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TOWN OF SAND FORK VETERAN’S MEMORIAL

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THE TOWN OF SAND FORK WOULD LIKE TO INSTALL A THIRD PLAQUE ON OUR

VETERAN’S MEMORIAL WALL FOR BOTH GILMER COUNTY AND SAND FORK AREA

VETERANS …. …

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OUR ORIGINAL PLANS WERE TO INSTALL THE NEXT PLAQUES ON VETERANS DAY

2014, HOWEVER TO DATE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ENOUGH NAMES TO FILL THE

PLAQUES AND THE ORDER FOR THE GRANITE PLAQUES MUST BE PLACED 3 MONTHS

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Margalene Mae Wright Johnson

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Margalene Mae Wright Johnson

Age 85 of Parkersburg, West Virginia, formerly of Grantsville, West Virginia, departed this life Sunday night August 31, 2014 in the Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility, in Parkersburg, WV;  following an extended illness.

Born May 19, 1929 in Grantsville, WV, daughter of the late John and Scottie Plant Wright.

Margalene was a Baptist by faith.

She was a homemaker, and loved to attend all functions at the Grantsville Senior Citizens Center.

In 1951 she was united in marriage to Harold Johnson, who preceded her in death in September 2000.

Surviving is 1 daughter, Kathryn Ferrell and husband Russ of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, 2 grandchildren, Ruscee Ferrell and companion Michael Duckworth of Surfside Beach, SC, and Joshua Ferrell and companion Crystal Greathouse of Big Springs, West Virginia.

There are also 6 siblings surviving, Pat Pickens of Williamstown, West Virginia, Oleta Boyce and husband Cleon of Parkersburg, WV, Guenivere Lesley and husband Carl of South Carolina, Betty Westfall of Parkersburg, WV, Wayne Wright of Florida, and Jean Crispin and husband Ardell of North Carolina.

Along with her parents and husband Margalene was preceded in death by 1 sister, Juanita Richards.

At Margalene’s request her remains will be cremated and burial will be held at the discretion of her family.

Memorials may be made to the Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV, 26101 or the Grantsville Senior Citizens Center, Market St, Grantsville, WV 26147.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, West Virginia is honored and privileged to serve th,e family of Margalene Mae Wright Johnson.

Gail Collins Hardbarger

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Gail Collins Hardbarger

Age 96, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on August 30, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born March 10, 1918, at Prunty, WV, the daughter of the late Alvin and Hattie Ash Collins.

Gail was a devoted homemaker and was a seamstress for 26 years at the former Economy Industries.

She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed gardening and flowers, and loved music and to dance.

She is survived by children, Leon Hardbarger, Leavittsburg, Ohio, Frances Lockaby, Canton, Ohio, Wilma Ross, Harrisville, WV, Dorothy Cowan (Jack), Massillon, Ohio, Harold Hardbarger (Alice), Harrisville, WV, Edna Saunders, Ashland, Ohio, Rella Ankrom, St. Marys, WV, Melvin Hardbarger (Melanie), Canton, Ohio, and Carolynn Hodge (David), Harrisville, WV; 19 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Blaine Hardbarger; two sons, Charles and Loran Hardbarger; brothers, Jessie, Wayne, Marion and Delford Collins; sister, Bertha Hardbarger; two infant sisters; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with burial to follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home and after 9 AM on the day of the service.

Mary Jean Heater

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Mary Jean Heater

Age 79 of Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, August 29, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 08, 1935 in Long Shoal, West Virginia, daughter of the late Alton and Jessie Mae Cosner Carson.

Mary was a loving mother, housewife, and homemaker. She loved quilting, gardening, and spending time with her loving family.

Mary was a Methodist by faith and attended the Stouts Chapel on Hyers Run. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalms.

She was also a member of the quilting club known as the “Country Quilters” and a member of the “Gem Homemakers Club”.

On January 01, 1955 she was united in marriage to Roy Heater who preceded her in death on May 21, 2004.

Surviving are 6 children, Roy Junior Heater of Falls Mills, West Virginia, Johnie Heater and wife Kimberly of Baldwin, West Virginia, Charlene Messenger and husband Michael of Linn, West Virginia, Donald Heater and wife Bessie of Burnsville, WV, Connie White of Burnsville, WV, and James Heater of Philo, Ohio.

