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Sylvia Mae Stewart

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Sylvia Mae Stewart

Age 102, of Belpre, Ohio, died at the Parkersburg Care & Rehab Center on July 14, 2012.

She was born in Harrisville, WV, on May 01, 1910, and was the daughter of the late Abner H. and Ella Mae Mitchell Frederick.

She was a member of Calvary Community Church since 1967 and had worked in the church nursery.

She had worked for Sanitary Linens and American Viscoe.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Jack Carmichael of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Award E. Stewart in 2000; brothers, Clifford and Earl Frederick; sisters, Icy Chapman and Jetta Orem; and an infant brother and sister.

Services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Ken Fullerton officiating.

Burial will be in Rockland Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Thank you to Penny Morriston and Haven for their care of Sylvia and Parkersburg Care & Rehab Center for their care.

Anna Eva Muessig Childers (Ann E. Childers)

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Anna Eva Muessig Childers (Ann E. Childers)

On Wednesday, July 04, 2012, in Colorado Springs, CO, Anna Eva Muessig Childers (Ann E. Childers) of Jane Lew, WV passed quietly into God’s care while she was sleeping. She had been visiting with her daughter and sister.

Ann was born in Galveston, Texas, on September 22, 1924: daughter of Karl John Wilhelm and Anna (Egert) Muessig.

In 1944, she married 2nd Lt. Max Kenneth Graham, USAF, who was killed in action over Normandy the same year. Ann returned to college, graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in art.

She married Warren Childers in Houston, Texas, in 1955. When she retired in 1995, Ann moved to Jane Lew.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5131 Auxiliary, the Women of Transfiguration Church in Buckhannon, Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Lewis County, West Virginia Republican Club, and Theresa Snaith Auxiliary of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was very active in her organizations and art work.

Her brother, Carl John Muessig, predeceased her.

Ann is survived by her beloved sister, Leonia Joann (Johnson) Seabury of Pinellas Park, FL; cousin Eva Louise Fritiofson of Galveston, Texas; daughter Lauren Eva (Childers) Martin and husband, Andrew Martin of Colorado Springs, CO; daughter Maxine Graham Olson and husband Fred A. Olson of Jane Lew; two grandsons, William David Graham Olson and wife Wesson Olson of Vienna, Virginia, and Max Kenneth Graham Olson and wife, Monique Stephens of Houston, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Amna and Ibrahim Olson, both of Vienna, VA.

There was a memorial service at St. Paul’s Church in Weston and a service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston.

She was interred in Oleander Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.

Earl Wilson

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Earl Wilson

Age 92, of Glenville, WV passed away July 11, 2011 at his home following an extended illness.

Born April, 30, 1920 near Chestnut Lick, he was a son of the late Lonni and Ora Dell Duelley Wilson. He was a veteran of W.W. II.

He attended the Kanawha Drive Baptist Church of Glenville.

Surviving are his wife Lilly Gay Wilson, a daughter Margie Lee Wade of Glenville, 4 grandchildren, Kenneth and wife Donna of Burnsville, WV; Lewis Ray and wife Norma of Glenville, Anna Wade of Strasburg, VA, Richard and wife
Nancy of Glenville. Two brothers, Dave Wilson of Glenville, Bobby Wilson and wife Louise of Ohio. One sister, Bertha McCune of the West Fork, 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Dorcy and Albert and one sister, Luella.

Funeral services will be held Monday 2:00 PM, July 16, 2012 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Interment will be in the Jobs Temple Cemetery, Glenville.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday.

James Franklin Parker

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James Franklin Parker

Age 76, of Harrisville, WV died July 12, 2012 at his residence.

He was born January 27, 1936 in Smithville, WV, the son of the late Goldie Parker and Ada C. Parker Bowen of Harrisville.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a farmer. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

James is survived in addition to his mother by a daughter, Lisa Purvis of Grantsville; uncle Favil Baker of Killbuck, OH; aunt Lottie Reed of Washburn; and many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leslie Parker and Rena Belle Parker; Uncles, Everett Parker, and Loris Reed; aunts, Margaret Parker and Gladys Baker, and companion Lula Purvis.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Rick Matheney officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4:30-8:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Irene G. Sheppard

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Irene G. Sheppard

Age 83 of Davisville, WV passed away July 12, 2012, at her residence.

She was born June 10, 1929, in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late James and Oma White Benear.

