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John J. Bellomy

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John J. Bellomy

Age 92, of Cairo, WV, formerly of Dayton, OH, departed this life on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Parkersburg, WV.

He was born on January 04, 1921, in Burdine, KY, a son of the late Nathan and Stella Neil Bellomy.

John was retired from General Motors of Dayton, OH.

He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, Dayton, OH where he was deacon for 52 years.

He was a U. S. Navy Veteran having served in World War II as an aviation radioman.

He is survived by a brother, Alfred Bellomy (Gail), Dayton, OH; sisters, Sue Boltz, Dayton, Deloris Fleitz, Merced, CA, and Joyce Stanfield, Fernandina, FL. Caregivers Dennis and Melanie Byrd, Cairo, WV.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Geno Stout Bellomy; sisters, Claire Thomas and Jacklyn Matney; brothers, Jervis, Jim, Charles, Nathan and Roy Bellomy.

Graveside Services will be held Monday, July 15, 2013, at the Cairo Masonic Cemetery, with the Tom Porter officiating.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, is assisting the family.

Steven Robert Brown

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Steven Robert Brown

Age 34, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at home following an extended illness.

He was born in Buckhannon, WV on December 08, 1978, son of Clay and Catherine (Kraus) Brown.

Steven was married to Ashley (West) Brown on October 08, 2005.

Steven is also survived by his three brothers: Ben Brown and Casey of Jane Lew, Eddie Brown and Addie of Lost Creek, Jeffrey Brown and Ivana of Mascoutah, Il, one sister: Amanda Spencer and Charlie of Middlebourne, WV, and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Brown was a member of Murphy Creek Baptist Church.

Steven was a truck driver. He loved big rigs, 4-wheeling, spending time with his nieces and nephews, an especially “jeeping” were his passions. Steven was the Greatest Brother in the World.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave., Weston on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Steven Robert Brown.

Claudette Chadwell

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Claudette Chadwell

Age 69, of Normantown, WV, departed this life at 4:35 PM, Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness.

She was born February 08, 1944 in Kanawha County, a daughter of the late William and Wyvan Perry Snead.

Claudette retired from Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center after 26 years of service.

She was a member of the Lower Steer Run Baptist Church at Normantown.

She loved her dogs and cats.

In April of 1960 she was united in marriage to James R. Chadwell who preceded her in death November 03, 1989.

Surviving are two sons:  Mose Allen (Darlene) Chadwell of Normantown, WV and Harold Chadwell of Jacksonville, FL; one step-daughter, Sharon Phillips of Cheyene Kansas; 3 brothers and one sister:  Larry Snead and Charles Snead of Elkhart, IN; John Snead of North Ridgeville, OH and Carolyn Kinder of Cleveland, OH; one grandson survives, Ethan James Chadwell of Normantown, WV..

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Dawn Renee Ray; one son, Donald Chadwell and 2 sisters, Pat Crago and Betty Dunlap.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Lower Steer Run Baptist Church at Normantown with Elder Mark Minney officiating.

Burial will follow in the Boggs Cemetery at Orton.

Friends may call 12:00 Noon until 2:00 the funeral hour at the Church.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is assisting the family of Claudette Chadwell with arrangements.

Mary Louise Teter

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Mary Louise Teter

Age 88, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Broaddus Hospital of Philippi following an extended illness.

She was born in Flemington, WV on January 01, 1925: daughter of the late Perry Smith and Mabel Smith.

On April 05, 1948, she married Harry Teter, who preceded her in death along with one son and one daughter.

Mrs. Teter is survived by one son: Jack Teter of Weston. She was also survived by one brother: Robert Smith of Elkins and one sister: Jo Smith of Philippi.

Mrs. Teter was a homemaker, loved her garden and cooking. Her passion in life was her family and all children.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Pumphrey Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Mary Louise Teter.

Janice Lee Sommerville Williams

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Janice Lee Sommerville Williams

Age 86 of Tollgate, Doddridge County, WV passed away on June 24, 2013.

She was born to the late Luther Hobert and Bernice Kent Sommerville, on August 16, 1926, in West Union, WV.

Janice graduated from Doddridge County High School in 1944.

She married her high school sweetheart, Wilton E. Williams Jr., who preceded her in death by one month in 1945, and they lived in Colliers and Weirton, WV, Eldersville, PA, and Bucks County, PA, before relocating to Tollgate in 1972.

