Carroll Edwin Perine

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Carroll Edwin Perine, “Edwin”

Age 76, of Valrico, Florida, passed on December 15, 2018, at home under the care of Lifepath Hospice with complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

He was born May 14, 1942 in Sunnyside, Doddridge County, West Virginia, a son to the late Benjamin H and Rachel A (Smith) Perine, who resided in Parkersburg, WV.

He graduated from Parkersburg High School and Morris Harvey College/UC and served in The West Virginia Air National Guard. He had retired from Hillsborough County Clerk of Circuit Court, Tampa, FL.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Benjamin Duane Perine.

Edwin Is survived by his wife Sheila and is a member of Brandon Masonic Lodge #114 F. & A.M., Linsley Chapter #152, O.E.S., Zendah Grotto, Plant City. He was a wonderful son, brother, friend and husband. He is now at rest and will be missed by all.

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 07, 2019, at Brandon Masonic Lodge.

In Lieu Of Flowers, make Memorial Donations to Lifepath Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Ste 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637, or to one of the Lodges in his memory.

Services provided by Neptune Society.

Final Goodbye

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In a year filled with heightened political vitriol, two deaths brought the nation together to remember men who represented a seemingly bygone era of U.S. politics.

George H.W. Bush was a president, vice president, congressman, CIA director and Navy pilot during World War II, where he flew 58 missions and was shot down over the Pacific. As a politician, he had his fair share of critics and was voted out of office after one term as president. But the Republican reinvented himself in the years after his time in the White House, becoming a fundraiser for disaster relief and forming an unlikely friendship with the man who ousted him from office, former President Bill Clinton.

John McCain was a political giant in his own right. He served as a senator for more than 30 years, ran for president twice and spent five years as a prisoner of war after being shot down during the Vietnam War. In captivity, McCain endured torture and even turned down a chance to be released early, denying the North Vietnamese military a propaganda victory.

Bush died in in November at age 94, just months after the death of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April. McCain died in August at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer.

Their deaths prompted an outpouring of public mourning from across the political spectrum that was at odds with a recent political climate that has been defined by intense partisanship, coarse insults and divisive rhetoric.

The year also saw the death of one of the world’s best-known singers, Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul’s death in August prompted a grand send-off during a week of mourning in her hometown of Detroit, including a funeral that featured a who’s who list of entertainers, former presidents and prominent preachers.

Others from the world of entertainment who died in 2018 included the two men who created one of the most popular and enduring superheroes of the modern day. Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, who died in November, and artist Steve Ditko, who died in June, gave the world the web-swinging Spider-Man along with a host of other super-powered heroes. Author Tom Wolfe, playwright Neil Simon, actor Burt Reynolds and screenwriter William Goldman also died.

And one of the world’s most influential scientists died in 2018. Though his body was paralyzed by disease, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explained the mysteries of space, time and black holes to a generation of enthusiasts.

Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2018. (Cause of death cited for younger people, if available.)


Thomas S. Monson, 90. He was considered a prophet by nearly 16 million Mormons worldwide and spent nearly a decade as church president. January 02.

John Young, 87. The legendary astronaut who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight. January 05.

France Gall, 70. A French pop singer who shot to fame in the 1960s by winning the Eurovision Song Contest then produced hits and sold millions of albums over a four-decade career. January 07.

Doreen Tracey, 74. A former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s. January 10.

Edgar Ray Killen, 92. A former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 ‘Mississippi Burning’ slayings of three civil rights workers. January 11. Died in prison.

John V. Tunney, 83. His successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film “The Candidate.” January 12.

Keith Jackson, 89. His signature phrases like “Whoa, Nelly!” made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster. January 12.

Dolores O’Riordan, 46. Her urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s. January 15.

Edwin Hawkins, 74. The gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day” and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music. January 15.

Stansfield A. Turner, 94. He served as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter and oversaw reforms at the agency after the Senate uncovered CIA surveillance aimed at American citizens. January 18.

Ed Moses, 91. The prolific abstract expressionist who was one of the founding members of a collective known as the “Cool School” and helped transform Los Angeles from a cultural backwater to a major force in the world of modern art. January 17.

Dorothy Malone, 93. An actress who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place.” January 19.

Olivia Cole, 75. She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Matilda, wife to Chicken George in the landmark miniseries “Roots.” January 19.

Paul Bocuse, 91. The master chef who defined French cuisine for more than half a century and put it on tables around the world. January 20.

John Coleman, 83. He co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made. January 20.

Ursula K. Le Guin, 88. The award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books. January 22.

Ingvar Kamprad, 91. As founder of IKEA, he turned a small-scale mail order business started on his family’s farm into a furniture empire by letting customers piece together his simple and inexpensive furniture themselves. January 27.

Mort Walker, 94. A comic strip artist and World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private “Beetle Bailey.” January 27.


Dennis Edwards, 74. A Grammy-winning former member of the famed Motown group The Temptations. February 01.

John Mahoney, 77. An actor who played the cranky, blue-collar dad in the TV show “Frasier.” February 04.

John Gavin, 86. The tall, strikingly handsome actor who appeared in “Spartacus,” ″Psycho” and other hit films of the 1960s before forsaking acting to become President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Mexico. February 09.

Patricia Frustaci, 63. She made national headlines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven children but struggled with the financial and publicity fallout and with the heartache of seeing four babies perish. February 10.

Asma Jahangir, 66. One of Pakistan’s most prominent right activists and lawyers. February 11. Heart attack.

Marty Allen, 95. The baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades. February 12.

Prince Henrik, 83. The French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son in line to become Denmark’s king. February 13.

Ruud Lubbers, 78. The Netherlands’ longest-serving prime minister who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union. February 14.

Morgan Tsvangirai, 65. Zimbabwe’s veteran opposition leader who for years was the most potent challenger to longtime ruler Robert Mugabe. February 14.

Jim Bridwell, 73. A hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park. February 16.

The Rev. Billy Graham, 99. He transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history. February 21.

Nanette Fabray, 97. The vivacious actress, singer and dancer who became a star in Broadway musicals, on television as Sid Caesar’s comic foil and in such hit movies as “The Band Wagon.” February 22.

Sridevi, 54. Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ’90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India. February 24. Cardiac arrest. Accidental drowning in a bathtub.

Harvey Schmidt, 88. The composer of “The Fantasticks,” which made its debut when Dwight D. Eisenhower was still president and became the longest running musical in history. February 28.

William Henry Trotter Bush, 79. A wealthy investor and the brother and uncle of presidents. February 28.


Roger Bannister, 88. He was the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile. March 03.

Russell Solomon, 92. The founder of the Tower Records chain that became a global phenomenon and changed the way people consumed music. March 04.

George Sinner, 89. The farmer-philosopher who served as North Dakota’s governor during one of the state’s roughest economic times. March 09.

T. Berry Brazelton, 99. He was one of the world’s most well-known pediatricians and child development experts whose work helped explain what makes kids tick. March 13.

Stephen Hawking, 76. A theoretical physicist whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease. March 14.

David S. Wyman, 89. A leading scholar of the U.S. response to the Holocaust whose “The Abandonment of the Jews” was a provocative, best-selling critique of everyone from religious leaders to President Franklin Roosevelt. March 14.

Peter G. Peterson, 91. A billionaire and business executive who became one of the most prominent voices to argue for entitlement reform and reducing the U.S. national debt. March 20.

Frank Avruch, 89. A longtime Boston television personality and entertainer who was the star of the popular children’s TV program “Bozo the Clown.” March 20. Heart disease.

Dick Wilmarth, 75. A miner who won the first-ever Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and then walked away from the sport. March 21.

Charles P. Lazarus, 94. The World War II veteran who founded Toys R Us six decades ago and transformed it into an iconic piece of Americana. March 22.

H. Wayne Huizenga, 80. A college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises. March 22.

Delores Taylor, 85. She co-starred with her husband Tom Laughlin in his productions of the “Billy Jack” series of films. March 23.

Linda Brown, 75. As a Kansas girl, she was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools. March 25.

Peter Munk, 90. The founder of Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company. March 28.

Rusty Staub, 73. The orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons. March 29.

Anita Shreve, 71. The best-selling novelist who explored how women responded to crises past and present in her native New England in favorites such as “The Pilot’s Wife,” ″Testimony” and “The Weight of Water.” March 29.


Efrain Rios Montt, 91. A former dictator who seized power in a 1982 coup and presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war in which soldiers waged a scorched-earth campaign to root out Marxist guerrillas. April 01.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81. She was Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife and an anti-apartheid activist in her own right whose reputation was sullied by scandal. April 02.

Isao Takahata, 82. He was the co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn “manga” look in the face of digital filmmaking. April 05.

Daniel Kahikina Akaka, 93. He was the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the U.S. Senate after Hawaii became a state. April 06.

Yvonne Staples, 80. Her voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, her family’s hit-making gospel group that topped the charts in the early 1970s with the song “I’ll Take You There.” April 10.

Mitzi Shore, 87. She was the owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for more than four decades. April 11.

Sergio Pitol, 85. A celebrated Mexican author, essayist and translator and winner of the most prestigious award for literature in the Spanish-speaking world. April 12.

Milos Forman, 86. A Czech filmmaker whose American movies “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars. April 14.

R. Lee Ermey, 74. A former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.” April 15. Pneumonia-related complications.

Harry Anderson, 65. The actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television comedy series “Night Court.” April 16.

Barbara Bush, 92. The snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush. April 17.

Nerses “Krik” Krikorian, 97. A scientist who was born a refugee and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed. April 18.

Bruno Sammartino, 82. He was professional wrestling’s “Living Legend” and one of its longest-reigning champions. April 18.

Avicii, 28. The Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio. April 20.

Verne Troyer, 49. He played Dr. Evil’s small, silent sidekick “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” movie franchise. April 21.

Rev. Christian Mondor, 92. The “Surfing Padre” who wore a wetsuit under his clerical robe and presided over an annual Blessing of the Waves ceremony in the coastal Southern California town known as Surf City. April 25.

Charles Neville, 79. A New Orleans-born saxophone player who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues. April 26.

Philip Hoff, 93. A former Democratic governor who’s credited with starting Vermont’s transition from one of the most Republican-entrenched states in the country to one of the most liberal. April 26.

