Hazel L. McCumbers


Hazel L. McCumbers
Age 68, of Mt. City, Tenn., formerly of Calhoun County, died Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn.

She was born in Webster County, a daughter of the late Ted and Millie Gay Clifton McCumbers.

She is survived by daughters, Betty Jean Crites of Webster Springs, Tammy Sue Green of Tennessee, and Drema McCumbers of Mt. Zion; step-children, Robert D. McCumbers Sr. of Mt. Zion, Barbara Green of Parkersburg, Charles McCumbers of Clarksburg, Ruth Mitchell of Linn, James McCumbers of Houston; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Preston McCumbers Sr.

Service was Sunday at the Roberts Cemetery near Elizabeth. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, was in charge of arrangements.

Dewayne Eddie Jenkins


Dewayne Eddie “Bub” Jenkins
Age 45, of Sand Fork, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at his home after a sudden illness.

He was born on October 10, 1963, in Lewis County; a son of Alice Jenkins Mackey of Sand Fork and the late Eddie Jenkins.

Bub liked to farm, hunt and take care of his animals.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie; grandmother, Grinda Jenkins; and grandfather, Raymond Pyles.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Alice and Jud Mackey of Sand Fork; sisters, Sandra Crist and husband Mark of Orlando, Janet Ogden of Weston, Debra Bonnett and husband Howard of Horner; grandmother, Pearl Pyles of Glenville; nieces, Crystal Bollinger and her husband Jack of Weston, Marie Bishop and her husband Scott of Orlando, Jamie Ogden of Weston, Cassandra Crist of Orlando, Amanda Bonnett of Horner; great-niece, Haleigh Bishop of Orlando. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 15, at Stockert-Gibson-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Roger Luzader officiating. Burial followed in Marks Cemetery, near Normantown. Friends were received prior to funeral services at the funeral home.

Bonnie Matheny Bush


Bonnie Matheny Frey Bush
Age 93, of 7866 Lily Trotter Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away Friday, March 27, 2009.

She was born August 25, 1915, in Linn, a daughter of the late Adam W. Matheny and Victoria Lamb Matheny.

She was a 1934 graduate of Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg.

She had worked for Beltone Hearing Aides, Parson Sauders and retired from the office of Dr. Jack T. Gocke in 1974.

She was married to Leo John Frey on July 3, 1934, and he passed away February 6, 1961.

There was one daughter from this marriage, Martha Jane Frey.

She married Russell B. Bush on October 11, 1974, and he passed away January 5, 2002.

Bonnie had formerly held positions with the Farm Bureau of Gilmer County, was a Sunday School Secretary at Rock Grove Baptist Church and a long time member of Clarksburg Baptist Church, having been baptized there in 1933.

She moved to Las Vegas on July 1, 2000, and attended the Lamb Boulevard Baptist Church, Sunrise Baptist Church and the Lamb of God Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Melissa J. Floyd and Michelle J. Hedrick; and three great-grandchildren, Ariana Jane, William Russell and Avery Jane.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her only child, Martha Jane Frey Dase on January 10, 2002; three sisters, Lucille Kuykendall, Marguerite Simons and Gladys Bennett; and two brothers, Harvey Matheny, killed in WWII, and Virgil (Bud) Matheny.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 PM Friday, April 3, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, April 3, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Robert Edmonds officiating. Interment will follow in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Ruth Neal Ables


Ruth Neal Ables
Age 88, of 466 Jacobs Street, Weston, passed away at 9:20 AM on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at home, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on January 26, 1921, in Lewis County; daughter of the late Fletcher Neal and Mary (Radcliff) Neal.

She was married to Norman Ables, who preceded her in death in 1976.

Mrs. Ables is survived by four daughters and eight sons, Stella Jean Ables and Marie Curtis, both of Weston, Patty Curtis of Roanoke, Sheila Casper of Weston, Norman Ables Jr. of Pricetown, Jim Ables and Fletcher Ables, both of Orlando, Raymond Ables of Ohio, Bob Ables of Horner, William Ables of Ohio, Alvy Ables of Clarksburg and Sherwood Ables of Weston. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one half-brother, Harold Frazier of Gilmer County.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Ables; two brothers, Frank and Oris Neal; and two sisters, Ruby and Viola.

Mrs. Ables was a homemaker and a Methodist by faith. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Ruth loved to cook and make quilts and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston on Saturday, March 28. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 29, at 1:30 PM, from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey officiating. Interment followed in the Harrison Grove Cemetery of Lewis County.

Melton Leffel Waddell


Melton Leffel Waddell
Age 75, of Dusk Camp, departed this life on March 15, 2009, surrounded by his family.

Mel was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Madeleine Joan Waddell and son Brent Colin Waddell.

Mel was the son of the late Cecil and Artie (Howard) Waddell, of Connersville, IN; Mel has one sister, Martha Richardson, of Fort Wayne, IN; and one brother, who also preceded him in death, Ralph

Survived by three sons, and daughters-in-law, John Waddell and wife Donna, of Dusk Camp, David Waddell of Dusk Camp, Robert Waddell, and wife, Karen of Shinnston, one daughter and son-in-law, Alycia Wolfe and husband, Eddie, of Glenville. Also, survived by 15 grandchildren; Shannon (Waddell) Donaldson, Brent Waddell, Gregory Waddell, Ethin Wolfe, Marissa Wolfe, Bree Wolfe, Ceterika Waddell, Maggie Waddell, Harley Waddell, Christine Moran, Randy Johnson, Samuel Massey, Jeremy Massey, Jennifer Massey, and Justin Massey, five great-grandchildren, Benjamin (Waddell) Donaldson, Alexus Waddell, Raymond Johnson, Elijah Johnson, and Angel Massey.

Mel was a Navy Veteran who served in the Korean War. He was stationed on the U.S. Iowa and served ten years. He received several medals for his honor, bravery and courage. He was employed by the Philadelphia Fire Department. He was a firefighter, then became an Arson Investigator and Photographer for the department, Mel is still receiving several awards and recognition for his photos. After 20 years with the department, he retired. Mel was employed by the Gilmer County EMS and worked for 15 years before retiring.

Mel enjoyed fishing, photography, and spending time with his family.

There will be a memorial service held in honor of Mel and his life, at Ellyson’s Funeral Home, Friday, March 27, 2009 from 6-8PM. Everyone welcome.

Fred Dean (Butch) Carver


Fred Dean (Butch) Carver
Age 59, of the Rocky Fork area of Orlando, departed this life at his residence on March 20, 2009, following a sudden illness.

