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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:00 am

John Angelo Ali

BRIDGEPORT — John Angelo Ali of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on October 14, 2011, at the age of 85 years. At the time of his death, he was residing at the Sistersville Center/Genesis Healthcare.

He was preceded in death by Donna Turnbull Ali, his wife of 56 years.

He is survived by his 2 children, Deborah Ali Hassig of New Martinsville, WV, and John B. Ali of Morristown, NJ; five grandchildren, Rachael Hassig Gardner, Jakob R. Hassig, Jessica Ali Lanigan, John Brock Ali and Chelsea Nicole Ali; and five great-grandchildren, Elias Blue Gardner, Marin Gardner, Kieran Lanigan, Rowan Lanigan and Phoenix Rivas. Also surviving are a sister, Teresa Ali Lanham, 90 years, of Hollywood, Florida, and a brother, Domanic V. Ali Jr., 86 years, of Sistersville Center.

John was born in Clarksburg, WV, on June 17, 1926. He served in the Navy in World War II and then worked as a fireman for the Clarksburg Fire Department. While working as a fireman, he attended and graduated from Salem College. For the rest of his working career, he was employed by Corning Glass works at its Paden City, WV, facility, its Steuben facility in Corning, NY, and at its Main Plant facility in Corning, New York, retiring in 1988.

John is best remembered for his love of family, sports as well as his great sense of humor.

There will be no visitation. Services will be conducted at a later time.

Burnside Funeral Home

Roy F. ‘Dusty’ Ash

CLARKSBURG — Roy F. “Dusty” Ash Jr., 87, of Harbor’s Edge, Norfolk, Va., passed away Sept. 28, 2011, in a Norfolk Hospital.

Mr. Ash was a native of Clarksburg and the son of Roy F. Ash and Irene Knox Ash.

He was a 1942 graduate of Washington Irving High School and the College of William and Mary.

He retired in 1982 as a sales executive from the Eskimo Pie Division of Reynolds Metal Corp.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a former member of the Portsmouth Kiwanis Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired as a commander.

Survivors include his wife, Alice P. “Mitch” Ash, a son, David S. Ash and wife Joanna of Chesterfield, Va., grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer and Tara Ash, daughter-in-law, Kaye Ash of Richmond, a stepdaughter, Elizabeth H. Mumford and husband John and their children, Sarah, Will and Jack, all of Virginia Beach; a stepson, William S. Hargroves of Portsmouth; two sisters, Rose Anne Welch of Morgantown, WV, and Carolyn Gillespie of Colonial Heights, Va.; and a brother, John Ash and wife Emilia of Bridgeport, WV.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas M. Ash, and an infant daughter, Carolyn Anne Ash.

At his request, Mr. Ash was cremated. A graveside service was held at noon Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth, Va.

Melissia Ann Baney

BELPRE, Ohio — Melissia Ann Baney, 43, of Belpre, Ohio, passed away at her residence Oct. 15, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born May 9, 1968, in Clarksburg, W.Va. a daughter of Jacqueline G. Walls McBee of Bridgeport, W.Va., and the late James J. Baney.

She worked as an office manager for National Carports for 8 years.

She is survived by her mother, Jacqueline McBee and stepfather Roger McBee of Bridgeport, W.Va.; a daughter, Jacqueline Cierra Hall of Belpre, Ohio; sister, Tracie Wentz and husband Kraig of Clarksburg, W.Va.; sister, Brandi McBee of Clarksburg, W.Va.; and brother, Justin McBee and companion Taira Wolanski of Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Vonda L. Walls.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, W.Va.

Arrangements are being handled by Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 1305 Washington Blvd., Belpre, Ohio.

An online guestbook for condolences is available at

Ressie ‘Jenny’ Cain

BRIDGEPORT — Ressie “Jenny” Cain, 65, of East View passed away on Friday, October 14, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born August 20, 1946, in Culpepper, VA, a daughter of the late Orea Corbin and Grace Wharton Corbin.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Rosco Cain.

