Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Fred J. Burke

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Fred J. Burke

Age 91 of Bethlehem, North Carolina, formerly of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life at the Catawba Regional Hospice House in the early morning hours of Saturday July 05, 2014, following a long illness.

Born June 04, 1923 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Fred L. and Elva O. Jamison Burke.

Fred was an Army Veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific theatre. He was a retired Clerk/Foreman for Columbia Gas with 37 years experience.

He was a member of the Brawley Methodist Church.

On January 01, 1947 he was united in marriage to Rachel Nutter Burke, who survives in Bethlehem, North Carolina, and whom Fred spent 67 loving years of marriage.

Surviving are 2 Daughters, Jean Jackson and husband Ted of Bethlehem, North Carolina, and Ann Moyers and Husband Joe of Cedarville, West Virginia, and 5 Grandchildren, Michelle Hartshorn and husband Everett, Teresa Case and husband J.D., Julie Conrad and husband Johnny, Sarah Hill and husband David and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe.

There are also 9 Great-grandchildren surviving, Courtney and Chloe Case, Chelsey Piles, Jacob Conrad, Isabellia and Christina Moyers-Chavez, Josie and Emma Hartshorn, and Alexandria Moyers-Chavez.

The family also wishes to give special thanks to Diane Mingus, Andrea Adkins and Louise Bumgarner.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351, at 1:00 PM Thursday, July 10, 2014 with Rev. Gary Chaplin officiating.

Friends may call Thursday morning from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Mortuary.

Burial with Full Military Honors provided by The Lewis County Honor Guard will be in the Fredrick-Gerwig Cemetery on Toms Run Road, near Cedarville, West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice,3975 Robinson Rd. Newton, NC 28658.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Fred J. Burke with arrangements.

James “Jim” Whit Hume

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James “Jim” Whit Hume

of Grantsville, West Virginia, passed away at 10:13 AM on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV after an extended illness there.

He was born on March 19, 1930 in Chambersville, Collin County, TX to the late James and Clara Hume.

Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1955 and specialized in Cryptology, the study of deciphering codes.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Hilda Hume and daughter Terri Amaro of Dallas, TX; 6 grandchildren, James, Jessica, Harley, Harlan, Haydon, and Hardin; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Also preceding him in death is 2 sisters, Nathalia and Nora Doll and one daughter, Cynthia.

At Jim’s request, his remains have been cremated and will be returned to Texas to be buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, TX to be near his beloved grandfather, Simpson Whit Loftice.

Services are to be held at a later date.

Ann Atchison Freshour

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Ann Atchison Freshour

Age 56, of 306 Central Drive, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 5 PM on Thursday, July 03, 2014 at her residence.

She was born in Havre De Grace, MD on May 14, 1958 a daughter of Clara R. Strader Atchison of Weston, WV and the late Jack R. Atchison.

Her fun loving spirit will be carried on by her children: Chad Aric Thomas Freshour and wife Teresa of Fairmont and Keith Eric Freshour of Weston; one brother, Jack Bryan Atchison of Alum Bridge and wife Melody and one grandchild Cade Aric Freshour of Fairmont; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and Max, her beloved Pekinese Shih Tzu.

Ann was employed as a passionately devoted caregiver. She was known for her loving compassionate care and from a very young age, she was always willing and eager to help others and root for the underdog. She enjoyed attending concerts with Melinda and watching the Voice and American Idol. Ann had a love for the arts, played the piano, wrote eloquently, and was always the life of the party.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate Ann’s fun-filled life at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 2-4 PM on Sunday July 06, 2014.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 4 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Ruby Lea Hardman

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Ruby Lea Hardman

Age 72, of Pilot Mountain, NC, formerly of Grantsville, WV, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ July 02, 2014 at Forsythe Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

She was born May 03, 1942, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Walter and Olive Stemple Husk.

She was a Christian by faith.

She was a loving mother and homemaker.

Ruby was a member of the Message of the Hour Fellowship Church in Westfield, NC.

She is survived by her son Arland “Pete” (Stacey) Hardman of Pilot Mountain; three sisters, Sylvia West, Charlene Jett and Carolyn Husk, all of Ohio; three brothers, Orville Husk, Melvin Husk and Marvin Husk, all of Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband Buddy Hardman; a son Richard Hardman; and a daughter Sandra Harris.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 07, 2014, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Arland Hardman officiating.

