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Steven Ray Gregory “Beave”

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Steven Ray Gregory “Beave”

Age 55 of Sutton, WV left this earth unexpectedly on Friday October 26, 2018.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on July 15, 1963, son of Carolyn Sue Fox Gregory of Gassaway, WV and the late Damon H. Gregory.

Steve was a class mate of the graduating class of 1981 at Braxton County High School, where he met some of his longest and closest friends. Having a passion for driving truck, he devoted over 30 years at Facemire Foods and currently drove for Cross Country Pipeline, both located in Gassaway, WV. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching and attending Nascar races, grilling out, hunting, and spending quality time with the ones he loved. He adored his granddaughter and loved spending time with her. He took pride in making sure his Peterbilt truck was always shining, inside and out, and the yard was in perfect order, and took great joy in landscaping and decorating his lawn for each season.

Steve and wife, Trisha Lynn McCourt Gregory were married on December 08, 1985, in Sutton, WV.

Along with his Wife of Sutton, WV and Mother, Steve is survived by his loving daughters, Kyla M. Gregory of Sutton, WV, Amy S. Gregory of Morgantown, WV; and grandchild, Kinleigh J. Mace of Sutton, WV; his two brother Edgar “Ed” W. Gregory of Sutton, WV and Daymond “Glenn” G. Gregory of Gulfport, MS; also, many Aunt, Uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends whom he considered family.

He is proceeded in death by Father; Maternal Grandparents Wayne and Effie Fox; Paternal Grandparents Wade and Daisy Gregory.

There will be a ceremony remembering and celebrating his life’s adventures on Saturday, November 03, 2018.

Time of fellowship will take place at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home in Flatwoods, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 5 PM until 7 PM.

Family invites everyone to stay for a special word by Rich Demastus, a lifelong friend of Steven’s, at 7 PM.

There will be a burial service for family and close friends at a later date.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be assisting the Gregory Family in honoring the Life of Steven Ray Gregory.

Travis Lee Kelley

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Travis Lee Kelley

Age 31, Glenville, WV passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

He was born July 12, 1987 in Buckhannon, WV to Michael Lee Kelley and Carol Louise (Brown) Kelley who survive.

Travis was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Bobby Lee Kelley and Maxine (Straley) Waldeck and step grandfather, Jim Waldeck and maternal grandparents, Eugene Brown and Elizabeth (Molnar) Brown.

Travis was a farmhand and enjoyed spending time outside working and enjoying the outdoors. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and fishing. He will be greatly missed by his parents and all that knew him.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Flatwoods Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 11 AM - 1 PM on Thursday, November 01, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, November 01, 2018, at 1 PM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

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

Earlo Roland Pertz

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Earlo Roland Pertz

Age 90, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on April 17, 1928: son of the late John Pertz and Mary Blanch (Underwood) Pertz.

On December 04, 1964, he married Linda (West) Pertz, who survives.

Mr. Pertz is also survived by two children: Paige Pertz Ilkhanipour and husband Kamyar and Amber Pertz both of Pittsburgh, PA , several nieces and nephews and his grand dog: Sophie and grand cats: Barney and Zilla.

In addition to his parents, Earlo was preceded in death by three brothers: Edwin Pertz, Dr. Eldon Pertz and Gary Pertz and sister: Elsie Pertz.

Mr. Pertz was a sales manager with West Virginia Glass Specialty Company of Weston and later retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways in 2016 with over 20 years of service. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan of Buckhannon in Pre-Pharmacy and later attended West Virginia University. He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict where he was in the lab of a MASH unit.

Mr. Pertz was a member of ELK’s Club of Buckhannon, Loyal Order of Moose of Weston and the American Legion Post#4 of Weston. His hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing and playing cards.

At Earlo’s request, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered on a sunny hillside in West Virginia.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Earlo Roland Pertz.

Leonard C. Tenney

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Leonard C. Tenney

Age 86, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in United Hospital Center surrounded by his family.

He was born in Queens in Upshur County, WV on October 31, 1931, the son of the late Cecil and Lelah Mae Reed Tenney.

On April 08, 1955, he married the former Carol Jane Yates, who will miss him dearly, after 64 years of making special memories together.

He is survived by two daughters: Whitney Ballard and husband, Denny, of Jane Lew, WV; and Allison Stalnaker and husband, Dan, of Weston; four grandchildren: Mark Stalnaker and Kira Stalnaker, both of Weston, Jared Ballard of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Brandon Ballard of Greensboro, NC; and one great granddaughter, Jade Stalnaker. He his also survived by one sister, Sharon Butler and husband, Bill, of Buckhannon and one nephew, Randy Butler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant sons: Gregory Lynn and Carroll Dean Tenney, one sister, Marguerite Saeler, and one niece, Stephanie Saeler.

Leonard graduated from Jane Lew High School in 1950. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1952-1954 as Sergeant Major for the 24th Infantry Division. After returning home, he worked as an accountant for Roger’s Oil Company, then later as maintenance supervisor for Matthews Brothers Wholesale of Clarksburg and finally for Prima Marketing in Fairmont, retiring in 2002.

He was a member of Gee Lick United Methodist Church where he served as superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and song leader for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He especially loved having family dinners together. He loved participating in and watching many different sports. He was a big fan of old Westerns and gospel music and telling stories.

In the hope of helping others, it was Leonard’s wish to donate his body for scientific and medical education and research to the WVU Human Gift Registry.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on November 03, 2018 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston with Rev. Russell Furr and Rev. Tim Conrad officiating.

The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 AM with the service following at 11 AM.

Burial will be at a later date in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Olan E. “Bud” Hitt Sr.

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Olan E. “Bud” Hitt Sr.

Age 82 and a part-time resident of Linn, WV passed away from cancer on Sunday at Seasons Hospice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center near Baltimore, MD.

Mr. Hitt’s family was from Linn and he was born in Morgantown, WV to Hugh Hitt and the former Freda Mae McGarry.

The family eventually moved to Baltimore and Mr. Hitt lived for many years in the suburb of Dundalk.

He worked for 40 years at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, Md., where he was a roller on the tandem mills. He retired in 1995.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Hitt built a cabin with the help of family on land he purchased on Sleeths Run Road.

Mr. Hitt brought his family to the cabin in Linn for holidays and vacations. Four generations have enjoyed spending time in the peaceful setting of the cabin.

He also was a devout Christian and an avid coin collector.

Mr. Hitt is survived by two brothers, Jim Hitt of Linn, WV, and Bill Hitt of Nebo, NC, and a sister, Barbara Friese of Dundalk.

He also is survived by three of his children: Olan E. “Eddie” Hitt Jr. of Dundalk; Andrea Hitt of Dundalk; Sherryl “Sherri” Wood of Dundalk, and her husband, Earle Wood.

He also is survived by six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as his companion, Mae Pavlovich of Baltimore.

