Truman Bennett Sr.
Truman Bennett Sr., 91, of St. Marys, died Oct. 10, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Tice Bennett; children, Wayne Bennett, Denzil Bennett, James Bennett, Truman Bennett Jr., Betty Daugherty, Eldora Francis, Norma Stewart, Patti Nichols and Debbie Barnhart; 32 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edna Kimball.
Services 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys. Burial in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Viewing from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.
Viola I. Betts
Viola I. Betts, 77, of St. Marys, died Oct. 7, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Betts of St. Marys; one granddaughter, Linda Matlack and her husband, Gary of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Karl, Kevin and Keith Clay, Byron and Brian Matlack; three brothers, Claude, Clinton and Austin Bailey; one sister, Mildred Richardson; several cousins, nieces, and nephews,
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial in Willow Island Cemetery, St. Marys. Visitation from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Marvin E. Bills
Marvin E. Bills, 40, of St. Marys died April 21, 2002.
He is survived by his mother; three children; seven sisters; and six brothers.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Marys Elementary School, St. Marys. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home and from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the school.
Elementary School Mourns Loss of Longtime Custodian Sunday
There will be no school at St. Marys Elementary School Wednesday as students and staff pay their respects to co-worker Marvin E. Bills.
Bills, 40, of Bryan Drive, St. Marys, was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday evening. He was a longtime custodian at the school.
"We are doing pretty good but this is not easy for us," SMES principal Thomas Hardbarger said.
Bills' funeral will be held at the school at 1 p .m. Wednesday. Calling hours will be from noon to 1 p.m.
Classes will be in session at the county's other schools Wednesday.
Hardbarger said students and staff are dealing with the loss "as best they can." He said the school has made counselors available to help students and staff through the, grieving process. . . .
"Marvin touched a lot people here;" Hardbarger said. "When you you needed anything you called for Marvin."
Bills was killed instantly when the pickup truck he was driving was struck by a falling tree at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
The accident occurred on the northern side of Emerick Hill, just south of the St, Marys' city limits. Bills was traveling north toward St. Marys.
Deputy Steve McFarland, the investigating officer for the Pleasants County 51- Tiffs Department, said the large tree fell roots and all from the nearby hillside. He said it crushed the cab of Bills' 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, killing Bills instantly.
Bills was pronounced dead at the scene by Pleasants County coroner Harvey Hatfield. Bills' body was transported from the accident site to Ruttercutter-Ingram Funeral Home in St Marys.
Pleasants County Sheriff Larry Barnhart said heavy rain over the weekend might have contributed to the accident "We have had a lot of rain lately and possibly those rains softened the ground around the tree causing it to fall," Barnhart said. "We have rocks and debris hitting vehicles on this area of Route 2 at least 2-3 times a year."
Other vehicles were traveling in the area at the time of the accident The drivers of those vehicles were not injured and their vehicles escaped damage.
In addition to McFarland, the accident was also investigated by Cpl. Terry Nichols of the West Virginia State Police.
The St. Marys and Belmont fire departments were dispatched to the scene to divert traffic while Route 2 was closed. The Pleasants County Emergency Squad also responded to the emergency call.
Hardbarger said Monday and Tuesday were difficult days at his school. "We are getting through it the best we can," he said. "All you can do at a time like this is pull together."
Bills was born Feb. 8, 1962 in Parkersburg, a son of Elberta Bell Bills of St. Marys and the late Francis "Jack" Bills.
He was a 1981 graduate of St Marys High School, a member of the Pleasants County Coonhunters Association, a member of the Pleasants County Service Personnel Association and a member of the United Kennel Club.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, Teia, Tessa and Larry Bills of St Marys; a very close friend, Sall McCune and her children, Ashleigh and Chris McCune of St. Marys; five sisters, Sandra Haylon and her husband, Bob, of Williamstown, Ella Jane Blouir and her husband, Gary, of Belmont, Mary Sue Perry and her husband, Tony, Dorothy Straight and her husband, Charles, and Martha Malone and her husband, Glenn, all of St. Marys; five brothers, Allen Bills and his wife, Ada, of Belmont, Frank Bills and his wife, Gilda, of Reno, OH., Larry Bills and his wife, Mary, Jack Bills and his wife, Sandra, and Michael Bills and his wife, Laura, all of St. Marys; two half-sisters, Margaret Callihan and her husband, Glen, of Beverly, OH., and Carolyn Nichols and her husband, Larry, of Vincent, OH.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
Pastor Larry Parker will officiate Wednesday's services. Burial will be in the Willow Island Cemetery.
Mildred V. Bills
Mildred V. Bills, 94, of St. Marys, died April 19, 2001, at her residence in St. Marys.
