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Douglas Keith Ritchie

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Douglas Keith Ritchie

Age 51, of Big Springs, WV passed away June 05, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

He was born in Wood County, the son of the late Dale and Betty Jean (Wilson) Ritchie.

He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church where he served as grounds keeper.

Doug loved life, never met a stranger and was an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan!

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Dawn Ritchie; three daughters, Aimee Racy, Haleigh Bonnette and Katie Ritchie, all of Parkersburg, WV; two brothers, Mike (Teresa) Ritchie and Calvin (Bette) Ritchie of Big Springs, WV; two sisters, Connie Shaffer of Ripley, WV and Roberta (Jane) Friedman of Alum Bridge, WV; and three grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a previous wife, Linza Ritchie.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 09, 2014, 2:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating.

Burial will follow in the Saunders Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Brooks Moody

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Brooks Moody

Age 95, of Dry Fork Rd. Weston, WV joined God’s choir at 2:20PM on Saturday June 07, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a general wearing-out process from living a long and prosperous life.

He blessed this Earth when he was born in Rocky Fork, Gilmer County, WV on June 28, 1918, a son of the late Lloyd B. Moody and Alice Conrad Moody.

On June 12, 1943 he married his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful Ruth Taylor and they celebrated 51 years of marriage before her passing on October 15, 1994.

His quick wit and heart-filled faith will be carried on by his children: two sons: Brooks Junior Moody and wife, Pat, of Pricetown, and Dana B. Moody and wife, Wanda, of Dry Fork; One daughter, Jennifer Peters and husband, Kenny, of Weston; daughter-in-law, Nancy Moody of Glenville; nine grandchildren: Carl Moody and wife Sandi, Andy Moody and wife Lisa, Lynn Hammond and husband Dave, Mike Moody, Tracy Duncan and husband Jack, Lisa Hawkins and companion Bruce, Melody Moody, Mark Peters and wife Joyce; nine great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two sisters: Garnett McKinney and Mary Chappel, both of Warren OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he will be reunited in heaven with his son, Clarence Raymond Moody; one granddaughter, Melissa Diana Moody; two brothers: Major and Elmer Moody; and four sisters: Flora Workman, Dora Barker, Opal Cooper, and Angie Jackson.

In 1980, Brooks retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company with several years of service. He enjoyed watching baseball, playing Dominoes with his grandchildren, and picnicking at Rocky Fork. He was a member of the CCC Camps in Randolph County in the Forestry Division.

He had a special place in his heart for gospel music and loved to share his stories about “the good ole’ days”. He faithfully tuned in to the Saturday morning Swap Shop on WHAW Radio and entertained the listening audience with his favorite songs, like The Circuit-Riding Preacher.

He was a faithful member of the Miles Chapel United Methodist Church in Pricetown, where he was a lay speaker, choir member, and song leader. He also sang with the Soul Seekers and Mountaineer Gospel Quartet for many years.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate Brook’s richly authentic life at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3:30-8:00 PM on Tuesday June 10, 2014.

On Wednesday, the body will lie in state at the Miles Chapel United Methodist Church from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Funeral Services will follow at 1:00 PM with Reverend Ronzel Roberts, Reverend Paul Thompson and Reverend Martin Wine officiating.

Interment will follow in the Freemansburg Cemetery.

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

Ohmen Creal “Bob” Wilson

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Ohmen Creal “Bob” Wilson

Age 101, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, June 06, 2014, after a short stay at Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation of Harrisville, WV.

Bob was born April 04, 1913, at King Knob near Harrisville, WV, a son of the late Irvin Bruce and Ella Elizabeth (Haddox) Wilson.

Bob was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1935 where he played football and basketball. During World War II, Bob served as a railroad guard for the B&O Railroad in Philadelphia, PA. He worked as a carpenter by trade for many years and belonged to the Carpenter’s Union of Paden City, WV and Bob also spent his time as a farmer raising black angus cattle for many years.

He was a longtime member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.

He was also member of Harmony Lodge #59 of Pennsboro, O’Dell S. Long Chapter 25 of the Knights Templar, Order of Eastern Star #26 of Pennsboro, and was an avid WVU fan. Bob loved gospel and bluegrass music and greatly enjoyed playing his guitar and organ and playing square dance music in various bands. Bob and his late wife Jo were well known for their community block parties that they hosted at their home and for the 24 winters they spent in Big Pine Key, FL.

