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Emerson Dean Stoneking

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Emerson Dean Stoneking

Age 87, of Parkersburg, WV, went to be with his Lord, after an extended illness, on June 15, 2013.

He was born in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Forney Patrick and Edna Lenora (Rhodes) Stoneking.

He was a semi-truck driver for over 20 years, during which time he worked for Cook Motorlines, Ezor Express and Criss Concrete. He had been a member of Local 1975 Labor Union and Teamster Union. He sold life insurance for Equitable and Kemper Life.

He was a charter member of Broadway Church of the Nazarene where he was very active in the bus ministry, a Sunday school teacher and a part-time song leader.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary “Jo” (Hill) Stoneking; two sons, Lloyd Stoneking (Ana) and Timothy Dean Stoneking (Lois), all of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Lynnette, Aaron, Sydney and Casey Stoneking; three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Kirsten and Zoe Stoneking; and a brother, Denzil Stoneking of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steven Stoneking; four brothers, Victor, Harold, Hayward and the Rev. Paul Stoneking; and a sister, Helen Kilgore.

Services will be 11 AM Wednesday at Broadway Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Dan Meek officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM.

Virginia L. Schiefer

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Virginia L. Schiefer

Age 90, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

She was born on October 25, 1922 at Bonnie, West Virginia, the eldest daughter of Bruce and Mary (Cutlip) Loyd.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years Frank E. Schiefer, her brother George Bailey Lloyd, and her two sisters Barbara E. James and Mary Frances Loyd.

Virginia is survived by her six children all of Braxton County, WV; Ann (John) Harrison, Christine (William “Dub”) Ferrell, Sue Lancaster, Frank (Oneda) Schiefer, Jr., William (Glenadine) Schiefer, and John Bailey (Susan) Schiefer; and her twelve grandchildren, Carol (Steve) Lentz of Hilliard, Ohio, Beth (Jon) Carden of Carlinville, Indiana, Doug (Leslie) Harrison of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bryan (Tracey) Ferrell of Lynchburg, Virginia, Maresa (Tim) Frame of Flatwoods, Jefferson (Cindy) Wyne of Sutton, Andrew (Shannon) Wyne of Sutton, Joel Lancaster of Gassaway, Nature Schiefer of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Frank (Alexis) Schiefer, Ill of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Marcy (Mickey) Skeens of Gassaway, Jennifer (Tyson) Colvin of Beckley; and 25 great-grandchildren. Virginia thoroughly enjoyed having family gatherings with all her children, their spouses, grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren around her.

She especially loved babies and young children and was greatly amused by them. She had a great desire for her children to pursue an education and always encouraged them to do their best in whatever they undertook in life. She believed in commitment to marriage and instilled that belief in her children as well. She was an avid quilter and found great satisfaction in creating hand-stitched works of art.

She enjoyed making each grandchild a double wedding ring quilt as a wedding gift. Each of her 25 great-grandchildren received a hand made crib quilt at birth. Over the past 40 years Virginia made over 80 hand made quilts for the WV Academy of Family Physicians and the Family Medicine Foundation of VVV to raise funds at statewide conferences for scholarships for medical students who would stay in WV and practice in family medicine. Virginia enjoyed volunteering at the Braxton Health Care Center nursing home for many years until she was 85 years old. She was also a member of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Friends may call at Gassaway Baptist Church, 403 Elk Street in Gassaway from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday evening.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at Gassaway Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Stump officiating.

Burial will be at the Fisher Cemetery in Flatwoods.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to your church or favorite charity.

Richard M. Roach Funeral Home of Gassaway is in charge of arrangements.

Russell J. “Rusty” Lipscomb

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Russell J. “Rusty” Lipscomb

Age 50, of Central Station community, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, June 13, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born February 23, 1963 a son of the late Russell Eugene and Ruby Faye Riffle Lipscomb.

