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Johnnie Dale McKown

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Johnnie Dale McKown

Age 59, of Arnoldsburg, WV, passed away August 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 04, 1955 in Calhoun County, WV a son of the late Lee J. and Marie Wallbrown McKown.

He is survived by sons Christopher (Sarah) McKown of Spencer and Josh (Danielle) McKown of Athens, PA; grandchildren Zedekiah Rhodes, Lilian McKown and Branlee McKown, ex-wife Gwinna Marks; sisters Patty (George) Dickey of Nicut, Joyce (Paul) Newell of Orma, Sherry (Dave) Dalo of Canton, OH, Judy (Rodney) Shartiger of Shock, Donna (Clarence) Butler of Arnoldsburg and Sandra (Paul) Butler or Orma; brothers Eddie (Debbie) McKown of Sand Ridge, James (Karen) McKown of Arnoldsburg, Jerry (Barbara) Mckown of Arnoldsburg and Mike McKown of Arnoldsburg as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents by two brothers, Eugene McKown and Danny McKown and one sister Frances Greathouse.

The family would like to thank Hospice Care of Burnsville, the doctors at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Centers and Roane General Hospital for the care of Johnnie.

At Johnnie’s request, cremation was performed and no services will be held at this time.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Stump Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings

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Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings

Age 96, of Nobe, WV, passed August 21, 2014 after a short illness. She was a resident of Minnie Hamilton Long-term Care Facility in Grantsville.

She was born May 28, 1918 the oldest of six children of John G. and Delphia Lockard Weaver of Gilmer County, WV.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were Fred Wesley Jennings her husband from Wirt County. Three sisters, Mary Yoak (Glen) of Five Forks, Ava Naylor (Edward) of Ohio formerly from Parkersburg, and Ova Bragg (William) of Big Springs and formerly of Charleston.

Two brothers, Johnny Weaver of Big Springs and Bernard Weaver of Glenville, formerly of Big Springs.  One grandson, Daniel B. Hickman of Big Springs and son-in-law, Bronson Hickman of Big Springs.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann Francis (Harold) of Grantsville and Alice Hickman of Big Springs.

Five grandchildren, Lisa Walker (Jason) of Big Springs, Timothy Richards of Albright, WV,  Lou Anna Richards of Ruchersville, VA, Jo Anna Thopkins of Charolettsville, VA and Larry Joe Richards (Mindy) of Lowell, Ohio. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Mae grew up on Trace Fork, Gilmer County, WV.

She was a Christian wife and mother.

A lifetime member of Chapel Baptist Church at Nobe where she resided her entire lifetime with her husband as they raised their family. She was known for loving the word of God and being a witness to her faith. If you ever met Mae the first question she often asked was, “Are you a Christian?“. Her Bible was a favorite companion.

She graduated from Tanner High School in 1938. She continued her education receiving a two year teaching degree in 1941 and her first schools were Lower and Middle Run in Gilmer County. She graduated from Glenville State College in 1951.

Mae was an old-time school teacher, sometimes rode a horse to school, walked many miles and/or often boarded away from home through the week. She taught over 30 years at schools including Nobe, Beech Valley, Coal Fork, White Pine, Broomstick, Bell, Grantsville Grade School in Calhoun County. Also, Lower Run, Middle Run, Latonia, Upper Trace and Upper Laurel in Gilmer County.

Mae was a true woman of courage with a pioneer spirit, loved God and her fellow man.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery at Tanner.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:30-3:00 PM prior to the services.

Roberta Lee Coleman

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Roberta Lee Coleman

Age 73, of Flatwoods, WV, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Brycle and Jewel Jividen.

She was an active member of Christ Church United Methodist of Sutton, WV.

She loved quilting, gardening, and reading. Most important to her were her family, church, and friends. She was an organ donor through the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE).

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Reverend Don Coleman; three children and their spouses: Terry (Terri) Coleman, Carol (David) Boyd, and Ron (Becky) Coleman; four grandchildren and their spouses: Garrett (Lyndsey) Coleman, Courtney (Chase) Petry, Ryan Coleman, and Shelby Boyd; two brothers and their spouses: Ed (Barbara) Jividen, and Jerry (Diana) Jividen. Pallbearers: Ed Jividen, Jerry Jividen, Garrett Coleman, Ryan Coleman, David Boyd, Chase Petry, Terry Coleman, and Ron Coleman.

Service will be 4 PM Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton with Reverend Doug Smailes officiating.

Burial will be in the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call from 1:30 PM till time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to either the American Diabetes Association PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or a local hospice service of your choice.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Linda Lou Craig Skinner

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Linda Lou Craig Skinner

Age 65, of Westfield Road in Jane Lew, WV passed Friday, August 15, 2014 at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew.

