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Genavie L. Richards Freed

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Genavie L. Richards Freed

Age 87, of Big Bend, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior January 04, 2015 at Minnie Hamilton Health Center, Grantsville, WV.

She was born November 22, 1927 to the late Leamon and Clara Lewis Richards.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sylvester O. Richards, Jr.; two grandsons Russ Hardman and Matthew Haines; two sisters and five brothers.

She is survived by six children, Ivan (Ginger) Richards of Belpre, Ohio; Von (Brenda) Richards of Vincent, Ohio; Sophia (Jack) Haines of Canal Fulton, Ohio; Arlene (Rick) Sampson of Grantsville, WV; Darlene (Bill) Cunningham of Big Bend, WV; and Roger Richards of Big Bend, WV; three sisters, Edna Radcliff of Big Bend, WV; Grace Wagoner of Big Bend, WV; and Lily Jean Bush of Parkersburg, WV. Also surviving are many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Homes, Grantsville on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Rev. Carroll McCauley will officiate.

Interment will be in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

Visitation will be held from Noon-2:00 PM Wednesday.

Sue E. Bosley “Granny”

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Sue E. Bosley “Granny”

On December 15, 2014 she passed away at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness with family by her side.

Sue celebrated her 73rd birthday in October with a party surrounded my family and friends.

Sue and her late husband James F. Bosley resided in their home in Flower, WV., where she enjoyed gardening and canning.

One of her greatest joys was her family. Sue especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren whom she loved to spoil.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years James F. Bosley, parents Sylvia Condrad and Gus Mowery, and brothers Harold and Ruhel Conrad.

Sue is survived by daughter Sharon Helmick, granddaughter Crystal Condrad and husband Nick of Orlando, WV; grandson Jamie Singleton and girlfriend Stacey Fisher of Flower, WV; great-grandchildren Nicolas, Emma, Cole and Peyton, brothers Stacy, Gerald and Leonard Conrad, sisters Dolly Meador and Eda Belle Rogers. Also left to cherish her memory are several “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV on Saturday December 20, 2014 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Funeral services will follow at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Eddie Wade officiating at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow services in Hineys Cemetery Glenville, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Bosley family.

Barbara Ellen Butcher

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Barbara Ellen Butcher

Age 54, of Quarry Glenn Dr. Weston, WV passed away in the early evening on Sunday December 14, 2014 in the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center of Elkins, following an unexpected illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on February 19, 1960 a daughter of the late Elmer Ralph Riffle and Mary Ellen Seibel Riffle Westfall, who survives in Weston.

She is survived by two daughters: Kimberly Maries Fisher and husband Jason of Weston, and Christina Marie Dobbins and husband David of Cedarville, WV; five grandchildren: Tyler Sprouse, Brandon Fisher, Kaylee Fisher, Triston Dobbins, and Adalyn Dobbins; one brother, Edwin Ralph Riffle; and companion Randall Scott Warner.

She worked various jobs throughout her life including security and home health care. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

Barbara’s request for cremation has been honored.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 6-7 PM on Tuesday December 16, 2014.

Interment will be held at the Pumphrey Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made at the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

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

Ray H. Richards, Sr.

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Ray H. Richards, Sr.

Age 89, longtime resident of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community) departed this life on Monday, December 15, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Ray was born August 16, 1925 on Leeson Run, a son of the late George W. and Icie (Cunningham) Richards.

Ray worked for over 50 years as an oil field worker in the area and for most of those 50 years worked for Bud Spencer. He was a proud World War II Army Veteran having served in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and in the Black Forest as a member of the “Big Red One.“

He was a member of the Britton Gospel Mission of West Union, WV (Sunnyside Community).

He greatly enjoyed deer hunting with his boys and going camping and fishing with his family in the mountains.

He is survived by his children, Ray H. Richards, Jr. (Regina) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run); Lucretia J. Doak (James) of Greenwood, WV (Long Run Community); Joseph P. Richards (Wanda) of Parkersburg, WV; Mary E. Schrock (Phineas) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community); Patricia J. Harris (Danny) of West Union, WV, and David L. Richards (close girlfriend, Katie Owens) of Greenwood, WV (Leeson Run Community); grandchildren, Ray Richards III, Tina Seckman, Elaine McCormick, Jimmy Doak, Leann America, Harlen Harris, David Lee Richards, Justin Richards, Rosie Schrock, Cody Lones, Janet Hinzman, Eric Richards, and his deceased grandson, Danny Harris; 11 great grandchildren, and his sister, Minnie Jo Wood of Huntsville, NC.

