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Oma Jean Hicks Booher

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Oma Jean Hicks Booher

Age 70, of Rittman, Ohio passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, at Wooster Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Oma was born June 16, 1943, in Grantsville, Calhoun county, WV, the daughter of the late Boyd Duncan and Easter Gaye McCune.

She had been a homemaker and had made her home in Rittman for the past 36 years.

She enjoyed her family, playing Bingo, fishing, sewing and singing.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Johnny Booher; her six children, Sandra Yursa of Medina, Tammie (Mike) Townsend of Creston, Larry (Christine) Hicks of Polk, Terry (Larry) Lepley of Rittman, John Hicks of Rittman and Betty (Rick Meade) Hicks of Creston; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Tanner, and two brothers, Alvie McCune and Roger Collison, all of Creston.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Alvie Hicks, in 1967.

Services was Tuesday at Noon at Murray Funeral Home in Creston with the Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating.

Burial was in Rittman Cemetery.

Friends called from 11:00 AM until the time of services on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston, OH 44217.

Opal Marie Bush Kerns

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Opal Marie Bush Kerns

87 years of age of Middleville Road, Taylor County, WV, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Rosewood Center, Grafton, WV.

She was born August 29, 1926 in Gilmer County, WV, the daughter of the late Alba and Leota Kelly Bush.

She is survived by a daughter, Melinda Kerns Gobel and her husband Paul of Flemington, WV; two granddaughters, Amy Gobel Jackson and her husband Jeremy of Grafton, WV and Amber Gobel of Bridgeport, WV; two great granddaughters, Taylor Liegh and Tori Marie Jackson of Grafton, WV; a brother-in-law, Ralph Nixon, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Vane Kelley Bush and three sisters, Helen Bush Fox Nay, Gladys Bush Fox Wilmouth and Betty Rae Bush Nixon.

Opal was a 1945 graduate of Grafton High School and then graduated from the West Virginia Business College. She began her working career as a legal secretary for attorney Melvin Clemens. In 1961, she established Kern’s Lake Side Store in Bridgeport. Several years later she began working in the banking business and retired in 1990 from Middletown National Bank, then CB&T and later known as Huntington Bank. During this time, she owned and operated Granny’s Ceramics for many years.

She shared her ceramic talents as a volunteer at Rosewood Center in Grafton.

She was a member of Middleville Baptist Church and the Middleville Homemakers Club/CEOS.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Friends were received at the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV on Monday from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

The funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Robert Perine presiding.

She will be laid to rest beside her parents at Hepizbah Cemetery, Taylor County.

The Kerns family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV.

Carrie Evangeline Fogle Stump

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Carrie Evangeline Fogle Stump

Age 88, of Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown, WV, passed away September 12, 2013, at her home, with loving hands of her friends around her.

She was born June 28, 1925, in Grantsville, WV, the daughter of the late William W. and Maude (Miller) Fogle.

She was married to Ronald Stump on May 02, 1942, and they were happily married for 67 years.

They had two children, a son, Richard R. Stump, and daughter, Beverly Ann Stump.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

She was also a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood-Chapter B-Morgantown, Friends of WVU Hospitals and West Virginia University Campus Club.

Carrie is survived by a niece, Debbie and husband, Fred Tipper, and their children, Christopher and Betsy of Vienna, WV; a nephew, William Lanham of Morgantown, WV; a nephew, Mike Fuchs of Parkersburg, WV; great-nephew, Joshua Lanham and wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Audrey, of McMurray, PA; great-nephew, Dr. Johnathan Lanham and wife, Angela, and their daughter, Madelyn, of Morgantown, WV; great-nephew, Rusty Maple of Pensacola, FL; a nephew, Kenneth Stump of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and her adopted daughters who lovingly cared for her, Jennifer Bertha and her daughter, Madison, and son, Ashton, Jessi Conners, Jessica Hamilton and husband, Robert, and son, Landon, Timi Ridgeway and husband, Dwayne, and sons, Dalyn and Ethan, Tiffany Kiess and daughter, Kyndal, Lisa Collingwood and husband, George, and daughter, Alyssa Blosser, and son, Cody Blosser, Jessica Collins and husband, Mickel, and sons, Timathy and Tylor, Karen Summers, Khrystine Knicely, Michelle Dewitt and Mary Darnell and daughter, Kellie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald L. Stump; a son, Richard R. Stump; a daughter, Beverly Ann Stump; a brother, Wallace M. Fogle; niece, Constance Fogle Fuchs; and niece, Candace Fogle Lanham.

