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Loretta “Sharon” (Harris) Hudkins

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Loretta “Sharon” (Harris) Hudkins

Age 74, of Sutton, WV gained her wings on December 11, 2018, with her family by her side at home, after battling Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsons.

She was born on December 01, 1944 at High Knob, WV to the late Karl Dexter & Angelia Mae (Gregory) Harris.

Sharon was a 1963 graduate of Sutton High School, a faithful Christian and devoted wife, mother, mamaw, sister, aunt and friend.

Sharon was a homemaker, a caregiver and a blessing to those that knew her. She had a beautiful, loving, kind soul. When welcoming family and friends to her home, she always offered a cup of coffee to them. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, entertaining and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed making people laugh, listening to and singing with music, especially Elvis. She loved camping, biking, walking, birdwatching, sitting on a porch swing and exploring nature, searching for rocks and pointing out special things that she would wonder upon while outdoors. She encouraged those around her to enjoy the little things that God had created for us and to never lose our sense of appreciation and wonder for them.

Surviving are six daughters; Lisa (Keith) Brown, Lori (Melvin) Showalter, Christy Lynn (Jeff) Hatmaker, Libby (David) McQuain, Lindsey Hudkins (Nathan Harrison) and Leslie (Shane) Tomblin, all of Sutton, WV and son, Timothy (Walkeria) Hudkins of Wilsie, WV. Also surviving are grandchildren; Bryan and Logan Brown, Dusty Hudkins, Cameron Showalter, Tristan and Benton Hatmaker, Zack and Zoey McQuain and great-grandchildren; Mason Brown, Bryson and Layton Moats. She is survived by sisters, Betty Bright of Sutton, WV and Patsy Vanderworp of St. Claire Shores, MI and brother Delmas “Duke” (Judy) Harris of Sutton, WV. Also surviving are sister-in-laws, Janice Harris and Leta Hudkins of Sutton, WV and Velma Hudkins of Charleston, WV, a special niece, Aerwanna (Dave) Frame of Sutton, WV along with several loving nieces & nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Camden Davis Hudkins, as well as, her sisters; Lola “Ruth” Bragg, Alice Kniceley, Phyllis Stalnaker and Mona Bright, and brothers; Bill Harris, Junior Harris and John Harris.

Family will receive friends at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV on Friday, December 14 from 5-8 PM and Saturday, December 15 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home on Saturday, December 15 at 1 PM with Rev. Rodney England and Rev. Eric Veltre officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to High Knob Cemetary c/o Delmas Harris, Treasurer, 65 Beamer Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Loretta “Sharon” Hudkins.

William E. “Bill” James

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William E. “Bill” James

Age 92, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 09, 2018 at home, with family and his beloved dog “SugarBear” at his side.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Garnett James; father, Orvin Ransom James; his mother, Mary Fraser; his two brothers, Orvin and Charles; and sister, Mary Lou.

Bill will be deeply missed by his two children, Denise and George, both of Gassaway; his two grandchildren, Joshua and Amy of New Port Richey, Florida; and his two great-grandchildren, Katherine (Katie) and Brett also from Florida.  Additionally his many good friends and church family will greatly miss his friendship and smiling face.

Bill graduated from Gassaway High School in 1946 with his high school sweetheart and wife of 69 years, Garnett.  Bill served in the Marine Corp and was stationed in Miami and Puerto Rico.  Bill and Garnett bought their first home in Gassaway and remained in the same home for all of their married life.  After leaving the service Bill was hired on to the B & O Railroad as a fireman.  He retired from the railroad working as a brakeman and conductor.  Bill loved to cook and anyone who ate his pies would attest, he was a good cook.  Bill loved to volunteer to cook for local fund raisers, church events, and was a fixture at the Gassaway Days breakfast for many years.  In 2008 he was recognized as Gassaway’s Citizen of the Year for his community volunteer work.

The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to our wonderful neighbor, Linda Simmons Cain, for her help and many thoughtful meals during Bill’s illness.  The support of the WV Caring nurses and staff and the Braxton County Seniors Nursing for their kind care and thoughtfulness was most appreciated.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Johnny Conrad officiating. 

Interment with Military Graveside rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations be made to WV Caring or the Frametown Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Richard M. roach funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Ivy Von Yoak

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Ivy Von Yoak

Age 95, of Grantsville, WV, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Paul and Fannie Morris Yoak; five brothers, Glendon, Paul, Morris, Harold, and Don; and three sisters, Mildred, Oleta, and Betty.

Mr. Yoak is survived by his wife of 76 years, Freda Radabaugh Yoak; two daughters, Karen Yoak (Bill) Lewis of Winston-Salem, NC, and Sharon Yoak (Dan) Turner of Martinsburg, WV; four grandchildren, Jodi (Paul) Hume, Baltimore MD, Britney (Scott) Rosenberger, Fairmont WV, Matthew (Madlon) Lewis, Decatur GA, and Jonathan (Whitney) Lewis, Arlington TX; and nine great grandchildren, Turner Von and Kaja Grace Hume of Baltimore, Isaac Daniel and Ayla Von Rosenberger of Fairmont, Thomas Kirk and Madlon Hawley Lewis of Decatur, and Savannah Rain, Lydia Caroline, and Ivy Rae Lewis of Arlington.

Mr. Yoak was a long time business man and was co-owner of the Grantsville Appliance, Inc. for 40 years, the Yoak Gas Company, and Dairy Products, Inc. He and Mrs. Yoak also co-owned and operated the Yoak Insurance Agency for 25 years.

Mr. Yoak was the oldest member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Grantsville, where he taught Sunday School and also served as choir director for many years. Mr. Yoak was a singer and performed from an early age with the Yoak Quartet, which included his sister Betty and brothers, Harold and Don. He was a member and officer in the Order of the Eastern Star, Grantsville Chapter #73.

He was also a 38-year member of the WV State Eastern Star Choir in which he was often a featured soloist. One of his crowning achievements was singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for the Bicentennial International Eastern Star Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, before 16,000 people. He has also performed in England, the Caribbean, and throughout the southeast.

Mr. Yoak learned to read music through the solfeggio system of shaped notes, which uses a specific shape that corresponds to each tone of a scale. Mr. Yoak delighted in teaching “singing schools” throughout West Virginia and in Florida.

Mr. Yoak was a 32nd degree Mason with the Eureka Lodge #40 in Grantsville, having served in every office many times, and as Master for many years over his 74-year membership.

As president of the Calhoun Development Corporation, Mr. Yoak worked tirelessly to bring business opportunities into Calhoun County, such as Rubber Fabricators, Inc. and Save-A-Tool. He was instrumental in buying the land for the Calhoun County Park, a recreational area. Mr. Yoak also served as secretary of the board of directors for the Calhoun General Hospital, which was established in the 1950’s.

Mr. Yoak enjoyed playing golf and traveling, visiting various places in the United States, England, Spain, and Africa. Mr. and Mrs. Yoak enjoyed going to Cocoa Beach, Florida, for six weeks every winter with the “Happy Days Club,“ a group of friends who vacationed together for 35 years.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, which will include an Eastern Star service at 7:30 PM.

The funeral will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the church conducted by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. and officiated by Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill UMC Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 3757 N. Calhoun Hwy., Grantsville, WV 26147.

