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Joyce Lou Clark

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Joyce Lou Clark

Age 76, of Mill St. Weston, WV passed away at 6:31 PM on Friday October 17, 2014 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 18, 1937 a daughter of the late Ernest Heater and Lillian Gay Ocheltree Heater.

On June 03, 1955 she married Edwin R. Clark, who survives, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage.

She is also survived by one son, Edwin Andrew Clark and wife Deanna of Weston; one daughter, Kathryn Robinson and husband Kevin of Buckhannon; four grandchildren: Jason Clark and partner Emily and Jessica Clark and partner Cory, Ian Robinson and Mort Robinson and partner Errin; three great grandchildren, Camren, Corin and Jaden; one brother, Bill Heater and one sister, Kathryn Reed and husband James, all of Palm Coast FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by one sister, Betty Ciurca.

Joyce was employed by Gassaway Hospital as a lab technician for many years. She enjoyed weaving, quilting, gardening and enjoying the company of her cat, Lucy, who misses her dearly.

Joyce’s request for cremation has been honored and family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life Service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew at 2 PM on Sunday October 26, 2014 with Reverend Ken Miller officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joyce Lou Clark.

Roy Parsons

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Roy Parsons

Age 81, of Five Forks, WV went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 17, 2014.

He was born May 23, 1933, a son of the late Harrison and Agelintine Parsons.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, who served in the Korean War.

He was a resident of Calhoun County and a member of Five Forks Community Church.

Roy was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved his wife and family.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his brothers Jim, Homer, Berlin, and George; his sisters, Julie, Ulie, Caroline, Letha, and Mary.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edith Parsons; brother, Doy Parsons of Big Bend, WV; children, Anita McCumbers (Steve) of Orma, WV, Patricia McCumbers (Bill) of Five Forks, WV, Doy Ray Parsons (Barbara) of Big Springs, WV, Lettie Parsons of Big Springs, WV and Richard (Mary) Parsons of Creston, WV. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Interment will be in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend, WV.

Albert “Eddie” Reed

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Albert “Eddie” Reed

Age 73, of Ellenboro, WV, passed away October 18, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Eddie was born July 27, 1941, in Ellenboro, WV, a son of the late Albert and Vada Ethel (Delancey) Reed.

He had worked on the B&O Railroad and served as a janitor for Ellenboro Elementary School. Eddie later worked for the former Robinson Motors and Rick Shively Auto Dealership of Harrisville, WV, and managed the South Side Service Station in Harrisville for many years.

He attended Harrisville Baptist Church.

He loved working outdoors, woodworking, fixing bicycles at Christmas for children, helping people and spending time with friends and family.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of four years, Barbara (Debrular) Reed; daughters, Crystal (David) Corbin of Waverly, WV, and Teresa (Eddie) Bartlett of Pullman, WV; son, Mike (Ella) Reed of Harrisville, WV; stepson, Kevin Stout, of St. Marys, WV; grandchildren, Tommy Johnson (Jackie Cronin), Jennifer Johnson (Richie Compton), Vicky Bartlett, Kayla (Stephen) Cole and Neil Reed; step-grandson, Michael Stout; seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice (Harold) Bunner of Ellenboro,WV, and Mardella Satterfield of Cairo, WV; brother, Larry Michael (Sharol) Reed of Parkersburg; along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carmel Louise (Adams) Reed; grandson, Nathaniel Patrick Bartlett; brother-in-law, Bob Satterfield; and his father and mother-in-law, Brady and Virta (Cumpston) Adams.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Robert Perine and Evangelist Don Hardman officiating.

Burial will follow in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be dropped off at the funeral home to help offset Eddie’s medical expenses.

Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.

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Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.

Age 62, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, WV following an extended illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on October 31, 1951: son of the late Leslie M. Sachs, Sr. and Dorothy (Bright) Sachs.

Mr. Sachs is survived by two daughters: Nicole O’Dell of Claysville, PA and Melissa Self of Horner, one son: Bruce Lee Sachs St. Louis, MO and five grandchildren: Ethan and Aiden O’Dell and Abby and Gilly Biddle and Ruby Sachs. He is also survived by one brother Bernard “Bernie” Sachs of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Sachs was a carpenter and a janitor at the Weston Moose. He was a member of the Eagles. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel.

At Mr. Sachs request, he will then be cremated.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.

Lewis A. Lattea

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Lewis A. Lattea

Age 79 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life on October 16, 2014 at the St. Francis Hospital, Charleston West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born April 13, 1935 in Gilmer County, West Virginia.

He was the son of the late Curt and Ide Clevenger Lattea.

Lewis was a coal miner for 21 1/2 years having retired in 1985. In his younger years he also worked saw mills. Lewis enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching WWE Wrestling, and Duck Dynasty. He loved to tinker on anything his tools would fit.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

On September 04, 1954 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Belle Singleton Lattea, who preceded him in death on December 29, 2005.

Surviving are 7 children, Sandra King-Pennington and husband Donald of Charleston, WV; Sally Peggs Glenville, WV;  Linda Warner and husband Richard of Jefferson City, TN;  John Lattea and wife Connie of Glenville, WV;  Robert Lattea and wife Barb of Seminary, MS; Michael Lattea of Glenville, WV; and James Lattea and wife Julie of Cleveland, OH;  and 1 sister, Mary Jo Carr of Kisston, North Carolina.

There are 46 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren also surviving.

Along with his wife and parents, Lewis was preceded in death by 1 son,  Lewis “Bud” Lattea Jr;  3 sisters, Delena Miller, Virgie Luzader, and Marthie Lattea Ables, and 4 brothers, John Lattea, Harold Miller, Clifford Lattea , and Jack Miller.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM Monday, October 20, 2014 with Pastor Gordon Killion officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery in Glenville.