He was preceded in death by a brother, David Hitt; a sister, Marie Hitt; a son, Walter “Rocky” Hitt; and a previous companion, Eleanor “Audrey” Howells. His marriage to the late Frances Hitt ended in divorce.

Funeral services were held in Dundalk, MD.

Judy Borus Edwards

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Judy Borus Edwards

Age 83, of 338 Main Avenue in Weston, WV passed away on October 30, 2018 at Colonial Place in Elkins where she had been under their compassionate care for the past four years.

She was born on December 17, 1934 in Webster, MA.

She was the daughter of the late Felix and Rose (Cazeault) Borus.

In December of 1958 Judy began her 59-year marriage to Gene H. Edwards, Jr., who survives.

Judy is also survived by one son, Gene Hoffman Edwards, III and wife, Lynn, of Norfolk, VA; one daughter, Jill Brewster Staton and husband, Ty of Hanover, MD; three grandchildren: Thomas, Jacob and Tyleen Staton; one brother, Robert Borus and wife, Ruth, of Webster, MA; one sister-in-law, Anne Brewster Byrdy of Olney, MD; two nephews: Ted Byrdy and wife, Crystie, of Olney, MD, and Chris Byrdy and wife, Mary Beth, of Bristow, VA; one niece, Jennifer Gilbert and husband, Ben, of Milford, MA; and seven great nieces and nephews: Ted, Michael, Matthew and Andrew Byrdy, Kaitlin and Charlotte Byrdy, and Everleigh Gilbert.

Judy graduated as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in Dermatology in the 1977 class of University of Maryland. She returned to University of Maryland Health Center in College Park, MD, to practice her specialty. Judy was also a registered nurse with Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC and Vincent Palotti Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

In 1993, Judy retired and relocated to Weston, WV with her husband.

Judy enjoyed many activities. She was an avid bird watcher, world traveler and gardener. She was a member of the Weston Garden Club for many years and later the President of the organization. During her tenure as President of the Garden Club, Judy was instrumental in securing the funding and placement of the Veterans Memorial Plaque at the Lewis County Park.

Judy’s father was killed in action during World War II, so she knew first hand the sacrifices made by the military and their families. For this reason, Veterans were always close to her heart and her favorite charities were the organizations that honored our veterans. She was most active with the Lewis County Honor Guard and the Mountaineer Military Museum.

Judy was a gracious, kind and giving person whom many regarded as their own special friend. She embraced life with curiosity, enthusiasm and a loving heart.

Her husband and family have honored Judy’s request to be cremated and plan to hold a celebration of her life at a later date.

Those individuals interested in attending are encouraged to contact Gene Edwards directly.

In the meantime, if you wish to make a donation in Judy’s memory, the family requests that you consider: Lewis County Honor Guard, 144 Crane Camp Road, Walkersville, WV 26447 OR Mountaineer Military Museum, 345 Center Ave., Weston WV 26452.

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 Judy Borus Edwards.

Yvonne M. Morrison

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Yvonne M. Morrison

Age 83, of Stumptown, WV passed away peacefully on October 28, 2018.

Yvonne was born in Shock, West Virginia on September 14, 1935 and graduated from Glenville State College with a degree in teaching.

She married Charles on June 25, 1960. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, and cross-stitch.

Yvonne is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Charles, her children, Charles and Eric, grandson Tony (Natasha) and great grandchildren Aiden and Aryia, siblings Gene (Patty), Carolyn (Brooks) Norman and Marvin (Caroline).

She was preceded in death by her daughter Leigh Ann and parents Gale and Ruth Miller.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 pPM, Thursday, November 01, 2018 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., 1440 Arnoldsburg Road, Arnoldsburg, WV.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 PM.

Interment will be in Miller Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made payable to: WVU Foundation (Memo line on check should read “In memory of Yvonne Morrison/WVU Cancer Institute) Mailed to: WVU Cancer Institute, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 9300, Morgantown, WV 26506.

Viola Bland DeFrances

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Viola Bland DeFrances

Age 86 years, a resident of Bayonet Point, Florida, and Pittsburgh, PA departed this life Friday evening, October 26, in Chester County Hospital, West Chester PA.

She was born in 1932, in Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde M. Ford and Mamie Bland Ford.

In 1953, she married John A. DeFrances of Clarksburg, WV who predeceased her in August of 2008.

Her crowning achievement was that of being an adoring grandmother to her 6 grandchildren who lovingly called her “Granny,“ They are James 29, Lindsey (Tyler Gunther) 25, Kevin 23, (Downingtown, PA); Devon 21, and Derek 19 (Orchard Lake, MI); and Ava Marie 15, (Atlanta, GA). Surviving her are three sons; John (Kathleen} DeFrances of Orchard Lake, MI, Jim (Kathy) DeFrances of Downingtown, PA and David DeFrances of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Bernadine Bellotte, of Morgantown, and one brother, Clyde M. Ford, of Salem, WV.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents are four sisters Glenna Davis, Marguerite Long, Rhea Howell and five brothers, Rolly, Gencil, Maynard, Doyle and Sheridan Ford.

Viola was a graduate of Doddridge County High School with the Class of 1950 and attended business college in Clarksburg, WV.  She was also a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church for over 50 years and a SSJ Viking booster.

She and her husband were long-time season ticket holders of the WVU Mountaineers Football Team. She, also, followed the Pittsburgh Steelers avidly. She enthusiastically cheered his sons and grandchildren in all of their sporting/musical endeavors. She loved going to the horse track and was an owner\breeder of harness racing horses at The Meadows Racetrack in Washington, PA, owning some 40 horses throughout the years as part of the “JD’s Stables.” Her passion was golfing and she was a member at Lakeview Country Club (Morgantown, WV), Sunnycroft Country Club (Clarksburg, WV) and Washington Country Club (Washington, PA).  She also enjoyed a good game of bridge. As a dedicated wife, she was constantly at her husband’s side be it working, golfing, traveling, going to church, going to the store, visiting family, etc.  They basically did everything together when her husband retired in 1989 until his passing in 2008.  She found her most serenity going to her farm (formerly The Saddler Place) in Salem and sitting on the front porch in a rocker and taking in the fresh clean country air.

The family will receive friends from 4 PM to 8 PM on Friday, November 02, 2018 at the Greathouse Funeral Home at 1999 W Main Street, Salem, WV 26426.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Saint James Catholic Church, 2107 Pride Ave, Clarksburg, WV with Father Akila Rodrigo as Celebrant.

Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Greathouse Funeral Home is honored to assist the DeFrances family.

Marilou Hinzman

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Marilou Hinzman

Age 77, of West Union, WV (Joy Cabin Run Community) departed this life on Monday, October 29, 2018, at her residence.

Marilou was born February 22, 1941 in Bellaire, OH, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Chimley) Augusta.

