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Hazel Case Hargrove
TAMPA, Fla. -- Hazel Case Hargrove, 86, of Tampa, formerly of Cowen, W.Va., died Dec. 5, 1997. She attended Glenville College and obtained a master's degree from the University of Maryland. She was a teacher in the Webster County School System and worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Beltsville Research Center, Beltsville, Md. She worked with handicapped children and helped establish the Florida State Book Depository for the Visually Handicapped. She was a member of Temple Terrace United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Metropolitan Ministries, Temple Terrace United Methodist Church and University Community Hospital.
Surviving: sister, Opal Williams; several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Cowen United Methodist Church, Cowen, W.Va. 26202.

Elizabeth V. Healy
CARNEY'S POINT, N.J. -- Elizabeth V. Healy, 92, of Carney's Point, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Jan. 1, 1998, in Memorial Hospital of Salem County after a short illness. She was a longtime resident of Salem County.
Surviving: daughters, Elizabeth H. Wildman of Powhatan, Va., Shirlet H. Hunter of Pennsville, N.J.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. There will be a private family service at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Carney's Point Fire & Rescue Co., Walker Street and D Street, Carney's Point, N.J. 08069. John D. Laughrey Funeral Home, Pennsville, N.J., is in charge of arrangements.

Eula V. Hill Hogsette
Eula Virginia Hill Hogsette, 97, of South Charleston died Jan. 2, 1998, in Teays Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a 50-year member of Wilcox Presbyterian Church.
Surviving: sister, Vivian Melton of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Sherman Hill of South Charleston. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Roy Gwinn officiating. There will be no visitation. Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

India Marie Jennings
India Marie Jennings, 91, of Charleston died Jan. 1, 1998, after a long illness. She was a graduate of Garnet High School and Morgan State University. She was a science teacher at Boyd Junior High School and Woodrow Wilson Junior High School until her retirement in 1966. She was a jury commissioner for the U.S. District Court in Southern West Virginia, a member of Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a former member of the choir, United Methodist Women, and the Circle Four. She was a member of Link's Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., and the College Alumnae Club. Survivng: adopted daughter, Eva Kaye Hawkins of St. Albans; sister-in-law, Mrs. Thomas E. Jennings Jr.; nephew, Joseph Nixon of Chicago; grandnephew, Thomas E. Jennings III of Long Beach, Calif.; grandnieces, Marissa Jennings of Los Angeles, Helen Black of Chicago; one grandchild. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rupert Evans officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call two hours prior to service Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christian Education Fund of Simpson Memorial Methodist Church, 607 Shrewsbury St., Charleston, W.Va. 25301. Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Harry G. Johnson Sr.
Harry G. Johnson Sr., 82, of Nitro died Jan. 3, 1998, in General Division, CAMC, after a long illness. He was a retired butcher from Kroger's with 35 years' service and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Putnam Lodge 85; Buena Vista Encampment 80, Poca; Patriarchs Militant 140, Charleston; and Ancient Order of the IOOF Samaritans. He was past deputy grand master of District 13 IOOF and past grand master of the Grand Lodge, IOOF of West Virginia. He was a member of Forest Rose Rebekah Lodge 143, Poca.
Surviving: daughters, Carolyn S. Paul and Elisabeth Johnson of Nitro; son, Harry G. Johnson Jr. of Massillon, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Janet Elaine Kay
RIPLEY -- Janet Elaine Kay, 55, of Ripley died Jan. 3, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was a nurse's aide at Jackson General Hospital with 32 years' service, a member of Health Care Workers Laborers Union Local 824, Morgantown, and a Protestant.
Surviving: husband, Walter Leo Kay; sons, Gary of Mount Alto, Rodney "Whitey" of Cottageville, Tim of Burgaw, N.C., Anthony of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cecila Ann Keadle
ALDERSON -- Cecilia Ann Fowler Keadle, 55, of Alderson, formerly of St. Albans, died Jan. 2, 1998, in Columbia Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, after a short illness. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught at Ronceverte Elementary and Alderson Elementary. She was a graduate of St. Albans High School, attended Marshall University, and was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a member of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church and West Virginia Professional Educators.
Surviving: husband, Barry L. Keadle; son, Scott of Louisville, Ky.; daughters, Beth Massey of Yadkinville, N.C., Jenifer Keadle of Wheeling; parents, Freeman and Dorothy Dixon Fowler of Alderson; sister, Teresa Wood of Chesterfield, Va.; two grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Alderson, with the Rev. Sam Groves, the Rev. Clark Peloubet and Andy McThenia officiating. Burial will be in Gwinn Memorial Cemetery, Alderson. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, and one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Education Fund for Lisa Trabue, c/o Davis Stuart School.

