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Stephen E. Smith

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Stephen E. Smith

Age 75 of Vienna, WV, passed away October 20, 2017, at his residence.

He was born December 22, 1941 in West Union, WV the son of the late Earl Nathan and Goldia Helen Price Smith.

Stephen worked 33 years in Public Secondary School Administration. He had worked in Ritchie and Grant County, WV as the high school principal. He retired from the Wood County Board of Education in 1997 and was the principal for Jackson Junior High School the last 13 years of his employment. He received recognition from the NASSP for being one of the most outstanding 60 secondary school principals in the nation in 1974.

He was a member of the Parkersburg Church of the Nazarene.

Stephen loved playing golf and watching all spectator sports. He was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the WVU Mountaineers. He enjoyed reading historical books.

He is survived by his two sons, Shawn E. Smith and his wife Carrie of Walla Walla, WA. and Alec T. Smith of Charleston, WV. His faithful companion Regina Linkinogger of Parkersburg and his former wife, Alexandra Dahlin of Charleston, WV.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 4:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating.

Internement will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 PM until service time.

Betty Jean Cox Garrison Lowther

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Betty Jean Cox Garrison Lowther

Age 87, passed away peacefully at Ohio Valley Health Care on October 20, 2017.

She was born December 01, 1929 in Petroleum, WV, the daughter of the late Russell B. Cox and Bernice Tennant.

She attended Cornerstone Gospel Church.

She retired from Corning Glass Works after over 30 years of service. After retirement she went to work for Arlington Personal Care until they closed and then for Ohio Valley Health Care until the age of 83. She instilled a strong work ethic in her children. She was a caretaker by nature and loved everyone. She remained kind and loving even through her journey with dementia.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Ron) Miller of Davisville, WV; Diana Costilow of Belpre, OH; Linda LeMasters of Belpre, and Pamela Garrison of Parkersburg. Her grandchildren Lori Epperly of Belpre, Lissa Hefner of Parkersburg, WV; Amanda Kapple of Belpre, Tami Brightbill of Belpre, Amy Kegley of Vincent, OH and Keri Berdine of Williamstown, WV; Robert Garrison of Charleston, WV and Cory Garrison of Dayton, OH. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren, two sisters, Opal Spiker of Marian, VA and Vivian (Don) Kauffman of Martinsburg, PA. and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Robert Garrison, her second husband Guy W. (Tom) Lowther, her sons Gary Lee Garrison and Larry Dale Garrison, her grandson, Terry L. Sink Jr, and her sisters, Maxine Law, Loraine Metz, and Bernadine Sutton.

Services will be Tuesday 11:00 AM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Rick Kapple officiating.

Burial will follow at Willow Island Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Darrell E. Shock

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Darrell E. Shock

Age 86, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on October 15, 2017 at Charleston Area Medical Center-General.

He was the beloved son of the late Hilda & Robert Shock, born on May 15, 1931.

He was the loving father to Teresa Garney, R. Mark Shock, and the late Sheryl LaFontaine. He was the caring brother of Grace and Ruby.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 5 sisters.

He was grandfather of 3 and great grandfather of 4.

Darrell was the epitome of the West Virginia State Motto; “Mountaineers are always free.“ He dedicated his life to family, friends, and faith. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service to be held at Rush Run Baptist Church on Sunday October 22, 2017. Viewing at 11:00 AM and funeral service at 12:00 Noon with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Interment will be in Shock Cemetery.

Dennis Ray Bailey

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Dennis Ray Bailey

Age 65, of Mt. Zion WV passed away at home on October 17, 2017.

He was born in Logan, WV on June 20, 1952 to the late Jacqueline Bailey Skutt.

He graduated from Logan High School and served in the US Army. He worked several years in coal mines and retired from C&M trucking Company.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandmother Elsie Chappell (whom raised him) and brothers John Bailey and Charles Bailey; and sisters, Delia Smith and Anna Lou Nagy.

