Wilson H. Cantrell
IAEGER — Wilson H. Cantrell, 86, of Raysal, WV, passed away at his home Saturday, May 9, 2009.
Wilson was born June 1, 1922, in Paynesville, WV, a son of the late Wilburn and Ladybelle Rowe Cantrell.
Wilson was a lifelong resident of McDowell County. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II, where he was a Prisoner of War and was awarded the Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. He was the past president of The McDowell County Post of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the American Legion and the Society of the Purple Heart. He was a retired electrician, retiring from Robinson-Phillips Coal Company. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him, and the one consolation for our sorrow is that we will be reunited in Heaven.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Felecia N. Cantrell, and three brothers, Leonard, James and Alexander Cantrell.
Survivors include four sons, Barry Cantrell and wife Juanita of North Lauderdale, FL, Vincent Cantrell and wife Sally of Raysal, Wilson Lamont Cantrell and wife Collette of Isaquah, WA, and Brian Cantrell and wife Cindy of Bridgeport, WV; nine grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren, Vincent Paul Wilson (Melissa) Cantrell and Kevin and Makayla of Neola, WV, Jennifer (Rich) Spangler and Gatlin of Kenova, WV, Sammi (Joey) Greenwale and Gabriel of Cleveland, NC, and Jonathan and Tyler Blankenship of Raysal, WV, Barry (Asha) Cantrell, Jr., Mia, Barry III and Ella of Tampa, FL, Allison (Scott) Mayo and Alicia and Patrick of Spring, TX, Felecia Cantrell of Isaquah, WA, Brean Cantrell and Olivia of Bridgeport, WV, Hannah Cantrell of Bridgeport, WV, and Jonah Cantrell also of Bridgeport, WV; siblings include Ella Jones of Anderson, IN, Barbara (Bob) White of Anderson, IN, Wilburn (Beulah) Cantrell, Jr., of Marianna, WV, Noah (Linda) Cantrell of Anderson, IN, and Otis (Peg) Cantrell of Anderson, IN; and his current wife, Wanda G Marcum Cantrell of Skygusty, WV.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Charles Rose officiating at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, WV, where Military graveside rites will be conducted by the West Virginia Army National Guard and the Mercer County Veterans’ Council. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the American Legion Post 175 of Bradshaw and members of the VFW Post 1144 of Iaeger.
Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home Tuesday evening, May 12, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger is assisting the Cantrell Family.
Danton O. (Ted) Hays
CLARKSBURG — Danton O. (Ted) Hays, 83, of Clarksburg entered our Father’s home on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Ruby Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
He was born on October 5, 1925, a son of the late John Olvie “Jack” and Plummer Marie Wyatt Hays.
He was married to Lurah June Heater Hays on August 4, 1947, who preceded him in death on August 4, 1976.
Surviving are three daughters, Danetta Hays Cochran, Shepherdstown, Doretta “Brownnie” Hays Walker, Clarksburg, Darletta Hays Gulas and her husband Frank, Salem; one son, Danton O. “Danny” Hays and his wife Carol, Morning View, KY; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Lawanda Britton Jones and Bobby Jones, Salem, and Sheryl “Sherry” Britton Price, OK; six stepgrandchildren and another one due in July. He is also survived by one brother, Marion E. “Bud” Hays and his wife Mary Katherine “Kitty,” Vienna; one sister, Jacqueline W. “Jackie” Lafferty, Clarksburg; one special niece, Jamie Lafferty Patterson, Clarksburg, with whom he resided; several additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a very special friend, Victor Daggett.
He was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Robert “Bobby” Cochran.
Mr. Hays served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. While there, he served on the USS Leon and the USS Henderson, and was sent to Pearl Harbor the day after the attack. During his life, he was employed by the B&O Railroad and Hazel Atlas Glass Company. He retired from the Clarksburg City Fire Department with 20 years of service.
He was employed in the maintenance department of United Hospital Center before retiring from the State of WV, where he served as Fire Inspector for nursing homes throughout the state. After retirement, he moved to Florence, KY, where he transported racehorses and had many friends from all walks of life.
He was formerly an 18th- degree Mason. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 9151 in Salem. He attended North View United Methodist Church.
Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Mr. Hays will be taken to the North View United Methodist Church to lie in state for one hour prior to the service, which will be held Thursday, May 14, at 11 a.m. Reverend David Fisher will officiate. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park.
