(08/01/2002)
The "Chuck" Oscar Kerby family of Mt. Zion has been in crisis for several weeks. Yesterday, Chuck's wife, Joann, took a turn for the worse, passing away at St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg.

She had been suffering from surgical complications and a severe breathing problem.

Their son, Lawrence "Bear" Kerby, has been waiting for a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic, his health condition described as serious.

Cards and letters, even videos from Bear's friends are very much appreciated, they may be sent to:

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave.
Larry Kerby, Room 23
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

No phone calls, please.

Joann and "Bear" have been hospitalized since June 28.

Mrs. Kerby's remains will be cremated with a memorial service to follow, and a fund for the family is being started at the Calhoun Bank in Grantsville.

The Kerby Fund
c/o Helen Johnson
Calhoun Bank
P. O. Box 430
Grantsville WV 26147

A Dip and Donate Auction for "Bear" Kerby has been scheduled for Friday, August 16 at Calhoun County Park Barn starting at 3 p.m.

"Needless to say this family needs all the prayers we can say for them," according to a statement from one of the organizers.

Donations of anything new, hand-made, crafts, power tools, quilts, baskets, farm supplies, etc. are needed for the auction.

Pies, cakes and cookies are also needed.

General food items from cornbread to pinto beans, sodas, meat dishes, salads, hot dogs, chili, slaw, etc. are needed for the benefit.

Local musicians and singers to provide some entertainment are also requested, in addition to volunteers to serve the food.

"If donations cannot be brought to the site, we'll have someone pick them up," according to Debi Edelman one of the organizers.

She can be reached at 304-354-0012.

"The Kerby family has made a significant contribution to this community over the years, and they now need our help," said Edelman.


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