Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Artha Ellen Gay

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Artha Ellen Gay

Age 94 of Harrisville, WV, went to be with the Lord on October 20, 2012.

She was born April 09, 1918 at Hampton, Upshur County, the daughter of the late Retes Lee and Icy Wright Casto.

She was educated in Upshur County Schools and retired as a school lunch cook in Upshur County.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Howard F. Gay; one son, Richard O. Gay; one brother and two sisters.

She was much loved and will be missed by her daughter, Sue Gay, of Flat Rock, NC; daughter-in-law, Eva Farnsworth Gay of Harrisville; five grandsons, Dale (Deloris), Richard, Russell, Scott and Christopher (Virginia) Gay all of Harrisville; six great-grandchildren, Heather, Matthew and Allison Gay, Morgan Gay, and Samantha Gay all of Harrisville, and Tiara Gay of Louisiana, as well as her cousin Ronald Casto of Ellenboro.

Mrs. Gay had been a Christian since the age of ten and was a member of Riddles Chapel in Harrisville.

At her request, her body was cremated.

Burial will be in the Hampton Church Cemetery in Upshur County.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 04, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Dan Martin officiating.

Artus Norwood Wilkinson

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Artus Norwood Wilkinson

Age 80, of Smithville, WV, died October 21, 2012 at CCMH, St. Joseph’s Campus, Parkersburg.

She was born October 12, 1932 at Sissonville, WV, the daughter of the late Otto and Garnet Lewis Jones.

Mrs. Wilkinson was a homemaker who loved baking, cooking and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She attended Pike Church of God and was a member of Smithville CEO’s.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Wilkinson, Sr.; sons, Roger Wilkinson of Smithville, WV, and Billy L. Wilkinson, Jr. (Cindy) of Glasgow, WV; daughter Myrtle Washington of Pettyville; brother, James R. Jones (Wanda) of Murray, KY; and sister-in-law, Juanita Mullins of Montgomery, WV; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Alice Marie Jones and Winifred L. Jones.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at King Knob UM Church Cemetery, near Harrisville with Evang. Rose Garrett officiating.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville is assisting the family.

Linda L. Jackson

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Linda L. Jackson

Age 69, of Cisco Road, Cairo, WV, departed this life under the loving care of her family on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at her home on the Jackson Farm.

She went home to be with our Lord and Savior and several loved ones.

She was born October 28, 1942, at Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the John Clifford Windom and Missouri Windom and John Six.

Linda a loving wife, wonderful mother, mamie and J&J Timbers helper.

She was a member of the North Fork Baptist Church, Racy, WV and Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 39, Cairo, WV.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Deidra K. Boston and husband, Bobby, Cairo, WV; one granddaughter, Whitney Renee Boston, Cairo, WV; brothers and sister, Rodney Windom and wife Debbie, Jane Simmons, and Ronald Six and wife Barbra all of Harrisville and special nieces and nephews, Scott Windom and wife Ellie, Courtney Windom, Kim and Deana Simmons and Kristi Steed and husband Fred, and a loving companion Trixie and special friends the Boone Family, Stacey Davis and her church family.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her husband whom she married June 3, 1961, Lawrence J. Jackson; one brother John Six and a special nephew Joe Simmons. A special thank you to Dr. John Beane and staff and her loving caregivers.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the North Fork Baptist Church, Racy, WV, at 2:00 PM with the Rev. Danny McVey and Darrell Farley officiating.

Internment was in the Cairo, I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Cairo, WV.

Friends called from 1:30-8:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, and one hour prior to services at the North Fork Baptist Church.

Memorials to the life of Linda Jackson are preferred to the North Fork Baptist Church, 1598 Cisco Road Cairo, WV, 26337.

Homer Allen Miller

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Homer Allen Miller

Age 82, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2012, at Hillside Nursing Center, where he had resided for the past six years.

Homer was born in Duck, Braxton County, WV on September 29, 1930, to the late Clarence Ray Miller and Hazel Audry Frame Miller.

He was a graduate of Bristol High School, WV, with the class of 1949. He was employed at Kaiser Aluminum, later known as International Converters, Belpre, Ohio, from April 1958 until he retired in 1994.

He married Joetta Boyce, September 27, 1951 and served in the Marines from November 1951 until November 1953.

He resided in Marietta, Ohio most of his life.

He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, July 1963.

Surviving are his wife, Joetta Boyce Miller; daughter, Linda Miller Abbott and her husband Mark of Knightdale; son, Garry Allen Miller and his wife Michelle of Daly City, CA; one granddaughter, Amanda Abbott; four grandsons, Dustin, Benjamin, Matthew and Ethan Miller; three great-grandchildren, Alex Olea, Alicia and Amilee Abbott.