Janice was known for her musical talent, specifically singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She was a member of numerous choral groups and was a founding member of the Bucks County Choraliers. She acted in a number of community musical theater productions and accompanied and sang in a number of Easter and Christmas Cantatas throughout her lifetime.

Janice was an active and beloved member of the Tollgate Seventh-day Adventist Church, and could often be found there at the piano bench.

Janice enjoyed painting, knitting and writing poetry. In 1983, she published a book of her poems, focusing on life in Bucks County, PA, called “People, Places and Things.“ She also enjoyed traveling and accompanied Wilton to Taiwan, Turkey and various European countries while he worked as a consultant for U.S. Steel.

Janice is survived by three children, Diana Weiss of New Hope, PA, Phillip Kent Williams (Pamela) of Nashville, TN, and Timothy Andrew Williams (Michelle) of Cold Spring, KY. She is also survived by five grandchildren, and a sister, Hoberta Sommerville, of Colonial Heights, VA.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, on Sunday, July 14, at 2 PM.

There will be a time of gathering one hour prior to her service.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Williams family.

George Washington Riffle

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George Washington Riffle

Age 89, of Craig Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 7 AM on Friday, July 12, 2013 at his residence.

He was born February 22, 1924 in Lewis County, WV a son of the late Henry and Ivy Ables Riffle.

He is survived by eight nieces and nephews: Irene Paugh and Edna Mae Skinner both of Weston, Jean Stalnaker of Valley Chapel, Bobby Hefner and Donnie Hefner both of Walkersville, WV; Bonnie Tomey and Violet Gregory both of Glenville, WV and Lilly Queen of Shelbyville; several great nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Jack, who was always by his side.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family being preceded in death by five sisters: Lucy Ables, Alta Skinner, Nettie Hefner, Nora Riffle and Phoebie Riffle and three brothers: Raymond, Herbert and Thomas Riffle.

George was a farmer all of his life and loved hunting and gardening.

He was United Methodist by faith.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-8 PM Saturday July 13, 2013.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bill Hunt officiating.

Interment will follow in the Harrison Grove Cemetery on Murphy’s Creek in Weston.

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

Bernard K. Seal

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Bernard K. Seal

Age 75 of Exchange, WV passed July 09, 2013 following a sudden illness.

He was born July 29, 1937, the son of the late Kenna B. Seal and Ruth McMillion Seal.

In 1968, he married Velma Friend Seal who survives.

He was preceded in death by both parents and brother, Burton V. Seal and a nephew, Jeffrey Brown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters, Reta Maxine (Lou) Kuritz of Toms River, NJ and Donna Romriell of Exchange, WV as well as one brother, Kenna R. Seal (Paula) of Sutton, WV. Bernard is also survived by nieces, Robin Romriell, Dianna Carr, Rebecca Brock and nephews, Lewis Kuritz and Michael Brown.

Bernard was an underground coal miner shuttle car operator, ending his career as a fire boss for Island Creek Coal Company.

At his request, there will be no services.

Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway is assisting the family.

Charles “Rusty” Bender

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Charles “Rusty” Bender

Age 48, of Trace Run, Gassaway, WV, passed July 07, 2013 at home.

He was born December 25, 1964 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late Charlie and Nina Lea Conrad Bender.

Rusty was a logger and skidder operator and a graduate of Braxton County High School.

He is survived by son, Charles Trenton Hall of Sutton; aunt, Alice Cain of Ohio and several cousins.

Graveside service was 11 AM Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Conard Cemetery on Little Trace with Pastor Bill Morlan officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations for funeral expenses may be made to Christel Miller, 2081 Little Trace Rd., Exchange, WV 26619.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Roland Rush “Ronnie “ Rittenhouse

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Roland Rush “Ronnie “ Rittenhouse

Age 74 of 24 Main Ave, Weston, WV passed away at 9:44 PM Tuesday, July 09, 2013 in the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg following a brief illness.

He was born July 28, 1938 in Weston a son of the late Duane D. and Hettie Hull Rittenhouse.

Surviving are one sister, Bernadine L. Cawthon of Weston; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and special companion, Sylvia Fetch of Vienna, as well as her family, whom he thought of as his own: Cristina, Doug and Preston Turner of Vienna, and Angela Fetch of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by one brother Duane R. Rittenhouse and two sisters Virginia Cleo Belle Ward and Irene McCoy.

