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Julie Lynne Allison

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Julie Lynne Allison

Passed away at home on December 26, 2018 in Ripley, WV.

She was born May 07, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA.

Julie was a 1982 graduate of Calhoun County High School and earned an associates in Medical Assisting from Alamance Community College in Graham, NC. She loved learning, volunteering, giving, taking care of others, and laughing. She especially loved spending time with her young nephews Landon and Spencer and niece Alyah. Prior to her decease, she volunteered regularly at a food bank in Ripley and at Jackson General Hospital where she received a 200-Hour volunteer pin.

Julie leaves behind her beloved daughter Jasmine Allison of Bridgeport, WV and Murrells Inlet SC; her mother Lynda Jarvis of Chloe, WV, her brother Jim Allison and wife Cindy of Denver, CO, her sisters Judy Allison of Chloe, Carolyn Bowers and husband Mike of Burlington, NC, Sandy Coleman and husband Larry of Beckley, WV, her nephew Aaron Allison and wife Jennifer of Chloe, along with several other nieces, nephews, and friends.

Julie was preceded in death by her infant daughter Meredith Brooke Allison and father Okey Jarvis, “Jr”.

Graveside service and interment will be held on Saturday January 05, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Minnora Cemetery in Calhoun County WV conducted by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. of Arnoldsburg WV and officiated by her dear friend Karen Al-Chacar.

The family will receive friends after the service at her mother’s residence on the farm.

In lieu of flowers, gifts are to be given to the Sustain Ministry at Trinity Worship Center, 3157 South Church Street, Burlington NC 27215, a ministry near and dear to Julie and Jasmine’s heart in their home church.

Please earmark your gift “In Memory of Julie Allison”.

Paris Foster Parsons

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Paris Foster Parsons

Age 99, of Spencer, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at Miletree Center, Spencer, WV.

He was born March 29, 1919 at White Oak, Calhoun County, WV. He was the son of the late Cary Benton and Ethel Boggs Parsons.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife of 72 years, Orva Parson; brothers Garfield and Spencer Parsons; and son-in-laws, Orville Earl and Tom Shaffer.

Paris had been a farmer most of his life and was selected Farmer of the Year for Calhoun County in 1967. He was known for 30 years as an antique dealer and, as he put it, “We made many friends and had fun doing what we loved”. He also worked at Ford Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio and the Calhoun County State Road Dept. He also had a sawmill for several years and owned a General Store at Chloe in the 1950’s. Paris enjoyed raising a wonderful vegetable garden every year from a young age and into his 90’s.
Paris was inducted in the US Army on November 10, 1942 during WWII. He served as an MP in the campaigns at Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He also received two medals. Paris was a Protestant and was baptized by Rev. Lloyd Keith.

He is survived by three children: Judith Shaffer of Canton, Ohio; Betty Earl of Parkersburg, WV; and Bob and Pat Parsons of Canton, Ohio; six grandchildren: Diane, Cathy, Mark, Chris, Lisa, and Rob; eight great-grandchildren: Heath, MaryBeth, Garrett, Rylee, Ryker, Liam, Brody, and Dylan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at Noon.

Rev. Jim Lough will officiate.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Clark Jarvis Cemetery on White Oak.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given, in honor of Paris Parsons, to the Roane County Animal Shelter, 2550 Parkersburg Road, Spencer, WV 25276.

David Lee Tomblin

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David Lee Tomblin

Age 53, of Pennsboro, WV;  went to be with his Lord and Savior at 8:21 PM; Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Miami Valley South Hospital ER in Dayton, Ohio following a short illness.

He was born November 10, 1965 in Weston, WV; son of the late Eustace Monroe (November 15, 2014) and Ruth Collins ( November 27, 2014) Tomblin.

David was a graduate of Gilmer County High School, Class of 1984. David had a variety of jobs over the years and was an awesome mechanic. His most important job was giving up his work to take care of his parents when they became very ill.

David is survived by his loving sister, Shirley Tomblin of Centerville, OH; and his niece Sara Letner of Kettering, OH.

Also surviving is 1 aunt, Ruby Carson (Ray) of Braxton County, WV;  1 uncle, Lewis Collins (Lilly) of Craigsville, WV; numerous cousins and a host of other family and friends.

Along with his parents, David is preceded in death by his grandparents, Authur and Emsy Tomblin and Oda and Eva Collins and numerous aunts and uncles.

The Family would like to take this opportunity to thank the following wonderful people: Donna Hiley, Lisa Smith, and Kevin Baker for traveling in the early morning hours to be with David’s immediate family and going far beyond anything expected to show their love and support. Charlene Snyder for always being there for David and treating him like family. Barry Jones and Jim Snyder for being lifelong friends to David. He loved you guys very much. Finally, thank you to all who helped in any way during this difficult time, especially the kind words, prayers and those that contributed to the funeral costs to fulfill David’s final wishes.

A funeral Service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM; Monday, January 07, 2019 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the John’s Cemetery on Turkey Fork.

Friends will be received from 12 Noon- 2:00 PM; Monday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of David Lee Tomblin with arrangements.

Doris Ann Travis

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Doris Ann Travis

Age 80, of Jane Lew, WV passed away January 03, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 11, 1938 in Weston, WV to the late Paul and Marie Joy Highland Hughes.

Doris is survived by her husband of over 30 years, James “Jim” Travis; son, Ronnie Gene Ferguson of Jane Lew; sisters: Katherine Hughes and Janice Clemmens of Jane Lew; brothers: Paul “Butch” Hughes, Gerald Hughes both of Jane Lew, and Randall Hughes of Adrian; step-son, Demetrius Travis of Salem; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and son, Darrell Curtis Ferguson, preceded Doris in death.

Doris was a loving wife and mother who spent her life taking care of her family and home. She was a wonderful cook who served up the best comfort food. Her creamed tomatoes were the best but baking bread just wasn’t her thing. She loved flowers and was an excellent gardener. She loved animals; over the years she had many beloved pets that she cared for and has left behind three spoiled cats that will miss her dearly.

The family has honored Doris’ wishes to be cremated with no services.

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 Doris Ann Travis.

Linda Lou Peninegar Simonton

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Linda Lou Peninegar Simonton

Age 73, went to be with the Lord on January 02, 2019.

She was born on December 18, 1945 in Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edward and Betty (Games) Peninegar.

She was a 1963 graduate of Pennsboro High School, where she enjoyed playing in the band, being a majorette, and where she was also a football sweetheart. Linda also graduated from Mountain State College.

