Stacil Alva Fox

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Stacil Alva Fox

Age 81, of Spencer, West Virginia died December 15, 2017 at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

She was born August 10, 1936 in Calhoun County, West Virginia a daughter of the late Earl and Betty Tucker May. She was a homemaker and formerly worked as a nurse’s aide at the Magnolia Care Center.

Stacil is survived by four daughters, Barb Fox and Mary Ann Fox, both of Spencer, Dotty Way of Bradenton, Florida, and Martha Kiser of Shreve, Ohio; one son, Donald Fox of Gay, West Virginia; one sister, Marie Short of Wooster, Ohio; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Dallas May, Jr. of Morgantown, West Virginia; and her most special best friend, Ed Donahue of Spencer. Additional precedents include her husband, Moras Fox; a son, Bill Fox; a grandson, Michael Phillips; and several brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Clover Cemetery near Spencer.

There will be a visitation from 11:00 AM until shortly before 1:00 PM when the funeral procession will leave the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME for Clover Cemetery.

Noah Thomas Blair

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Noah Thomas Blair

Age 70, of Big Bend, WV went home to be with the Lord on December 13, 2017 at his home.

Born in Calhoun County, WV on January 02, 1947, he was the son of the late Arlie and Dola Blair.

He was a milk man for Dairy Products, Inc. for over 40 years. He was known and loved by many.

He attended Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church in Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Janice Blair and daughters Angie Sims and Amy (JR) Bennett all of Big Bend, and grandsons Benjamin Sims of Martinsburg, WV; Cole Sims of Morgantown, WV; and Houston Bennett still at home. Also surviving are his siblings Medeta (Earnest) Ball, Sanford (Sue) Blair, Lona (Fred) Wolford, and Bernard (Linda) Blair.

Funeral services with be at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV, on Sunday, December 17, at 2:00 PM with Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Interment will be in Nobe Cemetery.

Frederick Scott Tucker

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Frederick Scott “Freddie” Tucker

Age 66, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, December 11, 2017.

He was born in Orma, WV on March 06, 1951 to Freeda Gae Duncan Tucker and the late Euell Tucker.

He graduated from Calhoun High School in 1971. He was a retiree from Laborers Local 1085.

He was a member of Beech United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Michael Tucker; his mother, Freeda Tucker of Arnoldsburg, WV; brother, Lonnie Tucker of Arnoldsburg, WV; and sister Geneva (Jim) Westfall of Chloe, WV.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Jean Sanor Tucker; and brother, Lewis Tucker.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be in Bailey Cemetery.

Richard Franklin Bennett

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Richard Franklin Bennett

Age 61, of Spencer, WV left this earth on December 14, 2017.

He was born at Gassaway, WV and grew up at Rosedale, WV.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Hugh Bennett; grandparents, Doyle and Mae Bennett; Okey and Losa Keen; stepfather, Eddie Webb.

Survivors include his mother, Bobbie Jean Keen Webb; wife, Jayne Ann Bennett; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Christine Bennett; grandchildren, Leilani and Andrew of St. Cloud, FL; daughter, Lee Ann Bennett at home; daughter and son-in-law, Katelyn and Jason Daniel of Lexington, KY; sisters, Debbie Moore of south Point, Ohio, Carol Polan of Huntington and Lisa Tanner of Rosedale, WV; many nieces and nephews.

He was employed by Doss Enterprises as a construction superintendent. He was an entrepreneur, owning and operating Hometown Builders, Raftco Truss and Fairplain BP.

He will always be remembered for his love of family and enjoying life to its fullest.

A memorial service will be held this Sunday, December 17 at 1 PM at the First Baptist Church, Spencer.

Family and friends are invited to share memories of Rich at this time.

Laura Silva

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Laura Silva

Age 62, of Chloe, WV passed away December 14, 2017, at Eldercare Health and Rehabilitation, Ripley.

She was born January 07, 1955, in California, a daughter of the late Charles and Wanda Toney Smith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Byrd Silva; son, Jessie Lee Silva.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Johnston of Chloe; sons, Robert Silva of Martinsburg, WV and Gary Silva of Point Pleasant, WV; brothers, Robert, Thomas, Clifford, James and Donald Smith; sister, Marie Counts; 22 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, December 18 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Mark Wood officiating.

The visitation will be one hour before the funeral on Monday.

Kathryn J. Dunn

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Kathryn J. Dunn

Age 67, of Gassaway, WV passed away at home surrounded by her family on December 14, 2017.

Born in Akron, OH, Kathy was a Home Health Aide for 32 years until she retired.

She was a Southern Baptist by faith.

