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BARBARA BURNS STUMP

Barbara Burns Stump, 82, of Dublin, Va., died Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Clairel “Tarzan” and Ruth Smith Burns of Grantsville.

She graduated with a master’s degree in special education from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., and worked in the Montgomery County Public School System for over 30 years as a special education instructor.

Surviving are two sons, William D. Stump II and wife Tracey of Newbern, Va., and Mark Eric Stump of Radford, Va.; three daughters, Mayra Beth Stump and Marcia Ruth Stump, both of Radford, and Joan Rowan and husband Nick of Greensboro, N.C.; one brother, Stanley Burns and wife Jean of Lake Lynn, Pa.; one niece, Lee Anne Burns-Morley; and five grandsons, Michael Nathan Stump of Radford and William D. “Pete” Stump III, James T. Stump, J. Stuart Stump and Thomas Stump, all of Newbern.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, W. Darrell Stump.

Graveside service was held at Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

 

EARLESS GIBSON COWAN

Earless E. Gibson Cowan, 88, of Vienna, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at her residence.

She was born at Grantsville, the daughter of the late George D. Gibson and the late Neva Jackson Gibson Maze.

She was a 1945 graduate of Cairo High School and was employed with the FBI, Washington, D.C., until she married in 1946. She was a 57-year member of Vienna Baptist Church and a member of Order of Eastern Star Lodge No. 152, Vienna.

Surviving are three sons, Norman Cowan and wife Carmen of Davenport, Iowa, Vernon Cowan and wife Cherrie of Parkersburg and Allen Cowan and wife Regina of Vienna; six grandchildren, Kevin Cowan, Steven Cowan, April Cowan Long, Jason Cowan, Hollie Cowan and Cassie Cowan Mondragon; two step-granddaughters, Heather Chichester and Stephanie Cotterman; nine great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, George G. Gibson of Chester.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harley E. Cowan in 2007, and one granddaughter, Carolyn Cowan.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Bill Brown and Pastor Dennis Pratt officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

JOHN WILBERT ELLIOTT

John Wilbert Elliott, 91, of Millstone, died Friday, July 31, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Alva and Clara Haught Elliott.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Pennzoil after 31 years of service. He was previously employed by Cabot. He was a member of the Masons, Eureka Lodge No. 40, and the IOOF, and served 17 years on the Calhoun County Board of Education. He played bluegrass and gospel music, and served in various positions at the W.Va. State Gospel Singers Corp., Mt. Nebo. He was inducted into the W.Va. Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are wife, Ella Stump Elliott; two daughters, Renae Vannoy of Mineral Wells and Shelia Elliott of Parkersburg; one sister, Eula Elliott of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Nelson Elliott of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Avis Elliott and Melba Elliott of Parkersburg; and one brother, Hulbert Elliott of San Bernardino, Calif.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Gene Miller officiating. Burial was in Barr Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Barr Cemetery, in care of Attorney Tony Morgan, P.O. Box 577, Grantsville, WV 26147.

 

DANNY THOMAS EVANS

Danny Thomas Evans, 68, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Muskingum Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Beverly, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Thomas and Vicky Smith Evans.

Surviving are two sisters, Debbie Marks of Parkersburg and Janie Hall of Delbarton; three nieces, Vicy Morton, Sarah Jane Hall and Lyn Mahone; seven nephews, Anthony Marks, Finley T. Marks, Dexter Marks, Jr., James Hall, Silas Hall, Sidney Gilman, Jr., and Randy Gilman; and 20 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Evans; two sisters, Dianna Gilman and Linda Gilman; and one brother, Robert Evans.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jim Lough officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Following cremation, burial will be in Goodnight Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JOHN ZEHM

Pastor John E. Zehm, 79, formerly a resident of Calhoun County, died Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Beaufort, S.C.

He was born in Keno, Ohio, the son of the late Fredrick Zehm and Beulah Mercer Zehm.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a master carpenter. He established The Pentecostal Church of Beaufort in 1973 and was a pastor there for 20 years.

Surviving are his wife, Murdayne Martin Zehm; one son, John Mark Zehm; two daughters, Rebecca Garvin and Tami Smith; four brothers, Bob, Larry, Walter and Roger; two sisters, Carolyn and Patsy; one sister-in-law, Augusta Zehm; seven grandchildren, Dennis, Chris, Jonathan, Nicholas, Derek, Kaitlyn and Cassia; and three great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Chase and Keira.

He was proceeded in death by one brother, Ted Zehm.

Services were held at Anderson Funeral Home. Burial was in Beaufort National Cemetery, with military honors.

 

EDNA McCUNE CONLEY

Edna McCune Conley, 90, of Normantown, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Saul and Viola White McCune.

She was one of 14 children and attended school in Calhoun County. She worked for Procter and Gamble, Charleston, B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville, and retired from Kenney Shoe, Glenville.

Surviving are two sisters, Faye Richards and Daisy Shiflet, both of West Virginia; three brothers, Cecil McCune and Burl McCune, both of West Virginia, and Darrel McCune of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Bill Conley; seven sisters, Pearl Cottrell, Hazel Miller, Ocie McCune, Mae Davisson, Ruther Summers, Marie Minney and Opal Summers; and one brother, Donald McCune.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Underwood officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

ROGER FRANKLIN FREDERICK

Roger Franklin Frederick, 67, of Weston, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, while fishing with his grandson on Stonewall Jackson Lake.

He was born in Freed, the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Frederick and Virgie May Richards Frederick.

He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun County High School and 1966 graduate of Nashville Diesel College. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served a tour in Vietnam in 1968. He was a heavy equipment mechanic and retired from Cleveland Brothers, Bridgeport.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Susan Frum Frederick, whom he married May 27, 1968; one son, R. David Frederick and wife Melanie of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; one daughter-in-law, Melinda Frederick of Moorefield; four grandchildren, Michala Jo Frederick and Rebecca Katherine Frederick, both of Lawrenceburg, and John Austin and Jacob Riley, both of Moorefield; three brothers, Dallas Frederick and wife Carlene and George Frederick and wife Patty, all of Grantsville, and Denzel Frederick and wife Linda of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, John Andrew “Andy” Frederick of Moorefield; three sisters, Lillian Frederick, Edna Jarvis and Eva Jean Sams, all of Calhoun County; and mother- and father-in-law, Ethel Jean Frum and Dick Frum of Weston.

His request for cremation has been honored. Celebration of Life Service was held at Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, Jane Lew, with Rev. Ken Miller and Rev. Rick Bergdoll officiating. Military honors were conducted by the U.S. Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

 

MILDRED ANN CARTER

Mildred Ann Carter, 89, of Nebo, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

She was the daughter of the late Homer Hamilton and Myrtle Anderson Vaughn.

She retired from Metropolitan Hospital, Cleveland, after 17 years of service. She was a longtime member of Nebo Baptist Church.

Surviving are one brother, Pat Vaughn of Chloe; one daughter, Sherrie Carter of Orma; three sons, Gary Vaughn of Chloe and Bryan Carter and Steven Carter, both of Nebo; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest “Cliff” Carter; three brothers, Darrell Vaughn, Billy Vaughn and Bobby Vaughn; one sister, Macel Miller; and one son, Jeffrey Carter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial was in Jarvis Cemetery.

 

REBECCA LEEANN O’NEAL

Rebecca Leeann O’Neal, newborn, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was the daughter of Elbert Lee and Laura Ann Boyers O’Neal.

Surviving in addition to her parents are three brothers, Hunter Petry, Tristan O’Neal and Riley O’Neal, and grandparents, DeWayne and Ivy O’Neal and Dave and Donna Boyers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery.

 

DONNIE RAY ‘Andy’ BURROWS

Donnie Ray “Andy” Burrows, 83, of Middleburg, Fla., died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Walter and Mary Givens Burrows.

He was a 1951 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Patrick Air Force Base. He worked for NASA for 40 years as a fuel mechanic.

Surviving are five children, Merle Burrows of Ripley, Craig Burrows of Orlando, Fla., Carolyn Whitlatch of Middleburg, Jeff Burrows of Port St. John, Fla., and Chris Burrows of Merritt Island, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Rachel, Marilyn, Donna, Rebecca, Stacie, Corey, Clint, Jason, Tammy and Paige; 12 great-grandchildren, C.J., Brittany, Tara, Justin, Brianna, Alyssa, Gavin, Megan, Evan, Stylez, Autumn and Brooklyn; and twin brother, Donald Earl “Amos” Burrows of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hayward and Leonard, and four sisters, Irene, Lorraine, Emogene and Eveline.

Services were not announced.

 

ADRIAN PAUL ‘Bud’ BOWER, JR.

Adrian Paul “Bud” Bower, Jr., 84, of Cutler, Ohio, died, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Adrian Paul Bower, Sr., and Lona Starcher Bower.

He was a 1951 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He had been employed at O’Ames Co. and was co-owner of Bower Trucking Co., Aberdeen, Md., and owned and operated ABC Tire Co., Parkersburg. He was a 32- degree Mason and was a member of Grantsville Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

Surviving are two sisters, Geraldine Jackson of Grantsville and Ernestine Hardman of Windham, Ohio; one nephew; three nieces; and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn J. Bower.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Mary Zimmer officiating. Entombment will be at Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, at a later date.

 

WALTER CRISS

SFC Walter A. Criss (U.S. Army, Ret.), 94, of Spencer, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at his home.

He was born at Milo, the son of the late Noah A. and Elsie Duffield Criss.

He was a decorated 20-year U.S. Army veteran, serving through World War II and the Korean War, retiring Aug. 31, 1961. On Dec. 7, 2011, he was appointed a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor by French president Sarkozy for “merits and accomplishments . . . during the liberation of France during World War II.” On May 16, 2013, the W.Va. Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 120 requesting the W.Va. Dept. of Highways to name the bridge at the junction of Market St. and Front St., Spencer, “1st Sgt. Walter Criss Bridge, United States Army” for his “risk and contributions during World War II and the Korean War.” He had worked for Monarch Rubber Co., Spencer Housing Authority, and Roane County Board of Education. He was a member of American Legion Post 21, Spencer, and VFW Post 5959, Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, Norman A. Chris and wife Sue of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Nora A. Cox and husband Charles of Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Christopher Cox, April Cox, Scott Criss and wife Kandice and Beth Stumpf and husband, Rick; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie E. Greathouse Criss on Dec. 21, 2006; one brother, Harry; and one sister, Lucille.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Robert Shannon, Post 21 chaplin, officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

DORIS JEAN McENDREE NOBLE

Doris Jean McEndree Noble, 77, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Glenn “Bill” McEndree and Velma Fowler McEndree.

She was a member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church, Taylorsville, N.C.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, David Noble, Sr.; one son, David A. Noble, Jr., and wife Suesanne of Denver, N.C.; one daughter, Debbie Teague and husband Marc of Bethlehem, N.C.; four grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Teague Townsend and husband Jeremy, Bobby Noble and wife Emily, Melanie Teague Wingler and husband Cody, Cathy Noble Carpenter and husband Josh; six great-grandchildren, Connor Wingler, Mason Noble, Fletcher Noble, Maddie Wingler, Kinley Townsend and Noah Wingler; two sisters, Mary Louise Pursley and Linda Braden; and one brother, Glenn McEndree.

Services will be held Thursday, 3 p.m., at Fellowship Advent Christian Church, with Pastor Dave Ross officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 1 to 2:45 p.m., at the church. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

 

BETTY JO FULKS METZ

Betty Jo Fulks Metz, 84, of Orma, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Joseph and Alice Lamb Fulks.

She was a 1949 graduate of Spencer High School, and, along with her husband, owned and operated Metz Grocery for many years and was postmaster of Orma Post Office until retirement. She was a member of Walnut Memorial Church.

Surviving are one son, Joe Metz of Rock Cave; one daughter, Janet Metz of Clendenin; four grandchildren, Bryon Metz of Beaufort, S.C., Michael Lynch of Ovapa, Erin Metz of Asheville, N.C., and Melissa Cox of Charleston; five great-grandchildren; two step-great­grandchildren; three sisters, Glenna Perkins of Chloe, Emogene King of Cleveland, Ohio, and Nell Tiller of Streetsboro, Ohio; two brothers, Harold Fulks of Millstone and Stanley Arnold of Hayes, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thurl Metz; one brother, Robert Fulks; and step-father John Arnold.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Lester Tanner, pastor of Walnut Memorial Church, officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

RUSSELL METZ

Russell Metz, 92, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William and Losie Cottrell Metz.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, discharged in September 1945 with a rank of Staff Sergeant. He settled in Akron after the war, where he met and married his wife. He learned welding under the GI Bill and was a welder and fitter for 30 years at Babcock and Wilcox Co., Barberton, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Becky; two sons, Jim and Jack; one daughter, Sandy Wowra; two sisters, Etta Collins and Elva Jane Filkins; five grandchildren, Missy, Nikki, Kristi, Shelly and Danny; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Bert Metz, and two sisters, Opal Bartley and Thelma Yarger.

Services were held at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton.

 

DENVER ROY WALLBROWN

Denver Roy Wallbrown, 90, of Spencer, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Harrisonburg, Va.

He was born at Beech, the son of the late Roscoe Kenna and Icy Hall Wallbrown.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he received the Purple Heart and the Insignia of Chevalier de la Legion d’ Honneur, France’s highest award. He was a retired maintenance supervisor at First National Bank, Spencer, and a member of VFW and Otto/Clover Senior Citizens.

Surviving are one daughter, Rita DeLawder and husband Richard of Mathias; one son, Rodney Wallbrown and wife Sherry of Pt. Pleasant; one sister, Eleanor Miller and husband Jack of Spencer; grandchildren, Ryan and Angie Miller, Kristen Wallbrown, Kara and Darrell Shaw and Kessa and Phillip Fenton; and five great-grandchildren, Avery Hesson, Kenley Fenton, Jase Shaw, Misty Miller and Ryan Eric Miller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Bissell Wallbrown, and three brothers, Donzel, Eugene and Richard.

Services will be held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Danny Whited officiating. Burial was in Otto Cemetery.

 

RICHARD JAMES ‘Rich’ BURCH

Richard James “Rich” Burch, 69, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Wilford, S.C.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Bud and Maggie Stump Burch.

Surviving are his wife, Maria; two step-children, Kathy and John; three step-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Burch Baker of Grantsville; one brother, Bill Burch of Millstone; two sisters-in-law, Linda Burch of Vienna and Carol Burch of Tifton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald Burch, Robert Burch and Gerald “Jerry” Burch.

 

JEANIE HITCHINGS

Jeanie Hitchings, 68, of Troy, Ohio, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.

She was born in Russett, the daughter of the late Dale Franklin, Sr., and Maxine Moran Levering.

She was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was the 1965 Wood Festival Queen. She graduated from Charleston Beauty Academy and was employed by Manufactured Assemblies Corp., Vandalia, Ohio, for 25 years. She attended Mid-County Church of Christ, Troy.

Surviving are one son, John F. Kimble of Troy; two sisters, Monnica Snodgrass and husband Harvey of Indian Land, S.C., and Chris Levering Melis and husband David of Charleston; and one brother, Dale Franklin Levering, Jr., of Russett.

Services were held at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy.

 

HAROLD GRIMM

Harold Grimm, 89, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Creston, the son of the late Thomas B. and Sylvia Cheuvront Grimm Wise.

He worked for American Gas Meter Co. for 42 years.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Grimm of Fairplain and Timothy Grimm of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Sandra L. Pontious of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Candida Pontious and Sheldon Pontious; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Vance Grimm of Parkersburg; three sisters, Carmen Queen and Janet Wise, both of Parkersburg, and Carolyn Guinn of Williamstown; and good friend, Peggy Miller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Louise, and step-father, George C. Wise.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Rick Kapple officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

BILL AGEE

Bill Agee, 78, of the Grantsville area, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born in Marfrance, Greenbrier County, the son of the late Flemon and Roxie Lou Crane Agee.

He founded Agee & Associates in 1971, an insurance agency still in business in Indianapolis, Ind., and had lived in Calhoun County since 1988. He was a member of New Testament Baptist Church, Big Springs, and a member of Gideon’s International.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Alice M. Agee; one daughter, Vicki L. Lyons of Huntington; one son, Chris Agee of Carmel, Ind.; four sisters, Jean Caudill of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; Linda Vestal of Princeton, and Dina Dishman and Carol Shafer, both of Peoria, Ariz.; three brothers, David Agee of Highland Heights, Ky., Henry Agee of Renick and Harvey Agee of Leslie; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Greg Agee, and one daughter, Cathie Agee.

Memorial service will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Jim Lough and Rev. Dennis Morrello officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International, Calhoun Gilmer Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 20, Big Bend, WV 26136.

 

GENEVIEVE POWELL

Genevieve Powell, 91, of Belpre, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Marietta Care and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Rockdale, the daughter of the late Commo-dore B. Nutter and Leota Kerby Nutter.

She retired from Galberth Management Co., Columbus, Ohio. She was a member of Belpre Church of the Nazarene and was active with at Belpre Senior Citizens Center.

Surviving are one son, Robert Vaughn; one niece, Dianna Wallace of Marietta, Ohio; one nephew, Denny Nutter of Tuppers Plains, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoy Powell; one son, Ronald Vaughn; one grandson; one brother, Deo Nutter; and one niece, Linda Sands.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 1305 Washington Blvd., Belpre. Burial will be in Winter Cemetery, Calhoun County. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 


SHARON JARVIS

Sharon Jarvis, 72, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the home of her granddaughter.

She was born in Webster County, the daughter of the late Samuel Russell and Losie Jane Helmick Carter.

She was a homemaker and attended Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Komarony and Velma Waksmunski; three sons, Thomas and Douglas Cain and Samuel Jarvis; four sisters, Opal Kirchberg, Judy Dobbins, Nina Wilfong and Louise Ice; three brothers, Gene, Jerry and Michael Carter; and three granddaughters, Tamara Henry, Kayla Cain and Natasha Jarvis.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation or viewing, as her wish was to be cremated.

 

DEENA MAXINE ‘Toots’ McCUNE STUMP

Deena Maxine “Toots” McCune Stump, 86, of Spencer, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Minnie McCumbers McCune.

She was born in Dessie, Braxton County. She had worked as a waitress at Carper’s Restaurant, Spencer, and was a homemaker. She was a former member of Frozen Chapel Baptist Church and a member of Sycamore Baptist Church, Mt. Zion. She attended Faith Baptist Church, Spencer, when her health allowed.

Surviving are her niece, whom she raised, Wanda Schreffler of Cambridge, Ohio; two sons, Eugene Stump and William Stump, both of Spencer; two daughters, Judi Godfrey and Robin Lynn Stump, both of Spencer; three grandchildren, Clint, Cassie and Christopher Stump, all of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Stump; three brothers, Albert McCune, Raymond McCune and Holly McCune; and five sisters, Roxie Tenney, Bertha Cottrell, Lakie Wilson, Stella Nichols and Jessie Helmick.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Michael Richardson and Rev. Darrin Cale officiating. Burial was in Clayton Stump Cemetery, Russett.

 

WINFIELD SCOTT BAILEY

Winfield Scott Bailey, 88, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born on Sears Run Road, the son of the late LuLu Bailey of Minnora.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving two years as Staff Sergeant overseas. He had a 265-acre farm and retired from Monarch Rubber Co., Spencer, after 32 years of service. He wove white oak baskets and carved wooden bowls, spoons and paddles.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Edith Gae Hoover Bailey; three daughters, Sharon Groves of Orrville, Ohio, Marty Park of Minnora and Joyce Meek of Lexington, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Greg Park, Michelle Sundberg, Crissy Johnson, Mike Groves, David Bailey, Shanna Bailey, Heather Rosier, Joe Park, Cody Meek and Cassie Meek; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, John Scott Bailey; one brother, Benjamin Hasting Bailey; and one sister, Cora Bailey.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with his nephew, Chaplain Thomas Hoover, and Evangelist Randy Wilson officiating, and burial in Minnora Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JANICE HALL

Janice M. Hall, 101, of Frametown, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2015.

She was born on a farm in Altizer, the daughter of the late Roy and Nora Whytsell Morgan.

She was a 1933 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended Glenville State College, where she met her husband and obtained a teaching certificate. She received her BA in education in 1955. She taught for several years in one-room schools in Calhoun County and 37½ years at Frametown Elementary, Braxton County. She was a leader in 4-H, member of DAR, Eastern Star, and Alpha Kappa Sorority. She taught Sunday School and was a long time member of Hope Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Moore and Roberta Powell; one son, James S. Hall; six grandchildren, Candi Gampp, Michele Bellomy, LCDR Sarah Granger, MD, Mary Beth Moore, Nathaniel Powell and Callan Powell; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, James, and one grandson, Rees Powell.

Services were held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Rev. Allen Donaldson officiating. Burial was in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

 

MARY BETTS HOSEY

Mary Betts Hosey, 92, of Garrettsville, Ohio, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at her home.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of Ray and Pearl Cain Betts.

Surviving are one sister-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Q. Hosey, in 1993; one son, Johnnie Ray Hosey, in 1981, and eight siblings.

Services were held at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home, Garrettsville, with Pastor Michael Grantz officiating. Graveside services were held at Betts Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

VETA KAY KREAPS

Veta Kay Kreaps 77, of Washington, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Facility, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clarence and Sylvia Starcher Godfrey.

She was a member of Marrtown Church of Christ.

Surviving are her two sons, Gregory Kreaps of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Lynn Emery Kreaps, Jr., of Parkersburg; one daughter, Robbie Boone of Lewisburg; one brother, Larry Godfrey of Vienna; one sister, Vandie McGlothin of Akron, Ohio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Emery Kreaps, and one brother, Bernard Godfrey.

Veta donated her body to West Virginia University Human Gift Registry, Morgantown.

Memorial service was held at Marrtown Church of Christ, with Randy Yerby officiating. Reception followed at Corner Cafe.

 

GERALDINE PRATT

Geraldine Pratt, 93, of Conaway Run Road, Alma, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Hillery and Hattie Bourne Vannoy.

She was a homemaker and attended Shirley United Methodist Church.

