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Edwina Virginia Davis

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Edwina Virginia Davis

Age 88, of Rosedale, West Virginia, born March 16, 1925, went to be with our Lord on March 08, 2013.

She was greeted in heaven by her loving husband of 56 years, Lyndon Roy Davis.

She was the daughter of the late Russell Yost and Bessie Clayton. She was a loving homemaker.

She was a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by sons, Lyndon L. Davis, wife Becky of Frametown; Ronald L. Davis, wife Judy of Rosedale; daughter, Mary Dale Seuss of Frametown; grandchildren, Jason and Kim Sears of Ravenswood, Tracy Sears of Clarksburg, Ryan and Amy Davis of Exchange, Lara and Brandon Dennison of Bridgeport, Kristi Davis of Bridgeport, Ian Davis of Rosedale; great-grandchildren, Johnathon and Katie Sears of Ravenswood, Sarah, Brian, and Brynne Davis of Exchange.

She was preceded in death by her sister Vivian Medlin.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 11, at 1:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral home in Gassaway, WV with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Friends called on Sunday, March 10, from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Harold “Del” Vincent

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Harold “Del” Vincent

Age 50, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2013, at his residence.

Del was born July 31, 1962, in Parkersburg, the eldest son of Donald “Harold” Vincent of Pennsboro, WV and the late Roselea (Jones) Satterfield.

He worked for several years with Deem Construction of Harrisville and greatly enjoyed listening to music and hunting.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his step mother, Rose Ann (Riggs) Vincent; brothers, Donald A. Vincent, Thibodeaux, LA; Victor “Kevin” Vincent, Harrisville, WV; Brian Vincent, Montgomery, WV; Shawn Satterfield, St. Marys, WV; sisters, Melanie Lutz, Akron, OH; Michelle Griffin, Harrisville, WV; Consuela “DeeDee” Vincent, Pennsboro, WV; Lydia Satterfield, Parkersburg, WV, along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to honor Del’s life will be 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

A gathering of friends will be from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Bonnie J. “Sally” Underwood

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Bonnie J. “Sally” Underwood

Age 80 of Nutter’s Fork, West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2013 in the United Hospital Center following an 18 month battle with leukemia.

She was born on June 03, 1932 at Nutter’s Fork a daughter of Otha E. and Ruth Squires Smith.

In November 1959 she married Robert R. Underwood, who preceded her in death July 27, 1983. Her first husband, William Maxwell preceded her in death in 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Maxwell Sisler and husband Kerry Sisler, O’Fallon, IL Trish Cooper and husband Dewayne, West Union, one son, Phillip Underwood, West Union, three grandchildren, Nate Sisler and wife Melissa, Courtney Sisler, Brian Cooper one great granddaughter, Autumn Marie Sisler, one brother, Duane Smith, Parkersburg and several beloved nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Tammy Underwood, one sister, Patty Gain and one brother Robert Johnson preceded her in death.

Sally was a 1950 graduate of Doddridge County High School. She had worked in the Glass Industry, Goodyear and several grocery stores in the area. Sally was a former employee of the Doddridge County Board of Education as a custodian. She enjoyed being with her family, mowing grass, gardening and feeding her humming birds. Sally was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tim Underwood presiding.

Interment will follow in the Coleman Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Underwood family.

Mary Jean Groves

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Mary Jean Groves

Age 82 of Baltimore, Maryland, formerly of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at her residence, Thursday morning March 07, 2013, following an extended illness.

Born June 06, 1930 in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Carl and Genevieve Paugh Summers.

Jean was self-employed as a hair dresser at Groves Hair Stylist. Her passion in life was her work, she enjoyed Las Vegas in her younger years.

She was a Baptist by faith.

On May 09, 1948 she was united in marriage to Wallace Herman Groves who preceded her in death on September 12, 2003.

Surviving are; 2 daughters, Leza Kohl and husband Robert of Baltimore, MD;  Melissa Reece and husband Howard Hammen of Baltimore, MD; 2 grandchildren, Stephen Moretz and William Kohl, both of Baltimore, MD; 1 brother, Marion Summers and wife Winnie of Glenville, WV; and 1 sister, Flo Duelley of Glenville, WV.

