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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.

Rebecca “Beckers” Lea Pardue Heater

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Rebecca “Beckers” Lea Pardue Heater

Age 48, of Rocky Fork Road, Orlando, WV went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2014 following a brief illness.

She was born in Passaic, NJ and was the daughter of Linda (Posey) Dean and the late Bobby Joe Pardue.

On July 04, 1990, she married Nicky Heater, who survives her.

In addition to her husband, Rebecca is survived by one daughter, Amanda Gibson and husband Richard of Flatwoods, WV and sons, Matthew Helmick of Exchange, WV and Nicky Heater of Rocky Fork. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Suzanne Gibson, Richard Gibson Jr., and Brittney Gibson; great-grandchildren, Xavier Lilly, Jacob Gibson, and Mackenzie Bush. Rebecca is also survived by one sister, Lynn Ratliff of Burnsville, WV; one brother Bobby Pardue Jr. of Burnsville, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Rebecca loved bird watching, gardening, flowers, animals, and cooking. She especially enjoyed preparing macaroni salad, homemade candy, peanut butter balls, and fudge for her family. Rebecca loved her family dearly. She was a wonderful mother and will be missed greatly by them.

Family received friends on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 11 AM - 1 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services followed visitation on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment followed funeral services in the Burnsville I.O.O.F Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Heater family

Henry J. Ables

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Henry J. Ables

Age 93, of Sleep Camp Run Rd. Orlando, WV passed away at 10:15 AM Sunday June 22, 2014 during his brief stay at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on May 12, 1921 a son of the late Walter Ables and Effie Riffle Ables.

On August 24, 1945 he married the former May Addeline Donaldson and they celebrated 51 years of marriage before her passing on June 24, 1997.

His love for the great outdoors will be carried on by his 11 children including seven daughters: Shirley Eplee and husband Herman of Ellenboro, NC, Eva Rice and husband Don of Hodgesville, Mary Finster and husband Steve of Roanoke, Elsie Burkhammer and husband Steve of Weston, Eleanor Heath and husband Joe of Weston, Peggy Ables of Walkersville and Kimberly Ables of Orlando; four sons: Russell Ables and wife Gladis, Edward Ables and Donald Ables and wife Libby, all of Weston and Michael Ables and wife Janelle of Lost Creek; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Baby Bear.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family being preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Johnson and three brothers: Glenn, Emwood and Jimmie Ables; and five sisters: Delphia Donaldson, Bessie Collins, Neice Burkhammer, Pearl Ables and Icie Burkhammer.

Henry was retired from the WV Glass Specialty Co. with several years of service. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, ginsenging, feeding the wildlife, and watching the beautiful hummingbirds that frequented his feeders. He was proud to have lived a long productive life and to have resided in his ole’ country farmhouse for over 52 years.

Henry was Methodist by faith.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4 -7PM on Thursday June 26, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday with Reverend J.J. Johnson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Henry J. Ables.

Nina G. Keener Plum

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Nina G. Keener Plum

Age 90, of Sutton, WV passed away June 22, 2014 at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 09, 1924 in Braxton County, WV the daughter of the late Silas Leondas & Hester Louisa Tingler Keener.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Claude C. Plum, son, Claude S. (Buck) Plum, 5 brothers, Carl, Amos, Ollie, Iral (Bud) and infant, Harvey Oscar Keener and 2 sisters, Alta Collins and Catherine (Kate) Harris.

Nina is survived by her loving son Bobby L & wife Gayle Plum of Cleveland, OH, she was a beloved sister of Hughey (Marlin) Keener, loving grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother of many.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday June 25, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial followed at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Airport Rd. Sutton.

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

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Plum family.

Vicki Lee Craig

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Vicki Lee Craig

Age 44, of 75 Hartway Rd., Walkersville, WV was taken to Heaven by the angels on Friday, June 20, 2014 from Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

She was born in Weston on November 16, 1969, daughter of the late David King and Veronica (Dye) King.

