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George Edward Ables

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George Edward Ables

Age 59, of Jessie Run Road Jane Lew, WV passed away at 11:45 PM on Monday April 14, 2014 at the home of his companion, Valery Johnson, on Virginia St. in Jane Lew following a courageous journey with kidney cancer.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on October 03, 1954 a son of the late Walt Donaldson and Mary Ables Curtis.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Bleigh and companion Kenny Thompson of Jane Lew; five brothers: Donnie Ables and companion Cathy Tenney of Buckhannon, Robert Ables of Buckhannon, Larry Donaldson and wife Pat of Goosepen, Ed Donaldson and wife Hazel of Cox Mills, and James Donaldson and wife Emma of Copley; three sisters: Betty Thomas and husband Eddie of Copley, Cathy Claypoole and companion, Brian Goodwin, of Buckhannon, and Catherine Sandmare and husband Scott of Parkersburg; two grandchildren: Madison and Breanna Bleigh and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Frank Curtis, and two sisters: Mary Jane Ables and Connie Perkins.

George had been employed by Masterpiece Crystal, B&G Salvage, then Stonewall Resort, where he worked in Food Service. Due to his sudden illness, he retired from the resort where he had 10 years of service and had made many friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending flea markets and auctions.

He was also a member of the Georgetown Community Church.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Friday April 18, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jay Burkhart.

Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery.

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

Olivia Ann Lewis

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Olivia Ann Lewis

Age 27, of Braxton County, WV passed away April 12, 2014.

She was born July 01, 1986 in Charleston, WV.

Olivia was a dental assistant for Children’s Dentistry and also worked for Kohl’s Department Store. She loved the beach, outdoor activities, holidays and road trips.

She is survived by her son, Braylon Fane Nutter; parents, Keith and Joyce Adkins Lewis; Joshua Fane Nutter, father of her only son.

Service will be 2 PM Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Braxton County High School Gymnasium with Jokwin Schoonover officiating.

Friends may call three hours prior to the service at the Braxton County High School.

At Olivia’s request her body will be cremated following services.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be deposited into the Braylon F. Nutter Fund, c/o City National Bank, 101 2nd Street, Sutton, WV 26601.

Edward Jackson “Jack” Lynch

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Edward Jackson “Jack” Lynch

Age 81, of Anmoore, WV formerly of Chapel, Braxton County, WV met our Lord after a long illness Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, April 17 at Christ United Methodist Church in Sutton, WV.

Pastor Doug Smailes will be officiating.

Friends and loved ones may call from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM for visitation and the funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM.

Burial will follow at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Heaters, WV.

Jack was a retired B&O Railroad employee for over 30 years. He was a longtime member of the HAM Radio Association and proudly had his call identity as his license plate, K8WTJ.

Jack attended Sugar Creek Baptist Church for many years then joined Christ United Methodist Church in 2001. However, his presence was seen in many local churches as he loved to share his musical talents and sing gospel music.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Norval and Grace (Childers) Lynch of Cedarville, WV; his brothers, Ralph Griffith of Clarksburg, WV and Norville (Fuzz) Lynch of Elyria, OH. He is survived by his sister Vivian Rose (Lynch) Beall of Cedarville, WV; a brother, Charles Lynch of Medina, OH; Jack is also survived by Nova Jean (White) Lynch, his wife of 61 years; by his four daughters, Vivian Jean Carr of Gassaway, WV, Vicky Lynn Golden of Anmoore, WV, Judith Rose Carson of Heaters, WV and Jacqueline Lea Morris of Berea, KY; eleven grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in honor of his love and dedication to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Donations can be mailed to: St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

You can also donate online at www.stjude.org.

Robert E Buck

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Robert E Buck

Age 82, loving husband and father of Calhoun, WV passed away April 11, 2014 at VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.

He was born in Spencer WV, September 29, 1931.

He leaves behind his two sons, Robert E Buck II, Kenneth L Buck and his daughter Lisa M. Buck, grandchildren, Robert A. Buck, Collin Buck, Kamryn G. Buck; two sisters, Geneve Coon and Anabelle Starcher, of WV as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife Grace A. Buck, daughters Patricia and Stacy Buck; brothers John and Cordell Buck and grand daughter Kierstyn Buck.

Memorial services will be held Thursday April 17, 2014, 4:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

Delbert Woodrow Gross

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Delbert Woodrow Gross

Age 85, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2014 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born February 07, 1929 in Sutton, WV the son of the late Okey William & Mamie Jenkins Gross.

