Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Georgia Ellenore Seese

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Georgia Ellenore Seese

Age 91, of Chevront Ave., West Union, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 14, 1921 on Big Flint a daughter of Silas and Suda Jane Frum Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Christopher Seese on January 04, 1984.

Surviving is one daughter, Brenda Kelley and husband Steve, West Union, two sons, David W. Seese, West Union, Larry L. Williams, Painesville, OH, 7 grandchildren, several great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. One daughter, Betty Jane Holnapy, five sisters, Opal Allen, Ruthetta Robinson, Pearl Niznik, Ruby Kelley and Garnett Williams preceded her in death.

Mrs. Seese was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, working cross word and looking at family pictures. Georgia was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM with Pastor David Watson and Richard McMillian presiding.

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

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, October 19, 2012 from 11:00 AM until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Seese family.

Dannie Drummond

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Dannie Drummond

Age 85, of Route 18N, West Union, WV, departed this life on October 14, 2012 in the WV Veterans Nursing Facility, Clarksburg.

He was born July 01, 1927 in Clarksburg, WV a son of the late Otha and Jessie Pauline Dent Drummond.

Surviving are his wife, Eva Drummond, Galt, CA and five step children, Marcus, Dan, Chris, Harry and Ejae.

Dan was a machinist by trade and owned and operated the first mobile wine bottling service in the United States. He owned and trained Thoroughbred racehorses in California. Being an avid motorcyclist, he was a charter member of the Vincent Club of Southern California and he rode throughout North America and Canada on his 1951 Vincent Black Shadow and various BMW motorcycles. He raced with the American Historic Motorcycle Association and sponsored a team of four riders for many years.

He was honored to ride with Steve McQueen in the movie “The Great Escape,” and to know Burt Munro, Rollie Free and Marty Dickerson, who were in “The World’s Fastest Indian” and the in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Drummond family.

Arlen “Brownie” Barker

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Arlen “Brownie” Barker

Age 74, of Sutton, WV, passed away at CAMC General Division, Charleston.

He was born March 05, 1938 in Webster County, WV the son of the late Harvey G. and Goldie Lynch Barker.

Brownie was a Truck Driver and a member of Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla, WV.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Betty J. (Prunty) Barker.

Brownie is survived by his son, Paul Barker and wife Helen of Columbia Station, OH, brothers, Don Barker of Cleveland, OH, Bobbie Barker of Maple Heights, OH, sisters, Kay Carter of Cleveland, OH, Ruth Barker of Deer Park, MD, Marla Rowan of Sutton, grandchildren, James E. Barker and wife Kimberly, Heather Cruz and husband Alex, great grandchildren, Carlos, Jullian, Johnathan, Brandon, Austin, Teagan, Abbigale.

Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM Sunday October 21, 2012 at Poplar Ridge Cemetery, near Sutton with the Rev. Teddy Legg officiating.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday October 20, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home 600 Riverview Dr. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Barker Family.

Governor Tomblin Orders State Flag to Be Lowered to Half-Staff on Tuesday, 10.16.12

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all state flags displayed at all state facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the day of funeral services for Raleigh County native Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley, 92 years old.

“Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley’s commitment and hard work helped him become a highly respected and influential soldier,“ Gov. Tomblin said. “And his distinguished life further reinforces West Virginia’s strong tradition of military service. Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.“

Plumley enlisted in the Army as a private on March 31, 1942 and continued his career until he retired as a command sergeant major in 1974. He fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Throughout his military career, Plumley received many awards and decorations including the Master Combat Parachutist Badge for making five parachute jumps into combat, the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation,Army Commendation Medal, and American Defense Service Medal, among many others.

Praised by General Hal Moore as an outstanding non-commissioned officer (NCO) and leader in the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, Plumley was known affectionately by his soldiers as “Old Iron Jaw.“ He was portrayed by actor Sam Elliott in the film We Were Soldiers.

Plumley died on October 10, 2012 at the age of 92. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Kimble; his granddaughter, Carrie Brown (Jeff); two great grandchildren, Carson and Jackson Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews. Plumley was preceded in death by his wife Deurice Plumley; his grandson, Kenneth Kimble; and two brothers and three sisters.

