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Mabel Linger See Weidlich

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Mabel Linger See Weidlich

On October 01, 2012 surrounded by family, Mabel Linger See Weidlich left her earthly home to be with her Heavenly Father and her immediate family.

In Heaven, she joined her parents, Ralph W. See and Catherine Linger See, and her sisters: Enola Martin and Irene Hall, and her brother: Ralph W. See, Jr.. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She was born on May 23, 1924 on Ranges Run in Lewis County, WV.

She started school at Round Knob School House, a one room school and graduated from Weston High School. Following high school, she attended Fairmont State College, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Education in 1944. Following college, she accepted a teaching position in Kitzmiller, Maryland for a few years, then returned to West Virginia.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon on June 12, 1946, she married the love of her life, Robert James Weidlich, following his service in the US Army. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this year.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving and devoted husband of 431 Copen Drive, Charleston, WV 25302 and three loving daughters and their husbands and families: Judy Riffe Mulkey and husband Larry of Bluefield, VA; Bobbie Dianne Parker and husband John of Charleston, WV; and Mabel Ann Greer and husband David of Green Bank, WV. She leaves three grandchildren whom she loved dearly; David Anthony Greer of Atlanta, Georgia; Kendra Nicole Greer of Washington, DC; and Chad Robert Parker of Charleston, WV. She also leaves behind one very special little fellow who truly brightened her world, Dylan Michael Newsome of Bluefield, VA.

Following her marriage, she joined her husband in the poultry dressing business, Bob Weidlich, Inc. They continued in business together developing Mountain States Eggs and then African Violets, Inc. She continued to assist Bob when he changed business in Lewis County to the Investment business. She continued to assist him in that business when they moved to Charleston in 1965. Following retirement from the investment business, they owned and operated a large apartment complex, The Oaks, in Dunbar WV for several years, until they sold it in 2002.

As an adult, there were two things important to her, her Lord and her family. While living in Roanoke, Lewis County where she lived until 1965, she was active in Vandalia Methodist Church , where she served as youth leader and held many offices. She also served as 4-H leader of the Roanoke Happy Go Getters 4-H Club for several years and served as camp counselor at Jackson Mill 4-H Camp. In both church and 4-H activities, her goal was to equip young people with Christian values and principles. After moving to Charleston, she remained active in her church and Women’s Aglow. In Aglow, she served in several offices, and was active in her church until failing health prohibited active participation. Mabel and her husband also traveled to Chili, Peru, and Equador on mission trips.
In her personal life, she loved her family dearly and was always eager to help and support her family. She was a very talented cook, and could really prepare a holiday feast or a birthday or family celebration dinner. Her pumpkin pies were a family favorite. She created a loving home for her family. Her hobbies included gardening and reading. She took pride in producing beautiful vegetables and fruit from their garden. For many years she canned and kept a well-stocked pantry,freezer and cellar.

As was her wish, her body has been returned to Lewis County.

Visitation and celebration of life service was held at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday October 03,2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday October 04 at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Mabel Linger See Weidlich.

Charles Edward Booher

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Charles Edward Booher

Age 98, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away peacefully at his home on September 30, 2012.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Leonard and Ora Allen Booher.

He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, flying airplanes and trading with friends. He had a very exciting life.

He is survived by a special cousin Tom Booher and his wife Sue of Charleston, WV as well as many friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Lenore Booher, one brother, Floyd F. Booher and two infant siblings.

A special note of thanks to House Calls of Harrisville, Hospice House Calls, caregiver Garland Nichols, Bobby Toppings, Albert Toppings, Joe Naylor, Marshall Bever and Cecil Whipkey for their special help and friendship.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday October 03, 2012, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM the time of the services.

Dana F. Sturm

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Dana F. Sturm

Age 65, of Buckhannon, WV, died suddenly September 29, 2012 in Morgantown following the WVU game.

