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Pauline Waldeck

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Pauline Waldeck

Age 89, of Flower/Cedarville, WV passed away on September 19, 2014.

She was born on May 22, 1925 in Braxton County, West Virginia to Worthy Lee (1891-1954) and Macel Mella (Utt) Wilson (1900-1988).

Pauline was the oldest sibling to brothers, Laco and Don, both deceased.

Polly was a supporter of her community through her willingness to never use the word “no”.

She was a member of Waldeck EUB at Flower and also a member of the Copen United Methodist Church, where she and her mother were eventually the oldest active members before their passing.

Polly was the devoted wife of a farmer, John G Waldeck and a passionate partner of farm preservation. A member of numerous organizations and honored with the West Virginia Farming Heritage Award in 2009. The farm was also recognized in 2010 as a West Virginia Century Family Farm because it had been an active farm under one name, “Waldeck Farm” since 1877, under a span of five generations of Waldecks.

Recognized for spending her life leading by example, hard work and perseverance, Polly married her life’s love and best friend, John G. Waldeck in October, 1942, who preceded her in death.

From this union there were three children: Judy Carolyn (Rendal) Stout; Franklin L. (Linda) Waldeck ; John M. (Toni) Waldeck, deceased. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Randal (Kim) Stout; Chris L Waldeck; Shane (Traci) Waldeck; Kent (Kristi) Waldeck and nine great-grandchildren; Emily, Erin, Ryan, Andrew Stout; Mason, Brooke, Hailey, Waldeck; Issac and Harrison Waldeck. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews survive with fond, loving memories of Aunt Polly.

Family will receive friends at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will follow at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel at 1:00 PM with Pastor Ed Wade officiating.

Interment will follow at the Cedar Creek Community Cemetery.

Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for the Pauline Waldeck.

Harold Elwood Hall

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Harold Elwood Hall

Age 90, of Vincent, passed away Friday evening, Sept.ember19, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 11, 1924, in Tanner, WV, to Howard Arthur and Bertha Elizabeth McCartney Hall.

Harold was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on active duty during both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He retired from Pioneer City Casting in Belpre after 33 years of full time service as a machinist, and later as supervisor of the machine shop and foundry. After retirement, he continued to work part time for an additional 13 years. Harold spent many hours in his workshop creating woodworking projects. He also enjoyed gardening and home improvement projects.

He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church.

He was also a member of Bartlett Masonic Lodge 293, where he served as Master of his lodge in 1977 and 1983.

He is survived by daughter, Carol Sue Kesterson (Lee) of Barlow; three sons, Charles Ronald (Karen) of Laurelville, Robert L. (Karen) of Belpre and William H. (Gale) of Barlow; five grandchildren, Lisa Mayle, David Kesterson, Michael Hall, Sarah Annis and Dana Hall; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty McGinnis, Delora Dent and Carolyn Burkhamer; four step-children; and 30 step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his first wife of 59 years, Hazel Sandy Hall, in 2002; his second wife of four years, Elma Prine Hall, in 2008; and sisters, Jean Thorn, Virginia Lee Cox and Dorothy Marshall.

A special thanks to step-grandchild, Megan Moyers, for her help and companionship during the last several years.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday at the Barlow Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with Pastor Rob Vernon officiating.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

There will be a Masonic Services at 7:30 PM Tuesday.

Burial will be in Veto Cemetery, with full military rites.

Donations may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Cawley & Peoples is honored to serve Harold’s family.

Vinton Ray Robinson

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Vinton Ray Robinson

Age 76, of Tanner, WV passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta, with his loving family at his side.

Vinton was born April 10, 1938, the eldest son of the late Earl and Minnie (Lawson) Robinson.

On October 20, 1956, Vinton married his life-long sweetheart Mary Jane Ayers, who passed away earlier this year.

Vinton was a faithful Christian and active supporter of his church, Tanner Chapel.

He was a devoted father and grandfather who took pleasure in spending time with family.  He was involved in community organizations including Gilmer County Farm Bureau and Senior Citizens.

He and Mary Jane raised five children on their farm at Bullfork, and were honored as a past Conservation District Farm Family of the Year. Vinton especially enjoyed being outdoors, farming, gardening, and hunting. He was a skilled timber man who owned and operated a sawmill.  He also worked in the oil fields.

Survivors include his children: Debbie (Russ) Hern, Timmy (Bea Whipkey) Robinson, Tammy (late Mitchell) Stump, Terry (Tim) Hickman, and Brenda (Randy) Ball; ten grandchildren: Amanda (Matt) Deal, Hannah Hern, Tyler Hern, Joshua (Samantha) Hickman, Titus (Sarah) Robinson, Thomas (Annie) Robinson, Jonah (Britney) Stump, Kasey Stump, Caleb (Lindsey) Ball, and Chelsey (Matt) Robinson; and six great-grandchildren: Miley, Rilyn, and Jonah Jr Stump, Emeri Hickman, Stella Robinson, and Holly Deal. He is also survived by a brother Glen (Anne) Robinson, sisters Helen (Lloyd) Keith and Judy (Bill) Hardbarger, and many extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.

In addition to his wife of 57 years and his parents, Vinton was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bailey and Avis Ayers, brother Melvin Robinson and a son-in-law.

Funeral service will be 12:00 PM Monday, September 22, at Tanner Chapel, Tanner, WV.

Pastor Alfred Hickman, Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Matt Deal will conduct the service.

Burial will follow in the Smithville Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family from 5-8 PM Sunday, September 21 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV and at Tanner Chapel from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM prior to the funeral service Monday.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Robinson may be made to: Tanner Chapel, c/o Brenda Lawson, 68 Sun Valley Lane, Glenville, WV 26351.

Richard J. Light

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Richard J. Light

Age 78, passed September 06, 2014, at home after a two and half year battle with lung cancer.

He was born July 06, 1936, a son of Isreal Ray Light and Margaret D. Light of Buckhannon.

He was a resident of Jane Lew, West Virginia.

