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Wanda Larue (Perrine) Wolfe

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Wanda Larue (Perrine) Wolfe

Age 90, of Morgantown, WV passed away on February 11, 2019 at Mon Health Medical Center.

She was born on February 17, 1928 in Jane Lew, WV. She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Ellen (Westfall) Perrine and was raised in Braxton County.

She lost her mother, brother and sister at a young age and was raised by various families. Wanda was accepted into the family of Bert and Eunice Perrine at Exchange spending her formative years as one of their immediate family.

Wanda graduated from Gassaway High School in 1947. After graduation, she entered a nursing program at WVU. She worked at the Mileground Medical Center and then became the head of the Electrocardiogram Department at the West Virginia University Hospital. She also worked at Monongalia General Hospital. Even after retirement, Wanda continued utilizing her nursing skills to help neighbors, friends and family. She enjoyed gardening, writing, and cooking.

Wanda is survived by two sons, Richard Wolfe of Bridgeport, WV; Donald Wolfe and wife Beverly of Morgantown, a daughter, Sharon Bell and husband Robert of LaPlace, LA, three granddaughters, Natalie McFarland, Shawn Adrian and husband Ryan Adrian, and Nickie Wolfe, a great grandson, Braylon Adrian, and great granddaughter, Addison Adrian.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Clifford of 53 years in 2004, her parents and two brothers, Darold Perrine and Corbin Vance Perrine, and a sister, Susan Ellen Perrine.

Family and friends called at Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home on Friday February 15, 2019 from 3 PM - 7 PM and again on Saturday from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM with Rev. Dan Kimble officiating.

Wanda was laid to rest at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, beside her husband.

Edwina Lynn Burkhammer

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Edwina Lynn Burkhammer (Mason)

Age 76, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on November 6, 1942: daughter of the late Robert Mason and Marie (Steinbeck) Mason.

Mrs. Burkhammer is survived by two daughters: Debora Thomas of Coats, NC and Holly Perry of Buckhannon,WV;  one son: Dean Burkhammer of Weston, five grandchildren: Chasity Nicholson, Brittany Manring, Bricyn Perry, Drew Perry and Gavin Perry and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister: Diane Higginbotham of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Burkhammer was a warehouse employee Consolidated Natural Gas Company. She was a graduate of Weston High School. She enjoyed playing games on her computer. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and her cat: Nuggett.

At her wishes, Edwina will be cremated and a memorial gathering will be held in her honor at a later date.

Hardman Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Edwina Lynn Burkhammer.

Mildred M. Heiskell

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Mildred M. Heiskell

Age 91 of Parkersburg, WV passed away February 24, 2019 at the Wyngate Senior Living Center.

She was born at Smithville, WV, the daughter of the late George and Amy Brissey Morris.

She had at one time worked for the Garment Factory in Harrisville and was a Homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and traveling with her husband and especially enjoyed their trips out west. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, James Edward Heiskell of Parkersburg. Her sisters in law, Hope Morris of Nitro, WV. and Martha Morris of Vienna, WV. Her nieces and nephews, Denzil (Betty), Kristen, Susan, David L. Morris (Cari), Debra L. Osborne (Robert), Paul, Richard (Patty), Mark (Cindy), Robert (Olivia), Sharon Jankowicz (James), Steven, Tim (Pam) and Jill Trippett (Dave).

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Heiskell; her brothers, George, Edward “Bud” and Lawrence Morris and her sister, Lillian Davis.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 AM at the Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory in Parkersburg with Reverend Kurt Busiek officiating.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 3 PM. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Harrisville, WV.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PMm.

Kenneth “Mike” Putnam

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Kenneth “Mike” Putnam

Age 69, of Shock, WV, victoriously went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 22, 2019 while surrounded by his family.

Mike was born February 05, 1950 in Gassaway, WV, the son of the late Vena Putnam Clark and Marshall “Fletcher” Putnam.

Mike is preceded in death by his brother, Wetzel Putnam and sister Rachel (Putnam) Johnson. Surviving siblings include Van Putnam of Petroleum, WV; Dolores (Putnam) Wright of Rosedale, WV; Charlotte (Putnam) Frame of Wellington, OH.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Darlene (Rudd) Putnam, and four children; Gary of Smithville, OH, John of Kenna, WV, Charles of Greenville, WV, and daughter Emily of Birch River, WV.

Mike and Darlene have eight grandchildren; Tiffany, Christopher, Caroline, Isaac, Andrew, Naomi, Austin, and Ronin.

Mike was the pastor of Millfork Community Church near Rosedale, WV. He loved teaching the Bible and was an avid bluegrass gospel singer and musician. He dedicated every day of his life as a living testimony to the power of Jesus Christ. He was admired across his community as a spiritual witness, handyman and friend. He could always be found helping his family, friends, and even strangers in any way he was needed to improve both their spiritual and daily lives. Mike played banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, and produced two music albums as the lead member of the Putnam Family. He also enjoyed working in his garage, hunting with his boys, and most of all spending time with his family.

Services will be held at the Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on February 26, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 10 AM - Noon, with a funeral service at 12:00 PM, officiated by Minister John Putnam. Burial will be held at the Rosedale Community Cemetery.

In lieu of a graveside service, a dinner will be provided for the family and friends by the Rosedale Senior Center at Rosedale, WV.

The Putnam family would like to thank all of the friends and family who joined Mike in his valiant fight with Leukemia through prayer and support. Mike has won the ultimate Victory and is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Douglas Todd Cunningham

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Douglas Todd Cunningham

Age 50, of Grantsville, WV went to be with his Lord on February 22, 2019 at the Arbors of Marietta.

He was born September 05, 1968, the son of Roger and Janet Sturms.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by daughter, Eden Jade Cunningham; brothers, Chad Cunningham and Eric Cunningham; grandchildren, Oliver Holbert and Riley Holbert; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Clay Sturms, Jr. and Waneta Sturms of Grantsville and paternal grandparents, Trevie Cunningham and Oleta Cunningham Kelley.

Doug attended Mountain State College, was very active in scouting where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, he was a 911 dispatcher for Calhoun County EMS, and was a city police officer for the town of Clendenin, WV.

There will be a memorial service for Doug on March 02, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV.

Florence Carol Canter

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Florence Carol Canter

Age 74, of Walkersville, WV passed away February 22, 2019 at Clay Health Care Center.

She was born August 08, 1944 in Denver, Colorado to the late Robert Charles Murray and Gladys Mae Harvey Murray.

