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Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

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Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

Age 82 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her residence in Camden Flats, with her loving husband and children by her side.

She was born September 11, 1936 in Tanner, WV; daughter of the late Eustace and Ploma Grogg Frymier.

Nyla is a graduate of Tanner High School, class of 1954 and a former cook for the Gilmer County Board of Education, having served the communities children for more than 23 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, camping, and was a big fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Nyla loved caring for her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and would spoil them whenever possible.

On July 11, 1957 Nyla was united in marriage to John Jasper “Johnny” Poole, who survives at their Camden Flats home.

Surviving are 3 children, Dorinda Buck and husband Steve of Williamstown, WV; Mindy Nicholson and husband Mitch of New Milton, WV;  and Jason Poole and wife Amanda of Glenville, 3 siblings, Billy Joe Frymier and wife Linda of Tanner, Karen Alloway and husband Clyde of Belpre, OH; and Jean Reed and husband Junior of Summersville, WV.

Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Jeremy Buck and wife Holly, Mitchell Buck and wife Sara, Sheena Gray and husband Roadie, and Isaac, Jacob, and Leah Poole,  7 great-grandchildren, Rylee and Rayme Gray, and Parker, Inessa, Gavin, Elyse, and Abigail Buck, and a host of other family and friends.

Along with her parents, Nyla is preceded in death by 4 siblings, Judith Washburn, and Basil, Keith, and Jerry Frymier.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Sunday, February 17, 2019 with Rev. Kenny Fisher and Rev. Larry Flemming officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery near Tanner, WV.

Friends will be received from 4-8 PM; Saturday evening at the mortuary in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is honored to assist the family of Nyla Leah Poole with arrangements. 

02.15.2019
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John J. Faber

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John J. Faber

Age 80, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 12, 2019. He was born to the late John A. Faber and Elsie Hamilton Faber on February 20, 1938 in Alquina, IN.

John enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and served on the USS Elokonina and USS Thor from 1955 until 1959. He then was employed by Kenton Meadows in Orlando, FL and later transferred to WV where he met the love of his life, Bobbie.

In 1965 he re-enlisted in the Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabees where he served in Vietnam until he was injured and transferred to the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD.

John was an over the road truck driver for the Borg-Warner Corporation from 1969 until 1987. During this time John drove over one million accident free miles and won numerous competitions in the WV Trucking Association Rodeos. He also drove for A & R Tank Lines, Insight and Maxum Mobile MRI units and ended his career driving for Wal-Mart.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bobbie; children, Teresa, Jim, J.Todd (Angie), and Tammy (Ray); grandchildren, Nicholas, Mathew, Constance (Jake), Morgan (Kevin), Evan, Jonathan, and William; siblings, Floyd Faber (Arlene), and Betty Leach (Donald).

He was a Christian, baptized in the Elk River at Frametown and he was faithful to the Frametown United Methodist Church. He loved hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR, and spending winters in Florida. John was a member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge #133 and the Scottish Rite.

Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Reverend Johnny Conrad officiating.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 PM Saturday, February 16 and from 11 AM to 1:30 pPM Sunday, February 17 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Wanda “Jean” Heath

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Wanda “Jean” Heath

Age 68, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Weston, WV on May 10, 1950 a daughter of the late William Howard and Martha Virginia Skinner Krafft.

Jean was a 1968 graduate of Lewis County High School. On June 29 of that year, she married the man that would be her life-long partner, William Junior Heath. Together she and Junior raised their two children and shared all of the ups and downs of nearly 51 years of marriage.

Jean worked 32 years for Alkhan Labels but spent the last few years before retirement working as a home health aide with Lewis County Senior Center. She was a member of Murphy’s Creek Baptist Church and loved the fellowship that she found there. Jean had an outgoing friendly nature and never met a stranger. In her quiet time, Jean enjoyed gardening and reading. Above all things, Jean loved her family and had a special place in her heart for her granddaughter, Sofia.

Treasuring their memories of Jean are two children: Stella Nixon and husband, Jeff, of Lost Creek, and Brian Heath of Weston; one grandchild, Sofia Heath; former daughter-in-law, Jooyun Lee; three siblings: Ronald Krafft of Weston, Kathryn Posey of Mt. Morris, and Carol Thayer of Weston; and several nieces, nephews, and brothers/sisters-in-law.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11 AM in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Jane Lew.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Wanda “Jean” Heath.

Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall)

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Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall)

Born January 4th, 1929 of Gassaway, West Virginia passed from this life on February 13th 2019 to reunite with her loving husband, Denzil Alkire. Together, she and Denzil touched many lives from Hawaii to New York City doing God’s work as missionaries of the Mormon faith.

Phyllis was a wonderful mother and successful businesswoman. Her ability to persevere is admired by all who knew her. She enjoyed her extensive genealogical research, sewing and spending time with her family.

She was a loving and dedicated mother to her surviving children: Vance Gainer (Nancy); Glenadine Schiefer (Willie); David Gainer (Judy); Deborah Jones (Mark); Dienna Robinson; and Nancy Barger (Clyde).

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Judson H. Beall and Versta I. Harrison of Burnt House, West Virginia, and brother, Judson H. Beall.

She is survived by her siblings, Robert Beall, James Beall and Daniel Beall, 16 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly and forever cherish their memories of her.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with President Jacob Harmon officiating.

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

Friends may call 2 hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Frederick John Morris Jr.

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Frederick John Morris Jr.

Age 86 of Weston WV passed away February 12 2019 at home with family and the guidance of Hospice.

Fred was born January 13, 1933, in Keene NH to the late Frederick J. Morris, Sr. and Emma Hodgman Morris.

He is survived by his wife Shelley Dion Morris of 28 years. Also surviving are two stepsons: Chris Dion, and James Dion.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janis Croteau Morris of Marlborough NH of 36 years and brothers: Kermit Morris and Robert Morris. Fred is survived by a son, Byron R Morris, and daughter Sherri A. Morris. Also surviving are grandchildren, Carrie Chase, Jason Paquette, James, and Jerehmey Morris, and Landen Dion, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Fred graduated president of his Marlborough High School class,(NH) in 1949. After which he enlisted in the US Airforce serving in the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1953. Returning to his home state of New Hampshire Fred enjoyed the outdoors and was a member and past president of the New England Family Campers Association for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoy gardening in his family business called Homestead Gardens in Swanzey New Hampshire. Fred was a machinist with Pneumo Precision of Keene New Hampshire for many years.