Flora A. Woodall Keener
RIPLEY -- Flora Ann Woodall Keener, 58, of Ripley, formerly of Charleston, died Jan. 3, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was a social worker for Coordinating Council for Independent Living, Dunbar, and a member of Parents of Murdered Children.
Surviving: sons, Robert and Kelly, both of Charleston, Ricky of Ripley, Kevin of Dunbar; daughters, Pattie Woodall and Barbara Keener, both of Charleston; sister, Ernestine Wells of Charleston; three grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston.

Mamie Mae Legg
BICKMORE -- Mamie Mae Legg, 93, of Bickmore, Clay County, died Jan. 3, 1998, in Arthur B. Hodges Center after a long illness. She was a homemaker and member of Fola Baptist Church.
Surviving: daughter, Reba Lockhart of Charleston; son, Adrian "Punch" Legg of Bickmore; 20 grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with the Rev. Wallace Hamrick officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Frank E. McFarland Jr.
Frank E. "Spud" McFarland Jr., 52, of Elkview, formerly of Charleston, died Jan. 1, 1998, at home after an apparent heart attack. He was a courtesy transporter for Jeff Morris Subaru and was formerly with Rollyson Motors. He was a Baptist and member of Moose Lodge 565, Nitro.
Surviving: wife, Helen K.; stepson, Jeremy Bragg at home; daughter, Misty S. White of Charleston; stepdaughter, Samantha Chandler at home; brothers, Butch and Billy, both of Charleston; half brother, Leon Childers of Clifton Forge, Va.; sisters, Betsy Carter, Janet White and Freda Carr, all of Charleston; half sister, Rava Hudgins of Alexandria, Va.; one granddaughter. Service will be 11 a.m. today at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, with the Rev. Woody Harper officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston.

Clayton H. Miller
NAOMA -- Clayton H. Miller, 77, of Naoma, Raleigh County, died Jan. 2, 1998, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a long illness. He was a retired miner and member of UMW.
Surviving: sons, Jerry of Beckley, John of Rand, Jody of Roanoke, Va.; daughter, Janet Moye of Covington, Va.; brothers, Eugene of Ravenna, Ohio, Sidney of Brook Park, Ohio; sister, Essie Jarrell of Gassaway; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. Kevin Webb and the Rev. George Miller officiating. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Naoma. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Hattie S. Mottesheard
Hattie Singer Mottesheard, 89, of Kanawha City died Dec. 30, 1997, in Orange County Nursing Home, Charlottesville, Va., after a short illness. She was a lifelong resident of Charleston, a graduate of Mason School of Music, and was active in Republican politics.
Surviving: daughters, Ann Davis of Charleston, Elizabeth Chakeres of Alexandria, Va.; half brother, Robert C. Singer of Cross Lanes; one grandchild; one great-grandchild. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Keith Clarke officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Alex Nelms
WHITMAN -- Alex Nelms, 83, of Whitman, Logan County, died Dec. 29, 1997, in Guyan Valley Hospital. He was a member of Whitman Church of God, former school bus driver for Logan County Board of Education, a retired miner and member of UMW.
Surviving: wife, Addie Joann White Nelms; sons, Christopher Nelms of Charleston, Michael Farmer of Chapmanville; sister, Mattie Todd of Mayberry; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private service was Dec. 31, 1997, at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

