Gloria Reed Byrum, 99, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Saturday February 4, 2017 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.

She was born November 13, 1917, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of the late Dr. Perley Isaac Reed and Alda (Barnett) Reed. Her father, Dr. Reed, founded the West Virginia University School of Journalism which is has been renamed the West Virginia University Reed College of Media.

Gloria attended the Chevy Chase School, St. Mary’s College, and graduated from West Virginia University in 1938. She was a member of the Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church in Wheeling, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association, the Junior League of Wheeling, the Oglebay Institute, the Wheeling Chapter of the League of Women Voters, and friends of the Hermitage Museum. In addition, Mrs. Byrum was a volunteer for the Ohio County Circuit Court scanning documents for digital storage on microfilm.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander Byrum Sr.; and one daughter, Martha Lee Byrum.

She is survived by two sons, James Alexander Byrum Jr. and his wife Dawn of Wheeling, and Reed Bolton Byrum Jr. and his wife Kristie of Lewisburg, Pa.; two grandsons, James A. Byrum III, and Reed Bolton Byrum Jr.; and one great grandson, Reed Bolton Byrum III.

Friends will be received on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 12:30 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, with the Rev. John W. Lipphardt Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the House of the Carpenter, Wheeling, and to the West Virginia University Reed College of Media through

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