Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Inc., was established in the early 1940's by John Huffman Davis and Harry G. Weaver. Mr. Davis was the son of Owen Thomas (O.T.) Davis, who was a prominent early funeral director in Harrison County. Mr. Weaver was a native of Elizabeth, WV., and joined Mr. Davis in this venture.

At its present location since 1945, Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is located at 329 East Main Street, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the historical Despard Mansion on “Quality Hill”.

Through the years the funeral home has been known for providing comfort and services to families in their time of bereavement. The funeral home continues to be independently and locally owned and operated, to best serve area residents’ needs.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Inc., is a name that has become synonymous with thoughtful, dignified and affordable funeral services to all Central West Virginia families. The funeral home’s caring competent staff takes care of arrangements to meet the family’s needs. They follow through with post-funeral services such as assistance in insurance and governmental forms. Staff members also assist families as they work through the grief process.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home’s qualified and caring personnel accept telephone calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions.

Planning a funeral

A step-by-step guide to the funeral planning process

Planning a funeral
When a loved one passes away, it can be a difficult experience for surviving family and friends. During the grieving process, an array of important decisions must be made quickly if the deceased has not pre-planned arrangements. These decisions are referred to as at-need arrangements. A funeral home and cemetery must be selected, funeral arrangements have to be made, and the type of cemetery property and memorialization needs to be chosen. Many other activities, such as notifying family members, explaining upcoming events to the children, and picking up out-of-town guests at the airport, also demand attention.

During these stressful and hectic days it is important to elicit opinions and accept support from family and friends. We must realize that there are no right or wrong decisions and that even the best of us make mistakes during times such as these. Sometimes the process may seem overwhelming and emotionally draining. Here are some general guidelines about the types of decisions necessary that will assist you in bringing a dignified closure to the life of a loved one.

Selecting a Funeral Home and Cemetery
There are many different ways in which to choose a funeral home and cemetery. Referrals from family and friends are usually a good way to begin your search. The deceased may also have expressed a preference, or someone in the immediate family may have been to a particular funeral home. The funeral planning process should be as comfortable as possible, and an important consideration is the relationship that the family develops with the funeral director. When choosing a cemetery, it is important to consider the convenience of its location, so that it won't be a burden for family and friends to visit.

Funeral Arrangements
In typical at-need arrangements, there are many decisions to be made. Your funeral director can be an invaluable resource during this difficult time. Their role is to serve as a guide in the arrangement process, helping to explain all options. In essence, they provide the family with the information necessary to make thoughtful and informed decisions.

The family can rely on the funeral director to explain and clarify differences between the various models of caskets. He or she can also offer advice or suggestions about the display of flowers. The funeral director will help the family make decisions about the appearance of the deceased by assisting in the selection of clothing and accessories such as jewelry and glasses. The family can choose to have a private viewing of the deceased before there is any public viewing. During the private viewing, the funeral director ensures the family is satisfied with the appearance of the deceased and will make any changes that the family feels necessary.

After a person died there are always a number of papers that need to be completed. These include insurance and government forms, as well as various legal certificates and permits. Your funeral director will take care of placing the obituary in the newspaper, but you will need to provide him or her with the vital statistics and information that is necessary. Since the deceased may have been receiving benefits from a company pension or Social Security, it is necessary to notify the bank. It is also important to contact the financial advisor who handled the affairs of the deceased for advice, as well as the attorney to administer the will. Other authorities and businesses that had financial dealings with the deceased should also be notified since they may be affected by the death.

Select the day and time of the funeral carefully. It is critical that enough time is allowed for out-of-town guests to make travel arrangements and attend the service, even though some people may want to get through the service as quickly as possible. Family and friends should also have enough time to read the obituary and arrange for time off from work. Saying good-bye is an important part of accepting loss and is an integral part of the grieving process. If adequate time is not allowed for scheduling the funeral, family and friends who weren't able to attend may harbor resentment or sadness because they were unable to pay their final respects.

A family has several options for the location of the service. Appropriate sites include a church, a chapel in the funeral home, or in the cemetery at the grave side. If the service is held in the church or at a chapel that is not next to a cemetery, transportation must be arranged. Talk to your funeral director about scheduling the funeral coach, flower car, and limousines for family members and pallbearers.

It is often beneficial for family to arrange visitation hours at the funeral home or the church so that relatives and friends can express their condolences. Personal, religious, and fraternal items which were meaningful to the deceased may be displayed in the visitation room or chapel. When selecting music, take into account the musical preferences of the deceased in order to personalize the service. The family must also determine whether to request donations to charity in lieu of flowers and whether to have an open casket. Other details to consider are selecting pallbearers and clergy to officiate, and providing information for a eulogy.

Cemetery Arrangements
In addition to making decisions about the funeral, the family has to consider burial arrangements. The burial plot, memorial marker, and the vault which holds the casket must be selected. Before the deceased is laid to rest, the opening and closing of the grave is arranged. Finally, after being inscribed according to the wishes of the family, the marker is set.

If cremation is desired, numerous choices exist for permanent memorialization. Final resting sites can be located within a cremation garden, designed to highlight the beauty of nature and provide a comforting setting where one can always visit. You may also talk with your funeral director about other options that you may prefer.