Surviving are several Vannoy nieces and nephews and several Pratt nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard F. Pratt, in 1994; three brothers, Kester Vannoy, Edward Vannoy and Danny Vannoy; and one sister, Genevieve Vannoy Davis.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Indian Creek Southern Baptist Church, Middlebourne, with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating, and burial in Shirley Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.furbeefuneralhome.com.

 

GARY HICKMAN BAILEY

Gary Hickman Bailey, 70, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Oris W. and Vera F. Hickman Bailey.

He was a 1963 graduate of Calhoun County High School, received his B.A. degree from Glenville State College, his Master’s degree from Ohio University, Athens, and his superintendent’s certificate from West Virginia University. He was principal at Greenmont School for 38 years and retired from Wood County Board of Education. He was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Connie J. Wilson Bailey; one daughter, Heather Bailey of Parkersburg; two sons, Reggie Bailey of Belpre, Ohio, and Seth Bailey of Mineral Wells; two grandchildren, Charlotte and Carson Bailey; and special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Siers.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m.,, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Rev. Beth Peters and Rev. Loren Price officiating. Burial will be in Gibson-West Fork Cemetery, Calhoun County. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

FREDA JONES TWOEY

Freda M. Jones Twoey, 82, of Middlefield, Ohio, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, Chardon, Ohio.

She was born in Big Springs, the daughter of the late Howard and Bertha Jones.

As a young woman, she moved to Ohio and worked for Metal Fabrication Co., Cleveland, and later for Geauga County Home as a cook.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Twoey and Rich Twoey; one grandson, Russ Twoey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Sherwood Twoey, and 11 siblings.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High St., Middlefield, Ohio, with Pastor Bill Spencer, Jr., of Abundant Life Church of God officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Private burial will be held in Slitor Cemetery, Burton Township, at a later time. Memories and condolences can be shared with family at www.russellslyfh.com.

 

EUGENE ‘Gene’ WHYTSELL

Eugene H. “Gene” Whytsell, 88, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Simon Clinton and Laura Kerby Whytsell.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Germany during World War II, and was retired as a carpet salesman for Dils Brothers Dept. Store. He was a member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge No. 3, 64-year 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, American Legion, Parkersburg Post 15, and VFW #1212.

Surviving are two sisters, Geneva Morgan of Georgia and Katherine “Kate” Ladd and husband Harold of Cutler, Ohio; one brother, Kose Whytsell and wife Emma Joan of Parkersburg; one sister-in-law, Vicki Matheny of Belpre, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, June Swan Whytsell; one brother, Howard Whytsell; and two sisters, Louise Nevitt and Jewell Marsh.

Graveside services were held at Sand Hill Cemetery, Long Bottom, Ohio, with Pastor Dwane Porter officiating.

 

ANNABELLE COTTRELL STUMP

Annabelle R. Cottrell Stump, 76, of Orma, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Ezra and Ellen Sawyers Cottrell.

Surviving are her friend of 24 years, Herman Zahud; two daughters, Norma Jean Nicholas of Orma and Barbara Kay McCumbers of Rosedale; two sons, Jeffery Allen Radabaugh and Willard Ray Radabaugh, both of Arnoldsburg; three brothers, Russell Dee Cottrell, Denzil “Dick” Cottrell and Denver “Pete” Cottrell; one sister, Myretta “Sis” Riley; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Janice Marie Radabaugh and Joann Radabaugh; two sisters, Geneva Frame and Mae Cottrell; and two brothers, Ronzel “Cob” Cottrell and Reece “Fuzzy” Cottrell.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial was in Cottrell Cemetery, Frozen Run Road.

 

GUY ALBERT POLING

Guy Albert Poling, 80, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

He was born in Millstone, the son of the late David Cleo Poling and Orpha Mae Schoolcraft Poling.

He was a retired oil field worker, working on oil rigs as rig boss. He had worked for Pennzoil, Spencer, and David Shafer Oil Co., Wooster, Ohio; and retired from Creston Oil in West Virginia.

Surviving are two sons, Guy Poling of Fredericksburg, Ohio, and Tony Poling of Apple Creek, Ohio; one daughter, Kim Bagby of Apple Creek; four grandchildren, Clay Hicks, Ryley Poling, Michael Bagby and Kristen Bagby; one brother, Junior Poling of Millstone; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Murl Hall, Orla Marks, Mabel Marks and Ernestine Gregory, and great-uncle, Albert Poling, whom he was named after, and had started Albert’s Chapel, Sand Ridge, also known as the round church.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Homer Hensley officiating. Burial was in Poling-Marks Family Cemetery, Millstone.

 

JARED (Jerry) McCROSKEY

Jared (Jerry) McCroskey, 83, of Smithville, died at the VA Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late Burton and Goldie Mills McCroskey of Elizabeth.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Troy Mills, Harrisville.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Jones McCroskey; three sons, Brian McCroskey of New Cumberland, Jared McCroskey II of Ellenboro and Charles McCroskey of Smithville; eight grandchildren, Brittany, Nick, Jared (J.T.), Alyssa, Olivia, Tristan, Zack and Holly; one great-grandchild, Kohen; one sister, Janice Jones of Harrison County; and one brother, Burton McCroskey of Parkersburg.

A Celebration of Life was held at Smithville Community Building, with Pastor Ken Heiney of Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs, officiating.

 

EVELYN KELLEY FERRELL

Evelyn Kelley Ferrell, 99, of Davisville, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lester M. and Ethel Riggs.

She was employed by Calhoun County Board of Education as a cook for 25 years and also cooked for the CCHS football team for a few years. She was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Charleston.

Surviving are one son, John M. Kelley; one daughter, JoAnne Molessa; three grandchildren, Christopher Todd Molessa, Andrea Eve Kinzer and Ryan Wilmoth; six great-grandchildren, Hannah Elyse Kinzer, Bentley M. Kinzer, Leewood C. Molessa, Maxwell K. Molessa, Isaiah W. Wilmoth and Braden J. Wilmoth; and two sisters, Willodene Poling and Maxine Duskey.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Orval L. Kelley and Glenn Ferrell; four sisters, Geraldine, Irene, Elodene and Emogene; one brother, Merlyn Riggs; and one son-in-law, Andy Molessa.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Lancaster officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

MURLENE FERREBEE

Murlene Ferrebee, 73, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Howard and Stacie McCune Ferrebee.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one sister, Wanda Cain and husband Jasper of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Roger Allen and wife Agnes of Pleasant Hill; one son, Donald Tallhammer, Jr., of Grantsville; five daughters, Kathy Tallhammer, Regena Cole and Shelba Tallhammer, all of Mt. Zion, Melissa Yoak and husband David of White Pine and Lori Cobbett and husband Peter of Five Forks; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and her significant other, Verlin (Eddie) Millican.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Lowell Thomas Allen; one sister, Kathleen Parsons; one grandson, John David Hickman, Jr.; and one son-in-law, Dale Cole.

Graveside services were held at Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Evangelist Steve Boggs officiating.

 

THOMAS EDWARD CASTLE

Thomas Edward Castle, 56, of Orma, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

He was born in Baltimore City, Md., the son of the late Basil Chester Castle and Frances Elizabeth Robinson Castle.

He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator for Iacoboni Site Specialists, Inc., Baltimore.

Surviving are two brothers, Basil Chester Castle, Jr., and wife Ann and Robert Wayne Castle, all of Baltimore, and his fiancé, Donna Zornes of Orma.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Lee Castle, and three sisters, Mary Francis Krempel, Debbie Thrap and Kathy Miller.

His request for cremation has been honored. A private Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

 

BERNARD OFFUTT

Bernard H. Offutt, 82, of Sandyville, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.

He was born in Millstone, the son of the late Ollie and Ruth Garrett Offutt.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and retired from Ravenswood Aluminum after 37 years of service. He was a member of Sandyville United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Hazel Marie Offutt; one son, Gregory Offutt of Sandyville; one daughter, Deborah Lipscomb of Sandyville; five grandchildren, Heather Shedd and Jeremy Lipscomb, both of Parkersburg, Stephen Offutt and Jennifer Lipscomb, both of Sandyville, and Justin Offutt of Ravenswood; and 12 great-grandchildren, Stephanie Shedd, Olivia Shedd, Lucas Lipscomb, Jessica Lipscomb, Tyler Shedd, Parker Offutt, Riley Vance, Ryan Vance, Bailey McClintic, Caden Lipscomb, Kamryn Offutt and Nicholas Offutt.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Glennis Simmons of Canton, Ohio, and one brother, Ollie Offutt, Jr., of Parkersburg.

Services were held at Sandyville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jarrod Caltrider officiating. Burial, with military rites by American Legion Post #107, Ripley, was held in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville.

 

KENNETH GODFREY

Kenneth D. Godfrey, 83, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

He was born in Withers, the son of the late Omar “Cleve” and Alda Kuhl Godfrey.

He was a 1950 graduate of Normantown High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas after 40½ years. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he was a trustee and taught Sunday School and Bible study for over 20 years.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Todd Godfrey, and two sisters, Jean Dunlap of St. Albans and Patricia Leach of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Norma Jean Owens Godfrey; four brothers; and five sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

DEBORAH ALICE ‘Debbie’ ELMORE

Deborah Alice “Debbie” Elmore, 56, of Mentor, Ohio, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

She was born in Cleveland, the daughter of Grace E. Elmore of Mentor and the late Okey Elmore.

She graduated from Mentor High School.

Surviving are one daughter, Melissa Elmore; two grandchildren, Robby Worrell and Alayna Worrell; four brothers, Mike Elmore of Mentor, Robert Elmore of Kirkland, Ohio, Jack Schreckengost of McConnell, S.C., and Duane Schreckengost and Dean Davis, both of Grantsville; and one sister, Diane Ballard of Cedarville, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and aunt, Edna Kingsbury of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Elmore; one nephew, Chris Schreckengost; two aunts, Geneva Elmore and Faustine McCartney; and five uncles, Otis Elmore, Eugene Duskey, Dewitt Duskey, Eugene Kingsbury and Rex McCartney.

Services were held at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Mentor. Burial was in Mentor Cemetery.

 

DEON ‘Bob’ STURM

Deon D. “Bob” Sturm, 78, of Citra, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at home.

He was born in Millstone, the son of the late Fred and Geraldean Sturm.

He was co-captain of the football team and a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from the oil fields and worked at locations in West Virginia, Ohio, Penn- sylvania and Kentucky. He was active in the International Oil & Gas Association and was a past member of Masonic Lodge #3, Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Dixie L. Bragg Sturm; one daughter, Michelle K. Sturm Holmes and husband James of Citra; three nephews, Richard Cunningham of Tampa, Fla., James Cunningham of Blufton, S.C., and Thomas Russell of Green Island, N.Y.; four nieces, Rebecca Ann Engelke of Bakersfield, Calif., Melissa Harper of Pennsylvania, Rhonda K. Price of West Virginia and Karen Smith of Strongsville, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Pamela Brammer of Mooresville, N.C., and Gail Stoops of Vienna; and special friend, Neal Rudder of Hollywood, Fla.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred Sturm, Jr., Henry L. Sturm and Ershel “Buck” Sturm, and one sister, Mildred Cunningham.

 

PATRICIA KNICLEY YEAGER

Patricia Knicley Yeager, 46, of Spencer, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Alfred and Loretta Marks of Millstone.

Surviving are her fiancé, Jimmy Nicholas of Spencer; two daughters, Amber Knicley and fiancé Micheal Neal and Michele Knicley, all of Spencer; one son, Gregg Knicley and fiancé Brittany Hupp, both of Spencer; one step-son, Steven Knicley of Spencer; ex-husband, William “Beeper” Knicley; three grandchildren, Elijah, Colton and Riley; four sisters, Charmin Marks of Millstone, Carolyn Dearth of Wadsworth, Ohio, Bessie Wilson of Weirton and Betty Goff of Arnoldsburg; seven brothers, Ernest “Ed” Marks of Orma, Olin “Dean” Marks and Jack Marks, both of Arnoldsburg, Steve “R-Buck” Marks and Joe Marks, both of Millstone, Rick Marks of Spencer and Danny “Nub” Marks of Grantsville.

Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, followed by cremation, per request. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DOLORES JUNE MILBEE YOAK

Dolores June Milbee Yoak, 80, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Red House, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth Young Milbee of Poca.

She graduated from Poca High School. She worked at Rubber Fabricators, Inc., and retired from B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Robert S. Yoak; two daughters, Mary Ann Parsons of Millstone and Tina Kaye Yoak of Grantsville; one son, Edward L. Yoak of Grantsville; four grandchildren, Paul M. Parsons and Carissa and Jordan Yoak, all of Grantsville, and Robby Parsons of Elizabeth; five great-grandchildren, Adam and Kaylin Parsons of Grantsville and Garrett, Summer and Chase Parsons of Elizabeth; two sisters, Mary Sue Erwin of Poca and Virginia Ann Milbee of Nitro; one brother, Joe Milbee of Poca; six sisters-in-law, Grace Richards, Edna Robinson, Leona Yoak and Madeline Yoak, all of Grantsville, Hazel Tingler of Big Springs and Evadeen Kesler of Huntington; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Tucker, Alma Sigman and Betty Thomas, and seven brothers, Charles (Chub) Milbee, Lawrence (Jolly) Milbee, Maxwell (Mac) Milbee, Bob Milbee, Hubert (Goud) Milbee, Jim Milbee and infant Ray Milbee.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

MERCHIE JUNIOR ‘Doc’ HUNT

Merchie Junior “Doc” Hunt, 85, of Nicut, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late Merchie Hoyet and Betta Marie Salyers Hunt.

Surviving are one brother and one sister.

He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Cottrell Cemetery, Frozen, Nicut.

 

WILLIAM HARRISON PARSONS

William Harrison Parsons, 54, of Big Bend, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at his home.

He was the son of Doy Parsons and the late Violet Lenore Coger Parsons.

Surviving in addition to his father are one daughter, Angelina Danielle Parsons of Wirt County; two brothers, Roy A. Parsons and James D. Parsons; two sisters, Linda Jean Holbert and Cathy Lee Kerby; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Paul Bates.

Graveside service and burial was held at Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend, with Ed Eisley officiating.

 

MICHAEL BRUCE ‘Mike’ ADAMS

Michael Bruce “Mike” Adams, 61, of Sand Fork, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Roy B. and Vera Moyers Adams.

He was employed by Horizon Energy, Sand Fork, and was a carpenter for Spaur Brothers. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife, Annabelle Wimer Adams; one daughter, Terrie Wimer of Glenville; one grandson, Jayden of Glenville; one brother, Shannon Adams of Glenville; three nephews, Matt Adams and Jason Bailey, both of Glenville, and Casey Adams of Letter Gap; one niece, Amanda Segsworth of South Charleston; and several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda K. Adams and Coleen Reaser, and two brothers, Bernard Lee “PeeWee” Adams and Homer Lee Rogers II.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial was in Sand Fork Cemetery.

 

NANCY GRIM FOGGIN

Nancy R. Grim Foggin, 73, of Vienna, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

She was born in Creston, the daughter of the late Edward T. and Delma M. Pepper Grim.

She worked many years taking care of the elderly, was a licensed caregiver, and kept patients in her home as part of her family.

Surviving are her daughter, Tammy Foggin Kinney of Vienna; a special loving granddaughter, Ciara Kinney of Vienna; two sisters, Wanda Tucker of Belpre, Ohio, and Betty Bish of Parkersburg; one brother, Ted Grim of Erie, Pa.; one grandson, Terry Forshey, Jr., and children, Tyler and Tanner, all of Parkersburg; and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry C. Foggin; one son, Jeffrey W. Foggin; and one brother.

As per her wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

RAYMOND LEE SCHOOLCRAFT

Raymond Lee Schoolcraft, 78, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late Harley and Louise Ross Schoolcraft.

Surviving are two brothers, Leon Schoolcraft of Lorain, Ohio, and Guy Gordon Schoolcraft of Orma, and one sister, Emma Ethel Boggs.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nina Groves and Norma Jean Cottrell, and two brothers, John Schoolcraft and Alfred Stalnaker.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

DEANNA MAE JEZIOROWSKI MORGAN

Deanna Mae Jeziorowski Morgan, 71, of Minnora, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

She was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, the daughter of the late Leonard and Mary Ball Jeziorowski.

She was the oldest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are her husband, Bruce Morgan, and one step-son, Chris Morgan.

Private memorial service will be held.

 

MISSOURI ALICE SMITH HARDBARGER

Missouri Alice Smith Hardbarger, 86, of Petroleum, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late George and Ottie Susan Pell Smith.

She was a homemaker and a member of United Church of God.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Robert James Hardbarger, Sr.; four sons, Robert James “Jim” Hardbarger, Jr., of Parkersburg, Jack Lee Hardbarger of Petroleum, Michael Paul Hardbarger of Harrisville and Joseph L. Hardbarger of Big Bend; two daughters, Patricia “Nancy” Bixman of Petroleum and Ottie May Deem of Harrisville; two sisters, Rosalee Smith of Petroleum and Mabel Adams of Georgia; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Martha Gay Cooper and Alice Ann Hardbarger; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; five brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor William Jahns and Craig Harper officiating. Burial was in Nutter Cemetery, Macfarlan.

 

ORPHA SKINNER

Orpha P. Skinner, 81, of Hilliard, Ohio, died Saturday Oct. 10, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Roy and Lucy Cook Cunningham.

Surviving are one daughter, Sonya Younkin; one son, Robert Skinner; five grandchildren, Alyssa Bower, Nicholas Dutko, Jared Skinner, Casey Dutko and Ryan Skinner; one great-grandchild, Charlotte Bower; two step-grandchildren, Jamie and Jeremy Younkin; three sisters, Fonda Cunningham Bartoe of Jackson, Ohio, Clarice Cunningham of Grantsville and Norma Cunningham Batton of Columbia, Mo.; and five brothers, Denzil Cunningham of Normantown, Phares Cunningham of Medina, Ohio, Wayne Cunningham of Florida, Royce Cunningham of Kentucky and Darrell Cunningham of Lockney.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Skinner, Jr.; one brother, Charles Edward Cunningham of Texas; and two sisters, Jean of Grantsville and Phyllis of Perkins.

Services were held at Rutherford Funeral Home, Powell, Ohio, with Dr. Joel Baer officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery.

 

ISSAC HAROLD KING

Issac Harold King, 76, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Wellington, Ohio.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lloyd King and Hazel Heinzman Rittenhouse.

He grew up in West Virginia and went to Ohio in the mid-1960s. He was a truck driver and worked for Wynd Gold Trucking.

Surviving are four daughters, Deniece Carr of Mabie, Donna Agosti and Diann King, both of Cleveland, and Dottie Horton of Wellington; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Brittany, Ann, Carla, George, Marie, Angel, Joede, Easton and Tosha; 11 great-grandchildren; former wife and mother of his daughters, Jean King of Wellington; one sister, Mae; and one brother, Gary.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda, and one brother, John King.

Private family burial will be held in West Virginia.

 

DAVID ‘Jack’ BUSH

David “Jack” Bush, 89, of Mineral Wells, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Tanner, the son of the late Ernest L. and Hester Wilson Bush.

He was a 1943 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from the Dept. of the Army and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve as a master sergeant. He was a 50-year member of Mt. Olivet Lodge #3 and member of Scottish Rite and Nemesis Shrine Temple. He was a charter member of 82nd Airborne Association and lifetime member of VFW Post 1212, Parkersburg. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Jean I. Belt Bush; two sons, Roger Bush of Vienna and David Garry Bush of Pittsfield, Pa.; two sisters, Marie Weese of Sophia and Maxine Crouch of Vienna; three grandchildren, Mack Bush, Erin Bush and Erica Evans; and three great-grandchildren, Daniel Bush, Kloe Bush and Kaelyn Evans.

He was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Bush; one grandchild, Christian Bush; three brothers, Ernest Bush, Jr., Charles Bush and Porter Bush; and one sister, Marjorie Mathess.

Services were held at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Mineral Wells, with Pastor Steve Gedon officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens, with full military honors by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.

 

DENZIL BALL

Denzil M. Ball, 90, formerly of Grantsville, died at Parkersburg Care Center, on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.

He was the son of the late Jasper and Olive Johnson Ball.

He was a World War II veteran of “B” Battery 564th F.A.B. He retired from TRW, Cleveland, in 1983 and moved back to West Virginia to live.

Surviving are his second wife, Ada L. Ball; two sons, Denzil Keith Ball and James Edward Ball; one daughter, Charlene Lilly; three step-children, Dale Douglas Currey, Lyle Currey and Anne Abbadessa; and nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elmo Ball, and two brothers, Donald Ball and Albert Ball.

Services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Jeffrey Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DIANA LYNN METZ STOPHER

Diana Lynn Metz Stopher, 65, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Bruce and Elsie King Metz.

Surviving are one son, Derek; two grandchildren, Cheyanne and Christian; and seven siblings, Wanda Bush, Debbie Cook, Steve Metz, Denise Keller, Denine Angles, Dawn Marks and Darrin Vaughan.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby.

Services were held at Adams Mason Funeral Home, Akron, Ohio, with Pastor Ken Taylor officiating, and burial at Nicut.

 

PAULINE COTTRELL MILLER

Pauline Cottrell Miller, 85, of Spencer, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ray and Louisa Cogar Cottrell.

She retired from Kellwood Co., Spencer, and was a member of Gandee Chapel Church and Ladies Aid Group.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Miller and wife Barbara of Liberty; one sister, Madeline Orchide of Ohio; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Miller; one son, Larry Miller; and two sisters.

Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Per Mrs. Miller’s request, she will be cremated and her ashes buried in Gandee Chapel/Ward Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

FRANKLIN CLIFFORD LACY

Franklin Clifford Lacy, 74, of Big Bend, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late George Hunter Lacy, Sr., and the late Monteray Runyon Lacy.

Surviving are who daughters, Collen Stewart and Vicky Ray Parsons; two sons, Franklin Lacy, Jr., and Christopher Noel Lacy; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Betty Rankin, Doris Heflin, Lydia Brooks and Brenda Henshaw; and three brothers, Raymond Lacy, William Lacy and Jimmy Williams.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Flora Carlson Lacy; three sisters, Lillian Jones, Rose Spears and Peggy Masner; and two brothers, George Hunter Lacy, Jr., and Garrett Lacy.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Burial will be in Big Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

RHEA AVIS COOPER WATKINS

Rhea Avis Cooper Watkins, 83, of Chloe, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Jay Courtney and Arla Boothe Cooper.

