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Melodie Lynn Bass

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Melodie Lynn Bass

Age 56, of Big Springs, WV, passed away February 02, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

She was born on February 07, 1957 in Delaware, a daughter of Elwood Owens, Jr. and Patty Wolfe Owens, currently of Lake Wales, FL.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lee Ann Kimble (Donny T.) of California and Tracy Bass of Big Springs; brother, Earl Owens of South Carolina; two sisters, Mickey Parteain of North Carolina and Patty Owens of Florida; four grandchildren, Killian Kimble, Ralph Bird, Deagan Winter and Alex Winter.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, 11:00 AM at the Nobe Cemetery at Nobe, WV.

The Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Ann Knight

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Barbara Ann Knight

Age 68, of Sutton, WV passed away February 02, 2013 at her residence on Erbacon Road.

She was born on January 04, 1945 in Sutton, WV to the late Branty Ray and Gussie Mae Palmer Coffman.

Barbara was a Methodist by faith and a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband; Walter Knight, daughter and son-in-law Janette Kay and Zendell Casto of Erbacon Rd. ,Sutton, brother; Harry Coffman of Craigsville, sisters; Sharon Brown of Flatwoods, and Gloria Salisbury of Hickory Flats, and her daughters dog Rusty.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday February 07, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Mark Coffman officiating.

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

Burial will follow in the Sigler Cemetery, near Erbacon.

Clara Louese Brissey

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Clara Louese Brissey

Age 83, of West Union, WV, Sunnyside Community, passed away February 02, 2013, at her residence.

She was born July 25, 1929, in Auburn, WV, a daughter of the late Hobart and Wanda (Campbell) Hardman.

Mrs. Brissey retired from the Doddridge County Board of Education. She was a cook at the West Union Grade School for several years.

She was a member of the Auburn Baptist Church.

She volunteered for the Doddridge County Emergency Services as an EMT.

Surviving are her loving husband of 65 years, Marvin C. Brissey; daughter, Kathy Crowe (Carl) of Mansfield, Ohio; granddaughters, Jennifer Crowe of Canton, Ohio, and Sarah Sheets of West Union, WV; and great-grandchildren, Kaylin Giles of Canton, Ohio, and Emily Gravatt and Noah Gravatt, both of Lexington, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Janet Sheets; and grandson, Benjamin Crowe.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Bill Davis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

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

Juanita E. “Kate” King Jenkins

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Juanita E. “Kate” King Jenkins

Age 70 of 111 Fairground Road, Glenville, West Virginia departed this life to join her Lord and Savior at 9:15 AM, Thursday January 31, 2013 in the Genesis Health Care Facility, following an extended illness.

Born February 17, 1942 in Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Russell and Violet Howes Cottrill.

Kate was a homemaker, and Christian by faith.

She was a very giving lady who loved socializing with anyone. Her eyes blind to social indifference and her heart always open to love. She touched all that knew her in own special way.

In 1978 she was united in marriage to Jack Jenkins,  who preceded her in death in 1992.

Surviving are 5 children, William “Beaver” King of Ohio, Carolyn “Dutch” Blake and husband Pete of Glenville, WV; Tab King of Glenville, WV;  John King and wife Robin of Wilsie, West Virginia; Randy Lambey of Clay, West Virginia;  16 grandchildren,  numerous great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Brenda Cottrell and husband Troy, and Shirley King, 2 brothers, Buster Cottrill and wife Cally, Bill Cottrill and wife Bobbi, 2 step brothers, Wayne Cottrill, and Calvin Cottrill and wife Betty, and special friend Cathern Losh of Glenville, WV.

Along with her parents and husband, Kate was preceded in death by Coy King, the father of her 5 children and a long term friend Arthur Myers.

Memorial Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, WV at 5:00 PM Saturday February 09, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Friends may call from 4:00-5:00 PM,  Saturday at the Mortuary.

At Kate’s request, her remains will be cremated and her children will have private services at a later date.

The family request in lieu of Flowers that memorial contributions be made in her honor to the Genesis Health Care “Residents Fund” 111 Fairground road, Glenville WV, 26351..

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Juanita E. “Kate” King Jenkins with arrangements.

Annabell Florence Lipps

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Annabell Florence Lipps

Age 83, of Buckhannon, WV died Thursday, January 17, 2013, at her home while under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

She was born August 01, 1929 in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Virgil Jay and Ora Wilmoth Spore.

On March 25, 1953, she married Riley Blaine “Mutt” Lipps Sr., who preceded her in death March 22, 2003.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Joe Riffle and Daniel Joseph Lipps; two daughters, Barbara Cottrill and Annamae Lipps; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert and Raymond Spore; and two sisters, Rita Lowther and Mabel Lough.

She is survived by six sons, Virgil Daniel Lipps, Riley Lipps Jr., Bernie Lipps and wife, Mary, and Woody Riffle and wife, Barbara, all of Buckhannon, Ernest Lipps of Gassaway, WV and Riley Roscoe Eugene “Crow” Lipps and wife, Deborah, of Century; two daughters, Mary Perrine and husband, Jack, of Century and Faye Zirkle and husband, Sam, of Beverly; 29 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Virgil Jay “Bud” Spore of Hackers Creek; one sister, Virgie Landers of Buckhannon; and special friends, Leona Smith and James Wilmoth both of Buckhannon.

