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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

 29 December 2004

Gwendolyn E. Carr

Gwendolyn Ellouise Ferguson Carr, 74, of Montrose, died Dec. 27, at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown following a three-year courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Wednesday, April 18, 1930, at Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Elwood and Viola Good Ferguson.  She was twice married, formerly to Charles Edwards. On July 27, 1961 at Oakland, Md., she was united in marriage to Alton “Remus” Carr”, who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2002. They had celebrated 41 years of marriage. 

Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia (and Bill) Humphrey of Parsons; a brother, Ellwood “Ferg” Ferguson of Gilman; one sister, Romaine (and Jim) Auvil of Canton, Ohio; two grandchildren, Michele Humphrey of Franklin, N.C., and Dwayne (and Lisa) Humphrey of Warsaw, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Jackson Humphrey of Warsaw, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Ferguson, and a sister, Rose Ferguson.

She attended the schools of Randolph County and Pittsburgh, Pa. She had worked several jobs in her lifetime. She was a homemaker. She attended the first United Methodist Church of Parsons and  the First United Methodist Church of Moore. 

Friends will be received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Fuller officiating. Interment will follow at the Primitive Baptist Cemetery at Montrose. 

Frances E. Harman

Frances E. Lechliter Harman, 80, of Keyser and formerly of Pattersons Creek, died Dec. 21, at Sacred Heart Hospital. 

She was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Ridgeley, the daughter of the late John and Ida Mae Logsdon Lechliter.  She was married to the Rev. Alonzo Lincoln "Lon" Harman, whop receded hier in death.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors include two daughters, Anna Mae (and Scott) Clay of Keyser and Mary Frances (and George) McClaugherty of Haymarket, Va.; a son, Daniel L. (and Diane) Harman of Sykesville; and seven grandchildren, Kathryn A. Clay, Morgan T. Clay, Amanda K. Harman, Zachary L. Harman, Matthew W. Harman, Samantha Frances McClaugherty and Shannon D. McClaugherty.

Mrs. Harman was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Pattersons Creek, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women.

Friends were received on Dec. 23 at the Scarpelli Funeral Home of Cumberland. Funeral services were held on Dec. 24 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Pattersons Creek, Pastor Dwight Ramsey officiating.  Interment followed in Fort Ashby Cemetery. 

Antonia K. Jeran

Antonia Kotnik Jeran, 95, formerly of Thomas, died Dec. 22, in Littleton, Colo.

She was born Jan. 10, 1909, in Coketon, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Kotnik.  In 1929, she was married to Joseph H. Jeran who died in November 1940.  

Survivors include a daughter Regina Jeran (and Donald E.) Mattox, a grandson, Geoff E. Mattox; a granddaughter, Antonia L. Mattox, all of Colorado; many nieces and nephews; and family members of her stepdaughter, the late Alice Jeran Utley of Iowa.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank P. Kotnik of Coketon and two sisters, Mayme E. Shillingberg of Fairfield, Ca. and Regina T. Santer of Vienna, W. Va.

She worked as a bookkeeper with the Buxton and Landstreet Company store and was  postmaster of the Coketon Post Office for 30 years.  She was a member and elected officer of the Sodality at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, the Thomas Women’s Club and served on election boards. 

At her request, she was cremated. A memorial service and burial in Thomas will be set for a date later this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church of Thomas. Hinkle Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.  

Robert Rhodes

Robert Leo Rhodes, 65, of Davis, died Dec. 24, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born March 22, 1939, in Oakmont, a son of the late henry Harrison and Laura Alta Paugh Rhodes. 

Survivors include his wife Barbara Bennett Rhodes of DAvis'; three brothers, Glen Rhodes of Davis, Joseph Thomas Rhodes of Charlottesville, Va., and Charles Edward Rhodes of Elkins; two sisters Marcella Paugh of elk Garden and Cora Barlow of Tunnelton.  

He was preceded in death by two brothers Richard and Dorsey Rhodes and a sister Phyllis Shepherd. 

