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Elizabeth Anne Smith

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Elizabeth Anne Smith

Age 70, a lifelong resident of Grantsville, WV, passed away from her all-too-brief fight with pancreatic cancer on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Anne was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a dedicated educator. Her most fulfilling and rewarding years were spent teaching our children as a para-professional with the Calhoun County Board of Education until she retired eight years ago.

After retirement, Anne spent much of her spare time with the Red Hat Society, children charities such as the Christmas Connection and the Gabriel Project, and her rare, but much loved trips to her favorite vacation spot in the world, Maui, Hawaii.

Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Fred O. and Eleanor Barnes, and her brother Bill Barnes.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Smith, her two children, Jason and Shannon Smith, and her brother Dick Barnes. Anne had two grandsons, Christopher and Mykal Johnson and three great-grandchildren that she loved with all her heart.

Per Anne’s wishes, her remains will be cremated.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” held at the Calhoun Senior Center from 2:00 to 4:00 PM December 23, 2012 (Sunday) to wish a fond “aloha” to Anne.

In lieu of flowers, Anne’s family is requesting donations made to the American Cancer Society or for the purchase of children’s books to be donated to Pleasant Hill School in her honor.

Richard Lee Mealey

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Richard Lee Mealey

Age 70, of 1764 Rock Cave Road, Crawford, WV died at 6:59 AM Saturday, December 01, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born January 30, 1942 at Abrams Run a son of the late Ralph and Charlotte Vankirk Mealey.

On July 12, 1969 he married the former Sandra Conrad who survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters in law Michael Lee Mealey and wife Joy and David Mealey and wife Sally and two grandchildren Anthony Blake and Cassie Butcher all of Crawford.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family being preceded in death by three brothers Robert, William and Eugene Mealey and two sisters Mildred Blake and Darlene Bowyer.

Mr. Mealey was retired from the WV Glass Specialty Company and later worked at the Weston State Hospital.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing.

At Richard’s request, he will be cremated and there will be a family and friends gathering at the Ireland Community Building Saturday, December 08, 2012 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday from the Ireland Community Building with the Reverend Jay Burkhart officiating.

A private interment will be held at later date at the Casto Cemetery.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the Mealey family.

James Douglas Carter

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James Douglas Carter

Age 50, of Rosedale, WV, died November 26, 2012 at home.

He was born April 02, 1962 in Braxton County, WV.

He was an auto mechanic and a carpenter.

He is survived by fiance, Polly Dickey; mother, Carolyn Carter Jackson of Beverly, OH; brothers, Jerry Carter, Donald Carter, and Timothy Carter; sisters, Kathy and Amy; several nieces and nephews.

Service was 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Gary Moore officiating.

Burial was in the Rosedale Community Cemetery.

Friends called two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Nancy Delores Hetzer

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Nancy Delores Hetzer

Age 87, of Cedar Grove Personal Care, died November 22, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV, on August 12, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Ira R. and Eva Mae Nutter Sampson.

She attended Calvary Community Church in Belpre, OH.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Coolville, was an avid camper and with her husband had visited all 50 states and went to Israel.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Hetzer and friend, Linda Coate, of Columbus, Ohio, and Ed (Pat) Hetzer of Belpre; a daughter, Brenda H. Robertson of Charleston, WV; grandchildren, Travis, Tara and Samantha Hetzer, Alicia (Lawrence) Shao and Sherrilyn Robertson; great-grandchildren, Reese, Carson, Baron Hetzer and David Shao; five brothers, Duane, Max, Ronzil, Bill and Don Sampson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur in 2011; a son-in-law, Dave Robertson; and three brothers, Theodore Riggs, Bruce Riggs and Charles Sampson.

Services will be 1:30 PM Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Ken Fullerton and the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating.

Burial will follow in Rockland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:30 AM until time of services Monday.

Donations may be made to the Gideon’s in memory of Nancy.

Eldred R. “Doc” Morris

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Eldred R. “Doc” Morris

Age 84, of Parkersburg, WV, departed this life on November 30, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

Eldred was born July 13, 1928, in Harrisville, WV, a son of the late Edgar R. and Esta (Layfield) Morris.

He was a retired school teacher having served as the German teacher for 19 years at PennCrest High School in Philadelphia, PA.

After retiring from teaching, he went to work at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, NJ, before returning to the Parkersburg area where he became a substitute teacher for the various schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic and achieved the rank of Corporal.

He also attended the 7th Street United Methodist Church, and was a longtime member of Elks 198 of Parkersburg.

He is survived by his nephew, Gail Butler, and great-niece, Christy Butler, both of Parkersburg; step-children, Katja Stokley of Longmont, CO, Tina Ragozzino of San Francisco, CA, Annette Stone of Dillon, CO, and Rick Parsons of Denver, CO; six grandchildren; two great-great-nephews; and his special cats, Lee, Whitey and Lucy, who he loved dearly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elisabeth Parsons in 1996; brother, Ronald Morris; and sister, Louise Morris.

A memorial service in Eldred’s memory will be 2:00 PM December 08, 2012 at Leavitt Funeral Home Family Center, with a gathering of friends immediately following the services.

Donald Gene Chadwell

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Donald Gene Chadwell

Age 75 of Normantown, WV, departed this life at 1:15 PM, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg following a one-month illness.

He was born at Mammoth, Kanawha County, WV, August 27, 1937 a son of the late James and Vada Mills Chadwell.

Donald was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict having been stationed on the USS Kearsarge; Superintendent at Wood and Spencer Tap and Die Corp, Cleveland, OH; owned Don and Marvins Superette and Double D Grocery in Mammoth, WV.

He was an avid outdoors-man.  The highlight of his life were his grandchildren.  Hobbies included collecting coins, knives and guns.

He was a Baptist by faith.