Born August 23, 1949, in Upshur County, he was the son of the late Fred and Blanche Jones Carver.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday.  Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

He is survived by two sisters:  Carolyn Fitts and husband Ramon, of Weston; and Connie Sprouse and husband Dick, of Blue Ridge, TX; one brother, Jack Carver and wife Patsy, of San Antonio, TX; one cousin, Tim Jones, of Tanner; five nephews: Bryan, Nick, and Mark Cutlip; David Sprouse; and Shawn Carver; and two nieces, Joni Jones and Kitty Short.

Mr. Carver was preceded in death by an infant daughter, LeighAnn, and two nephews, Jeffery Sprouse and Matthew Jones.

At the request of the family, a memorial service will be conducted at a later date to celebrate the life of Freddie D. “Butch” Carver.  Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is assisting the family with arrangements in these trying times.

Milton Edward Sears Sr.


Milton Edward Sears Sr.
Age 81, of Fredericksburg died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Sears was a member of Spotswood Baptist Church, and a member of Fredericksburg Eagles Lodge 875. He was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his two sons, Milton Edward Sears Jr. of Weston, WV, and Marshall K. Sears of Morgantown, WV; his daughter, Barbel Hoeldtke of Germany; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Margaret Moss of Glenville, WV.

A funeral will be held at 10AM Friday, March 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Burial will follow at noon in Quantico National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00PM Thursday, March 26, at the funeral home.

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James W. “Jim” Gill


James W. “Jim” Gill
Age 49, of Prunty Road, Smithville, WV, went home to be with our Lord and Savior following a year-long battle with cancer on Saturday, March 21, 2009, surrounded by his family at his residence.

Jim was born on April 9, 1959, at New Martinsville, Wetzel County, WV, the son of the late James J. “Junior” and Leona Mathess Gill. He was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1977 and was most recently employed in the oil and gas industry as a well tender by Dorward Energy Corporation. He was a former fire chief and member of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a member of the Upper Steer Run Baptist Church in Gilmer County, WV, and attended the Horn Creek Baptist Church at Cox’s Mills, WV He was a very devoted Christian, husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nelda Alltop Gill; daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Douglas Rowe; daughter, Kayla Gill of Smithville, WV; brothers and sisters, Albert of Sistersville, WV, David and Raymond of Atlanta, Ga., James of Saberton, WV, Sharon of Harrisville, WV, June of Friendly, WV, Cindy of Grafton, WV, Barbara of Fairmont, WV, Dottie of Pennsylvania and Annette of Smithville; and granddaughter, Brylee Grace Rowe.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a sister, Helen.

Funeral services will be 11AM Tuesday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Joe Sealey and Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Interment will be at the Gill Family Cemetery on Prunty Road near Smithville, WV Friends may call from 4-8PM Monday and after 9AM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials in the name of James Gill are preferred to the Horn Creek Baptist Church, 2863 Third Run Rd., Tanner, WV 26351.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Gill family at .

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Albright

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West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Albright
died Friday evening,  March 20, 2009, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian of complications of esophageal cancer.  He was 70.

He was born in Wood County, West Virginia, on November 8, 1938.

Justice Albright was a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia for nearly ten years. He was appointed to the Court in September 1995 by then-Governor Gaston Caperton and served until December 1996.  He was elected to a twelve-year term on the Court in 2000 and served as Chief Justice in 2005.

Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Albright was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, from 1970 to 1972 and from 1974 to 1986.  He was elected the Fifty-Second Speaker of the House, serving in that capacity from 1985 to 1986.  He served a total of fourteen years in the House of Delegates, where he also was Chairman of the Committee on Education from 1977 to 1978 and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 1979 to 1984.

Justice Albright holds the distinction of being one of only three people to have been elected to the Court after having left the Court.  The others are the first Justice, Ralph Lazier Berkshire, and current Justice Margaret Workman.

Justice Albright earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the Notre Dame Law School. At Notre Dame Law School, he won the Webber Prize for Appellate Advocacy and was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review.

When not serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Albright practiced law in Parkersburg and surrounding counties.  He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney of Wood County and was a city attorney for the City of Parkersburg. He also served on a number of public and quasi-public boards and commissions, including the Parkersburg Charter Board from 1969-1970, when Parkersburg adopted a new city charter.

Since 1959, he had been an officer and director of Albright’s of Belpre, Inc., a family corporation which owns and operates Belpre Furniture, a retail furniture business with locations in Belpre, Ohio, and Parkersburg.

He was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg.

Justice Albright’s life was one of service – service to his family, his church and his state.  He gave his all to each.  He loved his family very much.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancie Gensert Divvens; three children,  Terri Albright Cavi, Dr. Lettie Albright Muckley, and Joseph P. Albright, Jr., Esq.; and three step-children, Susan Divvens Bowman, Debbie Divvens Rake, and Sandy Divvens Fox. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Ann Deem, and their son, John Patrick Albright.

Visitation will be from 2PM to 4PM and 6PM to 9PM Monday, and 2PM to 4PM and 6PM to 8PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, 403 Seventh Street, Parkersburg. A Rosary Service will be held at the funeral home at 8PM Tuesday.  The funeral service will be held at 10AM Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 532 Market Street, Parkersburg.

Senior Status Justice Thomas McHugh said,  “Joe Albright was a dedicated public servant who gave most of his life to the citizens of West Virginia. It has been a great honor for me to have served with him and to have served in his stead during his illness.”

Chief Justice Brent Benjamin said, “Throughout Justice Albright’s highly varied service – as a public attorney, a delegate, Speaker of the House, Justice, and Chief Justice – he always kept the faith. A man who adored his family and was always true to his friends, he will be remembered as one of the giants of West Virginia’s public life.”

Justice Robin Jean Davis said, “Justice Albright’s life touched thousands of others’ lives. He was fundamental in shaping the very fabric of our state.”

“The passing of Justice Joseph P. Albright is an immense loss to our state and to his family and many friends,”said Justice Workman. “I served with Joe on the Supreme Court. He had a brilliant legal mind, a spirit of compassion for people, and great strength of character. On a personal level, my friendship with Joe and Nancie meant a great deal to me. On a professional level, his service in both the Judicial and Legislative branches leave a lasting legacy for West Virginia. My deepest sympathy lies with Nancie and the rest of Joe’s family.”

Justice Menis Ketchum said, “I’ve lost a good friend. My heart goes out to Nancie and the Albright family.”

Senior Status Justice Larry Starcher said, “Joe Albright was my friend on the Court, my best friend. Joe Albright’s judicial philosophy was one in which the Constitution protected everyone, the rich and the poor, the weak and the strong.  He was colorblind when it came to applying the law. Truly, he was a giant among those of us who refer to ourselves as judges.”

