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Patricia Ann Joy

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Patricia Ann Joy

Age 65, of Cairo, WV, went to be with the Lord, April 14, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born February 04, 1948, in Ritchie County, WV, the daughter of the late Acel and Estella Pauline Haynes McDonald Sr.

Patty was co-owner with her husband of Joy’s Disposal, doing all of the clerical work. She would help anyone with whatever she could and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a member of Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Joy; daughters, Teressa R. Sinnett (Shawn) of Ellenboro, Donna J. Sinnett Arnett (Ronald) of Glendale, and Sherri Lea Joy Nichols (John) of St. Marys; brothers, Billy Joe McDonald (Ona) of Harrisville, Steven McDonald (Margie), and Terry McDonald (Cindy), all of Ellenboro; sisters, Sheila Jones of Ellenboro, Debbie Dupree (Harvey) of Cedar Bluff, AL, and Mary Underwood (Wayne) of Ellenboro; sister-in-law, Linda McDonald of Harrisville; three half siblings, Joseph, Christina and Andy; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brother, Acel McDonald Jr.; and brother-in-law, Jack Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Twin Oaks.

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

Zadok Noel “Poppy” Connolly Jr.

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Zadok Noel “Poppy” Connolly Jr.

Age 81, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home, April 15, 2013.

He was born April 05, 1932, in Grantsville, WV, a son to the late Zadok Noel and Rhoda Ruth Belford Connolly.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1951, and following school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1952-1956. He was a radioman in the Korean Conflict.

Following his service, he married Violet Lee McNeill in 1957.

He loved bowling, Mountaineer Football and Basketball, and following Nick Swisher’s Career. He retired from Fairmont Supply.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Melba Haught; nephew, Benji Haught; and grandson, Cade Viers.

He is survived by his wife, Violet Connolly; son, Denny Connolly (Cher Shaffer) of North Carolina; daughters, Pammy Mayhew (Mike), Kimi Connolly (Jimmy Vincent) of Parkersburg, and Melba Viers (Chris) of Lubeck; brother-in-law, Jim Haught; grandchildren, Brooke Connolly, Michele Mayhew, Jamie Mayhew, Mandi Caplinger (Josh), Hayden Viers and Danielle Viers; great-grandchildren, Lilli Connolly, Evelyn, Eden and Kingston Caplinger and Braeden Giddings; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

There will be a graveside service with Veterans Rites by American Legion Post 15, 1:00 PM Monday, April 22, at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Willalea Green

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Willalea Green

Age 100, of Elk City Road, Jane Lew, WV, died April 13, 2013, at 2:30 AM at United Hospital Center.

She was born October 04, 1912, at Elk City, Harrison County, daughter of the late Rev. Earl Wimer and Chloe Allman Wimer.

She married James Paul Green on October 20, 1934. He passed away July 21, 1994.

Surviving are two daughters, Paula Freeman and Roberta Green, both of Elk City Road, Jane Lew; two grandchildren, Seth Freeman and wife Sarah of Raleigh, NC, and Nicole Worley and husband Jeff of Gonzales, La.; and two great-grandsons, Josh and Jeremy Worley of Gonzales, LA.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Vala Garton, Mabel Bond and Louella Wimer.

Mrs. Green was retired from the J.C. Penney Co. and was a charter member of Lightburn Rebekah Lodge, Lewis County Belle for Folk Festival and CEOS Home Extension Club.

She was a lifetime member of the Broad Run Baptist Church, which she joined July 06, 1924.

Friends were received at the Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 PM, where funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 11:00 AM with Rev. William Coffindaffer officiating.

Burial will follow at Broad Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gideon Association, P.O. Box 505, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of arrangements for Willalea Green.

Elizabeth A. “Beth” Anderson

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Elizabeth A. “Beth” Anderson

Age 60, of 309 Main Ave., Weston, WV, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was born February 24, 1953, in Pensacola, FL, a daughter of the late Paul T. Butcher Jr. and Alice Parish Butcher, who survives in Weston.

On May 12, 1973, she married the love of her life, Jim Anderson, who survives in Weston. They were looking forward to their upcoming 40th wedding anniversary.

Also surviving are one son, Christopher P. Anderson and wife Laura of Weston; one sister, Kristan St. Clair and husband Jeffery of TX; nephew, Brian St. Clair and wife Alicia of CA; one grandson, Aidan P. Anderson; great-nephew, Cody; and great-niece, Corrie.