He was a Coal Miner and also worked at Williams Wood Working Plant. He was a Machine Gunner in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Delbert is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Ellen Knight Gross, son, Danny Lee Gross & wife Sherry of Sutton, brother, James Donald (Ernie) Gross & wife Goldie of FL., sister, Dessie Knight & husband Elmer of Quaker City, OH, grandchildren, Amanda Dorsey & husband Steve, Karen Johnson & husband Jeff, 6 step grandchildren,  great grandchildren, John Childers, Aiden Dorsey, 6 step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday April 16, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Burial will follow in Barnett Cemetery, Sutton with American Legion Post #33 giving military graveside rites.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, 1700 McCorkle Ave. SE Charleston, WV 25314.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbled to serve the Gross family.

Bubby K. Ferguson

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Bubby K. Ferguson

Age 84, loving husband and father of Tanner, WV, passed away April 13, 2014 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville.

He was born in Tanner, WV, January 24, 1930, a son of the late Wiley and Modena Martin Ferguson.

He was a member of the Nobe Chapel Baptist Church.

He was retired with 20 years of service from the WV Dept. of Highways.

He leaves behind his wife, Linda Ferguson; two sons, Bubby Alan Ferguson and his wife Robyn of Lansing MI and Jason Ferguson and his wife Bille Jo of Tanner; two grandchildren, Caleb Moore and Michaela Ferguson of Tanner; one brother Carl Ferguson of South Amherst OH; two sisters, Phoebe Gumm of Arnoldsburg, WV and Vel Gumm of Parkersburg WV as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday April 17, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Kevin Church and Rev. Ronzel Ferguson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Nobe Cemetery at Nobe.

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

Ethel Ruth Paugh

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Ethel Ruth Paugh

Age 88, of Kincheloe, WV passed away to her heavenly home on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.

She was born July 18, 1925 in Nutter Fort, WV a daughter of the late Loyle and Ethel Waybright Benedum.

She was married to the love of her life Robert J. “Bob” Paugh on September 14, 1946 who survives.

Also surviving are four children: Barbara Sue Leatherman and fiancé, Bob Moore, of Clarksburg, Robert Lynn Paugh and wife, Tina, of Clarksburg, Edward Ray Paugh and wife, Theresa, of Jane Lew and Linda Lou Kelley and husband, Denver, of Lost River, WV; seven grandchildren: Susanne Leatherman Walker and husband, Andy, of Clarksburg, WV; Nicole Paugh Parrish and husband, Jason, of Bridgeport, WV; Janell Paugh of Chesapeake, VA, Jason Paugh and wife, Ronda, of Fairmont, WV; John Paugh and wife, Jennifer, of Jane Lew, WV; Gabrielle Kelley Payne and husband, Scott, of Mathias, WV and Nathanael Kelley and wife Nicole of Timberville, VA; 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family being preceded in death by three sisters and seven brothers.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading her Bible daily, crocheted afghans, completing word puzzles and using her sewing machine.

Ruth was a lifetime member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Kincheloe.

She was past Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge # 80. Ruth and Bob were devoted to taking care of each other and lived in the Kincheloe Community until 2011 when due to declining health they chose to make their home at Crestview Manor.

The family would like to thank everyone at Crestview Manor Nursing Home and Hospice workers for all of their love and care of our parents. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Tuesday, April 15, from 4 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Wednesday from the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Kincheloe with Pastor Scott Payne and Reverend Nathanael Kelley officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery.

The body will lie in state from 11 AM to 12 Noon Wednesday at the church.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ethel Ruth Paugh.

James Harold Cogar

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James Harold Cogar

Age 78, of Sutton, WV, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 with his family at his side.

He was born January 26, 1936 at Lauel Fork to the late Buss and Vera Cogar.

He married Marcelene 32 years ago on September 20, 1982 who survives.

Also surviving are his loving children, Teena Brandick (Mike) of South Riding, VA and Tammy Cogar of Gassaway; stepdaughter, Tammy McKenzie of Laredo, TX; stepson, Richard Hoover of Sutton; one granddaughter, Mollee Rose; five grandsons, Travis, Brandon, Curtis, Joshua and Zachary; three great grandchildren; four brothers, Eugene of Arthurdale, Porter of Summersville, Danny (Rita) of Sutton and Joe (Mary) of Shock; three sisters, Betty Bull of Washington, PA, Sandra Gillispie of Cortland, OH and Marilyn Lewis (Mike) of Little Hocking, OH; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three brothers, John Dale, Kenneth “Tink” and Gary Cogar. James was a lifelong resident of West Virginia, for which he truly loved. Jim was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the Operating Engineers and was a member of the U.M.W.A. James had the biggest heart for children and a smile you couldn’t miss. He loved his family and enjoyed NASCAR, watching CNN and his great grandson, Conner.

Service will be 10 AM Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Tom Propst officiating.

Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

At Mr. Cogar’s request his body will be cremated following services.

George Leonard Wright

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George Leonard Wright

Age 65, of Rosedale, WV died early Thursday, April 10, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born November 15, 1948 in Akron, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond W. Wright and Pauline R. Wright; brother, Jimmy Wright; sisters, Pauline Wright, Mary Rivas, Betty Wright, and Shirley Wright.