Along with her parents and husband, Jean was preceded in death by 7 siblings; Lucille Pester, Sarah Collins, Blanche Piechocki, Clara Starkey, Joseph Summers, Carol Lingebach, and William Summers.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2013 with Rev.  Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, WV Hwy 5 West, Glenville, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM, Saturday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Mary Jean Groves with arrangements.

Roy Lee Nutter, Sr.

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Roy Lee Nutter, Sr.

84, of Orma, WV, passed away March 6, 2013 at his home.

Born at Clarksburg, Harrison County, he was a son of the late Lewis Jennings Nutter and Ruth Virginia Simpson Nutter.

He was a Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean War, a former Alliance, Ohio city policeman and was retired from the Revenna, Ohio Arsenal. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2174.

Surviving are his children, Richard L. (Laura) Nutter, Roger L. (Kimberly) Nutter, Roy Lee (Angie) Nutter, Jr., Sharon (Jim) Hull, Carol Howell and Deborah McPhearson. Roy’s step-children are Mary (Paul) Perry, Thomas Michael (Patty) Graham and Patricia Kunkle. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lena L. Graham Nutter and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Mike Graham will officiate.

Interment will be in the Minnora Cemetery with military graveside rites.

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

Diana G. Murphy

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Diana G. Murphy

Age 64, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away March 05, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Helen G. Starcher.

Diana was a former employee of the Y Restaurant for 22 years.

She was a former member of Arnoldsburg Community Church.

Surviving is her loving companion Michael McKown of Arnoldsburg, WV; three daughters, Susie (Roy) Wood, Diana (Curtis )Hager and Crystal Dye, all of WV; two sons, Sam (Tonya) Murphy of WV and Jim Murphy of NC; six granddaughters, Helenna, Sami, Marissa, Lisa, Kirsta and Kami; seven grandsons, Derek, Dillon, Tim, Chris, Anthony, Dennis and Andrew; two great-grandsons, Kaleb and Karter; eight brothers, Terry and Joe Naylor, Fred, Dana, Charlie, Stanley, Shoat and Randy Starcher, all of WV; a sister, Kandy Summers of WV; several nieces and nephews and her extended family, the McKown’s.

Diana was preceded in death by her husband Whitey Murphy; a sister Kathy Starcher; two brothers, Gary and Chuck Starcher.

Mrs. Murphy was cremated.

Edgar Alan “George” Richards II

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Edgar Alan “George” Richards II

Age 35, of New Milton, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 04, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born February 02, 1978 in Clarksburg, WV, the son of Edgar Alan and Beverly Farley Richards.

He was the owner operator of George’s Auto of Smithburg, WV. He loved riding four wheelers, fixing cars, his play station, people and his wife Sheila.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sheila Lipscomb Richards, New Milton, WV; children, Ryan Richards, Alexis Richards, Eli Richards, all of Salem, WV, Jacklyn Lipscomb, Central Station, WV, Okay Lipscomb, New Milton, WV, Sheena Cox, Belmont, WV; sisters, Kimberly Plummer, FL and Crystal Hill, Parkersburg, WV; grandchildren, Julianna Lipscomb, Abbigayl Cox and Raylen Cox. Several Aunts and Uncles and Nieces and Nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 09, 2013, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 1:00 PM, with the Pastor John Kopshina officiating.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Cemetery, near Summers, WV.

Friends called at the funeral home on Friday, March 08, 2013, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and may call after 9 AM on the day of the service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to McCullough Funeral Home, P.O. 485, Pennsboro, WV 26415, to help the family with expenses.

Evelyn J. Whitehair

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Evelyn J. Whitehair

Age ge 82, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, March 06, 2013, at Pine View Nursing and Rehab Center, Harrisville, WV.

She was born May 25, 1930, at Wilsonburg, WV, the daughter of the late Russell and Edna Heath Dodd.

She had worked for the Ritchie County Garment Factories and the Bargain Cellar.

She was a member of the Pennsboro Baptist Church.

