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Thomas Mario Dawson, 83, of Cabins, W.Va., passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at his home.

Born April 24, 1936, in Rawlings, Md., he was a son of the late Paul Willis Dawson and Margaret (Martin) Dawson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant grandson, Rodney Dawson; one great-grandson, Alex Dawson; son-in-law, Andy Taylor; one brother, Richard Dawson; and one sister, Sue Dawson Hultman.  Mr. Dawson was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Leona (Hanlin) Dawson; two sons, Paul (Cathy) Dawson of Perkins, Okla. and Thomas M. Dawson Jr. and companion Marty, of Frederick, Md.; four daughters, Teresa (Martin) Bernard of Gilchrist, Org., Debra (Chris) Wall of Augusta, W.Va., Sharon (Mackie) See of Durgon, W.Va. and Cindy Taylor and companion Rodney, of Moorefield, W.Va.; 21 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and his furry friend, Ruff. 

A dear husband, father and grandpap, his absence is a silent grief and his life a beautiful memory.  

Mr. Dawson retired from Adell Polymers Inc. in Petersburg and later worked for Alt’s Furniture in Petersburg.  He attended Antioch Church of God. 

Funeral services were Thursday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. John Goldizen and Tom’s son, the Rev. Paul Dawson, officiating.

Interment was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Arthur, W.Va. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dawson family, c/o Leona Dawson, P.O. Box 195, Cabins, WV 26855.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.  

Joseph “Joe” Oliver Harper, age 78, of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., entered into eternal rest on February 19, 2020 at Grant Memorial Hospital with his wife, Carolyn, and other family members and friends by his side. Joe was born in Clarksburg, W.Va. on September 19, 1941 to the late Bardon H. “Buck” Harper and E. Leone Oliver Harper.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Crites Harper; two sons, Matthew Bardon Harper and wife, Ashley, of Seneca Rocks and Scott Joseph Harper and wife, Susan, of Drexel, Mo.; four grandchildren, Cali Harper, Cole Harper, Ava Harper and Eli Harper; a sister, Rosanne Harper Glover of Petersburg; two brothers-in-law, John Crites and Dr. John Glover; three nieces, one nephew and their families; and several cousins. Also included is his special companion, his dog, “Bo.”

Joe was a 4-H All Star who graduated from Circleville High School and attended one year of post-graduate work at Greenbrier Military School. He graduated from West Virginia University where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Science and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity. He attended Ohio State University in Veterinary Medicine before spending four and one-half years working in the meat industry in the upper Mid-West. Joe returned to Seneca Rocks to run the family farms as its eighth generation owner. 

His favorite animals were sheep and he was the largest sheep producer in the state of West Virginia. He served as a member of the American Lamb Industry Board for two terms from 2002 to 2008. In 2010 he received the highest award given by that organization, the McClure Silver Ram Award. That honor prompted a Legislative Citation from the House of Delegates of the West Virginia Legislature.

In 2015 he received the West Virginia Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership and exemplary service to the West Virginia Farm Bureau and to the agricultural community. He was enshrined into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame and was a West Virginia Distinguished Alumnus of the West Virginia University School of Agriculture.

Joe served two years as President of the WV Sheep Industry Development Association and was active in the WV Cattleman’s Association. He served nine years on the USDA Wildlife Services Advisory Committee and had served on the Visiting Committee of the WVU College of Agriculture. Nationally, he chaired the American Farm Bureau Sheep Advisory Committee for two terms, and internationally, he conducted a speaking tour throughout Nova Scotia on sheep management.

He was a member of the Onego-Seneca Rocks United Methodist Church, a member of Franklin Lodge #144 AF & AM, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.

Joe was an outstanding high school athlete and played a season of baseball at WVU. He was dedicated to his family and enjoyed helping to host the Huffman Reunion which reunited cousins from past generations who traveled from many states to attend. He was a respected person in his community and served to improve the lives of others. One such service in which he was instrumental was improving the antiquated telephone system to its current status with good internet. Additionally,  he served one term on the Pendleton County Commission. Many local and state residents along with national politicians sought his opinions on business matters for his forethought, level mindedness, knowledge and encouragement.

