were held at the funeral home parlor on Nov. 13  with the Rev. Dr. Ellis E. Conley and Pastor Bryan M. Headley officiating. Interment followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman. 

Victoria Wanless

Victoria Jean (Lola Jean) Wanless, 67, of Minnehaha Springs, died Oct.1 1, 2003, at the University of Virginia medical Center in Charlottesville, VA. 

A native of Parsons, she was born Jan. 17, 1936, the daughter of Nelli McDonald of Parsons and the late Everett B. Cross. 

She is survived by her husband Harley M. Wanless; two daughters Sheryl Kingrea of Gordonsville, VA., and Sandra Jones of Earlysville, Va.; a son Christopher Wanless of Marlinton; a sister Sylvia Pennington of Stephens city, Md. and three grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a son Monte. 

She was retired as a representative of Comdial, was music director at Station WVMR and was a member of Eight Rivers Amateur Radio Club. 

Graveside services and burial were held at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.  

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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