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Obituaries, In Memory of

Mildred “Midge” (Freeman) Trezise

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Mildred “Midge” (Freeman) Trezise

Age 90, of 207 2nd Street, Jane Lew, WV went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2013 at her residence.

She was born in Harrison County, WV on May 17, 1923 the only daughter of the late Thomas A. Freeman and Ivory Myrtle (Gay) Freeman.

She was married to the late Charles Trezise who preceded her in death in 1988.

In addition to her husband Mrs. Trezise was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers Helen Jones, Hanna Chamberlain, Mary Thompson, Betty Allman, Virginia Freeman, John Freeman, Charles Freeman, and Ralph Freeman.

Mrs. Trezise is survived by one son Gene Freeman and his wife Connie of Jane Lew, WV. Also surviving are five grandchildren Brandy Freeman of West Milford, WV, Jeremy Freeman of Fairmont, WV, Breann Freeman of Jane Lew, WV, Natasha Freeman of Jane Lew, WV and Tiffany Freeman of Jane Lew, WV and 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother Pete Freeman, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. Trezise was a devoted Christian who faithfully attended church for over 70 years at the United Evangelistic Mission Church in West Milford, WV.

Mrs. Trezise was a graduate of Salem College and was a teacher at Jane Lew High School where she retired. Mrs. Trezise also loved to serve her the community and she was on the Jane Lew City Council for twenty years and was treasurer for the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. Mildred was also an avid WVU Basketball fan who loved to watch and attend the games, and she also enjoyed watching with her sister and brother, their nephew who dirt raced.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, June 01, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Revered Ashby Titus and Reverend Bill Lanham officiating.

Interment will follow Funeral Services in the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew where she will be laid to rest beside her husband.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral of Weston will be serving the Trezise family.

Cleo Virginia Turner

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Cleo Virginia Turner

Age 94, a long time resident of the Good Hope Community, WV, passed away peacefully at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness.

She was born August 12, 1918 outside of Linn, WV, a daughter of the late Alva and Iza Davis Bennett.

On August 13, 1939 she married her beloved husband of 42 years, James Monroe Turner, who passed away on March 09, 1981.

Surviving are four children: Larry Monroe Turner and wife Mary Agnes of Greensboro NC, Sharon Sue Osbourne and husband John of Greenville SC, Roger Joe Turner and wife Mary Ellen of Clarksburg, WV and Mary Ann Gaston and husband Rick of Fairmont, WV; ten grandchildren: Tim Turner, Kathy Marshall, Christy Moser, Michael Turner, Daniel and Nathan Osbourne, Vanessa Schoetz, Jason Turner, Jennifer Owen, and Jarid Gaston; 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, representing five generations.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family, being preceded in death by two brothers: Gloy and Roy Bennett and seven sisters: Vera Davis, Ina Hardman, Opal Mick, Wanna Lowther Osbourn, Blanche Day, and Orpha Warner.

In her early years, Cleo worked for Glenville State College. She and her husband owned and operated the Troy Gulf Service Station and Grocery in Gilmer County for a few years. Until later years she was an active member of Eastern Star Chapter # 109 of Good Hope, Good Hope CEOS, and New Bethel United Methodist Church. She thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, especially tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew on Friday May 31, 2013 from 12:00-2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, at 2 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Stephen White officiating.

The pallbearers are her grandsons: Daniel and Nathan Osbourne, Michael and Jason Turner, Jarid Gaston and Landon Owen. Interment will follow in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Serenity Hope at Rt. 1 Box 153-D Lost Creek WV 26385, where Cleo received loving care the last year of her life.

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

Ralph Carl Simmons

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Ralph Carl Simmons

Age 98, of 1211 12th Street, Weston, WV went home to be with the Lord at 11 AM Monday, May 27, 2013 while in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

He was born September 16, 1914 in Gilmer County, WV, the second born son of Howard Lee and Shada Ocean Wiseman Simmons.

He is survived by his current wife and travel companion, Shirley Fisher Simmons, whom he married on March 19, 2011 after dating since 2003.

He had one step-son, Ray Fisher of Weston, one step-daughter, Debra Frandza and husband Phil of Lanoka Harbour NJ and one step-granddaughter, Rebecca Frandzia.

He was previously married to Bonnie Fultineer Simmons on February 14, 2000 until her death in 2002 after the passing of his wife of 47 years, Goldia Gay Radcliff Simmons, whom he married on June 01, 1951 officiated by Reverend Ralph Mahoney. Together they had one daughter, Ginger Prince Simmons Bailey (husband Fred) of Jane Lew, WV.

