Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Kai Lee Helmick

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Kai Lee Helmick

2 ½ days of age, passed away at Cabell Huntington Hospital, July 27, 2013.

Kai was born in Huntington on July 25, 2013, the son of Kevin and Jennifer Cottrell Helmick of Orma, WV.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister Alexis Helmick. His maternal grandparents, Bobby and Rosetta Cottrell of Stumptown, paternal grandparents Dennis and Katherine Helmick of Nicut. Maternal great grandparents Russell Cottrell of Shock and Linda McCumbers of Arnoldsburg. He is also survived by uncles Cody and Joey Helmick and Bobby Cottrell Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 2:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Jason Nettles officiating.

Burial will follow in the Metz Cemetery at Nicut.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Marvin R. Whipkey

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Marvin R. Whipkey

Age 73, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away July 29, 2013.

He was born in Grantsville, WV, the son of the late James H. and Fonda Radabaugh Whipkey.

He had retired from the WV Division of Highways after 25 years and six months of service.

He had at one time attended the Cedar Grove Community Church.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruthaline E. Kendall Whipkey of Parkersburg; his daughter, Kathy Wigal and husband Mike of West Salem, Ohio; one son, Marvin Ray Whipkey II and wife Angie of Parkersburg; his grandchildren, Matthew Wigal and wife Dana of Ohio, Philip Wigal and wife Jen of Ohio, and Brandi Whipkey of Parkersburg; his great-grandchildren, Ella and Elise Wigal of Ohio, and Gracelynn Wigal of Ohio; his sister, Barbara Roberts of Five Forks, WV; his brothers, Wavel Whipkey of Vienna and Gail Siers of Elizabeth, WV.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Whipkey; one brother, Donzel Whipkey; and two sisters, Willadean Amos and Minnie Mae Cain.

A celebration of his life by his family will be held Thursday at 3:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 PM until the time of the service at 3:00 PM.

Robert Eli Marsh

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Robert Eli Marsh

Age 69, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at home following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on June 16, 1944, son of the late Robert Marsh and Ruby (Allman) Marsh.

He married Geraldine (Burkhammer) Marsh on July 10, 1965. They enjoyed 48 years of marriage together.

They are the proud parents of three children; two daughters: Barbara and Jay Watson, and Crystal and James Lough all of Weston, and one deceased son: Robert Eli Marsh II; seven grandchildren: James and Tiffany Watson, Bradley Watson, Jayson Watson, Patty Marsh, Ricky Marsh, David Marsh, and Dakota Lough; and two great-grandchildren: Faith Watson, and Tresten Watson; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and son he was preceded in death by one brother: Glyden Junior Marsh and one sister: Noretha Carol Riffle. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Marsh was a heavy equipment operator, a great mechanic and worked for a number of years for L.J. Gum & Son. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church He enjoyed hunting and fishing. NASCAR was a favorite along with his driver Jeff Gordon.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave., Weston on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor John Cowgar officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Robert Eli Marsh.

Robert Lee Almy

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Robert Lee Almy

Age 70, of Hyers Run Road, Burnsville, WV passed away at 12:30 AM Saturday, July 27, 2013 in the University of Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born July 29, 1942 in Auburn, OH, a son of the late George Washington Almy and Doris Marie Butler Almy.

On August 15, 1972 he married the former Irena Jean Nicholson who survives. Robert and Irena enjoyed 40 years of marriage together.

Also surviving are one son, David Scott Almy of Miss.; one granddaughter, Alanna; one sister, Patsy Dowling of Andover, OH; one brother, George C. Almy of Middlefield, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

One son, Robert L. Almy Jr, preceded him in death.

Robert was employed for many years by B & I Taxi, an Amish Transportation Service. He was an honored veteran of the US Army and was stationed in Germany and Holland. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, riding motorcycles and working as a mechanic on his many vehicles.

Robert’s request for cremation has been honored and there will be a private family service.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WV Veterans Nursing Facility at 1 Freedom’s Way Clarksburg WV 26301

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Robert Lee Almy.

Charles Richard “Chuck” Allen

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Charles Richard “Chuck” Allen

Age 65 passed on to be with the Lord at home, suddenly, on July 26, 2013.

