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Shirley Ann DeBrular Britton

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Shirley Ann DeBrular Britton

Age 72, of Harrisville, WV, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Born in Parkersburg, WV on October 16, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Charles Brady DeBrular and the late Oma Boyce DeBrular.

Mrs. Britton graduated from Doddridge County High School with the class of 1959. She then went on to graduate from Parkersburg Beauty College and owned and operated her own beauty salon in Ellenboro for many years.

She was also a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

In her spare time she enjoyed crafts and spending time with friends and family.

She leaves behind her husband, Frank Britton of the home; two sons, James Michael “Mike” Hinton of Cairo, WV and Charles William “Chuck” Hinton of Anderson, SC; step son, Frank Britton, Jr (Debbie) of Parkersburg and step daughter, Michelle Britton Husbands of Reno, NV; triplet sisters, Helene Dodd and Eileen Barker both of Pennsboro, WV and Irene Cunningham of Harrisville, WV; four grandchildren, Tyler Britton of Vienna, WV, Wade Bailey of Richmond, VA, Meagan Mains and Dalton Husbands both of Akron, OH; and her faithful cocker spaniel “Bailey”.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James L. DeBrular.

The Graveside Service to celebrate and honor the life of Shirley will be held on Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery with Rev. John Frum officiating.

The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Ritchie County Humane Society, PO Box 194, Harrisville, WV 26362 or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 320 E. Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362.

Marie Swiger

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Marie Swiger

Friends and family may call at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, WV, on Tuesday 27, May 24, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May27, 2014 at 4:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Wayne Smith.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Marie Violet Swiger.

Freda Brookover

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Freda Brookover

Age 101, of Pennsboro, WV passed away May 10, 2014, at Pineview Continuous Care in Harrisvillle.

She was born January 28, 1913, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter of the late William and Icie (Toothman) Dotson.

Mrs. Brookover was a 1932 graduate of Cairo High. She worked for the Silver Star Grocery and was a Janitor at the First United Methodist Church in Pennsboro. She was also the evening cook at the Sheppard’s Nursing Home in Ellenboro and was a former member of the Pennsboro Order of the Eastern Star.

Freda was a member of the United Brethren Methodist Church in Pennsboro (now Pennsboro United Methodist Church) where she was a Sunday School Teacher.

Surviving is her daughter-in-law, Anna Jean Brookover of Pennsboro; three grandchildren, Stephen Brookover of Pennsboro, Robin Carpenter (Ed) of Pennsboro and Samuel Brookover of Middlebourne; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two step-great great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merritt W. Brookover; son, Ronald Lee Brookover; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Wednesday, May 14, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Kelly Martin officiating.

Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM Tuesday.

Edwin Dana Walker

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Edwin Dana Walker

Age 68, of Buckhannon, WV passed away at 10:27 PM on Friday April 25, 2014 in the Hospice Care Regional Center in Elkins following a courageous journey with diabetes and pulmonary disease.

He was born in Weston, WV a son of the late Samuel Hamilton Walker III and Charlotte Elizabeth Jarvis Walker.

He is survived by one brother, Albert J. Walker of Detroit MI; two sisters: Beverly W. Marriano of Atlanta GA, and Karen E. Schrader of Buckhannon; two nieces: Kimberly Gayle of Inman SC and Tea Chandler of GA; and four nephews.

Edwin spent much of his career as a yacht builder in Tampa Florida.

Edwin’s request for cremation has been honored and his family had a Graveside Service at McPelah Cemetery in Weston at 1 PM on Saturday May 03, 2014.

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

Mary Katherine Cutlip Nutter

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Mary Katherine Cutlip Nutter

Age 88, of Clearwater, FL, passed away Thursday May 01, 2014 at The Terrace at Fleming Island, in Fleming Island, FL, after a long illness.

The daughter of the late Charles and Loura Cutlip, she was born on November 12, 1925 in Newville, West Virginia.

She graduated from Sutton High School in 1942, worked as a beautician, medical office supervisor, mother, and was an excellent fudge baker. She moved to Florida in 1968, re-located to Clearwater in 1972, and had resided at Top of the World since 1998.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Charles, Dale, Kenneth, Robert, Bill, and Darrell, her first husband, Jack Samuel Frame, and second husband, Kenna Azel Nutter.

She is survived by her sister Joye Ratcliff of Charleston, sons Robert Frame, of Fleming Island, and David Nutter of Los Angeles, CA, grandson Ben Nutter, and granddaughters Zoe K. Nutter, Elizabeth Sleeth, Emily Colyer, and Ellen Sandefer.

Per her wishes, she will be buried beside her two late husbands at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, in South Charleston, West Virginia.

Ruth Ann Davisson Sinnett

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Ruth Ann Davisson Sinnett

Age 75, of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, April 28, 2014 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born on July 26, 1938 in Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Elisha W. and Clara June Haught Shields.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Randall Davisson on January 25, 2009. She is survived by her second husband Glenn Sinnett.

Surviving is one son, Michael Allen “Mike” Davisson and wife Jennifer, West Union, one granddaughter, Taylor Dawn Davisson. One sister preceded her in death Patty Donley.

Ruth Ann was a homemaker and was a member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army and been a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

She had attended Fresh Start Ministry.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Roger Morrison.

Interment will follow in the Sardis Cemetery, Sardis.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Davisson/Sinnett family.

Larry Dale Swiger

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Larry Dale Swiger

Age 75 West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, April 25, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on February 20, 1939 on Big Battle a son of the late Wayman Beaurl and Edna Ellen Ford Swiger.

On September 02, 2000 he married Barbara Crawford Swiger who survives.

Also surviving is five daughters, Larrietta Merritt, Salem, Anita Underwood and husband Randy, Salem, Cindy Pratt, Fredericktown, OH, Stephanie Moore and husband Dennis and Casey Swiger, both of Salem, two step-children, Doug LeMasters and wife Laura, San Diego, CA, Angela Vandruff and husband Brian, Friendly, 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, three sisters, Carol Bennett, Barbara Ash and Linda Nutter, Salem, several nieces and nephews.

Four brothers, Donald “Herb” Swiger, Leonard Swiger, Dennis Swiger and Alfred Swiger preceded him in death.

Mr. Swiger was retired from Bayer Corporation, New Martinsville as a Diesel Mechanic. He was a member of Friendship Lodge #56 AF & AM. Larry was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in Clarksburg and Wheeling Bodies. He enjoyed hunting and owned several stock cars where he enjoyed racing them at Tyler County Speedway. Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM with Pastor Don Flanigan presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel after 2 PM on Tuesday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Swiger family.