He was born December 25, 1946 in Charleston, WV to Fred Jr. and Mildred Moales Sturm.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Dana was a graduate of Calhoun High School, an avid WVU fan and owned his own business which reflected his “Mountaineer Loyalty”, Old Gold and Blue Enterprise.

Survivors include two sons, Sgt. Craig (Amanda) Sturm of Fort Leonardwood, Missouri and Eric (Michelle Huxley) Sturm of Marshville, North Carolina; one sister, Rhonda (Eddie) Price of Spencer, WV; five grandchildren, one niece and several cousins.

He will forever be missed by family, friends and business associates.

Family and friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV on Friday October 05, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will begin at 7:00 PM with the Rev. Jeff Moales officiating.

Danny Ray Walker

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Danny Ray Walker

Age 50, of Munday, WV, passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 29, 2012.

He was born on December 20, 1961, a son of Irvin and Kathryn Walker.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1980. Danny worked in the oil fields most of his life for the family owned business, Walker Well Service, operating a hot oil truck and was very well known throughout the oil fields in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife of 17 years, Barbara Jo; his paternal grandmother Olga Ferrell; one brother Mark (Emma) Walker all of Big Bend, WV; his father-in-law Bill (Linda) Dotson of Parkersburg, WV; brother-in-law Billy Dotson of Slate, WV; sister-in-law Tammy (Carl) Brandges of Parkersburg.

Also surviving are his niece Sara (Christopher) Doak and their daughter Olivia, Danny’s great niece, all of Pennsboro, WV; niece Katie Jo Walker of Welch, WV; nephew Jake (Bobbie) Walker of Big Bend; nephew Alan (Ashley) Dotson and their son Izac, great nephew of Danny, of Parkersburg; nephew Ryan (Elizabeth) Dotson and their son and daughter, Kate and Little Ryan, great niece and nephew of Danny, all of Slate; and special nephew Patrick (April) Brick and their four daughters and special great nieces of Danny’s whom he adored, Hayleigh, Makenzie, Hannah and Makala all of Parkersburg.

Danny was preceded in death by his brother, David in 1975; maternal grandparents, Oren and Maxine Parks; paternal grandfather Carl Walker; and step-grandfather, Russell Ferrell.

Danny enjoyed life to the fullest, was loved by all and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be held at the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church at Big Bend, WV, Thursday October 04, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

Friends may call at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of the services.

Mark Ledbetter will officiate with burial to follow in the Big Bend Cemetery.

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

Calvert Lynn Nettles

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Calvert Lynn Nettles

Age 73, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 8:15 AM Friday, September 28, 2012, at home after an extended illness.

He was born June 28, 1939 in Widen, WV, a son of the late Everett Hampton Nettles and Olive Francis Fitzwater Nettles.

He is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Norma Cosner Nettles whom he married on November 20, 1992.

One son, Richard Lynn Nettles of Peoria, AZ, two daughters, Robin Lynn and husband Kevin Crace of Canal Winchester, OH and Rebecca Susan and husband Tim Nannen of Hanna City, IL. Four grandchildren, Kristin and husband Tyler Coffey of Johnstown, OH, Andrew Moffo of Pataskala, OH and Nicholas and Noah Nannen of Hanna City, IL.

Also surviving are two brothers, Roger M. and wife Bernice Nettles of Mooresville, NC and Larry Gail and wife Barbara Nettles of Cross Lanes, WV. Two sisters, Phyllis and husband JC Ellison of Greenville, SC and Edra Lou Marple of Jacksonville, FL. Several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, James E. Nettles and three sisters, Francis Dee Nettles, Jean Loise Nettles and Doris Nettles Bonnett.

Lynn was a graduate of Sutton High School, class of 1957 and was employed by the Columbus Dispatch in Columbus OH with 36 years of service.

He enjoyed going to high school sporting events and supporting the Braxton County Eagles with his best friend, Danny Cogar.

Cremation has taken place honoring the request of the deceased.

