Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

James Robert “Jim Bob” Moore

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James Robert “Jim Bob” Moore

Age 41, of Sutton, WV formally of Virginia Beach, VA passed away October 27, 2012 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV.

He was born in El Paso, TX on December 05, 1970 to James David Moore and Martha Morrison Moore Polon.

Jim Bob was a self employed window washer.

He attended Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton.

He is survived by his mother, Martha “ Marty” Polon of Sutton, father, James David Moore and wife Jo Ann of Shinnston, WV, son, Camron Martines of Virginia Beach, VA, daughters, Kara Martines of Sutton, Kayla Martines of Virginia Beach, VA, granddaughter, Nevaeh Fulks, sisters, Amy Moore of Sutton, Stacey Bischoff of Birmingham, AL; special aunt, Barbara Jordan and husband John David, aunt Marianna Morrison, uncle Bo and aunt Rose Morrison, and several loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday October 30, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Smailes and Rev. Barbara Accord officiating.

Burial will follow at Morrison Ridge Cemetery, Airport Road Sutton.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Moore Family.

Ramona Doris McCloy Richards

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Ramona Doris McCloy Richards

Age 77, of Parkersburg, WV, died October 28, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born April 13, 1935, in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Ralph L. and Mary Maxine Whaley McCloy.

She was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Monica McDonald and husband, Mac, and Christopher Dotson; great-grandchild, Preston McDonald; six brothers, Ralph L. (Barbara) McCloy of Parkersburg, Ronald D. (Sue) McCloy of Parkersburg, Gary W. (Delores) McCloy of Parkersburg, Robert D. (Kim) McCloy of Harrisville, WV; Larry E. (Connie) McCloy of Parkersburg and Neal S. (Kelly) McCloy of Harrisville; stepchildren, Virgil Richards, Junior Richards of Clarksburg, Ellen Cutlip of Columbus, Ohio, Paul Richards of Clarksburg, Delores Christy of North Carolina, John Richards of Virginia, Roger Richards of Clarksburg, Linda Lees of Gahanna, Ohio, Terry Richards, Steve Richards of Clarksburg, Leroy Richards of War, WV, Kathy Dehart of Virginia and Mike Richards of Clarksburg; 29 step-grandchildren; and several step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Virgil Richards; two sons, Ronald L. and Gary R. Dotson; three sisters, Geneva Richards, Luella Pernell and Mary Lou McCloy; and one brother, David Lee McCloy.

Services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Joshua French and Pastor Ron Fuson officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Hocking Church of God, General Fund, 3818 State Route 124, Little Hocking, OH 45742.

Juanita Alkire

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Juanita Alkire

of Walkersville, WV, died peacefully October 25, 2012, at her Parkersburg home.

She was born February 10, 1921, a daughter of the late Ned and Lucy Hammer Squires.

Juanita graduated from Walkersville High School earning the honor of valedictorian of the class of 1939.

On July 04, 1945, Juanita married Ray Alkire in Martinsburg. This began a simple life of hard work and self-employment. Throughout the years, Juanita and Ray owned and operated the Tradewinds Drive-in in Beckley, Juanita’s Coffee Shop in Weston and the Dinette and Ray’s Esso/Exxon in Walkersville.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters; and one brother.

Surviving her are daughters, Janet Johnson and Debbie Kafer; sons-in-law, Joe Johnson and August Kafer; granddaughter, Samantha Bradley and her husband, Nick; precious great-granddaughter, Lucy Grey Bradley; niece, Avis Hewitt; and nephew, Barry Mitchell and his wife, Pat.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Juanita’s loving caregivers, Tammy, Alice Righter, Darla Bills and Linda McCumbers. Juanita looked forward to seeing their smiling faces each day.

In accordance with Juanita’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service.

After cremation, her ashes will be buried at Long Point Cemetery in Walkersville.

Memorial contributions can be sent in Juanita’s honor to the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department, 16629 US Highway 19 South, Walkersville, WV 26447.

She spent many hours in the 1960’s and 1970’s cleaning and frying ramps for WVFD’s fundraisers.

Ruth Almeda (Bennington) Yoak

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Ruth Almeda (Bennington) Yoak

Age 90, of Ripley, WV, formerly of Spencer, WV, passed into the presence of Jesus on October 26, 2012, with her family by her side.

She was born January 02, 1922, at Arnoldsburg, WV, to Fred and Mary (Wilson) Bennington.

Ruth spent her early years in Calhoun County, graduating from Calhoun County High School in 1939.

