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Leonard C. Marks

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Leonard C. Marks

Age 85, of Crooked Fork, Braxton County, WV died April 07, 2013 at home.

He was born September 07, 1927 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Clay and Ella Allen Marks.

He was a mail carrier, farmer.

He was a member of the Crooked Fork Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Arabelle Stump Marks; children, Sandra Kay Estep, Mary Browning, Patsy White, Margaret Elaine Sefchick, Ella Mae Reed, Leonard Dale Marks and Roger Marks; brother, Edward Marks; sister, June Evans; 14 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.

Service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Elder Larry Fisher and Ryan Skidmore officiating.

Burial will be in the Crooked Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family extends a special thank you to Hospice for their outstanding care over the past few months.

John C. Calhoun

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John C. Calhoun

Age 84, of Frametown, WV passed away at his residence on April 07, 2013.

He was born May 31, 1928 in Charleston, WV the only son of the late John C. and Lola Eye Calhoun.

He was preceded in death by wife, Mary Lou Goad Calhoun; children, Sharon Sue and Jonathan David; grandson, Gary James.

He was a graduate of WV State College. He taught welding at the high school level and was a millwright for many years. He was very active in community affairs; a member of the Frametown Volunteer Fire Department, WV National Guard and Strange Creek Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by children, Alice James (Steve), Lynn Cook (Andy) and Johnny Calhoun all of Gassaway, Beth Calhoun of Raleigh, NC; four grandsons and two great grandchildren.

At John’s request his body will be cremated and a service of remembrance will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Frametown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 401, Frametown, WV 26623 or to Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Elizabeth Jane Cummings

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Elizabeth Jane Cummings

Age 85, of 248 Brown Avenue, Weston, WV passed away on Monday, April 08, 2013 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on June 04, 1927: daughter of the late Clarence F. Brown and Leila (Wilson) Brown.

On October 24, 1952, she married Paul Francis Cummings, who preceded her in death on June 16, 2009.

Mrs. Cummings is survived by two daughters: Judith Oldaker (Michael) of French Creek and Susan E. James of Weston, four grandchildren: Sarah Jane Matthew, Katelyn Victoria Oldaker and Julie Teresa Lough and Michael Francis James, whom she raised and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Paul, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Helen McGill and Mary Louise Fury and two brothers: Robert Brown, who was killed in WW II and Frederick Brown, who was killed in Vietnam.

Mrs. Cummings was a bookkeeper with Kaplan’s Clothier of Weston.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston, where she was a former superintendent of Sunday school classes, active with the Baptist Women, Mission Circle and choir where she was a soloist.

She was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1945.” Her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel 730 N. Main Avenue Weston with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

Fellowship time for friends will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Friday.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Elizabeth Jane Cummings.

Basel Knight

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Basel Knight

Age 88 years young, of 18 Tumbling Run Rd. Orlando, WV, went to be with the Lord at 1:12 AM on Sunday, March 31, 2013. He passed peacefully at his home following a courageous journey with cancer.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV on March 03, 1925, a son of the late Loyd Burl and Clarice Moore Knight.

For 42 years, he was married to the former Mary Louise Crutchfield, who survives.

Also surviving is one son, Alva Jackson Knight of Sheffield Lake OH; two daughters: Carol Ann Knight of Fredricksburg, VA and Linda Lou Knight Williams of Sheffield Lake, OH. He will be greatly missed by his four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Basel was an Army Veteran of World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was stationed in Germany and Belgium, and fought in the battle of Normandy. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Ulyssus Andrew Knight, and Alva Jackson Knight, who died in the battle of Normandy while fighting alongside Basel.

He retired from the engineering firm, Pfaudler Inc., as a professional sandblaster.

Basel will be missed for so many reasons, but especially for his witty joke telling. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed life everyday. He liked to read Louis L’Amour novels and watch John Wayne movies, while cracking pistachios, with his beloved dog Cupcake by his side. He loved to be outdoors and was looking forward to putting in his garden and going fishing this spring. He was a daredevil right to the end, riding motorcycles and 4wheelers.

Basel has chosen cremation and there will be a Graveside Family and Friends Gathering to celebrate Basel’s Journey held at 1:00 PM at the Blackburn Cemetery near Sand Fork, WV on Sunday May 26, 2013, with Reverend Hart officiating. He will be celebrated with Full Military Honors.