She previously worked as a cook at the Ohio Valley Health Care and volunteered at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital as a newspaper distributor.

She was a member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Parkersburg.

Irene is survived by a daughter, Janet Buchanan of Charleston, WV; a son, Rev. Gene Sheppard (Kay) of Follansbee, WV; one brother Charles “Buddy” Sinnett of Ohio; and eight grandchildren, Melissa, Michael, Steve, Amy, Susan, David, Bryan, and Karla; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale L. Sheppard; sons, Dennis and Ray Sheppard; brothers, James and Thurman Benear; and two sisters, Goldie Titus, and Virginia Richards.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, July 16, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St. Parkersburg, with her son, the Rev. Gene Sheppard officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:oo PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 903 Charles St., Parkersburg.

Gale Smith

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Gale Smith

Age 86, of Pennsboro, WV died July 11, 2012 at Louis A. Johnson, V.A. Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born August 10, 1925 at Cabin Run, Doddridge County, WV the son of the late Chauncy W. and Clara Etta Adams Smith.

Gale worked as a mail carrier, farmer and timber worker and later retired as a truck driver for the WV Dept. of Highways. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and attended Greenwood United Methodist Church. He was an avid deer hunter and furnished game to families in need.

He is survived by one daughter, Marlene Gayle Wilson (Eddie) of St. Marys; sisters, Margery Talkington of Pennsboro, and Rosemary Shannon (Don) of VA; brother, Dr. Steven Smith (Linda) of Buckhannon; grandchildren, Julie Ann Lopez (Joe) of Greenwood, Gary Mitchel Talkington (Lisa) of Chesapeake, VA, Michelle Leggett (Scott) of St. Marys and Melanie Wilson of Volo, IL; great grandchildren, Joseph, Heather, Anthony, Brooke, Noah and Henry; and great-great grandchildren, Jordin, Paiten and Maddox.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion E. Waldo Smith; daughter, Sandra Ann Talkington and Sister Eva Hess.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Rev. Randy Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends called at the funeral home, Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Roy Woodard Baker

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Roy Woodard Baker

Age 77, of Harrisville, WV, died July 12, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born September 08, 1934 at Hushers Run, Pennsboro , WV, the son of the late Okey and Lettie Elder Baker.

Roy is survived by sons Ricky Judson, David Lane, Roy Scott(Candace McCloy), and Okey Steven Baker, all of Harrisville; sister, Wilma (Virgil) Bunner, Pennsboro, WV; Brothers, Dencil Dean Baker (Linda), Ellenboro, WV, Rollin Baker (Mina), Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Greggory Scott, Dustin Lee, Sierra Nicole and Holly Nicole; sisters-in-law, June Baker, Ellenboro, WV, Betty Baker, Pennsboro, WV, Linda Baker, Smithville, WV, and Sharon Baker, Pennsboro, WV, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Olin Baker, Okey Baker Jr, Edgel Baker, Donzel Baker, Kester Baker; sisters, Erma Smith and Rena Baker.

Funeral services will be held Monday July 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM at McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Rev. Terry McDonald officiating.


Burial will follow in the Bethany Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rollin Baker, 1388 Hushers Run Rd., Pennsboro, WV, 26415, to help the family cover expenses.

Harley Williams

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Harley Williams

Age 71, of Sutton, WV passed away June 19, 2012.

He was born June 26, 1940 in Holly, WV a son of Oren B. and Sylvia Groff Williams.

Harley retired from working in the saw mills and was a small engine mechanic. He was a good-hearted person and would help anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah J. Gibson Williams and one son, Edward Williams, Newville, WV. He is also survived by brothers; Garl Williams and Claris Williams. One sister survives him, Freda Kniceley, Clarksburg, WV.

Mr. Williams was cremated.

Raymond Freshour

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Raymond Freshour

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard F. Detamore

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Richard F. Detamore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Wilmoth

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Mary Wilmoth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delores Jean Wilson Dodrill

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Delores Jean Wilson Dodrill

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

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

She was born on May 30, 1936.

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

She was a Homemaker.

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

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

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

Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

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

Juanita Pearl Buchanan

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Juanita Pearl Buchanan

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

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

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

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

Juanita was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

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

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

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

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

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

Frank E. DeMoss

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Frank E. DeMoss

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

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

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

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

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

Interment will follow in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery.

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

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