Braxton County

Braxton County

Carolyn S. Stewart

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Carolyn S. Stewart

Age 65, of Akron, Ohio passed away July 09, 2013.

Carolyn was born August 15, 1947 in Sutton, West Virginia.

For 36 years she was employed at the Akron General Center for Family Medicine. Carolyn had a smile and a laugh for everyone she met. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Stewart; parents, Rozzie and Edna Tinney; brothers, Junior (Mable), Eugene (Phyllis), and Robert Tinney; sisters, Mary (Nelson) Workman, Virginia (Russ) Dambach, Ruth (Amos) Greene; parents-in-law, Don and Ruby Witzke; father-in-law, Burl Stewart.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Angela) and Scott (Teresa) Stewart; sisters, Rosalie (Leon) Knight and Margaret (David) McKeon; brother, John (Barbara) Tinney; grandchildren, Amanda, Josh, Daniell, Christopher; great-grandchildren, Maeson, Brayden, Landon, and more on the way; mother-in-law, Virginia Stewart; brother-in-law, Dan (Grace) Stewart; numerous special nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

Delbert Gene Hosey

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Delbert Gene Hosey

Age 81, of Copen Road, Exchange, West Virginia passed away on Tuesday, July 09, 2013.

Delbert was born in Braxton County, WV on July 09, 1932 a son of the late Russell Gilbert Hosey and Floda (Spicer) Hosey.

On December 01, 2003, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Mary Jane Hosey.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters Elane Hosey, Margarette Hosey, and one daughter Barbara Hosey.

Delbert is survived by two daughters Karen Martin of Flatwoods, WV, Angel Bartoszewicz of Lake Worth, FL, and one son, Russell Hose and wife Diane of Copen, WV. Also surviving are grandchildren Alberts Knauff, Rusty Hosey, Jessica Richardson, Alloe Palmeri, Ryan Bartoszewicz, and great-grandchildren Teayria, Janessia Cool, Teddy Richardson, and several step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister Irene Kelly, one special friend and companion Judy Burroughs, and several nieces and nephews.

Delbert worked in the Steel Mill in Ohio before he returned to West Virginia to work in the timber industry and the coal mines. Delbert later was a school bus driver for Braxton County Schools retiring with 31 years of experience. Delbert’s greatest joy was working on his farm and raising his cattle.

Family received friends on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV from 12-3 PM.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Chapel with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.

Interment followed the services in the Spicer Cemetery in Copen.

Sotckert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods is handling the arrangements for Delbert Gene Hosey.

Braxton County Mother Accused in Sons Death Waives Preliminary Hearing

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The Sutton, Braxton County, WV mother accused of denying medical care to her terminally ill son and then allowing him to die has waived her preliminary hearing.

Valerie Brown, age 38, waived her preliminary hearing on a charge of child neglect resulting in death on Wednesday.

Her bond was also cut in half, from $100,000 cash only to $50,000 cash or surety.

Brown was arrested last week after a West Virginia State Trooper and a Hospice worker found her son dead wrapped in blanket inside her Sutton home along Salt Lick Road.

West Virginia State Police said the body of Levi Burroughs, age 8, was partially decomposed.

Troopers said results from an autopsy for Burroughs are not back yet.

Also on Wednesday, Brown was charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses.

The new charge is unrelated to the death of Burroughs.

That Dam Race 5K Set for July 20, 2013

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That Dam Race 5k is set for July 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

The annual 5k walk and run will be held in Sutton, WV as part of the annual Mountain Lakes Festival.

The course begins under the backdrop of the Sutton Dam at the Downstream Recreation Area.

The first 100 preregistered participants will receive a That Dam Race t-shirt.

Last year, the course record was shattered by runner Samuel Smith with a time of 19:39!

Special guest, Jamie Summerlin, will be on-hand to promote Freedom Run, a book about his experience running across the United States in 100 days. So challenge yourself to run or walk That Dam Race 5k this summer!

To preregister, contact the Braxton County CVB at 304.765.6533 or stop by the office at the Flatwoods Factory Outlet Mall.

