Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Mary Josephine (Linger) Markley

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Mary Josephine (Linger) Markley

Age 76, of Weston, WV, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on January 11, 1937: daughter of the late Aubrey Francis Linger and Mary Winifred (Cullen) Linger.

On May 01, 1958, she married Donald George Markley, who preceded her in death on August 11, 2006.

Mrs. Markley is survived by one daughter: Donna Hull of Weston, one son: Donald George Markley, Jr. (Becky) of Weston, four grandchildren: Phillip Todd Hull, Kelly Jo Hull, Micah Lauren Stover (Rocky), and Lindsey Nicole Clevenger (Cody) and three great grandchildren: Josh Beale, Jr., Colson R. Stover and Montgomery Stover. She is also survived by two sisters: Patty (Linger) Moody (Brook, Jr.) and Rose (Linger) Determan (George) both of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary Jo was preceded in death by three brothers: Aubrey “Bill” Linger, Samuel Linger and Matthew Linger.

Mrs. Markley was a retired medical transcriptionist with the William R. Sharpe Hospital of Weston. She was a graduate of St Patrick High School of Weston with the “Class of 1954”.

She was a member of St Patrick Catholic Church also of Weston.

Mary Jo enjoyed spending time with her family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

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

A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening from the funeral home chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Mary Josephine (Linger) Markley.

Alda Avis McCullough

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Alda Avis McCullough

Age 70, of Weston, WV, passed away at 11:25 PM Saturday, June 29, 2013 at her residence. She fought a valiant battle with an extended illness and was surrounded by her family and friends, in life and at her passing.

Our human vocabulary, even with its myriad of words, cannot describe the immense loss that her departure from this world has left, but we take comfort in knowing she is at peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born in Weston, WV, on September 10, 1942 a daughter of the late Asa Lee and Sarah Mildred Hardman Montgomery.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, also preceded in death by one brother, Asa Lee Montgomery Jr. and one sister, Sarah Ellen Montgomery.

On December 21, 1963 the former Alda Montgomery married the love of her life, Jack McCullough, and they enjoyed 49 years together.

Also surviving are one son, Richard McCullough of Clarksburg; one daughter, Melissa Collins and husband Russell of Barboursville; two grandsons: Trent and Braxton Collins; the many cherished friends, who have been as close as any family members; and her beloved dog, Charger, a Miniature Pinscher.

Alda was retired from Lewis County Headstart with several years of dedicated service as a skillful cook. She also enjoyed reading, watching romantic comedies, traveling and going to the movies. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, and of Chemo Sabe, a Cancer Support Group.

She began attending St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston with her beloved mother and remained a faithful member.

Phillippians 4:8, tells us, whatever is lovely and lovable, kind and gracious, to take account and think on these things. Our wife, mother, and friend, was all of these things, so we ask that in this time of mourning, to also celebrate her life and share your memories, at a Celebration of Life Service to be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston on Friday, July 19 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Jonathon Nettles officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the Family of Alda McCullough.

Phyllis A. Paintiff

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Phyllis A. Paintiff

Age 69, of Frametown, WV, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June, 29, 2013 at home after a long illness.

She was born February 06, 1944 in Greenup, KY a daughter of the late Guy Robert and Charlotte Ann Nichols Shepherd.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

She was a born again believer of God.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Paintiff; her five children, Drema L. Cunningham of Hartville, OH, Carolyn Sue Hall of Lancaster, PA, Shirley M. McCourt of Burnsville, Renni R. Singleton of Frametown and Robert L. Paintiff, Jr. of Elkview;; sisters, Irene Morris of Sutton, Kay Hall of Elmira and Sandra Belt of Elkview; brother, Cecil Shepherd of Wallback; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 PM Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Evangelist Gary W. Maynor officiating.

Burial will be in the Paintiff Family Cemetery, Upper Sleith.

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

Junior D. Mowery

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Junior D. Mowery

Age 77, of Belleville and Parkersburg, WV , passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Camden Clark Hospital in Parkersburg.

