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O O J. C. Barber Richlands, Virginia -- J. C. Barber. 67, c ed January 14, 1990, in a Richlands. Virginia hospital Born in Twin Branch, he was the son of Mrs Nora Mullins Barber. of Cottle, and the late Edward Clay Barber. He made his home in the Claypool Hill area for the past 20 years and was re- trred safety director of the Jewell Ridge (Va./Coal Company. He was a member of the Deep Creek Baptist Church in Oakland, Maryland and was a World War II U,S Navy veteran, Barber was preceded in death by a sis- ter Mrs George Perkins, and two broth- ers James Barber and J. R. Barber. Survivors include his wife, Mrs Garnet Sneed Barber; a daughter, Mrs Nancy Meadows of Oakland, Maryland; two sons J C Barber, Jr.. of Beckley and Edward Clay of Richlands Virginia; three s~sters. Mrs. R. H Setlifl of Cottle, Mrs Glen Koch and Mrs Olen Jones of Lewis- burg; four brothers. E. W, Barber of Wilmington. Delaware, R M. Barber of Charleston. B. K Barber of Dickenson. Texas and Dr J R Barber of Yorktown Heights, New York: and six grandchil- dren. Services were at Hurst Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Reverend Ken- neth M. Perkins officiating. Graveside services were at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, Margaret Evelyn Blair Beckley -- Mrs Margaret Evelyn Blair, 97, forme+ry of Ronceverte, died January 14. 1990. at a Beckley nursing home fol- lowing a short ~llness. Born November 1892 at Boston. Massa- chusetts. Mrs Blair was a lO-year resi- dent ot Beckley and a member of the Church of Incarnation at Ronceverte. She was preceded m death by her hus- band, Frank J. Blair and a daughter, Vir- gin=a Lee. Surv=vors include a son-in-law, John Lee of Baltimore. Maryland; two granddaugh- ters Ghaski Lee of Charleston and Alice Lee el Lynn, Massachusetts; and a grandson. Blair Lee of Beckley. Services were at the Church of the Incar- nation of Ronceverte with Reverend Grif- hn Caltagnan officiating. Burial was in End of "[he Trail Cemetery at Clintonville. Arrangements were by Wallace and Wal- lace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Robert W. Bowman Sophia -- Robert W. Bowman, 71, died January 11, 1990, n a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born August 6, 19t8, at Pemberton, he was the son of the late Tom Bowman and Grace Shinault Bowman. Mr Bowman was a member of the So- phm First Baptist Chtjrch and was a re- tired mine foreman for Eastern Associ- ated Coal at Stotes6ury. He was preceded in death by four broth- ors and two sisters. Survivors include his wife. Edith Burchett Bowman. three sons, Robert Bowman, Jr of Beckley, Larry Bowman of Sharpsburg, Georgia and Ronny W. Bowman of Becktey; a half-sister, Zinna Morgarq ot Alderson: eight grandchildren and three great+grandchildrenServices were at Sophia First Baptist Church with Reverends J+m Mundy and David Craft officiating Entombment was in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, William Cornwell Ronceverte -- William Cornwell. 37, died January 15, at home after a short illness He was a Ba ptnst. Surviving. mother, Daphene Ellis Cornwell of Ronceverte; son, William Lincoln of Warrenton. Virginia; maternal grandmother Myrtle Faye Hollins of - Frankford Service was at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home Ronceverte. with Reverend Youel Altizer officiating Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Frankford. Gertrude Ellis Lewlsburg Mrs Gertrude Ellis, 78, died January 11 1990, in a Fairlea care center following a long illness. Mrs Ellis was a homemaker and a mem- ber of the Mt Tabor Baptist Church in Lewisburg. She was preceded in death by her hus- band, Oscar Ellis. Services were at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Lewisburg with Reverend War- ren Lewis officiating. Burial was in Trails End Cemetery at Clintonvi~le. Arrangements were made by Jack K. Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Margaret P. Gilkeson Rainelle Mrs Margaret Pearl Gilkeson. 