She loved cooking, sewing, and playing bingo. Her most cherished time was spent with her family, friends and her church family.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Donna Collins (Donn), Vienna, WV, Diane Sheperd (Mike), Long Run Community, Greenwood, WV, Donald Whitehair (Bonita), Leeson Run, Greenwood, WV, Debbie Perkins (Larry), Pennsboro, WV, Dwight Whitehair, (Janice), Pennsboro, WV, Darlene Flanagan, (Joe), Cabin Run, Pennsboro, WV, and Doris Whitehair, Marietta, OH; brother, Ronald Dodd, Finch, WV; sisters, Peggy Jones, Pennsboro, WV and Helen Snider, Big Springs, WV, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her cat Gracie and Button the resident cat of Pine View.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Whitehair, brothers, Nile, Max, Roy, Millard and Jimmy Dodd, sisters, Pauline Stevens, Betty Blankship and Nancy Dodd, two grandchildren, Teresa Congdon and Jennifer Whitehair.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 1:00 PM with the Pastor Jason Fillmore officiating.

Burial will follow in the Gnats Run Cemetery, near Pennsboro, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:30 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 09, 2013, and after 10:00 AM on the day of the service.

Susan J. Pittman

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Susan J. Pittman

Age 59, of Wooster, Ohio died Tuesday, March 05, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Susan was born August 15, 1953, in Glenville, WV, to Isaac and Macel (Pritt) Clevenger, and had worked at Woodsfield Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

She loved bingo, computer games, playing cards and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Susan will be deeply missed by children Samuel (Christina) Pittman and Clarissa (Chris) Leisure, both of Wooster, Isaac (Angela) Pittman of Ashland; grandchildren Betty Pittman, Brooklyn Monroe, Brianna Woodall, Lillianna, Savannah, and Shawn Pittman; a brother, Bobby (Ella) Clevenger; sisters, Judith (Robert) Pouliot, and Sylvia Mellott.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Murith, James, Carey, and Gary Clevenger, and sisters, Sarah White, Mary Mellott, and Zella Brock.

Friends may call Saturday from 2:00-4:00 PM at Roberts Funeral Home-Sherwood Chapel, Wooster.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.

Carl Eugene Smith

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Carl Eugene Smith

Age 83, of Burnsville, WV, died March 04, 2013 at home.

He was born September 18, 1929 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Dorsey and Roxie Boggs Smith.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by wife, MaryBelle Cole Smith; son, Carl Eugene Smith, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Donna Lynch Smith; infant daughter, Betty Smith; sisters, Jewell Short, Lucy Carr, Hapsey Morris, and Hazel Bobbett; brothers, Buhl Smith and Foster Smith.

Carl was a painting contractor and an Army of Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by sons, Gary L. Short and wife, Becky of Newcomerstown, OH and David A. Smith and wife, Joy of Coshocton, OH; daughters, Donna “Jeanie” Dodd and husband, Jason of Newcomerstown, OH and Connie “Susie” Cumpson and husband, Pat of Cleveland, OH; sister, Ruby Forrest of Ohio; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Graveside service with military rites will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 09, 2013 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Friends may call from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Juanita B. Davis

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Juanita B. Davis

Age 78, of Jane Lew, formerly of Akron, Ohio passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

She was born May 17, 1934 in Fairmont, WV: daughter of the late Samuel and Naomi (Robinson) Mullins.

Juanita was protestant by faith.

She retired from B.F. Goodrich in Akron, Ohio where she was a manager of Pension and Insurance. She is survived by her husband, R. Jennings Davis of Jane Lew; two brothers, Samuel “Bud” Mullins, Jr., of Chicago, Ill., Tobias “Tobe” Mullins and wife, Molly of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Raymond Mullins; and two sisters, Ethel Stout Molenock and Mary Dukich.

The family received friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont Thursday, February 28, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, and Friday, March 01, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

The funeral service were held Friday, March 10, at 10:00 AM, in the funeral home with Pastor Toby Dukich officiating.

Interment followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.

