Rev. 'Preacher' Parsons
COTTAGEVILLE - The Rev. Lawrence P. ''Preacher'' Parsons, 81, of Cottageville died March 8, 2003.
He became an ordained minister in 1956 and had a radio ministry from Ravenswood for 32 years.
Geraldine F. Sams
BELLEVILLE - Geraldine Flinn Sams, 88, of Belleville, beloved mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord March 9, 2003.
She is survived by her daughter, Marlene Carpenter, one granddaughter, Jeri Roton and her husband Luther, two grandsons, George N. Carpenter and Michael J. Carpenter; and one great-grandson, Josef Carpenter.
Hazel R. Casto
VIENNA - Hazel R. Casto, 92, of Vienna passed away March 14, 2003, at The Arbors of Marietta.
She was born in Rochester, Pa., a daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie Firestone Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Vienna.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Beulah E. Miller Childers, 91, formerly of Parkersburg, died March 8, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
She was born Aug. 9, 1911, in Parkersburg. She was the daughter of the late Ray W. and Ruby Page Miller. Childers was a 1930 graduate of Parkersburg High School. She was employed by the American Viscose Company and retired from Kesterson's Fabric Care Service as a bookkeeper. She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, where she had served on the Board of Trustees, was past president of the United Methodist Women and member of the Wesleyan Circle and the Friendship Sunday School class.
MARIETTA - Harvey W. Graham, 90, of Marietta and a former resident of Barlow, died March 8, 2003, in Harmar Place.
He had spent 40 years as a teacher and school administrator and had been in the Washington County School System for 27 years. In 1969, he was named superintendent of the Washington County Joint Vocational School and was president of Washington County Technical College.
Bruce E. Knight
ST. MARYS - Bruce Edward Knight, 62, of St. Marys died March 8, 2003, at the Arbors of Marietta.
He was born June 16, 1940, in St. Marys, W.Va., a son of Bruce W. Knight of St. Marys and the late Mary Frances Rea Knight. He was a 1958 graduate of St. Marys High School and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. He was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church. He had worked for the former Quaker State Oil Refinery, was formerly employed with the Pleasants County Emergency Squad and had been a dispatcher with the Pleasants County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of VFW Post 222, his hobbies included golfing and fishing and he was a former coffee drinker.
Minnie H. Weaver
WADESVILLE - Minnie H. Weaver, 98, of Wadesville passed away March 8, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
She was born June 27, 1904, at Wadesville, a daughter of the late John Wesley and Elizabeth Phillips Smith. Minnie had been a member of the Serepta Baptist Church for 78 years and was the oldest living member of the church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a former employee of American Viscose, a member of the Seniors Citizens, enjoyed crochet and was a homemaker.
Nelson L. Wells
ORLANDO - Nelson L. Wells, 92, a resident for the past six years of FriendSheep Farm Bed and Breakfast Retreat, Orlando, Gilmer County, formerly of Sand Fork, W.Va., died Friday, March 7, 2003, at his residence following an unexpected illness.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Glenville, the Rev. Michael Ford officiating. Burial in Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston, W.Va. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville and for one hour prior to services at the church.
PENNSBORO - Elizabeth "Betsy" Comer, 72, of Lynn Camp Road, Pennsboro, departed this life Friday, April 25, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Comer was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Washington, D.C. She was a homemaker, a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Springs, Md., and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Parkersburg.
RAVENNA, Ohio - George "Jody" Cottrell, 59, of Ravenna, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, died April 25, 2003, at home.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with the Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Interment will be in the King Cemetery in Nicut. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MORGANTOWN - Genevieve Campbell Cottrill, 87, of Morgantown died April 25, 2003, at Madison Nursing Center in Morgantown.
She was born July 18, 1915, in Broomfield, Marion County, W.Va., the daughter of the late Corday O. and Ruby Pritchard Grimm. She graduated from Pullman High School and Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg. She was a homemaker and worked outside the home at various times.
Marie J. Mace
WASHINGTON - Marie J. Mace, 84, of Washington, a longtime resident of Arnoldsburg, died April 25, 2003, at her daughter's residence. She was born in Arnoldsburg, a daughter of the late Jesse and Pearl Evans Powell.
Mrs. Mace was retired from Spencer State Hospital as a nursing assistant. She was a member of the Summitt Valley United Methodist Church in Williamstown and a longtime member of the Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church at Arnoldsburg.
NORMANTOWN, W.Va. - Frances Pearl Varner Meadows, 74, of Normantown, Gilmer County, W.Va., died April 25, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with the Revs. Harry Siers and Rick Metheney officiating.
Ethel M. Pickens
PARKERSBURG - Ethel Mae Pickens, 74, of Parkersburg passed away April 26, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
She was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Cottageville, a daughter of the late Wade E. and Hattie Wheeler Blackburn. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Memorial Church.
Carol A. Rice
VIENNA - Carol A. Rice, 60, of Vienna died April 25, 2003, at her residence.
She was born April 10, 1943, in Allegheny County, Pa., a daughter of Robert McGreevy of Butler, Pa., and M. Marie Hinkle Vavra of West Grove, Pa. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
MARIETTA - Phyllis Hays Thomas, 65, of Marietta died April 26, 2003.
Survivors include her husband, Delmar Thomas; one daughter, Diana Mugrage; one granddaughter, Trish Mugrage; and two sisters, Carol Thomas and Gloria Jobes.
Harold R. Burgess
WEST UNION - Harold R. "Jim" Burgess, 83, of West Union died April 24, 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Burgess; daughter, Lya Burgess of Friendly; sisters, Alice, Maxine, Bernadine and Emma; brother, Hobert Burgess; sisters-in-law, Dessie and Gladys; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
June S. Edison
JACKSON, MICH. - June Simmons Edison, 81, died April 24, 2003, at Foote Hospital in Jackson of complications from a recent stroke.
She was born in 1921 in Michigan and lived in Hackensack, N.J., Martinsburg,W.Va., Wichita, Kan., and Toronto, Canada. The Edisons retired to Sun City West, Ariz., where they lived for 18 years before returning to Jackson in 1999. She was a graduate of Jackson High School and Jackson Junior College.