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Francis G. Crites

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Francis G. Crites

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

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

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

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

Francis practiced his faith as a born again Baptist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen S. Drake

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Karen S. Drake

Age 64, of Copen, WV passed June 25, 2014 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born April 21, 1950 in Gassaway, WV a daughter of the late Donald H. and Helen Marie Reed Drake.

Karen was retired from the Braxton County Board of Education with 35 years of service. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and cooking.

She is survived by brothers, Ronald Drake (Patricia) of Heaters, Karis Drake (Kay) of Copen and Rickey Drake (Chris) of Copen; sisters, Donna Butler of Canton, OH and Phyllis Moore (Robert) of Copen; special niece/daughter, Emma and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.

Burial will be in the Reed Family Cemetery, Copen.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Ottice Lee Miller

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Ottice Lee Miller

Age 93, of Minnora WV, passed away June 23, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Grantsville.

Born, September 24, 1920, in Calhoun County, WV, he was a son of the late Homer and Ruie Hall Miller.

He was a former door-to-door salesman of household and medical goods.

He is survived by his son, Elmardean Miller (Roberta) of Massillon, OH; two grandsons, Bobby Miller of Canton, OH and James Miller of Massillon, OH; one great grandson, Bobby Miller, Jr.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Jessie Parsons Miller; three sons; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday June 28, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Burial will follow in the Clark Jarvis Cemetery at Minnora.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00-1:00 PM prior to the service.

Harry R. “Ronnie” Haddox, Sr.

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Harry R. “Ronnie” Haddox, Sr.

Age 63, of Harrisville, WV passed June 24, 2014 at his residence.

He was born June 26, 1950, in Marietta, OH, the son of the late Harry Hamilton and Helen Louise Wilson Haddox.

Ronnie was a U.S. Army Veteran of The Vietnam War with the 25th Infantry Division. He was a self-employed truck driver and had worked for Air Products, Legion and Mayflower trucking companies. He was a licensed Ham Radio Operator and loved camping, fishing hunting and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie Cangialosi Haddox; sons, Harry Ronald “Ronnie” Haddox, Jr. of Cairo, WV and James Anthony Haddox of Harrisville; sister, Karen Roche (Paul) of Harrisville; and grandchildren, Taylor Haddox, Cadean Haddox and Devan Haddox; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 3 PM, Friday, June 27, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-3 PM.

He will be interred at a later date in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, near Harrisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the COPD Foundation, at 20 F Street NW, Suite 200A Washington, DC 20001.

Hettie B. Bowers

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Hettie B. Bowers

Age 98, of Dille, WV passed away on June 25, 2014 at Summersville Extended Care, Summersville.

She was born February 16, 1916 in Clay County, WV the daughter of the late Porter & Rachel Matheny Browning.

Hettie was a Factory Worker for Bright of America, a homemaker

She was a Methodist by Faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Chelsie J. Bowers, sons, James Lee Bowers and Pete Bowers, sisters, Lennie Isenhart, Ollie Henries, Madgie Browning, brothers, Orville, Junior and Spencer Browning.

Hettie is survived by her sons, Ben Bowers (Lois) of Luray, VA, Jack Bowers of Nettie, Jerry Bowers of Dille, daughters, Jo Hamrick (Dave) of Dille, Mitzi Frame (Mike) of Duck, brothers, Okey Browning of Dille, Fred Browning and Ray Browning both of Birch River, sister, Icie Hicks of Birch River, 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Kenneth Adkins officiating.

Burial will follow at Walker Cemetery, Keeners Ridge, Birch River.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Friday June 27, 2014 at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bowers family.

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.

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