Larry Harvey, 70. His whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as “Burning Man.” April 28.


George Deukmejian, 89. A two-term California governor whose anti-spending credo earned him the nickname “The Iron Duke.” May 08.

Anne V. Coates, 92. An Oscar-winning film editor widely considered one of the greatest in her field whose many credits include such disparate works as “Lawrence of Arabia,” ″The Elephant Man” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.” May 08.

Ernest Medina, 81. A former Army captain who was a key figure in the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war. May 08.

Peter Mayer, 82. A leading mainstream and independent publisher of the past half century who acquired such million-selling books as “Up the Down Staircase” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and was known for his innovative and volatile style. May 11.

Tessa Jowell, 70. The former British culture secretary who played a key role in securing the 2012 London Olympics and used her own cancer diagnosis to campaign for better treatment. May 12.

Margot Kidder, 69. She starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s. May 13.

Tom Wolfe, 88. The white-suited wizard of “New Journalism” who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “A Man in Full.” May 14. Infection.

Robert Indiana, 89. A pop artist best known for his 1960s “LOVE” series. May 19.

Patricia Morison, 103. She originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in “The King and I” and appeared in films alongside Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. May 20.

David Weinlick, 48. The groom who said “I do” to a woman he had just met in a well-publicized wedding at the Mall of America about 20 years ago. May 20. Colon cancer.

Clint Walker, 90. The towering, strapping actor who handed down justice as the title character in the early TV western “Cheyenne.” May 21.

Philip Roth, 85. The prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral.” May 22.

Luis Posada Carriles, 90. A former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people. May 23.

Jerry Maren, 99. He was the last surviving munchkin from the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” and the one who famously welcomed Dorothy to Munchkin Land. May 24.

Alan Bean, 86. A former Apollo 12 astronaut who was the fourth man to walk on the moon and later turned to painting to chronicle the moon landings on canvas. May 26.

Madiha Yousri, 97. An Egyptian actress known for her iconic, classical romance roles in the heyday of Egypt’s cinema in the second half of the 20th century. May 29.


Frank C. Carlucci III, 87. He began his wide-ranging government career as a diplomat and finished as secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan. June 03. Complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Clarence Fountain, 88. A founding member of the Grammy-winning gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama. June 03.

Georg von Tiesenhausen, 104. He was the last of the German rocket team that launched the U.S. space program. June 03.

John Active, 69. An Alaska Native broadcaster who helped preserve the Yup’ik language and culture one story at a time. June 04.

Kate Spade, 55. A fashion designer known for her sleek handbags. June 05. Apparent suicide.

Red Schoendienst, 95. The Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s. June 06.

Jimmy Gonzalez, 67. He was the frontman for the Grammy-winning Tejano group Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz. June 06.

Gena Turgel, 95. A Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist’s death and the camp’s liberation a month later. June 07.

Anthony Bourdain, 61. The celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created. June 08. Suicide.

Maria Bueno, 78. A Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women’s tennis. June 80.

D.J. Fontana, 87. A rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, Louisiana, to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley’s first and longtime drummer. June 13.

Leslie Grantham, 71. An actor who became a British TV icon during the 1980s as arch-villain “Dirty” Den Watts on the soap opera “EastEnders.” June 15.

Kazuo Kashio, 89. One of four brothers who founded Casio Computer Co., the Japanese company behind G-Shock watches. June 18.

Vinnie Paul, 54. A co-founder and drummer of heavy metal band Pantera. June 22. Heart disease.

Kim Jong-pil, 92. He was the founder of South Korea’s spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped. June 23.

Joseph Jackson, 89. The fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical dynasty. June 27.

Harlan Ellison, 84. The prolific, pugnacious author of “A Boy and His Dog,” and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes darkly humorous scenarios. June 27.

Steve Ditko, 90. The Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange. June 29.

Irena Szewinska, 72. A Polish sprinter who dominated women’s athletics for two decades, winning seven Olympic medals, and who later became a member of the International Olympic Committee. June 29.


Claude Lanzmann, 92. His 9½-hour masterpiece “Shoah” bore unflinching witness to the Holocaust through the testimonies of Jewish victims, German executioners and Polish bystanders. July 05.

Robert D. Ray, 89. A former longtime Iowa governor who helped thousands of Vietnam War refugees relocate to the state and defined Iowa’s Republican politics for years. July 08.

Tab Hunter, 86. The blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees!” and received new attention decades later when he revealed he was gay. July 08.

John A. Stormer, 90. A religious leader and right-wing activist whose self-published Cold War tract “None Dare Call It Treason” became a grassroots sensation in 1964 and a rallying point for the emerging conservative movement. July 10.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., 101. She was the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children. July 13.

Gary Beach, 70. A Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks’ monster hit “The Producers” won him a Tony Award in 2001. July 17.

Lincoln Brower, 86. He was considered one of the foremost experts on the iconic monarch butterfly and a scientist who advocated for the declining species’ protection. July 17.

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, 93. She uncovered proof that thousands of Japanese-Americans incarcerated in the United States during World War II were held not for reasons of national security but because of racism. July 18.

Adrian Cronauer, 79. The man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam.” July 18.

Alene Duerk, 98. She was the Navy’s first female admiral, who became a trailblazer as the Navy opened up more opportunities for women. July 21.

Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, 96. His outspoken support for nuclear disarmament, gay rights and an expanded role for women in the church made him one of the most controversial U.S. bishops. July 22.

Elbert “Big Man” Howard, 80. He was a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group’s popular social programs. July 23.

Sergio Marchionne, 66. A charismatic and demanding CEO who engineered two long-shot corporate turnarounds to save carmakers Fiat and Chrysler from near-certain failure. July 25. Complications from surgery


Charlotte Rae, 92. She played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances. August 05.

H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, 88. He made a $1 billion fortune in the cable industry and gave almost all of it away, supporting schools, museums, journalism and the arts in Philadelphia and beyond. August 05.

Joel Robuchon, 73. A master chef who shook up the stuffy world of French haute cuisine by wowing palates with the delights of the simple mashed potato and giving diners a peek at the kitchen. August 06. Cancer.

Paul Laxalt, 96. The son of Basque immigrants who rose to political power as a Nevada governor, U.S. senator and close ally to Ronald Reagan. August 06.

Margaret Heckler, 87. An eight-term Republican congresswoman from Massachusetts who went on to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan and U.S. ambassador to Ireland. August 06.

Stan Mikita, 78. The hockey great who helped the Chicago Blackhawks to the 1961 Stanley Cup title while becoming one of the franchise’s most revered figures. August 07.

Takeshi Onaga, 67. The Okinawa governor who led an anti-U.S. military base movement on the southern Japanese island. August 08. Pancreatic cancer.

Jarrod Lyle, 36. An Australian golfer who endeared himself to people around the world in a long struggle against cancer. August 08.

V.S. Naipaul, 85. The Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose precise and lyrical writing in such novels as “A Bend in the River” and “A House for Mr. Biswas” and brittle, misanthropic personality made him one of the world’s most admired and contentious writers. August 11.

Aretha Franklin, 76. The undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ″I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe. August 16. Pancreatic cancer.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93. The former Indian prime minister was a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process. August 16.

Kofi Annan, 80. A charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods. August 18.

Uri Avnery, 94. A trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state. August 20.

Barbara Harris, 83. The Tony Award-winning actress whose comic-neurotic charms lit up the Broadway stage and helped her steal films including “Nashville,” ″Freaky Friday” and “A Thousand Clowns.” August 21.

Ed King, 68. A former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of their hits including “Sweet Home Alabama.” August 22. Cancer.

Robin Leach, 76. His voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” August 24.

John McCain, 81. He faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination. August 25.

Neil Simon, 91. A playwright who was a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ″Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades. August 26.

Iosif Kobzon, 80. An iconic Russian crooner and political figure dubbed “the Soviet Sinatra” for his decades-long career. August 30.


Jalaluddin Haqqani, 72. The founder of Afghanistan’s much-feared Haqqani network, a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy. September 03.

Bill Daily, 91. The comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” September 04.

Burt Reynolds, 82. The handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” commercial hits such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and for an active off-screen love life. September 06.

Richard DeVos, 92. A billionaire and co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. September 06.

Mac Miller, 26. The platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper. September 07. Accidental overdose.

Marin Mazzie, 57. A three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse performances on Broadway in “Ragtime,” ″Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate.” September 13.

Gamil Ratib, 92. An award-winning Franco-Egyptian actor whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name across the Arab world. September 19.

Arthur Mitchell, 84. He broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. September 19.

Tran Dai Quang, 61. The Vietnamese president was the country’s No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party’s leader. September 21.

Ion Ficior, 90. He was incarcerated for the deaths of 103 political inmates while in charge of a communist-era labor camp in Romania. September 26.

Marty Balin, 76. A patron of the 1960s “San Francisco Sound” both as founder and lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane and co-owner of the club where the Airplane and other bands performed. September 27.

Joe Masteroff, 98. The Tony Award-winning story writer of the brilliant, edgy musical “Cabaret” and the touching, romantic “She Loves Me.” September 28.

Otis Rush, 84. A legendary Chicago blues guitarist whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin. September 29.

Sonia Orbuch, 93. She survived the Holocaust as a teenager in eastern Europe by joining a resistance group that was sabotaging the Nazis. September 30.


Do Muoi, 101. A former general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam who worked against the French colonial government and became a committed communist. October 01.

Juan Romero, 68. The hotel busboy who came to Robert F. Kennedy’s aid when the New York senator was fatally shot in Los Angeles. October 01.

Leon Lederman, 96. An experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase “God particle.” October 03.

Will Vinton, 70. An Oscar-winning animator who invented Claymation, a style of stop-motion animation, and brought the California Raisins to TV. October 04.

Montserrat Caballe, 85. A Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. October 06.

Betty Lavonne Grissom, 91. The widow of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom who successfully sued a NASA contractor after his death in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire. October 07.

George Taliaferro, 91. The star Indiana running back who in 1949 became the first black player drafted in the NFL when George Halas and the Chicago Bears took him in the 13th round. October 08.

Roelof “Pik” Botha, 86. He was the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable. October 12.