She loved cooking, baking and reading her Bible. She also enjoyed going to the Braxton County Senior Center to visit with her friends and do Tai Chi class. She loved all of her grandchildren and was the best “Granny”.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Lois Dishman King and her biological father, Kenneth Blosser; brothers, Gregory King, Carl King and Kenneth Blosser. Also preceding her in death was her beloved son-in-law, Eric Cable, Sr.

Surviving are her spouse, Richard Lee Dunn; daughters, Sharry Woodford of Sutton, WV; Johnna Cable of Gassaway and Crystal (Brian) Hoyt of Spokane, WA; brothers, Charles King of Ohio, Don King of California and William Manis of Ohio; sisters, Helen Wanzie of Ohio, Beverly (Tom) Russell of Clendenin and Alice (Tom) Dargan of Texas. Also surviving are four grandsons and two granddaughters.

In keeping with her wishes she was cremated and there will be no services at this time.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

James C. Smith

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James C. Smith

Age 84, of Martinsburg, WV, former County Superintendent of Berkeley County Schools and past County Commissioner, passed away on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 following a short heart illness.

Jim was born on February 17, 1933, in Cedarville, WV to parents Myrtle and Clavel Smith.

He graduated from Normantown High School in 1952 (Gilmer County, WV); Glenville State College in 1956 (Glenville, WV) with a degree in Elementary Education, English and Social Studies; and with a Masters of Arts & Education Administration 1961 from Marshall University (Huntington, WV). Jim began his career in education at Edgewood Acres Elementary in Kanawha County in a 5th grade class for 1958; he was then principal & 6th grade teacher at Valley Grove School from 1958-1962; in the fall of 1962 he transitioned into the Kanawha County School Board office as Director of Pupil Services and was there until 1964 when he moved to the position of Assistant Superintendent over personnel. In 1972 he moved his family to Berkeley County to serve as County Superintendent through 1980. He and his wife returned to the Charleston area in January 1980 to accept the job as Assistant State Superintendent in the Bureau of Finance & Administration with the WV Department of Education. He became the Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in September 1985 until retiring in December 1988. During his time in Kanawha County he was an Adjunct Professor at Marshall University and WV College of Graduate Studies, Institute, WV.

After retiring back to Berkeley County, he was elected to the county Commission in 1992 until 1998. During these years he served on the: East Ridge Mental Health Board, Sewer Board, Health Board, Fire Board Ambulance Board, Region 9 Board, Planning Commission, Development Authority, Regional Jail Authority and Roundhouse Authority (Vice President). Jim has received many community service awards over the years.

Additional activities Jim participated in over the years were: Talk Show Host at WRNR (1990-1992); Lions Club; Rotary; Norwalk Antique Car Club; BCA of Retired Educators; Executive Committee of Eastern Panhandle Training Center; and the L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum. He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsburg, where he had served as teacher for the high school class, as Sunday School Superintendent and as an Elder.

CPL James C. Smith served in the United States Army on active duty from the summer of 1953 to June 1955 in a Military Police Squad stationed at Fort Crowder, MO. He was the “Ready Reserve” until June 1959 and Honorably Discharged from “Stand BY” status in July of 1961.

He is survived and missed by his wife of 64 years, Patsy Ann Connolly Smith; one son, William C. “Bill” Smith of Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Sherry Ann Smith Campbell and husband Danny of Bunker Hill; Five grandchildren, Kenneth L. Campbell II and wife Tabi of Inwood, Joshua D. Campbell of Harriman, NY; Andrew C. Smith of Elkins, WV; James R. “Jimmy” Smith of Martinsburg, and Elizabeth V. Campbell Jenkins and husband Rodney of Martinsburg; two great-grandsons: Brody M. Campbell, and Thor A. Smith, and three great -granddaughters Amelia, Rivers, and Rain Jenkins; three brothers, Gary Gene Smith (Wilma) of Weston, WV; David Lane Smith (Mary Lou) of Cedarville, WV: Robert Lynn Smith (LaWayne) of Marietta, OH; and one sister, Mary Ann Atha (Jim) of Morgantown. There are numerous nieces and nephews as well. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother-in-law, Edgar L. Moss.

Viewing and visitation were on Friday December 08, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM as well as one hour before the service on Saturday.

The service was held at South Berkeley Chapel of Brown Funeral Home in Inwood on Saturday morning, December 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Rufus Burton officiating.

Interment was in Rosedale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Kenny Campbell, Joshua Campbell, Jimmy Smith, Ricky Smith, Jordi Smith and Rodney Jenkins.