The family requests that donations be made in Juanita’s name to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or on line at www.cancer.org

Robert Lynn Coffindaffer

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Robert Lynn Coffindaffer

Age 74, of Rt. 2 Jane Lew, WV, passed away at 10:06 AM at his residence on Thursday March 07, 2013, following a brief illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on November 17, 1938 a son of the late Abraham B. and Bertha Currey Coffindaffer.

On July 16, 1960, he married the former Agnes June McDonald, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Leisa Ann Wilt and husband Greg of McWhorter; two sons: Roger Lynn Coffindaffer and wife Melissa and Robert Paul Coffindaffer and wife Tiffany, all of Good Hope; six grandchildren: Derrick Bunch, Cherish and Jason Coffindaffer, Hayden and Hunter Coffindaffer and Logan Seese; one great-grandson, Kohen Lucas Bunch; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Mr. Coffindaffer was employed by Halls Motor Transport for over eighteen years, and later worked for UPS. In 1986, he opened his own trucking company, Coffindaffer Trucking, which he operated for several years. He was also a member of the National Guard for many years.

Bob’s garage was a home to many, who thought of him like a dad. He loved truck driving and was an avid Nascar fan, following Bill Elliott, Carl Edwards, and Mark Martin. He enjoyed Encore Westerns, especially Bonanza, and watching Bill Anderson on RFDTV. His pride and joys were his new Holland Tractor, “Little Digger” and his two dogs: a Yorkie named Isabelle and a Boxer named Bo. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew from 2:00-8:00 PM on Saturday March 09, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend William Coffindaffer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery.

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

Lena Rose Nissel

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Lena Rose Nissel

Daughter of Richard Charles and Adeline Williams Robinson of Canoe Run, Roanoke, WV, passed away March 01, 2013 at home with her loved ones.

She was born in Moatsville on April 19, 1935.

She had gone to the hospital February 18, and found out that she had advanced stage of cancer, so she chose to come home and be with her family. Hospice helped care for her.

She is survived by her husband of 57-years, Arch Nissel Sr.; sons Archard Jr., and Rick (Theresa) Nissel of Pinch; daughters, Beverly and Linda (Terry) Dillon, both of Ohio; sisters, Grace Alderman, Nettie Gregory, Betty Mitchell, Hazel Blake and Katy Craig; brothers, Jim, Roscoe and John Robinson.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Shannon and Kris Nissel, Nick and Steve Dillon, Alicia Nissel, and Jonathan and Thomas Steel; eight great-grandchildren, Robert, Peyton, Sarah, Dalton, Caden, Mason, Bradley and Colton; many nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her son, Larry Nissel; grandson, Army Ranger Benjamin C. Dillon; brothers, Tom, Roy, Branty and Army Ranger Loyd E. Robinson.

Rose graduated from Akron High School in 1955 after leaving the Weston area where she had worked and gone to school. In 1976 she and her husband moved to WV, where they managed Mid State Aviation in Buckhannon. They later opened Grandma’s Custard Stand at Roanoke and was Partner in Education with the Roanoke School. She worked various jobs throughout her lifetime, including construction on bridges and roads in the area, school bus driver in Ohio, as well as truant officer.

At the farm on Canoe Run she once had as many as 50 goats that roamed the hill side, peacocks and guinea fowl. Rose loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was always ready to let them roam the hills and play in the creek on Canoe Run.

Rose donated her body to WV, Medical School and a Memorial was held, Monday, March 04, at 11:00 AM, at Oil Creek Methodist Church with Pastors Lonnie Ramsey and Bob Mitchell presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oil Creek Church, 98 Red Lick Rd, Roanoke, WV 26447.

Leona “Grace” Waggoner Smith

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Leona “Grace” Waggoner Smith

Age 92, of Weston, WV died Sunday, March 03, 2013 at Crestview Manor, Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born November 29, 1920 in Weston: a daughter of the late Fernando Hudson Waggoner and Winnie Leona Reed Waggoner.

