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Obituaries, In Memory of

Calvin Hoover Mayes

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Calvin Hoover Mayes

Age 85, of Rocky River, OH, formerly of the Bendale Community of Weston, WV passed away Thursday, November 07, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born May 30, 1928 in McDunn, Fayette County a son of the late Jeff Brooks Mayes and Virgie Mae Atha Mayes.

He was twice married, first to the former Pauline Knicely, who preceded him in death, then on June 28, 1980 he married the former Rebecca Taylor who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Cathy Dougan of Rocky River OH, Anna Knock of Columbus OH, and Virgie Pavick of Northfield OH; one son, Calvin Talbert Mayes of Maple Heights OH; one sister, Nina June Perdue of Falls View, WV; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Dee Saxer, nine brothers and five sisters.

Calvin was employed as a machine operator in the manufacturing business for over 40 years, working at Prototype Development for many of those years.

He was a member of the Union Mission Church in Buckhannon.

He enjoyed hunting and the many fishing trips to Canada.

Friends and family will gather at the Union Mission Church in Buckhannon at 1 River Rd. (Vicksburg Road) on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will follow at 1:00 PM with Reverend Dennis Estes officiating.

Interment will follow in the High Knob Cemetery on Airport Road in Flatwoods, WV.

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

Russell Delbert Losh

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Russell Delbert Losh

Age 70 of Mount Olive, West Virginia, departed this life on Monday November 04, 2013 following a long battle with cancer.

Born December 12, 1943 in Sand Fork, WV, son of the late Harry Losh and Genevieve Pritt Jones.

In his youth he enjoyed hunting , fishing and spending time with his family.

Russell was also a Baptist by faith.

Surviving is 1 son, Russell D. Losh Jr. of Weston,  2 sisters, Dorthy Townsend and husband Bob of Cox’s Mill, WV; Teresa Grimm of Clarksburg, WV; 2 Brothers, Leon Losh and wife Susan of Sutton, WV; and Robert Floyd of Tennessee.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

At Russell’s request he was cremated and a memorial service will be held at the Leading Creek Baptist Church at a later date.

The family requests that contributions be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc. to help pay funeral expenses for Russell.

They can be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351.

Vada “Grace” Stalnaker

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Vada “Grace” Stalnaker

Age 78, of Glenville, WV, passed away November 05, 2013, at Genesis Health Care of Glenville.

She was born February 11, 1935 in Tanner, WV, a daughter of the late Bantz Stalnaker and Flora Connolly Stalnaker.

She attended the former Tanner School.

She was was a member of the Trace Fork Church.

Grace loved her nieces and nephews and would rock them by the hours when they were little, but she spent many years in Nursing Homes.

She is survived by one brother, Bantz “Sonny” Stalnaker, Jr. and his wife Billie of Glenville, WV; and a sister, Dollie Eaton of Vienna, WV; also several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was a sister-in-law, Roberta Stalnaker and a brother-in-law, Reverend Gene Eaton.

Graveside service will be held Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1 PM at the Collins Cemetery, Stumptown, WV, with Reverend Kenny Kendall officiating.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1 PM at the Collins Cemetery at Stumptown, WV.

Terry Doyle Vaughan

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Terry Doyle Vaughan

Age 102, of Jacksonville, Florida died on November 05, 2013.

He was born on February 22, 1911, in Elmira, Braxton County, WV, the son of Edna Heinzman and Squire Lee Vaughan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Zella Hall Vaughan; two sisters, Glenna Nichols and Erie Hollister; his daughter, Barbara Barna, and his grandson, Scott Barna.

Survivors include his sister, Helen Cobb of Charleston, WV; his son and daughter-in-law, Edwin and JoAn Vaughan of Woodside, CA; four grandchildren, Sherri Johnson of Jacksonville, FL; Joseph Lee Vaughan of Riverside, CA; Laura Vaughan Lange of Woodside, CA; and Stephen Doyle Vaughan of Redwood City, CA; eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

Doyle was married to his wife Zella for seventy years.

For many years he was a member of the First Baptist Church of South Charleston, WV and Grace United Methodist Church of Merritt Island, Florida.

Doyle served in the navy during World War II and for twenty-eight years worked for the Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at the Albert’s Chapel Methodist Church at Sand Ridge, WV Sunday November 10, 2013, 2:00 PM.

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

Local arrangements are being handled by the Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville.

He will be buried beside his wife of seventy years, Zella Hall, who preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Elmira Baptist Church, Duck WV, 25065.

John Paul Sutton

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John Paul Sutton

Age 84, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Hively and Maysel, Clay County, WV, passed away Sunday, November 03, 2013.