His daughter and son-in-law gave Ralph and Goldie three grandchildren who were the love of their lives: Tabitha Michelle Bailey, and husband David Mostofi, Travis Allen Bailey and wife Suzanne Yountchi , and Tori Beth Bailey Burnworth and husband Brandon Burnworth.

He is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Addison Bailey Mostofi, Alec Keshvar Mostofi, and Aaron August Burnworth; one brother-in-law, Lester Messenger; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Simmons was a heavy equipment operator for most of his life, specializing in dozer work. He was instrumental in the development of the Bluefield and Cabell County airports through dozer operations on each site. He worked in road construction in Ritchie County where he met his wife Goldia in the late 1940’s and again in the early 1960’s where he worked on Interstate 80 in Stroudsburg PA before returning to work in the strip mining industry where he worked for Keely Coal Co., Grafton Coal Co., and King Knob Coal, from which he retired in the spring of 1977 as a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He also worked for a short time in the deep mines and timber/sawmill operations with his father in Gilmer and Tucker counties in his younger years where he purchased his first dozer.

Ralph was an avid hunter and fisherman, working with the Stonecoal Lake Fishing Club in his earlier years. He loved going fishing and camping with family and friends, especially his good fishing buddy, John Anderson. He adored his grandchildren and took great pleasure in supporting their athletic events and playing badminton and kickball with them in the backyard. God blessed him with 36 years of retirement to share time, travel and life experiences with family and friends.

He attended the Broad Street United Methodist Church (former E.U.B Church) on Broad St. Weston after moving to Weston in 1955 from Ritchie County.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 12:00-5:00 PM Sunday June 02, 2013.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clifford West and Reverend Richard Justice officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Weston.

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

Robert Floyd “Bob” Wilson Sr.

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Robert Floyd “Bob” Wilson Sr.

Age 81, of Glendale, Ritchie County, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family in the Genesis Health Care Center, Salem.

He was born April 15, 1932, at Enterprise, WV, a son of the late Roy O. and Dona M. Harris Wilson.

On September 22, 1958, he married Loretta Elder Wilson, who survives.

Also surviving are children, Ronda Hinzman and husband Neil, Vienna, Susan Hardbarger and husband Greg, Harrisville, WV; Joyce Riggs and husband Roger, Pennsboro, WV; Donna Richards and husband Jeff, Davisville, WV; Robert Wilson Jr. and wife Heather, Morgantown, WV; and William Wilson and wife Beth, Greybull, WY; 31 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Wilson, Picayune, MS; and Daniel Wilson, Salisbury, NC; one sister, Betty McBee, Westover; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Mr. Wilson was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an auto body repairman and was a volunteer with the Ritchie County Emergency Squad.

Bob pastored at several Churches of God. He was a member of the 19th Street Church of God, Parkersburg, WV and had recently attended Riddle’s Chapel Church, Harrisville, WV.

Bob enjoyed family gatherings and gardening.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 3 PM at Riddle’s Chapel Church, Harrisville.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Wilson family.

Leragean S. “Pickle” Rowh

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Leragean S. “Pickle” Rowh

Age 78 of Bragg Run Road, Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this life at 1:23 AM Sunday, May 26, 2013 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born April 16, 1935 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Otis and Myrtle Thompson Jamison.

Leragean was a Christian by faith and an active member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

She enjoyed watching game shows on TV, working puzzle books, and reading. She also enjoyed helping tend and transport others in need.

On August 05, 1967 she was united in marriage to John T. Rowh, who preceded her in death on July 27, 1999.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Christine Lake and husband George and Cherrie Dean and husband Howard Jr. both of Burnsville, WV; 1 step son, Mike Rowh and wife Linda of Parkersburg, WV; 2 step-daughters, Cindy Carter and husband Chuck of Ohio and Kim Heater and husband Johnnie of Glenville, WV; 4 brothers, Paul Jamison of Sand Fork, WV; Gerald Jamison of Sutton, WV; Randall “Tater” Jamison and Omar “Tuffy” Bosley of Ohio., and 1 sister, Orlea Gerwig of Exchange, WV. There are 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Leragean was preceded in death by her 1st husband, James Edward Demastus, 2 sons, James Mark Demastus and Kevin Holland Rowh, and 1 step-son, Joseph Rowh.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, WV at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 29, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery on Dusk Camp Road.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Wednesday at the church.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Leragean S. Rowh with arrangements.