Friends may call from 11-1 PM Monday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Lewis Lattea with arrangements.

William Ernest Montgomery

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William Ernest Montgomery

Age 89, died peacefully in Escondido, California, on October 03, 2014.

Bill, aka “Ernie” and “Papa,“ was the second oldest of eight children born to Wm L. and Louise F. Montgomery in Lewis County, on September 04, 1925.

After graduating from Weston HS, Bill moved to Bell, CA. His father died in late 1943. Bill returned to WV to provide for his mother and six siblings. Later, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army at Ft. Thomas, KY. He earned a sharp shooter rating and was assigned to the 63rd Division, 253rd Infantry Regiment, Cannon Company in Central Europe. He earned a Good Conduct Medal and the WW ll Victory Ribbon. Staff Sgt. Montgomery received his honorable discharge in May 1946.

Bill was married to Virginia Taylor from 1950-1963. Together they had one child, Vickie Ann.

Bill married Carolyn J. Fredrich in 1966. They have a daughter, Christina Leigh.

The family resided in Rancho Bernardo, California, before moving to Escondido, California, in 2003. Bill coached girls softball for 10-years, was an officer of the RB Men’s Golf Club and a Deacon and an usher at RB Baptist Church. Bill participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in October, 2012. After a 25-year career with the State of California as a quality control manager, he retired to part-time work with the Padres and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

He enjoyed traveling and loved cruising with Carolyn, playing cards with his grandchildren and watching their weekly games. He enjoyed playing poker and bridge with his friends. An avid sports fan, he cheered for the WV Mountaineers, the Padres and the Chargers. As the family patriarch, he acknowledged the blessings of his children and grandchildren. Bill was a gentleman, courteous and kind, gracious and principled. His manners were impeccable. He met life’s challenges courageously, with dignity and humor. Most of all he loved his family and his friends. His life mattered to everyone who knew him. He is with God.

Bill is survived by Carolyn, his beloved wife of 48-years; his two daughters, Vickie (Paul) Ott, Christina Mendelsohn; six grandchildren, Jenny, Paul (Christine) Jr., Will (Lucy) Ott; and Jake, Coltrane and Finn Mendelsohn; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Chad, Matthew, James and Alyssa. Bill is survived by siblings, Helen (George) Powell, Pete (Jan), Mary Knight, Shirley (Lyle) Walker and Donald (Twilla); and two sisters-in-law, Paula Montgomery and Barbara F. Kennedy.

Bill’s brothers, Robert and Russell, preceded his passing.

Interment with military honors will occur at Miramar National Cemetery in California at 10 AM on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a favorite military organization, The Elizabeth Hospice, the Braille Institute or Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

Martha Lee Burkhammer Hardway

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Martha Lee Burkhammer Hardway

Age 80, of East Run Rd. Worthington, WV formerly of Weston, WV passed away at 11:10 AM on Friday October 17, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Great Falls, SC on February 09, 1934 a daughter of the late Ronie Loman Goins and Stella Ann Greer Goins.

On May 04, 1952 she married Hobert Turner Burkhammer and they celebrated years of marriage before his death on April 13, 1991. Then on December 07, 1993 she married Russell Lee Hardway, who survives, and they celebrated 21 years of marriage.

She is also survived by her five children: Evelyn Denise Cress and husband Larry, Marsha Leanett Rinehart and husband Michael, Ronnie Everett Burkhammer and wife Linda, Brian Keith Burkhammer, and Sherry Lynn Montgomery and husband Terry, all of Weston; two step children: Robin Taylor and husband Jim of Worthington, and Darla Hixenbaugh and husband Randy of Fairmont; 9 grandchildren: Loretta Cress, Julia Gibson, Ronnie Burkhammer Jr., Anthony Burkhammer, LeighAnn Burkhammer, Nathan and Justin Burkhammer, and Latasha Tacey, and Debra Varvaro; stepgrandchildren: Mike Rinehart, Scott Rinehart, Jacob and Rusty Hixenbaugh, and James Taylor; several great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, Emma Grace Irwin; one sister, Glennie Mims and husband Bob of Ft. Lawn SC; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Goins, and one sister, Lona Mae Baldwin.

Martha was employed by J.P Stevens and Company, a large textile mill in SC, for many years. After moving back to WV, she operated a personal care home. Martha was living testimony of Proverbs 31. She was a virtuous woman who was strong, wise, caring, and devoted to her family, friends, and faith. She always had a song in her heart and shared her faith and love with everyone she met. If you closed your eyes while she sang, you would think it was the talented Southern Gospel singer, Vestal Goodman. She was a faith-filled member of the TLC Ministries in Worthington and she earned her pastoral license at the age of 77. Family and friends will greatly miss her fabulous southern cooking, especially her fried chicken and chicken and dumplings.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-8 PM on Sunday, October 19, 2014, then on Monday from 12-2 PM at the Way of Holiness Church in Buckhannon.

Funeral Services will follow at 2 PM with Pastor Jerry Murrell, Pastor Jim Curtis, and Pastor Sabrina Haught officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Martha Burkhammer Hardway.

Loretta Jean Pickens

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Loretta Jean Pickens

Age 74, of Weston, WV passed away Monday, October 06, 2014, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born October 25, 1939 in Clarksburg, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lena Blakesmith Vernon; her husband, Larmon T. “Bussy” Pickens and three step-children.

