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Alice Ruth Curtis

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Alice Ruth Curtis

Age 78, of Weston, WV passed away at 2 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2017 in the Home Away From Home Assisted Living Center in Grafton.

She was born in Zona, WV in Roan County, WV on June 01, 1939 a daughter of the late Howard Brady Anderson and Gladie Mae Ice Anderson.

On June 28, 1973 she married Andrew Jackson Curtis and they celebrated 20 years of marriage before his passing on April 02, 1994.

She is survived by three children: Donnie Roush and wife, Sharon, Darren Roush, and Dee Bennett, all of Weston; three grandchildren: Allison Roush, Monty Hinkle, and Ryan Bennett; three brothers: Fred Anderson and wife, Barb, of Canon City, CO, Jim Anderson and wife, Ginny, of Pontiac, MI, and Ronnie Anderson of Buckhannon, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers: Gene Anderson and Jerry Anderson.

Alice was lovingly devoted to caring for her family and her home. She spent countless hours cooking, cleaning, sewing, washing, canning, and keeping everyone happy, healthy, and organized. And she would do it all again because the love of family was her greatest blessing and treasure .

Alice’s request for cremation has been honored.

Friends and family will gather at the Orlando Cemetery for a Graveside Service at 11 AM on Saturday, September 02, 2017 with Pastor Bob King officiating.

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 Alice Ruth Curtis.

Virginia G. Adams

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Virginia G. Adams

Age 95 of Riggins Run departed this life on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the Mansfield Place, Philippi.

She was born on November 19, 1921 at Center Point, WV a daughter of the late Albert Elsworth Ritter and Delia Bell Edgell Ritter.

On June 29, 1943 she married Noah Clifford Adams preceded her in death on July 29, 1989.

Mrs. Adams is survived by five sons, Charles Stephen Adams and wife Peggy, Salem, Paul Lewis Adams, Kempster, WI, Melvin Wayne Adams, David Lawrence Adams and Richard Bruce Adams and wife Tina, all of West Union, WV; two daughters, Patricia Ketchem and husband John, Philippi, WV and Nancy Farestvedt and husband Lars, Katy, TX.; twenty two grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughters-in-laws, Vione, Regina and Peggy Adams, four brothers, two sisters, and three great grandchildren, Christopher Allen Burgess, Jason Marchand and Lisa Marie Wrobleskey.

She was a member of the first graduating class of Doddridge County High School and a member of Pleasants Baptist Church. Virginia also enjoyed reading and was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Robert Marino presiding.

Interment will follow in the Center Point Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Adams family.

Margie D. Gray

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Margie D. Gray

Age 75, of Upperglade, WV passed away August 20, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon, WV. 
     
She was born February 07, 1942 in Charleston, WV to the late Thomas & Gay Tanner Young.

Also, preceding her in death was her husband, Kenneth Gray, son, Carlos Gray, brothers, Ralph, Gene, French, sisters, Pearl and Hattie.

Margie was a homemaker and Christian by faith.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Gray of Sutton, WV; daughters, Cindy Shaffer (Charles) of Upperglade, WV; Lisa Taylor of Summersville, WV; 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, with the Rev. Danny Richardson officiating.

Burial will follow at Ramsey Cemetery, Clay County.

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

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

Edward E. Cottrill

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Edward E. Cottrill

Age 77, of Rosedale, WV passed away August 19, 2017 at home.

He was born November 16, 1939 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Carlos Odell and Ollie Jane Nicholas Cottrill.

He was a heavy equipment operator and a U.S. Army veteran.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. 

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda Dickey Cottrill; children, Connie Drake (Ron) of Rosedale, Jeff Cottrill (Lynn) of Rosedale, Roger Cottrill (Jill) of Gassaway, WV and Eddie Cottrill (Rhonda) of Rosedale; brother, Bronzel Cottrill of Rosedale; six granddaughters, one grandson, 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers.

Service will be 1 PM Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. 

