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z H. Altizer --- Ralph Harmon Altizer, 64, 10 at Humana Hospital er Valley in Fairlea following a t 1, 1925 at War, he was Williamson AItizer of e AItizer. was a World War II veteran plumber for the Brown Con- Company. IQclude his wife, Nell Altizer; a Altizer of Frankford; a daugh- Fleshman of Harts Run; three Jim Altizer of Frankford, Asa Renick and Louie Altizer of two sisters, Thelma Harrison and Shirley Hare of Maryland two grandsons, Jarrod and Cameron Altizer and a Reba A~tizer. were at Jack K. Wallace Fu- Chapel in Lewisburg with Collins officiating. Burial ROsewood Cemetery at Lewis- R. Ayers "~ Orvel R. Ayers, 59, died Feb- 1990, at a Beckley hospital fol- long illness. 5, 1930, at Renick, he was the McMillion Ayers of Lewis- Jessie Ayers. was a retired coat miner from Hylton Incorporated, was a the UMWA District 17 Local was a member of the Sophia of God. in death by a brother, include his wife, Ruby a son, O. Keith Ayers of and a granddaughter, Jessica Were at Sophia Church of God Robert Day and Rever- Ray Bowman assisting. Bur- Ridge Memorial Gardens Ridge Funeral Home in of arrangements. Norma T. Bennett, 67, ruary 12, 1990, in Rainelle r a long illness. a member of Quinwood Baptist a homemaker. daughters, Lettie Crist of Ivania, Freda Hanna of Linda Bennett of Quin- Danny of Dunbar, Eddie of inia, Jimmy of Rainelle, and Larry of Quinwood; lezzie Crawford and Dicyce Amanda Allen and Icyce Juanita Mize of Meadow Whittaker of Quinwood, Colorado, Louise Smith of brothers, Howard Russell of Arnold Russell of Ralnelle; three great-grandchil- Church Troy George and Rever- Boothe officiating. Burial Memorial Cemetery, a'Wallace Funeral home in e of arrangements. Mrs Myrtle Ivy Biars, 98, for- Creek, died February hospital following a 0her 18, 1891 at Raleigh Was the daughter of the late and Millicent Bragg. Preceded in death by her hus- Biars, October 16, 1971. three sons, Fred and of Hinton and Grover two daughters, Mary g and Thelma Ben- 24 grandchildren, and E. M. Meadows Funeral in Hinton with Reverend officiating. Burial was in at Powleys Creek. as pallbearers. Bryant Springs*:-- Forrest E. died February 13, 1990, in Care Facility, Faidea, after a timberman and farmer and of Blue Sulphur Springs Sons, Donald of Warrenton, of Leesburg, Virginia, Bluff, Delbert and both of AIderson; brothers, Carlos of Hinton, 11 five step-grandchildren, Sulphur Church of Springs, with Rever- officiating. Burial was in cemetery, Blue Sulphur Funeral Home, charge of arrangements. lvln Buesinger , Illinois __ Floyd Melvin Bu- found dead at his rest- February 12, 1990. 30, 1908, at Taylorvilae, ; the son of the late Henry was a member of Knox Church of Naperville, lilt- of University of Illinois, manager of Continental of Chicago until his retiring he did private and real estate and farm a veteran of World Lava V. Burgess Marllnton --- Mrs Leva V, Burgess, 77, died February 11, at her home following a long illness. Born September 23, 1912, at Marlinton, she was the daughter of the late Ervan and Lydia Sharp Houdyshell. Mrs Burgess was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her hus- band, John W. Burgess; two brothers and three sisters. Survivors include a son, PhiUip Hamrick of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Phyllis Howard of Madinton; a sister, Laura Einertson of Hawthorne, California, and four grandchildren. Services were at VanReenen Funeral Home in Madinton with Reverend Gary Jarrell officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery at Madinton. Edna Deaton Christisnsburg, Virginia -- Edna Dea- ton, 84, a former resident of White Sulphur Springs, died February 2, 1990, in Christiansburg. She and her husband, Harold, were residents of the Meadow Brook Nursing Home. Bern in Doeley, North Carolina, Mrs Dea- ton was the daughter of William C. and Lucy Mayes Parker. While in White Sulphur Springs, she was an active member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and belonged to Circle No. 2 and the United Methodist Women. Librarian at the White Sulphur Springs Library, Mrs Deaton was a mem- ber of the Green Mitt Garden Club. In addition to her husband, Harold, she is survived by five