Survived by; Wife Kathy Bailey of 42 years, daughters Cathy (Shawn) Rush of Millstone, WV; Donna Bailey (Gary Johnson) of Sand Ridge, WV; granddaughters Andrea Bailey (Steve Wilmoth) of Davisville, WV; Tiffany and Selina Rush of Millstone, grandsons Austin Bailey of Mt. Zion, Chris Johnson of Sand Ridge, Dennis Wayne Bailey of Grantsville, WV; great grandkids Trinity and Jaxsyn Wilmoth of Davisville, brothers Larry (Phyllis) Bailey of Logan, WV; Robert Bailey of Max Meadows, VA; Paul (Sarah) Bailey of Lacey, WA; Timmy (Janice) Bailey of Accoville, WV; Tommy (Sharon) Bailey of Lundale, WV; Robert Skutt of Finland; Sisters: Regenia Klok of Whitman, WV; Vickie (James) Osborne of Lorado, WV; Susie (Clinton) Burgess of Lyburn, WV.

A funeral service will be on Tuesday October 24, 2017 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Arnoldsburg, WV at 2:00 PM with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from Noon-2:00 PM.

Interment will be in Clayton Stump Cemetery.

Margaret Mess

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Margaret Mess

Beloved mother and wife, passed away on Monday, October 16th after a lengthy battle with ALS.

She was born on February 09, 1951 in Sutton, West Virginia.

She was the daughter of the late Glenard and Iris (Hefner) Vannoy of Burnsville, WV and the granddaughter of the late Wallace and Roma Hefner of Burnsville, WV.

Margaret graduated from Clarion University in 1972 with a Bachelors Degree in Library Science.

After graduating she became a library media specialist at Lewiston Porter Central School for 33 years, before retiring in 2006 and she worked as an office assistant with Miracle Ear for six years.

She was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and was involved in the Sunday School Program, Bible studies and several committees.

Margaret was also on the board to help create the Little Wonders Childcare Center where she spent many hours volunteering once it had opened.

She is survived by her husband Fred, two daughters Angela Mess of Philadelphia and Rachel (Mark) D’Amico of Pittsburgh, PA; three grandchildren Jonah Matthew, Micah Henry and Raynah Margaret D’Amico, a brother , Kenneth (Patricia) Vannoy, she was the niece of Wally and Thomas Hefner, of Heaters, WV; she is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Martha Guyette.

Friends and family will be received Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 3-4 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV.

Interment will follow in the Tichnel Cemetery with Pastor Matthew Kofhal officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in her name to the ALS Association or St. James United Methodist Church

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home family feels privileged to support and assist the Mess family in honoring their loved one.

Doris Faye Hollen Crawford

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Doris Faye Hollen Crawford

Age 84, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at her home.

She was born August 23, 1933 in Riffe Creek, KY, a daughter of the late James Sterling and Gladys Irene Pierce Hollen.

On February 24, 1951 she married Max Richard Crawford who preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one infant sister, Betti Fern Hollen and one brother, Richard Lee Hollen.

She is survived by one daughter, Vickie Crawford Garrison of Weston, WV; one son, Mike Junior Crawford of Buckhanon; three granddaughters, Angela and Lisa Crawford and Hope Renee Garrison all of OH; six grandsons, Michael Miller, of OH, Justin Crawford of Clarksburg, WV, Tyler Sterling Corder, Aaron Lee, Zachery James and Ernie Wayne Crawford all of Buckhannon; one great granddaughter, Indie Irene Garrison of Buckhannon; one great grandson, James Michael Crawford of Buckhannon; several other great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Jane Booth and husband Richard of Buckhannon, Virginia Gillespie of Franklin, WV and Joyce Hoover and husband Pat of Buckhannon; one brother, James S. “Pete” Hollen, Jr. and wife Kay of Buckhannon; sister in law, Connie Hollen of Buckhannon and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Crawford was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith. She was born in a log house and later attended class in a one room school in Riffe Creek, KY, then in 1946 she moved to WV. She loved going back to visit her hometown. Mrs. Crawford formerly lived on Brushy Fork Road for 46 years before moving into the city of Buckhannon. She also enjoyed gardening and watching the birds; her favorite flower was a Sunflower and her favorite bird was a Yellow Finch. Mrs. Crawford loved spending time with all her grandchildren and talking about her younger days.

There will be a graveside service Monday October 23, 2017 at 1 PM in the Buckhannon Memorial Park in Buckhannon.

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

John B. (Bill) Shaffer

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John B. (Bill) Shaffer

Age 85, of Weston, WV passed away on October 19, 2017 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness.

He was born September 01, 1932: son of the late John Shaffer and Pearl (Simpson) Shaffer Clemens.

