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Lois Ann Newell

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Lois Ann Newell

Age 61, of Chloe, WV, passed away December 18, 2013 at home.

She was a homemaker and researcher of family histories.

She was married to her husband John for 43 years.

She was the daughter of Homer (Mug) and Emogene Arthur Park.

Ann graduated from Calhoun County High in 1969.

She is survived by John William Newell, her husband; one brother Robert M. Park of Minnora, WV and one half-sister Kay Lions of Ohio plus several aunts and cousins.

There will be no services.

There will be a memorial service later.

Stump Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Donna Jean Kiser

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Donna Jean Kiser

Age 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at her home following a lingering illness.

She was born in Weston on February 02, 1932: daughter of the late Thomas Blaine Clem and Tillie Jane (Butcher) Clem.

On May 19, 1954, she married William Kiser, who preceded her in death on August 07, 1995.

Mrs. Kiser is survived by two daughters: Nancy Lee (Kent) McCue of Weston and Joyce Ann Nicholson, wife of Jonathan Brian Nicholson, deceased, of Weston and three sons: William Steven (Kerri) Kiser of Weston, Samuel Keith (Tina) Kiser of West Palm Beach, FL and Mark Wesley (Renee) Kiser of Weston. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, William, Mrs. Kiser was preceded in death by one daughter: Janet Lynn Kiser, one brother: Thomas Clem, Jr. and five sisters: Mildred Bonnell, Lillian Paugh, Pauline Wyant, Nina Koon and Barbara Rickey.

Mrs. Kiser was a retired psychiatric aide with Weston State Hospital with 27 years of service. She was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1950.” Donna enjoyed interior decorating, needlepoint, sewing and quilting. One of her greatest joys was cooking for her family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:30 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Butchersville Cemetery of Butchersville, WV.

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

Sheridan Ray Ables

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Sheridan Ray Ables

Age 71 of Dusk Camp Run Road, Sand Fork, West Virginia, departed this life on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

Born July 07, 1942 in Glenville, WV, son of the late Walter L. and Vernia Katherine Peggs Ables.

Ray was a mechanic in the Automotive industry. He loved fishing, Running Squirrels with Bub, playing with his grand-kids,  taking them for rides on the riding lawn mower.

He was a Christian by faith.

Surviving are 5 daughters, Sharlet Wagoner of Glenville, WV; Sheila Ables of Weston, WV; Shay Massey of Glenville, WV; and Carolyn and Eva Ables who live out of state, 5 sisters, Betty Harshbarger of Jackson, OH; Daisy Radcliff of Buckhannon, WV; Frankie Sukriach of Wellington, OH; Margaret Cutright of Elyria, OH; Kathy Mathew of Sand Fork, WV; 1 brother, Bernard P. Ables of LaGrange, OH.

Ray is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, long term companion, Virginia Black of Sand Fork, WV; and Caregiver Emma Donaldson also of Sand Fork, WV.

Along with his parents Ray was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Orville and Shay Ables.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 1:00 PM Saturday December, 21, 2013 with Rev. Clifford Reaser officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, on Ellis Road.

Friends may call from Noon - 1:00 PM Saturday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Sheridan Ray Ables with arrangements.

Dortha Lee Derosa

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Dortha Lee Derosa

Age 68, of Keith Fork Road, Weston, WV, Waldeck Community passed away at 6:37 AM on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

She was born August 06, 1945 in Charleston, WV a daughter of the late Herbert Arlen Douglas and Violet Iona Gilson Douglas.

She is survived by three sisters: Eva Mansell and husband Don of FL, Delores Cummings and husband Joseph of GA, and Brenda Gullo and husband Michael of OK; one step-brother, Gary Wright and wife Cathy; one step-sister, Cathy Shultz and husband Jim; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Glenna Mitchell.

Dortha was in retail sales for many years and was member of the Women’s Group at the Waldeck United Methodist Church. She enjoyed designing flower arrangements, constructing Thomas Kincaide jig saw puzzles, crocheting towels, afghans, hats and booties, and playing cards, especially solitaire and hand and foot.

Dortha’s request for cremation has been honored and her family and friends invite you to join them for a Celebration of Life Service at the Waldeck United Methodist Church on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM with the Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow in the Waldeck Church Cemetery.

