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Ira Wayne Linger

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Ira Wayne Linger

Age 50, of 58 Riverview Heights Weston, WV passed away at this home on Thursday December 18, 2014 following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 27, 1964 a son of the late Donald C. Linger and Dortha E. Linger of Weston, WV.

On September 30, 2006 he married Janet Marie Asher and they celebrated 8 years of marriage.

Along with his wife, he is survived by two step children: Devon Plumley and husband Paul of Charleston, and Drew Fields of Montgomery; three step grandsons: Logan and Brady Chapman, and Paul Plumley III, (with baby boy Plumley on the way); three sisters: Sara Lane and husband Allen of Vermilion, OH, Terri Gill of Weston, and Elizabeth Tracey and husband Lloyd of Horner; two brothers: Scott Linger of Weston, and Charles Norman and wife Denise of Jane Lew; six nieces; and six great nieces.

In spite of a spinal cord injury that left Wayne paralyzed from a car accident in 1982 at the age of 17, he always had a positive attitude and lived a productive life. He graduated from Lewis County High School with the class of 1983. He played football and ran track until the time of his accident. Wayne worked several jobs. He was a Console Operator at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, an audio technician at WDTV in Clarksburg, and a dispatcher at the Lewis County Dept. of Highways in Weston. He also worked as a DJ and later he and his friends, Matt Gay and Dave Matthews, formed their own band, “Jamaway”, where he was the lead vocalist. They performed at many clubs and local events. Wayne was a passionate musician who enjoyed playing the guitar and writing his own songs. He was an outdoor enthusiast who designed his own back yard fishpond, where he spent countless hours watching his fish and tending to his flower garden.

Wayne always had a wonderful sense of humor and his family and friends will always remember his smile, laugh, kindness, and how he inspired so many people with his courage, music and faith. He will be deeply missed.

Wayne’s request for cremation has been honored and there will be a Family and Friends Gathering at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 1-2 PM on Monday December 22, 2014.

Interment will be held at the Machpelah Cemetery in Weston at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist them with final expenses.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ira Wayne Linger.

Mary G. “Jerry” Skinner Callis

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Mary G. “Jerry” Skinner Callis

Age 75, of McWhorter Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 8 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on December 04, 1939 a daughter of the late Carl Donzel Ables and Eldora Eleanor Radcliff Ables.

On April 22, 1957 she married B.W. Skinner who passed away on September 24, 1988 then in 1991 she married James Rogers who passed away in 2001, then in 2002 she married James L. Callis who survives.

Also surviving are three children: Tammy Lea Gragg and husband James of Moapa Valley, NV and Tisha Dell Underwood and husband Tim of Glenville, WV and Timothy Skinner and wife Robin of McWhorter; five grandchildren: James Aaron Gragg, Lewis William Skinner, Jason Andrew Skinner, Mary Kylee Rice and Benjamin James Underwood; several great grandchildren; two stepsons: Stewart Callis of Oakland, MD and Robert Callis of Bridgeport; one stepdaughter, Rita Lambka of Kitzmiller, MD; three brothers: John “Buck” Ables of FL, Lonnie Ables of Dalton, OH and Carl “Butch” Ables of Morgantown; two sisters: Naomi McHenry of West Milford and Roxena Adams of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one step grandson, Daniel Lambka and two brothers: Lester “Gene” Ables and Harry Donzel “Bud” Ables.

Mary retired from the Lewis County Board of Education having worked as a cook at the Weston Central School for many years. She then became a volunteer driver for the D.A.V., dedicating well over 10, 000 hours of her time to assist disabled veterans. She was an avid collector of teddy bears and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at the holidays.

Friends and family may gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 5 - 8 PM on Friday December 19, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Weese Day officiating.

Interment will follow in the Orlando Cemetery.

The family requests that instead of sending flowers, please send teddy bears to be donated or send donations to the Murphys Creek Baptist Church at 401 Fisher Hollow Weston WV 26452.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary G. “Jerry” Skinner Callis.

