Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Erma Wilda Connor

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Erma Wilda Connor

Age 89, passed at home October 31, 2013, after a long illness.

She was born November 25, 1923, the daughter of the late Benjamin Hamrick and Ocie Bleakney Hamrick.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Junior Ray Connor and brothers, Carsel, Clarence, Clayton and Howard Hamrick.

She is survived by sons, James “Smokey” and wife Kaaren, Ben and wife Cathy, Don and wife Carolyn all of Sutton, Jerry of Huntington, John and wife Dianne of Greenville, Virginia and Gene and wife Becky of Vienna, WV; daughters, Shirley Salisbury and husband, Bill, and Patricia Given and husband, Marty, all of Sutton; brothers, Dale Hamrick and wife Shirley of Sutton and Keith Hamrick and wife Wanda of Widen.  She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, five step grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, nine step great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and three step great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home Saturday, November 02, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM and services will be held Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Canfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Care Corporation, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Connor Family.

Bernadine McCray

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Bernadine McCray

Age 98, of Ireland, WV, Wildcat Community, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at her home. 

She was born April 12, 1915, at Wildcat. 

She was preceded in death her parents, Welton Branch and Flora Forinash McCray; sisters, Merle McCray and Retta Beckman; and brothers, Lawrence, James Arris, Ralph and infant brother, David.

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Lucille McCray of Ireland; nieces and nephews, Eletha “Lea” Smarr of Buckhannon, WV, Leonard (Nola) McCray of Hacker Valley, WV, Wanda (Carl) Greathouse of Salem, WV, Vonda (Kenneth) Dye of Jane Lew, WV, Yvonne McCray, Willa Radcliff, Jay Beckman, Joe (Beverly) Beckman and Diane (Friel) Boggs, all of Weston, WV, Brenda (Harold) Helmick of Roanoke, WV, Carol McCray and Darley McCray, both of Ireland, Martha Sue McCray of Dunmore, WV, and Harold (Naomi) McCray of Virginia; and several generations of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bernadine was a lifelong member of Elijah Chapel United Methodist Church at Bablin, WV, where she held many offices in the church and was a past teacher. 

In her earlier years, she worked for WV Glass Company in Weston, Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, WV, and was the postmistress at the Wildcat Post Office from 1960 to 1981. 

She will be sadly missed by her family of nieces and nephews and a host of friends

The family will receive friends from Noon-6 PM Saturday, November 02, 2013, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, where services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, November 03, 2013, with the Rev. Dwayne Brown officiating.

Burial will follow in the McCray Cemetery in Duffy, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the McCray Cemetery Fund, in C/O United Bank, 202 Main Ave., Weston, WV 26452 or to the Elijah Chapel UM Church, in C/O Shirley Boggs, 101 McCutchan Road, Walkersville, WV 26447.

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

Kristie Dawn Workman Stutler

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Kristie Dawn Workman Stutler

Age 41, of Simpson Run Road, Weston, WV passed into the loving arms of her father in Heaven at 9:15 AM Tuesday, October 29, 2013 following a sudden illness.

She was born on December 22, 1971 in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Clarence Edward “Eddie” Workman and Barbara Coffield Workman who survives in Weston.

Her spirit will be carried on in her two beautiful children: one son, James Stutler and one daughter, Melea Stutler, both of Simpson Run Rd, Weston. Also surviving are her maternal grandmother, Lovie Ellen Coffield, of Weston; three sisters: Kerrie Workman, her twin, of Glenville, Laura Self and husband Chuck of Sand Fork and Kim Miller of Weston; one brother, Kirby Miller, of West Milford; former husband and friend, James Stutler Jr. of Weston and mother and father-in-law, James and Jeanie Stutler of Bendale; sister-in-law, Tammy Casto; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; one great-niece and one great-nephew.

