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Obituaries, In Memory of

Lena Rose Nissel

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Lena Rose Nissel

Daughter of Richard Charles and Adeline Williams Robinson of Canoe Run, Roanoke, WV, passed away March 01, 2013 at home with her loved ones.

She was born in Moatsville on April 19, 1935.

She had gone to the hospital February 18, and found out that she had advanced stage of cancer, so she chose to come home and be with her family. Hospice helped care for her.

She is survived by her husband of 57-years, Arch Nissel Sr.; sons Archard Jr., and Rick (Theresa) Nissel of Pinch; daughters, Beverly and Linda (Terry) Dillon, both of Ohio; sisters, Grace Alderman, Nettie Gregory, Betty Mitchell, Hazel Blake and Katy Craig; brothers, Jim, Roscoe and John Robinson.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Shannon and Kris Nissel, Nick and Steve Dillon, Alicia Nissel, and Jonathan and Thomas Steel; eight great-grandchildren, Robert, Peyton, Sarah, Dalton, Caden, Mason, Bradley and Colton; many nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her son, Larry Nissel; grandson, Army Ranger Benjamin C. Dillon; brothers, Tom, Roy, Branty and Army Ranger Loyd E. Robinson.

Rose graduated from Akron High School in 1955 after leaving the Weston area where she had worked and gone to school. In 1976 she and her husband moved to WV, where they managed Mid State Aviation in Buckhannon. They later opened Grandma’s Custard Stand at Roanoke and was Partner in Education with the Roanoke School. She worked various jobs throughout her lifetime, including construction on bridges and roads in the area, school bus driver in Ohio, as well as truant officer.

At the farm on Canoe Run she once had as many as 50 goats that roamed the hill side, peacocks and guinea fowl. Rose loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was always ready to let them roam the hills and play in the creek on Canoe Run.

Rose donated her body to WV, Medical School and a Memorial was held, Monday, March 04, at 11:00 AM, at Oil Creek Methodist Church with Pastors Lonnie Ramsey and Bob Mitchell presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oil Creek Church, 98 Red Lick Rd, Roanoke, WV 26447.

Leona “Grace” Waggoner Smith

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Leona “Grace” Waggoner Smith

Age 92, of Weston, WV died Sunday, March 03, 2013 at Crestview Manor, Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born November 29, 1920 in Weston: a daughter of the late Fernando Hudson Waggoner and Winnie Leona Reed Waggoner.

On June 08, 1940 she married the late Minter Frank Smith in Monterey, VA, who preceded her in death on November 03, 1996.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Floyd F. Smith; two grandsons, Sheldon Scott Smith and Steven Smith; one sister, Murrel Waggoner Blake; and two brothers, Albert Waggoner and Rhule Waggoner.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry L. Smith and wife, Kae of Avella, PA, and Roger L. Smith and wife, Candy of Weston; nine grandsons, Shane Smith and wife, Jennifer, Sean Smith, Shad Smith and wife, Sherry, Sandy Smith and wife, Michelle, Stacey Smith and wife, Merideth all of the TN, area, Brian Smith and wife, Peggy of Moon Township, PA, Mark Smith and wife, Karen of Rowlett, Texas, Travis Smith of Parkersburg, and Mike Carlton of West Milford; two granddaughters, Shannon Elkins and husband, Troy of Parkersburg and Schandi Burchett and husband, Scott of Clarksville, TN; 28 great-grandchildren; one very dear cousin, Jean Reeder of Springfield, Ohio; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Smith and Virginia “Skip” Smith of Weston.

Grace worked at Hyre’s Store in McGuire Park as her children were growing up and later worked at the Louie Glass Factory for many years until she retired.

She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and cooking and baking. She was a wonderful cook and an expert salt risen bread maker.

Grace was a woman of strengths too numerous to mention them all, but she was an honest, loving and caring person and a firm believer in family.

Friends called from 2:00-4:00 PM, and 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, March 06, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 07, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Boyle and Floyd Funeral Homes, Weston, WV.

Herbert D. Shimer

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Herbert D. Shimer

Age 84, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away on February 05, 2013.

He was born on June 28, 1928 in Munday, West Virginia to the late L. H. “Harley” and Louvisa (Fox) Shimer.

Herbert received a bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College, where he played football and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. After college he was employed as a teacher, coach and principal at Clay County High School until his retirement in 1973.  He then was employed as an administrator for Majestic Mining and Pioneer Construction located in Widen, West Virginia.

