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Eleanor Shock

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Eleanor Shock

Age 99, a lifelong resident of Normantown, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Hubbard House in Charleston, WV following a short illness.

Eleanor was born October 19, 1919, the daughter of Marion Lee Brown and Oleta Miller Brown who preceded her in death.

She is the last of Marion Lee Brown’s 17 children. Eleanor married James Franklin Shock on December 27, 1939. James preceded her in death February 1981.

Eleanor is survived by three sons who are James Michael Shock (Sheri) Chapin, SC; George Kent Shock (Linda), Berkeley Springs, WV and Danny Joe Shock (Treza), Rosedale, WV. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was recognized upon her retirement by the United States Postal Service for 53 years of service. She also worked several years at Rubber Fabricators in Grantsville, WV. She had attended both Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at Stumptown, WV and Dawson Baptist Church at Cedar Creek, WV. Eleanor was active in many organizations and Gilmer County community activities.

At the request of family, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. I

nterment will be at the Collins Cemetery at Stumptown, WV.

Arrangements are in the care of Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc. Grantsville, WV.

Francis “Pete” Waggoner

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Francis “Pete” Waggoner

Age 79, passed Thursday, March 07, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center. Francis was born to the late Harley Lee Waggoner, and Esther Lee Davis, on April 10, 1939, in Macfarlan, WV.

Pete worked at Winans/Dupont. He loved hunting, fishing, being outside, working on lawn mowers and cars, watching westerns, and he loved his dogs Coco and Daisy

Pete was an amazing husband, grandfather, father, uncle, brother, son, and friend.

Francis is survived by his ex-wife Kaffie Rae Waggoner and 6 children: Francis Neal Waggoner Jr., Esther Slack (Dennis Pasket), Victoria Cain (Wes Cain), Burl Waggoner, Chuck Waggoner (Tammy Waggoner), and Winnifred McCauley (Mike McCauley ). He also is survived by 15 grandchildren and 2 granddaughter whom he helped raise Kaffie Nichole Waggoner and Elizabeth Jean Cain. He is also survived by 19 great grandkids.

You will never be forgotten.

We love you and know you’re watching over us like you always did.

Hope Rusty and Snowball are happy to see you along with the rest of your family you have been reunited with.

Dean Mason Strickland

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Dean Mason Strickland

Age 80, of Glenville, WV passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

He was born on January 18, 1939, at Widen, WV the son of the late Ellis and Valeria Strickland. Dean is survived by his wife, Mary Bland Whiting Strickland.

He was a 1957 graduate of Gassaway High School and a 1965 graduate of Glenville State College. He served in the Army National Guard, the United States Navy, attended United States Naval Officer Candidate School, achieved the rank of LTJG, and served aboard the USS Canberra in Vietnam.

Dean had a lifelong passion for learning. He was a member of the high school band (trumpet), student council, and manager for the athletic teams. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Dean was a teacher, coach, athletic official, state employee and retired from Naomi Trucking, Inc. He loved turkey hunting, gardening, mowing, ramp digging, crosswords, reading, traveling and exploring new places. He and his “bride” made many trips to the West and Yellowstone National Park.

His greatest love and passion was for the amazing grace of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Glenville where he served on many boards and committees and helped in any way that he could. Dean was a mentor to children and youth. He loved giving of himself to the Church and the community of Glenville.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Glenville.

The service will begin at 3:00 PM followed by fellowship and refreshments.

Dean’s body was donated to the WVU Human Gift Registry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Glenville Cancer Fund.

Herbert Lee Pridemore

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Herbert Lee Pridemore

Age 78, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2019 at the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV.

Herbert was born on January 28, 1941 in Madison, WV, the son of the late Hobert Lee and Dusty Mae Gibson Pridemore.

Herbert had worked as a machinist for several different companies in the Cleveland Ohio area; having retired from the Allen’s Machine Shop. He was a member of the Pullman Church of God, Pullman, WV and had played in several bands, playing Country and Bluegrass and gospel music.

He is survived by three daughters, Sheila Ball (Donald), Harrisville, WV, Lori “DeeDii “ Bryant (Bobbie Jr), Harrisville, WV and Donna Pridemore (Brian Marmie), Smithville, WV; two sons, Daniel Pridemore (Teresa), Harrisville, WV and Robert Pridemore (Ashley), Big Springs, WV; Brother, Donald Ray Pridemore, Missouri; sister Brenda Kay Osborne, Pomeroy, OH; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in life by his first wife, Flora Testerman Pridemore; second wife, Lessie Jones Pridemore; brothers, Victor L. Pridemore, Bennie T. Pridemore and Robert D. Pridemore; great-grandson, Cage Joseph Fendler.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Pullman Church of God, Pullman WV, with the Rev. Ralph Blankenship officiating, burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 4 until 8 PM.

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Viola Elizabeth Richards

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Viola Elizabeth Richards

Age 64 of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born April 27, 1954 in Calhoun County, WV a daughter of the late Albert and Bessie (Wells) Davis.

Mrs. Richards was a homemaker and enjoyed BINGO, paparazzi jewelry and spoiling her grandkids.

Surviving are four children: Peggy Richards, Felicia Vandergrift, Raymond Richards III and Dale Richards, seven siblings: Karen McIntire, Jenny McWilliams, Betty Caplinger, Shelby Wilson, Marie Smith, Roy Davis and Dwayne Davis, four grandsons, three granddaughters and five great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond “Speedy” Richards in 2016 and brother Robert Wells.

In following Mrs. Richard’s wishes, she will be cremated.

There will be no funeral service.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday 6-8 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory in Parkersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family to help defray funeral expenses.

Jayda Rose Lantz

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Jayda Rose Lantz

Age 2 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at home with her family by her side.

She was born February 22, 2017 in Bridgeport, WV; the daughter of Rose Lantz.

Jayda leaves behind to cherish her memories, her mom, Rose Lantz and her two sisters, Sophia and Zoey.

Jayda is preceded in death by her grandfather William Lantz, Aunt Dakota Lantz and Aunt Barbie Lantz.

In addition to her mom and siblings, Jayda is survived by her grandmother, Denise Lantz-Edwards and Grandfathers, Richard Edwards and David Paugh; great-grandmother, Barbara Lantz of Clarksburg; aunts, Chelsie Lantz and companion Shawn Wetzel, Gabrielle Lantz and companion Bryon, Caitlin Lantz, Winter Lantz and one uncle Christopher Lantz, all of Clarksburg; great aunts, Donna Lantz, Karen Lantz, Chrissy Thomas, Lori Lawhorn, Carol Knight, Marlene Paugh, all of Clarksburg, and Allison Stickle of Weston, WV; great Uncles, Eugene Lantz of Quiet Dell, Ricky Stickle of Weston, Duane Thomas, Tobey Knight, Dewayne Lawhorn, Jerry Sigley, all of Clarksburg; cousins, Shawn and Trista Bingamon, Jared Lantz, Courtney Hardy, Jordan Hart, Corey Hart, Stephanie Lantz, Billy Lantz, December Lantz, Nicholas Lantz, Jessica Stokes, Danielle Knight, Michella Knight, Joshua Knight, all of Clarksburg, Destynee Everett, William Everett, Nevaeh Stickle, Hunter Stickle, all of Weston, Dustin Goldsmith, Kellie Goldsmith, Loman Zielinski, Jay and Melinda Means and family, Daniel Lantz and kids all of Clarksburg; first cousins, Chloe and Cody Lantz; and second cousins, Hennessy Hardy, Keanu Hardy, Desiree Hart, Ayden Jones, Evelyn Hart, Serenity Lantz, Peyton Lantz, Mya Lantz, Arabella Robinson, Zendaya Campbell, Addison Lantz, Faith Lawhorn, Hosanna Knight, all of Clarksburg, Riley Bingamon, and MacKenzie Bingamon.

