Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Bobby James Lane

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Bobby James Lane

of Elyria, OH passed away September 23, 2013.

He was born February 25, 1948 to James and Ina Lane in Lockney, WV.

Bob and his wife, Rosemary, had planned on moving to West Salem, OH in the near future.

He enjoyed mechanical work, riding his Harley, and spending time with his grandchildren. Bobby will always be remembered for his quick wit, kind words, and willingness to help anyone.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rosemary; son, James of Elyria, OH; daughter, Angela (Jeff) Rea of West Salem, OH; granddaughters Jocelyn and Olivia Rea and grandson, Gabe Connelly; sister Leanora (Dayton) Duelley of Wellington, OH; and sisters-in-law Jean Wynieski of Grafton, OH and Sue Lawson of Lagrange, OH and brother-in-law Tony Wynieski of Elyria, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Services were at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery on Saturday, October 05, at 11:00 AM.

The family asked that everyone wear flannel or Harley shirts!

Martha Grace Evans

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Martha Grace Evans

Age 48, of the Black Lick community (Doddridge County, WV) passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 28, 1964 a daughter to Lois Carpenter Murphy, West Union and the late Clem L. Murphy, Jr.

During her life, she mothered two children: Clayton Evans, who is 18 and a freshman at Marietta College and Sarah Evans, who is 15, and a sophomore at Doddridge County High School. Though Martha’s main career was taking care of her children, she could also be occasionally found in the Doddridge County School system, working as a substitute teacher’s aide.

She was a devoted member of the Red Oak Grove Church.

This was her life until April, 2012 when she was diagnosed with esophagus cancer after going to the doctor for what seemed to be trivial stomach pains. Martha’s friends and family were disheartened, but her faith and willingness to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ was an inspiration to all who she touched. As her physical condition worsened, her spiritual condition of faith enhanced. Even in her final days, Martha continued to preach the word to anyone who was in the vicinity of her vocal range. Martha was hospitalized in September for complications brought on by the chemotherapy. Martha touched the life of anyone who came in contact with her for the better, spreading the joy of the Holy Spirit with those who were not experiencing it. Martha leaves behind her two children and mother, however, the only truly bad part is, because of where she is now, she will never be able to share the joy of Christianity to people who do not already know.

Also surviving are Craig Evans, former Husband and close friend, one sister, Robin Travis and husband Smokey, New Milton, two brothers, David Murphy and wife Pauline, Nutter Fork, Mark Murphy, Smithburg and several nieces and nephews. One sister, Janet Lee Murphy preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Robert McClanen presiding.

Interment will follow in the Freeman Cemetery (Crystal Lake).

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 2-8 PM and after 11 AM on Sunday until time of service.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Rosenbaum Family House, P.O. Box 8228 Morgantown, WV 26506.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Evans family.

Lester Eugene Knisely

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Lester Eugene Knisely

Age 84, of North East, MD, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

Born in Troy, WV on March 06, 1929: he was the son of the late Eric and Ethel (Taylor) Knisely.

Mr. Knisely served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was class president of his high school graduating class and captain of the basketball team; a graduate of Glenville State College and earned his master’s degree from West Virginia University.

He retired from Cecil County Schools with over 31-years of service as a teacher and school administrator.

Mr. Knisely was a member of the American Legion Mason Dixon Post 194 of Rising Sun, MD. He enjoyed traveling, camping, yard work and everything about the outdoors. He enjoyed square dancing and loved returning to his home state of West Virginia where he was born and raised. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed the time he got to spend with them.

Survivors include his wife of 64-years, Alice M. (Peters) Knisely; his daughter, Debbie (Scott) Grafton; two grandsons, Jeff (Kate) and Tim Green, all of Elkton; two step-grandsons, Matthew and Mason Grafton; one great-granddaughter, Raina Green; his sister, Dorothy Radcliff of Glenville; and his nephews and niece in WV, Ricky, Eddie and Ann.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 PM, at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., and 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, where the family will receive guests from 5 PM, until the time of the services.

Interment will be on Friday, October 25, at 2 PM, in Carder Cemetery in Alum Bridge, WV.

Lois E. Cunningham

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Lois E. Cunningham

Age 77, of Big Springs, WV passed away at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a long illness.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV on April 07, 1936, a daughter of the late Orval and Rosalea Bell Wilson.

