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Michael Grant Whipkey

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Michael Grant Whipkey

Age 29, of Wilsonburg, WVdied unexpectedly at 5 AM, March 14, 2013, while traveling to work in Doddridge County.

He was born November 28, 1983: a son of Vincent Matthew Whipkey of Clarksburg and Lisa Ann Wagner of Weston.

Also surviving is one brother, Hunter Cochran; two sisters, Courtney Whipkey and Ashley Ferrell; and step-mother, Beth Ann Whipkey, all of Clarksburg; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Mary Whipkey.

Michael attended Liberty High School and was employed by Wolf Pack Rentals of Clarksburg. He thoroughly loved his job and the employees took him under their wings and were a great source of support and encouragement.

He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to deer hunt, fish and ride 4-wheelers and dirt bikes.

A Friends and Family Gathering was held at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Sunday, March 17, from 12:00-1:00 PM.

A Celebration of Life Service followed at 1:00 PM, with Rev. Wease Day officiating.

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

Edna Viola Obney

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Edna Viola Obney

Age 53, of Sutton, WV, formerly of Florida, died March 10, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 09, 1959 in Pennsylvania.

She was an emergency room nurse and a beautiful artist. She dearly loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by husband, Brian Kevin Obney; stepchildren, Kevin Obney and Amanda Stewart; mother, Viola McClain; grandchildren, Brent, Britnie, Breana , and Nora Jane; two brothers.

Service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services.

Helen Faith Grounds Exline

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Helen Faith Grounds Exline

Age 81, of Strange Creek, WV, died March 19, 2013.

She was born October 14, 1931 in Cabin Creek, WV.

Hope Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune-without the works, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson She is survived by daughters: Pat Duffield (Carl), Anita Rollyson (Nobel), Patricia Gillespie (Cliff); Grandchildren: Carla Duffield Westfall (Ricky), Ronnie Duffield, Timmy Rollyson (Savahana, expecting a son), Walkeria Hudkins (Tim), Clarissa and Cecillia Gillespie; Greatgrandchildren: Elijha Westfall and Dusty Hudkins.

Preceded in death by parents Harrison and Delphia Minton Grounds: brother Stanley Grounds and sister-in-law Freda Mae Grounds. Helen loved her pets and had many dogs over her 81 years of life.

She also fed many birds through the cold winter months on Keener’s Ridge. She was a quiet woman who lended a hand when one was needed and sought the Lord when all else failed.

A gracious thank you goes to the staff at Laurel Nursing Home.

At Helen’s request her body was cremated.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Howard Kenneth “Buddy” Sumpter

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Howard Kenneth “Buddy” Sumpter

Age 63, of Sand Fork, WV, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown after an extended illness.

Howard was born at home in Gilmer Station, WV on June 13, 1949, a son of the late Kenneth Sumpter and the late Winona (Love) Sumpter.

Survivors include his two sons, Kenneth Ray Sumpter and his wife Tina of Stanley, VA, and Jonathon David Sumpter of Sand Fork, WV; four grandchildren, Kenneth Michael Sumpter, Candas Nicole Sumpter, Kandus Harleigh Sumpter and Rebecca Karleigh Sumpter; and one brother, Harry Ray “Butch” Sumpter of Eden Prairie, MN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Candas Carol “Candy” Sumpter.

Howard spent his entire life in Gilmer County, WV. He was a proud graduate of the former Sand Fork High School.

He was a Christian by faith who attended the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy.

He last worked as a well tender in the oil and gas industry.

He dearly loved his grandchildren and spending time with his friends. Howard was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting.

In honoring Howard’s wishes, he will be cremated.

Visitation and fellowship will be held at the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11:00 AM with the memorial service at 1:00 PM.

Pastor Brian Groves will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy, P.O. Box 320, Sand Fork WV 26430.

Hastings Funeral Home of Morgantown is in charge of the arrangements.

Goldie V. Powers

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Goldie V. Powers

Age 90, of Gassaway, WV, went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2013.

She was born June 30, 1922 a daughter of the late Edwin and Mary Robinson Reynolds.

Goldie was a faithful member of the Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

She worked at the Sutton Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide; she wrote for many years for the Braxton Democrat; she worked the voting polls for Braxton County and was a board member of the Braxton County Senior Citizens. Goldie was a loving mother, grandma, sister, and mother-in-law. She enjoyed her family, her church, crocheting, and quilting.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Everett Lott and Alvin Reynolds; sister, Orie Gleason; granddaughter, Vicki Powers; three great granddaughters and three great grandsons.