Jayda was loved and adored by many people. She was a strong little fighter and a tough little cookie. She loved to shake her head no. When she smiled her face lite up and she was a very special little angel. Everyone that met her fell in love with this beautiful little girl. She loved watching Zombie Land on Youtube and her favorite song “Someday”. She also listened to Christian music and the only way to get her settled down was to rub behind her head on the left side. She always kicked her feet when her aunt Catie told her she was going to run across the border. When she was mad she would turn her head side to side real fast and when you got up in her face she would smile. During the night, those machines of little miss Jayda’s would keep her Mammy’s awake. Now since you left us, your Mammy will still be hearing those machines throughout the night. Also a very special thanks to Jayda’s neighbors great grandparents Dick and Sue Clovis. Jayda was a precious little angel from God.

Family will receive friends at Davis Funeral Home, 124 Olen Thomas Dr., Clarksburg, on Sunday, March 10, 2018 from 3:00 PM until the time of the funeral service at 7:00 PM with Reverend Joel Randolph presiding.

Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

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Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

Age 54, of Stonewood, WV passed away after a brief illness on Friday, March 08, 2019 at her daughter’s house surrounded by loving family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was a local fiber artist and weaver and the owner of Loomyladi Handwoven Studio in Stonewood.

She was born in Barberton, OH on March 05, 1965 the daughter of Joy Gregoire DeFazio of Stonewood and the late Charles H. Gilchrist.

Jane treasured her time spent with her mother, Joy DeFazio and step father, John, of Stonewood; two children: Jeaneth Boyer Maxwell and husband, Steven, and Stephen “Charlie” Boyer both of Weston; two step children who she raised as her own: Dorsel Boyer, Barbara Larrison and their families; two grandchildren: Nicholas and Robert Maxwell; four siblings: Jene Gilchrist and wife, Wendy, of Ladson, SC, Joe Gilchrist of Goose Creek, SC, Mark Gilchrist of Columbus, OH, and Mike Gilchrist of Mansfield, OH; and one step sister, Cynthia DeFazio.

In addition to her father, Jane was preceded in death by three grandparents: Samuel V. and Esther Gilchrist, and Vivian Winemiller Rollins.

A graduate of Fairmont State University with a B.S. degree in Folk Life Studies and a master’s degree in education, she was also a licensed auctioneer and a storyteller who focused on West Virginia folklife. Jane enjoyed teaching and sharing her spinning and weaving skills at various festivals in West Virginia and other locales. She liked to travel and was often accompanied by her business partner Bruce Bannerman of Culloden, WV and, on occasion, by her mentor and friend, Julia E. Bragg of Weston. Among her special memories were her trips to Barbados and Eastern Europe. Jane was recently featured on WV Public Radio for her life’s accomplishments. The article can be found at http://www.wvpublic.org/post/making-living-traditional-weaver-appalachia#stream/0.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. Donations should be mailed to: 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Jane’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life Service in Jane’s honor will be held at the Mountain State Building-Jackson’s Mill from 2-6 PM on Saturday, April 06, 2019 with Reverend Bob King presiding.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Dená “Jane” Gilchrist.

Alexander Russell Trefz

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Alexander Russell “Russ” Trefz

Age 81, of Weston, WV transitioned to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents when he was born in Weston, WV on May 17, 1937.

Russ’ parents, Dr. Alexander Henry and Dr. Emily Isabelle Russell Trefz, preceded him in death.

Forever treasuring Russ’ world traveling stories are two children: Scott Trefz and wife, Sherri, of Fairmont, WV; and Jeanne Louk and husband, Randy, of Jacksons Mill, WV; five step children: Terri Tenney and husband, Ron, and Gayle Heaster and husband, John, both of Weston, Rebekah Bledsoe and wife, Dorothy, of Morgantown, WV; and Tracy Wise and husband, Jeff, and Debbie Nerbonne and husband, Joe, both of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren: Nick, Drew, Nathan, and Emily; thirteen step grandchildren: Chris, Stephanie, Ryan, Dusty, Joey, David, Tony, Jackson, Mitchell, Christopher, Kyle, Zachary, and Tyler; two siblings: Ted Trefz and wife, Catherine, of Weston, and Carol Smith and husband, Jim, of Jacksons Mill; several nieces and nephews; companion for more than 20 years, Georgeann Fallon of Weston; Georgeann’s daughters: Crista Lewis and husband, Kedrick, of Charlotte, NC, and Beth Eddy and husband, Ryan, of Pittsburgh, PA; and Crista and Beth’s four children.

In addition to his parents, previous wife, Katy Stewart Trefz preceded Russ in death.

Russ was a member of the Weston High School class of 1956. He then began working for his parents, Dr. Alexander Trefz and Dr. Emily Trefz, at Weston General Hospital. His travels then started with a trip to New Orleans where he lived for about ten years and worked in the finance business. Russ’ love of West Virginia brought him back to Crawford where he began farming and bought a country store in Walkersville that was later converted into The Saloon. Meanwhile, he drove school bus for Lewis County Board of Education and retired after many years of service. Russ was also very active with the Lewis County Senior Center.

In retirement, Russ enjoyed spending time boating and water skiing on Stonewall Jackson Lake. He also went white water rafting several times. Water skiing wasn’t the only type of skiing Russ enjoyed. He also loved to snow ski at Canaan, Timberline, and in Colorado. Adventure was Russ’ middle name. He was a certified scuba diver, solo flew an airplane, and went sky diving at the age of 80. In addition, Russ liked playing golf, tennis, running, and watching WVU sports. He was never afraid of a challenge and would try anything once. Above all, Russ held his time spent with family very close to his heart.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Russ’ honor to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment. Donations may be made online at www.secure.give.wvu.edu/other, by phone call 304.284.4095, or print and mail the form at https://secure.give.wvu.edu/file/Printable-Donation-Form.pdf.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 11 AM in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Father John Valentine officiating.

Interment will follow at the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Alexander Russell “Russ” Trefz.

Lisa Ann Harris

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Lisa Ann Harris

Age 56, of Gassaway, WV peacefully passed away and victoriously went to be with the Lord on March 07, 2019.

She was born November 17, 1962 in Germany to Ruby Lockard of Gassaway and the late James E. Lockard.