Mr. Shaffer is survived by three children: Penny Eagle of Copley, John M. Shaffer and wife Shirley and Spring Franklin and husband Mike of Shadybrook.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son: Ronnie Shaffer, one brother: Bernard Lovett, one sister: Rose Mary Welch and one step sister: Ethel Clemens.

He is also survived by one brother-in-law: Coy Welch of Buckhannon, WV and five grandchildren: Rebecca Eagle of Copley, John Matthew Shaffer, II, Lindsay Hughes, Brianna Franklin and Kami Franklin of Shadybrook. Also surviving is one dear cousin whom he considered a sister: Rena Belle Bee.

Mr. Shaffer worked many years at Weston Laundry, WV Glass Specialty Company, Colonial Glass and then for the final 19 years of his employment, he spent at the Lewis County Board of Education as a custodian at Alum Bridge and Shadybrook Elementary Schools which were his favorite, by far. He loved the kids and they loved him.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, football and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events; but most of all he enjoyed his family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Dan Vaughn officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of John B. (Bill) Shaffer.

Annamae (Boggs) Dawson

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Annamae (Boggs) Dawson

of Weston, WV, has entered into final rest at her home surrounded by loving family, on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Annamae was born June 01, 1938, in Hallsburg, WV, to Henry Clay Boggs and Gladys Marie (Ball) Boggs, and widow of Reverend Nelson Perry Dawson; brothers John Byrne Boggs of Nebo, WV (deceased), Richard Nolan Boggs of Ivydale, WV (deceased), Roger Lee Boggs of Elmira, WV (deceased), and Henry Clay Boggs of Glenville, WV.

Sisters: Geraldine Dennison of Goshen, OH, Lorene Riley of Preston, WV (deceased), Jessie Marie Dennison of Gassaway, WV (deceased), Mary Helen Stewart of Belpre, OH, Laura Wanita Mollohan, of Nebo, WV, and Martha Kay Deems of Clay, WV.

Mother of five surviving children: Anna Marie Dawson of Weston, WV, Pamela Sue Tanner (Rick) of Nebo, WV, Libby Jean Dawson of Buckhannon, WV, Daniel Nelson Dawson (Jackie) of Grantsville, WV, and Darrel Alan Dawson (Deanna) of Ivydale, WV.

With thirteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren, Annamae cherished her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Annamae was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, and sister and loved by all. Annamae was a factory worker, foster parent, preacher’s wife, and a Christian who loved reading the Bible.

The family wants to thank Deanna Dawson, Michelle Graff, Marie Dawson and Nicole Metheney for their loving care of Annamae in the last few years.

Annamae donated her body to the Human Gift Registry for Anatomical study in the advancement of scientific and medical education and research.

William “Bill” Dunn

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William “Bill” Dunn

of Herold Road, Sutton, WV, age 95, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on October 18, 2017.

Bill was born June 11, 1922 and was the son of the late Lewis Dunn and Ida B. Jackson Dunn.

He had been a member of the Long Run Baptist Church since 1942 and a Deacon for close to 70 years. He loved the church, and it was the main focus in his life. He has said he had good times, hard times, happy times and sad times, but his God was always there with strength and comfort to lead him to victory.

Bill and his late wife, Bernice, along with their friends, Paul and Wilma Davis, had a gospel quartet called “Country Faith” that sang for years in many different churches in the area.

He still lived on the farm that he was born and raised. He loved this farm which has been in his family for over one hundred years. He knew where every tree, rock and hollow was. He loved farming, and he loved cattle, sheep, and horses. He often said he would rather work a good team of horses than anything he had ever done. He raised registered Hereford cattle for about 20 years and was an active member of the Registered Hereford Cattle Association.

Along with farming, he also spent 25 years in the hardware business, where he received a Professional Hardwareman Degree from the National Retail Hardware Association. While working there, he made many friends. Their friendship was his prized possession.

