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Champe George Lyle Champe, 71, 11, in Tucson, Arizona. 1919, at Caperton, he of the late B. J. and Ethel one of eleven children i member of the Jehovah's Wit- a sister, Wreathel Fink Mitchell, both of Texarkana, Vide Herndon of Mountain- and two brothers, Atlee : Altures, California and Ervin Blue Ridge, Virginia. ;ervices were held February !Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom ! with the Elder Joe Mor- Mortuary and Chapel in was in charge of ar- i A, Dean Springs -- Harman A. February 20, 1990, in Hospital Greenbrier Valley, illness. member of First Church of Sulphur Springs, and was a Wife, Margarette Blackburn n, Jack of White Sulphur Judy Young of Ne- en Waid of White Sulphur brother, Dennis of White s: 12 grandchildren; nine at First Church of God with Roy C. Barber Jr officiating. in AIvon Methodist Church White Sulphur Springs. Ar- were made by Shanklin Fu- White Sulphur Springs. Helm Mrs Anna Sweeney Helm, 20, 1990, in a Low hospital following a long 9, 1898, in Eltiston, Virginia, daughter of the late Joseph "ley and Louisa Daniels member of the Fairview was a homemaker. in death by her hus- Helm; a son, Mowyer Helm Elizabeth Huff. include three daughters, of Shady Spring, Jo Jean and Geneva Hodges }s, Virginia; two sons, Jo- of Marietta, Ohio and of Hopewell, Virginia; 12 11 great-grandchildren, randchildren. at Broyles-McGuire Fu- in Union with Rever- officiating. Burial was in ' at Keenan. Preston Hess I--- Warren Preston Hess, 66, 21, 1990, in a Salem, Vir- long illness. member of Highland Park Church, VFW, and a ~rld War 11. He was retired Janet Marie Linton s,sters, Elizabeth Howard both of Ronceverte, of Mogadore, Ohio; one Longanacre Funeral with Reverend Roy ng. Burial with military In New Lebanon Cemetery, Margaret Johnston, 82, 17, 1990, at the home of Greene of Tioga, 1907 at Snow Hill, she was of the late Batzer and Mollie attended Alderson Baptist in death by her hus- Johnston. a son Harold E. two brothers, J'unior and include two daughters, of Whiting, "Indiana and of Tioga; a son, James five step-daughters ' Holcomb, Celia Eltison of Sigley of Camden-on- Johnston and Del- n, both of Staunton, Vir- Elmer Johnston of Johnston of Tioga and of Glen Burnie, Maryland; Small- Mabel Woo- town, Violet Woodall of Ida McMann of Ori- essie Johnston of Tioga; a Faith of Lewisburg; 18 great-grandchild. at Alderson Baptist with Reverends Cunningham, and Burial was at made by Collins Fu- Isville. Thelma Orine Livesay, 13, in a White Sulphur center following a long ill- 27, 1923, at Grassy the daughter of Mae Meadows and homemaker and a Chapel United include her husband, say; a son, Dwight two sisters, Esta Myrtle Mitch- 'irginia; four brothers, both of Grassy of Smoot and California and Livesay of Lewis- at Maude Church with and Rex Ball off,- ; in Wallace Memorial Denver McDougal Glenville -- Denver McDougal, 76, died February 20, 1990, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, after a short illness. He was born in Marion County. He was retired from Equitable Gas Co. and was a member of First Baptist Church, Gtenville. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Bell McDougal; a daughter, Sue Rock of Le- wisburg; a sister, Helen McDougal of Weston; one grandchild and two great- grandchildren. Services were at Spurgeon-Ellyson Mor- tuary, Glenville, with Reverend David Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Stalnaker Cemetery. Gtenville. Thomas F. Ocheltree Rainelle -- Thomas Franklin Ocheltree, 63, died February 18, at Humane Hospi- tal Greenbrier Valley at Fairlea following a short illness. Born September 27, 1926, at Rainelle, he was the son of the late Francis and Esther Legg Ocheltree. Mr Ocheltree was a retired train dis- patcher for the C&O Railway in Rainelle, a World War II Veteran, and a member of the Re,helle United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Och- eltree; a daughter, Nancy Salter of Rainelle; a brother, Dale Ocheltree of Rainelle; three sisters, Alice Gilmer of Lebanon, Virginia, Inez Crippen of Kn- oxville, Tennessee and Eleanor Kay of Charleston, and a grandson, William K. Salter II of Rainelle. Graves,de services were at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville with Reverend Phyllis Harvey officiating. Arrangements were made by Smathers Funeral Home in Rainelle. Union Looking north on Main Street, Union Reba R. Persinger Rainelle -- Mrs Reba Ratliff Persinger, 82, formerly of Baltimore, died February 19, 1990, in Apopka, Florida, after a long illness. She was a Protestant and a homemaker. Surviving: daughters, Ruby Ross of Arm- strong, Iowa, Louise Zicafoose of Clay- ton, Delaware, Betty Patton of Olney, Maryland; son, John Evans of Baltimore; stepsons, Richard, Rudy and James; sis- ter, Lain Keeney of McRoss; grand- daughter, Sheila Booker with whom she made her home; 21 additional grandchil- dren; 35 great-grandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren. Service was at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Reverend Roy Gwinn officiating. Burial was in Patton Cemetery, Meadow