Lisa was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker.  She enjoyed crafting, sewing and making blankets.  She loved her Indian heritage and she also collected Indian dolls.  When she was in high school she was a majorette.  She was also involved as a volunteer softball and little league baseball coach.  Lisa loved her border collie dogs, Poncho, Clay and the late Cookie.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, David Eugene Harris; sons, Nathan Harris (Molly), DJ Johnson (Emily); daughters Nihja Hardway (Roy) , Leah Nicholson (Eric); sister, Brandie Lockard; grandchildren, Logan Harris, Noah Harris, Merci Harris, Dalton Hardway, Liam McCumbers, Edwin McCumbers, Sophia McCumbers, Waylon McCumbers, Steven Chapman, Erica Nicholson, Abram Johnson, and Emma Johnson.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Doug Smailes officiating. 

Interment will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 PM Saturday, March 09 at the funeral home.

Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

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Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

26 day old infant daughter of Mark and Lori Hainaut, Burnsville, WV joined the angels on Monday, March 4th at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandfathers John Friend and James McLaughlin, paternal grandfather Harold Marks, Uncle Nicholas Wine, and maternal great grandparents Catherine & Elmer Wine.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a half sister Yohanna, paternal grandparents Beverly Marks Montgomery and Dave, maternal grandparents Steve and Pam Wine, maternal Great Grandmother Linda McLaughlin, Uncles Jason Wine, Burnsville WV, John Phillips, Arnoldsburg, WV, James Hainaut, Puyallup, WA, Matthew McHenry, Clay, WV, Greg Marks, Parkersburg, WV and aunts Jenny Sturms, Glenville WV, Shelley Brillhart, Coshocton, Oh, & Mathena Scraffitti.

Services for family and close friends will be held at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home on Friday, March 08, 2019 from 10:0AM to 12:00 PM.with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Interment will follow in the Burnsville, I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Burnsville, WV.

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

Michael D. Herron

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Michael D. Herron

Age 67, of Weston, WV, formerly of Charleston, WV son of Willard and Toni Herron of Elkins, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Charlotte, NC.

During his three-and-one-half-year battle with cancer, Mike fought hard, never gave up hope and never lost his sense of humor.

Mike graduated from West Virginia University in 1973 with a journalism degree and as a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He is a former State of WV Tourism Director, Vice President of Public Relations at Charles Ryan Associates, Executive Director of the WV Independent Oil and Gas Association and President of Advantage Valley. Most recently, he was Executive Director of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority.

In addition to Mike’s parents, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Libby, and two daughters, Amy Elizabeth and Rebecca Christine, and Amy’s son, Michael Hudson, all of Charlotte; a brother, Steve Herron of Elkins; a niece, Leia Herron Drakeford of Concord, NC; one uncle, George Giles of Weston.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Grover and Gertrude Koon, and his maternal grandparents, Dutch and Mary Rose Giles of Weston.

He was proud to be a Mountaineer from West “By God” Virginia. He was well-known as a former host of “The Mountain Sports Hotline” radio show in Charleston, as well as a regular contributor to the Blue Lot, a WVU sports message board. He also spent more than two decades as a freelance reporter for The Associated Press, covering WVU football and basketball.

Mike loved his country and his friends, but most of all his family.

A memorial service was held Sunday, February 24, at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the church or to the WVU Foundation.

Carl L. Weese

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Carl L. Weese

Age 74, of Gassaway, WV passed away March 05, 2019 at home.

He was born February 05, 1945 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Carrie Muncie Weese and Curtis Weese, Sr.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Georgia Weese, Vertie Trowbridge, Vergie Salisbury and infant sister, Annie Lea Weese; brothers, Dennis Weese and Jerry Weese.

Carl worked at Pletcher Motors, Gassaway for 40 years.

He is survived by sisters, Vernie Mae Haynes and Rebecca Tanner; brothers, Curtis Weese, Jr., Terry C. Weese and Jackie Dale Weese; several nieces and nephews.

Carl will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Service of Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

David William Conner

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David William Conner

Age 77, of Sutton, WV went home to be with his Heavenly Father on March 04, 2019 at Clary Grove center in Martinsburg.

He was surrounded by his loving family. His death was due to a long battle with dementia.

He was born in Sutton on July 29, 1941 to the late Ira and Elsie Meadows Conner.

He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois Ann Garrison Conner; his brothers, Calvin, Charles and Joseph Conner; granddaughter, Latasha Shey Wood-Conner.

David was a retired Insurance Agent owning Conner Insurance Company. He was a member of Polemic Run Baptist Church and a member of the ROTC. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his sons, Ronald E. Conner, Rodney D. Conner and wife Marlene, Robert A. Conner and wife Lora; brothers, Paul Conner and wife Glenda, Bob Conner and wife Edith; sister, Joyce Demaline and sister-in-law Amanda Conner “Ollie”; grandchildren, Justin, Brittany, Chyenne, David, and Amber.

David was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, March 09, 2019 at Polemic Run Baptist Church, Sutton with Rev. Butch Collins officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Tinney Cemetery.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Friday, March 08, 2019 at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.     

The family suggest donations to: Polemic Run Baptist Church or WV Hospice Caring P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

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

Mitsuko Paula Whipkey

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Mitsuko Paula Whipkey

Age 89, of Vienna, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV and Riverdale, GA, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Marietta, OH.

She was born on June 18, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan and was the daughter of the late Keikichi and Mito (Nakamura) Kobayashi.

While residing in Calhoun County, she was employed by Rubber Fabricators as a seamstress for the inflatable rafts and slides. She also worked at Calhoun General Hospital as a nurse’s aide and an EMT, a position she dearly loved. After moving to Riverdale, she was employed by TDK Corp. as an inspector in quality control and by Costco.

Mitsuko loved to sew, knit, and crochet, but her favorite hobby was growing flowers of all kinds. She loved her family and always looked forward to gathering for special occasions such as reunions, weddings, graduations and holidays. She was a blessing to her family.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Baine Whipkey, of Alpharetta, GA; daughter, Paula and Alan Yoak, Vienna; sons, Michael and Phyllis Smith and Gary and Connie Smith, both of Grantsville, and Charles and Naomi Smith of Hayama-machi, Japan; stepchildren, Dane Whipkey, Marietta, GA, Charles Whipkey, and Lottie Grande, Roswell, GA; 11 grandchildren, Shannon, Todd, Dena, Tiffany, Nichole, Haley, Eric, Chris, Ashley, Lauren, Will, Jack, and Chase; 8 great-grandchildren, Sydney, Wesley, Dylan, Haden, Bodin, Aubryn, Rylan, Emersyn, Corey, and Trent; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Dylan II and Ellie. Also surviving are 3 sisters, Mieko Sugawara, Yukie Aoki, and Yoshiko Tokita and a brother, Tomio Kobayashi, all of Japan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Kazuko Katsuyama, Yasuko Kikuchi, and Michiko Kawai, and by 6 brothers, Takamitsu, Shoji, Hiroaki, Toshio, Hanryo, and Shuji Kobayashi.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Victory Baptist Church, Grantsville, WV with Pastor Steven Carter officiating.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30AM.

Burial will follow at the Smith Family Cemetery on Kerby Ridge, near Hur, WV.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hannah’s House for their care and support of Mitsuko and to thank Dwane Weekley, Larry and Roger of St. Joseph’s Ambulance service.