Pickens is survived by three children, Jeff Malone of Weston; David W. (Beth) Pickens of Buckhannon and Troy (Brandi) Pickens of Ireland; five grandchildren, Zackary (Emilee) Pickens and Alysha, Elijah, Bena and Gracie Pickens; two great-grandchildren, Isaac and Maddox Pickens; two step-children, Ericka Pickens and Debbie McCartney, both of Buckhannon; 10 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Malone of Hagerstown, MD and Bill Vernon of Willowick, Ohio.

She was a member of the Elijah Chapel United Methodist Church of Bablin.

She was a homemaker. Jean enjoyed studying her Bible, being with her family, playing cards and working word puzzles.

The family received friends from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, October 11, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, where services began at 1 PM with Rev. Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment followed in the family cemetery at Ireland.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, is in charge of the arrangements.

George Thomas Wyatt

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George Thomas Wyatt

Age 71, of Flat Run Road in Ireland, WV passed away Thursday, October 09, 2014 at his home.

He was born May 01, 1943 at Flat Run.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Bob and Melinda Riley Wyatt; five sisters, Delorse Riddle, Litty Wyatt, Jean Westfall, Claudia Wyatt and Violet Stayley; and brother, Willis Wyatt.

George is survived by 11 children, Billie Wyatt of Robertson Hollow, Lovena (Paul) Jones of Wildcat; Eliza (Elmer) Humphery of Wildcat; George E. Wyatt of Heaston Ridge, Hulda Wyatt of Buckhannon; Annie (Leroy) Lahman of Heaston Ridge; Scotty Wyatt and girl friend Kathy Riddle of Buckhannon; Mary (Richard) Startcher of Spencer; Guy Riley of Kanawha Head; Calvin Wyatt of Kanawha Head and Willis Wyatt of Buckhannon; 18 grandchildren, Isaac (Nicole) Jones, Thomas Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Timmy Wyatt, Abby Wyatt, Brenda Wyatt, Charity Wyatt, Leroy Lahman, Dolton Lahman, Tasha Lahman, Dasey Lahman, Virginia Wyatt, Scotty Wyatt, Danny Hedrik, George Stevens, Elizabeth Startcher, David and Matthew; two great-grandchildren, Levi Jones and Brayden Pumphery; two brothers, Robert Wyatt and Everett Wyatt both of Cow Run.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM Tuesday, October 14, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland.

Interment followed in the Bennett Cemetery at Kanawha Head.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, is in charge of the arrangements.

James Alban Marshall, Jr.

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James Alban Marshall, Jr.

Age 77, of Huntington, formerly of Ripley and Sutton, WV, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.

He was born May 30, 1937 in Sutton, WV the son of the late James Alban “Bud” & Erie Gene King Marshall. Also preceding him in death were his wife, Clara Mae Watson Marshall and his brother, George T. Marshall.

James was a Teacher for Jackson County Board of Education where he was Director of Special Programs, owner of “The Chapter One Reading Program”.

He was a Baptist by Faith, enjoyed hunting and ATV riding.

He loved spending time with his family and friends in Jackson, Braxton and Kanawha Counties.

He is survived by his sister, Linda Jane Marshall of Huntington, nieces, Sarah E. Sexton of Barboursville, WV and Tabitha M. Watson of Richmond, VA, great nieces & great nephews, Thomasiana Marshall, Erie E. Watson, Wesley Sexton, R.J. Watson and great-great nephew, Braiden T. Marshall-Workman.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday October 18, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery, Sutton.

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

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

Cecil Ray Straley

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Cecil Ray Straley

Age 83, of US Hwy 33 West, Weston, WV (Camden Community) passed away at 12:40 PM on Wednesday October 15, 2014 in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston on July 09, 1931 a son of Richard Clinton Straley and Maryann Brady Straley.

On August 18, 1957 he married the former Lottie Mae Conrad and they celebrated 55 years of marriage before her passing on December 05, 2012.

His infectious laugh and wry sense of humor will be carried on by their five children: Ronda Kay Phillips of Adran, Kenneth D. Straley and wife Machael of Hudsonville, MI, and Joe Straley and wife Carla, Steven R. Straley, and Carla M. Lowther and husband Charles, all of Weston; 13 grandchildren: Jacob Straley, Marissa Valstine, Rochelle Mys, Brittany Straley, Joshua Lochart, Whitney Straley, Kialea Straley, Joel Straley, Trenton Straley, Trinity Lowther, Dalton Lowther, Annie McClain, and Chris McClain; and several great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Straley McClain; one son, Clinton Straley; and two sisters: Lucille Ruble and Norma Jean Losh.

Cecil was an honored veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Korean War. He retired from Equitrans Resources with 29 years of faithful service.

He was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, WVU Mountaineers, and most importantly, his grandchildren, whose games he attended often. Cecil was a tinkerer with a great sense of humor who also enjoyed woodworking, watching westerns and feeding the squirrels.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 on Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Martin Wine officiating.

Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

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

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

Elder “Stanley” Leon Keen

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Elder “Stanley” Leon Keen

Age 77, of 12 McGary Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born in Westmoreland, TN on November 16, 1936: son of the late Ardie Wilson Keen and Velma Mae (King) Keen.

On August 18, 1956, Elder Keen married Dorothy Lou (Meador) Keen, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters: Pamela Jean (Jesse) Driver of Maryland and Shannon Renee (Rick) Thomas of Horner and four grandchildren: Clifford Dewayne Driver, Jennifer Michelle (Matt) Simpson, Connor Levi Thomas and Ethan Hunter Thomas. Stanley is also survived by one brother-in-law: Don Curtis of Westmoreland, TN and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Elder Keen was preceded in death by one sister: Patsy Ann Curtis.

