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Nancy G. Ball
Vanessa Spencer
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Nancy G. Ball, 35, of Clarksville, and her daughter, Vanessa Spencer, 5, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in a fire at their home, said a spokesman with the Clarksville Fire Department. Ball was formerly of Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, W.Va., and was a former employee of Longaberger Co.
Surviving Ball: sons, Jason Norris, Jeremy Bauer and Walter Bauer Jr.; daughters, Jamie Bauer, Tasha Spencer; brothers, Jimmy Ball of Zanesville, Tenn., William Ball of Trinway, Tenn., Ronald Ball of Florida; sister, Elsie Stevens of Trinway, Jewell Ball of Springfield, Tenn., Bonnie Harlow of Ohley, W.Va., Myrtle Stevens of Florida. Also surviving Spencer is her father, Jeff Spencer. Graveside service will be at a later date in Dresdan Cemetery. Vensil-Orr Funeral Home, Dresden, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements. Information provided by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, W.Va.

Sterling E. Bare
RONCEVERTE -- Sterling Elwood Bare, 71, of Ronceverte died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea. He was a member and elder of Ronceverte Christian Church, a member of Elks Lodge 1758, Masonic Lodge 47, and Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston. He was owner/operator of P.A. George Pharmacy, Ronceverte, a member of the West Virginia Pharmaceutical Association, a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Ronceverte Citizen of the Year in 1996, former chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank, Ronceverte, and mayor of Ronceverte from 1963-65.
Surviving: wife, Betty Jo Bailey Bare; sons, Sterling Elwood Bare III of Cross Lanes, David Bare of Lewisburg, Dudley Bare of Ronceverte; stepsisters, Frances Morgan of Ronceverte, Norma Howard of Mineral Wells, Betty Ozmina of Beaver, Jane Boyd of Mooresville, N.C., Sadie "Peggy" Walkup of Chester, Va.; stepbrother, Sam Masters of Elkins; four grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte, with the Rev. Julian Grubb and the Rev. Mark Flynn officiating. Burial will be in River View Cemetery, Ronceverte. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carl R. Breedlove
WINFIELD -- Carl Ray Breedlove, 61, of Winfield died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at home after a short illness. He was a retired design supervisor from Union Carbide Tech Center, a former employee of CDI Engineering Group, St. Albans, and an Air Force veteran.
Surviving: wife, Patricia Breedlove; daughters, Elice Martin of Sharpsburg, Ga., Carla Sue Houser of Eaton, Ind., Wendy Easton of St. Albans; sisters, Maurine McKimmy and Jo Ann Stephens of Anderson, S.C., Virginia Rowsey and Sybil Edwards of Milton; brothers, Max Breedlove of Culloden, Jerry Breedlove of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with the Rev. Conrad Haning and Chris McComas officiating. Burial will be in Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Robert L. Brooks
Robert L. Brooks, 48, of Charleston died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in CAMC, General Division, after a long illness. He was an employee of the state Department of Health and Human Services and a graduate of West Virginia State College and West Virginia Career College.
Surviving: daughters, Aneica Brooks of Charleston, Donyelle Eddens of Irvington, N.J.; son, Glenn Whitestone of Charleston; stepdaughter, Derricka Carter of Hemstead, N.Y.; mother, Annie S. Brooks of Charleston; sisters, Diana Yancy of Atlanta, Ga., Janie Brooks of Cleveland, Ohio; five grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Powell-Jarrett Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Mike Faucett and Marvin Geiger officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Goldie M. Brown
INDORE -- Goldie Mae Brown, 75, of Indore died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Mammoth Pentecostal Church.
Surviving: daughters, Catherine Ramsey of Bentree, Dorothy Smith of Akron, Ohio; sons, F. Carl and Johnny Brown of Akron, Jerry and Jackie Brown of Indore, Charles Brown of Gauley Bridge; sister, Pearl Dunnaway of Paint Creek; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Cannelton Assembly of God with the Rev. Leonard Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Indore. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Caldwell
SINKS GROVE -- Mary Arlene Caldwell, 66, of Sinks Grove died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at the home of her daughter, Crystal Dunbar of Fairlea, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a Presbyterian. Also surviving: sons, Charlie Rookstool of Union, James T. Rookstool of Sinks Grove; sister, Betty Jo Scott of Salt Sulphur Springs; four grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Groves Funeral Home, Union, with the Rev. George Clarkson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sinks Grove. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Glendon J. Chase
HURRICANE -- Glendon Jarrett Chase, 76, of Hurricane died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in Americare-Putnam Nursing Home after a long illness. She retired from Royal Crown Cola Bottling with 27 years of service and was a member of First Baptist Church, Hurricane, where she was a former member of the choir.
Surviving: daughter, Kathy Means of Hurricane; sister, Evondea M. Bragg of St. Albans; brother, Carmen Jarrett of St. Albans; granddaughter, Barbara Jarvis of Hurricane; one great-grandson. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Hurricane, with the Rev. Jim McGhee and the Rev. Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Ora G. Coulter
LUBECK -- Ora Gay Coulter, 77, of Lubeck, Wood County, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in St. Joseph's Hospital She was a homemaker and a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church.
Surviving: husband, Roger W. Coulter; sons, Dave of Columbia, S.C., Joe of Vienna; daughters, Sue Carpenter of Parkersburg, Ruth Parsons Bryan of Marietta, Ohio, Virginia Cottrell of Washington; brother, the Rev. Lee White of Hurricane; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Rogers and Pastor Larry Dale officiating. Burial will be in Sunset memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lanbert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and one hour prior to service at the church.