Kristie was employed as a Secretary for Doss Enterprises in Jane Lew. She loved and adored her family and cherished her many friends. She enjoyed spending time with her children, especially supporting their athletic events. She was an outdoor enthusiast who loved riding 4-wheelers, visiting the cabin and vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC with her family.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Friday, November 01, 2013 from 4 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery on Goosepen Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kristie’s memory to assist with final expenses and the children’s education.

Donations may be made at the funeral home or to the Kristie Workman Stutler Fund c/o Citizen’s Bank 201 Main Ave. Weston WV 26452

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Family of Kristie Dawn Workman Stutler.

Delcie Long

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Delcie Long

Age 97, of Gassaway, WV went to be with the lord on October 29, 2013 at Laurel Nursing Home, Big Otter, WV after a long illness.

She was born August 24, 1916 daughter of the late Newman and Virgie Jones.

Delcie lived most of her life with her husband and daughter in Gassaway, WV where she owned and operated Dixie 5 &10.

She was a beloved and active member of her community and church.

She was also preceded in death by her husband James Long, daughter Judy Boone, brothers Donald Jones, Casey Jones, Ernest Jones and Buren Jones.

She is survived by one sister Gloria Baldwin.

Funeral services will be conducted at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV on November 13, 2013, at 3:00 PM with Rev. James R. Malick officiating.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback.

Friends and family may call from 1:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.

Lady Margaret Adams

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Lady Margaret Adams

Age 77, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at the Salem Center in Salem, WV.

Margaret was born August 20, 1936, in West Union, WV, a daughter of the late Clad and Dollie (Elliott) Adams. She spent her life as a homemaker.

Margaret is survived by her two sisters, Dolly Lou Perine, West Union, WV (Arnolds Creek Community) and Blanche Adkins of Syracuse, NY.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Rosetta Adams and brothers, Jimmie Lee Adams and Clad Junior Adams.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Friday, November 01, 2013, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with burial to follow in the Ruley Cemetery, West Union, WV (Arnolds Creek).

Friends may call the funeral home from 11 AM - 1 PM on Friday.

Nancy L. Cole

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Nancy L. Cole

Age 93, passed on October 22, 2013.

Born on June 21, 1920, in Weston, WV: she was the daughter of the late Aubrey F. and Lotta L Lawson.

She graduated from Weston High School in 1938, and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon and worked at her father’s hospital, General Hospital of Weston, before moving to Fort Wayne, IN.

In Fort Wayne she was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She was also a member of Orchard Ridge Country Club, past member of Trinity Chapter O.E.S., the Fort Wayne Women’s Club and the Arthur Murray dance studio. She was also a member of the league of Women Voters, Yarnelle Child Study Group and a volunteer at Parkview Hospital in the first group of surgical hostesses.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Carol Stidd of Fort Wayne; grandson, Elliott Stidd; sister-in-law, Louise Lawson of Fort Lauderdale, FL; nephews, Scott (Valerie) Lawson, and their son, Scott of SC, and Robert (Martha) Lawson, and their daughter, Holly of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry S. Cole, in 1972; and brother, John F. Lawson, in 1997.

Funeral service were 1 PM, on Monday, October 28, at Greenlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 6750 Covington Road, Fort Wayne.

Calling was held from 2 to 5 PM, on Sunday, October 27, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be given to her grandson’s college education.

Virgil J. “Bud” Spore

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Virgil J. “Bud” Spore

Age 79, of Buckhannon, WV passed Friday, October 25, 2013, in Holbrook’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon.

He was born June 05, 1934, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Virgil Lee and Ora Wilmoth Spore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Faye Cobb Jenkins Spore; two brothers, Robert and Raymond Spore; and three sisters, Reda Lowther, Mabel Lough and Annabell Lipps.

He is survived by four stepsons, Gary Jenkins and wife, Sally, of Clearwater, FL, the Rev. George Jenkins and wife, Janice, Spencer Jenkins and Phillip Jenkins and wife, Amberle, all of Buckhannon; one stepdaughter, Sherry Bailey and husband, James, of Newton Falls, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; twin sister, Virgie Landers of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

“Bud” was a member of Hackers Creek Fellowship Church and Gospel Barn Assembly in Barbour County.

