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Obituaries, In Memory of

Mary Lou Garrett

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Mary Lou Garrett

Age 90 of Cox’s Mill Community, West Virginia, departed this life 1:05 PM, Monday, September 30, 2013 at her residence following a brief illness.

Born March 01, 1923 in Upshur County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Asa V. and Reta Pearl Douglas Cooper.

Mary Lou was a devoted school teacher of 27 years but had to take early retirement because of vision problems. She was a graduate of Tanner High School and Glenville State College and spent most of her teaching career in Ritchie County including 3 one room schools.  Mary Lou loved her grandchildren, her cats, listening to the birds, and butterflies.

She was also a member of the Troy Baptist Church.

On October 05, 1946 she was united in marriage to Nelson Edward Garrett, who preceded her in death on March 23, 2013.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Susan Messenger and husband John of Glenville, WV;  and Nancy L. Harold and husband William of Alexandria, VA; 3 grandchildren, Angie Volk and husband Frank of Cross Lanes, WV; Greg Messenger and wife Chris of Cross Lanes, WV; and Amber Wright and husband Eric of Chestertown, MD; and 5 great-grandchildren, Garrett and Lauren Volk, Tiarra Thornton, Emma and Andrew Wright, 1 brother Roy Cooper and wife Linda of Parkersburg, WV. Mary Lou is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and her beloved caretaker Annette Ledbetter.

Along with her husband and parents Mary Lou was preceded in death by 1 brother and sister-in-law, John Paul Cooper and wife Sheila.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV., 26351 at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 03, 2013 with Rev. Gene Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston, West Virginia.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gilmer County Cancer Fund C/O First Baptist Church in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Mary Lou Garrett with arrangements.

Donald Ray Reed

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Donald Ray Reed

Age 79, of Smithville, WV, departed this life on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

Donald was born December 16, 1933 on Bean Ridge near Smithville, WV, a son of the late Columbus and Jessie Rachel (Modesitt) Reed.

Donald spent his life as an oil field worker for many years. He greatly enjoyed coonhunting, fishing, family cookouts, gardening, spending time with his family, and Donald never met a stranger. He also enjoyed attending Ritchie Rebel football games and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lucy (Cox) Reed; children, Carolyn Byrd (Richard), Parkersburg, WV; Linda Goodnight (Tim), Pennsboro, WV; Jim Reed (Missy), Cairo, WV; Terry Reed (Dreama), Leading Creek Community, Calhoun County; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sisters, Fonda Holstine (Ed), Akron, OH; Betty Cunningham, Grantsville, WV, and his brother in law, Trevie Cox who resided with Donald and Lucy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister, and twin siblings, Elma & Junior Reed.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, October 03, 2013, at Hardman Chapel Church near Smithville, WV with Pastor John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hardman Chapel Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville and from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM on Thursday at the church.

Sarah Lona Crites

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Sarah Lona Crites

Age 83, of Sutton, WV, went home to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, September 28, 2013 at her residence.

Lona was born September 03, 1930 in Bays, WV to the late George Hayden and Hazel Jackson Cutlip.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Crites, sister, Mona Davis, brothers, George “Pete” Cutlip, Eugene Cutlip, Homer Cutlip, Mason Cutlip, Emmitt Cutlip.

She was a homemaker.

She was a proud member of Stump Chapel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Lona loved gardening, quilting, but most of all loved being with her family.

Lona is survived by her children, Nancy Collins and husband Bob of Byesville, OH, Danny Crites and wife Lana of Sutton, Cindy Gaston and husband Roger of Sutton, brother, Hayden Cutlip of Florida, sisters, Phyllis Ellison of Birch River, Cheryl Geisweidt of New Florence, PA, Linda Kelly of Fenwick, WV, grandchildren, April Johnson, Tim Crites and wife Virginia, Kara Conely and husband Barry, Holly Collins, Derrick Hines and wife Grace, Lance Hines and wife Rebecca, Autumn Osborne and husband Seth, and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 PM Thursday, October 03, 2013 at Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla, WV with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Harris Cemetery, near Sutton.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday October 02, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, and also one hour prior the service on Thursday at the church.

