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Leala Blanche James

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Leala Blanche James

Age 83, of Frametown, WV passed away September 27, 2014 at home.

She was born April 16, 1931 in Nicholas County, WV a daughter of the late Howard and Ruth Bail James.

She was a faithful member of the Frametown United Methodist Church.

She loved to crochet and made baby blankets for the W.I.C. programs. She was a member of the Christian Women in Action. She devoted her life to caring for her handicapped brother.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by brothers, Vernon Paul James and Roy Ellis James.

She is survived by sister, Rita Campbell of Marysville, PA; brothers, Howard Lee James at home and John Edward James of Parkersburg; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 AM Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with the Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Burial will be in the William James Cemetery, Leatherwood.

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

Arrangement by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Edward (Gene) Waldeck

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Edward (Gene) Waldeck

Age 79, of Belpre, Ohio, passed at the Heartland of Marietta.

He was born in Weston, WV, on January 26, 1935, and was the son of the late Ralph and Madge Butcher Waldeck.

He was a 1953 graduate of Belpre High School. He moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1957 where he began to work for Timkin Roller Bearing and became a tool and dye maker. He worked for Western Electric and on the B1 Bomber at Rockwell International. He finished his lifelong career at General Motors, Fisher Guide.

Gene is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred “Millie” Waldeck; two sons, Edward E. (Gail) Waldeck II of Columbus, Ohio, and David L. (Lori) Waldeck of Pataskala, Ohio; a sister, Patty Posey of Belpre; brothers, Wayne (Lee) Waldeck of Parkersburg, Bill (Dana) Waldeck of Parkersburg and Ralph (Marina) Waldeck of Belpre.

He was preceded in ceath by his parents; and a daughter, Alicia Marie Waldeck.

Graveside services will be held at the conveniences of the family.

Dale Gene Smith Sr.

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Dale Gene Smith Sr.

Age 67 of Linn, West Virginia, (Ellis Road Community), passed away and joined his Heavenly Father late evening Friday September 26, 2014. Dale passed peacefully at home after losing his battle to cancer.

Throughout his battle, Dale remained lively and joyous and used his gift to “gab” to anyone within hearing distance to spread the word of his love for God and lending comfort and peace whenever and wherever he could to those who needed that little extra to help them through their day.  Dale also enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, and wood working.  Mostly, Dale loved people..just saying hello and making someone smile was his special gift. Dale was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life. Recently, Dale completed the requirements and became an Ordained Minister.  He was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy.

Born March 29, 1947 in Lincoln County, West Virginia, son of the late Joseph Smith and Mabel Baisden Dorado, who survives in New Mexico.

On September 15, 1990, Dale was united in marriage to Dianna Wright Smith, who survives at their Ellis Road home.

Surviving are 5 children, Kellyjo Benn of Illinois, Donna Smith and Companion Jeff Nelson of Ohio, Dale “Boone” Smith Jr. and wife Vera of Ohio, Bobbie Andrews and husband Tellus of Ohio, Billie Gregory and husband David of Ohio, and 1 stepson, James Wright and wife Tina of Pennsylvania, 3 brothers Hubert Smith and wife Linda of Logan, West Virginia, Jack Smith of Florida, and John Smith and wife Pat of New Mexico.

There are 13 grandchildren surviving,  Samuel Smith, Michael Benn, Matthew Smith, Alexis Nelson, Samantha Smith, Destiny Smith, Nikki Smith, Savannah Smith, Ryan Kidder, Tellus Andrews Jr., Haley Andrews, Russell Gregory, and James Wright, and 3 great-grandchildren, Ashton Smith, Eleigh Benn, James Wright and one on the way.

Along with his father,  Dale was preceded in death by 1 grandson, Jacob Gregory

Visitation will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, West Virginia, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

At Dale’s request he will be cremated following visitation and a Memorial Service will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy at a later date with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Dale Smith with arrangements.

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Dale was such a blessing to many people.  He let his light shine for the LORD!  He loved people and people loved him. He will be missed!

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Veterans’ Memorial at Sand Fork Town Hall & Community Center
Sand Fork, WV

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the epic upon the grandiose,
the drama upon the real.
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Everyone was full of admiration for all he said and did.

Jesus chose this time, in the midst of all the euphoria, to gently caution his apostles that there was to come a time when he would be hated and hunted down, for exactly the same reason. However, for the apostles, as it can be with us, it was hard to comprehend. Omnipotent and all-loving Father, you know how easily we can vacillate with every change of mind. May we always acknowledge you and believe in you. May your right hand hold us fast and raise us up on the last day.