She is survived by sons, Ralph (Debbie) Cunningham and Randy (Doris Ferrell) Cunningham; daughters, Becky (Mark) Johnson and Deeanna (Rick) Baxter; grandchildren Evan (Amanda) Cunningham, Jason Cunningham, Daniel Johnson, Randal (Savanah Church) Johnson, Matthew (Whitney) Cunningham, Richard and William Baxter; great grandchildren, Owen, BoDale, Mandy Kay, Case, Logan, Alissa, Braxton, Silas and Sadie; sisters, Eileen Ullum, Pat Cunningham, Nina Geer, Norma Jones, Martha (Victor) Haddox and Pam (Jerry) Rowley; brothers, Joe Wilson, Mike (Gail) Wilson, Caroll (Sherry) Wilson and Woody Wilson as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband Ralph C. Cunningham and granddaughter Amanda Lea Johnson as well as a brother, Bill Wilson.

A private family service was held on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Burial followed at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery at Big Springs.

Richard Lee Tubesing

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Richard Lee Tubesing

Age 75, of Glenville, WV passed away peacefully at 3:06 AM, on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Sunbridge Care and Rehab for Salem.

He was born on November 25, 1937 in St. Louis MO: son of the late Clarence Claus Tubesing and Letha Ellen Thacker Tubesing.

He is survived by his dear friends, John and Jeannie Zsigray of Glenville.

Rick realized the value of education and graduated with a B.A. degree in English from Yale University, M.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a MOS degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University.

Rick was an honored Lt. veteran of the U.S., Navy Reserves. During his distinguished academic career, he was employed by the Baltimore Public Library as a head librarian, University of Louisville as assistant director, Atlanta Public Library as department head, Lewis College as director, University of Toledo as department head, College of Southwest as a director and Glenville State College as a longtime library director of the Robert F. Kidd Library.

He strived to open and inspire the minds of the students everyday by bringing vast knowledge to their fingertips. He was also an accomplished author, avid reader and a National Geographic enthusiast. He enjoyed animals, flower gardening and jewelry making.

Rick’s request for cremation has been honored and his friends will have a private Memorial Service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Road in in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the friends of Richard Tubesing.

Larry Joe Loudin

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Larry Joe Loudin

Age 77, of Sutton, WV passed away on Monday October 21, 2013 at CAMC General Division, Charleston.

He was born July 30, 1936 in Clarksburg, WV, the son of the late Derries Millhouse and Lelia Estel Bollman Loudin.

Larry was a Costumer Service Representative for Mon Power.

He was a member of Christ Church United Methodist.

He was a graduate of Fairmont College, a member of Sutton Loins Club, a Navy veteran, member of The Sons of the Revelation and was a volunteer at Braxton Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Lenore Snyder Loudin, son, David Loudin of King George, VA, daughter, Susan Loudin Mace and husband Mark of Staunton, VA, grandchildren; Amy Loudin, Beth Loudin, Scott Loudin, Colin Clark, and Conor Clark.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Kingwood, WV with the Rev. Jenny Williams officiating.

Family will receive friends 6-8 PM Saturday October 26, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

The family suggest donations to be made to: Braxton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 100 Hoylman Dr. Gassaway, WV 26624.

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

Cora “Sue” Lazzelle

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Cora “Sue” Lazzelle

age 81, of Greenacres, FL, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, following a long illness.

She was born August 06, 1932 in Weston, WV: the daughter of Ammon Goff and Alma Lorena Lough Butcher, both deceased.

Sue was retired from Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, FL, where she worked in medical records.

She is survived by one sister, Janie Wilt of Lost Creek; two brothers, Ammon (Ruby) Butcher, Jr., of Brandywine; Clare (Patty) Butcher of Fairview Park, Ohio; three daughters, Debbie (Steve) Booth of Greenacres, FL, Lisa McGee of Lexington, KY, and Traci (Stephen) Miller of Wellington, FL; five granddaughters, one grandson, two great-grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Leon Lazzelle, seven sisters, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Lost Creek Methodist Church on Saturday, October 26, at 1 PM with Pastor Karen Brown officiating, followed by interment at Waldeck Cemetery in Weston.

Bobby Gene Roberts

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Bobby Gene Roberts

Age 82, WV Hwy 5 West, Glenville, (Lower Cedar Creek Community), departed this life on Wednesday, October 22, 2013 at his residence, surrounded by family and friends following an extended illness.

Born February 25, 1931 in Pike County, Kentucky, son of the late Sam and Madge Bell Roberts.

