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Harley Kenneth Heflin Jr.

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Harley Kenneth Heflin Jr.

Age 84, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away December 16, 2013, at his daughter’s residence.

He was born August 01, 1929, in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Harley Heflin Sr. and Effie Davisson Heflin.

Harley was a pipefitter with Local 565 and a member of Calvary Memorial Church.

He is survived by his wife, Betty June McKinney Heflin; three daughters, Linda Reeves of Valley City, ND, Rhonda Leisure (Ray) of Parkersburg and Beth Hughes (Jerry) of Huntington, WV; one son, Jeff Heflin of Huntington; one sister, Wilma Poe of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Agnes Harper; and one brother, James Heflin.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Rob Collins officiating.

Interment will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Wyvonda Ruth Nicholson Turner

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Wyvonda Ruth Nicholson Turner

Age 77, of Grantsville, WV, passed away December 14, 2013 at Genesis Healthcare, Glenville Center following a long illness.

Born at Exchange, WV September 30, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Wilbert and Ona White Nicholson.

She is survived by daughters Theresa Collins and Brenda Turner of Grantsville, WV; grandchildren Shane Checkan of Dalton, GA; George Checkan III of Bloomfield, IA; Christopher Collins of Grantsville, WV; Gary Collins of Grantsville, WV; Eddie Ackley of Martinsburg, WV; Gary Lee Ackley of Grantsville, WV and Megan Clay of Spencer, WV; one sister Charlotte McDonald of Spencer as well as several great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents by sisters Alma Freed and Betty Wilson; brothers Bobby Lee Nicholson and Charles Nicholson.

Graveside services will be held Thursday December 19, 2013, 11:00 AM at the Hunt Cemetery.

Virginia C. Beeson

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Virginia C. Beeson

Age 96, of the Marietta Center, passed away on December 15, 2013, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 25, 1917, in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Edward T. W. Stewart and Edith Corda Hays Stewart.

She formerly worked at Moby’s and Fashion Mart. She was a former member of the Rockport Farm Woman’s Club. She enjoyed cooking and feeding her family and friends.

She was a member of Prayer Chapel Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and Bible School Teacher.

She is survived by one daughter, Virginia L. Reesman (Charles) of Mineral Wells, WV; two sons, Robert T. Beeson (Anna) of Elizabeth, WV, and Edward W. Beeson of Lubeck, WV; one brother, Reed T. Stewart (Shirley) of Weston, WV; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one nephew; and two nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Beeson; and one brother, Forrest D. Stewart.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Rod Blanchard officiating.

Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-4 PM. and 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Marietta Center Staff and the ER Staff at Marietta Memorial for the wonderful care given to our mother and to our family.

Marvin L. Clutter

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Marvin L. Clutter

Age 78, of Gassaway, WV, passed away December 15, 2013 at home.

He was born February 28, 1935 a son of the late Raymond and Iva Saffle Clutter.

Marvin was a retired foreman for General Motors, Cleveland, Ohio with 32 years of service. He loved bluegrass music and going to the Braxton County Senior Center every day.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers, Phillip Clutter of Loveland, OH and Clayton Clutter of Lodi, OH.

He is survived by sons, Richard Clutter of Lodi, OH, Tim Clutter (Pat) of West Salem, OH and Wayne (Donna) Clutter of Lodi, OH; daughter, Rhonda McKown of Sutton, WV; brothers, Dayton Clutter of West Salem, OH and Leon Clutter of Diana, WV; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 AM Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Burial will follow in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, WV.

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

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Braxton County Senior Citizens, 23 Senior Center Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Charles Edward “Smoke” Toms

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Charles Edward “Smoke” Toms

Age 77, of Pickens, WV, died Friday, December 13, 2013.

He was born August 03, 1936, in Pickens, a son of the late Charles Burner and Mary Elizabeth Wasmer Toms.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Ralph Hull; three brothers, Paul Burner “Bub”, Bert Russell “Kelly” and James Ray Toms; and one nephew, Timothy Russell Toms.

Surviving are two brothers, Nelson O. “Squint” Toms of Weston, WV and David R. Hull of Helvetia; three sisters, Hannah Sutton of Lost Creek, WV, Donna Cogar of French Creek, WV and Connie Harper of Harrisonburg, VA; special cousin. Jerry Hull; several nieces and nephews; and special friends. Joe and Lucy Cooper and Mike and Tonia Tiffner and family.

He was a 1954 graduate of Pickens High School and a member of the Pickens High School Alumni Association.

He was a member of the Pickens Baptist Church and was very active in the Pickens Community.

The family received friends from 4 to 8 PM. Moday at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon.

The funeral will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at from the funeral chapel with Pastor Jeff Swecker officiating.

Following the service, the body will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pickens Baptist Church in the care of Virginia Casto, HC 76, Box 7A, Pickens, WV 26230.

The Toms family has entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

Opal Houchin Jett

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Opal Houchin Jett

101, of Arnoldsburg, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 12, 2013 after a brief illness.

She was born February 10, 1912 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Grover and Stella Matheny Houchin.

She was a member of the Beech United Methodist Church and enjoyed quilting, sewing, pie baking, gardening, canning, singing hymns and farming.

Surviving are a son, William Michael Jett of Spencer and a brother Grover Houchin Jr. of Beech and several nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband Claude Jett; sisters Eula Kerns, Ruth Simmons, Madge McKown, Ellen Marie McKown and Bernice Laughlin; brothers Forest and Clyde Houchin as well as two infant siblings.

The family would like to thank all the family, friends and caregivers who helped in any way.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Interment will follow in the Houchin Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 pm Monday.

Opley Evelyn (Cunningham) Smith

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Opley Evelyn (Cunningham) Smith

Age96, of St. Marys, WV, passed into Gods mighty arms on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Heritage Assisted Living of St. Marys, WV.

Opley was born December 02, 1917, in St. Marys, WV, a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Cora A. (Seevers) Cunningham.

She attended the former Wiley School on French Creek in Pleasants County. She went to to work for various grocery stores in the area before starting to work at Camden Clark Hospital where she performed many jobs until retirement.