He was a charter member of Warren District Volunteer Fire Department and a former Upshur County constable. He worked for K & M Mobile Homes, Kittle Construction and Scott Coal. Everyone knew him as the candy man. He also loved church, gardening and his grandchildren.

Friends were received Sunday, October 27, from 5 to 8 PM at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service was conducted at 11 AM. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wease L. Day and Pastor Jim Davis officiating.

Burial followed in Pleasant View Church Cemetery in Hodgesville.

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

Mabel Smith

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Mabel Smith

Age 93, of Bellevue, WV, passed away October 23, 2013 at the Willows at Bellevue.

She was born in Frametown, West Virginia on September 06, 1920 to the late Nannie (Boone) and Gaylord Petty.

On November 17, 1943 she married Garland Ramsey in West Virginia. Garland died in a train accident in Akron after returning home from WWII in 1946.

Mabel met and married Gene Gail Smith in 1966 in Prineville, Oregon, where they resided for 33 years. Gene preceded her in death in 1999.

Survivors include her sister, Jean (Noel) Carr of Bellevue; brother, Don (Bonnie) Petty of West Virginia; two step-sons: Randy (Dag-mar) Smith and Rodney Smith, both of Oregon; brother-in-law, Leo (George-Ann) Smith of Haines, Alaska; and nieces and nephews who were very special to her.

Mabel was also preceded in death by her sister, Josephine (Queen) Asher in 2003.

A service to celebrate Mabel’s life will take place at a later date in West Virginia.

As Mabel requested, she will be buried in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Gassaway, West Virginia beside her husband and parents.

Auxter Funeral Home in Bellevue is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Glen ‘Tater’ Hartshorn

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Glen ‘Tater’ Hartshorn

Age 85, of Grantsville, WV, passed away October 31, 2013 at Genesis Healthcare, Salem Center.

Born in Calhoun County, WV, he was a son of the late Everette and Josie Sturm Hartshorn.

He was a retired bus driver with the Calhoun County Board of Education and was a founding member of the Bee Creek Hunting Club.

He is survived by his daughter Linda (Kenneth) Bollinger of Grantsville and sons Terry (Roberta) Hartshorn of Mt. Zion, WV and Jeff (Deborah) Hartshorn of Elizabeth, WV; grandchildren Sara (Charlie) Johnson of Fremont, IN, Jeremy (Samantha) Hartshorn of Danville, WV; Lindsey (Timmy) Woody of Danville, WV; Justin (Jordie) Hartshorn of Fairmont, WV; Melissa (James) Puliattes of Nutley, NJ; Zach Moore of San Diego, CA; Luke Moore of Glenville, WV; Robert (Rhonda) Bollinger of Summersville, WV and Joey (Stephanie) Bollinger of Cowen, WV; great grandchildren Coen Woody, Emily and Dylan Bollinger, Haiden and Harlie Bollinger; sister Elah Gainer (Lorus) Roberts of Washington WV; brothers Earl Hartshorn of Bolt WV and Earnest Hartshorn of Grantsville. He is also survived by longtime companion Garnet Husk.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by brothers Dayton and Boyd Hartshorn.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 03, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ken Heiney and Rev. Lorus Roberts.

Burial will follow in the St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery at Mt. Zion.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Camden “Cam” Davis Hudkins

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Camden “Cam” Davis Hudkins

Age 76, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at home surrounded by his family after a battle with mesothelioma cancer.

He was born August 5, 1937 in Caress,WV, to the late Cecil Guy and Dora Pearl Krafft Hudkins.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was a Union heavy equipment operator, mechanic, contruction worker,logger and EMT.

Camden was a devoted Christian and Reverend.

He assisted in the creation of the Braxton County Little League and Braxton County Emergency Squad. He was an advocate for the Morrison Ridge waterline extension. He enjoyed going to church and reading The Bible, geneology, baseball, football, hunting, farming, camping and spending time with family. Camden always welcomed family and friends. He was known as “Smiley” to his coworkers. He never knew a stranger.