Ecclesiastes 11:9—12:8. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge—Ps 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17. Luke 9:43-45.

Geraldine “Gerry” S. Wallace

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Geraldine “Gerry” S. Wallace

Age 89, of Grantsville WV, passed September 26, 2014 at Minnie Hamilton’s Health Care Center, after a short bout with cancer.

She was born June 29, 1925 in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of the late Levi Franklin and Elfie Rachel Barr Fowler.

She was a lifelong active member of Enon Baptist Church.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing golf, skating, needlepoint, and looking for shells on beach trips with her family.

Although Gerry never had any biological children of her own, she held strong bonds with all of her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. One of her nieces, Alisha McEndree fondly describes Gerry as “an absolute joy to be around and probably one of the orneriest ladies I knew. She loved a good joke, knew how to appreciate a laugh, and had a heart of gold.”

In her younger years, Gerry worked as a golf ball inspector for the Worthington Golf Factory in Elyria OH While in Elyria, Gerry met her husband, Jim Wallace and became a stay at home housewife.

Gerry was known for her positive attitude, smiling face, and never complaining. Gerry’s sweet personality made her the perfect caregiver for her Mother Elfie Fowler and for her husband Jim. Gerry was a very nurturing and loving caregiver and selfishly dedicated herself to others.

In her more recent years, Gerry was able to slow down and enjoy life by indulging in word search puzzles, reading novels, watching TV game shows, and Hallmark movies with her sister, Madaline.

Surviving are three brothers, Dale Fowler of Newark, OH; Glen Fowler of Grantsville, WV; Foster Fowler of North Ridgeville, OH; three sisters, Imogene Hoskins of Parkersburg, WV; Madaline Moore of Grantsville, WV; Olvea Gainer of Elizabeth, PA as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Gerry was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband of 52 years James T. Wallace; 3 brothers, Edward, Durward, and Victor Fowler; and 1 sister Velma Fowler McEndree.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. John Vannoy and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM prior to the services.

Christine “Leigh” Wagoner

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Christine “Leigh” Wagoner

formerly of Big Springs, WV was reunited in heaven to be with her one true love; her husband, Bobo of over 30 years and all her loved ones on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

She was born September 08, 1945 to the late Fred and Virginia Woodyard of Elizabeth, WV.

Leigh, as she preferred to be called retired from Wirt Inflatables/ Mustang Survival with over 19 years of service. She loved to read Danielle Steele books, play cards, and enjoy her grandchildren. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie #2307 of Parkersburg.

She is survived by; one daughter, Kimberly McKibben (Chris); two sons, Steve Wagoner with whom she made her home with for the past four years, and Kevin Wagoner (Stephanie), all of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Tanya Godfrey, Eric Lee, Alexander and Benjamin Wagoner all of Parkersburg, and Sgt. Steven Kyle Wagoner (Ashley) of Clarksville, TN; one great grandson, Braxton Emmitt Wagoner; four sisters, Waverline Kerns, Judy Koon, Barb Phillips (Mike), and Jodie Wheeler (Mike) all of Elizabeth, WV; three brothers, Paul Woodyard (Paulette) of Parkersburg, Roy Woodyard (Melanie) of Elizabeth, WV, and Jim Woodyard (Debbie) of Ft. Chiswell, VA; and numerous extended family in Grantsville, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilford “Bobo” Wagoner; one son, Freddie Glenn Wagoner; one granddaughter, Christina Chancellor; one sister, Rita “Mae” Welch; and one nephew, Paul “Woody” Woodyard.

The funeral service will be Saturday, September 27, beginning at 1:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Rev. David Carpenter officiating.

Visitation was Friday, September 26, from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.

Wilma Grace (Roberts) Brannon

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Wilma Grace (Roberts) Brannon

Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV went home to the Lord on September 26, 2014.

Wilma “Boots”, daughter of Lowell Kenneth and Sarah Ethel (VanHorn) Roberts of Stumptown, WV, loving wife of Rickey Leon Brannon Sr. passed away in Genesis Marietta Center, Marietta OH after an extended illness.

She was preceded in death by her son David P Roberts, her first husband Gerald Edward Roberts, her brother Bernard L. and Ruby Roberts, and her sister Bernice B. and Herschel Paul Roberts. 