Ronnie was a proud 1957 graduate of Weston High School where he enjoyed playing in the band. He retired from the William R. Sharpe Hospital in Weston with almost 30 years of service. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #1376 and an avid WVU Fan, following mountaineer basketball and football.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 5 to 7PM.

A Broken Circle Ceremony will follow at 7 PM conducted by the Weston Moose Lodge #1376.

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

Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ronnie Rittenhouse.

Rosemary Brown

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Rosemary Brown

Age 48, of Big Springs, WV, passed away July 04, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following an extended illness.

She was born in Wood County, WV, a daughter of the late French and Norma Mathess McFee.

Surviving is a daughter, Maranda Allen of Mineral Wells; a sister, Sherry Jones of Big Springs; two brothers, Bobby McFee of Gallager, WV and David McFee of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by a brother Jeff McFee.

Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Her body will be cremated and burial of the ashes will be in the Owl Hill Cemetery at Elizabeth.

Margie “Kathleen” Sweitzer

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Margie “Kathleen” Sweitzer

Age 89, of 210 Fulton Street, Burnsville, WV, passed away on Monday, July 01, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV following a brief illness.

Kathleen was born in Burnsville, WV on May 31, 1924 a daughter of the late Oliver D McPherson and Audrey (Crutchfeild) McPherson.

She was married to Charles Sweitzer who preceded her in death.

Kathleen was Methodist by faith and was a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Sweitzer loved to watch TV, was an avid shopper, and she loved to travel the world in her younger years with her husband. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Kathleen is survived by three nephews John Wesley McPherson II of Las Vegas, NV, Joe Davis McPherson of Sutton, WV, and Jeffery Dean McPherson of Houston, TX, one niece Rebecca Jane Smith of Anchorage, AK and several cousins.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers Joseph B. McPherson, John Wesley McPherson Sr.

A graveside service in memory of Kathleen was held on Saturday, July 06, 2013 at the McPherson Cemetery on Oil Creek Road, Burnsville, WV at 1:00 PM with Reverend James Burrough officiating.

Interment followed services in the McPherson Cemetery.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Margie “Kathleen” Sweitzer.

Shirley Ann Dever

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Shirley Ann Dever

Age 78, of 2085 U.S Hwy 33 West, Weston, WV, Pricetown Community, passed away at 1:05 AM on Monday July 08, 2013 at her residence, surrounded by family, following an extended illness.

She was born on April 02, 1935 at home in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Russell Emmett Taylor Sr. and Erma Ann Wiant Taylor.

On June 06, 1953 she married her handsome suitor, Warren Wesley Dever, who survives. They had recently celebrated their 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary, a milestone that few couples achieve.

Also surviving are one son, Billy Joe Dever and wife Doris of Weston and one daughter, Erma Frances Postalwait and husband Kevin of Weston; one sister, Erma Nadine Tipton of Lodi, Ohio and one brother, William Taylor of Weston; nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog Tiny. Shirley was proud of each and every one of them and always encouraged them to be their best.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Billy Joe Dever II; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Tucker Toms; five sisters: Mildred Reilly, Twyla Hannon, Nellie Taylor, Baby Girl Taylor, and Wilma Smith; and three brothers: Woodrow, Russell, and Darrell Taylor, all whom she missed dearly.

Mrs. Dever was employed by the WV Glass Specialty Co. for several years. Then she provided years of compassionate service as a devoted caregiver for many seniors in the county.

Shirley was a member of the Miles Chapel United Methodist Church in Pricetown and the Willing Workers of the church.

She enjoyed camping, canning, quilting and tending to her rose garden. Friends and family already miss her fabulous cooking, especially her homemade potato salad and apple butter. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who always had a smile and kind word to share.

Her family will gather for a private viewing at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

At Shirley’s request, there will be a graveside service at 12 Noon on Thursday in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Weston with Reverend Martin Wine and Pastor Paul Thompson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Miles Chapel Church Willing Workers at 1716 US Hwy. 33W Weston WV 26452.