He was born October 10, 1935, in Gilmer County, WV; preceding him in death are his parents, Isaac Andrew and Hallie Christine Ford Mowery; and two brothers, Luther Mowery and Guy Mowery.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Emma Wherry Mowery, whom he married June 19, 1978; daughter, Melissa Joy Mowery of Parkersburg; grandson, Matthew Isaac Andrew Mowery of Shirley; sister, Virginia Lona James of Coolville, Ohio; three brothers, Jimmy Mowery of Coolville, Ohio, Douglas Mowery of Weston and Billy Curry of Marietta, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Floyd Yost of Mineral Wells and Robert Wherry of Parkersburg; and sister-in-law, Glenda Kay Lambert of Parkersburg.

Mr. Mowery had worked for the Parkersburg Sanitation Department for 14 years.

As a young man he worked on farms in Lewis and Braxton counties, was a construction worker and had worked in the sanitation industry for more than 30 years.

He attended the Baptist Church in Belleville.

The family received friends from 1 to 2 PM Friday at Straight Fork United Methodist Church, Route 1 in Crawford.

The funeral began at 2 PM with Pastor David Jessie officiating, and burial was in Wimer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to your local American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association in memory of Junior D. Mowery.

Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon is in charge of the arrangements.

William Jackson “Bill” Dennison

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William Jackson “Bill” Dennison

Age 73 of Parkersburg, WV, passed away June 18, 2013 at Camden Clark Medical Center Memorial Campus, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 06, 1940 in Lewis County, WV: son of the late Earl and Dorothy Bott Dennison.

Bill attended the Walkersville High School and the Glenville State College on a basketball scholarship. He retired from E.I. Dupont with 37-years of service. He enjoyed time with his family, fishing, hunting, bowling, motorcycle riding and golfing year round. He was also involved in Little League Baseball when his sons were younger.

His last project was having his son refurbish his 1965 Mustang. He was a member of South Hills Golf Course of Parkersburg and Shannon Green Golf Course in Manning, SC.

He attended South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53-years, Carol McClain Dennison; one daughter, Pam Green of Belpre, Ohio; two sons, Skip Dennison (Sharon) of Walkersville and Rod Dennison (Stephanie) of Mineral Wells; one sister-in-law, Zita Stockert (Richard) of Columbus, Ohio; one brother-in-law, Bill McClain (Helen) of Roanoke, WV; two granddaughters, Rachel Thomas (Scott) and Lacey Green, both of Belpre; three grandsons, Billy Dennison (Erica) of Buckhannon, Scott Dennison of Walkersville and Jake Dennison (Ashley) of Mineral Wells; three great-grandsons, Chance Bailey and Wyatt Thomas, both of Belpre and Max Dennison of Walkersville, WV; one step-great-granddaughter, Cora Thomas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, James and Marie McClain; and one brother-in-law, James C. McClain.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM, Friday, June 21, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pike Street in south Parkersburg with Pastor Joe Busch officiating.

Visitation was held from 2 – 8 PM, Thursday, June 20, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

Bill will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many. He dedicated his time and devotion to his family, who will remember his love, laughter and guidance.

Robert “June” Thomas Morrison Jr.

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Robert “June” Thomas Morrison Jr.

Age 96, of Joy Cabin Run Road, West Union, WV, formerly of Harrisville, WV, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in the Genesis Healthcare, Salem.

He was born April 15, 1917, in Detroit, MI, a son of the late Robert Thomas Sr. and Blanche Satterfield Morrison.

Mr. Morrison was the last surviving member of his family.

He had worked as a block layer and loved hunting and fishing. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving as an airplane and engine mechanic.

Memorial services will be conducted at 1 PM on Tuesday, July 02, 2013, in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, with Pastor Denver Burnside presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Morrison family.

William Davis Bleigh

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William Davis Bleigh

Age 89, passed away at 4:30 AM, Thursday, June 13, 2013 at his home.

