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Joseph A. Brady

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Joseph A. Brady

Age 79, of Gassaway, WV, passed away September 21, 2013 at home.

He was born March 20, 1934 a son of the late Joseph Albert and Virginia Stewart Brady.

He was retired from the United States Army. He enjoyed woodworking and farming.

He was Baptist.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by son, Randy Brady.

Surviving; wife, Elizabeth Moore Brady; children, Joe “Rusty” Brady, Ronny Brady and wife, Marilyn, Ronda Shrader and husband, David and Renee Norman; brothers, Max Brady and Jack Brady; sister, Marion James; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

At Mr. Brady’s request his body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Russell Paul Layfield

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Russell Paul Layfield

Age 77 years old, of Big Isaac community departed this life on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 12, 1936, at Oil Ridge (Ritchie County), WV,  the son of the late Guy R. and Annie Lena Willliamson Layfield.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Morgan Arbogast Layfield.

Also surviving are two daughters: Kimberly Carnes, Hepzibah, and Michella Nuce and husband James, Monongah; one son, Gregory Layfield and wife Janet, Salem; stepsons: Arlit Arbogast Jr. and companion Nancy Nuzum, William D. Arbogast and wife Mary, Elk Lick; grandchildren: Shane and Cindy Carnes, Conway, SC, Shania Carnes, Salem, Ashley and Dustin Smith, Morgantown, Chace Burr, Monongah, Cindy and Ronnie Davis, Salem, Jamie and Danny Reaser, Colorado Springs, CO, Amanda and Rusty John, Weston, Brandon Arbogast, Morgantown; great-grandchildren: Avery Carnes, Samara Smith, Bridget, Douglas and Ryan Davis, Keegan, Chance and McKenzie Reaser, Michael Brown, Maria and Brionna Allen and Janson John; great-great-grandchildren: Pacey, Kenzie and Reagan Davis; sisters: Virginia Amos, Pullman, Edna Lowther and husband Jim, Murphytown, Aretta June Porter and husband Bob, Cairo, Mildred Sumlin and husband Gene, Nebo, NC, Margery Jackson, Canton, Ohio, and Delma Bunner, St. Marys; brothers, Henry Layfield, Nebo, NC, Raymond and Andy Layfield, Cairo; and several nieces and nephews. 

One daughter, Dianna Sue Layfield; one brother, Pete Layfield; one sister, Betty McVay; two son-in-laws, William Carnes and Randall Burr, preceded him in death.

Mr. Layfield was retired from Fluharty Enterprises.

He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Salem.

Russell enjoyed camping, fishing and going to gospel sings.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in the Harbert Funeral Home, 287 W. Main St., Salem, with Pastor Tim Sandy and Pastor Jon Hayes presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, after 11 AM until time of service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice 67 Casino Dr., Suite 102, Anmoore, WV,  26323.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to his nurse, Heather Price, and aide Penny Frye.

Harbert Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Layfield family.

Joe W. Hawkins

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Joe W. Hawkins

Age 78, of 1225 12th Street Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on August 04, 1935: son of the late Jesse Hawkins and Grace (Campbell) Hawkins.

On November 09, 1962, he married Eula Ann “Midge” (Butler) Hawkins, who preceded him in death on February 06, 2005.

Mr. Hawkins is survived by two children: Anita Susan Hawkins and fiancé Buck Barkerof Fairmont and Christopher Joe Hawkins of Weston and three grandchildren: Tiffany Justine Hawkins and companion Nick Friedmann, William Shane Hawkins and Sara Marie Hawkins. He is also survived by one sister: Jessie Evelyn Hawkins of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hawkins was a carpenter with Weston State Hospital and retired from the William A. Sharpe Hospital of Weston. He was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1955.”

He was a protestant by faith.

Joe was a veteran of the United States Army. He loved baseball and enjoyed to travel- locally. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren!

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Joe W. Hawkins.

Davita Lee Atchison

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Davita Lee Atchison

Age 53, of Weston, WV was placed into the arms of the Lord at 11:59 AM on Thursday September 19, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness.

She was born in Harford, MD on August 19, 1960, a daughter of the late David Lee Atchison Sr. and Catherine Marie Griffith Atchison.

Davita has joined in heaven one brother, Johnny Atchison.

Her spirit is carried on by her two daughters: Melinda Kay Sines and husband Steve of Buckhannon and Misty Dawn Atchison of Pittsburgh, PA; six grandchildren: Melia and Katherine Sines, and Alex, Austin, Talore, and Si’Niyia Atchison; one great-grandson, Johnathon Sines; two brothers: David Atchison Jr. and wife Shondalyn and Raymond Atchison, all of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Davita was once a volunteer then a Home Health Aid for the Lewis County Senior Citizen’s Center. She was a student at Fairmont University, studying Social Services.

She enjoyed reading, drawing and writing poems. She was a past member of the Women of the Moose.

She was a member of the Haleville Baptist Church.

Mee-Maw loved her grandchildren very much and they were the light of her life.

Friends will gather from 6-7 PM on Monday September 23, 2013 at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7 PM with Reverend William JB Gum officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Davita Lee Atchison.

Carma M. Perrine

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Carma M. Perrine

Age 95, of St. Albans WV, formerly of Exchange, and Gassaway WV passed away peacefully on September 19, 2013, with her loving daughter Ann by her side, after a long courageous battle with Dementia.

Born on September 30, 1917 in Gassaway, WV, Carma graduated from Gassaway High School and continued her education at Fairmont State College earning her degree in Education.

Carma was a Retired Teacher from the Braxton County Board of Education. After retirement Carma became involved in various organizations.

She was was a member of the Gassaway United Methodist Church.

She was an avid WVU fan and enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world.

Carma was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 49 years, Derstine Perrine, and all her siblings.

Left to cherish her memories is her loving daughter, Lisa Ann Perrine of Nitro, WV; loving granddaughters Jodie Ann Groves of Charleston, WV, and Jessica Nicole Currence of Nitro, WV and her loving great grandson Ashton Blake Seagraves. Carma also leaves behind her two daughters; Bobbi (Bradley) Meadows of Gassaway, WV, Susie (Wayne) Morgan of Lewisburg, WV; Grandchildren, John Meadows formerly of Gassaway WV, Robin Meadows-Powers of Gassaway, WV, Amanda Morgan of Lewisburg, WV, Matthew Morgan of Lewisburg, WV, and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Tuesday September 24, 2013 at the Gassaway United Methodist Church, Braxton Street, Gassaway WV with the Rev. Bill Carr officiating.

Interment will be at Beall’s Mill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday September 23 from 6-9 PM with an Eastern Star ceremony at 7 PM at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton St., Gassaway WV.

We would like to extend a most sincere special thank you to the entire staff of Candle Light Cottage St Albans WV for all of the loving compassionate care that was given at The Cottage. Also we would like to extend a special thank you for all the loving care that was given in the final months by the compassionate staff of Hubbard House Hospice.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Carma’s memory to the following organizations: Hubbard House West, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV 25387, Braxton County Senior Center, 33 Senior Center Dr., Sutton, WV 26601, Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, 5846 Chapel Rd., Gassaway, WV 26624, Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department, 105 Fifth St., Gassaway, WV 26624.

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ORDERS U.S. AND STATE FLAGS LOWERED

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In honor of Private First Class Ronald Cales Huffman


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all U.S. and State flags at all State facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn to dusk Saturday, September 21, 2013 in honor of Army Pfc. Ronald C. Huffman of Lashmeet, WV.

“Private First Class Ronald Huffman made the supreme sacrifice for our country. His selfless service has brought honor to his family, the citizens of West Virginia, and our country,“ Governor Tomblin said.

Huffman enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950, received basic training, and was deployed to serve in Korea. He was listed as Missing In Action following a battle with Chinese forces on February 12, 1951, near Saemul, South Korea and was reported by the Chinese as being a prisoner of war at Camp Changsong, North Korea where he later died on July 22, 1951 at the age of 18.

Huffman’s remains were not positively identified until August 13, 2013. More than 60 years later, his remains have been returned to his West Virginia home. He will be laid to rest September 21, 2013, during graveside services in Princeton, WV with full military honors.   

Carolyn June Veltre

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Carolyn June Veltre

Age 80, of 7062 Gauley Turnpike, Heaters, West Virginia passed away September 18, 2013, peacefully at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Veltre was born on May 13, 1933 in Hyer, West Virginia a daughter of the late Paul E. McCoy and Delores (Ochletree) McCoy.

She was married to the late Bartholomew P. Veltre Jr. who preceded her in death in 1971.

She had one son Curtis Veltre who also proceeded her in death in 1977.

Mrs. Veltre is survived by one sister Velma (Rodney) Furby of Ohio. Mrs. Veltre is survived by her children Matthew Veltre and wife Paula of Heaters, WV, Mike Veltre and wife Linda of Texas, Beverly Hearn and husband Joe of Oklahoma, and Jennifer Hodges of Virginia. Also surviving are her grandchildren Patience Veltre, Elijah Veltre, Ethan Veltre, Eric Veltre and wife Kristy, Greg Veltre and wife Nuttawan, Joshua Neff, Erin Yates, Christopher Veltre, Katie Hearn, and 9 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way.

