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Nancy L. Higgins

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Nancy L. Higgins

Age 64, of Pennsboro, WV, born November 03, 1948, daughter of the late Willie B. and Nancy A. Cornell Kidder, died at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus on October 11, 2013.

She was a 1966 graduate of Belpre High School. Early on Nancy worked as a unit secretary at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, later she co-owned Pennsboro Adult Care Home and worked through RCIFS and touched many lives through her unselfish giving over the years since trusting the Lord as her personal savior on August 26, 1980. Through the soul-winning efforts of Pastors Eddy Bellville and Dwight Davis, she monitored at the Christian School, taught Sunday School, sang in the choirs and set a fine example for others, and she had affiliations and membership with Valley Bible Center, Bible Way Baptist, Hope Freewill Baptist and Southside Baptist Church, each dependent on where she resided. She joined the Harrisville Moose Club in 2012.

She is survived by her husband of over 43 years, Richard “Rick” Higgins Sr.; daughter, Kelli A. McPeek; son, Richard “Rick” Higgins Jr. (Stephanie); grandchildren, Stephen Jr., Kyle and Olivia McPeek and Mitchell and Alex Higgins; brothers and sisters, Ed (Mary) Kidder, Karen (Bill) Locke and Keith (Sue) Kidder; mother-in-law, Gladys Higgins; brother and sisters-in-law, Bill (Bonnie) Higgins, Dianne (Al) Piggott, Sharon Reeder and Kim (Don) Carroll; and many special uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends she cherished. Also special to her was S. Chad McPeek.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brother-in-law, Lake; sister-in-law, Jo-an Parsons; and brother-in-law, Carl Reeder.

Services will be 1 PM Wednesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home in Pennsboro, with Pastor Bud Corbin and David Murray officiating.

Friends may call at Leavitt Funeral Home in Belpre on Tuesday from 4-8 PM and from 10 AM-1 PM Wednesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nik Shah and the staff at CCMH, Dr. Suzanne Cole and staff at CAMC, Dr. Benjamin Dyer at CAMC, and Dr. B. Zey at United Presbyterian Medical Center.

Lois Marie Carter

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Lois Marie Carter

Age 58, of Rosedale, WV, passed away October 10, 2013 at home.

She was born December 19, 1954 in Rosedale, WV a daughter of the late Orville and Edith King Carter.

Lois was a homemaker and loved crafts, quilting and she especially loved her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Jack, Johnny, Jim, Richard and Doug; sister, Rita.

She is survived by daughters, Holly Harris and Andrea Waugh (Quinn); brothers, Jerry, Donald and Timmy Carter; sisters, Carolyn Jackson, Betty Carson and Janet Carter; grandchildren, Kayla Ferby, Ross, Hailey and Alex Lanton, and Brandon and Breanna Waugh.

Service will be 11 AM Monday, October 14, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Burial will be in the Rosedale Community Cemetery, Rosedale.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Denzil Earl “Denny” Jenkins

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Denzil Earl “Denny” Jenkins

Age 49, of Simpson Run Rd. Weston, WV passed away at 4:45 AM on Thursday October 10, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness.

He was born March 26, 1964 in Clarksburg, WV, a son of Rolland Earl “Bub” Jenkins and Shirley Juanita Glaspell Starkey, who survive.

He is also survived by his stepfather, Dave Starkey and stepmother, Mary Richards.

On January 28, 1995 he married his beloved wife, the former Lisa Marie Johnson and they enjoyed 18 years of marriage together.

His spirit is carried on in their 10 children: John Earl Jenkins of Weston, Amanda Lilliann Jenkins of Weston, Meredith Brooke Anderson of Morgantown, Thomas Hunter Jenkins of Clarksburg, and Logan Andrew, Kanesha Elizabeth Claire Madeline Earline Carol, Mikayla Mei-li, Kyle Alexander, Denzil Christopher Nickolas, all still at home. He is also survived by two sisters: Marilyn Moses and husband Paul of Clarksburg and Teresa Hathaway and husband Greg of Sassafrass; one brother, Jimmy Lee and wife Yan of Jane Lew; and his beloved dogs, Molly, a Miniature Schnauzer and Precious, a Chorkie.