Beth was a devoted employee of the State of West Virginia for 41 years. She spent several years with the Weston State Hospital, then worked for the WVDOH as an administrative assistant.

Beth was an avid cook who was known for her spectacular homemade spaghetti and meatballs. She loved to read a variety of illustrated cookbooks for inspiration. Her favorite family vacations were in the Outer Banks, and she dreamed of retiring there someday.

She leaves behind her beloved pets, who miss her very much: her Golden Retriever, Oliver; bobcat, Simba; and her cats, Ansel and Rosco.

A family and friends gathering were held Monday, April 15, 2013, from 10:00-11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston.

A celebration of life was held at 11:00 AM from the church with Father John Valentine officiating.

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

Hoy Carl Lorentz

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Hoy Carl Lorentz

Age 91, of Belpre, Ohio, passed away peacefully, April 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 11, 1921, in Coxs Mills, WV.

He was preceded in death three weeks previous by his loving wife of 68 years, Lucille. Also preceding him in death were his parents, John and Theodosia Lorentz; step-mother, Alta Lorentz; brothers, Roy, Doy and John Dale; and sister, Joy Furr.

Hoy was a member of the Belpre Church of Christ for over 60 years.

He is survived by his loving family, son, Darien (Judy) Lorentz of Belpre, Ohio; son, Larry (Sandy) Lorentz of Belpre, Ohio; daughter, Debra (Jim) Sarver of Gahanna, Ohio; daughter, Brenda (Tony) Rush of Pataskala, Ohio; grandchildren, Kim, Tracy, Todd, Jeremiah, Sabrina, Taylor and Brandon; great-grandchildren, Sierra, Wesley, Ryan, Loren, Cyler, Avery, Samantha, Matthew, Miah, Owen and Eli; and a brother, Don Lorentz.

Hoy was a WWII veteran. He worked for Carl Stephens Construction Company for 36 years and was known as the ‘Market Street Kid.‘ His last job for Carl was working on his beloved Blennerhassett Mansion. He was a faithful volunteer for the Belpre Holiday Lights for the last six years, and loved woodworking and traveling.

A memorial service will be held 5:00 PM Sunday, May 05, at the Belpre Church of Christ, 2932 Washington Blvd.

Family will be available to receive guests at 4:00 PM.

A special thanks to Leavitt Funeral Home of Belpre for their assistance to the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Belpre Church of Christ or the Belpre Holiday Lights, P.O. Box 171, Belpre, Ohio.

Ordie Newton Rose

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Ordie Newton Rose

Age 87, of Little Birch, WV died on April 11, 2013 at his residence.

He was born on March 04, 1926 in Bays to Oliver and Josie Rose.

Ordie was a Coal Miner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Frances Isabelle Jenkins Rose, daughter; Nelma Kay Rose, son; Bobby Rose; and brother; Harold Rose.

Ordie is survived by his loving family; Oliver Rose (Kathy) of Erbacon, Kyle Rose of Crites Mt., Cathy Dennison (Kelly) of Little Birch, Angela Fisher (Ben) of Birch River, Julia Hickman (Rusty) of Bays, brothers; Roland Rose of Sutton, Olen Rose of Little Birch, and sister; Bonnie Sherman of California, 28 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great- grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday April 15, 2013, at Greene- Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Visitation was held one hour before the service, burial followed in the Cox Cemetery near Birch River.

Greene- Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Rose Family.

Wesley Matthew Riffle

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Wesley Matthew Riffle

Age 88, of Williamstown, WV, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 26, 1924, in Orlando, WV.

He retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio.

He was a member of The People’s Church of Boaz.

He is survived by two sons, Wesley G. Riffle and wife Jackie of Akron, Ohio, and Ronald E. Riffle of Tallmadge, Ohio; five grandchildren, Amy, David, Angela, Christina and Sarah; four great-grandchildren, Ali, Madison, Aaron and Connor; three sisters and six brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Agnes L. Whitefield Riffle.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home of Vienna, with Pastor Rick Kapple officiating.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Norma Rae Francis Layfield

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Norma Rae Francis Layfield

Age 74, of Vienna, WV went home to her Savior on April 06, 2013 at Camden Clark Hospital Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born in Grantsville, WV on October 16, 1939 to the late Hall V. and Tressa Wright Francis.

Norma enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling, as well as, serving her lord at the Evangelical Methodist Church, where she was a member for many years.

