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Dorothy Jane Harrell

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Dorothy Jane Harrell

Age 94, of Cutler passed away August 14, 2018 at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida.

Dorothy Jane was born on October 11, 1923 in Grantsville, WV and was the daughter of the late Clarence L. and Bertha Glover Armstrong.

She had attended Stout Memorial United Methodist Church for several years.

Dorothy Jane is survived by daughters Sandra Kerrigan, Michaelyn Potter, four grandchildren and sister Ann Creel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Elmo P. Harrell, sister Betty Hamrick and brother Frank Armstrong.

A graveside service was held 11:00 AM Tuesday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg, WV.

Billy Joe “Bill” “Pops” Reaser

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Billy Joe “Bill” “Pops” Reaser


Age 80 years, a local businessman and a resident of Elkins, WV departed this life Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2018 at Mon Health Systems at Morgantown WV.

He had been in declining health, however death was unexpected.

He was born Tuesday, November 09, 1937 at Glenville, WV a son of the late Cecil Sherman Reaser, Sr. and Idra Orvilla Adams Reaser.

On November 01, 1957 at Winchester, VA, he was married to the former Colleen M. Rogers, who preceded him in death February 07, 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Kathryn M. Gilbert and husband David of Elkins, WV; two brothers, Cecil Sherman Reaser of Elyria, OH and James Blair Reaser and wife Nikkie of Grafton, WV; two grandsons, Billy Joe Gilbert and James Brandon Gilbert and wife Jessica; three great grandchildren, Emma Paige Gilbert, Greyson James Gilbert and Brendon Rhys Gilbert; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death is one brother, Thomas Lee Reaser.

He attended the schools of Gilmer County and Glenville High School. Following high school, he drove coal trucks until his employment with Dow Chemical/Schlumberger where he was a chemical engineer. During his career with Dow Chemical, he traveled all over the world, having lived in Libya and Venezuela.

Following his retirement in 1986, he opened B & J Pawn Shop and later B & J Music., where he worked alongside of his son-in-law, David, whom he loved like a son. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was married to his off road equipment and especially his tractor. He enjoyed hunting with his family in Gilmer County and his hunting and fishing trips with the Outdoor Option Team, Cecil, Dan, Danny and Shannon.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 11 AM to 1 PM, the funeral hour.

The Rev. Terry A. Burgess officiated and interment followed at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Gilman, WV.

Bernard Eugene Lattea

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Bernard Eugene Lattea

Age 89 of Monroe Street, Salem, WV departed this life on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home, Clarksburg. 

He was born on January 23, 1929 at Alum Bridge, WV a son of the late Phillip Sheridan and Gertrude Ethel Arbogast Lattea. 

Twice married he is preceded in death by his first wife of 52 year’s Virginia McCann Lattea. 

He is survived by his second wife Nina Pauline Nutter Lattea. Also surviving are three daughters, Linda Scritchfield, WV and husband Jim, Ravenswood, WV, Debbie Cox, Springfield, VA, Beverly Nesselroade, Wilmington, NC, one son, Larry Lattea and wife Saundra, Ravenswood, nine grandchildren, Michelle (Randy) Heatherington, Christian (Rebecca) Scritchfield, Jeff (Junko) Lattea, Andrew (Emily) Nesselroade, Rachel Cox, Ryan Nesselroade, Leah (Ali) Cox Sarah Cox, Erin Nesselroade and eight great grandchildren. 

One brother Clarence Lattea preceded him in death.

Mr. Lattea was retired from Ravenswood Aluminum as an equipment operator with 32 years’ service.  Bernard served in the U.S. Army.  He was a former member of Local 5668 United Steel Workers of America and a member of Ravenswood North United Methodist Church.  Bernard enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Harbert Funeral Home 287 W. Main Street Salem on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 11 AM with Pastor Kevin Bender presiding.

Graveside service will be conducted at 2 PM in the Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 5-8 PM.

Harbert Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Lattea family.

John Clayton Hacker

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John Clayton Hacker

Age 76, of Frametown, WV, passed away peacefully at home on August 16, 2018.

He was born April 26, 1942 in Gassaway, WV, a son of the late Arley and Beulah Booth Hacker

He was also preceded in death by sisters, Roberta “Jean” Brown of Alabama and Libby Fergueson of Tennessee; brothers, James Hacker of Wilsie, WV, and Jack Hacker of Phenix City, Alabama.

John lived most of his life in Michigan before having to retire early because of poor health. He worked for JOBA Construction in Brownstown, MI, where he worked 27 years. He was a member of the Operational Engineers Local 324 and Laborers Local 1191 of Michigan. John served in the US Army. He loved to hunt and to come home to WV especially during deer season.

Surving John is his wife of 52 years, Helen Duffield Hacker; son, Sam (Stephanie) Hacker of Sutton, WV; grandchildren, Ashley (Bryan) Coyer, Kyle (Krista) Hacker and Johnathan Tyler Hacker all of Sutton, WV; great grandchildren, Cassidy Coyer, Brantley Coyer, Adallyn Coyer, Ezra Hacker, Emersyn “Emmy” Hacker, and Easten Hacker; siblings, Lula Mae (Jr.) Peters of Phenix City, AL, Sue (Dana) Friend, Carolyn (Dale) Patrick, Sharon (Jim ) Brady all of Gassaway.

At John’s request there will be no services.

Private burial will be in the Hacker Cemetery, Tunnel Fork, Gassaway, WV.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home which is honored to serve the Hacker Family.

Jered Michael Rial

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Jered Michael Rial

Age 28, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Parkersburg, WV as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born in Marietta, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 20, 1989 a son of Henry Jack Rial and the late Beverly Judge Rial.

Jered was a graduate of Ritchie County High School with the class of 2008; he enjoyed spending time with family, outdoor activities and volunteer work with his father.

In addition to his father he is survived by two children, Jordon Owens, Pennsboro, WV and McKenzie Metz, Macfarlan, WV; one brother, Matthew Henry Rial, Ellenboro, WV; a niece and a nephew, Evalynn and Tyler Rial; many cousins, friends and extended family.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a niece, Josalynn Rial.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM from the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with the Rev. Mary Weaver officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Monday, August 20, 2018.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the charity of your choice.

Bobby Ray Groves

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Bobby Ray Groves

A resident of Cleveland, WV, passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of August 14, 2018 at the age of 62.

Bobby, son of Charles Aaron and Wanda Groves, was born on December 10, 1955 in Webster Springs, WV.