Denny attended South Harrison High School and worked as a mechanic for over 30 years. He enjoyed deer hunting, working on Dodge trucks, camping at Cedar Creek State Park and spending time with his family.

He was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church and a dedicated foster dad with Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care.

He was known for his smile, sense of humor and love for animals.

Denny’s request for cremation has been honored and his friends will gather at the Broad Run Baptist Church in Jane Lew from 11 AM – 12 Noon on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12 Noon with Reverend Bill Coffindaffer and Pastor Rick Garavaglia officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Denny’s memory at the Broad Run Baptist Church PO Box 542 Jane Lew WV 26378, to assist the family with final expenses.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Denny Jenkins.

Tonia Lovonne Putnam Marks

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Tonia Lovonne Putnam Marks

Age 49, of Sand Ford, WV, passed away October 09, 2013 at home.

She was born November 22, 1963 in Weston, WV a daughter of the late Fletcher “Buck” and Juanita McPherson Putnam.

Tonia was a nurse’s aide for many years and had a very caring heart.

She is survived by husband, Thomas Marks; son, Joseph Ray Phillips of Chapel; brother, Francis K. Putnam of Chapel, WV; sisters, Loretta J. Stansberry of Chapel, Lucy Nations of Sand Fork and Falayda G. Casteneda of Pell City, AL.

Service was 1:00 PM Friday, October 11, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Cremation followed services.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Kenneth Cody Harris

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Kenneth Cody Harris

Age 18, of Spencer, WV, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center General Division in Charleston, West Virginia.

He was born May 03, 1995 in Spencer, WV, a son of Tammie Goff Reynolds and her husband, Rodney of Spencer and Kenneth Harris of Calhoun County, WV.

He was a recent graduate of Roane County High School.

Cody is also survived by his sister, Kendra Hayes of Spencer; brothers, Jordan Harris of Harmony, WV and Rodney Reynolds of Spencer; and his grandparents, Buddy and Sally Goff of Elizabeth, WV, Elmer and Faye Waggoner of Sand Ridge, WV, and Raymond and Katie Reynolds of Harmony.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, with Minister Toby Wagoner officiating.

Burial will be in the Craig Hill Cemetery on Craig Ridge near Spencer.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Theresa Lorraine Craft York

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Theresa Lorraine Craft York

Age 77, formerly of John Street, Weston, WV passed away at 10:30 PM while saying her daily prayers, on Thursday, October 10, 2013, in the Holbrook Nursing Home in Buckhannon, following a courageous journey with Parkinson’s.

She was born on January 15, 1936, in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late James B. Craft and Hamie Agnes O’Dell Craft.

On October 06, 1962, she married her former husband, Richard “Dick” Joseph York, who survives.

Also surviving are four children, Mary Ann Posey and husband Dennis of Lost Creek, Rick York and wife Sandy of Weston, Anne Marie Montgomery and husband Mark of Weston and Jennifer Arlene Craig and husband Greg of Weston; 10 grandchildren, Ricky, Stephen, Cheryl, Morgan, Cassandra, Ashlie, Savannah, Hunter, Shayla and Thomas; four great-grandchildren, Aaron, Logan, Braydon and Rylin; three sisters, Anna Kraus of Weston, Lucille Evans of Avalene, Texas, and Mary Maddix of Cleveland, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Gene, James and Harold Craft, and three sisters, Helena Ellis, Irene Kraus and Marie McKeown.

Theresa enjoyed beautiful flowers, with a special place in her heart for roses. She enjoyed playing bingo and rummy and loved to watch Chuck Norris movies. She treasured time spent with family and her grandchildren were the light of her life. She always kept in touch with her family by phone and loved hearing all about their lives.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 2-8 PM Sunday, October 13, 2013. Rosary service will be held at 7 PM Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 1 PM from the St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Ron Nikodem as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Bernard Church Cemetery at Loveberry.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation is honored and privileged to serve the family of Theresa York.

Robert A. Elliott, Jr.

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Robert A. Elliott, Jr.

Age ge 80, of Horner, WV, passed away Thursday, October 03, 2013 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born July 17, 1933 at Wilsonburg: a son of the late Robert A. and Kathryn Hess Elliott. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Lee Elliott.

