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Anniversaries, Retirements

Moore’s Celebrate Their 50th

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Gary and Gerry Moore of Shock, WV
celebrate their 50th anniversary on Sunday at the Gilmer county Senior Center

Happy Golden Anniversary to Don and Carol Beamer

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“Don and Carol Beamer, formerly of Glenville, recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at their home in Alton, Virginia.

They were married on December 31, 1965 in Sutton, WV in a small ceremony at the home of a local preacher.

Don and Carol’s marriage has been blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

They fondly recall their family and friends in West Virginia and would like to thank all who wished them well on their Golden Anniversary.

GSC Honors Employees for Years of Service

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College honored twelve faculty and staff at its annual Service Awards Luncheon that was held in conjunction with the annual employee holiday luncheon on Friday, December 11 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr presented service award pins and certificates of appreciation to the employees for their many years of service at Glenville State College.

Those recognized included:

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40 Years of Service

Wayne de Rosset - Department of Language and Literature, Associate Professor of English


35 Years of Service

Debi Jenkins - Office of Student Life, Program Assistant

Terry Hacker - Physical Plant, Trades Specialist (retired)

Denise Ellyson - Registrar’s Office, Certification Analyst

Amanda Frymier - Athletic Department, Administrative Secretary


30 Years of Service

Dr. Nancy Zane - Department of Language and Literature, Professor of English

Thomas Snyder - Department of Land Resources, Academic Laboratory Instructional Assistant


25 Years of Service

Roger Clemons - Physical Plant, Trades Specialist


20 Years of Service

Sam Lemon - Physical Plant, Maintenance Worker

Dr. D. Charles “Chuck” Batson - Department of Business, Associate Professor of Business


15 Years of Service

Ann Reed - Registrar’s Office, Registrar

Teresa Sterns - Office of the President, Executive Assistant & Hidden Promise Program Director


Those with thirty or more years of service were previously recognized by West Virginia Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin at a ceremony in Charleston held earlier this year. The years of employment for these awards were calculated through June 30, 2015.

GCPR Says Good Bye to Long Time Worker

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Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board and its Director Darrel Ramsey along with their other employee Sharon Riffle say good bye to a long time co-worker and friend Judd Kirpatrick.

Judd will be retiring from the Recreation Center on September 30th, 2015.

Judd was hired years ago through the central West Virginia Aging Program, and after completing his 4 yrs with the program the Recreation Center hired him as maintenance.

Judd will be missed by several campers that have come to know and love him from coming to summer camp.

We thank him for his outstanding work he has given the Recreation Center.

Geraldine “Gerry” Moore Reitres from Horizon Energy

Geraldine “Gerry” Moore, Distribution Supervisor for Horizon Energy Corporation in Sand Fork, West Virginia, retired on June 15, 2015 with 27 years of service.  Her employment began on November 02, 1987 as a part time Secretary for Continental Petroleum Company and transitioned to Office Manager and Corporate Secretary for Horizon Energy Corporation in later years. 

As many co-workers and friends can attest, Gerry’s dedication to her job and strong work ethic are second to none.  She has proven to be a committed and loyal employee, frequently going above and beyond to ensure that the work was completed correctly and timely.  In fact, she earned the nickname of “Bloodhound” for her ability to accomplish tasks and find solutions to long-standing issues.

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Gerry is not only a dedicated employee but a friend to many who have had the opportunity to work with, or around her.  She will be sorely missed, particularly by all of us at Horizon Energy, but also by our associates.

Gerry sums her employment with the following:  “I interviewed at Continental Petroleum in 1987 for a part time position to cover a maternity leave for their full time employee.  Twenty-seven years later, I am retiring from my part time job.  Knowing nothing at all about the Oil and Gas industry, starting this new job was a challenge.  The “Jones Family” took a chance on me.  I was blessed to have good teachers who were patient and willing to share their knowledge.  Leaving Horizon Energy, I take an abundance of good memories made with friends and co-workers.  I shall ever be grateful to Bob, Judy and Rob for my many years in Sand Fork.”

Gerry plans to spend time with her husband, Gary, their five children (Marcie, Brian, Misty, Carey and Lori) and eight grandchildren (Jordanne, Tyler, Austin, Grace, Laurann, Daney, Eden and Mack).