Surviving is his wife, Patricia Bess Chadwell of Normantown; one son, Donald G. Chadwell II of Birmingham, AL; two grandchildren, Dacota and Cheyanne Chadwell of Birmingham; one step-son, Joey Roldan , wife Heida of Cleveland; one step-daughter, Brenda Figueroa, husband Danny of Cleveland; two brothers, Harold Chadwell of Jacksonville, FL and Mose Chadwell of Normantown; one sister Sharon Chadwell-Phillips of Lenexa, Kansas.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. at 11:00 AM, Monday, December 03, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Boggs Cemetery at Orton, WV (Normantown) with full military honors.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM, Sunday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Donald Gene Chadwell with arrangements.

Bertha Margaret McCormick

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Bertha Margaret McCormick

Age 62, of Ellenboro, WV, died November 29, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

She was born July 01, 1950 in Clay County, WV, the daughter of the late Otis and Virginia Frazier.

Bertha worked as a seamstress in the Garment Industry, Troy Mills and later the WV Department of Health and Human Services.

She was a member of Church of God at Pike, WV.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Bernard McCormick; son, Tracy Frazier of Harrisville, WV; nephew raised in the home, Joseph Frazier (Kelly) and his children, Joey, Haley, James, Marisa, Triniti, Jesa-Rae, and Jusiah; step-sons, Bernard D. McCormick of Harrisville and Franklin D. McCormick of Grantsville, WV; step-daughters, Nicole McCormick and Cindy McCormick, both of Logan, OH; brother, Mike Frazier of Cleveland, OH; two sisters, Becky Plant and Katy Frazier, both of Vernel, FL; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Rick Frazier, and Tony Frazier.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, December 03, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Ruford Abnerl officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ayers Cemetery, Smithville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Ray Junior Simpson

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Ray Junior Simpson

Age 78, of 368 Spring Street, Weston, West Virginia peacefully slipped away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 after a brief illness.

He was born in Weston, West Virginia son of the late Ray Woofter Simpson and Ruth Clara (Helmick) Simpson.

Ray is survived by one sister Mildred Louise Simpson of Weston.

Ray was a talented Painter and he was also an avid outdoorsman. Ray loved to go hunting and also loved to fish. Ray also enjoyed watching movies his favorite type of movies were Westerns.

At Ray Junior Simpson he will be cremated.

There will be no visitation or services.

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

Mitchell Stump

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Mitchell Stump

Age 55, left this life on November 26, 2012 following a short illness at CAMC Memorial hospital.

He was born May 10, 1957, a son of Zella Stump.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years Tamela “Tammy” Robinson Stump, son Jonah Mitchell Stump and daughter Kasey Tamela Stump of Ravenswood, WV and two grandchildren are Miley Ann Stump and Rilyn Nichole Stump.

Additional surviving family includes sisters Helen Lou Wilson and Karen (Ronzel) Boothe, Uncle Leon Stump and Aunt Ella (John Wilber) Elliot, In-laws, Vinton and Mary Jane Robinson, Deb (Rusty) Hern, Timothy (Bea) Robinson, Terry (Tim) Hickman and Brenda (Randy) Ball and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother Zella Stump, uncles; Brent, Milford, Denver, Deward and Loren Stump, aunts; Lelah Leach, Leta Boatright and Arlene Hicks.

He worked at various employments including: B.F. Goodrich, Garland’s Grocery, Smith’s Exxon, Grantsville Foodland, Bob Yoak Ford, Barberton Recon, Glenville Ford, Ravenswood Aluminum and currently at Ronald Lane, Inc. He also worked at the Glenville Foodland where he met his wife in 1980.

Mitchell was a member of the Enon Baptist Church and Grantsville Fire Department and was a Calhoun High School graduate, class of 1975.

Hobbies included vehicle restoration, car shows, hunting and community service activities such as building handicap ramps and mowing yards for the elderly and he volunteered many hours of his working skills helping others.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday December 01, 2012 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ken Miller, Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday November 30, 2012 and from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Saturday prior to the service.

Burial will follow in the Clayton Stump Cemetery.

Mitchell having the love for antique vehicles and in celebration of his life, there will be a car show beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday at the Stump Funeral Home parking lot in Grantsville.

The antique cars will proceed in the funeral procession to the Clayton Stump Cemetery on Zekes Run off of Russett Road.

Ruth Self

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Ruth Self

Age 84, of Elizabeth, WV, passed away November 24, 2012, at Ohio Valley Health Care of Parkersburg, WV.

She was born July 30, 1928, in Thacker, WV, the daughter of the Late Ezra and Florence (Mann) Queen.

She was a Baptist by faith, and was baptized early in life at Dusk Camp Baptist Church in Gilmer County, WV.

Ruthie was a survivor in all aspects of her life, from raising her children, to her courageous battle that she won with ovarian and colon cancer. She lived her life as an inspiration to those who knew her, she never gave up and always had a smile on her face. She worked hard all her life as a business owner in the Wirt County area, and several of those businesses that she started are still in operation today.

She is survived by her seven children, William (Pat) Self of Glenville, WV, Patricia (Jim) Deem of Mineral Wells, Phyllis Bowe of Akron Ohio, Frank (Sharon) Self of Elizabeth, WV, Mary (Don) Pfalzcraft of Elizabeth, WV, Dave (Ann) Self of Arnoldsburg, WV, and Connie (Jerry) Patterson of Elizabeth, WV; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; husband, William O. Self; three bothers; four sisters; three grandchildren, Cindy Self, Harry Jr. and Chris; and good friends, Deloris Patterson and Mick Watson.

Services were 11:00 AM Tuesday at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth, WV, with the Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating.

Visitation was 6:00-8:00 PM Monday.

Interment was at Friend Cemetery in Ivydale, WV.

The family would like to express a very special thank you to the staff of Ohio Valley Heath Care.

Wilma Mae Tallman

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Wilma Mae Tallman

Age 77, of Pennsboro, WV, often known as “Wid”, departed this life to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 28, 2012.

She was born July 29, 1935 at Finch, WV, a daughter of the late William Raymond Schofield and Golda (Mullenix) Schofield.

Wilma was a 1953 graduate of Pennsboro High School where she was a cheerleader.