Opley was Baptist by faith.

She is survived by her two sisters, Oella V. Elder of Cairo, WV and Emza M. Lowther of St. Marys, WV along with several nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, and great great nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dolph G. Smith and two brothers, Clarence & Ralph Cunningham.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday, December, 17, 2013, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. Tim Nichols officiating.

Burial will follow in the Wince Chapel Cemetery, Pike, WV.

Friends called from 4-8 PM, on Monday, December 16, 2013 and mat call from 12-1 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Monta Jean Strader

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Monta Jean Strader

Age 81, of 496 Happy Hollow, Orlando, WV passed away on December 09, 2013.

She was born on October 27, 1932 in Harrison County, WV a daughter of the late Fred Stalnaker and Lida (King) Stalnaker.

On June 04, 1953 she married Ray Clifford Strader.

Also surviving are two sons Alen Strader and wife Danette of Burnsville and Mark Strader and wife Karla of Minnesota. Also surviving are eight grandchildren Rocky Strader, Peggy Strader, Debbie Strader, Amber Strader Casey Strader, Benjamin Strader, Jacob Strader, and Samantha Strader, and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother George Stalnaker and wife Nora and one sister Vicky Hill.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers Walter, Clarence, Joe, and Jim Stalnaker; sisters Ruth Murphy and Shirley Porter.

Mrs. Strader loved to travel, to garden in her green house, to spoil her grandchildren, loved pink roses, and was a great cook and was well known for her rice pudding.

Family received friends on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5-8 PM and Friday, December 13, 2013 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM from the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home with Reverend Delmas Singleton officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens.

George Wolverton Hess Jr.

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George Wolverton Hess Jr.

Age 82, of Weston, WV passed away at 9:00 AM on Tuesday December 10, 2013 in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

He was born on March 31, 1931 a son of the late George Gus Hess Sr. and Minnie Gay Hawkins Hess.

George was a private man who never married and he was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Freda Mae Hess and Juanita P. Smith

He was an honored veteran of the United States Army, where he was a paratrooper. Everyone in the neighborhood affectionately called him “Pappy” and he was always happy to help anyone in need. He enjoyed reading the newspaper, listening to country radio, and he loved beans and cornbread.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 6-8 PM on Thursday December 12, 2013.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 10 AM with Pastor Toby Dukish officiating.

Interment will follow in the Sand Run Baptist Church Cemetery in Buckhannon.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

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

Glinda Jean Boggs

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Glinda Jean Boggs

Age 51, of Orma WV, passed away November 23, 2013 at her home.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Timothy Cottrell; a son, Christopher Harris; a daughter-in-law, Retta Jarvis; a granddaughter, Madilyn Harris; uncles, Danny Dolan and Larry Hall and an aunt, Sue Dolan.

She is preceded in death by her father, Burl Eugene Hall; and her grandparents, Fronia Hancell Hall and Herbert Eugene Hall, whom raised her.

As per her request, Glinda has been cremated.

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

Goldie E. Melvin

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Goldie E. Melvin

Age 98, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away December 09, 2013, at Ohio Valley Health Care.

She was born in Cairo, WV (Ritchie County), November 20, 1915, a daughter of the late Lewis and Ethel Cokeley Melvin.

Goldie had worked for the American Viscose and retired from the Union Trust National Bank, where she was a teller and had worked at the bank for over 25 years.

She was a longtime member of the Seventh Street United Methodist Church for over 74 years. She had served as treasurer, was active with the adult choir, United Methodist Women and Fellowship Class.

She had also served as a volunteer with the former Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and with the Wood County Senior Citizens.

Surviving Goldie are her nephews, Melvin Smith and wife Shirley and Randall Smith and wife Shirley; niece, Marilyn A. Perry and husband Bill, all of Parkersburg; seven great-nieces and nephews; and 17 great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Goldie was preceded in death by her sister, Blanche Smith and her husband H. Blaine Smith.

The funeral service will be at 11 AM Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Burial will be at the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM on Thursday, and for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Seventh Street United Methodist Church, 1801 E. Seventh Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Hazel Ruth Wallbrown Brannon

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Hazel Ruth Wallbrown Brannon

Age 102, of Arnoldsburg, WV, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at home.

Hazel was born December 12, 1910 at Beech in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late William Henry and Grace Maude Price Wallbrown.

She married Wyatt Brannon on September 07, 1929.

She worked at Goodyear in Akron, Ohio during World War II. She then moved back to Calhoun County in 1944 where she was a homemaker until they returned to Akron in 1952. In Akron, she worked for the Summit County Child Welfare Services until 1970 when she retired and moved back to Calhoun County.

She was a member of the Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church in Arnoldsburg.

Hazel is survived by a daughter, Myrtle Grace Carpenter of Arnoldsburg; a son, Richard Brannon of Parkersburg, WV; a sister, Pearl King of Ripley, WV; three grandsons, Ronald, Jerry, and Jeff Carpenter; seven great-grandchildren; and twelve great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt Brannon in 1978; a daughter, Pearl Eldean Zimmerman; two sisters, Irene Wallbrown and Eula Hall; four brothers, Dale, Harley, Carl, and Bernard Wallbrown; and a great-grandson, Damien Carpenter.

A service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, WV, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Burial will follow in the Liberty Hill Cemetery near Arnoldsburg.

Visiting is Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Basil Earl Richards

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Basil Earl Richards

Age 64, of Winter Garden FL, formerly of Calhoun County, WV, passed away December 04, 2013 at his home following a long illness.

Born July 16, 1946, in Ritchie County, WV, he was a son of the late Thomas Henderson and Indabella Smith Richards.

He was a former cabinet maker in the woodworking industry.

He is survived by one son, Timothy Richards of Winter Garden FL; one daughter Angela Farnsworth of Parkersburg, WV; two grandchildren, Kirsten and Sydney Farnsworth of Parkersburg; one sister Pauline Headley of Grantsvill, WVe; one brother Larry Richards of Cleveland, OH; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by five sisters: Opal Valentine, Lenore Hammond, Fern Hammond, Barbara Carpenter and Gloria Jean Strickling. Two nephews, Larry Richards, Jr. and Chad Richards.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Randy Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Richards Family Cemetery at Macfarlan, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00-1:00 PM prior to the services.