In addition to his parents and his grandson, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lora Gale (Dodd) Richards in 2008; brothers, William “Bill” Richards, Francis Richards, Joe Richards, Porter Richards, Hollie Richards, and sisters, Rachael Dillon, Mary Dodd, and Ruth Mason.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. Gilbert Neely officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by West Union VFW.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Mary Alice McHenry Blake

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Mary Alice McHenry Blake

Age 79, of Brown Ave, Weston, WV passed away at 7 AM Sunday December 14, 2014 in the INOVA Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria VA, following a brief illness.

She was born at Camden, WV on October 19, 1935 a daughter of the late Elmer Warren McHenry and Stella Lamb McHenry Lawrence.

On December 10, 1955 she married Thurman Stanton “Jeep” Blake and they celebrated 27 years of marriage before he passed away on May 21, 1983.

She is survived by four children: Bernard Blake and wife Anna of Weston, Mary Bumgardner and husband Tim of Weston, Sherri Parks and companion Rick Posey of Weston and Terry Blake and wife Louvonne of Fort Belvoir, VA; two brothers: Leo Bernard “Bud” McHenry and wife Alice of Newport News, VA and William “Bill’ McHenry of Fayetteville, NC; three sisters: Ruth Ann Talbott and husband Darrell of Camden, Helen Marie “Dot” Butler of Weston and Carol Frances Bush of Port Deposit. MD; 12 grandchildren: Melissa Parker, Robbie Kelley, Tommy Blake, Amanda Baldwin, Brittani Grogg, Danielle Parks, Tiffani Parks, Brandon Parks, Terry D. Blake, Allison Blake, Jonathan Blake and Nickolas Blake; 11 great grandchildren: Ryan Parker, Terani Parker, Zack Kelley, Cody Kelley, Stewie Kelley, Kelsi Lewis, Ashlynn Blake, Jayson Blake, James Kaiyden Gregory, Avari Nutter and Issac Rice; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Evelyn Hope McHenry and Ada Kathleen “Kate” Hall; one niece, Susan Hall, and one infant brother, Charles Warren McHenry.

Mary Alice was retired from the Weston State Hospital with 28 years of service and was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who were the light of her life.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3 to 7 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Richard Justice officiating.

Interment will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery at Linn, WV.

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

William S. “Bill” Calhoun

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William S. “Bill” Calhoun

Age 94, of Greenwood, WV departed this life on December 14, 2014.

He was born on October 25, 1920 in Pullman, WV the son of the late Willie Guile and Rebecca Dorothy Schmidt Calhoun.

Following the 1991death of his first wife, Mary Margaret Ellifritt Calhoun, mother of his children, he remarried. His second wife, Evelyn Furner Calhoun passed away in July 1999.

Bill leaves behind two daughters, Cheryl Pullen and husband, J. Mark, of Shepherdstown; Barbara Lloyd and husband, Bob of Morgantown; one son, Roger Calhoun and wife, Mary of Scott Depot; one sister, Bettie Fox of Brunswick, GA, two brothers, Jack Calhoun and wife, Doris, of West Union, and Rev. Sam Calhoun and wife, Ellen of Clinton, NJ, as well as four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friend, Dorothy Bode of West Union.

Three siblings preceded him in death: Philip Blair Calhoun, Robert Calhoun and Anita Belle Brown.

Bill was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was past president of the Doddridge County Historical Society. He was member of Mason Friendship Lodge #56 AF & AM, and VFW #3408 West Union.

Bill is a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church and also the Enon Baptist Church in Salem.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Randy Stewart presiding.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the combined Doddridge County Veterans organizations.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 4 PM - 7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Doddridge County Historical Society or the WV Chapter Alzheimer’s Association at 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Calhoun family.

Peggy Sue Adams

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Peggy Sue Adams

Age 56, of Riggins Run Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 22, 1958 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of Rachel Loughery Childers, Salem and the late Charles Childers.

She is survived by her husband David L. Adams whom she married 37 years ago.

Also surviving are one daughter, Dodi Adams Davis and husband Jason Davis, West Union, one son, David L. Adams II and companion Jessie Bickler, West Union, two sisters, June Wilt, Julia Childers, all of Salem, two brothers, Charles “Buck” Childers, Smithburg William Wade Childers, Miletus, three grandchildren, Payton, Davis, Madison Noel Adams and Dalton D. Cork. She was preceded in death by one sister, Beth Ashcraft.