82, died January 15, m a Fairlea hospital following a long illness. Born November 2, 1907, in Greenbrier County, she was the daughter of the late Wilson and Betty Duncan Sims Mrs Gilkeson was a member of the First Baptist Church n Rainelle and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her hus- band, Henry Gilkeson in 1978. Surwvors include three daughters, Lucy Pelf of Rainelte, Frances Cole of Coving- ton, Virginia and Nancy Bowden of Fran- klin, Virginia; a son, Lacy Gitkeson of Chillicothe Ohio; a sister, Alma Gilbert of Fairlea; 10 grandchildren, and five great- grandchildren. Services were at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Rainelle with the Reverends Jack Stafford and Renal Williams officiating. Entombment will be in Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clin- tonville. John Grogan Norristown, Pennsylvania -- John Grogan, 81. formerly of Ronceverte died January 12, 1990, in a Norristown, Penn- sylvania hospital. He was born April 16, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Grogan; four daughters, Patricia Papan- stasiou, Jaquline and Kelti Grogan, all of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Kathleen Bennett o Powhaton, Virginia and a son, Allan Clayton of Norristown. Pennsylva- nia. Funeral and Burial were at George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The family may be reached at 734 Haws Avenue, Norristown Pennsylvania 19401. This information was submitted by Wal- lace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ron- ceverte. Ronald B. Hensley'lll Collegeville, Pennsylvania Ronald Bryan Hensley III, 7-mont~-old son of Ronald B. and Joleen Berry Hensley II, of Coll6geville, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, died January 17, 1990. at home. Surviving: brother, Donald Ray Berry II at home; sisters, Tbeo Elise Rutludge and Hall Jo Hensley, both at home; paternal grandmother. Patricia Hensley of White Sulphur Springs; pate/'nal great-grand- mother, Bernice Kline of Mullens; mater- nal grandparents, Mr and Mrs Donald Ray Berry of Picayune, Mississippi; ma- ternal great-grandmother. Thee [.arson of Picayune. Service was at Whatceat United Method- ist Church, White Sulphur Springs, with Reverend Graham Robertson officiating. Burial was in Mapledale Cemetery, White Sulphur Springs. Arrangements were made by Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs. Violet M. Holcomb Alderson -- Mrs Violet Marie Holcomb. 67, died January 14, at her home follow- ing a long illness. Born January 1, 1923, in Gates, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Christine Wickline Shires. Mrs Holcomb was a lifelong resident of Greenbrier and Monroe counties, mem- ber of the Baptist faith, was a nurses ! JOHN D. LONGANACRE - OWNER-DIRECTOR 304-647-4025 FORT SPRING, WV ~*~ .......... r, *, ~,,n,,, ............. H,II++ ................... ~ ...... J,.,...L*~ *, +... ................ illrrllltlll ..... aide at Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home in Fairlea and was a homemaker. Survivors include six daughters, Sheila Austin of Union. Brenda Delatorre, Rhonda Miller, Juanita Miller and Nora Hanna, all of Alderson and Paula Fury of White Sulphur Springs; three sons, Jerry and James Holcomb. both of Alderson and Charles Holcomb of Parman, Ohio; three sisters, Margaret Flack of Wil- liamsburg, Glenna Secor of Elkton, Maryland and Dorothy Morgan of Ron- ceverte; 26 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Services were at Longanacre Funeral Home ir~ Fort Spring with Reverends Frank Jones and Gene Allen officiating. Arrangements were made by Longa- nacre Funeral Home in Fort Spring. Thelma W. Hutchison Fairlea -- Mrs Thelma W. Hutchison, 82, died January 15, in a Fairlea care center following a long illness, Born July 20, 1907, in Summers County, she was the daughter of the late Clete and Lillian Seldomridge and her adopted father, Dr W. A. Wykle. Mrs Hutchison was a 46-year resident of Fairlea member of the Ronceverte Pres- byterian Church and the Eastern Star Lodge No. 108. Survivors include her husband, O, Nell Hutchison; two daughters, Phyllis H. Withrow and Nancy Gay Ford, both of Atlanta. Georgia; two sons, Richard N. Hutchison of Denver, Indiana and Wil- liam Hutchison of Sweet Springs; a sis- ter, Vivian Faber of Midlothian, Virginia; 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grand children. Services were at Ronceverte Presbyte- rian Church with Reverend Weston Guthrie officiating Burial was in Rose- wood Cemetery n Lewisburg Grand- sons served as pallbearers. Arrangements were by Wallace and Wal- lace Funeral Home in Ronceverte. Bertha May McClung Leslie- Mrs Bertha May McClung, 90, died of natural causes January 16. 