She is also survived by two sons, Randy Cain of East View and Rick Cain and his wife Angie, also of East View; four daughters, Mildred Merritt and her husband Cecil of Stealey, Vanessa Johnson and her husband Robert of Morgantown, Sherrill Powell and her husband Donald of Clarksburg and Mary Cain of West Milford; eleven grandchildren, Adam, Mike, Zachary, Robbie, Dyllan, Matthew, Shelby, Bobby, Brandon, Madison and Jack; one great-grandson, Evan James Cain; six brothers, Bill, Jim, Wade, Buck, David and Ed Corbin; three sisters, Pearl Corbin, Jenny Corbin and Dollie Stroup, all of Manassas, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Jenny was self-employed, and she owned and operated a Child Care business from her home. She also loved being around her grandchildren and spending time with her family.

Condolences may be extended to the family at

Family and friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, WV, on Monday, October 17, 2011, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Reverend Alan Gradkowski and Reverend Gary Bryant presiding. Interment will be in Stonewall Park Cemetery, Stonewood.

Alice Jane Laughery Grossa

CLARKSBURG — Alice Jane Laughery Grossa, 77, of Anmoore, WV, passed into Eternal Life on October 10, 2011, in Virginia Beach, VA, following an extended illness.

Alice was born February 23, 1934, in Pittsburgh, PA and resided in WV.

Alice was married to Charles “Birdie” Grossa, who has preceded her in death along with her parents, Mary Ellen and John Laughery, and two siblings, Rebecca Wilson and Thomas Laughery.

Surviving siblings include Ruth Jett of Ohio, Rachel Childers of WV, Peggy King of Ohio, Janet Davis of Ohio and James Laughery of Ohio.

Alice is survived by three children, Mary Grossa Rodriguez of Orlando, FL, Charles “BJ” Grossa of West Milford, WV, and Heidi Grossa Lopez of Virginia Beach, VA. Surviving grandchildren are Corrine Cupp, Riley Lopez, Jacob Lopez and Katelyn Grossa.

Alice was a wonderful woman and an inspiration for all those who were lucky enough to have known her. She cared for others all of her life and gave her heart to them. Alice will be greatly missed.

Mass will be held to celebrate her life at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Stonewood, WV.

Floris Davisson

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Mr. Floris McWhorter Davisson, 86 years old and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great friend, died on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at Riderwood Village — Renaissance Gardens from Stage 4 Metastasized Melanoma.

Born April 21, 1925, in Lost Creek, West Virginia. Son of the late Lucy Hattoi Davisson Prince and Floris Davisson Sr.

Floris Davisson is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nora Griffin Davisson; their four children, April Davisson Barker (John) of Abilene, KS, Julia Tangredi Bush (Steve) of Laurel, MD, Timothy J. Davisson (Lisa) of Severna Park, MD, and Ruth M. Meere (John) of Lafayette, CO. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, John C. and Jessica Barker, David, Daniel and Lauren Tangredi, Caitlin and T.J. Davisson, Riley, Josie and Griffin Meere. Also survived by two great-grandchildren, S.J. Barker and Tyler Tangredi, and a sister, Helen Ruth D. Curry, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Floris served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. He was in communications and landed on Normandy Beach D+18. Floris received his BS in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1949 and his MS in Industrial Recreation from West Virginia University in 1954. He was an educator and basketball coach from 1949 to 1955 at Lost Creek High School, Lost Creek, West Virginia. His team won the Little 10 Conference Championship six consecutive years.

He was a business teacher at Richard Montgomery High School and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, both in Montgomery County, MD. His 1959 BCC basketball team won the Maryland State Championship. Floris became the Coordinator of Cooperative Education for Montgomery County Public Schools, where he served on numerous advisory committees from 1973-1986. In 1980, Floris was awarded the Maryland Vocational Educator of the Year.

Floris and Nora retired to Bethany Beach, Delaware, in 1987 and then to Riderwood Village in Silver Spring, MD, in 2002. He was an active Barbershop Chorus member for over 50 years.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on September 25, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either “Hometowne USA” Barbershop Chorus, c/o Gene Sheskin, 4805 Hornbeam Dr., Rockville, MD 20853 or to Holy Cross Hospice, 11800 Tech Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904.

A military service will be held in Arlington Cemetery following return of ashes from the Maryland Anatomy Board.