Joe and his wife Carolyn owned and operated Harper’s Old Country Store and the Front Porch Restaurant in Seneca Rocks, along with other operations known as Harper Enterprises.

His happy smile and contagious personality will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were Saturday afternoon at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Earl Bible and Pastor Daniel Ewald officiating. Interment was at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton, W.Va., with Masonic graveside services by Pendleton County Lodge #144 AF&AM. 

Memorials may be made to: The Three Little Pigs Scholarship Fund c/o Ms. Julie Cryser, Development Officer, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6108, Morgantown, WV 26506, North Fork Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 8, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884 or Seneca Rocks Fire Company, 2342 Allegheny Drive, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884. 

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. All arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg, W.Va. 

Daniel Dwane “Danny” Alt, 54, of Dorcas, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family.

Born Feb. 7, 1966, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Delores (Sites) Alt Propst of Dorcas and the late Darl Alt. In addition to his father, Daniel was preceded in death by his son, Devin Lee Alt; an infant brother; maternal grandparents, Leo and Lettie Sites; and paternal grandparents, Louie and Della Alt.

Surviving Danny is his wife, Barbara “Bub” (Donaldson) Alt; his mother Delores, and  stepfather, Thomas Propst Jr.; one son, Derek (Darice) Alt of Arthur, W.Va.; one daughter, Danielle (Andrew) Thompson of Dorcas; two grandchildren, Easton Thompson and Kyleigh Thompson; one brother, Darren (Joyce) Alt of Dorcas; one sister, Regina Whitmore of Boise, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

Danny successfully ran the family business with contracts at the Pentagon and the Naval Department in Washington, D.C. and the State of West Virginia.  For 20 he was an active firefighter, was chairman of a fair-sized nonprofit (EACHS), etc. He concluded his career at American Woodmark where they went above and beyond to aid him during his illness.

None of those things compare to the small group of people he lovingly referred to as his “Peeps.”  He was a life member of Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company. He was a member of the board for EACHS Head Start. He was baptized in the Southern Baptist Church and was a member of Brake Church of the Brethren.

Family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 27,  at 1 p.m. at Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Craig Howard officiating. 

Interment will be in Whispering Winds Cemetery, Dorcas.

Memorials may be made in memory of Danny to the Alt family, c/o Barbara Alt, 41 Deer Haven Drive, Petersburg, WV 26847, Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company or Petersburg Athletics Boosters Club. 

Condolences to the family may be left at schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Arthur William “Bill” Liller, 90, of Laureldale Community, New Creek, W.Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, W.Va.

Born on Oct. 10, 1929, at 9 Church Street in Keyser, he was the son of the late Oliver Frederick and Lula M. (Evans) Liller. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche N. (Likin) Liller on April 5, 1995; and by his brother and best friend, James Arnold “Jim” Liller in 2006.

Bill was a 1947 graduate of Keyser High School and served six months in the U.S. Air Force before being called home on a family hardship. A lifelong farmer, he also drove a school bus for the Mineral County Board of Education from 1956-88. 

A devoted caregiver to his wife Blanche, he was saved under the preaching of Rev. Swartz at the Laureldale E.U.B. Church and later became a member of the Oak Dale Church of the Brethren. In 1967, he was named an honorary member of the Mineral County FFA Chapter and formerly served as president of the Bus Drivers Association. His hobbies included operating a sawmill, constructing farm buildings, riding his four wheeler/mule, woodworking and hunting.

Surviving are his daughters, Diane Liller of Laureldale and Linda Liller of Keyser; one sister, Mary Miller, a resident of the Egle Nursing Home in Lonaconing, Md.; two sisters-in-law, Patsy Liller of New Creek and Alberta Likin of Keyser; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser chapel, Sunday  afternoon with the Rev. James “Sonny” Dodds officiating. Interment was in the Thrush Cemetery, Antioch, W.Va.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Liller’s obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Nina Rebecca (Alt) Sabo, 104, formerly of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center, Elkins, W.Va.