Charles Rimer Kendall

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Charles Rimer Kendall

Age 87, of Mineral Wells, WV, formerly of Stumptown, WV, passed away on April 22, 2014 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born October 08, 1926, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Alexander “Jack” and Nora V. Fitzpatrick Kendall.

Charles loved his family especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and loved to play music especially the banjo. He played bluegrass with the Harmony Bluegrass, gospel music with the Harris Family and many other groups. He has many, many friends, never met a stranger and would help anyone in any way he could.

He attended Rush Run Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Beverla H. Bennett Kendall; one daughter, Connie Harris (Alva) of Mineral Wells; one son, Kenneth Kendall (Beverly) of Clarksburg, WV; grandchildren, Tammy Harris of Parkersburg, WV; Chuck Kendall (Crystal) of Grantsville, WV and Casey Bryant (Tommy) of Clarksburg; and great grandchildren, Charles Kendall III, Danielle and Shawn Kendall, all of Grantsville; great-great-granddaughter, MaKenzie Bryant of Clarksburg; and a very special family friend, Kate Modock of Elyria, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Charles Roger Kendall; and one brother, James Kenneth Kendall.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 26, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg with Rev. Wes Jones officiating.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 PM at Collins Cemetery in Stumptown.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Friday, April 25, at the funeral home.

James Hays Powell

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James Hays Powell

Age 78 of Parkersburg, West Virginia, departed this life on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at home surrounded by family.

Born April 26, 1935 in Calhoun County, WV son of the late Rue L. and Mary Hays Powell.

Jim graduated from Calhoun County High School, class of 1953. He served in the United States Army, Stationed in Germany, 1957-1959. He then worked for E.I Dupont for 32 years prior to his retirement in 1994. Jim enjoyed golf and vacations with the family.

Jim was the beloved husband of Barbara Ann (Houchin), with whom he had shared 53 years of marriage.

Along with his wife, he is survived by 3 daughters, Tammy Nichols and husband Donny, Robin DeRitter and husband George, and April Haught and husband Rick. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Bree Ann Cunningham and husband Chris, Dustyn Nichols and companion Ashley, Paige Haught, Austin Spangler, Abigail Haught, and Ethan Haught, and 2 great-grandchildren, Camye and Remmi Cunningham.

Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by 1 brother, William R. Powell.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Transplant House of Cleveland, c.o. Elaine Turley, 2309 Bellfield Ave., Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44106 or www.transplanthouseofcleveland.org.

Condolences can be sent directly to the family.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of James Hays Powell with arrangements.

Betty Louise White

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Betty Louise White

Age 85, of Cortland, NY, formerly of Greenwood (Doddridge County) departed this life on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, NY.

She was born on February 04, 1929 in West Union, WV a daughter of the late Orvil Lester and Mollie Thelma Jinkens Stevens.

On August 08, 1948 she married Myron Burdette White who preceded her in death on March 21, 1996.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas Lee White and wife Rebecca, Virginia Beach, VA, Orvil Leslie White and his wife Christene, Cortland, NY, five grandchildren, Brian White, Jeffrey White, Martina White, Justin White and Kevin White, two sisters, Ida May McCutchan and husband Ralph of Greenwood, Juanita Collins and husband Bob of Pullman, brother Leonard Stevens and wife Jeannie of Clarksburg and sister-in-law Pat Stevens of Ridley. She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Betty had been a homemaker.

She was a member of the West Union Christian Church.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who will be sadly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 1 PM in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union with Richard McMillan presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

Family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 11 AM until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the White family

Haroldine Mae (Greene) Stalnaker

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Haroldine Mae (Greene) Stalnaker

Age 86, of Old Route 33 Weston, WV passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

She was born in Akron, OH on March 05, 1928: daughter of the late Harold Greene and Laura (Smith) Greene.

On July 29, 1949, she married Kenneth Stalnaker, who survives.

Mrs. Stalnaker is also survived by two daughters: Sandy Stalnaker and companion Mark Smith of Smithburg and Joyce Zirkle and husband Thom of Ft Myers, FL, three grandchildren: Brian Wright and partner Melissa Shirley, Breenana Wright and partner Ernie Hall, and Amy Jones and four great grandchildren: Brian Conrad, Ryder Hall, Wyatt Hall and Quinn Hall and one great-great grandson: Brendon Conrad. She is also survived by two sisters: Wilma Stolmayer and Ona Greene both of Akron, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stalnaker was preceded in death by three sisters: Madge (Greene) Lockard, June (Greene) Reider and Mary Greene.

Mrs. Stalnaker worked as a Avon Sales Representative for almost 40 years. She enjoyed working in genealogy especially the Greene and Stalnaker families. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading and flowers. Her greatest love was her family and everyone will miss her great sense of humor.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Stephen White officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Georgetown Community Cemetery, Georgetown, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Haroldine Mae (Greene) Stalnaker.

Ethel Ruth Paugh

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Ethel Ruth Paugh

Age 88, of Kincheloe, WV passed away to her heavenly home on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.

She was born July 18, 1925 in Nutter Fort, WV a daughter of the late Loyle and Ethel Waybright Benedum.

She was married to the love of her life Robert J. “Bob” Paugh on September 14, 1946 who survives.

Also surviving are four children: Barbara Sue Leatherman and fiancé, Bob Moore, of Clarksburg, Robert Lynn Paugh and wife, Tina, of Clarksburg, Edward Ray Paugh and wife, Theresa, of Jane Lew and Linda Lou Kelley and husband, Denver, of Lost River, WV; seven grandchildren: Susanne Leatherman Walker and husband, Andy, of Clarksburg, WV; Nicole Paugh Parrish and husband, Jason, of Bridgeport, WV; Janell Paugh of Chesapeake, VA, Jason Paugh and wife, Ronda, of Fairmont, WV; John Paugh and wife, Jennifer, of Jane Lew, WV; Gabrielle Kelley Payne and husband, Scott, of Mathias, WV and Nathanael Kelley and wife Nicole of Timberville, VA; 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family being preceded in death by three sisters and seven brothers.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading her Bible daily, crocheted afghans, completing word puzzles and using her sewing machine.

Ruth was a lifetime member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Kincheloe.

She was past Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge # 80. Ruth and Bob were devoted to taking care of each other and lived in the Kincheloe Community until 2011 when due to declining health they chose to make their home at Crestview Manor.

The family would like to thank everyone at Crestview Manor Nursing Home and Hospice workers for all of their love and care of our parents. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Tuesday, April 15, from 4 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Wednesday from the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Kincheloe with Pastor Scott Payne and Reverend Nathanael Kelley officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery.

The body will lie in state from 11 AM to 12 Noon Wednesday at the church.

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

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Heidi Louise Tenney

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Heidi Louise Tenney

Age 72, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness.

