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Joshua Lee Helmick

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Joshua Lee Helmick

Age 33, of Sutton, WV passed away on June 23, 2014 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born June 21, 1981 in Reading, PA, the son of Franklin Dee Helmick, Jr. and the late Anna Marie Longenecker.

Also preceding him in death was his paternal grandfather, Franklin Dee Helmick, Sr.

He was a former Laborer for the Railroad.

He attended Copen United Methodist Church.

Joshua is survived by his loving wife, Danielle Denece Stewart Helmick and two daughters, Alissa Hope and Haley Mae, father, Franklin Dee Helmick, Jr. of Burnsville,WV; paternal grandmother, Betty Loretta Helmick of Burnsville, brothers, Franklin Dee Helmick, III and William Lee Helmick both of Reading, PA, sister, Amanda Dawn Helmick of Burnsville, step brother, Samuel Ayers of Sutton, mother-in-law & father-in-law, Mike & Avonda Stewart of Burnsville, brother-in-law, Jamie & wife Missy Stewart and several nieces & nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday June 27, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Jim Burrows officiating.

Burial will follow in Helmick Cemetery, Exchange, WV.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Thursday June 26, 2014 at the funeral home.

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

Larry G. Brissey

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Larry G. Brissey

Age 71, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

Larry was born November 13, 1942 in Berea, WV, a son of the late Charles E. Brissey and Alice Lenora (Sutton) Brissey of Berea, WV.

Larry was retired after 33 years of working as a chemical operator for E.I. Dupont of Washington, WV and served as a well tender for Denzil Prather for many years. Larry was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1961 and was one of the founding members of the South Fork Hunting Club. He was also a member of the U.S. National Guard 1092nd division, a life member of the NRA, and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his three sons, Matt Brissey (Julie) of Parkersburg; Mark Brissey (Suzie) of Mineral Wells, WV; Jason Brissey and fiancé Jody Smith of Alexandria, VA; sister, Sharon Springer (David) of Hacker Valley, WV; grandsons, Bo Charles of Mineral Wells and Gage of Parkersburg, and his loving companion of 20 years, Evelyn Northcraft, of Ellenboro.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea, WV.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Larry’s name be made to the North Bend State Park Foundation, PO Box 177, Harrisville, WV, 26362.

Rhonda Diane Skidmore

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Rhonda Diane Skidmore

Wrapped in the arms of the family she deeply loved, Rhonda Diane Skidmore, age 60, of Sutton, WV, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital after a weary and relentless battle with severe lung disease.

The first born child of Hurshel G. Rowan, Sr. and Marla G. Barker Rowan, she was born on July 18, 1953, in Sutton, WV, at the old Sutton Hospital.

Sadly she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 33 years, Albert L. “John” Skidmore on March 16, 2013, and her dear mother, Marla G. Rowan on November 19, 2013.

Rhonda is survived by her daughters, Jonna Skidmore of Sutton, WV and Lori Hill (Robert) of Morgan Hill, CA, and their children, Rachel, Talia, Conner, Jack, and Joseph, and step-son, Bryant Skidmore (Heather) of Parkersburg, WV and their children, Ethan, Lucie, and Garrett, as well as her father, Hurshel Rowan, Sr. of Sutton, WV; brother, Hurshel Rowan, Jr. of Sutton, WV; sisters, Haley Stump (Grant) of Sutton, WV and Cheryl “Charlie” Mitchell (Harlis) of Frametown, WV, who shared a birthday with Rhonda.

She always said Cheryl was her “5th birthday present.” Rhonda often shared her memories of growing up in Ohio, New Mexico, and Braxton County and the years living on Lake Erie aboard a steamship, Champlain, where her Dad worked as a Marine Engineer. As a young child she developed a love of music which began when her parents fulfilled her wish and bought her an organ. She also played a little on the violin as a child. During the past few years she continued her pursuit of music by taking piano lessons with her brother, Hurshel, and enjoyed playing until her passing.