Born June 7, 1915, in Landes, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late David Clinton Alt and Virginia Florence “Jenny” (Kimble) Alt. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Sabo in 1995; six brothers, Grant Alt, Raymond Alt, Arch Alt, Harness Alt, Luther Alt and Pinkney Alt; and three sisters, Dora VanMeter, Rhoda Ahern and Bertha Weese. Nina was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

She is survived by one son, William W. “Billy” Sabo and wife Elizabeth  “Betty” of Elkins; one daughter, Carolyn Ann Sabo of Martinsburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Mark (Kasey) Sabo of Virginia Beach, Va.,  Lisa (Curt) Shetler of Windber, Pa.,  Pamela (Roger) Ayers of Martinsburg, and Christopher (Rebecca) Miller of Greencastle, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren, Andrew Ayers, Alexander Ayers, Alivia Ayers, Lauren Miller, Tristan Bird, Daniel Miller and Nathan Miller; and several nieces and nephews. 

Nina was a lifelong member of Bethel Church of the Brethren.  

Funeral services were Friday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Greg Rotruck officiating. Burial was in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. 

Memorials may be made to Bethel Church, 3330 Franklin Pike, Petersburg, WV 26847      

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Lauren Elizabeth (Hyre) Rodgers, 32, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in Petersburg.

Born on March 15, 1987, in Wheeling, W.Va., she was the daughter of Bruce Eugene “Icky” Hyre Jr. and Mary Catherine “Mary Cay” (Mitolo) Hyre of Petersburg.

Surviving are her husband, Brandon L. Rodgers; five children, Alexis Elizabeth, Khloe Catherine, Kambrie Lucia, Adrien James and Kali Aleah; her parents, paternal grandmother, Helen Hyre all of Petersburg, several uncles, aunts, cousins and nephews.

Lauren was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Bruce E. Hyre Sr. and Twila Elizabeth (Rinehart) Hyre of Petersburg; Anthony and Lucia Rosa (Damiano) Mitolo of New Castle, Pa.; and one cousin, Jeremy Courtney of Morgantown, W.Va.

As a child, Lauren enjoyed roller skating at the family rink where she attended every party from the age of 2 when she learned to skate. She loved snow skiing, ice skating, hunting on the farm and the beach. 

Because she was an only child, she was always surrounded by friends.  Our home was usually filled with fun and laughter during her school years. 

Lauren attended Petersburg High School and graduated from the American School in 2005. She completed her Maryland hours at the International School of Beauty in Cumberland, Md. and needed 100 more hours for West Virginia which she planned to begin this spring. Lauren’s creativity enabled her to succeed in an Etsy business where she designed baby accessories. Lauren loved Netflix and Amazon Prime. But her passion was her children, and her family meant everything to her.  She shared her love of horses with them and spent time enjoying the family farm. 

Lauren entered our lives in celebration just as she will pass this life. Please join us in a “Celebration of Her Life” on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. 

Memorials in Lauren’s memory may be made to the following schools attended by her school-aged children. 

For Alexis: Petersburg High School Class of 2023; 207 Viking Drive, Petersburg, WV 26847. 

For Khloe: WV Elementary School for the Deaf; 2nd Grade Class, 301 E. Main Street, Romney, WV 26757.

For Kambrie: Petersburg Elementary School Kindergarten Classes; 333 Rig Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Arrangements are by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

Ann Carmen “Patsy” Kline, 87, of Waynesboro, Va. and formerly of Petersburg, W.Va., died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Augusta Health, Fishersville, Va.

Born on March 18, 1932, in Petersburg, she  was the daughter of the late Clarence Edgar Kline and Lula Merle (Keller) Kline.