Mrs. Lipps worked at West Virginia Wesleyan College in housekeeping. She was Pentecostal by faith and was a student of the literacy volunteers.

Friends were received Sunday, January 20, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

A funeral service was conducted at 2:00 PM Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wease L. Day officiating.

Burial will follow in Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

JoAnn Gawthrop

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JoAnn Gawthrop

A lifelong resident of Braxton County, WV, died Thursday, January 31, at home surrounded by her family.

Born in 1938 in Glendon, WV, JoAnn graduated from Sutton High School in 1957.

She married John Gawthrop in 1958 and worked at Cooks Department Store until they bought the store in 1964 and renamed it John’s Department Store.

JoAnn was an active member of Gassaway Baptist Church where she taught women’s Bible studies, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the choir, a deaconess and served as Pastor Appreciation chairwoman. She began the first ladies small group class. She was also involved in the prayer ministry and served on numerous committees.

She was an avid gardener, beautiful homemaker, mother, wife and dear friend.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John Daniel Gawthrop, Gassaway, WV; and two daughters and son-in-laws, Deborah Denise Neese, Biltmore Lake, NC and Cliff Neese, Baton Rouge, LA; Penny Ann Mize and Walter Mize of Asheville, NC.

She is also survived by her grandchildren; Adam Neese, Biltmore Lake, NC; Kaley Ann Mize, Asheville, NC: survived by her brother, John Edward Gibson of Sutton, WV.

Her living half brother and sister are Samuel Julian Gibson of Herold, WV and Christy Ellen Freeman of Clarksburg, WV.

Predeceased by her half brothers, Roy Lewis Gibson, Paul Vernon Gibson and Michael David Gibson; father, Julian Vernon Gibson; mother, Sylvia Marie Gibson; step-mother, Mabel Gibson.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Rapp, Terry Duffield, Herb White, Jeff Singleton, Junior Pletcher, and Ben Harris.

The family would like to thank Mark and Darlene Stump, Bill and Bronlynn Morlan, Lance and Lewesla and all her church friends and family for the acts of kindness, prayers, food, cards and love shown to her. Also, thanks to Drs. Russell and Sally Stewart, Hospice Care, Marsha Delaney, Dr. Stephanie Cole, and Dr. Rose Jacobs for taking loving care of JoAnn.

Service will be 11:00 AM, Monday, February 04, 2013 at Gassaway Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Burial will be in the Hill Cemetery, Muddlety.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 9:00 PM Sunday at the Gassaway Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, a building fund memorial prayer garden will be set up at Gassaway Baptist Church. Donations can be made to Gassaway Baptist Church, PO Box 128, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Marjorie Lorraine (Simmons) Duckworth

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Marjorie Lorraine (Simmons) Duckworth

May 17, 1924 to January 31, 2013, born in Gassaway, WV to mother Mabel McTheny Simmons and to father Charles O. Simmons, both late of Sugar Creek, Braxton County, WV.

Preceded in death by her husband of sixty seven years, Burlin S. Duckworth, on December 08, 2012.

Survived by sons Lawrence Dowe Duckworth of Atlanta, GA and Roger Lee Duckworth of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren Matthew Duckworth, Dr. Cheryl Duckworth, Kristen Parker, Dr. Rebecca Forkner, Dr. Ben Duckworth and Stacy Mason; and six great grandchildren Madeline Mason, Lauren Mason, Annabelle Parker, Mabel Forkner, Sam Parker, and Caroline Duckworth; siblings Betty Conrad of Sugar Creek and James Simmons and wife Louise of Gassaway; and aunt to Lisa Marshall and son Jake.

According to family and friends Marjorie was a great mother, spouse and sister.

She attended a one-room school on Sugar Creek, then graduated from Gassaway High School.

During the war she was a “Rosie Riveter,“ working in a defense plant in Charleston. After the war she married and raised two sons with the constant goal of insuring that her sons achieved topnotch educations.

After a few years of living at Cabin Creek, Marjorie and Stewart moved to Cleveland, OH so that they could give their sons more opportunities.

The sons did, graduating with degrees from West Point, Marshall, Central Michigan, National Defense University and Virginia Tech; and both are Army veterans.

All of her five grandchildren are college graduates and three of the five have earned doctorate degrees.

Marjorie attended the Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

The sons want all to know that she was a wonderful mother and is already missed.

Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 02, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Bennie Crigger officiating.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

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

Vieva Church

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Vieva Church

Age 82, of Nobe WV, went to be with the Lord on January, 30, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville.

Vieva was born September 10, 1930 at Nobe, WV and was the daughter of the late Lem “Tom” Roberts and Eunice Wilt-Roberts and step daughter of Chloe Roberts.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother.

She attended Cornerstone Praise & Worship Church.

Surviving are her sons, Kevin (Kim) Church of Grantsville, WV and Craig (Kelly) Church of Nobe; stepmother, Chloe Roberts; two brothers, Forrest “Short” Roberts of Parkersburg, WV; Ronzel (Leona) Roberts of Glenville’ WV; one sister, Barbara Davis of Harrisville, WV; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ordith Carl Church on April 13, 2000.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, Long Term Care Unit and staff of Minnie Hamilton Health System for the excellent care, comfort and support that they provided Vieva and her family. They would also like to thank the community, friends and co-workers for all their prayers, support and visits during Vieva’s illness.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 03, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with pastors Kevin Church and Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Nobe Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Friends of Minnie Hamilton or Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care, 186 Hospital Drive Grantsville, WV 26147.

