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Joseph 'Joey' D. Pegg
Joseph "Joey" D. Pegg, age 2 years 6 months, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in the West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown. The son of William Michael Pegg and April Joann Lewis of Bruceton Mills, he was born July 26, 1999, in Morgantown. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Robert Michael Pegg, of Mount Savage, Md., and Michael Andrew Rosenberger/Pegg, of Cumberland, Md.; paternal grandparents, Joyce Elaine Haines, of Morgantown, and William Joseph Pegg, of Frostburg, Md.; maternal grandparents, Buddy Joe and Adra Sisler Lewis, of Bruceton Mills; paternal great-grandparents, Kenneth Ray Pegg, of New Martinsville, and Dorothy M. Johnson, of Morgantown; and maternal great-grandparents, Stanley and Louanna Sisler, of Accident, Md. Friends may call at Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Brandonville, Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, with the Revs. Richard Sisler and Paul Sisler officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mount Morris, Pa.

Sarah L.H. Lazzell
Sarah Louise Hooper Lazzell, 76, of Unity Manor, Morgantown, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Nemacolin, Pa., a daughter of the late Charles and Delta Bender Hooper. She attended First Baptist Church in Morgantown. She lived in Morgantown most of her life and was formerly employed with RFL Lumber Co., Equitable Insurance Co. and WVU Housing Authority. She also worked at Morgantown Health Right, and provided private, in-home care. She volunteered at several agencies, including the Alzheimer's Association and In Touch and Concerned. She was a very caring, selfless person, who would give aid to anyone who needed it. She is survived by two sons, David W. Lazzell, and companion, Barbara Walters, of Morgantown, and Duane P. Lazell, and companion, Sally L. Wilts, of Bruceton; three grandchildren, Melissa D. Lazzell, Heather Tyler, and David P. Lazzell; one great-grandchild, Colby James Tyler; two sisters, Lois Ruth Barbe Tidwell, and Mary Grace Hooper; one brother, William Karl Hooper; and three half-brothers, Rue F. Lazzell, Carl L. Lazzell, and Charles T. Lazzell. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen Reed Hooper, and Darress Damon Hooper; and three sisters, Mavis Blanche Hooper, Anna Jean Hooper, and Shirley Elizabeth Hooper. Cremation services will be provided by Hastings Funeral Home. Friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, from 3 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 4 p.m., with Rev. James Stinespring officiating. Donations may be made in her memory c/o David W. Lazzell, 386 Independence Hills, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Elizabeth Willets Camp
Elizabeth Willets Camp, a pioneer for women in the radio and television industry in West Virginia, died Jan. 26, 2002, at the age of 86. Born Sept. 1, 1915, in Fairpoint, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Nelle Willetts. She graduated from Morgantown High School in 1932. While attending WVU, she was a member of the Debate Team and an outstanding speaker, winning many state, regional and national competitions. Following her graduation from West Virginia University in 1937, she began a 64-year marriage to Scott Camp Jr., of Charleston. During her career, Mrs. Camp was a radio and television copywriter, promotional director, newsperson and talk show host for WCHS in Charleston. Mr. Camp was the captain of the tennis team at WVU and a member of Delta Tau Delta. All three of their children graduated from WVU as well. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Camp is survived by two sons, Scott, of Red Bluff, Calif., who lettered in soccer at WVU in 1962, and Robert, of Martinez, Calif., who was captain of the basketball team in 1965; her daughter, Nancy Jacobs, a Maryland state senator of Abingdon, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, in Maryland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163. Cards may be sent to Scott Camp Jr., 18020 Highway 36 West, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

Joseph W. Ridenour
Joseph Washington Ridenour, 62, of 2044 Fairfax Pike, White Post, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Ridenour was born Feb. 22, 1939, in Kingwood, the son of the late Charles W. and Retha Mildred Eagle Ridenour. He was an auto mechanic at GW Motors and Chapman Motors. Mr. Ridenour married Violet Arbutus Sirbaugh on June 18, 1975, in Oakland, Md. Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Sarah Kirk, of Terra Alta; two sons, Russell J. Ridenour and David Mayne, of Oakland, Md.; a stepson, Ray Sirbaugh, of White Post; stepdaughters, Mary Croston, of Oakland, Md., Helen Horst, of Sharpsville, Md. and Ruby Huffman, of Winchester, Va.; three grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Prettyman, of Alexandria, Minn. and Martha Dolly, of Okahumpka, Fla.; and three brothers, Charles J. Ridenour, of Tunnelton, Thomas D. Ridenour, of White Post, and Robert T. Ridenour, of Rowlesburg. The family will receive friends at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. Interment will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Lee Kerns Sr., Ricky Lee Kerns Jr., Travis Lee Kerns, Ray Baker, Roger Strawser and Tommy Ridenour.