Born April 27, 1924 in Walkersville, WV: son of the late Ballard Scott and Valley Belle (Blake) Bleigh.
Bill worked as a service supervisor for Columbia Gas for more than 31-years, retiring in 1983. A Navy veteran, he served aboard the USS Cleveland in the South Pacific during WW II. In addition, he served a year in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He was a member of the Beaver Street Church of Christ.

He was also a member of VFW Post 4111 of Lisbon where he served as surgeon general, F & AM No. 681 East Liverpool, a past member and past president of the Lisbon Lions Club and past member of the East Liverpool American Legion No. 674.

Survivors include his wife Shirley Ann (Shaw) Bleigh whom he married Feb. 14, 2002; his daughter, Sheila Bleigh of Lisbon; stepsons, Terry and Mark Walker, both of East Liverpool; and eight half-brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille (Keyes) Bleigh in 1984. Also deceased are his brothers, Cleve, Thomas, Carl and Sam Bleigh; sisters, Maddie Belle Babcock, Rhoda Bleigh, Blanche Burkhammer, Virginia Bleigh and Eliza Steele.

Funeral service were at 11 AM, Monday, June 17, at the Weber Funeral Home with Herman McHan officiating.

Burial was in Columbiana County Memorial Park.

Calling hours were from 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, June 16, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.

Sister Catherine “Katie” (Mary Bernard) Mullooly

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Sister Catherine “Katie” (Mary Bernard) Mullooly

daughter of the late James R. and Mary Kaden Mullooly, died at Mount St. Joseph on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

She was born in Roanoke, WV on November 17, 1933, and attended Copley Grade School in Copley, and St. Patrick High School in Weston, WV.

She entered the Congregation at St. Joseph in Wheeling in on August 22, 1951 and made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1954. Sister Katie received a bachelor of science in education degree from Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, PA.

As a teacher, she served in several diocesan schools: Corpus Christi in Wheeling; All Saints in Bridgeport; St. John in Benwood; St. Joseph in Huntington; St. James in Clarksburg and St. Anne School in Bristol, VA. She then ministered as director of religious education at Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield for several years.

Beginning in 1982 she was a pastoral minister at St. Mary Parish in Wheeling, St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg and St. Vincent De Paul Parish in New Martinsville.

Because of serious health problems, she retired to Mount St. Joseph in 1997 where she was engaged in community service and prayer ministry. She celebrated her 60th jubilee at Mount St. Joseph on July 30, 2011.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Kaden Mullooly; and her sisters Theresa Mullooly and Jean Mullooly Siener.

In addition to the Sisters of St. Joseph, she is survived by her sister, Mary E. (Walter) Williams of Indianapolis, Ind.; her sister-in-law, Faye Mullooly of Weston; her brother-in-law, Don Siener of Cincinnati, Ohio; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

Family and friends were received from 1 - 9 PM, Tuesday, June 25, at Mount St. Joseph, located at137 Mount St. Joseph Road in Wheeling, where Vigil Services will be held at 7 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, June 26, in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel with Rev. Donald Serva, SJ, as celebrant.

Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph section at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St. Joseph–Wheeling Center, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Funeral arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 14th and Eoff Streets, Wheeling.

Glenna Layrue Bailey

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Glenna Layrue Bailey

of Newport News, VA, formally of Gilmer County, WV, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 16, 2013 after a short illness.

She was 89-years-old and is survived by her husband of 66-years, Asa E. Bailey, Jr.; her daughter Shirley Davis, and her son, Everett Bailey; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Davis, Kristine Davis Weatherly, Julie Davis Hessian and Jason Davis.

She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Kayla Davis, Caden, Logan and Ethan Weatherly and Hunter Hessian.

She is the daughter of the late Gaye and Carl Heckert of Cox’s Mills, WV.

In addition, she is survived by four sisters and four brothers.

She was a member of Seaford Baptist Church, Seaford, VA, and a member of the Steadfast Sunday School class.

Gravesite rites and burial were held Friday, June 21, at 11 AM at Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville, WV.