In lieu of of flowers, memorials may be made to the L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum, PO Box 2731, Martinsburg, WV 25402 or to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 220 S. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Mildred Geraldine Robinson Donaldson

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Mildred Geraldine (Gerry) Robinson Donaldson

of Smith Run Road, Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 10:45 AM at her home on December 14, 2017 surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Donaldson was born on March 16, 1930 in Ritchie County, WV.

At the age of 11 she moved with her family to Smith Run in Lewis County where her father purchased and then operated Robinson’s Dairy. She lived on Smith Run, either with her parents or in her own home, for the next 76 years. During her last many years she lived beside her daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Richard Smith, who lovingly assisted in her personal care and in the upkeep of her home and property.

Mrs. Donaldson was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Donaldson, who passed away on their 55th wedding anniversary (November 10, 2006). She was also preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Glenn and Goldie Robinson, her son Gregory Donaldson, and by her sister, Eloise Robinson McDougal.

Mrs. Donaldson is survived by three children: Peggy Donaldson Smith and husband Michael, Gary Donaldson and wife Gracie, and Patricia (Patty) Ann Smith and husband Richard, all of Weston.

She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, including: Melissa Arbogast Riley, Robert Donaldson and wife Missy, Leslie Donaldson and fiance, Brian Keith Toothman, Marlea Donaldson, Jennifer McMillen, Lee Ann Whorton and husband Luke, Eric Smith and wife Britni, Latasha Donaldson, and Kara Jane Donaldson; and by sixteen great-grandchildren, Victoria (Tori) Shea Riley, Jeremiah, Windy, Jasmine, Junior and Jozlyn Donaldson, Anna Basco-McMillen, Katie and Brady Smith, Kaleigh and Gavin Whorton, Leiliana and Aura Smith, Dylan Casto, and Ryder and Sawyer Toothman.

Her family was perpetually surrounded by her unconditional love and affirmation, and the void left by her absence can never be filled. Mrs. Donaldson was an A student at Weston High School and graduated from there in 1947. She organized her Weston High School class reunions from the time of her high school graduation until her passing.

Mrs. Donaldson was a hard worker and she taught that work ethic to her children. As a child she worked daily on the family dairy farm. The Robinson family had a self-sustaining farm on Smith Run that included milk cows, large vegetable gardens, berries and orchards. While a student in high school she arose every morning at 4 a.m. to milk cows and then deliver milk to homes in Lewis County before she attended school. After school she worked in the office at the Weston City Hospital.

Following her high school graduation she went to work in the office at the Colonial Glass Factory. It was there that she met her future husband, Gene Donaldson. After their marriage, Mrs. Donaldson was a stay-at-home mom until her children were all in school. She then began employment at the Weston State Hospital, where she worked as the executive assistant to the director of the Hospital. She retired in 1990. Mrs. Donaldson loved her co-workers from the Weston State Hospital and took great pleasure in seeing them after her retirement. Their universal response upon seeing Mrs. Donaldson was “She is one of the sweetest ladies I ever knew” and “she always has a smile on her face.”

Mrs. Donaldson took classes at West Virginia Wesleyan College when her children were in college there.

Mrs. Donaldson had been a member of the St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church for 62 years, and prior to that belonged to the Smith Run Methodist Church. She was a 60-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 40, Weston, WV and served as Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the Lewis County Democratic Women’s Group.

She was active as a leader and volunteer in a variety of activities with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including their academic, sporting, extracurricular and church activities. She assisted with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts, and was the parent leader of the MYF at St. Matthew United Methodist Church for many years.

Mrs. Donaldson was a 4-H leader in Lewis County for many years. She and her husband were the founding leaders of the Smith Run Colts 4-H Club. When her children were in 4-H, she and her husband always took a week of their personal vacation time to stay at Jackson’s Mill with their children and other 4-Hers where they served as cottage counselors and instructional leaders at 4-H camp. With her children and grandchildren, she won many 4-H honors, such as the State Feeder Calf Championship and many other state awards at Jackson’s Mill and at the West Virginia State Fair. She was also a volunteer counselor at Lewis County High School band camp.

The farm that Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson owned on Smith Run was the Lewis County Farm Bureau Farm of the Year in 1966.

For many years following their respective retirements, Mrs. Donaldson and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States in their motor home. They enjoyed traveling and camping with their many friends in the West Virginia Pioneer Travelers No. 200 Club. They were also avid Harley Davidson motorcycle riders.

