Robert A. Huggins
Robert A. "Bob" Huggins, 56, of 16th Street, Parkersburg died Aug. 30, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born in Athens, Ohio, a son of Iris Irene Burch Huggins of Centerville, Ohio, and the late Vernon Ellsworth Huggins.
Gerald Edward Neely, 37, of New Matamoras died Aug. 30, 2002.
He is survived by his mother and her fiance, Linda and Harry; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Jill, and Rodney and Nora; one foster brother and his wife, David and Liza; and five daughters, Amanda, Holly, Jerrica, Logan and Cassidy.
Arthur Harmon Ritchie, World War II veteran, of Little Rock, Ark., passed from this life on Aug. 29, 2002.
He was born Sept. 7, 1915, in Ravenswood, the son of Ray E. and Pearl Huey Ritchie. Mr. Ritchie enjoyed a long and happy life with significant achievements. He graduated from The Kiski School and was awarded a BSEE and BSME from West Virginia University in 1938. He served as Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, seeing action at the Remagen Bridge and in the Ardennes. His noteworthy career as a professional engineer and contractor included 18 years with the Arkansas Department of Mining and Reclamation, 12 years as executive vice president of Criss and Shaver Ready Mix Concrete Company, Little Rock, Ark., 24 years as vice president and general manager of Boso & Ritchie, Inc. and president of Ritchie Realty Co. in West Virginia. He was a registered professional engineer and a member of the Society of Professional Engineers in both West Virginia and Arkansas as well as the National Society. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Ark., the West Virginia Board of Pollution Control and the West Virginia Water Commission. As a member of the town council in Ravenswood, he was instrumental in the design and construction of the Municipal Electrical Generating and Distributing System that served the town for many years. Mr. Ritchie served as president of both the West Virginia Contractors Association and president of the Associated General Contractors of West Virginia. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Bank and the Jackson County Board of Education. Mr. Ritchie enjoyed associating with his friends and colleagues. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Ark. His fraternal affiliations included Past Potentate of Nemesis Temple, AAONMS, Parkersburg, and associate member of Scimitar Temple, Little Rock, Ark., First Commander of Dowell Commandry of the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters, Court 156, Parkersburg, and associate member of Court 123 in Little Rock, Ark., and Ashton Lodge #12, Ravenswood.
Harold R. Sisk
Harold R. Sisk, 53, of Vienna died Aug. 30, 2002, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Denton, Tex., a son of the late Robert E. Sisk and Zelma Farmer Sisk of Tennessee. He was vice president of Apex Engineering Inc. and graduated from Tulane University with a B.S.M.E.
John Frank Sommerville, 93, of Arlington Personal Care, formerly of Lakeview Drive for over 30 years and Pleasant View Towers of Vienna for six years, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 10, 1908, in Auburn, W.Va., a son of the late Ralph and Ona (Douglas) Sommerville. Mr. Sommerville had formerly attended Auburn High School for two years before going to work in the oil and gas industry in 1928. He then went to work for Pittsburgh Piping and Equipment Co., where he worked until mid-1931. When the depression of the 1930s slowed things down, he moved back to Auburn, where he went to work as a truck driver on WPA road construction, hauling stone. He then went to work for Weirton Steel in 1935 and remained with them until 1942, at which time he moved to Parkersburg and went to work as a welder for Parkersburg Rig and Reel. In June of 1951, he employed his talents as a pipefitter and welder with Dravo Pipe Fabrication Division in Marietta, where he became a foreman. At retirement in September 1973, he was serving as General Shop Foreman. Mr. Sommerville had been a member of Plumber and Pipefitters Local 168 of Marietta for over 47 years, a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for over 65 years and a member of the AARP. He was also a member of the St. Andrew's United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where he had served as a Trustee, Administrative Board member of the United Methodist Men and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class.
Clarence "Thad" Stanley, 70, of Belpre died Aug. 31, 2002, at Selby General Hospital, Marietta.
He was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Parkersburg, the son of the late Shirley and Freda Compton Stanley. He was a member of the Veto Church of Christ. He retired from the American Red Cross of Parkersburg and had worked for the American Viscose Corp. He had also worked part time for the Leavitt Funeral Home and served in the Korean Conflict from 1953-1954.