Paul G. Allen, 65. He co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports. October 15. Complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Dorcas Reilly, 92. The woman who created the green bean casserole, a Thanksgiving staple enjoyed by millions. Oc. 15. Alzheimer’s disease.

Dennis Hof, 72. A legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business and who fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature in a race he won even after he’d already died. October 16.

Earl Bakken, 94. An electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world’s largest medical device companies, Medtronic. October 21.

Joachim Roenneberg, 99. A World War II saboteur who headed a five-man team that daringly blew up a plant producing heavy water, depriving Nazi Germany of a key ingredient it could have used to make nuclear weapons. October 21.

Tony Joe White, 75. The country bluesman and hit songwriter behind such successes as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia.” October 24.

Ruth Gates, 56. A pioneering coral reef scientist who dedicated much of her career to saving the world’s fragile and deteriorating underwater reef ecosystems. October 25.

James “Whitey” Bulger, 89. The murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men. October 30. Killed in prison.

Teodoro Petkoff, 86. A giant of Venezuela’s politics who led a band of communist guerrillas in his youth before winning the praise of Wall Street in a top government post and then launching a newspaper that fearlessly railed against socialist President Hugo Chavez. October 31.


Raymond Chow, 91. A legendary Hong Kong film producer who introduced the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and even brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen. November 02.

Mari Hulman George, 83. The “quiet pioneer” of auto racing who was instrumental in the expansion of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and became known to millions of fans over the years as the one who ordered countless drivers to start their engines before races. November 3.

Ramona Ripston, 91. A longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization. November 03.

Evelyn Y. Davis, 89. The brash shareholder activist who owned stock in more than 80 public companies and rarely failed to make her presence known at corporate-investor meetings. November 04.

Douglas Rain, 90. A Canadian actor who played some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the rogue computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” November 11.

Stan Lee, 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized comic books and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk. November 12.

Katherine MacGregor, 93. She played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie.” November 13.

Roy Clark, 85. The country star, guitar virtuoso who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling.” November 15. Complications from pneumonia.

William Goldman, 87. The Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything.” November 16.

Ali Rodriguez, 81. An icon of Venezuela’s socialist revolution who went on to serve as a diplomat in top government posts. November 19.

Robert “Bob” McNair, 81. The founder and owner of the Houston Texans was one of the NFL’s most influential owners. November 23.

Betty Bumpers, 93. A former Arkansas first lady who advocated for childhood immunizations nationwide and pushed for limiting nuclear arms proliferation. November 23.

Bernardo Bertolucci, 77. An Italian filmmaker who won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and whose erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris” enthralled and shocked the world. November 26.

Stephen Hillenburg, 57. He created SpongeBob SquarePants and the absurd undersea world he inhabited. November 26. Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Jean Barker, 96. Socialite, codebreaker, British government minister and bon vivant better known by her title, Baroness Trumpington. November 26.

George H.W. Bush, 94. His presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term. November 30.


Pete Shelley, 63. He was a singer-songwriter and co-founder of the punk band the Buzzcocks. December 06.

Belisario Betancur, 95. A former Colombian president whose efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces. December 07.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, 91. A human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights. December 08.

Nancy Wilson, 81. The Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer. December 13.

Penny Marshall, 75. She starred in the top-rated sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming the trailblazing director of smash-hit big-screen comedies such as “Big” and “A League of Their Own.” December 17. Complications from diabetes.

Peter Masterson, 84. The playwright, filmmaker and actor whose credits ranged from co-writing the Tony-winning musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” to directing the movie adaptation of “The Trip to Bountiful.” December 18.

Michael Anthony Herbinko

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Michael Anthony Herbinko

Age 56, of Ireland, WV passed away at 6:21 AM on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in the comfort of his own home.

He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 23, 1962 a son of Michael Stanley Herbinko, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA and Martha Rae Herbinko of Bellevue, PA.

On October 17, 2003 Michael married Karen Lee Eggleton who will greatly miss her husband and best friend.

Michael is survived by four siblings: Mark Herbinko and wife, Phyllis, of Pittsburgh, PA, Christine Jameson and husband, Larry, of Hayes, VA, Kathleen Brill and husband, Christopher, of Hayes, VA, and Anita “Nina” Walsh and husband, Erick, of Baldwin, PA; and stepmother Terri Herbinko of Pittsburgh, PA.

Michael was a graduate of Avalon High School. He spent over 22 years dedicating his life to protecting others with the United States Army. He was very interested and competent in working with Internet Technology. Michael also enjoyed doing mechanic work. He loved being outdoors deer hunting and camping. On Sundays he enjoyed watching his Pittsburgh Steelers play. While he enjoyed his work and hobbies, he lived for his family and nothing came before them.

Michael’s request for cremation has been honored.

Graveside services will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies located at 1158 Morgan Road in Bridgeville, PA 15017 at 2 PM on Monday, December 31, 2018 with Pastor Tim Lindsay officiating.

The United States Army will accord full military honors.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, appreciate the service and sacrifice of Michael Anthony Herbinko and we’re honored and privileged to serve his family.

Ronney Eugene Adkins

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Ronney Eugene Adkins

Age 57, of Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born May 28, 1961 in Clay County, WV the son of the late Thomas Jefferson & Betty Emogene Casto Adkins.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Ann McKinney.

Ronney worked for Coffman Metal’s, Birch River.

Ronney is survived by his wife, Brenda Richardson Robinson Adkins; brothers, Junior Adkins, Dale Adkins, and Michael Adkins all of Duck, WV; David Adkins and Tony Adkins both of Birch River; sisters, Leota Adkins of Duck, Norma Adkins of Harrison, WV; Connie Funovitz of Worthington, WV and Sherri LeFever of Birch River, WV.

Graveside services will be held 12:30 PM Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Adkins Family Cemetery, Dog Run Road Enoch, WV, with Rev. Kenneth Adkins officiating.

Friends may call after 10:00 AM Thursday, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

In Lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Ronney Adkins Funeral Fund, C/O Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 404 Sutton, WV 26601.

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

Roger Dale Richards

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Roger Dale Richards

Age 72, of Spartanburg, SC passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at his home.

He was born January 11, 1946 in Big Bend, WV, a son of the late Sheridan and Eula Hosey Richards.

Roger was a US Army veteran and worked as a designer for American Greeting Cards. He was a member of Norman Ridge Methodist Church and the VFW for several years. He was active in several classic car clubs.

He is survived by wife, Cheryl Lee Bittner Richards; daughter, Tonya Richards of Indiana; a son, Edward Richards (Renee) of Spartanburg, SC; stepdaughters, Paula Minch of Ohio and Diane Heil (Ron) of Florida; a stepson, Robert P. Zimmer (Laura) of Ohio; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Richards (Joanne) of Piedmont, SC and Kenneth Richards (Tracey) of Simpsonville, SC; along with many nieces and nephews and his dog, DJ.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Doris Richards Lanzo, Carol Richards Hovey, Joann Richards Dawson; a brother, Donald Richards, and a dog, Bullet Baby.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mr. Richards honor to the American Diabetes Foundation, 119 Eastwood Circle, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

A funeral service will be held in Norman Ridge Methodist Church on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Randy Wilson officiating.

Interment will be in the Norman Ridge Cemetery.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV will be conducting the services.

Jesse Russell Miller

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Jesse Russell Miller

Age 11, of Spencer, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018, along with his mother, Lillie Ann Brown Miller, at the Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, from complications resulting from an automobile accident.

He was born January 05, 2007, at South Charleston, the son of Timothy S. Miller of Spencer and the late Lillie Ann Brown Miller.

Jesse was a sixth grade student at Spencer Middle School, Spencer. He was a member of Victory Church, Ripley and was saved on March 12, 2017. Jesse loved playing basketball. He was number 44 on the Handimart team in the Roane Youth Basketball League. Also, he was a Boy Scout. His pastimes were Xbox, YouTube, camping and kayaking. He liked muscle cars and Prius cars and dinosaurs.

He didn’t care what people thought or said about him, he knew who he was, even if they didn’t.

In addition to his father, Timothy S. Miller and Heather Doss, survivors include a half-sister, Chloe Fayth Miller; stepsister, Isabella Doss; paternal grandparents, Timothy R. and Brenda Miller of Spencer, WV; paternal uncle and aunt, John and Jessica Miller of Spencer; maternal grandparents, Fred and Lois Brown of Big Bend, WV; maternal, uncles and aunts, Chris Ashmore of Pueblo, Colorado, Wesley and Tracie Brown of Clover, Orrin Brown of Big Bend; maternal aunt and uncle, Katie and Zack Lumbard of Spencer; many cousins.

A joint funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 27 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Jack Roberts officiating.

Burial will be in the Ward Cemetery, Spencer.

The visitation will be from 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Charles Tucker

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Charles Tucker

Age 76, of Rockport, WV passed away December 22, 2018, at his residence.

Charles was born on March 23, 1942 in Calhoun County, WV and was the son of the late Roy D. and Thelma R. Talkington Tucker.

Charles attended Bellville Baptist Church. He loved working for 3T Construction, enjoyed woodworking and he loved dogs.

Charles is survived by his daughter Shelia Elaine Elder (Lee), of Parkersburg, WV; sons Harland C. Tucker (Tracy), of Rockport, Mark A. Tucker (Michelle), of Davisville, WV and Charles W. Tucker (Angie) of Parkersburg; grandchildren Ashley Nicole Hurst (Nathaniel), Miranda Stull (Bryan), Mason Tucker (Samantha), Jessica Lott (Christian), Harlie Tucker and Kira Staats; great grandchildren Chase Jackson, Brynn Walker, Nolan Tucker, AmeliaTucker, Evelyeen Stull, Tanner Stull and Tucker Hurst; sisters Marla and Nina Cantwell both of Walker; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Tommy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Sias Tucker; brothers George and Frank Tucker and a sister Delmas Sigley.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday December 27, 2018, at the Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Dornon officiating.

Burial will follow at Big Tygart Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Wednesday.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Parkersburg, P.O. Box 392, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Shirley Ann Nicholson

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Shirley Ann Nicholson

Age 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Sago, WV on July 13, 1937: daughter of the late Perry McQuain and Beatrice (Metzgar) McQuain.

On December 31, 1955, she married John Robert Nicholson, Jr., who survives.