Freda Irene Hickman

CLARKSBURG — Freda Irene Hickman of Lost Creek, WV, left this world on Oct. 13, 2011, to be with her loving Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV, on November 23, 1926, to the late Fred Howell Sr. and mother Hazel (McCormick) Howell.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, John Wesley Hickman; brother, Fred Howell Jr.; sons, Charles Ehrlich and Robert Ehrlich (wife Cheryl Ehrlich); daughters, Linda Phillips (husband Gary Phillips) and Rebecca Lafone; grandchildren, Roger Francis, Marie Miller and Shawn Lafone; and great-grandchildren, Roger Francis Jr. and Camden Miller.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Richard Ehrlich; brother, Hillis Montgomery Howell; and sisters, Ella Jean Starke and Emma Belle Morton.

Freda was employed at the Goodyear plant in Akron, OH, as a lab technician during World War II. She had an incredible talent for her passion of interior decorating. She enjoyed entertaining others and was happiest when she was playing games and spending time with her nieces, nephews and family.

She was a very kind and generous person who knew the value of time. She gave so freely of her own to those who knew her and even a few who never had the pleasure. She will be deeply missed by many.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 4-8 p.m. Monday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Stonewood with Rev. Steven N. Hickman presiding. Mrs. Hickman will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Ruth Seivert Lindsay

CLARKSBURG — Ruth Lindsay, age 85, of Gregory’s Run Road, Ruth Field, passed away at her home on October 4, 2011, following a short illness.

She was born in Gove, Kansas, on March 19, 1926, the daughter of Sam Seivert and Martha M. Morlong.

In 1965, she married Delbert Lindsay, who preceded her in death in 1971.

Ruth was also preceded in death by her longtime companion, Arthur Coffman, and two sisters, Tillie Haas and Mildred Hedrick.

She is survived by her brother, Harry Seibert of Missoula, Montana.

Ruth was employed by the Manhattan Restaurant and Elk Club. She also did house work for special people.

After her retirement, she became a foster grandparent at Gore Middle School and Wilsonburg Elementary School, donating her time to help children read. Working with the children at the schools gave her great joy, and she was loved by all the children with whom she worked.

Ruth also baked a cake each week for RomRog Inc. to be enjoyed by Gene, Wayne, Chuck, Paul, Joshua and a multitude of customers who visited the shop. She also donated her time at the Clarksburg Mission Thrift Store. Every Sunday, Ruth was an active member of the Church of Christ in Clarksburg.

Ruth donated her body to the WVU Health Sciences Center. A memorial service will be held at Ruth Field in the spring of 2012, with the Church of Christ presiding. Notice will be published prior to the service.

Pauline Virginia (Groghan) McCue

CLARKSBURG — Pauline Virginia (Groghan) McCue, 89, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away October 13, 2011, at the Heartland of Clarksburg Nursing Home.

She was born on February 20, 1922, in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter to the late Esta C. Groghan and Leta (Cline) Groghan.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Paul Frederick McCue, of Clarksburg, WV; 4 nieces; and 2 nephews.

In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Miller; three brothers, infant Clifford Groghan, Elmer Groghan and Gilbert Groghan; one sister, Violet Rollings; and one nephew Ronald Groghan.

Pauline was a graduate of R-W High School, Class of 1940. She was retired from Norwood Elementary as a cook, with 20-plus years of service. After retiring from the school, she returned as a volunteer in the “Foster Granny” program with more than 20 years of volunteering. She loved working with the kids and loved traveling with her husband, Paul, seeing the sights.

Family will receive friends at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, on Monday from 2-8 p.m., where a funeral ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gilbert Neely presiding. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Sergeant Major Daniel Alan Owens

CLARKSBURG — Sergeant Major Daniel Alan Owens, 56, of Jarvisville Road, Salem, WV, departed this life suddenly on October 14, 2011, while on duty in Preston County.

He was born in Fairmont, WV, on March 8, 1955, a son of the late Imogene Martin Owens and Harold Owens and his wife Loretta Owens of Wyatt, WV.

SGM Owens is survived by his wife of 38 years, Tina DeNese Kovar Owens, whom he married on March 24, 1973.