Linda dedicated her life as a loving and devoted homemaker and caretaker for her family. Known for her gracious hospitality, her home was often a welcome gathering place for family and lifelong friends. Warm and free-spirited, Linda’s boundless creativity and joyful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

Linda is survived by her daughter, Misty Simonton of Parkersburg, WV; sister, Judy Gainer and husband Jack of Harrisville, WV; niece, Staci Goff and husband Scot of Harrisville, WV and great nephew, Wyatt Goff of Morgantown, WV.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Sunday, January 06, 2019, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

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

Anna Mae Bean

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Anna Mae Bean

Age 90, of Jackson’s Mill, WV, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2018, at Bellaire at Devonshire Assisted Living Center in Scott Depot, WV.

She was the daughter of the late Francis A. Brumley and Edna Mae (McClung) Brumley.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Raymond G. Bean, sister Louise Mallonee of Akron, Ohio, and two brothers, Ernest W. Brumley and Charles D. Brumley of Weston. WV. Also, sons Thomas A. Bean, Gary G. Bean and daughter Joyce A. Bean Cook and grandson Jeremy J. Taylor.

Anna Mae was a homemaker and very proud of her family. She worked briefly as a cashier at Garden Fresh Grocery, secretary at Weston State Hospital, and clerk at Kaplan’s Clothing Store. She was a member of the Weston Church of Christ for over 57 years and enjoyed singing the gospel hymnals each service.

Surviving are one son, Terry L. Bean and his wife, Helen of Elkview, WV, daughter-in-law Elizabeth J. Bean of Pinalles Park, Fla., brother Francis A. Brumley Jr. (Veronica) of Weston, sisters Betty N. Scheidegar of Lexington, KY, and Carol S. Roach (Bob) of Nettie, as well as six grandchildren: Christopher B. Bean of Charleston, James Andrew Cook of Myrtle Beach, SC, Robert M. Cook of Myrtle Beach, SC, Stephen R. Cook of Fairmont, Mitzi D. Cook Keaton of Oak Hill, and Melissa Bean Bennett of Indiana. She also had several great and great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, friends and dear neighbors.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5th, 2019, at 2 PM, at the Weston Church of Christ, located at 819, Camden Avenue, Weston, with ministers Rick Beck and Albert Farley officiating.

Per her request, her body was donated to West Virginia University and will be cremated.

Condolences may be sent online to the family at ‘bdkids@aol.com’

Pauline E. (Pyne) Richards

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Pauline E. (Pyne) Richards

83 years old, passed away on Tuesday January 01, 2019 after an extended illness.

Pauline was born June 28, 1935 at Zenith, WV. She was the daughter of the late William W. Pyne and Manerva Cole Pyne.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Orland Gary Richards; four brothers McKinley, Samuel, Noah and Lawrence; and one sister Lula Pyne.

Survivors include children, Molly Yoak and husband Mike of Big Bend, WV, Gary (Pete) Richards and wife Annetta of Rosedale, WV, and Kathy Barr of Grantsville, WV; one brother Lee Pyne and wife Sis of Lindside, WV; seven sisters Juanita Pyne, Sarah Richards and husband, Ershel of Ballard, WV; Violet Richards and husband Ralph; Charlotte Porterfield and husband, Lee of Lindside, WV; Rachel Dalton and husband Gary of Bruceton Mills, WV; and one sister-in-law Mary Pyne (Samuel) of Lindside, WV.

Pauline had five grandchildren Richard Yoak and wife Whitney of Hubbard, Ohio, Keith Yoak of Mt. Storm, WV, Matthew Williams of Grantsville, WV, Megan Hosey and husband Daniel of St. Albans, WV, and Valarie Cook and husband Patric of Grantsville, WV. Three great-grandchildren, Hunter Yoak and Wyatt Yoak of Hubbard, Ohio and Noah Cook of Grantsville, WV.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 04, 2019 at 2:00 PM WV at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, with Pastor Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 PM Friday at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc.

Interment will be in the Hunt Cemetery.

Joanne Katherine (deValadares) Bell

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Joanne Katherine (deValadares) Bell

Age 64, of Burnsville, WV passed away Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV with husband and children by her side.

She was born in Toronto Ontario, Canada on June 12, 1954. Proceeding her in death were brothers Terry and Norman deValadares.

She is survived by her parents, Jack and Carol deValadares, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada; husband, Ronald Collinson Bell, Burnsville, WV; daughter, Katherine “Kat” Ramsey and husband Patrick, Burnsville, WV; son, Thomas Alexander Bell and wife Jessica, Salem, WV; brother, William “Bill” deValadares and wife Janine, Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada; grandchildren, Abigail Bell, Zach Davis, Emily Davis, Camden Harper and Andrew Bell. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Joanne was previously employed for many years by a Puff & Cockerill Law Firm in New Jersey as a receptionist. Joanne loved the outdoors and participated in many activities such as fishing, camping, golf and tennis.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, January 03, 2019 from 12-1 PM at the Little Kanawha Independent Church, Burnsville, WV, 1259 Burnsville Road, Burnsville, WV 26335.

The Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 PM with Minster Tim Ramsey Officiating.

Then per her wishes, Joanne’s body will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be handling the arrangements for Mrs. Joanne Katherine (deValadares) Bell.

Doyle Bradley “Brad” Shaffer

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Doyle Bradley “Brad” Shaffer

Age 81, of Arnold Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at his son’s residence in Fairmont following an 8 month illness.

He was born in Morgantown, WV on June 26, 1937: son of Lazure Estell and Elizabeth (Lott) Estell and went to live with Elmer Doyle Shaffer and Elsie (Stalnaker) Shaffer at an early age. On March 25, 1960, he married Carol Rough Shaffer, who survives.

Brad was blessed with one son: Scott Bradley Shaffer and wife Sandra of Fairmont and two grandchildren: David Bradley Scott Shaffer and Dylan Lee Shaffer. He is also survived by one brother: Larry Estell of Baltimore, MD and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Brad was preceded in death by four brothers: Lazure, Jr., Loran, Jack and Donald Estell.

Brad retired from West Virginia Department of Human Resources as a County Director, Area Administrator and Director of Child Support in the northern part of the state. He was a graduate of Morgantown High School class of 1955 and graduate of Glenville State College with a bachelor-of-arts degree in Business and social studies. Early in his career, Brad taught history in Weston Junior High. Brad was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Mr. Shaffer was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston and Weston Rotary Club. Brad was an avid West Virginia University sports fan. His hobbies included playing cards and golf with his friends. Some of his greatest joy was spending time with friends, family and especially his grandsons.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, January 04, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Eric Kendall officiating.

