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Nelson Edward Garrett

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Nelson Edward Garrett

Age 93 of Cox’s Mill, West Virginia departed this life at 12:13 AM, Saturday March 23, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia following an brief illness.

Born November 05, 1919 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Richard Earl and Opal Hall Garrett.

Nelson was a graduate of Troy High School in Troy, West Virginia,; and attended 2 years at the Mountain State Business College at Parkersburg, West Virginia.

He was longtime farmer and cattleman, member of the Gilmer County Farm Bureau, he was actively involved with the youth at the farm shows, enjoyed discussing cattle with them,  and encouraging young farmers through the FFA. Nelson was a Gilmer County Commissioner for 18 years .

He attended the Troy Baptist Church.

On October 05, 1946 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Cooper Garrett, who survives at their Cox’s Mill home.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Susan Messenger and husband John of Glenville, West Virginia, and Nancy L. Harold and husband William of Alexandria, Virginia. There are 3 grandchildren, Angie Volk, Greg Messenger and Amber Wright, and 5 great-grandchildren, Garrett Volk, Lauren Volk, Tiarra Thornton, Emma Wright, and Andrew Wright also surviving.

Nelson was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Melvin, Elvin, and Jack Garrett, and 1 sister Glo Woofter.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV., 26351 at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 with Rev. Gene Johnson and Rev.  Jim Ballinger officiating.

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

Friends may call from 6:00-9:00 PM Tuesday at the Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gilmer County 4-H, FFA, and Farm Bureau.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Nelson E. Garrett with arrangements.

Michael Dale Keesucker

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Michael Dale Keesucker

Age 49, of Route 3, Fairmont, WV, died at his home March 20, 2013.

He was born in Montgomery County, MD, December 29, 1963, son of Arnold D. Keesucker of Belington and Bernice Runyon Keesucker of Jane Lew, WV.

He is survived by his wife, Lorelei Louiese Keesucker of Fairmont; two sons, Michael James and wife Krissa Keesucker of North Carolina, and Isiah James Keesucker of Fairmont; one daughter, Kristina Dawn Keesucker of Great Bridge, VA; two brothers, David Arnold Keesucker and wife Julie and Jeffrey D. Keesucker, both of Jane Lew, WV; one sister, B. Kathleen “Kathy” Ravi, Clarksburg; and two grandsons, Christian Patrick and Karmine Michael Keesucker.

The family will receive friends at the Morris Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:00-2:30 PM, at which time a funeral service will be held with the Rev. William Coffindaffer officiating.

Burial will be in the Broad Run Cemetery.

A Morris Funeral Home service.

Edward Jackson Posey

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Edward Jackson Posey

Age 71, of Turner Drive, Weston, WV, passed away at 3:24 PM, on Friday, March 15, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following a brief illness.

He was born September 26, 1941 in Lewis County, WV: a son of the late James Oliver and Lula Mabel Blake Posey.

Surviving are three sons, Jack Posey, and Michael Posey and wife, Michelle, all of Weston, and Edwin Posey of Sassafrass; two daughters, Laura Montgomery of Weston, and Melissa Blaker and husband, Jay of Mt. Morris, PA; one brother, Francis Posey of Weston; one half-brother, Bernard Posey of Jane Lew; two sisters, Martha Rowan of Weston and Jean Radcliffe of Jane Lew; two half-sisters, Carolyn Posey of Weston and Debbie Acre of Lincolnton NC.; six grandchildren, Amanda Roberts, Tiffany Newlon, Josh Posey, and Mikel, Ian and Kristen Blaker; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Juanita Posey.

Ed was employed by the Street Department with the City of Weston and later worked at the Lazyboy Factory and WalMart in Lincolnton, NC.

He was a member of the Haleville Union Mission Church.

He loved to golf, fish and hunt deer and squirrel.

Friends were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 5:00-7:00 PM, on Tuesday, March 19.

Funeral Services were held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sue Lowther officiating.

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

Darlene Sue (Jones) Gooslin

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Darlene Sue (Jones) Gooslin

Age 58, of Chloe WV, entered into rest Thursday, March 14, 2012, after a fire at her home, her three grandchildren also perished.

She was born February 25, 1955 in Indiana, daughter, of Stanley Jones of Myrtle Beach, SC and the late Madonna (Burton) Jones.

In addition to her mother, Darlene is also preceded in death by her grandchildren, Ryan, Patricia and Aryanne Jackson.