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

Victoria Armentrout

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Victoria Armentrout

Age 87, of Sutton, WV, formerly of Nicholas County, WV, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born August 0, 1926 in Erbacon to Andrew Rose and Nora L. Carpenter Rose Ellison and was a homemaker.

She loved her family and her pets and enjoyed flowers and flower gardening.

She was Methodist by faith.

Victoria is survived by her sons Barry (wife Anita) Armentrout of Erbacon and Steven (wife Arisba Dorsey) Armentrout of Hominy Falls; daughters Linda Turner of Haines City, FL, and Nancy (husband Elliet) Gross of Barker Ridge; sister Velma Lanier of Villa Rica, GA; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Raleigh E. Armentrout.

Friends joined the family for visitation on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Adams-Reed Funeral Home.

Funeral services to celebrate Victoria’s life were held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Tom Kessler officiating.

Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Park, Erbacon.

John Gilbert Foudray

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John Gilbert Foudray

Age 45, of U.S. Hwy 33 West, Weston, WV, Sunset Acres community, passed away at 2:00 AM Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born March 02, 1968, in Winston Salem, NC, a son of Ronald Eugene Foudray Sr. of Nashville, TN, and Shirley Ann Tubbs Waters of Kokomo, IN.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, the former Tina Louise Jeffries, whom he married June 28, 2010.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jesika Converse and husband Michael of Springfield, MO, and one son, Brett Foudray and wife Arika of Clarksburg; two grandchildren, Brylee and Abbigail; two stepdaughters, Michaela White and husband Justin of Weston and Kayla Willis of Weston; two step-grandchildren, Damion and Colton White; one brother, Ronald E. Foudray Jr. and wife Samantha of Warrenton, VA; several aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Foudray.

John was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Glenville as a supervisor of cooks.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, stationed with the USS Dale CG19 out of Florida and various ships in South Carolina. Everyone looked forward to his delicious homemade pastries. He enjoyed writing country music, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Nascar, serving as a Civil War re-enactor, and attending Everson Baptist Church in Fairmont.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral and Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, Saturday, December 21, 2013, from 1-4 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 PM Saturday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Robert Tennant officiating.

Interment will follow in the WV National Cemetery in Grafton, WV.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard and the United States Navy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mountaineer Military Museum at 345 Center Ave., Weston, WV 26452 or the Lewis County Honor Guard at 144 Crane Camp Rd., Walkersville, WV 26447.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of John G. Foudray.

Vernon Eugene Faris

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Vernon Eugene Faris

Age 82, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on January 28, 1931: son of the late Bertram Faris and Mabell (Martin) Faris.

On May 05, 1956, he married Rosemarie (Meffert) Faris, who survives.

Mr. Faris is also survived by three daughters: Vicki Marie Hicks, Sandra Lynn Faris and Julie Ann Yenowine all of Brandon, FL, one son: Steven R. Faris of Sunbury, NC, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister: Bonnie Ruth Vowell of Tampa, FL, 2 nephews and 1 niece.

Mr. Faris was career veteran with 20 years in the United States Army. He also had 20 years of service with the General Telephone Company.

He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston.

Some of his hobbies include fishing, woodworking, gardening and silversmith.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 AM from St Patrick Catholic Church of Weston with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

A Prayer Service will be recited on Thursday evening from the funeral home chapel at 7 PM.

Interment will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Hillboro Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum of Brandon, FL with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made in memory of Mr. Faris to your favorite cancer society or St Patrick Catholic Church 210 Center Avenue Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Vernon Eugene Faris.

Elvira Anne Butcher

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Elvira Anne Butcher

Age 82, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a courageous four month battle with cancer.

She was born in Drahobous, Czechoslovakia on June 12, 1931: daughter of the late Franz Joseph Kraut and Marie (Richter) Kraut.

On June 18, 1954, she married Leman Ralph Butcher, who preceded her in death on June 14, 1998.

Mrs. Butcher is survived by two daughters: Claudia (James) Myers of West Milford and Carolyn (Blair) Turner of Weston, two sons: Ronald (Charlene) Butcher of Jane Lew and Markle (Penny) Butcher of Buckhannon, three grandchildren: Holly Myers, Sgt. Amanda Ray and Madison Turner and one great grandson: Tyler Myers and one on the way. She is also survived by one sister: Martha Rumsey of White Hall, MI, one special sister-in-law: Andalee Butcher and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Leman, Mrs. Butcher was preceded in death by one brother: Franz Kraut and one sister: Valorie Ferber.