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

Hunter James Lemon

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Hunter James Lemon

Age 13, of Heaters, WV, passed away September 26, 2013 at home.

He was born July 17, 2000 in Charleston, WV.

Hunter was an eighth grade student at Braxton County Middle School. He loved hunting, camping, swimming, playing video games, watching zombie movies, and he especially loved animals.

Hunter is survived by parents, David and Kerri Skidmore Lemon of Heaters; brothers, Aaron Lemon and wife, Mandy of Huntington and Brandon Lemon of Gassaway; maternal grandparents, Danny L. and Mary Skidmore of Flatwoods; paternal grandparents, Harry and Eleanor Lemon of Sugar Creek; aunts and uncles, Randy and Christie Skidmore of Flatwoods, Heather and Matt Pritt of Orlando, WV, Greg and Susan Lemon of Gassaway and Karen Callison of Gassaway; special nephews, Keller and Maddox Lemon; cousins, Sydney and Noah Skidmore, Bailey and Aubrey Pritt, Matthew and Michael Lemon; and furry friends, Tater Tot, Burrito, and Taco, whom he tragically died defending.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Braxton County Animal Shelter, 10 Animal Lane, Sutton, WV 26601.

Service will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at the Gassaway Baptist Church with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

Burial will be in the Jerushia Church Cemetery, Sugar Creek.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Monday at the Gassaway Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Glenna Mae Jordan

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Glenna Mae Jordan

Age 57, of Ireland, WV passed away at 5:10 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a courageous journey with diabetes.

She was born in Weston, WV on July 27, 1956 a daughter of the late Larmon Troy Pickens and Betty Jean Townsend Pickens.

On April 11, 1981, she married the love of her life, Donald Jordan and they enjoyed 32 years of marriage together. Donnie truly treasured Glenna, and feels blessed to have had her in his life.

Surviving are six children: Leonard Pumphrey and Terry Pumphrey, both of Weston, Rose Riddle and husband Adam of Buckhannon, Brian Jordan of PA, Rachel Jordan of Clarksburg, and Sianna Jordan of Ireland; stepmother, Loretta Jean Pickens of Weston; two sisters: Erika Pickens and Debbie McCartney, both of Buckhannon; two brothers: David Pickens and wife Beth of Kesling Mills, and Troy Pickens and wife Brandi of Crawford; stepbrother, Jeff Malone of Weston; six grandchildren: Macie, Donald and Terri Pumphrey, and Hannah, Xavier, and Madison Riddle; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved Maltese, Mia.

She was preceded in death by two sisters: Roslin Sands and Virgie Belle McIntyre; and her two beloved Maltese dogs, TJ and Tiffany.

Glenna was an angel of service to her family and community. She opened her loving home to foster children for 20 years, and was known for her stern yet fair parenting style. The family now wonders, “Who will keep us straight?“ She enjoyed decorating her home and tending to her many flower gardens, with a special place in her heart for roses. She was a fun, competitive member of the Greenhill Canasta Club, where everyone gathered with potluck dishes and brought their “troubles to the table” for a long night of comradery, laughter and spirited card playing.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 11 AM - 12 Noon on Saturday October 05, 2013.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12 Noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glenna’s memory at the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Glenna Mae Jordan.

Anita (Burkhammer) Sims

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Anita (Burkhammer) Sims

Age 81, of Gallipolis, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at her home after a long battle with cancer.

She was born January 11, 1932 and lived in Jane Lew, WV until 1967 when the family moved to Gallipolis, Ohio.

Anita was the 5th daughter of the late Grant and Mamie Burkhammer.

She is preceded in death by her only daughter, Cathy Wray.

Anita is survived by three sons, Rick and Barry Sims of Point Pleasant, and Brian (Doc) Sims of Gallipolis, Ohio; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Anita was a 1950 graduate of Jane Lew High School, after moving to Gallipolis, Ohio, Anita began working at the now Rockwell Automotive plant and did so until she retired.

Family and friends were received at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home in Point Pleasant on Sunday, September 22, with visitation from 5 to 7 PM.

Funeral service were held at the funeral home Monday, September 23, at 1 PM, with Pastor Robert Patterson officiating.

