Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Joseph Hamil

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Joseph Hamil

Age 73, of Little Birch, WV, passed away at his home on October 20, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Billie Sue Long Hamil; son, Robert Hamil and Kim; daughter, Laura Green and husband, Joe; sister, Betty Brietbard of New York City, Grandchildren, Nancy Mulhare, Kathleen Mulhare, Joseph Green, James Green, Sam Green and one great granddaughter, Ashton Green.

Waiting to welcome him were parents, Michael and Frances Howe Hamil; sister, Violet and brothers, William, Andrew, and Michael.

Joseph was born October 30, 1938, during the radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. He grew up and worked in New York City and moved to WV in 1993 when he retired from the NYC Subway System. He was a Marine, an avid fisherman, a 20 year Boy Scout leader, tenant association organizer and vice president, a founder for the preservation of the 1889 one room Windy Run School, a 16 year volunteer at St. Michaels Mission Food Pantry and thrift store, and an organizer of Encore, a thrift store for the people. Joe was a 40 year member of the Cornucopia Masonic Lodge in NYC.

He was a devout Catholic.

Services were held at 8:00 PM Monday, October 22, 2012, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Father Dominikus Baok officiating.

Friends called two hours prior to the service.

In Joe’s memory, donations of food or money may be made to Encore, 229 River St. Gassaway, WV 266241, for the holiday food baskets.

Randy K. Gregory

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Randy K. Gregory

Age 53, of Elyria, OH, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2012, following a brief illness.

He was born in Glenville, WV, October 28, 1958.

Randy loved to watch wrestling and the Cleveland Browns. He also enjoyed cartoons, cookouts and visiting family and friends.

He is survived by his siblings, Janice Clouser (Gene) of Oberlin, OH; Raymond (Janice) of Weston, WV; Sandy Clevenger (Don) of Shock, WV; Phyllis Coe (Donnie) of Titusville, FL; Allen (Diane) of Elyria, OH and Pamela Whilhelm of Elyria, OH and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Evalee (nee Carder) Gregory and siblings, Delores Fisher, Leon Gregory and Margaret Sue Ellison.

Private internment will take place in Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Busch Funeral Home, Elyria, OH.

Nancita C “Nancy” Losh

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Nancita C “Nancy” Losh

Age 69 of Sand Fork, West Virginia, departed this life at 4:00 AM, Thursday November 01, 2012 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia following an extended illness.

She was born on April 19, 1943 in Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Wilkson B. and Pearl Hoover Brown.

On May 09, 1960 she was united in marriage to Lonnie Losh, who preceded her in death.

Nancy was a homemaker and Baptist by faith.

Surviving are 2 sons and one daughter; Darnell Brown and wife Marlyn of Cleveland, Ohio, Lonnie Losh Jr. and wife Christina of Clarksburg, WV,  and Michelle Smarr and husband Clint of Tanner, West Virginia.

Several brothers and sisters also survive; Minnie Phalen, Deb Wombles, Ferris Brown, Jack Parkins, Barbara Henderson, Dominick E. Brown, Deborah Womles, Robert Brown, Nick Brown, Pam Wireman, and Eugene Brown.

Along with her parents and husband, Nancy was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Brown, one brother, Joe Brown, and her step-mother Marjorie Brown.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, West Virginia, at 11:00 AM, Tuesday November 06, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sand Fork Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 PM Monday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Nancy Losh with arrangements.

June Estelle Agostino

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June Estelle Agostino

Age 71, of Gassaway, WV passed away on Tuesday, 23rd of October 2012.

She was the wife of Joseph Agostino; beloved mother of Kathleen McLaughlin of Exchange, WV, Karen Robillard of Las Vegas, NV and Michael Joseph Agostino of Pittsburgh, PA; 12 grandkids, 3 great grandkids and 1 on the way; sister of Dorothy Baumer, Jackie Huggins, Joseph Short, Robert Short and Ron Short; sister of predeceased Joyce Pilat and Linda Carter. She also leaved behind her loyal dog, Dex and best friend, Esta Boggs.

She held on unselfishly to give her husband one last anniversary, a true testament of her character and magnificent display of her undying love for him.