She was born in Gould, WV on May 08, 19 41: daughter of the late Corbett Dane Tenney and Lois Marie (Simons) Tenney.

Miss Tenney is also survived by two brothers: Richard Wayne Tenney of Weston and Gary Tenney of Prince Frederick, MD, one sister: Judy (Tenney) Altizer of Mechanicsville, MD, 2 ½ sisters and one step sister.

In addition to her parents, Heidi was preceded in death by one brother: James Tenney.

Miss Tenney was a government employee with the Internal Revenue Service of Washington, DC with 29 years of service. She was a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Heidi was a Jehovah Witness.

Her hobbies were reading, listening to music and spending time with her family.

At Heidi’s request, her body will be cremated.

She will have no visitation and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Heidi Louise Tenney.

Darlie D. Minney Schoolcraft

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Darlie D. Minney Schoolcraft

Age 76, of Dalton, OH, passed away on April 04, 2014.

Born on November 08, 1937, in Calhoun County, WV, to the late Ira and Mary Myrtle (Hess) Minney, she had been a resident of Dalton for 37 years.

She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Calhoun County.

Darlie enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and grandchildren and also loved to spend her Saturday evenings going to hear country music.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 2012; sisters, Rena Lambert, Ina Cottrell, Ena Allen and Cressie Hunt; brothers, Audie (Marie) Minney, Blake Seirs, Creed Seirs, Rennis Minney, Ressie Minney, C.A. (Sue) Minney and George (Wilma) Seirs.

She is survived by daughter, Patricia (Erik) Erb of Marshallville and grandchildren, Alyssa and Aidan Erb.

The family wishes to thank Dorma and Charlie Crites for being her friends and neighbors and looking after her so closely.

Funeral services were held at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, Dalton, OH.

A private internment will take place at Dalton Cemetery at a later date.

Teddy Eugene Cogar   Shirley B. Williams Cogar

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Teddy Eugene Cogar

Age 79, of Ireland, WV passed away at 6 AM on Saturday February 15, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Braxton County, WV on April 08, 1934 a son of the late Tubal Ulysses Cogar and Chrisanne Frederick Cogar.


Shirley B. Williams Cogar

Age 73, of Ireland, WV passed away on Monday September 19, 2011 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a heart attack.

She was born on July 07, 1938 in Mill Roy, a daughter of the late Oley and Retha Sprouse Williams.

They met and fell in love. On June 30, 1958 Shirley and Teddy were united in marriage and they celebrated 53 years together before her passing.

Teddy and Shirley’s requests for cremation were honored.

Their families now invite you to join them for a Celebration of Life Service to honor the lives and reunion of Teddy and Shirley Cogar as they are interred together at Falls Mill Cemetery on Curry Ridge Rd. (off US Hwy 19) at 2 PM on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Tubal Cogar Jr. and his son, Tubal William (Bill) will officiate.

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

Bonnie Marie Plum Knotts

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Bonnie Marie Plum Knotts

Age 87, of Childers Manor, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, April 03, 2014 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born April 01, 1927 in Alvy a daughter of the late Edward and Ila Mae Seese Morgan.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanette Smith and husband Robert, West Union, Debra Jett and husband, Ronald, Big Flint, two sons, Clyde Plum, Orlando, FL, Alan Plum, Edinburg, VA, two sisters, Mildred Roy, Smithburg community, Judy Morgan, Parkersburg, seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Pete and Charles Plum, two sisters, Doris Cosenza, Barbara Fetty and three brothers, Leroy, Junior and Eddie A. Morgan.

Bonnie was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading.

She attended the Red Oak United Methodist Church.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Monday, April 04, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Monday, April 04, 2014 after 9 AM until time of service.

Committal service will be conducted at 3 PM in the Parson’s City Cemetery, Parsons.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Plum/Morgan family.

Bernice Mae Moyers

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Bernice Mae Moyers

Age 84 of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:30 PM; Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born August 03, 1929 in Normantown, West Virginia, daughter of the late Charles Victor and Josie Alice Miller Childers.

Bernice was a homemaker and graduate of Normantown High School, Class of 1949.

She was a long time member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

She was bookkeeper for Moyers Well Service and a big supporter of her children’s school and sports activities. She was a great cook, active mother with her children, caregiver to family when needed, and an important part in the family farm, along with being a good farm wife.

On March 18, 1949 Bernice was united in marriage to Charles J. Moyers who preceded her in death on September 12, 1997.

Surviving are 3 children, Katherine Moyers Hark and husband David of Shepherdstown, WV;  Kevin Joseph Moyers and wife Virginia Ann of Cedarville, and Charles Victor Moyers and wife Roberta of Cedarville, and 1 sister Lavonne Minigh and husband Robert of Cedarville.

There are 7 grandchildren, Shaun Moyers of Morgantown,  Keith Moyers and wife Nicole of Tanner,  Chris Moyers and wife Sarah of Glenville, Douglas Moyers and wife Chasity of Burnsville,  Teresa Case and husband JD of Gassaway, Julie Conrad and husband Johnny of Stouts Mills, and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe of Canton, Ohio, and 11 great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Bernice was preceded in death by 1 sister, Peggy Reed, and one infant great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Moyers.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Dawson Baptist Church, WV Highway 33 West of Glenville at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 01, 2014 with Elder Richard Westfall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM, Monday Evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is humbled to assist the family of Bernice Moyers with arrangements.

Velma Jane Slaughter

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Velma Jane Slaughter

Age 81, of 420 Curry Ridge Road, Napier, WV passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

She was born on May 14, 1932 in Braxton County, WV and was the daughter of the late James Slaughter and Beulah (Campbell) Slaughter.

In addition to her parents, Velma was preceded in death by brothers, Doris, Paul, James, and Rondal Slaughter.

Velma is survived by son, Richard Slaughter of Napier, WV and sister Dorothy Rhodes of Charleston, WV, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Velma enjoyed being a homemaker, especially keeping her house clean and cooking for her family. Velma also enjoyed farming. She liked watching the cattle, mowing grass, raising a garden, and also enjoyed helping her son at Lakes Carry Out. Velma most of all loved her family.

Graveside services were held at the Falls Mill Cemetery on Curry Ridge on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

Interment followed graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Falls Mill Cemetery in memory of Velma Jane Slaughter.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for the Slaughter family.

Mae Leach

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Mae Leach

Age 97, of Millstone, WV, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Miletree Center, in Spencer, WV, where she had been a resident for six years.

She was born November 07, 1916, on Crummies Creek, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late George Washington Groves and Mamie Vankirk Groves.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Leach in 1985, and her great-granddaughter, Marissa Wagoner; three brothers, Earl, Burl, and Jurl Groves, and four sisters, Mona Parsons, Lona Marinkovich, Nellie Mollohan, and Ella Wallace.

