Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Edith Ann Humphreys Hill

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Edith Ann Humphreys Hill

Age 84, daughter of the late Levi and Mary Humphreys, was born in Sutton, West Virginia and passed away peacefully in Virginia Beach, Virginia on June 08, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles (CJ) Hill, their 4 year old daughter Linda, two sisters, Mary Lee Doughty and Virginia Wooddell (May 06, 2013); three brothers, Hal (an infant),George and James (Duck) Humphreys.

She is survived by three children, Lora (Bunny) Cutler, husband Roy, David Hill, wife Dawn, and Rebecca Freeman, husband Joseph. There are eleven grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings of Edith are sisters Marjorie Hill and Dorothy Soule; brothers Levi, Lon and John Humphreys.

A viewing was held Tuesday, June11, and a graveside service and burial followed at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 12 at Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.

Sophia M. Smith

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Sophia M. Smith

Age 95, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on June 19, 2013, at Ohio Valley Health Care.

She was born November 03, 1917, in Minnora, WV, a daughter of the late Homer H. and Lula Wright Shawver.

Sophia was a graduate of St. Marys High School with the class of 1936. She was employed at the American Viscose Company, the Seventh Street IGA, was a cook for the Wood County School System and was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

She was active in her church and was a charter member of Broadway Nazarene Church.

She is survived by two sons, David E. (Janet) Smith of Parkersburg and Paul W. (Linda) Smith of Washington, WV; one sister, Mildred Eifler of Marietta, Ohio; two grandchildren, Terri (Jeff) Hall and Sherri (Chris) Sams; four great-grandchildren, Adam and Andrea Hall, Hunter (Tracey) Sams and Taylor Sams; one great-great-grandson, Brantley Sams; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Smith whom she married December 24, 1938; sisters, Irene George Caplinger, Edna Mullins, Audra Clem, Janette Byram, and Georgia Kaufman; and brothers, Homer Jr., Blaine and Robert Shawver.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM on Saturday, June 22 at Broadway Church of the Nazarene, south Parkersburg with Harold Eaton and Linda Smith officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Friday, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg and one hour prior to the services at the church.

Mabel Irene Ellyson-Paull

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Mabel Irene Ellyson-Paull

Age 97 of Fairfax, Virginia, departed this life June 17, 2013 at the Fairfax Nursing Center, Fairfax, VA., following an extended illness.

Born October 08, 1915 in Cox’s Mill, West Virginia, daughter of the late Ernest F. and Bessie D. Spiers Ellyson.

Mabel was an avid quilter, she graduated from Glenville State Teachers College in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education and was an Elementary School teacher in the Akron, Ohio.  She also served in the navy during World War II.

In 1957 she was united in marriage to Raymond Payne, who preceded her in death in 1970.

Surviving are her nephew, L Carlin Ellyson of Titusville FL, and her nieces, Dr Kara L Riley-Paull of Walnut Creek, CA; and Tara L Riley of Sterling, VA, and 1 sister, Edna Ruth Ellyson Riley of Walnut Creek, CA.

Along with her parents and husband, Mabel was preceded in death by 1 sister, Goldie Marie Ellyson Maher, and 2 brother, J Carlin Ellyson and Kenneth Ellyson.

Graveside Services will be conducted at the Troy I.O.O.F.Cemetery, Troy, WV at 4:00 PM Saturday June 22, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Mabel Irene Ellyson-Payne with arrangements.

Martha Alice Riffle

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Martha Alice Riffle

Age 67 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 3:30 AM, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born June 20, 1945 in Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Francis T. and Ethel G. Nicholson Riffle.

Alice enjoyed making crafts, watching game shows, Soap Opera’s, and WVU Football on TV.

She was also a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are 3 daughter, Karen Frame and husband Joe of Stouts Mills, WV; Shirley and Donna Riffle both of Glenville, WV;  1 son, Edwin “Bub” Dennison of Glenville, WV; 1 haft sister, Mary Ann Howes of Weston, WV. There are 6 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her long term companion Oscar L. Dennison, and 5 brothers, Johnny, Ray, Early, George,  and Raymond Riffle

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351 at 12:00 PM, Noon Saturday June 22, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cottrill Family and Friends Cemetery on Sliding Run Road (Stouts Mills community).

Friends may call from 10 AM - 12 Noon, the funeral hour at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary inc. is assisting the family of Martha Alice Riffle with arrangements. 

Kathy Linn Hardesty

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Kathy Linn Hardesty

Age 58, of Frametown, WV passed away June 14, 2013 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 04, 1955 in Buckhannon, WV, daughter of the late Tom Gum and Shirley Lough Gum of Buckhannon, WV.

She was a baptized Jehovah’s Witness.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother Tommy Gum.