Miscellaneous Arrangements
A funeral usually brings guests from out of town and calls from concerned friends. It is necessary to make time to prepare food at home and lodge out-of-town relatives. Phone calls need to be answered and a thank-you card list should be compiled as well.

A funeral is the first step that we take in our grieving process and is our way of honoring the life of a loved one. A well planned and thoughtful funeral helps those left behind to come to terms with their loss and to begin to heal. Your funeral director is there to help you through this stressful period, and will be there to answer any questions that you may have. By knowing what to expect, you can make planning a funeral a little less burdensome, and most importantly, you can get the services that you and your family want.

Helping your grieving friend
Pre-arranging your funeral
Suggestions for the friends and relatives of the grieving survivor
Talking to children about death
Things to do when a death occurs
Things your family should know
What is cremation?

Amos, Mary
Date of Death: August 14th, 2014
Date of Service: August 18th, 2014

Ansel, Verna
Date of Death: October 1st, 2014
Date of Service: Saturday October 4th, 2014

Baney, Josephine B.
Date of Death: July 30th, 2014
Date of Service: August 2nd, 2014

Bastin, Kathleen A. "Kay"
Date of Death: August 23, 2014
Date of Service: August 27, 2014

Biesczad, John J.
Date of Death: August 1st, 2014
Date of Service: Monday August 4th, 2014

Brown, Wilma
Date of Death: August 19th, 2014
Date of Service: Monday, August 25th, 2014

Brunett-DeFazio, Barbara Ann
Date of Death: September 12th, 2014
Date of Service: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Brunetti, Goldie Mae
Date of Death: June 30, 2014
Date of Service: July 3, 2014

Calvert, Madeline
Date of Death: June 17th, 2014
Date of Service: Saturday June 21st, 2014

Coffindaffer, John Rodney
Date of Death: July 30, 2014
Date of Service: Aug. 8, 2014

Davisson, Harold J.
Date of Death: September 30th, 2014
Date of Service: Friday October 3rd, 2014

Ferrell, Melissa M.
Date of Death: Wednesday September 10th, 2014
Date of Service: Thursday September 18th, 2014

Gladysz, Theodore Robert
Date of Death: June 5th, 2014
Date of Service: Private

Glover, David Jack
Date of Death: June 29, 2014
Date of Service: July 2, 2014

Gray, Douglas
Date of Death: June 29, 2014
Date of Service: July 2, 2014

Griffith, William
Date of Death: September 19th, 2014
Date of Service: Monday September 22nd, 2014

Harper, Violet I.
Date of Death: October 18th, 2014
Date of Service: October 23rd, 2014

Harry R. "Jack" Davis
Date of Death: July 15th, 2014
Date of Service: Friday July 20th, 2014

Hawkinberry, Lillian
Date of Death: August 26st, 2014
Date of Service: Sunday August 31st, 2014

Hawkins, Michael B.
Date of Death: June 2, 2014
Date of Service: None

Headlee, Russell Jackson "Jack"
Date of Death: October 6st, 2014
Date of Service: Saturday October 11th, 2014

Johnston, Helen P.
Date of Death: July 7th, 2014
Date of Service: July 11th, 2014

Juanita Virginia Post
Date of Death: July 14th, 2014
Date of Service: Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Jurick, Eloise
Date of Death: October 18th, 2014
Date of Service: October 23rd, 2014

Limbers, Alice
Date of Death: August 23rd,2014
Date of Service: Thursday August 28th, 2014

Lott, Ruth
Date of Death: August 29th, 2014
Date of Service: Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

Martino, Betty Jean
Date of Death: August 22nd, 2014
Date of Service: Monday, August 25th, 2014

McCauley, Norma Jean
Date of Death: Aug. 10, 2014
Date of Service: Aug. 15, 2014

McKain, George
Date of Death: June 24th, 2014
Date of Service: Monday October 6st, 2014

Meek, Helen L.
Date of Death: July 9th, 2014
Date of Service: Saturday, July 12th 2014

Milburn, Leota D.
Date of Death: July 28th, 2014
Date of Service: July 31st,2014

Date of Death: August 18th, 2014
Date of Service: August 22nd, 2014

Newbrough, Helen M.
Date of Death: August 17th, 2014
Date of Service: Thursday August 21st, 2014

Nunn, Grayce V.
Date of Death: August 4th, 2014
Date of Service: Friday August 8th, 2014

Radcliffe, Maxine
Date of Death: October 6st, 2014
Date of Service: Private

Shingleton, Rhonda Darlene
Date of Death: August 16th, 2014
Date of Service: Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Stout, Roger LeRoy
Date of Death: July 21st, 2014
Date of Service: Friday July 25th, 2014

Thelma Ruth Tenney
Date of Death: July 13th, 2014
Date of Service: Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Warren, Faye
Date of Death: September 30th, 2014
Date of Service: Saturday October 4th, 2014

Washington, Essie M.
Date of Death: September 20th, 2014
Date of Service: Friday September 26th, 2014

Whaley, Thomas C.
Date of Death: August 21st, 2014
Date of Service: Tuesday, August 26th 2014

Wyatt, Sally Anne
Date of Death: July 18th, 2014
Date of Service: Memorial Service to be determined at a later date

Young, Frank J.
Date of Death: September 5th, 2014
Date of Service: September 8th, 2014

Obituary Archives

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Inc.
329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301-2127
Phone: 304-624-5404 - Fax : 304-623-3019

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