Mae was a homemaker and a member of the Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Sand Ridge.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Hatzell Wagoner of Big Bend, WV and Patricia and Denver Little of Mineral Wells, WV; four grandchildren, Kandas (Randal) Smith of Millstone, WV; Christopher Wagoner of Big Bend, WV; Jason (April) Wagoner of Williamstown, WV and Christine Johnston of Mineral Wells; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Makayla Smith, Kaitlyn Wagoner, Anthony Johnston and Pamela Leggett; one great-great grandchild, Hunter Leggett; a brother, Thurl Groves of Ohio and a sister Gae Coyner of Hurricane, WV.

Friends may call Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 1 PM until 3 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

The funeral service will immediately follow at 3 PM with Reverend Rick Swearingen officiating and Bill Walton speaking.

Mae will be laid to rest in the Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery at Mt. Zion, WV.

Genevieve Swiger Heckert

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Genevieve Swiger Heckert

Age 86, of Frametown, WV passed away Tuesday March 18, 2014 at Laurel Nursing & Rehab. Center, Big Otter, WV.

She was born on April 26, 1927 in Doddridge County, WV, the daughter of the late William & Dollia Radis Edgell Swiger.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Layton Dale Heckert, daughter, Dollia Dalene Ashcraft, and several siblings.

Genevieve was a homemaker and a foster parent for many years.

She was a member of Hope Baptist Church, Frametown and a life long member of Braxton Memorial Hospital Auxillary and Homemakers Association.

She was survived by her grandchildren, Trisha Spell (Charles), Aimee Huddleston, Rebecca Davis (Kaleb), great grandchildren, Bethany Dempsey, Alexis Spell, Bryson Dale Spell, Gynna Huddleston, Lauren Hanna, Jackson Davis, Chance Davis.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday March 21, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Rodney Heckert officiating.

Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew, WV.

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

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

Oleta B. Jones Ferrell

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Oleta B. Jones Ferrell

of Grantsville, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 13, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 23, 1931 to Homer and Icy Kemp Jones in Big Bend, WV.

She married Harold Ferrell on May 06, 1950.

She resided in Big Bend most of her life. She spent a few years in Florida after her retirement.  As her health began to fail, she moved to Grantsville to be near her family until her recent four month stay at Cedar Grove assisted living in Parkersburg, WV. She soon won the hearts of the staff there and in return she cared for them very much and considered them her extended family.

Oleta was retired from Calhoun County Board of Education after 43 years of service.

She was a long time member of the Brooksville Missionary Baptist Church of Big Bend, WV. Her Pastor Barry Skaggs and wife June not only ministered to her, but were considered as part of her children as well.

Oleta had several brothers and sisters in Christ whom she loved and was loved. She loved sharing her love of Jesus with others and always put other’s needs before her own.

Oleta is survived by her children:  Russell (Kate) Ferrell, Sue (Roydice) Williams, Steve (Clarissa) Ferrell, and Barbara (Edward) Tingler; grandchildren, whom she loved very much, Leslie Williams, Carla Taylor, Ruscee Ferrell, Joshua Ferrell, Olivia Ferrell, Tiffini Witte and Brandon Tingler. Four great-grandchildren: Owen Taylor, Hallie Witte, Jasyme Tingler and Brooke Tingler.

Also, sisters: Deloris Rogers, Leona Yoak, Joan Jones and sister-in-law,  Sissy Jones, one brother, James R. (Brenda) Jones as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold Ferrell and a daughter, Debra, two sisters, Marguerite Zatik, Nancy Travis, two brothers, Cleo Jones and Denzil (Pete) Jones.

At her request, she wished to be an organ donor and will be cremated with no services as per her adamant wishes.

Burial will be held at the discretion of her family.
Memorials may be made to the Calhoun-Gilmer Gideons,  PO Box 20, Big Bend, WV 26136 or Cedar Grove Assisted Living Home, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, WV is honored and privileged to serve the family of Oleta B. Ferrell.

Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft

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Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft

Age 75, of Sand Ridge, WV, passed away on Friday, March 07, 2014 at home.

He was born October 14, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late William John and Iva Belle Cogar Schoolcraft.

He was an equipment operator for West Virginia Paving for over 30 years and was a farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Aretta Settle Schoolcraft; his children, Scott (Brittney) Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road and Becky (Roger) Stalnaker of Normantown, WV; grandchildren, Brandon (Alyssa) Jenkins of Bridgeport, WV, Nicole (Ryan) Snyder of Buckhannon, WV, and Shane Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; a step-granddaughter, Selene Stalnaker of Clarksburg, WV; two great-granddaughters, Avalene and Bryer Jenkins; his sisters, Avanell (Kenman) Stump of Washington Court House, Ohio, Evadeen (Charles) Rader of Barberton, Ohio, and Lou Grimm of Grantsville, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Eugene.

There will be no visitation or service as Woodrow’s wish was to be cremated but the family requests that donations be made in Woodrow’s name to Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.

Inez H. Fowler

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Inez H. Fowler

Age 89, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Monday, March 03, 2014, at the Inn at Sharonbrook.

She was born March 28, 1924, in Grantsville, WV, a daughter to the late Emory and Vernia Kreaps.

She was a homemaker.

She was a devout member of the Church of Christ, attending the Marrtown Church of Christ while living in Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosaline Harris.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dale Fowler; her daughters, Sandra (Carl) Pyles of Newark, Ohio, and Brenda (Tom) Trubiana of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Dee (Andrew) Kossoff of Bexley, Ohio, Justin (Lakana) Trubiana of Memphis, TN, and Alicia Trubiana of New York City; one great-grandchhild, Sophie Kossoff; siblings, Lynn (Veta) Kreaps of Parkersburg and Janet Harris of Phoenix, AZ.

Service will be 2 PM Friday, March 07, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Randy Yerby officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 1-2 PM on Friday.

Gertrude Jenkins

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Gertrude Jenkins

Age 66, of Chapel, Braxton County, WV, passed away February 28, 2014 at home.

She was born November 14, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Jacob I. and Mamie Clevenger Mowery.

She worked for Kenny Shoes, Glenville, WV; Rubber Factory and Tent Factory, Normantown, WV; Braxton County Senior Citizens and Mid City Plaza Video.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by ex-husband, Marple Jenkins of Chapel; children, Sandra Carper of Gassaway, WV; Mamie Fields of Frametown, WV and Lester Jenkins of Gassaway, WV; brothers, Clayton Mowery of Grantsville, WV and Burnie Mowery of Weston, WV; sister, Mary Jenkins of Perkins, WV; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At Gertrude’s request her body will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Shirl Singleton (Shirley Ann King)

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Shirl Singleton

Also known as Shirley Ann King age 71 of Weston, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:15 AM; Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Heartland of Clarksburg following an extended illness.