Herbert is survived by his three daughters; Stephanie (Bryan) Montgomery of Glenville, West Virginia; Stacey (Paul) Catherwood of Riverview, Florida;  and Clorinda (Marsha) Reed of Charleston, West Virginia; brother; Donald (Pat) Shimer of Sun City West, Arizona; three sisters; Madeline (Denzil) Prather of Belpre, Ohio;  Mavadelle (Bill) Lieving of Walker, West Virginia and Barbara (Harold) Butcher of Sandusky, Ohio; two grandchildren; R. Sean Hunt and Brittany D. Myers, one great grandchild Dakota Hunt, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald, a sister-in-law and two brother-in-laws.

Friends and family may visit at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview, WV from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Saturday, March 09 followed by memorial service at 2:00 PM.

Cremains will be interred at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney following the service.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Life Path Hospice, 11150 North 53rd Street Temple Terrace, Florida 33617.

Cleo Irene Kerns

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Cleo Irene Kerns

Age 92 of Daingerfield, TX, formerly of Pennsboro, WV, passed away March 04, 2013 at the East Texas Medical Center in Pittsburgh, TX.

She was born August 01, 1920 at Gillispie, near Cairo, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Alice (Mullinax) Richards.

Cleo was a homemaker and an avid quilter and seamstress.

Surviving are her children: Wilma Loraine Martin of Daingerfield, TX and Bonnie Kerns of Avinger, TX, sister Johnotheen Morton of Weirton, WV, four grandchildren Mike and Brian Kerns and Tina and Debbie Martin, a great grandchildren Amanda and Wyatt Kerns and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph J. Kerns, son Emmet Kerns, and brother Dwight Richards.

Funeral services will be Monday 11:00 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Bud Corbin officiating.

Interment will follow at the Cairo IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday 4:00-8:00 PM.

Carlin E. Clifton

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Carlin E. Clifton

Age 88, a lifelong farmer of Little Birch, WV, passed away peacefully on March 04, 2013.

He was born the son of the late Jess E. and Ada B. Clifton.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters; Edna Stout (John Stout) and Edra Curry (Ronald Curry).

Carlin is survived by his brother; Clarence Clifton (Mary Clifton), along with many family members and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 08, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Funeral services will be held Saturday March 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Carlin will be laid to rest alongside his parents at the family’s private cemetery, Johns Cemetery, Little Birch, WV.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Carlin’s caregivers, Carol and Randy Rose, for the care, kindness, and friendship they provided to Carlin for many years.

Braxton County: 107-Year-Old Woman Dies

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A Braxton County woman died Sunday at the age of 107.

Lovie Crites, who was born in Hyre, WV in 1905, passed away at the Braxton County Health Care and Rehab Center in Flatwoods.

Employees at the facility said she was able to walk until two years ago.

Steve Jeffers, owner of the Greene Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, said she didn’t look her age.

Crites, a homemaker, attended Wayside Community Church in Sutton.

A funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday at Greene Robertson.

Lovie Jones Hosey Crites

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Lovie Jones Hosey Crites

Age 107, of Sutton, WV went home to be with her Lord on March 03, 2013.

She was born on September 01, 1905 in Hyre, WV, the daughter of the late John and Alice Pullin Jones.

She was member of Wayside Community Church in Sutton and a homemaker.

Lovie is preceded in death by her parents,husbands, Henry Hosey, and Gail Crites, step-father, David Perkins, step-daughter, Glenda Lea Fisher, brother Dorr Jones, half sister,Gracie Perkins McCormick, half brother, Gilbert Perkins.

Lovie was survived by her son; Burnell R. Hosey and wife Sharon of Little Birch, daughter; Doris Dean and husband Lewis of Jane Lew, grandchildren; Marty Hosey, Chelsea Hosey and Christina, Debra Walker, and Carla Walker, 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 07, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton at 1:00 PM with Rev. Bobbie and Dale Harper officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Skidmore Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to Wayside Community Church or Residents Activities Fund c/o Braxton Health care Center 200 Days Drive Sutton, WV 26601.

Patricia A. LaRocca

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Patricia A. LaRocca

Age 70 of Buckwheat Road, Cox’s Mills, WV, departed this life at 12:02 AM on Saturday, March 02, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness.

Born October 18, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey, Patricia was the daughter of Margaret Gizey Guzofski West of Florida and the late Henry Guzofski.

