Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Alma Velma “Jane” Lemley

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Alma Velma “Jane” Lemley

Age 76, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away September 02, 2013, at her residence with her loving daughter Becky at her side.

She was born September 14, 1936 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Norf and Alma Waggoner Nelson.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading the newspaper, traveling and spending time with her family whom she loved so much.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Kenny) Cottrill of Reedy, WV, Rodney (Susan) Lemley of Walker, WV, and Joyce Cottrell and Rebecca (Alan) Snider, both of Parkersburg; two sisters, Cecelia (Russell) Bell of Ravenna, Ohio, and Rozetta (Denzil) Goodnight of Walker; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Burt Edmond Lemley in 2010; one great-grandson, Wyatt Lemley; and her siblings, Jimmy Nelson, Claude Nelson, Mary Mackey, Ernest Nelson, Lloyd Nelson, Charles Nelson and Patricia Nelson.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, September 06, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Richard McKenzie officiating.

Interment will follow at Freeport Cemetery in Wirt County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 PM on Thursday, September 05, and one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.

Following committal services on Friday, family and friends are invited to join in a meal and fellowship at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 4th Avenue off Pike Street, south Parkersburg.

Dora Virginia Gum

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Dora Virginia Gum

Age 91, of Marietta, OH, formerly of Vienna, WV, passed away August 31, 2013, at Harmar Place.

Virginia was born on September 15, 1921 in Jacksons Mill, WV, a daughter of the late William T. and Luella Romine Matheny.

She was a member of the 19th Street Church of God.

She is survived by her son, Ronald R. Gum, of Knoxville, TN; grandson, Rick R. Gum of Belpre, Ohio; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Gum; her daughter, Shirley A. Whittaker; one sister; and five brothers.

Private family services will be held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

Public visitation will be Wednesday from 2-5 PM at the funeral home.

Sandra Marian Starkey

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Sandra Marian Starkey

Age 62, of 115 McGary Avenue Weston, WV,  passed away on Sunday, September 01, 2013 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness.

She was born in Harrison County, WV on December 07, 1949: daughter of the late James Kerns and Marian Brown.

Mrs. Starkey is survived by two daughters: Melissa Marian Starkey Ash of Weston and Stacy Gould of Jane Lew, two sons: James Howard Starkey, Jr. of Morgantown and Christopher Ryan Starkey of Summersville, five grandchildren: Amy Elizabeth Starkey, John Strader, IV, Alexis Naomi Hines, Sarah Renee Gould and Nicholas Stephen Gould and two great grandchildren: Cameron Brown and Elijah Brown. Also surviving is one ½ sister: Velda Nichols of Akron, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by one son: Michael Paul Starkey.

Mrs. Starkey was a glassworker with the Colonial Glass Factory of Weston working in the decorating department.

She was a Baptist by faith.

Sandra loved her cats, enjoyed sewing and crocheting and liked to fish. She loved her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, September 05, 2013 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Jonathan Nettles officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Sandra Marion Starkey.

Ruby Gene Carder Hayden

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Ruby Gene Carder Hayden

Age 74, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Grantsville,WV,  died August 30, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born February 13, 1939, in Linn, WV, to the late Judd and Mildred (Sidwell) Carder.

Ruby was the Co-Pastor at Camden Avenue Church of God. She enjoyed putting together and sending the daily devotion and prayer requests to the congregation.

She loved playing bingo and would play anywhere she could. She was a Senior Companion and the MC for the Heavenly Express Prison Team.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Edward G. Hayden; two sons, Dennis Carder of Elizabeth, WV, and Donald Carder of Parkersburg; three daughters, Darlene Norton of Louisville, KY, Denis Hughes (Roger) of Parkersburg and Janet V. Hiner (Kenneth) of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

The funeral service was 1:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Dale Parker officiating.

Visitation was be Tuesday one hour prior to the service from Noon-1:00 PM at the funeral home.

Lillian Faith Frederick

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Lillian Faith Frederick

Age 83, of Bramblewood Village in Grantsville, WV, passed away on Sunday, September 01, 2013, at Genesis Health Care of Glenville, WV.

Lillian was born April 26, 1930 at Coal Fork, WV (Calhoun County), the second child of the late Benjamin Franklin “Frank” and Virgie May (Richards) Frederick.

She was a member of the Hoy Chapel Church of Freed, WV.

She greatly enjoyed her flowers especially her elephant ears and her amaryllis.

Lillian is survived by four brothers, Dallas Frederick (Carlene), Nobe, WV; Denzil Frederick (Linda), Volga, WV; George Frederick (Patty), Big Springs, WV; Rogers Frederick (Susie), Weston, WV, along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Eva Jean Sams and Edna Jarvis; brother in law, Clifton Sams, and nephews, Daren Lee Frederick and John Andrew “Andy” Frederick.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial will follow in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call the funeral home from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Wednesday.

James S. “Jim” Reaser Jr.

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James S. “Jim” Reaser Jr.