Burial with military rites will be in the Rosedale Community Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Paul Glenwood McElwee

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Paul Glenwood McElwee “Pap”

Age 91, of Gassaway, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 18, 2017.

He was born on June 22, 1926 to the late Ressie and Cleo (Long) McElwee.

Pap loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother, Jack Edward; wife, Madeline; and son, James William.

He leaves behind his family who will miss his spunk, daughter, Sue (David) Marple of Flatwoods, WV; son, Randy of Athens, Georgia; grandchildren, JD, Kelly (Scott), Lauren, Kyle, and Ryan; great grandchildren, Reagan, Zac, Rory, Grady, Jaydon and Silas; several nieces and nephews, and his friends at the Braxton County Rehabilitation Center and the Senior Center.

Service will be 6 PM Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Rodney England, officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Care.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach funeral home, Gassaway, WV.

L. Kathleen Schmidt

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L. Kathleen Schmidt

Age 92, of Belpre, Ohio and formerly of Clarksburg, WV, passed away Wednesday, August 16. 2017 in the Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Miss Schmidt was born May 04, 1925 at St. Clara, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late Dorsey Melvin and Julia Margarethe Krenn Schmidt.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Lila Chapman and two brothers, Forrest “Bud” Schmidt and infant brother, Joseph Schmidt.

She is survived by several cousins, including Anna(Tom) Doak, Ancil (Linda) Schmidt, Marilyn (Charles) Barnes and Carolyn (Bob) Bass.

Kathleen will be remembered as a very elegant and dignified lady. Family and friends were very important to her and no occasion would pass without her sharing a thought or a card. She was very mindful of her Doddridge County and WV heritage and was very proud that her great grandfather, Johann Heinrich Schmidt was the farmer model for the West Virginia State Seal.

She retired after forty years of service to the Sears and Roebuck Company in both Clarksburg and Parkersburg, retiring as personnel manager.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran church in Vienna, WV and was a former member of St. Johannes Lutheran Church at St. Clara.

A Memorial service will be conducted 11:00 AM Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4513 Grand Central Avenue, Vienna, WV with Reverend Emilie Theobald-Rowlands and Reverend Erik Nielsen officiating.

Friends are invited to visit one hour prior to service.

Interment of Miss Schmidt’s cremated remains will be in the Masonic Memorial Park, Rt. 18 North, West Union.

To those choosing to remember Kathleen, please consider a donation to either Christ Lutheran or St. Johannes Lutheran Church.

Clara Ann Moran

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Clara Ann Moran

Age 86, of Kitson Street, Weston, WV passed away at 5:40 PM on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with her family by her side.

She was born in Weston, WV on July 27, 1931 a daughter of the late John Joseph Cox and Mary Aspinall Cox.

Her kind, generous nature will be carried on by her two children: Kevin Joseph Riley of Weston, and Melissa Ann Kyer and husband, Joe, of Jane Lew; four grandchildren who will dearly miss their Mamaw: Justin Kyer, Keely Cunningham and husband, Chris, Erika Morris and husband, Chad, and Tori Riley; four great grandchildren who were cherished by NanNan: Johna and Reese Cunningham, and Grady and Myles Morris; one sister, Mary Jo Bruggeman and husband, Lester, of Coldwater, OH; her loyal companion and beloved dog, Buddy; and her playful cats: Lilly and Happy.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Captain who was always by her side.

Clara was a social worker and supervisor for the WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources for many years before becoming the co-owner of J.B. Cox Furniture where she managed the Weston store until she retired.

Clara was a long-time member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Weston.

Her unyielding love and adoration for her grandchildren was only matched by her green thumb talent for gardening. She had a knack for growing and caring for both indoor and outdoor plants and she truly enjoyed every moment she spent tending to them. For Clara, the path to Heaven is certainly through a beautiful garden gate.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM on Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Weston with Reverend John R. DeViese Jr. as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery in Weston.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic School 224 Center Ave. Weston, WV 26452 or the Weston VFD 321 Center Ave. Weston, WV 26452.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Clara Ann Moran.