Proclamation, Praise Offered for Retiring Deputy Superintendent Charles K. Heinlein

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Charleston, WV - During the West Virginia Board of Education’s (WVBE) monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 10, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Charles K. Heinlein, who retires at the end of the month, received a proclamation from West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his years of dedication and service to the education system of the state. WVBE President Gayle Manchin and State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano presented Heinlein with the proclamation.

On behalf of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the WVBE, Dr. Martirano read the proclamation statements that describe Heinlein’s unwavering commitment, true passion and selfless dedication to the children of West Virginia. Heinlein’s legacy of challenging young minds and nurturing the spark of learning for countless citizens began on August 01, 1973.

The proclamation recognized Heinlein as an educator who has influenced many young minds. It is also states that Heinlein exemplified leadership and has twice willingly served as the West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools. Board members and WVDE staff applauded Heinlein with the final proclamation statement: Whereas, Mr. Heinlein’s legacy will remain quilted within the fabric of West Virginia for generations to come.

25th Anniversary of the First Female WVU Mountaineer

This month marks the 25th anniversary that West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant was chosen as the West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot.

In 1990, the 22-year-old broadcast journalism senior from Fairview was the first woman to ever be given the honor of donning the buckskins, coonskin hat and musket.

At the time, not everyone believed her appointment was historic. To some, it was a controversial choice.

“Some fans did not believe the iconic WVU Mountaineer could be represented by a woman. I was spit on, called names and told to go back to the kitchen,” Secretary Tennant said. “I didn’t let it get to me. My pride in my school never faltered. My time as the Mountaineer was one of the best experiences of my life.”

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On the wall in the Secretary of State’s Office, Secretary Tennant proudly displays her musket and photos from her time as the Mountaineer. She also has a scrapbook full of old newspaper clippings from her senior year as the WVU mascot in her office.

WVU began the tradition of an official Mountaineer mascot in 1934. There have been 63 different Mountaineers since then.

“It’s a special club and one I am honored to be a member,” Secretary Tennant said. “On this 25th anniversary, I remember the young girl who simply wanted to represent her school and never wanted her selection to be a gender issue. I was young, but just as passionate about WVU and the state of West Virginia then as I am now.”

The current Mountaineer, Michael Garcia, is a former intern for the secretary of state’s office and also from Marion County.

“Natalie has never stopped being the Mountaineer, and we celebrate with her the anniversary of her selection as WVU’s first-ever female mascot,” Garcia said. “She still embodies the pioneering, get-there-first spirit of all Mountaineers. And the buckskins suit her well.“

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF LONGTIME DNR DIRECTOR

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Director to retire at year’s end

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the retirement of Frank Jezioro, longtime director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Governor Tomblin thanked Jezioro for his many years of dedication and service to the state. Director Jezioro plans to retire on December 31, 2014.

“I truly appreciate the service that Frank Jezioro has rendered to the people of West Virginia,“ said Gov.ernorTomblin. “Over the past 10 years, Frank has spearheaded innumerable improvements to our state’s public lands and has fought tirelessly to protect our natural resources. Every West Virginian should be grateful for his contributions. He will be sorely missed.“

“Frank is of the longest serving director in the history of the DNR, and it’s been my pleasure to work with him over the past four years,“ said Commerce Secre tary Keith Burdette. “Anyone fortunate enough to know Frank knows that he is a passionate advocate for our state’s natural resources. He leaves a legacy that will last for years and years to come.“

Since appointed in January of 2005, Director Jezioro has overseen many important projects at DNR, including the creation of the senior lifetime hunting and fishing license, major renovations at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, and the creation of the Governor’s One Shot event.

When asked to name his most important accomplishment as Director, Jezioro said, “I am proud of the fact that over the years we have guaranteed public access to thousands of acres of land for our hunters, anglers, hikers and all lovers of God’s great outdoors. We created new wildlife management areas and guaranteed public access to the Cheat Canyon and the upper Elk River for as long as the wind blows and the grass grows.“

“My job was easy,“ Jezioro continued, “because I had the support of the state’s sportsmen and sportswomen, and above all, the support of the governors under whom I’ve had the honor of serving. For those wondering what I am going to do in retirement: I am going to enjoy the holidays and take my grandchildren hunting.“

Our Community’s Foundation – Little Kanawha Area (LKACF)

Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation
Celebrates 10 Years of Service with
Successful Completion of Community Challenge
& Fall Community Grant Awards

Representatives from the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) celebrated 10 years of service to Calhoun, Wirt and Gilmer Counties on November 3rd when they announced the successful completion of the 2014 LKACF Community Challenge and issued fall grant awards. Late last year representatives from Calhoun Banks made a generous challenge gift of $2,500 to launch the 2013-2014 Little Kanawha Area Community Challenge Program.  This community challenge program was launched on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation to build permanent grant and scholarship funds to address the local needs. The Foundation’s goal was to generate $5,000 in community donations to meet the 1 for 2 challenge match of $2,500 from Calhoun Banks for a total of $7,500 by the end of November.