In 1990 he met and married his second wife Shelley. In 1992 they moved to Weston West Virginia where he enjoyed in his retirement woodworking, clogging, and “Fred’s Crafts” where he became known as the Mr. Fix It Man.He also enjoyed vacationing summers at their cottage on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston, serving as a past president of the Board of Trustees, a choir member for many years, and a member of the Men’s Group, and enjoyed helping with the men’s annual yard sale.

He was a lifelong member of the American Legion, and member of the Lewis County Senior Citizens Center.

Fred’s wish for cremation has been granted.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston beginning at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 with Reverend Tim Conrad officiating.

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

Fellowship time will be held on Saturday from 2-3 PM.

A fellowship luncheon will follow services in fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Mathew U.M. church, or the Lewis/ Upshur Co. Humane society.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored and privileged to serve the family of Frederick John Morris, Jr.

Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell

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Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell

Age 70, of Nebo WV passed away into rest on Monday, February 11, 2019.

He was born November 28, 1948, a son of the late Okey Lee and Alma Nellie Truman Cottrell.

He was a Vietnam War veteran.

He is survived by wife, Linda Starcher Cottrell; two sons, Johnny Cottrell of Nebo and Jason (Tracy) Cottrell of Nicut WV; granddaughters, Kimmi (Popeye), Briana (JuneBug) and Kassy (FuzzBug); grandsons, Darian (Knothead) and Dalton (Outlaw); great-granddaughters, Aubrey, Sydney, and EllaMae; brothers Ronnie (Betty) of Ivydale WV, Randy (Marsha) of Clay WV; sisters, Lois (Ron) of Chloe WV and Kay Coleman of Ivydale WV.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter, Jackie Lyn and grandson, Johnny Cottrell, Jr. (Jughead).

A visitation will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be in Cottrell Cemetery at a later date.

Virginia Joan Starcher

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Virginia Joan Starcher

Age 97, of Minnora, WV went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2019 at Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care, Grantsville, WV.

She was born February 16, 1921 in Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Lester and Maude Hershman Bailey.

Virginia was a long-time member of Prudence Chapel as a faithful Christian. She loved Bible study and studying her Bible. She was a homemaker, loved working in her flower beds and gardening. Virginia loved life and had many friends and family that loved her as well.

While at Minnie Hamilton Long Term Care, Virginia occupied a lot of her time coloring beautiful pictures.

For the past 2 ½ years she was cared for by the compassionate staff at Minnie Hamilton Long Term Care.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Starcher; son, Marvin Lee Starcher; daughter-in-law, Joy Starcher; daughter, Evelyn Jean LaFleur; and son-in-law, “Frenchie” LaFleur.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Minnora Cemetery.

Ruth Ann Yost

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Ruth Ann Yost

Age 96, of Chloe, WV went home to be with the Lord February 10, 2019 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV.

She was born at Floe in Clay County, WV on August 30, 1922. She was the daughter of the late John Burton and Belle Vaughan.

She is survived by her two daughters, Launa Butler of Chloe, WV and Carolyn Lane of Orma, WV; six grandchildren, Bev and Bill Mullins of Chloe, WV; Ron and Jackie Butler of Princeton, WV; Rick and Rita Butler of Hacker Valley, WV; Rhonda and Charlie Laughlin of Arnoldsburg, WV; Vickie and Cecil Rogers of Minnora, WV; and Michelle Cutshall of Chloe, WV; 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and aunt. She was a homemaker and a caregiver to many. She attended Walker United Methodist Church, was a Sunday School teacher and song leader until she was unable to attend. She was a very sweet lady, loved God and everyone around her. She will be deeply missed by many family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-mother, Anna Vaughan, husband Fountain Yost, three sisters, Mabel Smith, Ruby Hensley, and Geneva Snyder; one brother, Paul Vaughan; son-in-law, Nolan Butler, and a great-grandchild, Lucas Butler.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment will be in Yost Cemetery.

Howard J. Ooten

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Howard J. Ooten


Age 80, of Arnoldsburg, WV, formerly of Yolyn, WV., went home to be with his Lord and Savior February 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Howard was born November 9, 1938 at Ragland, WV, the son of the late Rosa Mae Burke Ooten – Adkins and Garland Ooten.

Howard is preceded in death by his brother Arvel Ooten and sister Hannah Wooten.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Garnet Ooten, daughters; Rose Ann (Dar) Getts of Michigan, Kathy Baker of Michigan, Christy (David) Stevens of Clarksburg, WV, Lori (Bill) Brown of Danville, WV, Mary (Ronald) Blankenship of Cyclone, WV, and Julie Ooten (David) Fortune of Logan, WV, grandchildren; Susan Nelson, Anthony Smith, Drake Hughes, Joshua Brown, Jesse Blankenship, and Gracie Blankenship, brothers; Tom (Donna) Ooten, Wendell (Barb) Ooten, Johnny (Jackie) Adkins, and sister Alene (Eddie) James.

Howard was a retired coal miner, UMWA member local 5958, and Mason of Masonic Lodge # 99 in Logan, WV. Howard attended Walnut Grove Church. Howard was a loving husband and father. He was a friend to all he met and will be missed dearly.

The family would like to thank hospice for your amazing care, kindness and support.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Cremation services provided by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV.

Vera Marlene Lyons

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Vera Marlene Lyons

Age 84 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, February 11, 2019 and gained her place in heaven with the angels and so many of her beloved family and friends.

She was born March 23, 1934 in Bens Run, WV; the daughter of the late Lester and Ethel Mott Dearth.

She leaves behind two daughters, Debra Sue Randolph and husband Walter, West Union, Walter has been instrumental as her caregiver and devoted much of his time to caring for her needs, as they had a natural love for each other. Also, Lila Lou Sharpes, Salem, WV; two grandsons, Christopher Randolph and wife Tessa, John Michael Sharpes and wife Connie, one granddaughter, Lila Sue Sharpes and companion Travis; four great grandchildren, Harrison Randolph, Harper Bartlett, Jesse Sharpes and Oren Sharpes; brother, Lyle Dearth, Bens Run, WV; one sister, Phyllis Greene, Phoenix, AZ.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Billy Lyons of whom they was married for fifty seven years; grandson, William Sharpes; son-in-law, John D Sharpes; sister, Lila Jean Swain.