Patricia Simpson Baker
Patricia Simpson Baker, 87, of Morgantown, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown, Spruce Street. A Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.

Bertha P. Tracy
Bertha P. Tracy, 85, of 1301 Sabraton Ave., died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Derings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Arthur Joe Lee
Arthur Joe Lee, 71, of Crawford Avenue, Star City, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at home. Hastings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brooks W. Mason
Brooks W. Mason, 72, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Sunbridge Care & Rehabilitation for Dunbar. He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways in Morgantown. He is survived by a daughter, Maria "Chiki" Mullins, of Roswell, Ga.; two sons, Brooks Kevin Mason, of San Diego, Calif., and Mark R. Mason, of Charleston; a brother, Cliff Mason, of Charleston; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Garnet C. Mason. Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with Pastor David Bess officiating. Burial will be in Forks of Coal Memorial Park. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. at the funeral home.

Waddia A. Rafail Jr.
Waddia Anthony Rafail Jr., 62, of Smithfield, Pa., died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, in Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Uniontown, Pa., a son of the late Waddia Anthony Rafail Sr. and Rose Faris Rafail. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Mills; and a brother, Tom Rafail. Waddia was a member of Fairchance Church of Worship, was a graduate of St. John's High School, and attended St. Vincent College. He was the owner and operator of Waddia Rafail Beer Distributor in the area, and was a good family man who loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Betty Stark Rafail; six children, Rose Sanders and husband, Robert Jr., of Masontown, Waddia Anthony Rafail III and wife, Carol, Jerome Rafail and wife, Billie, Phillip M. Rafail, Lisa M. Rafail, and Beth Ann Rafail, all of Smithfield; four grandchildren, Robert Sanders III, Joshua Sanders, Julie Sanders, and Jerome Edward Rafail; a sister, Rita Koury, of Connellsville; a brother, Joseph Rafail, and wife, Ann, of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Haky Funeral Homes Inc., a Dignity Memorial Provider, 139 W. Fayette St., Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 11, until 11 a.m., the hour of service, with Pastor Mark Kephart officiating. Interment will follow i* Park Place Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairchance Church of Worship, Fairchance, PA 15436.

Benjamin Tucker Jr.
Benjamin Tucker Jr., 81, of 901 Hodges Ave., Morgantown, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, in Monongalia General Hospital of nocardia pneumonia. He was born June 26, 1920, in Morgantown, a son of the late Benjamin Sr. and Adeline Jones Tucker. He retired from the C&P Telephone Co., where he was employed from August 1947 until October 1984 as a cable splicer. He was a member of the Monongalia Lodge No. 10 IOOF and the Verizon Pioneers, where he was a member and former chairman of the environmen tal committee that planted trees at Pricketts Fort. He received the Marion E. Gillett Community Service Award from the Pioneers in 1987 for installing Lifelines in the homes of senior citizens in Monongalia County. He was active in the Pioneers International Sports Jamboree for the Handicapped at North Bend State Park. He was also a member of the Mason-Dixon Rifle Club and the NRA. He served in World War II with the 978th Field Artillery Unit in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, which included the Battle of the Bulge. In recent years he was often seen dining with family at Apple Annie's in Point Marion. He is survived by his wife, Betty C. Tucker; one son and spouse, Phillip Mark and Doris Mathess Tucker, of Morgantown; one daughter and spouse, Carolyn and Russ Smith, of Charleston; one brother, David K. Tucker and fiancee Madelyn Hudak, of Sebastian, Fla.; one grandson, James R. Smith, of Charleston; one granddaughter, Haley Tucker, of Morgantown, and nieces Susan Gonyea, of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Susan Todd, of Wytheville, Va. He was preceded in death by one son, John (J.T.) Tucker, and one sister, Evelyn Quenon. Friends may call at Dering's Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 11, at Wesley United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service, with Dr. Ken A. Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in East Oak Grove Cemetery. Monongalia Lodge No. 10 IOOF will conduct memorial services at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Verizon Pioneers Sports Jamboree Sports Camp, c/o Harold Neal, 5516 Lancaster Ave., Charleston, WV 25304; or Wesley United Methodist Church, Willey Street, Morgantown, WV 26505. Following the interment, family and friends are invited to a reception at the church.

