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Dawn Marie Tomey

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Dawn Marie Tomey

Age 35, of Camden, WV passed away at 1:10 PM on Monday, May 22, 2017 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

She was born in Canton, OH on October 31, 1981 a daughter of the late Clarence Clifford Hancock Jr. and Carole Ann Wilfong Greenawalt of Canton, OH.

She is also survived by her fiancé, John Winans of Camden; two children: Bryson and Ciara Hancock; one sister, Lisa Greenawalt; step brother, Joe Burkey; half brother, Tommy Allman; several nieces and nephews; and her dogs: Skunk, Psycho, Duke, and Tubs.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one son, Mitchell Hancock.

Dawn worked for Timken Steel in Canton OH for many years. She enjoyed sewing, swimming, boating, playing games on her computer, and spending time with her fiance’ and their dogs.

Dawn’s request for cremation has been honored.

Her family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Dawn Marie Tomey.

Ronnie “DoRon” Lane

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Ronnie “DoRon” Lane

Age 59, of Gassaway, WV passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3:03 PM in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV after an extended illness.

He was born on September 04, 1957 in Ohio.

He leaves behind many friends that he cared for deeply and considered his Family.

“DoRon” loved riding 4 wheelers around Braxton County. He was also an avid outdoorsmen he loved hunting, and just being outside in general. He worked as a carpenter for many years.

Ronnie “DoRon” Lane finial wishes are being honored and his body will be cremated and a memorial service and graveside service will be held at a later date in the Boggs Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for Ronnie “DoRon” Lane and his friends.

Kevin Bryan Baker

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Kevin Bryan Baker

Age 54, of Harrisville, WV passed away May 23, 2017 at his residence.

He was born January 24, 1963 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Carrel Leon Baker and Loretta E. Grose Baker of Harrisville, WV.

Kevin was a 1981 Harrisville High School graduate and had worked at Cytec, Willow Island Plant as a chemical operator. He loved and enjoyed his grandchildren. He had impeccable taste of music, had a quick wit and sense of humor, was an avid WVU fan and would drive nothing but a Ford by choice and birth.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children, Cody Bryan Baker of St. Marys, WV and Sarah Michelle Nichols (Timothy J.) of St. Marys; grandchildren, Piper and Cohen Nichols; sister, Teresa Harper (Ronnie) of Ellenboro, WV; nieces Valerie Hutson (Jason), Kristin Harper (Shawn), and Morgan Gatrell (Derek); and nephew Carrel Lee Baker (Laura).

He was preceded in death in addition to his father by a brother Sheldon Baker.

Kevin’s wishes were to be cremated and services were provided by Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Street, Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Mary Margaret McLaughlin

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Mary Margaret McLaughlin

Age 59, of Crooked Fork Road, Weston, WV passed away at 2:05 PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 04, 1957 a daughter of the late Joseph Edward McLaughlin and Mabel Oleta West McLaughlin.

She is survived by three siblings: Joseph McLaughlin of Weston, Jacqueline McLaughlin of Loveberry, and John McLaughlin of Loveberry; one niece, Jessica McLaughlin; one nephew, Joseph McLaughlin; and her loyal companion and beloved dog, Sandy.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Halterman; Mary Margaret “Peg” Shea, who raised her through her childhood; and her beloved golden Labrador, Clouse.

After graduating from Glenville State College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Mary taught at St. Patrick’s Catholic School for many years. She returned to Glenville State College to work as a recruiter, and she worked in oil/gas leasing for Key Oil. She later retired from Wm. R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital where she worked as a rehabilitation coordinator. Mary radiated with a charming, charismatic intellect that served her well in making friends easily. She loved to read and learn and was well informed on an array of diverse subjects. In her free time, she enjoyed shopping, discussing politics and world issues, and working crossword puzzles.

Mary’s request for cremation has been honored.

Her family will have a private Funeral Mass followed by private burial, at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Margaret McLaughlin.

Joan Cecilia Wright

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Joan Cecilia Wright

Age 66, of McWhorter, WV passed away unexpectedly at 9:50 PM on Monday, May 22, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Braxton County, WV on November 20, 1950 a daughter of Albert Frye and Virginia Mae Frye Ash.