Eva Jean Casto

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Eva Jean Casto

Age 77, of RR3 Box 925, Lost Creek, WV passed away at 3:45 PM, on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born September 16, 1935 in Bulltown, Braxton County, WV: a daughter of the late Lanta Newton Lake and Ethel Ellen Dean Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Wesley Mitchell, who died in 1971.

Surviving are two sons, James Mitchell of Lost Creek and Joseph Mitchell and wife, Patty of Clarksburg; one step-grandson, Mikey Tighe of Clarksburg and her beloved dog, Muffin, who misses her greatly.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family, being preceded in death by five brothers, Edward, Everett, Hubert, Lanta Jr., and Dewey; and her companion of 37-years, David L. Morris.

Eva Jean had been a valued volunteer at the Jane Lew Senior Center for the past 25-years.

She was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church, a very active member of the American Baptist Women’s Group, the Church Women’s Choir, and a member of the McWhorter Neighbors CEO’s.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for her flower gardens. She loved to bake and was known for her delicious sugar cookies.

Friends were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, Tuesday, January 29, from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Tuesday, January 29, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Rev. William Coffindaffer officiating.

Interment will follow in the McWhorter Cemetery.

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

Gerald Ray McCartney

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Gerald Ray McCartney

Age 66, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013 at his residence following a house fire.

He was born in Elamore, WV on September 5, 1946: son of the late James McCartney and Ruby (Newlin) McCartney.

Mr. McCartney is survived by two daughters, Becky (Robert) Barker of Walkersville and April Cline of Clarksburg; two sons, William (Amy) McCartney of Walkersville and Harold McCartney of Rochester, NY; nine grandchildren, Michael and Daima Carver, Bobby Barker, Jr., William, Alisa, Brooke and Christen McCartney, Nancy Slaughterbeck and Tyler Cline; and one great-grandchild, Elijah Carver.

Also surviving are two brothers, James McCartney of Roanoke and Danny McCartney of Baltimore, MD; two sisters, Beverly Brown of Waynesville, MO, and Chris Goldsmith of Roanoke, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McCartney was preceded in death by one brother, Carol Lynn McCartney.

Mr. McCartney retired as a nursing assistant from the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center of Clarksburg. He was a grill man at Wendy’s in Weston. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany during Vietnam 1963-66.

Gerald’s greatest joy was his kids and grandkids. He also loved his four dogs, Tia, Goliath, Sassy Mouth and Rosie.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, January 27, at 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 27, at 1 PM, from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard at the Green Hill Cemetery in Braxton County following services.

Interment will follow Military Honors in the family plot.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is charge of arrangements for Gerald Ray McCartney.

Nellie Gertrude Lattea

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Nellie Gertrude Lattea

Age 85, of Weston, WV died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born December 06, 1927 in Webster Springs, WV: a daughter of the late William Hamrick and Flossie Gum Hamrick.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Junior Clay Hamrick, Basil Dale Hamrick and William Harold Hamrick.

She is survived by her husband of 63-years, Archie Eugene Lattea; her children, Archie Eugene Lattea, Jr., and wife, Becky of Freemans Creek, William Gary Lattea and wife, Pam of Weston, Ellen Ann Titus and husband, Paul of Camden, Chauncey Leslie Lattea of Jennings Run, Nina Rose Chapman of Jackson’s Mill, Vickie Charlene Lattea of Jackson’s Mill and Sharon Sue Lattea of Jackson’s Mill; five grandchildren including Dakota Chapman, whom she helped raise; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Chauncey Hamrick of Weston; one sister, Annabelle Amen and husband, William of Camden; and several nieces and nephews.

Nellie was a homemaker.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Friends were received from 11 AM to 1 PM, Monday, January 28, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services were held at 1 PM, Monday, January 28, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Boyle & Floyd Funeral Homes, Weston.

Betty Green Coffman

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Betty Green Coffman

Age 82, of Gassaway, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Laurel Nursing & Rehab. Center, Ivydale, WV.

She was born July 01, 1930 to the late Esker Riffle and Flossie Mullins Crites Riffle.

Betty was a homemaker.

She was a Baptist by faith, she attended Sugar Creek Baptist Church before she became ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband; James Frank Green and her second husband; Charles Coffman, sister; Garnet Keifer, and several cousins.

Betty is survived by their two step-daughters; Barbara Ellen Coffman and Evelena Coffman Dotson, step-son-in-law; Garrett Smith, step-granddaughter; Katheryn Rose Jones and niece; Sheryl June Gallion.

Funeral services will be conducted at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home 1:00 PM Friday, February 01, 2013 with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Burial will follow the service in Braxton Memorial Cemetery near Sutton.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Azlynn Jessann Carpenter

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Azlynn Jessann Carpenter

Infant daughter of Samantha and Jonathan Carpenter of Mt. Zion, WV passed away suddenly at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg on January 22, 2013.

She is survived in addition to her parents by her half brother, Maverick Shane Carpenter; grandparents, Theodore ‘Ted’ Poulin, Ann Poulin and Donald Ray Carpenter; great grandmother, Susan Curtis (Phillip), great-great grandmother, Josephine LaRiviere; uncle, Jonathan Poulin as well as several additional aunts and uncles.

She is preceded in death by her aunt, Jessace Marie Stump.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Edward Bee

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Robert Edward Bee

Age 66 of Servia, WV, died January 26, 2013 at home.