Dwindola P. “Dwin” Prunty Metz

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Dwindola P. “Dwin” Prunty Metz

Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away October 14, 2012, at her home.

She was born May 26, 1929 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Paul Prunty and Maude Rexroad Frederick.

She was a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church and was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Bruce (Marcia) Metz of Belpre and Barry (Lori) Metz of Danbury, Conn.; two daughters, Blossom (George) Davis of Virginia Beach, VA and Robin (Wendell) Flowers of St. Marys; daughter-in-law, Virginia Metz of Middletown, PA; eight grandchildren, Patrick Metz, Tyler Metz, Justin Bocksnick, Jason Bocksnick, Kimberly Gandee, Jodie Mullins, Amanda Davis and Emily Metz; nine great-grandchildren, Bryan, Adam, Bryce, Brett, Evan, Jacob, Carson, Allison and Saraya; four brothers, Charles Prunty of Williamstown, Okey “Bud” Prunty and Jack Prunty, both in Ohio and Michael Frederick in Florida; three sisters, Clara Crum in Ohio, Patty Amos of Parkersburg and Sue Renforth of Washington, WV; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald G. Metz; and two sons, Steven Metz and Don C. Metz.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth Street, Parkersburg; her nephew, Pastor Phillip Prunty will officiate and burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Debbie and Brittany and Housecalls-Hospice.

Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for Homecare and Hospice.

Lucy Virginia Wright

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Lucy Virginia Wright

Age 73, of Shock, Gilmer County, WV, was called home to be with her heavenly father on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

He was born May 28, 1939, a daughter of the late Everett and Lura Greathouse Parsons.

She attended the Shock Church of Christ.

Surviving are three children, Lorina (Colin) Hartshorn and Everett (Brenda) Wright of Shock and William (Angie) Wright of Fairmont. Eight grandchildren, Loretta, Scott, Andrew (Sonja), Jay, Everett II (Amber), Emily (Jerama), Jamie and Taylor. Four great grandchildren, Tyana, Mackenzie, Landon and Gavin; two brothers, Harley and Kenny; five sisters, Kathaleen, Wanda, Kathy, Shelia and April.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Erman Wright, one sister and one infant brother.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville. Minister, Vernon Kerns and Minister, Gene Miller officiated.

Interment was in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown.

Friends called at the funeral home from 10:00 AM Monday, until the time of services.

Jennifer Lynn Howell

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Jennifer Lynn Howell

Age 38, of Parkersburg, WV formerly of Grantsville, WV earned her angel wings on October 12, 2012 at the University Of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital after a short illness.

She was born July 26, 1974 to Bruce Campbell of Parkersburg and the late Mildred Campbell.

She was a homemaker.

She was Baptist by faith.

She is survived by daughter, Casey Hall; brothers, Jerry (Emma) Howell of Orma, WV; Melvin Howell and Mark Howell of Grantsville, WV; sisters, Sandra Bunner and Donna Capps of Grantsville, WV; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and fiancé Howard Randall Minney.

A memorial service will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

Friends and family may call one hour prior to services.

Burial will be in the Saunders Cemetery.

Per family request instead of flowers a donation in Jennifer’s memory to the Saunders Cemetery.

Saunders Cemetery Fund c/o Roberta Wilson 7690 North Calhoun Highway Big Springs, WV 26137.

Beatrice “Bea”  Lowther

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Beatrice “Bea”  Lowther

Age 61 of U.S.  Highway 33 East, Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 4:00 AM, Saturday October 13, 2012 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Weston, West Virginia, following an unexpected illness.

She was born January 18, 1951 in Mingo County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Hubert and Ruby Newsome Rose.

Bea was a homemaker and mother, not just to her daughter Jessica, but a foster care mother and caregiver, having cared for over 100 children.

She was a Methodists by faith and attended the Rock Grove Church.

Bea enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing, caring for others, and especially spending time with her granddaughter Makenna.

On July 15, 1978 she was united in marriage to Jimmie Bryan Lowther, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1999.

Surviving is 1 daughter, Jessica Ray and husband Ryan of Fairmont West Virginia, and 1 granddaughter Makenna Ray also of Fairmont WV.