Interment will follow services in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church 132 2nd Street Weston, WV 26452.

Orda Ray Gumm

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Orda Ray Gumm

Age 82, of Grantsville, WV passed away on January 01, 2019.

He was born July 07, 1936, in Ritchie County, WV,  a son of the late OC and Wanda Frederick Gumm.

Per his request, there will be no services and the body will be cremated by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc.

Ashes will be buried at the family hunting farm at a later date.

Arthur “Cap” Paul CapoBianco Jr.

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Arthur “Cap” Paul CapoBianco Jr.

Age 71, of Horner, WV passed away January 01, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

He was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 26, 1947 a son of the late Arthur Paul and Catherine Wilmot CapoBianco.

On June 06, 1981 he married Pam Riley and for 37 years they lived life to the fullest.

He will be missed by the family of his heart- sisters-in-law: Sharon Pinkney and boyfriend Buzz Vankirk, of Weston, WV and Sally Bennett and husband, Warren, of St. Mary’s, GA; brother-in-law, John Riley of Weston; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Labradoodle, Cooper.

Cap graduated from George Mason University with a master’s degree in Business Communications. After graduation, he went to work as a financial aid coordinator for Northern Virginia Community College before becoming a professor of Organizational Leadership at that college.

Turning his love of wine and people into a successful business, Cap left education and opened Deep Creek Gourmet Wine and Cheese Shop where he made the best memories of his life. The shop made him well known in the community where he made many friends that he loved dearly.

Cap was an avid sports fan, a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots and collected baseball memorabilia.

His family will forever be grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff of United Hospital Center’s Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center who were beside them every step of this difficult journey as well as all the staff who cared for him during his hospital stay.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Hospital Center’s Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.

Cap’s request for cremation has been honored and a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 210 Center Ave. Weston, WV 26452, at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 04, 2018.

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 Arthur “Cap” Paul CapoBianco Jr.

Roger Lane Marsh

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Roger Lane Marsh

Age 72, of Napier, WV passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.

He was born November 30, 1946 in Sutton, WV to the late Ray Marsh and Lola Jane (Hardman) Marsh.

Those surviving are son, Travis Lane “Tom” Marsh, Shinnston, WV; brothers, William R. “Ronnie” Marsh and wife Cynthia, Good Hope, WV and Michael E. “Mike” Marsh, Cleveland, OH. Also surviving is sister, Shanda Marsh Casto, Bridgeport, WV.

Roger enjoyed fishing and especially liked catching catfish and frying them up. He enjoyed music especially blue grass music by Ralph Stanley. He also was a square dance caller and was a very good dancer. He worked at Eaton in Cleveland OH as a machine operator in the automobile industry. He was an avid college and pro football fan and his favorite teams was the Cleveland Browns and the West Virginia University Mountaineers. He had a heart of gold and loved his family and friends.

There will be a time of fellowship on Saturday, January 05, 2019 from 2-4 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 with a celebration of life service at 4:00 PM with Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

In honoring Mr. Marsh’s wishes he will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, P.O. Box 292, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be assisting the Marsh Family in honoring the Life of Roger Lane Marsh.

Lois Louise Corder

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Lois Louise Corder

Age 87, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

She was born June 21, 1931, in Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Eli Hugh and Iona Kidd Ours.

On May 30, 1947, she married Piatt Bryan Corder, Jr. who preceded her in death on April 20, 2016. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Helen Marie Shields; one sister, Ann Ours Kriner and six brothers, Jack, Claude, Ernest, Ralph, Scott and Edward Ours and her beloved dog, Luna.

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa “Terry” Beer Loudin of French Creek, WV and Connie Corder of Buckhannon; two sons, Roger Bryan Corder and wife Cynthia of Elkins, WV and Timothy Michael Corder of Buckhannon; five granddaughters, Kristin Satterfield and husband Stephen of Vienna, VA, Amanda Renee Woody and husband Scott of French Creek, WV, Casey Casto and husband Aaron of Elkins, WV, Tiffany Martin Belasco and husband Tyler of Orlando, FL and Missy Martin of Buckhannon; two grandsons, Bryan Beihl Corder of Pittsburgh, PA and Billy Shields of Glenville, WV; three great-granddaughters, Kyrie Woody of French Creek,  Audrey Cynthia Satterfield of Vienna and Ellie Kristin Casto of Elkins; four great-grandsons, Scotty Woody of French Creek, Samuel Jeffrey Satterfield of Vienna, Joel Christopher Casto of Elkins and Silas Bryan Satterfield of Vienna, WV; one sister, Ona Irene Stemple and husband Terry of Harvest, AL and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Corder was a member of the Heaston United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Chapter. She was a caregiver to her ”special” grandson since 1997. Mrs. Corder loved to garden, cook and most of all taking care of her family. She was a secretary for Corder’s Gulf/Chevron.

Friends will be received Thursday, January 03, 2019, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held 12 Noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Evans officiating.

Burial will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Mt. Claire, WV.

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

Cora Elizabeth Winans

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Cora Elizabeth Winans

Age 74, of Alum Fork Road Camden, WV passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

She was born in Upshur County, WV on January 14, 1944: daughter of the late Elles Thomas Cogar and Vesta Alice Houghton Cogar.

On June 24, 1967, she married John Henry Winans, who survives.

Mrs. Winans is also survived by one son John Wayne Winans of Camden, one brother Robert Cogar of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

Cora was a glassworker with Jane Lew Glass Factory, Colonial Glass and Louie Glass Factory. She was a member of Grace Fellowship Church. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Cora’s wishes for a graveside service will be held at 11:00 PM on Thursday, January 03, 2019 from the Snyder Cemetery of Churchville, WV with Pastor Bill Hunt officiating.

Interment will follow services in the family section of Snyder Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Cora Elizabeth Winans.

Margaret “Ruth” Hacker

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Margaret “Ruth” Hacker

On Saturday, December 29, 2018 Margaret Ruth Hacker, loving mother and grandmother, passed away at her home at the age of 78.

Margaret Ruth Emmerick was born on August 29, 1940 to John Emmerick and Velma Mae Arter in Columbus, OH.

She grew up rather quickly, being one of the eldest siblings of six.