Bobby Gene was a farmer all his life, he also had a sawmill, and timber service.  He retired from the WV Department of Agriculture, in the Animal Health Division, with 23 1/2 years of service, and ran the Roberts Riding Stable for over 10 years. Bobby Gene loved to play music and played at the West Virginia Folk Festival for over 40 years.

He was also a Methodist by faith.

On October 30, 1993 he was united in marriage to Ruth Barnett, who survives at their WV Hwy 5 home.

Surviving are 2 sons, Jeff Roberts and wife Robin of Glenville, WV; and Carl Roberts of Glenville, WV; 3 step-daughters, Jeanne Richards and husband Earnest of Lockney, WV;  Jenny Starcher of Glenville, WV; and Barbara Smith of Glenville, WV; and 2 brothers, Reggie Roberts and wife Rose of Glenville, WV; and John Paul Roberts and wife Doris “Mug” of Glenville, WV. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bobby Gene was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Madge Bell Roberts.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 26, 2013 with Rev. Joe Sealey and Rev. Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery, WV Hwy 5 west of Glenville at the mouth of Holts Run Road.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 Friday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Bobby Gene Roberts with arrangements.

Letha E. Cunningham

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Letha E. Cunningham

Age 90, of Duck, WV (Clay County), passed away October 21, 2013 at her home following a long illness.

Born in Clay County, she was a daughter of the late Augustus and Sarah Sears Mollohan.

Surviving are sons, Roger, Larry and Jerry and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sons, Darius, Leslie and Jackie Cunningham.

Graveside rites were held Wednesday at the Cunningham Cemetery at Duck with Rev. Lester Tanner officiating.

Stump Funeral Home of Arnoldsburg was in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Lee Davis Hall

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Virginia Lee Davis Hall

Age 89, of Little Birch, WV, formerly of Chapel, WV passed away October 22, 2013 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

She enjoyed gospel music and loved to travel.

She is survived by husband, Paul D. Hall of Little Birch; stepsons, Robert Cunningham of Buckhannon and Philip Cunningham of Wooster, OH; daughter, Colletta Blankenship and husband, Paul of Chapel; grandchildren, Dale Blankenship, Sr. of Chapel, Treena Miller and husband, JP of Chapel, Lisa Davis and Dawn Davis both of Wadsworth, OH, Eric Davis of Sandyhook, KY, Mike Davis of Sutton and Tennille Wotring of Barberton, OH; great grandchildren, Robert “Bud” Blankenship and wife Leanna of Chapel, Mike Blankenship and wife, Leslie of Sutton, Justin Blankenship of Chapel, Dale Blankenship, Jr. and Haylee Blankenship both of Buckhannon, Amber Vaughan of Ashland, KY, Kyle Harpley, Kendall Sears, Olivia Davis, and Lilly Jean Gordon all of Wadsworth, OH, Katherine Watkins of Barberton, OH, Michaela and Madeline Davis both of Buckhannon; great great grandchildren, Jody Blankenship of Chapel, Nevaeh and Payton Blankenship both of Sutton.

She was preceded in death by husband, Chester D. Davis; son, Gene Brennon Davis; sisters, Rita and Rhoda; brother, Paul.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, October 25, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Bobbie Harper, Sr. officiating.

Burial will be in the Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

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Roy Denzil Murphy

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Roy Denzil Murphy

Age 77, passed Sunday October 19, 2013 in Waxhaw, NC; with sister, Annabelle, Neice,  Jennifer, and caregiver at his side.

Born February 26, 1936 in Gilmer County, WV; son of the late William Raymond and Sylvia Marie Snyder Murphy.

Denzil was a graduate of Sand Fork High School, Class of 1955. He loved sports, especially WVU Football and NASCAR. In 1990, he was retired from Timken Co., Canton, OH., as a steel worker with 34 years and 4 months service. 

Denzil is survived by 4 sisters, Edna Walton and husband Glenn of Bridgeport, WV; Annabelle Kramlick of Waxhaw, NC; Lois Cain and husband Richard of Catonsville, MD; and Marie Slavinsky of Crosby, TX. Also surviving are 4 nieces and 4 nephews.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers Kathy Clyburn and Karen Vincent.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV. 26351 at 3:00 PM Wednesday, October 23, 2013 with Merlon Howell officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, WV Hwy 5 West of Glenville.

Friends may call from 1:00-3:00 PM Wednesday at the Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzhiemer’s Association or Novant Health Hopsice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Roy Denzil Murphy with arrangements.

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