She was born August 31, 1948 in East Liverpool, Ohio: a daughter of the late Shirley Craig and Eva Jane Warrick Allen and step-mother Eleanor Craig.

Two daughters, Sherry Strother of Westfield Road and Crystal Skinner of Jane Lew; and two grandchildren, Brett and Brittany Strother were her reason for living.

Survivng are three sisters, Eliza (Raymond) Buckman of West Milford, Laneeta (Tim) Barnhouse of Weston and Christine (Scott) Rinehart of Weston; three brothers, Rusty Craig of West Milford, Dave (Lisa) Perrine of Weston and Chris Craig formally of Weston.

Mrs. Skinner had been employed at the Alkahn Label Factory.

She was a member of the Message of Life Tabernacle of Weston.

She was a true friend to all who knew her. She was also a lover of dogs and cats and her flowers. She will be truly missed by all.

Friends were received at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, on Thursday, August 21, from 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday, August 22, at 11 AM with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating.

Burial will be held in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the funeral services for Linda Lou Skinner.

Donnie Clavel McCumbers

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Donnie Clavel McCumbers

Age 84, of Rosedale, WV went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2014.

He was born August 26, 1929, in Braxton County, WV to the late French and Anna McCumbers.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ivy Hall McCumbers; son, Donnie McCumbers Jr.; four brothers; and four sisters.

He was a Christian.

He worked for the Town of Gassaway for many years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a wonderful father to his seven children, Priscilla Brady (Jack) of Washington, Brenda Wade of Parkersburg, Daniel McCumbers (Patty), Dallas McCumbers (Mary) and Rachel Perrin (Jake), all of Rosedale, and David McCumbers (Lisa) of Arnoldsburg. His pride and joy were his 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 PM Saturday, August 23, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Mount Run Cemetery, Rosedale.

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

Edsel Stalnaker

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Edsel Stalnaker

Age 90, of U.S. Highway 33 West, Camden, WV passed August 12, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown, following a sudden illness.

He was born June 20, 1924 in Gilmer County: son of the late Crate Stalnaker and Gay Knotts Stalnaker.

Surviving are one brother, Keith Stalnaker of Camden; and one sister, Arnolee Scherer of Greenville, PA.

He was proceeded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Stalnaker was an army veteran of WWII, where he served during war time in Italy, France and Germany. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge near the Rhine River.

Mr. Stalnaker was a recipient of the Purple Heart and many other awards, was charter member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #697 of Weston and a member of Weston Moose Lodge #1376.

He and his brothers, Gerald “Red” and Keith Stalnaker owned and operated Stalnaker Electric in Weston for 48-years.

He was a member of the Message of Life Tabernacle Church of Weston, was on the Board of Trustees at the time the church was established and also served in several different offices of the church.

At Mr. Stalnaker’s request, there was no visitation.

A christian funeral service and burial was held Saturday, August 16, at 2 PM at the Masonic Cemetery in Weston with Pastor Rob Hoover officiating.

Full military honors were offered.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the funeral and commital services for Edsel Stalnaker.

Mary Catherine “Kate” Goff

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Mary Catherine “Kate” Goff

Age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August, 20, 2014, at her Auburn, WV residence, in the same room that she was born.

Born on May 02, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Alvin “Fields” and Pearl (Hoff) Tharp, Sr.

She was the bride of the late Earl Goff and they had celebrated 54 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2001.


Mary was a Christian by faith.

She was a life-long wife, mother, and homemaker for her loving family. Her children and grandchildren were the joy of her life.  She hosted the weekly Sunday family lunch, annual Goff reunion, and amazing holiday events in her home as long as she was able.  She was active in the SouthFork Grange at Berea, 4-H sewing leader, and was the Folk Festival Ritchie County Belle in 2002.  She loved traveling with the Senior Citizens and was the caregiver of many elderly family members.  Mary was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1936.

She was a 50+ year member of the Auburn Baptist Church. 


She is survived by her seven children, Diana Riddle of Clarksburg, WV; Anita Bonnett (Eddie) of Shelbyville, KY; Gene Goff (Jill) of Auburn, WV; Dwight Goff (April) of Elizabeth, WV; Pam Crouch (David) of Auburn, WV; Allen Goff (Teresa) of Sardis Community in Harrison County; Jeff Goff (Sheri) of Glenville, WV; 23 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Ann Smith of Uniontown, PA; brother, Junior Tharp of Massillon, OH; sister in law, Willa Mae Brown of Huntington, WV, along with several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen and son in law, Charles Riddle.


Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, August 25, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with her son, Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the HazelGreen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Sunday, August 24, 2014 and from 10-11 AM on Monday, at the funeral home. 

Lester Oral “Sonny” Messenger

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Lester Oral “Sonny” Messenger

Age 93 of Eastpoint, Kentucky, formerly of Linn, West Virginia, departed this life Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Riverview Health Care Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, following an extended illness.

Born May 21, 1921 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Albert and Rosa Richards Messenger.

Lester was a mechanic for Dowell with 21 years experience. He was also a bull dozer operator and worked in construction. He loved camping, fishing, operating a bull dozer, and any heavy equipment be could.

He and his wife were also long term members of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Baldwin, West Virginia.

On May 23, 1942 he was united in marriage to Virginia M. “Kit” Simmons Messenger who preceded him in death on November 18, 2012.

Surviving are 2 children, John Messenger and wife Susan of Glenville, West Virginia, and Linda M. Woofter and husband David of Eastpoint, Kentucky. There are also 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with his wife and parents, Lester was preceded in death by 1 son, Gary Messenger, 4 sisters, Nellie Collins, Stella Lowther, Gladys Messenger and Winnie Frye and 3 brothers, Everett Messenger, Virgil “Bud” Messenger, and Argil Messenger

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday August 22,2014 with Chaplin Nathan Thomas officiating.

Burial will follow in the Troy IOOF Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM Thursday evening at the mortuary.

Susan Elizabeth “Nana” Bullion

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Susan Elizabeth “Nana” Bullion

Age 64, of Goosepen Road, Roanoke, WV passed away at 5:25 AM on Monday August 18, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous journey with cancer.

She was born in Sutton, WV on April 17, 1950 a daughter of the late Rex Kermit Mick and Irene Dovie Williams Mick.

On September 09, 1967 she married William.Walker “Bill” Bullion and they celebrated 46 years of marriage.

She is survived by one son, William Walker Bullion Jr. of Bridgeport; one daughter, Amy Elizabeth Kovach and husband Marc of Jane Lew; foster son, George Gregory Marple of Weston; three grandchildren: Courtney Elizabeth Workman of Weston, Jaclyn Paige Kovach of Jane Lew, and Logan Adam Kovach of Jane Lew; seven brothers: Carol F. Mick of Elizabethton TN, Larry W. Mick of Buckhannon, William B. Mick of Volga, J. Michael Mick, Daniel R. Mick and Donald P. Mick, all of Weston, Randy K. Mick of Mannington; Bill Williams, whom she grew up with and loved as her brother; her beloved Shih Tzu’s, JoJo and Lucy and her Shih Tzu Chihuahua’s, Molly and Bella.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Mick.

Susan worked at the Heck’s Department Store of Weston, then managed the Weston KFC Restaurant, and later retired from the WV Department of Highways with several years of service.

She enjoyed hunting, volunteering for beekeeping organizations, watching Judge Judy, and connecting with her friends on Facebook. She was a loving caregiver, role model, and Mother figure to many. The children of the community who she loved and mentored affectionately knew her as Nana.

She was a Seventh Day Adventist by faith and it was her unyielding faith in God and unconditional love for her family that carried her through her illness.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew 4-8 PM on Wednesday August 20, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday with Reverend Randy Dustin officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Garden of Jane Lew.

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

Richard Harrison “Dick” Metzgar

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Richard Harrison “Dick” Metzgar

Age 83, of Broad Street, Weston, WV passed away at 3:05 AM on Tuesday August 19, 2014 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous journey with cancer.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 31, 1931 a son of the late John Graydon Metzgar and Alma Delorus Oldaker.

On April 10, 1955 he married the love of his life, the former Lorena Belle Bonnett, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Debra Kaye Fealy of Weston and Vanessa Dawn Linger and husband Barry of Boca Raton FL; three grandchildren: Bryan Metzgar and wife Brittany of Buckhannon, Brittni Stamper and husband Timothy of San Antonio TX, and Kaleb Linger of Boca Raton FL; one brother, James Metzgar and wife Tuana of Weston; one sister, Willa Bailey of KS.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Metzgar and son-in-law, Philip Michael Fealy.

He was employed as a truck driver for the Barbour Coal Company for many years and later retired from the WV Department of Highways with several years of service. He was an honored veteran of the United States Army, serving as a paratrooper during the Korean War. He enjoyed deer and coon hunting, and watching Nascar, always cheering for Jeff Gordon to take the checkered flag.

He was Methodist by faith.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Thursday August 21, 2014.

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

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

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

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Richard “Dick” Metzgar.