Anna Haines
Anna Lou Haines, 64, of Littleton, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at her residence. She was born March 29, 1937, at Littleton, a daughter of the late Gomer and Marquerite Thomas Evans. Mrs. Haines was a licensed practical nurse and worked providing care to the elderly in the Hundred area. She was a fun-loving person who loved life and spending time with her family. She was a Protestant by faith. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Teresa Haines, of Morgantown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jan Neely, of Hundred, and Darlene and Greg Johnston, of Carmichaels, Pa.; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol Sue and Perry Kuhn, of Littleton; her fiance, Nick Kose, of Rachel; four grandchildren, Sheena Davisson, Travis Neely, Brandi Johnston and Leah Haines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Haines, on July 12, 1987; and two daughters, Joni Lynn Haines and Crystal Haines. Friends may call at the Tennant Funeral Home in Hundred from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Sunday with Evangelist Steve Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in the Thomas Addition Sand Hill Cemetery, Ned, Pa. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tennantfuneralhome.com.

Ross Maxwell Nuce
Ross Maxwell Nuce, 83, of Aarons Creek Road, Morgantown, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Monongalia General Hospital. He was born Feb. 22, 1918, in Morgantown, a son of the late Leroy and Linnie B. Henry Nuce. He was a member of the Methodist faith. He retired as electrician's assistant from West Virginia University. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by one brother and spouse, Blaine and Sue Nuce of Masontown; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Wayne (Mary) Nuce of Aarons Creek Road, and Mrs. Guy (Wanita) Nuce of Tyrone Road, and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Bertha Smith, Ava Lester, Mabel Hagedorn and Ruth Mayfield, and five brothers, Clarence Nuce, Guy Nuce, Herman Nuce, Wayne Nuce and Everett Nuce. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Agnew officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Delbert D. Freeland
Delbert D. Freeland, 84, of Kingwood, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Preston Memorial Hospital. James G. Lobb Funeral Home, in Kingwood, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Elizabeth Booth
Elizabeth Field Herman Booth, was born in Boston, Mass., the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Edwards Woodbridge Herman, of Lincoln, Mass. She was graduated from Concord Academy, Concord, Mass., and the New England School of Art. She also studied painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and under several artists in Pittsburgh. She grew up in Lincoln, Mass., and lived in Cleveland, Ohio, and Sewickley, Pa., before moving to Old Saybrook in 1987. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and a direct descendant of Gov. Thomas Dudley, the second governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was a member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, the Garden Club of America, the Village Garden Club in Sewickley, the New London Garden Club, the Old Saybrook Garden Club, and the Old Lyme Country Club. She was a past president of the Child Health Association. She taught in the Sewickley Academy Kindergarten for over 10 years. She was a founder of "C.C.S." Creative Convention Services, and served as president for its first 10 years. C.C.S. is a service business providing meeting planners with banquets, theme parties, and sightseeing tours. During the war, she worked at Harvard Radio Research Laboratories. Her husband, Lloyd Booth, preceded her in death. She leaves three children, Lloyd Booth III, of Bremerton, Wash., Elizabeth Booth Tierney, of Riverside, Conn., and Charles H. Booth, of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Alan McClennen, of Chatham, Mass.; a brother, William Field Herman, of Georgetown, Maine. Another brother, John Edwards Herman, preceded her in death. A memorial service will be at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on Monday at 11 a.m. Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Congregational Church, Ferry Street, Old Lyme; or to Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cancer Research Center, 1275 York Ave., NY, NY10021.