Putnam County Judge O. C. Spaulding, President of the West Virginia Judicial Association, said, “Justice Albright’s intellectual disagreements with his judicial brethren were always spirited and passionate, but he remained a friend of every judge in West Virginia. Our state’s judiciary has lost an enlightened voice. His contributions will be missed.”

Supreme Court Clerk Rory Perry said,  “I am deeply grateful for what I learned from Justice Albright over the past nine years. He was a patient teacher and a faithful public servant, and I will miss him greatly.“

Supreme Court Administrator Steve Canterbury said,  “Until the very end, Justice Albright remained connected to the work of the Court electronically, and continued to be the consummate public man. His mind remained sharp and his spirit lively.”

Chief Justice Brent Benjamin said he will enter an order on Monday, March 23, appointing Justice McHugh to serve in Justice Albright’s position until Governor Joe Manchin appoints a replacement, who would serve until the next general election.  Justice McHugh had previously been appointed for that same purpose by former Chief Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard and Chief Justice Benjamin.

Twelve Supreme Court justices have died in office.  The last was Frank Haymond, a Democrat from Marion County who served from 1945 until his death in 1972.

Justice Albright was the third Supreme Court Justice from Wood County.  The others were Okey Johnson, a Democrat who served from 1877 to 1888, and William N. Miller, a Republican who served from 1907 until his death in 1928.

Marian Lavon Shearer


Marian Lavon Shearer
Age 91, formerly of 338 Broad Street, Weston, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Crestview Manor following an extended illness.

She was born in Gilmer County on February 8, 1918, daughter of the late Randolph Lester Moore and Emma (Boilen) Moore.

On March 16, 1934, she married Russell “Pete” Bonnett. She then later married the late James Shearer.

Mrs. Shearer is survived by four daughters, Lorena Metzgar of Weston, Vanzil Davis of Kent, Ohio, Margaret Kleckner of Buckhannon, and Sharron James of Weston; and one son, Francis “Butch” Bonnett of Weston. In addition to her children, she is survived by eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, one grandson and one granddaughter.

Mrs. Shearer was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church and was also active in the Women’s Society of the Church, the Lewis County Senior Center and the DAV Auxiliary.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, Weston, on Thursday, March 12. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 13, at 11AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral chapel with Reverend Hal Hevener and the Reverend Hugh Murphy officiating. Interment followed services in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.

Iva Mae Ramsey


The day following the celebration of her 93rd birthday, Iva Mae Ramsey, passed away March 13, 2009, at Sunbridge of Glenville, formerly of Burnsville, West Virginia.

Iva was born on March 12, 1916, in Harrison, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Henry and Cora Lucas. Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence Vernon Ramsey, a daughter, Emmalea Jones, and a son, Jack Ramsey.

She was a loving Mother and Grandmother and a friend to all. Iva was a founding member and the oldest member of the Orlando Baptist Church. She was a very active member, having served as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader.

Iva was active in the Order of Eastern Star and, at the time of her passing, was a member of Glenville Chapter No. 90. Her most treasured job was that of being a kind and loving mother to her ten children.

She worked serving many meals to the students in the Burnsville Elementary cafeteria and was an avid quilter and gardener.

She is survived by her sons, Darrell (Janet) Ramsey of Spencer, Ohio, Arthur (Dorothy) Ramey of West Salem, Ohio, Jearl (Lois Ann) Ramsey of Burnsville, West Virginia, and David (Cherry) Ramsey of Orlando, West Virginia; daughters, Ella Jean (Eddie) Bowyer of Medina, Ohio, Loretta (Joseph) Whinery of Seville, Ohio, Lois (Norman) Budd, of Navarre, Ohio, Cinda (Mark) Echard of Glenville, West Virginia; twenty-nine grandchildren, fifty-four great-grandchildren; and thirteen great-great grandchildren. Iva was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

A celebration of her life will be Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 2:00PM at the Orlando Baptist Church, Orlando, West Virginia. Iva and her family will receive visitors on Monday, March 16, 2009, 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Stockert-Gibson & Sizemore Funeral Home, 255 Maine Street, Flatwoods, West Virginia. Visitation will also be available thirty minutes prior to her services.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the loving care provided for their Mother while a resident at Sunbridge of Glenville. A special thanks to Dr. Catherine Grant for the exceptional care over these last ten years.

Floda Irene Hart White


Floda Irene Hart White

Age 99 of Perkins, Gilmer County, departed this life to be with her Lord on March 15, 2009 at home, surrounded by her family.

Floda was preceded in death by her husband, of 60 years, Albert Ray White on April 2, 1990, and two grandchildren, Rodney Wayne (Jackie) Parsons and Virginia Lee White and two great-grandchildren, Kara Delaine Brannon and Cullen Austin Marks.

Floda was the daughter, of William and Mae (Frame) Hart, who also preceded her in death. Floda was born on September 18, 1909 and lived a full life in her 99 and half years.

Floda was a homemaker and the oldest member of the Crooked Fork Baptist Church. She was mother to 12 children. There are nine girls and three boys: Treva (John) Berry of Sutton, Kenneth (Louise) White of Cedarville, Fay (Wilbur) Marks of Little Hocking, OH; Willadene (Nolan) Moyers of Frametown, June (Charles) Shaffer of Stow, OH; Kay (Doug) Henline of Normantown, Nina (Gene) Stump of Flint, MI; Dana (Caren) White of Normantown, Marjorie (Al) Born of Elyria, OH; Austin (Gene) White of Normantown, Connie (Gary) Gainer of Weston, and Joyce (Larry) Fisher of Perkins. She was the beloved grandmother to 39 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, at 11:00AM at the Crooked Fork Baptist Church at Perkins. Elder George Rose, Elder Roger Stewart and Elder Austin White will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Hospice Care Corporation, Rt. 1 Box 43 C, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 5:00 to 8:00PM, Wednesday.

Curtis Brent Singleton


Curtis Brent Singleton
Age 45, of Keith Run, Ireland, WV, the Falls Mill Community, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 13, 2009. He was born February 3, 1964, in Sutton, WV, a son of William Lee and Ruth Mick Singleton of Ireland.

Also surviving are his sister, Debra Gum of Weston; 3 brothers, Ricky Singleton of Georgetown Road, Horner, WV, Nicky Singleton of Harrisonburg, VA, and David Singleton and Wanda, his wife, of Bridgewater, VA, 3 nieces, Tasha and Kayla Singleton, Janelle Gum; 3 nephews, Jason Gum and Cassi, his wife, Justin and James Gum; 1 great-nephew, Desmond Gum; and his former brother-in-law, Jay Gum.