Patricia was the manager at Family Dollar in Glenville, West Virginia for 15 years and retired on May 01, 2006. She enjoyed cooking, camping, travelling.

She was a member of the Glenville First Baptist Church.

On September 19, 1980 she was united in marriage to Peter LaRocca, who survives at their Buckwheat Road home.

Along with her husband and mother, Patricia is survived by one brother, Dennis Guzofski of New Jersey.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Diana Rawa and Joyce Donohue.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the caregivers and Hospice staff for all their acts of kindness over the past few months.

At Patricia’s request her remains were cremated and Memorial Services will be conducted at the Glenville First Baptist Church, 217 Main Street, Glenville, West Virginia at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 09, 2013 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Patricia A. LaRocca with arrangements.

William Vance Whitehill

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William Vance Whitehill

Age 59, formerly of West Union, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Saint Albans, WV.

He was born July 31, 1953 in West Union, WV a son of William George Whitehill, Rock Run, West Union and the late Roberta Shelby Whitehill.

He was preceded in death by his brother, George Whitehill.

He is survived by his step mother, Terri Whitehill, Rock Run,West Union.

He was a Catholic by faith.

Mr. Whitehill was cremated and there will be no services.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Whitehill family.

Mary Margaret “Peg” Shea

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Mary Margaret “Peg” Shea

Age 100, of 1033 Loveberry Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 1:35 AM on Thursday February 28, 2013, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born March 18, 1912 in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of the late Isaac Vincent and Bridget Ellen Dolan Shea.

Surviving are two daughters: Jacqueline McLaughlin of Loveberry and Mary Margaret McLaughlin of Weston; two sons: John McLaughlin of Loveberry and Joseph McLaughlin of Weston; cousins: JP and June Dolan of Las Vegas, NV; Margaret Tucker of Canal Winchester, OH; and Bill and Mary Crist of Charleston, WV.

Peg attended Loveberry Grade School, graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1930, and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Charleston in 1935.

Miss Shea joined the staff of the Weston State Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1949, and after 22 years of loyal service, she retired in 1971.

She was a devoted member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church at Loveberry.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5:00-8:00 PM on Monday, March 04, 2013.

A Rosary Service was held at 7:00 PM from the funeral home chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday from the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Loveberry, with the Reverend Father J. Stephen Vallelonga, as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Bernard Church Cemetery.

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

Sammy Paul Bunner

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Sammy Paul Bunner

Age 66, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away March 02, 2013, at The Arbors at Marietta.

He was born December12, 1946, in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Paul and Gevevieve (Lamm) Bunner.

Sam retired from the Department of Highways as the Assistant Supervisor for Ritchie County.

He attended the Bonds Creek Free Will Baptist Church.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Sam was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving is his wife, Beatrice (Lewis) Bunner; stepson, James Ronald Lynch of Pennsboro; brother, Michael Bunner and his wife Carolyn of Navarre, Ohio; sister-in-law, Leona Bunner of Navarre, Ohio; sister, Carmen Sowd (Ken) of Newcomerstown, Ohio; step-grandchildren, Jesse and Scott Sigley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Bunner.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Jim Pyles officiating.

Interment will follow at Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

Sam’s family would like to express their deepest thanks to all who offered prayers, cards, food and visits during his final days, and would like to thank Dr. Heavener and Dr. Bage for their care and comfort and tending to Sam’s needs in his time of sickness.

Elizabeth “Libby” Cox

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Elizabeth “Libby” Cox

Age 89, of Sutton, WV passed away March 01, 2013 at Braxton Health & Rehab. Center.

She was born December 20, 1923 in Sutton, WV to the late Everett and Mamie Smallwood Facemire.

Libby was a retired nurse’s aide for Braxton Memorial Hospital and Richwood Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Randall Lee Cox.

Libby is survived by sons, Damon Cox and Keith Cox and wife Kimberly all of Sutton, daughter, Enola Cox Butler of McDowell County, WV, sister, Pauline Cutright of Sutton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Sutton.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Cox family.

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Bessie E. Kyer

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Bessie E. Kyer

Age 78, of Palestine, WV died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

She was born September 24, 1934, at Nicut, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Seldon and Lydia Rogers Parsons.

Bessie attended the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, and loved cooking, sewing, gardening and singing.