John H. Curry Jr.
MOUNT CLARE -- John Hamilton Curry Jr., 74, of Mount Clare, Harrison County, died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at home. He retired from the state Tax Department with 22 years of service and was a member of Lost Creek Seventh-day Baptist Church.
Surviving: sons, John H. Curry III of Mount Clare, Steven T. Curry of Mount Clare; daughters, Jessie Lee Saunders of Hazelhurst, Ga., Mary Ann Hall of Mount Clare; sister, Dawsalee Rymer of Lost Creek; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Private family graveside service will be in Lost Creek Brick Church Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret V. Dorman
PAGE -- Margaret Virginia Walker Dorman, 71, of Page, Fayette County, died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was a homemaker.
Surviving: sons, Curtis Dorman of Woodbridge, Va., Roger and Edward Dorman of Page; daughters, Sharon Newhouse of Ansted, Diana Hudson of Page; brothers, George Walker of Wriston, Jack Walker of Erie, Pa.; Violet Marie Proctor of Erie; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Service will be 2:30 Friday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Wayne Johnson officiating. Entombment will be in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Ruth J. Fontana
NEWELL -- Ruth J. Fontana, 73, of Newell, Hancock County, died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in Weirton Medical Center after a long illness. She was a former employee of Broomhall's Market, Newell, and Homer Laughlin China Co., Newell. She was a member of Newell United Methodist Church.
Surviving: daughter, Karen Carpenter Runion of Sissonville; stepdaughter, Ellen Redden of Oak Hill; stepson, Dallas Fontana of Silver Spring, Md.; sisters, Helen Wycoff of Chester, Eva McCuen of Newell; brother, Eddie DeBEE of Chester; one granddaughter; five stepgrandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Nixon Funeral Home, Newell, with Pastor Pam Shuman officiating. Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery, Chester. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Information provided by Stevens-Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Fred P. Foster Jr.
KILSYTH -- Fred Pearlington "Iggie" Foster Jr., 75, of Kilsyth died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, after a long illness. He was a retired miner, member of the UMW, attended Christ Fellowship Church, Oak Hill, and was an Army private first class during World War II.
Surviving: wife, Dorothy Aliff Foster; daughters, Vera Surface of Kilsyth, Debbie Green of Maple Fork, Sharon Frye of Stoneham, Mass.; sons, Gary Aliff of Plain City, Ohio, Freddie Foster of Niota, Tenn.; sister, Erma Cale of Sandstone; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Robert Morey officiating. Entombment will be in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3110, Oak Hill. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Christ Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 241, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Orvia S. Frazier
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -- Orvia Spiecher Frazier, 90, of Satellite Beach, formerly of Dunbar, W.Va., died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Holmes Hospital, Melbourne, Fla., after a short illness. She retired from the West Virginia Department of Education and was a member of Satellite Beach United Methodist Church.
Surviving: son, Charles Boone Wilson of Melbourne; sisters, Opal E. Johnson of Dunbar, Dormal E. Cometti of Charleston, W.Va.; brother, Carl Eismon of Fallbrook, Calif.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Service was May 17 at Florida Memorial Gardens, Melbourne.

Lloyd A. Greenwood
Lloyd Abram Greenwood, 81, of South Charleston died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in CAMC, General Division, after a long illness. He was the retired owner/operator of Greenwood Realty Brokerage Co. with 29 years of service, a former real estate broker and a former employee of Charleston Newspapers' advertising department. He was a native of Warren, Ark., an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Capital City Church of Christ.
Surviving: wife, Isabelle Frances Jarvis Greenwood; sons, Joe D. Greenwood of South Charleston, Gary Keith Greenwood of Charleston; daughters, Sandra Carew of Houston, Texas, Lucinda Greenwood of Charleston; brothers, Edgar M. Greenwood of Clearwater, Fla., William Terrell Greenwood of Winston Salem, N.C.; one grandchild. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with Evangelist Victor Clevenger officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, 400 Allen Drive, Charleston, WV 25302, or to Capital City Church of Christ, P.O. Box 11282, Charleston, WV 25339.

