Clifford "Cliff" Starcher, 88, of Vienna, formerly of Hur, Calhoun

Clifford "Cliff" Starcher, 88, of Vienna passed away Dec. 18, 2003, at the Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Calhoun County, a son of the late William and Sallie Bowers Starcher. Cliff was retired from the West Virginia Board of Education as a bus driver and was a farmer. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, where he received a Purple Heart and numerous other awards. He was a member of the Sandhill United Methodist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Jean S. Broughton and her husband, John R., of Marietta; a son-in-law, Dr. Robert Sams of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Steven and Eric Sams of Parkersburg, Patricia Sams of Little Hocking, Paul Broughton of Teays Valley, W.Va., and David Broughton of Marietta; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Minnie Zinn of Parkersburg.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia B. Slider Starcher; a daughter, Judith Ann Sams; four brothers, Ray, Dennis, Leon and Cecil Starcher; and three sisters, Teletha "Peg" Griffen, Anna Pearl Bailey and Delia Bailey.

Services will be noon Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of Vienna, with the Rev. Jeff Nolte officiating. Burial will follow in the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-noon Monday.