On October 31, 2009 he married Kate Bissonette who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Zoe Elizabeth Lipscomb, Kyrie Marie Lipscomb, Ruby Carleen Lipscomb, all at home, ten sons, Russell Eugene Lipscomb, Greenwood, Damien Ross Lipscomb, West Union, Nicholas Allen Lowther, Seattle , WA, Shawn Mitchell Lowther, Morgantown, John Daniel Kirker, West Union, Paul Michael Gaskins, at home, Thomas Aaron Gaskins, Big Flint, Maxwell Noble Lipscomb, Lucas James Long and Charles Gabriel Long, all at home,six grandchildren, two sisters, Doris Melott, Central Station and Glenda Melott, Central Station and one brother, Joseph Lipscomb, Stonewood.

“Rusty” had been employed for over 25 years at the WV Department of Highways as a heavy equipment operator. He was very mechanical and loved working on vehicles.

A Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Lipscomb family.

Judy Kathleen Park

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Judy Kathleen Park

Age 98, passed away peacefully in her home in Big Bend, WV (Calhoun County) on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

One of 11 children, she was born to Walter and Luella Carpenter Carper on September 09, 1914 in Kester, West Virginia.

Judy and her family moved to Akron, Ohio in 1949 and lived there for many years. She then retired and moved back to Sand Ridge, WV in 1977.

She loved her kids and grandkids and also loved wildlife, especially birds.

Judy is lovingly survived by her daughters, Barbara Johnson of Sand Ridge, Sue Richards of Big Bend, and Darlene Hayes of Ravenna, Ohio; a son, Roy Roberts of Kingman, Arizona; 18 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer J. Roberts of Sand Ridge; her second husband, Charles Park of Elizabeth, West Virginia; and two sons, Bobbie Roberts of Akron, Ohio and James Roberts of Kingman. Judy, who was the youngest of 11 children, was also preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Her family wishes to thank all of the home health care workers and the nurses at Minnie Hamilton Hospital who took great care of her.

Service will be at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia.

Burial will follow in the Sand Ridge Cemetery.

Visiting is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Wanda Mae Waugh

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Wanda Mae Waugh

Age 75, of 72 US Highway 19 S Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2013 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness.

She was born in Copen, WV on October 03, 1937: daughter of the late Worley Steele and Arlie (Sumpter) Steele.

She married Russell “Bob” Waugh, who preceded her in death in April of 1998.

Mrs. Waugh is survived by two sons: Robert G. Waugh and wife Brandi and Stanley G. Waugh both of Weston, 4 grandchildren: Crystal Sears, Gregory Robinson, Michael Monett and Robert “Gavin” Waugh and 4 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers: Shirley Steele of Anmoore and Willard “Sonny” Steele of Ohio, one sister: Gentalee Blake of Kingwood and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Bob, Wanda was preceded in death by two brothers: Duark and Mason Steele and two sisters: Reva Butcher and Manoka “Edith” Hinzman.
Mrs. Waugh was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Wanda loved kids and spent a lot of time baby sitting over the years.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Friendship Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Wanda Mae Waugh.

Ricky A. Lamb

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Ricky A. Lamb

Age 61, of Craig Street, Weston, WV, passed away at 9:04 AM Wednesday June 12, 2013 at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1951, a son of the late Clarence Edward “Doc” Lamb who passed away in 1998 and Mamie Madalene Sprouse Lamb, who survives in Weston.

He is also survived by one son, Chad Allen Lamb of Weston, two grandchildren: Joshua and Cody Lamb and two step-grandchildren Kayla and Skyla Rose; one sister, Debbie McVay and husband, Bill of Horner; one brother, David Lamb and wife Diana of Weston; companion, Robin Manning Lamb of Weston; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Siamese, Baby Cat.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one sister, Gloria Jean Walker and one brother, Steven Lamb.

Ricky was employed by Wm. R Sharp Hospital in Weston, as a Health Service Worker and retired with 20 years of service. He was an honored veteran of the United States Marine Corp., an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and a golfing and fishing enthusiast. Most of all, he loved helping his mom and playing with his grandchildren.