She is survived by her sons, Robert B. Powers (Katie) of Sheffield Lake, OH, William E. Powers (Sheila) of Gassaway; daughters, Margaret R. Beall (David) of LaGrange, OH, Sharon L. Powers of Virginia Beach, VA, Lois J. Beegle (Bill) of Florence, KY; brother, Calvin Reynolds; sister, Kathryn Street; grandchildren, Kim Beeler, Rob Powers, Lori Martin, Marion Curtis, Tom Powers, Lisa Clowser, John Beall, Angie Hardman, Kelly Moore, Ramsey Tamimi, Samirah Tamimi, Jim Beegle, Melissa Taulbee, Steve Beegle, Mike Beegle, Dawn Rae Smith, and Allison Beall; 38 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren.

Service will be 11:00 AM Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Gassaway with Pastor Allen Legg and Pastor Joe Brown officiating.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway and two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to the Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 188, Gassaway, WV 26624.

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Albert Leslie “John” Skidmore

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Albert Leslie “John” Skidmore

Age 71 of Sutton, WV, born on August 23, 1941, in Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 after a brave battle with lung cancer.

He was surrounded by the family he laughed with, lived for, and treasured deeply.

He was predeceased by his dear wife, Lorena Rose Stump Skidmore, whom he married on December 05, 1964, and then passed away in 1976; his parents the Rev. Leslie and Irene Skidmore; and three sisters Sue Jewett, Colleen Payne, and Carol Facemire.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years, Rhonda, his son J.B. Skidmore (Heather) of Parkersburg, WV, and their children Ethan, Lucie, and Garrett, his daughter Lori (Robert) Skidmore Hill of Morgan Hill, CA, and their children Rachel, Talia, Connor, and John “Jack,” and his daughter Jonna Lynn Skidmore of Sutton, WV. He is also survived by his sister Donna (Rex) Miller of Maryland and his brother James (Karen) of Charleston, WV. He is survived by and especially beloved by his in-laws, Hurshel Sr. and Marla Rowan, of Sutton, as well as his Sisters-in-law Cheryl Mitchell (Harlis) of Frametown, Haley Stump, of Sutton, and his Brother-in-law, Hurshel Rowan Jr., whom he came to love as a brother.

As a young boy of 13, he “hauled coal” and drove a coal truck. In 1960, John graduated from Sutton High School and went on to proudly serve in U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard, where he specialized in communications. After carrying the U.S. Mail, he worked for the Monongahela Power Company, repaired appliances and delivered furniture for F&M Supply Company and the Braxton Motor Company, served as Braxton County Deputy Sheriff, worked for the Kenton Meadows Corporation, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Allegheny Construction, Union Drilling, and finally F&B Steel until his retirement in 2007 As all of his old friends, new friends, and family could tell you—- John loved the outdoors and could often be found (wearing his standard Wrangler blue-jeans and pocket tee shirt) fishing at the Sutton Dam or riding through town in his old Ford truck with his faithful Border Collie, Sophie. Much to the delight of his family, he kept his tools and knowledge at the ready and could repair anything from refrigerators to flashlights to any number of toys, even when they should have been thrown out and replaced with new ones. He was a consummate teacher and always found an opportunity to humbly pass on to the next generation what he knew from how to bait a fishing hook, to making no-bake cookies, and how to smoke a turkey. He looked forward to WVU football games, deer hunting at Thanksgiving, picking berries in the summer, and preferred taking the scenic route. Long before GPS, John would always ask where you were headed and then tell you exactly how to get there—-whether it was three miles away or three hundred.

John’s favorite times, though, were spent with his family, his treasure. He always made time to share a good laugh at the dinner table, scour the flea markets or walk on the beach with his wife, bounce babies on his knee, share the newspaper and a pot of coffee, take his grandchildren fishing for hours and give countless rides to them on his tractor, drive thousands of miles cross country, or scrape the ice from the car window and make sure it was toasty warm for you on a cold winter morning.

John’s easy going and kind and giving nature made him a friend to all. His life was not defined by the things he owned. He was a man of character—-defined by his genuine kindness, love, patience, gentleness, and thoughtfulness. His life was not finished as he had more laughs to laugh, more fish to be caught, more country roads to travel, and more tractor rides to give. He was a gift to his family and was deeply beloved. He always gave his best. His shoes can never be filled.