He was born February 14, 1946 a son of Rena Ellison Bee McCune of Pinch and the late Ralph Bee.

He was a truck driver, a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a protestant by faith.

In addition to his mother he is survived by daughter, Neodesha Bee of Bluefield; sister, Sheila Bee Shinn of Pinch; one nephew and two great nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Martin Kyle Tennant

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Martin Kyle Tennant

Age 86, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on January 29, 2013 at WV Veteran’s Nursing Home in Clarksburg.

He was born April 30, 1926, in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Louis and Eunice Wilson Tennant.

Martin was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife, Nettie Ellen Moss Tennant; three sons, Richard Kyle Tennant, Jeffrey Scott Tennant and Mark Edward Tennant, all of Parkersburg; one brother, Donald Tennant of Texas; two grandchildren, Martin Kyle Tennant II of Parkersburg and Lindsey Wolfe of Ohio; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Wolfe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles L. Tennant.

There will be no services or visitation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Opal Mae Valentine

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Opal Mae Valentine

Age 58, of Grantsville, WV, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

She was born February 22, 1954, in Ritchie County, WV to the late Tommy and Indabelle Smith Richards.

Opal worked as an airport security guard and a corrections officer. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt who will be missed by family and friends. She had a passion for butterflies, collecting many of them.

She is survived by her son, Mike Clark, his wife Annette and their children, Robert Joseph, Amanda Stanek, Joshua Joseph, Marcia Joseph, Michael and Nicole Joseph with Opal’s great grandson, Miles; son, Chris Clark, his wife Shawna and their children Justin, Haelee, Chris Jr., Gregory, Serena, Alyssa and Savannah; son, Roger ‘JR’ Valentine and his daughter Nadlia Jalee; sister, Pauline Headley; and brothers, Basil Richards and Larry Richards; two nieces, Laura Hammond and April Drake.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents by sisters, Fern Hammond, Lenore Richards, Barbara Carpenter and Jean Strickland.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the family cemetery at Macfarlan, WV.

Friends may call from 12:00-1:00 PM prior to the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, cards and donations can be sent to Opal Mae Valentine, c/o Mike Clark, P O Box 54, Macfarlan, WV 26148.

Harold Edwin Lamb

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Harold Edwin Lamb

Age 68, of 115 Harrison Ave, Weston, WV passed away at 10:56 AM Sunday, January 27, 2013 at his residence, following a brief illness.

He was born July 11, 1944 in Eugene, Oregon, a son of the late James and Hazel Caley Lamb.

On April 09, 2004, he married the former Virginia Lynn Richmond, who survives.

Also surviving are two brothers: Jim and Dennis Lamb both of Eugene, OR; three sisters: Shirley Farnsworth of Springfield OR, Dorothy Hutson of Roseburg, OR and Carol Decausmeater and husband Mark of Wilmington, NC.

He was preceded in death by three sisters: Nettie, Barbara and Ruth.

Harold was retired from the Becker’s Brothers Machine Shop in Bridgeport, CT, with 17 years of service and was Presbyterian by faith.

He enjoyed watching wrestling, playing cards and as a young man had traveled from Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. He will be sadly missed by his friends: Don and Neelam Worth of Weston, Jim and Barbara Ryan of Ct. and KiKi and Night Rider.

Jenny was the love of his life and they shared many happy times together.

At Harold’s request he will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made the Peoples Hospice 327 Medical Park Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew is honored and privileged to service the Lamb family.

Donna Sue Curtis Goodwin

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Donna Sue Curtis Goodwin

Age 47, of 441 Perry Ables Hollow, Weston, WV passed away at 10:37 PM Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born December 09, 1965 in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of Clarence Edward Curtis of Copley and the late Iva Jane Ables Curtis.

Surviving are two sisters: Dorthy Curtis of Weston and Jennifer Pumphrey of Pricetown; three brothers: Dale, Dave, and Darrel Curtis, all of Weston; special friend, Jeff Hyre, of Jane Lew; nieces and nephews: Michelle Kittle, whom was like a daughter at heart, Kassandra Hughes, Shannon Lowther, Chrystal Ramsburg, Carrie and Jossie Curtis, Megan and Haley Pumphry, Orion Kittle and Kamryn Ramsburg; and two great nieces: Lori and Lesley Thomas.

Donna was a homemaker and a Methodist by faith.

She loved her family and friends and enjoyed putting a smile on their face. Among her many passions, were cooking and quilting.

Friends and family called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 PM.

Funeral Services were held at 4:00 PM Saturday, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Reverend Jay Burkhart officiating.

Interment followed in the Jacksonville Cemetery on Jacksonville Ridge.

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

Beatrice Crawford Shaffer

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Beatrice Crawford Shaffer

Age 90, formerly of Millstone, WV, died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 while staying temporarily at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV.

She was born at Crummies Creek, Calhoun County, WV to John Thomas and Maggie Wood Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ray Shaffer; her parents; and brothers, Earl, Alton, Berlin, Earnest, Forest ‘Pete’ and Chancey ‘Don’; sisters, Edra, Edith, Mamie and Tressie. She was the last surviving sibling in her family.

Surviving are her children, Margaret Rose Alvis (Roger) of Spencer, WV; Drexel ‘Dick’ Eugene Shaffer (Linda) of DeSoto, KS; and John William Shaffer (Lil) of Mount Zion, WV; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, residing in Texas, Kansas and West Virginia.