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

Bruce Beam Jr.

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Bruce Beam Jr.

Age 65, of 876 McCann’s Run Road, Jane Lew, WV died at 10:15 AM Thursday, April 04, 2013 at his residence, following a brief illness.

He was born August 23, 1947 in Copen, Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Bruce Giles and Nancy Rae Smith Beam.

On April 17, 1965 he married the former Beverly Bevilock who survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Patrick Scott Beam and wife Jackie of Bridgeport and Bryan Todd Beam and wife Pam of Weston; one daughter, Christel Lynn Starkey and husband Scott of Jane Lew; one brother, Timothy Beam of Jane Lew; three sisters: Penelope McCormick of Jane Lew, Theresa Wilburn of Burnsville and Katrina Roh of Lynchburg, VA; six grandchildren: Corrie, Brooke, Lexi, Fallyn, Cole and Tucker; and mother-in-law, Lewie Mae Clevenger of Jane Lew.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Patrick Harlen Beam and his father-in-law, Kester Clevenger.

Bruce was a self-employed businessman.

He was member of the McCann’s Run United Methodist Church and veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War.

Bruce has chosen cremation and his family will hold a private burial service.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the Beam family.

Gary Lee Varner

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Gary Lee Varner

Age 58, of Williamstown, WV, passed away April 70, 2013, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 09, 1954, in Parkersburg, WV, and grew up in Cairo, WV, a son of the late Wilson and Juanita Bunner Varner.

He was a graduate of Akron High School in Akron, Ohio, and retired from Elkem Metals.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Calhoun County, WV with friends and family. He loved his family and grandchildren.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Gary is survived by his wife, Mary M. Greathouse Varner; a daughter, Tina Fordyce of Petroleum, WV; two sons, Jeffery A. Varner and Lee D. Varner of Cairo, WV; a sister, Judy Cunningham (Ed) of Harrisville, WV; three brothers, Wilson James Varner (Linda) of Parkersburg, WV, Robert Varner (Sheila) of Richmond, VA, and David R. Varner (Rosa) of Cairo, WV; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-son, Russell Eugene Rhodes; a brother, Lloyd Varner; and four sisters, Lucille Metz, Shirley Mahaney and twin infant sisters.

Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, WV.

Following visitation, there will be a balloon release in Gary’s memory at 8:00 PM.

There will be no services.

Wilma Gwendolyn Johnston

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Wilma Gwendolyn Johnston

Age 87, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on April 07, 2013, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born April 19, 1925, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Paris and Lelia Gay Starcher Bailey.

Wilma was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, the outdoors, watching wildlife and especially loved her family.

She was a Methodist by faith and attended Merrill’s Chapel Church.

She is survived by five daughters, Elizabeth (Rich) Collins of Mineral Wells, WV, Sue (Paul) West of Columbus, Ohio, Jeanette (Bill) Pursley of Newark, WV, Lelia (Steve) Coe of Elizabeth, WV, and Betty (Randy) Myers of Parkersburg; two sons, Stan (Charlene) Johnston and Steve Johnston, both of Elizabeth; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a special sister-in-law, Betty Bailey; and son-in-law, Wayne Wilson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Johnston; two daughters, Debbie Rockhold and Terry Wilson; a great-grandson, Dillon Wilson; and her five siblings.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 11, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg with Rev. Dr. Paul Russell officiating.

Interment will follow at Merrill’s Chapel Cemetery in Wirt County.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 PM today, April 09 and 2:00 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10 at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gnegy and Housecalls Hospice for their excellent care.

Barbara Jean Hurst

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Barbara Jean Hurst

Age 59, of Weston, WV passed away at 8:30 AM Thursday, April 04, 2013 at the home of her daughter in Fairmont, WV following a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

She was born July 31, 1953 in Akron, Ohio a daughter of Robert Gerald Petty who survives in Akron, Ohio and the late Dillie Opal Wymer Petty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Earle Hurst, who passed away in 2007.

Surviving are two daughters: Angela Louise Cedeno and husband Ronald of Fairmont; Barbara Marie Hurst and husband Larry Lorentz of Easton, MD and; three sisters: Susie Williams and husband Claris, Lucille Walters, and Louise Mauller and husband James, all of Akron OH; three grandchildren: Kylie Pittman, Isabelle Cedeno and Bianca Lorentz.

