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Raymond Freshour

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Raymond Freshour

Age 65, of Camden, WV passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Raymond was born November 05, 1946 in Germany: the son of the late Kenneth and Anna Frashour.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Branda Frashour of Camden; one son, Steven Frashour and his wife, Carissa Frashour; two grandchildren, Jared and Adriana of Nutterfort.

Also surviving are brothers, Charles, Rogers, Kevin, Wayne and Kenny Freshour and one sister, Linda Minigh.

At his request, there will be no visitation or services scheduled.

There will be a family burial service at a later date at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Richard F. Detamore

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Richard F. Detamore

Age 24, of 1038 Smith Run Road, Weston, West Virginia, passed away in Morgantown, West Virginia from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born on July 06, 1988 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital son of Richard W. Detamore and Deanna J. (Parker) Detamore of Weston.

On December 27, 2009 he married Ashley (Tinnel) Detamore who survives.

In addition to his father, mother, and wife he is survived by two children Aleigha Ann Detamore and Richard Caden Detamore both at home. Richard is also survived by one sister Bobbi J. Riddle and husband Robert of Huntington, West Virginia, two nieces: Samantha Jean Riddle, Alexis Marie Riddle, and one nephew: Christian Lee Frame.

Richard worked for Nabors Well Service as a Rouster. Richard was a big Marshall University football fan. Richard enjoyed doing anything outdoors especially hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and football. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends especially his children.

Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robie Godfrey officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Richard F. Detamore.

Mary Wilmoth

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Mary Wilmoth

Age 91, of Normantown, WV departed this life at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born January 23, 1921 in Gilmer County, WV a daughter of the late Joe Frank and Olga Kennedy James.

Mary was a homemaker and member of the Steer Run Missionary Baptist Church at Normantown.

She was a quilter and who took great pleasure in making her quilts, often giving them to family and friends.  She also loved her flowers and gardening.

On May 17, 1947 she was united in marriage to Leonard Wilmoth who preceded her in death September 01, 1010.

Surviving:  a son, Joe Wilmoth and wife Patricia of Normantown; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Dawson Wilmoth of Grantsville, wife of the late Larry Steve Wilmoth.

5 grandchildren survive:  Jennifer Wilmoth of Toledo, OH; Ryan Wilmoth of Parkersburg; Steve Wilmoth of Grantsville, WV; James Wilmoth and wife Jessica of Grantsville, WV; and Andrew Wilmoth of Normantown, WV.

4 great-grandchildren survive:  Isaiah and Braden Wilmoth; Nicholas Cottrell and Kaden Roughton.

2 step-great-grandchildren survive:  Ray and Dartagnan Atkinson.

1 sister survives:  Frances Chadwell of Normantown.  She is also survived by 3 brothers-in-law:  Leamon Turner of Normantown, Jesse Huff of Weston, Hayward Wilmoth (Judy) of Elyria, OH, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by 1 grandson, Steven Lee Wilmoth, one great-granddaughter, Jasmine Cottrell, 2 brothers, Jack and Ewing James, sisters, Bess Norman, Ruth Turner, Joan Huff, and Maple Dehart, and a brother-in-law, Dallas Chadwell.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Lower Steer Run Missionary Baptist Church, 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 14, 2012 with Elder Mark Minney officiating.

Burial will follow in the James Cemetery.  Friends may call 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville and one hour prior to services at the Church.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Mary Wilmoth with arrangements.

Delores Jean Wilson Dodrill

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Delores Jean Wilson Dodrill

Age 76, of Garfield Heights, OH formally of Strange Creek, WV died July 10, 2012 in Ohio.

Jean was the loving wife of Carrol “Sam” Dodrill whom preceeded her in death.

She was born on May 30, 1936.

Jean attended Hillview Baptist Church in Parma, OHio and is a member of Peoples Community Church in Duck, WV.

She was a Homemaker.

She is the loving Mother of Debbie Ferrell (Carl) Darrell DeVaney (Nancy), Donna Raleigh (Leo), James Dodrill (Polly) and Carol Basile (Milton). Sister of Ruby Browning,and Jo Midkiff, and Ronald and Donald Wilson, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 14.