In the words of Elder Keen:I was saved by the grace of God, July 08, 1949 and united with Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church. God called me to preach in October of 1957, but I did not make it known until October of 1964. I preached my first sermon on the first Sunday night on November in 1964. I was ordained in 1965. I was given work on Route 2, Camden West Virginia in 1974. We started services in our present-day church building in 1984. We moved to West Virginia July 22, 1984. The Churchville Old Time Missionary Baptist Church was organized on June 18, 1988, with an arm extended from Rocky Mound Baptist Missionary Church in Macon County, Tennessee. Elder Keen also had radio broadcasts at WKKW and WBUC in West Virginia for over 10 years .He was very active in Bible study and wrote many in depth Bible study papers which he used to teach youth and adults alike in the word of the Lord.

Elder Keen’s second calling was his ability to make furniture. He also loved music and was blessed to be able play many musical instruments and passed that gift on by teaching many others how to play and enjoy music. In Tennessee, Mr. Keen was an accomplished baseball player and was a Babe Ruth Baseball coach and was also an accomplished tennis player and was a tennis coach to many youth in Lewis and Upshur Counties. Elder Keen was involved with youth in many ways- through his ministry, through his music and also through his gift of teaching tennis and baseball. He was a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge # 543 F. & A.M. of Lafayette, TN.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, October 20, 2014 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM from the Churchville Old-Time Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Ricky White, Elder J. E. Shoulders and Brother Jim Carder officiating.

Elder Keen will lie in state from 10 AM until 10:30 AM at the church on Tuesday.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Elder “Stanley” Leon Keen.

Dale E. Schofield

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Dale E. Schofield

Age 71, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Dale was born December 27, 1942, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a son of the late Conard Carl “CC” and Eunice Audrey (Hendrickson) Schofield.

Dale worked many years as a truck driver for Smith Transfer first in Belle, WV, and later in Columbus, Ohio. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of 2nd class petty officer. He was a member of Harmony Lodge #59 AF & AM of Pennsboro as a 32nd degree mason, a life member of Harris-Ritchie Post #3554, a member of the American Legion of Pennsboro, WV, member of the Ritchie County Car Club, and a proud graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1962.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol (Taylor) Schofield; daughter, Missy Holdren of Williamstown, WV; son, David Schofield (Tina) of Millersburg, Ohio; “adopted” son, Adam Melhuish (Cheryl) of Harrisville, WV; son-in-law, Robby Holdren of Marietta, Ohio; grandchildren, Colten, Jacob, Carly, and Joseph Holdren, Michael, CarolAnn, Christina, and Jamie Schofield, and Kali Melhuish; great-granddaughter, Grace Schofield; sisters, Patty Poling (Gary) of Pennsboro, WV, Billie Britton (Carl) of Lubeck, WV, and Connie Northcraft of Pennsboro, WV; sister-in-law, Nancy Schofield of Ellenboro, WV; and his loving dog, Scooter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard “Dick” Schofield.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, October 20, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by Harris-Ritchie Post #3554, and full Masonic Rites conducted from Harmony Lodge #59.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Sunday, October 19, at the funeral home.

Ronald L. Starcher

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Ronald L. Starcher

Passed away October 01, 2014 in Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo, New York.

He was born September 24, 1947 in Gassaway, WV, son of Roland and Mae Rollyson Starcher.

Ron is survived by son Kevin and wife Jenni, daughter Tina and husband John, grandchildren Britany and John, siblings Joy Ellison, Jim Starcher and wife Gloria, and Bobbie Faber and husband John.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife JoeAnn, parents Roland and Mae, and brother Larry.

Our one of a kind brother is loved very much and will be sorely missed.

Daris James “DJ” Criss

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Daris James “DJ” Criss

Age 36, of Birch River, WV went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Charleston General Hospital, Charleston.

He was born on September 26, 1978 in Summersville, WV to James Criss and Tammy Workman. “DJ” was a Coal Miner and a graduate of Nicholas County High School.

Those left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Kaitlyn Criss of Birch River, mother & husband, Tammy Johnson (Clyde) of Nettie, father, James Criss of Birch River, maternal grandparents, Daris and Jo Ann Workman of Birch River, brother, Jonathan Michael Criss of Nettie, step brother, Randy Johnson of Hillsboro, WV, step sisters, Michelle Johnson of Craigsville, Angie Hodge of Nettie, special niece, Hannah Hodge.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bobbie Harper officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Mill Creek.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

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

Aaron James Langford

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Aaron James Langford

Age 30 of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, departed this life Monday October 13, 2014 at the Minnie Hamilton Health Center, Grantsville, West Virginia following a sudden illness.

Born December 31, 1983 in Woodbridge, Virginia, son of James Leroy and Dianna Lynn Luzader Langford.

Aaron enjoyed working on vehicles and his pride and joy was a 1999 Pontiac Firebird. He like to joke and play around but his true passion was spending time with his children.

On June 08, 2009 he was united in marriage to Heather Cottrill Langford, who survives at their Arnoldsburg home.

Survivng are 2 children, Destiny Langford and Aaron Langford II of Arnoldsburg, 1 brother, Christopher McVaney and wife Stacy of Charleston, West Virginia, 1 grandmother, Doris Jean Luzader of Sand Fork, West Virginia, 5 nieces, Alexis McVaney,  Sahara Blankenship, Ella May Cottrill, Malory, and Kaitlyn McClure, and 3 nephews, Shawn and Allen McVaney, and Samual Blankenship.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 11:00 AM Saturday October 18, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rhoades Cemetery on Kelly Run Road.

