Nov. 7

November 7, 2012

William H. Miller

William H. Miller, 86, of Houston, former Pennsylvania State Constable and local policeman, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Ltd., 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, 724-745-2350. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Molly Wilson

‘Deli Princess’ worked at Foodland, Jets Food Center

Molly Wilson, 54, of Bentleyville, died Thursday, November 1, 2012, in her home.

She was born May 31, 1958, in New Eagle, a daughter of the late Warren B. and Louise Yardis Wilson.

After graduating in 1976 from Bentworth High School, she attended California University of Pennsylvania.

For more than 25 years, she worked in the deli department for Foodland and Jets Food Center in Bentleyville, where she was known as the “Deli Princess.”

She was a loyal and caring friend who had a quick wit and a sense of humor. She enjoyed her friends and was never at a loss for words. She will be missed by all.

Surviving are a sister, Terry Jean Eiduke (Bart) of Lakemoor, Ill.; a brother, Michael W. Wilson of Carmel, Ind.; a niece, Amy Eiduke; a nephew, John B. Eiduke; an aunt, Sally Yardis of Bentleyville; and cousins Bob Marcini, Teddy Ann Stevenson, Bearice Hasbrouck, David McGraw, Lynne Goroncy, Francis “Fuzzy” Lobodinsky and Cammie York.

Funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. The family suggests contributions be made to Greater Washington County Food Bank, 1020 Route 519, Eighty Four, PA 15330. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Helen Gray Phillips

Founded painting program at Washington Senior Center

Helen Gray Phillips, 88, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Washington, where she lived for 75 years, died Friday, October 26, 2012, in Boynton Health Care Center, Boynton Beach, Fla.

She was born November 12, 1923, in Washington, a daughter of Frank R. and Martha Hazlett Gray.

A 1943 graduate of Trinity High School, she had been a member of North Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Phillips worked at Duncan Miller, then later at Tygart Valley, and lastly at RCA, as an electronics tester.

She worshipped her grandchildren and was extremely passionate about sewing and oil painting. A member of Eastern Star, she was a sewing instructor with 4-H and founded the painting program at Washington Senior Center, where she had been extremely active.

On November 16, 1944, she married Robert W. Phillips, who died June 7, 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Dr. Carol Phillips, M.D., of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Joan (Robert) Schimansky of Wellington, Fla.; a sister, Virginia Siebert of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandchildren, Dr. Katie Phillips, D.V.M., of Raleigh, N.C., and Loren Schimansky and Robin Schimansky, both of Florida; and two great-grandchildren, Abby and Emma Stenstrom.

Deceased are a son, Donald W. Phillips; and a brother, Lloyd Gray.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Services for Rodger Dean Wiles, who died October 20, 2012, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in True Vine Anglican Church, 700 East Main Street, Monongahela.

Robert M. Elliott

W&J graduate was WWII veteran

Robert M. Elliott, 89, died Sunday, November 4, 2012.

He was born February 21, 1923, in Washington, a son of Louis Doc Elliott and Josie Minton Elliott.

Mr. Elliott graduated from Washington High School in 1941.

In 1943, 13 days after marrying his high school sweetheart, Eileen Cummins, he and his new wife boarded a World War II troop train for Savannah, Ga. After a short honeymoon, he joined the 82nd Aerodrome Group. The next three years were spent at war in the South Pacific. At the end of the war, he returned to his wife in Pennsylvania. He enrolled at Washington & Jefferson College. With his drive and determination and with his wife’s encouragement and support, he graduated in three years, an event witnessed by his 1-year-old daughter, Sherry.

After college, he went to work for Montgomery Ward. He climbed the corporate ladder, making 16 moves in 23 years, a journey that took him and his family from coast to coast. In 1974, he was recruited to run Levitz Furniture. He and his wife left California, moving to Florida. With skills honed at Wards, he assembled a team of talented and dedicated managers, streamlined the operation, fine-tuned the marketing and expanded the chain of stores nationally, creating the largest retail furniture business in the country. He was recognized during his career, and beyond his retirement in 1997, as one of the most dynamic leaders in the home-furnishings industry.

He was a devoted son and brother, a loving husband to his wife, who passed before him in 2010, a dedicated and caring father to his daughter and a surrogate father to his son-in-law. His grandsons called him Bobby, and he enjoyed a most special bond with them. He was civic-minded and broadly philanthropic, generously supporting his alma mater, Washington & Jefferson College.

He is survived by a daughter, Sherry Moseley and husband Mark; two grandsons, Steve (Erin) Moseley and Chad (Jennifer) Moseley; four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Emerson, Jake and Madison Moseley; and several nieces and a nephew.

He is predeceased by a sister, Helen Leftwich; and brothers Harold and Louis Bud Elliott.

Mr. Elliott touched and impacted many people’s lives. He will be missed deeply and remembered always.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Babione Funeral Home, 1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Fla., where services will be held at noon, Friday, November 9. Entombment will be private. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Washington & Jefferson College or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. View

William Woods

Ohio resident was Trinity graduate

William Woods, 71, of Parma, Ohio, formerly of Washington, died Friday, November 2, 2012, in his home with his family.

He was a son of the late William Woods and Lillian Hull.