Ruth as she became known, met James Lee Hacker and together they had six children. After moving to West Virginia, she devoted her life to raising her children and grandchildren. Ruth was a master in the kitchen and over the years, became well-known for her gardening skills and passion for cleaning. She was a Baptist by faith.

She is survived by four sons: Terry (Connie) Hacker of Cedarville, WV; James Lee Hacker II, Robert Hacker and Kevin Hacker of Cedarville. WV and one daughter: Cheryl (Charles) Dobbins. Two sisters also survive: Annie Brown of Barberton, OH and Carol Powell of Florida.

She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by: James (2009), son Larry Gene Hacker (1993), great-granddaughter Lara Reese Canfield (2011, and sisters: Maxine Kuhl, Virginia Descent, and Evelyn Bender.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Service will follow in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 12:30 PM with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Interment will follow in the Copen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Copen Cemetery Fund, c/o Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home P.O. Box 292, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

There will a dinner held at the Cedar Creek State Park following interment.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be assisting the Hacker Family in honoring the Life of Margaret Ruth Hacker.

Mary Louise (Maxwell) Cox

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Mary Louise (Maxwell) Cox

Age 91, of Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Clarksburg, WV; formerly of West Union, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 28, 2018 at United Hospital Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was born at home in Doddridge County, WV on October 30, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles S. (Tudy) and Louisa Jane (Husk) Maxwell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayford O. Cox on January 23, 1986.

Surviving are two daughters, Diana Lynn Knight and Sheila Rena (Butch) McCutchan both of West Union; two sons Gayford Alan (Jackie) Cox, West Union and Gregory Brian Cox of Harrisville, WV; one sister Marlene Shuman of Clarksburg; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Wanstreet and Edna Riddle, one brother Charles Edward Maxwell, and a great granddaughter Autumn Grace Trent.

Mary Louise graduated from Doddridge County High School and worked several jobs during her life but mainly was a loving homemaker and caregiver for her family. She was a member of Smithburg United Methodist Church.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 03, 2019, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Bill Davis officiating.

Burial will follow the services at the South Fork Community Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, January 02, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Mabel Irene Currey

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Mabel Irene Currey

Age 90, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 29, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care.
She was born November 22, 2018 at Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late Lester H. and Bertha Cain Morgan.

Mrs. Currey was a homemaker and Baptist by faith.

She is survived by one son, David E. Currey (Debra) of Harrisville; daughter, Marilyn K. Evento (George) of Harrisville; sisters, Mary LeRoy and Ethel Flesher; grandchildren, Becky Morrison (Buck), Cathy Holbert (Bud), Kelley Byrd (Chris); step-granddaughter, Anissia Davis; great-grandchildren, Chyanna Brundage (Michael), Abagail Morrison, Gus Morrison, Austyn Byrd; step-great-grandchildren, Walker Davis, Ty Davis, Jocelyn Davis and Matt Holbert; and great-great grandson, Braxton Brundage.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emory Cleveland Currey, Jr.; son Jackie Lee Currey; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Thursday, January 03, 2019 at Raiguel Funeral Home with Pastor Harry Holbert and Pastor Robert Perine officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 PM.

William “Bill” Jones

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William “Bill” Jones

Age 80, of Harlingen, TX (formerly of Grantsville, WV) passed away on November 26, 2018.

He was born April 08, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Tom Jones and Francis Madelyn Knight Jones Hathaway.

He was a former barber in Grantsville, WV; a US Army veteran, and a member of the Masonic Lodge #380 of Oberlin, Ohio.

He is survived by brother Gary Hardman and long-time friend and companion, Deloris Hall, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV on Saturday, January 05, 2019, at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jim Hunter officiating.

The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service.

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

Carolyn J. Friend

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Carolyn J. Friend

Age 84, of Albany, GA and formerly of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 28, 2018 in Albany, GA after a brief illness.

Carolyn (CJ) was born on July 14, 1934 in Pennsboro, WV and was the daughter of the late Roy James Erp and Irma Conley Erp Hathaway.

Carolyn loved her family and always found ways to enjoy life no matter what obstacles she faced. Positive thinking and adjusting to her circumstances was how she lived life. Being a Mother, Grandmother and caregiver brought her the happiest moments here on earth. Early Wednesday morning she left her broken body behind to meet her Savior Jesus Christ and have a beautiful reunion with many others that arrived home earlier. Her infectious smile and laugh will truly be missed.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Ruth A. Brashear and her husband Dr. Robert M. Brashear of Albany, GA; son, Mark L. Friend and the late Christi W. Friend of Williamson, GA; two grandchildren, Jordan K. Friend and John Mark Friend of Williamson, GA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband R.B. Friend.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, WV.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society.

William Chester Robinson

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William Chester Robinson

Age 55, of Grantsville, WV passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at him home following a short illness.

He was born July 24, 1963, in Wood County, WV, a son of the late Manona Monoka Robinson.

He was a retired pipeliner. He loved to go camping, hunting, and spend time with his family and friends.

His is survived by wife, Angie Robinson; son, Jacob Robinson; brothers, Greg Robinson and Clarence Davis both of Parkersburg, WV; one niece and one nephew.

In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law, Charles “Tootie” Nicholson.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 03, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, with Rev. Jerry Malona officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Hunt Cemetery.

Gladys Marie “Polly” Frazier

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Gladys Marie “Polly” Frazier

Age 88, of Lunsford Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV on November 03, 1930: daughter of the late Shirley Heater and Reba (Golden) Heater.

On March 21, 1953, she married Jack L. Frazier, who survives.

Polly is also survived by two daughters: Kathy Langley and husband Earl of Good Hope 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. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents,

Polly was preceded in death by one brother: James Heater and one sister: Elizabeth DeBarr.

Mrs. Frazier was a homemaker. She retired from Alkaln Label Factory of Weston and did secretarial work for Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew. Earlier, she taught Head Start in Boone County, WV. Polly was a graduate of Jane Lew High School with the class of 1949. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter# 109 of Good Hope and was known for her cooking for Masonic meals. She was very active as a volunteer at the VA Hospital. Polly was a Methodist by faith. In addition to cooking, she enjoyed sewing, fishing and farming.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Jacqueline Chambers officiating.

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

Eastern Star services will be held on Sunday evening at 6:30 PM from the funeral home chapel conducted by the OES Chapter#109 of Good Hope, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Gladys Marie “Polly” Frazier.