Richard was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Weston and a past member of Chapel Hill United Methodist in Buckhannon.

He married Janice M. Moore in 1962 and celebrated 50 years of marriage on January 20, 2012.

Richard was a veteran, serving in the West Virginia National Guard and the Army Reserve as a Staff Sgt., Trp H, 2nd Recon Squad, 150th Armed Cav. He was retired after 21 years with Extrusion Technologies as plant manager, a pipe production plant in Buckhannon, WV. He was employed by Aries Telecommunication as business manager for WGBA Television Station in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he became an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

He was a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School, attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and was a graduate of the Ben Franklin School of Accounting at George Washington University. Richard was a Rotarion and active in the Chamber of Commerce in Upshur County for many years.

He leaves behind a wife, Janice Moore Light; a son, Steven B. Light; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Light; and a long awaited and much loved granddaughter, Isabella Reyal Light.

His parents, a sister and a brother preceded him in death.

A Memorial Service was held at the Broad Street Methodist Church, Weston, on September 15, 2014, at 11 AM with 30-minute visitation and service following at 11:30 AM with Rev. Richard Justice officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Broad Street United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund. More information on the scholarship fund can be had by contacting Debbie Shackelford at the Broad Street Church.

John Joseph Stark

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John Joseph Stark

Age 88, of Ravenswood, WV passed away on September 01, 2014, in Ravenswood.

He was born on June 21, 1926, in Alum Bridge, WV: a son of the late William C. and Bridget H. Sweeney Stark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Stark; sisters, Mary Murray and Irene Bode; and daughter-in-law, Jeri Lynn Stark.

John graduated from Lewis County Schools and entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the Seabees in World War II. After the war, he was a shovel operator for Sam G. Poliono.

He married Eleanor Jean McGee on October 27, 1950 and they moved to Ravenswood in 1966.

He retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood as a Millwright and was the owner of his own garage for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Jean Stark of Ravenswood; children, Paul Michael and William P. Stark; grandchildren, Jason Michael and fiancée, Michelle; Jenifer Brook (Cristian) Camarillo; great-grandchildren, Tristan, Mikey and Oliver; sisters, Regina Quesenberry of Morgantown and Ernestine Gissy of Parkersburg.

Services were held on Thursday, September 04, at 11 AM at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ravenswood with Father George Manjadi officiating.

Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery with graveside military rites provided by Ravenswood VFW Post #6669.

Donald R. Mercer

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Donald R. Mercer

Age 87, of Williamstown, WV, passed Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at The Willows Nursing Home.

He was born in Frametown, WV, a son of the late Rayman and Anna (McPeek) Mercer.

He retired from Johns Manville and was employed in several metal fabrications in the area before working there. He began a rental business with his wife in 1952 which is still in operation. He was a United States Navy veteran having served in World War II. He was 32nd degree Mason and a member of Williamstown Masonic Lodge #129, where he had received his 50-year pin. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, where he had also received his 50-year pin, and the Shriners. He was a charter member of Nemesis Drum Corps for 35 years, and a charter member of Marietta Evening Lions Club.

He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth L. (Thomas) Mercer; son, Gregory R. Mercer of Williamstown; daughter, Denise Gambill of Belpre, and grandson, Kamon Gambill of Belpre.

Services will be Saturday at 1 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Leon Valentine officiating.

urial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Williamstown Masonic Lodge #129.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 PM.

Elvera Catherine Mauro

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Elvera Catherine Mauro

Age 86, of Jane Lew, WV , formerly of Trumbull, CT, where she lived most of her life, passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at her daughter’s home following a long and brave fight with cancer.

She was born in Bridgeport, CT on June 18, 1928: daughter of the late Mark Serritella and Catherine (DeSarli) Serritella.

On May 22, 1948, she married Salvatore Mauro, who preceded her in death on September 08, 2003.

Mrs. Mauro is survived by her daughter: Catherine Mauro of Jane Lew and her two beloved granddogs, Bosco and Rudy.

Mrs. Mauro was a secretary for Walsh Construction of Trumbull, CT. She was active at local senior centers and fostered dogs with the Trumbull Animal Group. Elvera and her husband, Salvatore, enjoyed Ballroom dancing.

She was Roman Catholic.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mrs. Mauro may be made to:

Trumbull Animal Group
P.O. Box 110090
Trumbull, CT 06611

Mildred J. (Vass) Saul

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Mildred J. (Vass) Saul

of Belle, WV, passed away peacefully at Angels Touch Personal Care Home in St. Albans, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Effie Allen Vass; her husband and love of her life, Willie (Bill) Saul; sisters, Gladys Utz, Nell Harris, Lena Wilson and Mae Caldwell; brothers, Ralph and Robert Vass.

Mildred graduated from Hinton High School and Laird Memorial Hospital as a registered Nurse.

She retired from the Gilmer County Health Department as the County Health Nurse.

She was an inspiration to several young ladies that became nurses and she made a difference for the better for so many.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Jane Ann Saul and her companion, Bacil Drennen; sons, Thomas L. Saul and William (Bill) Saul and his companion, Katrina Kessel; grandchildren, Heather Saul Wilson and Joshua Saul and his wife, Laura; and two great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Henry Wilson.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday, September 06, 2014 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Burial followed the service in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Friends called from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, September 05, 2014 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

Marcia Lee Lemons

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Marcia Lee Lemons

Age 69 of Sand Fork, West Virginia, departed this life Tuesday morning September 16, 2014 at her residence following a sudden illness.

Born June 09, 1945 in Durham, North Carolina, Marcia was the daughter of the late Robert Bruce Sr. and Mollie Crabb Bennett.

Marcia worked for PSNC Energy in both Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  She had 22 years experience and retired to Glenville, West Virginia, to be near her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading,  traveling, spending time with family and friends.

She was a Baptist by faith.