Friends will be received at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

Services will be officiated by the Reverend Vaughn James. Interment will follow at the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton, WV with military graveside rites given by American Legion Post # 33, Sutton, WV. 

Juanita Merle Greene Casto

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Juanita Merle Greene Casto

Age 93, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born Monday, December 15, 1919, in Braxton County, WV, a daughter to the late Charles and Hallie Boone Petty.

She was retired from Western District Guidance Center, where she was a counselor for the State of West Virginia.

Juanita was also a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by two sons, James A Greene Jr. (Joanne) of Parkersburg and William Issac Greene (Marie) of Buchanan Dam, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean Petty of Elkview, WV; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Andrew Greene; a daughter, Judith Ann Langfitt; four sisters; and one brother.

There will be a private family service at a later date.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Worthington Nursing Home.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Parkersburg, P.O. Box 392, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Ethel Thompson Smith

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Ethel Thompson Smith

Age 94 Wooster, Ohio, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, with her loving family by her side.

She was born November 23, 1918, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Ulysses Thompson and Kathryn McConnell Thompson, and married James “Pat” Smith. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are her loving children, James W. (Helene) Smith of Wooster, Samuel C. Smith of Big Brownfield, PA, Kathryn (Carl) Schartiger of Middleport, William P. Smith of Big Brownfield, PA, Ethel Verbus of Grantsville, WV, Donald H. Smith of Wooster, and Susan (Danny) Casey of Wooster; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Edna Smith of Spencer, WV.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sons, Bob Smith and Wendall “Butch” Smith; three grandsons; a brother, Sam Thompson; a half-brother, Harry Vaughn; and a daughter-in-law, Sis Smith.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM at Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 W. Church Street, Fairchance, PA.

Services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, where friends may call prior to the services.

The Rev. Terry Hagedorn will officiate.

Interment will be in Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery, Smithfield, PA.

Pearl Ray

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Pearl Ray

Age 86, of Shock, Gilmer County, WV, passed away March 18, 2013.

Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Friday at the Rosedale Cemetery at Rosedale, WV.

Norman Guy Anderson

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Norman Guy Anderson

Age 79, of Harrisville, WV, died March 17, 2013 at his residence.

He was born January 15, 1934 in the Grass Lick Community, Jackson County, WV, a son of the late Otmer Camden and Polly M. Chancey Anderson.
Norm was a US Army Veteran and retired from Armstrong Telephone in Harrisville.

He was a member of Harrison Street United Methodist Church.

He was an avid coon and rabbit hunter and loved to watch his grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jean Koontz Anderson; daughters, Sonya Jean Spencer (Tim) of Smithville and Tracie Dawn McDonald (Joe) of Burnt House; sisters, Josephine Rhodes of Ripley, Naomi Williams of Fairplain, and Mary Lou Rinehart of Doylestown, OH; granddaughters, Brittnay Spencer and Erica Morton.

He was preceded in death by one sister Phyllis Jean Harris.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Harrison Street United Methodist Church, Harrisville with Rev. Carl DeVaughn officiating.

Burial will follow in the Koontz Cemetery, Goldtown, WV.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, Tuesday, from 4:00-8:00 PM and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Catherine Ann Moore

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Catherine Ann Moore

Age 85, of Harrisville, WV, passed away March 14, 2013 at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born March 22, 1927 in Midland, PA.

Mrs. Moore worked for the Dartco Corporation, a division of Tupperware.

She was a homemaker and Catholic by faith.

Catherine had a lifelong urge to travel which brought her to meet the love of her life. She met Bud in Chicago while visiting her brother John. They married and moved to Kalamazoo, MI where they raised their 3 children. They spent summers at their cottage on Pine Lake until they moved there permanently in 1968. Catherine enjoyed boating, swimming and fishing. She was the first one on the lake on opening Bass day. She enjoyed many trips to WV, camping at Silver Lake and all over Michigan. In 2001 she finally got to take a trip to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. She enjoyed showing pictures and talking about all of her travels. She loved her children and always was involved in their activities. She was a Den Mother when Gary was a Cub Scout. She made ballet costumes when Carole and Diane were in ballet for 9 years. She was the fun mom in the neighborhood and usually had a few extra kids over night or for dinner. She enjoyed antiques and crossword puzzles, cards and cribbage. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Surviving is her husband Owen (Bud) Paul Moore, son Gary Moore of Harrisville, daughters Carole Esterline (Toby) of Plainwell, MI and Diane Williams of Orange Park, FL, and brother Lawrence Zorza of Escondido, CA.