Ruth Glenna Dixon Brown

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Ruth Glenna Dixon Brown

Age 96, of Birch River, WV, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018 at Braxton Health Care Center in Sutton, WV. 

She was born in Nicholas County, WV on February 22, 1922, the daughter of the late R.J. Dixon and Elvira Cottle Williams.

Ruth was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Pat and sister, Maxine Walker.

Ruth worked for many years and retired from Bright’s of America in Summersville, WV and also retired as the mail carrier from Birch River to Dille and Strange Creek. She was a member of Keener’s Ridge Community Church.

She is survived by her niece, Greta Sue Walker Dodge and her husband Leslie of Sutton, WV; nephews, Richard Walker of Strange Creek, WV, Mitchell Brown and wife Kay of Colora, MD, Gary Brown and wife Caryl of Baltimore, MD. She also had several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, December 31, 2018 at Greene Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Ray Teets officiating.

Burial will immediately follow at Walker’s Cemetery, Birch River, WV.

Friend may call the day of the funeral 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

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

Joshua S. Owens, Jr.

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Joshua S. Owens, Jr.

Age 84, of Ravenswood, WV graduated to heaven on December 26, 2018 at Highland Oaks Center, McConnelsville, Ohio. He suffered from Alzheimer’s.

He was born on June 25, 1934 in Grantsville, WV, a son of the late Joshua S. and Minnie F. Bower Owens.

After graduating from Calhoun County High School in 1952, he worked in housing construction and pipeline construction. He moved with his wife and daughter to Barberton, Ohio to work for the chemical division of PPG. He worked in the shipping department and later trained to be a mechanic and machinist. He moved to Ravenswood, WV in 1968 to work as a mechanic at Kaiser Aluminum, now called Constellium. Josh retired in 1996 with 28 years of service.

Josh was a Christian and longtime member of Faith Bible Church in Ravenswood, where he served as a deacon. He also loved to sing in the choir.

He is survived by three brothers, George D. Owens, Ronald N. Owens, and Charles M. Owens; three sisters, Greta L. Richards, Carolyn J. Preston, and Joyce A. Roberts.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Ava A. Boyce Owens; daughter, Vicki L. Owens; two brothers, Ottmer W. Owens and Woodrow H. Owens; and four sisters, E. Vonda Wiedenhoft, Norma J. Godfrey, Sharlene R. Sadler, and Darlene K. Roberts.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Steve Raines officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 12:00-2:00 PM on Wednesday. Interment will be in Nobe Cemetery.

Pam Post Stewart

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Pam Post Stewart

Age 51, of Burnsville, WV passed away on December 26, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic after a valiant fight with cancer.

She was born July 08, 1967 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Vinsen Post and Evelyn Post of Flower, WV.

Pam will be remembered for her sweet and loving personality. She never met anyone that she did not love, especially children and animals. Her journey and valiant fight with colorectal cancer became known throughout the country as her fight was chronicled by her loving sister and primary caregiver, Betsy, through her Facebook page, “Cards and Support for Pam Post Stewart.” She became an inspiration to those, like her, who were battling Stage IV Colorectal Cancer, because she always maintained her positive attitude, her smile, and her world-famous thumbs up, no matter what procedure or treatment she was enduring at that moment.

Pam was a graduate of Braxton County High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She chose caregiving as her profession because of her love for the elderly and disabled. She was an employee of Central WV Aging Services, Inc. and a former employee of the Braxton County Sheltered Workshop. A Christian by faith, Pam was a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church and a former member of the Right Hand Fork United Methodist Church.

Pam is survived by her mother, Evelyn Post; husband, Harold Stewart and stepson, Harold (Jake) Stewart; sisters, Sandy Post and Betsy Post-Garza, Esquire (John); and many aunts, uncles, niece, Grace Marks; and nephews, Jordan Flynt and Zachary Flynt; and many cousins of whom she was so fond.

A celebration of Pam’s life will commence with visitation hours of 4 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, December 29, 2018 with funeral services on Sunday, December 30, 2018,at 2 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV with Reverend Doug Smailes officiating.

Interment will be in the Copen Cemetery, Copen, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to COLONTOWN, 969 Diggs Road, Crownsville, MD 21302, https://paltown.org/donate or Colorectal Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermond Avenue NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005, https://ccalliance.org/donate.

The family will be forever indebted to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, and especially Dr. Peter Kingham and Dr. Nancy Kemeny, their Fellows and Staff, for their expert care, love, and guidance during Pam’s illness.

Ruth Marie Nottingham

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Ruth Marie Nottingham

Age 72, of Palestine, WV, passed away December 28, 2018 at Ravenswood Village.

She was born November 19, 1946 at Weirton, WV the daughter of the late Edward C. and Flossie Fae Sullivan Nottingham.

Ruth was a 1966 graduate of Wirt County High School and was a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church.

She is survived by cousins, Dewey Nottingham, Allen Nottingham, Opal Jean Farver, A. Dean Nottingham and Robert Nottingham.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, December 31, 2018 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the King Knob Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 PM.

Jimmie George Smith

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Jimmie George Smith

Age 76, of Sand Fork, WV, unexpectedly went to be with his Lord at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 27, 2018.

He was born in Ravenna, OH on March 15, 1942 a son of the late George Clark Smith and Ella Mae Jeffries Smith Jewart.

On June 27, 1961 Jimmie married the love of his life Naomi Ruth Facemire. Together they shared just over 57 years of marriage and she will miss her husband dearly.

Jimmie’s hardworking and compassionate spirit will be remembered by one son, James Wesley “Wes” Smith and wife, Terry, of Burnsville, WV; one grandson, James Casey Smith and companion, Madison Wells, of Morgantown, WV; one sister, Helen Uhl and husband, Dick, of Kersey, PA; five half-siblings: Wanda Jewart, Timothy Jewart, Pam Barring and husband, Ed, all of Kearny, NJ, Bruce Smith of OH, and Lisa Helmick and husband, Ophie, of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, one infant sister, Judith Ann Smith, preceded Jimmie in death.

In 1961, Jimmie began his service to his country as an electrician in the United States Air Force. During his four-year tour he was stationed in Bermuda, New Mexico and Delaware. His loving wife accompanied him to every duty station and worked on each base.

After his service, Jimmie made a career of being a “Jack-of-all-Trades”. He could do and did most anything in construction. He even spent time as an appliance technician. Jimmie retired after 24 years of working for Hope Gas as a Town Plant Manager.