Friends may call from 10-11 AM Saturday Morning at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Aaron James Langford with arrangements. 

Crystal Dean

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Crystal Dean

Age 36, of Orlando, WV passed away October 13, 2014.

She was born in Weston, WV on May 16, 1978.

Crystal was the daughter of Gerald and Janice Dean.

Crystal was the loving mother of 3 boys; Dylan, Kieran, and Gavin Dean. She loved watching them ride their dirt bikes. She also enjoyed the outdoors, especially riding ATV’s, and spending time with family and friends. Crystal also enjoyed cooking; she loved to try new recipes. She worked as a dental assistant in Glenville at the Federal Prison and was a graduate of Braxton County High School class of 1996.

In addition to her parents and children, she leaves behind a brother, Charles Dean of Orlando and a sister, Carol Dean also of Orlando.

The family will receive friends at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 3-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held Saturday October 18, 2014 at 11 AM with Reverend Sheila Baughman officiating.

Internment will follow the services at Tichenel Cemetery.

Stockery-Paletti Funeral home is honored to be caring for the Dean family during this time.

Mary Louise Curtis

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Mary Louise Curtis

Age 70, of 224 S. Main Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at her home following a sudden illness.

She was born in Doddridge County, WV on May 17, 1944: daughter of the late Ronald Curtis and Irene (Sweeney) Curtis.

Mrs. Curtis is survived by one daughter: Michelle Brooks of Weston, one son: Mike (Amy) Curtis of Shenandoah, VA and three grandchildren: Shelby Baker and Matthew and Logan Curtis. She is also survived by one brother: David Curtis of Baltimore, MD, one sister: Margaret Adams of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Curtis was a homemaker. She was a graduate of St. Patrick High School.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church both of Weston.

Mary’s hobby includes gardening and she was an avid walker.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 AM from St. Clare Catholic Church of St. Clare, WV with Father George Manjadi as celebrant.

Interment will follow mass in the St. Clare Church Cemetery of St. Clare, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Mary Louise Curtis.

Harless Warner Mace

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Harless Warner Mace

Age 76, of Millstone, WV, passed away October 15, 2014 at his residence from health complications.

He was the son of the late Forest and Stella R. (Stump) Mace.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley C. (McCollum) Mace, his son, William (Bill) Mace and wife, Cheryl, of French Creek, WV; daughters, Norma Collins and husband, Andrew, of Arnoldsburg, WV; and Crystal Conley and husband, Darrin, of Sand Ridge, WV; grandchildren include Stephanie Campbell and husband, Dusty, of Belington, WV; Tammy Tatman and husband, Christopher, of Glenville, WV; Ethan and Jonathan Collins of Arnoldsburg, Cassidy and Chase Conley of Sand Ridge; step grandchild, Heather Paugh and husband, Ricky, of Buckhannon, WV, and 5 great grandchildren.

He was a 1957 graduate of Calhoun County High School in Grantsville and was an alumni band member. He became a band booster in 1974 and continued to this day to support the band program at Calhoun High School. He was a long time bus driver for the equipment bus and was the designated popcorn man.

He was affectionately known as the “Devil Driver”. He was always on the bus keeping it warm so the kids would have a warm place to get into at the away ball games.

Harless retired from Bilco Construction Company after 47 years of being a senior equipment operator and was one of the first WV Certified crane operators in the state.

He enjoyed working for the community and schools. He was a charter member of the Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department where he helped build the current fire hall and served as a fireman.

He was a member of the West Fork Community Action and was a huge part of the Molasses Festival staff.

He supported the Central WV Mule and Donkey Show by assisting with the pit roasting of the pork every year and he was a long-time member of the Bear Fork Hunt Club.

Harless regularly attended the Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Sand Ridge since his childhood.

He loved spending time with family, and friends, cooking on an open fire and listening to his family play bluegrass music.

Funeral services will be at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, Saturday, October 18, at 1:00 PM with Rev. David Weaver officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6-9 PM at the funeral home.

Interment will be at the Albert’s Chapel UMC Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Terry Lee Siers

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Terry Lee Siers

Age 66, of Normantown, WV, passed away October 13, 2014 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born April 30, 1948 in Charleston, WV a daughter of the late Charlton Frederick Osborne and Elaine Cozetta Carney Osborne.

She was a graduate of Poca High School, a graduate of the Charleston Beauty Academy and attended Morris Harvey College.

She was retired from Glenville State College.

Terry was a member of the Enon Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister Jill Elaine (Donald) Todd of Cross Lanes, WV; nephews Jeffrey Todd of Charleston, WV and Derek Todd of Morgantown, WV.

She is preceded in death in addition to her parents by her husband Rev. Harry Siers.

Funeral services will be held at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Sunday October 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Collins Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the services.

Ethel Rader

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Ethel Rader

Age 97, of Annamoriah, WV departed this life October 13, 2014 at her home.

She was born April 18, 1917 at Industry, WV, the daughter of the late Ebby Maze and Blanch Craddock Maze.

She attended Snyder Chapel Church since she was a little girl and she loved gospel music.

Surviving is a daughter Lorena McKown of Barberton, OH; a son Herbert Gene Rader of Annamoriah; one granddaughter Melissa McKown and one grandson Randy McKown, both of Barberton; one great granddaughter Mary Seabolt of Barberton; one great-great granddaughter Leylah Seabolt.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents, by her husband Herbert Rader; three sisters Elah Mills, Grace Maze, Frankie Davis; and one brother Thomas Ewing.

Funeral services will be held at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville Friday October 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Carl Marks officiating.