Survivors include her husband, Grant Kyer of Palestine; children and their spouses, Robert and Shirley Kyer of Palestine, and Betty and Randy Deem of Leroy; sisters, Maysel Kyer of Leroy, and Goldie Jeffers of Canton, Ohio; and a brother, Vear Parsons of Canton, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Deem of Ripley, Maria Richards of Leroy, Matthew Deem of Parkersburg, Angel Whited of Palestine, Jeremy Kyer of Louisville, Ky., and Melissa Canterbury of Palestine. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Levi McCune, and Skyler, Hannah, Hallie and Isabelle Deem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger Kyer; and a brother, Denver Parsons.

Funeral service was 1:00 PM Saturday at the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, with Rev. Dean Ash officiating.

Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery, Reedy.

Timothy Lynn Bunner

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Timothy Lynn Bunner

Age 60 of Clarksburg, WV, passed away February 26, 2013 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born March 06, 1952 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Lucille Bunner Powell.

Timothy was a custodian for Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm in Clarksburg. He enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for his co-workers and was an avid Mountaineer fan.

Surviving are his siblings: Caroline Moore of Ellenboro, WV; Sheila Collins(Tony) of Harrisville, WV; Sandra Reed(Steve) of Pennsboro, WV; Linda Davis of Tucson, AZ, Sherry Bunner of Fairmont, Robin Popardo of Fairmont, and Danny Bunner(Paula) of Pennsboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, Timothy was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Bunner and infant sister Cathy Bunner.

Memorial services will be Saturday 1:00 PM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Rick Owens officiating.

A time of gathering for family and friends will be 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Nina Lee Powers Caito

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Nina Lee Powers Caito

died December 27, 2012 in Southport, NC, at the age of 66-years-old, after an extended battle with cancer.

She was born September 24, 1946 in Weston, WV: the eldest daughter of Forrest Glenn and Lelia (Walton) Powers who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Kimberly Sue Randall and Christina Lee Caito; sisters, Nancy (John) Bauman and Nannette Amster; nephew, Grant P. Bauman; neices, Angelique and Gabrielle Amster; grandchildren, Robyn, Brad and James Campbell and Bryan and Steven Caito; and great-granddaughter, Adelyn.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, the late Edith and Robert Dever of Weston and the late Icie Walton of Jane Lew.

She was cremated and her wishes were that her ashes be scattered in the mountain of West Virginia.

Carl Ervin Marsh

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Carl Ervin Marsh

Age 71, of 102 Valley Green Drive, Buckhannon, WV, formerly of Brownsville, passed away at 10:40 AM, Saturday, February 23, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a brief illness.

He was born June 27, 1941 in Lewis County, WV: a son of the late John and Minnie Cutright Marsh.

He was twice married. In 1978 he married the former Hattie J Lare, who passed away in 1990. Then, on September 25, 1994 he married the former Velma Golden, who survives.

Also surviving is his step-mother, Aretta Marsh of Weston; five sisters, Ematine Marsh and husband Basil of Newton Falls, Ohio, Pauline Curtis and Irene Marsh both of Weston, Mandia Lambert of Buckhannon and Sandra Butcher of Copley; several nieces; nephews; and a special friend and caregiver whom he considered family, Bonnie Hogue.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Roy, Don, Lewis and Delbert Marsh.

Mr. Marsh was a farmer who loved to “wheel and deal” in making trades of all kinds. He liked to sit on his porch and visit with his friends and neighbors as they passed by his house. He had a large diverse collection of clocks and a beloved Cockatiel named Baby, who he taught many tricks.

He was Baptist by faith.

Friends were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, Monday, February 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, February 26, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Rev. Wease Day officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Marsh family.

Steven Glenn Knotts

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Steven Glenn Knotts

Age 45, born November 07, 1967 in Orma, WV, was taken to heaven on February 25, 2013 after a tragic timber accident.

He is survived by his parents, Glen and Sharon Knotts of Orma, his wonderful 8 year old son Hunter Gauge Knotts, his fiancée Vania R. Fox of Glen Dale, WV, a sister Sherry Wade, one niece Jenna (Travis) Nicholas. One great nephew, Dayton Roy Nicholas and one special little buddy, Andrew Blayne Skrzyneki. Steve also is survived by many friends and extended family who will greatly miss him.

Steve was a 1986 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a long-time employee of Pete Gould & Sons, Inc. of Ravenswood, WV where he happily worked as a foreman until his last breath. He will best be remembered for his infectious laugh and practical jokes. He always believed that his greatest accomplishment in life was being a great father. The sun rose and set on Hunter. He was a strong, big-hearted loving man who didn’t know a stranger. His loss will affect those in Orma, his many friends in the areas where he worked and in Glen Dale, WV where he resided at the time he passed.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday March 03, 2013 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Knotts Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 6:00-9:00 PM.