On April 15, 1972 she married William Wayne Wright who will miss her dearly after 45 years of marriage.

Her amazing, loving nature will be carried on by her three children: Carrie Ann Forcucci and husband, Christopher, of McWhorter, Aaron Wayne Wright and wife, Richelle of Clarksburg, and Jeremy Levi Wright and wife, Erica, of McWhorter; ten grandchildren: Nikki Headley and husband, Levi, Cody Simms and companion, Laura Grose, Chance Simms, Austin Williams, Audrey Wright, Ariel Wright, Anthony Wright, Levi Wright, Adalee Wright, and Jeryn Wright; one great grandchild, Maddox Headley; two siblings: William Ash of Fairmont, and Bonnie Benson of PA; several nieces and nephews; her grand dog, Lilly; and her loyal companion and beloved cat, Tat.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Mark Ash.

Joan worked for C&P Telephone, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon, retiring with 32 years of service. She then worked for AAA for 10 years. She was a member of the CWV Telephone Pioneers then the International Sports Jamboree.

She was also an active member of the McWhorter United Methodist Church.

In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, farming and taking long walks through the woods with her husband to dig for ramps.

Friends and family will gather at the McWhorter United Methodist Church from 2-6 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Funeral Services will follow at 6 PM with Reverend Bonnie Starkey and Pastor Jackie Chambers officiating.

Private interment will be held in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Quiet Dell.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the McWhorter United Methodist Church PO Box 48 Jane Lew, WV 26378.

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

Sandra Jo Cochran

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Sandra Jo Cochran

Age 72, of Good Hope Pike, Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly at 12:58 PM on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a sudden aneurysm.

She was born in Baltimore, MD on August 07, 1944 a daughter of the late William Karl Rose and Juanita May Ball Rose.

On April 18, 1966 she married Ronnie A. Cochran who will miss her dearly after 51 years of marriage.

Her sweet, loving nature will be carried on by her three sons: Ronald Cochran and wife, Susan, of Jane Lew, William J. Cochran and wife, Michele, of Good Hope, WV; and Robert S. Cochran and wife, Amy, of Buckhannon, WV; three grandchildren: Aaron Lee Crislip Cochran, Vincent Cochran, and Derek Dunham; five siblings: Robert Shingleton of FL, Steve Shingleton of Clarksburg, WV; Debbie Shingelton of FL, Jackie Harris of FL, and Lynda Shingleton of FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three siblings: Theodore Shingleton, Rebecca Miller, and Jean Shingleton.

Sandra worked as a model for Parson Souders, then for Harbert Drug Store, and later the Jane Lew Truck Stop.

She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

In addition to flower gardening, she enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and board games. Most importantly family was her greatest treasure and she loved spending time with her grandchildren, who 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 4-8 PM on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Williamson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Stonewall Park Cemetery in Clarksburg.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Sandra Jo Cochran.

William R. “Bill” Mathews

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William R. “Bill” Mathews

Age 77, of Warren, Ohio passed away with his family by his side Saturday morning, May 20, 2017, at Gillette Nursing Home in Warren.

He was born January 10, 1940 in Weston, WV, a son of the late Dana and Ruth (Brown) Mathews.

Bill was employed as a Tow Motor Driver at the former Packard Electric Corp. in Warren, retiring after 40 years of service.

He had attended the North Mar Christian & Missionary Alliance Church and was an avid bowler.

Surviving are his wife the former Roberta Sharabell “Sharie” White, whom he married October 10, 1960; a son, Donald Ray Mathews, of Columbus; a daughter, Virginia Kathryn (Joel) Davisson, of Palm Coast, FL, and a son, Russell Alan (Constance) Mathews, of Warren; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother Carl (Barbara) Mathews, of Warren and a sister, Patty (Robert) Pumphrey, of Cortland.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jean Pumphrey, two brothers and his 13 year old granddaughter, Shekinah Glory Davisson.

Funeral services will be held 4 PM Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Ave., Warren.

