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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

22 December 2004

Erma Gnegy

Erma Mae Gnegy, 68, of Terra Alta, died Dec 19 at her home. 

She was born Aug 5, 1936, in Accident, a duaghter of the late Willis and Lula snyder Dumire. Her first husband Odus Henline preceded her in death. She is survived by her second husband Paul Gnegy, who she married Aug. 4, 1994. 

Survivors include a son Odus Henline Jr. of Eglon; four step-children Irma (and Gene) Whticomb of Greenville, S.C., Thelma (and Ralph Farrar of Brownville Junction, Maine, Everett (and Peggy) Gnegy of Liberty, Mo., and Kathryn Beckley of Plainville, Kansas; three sisters Helen Carrico of Oakland, Md., Betty Brinegar of Mt. Jackson, Va. and Janet Wilson of Bridgeport; two brothers Ernest Dumire of Mt. Grove and Earl Dumire of Brookside; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by a sister Frances Lantz. 

She was a homemaker and farmer.  She was a member of the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren in Eglon.

Friends will be received at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren in Eglon on Wednesday, Dec. 22 from 2 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the church on Thursday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. J. Rogers Fike and Rev. Glenn Nissly officiating.  Interment will follow in the Eglon Cemetery,  Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  

James Jenkins

James D. Jenkins, 75, of the Crystal Springs area in Elkins died Dec. 19, 2004, at home following an extended illness.  

He was born May 16, 1929, in Tucker county, a son of the late James D. and Lenona (Davis) Jenkins.  He was married March 3, 1955, to Eunice (Davis) Jenkins, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Carolyn Arbogast and her husband, Mutt, of Crystal Springs; one son, Douglas Jr. and wife, Barbara  Jenkins of Tampa; five grandchildren, Jeremy Jenkins of Florida, Make Arbogast of Elkins, Diana L. Aft of Beverly, Jonnie Sue Simmons of Wendell, N.C., Anita Brady of Elkins; several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by one son, Jody Tyrone Jenkins, and one sister, Dorothy L. Skidmore.  He graduated from Elkins High School and later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  In later years he was a rural mail carrier, retiring with 30 years of experience and starting his own business, Jenkins Lawn Care. 

He served on the body of elders in the Elkins congregation of Jehovah's witnesses.  There will be no public service.  Wright Funeral Home, Philippi, is in charge of the arrangements.  

Mabel Ketterman

Mabel Virginia Ketterman, 90, of Dryfork,died at her home Dec. 19, 2004.

She was born Feb. 10, 1914, in Harman, a daughter of the late Elwood B. and Mary Jane Clayton Roy.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Burley Teter, and her second husband of 50 years, Daniel Ketterman.

She is survived by four sons, Kelly Ketterman of St. Charles, Mo., Danny Ketterman of Chardon, Ohio, David Ketterman and Melvin Ketterman, both of Dryfork; four daughters, Mary Kathleen Mallow of Mabie, Janet Cross of Hambleton, Deloris Brinizer of Willoughby, Ohio, and Norma Jean Knotts of Red Creek; two brothers, Shannon Roy of Geneva, Ohio, and Elwood Roy Jr. of Pasadena, Texas; five sisters, Beulah Hay of Lugume, Va., Clara Waters of Carrolton, Ga., Violet Rustrum of Chardon, Ohio, Thelma Patrick of Bessemer, Pa., and Dorlis Teter of Dryfork; 41 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Dry Fork Assembly of God Church.

Friends were received at Dry Fork Assembly of God Church, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the church on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Winger officiating. Interment will follow in the Roy Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

Maureen Poling 

Maureen Faye Sturms Poling, 71, a resident of Parsons, died Saturday, Dec. 18, at her home.  She had been in declining health and death was attributed to lung cancer.

She was born Oct. 10, 1933, at St. George, a daughter of the late Linnie Myers Sturms.  On Jan.30, 1953, at Oakland, Md., she was married to Dorsey Leonard Poling, who preceded her in death in April 1981.  

Surviving are one son, Danny Poling and wife, Martha, of Parsons; two daughters, Judy Blake and husband, Ron, of Elkins and Connie Castle and husband, Ron, of Eularosa, N.M.; one sister, Lena Kisamore of Parsons; six grandchildren, September, Christopher, Cortney, Matt, Rachel and Joshua, and two great-grandchildren, Ashtin and Levi.   

Preceding her in death are three brothers, Warren Sturms, Junior Sturms and Robert Sturms, and two sisters, Helen Edbert and Anna Lou Winn. 

She attended the schools of Tucker county.  She attended First United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.  