In September of 1967, she was united in marriage to Arthur Lee Lemons, who preceded her in death in June of 1975.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Connie Pritt and husband Terry of Glenville, West Virginia, and Cara Lemons Stallings and husband Ricky Lee of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 4 grandchildren, Richard Dale Lane Jr., Robert Cody Pritt, Nathan Jared Pritt, and Sophie Pritt, all of West Virginia, and 2 great grandchildren, Haley Marie Stephenson and Levi Austin Lane also of West Virginia.

There are also 4 sisters surviving, Barbara Bennett Overby and husband William “Buck” of Creedmore, North Carolina, Claudette Bennett Cockman and husband Danny of Durham, NC; Delores Fay Hill of Creedmore, NC; and Wanda Sue Bennett of Roxboro, North Carolina, Special friend Beverly Pritt and husband David of Sand Fork, WV; and numerous nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved and who loved her as well.

Along with her parents and husband, Marcia was preceded in death by 3 siblings, Robert Bruce Bennett Jr., Evelyn Bennett Hilliard, and Daryl Ray Bennett.

At Marcia’s request her remains will be cremated and the family will have a private memorial service with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Marcia Lee Lemons with arrangements.

Robert E. Noller, Sr.

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Robert E. Noller, Sr.

Age 77, of Pennsboro, WV (formerly of Medford, NJ), departed this life on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at his residence.

Robert was born November 20, 1936 in Hawthorne, NJ a son of the late William and Catherine (Parker) Noller.

Robert was an auto body technician by trade. While in Medford, NJ, he worked as a Christmas tree farmer and also renovated many homes around the Medford area. He also was a grower of many chrysanthemums each year.

Robert was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict era.

He was a member of the River of Life Ministries in Ellenboro, WV.

He was a life-long member of the NRA, a life member of the Deborah Hospital Foundation of Browns Mills, NJ and greatly enjoyed NASCAR and was the happiest when he was helping others.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Christa (Gossmann) Noller; children, Robert E. Noller, Jr of Pennsboro, WV; Laureen Schrauger (Sterling) of Green Lane, PA; William C. Noller (Jill) of Westmont, NJ; Christina Love (Paul) of Shamong, NJ, along with his 8 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Funeral services will be 11AM Friday, September 19, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Paul Elkins officiating.

Burial will follow in the WV National Cemetery, Grafton, WV.

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Thursday, at the funeral home.

Marvin Dewaine Dotson

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Marvin Dewaine Dotson

Age 68, of New York Ave., West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, September 12, 2014.

He was born on August 10, 1946 in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late Earl F. and Lena M. Grimm Dotson.

On March 23, 1968 he married Nancy Sayre Dotson who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Margie Dotson, West Union, three brothers, Paul Dotson, West Union, Loren Dotson, Smithburg, Eddie Dotson, Smithburg and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred, Russ and Donald Dotson and two sisters, Ruth Colter and Betty Smith.

Marvin was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam Era.. He was retired from WV Department of Highways and was employed by Hall’s Drilling. He loved his coon dog, Ranger and enjoyed hunting and racing. He also loved spending time with his daughter, Margie and his loving wife, Nancy.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Denver Burnside presiding.

Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Harrisville with full military graveside rites accorded by the Doddridge County combined veterans organizations.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6-8 PM on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Dotson family.

Fredia Richards

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Fredia Richards

Age 87, of Pullman, WV, departed this life on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born February 01, 1927, at Cairo, WV the daughter of the late Oliver A. and Eunice Rexroad Cornell.

Mrs. Richards was a homemaker who took an active part in her community and provided childcare to several families within the area. She enjoyed farming with her family, was an avid quilter and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Richards was a member of the White Oak United Methodist Church and had attended the Bethel United Methodist Church, Pullman for the previous few years.

She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Post 3554, 50 year member of the Sunshine C.E.O.S., Pullman, and a 57 year member of the Rainbow Grange, Beason, where she had received the Community Citizen Award.

Mrs. Richards is survived by three sons, Gary Richards (Tina), Roger Richards (Deena), and John Richards (Tammy) all of Pullman, WV; one daughter, Martha DePinho (David) of Omaha Nebraska; one brother, Robert Cornell (Betty), Parkersburg, WV; three sisters, Mary Moorehead and Maxine Love, Parkersburg, WV and Betty Richards, Akron, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Angie Cox, Andrew Richards, Shannon Fetters, Sarah Brown, Isaac Richards, Barry Coronado, Amanda and Matthew DePinho; eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Richards was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Bernard Richards; one infant brother; one grandson, Levi W. Richards; and great great grandson Baine M. Stunkard.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the staff of both the Emergency Room and I.C.U. of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care given to our mom.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Rev. William E. Jemison officiating.

Interment will immediately follow the service in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery near Pullman, WV.

Friends called at the Funeral Home Tuesday, September 16 from 4-8 PM and may call from 9:00 AM until the hour of the service on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army, 534 5th St., Parkersburg, WV, 26101 to honor her memory.

Janet R. “Peggy” Kight

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Janet R. “Peggy” Kight

of Parkersburg, WV calmly passed away September 13, 2014 after a short illness.

She was born June 04, 1938 at White Pine, WV, the daughter of Dallas R. and Gene Hope Ayers Kight.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Victor Hamilton III.

Peggy is survived by her sister Helen L. Hamilton of Marietta, OH; niece Janet (Theodore) Coberly of Spotsylvania, VA and nephew Roger Hamilton of Charleston, WV.

Peggy was a graduate of Calhoun County High School with the class of 1956 and Mountain State Business College where she was later employed as an instructor for over 40 years. She was also very proud of serving in the Women’s Army Corps from 1959 to 1963.

Funeral services will be held Thursday September 18, 2014, 11:00 AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Dept. 560, Washington, D.C. 20042-0560 or the American Red Cross.

Emmett “Bubba” Ambrose

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Emmett “Bubba” Ambrose

Age 43 of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Sistersville Center, Sistersville, WV.

Mr. Ambrose was born in Orville, OH, the son of Archie and Shirley Wilson Ambrose of Pennsboro, WV.