She is preceded in death by her parents Worley W and Grace Stiltner Wilson, Husband Carrol “Sam” Dodrill, sisters Mamie Jeffrey,and Ona Medley.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 3:0 PM and friends can call from 1:00 PM until service time at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Strange Creek, WV with Rev. Freddie Schoolcraft officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

The family suggest donations to Peoples Community Church 2809 Flat Fork Road, Duck, WV 25063.

Juanita Pearl Buchanan

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Juanita Pearl Buchanan

Age 90, of 475 Court Avenue, Weston, West Virginia passed away on July 11, 2012 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia following an extended illness.

She was born on July 13, 1921 in Lewis County, West Virginia, daughter of the late David Bennett and Maycel (Palmer) Bennett.

On July 22, 1939 she married Noel Charles Buchanan who preceded her in death in January of 1999.

Juanita Pearl Buchanan is survived by two daughters Deborah Frick and Linda Turner and husband Ron both of Weston. Also surviving are two grandchildren Noelle Trickett and Ronne Dee Fealy, and three great-grandchildren Emily Trickett, Lila Fealy, and Matthew Fealy.

Juanita was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Juanita retired from Sharp Hospital after many years of service. Juanita loved to play bingo, spend time with her close friends and family especially her grandkids and great-grandkids, and she loved dogs.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Weston, 133 East 2nd Street, Weston or any Animal Rescue Center.

Frank E. DeMoss

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Frank E. DeMoss

Age 87, husband of Virginia Wilson DeMoss for 68 years, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at his residence.

Born on August 02, 1924, in Cairo, WV, he was the son of the late Frank C. and Mabel Hissem DeMoss.

Frank was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a carpenter and member of the local carpenters union.

Survivors other than his wife, include one daughter, Teresa Morris; two grandsons Nathan and Derek Morris; four sisters-in-law, Pat Hays, Charlotte Wilson, Betty Timmons, and Betty Wilson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Mona DeMoss.

Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV.

Interment will follow in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday and 1:oo to 2:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Michael Shane Simpson

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Michael Shane Simpson

Age 53, of Reynoldsville, Ohio, formerly of Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 04, 2012, in Mt. Carmel Hospital of Columbus, following a brief illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on August 28, 1958: son of the late Robert Roane Simpson and Priscilla Jane (White) Simpson of Weston.

Michael is survived by two brothers, Robert T. (Brenda) Simpson of Weston and Marshall (Stephanie) Simpson of Morgantown; three sisters, Kara L. (Steve) Rider of Hilliard, Ohio, Melissa (Paul) Falkenbach of Columbus, and Tina (Pat) Garska of Jane Lew.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Christopher, Joshua and Elizabeth Simpson, Sam Rider, Laura, Addyson and Abigail Aho, Sean Heater, Erin and Sarah Falkenbach and Mercedes, Malcolm and Madison Simpson.

Michael was a landscaper with GreenScapes for 13-years. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School in 1976 and graduated from Glenville State College in 1983 and 1984 with degrees in Sports Management and Business Administration.

Michael was active in sports from little league up to high school. At the high school level, he played football, baseball and ran track. He was also a member of DeMolay.

While at college Michael belonged to Lamba Chi fraternity. He was also part of the technical crew for musicals, was an RA, Cheerleader for 4-years and an illustrationist to the “Mercury.“

Michael enjoyed outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, diving and in later years he played softball. He was a proficient photographer.

At Michael’s request, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered at his favorite spot in West Virginia.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 10:00 AM, until 12:00 Noon from the St. Matthew United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Michael S. Simpson Memorial Fund to benefit the Louis Bennett Public Library care of the Citizens Bank 47 Industrial Park Road, Jane Lew, WV 26378.

Emmogene Hoover

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Emmogene Hoover

Age 84, of Birch River, WV was called home to be with her Heavenly Father on July 10, 2012 after a battle with cancer.

She was born on April 30, 1928 in Mill Creek, WV to the late Harley and Flow McElwee Evans.