Born May 14, 1942 in Braxton County, WV daughter of the late Russell and Violet Howes Cottrill..

Shirl spent most of her working life as a home care provider, she enjoyed photography, painting, country music, singing, crocheting, embroidering, and spending time with family when possible.

Surviving are 3 children, Harvey King of Glenville, WV; Virginia Sonbergers of Port Orange, FL; and Judy Peggs of Glenville, WV; 4 grandchildren, Jeanetta Garcia of Norfolk, Virginia; Brian Peggs of Leon, WV; April and May Sonberger of McKee’s Rocks, PA and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 sister, Brenda “Sue” Cottrill, 2 brothers, William “Bill” Cottrill and Eugene “Buster” Cottrill, 2 step-brothers, Wayne Cottrill and Calvin Cottrill, and her significant other, Robert Moore of Weston.

Along with her parents, Shirl was preceded in death by 2 infant sons, Carl and Bill King, and 1 sister Juanita “Kate” Jenkins.

At Shirl’s request her remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be set at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Shirl Singleton with arrangements. 

Hazel May White

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Hazel May White

Age 83, of Weston, WV passed away at 9:50 PM on Friday February 14, 2014 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born in Marion County on April 04, 1930 a daughter of the late Herbert Veach Bailey and Zela Virginia Brown.

On September 14, 1949 she married Charles Warner White and they celebrated 54 years of marriage before his passing on March 30, 2004.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan Lang and husband David of Crofton MD; four grandchildren: Barret W. Lang and Lt. USN Karrie Lang of Virginia Beach VA, Audrey R. Lang, Melanie R. Lang and Garnette M. Lang, all of Crofton MD; stepsister, Helen Collins of Monogah WV; and special friend Roberta Hefner, who cared for her cats while she was in a nursing home, then adopted them.

She was preceded in death by her foster parents, Thomas Lee Straley and Alice Anna Straley; two brothers: Harold and Everett Bailey and step-siblings: William, Raymond, and Robert Harris.

Hazel worked as a teletypist for Western Union for over 10 years then became a full time homemaker. Flower gardening was her true passion, and she and her husband designed lovely formal gardens while living in MD. She enjoyed collecting glassware, quilting, needlework, and sewing. She had fond memories of traveling with friends and family to frequent estate sales and auctions, as they traveled up and down the East Coast from Maine to West Virginia. She especially enjoyed her family trip to Nova Scotia. Hazel was a member of the Hackers Creek Genealogical Society, and she would devote countless hours to research and documentation. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #24 of Belfast Maine.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 6-8 PM on Friday February 21, 2014.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday at the Broad Run Cemetery with Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Hazel May White.

Jane Barrett White

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Jane Barrett White

Age 81, of Weston, WV went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on November 17, 1932: daughter of the late Charles A. Barrett and Georgia (Lewis) Barrett.

On September 10,1955, she married Burl L. White, who preceded her in death on March 28, 2012.

Mrs. White is survived by one daughter: Elizabeth A. Porter and husband Rick of Cincinnati, OH, two sons: David L. White of Weston and Mark J. White and wife Michelle of Scott Depot, WV, and five grandchildren: Andrew R. Porter, Sarah E. Porter, Anna M. White, Ethan M. White and Jacob B. White. She is also survived by one brother: Charles E. Barrett of Weston, two sisters: Virginia B. Davisson and Mary Ann Hiteshew both of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. White was a retired clerk with Weston State Hospital with 20 years of service. She was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1950”.

She attended the Freemansburg United Methodist Church and was a member of the Weston Chapter #40 Order of Eastern Star.

Jane loved quilting, gardening and canning. She was an accomplished pianist and song writer and played piano for her church and many community groups.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, February 02, 2014 from 1-3 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jane Barrett White.

Betty Jane (Atkins) Huntz

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Betty Jane (Atkins) Huntz

Age 91, of 640 W. Second Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 17, 1922: daughter of the late Charles E. Atkins and Mary Edith (Kent) Atkins.

On May 27, 1947, she married Joseph Peter Huntz, who preceded her in death on October 23, 1997.

Mrs. Huntz is survived by one daughter: Kathryn Miller and husband Michael of Jane Lew and three sons: Michael Huntz and wife Judy and John Huntz and wife Sara both of Weston and Steven Huntz and wife Sara Jane of Lost Creek. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Samuel (Amy) Huntz, Adam Huntz, Brigetta Fisher, Zachary Huntz, Valerie (Joe) Jenkins, Seth Miller and Brett Michelle Miller and four great grandchildren: Mauren Fisher, Alexa Huntz, Eli and Jonah Huntz. She is also survived by one sister: Virginia Butcher and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her almost human cat, Oscar.

In addition to her parents and husband Joseph, Betty was preceded in death by one brother: Charles W. Atkins.

Mrs. Huntz graduated from Weston High School Class of 1940 and attended WV Wesleyan College until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During the war, she worked in Akron, Ohio at the Goodyear Aircraft as a secretary to an army contract engineer. After the war she came back to Weston to work as a claims taker for returning servicemen at the Unemployment Office for Braxton, Gilmer and Lewis Counties.In 2008, she compiled a book about Kennedy Station, a Hope Natural Gas Company community at Valley Chapel, where she had lived for 32 years.

Betty has enjoyed working with crafts and needlework and in later years working jig-saw puzzles and playing cards and board games with her grandchildren.

She was an active member of the Valley Chapel EUB Church and then at St Matthew United Methodist Church.

Growing up she was an active 4-H er and leader and was a 50 year member of the Stonewall Extension Homemakers-CEOS Club.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, February 03, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Joe Shreve officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church 120 E. Third Street Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Betty Jane (Atkins) Huntz.

Carolyn Lee Kemper

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Carolyn Lee Kemper

Age 78, of Camden, WV passed away at 8:05 AM on Thursday January 30, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family following a courageous journey with Alzheimer’s Disease and chronic back problems.

She was born at home in Glenville, WV on May 08, 1935 a daughter of the late Henderson Bill Wilson and Rachel Ivy Meadows Wilson.