He is survived by children, Jayson (Shawna), Brian (Angel), Kristi (Brian), William (Cassandra), and Susan; grandchildren, Nicole, Vincent, Ninetta, Andrew, Daniel, Jessica, Autumn, Ronan, Rayleigh, and Luke; sisters, Gloria Fields (Chester), Linda Faveros, and Brenda Arellano (Martin); and several nieces and nephews.

George asked for no services to be held and wished to be cremated.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the family for funeral expenses to: Kristi Wright, PO Box 130, Rosedale, WV 26636.

Jack Franklin Rogers

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Jack Franklin Rogers

Age 82, of Creston, OH passed away Thursday, April 03, 2014 at Wooster Community Hospital from heart failure.

Jack was born June 13, 1931 in Gassaway, WV to the late M.A. and Eula (McElwain) Rogers.

He married the former Opal Metheney on April 27, 1956 and she survives.

He was a 1950 graduate of Gassaway High School and served in the U.S. Air Force in Presque Isle, Maine and in Fairbanks, Alaska from 1950 - 1954. He had worked as a supervisor at the Ohio Injector and later at Conval for 30 years until it closed and retired as a supervisor in 1994 from Akron Brass with 10 years of service. He had made his home in Creston for over 50 years.

He was a member of the Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church and the Wadsworth Moose and the Wadsworth Eagles.

He was an avid hunter and traveled to Montana and to Wyoming hunting antelope and elk and hunted deer in West Virginia. He loved to surf fish, sports and NASCAR racing having attended the Daytona 500 for several years. He enjoyed many trips to his beach home known as “Jackson’s Place in Frisco, NC where the family has many happy memories and he lived up to his name “Jack” for he was a Jack of all trades helping his kids and many others. He was like a Dad to his grandsons Davey and Jack and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife Opal, daughters, Gerri (Jerry Higgins) Williams of Creston, Deb (Durb) Crumley of Wooster, OH and Chrissy Hatten of Creston; grandchildren, Stacie (Chris) Figley of Norton, OH, Jason (Angela) Crumley of Norton, OH, Joey Crumley of Seattle, WA , Davey (Alycia Smith) Hatten and Jack Hatten both of Creston; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Sara Figley of Norton, OH Avery and Drake Crumley of West Salem, OH and Caydance and Fallon Crumley of Norton, OH and a sister, Martha Hines of Ruskin, FL.

He was preceded in death by his precious grandson Justin Crumley, his Step-Mother Ruby Rogers, a brother Wayne Stanley Rogers and a half-brother Pete Rogers.

Services were Monday at 1:00 PM at Murray Funeral Home in Creston with Pastor Deborah Quillen officiating.

Burial was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends called Sunday from 2-5 PM at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church, PO Box 1111, Creston, OH 44217

Heidi Louise Tenney

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Heidi Louise Tenney

Age 72, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness.

She was born in Gould, WV on May 08, 19 41: daughter of the late Corbett Dane Tenney and Lois Marie (Simons) Tenney.

Miss Tenney is also survived by two brothers: Richard Wayne Tenney of Weston and Gary Tenney of Prince Frederick, MD, one sister: Judy (Tenney) Altizer of Mechanicsville, MD, 2 ½ sisters and one step sister.

In addition to her parents, Heidi was preceded in death by one brother: James Tenney.

Miss Tenney was a government employee with the Internal Revenue Service of Washington, DC with 29 years of service. She was a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Heidi was a Jehovah Witness.

Her hobbies were reading, listening to music and spending time with her family.

At Heidi’s request, her body will be cremated.

She will have no visitation and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Heidi Louise Tenney.

Dan Carpenter

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Dan Carpenter

Age 81, of 8693 Airport Road, Sutton, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 following an extended illness.

He was born on January 01, 1933 and was the son of the late Austin Thomas Carpenter and Mae Louise (Davis) Carpenter.

Dan was married to the Connie Rose (Eubank) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by two sons, Danny Thomas Carpenter and wife Carol Sue of Weston and Geoffrey Carpenter and wife Cheryl of Flatwoods. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kalyn Carr, Halie Eddy, and Joshua Carr. Mr. Carpenter is also survived by one brother, Donald Carpenter of Spencer, aunt Helen Carpenter of Parkersburg, nephew Tim Carpenter, and niece Sherri Heldman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dallas Carpenter.

Dan served his Country in the United States Army. He was retired from Consolidated Natural Gas. Dan loved nature; he enjoyed fishing and hunting for deer and squirrel. He enjoyed camping, especially when going to the State Fair. Dan also loved farming and tending to his cows. Most of all, Dan loved spending time with his family.

Family received friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV on Thursday, April 03, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 04, 2014 from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bill Hunt officiating at 11:00 AM.