Marium Pletcher

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Marium Pletcher

Age 94, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 10, 2018 with a steadfast faith and love for her Lord Jesus Christ.

She was born in Weston, WV to the late Ralph Jason Hugh and Lola Mary Jarvis Pletcher on August 18, 1924. 

Marium was co-owner of Byrne True Value Hardware.  She was a bookkeeper for Go Mart Inc.  She was the leader of Gassaway Mountaineer 4H Club .  Marium fostered her love of community as she was one of the original Founders of Gassaway Days.  She loved gardening and fishing.

Marium was preceded in death by her brother,  Ralph Jason Pletcher.

Surviving are her children, Michael Byrne of Gassaway, Andy Byrne and wife, Mary of Gassaway, Timothy Byrne and wife, Connie of Charleston, WV; Jeffery Byrne and wife, Dana of Ft. Worth, TX, Charles Byrne and wife, Diane of Jane Lew, WV; and Jennifer Floyd and husband, Robert of Buckhannon; WV; brother, Noel Jon “Skeeter” Pletcher of Gassaway; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In keeping with Marium’s wishes she will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, which is honored to serve Marium’s family.

Ruth R. Lawlis

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Ruth R. Lawlis

A life-long resident of Salem, WV, passed away peacefully at the Salem Center Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on December 11, 2018.  She was 95 years of age. 

Mrs. Lawlis was born in Joseph Mills, WV, on November 19, 1923. 

She was the daughter of Ora Carson Riggs and Edith Minnie Farrell Riggs. 

She attended Ritchie County public schools and graduated Salutatorian of her class at Pennsboro High School.

In 1940 Mrs. Lawlis moved to Salem and married James Harold Hayes.  They bought a home on Patterson Street (now Wilson Addition Road) where she lived until two months before her death.  They had one daughter, Linda Sue Mosher of Suffolk, Virginia.  James Hayes was killed in action while serving in WW II with the 142 Infantry Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division of the United States Army.

In late 1945, Mrs. Lawlis married Russell Lawlis, also a life-long resident of Salem.  Together they had one daughter, Elizabeth Morgan of Easton, Maryland.  Mr. Lawlis, a United States Army Veteran, also served his country honorably in WW II spending most of his service time in the Aleutian Islands.  He died in 1990.  They were married nearly forty-five years.

Ruth Lawlis had many friends.  She had a wide range of interests that included education, government, Christianity and social outreach.  As a young mother she volunteered tirelessly at Harden Grade School serving often as Home Room Mother for both daughters’ classrooms while working on projects to further the educational pursuits of each class.  She was instrumental in the passage of the first Harrison County School Levy.

Mrs. Lawlis was a staunch believer of the importance of exercising the right to vote and she never missed voting in any election.  She was part of a statewide voters’ registration project where she canvassed residents to educate, encourage and register people to vote in her neighborhood.  For many years she was a volunteer at the Salem Election Polling Place.

Perhaps the love of Ruth’s life, next to her love of family, was her work at the Salem United Methodist Church where she was a member for seventy-five years.  As such, she held office in every area of the church, year after year chairing committees and furthering the church’s community outreach. She taught Sunday School and sang in the church’s choir. She was an avid student of The Bible.  For over thirty-five years, Mrs. Lawlis hosted the annual Salem United Methodist Church Women’s Society Christmas Party.  Under her encouraging direction, the party grew to include the women of local satellite churches in the annual event.  A few years ago, in recognition of her devotion, it was voted to formally recognize the gathering as the Ruth Lawlis Christmas Party.

Reading and working cross word puzzles were also important daily passions.  She read and exchanged hundreds of books with friends   In the late nineties, Mrs. Lawlis was instrumental in a committee that established the Salem Free Public Library which serves valley residents and is still in existence today.  Ruth belonged to a local bridge club and often hosted the group in her home for an evening of card playing.

She also loved local sports and for years along with friends attended the West Virginia Basketball Tournament in Charleston.  She loved playing a round of golf at the Salem Golf Course. 

In addition to these activities Mrs. Lawlis was an accomplished seamstress.  She loved beautiful clothing and over the years she made many of her own clothes and the clothes of her daughters.  She often sewed into the night.  She was a wonderful cook, kept a garden and preserved dozens of different varieties of fruits and vegetables.  With all her activities she always made certain she was at home to greet her daughters when they arrived home from school. 
Ruth Lawlis was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She helped found the charter chapter of Rainbow Girls, the young women’s organization of the Order.  She also belonged to several organizations including the Harrison County Historical Society, Veteran’s Wives, Salem Country Club, The Blue Flames, The Women’s Club of Salem, Salem Garden Club, Salem International University Auxiliary, Women’s Society of Salem United Methodist Church, “Birthday Girls” and The Tuesday Lunch Bunch. 

Mrs. Lawlis is survived by her two daughters Linda and Elizabeth, one son-in-law, Frederick Morgan, one grandson, Russell Mosher and his wife Gail, one granddaughter, Barbara Samples and her husband Mike, and one great grandson, Scott Samples.  In addition she is survived by a sister, Bernadean Molnar of Sandy Creek, PA, nephew Michael and his wife Janet, and nephew Jack Riggs of California.  Also surviving are sister Catherine Amos, brothers Joe Riggs and his wife Virginia and Donna Riggs, wife of deceased brother Ronnie.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Carol Fluharty, Kevin Fluharty, Carla Collins and her husband Ben and Helen Fleming and her husband Jim. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 21 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 22, at The Salem United Methodist Church with Rev Kevin Bender officiating.

Ruth will lie in repose one hour prior to service. 

Interment will follow at the Mt Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth’s memory to the Salem United Methodist Church, 183 E Main Street, Salem, WV, 26426. 

Gary Wayne Smarr

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Gary Wayne Smarr

Age 53 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness.

He was born April 23, 1965 in Braxton County, WV, son of Dora Reed Smarr of Glenville, and the late Murl Junior Smarr.

Gary was a graduate of Gilmer County High School, Class of 1984 and worked construction for many years having been employed by Cain Contracting and Country Side Construction. In the year 2000, Gary started working security for Glenville State College where he would remain for the next 18 years. On August 26, 2005 he successfully completed the training to become a certified police officer in the state of West Virginia.

In his spare time, Gary enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, spoiling his grandkids whenever possible, hunting, playing music, working on small construction jobs, caring for his classic cars, and attending Appalachian Cruiser Car Club functions. He is the current treasurer of the organization and also a founding member. Gary took great pride in his cars and could chat about automobiles, motorcycles, hunting, and many other subjects all day long.

On June 20, 1987 Gary was united in marriage to Lisa Bush Smarr, who survives at their Glenville home.

Along with his wife and mother, Gary is survived by his son, Kenneth “Kenny” Smarr of Glenville, 2 grandchildren, Garrett and Charlotte Smarr of Glenville,  and 6 siblings, Donna Fox and husband John of Glenville, Brandy Williams of Longview, TX; John Smarr and wife Katina of Dusk Camp, WV; Lisa D. Smarr of Parkersburg, WV; Melissa Francis and husband Shawn of Barberton, OH; and William Smarr of Sand Fork, WV.