She will always be remembered for her kind heart, gentle loving ways and a beautiful smile.

Laura B. Kniceley

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Laura B. Kniceley

Age 101, passed peacefully on June 16, 2013 at the home of her daughter Crisa Anese Berry and son-in-law Jack H. Berry of Stafford, VA.

Laura Kniceley was born on April 30, 1912.

She was the widow of Loat Kinceley.

She is survived by her daughters Annabelle May of Washington, NC and Crisa Anese Berry. Her grandchildren Pamela C. Thomas of Westlake, OH; Bernard S. Berry of Ventura, CA; C. Monique Berry of Burke, VA; Laurie Anne Berry of Manassas, VA; and Jacqueline D. Aker of Vienna, VA. Her great grandchildren are Collyn Berry of Ventura, CA; Mitchell Aker and Madison Aker of Vienna, VA.
She has a great great granddaughter Alice Inez Berry of Ventura, VA.

She is preceded in death by her husband Loat Kniceley, sisters Pearl Woodall and Irene Richardson. A brother Robert Stewart and their son Jack Kniceley.

Laura Kniceley was a member of the Stone Run and Flatwoods United Methodist churches.

She had the honor of being a Flatwoods Belle.

Laura Kniceley cooked for the school and heard of the praise of her food by former students for many years. She was also employed by the Skidmore Truck Stop. She worked up into her 80’s.
She was an avid gardener, quilter, and puzzle enthusiast. She was a voracious reader and often stayed up late just to “see where this goes.” She was a fan of Dolly Parton and loved the Judge Judy Show. She was always ready to dance and could “really cut a rug.” Her sense of humor and laughter were a special part of her.

She has joined her sisters who were very close. Everyone knew the three sisters of Flatwoods.

Please join her family and friends to celebrate her life. She liked a good story and a joke. Please come and share your memories with all of us.

We will miss her dearly.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Flatwoods United Methodist Church.

Light refreshments will be served after the service.

Please contact Laurie Berry at 703.725.5643 or .

William Robert Smith

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Msgt. William Robert Smith

Age 87, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, died June 11, 2013 at Mayo Clinic McGraw Hospice Center.

He was born in Weston, WV on December 20, 1925: son of George W. and Lela H. Smith.

He graduated from Weston High School in June 1943 and joined the USMC. He was stationed at MCAS El Toro, Cali., and MCAS Cherry Point, NC. He retired from the USMC in December 1963 and continued government service with the CIA, National Security Agency and Army Foreign Science and Technology Center until moving to Ponte Vedra, FL, in January 1983. He will be remembered for his service to the U.S. of America.

He was married to Alicia Brannon Smith on December 25, 1951.

His church affiliation is Presbyterian.

His hobbies were flying, reading and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Lela H. Smith and his brother, Richard L. Smith of Weston.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia Brannon Smith of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; daughters Karen C. Helms of Goldsboro, NC, and Alicia Linn Lineberry of Wake Forest, NC; grandsons, William Brannon Helms, Christopher Mark Helms, Bryan Keith Lineberry and William Brett Lineberry; daughters-in-law Sally S. Helms and Courtney Magahee; and great-grandson, William Sawyer Helms, all of NC, sister-in-law, Maxine Smith; and nephews, David and Robert Smith.

Graveside service will be held at the Masonic Cemetery, Saturday June 29, at 11 AM, with full Military Honors.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of William Robert Smith.

Orville Ray Yoak

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Orville Ray Yoak

Age 71, of White Pine, WV passed away June 26, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care of Grantsville.

He was born February 28, 1942 in Grantsville, WV and was a member of Union 798 of Tulso, Ohio.

