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Bonnie Marie Plum Knotts

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Bonnie Marie Plum Knotts

Age 87, of Childers Manor, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, April 03, 2014 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born April 01, 1927 in Alvy a daughter of the late Edward and Ila Mae Seese Morgan.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanette Smith and husband Robert, West Union, Debra Jett and husband, Ronald, Big Flint, two sons, Clyde Plum, Orlando, FL, Alan Plum, Edinburg, VA, two sisters, Mildred Roy, Smithburg community, Judy Morgan, Parkersburg, seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Pete and Charles Plum, two sisters, Doris Cosenza, Barbara Fetty and three brothers, Leroy, Junior and Eddie A. Morgan.

Bonnie was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading.

She attended the Red Oak United Methodist Church.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Monday, April 04, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Monday, April 04, 2014 after 9 AM until time of service.

Committal service will be conducted at 3 PM in the Parson’s City Cemetery, Parsons.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Plum/Morgan family.

Evelyn Mae Villers

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Evelyn Mae Villers

Age 92, of Churchville Road, Camden, WV passed away at 3:55 PM on Thursday, April 03, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born November 07, 1921 in Doddridge County a daughter of the late Brainard Wesley Titus and Lena Agnes McClain Titus.

She was twice married, first to Larry Anspaugh who passed in 1963 then on September 07, 1973 she married Clyde M. Villers who passed away June 19, 1992.

She is survived by one brother, Paul Titus and wife Ellen of Camden; brother-in-law, Bill Duvall of Cedar Town GA; sister-in-law, Sharon Titus of Jane Lew; a dear cousin, Arthur McClaine and wife Gloria of CT; and she was a loving “mother” to her many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Frank, Monroe, Bob, and Dave Titus; and one sister, Regina Duvall.

Evelyn moved to OH during the war to work at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, building rafts for the military. While living in Akron OH, she would invite each of her brothers, as they graduated from high school, to move in with her and she helped each of them get a good start in life. She later moved back to Camden to help care for her parents. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, going out to eat with her friends and playing cards with her family and friends.

She was Protestant by faith.

Evelyn’s request for cremation has been honored and her family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at the Weston Masonic Cemetery at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd, Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Evelyn Mae Villers.

Ronald Milton Moran

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Ronald Milton Moran

Age 72, of Big Bend, WV (Calhoun County) passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday, April 02, 2014.

He was born May 02, 1941, in Fairmont, WV,  a son of the late Robert M. and Martha W. (Davidson) Moran.

Ron is survived by his wife, Marian (Strickler) Moran, whom he first married on August 27, 1960 and again on May 12, 2000.

His children are:  daughters Ellen (David) Hatfield, Lori Hawkins, and Susan (Steve) Vanderbilt; son, James (Casey) Hamner; stepdaughter, Susan (Ed) Novak; and stepsons, Jeff Arnovitz and Michael Arnovitz.

He also is survived by his twin brother, Robert L. (Peggydawn) Moran and brother William (Linda) Moran; and sister Linda (David) Legg.

Ron had nine surviving grandchildren:  Jennie McGuire, Nicholas Hawkins, Chase Hawkins, Ali Dotson, Kyle Dotson, Kaylie Hamner, Chloe Hamner, Kiera Hamner and Caleb Hamner; three nephews, Gregory Moran, Daniel Moran and Ryan Moran; and three nieces, Lynn Gundy, Theresa Moran and Renee Murphy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Shirley Lee Milheim, to whom he was married from May 03, 1985 to September 30, 1992; and one nephew, Robert M. Moran.

Ron worked in the print industry and saw dramatic changes in that field. He started working with lead type and saw progress leading to computer pagination and digital printing of today. He was a great problem solver and loved working on computers.  He had great fun sailing with his brother and he enjoyed his family.  He was a very loving and kind man.

He attended Brooksville Baptist Church in Big Bend, WV.

A memorial will be held at the Brooksville Baptist Church and burial will be in Warren, Ohio. Both to be held at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, WV is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ronald Milton Moran.

Harold C. Lott

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Harold C. Lott

Age 59, of Ravenna passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 peacefully, in his sleep.

Harold was born September 06, 1954 in Grantsville, West Virginia. He later moved to Ravenna with his family where he was raised.

Harold was a member of the United States Navy from 1971-1975, serving during the Vietnam War.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of Harold’s life will take place Saturday, April 05, 2014 at the American Legion in Ravenna, beginning at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Nathan Clark Baker

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Nathan Clark Baker

Age 46, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on April 02, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on February 11, 1968, in Marietta, OH, a son of the late Olin Baker and June Hall Baker of Ellenboro, WV.

He worked for the Merrick Co. of Clarksburg, WV. He was a graduate of Ritchie County High school, and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and then graduated from West Virginia University, Parkersburg, WV. He enjoyed all outdoor activities, worked on the development of software and had researched and edited computer language text books for colleges and universities.

Nathan is survived by his mother, June Hall Baker, Ellenboro, WV; brothers, Daniel L. Baker, Ellenboro, WV, and Timothy W. Baker, Vienna, WV; sister, Angel J. Baker, Vienna, WV; niece, Leah L. Baker, Vienna, WV.