Marlene was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She loved to sing hymns and play her guitar.  She had so much love for her children, grandchildren and friends.  She worked for Salem College for several years. Her passion in life was making homemade bread and noodles.  She loved to cook. She also loved making peanut butter cookies for her great grandson Harrison McCoy Randolph of whom he lovingly called her “Ganny”.  She will be missed dearly by all that knew her, because she had a heart of gold. 

Family will receive friends at Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 W. Main Street, Salem, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 3-8 PM.

Funeral Service will be held at Greathouse Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Dennis Napier presiding.

Interment will follow at Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

Greathouse Funeral Home is honored to assist the Lyons family.

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Norma Lea (King) Carter

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Norma Lea (King) Carter

of Millstone WV took Jesus by the hand on February 10, 2019.

She was born May 25 1940, the daughter of the late Virginia Berle King of Nicut WV.

She is survived by her children Timothy & Denise Carter of Arnoldsburg, WV, Diane Carter, Roger Carter and Susan & David Hughes all of Millstone. Her grandchildren Adam & Bridget Carter of Arnoldsburg, Jade & Eloy Atkinson of New Braunfels, TX, Dakota (Coty) & Ashley Pursley of Spencer, WV, Amanda & Jared Blair of Millstone, Stephanie & Adam McCarty of Athens, OH, Chad Hughes of Big Bend, WV, Heather Hughes of Mt Zion, WV and 9 great grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Russell Junior Carter.

She will be laid to rest Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM in a graveside service at the King Cemetery in Chloe, WV with Pastor Steven Carter & Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Doris Mae Radabaugh

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Doris Mae Radabaugh

of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born December 26, 1942 at Dekalb, Gilmer County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Oren and Evelyn Davis Radabaugh.

She is survived by sister Mary Radabaugh, brother Roy (Jane), sister-in-law Willadean C. Radabaugh, nephew Craig (Melissa), niece Marcia (Philip Mahone), great-nephew Justin (Jesica), great-nieces Ashley, Brooke (Tim), and Kylee, great-great-nephews Jayden, Jordan, Landon, and Chase, and great-great-nieces Jaelyn and Jaselyn, and twelve first cousins.

She was proceeded in death by her brother Robert Fred Radabaugh in 2016.

Doris was a 1960 graduate of Tanner High School in Gilmer County. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education from Glenville State College and a Master’s in Education from West Virginia University.

Doris was a business education teacher at Parkersburg High School for thirty-four years. During her tenure she served as Business Department Chair. She was a member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma, West Virginia Delta Chapter, a professional society for women educators. Doris was a member and former treasurer of Union Valley Baptist Church.

A genealogist; Doris and her sister Mary compiled and published a four volume Census of Cemeteries of Gilmer County; The Descendants of Benjamin Radabaugh; The Families of Ephraim and Maria Conger Davis and Robert and Sarah Jane McCray Whiting.

She edited The Chronology of the Descendants of John and Elizabeth Richards Beall complied by the late Dr. James Woofter. Doris and Mary were presented the 2018 John and Margaret Hacker Award by the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants Inc. of Horner, West Virginia for their contributions to the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library.

Doris enjoyed spending time and hosting gatherings of family and friends at The Farm on Lower Cedar Creek in Gilmer County.

There will be no visitation.

A private graveside service will be at the convenience of the family with Pastor Bill Law officiating.

Interment will be in the Pisgah Church Cemetery west of Glenville, West Virginia.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV is handling arrangements for Doris Radabaugh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Union Valley Baptist Church, 3349 Old St. Mary’s Pike, Parkersburg, WV 26104; Tanner High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 12, Glenville, WV 26351; or The Humane Society of Parkersburg, PO Box 392, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Bertha Jane McClung

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Bertha Jane McClung

Age 84, of Macfarlan, WV passed away February 07, 2019 at her residence.

She was born September 22, 1934 at Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Delmas Glen and Emma Violet Taylor Wagoner.

Bertha was a homemaker and member of Rock Full Gospel Church in Calhoun. She loved spending time with family, reading her bible, swimming, boating and singing.

She is survived by her husband, Glen Alva McClung; children, Danny Ray Lott (Anita) of Harrisville, WV; Charles Michael Lott of Harrisville, James Glen Lott (Teresa) of Petroleum, WV; Joseph L. Lott of Macfarlan, Brenda S. McClung (Danny) of Parkersburg, WV and Cathy Jane Richards (Bill) of Mt. Zion, WV; brothers, Robert, Raymond, Charlie, Brad, Jeff and Ronnie Wagoner; sisters, Patty Starcher, Charlotte Van Camp, and Judy Wagoner; Grandchildren, Nathaniel Lee Lott, Kaleb McClung, Charles Lott, Jr., Tina Lowther, Mindy Carter, Sarah Lott and Amber Lott; and great grandsons, Zachary Lee Lott, Jeremiah Drain, Brandon Lott and Cody Lott.

She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Lott; grandson, Danny Ray Lott, Jr.; sister, Pamela Kay Wagoner; and brothers Wilford Harvey and Curtis Wagoner.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Raiguel Funeral Home assisted with cremation services.

Timothy Wayne Spinks

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Timothy Wayne Spinks

Age 46, of Cottle, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born December 03, 1972 in Braxton County, WV to Darrell Spinks and the late Tressie Louise Greathouse Spinks.

Also preceding him in death was his brother, Ricky Allen Spinks.

Timothy was a Carpenter and Mechanic. He enjoyed playing guitar and drums and fishing and camping. He was also a Trader and loved to invent things.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Monica Fleming Spinks; son, Joshua Spinks (Jennifer) of Summersville, WV; daughter, Alisha Spinks of Cottle; grandchildren, Ethan Brown, Vincent Spinks, Jazmine Spinks, Jayden Bylry, Abel Daff

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Pastor David Perry officiating.

Burial will follow at Cox Cemetery, Birch River.

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

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

Lewis Earl Collins

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Lewis Earl Collins

Age 76 of Verona, NY, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital while in WV visiting family.

His parents, the late Alfred Collins and Hazel Cable welcomed Lewis to the family on March 20, 1942 in Vienna, NY.