He was a retired Journeyman.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Madeline Kelley Yoak; four children, Kelli (Scott) Whytsell, Terry (Kelly) Yoak, Jeff (Leslie) Yoak and Matt (Pauline) Yoak; four grandchildren, Jessica (Timothy) Donaldson, Nicholas (Kaitlyn) Whytsell, Kassidy and Keira Yoak; two step-grandchildren, Logan and London Conlisk; two great grandchildren, Cole and Saylah Donaldson; two brothers, Billy Joe (Connie) Yoak and Robert (Delores) Yoak; four sisters, Grace Richards, Evadeen Kesler, Edna Robinson and Hazel (Ray) Tingler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elias and Ollie Kight Yoak; one son, Michael Ray Yoak; one brother, Norman Yoak and two brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 2:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

Fanny E. Alkire

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Fanny E. Alkire

Age 93, of Butler, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:04 PM on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Born June 08, 1920, in Rosedale, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late George W. VanBuren and Sophia Putnam VanBuren.

Mrs. Alkire was a homemaker and seamstress. For the last two years, she attended Lifesteps Adult Day Care.

She was a member of North Main Street Church of God and most recently attended Discovery Christian Church in Cranberry Township. Her lifelong goal and crowning achievement was to follow her Lord and to be an example of God’s love to those who are hurting.

Mrs. Alkire is survived by one son, Darel Alkire (Brenda) of Little Rock, Arkansas, and by two daughters, Norma Mustake (George Deane) of Salinville, Ohio, and Debra Oyler (Paul) of Butler, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and one brother, David VanBuren of Rosedale, West Virginia.

Mrs. Alkire was preceded in death by her beloved husband Luther Alkire, whom she married on September 27, 1940. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon Columbus and Donna Alkire; one son, Lawrence Alkire; several grandchildren; and 11 siblings.

Friends were received Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 East North Street, Butler, Pennsylvania and Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 10 to 11 AM at the North Main Street Church of God prior to the funeral service.

Services were held Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the North Main Street Church of God, 1201 N. Main Street Ext., Butler, PA 16001 with Ethan and Debbie Harrington, Bryan Gratton, pastors of Discovery Christian Church, officiating.

There was also a visitation held at the Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, West Virginia, on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 10 AM to 12 PM (Noon), prior to interment.

Interment followed at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway, West Virginia with John Edward Abersold, nephew of the deceased, officiating.

Richard D. “Dick” Horner

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Richard D. “Dick” Horner

Age 77, of Limestone Road in Weston, WV, passed away at 9:03 PM, at his residence on Thursday, June 20, 2013, following a brief illness.

He was born in Jackson County on September 16, 1935: a son of the late Asa and Beulah Sinnett Horner.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Rusty Allen Horner; two brothers, Elmer Horner and William Horner; and one sister, Margie Creel.

On March 12, 1962, he married the former Bridget Pauline Sprouse, who survives.

Also surviving are five children, Terry (Denise) Sprouse of Jane Lew, Gary (Jerene) Sprouse, Shirley Ray Horner and companion Lisa Hawkins, Sharon (Danny) Coleman and Eugene (Dodi) Horner, all of Weston; eight grandchildren, Kristy Jennifer, Josh, Whitney, Haylea, Sheena, Anthony, and Gary Allen; six great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Julius, Latrell, Cole, Aubrey and Trapper; three brothers, Robert Horner of Belington, John Horner of Galax, VA, and Jimmy Horner of Weston; two sisters, Donna Jean Yelich of Enterprise and Ilene Taylor of Walla Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from TA Chapman. He enjoyed deer and squirrel hunting and delivering Meals on Wheels for the Senior Citizens Center of Weston. He treasured family time, especially working and clowning around together in the yard and around the house.

He attended Murphy’s Creek Baptist Church.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM, on Monday, June 24.

Funeral Services were held at 12 Noon, Tuesday, June 25, from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wease Day officiating.

Interment followed in Peterson Cemetery in Weston.

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

Narcissus W. Mills

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Narcissus W. Mills

Age 86, of Oak Hill, Ohio, passed away June 24, 2013, at Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, Ohio.

Narcissus was born April 03, 1927, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Carl Wilson and Lulu Pearl Fortney Wilson.

She was a long-time member of Elizabeth Church of Christ.

She loved being a homemaker and also had owned and operated Mt. Vernon Business College along with her husband, Oran. She was also a former member of the Brohard Community Club.