Burial followed at Forest Hills Cemetery in Point Pleasant.

Anita’s care has been entrusted to Crow-Hussell Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Marks Anderson Jones

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Dr. Elizabeth Marks Anderson Jones

Age 82, of Rocky Fork Road, Gilmer County, West Virginia, departed this life at 1:52 AM on September 26, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness.  Betty, as she was commonly known, was surrounded by family and friends while she passed peacefully.

Born May 21, 1931 in Gilmer County, daughter of the late James T. and Ormeda Moore Marks,

Betty began her education in a one-room school house with her mother as her teacher.  She went on to take courses at Glenville State College, but ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree in education from West Virginia University in 1953.  One of the first women to graduate from Notre Dame, Betty went on to earn her graduate degree in counseling in 1965.  In 1977, she earned her Doctorate in Public Administration from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  In 1988, the Colorado Rehabilitation Association recognized Betty for her outstanding services and contribution to the National Rehabilitation Association.  The Commission on Certification of Work Adjustment and Vocational Evaluation Specialists deemed Betty a Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist in 1994. Betty established Anderson Rehabilitation Centers in Colorado and Kansas, using her education and talents to help individuals regain their life in a new career path.

While education was clearly a priority in Betty’s life, she also understood the value of having fun.  In 1966 , she became one of the first women in the area to obtain her pilot’s license.  This adventure was one of the highlights of her life.  Another of Betty’s most prized possessions was a letter she received from Yale stating that though the university did not accept women in their program at that time, if and when that policy changed, Betty would be the first woman accepted into Yale’s law school.  In addition, Betty was actively involved in the Republican Party, spending time in Washington, D.C., working with think tanks, campaigns, etc.  When she returned to West Virginia, she became president of the Gilmer County Republican Women’s Association and continually encouraged young females to exercise their right to vote.

On April 12, 1981 she was united in marriage to Paul R. Jones, who preceded her in death on April 11, 2000.

She is survived by four step-children from that marriage, including Debra McDonald with husband Lee of Gainseville, FL; Susan Zimmerhackel and husband George of Lakewood, CO; James Jones of Denver, CO; and Jill Ferrell with husband Derek of Gallatin, TN.  Surviving also are eight step-grandchildren; Chris Ahlbrandt, Jessica Ahlbrandt-Carlisle, Niki Powers, Deven O’Rourke, Randy Jones, Jake Jones, Kellin Ferrell, and Colman Ferrell, and six step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Max Marks and wife Melba of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Gene Marks and wife Eula of Elyria, Ohio.

Along with her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, James Moore Marks and Robert Jackson Marks.  Upon the loss of her first brother, Betty became very close to his four daughters, often times claiming them as her own, including Debbie Ellyson and husband Kurt of Burnsville, WV; Cathy Heater of Weston, WV; Elizabeth Fisher and husband David of Mcuine,TN; and Rebecca Woodson of Weston, WV.  Betty’s influence extended to numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

When she returned to West Virginia to retire on the family farm, Betty became blessed with an abundance of family.  This woman who had no biological children found herself continually referred to as “Aunt Betty” by nieces, nephews, and even their friends.  Close friends Grace Tallhamer and Joanna Rutherford became like daughters to her.  And when great-niece Jena Pettit built a home on the farm beside Betty, her four children –Phillip Gunter, Riley Gunter, Gracie Pettit, and Izabella Pettit –became daily staples in Betty’s life.  The youngest of her late brother’s grandchildren, Ava Cork, daughter of Misty Ellyson Cork and husband Brad, was the final ray of sunshine in Betty’s life full of children, family and friends.

Just days before leaving this earth, Betty was preceded in death by long-time canine companion Von Trapper Jones.  The two had been inseparable for over a decade and will apparently continue the next journey together as well.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia 26351 at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 29, 2013, with Chaplain Bryon Bukoveski officiating.

Friends may call from 5-:008:00 PM Saturday evening at the Mortuary.

At Betty’s request, her remains will be cremated after funeral services.

A memorial service will be held at the Blackburn Church on June 28, 2014.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Dr. Elizabeth Marks Anderson Jones with arrangements.