She was a member of Walnut United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, William Ray Watkins; one daughter, Kathy Ann Wallbrown; one sister, Ola M. Carpenter; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Watkins; two brothers, Arden Bradley Cooper and James Eyster Cooper; and one grandson, Phillip Ray Watkins.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial was in Metheney Cemetery.

 

STEVEN DUANE MEADOWS

Steven Duane Meadows, 61, of Creston, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at his family farm.

He was born in Elyria, Ohio, the son of Cora Mowrey Boggs of Rootstown, Ohio, and the late Dwight Meadows.

He was owner and operator of Glacier Refrigeration.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 34 years, June J. Meadows; one daughter, Ashley Crow of The Plains, Ohio; two sons, Steven D, Meadows, Jr., of Shade, Ohio, and Wesley T. Meadows of Athens, Ohio; one sister, Connie Smith of Rootstown; two brothers, Lanny Meadows and Gerald Meadows, both of Creston; and three grandchildren, Christopher Meadows, Miles Meadows and Amelia Crow.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, Christopher Meadows, and step-father, Charlie Boggs.

Memorial services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112, in his memory. Online guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

DELMAS GENE REXROAD

Delmas Gene Rexroad, 68, of Glenville, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born in Wood County, the son of the late Raymond and Ermal Sidwell Rexroad.

He was retired from Emory Smith Well Service.

Surviving are one brother, Johnny Rexroad of Grantsville; four step-children, Tammy Varner of Wheeling, Steve Bennett of Washington, Pa., Jeanetta Dickinson of Barrow, Alaska, and Ralph Bennett of Avella, Pa.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Janice Rexroad; one sister, Hope Westfall; and one step-son, Alvie Bennett.

Private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

TONEY LEE STARCHER

Toney Lee Starcher, 57, of Orma, died Monday, Oct. 26, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Wood County, the son of the late Glen Starcher and Freda Stemple Norman.

Surviving are his wife, Ester Starcher; two daughters, Erica Capps of Glenville and Megan Nicholson of Big Bend; three sons, Bobby Starcher and Gary Starcher, both of Orma, and Johnny Capps of Glenville; four sisters, Norma Starcher and Marie Starcher, both of Orma, Sue Carpenter of Arnoldsburg and Kay King of Grantsville; three brothers, Fred Starcher of Arnoldsburg, Alfred Starcher of Grantsville and Richard Starcher of Orma; step-father, John Norman; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two infant brothers.

A private family service was held.

 

JAMES NEIL HICKS

James Neil Hicks, 75, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was the son of the late Earl and Rosie Falls Hicks of Arnoldsburg.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Alice Faye White Hicks; one son, Gary L. Hicks; two granddaughters, Brandi Atkinson of Ripley and McKenzie Hicks of Mt. Zion; one step-grandson, Cody Cunningham of Beech; one great-grandson, Gabe; and one brother, Dayton Hicks.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Virginia, Bevis, Leotta and Mary, and two brothers, Daris and an infant.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Bill Richards officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery.

 

BETTY JANE HUFFMAN

Betty Jane Huffman, 76, of Walton, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born in Walton, the daughter of the late Earl and Goldie Patrick Moore.

She retired from B.F. Goodrich, Spencer.

Surviving are two sons, Freddie Huffman, Jr., and Larry Huffman, both of Walton; one daughter, Debra Runnion of Spencer; four grandchildren, Scott and Casey Huffman of Lexington, Ky., and Addison and Brody Huffman of Walton; two sisters, Georgia Pence of Charleston and Joann Larch of Walton; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Otmer Huffman, Ronald Huffman, Connie Westfall, Terry Huffman, Carolyn Yateman, Kathy DuPree and Betty Baker; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Lee Huffman, and one sister, Mary Moore.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jerry Board officiating, and burial in Droddy/Canterbury Cemetery, Walton. Visitation was scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

GEORGE FOSTER JONES

George Foster Jones, 52, of Big Springs, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at his home.

He was the son of the late George and Helen Williams Jones.

He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Loretta Jones; one son, Kyle Jones of Ohio; two step-sons, Matthew Lung of Spencer and Robert James Lung of Big Springs; and two grandchildren.

Private family service will be held at a later date.

 

ROSCOE PARSONS

Roscoe Parsons, 72, of Millstone, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Perry and Phoeba Cottrell Parsons.

Surviving are his wife, Audra Parsons; one son, Randall Parsons of Frametown; two daughters, Cathy Dickey of Chloe and Saundra Ballengee; one sister, Velma Barnes of Millstone; one brother, Eugene Parsons of Orma; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Brenton, Thomas, Dennis, Cecil and Vance.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenneth Parsons and Rev. Loren Price officiating, and burial in Lambert Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ARLAN ‘Dick’ McCUNE

Arlan R. “Dick” McCune, 66, of Orrville, Ohio, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Hospice of Medina County.

He was born in Orma, the son of Ralph and Ocie McCune.

He was a graduate of Rutland High School, Rutland, Ohio, and retired in 2014 from J.M. Smucker Co., Orrville, as a production supervisor.

Surviving are his wife, Marcella Huska McCune, whom he married Dec. 21, 1968; one son, Jason McCune of Ashland, Ohio; one daughter, Julie Ellis of Columbia Station, Ohio; three grandchildren, Aurora McCune, Nathan McCune and Tatyana Ellis; one brother, Kenneth McCune of Orma; one sister, Vee Johns of Orrville; two uncles he grew-up with, Burl McCune and Darrel McCune; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Steven McCune.

 

DEANA DIANE SINGLETON

Deana Diane Singleton, 59, of Glenville, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Hinton, the daughter of the late David M. and Edna “Patty” Bennett Fox.

She was a 1974 graduate of Gilmer County High School. She had worked as a manager at Wagon Wheel Restaurant and as a driver for Dr. Anwar’s office, Moundsville. She was a Methodist.

Surviving are four children, Joanie Marie Wilfong and companion Richard Blackwell of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Stephanie Darlene Smith and husband Tracy of Erie, Pa., Dustin Michael Singleton of Knoxville, Tenn., and Kasey Jade Hayhurst and wife Lisa of Shinnston; seven grandchildren, Desirae Nikole Thomas, Julie Marie Wilfong, Joseph Florin Wilfong, Jacie Morgan Blackwell, Tracy “T.J.” Smith, Trever Smith and Trealene Diane Smith; one great-grandchild, Brantley Wayne Cummings; eight siblings, Jim Fox and wife Cathy of Scott Depot, Debbie Leeson and husband Bub of West Union, Mike Fox and wife Suzanne of Grantsville, Darlene Smithson and husband Carl of Glenville, Deniece Byrd and husband Bob of New London, N.C., Rick Fox and wife Mary of Hinton, Jon Fox and wife Brenda of Parkersburg and Kristi Sanders and husband Timmy of Denton, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Jerry Singleton, in November, 2004, and one daughter, Michelle Lee Wilfong.

Per her requests, Deana’s remains will be cremated, and her family will have a memorial service at a later date.

 

JAMES PHILLIP ‘Jim’ RIDDEL

James Phillip “Jim” Riddel, 80, of Vienna, Va., died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at The Adler Center.

He was born in Grantsville and was a decorated retired homicide detective with the Fairfax County Police Dept.

He was recognized by Parade magazine as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Police Officers in 1971. In 1970 and 1979, he received the A. Heath Onthank Award, recognizing him as Fairfax County Government’s Most Outstanding Employee. He received the Outstanding Meritorious Service Award from the Fairfax County Police Association in 1978. Virginia Jaycees named him the Most Outstanding Police Officer in Fairfax County in 1971, the Most Outstanding Police Officer of the Year in Virginia in 1972, and the Outstanding Young Men of America Award in 1971. He was named Most Outstanding Police Officer by Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge #2188 in 1970. He was named Fairfax County Police Investigator of the Year in 1969 and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce recognized his Outstanding Service to Fairfax County Citizens from 1960 to 1980. He was a U.S. Marines veteran.

Survivors include three daughters, Jamie Daughtry, Jacquelin P. Hill and Maureen B. Stalcup; three sons, James P. Riddel, Jr., John P. Riddel and Jeffrey P. Riddel; one sister, Edi Lou Butler; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church, 711 Spring St., SE, Vienna, Va. Burial will be in Flint Hill Cemetery. Life celebration will be held Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave., West, Vienna, Va.

 

MARY CAROL CARPENTER

Mary Carol Carpenter, 78, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Richardson, the daughter of the late Robert R. “Bob” and Grace Spencer Nichols.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two daughters, Vickie Fike and husband Danny of Spencer and Debbie Dotson and husband Aaron of Ripley; one sister, Betty McClung of Vienna; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Ray “Junior” Carpenter; one sister, Dorothy Perrine; four brothers, Ralph Nichols, Charles Nichols, Bob Nichols and Joe Nichols; and her second husband, Johnny “Jay” Johnston.

Services were scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating, and burial in Spencer Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

DONALD WAYNE KING

Donald Wayne King, 66, of Reno, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Dwight and Letty Ray King.

He retired from WASCO.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Vickie Kesselring King; three brothers, James King, Danny King and Ron King; three sisters, Linda Venham, Lillian Dowler and Carla Miller; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Cathy Kalt and Audrey Robinson.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta, Ohio, with burial in Valley Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.Lankfordfh.com.

 

CAROLYN SUE RAY

Carolyn Sue Ray, 67, of Creston, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Marietta, Ohio, the daughter of the late Roy and Stella Metz Miller.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Charles E. Ray; one son, Charles W. Ray of Parkersburg; one daughter, Debra Sue Carr of Mayfield, Ky.; one brother, John Miller of Ashland, Ky.; four sisters, Genny Miller of Wooster, Ohio, Mary Yoak of Beverly, Ohio, Darlene Lott of Williamstown and Tina Jones of Grantsville; two grandchildren, Ashley Ray and Brittany Carr; one great-grandchild, Eden Nicole Leath; and Billy Jones and several extended family that Charles and Sue opened their home to.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy McCoy, and one grandchild, Sabrina Carr.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.

 

JUDITH ANN ‘Judy’ JAFFRE

Judith Ann “Judy” Jaffre, 55, of Glenville, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born in Fairmont, the daughter of the late William and Clara Hevener Devers.

She was a 1978 graduate of Salem High School, Salem and 1982 graduate of Glenville State College, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education 1-6 and specialization in mental retardation K-12, specific learning, and disabilities K-12. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority at GSC. She retired in 2012 from Gilmer County Board of Education with 30 years of experience as a teacher in Sand Fork Elementary, Glenville Elementary and Gilmer County High School. She was a member of Glenville First Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Jessica Dawn Cook and husband Randall “R.J.” of Glenville.

She was preceded in death on May 16, 2000, by her husband, David William Jaffre, whom she married Aug. 13, 1983.

Services were held at Glenville First Baptist Church, Glenville, with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating. Burial was in Smith Cemetery, Stouts Mills.

 

KENNETH LEWIS ‘Kenny’ HARRIS

Kenneth Lewis “Kenny” Harris, 66, of Grantsville, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Lewis and Virginia Hathaway Harris.

 He was a former bus driver for Calhoun County Committee on Aging and Little Kanawha Bus.

Surviving are his wife, Opal Tucker Harris; three sons, Kenneth O. Harris of Phoenix, Ariz., Mark Harris of Grantsville and Jeremy Harris of Sanford, N.C.; one step-son, David Tucker of Independence, Va.; one brother, Jerry Hathaway of Canyon Country, Calif.; one sister, Debbie Lamp of St. Marys; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Randy Harris and Charles Harris, and one grandson, Kenneth Cody Harris.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

 

DELORIS LEE ROGERS

Deloris Lee Rogers, 90, of Kent, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of Homer and Icy Kemp Jones.

She retired from Kroger Stores, Akron, Ohio, in 1976.

Surviving are two sisters, Leona Yoak of Grantsville and Joan Jones of Big Bend; one sister-in-law, Lenore (Sissy) Jones of Big Bend; one brother, James Jones of Winston-Salem, N.C.; special friend, Nancy Williamson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Virgil R. Rogers; three sisters, Marge Zatik, Nancy Travis and Oleta Ferrell; and two brothers, Cleo Jones and Denzel (Pete) Jones.

Celebration of her life and a memorial service was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Maze Family Cemetery, Munday.

 

GEORGE MAYWOOD SCOTT

George Maywood Scott, 86, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

He was born at Reedy, the son of the late Basil Edward and Elva Snodgrass Scott.

He attended one-room elementary schools and was a 1945 graduate of Walton High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1949, attaining the rank of sergeant. He received his AB degree from West Virginia University in 1952 and his law degree in 1954, with honors. He was the law partner of William S. Ryan in the Spencer firm of Ryan & Scott. He was Roane County Prosecuting Attorney from 1956 to 1964 and served as Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit from 1972 to 1987. He served as a Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from Nov. 4, 1999, to Dec. 31, 2000, after which he resumed his practice of law in Spencer. In 2014, he was named a Distinguished West Virginian.

Surviving are one grandson, Samuel Christian Scott; one daughter-in-law, Susan Scott; one sister, Mina Jo Varan; one brother, Basil Edward Scott, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Darlene Moss Scott; one son, Phillip Blair Scott; one brother, Charles Scott; and one sister, Patsy Markwood Decker.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Snodgrass Cemetery, Gandeeville.

 

MARJORIE SUE GROGG BUNNER

Marjorie Sue Grogg Bunner, 78, of Washington, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Nobe, the daughter of the late Jesse Francis and Violet Grim Roberts.

She was a homemaker and a member of New England Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard, whom she married on May 7, 2003; two daughters, Carma Hanlon of Washington and Cynthia Porter of Parkersburg; two sons, Patrick Grogg of Belleville and Jeffrey Grogg of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren, Keith Blair, Ali Hanlon, Regan Hanlon, Shane Grogg, Chantel Grogg, Corey Porter, Morgan Porter and Ryan Grogg; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Lorus Roberts, Glen (Brown) Roberts, John Roberts and Eursel Roberts; and two sisters, Theda Deuley and Nancy Yoak.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Leon B. Grogg, and two brothers, Loren Roberts and Charles Roberts.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

GENE BERDELL PERSINGER

Gene Berdell Persinger, 57, of Linn, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at Mt. Carmel-St. Ann’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

He was born in Bedford, Ohio, the son of the late James and Mary McHenry Persinger.

He was a 1976 graduate of West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Romney. He was a Methodist.

Surviving are his wife, Debra Powers Persinger, whom he married on June 15, 1980; three children, Jamie Persinger of Linn, Andy Persinger of Chloe and Kerry Powers of Weston; five grandchildren, Jada Persinger, Jobe Loudin, Kole Persinger, Jerec Loudin and Duke Persinger; six siblings, Linda Ice and husband Larry of Salem, Jack Persinger and wife Susan, Cora Persinger and husband Robert Wiggins and Scotty Riffle and wife Nicole, all of Linn, Jimmy Persinger and wife Pam of Apple Creek, Ohio, and Judith Albanese of Dallas, Tex.; and step-father, Harold Riffle of Linn.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Riffle.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Phil Wilson officiating. Burial was in McHenry Cemetery, Linn.

 

IRVIN EUGENE WALKER

Irvin Eugene Walker, 82, of Munday, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was the son of the late Carl Walker and Olga Meadows Walker Ferrell.

Surviving are his wife, Kathryn June Parks Walker; one son, Mark Walker; three grandchildren, Sara Doak, Jake Walker and Katie Walker Williamson; three great-grandchildren, Olivia and Luke Doak and Harper Walker; two brothers, Ronnie Walker and Jack Walker; three sisters, Janice Kelley, Naoma Toler and Norma Queen; and one daughter-in-law, Barbara Walker.

He was preceded in death by two sons, David Walker and Danny Walker; one brother, Harold Walker; and one sister, Betty Lou Holbert.

Services were held at Full Gospel Lighthouse Church, with Pastor Mike Doherty officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

 

REZIN ‘Spark’ ARTHUR

Rezin “Spark” Arthur, 82, of Creston, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Okey and Mable Mowrey Arthur.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked for several years in the oil fields. He retired from the Dept. of Highways, Wirt County.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Bessie Headley Arthur; three daughters, SuEllen Arthur of Creston, Debra Parsons of Givens and Rebecca Starcher of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Angelina Parson and Derek Lynch, both of Elizabeth, Joel Parsons and Jeannetta Harper, both of Spencer, and Hope Starcher of Parkersburg; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Bucky Arthur.

Memorial Service will be held by the family at a later date.

 

ELSIE LEMLEY

Elsie L. Lemley, 88, of Millstone, died at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Wirt County, the daughter of the late George and Melinda Byrd Lemley.

Surviving are five sisters, Sylvia Bunner of Wooster, Ohio, Florence Nelson of Elizabeth, Clara Blankenship of Valley Bend, Ethel White of Walker and Laura Gibson of Canton, Ohio; one brother, Raymond Lemley of Walker; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bert Lemley and Bernard “Clyde” Lemley.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Mark Lowe officiating. Burial was in Freeport Cemetery.

 

KATHERINE MOORE

Katherine L. Moore, 85, of Looneyville, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born at Clio, the daughter of the late J.T. and Olive Crihfield Abbott.

She was a homemaker and a member of Newton Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Roger Moore and wife Betty of Orma, Stephen Moore and wife Freda of Hurricane and Wayne Moore of Looneyville; three granddaughters, Jennifer Moore, Michelle Bowles and Rebecca Nutter; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Moore; one granddaughter, Lisa Moore; four sisters, Hattie McCune, Hester Ferrell, Delphia Sloan and Nellie Sloan; and two brothers, Holly Abbott and Harley Abbott.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Ronald Fisher and Rev. Philip Linger officiating, and burial in Clover Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

DORIS MARIE ‘Muggs’ MALONA ROBERTS

Doris Marie “Muggs” Malona Roberts, 81, of Glenville, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Charles Owen and Catherine Ruth Westfall Malona.

She worked with her husband, farming and helping to start the family building business in Jackson County, before moving back to Glenville in 1975. She was a Christian.

Surviving are two sons, Owen Paul “Buzz” Roberts and Jon Patrick Roberts, both of Glenville; two daughters, Jayne Evans of Glenville and Gina Schweinsberg of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Sarah Jayne Hacker of St. Marys, William Patrick Morrison of Newport, Ohio, John T.P. Evans, Jacob S.M. Evans, Matthew Owen Roberts, Hannah Lynn Roberts, Patrick Bryce Roberts and Jon Payton Roberts, all of Glenville; two great-grandchildren, Laura Quinn Hacker and Caroline Morgan Hacker of St. Marys; special family member, Jeramey Grogg of Canton, Ohio; one sister, Margaret Joyce “Joy” Bush of Boaz; two brothers, Charles Owen Malona, Jr., and Jerry Malona, both of Grantsville; and one brother-in-law, Reginald “Reggie” Roberts of Glenville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John Paul Roberts on June 18, 2015; one sister, Ernestine Carson; and one brother-in-law, Bobby Gene Roberts.

Her request for cremation has been honored. A celebration of life will be held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, on Saturday at noon, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, at the mortuary. A meal provided by Glenville Cornerstone Cafe will be served at Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, following services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to John Paul Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund, Calhoun Banks, 904 North Lewis St., Glenville, WV 26351.

 

EILEEN HAMILTON WHITMAN

Eileen Hamilton Whitman, 96, of Big Chimney, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late George W. and Losie Knotts Hamilton.

She was a 1936 graduate of Calhoun County High School, where she played baseball and basketball. After receiving a teacher certification from Glenville Normal School (now Glenville State College), she taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Little White Oak. She retired from World Book Educational Products.

Surviving are 10 children, Carole Curry, Layton Whitman, Elaine Quick, Susan Zagar, George Whitman, Ed Whitman, Anne Swiger, Alice Whitman, Rebecca Governor and Mary Gillespie; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Jeannette Bearden and Johanne Carpenter; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hamilton and Mary Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Layton O. Whitman; four brothers, William, John, Edward and George; and one sister, Naida Ellison.

Memorial service was held in the chapel of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston.

 

RUTH PHILLIPS

Ruth Phillips, 71, of Evans, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

She was born in Nicut, the daughter of the late Oliver Easau and Doris McGraw King.

She coordinated natural gas distribution and was formerly employed by Columbia Gas and most recently with Gas Access Systems. She was formerly employed by Kellwood Co., Spencer, and worked as a clerk with United Postal Service. She served as treasurer for Evans Community Initiative and treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 407. She was a member of West Ripley Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Howard Phillips; two sons, Steven W. Phillips of Evans and Greg B. Phillips of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Levi, Alli and Jessie; and two sisters, Fae Daugherty of Statesville, N.C., and Mae Burgess of Salisbury, N.C.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Benton King, and two infant siblings.

Services were held at West Ripley Church of Christ, with Minister Doug Petty officiating. Committal service was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

BURL ANDREW ‘Pete’ JOHNSON

Burl Andrew “Pete” Johnson, 92, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late John Andrew and Virdi Samantha Bayless Johnson.

He was a veteran of the 6th Infantry Division during World War II. His battalion was credited with firing the last shot of the war, with a memorial placed in Fort Sill Museum, Woodward, Oklahoma. He was an electrician and retired from IBEW Local #972, Marietta, Ohio, in 1981. He drove for Superior Toyota and other dealerships in Parkersburg. He was a member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge #3 and attended First Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Fern G. Richards; two sons, David P. Richards and Mark A. Johnson; two daughters, Terri Lane and Debrah Rose; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Daisy Adkins and Louse Linko.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Elwood Johnson, Thurl Johnson, Cecil Johnson and Kenneth “Buster” Johnson; and three sisters, Eula Johnson, Gladys Digman and Mildred Miracle.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, Ohio, with Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating. Burial was in Rockland Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #15, Parkersburg.

 

JAMES ‘Paul’ KELLEY

James “Paul” Kelley, 67, of Munday, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Parkersburg Care Center.