She is survived by her husband, Rick Sr., four children, Michael L Sr. and Susan Roberts of Phoenix, AZ; Kenny and Kathy Roberts of Guyton, GA; Reta Roberts and Callie Barrett of Amelia Island, FL; and Rickey Jr. and Gail Brannon of Westminster, MA.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Tanya and Kevin Knicely of Elizabeth, WV; Michael Jr and Julie Roberts of Stumptown, WV; Tracy Roberts of Syracuse, NY; Travis Roberts of Parkersburg, WV; Jessica and Chris Wimmer of St. Augustine, FL; Kenneth J. Roberts and Erin Hagen of Jacksonville, FL; Kierra Barrett of Jacksonville, FL; Elizabeth Brannon of Wakefield, RI; Park Brannon of Nashua, NH; and Sarah Brannon of Laramie, WY.  She has eleven loving great grandchildren, and numerous generations of nieces and nephews throughout the world. 

Boots was a loving homemaker and also worked as a baker at Kroger’s until her retirement in1994. Bringing her love of baking home with her, she created many birthday, wedding and special occasion cakes for her friends and family. She also loved sending out Christmas cards to over 300 family and friends each year, making certain to send them early enough to be the first card received. She loved traveling the USA and visited all 48 of the continental states. She enjoyed flower gardening, birding, listening to music, and reading the Bible. Her most precious love was enjoying celebrations with her large loving family.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Viewing and services will be held Tuesday September 30, 2014 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Stumptown, WV where she was a lifelong member with Richard VanHorn and Rev. Leary VanHorn officiating.

Viewing will be from 1:00 to 3:00 PM followed by services at 3:00 PM.

Burial at the Collins Cemetery will follow services.

Karen Lorraine Harper Frame

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Karen Lorraine Harper Frame

went to be with the Lord on September 13, 2014.

Karen was 68 years young, and passed away with a long history of heart disease.

Karen retired from Braxton Health Care and was a supervisor of housekeeping for a period of 14 years.

Karen enjoyed and lived her days with happiness and love to all.

Karen was a very outgoing person and a devoted loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Karen has four daughters, Janelle and husband Mike Cosner, Sherri Hanks, and fiancé Roger Marks, Tammy and husband Steve Woods, and Eshia Cook. Karen also has eight grandchildren, Danielle Moore, Lee Davis, Cythanna Stout, Brittany Foster, Bethney Bailey, Lacy Cosner, Dereck Simmons and Taylor Cook. Karen also has six great grandchildren.

Karen will always be in our hearts filled with good memories, joy and love, and will always be missed.

Karen is now singing with the angels that watch over all.

James H. Harris, Sr.

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James H. Harris, Sr.

Age 87, of 8391 Herold Road, Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

He was born on May 03, 1927 in Canfield, WV and was the son of Aubrey Harris and Dorothy (Davis) Harris.

He was married to the late Louise Harris, who preceded him in death in 2012.

He is survived by sons, Jim Harris (Penny), John Harris; daughter, JoAnn Eldman (Jerry). Also surviving are grandchildren, Michael Eldman (Amy), Kevin Eldman (Ashley) Joshlyn Simpson-Harris, Tim Harris (Bobbi), Steve Harris (Kelly), and James Harris. Also surviving is brother, Kermit Harris, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

James served his Country as a member of the United States Navy and a Seabee. He enjoyed reading, gardening, hunting, fishing, and was a member of the Boilermaker Union local 908. James was capable of anything that he put his mind to.

Family received friends on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 11 AM - 1 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral services followed visitation from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Roby Godfrey officiating.

Interment followed services in the Braxton Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home was honored to be caring for the Harris family.

Sandra Annalea Siers Walker

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Sandra Annalea Siers Walker

Age 74, of Ravenswood, WV, formerly of Statesville, NC, passed away September 22, 2014 at Hubbard House in Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV October 28, 1939 a daughter of the late Leon B. and Freda Deweese Siers.

Sandra was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a faithful member of the Abilene Church of Christ in Statesville, NC.

She was also a member of the Women’s National Bowling Association.