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

Donald Fay “Donnie” Stout

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Donald Fay “Donnie” Stout

Age 60, of 1482 Gee Lick Road Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 4 AM on Tuesday July 09, 2013 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Weston on July 21, 1952 a son of the late Henry Bud and Mary Elizabeth McClung Stout.

He married the former Brenda Radcliff and they enjoyed 39 years of marriage together.

Also surviving are one son, Mike Stout and wife Stephanie of Mt. Clare; one daughter, Mandy Anderson and husband Adam of Bridgeport; two grandchildren: Karcher “Ace” and Kasen “JoeDon” Stout; one brother, Roger Stout and wife Kay of Weston; three sisters: Patty Wine and husband Richard of Weston, Judy Daugherty of Weston, and Cindy Stout of Michigan; sister-in-law Helen Stout of Kincheloe; and his beloved Yorkie, Zoey Stout, who misses him dearly.

He was preceded in death by one brother, James Stout

Donnie was retired from Dominion Transmission with over 3o years of loyal service.

He was the owner of Weston Storage Inc.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.

He enjoyed dirt track racing, camping, and coaching the Philly’s Little League baseball team and The Globe Trotters basketball team.

Friends and family will gather at the Mt Morris United Methodist Church in Valley Chapel from1-3 PM on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

A funeral service will be held at 3 PM at the church with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mt. Morris Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Weston at 132 E 2nd St. Weston WV 26452

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

Shirley Bush Fulks

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Shirley Bush Fulks

Age 92, of 1886 Old Route 33 Weston, WV passed away on Monday, July 08, 2013 in Davis Memorial Hospital of Elkins following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on May 25, 1921: daughter of the late Goff Bush and Lula (Bailey) Bush.

On September 01, 1939, she married Paul Preston Fulks, who preceded her in death on May 13, 2006.

Mrs. Fulks is survived by one daughter: Melody Lu (William) Bennett of Weston, one son: Mike (Carol) Fulks of Bridgeport, 5 grandchildren: Mikal-Ellen Bennett, Ty William Bennett, Todd Fulks, Paul Fulks and Laura Goblinger and 9 great grandchildren: Melody Ryanne Garrett, Michael , Tricia, Liza, Daniel, Rachel and Caroline Fulks and Troy and Rose Goblinger. She was also survived by one brother: Edwin G. Bush of Coeurd’alene, Idaho and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Fulks was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1939.”

Shirley was a member of the Stone Coal United Methodist Church of Weston where she was a member of the Stonecoal United Methodist Women.

She was also a member of the Lewis County CEOS.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home with Reverend Carolyn Nettles and Reverend Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Shirley Bush Fulks.

Phyllis Ann Underwood

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Phyllis Ann Underwood

Age 73, of Gassaway, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 08, 2013 at home after a long illness.

She was born September 07, 1939 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Chaney and Lottie Smarr Frame.

She was a homemaker and an associate insurance agent.

A member of the First Southern Baptist Church, Sutton; Past Matron of Gassaway Order of Eastern Starr #32 and a graduate of Gassaway High School.

She married her high school sweetheart Earl “Bud” Underwood on September 27, 1958.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Earl, Garrett, Delmas, Leonard, Wesley, Frank, Newton, Kyle, Forrest and Glenn; sisters, Juanita Burrows, Ivy White, Gladys Kuhl and Veda Conner.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Earl “Bud” Underwood; daughter, Vicki Carr and husband, Brad of Gassaway; cherished grandsons, Aaron Lemon of Huntington and Brandon Lemon of Gassaway; her great grandchildren that she cherished, Keller Lemon and Maddox Lemon; sisters, Pearl Mace and husaband, Laco of Frametown, Bernice Wilson of Cottageville and Judy Slaughter and husband, Steve of Jessup, MD; brother, Norman Frame and wife, Barbara of Frametown.

Special thank you to Hospice Care of Burnsville and Susan McKenzie.

Service will be 1 PM Friday, July 12, 2013 at the First Southern Baptist Church, Sutton with Pastor Rick Canfield officiating.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the Church.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Glenna Opal Stalnaker Fleming

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Glenna Opal Stalnaker Fleming

Age 90, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 06, 2013.

She was born August 05, 1922, the eldest of seven children of the late Fenton R. and Opal Downs Stalnaker of Orma, WV.

Glenna graduated from Calhoun High School in 1939 and completed her Standard Normal Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree at Glenville State College. She retired from the Calhoun County school system after more than 35 years as a teacher and principal. Glenna challenged and inspired thousands of young minds and her educational legacy is enduring.