Bridge. Clara W. Pharr Gap Mills -- Mrs Clam Woodford Pharr, 79, died February 19, at her home, fol- lowing a long illness. Born March 26, 1910, in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Walker M. and Attie Bmgg Woodford. mrs Pharr was a member of the Presby- terian faith. She was preceded in death by her hus- band, Dr Percy P. Pharr on January 23, 1961 and a brother, Chadie L Woodford. Survivors include a brother, Dennis Woodford of Roanoke, Virginia and sev- eral nieces and nephews. Services were at Broyles-McGuire Fu- neral Home in Union with Reverend Dal- las Forren officiating. Burial was in Carmel Cemetery at Gap Mills. There was no visitation. Gracie E. Phillips Alderson -- Mrs Gracie Eileen Phillips, 66, died February 21, 1990, in Humana Hospital Greenbner Valley, Faidea, after a short illness. She was a lifelong resident of Alderson and a homemaker. She attended Alder- son Church of the Nazarene. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW. She was born at Blaker Mills. Surviving: husband, Carl L. Phillips; daughters, Dorothy Covey and Patty Charles, both of Dunkirk, Indiana, Stella Mackey of East Canton, Ohio, Betty Pat- rick of Phoenix, Arizona; brothers, Ralph Phillips of Alderson, Eugene Phillips of Fort Spring, 10 grandchildren; five great- By Jonathan Wright Work is nearing completion on downtown Union's $287,412 side- walk reconstruction project, and re- action from townspeople and mer- chants appears to be universally positive. "We are very pleased," Rose Petal Boutique owner Sue MilTer said. "It's a super look for our little town. I think it gives it a really cozy feeling. The persons who selected this design are to be commended." Antiqued lamp posts, iron railing, brick walls and trim, and 45 trees and shrubs are included in the proj- ect, which stretches 1,000 feet on both sides of Main Street (U. S. 219). Nearly 21,000 square feet of concrete is being used. The City of Union is providing $27,053 for the project, with the re- maining money coming from a fed- eral Small Cities Block Grant ad- ministered through the State of West Virginia. The Department of Highways will top off the work by paving Main Street from the Union Presbyterian Church to South Street by April 1, according to Mayor Bill Hancock. "This has done a lot to increase pride in Union," Mr Hancock said. "Even people on other streets are taking a renewed interest in the looks of their property, It increases the attractiveness of our downtown area and hopefully will boost our merchants. It's already doing a lot for community spirit. Hopefully people driving through here will be more inclined to stop and shop." Mr Hancock has been at the mayor's post since 1981 and says the sidewalk project is the most ex- tensive job his city has tackled dur- ing his tenure. Weather has not made the job easy, either. "Work began August 14 last year, and since that time we have had to deal grandchildren, with a hurricane [Hugo], one of the Service was at Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, with Reverend Charles Taylor worst Decembers on record, and a and Reverend Joe Kelley officiating. Bur- lot of rain," he said. ial was in Phillips family cemetery, The mayor says he is pleased Muddy Creek Mountain, near Alderson. with the work of Compton Construc- Gordon Bennett Porterfield, Jr. tion Company of Princeton, contrac- Beckley -- Gordon Bennett Porterfield, tors for the renovation project. "As Jr, 67, died February 18, 1990, at a work has progressed these people Beckley hospital following along illness, have really gotten into it," he said. Born July 23, 1922, at Bluefield, he was "They have taken special pains to the son of the late Gordon B. and Ruth do everything just right, even replac- McGann Porterfield Sr. Mr Porterfield was a former employee of ing bricks that didn't look quite right. Gauley Sales Inc. at Hico, a Wodd War II They have given a lot of attention to Air Force veteran, stationed with the 388 detail." Bomb Crew in England, and was of the The brick "pavers," decorative Presbyterian faith. Survivors include his wife, Volena strips of brick trim along the curve, Jeanne Porterfield; three sons, Gordon have particularly captured the atten- B. Porterfield, III of Breeksfield, Florida, tion of Mr Hancock. "The design is Steven Lee Porterfield of Floyd, Virginia called a 'Herring bone weave,' an and Michael Porterfield of Mountain accent reminiscent of the grounds of Lake, Virginia; a daughter, Mrs Tom the University of Virginia," he said. (Jeanne) Connoley of Lindside; a sister, Mr Hancock is an alumnus of that Virginia Lee Lambert of Bluefield; an university. uncle, Jerald McGanne of Bluefield; seven grandchildren and two great- The city is doing preliminary work grandchildren, in attempts to get the downtown Memorial services wereat Beckley Pres- area listed as a National Historic byteflan Church. District. Mr Hancock says he be- The body was donated to medical sci- lieves the sidewalk reconstruction ence. -7 will help in the effort. -I A late addition to the project will "-I be the sidewralkflronting NAPA Auto 647--~7~4 I Parts. Trees and