Burial will follow in the Big Bend Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00-1:00 PM prior to the services.

Betty Lou Allen Davis

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Betty Lou Allen Davis

went home to be with the Lord at her home, surrounded by her family and special friends, on October 12, 2014.

She was born October 31, 1929, in Smithville, WV, the daughter of the late Homer Allen and Mabel Valentine Allen.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School, class of 1947.

She married Ralph “Dick” Davis on July 12, 1947, who she knew was the one for her the day he walked into the Spot Restaurant, wearing his Navy uniform, where she worked.

She was a member of Beechwood Presbyterian Church for over 50 years where she was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

She served the Mid-Ohio Valley with her famous Davis Drive In footlong hot dogs on Emerson Avenue for over 25 years.

She was the proud mother of one daughter, Linda (Lonnie) Nelson of Williamstown; and two sons, Ralph (Jeri) Davis and Richard Davis, both of Parkersburg.

She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and special friends and reading her Bible.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Dick” Davis; two sisters, Isabel Rogers and Jean Rutherford; and one brother, Bill Allen.

Left to cherish her memory, in addition to her children, are eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Cheryl Flowers and Mary Stoneking.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beechwood Presbyterian Sanctuary House, 703 30th St., Parkersburg, WV.

The funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Rick Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Lessie Clareth Haddox

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Lessie Clareth Haddox

Ahe 85, of Pennsboro, WV passed away October 12, 2014 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

She was born February 14, 1929 in Lawford, WV, the daughter of the late Walter R. and Ola Cloe Davis Newlon.

Mrs. Haddox enjoyed being a homemaker, caring for her family, gardening, her flowers, sewing and quilting.

She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and VFW Post #3554 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was also a former volunteer for the Ritchie County Emergency Squad.

She is survived by three daughters, Clara Lucille Stevens of Harrisville, Linda Sue Cantwell of Mineral Wells and Reta Jean Freeland of Smithville; three sons, Danny Wayne Haddox (Delphene), David Lawrence Haddox and James Franklin Haddox all of Pullman; and James Robert Toothman (Martha) who was also a part of the family; sisters, Violet Cowan, Viola Bunner and Cletha Bartlett; brothers, Don Newlon and O’Neil Newlon; thirteen grandchildren, Melissa Smith, Michael Stevens, Roger Francis, Rick Francis, Jon Freeland, Matt Freeland, Mark Freeland, Holli Vaughn, Dustin Haddox, Josh Haddox, Kristi Haddox, Darren Haddox, and Danny Haddox; five step-grandchildren, Jerry Cantwell, II, Shawna Poole, Rob Wilfong, Shane Toothman, and Amanda Carter; and twenty great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Clayton Haddox; grandson, Evan Haddox and brothers, Roy Newlon and Denzil Newlon; and son-in-law Okey Stevens.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Mike Hardbarger officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hazelgreen Cemetery.

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

Jerry Lee Primm

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Jerry Lee Primm

Age 68, of Cairo, WV (Glendale Community) passed away Sunday, October, 12, 2014, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH.

Jerry was born June 09, 1946 on Cabin Run in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late Nathan and Thelma (Goodwin) Primm.

Jerry was retired as a chemical operator after 38 years of service for Cytec Industries of Willow Island, WV. He was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1964 and greatly loved the outdoors. He loved spending time on his farm hunting and fishing, his beloved grandchildren, family, and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rita (Nichols) Primm; daughters, Traci Monroe (Mark) of Cairo, WV (Glendale Community) and Lisa Meeker (Drew) of Moundsville, WV; son, Lewis Primm (Shelly) of Parkersburg, WV; grandchildren, Kyle and Logan McGill, Catey and David Tyler Meeker, Bret and Jayden Primm, Kelsi, Savanna, and Kodi Camp, Cody and Roxy Monroe; sisters, Hazel Lewis (Ray) of Parkersburg ; Carolyn Morris (Louis) of Harrisville, WV and Sharon Napier (David) of Ellenboro, WV; brother, Gale Primm of Dubois, PA, along with several nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. Ruford Abner officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Twin Oaks, WV.

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

Diana Lynn Mammi

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Diana Lynn Mammi

Age 62, of Berea, WV passed away October 11, 2014 at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

She was born September 15, 1952 at Millville, NJ the daughter of the late Earle and Kathleen Stadler Polhamus.

Diana had been a florist in NJ and while living in WV did housekeeping for many people in the area.

She was a member of Pullman Sunshine CEO’s and Pennsboro Church of Christ.

She loved to cook, make crafts, and was best known for her homemade pies which were sold in local restaurants.

She is survived by her husband, Dominic Mammi; daughters, Kimberly Ann Deamer of NJ, and Marie Christin Zalenski of MI; stepchildren, Cherylann Pinto, Anthony D. Mammi and Dominic A. Mammi Jr. all of NJ; sisters, Catherine Peterson, and Ellen Cossabone; brothers, Lewis Polhamus and Earle Polhamus; eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Polhamus.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville was in charge of arrangements.

Delphia Mae Vannoy

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Delphia Mae Vannoy

Age 98, of Grantsville, WV, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.

She was born May 20, 1916, a daughter of the late Carl and Elizabeth Nester Vannoy.

Mrs. Elizabeth Vannoy was the first person buried in Collins Community Cemetery in 1953.

On January 08, 1933 she joined Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and was custodian there for many years.

She was a former chairman of ABW White Cross. She had retired as head cook and supervisor of food services at Calhoun General Hospital. She enjoyed quilting, working in her flowers, and cooking.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by brothers, Willis, Orlis, Holly, Arnett, Thurl, Darrell, and Oral Vannoy and sister, Venia Bickerstaff.