On June 08, 1940 she married the late Minter Frank Smith in Monterey, VA, who preceded her in death on November 03, 1996.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Floyd F. Smith; two grandsons, Sheldon Scott Smith and Steven Smith; one sister, Murrel Waggoner Blake; and two brothers, Albert Waggoner and Rhule Waggoner.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry L. Smith and wife, Kae of Avella, PA, and Roger L. Smith and wife, Candy of Weston; nine grandsons, Shane Smith and wife, Jennifer, Sean Smith, Shad Smith and wife, Sherry, Sandy Smith and wife, Michelle, Stacey Smith and wife, Merideth all of the TN, area, Brian Smith and wife, Peggy of Moon Township, PA, Mark Smith and wife, Karen of Rowlett, Texas, Travis Smith of Parkersburg, and Mike Carlton of West Milford; two granddaughters, Shannon Elkins and husband, Troy of Parkersburg and Schandi Burchett and husband, Scott of Clarksville, TN; 28 great-grandchildren; one very dear cousin, Jean Reeder of Springfield, Ohio; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Smith and Virginia “Skip” Smith of Weston.

Grace worked at Hyre’s Store in McGuire Park as her children were growing up and later worked at the Louie Glass Factory for many years until she retired.

She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and cooking and baking. She was a wonderful cook and an expert salt risen bread maker.

Grace was a woman of strengths too numerous to mention them all, but she was an honest, loving and caring person and a firm believer in family.

Friends called from 2:00-4:00 PM, and 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, March 06, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 07, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Boyle and Floyd Funeral Homes, Weston, WV.

Herbert D. Shimer

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Herbert D. Shimer

Age 84, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away on February 05, 2013.

He was born on June 28, 1928 in Munday, West Virginia to the late L. H. “Harley” and Louvisa (Fox) Shimer.

Herbert received a bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College, where he played football and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. After college he was employed as a teacher, coach and principal at Clay County High School until his retirement in 1973.  He then was employed as an administrator for Majestic Mining and Pioneer Construction located in Widen, West Virginia.

Herbert is survived by his three daughters; Stephanie (Bryan) Montgomery of Glenville, West Virginia; Stacey (Paul) Catherwood of Riverview, Florida;  and Clorinda (Marsha) Reed of Charleston, West Virginia; brother; Donald (Pat) Shimer of Sun City West, Arizona; three sisters; Madeline (Denzil) Prather of Belpre, Ohio;  Mavadelle (Bill) Lieving of Walker, West Virginia and Barbara (Harold) Butcher of Sandusky, Ohio; two grandchildren; R. Sean Hunt and Brittany D. Myers, one great grandchild Dakota Hunt, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald, a sister-in-law and two brother-in-laws.

Friends and family may visit at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview, WV from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Saturday, March 09 followed by memorial service at 2:00 PM.

Cremains will be interred at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney following the service.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Life Path Hospice, 11150 North 53rd Street Temple Terrace, Florida 33617.

Cleo Irene Kerns

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Cleo Irene Kerns

Age 92 of Daingerfield, TX, formerly of Pennsboro, WV, passed away March 04, 2013 at the East Texas Medical Center in Pittsburgh, TX.

She was born August 01, 1920 at Gillispie, near Cairo, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Alice (Mullinax) Richards.

Cleo was a homemaker and an avid quilter and seamstress.

Surviving are her children: Wilma Loraine Martin of Daingerfield, TX and Bonnie Kerns of Avinger, TX, sister Johnotheen Morton of Weirton, WV, four grandchildren Mike and Brian Kerns and Tina and Debbie Martin, a great grandchildren Amanda and Wyatt Kerns and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph J. Kerns, son Emmet Kerns, and brother Dwight Richards.

Funeral services will be Monday 11:00 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Bud Corbin officiating.

Interment will follow at the Cairo IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday 4:00-8:00 PM.

Carlin E. Clifton

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Carlin E. Clifton

Age 88, a lifelong farmer of Little Birch, WV, passed away peacefully on March 04, 2013.

He was born the son of the late Jess E. and Ada B. Clifton.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters; Edna Stout (John Stout) and Edra Curry (Ronald Curry).