Florence worked in the school system and a credit union in Denver while she lived there. After she moved to West Virginia she became a foster parent and also became known as “the Avon Lady”.  She enjoyed farming and gardening of vegetables and flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Canter and grandchild, Jeremy Allen Brady.

Florence is survived by sons; Michael Monroe Pratt McCain and Timothy Gibson; daughter, Laura Jean Jensen; stepdaughter, Ann Brady Lamb; granddaughter, Jessica Rogers and husband, William; great grandchildren, Hailey, Levi, Keith, and Maggie.

Graveside service will be 12 Noon Monday, February 25, 2019 at Knawls Creek Cemetery, Walkersville with Chaplain Gary Coffey officiating.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Loy Clifton Byrd Jr.

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Loy Clifton Byrd Jr.

Age 87, of the Deerfield Community departed from this world on Saturday, February 23, 2019, and landed gently in the arms of his Heavenly Father.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 21, 1931 the son of the late Loy C. Byrd, Sr. and Mattie Susan Schieffer Byrd.

In addition to his parents, Loy was preceded in death by two brothers: John Thomas Byrd and Clifford Earl Byrd; two sisters: Lela Mae Posey and Oleta Lindsay; and one son-in-law, Mark P. Coplin.

On August 22, 1959 Loy married the love of his life and best friend, Janette Taylor. After 59 wonderful years, she will forever cherish their time together.

Loy is also survived by two daughters: Susan Byrd-Marth and husband, William, of Waxahachie, TX, and Lee A. Coplin of Jackson’s Mill; one granddaughter: Taylor Brooke Coplin of Jackson’s Mill; his devoted Snoodle, JoJo; two sisters-in-law: Matha Byrd of Fairmont, and Wanda Starcher of Weston; and four brothers-in-law: Russell Lindsay and Bill Posey both of Clarksburg, Richard Taylor of Weston, and David Taylor of Houston, TX.

Loy graduated from Weston High School as a member of the Class of 1951. He then served honorably in the United States Air Force. His pride for his service was evident because he could always remember he served his country for 5 years, 8 months, and 12 days. After his service, Loy received an Accounting degree from West Virginia Business College.

He attended the Waldeck United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was a member of the Board of Trustees. Loy was also a member of the Diabled American Veterans and the Scottish Rite in Clarksburg. He also spent several years as Secretary of the Weston Lodge #10 AF&AM where he was a 50 year member.

Loy retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company after working as the District Superintendent at the Kennedy District.

He will be forever remembered as a devoted and loving Husband, Father, Pap, and Friend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be may to the Waldeck United Methodist Church in Loy’s honor.

Friends are invited to join the family at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM to 1 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Jane Lew with Masonic Grave Rites provided by the Weston Masonic Lodge #10.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home, appreciate the service of Loy Clifford Byrd Jr. and it has been our honor and privilege to serve his family.

Mary Elizabeth Carman

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Mary Elizabeth Carman

Age 82 of Bryant, passed away on February 16, 2019 as a result of a long battle with Parkinson’s.

Her three children, along with their spouses, were by her side when she drifted off to be with the Lord.

Mary was born on February 10, 1937 in Gassaway, West Virginia to the late David Henry and Aleen Smith Baker.

She was a long standing member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Little Rock and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton.

She was preceded in death in 2007 by her husband of 47 years, Roy H. Carman.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Sam. D. Carman and wife, Laurie, Matthew Gregg Carman, daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Martin, sister, Alice Marie Myers and husband, Dan, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation was from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

A Rosary service was held on Thursday, February 21 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton at 7:00 PM.

Funeral Mass was held on Friday, February 22nd at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Church.

Dale Junior Hunt

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Dale Junior Hunt

Age 80, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019, at his home.

He was born October 24, 1938, in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Harley Dale and Reta Mildred Lee Hunt.

On March 28, 1959, he married Carolyn Marie Mahan who preceded him in death on December 27, 2010.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his step-granddaughter, Daisy Wease. He is survived by his son, Robert Dale Hunt and wife Daisy of Rock Cave, WV; one granddaughter, April Tenney and husband Amos of Ellamore, WV; one step-grandson, Scott Wease of De Leon Springs, FL; two great-grandsons, Jake and Parker Tenney of Ellamore; two step-great-grandsons, Private Charles Arrington of Ft. Drum, NY and Lucas Arrington of Weston, WV; three step-great-granddaughters, Grace Arrington of Weston, Hope Adkins of Fairmont, WV and Jade Wease of Shinnston, WV; one brother, Cecil Hunt and wife Cindy of Rock Cave; one sister, Imogene Howes and husband Harold of Rock Cave; two nephews, Michael Hunt of MD and Jason Howes and wife Sara Beth of Buckhannon; three nieces, Becca Hunt-Ford and husband Wayne of VA, Sarah Wood and husband Nick and Donna Snider and husband Rex all of Rock Cave and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hunt worked as a machinist for Moore Business Forms for over 25 years and attended Heaston Ridge United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Crisis and following that he was honored to serve in the military post office.

Friends will be received Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 12 Noon to 1 PM at the Heaston Ridge United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will follow at 1 PM with the Rev. Sue Lowther officiating.

Burial will follow in the Heaston Ridge Church Cemetery at Heaston Ridge, WV.

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

Leonard Harris Windon

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Leonard Harris Windon

Age 89, of Jane Lew, WV departed this life on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born on June 19, 1929 in Harrison County, WV to the late Charles Foreman Windon and Lena Magdalene Carter Windon.

On January 17, 1948, he married the love of his life, Martha Francis Wagner. Together they shared just over 71 wonderful years of marriage, and she will miss him immensely.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Martha Windon; three sons: Ronnie Windon and his wife, Pam, of Ocala, FL, Bradley Windon and his wife, Christine, of Montgomery, AL, and Richard Windon and his wife, Mary, of Morgantown, WV; four grandchildren: Anita Baxter and her husband, Jeff, of Ross Park, PA, Doug Windon and his wife, Vicki, of Butler, PA, Katrina Windon of Fayetteville, AR, and Neil Windon, of Montgomery, AL; five great grandchildren; and one sister, Peggy Bright and her husband, Bud, of Hilton Head, SC.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Maxine Southern Smith and one brother, Charles Windon.

Leonard graduated from Unidis High School in 1947. He worked at Allman Brothers Grocery Store in Staley until he went to work for Monongahela Power in 1960, from which he retired in 1991.

Together he and Martha loved to camp and spent more than thirty years as members of the Country Roads RV Club. He ventured all over the East Coast but especially loved to visit Myrtle Beach, SC. He was also a member of the Jane Lew Lions Club for many years.