Her hobbies encluded crafts and studing the Civil War.

Surviving Norma are her daugthers: Mary Louise Layfield of Vienna. Carol Ann Foster and her husband, Allen of Bluffton, SC, Chrisandera Lee Bunnells, also of Vienna. Five grandchildren: Norma Ann Bustos, Natalie Jene Pepper, Chad Allen Foster, Ashley Dawn Blosser and her husband, Randell, Kayla Lee Bunnells, as well as, ten great grandchildren.

Also surviving Norma are her five siblings - her sisters Shirley Corbin and husband David. Linda Smith and husband, Jerry. Her brothers, Brad Francis and his wife, Sandy. Rev. Harold Francis and wife, Ann, and Larry Francis, in addition to ten nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Isaac Newton Layfield, Jr in 1995.

The funeral service was held in Parkersburg, with Rev. Harold Francis and Rev. Jeff Williamson officiating.

Burial was at Sunset Memory Garden.

Lola Mae Stewart

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Lola Mae Stewart

Age 90, of Sutton, WV passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at her residence.

She was born October 27, 1922 in Glenville, WV to the late Homer and Blanch Stout Hess.

She was a homemaker.

She attended Wayside Community Church, Sutton.

Lola is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Arthur W. Stewart, son, Barry W. Stewart, several other siblings.

She is survived by her sons; Gene Paul Stewart and wife Lois of Burnsville, WV, Arthur L. Stewart and wife Pat of Strongville, OH; Harry L. Stewart and wife Phyllis J. of Rivesville, WV; sisters, Rena Panak of Warren, OH; Helen King of Lost Creek, WV; 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 PM Saturday April 13, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Bobbie Dale Harper officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Graveside service will follow at 3:30 PM at Beverly Hills Memorial Garden, Mausoleum, Rivesville, WV.

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

Harry Junior Murphy

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Harry Junior Murphy

Age 54, of 4615 Hackers Creek Road Jane Lew, West Virginia passed away on Sunday, April 07, 2013.

On June 20, 1958 the late Harry Murphy and Goldie (Spears) Murphy gave birth to a son Harry Junior Murphy in Lawrence County Kentucky.

In addition to his birth parents he was also raised by Ray and Dorothy Bell who also preceded him in death.

On September 20, 1981 he married Carol (Doty) Murphy who survives.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters Beverley Skidmore and (Stephen) of Hodgesville, WV and Kimberley Hitt and (Joshua) of Weston, WV. Also surviving are five grandchildren Dakota Sprouse, Isabelle Skidmore, Mark Skidmore, Haley Hitt and Faith Hitt.

In addition to his wife, Daughters, and grandchildren he is survived by six brothers James Baker and (Tammy), John Baker and (Pat), Bill Baker and (Liz), Jay Murphy, Randy Bell, and Donnie Ray Bell and (Judy).

In addition to his parents his foster parents Harry was also preceded in death by one brother David Murphy and one sister Jennifer Murphy.

Harry Junior Murphy was Baptist by faith and was a member of the Pennsboro Baptist Church.

Mr. Murphy loved to farm, deer hunt and fish. Over the years on his farm he raised many different kinds of animals and vegetables. He was currently raising cows, horses, donkeys, chicken, rabbits, cats, dogs, geese, and guineas Harry was a man of many talents he loved to farm, he loved to joke, he really loved to trade, and the thing he loved the most was his family especially his grandchildren who he took every year before school started to the game farm in French Creek, WV.

Friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Rodney Heckert and Roger McKee.

Interment will follow services and Mr. Murphy will be laid to rest in the Friendship Cemetery in Jane Lew.

The Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston will be caring for the Murphy family.

Wilma Gwendolyn Bailey Johnston

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Wilma Gwendolyn Bailey 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 were 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 11, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg with Rev. Dr. Paul Russell officiating.

Interment followed at Merrill’s Chapel Cemetery in Wirt County.

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

Foster Ardith Vannoy Sr.

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Foster Ardith Vannoy Sr.

Age 75, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away April 11, 2013, at his home.

He was born December 03, 1937, at Stumptown in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Ardith Vannoy and Mary Parsons Vannoy Hart.

Mr. Vannoy was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and was retired from The General Glass Company.