Jimmie loved conversation. He was so witty, outgoing and intelligent he could talk to anyone about anything. He also loved quiet time in the woods. He was an avid hunter of deer, wild turkey and elk. In his down time he like to watch westerns such as Gun Smoke and the Virginian, but Law Man was his favorite.

His love of God led him to spend many hours reading and studying the Bible. He also enjoyed watching Shepherd’s Chapel.

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

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, appreciate the service of Jimmie George Smith and we’re honored and privileged to serve his family.

Ruth Claire Garrett

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Ruth Claire Garrett

Age 83, of Linn, WV passed away on December 28, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 22, 1935 to the late Ira and Ava Mason of Newberne, WV.

On May 04, 1953, Ruth married Jack Garrett and together they had three children.

Those left behind to cherish Ruth’s memory are her son, Rick Garrett and wife, Desi; daughter Debbie Moyers-Goff and husband, Chip; three granddaughters: Vanessa Garrett-Frymier and husband, Scott, Allie Garrett and BethAnn Moyers, all of Linn; brother, Dean Mason and wife, Shirley, of Burnt House, WV; and brother-in-law, John Law of Parkersburg, WV.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Jack on April 28, 2001; her son, Randy Garrett on April 04 1984; sister Reta Law; and brother Dennis Mason.

In accordance with Ruth’s wishes she will be cremated and buried on the family farm in Linn with a private service.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ruth Claire Garrett.

Karen Lynn Carr

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Karen Lynn Carr

Age 66, of Gassaway, WV, passed away at home, December 26th, 2018, surrounded by her family and loved ones after a courageous battle with liver cancer.

She was born March 13, 1952, daughter of the late Rupert C. and Marian Nicholas.

Karen was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents I.A. “Coot” and Grace Nicholas and maternal grandparents Earl and Lena Nottingham.

Karen was a Baptist by faith. Karen was a co-founder of the West Virginia Mule & Donkey Show; which celebrated its 25th anniversary in September 2018. She was an active member of the Braxton County Fairs & Festival Board. Karen loved trying new recipes, photography and cherished her time with family and friends; and was always willing to offer a helping hand.

Karen is survived by sister, Judy (Ron) Davis and brother, Rupert A. (Valerie) Nicholas. Also surviving are beloved nieces and nephews Kristi & Ian Davis; Nathaniel, Ashley & Caroline Nicholas; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family will receive friends on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 5-9 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Family will also receive friends on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 from 10:30-11:00 AM with the Funeral Service following at 11:00 AM in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joe Bob Truman officiating.

Internment will then follow at the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Karen requested donations be made to Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church, Duck, WV; Servia Fire Department, Duck, WV; or Chapel Fire Department, Gassaway, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be assisting the Carr Family in honoring the Life of Karen L. Carr.

Letha Lenora Sidwell Metz Keener

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Letha Lenora Sidwell Metz Keener

Age 86, of Grantsville, WV passed away December 24, 2018 at MHHS Acute Care Unit.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV, the daughter of the late Eli and Mary Barnes Sidwell. She was a homemaker all her life.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Bessie Metz Basnett and husband Jerry, Mary Keener and Dean Byrd, Delores Keener Foster and husband Paul; four sons, Raymond Metz and wife Deloris, Floyd Keener Jr., Richard Keener and wife Lorene, Jimmy Keener and wife Michele, Bobby Keener and JoAnn Swearingten; 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 1 brother Eli Sidwell.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Wesley C. Metz, and her second husband Floyd Keener; a daughter Alice Keener; a grandson Charles Metz; 4 sisters, Marie Carder, Virginia Metz, Sophie Sidwell, and Alice Sidwell; 5 brothers, Bill Sidwell, Kenneth Sidwell, Charles Sidwell, James Sidwell, and Homer Sidwell.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday December 29, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00-2:00 PM.

Interment will be at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Marvin Dale Gainer

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Marvin Dale Gainer

Passed away at his home on Christmas Day following a short illness. He was 92 years old and a 27-year resident of Mosheim, Tennessee.

Marvin was born February 05, 1927 in Nobe, West Virginia to the late Victor Earl and Alta Mae Gainer (nee Stull).

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Upon return from his service, he moved to Ohio gaining employment at Ford Motor Company until his retirement. Following his dream of returning to West Virginia, he moved back to Calhoun County where he enjoyed many years of deer hunting, carpentry, and gardening.

In 1991, Marvin, with his wife Joy, moved to Mosheim, Tennessee where they could enjoy family and many years of travel and hobbies together.

Marvin Dale was one of eleven children born to Victor and Alta. He was preceded in death by sisters Geneva, Reva, Lenore, Mary, and Odie, and brothers Garrett, Wendell, and Darrell.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Joy (nee Warner); daughters Connie Hess (Michael) and Debbie Gainer (Eric) of Ohio; sisters, Sue Richards of Ohio and Bertha “Midge” Hathaway of West Virginia; brother, Ronzel “Runt” of Kansas; and stepsons, Rayburn, Ronnie, and Roger, whom he loved as his own. He was the grandfather of 12, great-grandfather of 16, and had many nieces and nephews.

Marvin’s stepson, Robert Pinyan of Ohio, sadly precedes him in death.

Marvin was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church of Greenville, Tennessee. He was a man of tremendous faith and generosity. Always leading by example of service to others and following steadfast in his belief in the Lord and the love of his family. He stood as a pillar of strength and faith in God as the patriarch of his extended family.

Final arrangements provided by Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home of Greenville, TN and Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. of Grantsville, West Virginia, where a funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Grantsville WV site, with Pastor Steve Raines officiating.

Interment will be in Nobe Cemetery.

David Reid Miller

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David Reid Miller

Age 58, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 23, 2018.

He was born in Kanawha County, WV on November 20, 1960 to Joy Hayes Miller of Bridgeport, WV and the late William “Bill” Crawford Miller.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Connie Williams.

David was employed at Pizza Hut for many years then worked for the US Postal Service in Clarksburg, Gassaway and Frametown.  He was a Master Sergent E-7 in the Air National Guard 130th, Charleston, WV and Air National Guard 171st, Pittsburgh, PA.  He was a good couch potato but he also worked at many woodworking projects.  David was a member of Gassaway Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, David is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara Tomey Miller; his son, Casey William Miller of Gassaway; brother, Fred Miller of Alabama; sister, Ruthann Greathouse, of Fairmont; WV; couch partner, Sadie, his dog.