She is survived by brother, Glenard Vannoy.

Funeral services will be held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Noon with visitation from 11:00 AM until time of service.

Pastor Tim Underwood will officiate.

Interment will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown, WV.

Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Ruby Louise Randolph

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Ruby Louise Randolph

Age 85, of Smith Run Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV on August 01, 1929: daughter of the late Basil Kincaid and Iris (Ashcroft) Kincaid.

On December 13, 1952, she married Lyle Randolph, who preceded her in death on February 21, 1998.

Mrs. Randolph is survived by one daughter: Karen (Matt Harvey) Randolph of Weston, two sons: Alan (Debby) Randolph of Lost Creek and David Randolph of Weston, and seven grandchildren: Wilson Harvey, Ross Harvey, Emily(Michael) Daugherty , Kara (John)Elko, Luke Randolph, Brienna Randolph and Brittney Randolph Thompson and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother: Robert Kincaid of Wooster, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lyle, Mrs. Randolph was preceded in death by one brother: Bud Kincaid.

Mrs. Randolph was co-owner and bookkeeper with her husband Lyle of Lewis County Livestock Order Buying Company. She and her husband also had LCR Livestock Trucking. Earlier Mrs. Randolph was employed at the Harrison County Farm Bureau. She graduated from Clarksburg Business College.

Ruby was an avid reader and great supporter of the Louis Bennett Public Library of Weston. She was an accomplished pianist and loved music. Mrs. Randolph loved her farm and the out of doors in general. Her family remembers her as a kind and giving person and a wonderful cook. Ruby’s greatest accomplishment in her eyes were her family; children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Jonathan Nettles officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Brick Church Cemetery of Lost Creek, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory at the Louis Bennett Public Library 148 Court Avenue Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is privileged to serve the family of Ruby Louise Randolph.

Lennette Pauline Headley

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Lennette Pauline Headley

Age 59, of Grantsville, WV passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, WV.

She was born April 16, 1955, a daughter of the later Thomas Henderson and Indabelle Smith Richards.

She is survived by daughters, Rhonda Dickey of Frametown, WV and April Ball of McFarlan, WV.

Also surviving are grandson, Dalton Dickey and brother, Larry Richards of Massilon, Ohio.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by sisters, Fern Hammond, Lenore Richards, Barbara Carpenter, Jean Strickland, and Opal Valentine, and brother, Basil Richards.

Pauline was a former employee of Stump Funeral Home and private home caregiver.

Graveside services, with burial to follow, in the family cemetery, McFarlan, will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Rev. Randy Wilson will officiate.

Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is assisting Ms. Headley’s family with her funeral arrangements.

Ada Virginia Williams

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Ada Virginia Williams

Age 82, of Berlin Road, Weston, WV passed away at 10:46 PM on Thursday October 09, 2014 at their residence surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Weston on February 29, 1932 a daughter of Albert Clarence Jordan and Mayme Ann Swisher Jordan.

On February 10, 1950 she married Donald Neal Williams and they celebrated 45 years of marriage before his passing on July 11, 1995.

She is survived by three children: Daniel Williams and wife MaryAnn of Weston, Rick Williams and wife Harriett of Weston, and Annette Sherrell and husband Bob of Bativa OH; seven grandchildren: Sabrina Day and husband Pat, Tori Zielinski and husband Greg, Rick Williams and wife Kristen, Jeremy Williams and wife Trena, Chris Sherrell and wife Tonya, Roberta Green and husband Drew, and Elizabeth Jones and husband Kevin; 12 Great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one baby daughter, Pamela Joyce Williams. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family being preceded in death one brother, Rex A. Jordan; and one sister, M. Maxine Smith.

Ada graduated from Weston High School in 1950 and retired from the Weston National Bank in 1985 with 18 years of service.

She was a member of the Stone Coal United Methodist Church.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3-7 PM on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11 AM from the pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stone Coal United Methodist Church at 1251 Old Rt. 33 Weston WV 26452.

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

Louise Wanda Bookholt

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Louise Wanda Bookholt

Age 86, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 in Seller’s Personal Care Home in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Beacon, NY on February 10, 1928: daughter of the late Julio Sansovini and Anna (Siegers) Sansovini.

On November 07, 1946, she married William F. Bookholt, who preceded her in death in 1989.

Mrs. Bookholt is survived by two children: William T. and Marie Bookholt of Allentown, PA and James B. and Elizabeth Bookholt of Weston, four grandchildren: Jenny Neetz, Andrew Bookholt, Anne Cregger and Randy Bookholt and 3 great grandchildren: Megen Rhoads, Emerie Bookholt and Finley Cregger.

In addition to Mrs. Bookholt’s parents and husband, William, Louise was preceded in death by one brother: Edmund Sansovini.

Mrs. Bookholt was an employee of Boeing Aircraft Company of New Jersey during World War II.

She attended St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston.

Louise was a library volunteer at the Louis Bennett Public Library of Weston for 20 years and she loved to read.

At Mrs. Bookholt’s request, she will be cremated and there will be no visitation or funeral services.

Donations in memory of Louise Wanda Bookholt may be made in care of the Louis Bennett Public Library 148 Court Avenue Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Louise Wanda Bookholt.

Carolyn Sue Heath Renart

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Carolyn Sue Heath Renart

Age 63, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ passed away at 12:30 PM on Monday, September 22, 2014 at Atlantic City Hospital-Mainland Division, Pomana, NJ, following a long illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 24, 1951: daughter of the late Manus Parker Heath and Mary Madeline Alkire Heath.