Ronald (Jack) Mullenix

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Ronald (Jack) Mullenix

went home to be with the Lord on May 27, 2013.

He was born December 01, 1936, in Pullman, WV (Ritchie County), to the late William O. Mullenix and Ona Wise Mullenix.

On December 27, 1960, Jack married Rita K. Nichols, who survives.

Also surviving is his only son, Jon (Janaa); and two grandsons, Brye and Bradan; two sisters, Jean Ford and Sarah Hall; and one brother, Bernard (Linda) Mullenix, all of Williamstown.

Jack graduated from Williamstown High School, served with the U.S. Army, and was a well-known builder in this area. He loved hunting, fishing and was an avid supporter of Williamstown High School athletics. Jack also served on the Union-Williams Water Board.

Jack was a longtime member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where he served as usher and care deeply about his church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alberta; and brothers, Arnold and Jim.

Visitation will be 4-8 PM Wednesday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St, Marietta, Ohio, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Service will be 11 AM Thursday at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jim Mike Ward and the Rev. Calvin Ferrell officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.

Contributions may be made to the Williamstown Athletics Boosters at Williamstown High School.

Donald Gene “Donnie” Chumley

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Donald Gene “Donnie” Chumley

Age 71, of Salem, WV departed this life on Saturday, May 25, 2013, in the Emeritus at The Heritage of Bridgeport.

He was born January 02, 1942, in Greenbrier, Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Kenneth and Ruth Childers Chumley.

On June 04, 1966, he married Verna Carpenter Chumley, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Michelle Bockoven and husband William S., Louisville, KY; two sons, Patrick and Gary Chumley, Salem; two sisters, Sharon Ford and husband Franka and Cyrena Oliver and husband Roger, both of Salem; sister-in-law, Carolyn Chumley, Salem; two nieces; five nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

One brother, Edwin Chumley, preceded him in death.

Mr. Chumley was retired from the state of West Virginia as a rehabilitation counselor with 21 years service. He attended the Romney School for the Blind from first through ninth grades and was a 1963 graduate of Doddridge County High School. Donnie was a 1967 graduate of Salem College with a B.A. degree in education and was a post-graduate of Marshall University.

He enjoyed caning chairs, woodworking and his beloved Chihuahuas. He was a loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 1:00 PM with Pastor Denver Burnside presiding. Interment will follow in the Union Mission Cemetery, New Milton.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, from 4:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday until the time of the service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Chumley family.

Charlotte Grace “Susie” Taylor

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Charlotte Grace “Susie” Taylor

Age 66, of Valley Chapel Road, Weston, Jackson Mill Community, WV passed away at 9:20 AM Friday, May 24, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born December 06, 1946 in Boyer, Pocahontas County, a daughter of the late Hubert and Rachel Hull Wilfong.

On October 30, 1976 she married the love of her life, Homer L. “Bud” Taylor, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons: David and Michael Taylor, both of Weston; three brothers: Eddie Wilfong of Dunmore, David and wife Donna Wilfong of Weston and Jimmy Wilfong of Boyer; three sisters: Joyce Palmer and husband Ken of Aurora, CO; Alice Kramer and husband Lee of Arbovale and Violet “Bitsy” Ryder and husband Hollis of Marlinton; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Allen, Hubert and Oscar Wilfong and one sister, Mary Kay Higgins.

Susie enjoyed working at the Camp Thorwood 4-H Camp and National Youth Science Camp. Susie was a loving giver and a passionate volunteer, always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, canning and was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders. She loved to bake pies, cookies, and cakes, especially to help with fundraisers.

She was a faithful and devoted member of the Victory Assembly of God Church in Weston, where she loved working with the children in the nursery.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew Sunday, May 26 from 5 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Legacy to Remeber: Mavis Nadine Hughes Waggoner

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Four score and five years ago (Nadine didn’t like being 80 so we called it 4 score), Mavis Nadine Hughes Waggoner was born in Porto Rico in Doddridge County, WV to Con Otis and Wanda Tharp Hughes on July 28, 1927.  Nadine, as she was known to her family and friends, grew-up in central WV as the family accompanied her father in his work in the oil & gas fields including places like Grantsville, Harrisville, and West Union.  In the early 40’s, her family moved to Glenville.  Over the years, Nadine shared memories of her youth.