He was the son of the late Jim and Clara Kelley.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Betty Deweese Kelley; two daughters, Lisa Bunner and Criss Welshans; three grandchildren, Matthew Bunner, Kelley Bunner and Ashley Welshans; six sisters, Louise Ayers, Elouise Bonar, Betty Boyce, Leona Pettit, Madeline Yoak and Sue Peppers; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Emogene Rogers, and two brothers, Don Kelley and Glenn Kelley.

At his request, there were no services. Burial was in Wolverton Cemetery, Munday.

 

CAROL JUNE BUFFINGTON CLINE

Carol June Buffington Cline, 71, of Sandyville, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late William O. and Edna A. Eagle Buffington.

She previously worked at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in the dietary department and Aunt Sissy’s Daycare, Parkersburg. She worked at Wirt County Senior Citizens as a homecare giver.

Surviving are two daughters, Teresia Fought of Big Springs and Rebecca Almashy of Sandyville; one son, Alfred Cline, Jr., of Sandyville; three sisters, Alma Cline of Cutler, Ohio, Deloris “Sis” Martin of Stockport, Ohio, and Darleen Cottrell of Palestine; four brothers, Bud Buffington of Dallison, Bill Buffington of Massillon, Ohio, Jim Buffington of Canton, Ohio, and David Buffington of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Tonya Fought of Parkersburg, Adam Abel of Big Springs and Sara Almashy and Jessica Almashy, both of Sandyville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Alfred L. Cline, on Feb. 1, 2014, and three brothers, Gary Buffington, Bob Buffington and Tink Buffington.

Memorial services were held at Union Chapel Church, Windy Ridge Road, Sandyville, with Pastor Danny Schreckengost officiating.

 

OTTICE RANDALL BRANNON

Ottice Randall Brannon, 84, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Minnora, the son of the late Ottice G. Brannon and Madge Knotts Brannon.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart. He worked for W.H. Smith Hardware Co. for many years prior to purchasing and operating Brannon’s Store, Spencer, until his retirement. He spent much time taking care of his farm in Calhoun County.

Surviving are one son, Dr. Eric Brannon and wife Regina of Spencer; one granddaughter, Erica Brannon Gunn, JD; and one grandson, Dr. Randall S. Brannon.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Ruby Blackshire Brannon; one brother, Arlan Brannon; and his wife, Nellie Marie Roach Brannon.

Graveside service was held at Minnora Cemetery.

 

MARY ANGELINE WEESE

Mary Angeline Weese, 57, of Grantsville, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born in Ashland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Floyd and Katherine Bowersock Edwards.

Surviving are two sons, Pete Dilgard and Jeremy Dilgard, both of Grantsville, and two brothers, Ray Edwards and Lawrence Edwards, both of Ashland, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeremiah (Jerry) Weese; three brothers, Clarence Edwards, Daniel Edwards and David Edwards; and one sister-in-law, Cheryl Edwards.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating. Burial was in Fairview IOOF Cemetery, Gassaway.

 

ERNESTINE ‘Toots’ BLANKENSHIP

Ernestine “Toots” Blankenship, 87, of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Gladys Gainer Bower and granddaughter of the late Okey and Esther Gainer.

She retired from B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville, after 30 years of service. She also worked for the Foster Grandparent program in Calhoun County Schools for eight years and in Wood County Schools for five years. She was a member of Cornerstone Praise and Worship Church, Grantsville, and also attended Landmark Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, Ronald Blankenship; one daughter, Gail Bowe; one brother, Morris Bower; one sister, Delma Atkinson; five grandchildren, Scott Farrar, Paige Toney, Cam Blankenship, Amanda Childress and Jennifer Bowe; and 12 great-grandchildren, Veronica, Hallie, Anna, Bradyn, Kameryn, Chace, Cohen, Camden, Maleigha, Jadalyn, Rhett and Billy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Blankenship.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Kevin Church officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the building fund of Cornerstone Church in “Toots” name: Cornerstone Praise and Worship Church, P.O. Box 402, Grantsville, WV 26147. Note “In memory of Toots” at the bottom of the donation. Condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JIMMY ALFRED

Jimmy D. Alfred, 78, of Orrville, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at LifeCare Hospice, Wooster, Ohio.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of Richard and Chloe Butler Alfred.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. He was employed as a maintenance man at the former Technocast Co., Orrville, for 30 years, and worked in the maintenance department at the power plant for the City of Orrville for 12 years, until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Orrville.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Musser, whom he married on June 12, 2003; one son, Eric Alfred of Orrville; one step-son, Timothy Musser of Marshallville, Ohio; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger Alfred of Lakeville, Ohio; and two sisters, Doris McElvey of Naples, Fla., and Sally Grizzard of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death in 2002 by his first wife, Colista A. Manson, whom he married on July 18, 1959, and by one step-daughter, Kathleen “Kathy” Musser in 2013.

Memorial services were held at Christ United Church of Christ, with Rev. Randy Gehres officiating.

 

ERNEST LAKEN ‘Ernie’ GREATHOUSE

Ernest Laken “Ernie” Greathouse, 83, of Nitro, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late Edgar Emerson and Ninevah “Daisy” Simmons Greathouse.

He was a graduate of Spencer High School and served from 1953 to 1955 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enlisted with the West Virginia State Police in 1957 and became known by the nickname “Bear” by fellow troopers. After retiring in 1972, he went to work for Joe Holland Chevrolet until he retired in 1998. He attended Baber Agee United Methodist Church, Cross Lanes, and St. Luke United Methodist Church, St. Albans.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Virginia “Ginny” Hoskins Greathouse of Nitro, formerly of Calhoun County; one son, Gregory Greathouse of Cross Lanes; one daughter, Julie Greathouse of Nitro; two grandsons, Christopher Greathouse of East Bank and Scott Greathouse of Fredericksburg, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Anita Price Greathouse Taylor of Marmet; one sister, Mary Jo Jarvis of Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Greathouse, and three brothers, Edward Greathouse, Euell Greathouse and Herman Greathouse.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with Pastor Richard Hoskins and Pastor Larry Greathouse officiating. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387, in memory of “Ernie.”

 

VIRGINIA LEA ‘Jenny’ STARCHER

Virginia Lea “Jenny” Starcher, 55, of Glenville, a former Calhoun County resident, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Lodi, Ohio, the daughter of the late Victor Metz and Alice Ruth Barnett Roberts.

She was a 1978 graduate of Gilmer County High School and was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Stanley Starcher, whom she married on Aug. 18, 1979; four children, Stanley Starcher, Jr., Jason Wayne Starcher and Alison Starcher, all of Glenville, and Michele Starcher of West Monroe, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Chloe Starcher of Glenville; and one sister, Jeanne Richards and husband Ernie of Lockney.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will be in Cedarville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

MARY SUSAN TAMULITIS

Mary Susan Tamulitis, 97, of Philippi, died Saturday, November 21, 2015, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Gerald Ottie and Stella McEwee Mace.

She was a member of Rosedale Baptist Church and past president of the Rebekah’s.

Surviving are two sons, Charles O. Tamulitis of Philippi and Martin L. Tamulitis of Belington; one son-in-law, John Ledbetter of Columbus, Ohio; and one grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Tamulitis; one daughter, Judy Ledbetter; and one brother, Floyd Mace.

Graveside service and burial were at Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Larry Fisher officiating.

 

LEON HUGH ‘Tiny’ SMITH

Leon Hugh “Tiny” Smith, 79, of Beech Road, Orma, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born on Beech Road, the son of the late Okey and Lettie Price Smith.

He worked in the oil field, as a carpenter, and as a pipeliner.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Nola Pearl Jett Smith; one son, Gilbert Smith of Gandeeville; six daughters, Sandy Burrows of Mt. Zion, Joyce Smith and Judy Brannon, both of Grantsville, Sherry Burgess of Reedy, Sheila Hall of Arnoldsburg, and Teresa Holcomb of Spencer; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Smith and Albert Smith, and one grandson, Randy Brannon.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Beech Road.

 

ELLA MAE KENDALL

Ella Mae Kendall, 79, of Parkersburg, formerly of Calhoun County, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Home, Parkersburg.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late James Loyd and Amanda Hughes Bennett.

Surviving are one son Dale Kendall of Parkersburg, two grandchildren, Barb and Richard of Parkersburg; three great-grandchildren of Parkersburg; one sister, Emma Jean Barker of Toledo, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and close family friends, Justin Wood and Abby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil “Budge” Kendall, and one brother, Junior Bennett.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

RENICE WEST HOLBERT

Renice West Holbert, 92, of Big Bend, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at Glenville Center.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas West and Dessie Freshour West Roberts.

She was a member of Odd Fellows Rebekah Lodge #52, Grantsville Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #73, Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, American Baptist Women White Cross chairman, and Sunday School teacher.

Surviving are one son, Richard C. Holbert of Ft. Madison, Iowa; one daughter, Judith D. Jones of Big Bend; six grandsons, four great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; one brother, Darrell Roberts of Burlington, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kennard Holbert.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Chapel Baptist Church, with Ronzel Roberts officiating, and burial in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DORTHA JEAN SIERS

Dortha Jean Siers, 86, of Chloe, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at Clay Health Care Center, Ivydale.

She was born in Weston, the daughter of the late Ora and Gertrude Lamb Groggs.

She was retired from Westinghouse, Fairmont, and Rubber Fabricators, Inc., Grantsville. She was a member of Walker United Methodist Church, Chloe.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Ernest Habred Siers; one son, Randy Siers of Nebo; two daughters, Pam Hicks of Chloe and Stacy Lyon of Heaters; four grandchildren, Kari, Scott, Elizabeth and Levi; 10 great-grandchildren, Eden, Karigan, Lacy, Gavin, Lidia, Lucas, Landan, Adrian, ChyKaye and Chase; two sisters, Norma Nicholas of Spencer and Loretta Gray of Elyria, Ohio; and three brothers, Ted Groggs of Stow, Ohio, Bill Groggs of Buckhannon and Mike Groggs of Buckhannon.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Bob, Frank, Paul and Bud, and three sisters, Sue, Lottie and Carolyn.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lamb Cemetery, Chloe. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JOANN JENKINS

JoAnn Jenkins, 81, of Stumptown, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was the daughter of the late Ordie and Oleta Collins Lowther.

She retired from Kinney Shoe Factory, Glenville. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Layne Jenkins; three brothers, Cecil Lowther of North Ridgeville, Ohio; Otis “Bud” Lowther of Grantsville and Bobby Lowther of Hartville, Ohio; one daughter, Debra Johnson of Glenville; four brothers, Bill Johnson of Smithville, David Johnson of Mt. Zion, Barry Jenkins of Martinsburg and Mark Jenkins of Glenville; nine grandchildren, Amie, Andrea, Nicki, Tiffany, Whitney, Erica, Jeremy, Jeffrey and Adam; and 12 great-grandchildren, Easton, Erica, Noah, Nicolis, Logan, Luke, Paityn, Parker, Taylor, Anthony, Dylan and Tyler.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sylvia Meadows and Ruth Meadows, and one brother, Coye Lowther.

Memorial service was held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown.

 

BEULAH CLARA BYERS

Beulah Clara Byers, 87, of Harrisville, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in New Martinsville, the daughter of the late James Percy and Lillian Parsons Miller.

She was a member of Christian Church, Pine Grove.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Cunningham of Harrisville and Connie Ferrell of Middlebourne; seven grandchildren, Scott Cunningham of Harrisville, Shelly Sprouse of Ashville, N.C., Shanna Pineda of Grantsville, Kelly Haught and Micheal Ferrell, both of New Martinsville, Clifford Fisher of Middlebourne and Krystal Burton of Bridgeport; nine great-grandchildren, Madison Sprouse of Ripley, Garrett Cunningham of Harrisville, Faith Pineda and Hope Pineda, both of Grantsville, Mackenzie Haught of Morgantown, Zachary Haught and Shianne Ferrell, both of New Martinsville, and Morgan Fisher and Zoe Fisher, both of Middlebourne; and two great-great-grandchildren, Emma Haught and Elaina Haught, both of Morgantown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Nelson Byers; one granddaughter, Sherri Cunningham; one grandson, Christian Lutz; five brothers, Lawrence Miller, Percy “Bus” Miller, Jim Miller, Clarence Miller and Glen Miller; and one sister, Blanch Lowe.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Paula Keplinger officiating. Burial will be in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.McCulloughRaiguel.com.

 

DORIS MARIE BURDETTE

Doris Marie Burdette, 85, of Spencer, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late John and Nora Matics Taylor.

Surviving are three daughters, Loretta Sue Alvis, Nora Jane Bowman and Cathy Burdette, all of Spencer; one son, Paul DeWayne Burdette of Spencer; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Naomi “Bet” Wright of Reedy; two brothers, Paul Taylor of Spencer and John “June” Taylor of Grantsville; and ex-sister-in-law and friend, Naomi “Toots” Taylor of Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Ray Burdette; one son, Bobby Ray Burdette, Jr.; and one great-granddaughter, Harley Rae Keith.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Larry Greathouse officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

HAROLD ‘Scott’ HATHAWAY

Harold “Scott” Hathaway, 52, former Calhoun County resident, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Tom and B.J. Hupp Hathaway of Vienna.

He was a 1981 graduate of Parkersburg High School and a 1985 business administration graduate of Marshall University. He was co-owner of the family business, Superior Auto, with his brother T.R. Hathaway. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and a member of West Virginia Auto Dealers Association and Worthington Golf Club.

Surviving in addition to his parents are four children, Allison “Paige” Hathaway of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kennedy Aubrey Hathaway, Regan Joelle Hathaway and Carter Jacob Hathaway, all of Parkersburg; one brother T.R. Hathaway of Vienna; one niece, Sarah Hathaway; one nephew Tommy Hathaway; paternal grandmother, Catherine Hathaway of Parkersburg; and longtime companion, Lisa DeGidio.

Services were held at Fellowship Baptist Church, with Pastor John Lands officiating. Burial will in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

LUCILLE CUNNINGHAM

Lucille A. Cunningham, 83, of Glenville, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Geneses Healthcare, Glenville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Leman Cunningham and Alice Norman Cunningham Craddock.

She attended Kanawha Drive Church, near Glenville for many years.

Surviving are two brothers, Lester Cunningham of Grantsville and William (Bill) Cunningham and wife Sandra of Weston, and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Chester Cunningham and Junior Cunningham; two sisters, Elizabeth (Lizzy) Keller and Geraldine Sampson; and her step-father, Brown Craddock.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Donnie Stout officiating, and burial in Big Bend Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

RAYMOND WESLEY HATHAWAY

Raymond Wesley Hathaway, 73, of Elizabeth, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Orvan and Eulanee Hathaway.

He retired from American Municipal Power of Ohio, Marietta, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Ethel; four daughters, Charolette Taylor, Brenda Tuggle, Robyn Miller and Kalena Pack; seven grandchildren, Eric, Whitney, Wesley, Jakub, Seth, Eden and Shiloh; seven step-grandchildren; two brothers, David and Ernest; one sister, Loretta Propst; and one sister-in-law, Bonita Hathaway.

Wes requested that his body be donated to the Human Gift Registry at WVU. His hope was to possibly aid in finding a cure for Parkinson Disease.

Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

 

SHIRLEY ANN HINTON SHANNON

Shirley Ann Hinton Shannon, 81, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born in Monongah, the daughter of the late Wilber and Lola May Hinton.

She attended Monongah High School and Warren Business College, and was a member of Community Baptist Church, Grantsville. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Bible School. She was very active in missions for several years, resulting in several churches being started.

Surviving are her husband, Robert Shannon; five children, Larry, Gail, Kathy, Gene and Robert; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Helen, Elsi and Elen.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Randy Tate officiating. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation will be held Friday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Shirley’s memory to First Baptist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 237, Grantsville, WV 26147. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

HARRY GENE BUCHANAN

Harry Gene Buchanan, 76, of Sistersville, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

He was born in Sistersville, the son of the late Harry Eugene Buchanan and Ellen C. Smith.

He was a member of Sistersville Elks BPOE #333 and American Legion Post #67.

Surviving are two sons, Harry Scott Buchanan of Slicker Falls and Thomas Wayne Buchanan of Calhoun County; two daughters, Meri Ellen Holmes of Shallotte, N.C., and Jo Helen Rodriguez of Hope Mills, N.C.; one sister, Joyce Coplin of Sistersville; one step-sister, Sharon Strope of Moundsville; one step-brother, Larry Smith of New Martinsville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jo Buchanan.

Memorial service was held at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville, with Pastor Darrell Mayfield officiating. Inurnment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

 

VIRGINIA MAE PARSONS

Virginia Mae Parsons, 88, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Roy and Martha Lowers Butler.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Yonker’s Manufacturing. She was a member of TOPS and of 10th Avenue Church of God.

Surviving are three sons, Greg Parsons, Terry Parsons and Clair Parsons, Jr., all of Parkersburg; two daughters, Linda Allen of Washington and Sandra Lynn Parsons of Parkersburg; two sisters, Stella Hall of Parkersburg and Georgia Atkinson of Spencer; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair Parsons, Sr.; one son, Timothy Parsons; one great-granddaughter, Nevaeh A. Noveren; five brothers, including two infants; and five sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Eddie Atkinson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

 

WANETA STURMS

Waneta V. Sturms, 93, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Odus and Ethel Barr Vannoy.

She was a Christian since Jan. 12, 1936. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, James Sturms; two daughters, Deloris Metz and Janet Cunningham; one brother, Hale Vannoy; nine grandchildren, Mike Harris, Michele Murray, Greg Sturms, Jason Sturms, Doug Cunningham, Chad Cunningham, Eric Cunningham and Joseph Yeager; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her 90-year-old husband, Clay (Blackie) Sturms, after 69½ years of marriage; one son, Charles Sturms; one grandson, Charlie Metz; four sisters; and five brothers.

Services were scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT SAMPSON

Robert Sampson, 85, of Massillon, Ohio, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late William and Gracie Jackson Sampson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and received the Purple Heart during the Korean War.

Surviving are one sister, Loraine Stanley, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was scheduled Tuesday, 1 p.m., at Orma Methodist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Roger Carter officiating.

 

RANDALL COEN

Randall R. Coen, 73, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Chloe, the son of the late Orpha Parsons Coen and Lovell Coen.

He retired after 25 years of service with Ford Motor Co., Brook Park, Ohio. He was a member of North Lawrence Fish & Game Club.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ellen; two sons, Stephen Coen and Shawn Coen; one daughter, Susan Coen Rowland; and two grandchildren, Katie Rowland and Nathaniel Coen.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Metheney.

Memorial service was held at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton, Ohio, with Pastor Ted Shuler officiating.

 

RUTH LANCASTER

Ruth Lancaster, 86, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at Eldercare, Ripley.

She was the daughter of the late George C. and Anna V. Crawford Gillespie of Clarksburg.

She was a member/volunteer for the hospital auxiliary and a member of Victory Baptist Church, having served in many areas. She previously owned and operated Ruth’s Drive-In for many years. On June 30, 1946, she married Richard Lancaster, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2003. They attended Landmark Baptist Church while enjoying their winters in Haines City, Fla.

Surviving are four sons, Joseph Lancaster, David Lancaster, James Lancaster and Timothy Lancaster; two daughters, Martha Bennett and Mary Jenks; nine grandchildren, David II, Chad, Greg, Kyle and Kevin Lancaster, Chris Jenks, Amanda Wayne, Missy Ives and Allison Bennett; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Rayanna Lancaster.

Services were held at Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville, with Pastor Steven Carter officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

LINDA LOU ASH WEBB

Linda Lou Ash Webb of Washington died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Harley L. and Eva R. Hall Ash.

She was a 1963 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a former employee of Kellwood Co., Roy G. Hildreth & Son, and WSPZ/WVRC Radio, Spencer, and was retired from Nashua Photo, Parkersburg. She was a past member of Blennerhassett Corvette Association of Parkersburg, serving as president and governor, and representing the club in the East Ohio Region of NCCC.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Paul Webb; two daughters, Angela Louden of Washington and Cynthia Boyd of Kannapolis, N.C.; one brother, Leon Ash of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Carol Wolfe of Swansboro, N.C., and Jean Marrs of Raleigh, N.C.; and one grandson, Levi Louden of Washington.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Crist and Madeline Ash, and one brother, Ray Ash.

Per her request, there was no service or viewing. She was cremated.

 

INEZ CARR

Inez V. Carr, 86, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Martin and Maude Boone Metz.

Surviving are two daughters, Becky Collins of Mt. Zion and Nina Smith of Arnoldsburg; four granddaughters, Angela Ferrell, Nichole Miller, Andrea Johnson and Haley Archer; eight great-grandchildren, Brennen, Jaida, Rylan, Emersyn, Bodin, Aubryn, Reece and Hadley; and one brother, Frank Metz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Hobart Carr; six sisters, Anna Longfellow, Osie Metz, Gertrude Perkins, Pauline Farrar, Emma Siers and Irene Wayne; and five brothers, Carmel Metz, Clell Metz, Thurl Metz, Bruce Metz and Martin Metz.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Roger Carter and Evangelist Steve Boggs officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery.

  

CAMA DEAN GREATHOUSE

Cama Dean Greathouse, 57, of Chloe, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Andy and Anna Tanner Greathouse.

Surviving are his wife, Brenda Kay Sears Greathouse; one son, Cama Dean Greathouse, Jr., of Chloe; one daughter, Melinda Dale Mollohand of Gallipolis, Ohio; seven grandchildren, R.J. Mollohand, Ridge Mollohand, Sierra Mollohand, Baby Che Tyson, Andy Greathouse, Hunter Greathouse and Madison Greathouse; one brother, Kenneth “Poddy” Greathouse of Chloe; two sisters, Kathy Kross of Ohio and Debra Melrath of Chloe; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Mark Greathouse; one brother-in-law, Ray Melrath; and one nephew, Robert “Lil Bub” Greathouse.

Graveside service was held in Greathouse Cemetery, Chloe, with Rev. Donald Dawson officiating.

 

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BENJAMIN DENZIL SETTLE

Benjamin Denzil Settle, 70, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Otho and Goldie Campbell Settle.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah Ann Settle; two sons, Mike Settle and wife of Belpre, Ohio, and Mark Settle and wife of Fredericksburg, Va.; one daughter, Connie Settle Brant and husband of Sunbury, Ohio; three brothers, Seymour Settle and wife of Walker, George Settle and wife of Elizabeth and Charles Settle of Marietta, Ohio; one sister, Aretta “Ret” Schoolcraft of Glenville; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Addeline Snider Audra Walters, Ona Paxton and Idell Goff, and three brothers, Lee Roy Settle, Virgil Suttle and Shearl Settle.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Ian Reid officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

GROVER HOUCHIN

Grover J. Houchin, 87, of Orma, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.