Emmett or “Bubba” as he was known to family and friends was a member of the Moose Lodge, Harrisville, WV and particularly enjoyed Karaoke.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ambrose is survived by one brother, Richard Ambrose (Michelle), Springdale, AR; and one sister Brenda Shutzman (Gary), Millersburg, OH.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Laura Lee Holmes.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, September 18, at 1:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Rev. Ron Hurst officiating.

Interment will be at Maple Lane Cemetery, near Hebron, WV, immediately following the service.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, from 9:00 AM until the hour of the service.

Hezekiah Miller

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Hezekiah Miller

Age 79, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Friday, September 12, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Romie and Letha O’Dell Miller.

Hezekiah had worked as a teamster and also as a carpenter.

He was a Baptist by faith and loved to play music, particularly, his guitar.

Mr. Miller is survivied by his wife, Madylon Ankrom, Cairo, WV; he is survived by his children, Susan Pease (Tim), Jennifer Earl (Sonny), Cheryl Stalnaker (Tim), Mitchell Miller, Kelly Taylor (Mike), Michael Miller (Cheryl), Clyde Miller, Madge Underwood, Kitty McPeek, Patrick McPeek, and Gail Righter; one sister, Nellie Snyder (Glen); one brother, Ezra “Tiny” Miller (Wanda) and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Hezekiah was preceded in death by one son Douglas Miller; two grandchildren Steven Knox Sr. and Justin Miller; four sisters, Audra Friend, Edna “Jean” Allman, Nina Starcher, and an Infant Miller; six brothers, Edward “Jack” Miller, Robert Miller, Romie Miller Jr., Dennis Miller, Euell “Shorty” Miller, and Ronald Miller.

Funeral services were Monday, September 15, 1:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

Interment followed the service in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro, WV.

Friends called Sunday, September 14, from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, WV.

Carnie “Connie” Sue Davis

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Carnie “Connie” Sue Davis

Age 71 years young, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the love of her life and the Lord, September 13, 2014 after a long illness. She was at home with Hospice at the time of her death.

Connie was a homemaker, a mother, a wife, grandmother, great grandmother, and a friend to many. She was always there for her children and grandchildren when needed for a warm hug or a shoulder to cry on.

She was a faithful member of the Poplar Ridge Community Church. She was a devout Christian woman.

She shared her love with everyone.

Connie was the daughter of the late Tremble and Lissie Flanery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Hoy Junior Davis. She was also preceded in death by Bonnie Robinson (sister), and Willie Flanery (Brother).

Connie is survived by 5 siblings: Frank Flanery, Billy Flanery, Jesse Flanery, Ann Blythe, and Pasty Bartley; her 4 children: Hoy Junior Davis II of Denton, Texas, Nancy Mace of Sutton, WV, Sheryll Tennant of Morgantown, WV, and Teresa Foster of Sutton, WV; by 8 Grandchildren: Crystal Foster of Charleston, WV, C.J Foster of Savannah, Georgia, Jesse Mace of Charleston, WV, Ricky Williams of Sutton, WV, Tiffany Berry of Flatwoods, WV, Bailey Davis of Denton, Texas, Nicholas Mace of Sutton, WV, and Tatum Davis of Denton, Texas.

Connie is also survived by 8 great grandchildren: Hannah, Braycen, and Pierce Foster of Charleston, WV, Nariyah Spencer-Foster of Charleston, WV, Ethan and Eliza Mace of Charleston, WV, Zayden Wilkins of Sutton,WV and Beau Stephens of Denton, TX.

Connie although home with the Lord, will be loved and missed by many. She will always live on in the hearts of her siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends alike. Her spirit will live on through many.

Funeral Arrangements will be held on Thursday,September18, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home funeral at 1:00 PM and visitation with family and friends at Noon.

Burial will be in Poplar Ridge Community Church Cemetery.

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

Sheila Lynn Hamric

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Sheila Lynn Hamric

Age 67, of Heaters, WV went to be with the Lord on September 13, 2014.

She was born on September 05, 1947. Sheila was the daughter of Eugene and Chessie (Gill) Woods.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Woods.

Sheila is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth Hamric. Also surviving are daughter, Christine (Mike) Cool; son, Kevin Hamric (partner, Rebekah Call) ; grandchildren, Jasmine Leake, Camylle Leake, Michaela Cool, Sophia Cool and Zane Cool; brothers, Clark Woods (Dianne), Parker Woods; sister, Carla Williams (Allan).

Sheila carried an influential presence within her community. She had retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years of service.

She was an active member of the Heaters United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer and secretary.

Sheila enjoyed reading, gardening and loved her family. She stayed involved in the daily lives of her children and grandchildren.

Sheila is an inspiration and shining light to her family, friends, and all who knew her; she will be dearly missed. She was a faithful, caring and loving person, who always thought of others before herself.

Friends may call at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Reverend Eric Veltre officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Hamric family.

G-Eye™: September 11 Flag Lowering at Troy Elemetary School

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Deputy Casey Jones and Deputy Ben Huffman (both members of the Troy Family)
lowered the flag in front of Troy School on the morning of September 11.

The flag flew at half-mast to honor and remember those who lost
their lives that day as a result of terror attacks on the U.S.

We honor those real superheroes who protect us each and every day.

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Rose Mary Jackson

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Rose Mary Jackson

Age 85, of Westfield Community, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 4:08 PM on Saturday September 13, 2014 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a sudden heart attack and stroke.

She was born May 29, 1929 in Monongalia County a daughter of the late Carl Madison Beckner and Ada Ruth Bond Beckner.

In September of 1951 she married Glydon Junior Marsh and they celebrated 28 years of marriage before his passing on November 20, 1979. In April of 1981, she then married Robert Donald Jackson and they celebrated 20 years of marriage before his passing in June 11, 2001.