He is also survived by one son, William J. Owens and his companion Brandy of Jarvisville; two daughters, Melissa DeNese Jenkins and husband Jeff of Summit Park and JoAnn Owens of Jarvisville; and 13 grandchildren. Also left behind are two sisters, Polly Hager and husband Roger of Shinnston and Pam Fox and husband Jamie of Ohio; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Shinnston High School and Methodist by faith. SGM Owens was on military leave from the WV State Department of Highways. He was Master Sergeant on active duty (posthumously promoted) with the WV National Guard at Camp Dawson. Since 2005, he was the Chief Instructor of the 197th Regional Training Institute.

He was a member of the B.P.O.E. and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Kingwood, WV. He was also a lifetime member of the Eangus Association. SGM Owens loved car shows and his 2004 Mustang convertible.

Sergeant Major Owens’ greatest passion was taking care of the men and women with whom he served and stood beside.

Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 2-8 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Chaplain Bruce D. Reed presiding.

Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by Camp Dawson Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the WV Army National Guard Foundation, 1679 Koonskin Drive, Charleston, WV 26311, on behalf of SGM Owens.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at

A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

Lela Mae (Byrd) Posey

CLARKSBURG — Lela Mae (Byrd) Posey, 83, of Clarksburg passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at 7:04 p.m. at the Sunbridge Nursing Home, Salem, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born on August 6, 1927, in Weston, WV, a daughter to the late Loy Byrd and Mattie Byrd.

In addition to her parents, Lela was preceded in death by two brothers and a foster son, James Allison.

Lela is survived by her husband, William B. Posey of Clarksburg, WV; one son, Harold Posey and his wife Ramona of Clarksburg, WV; grandchildren, Christina and Michael Yorabat of Matther, PA, Shawn Caplinger of Hawaii, Brian Posey of Clarksburg, WV, James and Chrissy Allison of Clarksburg, WV, Jim “Jimmy” Allison of Clarksburg, WV, Linda Harbert, Chip Harbert, Bryce Harbert and Allison Harbert; one brother, Junior Byrd, Jackson’s Mill, WV; one sister, Oleta and Russell Lindsay of Nutter Fort, WV; a foster daughter-in-law, Mabel Allison of Clarksburg, WV; and a nephew, Chester and Louise Lanier of Alabama; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Lela attended the Oak Mound E.C. Church for more than 30 years. She was retired from Brockway Glass Company.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Mt. Clare, WV, with Lela’s granddaughter, Pastor Linda Harbert, presiding.

Family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Lela’s memory to: Life Pointe Church, Youth Ministry.

Davis-Weaver service.

Dorthea H. Reed

SALEM — Dorthea H. Reed, 83 of Cross St., Salem, departed this life on Saturday, October 15, 2011, in the United Hospital Center. Arrangements are pending at the Harbert Funeral Home, Salem.

Harold L. Shook Sr.

BRIDGEPORT — Harold L. Shook Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 14, 2011, at his residence, at the age of 89 years old, after a brief illness surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born October 7, 1922. Mr. Shook was the son of the late William and Josephine Shook. He was born in Worthington, WV. He worked 34 years for the railroad and was also a veteran of WWII.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and David Shook, with one surviving brother, Edmond Shook of Good Hope. He was also preceded in death by two wives, Bernice Pearl Jones Shook and Helen Elizabeth Duckworth Shook; two children, Larry Gene Shook and Pamela Jean Shook Guzzi Deem of Clarksburg, with one surviving son, Harold L. Shook Jr. and wife Margie of Glenville; two stepchildren, Elizabeth Jane Bryant of Clarksburg and John Thomas Duckworth of Peotone, Illinois, and wife Edie. Mr. Shook had thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Mr. Shook enjoyed having time with his family and church friends, and driving his Lincoln Town Car, especially in the autumn months. He also liked Cadillacs and cowboy boots. He was a member of the East View United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be extended to the family at

Donations may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 67 Casino Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301, in Mr. Shook’s honor. Mr. Shook’s family greatly appreciated the extraordinary care, love and compassion he received from Amedisys Hospice.

Family and friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, WV, on Monday, October 17, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Randy Smith and Chaplain Adam Boyd officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Quiet Dell.