Lewis turned his love of the outdoors into the job of working for himself as a farmer. He also enjoyed fishing and bird watching. He especially loved learning about Eagles. Lewis was a traveler who was fond of attending auctions, visiting wineries, caves and Niagara Falls. When he was relaxing at home, Lewis painted, watched westerns or the History Channel and read his bird books.

More than all of those things, Lewis loved his family. Those who will miss him most are his children: Alfred Collins and husband, Mike, of Utica, NY, Robert Collins of Rome, NY, Wendy Fellows of Bridgewaters, NY, Sandy Swancott of Rome, NY, and Christine Moore and husband, Brad, of Weston, WV; nine grandchildren: Sean, Harrison, Samantha, Elizabeth, Billy Alyda, Arriana, Tavian, and Victoria; two great-grandchildren Nadiya and Harmonie; one brother, Jimmy Collins; four sisters: Joan Cable, Aldona Millson, Maryann Long and Alma Poland; and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Lewis has been reunited in Heaven with his son, Norman Collins.

Lewis’ request for cremation has been honored and a Private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Lewis Earl Collins. Online

Mary “Katie” Catherine (Godfrey) Shaffer

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Mary “Katie” Catherine (Godfrey) Shaffer

Age 74, 0f Glenville, WV went to Heaven, on Thursday, February 07, 2019 at the Glenville Center, Glenville, WV following an illness.

She was born on August 14, 1944 in Copen, WV to the late Donald Lovell Godfrey and Margret “Maggie” (Ball) Godfrey.

She was married to the late Dale Junior Shaffer who preceded her in death on September 30, 1997.

Katie is survived by sons Richard Shaffer of Glenville, WV, Demia Louie Shaffer and wife Wendy of Anchorage, AK, Robert Paul Shaffer and wife Darlene of Lake Author, LA, daughter’s Sherry Watts of Burnsville, WV, Barbara Lattea and husband Robert of Seminary, MS, Dianna Shaffer of Mt. Forrest, MS. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. In addition to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren Katie is survived by her siblings Charles Godfrey, of Flat Rock MI, Pete Godfrey of Copen, WV, Donnie Godfrey of Grayson, KY, and Virginia Crawl of Newport Richie, FL. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband Katie was preceded in death by siblings Jake, Francis, Shirley, Dick, June, Leno, Ann, and Mary Louise.

Katie was a dedicated home maker for her family and she enjoyed cooking for them and tending to her children and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s needs. She was a great cook and was known for her world class biscuits and potato salad. She worked for a number of years in home health care and later worked for private individuals. Later in life she enjoyed playing games on the computer, being on-line, and she also enjoyed watching soap operas and days of our lives was her favorite. Katie had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and will be sadly missed by all.

Friends are welcome to call at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 10-12 Noon.

Funeral Services will follow calling hours at Noon at the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.

Interment will follow the services in the Mt. Grove Cemetery in Bruceton Mill, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for Mary “Katie” Catherine (Godfrey) Shaffer and her Family.

Patrick Dewitt McDonnell Sr.

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Patrick Dewitt McDonnell Sr.

Age 85, of Vienna, WV passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019.

He was born June 30, 1933 in Pike, Ritchie County, West Virginia, a son of the late Patrick Dorn and Lona B. Dye McDonnell.

Patrick was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Medical Corps in Japan. He attended West Virginia University, was a home builder, and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church of Vienna.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Goff-Pryor McDonnell; one son, Patrick D. McDonnell Jr. (Andrea) of Vienna; one daughter, Annette Gelbrich (Frank) St. Petersburg, Florida; one sister, Dwytha Jane McDonnell of Vienna; one brother, Dores Dewann McDonnell (Dianna) of Florida; a son-in-law, Robert Konz of Veto, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Christine Hawkins, Paula Konz, Alyssa Cantley, Peter Gelbrich, Anna DeSalvo, and Sarah and Lauren McDonnell; and several great and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Konz; one grandson, Benjamin Konz; and two brothers, Maynard Dewayne McDonnell and Dores Dwight McDonnell.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral home, Vienna, with Edward Garrett officiating.

Burial will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

John Lawson Simons

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John Lawson Simons

Age 87, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Ritchie County, WV, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 03, 2019.

Born August 13, 1931. He was the only son of Okey and Casada Simons. He served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He loved to hunt, camp and explore. He was a lifetime member of the NRA.

John is preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Koon, his son John Rodney Simons and his granddaughter Sabrina Simons.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Esther Helen Simons, his children, Keena Rogers, of Tucson, Arizona, Helen Simons, of Tucson, Arizona, Carolyn Notman, of Massillon, Ohio, Richard Simons, of Alliance, Ohio and Robert Simons, of Ellenboro, West Virginia. His sisters, Georgia Tucker, of Brewster, Ohio, Patsy Moder, of Navarre, Ohio and Barbara Wornstaff, of Fredricksburg, Virginia..John was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home in Pennsboro, WV, from 11 AM – 1 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Memorial Service to follow with Pastor David Simons officiating.

Graveside service afterwards at the Masonic Cemetery in Ellenboro with full military honors conducted by Harris Ritchie VFW #3554.

A luncheon at the Glendale Community Building in Glendale, WV directly following graveside service.

Paul Wade Harris Sr.

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Paul Wade Harris Sr.

Age 71, of Buckhannon, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family in the comfort of his own home on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 after an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on February 24, 1947 a son of the late Wayne Harris and Kathleen Rowan Harris.

Forever carrying their memories of Paul are two children: Cynthia Harper and husband, David, and Paul Harris Jr. and wife, Mary S., along with their mother Mary L. Harris, all of Buckhannon; five grandchildren: Austin Lane and companion, Brittney Tenney, Martika Lane, and Kelsi, Kellie, and Nathanial Harris; one great grandchild, Kaden Lane; one sister Agnes Bailey of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley Harris.

Paul is a U.S. Army Veteran who worked for several years at the WV Glass Factory.  He also worked at the State Hospital and volunteered for the Lewis County EMS.  He loved hunting, fishing, God and his grandchildren. Paul also had a special fondness for M & M’s, which he called peanuts.

Family and friends will gather at Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral & Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon from 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday in the Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ricky Hymes officiating.

Interment will follow at 2:00 PM at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Army and the Upshur County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made directly to Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral and Cremation (21 Elnora Circle, Buckhannon, WV 26201) to aide with his final expenses.

Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral and Cremation is honored and privileged to serve the family of Paul Wade Harris Sr.