He was preceded in death by his father, Olin Denzil Baker.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, on Sunday, April 06, 2014, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice in Nathan’s memory.

Ronnie Franklin Radcliff

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Ronnie Franklin Radcliff

Age 58, of Gassaway, WV, left this life to go home to the Lord and his Family on April 01, 2014 at 2:47 PM at CAMC General Hospital due to complications of Wegener’s Granulomatosis (Renal Failure).

He was born April 08, 1955 in Richwood, WV a son of the late Roy and Ruth King Radcliff.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers, James “Pooch” and Randy; sisters, Vada Radcliff, Wave Garnett, and Jean Cogar.

He was a construction worker, pipe layer and mechanic. He loved to work on old cars. He loved life. He loved everybody and never met a stranger. He would give anybody anything he had. He was a good man, good friend and neighbor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Karen “Susie” Mowery Radcliff; his son, Shawn and wife, Laura; his three grandchildren that he loved with all of his heart, he was there gramps; Patrick, Hannah and Gage Radcliff; brothers, Bob of Nettie, WV, Bill and wife, Velma of Cleveland, OH and Mike and wife, Robin of Richmond, VA; sisters, Rosie Hissam and husband, Larry of Buckhannon, WV, Cathy Meadows and husband, Carless of Canvas, WV and Pam Myers and husband, Bobby of Gassaway, WV.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, April 05, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor David Gunter officiating.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Catherine E. Gower

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Catherine E. Gower

Age 75, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Walkersville, WV on February 13, 1939: daughter of the late Ballard Scott Bleigh and Edith Sarah (Hyre) Bleigh.

Mrs. Gower was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Gower in 2011.

Mrs. Gower is survived by two daughters: Cathy Malcolm and Debbie (Robert) Fultineer both of Weston , one son: Jim (Nancy) King of Weston and step children: Randy and Bill King and Eileen Burkhammer. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Alissa (Greg) Wine, Eric Groves, Kasey (Mike) Bradley, David and Stephanie Walton, Joey Bean, Misty Simons, Mindy and Larry Lee and Tiffany and Christa Fultineer, 26 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are five brothers: Hugh Scott Bleigh and Ralph Bleigh both of Ohio, Charles Bleigh and Don Bleigh both of Dallas, Texas and Jimmy Bleigh of Buckhannon and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Clarence, Catherine was preceded in death by one daughter: Tina King, two grandchildren: Amanda Groves and Frederick Groves and one brother: Delbert Bleigh.

Mrs. Gower was a glassworker with Colonial Glass Factory of Weston. She an employee with the Weston State Hospital and worked at the F& M Lunch of Weston.

She was a Baptist by faith. She enjoyed Bingo and sewing.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave Weston on Thursday, April 03, 2014 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 Wease Day officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Rock Cave Cemetery of Rock Cave, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Catherine E. Gower.

John J.SMUSZ

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John J.SMUSZ

Age 78, of Chester passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in the emergency room at Trinity West hospital in Steubenville following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 10, 1935, in Weston, WV, the youngest and last surviving child to the late Anthony and Sophia Sagan Smusz.

An expert draftsman, John retired from the Quaker State Oil Refinery in Newell where he had worked for many years.

An avid West Virginia Mountaineer fan, John was rarely seen in public without his WVU hat.

He was baptized, raised and remained a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Chester.

Following his 1953 graduation from the former Chester High School John joined the U.S. Air Force, of which he was a proud veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his sisters. Bernice and Mildred Smusz, Ann Blaner, Mary Macey and Julia Glass; brothers. Joseph and Stanley Smusz; and several nieces and nephews.

Rev. Father Eric Antwi presided for a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday March 31 at 1 PM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chester.

Interment followed at Locust Hill Cemetery in Chester where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group and the U.S. Air Force will give full military honors.

Friends were invited to join the family Sunday from 1-5 PM at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester where a recitation of the Rosary took place at 4:30 PM.

Joe Francis “tater” Naylor

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Joe Francis “tater” Naylor

Age 62, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed March 31, 2014 at Charleston Area Medical Center’s, Memorial Division.

He was born February 24, 1952 in Grantsville, WV a son of the late Guy Milstead and Helen Starcher.

He formerly worked in the oil fields and for Waste Management, was a mechanic, enjoyed trading.

He was a Christian.

He is survived by two daughters, Angela Naylor of Millstone, West Virginia and April Naylor of Lower Salem, Ohio; three grandchildren, Asa and Colten Naylor and Shelby Bohannon; sisters, Candy Summers, Mary Milstead, Shirley Pratt, Cindy Gainer and Lessie Alger; brothers, Charlie, Dana, Randy, Stanley, Fred and “Shote” Starcher, and Guy and Gene Milstead.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Diane Murphy and Kathy Starcher; and brothers, Terry Naylor, and Gary and Chuck Starcher.

Per his request, the body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, WV is in charge of arrangements.

There will be no service or visitation at the funeral home.

John Daniel Lebo

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John Daniel Lebo

Age 73, of 112 US Highway 33E Weston, WV passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on January 07, 1941: son of the late John W. Lebo and Married Jane (Bonnett) Lebo.