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

At June’s request her body was cremated.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Patty Marie Hicks

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Patty Marie Hicks

Age 79, of 28 Mayre Street of Weston, WV, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at her residence.

She was born in Weston on February 23, 1933: daughter of the late Sherman J. Bean and Flora (Butcher) Bean.

On December 16, 1950 she married William L. “Wimpy” Hicks, who preceded her in death on May 07, 1996.

Mrs. Hicks is survived by three sons: William L. Hicks and wife, Sheila and Timothy E. Hicks and wife, Susan, both of Jane Lew and David L. Hicks and wife, Tammy of Tampa, FL, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by five brothers, Raymond Bean and wife, Anna Mae, Hubert Bean, Sherman “Dick” Bean and wife, Jean and Jerry Bean and wife, Carol, all of Weston and Robert “Bob” Bean of Goldsboro, NC; four sisters, Betty (Bean) Brumley of Weston, Ellen (Bean) Cool of Cannonsburg, PA, Maxine (Bean) Harris and husband, Eugene of Ravenna, Ohio and Margaret (Bean) Bodkin of Good Hope; several nieces and nephews and her beloved companion pet, Popeye.

In addition to her parents and husband, William “Wimpy”, Patty was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Hicks worked at the Jane Lew Glass Factory and retired from Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew.

She was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church of Jane Lew.

Patty lived for her family and loved her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, October 26, from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 27, at 10 AM, from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Jerry Bean officiating.
Interment followed services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to be in charge of arrangements for Patty Marie Hicks.

Janice L. Clouser (nee Gregory)

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Janice L. Clouser (nee Gregory)

of Oberlin, Ohio, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 following a long illness.

Janice was born May 06, 1941 in Glenville, West Virginia.

She lived in Elyria prior to moving to Oberlin 26 years ago.

Janice was a member of the Elyria AMVETS Post #32 Auxiliary and the Oberlin V.F.W. Post #6273 Auxiliary. She loved playing cards and traveling to casinos. Janice especially loved her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Gene, to whom she was married 47 years; two sons, Charles Clouser and his companion Nini of Lorain and Roger Clouser and his wife Sherry of Lagrange; one daughter, Regina and her husband Tony Belfiore of Elyria; two brothers, Raymond and his wife Janice Gregory of Weston, West Virginia, Allan and his wife Diane Gregory of Elyria; three sisters, Phyllis and her husband Don Coe of Titusville, Florida, Sandra and her husband Donald of West Virginia and Pam Wilhelm of Elyria; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orval and Evelyn (nee Carter) Gregory; and by two brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call Friday, November 02, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland St., Elyria.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the funeral Home. Rev. Ralph Krall of the Lagrange United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

Memorial contributions in Janice’s memory may be given to the Lagrange United Methodist Church.

Mary Ann Hardbarger

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Mary Ann Hardbarger

Age 72, of Elizabeth, WV, departed this life at 8:04 AM, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital , Parkersburg, WV following an extended illness.
She was born August 03, 1940 in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Loreeta Self Peters.
Mary Ann had numerous jobs, the last being with Pennzoil as a secretary.  She really enjoyed life, she played the piano and sang at several churches and nursing homes or wherever they needed someone; she was very talented in arts, crafts and jewelry making; and was a homemaker and mother.

She attended the Bethel Baptist Church at Elizabeth.
She is survived by her husband Roger Hardbarger who survives at their Elizabeth home.
Also surviving:  a daughter, Lisa Groves and husband Carl of Elizabeth; 2 sons, James Lynn Thompson of Pullman, WV; and Eddie Joe Perine and wife Autumn of Parkersburg, WV; 3 brothers and 1 sister survive, Richard Peters of West Milford, WV; John Peters of Craigsville, WV; Mike Peters, Linn, WV and Sharon Radcliff of Jane Lew, WV.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Carl, Lynn and Joe Peters and one sister, Nina Pyles.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Rock Grove United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 03, 2012 with Rev. James Brunty and Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday (one hour prior to services) at the Church.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc.  is assisting the family of Mary Ann Hardbarger with arrangements.

Rosa Bell Bush

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Rosa Bell Bush

Age 87, of Massillon, Ohio, formerly of Burnsville, WV, passed away, Friday, October 26, 2012 at Hospitality House Care Center, Ohio.