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Nadine had been very close to her older brother Bob.  In Harrisville, WV they shared a paper route.  Her parents bought a bike for Bob so she told of how Aunt Irie loaned her the money to buy a bicycle.  After a couple of payments Aunt Irie told her the loan was paid off because it wasn’t fair that only her brother should have a bike.  As a result of the bikes, it appears that they monopolized the newspaper delivery business.  Later her brother, Bob, was killed in Okinawa in WWII at age 19 and Nadine would go on to name her only son in his honor

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Nadine was always kind while being industrious; she would pick up the mail for many older folks especially shut- ins.  During this time she was also the sparring partner for her brother, Bob.  He became an excellent boxer and even boxed when he was in the Marines.  Life was tough growing up when you were moving from community to community.  She lamented that you would just begin to make friends and then they would move again.

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Another reflection of Harrisville was Bank Night at the movie theater.  It was only a nickel and they would have a drawing for I believe $25.  She said that no matter what the movie was that you had to go on Bank Night.  Regardless the movie they always had a good time.

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Nadine’s first job was working in Leon Starkey’s Restaurant where she shortly became manager.  She would share stories of walking with a lantern, since her dad took the flashlight, from Camden Flats at 4 a.m. so that the glass workers could have breakfast and pick up their packed lunches for their shift.

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She shared that payday was a great day because the workers would bring in their paychecks to pay their tab for meals and she would have a great tip jar that day.  As she reminisced, the highlight of the week was on Saturday night when they would move all of the tables and chairs to create a dance floor for their jukebox.  During this time is when she met Ralph who ran the projector for the Theater.

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After the war, Ralph and Nadine were married. Nadine shared that they lived in the little Fisher house that set partially over the creek by the old grist mill.  She smiled as she shared that they had improvised for a refrigerator with a wooden box attached to the windowsill.

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Throughout her life, Nadine, Ralph and Bob had traveled through 45 states with some of their favorite places being the Badlands, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon National Parks, Key West and later Disney World.  She always enjoyed playing golf in Florida.

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She started the youth tournaments to provide children with a safe summertime environment and to ensure that the golf course would continue.  Over the years she helped raise many of the children of the Glenville area through this effort.

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Over the years, Nadine would look after many of the elderly in the community.  She was known for making their favorite dishes and baking pies, cakes and cookies and delivering them.  Often she would run errands for them and take them to the doctor when needed.  She was an extremely compassionate person and always willing to help anyone in need.



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“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”  2 Timothy 3:16

Evidences Of Inspiration.
Have we any valid evidence that The Bible is inspired of God,  or is that belief a blind leap into the dark?  We want to consider, first of all, some internal evidences of inspiration, and the first we will consider is:  The Claim of the Authors.

The Claim Of The Authors.
About forty men had a part in writing the sixty-six books of The Bible, and more than two thousand times they claim to be speaking the words of God.  We find such phrases as:  “Thus saith the Lord,”  “The word of the Lord came to me,”  “The Lord said unto me,”  “I have received of the Lord,” etc.

Truth Or Fiction?
Either these men were outright lying,  allowing their imaginations to run wild,  or they were telling the truth.  Is their claim fallacy, fantasy, or fact?  Were they liars, lunatics, or honest men telling the truth?

Could They Have Been Liars?
Did they deliberately set out to deceive others?  Why would they?  What would be their purpose?  In Acts 23 we read about forty men who conspired together to neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.  But they were all Jews, who lived at the same time,  and had a common reason for killing Paul.  The Bible was written by about forty men who lived at different times over a span of some 1600 years, men who were from different walks of life, some Jews and some Gentiles.  It would have been impossible for them to conspire together.  They were willing to die for what they claimed.  Would you die for a lie?

Could They Have Been Deluded?
Were they themselves deceived?  Could they have been hallucinating, only imagining that God was speaking to them?  These men were from various walks of life:  shepherds, fishermen, tax collectors, prophets, priests,  judges, kings, doctors, lawyers, etc.  Some well educated, some not. Moses was trained in all the knowledge and learning of Egypt, an advanced civilization for its day.  Paul was brought up at the feet of Gamaliel.  Luke was a physician.  From Moses (ca. 1500 BC) to John (ca. 100 AD), some sixteen hundred years passed.  It’s not very likely that that many men over that many years were hallucinating.  Men who imagine things could not have written with such beauty and harmony of thought and purpose.

Were They Telling The Truth?
If the authors of the books of The Bible didn’t set out to deliberately deceive, and if they were not deceived themselves, then they must have been honest men who were telling truth,  and God did speak to and through them.  All Scripture is indeed inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16), and holy men of God did speak as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).  Next:  The Unity and Harmony of the Scriptures.


