Mary Louise (Courtney) Hughes
CLARKSBURG — Mary Louise (Courtney) Hughes, age 86, of Clarksburg, WV, departed this life to be with her Blessed Savior on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.
She was born on February 24, 1926, in Cokeburg, Pa., a daughter to the late Harry Raymond Courtney and Rosa Lea (Richards) Courtney Leonard.
She is survived by her five daughters and son-in-laws, Connie K. Hurst and her husband, Danny W. of Clarksburg, WV, Cheryl A. Garrett of Clarksburg, WV, Ladonna S. Taylor and her husband, Charles of Fairmont, WV, Wilma L. Linn and her husband, Lonnie of Reynoldsville, WV and Barbara Kathleen Wilson and her husband, Clem of Clarksburg, WV; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty J. Reed of Clarksburg, WV; and two cousins, Mary Louise Miner of Trafford, Pa and Charles Richards of Pa.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred A. Hughes; a daughter, Linda Lea Hornbeck.
Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Full Gospel Worship Center in Clarksburg. She was a devout Christian from an early age and was a loving inspiration to her family and everyone she knew.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, on Sunday from 1-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Full Gospel Worship Center, 644 Washington Ave., Clarksburg on Monday, November 5, 2012, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Tim R. Maxwell. Interment will be in Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at davisweaverfuneralhome.com
Harold Carl Miesner
NUTTER FORT — Harold Carl Miesner, formerly of Clarksburg and Sardis, WV, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2012, in Charleston, WV.
He was a gentleman, a loving family man and an active citizen.
Hal was born in Deshler, Nebraska, on June 24, 1923, the son of Carl Christoph and Helena Magnus Miesner.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, whom he married on April 14, 1950.
Hal and Kathleen were loving partners, friends and companions for 62 years.
He leaves his children and spouses, Mary and Brad Carmichael, Bridgeport, WV, Karen Miesner, Charleston, WV, Charles and Marjorie Miesner, Louisville, KY, John and Mindy Miesner, Charleston, WV, and Marsha and Steve Hoyer, Charleston, WV. He was a devoted grandfather to Caroline Carmichael and her husband, Corey Johnson, Washington, DC, Jeff and Elizabeth Carmichael, Charleston, WV, Emily Carmichael, Washington, DC, Isabel Miesner, New York, NY, Brittney Hoyer, Ally Hoyer, Andy Hoyer, Samantha Hoyer, Erin Hoyer, Charleston, WV, Johanna Miesner, Donovan Miesner and Mary Melinda Miesner, Charleston, WV. He is also survived by two sisters, Lela Windhorst, Peoria, Illinois, and Claryce Gomes, Galva, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by son, Kenny Miesner.
Hal served in the United States Army as a radar operator on the East Coast, and later, in General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in the Philippines and Japan. He enjoyed a long and successful career spanning more than 40 years in the coal mining industry, and working as a sales manager for Penn Machine Company.
Hal was a well-known and respected volunteer in youth athletics in West Virginia. Some of Hal’s proudest achievements were teaching many children and adults to swim, and working with the Special Olympics swim and track meets. He also laid out the cross country course and helped design the 50 meter pool at River Bend City Park, in Clarksburg.
He was particularly active in age-group swimming. He was the director of the Stealey Invitational Swim Meet for 23 years and held various positions in the West Virginia Amateur Athletics Union. He officiated many age-group, high school and college swim meets.
Hal was also involved with track and field in West Virginia. As one of the original organizers and fund-raisers for the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, he had the honor of escorting Jesse Owens and Jim Ryan at their induction dinners. He was a certified official with the United States Track and Field Association, working many high school and college meets. Hal was also a prime organizer of the youth wrestling program in Harrison County and a certified official for high school volleyball.
Hal was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, in Clarksburg, and later, St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, in Charleston. He served on the Harrison County YMCA Board, the West Virginia Fraternal Congress, and was a member of the Readers’ Advisory Board of the Clarksburg Exponent and Telegram newspaper. Hal received the West Virginia Fraternalist Volunteer Award in 2000.
Hal was an enthusiastic craftsman, working in wood and clay. He built beautiful pieces of furniture, including rocking chairs, benches and spinning wheels.