Patsy was a 1949 graduate of Petersburg High School. She worked as a telephone operator on Water Street in Petersburg.  She also was a salesclerk for Harman and Company. Later she worked for Potomac Edison in Petersburg and was transferred to Romney, W.Va. and retired in 1987 after 32 years.  She was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church and choir and played the piano for Sunday school for several years. After moving to Waynesboro, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro. 

She is survived by several cousins including Barbara (Ketterman) McDonald and husband Donald, of Harrisonburg, Va.

Graveside services were Sunday afternoon at Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, with Dr. Bruce Stevens officiating and burial followed. 

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, at a later date. 

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneral home.com. 

Alfred Henry Kesner, 82, of Petersburg, died Saturday, Feb. 15, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. 

Born June 27, 1937, in Mozer, he was the son of the late Seymour Henry and Pearlie Mae (Riggleman) Kesner. He was also preceded in death by  one daughter, Alfreda “Pete” Kesner; two brothers, Ray and Vernon Kesner; and four sisters, Minnie Kesner, Nellie Lahman, Elizabeth Goodman and Ruth Kesner.

Mr. Kesner attended Petersburg High School and was a member of South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren. He recently attended The Church of God, Franklin. He had worked many construction and excavating jobs, including waterline construction, and powerline construction for Potomac Edison. He retired from Petersburg Blocks as a heavy equipment operator. 

 He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Nesselrodte) Kesner, whom he married on Nov. 30, 1962; one daughter, Janice Clark of Upper Tract; one sister, Carol Ann Smith of Moorefield; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter. 

Mr. Kesner’s family will receive friends today (Tuesday), from 6-8 p.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m., in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Rob Borror officiating. Interment will be in Lahmansville Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Janice Clark, 350 Perry Lane, Upper Tract, WV 26866. 

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Mary Faye (Harman) Wilkinson, 78, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at her home.

Born July 11, 1941, in Mozer, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Quinten Verlie Harman and Mary Virginia (Sinnett) Harman.

In addition to her parents, Faye was preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Kenneth M. Harman.

Faye was a 1959 graduate of Franklin High School where she was a cheerleader and played volleyball. She lovingly cared for and taught children at Petersburg Elementary School for 30 years.  Faye volunteered for the American Red Cross and attended Petersburg First Baptist Church.

 Faye was an avid gardener whose beautiful flowers and yard created a sanctuary for wildlife visitors. Some of Faye’s greatest adventures came with her husband as she reeled in countless fish from West Virginia’s waters. WVU sports held a special place in Faye’s heart, and she could be found watching or listening to every football and basketball game. Her entire family was blessed by her culinary gifts and ability to host huge numbers for special occasions, during which she took care of each and every guest

She is survived by her husband of nearly 25 years, Roger A. Wilkinson; two daughters, Terrie (Gregory) Foley of Petersburg and Lisa Wilson of Clear Spring, Md.; five stepchildren, Elizabeth (Robert) Strong of Wheeling, W.Va., Christine (Bill) Liller of Moorefield, W.Va., Amy (Mike) Lohmann of Bridgeport, W.Va., Jennifer (John) Jackson of Branson, Mo. and Roger (Tiffanie) Wilkinson of Bridgeport; one sister, Barbara (Lynn) Rohrbaugh of Maysville, W.Va.; and several nieces and  nephews. 

Faye is also survived by those who adored her and lovingly referred to her as Grandma Faye and GiGi - her 19 grandchildren, Amber, Jaimah, Jordan, Michaela, Eli, Chris, Avery, Caleb, Zack, Maggie, Hannah, Claire, Abigail, Chloe, Isaac, Mollie, Emma, GW and Moe; and nine great-grandchildren, Riley, Audrey Faye, Carter, Ruby, Nora, Charlotte Faye, Noah, Wyatt and Drew. Faye’s family was so proud to call themselves hers. She was a loyal and selfless wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Rick Bergdoll and the Rev. Lynn Rohrbaugh officiating. Interment was in Kline Cemetery at Kline, W.Va.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or Petersburg First Baptist Church.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

Michael T. Carney, 80, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. 