Jackie Lee Frazier

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Jackie Lee “Jack” Frazier

Age 85, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, March 05, 2019 in Seller’s Personal Care Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness.

He was born in Jane Lew, WV on July 01, 1933: son of the late John P. Frazier and Genevieve (Paugh) Frazier.

On March 21, 1953, he married Gladys “Polly” (Heater) Frazier, who preceded him in death on December 28, 2018.

Mr. Frazier is survived by two daughters: Kathy (Earl) Langley of Good Hope, WV and Karen Frazier of Jane Lew, three grandchildren: Jason Crislip, Kristy Vander Decker and Sean Langley and three great grandchildren: Wyatt Crislip, Ellie Crislip and Grayson Vander Decker. He is also survived by two brothers: Francis Frazier of Clarksburg, WV and Tom Frazier of Jane Lew and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife Polly, Jack was preceded in death by one brother: Donald Frazier.

Mr. Frazier was retired as a supervisor at Consolidated Gas Transmission with 40+ years of service. He attended Jane Lew High School. Jack was a member of Masonic Lodge #35 of Good Hope and Beni Kedem Shrine Temple of Charleston. He enjoyed farming and fishing earlier in life.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, March 08, 2019 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Jacqueline Chambers officiating.

Interment will follow services in Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Jackie Lee “Jack” Frazier.

Jennifer Lane (Gibson) Grimm

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Jennifer Lane (Gibson) Grimm

Age 39, of Laurel, MD passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019.

She was born June 30, 1979 to Regina Lynn (Gibson) Loudermilk of Sutton, WV.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Allen Scott Gibson.

Along with her Mother she is survived by her husband, Charles Grimm, Laurel, MD; son, Jayden Matthew Grimm, Laurel, MD. Also surviving is grandmother, Esta Gibson, Heaters, WV; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jennifer was young and enjoyed hanging out with her friends. She loved her time with her family above everything else.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 07, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 PM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John McQuain officiating.

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

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for Jennifer Lane (Gibson) Grimm and her family.

Alvy Gary Conrad

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Alvy Gary Conrad

Age 57, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on June 25, 1961, son of the late Virgil H. Conrad and Ellen Ruth (Pumphrey) Conrad.

Gary is survived by four brothers: Wayne, Charles and Jacky Conrad, all of Roanoke, and Earl Conrad of Jane Lew; two sisters: Edna (Melvin) Cutright of Weston, WV and Milissia Conrad of Roanoke; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother: Donnie Conrad.

Mr. Conrad was employed by the Millstone Lumber Company of Crawford, WV. He enjoyed coon hunting, fishing and watching Western movies. He could fix just about anything around the house and worked on lawn mowers as well. Gary had coon dogs and a beagle that were special to him.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, on Monday, March 04, 2019, from 11 AM. until 1PM.

Funeral services were held on Monday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel, with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Pumphrey Cemetery on Goosepen Road in Lewis County.

Ernestine Yvonne Walker

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Ernestine Yvonne Walker


A82, of Belpre, OH went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on March 03, 2019. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Her sweet and kind spirit will live on in everyone who knew and loved her.

She was born on Middle Run in Gilmer County, WV a daughter of the late Robert and Edith (Weaver) Moss.

She loved going to church with her husband Wesley. Her favorite place to be was the family cabin, where she spent precious time with her family riding side-by-sides, and watching hummingbirds from the front porch.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years Wesley Leroy Walker; sons Steven Walker (Beverly) and Michael Walker all of Belpre, OH; daughter Jennifer Amos of Belpre, OH; sisters Wilda Ashton of Reno, NV and Colleen Powers (Donald) of Little Hocking, OH; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister Patty Allman, brother Robert Moss, grandson Byron Amos, granddaughter Rachel Walker and 1 great grandson Quinlan Michael Wyat.

Services will be Friday 11:00 AM at Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory, Belpre with Pastor Joshua French officiating.

Burial will be at Rockland Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Hartzel Ray Jordan

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Hartzel Ray Jordan

Age 83, of Walkersville, WV passed away under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor on Tuesday, March 05, 2019.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 08, 1935 a son of the late Dave Nile and Rose Lee Cogar Jordan.

Cherishing their memories of Hartzel are six children: Donnie Jordan and wife, Lana, of Ireland, Vera Perrine and husband, Gary, of Centerville, GA, Doug Jordan and wife, Angel, of Ireland, WV; Alex Jordan of Maxwell, IA, Rose Milnes and husband, Todd, of Greenfield, OH, and Vicki Cayton and husband, Brad, of Buckhannon, WV; seventeen grandchildren: Lynn, Terry, Brian, Sianna, Rachel, Jordan, Anna, Autumn, Hunter, Mischa, Wyatt, Jarrett, Matthew, Adam, Ben, Ryan, and Beth; several great grandchildren; and four siblings: Montie Jordan and wife, Francis, formerly of Webster Springs, WV; Wilma Lee of Brandon, FL, Doris Lake of Canton, OH, and Betty Wilson of Stonewood, WV.

In addition to his parents, Hartzel was preceded in death by eight siblings: Juanita Lake, Helen Dockery, Margie Jordan, Ellsworth Jordan, Glenn Jordan, Donnie Jordan, Daisy Jordan, and Wanda Carkin; and one daughter-in-law, Glenna Jordan.

Hartzel worked for Lowthers where he spent years as a head sawyer in addition to various other positions. When he wasn’t working, Hartzel enjoyed trading cars and gardening. He was Methodist by faith and family was very important to him. Although he enjoyed cutting up and joking, he always treasured his time spent with his loved ones.

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

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

Bonnie Lou Lytle

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Bonnie Lou Lytle

Age 76, of Frametown, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 04, 2019 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

She was born November 22, 1942, in Clay, WV, the daughter of the late William & Goldie Hietsel Duncan.

Also preceding her in death is her husband, William H. “John” Lytle who passed away on December 06, 2018; brothers, Oscar Duncan, Clarence Wood; sisters, Jean Williams, Ruby Legg, and Norma Speith.

Bonnie grew up in the Fola community in Clay County. She worked in the healthcare field for Gassaway Hospital and local nursing homes and was a homemaker and was a member of Hope Baptist Church, Frametown.

Bonnie is survived by her sons, George Lytle (Lisa), Jonathan Lytle (Leona), William R. Lytle (Brenda), Scott Lytle all of Frametown; daughter, Teresa Jean Keener (Jack) of Morgantown, WV; brother, Romie Duncan of Willspoint, TX; sister, Joyce Plaintiff of Strange Creek, WV; 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Burial will follow at Lytle Family Cemetery, Frametown.

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

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

James Bert “Jimmy Bert” Scott

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James Bert “Jimmy Bert” Scott

Age 82 of Alma, WV departed this life on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at his residence. 

He was born on August 02, 1936 in West Union, WV a son of the late Bertie Guy and Donna Bonnell Scott. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce Daugherty Scott.

