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Michael Lynn Lattea

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Michael Lynn Lattea

Age 48 of Lynch Run Road, Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of March 27, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief illness.

Born February 20, 1970 in Lewis County, WV, Michael is the son of the late Lewis and Evelyn Singleton Lattea.

Michael was a graduate of Gilmer County High School, class of 1988. He worked as a laborer in the oil and gas industry and was an avid outdoorsman. In his spare time he enjoyed Coon hunting, deer hunting, riding ATV’s, and living the quiet life in Gilmer County.

Surviving are 5 siblings, Johnie Lattea of Glenville, Robert Lattea of Mississippi, James C. Lattea of Ohio, Sally Peggs of Sand Fork, and Linda Warner of Tennessee.  Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Along with his parents, Michael is preceded in death by 1 brother, Lewis A. Lattea Jr and 1 sister, Sandra Kay Pennington.

Michael’s wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest privately by his family.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is assisting the family of Michael Lynn Lattea.

Francis Blaine Plauger

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Francis Blaine Plauger

Age 55 of West Union, WV departed this life on Sunday, April 22, 2018. 

He was born on October 28, 1962 in Weston, WV to Dorsey Blaine Plauger, New Milton, WV and Wilma Moore Hart, West Union, WV. 

On August 10, 1990 he married Deborah Lea Kimball Plauger who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Michelle Jorge and husband Tony, Lithia Springs, GA, Tina Ash and companion Jimmy Davis, Salem, Angel Myers Plauger, Clarksburg, one son, Charlie Myers, Salem, WV; three sisters, Doris Pauley and husband Joseph, West Union, Liz Bland and husband Ronnie, Brenda Plauger, both of Salem, brothers, Blaine Plauger and companion Amy, J.R. Boyce and wife Lynn, Jeff Bonnell and wife Aretta, all of West Union, Monty Wilson and wife Pam, Harrisville, WV; Stanley Webb and wife Sheryl, Clark Thompson and wife Missy, both of West Union, five grandchildren, Micha Foster, Dava Myers, Tristan Stephens, Saydie Myers and Chaz Myers, one great grandson, Jace Foster, step mother, Dottie Stradley, West Union, step father, Chuck Hart, West Union, several nieces and nephews and his K-9 sons, Clyde and Dale. Francis was preceded in death by one brother, Tommy Kimball, one great grandson, Nickolas Bowen, mother-in-law, Betty Kimball and his K-9 friend Omen.

Mr. Plauger was employed in the Telecommunications Business with 35 year’s service.  He enjoyed watching Steelers Football, NASCAR and reading Westerns.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street West Union on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jeff Burnside presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Center Point Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 2-8 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Plauger family.

Billy Ray Wimmer

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Billy Ray Wimmer

Age 82, of Harrisville, WV passed away April 22, 2018 at his residence.

He was born August 2, 1935 at Peach Creek, WV, the son of the late Pete and Ellen Payne Wimmer.

Billy worked in construction and was a farmer and a coal miner. He enjoyed travelling, casinos, flea markets, fishing and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Sillivan Wimmer; children, Billy Ray Wimmer, Jr. (Joy) of Austin, TX, Karen Wimmer (Karen) of Louisville, KY, Lori Ellis (Tracy) of Charleston, WV, Wanda Bunner (Ricky) of Harrisville, and Bobby Wimmer (Kathy) of Reedsville, NC; thirteen grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Bob Wimmer, and Doug Wimmer; sisters, Shirley McHenry, Betty Taurus and Jess Wimmer; grandson, Dustin James Gardner; and great granddaughter, Cassey Caram Owens.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Friday, April 27, 2018 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Payne Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday, from 6-8 PM.

Mary Jo Williams

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Mary Jo Williams

Age 79, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on May 24, 1938: daughter of the late Scott Williams and Blanche (Shackleford) Williams.

