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Ruth Collins Kidder

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Ruth Collins Kidder

Age 63, of Spencer, WV passed Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in the Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

She was born July 19, 1950, at Normantown, WV a daughter of the late Steve and Martha Riffle Collins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Collins.

Ruth was a homemaker and farmer.

Survivors include one son, Granville Kidder of Spencer; one daughter, Linda Smith of Florida; four grandchildren, Nukeila Kidder, Sonia Kidder, Brenna Garnes and Blake Garnes; four great grandchildren, Damion Longfellow, Kiara Longfellow, Layla Garnes and Braydon Jay Kidder; six brothers, George, Clifford, Davey, Jessie, Richard and Fred Collins; two sisters, Mary Myers and Betty Miller.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 20 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Burial will be in the Snodgrass Cemetery, Gandeeville.

Friends may call two hours before the funeral.

Ileen Fleming Freeman

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Ileen Fleming Freeman

Age 86, of Flatwoods, WV went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 29, 2014, following an extended illness.

She was born December 14, 1927, and was the daughter of the late Benjamin Eagle and Treacy (Jackson) Eagle.

Ileen was preceded in death by husbands, Claude “Carter” Fleming and Arden Freeman; son, Jim Fleming; and sister, Ruth Marsh.

Ileen is survived by two sons, John Fleming of Ravenna, Ohio, and Jerry Fleming and wife JoAnn, of Heathers; stepchildren, Brenda (Donald) Burroughs, Linda Simons, Donna (Kenneth) Harper, Mae (Ron) Facemire, Roger (Debbie) Freeman, Arden Ray (Pam) Freeman and Edward (Mary) Freeman; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Donnie Eagle and wife, Jessie, of Flint, Mich., and one sister, Lucille Rhodes of Sutton.

Ileen was a retired cosmetologist and owner/operator of Ileen’s Beauty Shop in Fairmont.

She was a member of Flatwoods United Methodist Church, a devout Christian and loved reading her Bible.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was a great cook. Ileen cooked her family dinner every Sunday.

Family received friends on Friday, July 04, from 4 to 8 PM at Stockart-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, July 05, at Flatwoods United Methodist Church at 11 AM with the Rev. Doug Smailes and Pastor Bryan Bukovesky officiating. Interment followed the service in Heaters Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Burnsville Hospice Care Corp., P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335 or Flatwoods United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 100, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Fleming family.

Elizabeth Ann Snyder

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Elizabeth Ann Snyder

Age 84, of Weston, WV formerly of Burnsville, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior when He extended His loving arms Friday, July 11, 2014.

Elizabeth was born July 28, 1929 to James T. and Agnes V. Barrett of Buffalo, Braxton County.

At 14 years of age, Elizabeth became one of the original “Rosie the Riveters” when she went to work in a factory producing munitions and war supplies in Cleveland, Ohio, during World War II. Later in life, she was employed at the Kinney Shoe Factory in Glenville and the West Virginia Glass Factory in Weston. She also served as an Avon lady in her community and as a Headstart aide at Burnsville Elementary School.

Fondly known as Squeak to her closest friends and family, Elizabeth married Junior James Snyder December 22, 1951.

The Snyders lived in Gilmer Station, where Squeak became well known for the delicious food she prepared for visitors and the stylish perms she gave the ladies in the small community.

The family moved to Braxton County, just four miles below Burnsville, in 1962, where they resided until Elizabeth suffered a debilitating stroke in 1997, which robbed her of her ability to cook and drive. Her son George and his wife Wanda of Weston served as her caretakers for her remaining years. At the time of her death, Elizabeth was residing at the Country Living Personal Care Home in the care of Mrs. Sherry Sellers.

Elizabeth dearly loved her family and their pets. She was especially fond of Max, Gracie, Pumpkin and Goblin, her furry loved ones. An avid NASCAR fan, Elizabeth’s favorite driver (her “man”) was the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. She also enjoyed the music of her favorite singer, Josh Turner.
When she lost her husband in 1971, Elizabeth poured herself into raising her large family single-handedly for the next forty-three years. Just days before her passing, she still asked her children to call to let her know they had arrived home safely, no matter how nearby they lived.

She overcame countless physical struggles during her lifetime for the sake of her children.

Elizabeth is survived by her sons David Barrett (Rosalee) and George Snyder (Wanda), both of Weston.

