Ralph D. Cooper
FLORENCE, Colo. - Ralph D. Cooper, born May 8, 1941, passed away Sept. 11, 2012.
He was born in Winona, Ohio, and raised in Bridgeport, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M. Cooper and Virginia Macon Cooper Lovelace.
He graduated from Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, W.Va., with the Class of 1959.
He served in the U.S Air Force from 1959 to 1979 and fought in the Vietnam War. After the war, he was stationed at various radar sites throughout the U.S.
He married Barbara K. Knight on Sept. 30, 1962. This September would have been 50 years of blissful marriage.
Survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara K. Cooper; sons, Gary A. Cooper and Michael D. Cooper; daughter, Krista L. Polcari; and grandchildren, Dominik Polcari, Dmitri Polcari, Cody Lewis, Bryan Cooper, Allen Cooper, Serena Cooper, Casey Gondek, Colin Sekatz, Samantha Lewis, Matthew Lewis and Nicole Hudson; and brother, Robert Cooper, Richmond, Va.
Ralph was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Ralph spent his life serving others. He was a certified firefighter, EMT, Colorado Mounted Ranger and Park Ranger at the Royal Gorge, Colorado. He also dedicated his time as a house parent at the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation in Brookneal, VA, and the IVCF Retreat at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado Springs.
Ralph was dedicated to the Lord and his fellow worshipers at the Florence United Methodist Church. He was loved by all and will remain always in our hearts.
Services were held at the Florence United Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Dennis Sillaman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Joni Fair Hospice House, 1107 Peublo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, Colo.
Charles Anthony Funeral Home, Florence, Colo.
Loretta Louise Hammitt Jenkins Poling
CLARKSBURG - Mrs. Loretta Louise Hammitt Jenkins Poling, age 72, of West Woodland Avenue, Clarksburg, WV, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at the Talbott Personal Care Home in Belington, WV, with her loving husband by her side.
She was born November 25, 1939, in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of the late Lawrence Hammitt and Helen Lantz Hammitt.
Surviving Loretta are her loving husband, Gary L. Poling, whom she married on December 31, 1988; one son, Eddie Jenkins, Clarksburg; a daughter, Tonya Devericks, Clarksburg; two granddaughters, Christina Jenkins and Shawna Devericks; a beloved sister-in-law, Martha Hammitt; and her beloved Shih Tzu companion, "Nikki."
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Poling was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth L. "Kenny" Hammitt, and a sister, Beverly Cunningham.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Poling was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Clarksburg. She was a graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School, Class of 1957. She was an avid and devout R-W, Liberty High School and WVU Mountaineer football and basketball fan.
She had worked as a sales associate at the BonTon Clothing Store for several years. She loved baking for the holidays, especially Christmas, and greatly enjoyed being with family and friends.
Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 1-8 p.m. on Thursday. She will be moved to lie in state at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Friday from 10-11 a.m., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, with the Reverend Linda M. Muhly presiding. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the West Virginia University Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 8200-ROC 117, Morgantown, WV 26506-8200.
Richard ‘Dick' W. Pritchard
BRIDGEPORT - Richard "Dick" W. Pritchard, age 85, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
Born January 13, 1927 in Morgantown, WV, he was the second born of five children to the late Richard W. and Ione Jane Butler Pritchard.
Upon graduating from Bridgeport High School in 1944, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving through the remainder of WWII, and attended Salem College before starting his 42-year career with the Morton Salt Co. A company relocation in 1966 took his family to Willingboro, NJ. Upon retirement in 1989, Mr. and Mrs. Pritchard moved to Spring Hill, FL, and then relocated to Lugoff in 2006, where he most enjoyed his association with Harvest Baptist Church.
In his lifetime, he especially enjoyed home repair work, politics and American history, sailing, flower and vegetable gardening, keeping hummingbirds and carving birds (with juried craftsmanship). He was a beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather.
A funeral service was held at Powers Funeral Home in Camden, SC, on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 7 p.m.
