Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Rosa Bell Bush

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Rosa Bell Bush

Age 87, of Massillon, Ohio, formerly of Burnsville, WV, passed away, Friday, October 26, 2012 at Hospitality House Care Center, Ohio.

Rosa Bell was born on Friday, December 05, 1924 in Burnsville, WV a daughter of the late James Thomas Barrett and Vada Agnes Tomblin Barrett.

She attended Sarah Care of Belden and enjoyed working puzzles.

Rosa Bell was preceded in death by her husband Clyde W. Bush, one brother and two sisters. She is survived by her sons; Jerry (Debra) Bush, Massillon, Ohio, Clyde Bush, Jr., Burnsville, WV and Rick (Helen) Bush of Copen, WV; daughters, Louise (Tom) Ratliff, Burnsville, WV, Barbara Smith, Charleston, WV, Connie (Jack) Posey, Flatwoods, WV and Margie (Tom) Mills, Buckhannon, WV. Surviving sisters are Elizabeth Snyder, Weston, WV and Jean (Robert) Allen of Burnsville, WV.

Grandchildren surviving Rosa Bell are Michael Bush, Amy Bush, James Bush, Daniel Bush, Jody Bush, Roberta Losh, P.J. Posey and Michaela Mills. Surviving step-grandchildren include Stephen Keener and Laura Keener. Great-grandchildren surviving are Alanys Bush, Mark and Mya Losh. Step great-grandchildren surviving are Billy and Dustin Keener, Misty Keener and Summer Jamison.

Funeral services were held for Rosa Bell on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service in K of P Cemetery, Burnsville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday evening, October 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stark County Humane Society, Post Office Box 7077, Canton, Ohio 44705.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Hospitality House and Harbor Lights Hospice for their excellent care and compassion to both Rosa Bell and her family.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby R. Conrad

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Bobby R. Conrad

Age 81, of Burnsville, WV, passed away, Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

He was born Tuesday, March 17, 1931, in Napier, WV, a son of the late Teddy Conrad and Mamie Williams Conrad.

He was retired from Penn Line. Bobby also enjoyed coon hunting.

Bobby is preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Conrad; two brothers, Earl Conrad and Gene Conrad; two sisters, Retha Conrad and Ollie Lloyd. He is survived by one brother, Harley Conrad, Camden-on-Gauley, WV, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Bobby were held at Stocker-Sizemore Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 03, 2012, at 2:00 PM with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial followed the service in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters, WV.

Friends called at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

Stockert-Sizemore funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV, was in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Jane Floyd Taylor

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Barbara Jane Floyd Taylor

Age 73, of Hardy, VA reached up to take her heavenly father’s hand on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM at her home with family and friends by her side.

She was born in Sutton, WV on July 04, 1939, a daughter of the late Dorothy Skidmore Floyd and Von Floyd and was a retired court reporter with the United States Federal Courts for 40 years.

Surviving is her loving husband of 38 years, Donnie O’dell Taylor; three sons, Carlos Taylor and wife, Jean, Donald Taylor and wife, Teresa, Jimmy Taylor and wife, Monica; Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A nephew, Herbie and wife, Judy; a niece, Nancy Jo and husband, Larry and also her beloved pets, Wendy, Lee Jackson, Gidget and Carley also survive her.

Funeral services were conducted at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel with Dr. F. Tupper Garden officiating.

Interment followed in Evergreen Burial Park.

The family received friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540.982.2100).

Bernard L. Jarvis

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Bernard L. Jarvis

Age 77, of Chloe, WV, passed away October 23, 2012, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, a son of the late Cecil and Nell Arnold Jarvis.

He was a carpenter and U.S. Army Veteran.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Schlit of Arizona; sons, Bernard Jarvis Jr. of Arizona, Jeffrey Jarvis of Chloe and stepson Dale Brown of California; grandchildren, Michael Jarvis of Chloe and Justen Gregory of New Martinsville, WV as well as several others; sisters, Betty Smith of Mesa, AZ, Hope Schoolcraft of Orma, WV, Jean Holmes of Mesa, AZ, Helen Wayne of Elizabeth, WV, Alice Conley of Cayce, SC, Connie Rucker of Cottageville, WV and Donnie King of Ripley, WV; one brother, Don Jarvis of Arizona.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by sisters, Nelma Stump and Bernice Cornn and baby Katherine.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 03, 2012 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating.

Burial will follow in the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:00 Noon until the time of the services on Saturday.

R. Scott Fluharty

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R. Scott Fluharty

Age 96, of Parkersburg, WV, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born in Nobe, WV, a son of the late A.T. and Mollie (Ferrell) Fluharty.

He graduated from Parkersburg High School, where he was a member of the football team. He was a little league coach. He retired from DuPont and then became a Renaissance Man.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, the Shriners, and the Masons.

Scott enjoyed traveling, camping , attending Mountaineer games, and walking his dog in the City Park.