Eugene Darrell “Bud” Cutlip

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Eugene Darrell “Bud” Cutlip

Age 87, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 09, 2013 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Gassaway, WV on February 03, 1926: son of the late William Cutlip and Floda (Dennison) Cutlip.

On January 03, 1948, he married Hila Jane (Metz) Cutlip, who preceded him in death on April 15, 1992.

Mr. Culip is survived by two daughters: Donna (Steve) Workman of Chattanooga, TN and Dianna Pumphrey of Creston, OH , two sons: Rocky Cutlip of Creston, OH and Randy L. Cutlip and wife Frankie, who was like a daughter to Bud, of Weston and one adopted son: Dana Humphrey . Bud is also survived by his 9 grandchildren: Michelle and Shawn Workman, Nicole Bayes, Cathy McCune, Roger Pumphrey, II, Tommy Pumphrey, Randy L. Cutlip, Jr., and Emery and Rachel Cutlip, 11 great grandchildren: Toddy and Brannon Harris, Charlie and Aly Workman, Michael, Reagan and Colleen McCune, Evan, Brogan and Alexa Pumphrey and Jakoby “Toby” Cutlip , 1 great great granddaughter: Alena McCune and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Hila, Bud was preceded in death by one son: Michael Eugene Cutlip, 1 great granddaughter: Kayla Pumphrey, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Mr. Cutlip was a retired glassworker with the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company of Weston, WV. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and especially spoiling his granddaughter: Rachel. He enjoyed setting on the porch and watching the birds. Bud also enjoyed watching TV: football, CNN News and his favorite soap opera, The Young and the Restless.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Eugene Darrell “Bud” Cutlip.

Frank L. Kimble

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Frank L. Kimble

Age 52, departed this life on December 05, 2013 at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, WV, following a long illness.

Born April 16, 1961 in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Berl Kimble and Carol Tallman Kimble, who survives at her Glenville home.

Per the family’s request, Frank was laid to rest privately at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Grantsville.

A Memorial Service will be set at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care of Burnsville, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV, 26335.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Frank L. Kimble with arrangements.

Sally J. Trent

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Sally J. Trent

Age 67 of WV Hwy 18 S. West Union, WV departed this life on Sunday, December 08, 2013 at her residence.

She was born in West Union, WV on August 01, 1946 a daughter of the late William Martin and Phame Hart Trent.

Surviving is one sister, Dolores Hinterer Hoover and husband Robert, New Milton, two brothers, William Lee Trent and wife Debbie, New Milton, Richard Trent and wife Karen, Buckhannon, nieces and nephews, Phyllis, Phillip & Craig Hinterer, Tammy, William “Billy”, Scott & Tim Trent.

Sally retired from West Virginia University Hospital, Medical Records, Coding/Billing Department with 25 years’ service. She enjoyed quilting. Sally was a member of Avon Community Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street West Union on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Erik Neilsen presiding.

Interment will follow in the Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery, Middle Island.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 490 E. North Ave. Suite 410, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, which had been a part of Sally’s life for many years.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Trent family.

Olin G. Malcomb

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Olin G. Malcomb

Age 93, of the Frenchton Road, French Creek, WV, died Sunday, December 01, 2013, in Pines Assisted Living Care in Marietta, Ohio.

He was born September 03, 1920, in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Alva Warrick and Icy Lenora Heavener Malcomb.

On October 22, 1945, he was united in marriage to Letha A. Lynch Malcomb, who preceded him in death September 30, 2011.

He is survived by two sons, Delmas Malcomb and wife, Dianne, of Lancaster, PA, and Kevin Malcomb and wife, Peggy, of Marietta, Ohio; two daughters, Teresa and husband, Robert Bohack, of St. Peters, MO, and Kim and husband, David Pearcy, of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Leigh and Karen Bohack, Nathan and Jacob Malcomb and Lauren, Leslie and Megan Pearcy; one brother, Noel Malcomb and wife, Maxine, of French Creek; two sisters, Velva Austin of French Creek and Mary Ann and husband, Mitchell Griffin, of French Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Zola Karickhoff.

Mr. Malcomb was a member of Frenchton United Methodist Church and a former member of Madison Baptist Church in Madison.

He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps having served during World War II.

The family received friends Thursday, December 05, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The body remained in state at Frenchton United Methodist Church Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, the funeral hour, with the Rev. Kara Philippi officiating.

Interment will follow in Rock Cave Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frenchton United Methodist Church in the care of Martha Andrew, 127 Burgham Road, French Creek, WV 26218.

The Malcomb family has entrusted Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

Cecil L. “Jack” Dawson

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Cecil L. “Jack” Dawson

Age 83, of Grantsville, WV, passed away December 06, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friend Opal Swisher.

Jack was born January 28, 1930 at Big Bend, WV, son of the late Cecil and Della Morehead Dawson.

He attended the Brooksville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Madeline; a daughter Patti Wilmoth of Mt. Zion; son Richard (Roberta) Dawson of Grantsville. Grandsons, Steve (Andrea) Wilmoth of Mineral Wells, James (Jessie) Wilmoth of Grantsville, Ryan (April) Dawson of Burning Springs, Jacob France of Elizabeth. Granddaughter, Sierra (Brandon) Dawson. Great grandsons Braylen Dawson, Ray and Dart Atkinson.

Great granddaughters, Trinity Wilmoth and Breigyn Dawson. Brothers Don (Sam) Dawson of Cleveland, OH, Larry and Lanny Dawson of Grantsville.

Sisters Georgia Smith of Florida and Delores “Boots” Richards of Big Springs as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death in addition to his parents, by son-in-law Steve Wilmoth; sister Janice “Sally” Whipkey and brother Gene Dawson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday December 10, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. John Lowther and Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Goodnight Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Fred Austin Jarvis

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Fred Austin Jarvis

Age 83, of Sutton, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday December 08, 2013 at his residence.