She married Victor Yoak on April 20, 1946, in Barberton, Ohio. Having spent 30 years in Roane County, she was involved in activities at the Spencer Temple, the Trail Blazer’s 4-H Club and the Home Demonstration Club. She was a wonderful mother, homemaker, cook and gardener. Ruth worked as the Society Editor for Spencer Newspapers for several years after Sandra and David left home.

After moving to Ripley in 1977, she was an active member of Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Victor; and a daughter and a son, Sandra Lea (the Rev. Peter S.) Mathewson of Granville, Ohio, and David Victor (Connie Coen) Yoak of Newburgh, IN. Ruth has four loving granddaughters, Heather (Jeff) Tron of Newburgh, IN, Amy (Jim) Kearns of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lori (Dennis) Struyk of Lebanon, Ohio, and Stacy (Mark) Zimmerman of Pataskala, Ohio. She will be deeply missed by eight great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Victor Kearns, Elijah James Kearns, Hope Elizabeth Kearns, Cassidy Grace Tron, Mackenzie Faith Tron, Anna Elizabeth Zimmerman, Lauren Zoe Zimmerman and Katelynn Benning Struyk.

Ruth was preceded in death by two infant children, Carolyn and Mark; a brother, Wilson Bennington; and three sisters, Emogene Bennington, Oreta (Orlie) Anderson and Oleta “Sally” (Owen) Bourne.

A celebration of life service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church, 330 Third Ave., Ripley, with the Rev. Peter S. Mathewson, the Rev. Jeff Keffer and the Rev. Mike Elder officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Monday at Waybright Funeral Home, 511 South Church St., Ripley, and at the church one hour before the service.

Burial will be at 3:00 PM in Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sand Ridge, WV.

Rensel Gerald Ramsburg

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Rensel Gerald Ramsburg

Age 94, of 110 Marie Street, Jane Lew, WV, passed away at 10:50 PM Wednesday October 24, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born June 20, 1918 in Jane Lew, a son of the late Albert Carl Ramsburg and Emma Grace Hitt Ramsburg.

On April 05, 1946, he married the former Agatha Grae Salisbury who died August 07, 1999.

Surviving are one son Gerald W. Ramsburg of Bridgeport WV and one daughter, Denise Carson of Copley. Two grandchildren, Lara Ramsburg of Canonsburg, PA, and Jared Ramsburg of Memphis, TN.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Geraldine Garvin, Zola Sims, and Erma Caldwell.

Mr. Ramsburg was retired from Grafton Coal Company with several years of service.

He was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church, the VFW, and the Jackson Masonic Lodge #35 A.F. & A.M. of Good Hope.

He loved gardening and woodworking. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Air Force from 1941-1945 as a Technical Sergeant.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service on Saturday from 4:00-8:00 PM.

A private graveside service will be held Monday, October 29 from the Broad Run Cemetery with the Reverend Cyril Johnston officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Broad Run Cemetery Foundation at PO Box 542 Jane Lew WV 26378.

Lawrence D. Gay

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Lawrence D. Gay

Age 78, of 117 Abbott Run Road, Horner, WV died Monday, October 22, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born July 2, 1934 in Lewis County a son of the late Lawrence and Rosa Call Gay.

In 1953 he married the former Janet Joan Belt who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters Barbara J. Ables of Weston, WV and Cheryl Phares of Linn, WV.

Two sons Roger D. Gay of Lake Floyd and Robert L. Gay of Weston.

8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Mr. Gay was employed for several years at the Lewis County board of Education as a school bus driver and previously was employed by the WV Dept. of Highways.

He also painted and restored autos for several years.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Thursday, October 25, 2012 from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service with the Reverend Wease Day officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Ronald Heater

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Ronald Heater

Age 73 of Rocky Fork Road, Gilmer County, West Virginia, departed this life at 11:20 PM, Wednesday October 24, 2012 at the Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center, Glenville, West Virginia following an extended illness.

He was born November 03, 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland, son of the late Joseph E. and Anne Cosner Heater.

Ronald worked in the construction, coalmine, sawmill industries and Asplundh Tree Experts as a tree trimmer. He was an Army Veteran Paratrooper and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

On October 24, 1958 he was united in marriage to Agnes Collins Heater, who survives at their Rocky Fork home.

Surviving are:  7 children; Rhonda J. Singleton and husband Bert of Heaters, West Virginia; William Michael Heater of Newville, West Virginia; Gerald Keith Heater and wife Pamela of Doddridge County, West Virginia; Nicky Joe Heater and wife Rebecca of Orlando, West Virginia; Ricky Gene Heater and wife Kathy of Orlando, West Virginia;, Lois Eileen Blake and companion Stephen of Burnsville, West Virginia.