On October 30, 1953, she married James Hugh Kemper Jr. and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

She is also survived by three children: Danny Kemper and wife Shirley of Washington, PA, Deborah Garrett Crislip and husband Rex of New Milton, and Elizabeth Holden and husband Steve of Right Fork of Freeman’s Creek; one brother, Harold “Kitty’ Wilson and wife Jeannie of Grantsville; one sister, Pauline Bennett “ Polly” of Orlando FL; eight grandchildren: Erik Kemper and wife Tara of Weston, Danielle Dire of Hickory, PA., Ted Garrett and wife Jenny of Rush Run, Michael Garrett and wife Diana of Horse Run, Jill Garrett and fiancé Adam Wolfe of Oakdale, PA., Curtis Holden and wife Angie of Pricetown, Abby Lee Brough and husband Nathan of Salem, IN and Jason Crislip and wife Carrie of Ravenswood; 17 great grandchildren: Josie, Cole, Seth, Jesse, Hunter, Marie, Joshua, Emma, J.W., Gabriella, Jensen, Carder, Camden, Hannah, Mollie, Wyatt and Ellie.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons: Joshua Hugh Kemper and Mark Monroe Holden; five brothers: James Monroe, Ferrell, Kenneth Arland “Lit” and Arnett “Arnie” Wilson; and three sisters: Josephine Sims, Garnett Hartman and Flora Wilson.

Carolyn was a homemaker who enjoyed watching and feeding the birds, camping, riding 4-wheelers, deer hunting, and canning. She especially loved to watch her families’ sporting events.

She was a faithful member of the Camden United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School Youth Teacher, Secretary and Treasurer for many years.

She was actively involved in various organizations including the Eastern Star Chapter #40, Rainbow Girls, Lewis County Farm Bureau and Extension Homemakers Club. She touched the lives of many Lewis County children through her involvement and leadership in the Camden Rockets 4-H Club.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 2-8 PM on Monday, February 03, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday with Reverend Paul Thompson and Reverend Martin Wine officiating.

Interment will follow in the Freemansburg United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People’s Hospice of UHC at 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330

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

Denver M. Britton

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Denver M. Britton

Age 89, of Williamstown, WV, passed away January 17, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Berea, WV, (Ritchie County), to the late Creed and Rozenia (McGill) Britton.

Denver graduated from Pullman High School class of 1943 in Ritchie County, where he played football and baseball and continued playing baseball throughout the ‘50’s. He served our country during World War II in the U.S. Army stationed in the South Pacific, earning the Bronze Star. He retired from Montgomery Ward as a Department Manager. He and his wife, Madeline, were avid square dancers and traveled throughout the United States. They were member of square dancing clubs in Marietta, Parkersburg, Ravenswood, and Harrisville, where Denver was the “Caller.“ After retiring, he and Madeline were associate professors for Northern Pioneer College in Show Low, Ariz., where they taught square dance and round dance. He was also a member of N.E. Alabama Cherokee Tribe.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Radcliff (Stephen) of Williamstown, Shelia Britton (Barry Gibson) of Mineral Wells and Angela Criss (Andrew) of St. Augustine, FL; one son, Denver M. Britton II (Angela) of Canyon City, CO.; eight grandchildren, Carlene Schreckengost (Tom), Lanny Barnes II (Jessie), Tracy Radcliff, Joseph Radcliff, Jennifer Caplinger (Bryon), Shawn Petry (Stacy), Felicia Britton and Austin Britton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Lorene Hardman of Buchannon, W.Va.; one sister-in-law, Elma Britton of Washington, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Madeline Britton (2003); one daughter, Dianna Ruble (2007); two sisters, Hazel Collins and Zelma Crumpler; and three brothers, Oda, Orval and Denzil Britton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Tribe of N.E. Alabama, CTNEAL, P.O. Box 876 Pinson, AL 35126 and/or the American Cancer Society of Parkersburg.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 29, at Noon at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Bill Thomas officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Riverview Cemetery.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service from 10:00 AM-Noon at the funeral home.

Mary Louise Powell Hays

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Mary Louise Powell Hays

Passed in Roanoke, VA on January 22, 2014 at the age of 80.

She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Samuel Arnold Hays and her parents, Thurl Charles and Zoë Altizer Powell.

Mary was born March 09, 1933 in Arnoldsburg, WV, the second and only living child of her parents.

Mary lived in and around Arnoldsburg her entire childhood and benefited from this small town surrounded by farmland. A lifelong lover of animals, she always had a variety of pets and farm animals on which she doted. She loved make believe, climbing trees, catching crawdads in the creek and riding her bike down very steep roads when her parents were not looking.

She grew up to marry her next door neighbor, Samuel Arnold Hays on June 09, 1951, after he served in World War II and graduated from WVU with a law degree. They were married in the town’s United Methodist Church, Louisa Chapel, named for Mr. Hays’ great grandmother Louisa Sexton, married to Peregrine Hays who gave the land on which the church was built. Mary and Sam had attended this church since birth.

Mary fully embraced her chosen vocation of homemaker. She moved several times supporting her husband’s corporate career, living in Wheeling and then Parkersburg, WV, Charlottesville, VA, Newark, OH and Frederick, MD. They retired in 1985 to Roanoke, VA to live near family.

In each place, Mary created a warm and hospitable home for her family. Having been born during the Great Depression, her frugality made her love the hunt for a bargain, which she nearly raised to an art form. She channeled her creativity into decorating, cooking, flower gardening and arranging.

She enjoyed membership and leadership roles in the Down to Earth Garden Club, Newark, OH, Green-walled Garden Club of Frederick, MD and Sugar Loaf Garden Club of Roanoke, VA. These same talents were used in church volunteer work throughout her adult life, especially in altar preparation duties of flower arranging.

During retirement, Mary and her husband traveled extensively to all parts of the United States, as well as other parts of North America and Europe, but always loving this country and its people the best. No matter where Mary found herself, she was likely to make new friends, having the knack for conversation with anyone and enjoying the process of connecting with others.

Her gregarious nature, hospitality, sense of humor and loyalty to friends and family are attributes that truly defined her. But her love of God and Christian devotion shaped her entire life through faithful worship and study, singing in choirs, personal prayer, and service.

Mary is survived by son, Col. (ret.) Mark Warren Hays and wife, Gwen Petersilge Hays of Sandy, UT; daughter, The Rev. Melissa Hays-Smith and husband, Howard Jerome (“Jerry”) Smith of Roanoke, VA; grandchildren, Tara Townsend Hays Purinton and husband, Chase Purinton of Incline Village, NV, Jessie Meadows Hays Anderson and husband, Tyler Anderson of Cottonwood Heights, UT, Scarlett Zoë Hays Smith and husband, Christopher Smith of Edmond, OK, Samuel Jerome Hays Smith and wife, Samantha Blair Robertson Smith of Charlotte, NC, and Lucy McCullough Hays Smith of Roanoke, VA. Mary especially was gratified by her relationships with grandchildren and even in the depths of dementia, was delighted by the arrival of her first great grandchild, Cora Belle Smith, daughter of Scarlett and Christopher Smith. Mary also is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law from the Hays family, as well as many cousins from the large Powell clan and Altizer family. She cherished them all.