She is survived by her son, Gregory (Jessie) Mills of Oak Hill, Ohio; her grandchildren, Derrick and Brandon Mills, Kelly Rieser, Emily (Federico Gambina) Neymeyer, Sarah Neymeyer and Oran Lewis Wolfgrass Irwin; and great-grandchildren, Kylee Mills and David Gambina.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oran Dale Mills; her daughter, Susan Ann Mills; and eight brothers and sisters.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Friday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, and the funeral service will be 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home, with Evangelist Eugene Conger officiating.

Burial of Ashes will follow at the family’s convenience at Wolverton Cemetery in Wirt County, WV.

Irma Marie (Curtis) Bishop Reel

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Irma Marie (Curtis) Bishop Reel

Age 52, of 306 Town Run Road Weston, WV, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Weston following a courageous battle with cancer.

Marie was born in Glen Dale, WV on July 29, 1960: daughter of Irma Jean (Bender) Curtis of Weston the late Carl Francis Curtis, Sr.

Marie was first married on September 02, 1979 to Dorace Kent Bishop, who preceded her in death on October 02, 1999.

On December 27, 2007 she married John Robert Reel, Sr., who survives.

Marie is survived by two children: Stephanie Kaye Bishop and Ann Marie (Eric) Bishop Phillips both of Weston and three grandchildren: Payj Inez Heater, Noah Kent Heater, and Kevin Kent Phillips. She is also survived by three brothers: Hurley A. Curtis, III of Weston, Walter Douglas (Sharon) Curtis of Owings, MD, Twin brother Mark Curtis and companion Tammy Bishop of Weston, WV, and three sisters Carla Jean Foster (Francis) of Weston, WV, Verna “Betty” Elizabeth Heater (Paul J.) of Freemansburg, WV, and Bonnie Mick (Virgil) of Fairmont, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one brother Carl Francis Curtis, Jr.

Marie was a member of the Lewis County High School Class of 1978. Marie devoted her career to caring for others she was a 20 year member of the Lewis County Emergency squad and she also worked at the Lewis County Senior Center in Transportation. Marie Loved her family, loved her career, and helping others she will be deeply missed by all.

Friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM .

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Chris Cosner officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Irma Marie (Curtis) Bishop Reel.

Willa Jean Woofter Walton

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Willa Jean Woofter Walton

Age 80, passed June 23, 2013, at her home in Camden, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born October 06, 1932, the seventh of nine children of Charles A. Woofter and Mary Jane Spencer Woofter.

She grew up in the small community of Alum Bridge in Lewis County, where farming, family and gospel music were a way of life.

Willa Jean married Clifford Lewis Walton from Troy, WV, on June 20, 1950. They shared their lives and created a family as they left the area, moving to Iowa and then later to Oklahoma.

Willa Jean and her children returned to the Alum Bridge area after her husband died May 22, 1962.

She dedicated her life to caring for others, first her family, neighbors and friends, then later earning her nursing certification, eventually retiring from Stonewall Jackson Hospital. She had a passion for family, children, nurturing others, the holidays and music. Those who knew Willa Jean appreciated her kindness, generosity and devotion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her siblings, Bernice Klinger, Beulah Sleeth, Gladys Cromas, Chuck Woofter (Mary), Bob Woofter, Norval Woofter and Barbara Jo Kitch; and her close friend and sister-in-law, Bonnie Woofter.

Surviving are her children, Sandy Law of West Jefferson, Ohio, Sonja Putnam of Hurricane, WV; Michael Walton of Camden, WV; Jani Jones of Camden, WV; and Peggy Johnson (Mike) of Elkins, WV; 10 grandchildren, Carri Catapano (Bob, deceased), Charity Pfost (John), Amelia Law, Adam Jones (Sarah), Johanna Cogar (Dustin), Ben Law (Amy), Charlie Putnam, Morgan Johnson, Delaney Johnson and Madison Jones; eight great-grandchildren; and her brother, Denver Woofter (Lenore) of Stanwood, MI.