He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Melinda Morris Singleton.

He was a Methodist by faith and was employed as a mechanic at Braxton Industries in Ireland. Brent will be missed by many friends and loved ones.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7PM, Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel, where services will be held at 11AM Monday, March 16, 2009, with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Falls Mill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your favorite charity.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, WV, is in charge of the arrangements for Curtis Brent Singleton.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Ila Laura Richards Marshall


Ila Laura Richards Marshall
Age 75, of Woodruff, SC, formerly of Parkersburg, passed away on March 11, 2009, at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

She was born June 3, 1933, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late David Mitchell and Gertrude Richardson Richards.

She was formerly employed at Forma Scientific Inc. of Marietta, North End Market of Parkersburg, Kardex Systems of Marietta and Kroger’s of Parkersburg before moving to Arkansas.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harold L. Marshall; four sons, Michael (Barbara) Lucas of Parkersburg, Harold (Linda) Marshall Jr. of Wellsburg, WV, Jeffrey (Patricia) Marshall of Spartanburg, SC, and Matthew (Sandra) Marshall of Nashville, Ark.; two daughters, Deborah (David) Jennerjohn of Vancouver, Wash., and Kimberly (Gary) Green of Hollister, Mo.; one brother, Thomas (Barbara) Richards of Port Washington, Ohio; two sisters, Garnet McCrady of Parkersburg, and Harriet Clegg of Glenville, WV; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Richards and David Richards; and two sisters, Gladys Clegg and Goldie Coe.

Funeral services will be 10:30AM Saturday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg. Interment will follow at Herndon Chapel Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5-9PM Friday at the funeral home.

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Billie J. Withrow


Billie J. Withrow
Age 82, of Weston, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born November 18, 1926, in Delbarton, a daughter of the late William Henry Rucker and Claudia Edna May Workman Rucker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorsia Craft and Leota Burwick.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda DeWees and husband Edsel of Normantown, and Karen Osborn and husband Allan of Jane Lew; three grandchildren, Tammy Tyler, Cullen Osborn and Emily Osborn; two great-grandchildren, Jack Shannon and Max Shannon; godchild, Elizabeth Jefferson; special friends, Carol Honeycutt and Coretta Jefferson; special niece, Andrea Zalinsky; several nieces and nephews; and her dear cat, Samantha.

Billie was employed by the WV DHHR for over thirty years, where she worked in various positions. After retiring from the DHHR, she worked for FEMA, as needed, during times of disaster.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church since April 10, 1993, and the Catholic Daughters.

Friends were received Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston. A prayer service was held at 7:30PM Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00AM Friday, March 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Reverend Father Jeremiah McSweeney as Celebrant. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Judy G. Thomas


Judy G. Thomas
of Beckley and Elkview, passed away March 1, 2009, in Charleston, after a short, courageous battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 20, 1952, at Beckley, the daughter of the late Orville F. and Chrystal Albert Thomas.

Judy had been a teacher at Park Jr. High and was currently serving as Principal of Beckley/Stratton Middle School. She had 31 years of service to Raleigh County Schools. Judy attended schools in Raleigh County (1970 graduate of WWHS) and earned degrees from WVU and Marshall University. She was very active in sports while in school and was volleyball coach for WVU.

Judy served in coaching positions in Gilmer County, WWHS, and Anchorage Christian School.

Left to mourn her loss are sisters: Tammy (Robert) Handley of Mount Hope and Patty (Doug) Miser of Vienna, W.Va.; brothers: Larry (Loretta) Hall of Anchorage, Alaska, Roger (Karen) Thomas and Rick Thomas of Beckley and Charles Thomas of Franklin, Ohio, and good friend, Barbara Hall. She leaves 13 nieces and nephews, whom she adored, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves her students and staff of Beckley/Stratton whom she loved and they loved her in return.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Maxwell Hill Baptist Church, 301 Teel Road, Beckley, WV, with the Rev. Joe Ferguson officiating.

Friends will be received by the family 3 to 9PM today, Tuesday, at the church and one hour prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for a scholarship in Judy’s name through Beckley Area Foundation. This scholarship will be available to students of Beckley/Stratton who plan to attend WVU, the school Judy loved.

Committal services and burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens at Cross Lanes, WV, at 3:30PM Wednesday.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jeff Lang


Jeff Lang
Age 47, of Big Springs, WV, departed this life at 1:05AM Saturday, Feburary 28, 2009 at Minnie Hamilton following a brief battle with Cancer.

Born in Gilmer County on October 29, 1961, he was the son of the late Arkie J. and Barbara Osborn Lang.

Jeff was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for Braxton County “Gassaway Station #2” and Gilmer County “Sand Fork Station # 6”.

Jeff enjoyed working for traveling amusement parks and was at peace in the outdoors. He was also a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are three brothers: Harold Lang, of New York, Leroy Lang, of Tanner, and Charlie Lang, also of Tanner.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville on Thursday March 5, 2009 with Rev. Lloyd ‘Fuzz’ Stewart and Asst. Chief Martin Hess officiating. Burial followed in the Horn Creek Baptist Cemetery where full fireman’s honors were observed.

Norris Lee “Hink” Haddox


Norris Lee “Hink” Haddox
Age 73, of Auburn, went to be with his Lord, March 3, 2009 surrounded by his family at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 6, 1935 at Berea, a son of the Clyde and Pearl Bessie Mullenix Haddox.

Hink graduated from Harrsiville High School in 1954 and Nashville Auto Diesel School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany for four years as a mechanic. He worked for Eureka Pipeline Co., for 34 years. He later worked for Term Energy in Harrisville for five years as a well tender. He was a former Auburn Town Councilman and trustee for The Auburn Community Association. He was a member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Berea since 1963 and served as a trustee for the church and parsonage. Hink loved to hunt, fish, and play with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Pierce Haddox; children, Annetta Haddox of Winchester, VA; Norm Haddox and wife, Robin of Harrisville, Angie Yoak of Thurmont, MD; and Greg Haddox and wife Jane of Letart, grandchildren, Tyler Yoak, Melanie Haddox, Rachel Haddox, Joshua Haddox, Grace Haddox, and Emma Haddox; brothers, Hayward “Hop” Haddox of Pullman; nieces, Teresa, Joyce, and Bessie, and nephews, Nathaniel Floyd and Arron.

He was preceded in death by brother Clyde Haddox, Jr.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Don Newlon officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea.