She was a graduate of Champion High School in Champion, OH with the class of 1958. After high school, she began her working career in a dentist office in Champion, OH. She then worked in the garment industry of Ritchie County in the Harrisville factory and then worked for the Doddridge County Adult Daycare Center. Marilou then went to work for the Doddridge County Senior Citizens before retiring from the Summit Center of Clarksburg, WV where she worked in the billing department.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, basket weaving, quilting, baking, planting flowers, feeding animals, reading her Bible, cross word puzzles, and talking on the phone. She enjoyed attending the Oxford Methodist Church and the Oxford Grange.

She is survived by her loving husband, Cecil “Al” Hinzman; children, Christopher Hinzman (Barbara) of West Union, WV (Joy Cabin Run); Brenda Hinzman Biller (Craig) of Dallas, TX; CeCelia “Jeannie” DeMoss (Jeff) of West Union, WV (Joy Cabin Run); grandchildren, Quinton Hinzman; Ashton Hinzman; Nicholas Biller; Kyrie DeMoss; Kaylynn DeMoss; Shelaina Jones; great grandchildren, Adalynn Thomas; Brenson Stout; Steven McCloy; Olivia Nicholas; brothers, Don Augusta (Jan) of Hartford, CT; Rick Augusta of Chicago, IL, and sister, Judy Wechter (Carl) of Houston, TX.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Craig Andrew Hinzman.

Funeral services will be 1pm, Friday, November 02, 2018, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Community Cemetery near Summers, WV.

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

Robert Lee “Bobby” Woodford II

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Robert Lee “Bobby” Woodford II

Age 45 of Linn, WV departed this life unexpectedly on Friday October 26, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Wood County, WV son of Robert L. Woodford of Williamstown, WV and the late Lorena Clark Woodford.

Bobby is a graduate of Gilmer County High School, class of 1991 and also a graduate of Glenville State College.  He worked as a Project Engineer for Vecellio Grogan, Inc in Beckley, WV. In his spare time, Bobby loved being outdoors, especially fishing on his bass boat, riding his motorcycle, and hunting whenever possible.

On August 17, 2018 Bobby was united in marriage to Crystal Bunn Woodford, who survives at their home in Linn.

Along with his wife and father, Bobby is survived by his 3 fur-babies, Bleu, Raegan, and Punkin, 2 sisters Nadine Frashure and husband Jim of Parkersburg, WV and Teresa Maxwell and husband Danny of Glenville, WV; 3 brothers, John Woodford and wife Robin of Grafton, WV; Donald Woodford and wife Monoka of Tanner, WV; and Ronald Woodford and wife Kathryn of Harrisville, WV; mother-in-law, Marty Bunn of Glenville and lifelong best friend, Shannon Ferguson and wife Tracy of Normantown, WV.

Also surviving are a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Along with his mother, Bobby is preceded in death by his sister, LuAnne Martin, and great nephew, Tyler Maxwell.

A memorial service in Bobby’s honor will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 from 2-4 PM; Saturday, November 03, 2018.

Burial will follow at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Robert Lee “Bobby” Woodford II with arrangements.

Albine Bobby “Bob” Syrews

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Albine Bobby “Bob” Syrews

Age 84, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born in Kingwood, WV on November 18, 1933 a son of the late Albine and Eva Virginia Lewis Syruws.

He was greeted in Heaven by his wife of nearly 50 years, Joan Marie Garlitz Syrews.

Bob is survived by ten children: Robert Syrews and wife, Penny, Eileen Johns and husband, Wayne, all of Berlin, WV, Timothy Syrews and wife, Bridgett, Marjorie Messenger and husband, Hoy, of GA, Marilyn Syrews of Weston, Terry Syrews and wife, Carol, Kenny Syrews and wife, Donna, Tom Syrews and wife, Delilah, Dave Syrews and wife, Trina, all of Berlin, and Teresa McCormick and husband, Bill, of Jane Lew, WV; 28 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and four siblings: Linda Thompson, and Geraldine Haskiell and husband, Bill, both of Kingwood, Joan DeLabio and husband, Joey, and James Syruws and wife, Nancy, both of Niagra Falls, NY.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by first wife, Patricia Agnes Garlitz Syrews; infant daughter, Loriann Syrews; and three siblings: William Syruws, Sue Nair, and Roger Syruws.

Bob first went to work in a Preston County coal mine before moving to Niagara Falls, New York to pursue other things. He worked in sales and other things then settled with Moore’s Business Form. When the company offered Bob a promotion to foreman and the opportunity to return to WV, he was more than happy to accept. During his 25-year career with Moore’s in Buckhannon, WV, he was also raising his family and working his farm. He loved working the family farm and sharing his bounty. His children can remember Bob raising more than 10 vegetable gardens a summer and his neighbors recall him delivering vegetables from a basket on his 4-wheeler.

After retirement, Bob continued to farm and became a vendor at local flea markets. It was a good fit for him because he was such a people person. He loved the fellowship with other vendors and customers that he met there.

Bob was a hard-working, kind and big-hearted person who had many friends and was well liked through out his community. He will be greatly missed by his family and those friends.

His family has honored Bob’s wishes for cremation and no service.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rosd in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Albine Bobby “Bob” Syrews.

Herman Lee Adams

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Herman Lee Adams

Age 88, of Whipple, OH (formerly of New Matamoras, OH), departed this life on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at his residence.

Herman was born April 16, 1930 in West Union, WV, a son of the late Forest and Pearl (Bates) Adams.

He was retired after 21 years of service with Consolidated Aluminum (Ormet) of Hannibal, OH. He also was a self -employed dump truck driver. He was a proud veteran of the US Army during the Korean War and was a life member of the VFW. He was also a life member of the North American Hunting and Fishing Association.

He is survived by his children, William Adams (Susie) of Newport, OH; Robert Adams (Peggy) of Fleming, OH; Susan Jordan (Louis) of Hampton, VA; Bonnie Clift (Jim) of Marietta, OH; Debra Harris (Robert) of Phoenix, AZ; Patti Graham of Newport, OH; Terri Wilson of Whipple, OH; 13 grandchildren; several loving great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, along with a special friend, Pam Hauss of FL.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Joan Adams in 1970; brother, Archie Adams; sister, Ramona Adams, and good friend, Mary Ann VanWey.

Funeral services will be 11AM Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Chaplain Ron Calvert officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of New Matamoras, OH where full military honors will be conducted by Marietta VFW 5108.

Mary Louise Simpson

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Mary Louise Simpson

Age 71, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on August 29, 1947: daughter of the late George L. Simpson and Mary O. (Williams) Flack.

Miss Simpson is survived by two sisters: Joan Riffle & Nelson of Walkersville, WV and Joyce Perry & Roger of O’Brien, FL and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by one brother: Clayton Simpson.

Mary was a home person were she kept a household which included cleaning, cooking and gardening. Her hobbies included reading and watching movies. Her great joy in life was her family.

Family and friends will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 4 until 7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Mike Hefner officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Louise Simpson.