He was born in Lillybrook, W.Va. on July 7, 1939, and was the son of the late Ted and Mary Carney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ben Carney and one sister, Joanne Domando. 

Mike graduated from Petersburg High School in 1957. In his lifetime, Mike worked for the U.S. Department of the Navy, Butcher and Singer Brokerage Firm and the USO. He retired from Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center having worked there for 15 years as a CNA.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Lynn Kuhn and her husband Ronnie of Petersburg and their daughter Sarah Kuhn McVicker. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date with dates and location to be announced.

The Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Keyser, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Carney’s obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Richard Cleat Phares, 91, of Onego, W.Va., died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. 

Born May 16, 1928, at Circleville, W.Va., he was the son of Elmer Phares and Myrtle Sponaugle Phares. On Nov. 10, 1952, he married Ruth M. Sites Phares, who passed away on Jan. 4, 1998. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ina Lee Hedrick, and one brother, James Phares.

Richard was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a tank commander. Richard and Ruth operated the store and post office in Onego starting in 1959. In addition to being the postmaster, Richard was a farmer, business owner, and served on the board of directors of the Pendleton Community Bank for 50 years. He participated in many community organizations.

Richard is survived by three daughters, Dr. Pamela K. Kulback and husband  Steve, of Birmingham, Ala., Kimberely L. Godwin and husband John, of Morgantown and Sonnee D. Shomo and husband Chad, of Swoope, Va.; two sons, Jerry R. Phares and wife Kitty, of Petersburg, W.Va. and Richard C. Phares Jr. of Riverton, W.Va.; five grandsons, Jerry Richard Phares Jr. and wife Stacy, of Pasadena, Md., Stephen J. Kulback and wife Mary, Katherine of Wilmette, Ill., Jon Richard Godwin and wife Amanda, of Morgantown, Richard C. Phares III of Riverton and Charles Wesley Godwin and wife  Samantha, of Athens, Ohio; one granddaughter, Kristina Phares and husband  Stacy Vance, of Berlin, Pa.; two great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn Phares and Ashley Phares of Pasadena; three great-grandsons, Lincoln James Godwin, Thomas Brady Kulback and Gabriel Wesley Godwin; two sisters, Mary June Bennett of Circleville and Dottie Warner and husband Jerry, of Franklin, W.Va.; one brother, Raymond “Eddie” Phares and wife Rose, of Circleville; and his long time companion Rheba Helmick.

Funeral services were Monday morning at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with the Rev. Jim Phares and the Rev. Daniel Ewald officiating. Burial was in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Riverton. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Pendleton Community Bank to the Richard and Ruth Phares Scholarship Fund for a scholarship to a deserving student from Pendleton County High School to further their education. 

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Kathy Elaine Shell, 60, of Baker, W.Va., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born on July 9, 1959, in Petersburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Woodrow Porter and Katherine Sherman Porter.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepson, Justin A. Shell.

Kathy worked as a morning show announcer at W.E.L.D. radio where you could always hear her cheerful good morning greeting.  She was a former employee of the Moorefield Walmart where she worked in the photo lab.  She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was known as the “tire lady” because of her ability and skill at removing and changing the tires on her vehicle.

Surviving is her husband, James A. Shell; two daughters, Audra Rohrbaugh of Maysville, W.Va. and Mary Rohrbaugh of Baker; one son, Solomon Rohrbaugh Sr. of Maysville; one stepson, Jason A. Shell of Hinton, Va.; one brother, Mac Porter of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Sharon Hutchinson of Newport News, Va.; six grandchildren, Solomon Rohrbaugh Jr., Klara M. Lambert, Carson M. Lambert, Jacob W. Rohrbaugh, Dylan Shell and Leah Shell; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was Saturday morning at the McKee Funeral Home chapel, Baker, with Pastor Sherwin Tharp and Pastor Deborah Shreve officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to McKee Funeral Home, P.O. Box 39, Baker, WV 26801.

All arrangements were handled by McKee Funeral Home, Baker.

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