He is survived by his three children, Edmund B. Wilson, Pennsboro, WV; Julian K. Wilson, Parkersburg, WV, and Diana Benedum, Pennsboro, WV (River Road Community); grandchildren, Edmund Bruce Wilson II, Pennsboro, WV; Lauren Elise Benedum, Pennsboro, WV; Richard Kerry Wilson, Parkersburg; Matt Douglas Wilson, Parkersburg; Angela Dawn Wilson, Denver, CO, along with many loving nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clytice “Josephine” Wilson in 2010; brothers, Denver, Cleo, Clell, Laco, Nile, and Oral Wilson and sisters, Leontine Shook, Tarsha Rexroad, Wanda Wile, Eileen DeShong, and Clondell Waller.

Funeral Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Kelly Martin officiating.

Burial will follow in the King Knob Cemetery, near Harrisville, WV where full Masonic rites will be conducted by Harmony Lodge #59.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

John W. Hickman

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John W. Hickman

Age 77 of Collins Run Road, Glenville, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord, Friday evening June 06, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 07, 1936 in Gilmer Station, West Virginia, son of the late Oscar Hiram and Mamie Lou Crutchfield Hickman.

John began working in the coal mines of Gilmer County at age 16 and retired in 1995 with 43 years experience. In his younger years he enjoyed going to automobile races and taking care of his 5 beautiful children.  John loved fishing, spending time outdoors, listening and dancing to loud country music with his children, having long conversations about the Bible, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was also a Christian by faith.

On August 01, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mary Frances Cosner,  who survives at their Collins Run home.

Surviving are 5 children, Brenda Rexroad and husband Frank of Turkey Fork, Dusk Camp, WV; Jerry Hickman and companion Mae of Gassaway, WV; Pam Moss and husband John of Glenville, WV; Liz Hickman of Glenville, WV; and Charlene Dulude and husband Dean of Glenville, WV.

There are 9 grandchildren surviving, Jonathan Rexroad and wife Tracy, Lisa Marie Phares and husband Alex, Michelle Jamison and husband Matt, Nathan Jamison, Jessica Hutchinson and husband David, Jacqulyn Swiger and husband Timothy, Ashley Moss Smith and husband Charlie, Travis Moss, and Daniel Dulude and companion Megan.

He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren.

Along with his parents John was preceded in death by 1 sister, Phyllis Marie Carson.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 10, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves and Chaplin Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will follow in the Steele Cemetery, on Turkey Fork.

Friends may call from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (the funeral hour) Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of John W. Hickman with arrangements.

Veon “Babe” Davis

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Veon “Babe” Davis

Age 86, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday June 06, 2014.

He was born on October 15, 1927 in Centralia to the late Lloyd and Elsie (Lucky) Davis.

“Babe” was a member and former superintendent and trustee of The Wayside Community Church in Sutton. He cherished the opportunity to tell others about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and bible study. Through out his life Babe worked in the timber industry, managed The Laurel Court Esso of Flatwoods. Babe will be best remembered as co-owner and operator of Babe and Ann’s Grocery on Wolf Creek Road in Sutton. He served his country in World War II as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of sixty one years, Ann Morton Davis, children, Sharon Wine (Buddy) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Bruce Davis (Debbie) of Sutton, and Mike Davis (Regina) of Little Birch, grandchildren, Lindsay Wine of Marietta, GA, Garrett Wine of Greenville, SC, Erica Davis Shaver of Morgantown, WV and Meredith Davis Wine of Morgantown, WV, step granddaughter, Lori Ann Stover of Little Birch, great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Masen Wine and Madison and Rylan Shaver all of Morgantown, WV, step great grandchild, Troy Stover of Little Birch, brother Victor Davis of Sutton and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bobbie Dale Harper and Rev. Tom Harper officiating.

Burial will follow at Morton Family Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hours prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Wayside Community Church 1092 Old Turnpike Rd. Sutton, WV 26601.

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

Lyla Winona Watson

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Lyla Winona Watson

87, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 10:05 AM on Friday, June 06, 2014 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a courageous journey with heart disease.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on October 16, 1926 a daughter of the late John D. Matheny and Pearl Garrett Metheny.

On November 22, 1944 she married Roy J. Watson and they celebrated 45 years of marriage before his passing on October 22, 1990.

Her creativity and independence will be carried on by her children: one son David Watson and wife Kay of Powhatan VA; one daughter, Cathy Watson of Jane Lew; one granddaughter, April J. Heater of Fairmont; two brothers: Wayne Matheny and wife Elma of Louisville OH, Eugene Matheny and wife Loretta; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Danny Matheny, who passed in 1940; and her beloved cat, Tabby.

Lyla graduated from Troy High School and was retired from JC Penney in Weston with 25 years of service. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, crafting and flower gardening. She enjoyed being a vendor in several local craft shows over the years.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Monday June 09, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Steve Roy officiating.

Interment will follow in the Carder Cemetery in Vadis.

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

Delton W. Cox

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Delton W. Cox

Age 95, of Gaithersburg, MD (formerly of Harrisville, WV) departed this life on Wednesday, June 04, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, WV.