Liliana Irene Cunningham

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Liliana Irene Cunningham

Age 88 of Greenwood, WV departed this life on Saturday August 16, 2014 in the United Hospital Center.

She was born on August 29, 1925 in Montalcino, Italy a daughter of the late Cesare and Anna Giorgi Centini.

On January 19, 1946 she married Chesley C. Cunningham who preceded her in death on July 02, 1989.

Surviving are two daughters, Viviana Albrecht and husband Gregory, Glenville, PA, Tina Moore and husband Dwight Moore, West Union, one son Mario Cunningham and wife Sandra, Greenwood, grandchildren, Brian Cunningham, Wendy Cox, Chad Albrecht, Christopher Albrecht, Tracy Albrecht, Andrea McCue, Rayme Pullen, Salena Moore, Caleb Moore, great grandchildren, Josh Cox, Maddison Albrecht, Jenna Albrecht, Sydney Albrecht, Chesley Albrecht, Liliana Albrecht,Chloe Albrecht, Connor Cunningham, Kaitlyn Cunningham and Jalise Cunningham, step grandchildren, D.J. Owens, Kimberly Hilliard and Sheri Kennedy.

Two sisters, Santina Stevelti, Primetta Raciti and one brother, Dino Centini preceded her in death.

Mrs. Cunningham met her husband while he was stationed in Italy during WWII. They owned a poultry farm. Liliana had been employed by the local garmet factories from 1960-1978 and had also worked as a foster grandparent.She had also been a caregiver for many years. Liliana was a member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens and Central Station RLDS Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Larry Cottrill presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Cunningham family.

Shirley May Fisher Simmons

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Shirley May Fisher Simmons

Age 77, of Weston, WV passed away at 4:00 AM on Sunday August 17, 2014 in the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg following a brief illness.

She was born in Welch, WV on August 21, 1936 a daughter of the late Arnold Woodson Roberts and Lennie Willis Roberts.

Shirley was twice married. On January 17, 1959 she married Daniel V. Fisher and they enjoyed 44 years of marriage before his passing on February 11, 2003. Then, on March 19, 2011 she married Ralph Carl Simmons and they enjoyed two years of marriage before his passing on May 27, 2013.

She is survived by one son, Ray Fisher of Weston and one daughter, Debbie Frandza and husband Phillip of Lanoka Harbor, NJ; one granddaughter, Becky Frandza; one brother, Don Roberts of Roanoke, VA; and one sister, Brenda Fox and husband Richard of Villages, FL.

Shirley was retired from IBM with25 years of service. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, and traveling. She was most passionate about crocheting and she had made many beautiful afghans over the years.

She attended both the Murphy’s Creek Baptist Church and the Broad Street 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 5-7 PM Tuesday August 19, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel at 7 PM with Reverend Wease Day officiating.

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

Constance Marie Sercer Williams

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Constance Marie Sercer Williams

Age 54, of Napier, WV, passed away August 14, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 29, 1959 in Tennessee.

She was a homemaker and a loving and caring mother.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Sercer.

She is survived by husband, Larry M. Williams; son, Adam M. Williams of Elkins; daughter, Kayla M. Williams of Napier; mother, Agnes Crow Sercer of Atlanta, GA; stepdaughter, April Williams of Bunker Hill; brothers Donald Sercer and Nicholas Sercer; sisters, Jean Sercer, Pegeen Sercer, Sherrie Sercer, and Angela Sercer.

At Constance’s request her body will be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the family home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

James “Jimmy” Empoules

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James “Jimmy” Empoules

Age 62, of Exchange, WV passed away July 28, 2014 at home.

He was born January 03, 1952 in Lowell, Massachusetts, son of the late George Constantine Empoules and Reva Louise Jeffries Empoules Davis.

James is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Marie Empoules Zanaglio and husband, Michael; his son, Coty James Empoules; granddaughter, Aurora Grace Zanaglio, all of Smithfield, PA; sisters, Patricia Empoules and companion, Danny Pickens and Terry Empoules, both of Lost Creek, and Debbie Davis Carey and husband, Glenn of Weston; nephews, Justin Wortham, John and Joshua Empoules; and niece, Jade Carey; and special friend and caregiver, Bobbie Jackson.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by sister, Cindy Empoules Branham and husband, Gary Branham.

Jimmy graduated in 1970 with the first class of Braxton County High School. He was part of the popular local band, Rogue Gallery in which he played guitar and vocals in the late 60’s. Jimmy held miscellaneous jobs before joining the U.S. Army, serving 7 years, first as SPC in 1stCalvery Division in U.S. Army Infantry in Belkin, Texas, serving 2 terms in Germany, then as a Medic at Walter Reed Hospital in Virginia until his service ended. Jimmy then worked at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown as a sous chef until his retirement when he became disabled.