She is survived by four children: Mary Kathryn Turner and husband Harold of Westfield, Martha Ann Stopiak and husband John of Stonewood, Russell Marsh and wife Darlene, and Stephen Lee Marsh and wife Sherry, all of Westfield; two sisters: Garnet McKeown Rider and husband Richard of Weston, and Helen Lusher of Tom Ball TX; five grandchildren: Lori Turner, Kerri Turner, Johnathan Stopiak, Stephanie Stopiak, and Kristin Turner; one great grandchild, Caden Chapman; one step daughter, Roberta Jane Gellner and husband Bill of St. Mary’s; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she is preceded in death by one son, David Marsh; and two sisters: Geneva Jean Beckner and Loretha May Molisee.

Rose Mary worked at the former G.C. Murphy Co. and later Smith Jewelry of Weston. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and vegetable and flower gardening. She was a 50 year member of the Gee Lick CEOS Club.

She was a member of the Grace Baptist Temple.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Roger Brown officiating.

Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Rose Mary Jackson.

Norman G. Selmon

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Norman G. Selmon

Age 75 of Rockport, WV passed away at Parkersburg Care and Rehabilitation September 10, 2014.

He was born January 08, 1939 in Gilmer County, WV son of the late Russell Lee and Mary Yoak Selmon.

He was owner/operator of the Selmon Construction and worked as a truck driver and pipeline foreman in the oil fields. Most recently he worked as a Wal-Mart greeter.

Norman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Hickman Selmon; daughter, Shelia Jones (David) of Rockport, WV; son, Greg Selmon (Donna) of Arnoldsburg, WV; five grandchildren, Shelina, Nathan, Russell, Rachel and Sarah; two great grandchildren, Austin and Mikalya; and a sister Norma Jean Gumm (Ray) of Grantsville, WV.

There will not be visitation or services.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Norman’s memory to the Parkersburg Care and Rehabilitation Resident Activity Fund at 1716 Gihon Road Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Rose Mary Byrd

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Rose Mary Byrd

Age 61 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 12:44 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born June 24, 1953 in Ritchie County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Burlin and Hazel Workman Byrd.

Rose was a homemaker and mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. She enjoyed Sewing, spending time with her family, and loved taking care of her grandchildren.

Surviving are 3 children, Mike Frymier and girlfriend Tina Godfrey of Glenville, WV; Michelle Shackleford and husband West of Linn, West Virginia, and Emary Frymier and wife Jessica of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, 8 grandchildren, Autumn Frymier, Ally Frymier,  Amber Shackleford and boyfriend JD Duelley, West Shackleford and girlfriend Jodie Parsons, Beth Shaffer and husband Melvin, Monica Bush and husband Bryan, David Frymier, and Kaithlyn Frymier, and 5 great-grandchildren, Avarie Duelley, Gaige and Brystal Shaffer, and Richard and Ava Bush.

There are also 5 siblings surviving, Shirley Barnett, of Glenville, WV; Frank Byrd and wife Emma of Glenville, WV; Kathy Junkins and husband David of Barlet, Ohio, Betty Swanson of Marietta, Ohio, and Wilda Moore and husband Charlie of South Carolina.

Along with her parents, Rose was preceded in death by 2 brother, Burlin Byrd Jr., and Bud Byrd, and 2 sisters, Nancy Craig and Helen Smith.

At her request, Rose will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hazel Green Cemetery,  in Ritchie County.

Friends may call from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM Sunday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Rose Mary Byrd with arrangements.

Doyle Dewitt Hupp

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Doyle Dewitt Hupp

Age 74, of Grantsville, WV passed away on September 11, 2014 as a result of a tractor accident.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a beloved brother, uncle and friend.

Doyle worked at Rubber Fabricators and retired from BF Goodrich. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, working on the farm and most of all spending time with the family.

He attended countless ballgames, first with his boys, then the grandchildren and most recently with the great grand-kids. Doyle was an avid supporter of Calhoun Athletics. He enjoyed life and never met a stranger.

Doyle was born September 23, 1939, the son of the late Raymond Hupp and Carrie Hathaway Hupp. He was a devoted son-in-law of the late Harry and Georgia Stump.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Geraldine Stump Hupp; two sons, Doyle D. Hupp, Jr. (Shirley) of Grantsville and Russell Hupp (Regina) of Creston; five grandchildren, Chastity Bunch (Danny) of Mt. Zion, Zachary Hupp (Kelli) Grantsville, Darris Hupp of Seattle, Washington, Katie Crislip (Dustin) of Grantsville and Chelsie Sholes (Adam) of Charleston, WV; five great grandchildren, Kason, Payton, Kyla, Quinn and Landry; three brothers, Eugene Hupp (Emogene), Leon Hupp (Judy) of Parkersburg, WV, Paul Hupp of Nicut; one sister Orless Holpp of Parkersburg, WV; three sisters-in-law, Catherine Hupp of Elizabeth, Virginia Bland (Nelson) of Libby, Montana and Shirley Ball of Grantsville; and one brother-in-law, French Stump of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Claude “Bud” Hupp, Billy Hupp and infant Donald Hupp; sister Gazel Plant; sisters-in-law, Freda Hupp, Joan Hupp and Florence Meadows; brothers-in-law, Lewis Holpp, Roy “Dick” Plant and Russell Ball.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:00 AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the Hupp Cemetery at Grantsville.

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

Eugene W. Reynolds

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Eugene W. Reynolds

Age 89, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, passed away September 10, 2014 at The Arbors of Marietta, OH.

He was born at Hur, Calhoun County, to Hess and Lizzie Fritz Reynolds. He was an educator and farmer until his retirement.

After graduating from Calhoun County High School, he attended Glenville State Teachers College (as it was called at that time) for one year. At which time he was called to duty and served his country in Europe with the 36th Division of the Army during World War II. He received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster for having been twice wounded.

After the war he returned to Glenville where he obtained his BA in Elementary and Secondary Education in 1948. While at Glenville he was a member of the Holy Roller Court and Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity of which he was a charter member. He then enrolled at West Virginia University and received his Master’s in Education.