children, Evalee Har- man, Boone, North Carolina; Peggy Young, Chicago, illinois; Parks, Colum- bus, Ohio; Lujean Richardson, Chris- tiansburg and Harold, Jr. of Vinton. Memorial services were held February 18, 1990 at Rocky Mount Church in Troutman, North Carolina. Shirley Dawn Hess Ronceverte -- Mrs Shidey Dawn Hess, 50,. died February 12, 1990, at home af- ter a ~ong illness. She was a member of McLean Presbyte- rian Church and a 33-year resident of Ronceverte. She was an employee of Aides Department Store. Surviving: husband, James E. Hess; fa- ther, Cecil C. Reynolds Sr of Clifton Forge, Virginia, Lena Kirby of White Sulphur Springs, daughters, Sherry Lynn Morgan of Lewisburg, Karen Elaine How- ard of Frankford, Melissa Gall Hess at home; son, Ronnie Lee o! Staunton, Vir- ginia; sisters, Pansy Lockhart of Iron Gate, Virginia, Sue Holmes of Staunton; brother, Cecil Reynolds Jr of Roanoke, Virginia; three grandchildren. Service was at McLean Presbyterian Church with Reverend Gary Baker and Reverend Gary Storms officiating. Burial was in McLean Cemetery, Ronceverte. Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Ron- ceverte was in charge of arrangements. Hazel R. Hill Rsinelle --- Mrs Hazel Ruth Williams Hill, 52, died February 11, 1990 at home fol- lowing a long illness. Born March 3, 1937 at Hamlet, she was the daughter of Albert Williams of Rainelle, with whom she made her home and the tale Alma Fern Durrett Williams. Mrs Hilt was a 10-year resident of Rainelte, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at Meadow Bridge and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Baxter B. Dunbar, December 11, 1964, and her second husband, George Edwin Hill, December 15, 1977. Survivors include a brother, Willard Wil- liams of Vienna, Ohio and a host of pen pals. Services were at Wallace-Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Reverend LoveU Williams officiating. Burial was in Wal- lace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville. Conie D. Hoke White Sulphur Springs -- Conie D. Hoke, 95, died February 14, at a White Sulphur Springs care center following a long illness. Born August 16, 1894, in Monroe County, he was the son of the late C. C. and Lydia Frances Biggs Hoke. Mr Hoke was a member of the Highland Park United Methodist Church at Second Creek, was a retired employee of the Gay Coal Company of Logan, was a World War I veteran, a member of the American Legion and was a mason. Survivors include a brother, Wallace T. Hoke of Lewisburg, and a sister, Virginia A. Martin of White Sulphur Springs. Services were at Shanklin Funeral Home Chapel in White Sulphur Springs with Reverend Graham Robertson officiating. Burial was in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg. Fields C. Hutchens Sr. Alderson -- Fields C. Hutchens Sr, 66, formerly of Lanark, died February 11, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona. Born March 27, 1923, at Dunns, he was the son of the late James C. and Lessie Ellen Richmond Hutchens. Mr Hutchens was a retired coal miner, superintendent ot Stab Fork Coal Com- pany and was beard director of the Oak Hill Garbage Company. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ira Hutchens. Survivors include his wife, Mary T. Tra- vato Hutchens; two sons, Fields C. Hutchens Jr and Judson J. Hutchens, both of Lanark; two daughters, Carmen E. Armes of Lanark and Barbara Ke- noyer of Lewisville, Texas; three broth- ers, James Emmett Hutchens of Ash- land, Kentucky and Charles T and Em- manuel Hutchens, both of Beckley; a sis- ter, Deborah Mays of Beckley; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchil- dren. Memorial services were at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosper- ity with Elders of the Lewisburg Kingdom Home officiating. Entombment was in Blue Ridge Memoriat Gardens Mauso- leum No. 3 at Prosperity. Friends and family members served as pallbearers. Florence Brooks Kelley Winston-Salem, North Carolina -- Mrs Florence Brooks Kelley, 86, (formerly of Lewisburg) died February 8, 1990 at Baptist Hospital Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 17, 1903, a daughter of Stonewall J. and Emma W. Brooks. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband William D. Kelley, a son William Sr, and a daughter, Florence V. Kelley. Survivors: two daughters, Miss Marcia Kelley, Clyde, North Carolina and Mrs Patricia Kelley Henderson, Kemersville, North Carolina; one son, Donald Brooks Kelley, Bala-Cynwyd, Pennsylvania; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchil- dren. Mass of the Resurrection was held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. A second Mass of Resurrection was held at St. Catherine of Siena in Ronceverte. Burial was at Greenbrier Memorial Gar- dens, Lewisburg. Arrangements were made by Pierce Fu- neral Service, Kernersville, North Caro- lina. Thelma O. Livesay Dawson -- Mrs Thelma Orine Livesay, 66, died February 13, in a White Sulphur Springs care center following a long ill- ness. Born February 27, 1923, at Grassy Meadows, she was the daughter of Mae Cooper Cadle of Grassy Meadows and the late Everett Cadle. Mrs Livesay was a homemaker and a member of the Maude Chapel United Methodist Church. Other survivors include her husband, Lawrence Livesay; a son, Dwight Livesay of Lewisburg; two sisters, Esta Hutsenpiller of Dawson and Myrtle'Mitch- ell of Alexandria, Virginia; four brothers, James and Ray Cadle, both of Grassy Meadows, Homer Cadle of Smoot and Earl Cadle of Barstow, California, and one grandson, Michael Livesay of Lewis- burg. Services were at Mauda Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverends Clyde Gum and Rex Ball officiating. Budel was in Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clin- tonville. Arrangements were made by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle. James P. May White Sulphur Springs -- James Preston (J.P.) May, 66, died February 13, 1990 in a Faidea hospital following a long illness. Bern April 19, 1923, at Alvon, he was the son of the late Cart and Roxie Holley May. Mr May attended Qreenbrier County schools, Greenbrier Military School and served a short while with the Merchant Marine. He served Greenbrier County as a dep- uty sheriff from 1949-1950 and became sheriff until December 1964. He was employed by the Bank of White Sulphur Springs for several years and was retired from the Greenbrier Hotel with nine years of service, having retired in 1988. Mr May was elected as a Greenbrier County commissioner, serving three six- year terms, was a member of the Green- brier County Airport Authority for several years as a county commissioner's repre- sentative. He was a member of the Na- tional Retired Teachers Association, the Greenbrier County Farm Bureau, AI- leghany Lodge No. 136, AF and AM and Bent Kedem Shrine Temple of Char- leston and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Faidea and the Gideons International. Survivors include his wife, Violette Grey R May; a daughter, Ms Elizabeth A. May of Columbia, South Carolina and an aunt, Lori M. Thomas of Jacksonville, J Florida. Private services were at Memorial Chapel of the McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Reverend Alvie Edwards officiating. Burial was in Alvon United Methodist Church Cemetery on Route 92, North of White Sulphur Springs. Arrangements were made by McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Fredle Dorman Wenger Charleston -- Freddie Dorman Wenger, 55, was found dead February 13, 1990, at his home, of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Bern June 3, 1934, at Alderson, he was the son of the late James A. and Della B Wenger. Mr Wenger was employed at Hill Con- struction Company in Charleston, at- tended Griffith Creek Baptist Church and was an Army veteran. Survivors include four brothers, James L. of Green Bank, Charles G. of Fort Pierce, Florida, Joe D. of Dennison, Ohio, Lewis R. of Rainelle; four sisters, Bertha Croy of Charleston, Nellie Boyd of Fairlea, Goldie Shaw. of Mechan- icsville, Virginia and Norma Jean Carter of Fort Spring. Arrangements were made by Lobban Funeral Home in Alderson. G. Wallace Level, Jr Pearisburg, Virginia -- George Wallace Level, Jr, 77, died February 13, 1990 at Montgomery County Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia after a long illness. He was born at Organ Cave, January 27, 1913 and was the son of George W. Level and Pinkney Boone Level. He was a retired employee of Celenese