Mr. Woods was a graduate of Trinity High School and served in the National Guard.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Shirley; children William Woods (Trish), Chris and Sherri Smith (Bob); nine grandchildren; brothers Fred Woods (Kathleen) and Jerry Woods (Linn); sisters Lillian Hull March, Alyce Harter (Tom), Dianne Hughes (Bill) and Sandy LaSalvia (Carmen), all of Washington; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are a brother, John Woods; and sisters Shirley Mathot and Nancy Christman.

Interment and military service was held November 6 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Parma.

Charles A. Tenney Sr.

Shipyard welder

Charles A. Tenney Sr., 68, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, died Monday, November 5, 2012, surrounded by his family, in Kindred Hospital, Oakdale, after a short illness.

He was born October 31, 1944, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Denver and Geneva Stewart Tenny.

Mr. Tenney graduated from Waynesburg High School and then from welding school. He worked as a welder in shipyards.

He spent most of his life in the Canonsburg and Washington areas.

Surviving are a son, Charles Tenny Jr. of Canonsburg; a daughter, Nicole Tenny of Canonsburg; two brothers, Artista “Art” Tenny of Washington and Fred Stewart and wife Donna of Washington; and a sister, Candy Cheeks and husband Richard of Waynesburg.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or visitation. Arrangements are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Bernice M. Eazes Baker

St. Paul Church member was retired nurse’s aide

Bernice M. Eazes Baker, 94, of Washington, died Friday, November 2, 2012, in her daughter’s home in State College.

She was born August 19, 1918, in Rutherfordton, N.C. She was the eldest of two daughters born to the late William and Mamie Carpenter Eazes.

In 1921, her family moved to Washington, where she graduated from Washington High School in 1937. She also attended and graduated from LaSalle School of Cosmetology in Pittsburgh.

On April 17, 1940, she married Boyd Baker, and this union was blessed with three children, Brenda, Josephine and Boyd Jr. Boyd Jr. died in 1950 followed by her husband in 1956.

Mrs. Baker worked in Ethel’s Beauty Salon on Highland Avenue for 15 years. In 1960, she started working as a nurse’s aide in Washington Hospital, where she made many friends and enjoyed helping patients before retiring in 1985.

She was a member of St. Paul AME Church in Washington and belonged to Busy Bee’s Church Club and Just Us Bridge Club for 45 years.

Preceding her in death are her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jack Johnson, and a nephew, Michael Johnson.

She leaves a legend of unconditional love to her daughters, Brenda Burgess and Josephine and husband Donald Ferrell; grandsons Donald Arthur, Darrin William and wife Iva and Derik Baker and wife Charmeen; great-grandsons Evan Randolph and Ian Samuel; a great-granddaughter, Sydnee Nicole; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul AME Church, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8. Arrangements are entrusted to Lantz Funeral Home Inc., 121 Ridge Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

Dixie Lee Barnes

Homemaker enjoyed fun hours with grandson

Dixie Lee Barnes, 66, of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in her home.

She was born May 4, 1946, in Cecil Township, a daughter of the late Elmer and Evelyn Witherow Cross.

Mrs. Barnes was former member of Venice Presbyterian Church.

She was a homemaker, who enjoyed shopping, eating out and spending fun hours with her grandson

Surviving are two daughters, Wendy Lee Barnes and fiancé David Steffan of Bethel Park and Cheri Lynn (George) Kademenos of Canonsburg; a grandson, Andreas Kademenos of Canonsburg; six brothers, Vern (Sue) Cross, James “Sonny” (Bona) Cross and Elmer (Margie) Cross, all of Washington, Harry David Cross of Scenery Hill, Ronnie Cross of Avella and Darrell Cross of Eighty Four; and three sisters, Evelyn (John “Butterball”) Herriott of Southview, Kay (Joe) Senay of Cecil and Jane (Ed) Goodwell of Wolfdale.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond Barnes, in 2008; a daughter, Cindy Cross; and two brothers, Robert and Dale Cross.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, (Route 50) Cecil, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 9, with Pastor Beverly Blair officiating. Interment will follow in Venice Cemetery. Visit

Robert W. Crow


Robert W. Crow, 59, of Bulger, died Friday, November 2, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born November 26, 1952, in Washington, a son of the late Ralph Rudolph and Helen Juanita Duncan Crow.

Mr. Crow was employed as a mechanic for Jake Schneider Bus Garage in Burgettstown.

His wife, Margie A. “Minnie” Latshaw Crow, whom he married December 30, 1972, survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Daniel Wayne Crow and wife Lori of Bulger; a daughter, Debby Slovick and husband Dennis II of Burgettstown; three grandchildren, Dennis “DJ” Slovick III, Dylan Slovick and Daven Slovick; five brothers, Hobart Crow and wife Patricia of Bulger, Walter “Cammie” Crow and wife Joyce of Burgettstown, Allen “Giggs” Crow and wife Elizabeth “Lizzy” of Burgettstown, Paul Crow of Bulger and Mike Crow and wife Irene of Bulger; and six sisters, Patricia “Treece” Law and husband Roy of Florida, Sharon Carroll and husband Tom of Langeloth, Bernice “Ruth” Latshaw and husband Eugene of Eldersville, Judy Souffrant of Slovan, Linda Atkins and husband Ray of Hopewell and June Melvin and husband Richard “Regis” of Clinton.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Glover.

A memorial service officiated by the Rev. John Amsler will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars, 65 Run Street, Slovan, PA 15078. Arrangements are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301.



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