She attended the Pennsboro Church of God, The River of Life Church in Ellenboro and the Riddle’s Chapel in Harrisville.

She was a loving wife, mother and nana. Wilma enjoyed the fellowship of her family and friends and expressing love for her Savior.

Surviving is her husband of 54 years, Charles L. Tallman of Pennsboro; her six sons, Darren Tallman (Sharyn) of Parkersburg, James B. Tallman (Vicki) of Mt. Storm, WV, Michael Tallman of Boulder, CO, Tracy L. Tallman (Peggy) of Pennsboro, Jason A. Tallman (Lee) of Pennsboro and Christopher R. Tallman of Parkersburg. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Vanessa Tallman, Cassie Tallman, Cole Tallman, Caleb Tallman, Tyler Hansen, Christian Tallman, Maria Tallman, Sean Partin, Trenton Tallman, Caden Tallman, Matthew Tallman and Kaylee Reed; two sisters, Lois Broadwater of Clarksburg and Vonda Taylor (Wendell) of Paden City; and a brother, Carl Schofield (Kay) of Medina, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Denzil, Freeman and Robert Schofield; and grandson, James Brett “Bretty” Tallman Jr.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery at Finch, WV.

Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 PM Friday, and one hour prior to services.

Ruby Geneva McHenry

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Ruby Geneva McHenry

Age 90, of Grantsville, WV, passed away November 24, 2012 at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Bill and Ina Richards Simmons.

Surviving are her children, James (Arlena) Myer, John David Myer, Ricky Myer and Carol Sue Myer all of Grantsville, WV; Larry Glen (Judy) Myer of Charleston, WV and Sandra K. Summers of Lorain Ohio; four brothers, Henry Simmons, Bearl Simmons, Cecil Simmons and Earl Simmons, all of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Pearl Heiney of Glenville, WV and Sara Cool of Fairmount, WV.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glen Myer and her second husband, Austin McHenry; sisters, Elodine, Nettie and Mettie Simmons, Ernestina Simmons, Erma Kline and Louise Spencer; brothers, Orval and Eugene Simmons.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Rev. Ron Chesser will officiate.

Interment will be in the Big Springs Cemetery.

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

Thelma P. Knouff

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Thelma P. Knouff

Age 93, a resident of Crestview Manor, Jane Lew, WV formerly of John Street, Weston, WV died at 3:35 AM Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Crestview Manor following an extended illness.

She was born May 02, 1919 in Weston, WV a daughter of the late Ralph J. and Mattie Sandy Turner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Knouff who died October 07, 1980.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family being preceded in death by one brother Virgil R. Turner and two sisters Ruby Grogg and Pearl Poling.

Mrs. Knouff had been a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Weston for 33 years.

She was retired from Olen Mills Studio as a Sales Representative.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon from the funeral home with the Reverend Richard Justice officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation service is honored and privileged to serve the Knouff family.

Glenn Dean Jones

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Glenn Dean Jones

Age 78, passed away November 26, 2012, at his home in Toll Gate, WV.

He was born March 19, 1934 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Sherman Jones and Lenna Jones Playso.

Glenn was a member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in 1962. It was during that time that Glenn met his lifelong friend who was like a brother, John Goodson. Glenn worked for J. P. Edmisten, Rutherford Trucking and Norman Jackson Trucking.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda L. Jones; his three children, Tammy L. Kerns of Parkersburg, WV, Rebecca Y. Ash (Galen) of Salem, WV and Terry G. Jones (Melinda) of Pennsboro, WV; six grandchildren, Amanda Camp (Scott), Courtney Kerns, Curtis Ash (Shaylyn), Cody Ash, Austin Jones (Jillian) and Quintin Jones; one great-granddaughter, Halle Hudson; three sisters, Erma Freeland (Jim), Linda Lambert (Paul) and Carolyn Payton (Paul); two brothers, Ray Jones and Kenneth Jones (Peggy); and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both his parents; two sisters, Donna Wilson and Opal Flesher; and two brothers, Encil Jones and Russell Jones.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Evangelist Albert Farley officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mount Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

The family requests that donations be made to West Virginia Christian Youth Camp, P.O. Box 644, Pennsboro, WV 26415.

The family would also like to express appreciation to Housecalls-Hospice for their special care and kindness.

John Jennings “Poppy” Vankirk

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John Jennings “Poppy” Vankirk

departed this life at his home of 54 years in McQuire Park, Weston, WV on Saturday, November 24, 2012.

Being 87 years old, he entered this world on August 06, 1925 in Braxton County, WV: a son of the late James D. (Jim Bobby) and Docia (Graff) Vankirk.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

On December 24, 1947, he married Freda Mae (Riffle) Vankirk, who preceded him in death on December 22, 1989.

On February 14, 1994, he married Patricia Ryder Mitchell Vankirk, who survives.

He is also survived by 2 sons: John “Buzz” and Patty of Weston and Jeffrey James and Michaelann of Downingtown, PA and one son-in-law: Wes Allman of Hartville, OH; one step son and two step daughters also survive: Jerald “Skip” and Sherri Mitchell of Morgantown, WV, Terri and Patton John of North Pole, Alaska and Robin and Marc Thorley of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren, in-laws Jane Cieri, Doris and Jack Snyder, Bud and JoAnn Riffle, Jackie Riffle and several very close nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Diana Lynn Allman.

Being an electrician by trade, he retired from the WV Glass Specialty Company of Weston with over 30 years of service. Having the heart of a servant, he served his community with the Boy Scouts, Lewis County Emergency Squad, Lewis County Senior Center and the American Red Cross, doing whatever was asked of him in a volunteer capacity. His family is thankful for the fine medical care he has received over his long life but we are especially grateful for the loving care we all have received from St. Josephs Hospice during the last year and a half of his lafe. While recommending that donations be made to St. Josephs Hospice at 1 Amalia Drive, Buckhannon, WV 26201, in lieu of flowers in Poppy’s memory, we are certain that Poppy would be pleased and honored by donations to any non-profit, volunteer organizations that he has been associated with over his long productive and fruitful life.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on December 15, 2012 at 11:00 from the Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston with Reverend Richard Justice officiating with a fellowship luncheon to follow services.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for John Jennings “Poppy” Vankirk.