Miss Williams is survived by one sisters Betty Williams and one brother James Williams who both live with her in Alum Bridge at a family residence. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary Jo was preceded in death by four brothers: Bernard, Paul, John and Ray Williams, two sisters: Ocie Williams and Violet Swiger, two ½ sisters: Zelma Williams and Virginia Kerns and two ½ brothers: Harold Williams and Dell Hefner.

Miss Williams was a homemaker. She enjoyed tending her flower garden and working in her vegetable garden. Mary Jo loved to quilt and make all sorts of crafts. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Hiney Hill Church Cemetery in Gilmer County.

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

Imojean Moore

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Imojean Moore

Age 89 of Salem, WV (Harrison County) departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018. 

She was born at Smithburg, WV (Doddridge County) on July 10 1928 a daughter of the late Worthy W. and Pearl F. Baker George. 

On January 1945 she married Robert L. Moore who preceded her in death on April 1990.

Surviving are two daughters, Naomi Weekley and husband Jerry, Salem, Mary Jane Kelly and husband Mike, Oakland, MD, three sons, Joseph Moore and wife Nancy, Kenneth Moore and wife Mary, both of Bristol, WV; Delbert Moore and wife Lorraine, Salem, 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, four sisters, Glenda Weekley, Glaydean Mayle, Wilma George and Mary Lattea, all of Salem two son in laws, Roy Forquer, Billy Gorby, both of Salem and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by one son David Moore, three daughters, Kathryn Weekley, Rebecca Forquer, Sharon Gorby, two infant daughters and one brother, William George and one sister, Beulah Harbin.

Mrs. Moore was a care-giver to many in the Salem community.  She enjoyed reading, quilting and embroidery.  She was a member of the Salem Church of God.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Harbert Funeral Home 287 W. Main Street, Salem on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Richard Gibson presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Cherry Camp Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM on Wednesday until time of service.

Harbert Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Moore family.

Gloria Gray Slider Shock

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Gloria Gray Slider Shock

Age 80, of Millstone, West Virginia died April 22, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care in Grantsville, West Virginia.

She was born September 25, 1937 in Charleston, West Virginia a daughter of the late Helma Thomas and Lova Ann Starcher Slider.

She was a homemaker.

Gloria is survived by her husband, William T. “Bill” Shock; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas “Tom” and Ellen Shock, also of Millstone; a daughter, Scarlett Hinton of Parkersburg, West Virginia; a brother, Lafawn Slider of Charleston; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle; and two sisters, Lola May and Deordre.

There will be a graveside service at 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Calhoun County.

TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of arrangements for the Shock family.

There will be no visitation or service at the funeral home.

Larry Joe Williams

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Larry Joe Williams

Age 68, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his residence.

He was born August 05, 1949 in West Union, WV a son of the late Joseph P. and Marie Martin Williams.

Larry had worked for the Doddridge County Department of Highways for more than 40 years, retiring on December 31, 2016. He was affiliated with the Central Church of Christ, Clarksburg, WV. He enjoyed spending time with his great nieces and nephew and working with the Department of Highways.

Larry is survived by one sister, Linda Hutson (Robert), Salem, WV; nephews, Jason Balis (Hope), Salem, WV and Jeremy Balis (Bre), Salem, WV; great- nieces, Olivia Balis and Emily Balis; great-nephew, Jacob Balis.

A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6 PM until 8 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

A private graveside will be held at the Coleman Cemetery, near West Union, WV.

Velma Gay Davisson

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Velma Gay Davisson

Age 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Weston, WV on May 06, 1940: daughter of the late Ezekiel Harry Riffle and Laura Virginia (Curtis) Riffle.

She married Harvey Lee Davisson on December 31, 1963 and who passed away on December 09, 2014.