Mr. Rhodes served as a supervisor for the state Department of Highways for 33 years. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of the American Legion Post 29 of Elkins, VFW of Rowlesburg, Elks Club of Oakland, MD., Masonic Lodge of Thomas 174, FOE 936, Davis VFD, Scottish Rite of Charleston, Osiris Shrine of Wheeling, Tygart Valley Shrine Club of Elkins and the Scottish Rite of Pocahontas County.  

At the request of the deceased, his remains were cremated. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. at Blackwater Falls State Park - the Gentle Trail Overlook. Hinkle Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.  

John C. Shannon Sr.

John Claridon Shannon Sr., 72,  of Hollywood, Fla., departed this life Friday, Dec. 24,  at the home of his son at Manassas, Va. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer.

He was born Oct. 25, 1932, at Preston County, a son of the late Ethel Marie Shannon Stevens.
On May 11, 1951, at Oakland, Md., he was married to Evelyn Louise Shannon, who preceded him in death Jan. 4, 1998.

Survivors include a son, John C. Jr. (and Melody) Shannon of Manassas, Va.; a daughter, Shiela (and Ron) Marker of Parsons; two brothers, Eugene “Jeep” Stevens of Parsons and Lawrence “Darney” (and Jacqueline) Stevens of Holly Meadows; a sister, Delores (and Eddie) McDonald of Parsons; two grandchildren, Karen (and Steve) Burns of St. George and Shawn Maker of Parsons; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Wesley Burns of St. George.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Diane Shannon.

He was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1950. He was employed as a construction worker.

Friends will be  received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Thursday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Friday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. The Rev. John Morrison will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. 

Barbara A. Wamsley

Barbara Ann Wamsley, 64, a resident of Hendricks, died Dec. 26, at her home. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to diabetes and kidney failure.

She was born Sunday, Sept. 8, 1940, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Azel Hinkle and Mary Jane Woods Hinkle.  On May 13, 1957, at Oakland, Md., she was united in marriage to Charles E. Wamsley Sr., who survives.

Survivors include two sons, Charles E. (and Susan) Wamsley Jr., and Michael P. (and Kristina) Wamsley  all of Hendricks; three grandchildren, J. Scott (and Jessica) Wamsley of Parsons, Lauren Wamsley and Eric Wamsley, both of Hendricks; three great-grandchildren, Cameron Wamsley, Emma Wamsley and Haden Wamsley, all of Parsons; and several nieces and nephews.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Keener, and an infant brother.

She attended Randolph County schools. She worked for the former Pennsylvania Avenue Dairy Queen and the former Tucker County Hospital. She was Pentecostal by faith. 

Friends were received at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Tuesday, Dec. 28.  Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 11 am. with Pastor Allen Dale Crosten and Bishop Paul Lusk officiating.  Interment will follow at Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. 

Clinton K. Wilson

Clinton Kiem Wilson, 68, a resident of Parsons, died Dec. 21, at his home. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer. 

He was born Saturday, March 7, 1936, at Thomas, a son of the late Elmer Kiem Wilson and Viola May Pierce.  On March 8, 1960, at Oakland, Md., he was married to Arbutis Collett Wilson, who preceded him in death Dec. 29, 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Kay Helmick; one stepson, David Lee (and Amber) Kyle, and a stepdaughter, Debra Lynn (and John) Goss all of Parsons; two brothers, Jerry (and Joyce) Wilson of Thomas and Edward (and Gussie May) Wilson of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Judy (and Darrell) Baer of Venice, Fla.; and eight grandchildren, Melissa Arnold, Angiy Helmick, Jeffrey “Buck” Helmick, David N. Kyle, Kayla Lee Kyle, Kelsey Kyle, Kenzie Kyle and Karley Kyle.

He attended the grade school at Pierce and Davis High School at Davis. He was a member of the local 984 Laborers Local, Clarksburg AFL-CIO, was a member of the Mountain Top Hunting Club of Tucker County and the Buffalo Hunting Club of Grant County.

Friends were received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Dec. 23.  Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor on Dec. 24 with the Rev. Dick Gadd officiating. Interment followed at Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.

 

 

 

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