Emmogene was a homemaker, dedicated wife and mother.

She was a member of the Powells Mt. Baptist Church and a member of the Birch River Volunteer Ambulance Service.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Virgil E. Hoover, daughters, Janette Pumphrey, Jillette Wamsley, granddaughter, Myra Wamsley, grandson, Bradley Hoover, sisters, Mae Norman, Pauletta Evans, brothers, James Evans, Lawerance Evans.

Emmogene is survived by her sons, Ronald Hoover and wife Shelba and Howard Hoover and wife Karen all of Birch River, Donald Hoover and wife Bertha of Berckley Springs, WV, daughters, Genivee Rose and husband Roger of Birch River, Wanda Rose and husband James of Astatula, FL, sisters, Edith Rose, Zela Knicley, Charlotte Cambell, Lorrine Brown, JoAnn Cutlip, Janet King, Debra Sigman, Elizabeth Hamrick, brothers, Kermit Evans, Okey J. Evans, 21 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 1 step great great grandchild.

Funeral services were held 3:00 PM on Thursday July 12, 2012 at Powells Mt. Baptist Church with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial followed at Hoover Cemetery, Birch River.

Friends called two hours prior to service at the Church.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Hoover family.

Dorothy Mae McVay Peterson

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Dorothy Mae McVay Peterson

Age 105, formerly of Weston, WV and Glenville, WV passed away Monday, July 09, 2012 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon following an extended illness.

She was born June 09, 1907, in Bloomfield, Ohio, the daughter of James Madison and Hulda Jane (Paton) McVay, and stepdaughter of Lenna (Chapman) McVay, all who preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were her husband, Herbert Upton Peterson, with whom she shared 58 years of her life, and her brother, Karl McVay.

Dorothy was a graduate of Spencer High School and Glenville Normal School.

She spent many years teaching in Roane and Lewis Counties, and retired in 1969. Her hobbies included painting, traveling, cooking, and she logged more than 1250 books that she had read since 1940.

A member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston, she attributed her long life to living her faith in God and eating the right foods. During her residence in Weston, she was active and served in many activities of the church.

She is survived by one son, James Lowell and wife, Marilyn (Queen) Peterson of French Creek, WV.

She has two grandsons, David (Cynthia O’Nan) Peterson of Clemmons, NC, and Phillip (Mary White) Peterson of Waynesburg, PA. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Josh (Morgantown, WV), Alex and Luke (both of Clemmons), Ashley (Brentwood, PA and Lacey Peterson (Waynesburg) and Lauren, Amanda and Bradley Hayes (all of Clemmons).

Friends and relatives were received on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston from 5:00 to 8:00PM.

Funeral Services will be held at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Jonathan Nettles of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Pastor Nancy Killingsworth of French Creek United Methodist Church, and her nephew Pastor Stephen McVay of Princeton, KY.

Burial will follow in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Serenity Care Home, LLC (P.O. Box 2352, Buckhannon, WV 26201) in Dorothy’s memory.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Dorothy Mae Peterson.

Sonja Ruth Sanders

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Sonja Ruth Sanders

Age 60, of 1314 Casey Drive, Camden, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, July 05, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born on February 28, 1952 in Doddridge County, West Virginia daughter of the late Mathew Clement Schulte, Sr. and Priscilla Ruth Schulte who survives.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by two ex-husbands and one brother.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her children Dawn L. Brown and husband Robert, Thomas Weese and wife Teresa, Matthew C. Spencer, and Angel L. Spencer. Also surviving ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by four brothers and three sisters.

Sonja was Catholic and her true joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She also enjoyed crocheting and spending time on the computer on her facebook account.

Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Monday, July 09, 2012 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

Funeral services followed visitation at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga officiating.

Hardman-Palettti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Sonja Ruth Sanders.

Alvin Junior McCartney

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Alvin Junior McCartney

Age 68, of Broad Run Church Road passed away on Monday, July 09, 2012 at home.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on May 22, 1943: son of the late Byron O. McCartney and Mildred Fay (Hawkins) McCartney.