He is survived, loved and dearly remembered by his mother: Wanda Groves of Lost Creek, WV and siblings: Raymond Groves of Rock Cave, WV; Geraldine Bruso and husband David of Buckhannon, WV; Sandra Neel and husband Hubert of Bridgeport, WV; John Groves of Lost Creek, WV; Ronald Groves and wife Felicia of Cowen, WV and Rebecca Rogers of Clarksburg, WV; and several nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father: Charles Aaron Groves of Cleveland, WV and brothers: Jerry Groves of Cleveland, WV and Donald Groves.

Bobby enjoyed spending time in the outdoors as a fisherman and hunter. He loved his family greatly and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible, especially his mother, Wanda.

Bobby found peace, love, joy and happiness in his growing relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be 1:00-3:00 PM with funeral services at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs, WV with Pastor Chris Cosner officiating.

Burial will following at Cool Springs Cemetery, Diana, WV.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Groves family.

Margie I. Williams Evans

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Margie I. Williams Evans

Age 94, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at home.

She was born June 03, 1924, a daughter of the late Herbert and Ila Langford Williams.

She was formerly employed at Kellwood Company with 25 years of service, one of the original founding members of the Arnoldsburg Community Center, a 65 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she was Past Matron of the Spencer and Grantsville chapters, a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of Alberts Chapel on Sand Ridge.

Margie is survived by her children, Sherry Fowler of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Sharman Matthew of Arnoldsburg, and Timothy Evans of Wheeling, West Virginia; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul S. Evans; a great-grandchild; brother, Thomas D. Williams; and sister, Mildred Pritchard.

Services will be held at noon on Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia with Pastor David Weaver officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

Visiting is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Okey J. Wilson

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Okey J. Wilson

Age 85, of Sutton, WV passed away August 15, 2018 at Clay Heath Care Center, Big Otter.

He was born September 30, 1932 in Webster County, WV a son of the late Okey and Maude Florence Wilson.

Okey was a coal miner and an Army veteran. He enjoyed fishing, working on lawn mowers and other small engines. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by daughter, Kathy Bailey of Chesapeake; brother, Eugene Wilson and wife, June of Cowen, WV; sister, Wanda Powell and husband, Fred of Morgantown, WV.

Graveside service with military rites will be held 11 AM Friday, August 17, 2018 at Poplar Ridge Cemetery, Sutton with Rev. Russell Shaw officiating.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway which is honored to serve the Wilson Family.

Mary Sue Utter

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Mary Sue Utter

Age 70, of Salem, WV, departed this life on Monday, August 13, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

Sue was born February 15, 1948 at home in Salem, WV daughter of the late John D. and Mary Agnes (Nutter) Kearns.

She retired from Judel Glass of Salem, WV in 1996 where she had worked for many years. She started out on the layer and then went to work on the grinder, and later retired as the office manager. She was a graduate of Doddridge County High School with the class of 1966 and she greatly enjoyed Bingo, singing karaoke, and playing her slot machines. Sue was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother for her family and was a very strong woman.

She is survived by her children, Rhonda McDonald of Bomont, WV; Leon “Ronnie” Utter, Jr. of Pennsboro, WV; Kimberly Richards of Smithburg, WV, and Corinna Elder of Hepzibah, WV; 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; brothers, Robert Kearns of Salem, WV; David Kearns of Salem, WV, and Billy Kearns of FL; sister, Emma Bland of Clarksburg, WV, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leon Brent “Ronnie” Utter in 2011; twin brothers, Joe & Jack Kearns, and four nephews.

A memorial service to honor her life will be 2 PM, Sunday, August 26, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Lehman B. Jackson

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Lehman B. Jackson

Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV (Gnats Run Community) departed this life on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at his residence, following an extended illness.

Lehman was born October 07, 1937 in Pennsboro, WV a son of the late Carrol and Delcie (Dotson) Jackson.

Lehman was a hard worker throughout his lifetime. He began his working career as a truck driver for his father. He then worked at the former Pennsboro Marble Factory and later worked in construction for Lang Brothers and for Greer. He then went to work for Geneva Lumber before working for his brother, Norman Jackson Trucking, from which he retired. He was a proud veteran of the US Army from 1962-1964 being stationed in Seattle, WV and he was a longtime member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ. Lehman will be most remembered by his work ethic and his love of racing in his younger days.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon (Hill) Jackson; children, Timothy L. Jackson of Parkersburg, WV and Melissa Flanigan of Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Andy, Jason, Heather, and Austin; great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Chaley, and Khaden; brothers, Norman Jackson of Pennsboro, WV and Robert “Bob” Jackson of Harrisville, WV and sisters, Judy Clark of Charleston, WV; Sandy Hammond of GA, and Barbara Lopez of CA.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Saturday, August 18,2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Evang. Terry Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in the West Union Masonic Cemetery near West Union WV with full military honors conducted by West Union VFW and WVARNG Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 5 PM - 8 PM on Friday, at the funeral home.

Marie A. Whytsell

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Marie A. Whytsell

Age 83, of Grantsville, WV, passed away on August 03, 2018 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

She was born December 24, 1934 in Albany, New York, a daughter of Joseph and Freda Kegley Albanese.

She was a homemaker.

Marie is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Tami Whytsell of Ashland, Ohio; three sisters, Rose of Grantsville, Sally of New York and Beverly of Alabama; four grandchildren, Jessica Hitchinson of Wooster, Ohio, Jeremy Whytsell, Tiffany Whytsell, and Tyson Krebs, all of Ashland; and two great-grandchildren, Bentley Hutchinson of Wooster and Addison Whytsell of Ashland.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Whytsell; and brothers, Frederick and Tony.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia, with Pastor Rick Metheney officiating.

Burial will follow in the Eventide Cemetery in Spencer.

Friends and family will start gathering at the funeral home at 10:30 AM.

Michael Wayne Runyon

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Michael Wayne Runyon

Age 68 of West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Marietta Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on February 06, 1950 in Charleston, WV a son of the late Kenna and Willa Dean Payne Runyon. 

On December 11, 1976 he married Bonnie F. Nicholson Runyon who preceded him in death on July 09, 2012.

Surviving are on daughter Crystal Lau and husband William, West Union, one son Kenna Runyon and wife Sarah, Long Beach, MS, grandchildren, Cody, Cory, Carter and Samantha Runyon, David, Sylvia, Samuel Lau and Collan Runyon, sister, Karen Halter.