Jimmy was a Christian and attended many Churches throughout his life starting at Gassaway United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir as a teenager.

He loved to fish, hunt, play guitar and piano, sing, and enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held August 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM at Gassaway United Methodist Church, Gassaway, WV with Pastor James Malick officiating.

Please bring any pictures, favorite stories, and memories to share for Memory Book.

Richard M Roach Funeral Home assisted the family of James Empoules with arrangements.

Robert “Todd” Harris

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Robert “Todd” Harris

Age 54, completed his earthly journey on August 14, 2014 at Ephrian McDowell Hospital in Danville, KY after a brief illness.

Todd, a cattleman, auctioneer and businessman, was born May 20, 1960 in Barberton, OH, grew to manhood at Roanoke, WV and began farming at Mt. Salem Ridge in Lincoln County, KY as a young man.

Todd is survived by a son, Wyatt James Harris; his mother, Shirley Harris; sister, Cindi Tillett; brother, Gene Harris of Mt. Salem Rd; sister, Anna Dea Morris of Roanoke, WV; niece Bailee Morris; and nephews: Parker Richards and Nick Harris.

He was predeceased by his father, James Robert Harris.

Todd enjoyed raising and riding horses, riding his four-wheeler, conducting auctions, dining and socializing with his many friends.

He was Christian by faith.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at 11 AM on Tuesday August 19, 2014 at the Smith Cemetery in Roanoke with Rev. Father John Valentine officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Robert “Todd” Harris.

Hugh J. “Buck” Harris

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Hugh J. “Buck” Harris

“Together Again”

Hugh J. “Buck” Harris, age 81, of Buckhannon, WV passed away at his residence on Thursday August 14, 2014.

He was born in Weston, WV on August 01, 1933 a son of the late Hugh C. Harris and Mary V. Harris.

He married the former Shirley Ann Williams and they enjoyed many years of marriage before her passing on March 18, 2004.

He is survived by one son, Hugh J. Harris Jr. and wife Nancy of Akron OH; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ellinger of Akron OH; one sister, Patty Ruble of Weston; one brother, Frederick Harris of Cleveland OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Hugh attended Weston High School then went on to become an honored veteran of the United States Navy, having served in the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Macon (CA-132) for four years. He then spent 10 years working at the WV Glass Company in Weston and in 1995 he retired from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron OH with 30 years of service. In 1996 he moved back home to West Virginia. He was a member of the American Legion Post #4 in Weston, the VFW Post #3663 in Buckhannon, the U.S.S Macon Veterans (CA-132).

He was a member of Lorentz Methodist Church.

Hugh’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private graveside service at Carder Cemetery in Vadis, with Reverend Calvin McCutcheon officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family at 95 Arete Way Buckhannon WV 26201.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Hugh J. “Buck” Harris.

Louise Brown

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Louise Brown (nee Williams)

Age 84 of Parma, Ohio formerly of Braxton County, West Virginia passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

She was born in Falls Mill, West Virginia on August 26, 1929 the daughter of the late Dana and Mary (Conrad) Williams.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death on February 01, 2003 by her husband John (Chess) Brown.

Mrs. Brown is the mother of John C. Brown II (Vicki). Loving grandmother of Rebecca and McKenna. Sister to Earnest (Patricia), Rupert (Robin), James, Dana Eugene (Lovie), Mary Teter (Emmanuel), Marjorie Myers (Troy), loving Sister-in-Law and Aunt to many.

Family received friends on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 1-3 PM.

Funeral services followed visitation at 3:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Reverend Bryan Bukovesky and Pastor Jason Allen officiating.

Interment will follow funeral services in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband.

Donations can be made in Louise’s honor to the Seasons of Life Hospice at 9511 W Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma, OH 44134.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, West Virginia will be caring for the Brown family

Gerald D. Jackson

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Gerald D. Jackson

Age 90, of Little Birch, WV (known to many as Mr. J) went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 12, 2014.

He was born October 27, 1923 in Canfield, WV the son of the late Ira & Lucy Jackson.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his devoted wife of 66 years, Oleta Jackson (known as Mrs. J), brother, Gail Jackson; and sisters, Gladys Brown, Janet Loudin, and Maxine Freeman.

Mr. J was a graduate of Sutton High School in 1942, retired from Island Creek Coal Company and was a member of the UMWA. He served his nation in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 where he was a part of the D-Day Landing of June 06, 1944 Liberation of France. He was discharged from service with many medals for faithfully serving his country. He was a long-time faithful member of Sutton Baptist Church where he has served as Trustee and former Sunday School Teacher for many years. He also served as a former Trustee and Chairman of Braxton County Memorial Hospital Board.