shrubs will be "~ _j planted throughout Main Street in ii early spring. House of Fabrics owner Jewell Clark said, "It looks terrific. It will help motivate more people to come to Union, I believe. One thing we need to do, though, is to keep mer- chants from parking on the street to allow room for customers." Nadine Fullen, pharmacy techni- cian at Monroe Pharmacy, said, "There have been a lot of comments on the sidewalks from people com- ing into our store. They're talking about how pretty it's going to be.", H and R Block owner Iris Kirby, who is also part owner of KMA Of- rice SUpply, said, "The antiqued lamps and brick make the town look historic. I think this will do a lot for our civic pride." The family of the late Shirley Hess wish to thank everyone who helped during her illness. In the~ past 4-1/2 years we have received many cards, letters, flowers and generous donations. Though we tried, it was , nearly impossible to thank each and every one of you. We hope that this note will say it all. We would like to give a special thanks to the Aide family and their employees for their friendship, sup- port, and generosity. The Reverends Gary Baker and Gary Storms were very supportive during the last months and we wish to thank them for their love and especially their prayers. Last but not least we would like to thank the home health nurses, Candy Floyd and Debra Beverage who took excellent care of Shirley. Shirley joined our Father in Heaven on February 12. She was a wonderful wife and a terrific mother. She will be sadly missed by all. GOD BLESS YOU, Jim, Sherry, Ronnle, Karen & Missy The Hess Family Have you experienced difficulty in getting YouR Mountain Messenger ? If so, please 'phone 647-5724 Weekdays 8:30 a.m -- 5:30 p.m. We strive to bring you the best news- paper in a timely fashion Thank you. The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, February 27, 1990 7A Garden Patch Leslie Price Shaver By Leslie Price Shaver After the long days of ice and cold and gray this winter, the two days we had this week of blue skies and warm temperatures made our hearts rise even though we knew it would be brief. My sons shot basket- ball in their shorts, the horses whin- nied, and I picked up a trashbag of debris lying around the yard. It felt healing to be out of doors. Reaching down to pick up a stick, I spotted a bright dandelion. There it was in full bloom in the heart of win- ter. Only this one yellow flower in the whole yard -- it had no compan- ions. I picked its short stem and brought it with me into the house. I filled a salt shaker half-full with tap water and plopped in my single stemmed dandelion. It pleased me no end, smelling like damp, faintly sweet earth with a hint of citrus, soft as kitten fur. It foretold the spring; it mimicked the sun. I thought about what a negative response dandelions usually pro- voke. My mother is obsessive about them. Armed with a kitchen knife and a paper sack, she screws them out of her yard as soon as they ap- pear. She gets a wild look in her eyes while she's doing this, as if she takes a sadistic pleasure in their de- struction. My neighbor, on the other hand, prefers chemical warfare. He spreads weedkiller every spring be- fore the dandelions have a chance. Great clouds of yellow-green pow- der swirl around his head. He ties a red bandana around his nose and mouth, locks his jaw in grim determi- nation, and looks forward to a spot- less green lawn. rve never known what all the fuss was about. The dandelions are only around for a month or two; and if you mow your grass frequently, you'll hardly know they're there. But what's the furor about? Why does everyone hate these simple, fuzzy flowers so much that they are willing to spend time and money on them? Maybe we need to get to know / ii:!i them better. Supposedly, the dande- lion gets its name from the French "dent de lion," which means "lion': ii tooth." Actually modern Frenct~, people refer to it as "pissenlit," which means "wet-the-bed." Obviously. they are not too fond of the weed. Russian farmers cultivate dande lions, however, and sell the leave~, as delicacies at their open-air mar kets. Many Europeans add them to, their salads, enjoying the switch from regular lettuce as we might change to spinach salad. In fact, all i parts of the dandelion are useful, i The white sap that drips from a ber. The heads can be fried o~ mixed in an omelet. There are vari- ous recipes for teas and wines and home remedies. Its root has been boiled and used as a substitute for coffee during lean times. The leave~ are full of vitamin A and provide a fine spring tonic. Can I convince you worry-warts out there to relax about this benefi- cial, mistreated little weed? Make a bright yellow dandelion chain to wear around your neck. Make up games blowing away the puffy white seedhead that's left after the bloom. He loves me, he loves me not. Watch the bees gather nectar from the shaggy blooms. Observe little children bringing them to their moth- ers in a tight, wet palm. Children think they are golden as sunshine and just as wonderful. 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