Mr. Runyon was a retired truck driver with over 26 years service.  He was a member of the First Assembly of God, West Union.

A Memorial Service will be conducted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the First Assembly of God Church, 203 Neely Ave. West Union with Pastor Joe Hoggard presiding. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Runyon family.

Jeremy A. Deal

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Jeremy A. Deal

Age 39, of Sutton, WV passed away August 10, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born September 05, 1978 in Summersville, WV.

Jeremy enjoyed playing pool and being with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry A. Deal.

He is survived by daughter, Catlynn Pitts Deal; mother, Mary “Evelyn” Tinney Deal of Sutton; siblings, Pauline Belknap and husband, Bill of Flatwoods, WV; Joe Jackson and wife, Angel of Frametown, WV and Cindy Goodrich and husband, Verner of Rosedale, WV; several nieces and nephews.

Jeremy was cremated

Memorial service will be 1 PM Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Visitation will be one hour prior to memorial service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway which is honored to serve the Deal Family.

Mary Frances Moody (Stark)

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Mary Frances Moody (Stark)

Age 91, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at her son’s home in Alum Bridge following an extended illness.

She was born in Alum Bridge, WV on March 20, 1927: daughter of the late Walter Stark and Emma (Wanstreet) Stark.

On January 13, 1946, she married Eugene L. Moody, who preceded her in death on July 05, 2000.

Mrs. Moody is survived by two daughters: Deborah Moody-Douglas and husband John of St. Mary, WV and Mary Beth Furby and husband Mike of Jane Lew, WV; two sons: Larry Moody and wife Tammy of Alum Bridge and Thomas Edward Moody and partner Robin Nesbitt of Buckhannon, WV; 10 grandchildren: Charles and Amanda Spencer of Oceanside, CA, Anthony “Pete and Lindsey Hashman of Casselberry, FL, Dylan and Alicia Hashman of California, Lacy Moody and Fiance Todd Pratt of Lost Creek, WV; Tommy Moody and Katlyn White of Alum Bridge, Adaire and Joe Snyder of Westfield, WV, Ali and Anthony Hamrick of Morgantown, WV; Zack Furby of Alum Bridge, Katelyn Furby and Dwanye Compton of Alum Bridge and Ashton Ackerman of Buckhannon and six great grandchildren: Jolee Snyder, Bexlee Moody, Quinn and Blair Hamrick, Finnly and Tobias Hashman and Aiden Fuchs. She is also survived by one brother: Edward Stark of Diluth, GA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Eugene, Mary was preceded in death by one granddaughter: Emma Spencer and two brothers: Charles A. and George Stark.

Mrs. Moody worked for C & P Telephone in earlier years. They moved to Smithville where her and her husband ran Moody’s Restaurant. They then moved back to Alum Bridge where they ran Moody’s Cash Market in Alum Bridge for several years. She was also an assistant Post Master of Alum Bridge and was a homemaker.

Mary was a graduate of St Patrick High School. She was a member of St Boniface Catholic Church where she was active in many ways including St Boniface Alter Society. She was also a member of the WV Farm Women’s Club. One of her favorite hobbies was quilting.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited on Tuesday at 4:00 PM from St Boniface Catholic Church of Camden with Father James R. DeViese, Jr. as celebrant.

A private interment will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew at the convenience of the Family.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Frances Moody.

Willa Delores Bailey (Metzgar)

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Willa Delores Bailey (Metzgar)

Age83, formerly of Jackson’s Mill, WV passed away on Thursday, August 99, 2018 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on June 29, 1935: daughter of the late John Metzgar and Alma (Oldaker) Metzgar and her step mom, who raised her, the late Alma Day Shaver Metzgar.

On June 10, 1955, she married George H. Bailey, who preceded her in death on March 09, 2012.

Mrs. Bailey is survived by three children: Kim Peck and husband Roger of Overland Park, KS, Janet Summers and husband Mike of Fairmont, WV and John H. Bailey, PhD and wife Julie of San Jose, CA and three grandchildren: Colin Bailey Peck, Olivia Jane Bailey and Anika Deloris Bailey. She is also survived by one brother: James Metzgar of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband George, Willa was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Richard Metzgar.

Mrs. Bailey was a graduate of Jane Lew High School. She then attended and graduated from beautician school in Akron, Ohio. She returned to Weston and became a beautician at Weston State Hospital for a while. Her next job took her to the Alkahn Label Factory where she was a weaver. Later, Willa returned to the Weston State Hospital where she worked as a manager in housekeeping.

She was a member of McCann’s Run United Methodist Church where she was a member of the WSCS of the Church. Willa and Sona Dempsey and Nancy Montgomery made up the gospel singing group SOS (Sisters of the Savior) and sang for the Lord in many places.

Willa had many hobbies including needlework and making crafts, reading, square dancing and working in her flower garden. Her children said that she was a great cook as well. Willa will be missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ron Brown officiating.

Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to McCann’s Run United Methodist Church care of Janet Summers 10 Opekiska Ridge Road Fairmont, WV 26554.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Willa Delores Bailey.

M. Scott Gibson

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M. Scott Gibson

Age 80, of Flatwoods, WV passed away on Thursday, August 09, 2018 at the Bellaire at Devonshire assisted living facility in Scott Depot, WV.

He was born on August 12, 1937 in Charleston, WV to the late Luther Gibson and Gladys (Strickland) Gibson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister Barbara Underwood.

Scott in survived by wife, Margaret (Self) Gibson whom he shared 45 years of marriage together. Scott is also survived by, son M. Scott Gibson, Jr. and wife, Crystal of Clay, WV; daughters Pamela Thistlethwaite and husband, Danny of South Charleston, WV and Amy Arrington and husband, Joe of Gallipolis Ferry, WV. Also surviving grandchildren Ian Thistlethwaite, Alex Thistlethwaite Parra and husband Carlos, Trent Gibson, Kylie Arrington, and Colton Arrington, and great-grandchildren, Daniella and Lily Parra . In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and is survived by one brother, Morgan Gibson and wife, Joyce of Clay, WV, and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He graduated from Clay County High School and then attended Glenville State College, and later the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was a longtime member of the West Virginia Funeral Director Association. Scott spent many years at the Carl Wilson Funeral Home, in Clay County, WV. He owned and operated the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home from 1972 until his health declined and was unable to. He was a member of the Strange Creek Masonic Lodge #130 AF and AM . He was a past Director of the City National Banks.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Stockert-Gibson-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Following visitatiation funeral services will be held in the Stockert-Gibson-Paletti Funeral Home at 4:00 PM with the Reverend Sheila Baughman officiating.