On July 24, 2007 she married Jody Lynn Craig.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Jody; three daughters; Bobbie Renae Nixon, Mindy Michelle Nixon and Jazmin Paige King; all of Walkersville; one step son Ryan Morgan Craig of Weston, WV; six grandchildren; Brailyn Nichole Skinner, twins: Jordan Tyler and Brycen Wayne Skinner, Victoria Marcelle Lowther, Mya Lee Craig and Madelyn Noel Turner, two brothers; Dave King and French King, two sisters; Tina Chapman and Tabby Funk and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she had one daughter, Shauna Nichole Nixon predeceased her.Vicki had many hobbies in life.

She loved to fish, raise flowers, bird watch, and enjoy the beauty of angle pictures and statues.

She was a Baptist by Faith.

Her true love in life however was her husband and family. She devoted her life to them, being the best wife and mother she could be.

Family and friends will gather for Graveside Services on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV with Reverend Jay Burkhart officiating.

Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Vicki Lee Craig.

Theodore D. “Ted”  Wright Jr.

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Theodore D. “Ted”  Wright Jr.

Age 59 of Right Trace Fork Road, Big Springs, West Virginia, departed this life at 3:05 PM, Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia, following a short illness.

Born April 06, 1955 in Escanaba, Michigan, son of the late Theodore Delbert Sr.  and Lorraine Randall Wright.

Theodore was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life and worked the last year at Appalachian Piping.  He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Ted loved horses, camping, spending time outdoors, and watching John Wayne movies.

He was a Baptist by faith and a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church.

On July 02, 1987 Ted was united in marriage to Lorraine H. (Westlund) Wright, who survives at their Trace Fork Home.

Surviving are 6 children, David Westlund and wife Bridget of Bark River, Michigan, Charlotte Taylor of Ovid, Michigan, Christopher Wright of Indiana, Suzan Hall and husband Jamey of Cedarville, West Virginia, Lorrie Beth Wright of Ovid, Michigan, and J. Mike Wright of Big Springs, West Virginia, and 10 grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Haley, Hannah, and Madalynn Westlund, Austin and Trace Taylor, Miranda and Hunter Hall, and Lilly Wright.

There are also 5 siblings surviving, Pete McWhorter and wife Pat of Meridian, Mississippi, Kelvin Wright of Big Rapids, Michigan, Flora Koster of Big Rapids, Michigan, Dale Wright of Baltimore, Maryland, and Edward Wright of Big Springs, West Virginia.

Along with his parents Ted was preceded in death by 1 son, Theodore D. Wright III, and 2 siblings, Royal Randall and Mike Wright.

Ted’s request for Cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Sand Fork Baptist Church at 1:00 PM Tuesday June 24, 2014 with Rev Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial of his ashes will be in Rapid River, Michigan at a later date.

The Family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn, Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 to help pay funeral expenses.

Jase Joseph Perry

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Jase Joseph Perry

21 day old infant, of Jeremy Perry and Tiffany Tomaro of Jane Lew, WV was taken to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

He was born in Morgantown, WV on May 29, 2014.

Jase is survived by one sister Alexis Paige Perry of Buckhannon.

Jase is survived by his maternal grandparents are Robert Tomaro of Weston and Erika Engelhardt of Clarksburg and great grandparents: Evelyn Greaver of Hookstown, PA and the late Forest Greaver and the late Bob and Glenna Tomaro.

He is also survived by one aunt: Toni (Edsel) Davis of Moorehead City, NC, Anthony (Debbie) Tomaro of Weston and several cousins.

Jase is survived by paternal grandparents: Donna and Steve Smith of Jane Lew and great grandparents: the late Alvin and Betty McCartney. He is also survived by two aunts: Rachel (Jeff) Law and Lily Smith both of Weston, two uncles: Joey McCartney and Jacob Smith both of both of Weston and several cousins.

Although Jase was only on this earth for a short time, his family will have an empty spot for a long time. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 12 Noon until 1 PM.

Graveside services was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV with Reverend Clifford West officiating, following visitation.