He was born June 04, 1930 in Glade View, WV the son of the late George W. & Lula Persinger Jarvis.

He was a Mechanic for LaRose Motors, Summerville.

He was a member of Long Run Baptist Church, Canfield, WV and served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, sons, Clinton Philip Walters and Chad Courtney Jarvis, brother, James Jarvis, sisters, Margie Jarvis, Marie Coche, and Elsie Paugh, granddaughter, Rebecca Jarvis.

He is survived by his loving wife, Collene Swecker Jarvis, sons, Paul Walters & wife Misty, and Arthur Walters & wife Kathy all of Youngsville, La., Russell Jarvis & wife Julie of Camden on Gauley, WV, Ronald Swecker & wife Regina of Sutton,  daughters, Sherri Porche of Craigsville, Annyon Thompson of Sutton, brother, Edward Jarvis & wife Nancy of Alliance, OH, sister, Daisy Caldwell of Fruitland Park, FL. Fred is also survived by 9 loving grandchildren and 7 cherished great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday December 12, 2013 at Long Run Baptist Church, Canfield, WV with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

Burial will follow the service at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen, WV with military graveside rites by Webster County VFW .

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday December 11, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Family suggest donations be made to: Hospice Care Corp. P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

Judith Ann Costilow

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Judith Ann Costilow

Age 56 of Cheuvront Ave., West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, December 07, 2013 in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV on December 19, 1956 a daughter of Pauline Gum Maxwell Hall, West Union and the late Rolla W. Maxwell.

She is survived by her husband Norman Costilow.

Also surviving is her step-father, Donald Hall, West Union, two step-sisters, Betty Jane McCoy and husband Bobby, Enterprise, Linda McClure, and husband Ed, Buckhannon, one step-brother, Ronald K. Hall, Weston. One brother, David Maxwell and step-brother, Donald Hall preceded her in death.

Judy was a 1974 graduate of Doddridge County High School. She was employed by Doddridge County Senior Citizens in the Home Health Department. Judy was a Lifetime Member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #3408, West Union. She enjoyed fishing.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Pastor David Watson presiding.

Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Blockhouse.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Costilow family.

Betty Joan White

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Betty Joan White

Age 73, of Glenville, WV, departed this life on the evening of December 05, 2013 at the Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

Born March 16, 1940 in Baldwin, Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Claude S. and Mae Brady White.

Betty was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1958 and a 1976 graduate of Glenville State College. She retired from the Gilmer County Board of Education in June, 2003, after serving 29 years as treasurer. Betty enjoyed singing in the Gilmer County Senior Choir, playing piano, working with the Gilmer County Cancer Unit, and working with the Gilmer County Historical Society. She especially enjoyed spending time with all her great-great nieces and nephews.

Surviving is 1 sister, Jean Robinson of Atlanta, GA; 2 brothers, Claude White Jr. and wife Sharon of Parkersburg, and Gerald L. White and wife Ruth of Glenville. Also surviving are 8 nieces, 1 nephew, and 12 great nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by 1 brother in law, Stanley Robinson and 1 infant sibling.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 112 East Main Street, Glenville, at 11:00 AM., Tuesday, December 10, 2013 with Rev. Mark James officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, on WV Hwy 5 west of Glenville.

Visitation will be Monday December 09, 2013 from 5-8 PM., and at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Per Betty’s request her casket will be closed for all public gatherings.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Betty Joan White with arrangements.

Juanita M. “Wonie” Harper

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Juanita M. “Wonie” Harper

of 6th Street, Newell, Ohio, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Adkins Care Center.

She was 87.

Born in Holly, Braxton County, West Virginia, June 05, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Hester Bragg Gillespie.

She moved to this area after World War II and raised her family in Newell.

She was a charter member of the Glendale Church of the Nazarene, where she was a past Sunday school teacher, treasurer and a choir member.

She enjoyed playing Scrabble, word find, and reading with her Husband. She loved everyone and gave them big hugs.

Her husband, Cecil G. Harper, survives at home. The couple married on June 21, 1947.

There is a daughter, Janet DePolo, and her husband Phillip, of Mason, Ohio, as well as two sons, Cecil J. Harper and his wife Belinda of Huntington, West Virginia, and Larry J. Harper and his wife Debbie of Chester, Ohio. There are five grandchildren, Sandy DeWitt, Gregg Harper, Todd Harper, Kiley DePolo and Kelsey DePolo and three great-grandchildren, Celeste DeWitt, Sophia DeWitt, and Jericho Harper.

There are six sisters, Rosie Squires, Bessie Rowand, Delores Mattern, Faye Fone, Maxine Mellinger, and Linda Pitts, and three brothers, James Gillespie, Sylvester Gillespie, and Lyle Gillespie. She was preceded in death by an infant sister and a brother, Edward “Junie” Gillespie.

Friends visited in the afternoon and evening on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Dawson Funeral Home, where services were conducted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, by Pastor Scott Henry.

Burial followed at Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens in Newell.

Following the service, family and friends gathered at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Valley Hospice and Adkins Care Center for the wonderful care Juanita was given.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” –Romans 8:18.

Her sufferings are over; she is at rest in Heaven.

Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of The Valley Hospice Center Foundation, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

Ralph Wilbert Goodwin

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Ralph Wilbert Goodwin

Age 67, of John St. Weston, WV passed away at 10:16 AM on Saturday December 07, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a sudden illness.

He was born in Belington, Barbour County, WV on June 26, 1946 a son of the late Homer Benson Goodwin and Maysel Olene Waldeck McCartney.

He is survived by his step father, Raymond McCartney of Weston; companion, Jean Yeager, of Weston; Five children: Ralph J. Goodwin and wife Delsie of Buckhannon, Ronald B. Goodwin and companion Cathy of Buckhannon, Martha Sue ‘Marcey” Posey and companion Dane of Weston, Robert Lee Goodwin and wife Heather of Weston and Randy B. Goodwin and wife Jodi of Weston; one sister, Linda “ Sue “ Knight and husband Denver of Weston; four brothers: John B. Goodwin and wife Martha of Weston, Lawrence Goodwin of Weston, Ronald Wilmonth and wife Loretta of Belington and Delane McDaniels of Phillipi; nine grandchildren: Brooklynn, Alex, Latasha, Tiara, Payten, Logan, Angel, Ashley and Jeremy; two great grandchild Khole and Zoey; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons and one sister, Nellie O. Goodwin.

