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Fay E. Crites

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Fay E. Crites

Age 93, of Berlin Road, Weston, WV passed away peacefully at 12 Noon on Monday November 11, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness.

She was born on February 09, 1920 in Newlon, Upshur County a daughter of the late Omer Judson Eskew and Freda Eliza Roth Eskew

On March 11, 1942 she married Reverend Clyde S. Crites and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until his passing on February 13, 2007.

She is survived by two daughters: Sharon Rose Harper of Berlin and Sheila Diann Carpenter and husband, Theodore Robert, of Buckhannon; granddaughter, Janet Lynn Cutright and husband Bruce and great-grandson, Blade, of Jane Lew; one sister, Rose Alderman of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers: Clifford, Dane, Carl and Clark Eskew and one sister, Nora Eckelberry.

Fay enjoyed bird watching, flower and vegetable gardening, canning, and watching Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Price Is Right. She was a kind soul who loved bible study and was a faithful and active member of the Haleville Union Mission Church in Weston. She treasured time spent with family and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

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

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend William JB Gum and the Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Berlin.

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

Edward Dean Byrd

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Edward Dean Byrd

Age 61, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at his residence following a sudden illness.

He was born in Weston on September 10, 1952: son of the late Eugene Byrd and Leah June (Trosper) Byrd.

Mr. Byrd is survived by three sisters: Dorothy Hatfield of Blacksburg, VA, Margie (Roger) Freshour of Glenville and Deanna (Andy) Clark of Weston and brother: Charles (Carol) Alfred of Baltimore, MD. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by one sister: Patricia Brown.

Mr. Byrd was an employee of H & K Casting of Weston for five years and was a handyman for several odd jobs. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the “Class of 1970.” He loved to ride Harley Davidson’s and enjoyed Bluegrass music. Mr. Byrd was a veteran of the United States Navy and spent two tours in Vietnam.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Edward Dean Byrd.

Jeryl Mae Lipscomb

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Jeryl Mae Lipscomb

Age 72, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Monday, November 11, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

Jeryl was born May 25, 1941 in Marshall County, WV, a daughter of the late Ralph and Helen (Delval) Hyde, Sr.

She spent the majority of her life as a loving homemaker for her family and also worked for 14 years as a dietary aide at the former Shepard Nursing Home of Ellenboro, WV.

She is survived by her loving husband, David Lipscomb; sons, David Lipscomb, Jr. (Lisa) of West Milford, WV; Darrel Lipscomb (Tabi) of Rixeyville, VA, and Steven Lipscomb of Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Cody & Trevor Lipscomb, Kayla Willoughy (Ben), Mallory Brock (Paul), Reese, Tanner, Dustin, & Weston Lipscomb, along with her brother, Robert “Bob” Hyde (Dee), of Beavertown, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Hyde, Jr. and half sister, Shirley Gossic.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Friday, November 15, 2013, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with High Priest Bob Anderson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12 Noon - 1 PM on Friday at the funeral home.

Clarence Duane Evans

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Clarence Duane Evans

Age 72, of the Smithburg community, passed away on his way to United Hospital Center on Monday, November 11, 2013 due to a heart attack.

Duane was born on November 15, 1940 to the late Clarence W. and Anita J. Snyder Evans.

Duane married Joan Phyllis James Evans (who survives) on June 30, 1961.

They had two children; daughter, Cassandra “Sandy” Ewing and her husband (and Duane’s very close son-in-law) William B. Ewing, Smithburg community and son, Craig Duane Evans, Black Lick Sandy currently works at the North Central Regional Jail as a receptionist and Craig worked with his Dad at Evans Dozer Service. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Clayton and Sarah Evans; two brothers, Jerry (Janice) Evans and Randy (Candi) Evans; two sisters, Susie (Robert) Marino and Betty (William) Reed and several nieces and nephews.

In his early life, Duane attended Sherwood Grade School and Doddridge County High School. He worked on his parent’s dairy farm in his early adulthood after his father injured his back and was incapable of running the farm. Duane then worked for the State Road, B&K Tractors, Greer Brothers, Marble Cliff, Black Rock, Ward Construction, and J F Allen. After his long string of successful jobs, he decided to open Evans Dozer Service in 1981, where he offered such services cutting timber, excavation, and, most recently, well location construction. Throughout his life, he worked on such things as Rt. 50, I-79, Corridor H, Fairview Shell, Fairview Diner, The Fairview, and over 100 various wells. Duane was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #132. He was also Protestant by faith throughout his entire life.