Mr. McCartney is also survived by three sons: Larry McCartney of Missouri , Kevin McCartney & Maryury of California and Kenny McCartney & Carma of Horner; one daughter; Donna Smith & Steve of Jane Lew; ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by two brothers: Arnold and Elaine McCartney and Charles and Janie McCartney, three sisters: Carrie Bleigh, Nelma Bailey and Linda and Buddy Walker, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. McCartney was a Journey lineman with 42 years of service, ending his career with Local #42. Alvin loved to fish, loved his children and family very much.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor David Jessie officiating.

Interment followed services in Kincaid Cemetery of Wildcat, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Alvin Junior McCartney.

Bonnie F. Runyon

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Bonnie F. Runyon

Age 63 of W. Main St., West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, July 09, 2012 in the Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on March 03, 1949 at New Milton a daughter of the late Blakely and Sylvia Kelley Nicholson.

On December 11, 1976 she married Michael Runyon who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Kenna Runyon, Gulf Port, MI, one daughter, Crystal Lau and husband William, West Union, six grandchildren, Cody, Cory, Carter and Collan Runyon and David and Samuel Lau and one sister, Connie Jo Weekley, New Milton. One brother, Robert Nicholson and one sister, Lula Schulte preceded her in death.

Mrs. Runyon was a member of First Assembly of God, West Union.

She was a 1967 graduate of Doddridge County High School and had been employed by Myles Manufacturing as a seamstress and the Ford Motor Company as an assembly line worker.

Bonnie enjoyed reading her Bible and working puzzles. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held in the First Assembly of God, 203 Neely Ave. West Union on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM with Pastor Jeff Stefanov presiding.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Runyon family.

Mason Cody Stalnaker

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Mason Cody Stalnaker

Age 4 months, departed this life Sunday morning, July 08, 2012 in United Hospital Center Emergency Room following an unexpected illness.

He was born March 05, 2012 in Morgantown, WV the son of William Cody and Kristin Stalnaker of Glenville, WV.


Mason is survived by:

Maternal grandmother:  Lynn Lowther of Linn, WV and maternal grandfather, Barry Leady of Auburn, WV

Paternal grandparents:  Bill and Debbie Stalnaker of Glenville, WV

Paternal great-grandparents:  Bill and Betty Stalnaker of Glenville, WV

Maternal great-grandparents:  Gene and Arletta Dalton of Summersville, WV

Maternal great-grandmother:  Ann Leady of Auburn, WV

Paternal great-great -grandmother:  Winnie Stalnaker of Letter Gap, WV


He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandfather,  Bob Leady and maternal great-grandparents, Harold and Esther Stewart and great-great-grandfather Okie Stalnaker.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Glenville First Baptist Church at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Mason Cody Stalnaker with arrangements.

Patricia M. Cantrell

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Patricia M. Cantrell

Age 79, of Gassaway, WV went home to be with the Lord on June 24, 2012 surrounded by family and friends.

She was born September 08, 1932 to the late Paul Marple and Mabel (Hamric) Marple of Gassaway.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, John W. Cantrell Jr.; sister, Paula (Marple) Tucker and stepmother, Blanche Marple.

She is survived by her stepbrother, Charles Harris and wife, Kathryn; stepsister, Carol Jean Hovell; stepson, Danny Cantrell; stepdaughter, Beverly Naufzinger and husband, Howard; four grandchildren; niece, Teri Fiegelson; nephew, Kye Kennedy; sisters-in-law, Letha Cantrell, Judy McMillion and Linda Cunningham; brothers-in-law, Kenny Blosser and Jerald Cantrell; niece and caregiver, Shelba Moore and a beloved church family.

She was an active member of Gassaway Baptist Church for over 60 years.

She was a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years.

Service was held at 3:00 PM Sunday, July 01, 2012 at Gassaway Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Stump and Rev. Bill Morlan officiating.

Burial took place in the Beall’s Mill Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called from 1:00 PM till time of service at the church.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Gassaway Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 128, Gassaway, WV 26624.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all that helped provide care and comfort over the past few weeks.

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