Mr. Lebo is survived by two sisters: Elsie Sade of Baltimore, MD and Mary Lou Bonnett and husband Richard of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lebo owned and operated Lebo’s Flower and Vegetable Shop of Weston. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

At Mr. Lebo’s request there will be no visitation or services.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of John Daniel Lebo.

Janet A. Easterday

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Janet A. Easterday

Age 62, of Harrisville, WV (formerly of Jacksonville, MD) departed this life on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at CCMC, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg, WV.

Janet was born May 27, 1951, in Baltimore County, MD, a daughter to the late Harold and Helen (Coon) Mulholland. Janet spent her life as a loving housewife for her family and hard working farmer. She was an animal lover, loved the beach, crafting & woodworking, and was a wonderful grandma and wife.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Easterday; daughter, Jenna Gier (John) of Cairo, WV; step son, Albert Denton Easterday, Harrisville, WV; step daughter, Dannette Crawford, Virginia Beach, VA, and her grandchildren, Brandon, Jordan, Shianne, Sierra, Lily Ann Gier, Dustin, Tiffani, Preston, Harley, Corey Easterday, & Destiny Crawford.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, David Easterday.

Funeral services will be 7 PM, Thursday, April 03, 2014, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor John Kopshina officiating.

Burial will take place on Saturday April 05, 2014 at the Montgomery Methodist Church Cemetery in Damascus, MD.

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM, on Thursday at the funeral home.

Virgil Ray Lambert

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Virgil Ray Lambert

Age 84, of Elkton, MD passed Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Born in Strange Creek, WV on February 13, 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Prudence Carter Lambert.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Lambert had owned and operated Lambert’s Sonoco on Route 40 in Elkton for 22 years. He enjoyed being with his family, loved to bowl, was an avid fisherman and Baltimore Orioles fan. For 20 years he also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Prudence Dean Lambert; children, Steven W. Lambert and wife, Sarah, and Cheryl L. Conway and husband, Patrick, all of Elkton, MD, Michael L. Lambert and wife, Susan, of Rising Sun, MD and Donna R. Lambert, of Strange Creek, WV; his brother, Arthur Lambert, Strange Creek, WV; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lambert was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral service will be held at 7 PM, Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD where visitation will begin at 5:30 PM.

Funeral Service will be held 2 PM Thursday, April 03, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Burial with military rites will be in the Strange Creek Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Bernice Mae Moyers

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Bernice Mae Moyers

Age 84 of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:30 PM; Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born August 03, 1929 in Normantown, West Virginia, daughter of the late Charles Victor and Josie Alice Miller Childers.

Bernice was a homemaker and graduate of Normantown High School, Class of 1949.

She was a long time member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

She was bookkeeper for Moyers Well Service and a big supporter of her children’s school and sports activities. She was a great cook, active mother with her children, caregiver to family when needed, and an important part in the family farm, along with being a good farm wife.

On March 18, 1949 Bernice was united in marriage to Charles J. Moyers who preceded her in death on September 12, 1997.

Surviving are 3 children, Katherine Moyers Hark and husband David of Shepherdstown, WV;  Kevin Joseph Moyers and wife Virginia Ann of Cedarville, and Charles Victor Moyers and wife Roberta of Cedarville, and 1 sister Lavonne Minigh and husband Robert of Cedarville.

There are 7 grandchildren, Shaun Moyers of Morgantown,  Keith Moyers and wife Nicole of Tanner,  Chris Moyers and wife Sarah of Glenville, Douglas Moyers and wife Chasity of Burnsville,  Teresa Case and husband JD of Gassaway, Julie Conrad and husband Johnny of Stouts Mills, and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe of Canton, Ohio, and 11 great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Bernice was preceded in death by 1 sister, Peggy Reed, and one infant great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Moyers.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Dawson Baptist Church, WV Highway 33 West of Glenville at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 01, 2014 with Elder Richard Westfall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM, Monday Evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is humbled to assist the family of Bernice Moyers with arrangements.

Edwin Ellis Cox

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Edwin Ellis Cox

Age 78, of Harrisville, WV passed March 28, 2014 at The Willows, Parkersburg.

He was born December 10, 1935 in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Lloyd Wendell and Sylvia G. Jones Cox.

Edwin was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Germany. He was retired from Union Carbide, Sistersville with 28 years as an electrician and was owner-operator of The Sharpening Shed for 20 years. He was a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America and Ritchie County 4-H and was a longstanding member of the Board of Directors for Long Reach Federal Credit Union and will be honored with the new Ellenboro Branch named “The Ed Cox Building”.

He is a member of The Harrisville Baptist Church.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Eddie E. and Rebecca Cox of Harrisville; grandchildren, Ashley and Matthew; brother, Samuel L. Cox of Harrisville; and sisters, Glenda Lucille Bransford of Williamsburg, WV.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glada D. Ash Cox; brothers, Francis W. Cox and David W. Cox; and sister, L. Jane Lordeon.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Robert Perine officiating. Burial will follow in the Pullman Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Ritchie County 4-H, 1608 E. Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362.

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