He was the son of the late Grover and Stella Matheny Houchin.

Surviving are three sons, James Houchin, Douglas Houchin and Steve Houchin; one daughter, Rhonda Whipkey; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Phyllis McCoy Houchin; two brothers, Forest Houchin and Clyde Houchin; six sisters, Eula Kerns, Ruth Simmons, Opal Jett, Madge McKown, Bernice Laughlin and Marie McKown; and two infant siblings.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Houchin Cemetery.

 

DALE FOWLER

Dale C. Fowler, 95, of Newark, Ohio, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Inn at SharonBrooke.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Frank and Elfie Fowler.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served three years in the U.S. Army. He retired from West Virginia State Road Commission after 30 years as a survey crew foreman. He was a member of Church of Christ and attended Marrtown Church of Christ, while living in Parkersburg.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Pyles of Newark, Ohio, and Brenda Trubiana of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dee Kossoff of Bexley, Ohio, Justin Trubiana of Memphis and Alicia Trubiana of San Francisco, Calif.; one great-grandchild, Sophie Kossoff; two brothers, Glen Fowler of Grantsville and Foster Fowler of Ridgeville, Ohio; and three sisters, Madeline Moore of Grantsville, Imogene Hoskins of Parkersburg and Oleva Gainer of Elizabeth, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Inez Fowler; two sisters, Velma McEndree and Geraldine Wallace; and three brothers, Durward Fowler, Edward Fowler and Victor Fowler.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, noon, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Randy Yerby officiating, and burial in Sunset Memory Gardens, where military rites will be held. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home. Immediately following the burial, a reception will be held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.

 

JAMES RICHARDS

James Richards, 83, of Walker, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lester Lee (Cleo) and Willa Ruth Wilson Richards.

He was a lead guitar player for The Country Mountaineers and The Country Travelers, playing country and gospel music. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and a U.S. Army veteran, having served on active duty and Army Reserves during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Shelia Yoak Richards; one sister, Luellen Richards French; three sons, James D. Richards, Michael D. Richards and Robert D. Richards; one brother; one sister-in-law; two step-sons; two step-daughters; 11 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Melvin Richards; two brothers, Kenna Richards and Colvin Richards; and one sister, Elmo Ball.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Bill Richards officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Big Bend. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ESTER PARSONS

Ester L. Parsons, 89, formerly of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

She was born at Clover, Roane County, the daughter of the late Albert and Emma Webb Epling. S

he attended Roane County schools and Spencer High School with the Class of 1944. She had a vocational degree from W.Va. Tech and was Teacher of the Year in 1982. She worked as a sewing supervisor at Spencer Manufacturing Co. and as a sewing supervisor and quality control manager at Rubber Fabricators, Inc. She retired from Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center as an industrial sewing instructor. She was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church and of Women’s Society, Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, 4-H leader, Brownie and Girl Scout leader and VICA leader.

Surviving are two daughters, Dianne Law and Leslie Dawn Messer; four grandchildren, John Law, Susan Law, Ashton Chaillan and Colton Messer; two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Parsons, Jr., in November 1983; four brothers; and six sisters.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Clover Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CHARLES MURPHY

Charles A. Murphy, 54, of Grantsville, died Monday, July 27, 2015.

He was the youngest son of the late Herbert A. Murphy and Vivian Roberts Wayne of Parkersburg.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was employed with Carpenters Union, Local #899, of Parkersburg.

Surviving are his companion of 16 years, Janet Brown; one brother, Gene Murphy Hale and wife Becky of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Rhonda Murphy Farr and husband Tim of Parkersburg; one son, Dennis Mott and wife Liza Lamb of Elizabeth; four grandchildren; two aunts, Patricia Murphy Williamson and Pauline Murphy, both of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Private graveside service will be held at Neal-Cook Cemetery, Parkersburg, at a later date. Memorial donations can be sent to Hospice, 417 Grand Park Drive, Suite 206, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

 

BROADDUS CHLOAD MOORE

Broaddus Chload Moore, 81, of Milo, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Wallback, the son of the late Cecil and Maysel Moore.

He was a retired bus driver for Calhoun County Schools, with 30 years of service, and a farmer.

Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Bennett and Doris Weekley, both of Spencer, and Leah Janice Westfall of Mt. Zion; three sons, Michael Moore and Timothy Moore, both of Chloe, and Cecil Moore of South Charleston; three sisters Mary Moss of Ripley and Dorthy Darrah and Dorcas McVicker, both of Massillon, Ohio; one brother, Clayton Moore of Wallback; one sister-in-law, Gladys Moore of Millwood; 16 grandchildren, Jeannie Bennett, Suzanne Allen, Jason Bennett, George Weekley III, Andrew Weekley, Scottie Westfall III, Casey Westfall, Brandon Moore, Julie Rogers, Will Moore, Katie Beth Cox, John Moore, Austin Moore, Sarah Beth Moore, Logan Moore and Seth Moore; 15 great-grandchildren, Sam Brady, Emily Brady, Kaylea Bennett, Bryson Montgomery, Josie Montgomery, Tyler Bennett, Kirkland Allen, Tori Allen, Jarrett Allen, Kiersten Bennett, Cameron Bennett, Kaci Bennett, Braylon Weekley, Kate Weekley and Bella Rogers; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Louise Anderson Moore; four brothers, Virgil, Calvin, Orvis and Buhl; and one sister, Leah.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback.

 

JO ANN STEWART

Jo Ann Stewart, 70, of Glenville, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Joseph and Matilda Dukovich Maurer.

She was a community service specialist for Community Resources, Inc., serving for 29 years. She was a member of Martha’s and Mary’s, FEMA board, Senior Citizens board of directors, Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition, Tobacco Prevention Coalition, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and numerous other community boards and organizations. She was a member of Glenville Community Church, where she attended for 20 years.

Surviving are one son, A.J. Stewart and wife Tanya of Glenville; two daughters, Tammy Huffman and husband Benton, and Jeana Mims, all of Glenville; seven grandchildren, Kayla Stewart, Amiah Stewart, Paige Huffman, Adam Stewart, Seth Stewart, Jailyn Mims and Gabrielle Mims, all of Glenville; two sisters, Lois Surala of Hartstown, Pa., and Nancy Ramsdell and husband Wayne of Cleveland, Ohio; and one brother, Jim Maurer and wife Jo of Medina, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Jim Surala.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial was in Meadow Lane Cemetery, near Glenville.

 

EARL RALPH MINNEY, JR.

Earl Ralph Minney, Jr., 71, of LaGrange, Ohio, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Ames Family Hospice, Westlake, Ohio.

He was born and raised in Grantsville, the son of the late Earl and Sylvia Campbell Minney, Sr., and lived for over 50 years in the Elyria, Ohio, area.

He was a 1961 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was employed as a maintenance electrician at Ford Motor Co., Avon Lake, Ohio, for over 40 years. He was a partner, with his son Don, at Don’s Auto and Truck Service.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Sandra Jones Minney; two sons, Don Minney and Dave Minney, both of LaGrange; three sisters, Virgie Harris and Marguerite Stump, both of Grantsville, and Verla Simon of Medina, Ohio; five grandchildren, Camryn and Caitlyn Minney and Tony, Misty and Destiny Tyree; and three great-grandchildren, Edward and Addison Tyree and Chloe Squire.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry Oren Minney.

Services were held at Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, Elyria, Ohio, with Pastor Rick Young of Liberty Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Brookdale Cemetery.

 

ORVA SIERS PARSONS

Orva R. Siers Parsons, 90, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Harrison and Viola Weekley Sears.

She lived most of her life at White Oak and Minnora. She was an antique dealer out of her home for 30 years. She made many friends and had great fun doing what she loved. She had previously worked at Viscose, Parkersburg, during World War II and Spencer State Hospital. She was a member of Rebekah IOOF Lodge, Minnora, for many years and held many offices, including Noble Grand. She and husband Paris operated a general store at Chloe in the 1950s. She attended University of North Carolina and taught the Head Start Program at Cabot Station for several years. She also volunteered at Upper West Fork Community Park. She attended Fairview Methodist Church, Nicut, during her childhood and sang hymns with her sisters. She was a member of White Oak Baptist Church while raising her children.

Surviving are her husband of 72 years, Paris Parsons; two daughters, Judith Shaffer of Canton, Ohio, and Betty Earl of Parkersburg; one son, Bob and Pat Parsons of Canton, Ohio; six grandchildren, Diane, Cathy, Mark, Chris, Lisa and Rob; eight great-grandchildren, Heath, MaryBeth, Garrett, Rylee, Rychert, Liam, Brody and Dylan; one brother, Habred Siers and wife Jean of Chloe; one sister-in-law, Leona Sears of Chloe; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Forrest, Edward and Darrell; two sons-in-law, Orville Earl and Tom Shaffer; and four sisters, Roxie Cooper, Velva Lilly, Evelyn Bailey and Thelma Lichlyter.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jim Lough officiating. Burial will be in Clark Jarvis Cemetery, Chloe. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be given in her memory to Roane County Animal Shelter, 2550 Parkersburg Road, Spencer, WV 25276. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

EARL ‘Tom’ VANHORN

Earl “Tom” VanHorn, 83, died Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Ellisville, Mo.

He was born in Grantsville. He spent 34 years working at Ralston Purina, St. Louis, Mo.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Jane Mollohan VanHorn; three sons, Mark VanHorn, Bill VanHorn and Don VanHorn; five grandchildren, Michael, Christina, Timothy, Angela and Jamie; two great-grandchildren, Jack and Evelyn; and one nephew, Steve VanHorn.

Services were held at Schrader Funeral and Crematory, Ballwin, Mo. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

 

LAWRENCE ‘Bud’ PARKS

Lawrence “Bud” Parks, 80, of Big Bend, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Oren and Maxine Wilson Parks.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty Jo Blair Parks; one daughter, Sherry Ashton of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren, Tara Rogers of Toledo, Ohio, and Jason Good and Kyle Good, both of Munday; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Kathryn Walker and Marie Blair, both of Big Bend, and Donna Newell and Betty Walker, both of Munday.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Terry Parks; one brother, Dale Parks; and one sister, Joan Jordan.

Graveside service was held at Big Bend Cemetery.

 

JAMES PAUL SIEGRIST

James Paul Siegrist, 90, of Creston, died Monday, July 13, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late Harry Oscar and Mahalia Gay Woofter Siegrist.

He graduated from Weston High School, where he was active in sports and band, and joined the Army Air Force, where he was an engineer and gunner on B-24s while stationed in Italy and bombing up into Germany with the 15th Bomber Wing during World War II.

After the war, he attended Glenville State College, and played football and basketball. He finished his degree at Concord College. He was a teacher and coach at Pearisburg High School, Pearisburg, Va., and was a chemist and chemical engineer for a few years, before moving back to Calhoun County and working at Rubber Fabricators. He went back into teaching at Morristown Elementary, and got into school administration. He was superintendent at Ritchie County and Calhoun County. He finished out his years as a biology and conservation teacher at Calhoun County High School. He retired in 1986 to his farm at Annamoriah Flats.

He was active in Boy Scouts and church youth groups, and coached Brooksville youth basketball for several years. He was a member of W.Va. Silver Haired Legislature for a few years. He was awarded the State Soil Conservation Teacher several times and was the Northeast U.S. Soil Conservation Teacher of the Year. He was on the Little Kanawha Soil Conservation board for several years. He attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and Snyder Chapel, as well as others, over his lifetime.

Surviving are his wife, Jewell V. Cain Siegrist, whom he married Aug. 29, 1948; three sons, Gary, Ron and Glen; one daughter, Paula Jean; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and six siblings.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in McCray Cemetery, Creston. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the Siegrist family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in his memory. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

GOLDA DEWEESE

Golda G. Deweese, 95, of Milo, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born at Milo, the daughter of the late Balis and Emily Bailey Deweese.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a retired employee of Goodyear, St. Marys, Ohio.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Donzel Deweese, Ronzel Deweese, Gordon Deweese and Oval Deweese, and two sisters, Opal Miller and Doil Batten.

Graveside service was held at Lower Fink Cemetery, Milo, with Rev. John Meadows officiating. There was no visitation.

 

PORTER RAY BUSH

Porter Ray Bush, 83, of Lubeck, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Ernest L. and Hester Wilson Bush.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from General Electric.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Moore Bush; one daughter, Lisa Gill of Lubeck; two sisters, Maxine Crouch of Vienna and Marie Weese of Sophia; one brother, David Bush of Mineral Wells; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron Gill.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Bush and Charles Bush, and one sister, Marjorie Mathess.

There were no services.

 

RONDLE LEE ‘Dog’ McCUMBERS, JR.

Rondle Lee “Dog” McCumbers, Jr., 53, of Stumptown, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in Clarksburg.

He was born in Lewis County, the son of Rondle Lee McCumbers, Sr., of Spencer and Violet Kathleen “Kathy” Cottrill West of Spencer.

He attended Gilmer County High School, where he was active in the FFA and wrestling. He was owner of Top Dog Well Services and worked in natural resources with his son. He was a Christian.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his companion, Lisa Hess; two sons, Rondle Ray “Moe” McCumbers and Austin Keith Wagoner; two daughters, Sara Elizabeth McCumbers and Mylea Elizabeth Hess; four brothers, Ronnie McCumbers of Normantown, James McCumbers of Glenville, Virgil McCumbers of Waynesburg, Pa., and David McCumbers of Clarksville, Tenn.; five sisters, Deloris Paxton and Donna Mazon, both of Spencer, Lisa Carroll of Tallapoosa, Ga., Edna Venditti of Apex, N.C., and Crystal Murphy of Glenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Edna Hardway McCumbers and Archie and Ruth Perkins Cottrill.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cottrill Family Cemetery, Laurel Run, Rosedale. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BOBBY JACKSON STARCHER

Bobby Jackson Starcher, 77, of Rowles Run Road, Mt. Zion, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born at Seth, Boone County, the son of the late Albert and Della Gibson Starcher.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of four years. He had been employed in a steel mill, Canton, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Douglas Starcher of Mt. Zion and Michael Dale Cooper of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Debra Darlene Starcher of Mt. Zion; nine grandchildren, Cody, Austin and Kylie Starcher of Mt. Zion, Brandon Cooper of Columbus, Ohio; Brian, Michael, Matthew, Joseph and Adam Cooper of Canton; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Chloe Cooper of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Gail Starcher, on May 1, 2015; four brothers, Berthel Starcher, Bethel Starcher, Bruce Starcher and Boyd Starcher; and one sister, Mildred Atkinson.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Cremo Community Church, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

 

EDWARD LEE BARKER

Edward Lee Barker, 69, of Belpre, Ohio, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Elizabeth (Lizzie) Barker, who died in 1993.

He spent most of his childhood years in the Nicut area. He joined the U.S. Army in 1964 and was a medic during the Vietnam War. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, after many years of service.

Surviving are one brother, James E. Dobbins of Port Orange, Fla., and two nieces, Debbie Bickerstaff and Jean Shenk of Pennsylvania.

At his request, there were no services. Cremation was performed by Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Mount Run Cemetery, Nicut.

 

JEREMY DAVID MOORE

Jeremy David Moore, 32, of Chloe, died Monday, June 8, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of David Moore of Servia and Terri Butler of Nebo.

He was a certified electrician and was a Baptist.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one sister, Brooke Dawson; special cousins, Kayla Morris, Felicia Blake, Tracy Miller and Cody Clark; best friend, Lindsey Carr James; and grandparents, Tom and Cindy Friend of Gassaway and Robert and Jean Moore of Servia.

At his request, the body will be cremated. Services will be held on Friday, July 3, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Matt Murphy and Darrell Murphy officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JOHN PAUL ROBERTS

John Paul Roberts, 82 of Glenville, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Boone County, the son of the late George M. “Sam” Roberts and Sarah Madge Bell Roberts.

He was a 1951 graduate of Tanner High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Ft. Eustis, Va. After leaving the military, he moved to Elyria, Ohio, and worked at Bendix-Westinghouse until it closed. He moved to Jackson County, where he spent 17 years. He was an employee at Kaiser Aluminum and owned a 100-acre farm, and began his carpentry business. In 1975, he returned to Gilmer County with his family, where he owned and operated Roberts Builders, Inc., before retiring in 2010.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Doris “Muggs” Roberts, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1954; two sons, Owen Paul “Buzz” Roberts and Jon Patrick Roberts, both of Glenville; two daughters, Jayne Evans of Glenville and Gina Schweinsberg of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Sarah Jayne Hacker of St. Marys, William Patrick Morrison of Newport, Ohio, and John T.P. Evans, Jacob S. M. Evans, Matthew Owen Roberts, Hannah Lynn Roberts, Patrick Bryce Roberts and Jon Payton Roberts, all of Glenville; two great- grandchildren, Laura Quinn Hacker and Caroline Morgan Hacker, both of St. Mary; and one brother, Reginald “Reggie” Roberts of Glenville.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Louise Roberts and Mary Virginia Roberts; one brother, Bobby Gene Roberts; and three half-brothers, Leroy Roberts, George Roberts and Jack Roberts.

His request for cremation was honored. Celebration of life was held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

 

RICHARD ‘Rick’ COLLINS

Richard D. “Rick” Collins, 60, of Tanner, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Grantsville.

He was born in Lewis County, the son of the late Harry and Tacy Schoolcraft Collins.

He was a 1973 graduate of Gilmer County High School. He retired from Schlumberger with 36-1/2 years of service and was currently employed as a field supervisor for Baker Hughes in the oil and gas industry. He was a member of Gilmer County Farm Bureau and the Angus Association. He was a Christian and a member of Trace Fork Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Jane Gainer Collins, whom he married on May 26, 1979; one daughter, Cortney Collins of Maryland; one granddaughter, Anna Collins of Maryland; and two sisters, Rosemary McKown and husband Richard of Ravenswood and Jeannie Stealey and husband Ken of Coolville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Judy Collins Moore and Billie Moss.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating, and burial in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

VERBA DEWEESE

Verba Deweese, 96, of Munday, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Care Center, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, Lloyd William “Bill” Deweese of Munday; one daughter, Betty Kelley of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren, Randy McCoy, Linda Colebank, Lisa Bunner, Criss Welshana, D.J. Deweese, Andy Deweese, Jim Deweese and Tina Fitzwater; and six great-grandchildren, Matthew Bunner, Kelley Bunner, Aaron Colebank, Reed Fitzwater, Emmie Fitzwater and Ashley Welshana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hunter Deweese; one daughter, Phyllis McCoy; five brothers; and three sisters.

There was no visitation or services, according to her wishes. Burial will be in Wolverton Cemetery.

 

GEORGE HERR

George J. Herr, 85, of Chloe, died June 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Hiram Rapids, Ohio, the son of the late John G. and Goldie Springer Herr.

Surviving are his former wife, Alice Vanderink, whom he married July 1, 1950; two sons, George J. Herr and Gregory H. Herr; four daughters, Sharon Herr, Susan Behnke, Sandra Phillips and Sally Blegg; one brother, Max Herr; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clifford, Earl, Donald and Howard, and one sister, Frances.

 

OLETA MAE DEULEY TALLHAMER

Oleta Mae Deuley Tallhamer, 86, of Beatrice, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Parkersburg.

She was the daughter of the late Curtis and Stella Yeager Deuley.

She was a cook for 21 years at Smithville Elementary School and was a member of Glenville Community Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Blondina Richards of Mt. Zion and Tressie Buskirk of Belpre, Ohio; six daughters, Dorothy Kennedy of Grantsville, Linda Atkinson of Sandyville, Marion Gaston of Harrisville, Barbara Parsons of Big Springs, Carol Wilson of Beatrice and Diane Haught of Washburn; one son, Rex Tallhamer of Beatrice; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Samuel John Tallhamer; two sisters, Lettie Wilson and Freda Yeager; and four brothers, George Deuley, Luther Deuley, Everett “Jake” Deuley and Russell “Boone” Deuley.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial was in Turner Cemetery, Lockney.

 

REV. WILLIAM DAVID ‘Dave’ JOHNSON

Rev. William David “Dave” Johnson, 72, of Vienna, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Willard and Opal Harris Johnson.

He was retired from the Wood County Board of Education as a school bus driver, and was also a Baptist minister, serving in several locations in Ohio and West Virginia. His most recent was Bethlehem Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Sheila Johnson; three children, Jason Johnson and Terry Murphy, both of Parkersburg, and Vickie Enoch of Elizabeth; five grandchildren, Campbell Diane Johnson, Corey and Caleb Tanner, Abigale Ruble and McKi Anderson; two great-grandchildren, Easton Anderson and Jackson Ruble; two sisters, Lila Hughes and Grace Dailey; and two brothers, Howard Johnson and Emory Johnson.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

GERALDINE ROSS

Geraldine C. Ross, 73, of Ripley, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at home.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Vay J. Holcomb Moore.

She was a retired aide at Spencer State Hospital with 18 years of service.

Surviving are her five children, Thomas Summers of Ripley, Connie Parker and Rodney Summers, both of Spencer, Tammy McCallister of Georgia and Pat Summers of Grantsville; one sister, Wanda Huffman of Kansas; one brother, Roy Moore of Spencer; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or service. Memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

 

GARY DIGMAN

Gary Digman, 66, of Spencer, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at home.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late Hetsel and Marjorie F. Mace Digman.

He was a graduate of Spencer High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed at Willard C. Starcher, Inc., for over 37 years,

Surviving are one sister, Sandra Nester of Spencer, and one brother, Donald Digman of Spencer.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at St. Paul Cemetery, Calhoun County. Visitation will be Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

 

JAMES HAROLD SHIMER

James Harold Shimer, 100, died Friday, June 26, 2015.