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

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Carpenter family.

Bethel (Webb) Baker

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Bethel (Webb) Baker

Heaven called and Bethel (Webb) Baker, age 98 of Auburn, WV answered on April 09, 2014 at the home of her daughter in Williamstown.

She was born April 16, 1915 in Roane County, WV, a daughter of the late Rev. George Anderson and Orbie (Bissell) Webb.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Auburn Methodist Church and later attended Berea United Methodist Church until her passing.

Surviving include one daughter Lou (Ron) Haught of Williamstown and daughter-in-law Pam Baker of Charleston; one sister, Stacial Sinnett of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Rick (April) Haught, Ryan (Tammy) Haught, David (Tessa) Baker, Clint (Dana) Baker, Belinda (Kenny) Conrad; two step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paige in 1978; infant son Gary in 1956 and son David in 2006; two sisters, Lucy Ashley and Gladys Spencer; and two brothers, Olen and Rufus (Bud) Webb.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Auburn Community Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 1-3 PM.

Alfred L. Hardman

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Alfred L. Hardman

Age ge 82, of Minerva, Ohio passed Tuesday, April 08, 2014, in Aultman Hospital.

He was born December 02, 1931, in Glenville, WV, to Alfred and Ruby (Wilcox) Hardman.

He retired from the Timken Company in Canton in 1994, where he had worked for 42 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, was active as ham radio operator “KB8PHI” and a member of the AFLCIO.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frankie (Wilfong) Hardman, whom he married May 24, 1952; two daughters, Barb (Steve) VonKaenel of New Philadelphia and Mary (Jim) Daum of Manassas, VA; three sons, Garry Hardman of Medix Run, PA, Donald Hardman of Canton and Terry (Cynthia) Hardman of Alliance; sister, Edith Hardman of Grantsville, WV; four brothers, Guy Hardman of Spencer, WV, James (Nancy) Hardman of Grantsville, WV, William (Connie) Hardman of Navarre and Roger (Dottie) Hardman of Grantsville, WV; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer, Nicholas, Joshua, Travis, Raquel, Tyler, Skyler, Charli, Amelia and Jett; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Alyssa.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Freda Hupp; and four brothers, Wilford, Denzil, Herman and Buddy Hupp.

Funeral services will be held at 4 PM Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 PM Saturday prior to services at the funeral home.

Burial with full military services will be in Liberty Cemetery.

Alonzo “Al” J. Riddle

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Alonzo “Al” J. Riddle

Age 86, of Grafton, Ohio passed away Sunday, April 06, 2014 in the New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain, Ohio following a short illness.

He was born March 25, 1928 in Grantsville, West Virginia and had lived in Grafton since the early 1950′s.

He was retired from Industrial Pollution Control after 24 years as a truck driver. Al also had worked part time with the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home since the early 1980′s. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Asia.

He was a member of Hinkson-Hysell Grafton VFW Post #3341, the United Polish Club in Elyria and a member of Local #571. His hobbies included gardening, deer hunting, fishing and golfing.

He is survived by his daughter, Renee Hildebrandt of Grafton; son, Rick (Marilyn) Riddle of Grafton; sister, Bernie Tallhammer of Grantsville, West Virginia; his brothers, Harold Riddle and Hoy Riddle, both of Elyria; his grandchildren, Mat Riddle, serving with the U.S. Navy, Jesse Hildebrandt of Grafton, Janel Hildebrandt of Grafton, Gerry Mark, retired U.S. Army, Terry Mark, also retired U.S. Army; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn M. Riddle in 2008; his brother, Eugene Riddle in 2008; and by his parents, William and Florence Riddle.

Friends called in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton, Wednesday, April 09, 2014 from 4 to 7 PM, where funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, April 10, 2014.

The Rev. Delaine McGhee, Pastor of the Grafton United Methodist Church, officiated.

Burial was in Nesbett Cemetery, Grafton Township, with military honors by Grafton VFW #3341.

Stella Marie Hawkins

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Stella Marie Hawkins

Age 88, of Circle Heights Road, Weston, WV passed away at 8:45 AM on Tuesday April 08, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on August 14, 1925 a daughter of the late William Albert Fisher and Nettie Wilson Fisher.

On October 03, 1942 she married George Dewey Hawkins and they celebrated 57 years of marriage before his passing on January 23, 2000.

She is survived by two daughters: Brenda Sue Rogers and husband Charles of Weston, Dianna Lynn Pfaff and companion, John Biddle, of Las Vegas, NV; three grandsons: Jeff Rogers and wife Diana of Lost Creek, Mike Pfaff and wife Angel of Parkersburg and Marc Pfaff and wife Terri of Hendersonville, TN; two great grandsons: Christopher Rogers and Brayden Pfaff; five great granddaughters: Calli Rogers, Sydney, Ashley, Brittany Pfaff, and Madison Lamb; two great great grandsons: Nicholas and Caleb Smith and one great great granddaughter Emmy.