Born April 11, 1929, on the old Sutton Farm in Big Otter, he was the son of the late Ernest Sutton and Louise Davis Sutton.

He attended school at Hively until 1941. In 1946 he moved to Charleston and began working at the West Virginia Brick Company, before being drafted in 1951 into the United States Army. He served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1953 before re-enlisting in 1955. He served for 24 years in the Army protecting his nation honorably abroad in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Germany, as well as at home in Hawaii, Alaska and other bases across the United States. After retiring from the Army in 1976, he moved to Orlando with his wife, Mary Bailey Sutton, whom he married in 1955. Mary Passed away in 1991 after a long illness. While his passion was his military service to America, he went to work restoring and renovating airplanes in Florida. His hobbies included wood-turning and furniture making, which showcased his gifted talents and earned him respect among his friends in the professions’ social clubs, to which he also belonged. He also enjoyed returning home frequently to the Mountain State for family reunions and for family hunting and fishing trips.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elsie Mollohan, Mary Hanshaw, Clara Shreve and Margaret Osborne, and his brothers, Orville Sutton and Asa Sutton.

He is survived by his sister, Willa Williams of Stow, Ohio, and his partner of 22 years, Emma Lou Patitucci of Orlando, FL, along with his loving granddaughter, Julie Patitucci of Orlando, FL, and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, who will miss him dearly.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, November 08, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Roger Dunlap officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Hively Cemetery, Wallback.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

William J. “Bill” Shields

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William J. “Bill” Shields

Age 72, of Shawnee Drive, Buckhannon, WV passed Tuesday, November 05, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

He was born on September 21, 1941, in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Hoye and Matilda Shaver Shields.

On February 19, 1966, he was united in marriage to Helen Smith Shields, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth Shields and wife, Renee, of Buckhannon; and Bradley Shields and wife, Dana, of Bridgewater, VA; one grandson, Braden Shields; two sisters, Viola Marie “Nancy” Ruby of Murray, KY; and Glenna May Pauley of New Brunswick, Canada; and three brothers, Melvin Shields of Weston, WV; John Shields of Weston; and Don Shields of Flatwoods, WV.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary, and four brothers, Roy, Clyde, Glen and Grant “Jimmie” Shields.

Mr. Shields was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War. He was a former employee of Moore Business Forms with 30 years of service. He was later employed by the Stonewall Jackson Lake Marina. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed bluegrass music, gardening, feeding the birds and spending time with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to hunt and fish. He was a fan of the WVU Mountaineers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 07, 2013, from 5 to 8 PM at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The funeral will be held on Friday, November 08, 2013, at 11 AM at the funeral chapel with Pastor Tim Lewis officiating.

Interment will follow in the Heaters Cemetery, where the Lewis County Honor Guard will conduct military honors.

The Shields family has entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

Theodore Malcolm Holbert

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Theodore Malcolm Holbert

Age 74, was born in Lewis County, WV on April 04, 1939: son of Mabel Alta Whitehair Holbert and Jesse Holbert.

Ted spent 20-years in the Army including two tours in Vietnam. After leaving the army he worked for Taylor Enterprises for 15-years and drove a school bus for Jefferson County Board of Education for nine-years.

Ted loved to bowl and cook. He also played cards at the VFW and visited with his many friends. He especially loved the yearly family reunions in WV. He helped raise money for the Crusade for Children and he was a member of Shively Lodge 951 F and AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, David, Daniel, Dennis and Frank; and two sisters, Sandra and Kathy.

Left to mourn him are his wife, Faye; his daughter, Sarah; three step-daughters, Selena (Joe) Ballantine, Felicia (Andy) Hankins and Veronica Jones; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, Jack and sister, Peggy Reynolds, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Service was held at noon Wednesday at W.G. Hardy Funeral Home and Cremation Service with burial in Kentucky Veteran Cemetery Central.

Visitation was held Tuesday, from 2:00 - 8:00 PM, and after 10:00 AM, on Wednesday, until service time.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Crusade for Children.

Jimmy Dale Yeager

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Jimmy Dale Yeager

Age 59, of Grantsville, WV, passed away at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Clarksburg November 03, 2013.

He was born in Elyria, Ohio, December 30, 1953, a son of the late William Granville and Sharon Giar Yeager.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a Commander at the Grantsville VFW Post 5959.

He is survived by finance Shirley Richards; one son Andre Yeager; two daughters, Cheryl Roman and Meryam Chumley; one brother, William Yeager of Parkersburg WV; two sisters, Sherrie Hardman and April Tubbs.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents by sons Jimmy and Darren Yeager; grandparents Ottie and Kizzie Yeager and Leo and Geneva Giar.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday November 16, 2013 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Bob Yoak officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the services.