James Roland Slaughter

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James Roland Slaughter

Age 74, of Napier, West Virginia passed away February 20, 2013.

He was born September 11, 1938 a son of the late James Slaughter and Beulah Jane Campbell Slaughter in Falls Mill, West Virginia.

He lived and worked in Ohio for many years then returning to West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by brothers; Dorris Slaughter, Paul Edward Slaughter and Rhondel “ Runt” Slaughter.” James is survived by his wife, Wanda Slaughter, son, Jimmy Slaughter and step-son Art Dean of North Carolina; a daughter, Carol Chapman of Ohio and step-daughter, Libby Linkliter of Rock Cave, West Virginia; sisters, Velma “Tommy” Slaughter, Falls Mill and Dorothy Rhodes, Spencer, West Virginia. He is survived by nephew Richard Slaughter of Falls Mill and two granddaughters, Melony and Jennifer Chapman.

Funeral services were held February 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial followed in Falls Mill Cemetery, Falls Mill.

Friends called at the funeral home one hour prior to service.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Junior Britton

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Robert Junior Britton

Age 86, a resident of Cedar Grove Personal Care at Parkersburg, formerly of Holbrook departed this life on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

He was born May 31, 1926 in Holbrook, Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Robert E. and Mary J. Sweeney-Britton.

On June 24, 1949 he married Laurel Nutter who preceded him in death on May 27, 2011.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Jennings and husband David, Pennsboro, WV; Danita Hiley and husband Roger, two grandchildren, Alicia Heffern and husband Seth, Allegany, NY; Matthew Jennings, Middlebourne, WV and one great granddaughter, Gabriella Heffern. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William (Bill), QR (Joe) and two sisters, Grace Snider and Edith Britton.

Mr. Britton had retired from United States Postal Service as a rural carrier. He graduated from Pullman High School in 1944, and was a World War II United States Navy veteran, serving on the USS Charles Lawrence. He enjoyed history and story-telling and particularly enjoyed visiting with friends and unexpected guests.

He attended the Harmony United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Reverend William Jemison presiding.

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

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, March 02, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM and after 11:00 AM on Sunday until time of service.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Cedar Grove Personal Care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 Lee E Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Britton family.

Marjorie Marks Gerwig

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Marjorie Marks Gerwig

Age 92, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2013 at the home she shared with her daughter, Sharon Clodfelter in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was a former long-time resident of Ford City, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Gerwig was born September 27, 1920 to James Orval and Maysel Bourn Marks in Mabie, Randolph County, West Virginia.

She was educated in West Virginia and Pennsylvania and moved to Ford City, Pennsylvania in 1948. She taught school for 28 years, starting in a one-room school in West Virginia and ending her teaching career in the Armstrong School District as a second grade teacher.

Mrs. Gerwig held membership in the Armstrong School District, Pennsylvania State Education Association, and National Education Association.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ford City, where she was active in American Baptist Women and taught Sunday School.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening and gave selflessly to her family and friends. In her retirement years, she was an avid reader, quilter, and crossword puzzle worker, who generously contributed her culinary and sewing talents to many a church project.

Survivors include twin daughters, Deborah (Dr. Thomas R.) Powell of Orange, California and Sharon Clodfelter of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; four grandchildren and one great grandchild: Jessica Powell (Luke Miner), Britton Powell, William Monteith, Emily Monteith, and Unika Dawn. One sister, Doris Wise (Bob) of Bucyrus, Ohio and three brothers, Charles Marks (Jean) of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Carnie Marks (Dawn) of Tucson, Arizona, Fred (Patsy) Marks of Gaithersburg, Maryland, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman N. Gerwig, of 57 years (December 28, 1998) and her brother, J.J. Marks.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 02, 2013.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Normantown, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM on Saturday with services starting at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Winston-Salem, NC. (101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103)

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Marjorie Gerwig with arrangements.

Betty M. Frame

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Betty M. Frame

Age 83, of Frametown, WV, died February 26, 2013.

There will be no services.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Harry Lawrence Morrison, Jr.

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Harry Lawrence Morrison, Jr.

763, of Varney, WV, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Charleston, following a lingering illness.

He was born February 25, 1939, at Sutton, WV. He was the son of the late Henry Lawrence Morrison, Sr., and Audra G. Boyce-Morrison Tingler.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lee “Bubby” Tingler.