Davis Funeral Home.
Robert J. Hickman
CLARKSBURG — Robert J. Hickman, loving Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, 85 of Hamill Ave., Clarksburg, went to join our heavenly father on Saturday, May 9, 2009, following an extended illness.
Robert was born in Erbacon, WV, on June 3, 1932, the son of the late A.J. and Erma Hickman.
He is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Blanche, and loving daughter, Linda Spatafore.
He is survived by four daughters, Donna Lake, Mrs. Paul (Patti) Hamrick, Mrs. Larry (Bobbi) Starkey, all of Clarksburg, and Karen Kay Moyer of Anmoore; one son-in-law, William R. Spatafore, Bridgeport; ten grandchildren, Sam Spatafore, Julie Cava, Matt Lake, Billy Spatafore, Valerie Lively, Stephanie Lake, Paul Hamrick II, Audra Hamrick, Levi Starkey and Leah Starkey. Robert was the great-grandfather of thirteen. Survivors also include one sister, Thelma “Boots” Myer, Clarksburg; his aunt, Virginia Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert attended Oak Mound Evangelical Church. Robert retired from the B&O Railroad and the Clarksburg Housing Authority. Robert was a veteran of World War II, serving his country in the U.S. Army. He received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal World War II. He enjoyed camping with his family, working on televisions, automobiles and playing checkers. Robert also enjoyed sharing stories and secret memories with his grandchildren. Robert was a member of VFW Post 573, American Legion Post 13 and the Clarksburg Elks.
Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 13, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with Reverend Jon Hayes officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Mount Clare, WV, where full military graveside rites will be conducted.
Davis Funeral Home.
James David Kendall
SHINNSTON — James David Kendall, 18, of Mannington, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 11, 2009.
James was born February 7, 1991, in Fairmont, West Virginia. He is the son of Henry and Connie Kendall of Mannington.
He is survived by six sisters, Roxanna Revels of Shinnston, Jasmine Kendall, Saide Kendall, Athna Kendall of Mannington, Kayla Rivera of Mannington and Cassie Gittens of Mannington; his grandparents, Alberta Kendall and Mary Lucas; and several aunts and uncles.
James was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Herbert Kendall, Harold Lucas and Robert Revels.
James was a senior at Lincoln High School and was a member of the FFA. James liked to wrestle and loved to hunt and fish and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends will be received at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from 4-8 p.m. Services will be Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Dorsey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Grainsville Cemetery, Mannington. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.dorseyfuneralhome.com.
Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston.
Betty Louise Leonard Michael
WESTOVER — Betty Louise Leonard Michael, 83, of Fairmont, Colfax Road, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
She was born in Monongah on July 31, 1925, a daughter of the late Harvey H. Leonard and Ethelee Towles Wallbrown Leonard.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Michael, on October 21, 1982.
She was a homemaker, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She attended Monongah High School and then went to work at the Westinghouse in Fairmont for a short time.
Betty was a member of the Walnut Grove United Meth-odist Church, a member of the Sharing and Caring Cancer Support Group, the Marion County Senior Citizens and a 32-year member of TOPS. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her family.
She is survived by two children, her son, Larry Earl Michael and his companion, Mary Swiger of Clarksburg, her daughter, Martha Ingram and her companion, David Masters of Fairmont; her grandchildren, Larry E. Michael Jr. and his wife Rommy, William Michael, Teri Michael, Barry Michael, Jesse Miklasz, Chad Moore and David Ingram III and his wife Lydia; her great-grandchildren, Hanna Moore, Derrick Raff, C. J. Michael, Zenna O’Dell, Andy Queen, Austin Queen, Hali Belding and Shawnee Belding; and her brother, James Leonard of Cleveland, Ohio.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Michael was preceded in death by her sister, Mary M. Murphy, and a great-grandson, Michael Moore.
In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, her body will be cremated.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover with Pastor Jim Zinn officiating. Family and friends may meet at noon on Thursday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, to go in precession to the cemetery.
Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home.
CLARKSBURG — Pearl Moneypenny, age 87, of Clarksburg, WV, departed this life on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Heartland of Clarksburg, Clarksburg, WV, following an extended illness.