Bill was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 60 years, Bernice Dent Dunn; his parents, Lewis and Ida Dunn; sisters, Ocie Dunn Tinney, Blanch Dunn, Genevieve Dunn Morrison, Gladys Dunn Mace, Lucille Dunn, and brothers, Lloyd, Percy, Harvey, Gordon and Glen Dunn.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Judy Dunn Johnson (Tom); granddaughters, Lynnette Bechtel (Kevin) and Julie Williams (Doug); great-grandchildren, Blaine Morton (Nicole), Deidre White (Chase), Joshua Hayden (Amber) and Brandon Hayden; and great great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Hayden. Also, a special neighbor friend, Natasha Hoffman Cutlip, who brought fun, love and sunshine into his life as he watched her grow up. He leaves behind a lot of nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends and neighbors that he would not want left out.

Funeral services will be held 3 PM, Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Long Run Baptist Church, Canfield, WV with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

Burial will follow at Dunn Cemetery, Canfield. Friends may call after 1:30 PM, Sunday at the church.

Bill will be deeply and sadly missed by his family and friends. Our memories will give us comfort, and he will be in our hearts forever.

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

Hazel May Bartz

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Hazel May Bartz

100 years old, of Harrisville, WV passed away on October 16, 2017 at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH held in song by all six of her loving children and other family members. She passed from this world with the dignity and grace for which she was known. No words can adequately express the countless lives this great lady touched during the course of her long and fruitful lifetime.

Hazel was born in Wallingford, CT on July 12, 1917 to Anna Schmid and Paul Fredricks.

Her only brother, Robert Paul Fredricks was born in 1920.

She married Bernard Michael Bartz Jr. on July 12, 1941. Together they had six children. Barney passed away in 1962 and Hazel went to work full-time as a secretary at the State University of New York in New Paltz. S

he lived and worked there and was actively involved as a Girl Scout leader and in many other community organizations until moving to Harrisville, WV in 1974.

Hazel was an avid knitter, crocheter, sewer, quilter and a Master Weaver. She helped to initiate the Heritage Arts Program at Salem College in West Union, WV and also taught classes and had her own studios in Port Orange, FL; New Paltz, NY and Harrisville, WV.

Hazel is survived by her children; Irene (Tom) Lawrence, Skip Bartz, Barbara Bartz (Russell) Rogerson, Dahlia Bartz (Lee) Cabe, Susan Bartz (David) Lenz and Elizabeth (Ed) Williams. She has twenty grandchildren, eighteen great-grand children, two great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and many “adopted” extended family members. She is also survived by her dear friend Tom “Pop” Lawrence of Harrisville.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Fredricks in 2016 and her dear sister-in-law, Patricia Fredricks, in 2017.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 320 E Main Street, Harrisville, WV on Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 PM.

At Hazel’s request the family is asking that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made in the name of Hazel M. Bartz to the Harry E. Moats Scholarship Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), PO Box 1762, Parkersburg WV, 26102.

The Moats Scholarship assists Ritchie County High School graduates who are furthering their education. Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV assisted the family.

Willis Raymond McCartney

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Willis Raymond McCartney

Age 95, of Salem, WV passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness.

He was born in Beans Mill of Upshur County, WV on August 14, 1922: son of the late Aaron McCartney and Olive McCartney McCartney.

On November 13, 1965, he married Maysel Olene (Waldeck) McCartney, who preceded him in death on May 25, 2011.

Mr. McCartney is survived by two daughters: Debra Harrison and husband Frank of Salem and Susan Louise McCartney and companion Jack Sutphin of Fairmont, WV; three sons: Raymond Junior McCartney and wife Phyllis of French Creek, WV; Randall Eugene McCartney of Buckhannon and Alvy Robert McCartney and companion Patty of Jane Lew, WV; 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by one sister: Dortha Fisher and husband Rod of Weston, WV.

He is also survived by two very special folks in his life: Jamie Wise, friend and private nurse and his very special niece, Martha.

In addition to his parents and wife, Maysel, Willis was preceded in death by an infant son, three brothers: James McCartney, Randall Haymond and Walker Haymond and four sisters: Vera Cosner, Vera Nottingham, Opal Crites and Mary Burr.

Mr. McCartney was a retired coal miner who worked for several companies in West Virginia which included Consol Coal Mine. He was a musician and was a guitarist with his own band which played all around the area.

Willis was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church and a life time member of the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. McCartney was someone who brought joy to all who knew him.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kevin Bender 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 Willis Raymond McCartney.

Edna Frances Helmick

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Edna Frances Helmick

Age 86, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Seller’s Personal Care Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Orlando, WV on March 01, 1931: daughter of the late Virgil Scarff and Ruby (Smith) Harris.