Edith Virginia Smith White

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Edith Virginia Smith White

Age 104 of Falls Church, VA formerly of West Union, WV departed this life on Wednesday, February 06, 2019. 

She was born on June 23, 1914 in Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late H. Walter and Mary E. Freeman Smith. 

Her husband Arnold “Jack” White preceded her in death on November 18, 1978.

Surviving are her son-in-law, Herbert Wamsley, Arlington, VA, grandchildren, Evan David Wamsley (Rena), Arlington, VA, Erin Jane Wamsley (Matthew Tucker), Greensville, SC, great grandchildren, Rowan Elena Tucker, Jackson Aslan Wamsley, and Juliana Saray Wamsley, one sister, Martha Lee Williams and husband Leo, West Union. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Ann Wamsley, on April 29, 2017, and by two brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. White had retired from the Marion County Board of Education as a school teacher.  She had resided in Fairmont WV and returned to Doddridge County after retirement to live near her family members, to whom she was exceptionally devoted.  She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front. Street, West Union on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM with Pastor David McCauley presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Freeman Cemetery, Rt. 18 N. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, February 16, 2019 after 11 AM until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the White family.

Steven Andrew Paugh

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Steven Andrew Paugh

Age 69, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, February 08, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

His mother Cora Vanpelt welcomed him to the world on January 28, 1950 in Weston, WV.

On July 16, 1993 he married the love of his life, Patty Moore Paugh. They were inseparable for the nearly 26 years of their marriage.

Steve was a proud Veteran of the United States Army who served his country in the Vietnam War. He loved the outdoors of Almost Heaven and returned to his home of WV after his military service. He worked at the Weston State Hospital, was a groundskeeper for Burnsville Lake, and detailed cars for Mountain State Auto Auction.

He was known for his legendary sense of humor and his unwavering stubbornness. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Those keeping his memory alive are his wife, Patty; two children: Steven J. Paugh, and Christina Mowery and husband, Todd all of Weston; two grandchildren: Brandon Mowery and Elizabeth Pratt; five step-daughters: Melissa Smith and husband, Ronald, Tracy Shank and husband, Nick, Stacy Thompson, Lisa Poling and Felicia Wiant; and 12 step-grandchildren: Zachari Landars, Alivia Landers, Kylee Tenney, Abigail Smith, Hunter Edwards, Haley Jordan, Emily Jordan, Logan Bontrager, Andrew Wiant , Alexis Wiant Cody Hafferty and Erika Hafferty.

Preceding Steve in death are his mother and younger brother, Bobby Paugh.

Friends are invited to join the family for visitation on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Pat Boyle Funeral Home located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 2-5 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 5 PM in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Chad Metz officiating.

Following the funeral Steven’s request for cremation will be honored.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home, appreciate the service of Steven Andrew Paugh and it has been our honor and privilege to serve his family.

Matthew Wayne Williams

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Matthew Wayne Williams

Age 38, of Grantsville, WV passed away unexpectedly, Monday, February 04, 2019.

Matthew was born August 17, 1980, and was a lifelong resident of Grantsville, West Virginia.

He worked at the Minnie Hamilton Health Center, as a lab technician, and enjoyed his profession and his many co-workers and friends that he made along the way. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He graduated from Calhoun High school in 1998.

He is survived by his mother Kathy Richards Barr of Grantsville, WV, father Roy (Butch) Williams of Big Bend, WV, sister Valarie (Patric) Cook of Grantsville, WV, the apple of his eye-his nephew Noah Cook of Grantsville, WV, and step-father, Steve Barr, paternal grandmother Omagene Eagle Williams, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother “Granny” Pauline Richards, maternal grandfather Orland Richards, paternal grandfather Dale Williams, and his uncle Donald Ray Williams.

Services will be held on Monday February 11, 2019 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, funeral service will be at 7 PM, with Pastor Roger Dale Williams officiating.

Clem “Bud” Morris Weaver

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Clem “Bud” Morris Weaver

Age 89, of Little Hocking, Ohio passed away February 07, 2019 at home.

He was born July 27, 1929 at Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Jackson Woodford and Oleta M. Frymier Weaver.

Mr. Weaver retired from the United States Navy with over 20 years of faithful service to his country including service in Korea and Vietnam.

Surviving is his wife Joyce Dexter Weaver, two sons Tom (Mindy) Martin, of Vienna, WV; Scott (Jody) Martin of Little Hocking, one daughter Sally Martin (Curtis Atkinson) of Charleston, WV; six grandchildren Sierra, Austin, Callum, Cavan, Kennedy, and Avery.

In addition to his parents he is pre-deceased by four brothers and one Sister.

Cremation services have been entrusted to Kimes Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Parkersburg.

A memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Thelma Elaine Heckert

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Thelma Elaine Heckert

Age 72, of Weston, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at the United Hospital Center.

She was born Weston, WV on March 02, 1946 a daughter of the late Clarence Edgar Alta Leora Bond Boram.

On February 14, 2006 she married Kendall Heckert and together have shared nearly 13 years of marriage.

Thelma’s light-hearted and outgoing nature will be remembered by two children: Kimberly Marple and husband, David, of Jane Lew, WV; and Melissa Swiger and husband, Robert, of Weston; five grandchildren: David Marple and companion, Angela Hiley, Leeann Marple and companion, Christopher McElwain, Sheena Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenkins and companion, Anthony Stalnaker, and Destiny Jenkins; and one brother, Donald Boram of Weston.

In addition to her parents, Thelma was preceded in death by two sons: Dennis Eugene Hitt, and Russell Guy Hitt Jr.; first husband, Russell Guy Hitt; two siblings: Howard Eugene and Vera Marie Boram.

Thelma loved to cook and put her talent to good use when she worked in the kitchen at the Weston State Hospital. She continued to share her culinary skills when she worked at Pizza Hut in Weston. Thelma also enjoyed reading and spending time with her animals. Her four dogs: Bandy, Dandy, Gus, and Buddy; and her three cats: Blondie, Autumn, and Marmalade will all miss the love and affection she showed them. Thelma’s faith was strong and she was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made directly to the Pat Boyle Funeral Home (PO Box 569, Jane Lew, WV 26378) to aide with final expenses.

Cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Thelma Elaine Heckert.

Robert A.(Bob) Parker, Sr.

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Robert A.(Bob) Parker, Sr.

