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Gloria Jean Warner
Gloria Jean Warner

Gloria Jean Warner, 68, of Franklin, died Monday, Jan. 7, at Sentara RMH Medical Center, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born June 10, 1950, she was the daughter of late Hazel Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents (who raised her), Oscar and Orpha (Propst) Simmons; and one son, Richard Carl Marple.

Ms. Warner attended Franklin High School and was a Christian by faith. She had worked for Advantage Foods, Franklin Garment Company, and as a filing clerk for Pendleton County EDA.

She is survived by her husband, John Edward Warner of Franklin; two daughters, Roxanna Helmick of Purgitsville, and Jackie Long of Maysville; one son, Jeremy Marple of Job; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was Friday evening at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with Pastor Daryl Dunsmore officiating. Memorials may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad (P.O. Box 727, Franklin, WV 26807), or to PAWS (P.O. Box 804, Franklin, WV 26807). Memories of words and comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Andrew E. Heavener
Andrew E. Heavener

Andrew Eugene Heavener Sr., 62, of Petersburg, died Friday, Jan. 11, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg.

Born on April 8, 1956, in Cabins, he was the son of Mason G. and Maxine S. (Davis) Heavener of Petersburg.

Mr. Heavener was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Va., and he received his ASE certification in Richmond, Va. He was a member of Odd Fellows of Petersburg, Mountain State Classics Car Club, and AACA. He had worked at Petersburg Motor Company and was currently employed at Central Tie and Lumber.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Anita J. (Lamb) Heavener; one daughter, Angela C. Bowlsby of Hampstead, N.C.; two sons, Andrew E. Heavener Jr. of Wilkes Barre, Pa. and Glen W. Heavener of Petersburg; one stepdaughter, Bobbie J. Perez of Clear Brook, Va.; one stepson, Jeremy P. Heavener of Pittsburgh, Pa.; five brothers, Danny Heavener and Dean Heavener, both of Maysville, Mason Glen “Junior” Heavener of Manassas, and David Heavener and Tony Heavener, both of Petersburg; and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be today (Tuesday) at 11 a.m., at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Rick Bergdoll and Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating. Interment will be in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens in Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Anita Heavener, 40 Elmwood Blvd., Petersburg, WV 26847.

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

Robert Lee Whitmer
Robert Lee Whitmer

Robert Lee Whitmer, 82, of Indiana, Pa. and formerly of Petersburg, W.Va., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at his residence.

Born July 20, 1936 in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Albert Brown Whitmer and Elsie Beatrice (Crites) Whitmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret Ann Whitmer.

Robert was a graduate of Petersburg High School, Class of 1954. He then attended the West Virginia University in 1958. He later obtained his Master of Arts degree from Ohio State University, followed by a Doctorate of Philosophy in the School of Education from Pittsburgh in 1975.

After finishing college at West Virginia University, he entered the military having served in the Army.

Mr. Whitmer had been employed as a professor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Foreign Languages. Throughout his 27 years, he primarily taught French. He previously taught at Petersburg High School for several years.

He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church for 50 years where he served on various boards, ushered and taught Sunday school.

Mr. Whitmer was a member of the AARP where he held various offices and also the United Commercial Travelers, a fraternal insurance organization. In his busy schedule he also found time to be an active member of the Kiwanis.

For enjoyment, Robert loved to travel both in the U.S. and Europe, attend musicals and the theater and play tennis and golf. He also found pleasure in reading mysteries and working cross word puzzles.

Surviving is his wife, of 51 years, Helen Virginia (Fisher) Whitmer; one brother, Albert B. (Shirley) Whitmer Jr. of Oakland, Md.; two brothers-in-law, Seymour “Bud” (Anna) Fisher of Petersburg and Charles (Joanne) Fisher of Maysville, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Jane (Frank) Campbell of Petersburg; nephews, Michael Paul Whitmer and Christian Adam Fisher; a niece, Carla Jo Fisher (Clayton Hardy); and great-niece, Makenna Elizabeth Hardy.

Services will be held in Indiana, Pa. and additional visitation/funeral will be in Petersburg on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ann W. Harrison officiating. Burial will be in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg, with military honors by the Potomac Highlands VFW Post 6454 and West Virginia Army Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurses Association, Medical Arts Building, Suite 3000, 850 Hospital Road, Indiana, PA 15701 or charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana and the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Heath D. Turner
Heath D. Turner

Heath Douglas Turner, 41, of Elkins, died Thursday, Jan. 10, at his home.

Born June 30, 1977, in Harrisonburg, Va., he was the son of William Craig Turner and Adra of Onego, and Brenda Lou Heavener and Terry of Cabins. He was preceded in death by one son, Zane Dee Gardiner; grandfathers, Lawrence McLaughlin and William Turner; and one uncle, James McLaughlin.

Mr. Turner was a 1995 graduate of Circleville High School and attended Fairmont State College. He had worked at RR Donnelley in Harrisonburg.

He is also survived by one daughter, Madalyn “Maddie” Noel of Norton; two brothers, Shawn Turner of Seneca Rocks and William Johnathan Turner of Winchester, Va.; one half sister, Jodie Evans of Moorefield; two stepsisters, Jeanie Heavener of Virginia and Valerie Jones of Maryland; grandparents, Margarette McLaughlin of Franklin and Arvella Vance Turner of Onego; aunts and uncles, David McLaughlin of Durham, N.C., Peggy Davis, Richard McLaughlin and Robert McLaughlin, all of Franklin and Stephanie Cooper of Onego; and several cousins.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 17, 5-7 p.m., at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. David McLaughlin officiating.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Franklin, WV 26807.

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

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