She is also survived by four daughters, Sharon Johnson (Gary) of Alliance, Ohio; Brenda Gibson (Burnard) of Sutton, WV; Janet Snyder of Kingsport, Tenn.; and Tammy McNemar (Jay) of Centreville, VA.

Elizabeth was affectionately known as Gran or Nanny to her nine grandchildren, Michael Johnson, Darla Adkins, David Lee Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Lisa McKisic, Amy Rose, Misty Dawn O’Dell, Elizabeth Gibson and Logan Gibson; eight great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

She is survived by one sister, Shelba Jean Allen (Robert) of Burnsville, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Junior James Snyder and her son Duanne Snyder. In addition, three sisters, Lovie Eagle, Gladys Alkire and Rosa Belle Bush; and one brother, Burton Ray Barrett, preceded her in death.

Family received friends Monday, July 14 from 5-8 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, July 15 at 11 AM at the Little Kanawha Independent Church below Burnsville with Pastor Ronzel Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in the K of P Cemetery in Burnsville.

A longtime member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville, Elizabeth deeply appreciated Reverend Roberts and his wife Leona, who visited her faithfully until her passing.

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

Irene Virginia Beamer

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Irene Virginia Beamer

Age 87, of Newville, WV passed away July 16, 2014 at her residence.

She was born October 31, 1926 in Shinnston, WV the daughter of the late Alba & Lula Pearl Blankenship Hamner.

Irene was a homemaker and a member of Newville Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Denzil Beamer, son, Charles Beamer, brothers, Junior Hamner, Jack Hamner, sisters, RosiLie Hamner, Katherine Wade, Anna Mae Wolfgang, Beatrice Allen, Joetta Groff.

Irene is survived by her son, Denzil Junior Hamner of Newville, daughter, Carolyn Beamer of Newville, brothers, Bert Hamner (Jo Ann) and James Hamner all of Newville, sisters, Alice Williams of Gassaway, Peggy Hamner of Newville, Mary Harper (Ken) of Elyria, OH, Marge Frick (Bob), 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 4 great- great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday July 20, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will follow at Newville Cemetery, Newville.

Friends may call 6-8 PM Saturday July 19, 2014 at the funeral home.

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

Kenneth Wayne Bliesath

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Kenneth Wayne Bliesath

Age 56, of Sutton, WV passed away July 12, 2014 in Fairmont, WV.

He was born in Reading, PA on December 08, 1957 the son of Elizabeth Ann Miller Aston and the late Marvin Sherwood Bliesath.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Tina Fontanez.

Kenneth is survived by his son, Charles, mother, Elizabeth Ann Miller Aston of Reading, PA, brothers, Henry Graul and Marvin Bliesath, Jr both of Reading, PA, Richard Bliesath of PA, Jacqueline Bliesath of Sutton.

Upon his request the body was cremated.

There will be no services.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Bliesath Family.

India Victoria Koon

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India Victoria Koon

Age 96, formerly of 21 S Main Avenue Weston, WV, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Crestview Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center of Jane Lew, WV following an extended illness.

She was born in Burnsville, WV on June 02, 1918: daughter of the late Charles Blake and Maggie (Heater) Blake.

On March 12, 1943, India was married to William Howard Koon, who preceded her in death in February 04,1994.

Mrs. Koon is survived by her son: Victor L. (Diane) Koon of Weston, two grandchildren: Scott (Kayla) Koon of Morgantown and Kevin Koon of Weston, two great grandchildren:Isaiah Scott Koon and Levi Jeffrey Koon and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, William.

India was preceded in death by one brother: Bayless Blake and one sister: Anita Blake.

Mrs. Koon was a homemaker and a psychiatric aide with Weston State Hospital. She was a graduate of Burnsville High School. She enjoyed cleaning house.

At Mrs. Koon’s request, she will be cremated and there will be a private interment at the convenience of the family.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of India Victoria Koon.

Esker Lee Cutlip

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Esker Lee Cutlip

Age 90, of Erbacon, WV passed away on July 15, 2014 at Hill Top Center, Hill Top, WV.

He was born November 14,1923 in Sutton, WV, the son of the late James & Lucy Long Cutlip.

Esker was a Coal Miner, retired from the WV Department of Highways and served his country in the Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Russell, Wade, Herman Cutlip and Marley Cutlip Rose.