Per Leonard’s request, there will be no celebration of life.

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

Frederick “Fred” Carl Little

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Frederick “Fred” Carl Little

Passed away suddenly at his residence in Big Bend, Calhoun County, WV on February 15, 2019.

Fred was born February 02, 1955, a son of the late Everett and Emily Little.

Fred was a beloved brother and a well-known friend of the community. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers Marvin, Melton, Ray and Gay Little.

He is survived by his brothers, David Paul Little of Five Forks, WV; Joseph “Joe” Edward Little of Big Bend, Harlan “Blackie” Martin Little of Roane County, WV; Harley “Whitey” Clyde Little of Annamoriah, Commodor Little of Roane County, Robert “Bub” Rex Little of Harmony, Gerald Little of Ohio, James Little of Charleston, WV; two sisters Hattie Little of Big Bend, and May Jean Lowe of Ripley. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Fred’s request for cremation has been honored by the family and no services will be held.

Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc. is honored to assist the Little family in their time of need.

Jack Norman Blazer

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Jack Norman Blazer

Age 71 of New Milton, WV passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Jefferson Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Born in Hammonton, NJ he lived most of his life in the Folsom area before retiring to West Virginia in 2006.

Jack was the Owner and Operator of Blazer Trucking Company. He enjoyed farming, trucking, hunting and he was a member of Hit & Miss Gun Club in Newtonville. After retiring to West Virginia Jack lived on Route 18 South at Sugar Camp where he raised and sold produce and plants for 19 years with his wife of 30 years Joan Dickerson- Blazer.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Norman and Virginia Blazer, and his sister Charlotte Blazer.

He is survived by his wife Joan Dickerson-Blazer, four children Jack Blazer (Barbara) of Folsom, Michael Blazer (Donna) of Hammonton, Tina Snead (Chris) of Franklinville, and Jacob Blazer (Brandy) of Folsom, one brother Norman Blazer of Egg Harbor Township, one sister Margaret Ann Fleitz (Thomas) of Dover, DE, nine grandchildren Nicole Ransom (Bryan), Jason Blazer (Desiree), Mike Blazer Jr. (Shayna), Ryan Blazer (Courtney), Rachel McAfee (Robert), Jozie Snead, Jordan Snead, Brandon Blazer and Noah Blazer, four great grandchildren Bryan Ransom, Zachary Ransom, Alexis Blazer and Greyson Snead.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Carnesale Funeral Home, 202 S. Third Street in Hammonton, where funeral services will take place at 11:00 AM.

Burial will follow at St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, 1341 Mays Landing Road, Folsom, NJ.

Anna Maria Rose

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Anna Maria Rose

Age 51, of Little Birch, WV passed away on February 22, 2019.

She was born April 18, 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Newman Dencil Criner and Lois Marie Marsh Criner.

Anna worked in the restaurant industry most of her life.  More recently she worked at Shoney’s and was the manager at Granny’s Kitchen.  She enjoyed reading horror books and was a gardener of flowers.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Timmy Rose; daughters, Olivia Rose, Michelle Pritchard, and Michelle Bradford; brothers, Newman Dencil Criner, Jr., of Flatwoods, WV; sister, Emma Roupe of Little Birch; grandchildren, Kyra Pritchard, Brayden Pritchard, Aron Bradford and Logan Bradford.

Service will be 1 PM Monday, February 25, 2019 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home

Interment will be in the Rose Cemetery, Little Birch.

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

James “Allen” Shaw

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James “Allen” Shaw

Age 58, of Camden, WV passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Friday, February 22, 2019.

On September 13, 1960, Sylvia Joyce Wright and the late William Allen Shaw welcomed Allen to this world in Orlando, FL.

On June 02, 2018 he married Donna Marie Walls. She will greatly miss her husband after spending more than 14 years together.

In addition to his wife, Allen is survived by his mother, Sylvia Baxter and husband, Paul, of Orlando, FL; one daughter, Summer Walls of Camden; one niece, Alexandria Doucette and husband, Michael, who he considered to be his own; two great nieces: Emma and Savannah Doucette; one great nephew, Garrett Walls; three sisters: Paige Eveland and husband, Dan, of Chattanooga, TN, Penney Ackerman and husband, Richard, of Deltona, FL, and Peggy Hoyt and husband, Lawrence, of Winter Garden, FL; several additional nieces and nephews; one step brother, David Baxter of Orlando, FL; one adopted grandmother, Betty Ingram of Weston; and six special friends: John Cole, Danny Prince, Jamie Ellingsworth, Chet Autry, and Merle and Jimmy Watson.

Allen was a member of the Masonic Lodge #368 in Pinecastle, FL where he received the sublime degree of Worshipful Master in 2004 & 2005. He was also a Shriner and a member of Grace Baptist Temple, Jane Lew.

He was a hard worker who spent time farming, as a journeyman in the A/C & Refrigeration Industry and a pipefitter in Union 803.

In his spare time, Allen enjoyed the conversations with his fellow HAM operators who knew him as WV4A. He also spent time as a WV Hunter’s Safety Instructor because he loved to hunt himself. Above all Allen cherished his time spent with his family. He enjoyed playing with his great nieces and great nephew, whom he loved as his own grandchildren.

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

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of James “Allen” Shaw.

Opal Dunham Garton

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Opal Dunham Garton

Age 95, of Weston, WV passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, February 22, 2019 under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor Nursing Home Staff. Prior to Crestview, she resided at Maplewood Assisted Living where she also received loving care.

Opal was born in Weston, WV on April 27, 1923, the youngest child of Winfield Scott and Effie Mae Henry Dunham.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles E. Garton, on April 20, 2000.

Also preceding her in death were three brothers: Hugh, Wayne, and Earl Dunham; and three sisters: Garnet Campbell, Pauline Bouch, and Marie Palmer.

Carrying on Opal’s legacy are two sons: Stephen “Scott” Garton and wife, Janie, and Charles Gregory “Greg” Garton both of Weston; two daughters: Deborah Garton and husband, Fred Butler, of Bluefield, WV; and Melissa Allison and husband, Rusty, of Weston; six grandchildren: Lesley White and husband, John, Brannon Garton, WV; Seth Wilson and wife, Allison, Leigh Anne Wilson, Field Garton, and Lindsay Wahlquist and husband, Matt; and ten great grandchildren: Leo and Luke White, Lily Davis, Carter and Aaron Wilson, Matthew and Ian Pierson, Olivia and Max Garton, and Liam Wahlquist; one sister-in-law, Ann Dunham; and six wonderful caregivers: Sandy Whitehair, Charlotte Fultineer, Robin Rush, Kay Evans, Cathy Smith, and Melody White.