Mary Jean Berg

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Mary Jean Berg

Age 89, of Broad Run Road Jane Lew, WV went home to be with her Lord at her home on Friday, August 18, 2017.

She was born in Weston, WV on August 21, 2017: daughter of the late Mary G. Barb and Wade Blake.

Mrs. Berg is survived by her children: Melissa Bargerhuff (Joe) and Marilee Rinehart (Jim) both of Jane Lew; Tim Berg of Weston; brother, Jack Blake of Maryland; 7 grandchildren, Amanda Berg, Letitia Farnsworth (Stephen), Ashley Moore (Daniel) all of Weston, Cody Rinehart (CJ) of Salem, Sheena Berg of Weston , Presley Posey (Stanton) of Weston,Kiana Bargerhuff (Kyle) of Jane Lew; 17 great grandchildren, Sarah, Austin, Sierra, Courtney, Maddison, Maison, Kameron, Bella, Channing, JJ, Jaren, Jayleigh, Jeramiah, Maliki, Dakota, Brooklyn and ShyAnne and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Mrs. Berg was reunited in Heaven with her husband , Lyle Edward Lee Berg, whom she married on June 20, 1945; daughters, Debbie and Carollee; brothers, Mark, Dana, and Paul Blake; sister, Edna Davisson; grandson, Jamey Lee Berg and great granddaughter, Evalee Rose Rinehart.

Mrs. Berg was a seamstress. She was a graduate of Jane Lew High School class of 1945.

She was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church where she played the piano for over 50 years.

She enjoyed sewing, music and crocheting. Mary Jean loved the Lord with all her heart!

Family and friends will be received at Broad Run Baptist Church 675 Broad Run Road Jane Lew, WV on Sunday, August 20, 2017 for fellowship time from 2-3 PM.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday at 3:00 PM from Broad Run Baptist Church with Reverend Rick Garavaglia officiating.

A private graveside service will be held at the Broad Run Baptist Church Cemetery where her and her husband will be interred as one, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Broad Run Baptist Church for the Children’s Church Camp 675 Broad Run Road Jane Lew, WV 27378.

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

Betty Lightner

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Betty Lightner

Age 92, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Wednesday August 16, 2017 at CCMC Memorial Campus.

She was born in Lane Lew, WV a daughter of the late Russell L. and Tina (Townsend) Shelby.

She retired from Elder Berman and had also worked at Shelba’s Stout Shop and FMC.

She was a Baptist by faith.

She won an award in 1938 for a writing she had done.

She is survived by her son Kevin Lightner (Libby) of Charleston, WV.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William Lightner, daughter Sandra Lightner, two sisters Patty Corra and Robert Whitehill, and an infant brother.

Services will be Saturday 1:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend Jerry Murphy, Officiating.

Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be Friday 6-8 PM.

Marlene Noble Hunter

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Marlene Noble Hunter

Age 79, of Gassaway, WV, passed peacefully at home, after a brief illness on August 16, 2017.

Marlene was born on December 31, 1937 in Manila, WV.

She was preceded in death by her father, “Dick” Workman and mother, Faye Varney; her first husband, Jerry Noble and infant son, David Noble; her second husband, Ernest Hunter; brothers, Kenneth Workman and Jim Ellis.

Marlene is survived by brother, Charles (Nancy) Workman; sister, Emily Shields; son, Don Noble (Anne Hart); daughters, Janet (Matt) Gibson, daughter, Beverly (Mike) Smith; son, Darren (Shawn) Hunter; stepson, Ernie Hunter; stepdaughter, Sharon Hunter. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Lee, Luke, Shea, Micah, Ashley, Travis, Jonathan, Tiara, Holden, Dan, Jeff, Heather and Jessie and 10 great grandchildren.

Marlene was a member of Gassaway Church of Christ and lived her life in service to friends and family. She served on the Braxton County Democratic Executive Committee for several years.

A Celebration of Marlene’s Life will be Noon Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Vincent Powell officiating.

Interment will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Visitation will be from 9 AM till time of service at the funeral home.