He began his teaching career as Principal of a two-room school at Cabot Station for two years. He then spent the next seventeen years at Calhoun County High teaching English along with many other duties.

In 1968, he went to Spencer where he served as Assistant Principal at Spencer High School for twenty years. He retired from Education in 1988.

In addition to his educational career, he along with his mother and later his wife, Juanita, operated a 200 acre farm raising purebred Polled Herford cattle. He and his wife were twice selected in 1987 and 1989 as the Farmer of the Year for Calhoun County by the Little Kanawha Soil Conservation District.

In 1991 he and Juanita moved to Parkersburg to be near family and medical facilities. He was a member of the Eureka Lodge #40 where he served as Mater in 1968. He was a member of the Red Hill United Methodist Church where he taught the Senior Bible Class. He was a Lay Leader and member of several organizations within the church. He enjoyed attending Bible Study.

Surviving are his wife Juanita of 32 years; one sister Patty Ridout of PA; one daughter Donna Showen of Parkersburg; one son Scott Carpenter (Angel) of Stockport, OH; grandchildren Eric and Chad Showen, Austin, Alli and Andy Carpenter, Ceara (Josh) Bennett and Shilo Carpenter; one great grandchild, Tristan Showen and several very special friends and loved ones.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother-in-law Robert Ridout and son-in-law Rick Showen.

Funeral services will be held Sunday September 14, 2014, 4:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Mark Watkins and Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery at Mt. Zion.

Friends may call at the funeral from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM Sunday prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Calhoun County School Athletic Department with checks payable to CMHS Athletic Boosters, Attn: Curtis Garretson, 50 Underwood Circle, Mount Zion WV 26151 or to the Roane County Athletic Department, Attn: Toby Ford, 1 Raider Way, Spencer WV 25276.

Kieran Ray Claypoole

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Kieran Ray Claypoole

Age 19, of Ireland, WV. passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

He was born in Weston, WV on September 22, 1994 son of Jeremy Ray Claypoole and girlfriend Amber Lowther of Ireland and Tabitha Funk and husband Craig of Barberton, Ohio.

Kieran is survived by the love of his life his daughter Roselea Grace Smith.

In addition to his parents and daughter Kieran is survived by paternal grandparents Linda and Jerry Claypoole, two sisters Lacie Hall and Andrea Hall both of Weston, and many cousins.

Kieran was preceded in death by maternal grandparents David and Vickie King.

Kieran loved the outdoors he loved to camp, hunt, especially for deer, fish, ride four-wheelers, and dirt bikes. Kieran was kind natured, very laid back and he enjoyed to joke. Kieran also loved to spend time with his family and he was a proud father.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 5-8 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Reverend Earl Cayton officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Green Hill Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for the family of Kieran Ray Claypoole.

Pauline Edith Moran

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Pauline Edith Moran

Age 68, of Sutton, WV passed away on August 30, 2014 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born March 30, 1946 in Baltimore, MD., the daughter of the late William & Edith Grace Boals Gratz. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Rose Mary Canfield.

Pauline was a Micro Film Technician for Precision Services, Gassaway.

She was a member of Mid State Church of God and attended Seven Day Adventist Church, Sutton.

She was also a member of the Braxton County Senior Citizens Center which she loved going to.

She is survived by her son, Mark Wayne Moran (Kimberly) of Lake City, TN, daughter, Jacqueline Lee Dennison (Travis) of Fairfield, CA, brothers, William Gratz of OH, Richard Gratz of AZ, Ronald Gratz of Frametown, sisters, Wilma Edgell of Elyria, OH, Barbara Taylor of Clay, WV, Sharon Salisbury of Clendenin, WV, Naomi Ferrebee of Ivydale, WV, grandsons, Bobby and Richard Moran and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Friday September 05, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Herold Greenlief officiating.

Burial followed at Legg Cemetery, Harrison, WV.

Friends called 6-8 PM Thursday September 04, 2014 at the funeral home.

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

Rodney Russell Clark

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Rodney Russell Clark

Age ge 86, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, retired, died Saturday, August 30, 2014.

A funeral service was held 11 AM Thursday, September 04, at Munden Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Manley B. Rose, Jr. officiating.

Interment followed at Gethsemane Memorial Park with full military honors.

A native of Weston, WV and graduate of Weston High School Class of 1945, he served in the Marine Corps for 29-years active duty and five-years Fleet Marine Corps Reserve. Enlisting in 1945 at the age of 17, he retired in 1979 having served in 57 countries and aboard over 20 navy ships.

In addition to various duty stations in the U.S. After recruit training in 1945 he joined the 1st Marine Division as a machine gunner and earned the WWII Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal and the WWII victory medal. He served in China from 1945 - 1947 and helped repatriate Japanese soldiers home to Japan. During the Chinese Civil War he served as a Marine Infantryman providing support to Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalist Government at outposts and in Chinese villages on the Peking Mukden Railroad, guarding vital rail lines and supply routes. For this service he received the China Service Medal and the China War Memorial Medal.

As a Marine Corps Infantry assault unit leader in 1950 he joined the 3rd battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade at Pusan, South Korea and was in the first battalion of troops to hit the beach at Wolmido, Inchon Landing Sept. 15, 1950. He was wounded Sept. 20, 1950 assaulting a machine gun position during the battle for the South Korean capitol city of Seoul.

He rejoined the 5th Marines as they came out of Chosen Resevoir and from Hungnam, North Korea on Dec. 12, 1950. He served in Korea to August 1951 earning the Purple Heart Medal; Korean Service Medal with six battle stars: United Nations Service Medal; Presidential Unit Citation (five awards); Korean Presidential Citation, Korean War Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Marine Corps Combat Action Medal.

From 1953 - 1956 and 1959 - 1963 he was NCO In Charge, Marine Corps recruiting station for central West Virginia in Clarksburg. In 1966 Sergeant Major Clark served with the 3rd Marine Division at Hue Phu Bai, South Vietnam and in 1970 and 1971 he served with the 1st Marine Division at Danang, South Vietnam. For his Vietnam service he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with two battle stars, Presidential Unit Citation (6th award), Marine Corps Combat Action Medal (2nd award), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation and Vietnamese Civic Action Medal. During his service in the Marine Corps he was awarded nine Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals.