A memorial service will be held, Saturday, February 01, 2014 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd., Roanoke, VA, 24016 where Mary was received in 2007.

The service is at 1:00 PM in the church with a reception to follow in the parish hall.

A burial service will follow the reception at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, VA.

Memorial donations may be earmarked for the mission work of Christ Episcopal Church (address above), www.christroanoke.org or for The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Special thanks to the caring staff at South Roanoke Nursing Home who helped Mary transition during her last days.

Roger Dale Skaggs

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Roger Dale Skaggs

Age 65, of Birch River, WV passed away suddenly at 1:46 AM on Thursday January 16, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Amstead, WV on February 26, 1948 a son of the late Vaughan E. Skaggs and Evelyn Sullivan Skaggs.

On June 02, 1999 he married the former Darlene Ula Moore, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Vaughan Skaggs of Denver CO; three daughters: Adrienne Skaggs of Scottsville VA and Teresa and Cheryl Osborne of Fayette; stepdaughter, Allison Rodriquez and husband Jose; sister-in-law, Ruth Skaggs of Fayette; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Jean and Pat Skaggs; and one brother, Butch Skaggs.

Roger worked as an ironworker most of his life. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed riding his Gold Wing motorcycle, riding ATV’s in the woods and vacationing at the beach.

Roger’s request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a private service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Roger Skaggs.

Arlene Dixie Holmes

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Arlene Dixie Holmes

Age 86, of Birch River, WV passed away on January 22, 2014 at Summersville Regional Medical Center, Summersville.

She was born on June 01, 1927 in Birch River, the daughter of the late Thurmond & Bessie Jackson Frame. Arlene was a homemaker.

She was a Baptist by Faith.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband whom passed away on October 17, 1981, Harold E. Holmes, son, Lonnie Dale Holmes, brothers, Kenneth Frame, Wade Frame, Eugene Frame, Arthur Frame, Marvin Frame, sisters, Tressie Hamrick, Gaytha George.

She is survived by her companion, Leonard Mollohan, sons, Garrel Holmes & wife Kate, Junior Holmes & wife Melissa, Darrell Holmes, Timothy Holmes & wife Kandy all of Birch River, daughters, Patty Wilson & husband Clyde of Birch River, Linda Casto & husband Virgil of Canvas, sister, Pauline Taylor of Summersville, 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday January 25, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Pastor Ronnie Tinney officiating.

Burial followed at Birch River Cemetery, Birch River.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Friday January 24, 2014 at the funeral home.

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

Minnie Dell Layfield

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Minnie Dell Layfield

Age 86, of Oil Ridge, WV, passed January 11, 2014 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville following a brief illness.

She was born Mary 27, 1927 at Elm Run in Ritchie County the daughter of the late Daniel Glen and Darla Jackson Layfield.

She is best remembered for giving to others and caring for them.

She was a faithful member of the Oil Ridge Community Church, Harrisville and regarded the members as her family. She loved God and serving Him.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline McNemar; and brothers, Sammy Russell and Daniel glen, “Junney” Layfield.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Friday, January 17, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Layfield Cemetery, Bias Road near Cairo.

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

Roy G. “Chick” Lockard

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Roy G. “Chick” Lockard

Age 84, of Weston, WV (Pricetown Community), passed away at 12:44 AM Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness.

He was born at the home place in Pricetown, WV on September 25, 1929 a son of the late Carres and Theora Heckert Lockard.

He was twice married, first on August 14, 1950 to the former Madge Greene who preceded him in death on June 16, 2013, then on May 20, 1990 he married the former Janet Crawford who survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Jim Lockard of Pricetown and Steve Lockard and wife Louise of North Tazewell, VA; one stepson, Nick Bakas and wife Catherine of Pricetown; six grandchildren: Kelley Nicholson and husband Nick, Mike Lockard and wife Darla, Sadie Hoover and husband Max, Lee Ann VanArtsdalen and husband Dave, Ashley Bakas and Elle Lockard; eight great-grandchildren: Taylor, Kyra, Makenzie, Bethany, Caleb, Isaac, Isabell and Levi; one sister, Elnora Smith of Wilmington, NC; several nieces and nephews; “adopted” grandson, Chad Stout and family; and his faithful companion and beloved dog, Lad Lockard.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Lockard, and two sisters: Mary West and Madalyn Anderson.

Chick first worked as a trucker and worked for Grafton Coal for 27 years, 13 of those as a general supervisor. During that time, he only missed two days of work due to illness. He owned Kelley Coal, which he operated from 1977 to 1990, Superior Mining and Supply, then Lockard and Sons, before finally retiring.

Mr. Lockard was elected to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Company in 1977. He served as President of the Board from 1988-1989 and again from 1998 to 2001. Chick was an active board member for many years and served on many committees. He always had an interest in the employee’s well being as well as the Hospital and its properties. When the hospital was first built, he plowed snow from the parking lot before going to work.

He was truly a self-made man. He quit school in the 10th grade to work in the oil fields. He later completed his high school degree after serving in the U.S. Navy. He finished a skilled training engineering school while still in the service. He was an honored veteran of WW II and the Korean War. Chick served as chairman of the Surface Mining and Coal Assoc. from 1988 to 1989. He was instrumental in establishing the Stonewall Jackson Lake with both he and his wife serving on the committee. Chick was a charter member of Deerfield Country Club and Pricetown VFD. He was member of the WV Mountaineers Gold Coat Club, Lewis County Boot and Saddle Club, and the Lewis County Farm Bureau.

He was an avid deer hunter who also enjoyed horseback riding, feeding the wild birds, and watching John Wayne movies. He was a spirited fan of the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and WVU Mountaineers. He was a proud supporter of the Special Olympics, a faithful member of the Waldeck United Methodist Church where he served as former superintendent and taught Sunday School, and in 1987, he was elected Lewis County Chamber Member of the Year. Chick and Janet are also proprietors of a farm, which houses many many cats, four dogs, two ponies, four rabbits and a neighbor’s cattle and horses. He enjoyed his family and was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM. Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Russell Furr and the Reverend Peter Dietze officiating. Interment will follow in the Waldeck Cemetery.

Full Military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Waldeck United Methodist Church

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Roy G. “Chick’‘Lockard.

Ingrid Roswitha (Kaufer) Powell

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Ingrid Roswitha (Kaufer) Powell

Age 70, of 149 Curry Ridge Road, Napier, WV, passed away following a long battle with Parkinson and Alzheimer’s at her residence on January 02, 2014.

She was born in Bieslau, Germany on January 19, 1943. She was the daughter of the late Joachim Kaufer and Hildegard Kaufer.