Mrs. Donaldson and her husband, accompanied by their son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Gracie Donaldson, traveled several times to Scotland, England and Ireland and to many places in the United States.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Donaldson became the manager for her daughter’s many campaigns for the West Virginia House of Delegates. After her daughter’s first election to the state legislature, Mrs. Donaldson worked daily as a volunteer legislative assistant in her daughter’s office at the state capitol. She accompanied her daughter to all official and political functions and was known affectionately by delegates, senators and by three governors as “Mom.” At one time her daughter fretted that one of her bills had passed through the Legislature but had not yet been signed into law by the governor. Mrs. Donaldson sought out the governor at a political function one evening and whispered to him: “Peggy just has that one little bill that hasn’t been signed into law yet.” The next morning when Mrs. Donaldson arrived at the capitol, the bill (The West Virginia Day of Prayer bill) had been signed by the governor and it is now the law of our state.

As a tribute to her service to our state, Mrs. Donaldson made a member of the West Virginia Order of the 35th Star in a ceremony conducted by Governor Joe Manchin on March 16, 2010 (on Mrs. Donaldson’s 80th birthday) in the rotunda of the West Virginia state capitol. The ceremony was attended by Governor Manchin and many members of his staff, the Speaker of the House, President of the State Senate, senators, delegates, other state officials and members of the public.

The family prayed for loving and professional care for Mrs. Donaldson during her final illness. They express deepest appreciation and love to God’s angels, including Sandra Rutherford, Judy Paugh, Maxine Cole, Pearl Lattea, Terry McCue and Betty Mitchell. There are no words that can adequate express the family’s feelings and their love for these fine Christian women.

Visitation will be held at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road In Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Visitation will also be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston from 10-11 AM on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Funeral Services will follow at 11 AM with Reverend Tim Conrad officiating.

Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mildred Geraldine “Gerry” Robinson Donaldson.

Leonard Newton Miller

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Leonard Newton Miller

Age 91, of Spencer, West Virginia died December 14, 2017 at the Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

He was born June 08, 1926 in Spencer a son of the late Lemuel Newton and Flora Nester Miller.

He was retired from Pennzoil and worked as a mechanic at the International Garage. He enjoyed farming and collecting firearms and was a US Army veteran of World War Two.

Leonard is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Pettry of Spencer, Trinchitia Cross of Ravenswood, West Virginia and Pamela Mace of Sand Ridge, West Virginia; two sons, Leonard Neil Miller and Thomas Eric Miller, both of Spencer; 14 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and his constant and loyal companion, Blacky Girl.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Chris Cox; one granddaughter, Jennifer Louise Mace; sisters, Imogene Board and Kitty Hammond; and brothers, Emerson, Everson, Early, Kermit, and Quentin Miller.

Military services will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer.

Burial will be in the Miller Family Cemetery on Lion Fork near Spencer.

Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Roane County Animal Shelter, 2550 Parkersburg Road, Spencer WV 25276.

Leslie Eugene Exline Sr.

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Leslie Eugene Exline Sr.

Age 73 of West Unio, WV departed this life on December 14, 2017 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

He was born on December 23, 1943 in Wilsonburg, WV a son of the late Leslie Artist and Ruth Emmaline Hammond Exline.

On June 14, 1985 he married Linda Wilkinson Exline who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Samantha Jackson and her husband Randall, Bunker Hill, Darlene Burnside and her husband Rev. Jeffrey, Hunters Fork, two sons Robert Exline and companion Sandra Gragg, Salem, Leslie Exline Jr. and companion Brandi Williams, Corbin, KY, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, one sister, Janie Kirkpatrick, Clarksburg, two brothers, James Baker and his wife Deborah, Inwood, Bill Baker and companion Sally Smith, Salem, WV.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Charlene Exline, two sisters, Roberta Beverly and Ruthie Baker, two brothers Ray and Chuck Exline.

Leslie had worked in carpentry and was a bus driver and a minister. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping and gardening.

He was a member of B.G.D. Church.

At his request he was cremated and there will be no services.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Exline family.

Tyna Sue Carter

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Tyna Sue Carter

Age 60, of Orlando, WV passed away December 14, 2017 at home.

She was born October 24, 1957 at Man, WV.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed shopping, gardening and her animals.

She is survived by her husband Willard Carter; parents, Johnnie and Amy Blankenship Cline of Gilbert; siblings, Tennis (Barb) Cline, Carl (Dellamae) Cohnour, Marcella Roberts, Steven (Pat) Cline, Patrick (Teresa) Cline, Dennis Cline and Jeremy (Judy) Cline; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 PM Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Visitation will also be from 6 to 9 PM Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, WV.

Service will be 1 PM Monday, December 18, 2017 at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, WV with Pastor Denny May officiating.

Interment will be in the Hatfield Cemetery, Hampden, WV.