Mrs. Butcher was a homemaker and had worked as a seamstress. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking and travel. She loved her flowers and gardening. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandson.

Family and friends will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bonnie Starkey officiating.

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

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Elvira Anne Butcher.

Roy L. Posey

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Roy L. Posey

Age 84, of Weirton, WV, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Weirton Geriatric Center.

He was born May 24, 1928 in Weston, WV: son of the late Archie and Carrie Post Posey.

Roy was a member of New Cumberland Lodge Number 22 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite of Wheeling, Osiris Shriners, Northern Panhandle Shrine Club, Tin Lizzie Patrol, Arab Patrol, Belmont Shrine Club, Wheeling Hillbillies and Cove Valley Lodge Number 380 IOOF. He retired from Weirton Steel Corp in the plant protection department.

Surviving are his daughters, Lee Ann (Richard) Sofilkanich of Thompson Station, Tenn., Kathi Posey of Denver, Colo., Marsha (Tom) DeVecchis of Weirton, Christine (John) Hawthorne of PA; grandsons, Eric (Sara) DeVecchis and Justin Sofilkanich; one great-grandson; sisters, Rose Posey and Joan Hinkle, both of Weston.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home, Inc., Weirton.

Elizabeth Hurst

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Elizabeth Hurst

Age 67 of Alum Bridge, WV; departed this life on Monday December 16, 2013 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

Born April 30, 1946 in Braxton County, WV, daughter of the late Stewart and Leona James Evans.

Elizabeth was a homemaker.

She was a Christian by faith.

She enjoyed watching TV, fishing, taking walks, and going on Sunday drives when she was able.

On June 06, 1979 she was united in marriage to Donel Hurst, who survives at their Alum Bridge home.

Surviving are 2 sons, Daniel Terranova of Alum Bridge, and Patrick Cutright of Clarksburg, 3 brothers, Stewart Evans and wife Bobbette of Harrison County, Michael Evans and wife Andrea of Upshur County, and Roland Evans and wife Linda of Ritchie County, 3 sisters, Katherine Roberson of New Albany, IN; Louise Dickerson of Charlestown, IN; and Elaine McCartney and husband Arnold of Walkersville.

Along with her parents Elizabeth was preceded in death by 1 brother Hanseford Evans.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive,  Glenville, WV. 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday December 20, 2013, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Copen Cemetery, Copen, WV.

Friends may call from 10:00-11:00 Friday morning at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Elizabeth Hurst with arrangements.

Pauline F. (McCartney) Denhart

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Pauline F. (McCartney) Denhart

Age 83, of West Springfield, PA, passed December 14, 2013, at UH Conneaut Medical Center in Conneaut, Ohio.

Born June 15, 1930, in Grantsville, WV, Pauline was the daughter of Carl G. and Helen F. (Westfall) McCartney.

An Ashtabula County, Ohio, resident since 1952, Pauline had been employed at Kroger’s and at Webb Mfg.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Conneaut, where she sang in the choir and served as a deaconess.

She was also a member of Salem Rebekah’s. She enjoyed singing and sang in the Covered Bridge Chorus of Sweet Adelines and the double quartet, Songs R Us. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and crafts.

A devoted wife and wonderful mother, Pauline leaves behind her husband, John Denhart of West Springfield, Pa., whom she married in 1972; three daughters, Teresa (Thomas) Facello, Ronda Volanski and Debra Cox, all of Ashtabula, Ohio; two stepsons, Curt Denhart of Pittsburgh, PA, and Eric (Mimi) Denhart of Key West, FL; 10 grandchildren, Nicholina, Michaella, Troy, Bret, Evan, Robert, Nathan, Lillian, Morgan and Eric; two great-grandchildren, Paula and Heaven; three sisters, Shirley (Wendell) Sinnett of Torch, Ohio, and Illene Scarberry and Nancy (Charles) Chocky, both of Rosemont, WV; and nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Norval, Carl Jr. and Harry McCartney.

Family services will be 11 AM Thursday at Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, Ohio, with Pastor Brian Ewig of First Baptist Church officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Parkersburg, WV, at the convenience of the family.

No calling hours will be observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 370 State St., Conneaut, OH 44030, or to Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd., Ashtabula, OH 44004.

Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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.

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