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LKACF Advisory Board Member Pat Lydon presents a $250 grant to
Bob Radabaugh representing the Gilmer County Recreation Center


“We are happy to announce that as of November 3rd, the community has exceeded our goal by providing donations totally $6,130. Adding $6,130 of community’s support to the $2,500 challenge gift from Calhoun Banks will provide a total of $8,630 to build local grant and scholarship funds for Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties. We are thrilled with the support for this important community challenge that will build local funds to address community programs and projects and provide scholarship support for our youth,” commented Jane Winters, Regional Manager of Affiliates for Our Community’s Foundation.

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LKACF Advisory Board Members: Pat Lydon, Ron Blankenship, Bob Radabaugh,
Deb Hartshorn, Jean Simers, Jim Bennett, and Leslie Maze (back row)
celebrate 10 years of service at a November 3rd 10th Anniversary & Fall Grant Reception.


In addition to other designated grant and scholarship funds, LKACF holds a community grant fund for Calhoun and Wirt Counties that currently provides a modest amount of annual funding to address local needs and is currently building a community grant fund to serve needs in Gilmer County. These local grant funds will provide vital annual support for local projects and programs in Health, Human Services, Education, Arts & Culture, Recreation, and Economic Development to continually improve the quality of life in these counties. The Foundation is also building a LKACF Scholarship Fund that will provide general scholarship awards for Calhoun and Wirt County High School graduating seniors. Since LKACF is a young community foundation, these local grant and scholarship funds are small and therefore cannot provide the level of support needed to address the growing needs in these communities. This year’s LKACF Community Challenge will provide funding resources to more effectively address local needs.

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LKACF Advisory Board Member Pat Lydon presents
a $1,000 grant to representatives from the Elizabeth Fire Department


Two local community organizations benefited from LKACF Community Action Grants totally $1,250. At the November 3rd Reception LKACF Advisory Board Chair Jim Bennett and Advisory Board Member Pat Lydon presented a $1,000 grant award to the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department to help provide new equipment - hand tools, fire hose, fire extinguishers, and appliances to equip a new pumper purchased earlier this year; and $250 to the Gilmer County Recreation Center to assist with an improvement project to install handicap access ramps to the two buildings that house campers and construct new restroom facilities to support the dining hall.

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation is a tax exempt public charity that was created in 2004 as an affiliate of Our Community’s Foundation - the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and its Regional Affiliates. As an affiliate of the PACF organization, LKACF operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is accredited as meeting National Standards for Community Foundations. LKACF builds and manages permanent funds to support Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties with its own local advisory board which includes: Jim Bennett; Deb Hartshorn; Jean Simers; Pat Lydon; Leslie Maze; Ron Blankenship and Bob Radabaugh.

All donations to this program are acknowledged as tax deductible. For more information about this challenge program or LKACF, contact Our Community’s Foundation or visit the organization’s website at www.pacfwv.com.

SJMH Employees Retire; Honored at Reception

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital present and former staff members attended a lovely retirement reception to honor two long-time employees - Carol McCray and Carol Robison – who retired on September 30, 2014.  Both worked in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Business Office.

The reception was held in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Boardroom on Tues., September 23.  Carol McCray’s sister, Brenda Helmick, cousin, Diane Boggs, and son, Dustin, were present for the event as well as Carol Robison’s husband, Jim.  Several previous Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital employees who worked with the two dedicated employees were in attendance.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial HospitalL Company Financial Officer Dodie Arbogast spoke about the two employees with much appreciation and recounted the hard work they had given to the Hospital.  She noted that she was very fortunate to have had them for so long in her department.

Former Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Administrator David D. Shaffer was also present for the event. He noted that when there are excellent employees like Carol McCray and Carol Robison, it makes the administrator look good.