David Burl Pierce

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David Burl Pierce

Age 88 of Letter Gap, WV (Gilmer County) departed this earthly life, peacefully on the evening of Sunday, October 28, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 07, 1929 in Oxford, WV (Doddridge County); son of the late Lincoln and Felsie Miller Pierce.

David is a graduate of Harrisville High School, class of 1945 and a United States Army Veteran, having served in England during the Korean Conflict. David retired from Equitable Gas with 29 years experience as a Compressor Station Chief and worked as a mechanic all his life.

In his spare time, David enjoyed gardening, tinkering around the house, caring for his family, and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever possible.

On February 05, 1950 he was united in marriage to Claudette Crawford Pierce, who survives at their Letter Gap home.

Surviving are 2 sons, Jimmy Pierce of Letter Gap, and David Pierce and wife Jeanna of Buckhannon, WV; 1 brother, Keith Pierce of West Union, WV; 4 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Along with his parents, David is preceded in death by his great-grandson, Tyler Maxwell, 2 brothers, Ezra and George Pierce, sister, Enzia Keller, and niece, Nellie Pierce, and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Sue Pierce.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday, November 02, 2018 with Rev. Kenny Fisher and Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery in Letter Gap.

Friends will be received from 6-8 PM Thursday Evening at the mortuary in Glenville.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contribution be made in David’s honor to WV Caring (Hospice), PO Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of David Burl Pierce with arrangements.

Robert Neal Raines

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Robert Neal Raines

Age 70, of Parkersburg, WV passed away October 27, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born on April 13, 1948 in Pink, WV (Calhoun County), the son of the late Edgar J. and Helen Irene Crislip Raines.

Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines. He had worked as a independent truck driver for many years. He enjoyed fishing with his nephews, carpentry and could fix almost anything.

Robert is survived by his wife Lisa Kaye Myers Raines, daughter Marsha Raines of Panama City, FL, step son Dylan Dayhaw, Kanawha City, WV, step daughter Carly Salmons of Parkersburg, brothers Nelson D. Raines (Bernice) of Dallas, Terry A. Raines (Angie) of Williamstown, WV; sisters Deborah J. Corry (Phil) of Columbus, OH; Robin S. Bailey (Greg) of Sissonville, WV; sister in law Bonnie Raines of Pennington, KY, and grandchildren Zachary Freeman, Gabriel Freeman, Brittany Bayless and Kayla Raines.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter Chris Raines and brother Gary L. Raines.

Funeral services will be 6:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Darren Alkire officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 – 6 PM on Tuesday prior to the service.

During Robert’s illness, Housecalls Hospice was instrumental in his care and assisting the family with their needs and concerns.

The family is requesting memorial contributions can be made to the Housecalls Hospice Foundation so they can continue caring for other families in the future.

Georgia Grace Hitt

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Georgia Grace Hitt

Age 78, of Lost Creek, WV, passed away at 7:12 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 22, 1940, in Gilmer County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late George Wilcox and Genevieve Greenleaf Wilcox.

She is survived by three children, Rocky Hitt and wife Mary Ann of Lost Creek, Ricky Hitt and wife Michele of Duck Creek, WV; and Joyce Hyde and husband Pat of Talmo, Georgia; 10 grandchildren, Joshua, Adam, Stephanie, and Dustin Hitt, all of Lost Creek, Samantha Hitt of Stonewood, WV; Desiree Davis and husband Jerry of Fairmont, WV; Brittany Hitt of Clarksburg, WV; Melissa Robinson and husband Adam, Jimmy Hyde and wife Megan, and Shelley Hyde all of Georgia; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Peggy Seckman, Bonita Hitt and Shirley Wilcox; and five brothers, Grendal, Melvin, Marvin, Roy, and George Wilcox.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Roscoe Hitt; one son, Billy Hitt; four brothers, Gordon Wilcox, Golden Wilcox, Gerald Wilcox and Roger Wilcox; and one sister, Mildred Roberts.

Georgia enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, watching westerns and spending time with her family. She was a member of the United Evangelistic Mission Church. She took care of others and was the most selfless person there was. God received our angel, and she will be missed forever.

Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Monday from 2-8 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 11 AM with Pastor Chad Metz and Pastor Charles Madaus.

Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Stephen Blair Marks

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Stephen Blair Marks

Age 77, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018, at Pomerene Hospital Millersburg, OH.

He was born June 18, 1941, in Sand Fork, WV.

The youngest of 13, son of the late John Marks & Nellie (Burkhammer) Marks.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter Charlotte and son John. As well as 11 of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice Marks; daughter Sheila & Russell Falls of Millstone, WV, daughter Sondra Jackson of Wheeling WV and daughter Heather Marks Art teacher in Mansfield Ohio; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren: one great-great-grandchild, and one sister Barbra Greathouse.

Stephen was an avid storyteller, history buff, cook and banjo player as well as a veteran of the Vietnam war.

Calling hours will be at Gresser Funeral Home 415 North Elm Orrville Ohio on Wednesday from 9-11 AM service and procession to Crown Hill Cemetery to follow.

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~~~ Memories and Condolences ~~~

Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards  on  10.28.2018

I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez  on  10.28.2018

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Harry Black

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Harry Black

Age 75, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Pine View Continuous Care in Harrisville, WV.

Harry was born July 20, 1943 in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late William Clarence and Mary Catherine (Deem) Black.

Harry worked as a laborer throughout his lifetime. He worked at the former Cairo Manufacturing garment factory and also for the former Heaton Agate Marble Factory of Cairo, WV. He also worked many years in construction and lastly was employed by Troy Mills, LLC of Harrisville, WV. He was a longtime devoted member of the Cairo Volunteer Fire Dept. and he also volunteered for many years helping elderly people in his community and he loved gardening.

He is survived by his brother, Frank Black of Cairo, WV; sister, Mary Kathleen Black; half sisters, Laura Mae Reynolds of Harrisville, WV and Shirley Black of New Martinsville, WV, and his nephew, William “Bill” Black.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Agnes Pauline Black Booth; Ruth Louise Black; brothers, Denny Black; Harley Black; half brothers, Paul Black Jr.; Tom William Black; and half sister, Loretta Sisson.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Rev. Alan Adams officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Cantwell Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 AM -2 PM on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with the funeral exprenses c/o Ralph Layfield, PO Box 382, Cairo, WV, 26337.

Linda Kay Mick

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Linda Kay Mick

Age 75, of Weston, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:19 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018.

She was born in Widen, WV on May 18, 1943 a daughter of the late Elmer and Margaret Ramsey Rapp.

Linda married Bill Grey Mick and he will greatly miss his best friend and partner.

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Carpenter of Copley, WV; two grandchildren: Bryan Carpenter and wife, Rachel, of Weston, and Whittney Somerville and husband, Justin, of Jane Lew, WV; four great grandchildren: Bentley, Bralyn, Bryer, and Axol; and one sister, Marilyn Savage and husband, Blaire, of South Carolina.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by three siblings: David and Danny Rapp, and Lois Rufenach.