She is survived by three daughters: Trish Lowther & Kenny, Sandra Goldsmith & Dave and Betty Pumphrey & Roger Allen all of Weston, four sons: Mike Davisson of Weston, Harvey (June) Davisson & Doris of Walkersville, WV; Billy Davisson & companion Emma of Weston and Michael Davisson & Lori of Weston, eleven grandchildren: Marsha Davisson, Josh Davisson, Amber Davisson, Brittany Davisson, Chris Davisson, Laura Gordon, Brad Goldsmith, Dinhia Lowther, Tyler Davisson, Brandon Davisson and Shelbi Davisson, ten great grandchildren: Bryson O’Meara, Wyatt Davisson, Aleah Lorentz, Hunter Davisson, Bronson Marple, Riley Davisson, Broady Davisson, Bristol Coberly, Ruchelle Shackleford and Isabella Myers four brothers: John Riffle & Kim of Weston, Delmus Riffle & Pat of Milwaukee, WI, Arnett Riffle & Evelyn of Walkersville and Joe Riffle & Linda of Roanoke, WV; and one sister Deb Jones & Chris of McClure, OH, a very special neighbor Rusty Wilfong, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Velma wes predeceased by daughter-in-law: Shelly Davisson, two brothers: Russell and Tom Riffle and one sister: Evelyn Seal Riffle.

Velma was a nurse at the old Weston Hospital. She was a Methodist by faith. She loved growing all varieties of flowers around the house and yard. Playing the Lottery and watching her grandchildren Go Cart race. Her greatest joy though was being a wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, April 24, 2017 from 3-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Velma Gay Davisson.

Shelia Gale Parsons

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Shelia Gale Parsons

Age 51, of Charleston, WV passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Hubbard Hospice House.

She was born on January 19, 1967 in Braxton County, WV to the late Ray and Etta Lawson Farley.

She was a graduate of Braxton County High School and Northern Virginia Community College. Shelia was retired from the CIA.

Along with her parents, a brother, Alvin Farley, preceded her in death.

She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Shelia is survived by her husband, Tim Parsons; sons, Nicholas (Elizabeth) Hill and Bryce Parsons; daughters, Brittiny Hill and Meredith Parsons; grandchildren, Nolan Hill and Olivia Parsons; brother, Jeff Farley; and sisters, Dee (Mike) Kessinger, Diane (Terry) Parsons, Barbara (Brent) Moore and Rosa Burrows.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Celebrant H R Whittington officiating.

A visitation for family and friends will be 11:00 AM until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Shelia’s memory to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, West Virginia 25311.

Laura Bethel ”Gurty” Wilson Thompson

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Laura Bethel ”Gurty” Wilson Thompson

Age 78, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side after a long illness.

She was born March 08, 1940 in Clay County, WV a daughter of the late Pat and Violet Suttle Wilson.

Laura was a former member of the Silver Haired Legislature, she worked closely with Governor Wise and Governor Rockefeller on different Senior Health Care issues. She was a former Head Start Coordinator and a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was a former restaurant owner and delivered the Charleston Gazette. In her spare time, she enjoyed planting flowers, gardening, canning and going fishing.

Surviving is her husband of over 35 years, Wayne Jackson Thompson, daughters, Patricia Runnion of Arnoldsburg and Vickie Knight of Mineral Wells, WV; brothers, Foster Wilson of Calhoun County, WV; Randy Wilson of Calhoun County, Gary Wilson of Sutton, and sisters, Wanda Carpenter of Summersville, WV; Loretta Moore of Covington, Virginia and Linda Wilson of Calhoun County; 10 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, daughter Velva Hall, siblings Aretta Wilson and Pat Wilson preceded her in death.

Service will be 12:00 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen with Pastor Jerry Sears officiating.

Burial will follow at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Services entrusted to the care of Morris Funeral Home, Cowen, WV.

Michael Lynn McCombs

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Michael Lynn McCombs

Age ge 44 of West Union, WV, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Salem, WV.

He was born March 25, 1974 in Coshocton, Ohio; the son of Bobby McCombs and Betty (Jones) McCombs.