In addition to her love of music she also had a lifelong love of learning, surely inherited from her parents. After working for 15 years as a cosmetologist side-by-side with her mother Marla at Marla’s Beauty Shop in Sutton, that love of learning and unstoppable drive led her to return to school at the age of 40. She proudly graduated from Fairmont State College of Nursing to begin her career as a Registered Nurse. She diligently served her community with a tender touch in her various nursing positions at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital, the West Virginia Poison Control Center, WVMI, the Braxton County Senior Center, and Braxton County Home Health. Perhaps, her most important role, was the irreplaceable, wise nurse and outstanding caregiver and watchman over her family. That was most evident as she lovingly and steadfastly guided her husband and mother through terminal illnesses. She unselfishly put their needs above her own despite her overwhelmingly poor and declining health.

Being a nurse was what she was meant to do. She was so smart and never forgot anything she learned. If ever her friends or family needed help, “Nurse Rhonda” was to whom they turned. Her care for, concern for, and empathy for others was evident right up until her sudden passing. Rhonda always loved a good nap on a rainy day and the sound of waves breaking on the beach. Fall was her favorite season. She and John would climb in the car and drive throughout the state to look at the colors of the changing leaves. When Christmas time came around she loved driving around town looking at the lights. The blue ones were her favorite color. Going to antique stores was a hobby of hers and everyone who knew her could tell you how much she loved a good cup of coffee! She always enjoyed a late night conversation over one of her fresh baked cakes, cookies, or a hot batch of homemade chocolate pudding. Oldies were her music of choice. She knew almost every song that came on the radio. Every night she and Jonna never missed a rerun of The Golden Girls, no matter how many times they had seen an episode.

Her greatest pleasure was her family with which she shared many of her home cooked meals, hours long reminiscing and story-telling around her dining room table. She spent her time lovingly making each of her grandchildren feel special, just as she did with her own children. She passed on all she knew, whether it was how to play Rummy or bingo. She shared the same Mercer Meyer books over and over to each budding reader, taught how to roll out a perfect pie crust for her famous pumpkin pie, and make blueberry pancakes for dinner. She always hid away too many Easter eggs and loved hunting each and every one. She was always tending to the latest skinned knee or splinter, finding jars for lightning bugs, fussing over the grandchildren’s latest accomplishments and works of art. She made sure they had a snack packed for the road, and was in charge of sewing up torn stuffed animals that had to go to the “hospital.” She loved a not-too-hot afternoon with her feet in the water watching the kids frolic in the lake or pool, and having a picnic at Holly River State Park. There are simply no words to describe how vitally important she was to her family or the amount of grief and pain of her absence. She has so many things left to do. One more grandchild who needs her wisdom. There was still so much we had to learn from her. We have lost a beautiful woman, a gentle soul, and our anchor.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, June 27, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with the Reverend Vaughn James officiating.

Interment will follow at the Braxton County Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Please come share your memories, reminisce, and say goodbye one last time to a wonderful woman who meant so much to so many.

Leonard D. Burrows

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Leonard D. Burrows

Age 97, of Vienna, WV passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Eagle Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born November 19, 1916, in Calhoun County, WV, a son to the late Walter and Mary Burrows.

He retired from Monongahela Power Company in 1979, with 32 years of service.

He attended the First Church of the Nazarene.

He loved to hunt and fish. Most of all, he enjoyed his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Burrows; brother, Hayward Burrows; and sisters, Emogene Davis, Irene Siers, Lorene Wyers and Eveline Frye.

He is survived by his daughters, Dortha Gregg (Perry) of Walker, WV; Mary Whitlock (Bud) of Parkersburg, WV and Beverly Scales (Steve) of Houston, Texas; son, Dexter Burrows (Joyce) of Little Hocking, Ohio; brothers, Amos Burrows of Davisville and Andy Burrows of Florida; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; along with many other extended family and friends.

Funeral will be 1 PM Wednesday, June 25, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating.

Visitation was 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM Tuesday, June 24, and will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, June 25, at the funeral home.

Harry Tomey Memorial - 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.

Rebecca “Beckers” Lea Pardue Heater

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Rebecca “Beckers” Lea Pardue Heater

Age 48, of Rocky Fork Road, Orlando, WV went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2014 following a brief illness.

She was born in Passaic, NJ and was the daughter of Linda (Posey) Dean and the late Bobby Joe Pardue.

On July 04, 1990, she married Nicky Heater, who survives her.