Goff “Gink” Summers

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Goff “Gink” Summers

Goff, better known as “Gink” Summers died at 3:50 PM at home under the care of Hospice on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born November 07, 1924 in Glenville, WV a son of the late Goff and Mary Lynch Summers.

He graduated from Glenville High School in 1942 and also attended Glenville State College. He was a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Gink served in the military in World War II in the Army Air Corps as a gunner togglier on a B-17. He was stationed in Bassingborn, England with the 91st Bomb Group. He was awarded 2 bronze stars and an air medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Gink was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters, Marybell Shaver (Elmer), Ella Jones (Lloyd) and Susan Kleis (Guy).

On December 22, 1947, he married the former Gloria Rogers of Lizemore in Clay County, WV who survives.

This union produced 3 children, Andrew Summers, MD of Pinehurst NC, Julia Summers McDonough (Douglas) of Ranson WV, and Marybeth Summers Darlington (Allen) of Charles Town.

After Gloria’s parents died young, her younger sister, Brenda and a brother Walter Rogers were added to the family. They have 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

In 1960, Gink and Gloria moved to Glenville and opened Summers Pharmacy, which he sold in 1984.

Gink was a member of Glenville Presbyterian Church, was an elder and served several years as clerk of the session and was also a trustee of the church.

At Mr. Summers’ request, he will be cremated.

Friends and family will gather on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Glenville Presbyterian Church.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM with Reverend Charles Ringe officiating.

Interment will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery in Glenville WV.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glenville Presbyterian Church or to Hospice of Burnsville, WV.

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

Norene A. Paugh Burley Schultz

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Norene A. Paugh Burley Schultz

Age 96, formerly of New Martinsville, WV, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Judge’s Personal Care Home, Middlebourne, WV.

She was born on December 20, 1915 in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Alvin D. and Sudie Wiant Paugh.

Norene was the first sales lady at the former Bridgeman Brothers Ford Motor Company, New Martinsville.

She was a member of the former St. John’s United Methodist Church, New Martinsville.

She was known for her baking, especially her homemade noodles and pies, and was an avid bridge player.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lindsey Burley; second husband, Thomas J. Schultz; one daughter, Evelyn Burley Mylar; two grandsons, T. Janson Isaacs and John Lindsey Markey; three sisters, Garnett Corley, Genevieve Frazier and Beulah McWhorter; two brothers, Hunter Paugh and Dencil Paugh.

Survivors include, two daughters: Jane Ann (Paul) Magruder of Sistersville, WV and Linda Burley Markey of Berwick, Maine; six grandchildren: Julie (Greg) Markey Knoettner of York, Maine, Kate (Chris) Markey Russell of Old Forge, NY, Brian (Zita) Mylar of San Antonio, TX, Steven (Ginger) Mylar of Shreveport, LA, Jason (Chris) Isaacs of Parkersburg, WV and Justin Isaacs of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 12 great-grandchildren; four half-sisters: Mrs. Wilodene Nelson, Mrs. Ruth Semerad and Mrs. June Keene, all of Michigan and Mrs. Ava Metheney of WV; three half-brothers: Roscoe Paugh of Illinois, James Paugh and Lonnie Paugh both of WV.

The family would like to give special thanks to Viola Judge and family for their loving care throughout her illness.

There will be no visitation.

A Celebration of Norene’s Life will be held at a later date at the Grisell Funeral Home, 751 Third St., New Martinsville, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Martinsville Public Library, 160 Washington St., New Martinsville, WV 26155.

Janet Sue (Morris) Kirik

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Janet Sue (Morris) Kirik

Age 63, of Union City, PA, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born February 24, 1949 in Gassaway, WV a daughter to Madeline (Keener) Morris and the late Esker J. Morris Sr.

Janet served on the Union City School Board for many years and was also an Avon Representative and a private health care provider. She loved her family, care for animals, going antiquing and collecting quilts.

She was preceded in death by her father, Esker J. Morris, Sr., and daughter, Karen Sue Kirik.

Janet is survived by her husband, Kervin K Kirik whom she married on October 25, 1969, a daughter, Kari Ann Kirik of Erie, PA, her mother, Madeline Morris of Sutton, WV, sisters, Judy Ann Beane and husband Sterling, of Gassaway, WV, Joy West of Baden, PA, brother, Esker J. Morris, Jr. of Sutton, WV.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday November 27, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Doug Smailes officiating.

Interment will follow at Keener Family Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call Monday November 26, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Family suggest donations be made to: The American Cancer Society, 921 West Neville St. Beckley, WV 25801.

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

John Lynn Watson

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John Lynn Watson

Age 63, of Weston, WV, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012.

He was born October 08, 1949 in Ireland, WV to the late Wardner and Slyvia Watson.

Mr. Watson is survived by his brother, Carl Watson (Rita) of Ireland , 2 half brothers Peter Crawford (Debbie) from Oil Creek, Howard Crawford of Ireland. Mr. Watson has a sister Carol Bortan of Florida, half sister Millie McCahee (Roger) of Buckhannon and two foster sister: Helen Lawrence of Ohio, Kay Bean (Don) of Weston as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Watson occupation was a custodian for the Lewis County Board of Education for 15 years. He loved the out-doors from going camping, hunting, four wheeler riding and farming.

Mr. Watson was also a member of the Little Kanawha Independent church.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday November 27 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Interment will follow services in McCutcheon Cemetery in Ireland, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for John Lynn Watson.

Alva Earl Meadows

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Alva Earl Meadows

Age 56 of Sutton, WV, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at his residence.

He was born 1956 in Richwood, WV to Everette and Rosie Meadows.

He was a retired Coal Miner and he was employed By El Paso Energy from 1976-1993.