Friends may call from 2 - 4 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

He will be laid to rest at 2 PM Wednesday, May 24th, in the Peterson Cemetery, Weston, West Virginia.

James Leaverne “Buster” Brown

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James Leaverne “Buster” Brown

Age 72, of Horner, WV passed away at 5:05 AM on Monday, May 22, 2017 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born in Braxton County, WV on February 12, 1945 a son of the late Harry Glen Brown and Lena Fabris Hardway Brown.

On July 08, 1967 he married Judy Carol Brown who will miss him dearly after 49 years of marriage.

He is survived by one son, Jamie L. Brown and wife Michelle Ann, of Vandalia; two grandchildren: Levi Dalton Brown and Malena Jade Brown; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Opal and Harold Ware of Vandalia; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Melinda Ann Brown; and two brothers: Ernest N. Hardway and Layman L. Hardway.

Buster was a member of the Local Labor Union #984 out of Clarksburg. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping at the old home place, and riding his side-by-side.

He was Methodist by faith.

Following cremation, private burial will be held in the Green Hill Cemetery in Braxton County.

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

Patty Ann Allen

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Patty Ann Allen

Age 67, of Salt Lick Road, Sutton, WV departed this life on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Patty was born on August 22, 1949 in Heaters, WV.  Patty was the fourth daughter of 13 children born to the late Harry and Lorraine (Conley) Allen.

In addition to her parents she is proceeded in death by two children Jimmy Darrell Allen and Angela Jean Allen, sister Betty Joe (Allen) Gross, and brother John Rodney Allen.

Those left to mourn her loss are sisters and brothers Wanda Buckhannon and (Alva) of Burnsville, WV Fonda Conley (Russell) of Sutton, WV, Linda Helmick of Sutton, WV, Nancy Ratliff (Samuel) of VA, Harry Allen of Orlando, WV, Jerry Allen (Susan) of Burnsville, WV, Edna Shaffer (Alford) of Morgantown, WV, Lois Diane Heater of Flatwoods, WV, Janet Gibson (Robert) of Heaters, and Brenda Tinny (Curtis) of Gem, WV. Patty also leaves behind the love of her life two grandchildren whom she raised upon death of her children Aaron Mathias Rudder (Kristen) of VA, and Holly Loraine (Allen) Aguilar (Oscar) of Sutton, WV. Billy Joe Allen of Woodbridge, VA. Also surviving great-grandchildren Emma and Brayden Rudder of VA.

Patty attended Schools in Braxton County and received her degree in Nursing from Prince Georges Community College in MD, and also received many credits on a Social Worker Degree. Helping others was always her true passion. She retired in 1994 after 27 years in the medical field as a nurse case coordinator in Alexandria, WV. She loved Bluegrass music and was known for her fruit salad, peanut butter cookies, and peanut butter fudge. Most of all she loved her family.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6-9 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2017 from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.

Interment will follow in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV.

Merle Marie Cottrill Jarvis

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Merle Marie Cottrill Jarvis

Age 100 of, Gassaway, WV passed away May 21, 2017 at the Clay Health Care Center, Big Otter.

She was born June 22, 1916 in Rosedale, WV a daughter of the late General George Cottrill and Freeda Dell Dillon Cottrill.

She was a member of the First Baptist Temple Church and was a retired cook from the Braxton County Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell J. Jarvis; two sons, Dallas Jarvis and Ernie Jarvis; brothers, Dale, Dove and Glenn; sister, Vena Putnam Clark.

She is survived by her sons, Jerry J. Jarvis of Gassaway and Gary M. Jarvis of Lorain, OH; one daughter, Eva Marie Tonkin (Jim) of Gassaway; five grandchildren, Jerry M. Jarvis (Kelli) of Gassaway, Jamie Lynn Tonkin Alward (Travis) of Plattville, Alabama, Gary Jarvis, Jr. (Krista) of Simpsonville, SC, Connie Ruth of Lorain, OH and Randy Lee Jarvis (Linda) of Amherst, OH; six great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

A special thank you to her caregivers at home, Marge Friend, Margaret Dennison and Jan Pinson. Special thanks to the wonderful care she received at the Clay Health Care Center.