She is survived by her mother; husband David Hardesty; son, John Paul Dennis of Charleston, WV; brother, Johnny Gum of Buckhannon, WV; sisters, Connie Gibson of Marietta, OH, Donna Kay Marks of Buckhannon, WV, Bonnie Mae Gum of Fayetteville, WV, Sherbie Mollohan of Marietta, OH.; grandchildren, Steven Weaver, Nathan Dennis, Tani Weaver, Alex Hardesty, Brett Hardesty, Isabella Hardesty, Cody Hardesty; great-grand-child, Kaden Weaver; stepchildren, David S. Hardesty Jr., Brian S. Hardesty, Stacy Hardesty, and many neices and nephews.

Her body will be cremated at the family’s request.

Arrangements by the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Bonnie Jeanelle Elder

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Bonnie Jeanelle Elder

Age 76, of Harrisville, WV passed June 18, 2013 at United Hospital, Bridgeport, WV.

She was born January 17, 1937 at Burnt House, WV, the daughter of the late Hosea P. and Ione Louise Wright Prather.

Jeanelle was a graduate of Harrisville High School, Class of 1955. She was a homemaker.

She was member of First Assembly of God, Harrisville, where she was choir director for the Children’s choir, Youth choir and Adult choir, taught Sunday school and was youth director.

She was the director of several food pantries in Parkersburg and Harrisville and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Melanie L. Miller (David) of Harrisville; son, Michael W. Elder (Arletta Amos) of Washington, WV; two grandchildren, Spencer and Trace Elder of Washington; and sister, Jeanette Goodnight of Smithville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne B. Elder.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, June 21, 2013 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Ronnie Blevins and Pastor Curtis Christian officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, near Harrisville.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 PM.

Barbara Jean Beaton

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Barbara Jean Beaton

Age 64 of 649 Rohr Ave, Weston, WV passed away at 6:10 PM Monday, June 17, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

She was born September 10, 1948 in Weston, WV, a daughter of Junior George Hefner, who survives in Weston and the late Betty Jo King Hefner.

Surviving are one son: Jamie Beaton and companion, Sierra Cole, of Weston; two daughters: Tammy Beaton Metz and husband, Mike, of Weston and Amy Beaton Michael and husband, Steve, of Buckhannon; two grandchildren Mack and Lilah Michael of Buckhannon; three sisters: Linda Long and companion, Charlie Burnside, of Weston, Cathy Craig and husband, Doug, of Ireland and Penny Syrews and husband, Bob, of Berlin; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, George Junior Hefner, and one brother-in-law, John Long.

Barbara was retired from the Alkahn Label Factory in Weston with several years of service. She enjoyed fishing and flower gardening and had a special green thumb for raising beautiful orchids. She loved to cook and her family especially enjoyed her homemade Potato Soup, Chicken and Dumplings and Macaroni Salad. She loved spending time at the beach with her family.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Murrell officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

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

Madge Rosalee Lockard

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Madge Rosalee Lockard

Age 83, of Grass Run Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Serenity Care Home in Upshur County following an extended illness.

She was born on Indian Camp in Upshur County on December 28, 1929: daughter of the late Harold E. Greene and Laura O. (Smith) Greene.
Madge was previously married to Roy G. “Chick” Lockard of Pricetown, WV and their children were: James E. (Heather) Lockard of Weston and Steven R. (Louise) Lockard of Tazewell, VA, five grandchildren: Kelley Jo Orvik Nicholson, Michael S. Lockard, Sadie R. Lockard Hoover, Lee Ann Lockard Van Artsdalen and Elle Lockard and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters: Haroldine Stalnaker of Weston, Wilma Stolmayer of N. Canton, OH and Ona Greene of Akron, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Madge’s parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: June Reider and Mary Greene.

Ms. Lockard was a retired registered nurse and floor supervisor for William Sharpe Hospital of Weston and retired from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston. Madge was a graduate of Weston High School and graduated St. Mary’s Nursing School.

She was a member of Waldeck and Miles Chapel United Methodist Churches of Lewis County.

Madge was active with Alcoholic’s Anonymous and started the Rainbow House for Recovering Alcoholics in Shinnston, WV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Martin Wine officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Madge Rosalee Lockard.

Arthur “Lucky” Marks

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Arthur “Lucky” Marks

Age 61, of Gassaway, WV, passed June 17, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Surviving; wife, Jeanette Barker Marks; children, Michael Marks, Timothy Marks and Melissa Marks; Grandson, Timothy Marks II.

Graveside service will be 2:15 PM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Fairview Cemetery, Chapel with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

James Robert Payne

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James Robert Payne

Age 87, passed away early June 16, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center General Division.

He was born October 24, 1925, and raised in Cairo, WV (Ritchie County), the son of the late Harry and Mabel Payne.

Bob graduated from Cairo High School in 1943, and Marietta College in 1949. He served three years in the Army before college in the 289th Battalion. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, earned sergeant’s stripes and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married in 1950 after finding employment as a chemist at Union Carbide from which he retired in 1990. Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter, especially deer hunting. He closely followed the Mountaineers football program. He also enjoyed bridge and golf.

He is survived by his son, William H. Payne of Charleston, WV.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Kurtz Payne; brother, William B. Payne; sister, Pauline S. Zinn; and son, Brian K. Payne.