At his request, Jimmy was cremated.

His remains will be scattered by family at the Yeager-Westfall Cemetery on Lower Run, Lockney following the services.

Melanie Jo VanScoy Doak

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Melanie Jo VanScoy Doak

Age 65 of West Union, WV formerly of Gilbert passed into eternity on Sunday, November 03, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born at Parkersburg on March 18, 1948 the only child of James M. and Helen E. Groves VanScoy.

On June 15, 1968 she married her sweetheart Ronnie Carl Doak and was married for 45 years.

Ronnie and Melanie resided in Gilbert from 1973-1999 where they raised two children, Marla J. Swentzel, West Union, Phillip Joel Doak, Mooresville, NC. Melanie was the grandmother of Paige Swentzel, Morgantown and Johnathan Cole Swentzel, West Union. She was also the proud future Mother-In-Law of Nicole Gamble, Mooresville, NC.

Melanie was a 1966 graduate of Doddridge County High School. She was a homemaker and loved flower gardening, cake decorating, doing crafts and cooking.

Melanie was Pentecostal by faith and loved her Lord and Savior. She was a member of West Union Assembly of God Church where she had been a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher. Anyone that met Melanie was touched by her kindness, the fact she never knew a stranger, her laughter, her joy and her love of her Savior Jesus Christ. Her witness, faith, and caring will precede her in the memories of the family, friends and strangers who’s lives she touched.

The family of Melanie would like to thank the caring hearts and hand of People’s Hospice who helped the family during the last few weeks of her life. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to People’s Hospice 327 Medical Park Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330

Funeral services will be conducted in the West Union Assembly of God Church 203 Neely Ave. West Union on Friday, November 08, 2013 at 7:00 PM with Mike Tolley presiding.

The family will receive friends the same day in the church from 3:00 - 8:00 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Doak family.

Carroll Lee “Butch” Parrish

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Carroll Lee “Butch” Parrish

Age 73, of Petroleum, WV, passed away November 02, 2013, at his residence.

Butch was born March 31, 1940, in Jackson County, a son of the late Roscoe and Georgia Fae Anderson Parrish.

He had worked over 10 years at the Diamond Glass Plant, Vienna, WV, was retired from the Teamsters Union as a truck driver.

He attended Pine View Baptist Church in Wirt County.

Butch loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time with his family which included starting up a new business “Parrish Trucking” with his sons.

He is survived by two sons, Scott Parrish (Diane) of Cox’s Mills, WV and Kevin Parrish (Danielle) of Vienna; one daughter, Shelly Modesitt; seven grandchildren, Tyler Parrish, Sandra Eagle, Michael Lee Horner, Andrew Parrish, Nathaniel Parrish, Riley Parrish and Cheyanne Morgan; one great-grandchild, Kahlen Grace Parrish; and one sister, Vera Wigal (Ronnie) of Washington, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Dee Smith Parrish; one sister, Anna Belle Parrish; and two brothers, Raymond and Bill Parrish.

A memorial service will be at 7 PM Saturday, November 09, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, with Pastor Paul Drake officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Saturday prior to the services.

Judith Ann Staley

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Judith Ann Staley

Age 79, of Rosedale, WV, passed away November 04, 2013 at Braxton Health Care Center, Sutton, WV.

She was born July 18, 1934 in Kentucky a daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Jane Chapel Zimmerman.

She was a homemaker and loved to paint.

She was a member of the Rosedale Alliance Church.

She was preceded in death by husband, Paul Staley in 2007.

She is survived by Pastor Trevor Morris and wife, Emily and her church family and many friends.

At Judith’s request her body will be cremated.

A memorial service will be 11 AM Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Rosedale Alliance Church with Pastor Travis Morris officiating.

A reception will follow at the Rosedale Community Center.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

August “Gus” Mackenzie

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August “Gus” Mackenzie

Age 48 of Sinking Creek Rd., Cox’s Mills, WV departed this life at 4:40 PM, Saturday, November 02, 2013 at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born December 03, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Elmer Mackenzie of Carmichaels, PA; and Margaret Steskel-Mackenzie of Cox’s Mills, WV.

August worked in the heating and cooling industry as a repair man. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, cooking, playing the piano, gardening, and being an avid reader.

Along with his parents, August is survived by his sister, Nancy Mackenzie-Truran and husband Paul of Carmichaels, PA; and nephews Colin and Liam Truran also of Carmichaels, PA.

Gus’s request for cremation has been honored.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of August Mackenzie with arrangements.

LaVerna Ruth Deem

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LaVerna Ruth Deem

Age 66, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life November 01, 2013 at Parkersburg, WV.