Barbara was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and traveling. Although she didn’t like to cook, everyone really enjoyed the dishes she prepared. She had a glowing smile and was always the life of the party. She especially enjoyed becoming a grandparent and watching her daughters graduate from college. Barbara also leaves behind her beloved pets: her cat, Pearl, and her Chihuahua, Grover. Her Jack Russell, Tiney Bubbles, recently passed away, so may they be reunited in God’s Glorious Garden.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew on Saturday, April 06, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery, Jane Lew.

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

Shirley E. Flesher

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Shirley E. Flesher

Age 67, of Middle Fork Road, Holbrook Community, departed this life on Saturday, April 06, 2013, at Parkersburg, WV.

She was born October 12, 1945, at Harrisville, WV, the daughter of the late Troy Wayne and Mary Trader Collins.

She had worked for the Ritchie County Board of Education, first, as a contract bus driver and retired as a teacher’s aide. She was a 1964 graduate of Harrisville High School. She had contributed to the Telephone Pioneers’ Handicapped Jamboree at North Bend State Park from its inception.

She was a Baptist by faith.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Earl E. Flesher, Holbrook Community; son, Jeff Flesher (Regina), Harrisville, WV; grandchild, Lauren Flesher, and two stepgrandchildren, Mikayla and Elizabeth Little; brothers, Franklin Trader, Gary Collins and Dewayne Collins, all of Harrisville, WV; sisters, Vickie Richards, Parkersburg, WV, and Trudy Ann Bardette, Pennsboro, WV.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Brooks Flesher, and a daughter, Sherry Flesher.

Funeral services will be held at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, on Tuesday, April 09, 2013, at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Don Maxson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, April 08, 2013, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

By Indictment or by Public Tip, Slain Mingo Sheriff Waited for Ways to Arrest Drug Suspects

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The late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum made it his mission to clean up the county’s pervasive drug problem.

He wanted residents to live without fear that illegal drugs were being sold in their neighborhoods.

He wanted to cut off the flow of drugs that he said often were coming from prescriptions from out-of-state doctors.

Many say he was largely successful in achieving those goals in his short time in office.

He was gunned down earlier this week in a downtown Williams parking

His funeral is Sunday, four days after the 59-year-old sheriff was shot to death in a downtown Williamson parking lot where he ate his lunch each day.

Flags Will Be Lowered for Sheriff Crum

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all State flags displayed at State facilities be lowered to half-staff this weekend in honor of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Flags will be lowered beginning at dawn on Saturday and remain at half-staff till dusk on Sunday.

Visitations for Sheriff Crum will be held from 4:00-9:00 PM on Saturday with his funeral set for 1:00 PM on Sunday. Both will be held at Mingo Central High School.

Sheriff Crum was shot and killed Wednesday near downtown Williamson.

Larry L. Satterfield

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Larry L. Satterfield

Age 72, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, April 40, 2013, at his residence, following a prolonged illness.

Larry was born October 09, 1940, in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Ted J. and Mary V. (Jones) Satterfield.

He was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School with the class of 1961. After high school, Larry began a 47 year career in the former glass factories of Ritchie County. He started out working for the Pennsboro Glass Company and later retired from the Mid-Atlantic Glass Factory of Ellenboro. Larry greatly enjoyed collecting antiques, mowing, country and western music (especially Hank Williams), and horses.

He was Church of God by faith.

He is survived by his four siblings; sisters, Eunice Satterfield and Sue Ross, both of Pennsboro, WV, Mary Williams (Roger) of Ellenboro, and his brother, Leonard Satterfield (Delores), of Pennsboro.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brothers, Lee, Samuel, and Lennie Satterfield.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, April 07, 2013, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will follow in the E.U.B. Cemetery of Pennsboro.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM on Saturday, at the funeral home.

Thelma L. Winter

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Thelma L. Winter

Age 76 of Burning Springs, WV passed away April 04, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health System of Grantsville WV.

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Eleanor (Deuley) Welch.

She retired from AB Chance of Parkersburg, WV after years of service. She enjoyed watching the birds and working in her flowers, and sharing her knowledge and wisdom with her friends and family.