Graveside service will be 11 AM Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Pastor Roger Gerwig officiating.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Donna June Andrade

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Donna June Andrade

Age 63 of Rixeyville, VA passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at her residence to enter the gates of Heaven.

She was born December 07, 1953 in Sutton, WV to the late Bert and Edna Shaw.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, Roy Otis Utt, Jr., a brother, Bert Shaw, Jr., and a sister, Bonnie Brooks.

Donna enjoyed spending time with her husband and family gatherings.

She was an active member of Gourdvine Baptist Church.

She was always a kind and giving person and will be greatly missed by all the lives that she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Jose’ Andrade; six children, Douglas L. Utt (Sarah) of Melrose, VA, Rigoberto Andrade (Luz) of Culpeper, VA, Ana Andrade (Mauro) of Orange, VA, Vanessa Andrade (Jose’ Escobar) of Bealeton, VA, Ada Andrade (Juan Carlos) of Culpeper, VA, Gabriel Shaw of Rixeyville, VA; four siblings, William B. Shaw (Lynn) of Sutton, Virginia Milliken (Leonard) of Madison, VA, Jean Fairfax (Frank) of Front Royal, VA, Linda Smallwood (Roger) of Linden, VA; 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton with Rev. Joe Edwards officiating.

Burial will follow at Barker Ridge Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call one hour before services.

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

James J. “Coop” Cooper

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James J. “Coop” Cooper

Age 62 of Little Cove Road, Troy, WV; departed this life suddenly on the evening of Thursday, May 18, 2017 at his residence following a short illness.

Born November 26, 1954 in New Jersey, Jim is the son of the late James J. and Ethel Pope Cooper.

Jim was an electrician in the construction industry with 32 years experience, having retired in 2005. He was a member of IBEW Local-400 Union in NJ; and after retirement enjoyed the quiet life in West Virginia. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed mowing the yard, hunting, riding ATV’s, and working on his home.  He has been coming to WV for many years and has been quoted as saying “He was from New Jersey but his heart is from West Virginia”. Jim also loved his pets, Snowy the cat, and his 2 dogs, Barney and Gracie. They provided him with endless love and affection.

On May 20, 2005 Jim was united in marriage to Laurie Wollermann Cooper, who survives at their Little Cove home. They were married a couple days shy of 12 years, but have been together for 30 years. Jim is the love of Laurie’s life and he will be greatly missed.

Surviving his dear son, Kevin Cooper and Fiancee Susan Zibbe of Jackson, NJ; his sister, Judy Paxton and husband Mike of Pelzer, SC; and many friends all over the country who Jim considered family.

Jim’s request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a Celebration of Life in New Jersey at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to assist the family of James Jay “Coop” Cooper with arrangements.

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Gerald R. Workman

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Gerald R. Workman

Age 66, of French Creek, WV passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home.

He was born March 14, 1951, in Weston, WV, a son of the late George Lloyd and Media Harris Workman.

Surviving are his companion, Debra Woody of French Creek; one son, Gerard Workman of Buckhannon, WV; four daughters, Kristy Hall and husband Dusty of Weston and Misty Mersier and husband Pierre, Whitney Knipe and husband Franklin and Danielle Workman all of Buckhannon; one step daughter, Misty Woody of Fairmont, WV; ten grandchildren; one step grandson; one brother, Gary Workman of Walkersville, WV and one sister, Patty Workman of Harrisonburg, VA.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one step son, Chris Woody; five brothers, Howard, Junior, Eddie, Mack and Gale Workman and three sisters, Joy Workman, Judy Hinkle and Betty Ann Smith.

Friends will be received Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The funeral service will follow at 1 PM with the Rev. Wease Day officiating.

Burial will follow in the Beechtown Cemetery in Frenchton, WV.

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

The family would like to send a special thanks to the staff at WV Hospice.

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

Charles Price

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Charles Price

Age 83 of Glenville WV; formerly of Hinton, WV; departed this life on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness.

Born May 31, 1933 in Hinton, WV; Charles was is the son of the late Paul and Margaret Butler Price.