Camden is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 49 years, Loretta “Sharon” Harris Hudkins. Daughters: Lisa(Keith) Brown, Lori (Melvin) Showalter, Lynn (Jeff) Hatmaker, Libby (Dave) McQuain, Lindsey Hudkins and Leslie Hudkins, all of Airport Rd., Sutton, WV. Son: Timothy (Walkeria) Hudkins of Wilsie, WV. Grandchildren: Bryan and Logan Brown, Dusty Hudkins, Cameron Showalter, Tristan and Benton Hatmaker, Zack and Zoey McQuain; one great-grandson, Bryson Moats. He is also survived by sister-in- laws, Leta Hudkins of Sutton,WV, Velma Hudkins of Charleston, WV, a special niece, Aerwanna (Dave) Frame of Sutton,WV and several loving nieces,nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by Brothers: Carl “Cracker”, Teddy, Calvin, Gene and twin brother, Clark Hudkins; Sisters: Laura Gillispie, Elsa Pugh, Maxine King, Goldie Helmick and Lena Hudkins.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV on Friday, November 01 from 5-8 PM and on Saturday, November 02 from 11 AM-1 PM.

Funeral services will be held at Stockert- Sizemore Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, November 02 at 1 PM with the Rev.Rodney England and Rev.John Wiley officiating.

Funeral services will be followed with full military honors for Camden conducted by the Braxton County American Legion Post 33.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be serving the Hudkins Family.

Roger Lee Harris

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Roger Lee Harris

Age 55, of Shock, West Virginia, passed away October 28, 2013.

He was born March 21, 1958, a son of the late George and Emilie Leach Harris.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Miller Harris of Shock, WV; son Lucas Harris and two daughters, Staci (Nate) Lockett and Lydia Harris, all of Wooster, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Autumn and Curtis Harris and Tyler , Zachary, and Ciera Lockett; 4 sisters; 1 brother; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Glenna Miller; brother-in-law, Wayne Norris; and niece, Kacy Harris.

He was employed for over 30 years at the Gerstenslager Company of Wooster, Ohio.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Shock, WV.

Funeral services will be held at 12 PM Friday, November 01, 2013 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Vernon Kerns will officiate.

Interment will be in the Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt Zion, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 AM to 12 PM Friday, prior to the funeral service.

Chief Dave Berry

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Chief Dave Berry

Age 85, of Webster Springs, WV, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1928, in Webster County, to Walt G. and Lillian (Dobbins) Berry, and retired from the United States Postal Service after 45 years of service.

He was a lifelong resident of Webster County and was honorably discharged from the United States National Guard. He was a member of the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department for 66 years and was fire chief for 62 years. He will be missed by his family, his friends and all the members of the fire department.

Dave is survived by his wife, Helen Jean Berry; daughter, Kim Groves of Webster Springs; sister, JoAnn Mazzio of New Mexico; and granddaughter, Kyla M. Groves of Morgantown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sue Dowis.

Friends joined the family for visitation on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 6-9 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.

Funeral services to celebrate Dave’s life was held on Sunday at 1 PM at the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dave’s memory to the WSVFD, P.O. Box 291, Webster Springs, WV 26288.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Robert Andrew “Andy” Knight

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Robert Andrew “Andy” Knight

Age 67 of Nutter Fork Community, Doddridge County, WV, passed away October 27, 2013 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born September 21, 1946 on Nutter Fork, on his family farm, a son of the late Leo “Dick” Knight and Glenna (Kinney) Knight.

Andy retired after 30 years service for Bell Atlantic, which is now Verizon. He was an installer/repairman and had worked out of the West Union and Pennsboro offices. He was an avid outdoors-man and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Andy was a great storyteller and had a great sense of humor. He always wanted to hear people laugh.

Andy was a member of the Smithburg United Methodist Church where he formerly held numerous church positions.