Mrs. Nicholson is also survived by one daughter: Roberta Ann Pantalone of Weston, one son: John Robert Nicholson, III and wife Charmaine of Marietta, GA, seven grandchildren: Amy Pantalone, Ashley D’Agostino, Jennifer Ortman, Angela Tufty, Brian C. Nicholson, Alia Nicholson and Zane Nicholson and four great great grandchildren: Aiden Nicholson, Logan and Lauren Tufty and Jacob Ortman. She is also survived by one brother: Harry McQuain of Martinsburg, one sister: Nellie Wilson of Weston, two ½ brothers: Edward and Scott Elbon, three ½ sisters: Betty Robertson, Wanda Harris, and Freda Lincoln and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by two sons: Brian Keith Nicholson and David Lynn Nicholson, four brothers: Harold, Herbert, Russell and Buck McQuain, two sisters: Margaret Brady and Opal Hupfield and one ½ brother: Larry Elbon.

Mrs. Nicholson was a homemaker. She was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston. She was a volunteer at Orange Nursing Home from 1979-1984, a volunteer homeroom school aide and a volunteer mother assistant with baseball. Shirley was a loving mother and grandmother and was active with the grandkids and great grandkids functions.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 4-7 PM.

Funeral services were held on Friday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Brian Plum officiating.

Interment followed services in the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Shirley Ann Nicholson.

Viva Elaine White

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Viva Elaine White

Age 90, of Weston, WV passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 on Colonial Place of Elkins following an extended illness.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on August 31, 1928: daughter of Dewey Mick and Midget (Wiant) Mick.

On May 07, 1949, she married Oris White, who preceded her in death on June 24, 2007.

Viva is survived by one sister-in-law: Sandy Mick of Weston, ten nieces and nephews: Alvin (Kay) Mick, Scott Mick, Kevin (Linda) Mick, Deborah Lough, Janet (Don) Casteel, Christie Wilson, Mark (Susie) Houghton and Fred, Steve and Laura Roush, and several great and great great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Oris, Viva was preceded in death by one brother: Ronald Mick and two sisters: Viuca Roush and Viola Houghton.

Mrs. White was office manager of Weston Livestock Sales for over 45 years. Previously, she worked at Montgomery Ward in Baltimore, MD. She was a graduate of Weston High School and a member of Stone Coal United Methodist Church of Weston. Her hobbies were cooking, sewing and she always kept dogs. Viva was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Chaplain Bryan Headley officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stone Coal United Methodist Church c/o Mary Ann Swisher 1186 Berlin Road Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Viva Elaine White.

Beverlee Rae Linger

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Beverlee Rae Linger

Age 69, of Fairmont, WV (formerly of Weston, WV) passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in Woodlands Assisted Living of Worthington, WV following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on February 24, 1949: daughter of the late William D. Chapman and Violet (Nicholas) Chapman.

Ms. Linger is survived by one son: James William Linger, III and wife Missy of Fairmont, one brother: Bill Chapman of Rehoboth, Delaware and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Beverlee was preceded in death by two brothers: Denny and David Chapman.

Ms. Linger was a teacher. She was a graduate of Lewis County High School class of 1967, was a graduate of Clarksburg Beauty School and was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan of Buckhannon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. Beverlee was member of the Stone Coal United Methodist Church. Her hobbies included photography, painting, drawing and playing guitar.

Ms. Linger’s wishes were to have a private family gathering and private graveside services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to carry out her wishes.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored and privileged to serve the family of Beverlee Rae Linger.

Jonathan Louis Tallhamer

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Jonathan Louis Tallhamer

Age 30, departed this life on December 19, as the result of an automobile accident. He was the beloved son of Mitchel Rex Tallhamer, Sr. and Rachel Edith Pysell Tallhamer.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, but spent most of his civilian life living in Ritchie County, in the Smithville area, attending Ritchie County, WV schools until his senior year of high school; this he completed in Grafton Senior High School from which he and his brother Curtis graduated in 2007.

Jonathan was very agile and athletic and possessed a very good personality and a strong work ethic. He worked for Nelson Tree Service then later he felt it to be his patriotic duty to serve his country in the Armed Forces, so he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. At the end of his active duty, he returned to civilian life as a Corporal and was accepted into the Millwright Local 443 apprenticeship. He enjoyed his work and the friends he came to know there, and he did his best to serve as a worth-while employee for those who had hired him.

He enjoyed being with his family, friends, and his dog, Barrett. He was so kind to everyone and was very helpful too; always glad to lend a hand wherever it was needed.

He enjoyed hunting, shooting, (he was an excellent marksman), exploring the woods and countryside, fishing, and riding motorcycles and 4-wheelers. Jonathan was a cheerful man; never grouchy or complaining, or running other people down. He had a good spirit of fun about him, but it was always humored, never at other’s expense. We all loved him dearly, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his parents, Rex and Rachel Tallhamer; two brothers, Mitchel R., Jr. and his wife, Nichole Craddock Tallhamer, and their son, Cooper; Curtis A. Tallhamer and his wife Chelsie Gainer Tallhamer and their children, Miles and Grace Mae; and one sister, Hannah R. M. Tallhamer; Maternal Grandmother, Ruth E. Pysell Haught; Maternal aunt, Marilyn and Thomas Beckner, and Angela; Maternal uncles, Walter and Carolyne Pysell, and Arielle and Annie; Steven and Stephanie Pysell, and Laura and Katie.

Paternal aunts, Dorothy and Errol Kennedy, and David and Jamie; Linda Atkinson, and Crystal, Jimmy, and Felicia; Marion and Randall Gaston, and Amanda and Randall, Jr.; Barbara and Doy Parsons, and Sammy and Ashley; Carol and Michael Wilson, and Robin and Joseph; Diane Haught, and Shawn and Timothy.

He was preceded in death by Paternal grandparents, John and Oleta Tallhamer, and Maternal grandfather, Walter C. Pysell, Sr. as well as step-grandfather, Arnold Haught. We are all looking forward to meeting Jonathan again in heaven.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with the Rev. Randy Wilson officiating.

Burial will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton, WV on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday December 22, 2018 from 5 until 8 PM.

Arnett Ray Williams

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Arnett Ray Williams

Age 74, of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord December 18, 2018. 

Arnett was born June 16, 1944 in Braxton County, WV and was the son of the late Everett and Mary Conrad Williams. 

Along with his parents, Arnett was preceded in death by his loving granddaughter, Amber Dawn Hollandsworth; brothers, Junior R. Williams, Gary D. Williams and Sonny Ratliff.

Arnett was a member of Elk Valley Chapel.  He was a retired coal miner with 30 years of service; he loved hunting, fishing, and camping, spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters, Meredith and Amber, and was an avid WVU Mountaineer Fan.  Arnett took pride in caring for his family; he loved the Lord and set a wonderful example for his loved ones.

Surviving are his loving wife, Barbara Enix Williams; daughters, Tina (Matt) Bullett and Tammy (Craig) Hollandsworth; granddaughter, Meredith Bullett; sisters, Audra Hamrick and Thelma Beverage; and also many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

Services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, December 21, 2018 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, with Pastor Kyle Hall and Bro. Doy Carpenter officiating.

Burial will follow at Point Mountain Cemetery.

Friends may join the family for visitation two hours prior to the service.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Williams family.

Judith G. “Judy” Valentine

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Judith G. “Judy” Valentine

Age 76, of West Union, WV (Central Station Community) went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 17, 2018.

She was born January 22, 1942 to Gale James and Ormi Grace (Myer) Smith, who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Ralph “Bud” Valentine. She is survived by her sons, Michael Ralph “Mick” Valentine (Central Station Community) and Todd Eric Valentine of West Union, WV and daughter, Robin A. Valentine, West Union WV (Morgans Run Community).

She is also survived by her grandson Jeremy S. Boring and wife, Andria, great grandsons, Skyler Andrews & Chance Lowther; great granddaughter, Kayli Boring all of West Union, WV (Morgans Run Community) and a special nephew, Derek Hamilton and his companion Leanna of Fairmont, WV. She is also survived by her sister, Gloria Stumpf and husband Jim of Kentucky, and several loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was employed by Quality Garment Factory in West Union for many years prior to her being appointed by the U. S. Postal Service as Postmaster in Central Station WV. She was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years, serving as Postmaster at Central Station, WV from 1964 until her appointment as Postmaster at West Union, WV in 1981. During her postal career, she also served in other interim positions where her knowledge and asset as a postal employee was needed.

Private services will be held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV at the convenience of the family.

Mary Lee Neal

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Mary Lee Neal

Age 88, of Williamstown, WV, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Harrisville, WV on December 09, 1930 to Orville Smith and Ellen Hess Smith Campbell.

Mary was a graduate of Harrisville High School in 1948, St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1951 and a graduate of both Parkersburg Community College and Glenville State College.

She was a proud “Lady of the Golden Horseshoe”, which she won in 1944. She served for 4 years as a member of the Williamstown City Council where she started the Tree Committee and was a long time member of the Williamstown Planning Commission. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a member of the former Tomlinson Garden Club for many years.

Mary is survived by her son, Daniel Neal (Nancy) of Nicholasville, KY; a daughter, Julie Ann Delaney of Williamstown, WV and three granddaughters, Rebecca K. Neal (Kevin) of Arlington, VA, Emily Nicole Delaney and Katelyn Elizabeth Delaney of Williamstown, WV. Also surviving are a step brother, Joseph L. Campbell (Sally) of Ohio, and cousins, Cora Belle Everett (Tom) and Francis Thomas (Florence) all of Ashburn, VA.

On January 02, 2009, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert E. “Bob” Neal. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Stella Hess, with whom she made her home as a child; her aunts, Cora K. Hess, Joan Powell, Lila Deem, Nina Ryder, Mildred Thomas; uncle, Glenn Matheny; step father, Denzil Campbell; brother, John Ed Campbell and step brother, Judge Gene Campbell.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 1 PM Friday, with Rev. David Calvert and Rev. Leo Farley officiating.

The visitation will be held at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike Street, Marietta on Thursday, December 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 22 at 11 AM at the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Harrisville, WV.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williamstown National Bank at 435 Highland Ave. Williamstown, WV 26187 for the new Williamstown Elementary School Playground or the Williamstown Fire Department at 411 W 5th St. Williamstown, WV 26187.