Participants can also register online at or download a form at .

Registration will be $25 the day of the race and will start at 7:00 AM at the shelter below the Sutton Dam.

Frank Teddy Clowser

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Frank Teddy Clowser

Age 81, of Chapel, WV (Braxton County) died July 16, 2013 at home.

He was born August 8, 1931 a son of the late Harley G. and Arka B. McElwee Clowser.

He was an oil well driller and an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He played the fiddle and was Baptist.

He was preceded in death by wife, Betty Nicholas Clowser; son, Steven Brent Clowser and brother, Buddy Clowser.

Surviving; children, Frankie Clowser of Gassaway, WV; Mark Clowser of Elyria, OH; Cindy Morgan of Grantsville, WV and Janet Clowser of Gassaway, WV; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 PM Friday, July 19, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Bender Run Cemetery, Chapel.

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

Burnsville Lake Seeking Volunteers

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Volunteers are needed for the 2013 Recreation Season (which runs through the beginning of December) at Burnsville Lake in Burnsville.

Those selected will be given a free full-hookup campsite at either Bulltown or Riffle Run Campground for providing 20 to 25 hours of work per week.

Typical volunteer duties include:

•  Staffing a Visitor Center

•  Giving Tours

•  Providing Living History

•  Mowing

•  String Trimming

•  Cleaning Facilities and Grounds

•  Painting, Light Carpentry

•  General Maintenance Support

Volunteer support is extremely important to help keep areas open.

Dedicated volunteers have operated the Riffle Run Campground for several years, making it possible to keep that campground open without shortened seasons or reduced services.

There is currently a need for volunteers to do string trimming and cleaning for that area for the remainder of the season.

Those interested in volunteering may contact a Burnsville Lake Park Ranger at 304.853.2371.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 07.15.13


It was tough late Sunday morning as Collin and Gavin headed back to South Carolina with Jessica.  It was a busy week for them, with Bible School, lots of outdoor activities, and visits with family.  They played no video games all week and they didn’t seem to miss it at all.  I was pleasantly surprised they truly enjoyed some of the things I take for granted:  walking in the woods with the dog, working in the garden, burning a big brush pile, painting, and other tasks that seen ordinary to me.  Getting all of the grand kids together earlier in the week was a real treat for Jean and me last week and the time invested with them is truly time well spent.

While the grand kids were home, a typical working morning at the farm and in the garden turned into a trip to the emergency room for me.  I want to thank emergency room physician, Dr. Chris Conrad and the entire medical staff of Braxton County Memorial Hospital ER for their great care.  While there, a number of injuries much more serious than mine came through the door.  I was both appreciative and in awe of the quality, personal care they provided that day and for everyone, every day.  That is what they do for all of our community – whether it’s a minor injury or life-threatening event.  Our citizens and community are indeed fortunate to have a quality medical facility located here in central West Virginia.  It bolsters our health, economic development potential and employment opportunities for everyone.

Sunday evening necessitated my attending a meeting at the Capitol until late hours.  In my abbreviated column this week, I know our community is reeling from the media reports last week that involved the tragic death of a young child.  While the facts will emerge as the state police continue their investigation, it points out once again that very young, the aged and the disabled population is the most vulnerable among us.  We must do all we can to protect those that are unable to protect themselves.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: “” .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

WV State Police: Braxton Boy Deceased for ‘A Considerable Amount of Time’

A Braxton County mother was jailed and charged with child neglect resulting in death following the loss of her 8-year-old son.

Sgt. Michael Baylous from West Virginia State Police talked about the case on Friday in South Charleston.

West Virginia State Police were called when hospice caregivers were turned away by Valarie Brown, age 38, at the front door of her Sutton home on several occasions.

Her son Levi Burroughs was under the care of hospice because he suffered from Hurler’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes organ damage and eventual death.

Most children afflicted with Hurler’s Syndrome do not live past the age of 10.

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Sgt. Michael Baylous

“Obviously, [hospice] felt there was a need to get in there and provide treatment for this child and they were being denied that access,” explained First Sgt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police.