Esker is survived by his wife, Ruby Kathleen Roberts Cutlip, sons, Gary L. Cutlip (Nina) of Warrington, VA, Gary Ray Cottrill Cutlip of Erbacon, grandchildren, Jeffrey C. Cutlip, Christopher Cutlip, Crystal Cutlip and 8 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday July 18, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Burial will follow at Cutlip-Baber Cemetery, Bays Rd. Birch River, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior the services at the funeral home.

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

Robert Eugene Dobbins

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Robert Eugene Dobbins

Age 65, of Chapel, WV, passed away July 13, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born April 01, 1949 a son of the late Donnie Lee and Leona Mae Burns Dobbins.

He was a mechanic and a heavy equipment operator. He loved to play music and was a great father.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by daughter, Jacqueline Mae Dobbins and brother, Donnie Lee Dobbins, Jr.

He is survived by wife, Francis Carpenter Dobbins; children, Johnlee Robert Dobbins (Mary) of Gassaway, Billy Eugene Dobbins (Bobby) of Gassaway, Clara Jane Yale (Steve) of Gassaway, Mary Ellen Dobbins (Jason) of Wagner, SC, Jacob William Dobbins of Gassaway, Francis Joe Dobbins (Sara) of Shalersville, OH, Luke Allen Dobbins of Gassaway, Becky Lou Dobbins of Gassaway and Wesley Alen Bell of Gassaway; brothers, Harry Leon Dobbins and William Franklin Dobbins; sisters, Flora Ruth Williams and Virginia Mae Dobbins; five grandchildren.

Service will be 11 AM Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Ron Acord and Pastor Bill Carr officiating.

Burial will be in the Perkins Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Paul W. Sias

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Paul W. Sias

Age 68, of Valley Chapel community, Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lincoln County, WV on March 25, 1946: son of the late Rhoda Ann (Willis) Sias.

On April 05, 1963, he married his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Bayne (Johns) Sias, who survives.

Mr. Sias is also survived by three daughters: Candy Donaldson of Weston, Susie (Gary) Brown of Manassas, VA and Sandy Beam and Anthony Tomaro, II of Weston, three sons: Doug (Beckie) Sias, Scott (Wendy) Sias and Mike Sias all of Weston, 18 grandchildren: Christopher Donaldson, Deadra Donaldson, Gary Sias, Terissa Shaffer, Taylor Sias, Ty Sias, Tandra Sias, Megan Lauter, Jared Lauter, Justin Lauter, Tanner Brown, Mason Brown, Mike Sias, Jr., Brittany Sias, Autumn Sias, Corrie Beam, Brooke Beam and Lexi Beam, and 10 great grandchildren: Emma Donaldson, Emily Donaldson, Ryker Shaffer, Adalee Shaffer, Isaiah Butler, Chloe Butler, McKenzie Sias, Jacob Sias, Logan Sias and Asher Cawthon. He is also survived by two brothers: Herb Sias of Jane Lew and James Sias of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by one brother: Grover Sias and one sister: Ann Marple.

Mr. Sias was a truck driver in the Oil Field with Sam Jack for 26 years. Paul loved hunting, coon dogs, deer hunting, fishing, was a car enthusiast and loved boating on his pontoon boat. He loved being with family and especially his grandchildren. Christmas was his favorite time of year.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kenny Kendall officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt. Morris Cemetery of Valley Chapel.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Paul W. Sias.

Timothy Brian Eckes

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Timothy Brian Eckes

Age 34, of Georgetown Road, Roanoke, WV passed away at 6:00 AM Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Jane Lew, WV as a result of an auto accident.

He was born in Weston, WV August 23, 1979 a son of Barbara Joan Fisher Eckes Bailey of Roanoke and Kenneth Ray “Kenny’ Gandy of Clendenin.