Jake J. Nickodem
Jake J. Nickodem, 91, of Star City, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at The Madison Rehab and Nursing Facility following an extended illness. He was born June 21, 1910, in Noblestown, Pa., son of the late Frank and Mary Miesso Nickodem. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nellie Frances Warzocha Nickodem; a daughter and spouse, Marcella and Allen K. Hill, of Star City; a son and spouse, Jacob John and Mary Jo Nickodem, of Dacula, Ga., Capt. Jessica Nickodem Rhyne, of USAF Base Spangadahlem in Germany, and Brandee Nickodem, of Big Rine Key, Fla. Mr. Nickodem's nephew, Father Ron Nickodem, of St. Louis King of France Church in Minneapolis, will also be in attendance with the family. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Star City and a former employee with the Davis-Lynch Glass Company where he was a skilled glass worker for over 21 years. He was a member of the American Flint and Glass Workers Union Local 28. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Carl E. Bauer officiating. Burial will follow at Lawnwood Cemetery. A scriptural wake service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302.

Ross Maxwell Nuce
Funeral services will be held at Hastings Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Agnew officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

J. Mason Bucklew Jr.
J. Mason Bucklew Jr., 88, of Fairmont, formerly of Morgantown, died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at Fairmont General Hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1913, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late J.M. Bucklew and Mayme Zinn Bucklew. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher and on the board of directors at the Church. He was a graduate of Morgantown High School and attended West Virginia University and Bucknell University. He was a 50-year member of the AF&AM Rowlesburg Lodge 165, Rowlesburg, and a 50-year member of the Morgantown Lions Club and a member of the M-Vets. He was retired from the Monongahela Power Company, Fairmont. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne Stemple Bucklew, whom he married Feb. 1, 1943; a son and daughter-in-law, Jay M. Bucklew III, and Libby L. Bucklew, of Morgantown; a daughter, Judy Bucklew Stuart, of New Market, Md.; a sister, Betty Conaway, of DeSoto, Texas; two grandchildren, Jay Mason Bucklew IV, of Morgantown, and Beth Ann Bucklew, of Morgantown; three nephews and a niece. He was also preceded in death by a brother, William H. Bucklew. Friends may call at Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at R.C. Jones Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Waybright and the Rev. Stacy Groscup officiating. Burial will follow in East Oak Grove Cemetery, Morgantown.

Dora Jean Hilling
Dora Jean Hilling, 73, of Protzman Street, Morgantown, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Granville. She was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Morgantown, a daughter of the late Clyde C. and Cora LaRue Hilling. She was formerly employed at Cappellanti's Grill, Austin's Market and O.J. Morrison's Department Store, where she had been a sales clerk for 20 years. She is survived by one son, Robert Allen Hilling, of Morgantown; one granddaughter, Tara Dawn Hilling; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Cecil Hilling; and two sisters, Gloria Gorbey and Mary Louise Calvert. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home from 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, until time of funeral services at 3:30 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Stacy Groscup officiating. Burial will follow at the Burnt Meeting House Cemetery.

James A. Day
James A. Day, 72, of North Canton, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, in his home. He was born June 8, 1929, in Davis, to the late Andrew and Dora Donahue Day. A member of First Southern Baptist Church, North Canton, he was a U.S. Army veteran, where he served two tours in the Korean War. He retired from the United Auto Workers Union in Hudson with 30 years of service. A lifelong lover of country and western music, he was master of ceremonies for the Ohio National Jubilee in Manchester. He is survived by his former wife, Oneida, of Canton; a son, Willima K. Day, of Palm Bay, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea J. and C. Scott Moore, of Canal Fulton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wives, Doris in 1999, and Shirley in 1997; several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Karlo & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Wes Kent and the Rev. Jack Taylor officiating. Burial will be in North Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Sidney Allen Staggers
Sidney Allen Staggers, 89, of Morgantown, and formerly of Cumberland, Md. and Hundred, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at The Madison. He was born June 24, 1912, at Wana, son of the late William F. and Nellie Phillips Staggers. Mr. Staggers was retired from Ruscoe Home Improvement Co., in Cumberland, and was a former school teacher. He was a member of the Joseph W. Summers Lodge 173, AF&AM of Morgantown, Socttish Rite of Free Masonry, Advisor to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, R itualist Advisor of the Cumberland Chapter of DeMolay, member of the Ali Ghan Temple of Cumberland, past president of the Cumberland Optimist Club, and a member of the Suncrest United Methodist Church of Morgantown. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Allen T. and Pat Staggers, of Fairmont, and John R. and Ruth Ann Staggers, of Paden City; a daughter and son-in-law, Joann "Jody" and John King, of Wadestown; six grandchildren, Dr. Mark R. King, Billy King, Cindy Barnhart, Pam Myers, Ashley Staggers, and Kelsey Staggers; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean T. Staggers, on March 1, 1998. Friends may call at Tennant Funeral Home in Hundred from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Brower officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park in Jefferson, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made to Morgantown Hospice, P.O. Box 4222, Morgantown, WV 26504. You may send condolences to the family at www.tennantfuneralhome.com.