Mrs. Veltre was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved taking care of and spending time with her family. Mrs. Veltre was also a hard worker for Skidmore Hotels and she enjoyed helping others.

Mrs. Veltre’s family has honored her request for Cremation.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Hospice Corp. of Burnsvlille, WV.

The Stockert-Sizemore Funeral of 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV is honored to serve the Family of Carolyn June Veltre.

Virgil Jarvis

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Virgil Jarvis

Age 82, of Orma, WV, passed away September 18, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Grantsville.

Born in Calhoun County at Stinson, he was a son of the late Tolly and Mary Hicks Jarvis.

He was a machinist and worked for Cornwell Tool Company in Ohio for 37 years and Norris Industries of Spencer for 12 years. He was a former resident of Reedy for 20 years and attended the Spencer Tabernacle. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Surviving are his wife Arlena Deweese Jarvis and his daughters, Tacy Johnson of Spencer, Patricia Deweese of Minnora, Sharon Postalwait of Millstone. Vonda Laughlin of Arnoldsburg, Tina Jones of Nicut and a son Jeff Jarvis of Spencer. Two brothers, Eddie Jarvis of Illinois and Fred Jarvis of Mt. Zion. Three sisters, Geneva Mckee of Illinois, Dorma Ewing of Minnora and Evelyn Etling of Barborton, Ohio.

Twelve grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Jarvis and a sister Marie Vanhorn.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 2:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Gary Bowen officiating.

Interment will be in the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services.

Leo D. Sprouse

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Leo D. Sprouse

Age 77, of Ellis Road, Linn, West Virginia, departed this life at 11:50 AM, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born June 22, 1936 in Gilmer County, WV;  son of the late Wilbur and Mae Frashure Sprouse.

Leo enjoyed playing bingo, wood working, gardening, fishing in his younger years, he also enjoyed visiting friends and family. He retired as a maintenance man at the United Bank of Glenville and Louie Glass in Weston. He was a member of the Stonecoal Fishing Club, and the Glenville Moose Lodge

Surviving are 7 children, Joyce Frashure and husband Larry of Glenville, WV;  Teresa Ann Dumendic and husband John of Ashtabula, Ohio; Leon Sprouse and wife Carol of Jane Lew, WV; Connie Lea Perkins and husband Keith of Pocola, Oklahoma; Becky Ryan and husband Bobby of Weston, WV; Louvonne Blake and husband Terry of Weston, WV; and Michael Queen of Kimberly, Wisconsin.

There are 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren surviving.

Also surviving are 2 brothers, Willie Sprouse of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jim Sprouse of Horner, West Virginia, and 1 sister, Sue Peters and husband Richard of Linn, WV.

Along with his parents Leo was preceded in death by his first wife, Liza Radcliff Sprouse, grandson William “Billy” Frashure, and 2 brothers, Harold and Sherwood Sprouse.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, at 3:00 PM Saturday, September 21, 2013, with Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Boilon Cemetery, Copley, WV.

Friends may call from 1:00-3:00 PM Saturday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Leo Sprouse with arrangements.

Paul S. Evans

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Paul S. Evans

Age 93, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at his home.

He was born July 14, 1920 in Roane County, a son of the late Jake and Rachel Harper Evans.

He started working for Hope Gas and retired from Dominion with over 37 years of service and was a veteran of the U. S. Army during World War II having served in the Pacific Theatre.

Paul is survived by his wife, Margie I. Williams Evans; two daughters, Sherry Fowler of Parkersburg, West Virginia and Sharman Matthew of Arnoldsburg; a son, Timothy Evans of Wheeling, West Virginia; two sisters, Delores Brannon of Pineville, West Virginia and Dottie DePue of Spencer, West Virginia; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Evans.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer with Pastor David Weaver officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

Visiting hours are Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Julia “Judy” Ellen Bender

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Julia “Judy” Ellen Bender

Age 85, of Buckhannon, WV went to be with the Lord September 17, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born November 29, 1927, in Braxton County, WV, the daughter of the late Raymond and Bessie Ruth Skidmore Gillespie.

She was proceeded in death September 06, 2001 by her husband, John Gordon Bender, whom she married July 09, 1946; brother, Paul Gillespie; and nephew, Bradley White.

Surviving are two daughters, Twila Edgell and husband, Ray, of Buckhannon and Brenda “Beni” Bender and companion, Dave Curry, of Buckhannon; sister, Thelma White and husband, Curtis, of Peeltree; brother, Larry Gillespie and wife, Loretta, of Buckhannon; one granddaughter, Bev Barnett and husband, Josh, of Buckhannon; two great-grandchildren, Makena and Avery Barnett both of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

Judy was a homemaker and previous owner alongside her husband, John “Ben,“ of Bender’s Sporting Goods in Buckhannon. She was a 55-year Community Educational Outreach Society member.

She attended Tallmansville Baptist Church.

Judy enjoyed crocheting, singing and playing guitar with “Sundown,“ working puzzles, spending time with family and friends.

Friends will be received from Noon until 2 PM Thursday, September 19, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 PM Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Tim Lewis and the Rev. Frank Spears officiating.

Burial will follow in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

Poling St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Janet Louise Allen

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Janet Louise Allen

Age 69, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM. She was surrounded by her loving family in her residence that she made a home. 

She was born in Elyria, OH on April 08, 1944 to Bernard (deceased) and Ernestine Marks Hevener, who survives.  Janet grew up on Crooked Fork with her sister, Sandra Beall Rose.

On January 02, 1962, she was united in marriage to Jerry Bryant Allen, who survives at their Perkins home.

Janet’s life was devoted to raising her six children in a Christian home with her husband.  We, her children, were blessed with a true Mom.  Our father was blessed with a help meet. 

Our beloved’s life will be celebrated on Friday September 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Rosedale Baptist Church, where she was a member.

Elder Larry Fisher will preside over the services at the church and as we lay her body to rest in the Jerry and Janet Allen Family Cemetery near their residence. 

Friends and family may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg on Thursday September 19, 2013 from 6:00-9:00 PM to help honor our Mom and Wife.

In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made in her memory to Burnsville Hospice Care Corporation, P O Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335. 

Husband:  Jerry Allen

Children:  Gary and Jennifer Allen, Randy and Debbie Allen, Kelly Allen, Amy Allen, Jody Allen and Julie Allen.

Grandchildren:  Jamie Allen, Josh and Kristi Allen, Jessica Allen and Jeremiah Allen. 

Thelma Dolores Hinter

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Thelma Dolores Hinter

Age 89, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Clarksburg Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family.

Thelma was born February 02, 1924, on Lynn Camp near Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Staley S. and Emma (McCloy) Montgomery.

She spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family.

She was a member of the St. Johannes Lutheran Church of St. Clara, WV and a member of the Fallen Timber & Leopold Homemaker’s Club.

She was also the first woman to be a 73 year member of the CEOs in Doddridge County and greatly enjoyed being a 4-H leader for many years and serving refreshments to the children at vacation bible school.

She is survived by her four children, Rebecca Ann Montgomery (Basil), Spring City, TN; June Wallace (Drex), New Milton, WV; Jackie Heim (Byron), Pittsburgh, PA; Robert Hinter (Sue), Troy, WV; grandchildren, Brenda Wilcox, Kansas City, MO; Tina Myer, West Union, WV; Mike Montgomery, Pataskala, OH; Lee Montgomery, Delaware, OH; David Wallace, Marion, OH; Richard Wallace, Marion, OH; Sarah Heim, Pittsburgh, PA; Angela Hinter, Troy, WV, along with 16 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ernest Hinter; sisters, Hildred Adams and Wilma Bowyer, and grandson, Rodney Wallace.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Eric Neilsen officiating.

Burial will follow in West Union Masonic Cemetery, Crystal Lake, near West Union, WV.

Visitation was from 2:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family would wish to thank the staff of Clarksburg Nursing & Rehabilitation and of People’s Hospice for the loving care of their mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Johannes Lutheran Church, 2746 Little Buck Run, New Milton, WV, 26411 or to People’s Hospice, #3 Hospital Plaza, PO Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV, 26302.

Oma Jean Hicks Booher

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Oma Jean Hicks Booher

Age 70, of Rittman, Ohio passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, at Wooster Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Oma was born June 16, 1943, in Grantsville, Calhoun county, WV, the daughter of the late Boyd Duncan and Easter Gaye McCune.

She had been a homemaker and had made her home in Rittman for the past 36 years.

She enjoyed her family, playing Bingo, fishing, sewing and singing.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Johnny Booher; her six children, Sandra Yursa of Medina, Tammie (Mike) Townsend of Creston, Larry (Christine) Hicks of Polk, Terry (Larry) Lepley of Rittman, John Hicks of Rittman and Betty (Rick Meade) Hicks of Creston; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Tanner, and two brothers, Alvie McCune and Roger Collison, all of Creston.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Alvie Hicks, in 1967.