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Michael Atkinson officiating.

Interment will follow in Lawnwood Cemetery.

Kenneth Gail Crislip

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Kenneth Gail Crislip

Age 80, of Elmira, WV, went home to be with the Lord September 14, 2013.

He was born April 22, 1933 a son of the late Howard and Sarah Carter Crislip.

He was a retired construction worker and a Baptist.

Kenneth was preceded in death by brothers, Ortis Carter, Romey Crislip, Venton Crislip, Oley Crislip, Chantie Crislip, Burton Crislip and Bob “Doc” Crislip; sisters, Gay Crislip and Glenna Stump. Surviving; wife, Elizabeth Knapp Crislip; daughter, Penny Faulks and husband, Wayne of Rosedale; grandchildren, Derrick Fulks of Sutton and Megan Fulks of Marmet; great granddaughter, Nevaeh Fulks; brothers, Bennie Crislip of Flatwoods and Johnnie Crislip of Rosedale.

Service will be 1:00 PM Wedneday, September 18, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Arlis Rexroad officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Crislip Cemetery, Lower Sleith.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Robert F. “Rob” Beachler

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Robert F. “Rob” Beachler

Age 59, of Parkersburg, WV (formerly of Pennsboro, WV) departed this life on Thursday, September, 12, 2013, in Parkersburg, WV.

Rob was born June 20, 1954, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ronald M. Beachler and Fondella “Della” (Dotson) Beachler of Pennsboro, WV.

Rob was employed by the Bureau Of The Public Debt in Parkersburg for 24 years, serving most recently as the lead IT specialist. He was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School with the class of 1972 and greatly enjoyed golf, traveling, spending time with his family, WVU, and NASCAR.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Katie Beachler, Pennsboro, WV; brother, Randall “Randy” Beachler (Barb), Evansville, IN; significant other, Cindy Moore, Little Hocking, OH, and his special dog, Lucy.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Mabel Beachler and maternal grandparents, Lonnie and Grace Dotson.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday, September, 16, 2013, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

In accordance to Rob’s wishes, following the service, he will be cremated and his cremains will be scattered at a later date.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Monday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rob’s name to the Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Road, Harrisville, WV, 26362.

Dixie L. McAfee

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Dixie L. McAfee

Age 72, of Railroad Street, West Union, WV, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013, in her residence surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on July 28, 1941, in West Union, a daughter of Pauline McCullough Wallace, West Union, and the late Drexel E. Wallace.

On August 05, 1961, she married James Lowell McAfee, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Rebecca L. Mattice and husband Mike, Houston, TX, and Deanna Odle and husband Joe, West Union; two sons, James Lowell McAfee II and wife Kathy, West Union, and Paul E. McAfee, West Union; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one sister, Karen L. Shaw and husband Ron, Bridgeport; one brother, Drexel E. Wallace Jr. and wife June, West Union; two nieces; and four nephews.

Mrs. McAfee was employed by Myles Manufacturing as a seamstress and later worked as a sales clerk for DNC.

She is a member of the Faith Baptist Church, where she taught the Preschool Sunday School Class.

Dixie enjoyed making quilt tops and crafts. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Faith Baptist Church, West Union, on Monday, September 16, 2013, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jim Messenger presiding. 

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McAfee family.

Hazel Gibson

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Hazel Gibson

Age 92, of Charleston, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on September 13, 2013 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born in Dille, WV on September 07, 1921 to the late Haymond and Elma Carte Adkins.

Hazel was a homemaker, a member of Big Union Baptist Church, Dille, and a 1938 graduate of Widen High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jenner Gibson, son, Herlman “Herbie” Gibson.

Hazel is survived by her son, Earl Gibson and wife Teresa of Myrtle Beach, SC, daughters, Patsy Morris and husband Presley of Millwood, WV, Jane Barfield of Charleston, Mildred Wenzel of Henderson, NV, sister, Hollene “Tootsie” Morris of Dille, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday September 17, 2013 at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Strange Creek, WV with Rev. Jimmy Adkins and Rev. Danny Richardson officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Family suggest donations be made to: Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W. Charleston, WV 25213.