Opal was a graduate of Weston High School class of 1941. She then became a real estate broker. She and her husband, Charlie, founded Garton Real Estate and Construction and operated the business in Weston for over 30 years.

Opal was an avid bridge player and was a member of the same bridge club for over 50 years. She was also a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Weston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Opal’s memory to St. Patrick Catholic Church or School. Contributions may be mailed to 210 Center Ave. Weston, WV 26452.

Family and friends will gather at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 210 Center Ave. in Weston from 10-11 AM on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM with Reverend Jeremiah McSweeney as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Weston.

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

Joann (Perry) Lanham

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Joann (Perry) Lanham

Age 73, Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the home of her daughter in Morgantown, WV, following her long hard battle of 3 years.

Joann was born March 17, 1945 in Columbus, OH, a daughter of the late Robert and Flossie (Conkle) Perry.

She spent her life as a loving and devoted homemaker for her family. Joann also worked at the former Blue Bird Diner of Pennsboro, WV, was a housekeeper for Dr. Humphrey’s office in Pennsboro, WV and worked in the garment industry of Ritchie County at Economy Industries of Harrisville, WV. She was a member of the Pennsboro Baptist Church and she greatly enjoyed walking on the track at Myles Stadium, cooking, and being outside. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Robert Lanham of Pennsboro, WV; Wayne Lanham of Pennsboro, WV; Kimberly Michael of Morgantown, WV; Flossie Spaulding of London, OH, and Wendy Smith of Shinnston, WV; 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; sisters, June Roberts, Flossie Auten, and Judy Payne, all of OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Virgil Ray Lanham who passed away in 2006; sister, Jane May Perry and brothers, Grover Perry, Jack Perry, and Jim Perry.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the McCullough Raiguel Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Jason Fillmore officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery in Pennsboro, WV.

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

Sheryl Lea Griffin

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Sheryl Lea Griffin

Age 61 of Sutton, WV passed away on February 09, 2019 at United Hospital Center with family by her side. 

She was born March 13, 1957 in Sutton, WV, daughter of the late Henry Grey and Mary Josephine Carpenter McElwain. 

Sheryl was great in the kitchen, working at Skidmore Truck Stop and Shoney’s in Flatwoods.  Her hobbies were gardening, flowers, sewing, quilting and she also loved her animals. She was a very unique person and was the cool aunt. 

She is survived by her husband of forty four years, Charley Lee Griffin; two sisters, Cindy Rose and husband Jim, Sutton, Beverly Buckley and husband Chuck, Parkersburg, WV; two brothers, Leonard C McElwain, Sutton, Bill “Toop” McElwain, Lorain, OH; several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Kenneth G McElwain, Yvonne Collins and Betty Brunt.

Affordable Funeral and Cremation is handling the cremation for the Griffin family. 

Inurnment will be held at a later date at McElwain Cemetery.

Doran Lynn Zirkle

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Doran Lynn Zirkle

Age 63 years, a resident of Mabie, WV passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born July 17, 1955 in Elkins, WV a son of the late Russell Zirkle and the late Iris Simmons Zirkle.

On May 07, 1977 he was married to Glenda Jenkins Zirkle of Glenville, WV who preceded him in death on October 23, 2015.

Surviving are four daughters, Crystal Zirkle, Mabie, Maggie McDaniel and husband Rodney of Martinsburg, WV, Holly Johnson and husband Jesse of Niles, OH and Tracy Kovalak and husband David of Warren, OH. Three brothers, Dayton Zirkle and wife Geraldine, Doyle Zirkle and wife Sharon and Delbert Zirkle and wife Wilda all of Mabie, one sister, Ruby Ware and husband David and one granddaughter, Whitney Bates also survive.

Also preceding him in death was one sister, Pauline Smith. Doran was a graduate of Elkins High School and was employed for many years as a custodian at Coalton School.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing chess and watching Westerns on television. He was a member of the Upper Steer Run Missionary Baptist Church.

Friends may call from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Brock Zirkle officiating.

Cremation will follow.

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Doran Lynn Zirkle.

Phyllis A. Mayes

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Phyllis A. Mayes

Age 85 passed away Friday, February 15, 2019. Phyllis was born in Duck, WV and had lived in Northfield Center for over 45 years.

She is survived by her grandson David (Christa) Mayes, 2 great grandchildren, Cameron & Gavin Mayes, by her siblings, Carlos Crislip, Harold (Rose) Crislip, Christine Lare, Shirley Rose, Kay Knicely, June Walsh, Sharon Turner, Jim Knicely, Jerry Knicely and Herbert (Samantha) Kniceley and by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son Mark E. Mayes, sister Emma Young and brother Gaile Dobbins, Roy Lyn Crislip and Larry Crislip.

Phyllis offers a special thanks to her dear friends Carol and Sheila Gibson, Betty Einhart and all of her other wonderful friends for always being there for her. She loves you all.

Phyllis was a hard worker. She enjoyed preparing and providing meals for people she loved. She was a servant to many. For those who wish, in honor of Phyllis please pay it forward by preparing a meal for someone in need.

The family received friends 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, 99 W. Aurora Road. (Rt. 82, one mile west of Rt. 8), Northfield Center, OH (330.468.1443) where funeral services will begin at 12:00PM.

Interment followed at Silver Springs Cemetery, Stow, OH.

Roger Lee Props

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Roger Lee Props

Age 65, Harrisville, WV, passed away February 07, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving mother and family.

Roger was born April 24, 1953 to Mary Wilson Props and the late Roy Props.

He was employed at AB Chance for 22 years and Englander Bedding for 15 years. He also earned a degree in welding from Salem College. He was proud 1972 graduate of Harrisville High School.

Roger enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, wood working and farming on the family farm.

Roger is preceded in death by his father, Roy.

He is survived by his mother Mary Wilson Props of Harrisville; Mike Props, who was not only his nephew but also his special care giver, two daughters, Melanie Hodge of Pennsboro, WV and Jennifer (Jeff) Valentine of Stuttgart, Germany; three brothers Donald (Oleta) Props of Harrisville, Jim (Becky) Props of Pennsboro, Richard (Margaret) props of Harrisville and one special sister, Cathy (Butch) Skaggs of Harrisville, three grandsons, Dustin Rogers, Hunter Valentine and Lance Valentine, one granddaughter Tapanga Hodge; one great grandson, Skyler Rogers and several nephews and nieces.