Linda worked for Alcon Label for several years and later retired from William Sharpe Hospital where she was a CNA for over 15 years. She was Methodist by faith and enjoyed reading a good novel. Above all, family meant the most to Linda. She treasured her time playing with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

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

Rolland “Pod” Ernest Miller II

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Rolland “Pod” Ernest Miller II

Age 66, of Claudia Lane, Flatwoods, WV floated to Heaven to be with the Angles on Monday, October 22, 2018, at his home with his wife and son by his side.

Pod was born on May 23, 1952 in Glenville, WV, the son of the late Rolland Ernest Miller I and Kathleen (Boggs) Miller.

In addition to his parents Pod was preceded in death by one daughter Stacy Jo Miller.

Pod is survived by wife Pamela Jo (Underwood) Skelly and they spent 19 wonderful years together, and step-mother Lenora Miller of Glenville, WV, and also surviving is son Cadence Rolland Matthew Miller at home, step son Michael Lee Fleming of Flatwoods, WV, Bryce Legan a young man whom Pod Loved as a son, Flatwoods, WV one step-daughter Natasha Foster and husband (Larry) of Beckley WV, and two step-grand-child Makala Stewart and Kaden Foster both of Beckley, WV Also surviving is brother Rick Miller and wife Cathy of Glenville, WV, and nieces and nephews Lucas Brent Miller and wife Holly of Tuscaloosa, AL and Amanda Michelle Miller of Crab Orchard, WV.

Pod graduated high school from Gilmer County High School with the class of 1970. He started working for Weyerhaeuser in 1996 and that was the year that then new plant opened its doors in Heaters, WV and remained employed until his passing. He and his brother Rick co-owned Miller Electrical Contracting Business. Pods spare time revolved around his children and the children of Braxton County. He was involved in Braxton County Redskins youth football League, Braxton County Little League where he was involved with both Flatwoods baseball team the Falcons and Cardinals, and Braxton County Youth Basketball League Flatwoods Timberwolves. He enjoyed wood working and was quit skilled. Pod could build anything he built his own home and made several out buildings for his family. He loved to take his boys finishing.

In Lieu of flowers donation may be made in Pods honor The Redskins Braxton County Youth Football and Cheerleading, Braxton County Little League, or the Braxton County Youth Basketball League.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, and WV 26621 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Following visitation funeral services will begin at 3:00 PM from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie Wade officiating.

Cremation will follow funeral services in accordance with Mr. Miller’s request.

Morris Edwin Lay

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Morris Edwin Lay

Age 86, of Smithsburg, MD, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at his home.

Born in a log cabin in Pine Knot, Kentucky, Morris was the second of three children to parents, E. Manuel Lay and Kizzie Kathren (King) Lay.

He was preceded in death by older sister, Doris Oswald; and younger brother, MC Lay.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Lay; three children, Barry K. Lay and wife, Karen, of Glenville, WV, Bradford M. Lay and wife, Barbara, of Buckeye, WV, and Barbara Copley and husband, Fred, of Cincinnati, OH. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Corrie Gogg, Alexandria Sears, Amanda Lopata, Christopher Copley, Sabrina Ingram and Ryan Copley; 11 great-grandchildren; half brother, Ronald Lay; and half sister, Caroline Ryder.

Morris was a graduate of Clay County High School, earning a BS in Industrial Arts from WV Tech, and a M.Ed in Industrial Education from the University of Maryland.

He served in the Maryland National Guard as chief warrant officer W2 and two years in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

Morris taught Industrial Arts for 30 years in Washington County public high schools.

He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Greencastle Baptist Church, where he also cooked and fixed things.

He was a life member of Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 and a past president of the Williamsport Country Club.

He was named Tall Cedar of the Year in 1987 by Supreme Tall Cedar, Lemoine V. Dickinson.

Morris enjoyed playing golf, cooking and hunting.

He was a charter member of the Hickory Ridge Hunt Club and a life member of the South Mountain Rod and Gun Club.

He was past master of Medairy Lodge 140 and was inducted into the Legion of Honor in the Chapel of the 4 Chaplains in Temple University in Philadelphia.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, from 6 to 8 PM.

There will be a Masonic memorial service at 7:30 PM, conducted by Medairy Lodge 140.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 11 AM at Greencastle Baptist Church, 2377 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, PA 17225, with Pastor Don Woody officiating.

Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Medairy Masonic Scholarship Fund and mailed to Jon P. Galley, 17829 Garden Spot Drive, Hagers-town, MD 21740.

Evelyn Muriel Spicer Paugh

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Evelyn Muriel Spicer Paugh

Age 91, of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at 8:00 AM on Monday, October 22, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital with family by her side.

She was born in Copen, WV on August 27, 1927 a daughter of the late Ruth Vivian Spicer.

On August 04, 1946 she married Glen T. Paugh and they shared 38 years of marriage before his passing on April 10, 1987.

Evelyn is survived by one daughter, Glenda “Jeanie” Butts; four grandchildren: Sherry Goodwin and husband, Jim, Lee Brown and wife, Roberta, Brian Brown and wife, Hidi, and Shawn Butts; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Wanda McHenry;

In addition to her parents and husband, one son, Rodney L. Paugh, preceded Evelyn in death.

After 28 years of providing service and caring for her beloved patients, Evelyn retired from the Weston State Hospital. In retirement, she spent many years working on her genealogy and family history with her best friend, Mabel Tinney. Evelyn relished the adventure of traveling abroad with her daughter. Her passport is a display of stamps from Germany, Holland and France. For years, Evelyn escaped West Virginia winters in her part-time Florida residence where she enjoyed long beach walks. She spent her final years in the compassionate care of Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Evelyn was a member of the Berlin Rebekah Lodge #21 and the Daughters of the Confederacy, and Ladies Auxiliary at Sharpe Hospital. She also attended the Harmony Methodist Church. When she wasn’t being active in the community, Evelyn mothered her cats, crocheted and grew a beautiful flower garden.

Evelyn’s request for cremation has been honored.

She will come to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden beside her husband.

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 Evelyn Muriel Spicer Paugh.

Arnold Frank Yoak

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Arnold Frank Yoak

Age 93, of Big Bend, WV went to be with his Lord on October 23, 2018 at Veterans’ Nursing Home, Clarksburg, WV.

He was born in Hammond, WV on April 25, 1925, a son of the late Wattie and Alverta Wells Yoak.

He was a US Navy veteran of WWII and US Army veteran of the Korean War. He served in the Phillippine Liberation with 2 stars and received the Pacific Theater Ribbon with 6 starts, American Theater Ribbon and a Victory Medal. He was retired from FMC Mine in Green River, WY.