Rondel (Ron) Curtis Miller

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Rondel (Ron) Curtis Miller

of Normantown, WV surrounded by family, went home to Glenna and their Lord on December 11, 2014 following an unexpected illness at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Ron was born September 11, 1930 in Shock, WV, a son of the late Ray and Pearl (Vanhorn) Miller.

He is survived by, was well-loved by, and will be sadly missed by surviving family. His and Glenna’s children, Shirley J. Dawson of Greenwood, SC; Debbie S. Harris of Shock, WV; Karen M. (Eugene) Queen of Lockney, WV and Randy R. Miller of Normantown, WV; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ron had a special and strong love for his beloved siblings and is survived by Herma Eddy of Belpre, OH; George (Kate) Miller of Stumptown, WV; Dorma Hartshorn of Grantsville, WV and Willard (Carolyn) of Garrettsville, OH.

The family would like to recognize and share our heartfelt appreciation to Ron’s granddaughter (Roger and Debbie’s daughter) Lydia Harris. Lydia moved from Ohio to be Ron’s main caregiver and companion for 4 years after Glenna passed. The family doesn’t know what they would have done without her.

In addition to his wife, Glenna, of 55 years, and his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his brother Charles Miller, his son-in-law Roger Harris, granddaughter Megan Blanche Queen and twin grandsons Dean and Keith Dawson.

Ron retired in 1973 as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force after 22 years. He then returned to his college studies and graduated from Glenville State College with a teaching degree. So that he could spend more time gathering family histories for his family and many others, he drove school bus for Gilmer County for 22 years and retired from the Board of Education. He was instrumental in the collection of genealogy data in the publishing of the Gilmer County West Virginia History 1845-1989.

Ron and Glenna were known throughout the County as people who were willing to help anyone in need. They enjoyed bowling in the Glenville State College League, served as volunteer EMTs in Gilmer County and were involved in various activities and functions. Ron served many years as an active member of the Gilmer County Historical Society.

He was a member of the Shock Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV.

Ministers Vernon Kerns and Gene Miller will officiate.

Interment will be in the Collins Community Cemetery in Stumptown.

Friends and family may call at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 4 to 7 PM on Saturday, December 20, 2014 and one hour prior to the services in Arnoldsburg on Sunday.

Sue E. Bosley “Granny”

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Sue E. Bosley “Granny”

On December 15, 2014 she passed away at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness with family by her side.

Sue celebrated her 73rd birthday in October with a party surrounded my family and friends.

Sue and her late husband James F. Bosley resided in their home in Flower, WV., where she enjoyed gardening and canning.

One of her greatest joys was her family. Sue especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren whom she loved to spoil.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years James F. Bosley, parents Sylvia Condrad and Gus Mowery, and brothers Harold and Ruhel Conrad.

Sue is survived by daughter Sharon Helmick, granddaughter Crystal Condrad and husband Nick of Orlando, WV; grandson Jamie Singleton and girlfriend Stacey Fisher of Flower, WV; great-grandchildren Nicolas, Emma, Cole and Peyton, brothers Stacy, Gerald and Leonard Conrad, sisters Dolly Meador and Eda Belle Rogers. Also left to cherish her memory are several “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV on Saturday December 20, 2014 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Funeral services will follow at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Eddie Wade officiating at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow services in Hineys Cemetery Glenville, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Bosley family.

Barbara Ellen Butcher

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Barbara Ellen Butcher

Age 54, of Quarry Glenn Dr. Weston, WV passed away in the early evening on Sunday December 14, 2014 in the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center of Elkins, following an unexpected illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on February 19, 1960 a daughter of the late Elmer Ralph Riffle and Mary Ellen Seibel Riffle Westfall, who survives in Weston.

She is survived by two daughters: Kimberly Maries Fisher and husband Jason of Weston, and Christina Marie Dobbins and husband David of Cedarville, WV; five grandchildren: Tyler Sprouse, Brandon Fisher, Kaylee Fisher, Triston Dobbins, and Adalyn Dobbins; one brother, Edwin Ralph Riffle; and companion Randall Scott Warner.

She worked various jobs throughout her life including security and home health care. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

Barbara’s request for cremation has been honored.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 6-7 PM on Tuesday December 16, 2014.