3 brothers and 2 sisters also survive, Lonnie Rose and wife Micky of Troy, West Virginia; Bobby Rose and wife Sandy of Cox’s Mill, West Virginia; Billy Rose and wife Sandy of Cox’s Mill, WV; Linda Kay Fincham and husband Blaine of Exchange, West Virginia; and Bonnie Arbogast and husband David of Dayton, Ohio.

Along with her husband and parents, Bea was preceded in death by 1 brother, Roy “Bimbo” Rose.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 with Rev. James Brunty officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM, Monday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc.  is assisting the family of Bea Lowther with arrangements.

Edith E. Ledsome

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Edith E. Ledsome

Age 81 of Grantsville, WV Passed Away October 13, 2012 at Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV.

She was born October 17, 1930 the daughter of the late Ralph and Laura (Snyder) Dulin.

In her younger years she worked for Villers Nursing Home of Elizabeth, WV and Later at Bonnets Dry Cleaning of Parkersburg, WV.

She enjoyed watching westerns, spending time with her grandchildren and reading her Bible.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (David) Cunningham of Smithville, WV; grandsons, Johnny (Eve) Blosser of Grantsville and Paul Blosser of Parkesburg; 3 step grandchildren, Mark (Pauline Headley) Cunningham of Grantsville; Steven Cunningham of Grantsville and Robin (Juanita) Roberts of Parkersburg; 8 great grandchildren, Bobbie, Billy, Brian, Cody, Courtney Blosser and Katlyn Arthur and April and Rachel Blosser; 1 great-great grandchild, Braden Blosser; 6 step great grandchildren; 2 special cousins, Ruth Coffee and Jo Board.

She is preceded in death by both her parentsp; both her husbands, Laurance Starcher and Arthur Ledsome; 1 son, Mike Dulin; 3 grandchildren, Helen, Bill and Kathy Blosser; 1 great granddaughter, Tiffany N. Blosser.

Services will be Wednesday October 17, 2012 at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth, WV.

Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service on Wednesday.

Interment will follow at Owl Hill Cemetery.

Madge Lee Gilmore

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Madge Lee Gilmore

Age 78, of the Pond Creek community of Belleville, WV, passed away October 12, 2012, at her daughter’s home, where she had been residing.

She was born July 12, 1934, at Ellenboro, WV, a daughter of the late Knolls and Alma Lucinda Wince Brooks.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are three sons, Edward Curtis Gilmore of Pennsboro, Jonathan Richard (Marianne) Gilmore of Norfolk, VA and Gary Randall (Lois) Gilmore of Harrisville, WV; five daughters, Lisa (Mark) Townsend of Pond Creek, Deborah (Tom) Leggett of Harrisville, Barbara Jean (John) Stephens of Glen St. Mary, FL, Tina (Gordon) Huffman of King, NC and Trudy (Tim) Lindow of Pullman, WV; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell E. Gilmore; a son, Terry Lynn Gilmore; a daughter, Peggy Darlene Keith; a grandson, Aaron Michael Gilmore; and a granddaughter, Abigail Hodge.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions should be directed to House Calls Hospice.

Kimes Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Parkersburg is assisting the family.

Clell Wilt

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Clell Wilt

Age 95, of Vienna, WV, was called to be with his Lord and Savior, who was first in his life, October 12, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born August 25, 1917, in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Leslie and Della Roberts Wilt.

Clell attended Cornerstone Gospel Church in Vienna.

He proudly served his country in the Army and retired from Union Carbide Metals in Marietta in 1976.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Evelyn “Ebbie” Miller Wilt; one daughter, Diana Baker of Newport, Ohio; one son, Ed Wilt and wife Joyce of Buckhannon, WV; three grandchildren, Russ Hockenberry, Sherry Roberts and Phillip Wilt; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother; one sister; and one grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, with Pastor Rick Kapple and Pastor Barry Taylor officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

William Paul McCutchan

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William Paul McCutchan

Age 98 of Wood Street, West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in his residence.

He was born on May 11, 1914 at Straight Run, Lewis County a son of the late George F. and Sarah Means McCutchan.

On November 06, 1933 he married Virginia Lee Bush McCutchan who preceded him in death on November 06, 1998.

