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Donald Hobert Graham, 84, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., died April 30, 2021, at UPMC Western Maryland Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
Born Jan. 18, 1937, at his family farm house in Foreman, W.Va., he was the son of the late Connie B. Graham and Lucille (Groves) Graham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Iva (Judy) Groves; and one sister, Patricia (Graham) Turner.
Mr. Graham was the class president of his Petersburg High School graduating class of 1955. He was very active in the 4-H Club and became West Virginia All-Star. He also participated in football, the varsity club, FFA, and the National Honor Society. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1959 with a degree in chemical engineering, and later obtained his professional engineering certificate.
He is survived by his wife, Annalee (Hardy) Graham; three sons, Gregory Graham and wife Bonny, Anchorage, Alaska, Kevin Graham, Lahmansville, W.Va., and Randall Graham, Gresham, Ore.; as well as five grandchildren.
During his working career, he was employed as a consulting engineer at Sohio Chemical Petrochemicals of Lima, Ohio; Hercules, Inc. of Pinto, Md. and Salt Lake City, Utah; CH2MHill/Black Crow and Eidsness of Gainesville, Fla.; OMI, CGC, and PSG of Huston, Texas. Donald was National Council Engineering Examiners certified and a registered professional chemical engineer. He was also a diplomat in the American Academy of Engineers and a certified environmental specialist. He holds numerous process patents in the U.S. and foreign countries.
Mr. Graham volunteered to work with the Boy Scouts of America in all the many places and states he lived in. He was the last living charter member of Short Gap Lions Club in which he was actively involved until his health required him to retire.
He was a Methodist by faith and attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Ashby.
There will be a memorial service on June 3, 2021, at 1 p.m., at the Lahmansville United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Ann Harrison. Family and friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at the Lahmansville Cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., and condolences may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. (5-4-21)
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Forrest Dewaine Parrish, 73, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Born Jan. 17, 1948, in Elk Garden, W.Va., he was a son of the late Arthur Parrish and Lena (Rohrbaugh) Parrish.
In addition to his parents, Forrest was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Shaffeur; and one brother, Kenneth Parrish.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Holloway) Parrish; one son, Adam (Angie) Parrish of Petersburg; one daughter, Darice (Derek) Alt of Petersburg; two grandchildren, Blake and Brooke Parrish; four great-grandchildren, Brayson Runion, Barrett Sullivan, Brantley Parrish and Ryker Parrish; three sisters, Catherine Parrish of Jacksonville, Fla., June Moreland of Keyser, W.Va. and Florence Welch of Elk Garden; six brothers, Lee Parrish of Mount Storm, W.Va., Robert (Wilda) Parrish of Burlington, W.Va., Alvin Parrish of Lahmansville, W.Va., Cobert (Mona) Parrish of Mount Storm, Joe (Mary) Parrish of New Creek, W.Va. and John (Vici) Parrish of Louisa, Va.
Forrest served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a lover of classic cars, animals, westerns and bluegrass music.
Military graveside services were Monday morning at Lahmansville Cemetery with the Rev. Coleman Clark officiating. The Grant County Veterans Honor Guard and West Virginia Army Honor Guard provided military honors.
Memorials may be made to the great-grandchildren c/o Adam Parrish, 65 Cabell Drive, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (5-4-21)
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Pearl Ann Champ, 69, of Arthur, W.Va., passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va.
Born June 23, 1951, in Old Fields, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Laura (Lewis) Shockey. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas “Tommy” and William “Bill” Shockey.
On May 26, 1974, Pearl married Randall Blake Champ, who survives in Arthur.
Mrs. Champ was a 1970 graduate of Moorefield High School and she was a member of the Brick Church of the Brethren. She was a loving mother and homemaker. Pearl loved her church family and served on the nurture committee and the witness committee.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Champ is survived by two sons, Shawn Champ (Jennifer) and Adam Champ, all of Maysville, W.Va.; and one granddaughter, Allison Champ.
Funeral services will be today (Tuesday) at 11 a.m., at the Brick Church of the Brethren, Maysville, with Pastor Randy Cosner officiating. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery in Old Fields, W.Va.