Also surviving are 2 uncles, Ronnie Smarr and wife Rosie of Linn, WV; and Jimmy Smarr and wife Rachel of Buckhannon, WV; 1 Aunt, Shirley Townsend of Glenville, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Along with his father, Gary is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Cecilia “Nicole” Jackson Smarr.

Gary’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 3:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Friends will be received from 12 Noon- 3:00 PM Sunday afternoon at the Mortuary in Glenville.

Following services there will be a dinner prepared in Gary’s honor at the Camden Flats Baptist Church in Glenville.

All are encouraged to attend and share in food and fellowship.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Gary Wayne Smarr with arrangements.

Della Mae Westfall

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Della Mae Westfall

Age 86, of Sutton WV went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 10, 2018 at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston, WV.

She was born March 09, 1932 in Sutton, the daughter of the late John Wesley & Cora Bell Gibson Knight.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Westfall and brother, Walter Franklin Knight.

Della was a homemaker and was a member of the Polemic Run Baptist Church.

Left to cherish her memory is her sons, Tony Westfall (Debbie) of Sutton, John Henry “Tarzan” Westfall, Jr. (Kim) of Birch River; WV; daughters, Peggy Jean Burnheimer of Geneva, OH, Crystal Ranee Rose of Wheeling; brothers, Dana Lee Knight, Ernest Eugene Knight both of Ashtabula, OH, Charles Knight of OK, Leonard Vernon Knight of Richwood, WV; and Bernard Ray Knight of Austinburg, OH; sisters, Beulah Faye Sawyers, Linda Kay Cogar both of Sutton; 10 grandchildren, and several great and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday December 15, 2018 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. James Hamrick officiating.

Burial will follow at Tinney Cemetery, Sutton.

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

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

Alma Grace Minney

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Alma Grace Minney

Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV and Grantsville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 08. 2018.

She was born at Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Orville and Edna Sprouse Smith.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Huffman, son Blaine Minney (Beth), three grandchildren Brittany Huffman (Mike), Cody Minney and Meriah Anderson (Kris) and two great grandchildren, Callie and Leroy.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Harry Oren Minney and granddaughter, Brandy Huffman.

Alma loved animals and working word puzzles.

Services will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. in Grantsville, WV on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 5-8 PM.

Interment will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

D. Max Dodd

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D. Max Dodd

Age 83, of Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV.

Max was born August 04, 1935 in Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) a son of the late Burl and Evelyn (Lamm) Dodd.

He was retired from the state of West Virginia’s Department of Agriculture after many years of service. Max’s great passion in life was farming. He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1953 and a member of the Rainbow Grange #527 and was Methodist by faith.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Laura Belle (Mullenix) Dodd; son, Brad Dodd (Joey) of Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) and daughter, Bev McDonald (Jeff) of Harrisville, WV; grandchildren, Brent Dodd of Little Hocking, OH; Andi Dodd of Harrisville, WV; Meghan Edwards (Nathan) of Harrisville, WV; Gwyn Napier & Evan Napier of Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community); Deric McDonald of Columbus, OH; Michelle Harshbarger (Jason) of Pullman, WV and Jeremie Riggins of Little Hocking, OH; great grandchildren, Dylan & Reese Edwards and Jaelyn Shaffer; brothers, Greg Dodd and Gary Dodd (Sue) both of Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) and sister, Ruth Ann Dodd of Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community); sister in laws, Ada Riggs of Chevaux De Frise, WV and Helen Nichols of Fairmont, WV; brother in law, Bob Byers of Paden City, WV, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Clay and Ruby Lamm; paternal grandparents, Granville and Nettie Dodd; mother and father in law, Larcy and Dessie Mullenix; brother in laws, Millard “Speedy” Riggs,Ray Nichols, and Sam Mullenix, and sister in laws, Ermalee Wilson and Nellie Byers.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Thursday, December13, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Dr. James Levos and Rev. Bill Jemison officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Pullman Cemetery.

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

Earl Cleo Peters

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Earl Cleo Peters

Age 92, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 2:20 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 following an extended stay at Genesis Glenville Center.

He was born in Sand Fork, WV on April 08, 1926 the son of the late Albert and Dorothy McHenry Peters.

Earl was preceded in death by his first wife, and the mother of his children, Lena Persinger Peters in 1987.

On July 07, 2013 he married his current wife Arbutus Ann Collins and they shared five wonderful years of marriage.

Left to remember his intelligent and sociable character are three sons: Kenneth Peters and wife, Jennifer, of Valley Chapel, WV; Steve Peters and Janie of Weston, WV; and David Peters of Glenville, WV; one daughter-in-law, Tonja Peters of Sand Fork; two step-sons: Rob Lowther and wife, Sally, of Glenville, and David Sims and wife, Leslie, of Parkersburg, WV; Eleven grandchildren: Tracy, Mark, Stephen, Christopher, Christine, Greg, Jay Jay, Dusty, Allyson, Jordyn and Dalton; six step-grandchildren: Barbie, Tommy, Larry, RaeAnna, Josh and Mackenzie; seven great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert Lynn Peters of Bedford, OH; and one sister, Betty Phillips of Twinsburg, OH.

In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by one son, John Michael “Mike” Peters in March of 2018; one brother, Jim Peters; five half siblings: Alton and Alfred Peters, Alma Collins, Arlene Peters and Delma Ford; one step daughter, Greta Hyre; and his loyal companion and beloved dachshund, Bo.

Earl graduated from Sand Fork High School class of 1944. He worked for over 35 years as a well tender for Pennzoil. As a 50 year member of the Gilmer County Masonic Lodge #118, he was a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason. Earl was also a member of the St. John’s Commandery No. 8 Knights Templar in Weston. He loved to fish and treasured his time spent with family on their vacations in the Smokey Mountains.

Family and friends will gather at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 3-6 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at 6 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Groves officiating.

Following the funeral services, Earl’s request for cremation will be honored.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Earl Cleo Peters.

Ruth Hill Worstell

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Ruth Hill Worstell

Age 90, of Vienna, WV, passed away December 8th at Cedar Grove Assisted Living in Parkersburg after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ruth was born March 12, 1928 in Greenwood, WV a daughter of the late Dorsey and Georgia (Starkey) Hill.

Ruth graduated form Doddridge County High School with the class of 1945 and attended Salem College. She was employed as a secretary at the Pennsboro garment factory and worked at Union Trust Bank in Parkersburg. Ruth retired from The Bureau of Public Debt after 30 years of service and she was volunteer for the Parkersburg Police Dept. for many years. Ruth loved traveling, bowling, tennis and golf. She was an avid reader and loved to quilt.

Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Hill Wackerman (Ed) of Columbus, Ohio and a brother Earl Hill of Greenwood WV.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs Lehman (Sharon) Jackson of Pennsboro; WV; son Alan Worstell (Alicia) of Walker WV; daughter Jeanette Cunningham of Greenwood WV; grandchildren, Tomas Worstell, Catharine Worstell, Rosmery Murillo, Brian Cunningham and Wendy Cunningham Cox, along with 11 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Evang. Terry Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park near West Union, WV.

Visitation will be from 5 PM - 8 PM on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Eliza “Ike” Bell Vankirk

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Eliza “Ike” Bell Vankirk

Age 80, of Pricetown, WV went home to be with her Lord at 4:14 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Facility in Buckhannon.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 21, 1938 a daughter of the late Raymond Cecil and Bessie Margarete Riffle Goldsmith.