Friends will be received for time of fellowship on Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 4-6 PM.

A memorial service will follow fellowship at 6 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend James Burroughs officiating.

A private burial service will take place at the IOOF Cemetery in Troy, WV, at a later time.

Sandra Kay Hardman

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Sandra Kay Hardman

Age 68, of 425 Bryan Hardman Rd. in Horner, WV, passed away at 4 AM on Sunday June 23, 2013 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew, following an extended illness.

She was born in Parkersburg, WV on August 13, 1944, a daughter of Berlin Eldon Hewitt, who survives in Buckhannon and the late Ellen Lenora Bunner Hewitt, who passed away in 1984.

On July 12, 1987 she married the love of her life, Bryan “Mickey” Hardman, and they enjoyed 25 joyful years of marriage together. He won her young heart with fresh picked flowers and continued to court her with fragrant blooms through her final chapter before traveling to God’s Flower Garden of Promise.

Also surviving are one son, Donald Hoge and wife Jodi of Buckhannon; one daughter, Deborah McCall and husband Rick of Rainelle; five grandchildren: Wes, Allie, Hayden, Ashton, and Kylan; three brothers: Larry Hewitt and wife Patti, Gary Hewitt and wife, Dwanda, and John Hewitt and wife, Bertha, all of Buckhannon; one sister, Juanita Smith and husband, Mike, of Buckhannon; one daughter-in-law, Marcie Hoge of Moundsville; special friend and caregiver, Sandy Bowman; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved Toy Poodle, Coco.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one son, James Hoge, and one granddaughter, Abby Beth Hoge.

Sandy worked as a shuttle operator, welder and electrician for Badger Coal in Buckhannon, where she retired with several years of service. She was a member of the United Mine Workers District 31 Local 2260.

She was a devoted member of the Way of Holiness Church in Buckhannon.

She treasured her role as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

Sandy’s request for cremation has been honored and her family invites you to attend a Celebration of Life Service at 5:00 PM on Saturday June 29, 2013 at the Way of Holiness Church in Buckhannon with Pastor Jerry Murrell officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Sandra Hardman.

Thomas W. Elliott

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Thomas W. Elliott

Age 72, of Dalton, Ohio, formerly of Ritchie County, WV, passed away June 24, 2013, in Canton, Ohio.

Thomas was born July 12, 1940, in Beatrice, WV, a son of the late Otis G. and Nina (Lewis) Elliott.

Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963. After the Navy, he worked in construction in the Wooster, Ohio, area.

He is survived by his companion and caregiver, Gilda Willison; her daughter, Tammy Willison; her son-in-law, Gary Define and their extended families; brother, Charles R. Elliott; numerous nieces and nephews, and his extended family; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one stepdaughter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Elliott; brothers, Lonnie, Dale, Harold and David Elliott; sister, Judy Elliott; sister-in-law, Betty Elliott; a great niece; a great-great-niece; a nephew; and Gilda’s daughter, Patty Define.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Thursday at Mason Cemetery, Cisco Community in Ritchie County, WV.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charlie Nesler

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Charlie Nesler

Age 70, of Arnolds Creek Rd., West Union, WV, departed this life on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Charlotte, NC.

He was born on September 13, 1942 a son of the late Edgar and Frances Davis Nesler.

On January 17, 1962 he married Mary Lee Knight Nesler who survives.

Also surviving is one son, Eddie Nesler, Charlotte, NC; one sister, Delores Kimball, West Union, WV; two brothers, Terry Nesler, St. James City, FL; Clint Nesler, Bridgeport, several nieces and nephews. One infant brother, Donald Nesler and one sister Florence Clark preceded him in death.

Mr. Nesler was the owner /operator of Nesler’s Well Service Inc. and Nesler’s Wells, LLC for 40 years. He was a member of the WV Independent Oil & Gas Association. He enjoyed hunting and was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation Association of WV.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Jim Messenger presiding.

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

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Nesler family.

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