On July 12, 1974, she married Rupert “Rudy” Powell and they spent 39 wonderful years together.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one brother Deieter Kaufer, niece Beatrice Kaufer, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Powell was a unique individual. She was an accomplished artist, and a great cook. She also loved to clean house, garden, and was an animal lover. Mrs. Powell loved the water; she cherished the time spent with her husband at Myrtle Beach when he was stationed there.

Family received friends at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods on Monday, January 06, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

Interment followed services in the Falls Mill Cemetery.

Floyd C. Gerwig

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Floyd C. Gerwig

Age 93, of Greencastle, Indiana, formerly of Chapel, Braxton County, WV passed away Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Mill Pond Health Campus, Greencastle.

He was born July 24, 1920 at Chapel, a son of the late Floyd Christian and Mary Schiefer Gerwig.

Floyd was a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with over 32 years of service and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Elks.

He was an Elder and member of the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Surviving is his wife, Phyllis Roberts Gerwig of Greencastle; children, Bud (Kathy) Gerwig of Plano, TX, Hazel (Dean) Ball of Leyton, UT, Mary (Steve) Busenbark of Coatesville, IN; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Aaron Gerwig, Kemp Gerwig, Clark Gerwig, and John Gerwig, and sisters, Irene Rohrbaugh, Ava Older, and Hazel Canterbury.

Services were held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 03, 2014 at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Gassaway, with Rev. Barbara Accord officiating.

Burial followed at the Gerwig Family Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends called from 12:00 Noon until time of service Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children of your choice or the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Gassaway, West Virginia.

Services are entrusted to the care of Morris Funeral Home.

James “Jim” Heater

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James “Jim” Heater

Age 78, of Gassaway, WV passed away January 05, 2014.

He was born March 22, 1935 in Gassaway, WV to the late Fred Baxter and Evelyn Fridley Heater.

Jim attended Gassaway public schools. He was married to Ann Hickman Heater. He served his country in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Korea in 1954-1955, he received the Good Conduct Medal award for his service to his country. He worked for his father at Heater Oil Company in Gassaway, WV since he was a young boy until it became Go Mart Inc. He then served as manager of the transportation department for many years. He was a member of the American Legion post 33 of Braxton County, and a Trustee of Bealls Mill Cemetery in Gassaway. He was a member of the West Virginia Glass Museum in Weston, WV.

He attended the Gassaway United Methodist Church. Jim received the Lord through baptism by the Rev. Stephen J. White.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Karen Jordan Heater; his brothers, Fred “Baxter” Heater and William “Bill” Heater; and his daughter, Melissa Beth “Misi”Heater.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ann Hickman Pingley Heater; his son Douglas Winston Heater (Steven Brammer) of Washington, D.C.; one brother, John Heater and wife Betty of Gassaway, WV; two step children, Tim Pingley (Jackie Lynn) of Parkersburg, WV and Kathi Pingley Gaddy (Chris) of Chester, SC. He had five step grandchildren, Mason and Zoe Pingley, and Katie, Noah and Colby Gaddy; one sister-in- law, Zelma Heater of Gassaway. Nieces and Nephews: David Heater, Sam Heater, Laurie Heater O’Malley, William “Billy” Heater Jr., Evelyn Renee Heater Perkins (Jerry), Pam Thistlethwaite (Danny) and Scott Gibson Jr. (Crystal). Great nieces and nephews include: Patrick and Carrie O’Malley, Leah Heater DeGruyl (Lucas) John Jacob Heater, Rose Anne Heater, Greyson and Tatum Heater, Lindsey Heater, Ben Perkins, and Ian and Alex Thistlethwaite.

He left behind very special caregivers, Jeanne and Van Carr, Paul Gillespie, Hospice of Burnsville, and long time family friend, Martha White of Gassaway, WV. He will be extremely missed by his faithful companion, a Bichon Frise dog named Sugar.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care/Braxton County, PO Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

At Jim’s request his body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held 1 PM Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Gassaway United Methodist Church with Rev. Stephen J. White and Rev. Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

A gathering of friends and family will be held two hours prior to the memorial service at the church.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Audra J. Wade

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Audra J. Wade

Age 92 of Mt. Zion, WV; departed this life at 4:00 PM Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at her son’s residence following an extended illness.

Born March 04, 1921 in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Albert and Doshia Harris Williams.

Audra was a homemaker for most of her life, she enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting, and milking her cows. Audra also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a Baptist by faith.

In December 1939 she was united in marriage to Herbert B. Wade, who preceded her in death on August 22, 1984.

Surviving are 2 sons, Clyde Wade and wife Peggy of Tanner, and Delmas Wade and wife Ellen of Mt. Zion,  and 1 sister, Thelma Demanski of Livonia, Michigan and 1 daughter-in-law, Margie Wade. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren,  22 great-grandchildren, and 15 great great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents and husband, Audra was preceded in death by 1 sons, Oras Wade,  2 daughter, Edith Bush and Loraine Wade, 3 sisters, Maude Tucker, Hulda Kight, and Lula Boone, 4 brothers, Shirley Ray Williams, Sherman Aaron Williams, Thurman Elton Williams, and Harold Elias Williams, 1 grandson, Paul Wade, and twin granddaughters that passed away at birth.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 2:00 PM Sunday January 05, 2014 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Three Poplar Cemetery on Holts Run, WV Highway 5 West, Glenville.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Audra J. Wade with arrangements.

William Oscar Forinash

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William Oscar Forinash

Age 73, of Ireland, WV, Wildcat Community, passed away unexpectedly at 7 AM on Tuesday December 31, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

He was born in Wildcat, WV on March 31, 1940 a son of the late Emory Benson Forinash and Rada Louise Kincaid Forinash.

On July 15, 1991 he married the former Cinda Marie McCelland and they enjoyed 22 years of marriage.

He is survived by five children: John Forinash and Julie Barrett and husband Randy, both of Erie PA, Cindy Thyer of Edinboro PA, Kandy Shaffer of Wildcat and stepson, Randy Geer and wife Kim of Weston; 27 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; seven siblings: Geneva Lasik, Dennis Forinash, and Jack Forinash all of Albion PA, Janet Rolland of Cambridge Springs PA, Janice Kursh of Walkersville, Mabel Thompson of Canton OH, and Donna McLaughlin of Edinboro PA; and his beloved pets: Bear, a Pomeranian, Dogie, a poodle, and Anna, a Chihuahua.

He was preceded in death by one stepson, Robbie Geer; one brother, Dallas Forinash, and three sisters: Pauline and Norma Forinash, and Jean Simpson.

William worked as a laborer for St, Vincent Hospital in Erie PA then moved back to WV to farm. He enjoyed gardening, watching Westerns and RFD-TV, and spending time with his grandchildren.

William’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Celebration of Life Service in the spring.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to his family.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of William Forinash.

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