Services was Tuesday at Noon at Murray Funeral Home in Creston with the Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating.

Burial was in Rittman Cemetery.

Friends called from 11:00 AM until the time of services on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston, OH 44217.

Opal Marie Bush Kerns

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Opal Marie Bush Kerns

87 years of age of Middleville Road, Taylor County, WV, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Rosewood Center, Grafton, WV.

She was born August 29, 1926 in Gilmer County, WV, the daughter of the late Alba and Leota Kelly Bush.

She is survived by a daughter, Melinda Kerns Gobel and her husband Paul of Flemington, WV; two granddaughters, Amy Gobel Jackson and her husband Jeremy of Grafton, WV and Amber Gobel of Bridgeport, WV; two great granddaughters, Taylor Liegh and Tori Marie Jackson of Grafton, WV; a brother-in-law, Ralph Nixon, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Vane Kelley Bush and three sisters, Helen Bush Fox Nay, Gladys Bush Fox Wilmouth and Betty Rae Bush Nixon.

Opal was a 1945 graduate of Grafton High School and then graduated from the West Virginia Business College. She began her working career as a legal secretary for attorney Melvin Clemens. In 1961, she established Kern’s Lake Side Store in Bridgeport. Several years later she began working in the banking business and retired in 1990 from Middletown National Bank, then CB&T and later known as Huntington Bank. During this time, she owned and operated Granny’s Ceramics for many years.

She shared her ceramic talents as a volunteer at Rosewood Center in Grafton.

She was a member of Middleville Baptist Church and the Middleville Homemakers Club/CEOS.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Friends were received at the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV on Monday from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

The funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Robert Perine presiding.

She will be laid to rest beside her parents at Hepizbah Cemetery, Taylor County.

The Kerns family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV.

Carrie Evangeline Fogle Stump

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Carrie Evangeline Fogle Stump

Age 88, of Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown, WV, passed away September 12, 2013, at her home, with loving hands of her friends around her.

She was born June 28, 1925, in Grantsville, WV, the daughter of the late William W. and Maude (Miller) Fogle.

She was married to Ronald Stump on May 02, 1942, and they were happily married for 67 years.

They had two children, a son, Richard R. Stump, and daughter, Beverly Ann Stump.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

She was also a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood-Chapter B-Morgantown, Friends of WVU Hospitals and West Virginia University Campus Club.

Carrie is survived by a niece, Debbie and husband, Fred Tipper, and their children, Christopher and Betsy of Vienna, WV; a nephew, William Lanham of Morgantown, WV; a nephew, Mike Fuchs of Parkersburg, WV; great-nephew, Joshua Lanham and wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Audrey, of McMurray, PA; great-nephew, Dr. Johnathan Lanham and wife, Angela, and their daughter, Madelyn, of Morgantown, WV; great-nephew, Rusty Maple of Pensacola, FL; a nephew, Kenneth Stump of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and her adopted daughters who lovingly cared for her, Jennifer Bertha and her daughter, Madison, and son, Ashton, Jessi Conners, Jessica Hamilton and husband, Robert, and son, Landon, Timi Ridgeway and husband, Dwayne, and sons, Dalyn and Ethan, Tiffany Kiess and daughter, Kyndal, Lisa Collingwood and husband, George, and daughter, Alyssa Blosser, and son, Cody Blosser, Jessica Collins and husband, Mickel, and sons, Timathy and Tylor, Karen Summers, Khrystine Knicely, Michelle Dewitt and Mary Darnell and daughter, Kellie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald L. Stump; a son, Richard R. Stump; a daughter, Beverly Ann Stump; a brother, Wallace M. Fogle; niece, Constance Fogle Fuchs; and niece, Candace Fogle Lanham.

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Michael Atkinson officiating.

Interment will follow in Lawnwood Cemetery.

Kenneth Gail Crislip

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Kenneth Gail Crislip

Age 80, of Elmira, WV, went home to be with the Lord September 14, 2013.

He was born April 22, 1933 a son of the late Howard and Sarah Carter Crislip.

He was a retired construction worker and a Baptist.

Kenneth was preceded in death by brothers, Ortis Carter, Romey Crislip, Venton Crislip, Oley Crislip, Chantie Crislip, Burton Crislip and Bob “Doc” Crislip; sisters, Gay Crislip and Glenna Stump. Surviving; wife, Elizabeth Knapp Crislip; daughter, Penny Faulks and husband, Wayne of Rosedale; grandchildren, Derrick Fulks of Sutton and Megan Fulks of Marmet; great granddaughter, Nevaeh Fulks; brothers, Bennie Crislip of Flatwoods and Johnnie Crislip of Rosedale.

Service will be 1:00 PM Wedneday, September 18, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Arlis Rexroad officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Crislip Cemetery, Lower Sleith.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Robert F. “Rob” Beachler

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Robert F. “Rob” Beachler

Age 59, of Parkersburg, WV (formerly of Pennsboro, WV) departed this life on Thursday, September, 12, 2013, in Parkersburg, WV.

Rob was born June 20, 1954, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ronald M. Beachler and Fondella “Della” (Dotson) Beachler of Pennsboro, WV.

Rob was employed by the Bureau Of The Public Debt in Parkersburg for 24 years, serving most recently as the lead IT specialist. He was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School with the class of 1972 and greatly enjoyed golf, traveling, spending time with his family, WVU, and NASCAR.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Katie Beachler, Pennsboro, WV; brother, Randall “Randy” Beachler (Barb), Evansville, IN; significant other, Cindy Moore, Little Hocking, OH, and his special dog, Lucy.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Mabel Beachler and maternal grandparents, Lonnie and Grace Dotson.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday, September, 16, 2013, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

In accordance to Rob’s wishes, following the service, he will be cremated and his cremains will be scattered at a later date.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Monday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rob’s name to the Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Road, Harrisville, WV, 26362.

Dixie L. McAfee

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Dixie L. McAfee

Age 72, of Railroad Street, West Union, WV, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013, in her residence surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on July 28, 1941, in West Union, a daughter of Pauline McCullough Wallace, West Union, and the late Drexel E. Wallace.

On August 05, 1961, she married James Lowell McAfee, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Rebecca L. Mattice and husband Mike, Houston, TX, and Deanna Odle and husband Joe, West Union; two sons, James Lowell McAfee II and wife Kathy, West Union, and Paul E. McAfee, West Union; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one sister, Karen L. Shaw and husband Ron, Bridgeport; one brother, Drexel E. Wallace Jr. and wife June, West Union; two nieces; and four nephews.

Mrs. McAfee was employed by Myles Manufacturing as a seamstress and later worked as a sales clerk for DNC.

She is a member of the Faith Baptist Church, where she taught the Preschool Sunday School Class.

Dixie enjoyed making quilt tops and crafts. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Faith Baptist Church, West Union, on Monday, September 16, 2013, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jim Messenger presiding. 

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McAfee family.

Hazel Gibson

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Hazel Gibson

Age 92, of Charleston, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on September 13, 2013 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born in Dille, WV on September 07, 1921 to the late Haymond and Elma Carte Adkins.

Hazel was a homemaker, a member of Big Union Baptist Church, Dille, and a 1938 graduate of Widen High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jenner Gibson, son, Herlman “Herbie” Gibson.

Hazel is survived by her son, Earl Gibson and wife Teresa of Myrtle Beach, SC, daughters, Patsy Morris and husband Presley of Millwood, WV, Jane Barfield of Charleston, Mildred Wenzel of Henderson, NV, sister, Hollene “Tootsie” Morris of Dille, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday September 17, 2013 at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Strange Creek, WV with Rev. Jimmy Adkins and Rev. Danny Richardson officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Family suggest donations be made to: Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W. Charleston, WV 25213.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Gibson family.

Jerry Lynn Tomey

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Jerry Lynn Tomey

of Old Town, Florida, passed away September 07, 2013, under the care of Hospice, following an extended illness.

He was born at Right Hand Fork of Upper Ellis on on November 12, 1952: son of Howard and Eva Tomey.

He is survived by four sisters, Rosa Westfall of Weston, WV; Judy (Joe) Sullivan of TN, Betty Westfall of KY, and Faye Tomey of AZ; four brothers, Joel Tomey of Linn, WV; Jim Tomey of FL, Charles Tomey of Sand Fork, WV and Dale Tomey of Linn, WV.

He is preceded in death by three brothers, Harvey Tomey, John Robert Tomey and David Tomey; and one sister, Mary Ruth Tomey.

Jerry loved his pets, his many friends, fishing, hunting and ginsenging.

At his request, his body was cremated.

Mary Genevieve Wayne Boggs

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Mary Genevieve Wayne Boggs

Age 95, of Gassaway, WV, passed away September 11, 2013 at home after a short illness.

She was born June 03, 1918 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Farise and Naomi Bell Brady Wayne.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ernest Clyde Boggs; son, Justin Robert Boggs; granddaughter, Amber Dawn Boggs; great grandson, Liam Andrew Boggs; sisters, Sylvia Lemon, Annabelle Duckworth; brothers, Charley Wayne, Chantie Wayne, Robert Wayne and Dean Wayne.