Surviving is his loving wife of 40 years, Diana Lynne (Cox) Knight, two daughters: April Heather Knight-Trent (John) of Stockton, NJ and Andrea Brooke Knight Fitzgerald (Mike) of West Union, four grandchildren: Jennifer and Johnathon Trent and Ryan and Kieryn Fitzgerald and a brother Stephen Layne Knight of Martinsburg, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings: Fred and Michael Knight, Pamela Underwood, Patricia Daugherty and Vicky Knight and granddaughter, Autumn Grace Trent.

Funeral services will be Thursday 1 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Bill Davis and Larry Cottrill officiating.

Interment will follow at the Kinney Family Cemetery on Nutter Fork.

Visitation will be Wednesday 4-8 PM and until service time on Thursday.

William H. “Bill” Glass

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William H. “Bill” Glass

Former area resident William Harry “Bill” Glass passed away at the age of 79 on Wednesday morning, October 23, 2013, at the Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Glenville, WV.

He had most recently resided with his son on Newberne Road in Cox’s Mills, but had been raised in the Chester area.

He was born at home in Hookstown on February 14, 1934, a son of the late Virginia Day and TheodoreDwight “T.D.“ Glass. A 1952 graduate of the former Chester High School, Bill served during the Korean War with the U.S. Army.

For many years, he was associated with his family business, T.D. Glass and Sons Registered Herefords, and had also been a truck driver before re-locating to Florida in 1972, where he owned and operated two tire companies. After spending 10 years in New Jersey, Bill returned to The Villages, Fla., and in 1985, he married the former Annie Nichols, whom he had first met in high school in 1951 and was re-acquainted with upon moving to Florida. Annie passed away on July 26, 2010, and soon afterward, Bill moved to the Cox’s Mills, WV, area to be nearer to his family there.

A longtime member of Hookstown Free Methodist Church, Bill also belonged to the Newberne Methodist Church in Glenville.

Bill loved people of all ages, and especially enjoyed coaching and mentoring young people through Little League football, both here and in Florida. Although he was happiest when he had someone to talk to, he also loved the outdoors. An avid hunter, he was still in search of the next big deer, up until the time of his illness.

Surviving him is a daughter, Vicki Glass, of Glenville, WV; and a son, Steve Glass and his wife, Linda, of Cox’s Mills, WV; a stepson, Brad Bailey and his wife, Kathy, of Tinton Falls, NJ, survive as well as three grandchildren: Emmie Glass, Amanda Gadney and her husband, Dane, and Austin Glass. A great-granddaughter, Ava Jo Gadney, survives as well. There are two step-grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Bailey, along with a sister, Sandra McCuen, of Auburn, GA.

Preceding Bill in death were two brothers, Ted Glass and Dick Glass. He was also preceded by his first wife, Marlene Dunham, who passed away in 1984.

Friends visited at the Dawson Funeral Home on Sunday, where the family will be present from 4-6 PM.

Services was held at the funeral home at 11 AM on Monday, with the Rev. Wilmer J. Olszewski of the Hookstown Free Methodist Church officiating.

Burial took place at Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, followed by a continued time of fellowship at the Dawson Family Center.

Patricia Ann Radabaugh

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Patricia Ann Radabaugh

Age 45, of Reedy WV, passed away suddenly at her home on October 24, 2013.

She was born on January 15, 1968 in Trona California, a daughter of James and Kathleen Smith.

She is survived by her sons Dustin and Patrick Radabaugh; daughter Andrea Hill; former husband Willard ‘Ray’ Radabaugh (Juanita Nicholas); brother James E. Smith; sisters Tammy Gross and Karen Smith; mother-in-law Annabell Stump (Herman); sisters-in-law Norma Nicholas and Barbara McCumbers; brother-in-law Jeffery Radabaugh as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her father James Smith, by her father-in-law Willard Radabaugh.

Funeral services were held Tuesday October 29, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial followed in the Cottrell Cemetery on Frozen Run.

Friends called at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the time of the services

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