Robert A. Huggins
Robert A. Huggins, 56, of Parkersburg, died Aug. 30, 2002, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.
Steven "Paul" McCoy, 46, of Manhattan, N.Y., died Aug. 3, 2002 at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, N.Y.
He was born Jan. 3, 1956, in Mullens, W.Va., a son of Don H. McCoy of Mabscott, W.Va., and Dathel "Daffy" Smith of Bedford, Va. He was a 1974 graduate of Belpre High School and worked in the dietary department at St. Joseph's Hospital prior to pursuing his career in the culinary arts. He served as a staff chef at the United Nations as well as other renowned restaurants in Manhattan before forming his private chef and catering business, "The Real McCoy." He was an avid painter, showing great promise in his art work, and enjoyed dancing and music.
Jennifer Morgenstern, 22, of Marietta, died Aug. 29, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Eric; two children, Josias and Curtis; her parents, Frederick and Sharon; two brothers, Ray and Timothy; her husband's parents, Paul and Sheryl; and a number of other relatives.
Harold Ray Sisk
Harold Ray Sisk, 53, of 5409 3rd Ave., Vienna, died Aug. 30, 2002, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.
Patricia Jones Skidmore, 67, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Friendly, died Aug. 26, 2002, at her residence.
She was born May 2, 1935, in Friendly, daughter of the late Howard and Estaleen Eddy Jones. She was retired from USO, Tacoma, Wash., and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Lakewood, Wash.
Richard Fuller Sterling, 82, of Vienna, passed away Aug. 30, 2002, at Charleston Area Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Oakland, Md., a son of the late Ola and Ruth Beavers Sterling. Richard grew up in Grafton, W.Va., and joined the military, where he was in the Army-Air Force, having served in World War II. After leaving the service, he attended West Virginia University, Morgantown. In 1959, Richard moved to Parkersburg, where he worked for the IRS for more than 30 years. Since 1976, he was self-employed with his own accounting office in Vienna. Richard was a member of the West Virginia Accounting Association for many years, a member of the Masonic-Blue Lodge and Shriners, both of Charleston, White Shrine of Parkersburg, and of the Vienna Baptist Church. He had worked with the Boy Scouts for over 40 years, and was a scoutmaster with Troop 20. Richard, along with his wife, Carol, enjoyed crafts and their beautiful rose gardens.
Jesse J. Gregory
Jesse "Jess" J. Gregory, 77, of Hockingport, died Aug. 28, 2002.
He was survived by his wife, Phyllis Gregory; son Ronald; step-sons, Danny and Donny; step-daughters, Patricia, Pam and Priscilla; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one uncle, Roy; and one aunt, Dawn.
Lulu H. Hoover
Lulu H. Hoover, 90, of Lowell died Aug. 29, 2002, at the Day Spring Health Center, Beverly.
She was born in Lockney, W.Va., the daughter of the late Letcher and Esther Shock Stump. She had been a homemaker and member of the Pettyville United Methodist Church for 52 years.
Derry C. Lucky
Derry Catherine Lucky, 92, of Arcadia Nursing Home, Coolville, formerly of Parkersburg, died Aug. 29, 2002, at Arcadia.
She was born Oct. 26, 1909, a daughter of the late William Henry and Nancy Ellen Bishop Farley.
Karen K. Pedigo
Karen Kate "Anderson" Pedigo, born April 5, 1939, departed this life Aug. 28, 2002. She was the daughter of Lora "Lemley" Anderson and the late William Hugh Anderson. She was born in Jackson County.
Karen graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1957. She attended college in Columbus, Ohio, and was employed by the Gates McDonald Company for 30 years. She was a member of the Pond Creek Baptist Church. She was also a member of the ladies auxiliary for the Pond Creek Volunteer Fire Department where she served as secretary.
David W. Powell
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, William Rogers Powell; and one sister, Elizabeth Ann Powell.
Ella M. Propst
Ella M. Propst, 61, of Vienna died Aug. 29, 2002, at St. Joseph's Hospital.
She was born July 30, 1941, a daughter of the late Elhanon W. and Nellie M. Coberly Propst.