Service will be 12:00 Noon Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Mark Stump and Pastor Bill Morlan officiating.

Interment with Military Rites will be in the Mountain State Memorial Gardens, Elkins, WV.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 PM Saturday, December 29 at the funeral home.

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

John E. Wines

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John E. Wines

Age 80, of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston after a progressive illness.

He was born June 16, 1938, in Lewis County, WV.

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beulah Madge Wines, and one son Robert Wines, along with a special like-son, Bryan Luzader. John was survived by one brother Verdine (Ruby) Wine of Youngstown, OH, and Mary Geyer of Wellman, IA.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Wine and Violet (Hinkle) Wine of Orlando, WV. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters: Hoy Wine (Mary) of Boardman, OH, Doyle Wine of Orlando, WV, Jerry Wines (Bobbi) of Washington, DC, Arlene (Gene) Conrad of Orlando, WV, Geraldine (Bill) Brown of PA, and Emogene (Bernard) Blake of Burnsville, WV.

John graduated from Burnsville High School in 1956, and then went on to proudly serve his country from 1959-1962, in the US Army, and was later a member of the American Legion Post #7 of Buckhannon. He was employed as a lead press operator as Moore Business Forms in Buckhannon for 31 years, retiring in 1995. He then shared his talents with the State Division of Natural Resources as a Wildlife Aide at the State Wildlife Center in French Creek, retiring there in 2010. John was very active in his church (Buckhannon Union Mission) where he loved to sing and play his guitar. John was a very kind man and always wanted to help others.

Friends will be received at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 5-8:00 PM.

The funeral will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the funeral chapel, with Rev. Dennis Estes and Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Interment will follow in the Upshur County Memorial Park, where the Upshur County Honor Guard will perform military honors.

John Albert Fox

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John Albert Fox

Age 90, of Israel’s Fork, West Union, West Virginia passed away December 25, 2018, at the Louis H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Born August 16, 1928, in West Union, WV. John was a son of the late James B. and Matilda Matthews Fox.

He was preceded in death by his brothers James J. Fox, Ernest B. Fox, and his three sisters, Mary, Mabel, and Madeleine Fox.

John was a retired farmer and enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He was very loved and respected by his family and friends. He graduated from Doddridge County High School and served in the Korean War with the United States Army, earning the rank of Corporal.

He is survived by nieces and nephews Patricia Joann Fox–Henzler (Mark), Cynthia Mesler (Thomas), Barbara Beasley (Robin), Mary Margaret Everett (Richard), John B. Fox, Jayne Humphreys (David), Jan Fox, Janet Fox, Jean Fox, James Fox, Jon Fox, and Julia Montejo (Greg). Great nieces and nephews include Melissa Shetty (Atul), Amanda Alexander (Rob), Jonathan Mesler (Erica), Megan Moore (Bryon). Great, great nieces and nephews include: Alicia, Alexis and Mark Henzler; Erica Everett; Thomas Shetty; Abel Mesler; Evan, Colin and Nolan Moore; and Axel Alexander.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 29 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, followed immediately by the funeral at 12:00 Noon at the funeral home.

The Rev. Mary Weaver will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park at Crystal Lake near West Union, WV where military services will be conducted.

Bobby Lee Gray

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Bobby Lee Gray

Age 76, of Duck, WV, entered into rest Friday, December 21, 2018.

Born January 01, 1942 in Clay, WV, he was the son of the late Chester and Woodroe (Rose) Gray.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Sandra Gray, of Duck; son, Gary Lee Gray; and daughter, Rebecca Gray both of Harrison, WV; sisters, Yvonne Skinner of Harrison, Linda Gray of Enoch, Connie Gray of Harrison and Violet Keen of Big Otter., WV

Funeral service were held Noon, Monday, December 24, at Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. Burial was in the Bud Ramsey Cemetery, Harrison.

Friends gathered with family one hour prior to the service at funeral home.

Wilson-Smith Funeral is honored to be serving the Gray family

Raymond “Hap” Sizemore

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Raymond “Hap” Sizemore

Age 97, of Wintersville, Ohio formerly of Centralia, West Virginia (Braxton County) went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

He was born March 27, 1921 (Easter Morning) in Hackers Valley, West Virginia. The son of the late Alexander Washington and Ruelina (Hall) Sizemore.

He was preceded in death by a son David Michael Sizemore; three brothers Sam, Buster and Ralph Sizemore; five sisters Nell Hammond, Velma Ault, Martha Woolever, Mable Skidmore and Ruby Moffat.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers and worked as a driller traveling all over the US and South America.

He is survived by his children Joel Raymond, Steven and Jane Sizemore and sister Hazel Booth; nieces Doris (Norris) Hayhurst, Pam (Terry) Nutter, Pat Donley, Kim (Randy) Clapham.

Per Raymond’s request there will be no services.

Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, Ohio is handling arrangements.

Madison “Rex” Stalnaker

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Madison “Rex” Stalnaker

Age 81, of Weston, WV,  is now peacefully in the arms of the Lord. He passed away December 26, 2018 at his home with his wife of 62 years, Mary Anne Kriner Stalnaker, by his side and in the compassionate care of WV Hospice.

He was born May 05, 1937 in Lewis County, WV to the late Schley Samuel and Mary Almira Linger Stalnaker.

He will be missed by many but those feeling the biggest loss are his wife; his three children: Judith Ann Dixon and husband, David, of Bennettsville, SC, Pamela K. Stalnaker of Culpeper, VA, and Melissa Jo Shurina and husband, Marty, of Unionville, VA; five grandchildren: Michael Austin Corbin, Morgan Elizabeth Corbin, Logan James Shurina, Brent Madison Shurina, and Andrew Vincent Shurina; adopted son Sam Payton; and his loyal companion and long-haired dachshund, Henry.

In addition to his parents, Rex was preceded in death by four siblings: Mescal Annabelle Collins, Winifred Mae Allman, Elden Gene Stalnaker, and Elsie Noreen Payton.

Rex was a true people person, which made him a great salesman. He spent 18 years as a shoe salesman with H. Childs Co. in Pittsburgh before moving to Mountaineer Shoes in Philippi. He became a territory sales representative for PW Minor and finished his career as a territory sales representative for Drew Shoe Company.

His favorite people were his family and he loved the time spent laughing and talking while playing cards and games with them.