Mr. J touched the hearts and lives of all who knew him. He was a very spiritual person who loved the Lord and was kind and generous to everyone. He loved fishing, gardening, cooking, any kind of music, any kind of sports and was willing to share his home grown tomatoes with everyone. His sweet spirit will be sorely missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Phyllis (Kenny) Haney of Sutton and his son, Thomas Jackson (Debby) of Vermilion, OH, granddaughters, Mandy (Todd) Jordan of Charleston, WV, Melissa (Jason) Igoe of OH, grandson, Thomas Jackson, Jr. of OH; step-grandsons, Kenny (Bridget) Haney of Gassaway, and Chris (Paige) Haney of NC, great-grandchildren, Tessa and Grady Jordan. Also surviving him are a host of family which includes nieces and nephews with three of them being very special, Jerry Jackson, Gary Jackson, and Rodney Jackson; and his church family and many friends.

Funeral services were held 2:00 PM Friday August 15, 2014 at Sutton Baptist Church, Sutton with the Dr. Allan Copenhaver and Dr. Michael Sisson officiating

Military graveside rites followed at Sutton Cemetery, Sutton with American Legion Post #33 Honor Guard.

Friends called Thursday August 14, 2014 from 6-8 PM at the church.

Special thanks is extended to the staff of the Braxton County Health Care and Rehabilitation Center for taking such good care and loving him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Sutton Baptist Church Kitchen Fund, 506 Main St. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Jackson family.

John William “Bill” Campbell

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John William “Bill” Campbell

Age 87, of Glen Dale, WV, passed Tuesday, August 05, 2014, in Liza’s Place, Wheeling, WV.

He was born September 12, 1926, in Moundsville, WV, the son of the late Frank and Zanna Goodrich Campbell.

He was retired from LCP Chemical Plant.

He was a member of 1st Christian Church of Moundsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Phil Campbell; a sister, Beverly Plants; and a step- daughter, Mary Jo Burke Hall.

Survivors include his wife, Jewel Rhoades Campbell; four daughters, Marsha (Kenny) Giffin of Bellaire, OH, Mavis (Paul) Nolte of Sutton, WV, Jonette Muntz, and Cindy (John) Peterson, both of Randolph, NY; three step-children, Larry (Linda) Burke of Fairfax, Va, June (Bill) Straub of Valley Grove, WV, and Richard Burke of Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren, J.T. and Sarah Patterson, Chelsea Nolte, Amanda Montz, Justin (Lana) Giffin, and Jessica (Chris) Olivera; ten step-grandchildren, Charles Burke, Chris Burke, Shane Walters, Andy Walters, Ricky Burke, Tracy Bell, Tara Tiger, Travis Hall, Andy Straub, and Erin Saunders; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Monday, August 18, 2014, from 10 AM until time of Memorial Service at 11 AM at 1st Christian Church, 1200 3rd St., Moundsville, with Rev. Wesley Howsare, Phil Auten, and Earl Shaw officiating.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to 1st Christian Church, Moundsville or Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

Arrangements entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, Moundsville.

Patricia Kay Morrison

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Patricia Kay Morrison

Age 57, of Parkersburg, formerly of Ellenboro, WV, passed away on August 13, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 30, 1956, in Parkersburg, WV a daughter of Genevieve Carder Owens of Pennsboro, WV, and the late James Grant Owens.

Patty was a homemaker, wonderful mother and grandmother. She was formerly employed for the IGA in Harrisville as Deli Manager, and enjoyed doing crafts and cooking.

She was active in the Fresh Start Ministries in West Union, and was a member of The Cross Church in Parkersburg, where she enjoyed working side-by-side with her husband in ministry.

She is survived by her mother; her husband, Pastor Roger Morrison; one daughter, Melissa Luther (James) of Parkersburg; one sister, Katy Owens of Pennsboro; two brothers, David Owens of West Union, and Harry Owens of Harrisville; five grandchildren, Austin, Brianna and Colten Luther and Garrett and Paxton Long; three nephews, James and Michael Shepler and Tristian Wright; one niece, Tracy Taylor; and the family dog, Chloe. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Randall Owens; one sister, Joyce Shepler; and her mother-in-law, Regina Morrison.

Memorial services will be held 4 PM on Sunday, August 17, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Rob Clegg officiating.

Visitation will be from 1-4 PM on Sunday, August 17, at the funeral home.

The family requests donations to be made to The Fresh Start Ministries, 301 Pickerington St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Ricky Ray Riffle

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Ricky Ray Riffle

Age 49, of Warren, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:24am at St. Joseph’s Eastland Hospital of Warren, OH with his family by his side.