He is survived by a sister, Ruby Jean Godfrey of Silver Springs, MD; three sons, Robert (Nancy) of Nobe, WV; Roger (Beverly) of Youngstown, Ohio; and Arnold Frank (Jeanette) of Nobe, WV; seven grandchildren, Eugene (Karen) Yoak and Richard (Shelly) Yoak of Green River, WY; Michelle Yoak and Misty Yoak of Lyman WY; Carolynn Stewart of Youngstown, Ohio; Michelle Stewart of China; and Makayla Yoak of Nobe; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two wives, Mildred Bush Yoak and Mavadean Wilson Yoak, one granddaughter, Cierra Yoak Boothe, two infant children, and several brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held at Chapel Baptist Church on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Visitation will be held at the church Saturday from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Interment will be in Nobe Cemetery.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV has been trusted with Mr. Yoak’s service arrangements.

Diana Lynn Thomas

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Diana Lynn Thomas

Age 63, of Vienna, WV passed away October 24, 2018 at her residence.

She was born February 13, 1955 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of Russell Eugene Cantwell of Cairo, WV and the late Esther Maurine McCray Cantwell.

Diana worked as a desk clerk at Hampton Inn, Mineral Wells. She loved animals.

In addition to her father she is survived by a sister, Eugene “Jeannie” Barniak (Ron) of Cairo.

Graveside services will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, November 01, 2018 at Cairo IOOF Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to the Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Road, Harrisville, WV 26362.

Earl James Stull

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Earl James Stull

Age 67 of Grantsville, WV went to his heavenly home on October 23, 2018 after extended illness.

He was born in Mt. Zion, WV, son of the late Aaron James and Tracy Madeline Lamp Stull. He was a former Pipeliner.

He is survived by brothers Douglas Stull (Joan) ,Dave Stull, Jack Stull (Melva), Eugene Stull (Sandy), Johnny Stull (Beth), all of Grantsville,WV, Larry Stull (Vicky) of Mt.Zion, sisters Leona Yeager (Clay), Big Bend, WV, Rosemary Brown (Ronnie) of Grantsville ,WV, Elizabeth Parsons (Roy), Kathy Wagnor (Charlie), Big Springs and Linda Simers (John) , Mt.Zion, WV, son Jamie Stull of Grafton, daughter Tonya Carpenter Spencer, WV, many nieces and nephews ,7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Aaron and Tracy Stull, sisters Dottie Harris, Phyliss Sampson, brother Robert Stull, brother-in-law Ronnie Harris, Charles Sampson, sister-in-law Dora Mae Stull and step daughter Nichole Conrad.

Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery, Hur ,WV.

Graveside service will be held at a later date at the families convenience.

Services by Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society.

Forrest C. “Buzzy” Wilt

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Forrest C. “Buzzy” Wilt

Age 78, of Buckhannon, WV, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Louis A. Johnson V. A. Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV.

He was born October 30, 1939, in Tanner, WV, a son of the late Charles Chester and Opal Dale Snyder Wilt.

On December 30, 1958, he married Frances Ruth Harper who preceded him in death on January 10, 2018.

He is survived by two sons, Forrest “Chuck” Wilt, Jr. and wife Marissa of Buckhannon and Steven Wilt and wife Tammy of Crittenden, KY; one daughter, Lora Anne Hubbard and husband Michael of Colorado Springs, CO; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and one on the way and one sister, Edwina Lee of Arapaho, OK.

In addition to his parents and his wife he was preceded in death by his infant son, Jeffery Howard Wilt; son, Stanley Wilt; daughter, Melissa Wilt and brother, Joseph Wilt.

Mr. Wilt was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Buckhannon, a Family Outreach Worker for the WV State Health Department and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

Friends will be received Friday, October 26, 2018 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Liberty Baptist Church in Buckhannon.

A funeral will follow at 2 PM with Pastor John Burns officiating.

Burial will follow in the Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

The Upshur County Honor Guard will perform Military Honors at the gravesite.

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

Donald E. Scott

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Donald E. Scott

Age 81, of Vienna, WV, passed away October 22, 2018 at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1937 in Cairo, WV, the son of the late Edward R. and Catherine Elder Scott.

Donald graduated from Cairo High School, and was drafted into the US Army. He played the saxophone in the Cairo High School Band, St. Mary’s Community Band, and Marietta College Community Band. He retired from International Converter as a supervisor, was active in the Cairo High School Alumni Association. He enjoyed golf and gardening.

He is survived by two sons, Steven Brian Scott (Sherie) and David Alan Scott (Tammy); grandchildren, Kara Marie Scott,

Nicole Elizabeth Scott and Landis Noel Scott; cousin, Ruth Ann Flanagan.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his spouse, Shirley V. Edmond Scott.

As per his request there will be a graveside service at 12:00 PM, Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Cairo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The American Cancer Society in Donald’s name.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna is assisting the family with Donald’s arrangements.

Flossie Helen Skidmore Bourn

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Flossie Helen Skidmore Bourn

Age 83, of Milton,WV went home to be with the Lord October0 8, 2018.

She was born October 08, 1935, in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late James Harlan and Dollie G. Davis Skidmore.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, John James Bourn II and Gary Paul Bourn, and two brothers.

She was a homemaker and Executive Secretary for the Medical Examiner’s Office in Florida, District 19. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Huntington.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Rev. John James Bourn; daughter-in-law, Barbara Bourn of Milton; one sister, Sylvia Issacs, and one brother, Lambert Skidmore, both of South Charleston, WV; three grandchildren, Laura and Christy Bourn of Milton, and Anthony Bourn of Lynchburg, Va.; and three great - grandchildren.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 PM Thursday at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 PM Friday, October 12, at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, by Rev. David Smith, Dr. John Duffy, Dr. Glenn Mathews, and her husband, Rev. John J. Bourn. Entombment was in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.

Emma M. Brady

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Emma M. Brady

Age 71, of Gassaway, WV, passed away October 22, 2018 at home.

She was born November 21, 1946 in Chicago, IL a daughter of the late William Charles Holtz and Edith Lorraine Fischer Holtz.

She was preceded in death by husband, Richard E. “Jr.” Brady.

Emma is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Mike) Weber and their children; siblings, Barbara (Ralph) Grasso, Dorothy Senick, Beverly (Bob) Plowright, Charles (Coleen) Holtz, Karon Holtz, Susan (the late Dan) Gray, Leslie (David) Baude, Michael (Cindy) Klumb and Lorraine (Lonnie) Smith; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Service will be 2:30 PM Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Interment will be in the Jarvis Cemetery, near Gassaway.

Visitation will be from 11:30 AM till time of service.

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

Marie Chapman

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Marie Chapman

Age 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice.

She was born in Gassaway, WV on June 06, 1941 a daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Bell Carr Skidmore.

Marie has been reunited in heaven with her husband, her sweetheart that she met along the banks of the Elk River, James Coble Chapman.

She is survived by two sons: James Rodrick “Rod” Chapman and wife, Becky, of Orlando, FL, and Jeff Chapman of Weston, WV; two grandchildren: Colyn Chapman of Weston, and Tyler Gossett of Huntington, WV; and two sisters: Margaret Knapp and husband, Bob, of Copley, OH, and Bridget Chapman of Glenville, WV.