She also leaves behind her loving grandchildren: Matt Griffin (Bobbie) of Hillman, TN, Eric Esterline of Plainwell, MI and Rachel Williams of Orange Park, FL along with three great grandchildren: Sarah Mae, Zander and Alieghia Griffin. Many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother John Zorza.

Graveside services were held at the convenience of the family.

There was no visitation or funeral.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville assisted the family with arrangements.

Avis Ruth “Shaver” Gerwig

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Avis Ruth “Shaver” Gerwig

Age 96, of Exchange, WV, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, March 17, 2013.

She was residing at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale, WV at the time of her death.

She was born on May 28, 1916 at Exchange, WV. Avis was the daughter of the late Gustavus “Steve” Shaver & Nora “Wallace” Shaver.

Avis was a homemaker and a devoted Christian.

She loved being with family and friends. She enjoyed the time she spent at the Laurel Nursing Facility- the friendships and care given to her there. Throughout her life she spent endless hours enjoying the many gifts God has given to us all.

Avis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frederick Hayden Gerwig, her son, Charles Fredrick Gerwig, a brother Paul, a step brother, Scott, sisters, Elva McMillion, Bonnie Loyd Lombardi, Blanch Hyer Dole, Mary Singleton and one grandson, Carl Dotson Dodrill, III.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Gerwig of Exchange, Mark Gerwig of Exchange, daughters, Connie Dodrill of Malta, OH, Brenda Jarvis of Sutton, WV; Carol Wallace of Belpre, OH, sister, Hazel Singleton of Mantua, OH, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Bill Carr officiating.

Burial will follow at the Frederick Gerwig Memorial Cemetery, Exchange, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeralhome is humbly serving the Gerwig family. 

Leon Dell Campbell

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Leon Dell Campbell

of Bomont, passed away following a short illness, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

He was 77 years old, born November 29, 1935 at Servia, WV a son of the late Carl and Tina Hall Campbell.

He was a retired machinist from Gould Electric, an officer and Bible study teacher at Procious Community Church and a U.S. Army Veteran.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Harvey, Donald, Roger, Denton; sister, Carolyn.

He is survived by wife of 56 years, Eva Judy Devore Campbell; son, Larry Campbell of Atlanta, GA; brothers, Eddie, Carl Jr., and Stanley; sisters, Maxine and Dolly; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Procious Community Church with Pastor David Walker officiating.

Burial will be in the Campbell Family Cemetery, Servia, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Tuesday at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Rennie Rowena Johnson

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Rennie Rowena Johnson

Age 74, of Buckhannon, WV passed away at her residence following a brief illness on Friday, March 15, 2013.

She was born in Stout’s Mills, WV on January 14, 1939: daughter of the late Carris Singleton and Oleta (Post) Singleton.

She married Eldon E. Johnson on September 17, 1955 and is survived by her husband Eldon, son David, daughter-in-law Heidi and two grandsons, Joshua and Joel and her sister Leragene Jesse of Nashport, OH.

Mrs. Johnson was a produce manager for over ten years at Campbell’s Foodtown in S. Zanesville, OH.

She was active in the community in Stouts Mills and the Dusk Camp area with road service improvements and bridge safety for school children.

She was a homemaker and family genealogist and authored many family history books. She also developed genealogy websites and assisted many others with genealogy research.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel 730 N. Main Avenue Weston with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Fellowship time will be Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM.

Come, visit and tell a life story about Mrs. Johnson.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Rennie Rowena Johnson.

Ray Metheney

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Ray Metheney

Age 76, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born in Clay County, WV on January 26, 1937: son of the late Rex Metheney and Cora (Caroll) Metheney.

Mr. Metheney is survived by two sisters: Wilma (Dixie) Wine and Mary Lou Holden both of Jane Lew and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by one brother Robert Metheney and two infant brothers and a brother-in-law: Hayward “Jiggs” Holden.

Mr. Metheney was a foundry worker with Casper Foundry of Elyria, Ohio with 22 years of service. Ray was raised in Crawford, WV.

He was a member of the McCann’s Run United Methodist Church where he was greeter and part time superintendent.

He was a volunteer with the Lewis County Senior Center where he delivered meals.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM and Monday from 10:00- 11:00 AM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ron Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Ray Metheney.