Shane Michael White

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Shane Michael White

Age 36, of Sabraton Ave., Morgantown, WV passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 28, 2017 at his residence.

He was born July 17, 1981 in Weston, WV, a son of Mary Jane White of Waynesboro, VA, who survives him. Uncles, Emerson F. and Leonard T. White; aunt, Virginia B. Stewart, grandparents, Emerson F. and Virginia B. White.

In accordance with the wishes of his family, Shane has been cremated and there will be no wake or funeral.

Ashes will be spread on the farm where he was raised.

Professional Services were under the guidance of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Morgantown.

The family would also like to thank Wanda Fisher for her help.

Estalee May

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Estalee May

Age 89, of Pennsboro, WV (Gnats Run Community), departed this life on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV, surrounded by her family.

Estalee was born May 16, 1928 in the Glendale Community of Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Edward and Ella (Carder) Ross.

She was retired after 30 years of service to the former Pennsboro Glass Company where she worked as a cut off girl. Estalee also worked previously as a cook at the former Pennsboro High School. She originally attended church at the Calvary Freewill Baptist Church of Ellenboro, WV and later attended the Hope Freewill Baptist Church of Parkersburg, WV. She was an avid gardener and loved her flowers, loved cooking and canning, loved her dogs, and she would always put everyone else before her.

She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Jewell (Max) of Pennsboro, WV and Charlotte Hall of Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Angela DeMoss (Alan) of Pennsboro, WV and Michael Todd Hall, Jr. (Erika) of Ellenboro, WV; great grandchildren, Melinda DeMoss of Pennsboro, WV and Trayton, Cooper, & Harper Hall of Ellenboro, WV; sister, Mona Riddle of Belmont, WV, along with several nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Kermit Jones; second husband, Junior May; sisters, Vera Delancey Shomo; Zelma Broadwater; June Monroe, and brothers, Carl Ross & Glenn Ross.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Friday, August 18, 2017, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Martin L. Corbin officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 AM - 1 PM on Friday, at the funeral home.

Jewell Virginia Cain Siegrist

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Jewell Virginia Cain Siegrist

Age 89, of Creston, WV, passed away peacefully at home, on August 13, 2017.

She was born at home in Big Bend, WV on June 12, 1928, a daughter of the late Everett and Eva Starcher Cain.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School, May 18, 1945, Grantsville, WV. She graduated from Glenville State College, Glenville, WV with a degree in teaching. She received her Master’s +30 in Education from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

She met her husband, James Paul Siegrist, “Paul” while attending Glenville State College. They were married August 29, 1948, and had four children: Gary, Ron, Glen, and Paula.

She was a homemaker, worked at Hercules Powder, and taught at Pearisburg High School, Pearisburg, VA; Washington County, OH; Wirt County High School, Elizabeth, WV; Cairo High School, Cairo, WV; Harrisville High School, Harrisville, WV; and Calhoun County High School, Grantsville, WV. Plus, she had been a high school girls basketball coach. She retired to their farm at Creston Heights, Creston, WV.

She was a member of the WV Silver Haired Legislature for a few years. She attended Brooksville EUB, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, and Snyder Chapel, as well as, others over her lifetime.

She was an avid WVU Mountaineer fan. Her interests included reading, feeding and watching the birds, and having a flower garden. Some of her favorite flowers were roses, tulips, peonies, lilacs, pansies, and hyacinths.

She is survived by four children: Gary, Ron (Vicki), Glen (Charlotte), and Paula; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Also, surviving are her siblings: Francis (Donna) and Joe Cain

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, James Paul Siegrist (July 13, 2015).

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, as well as, one hour prior to the funeral.

Interment will be in McCray Cemetery at Creston, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the Siegrist family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Olive B. Richards

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Olive B. Richards

99 years old, of Big Springs, WV, passed away on August 13, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Born in Brooksville, WV, on December 30, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Nellie (Ferrell) Williams.

She worked for the Calhoun Board of Education for several years, but most of her life was devotedly spent taking care of her family and friends.