He was preceded in death by his father, 2 Sisters Sadie Meadows and Clairy Sue Meadows.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa ( Johns) Meadows, Mother; Rosie Meadows of Summersville, son; Tony (Julie ) Meadows of Craigsville, daughter; Lynnette ( Billy) Webb of Craigsville, , step-son; Gavin Mckenzie of Cowen and Flatwoods,, sisters; Della Clay of Camden-on-Gauley, Freda Goff of Craigsville, Terrie (Jackie) Lewis of Craigsville, Betty (Joe) Butcher of Craigsville, Treca (Danny) Russell of Craigsville, brothers; Otis (Bertha) Meadows of Camden-on-Gauley, Delbert (Bonnie) Meadows of Sutton, Charles (Chris) of Camden-on-Gauley, Ricky Meadows of Craigsville, grandsons; Billy and Shawn Conard, Tyler Meadows and Mason Webb, granddaughter; Tessa Meadows, several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, WV, with Rev. George Peyatt officiating.

Burial followed in the Fleming Cemetery, Cottle, WV.

Friends called on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mary E. McCully

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Mary E. McCully

Age 87, of Toledo, OH, formerly of Sutton, WV, passed away Saturday, November 03, 2012.

Mary was the daughter of the late Farley and Floda Skidmore of Sutton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William; brother, Warren Skidmore of Toledo, OH; and sister, Kathleen Townsend of Akron, OH.

She is survived by her sister, Alyce “Peach” Rose of Sutton.

Visitation was held Monday, November 12, 2012, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home in Oregon, OH.

The funeral service followed visitation at 2:00 PM, and interment took place at Restlawn Memorial Park in Perrysburg, OH.

Betty Mae Donaldson

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Betty Mae Donaldson

of rural Oakwood, Ohio passed away Thursday, November 08,2012, in her home.

She was born to Thomas and Anna Fay Pumphrey on June 01,1941 in Weston, WV.

On December 10, 1956 she married Dorsey Junior Donaldson, who preceded her in death on November 20, 2003.

To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Rick (Janie) DeSota.

Betty and Junior moved to Ohio in 1964.

Betty was a very active member of the Defiance, Ohio Church of the Brethren.

She was a former member of Centenary Church of Oakwood where she helped with vacation bible school.

She once worked at the former Dinner Bell Foods, JP Louis Shoe Store and was an Avon represented. She enjoyed canning anything she could get her hands on and was a big St. Louis Cardinal fan.

She is survived by her daughter, Janie (Rick) DeSota of Continental, Ohio; one sister, Oleta Hasselschwert of Defiance, Ohio; three brothers, Roger Pumphrey of Wooster Ohio, Bud Pumphrey of Massilon, Ohio and Frank Pumphrey of Clarksburg. She is also survived by three grandsons, Daniel (Misty) DeSota, Rich (Heidi) DeSota and Ron DeSota, all of Defiance Ohio; three great-grandchildren and a special nephew and niece, Tom and Lynn Hitt of Oakwood, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Services were held Monday November 12, 2012.

Kathleen Rebekah (Rollyson) Horner

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Kathleen Rebekah (Rollyson) Horner

Age 78, of Brown Avenue in Belington, WV, departed this life Tuesday November 13, 2012 at her home. She had been in declining health for quite some time.

She was born April 17, 1934 in Weston, WV: daughter of the late Russell and Millie Marie (Watson) Rollyson.

She was united in marriage on August 01, 1964 to Robert Earnest Horner Sr. who survives.

She is survived by five children, Mike Thompson of Belington, Timothy Thompson of NC, Charles “Bill” Thompson of AZ, Robert “Bobby” Horner Jr. of Belington and Barbie Horner of Belington.

She is also survived by one brother, Dale Rollyson of FL; several grandchildren, Rebekah Horner, Robert Horner III, Daniel Horner, Holly Thompson, W.C. “Chuck” Thompson, Charles Thompson, Jason Thompson, Jessica Thompson, Daniella Thompson, Ashley Johnson, Timothy Thompson, Jenny Thompson, Chris Thompson and Angie Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Syrena Horner and Greysen Mayle.

She was preceded in death by one son, Roger Thompson; several siblings, Wanda Deluca, Bob, Buster, Warren, Gene and William Rollyson.

Mrs. Horner graduated from Weston High School and was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, canning and sewing.

Before becoming ill, she attended the Belington Church of the Nazarene.

Friends were received at the Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 11:00 – 2:00 PM, on Saturday, November 17.

At 2:00 PM, the funeral hour when final rites were conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jimmie E. Tallman officiating.

Interment followed in the Crawford Cemetery near Weston.

In lieu of flowers the family asks the memorial contributions be made to Talbott Funeral Home P.O. Box 879, Belington, WV 26250 to help with final expenses.

The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Kathleen Rebekah (Rollyson) Horner.

Funeral Service for Victims of Barn Fire in Alum Bridge

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The funeral service for two Alum Bridge children who died in connection with a November 12, 2012 barn fire is scheduled for Saturday, November 24, 2012.

The viewing for Kiera Marie Kraus, age 3, and her brother, Kaden Edward Kraus, age 5, will be held from 10:00 AM to Noon, followed by a joint funeral service starting at Noon at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Jane Lew, WV.

An obituary for the children’s mother, Beth Burkhammer Kraus, has not yet been posted.

She also died in connection to the fire, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

Nora F. McCord

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Nora F. McCord

Age 77 of Toler Run Road, Sand Fork, WV departed this life at 8:26 AM, Wednesday, November 22, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington following a brief illness.

She was born January 31, 1935 in Lewis County a daughter of the late Ira and Elizabeth Ables Curtis.

Nora was a homemaker, member of the Gilmer County Senior Citizens, loved the outdoors especially doing yard work, flower gardening and gardening.  She had a great passion for fishing and during the season could not pass up a yard sale.

She was a former member of the Chestnut Lick Community Church before it closed.