He was an Army Veteran serving in Korea. He was a retired manager from Flowers Baking Company.

He was a member of the Varney Baptist Church.

Henry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta (McCormick) Morrison; four sons, Rodney (Linette) Morrison of Taylorville, WV; Gary Morrison of Newtown, WV; Timothy (Fawn) Morrison of Varney, WV, and Billy Morrison of Fayetteville, NC. Henry has five grandchildren, Nathaniel, Nicole, Kyle, Morgan and Amanda Morrison, and one great-grandson, Kaiden; one brother John Camden (Anna) of Sutton, WV; three sisters Doris (Jerrell) Stewart, Ann Gum, both of Sutton, WV, and Betty (Jack) Harris of Concord, OH, and several nieces and nephews. Henry made several acquaintances, both personal and professional throughout his life. He never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by all.

Services were held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Snodgrass and Pastor Gifford Rawls officiating.

Burial followed at the Musick Cemetery.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Collins Funeral Home at Switzer, WV, was in charge of the arrangements.

Dottie L. Harris

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Dottie L. Harris

Age 68, of Mount Zion, WV, went home to be with the Lord on February, 25, 2013, after a sudden illness.

She was born January 31, 1945, one of fifteen children born to the late Aaron and Tracy Lamp Stull.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Ronnie Harris; a sister, Phyllis Sampson and brother, Robert Stull.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1965. She was retired from B.F. Goodrich.

She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Grantsville, WV.

She is survived by one daughter, Angie Slider and her husband Tommy Slider and grandsons, Daniel Slider and Ryan Slider of Mount Zion, WV. She is also survived by seven brothers and five sisters, Doug (Joan) Stull of Grantsville, WV, David (Dorie) Stull of Mount Zion, Earl Stull of Big Bend, WV; Jack (Melva) Stull of Mount Zion, Larry (Vicky) Stull of Mount Zion, Eugene (Sandy) Stull of Grantsville, Johnny (Beth) Stull of Grantsville, Leona (Clay) Yeager of Five Forks, Linda (John) Simers of Mount Zion, Rosemary (Ronnie) Brown of Grantsville, Elizabeth (Roy) Parsons of Big Springs, WV; Kathy (Charlie) Wagoner of Big Springs; several nieces and nephews and her two dogs, Sam and Ollie.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday February 28 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor Mike Worf officiating.

Burial will follow in the Carpenter Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Musette Samples Berry

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Musette Samples Berry

Age 102, formerly of Sutton, West Virginia, and more recently of South Charleston, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare’s Dunbar Center. She would have observed her 103rd birthday in three more months.

She was predeceased by her husband, James R. “Jimmie” Berry.

Survivors include son James Richard “Dick” Berry of Columbus, OH, daughters Nancy (Jim) Byrne of South Charleston, Carole Berry of Saint Albans, Pam Berry of Dunbar, Janet (Jim) Garrett of Manitowoc WI. She also had ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Musette was a graduate of Gassaway High School, and attended Glenville State College.

She spent most of her adult life in Sutton, where her late husband had a career as a public accountant. Both were heavily involved in local church, civic, fraternal, and government activities. Musette’s most important job was being a mother to five active children, but she also worked with her husband in his business in later years.

Musette enjoyed music all her life, and sang in the church choir for many years. For several years, she was director of the junior choir at Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton. She was active with her children’s activities, including helping with Girl Scouts and school projects.

In retirement, Musette and Jimmie enjoyed traveling and visiting children, grandchildren, and other relatives throughout the United States.

She will be well remembered by her family as a wonderful cook and homemaker who kept a home filled with laughter and love.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, February 25, at 3:00 PM at Christ Church United Methodist in Sutton, with Pastor Douglas W. Smailes officiating.

Cremains will be interred at Sutton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387-2536.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, WV is assisting the Berry Family.

Helen Naomi Cunningham

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Helen Naomi Cunningham

Age 85 of Pennsboro, WV passed away February 26, 2013 at her residence.

She was born November 13, 1927 in Pennsboro, a daughter of the late Martin and Rosella (Meredith) Mossor.

Surviving are her children: Ronald Butch Cunningham and wife Toni of Sistersville, Donald Cunningham and wife Debbie of Sistersville, Dennis Cunningham and friend June Yocum of Little Hocking, Michael Cunningham and wife Bonnie of Follansbee, WV, Kenneth Cunningham and wife Rhonda of Pennsboro, Rosemary Riggs of Pennsboro, Donna Alkire and husband James of Pennsboro, Patty Cunningham of Pennsboro and Judy Cunningham of Pennsboro.