Surviving are two sons, Steven Ray Scott, Berryville, VA, William Guy Scott and wife Brenda, Cortland, OH, one daughter, Cynthia Marie Scott, Johnson, OH, grandchildren, Michael Scott, Cape Canaveral, FL, Jennifer Cicchetti, Coca, FL, John, Michelle, Shannon and David Goss, all of Warren, OH., 19 great grandchildren, one sister-in-law Judy McDaniel and husband Howard, Salem and a special friend, Judy Kinney, Shirley, WV.  One son, Benton James Scott preceded him in death.

Mr. Scott had worked for Republic Steel, Warren, OH for 13 years and retired from Specialty Pipe and Tube with 17 years as a machine operator.  He enjoyed hunting deer, squirrel and rabbit.  He was a loving father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at 1:00 PM with Pastor David McCauley presiding. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel one hour prior to service. 

Private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Scott family.

Billy Burke Wilson

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Billy Burke Wilson

Passed away March 03, 2019 at the age of 80 surrounded by family.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Roberta and his daughters, Deb (Frank) Goff and Bea (Mark) Isner.

Bill leaves countless memories with his four grandchildren, Kelly, Joe (Caysee), Jeff (Jessica), and Corey; his four great-grandchildren, Gia, Ava, Cohen, and Cason; his special great-nephew Eric (Katie) and many other family members and friends.

He was born November 20, 1938, the youngest child of the late Audra and Ollie Wilson. He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1957. After a few years in Illinois and St. Marys, WV he came home to Big Springs to raise his family and to farm. He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church where four generations of his family have attended. Bill spent his career at Eureka Pipeline (Pennzoil) and retired after 36 years of service. Post-retirement he spent his days farming and helping his neighbors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Ritchie, Calvin (Hack) Wilson, and Bradford Wilson.

A service in celebration of Bill’s life will be 11 AM Thursday, March 07, at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 06 from 6-8 PM and Thursday, March 07 from 10-11 AM.

Interment will follow at Saunders Cemetery in Big Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made, in memory of Bill, to Prosperity Baptist Church or Calhoun Christmas Connection.

Lenoris Jean “Joann” Sampson Coen

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Lenoris Jean “Joann” Sampson Coen

Age 79, of Ivydale, WV went to be with the Lord on March 02, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 22, 1939, a daughter of the late Ivan Queen and Georgia Sampson.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by daughter Beverly Coen and grandson Michael Keiffer.

She is survived by daughters Norma Davis (Terry) of North Carolina; Debbie Davis (Larry) of Glenville, WV; Deanna Hall (Rodney); Phyllis Tanner (Lee); Paula Metheney; Penny Coen; Georgianna Corn; and Stacy Murphy all of Clay, WV; Jerri Drake of Gassaway, WV; Melissa and Shonda Tanner of Florida; and brother Roger Green of Parkersburg, WV; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 06, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Otter Lick Church, Ivydale, WV with Rev. James Williamson officiating.

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

John Robert “Bob” Sprouse

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John Robert “Bob” Sprouse

Age 65, of 1185 Loveberry Run Road, passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019.

He was born October 28, 1953 to the late John Sprouse and Goldie (Donaldson) Sprouse.

Also preceding him in death was his wife, Rebecca Jane Sprouse who passed away on April 13, 2013, sister, Carol Mayo and brother, Al Sprouse.

He is survived by brothers, Kenny, Darrel and Roy Sprouse all of Weston, WV; sisters, Janet Ware and husband, Pete of Ireland, WV and Nancy Shackleford and husband, Delbert of Glenville, WV.

Mr. Sprouse’s wishes have been granted and there will be no public visitation or service.

There will be a private graveside service held for the immediate family at the Green Hill Cemetery with Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be in charge of the arrangements for John Robert “Bob” Sprouse.

Linda Sue Kelley

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Linda Sue Kelley

Age 72, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on March 09, 1946 a daughter of the late William H. and Betty Louise Horner Butcher.

Linda is survived by five children: David Neil Hicks of Weston, Betty Hardbarger and husband, David, of Alum Bridge, WV, Randal Allen Hicks and wife, Tina, of North Carolina, Creed “Sonny” Hicks of Walkersville, WV, and Michael Todd Hicks of Weston; ten grandchildren: Joshua Hardbarger and wife, Jennifer, Samantha Hardbarger, Christopher, Justin, Chasity, Casey, Brandy, and Dylan Hicks, and Alyssa Hill; eleven great grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; one brother, Everett Butcher and wife, Violet, of Alum Bridge; and her pride and joy Chihuahua, Keyla.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Lee Hicks; and one brother, Robert Jerry Butcher.

Linda worked at Weston State Hospital as a CNA for over ten years. In her spare time, Linda enjoyed camping and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. She also attended Rock Grove Baptist Church in Linn. Above all, Linda treasured her time spent with her family. She will be greatly missed.

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

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

Mary Lou Dennison

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Mary Lou Dennison

Age 62 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness.

She was born November 17, 1956 in Glenville, daughter of the late Leland and Mary Morris McCullough.

Mary is a graduate of Gilmer County High School, class of 1976 and former student at Glenville State College. Mary Lou was an employee in the food service industry, having served the community of Glenville and the surrounding area for more than 39 years.

In her spare time, Mary Lou enjoyed working puzzles, fishing, playing cards, and gambling with her best friend Kathy McCullough. Mary Lou also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and she especially loved spoiling her grandchildren whenever possible.

On August 19, 1978 Mary Lou was united in marriage to John V. Dennison, who preceded her in death on April 18, 1996.

Surviving are 4 children, Karen S. Cumberledge and husband Steve of Spelter, WV; JJ Dennison and wife Melissa of Grantsville, WV; Sabrina Dennison and husband Jeremiah of Provenience, KY; and Jacqueline S. Dennison also of Provenience, KY; 9 grandchildren, Casey, Kayla, and Joseph Cumberledge, Emily Dennison, Desiree Boyd, Keith Boyd Jr. Tristan Dennison, Scott Braeman, and Jacob Burton, and 1 great-granddaughter, Chloe Oldaker.

Also surviving are 4 siblings surviving, Woody McCullough and wife Mary Ellen, Nancy McCullough, Sherman McCullough and wife Dee, and Alice Hamric and husband Denny, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other family and friends.

Along with her husband and parents, Mary Lou is preceded in death by 6 siblings, John Jacob, Arthur and Andrew McCullough, Gladys Ellison, Leona Vanhoose and Lillian Clevenger.

Mary Lou’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 1:00 PM; Saturday, March 09, 2019 with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lewis County.

Friends will be received from 12 Noon- 1:00 PM; Saturday at the mortuary in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is honored to assist the family of Mary Lou Dennison with arrangements.

Byron D. McCoy

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Byron D. McCoy

Age 64, of Vincent, OH, passed away Thursday February 28, 2019 at his residence.

He was born in Sutton, WV, a son of the late I.O. “Mac” and Audrey (Fox) McCoy.

He was a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office.

