Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Camden “Cam” Davis Hudkins

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Camden “Cam” Davis Hudkins

Age 76, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at home surrounded by his family after a battle with mesothelioma cancer.

He was born August 5, 1937 in Caress,WV, to the late Cecil Guy and Dora Pearl Krafft Hudkins.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was a Union heavy equipment operator, mechanic, contruction worker,logger and EMT.

Camden was a devoted Christian and Reverend.

He assisted in the creation of the Braxton County Little League and Braxton County Emergency Squad. He was an advocate for the Morrison Ridge waterline extension. He enjoyed going to church and reading The Bible, geneology, baseball, football, hunting, farming, camping and spending time with family. Camden always welcomed family and friends. He was known as “Smiley” to his coworkers. He never knew a stranger.

Camden is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 49 years, Loretta “Sharon” Harris Hudkins. Daughters: Lisa(Keith) Brown, Lori (Melvin) Showalter, Lynn (Jeff) Hatmaker, Libby (Dave) McQuain, Lindsey Hudkins and Leslie Hudkins, all of Airport Rd., Sutton, WV. Son: Timothy (Walkeria) Hudkins of Wilsie, WV. Grandchildren: Bryan and Logan Brown, Dusty Hudkins, Cameron Showalter, Tristan and Benton Hatmaker, Zack and Zoey McQuain; one great-grandson, Bryson Moats. He is also survived by sister-in- laws, Leta Hudkins of Sutton,WV, Velma Hudkins of Charleston, WV, a special niece, Aerwanna (Dave) Frame of Sutton,WV and several loving nieces,nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by Brothers: Carl “Cracker”, Teddy, Calvin, Gene and twin brother, Clark Hudkins; Sisters: Laura Gillispie, Elsa Pugh, Maxine King, Goldie Helmick and Lena Hudkins.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV on Friday, November 01 from 5-8 PM and on Saturday, November 02 from 11 AM-1 PM.

Funeral services will be held at Stockert- Sizemore Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, November 02 at 1 PM with the Rev.Rodney England and Rev.John Wiley officiating.

Funeral services will be followed with full military honors for Camden conducted by the Braxton County American Legion Post 33.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be serving the Hudkins Family.

Roger Lee Harris

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Roger Lee Harris

Age 55, of Shock, West Virginia, passed away October 28, 2013.

He was born March 21, 1958, a son of the late George and Emilie Leach Harris.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Miller Harris of Shock, WV; son Lucas Harris and two daughters, Staci (Nate) Lockett and Lydia Harris, all of Wooster, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Autumn and Curtis Harris and Tyler , Zachary, and Ciera Lockett; 4 sisters; 1 brother; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Glenna Miller; brother-in-law, Wayne Norris; and niece, Kacy Harris.

He was employed for over 30 years at the Gerstenslager Company of Wooster, Ohio.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Shock, WV.

Funeral services will be held at 12 PM Friday, November 01, 2013 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Vernon Kerns will officiate.

Interment will be in the Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt Zion, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 AM to 12 PM Friday, prior to the funeral service.

Chief Dave Berry

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Chief Dave Berry

Age 85, of Webster Springs, WV, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1928, in Webster County, to Walt G. and Lillian (Dobbins) Berry, and retired from the United States Postal Service after 45 years of service.

He was a lifelong resident of Webster County and was honorably discharged from the United States National Guard. He was a member of the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department for 66 years and was fire chief for 62 years. He will be missed by his family, his friends and all the members of the fire department.

Dave is survived by his wife, Helen Jean Berry; daughter, Kim Groves of Webster Springs; sister, JoAnn Mazzio of New Mexico; and granddaughter, Kyla M. Groves of Morgantown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sue Dowis.

Friends joined the family for visitation on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 6-9 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.

Funeral services to celebrate Dave’s life was held on Sunday at 1 PM at the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dave’s memory to the WSVFD, P.O. Box 291, Webster Springs, WV 26288.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Robert Andrew “Andy” Knight

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Robert Andrew “Andy” Knight

Age 67 of Nutter Fork Community, Doddridge County, WV, passed away October 27, 2013 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born September 21, 1946 on Nutter Fork, on his family farm, a son of the late Leo “Dick” Knight and Glenna (Kinney) Knight.

Andy retired after 30 years service for Bell Atlantic, which is now Verizon. He was an installer/repairman and had worked out of the West Union and Pennsboro offices. He was an avid outdoors-man and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Andy was a great storyteller and had a great sense of humor. He always wanted to hear people laugh.

Andy was a member of the Smithburg United Methodist Church where he formerly held numerous church positions.