Rosa Bell was born on Friday, December 05, 1924 in Burnsville, WV a daughter of the late James Thomas Barrett and Vada Agnes Tomblin Barrett.

She attended Sarah Care of Belden and enjoyed working puzzles.

Rosa Bell was preceded in death by her husband Clyde W. Bush, one brother and two sisters. She is survived by her sons; Jerry (Debra) Bush, Massillon, Ohio, Clyde Bush, Jr., Burnsville, WV and Rick (Helen) Bush of Copen, WV; daughters, Louise (Tom) Ratliff, Burnsville, WV, Barbara Smith, Charleston, WV, Connie (Jack) Posey, Flatwoods, WV and Margie (Tom) Mills, Buckhannon, WV. Surviving sisters are Elizabeth Snyder, Weston, WV and Jean (Robert) Allen of Burnsville, WV.

Grandchildren surviving Rosa Bell are Michael Bush, Amy Bush, James Bush, Daniel Bush, Jody Bush, Roberta Losh, P.J. Posey and Michaela Mills. Surviving step-grandchildren include Stephen Keener and Laura Keener. Great-grandchildren surviving are Alanys Bush, Mark and Mya Losh. Step great-grandchildren surviving are Billy and Dustin Keener, Misty Keener and Summer Jamison.

Funeral services were held for Rosa Bell on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service in K of P Cemetery, Burnsville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday evening, October 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stark County Humane Society, Post Office Box 7077, Canton, Ohio 44705.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Hospitality House and Harbor Lights Hospice for their excellent care and compassion to both Rosa Bell and her family.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby R. Conrad

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Bobby R. Conrad

Age 81, of Burnsville, WV, passed away, Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

He was born Tuesday, March 17, 1931, in Napier, WV, a son of the late Teddy Conrad and Mamie Williams Conrad.

He was retired from Penn Line. Bobby also enjoyed coon hunting.

Bobby is preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Conrad; two brothers, Earl Conrad and Gene Conrad; two sisters, Retha Conrad and Ollie Lloyd. He is survived by one brother, Harley Conrad, Camden-on-Gauley, WV, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Bobby were held at Stocker-Sizemore Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 03, 2012, at 2:00 PM with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial followed the service in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters, WV.

Friends called at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

Stockert-Sizemore funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV, was in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Jane Floyd Taylor

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Barbara Jane Floyd Taylor

Age 73, of Hardy, VA reached up to take her heavenly father’s hand on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM at her home with family and friends by her side.

She was born in Sutton, WV on July 04, 1939, a daughter of the late Dorothy Skidmore Floyd and Von Floyd and was a retired court reporter with the United States Federal Courts for 40 years.

Surviving is her loving husband of 38 years, Donnie O’dell Taylor; three sons, Carlos Taylor and wife, Jean, Donald Taylor and wife, Teresa, Jimmy Taylor and wife, Monica; Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A nephew, Herbie and wife, Judy; a niece, Nancy Jo and husband, Larry and also her beloved pets, Wendy, Lee Jackson, Gidget and Carley also survive her.

Funeral services were conducted at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel with Dr. F. Tupper Garden officiating.

Interment followed in Evergreen Burial Park.

The family received friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540.982.2100).

Bernard L. Jarvis

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Bernard L. Jarvis

Age 77, of Chloe, WV, passed away October 23, 2012, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, a son of the late Cecil and Nell Arnold Jarvis.

He was a carpenter and U.S. Army Veteran.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Schlit of Arizona; sons, Bernard Jarvis Jr. of Arizona, Jeffrey Jarvis of Chloe and stepson Dale Brown of California; grandchildren, Michael Jarvis of Chloe and Justen Gregory of New Martinsville, WV as well as several others; sisters, Betty Smith of Mesa, AZ, Hope Schoolcraft of Orma, WV, Jean Holmes of Mesa, AZ, Helen Wayne of Elizabeth, WV, Alice Conley of Cayce, SC, Connie Rucker of Cottageville, WV and Donnie King of Ripley, WV; one brother, Don Jarvis of Arizona.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by sisters, Nelma Stump and Bernice Cornn and baby Katherine.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 03, 2012 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating.