As the loving mother of five children, Olive is survived by her daughter Patricia (Richards) Cowan of Big Springs, Randy L. Richards also of Big Springs, and Ritchie (Pam) Richards of White Pine, WV. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren who include Debbie Bush, Boyd (Cammie) Hood, Linda Muniz (Bobby Joe) Cottrill, Angie Muniz (David) Hardbarger, Mike Cowan, Jr., Michelle Muniz (Charles) McCroskey, Christopher (Kayla) Muniz, Mindy (Richards) Barr, Kevin (Robin) Richards, Misty Richards, and step-grandchildren Bruce (Eva) Martin, Ashlea Wilson, and Chris Ford. Her twenty-five great-grandchildren include Ashley (Bush) Fairchild, Dylan Bush, Tracy Hood, Jessica (Stull) Jeffrey, Aaron, Derek, and Alicia Hardbarger, Olivia McCroskey, Hannah, Malachi, Parker, and Zeus Muniz, Mickaylee Cowan, Kamri Richards, Isaiah and Josiah Wilson, Brenlyn Barr, and Bentley Richards. Her step-great grandchildren are Dustin Kirby, Sam Atkinson, Luke and Jake Martin, Madison and Maison Wilson; and brother-in-law, Eugene Richards. Olive also had three great-great grandchildren Marissa and Chelsie Jeffrey, and Aleah Hood. Other special family and friends include Rosemary (Martin) Brown, Jolanda (Medina) Richards, Samantha Cowan and Carolyn McCroskey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Hale Richards; three brothers Robert, Chester, and Foster Williams; sister Helen Jones; daughters Leah Hood and Joyce Muniz; grandsons Lonnie Hood and Jose Muniz, Jr.; son-in-law Michal Cowan; friend Troy Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral viewing and services will be held at Stumps Funeral & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV, Friday, August 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 PM.

The service will be followed by a family dinner at the Smithville Community building in Smithville, WV.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date with interment in the Saunders Cemetery in Big Springs, WV.

Special thanks go to the staff of Pine View Nursing Center and Minnie Hamilton Health Care for all their kindness.

Janice (Keeton) See

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Janice (Keeton) See

Age 90, of Braxton County, WV passed away Saturday August 12, 2017 in Charleston CAMC hospital from septic shock.

Born February 11, 1927 to the late Chapman and Ada Keeton.

She is also preceded in death by Arnett See, her husband of 65 years, brothers Stanton Jett, Darrell Keeton and Roger Keeton, sisters Juanita Waefler, Hope Sparks, Charlotte Maxwell, and Maxine Uhl.

She is survived by her sisters Arlene Morrison and Beverly Keeton, son Ledford “Butch” (Janice) See, daughter Sheila Criner, grand children Pamela (James) Montgomery, Treasa “Teri” (Robert) Holm, great grandchildren Kylie Holm, Callie Montgomery and Kadin Holm, and numerous nieces and nephews that were very special to her.

Janice grew up mostly in Calhoun County and was a 1946 graduate of Calhoun County High School. A

s an adult her primary focus in life was being a Godly wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She also leaves behind many sons and daughters by other mothers.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11 AM.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, 10-11 AM.

Interment immediately following at the See Family Cemetery with her pastor Michael Jackson officiating.

Mary Edwina Marin

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Mary Edwina Marin

Age 81 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday August 14, 2017 in her home following an extended illness.

She was born on July 28, 1936 at West Union, WV a daughter of the late Edward V. and Mary H. Hoskinson Mackey.

On May 25, 1974 she married Gaetan Marin who survives as well as several cousins.

One sister precedes her in death, Milly Ann Mackey.

Edwina attended Glenville High School and Glenville State College. She and Gaeten lived in Connecticut where she worked as a contract bus operator and a receptionist for the State of Connecticut.

They moved back to West Union in 1990 where she worked as a Manager for the Doddridge County Solid Waste Authority for 21 years.