Raymond Roscoe “Bud” Heflin

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Raymond Roscoe “Bud” Heflin

Age 89, of Hickory Flat Road, died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at his home.

He was born on February 03, 1924 in Roanoke, WV: a son of the late Roscoe and Vivian Post Heflin.

On April 28, 1955 he was united in marriage to Claire D. Jewell Heflin, who preceded him in death on June 22, 2013.

He is survived by one daughter, Barbara Heater; two sons, George Heflin and James Heflin; two granddaughters, Candida Heater and Nicole Heflin; two grandsons, Gary Freshour and Cory Heflin; and three great-grandchildren, Jonathon Matheny and Ryleigh and Brayden Freshour.

Raymond was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Heflin and Lorraine Delbridge; one brother-in-law, Sidney Delbridge; and one nephew, Michael Delbridge.

Mr. Heflin was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served three-years during WWII in the European Theatre, where he received four battle stars. He joined the WV State Police in July of 1952, where he served 20-years, retiring in 1972. He was then employed by the WV Department of Highways in Upshur County for 13-years retiring in October of 1985. He was a member of St. Albans WV F.O.P., a member of the Buckhannon VFW Post 3663, a life member of Weston Post 4 American Legion, a member of the I.O.O. F. Lodge at Roanoke, and a member of the WV State Police Retired Members.

He was a member of the Roanoke United Methodist Church.

The family received friends from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, September 25, at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The funeral was held at 11 AM, on Thursday, September 26, at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating.

Interment followed in the Mitchell Cemetery in Roanoke, where the Upshur County Honor Guard conducted military honors.
The Heflin family has entrusted the arrangements to the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel. 

Earl D. Conner

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Rev. Earl D. Conner

Age 72, of Olmsted Township, OH, went home to be with The Lord unexpectedly on Saturday August 17, 2013 at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland.

He was born December 07, 1940 in Gassaway, West Virginia.

He was the owner and operator of Conner & Son Excavating in Olmsted Township which he founded in 1975. Rev. Conner was ordained in 1966 and remained active in ministry up until the time of his death.

He served as pastor of several congregations including Lodi Baptist Church in Lodi, OH, Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Amherst, OH, and for the past two years he has been the pastor of North Lake Missionary Baptist Church in Amherst. He also served faithfully for over 20 years as the Director of Music at Faith Baptist Temple in North Ridgeville, OH.

He loved music and enjoyed singing and playing his guitar. Brother Earl had been a member of several area gospel quartets.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia “Patty” (nee Cameron); two daughters, Marlene Conner of Olmsted Township and Vickie Carpenter (James) of North Olmsted, OH; three sons, Douglas Conner (Sabrina) of Elyria, OH, Daniel Conner (Michelle) of Courtland, OH and Joseph Meyers (Becky) of Columbia Station, OH; one granddaughter; 11 grandsons; two sisters, Wilda Dixon (Bob) of Charleston, WV and Brenda Snyder of FL; and by one brother, Carl Conner (Diane) of FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Cleo (nee Knight) Conner; and by two sisters, Pauline Brown and Wanda Hoover.

Services were held on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Midway Baptist Church. Rev. Charles Keesee, pastor of Midway Baptist Church, officiated.

The burial was at 2:30 PM on that same Thursday at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Olmsted Falls, OH.

The family suggests that, memorial contributions in his name, be made to the missions fund of either North Lake Missionary Baptist Church or Faith Baptist Temple. Liston Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, OH, is serving the family.

Steven Mark “Stevie” Mullen, II

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Steven Mark “Stevie” Mullen, II

Age 21, of Arnoldsburg, WV, passed at 11:31 PM, Thursday, September 26, 2013, in the CAMC-General Hospital, Charleston, from injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident.

He was born July 09, 1992, in Parkersburg, WV.