The two employees asked that they celebrate their retirement together since they have worked so long at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital with each other.  Their friendship began in the seventh grade when they were students at Walkersville School.  They attended Walkersville High School until their senior year when they were had to move to the new Lewis County High School.  It is by coincidence that they both ended up working for so many years at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Carol Robison and Carol McCray, front, were honored by co-corkers
at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital during a recent retirement reception
for the business office employees


Carol McCray, of Ireland, has worked at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for 39 years. Her plans for her retirement are “to take it easy and cleaning house.”

She has one son, Dustin; daughter-in-law, Penny; and her 12-year-old grandson Isaac, a student at Robert Bland Middle School. Her parents are Lucille McCray, of Walkersville, and the late Ralph McCray.

Carol left the Lewis County area and moved to Washington, DC for a job at the CIA, where her sister worked.

“My sister was a secretary to the Deputy Director at the CIA and that is why I moved to D.C.,” she explained.  She spent three years there before coming to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“I worked in collections, insurance, covered the cashier’s job, operated the manual posting machine.  When we started using computer systems. I got that job because of my background with the CIA,” explained Carol.

Carol started as a keypunch operator at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. This was where the operator places holes in cardboard cards to signify payments or charges.

“I had to program the cards with the holes, which were then fed through a machine to our software company,” she said. “We would have a big stack of cards to feed through hopper.”

Carol’s history in the business office is a history of how computerization was introduced in the work place.

“Controller Allen Burton bought a computer and it was the only one in the Hospital and besides Allen, I was the only other person who used it. We used it for financials, payments, printing bills and forms,” she said.

The next step was to go to IBMs and then to the main frame which our IT department take care of.  I remember at one time it took one tape to replace twenty diskettes. That is when Carol became data processor manager. She is also responsible for something called “Chargemaster”, which provides all the prices and codes for hospital procedures and goods. According to Carol, those changes can happen daily.

Carol is the one person who everyone in the Hospital turns to for reports of all shapes and sizes.

“I run reports on HCAHPS, admissions, discharges and so much more.  It really keeps me busy, there is a lot to remember,” laughed Carol.

Her replacement, Heather Ryan, knows all too well that Carol’s shoes will be hard to fill. She began her replacement training in May of this year.

“I have put together a book of everything I have learned so far and it is up to 112 pages,” said Heather. “I call it my book of knowledge.”

Carol truly was a devoted employee having traveled the 45 minutes one way from her home to work every day. And there were lots of bad days that she had to drive to work.  The other memorable note on Carol McCray is that she was chosen as the Hospital’s very first Employee of the Month. That in itself is a milestone.

Carol Robison has been married to Jim since 1997.  The couple lives on Terrace Avenue.  Carol has a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Brian Wetzel of Clarksburg.  She is the very, very proud grandmother of Caden, 15, a student at Robert C. Byrd, and Abby, 14, a student at WI Middle School.

Carol is the daughter of the late T.D. Catron and Nellie Cayton, who is 91 years old and still lives in Weston.

She started at the Hospital in the admissions/registration department.  Occasionally those employees would also be required to act as emergency room receptionist. Carol left the Hospital in 1973 and returned in 1979 as a Ward Clerk.  Later she transferred to the Physical Therapy department under Jeff Powelson.  She then transferred to the Business Office to do insurance billing and serve as a relief for the cashier, console operator, and data entry processor. Her final position was that of insurance processor.

“In working with insurance processing I was always dealing with a variety of issues. I would send claims; deal with Medicare of all phases; make sure there are approvals and fulfillment of requirements,” she explained.  “There are three of us who work in this department.”

In her spare time, Carol is a volunteer at Lewis County Senior Center in bingo. She loves to read in her spare time and also spend time with her grandchildren.

“I want to say that Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is an excellent place to work with great, great people,” she said. “Our community is blessed to have this great facility that saves us daily.”

Dr. Gus Penix, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) Retires

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) announced the retirement of Dr. Gus Penix, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA).

Dr. Penix’s career spans over 43 years of service in the field of public education.

He has served in Kanawha, Nicholas and Preston counties.

During that time, he has held several titles such as teacher, school principal, county treasurer, county superintendent, director of a Regional Education Service Agency, and most recently, director of the OEPA.

The OEPA audits the performance of all schools and school systems in West Virginia.

Dr. Penix’s leadership as director of the OEPA has been instrumental in bringing about a new system of accrediting schools with focus on continuous improvement of student achievement and school performance.

Dr. Penix and his wife Carleen reside in Summersville, West Virginia. 