Edwina was an advocate for the humane treatment of all animals. She loved her dog Frisky, cat Blue and horses Thunder and Lightning. She had worked as a volunteer for the West Union Fire Department and was a past member of the Doddridge County Humane Society and PETA.

Edwina had attended the West Union Christian Church and the West Union Baptist.

At her request she was cremated.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Marin family.

Billie Sue Hamil

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Billie Sue Hamil

Age 71, of Little Birch, West Virginia passed away on August 14, 2017 after a long illness.

She will be forever remembered by her son, Robert D. Hamil of Sutton, WV and his longtime friend Kim; her daughter, Laura F. Green and husband Joseph Green; grandchildren, Nancy (Mulhare) Joseph and husband Alex Joseph, Kathleen Mulhare, Joseph Green, James Green, Samuel Green and one great grandson, Cameron Butcher; sisters, Thelma Jackson, Nancy Linville and husband Melvin; brothers, Jim Long and wife Virginia, Donny Long and Golden Long along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Waiting to welcome her home are her husband of 47 years, Joseph Hamil; her parents, Dewey and Laura (Jackson) Long; her grandparents, AC Long and Anzina (Sutton) Long and Oscar and Nancy (Hefner) Jackson; two brothers, Lessie Long and Dana Long.

Billie was born on September 12, 1945. She moved to New York City when she was 18 and married her husband Joseph shortly thereafter. She has always believed in giving back to the community. She was the former president of a NYC Tenant Association that forced Landlords to make much needed repairs and subsidize rents. She was a Cub/Boy Scout and Girl Scout Leader for over 18 years. Upon retirement, Billie returned home to the Windy Run Historical Association which is dedicated to the preservation of the 1889 one room Windy Run School. She was a 16 year volunteer at a local food pantry and thrift store and an organizing partner of Encore, a nonprofit thrift store that uses its proceeds to help the people and children of her community.

Per her request, Billie will be cremated.

Memorial service will be held 2 PM Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the memorial service.

In Lieu of flowers, she has requested that donations be made in her memory to the newly formed Encore Food Pantry, 229 River Street, Gassaway, WV 26624 so that her legacy of giving back can be continued.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Madeline Patricia (Varchetto) Attanasio

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Madeline Patricia (Varchetto) Attanasio

Age 93, formerly of Weston, WV passed away into the arms of Our Heavenly Father on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at St Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon, WV.

She was born in Elkins, WV on May 25, 1925 to Italian American immigrants, Geateano and Marie (Cename’) Varchetto.

Madeline was the youngest of 10 children, all who preceded her in death. She married Nicolas Attanasio on November 30, 1945 in Newark, NJ who preceded her in death in 2009.

She had lived in Elkins, WV and Parsons, WV then moved to Weston, WV where she remained for most of her life. Madeline was a woman of many talents.

She was an active member of St Patrick’s Parish for many years.

She was also a member and past president of the PTA, home room mother and even the “lunch lady” for a few years at St. Patrick’s school cafeteria. She was also an avid bowler and a cook at the old ValVue Curb Service. Madeline retired as a bookkeeper from Bennett’s Firestone.

Madeline loved to be around family and friends and she loved to garden-she had a green thumb. It was once said that she could put a penny in the ground and something beautiful would grow.

Madeline is survived by four children: Julie Marie Dean of Buckhannon, WV, Jerome Attanasio of Dublin, OH, Jonathan Attanasio of Seattle, WA and Gemma Sims of Stow, OH. She has 8 grandchildren: Robbie Jones, Kristi Jones Roby, Jerrod (J.P.) Attanasio, Tya Renner, Amber Attanasio, Tony Sims, Tres Sims and Ian Sims, 12 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.

Madeline spent her last years as a resident of St. Joseph Nursing Care Facility, where she was well cared for by loving staff and enjoyed her last days. She often entertained the staff with her singing and her sense of humor.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4-7 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 10 AM from St Patrick Church of Weston with Father James R. DeViese, Jr. as celebrant.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Bernard’s Church Cemetery on Loveberry, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Madeline Patricia Attanasio.