There are 9 siblings, Ray Carson and wife Ruby of Long Shoal, WV, Glen Carson and wife Linda of Tioga, West Virginia, Carl Carson of Little Birch, West Virginia, John Sherman Carson and wife Betty of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Ralph Carson and wife Ruth of Long Shoal, WV, Viola Mae Nicholson of Burnsville, WV, Freeda Perrine of Burnsville, WV, Joyce Moore and husband David of Cheshire, Ohio, and Carol Robinson and husband Larry of Morehead, Kentucky.

There are also several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by 1 great grandson, Walter Robert Given, 1 daughter in law, Sandra Cayton Heater, and 1 brother, Russell Carson.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive Glenville WV 26351 at 11:00 AM Tuesday September 02, 2014 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Canfield Cemetery on Sliding Run Road.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Monday September 01 at the mortuary.

Francis Darrell Pyles

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Francis Darrell Pyles

Age 71, of Sand Fork, WV passed away August 29, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare Glenville Center.

He was born January 15, 1943 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Raymond and Pearl Greenleaf Pyles.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by brothers, Gary Pyles, Ronnie Pyles, Robert Pyles and Ernest Pyles; sister, Alice Mackey; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brother, Harley Pyles; sisters, Betty Linger and Elaine Pyles.

At Mr. Pyles his body will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Margaret Vivian Ellebrecht

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Margaret Vivian Ellebrecht

Age 77 , of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday May 30, 2014, at her residence and was a long time resident of Sutton.

She was born March 01, 1937, in Saint Louis, MO the daughter of the late Albert and Beulah Hall Ellebrecht.

She was also preceded in death by her step-father Tracil Knight and her sister Mary Alice Ellebrecht Williams.

Margaret volunteered her time to the residence of Braxton Nursing and Rehab Center. 

She is survived by her son; Rodney E. Steorts, II and wife Judy of Sutton, daughter; Marilyn “Jaye” Michael and husband James E. of Morgantown, grandchildren; Brandy and Mike Lockhard, Jessica and Greg Ice, Emma Steorts, Billie and Sam Murray, Jamie Michael, Jo Clair and Tim Morgan, Paul and Jacoba Michael and her sister; Ruth Ann and Duffy Shamblin, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Monday September 01 , 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call after 12:00 Monday, at the funeral home.

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

Annabelle L. Kerby-Jones

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Annabelle L. Kerby-Jones

Age 61, of Big Bend, WV passed away August 27, 2014 at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

She was born June 17, 1953 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Freddie L. and Helen G. Kerby.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, together 32 years, Walter “Jr.” Jones; children Greg Kerby of Grantsville, Leonard (Jessica) Powell of Grantsville, Timmy (Angie) Powell of Grantsville, and Kim (Curt) Pettry of Grantsville.

She was a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She is also survived by two sisters, Karen Sue (Eugene) Stallman of Ohio and Diana (Timmy) Miller of Creston; one brother Freddie Veon (Joann) Kerby of Grantsville as well as several nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by one brother Leon Kerby; one sister Linda L. Criss; one niece and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the Big Bend Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00-3:00 PM prior to the services.

Joan Eagle Moore

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Joan Eagle Moore

Age 74, of Shinnston, WV passed away August 18, 2014, at United Hospital Center.

She was born November 13, 1939 in Weston, WV: the daughter of Edward F. “Buck” Eagle and Mamie Johnson Eagle.

Joan is survived by her husband, James D. Moore; her two sons, James Douglas Blake of Buckhannon and Matthew Roy Blake of Weston; her six grandchildren, Tyler Goldsmith, Matthew D. Blake, Seth Blake, Jamie Blake, Jennifer Blake Smith and Stephanie Losh; as well as five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Garret, Alexander, Bentley and the newest expected in January of 2015. She is also survived by her four siblings, Louise Pratt, Annetta Lee, Janie Hollis and Rick Eagle.

For many years, Joan worked in multiple nursing homes and private care facilities as a C.N.A., where she was a devoted caregiver and hard worker all of her life.

She was a Christian by faith, attending services with husband, Jim, at the Baptist church close to their home.

Joan also enjoyed crocheting and knitting and it has been said that there was not a stitch out there that she did not know how to do.

The family received friends for a memorial service at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Weston, on Friday, August 22, at 11:30 AM.