On June 30, 1951, she married Leslie Dale Helmick, who preceded her in death on July 22, 2015.

Mrs. Helmick is survived by one daughter: Debbie Grose and husband Michael of Weston, three sons: Stephen Helmick and companion Diane Harter of Georgetown, David Helmick of Grafton and Kevin Helmick and wife Heather of Fairmont, WV and her and Dale raised Linda Darlene Shoulders of Denver, CO. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Helmick is also survived by three sisters: Jean Crook, Joyce Smith and Melanie Chapman all of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Dale, Edna was preceded in death by one brother: Larry Marshall Scarff and one sister: Lila June Shoulders.

Mrs. Helmick was a retired psychiatric aide with Weston State Hospital with 25 years of service.

She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.

Her hobbies include reading and going to yard sales and when she was able, gardening.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Chaplain Jenifer Suehs-Vassel officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Edna Frances Helmick.

Garoldine Luanna Gribble

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Garoldine Luanna Gribble

Age 95, of Parkersburg, WV passed away October 16, 2017. She was met by her Lord as well as her husband of 63 years, Rev. Hayward Gribble.

She was born September 24, 1922, in Ritchie County, WV, to the late Marshall and Mary Hayes Day.

She was a member of the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church and had attended Harmony Baptist where she loved to hear her son, Tom Gribble, preach the gospel. She was a member of the Ladies Guild at 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church and was a foster parent. She had may backyard bible classes at her home, was a Prayer Warrior and was a shining example to friends and family.

She is survived by two sons, Tom (Carole) Gribble and Mark (Bonnie) Gribble, both of Parkersburg; three daughters, Carol Ann Gribble of Parkersburg, Mary Ellen Godfrey and Fiancee’ (Steve Humphries) of Eddyville, KY, and Mona (Roger) Strong of Elizabeth, WV; 17 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Cobb of Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sons, Howard Dale Gribble and Denzil Gribble; an infant brother, Marshall Day Jr.; three sisters, Lucy Cox, Ruth Sutton, Ruby Fleming; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Gribble.

The family would like to thank Dr. Spychalski and Amedysis Hospice and staff for their care and compassion.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 1 PM at the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church with Pastor Tom Gribble and Pastor Eric Leeson officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 3 PM until 8 PM at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth Street, Parkersburg.

There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the funeral from Noon until time of service at the church.

Buddy L. Eakle

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Buddy L. Eakle

Age 72, of Butler, PA, passed away September 20, 2017.

He was born January 01, 1945, at Lawford, Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Charles Edward and Lola Frances (Jones) Eakle.

Buddy was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Bronze Star.

After returning home from the war, he was employed at a Supermarket as a meat-cutter, but because of failing health, he became unable to work. For the past 25 years, he spent most of his time in and out of VA Hospitals. He was in the VA hospital in Oakland, Pa. at the time of his passing.

He is survived by a step-daughter, Rebecca Reese of St. Marys, WV; his son, Bobby Eakle and his wife Melissa of Parkersburg, WV; and five grandchildren, Caleb, Colton, Carli, Cayla and Cami.

He also leaves behind seven siblings, Brad Eakle (Peggy), Terry Eakle (Pauletta), Lou Hardman (Steve), Patty Newlon (Oneil), Mike Eakle, Bill Eakle (Carolyn) and Jim Eakle (Connie); and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two half-sisters, Jencie Marie Jones and Tencie Pearl Reed; a half-brother, Daniel A. Eakle; a sister, Janice Ann Freshour; and two brothers, Edward Ray and Teddy Loye Eakle.

In following Buddy’s wishes, he was cremated.

All are invited to attend a memorial service Saturday, October 21, 2017, at noon at the Fairview United Methodist Church at Hazelgreen, Ritchie County, WV.

Christopher Elliott Moore

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Christopher Elliott Moore

Age 36 of Glenville, WV formerly of Buckhannon, WV departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 15, 2017 at his residence.

Born August 29, 1981 in Braxton County, WV, Chris is the son of Ramona Hamrick Moore-King of Glenville and the late Eugene E. Moore who preceded Chris in death on February 09, 2011.