Darrel Lynn Holmes, Jr.

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Darrel Lynn Holmes, Jr.

Age 43 of Charleston, WV passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 at his residence.

He was born July 05, 1974 to Julia Marie Sartin Holmes.

Darrel worked for Goodwill Corperation of Charleston and was a Baptist by faith.   

He is survived by his Julia Marie Sartin Holmes of Charleston, brother, Tony Holmes of Charleston, half brother, Steven Sartin of Little Birch, WV.

Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Re. Randy Tinney officiating.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home was honored to serve the Holmes family.

Clarence Wilson

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Clarence Wilson

Age 90, of Chicago, IL passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017.

He was born the son of the late William J. & Elise Ann (Long) Wilson.

Clarence was a 65 year member of the VFW and was a Army veteran WW II Prisoner of War.

He is survived by his wife, Kathaleen (Wilfong) Wilson, daughters, Julie Wilson, Diane Spisak-Fleming (Dan), son, Keith Wilson (Mary), grandchildren, Eric, Nicole, Rebecca, Chase, Kathaleen, Mitch, great-grandchild, Danyca, brother, Jimmy.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Friends may call Saturday Noon to 2 PM at the funeral home. Military graveside rite with American Legion Post #33, Sutton will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton, WV.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled have served the Wilson family.

Harlan Gerald “Jerry” James

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Harlan Gerald “Jerry” James

Age 74 of Bedford, Ohio departed this life on August 12, 2017 in Richmond Heights, Ohio following an extended illness.

Jerry was born on January 19, 1943 in Baldwin, WV. He is the son of the late Charles B. and Lauuna Bonnett James.

On May 29, 1965 Jerry was united in marriage to Iva Jean Moss James. She preceded him in death on April 10, 1992.

Jerry was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam War. He also worked for Chrysler in automotive manufacturing.

Surviving are 2 children, Harlan Keith James (Michelle)and Anita Vincent (Troy) both of Ohio, 3 grandchildren, Allison Bates (Chris), Austin Bates, and Alyssa James, and 1 brother, Lee James of Glenville, WV.

Along with his wife and parents, Jerry was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles and William James.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 11:00 AM; Friday, August 18, 2017 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery in Glenville with full military honors provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends and family will be received from 10-11 AM Friday morning at the mortuary in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Harlan Gerald “Jerry” James with local arrangements.

Pamela Jo (Smith) Baker

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Pamela Jo (Smith) Baker

Passed away at 4:33 AM August 12, 2017 at UHC hospital in Clarksburg, WV after a long illness. She was surround by her family as she left this world to join her mother in heaven.

Pam was born September 04, 1965. She was the eldest daughter of Charles A. and the late Mary Lou (Rinehart) Smith of Napier, WV, formerly of Newton, WV.

Pamela attended Newton Grade School and graduated from Clay County High in 1983. She then went on to serve six years with the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, TX. After returning home to WV she was employed by Braxton County Board of Education as a school bus driver for thirteen years, until 2003 when she was forced to give up the job she loved due to complications from MS. Pam fought with Multiple sclerosis for more that fifteen years, but never gave up hope that one day they would find a cure and she could return to walking again.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lou (Rinehart) Smith, grandparents Aubrey Noel and Ruby (Nester) Smith; Deco James and Audrey (Keith) Rinehart.

She leaves behind three children: “Punkie” Jennifer Ann (Baker) Perrine (and Matthew) of Napier, WV; John Cameron Baker of Gassaway, WV; and Christina Jo Baker of Napier, WV; her only grandchild, Port Hayz Perrine, of Napier, WV; father Charles A. Smith of Napier, WV; sisters: Connie Sue (Smith) Gwynn (and Brian) of Napier, WV; and Linda Darlene (Smith) Perkins (and Jeff) of Heaters, WV; nephews and nieces; Nathan Gwynn of Morgantown, WV, Sienna Gwynn (at home), Garrett Perkins (at home), an Dylan Gwynn (Erica) of Bridgeport, WV; aunts and uncle: Marlene and Junior Conley of Chloe, WV, Martha and (late) Larry Miller of Elkview, WV and James E. and Kay Smith of Johnson City, TN; and many other cousins; and her beloved pet poodle Cocoa.