Everett C. Krepps
Everett C. Krepps, 72, of Markleysburg, Pa., passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, in his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Markleysburg, son of the late Abraham and Ethel Smitley Krepps. Mr. Krepps attended the Gospel Center Church in Markleysburg. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and member of VFW Post 2523 in Bruceton Mills. He retired from Green Acres Contracting Co. and was a charter member of the Markleysburg-Henry Clay Volunteer Fire Company. Surviving are a daughter, Diane Crummitt, and husband, David, of Warrensville, Ohio; grandchildren Stephanie Lynn Bates and husband, Paul, and David E. Morrison, all of Markleysburg; great-grandchildren Destiny Seaira and Wyatt Paul; two brothers, Bill Krepps and wife, Connie of Markleysburg, and Virgil Krepps and wife, Delores, of Uniontown, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Glover Krepps in 1999; a son, David E. Krepps; a sister, Elizabeth Stimmel, and a brother, Oliver Krepps. Friends will be received in the Rodney S. Turner Funeral Home, 254 Main St., Markleysburg, Pa., from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Additional visitation continues in the Gospel Center Church, Main Street, Markleysburg, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, the hour of service, with the Rev. Martin Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Thomas Cemetery.

John William Friel
John William Friel, 65, of Blossom Lane, Morgantown, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2001 in Monongalia General Hospital. He was born Sept. 28, 1935, in Star City, a son of the late John W. and Elizabeth Constante Friel. He was a bus driver for the city of Morgantown, and was formerly an over-the-road truck driver. He was Catholic by faith and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Sanders Friel; a daughter, JoAnne McCann, of Bangor, Maine; two stepsons, Thomas Addair, of Kansas City, Kan., and Dan Addair Jr., of Augusta, Ga.; a brother, Hugh Friel, of New Jersey; a sister, Jacqueline Renner, of Star City; four grandchildren and a spouse, Danille and James Drew, Ryan Fish, Kristy McCann and Jaime McCann; and by four great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Dering's Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, from 10-11 a.m., the time of the service with the Rev. George D. Koon Jr. officiating. VFW Post 548 will conduct military rites.

Robert Lee Collins
Robert Lee Collins, 73, of Southfield, Mich., formerly of Kingwood and Morgantown, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at home. He was born on July 11, 1928, in Kingwood, a son of the late John and Cora Lee Collins. Mr. Collins was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Kingwood High School. He attended Kent State and West Virginia University, and was a graduate of Michigan State University in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in police science. At the time, Michigan State was one of just two universities in the United States to offer degrees in the scientific area of police work. Mr. Collins returned to college after working for several years as a Preston County deputy sheriff. After college graduation, he went to work for the City of Southfield, Mich., where he helped reorganize the Southfield Police Department, helping guide its growth from a small department into one of the largest major suburban police departments in the metropolitan Detroit area. For many years he headed the police lab, which he had established. He was also a pioneer in the use of computers in the area of public safety. He represented Southfield on the First Oakland County, Mich., group, developin and operating a countywide police computer network. He also taught police administration at Oakland County Community College. Mr. Collins is survived by a daughter and spouse, Lee Anne and James Wilson, of Morgantown; a son and spouse, Robert V. and Sandra Collins, of Southfield; his former wife, Alice Baggott Collins, of Morgantown; two sisters, Virginia Loar, of Wills Point, Texas, and Marie Collins, of Whittier, Calif.; a brother and spouse, John "Bud" and Betsey Collins, of Florida; six grandchildren, Jaime Wilson, of Morgantown, Courtney and Samantha Collins, Krystal and Shana Allen, all of Southfield, and Robert Thomas, of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mary N. Pinion
Mary N. Pinion, 85, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at MonPointe. She was born June 8, 1916, in Morgantown, a daughter of the late Ignatz and Anna Nekoranec. She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. She formerly owned and operated Jo's Beauty Salon on High Street and had served as President of Barbers and Beauticians of West Virginia. She was also a founding member of Pines Country Club. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Samuel Pinion; a son and spouse, Michael S. and Suzanne Pinion, of Morgantown; four grandchildren, Sam II, Maxwell, Liam, and Dominic Pinion; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Kusic, of Weirton, and Jane Ellen Bookman, of Wilmington, N.C. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Nekoranec, Albert Nekoranec and twin brother, Joseph Nekoranec. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday and at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, where the body will lie in state from 9 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 10 a.m. with Father Carl E. Bauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Lawnwood Cemetery.