In addition to her husband, Rebecca is survived by one daughter, Amanda Gibson and husband Richard of Flatwoods, WV and sons, Matthew Helmick of Exchange, WV and Nicky Heater of Rocky Fork. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Suzanne Gibson, Richard Gibson Jr., and Brittney Gibson; great-grandchildren, Xavier Lilly, Jacob Gibson, and Mackenzie Bush. Rebecca is also survived by one sister, Lynn Ratliff of Burnsville, WV; one brother Bobby Pardue Jr. of Burnsville, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Rebecca loved bird watching, gardening, flowers, animals, and cooking. She especially enjoyed preparing macaroni salad, homemade candy, peanut butter balls, and fudge for her family. Rebecca loved her family dearly. She was a wonderful mother and will be missed greatly by them.

Family received friends on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 11 AM - 1 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services followed visitation on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment followed funeral services in the Burnsville I.O.O.F Cemetery.

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

Henry J. Ables

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Henry J. Ables

Age 93, of Sleep Camp Run Rd. Orlando, WV passed away at 10:15 AM Sunday June 22, 2014 during his brief stay at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on May 12, 1921 a son of the late Walter Ables and Effie Riffle Ables.

On August 24, 1945 he married the former May Addeline Donaldson and they celebrated 51 years of marriage before her passing on June 24, 1997.

His love for the great outdoors will be carried on by his 11 children including seven daughters: Shirley Eplee and husband Herman of Ellenboro, NC, Eva Rice and husband Don of Hodgesville, Mary Finster and husband Steve of Roanoke, Elsie Burkhammer and husband Steve of Weston, Eleanor Heath and husband Joe of Weston, Peggy Ables of Walkersville and Kimberly Ables of Orlando; four sons: Russell Ables and wife Gladis, Edward Ables and Donald Ables and wife Libby, all of Weston and Michael Ables and wife Janelle of Lost Creek; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Baby Bear.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family being preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Johnson and three brothers: Glenn, Emwood and Jimmie Ables; and five sisters: Delphia Donaldson, Bessie Collins, Neice Burkhammer, Pearl Ables and Icie Burkhammer.

Henry was retired from the WV Glass Specialty Co. with several years of service. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, ginsenging, feeding the wildlife, and watching the beautiful hummingbirds that frequented his feeders. He was proud to have lived a long productive life and to have resided in his ole’ country farmhouse for over 52 years.

Henry was Methodist by faith.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4 -7PM on Thursday June 26, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday with Reverend J.J. Johnson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

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

Nina G. Keener Plum

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Nina G. Keener Plum

Age 90, of Sutton, WV passed away June 22, 2014 at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 09, 1924 in Braxton County, WV the daughter of the late Silas Leondas & Hester Louisa Tingler Keener.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Claude C. Plum, son, Claude S. (Buck) Plum, 5 brothers, Carl, Amos, Ollie, Iral (Bud) and infant, Harvey Oscar Keener and 2 sisters, Alta Collins and Catherine (Kate) Harris.

Nina is survived by her loving son Bobby L & wife Gayle Plum of Cleveland, OH, she was a beloved sister of Hughey (Marlin) Keener, loving grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother of many.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday June 25, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial followed at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Airport Rd. Sutton.

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

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

Vicki Lee Craig

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Vicki Lee Craig

Age 44, of 75 Hartway Rd., Walkersville, WV was taken to Heaven by the angels on Friday, June 20, 2014 from Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

She was born in Weston on November 16, 1969, daughter of the late David King and Veronica (Dye) King.

On July 24, 2007 she married Jody Lynn Craig.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Jody; three daughters; Bobbie Renae Nixon, Mindy Michelle Nixon and Jazmin Paige King; all of Walkersville; one step son Ryan Morgan Craig of Weston, WV; six grandchildren; Brailyn Nichole Skinner, twins: Jordan Tyler and Brycen Wayne Skinner, Victoria Marcelle Lowther, Mya Lee Craig and Madelyn Noel Turner, two brothers; Dave King and French King, two sisters; Tina Chapman and Tabby Funk and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she had one daughter, Shauna Nichole Nixon predeceased her.Vicki had many hobbies in life.

She loved to fish, raise flowers, bird watch, and enjoy the beauty of angle pictures and statues.

She was a Baptist by Faith.

Her true love in life however was her husband and family. She devoted her life to them, being the best wife and mother she could be.