Stevan Craig Smith

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Stevan Craig Smith

Age 59, of West Union, WV (Crystal Lake Community) departed this life on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

Stevan was born September 23, 1958 in Clarksburg, WV a son of the late John Ralph Smith, Jr. and June Lenore (Matheny) Smith.

Stevan was retired from Perdue Farms based in Bridgewater, VA where he worked in quality control. He was a devoted Christian and greatly enjoyed being with his family, swimming, and gatherings.

He is survived by his sisters, Jacqualyn Sandridge of Whitehall, VA and Carolyn Collins of Pullman, WV; several loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and special family friend, Elma Mae Leggett of Oxford, WV who helped raise Stevan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard A. “Rick” Smith.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with John Kopshina officiating.

Burial will follow in the West Union Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 AM - 1 PM on Saturday, at the funeral home.

Louis Ray Seelback

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Louis Ray Seelback

Age 82, of Old Route 33 Weston, WV passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on October 31, 1935: son of the late Lawrence Adam Seelback and Lavaughn (King) Seelback.

On April 26, 1956, he married Dolly Belle (Miller) Seelback, who preceded him in death on October 23, 2016.

Mr. Seelback is survived by two daughters: Veronica “Susie” McNemar and husband John of Buckhannon, WV and Dolly Regina Good and husband Jimmy of Weston and two sons: Thomas L. Seelback and wife Tabby of Weston and Wesley Ray Seelback and wife Lisa of Weston. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Michael Shawn and David Scott McNemar (deceased), Jimmy Joel Good, and Tyler, Brad, Cody and Zach Seelback and 15 great grandchildren: Jonathan, Kayden, Belle and Jase McNemar, Josh, Lexie, and Maddie Warner, Kylee and Joel Good, Eli, Preston, Stephanie and Brooke Seelback and Trinity, Makenna and Edro Seelback and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Dolly, Louis was preceded in death by one daughter: Vanessa A. Seelback, one brother: Lawrence Edward Seelback and two sisters: Luwanna Knight and Lena Lisa Seelback.

Mr. Seelback owned and operated Louie’s Radiator Shop of Weston and was a full time pastor with Family Worship Center of Buckhannon, WV. After retirement, he attended Century Community Church of Century, WV. Mr. Seelback was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a caring father, grandfather and great grandfather. Louis died of a broken heart and his Christmas wish was to go home to be with Dolly. And Louie got his wish!

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mildred Endrizzle and Pastor Guy Ware officiating.

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

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Louis Ray Seelback.

Jesse David Carpenter

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Jesse David Carpenter

Age 35, passedaway Sunday, December 10, 2017, in Huntington, WV.

He was born May 22, 1982 in Calhoun County, WV.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Charolette Renee and John F. Dunbar of Palestine, WV, his son Isaac David Carpenter, Clarksburg, WV; his grandparents Harold Stutler, Newark, Jeanne Stutler, Grantsville; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Michael David Carpenter and his cousin Jamie Dawn Carpenter.

Visitation will be at Matheny Whited Funeral Home in Elizabeth, WV, Saturday, December 16 from 10 AM until 2 PM.

The funeral will be at 2 PM with Rev. Jonathan Larrison officiating.

Burial will be in Cooper Cemetery, Calhoun County, WV.

Clifford S. Vankirk, Sr.

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Clifford S. “Cliff” and “Pap” Vankirk, Sr.

Age 78 passed away at 4:35 AM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 after valiantly fighting his fourth battle with cancer since 2004.

He was by far the strongest man we have ever known. He beat pancreatic, colorectal and bladder cancers. His final battle of lung cancer, which had metastasized to his hip and brain and was more than his body could conquer.

Cliff was born April 04, 1939 in Walkersville, WV a son of the late Clifton S. Vankirk and Minnie (Mealey) Vankirk.

Life on Earth will not be the same for his wife of 59 years, Becky Vankirk. Although not a licensed nurse, she cared for him daily and was by his side through all of his illnesses. Having a strong faith, she is comforted that he is now pain-free and rejoicing in Heaven. He is also survived by sons, Cliff (Chandra) of Masontown, PA, and Chris of Weston; Grandchildren Derek (Alyssa) Vankirk, Kaylee (Brandon) Kirkpatrick, Tori Vankirk, David Skinner, Chantell (Stephen) Bair; Great-grandchildren Sophie Vankirk, Brooklyn Bair, and Dane Skinner; two dogs: Missy and Abigail; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by three sisters: Beaulah Hyre, Norma Pritt and Judy Stalnaker. Cliff learned how to be a hard worker at a very early age by helping with various chores on the family farm. He got his first job when he was just 11 in a grocery store. He later became a butcher when he was only 17. He retired in 2004 with nearly 38 years of service to Coca-Cola. He only retired due to being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He had a successful “whipple” procedure and beat it, which is extremely rare.