Chris was a Unicoil Lineman for Flying W Plastics with 10 years experience, and he also had work experience with MEC Construction as a laborer and ground hand. In his spare time, Chris enjoyed listening to music, import cars, and working with guns. Chris was also a very proud uncle, who loved spending time with his nieces and nephews, and all the rest of his family.

Along with his mother, Chris is survived by brother, Jonathan E. Moore and wife Lynette of Glenville, sister, Brandy E. Moore of Buckhannon, step-brother, William “Mac” Author Moore Harris and wife Shannon of Pennsylvania and his maternal Grandmother, Oleta Clutter of Sutton, WV.

Chris is also survived by nieces, Tia Lei Moore and Emberlee Moore, nephews, Corly Moore, Zander Harris, and William Alden Rollyson and Uncle, Larry Green and wife Barbara of Sutton.

Along with his father, Chris is preceded in death by his nephew Creedence Jayce Moore, step-grandfather, John Lester, and paternal grandparents, Nora Lester and William “Bill” Moore.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 1:00 PM, Saturday October 21, 2017 with Rev. Martin Wine officiating.

Burial will follow in the Braxton County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Flatwoods, WV.

Friends will be received from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Saturday morning at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Christopher E. Moore with arrangements.

Jerald Cecil Bowers

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Jerald Cecil “Jerry” Kraut” Bowers

Age 65, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, son and brother, of Dille passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 as a result of a motorcycle accident.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on May 14, 1952 the son of the late Chelsie James & Hettie Bell Browning Bowers.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sandy Dodrill Bowers and his brothers, James Lee and Pete Bowers.

Jerry was a professional Truck Driver.

He was a Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his companion, Monica Johnson, daughter,Shannon Blake and husband, Jeremy of Burnsville, WV; sons, Jeremy Bowers of Shinnston, WV and Joshua Stout serving in the armed forces in Okinawa, brothers, Ben Bowers and wife, Lois of Luray, VA, Jack Bowers and Sharon Brady of Nettie, sisters, Jo Hamric and husband, Dave of Dille, WV; Mitzi Frame and husband, Mike of Duck, WV and his granddaughter, Jeri Anne Bowers. 

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Greene-Robertson Funeral Home Chapel in Sutton, with Rev. Kenneth Adkins officiating.

Friends and family will gather starting at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to charity of choice or act of kindness in memory of Kraut.

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

Cody Curtis Reed

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Cody Curtis Reed

Age 84, of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Ravenswood Care Center, in Ravenswood, West Virginia.

Cody was born December 02, 1932 in Big Bend, West Virginia to Earl Roy and Fannie Reed.

He was an Army Veteran serving with the 325th Airborne Battalion of the 82nd Division in the Korean War and retired as a custodian at Blennerhassett School. Cody also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Cody will be deeply missed by his 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 sister.

Cody was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Patricia, 1 son, and 5 siblings.

Visitation will be October 18, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Jamie Sprague officiating.

There will be no graveside services.

William Pal Conrad

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William Pal Conrad

Age 90 of Glenville, WV; formerly of Cedarville,WV departed this life in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness.

Born September 05, 1927 in Marion County, WV William is the son of the late William Bill and Veda Lynch Conrad.

William was a United States Army Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict and was a former employee at the Colonial Glass Factory in Weston. He was a long term fixture in Cedarville and was known to visit everyone in the area.

Pal was also a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church and was the official bell ringer for services.

Pal is survived by his cousin Rose Beall of Cedarville and was preceded by his 1/2 brother, Fred Snyder Jr. and his loving wife, Wilma Collins Conrad.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 1:00 PM Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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

Family and friends will be received from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Thursday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist William Pal Conrad with his final wishes.

Ricky Lee Long

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Ricky Lee Long

Today, October 14, 2017, God sent a beautiful white horse to take Ricky Lee Long, age 57, to his heavenly home.

There to meet him with open arms was his mother, Joann “Josie” Linville Long; his infant sister, Peggy Long; grandparents, Dewey and Laura Jackson Long and Edgar and Marie Hayes Linville; Aunt Billie Sue Long Hamil and husband, Joe; Uncles Lessie and wife, Gracie Long; Dana and wife, Arzee Long; Billy Jackson; Carl and wife, Dora Linville.

Ricky was born December 14, 1959, in Sutton, WV, the son of Donny Lee Long and the late Joan “Josie Linville Long.