Burial will follow in the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:00 Noon until the time of the services on Saturday.

R. Scott Fluharty

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R. Scott Fluharty

Age 96, of Parkersburg, WV, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born in Nobe, WV, a son of the late A.T. and Mollie (Ferrell) Fluharty.

He graduated from Parkersburg High School, where he was a member of the football team. He was a little league coach. He retired from DuPont and then became a Renaissance Man.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, the Shriners, and the Masons.

Scott enjoyed traveling, camping , attending Mountaineer games, and walking his dog in the City Park.

He is survived by two sons Robert Fluharty (Patricia) of Parkersburg and Michael Fluharty of Silver Springs, MD; grandchildren, Kelly Fluharty (Lloyd Farinash), Erin Fluharty (Michael Dech), Kerry Fluharty (her fiance Drew Dupont), Amanda Tucci (Brian) , and Megan Fluharty; Amanda and Megan’s mother, Alberta Fluharty of Severna Park, MD; eight great grandchildren, Riley, Mackenzie, Ethan, Katie, Colin, Izzy, Lily, and Sammie; and his canine companion, Buster.

In additiion to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (Hill) Fluharty; two brothers, Denver and Roy Fluharty; a sister, Pearl Pollard; an infant sister; and his canine companion Amy.

Services will be Saturday, 3:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Richard McClure officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday 6:00-8:00 PM and Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Austin Eugene Clark

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Austin Eugene Clark

Age 43, of Grantsville, WV, passed away at his home on October 25, 2012.

He was born in Grantsville, a son of Donald Clark of Texas and Sheryl Wease Richards of Grantsville.

He was Methodist by faith.

He is survived, in addition to his parents, by his aunt Charlene Richards and cousin Phylis Ann Ohnheiser as well as his friend William Allen.

There will be no public services.

A private family gathering is planned at a later date.

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

Carl Gene James

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Carl Gene James

Age 76, of West Union, WV, passed away October 30, 2012, at Salem Care and Rehab Center in Salem, WV.

He was born September 07, 1936 in Mautua, Ohio, a son of the late Paul and Sylvia (Dillon) James.

Carl owned and operated Carl James Logging and the James Lumber Company. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He worked heavy equipment on road construction including the building of new U. S. Highway 50.

Surviving are three sons: Jesse (Dianne) James of Harrisville, Doug James of Greenwood and Brian James of West Union, a daughter Donna (Steve) Davis of Pennsboro, brothers and sisters: Joan Evans of Smithburg, Joyce Hollis of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Linda Campbell of Pullman, Naomi Cunningham of Cabin Run, WV, Barbara Reed of Central Station and Lonnie James of Greenwood.

He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Mallory James, Joshua James, Corey Davis and Shane Davis.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers: DeWayne “Bud” James and Emmit James.

Funeral services will be Friday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Masonic Memorial Park at Crystal Lake, West Union.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Forest W. Butcher

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Forest W. Butcher

Age 90, of 4th Street, Shinnston, West Virginia was reunited with his wife on October 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

Forest was born in Troy, West Virginia on December 27, 1921, the son of the late James Arlandis Butcher and Lottie M. (White) Butcher.

On July 24, 1943 he married Ruth Marie (Sandy) Butcher who proceeded him in death on December 05, 2011.

Forest leaves behind one sister Glenna Queen of Glenville, WV and several nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two brothers John Ola Butcher, James Willard Butcher, and two sisters Lotte Wilma Wiseman and Mary Roberts, and one nephew.

Mr. Butcher proudly served his Country in the Untied States Army as a Corporal during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Forest started his love affair with electric when he attended the Sycamore Trade School of Clarksburg where he study to be an electrician. Forest retired from Consolidated Gas Company with 20 years of services he also worked for Monongahela Power for 11 years then American Electric Power for 10 years. Forest also loved to work on his and electric motors.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Friday, November 02, 2012 from 12:00 Noon till 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will follow visitation and be held at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Hunt Officiating.

Mr. Butcher will be laid to rest in the Weston Masonic Cemetery where he will received full Military Honors conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston will be serving the family of Forrest W. Butcher.

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