Charles was a veteran of the United States Air Force worked as a Pharmacist for many years, and was a Methodist by faith.

Charles was united in marriage to Leah Ruth Odell Price, who survives in Webster Springs, WV.

He is also survived by 2 step-children, Linda Meadows and Ricky Dyer of Webster Springs, WV.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc; 2 Vanhorn Dr; Glenville, WV; 26351 at 10:00 AM; Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery in Linn, WV.

Family and friends will be received from 6-8 PM; Monday, May 22, 2017 at the mortuary.

Don Lee Crislip

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Don Lee Crislip

Age 75, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 12:30 PM on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in United Presbyterian Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA following an extended illness.

He was born in Bridgeport, WV on February 24, 1942 a son of the late Hoy Archibald Crislip and Gladys Alma Worth Crislip.

Memories of their childhood antics will be treasured by his two surviving siblings: Susan Cochran and husband, Ron, of Jane Lew, and Larry Gene Crislip of Clarksburg; three nieces and nephews: Aaron Lee Crislip Cochran of Bridgeport, Cindy Crislip of Jane Lew, and Cathy Williams of Reynoldsville; and his loyal companion and beloved poodle, Biscuit.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert Winfield Crislip and Dale Crislip.

In 1999, Don retired from the accounting department of Pennzoil Company in Parkersburg with 37 years of service. He was an accomplished musician who especially enjoyed playing the baby grand piano and the ukulele. He enjoyed spending time in his yard, working in his flower gardens. Most importantly he had fond memories of laughing and playing Rook with his family ‘til the wee hours of the morning.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew at 12 PM on Monday, May 22, 2017.

A Graveside Service will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery at 2 PM with Reverend Thomas Horne officiating.

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

Aubrey Edsel Smith Sr.

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Aubrey Edsel Smith Sr.

Age 81, of Westwood Dr., Jane Lew, WV passed away at 1:15 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born in Sycamore Lick on January 17, 1936 a son of the late Fred Smith and Olga Spaur Smith.

On March 03, 1956 he married Shelba Cooper, who will miss him dearly after 61 years of marriage.

His friendly, devoted nature will be carried on by his son, A. Edsel Smith Jr. and wife, Donna, of Jane Lew; two grandchildren: Jason Smith and wife, Desiree Evans Smith, of Good Hope, WV and Bryan Smith and wife, Kim, of Jane Lew; five great granddaughters: Anna, Haley, Kenley, Raegan, and Brynlea; one sister, Ilene Smith Keith of Akron, OH; three step grandchildren: Christian, Gabriel, and Faith Lynn; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Jane Smith; one great grandson, Ezra; four siblings: Denzil, Willard, and Earl Smith, and Ruth Mary Smith; and his best friend, loyal companion, and beloved German Shepherd, Mary, who was always by his side and walked to the mailbox with him everyday.

Aubrey was a fourth cousin to Confederate General, Thomas Jonathan Stonewall Jackson. He worked for Jane Lew Glass and retired from the Colonial Glass after many years. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading historical novels, and spending time with his family.

In his younger years, he was a member of the Jackson Mill Baptist Church, and later attended the Broad Run Baptist Church.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Hoover, Pastor Rick Garavaglia, and Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Aubrey Edsel Smith.

Nina Butler Conley

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Nina Butler Conley

Age 80, of Chloe, WV, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Miletree Nursing Home, Spencer, WV.

Nina was born November 24, 1936, in Calhoun County, WV to the late Aristotle and Mary Butler.

On July 03, 1955, she and Carsie G. Conley were united in marriage.

Together they raised five children, Phyllis James (husband Donn) of Heathers, WV; Stephen Conley (wife Marcie) of Mineral Wells, WV; Katheran Thomas (husband Rick) of Millstone, WV; Richard Conley (wife Kathy) of Mt. Zion, WV; and Karen Belknap (husband Fred) of Gassaway, WV. She is also survived by two brothers, Charlie Butler (wife Sharon) of Reedy and Thomas Butler of Spencer, WV. She was the youngest girl of 10 children in her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Janet Lynn; daughter-in-law, Alice Shaver Conley; son-in-law, Rick Thomas, and two infant grandchildren.