Surviving are her children, John W. (Christina) Renart, III, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Rebecca A. (Ben) Kadrmas and Kimberley S. (John) Wade; eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Kaitlyn, Samantha and Tyler Kadrmas and Michael, Brandon, Jaden and Gavin Wade.

She is also survived by one sister, Linda Maines and companion, Bill Almond of Egg Habor, Township, NJ; three brothers Charles (Lori) Heath of Rock Cave, Manus (Cindy) Heath of Jane Lew and Michael Heath of Weston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carol was a devoted and loving mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She was a caregiver for many years in the southern NJ area. Carol was a strong women who fought a courageous battle for life. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

Cremation arrangements will be provided by Boakes Funeral Home, Mays Landing, NJ.

A private service will be held by her NJ family and memorial service will be held by her WV family at a later time.

Judith K. Yeo (Johnson)

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Judith K. Yeo (Johnson)

went home to be with Our Precious Lord Saturday, October 04, 2014.

Ms. Judith was born in Glenville, West Virginia on April 07, 1945.

She moved with her parents and three brothers and sister to Ohio in 1955. She resided in Oberlin most of her life. While there, she began serving at Presti’s Restaurant which soon became her home away from home. With over 40 years of employment there, she became adopted quickly into the Presti family.

She married Jessie Allen Yeo who passed away in 1971. She then raised her son by working two jobs. At that time, she learned to be the most independent and strong single mom she could ever be. It was in that time that she developed her very strong and unbroken relationship with Our Lord.

She was a member of Sugar Ridge Baptist Church, where she loved to worship. Her faith is what kept her going throughout the last year with her battle of cancer.

She continued to fight her disease because she wanted to spend as much time with her family, friends and church family as possible. She lived her life to the fullest in many ways and valued her time with her grandchildren. She was very proud of her son and thankful for the gift of her grandchildren he had given her. Most of all, she absolutely loved her fur babies, Oliver and Chelsea. They were her pride and joy.

She is survived by one son, Richard Yeo and beloved daughter-in-law of 18 years, Maureen Yeo (Nowak). She is also survived by her sister, Margery Kimble (Johnson) of Parkersburg, West Virginia; brother, Bobby Johnson, whom she resided with since 2002 in Elyria; precious grandchildren, Nate Randolph (Cindy) of Amherst, Jessica Yeo of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Jenna Yeo of Lorain, and Amber Blackburn (Mike) of Elyria; five great-grandchildren, Ethan Randolph, Chase Byrne and Evan Lawson, Mekenzie Tolley and Adriana Blackburn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Allen Yeo; her parents, Clarence and Mary Johnson and brothers, James and Bill Johnson.

Visitation was Wednesday, October 08, 2014, from 10 until 11 AM, at Sugar Ridge Baptist Church, 36600 Sugar Ridge Road, North Ridgeville.

The funeral service started at 11 AM, with a reception immediately after.

Pastor Mike, Sugar Ridge Baptist Church,  officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Judith K. Yeo Memorial Fund at Sugar Ridge Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Elyria.

Billy Ray Sims

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Billy Ray Sims

Age 80, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at his home following a brief illness.

He was born on July 29, 1934 in Big Bend, West Virginia, son of the late Walker P. and Zona (Richards) Sims.

He worked at Roper Corporation for 23 years and Premier Glass.

He attended Thornville United Methodist Church.

Billy was a hard worker who loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed Southern Gospel music, wood working, and gardening - especially flowers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, OnaBelle whom he married on September 24, 1959; seven children, Annabelle Currence (Paul), Rebecca Cavinee (Chuck), Dennis (Edna) Sims, Kenneth (Jill) Sims, Patrick (Trish) Sims, Michael (Staci) Sims and Kevin (Trish) Sims; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister Bonnie Buck; brothers, Jim, Rick, and Fred; as well as many other family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by: brothers, Denver, Eugene, Walker Jr., and Harold Sims; and his grandson, Allen Sims.

Friends called on Saturday, October 04, 2014, at the Thornville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, 56 S. Main St. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, and again at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, West Virginia on Monday, October 06, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM.

A funeral service celebrating Billy’s life was held on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Stump Funeral Home.

He will be laid to rest in Maze Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Billy’s memory may be made to Thornville United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 253, Thornville, Ohio 43076.

Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, Thornville, is honored to care for the Sims Family.

John Thomas “JT” Mitchell, Jr.

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John Thomas “JT” Mitchell, Jr.

Age 40, of Weston, WV passed away September 30, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 08, 1974 in Harrison County, WV: the son of Carol Fultineer Brainard of Weston and John Mitchell of Charleston.

He is survived by two sons, Jason Griffith of Ohio and Joey Mitchell of Gypsy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

JT was a construction worker.

Friends were received at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, on Sunday, October 05, from 2 - 4 PM and 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 06, at 11 AM with Rev. Bonnie Starkey officiating.

Burial followed in the Seventh Day Brick Church Cemetery in Lost Creek.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the services.

Gene Allen Reed

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Gene Allen Reed

Age 68, of Chloe, WV passed away on October 01, 2014.

He was born on January 01, 1946.

Gene is survived by his caretaker Robert “Aaron” Bennett of Chloe son, Rusty (Michelle) Bennett of Chloe, WV; daughters, Lisa Bennett of Chloe, WV and Kara (Adam) Jones of Ripley, WV. Robert and his family were Mr. Reeds family and caretakers for many years.

Gene was Baptist by faith.

He loved to drink coffee and visit with family and friends.

A graveside service was held at Beech Grove Baptist Church on Friday, October 03, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Richard Westfall officiating.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be caring for the Reed family.

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