In addition to her parents and husband, Marie was preceded in death by two grandchildren: McKenna Chapman and Dusty Gossett; and eight siblings: Sylvia Carr, Beatrice Skidmore, Wilbur Skidmore, Wilsie Hashman, Ruby Boggs, Betty Hamric, Hunter Skidmore and Dallas Skidmore.

Education had always been very important to Marie. As she battled childhood Epilepsy, she worried that she wouldn’t be able to graduate with her high school class. With the help of her mother, she worked from home to complete all of her missed class work so she was able to return to school and graduate on time with the Gassaway High School Class of 1959. She then went on to earn an Associates Degree in business from Glenville State College.

Even more important to Marie was her family. After college and before going to work, she stayed home to raise her young boys.

As Rod and Jeff grew, education called to her again. She began volunteering with the elementary school to help children in grammar, reading and speech. Her time in the schools fostered what turned into a 29-year career with the Lewis County Board of Education.

In her free time, Marie especially enjoyed reading, singing and bird watching. It’s possible that she had the best-fed birds in Lewis County.

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

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

Anna Lee Heckert

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Anna Lee Heckert

Age 82 of Weston, WV passed away at 1:50 PM on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor Nursing Home.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 01, 1935 a daughter of the late William Hayward Butcher and Cora Lillian Rogers.

Now reunited with the love of her life, Kenneth Hall Heckert who she married on May 26, 1951, they can pick up where they left off after his passing on April 13, 2018.

Anna is survived by five children: Cheryl Kelley and husband, Tim, of Jane Lew, WV; Kendall Heckert and wife, Elaine, Debby Webb and husband, Pete, and Kevin Heckert all of Weston, and Brian Heckert and wife, Sherry, of Center Point, WV; ten grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Linda Osborn of Weston; brother-in-law, Duane “Cookie” Osborne of Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews.

Though she had a rough upbringing, Anna never lost her faith in people. It can be said that her greatest joy came from people. She loved to cook and bake because feeding people was an expression of her love. She loved being a wife and a mother. Her family was her first priority in all things. To her there was nothing greater than her children, until she had grandchildren. Anna’s grandchildren hung the moon as far as she was concerned.

Visiting with friends and family was her favorite way to spend time but what she loved best was the sound of laughter. Anna’s sense of humor is legendary. She loved the residents and staff of Crestview Manor and enjoyed brightening their days. She will be well remembered and sorely missed by her family and all of her dear friends and her grandpup Gibbs.

Friends are invited to gather with family at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM - 1 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Funeral Services will follow at 1 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Russell Furr and Reverend Rod Heckert.

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

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Anna Lee Keckert.

Oval “O.J.” Justice Sears

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Oval “O.J.” Justice Sears

Age 91, of 139 Elk Street Gassaway, WV, slipped away peacefully at his home with his loved ones by his side on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

O.J. was born in Braxton, WV on August 11, 1927 son of the late Clarence Justice Sears and Vergie Gay (Hamrick) Sears.

On May 24, 1952 Mr. Sears was united in marriage for 66 years to Wilda “Singleton” Sears.

In addition to his loving wife of 66 years Wilda, O.J. is survived by daughters Sheri Sears Pikras & (John) of Pittsburg, PA and Linda Sears & (Ashley Napier) Gassaway, WV. Also surviving is grand-son Max J. Pikras of Pittsburg, PA, brothers Gene Sears & (June) of Nashville, TN, Jennings Sears & (Kathy) of Exchange, WV. In addition to his Spouse, Children, Grandson, and Brothes, O.J. is also survived by several Nieces and Nephews.

In addition to O.J. parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Lowell and Doyle Sears and sister Judy Sears.

O.J. Sears was a member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge #133 , Beni Kedem Shriners Temple in Charleston, WV, and Scotish Rite Lodge Charleston, WV. O.J. graduated High School from Gassaway High School with the class of 1945. Following High School Mr. Sears immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. After the Navy Mr. Sears began work for the B.O Railroad which eventual became CSX Railroad and he retired as an engineer with 40 years of service. In his leisure time O.J. enjoyed hunting during squirrel season and he really enjoyed deer hunting and going to camp during deer season.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to WV Caring P.O. Box 760, Aruthurdale, WV 26335.

Mr. Oval “O.J.” Justice Sears final wish was to be cremated and interment at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV.

Graveside services will be held at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens at a later date.

David P. Robinson

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David P. Robinson

Age 64 of Elliottville, KY, passed away Friday evening October 12, 2018 in the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia on April 24, 1954 a son of the late George Logan Robinson and Veda Belknap Robinson.

David was a retired General Services Employee of Morehead State University. He was a graduate of the Braxton County High School in Sutton, West, Virginia and was a member of the Elliottville Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Kentucky Long Rifles of Morehead and a Kentucky Colonel. 

David enjoyed car and truck shows, leatherwork, hunting and collecting guns and knives. He also volunteered with the 4-H shooting sports program and matches.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings; George Robinson, Jr., James Isaac Gillespie and Dottie Fraker.

Survivors include his wife Ruth Crisp Robinson, two brothers, Larry Robinson and wife Carol of Morehead and Cecil Robinson and wife Patricia of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one sister Anna Mincy and husband Emmerson of Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, one brother-in-law, Bill Fraker of Caseyville, Illinois and his mother-in-law, Lillian Crisp of Elliottville, Kentucky and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in the chapel of the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Morehead with Rev. Willie Sturgill and Rev. Larry Robinson officiating.

Burial followed in the Robinson Family Cemetery in Carter County.

Visitation at the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Morehead was after 6:00 P.M. Monday.

Pall bearers will be Larry Robinson, Cecil Robinson, Emmerson Mincy, Bill Fraker, Ray Crisp, Ronnie Crisp, Adam Robinson, Jackie Thomas and Barry Cox. 

Honorary pall bearers will be members of the Kentucky Long Rifles Club of Morehead and Joe Stinson, Billy Ray Goodan, Delmas Wagoner and Jeff Furnish.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Morehead.

Nancy Virginia Johnson

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Nancy Virginia Johnson

Age 78, of Smithburg, WV (Doddridge County) departed this life on Monday, October 22, 2018 in her residence surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born at Smithburg, WV on April 06, 1940 to the late Dorsey and Virginia Randolph Moore. 

On December 24, 1960 she married Limer Johnson who preceded her in death on December 29, 1991.

Surviving are two sons, John Marshall Johnson and wife Bonnie, Smithburg, Timothy Andrew Johnson and wife Jennifer, Princeton, N.J., grandchildren, Jonathan Marshall Johnson and wife Angela, Carrie Brooke Johnson, Morgan Lynn Johnson, Jordan Lynn Johnson, Carrie Scaturro and husband Douglas, Erika Seckman, Megan Seckman, Serenity Shears and Kaden Stradley, 7 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Doddridge County High School, Salem University where she received her Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree from West Virginia University.  She retired from Harrison County of Board of Education where she had taught Reading, English and Math.  She enjoyed playing the piano and reading.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Oliver Araiza presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM on Friday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Johnson family.