After retiring from the Marine Corps he worked as program assistant, Economic Development Administration, Raleigh, NC, and Director of Economic Development, Neuse River Council of Governments, New Bern, N.C. He worked for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission nine-years and was an instructor for Carteret Community College, Morehead City, N.C. He attended Craven Community College, New Bern, NC and had a degree in Business Administration and a degree in Marketing and Retailing.

In addition to his many accomplishments, he was a member of the China Marine Association, member and past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26. Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7315, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 141 and American Legion Post 4, Weston, WV. Semper Fi.

A son of Lyman A. Clark and Freda M. Clark of Weston, both deceased, and predeceased by three brothers, Lyman Clark, Robert R. Clark and Stanley Clark.

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Virginia Posey Clark of Pricetown, who resides in Havelock, NC; daughter, Rodnea Russelle (David) Brunson of Columbus, Ohio, daughter, Robin Brooke (Mack) McPherson of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughter, Melissa Clark of Newport; son, Stephen Bruce (Robin K.) Clark of Tomah, WI, son Mark Lyman Clark of Birmingham, AL; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Glenna L. (David) Mathews of Philippi; and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 6 - 8 PM Wednesday at Munden Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City.

Paul Dewayne Blosser

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Paul Dewayne Blosser

Age 38 of Parkersburg, WV passed on September 02, 2014 at Camden Clark Hospital following a short hospital stay due to a severe brain injury.

Surviving are his parents, Deborah and Dave Cunningham of Smithville, WV and John Blosser of Parkersburg, WV.

In addition Paul is survived by his brother, Johnny Blosser (Eve Parsons); his half-brother, Donnie Sprouse; stepbrothers, Mark Cunningham (Pauline Headley), Steven Cunningham, Robin Roberts; 2 daughters, April and Rachael Blosser (Steph McCkown); several nieces and nephews; many cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sisters, William, Helen and Kathy Blosser; his half-sister, Amy Sprouse; grandparents, Edith Eilean Ledsome, Lawrence Starcher, Arthur (Club) Ledsome, Carl and Goldy Blosser, Frank Cunningham. Paul was also preceded in death by his niece and sister-in-law Tiffany and Martha Blosser; his Uncle Mike Dulan; Aunt Sue Williams; several other aunts and uncles.

Paul was a father, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. He was kindhearted and easy going, always willing to lend a hand when needed. He was an avid outdoorsman and will be greatly missed.

Services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth WV with Rev. Lee Williams officiating.

Calling hours will be 1 hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at Hodum Cemetery, Reedy WV.

Kevin Edward Fishel

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Kevin Edward Fishel

Age 42, of Millstone, WV passed away September 08, 2014 at Roane General Hospital in Spencer.

Born June 26, 1972, he was a son of the late James Oliver and Retha Crystal Jones Fishel.

He was a truck driver by trade.

He is survived by his daughter Sharlee Rethann Fishel of Baston, TX; one brother Kerry (Corey) Fishel of Columbia, MO; one ½ sister Cindy (Gary) Crummie of North Canton, OH; sisters Sheila (Russell) Falls of Millstone, Sondra Jackson of Wheeling; sister-in-law Judy Fishel of North Canton, OH.

He is preceded in death in addition to his parents by his 1/2 brother James Fishel.

Funeral services was held Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Glen McBride Sr. officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 PM until the time of the services and following the services until 8:00 PM.

Burial will follow at a later date in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown.

Margaret Iwana Black Stevens

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Margaret Iwana Black Stevens

of Cleveland Ohio passed away September 07, 2014.

She was born at Weston, WV, the daughter of Edgar Black and Mary Ruth Harris Black.

She was a 1945 graduate of Tanner High School, Gilmer County, WV of which she was a proud member of the Tanner Alumni Association.

Margaret worked many years for the Cleveland city school system before retirement.

She is survived by daughters: Sharon Wick(Stanley) of Sheffield lake, Ohio; Shelley Palmer(Richard) of Willoughby, Ohio and Sharlene Miller(David) of Cleveland, Ohio.

Also grandchildren, sherry Clark (Allen) Brittany Miller, Lauren Miller, Kristin Palmer and Kurt Wick and niece Rebecca Mason.

Great grandchildren: Steven Chancey, Mackayla Clark, and Matthew Wick. She is also survived one brother; Albert Paul Black of Orlando, Florida and one sister Kathryn Ellyson (Willard) of Lehigh Acres, Florida.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Stevens; brother Duane Black, sister-in-law Olive Crawford and nephew Joseph Ellyson.

Calling hours will be 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM prior to the funeral Saturday, September 13 at :00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Dale Matthew Garver

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Dale Matthew Garver

Age ge 41 of Burnsville, West Virginia, formerly of Youngstown, Ohio, departed this life late Thursday Night August 28, 2014 as a result of a sudden illness.

Born October 31, 1972 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Dale Matthew Garver Jr. and Antoinette Hebebrand Pratt who survives in Burnsville, WV.

Dale enjoyed spending time with his immediate family and spent most of his free time taking care of his mother. He enjoyed watch college football and collected Ohio State University memorabilia. He also liked watching NASCAR and was a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart.

Along with his mother, Dale is survived by his grandparents, Ralph and Josephine Hebebrand, Aunt, Debbie and Bill King, 3 uncles, Ralph and Nancy Helebrand, Joseph and Joyce Hebebrand, and Patrick Helebrand,  3 sisters, Josephine Gloeckner and her Fiancée William Gainey, Annette Garver, Connie Midgley and husband Fred, 2 nieces Jessica Gloeckner and Marissa Midgley, 9 nephews Jimmy Gloeckner, Jonathan Gloeckner, Eddie Gloeckner, Justin Coleman, Frankie Hensley, Eric Hensley, Jacob Hensley, Shane Midgley, and Jason Midgley, and 1 great niece, Madison Gloeckner. 