Nina retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1999, after 25 years of service. She took great pride in caring for her home and family.

Funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

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

Interment will be in Hicks Cemetery, Chloe, WV.

Forest Ray Tingler

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Forest Ray Tingler

Age 86, of Big Springs, WV passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care Center, Grantsville.

He was the son of the late Elzie Morgan Tingler and Virginia Richards Tingler and was born September 02, 1930 in Calhoun County, WV.

He is survived by four children, Genieva Glover (Ken); Helen Jeanette Gard (Charles); Eli Ray Tingler (Hazel); and Edward Tingler (Barbara); and numerous grandchildren, greath-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Blanch Cunningham Tingler; a daughter, Ellen Paulette Tingler Shingleton; and a grandson, Wesley Todd Glover.

In his earlier years, he did carpentry/construction work, was an oil and gas worker, was employed by Johns Manville in Parkersburg, and was Maintenance Supervisor for the Calhoun County Board of Education.

He enjoyed playing cards, pitching horseshoes, and hunting. He was a very caring and loving person and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rick Metheney officiating.

A private family viewing will be from 11:00 AM-Noon.

Public visitation will be held from noon until 2:00 PM prior to the service.

The graveside committal will take place in the funeral home following the service with no service in the cemetery.

Interment will be in Big Springs Cemetery.

Wilma Louise Gandee

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Wilma Louise Gandee

Age 75, of Grantsville, WV, formerly of Spencer, WV passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.

She was born December 21, 1941 at Spencer, WV a daughter of the late Frances Olen and Grace Madeline Young Gandee.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Dahkotah Kyler Tanner.

Wilma was a homemaker and had worked as a nannie and an in home care giver.

She was a Christian.  Wilma loved animals, gardening and reading the Bible.

Survivors include two daughters, Debra Snyder and Diane Tanner both of Spencer; one brother, Eugene Gandee of Elyria, Ohio; two grandchildren, Christina Snyder Shafer of Reedy, WV and Michael Snyder of Charleston, SC; two great grandchildren, Matthew Shafer and Kaitlyn Shafer.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 20 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Jim Epling officiating.

Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover.

The visitation will be from Noon to 1:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

Leland Smith Carr

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Leland Smith Carr

Age 81, of Belfont, WV (Braxton County) passed away May 16, 2017 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 02, 1935 at Belfont a son of the late William Earl and Winnie Maude Meadows Carr.

He was a carpenter and dearly loved his grand kids.

He is survived by his son, Van Carr and wife, Jeanne of Belfont; granddaughter, Abigail Carr of Belfont; great grandson, Ryan Carr of Belfont.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Carr; brothers, Bill Carr, Brad Carr and Bailey Carr.

In keeping with Mr. Carr’s wishes, he was cremated.

Memorial service will be 3 PM Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Simpson Belfont Church with Rev. William Hunt officiating.

Visitation will be one our prior to memorial service at the church.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Audra Gray Farrar

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Audra Gray Farrar

Age 85, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV.

She was born April 15, 1932 in Wild Cat, WV (Lewis County), a daughter of the late Walter Guy and Garrnet Cooper Boggs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Claude “Tab” Farrar; two brothers, Clarence and Junior Boggs; two sisters, Irene Fisher and Helen Peck and one granddaughter, Christina Wise.

She is survived by her 2nd husband, Ronald Bennett of Buckhannon; one son, Rusty Farrar and Nita of Buckhannon; one daughter, Rhonda Wise and husband Ken of Waldorf, MD; one grandson, Kenny Wise of Waldorf; three granddaughters, Kimberly Wise-Welch and husband Andrew of Waldorf, Tracie Wise and Sam Fairfield of WI and Shonda Lynch of Buckhannon; two great grandsons, Alex and Logan Lynch both of Buckhannon; three great granddaughters, Ava and Taylor Lynch both of Buckhannon and Shawna Welch of Waldorf; two brothers, Keith Boggs of Ireland, WV and Kenneth Boggs of Jane Lew, WV; one sister, Pearl Shingleton of Ireland and several nieces and nephews.