Interment will be held at the Pumphrey Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made at the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

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

Ray H. Richards, Sr.

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Ray H. Richards, Sr.

Age 89, longtime resident of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community) departed this life on Monday, December 15, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Ray was born August 16, 1925 on Leeson Run, a son of the late George W. and Icie (Cunningham) Richards.

Ray worked for over 50 years as an oil field worker in the area and for most of those 50 years worked for Bud Spencer. He was a proud World War II Army Veteran having served in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and in the Black Forest as a member of the “Big Red One.“

He was a member of the Britton Gospel Mission of West Union, WV (Sunnyside Community).

He greatly enjoyed deer hunting with his boys and going camping and fishing with his family in the mountains.

He is survived by his children, Ray H. Richards, Jr. (Regina) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run); Lucretia J. Doak (James) of Greenwood, WV (Long Run Community); Joseph P. Richards (Wanda) of Parkersburg, WV; Mary E. Schrock (Phineas) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community); Patricia J. Harris (Danny) of West Union, WV, and David L. Richards (close girlfriend, Katie Owens) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community); grandchildren, Ray Richards III, Tina Seckman, Elaine McCormick, Jimmy Doak, Leann America, Harlen Harris, David Lee Richards, Justin Richards, Rosie Schrock, Cody Lones, Janet Hinzman, Eric Richards, and his deceased grandson, Danny Harris; 11 great grandchildren, and his sister, Minnie Jo Wood of Huntsville, NC.

In addition to his parents and his grandson, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lora Gale (Dodd) Richards in 2008; brothers, William “Bill” Richards, Francis Richards, Joe Richards, Porter Richards, Hollie Richards, and sisters, Rachael Dillon, Mary Dodd, and Ruth Mason.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. Gilbert Neely officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by West Union VFW.

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

Mary Alice McHenry Blake

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Mary Alice McHenry Blake

Age 79, of Brown Ave, Weston, WV passed away at 7 AM Sunday December 14, 2014 in the INOVA Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria VA, following a brief illness.

She was born at Camden, WV on October 19, 1935 a daughter of the late Elmer Warren McHenry and Stella Lamb McHenry Lawrence.

On December 10, 1955 she married Thurman Stanton “Jeep” Blake and they celebrated 27 years of marriage before he passed away on May 21, 1983.

She is survived by four children: Bernard Blake and wife Anna of Weston, Mary Bumgardner and husband Tim of Weston, Sherri Parks and companion Rick Posey of Weston and Terry Blake and wife Louvonne of Fort Belvoir, VA; two brothers: Leo Bernard “Bud” McHenry and wife Alice of Newport News, VA and William “Bill’ McHenry of Fayetteville, NC; three sisters: Ruth Ann Talbott and husband Darrell of Camden, Helen Marie “Dot” Butler of Weston and Carol Frances Bush of Port Deposit. MD; 12 grandchildren: Melissa Parker, Robbie Kelley, Tommy Blake, Amanda Baldwin, Brittani Grogg, Danielle Parks, Tiffani Parks, Brandon Parks, Terry D. Blake, Allison Blake, Jonathan Blake and Nickolas Blake; 11 great grandchildren: Ryan Parker, Terani Parker, Zack Kelley, Cody Kelley, Stewie Kelley, Kelsi Lewis, Ashlynn Blake, Jayson Blake, James Kaiyden Gregory, Avari Nutter and Issac Rice; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Evelyn Hope McHenry and Ada Kathleen “Kate” Hall; one niece, Susan Hall, and one infant brother, Charles Warren McHenry.

Mary Alice was retired from the Weston State Hospital with 28 years of service and was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who were the light of her life.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3 to 7 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Richard Justice officiating.

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

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

William S. “Bill” Calhoun

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William S. “Bill” Calhoun

Age 94, of Greenwood, WV departed this life on December 14, 2014.

He was born on October 25, 1920 in Pullman, WV the son of the late Willie Guile and Rebecca Dorothy Schmidt Calhoun.

Following the 1991death of his first wife, Mary Margaret Ellifritt Calhoun, mother of his children, he remarried. His second wife, Evelyn Furner Calhoun passed away in July 1999.