A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations go to the hospice of your choice in memory of Joan.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Moore family at this time.

Chesaline Bledsoe Davis

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Chesaline Bledsoe Davis

Age 67, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, August 15, 2014 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born February 23, 1947, in Acme, WV, she was the daughter of David and Rachel Birdie Harris Bledsoe.

Surviving are: three children, Cynthia (Allan) Hackett of Coudersport, Robbyn Roberts of Fredericksburg, VA, and Dairus G. (Melony) Davis, II of Gassaway, WV, six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 11 siblings, Dolly, Shirly, Judy, Don, Devon and Margaret.

She was predeceased by 5 siblings; Dinky, Birdie, Jackie, Paige and David.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Jerry Floyd

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Jerry Floyd

Age 69, of Little Birch, WV passed away August 27, 2014 at home.

He was born February 11, 1945 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late John Davis and Lulla Floyd Dolin.

He was a retired coal miner with 48 years of service.

He was a Methodist by faith and attended the Elizabeth Chapel Church, Bug Ridge, Sutton.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by stepfather, Clarence Dolin; half-brothers, Samuel Sanson, Gene Davis and Vaughn Davis; half-sister, Mary Kathern Carder.

Jerry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Cheyorld Friend Floyd; daughter, Marla Harper (Willie) of Fairmont; son, Jerry B. Floyd of Little Birch; grandchildren, Cole Harper and Tori Harper; half-brothers, Paul Davis of Canfield and Bud Davis of Birch River; sisters, Jean Salisbury of Erbacon and Betty Sprouse of Little Birch.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Helen Rosabelle Stokes (Lewis)

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Helen Rosabelle Stokes (Lewis)

was born March 08, 1931 in Frametown, West Virginia.

She passed July 23, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California following a long history of cancer.

She was 83 years old.

Rosie was the youngest of nine children born to Rev. William and Fannie Lewis. All her siblings predeceased her. They were: sisters Grace Lewis, Bessie Lewis, and Edith Lewis and brothers Clyde Lewis, Norman Lewis and James Lewis. Two infant brothers also preceded Rosie in death.
Being named Helen Rosabelle Lewis set the stage for a variety of names.

For the family she was “Rosabelle” or “Belle”, for official documents she was “Helen”. For a few she was “Rose” but for most of us she was . . . “Rosie”.

Rosie was the adventuresome one of her family. She read books about the West and wanted to see it. In her early twenties she and a friend visited the West, including the Grand Canyon. Later she came alone to Los Angeles and found Temple Baptist Church across the street from the hotel where she was staying. She was hired the next day by Sears and worked there for ten years.

Temple Baptist became more than a church for Rosie for there she met and married Bob Reiman. Bob died after nineteen years of marriage.

At the invitation of friends Rosie moved to Denver and lived there four years before making a trip to Los Angeles where she met an old acquaintance, Lyle Stokes. They were married on May 07, 1983. The couple made their home in North Hollywood, California before coming to The Samarkand Retirement Community in Santa Barbara, California for eleven years.

Rosie passed at The Samarkand.

Services were held at the Samarkand August 09, 2014.

Burial was at the Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to CHET (Hispanic Center for Theological Studies) 1005 E. Palmer, Compton CA, 90221 for the “Lyle and Rosie Stokes Scholarship Fund.”

Chester Carlous Bailey

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Chester Carlous Bailey

Age 83 of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, departed this life at 4:15 PM, Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, West Virginia, following a short illness.

Born December 15, 1930 in Hugheston, West Virginia, son of the late Nelson and Edith Gibson Bailey.

Chester was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, with over 30 years experience. He was a farmer all his life and worked in the coal mines in his younger years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, spending time outdoors, and taking care of his dog Sweet Pea.

Chester nicknamed his grandson little Carlous “Sonny” at birth, and Sonny was his pride and joy.  He was a member of the VFW.

He was member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Sand Fork, and was baptized in the summer of 2013.

On March 03, 1951 he was united in marriage to Athilene Osborne, who preceded him in death in May 2001.