Robert is survived by his wife, Vera Marple Elliott, whom he married on February 16, 1959; three children, Linda (Jeff) Toler of Horner, Pamela Fury, and Robert L. Elliott; and two special grandchildren, Kristen (Bryan) Reed and Shae McClain, both of Horner.

He loved all sports, especially basketball, enjoyed sport fishing and loved pets and wildlife. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and retired from Pittsburg Plate Glass Industry.

The family received friends from 12 Noon to 1 PM, Saturday, October 05, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland.

Funeral services were held at 1 PM, with Rev. Dwayne Brown officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenhill Cemetery, Braxton County, Ireland.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your local Animal Shelter.

Connie Rita Darlene Sprouse

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Connie Rita Darlene Sprouse

Age 66, of Blue Ridge, Texas, formerly of Weston, WV, passed away September 24, 2013 at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Sprouse was a homemaker and a member of Ridgeview Fellowship in Blue Ridge. She enjoyed reading and studying her bible and worshiping her Lord and Savior.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey “Dick” Sprouse of Blue Ridge, Texas; son, David (Lori) Sprouse of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Kitty Sprouse of Greenville, Texas; sister, Carolyn (Ramon) Fitts of Weston; brother, Jack (Patsy) Carver of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Morgan Leigh Sprouse and Makenzie Sprouse, both of McKinney, Texas, and Jordan Short and Jenna Short, both of Greenville, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Carver and Blanche Carver Gibson; step-father, Robert E. “Buzz” Gibson; son, Jeff Sprouse, and brother, Fred “Butch” Carver and special niece, Joni Darlene Jones.

A graveside service was held at 10 AM, Friday, September 27, at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Blue Ridge, Texas.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hurst’s-Fielder-Baker Funeral Home in Farmersville, Texas.

Edna L. Campbell

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Edna L. Campbell

Age 80, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 08, 2013.

She was born November 09, 1932, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter to the late Harry Homer and Gladys Moore Sheets.

She worked over 39 years in the Accounting Dept. of Demuth Glass, was an avid bowler.

She was a member of the Maple Grove Baptist Church in Lakeport, Florida, where she was the WMU President for many years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by Lyle Campbell, William L. Ruth, and a brother, Harry Homer Sheets Jr.

She is survived by her children, Beverly L. Atkins (Bill) of West Palm Beach, FL, Vaughn A. Ruth of Mt. Airy, NC, and Tammie L. Ruth of Belpre, Ohio, Lyle’s children, Mark Campbell (Amy), Angie Smith (Steve), Bobbie Campbell, and Diane Staats (Mike), grandchildren, Christopher, Jeffrey, Heather, Danatha, Jonathan, David, Shane, Sarah, Garrick, Christa, Joshua, Ben, Jalen, and Jacob, great grandchild, Tyler Atkins, sister, Cloris Knapp-Struthers along with many other extended family and friends.

According to her wishes cremation services were carried out and there will be a graveside service on Friday, October 11 at 2 PM at the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.

Vere “Bill” Eugene Brannon

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Vere “Bill” Eugene Brannon

Age 73, of Mineral Wells, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV, passed away October 09, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health Systems after an extended illness.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Denver Ray and Amy May Brannon.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was retired from Hardman’s and B. F. Goodrich.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Joanne (Sampson) Brannon; one daughter, Anetia (Mike) Wilson; one son, Carl (Judy) Brannon; three grandchildren, Amber Wilson (Joe Blair), Andrew Wilson, Berlisha (Jeffery) Miller; two great grandchildren, Hunter Blair and Olivia Brannon.

Also survived by sisters Betty Keen of Chloe, Carolyn Bailey of Orma, Mae Conley of Looneyville and Dottie Lou Parsons of Ohio. One brother, Larry Brannon of Spencer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Randy Eugene Brannon. Three sisters, Ruth Boggs, Opal Cottrell and Erma Jean Brannon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Burial will follow in the Gibson Cemetery at Arnoldsburg with full military graveside rites.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM Friday.

C.A. Minney

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C.A. Minney

Age 73, passed away October 07, 2013 at Miletree Health Center in Spencer.

Born at Orma, Calhoun County, WV, May 15, 1940, he was a son of the late Ira and Myrtle Hess Siers Minney.

He was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Orma, WV.

C.A. was a US Army Veteran, a farmer and was employed for several years in the timber business prior to a timber accident in October 19, 1984.