A friends and family gathering was held at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Jane Lew, WV on Sunday, September 30 from 2:00-3:00 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Lynn’s name to Hospice Care Corporation PO Box 323 in Burnsville, WV 26335.

A special thank you to the staff at Hospice in Burnsville for such kind and loving care during his illness.

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

“Gerri Smith” Beulah Geraldine Smith

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“Gerri Smith” Beulah Geraldine Smith

Age 87, of Parkersburg, WV died September 29, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born November 19, 1924, in Harrisville, WV, to the late Harry J. and Bertha Carpenter Taylor.

Gerri worked as the Purchasing Manager at Borg-Warner.

She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Vienna.

She enjoyed many hobbies with her husband; they include traveling, collecting antiques, fishing, riding bikes and golfing.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Edwin T. Smith; two sisters, Christella Stepnick and Kathleen Carpenter; five nieces, Donna Mason, Susie Swisher, Zeda Brown, Penny Bouris and Stella Sylvester; and five nephews, David Stepnick, Wendall Summers, Nick Bouris, Harry Bouris and Anthony Bouris.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Rosalie Bouris, Genevieve Summers and Lucille Stephens.

The funeral service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Burial will follow the service at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rosa Nell Lemley

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Rosa Nell Lemley

Age 82, of Waverly, WV, passed away at 8:44 PM on September 29, 2012, at Carehaven in Pleasants County, WV.

She was born on November 22, 1929, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of Samuel and Rosa Nell States Bailey.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Marys Church of the Nazarene.

On January 06, 1961, she married Clark Lemley, who preceded her in death on January 09, 1992.

Rosa is survived by four sons and one daughter, Samuel (Nancy) Lemley of Waverly, Harold (Connie) Lemley of Waverly, Pricilla (Sam) Bailey of Marietta, Andy (Donna) Lemley of Waverly and Joe (Pam) Lemley of Waverly; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and brother, William “Bill” Bailey of Stockport, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband; four sisters and three brothers; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta, with Pastor Jim Yoak officiating.

Burial will follow in Evergreen North Cemetery in Parkersburg.

Friends called at the funeral home after 2:00 PM Monday with family present from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Hazel Louise Stanley Baker

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Hazel Louise Stanley Baker

Age 86, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on September 30, 2012, at the Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born in McFarland, WV on March 24, 1926, a daughter of the late George and Stella Stanley.

Hazel loved reading her Bible, doing puzzles, sewing and gardening. She loved and was very devoted to family and friends. She loved life in general. She will truly be remembered by all who knew her.

Hazel is survived by one brother, George (Jr.) Stanley; son, Norman (Sonny) and Donna Baker; daughter, Nuwanna (Connie) and Gary Roberts; daughter-in-law, Deanna Baker of Alaska; seven grandchildren, Adam and wife Jessie, Vanessa Baker, Norman and Kenny Roberts, Dawn Marie Brickel, Alva Leon and Estee Baker; and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her loving husband, Norman Gale Baker; son, George (Mike) Baker; three brothers, Paul, Wallace and Edward Stanley; and one sister, Charlotte (Stanley) Sellers.

The funeral service will be at 1:00 PM Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Burial will be at Evergreen South Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday and from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Thursday prior to the service.

Roberta Ann Suttle

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Roberta Ann Suttle

Age 68, of Monroe Street, Weston, WV passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born in Lewis County on July 02, 1944: son of the late Enos Roscoe Suttle and Elsie Virginia (Burkhammer) Suttle.

She is also survived by four sisters: Marie Marks and Fred, Marlene Bragg and Okey, Jane White, and Darlene Fallon and Roger all of Weston. Two deceased brothers: James L. Suttle and William R. Suttle and one sister Shirley L. Burr and several living nieces and nephews.

Roberta favorite hobbies where going to Yard Sales and Auctions. She was a housekeeper for most of her life. Her love in life was her nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

Interment will be in the Butcherville Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Roberta Ann Suttle.