She was the last surviving a member of her immediate family being preceded in death by four sisters: Zelma Idella Fisher, Zenna Olivia Fisher, Irene Anise Fisher, Marjorie Etta Fisher and three brothers: Lawrence Stasel Fisher, Clyde Newton Fisher and Argyle Bond Fisher.

Stella was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, and playing bingo.

She was a member of the former Brownsville United Methodist Church.

She was a member and EMT for the Doddridge County Emergency Squad, former member of the Doddridge County C.B Club, member of the Lewis County Democratic Committee, and a member of the Stonecoal Lake Fishing Club.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew, Saturday, April 12 from 4 to 7 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Reverend Ronald Brown 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 Stella Hawkins.

James “Styx” Austin Dean

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James “Styx” Austin Dean

Age 49, of Ireland, WV passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Morgantown, WV in the Ruby Memorial Hospital following an sudden illness.

He was born on February 14, 1965 in Sutton, WV.

Styx is survived by his parents, Austin and Vera Dean, his wife Sondra (Wymer) Dean whom he married on April 03, 1999, his son Benjamin Sonny Dean and wife Brandee, grandson David Benjamin Dean, and grand-stepson Jessie Bailey. Also surviving are three brothers, David Dean, Robert Dean, and Charles Dean, three sisters, Kathryn Sillman and husband Carl, Deborah Cook, and Elizabeth Potts. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Styx enjoyed a good time, whether it was with friends or family. He also enjoyed watching TV; his favorite shows included Duck Dynasty and Moonshiners. Styx loved nature and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper.

Family received friends on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM.

Funeral services followed visitation from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel at 1:00 PM with Reverend Earl Cayton officiating.

Interment followed funeral services in the Family Cemetery located at Pickles Fork.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Dean family.

Darlie D. Minney Schoolcraft

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Darlie D. Minney Schoolcraft

Age 76, of Dalton, OH, passed away on April 04, 2014.

Born on November 08, 1937, in Calhoun County, WV, to the late Ira and Mary Myrtle (Hess) Minney, she had been a resident of Dalton for 37 years.

She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Calhoun County.

Darlie enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and grandchildren and also loved to spend her Saturday evenings going to hear country music.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 2012; sisters, Rena Lambert, Ina Cottrell, Ena Allen and Cressie Hunt; brothers, Audie (Marie) Minney, Blake Seirs, Creed Seirs, Rennis Minney, Ressie Minney, C.A. (Sue) Minney and George (Wilma) Seirs.

She is survived by daughter, Patricia (Erik) Erb of Marshallville and grandchildren, Alyssa and Aidan Erb.

The family wishes to thank Dorma and Charlie Crites for being her friends and neighbors and looking after her so closely.

Funeral services were held at the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, Dalton, OH.

A private internment will take place at Dalton Cemetery at a later date.

Billy J. Kelley

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Billy J. Kelley

Age 84, of Pullman, WV (formerly of Frederick, MD) departed this life on Tuesday, April 08, 2014, at CCMC, Memorial Campus, following a prolonged illness.

Billy was born December 08, 1929, in Berea, WV (Otterslide Community) a son of the late Jess and Nell (Collins) Kelley.

Billy worked for the F.O. Day Company of Frederick, MD and later retired from C.J. Miller of Frederick, MD where he worked as a gradall operator. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict and was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1948. Billy was a member of the Frederick County CB Radio Club, the VFW Francis Scott Key Unit #11 of Frederick, MD, and greatly enjoyed his bowling league.

He is survived by his wife, Wilmetta Keith Kelley; step daughter, Jennifer Keith of Hurricane, WV; grandchildren, Nathan Kelley (Sarah) of Frederick, MD and Amber Kelley of Morgantown, WV; great grand children, Isabella & Aaliyah Kelley of Frederick, MD; step grandchildren, Sarah Davis, Moorefield, WV; Philip Davis (Jenni) currently stationed in Kuwait; Rachel Davis of Dunbar, WV; step great grandchildren, Kiara, Ethyn, Shae, Sky, Kayla, & Kenson, and sister, Alberta Ireland of Pullman, WV (White Oak Community).

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Clista Sue (McCloy) Kelley; son, Michael Myrl Kelley; brothers, Carl & Myrl Kelley, and sisters, Eveleyn Kelley Reppert & Nancy Murray.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Evangelist Andy Robison officiating and military honors conducted by Harris-Ritchie VFW Post #3554.

Burial will take place at 1 PM, Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, MD.

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday, at the funeral home.