Ricky will be loved and forever missed by his dad, Donny Lee Long and brother and best friend, Ronny Dale Long of Windy Run Road, WV; Uncles and Aunts, Melvin and wife, Nancy Long Linville, Mannington, WV; Thelma Long Jackson, Little Birch, WV; Jim and wife, Virginia Long, Windy Run Road, WV; Golden Long, Windy Run Road, WV; many cousins, the family of the late Orval and Betty Jenkins; and his many friends from the horse shows over the past forty plus years where he was a very faithful volunteer.

Ricky loved to hunt and got many trophy deer. He loved to cook, can, ride horses, and work on the farm, where he made canes, swings, benches, and anything made from wood. He could fix anything from a dozer to a can opener.

Ricky was so loving and kind and never met a stranger. He would do anything to help anyone. Just a handshake, pat on the back, or thank you was payment enough.

Ricky was a graduate of Braxton County High School with the class of 1978.

Friends and family will be received Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11 AM in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Lynn Schiefer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Tesla Cemetery, Little Birch.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home family feels privileged to support and assist the Long family in honoring their loved one.

Harley “George” Lee Conrad

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Harley “George” Lee Conrad

Age 71, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at his home.

He was born November 27, 1945 at Morgantown, WV to the late Jennings Bryan Conrad and Mamie Kathryn (William) Conrad.

Also preceding him in death were brothers, Ollie “Bump” Estellion Lloyd, Bobby “Bob” Richard Conrad, Earl James Conrad and Roy “Stub” Gene Conrad; sister, Retha Mae Conrad.

Surviving are great nephews, Shawn Conrad, Napier and Billy Joe Conrad and Shaquilla, Craigsville, WV; caregiver, Lynette Webb; several nieces and nephews and friends.

Harley enjoyed farming and caring for his many animals, pigs, chickens, cattle, and work horses. He loved to hunt and fish and tell stories to his family and friends. He loved the outdoors and was never inside unless he was eating or sleeping.

Harley “George” Lee Conrad final wishes are being honored and his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home family feels privileged to support and assist the Conrad family in honoring their loved one.

Kristie Dawn Adams

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Kristie Dawn Adams

Age 44, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, following her extended illness.

Kristie was born April 22, 1973 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late James Charles and Sheila Ann (Licot) Taylor.

Kristie worked as a teacher counselor at Pressley Ridge of Walker, WV and most recent as a therapeutic consultant for RIM of St. Marys, WV.

She was a proud graduate of Ritchie County High School in 1991 and she went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Fairmont State University in 1996 in English.

She was a member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ and belonged to a local support group for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Kristie was one of the biggest fans of WVU and she loved hanging out with her grandchildren, supporting her daughter, being the family counselor, and knitting.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kyle Adams; daughter, Ascena Taylor of Pennsboro, WV; step son, Jordan Adams (Andrea) of Lubeck, WV; grandchildren, Parker & Kenzie Adams; and her siblings, Dale Taylor of Ellenboro, WV; Lane Taylor of Hamilton, OH; Patience Hilvers of Pennsboro, WV; Lena Garito of Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Melanie Taylor.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Friday, October 20, 2017, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Evang. Terry Jones and Rev. Anthony Farr officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pullman Cemetery.

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

Catherine Juanita “Katy” Sumpter

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Catherine Juanita “Katy” Sumpter

Age 86, of Hinzman Street, Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 5:13 AM on Sunday, October 15, 2017 in the Colonial Place Assisted Living Facility in Elkins, following complications from pneumonia and several years of dementia.

She was born in Weston, WV on August 21, 1931 a daughter of the late Roland “Red” Belt and Agnes Blake Belt.

On November 17, 1951 she married the one and only love of her life, Clarence Earl Sumpter Jr., and they celebrated just three years of marriage before his passing on October 20, 1955.

Her signature class and grace, and quick-witted nature will be carried on by her two daughters, whom she adored: Pam Cain and husband, Kent Gande, of Kannapolis, NC, and Beth Wade and husband, Gary, of Weston. She leaves behind five beautiful grandchildren and five great grandchildren, who will dearly miss the unconditional love of “Mom Kate”. Her fun-loving spirit will be remembered by her three siblings: Tony Belt of Weston, Scott Belt and wife, Jennifer, of Weston, Helen “Annie” Harris and husband, Eugene “Red”, of West Milford and Susan Moneypenny of Weston; sister-in-law, Patty Belt, of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she will be joyfully reunited in Heaven with four siblings: Roland “Pepper"and Ronald “Dick"Belt, Mary Ellen Robinson, and Janet Gay.