Surviving is his loving wife of 40 years, Diana Lynne (Cox) Knight, two daughters: April Heather Knight-Trent (John) of Stockton, NJ and Andrea Brooke Knight Fitzgerald (Mike) of West Union, four grandchildren: Jennifer and Johnathon Trent and Ryan and Kieryn Fitzgerald and a brother Stephen Layne Knight of Martinsburg, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings: Fred and Michael Knight, Pamela Underwood, Patricia Daugherty and Vicky Knight and granddaughter, Autumn Grace Trent.

Funeral services will be Thursday 1 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Bill Davis and Larry Cottrill officiating.

Interment will follow at the Kinney Family Cemetery on Nutter Fork.

Visitation will be Wednesday 4-8 PM and until service time on Thursday.

William H. “Bill” Glass

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William H. “Bill” Glass

Former area resident William Harry “Bill” Glass passed away at the age of 79 on Wednesday morning, October 23, 2013, at the Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Glenville, WV.

He had most recently resided with his son on Newberne Road in Cox’s Mills, but had been raised in the Chester area.

He was born at home in Hookstown on February 14, 1934, a son of the late Virginia Day and TheodoreDwight “T.D.“ Glass. A 1952 graduate of the former Chester High School, Bill served during the Korean War with the U.S. Army.

For many years, he was associated with his family business, T.D. Glass and Sons Registered Herefords, and had also been a truck driver before re-locating to Florida in 1972, where he owned and operated two tire companies. After spending 10 years in New Jersey, Bill returned to The Villages, Fla., and in 1985, he married the former Annie Nichols, whom he had first met in high school in 1951 and was re-acquainted with upon moving to Florida. Annie passed away on July 26, 2010, and soon afterward, Bill moved to the Cox’s Mills, WV, area to be nearer to his family there.

A longtime member of Hookstown Free Methodist Church, Bill also belonged to the Newberne Methodist Church in Glenville.

Bill loved people of all ages, and especially enjoyed coaching and mentoring young people through Little League football, both here and in Florida. Although he was happiest when he had someone to talk to, he also loved the outdoors. An avid hunter, he was still in search of the next big deer, up until the time of his illness.

Surviving him is a daughter, Vicki Glass, of Glenville, WV; and a son, Steve Glass and his wife, Linda, of Cox’s Mills, WV; a stepson, Brad Bailey and his wife, Kathy, of Tinton Falls, NJ, survive as well as three grandchildren: Emmie Glass, Amanda Gadney and her husband, Dane, and Austin Glass. A great-granddaughter, Ava Jo Gadney, survives as well. There are two step-grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Bailey, along with a sister, Sandra McCuen, of Auburn, GA.

Preceding Bill in death were two brothers, Ted Glass and Dick Glass. He was also preceded by his first wife, Marlene Dunham, who passed away in 1984.

Friends visited at the Dawson Funeral Home on Sunday, where the family will be present from 4-6 PM.

Services was held at the funeral home at 11 AM on Monday, with the Rev. Wilmer J. Olszewski of the Hookstown Free Methodist Church officiating.

Burial took place at Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, followed by a continued time of fellowship at the Dawson Family Center.

Patricia Ann Radabaugh

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Patricia Ann Radabaugh

Age 45, of Reedy WV, passed away suddenly at her home on October 24, 2013.

She was born on January 15, 1968 in Trona California, a daughter of James and Kathleen Smith.

She is survived by her sons Dustin and Patrick Radabaugh; daughter Andrea Hill; former husband Willard ‘Ray’ Radabaugh (Juanita Nicholas); brother James E. Smith; sisters Tammy Gross and Karen Smith; mother-in-law Annabell Stump (Herman); sisters-in-law Norma Nicholas and Barbara McCumbers; brother-in-law Jeffery Radabaugh as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her father James Smith, by her father-in-law Willard Radabaugh.

Funeral services were held Tuesday October 29, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial followed in the Cottrell Cemetery on Frozen Run.

Friends called at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the time of the services

Adell L. Sims

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Adell L. Sims

Age 89, of Sutton, WV, passed away October 28, 2013 at her home.

Adell was born April 01, 1924 to the late Martin Wesley LaFever and Manda Howell in Sparta, TN.

She worked at Sawfield Publishing in Akron, Ohio.

Adell is preceded in death by her husband John Walker Sims.     

She is survived by brother Narmon L. ‘Babe’ LaFever and wife Martha of Dille, WV, and sister Juanita LaBlond of California.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Ramsey Cemetery, Harrison, Clay, WV, with Rev. Paul Frame officiating.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbling serving the Sims family.

Emma Jean Squires (Emogene)

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Emma Jean Squires (Emogene)

Age 82, of Gassaway, WV, passed away on October 24, 2013 following a brief illness.

She resided in Calcutta, Ohio until 2006.