Age 75, of Cairo, WV (Glendale Community), passed away September 01, 2013, at the Memorial Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center, after several years of declining health.

He was born January 10, 1938, in Glenville, WV, a son of the late James Stanley Reaser and Ruby (Shuman) Reaser, 91, of Harrisville, WV.

Jim worked many jobs over the years, most notably as a milkman for Westfall Dairy. He finished his career as an over-the-road truck driver for J. B. Hunt. Jim spent the last four years at Care Haven in St. Marys, and leaves behind many friends and a wonderful staff.

Surviving in addition to his mother, is his loving wife, Louella (Harper) Reaser; son, David Reaser and his wife, Brice, of Glendale; daughter, Karen Harper and her husband, Steve, of Glendale; daughter, Debi Radabaugh and fiance, Bob, Graham of Morgantown; brother, Don Reaser and wife, Donna, of Lost Creek, WV; and sister, Loretta Hopkins and her husband, Rod, of Parkersburg. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; and Louella’s two sons and four grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Connie and Ralph “Tiny” Alkire.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Tom Hall officiating.

Interment will follow at Terry Cemetery, Glendale.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Randel Dean Fowler

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Randel Dean Fowler

Age 74, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away September 01, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

Randel was born May 08, 1939, in Grantsville, WV, a son of Osa Wilson Fowler of Grantsville and the late Lowman P. Fowler.

He was a graduate of Grantsville High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1958-1962. Randel retired from E.I. DuPont Co. after over 30 years of service. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching WVU Mountaineer football, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Reds and NASCAR. He also enjoyed old cars, mowing the lawn and looking for golf balls.

In addition to his mother, Randel is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Greathouse Fowler; two daughters, Brenda Hronec (Kevin) of Westerville, Ohio, and Beth Parsons (Tom) of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Hronec and Bayley and Breanna Parsons; and one brother, Mike Fowler (Sherry) of Parkersburg.

A funeral service for Randel will be 11:00 AM Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg.

American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg will begin the service with military honors.

Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Calhoun County, WV.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Millie Leola Griffith Hall

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Millie Leola Griffith Hall

Age 99, Parkersburg, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born on October21, 1913 at Riddle Chapel, near Harrisville, WV a daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Cora Lillian Garreton Moore.

She was a homemaker and member of the Highland Community Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Collins, Ravenna, OH, and Corabelle (Charles) Lamp, Ellenboro, WV; one son, Paul (Donna) Griffith, Ellenboro, WV; nine grandchildren, Walter Jacob Easton and Gregory Harold Easton, Ravenna, OH, Marie (Darrel) Rowley, Cairo, WV, Melissa (Brian) Shaffer, Ellenboro, WV, Teresa (Donnie) Dwire, Ellenboro, WV, Brian (Sylvia) Lamp, Culleoka, TN, Sharala Griffith, Windfield, WV, Jeffrey (Anessa) Griffith, Jane Lew, WV and Wayne (Jenna) Griffith, Marion, Ill.; twelve great grandchildren, Gregory C. Easton (Angelique Easton), Gregory Caleb Airman First Class, Shepherd Air Force Base, TX, Corinne Easton, Ravenna, OH, Andrew and Matthew Rowley, Cairo, WV, Christopher Shaffer, Pennsboro, WV, Jordan Shaffer, Ellenboro, WV, Joshua and Kailey Dwire, Ellenboro, WV, Garrett and Grant Grafton, Windfield, WV, Jared and Tanner Griffith, Jane Lew, WV.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jacob S. Griffith in 1971 and her second husband, Ollie E. Hall in 1995; four brothers, Elsworth, Ottis, Theodora and Otmer Moore; four sisters, Shella Rollins, Mabel Fitzwater, Augusta Lambert and Sylvia Fittrow.

The family would like to thank the Worthington Center for their love and care of Millie Hall.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, September 02, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Rev. Doug Guinn officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on the day of the service at the funeral home.

Lawrence H. Elliott

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Lawrence H. Elliott

Age 90, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away August 28, 2013, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 14, 1922 in Glenville, WV, a son to the late Seabert and Martha Elliott.

He retired from Acme Finishing Tool Company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Elliott; second wife, Vivian Elliott; son, Timmy Elliott; along with several sisters.

He was cared for and is survived by his nieces and nephews, along with several close friends and extended family.

Service will be Wednesday, September 04, 1:00 PM, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Tim Burch officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 03, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Karen Fisher

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Karen Fisher

Age 47 of Weston,  West Virginia, departed this life on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia following an unexpected illness.

Born May 10, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Raymond and Margaret Green Olah of Lorain, Ohio.

Karen was a member of the Rainbow Girls where she was soloist,  an Installing Officer,  she held a Grand Floor office, she was also a Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls. Karen was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Queen City Chapter #66, Girl Scout leader, member of the Lorain Police Auxillary, President of Family Support Group for Gulf War Reserve Units, Order of the Eastern Star Weston Chapter #40.