Memorials may be made to Brick Church of the Brethren, 2099 Roby Rd., Maysville, WV 26833.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. All arrangments are under the direction of Basagic Funeral Home. (5-4-21)
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Walter Olin Whetzel Sr., 80, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021, at his home.
Born July 9, 1940, in Harrisonburg, Va., he was a son of the late Clarence Monroe Whetzel and Sadie Florence (Alexander) Whetzel.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers. Emmett, Roy, Raymond, Donald, Forest and Luther Whetzel; three sisters, Dorsey Culles, Cathern Kuhn and Goldie Wratchford; and one granddaughter, Shannon Whetzel.
Walter is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Doris Jean (Kimble) Whetzel; four sons, Walter Whetzel Jr. of Augusta, W.Va., Richard (Linda) Whetzel of Petersburg, Eric (Kelsey) Whetzel of Old Fields, W.Va. and Joseph Whetzel of Petersburg; one daughter, Julie (Dave) Alexander of Moorefield, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Eric Whetzel, Jeremy Whetzel and Marissa Whetzel; one great-grandson, Daniel Youngblood; two sisters, Betty Roland of Chillicothe, Ohio and Jane Chapman in Elkins, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Walter worked for Bob Eppes on his farm for several years and later he was employed by Kessel Lumber Company. He retired from Allegheny Wood. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Petersburg.
There will be a celebration of life scheduled later.
Those who wish to remember Walter in a special way, may make contributions to The Hospice Promise Foundation, c/o Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (5-4-21)
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Henry Galen Simmons, 90, of Rough Run, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
Born Aug. 6, 1930, in Rough Run, he was a son of the late Arlie Edwin Simmons and Cora Alice (Sites) Simmons.
In addition to his parents, Galen was preceded in death by his wife Betty (Hedrick) Simmons in 2008; and two sisters, Hazel Mae Crites and Beulah Hinkle. Galen was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by one son, Michael Galen Simmons and wife Lesia of Rough Run; one daughter, Brenda S. Kimble and husband Danny of Maysville, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Jeremy Simmons, Christina Kimble and Kylee Simmons; two great-grandsons, Christian Simmons and Hunter Simmons; two stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his buddy, his dog named Shaggy.
Galen was a lifelong farmer and was a truck driver for Beans Lime & Stone for nearly 30 years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Petersburg, W.Va.
Graveside services were Friday morning at South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg, with the Rev. Daniel Warntz officiating.
Those who wish to remember Galen in a special way, may make memorials to Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 385, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (5-4-21)
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Charles A. Alt, passed away, Monday, April 26, 2021.
Born July 11, 1929, in Smoke Hole, W.Va., he was the beloved husband of 51 years to the late Freda Viola Alt (nee Judy); devoted father of Peggy Fisher and her husband Gary, Carol Bourn and her husband Bob, Joan Campbell and her husband Myron, and Jean Mantegna and her husband Steven; cherished grandfather of Crystal M. Burton and her husband Christopher, Matthew C. Bourn, Amy M. Rodriguez and her husband Ricardo, Katy M. Byers and her husband Mark, Robert A. Mantegna and his husband Francesco Portello, and Timothy A. Mantegna; loving great-grandfather of Eric Rodriguez, Brian Byers, Spencer Rodriguez, Mack Byers, and Lillie Rodriguez; dear brother of Loy Harlan Alt, Mary Ann Miller, and the late Kermit Alt, Edith Holloway, Ora Alt, Allen Alt, Ruth Helmick, Minnie Stump, Walter Alt, James Alt, Jerlie Alt, and Berlie Alt. Also survived by a host of other loving family members and friends.
Funeral services were Friday morning at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Essex, Md. Interment was in the Holly Hill Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home P. A., Essex.
Contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, www.heart.org. (5-4-21)
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Clint James Hillman, 62, of Arthur, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at UPMC Western Maryland Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
Born March 29, 1959, in Fort Meade, Md., he was the son of James E. Hillman of Arthur and the late Jeanne E. Hillman.