Surviving is 1 son, Carlous B. Bailey and wife Priscilla of Cox’s Mills, 1 brother, Hansford Bailey and wife Opal of Wardensville, West Virginia, 3 sisters, May Lilly of Cox’s Mills, Beatrice George of Charleston, West Virginia, and Sylvia Osborne of Cyclone, West Virginia, and 3 grandchildren surviving, Little Carlous “Sonny” Bailey and wife Hope of Cox’s Mills, Roger Osborne and wife Annette of Charleston, West Virginia, and Bruce Osborne and wife Tressie of Brunswick, Ohio.

There are 7 great grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren surviving and he also raised several nieces and nephews

Along with his wife and parents, Chester was preceded in death by 1 Son, Roger Dale Bailey, 1 grandson, Nelson Edward “Eddie” Bailey, 3 sisters, Dorothy Hoosier, Evylene Marcum, and Maxine Blevins, and 1 brother, Cisco Bailey.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday August 29, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Cemetery, Cox’s Mills, with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM Thursday evening at the Mortuary.

Lucille Stalnaker

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Lucille Stalnaker

Age 93, of Tesla, WV passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at her residence.

She was born February 12, 1921, in Braxton County, to the late George N. & Sally F Harris Tinney.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Osborne D. Stalnaker, sister, Dorothy Wilson, brothers, Creed Tinney, Dwayne Tinney.

Lucille was a retired cook & waitress for McCory Corporation.

She was a member of Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla.

She is survived by her two daughters, Angela J. Stalnaker of Tesla, June D. Hughes of Huntington. She also had 3 loving grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 29, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Sutton.

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

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

Scott Dale Roberts

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Scott Dale Roberts

Son of Nicholas Tyler Roberts and Melissa Irene Smith of Gandeeville, West Virginia, was stillborn August 21, 2014, in the CAMC – Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his maternal grandparents, Grace Smith and Don Stevens of MacFarlan, WV; maternal great grandparents, Judy and Martin Carpenter of Harrisville, WV; paternal great grandparents, Rita and Robert Kennedy of Spencer, WV.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Coreen Kennedy and Richard Roberts.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 PM Monday, August 25 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Justin S. Simmons officiating.

Earl S. “Bucky” Strange

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Earl S. “Bucky” Strange

Age 78, of Sutton, WV passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Braxton Health & Rehabilitation Center, Sutton.

He was born June 02, 1936 in Tesla, WV, the son of the late Earl “Tycob” & Florence Sarver Strange.

Bucky was a life long member of Braxton County and attended Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla.

He loved fishing and hunting and going to Braxton County Senior Center.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Betty L. Lake, Mary Sue Streifender, nephew & wife, Brett & Sandy Wright.

Bucky is survived by his nieces, Beth (Mark) Kvak and Cindy (Jerry) Carman all of Brookpark, OH, Becky (Robert) Stewart of Sutton, and several great nieces & great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday August 28, 2014 at Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Strange Cemetery, Tesla.

Friends may call one hour prior the services at the church.

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

Damon Lester Jarvis

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Damon Lester Jarvis

Age 48, of 229 Bellevue Drive, Huntington, WV passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

He was born on October 26, 1965 in Gassaway, WV.

Damon was the son of the late Percy Jarvis and Susan (Dobbins) Jarvis.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Okey, Jerry, Harold, Douglas, and Dexter Jarvis.

Mr. Jarvis is survived by three children, Robert Jarvis, Brandon Jarvis, and Carla Jarvis, all of Frametown, WV. Also surviving are two brothers, Davis Jarvis and Bobby Greenlief; four sisters, Carolyn Dobbins, Mildred Jenkins, Hazel Cobb, and Vivian Bailey.

Mr. Jarvis was a member of the United States Navy. He was a school teacher at Davis Elementary and he worked in several foundries in Ohio and West Virginia. He enjoyed gardening, walking, being outdoors, traveling, and loved his children.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 11-2 PM.

Funeral services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Reverend Jimmy Adkins officiating.

Interment will follow services in the White-Jarvis Cemetery.

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, a benefit dinner at the Frametown Community Building in honor of Damon Lester Jarvis will begin at 5:00 PM. All are welcome.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home will be caring for the Jarvis family.

Jeffery Lee Wyatt

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Jeffery Lee Wyatt

Age 56, of Sutton, WV passed away suddenly Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born in Sutton, WV on May 02, 1958, the son of the late Othal & Lillian Ocheltree Wyatt. Also preceding him in death was his sister, Janet Zirkle.