Bill leaves behind two daughters, Cheryl Pullen and husband, J. Mark, of Shepherdstown; Barbara Lloyd and husband, Bob of Morgantown; one son, Roger Calhoun and wife, Mary of Scott Depot; one sister, Bettie Fox of Brunswick, GA, two brothers, Jack Calhoun and wife, Doris, of West Union, and Rev. Sam Calhoun and wife, Ellen of Clinton, NJ, as well as four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friend, Dorothy Bode of West Union.

Three siblings preceded him in death: Philip Blair Calhoun, Robert Calhoun and Anita Belle Brown.

Bill was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was past president of the Doddridge County Historical Society. He was member of Mason Friendship Lodge #56 AF & AM, and VFW #3408 West Union.

Bill is a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church and also the Enon Baptist Church in Salem.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Randy Stewart presiding.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the combined Doddridge County Veterans organizations.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 4 PM - 7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Doddridge County Historical Society or the WV Chapter Alzheimer’s Association at 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Calhoun family.

Peggy Sue Adams

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Peggy Sue Adams

Age 56, of Riggins Run Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 22, 1958 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of Rachel Loughery Childers, Salem and the late Charles Childers.

She is survived by her husband David L. Adams whom she married 37 years ago.

Also surviving are one daughter, Dodi Adams Davis and husband Jason Davis, West Union, one son, David L. Adams II and companion Jessie Bickler, West Union, two sisters, June Wilt, Julia Childers, all of Salem, two brothers, Charles “Buck” Childers, Smithburg William Wade Childers, Miletus, three grandchildren, Payton, Davis, Madison Noel Adams and Dalton D. Cork. She was preceded in death by one sister, Beth Ashcraft.

Peggy was a member of the first graduating class at Liberty High School. She had been a laborer for MCT and a member of Ironworkers of American #984. She enjoyed working along her husband on their farm. Peggy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Tom Zimmerman presiding.

Interment will follow on the family farm.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM Thursday until time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mary Babb Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506 or Peoples Hospice,327 Medical Park, Drive Bridgeport, WV 26330-9952.

Spurgeon funeral Home is privileged to serve the Adams family.

Joshua David Frye

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Joshua David Frye

Age 35 of Glenville, West Virginia departed this life suddenly on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Born September 02, 1979 in Tampa, Florida, son of Paula Mazzagotte of Glenville, and John Ray Frye of Melbourne, Florida.

Surviving is 1 son, Bane Zander Frye of Glenville, 1 brother, Anthony Frye of Glenville, paternal grandmother, Hilda T. Frye of Melbourne, FL; maternal grandmother, Maxine Smith of Glenville, and 1 great aunt, Caroline “Skippy” Cusick of Glenville.

Preceding Joshua in death was his paternal grandfather, U.D. Frye,  Maternal grandfather, Nelson Smith and Step-father, Stan Mazzagotte.

Per Joshua’s request his remains will be cremated and a celebration of life will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014 with Rev. Mark James officiating.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM Thursday afternoon at the Mortuary.

Joshua was a talented landscaper for high end homes in Tampa, Florida. He was an expert in Aqua culture, enjoyed fishing, and riding ATV’s whenever possible.

Joshua was a kind and gentle soul. He was loyal, creative, and had a great sense of humor. He was his brothers protector, interpreter, best friend, and companion in a time when Anthony needed it most.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Joshua David Frye with arrangements.

Tommy Gene McHenry

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Tommy Gene McHenry

Beloved husband of the late Marjorie (nee Peters); loving father of the late Brenda K.; brother of Glen McHenry Jr., the late Mary Persinger Riffle, and Lynn McHenry.

Beloved Uncle Tommy was an employee of the Ford Motor Company, a bus driver in the Twinsburg School System.

He was a member of the Calvary Community Church.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, at Noon, Monday, December 15, 2014 with Rev. Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the McHenry Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM - Noon (the funeral hour) Monday at the Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name are suggested to The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 e. 185 St. Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Tommy McHenry with arrangements.