He was born in Annamoriah, the son of the late Sherman Smith Shimer and Mary Katherine Hayes.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; three sons, Richard Shimer, Greg McCoy and Danny McCoy; one sister, Deborah Susan Alvarez; two sisters, Ethel Boltz (age 111) and Evelyn Bowman (age 96); and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Howard, Harvey, Earnest and Earl; and two sisters, Myrtle and Minnie; one daughter, Janice Stutler; one daughter-in-law, Lucy McCoy; and one son-in-law, John Alvarez.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Victory Chapel, 32 West Bellisle, Akron, Ohio, with pastor Bob Webb and pastor Mike Decker officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the chapel. Burial will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., in Annamoriah.

 

SHIRLEY LEE ‘Joe’ BENNETT

Shirley Lee “Joe” Bennett, 75, of Sutton, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at his residence.

He was born in Perkins, Gilmer County, the son of the late Dorsey and Thelma Conrad Bennett.

He worked in construction for most of his life, specializing in dry wall, and was an over-the-road truck driver. He attended Rosedale Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons, Joe Bennett of Sutton, Jeremiah Bennett of Heaters, Daniel Bennett of Hope Mill, N.C., and Jason Bennett of Winchester, Va.; one daughter, Ronda Thompson and husband Doug of Inwood; two brothers, Delnore Bennett and wife Debbie of Elyria, Ohio, and Aaron Bennett and wife Lenora of Stumptown; four sisters, Ivy Burns and husband Carrol of Frametown, Betty Montgomery and husband Robert of Romney, Winnie Cunningham and husband Denzil of Stumptown and Suzanne Cottrill of Spencer; three grandchildren, Tyler Bennett of Hope Mill, Rachelle Bennett of Cedarville and George Sobien III of Winchester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Alberta Lois Reaser Bennett, in December of 1995; two sisters, Mary Moore and Corina Harris; and two brothers, Ezra Bennett and Cecil Bennett.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

DAKOTA KEITH MURPHY

Dakota Keith Murphy, 22, of Newberry County, S.C., died Sunday, June 7, 2015.

He was born in Newberry County, the son of Keith and Kimberly Murphy of Prosperity, S.C.

He attended Newberry County public schools. At Mid-Carolina middle school and high school, he was a member of cross country, soccer, track and wrestling teams. He graduated from Mid-Carolina High School and Nashville Auto Diesel School. He was employed at McKechnie Components and had planned to join the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of Newberry Younglife Ministry and Aveleigh Fellowship of Presbyterians Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Tyler Allen Murphy of Chloe; maternal grandparents, Basil and Janet Butler of Chloe; paternal grandparents, Robert and Shirley Murphy of Clay; and paternal great-grandmother, Vina Murphy of Clay.

Celebration of his Life and Faith was held at Mid-Carolina High School. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial was in Butler Farm Cemetery, Chloe.

 

FOREST (Shorty) ROBERTS

Forest (Shorty) Roberts, 93, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

 He was the son of the late Lem and Eunice Wilt Roberts.

 He was a World War II veteran and served with the 339 Polar Bear Regiment. He retired from Hope-Dominion Gas Co. and had attended Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Bob Roberts and Forest Roberts, Jr.; four grandchildren, Theresa Dorsey, Debbie Lockhart, Kimberly Cheesbrew and Kristy Roberts; eight great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; one brother, Rev. Ronzel Roberts; one sister, Barbara Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his, wife Sylvia Tingler Roberts; step-mother, Chloe Roberts; and one sister, Vieva Church.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

JAMES WILLIAM CRINER

James William Criner, 68, of Frametown, died Saturday, June 13, 2015.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Denver and Icy Hardway Criner.

Surviving are his wife, Emma D. Criner; two children, Karen Rhodes and Jamie Criner; fi ve grandchildren, Kai Rhodes, Haley Rhodes, Aaron Criner, Emily Dobbins and Christopher Criner; one brother, Denver Criner of Akron, Ohio; four sisters, Cora Criner of Clay, Ruth Burnsides of Ivydale, Juanita Marks of Hallsburg and Marie Marks of Fairmont; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bob Neal of Ivydale and Jack Butler of Fayetteville.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Gene Copen officiating, and burial in Criner Cemetery, Wilsie. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JESSE LEE NICHOLS

Jesse Lee Nichols, 54, of Grantsville, died Friday, June 12, 2015, at his home.

He was the son of Mary Whipkey Nichols and the late Jay A. Nichols.

He was an employee of Overhead Door Co., Parkersburg, with 25-plus years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Zachary Cronin and Christopher Gambardella; one daughter, Ashley Cronin; two brothers, Steven J. Nichols and David Nichols; one sister, Loretta Hines; two aunts, Edna C. Whipkey and Maxine Green; and two uncles, Ken Whipkey and F.D. Whipkey.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Regina Cronin.

Family memorial service will be held on Friday, 2 p.m., at Five Forks Community Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BILLIE JOE YOAK

Billie Joe Yoak, 78, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.

He was the son of the late Elias and Ollie Kight Yoak.

He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force. He flew KC-135s,which kept B-52s fueled. He retired from GE, Washington.

Surviving are four sisters, Grace Richards, Evadeen Kesler, Edna Robinson and Hazel Tingler; one brother, Robert Yoak; two sisters-in-law, Leona Yoak and Madeline Yoak; special friend, Connie Boggs; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special niece, “Nurse Kaye.”

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Yoak and Orville Ray Yoak.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Richard Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial will be on the farm where his nephew has carved “JOE” on a tree stump.

 

CLYDE DEWAIN HARRIS, SR.

Clyde Dewain Harris, Sr., 67, of Mechanicsville Va., formerly of Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

He was the son of the late Harley and Sarah Harris. He was a member of Life Church, Mechanicsville.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Charlene Mace Harris; three daughters, Susan Harris Byers, Sarah Harris Dunford and Jackie Harris Johnson; one son, Clyde Harris, Jr.; eight grandchildren, Joshua Johnson, Miranda Robinson, Justin Johnson, Douglas Byers, Natasha Harris, Sarah Harris, Jess Dunford and Clyde Dewain Harris,III; one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Johnson; five brothers, Eddie Harris, Donald Harris, Harley Harris, Gail Harris and Bernard Harris; and two sisters, Bonnie Lemley and Carol Wine.

He was preceded in death by one brother, “Ronnie” Harris, and one infant sister, Louis Harris.

Services were held at Calvary Apostolic Church, Elizabeth, with Rev. Glen McBride and Rev. Tim Hopkins officiating. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

 

JOHN WILLIAM YOAK

 

John William Yoak, 76, of Smithville, died Sunday, June 7, 2015.

 

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Alva and Beatrice Richards Yoak.

 

He was a 1957 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from Buckeye Oil as a well tender and compressor station operator.

 

Surviving are his wife, Norma; two sons, Danny Yoak and Joseph Yoak; two daughters, Brenda Ackley and Angela Yoak; one brother, Milford Yoak; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; one daughter, Cassie Leola Yoak; and special friend, Viola “Midge” Dye.

 

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

 

Burial will be in Norman Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JAMES LAWSON BURROWS

 

James Lawson Burrows, 91, of Grantsville, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, at his home.

 

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Everett and Lora Bower Burrows.

 

Surviving are three daughters and one son.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Burrows; four brothers; and one sister. Private family service was held.

 

Burial was in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

SHERYL ANNE WEASE RICHARDS

 

Sheryl Anne Wease Richards, 69, of Grantsville, died Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

 

She was born in Texas, the daughter of the late Austin and Frances Wease.

 

She was a homemaker. Surviving are one niece, Phyllis Ann Ohnheiser; one sister-in-law, Charlene Richards; and good friend, William Allen.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Richards; one son, Austin E. Clark; one sister, Linda Lemon; and several aunts and uncles.

 

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

EDWARD BLAIN KING

 

Edward Blain King, 75, of Rivesville, formerly of Orma, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Eldercare, Ripley.

 

He was born in Marion County, the son of the late Lester and Garnet King.

 

Surviving are one son, Kenneth King; two daughters, Tina Marie Monpetit and Deborah Ann Sinclair; one brother, Harold King; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ressie King, and several brothers and sisters.

 

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

DAVID THOMAS

David E. Thomas, 55, of Chloe, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

He was born in Albion, N.Y., the son of the late Andrew and Delsey Walls Thomas.

He was a retired construction worker and mechanic.

Surviving are his wife of 12 years, Sherry Morris Thomas; five daughters, Ashley, Miley and Emily Thomas, all of Chloe, and Carrie Metzger and Margaret Ellen Bell, both of Virginia; three brothers, Doug Sitzer, Eugene Sitzer and Frankie Adkins; and three sisters, Melissa Salisbury, Patty Green and Peggy White.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Sitzer and Mike Sitzer.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Lester Tanner officiating. Burial was in Morris-Thomas Cemetery, Chloe.

 

DAVID CARROL LOCKHART

David Carrol Lockhart, 71, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Veterans Hospital, Clarksburg.

He was born in Windy, the son of the late Noel Hubert and Ida Mae Brotton Lockhart.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam era and retired from O. Ames Co., Parkersburg. He was a member of National Rifle Association and North American Fishing Club. He attended Big Tygart United Methodist Church, Mineral Wells.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Kay Andrick Lockhart of Parkersburg; three sons, Samuel Lockhart and wife Christina of Parkersburg, Robert Lockhart and wife Sherri of Palestine and Stephen Lockhart and Dolly Simmons of Grantsville; one daughter, Carol Hanel and husband Patrick of Marietta, Ohio; five brothers; five sisters; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Services were held at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, with Rev. Rodney Blanchard officiating. Military service was provided by VFW Post #6669, Ravenswood.

 

HELEN JOHNSON

Helen C. Johnson, 97, of Big Springs, died Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born in Jamesport, N.Y., the daughter of the late Martin and Victoria Zelinski Gatz.

She attended Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene, Bruceton Mills.

Surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth Motz of Big Springs; one son, Stephen Johnson of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Tasseni of Staten Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Duzack of Portland, Ct.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Johnson, Sr.; one son, Charles A. Johnson, Jr.; one daughter, Rosalie Livesay; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 6 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m., at Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Bruceton Mills. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery, Pisgah. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Colleen R. Sullivan, 58, of Smithville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born in Alliance, Ohio, the daughter of the late Richard and Grace Reall Litzenburg.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and Calhoun County Wood Festival Committee.

Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Jim Sullivan; one son, Michael Sullivan of Grantsville; one daughter, Susan Sullivan of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, twin Kris Hennen and Carol Sypes; one half-brother, Larry Reall; one half-sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Litzenburg, and two half-sisters.

Services were held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

EUDORA RADABAUGH KING

Eudora Radabaugh King, 92, of Big Bend, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Albert and Della Church Radabaugh.

Surviving are her husband, Elmer King; one son, Emory King of Big Bend; two daughters, Mary King and Velma King, both of Big Bend; and two brothers, Ralph Radabaugh of Nobe and Delmas Radabaugh of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one son, Lonnie King; four brothers, Clarence Radabaugh, Orville Radabaugh, Willard Radabaugh and Arthur Radabaugh; and three sisters, Adelphia Yoak, Pauline Radabaugh and Geneva Radabaugh.

Private family services were planned, with burial in Taylor Cemetery.

 

JUNE HALL

June Hall, 81, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Roane General Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit.

She was born at Altizer, near Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Orus and Laura Whytsell Price.

Surviving are three sons, Tim “Bucket” Hall of Arnoldsburg, Ernie Hall of Sandridge and Mike “Stretch” Hall of Chloe; two daughters, Sandra “Sam” Marks of Arnoldsburg and Deb McKown of Sandridge; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Darrell R. Hall; one brother, Charles Price; and one sister, Mary Price Smith.

Private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

GRACIE ELLEN AYERS

Gracie Ellen Ayers, 67, of Smithville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

She was born on Leading Creek Road, Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Pearl and Stella Mae Wilcox Jones.

She had worked as a manager at Valley View Sports, Smithville, and later as a caregiver for Ritchie County Family Services.

Surviving are three sons, Allen Dean Ayers II of Smithville, Anthony Charles Ayers of Oxford and Christopher Ryan Ayers of Pondsford, Minn.; two daughters, Melissa Dawn Ayers of Smithville and Heather Michelle Ayers-Sharp of Park Rapids, Minn.; four brothers, Lester Jones, Danny Jones and Hersel Jones, all of Big Springs, and Max Jones of Leading Creek; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, James “Bub” Jones and Ivan Jones, and three sisters, Maxine Goodnight, Betty Able and Ada Billy.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery, Macfarlan.

 

JOSEPH HAROLD CUNNINGHAM

Joseph Harold Cunningham, 77, of Mt. Zion, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Roy F. and Zela Morrison Cunningham.

He attended Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Vera Cunningham; one daughter, Connie Wilson of Bridgeville, Pa.; one son, Michael D. Cunningham of Mt. Zion; one brother, Roy Ben Cunningham of Creston; and seven grandchildren, Kevin Cunningham, Steven Cunningham, Michael D. Cunningham, Ashley Wilson, Samantha Wilson, Desiree Wengler and Melissa Wengler.

He was preceded in death by one son, Harold Dewayne Cunningham; two brothers, Paul Cunningham and Gene Cunningham; and one sister, Pauline Garretson.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Wright Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CORNELUS HARLAN WYERS

Cornelus Harlan Wyers, 86, of Warren, Ohio, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Revere, the son of the late Albert Ross Whipkey and Hanna Rachel Wyer.

He had worked in the oil fields and on farms most of his life. He attended Southington Baptist Church, Southington, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Dale Wyers of Harrisville, and Harlan Howard Wyers of Pennsboro; two daughters, Sharon Rae McGraw of Vincent, Ohio, and Cynthia “Diane” DeMoss of Warren, Ohio; two sisters, Virgie Barker and Esta Tingler, both of Smithville; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Marie Bell Wyers; one son, Wayne Cornelus Wyers; one daughter, Dollie Yvonne; three brothers, Allison Ray Wyer, Burl Wyer and Leroy Wyer; two sisters, Merle Tingler and Elsie Wells; and two grandsons, Robert Dale Wyers II and Marshall Cochran.

Services were scheduled at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, on Wednesday at noon, with Rev. Lloyd Winans officiating, and burial in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcculloughraiguelfuneralhome.com.

 

GUY PAUL FLEMING

Guy Paul Fleming, 95, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015.

He was the son of the late Lewis Guy and Mona Parsons Fleming of Orma.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served from 1941-1945 in North Africa and Italy with the 62nd Signal Battalion. After the war, he and his brother and father developed an auto repair and welding business, Fleming Bros. Garage in 1947 and Fleming Oil & Gas Co. in 1955. He also worked in the experimental division of Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich. He helped launch West Fork Community Action and West Virginia Molasses Festival, and was a 50-year member of Eureka Lodge No. 40 AF&AM.

Surviving are one son, Ron Fleming of Walker; two daughters, Sue Haymaker of Bluefield and Cheryl McKinney of Glenville; three grandchildren, Angela Ellis-Miller of Huntersville, N.C., Dee Cottrell of New Bern, N.C., and Ronnie P. Fleming of Parkersburg; two step-grandchildren, Brian Haymaker of Bellingham, Wash., and Melanie Haymaker of Athens; six great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marian Mitchell of Thurman, Ohio, and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Glenna Opal Stalnaker Fleming, and one brother, John C. Fleming.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Loren Price officiating and military honors presented. Burial will be in Fleming Family Cemetery, Orma, with Masonic graveside rites. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

MARGIE FLORENCE WOLFE

Margie Florence Wolfe, 62, of Grantsville, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Genesis Health Care, Glenville.

She was born in Arlington, Va., the daughter of Charles and Margie Mock Brown of Nokesville, Va.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Sandra Parsons of Grantsville; one son, Tommy L. Thornton of Stafford, Va.; five grandsons and two granddaughters, all of West Virginia; two brothers and three sisters, all of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mellody Lynn Rush, and two sisters.

Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating.

 

JACK TAWNEY

Jack L. Tawney, 80, of Belmont, Pleasants County, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont.

He was born at Left Hand, the son of the late Clement and Opal Nester Tawney.

He was a 1950 graduate of Spencer High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran, who served in post war Germany as a teletype operator. He was a retired supervisor at Union Carbide Corp. and the North Carolina prison system. He was a member of Linden Lodge No. 83, AF&AM and St. Marys Chapter No. 31, OES. He also worked for Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, N.C., and Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Frances E. Bullard Tawney, whom he married Dec. 24, 1960; two sons, David Tawney and wife Renita of Amanda, Ohio, and Jack Tawney II and wife Kathleen of Winterville, N.C.; six grandchildren, Christopher Tawney, Sarah Tawney, Nathan Tawney, Kristen Tawney, Matthew Tawney and Trevor Tawney; two brothers, Jerome Tawney of Cross Lanes and Kenneth “Doc” Tawney of Vienna; one sister, Lamoine King of Left Hand; his best friend of 60 years, since serving with him in the Air Force, George Sandy of Garner, N.C.; two brothers- and sisters-in-law, John and Eloise Bullard of Chloe and Vickie and Rick Deweese of Lavallette; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clement Tawney, Jr.; his father and mother-in-law, Burl and Hazel Ellison Bullard; and one sister-in-law, Sandy Hackney.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana.

 

JANICE MARIE REXROAD

Janice Marie Rexroad, 74, of Glenville, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Ohio, the daughter of the late Haynes and Alma Digman Conley.

She was a former cook at Calhoun General Hospital and Sunbridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Delmas Rexroad; two sons, Ralph Bennett of Avella, Pa., and Steve Bennett of Washington, Pa.; two daughters, Jeanetta Richards of Barrow, Alaska, and Tammy Varner of West Liberty; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Willard Conley of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Murrell Martin, Velma Salyer, Gladys Williams and Phyllis Bennett.

In following the family’s wishes, private family services will be held at a later date.

 

DORETTA ‘Betty’ BILLETER

Doretta R. “Betty” Billeter, 91, of Paden City, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at her home.

She was born in New Martinsville, the daughter of the late Virgil and Iva Snodgrass Blatt.

She was a retired employee of Corning Glass, member of American Legion Auxiliary, Paden City Unit 86, Paden City Garden Club, former Paden City Women’s Club, past board member of Paden City Museum, past member of Paden City Boosters and member of Pursley Church of Christ.

Surviving are one daughter, Ilene Harlan of Paden City; three sons, Joseph Billeter of Melbourne, Fla., and Glen Tarbertt and Steve Billeter, both of Paden City; two brothers, Ernie Blatt and Frank Blatt, both of Paden City; four sisters, Lena Smith of New Martinsville, Melva Stroup of Grantsville, Phyllis Sonneberger of Akron, Ohio, and Bonnie Hizer of Paden City; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Billeter in 2007; two sons, Jim Blatt and David Billeter; three brothers, Wilbert Blatt, Tom Blatt and Bob Blatt; and two sisters, Mary Kidder and Dreva Harris.

Services were held at Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, Paden City, with Tom Butterfield officiating. Burial was in Paden Memorial Gardens.

 

GENE AUTRY MILLER

Gene Autry Miller, 74, of Akron, Ohio, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, in Akron, Ohio.

He was born in Joker, the son of the late Willard and Lennie Miller.

Surviving are two sons, Scott Miller and Jonathan Miller; one daughter, Laura Reynolds; three grandchildren, Lucas Kasarda, Kody Kasarda and JessaLynn Reynolds; two sisters, Linda Mack and Polly Sisler; two brothers, Don Miller and “Sonny” Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances; second wife, Marylu; two sisters, Carolyn and Maxine; and two brothers, “Bud” and Jerry Miller.

Per his request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

  

THURMAN BROWN

Thurman Brown, 84, of Glenville, died Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015.

He was the son of the late Clara Wilmeth Taylor of Clay and the late Columbus Washing Brown of Strange Creek.

Surviving are one brother, Virgil Brown of Strange Creek; two sisters, Marcella Knight of Shawnee, Okla., and Gladys Patterson of Sutton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Daryl Bragg of Tabor City, N.C., and two sisters, Coretta Crist of Fenwick and Bonnie Davis of Gassaway.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ray Teets officiating. Burial was in Gray Cemetery, Harrison.

 

ELIZABETH LOUISE ‘BETTY’ NEMITZ

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Nemitz, 93, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Beverly, N.J., the daughter of the late Frank and Delores Rapagna.

She was a former cashier and attended Prosperity Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Robert Nemitz and wife Dotti of Grantsville; one brother, Fred Rapagna of Beverly; three grandchildren, Michelle Nemitz of Maine, Cheri Richards of Grantsville and Michael Nemitz of Brooklawn, N.J.; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no service or visitation. Memorial service will be held at a later date in New Jersey.

 

DEO DARRELL MACE

Deo Darrell Mace, 75, of Sand Ridge, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, at Clay Health Care Center.

He was the son of the late Ralph William and Beulah Poling Mace.

He worked in the oil and gas field and was a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Pam; three sons, Nathan Mace of Huntington and Walter Mace and Richard Mace, both of Sand Ridge; and two sisters, Elma Jean Mace and Helen June Mace, both of Sand Ridge.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Randy Whited officiating. Burial was in Mace-White Cemetery, Sassafras Road.

 

STEVE STARCHER

Steve Starcher, 75, of Spencer, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at home.

He was born at Spencer, the son of the late Ira R. “Sam” and Mazel Marie Matheney Starcher.

Steve was an U.S. Army veteran and was a longtime dispatcher for Spencer City Police Dept. He had formerly worked in the oil fields, Spencer State Hospital and W.Va. Dept. of Highways and was a former 23-year member of Spencer VFD.

Surviving are his companion, Iris Greathouse; her son, Michael Greathouse; three sons, Donald S. Starcher, Ronald A. Starcher and Edward L. Starcher, all of Spencer; one brother, Robert Dale Starcher of Parkersburg; one sister, Kathy Greathouse of Akron, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. Starcher; one son, Richard A. Starcher; one grandson, Richard Andrew Starcher; three brothers, Stanley Eugene Starcher, Randall Ray Starcher and Sonny Starcher; and two sisters, Frances Starcher and Sharon Starcher.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating. Burial was in Starcher Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

 

RUBY HESTER DRAKE HART

Ruby Hester Drake Hart, 64, of Millstone, died Wednesday Apr. 29, 2015, at CAMC General, Charleston.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Denver R. and Alta M. Truman Drake of Arnoldsburg.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband of 30 years, Ronald L. Hart, Sr.; one daughter, Cindy McCune of Wallback; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Ronald L. Hart, Jr., and Randy J. Hart, both of Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lester Drake, Lloyd Drake and Leo Drake, and one sister, Lucille Drake.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Murphy Cemetery.