He was born on December 06, 1964 in Weston, WV the son of Ray Draper Riffle & Ava Waneda (Conrad) Riffle.

Ricky lived most of his life in Warren, Ohio and he served his country in the U.S. Army.

Memories of Ricky will be carried on by his loving family; his mother Ava W. Riffle of Braceville; his sisters Jennifer & Winston Mixon of Braceville, Barbie & David Seni of Garrettsville. his nephews Matthew Mixon of Boynton Beach, FL, Cody & Logan Seni of Garrettsville; his niece Emily Seni of Garrettsville. Ricky is preceded in death by his father, and one brother Randy Riffle.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 2-6 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home with Reverend Ronzell Roberts officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Titchnell Cemetery of Heaters, WV.

Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Ricky Ray Riffle.

Andrew Maxwell Frame

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Andrew Maxwell Frame

Age 44 of Sutton, WV passed away August 11, 2014.

He was born March 07, 1970 in Ohio.

He worked for Asplundh and loved to hunt and fish.

Andrew is survived by daughter, Ashlyn McKenzie Frame at home; son, Jonathan Frame at home; caretaker, Amber Carter; mother, Ivy Bennett Frame Burns of Rosedale; stepfather, Carrell Burns of Rosedale; brothers, David Frame (Janice) of Elyria, OH, Dennis Frame (Kimberly) of Rosedale and Albert D. Frame (Doramae) of Frametown; nephews, Justin Frame and Edmund Frame; nieces, Tiffany Frame and Amber Frame.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert F. Frame and an infant brother.

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Elder Larry Fisher officiating.

Burial will be in the Crooked Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to: American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Blvd. #6, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Connie L. Wilkins

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Connie L. Wilkins

Age 65, of Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, WV passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born September 24, 1948 in Pickens: a daughter of the late James W. “Pappy” and Willa Lee Tunning Hull.

Wilkins is survived by her children, Anita Curtis and fiancé, Mike Wells of Philippi, Hartzel (Kim) Wilkins of Fairmont, and Tom Wilkins and fiancée, Rhonda Brown of Buckhannon; four grandchildren, Ashley Wilkins, Travis Curtis, Tyler Curtis and Jacob Reed; her partner of 15-years, Jim Bleigh; sister, Nancy Vaughan of Hinkleville; five brothers, Allen (Debbie) Hull of Buckhannon, James (Diane) Hull of French Creek, Chet (Tina) Hull of Buckhannon and Jerry Hull of Pickens; many half-brothers and half-sisters and several nieces and nephews.

She was a Presbyterian by faith

Wilkins was an instructor for Hunters Safety Courses and was a life member and cook for the Stone Coal Lake Fishing Club. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, sightseeing, playing bingo and loved gardening, canning, planting and enjoying her flowers.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 PM on Friday, August 15, at the Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon.

Honoring her wishes for cremation, the family will have a private committal service at a later time.

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

Doris Jean Rice Goodrich

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Doris Jean Rice Goodrich

Age 59, of John Street in Weston, WV and formerly of French Creek, WV passed Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

She was born on Auguat 14, 1954 in Canaan: a daughter of the late Paul Jotham and Ruth Lorene Huffman Rice. 

She was united in marriage on September 25, 2003 to Gary D. Goodrich, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Stephanie (Joseph A.) Lynn Warner of Buckhannon and Leanne (William) Richard of Buckhannon; one son Richard Warren (Katie) Mealey of Buckhannon; five step-daughters; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Terry Rice of French Creek and Margie Lockhart of Buckhannon.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Dallas Rice and niece, Sally Rice.

Mrs. Goodrich was a Methodist by faith.

The family received friends at the Pleasant Dale Community Church on Tuesday, August 12, from 1 - 2 PM the funeral hour.

Interment followed in the Pleasant Dale Cemetery.

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

The Goodrich family has entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

Phillip W. Peggs Sr.

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Phillip W. Peggs Sr.

Age 64, of Parkersburg, WV passed on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born July 10, 1950, in Glenville, WV, to Harry G. and Claris (Bush) Peggs.

He retired from Steers Heating and Cooling as a HVACR Technician. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Victoria Peggs; two sons, Phillip Peggs Jr. and Gerald Glenn Peggs, both of Parkersburg; four grandchildren; his mother, Claris Peggs of Vienna; and one sister, Linda James of Normantown, WV.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Glenn Peggs.

Memorial contributions in Phillip’s name may be made to the American Lung Association and/or American Heart Association.