A viewing will be held at 1 PM February 24 at King Knob Methodist Church in Harrisville, with a memorial service to follow at 2 PM.

A private burial will following at King Knob Cemetery.

Mike Hardbarger will be officiating.

Friends and family are welcome and invited to come and join us in the celebration of Roger’s life.

Tonya Lynn Phillips

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Tonya Lynn Phillips

Age 29, of the Walkersville, WV community, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at her home.

She was born February 14, 1990, in Buckhannon, WV.

She is survived by her father Bernard Eugene Phillips of Rock Cave and her mother Tressa Fay Friend Watson and stepfather Kerby Watson of Ireland, WV. In addition to her parents, she is also survived by her fiancé Paul Wesley “Dutch” Schoolcraft of Walkersville; daughter Tamblynn Rachelle Schoolcraft at home; stepdaughters: Faith Emily Schoolcraft of Clarksburg, WV; Latisha Jean Schoolcraft, Heather Ashley Schoolcraft, and Sherrie Schoolcraft all of Virginia; stepson Kenneth Wesley Schoolcraft and wife Kelcee of Buckhannon; one grandson Liam Wesley Schoolcraft; six step granddaughters of Virginia; two brothers: Daniel Lee Phillips and girlfriend Jessica Keyser of Buckhannon and Rusty Watson of Ireland; two sisters: Jenna Phillips of Rock Cave, WV and Ashley Chipps and boyfriend Adam Green of Ireland; maternal grandmother Jessie Friend of Rock Cave; paternal grandmother Betty Phillips of PA; step grandmother Sharon Dean; and several uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Henry Friend; paternal grandfather Russell Phillips; and uncle Harold Friend.

Tonya enjoyed hunting, four-wheeler riding, swimming, going to the beach and dearly loved her family.

Friends will be received at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, the funeral hour, with Pastor Ed McDaniels and Pastor David Jessie officiating.

Following the services, the family is honoring her wishes for cremation. I

n lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral chapel to help with expenses.

The Phillips family entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services with the arrangements.

Harold A. “Tink” Wilson

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Harold A. “Tink” Wilson

Age 86, of Flatwoods, WV passed away at the Glenville Center on February 17, 2019.

He was born August 03, 1932 in Triplett, WV the son of the late Virgil H. & Alma G. Edwards Wilson.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Solida; brother, Carl D. “Bud” Wilson; companion, Kathleen Fenn.

Tink was employed at Michael Motors where he retired. He was then employed by Braxton County Commission to care for the Braxton County Airport, where he resided. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne of WV & a past member of the Gassaway Lions Club. He was an avid golfer and liked to take long rides on his many motorcycles he owned.

He is survived by his sons, Jeffery A Wilson (Edna), Ronald M. Wilson, Gregory S. Wilson; daughters, Donna M. Smyth (Fiancée, Sterling Bridger), Jamey A. Kepic (Robert); sister, Marcia Becker; brother, Charles B. Wilson; grandchildren, Brittney Wilson, Haley Wilson and Matthew Kepic.

In honoring Tink’s wishes, he was cremated and a celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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

Marlene Edinger Cosner

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Marlene Edinger Cosner

Age 82, of Arthur Avenue in Chestnut Hills, Clarksburg, WV passed away Friday morning, February 15, 2019, at her residence.

She was born in Weston, WV on September 11, 1936, a daughter of the late Herman “Chick” and Ella (Starkey) Edinger.

On January 18, 1957, she married Frank D. Cosner, who preceded her in death on December 01, 2004.

She is survived by her son, Frank D. Cosner, Jr., and his fiancée, Patty Boyles of West Union, WV; her daughter, Carolyn Forinash, and her husband Michael of Chester, VA; two grandchildren, Marlana Hausvater and her husband Michael, Bridgeport, WV; and Machelle Lopez and her fiancé Lamont Helm, Stonewood, WV; five great-grandchildren, Dre’Mir Marcus, Holden and Amarra Hausvater, and Brailey and Brody Lopez; and a special niece, Sharon Underwood and her husband Brad.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Herman Edinger; and two sisters, Leila Eileen Edinger and Iris Valjean Edinger.

Marlene was a devoted, hardworking, caring and loving caregiver to 3 generations. She dedicated her life to caring for her family and friends. She enjoyed vacationing with her family, writing poetry, reading, camping and watching sunsets. She was a true inspiration to all she met and enjoyed attending church. She was a member of Bridgeport United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bridgeport United Methodist Church Permanent Fund, 251 Worthington Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330, or WVU Medicine Hospice, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.

Friends were received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, from 2-4 PM, and 6-8 PM on Monday, February 18, where services were held at 11 AM, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, with Reverend Dr. Ken Ramsey presiding.

Interment followed in the Broad Run Cemetery, Jane Lew.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport.

Mary O. Freeland

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Mary O. Freeland

Age 92, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, February 18, 2019, at Pine View Continuous Care in Harrisville, WV.

Mary was born August 20, 1926 in Harrisville, WV a daughter of the late Albert and Dora (Hawkins) Stanley.

For 43 years, Mary worked in the garment industry of Ritchie County as part of Myles Manufacturing, Pennsboro Manufacturing, and Economy Industries and was a member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter in law, Linda L. Freeland of Pennsboro, WV; granddaughter Amanda McNally of Houston, TX and step grandson, Michael Devon Hammett of Pennsboro, WV, along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Freeland and son, Kenny Freeland.

Visitation will be from 5 PM - 6 PM on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the McCullough Raiguel Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will take place in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Willis Perrine

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Willis Perrine

Passed on to his Heavenly Father on February 17, 2019, at Meadowview Manor in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

Willis was born September 08, 1926, in Cox’s Mills, Gilmer County, West Virginia, the son of the late Wesley and Della (Titus) Perrine.

He is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Lenora June (Crawford) Perrine; one son, Willis Perrine Jr. and his wife, Crystal of Morgantown, WV; one daughter, Saundra Holepit and her husband, Eddie of Morgantown; two grandsons, Edward L. Holepit and his wife, Jena of Virginia & Michael W. Holepit and his wife, Shae of Bridgeport; two great-grandsons, Ethan Holepit and Aiden Elder; two great-granddaughters, Ava Marie Holepit and Abby Springer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Willis worked for 18 years at the Dupont Plant in Spelter as a foreman. Then he retired as a pumper from Pennzoil after 15 years with the company. Willis served his country in the U.S. Army 7th Calvary during World War II. He was deployed to the Philippine Islands until the end of the war and then served in the Occupation of Japan. After re-enlisting in the Army for the Korean Conflict, Willis was severely wounded when his Jeep was hit by a tank landmine. Willis was awarded three Bronze Stars for his bravery and the Purple Heart medal. Willis enjoyed many things including being a member of the Stonewood Horseshoe League and the American Legion Post 31. He especially enjoyed spending time with family.