Also surviving are: 1 Brother, Joseph Michael Heater and wife Shirley of Orlando, West Virginia; 1 Sister, Patricia Tedrick and husband Doug of Morgantown, West Virginia; 10 Grandchildren and 6 Great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by 1 son, John Heater in 1964.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, West Virginia, at 11:00 AM Monday October 29, 2012 with Rev. Roy Wiant officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mick Cemetery on Rocky Fork Road Orlando, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday evening at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Ronald Heater with arrangements.

Barbara Stewart Matheny

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Barbara Stewart Matheny

Age 79, passed away at her home in Vienna, WV, on September 13, 2012.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of the late George and Annary Gertrude Stewart.

Barbara spent much of her life taking care of others as a home Hospice provider.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Samuel Matheny; two sisters, Carolyn Dye and Betty Dennis; and three brothers, Samuel Stewart, Bradley Stewart and Jerry Phillip Stewart. Barbara is survived by several nieces and nephews; and special family friends, Ann Whitaker and Carl and Tracy Powell.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at the Knights Of Pythias Cemetery, Hastings, WV.

Local arrangements by Palmer Funeral Home Inc., Pine Grove, WV.

Please make a donation in Barbara Matheny’s name to the American Heart Association.

Nellie Lou Coburn Harris

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Nellie Lou Coburn Harris

Age 80 of Big Bend, Calhoun County, WV, departed this world for her heavenly home October 23, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born on April 10, 1932 in Salem, WV, a daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth Coburn.

She was a 1950 graduate of Doddridge County High School.

She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Grantsville, WV where she was a Sunday school teacher, BYF Leader and custodian for many years.

She worked at Rubber Fabricators in Grantsville, Garment Factory in Harrisville, Godfrey’s Store in Grantsville and was a foster parent, a good Christian woman who enjoyed seeing family and friends and sharing the word of God.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and aunt devoting her life to her family and to God. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nellie is survived by her five children, Jerry “Fuzzy” (Kathryn “Kookie”) Harris of Grantsville, Terry (Donzel “Nick”) Jones of Big Bend, Loren “Mike” (Tammy) Harris of Terra Alta, WV, Sandra (Dennis) McCumbers of Grantsville, Roberta “Bert” (John) Roberts of Ravenna, Ohio; three stepchildren, Veda (Jack) Wright of Elizabeth, Nolan Harris of Elizabeth and Velma Kirby of Grantsville; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Roger) Longwell, Nikki (Michael) Boatright, Kristin (Kevin) Miller, Jessica Harris, Chad (Jaime) Roberts, Chase Roberts, Jacob McCumbers, Noelle and Jordan Harris, Mark Charlie (Jan) Harris; eight great grandchildren, Caleb Schoolcraft, Tea Boatright, Tesa and Taneekah Longwell, Madison and Lexi Miller, Kailtyn Roberts, Mackenzie Bevel.

Also one great-great grandchild, Chase Lockhart-Schoolcraft; sixteen step-grandchildren, Tina Cunningham, Cheri Lockhart, David Harrington, Jimmie Cunningham, Tracy Harris, Chris Griffin, Robbie Kirby, Betty Hostottle, Angie Kinder, Nancy Kirby, Sheila Brannon, Linda Shinol, Junior Copen, Beulah Little, and Missy Copen; siblings, Linda Davis and Mary Coburn both of Pennsboro. Gene (Joyce) Coburn of Beverly Hills, FL, Betty (Bill) Gault of Ashland, Ohio, Brenda (Barry) Riddle of Sandusky, Ohio and Carol (John) Shearon of Marietta, Ohio. Sister-in-laws: Murdayne “Timmy” (Frank) Finley of Marion, Indiana and Deanie Brady of Walker, WV, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Loren “Buck” Harris; great granddaughter Kaylee Jones; sisters, Barbara Sutton and Margarette Fitzpatrick; brother, Arthur “Sonny” Coburn; stepchildren, Charles “Buddy” Harris, Rena Sidwell, Delmas Harris, Jimmie Harris, Sharon Shuman.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Grantsville with Pastor Gene Johnson officiating.

Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Boy’s Life Cut Short in Domestic Violence Incident

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There is now a reminder for motorists traveling the interstate through Charleston.

West Virginia Division of Highways crews installed a memorial sign last Friday that is also meant to send a message to motorists about driving and domestic violence.