Chuck was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing during his life. He quit school in the 10th grade to join the Armed Forces. In the Army, Chuck was a sergeant who earned several medals including three Bronze Stars during the Vietnam War. After returning, Chuck began working for Ridge Tool in Ohio for 5 years. He then returned home to WV and started working for Appalachian Timber Service in Sutton. He worked there for 35 years until he retired in 2009, to spend time with his wife, Jean, and the rest of his family. After his retirement Chuck went back to what he enjoyed; being the avid outdoorsman with his nieces, nephews, and granddaughters.

Surviving are Chuck’s wife of 44 years, Jean Allen of Normantown, WV; daughter Jennifer Snodgrass, husband Greg and daughters Cassie and Megan of Charleston, WV; sister Tommy McKenzie and husband Joe of Grafton, Ohio; sister Vona Moss and husband Dale of Elyria, Ohio; brother Jerry Allen and wife Jan of Perkins, WV; brother Henry Allen and wife Judy of West Milford, WV; brother Shorty and wife Kay of Normantown, WV; plus several nieces and nephews.

Services for Chuck will include a viewing at Richard Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, WV on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 6-9 PM.

The funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 PM at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Normantown, WV with Pastor Richard Westfall officiating.

Levi Scott Stewart

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Levi Scott Stewart

8 years old, of Flatwoods, WV, recently passed away at his home.

He was born November 09, 2004.

He is the son of Valarie Lee Brown of Flatwoods, and Patrick Stewart of Gassaway, WV.

He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Dalton and Owen Brown; grandparents, Ralph and Patricia Boone of Wilsie, Robert (Bobby) Mollohan of Sutton, Kathy L. Beamer of Sutton; great-grandparents, Walter (Ted) and Iva Beamer of Sutton, Mary Duckworth of Gassaway; uncles, Chris Westfall of Sutton, Robert, David, Ab Stewart of Gassaway.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Albert Stewart; great-grandparents, Junior and Angels Mollohan.

A private graveside service was held with the Rev. Rod Nicholas officiating at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Frank R. “Bob” Hook

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Frank R. “Bob” Hook

Age ge 70, of Roanoke, WV, formally of Malone and Liberty NY, passed away Saturday, July 20, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born July 13, 1943: son of the late Frank E. and Marie (Knight) Hook.

On May 14, 1983 he married Cindy L. Hillriegel, who survives. They celebrated 30-years of marriage together.

He is survived by his children, David Hook and companion, Sandy Deckelman, Pamela (Frank) Yoli, Jeremiah (Christy) Hook, Chuck Porter and fiance, Erin Roberts, all of Liberty, NY; grandchildren, Jessica Bagailuk, Cody, Chase and Carson Hook, Ariella, Miranda and Karisa Yoli, and Kyle and Ryan Porter, all of NY.

Along with his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by one son, Robert.

Bob worked for the New York State Department of Corrections for 30-years as a corrections officer before making his home in WV.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed every opportunity he could to be hunting, fishing or 4-wheeling with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He will be sadly missed by all, including his four-legged friend, Jake.

Arrangements have been made to return him to NY.

As of this time, no services for WV, have been made.

Edgar Rollyson

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Edgar Rollyson

Age 84, of Frametown, WV passed away on July 20, 2013 at his residence.

He was born on March 26, 1929 to the late Edgar R. Rollyson and Ivy Myrtle Hamric Rollyson.

He worked as a Heavy equipment and Light equipment mechanic.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Edgar is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pearl Fox Rollyson; sons, Francis E. “Jack” Rollyson and wife Susie of Southport, NC, Kenny Ray Rollyson of Frametown; daughters, Melissa Renee Deuly and husband Dan of Frametown; sisters, Bernice Wiedner of OH, Nina Bailey of Akron, OH, Mildred Carroll of Akron, OH; a special niece who was like a sister, Phyllis Simmons, as well as 6 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Rollyson, Charles Rollyson, Chelsie Rollyson, Beecher Rollyson; sisters, Edna Vincent, and Jean Bradey.