Interment will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery, Flatwoods, WV.

The Stockert-Gibson-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV feels privileged to support and assist the Gibson family in honoring their loved one.

Barbara Jean James

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Barbara Jean James

Age 61, of Gassaway, WV passed away at home on August 09, 2018.

She was born February 24, 1957 in Gassaway, WV.

Barbara was preceded in death by Ressie Cook who raised her.

Barbara Jean was a homemaker and went to church. She loved to cook and can food. She was an avid gardener and loved watching red birds.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Carl Lee James; sons, Jason (Jennifer) James of Gassaway, and Harry Carl James of Gassaway; grandson, Landon Thomas James; and step grandchildren, Lillie Fitzwater and Lila Fitzwater.

Service will be 3 PM Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Interment will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home which is honored to serve the James Family.

Paul W. McKown

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Paul W. McKown

Age 83, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, on August 01, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV.

Born in Millstone, WV and raised in Lookout, he was the son of the late Evan and Shirley Powell McKown.

Known to many as “Coach” and to family as “Paps,“ he is survived by his beloved wife Shirley and four children, Mike (Gina) McKown, Jody (Sandy) McKown, Stephanie (Joey) Johnson, and Julie Snyder; twelve grandchildren, Bo, Nelson, Sam, Luke, Joe and Evan McKown, Eric (Jodi) Johnson, Jamie (Alicia) Johnson, Cassidy and Jillie Webb, and Evelyn and Lily Snyder; and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Ted (Katie) McKown, Frank (Debra) McKown, a sister, Marti (Paul) Booth, and a sister-in-law Nancy McKown.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Wade and Lou Lilly, brothers Bob, Ed, Charles and Jack McKown.

Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to school and graduated from Glenville State College, where he was a three-sport letterman, played on one of Glenville State’s undefeated football teams and received the distinction of being named to the all-conference team as a running back. In keeping with his sports interests, he continued to make sure the rules were followed by being a WVIAC basketball official for a span of more than 20 years.

As a teacher and coach at Fayetteville High School from 1959-1977, he was heavily involved in community and school events. Working with the youth was his passion. He moved into an administrative position with Fayette County Schools in 1978 when he became Director of Transportation.

He served a term in the WV House of Delegates (1977-78) and gained a new passion. As president of the WV Retailers Association for 22 years, he kept his feet firmly planted in government affairs through his lobbying efforts. He often said, “It’s been a good life.“

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Marks United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 18, at 1:30 PM with the Reverend Anne Pruett-Barnett officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387, or to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St East, Charleston, WV 25301.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Rosemary Jane Montgomery

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Rosemary Jane Montgomery

Age 82, of Weston, WV went to her heavenly home, Wednesday August 08, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Weston, WV on September 29, 1935 a daughter of the late Johnie Richard and Mary Ann Batten Hefner.

Rosemary dedicated her life to her family and home. Her favorite times were spent with her family and friends. She also enjoyed quiet time spent working puzzles and admiring her hummingbirds.

Her honest and loving traits will be carried on by two daughters Charlotte McVey and her husband, Daniel, of Cross Lanes, WV and Debora Workman and husband, Steve, of Glen, WV.

She leaves behind her grandchildren: Aimee LeRose and husband, Scott, of Milton, WV; Leslie Skidmore of Charleston, WV; Dakota Montgomery, of Summersville, WV; Jeffrey Montgomery of Fairmont, WV; and her four great-grandchildren: Sam, Trace, Nevaeh and Landon.

In addition to her parents, Rosemary was preceded in death by her son Daniel Keith Montgomery Jr., and brothers Homer, James, Eugene and Gary Hefner.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM -  1 PM on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Funeral Services will follow at 1 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Garden Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Rosemary Jane Montgomery.

Billy Dunbar, Jr.

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Billy Dunbar, Jr.

Age 31, of Homewood Hill Road, Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital following an illness.

He was born July 22, 1987 at Clarksburg, WV to Billy Dunbar, Sr., Moundsville, WV and Dewan L. Dunbar, of Sutton, WV.

Surviving is his wife, Crystal (Hefner) Dunbar, Weston, WV; sons, Austin Hefner and Elijah Dunbar, home; daughters, Breanna and Payton Dunbar, home; sisters, Ashley (Jimmy) Stout, Heaters, WV and Stephanie Dunbar, Sutton, WV; brothers, Jeremy Dunbar, Heaters, WV, Cody Dunbar, Weston, WV Matthew Dunbar, Sutton, WV and Cory Dunbar, Heaters, WV; mother and father-in-law, Ava and Steve Smith, Weston, WV Bobby and Jessie Hefner, Linn, WV; Cheryl and Allen Fisher, Walkersville, WV and Derrick and Michelle Hefner, Weston, WV. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Billy loved the outdoors and spent many days hunting deer and squirrel, fishing and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Family will receive friends on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Funeral Services will follow at 1:00 PM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Donnie Stout officiating.

Interment will follow Funeral Services in the Tichenel Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV feels privileged to support and assist the Dunbar family in honoring their loved one.

Larry Dalton Jackson

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Larry Dalton Jackson

Age 62, of Little Birch, WV passed away Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at his home.

He was born in Sutton, WV on August 17, 1955 to the late Wayne Jackson and Velma Jackson McHenry.  Also preceding him in death is his son, Clell Barnette Jackson, brothers,    Darrell Jackson, and Tommy Jackson.

Larry was a Truck Driver for Covert Transport, Car Salesman at Action Jackson Sales Services. He was an Apostil by faith and enjoyed driving tuck and gardening.

He is survived by his loving wife, Iva Barnette Jackson, mother, Velma Jackson McHenry, son, Joshua Larry Jackson of Indiana, brothers, Gale Jackson of Ohio, Timmy Jackson of Bays, WV, sisters, Mary Lavonne Wheeler, Velina Geraghty both of Ohio, grandchildren Little Joshua Jackson and James Canfield.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Pastor Homer Gibson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Barnette Cemetery, Bug Ridge, Sutton, WV.

Friends may call one hour before services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Jackson family.

Jean Carol Haymond

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Jean Carol Haymond

Age 91, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon.