Dale’s remains will be cremated and the family will have a memorial service in his honor at a later date.

Delbert Thomas Woods

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Delbert Thomas Woods

of Strange Creek, departed this life and went to be in a better place September 08, 2014.

He was born December 01, 1941 at Strange Creek a son of the late Charles Allen and Zella Bennett Woods.

Delbert loved his family and his church. He attended Strange Creek Church.

He operated a dozer for 42 years on various construction jobs and strip mines. He loved to hunt and looked forward to deer season.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Donald and Doyle “Buck” Woods and three sisters; Ernestean Woods, Phyllis Sparkes and Shirley McLaughlin.

Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Gloria Vaughan Woods; Brothers: Darrell and Delmas of Ravenswood, Dorles of Dille, Demil of TX, Dencil of Strange Creek and Dana of Idaho; and one sister, Louise Samples of Mt. Lookout. Also surviving Daughter: Kimberly Groves of Strange Creek; sons: Randy (Chrystal) of Buckhannon, Brent (Charity) of Strange creek and John (Allison) of Morgantown; Nine grandchildren, one step granddaughter and three great grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed, but our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Service will be 2 PM Friday, September 12, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jason Belt officiating.

Burial will be in the Talbert Cemetery, Strange Creek.

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

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice Care, PO Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Kevin Edward Fishel

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Kevin Edward Fishel

Age 42, of Millstone, West Virginia, passed away September 08, 2014 at Roane General Hospital in Spencer.

Born June 26, 1972, he was a son of the late James Oliver and Retha Crystal Jones Fishel. He was a truck driver by trade.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharlee Rethann Fishel of Baston, TX; one brother, Kerry (Corey) Fishel of Columbia, MO; one half sister, Cindy (Gary) Crummie of North Canton, OH; sisters, Sheila (Russell) Falls of Millstone, Sondra Jackson of Wheeling, WV; sister-in-law Judy Fishel of North Canton, OH.

He is preceded in death in addition to his parents by his half brother, James Fishel.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Glen McBride Sr. officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 PM until the time of the services and following the services until 8:00 PM.

Burial will follow at a later date in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown.

Wanda Louise Heckert Gould Adams

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Wanda Louise Heckert Gould Adams

Age 88, of Kunst Drive, Weston, WV passed away at 9:30 pm on Sunday, September 07, 2014 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew following a courageous battle with pneumonia.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on May 05, 1926 a daughter of the late Harl Heckert and Stelma Shaffer Heckert.

On May 10, 1947 she married Ercil Gould and they celebrated 39 years of marriage before his passing on February 04, 1987.

On May 05, 1990, she then married Asa Adams who survives and they celebrated 24 years of marriage.

She is also survived by three children: Roger Gould and wife Janet of Weston, Stephen Montgomery and wife Judy of Morgantown, and Leann Gould Kerns and husband Tim of Jane Lew; six grandchildren: Stephen Gould and wife Stacy, Doug Gould and wife Priscilla, Carri Madison and husband John, Tracy Jones and husband Chris, Chelsea and Ryan Kerns; nine great grandchildren: Sarah, Nick, Jared and Andrew Gould, Lilly Madison, Isabella, Olivia, Amelia and Julianna Jones; five stepsons: Jack Adams of NC, Jim Adams and wife Kim of Richie County, Joe Adams and wife Amanda of Bunker Hill, Terry Adams and wife Sue and Tim Adams and wife Marge both of Massillon, OH; one step daughter Ezraetta Sue Miller and husband Kurt of Massillon, OH; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and two brothers: Kenneth Heckert and wife Ann of Freemansburg and Billy “Cookie “ Osborne of Jane Lew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Eugene and Layton Heckert and Dwight Osborne .

Wanda was retired from Heck’s in Weston and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weston. She enjoyed flower gardening, baking, canning, reading her bible and making delicious elderberry jelly.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-8 PM on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday with Reverend Kenneth Miller and Reverend John Madison officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden with her nephew, Reverend Rod Heckert officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Wanda Gould Adams.

Joan Kennedy

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Joan Kennedy

Age 83, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:40 AM on Sunday, September 07, 2014, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loving family, following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston on April 28, 1931, a daughter of the late Howard Wesley and Mabel Foster Corathers and granddaughter of the late Tucker C. and Dora Cosner Foster, who raised her when she was young.

On September 15, 1947, in Oakland, MD, she married Harold G. Kennedy, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage before his passing on November 16, 2012.

She is survived by one son, Larry D. Kennedy and wife Sandy of Belington; three daughters: Linda Kennedy and husband Roger Allman of Weston, Rev. Dr. Sherry L. Kennedy of Northport FL, and Patricia J. Hammond and husband Randy of West Milford; six grandchildren: Denise Gillis (Troy Gray) of Alliance, OH, Robert Rinehart of Allen, TX, Jessica Kennedy (Ricky Dean) of Weston, Amanda Kennedy of Stoneybrook, NY, Matthew Kennedy (Faith Forge), K.R. Hammond of West MIlford; five great grandchildren: Alex and Elizabeth Welllman of OH, Bethany and Patrick Heimbach and Natalie Dean, all of Weston; and one brother, Howard Corathers and wife LaVerne of Stow, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Judith A. Conners.

Joan was the owner and operator of Kennedy’s Mountaineer Restaurant in the early 1970s. She enjoyed homemaking, cooking, crafting and was known for her hand-stitched pictures, pillows and crafts. She was an avid geneologist who had traced her family back 10 generations and the Kennedy lineage 22 generations.

She was a member of the Haleville Union Mission Church, which she faithfully attended for nearly 30 years. Through her faith and humbleness, she was an inspiration to others whose lives she touched.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Thursday September 11, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend William J.B. Gum and Reverend Mike Riffle officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.

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

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