In her community, she was instrumental in helping launch the West Fork Community Action and the West Virginia Molasses Festival, and was actively involved in Extension Homemakers on the county, regional and state level for many years, most recently being a member of the Crafty Ladies.

She was a lifelong Baptist and attended the New Life Baptist Fellowship Baptist Church.

Glenna also served as a 4-H club leader of the Arnoldsburg Eagles and volunteered with many activities in the area. She was a Past Matron and 50-year member of the Grantsville Chapter #73 Order of the Eastern Star.

Glenna was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, William H. Stalnaker, Marvin F. Stalnaker, Paul D. (Pete) Stalnaker and one sister, Wanda Lee White.

Surviving is her husband of 71 years, Guy Paul Fleming of Arnoldsburg, and three children: Ron (Pam) Fleming of Walker, WV; Sue (Mike) Haymaker of Bluefield, WV; and Cheryl (John) McKinney of Glenville, WV. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Angela Ellis-Miller of Fairmont, WV; Dee (Garald) Cottrell of New Bern, NC; and Ronnie P. (Valerie) Fleming II of Walker, WV; six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Emma Lou Chenoweth of Ravenna, OH, Orma (Toots) Downs of Southington, OH, and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to all the caring Medical, Pharmacy, and Hospice personnel and to Glenna’s loving in-home caregivers: Bev Mullins, Loretta Bishop, Robin King, Bambi (Tyke) Davis, Patty Smith, and Erica Falls.

Funeral services will be held Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Loren Price officiating.

Interment will follow in the Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery at Millstone.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday and one hour prior to the services Thursday.

Order of the Eastern Star memorial services will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.

James Hobert Frame

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James Hobert Frame

Age 67, of Grasslick, Braxton County, WV, passed July 07, 2013 at home.

He was born December 20, 1945 the son of the late Hobert and Mary Hashman Frame.

He was the body shop foreman for Pletcher Pontiac, Gassaway for many years.

He is survived by wife, Alta Helen Houston Frame; children, Lisa Ann Freeman and husband, Jeff and Rusty Frame and wife, Paula; grandsons, Nolan Freeman, Josh Freeman, Dustin Frame and Justin Frame; great grandchildren, Gracie Freeman and Jackson Freeman.

Friends may call from 11 AM to 2 PM Wednesday, July10, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Burial will follow at the Crooked Fork Baptist Church, Cemetery, Crooked Fork with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Betty Irene Roberts

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Betty Irene Roberts

Age 85, of Davisville, WV passed away Sunday, July 07, 2013, at her residence.

She was born January 07, 1928 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Romeo and Dessie Hendrickson Bumgardner.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking and reading.

She was a member of the Community of Christ Church.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Dianna Davis of Davisville, WV and Linda Husk of Marietta, Ohio; a son, Phillip Roberts (Jacqueline) of Parkersburg; two sisters, Hilda Deem of Jakdale, Connecticut, and Norma Hoover of Harrisville, WV; a brother, Russell Bumgardner (Dorothy) of Canton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit W. Roberts in 1983; and two brothers, Harold and Carl Bumgardner.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday, July 11, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg with Elder Gene Bowie and Elder James Withee officiating.

Burial will follow at King Knob Cemetery in Ritchie County, WV.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Gentiva Home Healthcare and Amedisys Hospice for the great care given to Betty.

Gerald Lee Childress, Sr.

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Gerald Lee Childress, Sr.

Age 78, of Frenchton, and recently of Weston, WV, passed the Golden Portal from darkness to the light of God’s grace and mercy on Wednesday, July 03, 2013, in Weston, WV with his family at his bedside.

He was born on January 14, 1935, in Upshur County, a son of the late William Henry and Reta Pauline Martin Childress.

On March 26, 1960, he was united in marriage to E. Jean Hartley Childress, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Teresa and husband, John Ward, III, of Century II, Leatha Irvin of Buckhannon, Brenda Childress of Tuscon, AZ, and Lynda Bishop of Nebraska; one son, Gerald Childress, Jr. and wife, Carol, of Washington; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dale Childress of Missouri; two sisters, Mrs. Charlie (Pauline) Pritt of Aliquippa, PA, and Janice Warren of Florida; and special nephew, Kirk Lee Jarvis.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Frances Kooser, Phyllis Ord and Betty Jarvis; two brothers, William Childress and Porter Childress; and one grandson, Joshua Ward.