Age 76, of Weston, WV has pulled his final load as of February 06, 2019 and is parked safe in heaven.

Bob was a long haul truck driver and equipment operator for most of his life and passed on his love of diesel to four of his children.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching Westerns and spending time with his family. Bob will be missed and loved by his family who will keep him in their hearts forever.

Bob was born on March 15, 1942 in Ludlow, MA to the late Fawn (Garrett) Parker and the late Earl Parker.

On December 10, 1993, he married Bonnie L. (Conley) Parker, who survives.

He was preceded in death his late wife: Janice Lee (Stephens) Parker who passed away from this earth on February 06, 1993 and two brothers: William (Bill) Parker and Richard C. Parker. He was also preceded in death by three children: Pamela K. Petre, Lori R. Petre and Russell E. Petre and one grandchild: Elizabeth D. Cawthon.

Mr. Parker is survived by his son and namesake Robert A. Parker, Jr. and wife Helen of Weston, daughter Fawn L. (Parker) Haggerty husband Danny, Jr. of Lost Creek, daughter Cheyenne B. Parker, son Braylon R. Parker both of Weston and two step daughters: Lisa Ballard and Barbie Hayhurst. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Victoria Delaney of Lost Creek, WV; Oliver Caple and wife MaKenzie of Morgantown, Alexander Parker of Lost Creek, Allen Petre, Heather Hanna and husband Matt, Chuck Clem, Tabatha Clem both of Weston, Haley Petre, Makayla Petre, Penelope Petre and 6 great grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, February 09, 2019 from 3-5 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 5:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ron Brown officiating.

Following services and at Bob’s request his body will be cremated.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Robert A. (Bob) Parker, Sr.

Tommy Fire King

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Tommy Fire King

Age 68, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on January 30, 2019 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, WV following a brief illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on March 01, 1950: son of the late French King and Anna Bell (Alkire) King.

On February 14, 1999, he married Catherine (Gibson) King, who preceded him in death on August 23, 2015.

Mr. King is survived by one daughter: Rachel King of Weston, WV; one stepdaughter: Crystal Butcher of Fairmont,WV; two stepsons: Christopher Alderman of Parsons and William Jason Butcher of Weston and six grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: David King of Weston and Gene King of Jane Lew, four sisters: Elma Riffle, Irene Lundell and Virginia Marple all of Weston and Sue Bonnell of Jane Lew and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Catherine, he was preceded in death by four sisters: Madge Richards, Juanita King, Anna Bonnell and Hazel Foster.

Mr. King cut right-a-ways for a lumber company, worked maintenance with Lake Riley and was a glassworker with West Virginia Glass Specialty Company of Weston. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. With a large family, he spent lots of time with them.

At Tom’s request, his wishes to be cremated were honored.

A service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Jackie “Jack” Lee Brown

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Jackie “Jack” Lee Brown

Age 62, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, February 0, 2019 under the compassionate care of the Genesis Glenville Center.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 13, 1956 a son of the late Elias Robert and Agnes May Titus Brown.

Jack is survived by one niece, Tanya Spriggs of Clarksburg, WV; two nephews: Shane Curry of FL, and Michael Brown of TN; many great nieces and nephews; several cousins including, Roy Brown and wife, Betty, of Weston; and neighbor and close friend Jerry Rohrbough and his family of Weston.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by four siblings: Robert, Barbara, and Terry Brown, and Dianna Heaster.

Jack loved talking on his CB Radio and riding his Honda 600 motorcycle. He was a man with a large heart and will be missed dearly.

Graveside Services will be held at Broad Run Cemetery at 11 AM on Thursday, February 07, 2019 with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Jackie “Jack” Lee Brown.

Lela Mae Coleman

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Lela Mae Coleman

Age 86, residing at Colonial Place of Elkins, WV passed away on Monday, February 04, 2019 in Davis Memorial Hospital of Elkins following a brief illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on August 15, 1932: daughter of the late Robert Donaldson and Cora (Hefner) Donaldson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Coleman in September of 2016.

Mrs. Coleman is survived by three daughters: Connie Sellers of Sandy Ridge, NC, Joyce Helmick and Vicki Horner both of Weston, one son: Denny Guy of Weston, two step children: Denise Hiser of Pennsylvania and Chet Coleman, Jr. of Florida, six grandchildren: Sarah Nix, Tonya (Rob) Kittle, Stephen Helmick , Josie (Larry J.) Bush, Thomas (Katie) Guy and Phillip (Shannon) Ross and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one ½ sister: Leoma Fallon of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Chester, Lela was preceded in death by two brothers: Danny and Billy Donaldson, one sister: Lula Landreth and one ½ brother: Pee Wee Donaldson.

Mrs. Coleman was a psychiatric aide at Weston State Hospital. While in Florida, she could do a word search puzzle book in a day and she loved watching her movies on Lifetime Channel.

Lela’s wish for cremation has been honored and family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, February 08, 2019 from 11 AM until 1 PM for fellowship time.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Lela Mae Coleman.

Fred L. Dahmer

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Fred L. Dahmer

Age 77, of Weston, WV passed away Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born on February 13, 1941 in Deer Run, WV in Pendleton County, WV to the late Fred A. and Leah M. Dahmer.

In addition to his parents, one brother, Harlan Dahmer, preceded Fred in death.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dixie Lee (Weaver) Dahmer, formerly of Dilliner, PA. Also surviving Fred are two daughters: Dawn M. Stafford and husband, Bruce, and Donna L. Moody and husband, Kendell Lee Moody II; two grandsons: Jordan Stafford and companion, Susan Martin, and Aaron Jordan; one granddaughter, Courtney Stafford and companion, Brendan Schwendeman, all of Weston; two brothers-in-law: Sonny Keener and Joseph Weaver and wife, Linda, of PA; one sister-in-law, Macie Dahmer of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Fred graduated from Franklin High School in 1958. He then attended West Virginia University and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanics in 1962. He worked for International Harvester and retired from the United States Department of Agriculture, A.S.C.S in 1994.

Fred was a member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, AARP, WV Agriculture Hall of Fame, National Association of State and County Employees and Weston Moose Lodge #1376 with a Pilgrim Degree.

In honoring Fred’s wishes, he was cremated and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s honor can be made to St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church located at 120 E. 3rd Street, Weston, WV 26452.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Fred L. Dahmer.