When the trooper arrived with a hospice worker on Thursday, Mrs. Brown once again resisted letting anyone into the home, but eventually allowed them inside. They found Levi deceased in a bed, wrapped in a blanket, his body partially decomposed.

Baylous said the child had been dead for “a considerable amount of time.”

“The child was denied care, denied care!  Mrs. Brown did not allow Hospice to come in and provide the proper care and treatment that that child needed.”

Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy. What they find will be key to determining if Brown is charged with a more serious crime.

Baylous said the treatment of the boy was unconscionable.

“Here’s a child, in his last hours, was in conditions…He wasn’t in a loving and compassionate environment,” stated Baylous. “This child died alone!”

Police said they are familiar with Brown and “her pattern of behavior.” She’s been arrested on more than one occasion for drug related crimes.  Now investigators want to find out what she was doing in the last few days of her son’s life.

“We want to know where Ms. Brown was during that entire time and what she was out doing,” according to Baylous.  “Our investigators will work tirelessly on this.”

Brown also has a 6-year old son. He was last seen at the home this past weekend, but was staying with a grandparent at the time Brown was taken into custody.

She’s being held at the Central Regional Jail on $100,000 bail.

~~  Jennifer Smith ~~

G-otcha™: Young Boy Found Dead in Sutton, Braxton County

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Brown,  Valarie Lee
Height: 5’  8"
Weight: 125 lbs.
Birth Date: 12.12.1974
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 07.10.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-136 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $100,000.00
A Braxton County woman is charged with child neglect resulting in death after West Virginia State Police said they found the body of her 8-year old son, wrapped in a blanket, in her home.

The discovery was made on Wednesday night, July 10, 2013 when state troopers and those with Hospice went to a Salt Lick Road home.

The home belong to Valarie Brown, age 38, of Sutton, WV.

The reason for them being there was to check on the child who had an undisclosed medical condition.

West Virginia State Troopers said when the boy’s body was found it had started to decompose.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Brown who was being held in the Central Regional Jail in Braxton County.

WV State Police officials said they would talk more about the case on Friday morning.

Kaleh Jewel Westfall

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Cary and Casey Westfall of Heaters, WV announce the birth of their son, Kaleh Jewel Westfall.

He was born Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston and is the couple’s second child.

The little boy weighed 7-pounds, 4-ounces.

The mother is the former Cary Claypool.

Maternal grandparents are Vinton and Linda Claypool of Heaters, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Lantie and Myrtle Westfall of Newville.

Bernard K. Seal

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Bernard K. Seal

Age 75 of Exchange, WV passed July 09, 2013 following a sudden illness.

He was born July 29, 1937, the son of the late Kenna B. Seal and Ruth McMillion Seal.

In 1968, he married Velma Friend Seal who survives.

He was preceded in death by both parents and brother, Burton V. Seal and a nephew, Jeffrey Brown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters, Reta Maxine (Lou) Kuritz of Toms River, NJ and Donna Romriell of Exchange, WV as well as one brother, Kenna R. Seal (Paula) of Sutton, WV. Bernard is also survived by nieces, Robin Romriell, Dianna Carr, Rebecca Brock and nephews, Lewis Kuritz and Michael Brown.

Bernard was an underground coal miner shuttle car operator, ending his career as a fire boss for Island Creek Coal Company.

At his request, there will be no services.

Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway is assisting the family.

Charles “Rusty” Bender

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Charles “Rusty” Bender

Age 48, of Trace Run, Gassaway, WV, passed July 07, 2013 at home.

He was born December 25, 1964 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late Charlie and Nina Lea Conrad Bender.

Rusty was a logger and skidder operator and a graduate of Braxton County High School.

He is survived by son, Charles Trenton Hall of Sutton; aunt, Alice Cain of Ohio and several cousins.

Graveside service was 11 AM Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Conard Cemetery on Little Trace with Pastor Bill Morlan officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations for funeral expenses may be made to Christel Miller, 2081 Little Trace Rd., Exchange, WV 26619.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

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