Audra was a Christian by faith and enjoyed gardening and quilting.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Chad Lewis and the Rev. Wease Day officiating.

Burial will follow in the Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

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

Benjamin “Ben” Schoolcraft

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Benjamin “Ben” Schoolcraft

Age 54, of Detroit, MI and previously of Clarksburg, WV, passed away May 12, 2017.

He was born April 29, 1963, the son of the late Charles Wesley Schoolcraft and Emily Ashes Yeager.

Those left to cherish his memory is wife, Monikue Darcell Rogers; son, Anthony Schoolcraft, WV; daughter, Kylie Schoolcraft, VA; brothers, Paul Schoolcraft, WV and Mark Schoolcraft, VA; sister Tina Tenny, WV and several nieces and nephews.

Ben was self-employed and was in the construction business. He was also a truck driver and drove from coast to coast. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed, hunting, fishing and boating.

Per the family’s request Mr. Schoolcraft will be cremated and there will be no service at this time.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date.

Franklin Gerald “Jerry” Simmons

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Franklin Gerald “Jerry” Simmons

Age 78, of Duck, WV passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at home after a short illness.

He was a Baptist by faith and attended Son Rise Fellowship at Duck.

He was born May 25, 1938 in Sutton, WV a son of the late Frank and Olive Grace Heater Simmons.

He was retired from IUOE Local 132 since 1999.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Karen Moore Simmons; son, Greg [Robin] Simmons of Summersville, WV; 3 grandchildren, Tosha [Spencer] Christenson, Kattie and Abby Riffle of Summersville; one great-grandson, Gabriel Christenson; five sisters, Iva Ramsey, Mabel Arcara, Jean Wright, Judy Singleton, and Karen Simmons.

He is preceded in death by son, Brent Simmons; 2 sisters, Delores “Toots” Cochran, Sylvia Reynolds; 3 brothers, Lee, Pat, and Mike.

Funeral service will be 1 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Joe Bob Truman and Pastor Jeremy Holcomb officiating.

Interment will be in the Moore Family Cemetery, Servia.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 10 AM until time of service at 1 PM.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

William Hudson Howarth

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William Hudson Howarth

Age 72, of Weston, WV passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV.

He was born April 24, 1945 in OH, a son of the late Robert and Etta Weaver Howarth. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jessyca Arro.

He is survived by one daughter, Melissa Davis and husband James of Weston; one son, Jason Howarth and wife April of OR; six grandsons, Brody Howarth and Matt Heskew both of OR, Steven Howarth and Mason and Richard William Davis all of Weston and James Davis of CA and four granddaughters, Elizabeth and Jazmine McNulty and Kiernon Jo all of AZ and Brianne Howarth of OR. 

Mr. Howarth was a mechanic.

Friends will be received Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 4 to 6 PM at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

The funeral service will follow at 6 PM.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Union Church Cemetery in Buckhannon, WV.

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

Ronald Ray “Ronnie” Snyder

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Ronald Ray “Ronnie” Snyder

Age 59 of Walnut Street, Weston, WV passed away at 11:05 PM on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Weston, WV on October 19, 1957 a son of Billy Ray Snyder of Weston, WV and the late Violet Jeannette Moneypenny Snyder.

He is survived by two daughters: Stefanie Snyder of Horsehead, NY, and Ronda Snyder of Lucedale, MS; one granddaughter, Raylee; three sisters: Debbie Bragg, Cindy Cook, and Colleen Stalnaker, all of Weston; companion, Judy Myers of Weston; seven nieces and nephews: Becky Farley, Shawn Bragg, Mike Bragg, Troy Cook, Kyle Cook, Cassi Gum, and Brandi Stalnaker; several great nieces and nephews; several aunts and uncles; and former wife, Josephine Richardson.

Ronnie was a rig worker in the oil and gas industry for many years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and riding ATV’s. He also liked playing poker, and working on cars in his garage with his nephew, Mike, who he loved like a son.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 5-7 PM on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Funeral Services will follow at 7 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Craig Snyder officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ronald Ray Snyder.

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