Ricky’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Celebration of Life Graveside Service at Rock Grove Cemetery at a later date.

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

Dorothy Ann Burns Freeman

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Dorothy Ann Burns Freeman

Age 70, went home to be with the lord, on June 12, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, after battling heart failure for eight years.

She was a 30 year resident of West Union, WV.

She was born February 06, 1943, in Nashville, TN, the daughter of the late Charles Robert Burns, who was a explosive specialist for dams and mines and Freda Ann Gupton Burns, Golconda, IL.

After graduating from Martins Ferry High School in 1961, she excelled at all her jobs, nanny, nursing home aide, cook, supervisor at Bobbie Brooks Clothing Store, Head Start teacher where she was promoted to supervisor, worked hard for United Summit Center and was promoted to program manager/ supervisor. Her greatest joys in life were taking care of her family, serving in the Crimson River Baptist Church as treasure, volunteering as a Emergency Medical Technician and training director for Doddridge County, Sunday School teacher and helping others in need. She loved her family, friends and co-workers.

Ann Freeman was the oldest child of six children; she is survived by two brothers, David Burns (Bridgette) and John Burns (Lesia); two sisters, Wanda Schnake (Tom), and Joni Therber (Michael); Husband, Walter Ray Freeman whom she married on March 31, 1964; two daughters, Dee Ann Freeman Parsons (Jeff Henderson), Grafton, WV and Dru Carol Fittro (Joseph), Lost Creek, WV; four grandchildren, Jessica Ann Parsons, Joshua Ray Freeman, Jordan Dean Freeman and Bethany Dawn Fittro; four nieces Lacey Burns and daughter Maggie, Jamie Burns, Nedra Therber (T A Schaefer), and Cassandra Burns; five nephews, James Jones (Michelle), Brian Burns (Ramona), Jeremy Schnake (Crystal) and son Mason, Jesse Burns (Amber) and Heath Therber ( Rebekah), and son-in-law, Ronald Lattea.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Lee Lattea in 2009, infant son, Devin Freeman in 1976, infant sister, Kathy Burns.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Crimson River Baptist Church, West Union, WV at 1:00 PM, with the Pastor Denver Burnside officiating, McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ralph W. “Mac” McCullough

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Ralph W. “Mac” McCullough

Age 90, formerly of Smithville, WV, died Wednesday June 12, 2013 at his daughter’s residence.

He was born in Mole Hill, WV, a son of the late Romeo F. and Marie Glenn McCullough.

He was a United States Army veteran having served in WW II. He was a crane operator and member of 132 Operative Engineers Union. He also drove a bulldozer for Oil Field Workers. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and a 60- plus year member of Harrisville Lodge 98 AF & AM.

He is survived by two daughters Sandra “Sandi” Somerville (Paul Eliot) of Belpre, Ohio, and Sheila McCullough of Wirt County; and two grandchildren Kevin Fleming and Daniel McCullough.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Thelma Frances McCullough and a brother Robert McCullough.

Services will be Saturday 1:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Bob Sinnett officiating.

Burial will be at Hardman Chapel.

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

Beulah Victoria “Boots” Flowers

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Beulah Victoria “Boots” Flowers

Age 65, of St. Marys, WV, passed away June 07, 2013, at the Marietta Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born September 08, 1947, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Richard Ambrose and Vernetta Davis Ambrose Hart.

She was a 1966 graduate of Pennsboro High School. She worked and retired from the former Quaker State Oil Refinery. She had worked at the Aluminum Plant in Bens Run and for Bayer in New Martinsville, WV. She previously had been a cook for the St. Marys Elementary School and the former Hi-Way Grille.