Ralph was an honored veteran of the United States Army and a retired glassworker, who was employed as a gatherer and blower for the Louie Glass Factory and WV Glass Specialty Co, both in Weston. He was a talented musician who enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Ralph was also a member of the Freedom Baptist Church in Turnertown.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew on Monday, December 09, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronnie Beeson officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ralph W. Goodwin.

Donald Ray Widener

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Donald Ray Widener

Age 69, a loving husband, father, and papaw of Duck, West Virginia, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 05, 2013 at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Donald was born on March 01, 1944 in Lorain, Ohio.

Don is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Linda Eagle Widener and by son, David Ray Widener of Duck, WV and by daughters Shelly Widener-Tanner (Husband Scott) and Pamela Widener- Stout (Husband Garrett) both of Duck, WV. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Kevin Tanner (Wife Christina Tanner) Emily Faith Tanner, Madison Paugh, Isaac Paugh, Morgan Stout, Nathan Stout and one great-grandson, Braxton Scott Tanner. Don is also survived by brothers: Gerald Widener of Hacker Valley, WV, Tommy Widener of Savannah, GA, Gary Widener of Wilkesboro, NC and several nieces and nephews.

Don was a self made man and had a love for business. At the height of his career, he and Linda owned and operated nine supermarkets. He currently owned and operated Bulk Food Superstore in Flatwoods, WV. Don’s family was the most important thing in his life; he cherished time spent with them at home and at work. A well known fact was that after hours his business was run from the coffee table in the living room rather than his office, because that allowed him more time with family. Donald had a love for traveling with his family. He took several trips out west with his grandchildren. Don was a great man that led by example and exhibited passion for God, family, and business.

Family will receive friends on Monday, December 09, 2013 from 5-8 PM at the Stockert- Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street Flatwoods, WV 26621.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Eagle Cemetery with Pastor Dewey Tanner and Reverend A.Scott Tanner officiating.

The Stockert- Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods, West Virginia will be caring for the family of Donald Ray Widener.

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ORDERS U.S. AND STATE FLAGS LOWERED

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In honor of Nelson Mandela and to commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all U.S. and State flags displayed at all State facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately and through sunset Monday, December 09, 2013 in honor of Nelson Mandela.  Governor Tomblin, in a second proclamation, ordered all U.S. and State flags lowered to half-staff the entire day of Saturday, December 07, 2013 in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, observed annually on December 07.

“Today, Joanne and I join with those around the globe in extending our prayers to the family of President Mandela and his nation,“ Governor Tomblin said. “May his spirit continue to inspire us for generations to come.“

“West Virginians have always offered their selfless service to ensure our safety and freedom,“ Governor Tomblin said. “As we recognize National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those who answered the call to protect and bravely defend our country.  While many of these veterans, in West Virginia and throughout the United States, have since passed on, it is imperative that we preserve their stories and legacy for future generations. Today and every day, I’m honored to recognize their heroism.“

Odbert Raymond “Peck” Mick

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Odbert Raymond “Peck” Mick

Age 91, of Jackson Mill, WV, formerly of Portersville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 04, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and in the comfort of his daughter’s home in Connoquenessing Twp. PA.

Born January 23, 1922 in Indian Fork, WV. He was the son of the late Guy and Vivian (Moore) Mick.

In his youth, Peck enjoyed sports and played both baseball and football, which later translated into his love for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.

He was a devoted member of Blackburn United Methodist Church on Rocky Fork Rd., Gilmer County, WV for many years where he held a position as superintendent of Sunday schools and taught adult Sunday school.

An avid outdoorsman, Peck had a love for nature and enjoyed hunting and gardening.

A proud U.S. Army veteran, he served for 3 years during WWII in the Pacific theater. Peck was known to be a jack-of-all-trades. In his early years he was a Volunteer Fireman in Portersville, PA and worked as a farmer for much of his life. He worked on the pipeline, cut timber at a saw mill, and worked on connecting Route 19 from PA to Weston, WV. Additionally, he worked for 28 years as a Fork Lift Operator for Lava Crucible in Zelienople, PA. Above all, Peck was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and even great-great-grandfather who will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his five children, Carl Mick and wife, Sandy, of Buckhannon, WV, Twila Simko of Baden, PA, Mary Anne Kristophel and husband Dan of Connoquenessing Twp., PA, Joyce Bagnall and companion William of Portersville, PA and Peggy Swatsworth, also of Portersville, PA.

A sister, Lorna Wine of Indian Fork, WV; eleven grandchildren, Annette, Shiela, Leah, Becky, Carl Jr. (Duke), Jason, Tyler, Jimmy, Shanna, Chad and David; twelve great-grandchildren, Amanda, Josie, Kayelyn, Ashley, Stephanie, Jake, Joe, Travis, Kristin, Wyatt, Ethan, and Jessica; and three great-great-grandchildren, Renee, Giovanni and Arianna.

In addition to his parents, Peck was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Wanda L. (Marks) Mick, who passed away December 03, 2007; a brother, Grant Mick, an infant brother, Howard Mick, and a granddaughter, Jessica Kristophel.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Dr. Glenville, WV, 26351 at 2:00 PM. Sunday December 08, 2013 with Rev. Bob Pascoe officiating.

Burial will follow in the Blackburn Cemetery on Rocky Fork Road, Gilmer County, West Virginia with Full Military Honors.

Friends may call from 12:00 Noon-2:00 PM. Sunday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Amedisys Hospice Care, 240 Pullman Square, Suite 255, Butler, PA 16001.

Roy Ammons

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Roy Ammons

Age 94, of Monroe Street, Weston, WV passed away at 4:00 PM on Thursday December 05, 2013 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.