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Lawrence “Larry” Stemple

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Lawrence “Larry” Stemple

Age 79, of Parkersburg, WV, died May 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 25, 1934, in Grantsville, WV, to the late Bernard and Lenore Morris Stemple.

Larry attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where he was an usher, Eucharistic Minister, served on the parish council and was a pastoral counselor.

He retired from the Bureau of Public Debt. Larry served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of American Legion Post 15, the Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus, where he was a 4th Degree Knight.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Norma (Borrelli) Stemple; one sister, Diana Helmick (Charles); two brothers, Morris (Mary Ellen) and Mike Stemple; one sister-in-law, Joan Stewart; nieces and nephews, Jeanie Feather, Jennie McAtee, Charles Helmick, Steve C. Helmick, Tina Wake (Ernest), Lisa Borrelli, Anne Spletzer (Mark), Kay Frosolone (Pete), Amy Schaus (Sammy), Emily Self (Jason), Angela Borrelli, Teri Pacion (John), Tim Stemple (Cindy), Tracy Casey (Martin), Tricia Dennison (Greg) and Tammy Brenner (Gary); several great-nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Susie Miller.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Housecalls Hospice and Comfort Keepers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one nephew, Charles Borrelli.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Neil Buchlein officiating and the Rev. Father Robert Park co-officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3-8 PM Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Governor Tomblin Orders U.S. and State Flags Lowered in Observance of Memorial Day

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In keeping with the presidential proclamation, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin ordered U.S. and State Flags at all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until Noon, Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.

“Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to and remember those who have fought bravely to preserve our freedom and security,“ said Governor Tomblin. “On this Memorial Day, I encourage all West Virginians to recall those brave men and women of the armed forces who have risked and given their lives to keep us safe.“

Governor Tomblin asks all West Virginians to unite in prayer for permanent peace at 11:00 AM and to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of our military men and women.


SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013 AT 5:00 PM

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On Saturday, May 25, 2013at 5:00 PM the Town of Sand Fork will dedicate the first two granite plaques honoring Veterans from the Sand Fork Area and Gilmer County who have or are serving their Country.

The first plaques will list 52 names each, but all names submitted to date will be read and honored at the ceremony.

Additional plaques will be installed as they are filled..

Names may still be submitted to be added the plaques.

Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony.

Questions?  Contact Council Members Sue Edwards or Judy Jones.

Wilton E. “Bud” Williams Jr.

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Wilton E. “Bud” Williams Jr.

Age 87 of Tollgate, WV passed away on May 23, 2013 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital after a long struggle with heart disease.

He was born on January 12, 1926 in Philippi, WV a son of the late Wilton E. Williams Sr. and Nell Squires Williams.

On May 12, 1945 he married his childhood sweetheart Janice Le Sommerville Williams who survives.

Surviving are one daughter, Diana Weiss, New Hope, PA, two sons, Phillip Kent Williams and wife Pamela, Nashville, TN, Timothy A. Williams and wife Michelle, Cold Springs, KY. He was also a grandfather of five grandchildren, Jessica L. Williams, Loma Linda, CA, Tyler J. Williams and wife Teagan, Kettering, OH, Steven M. Williams, Cincinnati, OH, Hannah and Rebecca Williams, Cold Springs, KY. One brother, Ronald J. Williams, two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Guffey and Patricia Ann Boyce preceded him in death.

Mr. Williams attended Doddridge County High School, where he played basketball and football. He was captain of the football team and president of the Senior Class of 1944. Wilton enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet before finishing high school. After serving his country during WWII he earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University school of Mining and Engineering and later earned his professional engineering license. He worked for Weirton Steel as an engineer. In 1952 he became foreman of Utilities Division of United States Steel, Morrisville, PA from which he retired as Superintendent of Utilities in 1972. Wilton and his family relocated close to their hometown of West Union to farm and raise sheep and cows. He was called back by U.S. Steel Engineers and Consultants for overseas work in Taiwan. He continued several assignments to Turkey and other European Countries. Wilton was a respected and beloved member of the Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church. He held the position of delegate to the Columbia Union Conference of the Adventist Church and was president of the Instrument Society of America. Wilton was very active in Habitat for Humanity. He held offices in several other organizations and was a Boys Scout Leader.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Pastors Daniel Morikone, Bill Clark, Randall Murphy as well as Dr. Jim Levos presiding.

There will be a time of gathering one hour prior to the service.

Private interment services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Williams family.

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