She is survived by her 2 daughters, Tina Parker of Vienna, WV and Brenda Chaffin of Greensburg, NC; 5 grandchildren, Michelle Parker, Damon Winter, Abe Fought, Sarah Norman, and Lisa Campbell; 6 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Jean McCray of Parkersburg, WV, Loretta Scott and Betty Wilson of Grantsville, WV; 4 brothers, Howard and Jim Welch of Five Forks, WV, Larry Welch of TN, and Bill Welch of Pomroy, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband of 57 years, Owen Okey “Bud” Winter Jr.; 1 son, Michael Dale Winter; 1 great grandchild; and 1 sister, Patrica Metz.

Keeping with her wishes the family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Parkersburg Humane Society Parkersburg WV 26104.

In honor of Sheriff Crum, Mingo County Sheriff

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The Gilmer County Sheriffs Department has stationed one of their Sheriffs Cruisers in front of the Gilmer County Courthouse in memory of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Sheriff Crum was fatally shot on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 near the Courthouse in Williamson, WV.

Sheriff Larry Gerwig and other members of his Department are planning to attend Sheriff Crums services along with other Law Enforcement Agencies in the State.

WV Sheriffs Killed In Line of Duty

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It hass been 37 years since a West Virginia sheriff has been killed in the line of duty.

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum Shot, Killed as he sat eating lunch In front of courthouse on April 03, 2013.

Sheriff Elvin Wedge was killed along with two others on March 03, 1976 when a bomb went off at the Mason County Jail.

The suspect had a suitcase containing 30 sticks of dynamite.

Sheriff Wedge died from his injuries the day after the explosion.

Calhoun County Sheriff Park Richards was killed on November 19, 1976 while serving a warrant on a man living in a cave.

The man opened fire, killing Richards.

The suspect was also killed in the incident.

George L. Knaggs

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George L. Knaggs

Age 78 of Tanner, West Virginia, departed this life at 11:20 PM, Tuesday April 02, 2013 in the Lois A. Johnson VAMC, Clarksburg, West Virginia, following a brief illness.

Born August 27, 1934 in Albert, West Virginia, son of the late Hugh and Anna Paugh Knaggs.

George graduated from Thomas High School, he was a United States Army Veteran, and worked for LTV Steel in Cleveland, Ohio.  After his retirement, he returned home to The Mountain State in 1993. He enjoyed tinkering around his home, he was a terrific uncle,  great friend to his family and had a fun sense of humor.

Surviving is 1 brother,  James Knaggs and wife Rushie of Tanner, WV, 3 nephews and 1 niece, Ronnie Hebb and wife Connie of Thomas, West Virginia, Wally Hebb and wife Donna of Fredericksburg, Virginia,  Jimmy Knaggs and wife Darvina of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and Lisa Myer and husband Bob of LaRue, Ohio.

Along with his parents, George was preceded in death by 1 sister, Mary Ellen Hebb, 1 brother, Richard Knaggs, and 1 nephew, Hugh Knaggs.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 2:00 PM, Sunday April 07, 2013.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville, West Virginia with full military honors.

Friends may call from 6:00-9:00 PM Saturday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of George L. Knaggs with arrangements.

Jerry Wayne Burch

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Jerry Wayne Burch

Age 69, of Tifton died Wednesday, April 03, 2013, at Tift Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday at Tift Avenue Baptist Church.

The Rev. Terrell Roberts will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Russell Hand, Keith Whittington, Virgil Johnson, Brian Hand, Chuck Parks, Bryan Giddens and Bill Cowden will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Trustees of Tift Avenue Baptist Church.

The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Thursday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Mr. Burch was placed in the church one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Burch was born on November 04, 1943 in Grantsville, West Virginia and was the son of Bud Burch and Maggie Stump Burch, both deceased.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Mike Nicholson.

He played football, basketball and baseball in high school and was an avid NASCAR fan and loved watching Bonanza on television.  He was retired from Walmart as a truck driver.

He was a member of Tift Avenue Baptist Church.

Jerry loved helping others, he loved spending time with his grandkids, and he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Jerry had also served in the United States Army.

Mr. Burch is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Hand Burch of Tifton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Candace and Mac Coker of South Carolina and Mechelle Conn of Tifton; one brother, Bill Burch of West Virginia; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Raymond Baker of West Virginia; six grandchildren, Tim Snyder, Brandy Rugg, Megan Welborn, Lauren Banda, Broc Nicholson and Bethany Conn; nine special great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law, Ronnie and Annie Ruth Hand, Jackie and Randy Stripling, Roger and Brenda Hand and Margie Whittington; and many nieces and nephews.