Surviving are his sister, Darlie Schoolchraft of Dalton, OH and a half brother, George Siers of Conneautville, PA, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Waneta Sue Minney, daughter, Patty Jane Minney Little, half brothers, Renis, Ressie and Oye (stillborn) Minney, half brothers, Arnold B. and Arno Creed Siers, half sisters, Cressie, Ruth (stillborn), Rena, Ina and Ena Minney.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Friday October 11, 2013 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Orma ,WV with Elder George Rose officiating.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.

Shirley Mae Welch Pullen

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Shirley Mae Welch Pullen

Age 78, of Sutton, WV, passed away peacefully on October 07, 2013.

She was born August 17, 1935 in Sutton, WV a daughter of the late Charles and Bitha Keener Welch.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by brothers, Richard and Dale Welch; sisters, Hazel Heater and Bessie Thayer.

She was retired from IMC Corp.

She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Hurst and Husband, Hank and Karen Armstead and husband, Charlie both of Gassaway, WV; her granddaughters, Tashauna Chapman and husband, Channing, Talia Morrison and husband, Nathaniel, Kayla James and husband, Caleb, Kendra Hurst and Autumn Armstead; Grandsons, Ryan, Jacob and Ezekiel; great grandchildren, Colden and Cooper Chapman and Paisley Grace James; also surviving, brothers, Robert Welch of California, Jerry Welch and wife, Terri of Rosedale, WV and Gary Welch and wife, Carol of Craigsville; sisters, Phyllis Menton and husband, Walter of Ohio and Peggy Rogers and husband, Kenneth of Ohio; and her dog, Sadie. She enjoyed being with family, fishing and going to all of her grandchildren’s activities.

Service will be 1 PM Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Interment will be in the Frame Cemetery, Herold Rt., Sutton.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Earl Ray Pritt

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Earl Ray Pritt

Age 74 of West Union, Little Flint Community, WV, passed away at his residence and went to heaven October 07, 2013.

He was born July 29, 1939 on Sand Fork, Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Coy and Dessie (King) Pritt.

Earl was a coal miner and timberman and owned the Boar’s Nest Leather Shop.

Surviving is his wife Ruby Carolyn (Ash) Pritt whom he married October 11, 1992 and six sons: Martin Pritt, Earl Pritt Jr. (Loretta), Robert Pritt (Sherry), Kevin Pritt (Cynthia), Michael Pritt (Doris Taylor) and Stephen Gray (Jamie Barton). He also has six step children: Kenneth Freeman (Monica), Marvin Freeman (Lois), Celeste Noe (Robert), Peggy Brinson (Steve), Phillis McKinney (Jeff) and Dorothy Phillips (Eric).

He also leaves behind three siblings: Jack Pritt, Anne George and Alice Pratt, step brothers: Coy Pritt Jr., Gary Pritt, and Marvin Gray and step sister Patricia Self, five grandchildren, 18 step grandchildren, two great grandchildren and 21 step grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Robbie Lee Pritt, sister Carolyn Lou Pritt and granddaughter Stacey (George) Biscomb.

Funeral services will be Thursday 10:30 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Jeff McKinney officiating.

Interment will follow at the West Union Masonic Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Wednesday 4:00-8:00 PM.

Wayne Michael Reed

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Wayne Michael Reed

Age 59, of Harrisville, WV, passed on Monday, October 07, 2013, at Eagle Point.

He was born May 04, 1954 in Wood County, WV to the late Edward and Mildred (Parker) Reed.

Wayne worked for over 10 years at CSX Transportation as a railroad worker. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, family get togethers, deer hunting, long rides in the country, children, playing baseball and playing football for the PHS Big Reds. He loved cooking and he was very good at it.

He is survived by his loving companion of over 30 years, Eva Riffle; two sisters, Patricia Swearingen (John) of Walker, WV and Mary C. Beha (Ron) of Walker, WV; one brother, Kester B. Reed of Carrollton, Ohio; one very special nephew, Rodney Swearingen; mother-in-law, Helen Riffle; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Edward D. Reed.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 10, from 6-8 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 11, at Walker Cemetery beginning at 11 AM.

Friends are invited to meet at the funeral home Friday at 10:15 AM to process to the cemetery together.

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