She was a loving homemaker.

Surviving; sons, Johnnie Boggs of Gassaway, Russell Boggs and wife, Esta of Gassaway and Gary Boggs and wife, Laura of Exchange; daughters, Ruth Ann Haefner of Sutton, Gaythel Friend and husband, Fred of Gassaway and Fawn Miller and husband, Bobby of Gassaway; sister-in-law, Ruby Wayne of Gassaway; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Genevieve raised and loved six children and strived to bestow her wisdom to each.

Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Jerushia Church Cemetery at the head of Sugar Creek with Rev. Bennie Crigger officiating.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Saturday at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

C-GCC: 9/11 and First Responder Recognition -09.11.13

The Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center would like to thank the First Responders
that attended our Recognition Ceremony on 9/11/13.

We appreciate you each sharing your personal stories and motivation behind your career or volunteer decision.

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(L to R): Officer Starsick, Charles Stevens, Graham Knight, Andy Walker, Scotty Collins,
Mike Moody, Steve Heath, Lisa Purvis, Kathy Wood, Mike Yeager, and Bryan Sterns


Two Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Fire Department Volunteers were recognized:

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Justin Siers: a second year Criminal Justice student


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James Ball: a second year Automotive Technology Student


In Memory of 9/11
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*Above is a bulletin board that the Business class put together,
with all of the staff and student memories of 9/11


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*Each of our students filled out a square on the flag, with their memories of 9/11


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*Above: Taylor Ashley, a Criminal Justice Student, is explaining their bulletin board.
The Criminal Justice class made yellow ribbons for all of the Fire Fighters lost in the tragedy on 9/11.
The Red, White, and Blue ribbons are in honor of all the local First Responders.


*The Building Construction and Welding Technology classes made plaques for each of the local EMS
and Fire Departments, to thank them for their services in both Calhoun and Gilmer Counties
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*The Health Occupations lab made a bulletin board in honor of the EMTs, Paramedics,
and EMS personnel that perished in the 9/11 tragedy, while trying to rescue those in need.


-We would also like to recognize the ProStart: Culinary Arts program for making lunch for all the First Responders in attendance,
and the Business class for creating the invitations and the programs for our Recognition Ceremony.


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Lonnie Dewitt Gunn

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Lonnie Dewitt Gunn

Age 70, of Huntington, WV, formerly of Calhoun County, passed away on Monday, September 09, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Lonnie was born on February 22, 1943 to the late Dewitt Gale and Pauline Moore Gunn.

Surviving is his daughter Tamara Gunn and son Billy Gunn both of Dover, Ohio; sister Loretta Gunn-Smith of Reedy, WV and Patsy Arnold (Forrest) of Spencer, WV; half-brother David Hughes of Millstone, WV.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, September 13, 2013 at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Mt. Zion, WV.

Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Morris Funeral Home, Wayne is in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Lillian Shaw

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Edna Lillian Shaw

Age 86, of Rixeyville, VA. formally of Sutton, WV died Monday, September 09 2013, at Culpeper Regional Hospital.

She was born January 06, 1927, in Braxton County, WV to the late Lee and Blanch Linger Blankenship.

Edna was a homemaker she attended of Spruce Lick United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband; Bert Vernon Shaw, Sr., son; Bert Shaw, Jr., daughter; Bonnie Brooks, her half brothers; Jerry Shaw, and David Shaw and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Bill Shaw and wife Lynn of Sutton, step-son; Robert Shaw of Sutton, daughters; Donna Andrade and husband Rico of Culpeper, VA, Virginia Milliken and husband Leonard of Madison, VA, Eloise Jean Fairfax and husband Frank, of Front Royal, VA, and Linda L. Smallwood of Linden, VA, brothers; Russell Shaw and wife Phoebe of Sutton, Junior Shaw and wife Phyllis of Little Birch, and Jonny Shaw of Sutton, sisters; May Johnson, Elizabeth Utt, Patty Payne and Emogene Payne all of Sutton, several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with her brother Rev. Russell Shaw officiating.

The burial will follow at the Barker Ridge Cemetery, near Sutton.

Friends may call on Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Shaw family

Walter “Ted” Owen Beamer

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Walter “Ted” Owen Beamer

Age 80, of 487 Beamer Drive, Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on September 09, 2013 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Beamer was born on February 14, 1933 in Duffy, WV a son of the late Ward T. Beamer and Trecie Beamer.

On January 22, 1966 he married is wife of 47 years Iva (Morton) Beamer.

Also surviving are Children Robert L. Beamer and wife Tammy of Salem, WV, Richard L. Beamer and wife Terri of Salem, WV, and Kathy Beamer of Sutton, WV. Mr. Beamer is also survived by grandchildren Christopher O. Westfall and wife Marcie of Sutton, WV, Valarie R. Brown of Sutton, WV, Jonathan Beamer of Salem,WV, Jennifer Beamer Hutson and husband Adam of Martinsburg, WV, Crystal Beamer of Elyria, OH, Codie Beamer of Elyria, OH, Zackery Harrison of Sutton, WV, and Zoey Harrison of Sutton, WV and great-grandchildren Dalton C. Brown of Sutton, WV, Owen C. Brown of Sutton, WV, Elizabeth Beamer of Elyria, OH, and Makena Beamer of Elyria, OH. In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren Mr. Beamer is survived by Siblings Ilene Knickeley of Stuarts Draft, VA, Donnie Beamer and wife Carol of Alton, VA, and one sister in law Norma Beamer of Corydon, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son Rondal L. Beamer, one grandson Christopher Beamer, one great-grandson Levi S. Burrows, one brother Keith Beamer, and one brother in-law Roland Verde.

Ted retired from the United States army having served his County in Vietnam, and he was a true outdoors man he loved to farm, timber, and he loved his new Kubota tractor.

Mr. Beamer taught Sunday School and was a lay speaker for many years at Church.

Ted’s greatest joy was his family he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013 from the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Chapel at 11:00 AM. with Pastor Rod Hickman officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home will be caring for the Beamer Family.

Zetta Mondola Peterson

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Zetta Mondola Peterson

Age 81, of Grantsville WV, passed away September 05, 2013 at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH.

Born on June 06, 1932 in Wyoming County, WV, she was a daughter of the late Fulton and Ritta Cozart Duncan.

She is survived by sons, James Easterling of Nevada and Franklin Brice; two daughters, Wanda Patrick of Warren OH and Brenda Jagers; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Brice Peterson as well as several brothers and sisters.

At her request, her remains were cremated.

A private burial will follow at the family farm in Big Springs at a later date.

Tomblin Orders Flags Lowered for 9/11 Remembrance

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and West Virginia flags to be displayed at half-staff at government facilities Wednesday.

The lowering of the flags is part of the state’s commemoration of Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Tomblin also is asking all West Virginians to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A few minutes after that, Tomblin will lay a wreath at the West Virginia Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial on State Capitol grounds.

Wanda S. Perrine

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Wanda S. Perrine

Age 66, of Gassaway, WV passed away September 09, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 31, 1946 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Carl W. and Orpha Lavoo Villers Perrine.

Wanda was a homemaker and a Methodist.

She is survived by brother, Stanley Perrine and wife, Ione of Gassaway; nephews, Kevin Perrine of Detroit, MI and Shane Perrine and wife, Brigid of Detroit, MI; great nephews, Braden and Aili Perrine.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Rodney England officiating.

Burial will follow in the Squires Cemetery, Gem.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Wilodene “Wid” Barker Brown

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Wilodene “Wid” Barker Brown

Age 91, of Fairground Road, Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:44 AM, Saturday September 07, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born February 24, 1922 in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Frank and Ethel Garrett Barker.

On August 26, 1940 she was united in marriage to Lilburn “Tim” Brown, who preceded her in death on November 03, 1998.

Wid attended Glenville State College for 2 years and then taught in Gilmer County. She later attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston and eventually got her Master’s Degree from WVU,  and retired from teaching in Maryland. She and Tim owned and operated “Tim-Wid Cottages” on Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. After selling the cottages they moved to Florida until Tim’s death in 1998. Wid moved back to Glenville, where she lived until 2005 when she broke her hip, went into the nursing home, where she was living at the time of her death.

She was a member of the Glenville Church of Christ.

She was an avid golfer, and loved to fish in Canada.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, WV., at 11:00 AM, Thursday September 12, 2013 with Pastor Gene Miller officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Wednesday evening at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Wilodene Brown with arrangements.

Mable Long

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Mable Long

Age 95, of Duck, WV, entered into rest Wednesday, September 04, 2013.

Born April 13, 1918 in Hallsburg ,WV, she was the daughter of the late Dick and Stella (Dawson) Sheets.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Beauford Long; two brothers, Homer Sheets, Hebert Sheets and one sister, Tressie Tanner.