Leon L. Stump

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Leon L. Stump

Age 94, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Providence Health Care Center.

Born February 12, 1920 in Apple Farm, Calhoun County, West Virginia he was a son of the late Farris E. and Hallie Stump and the husband of the late Elizabeth Lucille (DeWeese) Stump who passed away October16, 2006.

He had worked as a cut off operator for B&W and had also worked at the Beaver Valley Country Club.

He was a member of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, James L. and Peggy Stump of Middleton, PA, Robert W. and Dianna Stump of East Palestine, OH, Richard L. Stump of East Palestine, Ronald Stump of Beaver Falls; a very special granddaughter who formerly resided with him, Lenora Lewis; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Ellie And John Elliott of Millstone WV and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Friends were received on Friday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the A.D. Campbell Funeral Home, 1326 Eighth Avenue, Beaver Falls, where funeral services was conducted on Saturday at 12 Noon, with his Pastor Joe Schiren of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Interment followed in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver Boro.

Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the College Hill Church of the Nazarene, 3600 4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Bernard E. Kelley

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Bernard E. Kelley

Age 84, of Greenwood, WV (Long Run Community), departed this life on Friday, December 12, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Bernard was born February 16, 1930 on Sugar Camp in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late George and Goldie (Blake) Kelley.

Bernard was retired after 31 years of service for Carnegie-U.S. Steel Company of Pittsburgh, PA and later was transferred to the Tollgate, WV division. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Korean Conflict.

Bernard was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church.

He was also member of the Friendship Lodge #56 of West Union, WV AF&AM, and a member of the Pennsboro Commandery. He was also a member of the Doddridge County EMS serving as the past president and on the board of directors and greatly enjoyed camping and fishing. Bernard and his wife Zelma opened their house to over 200 foster children in the area for many many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Zelma E. (Britton) Kelley; children, Richard Kelley (Margaret); Cathy Richards (Ronald); Ruth Ann Richards; Linda Valentine (Todd) and his foster daughter, Sandy Clevenger, all of Greenwood, WV; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Josephine “Babe” Zucosky of Weirton, WV; Carrie Sponaugle of Sugar Camp (Doddridge County); Francis McFerren, of Weirton, WV; Carol Verner of Wooster, OH, and his brothers, Garner “Hoot” Kelley of Weirton, WV and Marvin “Jim” Kelley of Wooster, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George “Burl” Kelley and Dale Kelley.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Randy Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by West Union VFW #3508 and full Masonic rites conducted by Friendship Lodge #56.

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

Robert Lee Bailey

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Robert Lee Bailey

Age 72, of Gee Lick Rd. Weston, WV passed away at 8:01 AM on Friday December 12, 2014 in United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a brief illness.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on August 25, 1942 a son of the late Lee Mark Bailey and Lucille Virginia Metz Bailey.

He was twice married. First, on September 25, 1961 he married the former Karen Whelan and they were married 21 years before her passing on June 13, 1983. Then, on August 11, 1984 he married the former Jennifer Lynn Alfred, who survives, and they celebrated 30 years of marriage.

He is also survived by five children: Robert L. Bailey and wife Sheila of Jane Lew, Sharon Roush and husband Donnie of Weston, Debbie Spray of Crawford, Holly Harris and husband Mike of Weston and Amber Heater and husband Chris of Jane Lew; two brothers: Samuel L. Bailey and wife Janice of Weston and Larry Metz and wife Helen of Gassaway; three sisters: Judy Pumphrey and husband Bert, Peggy Kniceley and husband Charlie and Jeanne Burke and husband Steve all of Weston; 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was the owner and operator of Baileys Dozer Service and he worked for the WV Dept. of Highways. He was also an honored veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. Bob’s personal slice of heaven and sanctuary was his camp on the Middlefork River, where many family memories were made. He was an ‘Undercover Engineer’ who loved to tinker, fix, repair, restore, and fiddle with various projects, big and small.

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 Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Tony Allen Keen

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Tony Allen Keen

Age 43 of Upper Horn Creek Road, Gilmer County, West Virginia departed this life suddenly Wednesday afternoon December 10, 2014.