He was born in Harrison County, WV on February 08, 1919 a son of the late Noah Webster Ammons and Rannie Pearl Baker Ammons.

On July 12, 1943 he married the former Betty Joan Moore and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage together before her passing on November 15, 2012.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Sue Ammons Lowman and husband Harold R. Lowman of Forest City NC; one son, Patrick T. Ammons and wife Barbara Ann Johns Ammons of Horner; two grandsons: Patrick Wayne Ammons and wife Jennifer Henes Ammons of Horner, and Michael Brian Ammons and wife Maria Bates Ammons of Lost Creek WV; four great-granddaughters: Kirsten and Elizabeth Ammons, both of Horner, and Madison and Lindsay Ammons, both of Lost Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

Roy was a retired Foreman from Consolidated Gas Company with 38 years of service. He was an honored veteran of the United States Army, serving in the European Theatre of World War II. He was a 50+ year member of the Clarksburg Masonic Lodge #155, a member of the American Legion Post #4 in Weston, and a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Weston. He enjoyed woodworking, WVU football, traveling, watching the History Channel and reminiscing about old times.

His family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew for a private visitation on Sunday December 80, 2013. A private graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden with Reverend Jonathon Nettles officiating.

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

Jackie Ferrell “Jack” Brown

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Jackie Ferrell “Jack” Brown

Age 59, of Weston, WV, was ushered to his heavenly home Thursday, December 05, 2013 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV, after his four year courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.

He was born September 28, 1954 in Lewis County, WV, the son of Jack R. Brown and Catherine Louise Gum Brown of Weston.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Crissy F. Brown; three children, Dawn Ypulong of Memphis, TN, Christy Hull of Weston and Jackie “Bo” Brown of Bridgeport, WV; ten grandchildren; and one sister, Carla Jo Heater of Weston.

Jack retired as an Operator in 2012 from Dominion Hope Gas with 26 years of service.He was an avid outdoors-man that loved to spend time hunting, camping and fishing with his soul mate, Crissy.

It was Jack and Crissy’s wishes to recognize the care, love and attention that was provided, with a special thank you to Dr. Carl Fischer, Dr. Salman S. Osman and all of Jack’s girls of UHC 6 South.

Family and friends may call at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, December 07, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:30 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Robert Phillips officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jackie Ferrell “Jack” Brown.

Barba Jean (Townsend) Chapman

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Barba Jean (Townsend) Chapman

Age 82, of Gassaway, WV passed away Tuesday, December 03, 2013.

She was born April 23, 1931 in Flower, Braxton County, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys (Moyers) Townsend and Alva Wellington Townsend; her beloved husband, Calvin Chapman; granddaughter, Amy Lyn Chapman.

She is survived by her two sons, Lawrence Michael Chapman (Mary) of Gassaway and Richard Lane Chapman (Nancy) of Gassaway; grandchildren, Michael Chapman (Randi) of Charlottesville, VA, Justin Chapman (Dhayne) of Toronto, Canada, Travis Chapman of Gassaway, Linzy Chapman of Belair, MD and Kristen Frame of Gassaway; great grandchildren, Jade Chapman of Gassaway and Justin Brian Chapman of Toronto, Canada; sister, Willa Dean Grooms (late husband, Bob) of Ellicott City, MD.

As a young girl, she faithfully attended church, Sunday school and revivals. Her Dad presented her with a Bible in which he signed his name. Barba accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Waldeck Evangelical United Brethren Church.

In 1950 Barba graduated from Gassaway High School.

On July 11, 1952 she married in the Gassaway United Methodist Church. In the early years of their marriage, Calvin and Barba lived in Buckhannon, WV until their sons were born.

In April 1960, Barba along with her husband founded the Gassaway Dairy Queen. Barba created the famous secret recipe for the “Gassaway Dairy Queen Hot Dog Chili.” She continued to operate the Dairy Queen until she retired in 1993. Through the years Barba was active in her community at local schools and sporting events. She was a member of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Gassaway.

She was an active member of the Gassaway United Methodist Church upon her death serving on several committees.

Barba dearly loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to Gassaway United Methodist Church, 710 Braxton Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Service will be 2 PM Sunday, December 08, 2013 at the Gassaway United Methodist Church with Rev. James R. Malick officiating.

Interment will follow in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Saturday at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Eldra Rae Cumpston

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Eldra Rae Cumpston

Age 81, of Canton, Ohio passed away Wednesday December 04, 2013 in Altercare of Navarre, Ohio.

She was born March 10, 1932 in West Union, WV a daughter of the late Herbert and Hazel (Ash) Carroll.

Eldra was a 1952 graduate of Doddridge County High School and was a Canton area resident since 1955.

She was a member of North Industry Christian Church.

She was also member of Canton Township Fire Department Auxiliary, AARP and a life member of TOPS in North Industry. Eldra delivered Meals on Wheels and she was an avid walker, enjoyed cooking, camping, the outdoors and loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Cumpston to whom she was married 61 years; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane and David Dick of Canton, one son, Denver Cumpston of Canton, former daughter-in-law, Leanne Cumpston of Canton, two grandchildren, Dannette (Paul) Fornash and Devan Cumpston, two great-grandsons, Simon and Miles Fornash, one sister, Louetta Bode, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobbie and Jean Carroll of Stow, OH, Gayle and Bernice Carroll of West Union, WV, Jack Carroll of East Liverpool, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one daughter, Pamela Cumpston, two sons, James and Kevin Cumpston, one grandson, Davey Dick, two sisters, Imogene Griffith and Norma Lee Ross and four brothers, Dennis, Ronald, Billy and Denver Carroll.

Funeral service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Saturday, December 07, 2013 at 1PM with Pastor Tom Zimmerman presiding.

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

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Cumpston family.

Rachel Anna Nutter Haught

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Rachel Anna Nutter Haught

Age 73, of Little Hocking, Ohio was born January 06, 1940, in Rockdale, WV, in Calhoun County to the late Anderson Ray and Ruhamah Ruth Everson Nutter.