She was a homemaker and attended Sand Ridge United Methodist Church.

She dearly loved her Millstone community. She was cared for in her last years by her daughter, Mary and son-in-law Roger in Spencer, WV.

The family would like to express gratitude to Hospice Care and the Roane County Committee on Aging for the many months of wonderful care.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 01, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Pastor Tom Fletcher and Pastor Rick Swearingen officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sand Ridge Cemetery.

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

Jack Lane Posey

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Jack Lane Posey

Age 48, of 1236 Millstone Rd. Jane Lew, WV passed away at 5:09 AM Monday January 21, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following a sudden illness.

He was born on August 27, 1964 in Weston, WV a son of the late Jack O. Posey and Doris J. Skidmore Posey who survives in Jane Lew.

On August 22, 1992, he married the former Martha (Marcy) Goodwin, who survives.

Also surviving are: one son, Jack Logan Posey who lives at home; two brothers: Jim and Chris Posey, both of Jane Lew; several aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.

Lane was employed by the WVDOH as a Bridge Inspector. He enjoyed horseback riding, woodworking, fishing and hunting. He took great pride in constructing the home where he and his family resided. He especially loved his wife, son and family.

Family and friends gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00-11:00 AM.

A Celebration of Life was held at 11:00 AM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Reverend Jimmy Burrough officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Weston.

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

Helen Trascik

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Helen Trascik

Age 99, of Parkersburg, WV, died January 25, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare in Parkersburg, WV.

She was born in Tanner, WV, a daughter of the late Albert C. and Bertha (Brooks) Post.

She is survived by her sister, Annalee Cline of Caldwell, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. L. Norman Butler officiating.

Burial will be at Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville, WV.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Forrest L. “Buck” Elder

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Forrest L. “Buck” Elder

Age 75, of Little Hocking, Ohio, passed away on January 26, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

“Buck” was born in Cairo, WV, on January 01, 1938, a son of the late Harry and Mary McVay Elder.

He had proudly served his country in the Marines, and was a truck driver for over 50 years, working recently with Mystic Hills Trucking.

“Buck” is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jean Vance Elder; daughter, Lois Whipkey and Edward of Parkersburg; stepson, Mark Morris and Frances of Charleston; stepdaughter, Diane Ferrell and Joe of Charleston; grandchildren, James Mercer Jr., Kristina Payne, Angel Buchanan and Whitney Null; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Ester Rosalee Sprouse and Mary Rinehart; brothers, Floyd Elder and Donzel Elder; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, “Buck” was preceded in death by two brothers,Wayne Elder and Glenn Elder.

The funeral service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with the Rev. Dr. Tim A. Lindsey officiating.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Monday and for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

A graveside service will be 3:00 PM Tuesday at Spring Hill Cemetery in Charleston.

JoEtta Fortney Hemp

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JoEtta Fortney Hemp

Age 81, of Covington, VA, passed Friday, January 25, 2013, at her residence.

She was born October 25, 1931, in West Union, WV, a daughter of the late Ernest Duane and Agnes Davis Fortney.

Mrs. Hemp had retired as a secretary from the former McCaleb and Wayland Ins. Company.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hemp was preceded in death by a sister Betty Smith and a brother, Ernest Fortney Jr.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, William H. Hemp of Covington; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and John Stone of Covington; two sons and daughters–in-law, Eddie and Lynn Hemp of Covington and Houston and Charlene Hemp of South Windsor, Conn.; 10 grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Georgia Carter of Buffalo Gap and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Monday at 11:00 AM in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel in Covington.

The interment will be made Monday at 2:00 PM in Augusta Memorial Park, Fishersville, VA.

The family received their friends Sunday evening from 7:00 until 8:00 PM at the Arritt Funeral Home.

The family suggests that memorial donations in Mrs. Hemp’s name may be made to: Society of St. Andrews, 3383 Sweet Hollow Rd., Big Island, VA 24526 or to Mountain Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

Rose Mae Perry Osborne

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Rose Mae Perry Osborne

Age 76, of Auburn, WV, died January 25, 2013 at her residence.

She was born March 26, 1936 at Logan, WV, the daughter of the late Bill and Dixie Johnson Perry.

She was a homemaker and a member of The Church of God, Cox’s Mills, where she was active in the Ladies Aid.

Mrs. Osborne is survived by her husband of 58 years and 7 months, Harmon L. Osborne; children, Barbara Combs (Kelly) and Dennett Osborne (Linda) all of Auburn, Harmon R. Osborne (Katherine) of Glenville, WV; Louraine Keener (Richard) of Berea, and Kenneth Osborne (Tina) of Chapmanville; grandchildren, Kelly Lee Combs, Libby Combs, Roberta Kennedy, Renee Osborne, Randall Lee Osborne, Richard Lee Keener, Robert Lee Keener, Kenda Osborne, and Claudia Osborne; great grandchildren, Timmy Lee Marks, Kelsie Combs, Derek Combs, Christopher Kennedy, Jessie Kennedy, Calvin Osborne, Whitney Osborne and Brandy Osborne.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, January 28, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Frig Proffit officiating. Burial will follow In the Auburn Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4:00-8:00.

Macie Nadine Jarvis

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Macie Nadine Jarvis

Age 89, of Salem, WV, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Salem Care & Rehabilitation Center, following a prolonged illness.