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

Brenda Kay Greathouse

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Brenda Kay Greathouse

Age 65 of Sugar Camp Road (New Milton Community) departed this life on Tuesday August 12, 2014 in Genesis Health Care Center, Salem.

She was born on July 27, 1949 at New Milton, Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Kenneth and Grace Childers Greathouse.

Surviving is one sister, Ellen Calhoun and husband Sam, NJ, two brothers, Randall Greathouse and wife Beatrice, Sunnyside, Elden “Bud” Greathouse and wife Nellie, Sugar Camp Rd. New Milton, and several nieces and nephews.

Four sisters, Alma Faye Greathouse, Wilma Viola Greathouse, Golda Mae Strakel and Glenna Pearl Kelley preceded her in death.

Brenda was a 1967 graduate of Doddridge County High School. She was employed by Genesis Health Care Center in the laundry department and was formerly employed by Maiden Form, Pennsboro, BWARE Manufacturing and the Harrisville Garment Factory.

She was a member of Blandsville United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held in the Blandville United Methodist Church,the time and date will be announced.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Greathouse family.

James Ross Underwood Jr.

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James Ross Underwood Jr.

Age 38 of Gregory’s Run Rd. departed this life on Saturday, August 09, 2014.

He was born on August 20, 1975 in Cumberland, MD to James R. Underwood Sr. Clarksburg and Susan Lasure Bucek, Ormond Beach, FL.

He is also survived by his step mother, Mildred Campbell Underwood, Clarksburg and step father, Irvin Bucek.

Also surviving are three half sisters, Jenny Underwood, MD, Melinda Williams, TX, Kellie Carpenter and husband Jack, Clarksburg, one half brother, Cody Nutter, Ormond Beach, FL., maternal grandmother, Bonnie Nay, Little Flint Community, two nieces, Patience and Abigail Carpenter and two nephews, Benjamin Carpenter and Quinton Williams.

He was preceded in death by one brother, James Paul Underwood, paternal grandparents, James and Katherine Underwood, maternal grandfather, James Leo Lasure.

Mr. Underwood owned and operated a Lawn Care and Snow Removal business. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. James was an avid New Orleans Saints fan and enjoyed NFL Football.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Saturday from 11 AM until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Underwood family.

Donna Marie Riffle Hershberger

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Donna Marie Riffle Hershberger

Age 63, of James Court Buckhannon, WV passed away at 2:10 am on Monday August 04, 2014 in the Holbrook Nursing Home in Buckhannon following a brave journey with cancer.

She was born in Weston, WV on September 13, 1950 a daughter of the late Edward Jarrett Riffle and Velma Mae Defnall Riffle.

She is survived by one sister, Joyce Lamb and husband Stephen of Jane Lew; two nieces: Angela Marie and Lisa Ann; and one nephew, Christopher John.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Larry S. Riffle; and one nephew, Timothy Garland.

Donna was a 1970 graduate of Lewis County High School. She became a homemaker who enjoyed crafting and quilting.

She was also an active member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Buckhannon.

Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-6 PM on Wednesday, August 06, 2014.

Funeral Services followed at 6 PM with Pastor John Hinkle officiating.

Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Donna Riffle Hershberger.

Doris M. Boone

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Doris M. Boone

Age 88, of Harrisville, WV passed away August 09, 2014 at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born September 07, 1925 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Harry and Mabel Hall Nichols.

She worked for Garden Fresh Grocery Store, the Stockyards, and Chancy’s Dairy Castle.

She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hunter F. Boone; sister, Charlotte Stout; brother, Robert Neil Nichols.

Doris is survived by son, Pat Boone (Merlinda) of Harrisville; grandson, Andrew Boone (Deseray) of Harrisville; great grandson, Harry F. Boone II; brothers, Harry Eugene Nichols of Bullhead City, AZ and Gary Nichols of Alma.

Service will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Tim Davis officiating.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Larry Junior Gay

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Larry Junior Gay

Age 62, of Locust Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Braxton County on August 07, 1952: son of the late Ira Gay and Ruth (Mick) Gay of Weston.

On April 28, 2000, he married Nancy Carol (Spencer) Gay, who survives.

Larry is also survived by one son: Matt Gay of Weston, two daughters: Angie (Adam) Kuhl of Sandfork and Morgan Gay of Ohio, three grandchildren: Dylan and Devyn Gay and Maddie Kuhl and one brother: Don Gay of Weston.

Mr. Gay was an employee of Shentel Cable Company with 27 years of service. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School. Larry enjoyed hunting and fishing but his greatest joy was making music with his guitar. Spending time with his grandchildren was also special to him.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery on Oil Creek in Roanoke, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Larry Junior Gay.

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