Michael is survived by his wife, Kristy Dawn (Beavers) McCombs of West Union, WV; his parents, Bobby McCombs and Betty (Jones) McCombs; his nine children, Taylor McCombs of Shinnston, WV, Christopher McCombs of West Union, WV, Lance McCombs of West Union, WV, Laurel McCombs of West Union, WV, William Montgomery of West Union, WV, Thomas Montgomery of West Union, WV, Michael McCombs of West Union, WV, Joseph McCombs of West Union, WV, and Jayson McCombs of West Union, WV; two brothers, John McCombs of Parkersburg, WV, and Danny McCombs & his wife, Becky of West Union, WV.

Michael was preceded in death by first wife, Virginia (McClain) McCombs; and a brother, David McCombs.

Michael was employed with Salem International University as a security officer. He also was the owner & operator of McCombs Lawns and More with his kids.

Family will receive friends at Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 W. Main Street, Salem, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 1:00 – 7:00 PM.

Cremation will follow the visitation.

Harold Keith Gibson

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Harold Keith Gibson

Age 84, of Bristolville, Ohio passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

He was born May 05, 1933, in Cremo, WV in Calhoun County, a son of the late Cliff and Elah Kerby Gibson.

On Jan. 28, 1953, Harold married the love of his life, Gwendolyn Mae Greathouse.

Harold proudly served our nation with the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked as an electrician on the blast furnaces at Republic Steel. In the 1960’s, Harold raced stock cars. He loved working on cars, and was a Mopar fan to the bone. Traveling with his family was one of his passions.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 65 years, Gwen Gibson of Bristolville; daughters, Arlene “Kay” Sloan and Joyce (Ray) Sponseller, both of Bristolville, and Debra (Mark) Barta of Leavittsburg; sons, Richard (Shelly) Gibson of Bristolville, Eric (Michelle) Gibson of New Braunfels, Texas, and Clint Gibson of Bristolville; brothers, Duane Gibson of Warren and Larry Gibson of Myrytle Beach; as well as 23 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bonnie Facemire and Patty Nevin; and a brother, Gerald Gibson.

Services will be 1 PM Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Champion Baptist Church, where Pastor Keith Easton will officiate.

Friends may call 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday at the church.

Interment will be in Sager Memorial Park in Bristolville.

Arrangements were handled by Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

Wallace “Wally” Morgan Cogar

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Wallace “Wally” Morgan Cogar

Age 65, of Spring Street, Weston, WV passed away at 12:01 AM on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 21, 1952 a son of the late Wallace Hobert Cogar and Hilda Loraine Singleton Cogar.

On October 30, 1971 he married Judy Priscilla Ellis who will miss him dearly after 46 years of marriage.

His giving, hardworking nature will be carried on by his two sons: Eric Morgan Cogar and wife, Shawna Marie, of Weston, and Adam Scott Cogar and partner, Jephthah Lawson, of Columbus, OH; two grandchildren: Brentt Morgan Cogar and Emma Shea Cogar; two siblings: Terry Cogar and wife, Donna, of Weston, and Tammy Rovello and husband, Todd, of Shinnston, WV; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion and beloved Schnauzer, Abby.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Howard Cogar and Hazel Cogar Golden; step grandfather, Tom Golden; maternal grandparents, Morgan “Gundy” and Emma Singleton; and one brother, Francis Andrew Cogar.

Wally graduated from Lewis County High School with the class of 1970, and served in the National Guard for several years. He worked as a crew leader for the WV Department of Highways District 7 and retired with over 40 years of service. He enjoyed spending time at the family farm in Braxton County, where he liked to garden, hunt, and spend time with the grandchildren.

Wally’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Judy Cogar 356 Spring 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 Wallace “Wally” Morgan Cogar.

Timothy Rex Shepherd I

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Timothy Rex Shepherd I

Age 58 of Ramsey’s Ridge Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in J.W Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. 

He was born at Dayton, OH on July 30, 1959 a son of the late Clarence M. and Geneva I. Cogar Shepherd.

Surviving is the love of his life and mother of his children, Holly McCormick, one daughter, Amy Shepherd, New Matamoras, OH, three sons, Timothy R. Shepherd II and fiancé Angela Burr, Salem, twin boys, Joshua M. Shepherd, West Union, Jeremy P. Shepherd, New Matamoras, OH, ten grandchildren, Timothy R. Shepherd III, Lacey Shepherd, Lilly Shepherd, Levi Shepherd, Jeremiah Shepherd, Destiny Shepherd, John, Graisa, Maleigha and Reagan Pattison, two sisters, Judy Harpold, Daytona Beach, FL, Janice Whitehair, Pennsboro, six brothers, David Shepherd, Tyler Co., Rick Shepherd, Pennsboro, Roy Shepherd, Ellenboro, Clarence Shepherd, Cambridge, OH, Randy Shepherd, Akron, OH, and Pete Shepherd, Greenwood and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one sister, June McCormick.

Mr. Shepherd was a drywall hanger and finisher for 40 years.  He enjoyed fishing and camping; but most of all spending time with his family.  He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Ruford Abner presiding. 

Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel after 11 AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Shepherd family.

David “Dave” Earl King, Jr.

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David “Dave” Earl King, Jr.

In loving memory of David Earl King Jr.

David passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the age of 49.

He was born February 07, 1969, in Weston, WV.

He was the son of the late David E. King and the late Veronica (Dye) King.

He is survived by his fiance, Lisa Tomey of Weston, WV.

He is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Tabby King Funk, of Baberton, OH, French Harold King of Weston, WV, Tina Cottrill of Clarksburg, WV, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Vicki Lee Craig, of Walkersville, WV, and an infant brother, Denny Ray King of Weston.

His hobbies were coon hunting, fishing, taking long drives in the country, and camping. He also enjoyed volunteering during the holidays for the Salvation Army.

He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

There will be no funeral services held, per David’s wishes.

Mary Lou Weekley

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Mary Lou Weekley

Age 75, of St. Marys, WV, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Lou was born April 05, 1943 in Ellenboro, WV, a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Beaulah Mae (Tucker) Corbin.

Mary Lou’s greatest love in her life was her 5 children. During her working career, she worked numerous jobs to provide for each one of them the best way that she could. Her working career began at the former Midway Restaurant of Pennsboro, WV and then she worked in the garment industry of Ritchie County at the former Myles Manufacturing of Pennsboro, WV. She later retired after a 25 year career as a chemical operator at the American Cyanamid plant and she also volunteered for the Neighborhood Network of St. Marys, WV. Mary Lou was a proud graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1962, was a member of the St. Mary’s Elks and Moose Lodges, and was a member of the Calvary Freewill Baptist Church of Ellenboro, WV. She greatly enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, hunting, fishing, her flowers, and she was a wonderful seamstress.

She is survived by her 5 children, Audra Cunningham (Eric) of Hebron, WV; Christopher Weekley (Michelle) of Parkersburg, WV; Tina Carpenter (Steve) of St. Marys, WV; David Weekley (Becky) of St. Marys, WV; Cindy Weekley (Chris Hensley) of Sistersville, WV; brother, Martin L. “Bud” Corbin (Mary Jo) of St. Marys, WV; sisters, Patty McCurry (Ron) of Glendale, AZ and Susan Cunningham of Boulder, NV; grandchildren, Erica Bennett (Tony); Nathan Cunningham (Karley); Kayla Bowie (Logan); Kristin “Boogie” Grose; Cari Weekley; Tucker Weekley; Cole Jones; 4 great grandchildren, Callie and Luke Bennett and Brooks and Slade Bowie; brother in law, Vance Weekley of Pennsboro, WV; nephew, Tony Poling of Pennsboro, WV and niece, Stephanie Poling of Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David W. Weekley in 2007; brother, Roger Corbin; step father, Glen Umstot; sister in law and friend, Myra Purvis, and father and mother in law, Charles and Juanita Weekley.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Friday, April 20, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with her brother, Martin L. “Bud” Corbin officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Maple Lane Cemetery in Hebron, WV.