Interment followed services in the family plot.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jase Joseph Perry.

Loretta Chalfant Ingle

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Loretta Chalfant Ingle

Went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 08, 2014 at her home in Apple Valley California after a battle with cancer.

Loretta was born January 23, 1936 in Lewis County, WV: the daughter of Carolyn Tucci and Eugene Chalfant.

Her family moved to Burbank, California after WWII, where she attended John Burroughs High School.

Loretta worked at the City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California for several years.

She married Jay Ingle, a Fresno Fire Fighter on October 19, 1974.

Jay and Loretta resided in Fresno, California for years before beginning their journey throughout the U.S.

Loretta is survived by her loving husband, Jay; daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Carlson, Jill (John) Hunt; grandchildren, Heather Hunt, Jennifer Vogt, Jeremy Hunt and Lindsey Carlson; and a beloved niece, Carolyn Chalfant, daughter of her brother.

She leaves behind many loving cousins.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 13, at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno, California.

Remembrances may be made in memory of Loretta to Susan G. Komen, Central Valley, PMB 551, 5730 North First St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93710.

John Forest Shaver

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John Forest Shaver

Age 84, of Napier, WV, passed away at his residence on June 12, 2014 following an extended illness.

He was born on February 01, 1930: a son of the late Oscar “Buck” Shaver and Ruby (Boyce) Shaver.

In addition to his parents John was preceded in death by one infant sister, Ruby Jean Shaver; a brother, James M. Shaver; and his youngest daughter, Sandra L. Shaver.

John is survived by his loving wife of 65-years Rose Riffle Shaver; also two daughters, Suzan Marple and Wayne of Ireland, Patricia Ratliff and Lonnie of Weston; four grandchildren, Lori (Rich) Reed of Bridgeport; Amy (Tom) Fishbaugh of Clarksburg, Julie Oldaker of Weston; Jodi (Jeffrey) Wayts of Clarksburg; nine great-grandchildren, Bethany Reed, Trey Reed, Alex Reed, Seth Fishbaugh, Emma Fishbaugh, Abby Oldaker, Lizzy Oldaker, Cooper Rose Wayts and Wesley Wayts. Also surviving is one sister, Lynn (Gary) Jeffries; and sister-in-law, Jenny Shaver.

John was a self-employed mechanic, timberman and driller and he had his own wrecker service. Prior to these trades, John had 28-years as an electrician with the IBEW. John was very proud of his Navy military service aboard the destroyer USS Charles R. Ware. John loved his family and friends and loved hosting cookouts, chicken roasts, fish fry’s and breakfast in the park. He was a great lover of animals particularly his dogs and cats and had many special companions throughout his life. He is missed by Tinker and Cali his current dog and cat. He also had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Friends called at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, 26621 on Saturday, June 14.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 15, at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jason Allen and Pastor Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment followed services in the Tichenel Cemetery with full Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 33.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home will be caring for the Shaver family.

Rose Lea Posey

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Rose Lea Posey

Age 83, a resident of Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew, WV, formerly of the Homewood Addition of Weston, WV, passed away at 1:33 AM on Thursday June 19, 2014 following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on May 05, 1930 a daughter of Archie Posey and Carrie Belle Post Posey.

She is survived by one sister, Joan Hinkle of Jane Lew; three nieces: Norma Robinson of Buckhannon, Marsha Lynn DeVecchis of Weirton, Kathi Posey of CO; one nephew, Mark Hinkle of Branson MO; one great niece, Amanda Shafer; and four great nephews: Tyler Hinkle, Eric DeVecchis, Grayson Shreve, and Justin Sofilkanich; one great great nephew, Thomas DeVecchis; and one adopted daughter, Charlene Wiant of Weston.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Posey; and one niece, Lee Ann Sofilkanich.

Rose was employed by the WV Glass Specialty Company for several years. She was a member of the Fern Rebekah Lodge #101 of Weston for over 50 years.

She was a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed watching soap operas, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek rd. in Jane Lew from 10-11 AM on Saturday June 21, 2014.