William Charles “Chuck” “Tap” Kerby

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William Charles “Chuck” “Tap” Kerby

Age 71, of the Village of Hur, Calhoun County, WV went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 06, 2014 after complications from a stroke.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV son of the late Holly and Elizabeth Gibson Kerby.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a long haul truck driver for 42 years. Upon retirement he spent his time working on the Hur Community Church and helping his family and friends. He never knew a stranger and would gladly give his last dollar to anyone in need.

He was a longtime member of the Mount Olive UM Church. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving is his wife of 49 years on May 1st, Phyllis Yeager Kerby; one son and his wife, William Jr. “Charlie Brown” and wife Billie Kerby and a daughter and her husband, Ronda and Kevin Rose all of the Village of Hur. Two brothers and their wives, Robert and Laurrine Kerby of Pickerington, OH and Foster and Janet Kerby of Spencer, WV; two brothers-in-law, Rev. Harold “Bob” Duskey of Canvas, WV and Rev. Gene Kerby of Jackson, OH. He has five grandchildren, T.J., Quentin, Tyler, Holly, and Kevy Jay, all of Hur, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant daughter, Jeanette Lynn Kerby and four sisters, Pauline Duskey, Marie Kerby, Sue Kerby and Linda Kerby.

Funeral services will be held at the Hur Community Church at Hur, WV Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3:00 PM.

Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the service. Rev. Harold Duskey and Rev. Damon Hanshaw will be officiating.

Burial will be in the Hur Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Dominic William Jarrett and Xavier Layne Jarrett

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Dominic William Jarrett and Xavier Layne Jarrett

Twin infants of Larry W. And Casey Jarrett of Weston, WV were swept up by the angels to be with the Lord on Friday, April 04, 2014 from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

In addition to their parents, Dominic and Xavier are survived by one sister: Kylee Jarrett of Weston, Maternal grandparents: Katrina Ewing of Lost Creek, WV and Robert Arlie Ewing, II of Clarksburg, WV and Paternal grandparents: Kenneth D. and Debora Jarrett of Lost Creek, WV. They are also survived by great grandparents: Charles and Shirley White of Mt Clare, WV, Robert Ewing of Mannington, WV and Larry L. and Joyce Jarrett of Lost Creek, one Uncle: Tyler and Nikki Ewing of Lost Creek, WV and one cousin: Izac Ewing of Lost Creek, WV.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the parents.

Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dominic William Jarrett and Xavier Layne Jarrett.

Louetta Bode

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Louetta Bode

Age 80 of Avondale departed this life on Monday, April 07, 2014 in the Genesis Health Care Center, Salem. 

he was born on October 27, 1933 at Ashley, Doddridge County, WV the daughter of the late Herbert and Hazel Ash Carroll.

On September 26, 1953 she married Nolan Bode who preceded her in death November 10, 2006.

Surviving is three sons, David Bode and wife Jill, Salem, Craig Bode, West Union, Mike Bode and wife Debbie West Union, grandchildren, Nicole Sleeth, Holly Chancellor and Amanda Bode, great grandchildren, Tessa & Maggie Sleeth and Olivia Chancellor, brothers, Bobbie Carroll and wife Jean, Stow, OH, Gail Carroll and wife Bernice, Sherwood, Jack Carroll, East Liverpool, OH, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Dennis, Ronald, Billy & Denver Carroll, four sisters, Hazel Zethra Carroll, Imogene Griffith, Norma Lee Ross and Eldra Rae Cumpston.

Lou was a former employee of Travis Greenhouse, Doddridge County Board of Education as a substitute cook and Doddridge County Senior Citizens as a cook.  She was a charter member of the Doddridge County Emergency Squad, member of West Union and Smithburg Fire Dept. Ladies Aux.

She was a member of Smithburg United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front. St. West Union on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Robert Marino presiding.

Interment will follow in the Freeman Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 from 2-8 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Bode family.

Bernard Scott Hicks

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Bernard Scott Hicks

Age 89, of Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away early Friday morning, April 04, 2014 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV on October 04, 1924 a son of the late Paris and Ruth Lamb Hicks.

On March 17, 1950 he married the former Mary L. Myers who survives. They celebrated 64 years of marriage together.

Also surviving are three sons: Danny Hicks and companion, Dorothy, of Hodgesville, Bernard Lynn “Buck” Hicks and wife, Charlotte, of Freemans Creek and Mike Hicks and wife, Tracy, of Philippi; one grandson, Joshua Scott Hicks of Weston and one granddaughter, Melinda Hicks of Freemans Creek; two step grandchildren: Dean and Loryn Harris of Philippi; three brothers: Robert J. “Ike” Hicks and wife, Ruth, of Berlin, Otis Hicks and wife Lucille of Berlin and Sam Hicks of Jane Lew; one sister, Mary Lou Probst and husband Jim of Amherst OH.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Lucille Carson and Sara Hicks and two brothers: Victor and Paris “Sonny” Hicks Jr.

