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Memorium : In Memorium - Neal Vonada
Posted by Rick Greathouse on 2008/7/22 17:20:17 (2557 reads)

For those who are interested in family history, we often find a great deal of passion associated with our research and enjoy sharing this passion with others. Neal Vonada was such a person and I was fortunate about 2002 to begin a relationship with him that I consider to be extrordinary - the kind that you hope to develop at some point in your lifetime.

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Memorium : Sandra Boothe Worcester (1945-1996)
Posted by Webmaster on 2006/9/9 8:30:00 (2223 reads)

  In June of 1993, Sandra Boothe and Terry Cummings invited interested Roane County genealogists to a meeting at the Roane County Library. At this meeting the group decided to revive the organization. Sandra was elected president of the newly organized society. She held that office until her death in 1996. With 25 years of teaching experience, Sandra was adept at moving the meeting along at a lively and informative pace. Sandra, also, served as chairperson of the cemetery reading committee and worked on many society projects. She enjoyed sharing resources with others. Sandra was a leader and a driving force in the society and its many energetic projects, which she leaves as legacy to all Roane County genealogists.

Sandra Louise was born March 21, 1945 in Spencer, a daughter of Woodrow B. Boothe and Orva Hill Boothe. She was a graduate of Glenville State College, and was a retired teacher and librarian at Southern High School, Racine, Ohio. She was a member of Hayes Fork Community Church, Linden.

Sandra, age 50, passed away on February 12, 1996, at the Charleston Area Medical Center?s General Division, Charleston, WV. She is buried at the Clover Cemetery, Clover, WV.

Sandra?s family donated her genealogical collection to our library. Their gift is sincerely appreciated and is of great help to our many researchers. Sandra?s collection included numerous research books on various counties, family histories, magazines, and maps.

Memorium : PATSY JEAN (SMITH) BARNES (1945 - 2000)
Posted by Jack Nida on 2006/9/9 8:20:00 (2180 reads)

  Patsy Jean Smith was born 25 September 1945 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Clyde M. and Ninnive (Surface) Smith. She was a 1963 graduate of South High School in Akron, Ohio and was married on 07 March 1964 to Teddy Lee Barnes. Pat and Ted had two children, Jeffrey Lee and Joan Louise Barnes. They have lived in Marietta, Ohio for the past several years. Pat was a member of many historical and genealogical societies in West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia. She was active with the Roane County Historical Society, serving seven years as editor of their quarterly newsletter, The Roane County Journal. She compiled two ancestor chart books published by the society and was co-county coordinator for their Internet project. She was also a member of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Marietta Tent #19, Daughters of the American Revolution, Marietta chapter NSDAR and Souls Harbor Church.

Pat was instrumental in planting the seed of genealogy into my life in 1992. Family history had not held much interest for me until she and her husband, Ted, visited with Jean and I one summer afternoon. Perhaps the excitement that I found in their visit triggered some deep need to probe my roots. It was not very long until I began asking Pat many questions as my learning experience began in basic genealogy research and documentation. She was more than helpful, she was an inspiration to me and hundreds of others who spend countless hours in libraries, courthouses and on the internet in our continuing effort to trace our family history. She was my primary resource when I had any question relating to genealogy.

Pat and Ted quickly became close friends with Jean and I and we shared many happy hours together. She was delighted when I showed her the cemetery where her grandfather and grandmother Smith were buried.

I learned a lot from Pat about the organization and documentation of information that I had accumulated about our family. She taught me that accuracy and the recording of data sources were extremely important in my research, a suggestion that I have passed on to many new researchers.

God chose to call Pat home on 04 April 2000, much sooner than we expected. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but we say good bye with the knowledge that she is now with the Lord and give thanks that she was with us, even for such a short period of time.

Memorium : ROBERT L. (BOB) SERGENT (1930 - 2002)
Posted by Jack Nida on 2006/9/9 7:50:00 (2418 reads)

  Bob Sergent was born 30 October 1930, the son of Henry Carl and Ruby Mildred (Dye) Sergent. He grew up on Johnson Creek near Walton and was an active 4-H Club member in his youth. He graduated from WVU in 1953 with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture and was a member of Alpha Gamm Rho fraternity. Bob was employed as a 4-H Club Agent and was a supervisor with the Farmers Home Administration. He retired from that organization after 25 years and returned to the family farm in 1978. Bob was an active Democrat and served one term in the WV House of Delegates in 1983-84, was named Roane County Citizen of the Year in 1990 by the Roane Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in obtaining funds for the Walton Public Library and improvements to the Roane County 4-H Camp. He was a member of the Walton Union Church where he served as Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School teacher and United Methodist lay speaker. He was also a member of the Spencer Rotary Club where he was a Paul Haris Fellow and active with the West Virginia 4-H program, where he was a Pin-wearer, an All-Star, and served on the county 4-H foundation.

Bob married Georgia Pauline Reed of Glenville in 1953 and raised one son, Mark Gerald, who is presently the Prosecuting Attorney for Roane County. He and Mark renewed the family tradition of operating grist mills and exhibited at many local festivities. Bob was Chairman of the Roane County Family History Book Committee and was a driving force in bringing this book to fruition in 1989. It is considered to be one of the finest volumes that has been written about Roane County, its history and its people. He was an avid historian, genealogist, poet and writer and possessed a large library of books that had been collected from throughout the country.

I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for only a few years but we had an immediate friendship that I will always cherish. We corresponded daily through our e-mail messages and spent several hours during each personal visit discussing things of common interest including a hearty debate of our political views. I am happy to call Bob my friend and I will miss his poems, his stories, his photos and the daily news report from the Mayor of Johnson Creek, Self Proclaimed.

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