He is survived by his wife Nancy (Piggott) McCoy; daughters Elisha Greiner (Linda), Aliza May (Greg), Alana Parton (Jason), and Alexa (Robert) Stapleton; stepchildren Angela Marie Uppole (Trinity) and Michael Steven Johnston; sisters Iris Smith, Julia Cochran (Les), Edna Orr (Ron), and Celia McCoy (John Krawsczyn); grandchildren Keleigh, Heath, Aidric, Maya, Brenton, Kyler, Andrew, and Ellie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Dana Brent McCoy.

A celebration of his life will be Monday 10:30 AM at Barlow Vincent Church of Christ with Nathan Green officiating.

Graveside services will be Monday 3:30 PM at K of P Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.

Visitation will be Sunday 5-8 PM at Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory, Belpre.

Memorial donations may be made to Barlow Vincent Church of Christ.

James Victor Lambert

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James Victor Lambert

Better known in the community as simply Mr. Lambert, went to be with the Lord February 17, 2019. Jim Lambert was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen Pearl Lambert (Rhodes); his loving parents, Victor Clyde Lambert and Irene Augusta Lambert (Hardway).

Jim Lambert is survived by his daughter, April Jo-Ellen Wilkewitz (Lambert) and her husband Damon Wilkewitz of Summersville, WV; grandchildren, Rachel Augusta Frame (Wilkewitz) and Daniel Frame of Barboursville, WV, and Samuel James Wilkewitz of Summersville, WV; son, Victor Ryan Lambert of Strange Creek, WV; daughter, Susan Faith Lambert of Texas City, TX; cousin, Donna Rae Lambert of Strange Creek, WV; his sister, Charlotte Campbell McKinney (Lambert) and David McKinney of Fayetteville, WV; and sister, Barbara Lambert of Servia, WV.

Jim’s life began on November 21, 1949, in the hills of Strange Creek, WV, where he gladly remained until his untimely death.

With the help of his father and close family friend and neighbor, Everett “Chip” Dean, Jim built the Lambert family home in Strange Creek. At the family home, he enjoyed gardening and tending to his flowers. Red roses and Black - Eyed Susans were among his favorites.

Some of Jim’s fondest memories were on his beloved Strange Creek Farm, where he was an owner, trainer and breeder of Tennessee Walking Horses. His love of horses began at a young age, as he persuaded his mother to buy him a horse by riding her dairy cow. He started his riding career with his horse Luther as a member of the Duck Creek Gang. Since 1970, Jim was an active member of the Central WV Riding Club and was currently serving as Vice President. He traveled to various states to attend and participate in horse shows. Although he was a talented equestrian, his true passion was breaking and training young horses. He was also a talented farrier. His beautiful farm expanded over the years with the construction of the Bunkhouse on the Elk River and the conversion of his father’s block plant to storage units. As was his father, he was also the caretaker of Strange Creek Cemetery.

Education was very important to Jim. He graduated from Gassaway High School in 1967, where he served as Vice President of his graduating class. His classmates and the memories they shared held a special place in his heart. He was an active member of the Gassaway High School Alumni, and even wrote a book of stories detailing their fun and ornery times at Gassaway High. He received his undergraduate degree from Glenville State College in 1972, and received his master’s degree in School Administration, as well as an Advanced Administrative Certificate from the College of Graduate Studies.

His love of education extended into a career, serving the community and impacting the lives of thousands as an educator and administrator for over 37 years. His career highlights include principal of Nebo Elementary School, principal of Davis Elementary School, superintendent of Gilmer County Schools and serving as principal at Braxton County High School for 20 years.

Jim always had an active imagination and a true gift for storytelling. His children grew up with Jim’s original bedtime stories, such as “The Adventures of Stringbean” and “Tom and Joe and the Skunkladder.“ It wasn’t until he retired that he cultivated his talents and put pen to paper. He spent countless hours meticulously writing and researching for his books, newspaper articles and short stories.

Jim was a Godly man and a devout Christian. He was a member of Strange Creek Baptist Church and still knelt to pray at the very same altar where he was saved when he was ten years old. He kept detailed notes and a prayer journal and enjoyed studying the Bible. His favorite verse was Psalm 27:14.

Jim lived a simple and humble life with his family, friends, horses and God. Mr. Lambert was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the entire community.

“Always do the right thing.“ – Jim Lambert

Funeral Service will be 11 AM Tuesday, March 05, at Gassaway Baptist Church, with Pastor Damon Wilkewitz officiating.

Visitation will be 4 to 9 PM Monday, March 04, at the Gassaway Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the following: Strange Creek Baptist Church, 387 Baptist Hanes Road, Duck, WV 25063 or National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or call 1.800.344.4867 to donate to the MS Society by phone.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Mary Ellen Nicholson

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Mary Ellen Nicholson

Age 89, of McCann’s Run, Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at her home on March 01, 2019.

Her final days were spent being visited by and surrounded by the love and laughter of her family and friends which is what she enjoyed most in life.

She was born on May 23, 1929 at Hyres Run, Burnsville, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Edward Nicholson; granddaughter Sue-Ellen Pulliam and great granddaughter, Addison Pyle. She was the last remaining of her immediate family.

She is survived by daughter, Betty Wine and husband Rick of Burnsville, WV, son, Roy Jr. Pulliam of Ripley, WV, daughter, Luverna Lamp of Sutton, WV, son, Phillip Pulliam and wife, Sherry of Copen, WV, daughter, Bobbie Moore of Jane Lew, WV, son, Darrell Nicholson and wife, Angela of Newport, NC and daughter Roberta Gossard and husband, Robbie of Hagerstown, MD. Also surviving are 27 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren; 3 nephews, and numerous friends of her family which she lovingly claimed as her own.

Mary Ellen loved flowers and gardening. Above all she loved her family and loved spending time with them.

Family will receive friends on Friday, March 08, 2019 from 5-8 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner, Flatwoods, WV 26621, and on Saturday, March 09, 2019 from 12-2 PM.

Funeral services will the visitation on Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dan Vaughn officiating.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Nicholson will then be cremated and taken to her final resting place by her family.

The family would also like to thank and welcome to their extended family the employees of West Virginia Hospice who assisted with her care.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for Mary Ellen Nicholson and her Family.

Dustin Lee “Chucky” Webb

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Dustin Lee “Chucky” Webb

Age 35, of Normantown, WV, passed away February 28, 2019 at Brohard, WV.

He was born February 06, 1984 at Spencer, WV, the son of Ricky Dale and Randi Dee Nelson Webb of Normantown, WV.

He was and oil field worker. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor activities. He was Baptist by faith.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers, Eric Braughler of Dansville, NY and Patrick Webb of Fairmont, WV; paternal grandmother, Mardella Webb; niece, Jane Braughler and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Hobert Webb; and maternal grandparents, Allan and Anna Ward.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements were handled by McCullough Raiguel Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrisville.

Charles William Suttle

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Charles William Suttle

Age 92, of French Creek, WV, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at his home. He was born May 25, 1926 in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Claus and Oma Hurst Suttle.

On June 01, 1964, he married Wanda June Suttle who preceded him in death on February 20, 1995.

He is survived by three sons, Delmar Suttle and wife Judy and Denzil Suttle and wife Lori all of Buckhannon, WV and Elmer Suttle and wife Candy of French Creek; one daughter, Alice Metz and husband Del of Cross Lanes, WV; fourteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one sister, Emma Lou Jeffries and husband Earl of Weston, WV.