In addition to his parents, Willis was preceded in death by his five brothers, Clemeth, Emmeth, William “Bill” Ferrell and Louis “Louie” Perrine and one sister, Ruby Titus. Willis was the last surviving member of his family.

The family will receive friends at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

A funeral service will be held at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, WV, on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 11 AM with Pastor Duane Bartrug and Pastor Eric Miker officiating.

Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Mt. Clare, WV.

Dorsey Funeral Home is honored to assist the Perrine family at this time.

Stephen Glenn Goodnight

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Stephen Glenn Goodnight

Age 74, of Grantsville, WV, passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at his residence in Annamoriah, WV under the loving care of his family and Housecalls Hospice.

He was born December 28, 1944 in Calhoun County, WV, son of the late Cecil Harold and Wanoka Goodnihght Morehead.

Steve was a retired Well Tender and loved farming and being with his cattle.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at the Goodnight Cemetery at Big Bend, WV on March 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

Everyone is welcome.

Mid-Ohio Valley Cremation Society.

Sherry Pauline Noble

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Sherry Pauline Noble

Age 60, of Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 16, 2019 in the comfort of her own home.

She was born on October 01, 1958 a daughter of the late Paul Dewitt and Ruth Louise Mize Noble.

Relishing their memories of Sherry are three daughters: Kelli Vance and husband, Charles, of Barboursville, Kandice Ramsey of Glenville, and Kari Moss and husband, Travis, of Glenville; three grandchildren: Brian Rodgers, Cash Covill, and Layton Moss; two sisters: Linda Noble Cervantes and Katherine Noble; several nieces and nephews; and one canine son, Bubba.

In addition to her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by one son, Brian Holmes; two brothers: David and Steven Noble; and two nephews: Jodie Allison and Jon Noble.

Sherry was raised Pentecostal but later attended non-denominational churches. Her faith never waivered and she was always a very devoted Christian. Sherry’s talent for keeping an immaculate house was put to good use when she started her own cleaning business. She enjoyed sharing her passion with others. Not only were Sherry’s appearance and personality beautiful, but also her handwriting. Her children will treasure all of her handwritten books for a lifetime.

There was never a pup in Sherry’s life until Bubba came along. Then the two became inseparable. They spent their days watching the religious channel together. Bubba and Sherry were so intertwined they would even sigh at the same time. Bubba will surely miss her immensely.

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

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

Peggy Ann (Lewis) Currence

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Peggy Ann (Lewis) Currence

Age 73, of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Braxton County Health Care Center, Sutton, WV.

She was born August 01, 1945 at Sutton, WV to the late Orvil Lewis and June (Morrison) Lewis.

Also preceding her in death was brothers, Fred, Bill and Larry Lewis; sister, Maxine and one great grandson.

She is survived by her loving husband, Delbert Currence; son, Anthony (Craig) Currence, Sutton, WV; daughter, Pamela Hamrick (Jeff), Coon Knob, WV; sister, Linda Bruffy, Parcoal, WV; grandchildren, Joyce, Jessie, Broody and great grandchildren, Kara, Rai Ann and Matthew Huffman.

Peggy graduated from Davis and Elkins School of Nursing and worked at the Braxton County Health Care Center for many years as a nurse and was the director of nursing. She loved being a nurse and it was much more than just a job to her. After her many years as a nurse she traveled to many different places as a troubleshooter for nursing homes. She was an excellent cook and homemaker. Her family was the most important part of her life. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Peggy’s wish for cremation will be honored and there will be a private Memorial Service held at a later date.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be in care of the arrangements of Peggy Ann (Lewis) Currence.

Barbara Jean Gallaher

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Barbara Jean Gallaher

Age 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, went peacefully to sleep on February 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by her husband and two daughters, as was her wish.

Barb was born November 22, 1951 in Bay Village, Ohio, the eldest child of the late Sarah (Sally) A. Brown and Charles (Blake) B. Pendergrass.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her infant son, Jason, her sisters, Marilou Wendling and Karen Blevins.

Barb was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended the Sutton Kingdom Hall. She put her trust and her life in her God, Jehovah’s, hands, and she is now in His Rest.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Eric Gallaher, two daughters, Jenny (Carl) Payne of Gassaway, WV, Lori Payne of Gassaway, grandchildren Tasha Payne, of Gassaway, Tyler Payne, of Gassaway, Emerson Payne (Emily) of Weston WV, and Ethan Gallaher (Kaitlyn) of Strange Creek WV, as well as four great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brothers, Roger (Denise) Pendergrass of Elyria, OH, Donald (Becky) Pendergrass of Elyria, and Dale (Lorie) of Westlake, OH, along with sisters, Diane Steele, of Elyria, OH, and Sharon McDermott (Casey Wathen) of Louisville, KY.

Barb was a homemaker and mother for many years. After her children were grown she furthered her education in business and income tax preparation. She retired after many years as a tax consultant and office manager with H&R Block in Gassaway, WV. She was an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service for many of those years.

Barb was an avid reader and student of the Bible. In addition to the Bible, she enjoyed reading legal thrillers and inspirational fiction. Barb was a gifted seamstress and needle worker. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, soaking up the sun, working in her flowers, and having porch time, drinking coffee with her best friend Ramona. Barb loved the water and had a lifelong love affair with Lake Erie.

Barbara’s wish for cremation has been honored.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 660 Sutton Lane, Sutton, WV 26601.

Donald Lilly will be officiating.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be in care of the arrangements of Barbara Jean Gallaher.

“ ‘For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you, declares Jehovah, thoughts of peace and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.‘ “ -Jeremiah 29:11

Bernice Riddle Stump

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Bernice Riddle Stump

Age 94, formerly of Russett, WV went to be with the Lord February 12, 2019 at Macclesfield, NC.

She was born July 16, 1924, a daughter of the late Ralph and Daisy Smith Riddle.

Bernice was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Glenville State College and attended WVU. She was a school teacher in Calhoun County for 40 years. She was a member of the Rush Run Baptist Church, Rush Run CEOS and the Calhoun County Retired School Employees.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Hughart Stump; sister, Agnes Kendall Lewis; and grandchild, Jordan Leigh Stump.