She was born August 26, 1947 in Harrisville, WV, the daughter of the late Everett “Buster” and Lorene V. Metz Reed.

Mrs. Deem was a homemaker. Mrs. Deem was a woman of strong faith who deeply loved her family. She was particularly committed to her husband, children and grandchildren. She loved cooking and trying new recipes, and collecting cookbooks. She also dearly loved working in her flower beds and collecting penguins.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Clifford Eugene Deem Sr., Harrisville, WV; two sons, Clifford Eugene Deem Jr. and wife Susan, Morgantown, WV, Brian Lee Deem, and wife Anna, Gilbert, AZ; five grandchildren, Courtney, 14, Jonathan, 11, Zachary, 9, Kailey, 8, and Gracelynn, 5. Mrs. Deem also had a number of close nieces and nephews including Bettina Dawson who provided special care and undivided attention to her during the last several weeks of her life.

Mrs. Deem was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with the minister Jack Bell and the minister David Adams officiating.

Interment will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends called at the funeral home Monday, November 04, 2013 from 4-8 PM and from 12:00-2:00 PM on the day of the service.

Edith Shepherd Hall

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Edith Shepherd Hall

known to all her friends as Kay, age 67, of Elmira, WV passed away Sunday November 03 at CAMC Memorial from a long illness

Kay was born on August 22, 1946, at Wilsie, WV, she was the daughter to the late Guy Robert Shepherd and Charlotte Ann Nichols Shepherd. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers; Robert, Jr. and Kenneth and sister; Phyllis Paintiff (Robert).

She was a homemaker, Kay loved to quilt, and make crafts. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Surviving; husband; George, sons; George Hall, Jr., of Tallahassee, FL, and Michael Ray Hall of Rockhill, SC., daughter Angela Eckensberger (Scott) of Largo, FL, sisters; Irene Morris (Joseph) of Sutton, and Sandra Belt (Tony) of Elkview, brother; Cecil Shepherd of Clay, eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted 7:00 PM Thursday, November 07, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton with Arliss “Butch” Rexroad officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Kay has donated her body to the Marshall University School of Medicine for research to help other people with her condition. She always liked to help other people.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 15120 Chicago, IL 60693.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hall family

Wynona “Winnie” Brannon Stalnaker

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Wynona “Winnie” Brannon Stalnaker

Age 103, of Normantown, West Virginia, (Grass Run Community), departed this life early Saturday morning, November 02, 2013 at her home surrounded by family.

Born January 20, 1910 on Grass Run, Gilmer County,  Winnie was the daughter of the late O. A. Collins and Goldye Brannon.

Winnie was a homemaker who spent most of her life caring for her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,  great-great-grandchildren, tending to her flowers, gardening, and hunting.

Winnie was a member of the Hardman Fork Baptist Church where she attended faithfully until at the age of 98 her declining health prevented regular attendance. A devout Christian, Winnie gave years of her life to the Church, her family, and her community.  She will be dearly missed by all.

In February, 1927, she was united in marriage to Okey Stalnaker Jr. who preceded her in death on September 02, 1983.

Surviving are two sons, Okey Lee Stalnaker and wife Margaret of Normantown and Bill Stalnaker and wife Betty of Glenville, two daughters-in-law, Audra Stalnaker of Normantown and Marito Stalnaker of Glenville,  one sister, June Kyer of Round Mountain, California.

She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren,  Barbara Miller and husband Mike of Normantown,  Judy Stalnaker of Normantown,  Sandi Rankin of Mentor, OH; Sherri Stalnaker of Normantown,  Ron Stalnaker and wife Gina of Bridgeport,  Mike Stalnaker and wife Terri of Glenville,  Pat Stalnaker of Glenville, Donna Curtin and husband George D. of Webster Springs,  Steve Stalnaker and wife Helen of Parkersburg,  Phil Stalnaker and wife Stacia of Pittsburg, PA; Tammy Hough and husband Gerry of Weston,  Bill Stalnaker and wife Debbie of Glenville, and Susie Stalnaker-Ware and husband Joe of Glenville.  There are also twenty four great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and husband, Winnie was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald Gene Stalnaker and Richard Lloyd “Dick” Stalnaker,  one granddaughter in-law, Robin Stalnaker, one great-great grandson Mason Cody Stalnaker and a host of brothers and sisters.

The family would like to extend special thanks to caregivers, Ruth Goodrich, Mayme McNemar, Roberta Smith, Tammy Statler, and Hospice Care for their wonderful care.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Dr., Glenville, WV; 26351 at 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 05, 2013 with Elder Richard Westfall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville, WV.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM Monday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Wynona “Winnie” Brannon Stalnaker with arrangements.

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