Mr. Suttle was a surface miner.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

Holly Dale Eagle, Jr.

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Paratrooper Holly Dale Eagle, Jr. “June”

Age 95, of Mt. Zion, WV made his final jump February 27, 2019 into the arms of Jesus, Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV.

Holly was born November 02, 1923, a son of the late Holly Dale and Minnie Richards Eagle.

He was a long-time resident of Mt. Zion, WV. He was always involved with his favorite pastime of farming. He was retired from Cabot Gas Co.

Holly jumped with the 82nd Airborne Division on D-Day, landing at St. Marie Eglise, France. After being wounded, he was placed in the 35th Infantry Division. He fought with them until being wounded the second time at the Rhine River.

Holly was a Baptist by faith and always tried to be a positive influence on his family with he loved very much. He, in turn, was loved dearly by his family whom he looked forward to spending time with.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, of 69 ½ years, Genieve Nichols Eagle; son, David Eagle; daughter, Jeanie Bland (Jim); grandchildren Greg Eagle (Shannon), Steve Shaffer (Brandy), Kristi Emerson (Russ); step-randdaughter Ashley Wanosky (Alan); great-grandchildren Ace Eagle, Taylor Jenkins, Caroline and Kate Emerson; steap-great-grandchildren Gillian and Juliet Wanosky.

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and special ex-daughter-in-law, Anita Eagle West.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by siblings Larry Eagle and Eleanor Buck.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Monday, March 04, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Leary Vanhorn and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Sunday from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Robert F. “Bob” Morris

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Robert F. “Bob” Morris

Age 87, of Seville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.

Bob was born January 02, 1932 in Dille, WV to Gene Craft and Lilly Hanshaw and was raised by his grandparents, Dwight and Genevieve Morris.

He married the former Shirley George in May 1960 and they had made their home near Seville for the past 44 years.

He retired from Ohio Dept. of Transportation after 28 years and enjoyed watching Westerns, working on cars with his son and caring for the little farm house where they lived.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley, children, Jack (Myra) Morris of Belington, WV, Cathy (Mark) Brumfield of West Salem, Cindy (John) Ferguson of Creston, Robert “Bo” (Pam) Morris of Lodi, Mark (Minnie) Morris of Wooster, Gene (Deborah) Morris of Creston and Jimmy (Ruth) Morris and Billy Morris both of Sutton, WV; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a brother, Terry Hanshaw of Mt. Pleasant, WV.

He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Morris and sisters, Donna West and Nadine Griffit.

Services were held Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00 AM at Murray Funeral Home in Creston with burial following in Creston Maple Mound Cemetery.

Friends called Friday from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

Margaret J. Tennant Stout

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Margaret J. Tennant Stout

Age 90, of Morgantown, WV passed away Monday, February 25, 2019.

The daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Henderson Tennant, she was born July 12, 1928, in Cassville, WV.

Margaret retired from the United National Bank after 20 years. She loved to quilt and embroider and often enjoyed traveling. Margaret was a great cook and loved baking. Most of all Margaret loved spending time with her family.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Mary L. Copeland and companion, Samuel Jacobs of Morgantown; a son James D. ‘Jim’ Stout and companion, Glennis Peggs of Glenville, WV; grandchildren: Dale L. Copeland of Morgantown and Gary Copeland and wife Maria of Clarksburg, WV; great grandchildren, Shanice Fowler, Fletcher Coffman and Hope Copeland all of Texas; two brothers, Denzil Tennant and Leroy Tennant; a sister, Rose Mallot.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter Dale Stout.

Family will receive friends at the Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home on Thursday, from 3 PM to 7 PM and again on Friday, March 01, 2019, from 10 AM until the 11 AM funeral service. Burial will follow at East Oak Grove Cemetery.

Earl L. Stonestreet

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Earl L. Stonestreet

Age 95 of Rootstown, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at his home.

He was born March 22, 1923, in Gassaway, West Virginia, to parents Letcher and Anna (Carroll) Stonestreet.

Earl proudly served his country during WWII as a member of the US Navy, and then worked at the Ravenna Arsenal for several years. He later retired from Wickes’ Lumber on April 1, 1988.

Earl was a dedicated member of New Testament Baptist Church and American Legion Post 331. He was a farmer who enjoyed his labor of love. The family raised cattle and Earl always had a vegetable garden. He was well known for his homemade fudge and honey, even winning several first place ribbons at the Portage County Randolph Fair.

Earl and his wife Aletha raised five children: David (Patricia) Stonestreet of Ravenna, Donald (deceased) (Janice) Stonestreet of Ft. Myers, Florida, Patricia (Ralph) Leggett of Rootstown, Mark Stonestreet of Rootstown, and Pamela (Mike) Taylor of Rootstown. Earl also leaves behind his loving 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and his sister Alma Boles of Charlestown.

Earl was preceded in death by his beloved wife Aletha (Boles) Stonestreet, his 6 sisters and his 2 brothers.

Friends and family will be received Saturday, March 02, 2019, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at New Testament Baptist Church, 3583 State Route 59, Ravenna, OH 44266, with a memorial service officiated by Pastor Bob Burgess at 12:00 PM.

Military Honors will be provided by the US Navy. A time of fellowship will follow.

Mike Haymaker

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Mike Haymaker

Age 77, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, WV, a son of the late Francis L. and Imogene Johnson Haymaker.

He was retired from CSX Railroad and enjoyed the outdoors and his family farm in Arnoldsburg.

Mike is survived by his second wife, Sue Fleming Haymaker; one son, Brian Haymaker;one daughter Melanie Haymaker and several siblings. He will also be missed by several grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, and his blended family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie Berry Haymaker; a brother Francis Tink Haymaker and a grandson Gavin Haymaker.

There will be no visitation or service per Mike’s request.

Taylor Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements for the Haymaker family.

Ronnie Dean Lesher

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Ronnie Dean Lesher

Age 69, of Sutton, WV was called Home on Thursday, February, 21, 2019 after a courageous fight with Lung Cancer.

He was born in Logan, WV son of the late Albert and Katherine (Smith) Lesher.

In addition to his parents Ronnie was proceeded in death by daughter Rhonda Lesher on February 23, 1990, sister Sharon Cole, and brother Timothy Lesher.

Ronnie is survived by daughter Sarah West and husband Jeff of Sutton, WV and son Ronnie Dean Lesher, Jr. and wife Rachel of Warren, OH Michelle Bishop of Sutner, SC. Also surviving are grandchildren Stephanie Ellis, Christel Floyd, Faith Carpenter, Sophia Swiney, Madelyn Swiney, Jeilyn West, Makalia West, Ryan Lesher Dylan Cox, and Catlin Cox In addition to his children and grandchildren Mr. Lesher is also survived by siblings Kathy Sheets of Myrtle Beach, and Jack Lesher of Myrtle Beach, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Ronnie was a Baptist by Faith and worked for a number of years for the Carbide Recreation Camp working as Director of Maintenance and later serving as President, and he also worked as an over the road truck driver for freightliner. Ronnie loved the Summer Time and being outdoors he loved go four wheeling, to camping, relaxing by fire at night, he loved Country Music, loved to go back roading, and loved to jump on his Harley and feel the wind down his back. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Ronnie biggest joy was his finding his Faith.