West Virginia Herb Association Celebrating 22nd Anniversary September 26-27, 2014

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The West Virginia Herb Association is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary by having Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH, American Herbalist Guild Executive Director, as their keynote speaker.

Mimi Hernandez is a clinical herbalist and herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding and intuitive awareness.

She has served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she taught undergraduate Ethnobotany.

With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and continues to mentor community herbalists through the One World Healing Community.

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine and some of her favorite mentors have included James Duke,Simon Mills and Rocio Alarcon.

As an herbalist, Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers and Shamans in her life.  She believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential.

Mimi currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild.  In her Appalachian region Mimi is probably best known for providing cultural heritage outreach to local mountain residents through the Maryland Mountain Herbalist Series and through the West Virginia Mountain Roots Series which put her in contact with thousands of landowners, herbalists, growers, and entrepreneurs in the area.

Mimi was also the coordinator of the Frostburg Grows project, an EPA funded local greenhouse complex serving to produce food for local use and nature trees for mine land restoration.  In her spare time, Mimi enjoys rapping for fun (as some of you may have heard), amateur astrology and nature time, especially around waterfalls, creeks and oceans.  Mimi’s a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.

The West Virginia Herb Association Fall Festival will be held at Jackson’s Mill, Lewis County, West Virginia on Friday September 26, 2014 and Saturday, September 27, 2014.

For Registration Find us On Facebook:  Friends and Members of WV Herb Association.  The schedule will be posted there.

Melissa Dennison, President of the WV Herb Association says, “I am excited and enthusiastic about having Mimi come to the WV Herb Association Fall Festival - it is a privilege and an honor to hear her.  I hope those who are interested and want to learn more about herbs and their uses come and join us.“

West Virginia Herb Association Celebrating 22nd Anniversary September 26-27, 2014

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The West Virginia Herb Association is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary by having Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH, American Herbalist Guild Executive Director, as their keynote speaker.

Mimi Hernandez is a clinical herbalist and herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding and intuitive awareness.

She has served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she taught undergraduate Ethnobotany.

With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and continues to mentor community herbalists through the One World Healing Community.

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine and some of her favorite mentors have included James Duke,Simon Mills and Rocio Alarcon.

As an herbalist, Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers and Shamans in her life.  She believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential.

Mimi currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild.  In her Appalachian region Mimi is probably best known for providing cultural heritage outreach to local mountain residents through the Maryland Mountain Herbalist Series and through the West Virginia Mountain Roots Series which put her in contact with thousands of landowners, herbalists, growers, and entrepreneurs in the area.

Mimi was also the coordinator of the Frostburg Grows project, an EPA funded local greenhouse complex serving to produce food for local use and nature trees for mine land restoration.  In her spare time, Mimi enjoys rapping for fun (as some of you may have heard), amateur astrology and nature time, especially around waterfalls, creeks and oceans.  Mimi’s a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.

The West Virginia Herb Association Fall Festival will be held at Jackson’s Mill, Lewis County, West Virginia on Friday September 26, 2014 and Saturday, September 27, 2014.

For Registration Find us On Facebook:  Friends and Members of WV Herb Association.  The schedule will be posted there.

Melissa Dennison, President of the WV Herb Association says, “I am excited and enthusiastic about having Mimi come to the WV Herb Association Fall Festival - it is a privilege and an honor to hear her.  I hope those who are interested and want to learn more about herbs and their uses come and join us.“

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS TOGETHER - 09.04.14

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John and Donzella Villers of Glenville, WV will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on September 04, 2014.

The couple were married in Weston, WV by Reverend Wilson in 1954. 

They have three children: Rebecca (Neal) Sprouse of Letter Gap, WV, Martha Clutter of Parkersburg, WV and Mark Villers of Cedarville, WV and five grandchildren: Mitchell and Molly Hicks, Billy and Brian (Kari) Sprouse of Glenville, WV and Betsy Villers of Sutton, WV. Sawyer Sprouse of Glenville is the couple’s great grandson.

Donzella is the daughter of the late Della Singleton Duckworth and Burke Duckworth.  She is retired from Hardman’s Home Center.

John is the son of the late Guy and Sadie Carroll Villers.  He is retired from the A&P Tea Co. and the Parkersburg News.

Friends and relatives are asked to join their children and grandchildren in celebrating this milestone by sending cards to the couple at 3896 U.S. Hwy 33 E, Glenville, WV 26351.

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