Also surviving are his stepfather, Leonard Edward “Eddie” Bailey of Georgetown Road; two sons: Timothy Brain “TJ” Eckes Jr. and Donald Bo Roush; two sisters: Sherry Joann McCarty and husband John Thomas of Crawford and Jessica Denice Eckes Queen and husband Edward Brent Queen of Philippi; foster brother, Glen Allen Bunnell of OH; step sister, Jennifer Bailey of Jane Lew; step brother, eddie Bailey; one niece, Gracie Nicole Queen and two nephews: Zachery Thomas and Joshua Carol McCarty; three step nieces: Hannah and Faith Murphy and Robin Bailey; one step nephew, Riley Nicholson; one great nephew, Ayden Thomas McCarty; maternal grandparents, Howard Wesley Fisher and wife Wanda Pearl of Orlando and paternal grandfather, Glen Gandy of Clendenin; one uncle, Edward Wesley Fisher and wife Pam,; five aunts: Betty Sue Bailey and husband Danny, Carolyn Marie Fisher, Diana Fay Ables and husband Mark, Brenda Vance and husband Gary, and Pat Casto and husband Jeff; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, John David Eckes, who raised him; and his paternal grandmother, Gladys Gandy.

Tim was employed as an equipment operator for Ace Pipeline in Elkview and was a member of the Union Local #18 in Cleveland OH. “4 Point” enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4wheelers and spending time with his sons, family and friends.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-7 PM on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Funeral Services will follow at 7 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Toby Dukich officiating.

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

Donald Franklin Weaver, “Coach Weaver”

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Donald Franklin Weaver, “Coach Weaver”

Age 83, passed July 12, 2014, at his home in Virginia Beach, VA.

Born in March 16, 1931 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Frank Weaver and Mabel Rothwell Weaver.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1948, graduated from Glenville State College in West Virginia with a BA in Biological Science and Physical Ed. in 1953. He served in U.S. Army from June 1953 – 1955.

He graduated from WVU in 1956 with a Master of Science degree in 1956. He taught and coached football at his Alma Mater, Calhoun High from 1962 – 1968, served as a Biology teacher and football coach at Bayside High from 1970 – 1985 and then retired from Kellam H.S. after 40 years of teaching and coaching in 1997.

He is a member of Masonic Lodge, Eureka #40 of Grantsville, WV since 1955 and is a member of the Scottish Rite, a Shriner with Khedive Temple in Chesapeake, VA.

He was a member of Haygood United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Nocito and husband James; granddaughter, Jessica Wright and husband Anthony; grandsons, Travis Weaver Taylor and James Notcito, II; great grandchildren, Riley Breton and Ava Wright; his sister, Doris Weaver Griffith of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ruth E. Weaver of Virginia Beach, VA; three brothers; and three sisters.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 6 to 8 PM.

The funeral service will be held at 11AM Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the funeral home chapel.

Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.

Russell Dale Weese

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Russell Dale Weese

Age 56, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 from United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a sudden illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on May 27, 1958: son of the late James Lee Weese and Emma Edith (Harris) Weese.

Mr. Weese is survived by two daughters: Racheal Weese of Cleveland, OH and Crystal Bierley of E. Sparta, OH, one son: Brian Weese of unknown, seven grandchildren: Gauge Weese, Gavin Vosick, Jazmine Bierley, Jordan Bouska, Jacob Bierley, Jason Bouska, and Rachel Knight and his partner: Kathy Allman.

He is also survived by two brothers: Donald Gary Weese of Bolivar, OH and Ronald Larry Weese of Weston, two sisters: Joyce Ann Law of Weston and Mary Elizabeth Riffle of Elkins and several nieces and nephews.

Russell was preceded in death by one daughter: Holly Marie Knight.

Mr. Weese did body work on cars. His hobby was playing cards.

At the Russell’s family’s request, he will be cremated.

There will be no public visitation or services.

There will be a private graveside service at the convenience of the family.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Russell Dale Weese.

Shirley Ann Cottrillge

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Shirley Ann Cottrill

Long time resident of Pennsboro, WV, Shirley Ann Cottrill, a78, went to Heaven to be with her Lord, on Friday, July 11, 2014, en route to CCMC, Memorial Campus.

Shirley was born June 01, 1936, at her parents’ home on Stewart’s Run near Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Audra and Minnie (Moore) Hiley.

In her early years, Shirley worked for the Consumer’s Gas Company of Pennsboro as a secretary.

After the birth of her daughter, Joy, she spent the rest of her life as a loving homemaker for her family. For over a decade, she has volunteered her time as a reader at Creed Collins Elementary School in Pennsboro.