He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church and former member of Narrowgate Baptist Church.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Lemley Vannoy; two sons, Foster (Kathy) Vannoy Jr. of Parkersburg and Kevin (Diana) Vannoy of Davisville; two daughters, Tamara (Nathan) Brand of Parkersburg and Susan (Thomas) Semon of Waverly; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three half sisters, Sandy, Debbie and Jenny.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Vannoy.

There will be no formal ceremony; however, there will be visitation 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM today at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg.

Vonda Helen Palmer

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Vonda Helen Palmer

of Parkersburg, WV, passed away April 10, 2013, at her home.

She was born January 14, 1923, at Burnt House in Ritchie County, WV, the daughter of the late Clay and Lena Roberts Metz.

She graduated from Harrisville High School with the class of 1941.

She attended the Mt. Pisgah United Church and the Trinity Church.

She loved her sports and was an avid fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Reds.

Surviving are son, Roger Cain and wife Pauline of Sandyville, WV; grandchildren, Traci (Steve) Morrison of Mineral Wells, WV, Lindsay Scott Cain of Sandyville, WV, and Teri (Kevin) Ohrn of Sandyville, WV; great-grandchildren, Anna (Brian) Lowe, Mollie (Tyler) Bleakley, Logan Morrison, Emily Ohrn, Brady Ohrn, Jon Cain and Abby Cain; great-great-grandchildren, Eisley, Phoenix, Chase and Channing; brothers, Delbert (Jean) Metz of Lothin, MD, Lewis (Nina) Metz of Danville, WV, and James (Pat) Metz of Kentucky; special niece, Vonda Sue Jones, that helped take care of her; special caretaker of 9 years, Tina of Belpre, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Lindsay Palmer; daughter, Dawn Palmer Beckner; and brothers, Dennis, Doyle and Donald Metz.

Funeral services for Helen are set for 11:00 AM Monday at Waybright Funeral Home, 511 S. Church St., Ripley, WV, with Pastor Phillip Prunty officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on Garfield Road in Wirt County.

Friends and family may call 4:00-8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home, and from 9:00 AM until the time of service Monday morning.

Jonathon Cooper Lee Sutton

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Jonathon Cooper Lee Sutton

Infant son of Jason Allen Sutton and Rebecca Alexandria Harper of Weston, WV went home to the Lord on Tuesday, April 09, 2013 in West Virginia University Children’s Hospital of Morgantown.

He was born in Morgantown on March 07, 2013.

Jonathon is also survived by his Maternal grandparents: Rex Harper, Sr. of Salem, step grandparents: Daniel Neil and Debbie Sponaugle of Fairmont and the late Reta Mae Sponaugle. Also on the maternal side is an uncle: Rex David Harper, Jr. and wife Kimberly of Weston. Also surviving are maternal great grandparents: Robert Richards of Kincheloe and the late Virginia Richards, step great grandparents: George and Carrie Sponaugle of New Milton and the late Tinny Gray Harper and Rex Harper.

Paternal grandparents surviving are: Brenda and Jesse Utt of Fairmont and the late John Allen Sutton and Aunt: Kimberly Dawn Sutton of Fairmont. He is also survived by paternal great grandparents: Daisy (Hitt) Metz Conrad of Weston and the late Harry Metz and the late Walter Sutton and Mary Jane (Smith) Sutton Huff.

In addition to his many grand and great grandparents, Jonathon was preceded in death by a brother and a sister: Payton Brantley Harper and Trinity Paige Jones.

Although Jonathon was not on the earth for very long, he pulled on the heart strings of many people From Mom and Dad, grandparent and great grandparentss, Aunt and Uncle and other family to doctors and nurses, he was loved by all.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Mithchell Cemetery of Roanoke, WV with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jonathon Cooper Lee Sutton.

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William Eugene Kelley

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William Eugene Kelley

Age 83, of Big Springs, WV passed away April 10, 2013 at his home following an extended illness.

Born in Calhoun County, WV, May 12, 1929, he was a son of the late William Treavy Kelley and Elizabeth Wease Kelley.

He was a retired Calhoun County school bus driver and mechanic. He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving are his children, Darlene (Pat) Bell of Big Springs, Gina (Buck) Kelley of Elkview, WV and William W. (Amanda) Kelley of Chesapeake, OH; one sister, Leona Burrows of Marietta, OH; four grandchildren, Brei and Landon Kelley, Patrick James Bell, II and Teresa Goodnight; and one great grandchild, McKenzie Goodnight.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Gainer Kelley; two brothers, Haven and Holly Kelley; two sisters, Cleo Johnson and Mary Slider.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 1:00 PM at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Grantsville, WV.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM and one hour prior to the services Saturday.

Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville is in charge of the arrangements.

Terrie Diane Morrison

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Terrie Diane Morrison

Age 60, of Parkersburg, WV., departed this life on April 02, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons, Chris Morrison and Shylo Tant, and life partner, Marion “Bud” Tant.

Terrie is survived by 1 son, Shawn Tant, 6 grandchildren, and 2 sisters.

Memorial Services will be held at the Tanner Baptist Cemetery in Tanner WV., at 11:00 AM,  Saturday April 13, 2013.

Grace E. Davis

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Grace E. Davis

Age 85, of Parkersburg, WV, died April 10, 2013, at the Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born October 05, 1927 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Ephraim and Effie Pratt Davis.

She retired from the Holiday Inn after many years of service as a chef. After retiring she served as a volunteer for the Wood County Senior Citizens caring for many people.

She is survived by one sister, Betty Cannon of Parkersburg; four brothers, Raymond Davis and wife Frances, Edward Davis and wife Ruth, H. Gene Davis and Rob Richards, Dale Davis and wife Susie, all of Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Okey Davis, John Davis, and one infant sister, Marlene Davis.

Services will be Saturday 3:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkesburg, with Reverend Harold Eaton officiating.

Inurnment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens at the convenience of the family.

Visitation will be Saturday 2:00 - 3:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004.

Joann Sparks

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Joann Sparks

Age 79, of Cottle, WV passed away Tuesday, April 02, 2013, at West Virginia University Hospital at Morgantown after a long struggle with health problems.

Born May 11, 1933 in Braxton County, WV, she was a daughter of the late William Jennings and Delpha Eagle Sutton.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elza Dorn Sparks.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are daughters, Nancy and her husband Larry Norman of Flatwoods, WV;, and Wilda Drake of Lockport, NY; Son, William and his wife Phyllis Sparks, also of Lockport, NY; five sisters, Mae Jones, June Rollins, Enola Jarvis, Virginia Jones and Sandra Cox; six brothers, Vic Sutton, Jim Sutton, Con Sutton, Pete Sutton, Wallace Sutton, and Gordon Sutton; nine grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 05, 2013 in the White Funeral Home at Craigsville with Pastor Jenny Ross officiating.

Internment followed in the Craigsville Cemetery.

Geraldine Louise Vankoevering

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Geraldine Louise Vankoevering

Age 78, of Birch River, WV formerly of Wyoming, MI passed away on April 01, 2013 at her daughter’s home.

She was born in Grand Rapids, MI on October 19, 1936 to the late Carroll and Juanita Smith Austin.

She was a factory worker for the automotive industry.

She was a member of Maple Lawn Baptist Church in Wyoming, MI.
. Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Donald Austin, sister, Jean Reed.

She is survived by her son, Mark Vankoevering of Wyoming, MI, daughters, Juanita Brown of Wyoming, MI, Kimberly Carl of Kentwood, MI, Crystal Moyers of Birch River, WV, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Stedenga Funeral Chapels, 3131 Division Ave, S. Wyoming, Michigan.

Burial was at Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Guy Ray Lucas

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Guy Ray Lucas

Age 64, of 470 Broad Street, Weston, WV went on to serve the Lord on Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born in Charleston, WV on June 21, 1948: son of the late Ray Walter Lucas and Norma (Audia) Lucas.

Mr. Lucas is survived by his companion of many years, Opal M. Moon of Weston, one daughter: Tammy Ash of Newbury, OH, two step daughters: Vickie M. Hibbs (Steve) and Sherri Lynn Moore (Glen) both of Weston. Also surviving are several grandchildren, one brother: Sam Lucas of Sparks, MD, one 1/2 brother: Nick Jannetta of North Carolina, one aunt: Pauline Stopiak of Clarksburg, a special friend: Olive L. Curtis of Weston, several nieces and nephews, cousins and several friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lucas was preceded in death by one sister: Mary Grace Jackson.

Mr. Lucas was a glassworker with the Louie Glass Factory of Weston with 22 years of service.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston.

He was a graduate of Newbury High School of Newbury, OH. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing corn hole and spending time with family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Catholic prayer services will be held on Friday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Oak Grove Cemetery on Goosepen Road, Lewis County, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Guy Ray Lucas.

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.

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