 

JEANETTE SUE KYER

Jeanette Sue Kyer, 70, of Big Bend, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at CAMC.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Albert and Zella Ferrell.

She worked at Draco Plastics, North Ridgeville, Ohio, before becoming a full-time homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Danny H. Burrows of Big Bend; one daughter, Monica Kyer of Elyria, Ohio; one son-in-law, David Hall of North Ridgeville; three grandchildren, Mike Hall, Chad Hall and Krista Kyer; and one great-grandson, Connor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Kyer, in 2014; one brother, Hoy Ferrell; two daughters, Marcy Hall and an infant.

Private services and cremation will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Goodnight Cemetery.

 

LOUISE GAIL STARCHER

Louise Gail Starcher, 76, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Delbert and Bessie Nichols Cooper.

She worked at Koffee Kup, Grantsville, and Rubber Crafters, Grantsville, and modeled clothes in Canton, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Bobby J. Starcher; two sons, Michael Dale Cooper of Pennsylvania and Robert Douglass Starcher of Mt. Zion; one daughter, Debra Darlene Starcher of Mt. Zion; one daughter-in-law, Zella of Canton; one brother, Dale Cooper of Creston; nine grandchildren, Brian Cooper of Canton, Brandon Cooper of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Cooper, Matthew Cooper, Joseph Cooper and Adam Cooper, all of Ohio, and Cody Starcher, A.J. Starcher and Kylie Starcher, all of Mt. Zion; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Chloe Cooper of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Harold, Boyd, David, Lorraine, Ralph, Bernard, Juanita, Carol and Berneda.

Per her wishes, the body was cremated. Services will be held on Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Cremo Church, with Roger Carter officiating.

 

BARBARA LOIS FOWLER

Barbara Lois Fowler, 78, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Brooks and Flossie Price Greathouse.

She was a homemaker and had been employed at Sears and Roebuck as an office manager in the 1960s.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Hronec of Westerville, Ohio, and Beth Parsons of Parkersburg; one sister, Sally Snyder of Parkersburg; one brother, Jack Greathouse of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Hronec and Bayley and Breanna Parsons; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randel Fowler; one brother, Bill Greathouse; and one sister, Diana Wigal.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Don Yeager officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online guestbook is available at www.lambert-tatman.com.

 

KENITH DEWAYNE BADGETT

Kenith Dewayne Badgett, 66, of Orma, died Saturday, May 2, 2015, at home.

He was the son of the late Charter and Geneva E. Jarvis Badgett. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and retired pipeline truck driver.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Badgett; two daughters, Rita J. White of South Charleston and Amanda Steenburgh of Winfield; one son, Dewayne Badgett of Orma; five brothers, Ronald Badgett of Arnoldsburg, Shirl Badgett and Danny Badgett, both of Big Springs, and Charter B. Badgett and Charlie Badgett, both of Chloe; and four grandchildren, Karissa and Austin Badgett of Arnoldsburg and Logan and Brandon Steenburgh of Winfield.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Lester Tanner and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, with burial in Orma U.M. Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

BILL HOWLEY

Bill Howley, 62, of Chloe, died Thursday, Apr. 23, in a car accident near Exit 79 of I-79.

He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of the late William J. and Sally N. Howley.

He attended McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Md., and received a BA from Yale University in 1974 and an MBA from Ohio University. In addition to being a farmer, he provided research and business assistance to various local law firms, including his wife Loren’s. He founded The Power Line, a widely read online information source about the electricity industry and renewable energy issues.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Loren; two sons, Jacob Howley and Maria Paoletti of Mount Rainier, Md., and Isaac Howley and Bilqis Rock, of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, Khymi Russell and Solomon Howley-Paoletti; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Nora Howley of Silver Spring, Md.; one nephew, Joseph Howley of New York, N.Y.; and one niece, Malka Howley of Philipsburg, Mont.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m., at Heartwood in the Hills, 229 Heartwood Lane, Big Bend, WV 26136. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartwood in the Hills or to Community Power Network, 1826 Lamont St. NW, Washington, DC 20010.

 

EARL HAMILTON

Earl Hamilton, 54, died Monday, Apr. 27, 2015.

He was born at Calhoun General Hospital, now Minnie Hamilton Health Center, the son of the late Lorentz C. and Sue Hamilton, Jr.

He was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome soon after birth, and his parents moved the family to Arlington, Va., in order to seek help in helping Earl to reach his full potential. The answer was found in St. Coletta’s School, where he was taught how to read, write and do math by a dedicated group of Catholic nuns and lay teachers. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also active in Special Olympics and won several medals, and was named Special Olympic Athlete of the Year in Arlington. The family returned to Grantsville in 1979 and he helped out at The Calhoun Chronicle with its weekly mailing and became a member of the Lion’s Club. He was an active member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church and attended First Baptist Church. After his father had a stroke, the family moved to Parkersburg to live with his older brother. He became a water boy for the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders and worked at SW Resources.

Surviving are one brother, Lorentz C. Hamilton III; one sister-in-law, Sandra Hamilton; three step-nephews, Calvin Richards of Morgantown, J.R. Herrmann and wife Heather of Williamstown and Jeremy Herrmann of Jacksonville, Fla.; one step-niece, Cyndi Richards and husband Christopher of Frederick, Md.; and numerous cousins.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Jim Lynch officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held Thursday, 1:30 p.m., at Odd Fellows Cemetery, near Grantsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to SW Resources, Parkersburg, or St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. An online guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

GARRETT ‘Chuck’ KERBY

Garrett O. “Chuck” Kerby, 89, died Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015. at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late George Lawrence and Nela Jane Kerby.

Surviving are two sons, Lawrence Kerby of Mt. Zion and Timothy Kerby of Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Deborah Riddel of Mt. Zion; six grandchildren, Ryan Riddel, Jessica Self, Jessica Close, Kara Riddel, Moe Riddel and Britney Simmons; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Arleta Frame of Kilgore, Tex.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Kerby; one grandson, Jeffrey Kerby; and four brothers.

Private service will be held at a later date at Gibson Cemetery. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is assisting with final arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

GEORGE HATTEN

George Hatten, 84, of North Lawrence, Ohio, died Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Prichard, the son of the late Philip and Lucy Bartram Hatten.

He had worked at Koppers in Orrville, Ohio, and for the Red Cross in Wooster, Ohio.

Surviving are two daughters, Susie Bealer of North Lawrence, Georgia Honeycutt of Brewster, Ohio; three sons, Daniel L. Hatten of Brewster, George A. Hatten of North Carolina and Paul P. Hatten of Canton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharon Yost of Chloe; two brothers, Samuel Hatten of Chloe and Herman Hatten of Creston, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Alice Marie Light, on Sept. 28, 1998; two daughters, Lucy Mae Fielner and an infant, Mary Lou; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Phillip Hatten and an infant, Billy.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 10 a.m., at Murray Funeral Home, Creston, with Pastor Jim Senz officiating, and burial in Hatten Family Cemetery, Prichard.

 

BELINDA SETTLE

Belinda L. Settle, 51, of Normantown, died Tuesday, Apr. 14,2015, at Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center, Elkins.

She was born in Ft. Lee, Va., the daughter of Martha Newell of Germany and the late James Newell. She was a cashier in the retail industry for most of her working life. She spent several years behind the counter of Fred’s Country Store, Normantown.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, Cody Settle of Mt. Zion; one daughter, Katrina Tallhammer and husband Timothy of Mt. Zion; and three grandchildren, Wesley, Kaleigh and Alana Tallhammer, all of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, Paul Settle, in October 2009, and one sister, Mary Stich.

Her request for cremation has been honored. The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

 
ANNA MARIE PETERS
Anna Marie Peters, 73, of Sutton, died Monday, Apr. 20, 2015.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Edith Perkins Peters.

She worked for Glenville State College for 10 years. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Jenkins of Sutton and Kathy Johnson of Roane County; one son, Vernon Peters of Burnsville; four grandsons, Cody Heater of Gassaway, Lewis Heater of Burnsville, Dylan Newlon of Sutton and Brandon Johnson of Roane County; two granddaughters, Chelsie Smallwood of Little Birch and Emily Peters of Ireland; one great-grandson, Bentley Heater of Gassaway; one sister, Alice Cottrell of Calhoun County; two brothers, Paul Peters, Jr., and John D. Peters of Normantown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Mae Peters, and one nephew, Travis Peters.

Services will be held on Friday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Snyder Cemetery, Glenville. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

JOYCE ANN ‘Birdie’ RIDDLE

Joyce Ann “Birdie” Riddle, 67, of Big Bend, died Monday, Apr. 6, 2015.

She was born in Erie, Pa., the daughter of the late Clarence D. “Pete” Beamer and Lillian G. Beamer of Uhrichsville, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Gerald D. “Jerry” Riddle; two sons, Ron Markley of Kentucky and Stan Markley of Ohio; one daughter, Jody Riddle Kerby of Big Bend; four grandchildren, Jacob Markley, Kaitlyn Markley, William Kerby and Gerri Kerby; five brothers; two sisters; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial service will be held at a later date for friends and family.

BEULAH DELL MILLER CRAWFORD

Beulah Dell Miller Crawford, 87, formerly of Grantsville, died Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at Clay Health Care Center, Ivydale.

She was born in Hur, the daughter of the late Guy Adam and Martha Josephine Adams Miller.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are two daughters, Earlene Thomas of Chloe and Barbara Whipkey of Parkersburg; one son, Bernie Cooper of Eagle, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Emily Wagoner of Morgantown, Dana Ferrell and Joseph, Bryan and Travis Thomas, all of Chloe, Richard Whipkey III of Indiana, Pa.; James Whipkey of Browns Mills, N.J., Rebecca Shockey of Parkersburg, Andrew Whipkey of Flushing, Mich.; Dustin Cooper of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Nicholas and Mackenzie Cooper of Eagle, Colo.; 11 great-grandchildren: Melanie Ferrell of Chloe, Selena and Jadyn Whipkey of St. Marys, Travis and Rachel Whipkey of Browns Mills, Leah and Cooper Shockey of Parkersburg, Anthony Whipkey of Marietta, Ohio, and Raleigh, Lucas and Piper Whipkey of Flushing; one sister, Delma Hall of Canton, Ohio; and one sister-in-law, Cletis Miller of Marion, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Earl Crawford in 1998; one son, David Earl Crawford; three sisters, Velma Adams Board, Ethel Miller and Carrie Miller Starcher; and three brothers, Denzil Miller, Harold Miller and Carl Miller.

Services will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with pastors Geff and Wanda Wayne officiating.

Burial will be in Hur Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

SARAH HOTCHKISS

Family and friends of Sarah E. Hotchkiss, who died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, are invited to a celebration of her life on Sunday, Apr. 26, 1 p.m., at Heritage Park, Spencer. Included in the ceremony will be a time to share photos, poetry, stories and remembrances of Sarah. Weather permitting, part of the celebration will be held outdoors, so bring a folding chair if desired. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For information, call 354-9050 or 927-5064.

 

DENZIL RAY ‘Dink’ BOOTHE

Denzil Ray “Dink” Boothe, 73, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015, at CAMC General, Charleston, following an accident.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Brooks and Sylvia Boothe.

He was retired from the oil and gas industry.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Betty Boothe; two daughters, Beverly Harris and husband Randy of Grantsville and Tanya Stewart and husband A.J. of Glenville; one son, Jason Swearingen and wife Alicia of Chloe; seven grandsons, Tristan Harris and wife Hannah of Pennsylvania, Jonluc Harris, Jaden Swearingen, Adam Stewart, Kade Swearingen, Seth Stewart and Orion Swearingen; three great-granddaughters, Abby Harris, Angel Harris and Allie Harris; four sisters, Faye Williams of Elizabeth, Marie Wine of Parkersburg and Norma Fridley and Sandy Nester, both of Davisville; and two brothers, Carl Boothe of Smithville and Ronzel Boothe of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David “Sonny” Boothe and Donzel Boothe.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Phil Wilson and Rev. Kenneth Heiney officiating. Burial was in Boothe Cemetery, Grantsville.

 

GENEVA GROVES

Geneva Groves, 70, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015, at United Hospital, Clarksburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Holly and Bernice Jackson Miller.

She was a homemaker and had worked at B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville. She was a Pentecostal.

Surviving are one son, Robert Groves, Jr., of Creston; one daughter, Roberta Rinehart of Annamoriah; three brothers, Donald Miller and Ronald Miller, both of Big Bend, and Harold Brooks of Cairo; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Erma McGuire and Alice Huffman.

There will be no funeral or visitation. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

 

REV. HOWARD D. NICHOLS

Rev. Howard D. Nichols, 83, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late J.C. “Charley” and Arthelia Harris Nichols.

He was a Sergeant with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was a retired school bus driver in Roane County, a farmer, and a minister at several area churches. He attended Church of the Living God, Spencer

Surviving are his wife, Mazel M. Burroughs Nichols; two sons, Duane and Coradel Nichols of Spencer and Daniel and Sharon Nichols of Ruthland, Ohio; four brothers, Donald of Hartville, Ohio, Leroy of Akron, Ohio, Kenneth of Grantsville and Gary of Spencer; one sister, Jewell Carpenter Kelly of Spencer; two granddaughters, Amber Nichols and Cinimani Bailey; one grandson, Derrick Nichols; seven great-grandchildren; three step-sons, Jeff Marks of Spencer, Eric D. Marks of Orma and Jason Marks of Akron/Canton, Ohio; one step-daughter, Rebecca A. Johnson of Covert, Mich.; and several step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn M. Nichols; one son, David R. Nichols; one niece, Lorraine; two sisters, Frances Jenkins and Louella Ridenour; three brothers, Bernard (Jack), Reuben and Boyd; and one step-son, Adam Burroughs.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Randy Wilson officiating. Burial was in Otto Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

ADDIE LEE YEAGER TRISDALE

Addie Lee Yeager Trisdale, 74, of Gainesboro, Tenn., died Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clay O. and Eula Bush Yeager.

She worked for Heavy Duty and Osh Gosh Apparel Manufacturing Co. and was a retired seamstress.

Surviving are her husband, Charles “Charbo” Trisdale; three sons, Bill Trisdale and wife Sherrie, Corky Trisdale and wife Kathy, and Dan Trisdale; four grandchildren, Vanessa Johnson and husband Brendan, Brian Trisdale and wife Casey, Crystal Maberry and husband Blake and Tyler Trisdale and wife Emily; four great- grandchildren, Chloe Maberry, Hadley Maberry, Max Johnson and Xavier Trisdale; one sister, Phyllis Kerby of Mt. Zion; five brothers, Clay Yeager, Jr., and wife Leona, Jim Yeager and wife Sharon of Big Springs, Doug Yeager and wife Pamela of Illinois, Larry Yeager and wife Nancy of Ohio and Carson Yeager of West Virginia; three sisters-in-law, Mary Martin and husband Charlie, Stella Martin and husband Herman, and Wanda Hopkins; and one brother-in-law, David Trisdale and wife Sue.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Pauline Deuley, Reita Hamlet and an infant; one brother, Kenny Yeager; one sister-in-law, Martha Yeager; and one brother-in-law, Chuck Kerby.

Services were held at Chapel of Jackson County Funeral Home, Gainesboro. Burial was in Pharris Cemetery.

 

ROSALEE BAILEY MINNEY

Rosalee Bailey Minney, 70, died Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Ada Bailey.

 She was an LPN at The Willows nursing home, Parkersburg, before an injury in 2001 forced her into early retirement. She was a member of 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, Parkersburg, where she was an angel in the Judgment House.

Surviving are three sons, Robert D Bailey and wife Anita of Leetonia, Ohio, Howard Randy Minney, Jr., and wife Mary of Athens, Ohio, and Charles R Minney and wife Cindy of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Jeremy Bailey, Courtney Minney, Staci Bailey, Olivia Sellers, Holli Bailey and Nikki Curtiss; one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Rose Curtiss; one brother, Charles Frame of Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Betty Minney of Parkersburg; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Tresa Roberts of Belpre, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Randall Minney, Sr., and two sisters, Naomi Montgomery and Jeannette Frame.

According to her wishes, her body was donated to the Medical Science Dept. of WVU and there will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at City Park (shelter beside museum), City Park Drive, Parkersburg, on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

 

LAURA LORENA STARCHER

Laura Lorena Starcher, 78, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Elkview.

She was born at Rocksdale, the daughter of the late Ray and Bessie Husk Mace.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Starcher and Richard Starcher, both of Elkview; three daughters, Joyce Conner of Charleston, Renee King of Elkview and Bessie Ball of Boone County; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Roy Mace of Medina, Ohio; and one sister, Leona Starcher of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Starcher; one son, James Roy Starcher; and two sisters, Catherine Mace and Tessie Steep.

Her ashes will be spread at Husk Cemetery on the West Fork at the convenience of the family.

 

LAVAUGHN RUSH

Lavaughn Rush, 77, of Normantown, died Monday, Apr. 6, 2015, at home. 

She was born in Erie, Pa., the daughter of the late Ezra and Josephine Stull Minney.

She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Price Powell Rush; two brothers, Leon Minney of Glenville and Tom Minney of Tanner; one sister, Ava Minney of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Wilbur Minney, Eugene Lee Minney, Denzil Minney, Ezra Minney, Jr., Daniel Minney and Jimmy Minney, and two sisters, Annetta Summers and Madeline Minney.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Gene Satterfield officiating. Burial will be in Stalnaker Cemetery, Glenville. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ALLISON PAIGE ‘ALLIE’ BRANNON

Allison Paige ‘Allie’ Brannon, 11, of Chloe, died at home on Monday, Mar. 23, 2015.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of David Neal and Tina Ann Paxton Brannon.

She was a fifth grader at Calhoun Middle/High School and enjoyed hunting, fishing, fashion, sewing, drawing and singing. She loved people, collected Coach purses and Eiffel towers, and enjoyed writing stories and taking selfies.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her sister and best friend, Tiffany Ann Brannon at home; her maternal grandparents, Rodney and Patricia Paxton of Spencer; her paternal grandparents, Marlene and Lawrence Conley, Jr., of Chloe; several cousins, aunts and uncles; and a dear friend, Carol Siers.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Steve Boggs and Rev. Barry Miller officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery. Donations may be made to Calhoun Middle/High School Library, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion, WV 26151.

 

WILLIAM CECIL ‘Bill’ DAVIS

William Cecil “Bill” Davis, 66, of Nobe, died Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at the home of his son in Spencer.

He was the son of Clarence and Icie Sims Davis.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Genevieve Robinson Davis; one son, Waitman Andrew Davis and wife Nicki; one sister, Bonnie Summerville of Miletree Center, Spencer; and one brother, Cory Davis of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Hughes, Mary Boatright and Dollie Bailey, and two brothers, Frank Davis and Clarence Lee Davis.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

 

CECIL RAY RICHARDS, SR.

Cecil Ray Richards, Sr., 86, of New London, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, at Samaritan Hospital, Ashland, Ohio.

He was born in Eva, Ritchie County, the son of the late Walter and Ada Tingler Richards.

He was a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from Elyria Foundry, Elyria, Ohio, with over 30 years of service. He attended Bethel Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Jean Parks Richards, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1955; one son, Cecil Richards, Jr.; one daughter, Teresa Campbell; five grandchildren, Erica Cooke, Elizabeth Gilman, Emerald Stackhouse, Terri Mae Patterson and Nicole Richards; and six great-grandchildren Camryn, Chloe, Eleanor, Alayna, Clark and Ian.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Edna Pearl; nine brothers, Gail, Elmer, Forest, Ernest, Ronzel, Donzel, Charles, Denver and Harold; and four sisters, Ruby Mathers, Shirley Cox, Glenda Sims and Yvonna Collins.

Services were held at Roberts Funeral Home-Ashland Chapel, Ashland, with Pastor John Bouquet officiating. Burial was in Ashland County Memorial Park, with military rites.

 

GRETA MAE HALL

Greta Mae Hall, 67, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Paris Dewey “P.D.” Hall and Daisy J. Burkhammer Hall.

Surviving are two sisters, Connie Downs of Arnoldsburg and Nancy Drake of Newberry Park, Calif.; one brother, Perry Dean Hall of Arnoldsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward Hall, Doyle Hall, Darrell Hall and Dale Hall, and two sisters, Georganna Hall and Annebell Starcher.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

SYLVIA MARIE KING

Sylvia Marie King, 72, of Grantsville, died Monday, Mar. 30, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Geraldine King.

Surviving are three sons, Eugene King and Perry King, both of Grantsville, and Shaun King of Kingston, N.C.; two sisters, Cora Wagoner of Chloe and Betty Jane Boggs of Orma; one aunt, Lula Tanner of Orma; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Tina Dawn King, and one sister, Laverine King.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DARRELL JOE ‘Dode’ MACE

Darrell Joe “Dode” Mace, 73, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Mar. 30, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late John and Lethie Lane Mace.

Surviving are his wife, Rosalie Ann Dilley Mace; two sons, Michael Joe Mace and Daniel Mace, both of Arnoldsburg; one step-daughter, Laura B. Parsons of Arnoldsburg; one brother, Junior “Tub” Mace of Massillon, Ohio; one sister, Edna Bowers of Arnoldsburg; one nephew, Kenny Nichols; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and one cousin, Jim Church.

Private family services will be held at a later date, with burial in Mace Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

MARY GREATHOUSE NICHOLAS

Mary A. Greathouse Nicholas, 79, of Brohard, died Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at The Arbors, Marietta, Ohio.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Jesse Greathouse and Roxie Roberts Greathouse Monroe.

She was employed by McCoy’s Restaurant, Smithville, for several years and retired from Cardinal Market after 16 years of service.

Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Ivan Nicholas; three daughters, Kathy Abundo of San Diego, Calif., Carolyn Young of Parkersburg and Debra Ladd of Gallatin, Tenn.; two sons, Larry Springston of Grantsville and Donnie Springston of St. Marys; one step-son, Michael Nicholas of Barboursville; one step-daughter, Kimberly Nicholas of Ohio; two sisters, Rose Greenburg and Patty Merrill, both of Newark; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Alfred Monroe; three sisters, Ruth Kindle, Alice Davis and Dora Gick; and one brother, Harold Monroe.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial was in Hodan Cemetery, Roane County.