Jeffery was a heavy equipment operator with the WV Department of Highways and was a life time member of the Sutton Moose Club 825.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly Stephens Wyatt, daughters, Shannon Nicole Wyatt of New Martinsville, WV, Shelley Renee’ Wyatt of Imlay City, MI, brother, Bill Wyatt of Sutton, sister, Kathy Riggsby of Pontiac, MI.

Memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 PM Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Memorial service will follow at 7 PM at the funeral home, with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wyatt family.

Jerry A. Metz Williams

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Jerry A. Metz Williams

Age 55, passed away peacefully at 2:05 PM on Saturday August 23, 2014 at her parent’s home in Jane Lew, WV, surrounded by her loving family, following a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

She was born in Weston, WV on May 02, 1959 the daughter of the late Hobert R. Metz and Norma Virginia Grogg Singleton of Jane Lew.

She is also survived by her step father, David Singleton of Jane Lew; one son, Jackie Dale Belknap II of Burnsville, WV; two daughters: Holly J. Hogsed and her fiancé Josh Simpson of St. Joseph, MO, and Kacie L. Williams of Mt. Pulaski, IL; two grandchildren: Coledon R. Belknap of Burnsville and Shaylyn M. Belknap of VA; four sisters: Jesse A. Belknap and husband Bud of Burnsville, Janice M. Dean and husband Gerald of Orlando, Jeannette Potter and husband Andy of Alum Bridge, WV and Tina M. Singleton of Jane Lew; one brother, David L. Singleton Jr. of Jane Lew; two aunts Hope Stalnaker and husband Ty of French Creek, WV and Rose Allman and husband Rod of Jane Lew; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jerry graduated from Braxton County High School with the class of 1977.

She was a Methodist by faith.

Jerry was always full of life and loved being outdoors, riding motorcycles, going fishing and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.

Jerry’s request for cremation has been honored and her family invites you to attend a Celebration of Life Service at 4 PM on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at the Burnsville United Methodist Church with Reverend Roger McKee officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to David and Norma Singleton at PO Box 373 Jane Lew WV 26378 and Norma will forward your cards to the appropriate person.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all their friends for the food, phone calls, prayer and comfort. We would also like to thank Hospice Care of Bridgeport and the Pat Boyle Funeral Home for helping us during this trying time. God Bless each of you !

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Jerry A. Metz Williams.

John Henderson Boggs

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John Henderson Boggs

Age 86, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away August 23, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 15, 1928, in Orton, WV, a son of the late Ernest C. and Claudia Henderson Boggs.

He graduated from Normantown High School in Gilmer County, WV, in 1946. John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 and was a member of American Legion Post 15. He retired from Dupont after 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Deem Boggs (whom he married on March 18, 1950); one son, Mark D. “Doug” (Helen “Cookie”) Boggs, of Parkersburg; one daughter, Jane M. (Mike) Rice of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Seth D. (Tracy) Boggs of Parkersburg, Jessica L. (Jerry) Bean of Pensacola, FL, and Jonathon Rice of Morgantown, WV; one stepbrother, William (Paula) Ferrell of Middlebourne, WV; three sisters-in-law, Virda, Frances and Dot Boggs; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Betty Boggs of Middlebourne, WV. He was the last surviving brother of Bernard, George, Junior, Wayne, Bill and Jack.

At John’s request, there will be no visitation or services. Entombment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

Sunset Memorial Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial donations may be given in John’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Edna Pearl Lowther Lamb

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Edna Pearl Lowther Lamb

Age 89 of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, departed this life Thursday night August 21, 2014 at the Genesis Health Care Center Glenville, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born March 15, 1925 in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Ola Amon and Gay Emily Rexroad Woofter.

Edna was a homemaker.

She was long term member of the Glenville Church of Christ.

She worked part time for the Lewis County Senior Citizens and enjoyed quilting, gardening, and babysitting her grandchildren. Edna loved to cook, spending time canning food, and taking care of the farm animals.

On Easter Sunday 1944 she was united in marriage to Argel Brent Lowther, who preceded her in death in May 1983. In 1989 Edna was united in marriage to James E. Lamb who preceded her in death in June of 1996.