Barbara Ann Beron

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Barbara Ann Beron

Age 70, of Troy, WV went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in Select Specialty Hospital of Charleston after a short illness.

She was born in Hagerstown, MD on November 27, 1941: daughter of the late Robert Burger and Elizabeth (Mills) Burger.

She was married to John M. Beron,who survives, on May 19, 1962. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends this past summer.

Mrs. Beron worked at the Gilmer County Senior Center and Family Dollar in Glenville, WV. She was also a homemaker. Mrs. Beron graduated from South Hagerstown High School and was a saved Christian. Barbara enjoyed puzzles, sewing, gardening, cooking and fishing. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and wife and will be missed dearly.

Mrs. Beron is also survived by three children: Tom Beron and daughter-in-law Vadenna of Charleston, Tim Beron and daughter-in-law Kris of Troy and Patty Gumm of Salem. Her five grandchildren: Brittany and husband Stacey and Brody of Troy; Mya and Ryan of Troy; and Michaela of Sand Fork. Her first great0grandchild is to be born early next year. Barbara’s two sisters: Tanna Clinton of Myrtle Beach, SC and Jean Casale of Wayne, NJ, one brother: Chester Burger of Poconos, PA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Beron was preceded in death by one brother: Richard Burger and one sister: Jenny Rowland.

A Celebration of Life Fellowship Time will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 PM from the Glenville First Baptist Church 217 E. Main Street Glenville, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Barbara Ann Beron.

Robert Thomas “Robbie” Cottrill

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Robert Thomas “Robbie” Cottrill

Age 29, of Dusk Camp Run Road, Sand Fork, WV, departed this life Wednesday evening, September 26, 2012 in Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, following a life-long illness.

He was born June 24, 1983 at Grantsville, Calhoun County, WV, a son of Rita Cottrill Brown of Dusk Camp, WV and Donald J. Brown of Buckhannon, WV.

Robbie lived at home with his mother and their dogs Rosie and Frankie. Robbie enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers and skipping rocks for his little dogs.

Also surviving are his maternal grandparents, Haymond and Linda White Cottrill of Stouts Mills, WV; best friend Jason Greenlief of Parkersburg, WV; God-sister, Michelle Richards of Dallas, TX; stepsisters, Marissa Brown and Taylor Brown both of Buckhannon, WV; stepbrother, Tyler Brown of Buckhannon, WV; aunt, Rosie Craig and husband Freddie of Linn; uncles, David Cottrill and girlfriend Shannon of Stouts Mills, WV and James Jones and wife Pam of Glenville, WV.

He was preceded in death by grandmother, Vera McCumbers Cottrill.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 01, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cottrill Cemetery on Sliding Run Road, Stouts Mills, WV.

Friends may call 4:00-8:00 PM, Sunday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Robert T. “Robbie” Cottrill with arrangements.

Lucy Myrl Layfield

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Lucy Myrl Layfield

Age 91 of Parkersburg, formerly of Cairo, WV passed away September 28, 2012 at Eagle Pointe Nursing Facility in Parkersburg.

She was born April 12, 1921 at Cokeleys, WV, a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Mae (McNemar) Layfield.

Lucy worked in the dietary division of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and also the Chancellor Hotel and Traveler’s Restaurant.

Surviving is her son Fred Layfield of Smyrna, GA, sister Marian McPherson of Walker, two nephews: Gary Gordon and Richard Gordon and three nieces: Jo Nichols, Joy Hall and Joan Lee.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Bert Layfield and Roscoe Layfield and sisters Ruby Layfield, Bertha Gordon and Mildred Layfield.

Funeral services will be Monday 1:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo with Reverend John Barker officiating.

Interment will follow at the Layfield Cemetery, Cairo.

Visitation will be Sunday 5:00-8:00 PM.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Pointe and Hospice for the love and care given to Lucy.