She is survived by sons Richard Edward Walker, Jr. (Jodi), of Vincent, Ohio, Curtis Wayne Walker (Betsy) of Harvest, AL, Phillip Neal Walker of Ravenswood, WV; daughter Amy Jo Walker of Ravenswood, WV; brother Perry Thomas Siers (Fran) of Ravenswood, WV; sisters Mavis Hoover of Parkersburg, WV, Betty Junk (Gil) of Eustice FL, Penny McCune (Darrel) and Ruth Cottrell (Jerry) both of Orville, OH. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren as well as best friend and sister-in-law Carol Siers and family friend Trisha Walker.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband Richard Edward Walker; daughter Debra Jean Walker; brothers Forrest Rector Siers, Donald Ray Siers, Kenneth Elmer Siers; sisters Zinna Mae Hoover and Gladys Moss.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday September 29, 2014 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Burial will follow at the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 5:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Annalea to either the Mid Valley Christian School c/o Melissa Dailey 500 N. Second Avenue Middleport OH 45760 or to Hubbard Hospice House 1001 Curtis Price Way Charleston WV 25311.

Barbara Anne Clagett

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Barbara Anne Clagett

Age 63, of Sutton, WV passed away Tuesday September 16, 2014 at her residence.

She was born on April 04, 1951 in Baltimore, MD. Barbara was a Real Estate Agent and a homemaker.

Barbara was survived by her loving husband, Carroll (Buck) Clagett, son, Tommie Gilbert of Walkersville, MD, daughter, Kathy Gilbert of Walkersville, MD, sister, Shirley Davern of Cable, OH, 3 grandchildren.

Upon her request the body has been cremated.

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

Betty Lee Williams

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Betty Lee Williams

Age 87, of Harrisville, WV passed September 23, 2014 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 04, 1926 at Racy, WV, the daughter of the late Clinton and Jessie C. Edman Griffith.

Betty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and her pets.

She was a member of North Fork Baptist Church, Racy, WV.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Loretta Williams Winburn (David) of Columbia, SC, and Barbara Williams Turner (Paul) of Florence, SC; grandchildren, Lindsay Winburn Palevich (David), Rachel Maria Winburn, Heather Turner Mathews, Paul William Turner and Arbie Hugh Turner; great-grandchildren, Stanley Dustin Mathews, Allison Haley Mathews and Aubrey Marie Palevich.

She was the oldest member of the Williams family with many generations of nieces and nephews surviving.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Andrew Williams, Jr.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Effie and Charles Williams and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Darrell Farley officiating.

Burial will follow in the Log Church Cemetery, Cantwell.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-6 PM, Friday.

Wayne Franklin Blake

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Wayne Franklin Blake

Age 93, of McGuire Park Community, Weston, WV passed away at 11:30 PM on Monday, September 22, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He had been blessed with a long, active life and he made the most of every minute of it.

He was born in Orlando, Braxton County, WV on February 23, 1921 a son of the late Marion John Blake and Charlotte Ethel Skinner Blake.

On May 05, 1950 he married the former JoAnn Skinner who survives and they celebrated 64 years of marriage together.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Debbie Helmick and husband Rex and Loretta J. Blake, all of Weston; one grandson, Clinton Adam Helmick, Weston; three great grandchildren: Brayden, Bailey, and Brynlee Helmick; two brothers: Faye Blake and wife Thelma Jean of Berlin and Charlie Blake and wife Martina of Horner; two sisters: Opal Hall of Weston and Nina Hardman of Horner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son John Wayne Blake, six brothers: Lide Lee, Cecil Burton, Doc, Bud, Pat and Francis Blake; and three sisters: Catherine Gould, Edna Ware and Goldie Rogers.

Wayne was an honored veteran of WWII serving with the US Army. He retired from the Lewis County Board of Education as a school bus driver with 42 years of service. He was a member of the C.C.C., the East Lewis Lions Club, the Stonecoal United Methodist Church, and he attended the Georgetown Community Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, clogging, and bowling. He had been an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan since 1934. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson and great grandchildren, who were the light of his life.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 2 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Adam Burkhammer and Reverend Jay Burkhart officiating.

Interment will follow in the Miller Cemetery at Horner.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army.

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

Eunice “Jane” Wilson Martin

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Eunice “Jane” Wilson Martin

Age 73, a resident of Parsons, WV passed from this life Sunday, September 21, 2014, at her home. She had been in her usual health, and death was unexpected.

Jane was born Saturday, August 02, 1941, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late Willard Clarence Wilson and Sarah Eleanor Hornbeck Wilson.

In November of 1961, she married Bernard Roger Martin, who preceded her in death in July of 1994.

