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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate,

17 December 2008 

William M. Riley

William Monroe Riley, 80, of Canaan Valley, passed away Dec. 11, 2008, at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Charleston, a son of the late Orpha Collin and Nettie Carter Riley.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Marie Evans Riley, whom he married on May 27, 1961; two sons, James Frederick (Nicole) Riley of Charleston and William Douglas Riley of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Carol Kameswaran of Ocala, Fla.; and four grandsons, James Martin Riley, Evan Hunter Riley, Noah Collin Riley and Aidan Oliver Riley.

Bill bought his grandsons their first fishing rods and guns. Each of the grandchildren held a special place in their granddad's heart and all were special to him.

Mr. Riley attended schools in Hinton, Nitro and Williamson where he graduated high school in 1946. He attended and graduated in 1950 from Morris Harvey College. He was a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and was President of his Senior Class. He later joined his father's business, Riley's Department Store, managing the store located in Montgomery.

About 1973 Bill and Betty moved to Dunbar, and Bill took over management of Riley's Department Store in Dunbar. He also owned and operated Mt. State Outfitters, which he started in a store front on 19th Street in Dunbar. Bill was past president of the Lion's Club in Montgomery. He was a Mason and past member of the Shrine in Charleston. He was a member of the WV Wildwater Association and during his earliest years, he was very active in the group and was an avid whitewater paddler.  His interests later centered mainly on hunting and fishing. He hunted and fished with his father and others going on hunts in the western United States and fishing streams in WV at the Cranberry and William Rivers.  He was a member of Trout Unlimited. He traveled the world pursing his interests, including four trips to Africa, one to Brazil, one to Labrador and one to Russia.

In 1991, he sold his business and moved to Canaan Valley.  He was a member of the Buena Chapel United Methodist Church. Bill loved to kid and tease everyone he knew. He was a good husband, father and a well-respected and liked man.

Memorial services for the cremains of Mr. Riley were heldon Monday, Dec. 15, at Buena Chapel United Methodist Church in Canaan Valley at 1 p.m. with the Rev. James Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Buena Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 486, Davis, W.Va. 26260. Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Lewis Carr

Lewis Dale Carr, 81, of Lanesville, passed away Dec. 7  at his home.

He was born Oct. 31, 1926 in Lanesville, a son of the late Solomon Carr and Phoebe Catherine White Carr.

Survivors include one brother Carl V. (Rosalita) Carr of Hopewell, VA.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers Emmett, Edgar and Clyde Carr; three half brothers Johnny Simmons and Willie Isac Carr; and three sisters Olive Roy, Toye Carr and Hazel Carr.  Mr. Carr was never married. 

He was a US Army veteran of WWII.  He worked as a laborer and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 6 until 8 p.m.  Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at the dry Fork Assembly of god church with the Rev. Ric Lewellen officiating.  Interment followed in the Mercing Cemetery.  Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.   

Clayton Collins

Clayton Rosco Collins, 91, of Parsons, passed away Dec. 11 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born Feb. 7, 1917 in Hagan, Va., a son of the late Charles Marion and Virginia Covey Collins.

He is survived by his wife Helen Miller Collins, whom he married on May 6, 1943 in Washington, D.C.  He is also survived by two sons Charles Collins of Parsons and Norman Collins of Falls Church, Va.; three daughters Loretta (and John) Kelly of Alexandria, Va., Judith (and Marvin) Morris of Bristow, Va.; and Linda Collins of Parsons; five grandchildren, one step-grandson and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Collins was employed as a contractor/builder for many years.  He ws a US Army Veteran of WWII having served in the Philippines and Japan.  He was awarded two bronze stars.  He was a member of the Limestone Church. 

At the request of the deceased, his remains were cremated.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Okie C. Metz

Okie Cordle Metz, 85, a resident of Parsons, and more recently a resident of Cortland Acres Nursing Home at Thomas, departed this life early Sunday morning, Dec.14, at the home.

She was born Tuesday, March 27, 1923, at Flatwoods, Ky., a daughter of the late James Henry Cordle and Nellie Mae Cordle.  On June 4, 1943, at Dillinger, Pa., she was married to Artie Carl Metz, who preceded her in death Aug. 25, 1984.

Surviving are two sons, Kenny Metz and wife Maxine of Montrose and Eugene Dale Metz of Md.; four daughters, Sharon Pifer and husband Dale and Rose Humphrey all of Parsons, Judy Stone and husband Fred and Glenda Gibbs, all of Cape Coral, Fla.; five brothers, Richard Cordle, Ron Cordle and Virgil Cordle all of Ky., Paul Cordle of Ind. and Bill Cordle of Fla.; two sisters, Viola Livingston of Ky., and Mary Griffith of Ga.; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by, one son Carl James "Bean" Metz,; three daughters, Mae Metz, Geneva Sullivan and Mary Sampson; one brother, Ted Cordle; two sisters, Martha Jean Fortune and Shirley Ann Stanley; one grandson, Michael Shawn Humphrey; and two great-grandchildren, Dixie Lee Joseph and Charles Joseph.

She attended the Belfont School at Kentucky. She attended the Hendricks Free Methodist Church. She was an employee of the former Parsons Nursery Bottom for more than twenty-six years. She loved to cook and garden.

The family received friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Harley DeLeurere will officiate and interment will follow in the St. George Cemetery at St. George.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Okie Cordle Metz. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Lula Wilfong

Lula Jane Strawderman Wilfong, 95, a resident of Parsons, and more recently a resident of Cortland Acres at Thomas, departed this life early Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2008, at the nursing home.

She was born Monday, May 26, 1913, at Mt. Zion, a daughter of the late Orestes Strawderman and Harriet Sturms Strawderman.  On Nov. 23, 1931, she was married to Blennice Blair "Fluke" Wilfong, who preceded her in death Aug. 8, 1995.

Surviving are four sons, Forrest B. "Sonny" Wilfong and wife Patty of the Blackman Flats Community, Keith Wilfong and wife Wanda, David M. Wilfong and wife Lisa and Stephen "Craig" Wilfong and wife Sheila, all of Parsons; two daughters, Mary Lou O'Dell and Kathie Dellinger and husband Donald, all of Virginia.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by one son, Scotty L. Wilfong; four brothers, Opha, Buck, Edwin and Denver Strawderman; and three sisters, Florna Swisher, Flossie Martin and Bessie Phillips.

She attended the one room school at Clover Run. She was a cook for the former Tucker County Hospital at Parsons and she retired from the former Everett Price Store. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed needlework and she loved her family.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 6 until 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Friday, Dec. 12 at 11 am. The Reverend John Morrison officiated and interment followed at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Lula Jane Strawderman Wilfong. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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