Helen Justilio
Helen Justilio, 82, of Point Marion, Pa., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born Dec. 25, 1919, in Martin, Pa., daughter of the late August and Congenna Sorace Justilio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Marybelle Justilio, Josephine Chuiko, Angeline Barnes, Clementine Black, and Margaret Moore; and one brother, Albert Justilio. She is survived by two brothers, James Justilio, of Point Marion, and Jack Justilio, of Core; four nephews, Eugene Moore, of Point Marion, Lyman A. Roderick, of Point Marion, John Roderick, of Whitehouse, Pa., and Albert Earl Roderick, of Parma, Ohio. Friends will be received in the Louis E. Rudolph Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Point Marion, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and on Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, until 11 a.m. the hour of service with Pastor French Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Point Marion. Helen was a great lady and will be greatly missed by her family.

Paul J. Gillum Sr.
Paul J. Gillum Sr., 78, of Plant City, Fla., formerly a resident of Canyon, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at his home. He was born May 8, 1923, in Preston County, a son of Howard and Rittie Wilfong Gillum. He was a member of the Methodist faith, and a retired coal miner. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. After the mines, he worked in construction around the Morgantown area for eight years. He then worked at Reed's Exxon until his health forced him to retire in the late 1970s. He moved to Florida in 1980, where he remained active, enjoying his family and friends as his health allowed. He was preceded in death by his parentsl; four brothers; and one grandchild, Sherri. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Loretta Pounds Gillum; five sons, Paul J. Gillum Jr., Samuel Gillum, and James Gillum, all of Morgantown, Donnie Lee Gillum, of Lakeland, Fla., and Mark Wayne Gillum, of Mulberry, Fla.; a daughter, Virginia Cook, of Plant City; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosalie Gillum, and Virginia Bates, both of Cleveland, Ohio; and one brother, Denzel Gillum, of Medina, Ohio. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, with the Rev. William Fichtner officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Wilmer E. 'Mac' McClain
Wilmer E. "Mac" McClain, 78, of Montrose Avenue, Morgantown, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at his home after a long illness. He was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Everett, Pa., a son of the late George Alonzo and Verna Merideth Laidig McClain. He was of the Christian Faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany. After his discharge from the Army, he worked as a cook for a while, was then employed with McCrory's and Murphy's 5 and 10 before starting with Ben Franklin Stores, where he served as a Zone Manager. After his retirement in 1988, he was often called back to help out. He loved to travel and took pride in cooking. He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis "Faye" McClain and Wanda and spouse, John Sickles, of Morgantown; two brothers and spouses, Hartsel and Sprink McClain, of Mapleton Depot, Pa., and Ellis and Joyce McClain, of Mapleton Depot; a sister and spouse, Faye and Fred Stevens, of Mapleton Depot; two half-brothers, Paul Gress, of McConnellsburg, Pa., and George Gress, of Harrisonville, Pa.; and one grandchild, Tyler Jason Sickles. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Alonzo and Verna Merideth Laidig McClain; his stepmother, Lena Blanche Gress McClain; and his wife, Wilmenia Taylor McClain. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral home from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, from noon until time of funeral services at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Damon Nicholson officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.