Family and friends will gather for Graveside Services on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV with Reverend Jay Burkhart officiating.

Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Vicki Lee Craig.

Theodore D. “Ted”  Wright Jr.

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Theodore D. “Ted”  Wright Jr.

Age 59 of Right Trace Fork Road, Big Springs, West Virginia, departed this life at 3:05 PM, Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia, following a short illness.

Born April 06, 1955 in Escanaba, Michigan, son of the late Theodore Delbert Sr.  and Lorraine Randall Wright.

Theodore was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life and worked the last year at Appalachian Piping.  He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Ted loved horses, camping, spending time outdoors, and watching John Wayne movies.

He was a Baptist by faith and a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church.

On July 02, 1987 Ted was united in marriage to Lorraine H. (Westlund) Wright, who survives at their Trace Fork Home.

Surviving are 6 children, David Westlund and wife Bridget of Bark River, Michigan, Charlotte Taylor of Ovid, Michigan, Christopher Wright of Indiana, Suzan Hall and husband Jamey of Cedarville, West Virginia, Lorrie Beth Wright of Ovid, Michigan, and J. Mike Wright of Big Springs, West Virginia, and 10 grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Haley, Hannah, and Madalynn Westlund, Austin and Trace Taylor, Miranda and Hunter Hall, and Lilly Wright.

There are also 5 siblings surviving, Pete McWhorter and wife Pat of Meridian, Mississippi, Kelvin Wright of Big Rapids, Michigan, Flora Koster of Big Rapids, Michigan, Dale Wright of Baltimore, Maryland, and Edward Wright of Big Springs, West Virginia.

Along with his parents Ted was preceded in death by 1 son, Theodore D. Wright III, and 2 siblings, Royal Randall and Mike Wright.

Ted’s request for Cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Sand Fork Baptist Church at 1:00 PM Tuesday June 24, 2014 with Rev Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial of his ashes will be in Rapid River, Michigan at a later date.

The Family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn, Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 to help pay funeral expenses.

Jase Joseph Perry

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Jase Joseph Perry

21 day old infant, of Jeremy Perry and Tiffany Tomaro of Jane Lew, WV was taken to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

He was born in Morgantown, WV on May 29, 2014.

Jase is survived by one sister Alexis Paige Perry of Buckhannon.

Jase is survived by his maternal grandparents are Robert Tomaro of Weston and Erika Engelhardt of Clarksburg and great grandparents: Evelyn Greaver of Hookstown, PA and the late Forest Greaver and the late Bob and Glenna Tomaro.

He is also survived by one aunt: Toni (Edsel) Davis of Moorehead City, NC, Anthony (Debbie) Tomaro of Weston and several cousins.

Jase is survived by paternal grandparents: Donna and Steve Smith of Jane Lew and great grandparents: the late Alvin and Betty McCartney. He is also survived by two aunts: Rachel (Jeff) Law and Lily Smith both of Weston, two uncles: Joey McCartney and Jacob Smith both of both of Weston and several cousins.

Although Jase was only on this earth for a short time, his family will have an empty spot for a long time. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 12 Noon until 1 PM.

Graveside services was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV with Reverend Clifford West officiating, following visitation.

Interment followed services in the family plot.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jase Joseph Perry.

Loretta Chalfant Ingle

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Loretta Chalfant Ingle

Went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 08, 2014 at her home in Apple Valley California after a battle with cancer.

Loretta was born January 23, 1936 in Lewis County, WV: the daughter of Carolyn Tucci and Eugene Chalfant.

Her family moved to Burbank, California after WWII, where she attended John Burroughs High School.

Loretta worked at the City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California for several years.

She married Jay Ingle, a Fresno Fire Fighter on October 19, 1974.

Jay and Loretta resided in Fresno, California for years before beginning their journey throughout the U.S.

Loretta is survived by her loving husband, Jay; daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Carlson, Jill (John) Hunt; grandchildren, Heather Hunt, Jennifer Vogt, Jeremy Hunt and Lindsey Carlson; and a beloved niece, Carolyn Chalfant, daughter of her brother.

She leaves behind many loving cousins.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 13, at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno, California.

Remembrances may be made in memory of Loretta to Susan G. Komen, Central Valley, PMB 551, 5730 North First St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93710.

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