She was born October 17, 1926, in Burnsville, WV, a daughter of the late Arley and Golda Whytsell McNemar.

On November 12, 1947 she married William Haymond who preceded her in death on February 23, 2006.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie Davis and husband Wayne and Bobbie Haymond all of Buckhannon; one granddaughter, Christie Blair and husband Philip of Martinsburg, WV; two grandsons, Josh Davis and Jessica Miller of Buckhannon and Jeremy Davis of Morgantown, WV; two great-granddaughters, Taylor Simmons of Martinsburg and Averie Davis of Buckhannon and one great-grandson, Cayden Blair of Martinsburg.

Mrs. Haymond was a Clerical Assistant at the Pentagon and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Buckhannon.

In honoring her wishes Mrs. Haymond will be cremated.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2 PM at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Buckhannon with Pastor Rick Cutright officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, PO Box 205, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Jean ”Peggy” Vandergrift Doyle

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Margaret Jean ”Peggy” Vandergrift Doyle

Passed from this life into life eternal on August 06, 2018, at the age of 89.

She had friends by her side, and the care and support of the kind staff of Holbrook On The Hill of Buckhannon, WV.

Peggy was born on December 28, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter and only child of Ada Frances Vandergrift.

She grew up in Chester, West Virginia with her mother and grandmother.  After moving with her mother to Weston in 1943, Peggy attended Weston High School, where she graduated with the Class 0f 1947. She always enjoyed the fellowship of her classmates at reunions and class luncheons.

Peggy married Robert R. “Bob” Doyle on the evening of her high school graduation, May 23, 1947. Together they celebrated 65 years of marriage before Bob’s passing on June 23, 2012.  They set up housekeeping in San Antonio, Texas, where they lived for three years. They moved back to Weston, just in time for the flood of 1950, in which they lost everything. 

In 1954 they purchased a home overlooking McCann’s Run, where they lived for 34 years.  They loved the Westfield-McCann’s run community. In 1984, Peg and Bob moved to The Farm on Wheeler’s Fork of Vandalia.
They lived there together for 28 years. Peg and Bob’s home was always open to friends and family. Their hospitality was legendary. They hosted pig roasts, apple butter making, visits from kindergarten classes, hayrides, sleigh riding, hunting parties, sausage making, breakfasts in the barn, suppers on the deck, and coffee and Peg’s pie on the sunporch anytime.

Peggy worked for C. Fred Bailey at the Exxon Bulk Plant from 1955-2008. She was a Notary Public, and the Executive Director of the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts & Crafts Jubilee from its beginning in 1974, until its final year in 2008.

Service to her community was a large part of Peggy’s life. She joined the Lightburn Farm Women’s Club in 1956, and was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club at the state and local levels. She was named BPW’s Woman of the Year in 1980. Peggy was a charter member of the Lewis County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and was active in the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, and received the honor of Lewis Countian of The Year.  Peggy and her husband Bob supported 4-H and FFA.

Peggy had a green thumb.  Her flower gardens were beautiful. She also enjoyed many crafts including ceramics during her leisure time.

Peggy was a Christian by faith and example. She was a member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church. She also attended the Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Peggy leaves a legacy of love and service. 

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and many special friends, including Arthur and Nancy Cogar of Weston, WV; who provided her with loving care and Saturday trips to The Farm, the home of her heart.

At Peggy’s request and like her husband, Bob, her wishes to be cremated will be honored.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Vandalia United Methodist Church with interment to follow in the Broad Run Baptist Church Cemetery of Jane Lew at a later date.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Margaret Jean “Peggy” Doyle.

Charles Delbert Sampson

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Charles Delbert Sampson

Age 80, of Grantsville, WV passed away August 01, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV, following a short illness.

He was born February 16, 1938, at Altizer, Calhoun County, WV, son of the late Lovel O. and Maude “Neen” Kerby Sampson.

He began working at the age of 12 years old for G. W. Hardman Farms. He later was employed by Stalnaker’s Auto Sales, Umstead’s Sales & Repairs, Hugart Stump Dozer Sales & Repairs, Sav-A-Tool, Inc., Bernard Pipeline Company, WV Department of Highways and Carl Kelley Paving. He was a self-employed auto mechanic and operated Shaffer’s Place.

He is survived by wife, Linda Shaffer Sampson, son Richard C. “Bub” Sampson (wife, Neena), daughter Teresa White (husband Calvin), grandsons, Christopher and Jonathon Sampson, granddaughter, Becca Watts, great-grandsons, Brysten Sampson and Michael Watts, step-grandchildren, Nichole and Jonathan White (Cindy Nolan), step-great-grandchildren, Ryker Nedeff; Kimber, Jasmyn, and Kenzee White; and Hailey and Rylee Nolan, sister, Madeline June Godfrey (Fred).

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by first wife, Phyllis Stull and infant son; brother, Donald Sampson; infant brother, Robert; and brother-in-law, Dolan Godfrey.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Ind., Arnoldsburg, WV on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home 6-8 PM Tuesday evening.

Interment will be in Gibson Cemetery.

Elizabeth Inscho

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Elizabeth Inscho


She was born in Easton, PA on March 04, 1926 and passed away under Hospice Care in Parkersburg WV on August 05, 2018 at the age of 92.

She was the daughter of Sophia Szabo and Julius Fekete.

She was preceded in death by sister Theresa Prestasz, brother Steven Barber, sister Mary Buzas and loving husband of 49 years John Russell Inscho,Sr., daughter Kathleen Rae Kopp, son John Russell Inscho Jr., grandson James Cozze, great-grand daughter Christina Cozze and grandson Ken Kozikowski.

She is survived by daughters Cheryl Lynn Kozikowski (Mitchell) of Belle Vernon, PA; and Jacqueline Elizabeth Fleming (Walter) of Pennsboro, WV. Elizabeth is also survived by grandchildren Michael Cozze, Michele Beebe, Leigh Walling, Rosemary Hayda, Jeff Inscho, David Inscho, Tim Kozikowski; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandaughter.

She and her husband enjoyed their retirement as avid campers and always enjoyed bingo or an occasional trip to Atlantic City. Spending time with her family was always the highlight of her life. Elizabeth was a member of the Pattenburg United Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be held at 12 PM on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Bloomsbury Cemetery, Bloomsbury NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to either ALS Association 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler PA 19002 or Chris Inscho Memorial Scholarship Fund Acct #325-CI, NHHS 1445 Rt 31 Annandale NJ 08801.