Duane was known for his kindness and charisma; anyone who was around him was not a stranger for long. Duane could hold a conversation about anything and everything. Even the night before his heart attack, he was at the Fairview Shell, where he could almost always be found, helping a person who he had never met, patch a tire. In addition to his conversation skills, Duane had an avid work ethic, he would work from dawn to dusk 7 days a week. If a job ever needed done, he was always on the scene to do what was needed. One of his best qualities and worst flaws was he was always giving; whether that be his time, aid, or work to anyone in need.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1 PM with Pastor Robert McClanen presiding.

Family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 3-8 PM.

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

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Doddridge County Humane Society, 1286 Wiseman Run, Salem, WV 26426.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Evans family.

Sarah “Ann” Loyd

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Sarah “Ann” Loyd

Age 70, of Heaters, WV, passed away November 06, 2013 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She was born April 19, 1943 a daughter of the late Cecil and Susan Posey Loyd.

Ann loved to watch” Saturday Night Live” and was an avid WVU fan.

She is survived by sisters, Mary Loyd of Heaters, Bettie Kirchner (Jerry) of Columbia, SC and Polly Jones (Bill) of Oak Hill; brothers, Raymond Lloyd (Loretta) of Lockport, NY, Jerry Loyd (Jeannie) of Mount Clare, Eugene Loyd (Janet) of Gassaway, Frank Loyd (Sheila) of Sutton and Billy Joe Loyd of Heaters; nephew, Gary Loyd and niece, Martha Pugh whom she helped raise; very special nephew, Little Delmer.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by brothers, William James Loyd and Freddie Ray Loyd; sister, Emma Lea Stout and her husband, Burton.

Service will be 2 PM Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.

Burial will be in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Marshall Allen Barnhouse

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Marshall Allen Barnhouse

Age 56, of Gilmer County, WV, passed away on Thursday, November 07, 2013 at his home.

He was born November 09, 1956 in Roane County, WV, a son of Roberta Nichols Barnhouse of Virginia and the late Donald Barnhouse.

He was a self employed logger.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Emma Minney Barnhouse; a daughter, Shannon Cole of VA; a grandson, Siaire Reign Brown of VA; a brother, Donald (Joellen) Barnhouse of NC; a sister, Robin (Lee) Walker of VA; an aunt, Hellen (Ronnie) Batten of Spencer, WV; an uncle, Pete (Ruth) Nichols of Spencer; and several more aunts and uncles.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harrison and Rebecca Nichols and Virgil and Dorsie Barnhouse.

At Marshall’s request, he was cremated with no visitation or service.

His ashes will be spread on his farm in Gilmer County.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of the arrangements.

Berton H. Grimm

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Berton H. Grimm

formerly of Kanawha Run, Sutton, WV passed away on Monday, November 04, 2013 at Elder Care Health and Rehabilitation in Ripley, WV.

He was born on January 19, 1931 in Holly, WV a son of the late John William Grimm and Lula Myrtle (Rose) Grimm.

On August 2, 1958 he married Freda Marie (Engel) Grimm.

In addition to his parents Mr. Grimm was preceded in death by brothers Buren Grimm, Byron Grimm, Boyd Grimm, Buell Grimm, and Billy Grimm, sisters Ocie Wilmoth, Ora Eubank, and Vergie Skidmore.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters Deborah Smith and husband (Doug) of Akron, OH, Sandra Kay Day and husband William of Sewickley, PA, and one son Gary Wayne Grimm. He is also survived by grandchildren Holly Cumming and husband George, Jennifer Keefer and husband Steve, Dalton Day, Garrett Day, Taylor Grimm, Tyler Grimm and Brandon Grimm, great grandchildren Brady Adkins, Camdyn Cummings, and Austin Keefer. Mr. Grimm is also survived by one brother Berl Grimm of Cleveland, OH, one sister Ola Groff of Sutton, WV, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Grimm was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Ripley, WV.

Mr. Grimm loved to hunt, fish, go boating, and playing golf his favorite golfer was Phil Mickelson. He was also a WVU football fanatic and he also kept an immaculate yard and it was a well-known fact that you were not allowed to park on the grass. Mr. Grimm’s greatest joy was spending time with his Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, November 09, 2013 from 2-4 PM at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV.

Funeral services will follow visitation in the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home Chapel at 4:00 PM with Reverend Darrell Tackett officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimers’s association at

The Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the family of Berton H. Grimm.

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.

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