Services for the Burch family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Mary Jean Wells

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Mary Jean Wells

Age 86, of Amherst, OH, formerly of Pennboro, WV, passed away March 30, 2013 at the Elyria Memorial Hospital in Elyria, OH.

She was born November 24, 1926 on Yeager’s Run, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late William Elver Doak and Elsie (Woofter) Doak.

Mrs. Wells was a homemaker and had worked for the Lorain Steel Mill, Sutters Restaurant, S. S. Kresge and also as Rosie the Riveter during World War II. She was a member of the Toledo Road Church of Christ in Lorain, OH.

Surviving is her daughter “Susie” Brannon of Amherst, OH, son Samp Wells III of Amherst, sister Lenore McCullough of Pennsboro, two grandchildren: Missy Nunamaker of Overland, OH and Becky Clark of Wakeman, OH, and five great grandchildren: Alistair Duncan Nunamaker, Deirdre Paynter, James Nunamaker, Sydney Clark and Machaela Clark.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Samp Wells Jr., sister Juanita Costilow and brothers: Robert, James and John Doak.

Funeral services will be Thursday 11:00 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Bob Eddy officiating.

Interment will follow at the Buck Run Cemetery, Pennsboro.

Visitation was Wednesday 5:00-8:00 PM.

William J. Hall

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William J. Hall

Age 70, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on April 01, 2013 at his residence on Brushy Fork.

He was born May 20, 1942 in Pullman, WV the son of the late Hayward Jackson Hall and Ellen Lorena Hall of Pullman.

William was a graduate of St. Marys High School and the University of Wyoming. He was a US Air Force Veteran. He had been a rancher and worked as a city policeman in Laromie, WY. While living in Wyoming, he also was a high school teacher and a conductor for Burlington Railroad. After moving back to West Virginia, he was a retired FBI police officer in Clarksburg, a member of Fraternal Order of Police, Clarksburg and loved farming, hunting, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.

He was a member of Pullman United Methodist Church and attended St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Marys.

In addition to his mother, William is survived by his wife, Dolores Ann Mooney Hall; children, Melissa “Missi” O’Leary (Steven) and William Micah Hall (Samantha) all of Alliance, NE, Robert Jackson Hall (Deniel) of Rapid City, SD, Erin Maiolino (Ralph) of York, PA, Tara Gallus (John) of Bethlehem, PA, Bridget Humphrey of Cairo, WV, Shannon Cromer (Brian) of Hanover, PA, Kacie Donnelly (Patrick) of York, PA, and John Rafferty of Cairo, WV; brother Bob Hall (Debbie) of Parkersburg; and twenty grandchildren, Kellon Hall, Whitney Hall, Addison Hall, Hanna Swanson, Conner Swanson, Maleah Hall, Noah Hall, Emma Hall, Ralph Maiolino, Frank Maiolino, Dominic Maiolino, Sienna Gallus, Morgan Gallus, Caitlyn Humphrey, Alanna Humphrey, Julia Humphrey, Owen Cromer, Madalyn Cromer, Margaret Donnelly, Kathleen Donnelly; and niece, Tiffany Hall and nephews, Joshua Hall and Adam Hall.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Winship Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 05, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Bill Jemison and Father Ron Prechtl officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pullman Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to: The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter 321 Norristown Road - Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.

H. Jean Reed Crooks

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H. Jean Reed Crooks

Age 70, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on March 30, 2013, at Parkersburg Care and Rehab, after a long illness.

She was born January 06, 1943, in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Harold and Nellie Snodgrass Goff.

She was a unit secretary at St. Joseph’s Hospital for several years. She loved bowling, playing games and traveling.

She is survived by two sons, Bryan D. Reed (Lisa) and L. Duane Reed (Vanessa), all of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Jason Reed, Andrew Reed, Kyle Reed and Courtney McDonough; two step-grandchildren, Victor Rollins and Tyler Rollins; one step-great-grandchild, Kiley Rollins; four sisters, Linda Mashburn (John) of Austin, Texas, Eva Johnson (Rick) of Falls Church, VA, Helen Lambert (Jim) of Belpre, Ohio, and Betty Tanner (Joe) of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Forrest ‘Bud’ Goff of North Carolina, and Nelson Goff (Edith) of Ritchie County, WV; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Stephanie Epling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas E. Reed; two brothers, Hayward and Wendell Goff; and a great-grandson, Jayden.

Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Saturday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Don Yeager officiating.

The family will receive friends 1:00-2:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Janet M. Osborne

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Janet M. Osborne

Age 77, of Princeton, WV, formerly of Glenville, WV, departed this life March 30, 2013, at home, after a short illness.

She was born April 09, 1935, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Hoyt and Hazel Ray Lanham.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. ‘Bill’ Osborne, on July 10, 1999, whom she married on April 23, 1955.

In addition, she was preceded by two brothers, Delmar Lanham, formerly of Kenna, WV, and Marvin Lanham of Charleston, WV; and sisters, Audrey Milam of Romance, WV, Marie Shamblin of Romance, WV, Omie Iman of Baltimore, MD, Lois Ruckman of Baltimore, MD, and Reba Edmonds of Baltimore, MD. She was also preceded by daughter-in-law, Kelly D. Osborne of Princeton, WV.

Janet was a graduate of Ripley High School and formerly employed at Glenville State College. She was an avid Concord University Women’s Basketball fan.

She was Christian and a member of Kee Street United Methodist Church in Princeton, WV.

Survivors include son, Kenneth W. Osborne and wife Vickie of Princeton, WV; granddaughter, and her pride and joy, Kristen Osborne of Princeton, WV; and grandsons, John Embrescia and wife Kelli of Beckley, WV, and Michael Embrescia of Ft. Bragg, NC. She is also survived by a multitude of family and friends.

Service will be noon Wednesday at Floral Hills Garden of Memories Mausoleum Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Ford officiating.

Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

Friends may call one hour prior to service Wednesday at the Mausoleum Chapel.

Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Pocatalico, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations are asked to be made to the Concord University Foundation memo Women’s Basketball, or to the American Heart Association.

Agnes June Arbogast

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Agnes June Arbogast

Age 74, a resident of Valley Head, WV, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, in the Good Samaritan Center at Belington.

She was born June 02, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late James and Julia Nailor King.

On July 12, 1957, at Spencer, she was married to Walter Ashley Arbogast, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2011.

Surviving are two sons, Walter Junior Arbogast and Perry Ashley Arbogast of Valley Head; four daughters, Violet Louise Biggs and Phyllis Doreen Kincaid of Valley Head, Samantha June Brown of Mill Creek and Patricia Lee Barnett of Ohio; three brothers, James, Ervin and Raymond; eight sisters, Flossie, Nannie Bella, Maude, Nadine, Katherine, Geneva, Ruth and Mary; grandchildren, Pamela, Timmy, Melissa, Christina, Jason, Michelle, Stephanie, Ashley, Andrew, Joseph, Savannaha, Shasta, Brandy and Christopher; and 15 great-grandchildren also survive.

Also preceding her in death were her brother, Charles; and sisters, Liesta, Dorothy and Mable.

Mrs. Arbogast was employed in housekeeping at Snowshoe.

She was a member of the Valley Head Assembly of God Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 02, 2013, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday from the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Valley Head Cemetery.

Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Agnes June Arbogast.

Delbert Smith Osborne

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Delbert Smith Osborne

Age 85 of Harmony Road, West Union, WV, departed this life on March 28, 2013 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 20, 1927 in Logan County a son of the late Sanford and Josie Gibson Osborne.

On October 23, 1951 he married Barbara Gibson Osborne who survives.

Also surviving is two sons, Willie Osborne and wife Velva, Oceana, Ullie Osborne and wife Linda, West Union, three daughters, Cornalla Flowers and husband Mike, Moneta, VA, Debby Farley and husband Randall, West Union, Lillian Martin, West Union, 12 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Delbert was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

Spurgeon Funeral Home was privileged to serve the Osborne family.

Belva Lillian Goff

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Belva Lillian Goff

Age 102, of Smithville, WV, died April 01, 2013, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV.

She was born February 13, 1911, at Mahone, WV, the daughter of the late William Kenneth and Grace Moore McNeill.