Burial will follow in the Turner Cemetery at Lockney, WV.

Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the service.

Esther June Blatter

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Esther June Blatter

Age 87, of Horner, WV went to her eternal home in Heaven on July 01, 2014 following an extended illness.

Esther June Bender was born on June 05, 1927 to the late Fred and Sophia (Brenneise) Bender, Jr, who farmed in Regan, ND area.

She attended a country school where her father had attended and years later her oldest daughter, Judy, also attended.

She worked on the family farm, for various neighbors and her grandmother until on November 28, 1945, she married Theodore “Ted” Blatter, son of John and Magdalena (Laib) Blatter.

They lived and farmed in the Regan and Mercer, ND areas until 1956, when they purchased a farm North East of McClusky, ND, where they ran a dairy and grain farm and raised their three daughters.

In 1991 they retired and later moved to Wilton, ND. Esther worked at the State Tax Department during their busy season, until her husband suffered a paralyzing stroke and she became his full time caregiver for almost seven years until he passed away in November of 2006. In December 2006 Esther moved to Horner, WV, where she lived with her daughter Diana and son-in-law William Barnes, Jr.

While in North Dakota, Esther was an active member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church and Lutheran Women Missionary League.

In West Virginia, she attended the Message of Light Tabenacle.

She enjoyed many hobbies among which were stamp collecting, crocheting, hardanger, gardening, and quilting. In short, she lived to work and was always busy. Esther had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed each day to the fullest.

Esther is survived by her three daughters: Judy (Jim) Lockbeam, Bismarck, ND; Diana Barnes, Horner, WV; Carol Ann Schroeder, Crooks, SD; two grandchildren: Larry Lockbeam and Barbara (Gary) Schmitcke of Bismarck, ND; three great grandchildren: Travis Schmitcke, Tara (Tony) Weidmer and Nicholas Lang all of Bismarck; two brother-in-laws: Johnny (Darlene) Blatter of Mandan, ND and Alber Saylor of Wishek, ND; one sister-in-law: Law Verdeen Bender of Bismarck, ND and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her husband, Ted, his parents, her parents, her brother: Duane Bender, two sister-in-laws and their husbands: William and Lorraine Graf, Dorothy Forderer Saylor and her first husband: Frank Forderer and one son-in-law: William Barnes, Jr.
Esther will be laid to rest in the Vandalia Cemetery of Vandalia, WV beside her husband of 61 years.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston, WV on Saturday, July 05, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating assisted by Gary Strope.

Interment will follow services in the Vandalia Cemetery, Vandalia, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity or church of your choosing.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Esther June Blatter

Dean P. Pierce

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Dean P. Pierce

Age 77, of Harrisville, WV passed June 30, 2014 at his residence after battling esophageal cancer since February 2013.

He was born March 17, 1937 at Central Station, WV, the son of the late Baxter “Mack” McCellan and Gracie Maude Britton Pierce.

Dean was a retired crane and press operator with U.S. Fabrication now called Crown Steel in Wooster, OH.

He was a member of Killbuck VFW., and Shreve Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a member of Harrisville Assembly of God.

Dean is survived by his wife, Madeline Rita Sampsel Pierce; sons, Donald Pierce of Millersburg, OH, Robert Pierce (Diane) of Dover, OH, Marvin Pierce of Millersburg, and Steven Pierce (Donna) of Jeromesville, OH; daughters, Linda Barker (Jack) of Bandera, TX, and Ellen McFarlane (Mike) of Jeromesville; twenty grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and loyal dogs, Lady and Nugget.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Opal McCauley, Ruth Riddle, Marie Riddle, Virginia Pratt; brothers, McCellan “Ben” Pierce, Frank Pierce, Arnold “Doc” Pierce, and Donald Pierce; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Spratt Pierce.

Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Thursday, July 03, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Pastor Jeffery Williamson officiating.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Baptist Cemetery, near Summers, WV.

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

Valarie Jane Skidmore McCormick Green

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Valarie Jane Skidmore McCormick Green

Age 65, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on July 01, 2014 at her residence.