Pam enjoyed playing softball and caring for her pets and farm animals in the earlier years and belonged to FFA and 4-H. She always enjoyed time with family and friends, attending her kids supporting events, anything outdoors, etc. Later she enjoyed bingo, sings and church services at the Braxton Health Care Center, where she resided up until the time of death. Pam was also a member of the Order of Easter Star, Linden, WV. She was loved and will be missed by many.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621, from 4-8 PM.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

Interment will follow at the Falls Mill Cemetery, Napier, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV is privileged and honored to be serving the Smith Family.

Cora Landis

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Cora Landis

Age 76, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Holbrook’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon.

She was born July 19, 1941 in Buckhannon, a daughter of the late James Wilbert and Alma Ruth Osborn Phillips.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Kenneth James Landis; one sister, Frances Cummings and four brothers, Carl J., Learl Richard, Dearl Ray and Robert Burton “Hoky” Phillips.

She is survived by one son, James Landis and wife Hope of Elkins, WV; one daughter, Latheda Guinn Davis of Weston, WV; one sister, Edith Casto of Buckhannon; several grandchildren and great grandchildren;. a loving companion, Tom and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cora was a homemaker and a Christian by faith.

Friends will be received Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 5-8 PM at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

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

Shirley Mae Arnold

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Shirley Mae Arnold

Age 77, of Pursglove, WV passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Mapleshire Nursing Home in Morgantown, WV.

She was born October 17, 1939 in Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late Dennis Meigs and Iva Delle Nutter Matheny.

On November 24, 1956, she married Billy Joe Arnold who preceded her in death on June 14, 2007.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, William Joseph Arnold; two sisters and one brother.

Surviving are one daughter, Crystal Luzader and husband Denzil of Pursglove; three sons, Billy Joe Arnold, Jr. of Buckhannon, WV, Kelly Wayne Arnold and wife Melinda of Rock Cave, WV and Jerry Lee Arnold and wife Dawn of French Creek, WV; seven grandsons, Kevin Arnold of Rock Cave, Joseph Meigs Arnold and wife Nikki of Weston, WV, Nicholas Sha Arnold and wife Kaleigh of Wallace, WV, Dakota Arnold of French Creek, Steven Brown of Rock Cave, Denzil Luzader III and wife Miranda and Joshua Luzader all of Morgantown; four granddaughters, Marlana Arnold and fiancé Eric Davis and Shayla Gowers and husband Patrick all of French Creek, Shanda LeMasters of Morgantown, WV and Megan Hamner and husband Derrick of Buckhannon and 19 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Arnold was a CNA and a member of the Rock Cave Baptist Church.

Friends will be received Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

A funeral service will follow at 2 PM at the funeral home with the Rev. Eugene Helmick and Pastor David Jessie officiating.

Burial will follow in the Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

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

Luanne Martin

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Luanne Martin

Age 64, of Belpre, OH, passed away August 11, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV a daughter of Robert L. Woodford of Boaz, WV and the late Lorena Clark Woodford.

She was a Registered Nurse and worked for St. Joseph Hospital surgery department for almost 30 years. She also had a lifelong love of horses.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband Jack Martin; one son, Jonathan Martin of Belpre; one granddaughter, Brianna Martin; two sisters, Nadine Frashure of Parkersburg, WV; Teresa Maxwell of Glenville, WV; four brothers, John Woodford of Grafton, WV, Ronald Woodford of Harrisville, WV, Donald Woodford of Tanner, WV, Bob Woodford of Monroe, NC; brother-in-law Jeff Martin of Parkersburg, mother-in-law Carol Flannigan; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a great nephew, Tyler Maxwell.

Services will be Tuesday 11:00 AM at the Leavitt Funeral Home of Belpre, with Pastor Jonathan Nettles officiating.

Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

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