Surviving are 3 children, Harold Lowther and wife Trudy of Cox’s Mills, WV; Eugene Lowther and wife Walene of Princeton, Texas, and Joyce Moore of Belington, West Virginia, 1 brother, Elbert Woofter and wife Pauline of Bridgeport, West Virginia, and 1 sister, Elsie Ireland of Weston, West Virginia.

There are also 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and both husbands, Edna was preceded in death by 2 sons, E. Duane Lowther, and Larry L. Lowther, 2 brothers, Charles and Roy Woofter, and 1 sister, Eleanor Huddleston.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 1:00 PM Tuesday August 26, 2014 with Evangelist Vernon Kerns officiating.

Burial will follow in the Troy IOOF Cemetery, Troy, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Monday evening at the Mortuary.

Helen Berle Strosnider Duncan

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Helen Berle Strosnider Duncan

Age 92, formerly of Weston, WV passed away on Friday August 22, 2014 in Langdale Hospice House in Nashville, GA.

She was born on September 18, 1921 in Littleton a daughter of the late James Edward Strosnider and the Bertha Bell Church.

On March 05, 1939 she married the love of her life, Wilbert Thurman “Ace” Duncan and they celebrated 56 years of marriage before his passing on May 05, 1995.

She is survived by one son: Stanley E Duncan and wife Cheryl of Nashville, GA; two grandchildren: J. Paul Duncan and wife Barbara, of Charlotte, NC and Christina Downward and husband Jason of Nashville, GA; three great grandchildren: Jacob Downward, Diana Downward and Parker Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Genevieve Lemasters.

Helen was a member of the Montgomery County School Board and was passionate about reading, quilting, and needlepoint. She was an active member of the UMC and was a member of the Rebecca’s.

Helen’s request for cremation has been honored and there will be a private burial in the Freemansburg Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family c/o Stanley Duncan 913 South Dogwood Dr. Nashville GA 31639.

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

Julia Gertrude Johnson

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Julia Gertrude Johnson

Age 84, of Napier, WV passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Braxton Healthcare Center, Sutton.

She was born July 17, 1930 in Napier, to the late Morton & Fannie Williams Johnson.

Julia was also preceded in death by sisters, Eliza, Sylvia and Pauline, brother, Rhea Johnson.

Julia is survived by several loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Monday August 25, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Burial will follow at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

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

Greene- Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Johnson Family.

Fay Irene Forrester

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Fay Irene Forrester

Age 63, of County Rd. 1, Adena, OH, died Wednesday, August 06, 2014, at Wheeling Medical Park.

She was born May 28, 1951, in Doddridge County, WV, daughter of the late Weslely and Shirley Allen Shultz.

She was a Methodist by faith and enjoyed going to the Outerbanks in North Carolina.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard K. “Soupbean” Forrester Sr.; and son, James D. Forrester.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Forrester of Adena, and Kevin W. (Peggy) Forrester of Wintersville, OH; a daughter, Nolana Miser of Illinois; two brothers, James (Tammy) Shultz of West Union, WV and Jerry Shultz of Beckley, WV, sisters, Barbara (Danny) Cantrell of Broadway, WV, Theresa (Clyde) Sponagle of West Union, WV, Darlene (Mike) Samples of Charleston, WV, Sharon (Stanley) Forrester of North Carolina; and three grandchildren.

Friends were received to pay tribute to Faye and celebrate her life Monday 4-8 PM at the Borkoski Funeral Home, Adena, where services were conducted Tuesday at 11 AM with Pastor Bob Carson officiating.

Burial in Olive Branch Cemetery, Harrisville, OH.

Johnnie Dale McKown

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Johnnie Dale McKown

Age 59, of Arnoldsburg, WV, passed away August 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 04, 1955 in Calhoun County, WV a son of the late Lee J. and Marie Wallbrown McKown.

He is survived by sons Christopher (Sarah) McKown of Spencer and Josh (Danielle) McKown of Athens, PA; grandchildren Zedekiah Rhodes, Lilian McKown and Branlee McKown, ex-wife Gwinna Marks; sisters Patty (George) Dickey of Nicut, Joyce (Paul) Newell of Orma, Sherry (Dave) Dalo of Canton, OH, Judy (Rodney) Shartiger of Shock, Donna (Clarence) Butler of Arnoldsburg and Sandra (Paul) Butler or Orma; brothers Eddie (Debbie) McKown of Sand Ridge, James (Karen) McKown of Arnoldsburg, Jerry (Barbara) Mckown of Arnoldsburg and Mike McKown of Arnoldsburg as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents by two brothers, Eugene McKown and Danny McKown and one sister Frances Greathouse.