Hal was also passionate about his participation in securing Braille books and canes for the blind of West Virginia. He was also a volunteer liaison to the West Virginia Legislature for Aid Association for Lutherans, particularly working on helping homeless veterans.
Hal graced the lives of his family, friends and colleagues with his encouragement, affection, dignity, courage and calm. He was always curious, always full of humor, always engaged, always memorable.
Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Sunday, November 4, 2012, from 2-5 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Clarksburg, on Monday, November 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. Hal will lie in state one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery where full military services will be accorded by the Harrison County Honor Guard.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com
A memorial service will also be held at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, Charleston, WV, at a later time.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to: The West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757; West Virginia Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston WV 25387; Special Olympics West Virginia, 1206 Virginia Street East, Charleston WV 25301.
Evelyn Teresa Tate Nicholas
SALEM — Evelyn Teresa Tate Nicholas, 66, of Cherry Camp, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at United Hospital Center following a short illness.
She was born in Lightburn, WV, on November 12, 1946, daughter of the late Carl Tate and Gladys Davisson Tate.
Evelyn leaves behind two sons, James (Twila) Nicholas of Salem and Eric Nicholas and fiance, Kayla Lowther of Cherry Camp; two stepdaughters, Vickie (Spence) Nichols of Clarksburg and Sheree (Roy) Setters of Bristol; one stepson, Mike Nicholas of Jarvisville; grandchildren, Amanda (Chad) Hitt of Clarksburg, Mindy Nicholas (Brian Mazzella) of Girard, OH, Jamie (Toma) Leveto of Cortland, OH, Alicia Williams (Mike Murphy) of Enterprise, Stacy (Danny) Taylor of Houston, MO, Kellie (Ryan) Loretta of Mechanicsburg, PA, Melodie Nichols of Clarksburg, Mike Nicholas and Alan Michael Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Destiny Nicholas, Danny Fisher, Rylan and Bryleigh, Toma, Sierra and Lucas Leveto, Dillon Bingham and Zoee Mazzella, Kammie McCloy, and Isabella Loretta, along with many other nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by one son, Frankie Nicholas; her husband, Paul Nicholas; brothers, Corlis, Charles, Edward and Francis Tate; sisters, Elverda and Phyllis Fennych.
Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cheering on the West Virginia Mountaineers, Dallas Cowboys and her favorite NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
She spent her life caring for others. She was a housewife, small business owner and worked for Hospice and Dr. Ortenzio, just to name a few. She loved being around babies and children, cooking, baking, cleaning, planting flowers and feeding the wildlife in her backyard. She was always on the go and could be found doing dishes at midnight.
Friends and family may visit Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, Sunday, November 4, 2012, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, November 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Richard Settles officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.greathousefuneralhome.com
Arrangements in care of Greathouse Funeral Home.
Jack L. Wilson
PINE GROVE — Jack L. Wilson, 89, of Pine Grove, WV, died Friday, November 2, 2012, at the New Martinsville Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Martinsville.
Jack was born September 15, 1923, in Hastings, WV, son of the late Isaac and Minnie Robinson Wilson.
He graduated from Tyler County High School in 1943 in the same class with his future wife Rosamond McHenry. He was the captain of the basketball team in his senior year.
He was a retired shift leader for CNG, member of Shortline Lion’s Club, a 50-year member of the Wetzel Lodge No. 39 A.F.&A.M. in New Martinsville, enjoyed wood working and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church where he held several positions.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his much loved wife of 67 years, Rosamond; five brothers, Ray Wilson, Paul Wilson, Don Wilson, Robert Wilson and infant brother, Isaac Wilson, Jr.; four sisters, Helen Springer, Freda Swisher, Ester Long and Mildred Wayne.
Surviving are his son, Steven L. Wilson of Pine Grove; brother-in-law David McHenry, currently living in Salem; special children, Ben Hanlan, Kalin Hanlan and Brandon Hanlan; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012, at the Williams Funeral Home, 226 N SR 20, Pine Grove, WV. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Pastor Al Flaitz officiating.
Interment in Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Hastings, WV.
Full Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by Wetzel Lodge 39, A.F.&A.M.
Memorial contributions may be made, in Jack’s name, to St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 163, Pine Grove, WV 26419 or Pine Grove Public Library, P.O. Box 416, Pine Grove, WV 26419.
Williams Funeral Home, Pine Grove.