Douglas C. Landers

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Douglas C. Landers

Age 57, of Jockey Camp Run, West Union, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

He was born on April 10, 1955 in Clarksburg, a son of the late Harry and Patsy Wheatley Landers.

On June 22, 1973 he married Susan Garrison Landers who survives.

Also surviving one daughter, Teresa Kimball and husband Matthew, Smithburg, one granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Katelyn Kimball, two brothers, Gary Landers and wife Crystal, Port Orange, FL, Greg Landers and wife Tonya, Bridgeport, one sister, Tonia Maxwell and husband Ollie, Clarksburg, special sister-in-law, Kathy Cork, Smithburg, several nieces and nephews who were very special to him, and 2 nephews who were more like grandsons, Alex and Jason Cork, Smithburg. One sister Beverly Landers preceded him in death.

Doug attended Doddridge County High School. He was manager of Doddridge County Farm Services for several years. Doug owned and operated Doug’s Shop and was a former employee of Star Furniture.

Doug was a family man. He was an avid NASCAR fan, his driver was Mark Martin. Doug enjoyed camping and hunting and was very fond of his dog” REGGIE”. Doug developed a very special relationship with the staff & patients at Fresenius Medical Care where he received dialysis for the past two years. He affectionately referred to them as his dialysis family.

He attended Rock Run Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Rev. John Dye presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Saturday until time of service.

Spurgeon funeral Home is privileged to serve the Landers family.

Dr. Roy Glendon “Bill” Stout

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Dr. Roy Glendon “Bill” Stout

Age 84, of Gassaway, WV died on March 08, 2013.

He was born on August 04, 1928 in Copen, WV.

Roy received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Virginia, his Master’s from Virginia Tech, and his Doctorate of Philosophy from North Carolina State College. He was a US Naval Officer and served in Korea.

Roy retired in 1991 from the Coca Cola Company after 27 years of distinguished service. He began his career with the Minute Maid division of the company in 1964, as Director of Economics and Statistical Research in Orlando, FL. He transferred to Atlanta, GA, in 1966 to work at Coca-Cola’s corporate headquarters in Technical Research and Development. He held various positions in the department with responsibility for new products and consumer and market tracking information. In 1975, he was promoted to Manager of Market Research. In 1979, he was promoted to Vice President. In 1980, he was named head of the Corporate Market Research Group. In 1983, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola USA. In 1988, he was appointed Vice President, Global Market Research and served in this position until his retirement in 1991. His contributions to the Company’s domestic and worldwide business were far reaching. Research he directed was instrumental in decisions such as the launch of the “Coke Adds Life” campaign, the Company’s first plastic bottle, and the introduction of Diet Coke.

During his illustrious career, Roy was intimately involved in the creation of the Master of Market Research (MMR) program at the University of Georgia. He was on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, The University of Florida, The University of Georgia, NC State, and Rollins College. He also served on advisory boards of various journal publications including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, etc., and the MMR program. He published numerous articles as well as co-authored a marketing research textbook. For many years, Roy was a sought after distinguished guest lecturer at conferences, universities and association functions. He was also on the strategic planning committee for EPCOT center.

He was preceded in death by his parents Warder Martin Stout and Virgie McCoy Stout of Copen, WV and his brothers Loyd George Stout, George Leonard “Peck” Stout and Auldra McCoy “Bully” Stout.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn Kay Stout; his daughters; Betsy Jane Stout-Jones and husband Mark of Panama City Beach, FL, Taffey Ann Stout of Greensboro, NC, and Renee Michelle Faircloth and husband David of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren; Austin Mathew Faircloth, Parker David Faircloth, Aaron Alexander Faircloth, Stephen Daniel Faircloth, and Sierra Joy Faircloth; siblings; Vernon Burnell Stout, Eunice Lorraine Templeton, Mavis Jean Stout, Donald Wayne Stout, and Rendal Lee Stout.
The family is eternally grateful for the generous, loving care provided by Cora Mack, Carolyn Cawthon, Sandy Frame, Wilma Gunter, Dawn Lucas, Stacey Riffle, and George Smarr.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton St., Gassaway , WV. 304.364.2231, with Reverend Sharon West presiding.

Visitation was held from 11:00 AM to 1:45 PM prior to the service. Interment with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Dinner was held immediately following at The Red Rooster Café, 608 Elk Stret 304.364.6023.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Mark Andrew Morris

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Mark Andrew Morris

Age 48, of Chesapeake, VA, died March 12, 2013 at Chesapeake General Hospital.

Mark was born July 23, 1964 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of James and Peggy Foster Morris of Harrisville, WV.

He was a retired Navy Veteran. He was and avid Harley Davidson owner.

He is survived in addition to his parents by his wife Marita Ng Morris; and sisters, Jamie Lou Moore of Virginia Beach, VA and Pamela Ann Naitt of Temecula, CA.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4:30-8:00 PM.

Margaret Hope Ballengee

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Margaret Hope Ballengee

Age 79, of Duck, WV died March 10, 2013 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, after a short illness.

She was born August 04, 1933, one of seven children of the late Roy and Hallie Hill Mollohan.

She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She enjoyed attending the Braxton County Senior Center where she volunteered with the Mountaineer Food Bank and participated in day activities such as group shopping trips. She had a great love of animals and leaves behind a devoted dog, Pattie.

She is survived by two sisters: Evelyn Schiavone of Berlin, MD and Betty Starr of Richwood, WV; a nephew, Mark Schiavone of Harpers Ferry, WV, two nieces, Sharon Lynch of Manassas Park, VA and MaryAnne Daly of Mill Valley, CA; sister-in-law, Virginia McCoy of Brenham, TX and her good friend and caregiver, Linda Voggs.

She was preceded in death by husband, Garland Ballengee, three brothers, Carl, Orville, and George Mollohan, and a sister, Mary Jean Keller.

Service will be 1:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2013, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Burial will be in the Perry H. James Memorial Park, Frametown, WV.

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

Robert Darrell Freshour

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Robert Darrell Freshour

Age 72, of Macfarlan, Ritchie County, WV, passed away March 11, 2013 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Freshour, four daughters; Barbara Bonnett and Charlottie Smith, both of Liberty, WV, Sherry Freshour of Macfarlan and Marie King of Grantsville, WV. One sister, Louise Mollett and one brother, Delbert Freshour, both of Arizona. 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother Claudine Freshour and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Interment will be in the Nobe Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the time of the services.

Eugene Emerson Hayes

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Eugene Emerson Hayes

Age 84, of Pullman, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2013, at CCMC, St. Joseph’s campus, following a sudden illness.

Eugene was born December 02, 1928 on Spruce Creek near Hazelgreen a son of the late Harley H. and Shada E. (Goff) Hayes.

He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1947. He was a veteran of the US Army where he served as a cook during the Korean Conflict. He was employed for a short time by the Wilcox Co. in Barberton, OH where he worked in the machine shop before returning home to begin working for Equitable Gas Co where he retired after many years of service as a well tender. He served as the mayor of Pullman for numerous years, greatly enjoyed his Wednesday card games, playing rummy with his grandkids, and was an all around jokester.

He is survived by his daughters, Jeana Hayes and Jane Hayes, both of Harrisville, WV; son, John Hayes (Lori), Pullman, WV; grandchildren, Bob, Samantha, and Mikayla Hayes and Cruz, Cali, Carigan, and Casslyn Hayes; sisters, Wilmetta Kelley (Bill), Pullman, WV; Katy Keith (Dale), Harrisville, Helen Jackson, Harrisville, along with the mother of his children, Ann King of Harrisville, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Hayes and sisters, Gwendolyn Parks, Rosemary Cox, and Emma Ireland.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday March 14, 2013, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Pullman Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by Harris-Ritchie Post #3554.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Donald Gale Heater

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Donald Gale Heater

Age 56, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 21, 1956: son of the late Gale Heater, Jr. and Edith Mae (Gould) Heater.

Mr. Heater is survived by two brothers: Craig Randall Heater and Gary Lee Heater both of Jane Lew, one sister: Teresa Annette Kincaid of Jane Lew and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by one sister: Cathy Mae Montgomery.

Mr. Heater was a paramedic with several emergency services in the state of West Virginia.Donald also worked at Weston State Hospital and William R. Sharpe Hospital for several years. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the “Class of 74.”

He attended the Lost Creek Church of God.

His greatest joy was playing music on one of his guitars.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Ronnie Beeson officiating.

A private interment will be held in the Broad Run Church Cemetery in Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Donald Gale Heater.

Coleman L. ‘Elmer’ Friend

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Coleman L. ‘Elmer’ Friend

Age 81, of Belpre, Ohio, died Saturday, March 09, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Strange Creek, WV, a son of the late Scott and Rose (Boggs) Friend.