Robert (Bobby) George Floyd

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Robert (Bobby) George Floyd

Age 49, passed peacefully in his sleep at the Glenville Nursing Home on October 20, 2018.

He was born May 11, 1969 in Neptune, New Jersey the son of Rita Ruth Ferro Floyd and the late Lester Robert Floyd.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy (Dee) Cutlip/Meadows.

Bobby lived his young life in Sutton, WV.

He graduated from Braxton County High School where he was the water boy for the B.C.H.S. football team. Bobby was active in the Special Olympics where he won many medals and trophies. He worked at the Workshop in Sutton and attended church at New Life Chapel. He loved riding his bike to the Sutton pool and to the local stores. He enjoyed planting sunflowers in his garden and fishing. He lived his later life in Cowen in a 24 hour private care home.

Bobby is survived by his mother, Rita Ruth (Ferro) Floyd of Mobile, Alabama; two brothers, Robert (Amy) Floyd of Beckley, WV and Wayne (Laurie) Floyd of Sutton; two sisters, Anita (Bart) Woods of Strange Creek, WV and Rebecca (James) Reaves of Mobile, Alabama; one Uncle, Edward Ferro of Freehold, N.J. and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Upon his request he is to be cremated.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Floyd family.

Condolences may be sent to: Rita Floyd, 6430 Cottage Hill Road – Apt. 210 – Mobile, Alabama 36695

Joan Duskey Whytsell

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Joan Whytsell

Age 78, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born July 23, 1940 at Cremo, Calhoun County, WV a daughter of the late Arlie D. and Dolly J. Duskey Satterfield Gillespie.

Her husband, Kose Whytsell preceded her in death May 24, 2016.

Joan was a homemaker, talented artist and loved animals. She enjoyed reading, and completed two to three books a week.

Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl L. Himelrick and husband John of Parkersburg; two sons, Harold D. Whytsell and wife Cyndi of Mineral Wells and Clinton Whytsell of Parkersburg; a half sister, Carol Jane Ewing and husband Jack of Boaz; five grandchildren, Ryan, Jake, Chad and Dustin Whytsell and Bryce Himelrick.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Dale Whytsell.

A funeral service will be conducted 2:00 PM Wednesday at the Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Services will conclude with burial in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friend from 5-8 PM Tuesday and one hour prior to service on Wednesday.

Carol Jean Wimmer

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Carol Jean Wimmer

Age 75 of Harrisville, WV passed away October 20, 2018 at her residence.

She was born May 03, 1943 at Richmond, CA, the daughter of the late Lawrence William and Dorothy Lucille Gipson Sillivan.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading newspapers and mystery novels and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Billy Ray Wimmer, Jr. (Joy) of Austin, TX, Karen Wimmer (Karen) of Louisville, KY, Lori Ellis (Tracy) of Charleston, WV, Wanda Bunner (Ricky) of Harrisville, and Bobby Wimmer (Kathy) of Reedsville, NC; thirteen grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Ray Wimmer; a grandson, Dustin James Gardner; great granddaughter, Cassey Caram Owens; five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Chaplain Lora Sams officiating.

Burial will follow in the Payne Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Naomi Mae Smith

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Naomi Mae Smith

Age 82 of Sidehill Road, Rutland, OH departed this life on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in the Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH. 

She was born on February 01, 1936 on Broad Run, Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Homer Ray and Naomi Isophene Ferrebee Swiger. 

Her husband Tom Smith preceded her in death on December 24, 2006.

Surviving is one daughter, Valerie Ruth Sarao and husband John, Virginia Beach, VA, five sons, Michael S. Hyde and wife Brenda F., Rutland, OH, David K. Hyde and wife Sharon K., Salem, VA, Timothy R. Hyde and wife Sue, Erwin, TN, Jason Hyde and wife Sheila, West Union, Morgan Paul Thompson and wife Tina, Minerals Wells, step daughters, Brenda Wolfe, Beaufort, SC, Karen Smith, Chesterhill, OH, step son, Tommy Smith, Tulsa, OK, 17 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild, sisters, Vivian C. Weekley, West Union, Cleo A. Horton, Portsmouth, OH, Carrie J. Moore, West Union, Mary E Weber, Menford, OH, Eva Lorraine Kendrick, Merkel, TX; brother, Homer Larry Swiger, Sheridan, AK and several nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Joshua Sarao , Mikey Hyde and one brother, Frank Swiger.

Mrs. Smith was retired from the Colin Anderson Center, St. Mary’s as a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 30 years service. Naomi attended Rutland Church of God, Rutland, OH.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Mark Hardgrove presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM on Wednesday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Smith family.

Mabel Lucille Wine

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Mabel Lucille Wine

Age 89, of Old Mill Road Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Burnsville, WV on October 25, 1928: daughter of the late Pearl Wine and Rose (Vankirk) Wine.

Miss Wine is survived by one brother: Dixie Wine and wife Wilma of Jane Lew and one niece: Connie Hluzeti of Creston, OH.

In addition to her parents, Mabel was preceded in death by two brothers: Lawrence and Dewey Wine and one sister-in-law: Wilma Wine.

Miss Wine retired as a custodian with the Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp with 19 years of service. Earlier in her working career, Mabel worked a few years at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital as a cook and G.C. Murphy Company as a stock clerk. She was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston and a graduate of Burnsville High School. She was know through out the family as a family nurse and took care of many family members throughout the years.

Family and friends will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Brian Plum officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mabel Lucille Wine.

Carl Ray James

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Carl Ray James

Age 78, of Fowler Road Jane Lew, WV (Good Hope community) passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV on February 04, 1940, son of the late Freddie Charles James and Geneva Marie (Snyder) James.

On July 15, 1966, he married Carolyn Marie (Coffield) James, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters: Michelle Casto and husband Rick of Good Hope, WV and Stacie Toothman and husband Joshua of West Milford, WV; three grandchildren: Craig Casto and wife Brooke, Chantelle Cumpston and husband Colby and Van Toothman and two great grandchildren: Jordan King and Jaden Casto. Also surviving is one sister: Patty Belt of Weston, WV; several nieces and nephews. I

n addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by one brother: Donnie James and two sisters: Nina Ware and Linda Ellyson .

And in addition to his family, he was loved by his wife’s extended and loving family.

Mr. James was a sheet metal worker with Sutter Roofing and Metal of Clarksburg with 45+ years of services. He was a graduate of Jane Lew High School. Mr. James was a veteran of the United States Army. His hobbies included carpentry and fishing. His greatest joy was hanging out with his wife, two girls and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Tom Sears officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Carl Ray James.

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