She was born in Clarksburg, WV, on Nov. 19, 1921, a daughter of the late Earl Hugh Moneypenny and Minnie Rachel (Layfield) Moneypenny.
Surviving are a sister, Thelma Sutton, Clarksburg, WV; a brother, Earl Junior Moneypenny and his wife Lucille, Clarksburg, WV; two sisters-in-law, Olivenne Moneypenny and Doris Moneypenny; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Kenny, Paul and Earl, and an infant sister, Ruby.
She was a member of the Oakmound Evangelical Congregational Church, where she was a member of the choir.
Mrs. Moneypenny previously worked for White & Bailey Glass and the City of Clarksburg.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, where a funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2009, with the Rev. O. D. Harman presiding.
Interment will be in the Stonewall Park Cemetery.
Violet ‘Deane’ Poe
CANFIELD, Ohio — Violet “Deane” Poe passed away Saturday evening, May 9, 2009. She died peacefully at the Hospice House in Poland, Ohio, following a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
She was born July 15, 1934, in Simpson, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Alvin and Hazel Marie (Hart) Workman.
Violet was a 1952 graduate of Flemington High School in West Virginia, and she was a homemaker. She moved to Ohio in 1960.
She is survived by her husband, Morrison “Jim” Poe, whom she married Jan. 26, 1953; two sons, Roger Poe of Tulsa, OK, and Alan (Delia) Poe of Monroe, NC; a daughter, Susan (Marcel) McCree of Poland, OH; a brother, Billy G. Workman of Grafton, WV; a sister, Sarah Marie Archer of Akron; and seven grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Workman of Flemington, W.Va., and a grandson who died at birth.
Friends may call Tuesday, from 5-8 p.m. at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home in Youngstown, Ohio.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton.
Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Youngstown, Ohio.
Dominick C. ‘Fred’ Vallelonga
BRIDGEPORT — Dominick C. “Fred” Vallelonga, 87, of Bridgeport, passed away on Monday morning, May 11, 2009, at United Hospital Center.
He was born December 4, 1921, in Anmoore, a son of the late Dominico and Maria Richison Vallelonga.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lada Vallelonga, on July 17, 2001.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen Louk and her husband Vernon, and Nancy Guzzi and her husband Larry, all of Bridgeport; a granddaughter, Beth Ann Guzzi of Morgantown; a special niece, Cindy Lada, Bridgeport; along with several cousins, nieces, nephews; and his beloved dog, Buster.
He was the last surviving member of his family, having been preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and Carl Vallelonga, and two sisters, Rose Vallelonga and Margaret Bostic.
Fred served in the U.S. Army with the 95th Division of the 378th Infantry during World War II, was held as a Prisoner of War in Germany and was a Purple Heart recipient.
He retired from Union Carbide with over 39 years of service. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed gardening and following the WVU Mountaineers. He was his granddaughter Beth’s biggest fan watching her play softball and basketball.
Condolences to the Vallelonga Family may be sent to email@example.com
Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m., where the Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 10 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church with Father Hilarion Cann as Celebrant.
Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery, where Military Funeral Honors will be accorded by the VFW Post 9151 Color Guard and Camp Dawson, WV, Honor Guard.
Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport.
Harold William Yeager
CLARKSBURG — Harold William Yeager, 76, of Baltimore Avenue, Clarksburg, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2009, in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Yeager was formerly a coal miner at Ten Mile and later worked as a mechanic.
He was born in Meadowbrook on October 22, 1932, a son of the late Arthur and Julia Wagner Yeager.
He was married to Jessica Doughty Yeager, who survives; six sons, Ronald Yeager, Crestline, OH, Rick Yeager, Billy Yeager, Jamie Yeager, and Harold Yeager, all of Clarksburg, and Roger Yeager, VA; four daughters, Patty Cumberledge, Philippi, Sammantha Yeager, Clarksburg, Barbara Livingston, Savannah, GA, and his favorite daughter, Shirley Cordrey, Crestline, OH; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Joe, Roger, Chuck and Gene Yeager; and two sisters, Virginia E. McVehil and Helen Goodwin.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Yeager.
Mr. Yeager was a United States Army Veteran, having served during World War II.
Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, on Thursday, May 14, 2009, from 10 a.m.-noon, where funeral services will be held at noon. Reverend Ron Brown will officiate.
Interment will be in the WV National Cemetery.
Davis Funeral Home.