As were his wishes, Bob’s remains were donated to the WVU Human Gift Registry.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Bob requested contributions be made to the Cairo Alumni Scholarship Fund. Checks made payable to the Cairo Alumni Scholarship/PACF, and sent to Cairo Alumni Scholarship/Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 363, Cairo, WV 26337.

Richard Daniel Karp

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Richard Daniel Karp

Age 93, of Horner, WV passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in the United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness.

He was born in Tiffin, OH on March 19, 1920: son of the late Francis Albert Karp and Olive Loretta (Harnish) Karp.

On September 12, 1942, he married Mary Virginia (Baker) Karp, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Karp is survived by one daughter: Mary Ann (Arnold) Rubin of Roanoke, VA and one grandchild: Kara Young. He is also survived by one brother: James Patrick “Pat” Karp of Horner and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife: Mary Virginia, Mr. Karp was preceded in death by one grandson: Zachary Young, two brothers: Thomas Francis Karp and Raymond Joseph Karp and one sister: Yvonne Marie Hamilton.

Mr. Karp was a retired machinist with Timpkin Roller Bearing Company of Canton, OH. He was a graduate of St. Patrick High School and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church both of Weston. He was also a member of the Knight of Columbus. Mr. Karp was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WW II.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 AM from St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

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

Full Military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

A Prayer Service will be conducted at 7 PM on Tuesday evening from the funeral home chapel.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Richard Daniel Karp.

Larman E. Singleton

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Larman E. Singleton

Age 71, of Chapel, WV passed away June 17, 2013 at the Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

He was a retired coal miner for Fola Coal Co.

He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Barbara Westfall Singleton; parents, Lon and Pauline Singleton; sister, Katherine Miller.

He is survived by wife, Irene Long Singleton; daughters, Lora Singleton and Robyn Skidmore and husband, Ryan of Chapel; son, Jeffrey Singleton and wife, Brenda of Gassaway; four grandchildren, Kaylee Marie Stout and husband, Scottie, Caleb, Caden and Carson Skidmore.

Service will be 11 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel. Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Thelma Louise Schoolcraft

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Thelma Louise Schoolcraft

Age 79, of Gassaway, WV, passed away on June 14, 2013 after a long illness.

She was born on April 14, 1934, the daughter of the late Bailey B. and Mabel B. Friend.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Hartsel and Holly Friend and her husband Arthur L. Schoolcraft.

She was the loving mother of her only son, H.R. (Randy) Cogar of Gassaway.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her daughter-in-law Rebecca Cogar of Gassaway, grandson Andrew Cogar and wife Jennifer of Bridgeport, WV and great-grandchildren Abigail, Jackson and Austin Cogar. She also leaves a sister, Hallie Harrison of Gassaway and niece, Judy Hacker.

A gathering of friends will be held June 18 from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

A brief memorial service will follow at 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Braxton County Senior Center, 33 Senior Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Mary Joann Kesling

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Mary Joann Kesling

Age 60 of Gassaway, WV died at the Hubbard house June 13, 2013.

She was a Protestant by faith.

She had a lawn care service. She is survived by sons, Gilbert of Gassaway, Jay of Buckhannon; daughter, Barbara Carpenter of Gassaway; sisters, Louise Goodson of Gassaway, Lillie Setter and Lola Schoonmaker of Fairmont, Marsha Frame of Morgantown; brothers, Earl and Ed Rohrbough of Riffle, Jerry Rohrbough of Gassaway, George Rohrbough of Cedar Creek, Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband, Kenney Kesling; brothers John Rohrbough, Bernard Rohrbough, and Otis Rohrbough; sisters Kathleen Rohrbough and Lillian Bostic.

Services will be Tuesday 11:00 AM June 18, 2013 at the Richard Roach Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Carr officiating.

Burial will be in the Kesling Family Cemetery Gassaway, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

David Smith

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David Smith

Age 80, of Macksburg, Ohio, died Thursday (June 13, 2013) at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born November 27, 1932, in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Hill and Clair Gainer Smith.

He was a United States Army veteran, having served from 1951 to 1953, and he was employed as a truck driver.

Mr. Smith attended the Macksburg United Methodist Church, and he enjoyed going to flea markets and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Herman Smith.

Surviving are his wife, Louella (Peg) Travis Smith, whom he married May 15, 1954; one daughter, Janet Evans; one son, Mark (Karen) Smith; three sisters, Helen Stack, Joan (Don) Cunningham, and Phyllis Mincks; one brother, Gerald Smith; his grandchildren, Angela (Jason) Wriston, David Evans, Jeff (Lyric) Smith, and Kristy (Brian) Weaver; his great-grandchildren, Randy (Crystal) Evans and Kaleene Jett; one step-grandson, Cody Wriston; his great-great-grandchildren, Chandler Evans, and Zoey and Logan Evans; one nephew he visited daily, Jerry Stack; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends called Sunday, June 16, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Mcvay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East St., Caldwell, where the funeral will be observed Monday (June 17) at 11:00 AM with Ken Perkins officiating.

Burial will follow at Lund Cemetery in Macksburg, Ohio.

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