Surviving is one daughter, Phyllis M. Steele and husband Lewis, West Union, one son, Ralph P. McCutchan and wife Ida May, Deep Valley, one daughter-in-law, Barbara Jo McCutchan, Beech Bottom, WV, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 17 great great grandchildren, one brother, Bernard G. McCutchan, Fink, WV. He was preceded in death by, one son, William George McCutchan, one grandson, one great great grandson, three sisters, Jean Droppleman, Pauline Wade, Bernadine Flescher and one brother, Glenn B. McCutchan.

Paul attended a two-room school (Conroy) in his earlier years and later graduated from Weston High School in 1932. He was a Timber & Oil & Gas Contractor as a dozer operator. Paul was a member of Friendship Lodge #56 AF & AM, a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in Clarksburg & Wheeling Bodies, and a member of Nemesis Shrine, Parkersburg.

He was a member of the West Union Church of Christ.

Paul was National Vice President of Future Farmers of America and was the oldest surviving national officer. He enjoyed feeding the deer and turkeys at his pond.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Evangelist Terry Varner presiding.

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

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Monday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McCutchan family.

WV State Police Will Assist with Coin Toss at GSC vs. WVSU Game This Saturday, 10.13.12

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This Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Glenville State vs. West Virginia State Football Game, it will be an exciting time for Glenville fans.

The local State Policemen do the coin toss and a moment of silence to honor fallen troopers.

GSC is honoring the Little Pioneers Football Team and Non-Profit Organizations by letting them and their families into the football game free.

If you are a member of a Non-Profit Organization and would like to benefit from this please contact Tom Gilbert and give him a list of members.

You can reach Coach Gilbert at 304.462.7361 extension 6239 or “”.

Robert Clark “Bob” Summers

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Robert Clark “Bob” Summers

Age 93, of Horner, WV, passed away in Cumberland, MD on October 11, 2012 from injuries incurred from a fall.

He was the oldest son of Creed and Dona Duncan Summers.

Always recognized by his Clark Gable mustache, he loved to talk about politics, the economy, family, travel and his view of the world.  When CB radios were popular, he was called “Hollywood”.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Summers was proceeded in death by his sister Virginia Summers Jewell and two brothers Forrest “Pete” Summers and Maple Summers.

His devoted wife of 63 years, Peg,  passed in February of 2010.

He leaves behind two brothers Lynn Summers from Parma, Ohio and Marl “Doc” Summers from Medina, Ohio.  Also surviving are his two daughters, Alicia Summers White and her husband J. Kenneth White of Cumberland, MD and Phyllis Summers Bailey and husband Paul E. Bailey, of Griffin, GA.  He had one grandchild, which he said was his favorite, Aaron Paul Bailey of Alpharetta, GA.

Mr. Summers attended Glenville State College and later enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII serving in Europe.  He joined the 82nd Airborne and survived behind the German lines for nine days.  He married Marjorie McClain “Peg” Summers on June 02, 1946 and they owned and operated The Village Store for five decades.  Mr. Summers retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he served as postmaster in Horner, WV.

Bob loved his family, friends and enjoyed making people laugh.  He appreciated his many years of good health and his travel in 24 countries. Taking his family on many wonderful trips abroad and in the U.S., he passed on the love of adventure.  Even at the age of 86, he traveled to Australia and New Zealand with his daughters.

Mr. Summers had been a Boy Scout leader and he was awarded The Pilgrams Degree from the Fraternal Order of the Moose.

He was a member of the Horner United Methodist Church and often said “we have a good church and good people.“

Bob loved West Virginia, it’s hills and rivers and it’s mountaineers.  To him it was wild, wonderful and almost heaven. Bob showed us that one can be younger than their age.  He liked to give his opinion, work hard, and for years drive Cadillacs.  He used his quick wit to make folks laugh.  He actually built his own casket, but didn’t quite live to be a hundred and shot by a jealous husband (which he always joked about).  There was only one Robert “Bob” Clark Summers and he will be long remembered with love.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Carolyn Nettles officiating.

Interment will follow services in the WV National Cemetery of Grafton, WV.

Contributions may be made to the Hornor United Methodist Church Building Fund 24 Georgetown Road Hornor, WV26372.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Robert Clark “Bob” Summers.

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