Services were held at Noon on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV, with the Rev. Brace Cook officiating.

Burial followed at the Rollyson Family Cemetery.

Friends called Tuesday, July 23 from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.

Kirk Carlos Guth

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Kirk Carlos Guth

Age 43 of Lynn Camp Community, Pennsboro, Ritchie County, WV passed away unexpectedly July 21, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Philippi, WV a son of Joseph M. Guth Jr. and the late Theodora C. (Ferrell) Plumley.

Kirk was a 1988 graduate of Ritchie County High School where he played basketball and football. He was formerly a welder in Greenville, SC. His hobbies included flying Remote Control Air Planes, fishing, photography and computers.

Surviving in addition to his father is his sister Michelle Grubb (Clifford) of Greenville, SC, stepsister Kandace Bender (Patrick) of Wake Forest, NC, stepbrother Donald William Mahaney (EdieAnn) of Wesley Chapel, FL.

He also leaves behind 8 nieces and nephews: Alicha, Christopher, Johanna, Joseph, Gabriel, Nicholas, Ryan and Payton.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a stepmother, Dorothy Anne Barnes Guth.

A time of visitation and fellowship for family and friends was Thursday 6-8 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

In following Kirk’s wishes, he was cremated and his remains inurned at the Mount Rupert United Methodist Church cemetery beside his mother, in Buckhannon, WV.

Bernice Olive Nottingham Moore

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Bernice Olive Nottingham Moore

Age 86, of Servia, WV passed away on July 19, 2013 at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Big Otter.

She was born March 09, 1927 to the late Raymond and Darlie Mollohan Nottingham.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Charlie Moore and one sister, Linda Nottingham.

She is survived by her children: Kenneth and Donna Moore of Servia; Janet and Louie Mollohan of Duck; Allen Moore of Servia; Gary Moore of Servia; Terrie and Joe Bob Truman of Servia, and Michael Moore of Servia, sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are siblings, Anna Lee Stahlman of Servia; Norman and Rosalie Nottingham of Servia; James and Vida Lea Nottingham of Duck; and Larry and Carol Nottingham of Servia.

She was a homemaker and member of the Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church.

She was a charter member of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and volunteered at the Mountaineer Food Bank.

Services were held 10:00 AM Monday, July 22 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, WV, with the Rev. Joe Truman officiating.

Burial followed at the Moore Family Cemetery.

Friends called Sunday, July 21, from 6-9 PM at the funeral home.

Velva June Saunders

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Velva June Saunders

Age 87, of Morgantown, formally of Sutton, WV passed away peacefully Sunday, June 07, 2013 at her and her sisters residence.

She was born May 30, 1926 in Braxton County, WV to the late Oscar Buren and Roena Hess Leavitt. Also preceding her in death were husband; James “Wiley” Saunders, Jr., and her sister; Maxine Linger.

She was raised on Granny’s Creek, a protestant by faith and a homemaker.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons and daughter-in-laws; Mike and Judy Saunders and Mark and Sharon Saunders all of Lockport, NY, her sister and caregiver; Patricia Lewis of Morgantown, brother; Clyde Leavitt of Sutton, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 09, 2013, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Be Be Marshall officiating; burial was held in Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport, NY. Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Saunders Family.

Betty Lou TOUPS

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Betty Lou TOUPS

Age 79, of New Martinsville, WV, died Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, WV.

She was born July 24, 1933 in Burnsville, WV, a daughter of the late Roy William and Mary Frances Knight Riffle.

Betty was a retired glass worker at the former Corning Glass Company.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in New Martinsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Toups; two brothers, Bud and Bob Riffle; and a sister, Nancy Satterfield.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanie (Tim) Booher of Jacksonburg, WV, Jackie (Rick) Bucher of Reader, WV and Julie (Randy) Brant of Dickson, TN; three brothers, Benjamin (Peggy) Riffle, Barry (Bobbie) Riffle and Thomas (Bonnie) Riffle, all of Fairmont, WV; a sister, Diana (Terry) Coffman, also of Fairmont, 10 grandchildren, Brandi Murray, A. J. Meeks, Jr., Kelsey Meeks and her fiance Frankie Simons, David J. Booher, Audrey Booher, Ryan Bucher, McKenzie Bucher, Megan Bucher, Aliesa Canterbury and Tyler Canterbury; 4 great grandchildren, Aleeah Fletcher, Lakyn Fletcher, Izzie Murray and Jaxon Murray; and a special nephew, Scott Coffman.