She was a member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, football, and Nascar.

On November 05, 1988 she was united in Marriage to Albert Fisher who survives at their Weston home.

1 brother survives, Brian Olah and wife Erin of New Albaney, Ohio.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 11:00 AM Tuesday September 03, 2013 with Pastor George Rose officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery in Cedarville, WV.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 PM Monday evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Karen Fisher with arrangements.

Mary Grace McIntyre

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Mary Grace McIntyre

Age 86, of Cedar Grove Personal Care Center, Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Sedalia Community, departed this life on Friday, August 30, 2013, in the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 21, 1927, in Pittsburgh, PA, a daughter of Italian immigrants Giovanni and Mary Carmela Rocco Sirianni (Seriana).

On July 21, 1962, she married SFC Hezikiah “Mac” McIntyre at Fort McClelland, AL, and upon his retirement from the U.S. Army, they made their home in the Ashley Community. Recently, she made her home at Cedar Grove Personal Care Center.

Surviving are twins, John McIntyre, Birmingham, AL, and Marie Butler and husband John, Parkersburg; daughter, Christina Trent and husband William L. II “Slick,” West Union, WV; grandsons, Walker Trent, West Union, and David J. “D.J.” Perine, Parkersburg; one brother, Ralph Seriana, Pittsburgh, PA; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind numerous friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, 11 siblings also preceded her in death.

Mrs. McIntyre worked for Joseph Horne’s Department Store, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, Pittsburgh, and served as a union representative for The Pittsburgh Paper Company. Mary also held several part-time jobs while raising her family and caring for her father-in-law, Joab McIntyre. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Salem. She was very strong in her Catholic faith and had served as a Catechism teacher and Eucharistic minister.

She will be remembered by many for her sincere Italian hospitality and love of bingo.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to Cedar Grove Personal Care Center, TLC Services, Dr. Nik Shah and staff and the Oncology Department at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital for the love and care provided to our mom in her final days. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 02, 2013, at 10:30 AM in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Salem, with Father Alfred Obiudu as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Christian Church Cemetery, Center Point.

The family will receive friends in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, on Sunday, September 01, 2013, from 4:00-8:00 PM.

There will be a Vigil Service at 4:30 PM in the funeral home chapel.

Melodie E. Weaver

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Melodie E. Weaver

Age 58, of Oxford, WV, passed away August 27, 2013.

She was born in Coolville, Ohio, on March 16, 1955, to Blake and Joanna (Meade) Weaver.

Melodie had been a recipient of the Jennings Scholarship, had taught music and choir in the Talawanda School District and received the Oxford Rotary Club Educator of the Year Award. She also was a member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her father, Blake Weaver.

In addition to her mother, Joanna Weaver, she is survived by her children, Austin (Jenny) Hughes and Cecilie (Kyle) McGhehey; two grandchildren, Colleen and Flynn; brothers, Llewelyn, Jerry and Dion; and sisters, Rosanna and Marilyn.

Graveside services will be noon Monday at Coolville Cemetery, with Pastor Logan Dysart of Faith Lutheran Church officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Peter E. Deem

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Peter E. Deem

Age 79, of Belpre, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday (August 27, 2013) at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, June 04, 1934, to the late Walter and Ann Deem.

He was retired from the military after 21 years and served in Vietnam and Korean War. After the military he retired from the U.S. Postal Services after 19 years. He was a member of the American Legion and D.A.V.

He was a member of Central Christian Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Doris Deem; daughters, Michelle Rafferty(Jeffery) of Little Hocking, Joyce Wise(Randy) of Cullman, AL, Teresa Flythe(Kelly) of Savannah, GA; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pearl Johnson of Grantsville, WV.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Dawson.

Services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg with Chaplain Mike Allen officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg and one hour prior to the service Saturday.

Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery North with full military honors.

Sally Jean Ware

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Sally Jean Ware

Age 79, of French Creek, WV, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

She was born August 25, 1933, in Braxton County, WV, the daughter of the late William Glen and June Hamilton Woods.

She was preceded in death on Novembe0r 4, 2001, by her husband, Raymond G. Ware, whom she married on January 29, 1954, and her son, Steven Ware.

Surviving are four daughters, Sandra Lockwood of Flatwoods, WV; Cindy Ware and companion, Robert Lewis, of French Creek, WV; Kristina Ware of Buckhannon, WV; Lisa Simmons and husband, Kevin, of Frenchton, WV; five grandchildren, Amanda Ware, Katelyn Jones, Breanna Williams, Joshua Simmons; Tyler Simmons and fiancee, Casey Thorpe; and special friend, Kathy Eskew.

Sally loved her grandchildren, enjoyed working in her garden and flowers and doing puzzles. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the DAV Chapter No. 36 of French Creek.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 07, 2013, at the Greenhill Cemetery in Braxton County, Ireland, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made toward the funeral expenses.

Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland is in charge of the arrangements.

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