On August 26, 1954 she married Walter James Vankirk and they shared just over 51 wonderful years before his passing on September 05, 2005.

Ike is survived by her companion, Jack Bleigh, and his family; six brothers: Harry Goldsmith of Weston, WV; Samuel “Sammy” Goldsmith and wife, Chris, of Walkersville, WV; Claude Goldsmith and wife, Donna, and Ray “Andy” Goldsmith and wife, Vicki, both of Pricetown, and Roger Goldsmith and companion, Sandy, and Jerry Goldsmith both of Weston; three sisters: Delores Smith of Weston; Rosemary Lattea and husband, George, of Jacksons Mill, WV; and Virginia Burkhammer of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ike was preceded in death by two children: Sharon and Vicki Vankirk; and two brothers: Raymond “Bud” Goldsmith and Stanley Goldsmith.

While living in Illinois in her younger years, Ike worked for the Sara Lee Bakery. After the county roads brought her home to West Virginia she spent some time working for WV Glass before following her true calling as a personal care giver. For over 20 years, Ike gave her all to the clients she cared for through Lewis County Senior Center.

In her heart, Ike was grandma to many people. Her loving and kind nature led her to love all people and to help anyone she could. She loved conversation and could talk to anyone. Next to people, flowers were her favorite things and like people she loved them all.

Ike’s request for cremation has been honored and her family and friends will gather at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 10:30-11 AM on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

A Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 AM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Martin Wine officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Eliza “Ike” Bell Vankirk.

Margaret Marlene Vineyard

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Margaret Marlene Vineyard

Age 80, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away Wednesday December 05, 2018 at Roane General Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born in Clay County, West Virginia on March 11, 1938 and attended Roane County High School.

She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Spencer State Hospital. Margaret enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and playing cards.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Earl F. Vineyard, father Patrick O’Dell, mother Elizabeth O’Dell Mullins, brothers William O’Dell, Leon O’Dell, Paul O’Dell, Patrick Jr. O’Dell, sisters Arlene Cobb, Helen Carper.

Margaret is survived by her children Debbie Cox, Earl “Flip” Vineyard, and David Vineyard (Lora Davis) of Arnoldsburg, WV; grandchildren Kala Burgett (Bryce) of Fredericktown, OH, Victoria Vineyard of Washington, OH, Cole Vineyard (Katelyn) of Spencer, WV, Ross, Hayes, and Zane Vineyard of Arnoldsburg, WV, and Garrett Vineyard of Kenna, WV; brother Eugene O’Dell of Spencer, WV, great-grandchildren Bristol and William Barrett Burgett of Fredericktown, OH and Emery Johnson of Washington, WV and several nieces and nephews.

Upon her prior request there will be no service.

Her ashes will be spread at a later date at her favorite hunting spot on the family farm.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. is honored to the assisted Vineyard family with Marlene’s final arrangements.

James Lee Hakes

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James Lee Hakes

Age 50, of Grantsville, WV passed away Sunday December 02, 2018 at his home from a long-term illness.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 20, 1968.

He was proceeded in death by his father Ronald G. Hakes and Sister Penny Hakes.

His surviving family members are, his mother Frances Hakes of Grantsville,WV; two sisters Adreana Hakes of Clayton, Ohio and Tina Little of Millstone, WV; one son, Andrew Hakes of Clarksville,TN; two daughters, Diana Gregory of Wahiawa, Hawaii and Christina Hakes of Glasgow, KY; three granddaughters, Mollee, Lillian and Marlyanne; two grandsons, Leon and Navarre and several other family members.

Jim served twelve years in the US Army and is a veteran of the Gulf War 101st Airborne. He worked at RPR Industries the last six years until no longer unable. He enjoyed quizzing his fellow co-workers about music and other things. He loved his family and friends and is loved and will be truly missed by many.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV is honored to assist the Hakes family with Jim’s final arrangements.

Military honors in a national cemetery will take place at a later date.

Margaret Joyce “Joy” Bush

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Margaret Joyce “Joy” Bush

Passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Joy was born in Calhoun County, WV, on July 08, 1940, to the late C.O. Malona and Catherine R. Westfall Malona.

She was a retired factory worker, mother and She was well-loved by the community and was a loving friend to all who were fortunate enough to know her. She loved cooking, canning, music, tennis and golf. She was a Christian with a love of Jesus.

Joy is survived by her daughter Deanna R. Bush, her son, Cletus N. (Cristine) Bush, both of Williamstown, WV; granddaughters Diana Marie (Cameron) McGee, Bellington, WV, and Katheryn A. Bush, Williamstown WV; grandson Patrick Bush, of Winter Haven, FL and great grandsons Owen, Corey and Jamison. She is also survived by her brothers, Charles Owen Malona Jr. and Jerry Malona (Phyllis), Grantsville, WV; and many nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Ernestine “Tiny” Carson and Doris Marie “Muggs” Roberts, and brother in law John Paul Roberts.

As a testament of Joy’s devotion to others, she donated her body to WVU Human Gift Registry.

There will be no funeral, but a Celebration of Life will take place in the future.

Seymour Settle

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Seymour Settle

Age 80, of Newark, WV departed this life December 01, 2018.

He was the son of the late Otho and Goldie Campbell Settle of Apple Farm, WV.

He graduated from Calhoun County High 1957 and served in the United States Army. He retired from Wirt County Board of Education as a Bus Driver.

Seymour is survived by wife of 56 years, Marlyn.

Sons; Rodney (Beth) Settle of Newark, WV and Daniel (Dawn) Settle of Williamstown, WV. Sister; Aretta Schoolcraft of Glenville, WV. Brothers; Charles Settle of Tuppers Plains, OH and George (Kathy) Settle of Newark, WV.

Grandchildren; Stephen Settle of Elizabeth, WV, Tara Donley of Daytona Beach, FL, Colten Settle of Huntington, WV, Sarah Settle of Huntington, WV, Sarah (Colton) Anderson of Catlettsburg, KY, David (Ashley) Smith of Newark, WV, Miriam (Adam) Beall of Elizabeth, WV and Luke (Emily) Smith of Huntington, WV. Brothers-in-law Kenneth Paxton of Spencer, WV and Ronzil Lynch of Mt. Zion, WV. Also nine Great Grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Seymour is proceeded in death by sisters; Adaline Snider, Idell Goff, Ona Paxton and Audrey Walter. brothers; Lee Roy, Virgil, Benjamin and Sheral Settle.

Seymour will be greatly missed by family and a host of friends.

According to his request there will be no service. He donated his body to medical research.

William H. “John” Lytle

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William H. “John” Lytle

Age 91, of Frametown, WV, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at Clay Health Care Center, Clay.

He was born September 23, 1927 in Wire Bridge, WV the son of the late William Richard & Susie Triplett Lytle.

He is also preceded in death by brothers, Dick, Carl, Deb and Foster.

John was a Pipeliner with International Local Union # 132 of Operating Engineers for 55 years. He worked all over the United States as a Pipeliner. He served in Coast Guard during WWII and was a member of Hope Baptist Church, Frametown.   