Co. of Narrows, Virginia, was a World War II Army veteran having served with I've been flipping through some McArthur's First Cavalry from Australia to of the gardening catalogues that Tokyo. Survivors include his wife, Irene keep filling up my mailbox. I don't McCormick Level and son Samuel Level know how I get on all the mai~ing of Blacksburg, Virginia. He was pre- ceded in death by one sister, Madge lists since I rarely order anything, Crickenberger on January 27, 1989; sis- ters Kathleen Bostic of Ronceverte and Geraldine Eddy of Narrows, Virginia and two brothers, James Level, Pearisburg, Virginia and William H. Level, Roncev- erte. Services were at Pearisburg Baptist Church. Graveside rites were at Salem Presbyterian Church at Organ Cave. -~ iiiiii iiii iiii i ii I ./ ,, , i, ........ Police Investigate Mr Buesinger's Death The body of an 82-year-old man was found in the back seat of an automobile on Brandon Drive in Le- wisburg February 12, according to Officer Danny Fisk of the Lewisburg Police Department. Floyd M Buesinger, who lived in Westmont, Illinois, and Lewisburg, apparently had been dead two to four days when his body was dis- covered. The State Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston listed the cause of his death as a heart attack. The driver of the automobile, 41- year-old Robed H. Buesinger, is Mr Buesinger's son and had driven his father from Illinois--to take him to his doctor in Lewisburg, according to Officer Fisk. Westmont detective Vince Musial, with whom Mr Fisk has been in telephone contact, said "The younger Buesinger is develop- mentally disabled, according to psy- chiatrist Robert Niquist of Illinois, and was looking for his mother," Mary Buesinger. The family's house is on Brandon Drive. Neighbors be- came concerned when they saw Mr Buesinger's son driving in the area. A neighbor contacted the police de- padment at 10:20 a.m. The son had apparently arrived in town earlier that morning (February 12), accord- ing to Officer Fisk. Mrs Buesinger was in Florida at the time and was contacted by fam- ily members about her husband's death. Detective Musial said, "Our in- vestigation leads me to believe the son did not know his father was dead when he left Westmont." He also mentioned it was not possible from available information to deter- mine what day the son left Westmont. "We have received no police reports on the case other than from Lewisburg," he said. "We appreciate the cooperation they have given us in our investigation." Robert Buesinger was admitted to Humana HospitaI-Greenbrier Val- ley last week following the incident. Hospital personnel refused to re- lease information about his condition or actual date of admission. The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, February 2Q, 1990 7A but somehow every nursery in America seems to know rm inter- ested. The quality of these cata- logues has changed dramatically in the last three or four years. No longer is there the simple format of plant, description, and price. In fact, some of these slick magazines don't offer a single plant for sale. Instead they list all the gadgets, tools, sculp- tures, clothes, boots, books, orna- ments, buckets, and furniture for use in the yard and garden. You can buy a leak wood planter for $285 or a nine inch frostproof English terra- cotta pot for $45. Solar patio lights will run you around $270 each or you can get an ornamental rose arch for $175. You can purchase a blue gardener's smock, one size fits all, for $46 or a French galvanized watering can for $64, unless you want the green one, which is three dollars more. I don't know, these seductive catalogues give you the wants. They also paint this romantic picture of yourself standing in a manicured garden in your French garden clogs holding your soft spray wand in your hand with a leather tool tote by your side. You wear a white panama hat and a red bandana; goatskin gloves hang out of the back pocket of your spruce-green gardening pants. O, if only someone would come to take a photograph. It - What you do is news to the Mountain Messenger! 