She was born on February 04, 1949 in Kanawha County, WV the daughter of the late Eugene & Greathes Keener Skidmore.

Also preceding her in death was her husbands, Clyde F. McCormick and Alva “Bill” Green, maternal grandparents, Roy & Wilsie Keener.

Valarie was a homemaker, caregiver, and a proud member of Sutton Baptist Church and a member of the Sutton Baptist Church Choir, White Cross Coordinator, arranged the Worship Flowers for the Church.

She was the last surviving member of the Skidmore family and her parents owned & operated Skidmore’s Grocery. In later years she & her mother owned & operated Skidmore’s Department Store and her grandparents owned Keeners Lunch, Department & Shoe Store. All the years growing up in the family businesses, she had the privilege of meeting and knowing a lot of wonderful people.

She is survived by her step sons, Jackie Lloyd Green of Akron, OH, Mark Bill Green of Sutton, Rodney Green of Akron, OH.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday July 03, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, with Rev. Allen Copenhaver officiating.

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

Friends may call 6-8 PM Wednesday July 02, 2014 at the funeral home.

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

Betty Garnet “Tildy” Beaver

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Betty Garnet “Tildy” Beaver

Age 67, of Mid Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 9:18 AM in the comfort of her home on Sunday June 29, 2014 following a brief illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on September 15, 1946 a daughter of the late Walker Lee Mowery and Velma Irene Hefner Mowery.

On August 06, 1992 she married Michael Charles Beaver who survives and they celebrated 21 years of marriage.

She is survived by one sister, Juanita “Duke” Gaines and husband Roger of Weston and one brother, Kelsey Mowery of Clarksburg; Makenna Bleigh, whom she loved like a granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets: Evie, a toy shih tzu and Ginger, a toy Chihuahua, who miss her very much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Joann Mowery and Connie Sue Mowery.

Betty was a waitress in Wheeling for several years and later worked at the Weston City Hospital. She enjoyed watching soap operas, completing word search puzzles, and sitting on her porch.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday July 02, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM Thursday with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow in the WV National Cemetery at Grafton.

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

Hartmut Jedamski

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Hartmut Jedamski

Age 56, of Fletcher, NC, passed away at his residence on June 15, 2014 of an unexpected sudden illness.

He was born on January 31, 1958 in Takoma Park, MD, the fourth child of the late Helmut and Emilie Jedamski. Also preceding him in death was his infant daughter Stephanie Jedamski.

Hartmut is survived by his son, Neil Jason Pulice, of Glenville, WV.  He is also survived by 4 brothers and 5 sisters: Wolf Jedamski and wife Beth of Collegedale, TN; Waldtraut Jedamski of San Diego, CA; Heidi Wientjes and husband Don of Wilmington, OH; Irmgart Mitchell and husband Greg of Loma Linda, CA; Norbert Jedamski and wife Kedrin of New Market, VA; Bernhart Jedamski and wife Louise of New Market, VA; Inge Peters and husband Steve of Stevensville, MD; Honey Miller and husband Bob of Fairview, NC; and Berthold Jedamski and wife Melissa of Sand Fork, WV. Hartmut is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews and 5 great nieces and nephews, as well as the numerous people he considered his friends and neighbors.

Hartmut was a faithful member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Hartmut spent the majority of his life performing the hard manual labor of construction work, whether at his boyhood home in MD, or his young adult home in Gilmer County, WV, and for several years in Harrisonburg, VA. He most recently relocated to NC, where he spent the past six years living near his dear sister Honey.  Hartmut’s earthly life path was permanently altered in 1980 when he suffered a severe head injury from a construction accident. As a result, he endured numerous physical and personal interaction challenges thereafter. Hartmut loved the outdoors, and would often spend the entire day walking and exploring, and most likely reflecting on the beauty of his Lord and Savior’s nature and purpose in life. A cheerful man at heart, he always sincerely tried to be accepted and to do good for and bring happiness to others. His smile was infectious. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends who he touched so deeply.

Hartmut’s body has been cremated with the assistance of Asheville Area Alternative Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service to remember and honor Hartmut’s life will be held in Glenville, WV at a later date this year that will be determined to be most suitable for his widespread friends and family, and will be followed by the private interment of his remains in the Jedamski Family Cemetery in Sand Fork, WV.