He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Lou Duncan Lytle; sons, George Lytle (Lisa), Jonathan Lytle (Leona), William R. Lytle (Brenda), Scott Lytle all of Frametown; daughter, Teresa Jean Keener (Jack) of Morgantown; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hope Baptist Church, Frametown with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

Military Graveside Rite with American Legion Post #33, Sutton, will follow at Lytle Family Cemetery, Frametown.

Visitation for family and friends will be held 6-8 PM, Sunday, December 09, at the church in Frametown.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Lytle family.

Aubrey Matthew Blake

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Aubrey Matthew Blake

Age 74, of Horne, WVr passed away surrounded by loving family at 4:33 PM on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 in the comfort of his own home.

He was born in Weston, WV on May 27, 1944 a son of the late Richard Arthur and Elsie Bell Conrad Blake.

On January 14, 1987, Aubrey made Hazel Robinson Blake his wife. For all of the ups and downs of nearly 32 years they were by each other’s side.

His loving character will be remembered by eight children: Ralph Riffle and wife, Tricia, of Buckhannon, WV; Sheila Lunsford of Weston, Janet Bonnett and husband, Terry, of Cox’s Mills, WV; David Blake and wife, Pauline, Connie Gainer and husband, Matthew, David Robinson, Dwayne Flanagan, and Leslie Bragg and husband, Roger, all of Horner; eighteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one brother, Herbert Blake of Buckhannon; and one sister, Delores Friend of Weston.

In addition to his parents, Aubrey was preceded in death by one brother, Larry “Butch” Blake; and two sisters: June Garrett and Mary Johnson.

Aubrey was a hard worker who had worked on gas lines before spending over 20 years with Terry Hardman. Even in his down time he enjoyed working as he tinkered on small engines to get them running in top shape.

Because he was quiet in nature his pranks were unexpected and all the more funny. Aubrey like to watch football and baseball. He rooted for the Steelers while Hazel rooted for anyone playing against the Steelers. When it came to baseball, the Atlanta Braves were his team.

Aubrey’s greatest joy was his large family; he loved his children and grandchildren very much. He will be greatly missed by them all.

Friends are invited to join the family at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 12-2 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018.

Funeral Services will follow from the Pat Boyle Funeral Chapel at 2 PM with Pastor Robert Mitchell officiating.

Aubrey will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Jane Lew.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located is honored and privileged to serve the family of Aubrey Matthew Blake.

Milton J. Hughes

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Milton J. Hughes

Age 80, of Gassaway, WV, passed away December 06, 2018 at home.

He was born January 21, 1938 in Wilsie, WV a son of the late Jasper and Pauline Hughes.

Milton was a dental technician in Ohio for many years. He also worked as a carpenter building houses. He loved music and could play any instrument. He also loved flying planes.

He is survived by wife, Jacqueline Hughes; sons, Douglas Milton Hughes of North Carolina and David Samuel Hughes of Gassaway; daughters, Millie Newman of Indiana, Tammy Cook and Lisa Toms both of Weston; sisters, Betty Miller of Frametown and Linda Minney of Shock; 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brother, Steve Hughes; sisters, Yvonne Stricklen and Pam Malcomb; four infant siblings.

In keeping with Milton’s wishes he will be cremated.

There will be no service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway which is honored serve Milton’s family.

Ezra James “Jim” Waugh

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Ezra James “Jim” Waugh

Age 89, of Homeland Addition Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Upshur County, WV on January 09, 1929: son of the late Ezra James Waugh and Lucetta C. (Gregory) Waugh.

On June 02, 1951, he married his wife of 67 1/2 years; Mary (Grogg) Waugh, who survives.

He is also survived by three Daughters: Marsha A. (Bob) Taylor of Weston, WV; Linda (Rick) Kramm of Horner, WV and Stacey Waugh and husband John Ree, one son: David Waugh of Weston, 8 grandkids: Lisa Boysen, Bobby Taylor (deceased), Erin Daugherty, Andy Taylor, Josh Kramm, Derek, Kramm, Allison Ree and Ezra Ree and 8 great grandchildren: Taylor Boysen, Kristen Craig, Andrew Boysen, Jenna Waugh, Quentin, Maia and Timmy Daugherty and Brex Taylor. He is also survived by 2 step great grandchildren: Melissa Marine and Mark DeCosta and 4 step great great grandchildren: Arianna and Eleanra Marine and Mark and Maximus DeCosta. Jim is also survived by one brother: Hartzel Waugh of Weston, several nieces and nephews and a special family friend; Judy Martini.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by one grandson: Bobby Taylor, one sister: Dencie Moneypenny and three brothers: George, Tinker and Bob Waugh.

Mr. Waugh was a glassworker with the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company for several years. He was a Methodist by faith. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. He was active with the Stonecoal Lake Fishing Club where he helped with Bingo and was past president. Mr. Waugh was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, December 09, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend David Riddle officiating.

Interment will follow services in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ezra James “Jim” Waugh.

Lacy ‘Brooks’ Norman

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Lacy ‘Brooks’ Norman

Age 82, of New River, Arizona passed away suddenly on November 25, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born in Shock, West Virginia, he was the eldest son to Escue and Edna (Lambert) Norman.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Jerry, and sisters Nina Jean and Glenna Miller.

He was an Army veteran; serving in Korea. Prior to his service, he graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School and began working as a buyer in the import / export lumber industry. In 1972, he opened his first lumber company, Norman Lumber, with 2 yard locations selling both logs and lumber. He moved and expanded his business in 1977; adding 3 sawmills. After selling the company in 1986 and a brief retirement, he returned to the industry in 1989 opening Trumbull County Dry Kilns; selling both retail and wholesale kiln dried lumber; nationally and internationally. His career extended over 40 years.

A life time hunter; he enjoyed the hunt but treasured the comradery he shared with his “hunting buddies”. He was an avid reader of western novels and was excited to be living in the west where many of those stories were set. He loved auctions, garage sales and negotiating a good deal. He was very active in his church and served as an elder at the Windham and Ravenna Church of Christ for over 25 years. Outside of his immense love for his family, serving was one of his most treasured accomplishments.

He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Carolyn (Miller) Norman; and son Jonathan of Streetsboro, Ohio and daughter Carrie (Troy) Murray of Anthem, Arizona; his sisters Lela Keims of Garrett, Pennsylvania, Kate (George) Miller, Patty (Gene) Miller and brother Dale (Sheila) Norman all of Stumptown, WV; brothers-in law Marvin (Caroline) Miller of Spencer, WV and Charles Morrison of Delaware, Ohio.

Calling hours will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2018; from 4-6 PM followed by a Celebration of Life at 6 PM at the Ravenna Church of Christ, 3897 Summit Road, Ravenna, Ohio with Terry Smith and Bill Hopkins officiating.

An additional service will take place at the Steer Creek Church of Christ, 3466 Rosedale Road, Stumptown, WV on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10 AM with Gene Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make a donation “in memorial to Brooks Norman” to: Ohio Valley University, 1 Campus View Drive, Vienna, WV 26105.

John Wayne Norvell Sr.

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John Wayne Norvell Sr.

Age 76, of Napier, WV passed away Wednesday, December 05, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on November 11, 1942.