Mrs. Goff was a graduate of Harrisville High School in 1929 and was a homemaker.

She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Lenna Ora Haught (Warren) of Smithville; six grandchildren, Barry D. Haught, Robin J. Cook, Ira M. Haught, Joy H. Mason, Ella Jean Reed and Eric D. Goff; 19 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Law Goff; son, Marion Goff; brother, Kenneth McNeill; and one sister, Gladis Hyatt.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Marsha Plybon officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bethany Cemetery at Goff’s, WV.

Friends may call 4:00-8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Clayton Delano Young

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Clayton Delano Young

Age 77, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away on March 21, 2013, at the home of his caregiver, former wife, R. Jean Young of Parkersburg.

He was born March 3, 1936, in Jackson County, WV, a son of the late Arthur Young and Ozella Workman. He was retired from the Wood County Board of Education, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was a tree surgeon and enjoyed working with trees. He was a member of the Tri-County Worship Center of Rockport.

He is survived by his son, Clayton G. Young (Jo Ann) of Mineral Wells; three brothers, Arthur Young Jr. (Frieda) of Vienna, WV, Delford Young (Opal) of West Union, WV, and Royal Hudson Jackson (Nancy) of Georgia; one sister, Regina Young of Salem, WV; three sisters-in-law, Betty Campbell of New Martinsville, WV, Beverly Young of Irondale, Ohio, and Patricia Young of Ravenswood, WV; one grandson, Wesley Clayton Young (Amanda) of Mineral Wells; three great-grandchildren, Abby Young, Cody Akins and Cady DeBarr; and his former wife and caregiver, R. Jean Young of Parkersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wendell Young, Falford Campbell, Opha Campbell, Raymond Young and Rockford Dwight ‘Rocky’ Young.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Everett Snyder officiating.

Interment followed at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation was 4:00-7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

G. Carlene Kenney

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G. Carlene Kenney

Age 64, of 3321 U.S Hwy. 19 North, Jane Lew, WV, passed away at 9:30 PM Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, following an extended illness.

She was born May 05, 1948, in Blandsville, a daughter of Priscilla Junkins Schulte, who survives in Weston and the late Matthew Schulte.

On September 11, 1965, she married Lawrence E. Kenney, who passed away on August 11, 2003.

Surviving are one daughter, Charlotte Kenney, of Camden; two sons, Junior Kenney and wife Jennifer of Buckhannon and Ed Burkhammer of Weston; four brothers, Matthew Clem Schulte of Florence, S.C., Bill, Victor and Chris Schulte of Florida; two sisters, Cecelia Grogg of Weston and Joyce Cook of Florida; two grandchildren, Kyle and Carli; and two sisters-in-law, Mary DeGarmo of Weston and Sandra Staatis of GA.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Skip Schulte, and one sister, Sonja Sanders.

Carlene was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Weston, WV.

He was the owner of Lawrence’s on Fisher Hill for over 21 years.

She enjoyed watching NASCAR and WVU Mountaineer football. She loved to crochet, often making gifts for family, friends and their pets. She will be greatly missed by her beloved dog, Cash, and her cat, Midnight.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew on Sunday, March 31, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Catholic Burial Rites will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, April 01, 2013, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. J. Stephen Vallelonga officiating.

Interment will follow in the St. Mary Cemetery at Fink.

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

Richard Allen “Dick” Fultineer

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Richard Allen “Dick” Fultineer

Age 75, of Route 2, Jane Lew, WV, died March 28, 2013, at 7:15 AM at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Fultineer was born April 10, 1937, at Red Rock in Upshur County, WV, the son of the late James and Lucille Groggs Fultineer.

Mr. Fultineer was married to Patricia Carl Deen Stewart, who preceded him in death in 1978. He then married Betty Jean Randolph, who passed away in 2006. He then married Elizabeth Carder of Route 2, Jane Lew.

He also had a special friend, his pet Betsy, at home.