On-line condolences may be sent to the Haddox family at http://www.mccullough rogers funeral .

Memorial donations are preferred to, American Cancer Society, PO Box 4451, Parkersburg, WV 26104

Mary Wilda Bush


Mary Wilda Bush
Age 82, of Blackwell Street, Bridgeport, died Tuesday evening, March 3, 2009, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born June 19, 1926, in Cox’s Mills, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Hayward Murus and Roena Gae Maxson Somerville.

She is survived by her husband Darrell Bush, whom she married September 7, 1946. They celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael Bush and his wife Norenne, BuffaloLake; Ronnie Bush and his wife Beverly; Richard Bush and his wife Connie; and Jeff ‘JT’ Bush and his wife Joi, all of Bridgeport; a daughter, Sharlene Muscar and her husband Fred, Bridgeport; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Ronzel Somerville and his wife Mable, Bridgeport; Rodney Somerville and his wife Brenda, Cox’s Mills; Larry Duley and his wife Ann, Lancaster, OH; a sister-in-law, Maisie Somerville, Linn, WV; and several nieces and nephews complete the family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kline Somerville, and a sister, Ruby Somerville.

Mary loved spending time with her family. She was proud to be a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was Methodist by faith.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Barcinas and her caregivers, Mary Lipscomp, Lorenna Freeland, Vivian Cook, and Carol Capicola.

Memorial contributions can be made to People’s Hospice, PO Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302. Condolences to the Bush Family may be sent to burnsidefh @burnside funeral

Services were held at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Friday morning, March 6, 2009, with Reverend Thomas P. Horne presiding. Interment followed in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Charles D. Rudd


Charles D. Rudd
Age 87, of Stumptown, Gilmer County, died Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Funeral services will be Noon Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, where friends may call one hour prior to the services.

Emogene Cottrell


Emogene Cottrell
Age 61, of Shock, Gilmer County, passed away March 7, 2009 at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Born June 1, 1947 in Calhoun County, she was a daughter of the late Harper and Ocie Sampson King. She was a CNA at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center at Glenville. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa Parsons.

Surviving are one son, Denzil Cottrell, Jr., of Glenville; two daughters, Malissa Cottrell of Braxton County and Amanda Williams of Glenville. Four brothers, Dwight King and George King both of Shock, Larry King of Virginia, and Delbert King of Normantown. Two sisters, Lyda Dye and Sharon King both of OH, also seven grandchildren, and her companion James Meadows.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg. Interment followed in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown.

Vena C. Clark


Vena C. Clark
Age 96, of Rosedale, passed away at home March 2, 2009.

Bourn in Calhoun County, February 7, 1913, she was a daughter of the late General George Cottrill and Freda Dell Dillon Cottrill. She was a retired general store merchant and was preceded in death by her first husband, Marshall Fletcher Putnam and her second husband, Earl Clark and one brother, Dale Cottrill.

Surviving are 3 sons, Wetzel (Bea) Putnam of Arnoldsburg, Van (Nancy) Putnam or Petroleum, WV and Mike (Darlene) Putnam of Shock. 3 daughters, Rachel Johnson of Stow, Ohio, Delores Wright of Rosedale and Charlotte (Richard) Frame of Wellington, Ohio. 4 brothers, dove, Don and Glen Cottrill all of Rosedale and Eugene Cottrill of Newbury, Ohio. 2 sisters, Merle Jarvis of Gassaway and Ruth Kirk of Newbury, Ohio, 19 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 32 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11:00AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg. Rev. John Putnam officiated the service. Interment was in the Rosedale Community Cemetery at Rosedale.

Carol Jean Allen


Carol Jean Allen
Age 75, of Burnsville, WV, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

Jean was born on June 26, 1933, the daughter of the late Mack Wade and Alice Graff Ratliff.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Alvin “Hoover” Allen; brothers, Samuel, John and Corbet Ratliff; sisters, Veda and Gay Ratliff, Nina Posey, Maggie Brooks, Patty Redcliff and Ada Wiant.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan and Jerry Allen and Tammy and Ronnie Brown, all of Burnsville, WV; one sister, Lilly Conley Garvey of Camden, DE; one brother, James C. Ratliff of Heaters, WV; two grandchildren, Lisa Allen (Ed Conley) of Orlando, WV, Jeremy Allen (Brandi Curtis) of Burnsville; great-grandson, Christian Carpenter; one great-granddaughter-to-be, Allyson Jean Allen; stepgranddaughters, Holly Riley (Bryan) of McClain Ridge Road and Heather Thayer (JT) of Orlando; one stepgrandson, Nathaniel Thayer; special nephew, Randy Ratliff of Burnsville; 42 nieces and great-nieces; 42 nephews and great-nephews; and many great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV, with the Rev. Delmas Singleton officiating. Burial will be in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV. Friends may call from 6-8PM on Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to

Russell E. Conklin Jr.,


Russell E. Conklin Jr.
of Glenville,  passed away on Friday, February 27, 2009 at home, with the support of hospice care.

He was born on August 7, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Russell and Leila Conklin. Russ was married on September 24, 1950 and is survived by his wife, Nancy Conklin of Glenville. They have four children: Kathy (Frank) Ames of Tanner; Maureen Place of Centerport, NY; Terry (Dave) Day of Portage, IN; Michael (Patrice) Conklin of Southhold, NY. There are nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by one niece, and eight nephews.

Preceding him in death were his sister, June Kiffer of Rockledge, FL, brother, William Conklin of Syosset, NY, and nephew, Robert Goebel of Whippany, NJ.
Russ graduated from Southside High School, Rockville Center, NY. He received a business degree from SUNY Farmingdale. He was a Projects Engineer for Grumman Aerospace Engineering Corporation in Bethpage, NY where he was employed for 35 years. Upon retirement in 1981, they moved to Glenville. Over his lifetime he was active in Sea Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Bay Shore Ambulance for over 10 years, Gilmer County Literacy Volunteers, and Gilmer County Public Library Book Club. He was a parishioner of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Glenville. Russ and his wife Nancy enjoyed many years together camping, boating and traveling the United States. He also grew beautiful flowers every summer.

A funeral mass was celebrated at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 3, 2009.  The burial followed at St. Boniface Cemetery in Camden. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice Care Corporation, PO Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Russell Conklin with arrangements.

Rev. Donald D. Fox


Rev. Donald D. Fox, “Donnie”
Age 54, died peacefully at home Thursday, February 26, 2009, after a short but hard-fought battle against cancer.