On December 16, 1993 she was united in marriage to Eugene “Piper” McCord who survives at their Toler Run Rd home.

One daughter and two sons survive:  Loretta McCumbers of Sand Fork; Robert Ball and wife Louise of Sand Fork; Harvey Ball and wife Georgiana of Victor, WV.  Five grandchildren survive:  Jessica Montgomery, Erica Dennison, Steven McCumbers, Christopher Ball, Shawn Ball along with 9 great-grandchildren.  One brother survives, Oley Curtis of Walkersville, WV.

Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death:  Frankie Curtis, Clarence Curtis, James Curtis and Bonnie Groves.

Funeral services will be held at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., at 1:00 PM, Monday, November 26, 2012 with Rev. Clifford Reaser officiating.

Burial will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Orlando, WV.

Friends may call 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (the funeral hour) at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Nora F. McCord with arrangements.

Carolina F. Bobbie

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Carolina F. Bobbie

Age 85, of Sutton, WV, died November 10, 2012 at Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sutton.

She was born June 28, 1927 in Clark, PA a daughter of the late Cecil E. and Viola E. Seiple White.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith.

She was preceded in death by brother, Charles E. White.

Surviving; daughter, Mary Lou Putnam (Clyde) of Wilsie; son, John Bobbie III (Josephine) of Sharon, PA; four step-sisters; grandchildren, Tammy, Linda, Joanne, and Jason; great grandchildren, Ronnie, Dillan, Trista, and Ashley.

The family would like to thank the staff at Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful care and who Carolina considered her family.

At Carolina’s request her body will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Nellie Jane Wine

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Nellie Jane Wine

Age 87, of Burnsville, WV passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV after a long illness.

She was born on December 28, 1924 in Flatwoods, WV a daughter of the late Floda West-Wilson and George West.

Nellie is preceded in death by her husband, Howard B. Wine; sons, Howard F. Wine, Paul Wine, Marvin Wine and one grandchild.

Nellie is survived by one sister, Ruth West, five sons; William “Harold” Wine, Donald “Poncho” Wine, Ronold “Lefty” Wine, Kenneth Wine, Willie Wine; six daughters, Theresa Cutlip, Sheila Dobbins, Barbara Singleton, Brenda Stalnaker, Linda Farley and Zelma Nicholas. She is also survived by thirty-four grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren.

Nellie will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Family and friends were received from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods.

Funeral services followed at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jennings Dancy officiating.

Burial will be in K of P Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.

Margie Lou Goldsmith

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Margie Lou Goldsmith

Age 85, formerly of Weston, WV died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Crestview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Jane Lew, following an extended illness.

She was born October 15, 1927 in Orlando, WV: daughter of the late John Edward Fretwell and Alma Gay Gaston Fretwell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Brooks Goldsmith; one daughter, Sharon K. Goldsmith; one sister, Stacie Westfall; and one brother, John “Jack” Fretwell.

She is survived by one son, John A. Goldsmith of Pennsylvania; one brother, William “Bill” (Bernice) Fretwell of Akron, OH; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Margie was a cook with Lewis County Schools for 23-years.

She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston.

Friends may call from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM Saturday, November 24, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue in Weston.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 24, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Peterson Cemetery, Weston.

Boyle and Floyd Funeral Homes, Weston, WV.

Robert Glenn Craft

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Robert Glenn Craft

Age 76, of Gassaway, WV passed October 08, 2012 after a brief illness.

He is survived by wife, Pam; sons: James of NC; Charles of Charleston; Robert of NC; daughter, Gwendolyn of Bridgeport and five grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by parents James Fletcher and Leerie Walker Craft; sisters, LaNell Steorts, Sandra Craft, and brothers, Charles and Roger Craft.

He is survived by sisters: Barbara (Frank) McLaughlin; Kathryn (Charles) Harris; Carolyn (Rollin) Kidd; Evelyn (Vinsen) Post; Nancy (Doug) Gerhardt; brothers: Joseph (Geraldine) Craft; David Craft; Ralph (Kim) Craft; and Rodney Craft.

Robert was retired from the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH.

Memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Bryan Groves, Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Sand Fork Church of God, 86 Burke Street, Sand Fork, WV 26430.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Sutton Alumni Association or the Braxton County Animal Shelter.

Roger L. Williams

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Roger L. Williams

Age 65, of 5430 Gauley Turnpike Road, Heaters, WV, passed away at 7:30 PM at his residence on Monday, November 19, 2012, with his family by his side, after a long battle with lung cancer.

He was born on August 13, 1947 in Heaters, WV a son of the late Jesse Orville and Maggie Lucille Singleton Williams .

Roger is survived by his brother Jerry Williams of Flatwoods, WV and his sister Kay Brown of Colora, MD; six children Tina Squires of Fairfax, VA, Tammy Burroughs of Heaters, WV, Randy Williams of Gassaway, WV, Clark Williams of Flatwoods, WV Matthew Todd Williams of Frametown, WV and Jay David Williams of Shinnston, WV; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Lisa, Randy Lee, Robbie, Treavor, Sarah, Chance, Raylee and Lyla; one great grandchild, Liam.

He was preceded in death by one daughter Christina Williams.

Roger was a heavy equipment operator for Lobec Inc. of Bridgeport for many years.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Friends and family may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew, WV , Friday, November 23, 2012 from 3:00-7:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Friday from the funeral home with the Reverend Chris Stout officiating.

At Rogers request, he’s being cremated and a private family burial will be held at Titchnel Cemetery in Heaters.

In lieu of flowers, donation would be appreciated for the Titchnel Cemetery in Heaters due to recent storm damage. Donations can be sent to Susanna Rose 1420 Corley-Caress Rd. Heaters WV 26627.

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

Thelma Louise Dillon

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Thelma Louise Dillon

Age 81 passed away on November 19, 2012, a few days before her 82nd birthday, as a result of complications of diabetes.

Thelma was the eldest of four children born to Harry and Anna Williamson, all deceased.