Mable is survived by her sons, Earl B. Long of Duck, Robert Long of Ivydale, daughter, Mary Watkins of Chloe, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service were held 12:00 PM Saturday, September 07, 2013 at Nebo Baptist Church, Nebo, with Minister Hubert Sears officiating.

Burial was held in Hardman Cemetery, Nebo.

Friends called 1 hour prior to the service.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Long family.

Louie Gail Elliott

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Louie Gail Elliott

Age 93, of Smithville, WV passed away September 08, 2013 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

He was born March 24, 1920 at Smithville, WV, the son of the late William G. and Ada M. Carpenter Elliott.

Louie was a retired utility worker for Consolidated Natural Gas Coo.

He was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church.

He was a 50 year member of Harrisville Lodge #98 A.F. & A.M., Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Scottish Rite Free Mason 32nd Degree, Pennsboro Commandry #20, Odell S. Long Chapter #25 R.A.M., Order of Eastern Star Chapter #29, Harrisville, Nemesis Shrine, Parkersburg, and a 50 year member of Harrisville Lodge #99 I.O.O.F. Louie taught many lodge members their degrees and also taught square dancing.

He is survived by one daughter Winona Gail Collins (Larry) of Smithville; grandchildren, Cheryl Bailey, Tim Clayton (Erin), Kathy Wheatcraft (Rob), and Brenda Gibson (Ed); great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Elliott (Helen) of Smithville; nieces, nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma McHenry Elliott; second wife, Emma Wright Elliott; brother, Charles A. “Bud” Elliott and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ayers Cemetery, Smithville.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 11-2 PM.

Linda Sue Starkey

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Linda Sue Starkey

Age 65, of Smithburg, WV, departed this life on Saturday, September 07, 2013, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born on November 24, 1947, in Glenville, WV, the daughter of the late Donley Paul and Dorothy Marie Griffith Starkey.

Surviving are two sons, Steven P. Starkey and wife Jessica, Charleston, John M. Starkey, Smithburg; three grandchildren, Joshua Michael Starkey, Lacey Nicole Starkey, Ashley Marie Starkey; one brother, Donley Bryan Starkey and wife Deborah, White Lake, MI; two nieces, Laura and Natalie Starkey; and great-niece, Payton Starkey.

One grandson, Steven P. Starkey Jr., preceded her in death.

Mrs. Starkey worked for Myles Manufacturing in West Union and Pennsboro as a seamstress. She was a short-order cook for City Restaurant and worked for the Salem Glass Factory, Salem. Linda had attended Clarksburg Beauty Academy and West Virginia Business College.

Linda loved her sons and grandchildren and always did the best she could, even when faced with the toughest of odds. She loved to cook, fish and play cards.

If there was ever a fighter, it was Linda. She battled her diabetes like a true champion all the way to the end. You never had to wonder how Linda felt about you, because she could size you up in a heartbeat. Truly a special woman, and all that knew her will never forget her. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Harbert Funeral Home, 287 W. Main St., Salem, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 1 PM with Pastor Ramona Woods presiding.

Interment will follow in the K of P Memorial Park, Salem.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, after 11 AM until time of service.

Harbert Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Starkey family.

Marjorie Kathleen Foster

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Marjorie Kathleen Foster

Age 73, of Rock Cave, WV passed away on Friday, September 06, 2013 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Glenville, WV on January 11, 1940: daughter of the late Claudius Ray Brown and Rebecca Ellen (Settle) Brown.

Mrs. Foster is survived by two daughters: Betty (Charlie) Westfall of Weston and Kathy (Bill) Chidester of Rock Cave, two sons: Leslie Alkire of Weston and John Alkire of Rock Cave, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters: Ruth Simms, Alreada McHenry, Burldean Stein and Edna Brown all of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter: Eleanor Cogar, two brothers: Luther and Hall Brown and one sister: Isabelle Corathers.

Mrs. Foster was a homemaker and Baptist by faith.

Marjorie enjoyed sewing, crafts, painting, drawing, and listening and watching gospel shows. She liked the outdoors, cookouts, and spending time with her family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Sarah Weaver officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church 176 S. Kanawha Street Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Marjorie Kathleen Foster.

Marvin Gary Hall

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Marvin Gary Hall

Age 78, of Gip, passed away September 06, 2013 at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Otter.

He was born February 04, 1935 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late Earl and Locie Gibson Hall.

He was a laborer and an Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Delmar Hall, Clyde Hall, Troy Hall and Martin Hall; sisters, Lucille Hall Williams and Marie Hall.

He is survived by brother, Robert F. Hall and wife, Berdenia “Birdie” of Wadsworth, OH; sister, Mabel Hall Frame of Greensboro, NC and several nieces and nephews.

Per Mr. Hall’s request his body will be cremated.

A memorial service will be held 7 PM Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Brother Halman Nettles officiating.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Elmer J. “Bill” Frame

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Elmer J. “Bill” Frame

Age 82, of Strange Creek, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday September 08, 2013 at Summersville Regional medical Center.

He was born January 28, 1931 in Strange Creek to the late Lewis and Dora Stewart Frame.

He was a member of the Walnut Grove Methodist Church.

He also was a retired Coal Miner for Island Creek Coal Company with 40 years of service. And a member of the UMWA. He loved collecting guns and knives as his hobby.

Bill is preceded in death by his Parents; and wife Hilda Jean Frame and daughter; Patsy Jean Conrad 6 sisters; and 5 brothers.

He is survived by his sons, Mike (Mitzi) Frame, Tony (Rhonda) Frame, Teddy (Diane) Frame all of Strange Creek, Wayne (Lynn) Frame of Dille, J.B. (Paula) Frame and Billy Frame all of Birch River, Brent Frame of Elyria, Ohio, daughter; Marsha (Gary) Garvin of Gassaway, 18 Grandchildren, 29 great-grand children and 1 great-great grandchild. And the highlight of his day was seeing his special buddy “Cash”.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday September 11, 2013, Walnut Grove Methodist Church, Strange Creek, WV with Rev. Danny Richardson officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Tuesday September 10, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, visits, cards, food and many more kind gestures during this difficult time.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Frame family.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 09.09.13

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The Pharisees were watching him.

These poor Pharisees came to their Sabbath meetings looking for life. Before their very eyes they witnessed a healing, then went home plotting murder against the healer because he had broken a rule of their making. Truly we fashion the blinkers through which we choose to see life.

Writer Tony DeMello tells of a woman who was so preoccupied with getting to church to carry out her devotions that she never noticed the beggars or children along the way who called out to her. One day, she arrived just in time for the service, but the church door was shut tight. In her distress she looked up and saw a note pinned to the door. It said, ‘I’m out there!’


Colossians 1:24 – 2:3. In God is my safety and my glory. Ps 61(62):6-7, 9. Luke 6:6-11.

John Edward Casto

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John Edward Casto

Age 68, of Riverview Heights, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 4 AM on Saturday, September 07, 2013 in the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

He was born in Weston, WV on November 16, 1944 a son of the late Max Turner Casto and Sarah Hann Casto Prather.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Karen J. Hansford.

On January 21, 1977 he married the former Cindy J. Gould who survives and they enjoyed 36 years of marriage together.

He is also survived by one son, Steven Shawn Casto and wife Helen King Casto, of Jane Lew; one grandson, Dylan Parker Gage Casto; two sisters: Sarah Ann Lawson and husband Kris of Houston TX, and Sandra J. Trinite of Richmond VA; one brother, Max Keith Casto of Pascagoula MS; one uncle, John L. Casto and wife Anna of Marlinton; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

John was retired from the WV Dept. of Highways with over 24 years of service.

He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam War, a member of the DAV Chapter #51, American Legion Post # 4, VFW Post # 1776, Knights of Pythias #54 of Buckhannon and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Mr. Casto enjoyed fishing, hunting deer and rabbit and watching old military and western movies, especially those with John Wayne.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with full military honor’s being accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of John Edward Casto.

Virginia Ruth Barnett James

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Virginia Ruth Barnett James

Age 74, of Sutton, WV passed away September 05, 2013 at her residence.

She was born November 06, 1938 in Birch River, WV to the late Earl and Juanita Leona Leavitt Barnett.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Edgar James.

Virginia is survived by sons, Steven Dale James of Medina, NY; Kenneth Wayne James of Albion, NY; daughters, Sharon Lynn James of Maynardville, TN; Nancy Sue Paolini of Kenna, WV; brothers, Johnny Barnett of Ravanna, OH; Jerry Barnett and Roger Barnett both of Middleport, NY; sisters, Lottie Rutledge of Charleston, WV; Carol Rhodes of Birch River, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 08, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial followed at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton, WV.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled have served the James family.

Delores Jean Carte

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Delores Jean Carte

Age 73, of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, passed away September 04, 2013, at her home.

She was born May 04, 1940, in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of the late Lane K. and Gladys G. (Putnam) Roberts.

Her brother, Gary Roberts also preceded her in death.

She was a seamstress, and was co-owner and operator of J&J Fabric Shop in Cottageville and Millwood for 29 years. She was a 22 year member of the VFW Post #5501 Ladies Auxiliary, Ripley, an Honorary Citizen of Mooseheart, and a Woman of the Moose. She enjoyed crafts, playing bingo.