Born February 17, 1971, in Clay County, West Virginia, son of Shirley Reger, who lives in Clay County and the late Stanley Keen.

Tony worked in the oil fields as a laborer. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, and spending time with his grand-kids.  He liked to work on vehicles, playing video games, singing, and playing the guitar.

On August 17, 2008, he was united in marriage to Norma Shaffer Keen, who survives at their Horn Creek home.

Surviving are 2 step-children, Caryl McPherson of Sutton, WV; and Sherman Lee McPherson of Huttonsville, WV;  5 brothers, Johnny, Ronnie, Stephen, Stanley and Bill Keen, 1 sister, Ruth Windam, and 1 step-brother, Sammy Snyder.

There are also 8 grandchildren surviving, Jacob McPherson, Shaniea McPherson, and Hunter McPherson of Sutton, WV; Shane Lee McPherson Michael McPherson, and Joshua King of Mt. Nebo, WV; Valarie Salisbury of Birch River, WV; and Austin McKinney of Flatwoods.

Along with his father, Tony was preceded in death by 1 step son, Fred S. McPherson Jr., 1 brother, William Keen,  and 1 step-brother, Ralph Snyder.

At the request of Tony, his remains will be cremated and the family will have graveside services at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 to help cover funeral expenses.

Sylvia Jean Cogar

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Sylvia Jean Cogar

Age 53, of Flatwoods, WV Passed away December 08, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born December 01, 1961 in Sutton, WV a daughter of the late Richard and Louise King Smith.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by son, David Shaw; brothers, Johnny Smith and James King; sister, Ida Bell Rose; stepfather, Hurl Richardson.

She is survived by husband, Craig Cogar; son, Thomas Shaw of Sutton; stepdaughter, Dorothy Jarvis of Sutton; four grandchildren, Sabryna, Lauryn, Levi, and Blayne; great grandchild, Jase Charles Coleman; siblings, Dolly Marks of Little Birch, Betty Conner of Little Birch, Barbara Cochran of Sutton, Pliant Smith of Sutton, Rose Dennison of Gassaway, Nancy Wimer of Gassaway, Theodore Smith of Nebraska, Faye Richardson of Sutton, Roy Smith of Sutton, Steve Richardson of Gassaway, Helen Rose of Sutton and Lena Dennison of Little Birch.

Service will be 2 PM Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Burial will be in the Morrison Ridge Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Carolyn Francis Bartlett

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Carolyn Francis Bartlett

Age 73, of Harrisville, WV went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long illness, on December 09, 2014.

She was born May 18, 1941, at Mellin, WV, the daughter of the late Earl Echard and Goldie Ernestine Metz Toothman.

Carolyn will be remembered most as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Together with her husband, they ran the Lindsey Bartlett & Sons family farm and Stout Hardware Company in Harrisville.

She attended the First Apostolic Church of Harrisville

She formerly worked at the Union Bank of Harrisville, and was the 4-H leader for the Washburn 4-H Club for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lindsey Monroe Bartlett; three sons, Lyle Monroe Bartlett of Harrisville, Brian Lynn Bartlett of Cairo, and Loren Shelton Bartlett (Michele) of Harrisville; brothers, Denzil Echard of Parkersburg, David Echard of Cairo, and Mark Echard of Glenville; sister, Kathryn Adams of Harrisville; one granddaughter, Rachel Bartlett; and four grandsons, Ben, Jesse, Hayden, and Landen Bartlett.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Riffle; and brothers, Wayne and Lowell Stephen Echard.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, December 13, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Alan Adams officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spruce Creek Cemetery, Lawford, WV.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM, Friday, December 12, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Harrisville Volunteer Fire Dept., 900 W. Main St., Harrisville, WV, 26362.

Harvey Lee Davisson

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Harvey Lee Davisson

Age 76, of 1294 Right Freemans Creek Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 in Charleston Area Medical Center-Memorial Division of Charleston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 10, 1938: son of the late Hazel Harvey Davisson and Genevieve Marie (Lattea) Davisson.