Friends may visit with the family for a time of fellowship on Saturday, March 02, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

A Memorial Service will follow fellowship at 1:00 PM in the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Stump presiding over the services.

The Family will hold a service in which Mr. Lesher’s Cremains will be returned to The Lord.

To Honor and Remember Ronnie’s battle with Mesothelioma we are asking women to wear any kind of pearl Jewelry and men wear white shirts.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home will be caring for the arrangements and Cremation Services for Ronnie Dean Lesher.

Glenn Joel “Joey” Kirkpatrick

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Glenn Joel “Joey” Kirkpatrick

Age 63, of Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 25, 2019.

He was born in Weston, WV on February 21, 1956 the son of Geneva “Genny” Osteen of Florida and the late Reverend Glenn U. Kirkpatrick.

Joey is survived by his wife, Shirley Hawkins Kirkpatrick; three children from a previous marriage: Carrie J. Kirkpatrick of Charleston, WV; Thomas M. Kirkpatrick and wife, Amber, of Point Pleasant, WV and Charles A. Kirkpatrick of Weston; three grandchildren: Wyatt, Keegan and Ava; one sister: Rebecca Oppe and husband, James, of Parkersburg, WV; and three nieces.

In addition to his father, one brother, Robert “Bobby” W. Kirkpatrick, and one granddaughter, Oakley Kirkpatrick, preceded Joey in death.

Joey loved life and loved his family. He was a graduate of Gilmer County High School class of 1974. He had a passion for racing, fast cars, four wheelers, go-carts and motorcycles. Joey also enjoyed hunting and salt-water fishing. Joey spent much of his life in the oil and gas industry at Adams Drilling. He also worked at Dowell/Schlumberger and Key Energy Services where he served as a Facility Manager for both companies. Most recently, he was a district manager at FleetPride.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 6-9 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in the Pat Boyle Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bill Hunt.

Interment will follow at Rock Grove Cemetery in Linn.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Glenn Joel “Joey” Kirkpatrick.

Katharine “Kate” Anna Belle Smith Linger

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Katharine “Kate” Anna Belle Smith Linger

Age 92, of Buckhannon, WV left to be with her Lord and Savior from the comfort of her home on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

She was born in Weston, WV on October 23, 1926 a daughter of the late Clarence and Gertrude Bell Cosner Smith.

On December 23, 1950 Kate married Audrey Philip Linger who preceded her in death on December 27, 1990.

Left to remember her kind and giving nature are two children: Phillip Frank Linger and wife, Sandra, of Buckhannon, and Marilyn Correll and husband, Michael, of Frederick, MD; four grandchildren: Tammy Linger Kelley and husband, John, of Tallmansville, WV; Jason Daniel Correll and wife, Desiree, of Virginia Beach, VA, Travis Jackson Linger and wife, Lexie, of Atlanta, GA, and Christopher Todd Correll of Frederick, MD; six great grandchildren: Sophia and Caroline Kelley, Dallas and Denver Correll and Adrian and Katherine Linger; one half-brother, Randy Smith and wife, Louise, of Chambersburg, PA; and close family friend, Shirley Clevenger.

Along with her parents and husband, Kate was preceded in death by two daughters: Kathryn and Pamela Linger; two sisters: Virginia Johnson and Evagene Horner; and one great grandchild, Dakota Correll.

She was a volunteer at the VA Hospital before it moved from Weston and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary at St. Joseph’s Hospital. One of her favorite things was making candy to give to her friends and relatives.

She also enjoyed being a member of the Compton and United Stated Bowling Congress, golfing and playing cards with family. She was an avid Buckhannon-Upshur sports fan and attended as many of the events as she could. As a talented sewer and quilter, Kate made many beautiful things that her family will treasure.

A Christian by faith, Kate recently found herself at home attending Buckhannon Mission Church.

Friends are invited to join the family at Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral & Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon from 11 AM. – 1 PM on Saturday, March 02, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday in the Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Lowther officiating.

Interment will follow at Upshur Memorial Park in Buckhannon.

Tomblyn-Clutter Funeral and Cremation is honored and privileged to serve the family of Katharine “Kate” Anna Belle Smith Linger.

L. Ernest (Sonny) Haught, Jr.

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L. Ernest (Sonny) Haught, Jr.

Age 83, of Smithville, WV passed away on February 23, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Sonny was born December 06, 1935, in Smithville, WV, to L.E. Haught, Sr., and Ethel B. Parks Haught.

Sonny was a 1964 charter member and lifelong volunteer of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and a 1975 charter and Board of Directors member, volunteering many hours primarily as a driver, for the Ritchie County Emergency Squad. Sonny spent a lifetime working in the oil and gas industry, starting at a young age with his father for the family owned Haught Drilling Company.

Of his many accomplishments, nothing meant more than the love Sonny had for his family. Sonny married the love of his life, Edith Dye, in Smithville, WV, on December 28, 1957, celebrating their 61st anniversary in 2017.

In addition to his wife, Sonny is survived by his son, Dana Haught and companion Laura Frymier of Smithville, WV, daughter Annetta (Haught) and Ronnie Siers of Glendale, WV, son Jimmy and Onie Haught of Smithville, WV, daughter Terry (Haught) Keith and companion Larry Blake of Bethesda, OH, and daughter Sherry (Haught) and Randy Luzader of Sand Fork, WV.

He is also survived by grandchildren James Haught and fiancé‘ Katie Jacot of Garden Grove, CA, Travis and Tanya Haught of Mission Viejo, CA, Christopher and Emily Siers of Richmond, KY, Allen and Lauren Siers of Nutter Fort, WV, Noah and Ashley Siers of Elkview, WV, Shawn and Danielle Haught and Timmy Haught of Smithville, WV, Justin Hendershot and fiance’ Danielle Lawson of Cambridge, OH, Sonny Keith of Columbus, OH, Jenna (Blake) and Cody Nelson of Salesville, OH, Jesse Keith of Flushing OH, and Meghan (Luzader) and Richard Dorsey of Glenville, WV.

Additionally, Sonny is survived by his great-grandchildren Ellie, Archer and Ava Haught, John and Max Jacot, Pyper, Briella and Rae Siers, Rylan Haught and Jaxon and Casen Nelson.

Sonny is also survived by his sister Lois (Haught) and Paul Simmons and daughter Kelli Simonton-Davila, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Sonny’s family would like to extend a huge Thank You to Angie, Morgan, Diane, Lauren and John of Housecalls Hospice, the nursing staff of the Advanced Care Unit and 5North at CCMC, Mike Hardbarger, and the Smithville Firemen.

Fireman’s Final call and public graveside services following cremation will be held on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at 11:00 AM, at Haught Cemetery, Beatrice, WV with assistance of the Smithville Fire Dept. and Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Sonny’s memory to the Smithville Volunteer Fire Dept, PO Box 28 Smithville, WV. 26178

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