Funeral services will follow at 11AM with Reverend Mike Riffle officiating. Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery in Weston.

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

Dollie Mae Barber

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Dollie Mae Barber

Age 89, of Upperco, MD passed on June 12, 2014 in Long View Nursing Home, Manchester, MD.

She was born on April 30, 1925 in Sutton, WV to the late John L. and Mary Alice Harris Dillon.

She was married to the late James Barber.

She was a graduate of Sutton High School and loved bluegrass music and astrology. She enjoyed playing the slots at Charlestown Casino. She lived in Upperco for 50 years.

She is survived by her son James Scott Barber of Hanover, sister in laws Mary Dillon of Elmira, OH and Faye Barber, nieces Carol Dillon of Poplar Ridge, WV and Teresa Kay and her husband Frank Staub of Finksburg.

Service was held at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD on Monday, June 16, 2014 11:00 AM.

Raymond A. Smith

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Raymond A. Smith

Age ge 73, of Grafton, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 09, 2014.

Raymond was born January 11, 1941 in Weston, WV.

He was a resident of Grafton, Ohio for more than 40-years, where he and his wife Joyce, of 51-years, raised their family.

Raymond was a member of the Grafton Baptist Church.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, spending time with his family, working in the yard and being outdoors with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As a young man in Weston, he worked at the Colonial Glass Factory until moving to Ohio. Ray worked for Timms Spring Manufacturing in Elyria, Ohio for 32-years until his retirement in 2004. After taking a few years off for retirement, he went to work for Midview Schools for three-years. He currently worked at Whirlaway Manufacturing in Wellington, Ohio. He will be greatly missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Carson Smith, sons Raymond (Tammy) Smith of Grafton, Ohio, Randy (Becky) Smith of Elyria, Ohio; brothers, Darrell Smith of Jackson, Ohio, Larry (Linda) Smith of LaGrange, Ohio and Jimmy (Sharon) Smith of Grafton, Ohio.
Survivors also include five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Marguerite Smith; sister, Janet Moss and brother, Clarence D. Smith.

Friends were received in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St, Grafton, Ohio on Thursday, June12, from 2 - 4 PM and 7 - 9 PM.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 13, at 11 AM in the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 39888 Parsons Road in Grafton, Ohio, with Pastor Joe Dossa officiating.

Burial was held in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the funeral home.

Bernice Hatfield Sommerville

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Bernice Hatfield Sommerville

Age 94, passed June 16, 2014 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV.

She was born December 30, 1919 in Harrisville, WV, the daughter of the late Edgar Ivan and Hallie Jean Heckert Hatfield.

Mammaw B as she was affectionately known by many, graduated from Harrisville High School in 1937. She worked at the former Myles Manufacturing in Harrisville, Pine View Nursing Home and in later years as a correspondent for the Pennsboro News.

She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where she had been active in the Friendship Class and United Methodist Women.

She enjoyed golfing and travelling the world. She loved playing cards with her friends and time spent with her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Rae Mullenix (Denver) of Harrisville; a son, Jon Jay Sommerville (Janet Eppert) of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Steve Mullenix (Priscilla) and Pam Mossor (Donnie Miracle) of Harrisville; Paul Mullenix (Lori) of Belmont, Kim Adams (Tim) and Lisa Dornick (Greg) all of Parkersburg; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Pittman (Mike), Holly Dukich (Chris), Adam Mullenix (Bethany), Missy Sarine (Willie), Jenessa Mullenix, Kyle Adams, and Katie Jo Dornick; nine great-great-grandchildren, Addie, Alyvia and Ayden Pittman, Natalie and Nathaniel Dukich, Chloe Sigmon, Makayla and Lillian Mullenix and Sofia Sarine; and her beloved poodle, Baby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Douglas Sommerville; and sister, Mida Grose.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 PM, Sunday June 22, 2014 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Harrisville with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville Saturday from 4:30-8 PM.

In following her wishes she will be cremated.

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