Born August 1, 1954, in Gilmer County, Donald was the son of the late Thomas A. and Irene Jones Fox. Donald grew up in Glenville, West Virginia, and attended Glenville State College, later moving to Northeast Ohio for a short time in the 1970s before returning to West Virginia. He moved his family to Barberton, Ohio, in 1993. Donald lived in several surrounding communities in later years.

Donald was an ordained Southern Baptist minister and served as associate pastor and later pastor of Van Horn Drive Baptist Mission. He worked with the youth at New Life Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio, and also at Glenville Community Church. He was a member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Fairlawn, Ohio.

Donald was a pioneer in the home education movement, first serving as founding president of West Virginia Home Educators Association and later as Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of West Virginia. He spent countless days at the West Virginia Statehouse lobbying for the rights of parents to educate their children as they chose.

Donald was a finish carpenter by trade, a licensed electrician, and owned several construction-related businesses over the years before finding a good fit as an employee of Hartville Hardware.

Don’s life focused on faith, family, and friends.

Surviving are: wife, Penny L. Fox of Westminster, Maryland; children, Amy Sir Louis (Mike) of Norton, Ohio, Matthew D. Fox of Barberton, Ohio, Sara E. Blankenship (Richard) of Wadsworth, Ohio, Alayna G. Miller (David) of Warren, Michigan, Sgt. Aaron M. Fox of Fort Lewis, Washington, Adam R. Fox of Wadsworth, Ohio, Nathan W. Fox of Wadsworth, Ohio;

Grandchildren, Jamison, Noah, Elijah, and Audrey; sisters, Patricia Roberts and Deitra “Dee Dee” Fox; brothers, James T. Fox, Edward L. Fox, Ronald W. Fox and John A. Fox, and a large extended family, each of whom were very special to Donald.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert E. Fox, and one sister, Beverly Simmons.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, March 4, at the First Baptist Church, Glenville, West Virginia, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday evening from 4-8PM and one hour before the service on Wednesday.

The family will receive friends and family in Ohio Thursday, March 5, from 4-8PM at Covenant of Grace Church, Copley.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, is assisting the Fox family with arrangements.

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Brandi Kay Bowen &  Kyle Hunter Puffenberger


Plans are being made for an on-campus memorial service for two Glenville State College students who died in a vehicle accident last week.

The incident involving Brandi Kay Bowen from Salem and Kyle Hunter Puffenberger from Upper Tract took place on Friday on Route 33 in Barbour County.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 for both Brandi and Kyle in the GSC Presidents Auditorium located in the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building on campus.

Brandi was a sophomore, a member of the GSC track and cross country teams, and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kyle was a freshman and a member of the GSC Pioneer football team. GSC President Peter Barr said, “Both students were very well liked by the athletic community and their peers and will surely be missed by the college community.”
Brandi’s visitation will be held Monday, March 2, from 2:00-8:00PM and after 9:00AM on Tuesday, March 3, until the time of the 2:00PM service at the Harbert Funeral Home at 287 West Main Street in Salem. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Kyle’s services will be held at the Living Faith Church in Franklin. His visitation will be on Thursday, March 5, from 10:00AM until 1:00PM with the funeral following at 2:00PM at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Pendleton County High School Sports Boosters, P.O. Box 206, Franklin, West Virginia 26807 or the Pioneer Athletic Club at Glenville State College.
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2009
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia

Joseph Casmer King


Joseph Casmer King
Age 66 of Gluck Run Community, Glenville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 27, 2009 at home, following an extended illness.

He was born June 17, 1942 at Marietta, OH; and was a son of the late Duffy and Lulah Lang King.

Joseph was retired and was a US Army veteran. He loved animals and was an avid outdoorsman and gardener. He was active in the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Lulah and their daughter, Crystal Hixson, and granddaughter, Jessica, all of Glenville. A daughter, Pontia Jones and husband, Laurence of OH; sons, Robert and granddaughter, Kala and Jason and wife, Vicki all of FL. Three brothers, Frank Robert of Glenville, Theron Todd of OK; and Marvin Grey of OH. One sister, Roberta Taylor of OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clinton Fossett.

Joseph was cremated at his request and a memorial service will be held at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Gilmer County Senior Citizens or the Old German Community Church, 8761 Chapel Road, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha V. Krafft


Martha V. Krafft
Age 83, of Krafft Lane, Weston, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born June 11, 1925, in Weston, a daughter of the late Charles R. Skinner and Venna Kearns Skinner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Krafft on August 11, 2001; one granddaughter, Barbara Christine Krafft; and one brother, Charles Howard Skinner.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Posey of Mt. Morris, Pa., Carol Thayer of Weston and Jean Heath of Weston; one son, Ronald Krafft of Weston; eight grandchildren, Michael Posey, Melissa Blaker, Jack Posey, Eddie Thayer, Christy Thayer, Stella Heath, Brian Heath and William R. Krafft Jr.; great-grandchildren, Mikel Blaker, Ian Blaker, Kiresten Blaker, Joshua Posey, Billy Joe Thayer, Mikela Lynn Thayer, Cody Allen Thayer, Christopher Thayer, Chelsie C. Thayer, Morgan Thayer, Jelena Thayer, Haley Krafft, Anthony Krafft, Sofia Heath and Katrina Sears; two sisters, Velma Krafft of Weston and Beaulah Metz of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Martha was a homemaker and loving mother.

Friends were received Thursday, February 26, at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston. Funeral services were held at 11:00AM Friday, February 27, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Wease Day officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Roland Greenlief


Roland Greenlief
Age 72 of Glenville, departed this life at 1:00AM February 25, 2009 at SunBridge Care of Glenville following an extended illness.

Born April 12, 1936 in Gilmer County son of the late Everett and Nancy Greenlief. He was a general laborer and a Baptist by faith.

He is survived by several children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is also the last surviving member of his immediate family.

A graveside service was conducted on February 28, 2009 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Roland Greenlief with arrangements.

Blaine Stephen Jordan


Blaine Stephen Jordan
Age 52, of Rosedale, died February 22, 2009, at home.

He was born September 15, 1956, in Braxton County.  He was a timberman and a Protestant.

Blaine was preceded in death by his father, Ronald E. Jordan, and brother, Ronald Lynn Jordan.

He is survived by his mother, Maretta Jenkins Jordan, of Rosedale; his brothers, Victor and John Jordan, both of Rosedale; his sister, Norene Jordan, of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 1:00PM Thursday, February 26, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, with the Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.  Burial will be in the Rosedale Community Cemetery.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Glenda Lee Bradey


Glenda Lee Bradey
Age65, of Glenville, passed away February 22, 2009, at home.