Mr. Hillman graduated from Laurel High School in Laurel, Md. and briefly attended UMBC in Baltimore County. Along with his mother, he was owner and operator of Roclith Blankets of Arthur.
He was a member of the Keyser Presbyterian Church in Keyser, W.Va., where he sang in the church choir and was heavily involved in his church family.
Mr. Hillman is also survived by two brothers, Roy Hillman of Petersburg and Thor Hillman and wife, Sheila, of Bel Alton, Md.; two nieces, Nicole Hillman of Baltimore, Md., and Andi O’Connell and husband Mike, of Mt. Airy, Md.; and one nephew, Stefan Hillman and wife, Shelby of Mechanicsville, Md.
Per Mr. Hillman’s request his body has been cremated and memorial services will be private.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.
All arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg. (4-27-21)
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John Berlin Cunningham, 87, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 23, 2021, at Mountain City Center, Frostburg, Md.
Born Nov. 11, 1933, in Onego, W.Va., he was a son of the late Harry Cunningham Sr. and Ethel (Rohrbaugh) Cunningham.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Artie Mae (Hesse) Cunningham on Dec. 20, 2009; one son, Johnny Cunningham Jr.; two daughters, Patricia A. Bradshaw and infant Teresa Lynn Cunningham; two sisters, Hallie Rutledge and Margaret Berg; and two brothers, Harry Cunningham Jr. and Allen Cunningham.
He is survived by one son, Ronald W. Cunningham and wife Debbie of Petersburg; four grandchildren, Matt (Kandra) Cunningham, Derek (Erika) Bradshaw, Nicole (Daniel)Watts and Charity Kimble; nine great-grandchildren, Blake Watts, Ben Watts, John Luke Watts, Jadyn Kimble, Bryceson Kimble, Zoey Cunningham, Olivia Cunningham, Derek Bradshaw Jr. and Landon Bradshaw; and one half sister, Wanda (Larry) Sites of Petersburg.
John was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1952. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and served as military police. He was a member of Petersburg VFW Post 6454 and American Legion Post 78. He worked at the Petersburg Lowengarte Tannery and later Mount Storm Power Station (VEPCO). After retirement John worked for Grant County Mulch for several years. He was active in community volunteerism in Mount Storm and Petersburg.
A military graveside service will be scheduled at a later date.
Those who wish to remember John in a special way, may make contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (4-27-21)
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Maxine Clarice (Barger) Bergdoll, 100, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home.
Born May 12, 1920, in Petersburg, she was a daughter of the late Max Clement Barger and Clarice Virginia (Shobe) Barger.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bergdoll was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Cletus Bergdoll in 1998; one son, Allan Cletus Bergdoll; one sister, Virginia Halterman; and one great-granddaughter, Tanya Simmons.
She is survived by one son, Roger W. Bergdoll of Petersburg; three daughters, Carolyn S. McGuire and husband Thomas of Petersburg, Frances Phares and husband Don of Petersburg and Mary V. Bergdoll of Petersburg; six grandchildren, L. Susan Williams, Amy V. Reiter, Allan D. Bergdoll, Rebecca L. McGuire Ours, T.C. McGuire Jr. and Aaron W. Bergdoll; eight great-grandchildren, Tesia, Jessica, Alyssa, Emily, Kaylin, John David, Levi, and Liam; five great-great- grandchildren, Michael, Ethney, Zoey, Branson and Rowan; daughter-in-law, Gail (Rush) Bergdoll of Canton, Ga.; one nephew, William M. Halterman and wife Roxanne; and two nieces, Wanda Bergdoll Curl and Barbara Bergdoll Ours.
Mrs. Bergdoll was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1939 and also a graduate of Catherman’s Business School in Cumberland, Md. She was a bookkeeper for Kelley Springfield Tire in Cumberland and Shawnee Milling Company in Petersburg.
Mrs. Bergdoll was a member of Hedrick Chapel United Methodist Church and was pianist for several years. She served on the Southern States Women’s Advisory Board. She also volunteered at Dorcas Elementary School.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook, seamstress and was known for her caramel ice cream.