He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 57 years Judy Norvell; daughter, Rene Browning, Napier and son, John Wayne Norvell Jr., Charleston, WV. Also surviving are grandchildren, John Wesley Norvell, Atlanta, GA, Edward Shawn Norvell, Hendersonville, NC and Melinda Sue Bennett, Cincinnati, OH and his faithful puppy, Abbey; brother, James Ocala, FL.

John was a former Marine and Coal Miner. He enjoyed being outside and working on riding lawn mowers. He was a Baptist by faith and attended Chapel of Prayer Baptist Church, Exchange, WV.

There will be a graveside service only on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Falls Mill Cemetery on Curry Ridge Road with Pastor Ryan Skidmore officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donation in John’s memory to Chapel of Prayer Baptist Church, 214 Sunrsie Road, Exchange, WV 26619.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be handling the arrangements for Mr. John Wayne Norvell, Sr.

Donna C. Carroll

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Donna C. Carroll

Age 54, of Sutton, WV passed away November 19, 2018.

She was born November 19, 1964 in Sutton, WV a daughter of Dorsey Jackson of Little Birch and the late Carol Ann Rhodes Jackson.

Donna worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. She enjoyed hunting and fishing. She dearly loved her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by grandson, Joseph Carroll.

She is survived by her son, John Glenn Carroll and wife, Nyssa of Sutton; daughter, Donna Lynn Stout of Sutton; grandchildren, Cody Stout, John Daniel Carroll, Eva Grace Carroll, Aliyah Cooke and Damion Cooke; father, Dorsey Jackson of Little Birch; brother, Dale Jackson of Sutton; sister, Doris Rowan of Centralia.

Funeral service was 1 PM Saturday, December 01, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Interment was in the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Visitation was two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home which is honored to serve Donna’s family.

Carol Emma Rollyson

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Carol Emma Rollyson

Age 64, of Sutton,WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston.

She was born December 25, 1953 in Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Robert Paul and Helen June Warner Goldsmith.

She was a factory worker in Chicago.  She was a homemaker and babysitter.  Carol was very active in the Braxton County Senior Center.  She loved kids, traveling and being with family.

Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Robert Goldsmith.

She is survived by her daughter, Alicia June Ali of Idaho; sister, Marlene Evans and husband, Jeffrey of Little Birch; companion, John Shaw of Sutton; grandchildren, Mark James and Laura James; and she was blessed with several great grandchildren.

Arrangements pending.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, which is honored to serve Carol’s family.

Russell Eugene Sparks

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Russell Eugene Sparks

Age 73 of Waverly, WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born March 25, 1945 in Ritchie County, WV son of the late Clifford and Lula Beryl Newland Sparks.

He was retired from Kardex Systems in Reno, Ohio. Russell was an avid woodworker.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Curran Sparks; three brothers, Jerry Sparks (Jennifer), Kenny Sparks (Robin) and Dale Sparks (Mary); two nephews, Travis Sparks and Brian Sparks; and one great-nephew, Jacob Sparks.

A graveside service will be 1 PM Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Walker, WV with Pastor Jimmy Eakle officiating.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green Street, Parkersburg, is assisting the family.

Juanita Cheuvront

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Juanita Cheuvront

Age 104, of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Cedar Grove Nursing Home.

She was born September 25, 1914 in Calhoun County, WV to the late Stephen and Hattie Poling Crawford.

She was a Baptist by Faith and retired with 28 years of service for Sears and Roebuck Company.

She is survived by a nephew, Les Crawford, of Parkersburg, WV, a niece, Lenore (Willis) Perrine of Spelper, WV, a niece, Jerene (Mike) Brewer, of Kentucky, a great niece, Saundra (Edward) Holpit of Morgantown, WV and a great-nephew, Steven (Rachael) Hoyt of Parkersburg, WV and several other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Owen Howard Cheuvront, one son, Howard Owen Cheuvront, five brothers, Marvin, Woodrow, Ted, Veon and Harold Crawford, and three sisters, Mural, Evadine and Ivaleen.

Friends and Family are invited to the Funeral Service on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at 1 PM at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 5th Street, Parkersburg with Pastor Doug Guinn officiating.

A private burial will be at Evergreen North Cemetery.

Visitation will also be on Saturday, December 08, 2018 from 10 AM until 1 PM at the funeral home.

Betty E. Shaver Maditz

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Betty E. Shaver Maditz

of Spelter, WV and Big Flint communities passed away on December 04, 2018 at Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville after a brief battle of cancer.

She was born on April 30, 1929 in Monongah, WV to the late Paul and Lucy Lambert Shaver.

Surviving are her brother-in-law Darrell “Jack” Powell, Big Flint, WV; niece, Denese Lamp and her husband Dave, Harrisville, WV; nephew, Tim Powell and his wife Crystal, Big Flint. Great nieces and nephews, Michelle (Jason) Jones, Derrick (Samantha) Lamp, Harrisville, Amanda Powell, South Carolina, Brooke (Mark) Britton, Salem, WV; Brittney (Ronnie) Hass, Holden Powell, West Union, WV. Great-great nieces and nephews, Isabella and Gavin Jones, Colton and Carson Lamp, Brooklyn, Lennox and Semja Powell, Hunter and Harper Hass. Very special friends Betty Oldaker, Evelyn Harris and Johnny Bee. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters Rose Ann Shaver, Doris Powell and her niece and special angel Deena Ann Powell.

Betty was a graduate of Victory High School with the class of 1948. She was a member of the Spelter United Methodist Church. She retired from the former Clarksburg Casket Company after 23 years of service. Betty enjoyed working word search puzzles, adult coloring books, playing bingo and cards. She most enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Friday, December 07, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Adam Cheeseman presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, December 06, 2018 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM on Friday until time of service. 

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Maditz family.

Rachel Oleta Jones

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Rachel Oleta Jones

Age 66, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on November 30, 2018 at her home.

She was born in Grantsville, WV on May 25, 1952, a daughter of the late Homer James and Gladys Cottrell Jones.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was a Baptist.

She is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and her beloved dog, Bubby.

There will be a public visitation for family and friends from 12-1 PM on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV.

A private burial will take place at Marks Cemetery at a later date.

Fourest W. Bunch

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Fourest W. Bunch

100 years old, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 03, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville.

Fourest was born Jan. 10, 1918 in Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late John and Opal (Dotson) Bunch.

Fourest worked as a crane operator for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. for 25 years. He had a great love of music and greatly enjoyed playing his guitar and harmonica with family, friends, and his band “Nighthawks.” He served as a volunteer at the Pennsboro Emergency Squad for 20 years and was a member of the Pennsboro Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 77 years, Opal Bunch who were united in marriage on May 10, 1941. Even though they had no biological children, Fourest and Opal inherited many many children that they called their own in both Michigan and West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Raymond Bunch, Harry Bunch, Beulah Myers, Virginia Myers, Audra Penn, Robert Bunch, Charley Bunch, John Bunch, Jr., and infant Joann Bunch.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Friday, December 07, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home in Pennsboro with Dr. James Levos officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 PM – 8 PM on Thursday, at the funeral home.

Ernest Ray Hathaway, Sr.

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Ernest Ray Hathaway, Sr.