The family would like to thank Hospice Care of Burnsville, the doctors at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Centers and Roane General Hospital for the care of Johnnie.

At Johnnie’s request, cremation was performed and no services will be held at this time.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Stump Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings

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Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings

Age 96, of Nobe, WV, passed August 21, 2014 after a short illness. She was a resident of Minnie Hamilton Long-term Care Facility in Grantsville.

She was born May 28, 1918 the oldest of six children of John G. and Delphia Lockard Weaver of Gilmer County, WV.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were Fred Wesley Jennings her husband from Wirt County. Three sisters, Mary Yoak (Glen) of Five Forks, Ava Naylor (Edward) of Ohio formerly from Parkersburg, and Ova Bragg (William) of Big Springs and formerly of Charleston.

Two brothers, Johnny Weaver of Big Springs and Bernard Weaver of Glenville, formerly of Big Springs.  One grandson, Daniel B. Hickman of Big Springs and son-in-law, Bronson Hickman of Big Springs.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann Francis (Harold) of Grantsville and Alice Hickman of Big Springs.

Five grandchildren, Lisa Walker (Jason) of Big Springs, Timothy Richards of Albright, WV,  Lou Anna Richards of Ruchersville, VA, Jo Anna Thopkins of Charolettsville, VA and Larry Joe Richards (Mindy) of Lowell, Ohio. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Mae grew up on Trace Fork, Gilmer County, WV.

She was a Christian wife and mother.

A lifetime member of Chapel Baptist Church at Nobe where she resided her entire lifetime with her husband as they raised their family. She was known for loving the word of God and being a witness to her faith. If you ever met Mae the first question she often asked was, “Are you a Christian?“. Her Bible was a favorite companion.

She graduated from Tanner High School in 1938. She continued her education receiving a two year teaching degree in 1941 and her first schools were Lower and Middle Run in Gilmer County. She graduated from Glenville State College in 1951.

Mae was an old-time school teacher, sometimes rode a horse to school, walked many miles and/or often boarded away from home through the week. She taught over 30 years at schools including Nobe, Beech Valley, Coal Fork, White Pine, Broomstick, Bell, Grantsville Grade School in Calhoun County. Also, Lower Run, Middle Run, Latonia, Upper Trace and Upper Laurel in Gilmer County.

Mae was a true woman of courage with a pioneer spirit, loved God and her fellow man.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery at Tanner.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:30-3:00 PM prior to the services.

Roberta Lee Coleman

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Roberta Lee Coleman

Age 73, of Flatwoods, WV, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Brycle and Jewel Jividen.

She was an active member of Christ Church United Methodist of Sutton, WV.

She loved quilting, gardening, and reading. Most important to her were her family, church, and friends. She was an organ donor through the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE).

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Reverend Don Coleman; three children and their spouses: Terry (Terri) Coleman, Carol (David) Boyd, and Ron (Becky) Coleman; four grandchildren and their spouses: Garrett (Lyndsey) Coleman, Courtney (Chase) Petry, Ryan Coleman, and Shelby Boyd; two brothers and their spouses: Ed (Barbara) Jividen, and Jerry (Diana) Jividen. Pallbearers: Ed Jividen, Jerry Jividen, Garrett Coleman, Ryan Coleman, David Boyd, Chase Petry, Terry Coleman, and Ron Coleman.

Service will be 4 PM Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton with Reverend Doug Smailes officiating.

Burial will be in the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call from 1:30 PM till time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to either the American Diabetes Association PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or a local hospice service of your choice.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Linda Lou Craig Skinner

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Linda Lou Craig Skinner

Age 65, of Westfield Road in Jane Lew, WV passed Friday, August 15, 2014 at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew.

She was born August 31, 1948 in East Liverpool, Ohio: a daughter of the late Shirley Craig and Eva Jane Warrick Allen and step-mother Eleanor Craig.

Two daughters, Sherry Strother of Westfield Road and Crystal Skinner of Jane Lew; and two grandchildren, Brett and Brittany Strother were her reason for living.