A graveside service was conducted Sunday afternoon at the Bergdoll Family Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Hakes officiating.
Those who wish to remember Mrs. Bergdoll in a special way, may make contributions to the Bergdoll Family Cemetery, P.O. Box 1353, Petersburg, WV 26847, Burlington Family Services or charity of choice.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (4-27-21)
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Mildred Carrie (Kline) Tingler Alt, 101, of Purgitsville, W.Va., passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born Aug. 30, 1919, in Circleville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Otterbein Franklin Kline and Carrie Ellen (Nelson) Kline.
In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Allen Tingler and an infant Hubert Tingler; and seven brothers, Oscar, Sedgie, Hobert and Joseph Kline and infants Austin, Johnny and Jacob Kline. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mildred retired from the Celanese Corporation in Cumberland, Md. and later worked at the Seneca Rocks Visitors Center. She was a member of Cabins Assembly of God Church.
Surviving are six sons, William Robert Tingler and Roy Delano Tinger, both of Petersburg, W.Va., Ray Douglas Tingler of Cabins, W.Va., Howard Lee Tingler of Broken Arrow, Okla., Thomas Vincent Tingler of Onego, W.Va. and Louis Wayne Tingler of Beverly, W.Va.; four daughters, Shirley Jean Tingler of Beverly, Carolyn Louise Fulkerson, Linda Maxine Tingler and Peggy Sue Shoemaker, all of Purgitsville, W.Va.; 35 grandchildren, 59 great- grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Colleen Clark officiating. Interment was in North Fork Cemetery, Riverton, W.Va.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (3-16-21)
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Jeanne E. Hillman, age 89, of Arthur, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at her home following a long illness.
She was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, the daughter of the late Leo Carr and Elma (Hetzel) Carr. On July 26, 1952 Jeanne married her husband of 66 years, James E. Hillman, who survives in Arthur.
Mrs. Hillman graduated from high school in Syracuse, N.Y. and was a Christian by faith. She was a full-time wife and mother, while her three sons were in school, but subsequently established a craft business, Roclith Creations, now known nationally as Roclith Blankets. Jeanne loved animals, especially burros and her cat, Shadow. She appreciated the gifts of nature as her favorite shirt announced “All my weeds are wild flowers”. She daily thanked God for these gifts.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hillman is survived by: three sons, Roy Hillman of Petersburg, W.Va., Clint Hillman of Petersburg and Thor Hillman (Sheila) of Bel Alton, Md.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hillman was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Carr.
Per Jeanne’s request, her body has been cremated. All services will be private.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. All arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home. (4-27-21)
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Jerry Bruce Kitzmiller, 83, of Smyrna, Tenn. and formerly of Mount Storm, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at his home.
Born Dec. 12, 1937, in Westernport, Md., he was a son of the late Jesse Oliver Kitzmiller and Leona Mildred (LaRue) Kitzmiller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Kitzmiller and Kenneth Kitzmiller; and one sister-in-law, Anna Mae Kitzmiller.
Jerry is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Showalter) Kitzmiller; one son, Matthew Kitzmiller (Kimberly) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Stephanie Kitzmiller and Catarina Wooding (Brendon) of Tennessee; five great-grandchildren; six brothers, John Kitzmiller (Margaret) of Mount Storm, Robert Kitzmiller (Mary Jean) of Clearwater, Fla., Richard “Pete” Kitzmiller (Linda) of Mount Storm, Roger Kitzmiller of Mount Storm, Daniel Kitzmiller (Carla) of Purcellville, W.Va. and Charles “Randy” Kitzmiller of Mount Storm; one sister-in-law, Barbara Kitzmiller, of Mount Storm; and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry served in the U.S. Army. He was a long time member of LifePoint Church in Smyrna, where he faithfully attended and served.
Funeral services were Monday morning at the Mount Storm Methodist Church with the Rev. Rebecca L. Bennett officiating. Interment was in Mount Storm Cemetery with military honors by the Petersburg VFW Post 6454 and West Virginia Army Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Jerry in a special way, may make memorial gifts to Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Blessing.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (3-2-21)