Reed A. Petry
RAVENSWOOD -- Reed A. Petry, 70, of Ravenswood died Jan. 2, 1998, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, after a long illness. He was a former miner and a truck driver.
Surviving: daughter, Shirley Buckbee of Cottageville; sons, Donald Petry of Belpre, Ohio, Andy Petry of Newport News, Va., Robert Petry of Ravenswood, Roger Petry of Evans, Jack Petry of Indiana, Pa. Service will be 1 p.m. today at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Roy E. Price
Roy E. Price, 82, of Belle died Jan. 3, 1998, at home after a long illness. He was a retired State Farm Insurance agent with 33 years' service, a retired operator from E.I. DuPont Chemical with 31 years' service, and a member of Belle Volunteer Fire Dept., where he was the first fire chief. He was originator of Ambulance Service, EMT, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was the Upper Kanawha Valley Representative to the National Institute of Chemical Studies.
Surviving: wife, Hazel G. Price; daughter, Jane P. Coy of DeLand, Fla.; son, Roy E. Jr. of Charleston; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with the Rev. Keith Clarke and the Rev. Norman Phillips officiating. The body has been donated to West Virginia University Medical School. Donations may be made to Belle Volunteer Fire Dept. Training Fund, Belle Volunteer Fire Dept., 708 E. DuPont Ave., Belle, W.Va. 25015.

Alma L. Sayre
GRUNDY, Va. -- Alma L. West Sayre, 84, of Grundy, formerly of Jackson County, W.Va., died Dec. 28, 1997, in Buchanan General Hospital after a long illness. She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.
Surviving: daughters, Charlotte Janet Cain Skeens and Margaret Cain Lockhart, both of Grundy; stepdaughter, Evelyn Hunt of Evans, W.Va.; stepsons, Page Sayre of Cottageville, W.Va., Wilmer Sayre Jr. of Charleston, W.Va.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Service was Dec. 31, 1997, in Grundy with Evangelist Michael Trent, Evangelist Mike Rife and Evangelist Jackie Miller officiating. Burial was in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock. Information submitted by Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Charles Edward Sims
Charles Edward Sims, 70, of Dupont City died Jan. 1, 1998, in Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness. He was owner of Sims & Sons Excavating Co. and the former Sims Skating Rink, Belle. He was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Belle, and Chelyan Lodge 158, and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving: wife, Nancy Lou Seacrist; daughters, Toby Werthammer of Huntington, Elaine Coleman of Notasulga, Ala.; sons, Michael G. of Phoenix, Phillip S. of Dupont City; brother, John Sims of Nellysford, Va.; six grandchildren. Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Monday at Judson Baptist Church, Belle, with the Rev. Ron Burnsworth officiating. Donations of sympathy may be made to Charles Sims Memorial Fund for Local Rehabilitation Programs, c/o Belle Branch of Huntington Bank, Fourth Street and DuPont Avenue, Belle, W.Va. 25015. Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Mae Adams
BECKLEY -- Edith Mae Goad Adams, 79, of Beckley died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness. She was a longtime resident of Raleigh County, a homemaker and a member of Calvary Assembly of God.
Surviving: sister, Pearl Grumbine of Westminster, Md.; granddaughter, Sesta Martin of Beckley; grandsons, Darrell Church and Timothy Church of Ironton, Ohio, Roy Lee Cranford of Jacksonville, Fla.; three great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, with the Rev. Allen Whitt officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Shirley F. Adkins
MEADOW BRIDGE -- Shirley Ferrell Adkins, 59, of Meadow Bridge died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a long illness. He was a lifetime resident of Meadow Bridge, a member of the Holiness Church and was a disabled construction worker.
Surviving: wife, Doris Lemon Adkins of Hinton; daughters, Shirley May Adkins and Donna Ray Adkins, of Chicago, Ill., Barbara Ann Adkins of Summersville; sons, Thomas Ferrell Buckland of Sandstone, Randy Wayne Buckland of Hinton; sister, Patricia Hammons of Hinton; several grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Sister Tacy Black officiating. Burial will be in Ennis Cemetery, Backus Mountain. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George W. Agerter Jr.
RUSSELL, Pa. -- George W. Agerter Jr., 80, of Russell died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, in CAMC, General Division, after a short illness. He retired from Pittsburgh Board of Education, was a member of Scandia Covenant Church, Scandia, Pa., an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was a member of Scandia Volunteer Fire Dept.
Surviving: wife, Nancy West Agerter; daughters, Linda Agerter of Berkeley, Calif., Corinee Agerter of Tucson, Ariz., Jodi Stearns of Charleston, W.Va.; three grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Scandia Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Scandia Volunteer Fire Dept., Route 1, Box 1641, Scandia Road, Russell, PA 16345, or a charity of choice. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte F. Anderson
Charlotte Frances Anderson, 67, of Nitro died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a 37-year resident of the Kanawha Valley.
Surviving: husband, Thurmond Anderson Sr.; son, Thurmond Jr. of Nitro; daughters, Marcella Atkinson of Georgia, Debbie Fish of Nitro; brother, Northup Clark of Tyler Mountain; sister, Evelyn Hager of North Charleston; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. John Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery, Dunbar. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leno Bianchinotti
Leno Bianchinotti, 84, of Dunbar died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, in Americare of Dunbar after a long illness. He was an employee of Appalachian Power and was a Catholic.
Surviving: son, Robert of Dunbar; sister, Ernestine Whitaker of Somerset, Ky.; grandson, Jason Bianchinotti of Dunbar; several other relatives. Service was Friday at Maggard Brothers Funeral Home, Hazard, Ky. Burial was in Hazard.