Macie was born January 18, 1924 in Elmira, WV (Braxton County) the youngest child of the late Francis Lee and Bertha Olive (Edgell) Kendall.

She spent her days as a homemaker for her loving family. Macie was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Salem and was a dedicated Christian who loved teaching Sunday school, working with Awana’s, and performing in church plays. She will always be remembered for giving to and serving others and was well known for reciting poetry, much of which she learned when she was a young girl. Macie was the last surviving member of her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, William Russell Jarvis who were united in marriage on Aug. 21, 1971; children, Gary Short (Kathy), OR; Allen Short (Helen), VA; Brian Short (Blair), VA; Marie Michenor (David), IN; Sharon Hazen (John), OH; Lenore Greenawalt (Leonard), Salem, WV, along with 14 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Russell “Dale” Jarvis; grandson, Swain Leonard Greenawalt III; brothers, Ambert, Adrian, Selby, and Drexel Kendall, and sisters, Pearl Brown, Myrtie Cottrill, Hazel Hall, Chloe Richardson, Iza Lowers, Delphia Tanner, Violet Teets, Vera Hosie, Maysel Jarvis, and Bonnie Kendall.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Lighthouse Baptist Church, Salem, WV with Pastor John Freeman and Pastor David Michenor, Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the Kendall Family Farm Cemetery in Braxton County, WV.

Friends may call the church on Monday from 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

Philip C. Alfred

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Philip C. Alfred

Age 95, of Bridgeport went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 17, 2013.

He was born September 28, 1917 in Weston, WV: a son of the late Perry G. and Lillian Springston Alfred.

He was married to his love, F. Lois Alfred on May 04, 1943 who preceded him in death on April 06, 2012.

He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert E. L. Alfred, Thomas Jefferson Alfred and Richard Bland Alfred; his sisters, Mary Helen Alfred and Lillian Frances Alfred. He was the last surviving member of his family. He was also preceded in death by his beloved son-in-law, George L. Cleghorn.

Philip is survived by a daughter, Nancy Alfred Cleghorn;  two sons, Philip C. (Charles) Alfred, Jr., and his wife, Norma, Tim Alfred and wife, Barbara; dearly loved grandchildren, Thomas P. Cleghorn and wife, Michelle and children, Lindsay and Trey of Greensboro, NC, Chris Cleghorn and wife, Amy and children, Jared and Alyssa of Bridgeport, Philip Cleghorn and wife, Nicole and children, A.J. and Jack of Spring, Texas, Casey Alfred and wife, Tracy and children, Kaylee, Victoria and Joseph of Jane Lew, Heather Kelly and husband, Luke and children, Taylor and Emily of Wellsville, NY, Michael Alfred and wife, Alicia and children, Grant, Carter and Luke of Colchester, Conn., and Matthew Alfred and wife, Kristen and baby son of Springfield, VA.  Also, surviving is his beloved sister-in-law, Reta Hinzman Bailey of North Ridgeville, Ohio and many beloved nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Philip graduated from Weston High School. In 1939, he graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945. After the war, he started at what was then Hope Natural Gas Co., and later becoming Consolidated Natural Gas Co., and continued there for 42-years as a supervisor of property accounting.

His Lord and his family were the reason for his life. He prayed daily for his family and always asked what they were doing and how they were. He served the Lord in many ways throughout his life at both Clarksburg Baptist Church and Simpson Creek Baptist Church, working as Sunday school superintendent, Usher and Deacon as well as many other charitable works throughout the community.

His last months were spent with his family and extended family at Golden Harvest/Visiting Angels, where he was loved and cared for by those who attended there and Kathy Costello who became like a second daughter to him after the loss of his wife.

Friends were received at the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, on Monday, January 21, from 6-8 PM, and on Tuesday, January 22, from 10-11 AM

The funeral service was celebrated in the funeral home on Tuesday, January 22, at 11 AM, with Rev. Dr. C. Michael Hopkins presiding.

The interment followed in the Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport.  The West Virginia Army Honor Guard and the Harrison County Honor Guard will provide military rites at graveside.

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

Ronald Dempse Coffindaffer

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Ronald Dempse Coffindaffer

Age 69, of Jane Lew , WV passed away peacefully in the hands of the heavenly Father on Tuesday morning, January 15, 2013 following an extended illness.

Ronnie was born in Melitus on July 05, 1943: a son of the late Charles L. and Virginia Board Coffindaffer.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 46-years, Beverly Jo Coffindaffer, who, without her dedication to his care for the last 3-years, would not have been with us for this length of time.

He is also survived by three daughters, Kelli Breen of Jane Lew, Kathy (Steve) DeBrular of Weston, Kristi (Bobby) Richards of Jane Lew; and one son, Ronald D. “R.D.“ Coffindaffer II of Jane Lew; and one brother, James Coffindaffer of Charleston.

His five grandchildren were the light of his life, Jacob and Hannah Breen, Karrington and Kade Richards and Parker Coffindaffer, all of Jane Lew; two step-grandchildren: Natalie Taylor and Joey DeBrular of Weston; and one step-great-grandson, Landyn Taylor.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William L. Coffindaffer and Charles R. Coffindaffer

Everyone who knew Ronnie knew of his love for family, Nascar (huge Earnhardt fan) and his sense of humor (always a jokester.) He loved the farm on which he grew up on in Jane Lew. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in France during the Vietnam era. He operated heavy equipment for 30-years before becoming ill.