He is survived by two sons Robert Fluharty (Patricia) of Parkersburg and Michael Fluharty of Silver Springs, MD; grandchildren, Kelly Fluharty (Lloyd Farinash), Erin Fluharty (Michael Dech), Kerry Fluharty (her fiance Drew Dupont), Amanda Tucci (Brian) , and Megan Fluharty; Amanda and Megan’s mother, Alberta Fluharty of Severna Park, MD; eight great grandchildren, Riley, Mackenzie, Ethan, Katie, Colin, Izzy, Lily, and Sammie; and his canine companion, Buster.

In additiion to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (Hill) Fluharty; two brothers, Denver and Roy Fluharty; a sister, Pearl Pollard; an infant sister; and his canine companion Amy.

Services will be Saturday, 3:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Richard McClure officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday 6:00-8:00 PM and Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Austin Eugene Clark

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Austin Eugene Clark

Age 43, of Grantsville, WV, passed away at his home on October 25, 2012.

He was born in Grantsville, a son of Donald Clark of Texas and Sheryl Wease Richards of Grantsville.

He was Methodist by faith.

He is survived, in addition to his parents, by his aunt Charlene Richards and cousin Phylis Ann Ohnheiser as well as his friend William Allen.

There will be no public services.

A private family gathering is planned at a later date.

The Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Carl Gene James

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Carl Gene James

Age 76, of West Union, WV, passed away October 30, 2012, at Salem Care and Rehab Center in Salem, WV.

He was born September 07, 1936 in Mautua, Ohio, a son of the late Paul and Sylvia (Dillon) James.

Carl owned and operated Carl James Logging and the James Lumber Company. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He worked heavy equipment on road construction including the building of new U. S. Highway 50.

Surviving are three sons: Jesse (Dianne) James of Harrisville, Doug James of Greenwood and Brian James of West Union, a daughter Donna (Steve) Davis of Pennsboro, brothers and sisters: Joan Evans of Smithburg, Joyce Hollis of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Linda Campbell of Pullman, Naomi Cunningham of Cabin Run, WV, Barbara Reed of Central Station and Lonnie James of Greenwood.

He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Mallory James, Joshua James, Corey Davis and Shane Davis.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers: DeWayne “Bud” James and Emmit James.

Funeral services will be Friday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Masonic Memorial Park at Crystal Lake, West Union.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Forest W. Butcher

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Forest W. Butcher

Age 90, of 4th Street, Shinnston, West Virginia was reunited with his wife on October 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

Forest was born in Troy, West Virginia on December 27, 1921, the son of the late James Arlandis Butcher and Lottie M. (White) Butcher.

On July 24, 1943 he married Ruth Marie (Sandy) Butcher who proceeded him in death on December 05, 2011.

Forest leaves behind one sister Glenna Queen of Glenville, WV and several nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two brothers John Ola Butcher, James Willard Butcher, and two sisters Lotte Wilma Wiseman and Mary Roberts, and one nephew.

Mr. Butcher proudly served his Country in the Untied States Army as a Corporal during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Forest started his love affair with electric when he attended the Sycamore Trade School of Clarksburg where he study to be an electrician. Forest retired from Consolidated Gas Company with 20 years of services he also worked for Monongahela Power for 11 years then American Electric Power for 10 years. Forest also loved to work on his and electric motors.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Friday, November 02, 2012 from 12:00 Noon till 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will follow visitation and be held at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Hunt Officiating.

Mr. Butcher will be laid to rest in the Weston Masonic Cemetery where he will received full Military Honors conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston will be serving the family of Forrest W. Butcher.

Michael Ray Carpenter

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Michael Ray Carpenter

Age 53, of Grantsville, WV, passed away October 03, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, a son of Eleanor Carpenter.

He worked for 23 years in the oil fields. He was a loving father and husband, loving his family and friends.

He is survived in addition to his mother, by his wife, Lesa Goodrich Carpenter; daughters, Felisha Carpenter, Tonya Carpenter and Jamie Cooper; son-in-law, Cody Hickman; brother, Steve Wood; grandparents, Mally and Ica Carpenter; special friends, Nick Hickman, Brenda Cottrell, Richie and Tammy Taylor and Jeannie Boothe.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Richard Wood.

Private family services to be held at later date.

Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Russell Arthur Barnett

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Russell Arthur Barnett

Age 78, of Birch River, Braxton County, WV, passed away on October 27, 2012 at his residence.

He was born on May 12, 1934 to the late Elliot and Lilly Jenkins Barnett.

Russell was a Mechanic for the WV Department of Natural Resources.

He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Morris, WV.

He is survived by his sons, Bobby Barnett and wife Darlene and William Barnett all of Birch River, daughter, Peggy Crites and husband Ronnie of Birch River, grandchildren, J. R. Barnett, Chris Crites, Erica Barnett, Nancy Jenkins.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday November 01, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Tinney officiating.

Burial will follow at Walker Cemetery, Birch River.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Charles William Starcher

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Charles William Starcher

Age 64, of Millstone, WV, passed away at his home on October 24, 2012 following a long illness.

He was born in Barberton Ohio, a son of Charles Starcher and the late Betty Jean Draker Starcher.

He worked as an oil field worker for most of his life.