Claude S. “Bud” White Jr.

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Claude S. “Bud” White Jr.

Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Friday, August 03, 2018 at his residence.

He was born February 24, 1935, in Baldwin, WV, a son of the late Claude S. White Sr. and Mae Brady White.

Bud was a 1953 graduate of Troy High School and a 1958 graduate of West Virginia University with a BS degree in Agriculture and a minor in Biology. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired with over 35 years of service from Shell Chemical. After retirement he worked at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and McClinton Chevrolet. He was a member of the Calvary Memorial Church for over 40 years where he served on the church board and was an usher. Bud enjoyed farming, camping, hunting, taxidermy and was a WV Mountaineer, NASCAR and Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon Wilfong White; his 3 daughters, Connie Staats (Edwin) of Ravenswood, Kimberly Long (Thomas) of Ravenswood and Pamela Romine (David) of Parkersburg; his brother, Gerald White (Ruth) of Glenville, WV; his sister, Jean Robinson of Stockbridge, GA; five grandchildren, Jennifer Long (Derek), Elizabeth Carrodus (James), Jonathan Long (Michelle), Chelsea Fletcher (Kevin) and Blake Piggott; eight great-grandchildren, Calli, Addison, Alexis, CJ, Austin, Ava, Sadie and Sawyer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Staats; sister, Betty White and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike Street, South Parkersburg with Pastor Rob Collins officiating and full military Rites by American Legion Post #15.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Monday and one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank John with House Calls Hospice and family friend, Amanda Mowery for their care and support given to Bud.

Memorial donations may be made to House Calls Hospice in memory of Bud.

Ruie Bond

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Ruie Bond

Age 99, of Grantsville, WV went home to her Lord on August 01, 2018.

Ruie was born on March 17, 1919 in Gilmer County, WV to the late C harles Marion and Dora Ann (Rogers) Lewis.

Ruie worked hard as an LPN and finished her nursing career as an in home health care giver. She enjoyed traveling, shopping and spending time with her family and friends. She was also especially fond of the glitter and glam of her adornments.

Ruie is survived by 1 daughter, Mary Sue and Sanford Blair of Vienna, WV; 1 son, Ted Kent and Ginger Bond of Sutton, WV.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband Elmer K. Bond; 3 sons, Charles, Ronald and Gary Cain; 1 daughter Linda Cain; and 16 brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Visitation will be held from Noon until the time of service.

Interment will be in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.

Annis W. Given

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Annis W. Given

Age 89, of Weston, WV passed away August 02, 2018 at her daughter’s home.

She was born March 09, 1929 in Webster County,  WV, a daughter of the late Amon and Bessie Riffle Carpenter.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Given; nine day old infant son, Harold David Given; daughter, Linda Cox; great grandson, Joshua Salyer; and sister, Evelyn Carpenter.

Annis loved watching birds, squirrels, and wildlife out the window. She enjoyed cooking and loved watching the TV game show, “Family Feud”. In her younger years she played the guitar.

She is survived by her sons; Charles (Judy) Given of Dunnsville, VA, Gary Given of Weston; daughters, Judy Adams of Sutton, Martha (Carl) Cutlip of Gassaway, WV and Carol (Jim) Stanley of Gassaway; 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Service will be 3 PM Sunday, August 05, 2018 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Mike Hoover officiating.

Interment will be in Beall’s Mill Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call two hours prior to service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to WV Caring (Hospice), 169 Diamond Street, Elkins, WV 26241.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home which is honored to serve the Given family.

Larry Gale James

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Larry Gale James

Age 68, of Frametown, WV passed away at 12:08 PM on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 in the VA Hospital in Clarksburg.

He was born in Braxton County, WV on October 30, 1949 a son of the late Jesse Perry James and Claire Friend.

On March 12, 1988 he married Patricia Ann Murphy who will miss him dearly and treasure the 30 wonderful years they shared together.

Larry is survived by two daughters: Christina Gagan and husband, Christopher, of VA, and Michelle James of FL; one step daughter, Tracy Miller and husband, Timothy, of Frametown; one grandson Hunter Gagan of FL; two step grandchildren: Josh Miller and wife, Nicole, of Frametown, and Brandi Miller of Morgantown, WV; two step great grandchildren: Kinzley Buchannon and Ryan Miller both of Frametown; five siblings: Vernon James of Teays Valley, WV, Vaughan James of Frametown, WV, Carol James of Crosslanes, WV, Mary Cogar and husband, John, of Fairmont, WV, and Steven James of Elkview, WV; several nieces and nephews; and one loyal companion and beloved cocka-poo, Misty.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by one sibling, Melvin James.

He graduated from Braxton County High School in 1967. Larry then worked as a bricklayer and performed construction on bridges, and making cabinets. He retired from Bicon as a welder due to medical issues. He enjoyed flying ultra light airplanes and anything about aviation. His hobbies included woodworking and hunting.

Larry’s wishes for cremation have been honored and a private remembrance of his life will be held at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Larry Gale James.

Vicki Lynn Gillespie

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Vicki Lynn Gillespie

Age 70, of Alum Street Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 14, 1947: daughter of the late William H. Tucker, Jr. and Laverne (Harrison) Tucker.

On October 11, 1967, she married Warren Gillespie, who survives.

Vicki is also survived by three loving children: Teri L. Roberts and husband Daniel of Dublin, OH, Paul E. Gillespie and wife Amanda of Jane Lew and Daniel L. Gillespie and wife Hollie of Wheeling, nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Gillespie was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Weston High School. Vicki was a Christian by faith and attended the River Church of Christ of Upshur County. Her hobbies included reading, quilting, cross stitching and crafting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew at the convenience of the family with Pastor Scott Davis officiating.

Interment will follow services in the family plot.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smile Train P.O. Box 96231 Washington, DC 20090-6231.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Vicki Lynn Gillespie.

Corwin Dale Nicholson

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Corwin Dale Nicholson

Age 89, of Coldwater, Doddridge County, WV passed away Monday, July 30, 2018.

He was born August 26, 1928 in Coldwater, WV, the third child of the late Homer C. and Phyllis V. Swisher Nicholson. 

On January 11, 1951 he married the mother of his children, Eleanor Gum Nicholson who survives.