James Hugh Lipps

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James Hugh Lipps

Age 68, of Broad Run Church Road Jane Lew, WV passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County on December 21, 1943: son of the late Hugh H. Lipps and Merle B. (Corathers) Lipps.

On September 21, 1996, he married Sheila (Zickefoose) Lipps, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters: Stephanie Ann Pletcher of Weston and Montana Marie Lipps of Jane Lew, three sons: Michael Todd Messenger of Canaan Valley, James Hugh Lipps II, of Weston and Jordan Shane Lipps of Jane Lew and five grandchildren: Sophia Messenger, Gino Messenger, Kierston Pletcher, Brycen Lipps and Brayden Lipps. Also surviving is one brother: Thomas Lipps of Weston, five sisters: Ramona Ramsburg of Jane Lew, Norma (Bill) Coffindaffer of Morgantown, Norene (Otis) Westfall on Jane Lew, Lucille Cox of Ravenswood and Martha Lipps also of Jane Lew and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lipps was owner and operator of Lipp’s Wrecker Service of Jane Lew and satellite office in Clarksburg. He started as a press operator at Moore’s Business Forms in Buckhannon and in 1974 started his wrecker business where he owns and operates 11 wreckers. He belongs to the Towing Association of America, past member of the WV Towing Association, Wreck Master Certification, American Tow Alliance Certification, TRAA Certificate . Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing, building trucks (he built most of his wreckers), and spending time with family.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, October 01, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Funeral services will be on Monday at 3:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bonnie Starkey officiating.

Interment will follow services in Broad Run Church Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.


Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for James Hugh Lipps.

Gladys V. Jackson Long

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Gladys V. Jackson Long

Went to be with our Savior September 23, 2012, at her residence at Little Birch, WV.

She was born on June 24, 1923 daughter of the late Cleve and Mamie Mace Jackson at Little Birch, WV.

She spent her entire life there except for several retirement winters where she and her husband, the late Selby (Sib) Long spent in DeLand, Florida. They were married July 13, 1940.

She was a dedicated homemaker and mother and a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Sutton.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by daughter, Pandora Wood; son, Harold V. Long; brothers, Garland and Carlin Jackson; and Sisters, Erma Long, Gatha Smallwood, and Gathel Justus and Son-in-Law, Sonny Ward.

She was a Loving, Caring, Christian Mother to: Linda (Ralph) Gillespie, St. Clairsville, OH; Janet (John) Harvey, Gainesville, FL; Jean Ward (John) Walter, Roanoke, VA; Darrell (Judy) Long, Jane Lew, WV; Peggy (Tony) Benton, Summersville, WV; Becky (Herb) Cogar,  Gassaway, WV; and Julie (Greg) Bart-lett, Morgantown; and Daughter-in-Law, Carolyn Long, Montgomery, WV.
Her Special Grandchildren are: Chris Gillespie, Chad Gillespie, Elizabeth Martin-Long, T. J. Benton, Darrell Long II, Andrew Cogar, Matthew Wood, Michael Ward, Brian Wood, Kristen Benton Delauder, Kathryn Ward, Derek Long, Nathan Bartlett, Emilie Wood Wolfe, and Natalie Bartlett.

Also surviving are: 14 Great Grandchildren; 3 Great-Great Grandchildren; Several Step Grandchildren; Several Step Great Grandchildren;  Brother, Billy Jackson and Sister, Patty Mollohan both of Little Birch, WV.

Thank you and God’s Blessings to her wonderful caregivers; Susan McKenzie, Jeannie Carr and Stephanie McKenzie. Thanks also to her sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Bernard Mollohan and lifelong friend, Edith Cunningham.

Friends and Family were received Monday, September 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton St., Gassaway, WV, where service was held Tuesday, September 25 at 11:00 AM.

Friends also called from 10:00 AM until time of service.

Rev. William Hopkins officiated and Interment was at Sutton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The American Red Cross, 113 Lakeview Drive, Charleston, WV 25313.

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