He also enjoyed singing and playing country and bluegrass music on the bass, guitar and fiddle. Cliff was a skilled carpenter and mechanic. He could fix just about everything.

Cliff’s request for cremation has been honored.

His family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family at 193 Summit Street, Weston, WV 26452.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Clifford Sherman Vankirk.

Michelle Roberta Moore

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Michelle “Shelly” Roberta Moore

Age 56, of Buckhannon, WV passed away at 4:01 AM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 28, 1960 a daughter of the late Adam Wellington Pickens Jr. and Roberta Helen Johnston Pickens who lives in Weston.

On July 03, 1986 she married Michael DeWayne Moore, who after 31 years of marriage, will dearly miss spending time with her and their grandchildren making memories of a lifetime.

Her strong, fun-loving nature will be carried on by her three children: Miranda Triplett and husband, Brandon, Adam Moore and wife, Deann, and Andrew Moore and girlfriend, Carrie Cottrill, all of Buckhannon; 11 grandchildren who will dearly miss their “Nanny”: Brodie, Branson, Brooks, Breckin, and Brynn Triplett, Brayden and Avery Moore, Nakiah and Halie Green, and Zoe and Noah Thomas; one sister, Charlene Bennett and husband, Larry, of Cedar Hills, TN; 10 nieces; three nephews; several great nieces and nephews; uncle, Robert Johnston of Weston; one feline friend, Murphy; three canine companions: Boomer, Gunner, and Lucy; and her snuggle bunny rabbit, Stewie.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Robert and Dora Johnston; and her brother, Michael Lynn Pickens.

Shelly was a loving and devoted homemaker and a good ‘ole country girl who loved being outdoors. She could often be found working in the yard, tending to her vegetable or flower gardens, or canning her special recipes of apple butter, salsa, pickles, or tomatoes. Her fondest memories were of the countless weeks spent at Audra State Park, camping with her family, digging ramps for their fresh caught fish, and playing with her grandchildren who brought her great pride and joy.

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 Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Funeral Services will follow at 1 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Rod Heckert officiating.

Interment will follow in the Reger Cemetery in Hodgesville.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Michelle “Shelly” Roberta Moore.

Michael Ross Neal

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Michael “Mike” Ross Neal

Age 52, of Koontz Dr. Weston, WV passed away at 9:33 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Indian Fork Road in Doddridge County, WV.

He was born in Weston, WV on May 28, 1965 a son of the late Richard Leo Neal and Juanita May Brady Hinkle of Weston.

His caring, comical nature will be remembered by his former spouse and current companion, Nancy Smith Swiger Neal of Weston; three step children: Robert “Bobby” Swiger and companion, Missy Jenkins, of Weston, Lisa Workman of Parkersburg, WV and Kristy Vankirk and companion, Dave Pope, of Weston; nine step grandchildren: Thomas and Eddie Swiger, Kaitlyn and Destiny Jenkins, Dakota and Savannah Workman, Nathaniel Workman and Damian “Lil Danny” Vankirk; three siblings: Karen Beverly Queen and husband, Claude, of Weston, Richard Neal and wife, Peggy, of Little Ellis, and Russell Neal of Weston; four nieces and nephews: Little Richard Neal, Ethan Queen, Missy Neal, and Christian Conner; and his best friend, loyal companion, and beloved Boxer, Bella.

Mike worked as a pilot escort for Deep Well in Buckhannon for many years. He collected knives and eagle memorabilia, enjoyed watching WWE and listening to music, loved spending time with friends, and most of all, he treasured every moment with his grandchildren, who were the light of his life.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 5-6 PM on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 6 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronald C. Brown officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Michael “Mike” Ross Neal.

Donald Franklin Deem

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Donald Franklin Deem

Age 96, of Harrisville, WV, passed away December 14, 2017 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

He was born September 28, 1921 in Ohio the son of the late Franklin A. and Marie Hodge Deem.

Donnie delivered the Parkersburg News in Harrisville for over 40 years. He loved life and watching westerns on his TV.

He is survived by one brother, William A. Deem of Harrisville and many nieces and nephews.

Donnie was preceded in death by his sisters, Marguerite Nutt and Mary Ellen Ginanni.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 5-8 PM.

Chalmer S. Rhodes

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Chalmer S. Rhodes

Age 84, of Gassaway, WV passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, WV.

He was born December 2, 1933 in Little Birch, WV to the late Bert & Blanche Rose Rhodes.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Pauline Coombs Rhodes; sisters, Lula Sartin, Tressie Sartin, Carol Jackson, Eula Rhodes; brothers, Robert Rhodes, Shirley Rhodes.