She was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Hershel “Joe” Carte; sons, Rick (Marie) Ash and Tom (Felicia) Wilson all of Spencer, WV; and Timothy (Sandy) Wilson of LeRoy, WV; daughters, Ranell Ash Windland of Spencer, and Marlyn “Marty” Carte of Cottageville; step-daughters, Regina Carte (Richard) Newbrough of Albany, OH; Beverly Carte (Butch) Price of Wharton, WV; and Brenda “Binky” Carte (Joel) Fraier of Cutler, OH; 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; brother, Delmas (Judy) Roberts of Winfield, WV; sister, June McDowell of Bolivia, NC, and a sister-in-law, Sue Roberts of Millstone.

The family would like to express their appreciation to, Monica, Sherry and Kathy, for the wonderful care given to Jean.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services.

Contributions in her memory are preferred to: HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd, West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is providing arrangements.

Kerry Swift, Sr.

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Kerry Swift, Sr.

Age 61 of Ivydale, Clay County, WV, passed away September 05, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, he was a son of the late Charles Ivar Swift and Mona White Swift.

He was a US Army Veteran and was formerly employed at Colonial Exxon of Charleston, WV.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie Starcher Swift. Two sons, Kerry Swift, Jr. and Charles Ivar Swift, II, both of Wisconsin. Two daughters, Malissa Swift of Charleston and Jessica Swift of Fairmont. Three brothers, Ronald and Daniel Swift, both of Ohio and David Swift of Missouri. A sister, Dara Taylor of Ohio. Six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Lizbeth.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Dewy Tanner officiating.

Interment will follow in the Coen Cemetery at Nebo.

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

Gordon D. McKee

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Gordon D. McKee

Age 87, of Millstone, WV, son of George and Nora Ball McKee departed this life September 05, 2013 at Roane General Hospital in Spencer, WV after an extended illness.

Gordon graduated from Calhoun County High School with the class of 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country in World War II.

He was a Christian and a member of Albert’s Chapel Methodist Church in Sandridge, WV where he was a faithful and dedicated Sunday school teacher for 50 years.

Gordon retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Corporation in 1981 with 36 years of service. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening and in later years working jigsaw puzzles.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Rev. Glendon McKee, Arco E. McKee and sisters Arleta McKee Sturm and Flo Mckee Hall.

He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 66 years, Mary Ella Moore McKee, his high school sweetheart and best friend whom he married on January 12, 1947.

His three daughters, Myra Lynn and husband Joseph Painter of Gandeeville, WV; Debra Jo and husband Rodney Young of Elkview, WV and Karen Jane and husband Gary White of Gainesville, VA; devoting his life and love to all three.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Mary Beth (Painter) and her husband Jeff Tanner, Matthew Gordon Painter and wife Michelle, Rebecca Ann (Young) and husband Art Kelly, Brian Stephen Young and wife Kimberly, Ryan K. Foroughi and wife Angela, Cyrus K Foroughi and Sophia N. Foroughi. Ten great grandchildren, Caleb, Cole, Ella and Lucy Kelly, J.D. and Jebediah Painter, Zane and Brock Tanner, Rylee and Brody Young. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Lenelle McKee Stalnaker and sister-in-law Eileen McKee and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, Monday, September 09, 2013, 11:00 AM with Rev. Rick Swearengin and Rev. David Weaver officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sand Ridge Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Loris “Jim” Simmons

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Loris “Jim” Simmons

Age 77, of Ashland, Ohio, passed away September 04, 2013, at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland.

On October 21, 1935, in Beatrice, WV (Ritchie County), Mr. Simmons was born to Charles and Carmel (Lemon) Simmons.

He had been a resident of Ashland since 1963 and worked 30-plus years at F.E. Myers Company until his retirement in 2001. Jim served with the U.S. Army, loved the outdoors, enjoyed the Atlanta Braves and squirrel hunting.

On September 01, 1963, Mr. Simmons married Rosa Lee Scott, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Lisa (Randy) Honaker of Westerville, Ohio; one son, Kevin (Natalie) Simmons of Ashland, Ohio; three brothers, Paul (Lois) Simmons of Belleville, WV, Norman Simmons of Calhoun County, WV, and Gary Simmons of Newark, WV; and one sister, Jane Davis of Ellenboro, WV.

Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Emmett Davis; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Simmons.

Funeral services were first held Saturday at Heyl Funeral Home, 227 Broad St., Ashland, Ohio, with Dick Riley officiating.

In an additional service, friends may visit with the family Monday from Noon until the service time at 1PM at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, 97 Juliana St., Elizabeth, WV, with Michael Hardbarger officiating.

Interment will be at Fought Cemetery in Newark, WV.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Richard Lee Ross

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Richard Lee Ross

Age 66, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on September 04, 2013, at his residence.

He was born March 07, 1947, in Pennsboro, the son of the late Richard Glenn and Eleanor Irene Lamm Ross.

Richard was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School in 1965, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. He graduated from Mountain State College in 1969 with a degree in data processing. He was an employee of DuPont Washington Works for the last 44 years as a store clerk.

He was a member of Beason United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Richard is survived by a son, Jeremy Ross, Pennsboro; a daughter, Misty Ross, Pennsboro; a brother, Steven Ross (Lisa), Williamstown, WV; brother-in-law, David Henthorn, St. Marys, WV; a niece, Lynnaya Ross; a nephew, Dustin Ross; in-laws, Edgar Hooper (Ann), the Dr. Rev. Larry Hooper, Carolyn Flanagan, Marilyn Cottrill (Lewis), Jim Hooper (Stephanie) and families; and two loyal companions, Butters and Tiny.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Karen Hooper Ross; sister, Nancey Henthorn; and in-laws, Michael Flanagan and Sandy Hooper.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday at McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with the Dr. Rev. Larry Hooper officiating.

Burial will follow in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM Monday on the day of the service.

William C. “Bill” Hall

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William C. “Bill” Hall

Age 65, of Millersburg,Ohio,  passed away Monday, August 05, 2013, at his home after a sudden illness.

He was born September 24, 1947 in Glenville, WV, to the late Macel and Oleta (Waggy) Hall.

He was a truck driver for many years, driving for companies such as Meneuez Brothers and Tom Bird Trucking, before becoming disabled in 2006.

He was a member of Millersburg Eagles Fraternity and enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and the many friends he also considered his family.

Surviving are a son, David C. Hall of Millersburg; sisters, Mary Bartram of Fort Gay, WV, and Faye Roberts of Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Young Funeral Home, Louisa, Ky., assisted the family.

Nina Collett Tear

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Nina Collett Tear

Age 89, passed away September 06, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, after an extended illness.

She was born in Petroleum, Ritchie County, WV, on April 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Mary Ernestine and Pearly R. Geer.

She is survived by her husband, Allan K. Tear of Williamstown, WV; her daughter, Catharine and husband, Tom Kelley, of Parkersburg; her stepson, Allan K. Tear II of Providence, RI; grandchildren, Tom Kelley Jr. and wife, Deidra, of Hurricane, WV; Amy Taylor and husband, Steve, of Parkersburg; step-grandchildren, Raji and Samu Tear of Providence, RI; great-grandchildren, Chelcie Staats of Parkersburg, Kalen Kelley of Morgantown, WV; and Zane and Brayden Taylor of Parkersburg; step-great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Victoria Dent of Hurricane, WV; and one step-great-great-grandson, Ryan Davenport of Hurricane, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Gordon E. Collett Jr.; brother, Kenneth and wife Ruth Geer; sister, Thelma and husband Hoyt Kellar; niece, Patty Kellar Prokop; and sister, Isabelle and husband Ed Beagle.

She loved spending time with her family and was very loved and respected by them and everyone who knew her. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, daughter and son-in law, especially their trip to Hawaii and spending time at their condo in Bradenton, FL. She worked in the cosmetic field all of her adult life until her retirement, starting with the original Stout’s Drug Store, Broida’s Stone & Thomas, Diamond Department Store and Elder Beerman.

She was an avid bowler for many years, both local and state. She had a love for all music but especially Gospel Music. As a young lady, she played the piano and sang in a Gospel Quartet with her father and siblings, as well as several other local quartets. The highlight of this love of Gospel Music was the opportunity to play the piano at one time for Gospel Music Legend J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet.

She attended Liberty Street Church of God.

Services will be 1 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Brian Harrell officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 PM and 6-8PM.

Donations in memory of our loved one can be made to Liberty Street Church of God Building Fund, 13th and Liberty streets, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Lowers and his nursing staff, the staff on the First and Fifth Floors of Camden Clark Medical Center, Housecalls Home Health Agency, and TLC In Home Care Services, especially Delores, for the wonderful care and love shown to our loved one.

Jacqueline Atchison

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Jacqueline Atchison

Age ge 78, of Weston, WV went to be the Lord on Thursday, September 05, 2013 after a courageous battle with diabetes.