He is survived, in addition to his father, by his son, Robert (Lorna) Starcher of Reedy, WV; former wife and long-time friend and caregiver, Karen Carter of Millstone; grandchildren, Brian and Tasha Norman of Reedy, WV; sisters, Diane Murphy and Candy (Brian) Summers all of Arnoldsburg, WV; brothers, Fred (Paula) Starcher and Terry (Sue) Naylor all of Arnoldsburg, Gary (Nancy) Starcher of Burning Springs, WV, Joe Naylor of Millstone, Stanley Starcher of Glenville, WV, Charlie E. Starcher, Dana Starcher, and Randy Starcher, all of Arnoldsburg; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his mother, by his sister Kathy Gwen Starcher and brother Gary Starcher.

There will be no public services.

A private family gathering is planned at a later date.

The Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Mae Snyder

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Irene Mae Snyder

Age 99, of Weston, WV, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on January 21, 1913: daughter of the late Earl C. Lester and Myrtle E. (Westfall) Lester.

On June 29, 1937 she married Jennings Roy Snyder who preceded her in death on May 25, 1949.

Mrs. Snyder is survived by one son: Robert Kent Snyder of Huntington, WV; one brother; Edward Donzel Lester of Weston, numerous nieces and nephews and four special friends: Russell Damron, Genelda Neal both of Huntington, Laura Davis of Weston, and Brenda Mayle of Roanoke.

In addition to her husband and parents Irene was preceded in death by three sisters: Mildred Madaline Flesher, Mable Velma Jendro, Freda Louise Lester, two brothers: Paul Robert Lester, and Charles Earl Lester.

Irene worked as a printer and recreational therapist at the Weston State Hospital and her duties included managing the printing of all forms and newsletters; assisted patients in various forms of recreational therapies. She retired in 1978.

She was a active member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church for many years, the Fern Leaf Rebekah Lodge #101, past Noble Grand, charter member and past president of Business and Professional Womens Club of Weston, member and officer of WV Mental Health Association, active in the National Mental Health Association, and a leader of the Thunderbolt 4-H Club for many years. Irene was an avid WVU fan. She loved all and was beloved by all.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave., Weston on Monday October 29, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Jonathan Nettles officiating.

Internment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to be in charge of arrangements for Irene Mae Snyder.

Macel Jones

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Macel Jones

Age 86, of 111 Banister Street, Weston, WV, passed away 4:30 AM Sunday, October 28, 2012, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born December 12, 1925 in Adrian, WV a daughter of the late James B and Lee Anna Allman Norman.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene E. Jones who died January 6, 1980.

Surviving are two grandchildren Shiela K Milton and Macel Jane Gomez, both of TN, several great -grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, James “Jim” Knight, one sister Anna Ruth Norman, and three brothers Thurman, Dempsey and James Norman.

Mrs. Jones was retired from the Weston State Hospital with 25 years of loyal service.

She was a Methodist by faith and loved to garden and raise flowers.

She was an excellent caregiver and enjoyed her family and friends.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew, WV on Thursday, November 01 from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 02 at 11:00 AM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ronnie Beeson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Jones family.

Frederick Allen Smith

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Frederick Allen Smith

Age 62, of West Union, WV, departed this life on October 27, 2012, at his residence.

He was born June 16, 1950, at Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late Basil Smith and Shirley Maxwell Miller.

Fred was the owner and operator of Eagle Smith Golf Advertising, West Union, WV. He was a member of the North Bend Golf Course, Harrisville, WV, and the Clarksburg Moose Lodge.

Fred is survived by his wife, Dianna Lynn Smith; children, Ernest Smith, Amanda “Mandy” Smith, Christian “Ralph” Hilkey and Kara Smith, all of West Union, WV; brothers and sisters, Sherri Rock of Clarksburg, WV, Janie Daughtery of Charleston, WV, Steven Smith of Poca, WV, and Sheena Smith of Clarksburg, WV; half brothers, John Paul Smith of Clendenin, WV, and Basil Eugene Smith of Elkview, WV; and grandchildren, Jasmine America, Hunter America, Jaydah Smith, Addison Smith and Mylee Smith.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Bonnell.

Memorial services will be 6:00 PM Friday at the Doddridge County Senior Citizens, West Union, WV.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, is assisting the family.

Geraldine L. Burkhart

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Geraldine L. Burkhart

Age 92, of Belpre, Ohio, passed away October 26, 2012, at Worthington Nursing and Rehab.

She was born January 27, 1920, in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Dorsey and Ogarette Lewis Jarvis.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1212, volunteered for the Belpre voting polls and loved dancing to big band music with her husband.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry L. (Teresa) Burkhart and Gary E. (Debbie) Burkhart, both of Belpre, Ohio; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James M. Burkhart; one son, James E. Burkhart; one grandson, Aaron Burkhart; and two brothers, Bob and Gene Jarvis.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green Street, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Rondal Moss officiating.

Burial will follow at Rockland Cemetery in Belpre, Ohio.

Visitation will be Monday from 4:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Powderly and the staff of Worthington Nursing and Rehab for all the love and care they showed our mother.

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