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Faye Ankrum

September 17, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Faye Ankrum, 101, of Evans, W.Va., passed away peacefully Sept. 16, 2012, in Ravenswood Care Center.

She was born Nov. 19, 1910, in Evans, W.Va., a daughter of the late O.O. "Ott" and Lillie (Miller) Oldham.

She was the last remaining sibling of her six brothers, Roy, Frank, Ed, George, Ottie and Johnny; and her two sisters, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kinzel and Viola "Micky" King.

Faye Ankrum attended Union High School in Cottageville and graduated from Ripley High School with the class of 1929. She qualified for a teaching certificate that year and began her teaching career at a one-room school called Flagrock, near Evans. She told of walking several miles to and from school and staying with the families of students during winter weather in the 1930s and '40's. She also taught school at Buena Vista, Mt. Olive, Evans, Rader, Millwood and Mt. Alto before coming to Ripley Elementary in 1952. Mrs. Ankrum taught fourth grade there for 26 years.

Faye obtained a standard normal teaching degree from Salem College in 1932. She needed to renew the certificate and would spend summers going to school and taking extension classes until she graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1956. Mrs. Ankrum was named Jackson County Teacher of the Year in 1969 and she retired in 1975. She influenced more than 1,000 students during her teaching career and many of them speak of her with high regard. She was a member of the sorority for teachers, Alpha Delta Kappa, where she spent many happy times with her teacher friends through the fellowship of meeting and opportunities to travel.

Faye was a member of Evans United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years, and was a charge treasurer for 10 years. She sang in the choir, was a church trustee as a member of the parsonage committee and served as a conference delegate many times. She was truly a child of God.

Faye married Clarence L. "Tanner" Ankrum on Aug. 9, 1936, in Huntington, W.Va. They were married 52 years before his death in 1988.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Wayne and Lola Ankrum of Silverton, W.Va.; daughter, Janice Hawkins and her husband, Kent, of Kenna; grandsons, Jim (Andrea) Ankrum of Alexandria, Ky., Patrick Ankrum (fiancee, Richelle) of Ravenswood, David (Jennifer) Hawkins of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Steven (Erin) Hawkins of Davidson, N.C.; six great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephew who thought the world of her.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, W.Va., with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Ravenswood Care Center for their loving care over the past several years.

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