Carlin is survived by his brother; Clarence Clifton (Mary Clifton), along with many family members and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 08, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Funeral services will be held Saturday March 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Carlin will be laid to rest alongside his parents at the family’s private cemetery, Johns Cemetery, Little Birch, WV.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Carlin’s caregivers, Carol and Randy Rose, for the care, kindness, and friendship they provided to Carlin for many years.

Braxton County: 107-Year-Old Woman Dies

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A Braxton County woman died Sunday at the age of 107.

Lovie Crites, who was born in Hyre, WV in 1905, passed away at the Braxton County Health Care and Rehab Center in Flatwoods.

Employees at the facility said she was able to walk until two years ago.

Steve Jeffers, owner of the Greene Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, said she didn’t look her age.

Crites, a homemaker, attended Wayside Community Church in Sutton.

A funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday at Greene Robertson.

Lovie Jones Hosey Crites

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Lovie Jones Hosey Crites

Age 107, of Sutton, WV went home to be with her Lord on March 03, 2013.

She was born on September 01, 1905 in Hyre, WV, the daughter of the late John and Alice Pullin Jones.

She was member of Wayside Community Church in Sutton and a homemaker.

Lovie is preceded in death by her parents,husbands, Henry Hosey, and Gail Crites, step-father, David Perkins, step-daughter, Glenda Lea Fisher, brother Dorr Jones, half sister,Gracie Perkins McCormick, half brother, Gilbert Perkins.

Lovie was survived by her son; Burnell R. Hosey and wife Sharon of Little Birch, daughter; Doris Dean and husband Lewis of Jane Lew, grandchildren; Marty Hosey, Chelsea Hosey and Christina, Debra Walker, and Carla Walker, 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 07, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton at 1:00 PM with Rev. Bobbie and Dale Harper officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Skidmore Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

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

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to Wayside Community Church or Residents Activities Fund c/o Braxton Health care Center 200 Days Drive Sutton, WV 26601.

Patricia A. LaRocca

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Patricia A. LaRocca

Age 70 of Buckwheat Road, Cox’s Mills, WV, departed this life at 12:02 AM on Saturday, March 02, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness.

Born October 18, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey, Patricia was the daughter of Margaret Gizey Guzofski West of Florida and the late Henry Guzofski.

Patricia was the manager at Family Dollar in Glenville, West Virginia for 15 years and retired on May 01, 2006. She enjoyed cooking, camping, travelling.

She was a member of the Glenville First Baptist Church.

On September 19, 1980 she was united in marriage to Peter LaRocca, who survives at their Buckwheat Road home.

Along with her husband and mother, Patricia is survived by one brother, Dennis Guzofski of New Jersey.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Diana Rawa and Joyce Donohue.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the caregivers and Hospice staff for all their acts of kindness over the past few months.

At Patricia’s request her remains were cremated and Memorial Services will be conducted at the Glenville First Baptist Church, 217 Main Street, Glenville, West Virginia at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 09, 2013 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Patricia A. LaRocca with arrangements.

William Vance Whitehill

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William Vance Whitehill

Age 59, formerly of West Union, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Saint Albans, WV.

He was born July 31, 1953 in West Union, WV a son of William George Whitehill, Rock Run, West Union and the late Roberta Shelby Whitehill.

He was preceded in death by his brother, George Whitehill.

He is survived by his step mother, Terri Whitehill, Rock Run,West Union.

He was a Catholic by faith.

Mr. Whitehill was cremated and there will be no services.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Whitehill family.

Mary Margaret “Peg” Shea

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Mary Margaret “Peg” Shea

Age 100, of 1033 Loveberry Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 1:35 AM on Thursday February 28, 2013, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born March 18, 1912 in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of the late Isaac Vincent and Bridget Ellen Dolan Shea.

Surviving are two daughters: Jacqueline McLaughlin of Loveberry and Mary Margaret McLaughlin of Weston; two sons: John McLaughlin of Loveberry and Joseph McLaughlin of Weston; cousins: JP and June Dolan of Las Vegas, NV; Margaret Tucker of Canal Winchester, OH; and Bill and Mary Crist of Charleston, WV.

Peg attended Loveberry Grade School, graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1930, and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Charleston in 1935.