Surviving are four children Michael and Janet Nicholson of Coldwater, Mitchell and Mindy Nicholson of Coldwater, Jane Nicholson Canton, Ohio, Genie and Bob Hardman of Good Hope, WV. Also surviving are six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.  Dale was blessed with   his special “sidekick”, caregiver,  and helper J.T. Nicholson,  caregiver Kalyn Marple husband Luke and children Lakyn, Cory, and Cordell, Brandon and Jondrea Nicholson and children Brooks and Abi , Sheena and Roadie Gray and children Rylee and Rayme and Christopher and Anna Hardman.

He is survived by three sisters Jeanette Nicholson of Pineview Nursing Home Harrisville,  WV; Patricia and Jim Davisson of Salem,  WV; Ersel and Darrel Reed, and sister-in-law Wilma Nicholson all of Coldwater.

He was preceded in death by brothers Junior Nicholson, Herschel Nicholson, Dave Nicholson, Robert Joe Nicholson, and sister Norma Jean Woofter.

Dale was a lifelong member of the Indian Fork Baptist Church where he served as song leader, Sunday school superintendent, deacon and trustee.  He was a proud combat veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Army 40th Infantry Division , earned the rank of corporal and was the recipient of a Bronze star, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the U.N. Service Medal. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

Dale retired from Hope Gas/CNG as a well tender in Kennedy District with 30 years of service. He enjoyed reminiscing about working at numerous compression station s including Sweeney, Straight Run, Tonkin, Lightburn, Maxwell, and Marks. Dale enjoyed farming especially Black Angus cattle and proudly watching his grandchildren participate in the Doddridge County fair livestock activities. He loved watching television, especially football (Dallas Cowboys) and basketball games and the series M.A.S. H.  Dad loved sausage gravy and biscuits, anything chocolate and was always ready for a bowl of ice cream.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Saturday, August 04, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Chuck Travis presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union with full military honors being accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, August 03, 2018 from 2-8 PM and after 9 AM on Saturday until time of service. 

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Nicholson family.

John Sinclair Stump

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John Sinclair Stump

Age 77, of Grantsville, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV following a fall and extended illness.

He was born July 03, 1941, the son of the late Ira Charles “Bunk” and Wilma Jarvis Stump.

He was a Calhoun High School Class of 1959 graduate. He majored in business at Marshall University. While there, he was a two-year member of the Army ROTC program. He was a 1962 honor graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Following college, he served in the US Army. He served in the Army Chaplain Corps at Fort Knox and later, in the Army Reserve as an MP. He was a member of Linden Lodge #83. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Nemesis Shrine.

He began working at Stump Funeral Home as a 9 year old boy and answering ambulance calls at the age of 16. He served over 60 years in the funeral profession as a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer, following his father, his grandfather, Ira N. Stump and his great-grandmother, Martha E. Bennett Stump, who founded the business. The funeral business evolved from Martha’s furniture store, where she provided caskets, in the late 1890’s. He served several years on the West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Grantsville where he served as a former Deacon and Lay Speaker.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing most of his life especially with his children and grandchildren. He was especially passionate about squirrel hunting.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant daughter, an infant granddaughter, Holly Renee Stump, son-in-law, Thomas Krugman, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rev. Glendon and Eupha Hicks McKee. He is also preceded in death by his beloved companion of 18 years, his Bichon Frise, “Millie”.

He is survived by wife of 56 years, Roanna McKee Stump; daughter, Rhonda Krugman (Richard Butler); son, J. Neil Stump (Gina); grandsons, Zachary Krugman (Erika Mohler), Ethan Krugman (Alyssa Young), Eli Stump, and Levi Sinclair Stump; granddaughters, Emily Krugman (Jonah Law) and Isabella “Ellie” Stump; and great-granddaughter Kohlbi Knicely.

A funeral service will be held at 5:00 PM on Sunday, August 05, 2018 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Rick Metheney, Rev. Carroll McCauley, and Elder Gene Miller officiating.

Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Grantsville, WV, which is situated on what once was the home place of his great-grandfather, S. T. Stump.

The Stump family would like to express special thanks to Doddridge County EMS, Dr. Mirza Hamarani, Dr. Murad Khalil, and Dr. Richard Watson for their thoughtful and compassionate care.

Nancy Jean Carter

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Nancy Jean Carter

Age 66, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in her sleep at Glenville Center in Glenville, WV on July 21, 2018.

She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March and was consistently ill.

She is survived by her daughter, Neisha Dawn Bennett.

Nancy was an excellent mom and had a fun personality. She enjoyed going shopping and watching TV with her daughter. They were always together. Nancy loved doing word searches and collecting teddy bears. She will be greatly missed.

Services of Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Beverla “Bev” Kendall

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Beverla “Bev” Kendall

Age 89, of Mineral Wells, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Parkersburg Care Center.

She was born March 26, 1929, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Edward W. and Lillian W. Fredrick Bennett.

Bev enjoyed working puzzles, word search puzzles and especially liked sewing and crocheting. She attended the Rush Run Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Conna Harris (Alva) of Mineral Wells, WV; son, Kenneth Kendall (Beverly) of Clarksburg, WV; sister, Latrecia Thomas of California; grandchildren, Tammy Harris of Parkersburg, WV, Chuck Kendall (Crystal) of Grantsville, WV and Casey Bryant (Tommy) of Clarksburg, WV; great-grandchildren, Charles Kendall III, Daniell Kendall and Shawn Kendall all of Grantsville, WV and Makenzie Bryant of Clarksburg, WV; and a very special family friend, Kate Modock of Elyria, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, Bev was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rimer Kendall; one son, Charles Roger Kendall, Sr.; and one sister, Kathleen Gut.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 03, 2018 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike Street, South Parkersburg with Pastor John Vannoy officiating.

Interment will follow at Collins Cemetery in Stumptown, WV.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Thursday at the funeral home.

Andrew Monroe Pettry

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Andrew Monroe Pettry

Age 37, of Gassaway, WV passed away July 30, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born January 29, 1981 in Beckley, WV.

Andrew is survived by his daughter, Andromeda Pettry; stepdaughter, Leeanna Shriver; mother, Rowena Leavitt; father, Jerry Pettry; siblings, William Pettry, Jerry Pettry, Jr., Roger Pettry and Jessica Cook and husband, BJ; nieces and nephews, Kolton Cook, Summer, Joseph, Shayleen, Dalhia, Brenna, Lorren, Reena and Dailynn Pettry; his adopted family, Shane Moore, Brooke Rogers, Granny Rogers, Karma Moore Brittany and Joey Ball, Joyce Moore, Roy Moore, Sandy, Amber and Cordia Bender, Neisha Kuhl, Frank James and Nate Severance.