Margaret Willadene “Deanie” Daugherty

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Margaret Willadene “Deanie” Daugherty

Age 81, of Canton, OH, passed away February 01, 2019 at her residence.

She was born September 27, 1937 at Berea, WV, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Marie Lamm Campbell.

Deanie graduated from Harrisville High School in 1955 and Glenville State College in 1962. She taught school at 19 years of age at Brohard in a one room school and taught in Ritchie County for nine years. In 1963 she was a finalist for teacher of the year in WV. She was a member of Canton Baptist Temple, Canton, OH.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charles Edward Daugherty; three children, Jennifer Henderson (Gregory) of Canton, OH, Steven Daugherty of Canton, OH and Kevin Daugherty (Erin) of Tustin, CA; grandchildren, Grace Daugherty, Zoe Daugherty and Zachary Daugherty; and step-grandson, Tim Kirkpatrick; her brother, Rodney Campbell (Linda) of Harrisville and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a nephew, Jamie Campbell.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Friday, February 08, 2019 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Brian Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 PM.

Minoka Pearl Mackey

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Minoka Pearl Mackey

Age 91 of Harrisville, WV passed away February 04, 2019 at her daughter’s residence.

She was born November16, 1927 at Washburn, WV, the daughter of the late Dewitt G. and Georgia Rexroad Jett.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Apostolic Church, Harrisville.

She is survived by her children, Cathy Blevins (Jim) of Mineral Wells, WV; Glenda McDonald of Harrisville, and John Powell of Findley, OH; brothers, Carl Jett of Urichsville, OH, and John Jett of Findley, OH; grandchildren, Sabrina Powell (Henry), Morgan Powell, Alena and Alaurick and her faithful friend Fluffy.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Glendon McDonald, Forest Powell, Charles Newbrough and George Mackey; grandson, Glendon Blevins; brother, James Robert Jett and sister, Mary Goodnight.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Thursday, February 07, 2019 at Raiguel Funeral Home with Rev. Carl D. Jett officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

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

Wilma (Brown) Pierce

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Wilma (Brown) Pierce

Age 62, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 02, 2019 at CAMC General after a short illness.

She was born May 25, 1956 in Sutton, WV a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin “Amos” Brown and Gladys (Moore) Brown.

Wilma worked in retail. She enjoyed baking and gardening and would help anyone she could without helping herself.

Wilma is survived by sons, David Pierce and Mikel Pierce; daughter, Nellie Greenleaf; grandson, Mikel Aiden Towe – Pierce; brothers, Gene Brown, Jim Brown and Junior Brown; sister, Sue Nicholson.

She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Abigail Renae Towe – Pierce; brothers, Dale Brown and Gerald Brown.

Wilma was cremated and a memorial service will held 2 PM Saturday, February 09, 2019 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor David Tanner officiating.

Gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to memorial service.

Anna Pearl Washington

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Anna Pearl Washington

Age 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away January 30, 2019, at the Worthington Nursing Home in Parkersburg.

She was born May 02, 1930 in Sutton, WV, the daughter of the late Carl James and Pearl Robinson Johnson.

Anna was a homemaker, a member of Calvary Community Church in Belpre, OH, and enjoyed her flower garden. Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Marc E. Washington (Elizabeth) of Findlay, OH, Mack E. Washington of Belpre, OH, Rebecca E. Harvey of Columbus, OH, Victor K. Washington of Columbus, Sheila A. Washington of Parkersburg, and Michele E. Washington (Randy) of Parkersburg; one son-in-law, Myron Waderker of Little Hocking, OH; her ten grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Washington; her daughter, Denise Y. Waderker; one granddaughter, Monica Larsen; and one great-grandson, Langston Larsen.

Funeral services for Anna will be held, 12:00 PM Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home 400 Green Street, Parkersburg, with Pastor Kenneth Fullerton officiating.

Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Parkersburg.

Visitation will be 10:00 AM until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lillian Maxine Westfall

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Lillian Maxine Westfall

Age 98, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the Grafton City Hospital in Grafton, WV.

She was born July 15, 1920, in Horner, WV, a daughter of the late Charlie G. and Isabela “Vesta” Rohrbough Henline.

On August 02, 1942, she married David D. Westfall who passed away unexpectedly on October 30, 1991, after 49 blissful years.

She was part of a large loving family of five boys and five girls.

She is survived by one brother, Carl Henline and wife Arline of OH; two sisters, Pearl Lawrence and Roberta Montgomery both of OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dale, David, Aldace and Walter along with sisters Azalia, Ashley and Leda Moore.

In honoring Mrs. Westfall’s wishes she will be cremated and at her request her ashes will be placed by her husband at Mt. Hermon Cemetery at a later date.

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

Harry “Mike” Michael Seckman

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Harry “Mike” Michael Seckman

Age 68 of Salem, WV passed away Thursday January 31, 2019 at Salem Center with family by his side. 

He was born December 20, 1950 in Clarksburg, WV son of the late Harry Seckman and Veva Mae Bonnell Davis. 

Mike graduated from Bristol High School and attended Salem College.  He served the in the US Army and US Merchant Marine during Vietnam. He retired from AFG-Fourco Glass with over thirty five years of service.  He was a member of the Salem VFW Post 9151. His hobbies included working on electronics and fishing. Harry was an avid animal lover and jokester. 

He is survived by his three children, Lori McKinney and Wayne, Michael Seckman and Mindy, Melissa Sandy and Jason and their mother, Connie Bonnell Martin all of West Union, WV; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren; three sisters, Kay Davis and Gene, Big Isaac, Lori Davis, Salem, and Sheila Reed, FL; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Wesley Seckman; one sister, Barb Stoneking. 

Family will receive friends at Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 W. Main Street, Salem, on Monday, February 04, 2019 from 10 AM - 12 Noon.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, February 04, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the WV National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Harrison County Honor Guard and the US Army Reserves from Camp Dawson.

Greathouse Funeral Home is honored to assist the Seckman family.

Harold “Kitty” Wilson

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Harold “Kitty” Wilson

Husband, father, grandfather, friend, decorated war hero, scoutmaster, passed peacefully in his home on the morning of January 31, 2019.

He was born at home in Chestnut Lick, Gilmer County, WV on August 31, 1922, a son of the late Henderson Bill Wilson and Rachel Ivy Meadows Wilson.