Peggy was a member of the first graduating class at Liberty High School. She had been a laborer for MCT and a member of Ironworkers of American #984. She enjoyed working along her husband on their farm. Peggy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor Tom Zimmerman presiding.

Interment will follow on the family farm.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM Thursday until time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mary Babb Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506 or Peoples Hospice,327 Medical Park, Drive Bridgeport, WV 26330-9952.

Spurgeon funeral Home is privileged to serve the Adams family.

Joshua David Frye

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Joshua David Frye

Age 35 of Glenville, West Virginia departed this life suddenly on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Born September 02, 1979 in Tampa, Florida, son of Paula Mazzagotte of Glenville, and John Ray Frye of Melbourne, Florida.

Surviving is 1 son, Bane Zander Frye of Glenville, 1 brother, Anthony Frye of Glenville, paternal grandmother, Hilda T. Frye of Melbourne, FL; maternal grandmother, Maxine Smith of Glenville, and 1 great aunt, Caroline “Skippy” Cusick of Glenville.

Preceding Joshua in death was his paternal grandfather, U.D. Frye,  Maternal grandfather, Nelson Smith and Step-father, Stan Mazzagotte.

Per Joshua’s request his remains will be cremated and a celebration of life will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014 with Rev. Mark James officiating.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM Thursday afternoon at the Mortuary.

Joshua was a talented landscaper for high end homes in Tampa, Florida. He was an expert in Aqua culture, enjoyed fishing, and riding ATV’s whenever possible.

Joshua was a kind and gentle soul. He was loyal, creative, and had a great sense of humor. He was his brothers protector, interpreter, best friend, and companion in a time when Anthony needed it most.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Joshua David Frye with arrangements.

Tommy Gene McHenry

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Tommy Gene McHenry

Beloved husband of the late Marjorie (nee Peters); loving father of the late Brenda K.; brother of Glen McHenry Jr., the late Mary Persinger Riffle, and Lynn McHenry.

Beloved Uncle Tommy was an employee of the Ford Motor Company, a bus driver in the Twinsburg School System.

He was a member of the Calvary Community Church.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, at Noon, Monday, December 15, 2014 with Rev. Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the McHenry Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM - Noon (the funeral hour) Monday at the Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name are suggested to The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 e. 185 St. Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Tommy McHenry with arrangements.

Leon L. Stump

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Leon L. Stump

Age 94, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Providence Health Care Center.

Born February 12, 1920 in Apple Farm, Calhoun County, West Virginia he was a son of the late Farris E. and Hallie Stump and the husband of the late Elizabeth Lucille (DeWeese) Stump who passed away October16, 2006.

He had worked as a cut off operator for B&W and had also worked at the Beaver Valley Country Club.

He was a member of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, James L. and Peggy Stump of Middleton, PA, Robert W. and Dianna Stump of East Palestine, OH, Richard L. Stump of East Palestine, Ronald Stump of Beaver Falls; a very special granddaughter who formerly resided with him, Lenora Lewis; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Ellie And John Elliott of Millstone WV and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Friends were received on Friday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the A.D. Campbell Funeral Home, 1326 Eighth Avenue, Beaver Falls, where funeral services was conducted on Saturday at 12 Noon, with his Pastor Joe Schiren of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Interment followed in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver Boro.

Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the College Hill Church of the Nazarene, 3600 4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Bernard E. Kelley

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Bernard E. Kelley

Age 84, of Greenwood, WV (Long Run Community), departed this life on Friday, December 12, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Bernard was born February 16, 1930 on Sugar Camp in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late George and Goldie (Blake) Kelley.

Bernard was retired after 31 years of service for Carnegie-U.S. Steel Company of Pittsburgh, PA and later was transferred to the Tollgate, WV division. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Korean Conflict.

Bernard was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church.

He was also member of the Friendship Lodge #56 of West Union, WV AF&AM, and a member of the Pennsboro Commandery. He was also a member of the Doddridge County EMS serving as the past president and on the board of directors and greatly enjoyed camping and fishing. Bernard and his wife Zelma opened their house to over 200 foster children in the area for many many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Zelma E. (Britton) Kelley; children, Richard Kelley (Margaret); Cathy Richards (Ronald); Ruth Ann Richards; Linda Valentine (Todd) and his foster daughter, Sandy Clevenger, all of Greenwood, WV; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Josephine “Babe” Zucosky of Weirton, WV; Carrie Sponaugle of Sugar Camp (Doddridge County); Francis McFerren, of Weirton, WV; Carol Verner of Wooster, OH, and his brothers, Garner “Hoot” Kelley of Weirton, WV and Marvin “Jim” Kelley of Wooster, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George “Burl” Kelley and Dale Kelley.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Randy Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by West Union VFW #3508 and full Masonic rites conducted by Friendship Lodge #56.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Monday, at the funeral home.