Shirley was a longtime member of Pennsboro United Methodist Church where she was very active. She served as the evangelism team leader and was also a member of United Methodist Women.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening vegetables and tending to her many flowers. She loved her small town and will be greatly missed by friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter, Joy Cottrill and husband Derek Banas of Verona, PA; her two grandchildren, Willow & Ivy Banas; her two sisters and their spouses: Sharon and Gary Antel of Wheeling, WV and Laura and Geral Riggs of Colliers, WV, along with many nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jacob C. Cottrill in 1999.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Pastors Kelly Martin and Bill Durst officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

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

James L. Shaffer

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James L. Shaffer

Age 67, of Hartville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 in the Hospice Care Center in Akron, Ohio.

He was born in Mt. Zion, WV on January 07, 1947, to the late, Fred C. and Bernice (Wilmoth) Shaffer.

He was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 37 years, retiring in 2003.

James was a member of North Canton Church of Christ and the United Steel Workers, Local #2 in Akron.

He had his private pilot’s license and enjoyed gardening, animals and was a beekeeper. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harlan, Joe and Thomas Shaffer.

Survivors include his loving wife Cynthia Shaffer, whom he married on November 21, 1966; two daughters, Elizabeth (Shon) McKinley of Macedonia, OH and Sara (Gary) Viar of Hudson, OH; grandchildren, Andrew, Lydia, Rebecca and Emma McKinley of Macedonia, OH and Julianna, Trey, Robert and Nevaeh Viar of Hudson, OH; brothers Don (Mary) Shaffer of Cleveland, OH Paul (Carolyn) Shaffer of Mt. Zion, WV; sister, Kathryn Wilson of Medina, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to send a special Thank you to Dr. Ralph White and Dr. Kathie Greene.

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 PM in the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, with Minister Ted Blackwood officiating.

Burial will follow in Warstler Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 PM and one hour prior to the service from 12-1 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

Wilma L. Ash

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Wilma L. Ash

Age 93, of West Union, WV (Central Station Community) departed this life on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Worthington Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

Wilma was born December 02, 1920 near West Union, WV, a daughter of the late Wesley W. and Anna May (Harper) America.

She spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family and also served as a cook at the former Central Station Grade School and later for the Doddridge County Head Start for 20 years.

She was a member of the former EUB Church of Central Station and was a great quilter.

She is survived by her sons, Jack Ash (Virginia) of Washington, WV and Connard Ash (Betsy) of Wipple, Ohio; sister, Mary Rollins, Elizabeth, WV; grandchildren, Tina Wheeler, Samuel Richards, Stacy Hartman; great grandchildren, Tyler Withee, Devon, Mahalia, and Seth Richards, Dylan and Kyle Keplinger, and Gavin and Lucas Hartman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bartlett Ash; daughter, Patty Ann Fox; brother, William W. America; sisters, Wanda Maude Weaver and Kathleen Tucker, and her grandchildren, Jeffrey Ash and Sherry Fox.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will follow in the West Union Masonic Memorial Park near West Union, WV.

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

Winifred Mae “Tommie” Allman

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Winifred Mae “Tommie” Allman

Age 85, of 450 Center Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Georgetown, WV on April 24, 1929: daughter of the late Schley Samuel Stalnaker and Mary Almira (Linger) Stalnaker.

On February 16, 1946, she married Harry Clifford Allman, who preceded her in death on July 07, 2008.

Mrs. Allman is survived by three sons: William G. (Vicki) Allman of Iken, SC, Harry R. (Linda) Allman of Horner and Darrell L. (Beth) Allman of Weston, six grandchildren: Shelley, Nikki, Sara, Jared, Jessica and Daniel and five great grandchildren: Miranda, Schyler, Damien, Spencer and Keiran. She is also survived by one brother: Rex (Mary Ann) Stalnaker of Weston, one sister: Elsie Payton of Cross Lanes, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Harry, Mrs. Allman was preceded in death by one brother: Elden Stalnaker and one sister: Meschal Collins.

Mrs. Allman was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Elaim United Methodist Church of Elberton, GA and a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Georgia and the Granite City Shrinettes.

She loved to listen to Country music.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brownofficiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery of Weston, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Winifred may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital 950 W. Faris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Winifred Mae “Tommie” Allman.

Charles F. Bunner

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Charles F. Bunner

Age 89, St. Marys, WV, passed away Wednesday, July 09, 2014, at his residence.