A service will be held on Saturday at noon at Burnside Funeral Home in Bridgeport, WV. The family will receive friends at Burnside on Friday, September 21, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-noon. Interment to follow the service in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pall bearers will be Tristan Pritchard, Nathan Ruger, "RW" Pritchard, Sean Pritchard, Alan Pritchard and Tom Beline.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, Irene Atha Pritchard, Mr. Pritchard is survived by his daughter, Almeda Jane and husband Stephen L. Ruger of Rock Hill, SC; son, Richard Pritchard and wife Carol of Burlington, NJ; son, Mark Pritchard and wife Diane of Washington Township, NJ; son, Luke Pritchard and wife Kathleen of Burlington Township, NJ. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren: Emily Ruger Beline (husband Thomas M.) of Washington, D.C., Nathan Ruger of Pittsburgh, PA, Richard "RW" Pritchard of King of Prussia, PA, Sean Pritchard of Washington Township, NJ, Erin Marie Pritchard and Tristan Pritchard of Burlington, NJ, and Melissa Mersinger (husband Joseph) of Easthampton, NJ; and 2 great-grandchildren, Evangeline Mersinger and Jonathan Mersinger. Mr. Pritchard is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one sister, Jane Pritchard (Clem) Clower, and one brother, J. David (Bonnie) Pritchard of Bridgeport; and survived by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Clotts of Whitehall, OH, and Anne Pritchard (B. Leroy) Morgan of Warren, OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Harvest Baptist Church, 281 Wildwood Drive, Lugoff, SC, or PKD Foundation (Polycystic Disease), 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000. Please make checks payable to the foundation and state in memory of Mr. Pritchard.
Burnside Funeral Home
H. Eugene ‘Gene' Stewart
CLARKSBURG - H. Eugene "Gene" Stewart, age 83, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab.
He was born on December 5, 1928, in Clarksburg, WV, a son to the late Clarence Stewart and Nina (Layfield) Stewart.
He is survived by three daughters, Shelia Brewer, Melanie Stewart and Brenda Morrison, all of Clarksburg, WV; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elaine M. Carder of Salem, WV.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen V. (Parsons) Stewart; a daughter, Dawn Stewart; and a brother, Denzil Stewart.
Mr. Stewart was a member of Hermon Lodge 6, A.F.&A.M., Loyal Order of Moose 52 in Clarksburg and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2353 in Clarksburg.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, on Friday from 4-8 p.m., where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Adam Justice presiding. Masons will meet at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Saturday for the purpose of conducting the Masonic graveside rites. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at davisweaverfuneralhome.com
Bryan Keith Willis
SHINNSTON - Bryan Keith Willis, 38, of Worthington, went home to be with the Lord at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born in Fairmont, November 12, 1973, a son of Larry Allen and Nancy Jane Cowart Willis.
Also surviving are one brother, Allen Lee Willis, and his wife Julie, Fairview; nieces and nephews, Gwendalyn, Gage and Greyson Willis; special cousin, McKenna Johnson and her parents Mark and Crystal Johnson; special friends, Jessica Lanham and Ashley Brooke Hunt; aunts, Cathy Null, Parkersburg, Alma Allen, Worthington, Carol Ensminger and her husband Leonard, Fairmont, Joyce Peck and her husband Perry, FL; uncles, Lee Willis and his wife Eileen, Parkersburg, Henry Duane Cowart, Clarksburg, and several cousins.
Bryan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lee Roy and Ilah Willis; maternal grandparents, Henry and Velora Cowart; and one uncle, Warren Cowart.
Bryan had worked as an EMT for Harrison and Marion County EMS and was an active member of the Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department. He loved race cars and muddin' in his monster truck. He also enjoyed the outdoors, country music and life in general.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and the Department of Orthopedic at WVU Hospitals; Ruth Davis, Dr. Brock Lindsey and the entire staff have been exceptional in their care and support; Amedysis Hospice; and specifically RN Mark Wotring and aide Theresa Kittle. They all have not only provided healing for the body, but healing for our hearts as well.
Friends may call at Jewel City Church, Rt. 20, Haywood, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com.
The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Willis family.
Chester ‘Elton' Wine
FLATWOODS - Chester "Elton" Wine, 71, of West Union, WV, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Braxton County, a son of the late Everett and Ava Radcliff Wine.
He was a retired truck driver and an avid farmer. He had a very special way with horses. He was a kind man and was dedicated to helping others. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Elton was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Linda Kay Wine Chipps; brother, Jack Wine; and one sister, Emma Harper.
He is survived by two daughters, Lillian Wine and Sarah Lynn (Wine) Mayle. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Devin Wine, Cory Chipps Ashby, Alicia and Alexis Cayton.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV. Burial will be in Tichnel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Corley, WV.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stockert-sizemore.com
Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods.