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The Free Press WV Age 93, of Orma, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Gordon was born on September 30, 1925, the son of the late Harley and Louise Schoolcraft [....]  Read More
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Guy Gordon Schoolcraft

Age 93, of Orma, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Gordon was born on September 30, 1925, the son of the late Harley and Louise Schoolcraft. He was an Army/Navy Veteran, a union carpenter by trade and a member of the Minnora Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Hope Schoolcraft, his son Steve (Sherry) of Parkersburg, WV; his daughter Barbara (Danny) Jarvis of Orma, his son-in-law Dave Cottrell of Orma, his brother Leon of Lorraine, OH, his loving sister-in-law Alice Conley, his granddaughters and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Cottrell, his grandson Brian and three brothers and three sisters.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg. WV.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Following his final wishes, he will be cremated and buried at a later time in the Minnora Cemetery.

Herschel Franklin Yost

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Herschel Franklin Yost

Age 85, of Chloe, WV passed away early Monday morning October 15, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV on July 18, 1933, to the late Thomas “Tom” Yost and Evelyn “Maude” Vincent Arnold of Chloe, WV.

He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 and was retired from Ford in Brookpark, OH.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Hatten Yost of Chloe, WV; children, Millie Norris of Rittman, OH; Frank (Patty) Yost; Bill (Wannetta) Yost; Theresa (Gary) Gatten all of Creston, OH; Don (Jen) Yost of Killbuck, OH; two brothers, Bernard Yost of Chardon, OH; Jerry Yost of Rittman, OH; 24 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda K Hostetler of Creston, OH; and his brother Hubert Yost of WV.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg WV. Rev. Tim Hickman will officiate. Friends and family will gather at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Priscilla Iris Smith Hechler

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Priscilla Iris Smith Hechler

Age 61, of Seminole, FL., passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018 at home under the care of her sister Phyllis Owen and hospice.

She was born on February 8, 1957 in Buckhannon, WV.

She was preceded in death by her biological parents, Hoy H. and Madalene Shreve Smith and later her adopted parents, Monzel Smith and Pauline “Polly” Smith who survives of Silver Springs, MD.

In addition to her biological parents and adopted father, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Allen “Tom”, Ernest H. and Gilbert “Gib” Smith; one sister, Francis “Sis” Harris; her beloved dog, Cocoa and her very dear friend, Mike Kennedy. In addition to her adopted mother, she is also survived by three brothers, Frank Smith and wife Donna, Melvin Smith and wife Jean all of Buckhannon, Roger Smith of Roanoke, WV; five sisters, Sheila Rakes and husband Carl of Blacksburg, VA, Phyllis Owen of WI, Alice Simpson and husband Rusty of Weston, WV, Judy Smith and Christene Lipps both of Buckhannon and several nieces and nephews.

Priscilla retired from Chief Compliance Officer at Trans America in Tampa, FL. She was involved with Habitat for Humanity, worked on the Vietnam Memorial in D.C., Relay for Life, Make A Wish Foundation and her Church where she loved working with the children in the nursery and was in the choir. Priscilla loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest, traveling all over the world, spending time with her dear friends and family which was a big part in her life. She was loved by all and will be missed deeply by those who knew and loved her.

In honoring Priscilla’s wishes she will be cremated and put to rest at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Buckhannon, WV.

A memorial service will be held 2 PM on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at The Way of Holiness Church with Pastor Jerry Murrell officiating.

In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to one of her favorite charities or to the church.

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

Gracelynn Hope Devericks

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Gracelynn Hope Devericks

Just 11 days after blessing this Earth, Gracelynn Hope Devericks gained her beautiful angel wings on Monday, October 15, 2018 surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Morgantown on October 04, 2018 a daughter of Joseph Tyler Devericks and Ashley Dawn Hawkins.

In addition to her parents, Gracelynn will be forever missed by two siblings: twin sister, Everly Faith Devericks, and older sister, Heidi Nicole Watson; five grandparents: Ralph and Delsie Goodwin, and Tina Lane all of Buckhannon, WV; Daniel Devericks of Coalton, and James Hawkins of Weston, WV; two great grandparents: Madeline Lane of Walkersville, WV; and Alice Devericks of Buckhannon; one great-great grandparent, Betty Lane of Rock Cave, WV; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Gracelynn has joined her six great grandparents: Loat and Ethel Cogar, Larry Lane, Mary Cogar, Calvin Hawkins, and Joe Devericks; and one great-great grandparent, Jim Lane in Heaven.

Although her time on this Earth was short, Gracelynn was precious to her mother, father and entire family. She will remain in their hearts while sleeping amongst the soft clouds of Heaven until they meet again.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Jane Lew with Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Road. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Gracelynn Hope Devericks.

Claude William Bill

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Claude William Bill

Age 76, of Weston, WV passed from this life on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

His parents, Claude R. and Myrtle M. Reising Bill, welcomed him to the world in Sewickley, PA, on August 08, 1942 and have surely rejoiced as they welcomed him to Heaven.

Claude is survived by two brothers: John H. “Jack” Bill of Sarasota, FL, and Frank Merrit Bill of Corydon, IN; and two nephews: John A. Bill of New Albany, IN, and Frank Bill, Jr., of Corydon, IN.

Master Sergeant Bill, was a Vietnam Veteran who was honorably discharged after 23 years of faithful service to his county in the United States Army. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13

Claude spent the next 15 years with The Texas Department of Corrections in the capacity of Captain while heading the Legal/Law Library.

Unfortunately, Claude had been in poor health for the past 2 years and had undergone the rigors of a 3 times per week dialysis regimen. His spirit remained intact and he stayed active in local service clubs such as VFW and American Legion. He had many friends and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

The Gospel of 2 Timothy 4:7-8 very aptly applies to his life: “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day: and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Claude’s wishes to be cremated have been honored and his family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date.

We, at The Pat Boyle Funeral Home located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, were honored and privileged to serve Master Sergeant Claude William Bill and his family.

We appreciate his long military service.

Thaney Neomi Sprouse

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Thaney Neomi Sprouse

Age 75, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 surrounded by loving family.

In Brownwood, TX, on February 15, 1943, Thaney was one of twelve children who blessed the lives of the late Carson and Whitty Tabor Walters.

Thaney is survived by three children: Kenneth and Stacey Raulston both of Camden, and Ronald Raulston and wife, Rhonda, of Roanoke; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As a CNA for Home Health, Thaney’s kind and compassionate nature was evident. She loved to collect things including: clocks, Indians, and costume jewelry, most of which she found doing her favorite thing, yardsaling. Thaney also loved classic country music. Two of her favorite artists were Conway Twitty and George Jones.

Thaney’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 8613 Georgetown Rd in Roanoke, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with Thaney’s final expenses.

Donations may be directly to the Pat Boyle Funeral Home at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, WV 26378.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Thaney Neomi Sprouse.

Millard Ray Wiant

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Millard Ray Wiant

Age 82, of Spencer, WV, passed away October 03, 2018, at home.

Ray was born July 01, 1936, at Glenville, WV, the son of the late Ray and Katrina Powell Wiant.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Wiant; son, Ronald “Ronnie” Wiant; and brother-in-law, Carry J. Reed.

He was a retired surveyor, an Air Force veteran and a graduate of Spencer High School, Class of 1954. Ray was a Christian and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Spencer. His hobbies included reading, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include two sisters, Clara Everett of Vienna, WV and Sheila Reed of Parkersburg, WV; two nieces, Carrie (Darren) Smith and Katrina Reed; nephew, Robin (Beth) Reed; three grand nieces, Kristen (Loren) Cullum, Mackenzie Reed and Kailey Reed; step nephew, Zack Hively.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Spencer, with the Rev. Mark Wood officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is assisting with arrangements.

Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson

Age 86, of Grantsville, WV passed away at her home on October 12, 2018.

Jackie was born in Calhoun County, WV on August 13, 1932, a daughter of the late Mary Edith Gainer and was the last member of her immediate family.

She was a 60 year member of First Baptist Church of Grantsville and a 60 year member of OES and a past Worthy Matron. Jackie served twelve years on the Calhoun Board of Education and was the first woman to serve as president. She was a member of Calhoun Development Corporation, and was a former Girl Scout and 4-H Leader.

Jackie was an employee of Rubber Fabricators, A & P Store, Calhoun County Committee on Aging, and Nationwide Insurance Company.

She loved to be outside working in her many flower beds and keeping her grounds manicured and ready for the next Easter egg hunt, graduation party, sleigh riding, and Christmas decorations.

Jackie is survived by four daughters, Deborah (David) Campbell, Pamela (Ron) Holbert, Charlotte (Glen) Siegrist, and Shara (Mike) Arison; two grandchildren, Robert K. Campbell and Ellen A. Campbell; two great-grandchildren, Kail and Jarrett Campbell; eight step-grandchildren, fifteen step-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, Jackie is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth H. Robinson, brother, Willis (Tom) Gainer, sisters Glenna Burroughs, Ruby Brown, and Emogene Hileman.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Grantsville with Rev. Ron Chesser and Bob Bailey officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

Patricia Irene Pyatt Jenkins

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Patricia Irene Pyatt Jenkins “PJ”

Age 79, formerly of Cairo, WV, flew up to Heaven into the arms of Jesus to join her great granddaughter Cailyn Renea Lynch on October 13, 2018, after a long battle with Dementia/Alzheimers.

Patricia was born October 24, 1938 to Nathan Chester Pyatt and Clarestine Dulaney.

She leaves behind three sons, Rick, Randy (Cindy), and Rob (Mona) all of Vienna, WV; one sister, Jean (Sam) of Jacksonsville,FL; granddaughter, Jennifer Serpas of New Orleans, LA and her children, Jared, Troy Jr. and Hailey Eve; granddaughter, Stacy Lynch (Aaron) of Walker, WV and their children, Caleb, Caden, Colten, and Adalynn; grandson, Brandon Jenkins of Vienna, WV; granddaughter, Chyrse Jenkins of Vienna, WV and her daughter Kelsey; grandson, Steven Jenkins of Parkersburg, WV and his daughter Kamiron. Also a special thanks to nurse Jennifer Gibson for years of taking care of her princess.

Patricia worked for many years at the Ritchie Needle Garment Factory, was the mayor of Cairo, WV, and worked at H&R Block most of her life. Patricia enjoyed life and loved spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter Stacy. They were two peas in a pod and made a lifetime of wonderful memories together. They even joked by calling themselves Dumb & Dumber. Patricia loved riding bikes on the North Bend Rail Trail, going to North Bend State Park, gardening, and running her Hillbilly Gift Shop. She loved animals, watching movies, reading, and collecting marbles and Dale Earnhardt stuff.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her lifelong companion of 37 years, Dale “Doc” Powell and her great granddaughter Cailyn Renea Lynch.

Cards may be sent to 1719 Cantwell Ridge Road, Walker, WV 28180.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Pastor Randall Fusion officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Cairo IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12 PM - 2 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Rodger William Byrd

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Rodger William Byrd

Age 66, of Smithville, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 12, 2018, at his residence.

Rodger was born January 31, 1952 at home in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Glenmer “Dude” and Dolly (Pugh) Byrd.

Rodger was a loyal friend of the Barker family, store, and tire shop where he had lasting friendships with everyone. He was previously employed by Troy Mills in Harrisville, WV and North Bend State Park and was the unofficial mayor of Smithville, WV. Rodger’s world revolved around his grandchildren and spoiling them with candy.

He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Freeland (Matt) of Smithville, WV and Lindsay Byrd (Eric Flevaris) of Harrisville, WV; grandchildren, Madison Freeland (Brandon Gier); Aaron-Matthew Freeland; William Barniak and Waylon Barniak; soon to be great granddaughter, Brezlyn Reign Gier; brothers, Randy Byrd of Burnt House, WV; Richard Byrd of Parkersburg, WV, and Johnny Byrd of Troy, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Fern Byrd, Charlotte Bailey; Bonnie Byrd Bailey, Buddy “Little Bud” Byrd, and Gene Byrd.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Monday, October 15, 2018, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Pastor Mike Hardbarger officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hazelgreen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 PM - 8 PM on Sunday, at the funeral home.

Tayula Cogar

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Tayula Cogar

Age 80, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born September 12, 1938 in Webster Springs, WV, the daughter of the late Agreat Cogar & Madelyn Smith Cogar Jenkins. She was a homemaker and a farmer.

Tayula is survived by her son, Clifford McCourt (Viola) of Sutton; daughters, Erma Crites (Farrell), Betty Rose all of Sutton, Margarette Helmick (Larry) of Little Birch, WV; sister, Mamie Smith of Glenville, WV; 10 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 6 step great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Cogar Cemetery, Sutton, with Rev Teddy Legg officiating.

Greene-Robertson Funeral home is humbled to have served the Cogar family.

Icie Marie Riffle

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Icie Marie Riffle

Age 55, of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the comfort of her home.

She was born in Weston, WV on April 28, 1963 a daughter of the late Harold William and Vernie Mae Ables Riffle.

Icie is survived by one son, Keith Jamale Branch and wife, Erin, of Chicago, IL; two sisters: Patty Reed and husband, Ronald, of Lost Creek, WV; and Connie Riffle of Jane Lew, WV; one best friend and loyal companion, Spitfire; five nieces and nephews: Andy and Tyler Reed both of Lost Creek, Jonathan Scott Riffle, Kristol Riffle, and Jessica Cayton and husband, Steven, all of Weston; and six great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, one brother, William “Rick” Riffle, preceded Icie in death.

Icie’s strong and independent personality led her to join the United States Air Force at the tender age of 19. She spent 10 years in the service of her country and for that we are grateful. She spent the rest of her working years as a Home-care Provider with the Upshur County Senior Center as well as a cook for the Ole Mill restaurant. All the while, she was raising her son.

Icie enjoyed the comfort of a good book, but more often than not, her hands were busy at something. She created wonderful things with her knitting needles and crochet hooks. Her love of baking could be tasted in everything she made. Everyone she baked for agreed that she made the best bread.

In following Icie’s wishes, there will be a private family funeral service before her cremation.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, appreciate the military service of Icie Marie Riffle and it is our honor and privilege to serve her and her family.

Timothy Paul Crutchfield

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Timothy Paul Crutchfield

Age 60, of Burnsville, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on June 24, 1958 a son of the late Paul Lionel and Edith Rosemary Riffle Crutchfield.

On May 10, 1985 he married Janette Cosner who survives him. Timothy is also survived by two children: Dustin Crutchfield of Glenville and Cortney Crutchfield of Burnsville.

In addition to his parents, one sister, Pauletta “Penny” Crutchfield Ramsey, preceded him in death.

Timothy was a 1976 graduate of Braxton County High School and, like his father, was a longtime member of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department. A truck driver by trade, he had previously worked for Furr Trucking and the Juliana Mining Company before taking a position with the West Virginia Division of Highways at their Gassaway garage where he had worked for the past 19 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 14 Burnsville, WV 26335.

Timothy’s request for cremation and no funeral service has been honored although the family does invite friends to attend a benefit dinner for the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, October 20 at the Burnsville Community Building between 5:00-7:30 PM.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mr. Crutchfield.

Hubert Forest Foster

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Hubert Forest Foster

Age 92, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 05, 2018.

He was born in Weston, WV on July 05, 1926 a son of the late Raymond C. Foster and Rose Williams Karfelt.

He is survived by one niece, Deborah Smith of Islamorada, FL; and best friend Thomas Bonnett of Weston.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two siblings: Earl Foster and Dora Ann Smith.

Hubert was a glass blower for many years and a cook for Weston State Hospital. He had a love and talent for photography, which earned him two displays in the Smithsonian Institute. He also took photographs for the newspaper in the 40’s and 50’s to accompany the articles being reported. He was an avid traveler and had seen much of the U.S. Hubert was always very generous and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need.

Hubert’s request for direct burial with no service has been honored.

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 Hubert Forest Foster.

Margie Ellen Smith

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Margie Ellen Smith

Age 61, of Camden Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness.

She was born in Clay County, WV on December 12, 1956: daughter of the late Leeroy Crihfield and Mary (Meadows) Crihfield Myers.

On October 26, 1984, she married Robert Lee Smith, who survives.

Margie is also survived by two sons: Bobby Lee Smith and wife Trisha of Lost Creek and Thomas Robert Smith of Weston and two grandchildren: Myka and Ryker Smith. She is also survived by three brothers: Charlee Crihfield of Amma, WV, Donnie Crihfield and Roy Crihfield both of Akron, OH, two sisters: Judy Maynor of Pinch, WV and Rolena Seabolt of Weston and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margie was preceded in death by one sister: Alice Hughes.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She earlier had worked as a clerk at a convenience store. She was a member the Weston Church of God. She enjoyed reading and studying her Bible and watching evangelists on TV. But her greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

Private funeral services will be held from the Weston Church of God on 4th Street at the convenience of the family.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Margie Ellen Smith.

Dayton Leon Ables

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Dayton Leon Ables

Age 74, of Sutton, West Virginia passed away on October 04, 2018 after a long battle with Mystania Gravis.

Known as Rivers to his friends, he was born at home in Gilmer County, West Virginia on February 05, 1944.

As a toddler he was sent with his brothers and sisters to make the required head count to the Baldwin School. At about 8 or 9 years old his father, Granville William Ables, decided to move to Ohio, so he and Addie (Lattea) packed all the children and moved up near Diamond, Ohio where Rivers grew up hunting and trapping on the local lake and rivers.

At 17 he decided to go into the Air Force where he served Honorably and was discharged in California where he decided to stay until he retired. While there he worked as a Labor Foreman in Commercial Masonry, helped start and build the Local 165 Union from which he and his crews helped rebuild all of the state capital and downtown area, which at that time was about 6 city blocks. When he retired in 1995 and moved back to West Virginia, the City of Sacramento was over 40 miles across, there were few commercial jobs involving masonry that he was not part of. He was also an Operating Engineer.

Dayton played as hard as he worked, he enjoyed dirt bikes, fishing, hunting (anything), camping, 4 wheeling, he was an outdoorsman.

Dayton was preceded in death by both his parents, Granville William Ables and Addie (Lattea) Ables as well as all his siblings: Harold of Diamond, OH; Nancy of Ohio; Mary Louise of Buckhannon, WV; Bessie of Ohio; Ray of Ohio; Maxine of Ohio, Robert of Ohio and Carol Marie of Ohio.Dayton is survived by his son, Barry (Shelia) Ables, Urbana, Ohio and 6 grandchildren and wife, Maryetta of Sutton, WV, who would like to express our deepest appreciation to West Virginia Caring who provided palliative and hospice care for our family and to the Hubbard Hospice House who opened their doors and their hearts to Dayton. In lieu of flowers donations to WV Caring would be most appropriate.

Noah (Junior) Heater

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Noah (Junior) Heater

Born May 06, 1944 in Burnsville, WV passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He is the son of the late Howard “Foss” Heater and Irene “Sis” (Helmick) Heater.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Kimberly Dawn Heater and husband Bryan of Chapel, WV, Lisa Dawn Womack and husband, Chris, St. Albans, WV and Lori Ann Smith of Nitro, WV; 6 grandchildren, Haley, Sydney, Kacie, Chloe, Carson and Mason and 1 great grandchild, Tripp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers Tom, Roy, Richard and Sam and sister Louise.

He was married to his wife, Lena Marie (Pritt) Heater, on January 05, 1987 whom he made his home with.

He is survived by 2 sisters Betty Nicholson, Burnsville, WV and Billie Gill, Burnsville, WV; brother, Freman (Sugar) Nicholson, Burnsville, WV.

He was a graduate of Burnsville High School Class of 1962 where he was a great football player. He worked construction for Laborer’s Union for thirty-five years. He enjoyed watching football and hunting, listening to the oldies and Bluegrass music.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 2-5 PM.

Funeral Services will immediately follow at 5:00 PM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronzel Roberts and Larry Wine officiating.

In keeping with his wishes he will then be cremated and his remains will be buried at Knight Cemetery at a later date.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be assisting the Heater Family in honoring the Life of Noah (Junior) Heater.

Francis J. “Frank” Lydon

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Francis J. “Frank” Lydon

Age 71, of 5598 Churchville Road, Camden, WV passed away October 10, 2018.

He was born on November 24, 1946 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clarksburg, WV.

He was the son of the late John F. and Rita A. (Murray) Lydon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, John F. Lydon, Jr.

Surviving are his children: John M. Lydon (wife Sandy) of North Ridgeville, Ohio and Sherry M. Havlik of Brunswick, Ohio. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Sarah Cross of Brunswick, Ohio, Madison Lydon and Megan Lydon of North Ridgeville, Ohio. His surviving siblings are James P. Lydon (wife Patricia), Edward L. Lydon (wife Susan) and Rita B. Santos (husband James). Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Michael P. Lydon, Pamela Wood (Travis), Joyce White (Kevin), Janice Lydon, Nancy Campbell (Doug), Laura Colbert (Dave) and James Rhodes and several great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lydon graduated from St. Patrick High School, Glenville State, Case Western and Fairmont State.

In his career, he worked as an accountant and manager at Kaiser Pernanete, controller for Higbee Company, senior executive for Premier Industrial Corporation where he was responsible for seven divisions located in 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. He moved to England in 1984 and became the senior executive in charge of eight corporations in England, France, Holland, Germany and Belgium. He had four hundred and five airline flights and numerous rail trips while traveling the “continent”. Following his European employment, he moved back to West Virginia, worked for his brother, Ed, at J & E Contractors and eventually started his own electrical business.

Frank loved flying; he was a private pilot; He was an ardent skier having spent much time on the slopes in West Virginia and the eastern United States.

Along with his regular employment, he was a teacher of accounting and finance at Lorain County Joint Vocational School and at Cleveland State University for four and six years respectively. He held a real-estate license in Ohio and West Virginia.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11 AM until 1:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 2 PM from St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston with Reverend James R. DeViese, Jr. as celebrant.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Francis J. “Frank” Lydon.

Myrtie Given

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Myrtie Given

Age 86, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio.

She was born June 15, 1932 in Sutton, WV to the late John and Floda (Belkamp) Dennison.

On January 21, 1950 she married Eugene R. Given, he preceded her in death on April 24, 2009.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Roberta) Given of CO., Jerry (Connie) Given of Cincinnati, OH., Karen (Anthony) Kelly of CO.; her brother, John (Claudine) Dennison of Sutton, WV.; her sister, Sue Ellen; 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, October 12, 2108 at Skidmore Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Given family.

John Franklin Deem

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John Franklin Deem

Passed away October 10, 2018 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

Frank was born March 20, 1928 in Harrisville, WV. He was the son of Lyla Matheny and Fulton S. Deem.

He was a business man who graduated from Harrisville High School; attended Mountain State Business College, WVU and graduated with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He owned Frank Deem’s Market in Harrisville, Frank Deem Chevrolet in St. Marys and was owner and operator of JF Deem Oil and Gas for more than 50 years. Frank believed in serving his state and his country. He served in the US Navy during WWII. Frank was a long time member of the West Virginia Legislature serving in both the House and Senate in every decade from the 1950’s to present.

He was very proud that he designed and built North Bend Golf Course in Harrisville.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca Lewellyn Deem, six children: Debbie Basham (Frank), Pam Howard (Bob), Patti Snodgrass (Gail), Mike Deem (Robeyn), Kathy Coatney (Terry), John Deem; and two step children: Zachary Wilson (Bethany), Catherine Shuman (Ben). He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the WV House of Delegates, Parkersburg Rotary (where he was a Harris Fellow), Parkersburg Country Club, Sons of the American Revolution, Independent Oil and Gas Association, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, United States Golf Association, and attended First Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of the WVUP Foundation.

Frank was a supporter of the West Virginia Symphony, The Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Art Center, and the Ritchie County Golf Program. He also supported education and was responsible for improvements in school grounds throughout the county.

He was a dedicated public servant who said,” It was a privilege to have a voice and a vote.”

Memorials may be sent to The Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, the Senator Frank Deem Fund at the Parkersburg Community Foundation, and First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg Founders Trust.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 12 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church (1341 Juliana St.) Saturday, October 13th at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior the service.

Oran L. “Jim” Siers

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Oran L. “Jim” Siers

Age 82, resident of Cross Lanes, WV, formerly of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday, October 09, 2018, after a short stay at Teays Valley Center.

Jim was born April 10, 1936, in Floe, WV, a son of the late Orla Siers and Ora Boggs Siers.

At age 16 he graduated from Clay County High School in 1952. Jim retired in 1996 from Monongahela Power Company as a right of way agent after more than 35 years. He then served as a consultant in the oil and gas industry in the same capacity.

Jim was a 32 degree Mason and Shriner. He was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Lakers. He also enjoyed rooting for whomever was playing the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He will be sadly missed by his three daughters, Marlena (Bob) Maynard of Alpine Lake, WV, Judy Romano of Raleigh, NC, and Jamie (Eric) Click of Cross Lanes, WV; grandsons Chase (Liz) Maynard of Ocala, FL, James Romano of Raleigh, NC, John “Jack” Siers Romano of Raleigh, NC, Will Click of Cross Lanes, and Sam Click of Cross Lanes. He is also survived by a sister, Dorma Conley, of Chloe, WV.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Lou Jones Siers; beloved grandson, Shane Maynard; and sister Libby Arnold.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 21, at 1:00 PM at the Big Otter Community Center in Ivydale, WV.

Cards of sympathy may be sent to 5321 Shadowbrook Road, Charleston, WV, 25313.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Lou Stansberry

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Betty Lou Stansberry

Age 86 of Stuart Avenue, West Union, WV passed away on Tuesday October 09, 2018 in her residence.

She was born on October 07, 1932 at Sunnyside, Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Avery and Pearl Wolfe Fleming.

On December 22, 1950 she married Hunter Cline Stansberry who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey Hunter Stansberry and wife Margaret, Albert Lea, MN, Rodney Cline Stansberry, Harrisville, WV; grandchildren,  Shane Stansberry and wife Abagail, Acworth, GA, Erin Menhart and husband Michael, Canton, GA, Ryan Stansberry, Kennesaw, GA, Gunner Stansberry, Harrisville, Great-grandchildren, Desmond and Connor Stansberry, Christopher and Orla Menhart.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Gaughan.

Betty had been employed as a secretary for the Doddridge County Health Department and Extension Office. She was a behind the scenes fundraiser for the youth of Doddridge County for 64 years. She was a Co-Citizen of the year for Doddridge County in 2016. Betty was a former secretary for the 4-H, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the West Union Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street West Union on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Ken Kelley presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the Spurgeon Funeral Home on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 4-8 PM and from 9 AM to time of service on Friday.

Please do not send flowers, but instead if you so choose, make donations to the Coach and Betty Stansberry Scholarship Fund, 70 Stuart Ave. West Union, WV 26456.

Spurgeon Funeral home is privileged to serve the Stansberry family.

Herbert Hoover Tolliver

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Herbert Hoover Tolliver

Age 89, formerly of Crawford, WV, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2018, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg.

He was born November 06, 1928, in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Hugh and Ora Heavner Tolliver.

On November 19, 1966, he was united in marriage to Freda Gay McCartney Curtis Tolliver, who survives in Buckhannon.

Also surviving are two step daughters: Phyllis McCartney and husband Raymond of French Creek, WV and Patricia Curtis of Crawford; four step grandsons: Michael Hall and wife Tina of Webster Springs, WV; Randall Hall and wife Donna of Walkersville, WV; Steve Hall of Walkersville, and Kenny Hall and wife Beckey of French Creek; seven step great grandchildren; one step great-great grandson; one sister-in-law Lorraine “Tillie” Tolliver of PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Herbert was also preceded in death by three brothers: Rex, Russell, and Donald; two sisters: Hazel and Nellie Lane; two nephews; and one niece.

Herbert enlisted with the U.S. Army on February 06, 1947, and was honorably discharged on June 30, 1948, after serving overseas as a corporal with the Military Police. He worked with this father on the railroad for a time, and then spent the majority of his adult life as a carpenter, building many homes. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and trapping. In later years, his interest turned to finding and transplanting wildflowers and he particularly enjoyed cultivating and tending his ramp patch. In addition, he was an avid reader.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5–8:00 PM, at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The funeral will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 11:00 AM, at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Robert F. Heavner officiating.

Interment will follow in the Wimer Cemetery at Straight Fork.

Richard Everrett Marks

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Richard Everrett Marks

Age 17, of Barberton, OH, died suddenly September 30, 2018 as a result of a house fire.

He was born March 31, 2001 at Barberton, OH, the son of Ernest Russell Marks and Sheila Ann Marlin Marks of Barberton, OH.

Richard was a senior at Barberton High School and attended vocational mechanic classes at Wadsworth High School. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors and doing mechanical work.

He is survived in addition to his parents; sister, Lynn-Ann Marie Marks; brothers, Ernest Russell Marks, Jr. and Anthony Clint Marks all of Barberton; step-mother, Tina Harbaugh; step-father, Robert G. Kiefer II; stepbrothers, Joshua Harbaugh, Kenny Carver and Quentin Carver; Paternal grandparents, Catherine and Gordie Marks of Harrisville, WV; uncles, Norman Andrews and Gordie Marks, Jr.; aunt, Rebecca Foster; great aunts, Wanita Helmick, Marie Adkins and PennyJo Catrone; and many cousins, friends and family.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Angeline and Richard Marlin.

Memorial services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 1-2 PM.

James Leroy Bennett

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James Leroy Bennett

Age 80 of Belpre, OH, formerly of Leatherbark Community, Ritchie County, WV, passed away at his residence on October 08, 2018.

He was born August 6, 1938 at Smithville, WV, the son of the late Homer R. and Hazel D. Kirby Bennett.

He was a farmer and had worked pipeline. He loved being in the woods, digging roots and enjoying nature.

He is survived by his brother George N. Bennett of Belpre, OH, Niece Emmie M. Jones of Belpre, OH and her children Rodney A. Jones & family of Parkersburg, WV, Anniebelle E. Jones & her family of Washington, WV, & Steven A. Jones of Jacksonville, FL. Niece Elizabeth & Greg Dawson of Grantsville, WV and their children Gregory Dawson & his family of Grantsville, WV and Derek Dawson of Parkersburg, WV. Step Niece Kelly Taylor of Coolville, OH and her family and Step Nephew Homer Krantz of Elizabeth, WV and his family.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer C. Bennett and Robert L. Bennett.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Friday, October 12, 2018 at Hardman Chapel, Smithville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Hardman Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Friday from 1-2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Raiguel Funeral Home on Mr. Bennett’s funeral account.

Oella Virginia Elder

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Oella Virginia Elder

Age 96, of Cairo, WV, passed away October 06, 2018 at her residence.

She was born August 8, 1922 at St. Marys, WV the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Cora Alice Seevers Cunningham.

Mrs. Elder was a homemaker and a member of Cairo Baptist Church. She enjoyed her family and gardening.

She is survived by five children, Keith Elder (Brenda) of Cairo, Joe Elder (Debby) of Norfolk, VA, Randall Elder of Cairo, Debbie Elder of Cairo, and Janice Blevins (Robert) of Cairo; sister, Emza Lowther of St. Marys; grandchildren, Chad Elder of NY, Brandon Elder of Cairo, Jennifer Petry of Cairo, James G. Petry of Youngstown, OH, and Angela Cook of Cairo; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Glenn Elder; grandson, Jeremiah Petry; and brothers, Clarence Cunningham, Ralph Cunningham, and sister, Opley Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Dean Ash officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cairo Masonic Cemetery.

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

James Roger Fallon, II

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James Roger Fallon, II

Age 48, of Monroe Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 08, 2018 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on November 26, 1969: son of the late Roger Fallon and Darlene (Suttle) Fallon.

James is also survived by two daughters: Mackenzie and Casey Fallon of Clarksburg, WV and 2 grandchildren: Carter and Hensley. He is also survived by one brother: Mike Fallon and wife Ann of Parkersburg, WV; one sister: Lisa Seelback and husband Wes of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Fallon was a parts manager of NAPA. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the class of 1988. His hobbies include fishing and playing video games. He loved his dog- Waggy.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of James Roger Fallon, II.

Deborah Lee Perris

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Deborah Lee Perris

Age 66, of Canonsburg, PA , formerly of Weston, WV, passed away on Sunday, October 07, 2018 in Family Hospice Center Pittsburgh, PA following an extended illness.

She was born in Grundy, VA on September 24, 1952: daughter of the late Ernest Keene and Roma (Baldwin) Keene.

On September 07, 1996, she married Ronald Perris, who preceded her in death on 2003.

Mrs. Perris is survived by her only child: Kevin L. Perris and wife Heather of Canonsburg, PA and three grandchildren: Kylee, Kenzie and Kennedy Perris. She is also survived by two brothers: Ralph Bradley of Fall Branch, TN and Charlie Keene of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ronald, Deborah was preceded in death by one brother: Bob Keene.

Mrs. Perris was a social worker for William A. Sharpe Hospital of Weston for several years and retired from the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center of Clarksburg. She graduated from West Virginia University of Morgantown, WV with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her hobbies include collecting bears, shopping, and going out with her friends. She loved to travel and especially enjoyed the beach. She also enjoyed helping her Veterans.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Brian Plum officiating.

Interment will follow services in Holy Cross Cemetery of Clarksburg, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Deborah Lee Perris.

Warder Lee “June” Stout, Jr.

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Warder Lee “June” Stout, Jr.

Age 89 of Grassy Creek, WV passed away on Thursday October 04, 2018 at his home.

June was born May 31, 1929 in Sutton, WV and was the son of the late Warder Lee Stout Sr. and Eliza J. Davis Stout.

June retired from Simon, Saul & Steel and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper and enjoyed gardening and farming. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict and was awarded several medals during his service.

June is survived by his sons Toby Lee Stout of Lockport, NY and Steven Ray Stout of Torrington, WY; daughters Marilyn Marie Stout (Lonnie) Hypes of Braselton, GA and Vicky Ann Stout Kenna of Alachua, FL; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Wilda Vargo, Wanda Miller, and Francise Lambert; and several other extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Rosemary Lynn Stout Newton; son Daniel Scott Stout; two grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Monday, October 08, 2018 from 6-9 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at Fairview Cemetery, Webster Springs, WV.

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

Lois Lucille Oldaker

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Lois Lucille Oldaker

Age 86, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, October 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon.

She was born July 31, 1932 in Buckhannon,WV,  a son of the late Russell L. and Monta Blanche Waugaman Westfall.

On January 31, 1959 she married William B. Oldaker who preceded her in death on September 18, 2001.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Lynn E. Westfall.

She is survived by two sons, Bradley R. Oldaker of Weston, WV and Phillip William Oldaker of Morgantown, WV; one daughter, Lisa Michelle Oldaker-Palmer of North Grafton, MA; three grandsons, Alexander William and Benjamin Bradley Oldaker both of Weston and Ian Bruce Palmer of North Grafton and one granddaughter, Kara Elizabeth Westfall Palmer of North Grafton.

Mrs. Oldaker graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1950 and West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1954.

She was an English/Speech Teacher for the Buckhannon-Upshur High School from 1955-1959, a teacher in Montgomery County, MD from 1959-1962, a substitute school teacher for Upshur County Schools from 1977-1984 and an English Teacher for Buckhannon-Upshur High School from 1984-1998. Mrs. Oldaker was a former member of the Upshur County Association of Retired School Employees and the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees.

A private service will be held for the family.

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

Larry Gale Pifer

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Larry Gale Pifer

Age 70, departed this life on October 05, 2018 at Morgantown WV.

He was born June 16, 1948, in Ritchie County, WV the son of the late Donald Ray and Anna Mae Nichols Pifer.

Larry had worked in the construction trade as an electrician and was a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War era.

Larry is survived by a daughter, Kathy L. Carney (Dave), Sissonville, WV; son, Forral O. Pifer, Kenna, WV; brothers, Gregory A. Pifer, Spartanburg, SC, Richard L. Pifer, Friendswood, TX and James R. Pifer, Morehead City, NC; grandchildren, Orian Pifer and Claire Pifer.

Larry was preceded in death by his Parents.

Graveside services will be held on 3 PM Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro, WV.

Mozelle “Tootie” Justice

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Mozelle “Tootie” Justice

Age 72, passed away October0 6, 2018 at the home of her niece, Tina (John) Cottrell, of Weston, WV.

She was born on December 04, 1945 a daughter of the late Andrew and Mabel Sears Green.

She was a life-long resident of Louisville, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Justice; seven sisters, Virginia Hively, Genieve Beckett, Joetta Westfall, Mary Lou Smith, Alice “Punk” Green, Ada Green, and Elizabeth Green; three brothers, Kenneth Pettit, Robert Green, and Eugene Green; daughter-in-law, Michelle Bishop Justice, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She is survived by her two sons, Jarret Justice (Samantha) of Chloe, WV and Jamie Justice (Tammy) of Louisville, Ohio; two grandchildren, Shauna and Joseph Justice; four step-grandchildren, Madison and Austin Gribble and Coy and Allen Bailey; one sister, Brenda Holcomb (Carl Siers) of Sand Ridge, WV; three brothers, James Green (Ruth) of Evans, WV; Larry Green (Barbara) of Leesville, Ohio; and Cecil Green (Brenda) of Spencer, WV; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jamie Williamson and Rev. Lester Tanner officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday.

Interment will be in Lamb Cemetery.

Edward Joseph “Pop” Snyder

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Edward Joseph “Pop” Snyder

Age 69, of Grantsville, WV, escaped this mortal realm on Monday, October 01, 2018.

Pop, fatigued by obituaries, wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and being just plain ornery and mean for more than six decades. He loved music, women, cooking and westerns; not necessarily in that order.

He was born July 01, 1949, a son of the late Peter Joseph Snyder and Delcie “Peggy” Spurrier (Teal). 

He was also preceded in death by his sister Delcie “Susan” Spurrier.

Pop is survived by four sons: Jeff (Angel), Paul (Ann), Josh (Tammy) Campbell and John Snyder; and two daughters Kristy Gower and Shannon (Joe) May. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Pop was proud to serve in the United States Army and was recognized as a sharpshooter.

Following his wishes no public visitation or service will be held, a private family service will take place at a later date.

POP will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV.

Shirley Corbin

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Shirley Corbin

Passed away on September 27, 2018, in Evergreen, Colorado, after a battle with bone cancer.

Shirley was born December 28, 1936, a native of West Virginia, born and raised in Calhoun, WV.

Shirley was the daughter of the late Theresa Francis and Hall Francis of Grantsville. WV.

She was survived by her two children, Beth Griffin and Max Corbin.

Shirley was a homemaker and loved spending time with her grandchildren, Kyra Griffin and Amber Griffin.

Her memorial will be set at a later date.

Herman Frederick Nutter

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Herman Frederick Nutter

Age 94 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) graduated to heaven at 1:03 PM; Thursday, October 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness.

He was born October 25, 1923 in the Leopards Run Community of Braxton County, WV; son of the late Arthur and Carrie Gerwig Nutter.

Herman was a graduate of Normantown High School, class of 1946. He was a United States Army veteran having served during World War II. Herman served his country well and proud from April 1943 until December 1945. While in the military, he served during the invasion of France, the invasion of Germany, and the Battle of the Bulge. During his time in Europe, Herman proudly served under General George Patton and General Dwight D. Eisinhower.

Herman had quite a few jobs over the years. He worked for Forbes Construction Company, building the road from Cedarville to Copen, Glenn L. Martins Aircraft in Baltimore, MD (1960-1968). He worked as a route salesman for Capitol Bakers (1960-1968) and after returning to West Virginia, he was a night watchman at Glenville State College, until the job terminated in 1972. He then became a substitute bus driver and then a regular bus driver for the Gilmer County Board of Education until he had his first heart attack in 1975. Not long after that, he began working for the Department of Highways, having retired in 1986.

In his spare time, Herman was an avid bowler, hunter, and gardener. He loved to garden, plus he would plow 10-12 gardens for family and friends around the community each year. He raised a garden every year until 2017, when his health began to fail.

Herman is a Baptist by faith and has been a very active member of the Little Kanawha Independence Church in Burnsville for 38 years. He and Onidee have loved being a part of the Church, and want to thank each and every member for their thoughtfulness and compassion over the last 40 years.

On February 12, 1949 Herman was united in marriage to Onidee Reed Nutter. Their love and beautiful union lasted for 69 years and 7 months.

Along with his loving wife, Herman is survived by a granddaughter, Heather Weaver and husband Jeremy of Fredericksburg, OH; 3 great-grandsons, Zion, Tristian, and Ryker Weaver all of Fredericksburg, OH; 4 sisters, Lena Grace Rogers, Madeline Greenleaf, and Ernestine Sigman (Charles) all of Akron, OH; and Rachael Burke of Fairdale, WV;  1 Brother-in-law, David L. Reed and wife Jaunita of Belair, MD; and 1 sister-in-law, Mary Vines of Villages, FL.

Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

Along with his parents, Herman is preceded in death by his son, Frederick L. “Fred” Nutter, 1 brother, Robert Nutter, and 1 sister, Erma Lee Chaplin, 5 brother-in-laws, 1 sister-in-law, and one nephew.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Little Kanawha Independence Church in Burnsville at 1:00 PM; Tuesday October 09, 2018 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts and Rev. Norris Belcher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Frederick-Gerwig Cemetery on Toms Run (Braxton County) with Full Military honors provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends will be received from 5-8 PM Monday evening at the mortuary in Glenville and 1 hour prior to services at the church in Burnsville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to asst the family of Herman Nutter with arrangements.

Jo Ann Skidmore

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Jo Ann Skidmore

Age 63 of Tanner, WV; departed this life peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness.

She was born on November 25, 1954 in Lorraine, OH; daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boggs Skidmore.

Jo Ann was a graduate of Lorraine High School in Ohio, class of 1973 and she attended classes at Glenville State College.  Jo Ann worked as a teacher coordinator for the Gilmer County Head Start, she worked housekeeping supervisor for a time at Sunbridge Health Care in Glenville, and retired as a lineman for Simonton Windows in Ritchie County in 2013.

In her spare time, Jo Ann enjoyed reading, swimming, Stephen King books and movies, spending time with her family, and caring for her children and grandchildren whenever possible.

Surviving are her two loving children, Bill Wiant of Tanner, Jamie Frymier and husband David of Tanner, 4 grandchildren, Heidi Wiant of Concord University in Athens, WV; Savannah Stanley, Don Stanley III, and Madison Dodd all of Tanner, WV and 3 siblings, Kathy McCullough of Glenville, WV; Walter Skidmore and wife Irene of Ohio, and Rick Skidmore and wife Karen of Charleston, WV.

Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, family, and kids who always considered Jo Ann as their grandma.

Along with her parents, Joann is preceded in death by 2 siblings, Barbara McCullough and Bud Skidmore

A celebration of life honoring Jo Ann will be conducted at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Jo Ann Skidmore with arrangements.

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Rose Martz

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Gwendolyn “Gwen” Rose Martz

Age 92, of Jane Lew, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October ,04, 2018 in the comfort of her home.

She was born in Seaford, DE, on August 10, 1926, a daughter of the late Robert Oliver Boyce and Lila Friedel Boyce.

On March 29, 1952 she married Donald Grim Martz, and they shared just over 52 wonderful years before his passing on June 24, 2004.

Gwen’s faithful and gracious nature will be remembered by two children: Robert Forest Martz and wife, Catherine, of Durham, NC, and Linda Brodwater and husband, William, of Jane Lew; eight grandchildren: Christopher Martz of Los Angeles, CA, Matthew Martz of Greensboro, NC, Kristina Henson and husband, Joseph, of Durham, NC, Carrie Bennett and husband, Michael, of Mountain Home, AR, Laura Brodwater of Taylors, SC, Holly Veldman and husband, Neil, of Plymouth, WI, Whitney Brodwater of Greenville, SC, and William Brodwater IV and wife, Alicia, of Akron, OH; and ten great grandchildren: Karis, Elissa, Raena, Caleb, Titus, Abe, Abby, Zach, Caleb and Kaylie.

In addition to her parents and husband, Gwen was preceded in death by five older siblings: Oliver, George and Jimmy Boyce, Mary Eleanor Seals-Evans, and Violet McCarty.

Gwen grew up on a farm where her dad grew produce and raised chickens. This fostered a life-long love of gardening. She loved to adorn her home with fresh cut flowers from the yard.

In her younger years, Gwen loved the thrill of adventure and traveling. She studied cadet nursing at Lees McCrae College and then graduated from Appalachian Teachers College in Boone, NC. As a medical technologist, Gwen worked at Philadelphia General Hospital. When she became a wife she dedicated her life to her family and home. Her children grew up with the comfort and security of their mother always being in the home. Gwen enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing and playing the piano. She also loved the ocean and walking on the beach.

After 42 years of living in New Jersey, Gwen moved to WV in 2006 to be closer to family and made a home next door to her daughter. She set up housekeeping and attended West Milford Baptist Church. Gwen was often found engrossed in a novel or jigsaw puzzle. She was excited for family to visit and loved to bake for them. She was content and always optimistic.

Gwen’s request for cremation has been honored.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

Gwen would often say she preferred flowers while she was alive. In lieu of sending flowers, the family would prefer that donors plant flowers or a tree in her memory at or near their own homes.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Gwendolyn “Gwen” Rose Martz.

Leona B. Sears

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Leona B. Sears

Age 84 of Chloe, WV passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 06, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, while surrounded by her loving family.

She was born September 20, 1934 at Oka, a daughter of the late Samuel B. and Monie M. Burns Conley.

Leona attended the Minnora United Methodist Church, and loved traveling and spending time with family. She was also a fantastic cook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Sears; son, Stephen Sears; daughter, Cheryl Fross; brothers. Robert and Harlan; and sisters, Norma and Merle.

Survivors include a son, Michael “Mick” Sears of Chloe; daughter- in- law, Michele Sears of Chloe; granddaughters, Rebecca McClung and husband Jay of Belington, WV; Rachel Sears and significant other, John Swift of Alexandria, VA, and Julie Sears and significant other Jim Moneypenny of Mt. Zion, WV. She is also survived by great granddaughters, Autumn McClung and Emily Sears; and a sister-in-law, Alice Conley.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 AM, Tuesday, October 09, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Burial will follow in the Cooper Cemetery at Chloe.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service.

Minnie Esther Greathouse

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Minnie Esther Greathouse

Age 85, of Spring Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 05, 2018 in Genesis Healthcare of Glenville, WV following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 27, 1932: daughter of the late Clarence Edward Rexroad and Nora Adeline (Starcher) Rexroad.

On December 31, 1953, she married Glen A. Greathouse, who preceded her in death on October 06, 2003.

Mrs. Greathouse is survived by three daughters: Debra Ann Stark and husband Thomas, Amy Simmons and husband Kenny and Janet Watson all of Spring Street Weston, five grandchildren: Anthony and Timothy Stark, Stephen Watson, Ashley Wolfe and Kristen Simmons, five great grandchildren: Gavin, Carter, Annessa, Jayce and Jaxton Stark and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Glen, Minnie was preceded in death by five brothers: Henry, Brooks, Roy, Ed and Frank Rexroad and one sister: Marie Sims.

Mrs. Greathouse was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Weston High School with the class of 1952 and a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston. Minnie liked to sew, read, watch her Soap Operas and play Bingo when she was able. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, October 08, 2018 from 3-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Brian Plum officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Minnie Esther Greathouse.

Roger Dale Dillon

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Roger Dale Dillon

Age 68, of Birch River, WV, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, October 05, 2018 at Webster Nursing and Rehab. Center, Cowen, WV.

He was born December 27, 1949 in Sutton, WV to the late Jessie B. King and Ruby Dillon.

Also preceding him in death was his brother, Jessie W. King. He was a Pentecostal by faith.

Roger is survived by his sisters, Genelda Miller (Randy) of Frametown, WV; Bonnie King of Birch River, Sarah Sartin (Lee) of Crites Mountain, Sandra Sartin (Marvin) of Little Birch, Pam King Hawks of PA and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon, Monday, October 08, 2018 at WV Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Calvin, WV with Rev. Shane Boggs officiating.

Burial will follow in the Gardens. Friends may call one hour before the service in the Mausoleum.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Dillon family.

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