Born on June 23, 1925, in Ritchie County, WV, he was a son of the late Herman and Ethel Hart Bunner.

Charles was a supervisor at Abichts now Chem Pump for many years. He loved farming and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Hazel Evans Bunner; five children, Gary (Janet) Bunner, Ron (Carolyn) Bunner, Steve (Karen) Bunner, Linda (John Templeton and David (Leslie) Bunner; two step-children, Edward Evans and Nancy Lemley; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Debby Bunner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eleanor Bunner; son, Jim; daughter, Carolyn Heasley; an infant son, Brian Keith; and brothers and sisters, Zana, Ruby, Miranda, Alva, George, Hubert and Henry.

Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, at Ingram Funeral Home, with Pastor Jimmy Taylor officiating.

Burial will be in Cloverdale Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, and 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, at the funeral home.

Newton Stanley “Stan” Posey

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Newton Stanley “Stan” Posey

Age 81, of U.S. Hwy 19 N in Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly at 8:18 AM on Wednesday July 09, 2014 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born in Jane Lew on June 27, 1933 a son of the late Carl Newton Posey and Lila Retta Spaur Posey.

On September 06, 1952 he married the former Margaret “Peg” Grimm and they celebrated 61 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Stanley “Butch” Posey and wife Joyce of Jane Lew; one daughter, Joyce Peters and husband Gary of Prosperity SC; one brother, David Posey and wife Jane of Houston TX; four grandchildren: Shane Posey, Jessica Swann, Joshua Canfield, and April Herndon; and eight great grandchildren, who miss their Pappy very much.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Carl Eugene Spaur, Rodney Lee Posey, and Robert Francis Posey.

Stan was retired from the Consolidated Gas Company as a driller and equipment operator, and he was a tinkerer who enjoyed working on his dozers and farm equipment.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Jane Lew and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge #10 A.F & A.M.

There will be a private family service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew with Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family at 4666 U.S. Hwy 19N Jane Lew WV 26378.

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

Seth Aaron Morton

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Seth Aaron Morton

Age 74, of Sutton, WV passed Tuesday July 08, 2014 as a result of a farming accident.

He was born September 14, 1939 in Sutton, WV, the son of the late Marco Gilbert & Ruth Adams Morton.

Also preceding him in death was his wife, Anna Lorine Morton.

Seth was owner and operator of Morton Orchard.

He was a member of Flatwoods Baptist Church.

He was also a construction worker, heavy equipment mechanic and operator, a independent truck driver and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his son, Timothy S. Morton & wife Brenda L. of Sutton, daughter, Pamela A. Ward & husband Kevin D. of Weyers Cave, VA, brothers, Peter Morton & wife Bonnie of Winchester, VA, Daniel Morton & wife Patricia of Sutton, sisters, Ann Davis and Carolyn Stover both of Sutton, grandchildren, Seth I. Ward and Hannah G. Ward, step grandchildren, Christopher Stover and Amanda Browning.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday July 12, 2014 at Flatwoods Baptist Church, Flatwoods with the Pastor Paul Beatty officiating.

Burial will follow at Morton Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hours prior the services at the Church.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers, friends visit Flatwoods Baptist Church at 45 Cedar St. Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton is humbled to be serving Morton family.

Shirley Anne Ayers

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Shirley Anne Ayers

Age 66, of St. Marys, WV, passed July 08, 2014 at her residence.

She was born July 03, 1948 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Robert Burke and Dollie Mae Deem Echard.

Shirley worked at Cairo Manufacturing and Economy Industries garment factories for over 30 years. Later she worked with her husband as an over the road truck driver. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, building things with her hands, caring for her animals and going to the beach.

She was Methodist by faith.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Ayers; daughter, Becky Reese (Mike) of St. Marys; son, Robert Eakle (Melissa) of Parkersburg; brothers, Denver, Randy and Larry Echard; half brothers, Doyle, Bob, Raymond and Bash Echard; and grandchildren, Caleb, Colton, Carli, Cayla, and Cami Eakle.

She was preceded in death by brother, Terry Echard; half brothers, Bill and James Echard, and Robert Sidwell; half sisters, Judy Carpenter and Sandy Echard; and two infant brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Friday, July 11, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Troy Derenberger and Caleb Eakle officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ayers Cemetery, Smithville.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5-9 PM.

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