Family will received friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, where funeral services was held on Thursday at 11 AM with Fr. John McDonough officiating.

Entombment to follow in Northview Mausoleum, New Martinsville.

Baby Girl Chapman

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Baby Girl Chapman

July 24, 2013 - July 24, 2013

Resided in Glenville, WV

Larry W. Reed

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Larry W. Reed

Age 67, of Glenville, WV passed away peacefully at 8:35 AM on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at his home, following a three-month battle with cancer.

He was born on July 03, 1946 in Tyler County, a son of Pauline McKinney Reed Greaver of West Union and the late Charles W. Reed.

On July 05, 2011 he married the former Leonne Richards, his loving wife and constant companion, who was his strength throughout the illness.

Larry is survived by one son, Michael Reed and wife Sheri of Leesville SC; one daughter, Jessica Reed of Davis CA; one step-son John Strader III and wife Tisha of Weston; one granddaughter, Megan Reed and one grandson, Scottie Reed, both of Leesville SC; one step-grandson, John Strader IV and a step-granddaughter, Hannah Strader, both of Weston.

In addition, he is survived by one brother, David C. Reed and wife Robin of West Union; four sisters: Paulette Pierce and husband Dale of Greenwood, Pamela Sponaugle and husband Donnie of Sunnyside Community, West Union, Edwina Bailey and husband Tim of Big Flint, West Union and Kelly Grimm and husband Randy of Sunnyside Community, West Union; and several nieces and nephews.

One sister, Paula Reed, one brother, Kevin Reed, and his step-father, Elmer Greaver preceded him in death.

Larry was a loving husband, son, and brother. He kept in touch with his mother by phone daily, and always with an “I love you” at the end of the conversation. He loved his wife dearly and often said that he didn’t know what he would do without her. She was so good to him.

Larry graduated from Doddridge County High School in 1964. He worked in the oil and gas field for more than forty years. He was called “The Legend” by all of his friends. Everyone wanted him on their site due to his experience and dedication. He loved his work and retired in October 2011. He was an avid Nascar fan, following Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. and he devoted countless hours to working in his neatly landscaped yard, caring for his flowers and shrubbery.

He was a very giving person, always putting everyone else before himself. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was Protestant by faith.

At Larry’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service.

Flowers and expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to his family.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Larry Reed.

Charles Gilbert Kittner

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Charles Gilbert Kittner

Age 85, of Sutton, WV, passed away July 25, 2013 at Heartland Nursing Home of Clarksburg.

He was born on August 25, 1927. He was the son of the late Audley Burdette and Margaret E. Watt Kittner.

Also preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly Kay Walsten.

He was a Controller for the Elk Refinery, retired from Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV.

He attended Gassaway Baptist Church and Church of the Nazarene and Church of Christ, and was a WWII Navy Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Louise (Coombs) Kittner, sons, Charles Anthony Kittner & wife Ilene of Sacramento, CA, Stephen Gilbert Kittner and wife Valentina of Davenport, FL, daughter, Deborah Jean Hively and husband Danny of Crossville, TN, grandchildren, Christy Dolonich, Casey Hively, and Betsy Hively all of Crossville, TN, Jessica Kittner Vallenga and husband Roy of UT, Jason Snow of MD, Michael Kittner of Layton, UT, Shannon Kittner of Sacramento, CA, Travis Kittner, Carol-Ann Kittner, and Daniel Kittner all of Davenport, FL, 5 great grandchildren, siblings, Alice Belz of Beaumont, TX, Blanch Vinson of Boynton Beach, FL, Marji Reyes of Lakeworth, FL, Esther Hackett of Reedsville, PA, Robert Kittner of Orange, TX, David Kittner of Louisville, KY.