The Dillon’s moved from Big Bend in Calhoun County, WV to the Charleston area to be closer to their daughters, Linda (Dillon) Khumnark and Brenda Dillon, when her husband began to decline from Parkinson’s disease. Thelma tirelessly cared for Thomas until his death December 26, 2010. She will be placed to rest beside him at the Big Bend Cemetery in Calhoun County, finally finding the peace she has sought.

Special thanks to her close friends Kathryn Walker and Joanne Jones, whose regular calls and cards kept her in touch with home and helped cheer her, to Virginia Ash, and to Hettie (Dillon) Norman, Jennings Dillon and wife Naoma and Shirley (Dillon) Snyder, and to all the nieces and nephews that she loved and watched grow to have families of their own.

Thelma retired in 1993 from the Brooksville Elementary School where she worked as a cook and was instrumental in setting up a breakfast program at her school. She was never more happy than when she was running the kitchen, planning menu’s and doing paperwork. She was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed decorating her home and being the hub of holiday dinners.

Thelma was a kind and loving person who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor David Carpenter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Big Bend Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:00 PM until the time of the services on Friday.

Ruby Jane (Harper) Eubank

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Ruby Jane (Harper) Eubank

Age 85, of High Knob, Braxton County, WV died Sunday November 18, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown due to a sudden illness.

She was born March 18, 1927, the seventh child of the late Jesse Levi Harper and Rosa (Prunty) Harper of Braxton County.

Ruby completed her elementary education and went to Lost Creek High School for 9th grade. She completed her high school education at Charleston, WV and graduated from Charleston High School in 1946.

She was a member of the High Knob Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker, a very devoted wife and a wonderful mother and a great cook. She could always make the best biscuits, rolls and pie crusts without any recipe. She always kept a great sense of humor and loved sharing good jokes and laughter. She also enjoyed Bluegrass and Gospel Music.

She’ll be remembered as a very strong good and loving person who always gave her best to others with her kind and caring ways.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Mamie Ambrose, Pearl DeWitt and Lucille Hickman and one brother, Lester Harper.

Ruby’s survivors, who will greatly miss her are, her husband of 66 years, Charles H. Eubank whom she married on November 04, 1946 in Oakland, Maryland and her 5 children, Nancy McKay and husband Howard,  Harold Eubank and wife Barbara all of Jane Lew, Mary and Doris Eubank of High Knob, Mitchell Eubank and wife Shirley and her family of Flatwoods, 2 wonderful grandchildren, Alisa Eubank of Jane Lew and Jonathan Eubank and wife Cassie of Weston, special sister-in-law Clara Mae Eubank of Heaters, 2 step grandchildren, Steven McKay of Jane Lew and Karen Wilfong of West Milford, 3 step great grandchildren and 5 step great great grandchildren.

Ruby is also survived by her beloved siblings, 3 sisters, Emma Harbert and husband James of Clearwater, FL, Glenora Eubank of Geneva, OH, and Ethel Gay Krevetski of Bridgeton, NJ, 5 brothers, Earl Harper and wife Betty of East Liverpool, OH, Cecil Harper and wife Juanita of Newell, WV, Herbert Harper of New Cumberland, WV, Jesse G. Harper and wife Jackie of Hampton, VA. Also many nieces and nephews and one grand dog “Cookie” McKay that she loved to pet.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, 11:00 AM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. John McQuain officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, near Sutton.

Friends may call Friday November 23, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Green-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Eubank

Joe Louis Clayton

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Joe Louis Clayton

Age 73, of Smithville, WV, died November 19, 2012 at Hazelgreen, Ritchie County while hunting with loved ones.

He was born September 01, 1939 at Burnt House, WV, the son of the late Len Clayton and Emma Ellon Wright Clayton Elliott of Smithville.

Joe was a retired machinist with 30 years at Babcock and Wilcox in OH. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Marie Hufford Clayton; daughter, Brenda Gibson (Edward) of Wooster, OH; four grandchildren, Lorin Gibson, Ellon Gibson, Katie Jo Gibson, and Edward Noah Clayton Gibson; and step-father, Louie Elliott.

He was preceded in death by brother, Amos Clayton and Sister Carol Bailey.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 PM.

There will be no services and burial will follow in the Lawford Cemetery.

Virginia M. “Kit” Messenger

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Virginia M. “Kit” Messenger

Age 87, of Prestonsburg, KY, formerly of Linn (Gilmer County) departed this life at 5:05 AM Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Riverview Health Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born August 02, 1925 in Tucker County, WV, a daughter of the late Howard Lee and Shada Wiseman Simmons.

Kit was a homemaker, loved crocheting, quilting, and especially camping with family and friends.

She was a member of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church at Baldwin, WV.

On May 23, 1942 she was united in marriage to Lester O. Messenger of Prestonsburg, KY.

One son and one daughter survive: John W. Messenger and wife Susan of Glenville and Linda M. Woofter and husband David of Eastpoint, KY. One brother, Ralph Simmons of Weston survives. Mrs. Messenger has nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren surviving.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gary Messenger and three brothers, Gloy, Robert and Elmer Simmons.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 with Rev. Gilbert Hart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Troy I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Troy, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Virginia M. “Kit” Messenger with arrangements.

Mabel I. Collins

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Mabel I. Collins

Age 82, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away November 16, 2012, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.

She was born Feb.ruary17, 1930, in Danville, VA. Mrs. Collins was the daughter of the late David A. and Opal M. Davis Cumpston.

Mrs. Collins was a 1949 graduate of Doddridge County High School, and had attended banking classes at the former Parkersburg Community College. Mrs. Collins retired as a teller for the Community Bank of Pennsboro.

She had attended Harmony United Methodist Church near Summers, WV.

Mrs. Collins was a member of the Sunshine CEOS of Pullman, WV, had been a 4-H Leader and a den leader for the Cub Scouts. Mrs. Collins’ favorite role and pasttimes revolved around that of homemaker. Her favorite times were those spent with her family and friends. She had also been a lifelong racing fan.

