Zelma "Ruth" Keen
Zelma "Ruth" Keen, age 93, of Marlinton, died Saturday, October 2, 2004, at Pocahontas Center.
Mrs. Keen was the daughter of the late Rev. Roland H. Skaggs and Laura White Skaggs. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked as a school cook. She was a member of the AARP, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two husbands, Edward O. Shanahan and Johnnie Keen; a sister, Flora Bell Armstrong; seven brothers, Tom Skaggs, Roy Skaggs, Earl Skaggs, Dan Skaggs, Richard Skaggs, Paul Skaggs, Francis Skaggs; and four infant siblings.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Edray United Methodist Churuch by the Rev. Robert Mann. Burial was in the Edray Cemetery.
Cynthia Ann Driscoll
Cynthia Ann Driscoll, age 64, of Marlinton, died Wednesday, September 29, 2004, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia.
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, she was born August 1, 1940, the daughter of the late Raymond C. LaPerche, Sr., and Alice LeBlanc LaPerche.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond C. LaPerche, Jr.
She had worked as an office manager and she was a member of the Catholic Church.
Surviving her are her husband, Dennis C. Driscoll, Sr.; a daughter, Kirsten A. Keegan, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a step-daughter, Bonnie Jean Smith, of Maryland; a son, Dennis C. Driscoll, Jr., of Enfield, Connecticut, and a step-son, Mark David Driscoll, of Rhode Island; a sister, Ethel M. Doucette, of Manassas, Virginia; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at St. John Neumann Catholic Church by Father Thatson, with burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Elaine Rebecca Herndon
Elaine Rebecca Herndon, age 65, of Cumberland, Virginia, formerly of Nokesville, Virginia, died Sunday, September 26, 2004, at MCV Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
Mrs. Herndon was employed with Prince William County Food Servicie for over 20 years and ended her career as manager of Nokesville Elementary School Cafeteria. She was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Herndon; four children, Rebecca Vance, of Inwood, Jerry "Smiley" Herndon, Jr., of Nokesville, Virginia, Mark Lee Herndon, of Centreville, Virginia, and Jeanie Moxley, of Cartersville, Virginia; three sisters, Faye Sheets, of Huntersville, Edith McCloud, of Marlinton, and Joy Camp, of Sanford, North Carolina; one brother, Clive Alderman, of Nokesville; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 30, at Price Funeral Home in Manassas, Virginia, with Pastor Guy Hamilton officiating. Interment followed at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas.
Memorial gifts may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20015 in memory of Elaine R. Herndon.
David L. Curry
David Leonard Curry, 75, of Fairmont, died September 27, 2004, at Fairmont General Hospital
He was born on October 19, 1928, in Lost Creek, a son of the late Luther Roscoe and Ruth Doddrill Curry.
Mr. Curry retired in 1983 as a construction supervisor for C&P Telephone after 30 years of service. He was a 50-year member of the Lost Creek Seventh Day Baptist Church, a member of the Fairmont Masonic Lodge No. 9, a charter member and past president of the White Hall Lions Club, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen Ruth Davison Curry; two sons, David L. Curry, Jr., of Green Bank, and Daniel Curry, of Frederica, Delaware; one daughter, Mary Jane Rinard, of Martinsburg; one brother, Luther R. Curry, of Zephyrhills, Florida; three sisters, Eleanor Franklin, of Spring Hill, Mary Venettozzi, of Lost Creek, and Naomi Halterman, of Monterey, Virginia; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Curry.
Funeral service was held on September 30 at the Lost Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Shackelford officiating. Burial was in the Lost Creek Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be to the Joy Camp or Lost Creek Baptist Church, both at P. O. Box 241, Lost Creek, WV 26385.
Reuben A. Taylor
Reuben A. Taylor, age 84, of Dunmore, died at his home on Wednesday, November 24, 2004.
The son of the late Everette H. Tacy and Lucy Taylor, he was born at Dunmore April 3, 1920.