Mr. Fultineer is survived by: One son, David Allen Fultineer and wife Linda of Lost Creek; two stepsons, Randy Starr of Pittsburgh, PA, and Bruce Carder of Route 2, Jane Lew; four daughters, Carol Ann Brainard and longtime companion Clayton Riddle of Weston, Mary Fultineer and longtime companion Danny Hess of Lost Creek, Susie Fultineer and longtime companion Jimmy Groves of Lost Creek, and Nancy Stemple of Lost Creek; one stepdaughter, Sandy Chamberlain of Oklahoma; four sisters, Annie Butcher of Weston, Margie Stewart and husband Kenneth of Bridgeport, Joy Sias and husband Jim of Clarksburg and Dora Lang and husband Rob of Bridgeport; and three brothers, John Fultineer of Buckhannon, Ronnie Fultineer of Roanoke, and Roy Fultineer and wife Beverly of Lost Creek.
Three brothers are deceased.

Nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many, many friends also survive.

Mr. Fultineer was a member of the Lost Creek Lions Club, the Lost Creek Fire Department and had worked for Petito Coal Co. for 30 years.

He was a member of the Lost Creek United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew on Monday, April 01, 2013, from 2:00-4:00 PM and from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the arrangements for Richard Allen “Dick” Fultineer.

Roy Ellis James

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Roy Ellis James

Age 77, of Frametown, WV, passed away March 28, 2013 at Charleston General Hospital after a long illness.

He was born October 20, 1935 in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Howard and Ruth Bail James.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to1960.

Although he and his family moved several times in their lives Roy retired to Frametown after a career at IBM in 1995. He will be remembered by all as a charming man who always loved a laugh or practical joke.

Roy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria Frame James; their three children and their spouses, David and Judy James of Concord, NC, Cynthia and Jerry Westfall of Gassaway, and Richard and Sara James of Concord, NC. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sisters, Blanche James of Frametown and Rita Campbell of Marysville, PA; brothers, Lee James of Frametown and Ed James of Parkersburg.

Service will be 11:00 AM Monday, April 01, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Interment will be in the William James Cemetery, Leatherwood.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to Gassaway Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 128, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Lewis Franklin Holpp

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Lewis Franklin Holpp

Age 88, of Parkersburg, WV, died quietly at home on March 27, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born June 20, 1924, in Big Springs, Calhoun County, WV, a son to the late Frank and Etta Holpp.

He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. After his return he married Orless Louise Hupp in Vienna, and was employed at Corning Glass for 37 years until his retirement in 1987.

He was a member of the Edgelawn United Methodist Church for 35 years.

He enjoyed woodworking, camping, hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by his loving wife Orless; three children, Rick Holpp (Toni), Joette Clevenger (Phil) and Durwin Holpp (Paula), all of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren, Christy Alexander (Mike), Adam Clevenger, Molly Thompson, Dustin Holpp (Ashley), Jessica Hall (Jeremy), Sarah Holpp, Eric Holpp, and Jason Cottrille (Crissy).

Eleven great grandchildren, Amber and Clayton Alexander, Landon, Branson, and Sophie Hall, Jackson Holpp, Hunter Thompson, Andrew Clevenger, and Tylor, Dereck, and Janson Cottrille; two great great grandchildren, Maddison and Cole Cottrille; one sister, Betty Fern Weaver, along with several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Vonda Gunn, infant sister Dorothy, and one infant granddaughter, Chree Ann Holpp.

Services will be Saturday, March 30, 2013, 11:00 AM at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastors Cindy Eakle and Danny McVey officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be Friday, March 29, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Donna Jean Alkire

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Donna Jean Alkire

Age 62, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away March 27, 2013 at the Memorial Campus of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born July 11, 1950 at Beason, WV, a daughter of the late Harley and Helen Naomi (Mossor) Cunningham.

Donna was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

Surviving is her husband of 44 years, James C. Alkire, daughter Brenda Neely of Pennsboro, son Harley W. Alkire (Susan) of Cairo, three sisters: Rosemary Riggs, Patty Cunningham and Judy Cunningham, all of Pennsboro, five brothers: Butch Cunningham (Tony) of Sistersville, Donnie Cunningham (Debbie) of Sistersville, Kenny Cunningham (Rhonda) of Pennsboro, Mike Cunningham (Bonnie) of Follansbee, WV and Denny Cunningham (June Yocum) of Little Hocking, OH.

She also leaves behind her three loving grandchildren: Elizabeth “Nikki” Neely, Breanna Florence and R. J. Florence and great granddaughter Leah Nicole Neely.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers Jimmy and Harold Cunningham and three infant brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were Friday 11:00 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday 4:00-8:00 PM.

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