1990. in an Oak Hilt hospital. Born May 9, 1990, nn Olive Hill, Ken- tucky, she was the daughter of the late Ezekiel and Louvina Henderson Jones. Mrs McClung was a member of the Orin Church of God and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Harvey Jones; second husband, Elmer B. McClung and two sons, Eugene and Charles Jones Survivors include four daughters, Aline Oney of Norwalk, Ohio, Audra Th- ompson of Renick, Pauline Watkins of Sluloh, Ohio and Christine Pitsenbarger, address unknown; three sons, Lacy Jones of Crawley, Claude Jones of Leslie and William Jones of Knightstown, ndiana 26 grandchildren 46 great- grandchildren, and three great-great- grandchildren. Services were at Jack K Wallace Fu- neral Home Chapel in Lewisburg with Reverend Jim Anderson officiating. Bur- ial was in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewis- burg. Nellie J. Mick Ronceverte -- Mrs Nellie J Mick, 102, died January 12, 1990. at a Roanoke, Virginia hospital following a long illness. Born January 31, 188-7 in Upshur County, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Harper. Mrs Mick was a 12-year resident of Ron- ceverte, formerly of Clarksburg and Flor- ida and a graduate of Fairmont State and Salem College. She was a former teacher, having taught in Upshur and Harrison Counties. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte, a charter and lifetime mem- ber of the United Methodist Women, a member of the Clarksburg Womans Club, a member of the Christian Temper- ance Union, and an honorary member of the Ronceverte Womens Club and the Roncevert~ Garden Club. She was 15receded in death by her hus- band, R, C. Mick in 1963. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs Jo- seph (Lois) Fry of Ronceverte; a grand- son, Dr Andrew Fry of Las Vegas, Ne- vada and a great-grandson. Graveslde service was held at Rock Cave with Reverend Mark Flynn officiat- ing. Arrangements were made by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Roncev- erie. Ella May Myles Roanoke, Virginia Mrs Ella May Myies, 91, formerly of Green Sulphur Springs, died January 11, 1990 in Friendship Manor, Roanoke, after a long tllness. She was a homemaker and a member of Edgemont Presbyterian Church.. Surviving: daughter, Virginia Bekl of Roanoke, son, John of Clifton Forge, three grandchildren; six great-grandchil- dren. Service was at Jack K. Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with Reverend William Harris officiating. Burial was in Rose- wood Cemetery, Lewisburg. Frances Lee Moore White Sulphur Springs -- Mrs Frances Lee Allen Moore, 66, died January 14, 1990, at Humana Hospital Greenbrier Valley, Faidea, after a long illness. She was a member of the First Presbyte- rian Church, Wh!te Sulphur Springs, and White Sulphur Springs Woman's Club. Surviving: husband, Dallas N.; daugh- tars, Mrs Michael Spence of Rolla, Mis- souri and Mrs Allen Baird of Clifton Forge, Virginia; sister, Mrs Madeline Ste- wart of Cleveland, Ohio; four grandchil- dren. Service was at First Presbyterian Church, White Sulphur Springs, with Reverend Ben E. Gurley officiating. Bur- ial was in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg.Arrangements were made by Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs. Timothy Dale O'Brien Seattle, Washington -- Timothy Dale O'Brien, 31, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, died January 11, 1990 at his home following a short illness. Born July 31, 1958 in White Sulphur Springs, he was the son of Betty O'Brien Ellison of White Sulphur Springs and the late Pat O'Brien. Mr O'Brien was a 1976 graduate of Greenbrier High School at Fairlea, a graduate of West Virginia University, and was a law student at Washington State University in Seattle, Washington. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Small O'Brien, a brother, Patrick E. O'Brien of White Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Linda Jones of Roanoke, Virginia and Terri O'Brien of Blacksburg, Virginia; paternal grandmother, Lorena O'Brien of Roncev- erie, and maternal grandmother, Mary Church of White Sulphur Springs. Services were at Shanklin Funeral Home Chapel in White Sulphur Springs. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs. By Bassett, Webb, Vaughan Bassett, Lea, Lehigh & Carlisle Collection FURNITURE CARPET APPLIANCES 616 Main Street, Rainelle, WV 304/438-7181 175 N. Maple Ave. Covl ngton, VA 703/962-5137 4B The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January I Raymond Lee Young ..! Colon J. Pitsenbarger ^.. Clendenin -- Raymond Lee Y| Rainelle -- Colon J. Pitsenbarger, b~, died January 16, 1990, in Gel died January 14, 1990, in Humana Hos- sion, Charleston Area pital Greenbrier Valley, Fairlea, after a short illness. He attended Sewell Valley Baptist Church. He was a retired coal miner. Surviving: Irene Clinedell Pitsenbarger, daughter, Jill Walker of Kingsport, Ten- nessee; son, Jack of Wayne, Michigan; mother, Rosey Dorset Pitsenbarger of Rainelle, brother, Harrel of Federatsburg, Maryland; six grandchildren. Service was at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Reverend J. d. Sur- bautgh and Reverend Jim Yearego offici- ating. Entombment was in Wallace Me- morial Mausoleum, Clintonville. Oscar Stacey Lewisburg " Oscar Stacey, 88, form- eroly of Renick, died January 15, 1990, in a Faidea hospital following a long ill- ness. Born November 27, 1901, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Adam and Arminta Baldwin Stacey. Mr Stacey was a member of the Lewis- burg United methodist Church, was a re- tired timberman and farmer and was for- merly employed by the Meadow River Lumber Company of aainelle. Survivors include his wife, Madeline Dolan Stacey; a daughter, Jolene Kidd of Alderson; two sisters, Madge Brackman of Maryland and Bessie Momson of Den- mar; two grandchioldren, Dale Kidd and Dawn Ormsdee, both of Staunton, Vir- ginia and three great-grandchildren. Service was at Lobban Funeral HOme Chapel in Atderson with Reverend Homer D. Stewart officiating. Burial was in Alderson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Bostic, Charles Lobban, Perry Utterback, H. R. McVey Jr., Willis Humphreys and Jeff Bostic. Edna Mae Vance Frank -- Mrs Edna Mae Vance, 62, died January 15, 1990, in an Elkins hospital after a long.illness. Surviving: son, Donald of Frank; sisters, Ade Blake, Ruth Markley, Pearl Louk and Lois Bennett, all of Ohio, Flossie Morgan of Elkins, Violet Hoover of Bar- tow, Donna Roberts of North Carolina, Bessie Bosiet, address unknown. Service was at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, with Reverends Gene Kirby and David Whitenhouse officiating. Burial was in Arbevale Cemetery. Blanche Williams Lewlaburg -- Miss Blanche H. Williams, 86, died January 18, 1990, in Humana Hospital Greenbrier Valley, Fairlea, after a long illness. She was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and Women ot the Church. Surviving sister, Rosie Monroe Williams of Lewisburg; several nieces and neph- ews. Arrangements were made by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg, after a long illness. He was born at Falling retired Surviving: daughter, Kay denin; sons, Junior Ray and Clendenin; sister, Ruby Clendenin. Service was at Matics Home, Clendenin, with Vi officiating. Burial was i Cemetery, Fallinq Rock. Williamsburg Legal Council School "None of us want our close. Everyone of us are country and we're liamsburg School. It would closing our community if our school." So said Pat a special meeting at Willi! Schools January 19. "The gymnasium was could easily say there 100 concerned there. Each person to say their say. Wayne was our moderator. Wallace attended the was impressed with the ducted ourselves," Mrs said. The Greenbrier County Education will vote Februa the possible closing of Willi, Junior High School along junior highs at Crichton The Board cites and reduced revenues as i son for the proposed "We're seeking legal Mrs Wickline said, encountering some ting a lawyer locally. We to go outside the county in get help." " There are 47 junior high at Williamsburg. The originally in 1921. The ture was built in 1951. Fields Family The family of the late Fields wishes to express tude for the kind words of agement, cards, flowers, food and visits during their bereavement: May God bless all of you. Harry W. Fields, J Too bad that guy didn't see you when he was backing out of the crowded parking lot at the mall. Now your car is in the repair shop and you're stranded. Call U-Save Auto Rental. We'll have you wheeling around town in no time at all in a dependable and economical car. 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