The blue and white sign says “Please Drive Safely—In Memory of Jahlil Clements.“

Clements, age 11, was struck and killed by a car in March. He was trying to flag down help for his mother who was being beaten at the time by Ethan Chic-Colbert.

Chic-Colbert, age 25, was convicted in July three counts of child neglect, one count of child neglect resulting in death and one count of domestic battery.

He was sentenced in August to up to 30 years in prison followed by 25 years of supervised probation.

The Jahlil Clements Foundation and a local domestic violence group sponsor the sign.

The sign is located along I-77 south at mile marker 100.

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Ruth Pierce Riddle

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Ruth Pierce Riddle

Age 96, of Auburn, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at her residence, following an extended illness.

Ruth was born February 3, 1916, in Ritchie County (Holbrook Community), a daughter of the late Baxter M. and Gracie M. (Britton) Pierce.

She spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family. She used her excellent skills in baking, quilting, sewing, and listening to earn the label as “Wonder Woman” for her family. She also was a very social lady in her community and was a dear wife and friend to her late husband.

She was a 68 year member of the Auburn United Methodist Church where she served as the secretary/treasurer and was also a member of the Auburn Women’s Society.

She is survived by her children, Bobby Riddle (Esther), Mt. Clare, WV; Daniel Riddle (Cindy), Spelter, WV, and Dortha Anderson (Jim), Auburn, WV; brother, Dean Patrick Pierce, Harrisville, WV; grandchildren, Beverly Lopreste (Jim); Terry Skinner (Rick); Larry Gregg (Deb); Cheryl Smith; Benji Riddle, and Bill Riddle (Jessica), along with 6 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Shirley S. Riddle, on March 03, 1993; daughter, Sharon Riddle; 5 brothers, 3 sisters and 2 grandchildren, Timothy Riddle and Jill (Riddle) Miles.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 25, 2012, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Ed Balis officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Union Cemetery near Summers, WV.

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

Steven Stanley Mazzagotte

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Steven Stanley Mazzagotte

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Steven Stanley “Stan the Jewelry Man” Mazzagotte was called home. Stan leaves his father George; step-mother, Audrey; wife, Paula; step-sons, Anthony and Joshua; daughter, Kimberlie; granddaughter, Noelle; sister, Evon and her husband, Danny; sister, Debbie and her husband, Skip; cousin, Rob and his wife Barb; sister-in-law, Susan and her husband, John; mother-in-law, Maxine and “Aunt-in-law,” Caroline.

Stan was born in Pensacola, Florida on December 19, 1948. He enrolled in a silversmith class at a local college in 1974 and therein found his life’s work. Goldmakers, Inc. was founded in 1975 in Tampa, Florida.

In October 1997, Stan and Paula met online via America Online (AOL). Their first date was a Harley ride on November 5, 1997. Their courtship reads like a fairytale. Stan, always the incurable romantic, proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2001. He said that if a newly married couple went on a honeymoon then the newly engaged couple should also have a special celebration. Thus, Stan and Paula’s “sugarmoon” was born. They flew to Pittsburgh, rented a four-wheel drive truck and spent a week skiing and dining atop Snowshoe Mountain. On November 05, 2001 they were married in Barbados and honeymooned in the British Virgin Islands.

The jewelry business boomed and they came to West Virginia often as Paula’s family lives here. Nelson, Paula’s father became ill and the Mazzagotte’s took that as a sign to get out of the big crime-ridden city of Tampa and relocate to Glenville. Stan adopted the role of caretaker of the family property atop Nutter Run Hill; GoldMakers Jewelry replaced the Tampa Corporation and the rest, as they say, is history.

Stan was a genuine angel on Earth. Everything he touched was instantly improved; brighter; stronger; more vivid. He lived “out loud” and every second of every day to its’ fullest. His glass was never half empty. Those of us blessed enough to be within his reach were showered with his kindness, benevolence, thoughtfulness and love. A little bit of Stan’s heart and soul is encapsulated in each piece of the jewelry he designed. It is warming to know there are so many pieces out there with a little bit of Stan in each and every one of them. As Stan’s disease progressed, it weighed heavily on his heart to be unable to fulfill the creative needs of his community. He was a unique man with a unique gift and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

To pay tribute to this wonderful man, a Memorial Celebration of the Life of Stan Mazzagotte will be held at the Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville at 7:00 PM, Friday, October 26, 2012 led by Pastor Kenny Fisher.