Stevie was an employee of Cunningham Energy, Charleston and a former corrections officer. He was a member of the Spencer Roane Volunteer Fire Department and a 2010 graduate of Roane County High School. Stevie was an active member of the Roane County FFA. Also, he enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary Beth and Samuel McCumbers of Arnoldsburg; father, Steven Mark Mullen and Gina Hardbarger of Reedy, WV; sister, Sarah Beth Mullen of Arnoldsburg; half sister, Savannah Jo Carr of Arnoldsburg; stepsister, Stephanie Jean McCumbers of Arnoldsburg; girlfriend, Jessica Elaine McPherson of Looneyville, WV; maternal grandmother, Sharon Lea Chapman of Arnoldsburg; paternal grandparents, Richard E. and Helen R. “Jean” Mullen of Reedy; maternal great grandmother, Arlene Hanna of Arnoldsburg.

His paternal grandfather, Frederick Chapman, preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, September 30 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Burial, with graveside ceremonies accorded by the Spencer Roane Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard and other area emergency agencies, will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

Friends may call after 2:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Robert Wayne Jones

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Robert Wayne Jones

Age 74, of Reedsville, OH, passed away at 12:16 PM on Tuesday September 24, 2013 in the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, following an extended illness.

He was born on May 13, 1939 in Quick, WV, the son of the late Ralph and Dorothy Leach Jones.

On June 28, 1959, he married the former Vergie Mae Lowther Jones and they enjoyed 45 years of marriage before her passing on October 20, 2004.

He is survived by three daughters: Vernie Cox and husband Brian, Freda Mae Naggy and husband Bruce, both of LaGrange OH and Donna Jones of Ashland OH; three sons: Arnold Jones of Fitchfield OH, Carl Jones of Lorain OH and John Jones of New London OH; four brothers: French A. Jones and wife Ella of Sandusky OH, Mark A. Jones and wife Freda of Marysville OH, Roger Jones of Tampa FL, Ralph Jones Jr. and wife Diana of Wakeman OH; two sisters: Delores Akers of Elyria OH and Ona Shultz of Longview TX; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brother: William “Bill”, James “Jack”, John, and Gregory; three sisters: Audrey Souders, Emily Branham and Judy Lowther. He was also preceded in death by his beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Bear.

Robert was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and he worked for GM until he retired when the plant closed. He then went into water hauling, excavation work and truck driving. He lived in Sullivan OH until moving to Reedsville OH 17 years ago. He loved sitting on his porch swing enjoying the fresh country air, hunting deer and raccoon with his dog, Mandy, and entertaining his family and friends with his witty sense of humor. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 11AM -12 Noon on Saturday September 28, 2013.

Funeral service will follow at 12 Noon from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Wease Day officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hiney Hill Cemetery in Gilmer County, WV.

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

Edsel Clyde Mollohan

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Edsel Clyde Mollohan

Age 83, of Beavercreek, OH, formerly of Duck Creek, just below Gassaway, WV, died at the Veterans Administration Hospice unit in Dayton, OH, just after midnight, September 21, 2013.

For many years he was a well-respected Chiropractor in southwest Ohio. Dr. Mollohan, or Doc, as he preferred to be called, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a decorated Korean War veteran, having been awarded two Purple Hearts for his heroic service at the Chosin Reservoir. He loved cooking and baking, but was always looking for any reason to go fishing. He had a huge impact on family and friends with his appetite for life and his tender heart of gold.

He is survived by his two brothers, Mike Mollohan and John Mollohan; His son Edsel Mollohan II of Centerville and daughter and Cindy Taylor of Beavercreek. Also survived by his grandchildren, Tim Taylor, Susie Taylor, Patrick Taylor and Nathan Mollohan, one great-grandson, Aidan Mollohan.

All other family members and close friends will miss him. He passed away on Victory Ridge, a wing of the VA Hospice unit. His family thought it very apropos that he fought in a major war, lived life hard and ended strong on Victory Ridge.

Friends gathered with the family for refreshments at the Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall Rd. on Monday evening, September 23 from 6:30 PM until 8 PM to share their memories of Doc

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Victory Ridge Hospice Unit at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

Margaret Hendershot

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Margaret Hendershot

Age 89, of Parkersburg, WV, passed September 26, 2013, at the Cedar Grove Assisted Living.

She was born February 14, 1924 in Cairo, WV (Ritchie County), a daughter of the late Elmer C. and Emma Ross Starr.