Robert Lee Bailey

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Robert Lee Bailey

Age 72, of Gee Lick Rd. Weston, WV passed away at 8:01 AM on Friday December 12, 2014 in United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a brief illness.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on August 25, 1942 a son of the late Lee Mark Bailey and Lucille Virginia Metz Bailey.

He was twice married. First, on September 25, 1961 he married the former Karen Whelan and they were married 21 years before her passing on June 13, 1983. Then, on August 11, 1984 he married the former Jennifer Lynn Alfred, who survives, and they celebrated 30 years of marriage.

He is also survived by five children: Robert L. Bailey and wife Sheila of Jane Lew, Sharon Roush and husband Donnie of Weston, Debbie Spray of Crawford, Holly Harris and husband Mike of Weston and Amber Heater and husband Chris of Jane Lew; two brothers: Samuel L. Bailey and wife Janice of Weston and Larry Metz and wife Helen of Gassaway; three sisters: Judy Pumphrey and husband Bert, Peggy Kniceley and husband Charlie and Jeanne Burke and husband Steve all of Weston; 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was the owner and operator of Baileys Dozer Service and he worked for the WV Dept. of Highways. He was also an honored veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. Bob’s personal slice of heaven and sanctuary was his camp on the Middlefork River, where many family memories were made. He was an ‘Undercover Engineer’ who loved to tinker, fix, repair, restore, and fiddle with various projects, big and small.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Tony Allen Keen

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Tony Allen Keen

Age 43 of Upper Horn Creek Road, Gilmer County, West Virginia departed this life suddenly Wednesday afternoon December 10, 2014.

Born February 17, 1971, in Clay County, West Virginia, son of Shirley Reger, who lives in Clay County and the late Stanley Keen.

Tony worked in the oil fields as a laborer. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, and spending time with his grand-kids.  He liked to work on vehicles, playing video games, singing, and playing the guitar.

On August 17, 2008, he was united in marriage to Norma Shaffer Keen, who survives at their Horn Creek home.

Surviving are 2 step-children, Caryl McPherson of Sutton, WV; and Sherman Lee McPherson of Huttonsville, WV;  5 brothers, Johnny, Ronnie, Stephen, Stanley and Bill Keen, 1 sister, Ruth Windam, and 1 step-brother, Sammy Snyder.

There are also 8 grandchildren surviving, Jacob McPherson, Shaniea McPherson, and Hunter McPherson of Sutton, WV; Shane Lee McPherson Michael McPherson, and Joshua King of Mt. Nebo, WV; Valarie Salisbury of Birch River, WV; and Austin McKinney of Flatwoods.

Along with his father, Tony was preceded in death by 1 step son, Fred S. McPherson Jr., 1 brother, William Keen,  and 1 step-brother, Ralph Snyder.

At the request of Tony, his remains will be cremated and the family will have graveside services at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 to help cover funeral expenses.

Sylvia Jean Cogar

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Sylvia Jean Cogar

Age 53, of Flatwoods, WV Passed away December 08, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born December 01, 1961 in Sutton, WV a daughter of the late Richard and Louise King Smith.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by son, David Shaw; brothers, Johnny Smith and James King; sister, Ida Bell Rose; stepfather, Hurl Richardson.

She is survived by husband, Craig Cogar; son, Thomas Shaw of Sutton; stepdaughter, Dorothy Jarvis of Sutton; four grandchildren, Sabryna, Lauryn, Levi, and Blayne; great grandchild, Jase Charles Coleman; siblings, Dolly Marks of Little Birch, Betty Conner of Little Birch, Barbara Cochran of Sutton, Pliant Smith of Sutton, Rose Dennison of Gassaway, Nancy Wimer of Gassaway, Theodore Smith of Nebraska, Faye Richardson of Sutton, Roy Smith of Sutton, Steve Richardson of Gassaway, Helen Rose of Sutton and Lena Dennison of Little Birch.

Service will be 2 PM Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Burial will be in the Morrison Ridge Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

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