She was born August 10, 1935 and grew up in Morgantown, West Virgina, with her parents Lee Roy and Hazel Cairney and her brother, Lee.

On August 31, 1957, she was united in marriage to James Atchison who survives at their Weston home.

They spent their early years in Kettering, Ohio, where they had four children: Terry Atchison and Marsha Matson now living in Dayton, Ohio, Michelle Webb now living in York, Pennsylvania with her husband Michael: Mark Atchison now living in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Candice.

Jacqueline and James have seven grandchildren, Charlsie Willey, Carrie Matson, Andrew Adams, Nicholas Webb, Roger Webb, Daniel Webb and Diana Champagne; and one great-grandchild, Hayden Webb.
Jacqueline was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lee Cairney of Granite Bay, California.

Jacqueline was devoted to her family. This faithful dedication and devotion to her marriage vows were hallmarks of her life, as were the legacies of integrity, self – improvement, hard work, and Christian living that she passed on to her son and daughters.

Mrs. Atchison was a retail associate with Marshalls, a Christian by faith, and loved to watch her favorite white tail deer, Crip.

Jacqueline touched many lives, providing examples of true commitment, devotion, and love. She made her limited world a better place. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Family and friends will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave, Weston on Monday, September 09, 2013 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clifford West, officiating.

Interment will follow services in Machpelah Cemetery of Weston, WV.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility, 318 Mud Lick Rd. Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jacqueline Atchison.

Charles Robert “Bob” Elliott

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Charles Robert “Bob” Elliott

Age 78, of Smithville, WV (Crab Run Community) went to be with the Lord on September 05, 2013, in Columbus, OH.

Bob was born June 11, 1935 in Beatrice, WV, a son of the late Otis G. and Nina (Lewis) Elliott.

Bob served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Korea. After his service, he worked for various jobs in construction and truck driving.

He is survived by one son, Charles Gump (Lynne) of New Matamoras, OH; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Elliott who passed away in 2010; brothers, David, Harold, Dale, Lonnie, and Tom Elliott; sister, Judy Elliott; granddaughter, Melissa Gump; great grandson, Ronald Dalyrymple II, and great grand daughter, Sophia Thomas.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Monday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Evang. Andy Robison officiating.

Burial will follow at the Haught Cemetery in Beatrice, WV.

Visitation will be from 12 Noon-1 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

Minter Junior “Jim” Mowery

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Minter Junior “Jim” Mowery

Age 82, of 150 Minnich Street Weston, WV, passed away on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV on March 21, 1931: son of the late Minter Jackson Mowery and Myrtle (Connor) Mowery.

On December 28, 2011, he married Wanda (Binion) Mowery, who survives.

He is also survived by eight children: Jimmy R. (Rita) Mowery of Clarksburg, Patricia (Tom) Bragg of Weston, Rebecca Mowery of Weston, Thomas (Jo Lynn) Powers of Jane Lew, Kathy Carter of Weston, Celia Powers of Jane Lew, Kerry Powers of Jane Lew and Debra (Gene) Persinger of Linn, eleven grandchildren: Brittany (Matthew) Marlow, Brenton Fisher, Destiny (Philip) Schevront, Cody Powers, Christopher Powers, Wanda Messick, John Carter, Cameron( Brittany) Radcliff, Aaron(Cassie) Radcliff, Andy Persinger and Jamie Persinger and three great grandchildren: Eaden Marlow, Addalee Fisher and Mason Schevront. He was also survived by three sisters: Pauline Lundsford and Marg Butcher both of Weston and Mary Frame of Fairborne, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by four brothers: Walker, Herb, Ophie and Bio Mowery and one sister: Madge Townsend.

Mr. Mowery was a retired cook with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center of Clarksburg, WV. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict as a Staff Sergeant. Jim enjoyed going out to eat and talking to everyone. He never met a stranger.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, September 05, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services were held at 2PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Randall Hughes and Pastor Jim Curtis officiating.

Interment followed services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Full military honors were conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 322 Eighth Ave 7th Floor New York, NY 10001 or United Home Health and Peoples Hospice 300 Davisson Run Road Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Minter Junior “Jim” Mowery.

Raymond Stamper

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Raymond Stamper

Age 74, of 41 Kitson Street Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at his residence following a sudden illness.

He was born in Malden, WV on May 15, 1939: son of the late Clarence D. Stamper and Letha Lena (Taylor) Stamper.

On January 01, 1958, he married Judith Ann (Hartley) Stamper, who survives.

He is also survived by one son: Michael Dallas (Barbara) Stamper of Weston, five grandchildren: Robert Aaron Stamper, Stephanie Brooke Stamper, Michael Dallas Stamper II, Nakoa Michael Stamper ,and Shailie Ann Murphy and seven great grandchildren: Caleb Kent Stamper, Aiden Grey Stamper, Makenna Jolee West, Dylan Matthew Lawson, Morgan Danielle Lawson, Kaison Joe Farley and Raeonna Brooke Stamper. Raymond is also survived by three brothers: Roger E. Stamper and Charles Dallas Stamper of Charleston and Clarence D. Stamper, Jr. of French Creek, one sister: Lola M. Vealy of Charleston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Stamper was preceded in death by one daughter: Lisa Rae Stamper, two sons: Stephen Edward Stamper and Robert Kent Stamper, one granddaughter: Kelli Nicole Lawson, two brothers: Thomas B. Stamper and Kenneth E. Stamper and one sister: Coleen Stamper.

Mr. Stamper was a drilling superintendent with Upshur Seneca Petroleum and retired in 1984. He was a health service worker with Weston State Hospital and retired in 1994.

Mr. Stamper was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston.

Raymond was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1958” where he was a star athlete and West Virginia All State Football player. He enjoyed sports and especially WVU football. Raymond loved hunting and fishing and made several trips to Canada.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, September 05, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM from St Patrick Catholic Church of Weston with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

A Prayer Service was held on Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from the funeral home chapel.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Raymond Stamper.

Daniel Joseph Cottrill

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Daniel Joseph Cottrill

Age 26, of Chapel Rt., Gassaway, WV, passed away on August 31, 2013.

He was born August 31, 1987 in Granstville, WV.

Daniel was a 2005 graduate of Braxton County High School and a 2007 graduate of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. He was a welder and boilermaker. He had an immense passion for ATV racing and was very dedicated to his niece and nephews. He also enjoyed music, golfing, movies, and was an avid Star Wars fan.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Amelia Nicole Cottrill; paternal grandparents, William D. and Audrey Cottrill.

Surviving; mother and stepfather, Margaret M. Polino Nicholas and David Nicholas of Chapel Rt., Gassaway; father, Marvin Gene Cottrill of Perkins; sisters, Elizabeth Anne King and husband, Zachary of Chapel and Gina Marie Cottrill of Pittsburgh, PA; brothers, Steven Joe Cottrill (Dendra) of Rosedale, Christopher Nicholas and Cory Nicholas; niece, Aubrey Lynn King; nephews, Alexander James King, Marshall Cottrill and Isaac Cottrill; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Dorothy Polino of Chicago, IL.

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, September 07, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Burial will be in the Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Attention: Amy DeWalt, 451 44th St., Penthouse Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

Rev. Delbert Kirby

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Rev. Delbert Kirby

Thou O Lord hast led me singing to the cross where I fling down all my burdens and see them vanish, where my mountains of guilt are leveled to a plain, where my sins disappear, though they are the greatest that exist, for there is power in the blood of Calvary to destroy sins.

Life has changed, not ended as D.L. went home to be with the Lord on September 01, 2013.

Born October 24, 1927, he is preceded in death by parents, Ferrell and Flora Kirby, wife Phyllis Sue Kirby and son-in-law Louis Milam.

He is survived by his daughter Betty (C.W.) Milam Phillips, grandson Michael (Laura) Milam and great grandsons Austin and Colby Milam.

He began his 50 years of ministry at the Akron Baptist Chapel and after pastoring other churches in Ohio, he taught bible classes at Hollywood Christian School in Florida for 12 years. He has served at Leatherbark Community Church, Broomstick Community Church and Steer Creek Community Church.

Calling hours will be at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Saturday September 07, 2013, from 11:30 AM until funeral services begin at 2:00 PM Rev. Roger Carter will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Broomstick Cemetery.

Phillip Jerry Payne II

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Phillip Jerry Payne II

Age 29, of Clay, WV, formerly of Webster County, passed away August 31, 2013.

He was born October 19, 1983 in Blacksburg, VA.

He was a clerk and 2003 graduate of Webster County High School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Jerry Payne.

Surviving; mother, Margie Deems Payne of Clay; fiancée, Sonya Hice of Tioga; son, Hunter Navarre Payne; several aunts and uncles.

Service will be 3:00 PM Saturday, September 07, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jimmy Adkins officiating.

Burial will be in the Chapman Cemetery,

Harrison. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Mary Louise Curtis

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Mary Louise Curtis

Age 73, of 148 So. Howard Street, Clarksburg, WV passed away at 5:40 PM on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on March 30, 1940 a daughter of the late Gay Steven “Red” Atkinson and Hazel Smith Atkinson.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Gerald, Keith and Brooks Atkinson.