She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: Helen Stebelton(James), Tom Riggs(Felicia), Rick Riggs(Kim), Doug Riggs, Cindy Riggs, Jennifer Rogers and Kristen Edwards, D. J. Cunningham(Kristen), Brenda Neeley, Harley Alkire(Susan), Megan Craddock(Michael), Micah Knisley(Jennifer), Jason Amos(Selenna) and Daniel Amos(Heather), 19 great grandchildren: Aaron Riggs, Zia Edwards, Kalisa Edwards, Teesa Edwards, Xavier Cunningham, Akascia Knight, Nikki Neeley, Breanna Florence, R. J. Florence, Tommy Riggs(Leona), Kristin Morton(Jason), Teresa Cooper(Tim), Rachel Henderson(Adam), Garrett Jenkins, Jarrett Jenkins, Cameron Knowlton, Allison Amos, Kaci Riggs and Hannah Riggs, and 17 great great grandchildren: Leah Neeley, Lexie Riggs, Tyler Morton, Zachary Morton, Noah Morton, Jayden Morton, Isaiah Guess, Gabriel Guess, Patrick Cooper, Nathaniel Cooper, Jackie Reese, Joshua Henderson, Caleb Craddock, Arionna Craddock, Hunter Knisley, Caden Knisley and Kimmie Parsons .

She Is also survived by siblings: Don Mossor of Pennsboro, Maxine Lewis of Ellenboro and Emogene Blanton of Belpre, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harley Cunningham in 1992, three sons: Harold and James Cunningham and Harley Cunningham Jr., two daughters: Joan and Carlene Cunningham, three grandchildren: Timmy and Jimmy Cunningham and Alicia Riggs, son-in-law Lawrence Riggs and siblings: Geneva Reed, Carl Mossor, and Teddy Mossor

Funeral services will be Friday 11:00 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mount Harmony Masonic Cemetery in Pennsboro.

Visitation will be Thursday 2:00-8:00 PM.

Carl F. Sturm

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Carl F. Sturm

Age 96, of Rootstown, Ohio, formerly of Millstone, WV, passed away February 23, 2013 in Ravenna, Ohio.

Born at Arnoldsburg, November 04, 1916, he was a son of the late Roy Sturm, Sr. and Florence Ferrell Sturm.

He was retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company and had lived in Pineville for many years before moving to Millstone.

He was a former member of the Rock Castle Baptist Church in Pineville and was currently a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Sand Ridge.

He is survived by one daughter, Judy Lambert and her husband Bill of Rootstown Ohio; one brother, Chester Sturm of Ormond Beach, Florida; three grandchildren, Renee (Jeff) Hunter of Kent Ohio, Billy (Sandra) Lambert of Atwater Ohio and Carl (Missy) Lambert of Uniontown Ohio; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arleta McKee Sturm; four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 02, 2013 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. David Weaver officiating.

Interment will follow in the Sturm Cemetery at Millstone.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00-Noon until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Robinson Visiting Nurses and Hospice, 6847 North Chestnut Street, P O Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio, 44266 or to Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Kandas Smith, 4341 Sycamore Road, Millstone, WV 25261.

The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Bonnie Klusty of Bonnie’s Home Health Care of Ravenna for the loving care given to Mr. Sturm during his illness and passing.

Ralph R. “Tiny” Alkire

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Ralph R. “Tiny” Alkire

Age 69, of Harrisville, WV died February 24, 2013 at Camden Clark Hospital, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

He was born February 16, 1944 in Grafton, WV, the son of the late Ralph R. and Alfaretta C. Griffith Alkire.

He was the owner of the former Tiny’s Wrecker Service and worked as a heavy equipment operator at Consumers Gas for 23 years. He was a member of the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Dept. and if someone needed something fixed, welded, or needed to borrow something, he would take care of them with no question.

He was a member of Harrison Street United Methodist Church.