Clifford O. Bias
SWITZER -- Clifford O. Bias, 72, of Switzer died Jan. 3, 1998, in Logan General Hospital after a short illness. He was a retired miner, member of UMW, Army veteran of World War II and a member of Crooked Creek Church of Christ.
Surviving: wife, Olive Dingess Bias; sons, Glenn of Industry, Edwin of Sarah Ann, Mark of Micco; daughters, Donna Adkins of Henlawson, Pat Adkins of Barnabus, Judy Damron of Columbus, Ohio, Jill Clark and Robin Bias, of Switzer; brother, Roy Bias Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters, Linnie Bell Aleshire of Syracuse, Ohio, Wanda Faulk and Jean Bias, of Pomeroy, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crooked Creek Church of Christ with Minister Vernon Eldridge Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Florence I. Bokey
Florence I. Biagi Bokey, 97, of Cross Lanes died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Charles-ton, and a longtime resident of Charles-ton.
Surviving: son, Charles W. Bokey of Cross Lanes; daughters, Patricia Grady of Chelyan, Carolyn Jarrett of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother, Pete Biagi of Charleston; sisters, Lola Burcker, Lucille Biagi, Audrey Biagi, Mary Biagi and Katherine Biagi of Charleston, Mildred Bell of Welch; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. David R. Green officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Jessica Kay Brady
SUTTON -- Jessica Kay Brady, 16, of Sutton was found dead Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in a ditch on Cutlip's Fork near Sutton, said a spokesman for the Sutton State Police detachment. Her body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in South Charleston to determine the cause of death. She was a Baptist and a sophomore at Braxton County High School.
Surviving: son, Jeremiah David Brady at home; mother, Nancy Cowger Brady of Gassaway; father, Randall Brady of Gassaway; half-sister, Patricia Diana Skidmore of Ohio; brother, Jeremy Brady of Gassaway; maternal grandparents, John and Barbara Cowger of Gassaway; paternal grandfather, Joseph Brady of Gassaway; paternal great-grandmother, Virginia Brady of Gassaway. Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Greene-Roberson Funeral Home, Sutton, with the Rev. Mark Gerwig officiating. Burial will be in Sands Cemetery, Bluefield. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Minnie C. Brightwell
Minnie Cathrine Brightwell, 70, of Sissonville died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, in CAMC, General Division, after a long illness. She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Sissonville.
Surviving: son, Larry F. Tate of Cana, Va.; daughters, Bonnie Thaxton, Cathy Harper and Linda Burford of Sissonville, Vivian Ingram of Charleston; brother, William Fields of Sissonville; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Means and the Rev. Eddie Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Derrick Cemetery, Sissonville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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