Because of Hartmut’s love for children, and his strong desire to help those less fortunate, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his honor and memory be made to Carepartners Foundation (




God sends the Holy Spirit directly on those chosen to salvation to remove
their depraved nature and create in them a saving faith.  Truth or Tradition?

Irresistible Grace.
This idea of the direct operation of the Holy Spirit naturally follows the theories of Total Depravity and Predestination.  If man is totally depraved, and unable to respond to the call of the gospel, and if God has already decided that certain ones are going to heaven, then God must also take the initiative and bring those selected out of the world and into the fold of safety.  Since God has already determined who is to be saved, the Spirit cannot be resisted.  Truth or Tradition?

Freedom of Choice.
The doctrine of Irresistible Grace destroys Freedom of Choice, which God has always given man.  “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) .  “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.” (Joshua 24:15) .  From the time of Adam and Eve in the garden, man has always had a choice whether to obey God or not.  When Moses came of age, he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.  (Hebrews 11:24-25) .

The Holy Spirit Resisted.
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost:  as your fathers did, so do ye.”  (Acts 7:51) .  “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.”  (Revelation 22:17) .  Not all who hear come.  The Holy Spirit can be resisted.  Grace is NOT irresistible.

Whosoever Will.
Salvation has been extended to all mankind, not just to a select few.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16) .  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  (Mathew 11:28) .  “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”  (Revelation 22:17) .  “Whosoever believeth…all ye that labour…whosoever will…”   Who does that leave out?

Respecter Of Persons.
The doctrines of predestination and irresistible grace make God a respecter of persons, and Peter declared:  “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”  (Acts 10:34) .  Paul also wrote: “For there is no respect of persons with God.”  (Romans 2:11) .

Man Held Accountable.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”  (2 Corinthians 5:10) .  That makes no sense at all, if God has already chosen.

Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “”  Web Site:

Russell Montgomery

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Russell Montgomery

Age 74, of Old Mill Road, Weston, WV passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family at 1:55 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer.

He smiled and gave a loving wink to his wife who has always been by his side for comfort, support, and companionship.

He was born in Weston, WV on July 18, 1939 a son of the late William Lewis Montgomery and Louise Freda Walters Montgomery.

On July 07 1963 he married his childhood friend, high school sweetheart, and love of his life, the former Paula Joy Squires and they celebrated 50 years of marriage, praising God for all their blessings.

He left mighty big shoes to fill. His heart-felt faith and unconditional love will be carried on by his children: Scott Montgomery and wife Lita of Bellevue, NE, Chris Montgomery and wife Misty of Lost Creek, WV; five grandchildren who will miss their Grandpa very much: Mitch, Mariah Kasey, Jacob, Jillian and Jenna Montgomery; three brothers: Ernie Montgomery and wife Carolyn of Escondido, CA, Pete Montgomery and wife Jan of Weston and Donald “Duck” Montgomery and wife Twila of Weston; three sisters: Shirley Walker and husband Lyle of Jane Lew, Helen Powell and husband George of Weston and Mary Knight of Weston; three sisters-in-law: Rita Squires, Annabelle Squires and Betty Radcliff, all of Weston; former daughter-in-law, Kimberly Ladner; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bob Montgomery, two sisters-in-law: Glenna Montgomery and Shirley Butcher; and five brothers-in-law: Bob and Jim Squires, Raymond Knight, John Butcher, and Donald Radcliff.

Russ was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves enlisted from 1957-1965. He was a highly skilled worker for the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company with 30 years of service. He was then employed for the Weston State Hospital then Wm. R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital as a health service worker for over 15 years. Russ later landed his dream job of working for the Stonewall Jackson Resort as a Ranger for the golf course and he enjoyed many seasons there.

He was a faith filled, life long member of the Bendale United Methodist Church, where he served as a lay leader, choir member, trustee, and Sunday school superintendent.

He was a sports enthusiast who cheered for WVU Mountaineers, Dallas Cowboys, Nascar’s Dale Earnhardt Sr. and whatever team included his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. Russ loved working with the youth of Lewis County and he coached the WV Glass Babe Ruth Team, the Globetrotters and the Indians.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate his active and authentic life at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 2 to 8 PM on Monday, June 30, 2014 and Tuesday from 10 AM till 1 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 1 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ron Brown and Reverend Jeff Zickefoose officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Harry Tomey Memorial - Saturday, June 28, 2014

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There will be a special memorial service for Harry Tomey on Saturday June 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Sand For Baptist Church.