She was born June 30, 1943 a daughter of the late Harold and Wanda Jenkins Putnam. Glenda was a homemaker and a Protestant by faith.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bradey; son, Harvey a daughter, Cheryl Cronin, and sisters, Denise Skidmore and Violet Bianco.

Glenda is survived by companion Russ Marks, sons, Tom Breedlove of Gassaway, and Charles Bradey of Brownsville, PA; stepson, Lee Marks of Gilmer County, daughters, Freeda Bradey and Brenda Bradey both of Brownsville, PA; brothers, Fletchard Putnam of Chapel and Jim Putnam of Wilsie; sisters, Wilda McNear and Medra Dobbins both of Ohio; 20 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

At Glenda’s request, her body was cremated.

Richard M. Roach Funeral Home assisted the family of Glenda Lee Bradey.

Larry John Lunsford


Larry John Lunsford
Age 60, of 1704 Straight Run, Alum Bridge, passed away at 9:53AM on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at his residence, following a brief illness.

He was born in Weston on December 2, 1948; son of the late John Brenne Lunsford and Bonnie Leone (Lattea) Lunsford. On March 28, 1970, he married Rosalie (Parker) Lunsford, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Larry G. and Gary R. Lunsford both of Alum Bridge, one sister, Fay Leona Blake of Weston and several nieces, nephews, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lunsford was preceded in death by one sister, Mavis May Lunsford.

Mr. Lunsford was a truck driver for Miller Supply Company and worked for Savin Brothers on road construction, when I-79 was being built. He also worked for Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, Larry was a veteran of Vietnam, serving as a private first class in the United States Army, where he received a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, Overseas Service Bar and Sharpshooter. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, and just about anything outdoors.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating. Interment followed services in the Rock Grove Cemetery of Linn. The Lewis County Honor Guard conducted full military honors at the cemetery.

Hardman - Paletti Funeral Home of Weston was in charge of arrangements for Larry John Lunsford.

Reta E. Robinson


Reta Eloise “Sis” Robinson
of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with the Lord and to join the love of her life, her husband of 56 years, Orval Paul “Jack” Robinson, in their heavenly home after a courageous battle with cancer at 12:05AM Feb. 22, 2009, with her family by her side.

She was born in Tanner, Gilmer County, on Sept. 13, 1926, to Carl “Doc” Bush and Gertrude Black Bush.

She and Jack were married on April 5, 1947, moving to the Teays Valley area and then to Elkview and Big Chimney, where they raised their daughter, Jackie. After retirement, they moved back to Gilmer County, where they remained until 2000, then moved to Hurricane to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Reta, as some called her, along with her daughter, opened up the Gnat Eyebrow and Sunnyside Up Tanning in Hurricane. In April 2007, she moved to Buckhannon.

She will be missed greatly by her loving daughter and best friend, Jackie Bradley, with whom she made her home. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Tiffany Bogle of Hurricane and Billy Bradley and fiancee, Chastity Cook, and her children, Morgan and Tanner, of St. Albans; four great-grandchildren who were the light of her life, Krystell and Hunter Bogle of Culloden, WV, Tyler Bradley of Winfield, WV, and Tymber Leigh Robinson of Buckhannon; sister, Wyene (Bob) Turner of Normantown, WV; and brothers, Roy (Judy) Bush of Buckhannon and Harry (Chris) Bush of Naples, FL.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, five of whom have been a big part of her life the past year, Paula (John) Snyder of Moatsville, W.Va., and Libby (Mike) Westfall, Doug (Ann) Bush, Doc “Christy” Bush and David (Brenda) Bush, all of Buckhannon; and a big family of great-nieces and nephews.

She will be missed by four special ladies who she loved like daughters, Karen Newhouse, Debi Parton, Cathy Brown and Wanda Atkins; and her fuzzy companions, Foxy Marie, Tapper Jane, Buddy and Lazarus.

She attended Tanner Chapel in Tanner, WV, TriCounty Worship Center in Florida and Liberty in Christ in Buckhannon.

Thanks to her special caregiver, Addie Helmick, St. Joseph Hospice and her church family Liberty in Christ Church.

A celebration of her life will be 11AM Wednesday at Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, WV, with the Rev. Alfred Hickman and the Rev. Mike Westfall officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8PM Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Reta E. “Sis” Robinson with arrangements.

Virginia A. Hamric


Virginia A. Hamric
Age 70, of Stumptown, West Virginia, passed away February 18, 2009.
She was born February 11, 1939 in Gilmer County a daughter of the late William Scott and Elizabeth Mabel Conrad Hardman.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Rosedale Baptist Church.
Her husband, Roy D. Hamric in 1991, preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Veda and Dave Wisniewski of Garfield Heights, Oh and Ronna and Craig Fisher of Eastlake, OH; grandson, Scott Poling and wife, Alison; three great granddaughters, Kaila, Dakota and Abby.
Services were held 1:00PM Saturday, February 21 at the Rosedale Baptist Church with Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Burial was in the Collins Cemetery, Stumptown.

Darrell L. Heiney


Darrell Lee Heiney
Age 61, of Lewisburg, WV, formerly of Glenville and Calhoun County, passed away February 18, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Hospital, Lewisburg.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Pearl M. Simmons Heiney and the late Forest LeVere Heiney and was in the care of ResCare of Lewisburg.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a sister, Dianne Heiney Smith and her husband, Bob Smith, of Spencer; nieces, Shawn Smith Stanley, Dawn Smith Hymes and Kristi Smith Cecil; great-niece, Shayla Stanley; and great-nephews, Jevan Stanley, Tyler Hymes and Turner Hymes.

Funeral services will be 1:00PM Monday at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville. The Rev. Ken Heiney will officiate. Interment will be in the Betts Cemetery at Grantsville. Friends may call from 11:00AM until time of services Monday at the funeral home.

William R. Sharpe, WV’s Longest Serving Senator


William R. Sharpe

Who had been the state’s longest serving senator until stepping down after the 2008 legislative session, died Sunday in Weston at the age of 80.

Sharpe had undergone brain surgery near the start of the 2007 legislative session to treat a large aneurysm. He opted against seeking re-election last year and was replaced by Braxton County Democrat Doug Facemire as the senator from West Virginia’s 12th District.

Sharpe, a Democrat from Lewis County, began his tenure in the state senate in 1960, serving almost continuously with the exception of one missed term in the 1980s. For 36 of those years, he served as president pro tempore, the second highest office in the legislative body.