He was a Christian by his acceptance of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Friends and family were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Saturday January 19, from 12 Noon to 1 PM.

A Memorial Service followed at 1 PM, with the Rev. Bill Lanham officiating.

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

Gregory John Lane

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Gregory John Lane

Age 33, of 243 Grass Run Road, Weston, West Virginia passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 following a brief illness.

He was born on March 13, 1979 in Buckhannon, West Virginia: son of R. Hugh Lane and the late Nancy Lou (Francis) Lane who preceded him in death on April 18, 1990.

In addition to his father Greg is survived by two brothers Timothy Scott Lane and wife Kelley of Belington, West Virginia, Jeffery Shawn Lane and wife Jamie of Horner, West Virginia. Also surviving are three special nieces Haley Truman, Brooklyn Lane, Megan Lane, and a special nephew Matthew Lane.

Greg was a gifted mechanic he loved to work on anything that had a motor. He was employed by the West Virginia Department of Highways in Buckhannon. Greg loved the great outdoors he was an avid fisherman, deer hunt, camper, boating enthusiast, loved to ride four-wheelers, and loved riding on his vintage Honda Shadow motor cycle. Greg also liked to go to the different auctions around town. Greg also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, West Virginia on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 4:00 PM till 8:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2013 from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 PM with Reverend Carolyn Nettles officiating. Interment will follow services in the Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

Claude Burl Travis

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Claude Burl Travis

Age 86, of West Union, WV passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in his residence.

He was born July 07, 1926 in New Milton a son of the late Claude Ora (Bill) and Mona Lenora Cox Travis.

On October 08, 1944 he married Edwina Smith Travis who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Burl Edwin (Tuffy) Travis and wife Brenda, Salem, David Timothy Travis and wife Nancy, West Union, John Todd Travis and wife, Rhonda, Salem, one sister, Betty Senile and husband Ray, Georgetown, PA, one brother, Gerald (Duke) Travis and wife Pat, Crystal Lake, West Union, grandchildren, April Cayton, Daniel Travis, Eric Travis, Steve Travis, Chad Travis, Benjamin Travis, David Travis, T.J. Travis, Faith Ball, Fran Gray, Angela McClain, Roger McClain, Amber McClain, Tyler Travis, Victoria Travis, 19 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Travis, one daughter, Cathy McClain and one great grandson, Jesse Cayton.

Burl was a graduate of the Doddridge County High School. He served with the United States Navy during World War II as a machinist mate 3rd Class and with the Navy SeaBees in Guam and Tinnean Island. He was retired from Laborers Local # 984, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, A&P Tea Company and T. and T. Drilling Company. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time at the farm on Arnolds Creek. He treasured spending time with family and friends. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed time with his favorite cat, Whitney, as well as feeding birds and animals. He was a member of the American Legion #25.

He was member of West Union Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union with full military graveside rites accorded by the combined Doddridge County Veterans Organizations.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Sunday, January 27 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and on Monday, January 29 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Tuesday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Travis family.

Ruth Anne James

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Ruth Anne James

Age 70, of Salem, SC, formerly of Sand Fork, WV, passed peacefully in her sleep on January 24, 2013 at the home she shared with her sister Mary and Ernie Gum in Salem, SC since 2005.

Prior to that she was a resident of Sand Fork, WV for many years.

Born May 18, 1942, at Nicut, WV, the daughter of the late Paul G. Bishop and the late Gathel King Bishop.

She was a graduate of Sand Fork High School and Glenville State College.

She was a retired high school teacher with over 30 years of service in Gilmer and Braxton Counties.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. She was active in local and state politics and had served as chair of the Gilmer County Republican Party.

She was member of the Foothills Community Church in Seneca, SC.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Travis) Cochran of Sand Fork, WV; grandson, William ‘Billy’ Cochran of Sand Fork, WV; sister Mary (Ernie) Gum of Salem, SC; brothers Arden (Viola) Bishop of Glenville, WV and David Bishop of Sand Fork, WV.

She is preceded in death in addition to her parents by her husband, William B. James, and one sister, Ermal Harris.

Funeral services will be held Monday January 28, 2013, 11:00 AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Burial will follow in the King Cemetery at Nicut.

Friends may call from 5:00-7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Arthur Lee “Skip” Blankenship

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Arthur Lee “Skip” Blankenship

Age 60, of Harrisville, WV, died January 24, 2013 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 05, 1952 at Cyclone, WV, the son of the late Silas Blankenship and Tressie “Chig” Osborne Blankenship of Harrisville.

Arthur worked as a coal miner for Mayhon Enterprises and he was a jack of all trades.

He was attended The Pullman Church of God.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gisele Faith Sturgell Blankenship; three daughters, Michelle Props (Michael) of Thomasville, NC; Rhonda Lee Blankenship of Harrisonburg, VA; and Lise Dawn Conley (Lonnie) of Sugar Grove, WV; two stepchildren, Dwight James Brewster of Harrisville, and Michael Ray Brewster of Bolt, WV; brothers, Lonnie Blankenship (Betty) of Cyclone, Ralph Blankenship (Sandy) of Auburn, Ronald Gene Blankenship (Frankie) of Cyclone, Calvin Blankenship (April) of Cyclone, Silas Dale Blankenship (Pam) of Harrisville, and Roger Blankenship (Debbie) of Harrisville; sister-in-law, Teresa Blankenship of Cyclone; fifteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful friend Joe.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by step-daughter, Teresa Mae Brewster; brother, Bilton Blankenship; and sister, Rose Blankenship. He will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Pullman Church of God.