All friends and family are invited.

Light refreshments to follow.

Mary Virginia Davisson

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Mary Virginia Davisson

Age 94, of Ravenswood, WV passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at Ravenswood Village.

She was born April 11, 1920, in Troy, WV: a daughter of the late Alpha and Belva (Coberly) White.

Her husband, George A. Davisson; son, Gary Lynn Davisson; grandchildren, Penny Jo Pendley, Rochelle Pendley and Brandon Davisson; and brother, Dale White; half-brothers, Robert White and Virgil White, preceded her in death.

She was a retired beautician, worked nine-years at WV Specialty Glass Factory, and worked at the Baltimore Shipyards during WWII. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking. She was an avid reader and was co-founder of the Davisson-Kerwood Library in Ravenswood Village. She loved her family and her many friends.

She was a member of the Vadis United Methodist Church, the Coleman Chapel Church and was an honorary life member of the Ripley Baptist Tabernacle.

Survivors include her son, George Nelson (Martha) Davisson of ElCajon, Cali.; daughters, Janice (Lawrence) Jennings of Sissonville; Sheila Schall of Leesburg, Va.; Linda Pendley of Murraysville; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Davisson.

Services were held at 1 PM, Friday, June 20, at Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church, 330 Third Avenue, Ripley, with Pastor Mike Elder and Doug Lemon officiating.

Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery in Ravenswood.

Visitation was held from 6 - 8 PM on Thursday, June 19, at Casto Funeral Home in Ravenswood.

Timothy Kent “Tiny” Stalnaker

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Timothy Kent “Tiny” Stalnaker

Age 52, of Berlin Road, Weston, WV joined his fellow biker angels at 2:13 AM on Wednesday June 25, 2014 in the Broaddus Hospital in Philippi following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on November 07, 1961 a son of the late Cecil Corbit Stalnaker and Janice Vae Allman Stalnaker.

On February 14, 1988 he married his Valentine, the former Michelle Dawn Warner and they celebrated 26 years of marriage.

His strength of character and unwavering work ethic will be remembered by his children: Kelsey Burkhammer and husband Justin, Bryer Stalnaker and wife Brook, and Chance Stalnaker, all of Weston, and Vanessa Stalnaker of OH; four grandchildren: McKenna Stalnaker, and Braydon, Riley and McKenzie Wards; one sister, Kay Cottrell and husband Bob of Clarksburg; one brother, Randy Stalnaker and wife Susan of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Tim had worked in the oil fields for several years as a truck driver and equipment operator. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4wheelers, watching westerns, and building and working on Harley Davidsons.

Tim’s request for cremation has been honored and his family invites you to join them for a visitation at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew from 1-3 PM on Sunday June 29, 2014.

A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 3 PM with Adam Burkhammer officiating.

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

Francis G. Crites

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Francis G. Crites

Age 89, of Sutton, WV went home to be with his Lord June 25, 2014 at Braxton Health & Rehabilitation Center, Sutton.

He was born October 21, 1924 in Braxton County, WV the son of the late Emery & Emma Bell Hoover Crites.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Ernest, Bernard, Robert, Kenneth and LeRoy Crites, sisters, Beulah Dillon, Eva Bleigh, Virginia Wilson and Hazel Munn.

Francis served his community as City Councilman for the Town of Sutton, and a member of American Legion Post #33 Honor Guard, Sutton, member of Retired Braxton County School Service Organization, retired Bus Driver for Braxton County Board of Education, member of Braxton Memorial Hospital Volunteers and was a Army veteran who served his country in WWII and was a POW.

Francis practiced his faith as a born again Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Knight Crites, adopted daughter, Karen Audrey Crites of FL, niece, Yvonna Christine Harron Estep of Charleston, WV.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday June 29, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Allan Copenhaver officiating.

Military graveside rites will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Airport Rd. Sutton with American Legion Post #33 Honor Guard.

Friends may call Saturday June 28, 2014 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Sutton Baptist Church Choir, 506 Main St. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Crites family.

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