Mr. Childress was a Methodist by faith.

He was a 50-year member of the Rock Cave Lodge 81 A.F. & A.M. and the Aletha Chapter 82 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was retired from Moore Business Forms.

The family received friends on Saturday, July 06, 2013, from 4-8 PM at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel, where the Aletha Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct services concluding the visitation.

The funeral was held on Sunday, July 07, 2013, at 2 PM at the Frenchton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Earl Cayton officiating.

Interment will follow in the Beechtown Cemetery, where the Upshur County Honor Guard will conduct military honors and the members of the Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Lewis County Senior Center, West 2nd Street, Weston, WV 26452 or to the St. Joseph’s Hospice Care, 1 Amalia Drive, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

The Childress family has entrusted the arrangements to Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

Velva June Saunders

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Velva June Saunders

Age 87, of Morgantown, WV, formally of Sutton, WV, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 07, 2013 at her and her sisters residence.

She was born May 30, 1926 in Braxton County, WV to the late Oscar Buren and Roena Hess Leavitt.

Also preceding her in death were husband; James “Wiley” Saunders, Jr., and her sister; Maxine Linger.

She was raised on Granny’s Creek, a protestant by faith and a homemaker.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons and daughter-in-laws; Mike and Judy Saunders and Mark and Sharon Saunders all of Lockport, NY, her sister and caregiver; Patricia Lewis of Morgantown, brother; Clyde Leavitt of Sutton, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 09, 2013, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Be Be Marshall officiating.

Burial will be held in Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport, NY.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Saunders Family.

Juanita M. White

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Juanita M. White

Age 87, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life, Saturday, July 06, 2013, at the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV.

She was born August 07, 1925 on Lynn Camp, WV, a daughter of the late Alva and Laura Jane McCloy Dodd.

Juanita was a member of the Pennsboro Baptist Church.

She had been a waitress and cook for Sara Jack’s Restaurant for Zellie Jones, Midway Restaurant for Mildred Sheets and the Golden Gate Restaurant, and had worked at the Myles Manufacturing Garment Co. She was a member of the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

Juanita is survived by a son, James White, Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Tyler White, Pennsboro, WV and Miranda Weidman, Portsmouth, VA; step grandchildren, Christa Harper and Jennifer Goff; great grandchild, Justin; step great grandchildren, Garrett, Gabriella, Emma and Sara; brother, Elmus Dodd, Belmont, WV.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Junior White; daughter Joann Leeson; brothers, Paul, Homer and Otis Dodd; sisters, Dorothy Leonard, Hazel Jones, Kathleen Smith and Lora Gail Richards; daughter in law, Sue White.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro, WV.

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

Kenton ‘Kenny’ W. Bell

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Kenton ‘Kenny’ W. Bell

Age 79, of Glenville, WV, passed away July 05, 2013 of a sudden illness at his home.

He was born September 22, 1933 in Glenville, WV to the late Jesse E. Bell, Jr. and Edith Berry Bell.

Kenny worked 32 years for the American Tote Company as supervisor and retired in 1994 to his home on Kanawha Drive. He was a graduate of Tanner High School.

He was a Baptist by faith.

A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Mansfield.

He was an avid reader, a master gardener and a devoted sportsman and outdoorsman. He was a loyal fan of the Glenville State College Women’s Basketball team and loved his family dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn Mahaney Bell, one sister Eleanor Bell Nicholas of Glenville and a brother-in-law, James H. (Carolyn) Mahaney of Milford, Ohio, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins and his beloved rat terrier companion, Roscoe.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Lou Bell.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Dr. William Thomas officiating.

Friends may call from 12:00 PM until the time of the service.

Burial will follow in the Stalnaker Cemetery near Glenville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tanner High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 12 Glenville, WV 26351.

Denver Mack Richards

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Denver Mack Richards

Age 60, of Big Bend, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday July 05, 2013 at Crucible Pennsylvania.

He was born September 01, 1952 in Calhoun County,WV to the late Desmoin and Maggie Richards of Norman Ridge.