Denzil E. Echard

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Denzil E. Echard

Age 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on December 18, 2018 at CCMC.

He was born in Mellin, WV, (Ritchie County, WV) on August 10, 1930 the oldest son of the late Earl Echard and Goldie Toothman.

Denzil worked at Weirton Steel in Stubenville, WV. Later he was drafted in to the United States Army where he was a Medical Technician and served overseas with the 325th Hospital Unit in West Germany during the Korean War. Upon returning from the service he worked for O’Ames for a short time before being hired by E. I. DuPont where he worked as a Chemical Operator in the Teflon Department for 29 years.

After retirement from DuPont he was a transportation rep for various area dealerships.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise Echard, his children Elaine Emrick (Lance), Washington, WV, Victor Echard (Judy), Little Hocking, OH, Jodie Stines, Vincent, OH (Fiancee Jeff James) and Craig Echard (Wendi) of Little Hocking, OH, 11 Grandchildren, Tyrell and Drew Emrick, Janette Walker, Alicia Morgan, Vanessa Echard, Kyle Echard, Wesley Burrows, Lindsey Smith, Jessica Stines, Dustin Echard and Miranda Echard. 15 Great Grandchildren. His brothers Mark and David Echard and sister Kathryn Adams.

In addition to his parents he was proceeded in death by his sisters Reba Riffle and Carolyn Bartlett, brothers Wayne and Steven Echard. Infant son Rodney Echard.

Denzil was a member of the First Apostolic Sunrise Church, Mellin, WV.

He was a good provider, Father and loved his family. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be held at 1 PM Friday, December 21, 2018 at the Matheny Whited Funeral Home in Elizabeth, WV, with visitation from 11 AM until the time of service.

The Rev. Timothy Hopkins and Rev. Alan Adams officiating with burial to follow at the KOP cemetery in Elizabeth.

Norma Jeanne Cain Long

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Norma Jeanne Cain Long

Age 84, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, at her home in Romney, WV.

Born October 09, 1934 in Big Bend, WV, she was the oldest child of Thomas B. and Agnes Gillespie Cain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William David Long; brother, Thomas G. Cain; and sister, Beverly Joan Cain Bunch.

Norma is survived by her daughters, Laura Dawn Ruble of Romney, Lisa Rochelle Long of Shepherdstown, and Davin Joan Parsons and her husband, Matthew of Largo, Fla.; seven grandchildren, David Louis Ruble of Elkins, Zachary William Ruble of Romney, Ellis Cain Baker of Tacoma, Wash., Madison Turner Baker of Seattle, Wash., Burzie C. Baker, IV, Marley Anders Parsons, and Samuel Sargent Parsons of Largo, Fla.; and one great-grandson, Zavid Loyal Ruble of Romney.

Norma graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1952 and then attended Potomac State College in Keyser. After attending college, she worked at the West Virginia Capital for Denzel Gainer.

She moved to Romney in 1957 with her husband. While living in Romney, she was a teacher at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, a legal secretary for the law office of Bill Loy and also the law office of Bill Oates.

She worked at the Hampshire County Circuit Clerk Office with Circuit Clerks, Bob Powell and Wayne Hott. She worked in the office of WV Family Law Master, Charles Parsons, until her retirement.

Throughout her life, she was a very active member for the Democratic party on the local, state and national levels, and her love for the state of West Virginia was always evident. She was a member of many organizations: Hampshire County Democrats, Jaycettes, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, GF Women’s Club, and the Hampshire County Historical Society. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Romney. Norma has donated her body to medical research at West Virginia University.

Friends will be received at the First United Methodist Church, 49 High Street, Romney, on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 10 to 11 AM and a Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM with Mark V. James officiating.

Luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430, WV Public Broadcasting, (, or a charity of your choice.

All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home of Romney, WV.

Janice Marie Forinash Kirsch

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Janice Marie Forinash Kirsch

Age 72, of Ireland, WV, passed away at 3:15 AM on Friday, December 14, 2018 in the Hamden Nursing and Rehabilitation center in Hamden, OH.

She was born in Wildcat, WV on September 18, 1946 a daughter of the late Emory and Rada Kincaid Forinash.

On May 02, 2018, she and the love of her life, James Kirsch, celebrated 48 wonderful years of marriage until his recent passing on September 23, 2018.

Janice is survived by her two sisters Mabel Thompson of Canton, OH, and Janet Ruland of Saegertown, PA; one brother, Delmar “Jack” Forinash of Albion, PA; several nieces and nephews; many close friends including: Carl Watson and wife, Rita (and their family), and Keith Boggs both of Ireland, WV.

She was preceded in death by her: six sisters, Pauline Walden, Norma Kohut, Phyllis “Jean” Simpson, Geneva Sue Laseck, Connie McGuire, and Donna McLauglin; three brothers, Dallas, William “Mickey”, and Dennis Forinash.

Janice graduated from Northwestern High School in 1965; she obtained a four year bachelor’s degree as registered nurse and worked for over 35 years in the nursing field before retiring in 2007. Above all else Janice treasured time spent with her family.

You could often find Janice reading, gardening, cooking, and sewing. If you stopped by to visit, you had better have the time to spare for a good story. She loved to collect antiques, traveling, and shopping. They were even “snow birds” and would travel to Florida during the harsh northern winters. Janice and Jim made Ireland there home for the past 26 years and enjoyed every minute of time spent together.

Family and friends will gather at the Clutter Funeral Home-Alkire Chapel located at 190 Wildcat Road in Ireland from 11 AM to 1 PM on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Funeral services will follow from the Alkire Chapel with Father Joseph McLaughlin officiating.

Interment will follow in the Kincaid Cemetery on Buttermilk Road.

Clutter Funeral Home-Alkire Chapel is honored and privileged to serve the Kirsch family.

Shirley Patrick Hite

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Shirley Patrick Hite

of Grafton, the beloved first of twelve children of the late Loretta and Leland Hite, died on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

He was born April 01, 1924, at Dusk Camp, Gilmer County, WV.

A 1942 graduate of Tygart Valley High School, Shirley proudly served in the US Army during WW II. He was attached to the 26th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. As with many others, he came to the European Campaign of WW II by the landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. He rose to the rank of Master Sergeant and served again stateside during the Korean Conflict. A son of a coal miner,

Shirley had a long history in coal mining. He worked for Bethlehem Coal, Moss Coal & Coke, Peerless Coal and Grafton Coal Co. With two partners, he started AC&H Coal Co before developing HW&C Coal with two other partners. He finished his career with his sons as his partners. Shirley was President of the Barbour County Smoke Eaters Mine Rescue for many years. With his credentials and his straight forward management, Shirley was respected by those who worked with him through the many years. Shirley was also proud of his thirty-five years plus with the Scottish Rite, fifty years plus with the York Rite and fifty years plus with the Pilgrim Templar. It was the Riverside Lodge 124, Cass, where he gained 3rd degree Master Mason, the Beverly Chapter for his York Rite and Osiris Wheeling to become a Shriner. He also was a seventy year plus member of the VFW. In 1994, he received his diploma from AB University of Hard Knocks. A longtime resident of Valley Head, Shirley married Mary Frances Hite in 1946. Together, they had several businesses and proudly raised three children. Shirley helped develop the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department. He was also an influence in many lives as a youth baseball coach. After his divorce from Mary Frances in 1985, Shirley became a long time resident of Grafton. He spent many years on Tygart Lake enjoying boating and waterskiing.

He enjoyed a long relationship with Phyllis Clayton and they married in 2006. She preceded him in death in 2016.

Shirley loved his Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers and WVU Mountaineers throughout his 94 years.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by seven siblings: Leland Jr., Phyllis, Lola Barbralee, Patricia, Gilbert and Randall Hite, Lucille Sullivan as well as his daughter-in-law, Linda Hite.

Shirley is survived by his children: Steven M. Hite, Christopher L. and Patsy Hite, and Cynthia G. Hite and Robert E. Beverly; his grandchildren: Anissa and John Davis, Michael and Desi Hite, Tracy and Billy Hurst, Courtney Hite and Sandeep Vennam; his great grandchildren: Cara Carpenter, Cassie Davis, Jordan Sine, Kyndal Davis, Abigail Hurst, Baylee Hurst, Alex Hite, Leela Hite Vennam, Florilinda Hite and Sai Suraj Hite Vennam; and his great-great grandchildren: Bryson and Abbigail Waugh and John Ryan Carpenter. Shirley also leaves his sisters: Geraldine Sallie, Wilma Jean Lee, Peggy Runner, and Jo Marouse; his sisters-in-law: Susan Hite and Barb Hite; and many loved nieces and nephews.

In addition, he is survived by the family of his wife, Phyllis Hite.

The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon, for their excellent care as well as Brenda and Brad Hamrick for their love and time during his last days.

The family will receive friends at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel on Thursday, December 20, 2018, from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM, the funeral hour, with Rev. Donald Butcher officiating.

Graveside services and interment will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018, at 11:00 AM, at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, where the Upshur County Honor Guard and the Grafton Masonic Lodge # 15 will conduct graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation C/O Lisa Wharton, Director, Amalia Drive Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Richard Dennis “Denny” Lewis

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Richard Dennis “Denny” Lewis

Age 83, of Edgewood Drive Weston, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Buckhannon, WV on October 21, 1935: son of the late Richard “Dick” Lewis and Creola (Mullenix) Lewis. On June 17, 2000, he married Ellen M. (McLaughlin) Lewis, who survives. I

n addition to his parents, Denny was preceded in death by his first wife, Susie (Lamb) Lewis, one granddaughter: Karina Calvert, two brothers: Gary L. and Mike K. Lewis, one sister-in-law: Barbara June Stanczak, and one step son: Wayne L. “Jay” Walker.

Mr. Lewis is also survived by two daughters: Christy D. Woods and husband Erik of Kingwood, TX and Nina R. Calvert and husband Steve of Morgantown, WV; one son: Denny T. Lewis of Weston and four grandchildren: Alena Calvert, Alivia Calvert, Anthony Calvert and Ian Calvert. He is also survived by two step daughters: Leslie Godfrey and husband Robey and Lisa K. Williams and husband Jim, one brother-in-law: John Lamb, several nieces and nephews and several step grandchildren.