On December 31, 1963, he married Velma Gay (Riffle) Davisson, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters: Patricia “Trish” (Kenny) Lowther, Sandra (David) Goldsmith and Betty (Roger) Pumphrey all of Weston and four sons: Michael Davisson of Weston, Harvey H. “June” (Doris) Davisson of Walkersville and Billy (Emma) Davisson and Michael (Kayla) Davisson, Jr. both of Weston. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Marsha, Josh, Amber, Brittney, Chris, Tyler, Brandon and Shelbi Davisson, Bradley Goldsmith, Dinhia Lowther and Laura Pumphrey and six great grandchildren: Bryson O’Meara, Wyatt Davisson, Aleah Lorentz, Bronson Marple and Hunter and Riley Davisson. He was also survived by two sisters: Margaret Davisson of Weston and Lucille Davisson of Maryland and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Davisson was preceded in death by one sister: Reva Davisson and one daughter-in-law: Shelly Davisson.

Early in Mr. Davisson’s working career, he worked on the drilling rigs. He later worked for L.J. Gum Company as an equipment operator and mechanic. He retired from Weston Transfer as a mechanic.

Harvey enjoyed rabbit and coon hunting and loved to watch football and NASCAR (Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver). His greatest joy was spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids!

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Harvey Lee Davisson.

Roberta Mae Lockhart

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Roberta Mae Lockhart

Age 72, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 10, 2014 at Camden Clark Hospital.

She was born July 12, 1942 in Harrisville, the daughter of the late Sherman and Hilda Virginia Stanley Parker.

She had worked as a nursing aide at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville and later as a waitress at the Sandwich Shop in Harrisville. She did volunteer work for churches and nursing homes.

She was a member of Camden Ave. Church of God, Parkersburg.

She is survived by a daughter, Norma Jean Marks of Missouri; a step-daughters, Bonnie Lockhart and Marie Halfhill (David); step-son, Mark Lockhart; sisters, Carolyn Vincent of Harrisville, and Lois Currey (Jeff) of Parkersburg; brothers, Robert Parker (Diamma) of Parkersburg, Rev. Dale Parker of Harrisville, and Elmer Parker (Lula) of Parkersburg; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Parker of Missouri;, five step grandchildren, Robert White (Tammy), Anthony “Wayne” West (Amber), Crystal Hardbarger (Rodney), David Wise and Megan Halfhill; fifteen step great grandchildren; and companion, Larry Chaddock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora J. Lockhart.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Dale Parker officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4:30-8 PM and Sunday from 11-1 PM.

Carolyn Virginia Hathaway

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Carolyn Virginia Hathaway

Age 80, of Vienna, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV, passed away Tuesday morning, December 09, 2014 at Heartland of Marietta in Devola, Ohio following a long illness.

She was born July 30, 1934 in Grantsville, WV to the late Zelda “Tag” Hathaway Siers. Surviving is her sister Debbie Siers of Vienna and several cousins.

Carolyn was a native of Calhoun County graduating from Calhoun High School in 1952 where she was active in the marching band playing trumpet, pep club, FHA, Tri-Hi-Y, Science club, class secretary, dramatics club and dance orchestra. She was most active in 4-H. During her two years at Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg she majored in business administration. Her activities in college, before graduation in 1954, were Dean’s Assistant, bowling, Library Assistant, Mt. Echo Co-Editor, Mounstacoan Staff and tennis.

While in college she worked at the Ideal Box Company in Parkersburg. She also bowled on a team sponsored by Jimmy Colombo’s Italian Restaurant for two years. A few years later while bowling on a team from Grantsville at the Spencer Bowling Lanes, she was privileged to witness Gladys Ball of Grantsville bowl a perfect 300 game, becoming the first woman in West Virginia to achieve this goal.

Carolyn was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Past President of the Women’s Society and past teacher of a Young Adult Sunday school class.

During her working years she held several different jobs in Grantsville and Parkersburg. Some of those were: Burch Chevrolet, Rubber Fabricators and Rubber Crafters in Grantsville. In Parkersburg she worked for Sears Roebuck and Wood County Senior Citizens Center.