Burial will follow in the Auburn Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the family residence on Moyers Run, Saturday beginning at 5 PM, and one hour prior to services at the church on Sunday.

Hoy Junior Davis

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Hoy Junior Davis

Age 75, of Sutton, WV, passed away January 21, 2013 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 13, 1937 in Braxton County, WV to the late Hoy L. Davis and Myrtle Hosey-Davis.

Hoy served as a AF and USMC Veteran from both the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He was employed by the Webster County Board of Education for twenty years. He was a member of the VFW Post #4419 holding the position of Quartermaster, and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #130.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, James Dean Davis, Jessie Ray Davis, and Jennings Lee Davis.

Hoy is survived by his wife, Carnie Flannery Davis, son, Hoy Junior Davis II of Texas, daughters, Teresa Foster of Poplar Ridge, WV; Nancy Mace of Poplar Ridge, WV; and Sheryll Tennant and husband Kevin of Morgantown, WV; brother, Lowell G. Davis, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Poplar Ridge Community Church, Poplar Ridge, WV with Rev. Russell Shaw and Rev. Patricia Fischer officiating

Burial immediately will follow at the Poplar Ridge Cemetery, Poplar Ridge, WV.

Friends may call Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

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

Diana Lou Simpson

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Diana Lou Simpson

Age 45, of 564 River Road, Walkersville, WV passed away at 11:40 AM Saturday, January 19, 2013, in the CMAC Hospital in Charleston following an extended illness.

She was born on April 27, 1967 in Lewis County, WV: a daughter of the late Hayward and Delia Wimer Prince.

On March 16, 1991, she married Ricky Simpson who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Tyler and Ryan Simpson and one daughter, Courtney Simpson, all at home; two sisters, Drema Bender of Walkersville and Joan Lucus of Clarksburg; five brothers, James Prince of Ireland, Jack, John and Roger Campbell, all of Walkersville, and Audie Prince of Texas.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, one niece, and several aunts and uncles.

Diana worked at the BFS Convenient Store in Weston and was a caregiver. She loved to cook, squirrel hunt and deer hunt. She loved her family and especially enjoyed being the “family barber,“ often spending an entire day grooming everyone.

She was Baptist by faith.

Friends were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Monday, January 21, from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, January 22, at 2 PM, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment followed in the Green Hill Cemetery.

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

Reva T. Wilson

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Reva T. Wilson

Age 93 of Strange Creek, WV passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ivydale, WV after an extended illness.

She was born on June 14, 1919 at Marne, WV a daughter of the late Roscoe A. and Emma Mullens Samples.

She was a former postal clerk at Widen, WV and a homemaker

Reva was a member of the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church and a fifty plus year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and member of the Widen Women’s Club.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Andrew Wilson, son, David Charles Wilson and two great-grandchildren, Hanna and Bryan Parson.

Also preceding her in death are three brothers, Charles “Buck” Samples, Warner “Barn” Samples and Roscoe Samples Jr.; three sisters, Beulah and Avice Samples and Delma Allen.

Reva is survived by two son’s, Jack Wilson of Wilson Ridge, Clay County WV and Roscoe “Rocky” Wilson of Rosman, NC; brother, Dr. F.P. “Sam” Samples and wife, Greta, Elkview and sister Emogene Sweeny, Queen Shoals. Eleven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren also survive Reva.

Funeral services were held on Jan 16, 2013, at Walnut Grove Church, Wilson Ridge in Clay County at 1:00 PM with Rev. Johnny Conrad and Rev. Jimmie Adkins officiating.

Burial followed in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Friends called from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM January 15, 2013 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Haymon Cottrill

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Haymon Cottrill

Age 75 of Sliding Run Road, Stouts Mill, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:43 PM Saturday January 19, 2013 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia follow a brief illness.

Born November 29, 1937 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Henry and Dottie Nicholas Cottrill.

Haymon was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy.

He enjoyed teaching younger generations how to survive, and before his health diminished he enjoyed hunting, turtle fishing, and gardening. Most of his working life was spent as a laborer and anyone that knew him knew he liked to work hard.

On October 03, 1990 he was united in marriage to Linda White Cottrill, who survives. Before they made their union official Haymon and Linda had been together since the early 1980’s.

Surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters, David Cottrill and girlfriend Shannon of Stouts Mills, WV; Rose Craig and husband Freddy of Linn, WV; Rita Brown of Stouts Mills, WV; and James Jones and wife Pam of Glenville,  WV.

There are also 13 grandchildren,  14 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Freddie Cottrill of Buckhannon, WV; and 1 sister, Hazel Walton of Buckhannon, WV,  surviving.

Along with his parents Haymon was preceded in death by 3 children Haymon Lynn Cottrill, Cheryl Miner, and John Jones. He was also preceded in death by 1 grandson, Robbie Cottrill, 1 infant grandson Frederick Craig, 1 infant great granddaughter Marissa Sumner, and 22 brothers and sisters.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, West Virginia at 2:00 PM Sunday January 27, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cottrill Cemetery on Sliding Run Road, Stouts Mills.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM Saturday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Haymon Cottrill with arrangements.

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