Delton was born April 05, 1919, in Ritchie County, WV (Slab Creek Community) the son of the late Frank and Cora (Smith) Cox.

Delton was a proud WWII veteran of the US Army. During the war, Delton became a POW in the Black Forest region in Belgium. While living in Ritchie County, Delton worked as a farmer before moving to Maryland with his late wife where he became a grocery store clerk. He was an avid reader of Westerns and loved any kind of sporting events especially baseball games, and was a true fan of the Washington Redskins and the WVU Mountaineers.

He is survived by his nephew, Walter Freeman of West Union, WV; daughter in law, Mary Hardbarger (Larry) of Harrisville, WV and his special cousin, Walter Clyde Crane of Harrisville, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Zelma P. Cox, and his three sisters, Fonda Daggett, May Cox, and June Freeman.

Funeral services will be 4:00 PM, Sunday, June 08, 2014, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville where full military honors will be conducted by Harris-Ritchie VFW #3554.

Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

Patrick Wayne Ferguson

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Patrick Wayne Ferguson

Age 63 of Alum Bridge, WV passed away at 8:54 AM Wednesday June 04, 2014 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born November 27, 1950 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Robert Roscoe and Kathleen Jo Snider Ferguson.

On April 14, 1972 he married the former Brenda Kay Cunningham who passed away March 01, 2005.

Surviving are one son, Adam Ferguson and wife, Amy, of Walkersville, WV; one daughter, Tina Ferguson of Jane Lew, WV; six grandchildren: Jasmine, Delbert, Jessie and Kevin Parsons, Maycee and Makayla Ferguson; three brothers: Bob Ferguson and wife, Sue, of Laurelville,OH, Kenny Ferguson and Roger Lydick and wife, Teresa, both of Glenville.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Tonia Ferguson who passed October 22, 2000.

Pat was a pipe liner who was a member of the Laborers Union # 984 in Clarksburg. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed fishing and hunting deer, squirrel and rabbit. He enjoyed watching college basketball and Nascar, always cheering for Dale Earnhardt to take the checkered flag. He was always tinkering on equipment and hot rods and was known for having a special touch for mechanics.

Pat’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Graveside Service at the Hardman Chapel Cemetery in Ritchie County at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family at 140 Gobbler Knob Rd. Walkersville, WV 26447.

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 Patrick Ferguson.

Betty A. Dennison

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Betty A. Dennison

Age 73 of Salem, West Virginia, departed this life 3:50 PM, Tuesday June 03, 2014 at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born August 13, 1940 in Linn, West Virginia, daughter of the late Thomas and Genevieve Posey Parsons.

Betty was a homemaker for most of her life and also worked in factories in West Virginia and Ohio. She enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time outdoors, crossword puzzles, and riding all terrain vehicles. Betty loved animals and working on the farm with her husband.

She was also a Baptist by faith.

On May 24, 1959 she was united in marriage to Junior Joe Dennison, who survives at their Big Flint Road home.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Jo Ann Pennington of Salem, West Virginia, and Kathy Miller and husband Wes of Massillon, Ohio, 3 sons, Willie Dennison and wife Mindy of Canton, Ohio, Randy Dennison of Glenville, West Virginia, and Jimmy Dennison and wife Carrie of Glenville, West Virginia, and 1 step son, Joe Dennison and wife Marilyn of Glenville, West Virginia.

Betty is also survived by 1 brother, Eddie Parsons of Linn, WV., 1 sister, Margie Parsons of Glenville, WV, 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by 1 brother, Clyde Parsons.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 11:00 AM Saturday June 07, 2014 with Pastor Roger Brown officiating.

Burial will follow in the Boilon Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9-11 AM Saturday morning at the mortuary.

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

Robert Earle Casey

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Robert Earle Casey

Age 89, of 4407 South Street, Portsmouth, VA passed March 28, 2014 in a Portsmouth hospital.

A native of Jane Lew, Lewis County, WV he was a retired office administrator for Virginia Chemicals. He also worked as a deputy for the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Department and as a security guard for Maryview Hospital.

He was a WW II veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Jane Lew Methodist Church and Broad Street Methodist Church in Portsmouth.

He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed attending the annual Jane Lew High School reunion banquets.

He was predeceased by his parents, Roosevelt and Virginia Tonch Bryan Casey; his wife, Barbara Kelley Casey; and a daughter, Patricia Ann Bailey.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Frederick Casey of Portsmouth, VA and Bryan Kelley Casey of Richmond, VA; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral was conducted on April 01, and entombment followed in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Chesapeake, VA.

Ronald Dean Brannon

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Ronald Dean Brannon

Age 75, of South Amherst, OH, entered eternal rest on Saturday May 31, 2014 at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin, OH following a long illness.