Chalmer was a Construction Worker, a Christian by faith. He loved to play music and enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his foster daughter, Debbie Ekle of NC; brother, John Camden Rhodes, Sr. (Cathy) of Flatwoods, WV; sisters, Jean Morrison of Cowen, WV; Beulah Riffle (Bob) of Sutton, WV; foster granddaughter, Debbie West; special friend, Sharon Loyd of Gassaway.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Burial will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Rhodes family.

James Leland Callis

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James Leland Callis

Age 89, of Kitzmiller passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the home of his daughter.

Born on May 05, 1928, in Oakland, he was the son of the late Larna Clifford and Alma Elizabeth (Filsinger) Callis.

He was a graduate of Oakland High School and a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he had been a tire salesman for Glotfelty Enterprises.

He was a member of Grafton Mason’s Lodge #11, the Scottish Rite and Shriner’s. He is survived by three children, Dr. Stewart J. Callis of Oakland, Rita Lambka and husband Keith of Kitzmiller, and Robert Callis of Oakland; two grandchildren, Nickolas Callis and Sarah Lambka; a brother, Tom Callis and wife Janet of Mtn. Lake Park; and three stepchildren, Tammy Gragg and husband Jim of CA, Timothy Skinner and wife Robin of Jane Lew, WV, and Tisha Underwood and husband Tim of Glenville, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, Mary (Skinner) Callis and Helen (Cullers) Callis, and a grandson, Daniel Lambka. Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock

Funeral Home, P.A., 21 N 2nd Street, Oakland on Thursday, December 14, from 4-6 PM., after which time a funeral service will be held with Pastor Weese Day officiating.

Military honors will be accorded by the United States Army and the combined honor guard from the American Legion Post #71 and Deer Park VFW Post #10077.

Private interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton.

Edwin J. Hannah

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Edwin J. Hannah

Age 62, of Parkersburg, WV, went to be with the Lord surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

He was born May 27, 1955 in Grantsville, WV a son of the late Argle Hannah and Mary (Wilson) Starkey.

Edwin was a gas measurement specialist with Dominion Hope for 21 years and he worked for United Chart Processers and was self- employed in rental property.

He is survived by his spouse of 46 years Robin Hannah of Parkersburg, son, Chris Hannah (Tabitha) of Parkersburg, daughter, Mandy Blaschke (Ed) of Parkersburg, seven grandchildren, Haley Morehouse (Jeremy), Nicole Hannah, Ryan Hannah, August Garcia, Brennan Garcia, Addison Blaschke, and Cash Blaschke, brother, Fred Hannah (Janice) of Virginia, sister, Hope Phillips (Steve) of New Martinsville, brother, George Hannah, step-mother, Elsie Hannah of Vienna, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Edwin was preceded in death by his son, Jason Todd Hannah.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at his residence.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Jude, 705 Central Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202 or Rosenbaum Family House, 30 Family House Dr., Morgantown, WV 26505, or Old Man Rivers, 703 Pike St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Thomas Lee Riffle

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Thomas Lee Riffle

Age 67, Cowen, WV Passed away November 23rd 2017 at his daughter’s home in Louisville, Ohio,

He was born May 31st, 1950 in Orlando, WV to Raymond & Viola Riffle.

He married Shirley Pemberton of Lodi, Ohio July 22, 1978.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. He enjoyed Hunting, Fishing, and pitching horseshoe’s.

Surviving is a son Steven (Amanda) Pemberton, of Sherve, Ohio, a Daughter Pamela (John) Floor of Louisville, Ohio. Grandchildren, Mike Pemberton of Sherve, Bridget, Brooklyn, Brandon, Wilson Angelina Floor all of Louisville,Ohio Charles, and Kayana Stoudmire of Wooster, Ohio. Patience, Brook, Joshua, Daniel Densmore of Wadsworth, Ohio, Brothers, Raymond Riffle of Polk, Ohio, Truman Riffle of Webster Springs, WV, David Riffle of Diana, WV; Sister’s Barbara Leary of Cowen, WV, Opal Drysdale of Wooster, Ohio, Stella Kreighbaum of West Salem, ohio. And many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Wife Shirley Riffle, A Daughter Kathy Densmore, His Parents Raymond Riffle and Viloa Riffle, a Brother Marvin Riffle, and a Nephew Marvin Donald Riffle, Jr.

His Daughter has said there will be a Memorial Service on May 31st 2018 At the National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

Kermit H. Mick

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Kermit H. Mick

Funeral services, celebrating the life of Kermit H. Mick, 86, of Thornville, were held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, December 09, 2017 in the Thornville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeremy Shank as celebrant.