In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by a daughter, Tamra Lynn Miller; and sister, Leah Ferrando and husband David.

Jimmy Lee Demastus, Jr.

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Jimmy Lee Demastus, Jr.

Age 46, of Diana, WV passed away October 17, 2012 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.

He was born April 27, 1966 in Sutton, WV, the son of Carol Skinner and Jimmy Demastus, Sr.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his sister, Crystal Garvin.

He is survived by his mother and step father, Carol Skinner and Larry Brammer of Diana, WV, father and step mother, Jimmy Demastus, Sr. and Lucille of Sutton, brother, Richard Garvin of Little Birch, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Burial will follow at the Garvin Cemetery, Diana, WV.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Monday, October 22, 2012 at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ella Mae Gherke

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Ella Mae Gherke

Age 91, died Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in a local care center.

Ella Mae Hatchell was born on July 25, 1921, in Denham Springs, LA, to Norman E. Hatchell and May Miller Hatchell.

She married Carlos Gherke on October 31, 1945 in Denham Springs, LA and he preceded her in death on December 26, 1992.

She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Baptist.

Survivors include daughters, Cynthia Johnson of Breckenridge and Betty Huelsebusch of Kingwood; sons, Richard Gherke of Longview, Michael Gherke of Glenville, WV, Wayne Gherke and wife, Peggy of Fayetteville, WV, and Zane Gherke and wife, Betty of Vienna, WV; brother, N.E. Hatchell of Denham Springs, LA; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service with Rev. Charles West officiating will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.

Interment will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home of Breckenridge

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 16, Breckenridge, TX 76424 or the donor’s favorite charity.

James P. “Hogie” Garnett Jr.

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James P. “Hogie” Garnett Jr.

Passed in his home on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.  “No need for introduction everyone knows him.”

Hogie loved playing and watching sports and spending time with his friends.

He was 2012 inductee into the James Monroe High School Hall of Fame.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College.

Survivors include his daughters, Jaime E. Moran and husband Albert and Whitney B.R. Garnett and fiancé Daniel; mother of his children, Beatrice T. Verna; sisters Nancy McPhatter and husband Franklin and Beverly Garnett; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents James P. Garnett Sr. and Margaret Garnett.

A celebration of his life will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, October 21 at the Knights of Pythias, 330 Wallace Ln., Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Memorials may be made in memory of “Hogie” to the James Monroe High School Athletic Dept, 2300 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401

“No need for introduction everyone knows him.”

He led the 1972/1973 GSC basktball team to the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri and he was just a super athlete.

He was known as Turk while he played at GSC.

Paul K. Silcott

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Paul K. Silcott

Age 94, of Weston, WV, died Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at the WV Veteran’s Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV.

He was born on December 25th, 1917, in Newburg, WV, the son of the late Guy and Laura Silcott.

Paul lived a long and full life. He attended school in Newburg, WV and graduated from WVU. He taught Vocational Agriculture in both Wirt and Lewis Counties, and was elected to the WV Vocational Agriculture Hall of Fame.

He was a Veteran of WWII, a 53 year Master Mason, Aurora Lodge #43, Newburg, WV, former president of the Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow award. He was also president of the Lewis Co. Heart Society, and a charter member of the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee Committee.

Paul was an active member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, singing in the choir for 50+ years, and was treasurer of the Men’s Group for several years.

He was also active in various community choirs and plays. Loving music, he was always available to sing! Also loving to eat, he was a daily visitor to the Lewis County Senior Center, enjoying fellowship, food, and musical programs.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Ashby, three brothers; George, Carl, Bill Silcott, one sister, Hilda Ervin, and one great-grandson, Jacob Curry.

He is survived by two daughters; Margaret (Peg) McCauley and husband, Ronald, of Buckhannon; Connie McNair and husband Gary, of Leland, NC and one son, Larry Silcott and wife, Rosanna, of Weston.

Surviving are also seven grandchildren: Jenny (Greg) Curry, (Lewisburg); Jan (Joe) Michael, (Parsons); Whitney (Chris) Haught, (Weston); Lindsay (John) Fowkes, (Morgantown); Nathan Silcott, (Knoxville, TN); Ashlea (David) Mulhall, (Shawnee, KS); and Chris McNair, (Albuquerque, NM). He is also survived by nine great grand-children.

Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 PM, on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 3rd Street, Weston, with the Reverend Ronald McCauley Officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Matthew Men’s Group, 3rd St. Weston, WV 26452, or the Lewis Co. Senior Center, West Second St., Weston, WV 26452

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.

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