Miss Shea joined the staff of the Weston State Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1949, and after 22 years of loyal service, she retired in 1971.

She was a devoted member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church at Loveberry.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5:00-8:00 PM on Monday, March 04, 2013.

A Rosary Service was held at 7:00 PM from the funeral home chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday from the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Loveberry, with the Reverend Father J. Stephen Vallelonga, as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Bernard Church Cemetery.

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

Sammy Paul Bunner

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Sammy Paul Bunner

Age 66, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away March 02, 2013, at The Arbors at Marietta.

He was born December12, 1946, in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Paul and Gevevieve (Lamm) Bunner.

Sam retired from the Department of Highways as the Assistant Supervisor for Ritchie County.

He attended the Bonds Creek Free Will Baptist Church.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Sam was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving is his wife, Beatrice (Lewis) Bunner; stepson, James Ronald Lynch of Pennsboro; brother, Michael Bunner and his wife Carolyn of Navarre, Ohio; sister-in-law, Leona Bunner of Navarre, Ohio; sister, Carmen Sowd (Ken) of Newcomerstown, Ohio; step-grandchildren, Jesse and Scott Sigley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Bunner.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Jim Pyles officiating.

Interment will follow at Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

Sam’s family would like to express their deepest thanks to all who offered prayers, cards, food and visits during his final days, and would like to thank Dr. Heavener and Dr. Bage for their care and comfort and tending to Sam’s needs in his time of sickness.

Elizabeth “Libby” Cox

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Elizabeth “Libby” Cox

Age 89, of Sutton, WV passed away March 01, 2013 at Braxton Health & Rehab. Center.

She was born December 20, 1923 in Sutton, WV to the late Everett and Mamie Smallwood Facemire.

Libby was a retired nurse’s aide for Braxton Memorial Hospital and Richwood Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Randall Lee Cox.

Libby is survived by sons, Damon Cox and Keith Cox and wife Kimberly all of Sutton, daughter, Enola Cox Butler of McDowell County, WV, sister, Pauline Cutright of Sutton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Sutton.

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

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

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Bessie E. Kyer

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Bessie E. Kyer

Age 78, of Palestine, WV died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

She was born September 24, 1934, at Nicut, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Seldon and Lydia Rogers Parsons.

Bessie attended the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, and loved cooking, sewing, gardening and singing.

Survivors include her husband, Grant Kyer of Palestine; children and their spouses, Robert and Shirley Kyer of Palestine, and Betty and Randy Deem of Leroy; sisters, Maysel Kyer of Leroy, and Goldie Jeffers of Canton, Ohio; and a brother, Vear Parsons of Canton, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Deem of Ripley, Maria Richards of Leroy, Matthew Deem of Parkersburg, Angel Whited of Palestine, Jeremy Kyer of Louisville, Ky., and Melissa Canterbury of Palestine. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Levi McCune, and Skyler, Hannah, Hallie and Isabelle Deem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger Kyer; and a brother, Denver Parsons.

Funeral service was 1:00 PM Saturday at the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, with Rev. Dean Ash officiating.

Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery, Reedy.

Timothy Lynn Bunner

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Timothy Lynn Bunner

Age 60 of Clarksburg, WV, passed away February 26, 2013 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born March 06, 1952 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Lucille Bunner Powell.

Timothy was a custodian for Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm in Clarksburg. He enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for his co-workers and was an avid Mountaineer fan.

Surviving are his siblings: Caroline Moore of Ellenboro, WV; Sheila Collins(Tony) of Harrisville, WV; Sandra Reed(Steve) of Pennsboro, WV; Linda Davis of Tucson, AZ, Sherry Bunner of Fairmont, Robin Popardo of Fairmont, and Danny Bunner(Paula) of Pennsboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, Timothy was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Bunner and infant sister Cathy Bunner.

Memorial services will be Saturday 1:00 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Rick Owens officiating.

A time of gathering for family and friends will be 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Nina Lee Powers Caito

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Nina Lee Powers Caito

died December 27, 2012 in Southport, NC, at the age of 66-years-old, after an extended battle with cancer.