He retired from the B&O Railroad after 29 years, and was a veteran of the United States Army having served in Germany with the 101st Airborne Division. Elmer was a 40 year member of United Transportation Union.

He was a member of Mullen Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon (Gumm) Friend; two sons, Gregory Friend of Papillion, NE, and Jeffrey Friend (Alisa) of Boonesboro, MD; four grandchildren, Cole, Taylor, Kyle and Ashton Friend; three sisters, Kathleen Gilliam of Carlyle, IL, Bessie Bass (Troy) of Montgomery, WV, and Imogene Perrine of Newton Falls, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Friend; and sister, Geraldine Stout.

Services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Rev. Kent Lowther officiating.

Burial will be at Rockland Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

Linda Lou Baker

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Linda Lou Baker

Age 68, of Harrisville, WV died March 10, 2013 at her residence.

She was born February 04, 1945 at Washburn, WV, the daughter of the late Marion and Waneta Grace Layfield Collins.

Linda worked at Harrisville IGA in the deli. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, Donzil Leroy Baker (Susan) of Harrisville, Samuel Anthony Baker of Mineral Wells and Mark Douglas Baker (Rhea) of Harrisville; two sisters, Doris Smarr of Weston and Eva Ramsey of Jane Lew; and three grandchildren, Julia Baker, Josh Layfield and Chris Baker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donzil Ford Baker; an infant brother and brothers, Charles Collins and Jimmie Collins.

At Linda’s request, private services will be held and memorial donations are preferred to: Foundation for Hospice Home Care, 1226 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV, 26101 or Salvation Army, PO Box 1445, Parkersburg, WV.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville is assisting with arrangements.

Dean R. Stump

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Dean R. Stump

Age 74, of Grantsville, WV passed away Monday March 11, 2013 at Genesis Healthcare Glenville Center.

He was born at Apple Farm, Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Edwin and Lurland (Robinson) Stump.

He was a 1956 graduate of Calhoun County High School. Served in the United States Army, drove tractor and trailers for several years throughout the United States, was a heavy equipment operator, last working for D.P. Gunn Dozer Service of Mt. Zion, WV.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid Nascar fan.

He is survived by his children, Linda (Dale) Martin of Grantsville, Mark Stump of Grantsville, and Denise (Jerry) Bunner of Creston, WV; 4 stepchildren, Diane (Gene) Satterfield of Arnoldsburg, WV; Sherry (Donald Poe) Gunn of Mt. Zion, WV; Stuart “Kim” (Robin) Starcher of Spencer, WV; and Kevin Starcher of Arnoldsburg; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Lyla Sharps of Glenville WV; 1 brother, Garrel (Dorthoy) Stump of Parkersburg, WV; and ex-wife Phyllis Hathaway of Grantsville; several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by both his parents; his first wife, Susanne Margaret; infant brother, Edwin Duane Stump; and grandson, Marc Antony Stump.

Memorial services will be Saturday March 16 at 1:00 PM at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth, WV with the Rev. Roger Cater and Rev. Gene Satterfield officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

William Earl Kelley, Sr.

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William Earl Kelley, Sr.

Age 81, of Morgantown and French Creek,  WV went on to glory on March 08, 2013, as the grandfather clock chimed a quarter past five, surrounded by loved ones at home.

He was born June 04, 1931, in Frenchton, WV, a son of the late John and Eva Kelley.

He is survived by his love of 58 years, Helen Irene Kelley; his four children: William “Bill” Kelley and wife Terry, Cindy Kelley Graves and husband Gary, Roberta Riffle and Diana Lindsay; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kelley was a veteran of the United States Army and was awarded a Purple Heart Medal during his service in the Korean War.

He served 32 years as a West Virginia State Policeman and retired as a captain on December 31, 1986. He served as State Policeman in Gilmer County, WV.

He was an active member of the Rock Cave Baptist Church.

He enjoyed summers on the family farm and spending time with loved ones.

The family received friends on Monday, March 11, 2013, from 5;00-8:00 PM at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 11:00 AM at the funeral chapel with Pastor David Jessie officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery, where the Buckhannon VFW Post No. 3663, the Frank B. Bartlett Post No. 7 American Legion, and the DAV Chapters No. 5 and No. 36 will conduct military honors.

The Kelley family has entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

Ernestine Bean

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Ernestine Bean

Age 88, of Weston, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 09, 2013 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 24, 1924: daughter of the late Claude Edward Reed and Burl “Juanita” (Cool) Reed.