She is survived by her son, Stephen Stump (Dena); grandsons Zachary Stephen Stump and Hayden Taylor Stump; great-granddaughter, Sophia Bracewell; and long-time friend and caregiver, Linda Taylor.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Kenny Kendall and Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

Interment will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

Lt. Col. David T. Bennett

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Lt. Col. David T. Bennett

USAF Retired, passed away at The James Cancer Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. February 15, after an extended illness.

Col. Bennett retired October 1995 from the USAF after 24 years and from Northrop Grumman in 2013.

Dave was a graduate of Weston High School 1964 and Glenville State College, 1968. He held a Master’s Degree from Chapman College. He was Asst. Supt. at Cacapon State Park prior to his Air Force career.

He and his wife of 53 years, Ann Hughes Bennett, divided their time between their home on Juliana St, Parkersburg, WV, and Placerville, CA.

In addition, Dave is survived by a son, Brian, and his wife, Helen; a daughter, Kelly, and four grandchildren, Ashley and Kyran Bennett, Daelin and Devin Wofford, all in the Sacramento, CA area; and a brother, Donald J. Bennett and his wife, Christine, of Seattle, Washington.

He is preceded in death by his parents Alva M. and Bonnie C. Bennett.

A celebration of his life will be held in early summer for family and friends.

Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

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Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

Age 82 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her residence in Camden Flats, with her loving husband and children by her side.

She was born September 11, 1936 in Tanner, WV; daughter of the late Eustace and Ploma Grogg Frymier.

Nyla is a graduate of Tanner High School, class of 1954 and a former cook for the Gilmer County Board of Education, having served the communities children for more than 23 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, camping, and was a big fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Nyla loved caring for her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and would spoil them whenever possible.

On July 11, 1957 Nyla was united in marriage to John Jasper “Johnny” Poole, who survives at their Camden Flats home.

Surviving are 3 children, Dorinda Buck and husband Steve of Williamstown, WV; Mindy Nicholson and husband Mitch of New Milton, WV;  and Jason Poole and wife Amanda of Glenville, 3 siblings, Billy Joe Frymier and wife Linda of Tanner, Karen Alloway and husband Clyde of Belpre, OH; and Jean Reed and husband Junior of Summersville, WV.

Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Jeremy Buck and wife Holly, Mitchell Buck and wife Sara, Sheena Gray and husband Roadie, and Isaac, Jacob, and Leah Poole,  7 great-grandchildren, Rylee and Rayme Gray, and Parker, Inessa, Gavin, Elyse, and Abigail Buck, and a host of other family and friends.

Along with her parents, Nyla is preceded in death by 4 siblings, Judith Washburn, and Basil, Keith, and Jerry Frymier.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Sunday, February 17, 2019 with Rev. Kenny Fisher and Rev. Larry Flemming officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery near Tanner, WV.

Friends will be received from 4-8 PM; Saturday evening at the mortuary in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is honored to assist the family of Nyla Leah Poole with arrangements. 

John J. Faber

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John J. Faber

Age 80, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 12, 2019. He was born to the late John A. Faber and Elsie Hamilton Faber on February 20, 1938 in Alquina, IN.

John enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and served on the USS Elokonina and USS Thor from 1955 until 1959. He then was employed by Kenton Meadows in Orlando, FL and later transferred to WV where he met the love of his life, Bobbie.

In 1965 he re-enlisted in the Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabees where he served in Vietnam until he was injured and transferred to the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD.

John was an over the road truck driver for the Borg-Warner Corporation from 1969 until 1987. During this time John drove over one million accident free miles and won numerous competitions in the WV Trucking Association Rodeos. He also drove for A & R Tank Lines, Insight and Maxum Mobile MRI units and ended his career driving for Wal-Mart.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bobbie; children, Teresa, Jim, J.Todd (Angie), and Tammy (Ray); grandchildren, Nicholas, Mathew, Constance (Jake), Morgan (Kevin), Evan, Jonathan, and William; siblings, Floyd Faber (Arlene), and Betty Leach (Donald).

He was a Christian, baptized in the Elk River at Frametown and he was faithful to the Frametown United Methodist Church. He loved hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR, and spending winters in Florida. John was a member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge #133 and the Scottish Rite.

Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Reverend Johnny Conrad officiating.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 PM Saturday, February 16 and from 11 AM to 1:30 pPM Sunday, February 17 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Wanda “Jean” Heath

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Wanda “Jean” Heath

Age 68, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Weston, WV on May 10, 1950 a daughter of the late William Howard and Martha Virginia Skinner Krafft.

Jean was a 1968 graduate of Lewis County High School. On June 29 of that year, she married the man that would be her life-long partner, William Junior Heath. Together she and Junior raised their two children and shared all of the ups and downs of nearly 51 years of marriage.

Jean worked 32 years for Alkhan Labels but spent the last few years before retirement working as a home health aide with Lewis County Senior Center. She was a member of Murphy’s Creek Baptist Church and loved the fellowship that she found there. Jean had an outgoing friendly nature and never met a stranger. In her quiet time, Jean enjoyed gardening and reading. Above all things, Jean loved her family and had a special place in her heart for her granddaughter, Sofia.

Treasuring their memories of Jean are two children: Stella Nixon and husband, Jeff, of Lost Creek, and Brian Heath of Weston; one grandchild, Sofia Heath; former daughter-in-law, Jooyun Lee; three siblings: Ronald Krafft of Weston, Kathryn Posey of Mt. Morris, and Carol Thayer of Weston; and several nieces, nephews, and brothers/sisters-in-law.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11 AM in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

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

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Wanda “Jean” Heath.

Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall)

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Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall)

Born January 4th, 1929 of Gassaway, West Virginia passed from this life on February 13th 2019 to reunite with her loving husband, Denzil Alkire. Together, she and Denzil touched many lives from Hawaii to New York City doing God’s work as missionaries of the Mormon faith.

Phyllis was a wonderful mother and successful businesswoman. Her ability to persevere is admired by all who knew her. She enjoyed her extensive genealogical research, sewing and spending time with her family.

She was a loving and dedicated mother to her surviving children: Vance Gainer (Nancy); Glenadine Schiefer (Willie); David Gainer (Judy); Deborah Jones (Mark); Dienna Robinson; and Nancy Barger (Clyde).

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Judson H. Beall and Versta I. Harrison of Burnt House, West Virginia, and brother, Judson H. Beall.

She is survived by her siblings, Robert Beall, James Beall and Daniel Beall, 16 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly and forever cherish their memories of her.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with President Jacob Harmon officiating.