Katy’s professional tenacity served her well while she was employed by Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Wagoner, DDS, Grief Brothers in Weston, and at Citizen’s Bank of Weston, where she retired. She had a deeply rooted sense of community and civic responsibility. She enjoyed attending and supporting activities that promoted and celebrated community teamwork and friendship. She was inducted into the Voters Hall of Fame for her long, consistent voting record and she often volunteered to transport neighbors and friends to the voting booths, which she often worked, so they could exercise their right to vote.

She was a member of the Theresa Snaith Auxillary at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, and a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.

As an avid sports fan, she mostly followed WVU football and basketball, but had a special place in her heart for watching her grandchildren play sports, as they were the light of her life.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Murrell officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

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

Kathy Westfall

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Kathy Westfall

Age 59, of Pullman, WV went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

She was born September 01, 1958 in Calhoun County, WV. She was a daughter of the late Holmer and Nora Hamric Sidwell.

She was married for 42 years to her devoted husband, Doil Westfall who survives her. Also surviving are her children, Kathryn (Charles) Johnson; Angel (John) McCullough; Kenny (Briana) Westfall; Francis (Megan) Westfall; and Iris (Scott) Lanham; 14 grandchildren, Dillon, Damian, Caden, Kennedy, Charlee, Braxton, Bentleigh, Shania, Trenton, Ashlyn, James, Merul, Katrina, and Madison.

A special thanks to Nurse Holly. Kathy was a hell of a woman and a fighter.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV with Pastor Rob Fraser officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Nobe Cemetery.

Patricia A. Bailey

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Patricia A. Bailey

Age 67, of Orrville, OH passed away Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Brenn-Feild nursing center in Orrville, Ohio following a period of declining health.

Pat was born on March 21, 1950, in Chloe, West Virginia, to William “Paul” and Alma (Miller) Vincent and attended Parkersburg (WV) High School.

She married Amos “Paul” Bailey on July 29, 1967, in Minora, WV.

She was a homemaker and a member of The Lord’s House of Prayer in Akron. She enjoyed knitting and cooking and loved spending time with family and friends, especially with her husband, Paul.

Surviving are her parents of Parkersburg, WV; three brothers, William Richard Vincent of Woodsfield, OH, Michael Lee (Margaret) Vincent of Parkersburg, WV, and Gregory Allen Vincent of Parkersburg, WV; sister, Donna Sue Sayger of Parkersburg, WV; sister-in-law, Carol Vincent of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, Amos “Paul” Bailey in 2015; and brothers, Gary Wayne Vincent and Roger Dale Vincent.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV, with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating.

Burial will take place at Orma Cemetery.

Friends may call on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Stump Funeral Home, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Patricia wished to express a very special thanks to Kathy and Duane Rohr, Betty and John Walters, Sandy Harris, and Jennifer, for all their loving kindness.

Gary Wayne Poling

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Gary Wayne Poling

Age 79, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 13, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on Monday, July 25, 1938 in Harrison County, WV, a son of the late William Laco and Mabel Lucretia Owens Poling.

Gary had been a truck driver for 40 years having worked with several trucking companies. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, monkeying around with junk and spending time with his family and friends.

He attended the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.

Gary is survived by his wife, Patty Sue Poling; daughter, Stephanie Kay Poling, Pennsboro, WV; sons, Tony Poling (Lori), Pennsboro, WV and Gary Wayne Poling Jr. (Amy Marie), Ellenboro, WV; step daughter, Rhonda Daugherty (James); grandchildren, Betsy Boggs, David Carson Poling, Bryant A. Shepherd, Chloe Dawn Poling, Cara Henry, Kristy Crump and Ryan Smeeks; great-grandchildren, Landon Charles Boggs, Jozey Lee Boggs and Tyler Henry; brothers, Charles Poling, and John Poling, both of St. Marys, WV.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by brothers Robert, Larry and Edwin Poling.

Funeral services will be held at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM with the Pastor Sam Lambert officiating.

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

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Monday, October 16, 2017.

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