At Charles’s request there will be no viewing or service. Burial has taken place at Braxton Memorial Cemetery near Sutton.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbled to serve the Kittner family

Leona Telka Duke

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Leona Telka Duke

Age 90, of Williamstown, WV, fell asleep in death at her home on Saturday, July 20, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 29,1922 in Weston, WV, daughter of John Means and Grace Cawthon Means.

Leona was a 1939 graduate of Williamstown High School. She was a dearly cherished, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, an artist, lover of birds, avid reader, tennis player, and known as an “amazing woman”.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses her hope was to be part of the earthly resurrection under Christ’s Kingdom.

On September 10, 1942, she married Charles Duke who survives with two daughters, Lois “Betsy” Duke and Mary (Tim) Goode, all of Williamstown; seven grandchildren: Debbie, Dan, Matthew, Laurel and Rachel Reid, and Chad and Jordan Goode; three great grandchildren: Zoe, Isabella and Jamin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Charlee Reid, and sister Lois Fenton.

Memorial service will be held Saturday July 27 at 1:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall on College Parkway, Parkersburg.

Her cremains will be joined with those of her daughter Charlee.

The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. McElroy and staff, and Amedisys Hospice, their aides and Beth, RN.

Hazel Gay Gross Casto

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Hazel Gay Gross Casto

Age 84, of Franklin, PA died Thursday July 18, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital at Pittsburgh, PA after a sudden illness.

She was born March 02, 1929, in Sutton, WV to the late Orpha Hue and Delpha Gay Jenkins Gross.

Hazel was retired with J.C. Penney Department Stores as a Secretary.

She worshipped at Grace United Methodist Church for 60 years in Franklin, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband; Rubel Ray Casto.

Surviving Hazel are her loving siblings; Johnie Gross and wife Diane , Kennieth Leon Gross, Jerry Gross and wife Pam, all of Sutton, Jimmy Gross and wife Arthela of Gassaway, Margie Best of Franklin, PA, Mildred Casto, Mary Mace, Louise Cline and husband Danny, Olive Fishbaugh and husband William all of Sutton and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were be held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bill Hopkins officiating.

Burial followed at the Barnett Cemetery, near Sutton.

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

The family suggest donations to:UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Family House200 Lothrop Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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

Hogan Ottawa Short

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Hogan Ottawa Short

Age 18 day old son of Eldon and Brianna Lowther Short went to be with the lord Thursday morning, July 18, 2013 at Troy following an unexpected illness.

He is survived by his twin sister, Hailey Short who is lives at home, Maternal Grandparents, Joe and Kim Lowther of Linn, WV., Maternal Great-Grandparents, Avon and Elizabeth Lowther of Linn, WV., and Maternal Great-Grandmother Sandra Beall of Normantown, WV., Paternal Grandparents, George and Sharon Short of Linn, WV., Paternal Great-Grandparents William and Patricia Self of Cox’s Mill, WV.

He was preceded in death by Paternal Great-Grandparents, Eldon and Mattie Short and Maternal Great-Grandfather Jack Beall.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Dr. Glenville, WV. 26351 at 2:30 PM, Monday July 22, 2013, with Pastor Brian Bukovesky officiating.

Burial followed in the Farnsworth Cemetery, Troy, WV.

Friends called from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM the funeral hour at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the parents of Hogan O. Short with arrangements.

Charles Ray Metz

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Charles Ray Metz

Age 35, of Grantsville, WV passed away July 18, 2013.

He was born March 18, 1978, the son of Raymond and Deloris Metz of Big Bend. He was a loving father.

He is survived, in addition to his parents, by his four children, Kelcie Rae Metz, Nickolas Cage Metz, Dalton Isaiah Metz and Wesley Clay Metz; grandmothers are Letha Keener and Waneta Sturms. He is also survived by three sisters, Michele (Doug) Murray, Traci (Ray) Bukowski and Kathy (D.J.) Grey as well as his brother Michael (Virginia) Harris.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Clay ‘Blackie’ Sturms, Jr.

Graveside services were held Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:00 PM at Bethlehem Cemetery in Grantsville with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville assisted the family with arrangements.

Eloise E. Sinnett

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Eloise E. Sinnett

Age 91, of Vienna, West Virginia, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

She was born October 09, 1921 at Orma, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Lee and Flora Bailey Edgell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters.