Tiny is survived by five children, Patty Riddle (Curtis Grogg) of Glenville, WV; Mike Alkire and Bub Alkire, both of Harrisville, Donna Meadows (Mark) of Tanner, WV; and Steve Alkire of Harrisville; grandchildren, Megan Meadows, Derek Ratliff, Erron Ingram, Dayton Grogg, Emilee Nichols and Kayla Taylor; great grandchildren, Wyatt and Wattson Nichols; and mother-in-law, Ruby Reaser of Harrisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Sue Reaser Alkire; son, Ralph Stanley Alkire and brothers, Willis and Louis Alkire.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. John Frum and Elder Patrick Hoover officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairmont Ridge Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Mary Lane (Radcliff) Smith

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Mary Lane (Radcliff) Smith

Age 81, of Horner, WV passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on August 23, 1931: the daughter of the late Wilford and Alma RadcliffI.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters: Margie Radcliff, Delores Radcliff, Imogene Sprouse and Laura Lee Helmick.

On October 05, 1972, Mary married Brooks Sidney Smith who also preceded her in death on September 16, 2006

Mary has two brothers: Herman Radcliff and wife Daisy in Buckhannon, Orville “Bob” Radcliff and wife Betty in Weston and one sister: Geraldine McHenry in Slatington, PA.

Mary has three children: Naomi “Kathy” Sparkman of Morgantown, David Radcliff of Horner and Patricia Radcliff and companion Rob Frame of Orlando, WV and a special nephew: Earl Lee Helmick. She also has seven grandchildren: Kevin Wiant and wife Ashley of Weston, Gary Wiant, Jr. and wife Melissa of Leniar, NC, Shelby Dale and husband Paul of Morganton, NC, Aaron Radcliff and wife Cassandra, Cameron Radcliff and wife Brittany both of Weston and Robbie and Madison Frame of Orlando, WV. Mary has ten great grandchildren: Tristan, Tyler and Emily Wiant, Brianna Varner all of Weston, Brandon and Sarah Wiant of Leniar, NC, Catherine and Alexius Dale of Morganton, NC, Bryan Radcliff of Weston and Austin Pendington of Ohio. She has several nieces and nephews, son-in-law: Gary Wiant, Sr. and daughter-in-law: Celia Powers.

Mrs. Smith spent many years making biscuits at McDonald’s. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother.

She attended the Horner United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel 730 N. Main Avenue Weston with Reverend Carolyn Nettles officiating.

Fellowship time for gathering and visiting with family from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM the service time.

Scattering services will follow memorial services at the Hiney Hill Cemetery of Gilmer County, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Mary Lane (Radcliff) Smith.

John R. Lattea

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John R. Lattea

Age 80 of Glenville, WV, departed this life at 4:03 PM, Wednesday, February 21, 2013 after a sudden illness.

Born March 26, 1932 in Gilmer Couty, WV, son of the late Curt and Ide Clevenger Lattea.

John worked for the Cedar Creek State Park where he retired in the mid 1990’s. He enjoyed movies, fishing, hunting and spending quiet time at home.

Surviving are two sibling, Lewis Lattea of Glenville, WV and Mary Jo Carr of North Carolina; three cousins, Kathleen and Iretta Clevenger of Glenville, WV and Juanita Miller and husband Bill of Normantown WV.

John is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents John was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Delena Miller, Virgie Luzader, Marthie Lattea Ables; and 3 brothers, Harold Miller, Clifford Lattea and Jack Miller.

At John’s request his remains will be cremated and private family services will be set at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of John R. Lattea with arrangements.

Frederick Edward Furst

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Frederick Edward Furst

Age 95 of Strange Creek, WV, formerly of Johnstown, PA passed away February 22, 2013 at home.

He was born March 20, 1917 in Johnstown, PA a son of the late Edward Tobias and Elizabeth Roth Furst.

He was a retired steelworker for Bethlehem Steel with 30 years of service; an Air Force veteran of WWII.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Johnstown.

He enjoyed nature, gardening and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Elizabeth Furst; brother, Edgar A. Furst; nephew, Richard Cover.

Surviving; son, Fred S. Furst of Johnstown, PA; daughter, Janet Furst of Strange Creek, WV; stepdaughter, Barbara A. Cover of Windber, PA; grandchildren, Megan E. Curtis of Oak Hill, WV, Erin M. Gentry of Herold, WV, Seth Boggs of Strange Creek, WV, Andrew S. Furst of Boulder, CO, Emmanuelle A. Furst of Boulder, CO, James S. Cover of Windber, PA and Ellen Beth Onderko of Poolesville, MD; and beloved great grandchildren.

Service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

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

Interment will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in the Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, PA with Pastor Van Dyk officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to the American Red Cross, 113 Lakeview Drive, Charleston, WV 25313.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

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