Visitation will be from 2 PM - 8 PM on Thursday, at the funeral home.

Francis “Randy” Bell

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Francis “Randy” Bell

Age 62, of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 13, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Pennsboro, WV September 01, 1955, a son of the late Ray and Dorothy (Hoover) Bell.

He was a parts manager at Astorg Motors for over 40 years. Randy was an avid golfer and enjoyed scuba diving, carpentry, history, reading James Patterson, and WVU sports. He very much loved his grandchildren and dachshund dogs.

He is survived by his loving wife Lisa (Jackson) Bell; daughters Kristen Suszek (David Hay) and Kari Wilson (James) both of Parkersburg; son Bryan Jackson (Teresa) of Vienna, WV; four grandchildren Madison Suszek, Justin Suszek Jr., Zackary Sheppard and Izzabella Wilson; brother Donnie Ray Bell (Judy); sister Carolyn Reis; brother-in-law Stephen Jackson (Marlene); mother-and-father-in-law Boyd and Betty Jackson; nieces Samantha Bell and Rachel Reis; and several other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 6 PM Friday, April 20, 2018 at Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg, with Pastor Jason Spade officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, 3 PM until time of service.

Geraldine White Scott

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Geraldine White Scott

Age 98, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:21 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, having lived a long, happy and productive life.

She was born in Troy, WV on May 08, 1919 a daughter of the late John McWhorter White and Laura Odessa Barbarow White.

On May 22, 1937 she married Russell Page Scott and they celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing on July 19, 1998.

Her light-hearted, hard-working spirit will be part of the legacy that she lives behind for her three children: Arnold D. Scott and wife, Ruth, of Waltham, MA, Donna L. Scott of Weston, and James M. Scott and wife, Patricia, of Granger, IN; three grandchildren: Arnold D. Scott Jr. of Stockbridge, VT, Tanner W. Scott of San Antonio, TX, and Channing P. Scott of Granger, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

Having been raised on a farm during the Depression, Geraldine learned to be independent, resourceful, and skilled in gardening, canning, cooking, baking, and caring for a family. She graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and worked as a caring and compassionate caseworker for the Department of Welfare in Weston where she retired with many years of service. She had a generous and thoughtful nature and was quick to respond to those in need, whether friends, family, or children in the foster care system.

She traveled all 50 states with her son and they enjoyed connecting with family and friends along the way, which made each trip a fun adventure. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Weston since 1956, where she served as Secretary, Treasurer, and on various committees over the years. She will be dearly missed by family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and everyone else who’s life she touched in a special way.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, in Jane Lew from 10 AM - 12 Noon on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Funeral Services will follow at 12 Noon from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Troy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Weston 132 2nd Street, Weston, WV 26452 or People’s Hospice 327 Medical Park Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330-9952.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Geraldine White Scott.

Joseph Michael Skidmore, Sr.

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Joseph Michael Skidmore, Sr.

Age 60, of Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018, just one day shy of his 61st birthday.

Joe was a truck driver and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being outdoors.  He was Trinity by faith.

Born April 15, 1957 in Sutton, WV, he was the son of the late George and Willa (Riffle) Skidmore. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Skidmore; and his half-brothers, Bailey Donato and Frank Donato.

Left to cherish his memory are the love of his life, his wife, Lucille (Claypool) Skidmore; son, Joseph Michael Skidmore, Jr of Bridgeport, WV; daughter, Robin Tonkin of Jane Lew, WV; grandchildren, Tessa Lynn Skidmore, Chasity Ann Skidmore, Adrian Keyshawn Ramsey, Asia Nicole Ramsey, Andrew Blake Clutter, Bentley James Cunningham, and Michael Veon Salisbury; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

Services to celebrate Joe’s life will be held 2 PM, Friday, April 20, 2018 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in Carpenter Cemetery at Hickory Flats in Erbacon.