Mr. Lewis was a skilled brick mason with Local #15 since 1954. He was a master at his profession and left his artistic mark on many homes and buildings in the area. He was a graduate of Weston High School class of 1954. He and his wife were long time members of the Long Run Baptist Church in Braxton County. He was active with the WV Army National Guards for several years. His hobbies included fishing and golfing in his younger years and as he got older he enjoyed spending time with grandchildren, friends and his dog and companion: Sammy. Denny was a loving father, brother and husband and will be missed by all who knew him.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 11 AM. until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Robey Godfrey officiating assisted by Pastor Charlie Barrett.

Interment will follow services in the Rock Grove Cemetery of Linn, WV.

Full military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Richard Dennis “Denny” Lewis.

Patricia Ruth Shipley

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Patricia Ruth Shipley

Age 65, of Newville, WV passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Kennewick, Washington.

She was born June 13, 1953, in Baltimore, MD the daughter of the late James Dennis & Janet Marie Rhodes Criner.

Pat is survived by her sons, Tim Shipley (Kimberly) of Prosser, WA, Joseph James Shipley (Victoria) of Charleston, SC; brothers, James A. Criner and Ronald Jerry Criner both of Sutton; WV; sister, Regina K. Bleigh of Sutton; grandchildren, Briana Shipley, Rashelle Shipley and Nathaniel Shipley; one great-grandson, Jeremey Shipley.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 29, 2108 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Frametown, with the Rev. Rev. Jim Criner officiating.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Shipley family.

Marvin Lee Gaines

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Marvin Lee Gaines

Age 68, of New Milton, WV, and formerly of Charleston, WV, went to be with the Lord due to a tragic tractor accident on December 16, 2018.

He was born in Glenville, WV on May 03, 1950, the son of the late Homer Lawson Gaines and Opal Sanders Gaines.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Janice Ann Woodward Gaines whom he married November 30, 1989, and resides at their home in New Milton.

Also surviving are one son, Lee F. Gaines of St. Clair, WV; two daughters, Christie Rogers and husband Kevin of Lumberport, WV, and Cheryl Gaines of Lost Creek, WV; three grandchildren, Nikolaus Rogers, Caleb Rogers and Gabriella Gaines; two brothers, David Gaines and wife Ella of Lost Creek, WV, and Lloyd Gaines and wife Louann of Gassaway, WV; one sister, Barbara Farmer and husband John of Oakland, MD; one sister-in-law, Diane Miles and husband Benny of Grafton, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

Marvin graduated from Troy High School, Glenville Sate College and attended LaFayette University in Philadelphia. He retired with 40 yrs of service from Logan Corporation in Equipment Sales. He attended Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren and enjoyed his farm, family and beloved animals, including two horses and two cats.

Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, WV, on Thursday, December 20, 2018, from 4-8 PM.

The funeral service will be held at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home on Friday, December 21, 2018, at 11 AM with Reverend George Ochletree presiding.

Interment will follow at the Spurgeon Cemetery.

Sharon Rose Harper

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Sharon Rose Harper

Age 76, of Weston WV, passed away December 19, 2018 in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by loving family and in the compassionate care of WVU Hospice.

She was born in Buckhannon, WV on November 9, 1942 to Clyde and Fay Eskew Crites.

Sharon is now reunited in Heaven with her parents and husband Forrest Gregory Harper.

Fond memories will forever be held with one daughter, Janet Cutright and husband, Bruce, of Jane Lew; one grandson, Blade Cutright of Weston; one sister, Shelia Diann Carpenter and husband, Bob, of Buckhannon; two close friends: Ruth Helmick and Lucille Hicks both of Weston; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Sharon was a wonderful homemaker who took much pride in her home and lawn. She loved mowing her own lawn and growing beautiful flowers. More than that, she loved her family, friends, God and community. Sharon belonged to the Berlin United Methodist Church and was a member of the Berlin CEOS Club.

Family and friends will gather at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Friday, December 21, 2018.

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

Interment will follow at the Friendship Cemetery in Berlin.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Sharon Rose Harper.

Dreama Lee McCloy

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Dreama Lee McCloy

Age 61, of Troy, WV (Fallen Timber Community of Doddridge County, WV) departed this life on Monday, December 17, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

Dreama was born November 19, 1957 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Dorsey S. and Gladys E. (Allman) Snyder. 

She spent her life as a loving and caring homemaker for her family.  She also worked in the home health field and she loved the outdoors, shopping, spending time with her family, and the beach.  She was a member of the Point Pleasant Baptist Church of Fallen Timber Community in Doddridge County, WV.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Nelson Glenn McCloy; daughter, Jennifer L. Smith (Calvin) of West Union, WV; son, Nelson G. McCloy, Jr. (Bridget) of Troy, WV (Fallen Timber Community); grandchildren, Joshua Moore (Erica Russell), Jessica Dillon (Cecil), Natalie McCloy, Calvin Smith III, Kelvin Smith, Brooklyn Hinzman, Sidney Hinzman; great grandchildren, Brycen and Avery Dillon and Justin Moore; sisters, Sharon Henline (Bob) of Auburn, WV; Shirley Fallo of Lost Creek, WV; Vicki Lowther (Bob) of Linn, WV; sister in law, Brenda Roth of Horse Cave, KY, along with loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Harry Snyder, Dorsey Snyder, Jr. , Richard Snyder, Wanda Sue Murphy, Michael Allman, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Friday, December 21, 2018, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Carl Radcliff officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Point Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 2 PM - 8 PM on Thursday, at the funeral home.

Rose Ada Ball

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Rose Ada Ball

Age 67 of East Valley Drive, Glenville, WV, departed this life suddenly on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness.

She was born January 12, 1951 in Cabin Creek, Kanawha County WV, daughter of Thelma Webb Conley of Smithers WV, and the late John Conley.

Rose was an energetic, kind hearted, full of life women who had a passion for animals, shopping, vacations in Myrtle Beach SC, and most of all a love for her family that couldn’t be matched. She is a graduate of Montgomery High School, class of 1969 and was currently employed at the Pizza Hut in Glenville, with 20 years experience.

Rose is survived by her loving husband of almost 40 years, James W. Ball, her son, James W. Ball Jr. and wife Laura, grandchildren, Layla, James III, and another grandson, due in June of 2019.

Also surviving are 2 brothers, John Conley and wife Doni, Donald Conley and wife Kathy; 2 sisters, Joyce Levenson and husband Les, and Tina Ford and husband Jeff; 7 nieces, 7 nephews, and many other family and friends.

Along with her father, Rose is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Gerald Russell Ball Sr; brother-in-law, Gerald Russell Ball Jr; as well as aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 20, 2018 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery near Glenville.

Friends will be received from 5-8 PM Wednesday evening at the mortuary in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Rose Ada Ball with arrangements.

Richard Keith Ratliff

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Richard Keith Ratliff

Age 64, of Oil Creek Road, Orlando, WV passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born April 30, 1954 in Sutton, WV to the late John and Reba (Conrad) Ratliff.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Leta (Thayer) Ratliff; son, Rick and wife, Macy and Donny and wife, Jennifer all of Orlando, WV; daughter, April Thayer and companion Bub Allen of Orlando, WV; brothers, Ronnie and Randy Ratliff of Burnsville, WV; sisters, Libby Swanson, Martha and husband, Junior Pritt of Orlando, WV; grandchildren, Dylan Ratliff, Brayden Ratliff and Richard Ratliff, III, Jayden Thayer, Jordan Thayer, Cody Pritt, Ally Pritt and several nieces and nephews.

Richard enjoyed all WVU sports especially football. When football season started he would do his best to never miss a game. He was a grounds man for Asplundh for many years. But his main love came from spending time with his family and friends.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 12-2 PM.

Funeral Service will follow in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 2 PM with Pastor Delmas Singleton and Pastor Jennings Dancy officiating.

Interment will follow in the Helmick Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be assisting the Ratliff Family in honoring the Life of Richard Keith Ratliff.

Larry G. Hardbarger

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Larry G. Hardbarger

Age 62, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on Wednesday, May 09, 1965 in Parkersburg, WV a son of the late Dennis H. Hardbarger and Elizabeth Irene Prunty Horner.

Larry had worked in production for Simonton Windows for 22 years. He loved riding his Harley Davidson, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Virginia Hardbarger; brother, Leonard D. Hardbarger(Janet), Ellenboro, WV; sister, Lana Lawrence, Cairo, WV; many friends, Nieces, Nephews and cousins; and his loving companions Sugar B. and Odie Gene.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harley and Hazel Hardbarger and maternal grandparents Bay and Ronolda Prunty.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with burial to follow in the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Iris Rosetta Smith

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Iris Rosetta Smith

Age 93, of Rock Cave, WV passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the home of her daughter.

She was born on November 13, 1925, at Queens, a daughter of the late Clemer and Millie Poling Snyder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wesley “Buster” Smith on October 05, 2004.

She is survived by one son Eugene Smith of Ellamore, five daughters: Kathern and husband David Burkhammer of Volga, WV; Gladys and husband John Riley of Crawford, Hilda and husband James Bailey of Rock Cave, Millie, and Geraldine; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons: Edward and Guy Smith; three grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Smith was a caretaker of the elderly for many years and spent countless hours at the local senior centers caring for others. She had attended the Sand Run Baptist Church and loved gospel music. She adored flowers and was an avid gardener, having worked in her gardens until the age of 92.

The family will receive friends at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, the funeral hour, with Pastor David Jessie and Rev. Donald Butcher officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lanham Cemetery at Queens.

Emma Jean Lipscomb

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Emma Jean Lipscomb

Age 73, Central Station Community, West Union, WV, departed this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at her residence.

She was born on March 04, 1945 a daughter of the late June Ray and Martha Butcher Eakle.

Emma was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking and spending time with her family and friends. She was a Baptist by faith.

She is survived by two sons, Frederick Eakles I (Amanda), West Union, WV and Clifford Thomas Jr., West Union, WV; one daughter, Mary Jo Shackelford(Richard), West Union, WV; two brothers, Daniel Eakle and Howard Eakle both of West Union, WV; one sister, Roberta Hensinger, Indiana; grandchildren , Cody Shackelford, Fred Eakles II and Monica K. Eakles.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, CJ Hartman, Raymond Eakle, Howard W. Eakle, Benjamin Eakle and Adam Eakle; sister, Patricia Eakle.