Darlene is survived by her sons, David Jackson and Benjamin Jackson both of Chloe; daughters, Amber Schwalm of Chesterfield IN, Jessica Funk of Chloe; brothers, Ronnie Jones, Denny Jones both of Anderson, IN; sister, Kim Afa of Osallon, Missouri and 4 grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Walter C. Lee officiating.

Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Donald Thomas Miles

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Donald Thomas Miles

Age 57, of Horner, WV passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on November 06, 1955: son of the late Thomas E. Miles, Jr. and Edna Joann (Harrison) Miles.

On June 17, 1975, he married Peggy S. (Williams) Miles, who survives.

He is also survived by one son: Donald T. Miles, Jr. and one grandchild: Kayden Miles. Donald is also survived by his twin brother: Ronald C. Miles of Clearfield, PA, two sisters: Patricia Shipley of Burnsville and Barbara Linger of Weston and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Donnie was preceded in death by one sister: Rebecca Miles.

Mr. Miles started in the oil field with Allegheny Nuclear Survey of Weston where he was an engineer in CH and OH operation for several years then later he was the District Manager of the Weston District after his 28 years with the company. He went to work at Superior Wireline as district manager in Buckhannon, WV. The after a few years, he went to work for J.W. Wireline as the District manager in Weston.

He was a member of the Horner United Methodist Church of Horner, WV.

His hobbies were race cars (NASCAR and others), camping and football.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bill Dawson 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 Donald Thomas Miles.

Ferrell Ray Childers

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Ferrell Ray Childers

Age 76, of Big Flint, WV, departed this life, Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on January 30, 1937, at Ashley, WV, the son of the late Burley Ray and Pansy Lyons Childers.

Ferrell had attended several churches including the former Chestnut Grove Church.

He had worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways, Doddridge County Headquarters, Colliers Construction, Strongsville OH, as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, and was owner-operator of Big Flint Auto. He loved his family and his grandchildren, being a witness for the lord, listening to gospel music and reading his bible. He was a great father, grandfather and husband.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel F. Hoalcraft Childers, sons, Michael Childers, Big Flint, WV, Daniel Childers, Wilmington, NC, Andy Childers, Salisburg, NC; daughters, Bonnie Lasure(Edward), Big Flint, WV, Karen Hefner(Greg), Tarklin Road, and Melissa Cork, Clarksburg, WV; grandchildren, Angie Lasure, Aaron Lasure, Mandy Nicholson, JR Cork, Ashley Cork, Jordon Stover, Taylor Childers, Tessa Childers, Hannah Childers and Zach Childers; sisters, Lenna Bell Utter, Salem, WV, Louella Davis, Waldo Run, Nina Eddy, Salem, WV and Charlotte Samples, Waldo Run.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry L. Childers.

Funeral service will be held at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 4:00 PM Saturday, March 23, 2013 with the Rev. Darrell Cramer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Big Flint, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 11:30 AM until the hour of service.

Leona Pearl Malcomb

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Leona Pearl Malcomb

Age 70, of Portland, TN passed away March 18, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, TN.

She was born on July 12, 1942 in Sutton, WV to the late Murl and Aretta Smith Williams.

Leona was a Glass Worker for Louie Glass in Weston, WV.

She was a member of the Eakle Community Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Thomas Malcomb, two brothers, Delbert Williams and Ed Williams, sister, Virginia Pullins.

Leona is survived by her companion, Gary Ware, daughters, Cathy Malcomb of Glenville, WV; Carol Smith of Ivydale, Connie Kniceley of Flatwoods, WV; brother, Paul Williams of Summersville, WV; sisters, Mavadell McDivitt of Summersville, WV; Charlotte Fox of Burnsville, WV; Loretta Bailey of Sutton, WV; and her grandchildren Jennifer Cutlip, Laura Malcomb, Michael Waggy, Thomas Cunningham, Alivia Cunningham, Patrick Smith, Kayla Kniceley, great-grandchildren Isabella and Maiya Waggy.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday March 23, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Earl Cayton officiating.

Burial will follow at the Newville Cemetery, Newville, WV.

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

Greene-Robertson is humbled to be serving the Malcomb family.

Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Former State Senator

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State flags will fly at half staff Friday for former Randolph County state Senator Jae Spears.

The 90-year-old Spears died at her home in Elkins last weekend.

