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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.

Wanda S. Perrine

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Wanda S. Perrine

Age 66, of Gassaway, WV passed away September 09, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 31, 1946 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Carl W. and Orpha Lavoo Villers Perrine.

Wanda was a homemaker and a Methodist.

She is survived by brother, Stanley Perrine and wife, Ione of Gassaway; nephews, Kevin Perrine of Detroit, MI and Shane Perrine and wife, Brigid of Detroit, MI; great nephews, Braden and Aili Perrine.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Rodney England officiating.

Burial will follow in the Squires Cemetery, Gem.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Wilodene “Wid” Barker Brown

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Wilodene “Wid” Barker Brown

Age 91, of Fairground Road, Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:44 AM, Saturday September 07, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born February 24, 1922 in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Frank and Ethel Garrett Barker.

On August 26, 1940 she was united in marriage to Lilburn “Tim” Brown, who preceded her in death on November 03, 1998.

Wid attended Glenville State College for 2 years and then taught in Gilmer County. She later attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston and eventually got her Master’s Degree from WVU,  and retired from teaching in Maryland. She and Tim owned and operated “Tim-Wid Cottages” on Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. After selling the cottages they moved to Florida until Tim’s death in 1998. Wid moved back to Glenville, where she lived until 2005 when she broke her hip, went into the nursing home, where she was living at the time of her death.

She was a member of the Glenville Church of Christ.

She was an avid golfer, and loved to fish in Canada.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville, WV., at 11:00 AM, Thursday September 12, 2013 with Pastor Gene Miller officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville.

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

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Wilodene Brown with arrangements.

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