Born June 05, 1931 in Polemic, WV, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Myra Sears. She was retired from Homer Laughlin China.

She is survived by her son, Robert L Squires of Murrells Inlet, SC and daughters in-law Della C Squires of Murrells Inlet, SC and Alice Squires of Lisbon, Ohio; one brother, Cecil Sears of South Bend, Indiana. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Susan Squires-Donatelli of Flemington, NJ, Eric Squires of Little River, SC, David Squires of Salem, Ohio and Matthew Squires of E. Liverpool, Ohio. She is also survived by four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Waymen Squires and son Richard Squires; brothers Ray, Roy and Orval Sears; sisters Ella Cutlip, Della Collins, Nellie Collins and Avanel Williams.

Visitation was held at 12:00 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013, followed by funeral service starting at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV.

Burial was in the Heaters Cemetery, Heaters, WV.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Squires family.

Sharon Lou Robinson Tinney

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Sharon Lou Robinson Tinney

Age 71, of Flatwoods, WV passed from this life on October 25, 2013 to join family and friends that passed before her.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert L. (Bob) Tinney; son, Shannon Tinney of Morgantown; son, Chad Tinney of Sutton; daughter, Laura Tinney of Morgantown; and daughter, Lori Toothman and husband, Dean, of Barrackville; twin sister, Karen Sue Frame and brother, Paul Robinson, both of Sutton. She is also survived by six grandchildren who meant the world to her: Dustin Tinney of Lorena, TX; Nathaniel Tinney of Morgantown; Taylor Toothman of Barrackville; Tylan Toothman of Barrackville; Camille Tinney of Clarksburg; and Brianna Tinney of Lorena, TX; and great granddaughter Adelyn Spurlock of Poca.

She is preceded in death by parents Hoy and Ada Hudkins Robinson; brother Hoy Robinson, Jr.; sisters Zelia Robinson, Eloise Farner, Thelma Roberts, Velma Snyder, Fern Frame, Georgia Rhodes, Marjorie Boggs, and Mary Catherine Robinson; nephews Joseph Roberts, Jeffrey Roberts, Wesley Frame, Jr., Joseph Frame, and Nathan Robinson; and nieces Terry Farner, Cathy Roberts, Sarah Spencer, and Kathryn Spencer.

At Sharon’s request, her body will be cremated and the family will hold a private celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sutton Public Library, 500 Main Street, Sutton, WV 26601.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Mrs. Frankie Lee Burton

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Mrs. Frankie Lee Burton

Age 87, of Belpre, Ohio, formerly of Coolville, Ohio, passed away October 26, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born December 01, 1926, in Glenville, WV, a daughter of the late Laco Marion and Arlie Ruth Skinner Vanhorn.

Mrs. Burton retired from Camden Clark Medical Center where she was a C.N.A. in labor and delivery and in the operating room. She was a former beautician, having worked at Cox’s Department Store in Parkersburg, and owned her own beauty salon, Burton’s Beauty Salon. She formerly worked at United Livestock Sales in Mineral Wells. She and her husband, Glen, raised and showed quarter horses and American Walkers, and were active in the Coolville Riding Club. She was a member of Gospel Tabernacle Church in south Parkersburg.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C. Glen Burton; one sister, Wilma June Cross; and one brother, Dale Sherwood Vanhorn.

A memorial service will be 1 PM November 02 at Gospel Tabernacle Church in south Parkersburg, with Pastor Wayne Boone officiating.

Burial of her cremains will be at the Vanhorn Family Cemetery in Gilmer County.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services November 02 at the church.

The Lambert-Tatman Funeral and Cremation Services of Belpre, Ohio, is assisting the Burton family.

Suzanna LaJane “Suzie” Wilmoth

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Suzanna LaJane “Suzie” Wilmoth

went home to be with the Lord and dance with the angels on October 23, 2013 after a sudden illness.

She is survived by husband, Randy A. Wilmoth; daughter, Niketta Wilmoth of Clarksburg; parents, James R. and Elsie “Sue” Nicholas Buchanan. She is also survived by brother, James R. Buchanan and wife, Kim; sisters, Crystal Caplinger and husband, Jerry, Janice Moles and husband, Dave, Carol Withrow and husband, Lee; brothers-in-law, Paul and Roger Wilmoth; sisters-in-law, Paulette Long, Flo McNeamer, Jackie Adams, Lou Nicholas, Monika Guzzi, Marlene Pumphrey; numerous nieces and nephews that she loved like her own; Jake, Sarah, Buzzy, Jamie, Jerri, Erica, Trey, Kassee, as well as great nieces and nephews also that were very special to her.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Mike Long officiating.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

At Suzie’s request her body will be cremated following services.

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.

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