Gov. Joe Manchin had worked with Sharpe for several years and had served with him in the Senate.
“I’ve known Bill Sharpe and the entire Sharpe family most of my life,“ Manchin said. “There’s never been a person who was more suited to be a public servant than Bill Sharpe. I had the pleasure of being seated beside Bill my freshman year as a state senator, and it was a distinct honor to watch him in action. He had a humorous way of participating in the legislative process that still makes me laugh today. He never took himself too seriously and was able to add humor to even the most serious matters.
“He’s going to be missed by every one of us who had the honor of being called his friend and he will definitely be missed by all the citizens he served across the state.“

Former Delegate Doug Stalnaker most remembers Sharpe for his help when Stalnaker first took office.
“It was an honor to serve with him for 14 years,“ Stalnaker said. “He showed me the ropes, and he was my mentor.“

Sharpe was honored with a special resolution during the 2008 session after he announced his retirement from public service. The state mental hospital in Weston was named in honor of Sharpe after he helped his district keep the facility there.

“He dedicated his life to serving the citizens,“ Stalnaker said. “People probably don’t realize all he really did behind the scenes.“

Visitation will be from 5PM to 8PM Thursday and Friday at the Boyle Funeral Home in Weston. Funeral services will be at 11AM Saturday at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston. A private family burial will follow.

Sharpe’s wife, Pauline, preceded him in death in 2005. They were married for 53 years.

Ida Marguerite (Reed) Roe


Ida Marguerite (Reed) Roe
Age 90, of Flatrock, MI, formerly of Conings passed away February 11, 2009.

A beloved wife of the late Theron Roe, loving mother of Larry Joe (Mary Ann) Roe; Brennie Jack (Kay) Roe, Christopher Roe ans the late Donald (Bonnie) Roe. Dearest grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of 18, dear sister, of Mary Johnson of AZ.

Also surviving nieces, and nephews, Bud (Connie) Adams of Weston. Gary (Jeanette) Adama of Cedarville; Jackie (Ed) Broome of Stewarts Creek; and Rodney (Debbie) Reed of Newberne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Bessie Reed of Conings, two brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral service was privately, arrangements by Michigan Funeral Home.

Randall C. Jones


Randall C. Jones

Age 65, of Mount Zion, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 31, 1943, in Weston, W.Va., the son of the late Adren and Freeda Jones of Glenville.
Randall was married on June 10, 1967, and is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sue Jones of Mt. Zion. They have one daughter, Shannon Jones Johnson and her husband, Jeremy, of Elkins, W.Va. Also left at home, his pet, Abigail, a miniature Schnauzer; many other faithful pets preceded him in death.
He is survived by sisters, Wandalene Drake (Harry) of Glenville and Tonabell Turner (Heryl) of Newark; and one brother, Lyndall Jones (Judy) of Mineral Wells. Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Jolene Jones of West Union. There are numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were sisters, Deronda Rickman (Noah), Wilodene Currence (Marvin) and one brother, Raymel Jones of West Union.
Randall graduated from Glenville High School, where he was a noted football player. He obtained a BS degree in agronomy from West Virginia University.
He was retired, after 37 years, from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, formerly Soil Conservation Service. Randall worked in offices in Martinsburg, Fairmont, Lewisburg, and was the District Conservationist in the Grantsville/Glenville field offices from 1971 to Jan. 1, 2003.
He was an outdoor enthusiast traveling, camping, fishing, hunting and observing nature. Randall enjoyed his backyard orchard that contains many varieties of apples, including several antique apples. He was an avid WVU Mountaineer Football fan and loved to attend and watch games.
Randall was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He was a 4-H leader, 4-H Camp Counselor and 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor in Shotgun on the county and state level. He was an assistant adviser to the Calhoun 4-H Teen Leaders and the Calhoun PRIDE Drug Free Youth Team.
Randall is a 4-H All Star and a member of the W.Va. 4-H Hall of Fame.
Randall and his family wish to thank Dr. Kim Stooke, Dr. Nik Shah, Dr. Barry Lifson, Dr. Koch, Dr. Shank and other doctors and their nursing staff that assisted in his care and hospital visits. They are also grateful for the loving care provided by the nurses and support staff on the oncology floor at Camden-Clark. Those who held Randall and the family near in thoughts, prayers and deeds are so appreciated.
Randall will be cremated and his ashes distributed by his immediate family. A celebration of Randalls life will include visitation from 7-9PM Friday, February 20, and a memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Rick Swearengin, at 1PM Saturday, February 21, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.
Donations in memory of Randall Jones can be made to the W.Va. Foundation to support the 4-H Camping Program Fund. (2V529) Send donations to P.O. Box 6031, 806 Knapp Hall, Morgantown, WV 26506.

Martha Avis Singleton


Martha Avis Singleton

Age 94, of Stouts Mill, passed away February 8, 2009, at home with her daughter, Janice Craft.
She was a member of Pleasant Dale United Methodist Church in Riffle.
She was born March 13, 1914, daughter of the late William Cecil Bostic and Iva Columbia Shaver.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Singleton, along with several brothers, and sisters.
She is survived by one son, Donald Singleton of Glenville, two daughters, Nelma Fisher, of Fairmont; and Janice Craft, of Stouts Mill. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great- grandchildren, and one sister, Louise Wilson, of Burnsville.
A memorial service will be held at the Pleasant Dale United Methodist Church in Riffle at a later date.

Mary Ella ‘Sally’ Brown


Mary Ella “Sally” Brown

Age 76, of Burnsville, WV, died at 5PM on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at her home following a brief illness. She was born on July 21, 1932, in Burnsville, a beloved daughter of the late Paul and Madeline Knight Brown. She graduated from Burns-ville High School Class of 1950 and was a member of the Kanawha Alumni Association and was the 2000 Alumnus of the Year. She was employed by CSX Railroad for 39-plus years and was a member of the Retired Railroad Employees.
She was one of the founders of the Braxton County Emergency Medical Services Authority. She was an EMS Ambulance Volunteer for over 30 years and was a board member of the EMS and 911 Authorities in Braxton County. In addition, she served as a Burnsville Town Council member, members of the Parks and Recreation Council, as well as being very involved in numerous other community activities and helping hundreds of others along the way. Farming and caring for her horses and other animals was her favorite hobby.
She is survived by her aunt, Ruth K. Ricci, and her husband, Howard. Her uncle, Robert “Bob” Knight, her adopted daughter, Betty Mallett Pritt, but especially by her devoted friend and companion, Betty Carson.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Wednesday February 11, 2009, at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV, with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating. Interment will be in the K of P Cemetery in Burnsville, WV. Friends will be received from 6-9PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to

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