She was a 1959 graduate of Vincent High School and retired from E.I. DuPont Washington Works in 1997 after 20 years of service. She enjoyed watching NASCAR, watching Ohio State basketball and football, her Dachshunds dogs and traveling, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Rachel is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Denzil L. Haught; four daughters, Kathy Benedict of Belpre, Kimberly Warren (Ross) of Bellbrook, Ohio, Kelly Diane Jester (Wesley) of Vincent, Ohio, and Tara Haught Cavanagh of Sonoma, WV; one son, Malcolm “Huck” Haught of Fleming, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Amber Schaad of Marietta, Colin Starkey of Vincent, McKinzi and Harrison Warren of Bellbrook, Ohio, Christopher Cavanagh of Parkersburg, Kristin Miller (Seth) of Belpre and Jon Haught of Fleming; and four great-grandchildren, Bailey, Olivia, Sophia and Claira Miller, all of Belpre. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Karen Sue Benedict; and three brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and/or Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A gathering of friends and family will be held on Saturday, December 07, from 3-5 PM, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

George Franklin Marsh

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George Franklin Marsh

Age 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 in Genesis Health Care of Glenville following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County on January 14, 1932: son of the late French T. Marsh and Hazel D. (Butcher) Marsh.

Mr. Marsh was married to Anna Lorraine (DeMoss) Marsh, who preceded him in death on December 13, 2003.

Mr. Marsh is survived by two daughters: Mary Louise Marsh Harris of Buckhannon and Agnes Darlene Marsh Conrad of Weston, one son: Charles T. Marsh of Weston and six step sons: Earl Puffenbarger of Marlinton, William and Joseph Puffenbarger both of Weston, Junior Ryder of Weston, Jim Elliott of Buckhannon and David Elliott of Wilson, NC. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Anna, Mr. Marsh was preceded in death by two sons: George E. Marsh and James Richard Marsh, one brother: French Eugene Marsh and one sister: Gwendolyn Crummit.

Mr. Marsh was a glassworker with West Virginia Glass Specialty Company and the Louie Glass Factory both of Weston. He was also an employee of Moody’s Mobile Home Sales of Pricetown, WV. George loved to fish and garden. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, December 05, 2013 from 12 Noon until 2 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 2 PM from the Hardman- Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of George Franklin Marsh.

Wilda Jean (Norman) Eakles

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Wilda Jean (Norman) Eakles

Age 75, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 02, 2013 at her home following a sudden illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on November 27, 1938: daughter of the late Harry Scott Beeson and Azzlea (Smith) Beeson.

In 1956, she first married Arley Norman.

On May 11, 1997, she then married Diamond G. “Jerry” Eakles, who preceded her in death on March 06, 2003.

Mrs. Eakles is survived by one daughter: Judith Diana (Ricky) Gillman of Lake Charles, LA, three sons: Robert Leroy (Barbara) Norman of Jane Lew, Terry Lynn Norman , a twin, of Buckhannon and Arley Michael (Tina) Norman of Weston, nine grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Leona (Bob) Allman of Jane Lew and Irene Wishman and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and second husband Jerry, Mrs. Eakles was preceded in death by one son: Gary Lane Norman, a twin, two brothers: Forest and Willard Beeson and one sister: Wilma Cecil.

Mrs. Eakles was a retired certified nursing assistant at Doctor’s Hospital in Maryland. She was a graduate of Weston High School.

Wilda was Pentecostal by faith and loved to sing gospel songs.

She loved fishing and travel. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. main Avenue Weston on Thursday, December 05, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 1:30 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Ronnie Beeson officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Wilda Jean Eakles.

Jonathan Brian Nicholson

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Jonathan Brian Nicholson

Age 51, of Old Rt. 33 Weston, WV passed away at 3:33 PM on Tuesday December 03, 2013 at his residence following a courageous journey with multiple health issues.

He was born in Harrison County, WV on April 29, 1962, a son of the late Robert Eugene Nicholson.

On August 23, 1986 he married his childhood sweetheart, the former Joyce Ann Kiser and they enjoyed 27 years of marriage.

He is survived by his mother-in-law, Donna Jean Kiser; 3 brothers-in-law: W. Steven Kiser and wife Kerri of Weston, Mark Wesley Kiser and wife Renee of Weston, and Samuel K. Kiser and wife Tina of West Palm Beach FL; one sister-in-law, Nancy Lee McCue and husband Kent of Weston; several nieces and nephews, and many caring friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Nicholson Jr. and his father-in-law, Wm. Kiser.

Brian was a certified electrician who was employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon for many years. He loved spending time with family and cherished his beach vacations with his wife. He was a Nascar enthusiast who followed the careers of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and collected various Nascar memorabilia. “Chevy Man” enjoyed communicating via his CB Radio’s and had made friends from coast to coast.

Brian’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private graveside service at the Butchersville Cemetery in Weston at a later date.

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 Jonathon Brian Nicholson.

H. Joan “Freddie” Frederick

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H. Joan “Freddie” Frederick

Age 80, of Smithville, WV, passed December 02, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 02, 1933, in Ritchie County, WV to the late Ruble and Ora (Riddle) Frederick.

Joan served our country as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. She was one of the first graduates from Camden Clark School of Nursing Anesthesia. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years and retired from the Parkersburg Pain Clinic as a CRNA.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Frederick of Smithville; two special nephews, Steve Sargent (Judy) and Randy Sargent, both of Cutler, Ohio; one brother, Paul Cox Jr. of New Cumberland, WV; one sister, Betty Haugh of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters; and two brothers.

The funeral service will be Friday beginning at 1 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, Ohio, with Pastor John Frum officiating.

A Committal Service will take place at the Burnt House Community Building by the Frederick Family Cemetery in Ritchie County following the service.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Joseph Kent Ellyson

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Joseph Kent Ellyson

Age 55, of Lehigh Acres, FL passed away suddenly November 27, 2013 after a long illness.

Joe was born August 01, 1958 at Parkersburg, WV, the son of Willard Ellyson and Kathryn Black Ellyson who now reside at Lehigh Acres.

Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Teresa Allen Ellyson; daughter Danielle Brooke Harter (Timothy); grandson Kaiden William Harter all of Lehigh Acres; and his sister Rebecca Mason (Paul), Marietta, Ohio.  As well as aunts; Margaret Stevens, Genevieve Earl, Novalee Ellyson, Ruth Ellyson and Louease Ellyson and one uncle Albert Black.  He is also survived by brother-in-law Ted Smith (Angie), and several loved cousins, along with several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents; Walter Ellyson and Rosa Price Ellyson; Edgar Black and Mary Harris Black as well as uncles, aunts and cousins.

Joe was a 1977 graduate of Warren Local High School, Vincent, Ohio and was in the U. S. Army for four years, part of which he served in Sinop, Turkey in the Signal Corp .

He was employed in the cement industry, being a truck driver and paver plant operator before retiring.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on the family history, spending a lot of time with his grandson and his favorite drink - Dr. Pepper.

Joe was loved by many.  He was a wonderful husband, father, son and grandfather. He enjoyed helping people and will be missed very much.  In a final act of kindness he made a donation to the Lion’s Eye Institute.

A memorial service will be held December 07, 2013 from 10 AM to 11 AM at Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919

James E. Miller

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James E. Miller

Age 69, of LaGrange, Ohio, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013, in the Cleveland Clinic, after a long illness.

He was born September 16, 1944 in Glenville, West Virginia and lived in LaGrange since 1972.

A graduate of Normantown High School, he retired from Ford Motor Company after 37 years of service and worked in the administrative area. He was a member of the Local UAW. Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Vietnam. The greatest joy of his life was his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons, Mark (Brandy) Miller of Raleigh, North Carolina and John Miller, also of North Carolina. Survivors also include his three grandchildren, Anthony, Brianna and Alexander James Miller; three sisters; and four brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hylbert and Lelia Miller; and three siblings.

Friends may call in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton, Wednesday, December 04, 2013, from 1:00 until 3:00 PM.

Burial will take place in the National Cemetery in North Carolina.

Michelle Lynn Bishop Justice

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Michelle Lynn Bishop Justice

Age 40, of Chloe, WV, passed away on Monday, December 02, 2013 at home after a long illness.

She was born August 20, 1973 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of Jackie Lee and Loretta Cottrell Bishop.

She was a home health care aide.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jarrett Justice; two sons, Alan and Coy Bailey; and three grandchildren, Brantlee, Peyton Michelle, and Sophia Lynn Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ed Bishop and Noah Cottrell; and her grandmother, Frona Cottrell.

There will be no visitation or service. Per the family’s wishes, Michelle was cremated.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry D. Spangler

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Coach Terry D. Spangler

Age 56, of Pennsboro, WV passed away, surrounded by his family on November 30, 2013, at his residence, after a hard-fought 16-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born March 21, 1957, in Charleston, son of James H. and Alice M. (Milam) Spangler of Whitesville.

He graduated from Sherman High School in 1976, where he was an outstanding athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. He achieved All State Honors in both football and baseball, and went to play both sports in college. He played at Glenville State College and made the WVIAC All Conference Team in both football and baseball. His love of sports led him to Ritchie County to begin his teaching career. He taught and coached in Ritchie County for 28 years and coached many athletes in Girl’s Basketball, Boy’s Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Little League, Ponytail and AAU Basketball.

He was also well known for his softball talent. He played with several men’s teams and was “famous” for hitting the ball out of the park wherever he played. He was inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame to culminate his sports and coaching achievements in 2010.

While he had his own accomplished sports awards, he was most proud of the accomplishments of his student athletes including his daughters, Tara, Missy and Kelly, which he had the opportunity to coach throughout their sports careers.

Surviving in addition to his mother and father, is his wife of 35 years, Carol (Nelson) Spangler; children, Tara Nelson (Troy) of Parkersburg, Missy Spangler (Brock Stotts) of Given, WV, Kelly Spangler of Pennsboro and Andy Wagoner of Pennsboro; sister, Sandra Browning (Tony); grandchildren, Sophia and Carter Nelson; mother and father-in-law, Calvin and Betty Nelson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 5 PM Saturday at the Ritchie County High School Gymnasium, with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

A time of gathering and fellowship will be 1-5 PM Saturday at the Gym.

The family would like to thank caregivers, Debby Brady and Laurie Kerns Burch; and neighbors, Tommy Summers and Wesley Ezell, for their love and kindness shown to Terry and his family in his last days.

The family requests for those attending services to wear their “Team Spangler” shirts or, if fitting, a sports shirt affiliated with their connection with Terry.

Terry lived his life inspiring and influencing others so the family wants to continue his legacy by doing just that.

The family is asking for donations to “Team Spangler” that will be utilized for Parkinson’s Research, scholarship establishment and some improvements Terry wanted for the community.

Donations can be sent to Team Spangler, c/o Missy Spangler, 487 Corbin Heights Circle, Given, WV 25245.

McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is assisting the Spangler family with funeral arrangements.

Corrie Marie Prince

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Corrie Marie Prince

Age 42, of Birch River, WV passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at her residence.

She was born January 31, 1971 in New Martinsville, WV to Hallie Lincoln Hill and the late Joyce Mechling Hill.

Also preceding her in death was her brother, Hallie Hill, II.

She was a cashier for the local Go Mart.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Prince, son, Christian Allen Prince of Cleveland, OH, daughter, Catherine Irene Hill of Cleveland, OH, father, Hallie L. Hill and wife Patricia of Sutton, brothers, Richard Hill of Cleveland, OH, Gary Hill and Larry Hill both of Summersville, WV, James Friz Hill of VA, Jerry Hill of Widen, WV, sisters, Carolyn O’Flanagan of Cleveland, OH, Catherine Frame of Sutton, Delores Tinney of Summersville, Donna Hill of Widen, WV, Jo Ann Hill and Cindy Hill both of Va, Pauline Presnell and Jennifer Walters both of Cleveland, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 04, 2013, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

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

Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, OH.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Prince Family.

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