Survivng are three sisters, Eliza (Raymond) Buckman of West Milford, Laneeta (Tim) Barnhouse of Weston and Christine (Scott) Rinehart of Weston; three brothers, Rusty Craig of West Milford, Dave (Lisa) Perrine of Weston and Chris Craig formally of Weston.

Mrs. Skinner had been employed at the Alkahn Label Factory.

She was a member of the Message of Life Tabernacle of Weston.

She was a true friend to all who knew her. She was also a lover of dogs and cats and her flowers. She will be truly missed by all.

Friends were received at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, on Thursday, August 21, from 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday, August 22, at 11 AM with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating.

Burial will be held in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the funeral services for Linda Lou Skinner.

Donnie Clavel McCumbers

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Donnie Clavel McCumbers

Age 84, of Rosedale, WV went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2014.

He was born August 26, 1929, in Braxton County, WV to the late French and Anna McCumbers.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ivy Hall McCumbers; son, Donnie McCumbers Jr.; four brothers; and four sisters.

He was a Christian.

He worked for the Town of Gassaway for many years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a wonderful father to his seven children, Priscilla Brady (Jack) of Washington, Brenda Wade of Parkersburg, Daniel McCumbers (Patty), Dallas McCumbers (Mary) and Rachel Perrin (Jake), all of Rosedale, and David McCumbers (Lisa) of Arnoldsburg. His pride and joy were his 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 PM Saturday, August 23, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Mount Run Cemetery, Rosedale.

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

Edsel Stalnaker

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Edsel Stalnaker

Age 90, of U.S. Highway 33 West, Camden, WV passed August 12, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown, following a sudden illness.

He was born June 20, 1924 in Gilmer County: son of the late Crate Stalnaker and Gay Knotts Stalnaker.

Surviving are one brother, Keith Stalnaker of Camden; and one sister, Arnolee Scherer of Greenville, PA.

He was proceeded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Stalnaker was an army veteran of WWII, where he served during war time in Italy, France and Germany. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge near the Rhine River.

Mr. Stalnaker was a recipient of the Purple Heart and many other awards, was charter member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #697 of Weston and a member of Weston Moose Lodge #1376.

He and his brothers, Gerald “Red” and Keith Stalnaker owned and operated Stalnaker Electric in Weston for 48-years.

He was a member of the Message of Life Tabernacle Church of Weston, was on the Board of Trustees at the time the church was established and also served in several different offices of the church.

At Mr. Stalnaker’s request, there was no visitation.

A christian funeral service and burial was held Saturday, August 16, at 2 PM at the Masonic Cemetery in Weston with Pastor Rob Hoover officiating.

Full military honors were offered.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the funeral and commital services for Edsel Stalnaker.

Mary Catherine “Kate” Goff

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Mary Catherine “Kate” Goff

Age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August, 20, 2014, at her Auburn, WV residence, in the same room that she was born.

Born on May 02, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Alvin “Fields” and Pearl (Hoff) Tharp, Sr.

She was the bride of the late Earl Goff and they had celebrated 54 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2001.


Mary was a Christian by faith.

She was a life-long wife, mother, and homemaker for her loving family. Her children and grandchildren were the joy of her life.  She hosted the weekly Sunday family lunch, annual Goff reunion, and amazing holiday events in her home as long as she was able.  She was active in the SouthFork Grange at Berea, 4-H sewing leader, and was the Folk Festival Ritchie County Belle in 2002.  She loved traveling with the Senior Citizens and was the caregiver of many elderly family members.  Mary was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1936.

She was a 50+ year member of the Auburn Baptist Church. 


She is survived by her seven children, Diana Riddle of Clarksburg, WV; Anita Bonnett (Eddie) of Shelbyville, KY; Gene Goff (Jill) of Auburn, WV; Dwight Goff (April) of Elizabeth, WV; Pam Crouch (David) of Auburn, WV; Allen Goff (Teresa) of Sardis Community in Harrison County; Jeff Goff (Sheri) of Glenville, WV; 23 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Ann Smith of Uniontown, PA; brother, Junior Tharp of Massillon, OH; sister in law, Willa Mae Brown of Huntington, WV, along with several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen and son in law, Charles Riddle.


Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, August 25, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with her son, Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the HazelGreen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Sunday, August 24, 2014 and from 10-11 AM on Monday, at the funeral home. 

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