On March 14, 1963 she married the love of her life, Hobert Oley Curtis, and they enjoyed 14 years of marriage before his passing in July 1977.

Surviving are one son, David Curtis of Clarksburg and one daughter, Diane Curtis of Clarksburg; five granddaughters: Casey Whitehair, Michelle Curtis, Chelsea Sampson, Mindy and Makayla Curtis; seven great-grandchildren: Christopher, Jamie, Tyler, Timmy, Renne, Mattie and Emma; two brothers: Glen Atkinson and wife Jean of GA. and Steve Atkinson and wife Carol of OH; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved Chihuahua puppy, Sunshine.

Mary worked as a nurse at the Weston State Hospital then became a homemaker when she had her children. She was a strong spirited woman who above all else, adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were the light of her life. She enjoyed working puzzle books, making homemade sausage gravy and biscuits, and sitting on her front porch, enjoying the scenery and fresh air.

The family has honored Mary’s request for cremation and will have a private service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Curtis.

Geraldine “Gerry” Hope Rampp

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Geraldine “Gerry” Hope Rampp

Age 76 years old, of Mansfield, Ohio died Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Sterling House in Mansfield.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV, on August 20, 1936.

She was a 1954 graduate of Bridgeport High School and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from West Virginia University in 1958.

She was director of Girl Scout Day Camp in Calhoun County, WV during the summer of 1958. She taught at Madison High School, Mansfield, before retiring in 1991. She received her master’s degree from Kent State University in 1977. While at Madison, she was a basketball coach; she also did family counseling and elementary school counseling for local private schools.

Miss Rampp was one of the first single women in Ohio to adopt children in 1974, James and Kathy, and later adopted Joshua. She loved camping, traveling and taking photographs. She was also an active member of Peace Fellowship Chapel until her death.

Surviving are daughter, Katherine Crocker; two sons, James Rampp and Joshua Rampp; three grandchildren, Gerri Clark, Faith Rampp and Rachel Huddleston; one great-grandchild, Korbin Rampp, and one sister, Helen Rampp Morris of Grantsville, WV; and Delora Morris, the daughter of Miss Rampp’s life partner of 26 years, Dorothy K. Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Rampp and Virginia Hope Lawman Rampp; three sisters, Marguerite Rampp Shriver of Weston, WV, Virginia Rampp Murdoch of La Canada, CA, and Jeanne Rampp Hart of Houston, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM. on Sunday, September 08, 2013, at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield, Ohio, conducted by Rev. Dan Dickman.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service, from 1-2 PM, at the funeral home.

A memorial service will also be held in Bridgeport, WV on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, with burial in Benedum Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Donations can be made to your local chapter of the ASPCA or the Parkinson’s Foundation, in the name of Gerry Rampp.

Kenneth H. Brannon

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Kenneth H. Brannon

Age 64 of Cedar Creek Road, Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life on Tuesday evening, September 03, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.

Born February 13, 1949 in Cedarville, WV., son of the late Harry and Irene Lynch Brannon.

Kenny was a drilling supervisor in the oil and gas industry. He retired from Ashland Exploration with 12 years of service. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, enjoyed hunting, farming.

He was a Baptist by faith.

On March 17, 1973, he was united in marriage to Sharon Faye Phares, who survives at their Cedar Creek home.

Surviving is 1 daughter: Marsha Tompkins and husband Timothy of Glenville, West Virginia; 3 grandchildren, MacKenzee Alice Huff, Andrew Wade Tompkins, and Audrey Nicole Tompkins all of Glenville, WV.

3 sisters and 2 brothers survive: Dora Jean Bumgarner and husband Robert of Marietta, Ohio; Delores Williams and husband Roger of South Point, Ohio;  Mary Greenlief and husband Larry of Weston, West Virginia;  John Brannon and wife Linda of Glenville, WV;  and Marvin Joe Brannon and wife Izetta of Cedarville, WV.

Kenny is also survived by 1 uncle: Robert Lynch and wife Sara of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and several nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

Along with his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by 1 sister-in-law, Donna Talkington Brannon.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351, on Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, WV.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Friday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Kenneth H. Brannon with arrangements.

Macel G. Craig

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Macel G. Craig

Age 86, of Walkersville, WV passed away at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 02, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 17, 1927 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Willis and Maude Teter Townsend.

Her husband, Oral Leon Craig, preceded her in death on June 30, 1987. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Carl and Lee Townsend.

Surviving are two daughters: Phyllis Walker and husband Bob of Strange Creek, WV and Shirley Bowie and husband Bill of Clarksburg; one son, Leon Craig and wife Katy of Walkersville; five grandchildren: Ty Walker, Sherry Gainous, Casey Bowie, Leigh Ann Walters and Wendy Allman; two step-grandchildren: Leah Rice and Cleve Bowie; three great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren, two step-great great-grandchildren; two sisters: Nellie Cayton of Weston and Madeline Bankhead of Napier; and several nieces and nephews.

After her children started school, Macel worked as a cook for the Walkersville School.

She attended Ireland United Methodist Church and was a member of the Shamrock CEOS.

In her earlier years she was a dedicated volunteer for the ramp dinners at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Dept. Macel loved to cook for her family and friends. There was always plenty of food for anyone who stopped by to visit. Her homemade pickles, green beans, applesauce, fudge, and lemon pie will be remembered fondly. She enjoyed every stage of vegetable gardening from planting and cultivating, to harvesting and canning. She loved crewling and quilting and she often made gifts for her children and grandchildren. Macel enjoyed the fellowship at Bingo and the fishing trips with her son and nephews. Her grandchildren were a great source of pride and joy, and she loved being actively involved in their lives. She cherished the many wonderful hours spent with her lifelong friend, Jean Craig.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dewayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery of Abrams Run.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Hone Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Macel G. Craig.

James Perry Miller Sr.

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James Perry Miller Sr.

Age 69, of Gassaway, WV passed away peacefully at 4 PM on Tuesday September 03, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Baltimore City on July 12, 1944, a son of the late Edward Cameron and Lorraine Victoria English Miller.

On October 31, 1963 he married the love of his life, Sharon E. Jenkins Miller and they enjoyed 49 years of marriage together.

He is also survived by three sons: J.P Miller and wife Treena, Mark Miller and wife Terri, and Tim Miller and wife Tracy, all of Gassaway; two brothers: Paul Miller and wife Paula and Jackie Miller and wife Marlene of MD; one sister, Dorothy Thompson and husband Jim of Westminister MD; six grandchildren: Cassondra, Cameron, Dustin, Katie, Josh, and Brandi Miller; four great-grandchildren: Alex, Emmaleigh, and Haylee Miller of Sutton and Kinzley Buckhannon of Sutton; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked for the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department as a Bailiff. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, collect fishing lures, hunt deer and turkey and walk in the woods. He enjoyed “wind therapy” as he rode his Harley Davidson Sportster on the scenic back roads of our beautiful state. His family knew Jim as a man who was generous of his time, always willing to help those who needed him. His boys have fond memories of playing ball with dad who always supported their athletic activities. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The little ones already miss their dear “Pop Pop”.

Jim’s family has honored his request for cremation and they will have a private service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of James Miller Sr.

Alma Velma “Jane” Lemley

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Alma Velma “Jane” Lemley

Age 76, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away September 02, 2013, at her residence with her loving daughter Becky at her side.

She was born September 14, 1936 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Norf and Alma Waggoner Nelson.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading the newspaper, traveling and spending time with her family whom she loved so much.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Kenny) Cottrill of Reedy, WV, Rodney (Susan) Lemley of Walker, WV, and Joyce Cottrell and Rebecca (Alan) Snider, both of Parkersburg; two sisters, Cecelia (Russell) Bell of Ravenna, Ohio, and Rozetta (Denzil) Goodnight of Walker; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Burt Edmond Lemley in 2010; one great-grandson, Wyatt Lemley; and her siblings, Jimmy Nelson, Claude Nelson, Mary Mackey, Ernest Nelson, Lloyd Nelson, Charles Nelson and Patricia Nelson.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, September 06, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Richard McKenzie officiating.

Interment will follow at Freeport Cemetery in Wirt County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 PM on Thursday, September 05, and one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.

Following committal services on Friday, family and friends are invited to join in a meal and fellowship at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 4th Avenue off Pike Street, south Parkersburg.

Dora Virginia Gum

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Dora Virginia Gum

Age 91, of Marietta, OH, formerly of Vienna, WV, passed away August 31, 2013, at Harmar Place.

Virginia was born on September 15, 1921 in Jacksons Mill, WV, a daughter of the late William T. and Luella Romine Matheny.

She was a member of the 19th Street Church of God.

She is survived by her son, Ronald R. Gum, of Knoxville, TN; grandson, Rick R. Gum of Belpre, Ohio; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Gum; her daughter, Shirley A. Whittaker; one sister; and five brothers.

Private family services will be held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

Public visitation will be Wednesday from 2-5 PM at the funeral home.

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