Mrs. Sinnett was a retired educator. She taught school in Calhoun, Roane and Wood Counties. She was also a longtime volunteer at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital Gift Shop.

She was a Protestant.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Ron Stewart of Spencer, Marilyn and Tom Harrison of Morgantown, Debra Sinnett of Miami, FL; four grandchildren, Eric, Tracey, Ronda and Amanda; and seven great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 27 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Russell B. Stump, II officiating.

Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

Friends may call two hours before the service at the funeral home.

Clem L. Murphy Jr.

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Clem L. Murphy Jr.

Age 76, of Smithburg Community, West Union, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in the United Hospital Center.

He was born February 25, 1937 in Tyler County a son of the late Clem L. Murphy Sr. and Lena Grace Williams Murphy.

On October 05, 1957 he married Lois Carpenter Murphy who survives.

Also surviving is two daughters, Robin Travis and husband “Smokey”, New Milton, Martha Evans, Black Lick, two sons, David Murphy and wife Pauline, Nutter Fork, Mark Murphy, Smithburg, grandchildren, Zachary Travis, Crystal Kelley, Nicole Thompson, Kimberly Vandevender, Nathan Murphy, Clayton Evans, Lindsey Travis, Sarah Evans, Jessica Travis and Robert Moore, great grandchildren, Abby Thompson, Natalie and Ryan Kelley, Ethan and Lena Thompson, Cameron Kelley, Michael Thompson, Chyanne and Daniel Vandevender, Kordale Travis and Neelin Moore. One infant daughter, Janet Lee Murphy, one brother, James Murphy, sister-in-law, Ramona Lowther Murphy and nephew James Rodney Murphy preceded him in death.

Mr. Murphy was a 1957 graduate of Doddridge County High School. He worked for Kiger’s Esso for nine years. Clem was retired from the Doddridge County Board of Education with 32 years of service, where he worked as a janitor at the High School and Middle School and later worked in the maintenance department where he was the Director of Maintenance. After retirement he worked for the West Union Bank as a courier for 13 years. Clem was a charter member of the Smithburg Volunteer Fire Department and had served as Chief and was a firefighter for many years. He was a member of the Doddridge County Emergency Squad as a driver, a member of C.B. Club where he enjoyed the holiday weekend coffee stops where he enjoyed talking to people from other states and countries. If you knew Clem, he loved to talk.

He was a member of Red Oak Grove Church where he had served as superintendent.

Clem enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, football games and walking over the hills of his farm.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 27, 2013 with Pastor Robert McClanen presiding.

Interment will follow in the Freeman Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

The family received friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, July 25, 2014 from 4-8 PM and will received after 9 AM on Saturday, July 27, 2014 until service time.

There will be no visitation on Friday.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Murphy family.

Vanessa Lynn (Craft) Jarrell

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Vanessa Lynn (Craft) Jarrell

Age 26, of 503 River Street, Gassaway, WV, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Vanessa was born July 21, 1987 in Dunedin, Florida: a daughter of Rodney Craft and Cindy Craft.

She was married to David Michael Jarrell, Jr., who survives.

Vanessa was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Fletcher Craft and Leerie Craft, and maternal grandfather, Robert Straley

Vanessa is also survived by two daughters, Nevaeh Jarrell and Ayvah Jarrell at home and one step-daughter, Aleena Jarrell of Little Birch.

Also surviving is mother-in-law, Shelley Jarrell; maternal grandmother, Louise Straley; one sister, Tawnya Kemerer; one special nephew, Joshua Robert Esch; and several Aunts and Uncles.

Vanessa was a Methodist by faith and a member of the Morrison Ridge United Methodist Church.

She was a 2005 graduate of Braxton County High School. Vanessa was a professional shopper and loved going to the mall and trying on new clothes. Vanessa also loved to swim, decorate and to be with her friends. Her biggest joy was making a home for her husband and daughters. Vanessa was a giving person, loved helping others and will be greatly missed.