Funeral service will be held at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral home, Pennsboro, WV at 7 PM on Monday, December 17, 2018 with the Rev. Gilbert Neely officiating.

Burial will be at a later date.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:30 PM until the time of the service on Monday.

Helen Hamilton

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Helen Hamilton

Age 90, a long-time resident of Grantsville, WV, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018, in the memory care cottage of Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg, VA.

Helen was born November 12, 1928, the daughter of the late Dallas R. and Gene Hope Kight. They lived in White Pine, WV, until displaced by the flood of 1943.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School and was later involved in organizing the all-class reunions. She married local attorney, the late Victor Hamilton, and was active in many civic and church activities. She excelled at knitting and baking German chocolate cakes, and she and her husband enjoyed making stained glass. They also had a large collection of carnival glass and traveled to auctions throughout the country to add to their collection.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased by her sister, Janet R. “Peggy” Kight and her two sons, Victor III and Roger.

She is survived by her daughter Janet and son-in-law Theodore R. Coberly of Spotsylvania, VA, and daughter-in-law Pamela Hamilton of Huntington, WV. She was proud of her grandchildren, Carolyn Coberly of Charlottesville, VA, and Theodore H. (Beth) Coberly of Clayton, NC. Even in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, she experienced great joy from visits by her great-grandchildren, Katherine and Theodore J. also of Clayton.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 on Wednesday December 19, 2018, at Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, 326 Main St., Grantsville, WV 26147 with burial to follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Visitation will take place one hour before the service.

The services will be conducted by Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc. and officiated by Pastor Rick Metheney.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church or the American Red Cross.

William Russell “Wild Bill” Cottrill

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William Russell “Wild Bill” Cottrill

Got on his dozer and headed off to Heaven on December 14, 2018 at 6:15 AM at his residence where he wanted to be.

He was born April 23, 1955 at Shock, (Gilmer County) WV, to the late Russell Cottrill and Violet Howes Cottrill.

He graduated from Gilmer County High School.  He started working at an early age for farmers.  He worked for Harry Boggs Coal Co. for 2 years and went to work for the I.L. Morris family—Waco Oil & Gas in 1979 and stayed until March 2018.  He enjoyed reading mostly westerns, fishing, hunting and working with honeybees.

He married Barbara “Bobbi” McCumbers Cottrill on February 18, 1973 who survives at home. 

Also surviving is a son, Russell (Jennifer) Cottrill, Glenville, WV; daughter, Michele Denise Powell, Glenville, WV; granddaughter, Brianna Nicole; grandson, Dakota Lee Cottrill; special niece, Shawny Cottrill of Ohio and very best friend Diesel.

He is survived by brother Buster (Cally) Cottrill of Ohio; sister, Brenda (Troy) Cottrell of Rosedale, WV; half-brothers Calvin (Betty) Cottrell of Glenville, WV and Wayne Cottrell of Glenville, WV.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by twin granddaughters Kristen Joy and Miranda Lynn Cottrill; sisters Juanita “Kate” Jenkins and Shirley Wise.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Dr., Glenville, WV with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Cottrill Family Cemetery, Sliding Run. 

Family and friends may call 5-8 PM, Monday, December 17 at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is proud and honored to serve the family of William Russell “Wild Bill” Cottrill. 

Fly high dozer man, fly high!

Mona M. Riddle

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Mona M. Riddle

Age 98, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Carehaven of Pleasants County.

She was born on July 14, 1920, in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late Ed and Ella Carder Ross.

Mona had worked at the Pennsboro Garment Factory and the Bluebird Restaurant. She loved cooking and spending time with family.

She is survived by one son, Keith A. Riddle (Brenda) of Parkersburg, WV; grandchildren, Steve Riddle, Christian Varga and Julia Strakal; and great grandchildren, Blake Riddle, Olivia Strakal and Nora Strakal, Aidan Varga and Keira Varga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ashford Riddle; son David M. Riddle; brothers, Glen Ross and Carl Ross; and sisters, Zelma Broadwater, Vera Shomo, June Monroe and Estalee May.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, December 16, 2018 at McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Jason Fillmore officiating.

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

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4:30 – 8:00 PM.

Kelly Elaine James Osborne

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Kelly Elaine James Osborne

On December 13, 2018 at 11:45 a.m., God called home one of the bravest souls on Earth.

Kelly Elaine James Osborne,  age 37, of Weston, WV passed away from complications of surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

She was born in Harrison County, WV on May 28, 1981 a daughter of Darrel Eugene “Gene” James and companion, Debi, of Lost Creek, WV and Kathy Groah and husband, Buzz, of Weston.

Kelly is survived by her husband, Adam Osborne of Clarksburg, WV; one son, Mason Osborne of Woodsfield, OH; one sister, Amber Moyers and husband, Dave, of Carey, OH; one brother, Dustin James and companion, Victoria, of Churchville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Kelly was preceded in death by maternal grandparents: John K. “Pook” Gum and Garnet “Minnie” Gum; and paternal grandmother, Peggy James.

Complications of diabetes caused Kelly many years of difficult health problems, but her strong will and love of her son carried her through.

Kelly had a kind and loving soul. We her family, returns the words that we heard from her many times, “I love you to the moon and back and bigger than the sky.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to Pat Boyle Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, WV 26368 to aid the family with final expenses.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 3-7 PM on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jay Burkhart officiating.

Following the services, Kelly’s wishes for cremation will be honored.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family Kelly Elaine James Osborne.

Karla Marie Snyder Reed

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Karla Marie Snyder Reed

Age 59, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018, at her home.

She was born March 30, 1959, in Elyria, OH, a daughter of the late Mason Carl and Betty Burnside Snyder.

On August 23, 1980, she married Richard Reed who survives.

Also surviving are two brothers, Steve Snyder and wife Kay of Rock Cave, WV and Tim Snyder of St. Augustine, FL; one sister, Suzanne Snyder of Rock Cave and several nieces and nephews.

Karla was the Director at the Upshur County Senior Center and attended the Tallmansville Baptist Church.

Friends will be received Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 2 to 3 PM at the Salem Ridge United Methodist Church.

The funeral service will follow at 3 PM with the Rev. Tim Lewis officiating.

Burial will follow in the Salem Ridge Church Cemetery in Gaines, WV.

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

Ruth Annabelle Thompson

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Ruth Annabelle Thompson

Age 94, of Bendale Road, Weston, WV passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, at her home.

She was born on September 26, 1924, in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Harry S. and Lorraine Hughes Bee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rue C. Thompson on January 09, 2007.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan Regina Shock and husband Les of Eureka, South Dakota; one son, the Rev. Mr. Rue C. Thompson, II and wife Diana of Buckhannon, WV; six grandchildren: Cheryl and husband Jerry Moore, Heather and husband Dan Brunton, Gwendolyn and husband Michael Masterman, Heidi and husband Phillip Keith, Braden Thompson, and Andrea Thompson; ten great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; one sister Patricia Smith of Weston; and her beloved dog, Molly. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a stillborn daughter and by three brothers: Harry, Donald, and Robert Bee.

Mrs. Thompson was a devoted Catholic and parishioner of the St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Weston, where she had been a member since 1972. She was a part of the Catholic Daughters and the TOPS group. Annabelle was a talented quilter and presented approximately 50 of her hand-stitched quilts to her children and grandchildren over the years. She had been employed as a Nurse’s Aide at the City Hospital in Weston and the Weston State Hospital, with about 20 combined years of service.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon, where a prayer service will begin at 7:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Buckhannon, with the Rev. Fr. Joseph McLaughlin, S.M. as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Weston.

William Franklin (Bill) Wiant

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William Franklin (Bill) Wiant

Age 90, of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2018, at Charleston Area Medical Center General as a result of an accidental fall on December 05, 2018, at his residence.

Bill was born January 10, 1928, in Burnsville, WV, to the late Peggy Marple Wiant and Glenn Wiant. 

After graduation from Burnsville High School, Bill briefly attended Glenville State College before proudly signing up with the United States Navy on his 18th birthday.  While in the Navy, Bill participated in two atomic bomb testings in the Marshall Islands.  Following his service in the Navy, Bill went back to Glenville State College and eventually graduated from Bluefield State College with his Bachelor’s Degree.  Eventually, Bill obtained a graduate degree from Marshall University.  He was a graduate of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Academy, U.S. Treasury Law Enforcement School, Keeler Polygraph School and the 85th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. 

Bill was retired from both the WV State Police and the U.S. Government, having served 20 plus years with each.  While in the WVSP and early in his Polygraph career, he served as one of two Polygraph Examiners for the entire state of WV.  Bill’s career with the U.S. government included U.S. Treasury Investigator, Safety and Security Manager for the National Mine and Health and Safety Academy (M.S.H.A.) where he compiled a book of all Mining Laws in existence from 1865 to 1982 for M.S.H.A. use, and Investigator for M.S.H.A, U.S. Department of Labor. 

After retirement Bill and Sue traveled to all 50 U.S. States and most of Canada.  He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.  He also was a scuba diver and Ham Radio Operator.

Bill was a member of the Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 AF&AM.  Bill served eight years as Fire Commissioner for the Beckley City Fire Department; Instructor for RESA-I Law Enforcement Schools for Southern WV Police Schools; Adjunct Professor for Bluefield State College; Instructor for the WV State Police Academy and Basic Police Officers Training for WV Sheriff Deputies and City Police Officers at the WV State Police Academy.  Bill and Sue worked about 10 years with Helping Hands Resource Center.  He was listed in the Book of Outstanding West Virginians of 1969-1970. 

Bill is survived by daughters, Rebecca Sue Wiant Durrett and husband Tom, Kathyrn Lynn Wiant Coletti and husband Frank, Billie Joan Wiant and husband Dr. Leif Irgens.  Grandchildren, John Franklin Paice and wife Shelly and Timothy Andrew Paice and wife Dr. Jennifer Byrd.  Great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Jack, Maggie, and Jonah Paice.  His fifth great-grandchild, a girl, is due in January, 2019.  Bill is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Nancy Joan Wiant Fields of Florida, sister-in-law, Mrs. Glenn Wiant, Jr. (Joanne Kemper Wiant) of North Carolina, and brother-in-law, Mr. Robert O Hardman of Bridgeport, WV.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and friends including special friend Mrs. Betsy Gonzalez. 