Mr. Taylor was a carpenter and farmer and was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Surviving him are his wife, Frances A. Kelley Taylor; four daughters, Barbara A. Mason, of Inwood, Connie S. White, of White Sulphur Springs, Teresa D. Lenier, Morgantown, and Amy L. Johnson, of Lewisburg; two sons, Michael A. Taylor, of Dunmore, and Bruce A. Taylor, of Asheville, North Carolina; a half-sister, Zelda Chocklett, of Dunmore; sixteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie J. Taylor; a step-sister, Ora B. Galford; and two step-brothers, Russell Bussard and Glen Bussard.
Funeral services were held Saturday at VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton by the Rev. Thomas Hill.
Baby Garrett Allen Arnold
Garrett Allen Arnold, age three months, died Friday, November 26, 2004, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Garrett was born August 26, 2004, in Charleston, the son of Terry Arnold and Stacey Dickenson.
Survivors include his parents; brothers, Gabriel Matthew Arnold and half-brother, Jesse Arnold; a half-sister, Brittany Arnold; and grandparents, Tom and Rachel Dickenson, of Dunmore, Robert Arnold, of Richwood, and Martha Keiffer, of Craigsville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Revs. Toney Samons and Julian Rittenhouse. Burial was in the Hudson Cemetery, Wesley Chapel.
Buck Pritt, of Buckeye, died Tuesday, November 30, 2004.
No arrangements have been made yet at VanReenen Funeral Home.
Cora VanReenen McAllister
Cora VanReenen McAllister, of Beckley, died Monday, November 29, 2004, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.
Funeral services will be held in Marlinton Friday. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1. Services will be held at 1 p.m. and burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Robert K. Nelson
Robert Kirk Nelson, age 69, of Struthers, Ohio, died Thursday, November 18, 2004, at his home.
Born March 22, 1935, at Harman, he was a son of the late Jefferson and Grace Harper Nelson, of Slaty Fork.
He was married to Elizabeth Elaine Haddix Nelson, who survives in Struthers, Ohio. Also surviving are a son, David Nelson, of Struthers, Ohio; two daughters, Debra Foster Hillsville, of Pennsylvania, and Tami Bragg, of Girard, Ohio; a brother, Harper Nelson, of Malrinton; two sisters, Barbara Jane Shaw and Sondra Cochran, both of Marlinton; and eight grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Kirk Nelson, and a brother, Jackie Nelson.
Mr. Nelson wass employed as a steel worker for LTV Steel Corporation prior to his retirement.
Graveside services were held Monday at the Harper Cemetery in Harman.
Clara Belle King
Clara Belle King, age 93, of Annapolis, Maryland, died Tuesday, November 30, 2004, at her residence.
She was born April 10, 1911, at Hillsboro.
She attended Hillsboro High School and later worked as a waitress at Bausch's Chesapeake Inn in Annapolis for 25 years.
Her husband, William King, died in 1978 after 50 years of marriage.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary E. Garner, a brother, Clarence Beard, and a sister Eda Beard.
Surviving her are a son, William C. King, of Riva, Maryland; a daughter, Shirley A. Dearborn, of Annapolis; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be on Friday at 10 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Annapolis.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Dr. Charles Martin Saffer, Jr.
Dr. Charles Martin Saffer, Jr., 89, of Salem, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his wife, son, stepdaughter and two grandchildren, November 21, 2004.
Mr. Saffer was born December 15, 1914, in Salem, the son of the late Charles M. and Helen (Ellen) F. Nevins Saffer. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1938 and was awarded the Moore Traveling Fellowship to Oxford University where he was a Research Fellow in Chemistry in 1939. He was subsequently awarded an Honorary MA from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1973. He was also a Research assistant in Chemistry at Harvard University in 1940 and a member of the Philadelphia Branch of the Oxford Society and served as Honorary Secretary.
Dr. Saffer was awarded several U. S. Patents and one French Patent. He was Technical Director of Inorganic Specialties Division of the Witco Corporation and retired in 1982.
He was a Naval Officer from 1941-46 and saw two tours of duty in combat in the European Theatre and retired for physical disability as a Lieutenant Commander. Dr. Saffer was a member of the Army and Navy Club, Washington, DC, the American Chemical Society, Proceedings of the Royal Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry.
In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by his son, Martin Saffer, of Hillsboro; stepsons Robert Wolford and Barry Wolford; stepdaughters, JoAnn Willison and Diane Thomas; three grandsons and five step-grandchildren.