Maude Grimmett
MIDWAY -- Maude Grimmett, 96, of Midway, Raleigh County, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in a Beckley nursing center after a long illness. Rose-Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

James B. Hayes
POINT PLEASANT -- James Burton Hayes, 40, of Point Pleasant, formerly of Robertsburg, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, after an apparent heart attack. He was disabled.
Surviving: wife, Barbara Grimm Hayes; father and stepmother, Burdell and Joann Hayes of Robertsburg; stepfather and mother, Lester and Hope Hypes of Milton; sisters, Teresa Nass and Anita Hayes of Milton; grandmother, Eliza Johnson of Lebanon, Va.; several nieces and nephews. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Herbert Buck officiating. Burial will be in Tucker Cemetery, Grimms Landing. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Betty M. Italiano
CRAB ORCHARD -- Betty M. Heath Harrah Italiano, 69, of Crab Orchard died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Stoco High School.
Surviving: husband, Joseph Italiano; son, Jimmy Harrah of Pemberton; daughters, Mitzy Perkins of Pemberton, Connie Lilly of Cool Ridge, Kathy Riddle of Coal City; stepson, William L. Italiano of Newport News, Va.; stepdaughter, Sandra Deutsch of Pennsylvania; brothers, Jimmy Heath of Lester, Jack Heath of Midway, Dick Heath of Stafford, Va., Darvis Heath of Fairhope, Ala., Dean Heath of Virginia; sisters, Judy Motley of Grandview, Norma Hatfield of Meadow Bridge, Patty Reed of Virginia; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with the Rev. Dale Birchfield officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Randy R. Jennings
POCA -- Randy Ray Jennings, 37, of Poca died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at home. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy, said a spokesman for the medical examiner's office. He was a welder for Terramite Corp. and a member of Boilmakers Union Local 667.
Surviving: wife, Patra S. Cadle Jennings; stepson, Jay Parsons at home; brother, Rodney Jennings of Scott Depot; sisters, Fern Miley and Connie Thomas of Mount Gilead, Ohio, Vicky Leishman of South Charleston. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, with Pastor Paul Bailey officiating. Entombment will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Thelma E. Linger
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Thelma Ellen Linger, 86, of Newport News died Monday, May 18, 1998, in James River Convalescent Center. She was a native of Berryburg, Barbour County, W.Va., a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News, and had served with the West Virginia United Methodist Conference more than four decades.
Surviving: sons, Ottis Linger Jr. of South Charleston, W.Va., Donald E. Linger of Newport News; sisters, Norma Jean Yost of Fairmont, W.Va., Ursuline Hamilton of Fountain Green, Utah; brother, Nyle Sherbs of Fairmont; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon, W.Va. Burial will be in Heavner Cemetery, Buckhannon. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601. Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, is in charge of arrangements in Virginia.

Emitt H. McCumbers
CAMDEN ON GAULEY -- Emitt H. McCumbers, 86, of Camden on Gauley died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at home after a long illness. He was a Protestant, a retired miner and a lifelong resident of Webster County.
Surviving: wife, Hazel Hickman McCumbers; son, Roy McCumbers of Camden on Gauley; daughter, Jean Gatto of Camden on Gauley; brother, Stewart McCumbers of Camden on Gauley; sister, Jackie Justus of Georgetown, Texas; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with ther Rev. Keith Williams officiating. There will be no visitation. Adams Funeral Home, Cowen, is in charge of arrangements.

John F. Nelson Sr.
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- John Francis "Frank" Nelson Sr., 104, of Lynchburg died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in Drinkard Health Center. He was a graduate of Lynchburg High School, an Army veteran of World War I, a retired general manager from Armour Meat Packing Co., Charleston, W.Va., with 48 years of service, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and a former member of the Ruritan Club, Charleston.
Surviving: daughter, Evelyn Nelson Treadgold of Savannah, Ga.; son, John F. Nelson Jr. of Charleston; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be in Spring Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Wigner officiating. Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Weisert Memorial Chapel, Westminster Canterbury. The family suggests memorial contributions to Westminster Canterbury Educational Assistance Fund. Diuguid Funeral Service's Rivermont Chapel, Lynchburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles J. O'Dell
SCOTT DEPOT -- Charles J. O'Dell, 75, of Scott Depot died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in CAMC, General Division, after a long illness. He was a retired operator from Union Carbide, Institute, with 35 years of service, a member of Church of God, Nitro, and a native of Erbacon.
Surviving: wife, Dorma E. O'Dell; daughter, Emil Witherell of Yawkey; sister, Helen Lynch of Webster Springs; brother, Roy O'Dell of Cowen; granddaughters, Melody Pauley of Lexington, Ky., Sarah Wills of Indianapolis, Ind. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Harold Goodpastor and the Rev. Wade Austin officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ernest Parsons
Ernest Parsons, 83, of Sissonville died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in home after a long illness. Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret E. Petrillo
OAK HILL -- Margaret E. Petrillo, 73, of Oak Hill, formerly of Riverdale, Md., died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in Hidden Valley Nursing Home. She was a former accountant for Wheaton Storage and Van, Fairfax, Va., a former employee of the Hathaway Hatchery near Harrisville, and a graduate of Shinnston High School.
Surviving: brother, Walter C. "Bud" Alkire Jr. of Highland; sister, Judith A. Duncan of Dunbar; several nieces and nephews. Service was to be 11 a.m. today at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Gene Kerby officiating. Burial was to be in Highland Cemetery.


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