Bernard was retired from the WV Dept. of Highways with over 30 years of service as a truck driver.

He was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church.

e was an honored veteran of WWII and the Korean War serving with the US Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mowing grass and especially digging up dandelions.

Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Sunday, April 06, 2014 from 5 to 7 PM.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Roger McKee officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Berlin.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Bernard Scott Hicks.

Arthur D’Angelo

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Arthur D’Angelo

Age 87, of 20 Riverview Heights Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, April 05, 2013 in the West Virginia Veteran’s Nursing Facility of Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born in Moween, PA on September 30, 1926: son of the late Carmine D’Angelo and Concetta (D’Alessandro) D’Angelo.

On June 09, 1947, he married Antonina “Nina” (Mondello) D’Angelo, who preceded him in death on February 27, 2010.

Mr. D’Angelo is survived by three children: Diana Casto and husband Bob of Weston, Robert D’Angelo and partner Kenneth Piner of Arlington, VA and Dennis D’Angelo and wife Lynne of Middletown, CT. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren: Christopher Hallock of Somerville, MA, Michelle and Kenny Atchison of Weston, and Ryan Casto of Weston and Casey Casto of New York, NY and two great-great grandchildren: Nicholas and Anthony Atchison. He is also survived by one sister: Mary (D’Angelo )Goblick of Pittsburgh, PA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife Nina, Mr. D’Angelo was preceded in death by three brothers: Enrico, Nick and William D’Angelo and one sister: Isabelle (D’Angelo) Veri.

Mr. D’Angelo was a veteran of the United States Navy where he served in Oran, Algeria, and Palermo, Sicily, Italy during World War II where he met his bride-to-be Nina at a dance near Palermo’s Mondello Beach. He was a master mechanic by profession with Sabin Brothers based in Connecticut and helped to construct I-79 through West Virginia. Arthur enjoyed his family above all and caring for them and the love of his life Nina. He also enjoyed working around the house and in the yard and cooking spaghetti and discussing who’s sauce was better and sharing stories from the adventures of his life over a post-dinner glass of wine. One of his greatest joys was watching his grandchildren playing baseball, soccer and other sports.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

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

A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM from the funeral home chapel.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Arthur D’Angelo.

Glen Rowan

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Glen Rowan

Age 81, a lifelong resident of Sutton, WV passed away on Friday, April 04, 2014 at Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, WV.

He was born July 07, 1932 the son of the late Edgar & Dessie Knight Rowan.

Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Vonda Darby and Ines Shaver.

Glen was owner and mechanic at Hilltop Repair Garage, Sutton for 20 years, served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was a Baptist by Faith and loved woodworking.

He was survived by his loving wife, Shirley Davis Rowan, daughter, Ramona Jenkins & husband Richard of Sutton, brother, Larry Rowan of Kalispell, Mt., grandson, Jeremy White, granddaughter, Carrie Pettry, great grandsons, Taviah Pettry, Joshua White.

Upon his request the body has been cremated.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Rowan Family.

Teddy Eugene Cogar   Shirley B. Williams Cogar

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Teddy Eugene Cogar

Age 79, of Ireland, WV passed away at 6 AM on Saturday February 15, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Braxton County, WV on April 08, 1934 a son of the late Tubal Ulysses Cogar and Chrisanne Frederick Cogar.


Shirley B. Williams Cogar

Age 73, of Ireland, WV passed away on Monday September 19, 2011 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a heart attack.

She was born on July 07, 1938 in Mill Roy, a daughter of the late Oley and Retha Sprouse Williams.

They met and fell in love. On June 30, 1958 Shirley and Teddy were united in marriage and they celebrated 53 years together before her passing.

Teddy and Shirley’s requests for cremation were honored.

Their families now invite you to join them for a Celebration of Life Service to honor the lives and reunion of Teddy and Shirley Cogar as they are interred together at Falls Mill Cemetery on Curry Ridge Rd. (off US Hwy 19) at 2 PM on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Tubal Cogar Jr. and his son, Tubal William (Bill) will officiate.

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

Juanita Knotts Siers

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Juanita Knotts Siers

Went home to the Lord April 02, 2014 at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ivydale, WV.

She was born November 14, 1921 to Charles and Etta Knotts in Chloe, Calhoun County, WV.

She was the eleventh of twelve children. She graduated from Calhoun County High School in Grantsville WV.

She and her husband Sherwood Siers, also from Calhoun County, were married for 63 years until his death in 2003. They lived many years in Fayette County, WV.