Left to cherish Jane’s memory are her three children, Mark Kevin Martin and wife, Donna, of Carthage, NY, Michael Keith Martin and companion, Kellie Flynn, and Crystal Leigh Martin and companion, Tim Myers, all of Parsons; four grandchildren, Sarah Ashley Martin of New York, Callie Mariah Simms of Gassaway, WV; Benjamin Roger Martin of New York, and Emilie Michala Martin of Glenville, WV; one sister, Barbara Kay Alkire and husband, Daris, of Parsons; and two nephews, JD Alkire and wife, Ruth, of Parsons and Eric Alkire and wife, Michelle, of Harrison County.

Jane was preceded in death by one infant sister, Laura Wilson.

Jane was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1959. She had worked at the Parsons Woolen Mill, Shirley’s Restaurant, Steven’s Florist and for many years, at Jim Propst’s Store. She had served as the president of the Parsons Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary during the time her husband, Bernie, was the fire chief. Jane had enjoyed needlepoint and cross stitch. She was known for her “big heart” in caring for others, especially concerning area children. One of her favorite past times was her shopping trips with her best friend, Jeanie Ledden.

She had been a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be conducted at Summerfield Funeral Home in Parsons Wednesday from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel Thursday, September 25, at 11 AM.

Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery at Holly Meadows.

The Summerfield Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Eunice “Jane” Wilson Martin.

Pauline Brookover

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Pauline Brookover

Age 91, of Parkersburg, WV passed away September 21, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born October 03, 1922, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of Alonzo and Grace Rinehart Hanlon.

Pauline was a homemaker, who enjoyed cooking.

She was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church where she was a former choir member, member of the Ladies Fellowship, the Senior Saints, and helped in the nursery.

She was a former maid in the late 60’s and early 70’s at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by three daughters, Virginia “Ginger” Williams of Blackwell, OK, Carolyn Sue Nesselrotte (Larry) and Leota Mae Corbitt (Jim), both of Parkersburg; two sons, Warren Paul Brookover (Carolyn) and Jerry Michael Brookover (Ruth Ann), both of Parkersburg; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Rose Hanlon of Boaz, W.Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Everett Brookover; one son, Larry Everett Brookover; three grandchildren; five brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM on Thursday, September 25, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Michael Lamb officiating.

Interment will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Wednesday, September 24, and until time of services on Thursday, September 25, at the funeral home.

Minnie Belle “Sis” Conrad

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Minnie Belle “Sis” Conrad

Age 89, passed away on September 21, 2014.

She was born on May 17, 1925.

Minnie was the daughter of the late Lucy A. Allen and James A. Young. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Roy “Budge” Conrad, who she married on Good Friday, April 10, 1941.

Minnie was also preceded in death by brother, Harold Ratliff; sister, Susie O’Dell; son in law, Norman “Jack” Toms; great-granddaughter, Sierra Chevelle Cayton. Surviving are children, Shirley Y. Toms of Covesville, VA; Donnie E. Conrad (Phyllis) of Dale City, VA; Rodney Conrad (Becky) of Bridgeport, WV. Also surviving are Grandchildren, Jeffery F. Cayton (Brenda) of Napier, WV; Jennifer Conrad Inge (Kevin) of Woodbridge, VA; Jeffrey B. Conrad of Dale City, VA; Norman Wayne Toms (Joyce); Deborah Toms Helm (Chris); Mark Toms (Monica); Great grandchildren, Elijah F. Cayton (Melanie) of Napier, WV; Carrie J. Cayton and Matthew Clevinger of Morgantown, WV; Madison Grace Inge of Woodbridge, VA; Brandy Mayle, Brittany Toms, Robbie Toms, and Austin Toms; Great-great grandchildren, Cheyenne Jones and Caylea Cayton of Napier WV and Koby Mayle and Tyson Mayle; Sisters Ruby Wine Verdine of Youngstown, OH, Erless Conley of Orlando, WV and Donna Solano of Leivasy, WV; Brothers, Stanton Young (Pat) of Mt. Nebo, WV and Roger Young (Ann) of Leivasy, WV and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sis worked at the Napier Post Office. She had served as Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent and Treasurer of the Napier United Methodist Church, and was also affiliated with Wings of Faith Prayer Group. She was a homemaker, wife, and mother, and over the years had opened her home for those that needed care or a place to stay.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday September 24, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral services will be follow at 1:00 PM from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Delmas Singleton officiating.

Interment will follow services at the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowview Manor and the dedicated in-home care providers who cared for Budge and Sis when they required assistance.

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

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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There are positive things that happen in Gilmer County.  Great picture and those young people will remember what this was all about. The officers made it special for them and that is wonderful!!

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