He was a United States Army VietnamVeteran, serving from February 1971 through October 1979 and recipient of several commendation medals including the Purple Heart.

Surviving are one daughter, Traci (Wes) Brown of Crucible, PA and one son, Jason Richards of Creston, WV. One grandson, Jakota Brown of Crucible PA. Three sisters; Dessall Starcher of Ohio, Sadie Cunningham of Parkersburg and Anna Music of Pt. Pleasant. Two brothers; Larry Richards of Big Root and Ronzel Richards of Norman Ridge as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his fiancé, Nellie Moss. Two brothers; Charles Richards and Perry Richards. Three sisters; Ola Tripplet, Dottie Richards and Patricia ‘Patty’ Richards. One niece, Heather Richards Myer and one nephew, James D. ‘Jody’ Richards.

Funeral services will be held Monday July 08, 2013, 3:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the Norman Ridge Cemetery at Big Bend.

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

Karen Lynn Morris Starcher

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Karen Lynn Morris Starcher

Age 65, of Cortland, Ohio, passed on Friday, July 05, 2013 at 6:51 AM at the Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio after a short illness.

She was born on April 02, 1948 in Gassaway, WV, the daughter of the late Thural and Hazel Sears Morris.

Karen worked as a press operator for Sajar Plastics in Middlefield, Ohio for 15 years. She enjoyed her animals, crocheting, and puzzles. But, her greatest joy was being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her three children, Scott Gene (Jeney) Starcher of Cortland, James Paul (Jodi) Starcher of Cortland, and Shelby Jean (William) Castle of Hartford; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Jacob) Paridon, Brandon Starcher, Andrea Castle, Brittany Starcher, Katie Starcher, Nathan Castle, Brianna Starcher, Baylie Starcher, and James Starcher; three great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Peyton, and Dominick Starcher.

Also surviving are her siblings, Delford (Linda) Morris of Creston, Ohio, Melba (Richard) Wenzel of Burbank, Ohio, and Betty (Bob) Harper of Mansfield, Ohio; her former husband of 27 years, Carl Starcher of Cortland, Ohio.

Other than her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her brother, Elvin Morris.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel in Cortland where Pastor Rocci Harmon will celebrate Karen’s life.

Family and friends may visit at the funeral home from 6-8 PM, Monday, July 08, 2013.

Ray Paul Stalnaker

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Ray Paul Stalnaker

Age 84, of 444 Simpson Run Road Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, July 04, 2013 in the Hospice House of Elkins following a brief illness.

He was born in McWhorter, WV on May 01, 1929: son of the late Paul A. Stalnaker and Mildred (Kirkpatrick) Stalnaker Woofter.

On April 05, 1948, he married Mildred Louise (Riffle) Stalnaker, who preceded him in death on May 07, 2003.

Mr. Stalnaker is survived by three children: Markeeta (Donald) Simmons, Rodney (Sandy) Stalnaker and Tammy Stalnaker all of Weston, seven grandkids: Rick (Monica) Stalnaker of Hurricane, Brian (Hope) Simmons of Weston, Angie (Steve) Devastio of Napier, Mike (Yvette) Simmons and Chris Simmons both of Buckhannon and Bradley Curtis and Nereiu McCue both of Weston, twelve great grandkids: Dakota Montgomery of Weston, Donnie and Cheyanne Love of Napier, Jefferey Montgomery of Weston, Madison Stalnaker of Hurricane, Claire Simmons of Walkersville, Logan Stalnaker of Hurricane, Cameron Simmons of Walkersville, Mikey, Sierra andKalby Simmons all of Beckley and Kole Simmons of Buckhannon and three step great grandkids: Jacob Atkins of Weston and Allison and Braden Curtis both of Buckhannon.He is also survived by one sister: Judy Skinner of Parkersburg, one brother: Francis Stalnaker of Long Island, NY and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wfe Mildred, Mr. Stalnaker was preceded in death by two brothers: Cecil and Forrest Stalnaker, one sister: Peg McNemar and one granddaughter: Nicole Stalnaker Montgomery.

Mr. Stalnaker was a truck driver.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Ray enjoyed fishing and the outdoors in general. He was a Mountaineer fan and an avid NASCAR fan with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. being his favorite driver.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, July 07, 2013 from 12:00 Noon until 1:30 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:30 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ronald Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Butchersville Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Ray Paul Stalnaker

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