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 53.5 years, Susan D. Woofter Wiant; brothers Glenn Wiant, Jr., Robert Kyle Wiant, and sister Peggy Ann Hardman.

The family would also like to thank the staff at the Villages of Greystone where he resided, for all the special love, attention, and care he received.

Visitation will be held at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM;

Visitation on Saturday, December 15, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s United Methodist, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at the church. 

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity, WV. 

In lieu of flowers it was his wish for contributions to be made to the Susan D. Wiant Scholarship account at St. Mary’s United Methodist Church, 2014 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV, 25801.

Wade Hubert Carpenter

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Wade Hubert Carpenter

Age 90, of Exchange, WV, passed away December 08, 2018, at his residence.

He was born on February 19, 1928 in Orma, WV and was the son of Alpha B. Carpenter Sr. and Susie Rebecca White Carpenter.

Wade loved fishing, spending time in Canada, traveling and camping in the Winnebago. He was an avid music lover especially Bluegrass and country music.

Wade is survived by three daughters, Susan Smith of Cocoa, FL, Linda Wright (Olin) of Fredricksburg, VA and Marilyn Carpenter of Elizabethtown, KY,., one brother, Alpha B. Carpenter Jr., 10 grandchildren, several great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth Evelyn Schultz Carpenter, second wife Genevieve Mankins Carpenter, third wife Donna Jean Shaver Carpenter, two sons James and Charles Carpenter, three brothers Cecil Carpenter, Arnold Brooks Carpenter and Stanley Carpenter and two sisters Beatrice Butler and Leslie Roberts.

Visitation will be held 3 – 6 PM Saturday, December 15 at Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg concluding with music and a time of remembrance.

Loretta “Sharon” (Harris) Hudkins

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Loretta “Sharon” (Harris) Hudkins

Age 74, of Sutton, WV gained her wings on December 11, 2018, with her family by her side at home, after battling Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsons.

She was born on December 01, 1944 at High Knob, WV to the late Karl Dexter & Angelia Mae (Gregory) Harris.

Sharon was a 1963 graduate of Sutton High School, a faithful Christian and devoted wife, mother, mamaw, sister, aunt and friend.

Sharon was a homemaker, a caregiver and a blessing to those that knew her. She had a beautiful, loving, kind soul. When welcoming family and friends to her home, she always offered a cup of coffee to them. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, entertaining and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed making people laugh, listening to and singing with music, especially Elvis. She loved camping, biking, walking, birdwatching, sitting on a porch swing and exploring nature, searching for rocks and pointing out special things that she would wonder upon while outdoors. She encouraged those around her to enjoy the little things that God had created for us and to never lose our sense of appreciation and wonder for them.

Surviving are six daughters; Lisa (Keith) Brown, Lori (Melvin) Showalter, Christy Lynn (Jeff) Hatmaker, Libby (David) McQuain, Lindsey Hudkins (Nathan Harrison) and Leslie (Shane) Tomblin, all of Sutton, WV and son, Timothy (Walkeria) Hudkins of Wilsie, WV. Also surviving are grandchildren; Bryan and Logan Brown, Dusty Hudkins, Cameron Showalter, Tristan and Benton Hatmaker, Zack and Zoey McQuain and great-grandchildren; Mason Brown, Bryson and Layton Moats. She is survived by sisters, Betty Bright of Sutton, WV and Patsy Vanderworp of St. Claire Shores, MI and brother Delmas “Duke” (Judy) Harris of Sutton, WV. Also surviving are sister-in-laws, Janice Harris and Leta Hudkins of Sutton, WV and Velma Hudkins of Charleston, WV, a special niece, Aerwanna (Dave) Frame of Sutton, WV along with several loving nieces & nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Camden Davis Hudkins, as well as, her sisters; Lola “Ruth” Bragg, Alice Kniceley, Phyllis Stalnaker and Mona Bright, and brothers; Bill Harris, Junior Harris and John Harris.

Family will receive friends at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV on Friday, December 14 from 5-8 PM and Saturday, December 15 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home on Saturday, December 15 at 1 PM with Rev. Rodney England and Rev. Eric Veltre officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to High Knob Cemetary c/o Delmas Harris, Treasurer, 65 Beamer Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Loretta “Sharon” Hudkins.

William E. “Bill” James

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William E. “Bill” James

Age 92, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 09, 2018 at home, with family and his beloved dog “SugarBear” at his side.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Garnett James; father, Orvin Ransom James; his mother, Mary Fraser; his two brothers, Orvin and Charles; and sister, Mary Lou.

Bill will be deeply missed by his two children, Denise and George, both of Gassaway; his two grandchildren, Joshua and Amy of New Port Richey, Florida; and his two great-grandchildren, Katherine (Katie) and Brett also from Florida.  Additionally his many good friends and church family will greatly miss his friendship and smiling face.

Bill graduated from Gassaway High School in 1946 with his high school sweetheart and wife of 69 years, Garnett.  Bill served in the Marine Corp and was stationed in Miami and Puerto Rico.  Bill and Garnett bought their first home in Gassaway and remained in the same home for all of their married life.  After leaving the service Bill was hired on to the B & O Railroad as a fireman.  He retired from the railroad working as a brakeman and conductor.  Bill loved to cook and anyone who ate his pies would attest, he was a good cook.  Bill loved to volunteer to cook for local fund raisers, church events, and was a fixture at the Gassaway Days breakfast for many years.  In 2008 he was recognized as Gassaway’s Citizen of the Year for his community volunteer work.

The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to our wonderful neighbor, Linda Simmons Cain, for her help and many thoughtful meals during Bill’s illness.  The support of the WV Caring nurses and staff and the Braxton County Seniors Nursing for their kind care and thoughtfulness was most appreciated.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Johnny Conrad officiating. 

Interment with Military Graveside rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations be made to WV Caring or the Frametown Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Richard M. roach funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Ivy Von Yoak

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Ivy Von Yoak

Age 95, of Grantsville, WV, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Paul and Fannie Morris Yoak; five brothers, Glendon, Paul, Morris, Harold, and Don; and three sisters, Mildred, Oleta, and Betty.

Mr. Yoak is survived by his wife of 76 years, Freda Radabaugh Yoak; two daughters, Karen Yoak (Bill) Lewis of Winston-Salem, NC, and Sharon Yoak (Dan) Turner of Martinsburg, WV; four grandchildren, Jodi (Paul) Hume, Baltimore MD, Britney (Scott) Rosenberger, Fairmont WV, Matthew (Madlon) Lewis, Decatur GA, and Jonathan (Whitney) Lewis, Arlington TX; and nine great grandchildren, Turner Von and Kaja Grace Hume of Baltimore, Isaac Daniel and Ayla Von Rosenberger of Fairmont, Thomas Kirk and Madlon Hawley Lewis of Decatur, and Savannah Rain, Lydia Caroline, and Ivy Rae Lewis of Arlington.

Mr. Yoak was a long time business man and was co-owner of the Grantsville Appliance, Inc. for 40 years, the Yoak Gas Company, and Dairy Products, Inc. He and Mrs. Yoak also co-owned and operated the Yoak Insurance Agency for 25 years.

Mr. Yoak was the oldest member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Grantsville, where he taught Sunday School and also served as choir director for many years. Mr. Yoak was a singer and performed from an early age with the Yoak Quartet, which included his sister Betty and brothers, Harold and Don. He was a member and officer in the Order of the Eastern Star, Grantsville Chapter #73.

He was also a 38-year member of the WV State Eastern Star Choir in which he was often a featured soloist. One of his crowning achievements was singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for the Bicentennial International Eastern Star Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, before 16,000 people. He has also performed in England, the Caribbean, and throughout the southeast.

Mr. Yoak learned to read music through the solfeggio system of shaped notes, which uses a specific shape that corresponds to each tone of a scale. Mr. Yoak delighted in teaching “singing schools” throughout West Virginia and in Florida.

Mr. Yoak was a 32nd degree Mason with the Eureka Lodge #40 in Grantsville, having served in every office many times, and as Master for many years over his 74-year membership.

As president of the Calhoun Development Corporation, Mr. Yoak worked tirelessly to bring business opportunities into Calhoun County, such as Rubber Fabricators, Inc. and Save-A-Tool. He was instrumental in buying the land for the Calhoun County Park, a recreational area. Mr. Yoak also served as secretary of the board of directors for the Calhoun General Hospital, which was established in the 1950’s.

Mr. Yoak enjoyed playing golf and traveling, visiting various places in the United States, England, Spain, and Africa. Mr. and Mrs. Yoak enjoyed going to Cocoa Beach, Florida, for six weeks every winter with the “Happy Days Club,“ a group of friends who vacationed together for 35 years.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, which will include an Eastern Star service at 7:30 PM.

The funeral will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the church conducted by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. and officiated by Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill UMC Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 3757 N. Calhoun Hwy., Grantsville, WV 26147.

Marium Pletcher

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Marium Pletcher

Age 94, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 10, 2018 with a steadfast faith and love for her Lord Jesus Christ.

She was born in Weston, WV to the late Ralph Jason Hugh and Lola Mary Jarvis Pletcher on August 18, 1924. 

Marium was co-owner of Byrne True Value Hardware.  She was a bookkeeper for Go Mart Inc.  She was the leader of Gassaway Mountaineer 4H Club .  Marium fostered her love of community as she was one of the original Founders of Gassaway Days.  She loved gardening and fishing.

Marium was preceded in death by her brother,  Ralph Jason Pletcher.

Surviving are her children, Michael Byrne of Gassaway, Andy Byrne and wife, Mary of Gassaway, Timothy Byrne and wife, Connie of Charleston, WV; Jeffery Byrne and wife, Dana of Ft. Worth, TX, Charles Byrne and wife, Diane of Jane Lew, WV; and Jennifer Floyd and husband, Robert of Buckhannon; WV; brother, Noel Jon “Skeeter” Pletcher of Gassaway; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In keeping with Marium’s wishes she will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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