Age 71, of Parkersburg, WV received his Creator’s call on December 3rd at 7:10 AM at his residence, surrounded by the family that loved him.

His death a result of three years battling multiple myeloma and associated amyloidosis.

Ern was born December 22, 1946 at the home place on Phillips Run Grantsville, WV, to Orvan “Todd” and Eulanee (Stump) Hathaway.

Ern is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of fifty-two years, Carol (Richardson) Hathaway; son, Ernest Ray Hathaway (Candy), Jr., Summerfield, OH; daughter, Shannon Stephanie Offenberger (Joshua); and granddaughter, Anna Caroline, of Vienna, WV. Ern is survived by his brother, James David Hathaway (Lorene), of Elkview, WV; and sister, Loretta (Hathaway) Propst (Roger) of Grantsville, WV; and a very special brother-in-law, Stanley Richardson of Vienna, WV. Ern has many loving nephews, nieces, extended relatives, and friends to cherish his memory.

Ern was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Richard Wayne Hathaway, Robert Amos Hathaway, Carlton Cadell Hathaway, and Raymond Wesley Hathaway; and also, nephew, Gregory Allen Propst; and niece, Jennifer Propst Miller.

Ern was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grantsville, WV and a 1964 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1966-1968. Sergeant Hathaway served with the 1st Air Calvary Division in Vietnam where he became a Purple Heart recipient. Upon return to civilian life, he began his 36-year employment career at E.I. DuPont, Washington Works. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETs and a member of the American Legion.

Lambert Tatman Funeral Home of Vienna, WV is entrusted with final arrangements. Celebration of Ern’s life will be led by Pastor Steven Carter on December 7th, 2018 at 1:00 PM with visitation 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens where the American Legion Post #15 Military Guard will honor our soldier.

Franklin E. Sandy

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Franklin E. Sandy

Age 86, of Spencer, WV, passed away on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at Roane General Hospital.

He was born June 27, 1932, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Charles and Thelma Murphy Sandy.

Franklin was a U.S. Army Veteran. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence L. Lockhart Sandy; his four daughters, Eula Honaker (Dwight) of Parkersburg, WV; Molly Sandy (Jean James) of Reno, OH, Stella Oldham (Tony) of Grantsville, WV and Cathy Sandy (Ron) of Spencer, WV; his son, Glen Sandy (Melody) of Coolville, OH; thirteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by one son, Franklin Sandy; one daughter, Edna Wilson; one brother, Edgar Sandy; and one sister, Geneva Parsons.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike Street, South Parkersburg with Pastor Brady Stephen’s officiating and full military rites by the American Legion Post 15.

Burial will follow at Rector Cemetery, Burning Springs, WV.

Visitation will be from 11 AM till time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Willard Holmes McCloy

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Willard Holmes McCloy

Age 84, of Parkersburg, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 01, 2018, at Cedar Grove Personal Care Home in Parkersburg, WV.

Willard was born November 13, 1934 at home in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late William and Mary Olive (Reed) McCloy.

He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for Kauffman Lattimer Wholesale Drug Company and also drove truck for them. Willard was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time at the family farm. He greatly enjoyed his fruit orchards on the farm and playing checkers and poker and his cats Nippy and Walter. He ran three marathons during his lifetime and finished in 2nd place in all three. He loved going to the mountains with his son, his son in law, and Dan Holbert, working on his oil wells, and camping.

He is survived by his children, Michael McCloy (Jeanne) of Washington, WV, Willa Dawn McCloy (Jeff Ruble) of Parkersburg, WV, and Melody Holbert (Raymond) of Mineral Wells, WV; grandchildren, Phillip McCloy (Micheal Staats); Ben Smith (Dani); Alicia Agnew (Brad); Zachary Wright (Cayla); Andrew Helmick, Kasey Helmick (John DeBerry), Natalie Snyder, Angela Shank, Michael Holbert (Kayla), and Stacy Holbert (Ryan McClung), along with his 19 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by beloved wife, Karen Sue (Carr) McCloy and 9 siblings.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, December 05, 2018, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Rev. Rufus Hoalcraft and Tom McCullough officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Pullman Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 PM - 8 PM on Tuesday, and from 12 PM - 2 PM on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Alma Lee Taylor (Turner)

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Alma Lee Taylor (Turner)

Passed away December 02, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis Count, WV on July 24, 1940: daughter of the late Hobert R. Turner and Tyrecy (Williams) Turner.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by four sons:—Clarence Hugh (Monika) Taylor, Jr. of Germany; granddaughter: Tracy (Denny Jr.) Sheets: great grandsons: Hayden and Chase Atkinson: great granddaughter: Evelyn Sheets; granddaughter: Stephanie (Michael) Purvis: great granddaughter: McKenkie Purvis: great grandson: Zachary Purvis; grandson: Stacey Taylor: great granddaughter: Chloe Taylor: great grandson: Charles Taylor; granddaughter: Justic Taylor,—(Son) David Ray (Mary)Taylor of Columbia, SC; grandson: Travis (Tawnya) Bennett: great granddaughter: Carin Bennett: great grandsons: Seth, Kaleb, and Grayson Bennett; grandson: Billy Taylor; grandson: Zachary (April) Bennett: great grandsons: Parker, Carson and Hunter Bennett,—(Son) Marvin Lynn (Mary Beth) Taylor of Charleston; grandson: Joshua Hugh (Sarah) Taylor: great grandsons: Silas Hugh Taylor and Judah Aaron Taylor; grandson: Noah Lee (Kate) Taylor and—(Son) Arthur Dale (Cheryl) Taylor of Mt Clare; grandson: Arthur Taylor, II: granddaughter: Krystal Riley: great granddaughter: Taylor Ann Riley: great grandson: Alex Scott Riley; grandson: Brian Michael (Misty) Taylor: great grandson: Brian Taylor; granddaughter: Elizabeth Shaffer: great grandson: Grayson Corley ; grandson: Randy Blake. She is also survived by one brother: Billy McCauley of Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Alma was preceded in death by her former husband: Clarence Hugh Taylor, Sr., one brother: Hobert R. “Skip” Turner and one sister: Georgia Mae Mills.

Mrs. Taylor was a health service worker with William A. Sharpe Hospital with 25+ years of service. She was a graduate of Weston High School with the class of 1958. Alma was an active member of Broad Street United Methodist Church where she held several offices and was active with funeral dinners for church families.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 from 5-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Brian Plum officiating.

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

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

Mildred Kathleen Fenn

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Mildred Kathleen Fenn

Age 89, of Sutton, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, December 02, 2018 at Charleston General Hospital, Charleston, WV.

She was born February 27, 1929 in Sutton, WV to the late Ernie & Evelyn Miller Foster. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Fenn.

Kathleen was a secretary for Hamrick Ford Garage and the Bank of Gassaway and was a member of The First Southern Baptist Church of Sutton.

She is survived by her life time companion, Harold “Tink” Wilson; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 05, 2108 at First Southern Baptist Church in Sutton, WV with the Rev. Bill Hopkins officiating.

Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Frametown.

Friends may call one hour before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Braxton County Animal Shelter- 10 Animal Shelter Ln. Sutton, WV 26601.

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

Bernard E. Wince

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Bernard E. Wince

Age 91, of St. Marys, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 01, 2018, at Marietta Center in Marietta, OH.