Friends may join the family for visitation one hour prior to the service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Homein Webster Springs is honored to be serving the Skidmore family.

Nancy Louise Putnam

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Nancy Louise Putnam

Age 77, of Elizabeth, WV passed away April 16, 2018 at her residence.

She was born July 05, 1940 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Franklin Dale “Jim” and Mary Elizabeth Heater Spears.

Nancy was a postmaster with the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years before her retirement. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Moose, Harrisville. She had been a volunteer and instrumental in starting the Ritchie County Emergency Services. She was a member of Camden Ave., Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Van Martin Putnam; children, Mary Louise Foster (Larry) of Petroleum, WV; Dale Martin Putman of Lubeck, Gale Marvin Putnam (Char) of Petroleum, Kimberly Diane Echard (Raymond) of Walker, WV; Tammy Dawn Higgins (Larry) of Petroleum and Gregory Van Putnam (Brandy Sommerville) of Hartford, WV; seventy two grandchildren and great grandchildren and sister, Myrtle Metz of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by brother Franklin Dale Spears, Jr. and a grandson, Gale Thomas Putnam.

A memorial service will be held to honor Nancy who graciously donated her body to WVU School of Medicine, 3 PM, Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Smithville Community Bldg.

Covered dish dinner will follow.

Raiguel Funeral Home assisted the family.

Mary Lea West (nee Sampson)

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Mary Lea West (nee Sampson)

Passed away in the early hours of Saturday April 14, 2018 after having battled severe illness for the past few months.

Mary was born March 07, 1953 in Grantsville, WV to Oral “Hoot” and Ruby Sampson.

Mary’s early life was centered around Grantsville and the surrounding area with her siblings, Ellen Cohen (Sampson), Otis “Otie” Sampson, Willard Sampson and Kenneth “Kenny” Sampson. Mary graduated from Calhoun County High School, and worked in various areas to include BF Goodrich. Mary married and had one son of her own and mothered her two stepsons, Travis West and Tracy West. In most recent years Mary worked with the Department of Health and Human Services as an administrative assistant.

Mary was a witty and cheerful person who worked hard, and loved to spend time with family and friends as much as possible. Mary was a talented individual who always looked forward to a new project to work on. Her numerous hobbies included gardening, camping and quilting.

Mary is survived by her fiance Robert “Bob” Carpenter, her siblings Ellen Cohen, Otis “Otie” Sampson and Willard Sampson, her son Kenneth “KC” West and family, Matthew Carpenter and family, Melissa George (Carpenter) and family as well as numerous extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 7 PM with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Zella Marie Keen

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Zella Marie Keen

Age 65, of Gassaway, WV passed away on April 15, 2018 due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

She was born September 10, 1952 to the late Loring Carte and Mamie Lou Gill Carte.

Also preceding her in death were three brothers, two sisters, and grandson, James Christopher Haley.

With a Christian heart, Zella was a helping hand to everyone. She was a very positive person and loved life. She loved her grandchildren. Gardening and baking were her hobbies and she made the best apple pies from scratch.

Zella is survived by son, Bradley (Becky) Adkins of Dog Run, WV; daughters, Valerie Adkins of Dog Run, WV, Sonya (Aaron) Williams also of Dog Run, WV, Misty Dawn (Clayton) Windon of Iron Station, NC, and Tonya Alisa Haley of Gassaway; sisters, Lorraine Snyder, Darlene Jackson, and Dorothy Arlene McMillion. She is also survived by grandchildren, Courtney (Skyler) Sattler, Ryan Adkins, Tyler (Morgan) Williams, Marissa Williams, Landon Williams, Alexis Haley, Ethan Haley, Jocelyn Haley, Cheyenne Windon, and Zack Windon; great-grandchildren, Levi Williams and Skyler Sattler.