Dean was born on February 01, 1939 in Withers, WV and was a resident of South Amherst after moving from Grafton, WV area.

He attended the Middle Run School and the Eliam Baptist Church in Gilmer County, WV.

Dean loved sharing time with family and friends and as a young man often traveled between Ohio and West Virginia.

He enjoyed the outdoors and was an accomplished fisherman. Fishing was his greatest pastime when he wasn’t enjoying other sports. He was an avid fan and a team sports enthusiast. He enjoyed motor sports as well which included NASCAR and tractor pulling.

His hobbies included working puzzles and reading western novels. He liked attending local fairs and festivals.

Survivors include his sister Karen D. Arcaba and her husband Chet of South Amherst, OH, and sister Debra L. Harrison of Fredericktown, OH, his brother Rickie L. Brannon and his wife Wilma of Parkersburg, WV, many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Harry L. Brannon and Ruby G. Conrad (nee Godfrey); stepfather James R. Conrad; brother Roger A. Brannon and sister Sharon L. Brannon.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Welcome Nursing Home for the exemplary care they provided to Dean and his family.

Funeral services will be held Friday June 06, 2014, 3:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Turner-Union Cemetery in Lockney.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the services.

Brenda Lee (Taylor-Lockhart) Barrett

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Brenda Lee (Taylor-Lockhart) Barrett

Age 48, of Palestine, WV, returned to her Father in heaven after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006.

She was born December 19, 1965, in Weston, WV, daughter of the late William (Sr.) and Mary Lorriane Giles.

She was an in-home caregiver and enjoyed the outdoors, nature, doing crafts and loved her grandchildren.

She was a Baptist by faith.

Brenda is survived by her daughter, Brittany Lockhart of Republic, MO; her son, Mitchell Lockhart of Palestine, WV; eight sisters, Oleta Taylor, Jacqueline Tomblin, Nena Greathouse, Cheryl Brookover, D’ona LeTosky, Drema Giles, Gina Haney and Georgette Giles; five brothers, William Taylor, Robert Taylor, Charlie Taylor, Brian Taylor and Mark Taylor; two grandsons, Blake Malcom and Ashton Lockhart; 36 nieces and nephews; her close friend and cousin, Tina Null (Rodney); and numerous other friends and loved ones.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Chuck and Betty Taylor; and a sister, Darlena Giles.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Day, Dr. Shah, Dr. William Tse and the Critical Care Unit at Camden Clark Medical Center.

A celebration of life was 2-4 PM with a 4 PM service at the home of her son, Mitchell.

He can be reached at 1.304.275.3437.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Karen Kay Sponaugle

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Karen Kay Sponaugle

Age 70, of Fallen Timber Rd, Troy, WV departed this life on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial, Weston.

She was born April 20, 1944 a daughter of the late Archie and Frankie Greenlief Langford.

She was married to Carlos Sponaugle who preceded her in death in 1996.

She is survived by two sons, Aaron Langford, Carlos Sponaugle, both of Fallen Timber Rd., one sister, Barbara R. Lowther, New Milton, three brothers, Gerald Byron (Jerry) Langford and wife Juanita, East Lake, OH; Jay Langford and wife Juanita, Harrisville, James Charles Langford, and wife Jean, Painsville, OH.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jane Lowther, Iona Joan Cole, one brother, Jackson Langford, brother-in-law, Marion Lowther, four nephews and one great nephew.

Karen had worked as a caregiver for 10 years and loved animals, fishing and outdoor activities.

At Karen’s request she was cremated and there will be no services.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Langford/Sponaugle family.

Dora Mae Caldwell Stull

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Dora Mae Caldwell Stull

Age 71, of Grantsville, WV and formerly of Erie Community, Harrison County, WV passed away Tuesday evening, May 27, 2014, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Spelter , WV on September 14, 1942, a daughter of the late Julius and Elenora Fleming Caldwell.

She is survived by her loving husband, David Stull, whom she married in 1966.

Also surviving are two children, Darlene Akers and her husband Randy, Shinnston, and Dr. David Stull and his wife Shana, Monroe, GA; four grandchildren, Johnna Akers, David Akers, Levi Stull and Travis Stull; two sisters, Eilene Harris and Carolyn Holbert and her husband Jim, all of Erie; her extended Stull family; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Ann Plum and Frances Haddox and her husband Robert; two brothers, Johnny Lynn Caldwell and Robert Caldwell; and a brother-in-law, Russell Harris.

Dora attended Victory High School and had worked at Stone & Thomas and Nalco Chemical Plant.

She had attended Victory Baptist Church in Grantsville, WV.

She enjoyed shopping, getting her hair and nails done, making scarves and arts and crafts. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends.

Interment was in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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