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Lee, Thomas, Cecil, Scott, Bernard and Charles, Jr. Knotts; sisters, Sadie, Reva, Marie, Opal and Jean; eight nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Mary Henry of Williamstown, WV, Joann Cadwell of Duck, WV, Neal (Joyce) Arnold of Vienna, WV, Ed (Betty) Arnold of Cooleville, OH, Betty (Ken) Whittington of Greenwood SC, Geneva (Jim) Lucas of Kingman, AZ, Larry (Suchi) Cottrell of Orma, WV, Barbara (Larry) Travis of Washington, WV, Judy (Ted) Williams of Scarbro, WV, Janet (Dewey) Tanner of Nebo, WV, Helen (Joe) White and Charles (Von) Vincent of South Charleston, WV, Karen Fillingame of Mercer, PA, Karla (Terry) Upton of Ballard, WV, Bernita (Gary) Epling and Steve (Melinda) Knotts of Ripley, WV; three generations of great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was a beloved daughter, wife, sister and aunt and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held Sunday April 06, 2014, 3:30 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Dewey Tanner and Ed Arnold officiating.

Burial will follow in the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:30-3:30 PM prior to the services.

Bonnie Marie Plum Knotts

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Bonnie Marie Plum Knotts

Age 87, of Childers Manor, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, April 03, 2014 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born April 01, 1927 in Alvy a daughter of the late Edward and Ila Mae Seese Morgan.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanette Smith and husband Robert, West Union, Debra Jett and husband, Ronald, Big Flint, two sons, Clyde Plum, Orlando, FL, Alan Plum, Edinburg, VA, two sisters, Mildred Roy, Smithburg community, Judy Morgan, Parkersburg, seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Pete and Charles Plum, two sisters, Doris Cosenza, Barbara Fetty and three brothers, Leroy, Junior and Eddie A. Morgan.

Bonnie was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading.

She attended the Red Oak United Methodist Church.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Monday, April 04, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Monday, April 04, 2014 after 9 AM until time of service.

Committal service will be conducted at 3 PM in the Parson’s City Cemetery, Parsons.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Plum/Morgan family.

Evelyn Mae Villers

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Evelyn Mae Villers

Age 92, of Churchville Road, Camden, WV passed away at 3:55 PM on Thursday, April 03, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born November 07, 1921 in Doddridge County a daughter of the late Brainard Wesley Titus and Lena Agnes McClain Titus.

She was twice married, first to Larry Anspaugh who passed in 1963 then on September 07, 1973 she married Clyde M. Villers who passed away June 19, 1992.

She is survived by one brother, Paul Titus and wife Ellen of Camden; brother-in-law, Bill Duvall of Cedar Town GA; sister-in-law, Sharon Titus of Jane Lew; a dear cousin, Arthur McClaine and wife Gloria of CT; and she was a loving “mother” to her many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Frank, Monroe, Bob, and Dave Titus; and one sister, Regina Duvall.

Evelyn moved to OH during the war to work at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, building rafts for the military. While living in Akron OH, she would invite each of her brothers, as they graduated from high school, to move in with her and she helped each of them get a good start in life. She later moved back to Camden to help care for her parents. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, going out to eat with her friends and playing cards with her family and friends.

She was Protestant by faith.

Evelyn’s request for cremation has been honored and her family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at the Weston Masonic Cemetery at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd, Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Evelyn Mae Villers.

Ronald Milton Moran

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Ronald Milton Moran

Age 72, of Big Bend, WV (Calhoun County) passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday, April 02, 2014.

He was born May 02, 1941, in Fairmont, WV,  a son of the late Robert M. and Martha W. (Davidson) Moran.

Ron is survived by his wife, Marian (Strickler) Moran, whom he first married on August 27, 1960 and again on May 12, 2000.

His children are:  daughters Ellen (David) Hatfield, Lori Hawkins, and Susan (Steve) Vanderbilt; son, James (Casey) Hamner; stepdaughter, Susan (Ed) Novak; and stepsons, Jeff Arnovitz and Michael Arnovitz.

He also is survived by his twin brother, Robert L. (Peggydawn) Moran and brother William (Linda) Moran; and sister Linda (David) Legg.

Ron had nine surviving grandchildren:  Jennie McGuire, Nicholas Hawkins, Chase Hawkins, Ali Dotson, Kyle Dotson, Kaylie Hamner, Chloe Hamner, Kiera Hamner and Caleb Hamner; three nephews, Gregory Moran, Daniel Moran and Ryan Moran; and three nieces, Lynn Gundy, Theresa Moran and Renee Murphy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Shirley Lee Milheim, to whom he was married from May 03, 1985 to September 30, 1992; and one nephew, Robert M. Moran.

Ron worked in the print industry and saw dramatic changes in that field. He started working with lead type and saw progress leading to computer pagination and digital printing of today. He was a great problem solver and loved working on computers.  He had great fun sailing with his brother and he enjoyed his family.  He was a very loving and kind man.

He attended Brooksville Baptist Church in Big Bend, WV.

A memorial will be held at the Brooksville Baptist Church and burial will be in Warren, Ohio. Both to be held at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, WV is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ronald Milton Moran.

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