Family received friends at the Stockert-Gibson-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, on Thursday, July 25, from 4 - 8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 26, from the Stockert-Gibson-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Malick officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Morrison Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Nevaeh and Ayvah Jarrell College Education Fund, Bank of Gassaway, P.O. Box 40, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Stockert-Gibson-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be handling the services for Vanessa Lynn (Craft) Jarrell.

Ira Wayman Skaggs

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Ira Wayman Skaggs

Age 92, of Arnoldsburg, WV, died July 23, 2013 at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, WV.

He was born August 06, 1920, a son of the late Ira D. and Myrtle McCutcheon Skaggs.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Laura D. Skaggs; children, Larry Jean (Barbara) Skaggs of South Carolina, Loueen (Marion-deceased) O’Neil of South Carolina, Merlin (Charlene) Skaggs of South Carolina and Joe (Jill) Skaggs Arnoldsburg. Step-children, Karen (George) Settles of Arnoldsburg, WV and Carl (Laura) Bragg of Virginia. Siblings, Nell Murphy of North Carolina, Hubert Skaggs of Nebraska and Clinton Skaggs of Anstead, WV; 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by siblings Veda Dufore and Marie Skaggs; son, Doug Skaggs; and one grandchild.

Graveside services and interment will be held at Sand Ridge Cemetery on Friday, July 26, 2013, 2:00pm, with Rev. Gary Bowen officiating.

Stump Funeral Home of Arnoldsburg is in charge of the services.

Bernard Jenkins

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Bernard Jenkins

Age 91, of Gassaway, WV passed away on July 23, 2013 at his home.

He was born March 17, 1922 to the late Granville Jenkins and Dora Rachel Jenkins.

He was a railroad worker for B&O Railroad.

He was a Baptist by faith.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Mabel Friend Jenkins; daughter, Karen Sue (Cecil) Harris.

He is preceded in death by wives, Helen Jenkins, Sharon Winters Jenkins, Ida Mae Dean Jenkins; sisters Beulah Jenkins, MyCola Jenkins, Eula Jenkins, Orphia Jenkins, Pauline Jenkins, Juanita Jenkins; brother Jessie Vernon Jenkins.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Friends may call Saturday from Noon until time of service at the funeral home.

John Franklin Raines

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John Franklin Raines

Age 84, of Camden, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Crestview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

He was born in Diana, Webster County, WV on May 05, 1929, son of the late David F. Raines and Mary C. Belcher, Deel, Raines, Hammons.

He married Ada Belle Riley Raines on April 15, 1950, they enjoyed 63 years of marriage together.

They are the proud parents of ten children; three daughters: Anna Epp of Alum Bridge, WV; Carolyn (Junior) Acevedo of Orlando, FL., and Darlene Lapeer of Lost Creek, WV; seven sons: Mayford (Evelyn) Raines of Jacksonville, FL., William K. Raines (dec), James (Brenda) Raines of Lumberport, John (Kathy) Raines of Shinnston, Charles (Arzetta) Raines, Andrew (Helen) Raines both of Camden and Steven Michael (Beth) Raines of Leavensworth, KS.

In addition to his parents and son he was preceded in death by one brother David F. Raines. Also surviving are 18 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren along with one brother: Howard Raines of Normantown.

Mr. Raines was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and DAV. He worked 15 years for the Hines Brothers in construction and later for the WVDOH.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave., Weston on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.

Interment followed services in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of John Franklin Raines.

Lillian Lee Bennett

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Lillian Lee Bennett

Age 93, of Gassaway, WV passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at her residence.

She was born March 07, 1920 in Gassaway, WV to the late George and Ora Funk and was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Bennett.

Lillian was a retired Bookkeeper for The Bank of Gassaway & Bank of Richwood, a Homemaker.

She attended Gassaway Baptist Church, a graduate of Richwood High School, and a volunteer at Mountaineer Food Bank, Gassaway.

She is survived by her son; Gary L. Bennett and wife Mildred of Flatwoods, daughter; Patricia Crites of Sutton, grandchildren; Dustin Crites and wife Bridgette, Staci Lynch and husband Nathaniel, Jasmine Bennett, Terra Ghannoum, great grandchildren; Haylie Lynch, Liam Lynch and Skylar Ghannoum.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Thursday July 25, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

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

Burial followed at Bealls Mill Cemetery, Gassaway.