His love of people naturally extended to a love of community and country. He served as a member of the Army National Guard for 5 years. Rex was a member of the City of Weston Planning Committee, Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 41 in Philippi, Crafton Guyosuta Lodge #0513 F. & A.M. of PA, Crafton PA City Council, as well as a 42 year member of the Elks Lodge #1736 in Buckhannon. He was President of Stalnaker Associates of Beverly from 2007 to 2015 and especially enjoyed restoring the Jacob Stalnaker Cabin in Beverly.

Rex spent time as the Sunday School Superintendent at Crafton Presbyterian Church and served on many committees as a member of Stonecoal United Methodist Church.

When not involved with one of his many groups and organizations, Rex could be found on the golf course or sitting playing his guitar as he sang his favorite country tunes or gospel hymns.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Rex’s honor to WV Hospice, 6 Hartman Plaza, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM to 1 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow at the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Graveside Rites will be accorded by the United States Army, Lewis County Honor Guard and Weston Masonic Lodge #10.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, appreciate the service of Madison “Rex” Stalnaker and we’re honored and privileged to serve his family.

Helen Regina Garton Jett

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Helen Regina Garton Jett

Age 75, of Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly at 4:53 PM on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

She was born in Jane Lew, WV on March 04, 1943 a daughter of the late Brent Orville and Iris Maude Wymer Garton.

Her loving husband, Richard Jett, greeted her with open arms at Heaven’s Gates.

Helen is survived by two sons: Terry Garton of Sand Fork, WV and Joe Fink of Jane Lew; three brothers: Jack Garton of Jane Lew, Rudy Garton and wife, Betty, and Herschel Edward Garton both of Sandusky, OH; two grandchildren: Michael Garton of WY, and Whitney Garton of Prospect, WA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by eight siblings: Bob, Jimmy, Bill, and Ronnie Garton, Wanda Powers, Lila Flesher, Barbara Lilly, and Anita Greaver.

In her younger years, Helen enjoyed traveling. Later, she was very happy being a homemaker who took great care of her boys, pets and garden. She also enjoyed playing hidden object games on her computer.

Helen’s request for cremation has been honored and a Private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Helen Regina Garton Jett.

Pauline Hope (Davis) Conrad

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Pauline Hope (Davis) Conrad

Age 90, who was a long time resident of Broad Street in Weston, WV passed away on December 21, 2018 in Hospice Care in Smyrna. TN.

She was born in Weston, WV on April 02, 1928, the daughter of the late Cecil and Effie Davis.

On January 27, 1951, she married Gerald Conrad who preceded her in death in 2016.

Pauline was the mother of three children: Karen Conrad of Smyrna, TN and Tim Conrad and wife Dorcas both of Weston and Dennis Robert Conrad, who preceded her in death at the age of 3 years old. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Justin (Kim) Van Horn, Ian Timothy Conrad and Gretchen (Bobby) Brown and two great grandchildren: Gabriel and Alexander Van Horn. Also surviving are two sisters: Loraine Stalnaker of Fairmont, WV and Patty Suttle of Buckhannon, WV, a brother: Bob Davis of Friendly, WV and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister: Marian Davis of Jacksonville, FL and one brother: Leonard (Jack) Davis of Norton, WV.

Mrs. Conrad was retired from the United National Bank (formerly Weston National Bank) where she worked before her marriage and after returning to Weston at Gerald’s retirement from the US Navy. She trained many people while working at the bank, one of whom was Bill Root who would later go on to become bank president. He never forgot it and neither did she.

Pauline was an avid artisan being very proficient at quilting, sewing of clothes, acrylic painting, cake decorating, knitting, and crocheting, as well as being a great cook. In years gone by she would even sing at weddings. She loved camping, and together Gerald and Pauline camped at the Middle Fork Resort Camp Ground for over thirty years. She loved her family and looked forward to holiday gatherings. She especially enjoyed visits with her sisters and brother in recent years. She grew up in Broad Street EUB Church where she sang in the choir and served in the church.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with her son Reverend Tim Conrad officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Pauline Hope (Davis) Conrad.

Richard A. Gherke

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Richard A. Gherke

Age 83, of Vienna, WV, passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center, December 25, 2018.

Richard “Dick” was born in Grantsville, WV, a son of the late Whitt Gherke and Cretah Pauline Coulter.

His wife of fifty seven years, Joyce Hammer Gherke survives.

Mr. Gherke received a fifty year pin for service to Union Local #33 Sheetmetal Workers of WV and Ohio. He was a member of Summit Valley U.M. Church, the American Trap Shooters Association and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his his wife Joyce, Mr. Gherke is survived by one daughter, Rita Chichester of ParkersburgWV; three sons, Mark (Alicia) of Parkersburg, Patrick (Amy) of Little Hocking and Bill (Tanya) of Parkersburg; one sister, Frances Mason (Arthur) of Sistersville; WV; one brother, Ethan A. “Biff” Wamsley (Sharon) of Jane Lew, West Virginia; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephen, Joshua, Danielle, Tyler, Allison, Jessica and Bayley; eight great grandchildren, Tori, Addison, Jocelynn, Amelia, Cooper, Gavin, Macy and Mathis.

Preceding in death are two sisters and one brother.

A Funeral service will be conducted 1:00 PM Friday at the Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend Ed Sprout officiating.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen North Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-8 PM Thursday and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Please consider in lieu of flowers, donations to the Summit Valley U.M. Church.

April Desma Cox Wise

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April Desma Cox Wise LPN

Age 50, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away December 23, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born April 16, 1968, in Parkersburg, a daughter of Royal Donavon Cox Sr. of Harrisville, WV and the late Mary Virginia Tanzey Cox.

Desma was a graduate of Harrisville High School and received her LPN degree from the Wood County School of Practical Nursing. For over ten years she was employed by TLC In Home Care Services. She devoted the last several years to helping raise her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Desma loved sunsets, watching for rainbows, and telling others about Jesus.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessa Mullen (Daniel Jr. “Buddy”) of Walker, WV; her son, Jaden Wise of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Briar, Blaze, and Morgan; four sisters, Sheila Ross Cox of Harrisville, WV, Germain Umstead (Randy) of Pullman, WV, Gale Cox Sauer of Parkersburg and Canaan Davidson (Jack) of Eagar, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother, Desma was preceded in death by one brother, Royal Donavon Cox II.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike Street, South Parkersburg with Minister Ron Blevins officiating.

Burial will follow at Pullman Cemetery, in Pullman, WV.

Visitation will be from 11 AM till 1 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

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