She was born September 24, 1946 in Weston, WV: the eldest daughter of Forrest Glenn and Lelia (Walton) Powers who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Kimberly Sue Randall and Christina Lee Caito; sisters, Nancy (John) Bauman and Nannette Amster; nephew, Grant P. Bauman; neices, Angelique and Gabrielle Amster; grandchildren, Robyn, Brad and James Campbell and Bryan and Steven Caito; and great-granddaughter, Adelyn.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, the late Edith and Robert Dever of Weston and the late Icie Walton of Jane Lew.

She was cremated and her wishes were that her ashes be scattered in the mountain of West Virginia.

Carl Ervin Marsh

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Carl Ervin Marsh

Age 71, of 102 Valley Green Drive, Buckhannon, WV, formerly of Brownsville, passed away at 10:40 AM, Saturday, February 23, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a brief illness.

He was born June 27, 1941 in Lewis County, WV: a son of the late John and Minnie Cutright Marsh.

He was twice married. In 1978 he married the former Hattie J Lare, who passed away in 1990. Then, on September 25, 1994 he married the former Velma Golden, who survives.

Also surviving is his step-mother, Aretta Marsh of Weston; five sisters, Ematine Marsh and husband Basil of Newton Falls, Ohio, Pauline Curtis and Irene Marsh both of Weston, Mandia Lambert of Buckhannon and Sandra Butcher of Copley; several nieces; nephews; and a special friend and caregiver whom he considered family, Bonnie Hogue.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Roy, Don, Lewis and Delbert Marsh.

Mr. Marsh was a farmer who loved to “wheel and deal” in making trades of all kinds. He liked to sit on his porch and visit with his friends and neighbors as they passed by his house. He had a large diverse collection of clocks and a beloved Cockatiel named Baby, who he taught many tricks.

He was Baptist by faith.

Friends were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, Monday, February 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 26, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Rev. Wease Day officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Marsh family.

Steven Glenn Knotts

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Steven Glenn Knotts

Age 45, born November 07, 1967 in Orma, WV, was taken to heaven on February 25, 2013 after a tragic timber accident.

He is survived by his parents, Glen and Sharon Knotts of Orma, his wonderful 8 year old son Hunter Gauge Knotts, his fiancée Vania R. Fox of Glen Dale, WV, a sister Sherry Wade, one niece Jenna (Travis) Nicholas. One great nephew, Dayton Roy Nicholas and one special little buddy, Andrew Blayne Skrzyneki. Steve also is survived by many friends and extended family who will greatly miss him.

Steve was a 1986 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a long-time employee of Pete Gould & Sons, Inc. of Ravenswood, WV where he happily worked as a foreman until his last breath. He will best be remembered for his infectious laugh and practical jokes. He always believed that his greatest accomplishment in life was being a great father. The sun rose and set on Hunter. He was a strong, big-hearted loving man who didn’t know a stranger. His loss will affect those in Orma, his many friends in the areas where he worked and in Glen Dale, WV where he resided at the time he passed.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday March 03, 2013 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Knotts Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 6:00-9:00 PM.

James Roland Slaughter

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James Roland Slaughter

Age 74, of Napier, West Virginia passed away February 20, 2013.

He was born September 11, 1938 a son of the late James Slaughter and Beulah Jane Campbell Slaughter in Falls Mill, West Virginia.

He lived and worked in Ohio for many years then returning to West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by brothers; Dorris Slaughter, Paul Edward Slaughter and Rhondel “ Runt” Slaughter.” James is survived by his wife, Wanda Slaughter, son, Jimmy Slaughter and step-son Art Dean of North Carolina; a daughter, Carol Chapman of Ohio and step-daughter, Libby Linkliter of Rock Cave, West Virginia; sisters, Velma “Tommy” Slaughter, Falls Mill and Dorothy Rhodes, Spencer, West Virginia. He is survived by nephew Richard Slaughter of Falls Mill and two granddaughters, Melony and Jennifer Chapman.

Funeral services were held February 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial followed in Falls Mill Cemetery, Falls Mill.

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

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

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