Helen M. Callis
Helen M. Callis, 63, of Maryland Highway, Oakland, Md., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland. Born on July 4, 1938, in Bayard, she was the daughter of the late Gorman M. and Edna V. Davis Cullers. She is survived by her husband, James L. Callis; a daughter, Rita M. Lambka, of Kitzmiller, Md.; two sons, Dr. Stewart J. Callis, M.D., and Robert G. Callis, both of Oakland; four sisters, Janet M. Barr, of Petersburg, Marian L. Moreland, of Lanham, Md., Bonnie J. Harsh, of Aurora, and Betty L. Bolyard, of Eglon; three brothers, Roger L. Cullers, of Scherr, Harry R. Cullers, of Reading, Mass., and Melvin G. Cullers, of Aurora; and three grandchildren, Nicholas Callis, Daniel Lambka and Sarah Lambka. Friends will be received at the Stewart Funeral Home, 32 S. Second St., Oakland, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, with the Rev. Samuel Calhoun officiating. Interment will be in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Anna Marie Doubles
Anna Marie Doubles, 97, of Topeka, Kan., and formerly of Morgantown, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at the Rollin Hills Health Center in Topeka. She was born July 26, 1904, in New Eagle, Pa., the daughter of the late Fredrick Jacob and Wilhelmina Josephine Tschippert Weiland. She was a member of Spruce Street United Methodist Church since 1928. She was a charter member of the Wayside Helpers Sunday School Class and started attending at the age of 13. She had been a member of the Womens Home Defense Club since 1926. She was a member of the Morgantown Senior Center, the Kitchenaire Band, the Over 80 Club part of the Senior Center, AARP, and was a former member of the Morgantown Women's Club, and held several offices. She is survived by a daughter and spouse, Janice Marie and Dr. John M. Cokeley, of Topeka; three grandchildren, Laurie Cokeley, of Topeka, Will Cokeley, of Delia, Kan., Sharon Wakshaw, of Shawnee, Kan.; two great-grandchildren, Holly Cokeley, and Ryan Cokeley, and a step great-granddaughter, Heather Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Harry William Doubles on Sept. 23, 1975; and two sisters; and three brothers. Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, with the Rev. Dr. Roger L. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to Spruce Street United Methodist Church, 386 Spruce St., Morgantown, WV 26505; or Morgantown Senior Center, 1737 Listravia Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505.

Charlotte D. Howard
Charlotte D. Howard, 82, of Mather, Pa., formerly of Mooresville, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, Pa. She was born May 3, 1919, at Daybrook, daughter of the late Sherman and Jettie Tennant Wilson. She was retired from West Virginia University where she worked as a housekeeper. She is survived by a daughter and spouse, Sondra and Mark "Tiny" Stewart, of Mather; two brothers, Denzil Wilson, of Fairview, and Commodore Wilson, of Rogersville; a sister, Sarah Tennant, of Daybrook; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Howard, in 1975; two sons, Ronald and Donald; a granddaughter, Rhonda Jaye; two brothers; and three sisters. Cremation services will be provided by Owen-Neely Funeral Home, Blacksville.

James Jackson Riffle
Memorial services for "Jack" Riffle, of Ukiah, Calif., will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the Ukiah Abell Masonic Lodge, with reception to follow. He was born April 1, 1929, in Morgantown. He attended both West Virginia University, and Gregg College in Chicago. He passed away at his home in Ukiah on Feb. 10, 2002. Survived by his wife, Mary, of Ukiah; stepdaughter, Claudia Grant; and granddaughter, Erin Deahl, of Auburn, Wash.; a sister, Ruth O'Haver, of Morgantown; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind, American Cancer Society, or the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital at Davis. The Eversole Mortuary, Ukiah, at (707) 462-2206 is in charge of arrangements.

H. Wayne Cook
H. Wayne Cook, 89, of Grafton Road, Morgantown, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Morgan Manor. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Hastings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Daisy A. Wiles
Daisy A. Wiles, 96, of Tunnelton, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at her home. James G. Lobb Funeral Home in Kingwood is in charge of the arrangements which are incomplete.


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