She was a Methodist by faith. Her hobbies included camping and spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Dallas E. Flowers; a son, Dallas D. (Missy) Scadden; daughter-in-law, Jodie Scadden; five grandchildren, Chase A. Scadden, Brittney J. Scadden, Tory Scadden, Kendra Scadden and Trevor D. Scadden; two sisters, Mary Simonton and Opal Riffle; four brothers, George (Roxie) Ambrose, Ray (Jean) Ambrose, Francis (Sharon) Ambrose and Leroy (Shirley) Ambrose; a brother-in-law, Delbert Flowers; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Texas Scadden, and a brother, Emmett Edward Ambrose.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 16, at 2:00 PM at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV.

There will be no calling hours.

Lewis P. Six

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Lewis P. Six

Age 80, went home to be with the Lord on June 09, 2013.

He was born January 18, 1933 in Cairo, WV (Ritchie County).

He served his country in the U.S. Army in Alaska during the Korean Conflict and retired from Robinson Motors in WV and Wartko Construction in Kent, OH. Lewis was the owner of 6+ Shoppes in Coventry, OH.

Lewis was a member of Manchester Christian Church.

He was an avid family man and dirt track car owner, originator of the “Hillbilly Hundred.“

Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Georgia Six; brothers, Danny and David Six; and grandson, Christian Bush.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sharon Chappell Six; sons, Lloyd (Karen) Six and Roger (Shelly) Chappell; daughters, Cindi (Mike) Washburn, Isa (John) Arnette, Lydia (Joe) Bowie, and Tamie (Brian) Spangle; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Atwater, Elsie Davis, Dorothy Dickerson, and Marylou Waters; many loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 12 Noon on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, WV with the Rev. Van Sprague officiating.

Interment will follow in the Six Hill Cemetery, near Cairo, WV.

Friends may call the funeral home from 5-8 PM on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 in memory of Lewis.

Mary Grail Edgeworth

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Mary Grail Edgeworth

95 of West Union, WV passed away June 08, 2013, at Heartland of Clarksburg.

She was born May 06, 1918, in Makawao, Hawaii, daughter of the late Ben and Carolina Souza Franco.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Henry Edgeworth Jr. on October 07, 1977; and six siblings, Frances, Barbara, Rosaline, Hilda, Stephen and Norman.

Mary is survived by her one son, Milton Wayne Edgeworth and wife Laura Jane, West Union; two grandchildren, Sheila Marie Porter, Dale, NC, Wayne T. Edgeworth and wife Vanessa, West Union; four great-grandchildren, Adam, Kathryn, Sarah and Ty; four siblings, Steven Franco, MT, Dorothy Lee, HI, Vivian Lee, HI and Eleanor Gould, CA; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was a member of Evergreen United Methodist Church and enjoyed, cooking, baking and gardening.

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

Inurnment will be at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Greathouse Funeral Home.

Lucille Holbert

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Lucille Holbert

Age 91, of Parkersburg, WV, died June 07, 2013, at the Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born October 29, 1921, in Jane Lew, WV, a daughter of the late Claude N. and Etta Boylen VanHorn.

She was a graduate of Jane Lew High School and St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Clarksburg, WV.

She was a member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Upper Room Sunday School Class and Rebecca Circle.

She is survived by three children, Ken (Ann) Holbert, Diane (Dave) Chambers and Denise (Grant) DeGarmo, all of Vienna; six grandchildren, Chrisy Nestor, Brad Holbert, Benjamin Chambers, Stephen Chambers, Lauren DeGarmo and Jonathan DeGarmo; one great-grandson, Dalton (Kim) Hodge; one great-great-granddaughter, Adalee Hodge; sister-in-law, Margaret VanHorn of Charleston, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John L. Holbert; one brother, Donzel VanHorn; and two sisters, Lorraine Randolph and Eloise Holbert.

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Paul Russell and the Rev. Roger Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to caregivers, Eula Loane, Jan Samples, Rose Dailey, Marie Modesitt, Dr. Michael Moses and Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. John L. and Lucille E. Holbert Scholarship Fund, c/o Parkesburg Community Foundation, or United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia Inc.

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