Funeral Service will be 2 PM Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Kenneth Adkins, officiating.

Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery, Harrison, WV.

Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach funeral Home, Gassaway.

Cheryl Colette Phillips

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Cheryl Colette Phillips

Age 49, of Gassaway, WV passed away April 15, 2018.

She was born September 08, 1968 in St. Louis, MO.

Cheryl was a manager at the Gassaway Long John Silver’s Restaurant. Being with her friends was Cheryl’s favorite hobby.

She is survived by her, daughter, Hannah Schoate of St. Louis, MO; parents, David and Catherine Jacobsmeyer Davies of St. Louis, MO and brother, Steve Davies of St. Louis, MO.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Cheryl will be cremated following the service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Willis Duaine Kemper

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Willis Duaine Kemper

Age 75 of Cox’s Mills, WV (Newberne Road community) departed this life in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following an extended illness.

Born May 11, 1942 in Newberne, WV, Willis is the son of the late George and Louise Cutlip Kemper.

Willis was a graduate of Weston High School, class of 1960. He built houses for many years before becoming a heavy equipment operator for the Department of Highways from which he retired on June 1, 2004. In his spare time, Willis enjoyed hunting, fishing, building and fixing things, helping others, living the quiet life in Newberne, and he was a Christian by faith.

On December 07, 1971 Willis was united in marriage to Gloria Lester Kemper, who preceded him in death in March 2008

Surviving are 2 children, Steven Eric Kemper and wife Jeanne of Mt Hope, WV; and Leigh Ann Kemper-Belin and husband Donald of Matthews, NC; and 3 brothers, George David Kemper and wife Florence Anne of Newberne, Joseph C. Kemper and wife Kathy of Newberne, and Larry A. Kemper and wife Betty of Lewisburg, WV.

Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Matthew, Mason, and Mitchell Mullmann, Nychele, Brie-Anne, and Rebekah Kemper, and Drew and Casey Turner and numerous nieces, nephews, and   other family and friends.

Along with his wife and parents, Willis is preceded in death by 1 brother, sister-in-law, and nephew, Russell, Mary Ann, and Patrick D. Kemper all in 1981.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 11:00 AM; Saturday, April 21, 2018 with Rev. Steven Eric Kemper officiating.

Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Cox’s Mills.

Friends will be received from 5-8 PM Friday evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Willis Duaine Kemper with arrangements.

Virginia Ruth Hinkle

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Virginia Ruth Hinkle

Age 90, of Mulberry Street, Weston, WV passed away at 5 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center, where she had resided since 2015.

She was born in Stunsville, OH on June 20, 1927 a daughter of the late George G. Yeager and Locia B. Dulley Yeager.

On June 08, 1964 she married John Claude Hinkle Sr. and they celebrated three years of marriage before his passing on June 04, 1967.

She is survived by one daughter, Delores Jean Sharps of Weston; great niece and nephew whom she loved and raised like her own children: Melinda Waybright and husband David, of Elkins, WV; and Jasper Yeager and wife, Jami, of Weston; four grandchildren: Jennifer Cawthan and husband, Joe, of Weston, Herbert Eugene Blake and wife, Effie, of Weston, Richard “Ritchie” Blake and wife, Brenda of Buckhannon, WV; and Vonda Gibson and husband, Robert, of Buckhannon; nine great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; one sibling, Dorothy Carpenter of Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Earl Parker Radcliff; nine siblings: Woodrow Pringle, Richard Pringle, Orvel Pringle, James Thomas Yeager, Leona Yeager, Flora Richards, Cleo Yeager, Biddie Sprouse, and Genevieve Workman; and a son-in-law, Buck Sharps.

Virginia was a loving and devoted homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, quilting, feeding the birds, and spending time with her family.

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 Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

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

Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Virginia Ruth Hinkle.

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