Spears plowed new ground during her time in the state Senate becoming the first and only female to be finance committee chair, to serve on the government and finance committee along with the first female majority whip.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who served with Spears in the Senate, ordered the flags be lowered.

“She worked hard throughout her career for the good of the citizens of West Virginia and she will long be remembered for her pioneering spirit,” Governor Tomblin said in a prepared statement. “Joanne and I extend our deepest condolences to Jae’s family.”

Spears served three terms in the House of Delegates before being elected to the Senate in 1980 where she also served three terms.

Saturday’s funeral will take place at First United Methodist Church in Elkins.

Beulah Mae Moles Coffey

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Beulah Mae Moles Coffey

Age 82 of Chloe, WV, devoted and loving wife of 63 years, to Ernest R. Coffey, passed away March 21, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Beulah was the daughter to the late Gilbert F. Moles and Genelia Helen Sheets Moles.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Junior Elton Moles, Joe Franklin Moles, Ira Daris Moles, Twins Henry and Harry Moles, Charles Delbert Moles; sisters, Helen Madeline Moles Slack, Margaret Kathleen Moles Mitchell.

She is survived by sisters, Welda Jean Moles Jordan of Big Chimney WV and Pearl Moles Haas of Michigan.

Beulah was much loved and will be sadly missed by all that knew her, especially several nieces and nephews. A very special thanks for the love and care of nieces, Jean Stump, Sherry Stewart, Teresa Miller, Sue Facemyer and Rebecca Hanshaw, and sister Pearl Haas.

Ernest Coffey, Beulah’s husband of 63 years, would like to add special thanks and praise for niece Jean Stump for the love, devotion and care given by her for Beulah the past 4 years. It was very much appreciated.

Also special thanks to the Hospice nurses, Lisa, Heather, Connie, Nova, Kristen, Debbie and Pastor Bryon of Burnsville Hospice.

Services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will be in Jarrett Cemetery, Elkview, following the services.

Friends may call 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday prior to service at the funeral home.

Hafer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the Coffey family.

Elsie Genevieve Utt

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Elsie Genevieve Utt

Age 84, a resident of Crestview Manor, formerly of High Street in Weston, WV, passed away at 3:40 PM, Friday, March 15, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born August 04, 1928 at Salem: a daughter of the late Lyda and Jessie Flesher Simons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Lee Utt, who died June 09, 1989.

Surviving are one daughter, Sharon K. Grogg Hull and husband, Jerry of Jane Lew; one brother, Delbert W. Simons of Parkersburg; one sister, Christina Cunningham of Hamilton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Mildred Gross of Fla.; seven grandchildren, Amy Carpenter, Steven Workman, Misti Smith, Lisa Hardy, Garrison Lee Grogg, and Jody Shock and Jessica Bender; great-grandchildren: Kaytely, Seth, and Samuel Carpenter, Steve, Shawn and Marissa Workman, Cory, Destiny and Dakota Stonestreet, Sierra and MaKayla Hardy, Kelsee, Brenna, Kasey, Montana, Tyler Grogg, Allison Bohan, Ayden, Jaylyn and Ashton Shock; one great-great-grandson, Liam Mathew Workman.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Diane Shock; and one brother, Donald Simons.

Elsie was employed for several years at the First National Bank in Salem and later retired from the Weston National Bank. She loved to read and crochet.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Friends and family were received at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Monday, March 18, from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 PM, from the Church of Christ in Weston with Rick Beck and Albert Farley officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.

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

Pauline Belknap Green

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Pauline Belknap Green

Age 95, of Heaters, WV, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Braxton Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born February 14, 1918 in Centralia, WV to the late Aaron Floyd and Melvina Cogar Belknap.

Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Paul, Earl, Minter W. and Hillard Belknap and one sister, Floda Dennison of which was her twin.

As a child, she loved playing ball games with her brothers. In the 1940’s she married Ralph Green whom also preceded her in death.

Pauline attended Centralia United Methodist Church.

Young Pauline was always very giving of herself and her time. She was the caregiver for her sick mother. Pauline also worked in a beauty shop where she would fix ladies hair for free who couldn’t afford to pay for the services. Pauline loved having her hair done, dressing in pretty clothes, painting her nails, going to parties and listening to music.

Left to cherish her memory are several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends who will miss her.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Rodney England officiating.

Burial will follow at Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, WV.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday March 23, 2013 at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Green Family.

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.

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