647-5724 N IIII ~ I These catalogues don't show the sweaty brow or the grimy hands or the grass-stained knees that come from actual gardening. Indeed, the only dirt you'll see in one of these catalogues might be bagged and packaged with a special discount savings if you buy three. Even if you bought the $18.50 kneepads, which attach securely with elastic ebbing and adjustable Velcro closures, you've still got to get down on your knees. Even if you purchased the Scottish composting fork, particularly suited for tall gar- Leslie Price Shaver deners, along with Compost-Plus, which guarantees moist humus in sixty days, you've still go!" to get out there and turn the stuff. You see, I'm getting worried about what all these luscious, fancy catalogues are going to do to the future of gardening. If you were in your early twenties, for example, and had just bought your f~rst home and wanted to fix up the yard or try your hand at gardening, these cata- logues suggest that all you need iS a healthy bank account. It's all yours, just like in the pictures. The cata- logues avoid all mention of the work or time it takes to get those natural and wild looking perennial beds or that orderly, lush vegetable patch with the cute bean teepees. My grandfather worked his quar- ter-acre plot successfully for over thirty years. He used the same shovel, hoe, and spade he kept on a shelf in the garage. He got his seeds and seedlings that he brought home in small brown bags from~ a hardware store. His garden provided enough produce for my gran~- mother to can beans, tomatos, and corn to last through the winter. ,In fact, the harvest proved so bountiiul that she had to date the jars ~- cause there was too much left over each year. I figure my grandfatl~r invested less than $100 in his multi- decade gardening career. He had no visions of grandeur about it. He understood that a bent back, sore arms, and dirty fingernails were ba- sic tools for getting the job done. Atl the trigger-grip shovels or thorn-r~e- sistant gloves or modular, expan~]- able watering systems with i!l- trahose valves are just so much frou-frou, Save your catalogues for nig~t- time reading by the fire. Read thej~n as you might fairy tales or the late~;t Parisian fashion magazines. They conjure a land of dreamy dreams that is pleasant to dwell in for awhile. Just be careful not to fatl ~, or you might begin believing that what you really need for your yard,s one of those simulated boulders fpr $55 to go at the edge of a ftow~- bed. ,,~, Summers County Perry E. Mann Seeks House Seat Perry E Mann, Assistant Prose- cuting Attorney of Summers County has filed for House of Delegates from the 22nd District. Mr Mann said his position is that education, environment, ethics, tour- ism and responsible industry are the priorities for Summers County and everywhere else except, maybe, Ti- erra Del Fuego." Mr Mann said: "An educated, preserved, spic-and-span, honest, industrious West Virginia is everyone's paradise whether he is aware of it or not. When the wells are dry and polluted, the mountains barren and besmirched, the air le- thal, who cares if another WaI-Mart comes or not." Mr Mann's ancestry, runs to the 18th Century in Summers County, in its public schools, and departed from there on December 10, 194:1" to spend four years in the Armed Forces in the States, North AfriCa, Italy and Corsica. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1949, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA degree in English and French. He acquired a Master of Educatibn degree from Washington and L0e University in 1962. Mr Mann has taught 13 years,in the schools of Virginia and West Vir- gfnia, including two years at Con- cord College. He was prosecuting attorney m Summers County from 1972 to 1980. "1 have signed tl~ Code of Fair Campaign practi~s and urge other candidates to ~o likewise and to sin no more agaid~s~ their fellow candidates." "'Your New Connection To Better Lighting" his wife Mary Arbuckle Lewisburg; a son, Robert of Lewisburg; a brother, of Taylorsville, Illin0is and nephews. were at Rosewood Reverend A/vie Edwards officiating. Memo- Was held at First Baptist with Reverend Alvie Home in Lewisburg was arrangements. IIII IIIII11111 II da Build" Across From Greenbrier Motors, Fairlea, Inquire At Greenbrier Motor Co, ~1Al111 256-2200 Woqtkin9 To Make Your' Lifl A Little Srightlr 456 R|lland Road. Blcklsy