Friends may gather from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. There will be slide shows, pictures, albums, etc. to honor and remember Stan. Pictures, jewelry, stories or anything you have which will share Stan’s talents, friendship, love, etc. are welcome. Anyone wishing to share a story or speak of Stan’s life will have that opportunity just after 7:00 PM.

Stan was very specific in NOT wanting a sad and solemn affair, but a CELEBRATION of his life. So please dress for a celebration, not a funeral. You know he will be with us in spirit!

As Stan was a recipient and strong supporter of First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to this worthwhile, county focused organization. There will be a basket for such donations or feel free to write Stan’s name on the memo line of your check and mail to First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, 217 East Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

Mary G. See

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Mary G. See

Age 80, of 365 Ranges Run Road Roanoke, West Virginia passed away at 7:15 AM in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Jane Lew.

She was born in Webster County, West Virginia on June 10, 1932 a daughter of the late Worth O. Bennett and Gertrude Boggs Bennett.

On October 22, 1952 she married Ralph W. See Jr, who proceeded her in death on October 31, 1992.

She was also proceeded in death by one sister Alta Lucille Bennett and three brothers Orris Summers Bennett, Worthy Hollis Bennett and William Ottis Bennett.

She is survived by one son Ralph Edward See and wife Darlene of Roanoke. Two granddaughters Mary Katherine “Kathy” See of Roanoke and Deanna Darlene See Shackleford and husband Cale of Linn, WV. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. see was a homemaker and worked beside her husband on the family farm. She loved to cook, garden, farming, photography and loved to sew.

She was a member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church and was a Sunday School teacher for years.

She was a 39 year member of the Vandalia Community Educational Outreach Service Club. She was a 64 year member of the Lewis County Farm Bureau. She was a past member of the Lewis and Upshur County Livestock Association.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston will be serving the family of Mary G. See.

Lloyd Richard “Dick” Stalnaker

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Lloyd Richard “Dick” Stalnaker

Age 83 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:08 AM, Monday, October 22, 2012 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia, following a brief illness.

He was born April 16, 1929 at Letter Gap, Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of Wynona Brannon Stalnaker of Letter Gap, WV and the late Okey Stalnaker, Jr.

Dick attended Normantown High School and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a former truck driver, construction worker and farmer.

He delivered the Exponent/Telegram for several years, was a Tax Assessor in Gilmer County, where he was elected for 8 terms, and served for 29 1/2 years.

He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church, member of the Glenville Lion’s Club, and Kanawha Drive Community Inc.

On November 21, 1947 Dick was united in marriage to Marito Furr Stalnaker who survives at their Kanawha Drive Farm.

Surviving are: 2 Sons, Michael Richard “Mike” Stalnaker and wife Terri of Glenville, WV and Patrick Lloyd “Pat” Stalnaker of Glenville, WV; 1 Granddaughter, Stacey Stalnaker of Glenville, WV; 1 Great-grandson, Jack Norman of Glenville, WV; 2 Brothers, Okey Lee Stalnaker and wife Margaret of Letter Gap, WV and Bill Stalnaker and wife Betty of Glenville, WV; 1 Sister-in-law, Audra Stalnaker of Letter Gap, WV.

Along with his father, he was preceded in death by: (1 brother) Gene Stalnaker and 1 Daughter-in-law, Robin Stalnaker.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville WV; at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery.

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

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

William Dawson Means

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William Dawson Means

Age 92, of 2736 U.S. Highway 33 West, Weston, WV, passed away on October 22, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

William was born on December 06, 1919 in Hurst, West Virginia, son of the late Willie Ervin Means ad Grace Truman (Sprouse) Means.

On December 10, 1947 he married Eva R. (Cox) Means who survives.

Mr. Means is also survived by three daughters Pat Bush and husband Bob of Weston, Debbie Blackstone and husband Larry of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Brenda Lydon of Weston. Also surviving are four grandchildren Brian L. Bush and fiancé Janell Starner, Breanna A. Wilson and husband Chris, Jessica Krohn and husband Ryan, and Brittany Parks and fiancé Jonathan Oates, three great-grandchildren Ethan and Jobie Bush, and Karli Krohn, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded death by one brother Fred O. Means and two sisters Virginia N. Means and Ruth Means.

Mr. Means was a retired well tender and compressor operator for Hope Gas Company. He was a graduate of Weston High School.

He was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church on Straight Run in Lewis County where he was superintendent for almost fifty years.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army Air Force, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion both of Jane Lew.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Alan Neal and Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Rock Grove Cemetery in Linn, WV with Full Military Honors conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for William Dawson Means.

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