On December 31, 1945, she married Bernard Bean, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bean is survived by one daughter Carol Ward of Clarksburg, 5 grandchildren: Joey Bean of Weston, Brittney Ward and fiancé Robbie Phillips of Clarksburg, Turner Ward (Kaci) of Morgantown, Meredith Ward of Morgantown and Caulen Ward of Clarksburg and two great grandchildren: Kaitlyn Bean and Ansley Phillips. She is also survived by two sisters: Eleta “Judy” Moore of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Earlene Flippin of Van Buren, Arkansas, one brother: Charles “Eddie” Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bernard, Ernestine was preceded in death by one son: Kenny Bean, two brothers: Elmer and Ernest “Hoppy” Reed and two sisters: Mary Ann Grantham and Patricia Remler.

Mrs. Bean was retired from Weston State Hospital in Dietary Management.

She was a member of the Haleville Union Mission Church of Weston where she had been a member for over 60 years, choir director and song leader for 35 years.

She was active in animal rescue and a member of the Humane Society. She also loved flower gardening. Ernestine’s life loves were work and her church and she was active with both.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Jerry Bean officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to be serving the family of Ernestine Bean.

Edwina Virginia Davis

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Edwina Virginia Davis

Age 88, of Rosedale, West Virginia, born March 16, 1925, went to be with our Lord on March 08, 2013.

She was greeted in heaven by her loving husband of 56 years, Lyndon Roy Davis.

She was the daughter of the late Russell Yost and Bessie Clayton. She was a loving homemaker.

She was a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by sons, Lyndon L. Davis, wife Becky of Frametown; Ronald L. Davis, wife Judy of Rosedale; daughter, Mary Dale Seuss of Frametown; grandchildren, Jason and Kim Sears of Ravenswood, Tracy Sears of Clarksburg, Ryan and Amy Davis of Exchange, Lara and Brandon Dennison of Bridgeport, Kristi Davis of Bridgeport, Ian Davis of Rosedale; great-grandchildren, Johnathon and Katie Sears of Ravenswood, Sarah, Brian, and Brynne Davis of Exchange.

She was preceded in death by her sister Vivian Medlin.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 11, at 1:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral home in Gassaway, WV with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Friends called on Sunday, March 10, from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Harold “Del” Vincent

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Harold “Del” Vincent

Age 50, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2013, at his residence.

Del was born July 31, 1962, in Parkersburg, the eldest son of Donald “Harold” Vincent of Pennsboro, WV and the late Roselea (Jones) Satterfield.

He worked for several years with Deem Construction of Harrisville and greatly enjoyed listening to music and hunting.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his step mother, Rose Ann (Riggs) Vincent; brothers, Donald A. Vincent, Thibodeaux, LA; Victor “Kevin” Vincent, Harrisville, WV; Brian Vincent, Montgomery, WV; Shawn Satterfield, St. Marys, WV; sisters, Melanie Lutz, Akron, OH; Michelle Griffin, Harrisville, WV; Consuela “DeeDee” Vincent, Pennsboro, WV; Lydia Satterfield, Parkersburg, WV, along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to honor Del’s life will be 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

A gathering of friends will be from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Bonnie J. “Sally” Underwood

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Bonnie J. “Sally” Underwood

Age 80 of Nutter’s Fork, West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2013 in the United Hospital Center following an 18 month battle with leukemia.

She was born on June 03, 1932 at Nutter’s Fork a daughter of Otha E. and Ruth Squires Smith.

In November 1959 she married Robert R. Underwood, who preceded her in death July 27, 1983. Her first husband, William Maxwell preceded her in death in 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Maxwell Sisler and husband Kerry Sisler, O’Fallon, IL Trish Cooper and husband Dewayne, West Union, one son, Phillip Underwood, West Union, three grandchildren, Nate Sisler and wife Melissa, Courtney Sisler, Brian Cooper one great granddaughter, Autumn Marie Sisler, one brother, Duane Smith, Parkersburg and several beloved nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Tammy Underwood, one sister, Patty Gain and one brother Robert Johnson preceded her in death.

Sally was a 1950 graduate of Doddridge County High School. She had worked in the Glass Industry, Goodyear and several grocery stores in the area. Sally was a former employee of the Doddridge County Board of Education as a custodian. She enjoyed being with her family, mowing grass, gardening and feeding her humming birds. Sally was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tim Underwood presiding.

Interment will follow in the Coleman Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Underwood family.

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