Carolyn joined Grantsville Rebekah Lodge No. 52 on June 12, 1959 serving in all of the local offices, including Secretary for over twenty-five years. She was appointed District Deputy President of District No. 7 in 1965 by Mary Hart, in 1966 by Glendora Headley, and in 1967 by Fannie Campbell. She was the Advisor for Rose Theta Rho Girls Club No. 4 which began in 1968. She received the highest award given to a Rebekah, the Decoration of Chivalry, in 1967 and then joined Auxiliary Parkersburg No. 6.

She served as Association President of West Virginia in 1973-1974. She was a member of the Harold Scott Drill team which performed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1968 and the Alberta Hudkins Drill team which performed in Pittsburgh, PA in 1982. She was elected President of the Rebekah Assembly of West Virginia in 1981. At the time of her death she was a 55 year member of the Order.

Carolyn was a most loving and caring person. She always found good in everyone she met and would go out of her way to help someone in need. She and her sister Debbie donate each month to the DAV Wood County Chapter No. 32 Food Pantry located in Davisville, WV.

She loved WVU football and all sports in general as well as reading, working jigsaw puzzles and playing solitaire on the computer.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, December 15, 2014 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Rev. David Weaver will officiate.

Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Sunday, where a Rebekah Assembly Past President Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, Carolyn requested donations be made to a local food pantry in her name.

Robert B. McKinney Sr.

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Robert B. McKinney Sr.

Age 75, of Salem, WV passed away on December 07, 2014 at Salem Regional Medical Center.

Robert was born January 16, 1939 in Weston, WV: the son of the late Dana Burke McKinney and Pauline Wellings and step-mother Ordella McKinney.

He graduated from Lewis County High School in 1956. He worked for the Lewis County Schools as a bus driver and for the West Virginia State Road Department. He then worked at Hunt Valve Inc. of Salem, where he retired from. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie #316 of Salem for many years and loved racing and all sports.

Robert was married to Mary Jo (Carder) Jones, deceased; and had three children, Robert Jr. and Christopher, both of Salem, and daughter, Stacie Seacrist of Ravenna, Ohio.

He was also married to Patty (Evans) Flanigan, surviving, with one son, Justin McKinney of Salem.

Also surviving are three brothers, David McKinney of Meyersdale, PA, Keith Wellings of Charlestown and Johnny Hyre of Weston.

Also preceding him in death was a sister, Lavonne Smith.

There were calling hours or services.

Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home, 75 East Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.

Lisa Gail Woods Wolfe

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Lisa Gail Woods Wolfe

Age 49, of Volga, WV passed away Friday, December 05, 2014, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born July 18, 1965, in Rhoda Island: a daughter of Melvin P. Woods, Jr. of Florida and the late Norma Lee McCartney Woods Wyant.

Lisa is survived by her husband, Jeff Wolfe, whom she married on July 03, 1987; two daughters, Katrina (Benjamin) Shipley of Volga and Leanna Wolfe of Volga; her first grandson, to be born in March of 2015, Waylon Clyde Shipley; sisters and brothers, Kathy (Edward H.) McBride of Lewes, Delware; Lori (Jerome) Post of Ireland; Doug (Terri) Woods of Buckhannon; Richard (Kim) Woods of Smithfield, NC, Pam (Doug) Haymond of Buckhannon and Renee (Jeffery Haynes) Tabor-Haynes of Huntington; aunt Jean O’Dell of Ireland and best friend, Wilma Bennett of Volga.

She attended Buckhannon Upshur High School and received her GED and was a quality support associate for ResCare in Buckhannon. Lisa enjoyed sewing, camping, fishing and loved her roses.

The family received friends from 6 to 7 PM on Tuesday evening, December 09, at the Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon.

Funeral services began at 7 PM, Lisa’s request for cremation was honored by her family.

The Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon, is in charge of the arrangements.

William Jennings Church Jr.

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William Jennings Church Jr.

Age 62, of Normantown, WV, (Gilmer County), a native of Richwood, WV passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Service was 2:00 PM Thursday, December 04, 2014, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor George Peyatt officiating.

Interment will follow in WV Memorial Gardens, Calvin, WV.

Visitation was two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

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