Bernard was born November 16, 1927 in Ritchie County, WV (Finch Community) a son of the late William E. and Ore Jane (Williamson) Wince.

He worked as a carpenter by trade and was a member of the Carpenters Local Union in Parkersburg, WV. Bernard was also a minister serving the Pleasant Valley Rock Run Church and other churches in Ritchie and Pleasants County. He loved to trout fish, coon hunt, farming, and was a veteran of the US Army.

He is survived by his children, Jennie Peckens of St. Marys, WV; Darrell Lee Wince of St. Marys, WV and Ronald Earl Wince of St. Marys, WV; 8 grandchildren, Liz Parsons, Janet Smith, Becky Weekley, Angie Bailey, Jason Wince, Mike Wince, Sebrinia Ahouse, and Joey Peckens, along with 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma Louise (Bills) Wince in 2008; sisters, Glenola Mason and Earlene Hart; brother, Eugene Wince, and his great grandchild, Aubrey Parsons.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, December 05, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Finch, WV.

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

Ethan Glen Poole

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Ethan Glen Poole

Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV, went to be with our Lord November 29, 2018, following a brief stay at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Ethan was born on Buck Run in Ritchie County, WV, March 11, 1935, and graduated from Pennsboro High School in 1953.

He was the son of the late Howard and Iva Dotson Poole. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean Reed Poole; two sons, Ethan Allen Poole (Denise Poole) of St. Albans and Eric Glen Poole (Anne Casto Poole) of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Trace Allen Poole and Allie Nicole Poole of St. Albans and Meredith Lauren Poole and Allison Grace Poole of Parkersburg. He is also survived by a brother, Howard Keith Poole (Velma Poole) of Lake Washington, WV, and sister, Sharon Hall (Gerald Hall) of Pennsboro, WV; seven nieces and nephews – Karen Poole Ellison (Bill Ellison), Larry Poole (Brenda Hazel), Bryan Poole (Tammy Poole), Kevin Poole (Brenda Poole), Gerald Hall (Teresa Hall), Michael Hall (Phyllis Church), Terry Hall (Janet Hall) and Mark Hall (Kathy Hall), and several great nieces and nephews.

Ethan was a member of the Army Reserves for nine years and was employed by Hope Gas Company for 36 years. He was happiest on his tractor and did landscaping until he was 80 years old. He owned Poole’s Landscaping business with his motto, “Quality work at a reasonable price beats inferior work at any price.” An avid skater, Ethan owned and operated Pennsboro Roller Rink for 26 years.

Ethan enjoyed snow skiing and sky diving. He was a wonderful story teller using these adventures. He enjoyed the Actors Guild Patsy Cline impersonator and he was frequently seen at local gatherings of City Park musical evenings and car shows in the area. Friends were entertained by his story telling of his childhood and family memories, mystery trips and magic tricks. Always on the move, Ethan was a private pilot for 8 years and took pleasure in multiple cruises.

A lifetime member of the Church of Christ, he worshipped at the Grand Central congregation and hosted the annual church picnics at his home for 25 years.

Friends may call at the Kimes Funeral Home on Thursday, December 06, from 1-3 PM and a memorial service will follow at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ohio Valley University or Grand Central Ave. Church of Christ.

Janet Marie (Hutchins) Fouss

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Janet Marie (Hutchins) Fouss

Age 78, of Belpre, OH, passed away November 23, 2018, in the Marietta Center.

She was born September 25, 1940, in Palestine, WV, a daughter of the late Chester Leroy and Margaret Cintilla (Sheppard) Hutchins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Fouss; son Brian Fouss and two sisters, Bonnie Wisecup and Sharon Horner.

Janet was a homemaker and was a member of the Decatur Chapel Church in Little Hocking, OH. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, working outdoors and enjoyed life to its fullest.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Andrew Fouss of Virginia; grandchildren Dakota Fouss, Madison Fouss and a special niece Mindy Whealdon of Belpre, OH and a host of friends who meant a lot to her.

Service will be 1 PM Wednesday, December 05, 2018, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg with the Rev. Tim Lindsey officiating.

Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Belpre, OH.

Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Parkersburg, 530 29th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Beverly Ann “Bev” Legg (Dodrill)

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Beverly Ann “Bev” Legg (Dodrill)

Age 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, was called home to be with the Lord on November 28th, 2018.

The daughter of the late Wanda Lee Dodrill, Beverly was born in Gallipolis, Ohio on August 10, 1951.

She will be best remembered as a fun loving, spontaneous woman with a bright smile and a huge heart.

Beverly is survived by her four daughters, Tracy (Dana) Ferrell, Sammie (Daniel) Cogar, Miki (Sam) King, and Jamie (Dillon) Chapman Mohr; six grandchildren, Brooks and Danica Ferrell, Baine and Jett Cogar, and Mazzy and Riddick King; and one great grandson, Deegan Ferrell. She is also survived by three of her siblings, Deloris Smith, Joy Woods, and Timothy Carte.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Carte.

Per her wishes, Beverly’s ashes were laid to rest at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and staff at Braxton County Health and Rehabilitation who cared for Beverly during her time there.

Memorial donations can be made to “Braxton County Health and Rehabilitation Center, Resident Services” at 859 Days Dr., Sutton, WV 26601.

Lessie Lee Jones-Pridemore

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Lessie Lee Jones-Pridemore

Age 87, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV.

Lessie was born May 10, 1931 in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Ralph and Iva (Scadden) Jones.

Lessie spent her life as a loving and caring homemaker for her family. She and her 1st husband, the late Cecil Jones, owned and operated the former Little Ritz of Greenwood, WV for 27 years. She greatly enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and was an avid fan of Elvis. Lessie was a member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Pridemore; children, Walton Dean Jones of Tollgate, WV; Pamela Kelley (Greg) of West Union, WV; Kevin Jones (Kathy) of Ellenboro, WV; Kim Harper (Scott) of Pennsboro, WV, and Lisa Jones of Seattle, WA; 13 grandchildren, along with many loving great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and her half sister, Linda Williamson of Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Cecil Jones; son, Cecil Lee Jones; granddaughter, Deidra Vincent; great grandchildren, Kaylee Reed and Devon Jones, and her brother, Don Jones.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Monday, December 03, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Evang. Terry Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery in Pennsboro, WV.

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

Jean M. Given

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Jean M. Given

Age 83, of Frametown, WV passed away November 29, 2018 at Clay Health Care Center, Big Otter.

She was born January 19, 1935 in Morgantown, WV a daughter of the late Otto and Aretta Stewart Given.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Jim Given and Ernest Given; sister, Shirley Andrews.

Jean was a homemaker.  She enjoyed collecting Angels; baking and cooking and tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.

She is survived by son, Richard Given and wife, Connie of Frametown; step grandchildren, Ronnie Brady, Travis Brady and Geneva Brady; step great grandson, Remington Brady; brother, Herman Given of Frametown; sisters, Ida Brown of Morgantown and Lucille Sheppard of Richmond, VA.

Funeral service will be 2 PM Sunday, December 02 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating. 

Interment will be in the Given Cemetery, Glendon.

Visitation will be two hours prior to service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home which is honored to serve Jean’s family.

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