Family suggest donations be made to: Gassaway Baptist Church, 400 Braxton St. Gassaway, WV 26624 or Mountaineer Food Bank, 180 Enterprise Dr. Gassaway, WV 26624.

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

Winifred Pearl Hinzman

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Winifred Pearl Hinzman

Age 97 a resident of Care Haven, Belmont, WV, formerly of Ritchie County, WV died July 18, 2013 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 26, 1916 at Burnt House, WV, the daughter of the late Elmore and Alice Virginia Goff Summers.

Winifred was a cook for the Ritchie County Board of Education and the Hi-Way Grille. She was also a house mother for Hall-Acre’s Boys Home, in Parkersburg. She was a 50 year member of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, and Chapter 31 Order of Eastern Star. She was a Belle of Belmont.

She was a member of Belin United Methodist Church, Murrell’s Inlet, SC.

She is survived by two daughters, Lois M. Holpp and Rita P. Wilson, both of St. Marys; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; fourteen great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Winifred was preceded in death by her husband Richard Hinzman in 1965; daughter, Doris Clevenger; four brothers; three sisters; great-grandson, Chad Coon; and sons-in-law, Dean Holpp and Clifford Clevenger.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Sunday, July 21, 2013 with Rev. Darrell Gooden officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Saturday from 5-8 PM.

Brunna Louvern Stalnaker Arnold Penman

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Brunna Louvern Stalnaker Arnold Penman

Age 104, of Fountain of the Sun, passed away Tuesday July 09, 2013 at the Springdale Village in Mesa, AZ.

She was born June 06, 1909 in Minnora, Calhoun County, West Virginia to Clark and Nora Stalnaker and was one of 10 children.

She was an Elder of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church.

She was past business owner with her husband in West Virginia and Arizona, and devoted her life to her family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 40 years, Doyle Van Arnold; her second husband of 17 years George Penman; her loving daughter, Berniece Tucker Scharff; a granddaughter, Stephanie Arnold, and eight siblings.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her son R C Arnold and daughter-in-law, Kathryn Arnold, her son, William Arnold and daughter-in-law, Kay Arnold, her son, Lowell Arnold and Marilynn Pustelak; her sister, Naomi Simms; her step-son, George Penman Jr. and wife, Linda Penman; her step-daughter, Bonnie McGovern and husband Jerry; many Arnold-Stalnaker nieces and nephews; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 20 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Banner Hospice, 202 E. Earll Dr., Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Audrey Renee Dotson

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Amber Lea Squires and Craig Charles Dotson of Weston, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey Renee Dotson.

She was born Friday, July 05, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 8-pounds, 4-ounces and is the couple’s first child.

The mother is employed at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The father is employed at Baker Hughes Equipment Operation.

Maternal grandparents are George Kent Squires and Kimberley Montgomery, both of Weston, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Craig Jeffery Dotson of Ashland, Ohio and Kimberly Burnside of Jane Lew, WV.

Carolyn S. Stewart

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Carolyn S. Stewart

Age 65, of Akron, Ohio passed away July 09, 2013.

Carolyn was born August 15, 1947 in Sutton, West Virginia.

For 36 years she was employed at the Akron General Center for Family Medicine. Carolyn had a smile and a laugh for everyone she met. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Stewart; parents, Rozzie and Edna Tinney; brothers, Junior (Mable), Eugene (Phyllis), and Robert Tinney; sisters, Mary (Nelson) Workman, Virginia (Russ) Dambach, Ruth (Amos) Greene; parents-in-law, Don and Ruby Witzke; father-in-law, Burl Stewart.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Angela) and Scott (Teresa) Stewart; sisters, Rosalie (Leon) Knight and Margaret (David) McKeon; brother, John (Barbara) Tinney; grandchildren, Amanda, Josh, Daniell, Christopher; great-grandchildren, Maeson, Brayden, Landon, and more on the way; mother-in-law, Virginia Stewart; brother-in-law, Dan (Grace) Stewart; numerous special nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

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