A family celebration of life will be celebrated at the First Baptist Church of Parsons. 

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ambreliyah Sypolt

Ambreliyah Jessie Sypolt, one month, of Rowlesburg, died Dec. 13 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown.  Death was attributed to whooping cough.

She was born Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Fairmont General Hospital at Fairmont, a daughter of Anthony Justin Sypolt and Tracy Rebecca Hardy Sypolt, who survive at Rowlesburg.

Also surviving are her maternal grandparents, Gary and Glenda Lea Hardy Filler of Parsons; paternal grandparents, Anthony Carl Sypolt of Rowlesburg and Scott and Teresa Shaffer Maxwell of Clarksburg; maternal great-grandmother; Hilda A. Williams of Parsons; paternal great-grandparents, Lois Molisee Shaffer and Carl and Lettie Sypolt, all of Rowlesburg; two uncles, Ames W. “Sonny” Hardy (and Crystal) of Parsons and Jeffrey Scott Sypolt (and Dawn) of Bayard; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death are her maternal grandfather, Ames Monroe “Smiley” Hardy; great-grandparents, Jack William Shaffer Sr., Donald L. and Dorothy Maxwell, Edith Sypolt, Roy Ames and Iva Belle Gordon Hardy and Percy J. and Ruth Bonner Filler; two great-great-grandparents, Oscar William and Jessie Lee Sponaugle Bodkin; and one step-great-grandfather, Walter Williams.

The family received friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home in Parsons on Thursday.  Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Friday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. 

The Rev. Brent Reed and the Rev. Ken Lake officiated and interment followed at Shaffer Family Cemetery at Rowlesburg. 

Dewey Wilfong

Dewey Lyle Wilfong, age 79 years, a well-known business man of Parsons and a resident of Holly Meadows, Parsons, WV, departed this life early Thursday morning, December 16, 2004, at his home.  He had been in declining health.   

He was born October 8, 1925 at Bartow, WV, a son of the late Elmer L. Wilfong and Clara Mae Washburn Wilfong .  He was formerly married to Gail Ruth Ours Jenkins, who survives.  Surviving is his fiancee Dorothy Poling.  

Also surviving are one son, Daniel L. Wilfong of Parkersburg; two daughters, Alana Minear of Charleston and Ginger Showalter of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Brandon L. Wilfong of Elkins, Daniel K. Wilfong of Morgantown, Stacey E. Minear of San Diego, Ca., and Christina Willink of Parkersburg. 

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by one son; DAvid Wilfong; four brothers, Edward Gray Wilfong, Franklin D. Wilfong, Eugene Wilfong and Robert Blair Wilfong; and one sister, Dolly L. Roy. 

He attended the stchools of Randolph County.  He served with the United States Marine Corps.  He was a championship boxer.  He had over fifty years of business development experience in the state of West virginia.  Becase of his strong community ties and his business acumen, he was a two-time "Distinguished West Virginian" award recipient and "West Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year".  He was awarded "Tuckineer of the Year" during 1986, and he was awarded the "Tucker County Farmer of the Year".  

His extensive business expertise and leadership skills have been instrumental in shaping the City of Parsons as well as our state.  Working with other businessmen, he ws part of a group instrumental in bringing Kingsford Charcoal to Tucker County.  He was known for possessing both the vision and execution needed to succeed, he identified a need for trucking for the different plants located in and near Parsons.  

After the flood of 1985 devastated the town of Parsons, Mr. Wilfong ws instrumental in using his resources and expertise in working with the Corps of Engineers and Senator Byrd in not only developing a plan for reconstruction, but also in gaining additional funds for Washington to raise the height of the flood walls.  

With the determination of the Cookie Ladies in raising money for fuel and labor costs and Mr. Wilfong providing expertise and equipment, the dredging process was expanded from the town bridge to the upper end of the pulp mill bottom.  He was President and CEO of D&W Truck Lines, Tucker County Diesel, Performance Motors, Harrison Warehouse and Parsons Logistics and as such was responsible for overall company operations and market development.   

As one of the largest employers in Tucker county, he was always seeking business opportunities and strategic alliances with the growth and development of the city of Parsons foremost in his mind.  He has consistently worked with Governors, Senators and congressmen through his lifetime in shaping the economic development of the State.  A member of the House of Delegates "The State has lost a true Leader."  

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Saturday, December 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Sunday, December 19, 2004, at 2 p.m.  Pastor Allen D. Crosten offciated and entombment followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.  The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to: The Wilfong / Minear Endowment Scholarship Fund, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV  26241.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Dewey Lyle Wilfong.  sympathy expressions may be sent to  

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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