Interment will be in the Beall’s Mill Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call 2 hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Frederick John Morris Jr.

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Frederick John Morris Jr.

Age 86 of Weston WV passed away February 12 2019 at home with family and the guidance of Hospice.

Fred was born January 13, 1933, in Keene NH to the late Frederick J. Morris, Sr. and Emma Hodgman Morris.

He is survived by his wife Shelley Dion Morris of 28 years. Also surviving are two stepsons: Chris Dion, and James Dion.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janis Croteau Morris of Marlborough NH of 36 years and brothers: Kermit Morris and Robert Morris. Fred is survived by a son, Byron R Morris, and daughter Sherri A. Morris. Also surviving are grandchildren, Carrie Chase, Jason Paquette, James, and Jerehmey Morris, and Landen Dion, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Fred graduated president of his Marlborough High School class,(NH) in 1949. After which he enlisted in the US Airforce serving in the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1953. Returning to his home state of New Hampshire Fred enjoyed the outdoors and was a member and past president of the New England Family Campers Association for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoy gardening in his family business called Homestead Gardens in Swanzey New Hampshire. Fred was a machinist with Pneumo Precision of Keene New Hampshire for many years.

In 1990 he met and married his second wife Shelley. In 1992 they moved to Weston West Virginia where he enjoyed in his retirement woodworking, clogging, and “Fred’s Crafts” where he became known as the Mr. Fix It Man.He also enjoyed vacationing summers at their cottage on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston, serving as a past president of the Board of Trustees, a choir member for many years, and a member of the Men’s Group, and enjoyed helping with the men’s annual yard sale.

He was a lifelong member of the American Legion, and member of the Lewis County Senior Citizens Center.

Fred’s wish for cremation has been granted.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston beginning at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 with Reverend Tim Conrad officiating.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Fellowship time will be held on Saturday from 2-3 PM.

A fellowship luncheon will follow services in fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Mathew U.M. church, or the Lewis/ Upshur Co. Humane society.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored and privileged to serve the family of Frederick John Morris, Jr.

Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell

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Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell

Age 70, of Nebo WV passed away into rest on Monday, February 11, 2019.

He was born November 28, 1948, a son of the late Okey Lee and Alma Nellie Truman Cottrell.

He was a Vietnam War veteran.

He is survived by wife, Linda Starcher Cottrell; two sons, Johnny Cottrell of Nebo and Jason (Tracy) Cottrell of Nicut WV; granddaughters, Kimmi (Popeye), Briana (JuneBug) and Kassy (FuzzBug); grandsons, Darian (Knothead) and Dalton (Outlaw); great-granddaughters, Aubrey, Sydney, and EllaMae; brothers Ronnie (Betty) of Ivydale WV, Randy (Marsha) of Clay WV; sisters, Lois (Ron) of Chloe WV and Kay Coleman of Ivydale WV.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter, Jackie Lyn and grandson, Johnny Cottrell, Jr. (Jughead).

A visitation will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 6-8 PM.

Interment will be in Cottrell Cemetery at a later date.

Virginia Joan Starcher

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Virginia Joan Starcher

Age 97, of Minnora, WV went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2019 at Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care, Grantsville, WV.

She was born February 16, 1921 in Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Lester and Maude Hershman Bailey.

Virginia was a long-time member of Prudence Chapel as a faithful Christian. She loved Bible study and studying her Bible. She was a homemaker, loved working in her flower beds and gardening. Virginia loved life and had many friends and family that loved her as well.

While at Minnie Hamilton Long Term Care, Virginia occupied a lot of her time coloring beautiful pictures.

For the past 2 ½ years she was cared for by the compassionate staff at Minnie Hamilton Long Term Care.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Starcher; son, Marvin Lee Starcher; daughter-in-law, Joy Starcher; daughter, Evelyn Jean LaFleur; and son-in-law, “Frenchie” LaFleur.

A funeral service will be held at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Minnora Cemetery.

Ruth Ann Yost

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Ruth Ann Yost

Age 96, of Chloe, WV went home to be with the Lord February 10, 2019 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV.

She was born at Floe in Clay County, WV on August 30, 1922. She was the daughter of the late John Burton and Belle Vaughan.

She is survived by her two daughters, Launa Butler of Chloe, WV and Carolyn Lane of Orma, WV; six grandchildren, Bev and Bill Mullins of Chloe, WV; Ron and Jackie Butler of Princeton, WV; Rick and Rita Butler of Hacker Valley, WV; Rhonda and Charlie Laughlin of Arnoldsburg, WV; Vickie and Cecil Rogers of Minnora, WV; and Michelle Cutshall of Chloe, WV; 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and aunt. She was a homemaker and a caregiver to many. She attended Walker United Methodist Church, was a Sunday School teacher and song leader until she was unable to attend. She was a very sweet lady, loved God and everyone around her. She will be deeply missed by many family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-mother, Anna Vaughan, husband Fountain Yost, three sisters, Mabel Smith, Ruby Hensley, and Geneva Snyder; one brother, Paul Vaughan; son-in-law, Nolan Butler, and a great-grandchild, Lucas Butler.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment will be in Yost Cemetery.

Howard J. Ooten

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Howard J. Ooten


Age 80, of Arnoldsburg, WV, formerly of Yolyn, WV., went home to be with his Lord and Savior February 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Howard was born November 9, 1938 at Ragland, WV, the son of the late Rosa Mae Burke Ooten – Adkins and Garland Ooten.

Howard is preceded in death by his brother Arvel Ooten and sister Hannah Wooten.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Garnet Ooten, daughters; Rose Ann (Dar) Getts of Michigan, Kathy Baker of Michigan, Christy (David) Stevens of Clarksburg, WV, Lori (Bill) Brown of Danville, WV, Mary (Ronald) Blankenship of Cyclone, WV, and Julie Ooten (David) Fortune of Logan, WV, grandchildren; Susan Nelson, Anthony Smith, Drake Hughes, Joshua Brown, Jesse Blankenship, and Gracie Blankenship, brothers; Tom (Donna) Ooten, Wendell (Barb) Ooten, Johnny (Jackie) Adkins, and sister Alene (Eddie) James.

Howard was a retired coal miner, UMWA member local 5958, and Mason of Masonic Lodge # 99 in Logan, WV. Howard attended Walnut Grove Church. Howard was a loving husband and father. He was a friend to all he met and will be missed dearly.

The family would like to thank hospice for your amazing care, kindness and support.

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

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

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