She was born July 8, 1906, at Long Run, Pleasants County, a daughter of the late Clifford and Helen Cameron Haddox. She was a member of the George Street Church of Christ, past Noble Grand of Rebekah Amity Lodge, and former director and founding member of the Pleasants County Senior Citizens.
She is survived by two daughters, Helen L. Hammett and Mary Sue Ross both of St. Marys; five sons, Larry C. Bills of Milford, OH, Frank D. Bills of Mount Vernon, OH, and Chester A. Bills, Gerald E. Bills and John R. Bills all of St. Marys; one sister, Sylvia Wiley of St. Marys; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Bills; one son, Russell Bills; one daughter, Anne Cunningham; five brothers; and two sisters.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at the George Street Church of Christ of St. Marys, with the Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2-9 p.m. Sunday and 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home of St. Marys, and from noon-1 p.m. Monday at the church.
Ruth L. Bills
Ruth L. Bills, 99, of Steubenville, OH, formerly of St. Marys and Parkersburg, died Jan. 11, 2002, at Carriage Inn of Steubenville.
She was born March 29, 1902, in Finch, WV. Ruth was a retired cook from the Parkersburg Elks Lodge.
Surviving are one son, Richard L. Bills and his wife, Barbara of Wintersville, OH; two daughters, Mary Hall of Steubenville and Christine Hart and her husband, Ross of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel B. Bills; and one daughter, Bonnie Chilenski.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home of 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, (740) 264-0563. Burial will be in Fort Steuben Burial Estates. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Eva Jean Binegar
Eva Jean Binegar, 68, of State Route 800 Antioch, OH, died June 27, 2001, at her home.
She was born Nov. 27, 1932, in Belmont, WV., daughter of the late Fred R. Holpp and Esta Davis Holpp. She was a member of the Unity Baptist Church; a charter member of the Antioch Fire Department; a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary; and a member of the Midway Senior Citizens Group.
She is survived by her husband, Merle O. Binegar of Antioch; three sons, Brian Allen Binegar and his wife, Sue of Sardis, OH, Fred Otto Binegar and his wife, Jacie of Antioch, and Bruce Lee Binegar and his wife, Kimberly of Sardis; three daughters, Lora Jean Powell and her husband, Donald of Malaga, OH, Pamela Kay Winland and her husband, Mitchell of Broken Arrow, OK, and Nila Louise Heintzman and her husband, Joe of Sistersville; one brother, Gary Holpp of Tennessee; one sister, Betty Howell of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren, Christopher Binegar, Gwen Binegar, Heather Smith, Logan Binegar, Kevin Binegar, Brandi Binegar, Arin Winland, Carrie Winland, Tyler Winland, Junior Fenney, Curtis Heintzman, Jayme Heintzman, Cole Heintzman and Nathan Heintzman; and four great-grandchildren, Adara Wilson, Keanu Barkes, William Fenney and Joseph Fenney.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home of 100 South Paul St., Woodsfield, Ohio, with Pastor Danny Chandler officiating. Interment in the Unity Cemetery near Antioch, Ohio. Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Elma Virginia "Jen" Blouir
Elma Virginia Donahue Blouir, 64, of St. Marys, was called to heaven Sept. 9, 2002.
She was born Sept. 4, 1938, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Ira and Alveretta Harris Donahue. She was retired from the former Colin Anderson Center.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Sharkie Blouir; six children, Kathy Lucas and her husband, Gary, Terry Whitehair and her husband, Rodney, Jeanie Wilson and her husband Joe, Bill Blouir and his wife, Melanie, David Blouir and his wife, Denna, and Lori Kelley and her husband, Steve, all of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlotte Donahue; and several nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews, and a large extended family.
Aside from her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Dorsie Lee Donahue, Ira Donahue, Robert Donahue, Ronzal Donahue; and one granddaughter, Samantha Kelley.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with the Rev. Richard Heller officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka. Calling hours are from 4-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Debbie Thompson, P.O. Box 246, Belmont, W.Va., 26134.
Carlton Edward Boley
Carlton "Carl" Edward Boley, 65, of St. Marys, died Sept. 22, 2002.
He was born March 21, 1927, the son of the late Everett and Zelma Pethel Boley. Survivors include three children, Sgt. Carl Boley, Patricia Boley and Norman Boley; former wife, Christine Kelly; two grandchildren, Lacie and Alexander Dawson; three sisters, Mary Fry, Mildred Calvert, and Carolyn Durst.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Joan Nichols and Betty J. Kent; and one brother, Joe Boley.
Services, 11 a.m. Thursday, at St. Marys United Methodist Church. Visitation from noon-5 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the I00F Cemetery, St. Marys. Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, in charge.