Mrs. Collins is survived by her children, Brock (Debby) Collins of St. Marys, WV, Tersea “Terry” (Gary) Hamilton of Shirley, WV, Deena (Roger) Richards of Lynn Camp Community, Pullman, WV, and Peter (Jill) Collins of Williamstown, WV; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by husband, Jarvis “Pete” Collins, whom she married September 07, 1950, in Oakland, MD. She was also preceded by her siblings, Rosella Moore Hart, Charles “Buck” Cumpston, Mary Cumpston and Betty Holland; and one great-grandchild.

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

The family requests that those wishing to memorialize their mother, remit donations to the Ritchie County 4-H Leaders Association, WVU Extension Office, 1608 E. Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362.

Dale Lorraine Mossor

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Dale Lorraine Mossor

Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away November 17, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born September 28, 1929, at Jane Lew, WV, a daughter of the late Jonie E. and Celeste Dale Richards Life.

At the age of 18, Lorraine married the love of her life, Robert James Mossor, and shortly after they relocated to Columbus, Ohio. For nearly 25 years, she was employed at the Swan Dry Cleaners in Columbus, eventually retiring as the manager. She later returned back to Parkersburg, and had an interest in reading, crocheting and quilting. She also enjoyed all of the time she and Robert, a former Master of the Masonic Lodge, spent participating in the lodge’s activities. Lastly, most important to her, was her family.

Surviving is her loving daughter, Patricia A. Ezell; her grandson, Lance Robert Ezell (Kelly); niece, Denise S. Coutu (Dave); nephews, George E. (Mary), Bob G. (Linda), Paul V. (Judy) and James A. (Sharon) Corbitt; several great-nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert James Mossor in 1987; two sisters, Ruby K. Corbitt and Evelyn J. Shriner; and one brother, Robert E. Life.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Robert May and Pastor Mike Elder officiating.

Private entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pickerington, Ohio, at the convenience of the family.

They will receive friends from 10:00 AM until time of services at 11:00 AM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jeffrey Denton Wright

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Jeffrey Denton Wright

Age 49, of Gassaway, WV, passed away on November 17, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

He was born on August 16, 1963 in Michigan to Edward and the late Alice Elaine Canute Wright.

He was a retired from the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Sutton Moose Lodge #825.

He is survived by his wife; Lena Smith Wright, sons; Randall Hurl Richardson (Alicia), of Gassaway and Charles Michael Richardson (Katie) of Sutton, daughter; Ashlee Renee’ Richardson of Flatwoods, Father; Edward Wright of Michigan, brothers; Ed and Mike Wright both of Michigan, sisters; Sandra L. Wright, Jennifer C. Wright, and Michelle A. Wright all of Michigan., grandson; Seth Michael Richardson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Rodney Boyce officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post #33 in the Barnett Cemetery, Bug Ridge near Sutton.

Friends may call on Monday starting at Noon.

Familay suggest donations to Ronald McDonald House 841 Country Club Drive Morgantown, WV 26505.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Wright family.

Glenda Lena Shaver

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Glenda Lena Shaver

Age 64, of Exchange, WV, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at her residence.

She was born on April 04, 1948 in Sutton, WV to the late Ernie Westfall and Cleota Sawyer Young.

Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Susie Rexroad Justice and Burma Hamner.

Glenda is survived by her son; David Ray Shaver, II (twin) of Exchange, daughters; Angela Snyder and husband Charles of Gassaway, Cassandra Rose and husband Billy, and Darla Mae Shaver (twin) all of Little Birch, Leslie White and husband Tim of Birch River, brothers; John Young of Newville, Brad Young of Weston, Jimmy Westfall of Ohio, Roy Westfall of Anchorage, AK, sisters; Sue Westfall of Ohio, Linda Harrison twin of Glenda of Chicago, IL, grandchildren; Miranda, Melissa, Kayla, Clayton, Stephanie, Vanessa, Savannah, Destiny, Cody, Aiden, great grandson; Dallas.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday November 21,2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Airport Rd. Sutton.

Friends may call Tuesday November 20, 2012, 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Family suggest donations be made to Hospice Care Corp. P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Shaver Family

Evelyn Mae Parsons

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Evelyn Mae Parsons

Age 86, of Vienna, WV, passed away on November 16, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born in Gip, WV, (Braxton County), on November 26, 1925, a daughter of the late Robert P. and Sadie Knotts Arnold.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Dewayne Parsons of Waverly and Jane Whittington of Vienna; sister, Mary Henry of Boaz; three grandchildren, Jill Parsons of Vienna, Andy Parsons and Chesley of Charlotte, NC, and Jody Johnson and Brian of Blacklick, Ohio; and three great-grandchildren, Ian Johnson, Harper Parsons and Quincy Parsons.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie J. Parsons; daughter, June A. Aquino; and sister, Anna Lee Lowe.

The funeral service will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Lauren A. Godwin officiating.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown.

Visitation will be 3:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Mary Alice McGill

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Mary Alice McGill

Age 88, of Chardon, OH, formerly of Jane Lew, WV, passed away at 11:30 AM on Thursday November 15, 2012 at the Blossom Hill Nursing Home in Huntsburg, OH, following an extended illness.

She was born on April 09, 1924, in Big Springs, WV, a daughter of the late Lester and Della Pearl Workman.

She was survived by five sons: Walter Workman of Kincheloe, WV, Porter Lee McGill of Salem, WV, Vaughn McGill of Thompson, OH, Kenneth McGill of Streetsboro, OH, and Michael McGill of Thompson, OH. Also surviving are two Daughters: Jane Martin of Chardon, OH and Sally Fine of Parkersburg, WV. She had several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Hoag and three brothers Oley, Ray, and Dan.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with family.

Friends and family may gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd Jane Lew, WV, on Saturday November 24, 2012, from 2:00-3:00 PM followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 PM with Reverend John Radcliffe officiating.

At Mary’s request, she has been cremated, and the family will have a private interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Kincheloe, WV at a later time.

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

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