After graduating from Glenville High School in 1942, Kitty served in the US Army until 1946. Following his return from the war, Kitty attended Glenville State College and became the first of his family to earn a college degree in 1950. He not only excelled in academics, but he was a pivotal member of the Glenville State College Pioneers football team and was recognized as the third leading college punter in the United States.

On June 10, 1950, Kitty married the love of his life, Dorothy Jeanne Johnson Wilson, and they enjoyed 66 years of marriage. He saw her for the first time while ice skating in the winter of 1948. She took his breath away and he knew from that moment that she was the woman he would marry.

Kitty is survived by three children: Michael A. Wilson and wife Mary Alice of Grantsville, WV, Barbara Wilson Lay and husband Brad Lay of Marlinton, WV, and foster daughter W. Kay Deem and husband Greg of Mineral Wells, WV; one sister, Pauline “Polly” Bennett of Orlando, FL; four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two step grandchildren, four step-great grandchildren, one foster grandson, and two foster great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne; five brothers, James Monroe, Ferrell, Kenneth, Arland “Lit”, and Arnett “Arnie” Wilson; and four sisters, Josephine Sims, Garnett Hartman, Flora Wilson, and Carolyn Lee Kemper.

Kitty worked for 37 years at Hope/Consolidated/Dominion, but his true passion was as a boy scout leader. He was a scout leader for 50 years where he influenced the lives of hundreds of men, 50 of which achieved the coveted title Eagle Scout, 6 of those men being father/son pairs.

When he wasn’t serving as a troop leader, Kitty could be found on his Cub Cadet where he spent so many hours the hour counter rolled over at least once. If he wasn’t mowing, he would be somewhere in the great outdoors usually performing service for others. His favorite saying was, “I did it because it needed to be done.” His favorite ways to unwind were watching sports on mute and singing songs around a campfire surrounded by family. He was a dedicated father, loving grandfather, and spread so much love and knowledge during his time on this earth. He will be dearly missed and when our time comes we will be listening for his signature whistle to call us home.

Per his request, his remains were donated to the human gift registry at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he will continue even in death to educate and spread knowledge.

A celebration of life for he and Jeanne will be held in conjunction at a later date.

Curtis Eugene Etheredge, Jr.

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Curtis Eugene Etheredge, Jr.

Age 57, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 27, 2019 as a result of a trucking accident.

He was born December 26, 1961 at Philadelphia, PA the son of the late Curtis E. Etheredge and Caroline Ann Etheredge of Chalfont, PA.

Curtis had owned Etheredge Landscaping for 25 years. He was a truck driver and owner of Shemp’s Restaurant at Ellenboro, WV. He found himself in WV where he loved his family, riding motorcycles, shooting guns, making pizzas and his animals.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kathleen Skay Etheredge; son Christopher George MacWilliams and wife Jennifer of Pottstown, PA; grandchildren, Jayden Christopher MacWilliams and Arrianna Sophia MacWilliams; and brother James Etheredge of Freeland, PA.

Raiguel Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation arrangements.

James “Andy” Charles Anderson

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James “Andy” Charles Anderson

Age 84, of Tunnel Fork Road, Gassaway, WV went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at his residence.

James was born in Pontiac, MI on June0 9, 1934 to the late Carl Anderson and Anna Marie Huusom.

On September 26, 1955 he married his soulmate Shirley “Dot” Temple (Smith) Anderson whom he was married to for sixty one years.  She preceded him in death on July 05, 2018.

Surviving is daughter, Dana M. Yates of Gassaway, WV, grandchildren Devon N. Yates and Charles J. Yates both of Norfolk, VA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Anderson served his Country in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War. Before he went to the military he went to school to become an architect. He enjoyed working with wood and his hands. He could draw and paint just about anything. Above all he enjoyed helping his family and spending time with them.

Family received friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Flatwoods Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 5-8 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Aaron Sligar officiating.

Interment followed in the Newville Cemetery.

Graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 33.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV will be honored to handle the arrangements of Mr. James “Andy” Charles Anderson.

Joe Engel Chrisman

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Joe Engel Chrisman

Went to be the Lord Wednesday morning, January 23, 2019, after a five month battle with West Nile Virus.

He was born and raised in Gassaway, WV.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Business from West Virginia University. After graduation, he worked for Olan Mills where he met and fell in love with Karen Griggs. They married in February 1973. After having three children they moved to Kingwood, TX in 1987 to raise their family and have resided there ever since then.

Joe was working at KBR at the time of his death. Joe never met a stranger. He was a personable and charismatic man with a big heart. He enjoyed basketball, football, and cars. Above all, he loved spending time with his family.

Joe is preceded in death by his father, Carl “Frederick” Chrisman and his mother, Juanita Marie.

He is survived by his sister, Anne Rodak her daughters, Rae and Lee and their families, his loving wife, Karen, his children, Todd and his wife, Tracy, Kyle and his wife, Gaby and Kimberly and her husband, Paul, and his adoring grandchildren, Ty, Frederick, Bryce, Tobi, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Garrett and Elizabeth

. He is loved by many and will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

Funeral service will be 1:30 PM Sunday, February 03, 2019 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Interment will be in the Chrisman Cemetery, Chapel.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to either of the following: Gassaway Baptist Church, PO Box 128, Gassaway, WV 26624 or Second Baptist Church Youth Ministry UPWARD Basketball: Second Baptist Church: Second Loves Kids, Upward Basketball Scholarships In Memory of Joe Chrisman, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057.

Jerry Waide Tanner

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Jerry Waide Tanner

Age 68, passed away January 24, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on September 19, 1950 in Gassaway, WV, he was the son of the Russell Waide and Juanita Raider Tanner.

Jerry enjoyed playing banjo, mandolin, and guitar. He was a member of Monks Choir, a Christian band, for 10 years. Jerry and his wife, Janet, who he married 20 years ago, enjoyed boating and fishing, especially with their grandsons. He was also an avid golfer.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Janet Lefler Tanner; sons, Russell Scott Tanner (Stephanie), Andrew Patrick Tanner (Jacque); stepson, Charles Van Shafer Drury (Sharla); brothers, Jack Lee Tanner (Marion); sister-in-law, Mary Tanner; and grandsons, R.J, Jeremiah, Drew and Lucas Tanner.

He is predeceased by one brother, Jim Tanner.

A memorial service was held at 3 PM on Sunday, January 27 at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, P.O. Box 3369, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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