He loved his daughter and nieces and nephews very much. He loved playing games and spending time with family and friends.

Andrew will be cremated.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 11 AM to Noon Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway which is honored to service the Pettry Family.

Carol Jo Stout-Whelan

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Carol Jo Stout-Whelan

Passed away July 20, 2018 at her home in Chicago, IL, with loving family by her bedside.

She was born September 13, 1938 in Weston, WV, daughter of the late Freeman and Mary Straley Stout.

Carol was a graduate of Weston High School Class of 1958 she later received her nursing degree from Triton College, Chicago, IL.  She was a great nurse in the Chicago area for many years, and a Catholic by faith. 

In 1961 she married Thomas “Tom” Whelan, and he proceeded her in death.  Survivors include one daughter Robin Kay Whelan-McGarvey, two grandchildren Larry and Shana McGarvey, two great grandchildren Jaden and Brandi all of the Chicago area. 

Her surviving siblings include Betty Coffman of Summersville, WV, Ray Stout (Brenda) of Weston, WV, Linne Toehl of Burke, VA, , Kathy Davis of Parkersburg, WV, and Jeanie(George) Connolly, of Syracuse, OH. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, and cousins some of the Weston area.  One brother-in-law, Denver Carder, of Sandy, Utah. 

In addition to her parents proceeding her in death are one sister Helen Carder, one brother James “Jack” Stout and one brother-in-law I. William “Bill” Coffman.

Carol loved her family, animals, and was always ready for a good game of cards.

Per her wishes her body was cremated.

A family memorial in her honor will be at a later date.

Helena Booher Siers Fulks

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Helena Booher Siers Fulks

Age 95, of Spencer, WV went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 29, 2018.

She was born April 19, 1923 at Orma, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of that late Ralph and Ota Luzader Booher.

She was retired from Rubber Fabricators in Grantsville, WV. She loved sewing and gardening. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church near Bear Run, Calhoun County. She was a resident of Miletree Nursing Center, Spencer, WV.

She is survived by two daughters, Myrtle Marie Whytsell (Bob) of Spencer, WV and Mary Nicholas of Orrville, Ohio; three sons, Albert Siers (Betty) of Burton City, Ohio, Danny Siers (Patricia) of Oka, WV, and Ralph Siers of Arnoldsburg, WV; one sister, Janet Chaddock (Gene) of Vienna, WV; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, five stepchildren; and several step grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by an infant son, Arnold Robert Siers; two husbands, Arnold Blake Siers and Forest Fulks; sisters, Virginia Cunningham and Sue Rauch; and brothers, Deward, Theodore, and Grover Booher.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Saturday, August 04, 2018 at 12-Noon with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

Dorotha Jean Burrows

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Dorotha Jean Burrows

Age 82, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Clarksburg, WV.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV on March 03, 1936, the daughter of the late Earl and Dula Burrows.

She was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Dorotha had held several different jobs in the Grantsville area.

Surviving are one sister, Pauline Woofter and her husband, Elbert of Bridgeport, WV. There are several nieces, nephews and cousins, too. Also, surviving is her special dog, Patches.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Burrows and Edward Burrows.

A private family service will be held.

Interment will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV is assisting the Burrows family with final arrangements.

Darrell Curtis Ferguson

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Darrell Curtis Ferguson

Age 62, of Old Mill Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 11:14 PM on Monday, July 30, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness.

He was born in Westo, WVn on August 10, 1955 a son of Curtis Gene Ferguson and wife, Gladys, of Jane Lew, and Doris Ann Hughes Travis and husband Jim, of Jane Lew.

On October 10, 1996 he married the love of his life, Rebecca Gail Stover, who will dearly miss her best friend, loving husband, and caring confidant after 21 years of marriage.

His generous, devoted nature will be carried on by his three children: Bradly Wayne Ferguson and wife, Jill, of Jane Lew, Lorie Lovejoy and husband, Wesley, of Jane Lew, and Reverend Matthew Scott Edward Waggoner and wife, Alicia, of Williamsport, PA,; six grandchildren who will dearly miss their Papaw: Gabriel, Chloe, Abbagail, Whitney, Alexis, and Hannah; three siblings: Ronnie Gene Ferguson of Jane Lew, Robert Gene Ferguson and wife, Megan, of Friendsville, MD, and Regina Rochelle Starett and husband, Joe, of Jane Lew; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion and beloved Yorkie, Lucy.

He will be greeted at Heaven’s Gates by his fun-loving sidekick and beloved Chihuahua, Sissy, who passed this Spring.

Darrell graduated from Lewis County High School with the class of 1973. He worked as a well tender for several oil and gas companies, including Gas Field Services. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, frog gigging, woodworking, and gardening. He attended the Victory Assembly of God and his faith was the foundation of his life, and his family was the greatest of God’s blessings.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM - 1PM on Saturday, August 04, 2018.

Funeral Services will follow at 1 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating.

Interment will follow in Law Chapel Cemetery in Smoke Camp.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made at the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Darrell Curtis Ferguson.

Ralph Edwin Higgins

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Ralph Edwin Higgins

Age 86, passed away July 30, 2018 at his son’s residence in Petroleum, WV.

He was born April 20, 1932 in Petroleum, WV to the late John Alfred Higgins and Victor Virginia Bryant.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Corporal, which he received two bronze stars.

Ralph was a mechanic, also worked for General Motors, Ford Motor Company, JC Penny’s and Asplundh Tree Company. Ralph enjoyed outdoors, he was happy on his tractor. He loved fishing and spending time with his wife, family and friends. He was a member of the VFW.

Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Clarice Jane (Francis) Higgins; 3 children, Barbara (June) Todd of Lubeck WV, Vickie Todd of Parkersburg, WV, Larry (Tammy) Higgins of Petroleum WV, daughter-in-law, Diane Higgins of Boaz WV, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and several step grandchildren and great grandchild, one sister, Francis Lane of Cutler, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Randall Higgins; 3 sisters, Virginia Tanner, Laura Clark, and Alice Sergeant; and great granddaughter, Carrie Jean Todd.

According to his wishes he will be cremated and no services will be held.

His ashes will be buried at the Lewis Cemetery in Racy,

Ritchie County. Raiguel Funeral Home handled his arrangements.

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