She worked for Stone & Thomas as a buyer, was a homemaker and a devoted wife, caring for her husband Willie.

She was a member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was a member Lambda Chi Sorority. In their younger years, Margaret and Willie enjoyed playing golf and traveling to the Mountaineer football games together.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Charles “Willie” Hendershot; stepdaughter, Pamela (Jerry) O’Brien of Parkersburg; one step granddaughter, Kimberly (Dave) Hettinger of Colonial Heights, VA; three step great-grandchildren, David, Matthew and Taylor Hettinger; one step grandson, Casey O’Brien of Parkersburg; and one nephew, John Stone of Parkersburg.

As the last surviving member of her family, Margaret was preceded in death by five sisters, Rena Mae McKinney, Edna Richards, Hazel Mercer, Betty Hakes and Lillie Taitt; and two brothers, Clyde and Glen Starr.

Services will be Saturday 1 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend Chrissy Ruehl officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 4-6 PM at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Cedar Grove Assisted Living for the special care given to Margaret.

Helen Louise Adams Bush

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Helen Louise Adams Bush

Age 85, of Weston, WV, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a sudden illness.

Helen was born August 25, 1928 in Gilmer County, WV : daughter of the late Emery Elsworth Adams and Emily Elva Flesher Adams.

On June 24, 1950, she was married to Leo James Bush who preceded her in death April 15, 1986.

Helen is survived by three sons and their spouses: Larry James Bush and Frances of Weston, David Lee Bush and Sally of Weston and John Mark Bush and Tammy of Jane Lew. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Tammy King and husband Gene of Weston, Larry Bush, Jr. and wife Josie of Jane Lew, Stacy Fitzwater Pipes of Frankfort, KY, Emily Bush of Jane Lew and Josh Bush of Jane Lew. Eight great grandchildren also survive: Carnell King, Dylan King, Savanna King, Trenton Bush, Landon Bush, Braxton Bush, Rachel Pipes, and Jonah Pipes. Four sisters also survive: Marguerite Broadwater of Bridgeport, Kathleen Sleeth of Parkersburg, Geneva Matheny of Sistersville and Genelea Grose of Weston. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and brother and sister-in-laws, all of which loved her dearly. In addition to her husband and parents, Helen was preceded in death by three brothers: Denzel Adams, James Adams and Raymond Adams and several brother and sister-in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

Helen graduated from Troy High School, class of 1947, and Glenville State College with an Associate Degree in Language Arts.

Two main passions dominated her life: her family and her Christian faith. Helen chose to be a fulltime wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was always there for family, watching grandchildren and great grandchildren. To her it was not babysitting, it was family time and she loved it. It was normal and expected to go to Helen’s house for Sunday dinner, anyone was welcome and the house was always loud with conversation and play. The Bush’s enjoyed family competition, whether croquet or some ball game outside or cards and board games inside and Helen was fiercely competitive and expected no less from others.

Helen was a member of the Grace Baptist Temple.

She loved music, especially gospel and loved to sing hymns to the Lord. She especially loved singing with family and her fondest musical memories were duets with her sister: Genelea or nephew: Bud and in the 1960’s with the Adam’s family. Helen’s hobbies included quilting, working in her yard, going to yard sales, collecting glass and putting together sets of china for each family member, writing songs and especially writing poetry.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Roger Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in Troy IOOF Cemetery of Troy, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Helen Louise Adams Bush.

Juanita Lenore Putnam

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Juanita Lenore Putnam

Age 70, of Chapel, Braxton County, WV. passed September 23, 2013 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was a former school bus driver for the Braxton County Board of Education.

She was Protestant.

She was preceded in death by husband, Fletcher “Buck” Putnam; two brothers and one sister. She is survived by children, Loretta J. Stansberry of Chapel, Lucy Nations of Sand Fork, WV; Tonia L. Putnam of Sand Fork, WV, Falayda G. Casteneda of Pell City, AL and Francis K. Putnam of Chapel; sisters, Alura Barnett, Judy McCune, Crystal Williams and Collette Thomas; 15 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Burial will be in the Putnam Cemetery, Wilsie.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

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