Burial followed in the Lutheran Reformed Cemetery, Thornville.

Kermit died peacefully at the Pickering House Monday, December 04, 2017.

He was born in Burnsville, WV on July 24, 1931 to the late Walter and Edith (Moore) Mick.

Kermit graduated from Burnsville High School in 1949 and served in the US Navy for four years before graduating from Glenville State College where he met his future wife of 60 years, Virginia, while earning a degree in education. They were married August 30, 1957. Kermit and Virginia raised two sons. After four years of teaching at Gallia Academy in Gallipolis, Ohio, he retired from the Ohio Department of Health in 1988.

In their retirement Kermit and Virginia traveled the United States and Canada in their camper and enjoyed many years in Florida surf fishing and making friends.

Kermit was a member of the Thornville United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife Virginia, he is survived by their two children: Walter (JoLynn) Mick and Marc (Kristina) Mick; eight grandchildren: Adam (Jessica) Mick, Katelyn (Hayden) Painter, Andrea Mick, Kendyl Mick, Kyle Mick, Rachel Mick, Katie and Zane Kenney; along with sister-in-law Ginger Mick.

In addition to his parents, Kermit was preceded in death by siblings: Freda, William Stanley, Wayne, Randal, Joe, Mary Azalea, William Lawrence, and Walter.

The Mick Family offers special thanks to all the kind, attentive and nurturing people from the Pickering House. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kermit to FairHoPe Hospice Pickering House, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

The family received friends on Friday, December 08, 2017, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Thornville home of HOSKINSON Funeral and Cremation Service, 56 South Main Street in Thornville; and again on Saturday Morning from 10:30 AM until time of the services at the Thornville United Methodist Church.

HOSKINSON Funeral and Cremation Service, Thornville, is honored to care for Kermit and his family.

Please visit to leave a message of care or condolence for his family.

Andrea “Andy” Jean Whitman Cragg

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Andrea “Andy” Jean Whitman Cragg

Age 72, of Ellicott City, MD passed away Monday November 27 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by loving family.

Andy was born on October 08, 1945 and was the daughter of Evelyn and N.N. Whitman of Frametown, WV.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband William Schley Cragg.

Andy was a graduate of Gassaway High School and got her degree in nursing from West Virginia University and the Chesapeake and Ohio School of Nursing. After working as a hospital nurse, she spent 30 years working for the Braxton County Public school system as a school nurse.

Andy spent her life in service. She was an active member of Hope Baptist Church in Frametown, WV where she volunteered as treasurer and Sunday School teacher. A great passion of hers was sharing her faith with others. She participated in the KAIROS Prison Ministry International, sharing faith with incarcerated women and their families, hoping to make an impact in their lives. After moving to Maryland in 2012, she became an active member of the Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church.

Andy is survived by her brother John Whitman of Oceanside, CA and his family and her daughter Amy Billups, son-in-law David Billups and grandchildren, Nicholas and Allie Billups.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Linden Linthicum United Methodist church on December 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance,

Alvin Finley Daubenspeck III

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Alvin Finley Daubenspeck III

Age 84, of Cairo, WV, died December 12, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

He was born March 16, 1933 in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Alvin Finley Daubenspeck II and Estel Hanlon Daubenspeck.

Alvin was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and has been retired for 22 years from Ashland Oil Refinery, Canton, OH with 38 years of service. While in Canton, he was a Boy Scout Leader and coached little league. He was a member of Hughes River Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed the outdoors.

He is survived by daughter Charlotte Luann Haut (Kenneth) of Staffordsville, KY; son, Alvin “Chip” Daubenspeck IV (Deananne) of Brewster, OH; grandchildren, Jennifer Stapleton (John Mike), Rebecca Haut (Justin Robinson), Ashley Bibey (Kyle), and Alvin Finley Daubenspeck V (Kyla Keister); great-grandchildren, Lyllie, Kyla, and Krysten Bibey and Jacob Stapleton; sister-in-law Jo Ann Daubenspeck of East Sparta, OH and several nieces and nephews.

Alvin was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nye Boeshar Daubenspeck; sister, Betty Aukamp (Virgil) and brother, Lewis Daubenspeck.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Hughes River Presbyterian Church, Cairo, WV with Pastor David Kaufman officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cairo Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville Saturday from 6-8 PM and Sunday from 12-1 at the church.

Donations are preferred to Hughes River Presbyterian Church, c/o Treasurer Ivan Banks, 1074 Country Lane Rd., Petroleum, WV 26161.

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