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

Jerry Lynn Tomey

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Jerry Lynn Tomey

of Old Town, Florida, passed away September 07, 2013, under the care of Hospice, following an extended illness.

He was born at Right Hand Fork of Upper Ellis on on November 12, 1952: son of Howard and Eva Tomey.

He is survived by four sisters, Rosa Westfall of Weston, WV; Judy (Joe) Sullivan of TN, Betty Westfall of KY, and Faye Tomey of AZ; four brothers, Joel Tomey of Linn, WV; Jim Tomey of FL, Charles Tomey of Sand Fork, WV and Dale Tomey of Linn, WV.

He is preceded in death by three brothers, Harvey Tomey, John Robert Tomey and David Tomey; and one sister, Mary Ruth Tomey.

Jerry loved his pets, his many friends, fishing, hunting and ginsenging.

At his request, his body was cremated.

Mary Genevieve Wayne Boggs

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Mary Genevieve Wayne Boggs

Age 95, of Gassaway, WV, passed away September 11, 2013 at home after a short illness.

She was born June 03, 1918 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Farise and Naomi Bell Brady Wayne.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ernest Clyde Boggs; son, Justin Robert Boggs; granddaughter, Amber Dawn Boggs; great grandson, Liam Andrew Boggs; sisters, Sylvia Lemon, Annabelle Duckworth; brothers, Charley Wayne, Chantie Wayne, Robert Wayne and Dean Wayne.

She was a loving homemaker.

Surviving; sons, Johnnie Boggs of Gassaway, Russell Boggs and wife, Esta of Gassaway and Gary Boggs and wife, Laura of Exchange; daughters, Ruth Ann Haefner of Sutton, Gaythel Friend and husband, Fred of Gassaway and Fawn Miller and husband, Bobby of Gassaway; sister-in-law, Ruby Wayne of Gassaway; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Genevieve raised and loved six children and strived to bestow her wisdom to each.

Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Jerushia Church Cemetery at the head of Sugar Creek with Rev. Bennie Crigger officiating.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Saturday at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

C-GCC: 9/11 and First Responder Recognition -09.11.13

The Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center would like to thank the First Responders
that attended our Recognition Ceremony on 9/11/13.

We appreciate you each sharing your personal stories and motivation behind your career or volunteer decision.

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(L to R): Officer Starsick, Charles Stevens, Graham Knight, Andy Walker, Scotty Collins,
Mike Moody, Steve Heath, Lisa Purvis, Kathy Wood, Mike Yeager, and Bryan Sterns


Two Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Fire Department Volunteers were recognized:

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Justin Siers: a second year Criminal Justice student


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James Ball: a second year Automotive Technology Student


In Memory of 9/11
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*Above is a bulletin board that the Business class put together,
with all of the staff and student memories of 9/11


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*Each of our students filled out a square on the flag, with their memories of 9/11


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*Above: Taylor Ashley, a Criminal Justice Student, is explaining their bulletin board.
The Criminal Justice class made yellow ribbons for all of the Fire Fighters lost in the tragedy on 9/11.
The Red, White, and Blue ribbons are in honor of all the local First Responders.


*The Building Construction and Welding Technology classes made plaques for each of the local EMS
and Fire Departments, to thank them for their services in both Calhoun and Gilmer Counties
.


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*The Health Occupations lab made a bulletin board in honor of the EMTs, Paramedics,
and EMS personnel that perished in the 9/11 tragedy, while trying to rescue those in need.


-We would also like to recognize the ProStart: Culinary Arts program for making lunch for all the First Responders in attendance,
and the Business class for creating the invitations and the programs for our Recognition Ceremony.


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Lonnie Dewitt Gunn

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Lonnie Dewitt Gunn

Age 70, of Huntington, WV, formerly of Calhoun County, passed away on Monday, September 09, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Lonnie was born on February 22, 1943 to the late Dewitt Gale and Pauline Moore Gunn.

Surviving is his daughter Tamara Gunn and son Billy Gunn both of Dover, Ohio; sister Loretta Gunn-Smith of Reedy, WV and Patsy Arnold (Forrest) of Spencer, WV; half-brother David Hughes of Millstone, WV.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, September 13, 2013 at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Mt. Zion, WV.

Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Morris Funeral Home, Wayne is in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Lillian Shaw

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Edna Lillian Shaw

Age 86, of Rixeyville, VA. formally of Sutton, WV died Monday, September 09 2013, at Culpeper Regional Hospital.

She was born January 06, 1927, in Braxton County, WV to the late Lee and Blanch Linger Blankenship.

Edna was a homemaker she attended of Spruce Lick United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband; Bert Vernon Shaw, Sr., son; Bert Shaw, Jr., daughter; Bonnie Brooks, her half brothers; Jerry Shaw, and David Shaw and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Bill Shaw and wife Lynn of Sutton, step-son; Robert Shaw of Sutton, daughters; Donna Andrade and husband Rico of Culpeper, VA, Virginia Milliken and husband Leonard of Madison, VA, Eloise Jean Fairfax and husband Frank, of Front Royal, VA, and Linda L. Smallwood of Linden, VA, brothers; Russell Shaw and wife Phoebe of Sutton, Junior Shaw and wife Phyllis of Little Birch, and Jonny Shaw of Sutton, sisters; May Johnson, Elizabeth Utt, Patty Payne and Emogene Payne all of Sutton, several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with her brother Rev. Russell Shaw officiating.

The burial will follow at the Barker Ridge Cemetery, near Sutton.

Friends may call on Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM.

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

Walter “Ted” Owen Beamer

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Walter “Ted” Owen Beamer

Age 80, of 487 Beamer Drive, Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on September 09, 2013 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Beamer was born on February 14, 1933 in Duffy, WV a son of the late Ward T. Beamer and Trecie Beamer.

On January 22, 1966 he married is wife of 47 years Iva (Morton) Beamer.

Also surviving are Children Robert L. Beamer and wife Tammy of Salem, WV, Richard L. Beamer and wife Terri of Salem, WV, and Kathy Beamer of Sutton, WV. Mr. Beamer is also survived by grandchildren Christopher O. Westfall and wife Marcie of Sutton, WV, Valarie R. Brown of Sutton, WV, Jonathan Beamer of Salem,WV, Jennifer Beamer Hutson and husband Adam of Martinsburg, WV, Crystal Beamer of Elyria, OH, Codie Beamer of Elyria, OH, Zackery Harrison of Sutton, WV, and Zoey Harrison of Sutton, WV and great-grandchildren Dalton C. Brown of Sutton, WV, Owen C. Brown of Sutton, WV, Elizabeth Beamer of Elyria, OH, and Makena Beamer of Elyria, OH. In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren Mr. Beamer is survived by Siblings Ilene Knickeley of Stuarts Draft, VA, Donnie Beamer and wife Carol of Alton, VA, and one sister in law Norma Beamer of Corydon, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son Rondal L. Beamer, one grandson Christopher Beamer, one great-grandson Levi S. Burrows, one brother Keith Beamer, and one brother in-law Roland Verde.

Ted retired from the United States army having served his County in Vietnam, and he was a true outdoors man he loved to farm, timber, and he loved his new Kubota tractor.

Mr. Beamer taught Sunday School and was a lay speaker for many years at Church.

Ted’s greatest joy was his family he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013 from the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Chapel at 11:00 AM. with Pastor Rod Hickman officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home will be caring for the Beamer Family.

Zetta Mondola Peterson

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Zetta Mondola Peterson

Age 81, of Grantsville WV, passed away September 05, 2013 at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH.

Born on June 06, 1932 in Wyoming County, WV, she was a daughter of the late Fulton and Ritta Cozart Duncan.

She is survived by sons, James Easterling of Nevada and Franklin Brice; two daughters, Wanda Patrick of Warren OH and Brenda Jagers; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Brice Peterson as well as several brothers and sisters.

At her request, her remains were cremated.

A private burial will follow at the family farm in Big Springs at a later date.

Tomblin Orders Flags Lowered for 9/11 Remembrance

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and West Virginia flags to be displayed at half-staff at government facilities Wednesday.

The lowering of the flags is part of the state’s commemoration of Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Tomblin also is asking all West Virginians to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A few minutes after that, Tomblin will lay a wreath at the West Virginia Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial on State Capitol grounds.

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