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Jacob Russell Hartley

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Jacob Russell Hartley

Age 74, of Jarvis Street, Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at 10:50 PM on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in the Heartland Nursing Home in Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 07, 1939, a son of the late Russell Mason Hartley and Mary Finster Hartley, whom he now joins with God.

He will also be joining in heaven one brother, Henry Hartley and one sister, Joyce Daughtery.

On December 15, 1960 he married the love of his life, Patty Riffle, and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage together.

His spirit is carried on in his two sons: Bruce Hartley and wife Missy of Raleigh, NC and Bob Hartley and wife Natalie of Winfield, WV; three grandchildren: Katherine, Jessica and Daniel Hartley; one brother, Arnett Hartley of Roanoke and two sisters: Clara Peggs of Buckhannon and Joan Murphy and husband Jim of Glenville, WV; one brother-in-law, David Daughtery of Lost Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

Jake was retired in 1999 from UCAR Carbon with 32 years of service.

He was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Trustee’s for several years.

He enjoyed reading westerns, hunting deer and squirrel, and farming his land. He loved and appreciated nature everyday as he worked to clean and maintain his scenic farmland.

Friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM.

His Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Bonnie Starkey officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Window Fund P.O. Box 715, Jane Lew, WV 26378.

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

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.

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