 

ARCHIE SHAFFER

Archie Shaffer, 75, of Walker, died Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Fred and Hettie Bowers Shaffer.

He had retired from E.I. DuPont after many years of service and was a member of Kanawha Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Mike Shaffer of Davisville and Mitch Shaffer of Cisco; two daughters, Shelly Shaffer of Parkersburg and Lora Shaffer of Walker; three grandchildren, Chad Shaffer, Kelsea Waggoner and Jacob Whitehead; one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Shaffer; and special friend, Donna Linger.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Jane “Fib” Shaffer.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Rick Haught officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

 

ROGER HAMILTON

Roger Hamilton, 59, of Charleston, died Saturday, Mar 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Parkersburg and raised in Grantsville, the son of Helen Hamilton and the late Victor Hamilton II.

After obtaining his degree in business administration from Glenville State College, he began a lifetime career in state government in the business offices of W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one sister, Janet Hamilton Coberly; one niece, Carolyn H. Coberly; one nephew, Theodore H. Coberly; and his brother’s widow, Pamela Hamilton.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Victor Hamilton III.

Services will be held Thursday, 3 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be held in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation will be held Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com

GARY CAMPBELL

Gary L. Campbell, 80, died Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at Wyngate Senior Living Community.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late Guss Campbell and Veda E. Campbell Morrison.

He was a 1953 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended West Virginia University. He was employed by Consolidated Natural Gas Co. for 38 years, serving as chief engineer at several compressor stations until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 50-year member of Eureka Lodge #40, Parkersburg Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Nemesis Shrine, and Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville, where he was Past Worthy Patron. He also served on the Nemesis director’s staff.

Surviving are two daughters, Marcia Campbell and husband Joe of Parkersburg and Dana Hubbard and husband David of Morgantown; three grandchildren, Scott Campbell, Alex Hubbard and Erin Hubbard, all of Morgantown; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Bob McCallister; sister-in-law, Margaret Smith; special brother-in-law and best friend, Larry McCallister; and special friend, Janet Sturm.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carol McCallister Campbell, in 2011; his step-father, Troea Morrison; and one brother, Milfred G. Campbell.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Rev. Joe Busch officiating. Burial will be in Mt Olivet Cemetery, with Masonic Services. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made online to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Condolences may be sent at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

OLIN ‘Rusty’ KNIGHT

Olin C. “Rusty” Knight, 87, of Mineral Wells, died Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at Health South, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Wilbert J. and Bessie M. Williamson Knight.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II as military police. He was a member of Union Local #10 Pipefitters and Masonic Lodge #3, Petersville, Va.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Price Knight; one son, Leroy Akers of Virginia; two step-sons, Randy Fluharty of Parkersburg and Rodney Fluharty of Washington; two step-daughters, Pam Cooper of Mineral Wells and Diane Benett of Lowell, Ohio; one sister, Dortha Lee Starling of Belpre, Ohio; one brother, John D. Knight of Lubeck; five grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine; one son, William Knight; two brothers, Jack Knight and Gene Knight; and two sisters.

Memorial service was scheduled Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Dornan officiating. Gathering of family and friends will follow in the family center at the funeral home. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. Guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

LINDA LOU SAMPSON-DORSEY

Linda Lou Finkenbinder Sampson-Dorsey, 68, of Elizabeth, died Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at Camden Clark Memorial Campus.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late William and Teresa Wierz Finkenbinder.

Surviving are her husband, Gary Dorsey; three children, Dickie Sampson and Timmy Sampson, both of Elizabeth, and Melissa Lane of Calhoun County; one step-daughter, Lisa Duskey of Elizabeth; six grandchildren, Brandy Sampson, Warren Lane, Vicki Sampson, Ashley Sampson, Matthew Duskey and Katie Duskey; one brother, Tim Finkenbinder of Ohio; one sister, Diane Sampson of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; and one step-son, William Dorsey.

Memorial service was held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth.

 

SARAH HOTCHKISS

Sarah E. Hotchkiss, 79, of Spencer, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of the late Clinton and Kathryn Tufts Hendrickson.

She earned a degree from American University, Washington, D.C. She served three years in the Armed Forces and was stationed in Germany during part of her enlistment. She was an artist, teacher, and community gardener. She shared her artistic talents with local school for the arts, Heartwood in the Hills, by painting backdrops that were used in a Heartwood performance. She taught classes at Arnoldsburg Elementary School for children and adults in art and embroidery and gave private art lessons. She collaborated on a summer program for children at Arnoldsburg Elementary, based on Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She founded West Fork Garden Club and oversaw a project to plant 10,000 daffodil bulbs at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg. She was active in Spencer Meditation Group, Heartwood in the Hills, and West Fork Garden Club.

Surviving are two brothers, Steve Hendrickson of The Villages, Fla., and Sam Hendrickson of Southington, Ct.; three sons, Dana Sorenson of Riverview, Mich., Clinton Park of Florence, Tex., and Christopher Park of Austin, Tex.; one step-son, Jeffrey Hotchkiss of Portland, Me.; four step-daughters, Patricia Bakir of Amman, Jordan, Sarah Hotchkiss of Winooski, Vt., Kate Taylor of North Haven, Me., and Melissa Hotchkiss of New York, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Hotchkiss.

She was buried next to her husband on land where they resided for more than 30 years in Minnora.

Memorial service celebrating her life will be planned in the spring. An announcement will be made later. West Fork Garden Club will plant daffodils in her honor in the fall. Donations towards the purchase of daffodil bulbs may be sent to Mary Labaw, 592 Grannyshe Road, Chloe, WV 25235.

 

DOROTHY PEARL CLOWSER

Dorothy Pearl Clowser, 79, of Gaffney, S.C., died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Rosie Rock, the daughter of the late John and Emma Henry Burkhart.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are five sons, Michael Lee Clowser of Springfield, Ohio, James Clowser and Burton Clowser, Jr., and wife Carla, all of Gaffney, Anthony Wayne Clowser, Sr., of Stow, Ohio, and Clifford Robert Clowser and wife Mary of Spencer; one daughter, Rosanna Dengate and husband Larry of Gaffney; two brothers, Harold Burkhart of Hartsville, Ohio, and Paul Burkhart of Canton, Ohio; one sister, Linda Cromer and husband Tom of West Salem, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton Lee Clowser, Sr.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating. Burial was in Swindler Cemetery, Egypt Ridge Road, Spencer.

 

ELLEN JACKSON

Ellen Jackson, 66, of Shamokin, Pa., died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Shamokin Hospital.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Radie Braggs and Dick Starcher.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Collins of Shamokin; three sons, Charles Jackson and wife Brenda of Edenton, N.C., and Darrell Jackson and Kennith Jackson and wife Connie, all of Shamokin; four sisters, Carol Falls of Ripley, Karen Bodily of Barstow, Calif., and Daisy Boyce and Sharon Stump, both of Spencer; and five grandchildren, Karen Geise, Camron Jackson, Michael Davis, Elizabeth Davis and Joey Jackson.

She was preceded in death by two sons and one grandson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

JERRY GREATHOUSE GROVER

Jerry Greathouse Grover, 85, formerly of Dublin, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at her son and daughter-in-law’s residence, Galena, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Bradford and Ora Arthur Gainer.

She received her real estate license in 1969 and her broker’s license in 1972 and was the president of E&J Homes and Investments, Dublin. In 2009, she received her 40-year award from the National Association of Realtors. She was also a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #287, Worthington. She attended Eastside Mission Church, Delaware, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, John Greathouse of Galena; two grandchildren, Justin Greathouse of Delaware and Jessica Greathouse of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, George Gainer of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Christine Baker of Sun City, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Roscoe Gainer.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St., Valleyside Drive, Delaware, with Rev. Donnie Akers officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kingwood Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Eastside Mission Church Building Fund, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware, OH 43015. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT LEE GARRETT

Robert Lee Garrett, 77, of Millstone, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

He was born in Millstone, the son of the late Willard Garrett and Louie Offutt Garrett.

He was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from Pittsburgh Paint and Glass, Barberton, Ohio, and was a local businessman in Millstone from 1981-1994.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Garrett; one son, Robert “Clyde” Jr. Garrett; one daughter, Lachelle “Boo” Murphy; four step-sons, Doug Nary, Don Nary, Michael Kute and Joseph Kute; 13 grandchildren, Coty and Cory Roberts, Chris, Taylor, Amber and Jenna Garrett, Haley France, Elizabeth, Emily and Daniel Nary, Zoey, Zachary and Alexius Kute; two brothers, Hurthel and Cleston Garrett; and four sisters, Mildred Justice, Arlena Grey, Maude Pfamatter and Wilma Mowrey.

He was preceded in death by wife, Linda Williams Garrett; one son, Christopher; one grandson, Joshua Roberts; and one sister, Phyllis Garrett.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial was in Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt Zion.

 

DORIS IMOGENE ROGERS HOFFMAN

Doris Imogene Rogers Hoffman, 84, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Formerly of Parkersburg, she had resided at Heartland of Marietta for the last few months.

She was born at Newlandsville, the daughter of the late Brady Rogers and Edna Newland Rogers.

She was manager of the music department at G.C. Murphy, Parkersburg, where she worked from age 18 until the store’s closing in 1986. She enjoyed gardening at her homes and the family farms, including one in Calhoun County.

Surviving are one son, David K. Hoffman and wife Ronna Lee Hoffman; three grandchildren, Tabatha Waldron of Colorado, Timothy Waldron of Mineral Wells and Sarah Hoffman of Parkersburg; two great-grandchildren, Sequoyah Matibag of Colorado and Kai Waldron of Parkersburg; and one sister, Donna Cain of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Eugene Hoffman, and one brother, Wilfred Rogers.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Brian Richards, minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, South Parkersburg Congregation, officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

PATRICIA JANE ‘Patty’ MILHOAN

Patricia Jane “Patty” Milhoan, 71, of Vienna, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Charles A. and Eloise Davis Cline.

She was a graduate of Glenville State College and had worked for the Wood County Board of Education as an elementary school teacher for 36 years, retiring from Neale Elementary. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Chuck Milhoan; one son, Charles Andrew Milhoan of Marysville, Ohio; one sister, Cheryl Fiedorczyk of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville; and three granddaughters, Madeline, Emma and Mallory Milhoan.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles “Bob” Cline.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Robert May officiating.

 

CECIL COTTRELL

Cecil D. Cottrell, 88, of Reedy, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William and Tilda Marks Cottrell.

He was a retired custodian from Roane County Board of Education and attended Reedy Bible Church.

Surviving are five sons, Melvin Cottrell of Lubeck, Bernard Cottrell and Kenny Cottrell, both of Reedy, Ronnie Cottrell of Sandyville and Jerry Cottrell of Parkersburg; two sisters, Goldie and Mae, both of Calhoun County; two brothers, Shirley of Indiana and Ernest of Belpre, Ohio; 24 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ivah E. Sampson Cottrell; one son, Dallas “Duck” Cottrell; one daughter, Helen Cottrell Winnell; and several brothers and sisters.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Reedy Methodist Church, with Rev. Richard McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Board Cemetery, Reedy. Visiting hours were scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

OLGA FERRELL

Olga B. Ferrell, 99, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Dwight L. and Etta Helmick Meadows.

She was an employee of Calhoun General Hospital for 16 years, but spent most of her life as a homemaker, including 25 years as a caregiver for her late husband, Russell. She was a member of Brooksville Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Irvin Walker and Ronnie Walker, both of Big Bend, and Jack Walker of Grantsville; three daughters, Janice Kelly of Sistersville, Naomi Toler of Big Bend and Norma Queen of St. Marys; 26 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Carl Walker and Russell Ferrell; two sons, Harold Walker and Harold Ferrell; two daughters, Betty Walker Holbert and Isabelle Ferrell Parsons; one sister, Opal; five brothers, Norval, Alvie, Vandale, Oris and Dwight, Jr.; and five grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

 

DONNA GOODNIGHT ROSE

Donna M. (Goodnight) Rose, 53, of Munday, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Ronzel and Maxine Jones Goodnight.

She worked for several years at Mustang Survival, Elizabeth. She was a Methodist.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Terry Rose; one daughter, Stephanie Moore of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Jakob Henderson, Alyson Henderson, Joe Moore, Jr., and Kaylee Moore; one sister, Dee Dee Goodnight of MacFarlan; two brothers, Kenny Goodnight of MacFarlan and Ronnie Goodnight of Brohard; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Belt Cemetery, Munday.

 

REBECCA ANN SMITH

Rebecca Ann Smith, 76, of Spencer, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at home.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Elbert and Belva Nichols Smith.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are four daughters, Lauretta Nichols of Grantsville, Monica Lea Adkins of Leroy and Balana Eugenia Goff and Sarah Leah Snyder, both of Spencer; one sister, Barbara Gordon of Texas; three brothers, Kenneth Smith of Wichita, Kan., Johnny Smith of Mt. Olive and Richard Smith of Spencer; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Smith; one son, Mike Smith; one sister, Maysel Walker; and five brothers, Ben, Bob, George, Bill and an infant Lewis.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Danny Whited and Rev. Donald Cottrill officiating. Burial was in Bartlett-Little Creek Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

JESSE WILLIAM ‘Bill’ HUNT

Jesse William “Bill” Hunt, 77, of Spencer, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Charles Hurley and Erma Kay Anderson Hunt.

He worked at a plant in the Baltimore, Md., area.

Surviving are his wife, Ocie Caldwell Hunt; one step-daughter, Debbie Starcher of Spencer; four step-sons, John Caldwell, Allen Starcher, Kevin Starcher and Moe Starcher, all of Spencer; one brother, James Hunt of Tennessee; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Hunt, Sr., and Robert Hunt; three sisters, Juanita Armstrong, Jean Royston and Kathy Hunt; one step-son, Mike Starcher; and one step-grandson, Aaron Starcher.

Per his request, the body was cremated.

 

RUSSELL LEE HALL

Russell Lee Hall, 73, of Charleston, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at his home.

He was the son of the late Earlie and Ollie Metheney Hall.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Duncan Hall; one son, Charlie James of Parkersburg; one daughter, Laura Swindler of Sissonville; one sister, Evelyn Sears of Chloe; and one granddaughter, Aliza Swindler.

He was preceded in death by one brother, General Lamb, and two sisters, Noma Metheney and Murlene McCumbers.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Gene Copen officiating, and burial in Metheney Cemetery, Nebo. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BILLIE JEAN CURREY SUMMERS

Billie Jean Currey Summers, 77, of Normantown, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville.

She was born in Normantown, the daughter of the late Ira Nelson and Monnie James Currey.

She was a 1955 graduate of Normantown High School. She retired in 1996 from Normantown Elementary School after 30 years of service and was a lifelong member of Lower Steer Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, William C. Summers, whom she married on July 7, 1956; one son, William Mark Summers of Normantown; two brothers, her twin, Burl Dean Currey of Grayson, Ky., and Charles Currey of Columbia, S.C.; one sister, Norma Currey Yeardley of Parkersburg; and one brother-in-law, Denver Clendenin of Kenna.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Claire Ruth Clendenin; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Currey and Ruth Currey; and one brother-in-law, Jay Yeardley.

Graveside services were scheduled Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Hunter Road Run, Normantown, with Pastor Mark Minney officiating. Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

KENNETH FERGUSON

Kenneth A. Ferguson, 62, of Holts Run Road, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of the late Kathlene Snyder Lydick.

He was a truck driver in the oil and gas industry.

Surviving are three sons, Buddy Ferguson and fiancée Belinda Santana of Salinas, Calif., Shannon Ferguson and wife Tracy of Normantown and Michael Roberts and wife Tiffany of Millstone; one daughter, Brittany Ferguson and fiancé Jesse King of Holts Run; eight grandchildren, Dusty Ferguson and Jessica Bennington of Salinas, Brenna and Nick Ferguson of Scott Depot, MaKayla Jo Ferguson of Normantown, and Luke, Paityn and Parker Roberts of Millstone; two brothers, Bob Ferguson and wife Susie of Laurelville, Ohio, and Roger Lydick and wife Teressa of Holts Run; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Pat Ferguson, and his first wife, Shirley Fouler Ferguson.

Per his request, his body was cremated.

 

LOUIS ‘Bodie’ STATON

Louis F. “Bodie” Staton, 87, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Medina County, Ohio, the son of the late Maynard “Bud” Staton and the late Natalie Iuppenlatz.

He attended Sharon Center High School, Sharon Center, Ohio, and graduated from Carson Long Military Academy, New Bloomfield, Pa., in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1945-47 and received the World War II Victory Medal. He was a graduate of The National College of Chiropractic, Chicago, in the early 1950s. He was an employee of B.F. Goodrich, working at plants in Ohio, California and West Virginia, before retiring after more than 30 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Linda Wright Staton; two sons, Michael Staton of Henderson, Nev., and Paul Staton of Calhoun County; one daughter, Jody Newton and husband Larry of Beverly, Ohio; three grandsons, Landon Staton, Hadon Staton and Liam Staton, all of Grantsville; four granddaughters, Nicci Morelli of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Quinn Goff and Vanessa Newhart, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Hailey Staton of Grantsville; one great-grandson, Griffin Goff of Charlotte; one brother, Steven Staton of Doylestown, Ohio; one sister, Emmilyne Lorenz of Doylestown; and a cousin, Gloria Kelly of Akron, Ohio.

Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, noon, at Goodnight Cemetery, Sugar Camp Road, followed by a New Life Celebration of his life in the Grantsville firehouse. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com 

LESTER VIRGIL McCUMBERS

Lester Virgil McCumbers, 93, of Rosedale, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Henry Franklin and Ida Myrtle McCumbers.

He played music since he was about 14 and learned to play fiddle from his father. As a young man, he played guitar with local fiddlers, such as French Carpenter, Ward Jarvis and Harvey Sampson. In the mid-1960s, he and his wife Linda played in a band, Lester McCumbers and the Sandy Valley Boys, with their sons Roger, Bill and Tim, and son-in-law Paul Cottrell. They hosted a 30-minute radio show on Saturday afternoons on WSPZ radio, Spencer. After Roger died in 1998, the Sandy Valley Boys disbanded. Lester and Linda played with Braxton County banjo player Carroll Hardway until his death in 2002 and continued to play at festivals with banjo player Kim Johnson, often joined by Bill and Tim.

Lester won many blue ribbons at the Folk Festival in fiddle contests. In 2004, he became the first West Virginian to win the first place blue ribbon in a fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Vandalia Award, presented by W.Va. Division of Culture and History each year to recognize a lifetime contribution to West Virginia’s folk culture. He also played with a variety of artists at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.

Surviving are his children, Bea Putnam of Arnoldsburg, Anna Lee White of Auburn Township, Ohio, Paulette Ice of Garrettsville, Ohio, Joan Cottrell and Timmy McCumbers, both of Nicut, Sharon Morris of Lake Milton, Ohio, Billy McCumbers of Big Bend and Tammy Smith of Tanner; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda McCumbers; one son, Roger McCumbers; two grandchildren; four sisters, June Hall, Orpha Yeager, Lilly Meadows and Bertha May; and four brothers, Everett Drennen, Tommy McCumbers, Lummy McCumbers and Harold McCumbers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Chris Stout officiating. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery.

 

HARLAN JUNIOR STARCHER

Harlan Junior Starcher, 78, of Normantown, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harlan and Lona Mae Starcher.

He was a retired lumberman and truck driver.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Betty Jean: two sons, Calvin Lee and wife Cheryl and Mark Blaine and wife Amy; one grandson, Timothy Joseph and wife Tara; one great-granddaughter, Alexandria Nicole; two sisters, Ruby and Janet; and one brother, Darrell.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Leo Starcher; four sisters, Ruth, Lena, Reda and Emogene; and one grandson, Jeremy Victor Starcher.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Lewis Villers officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery.

 

DENZEL YOAK

Denzel E. Yoak, 69, of Waynesville, Ohio, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Elias Don and Lucretia Yoak of Grantsville.

He was a Vietnam Air Force veteran, where he focused on electronics and radio. He worked for NCR for over 15 years, and later had a career in the project management field. He was a member of Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163.

Surviving are one son, Don Allen Yoak and wife Kelli of Texas, and three grandchildren Taylor, Katelyn and Daniel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel, in 2011, and one sister, Donna Jean Hardman-Yoak.

Memorial service was held at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville. Graveside service was held at Miami Cemetery, Corwin, Ohio.

 

ELOISE DAVIS MEADS

Eloise Davis Meads, 90, of Spencer, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

She was born in Gardner, Kan., the daughter of the late Ben and Olive Davis.

She graduated from high school in Billings, Mont., and began college courses. Her first teaching experience was in the one-room, McLeod Elementary School, McLeod, Mont., from September 1943 to January 1944. During World War II, she enlisted in the WAVES, a branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. On Feb. 7, 1944, she left Livingston, Mont., by troop train to start her career with training in Stillwater, Okla. She was assigned to Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif., where she met her Navy husband, Jim Meads. They settled in his native state of West Virginia, and he became a W.Va. State Policeman. They lived in Cabin Creek, East Bank, Ward, Grantsville and Spencer, and she was a substitute teacher in Calhoun, Kanawha and Roane counties. She went back to college at Marshall University and earned a Board of Regents Degree from Glenville State College. She worked as a secretary at Spencer High School for four years. In 1965, she moved to the Roane County Board of Education office, where she became bookkeeper and head financial secretary before retiring in 1984. She was an member of St. Johns Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Judy Greenleaf and husband Bill of Spencer; one son, Jim Meads and wife Judy of Glenville; two granddaughters, Rachael Meads of Shepherdstown and Sarah Dodson of Bridgeport; four great-grandchildren, Flora Louise and Lucy Meeker, Samuel Dodson and Nathaniel Dodson; two step-grandchildren, Bill Greenleaf and Denise Howard; two step-great-grandchildren, Rachel Greenleaf and Michael Headley; two brothers, Bob Davis of Eugene, Ore., and Gary Davis of Camano Island, Wash.; and one sister-in-law, Jan Davis of Burien, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Henry Meads, in 1989; two brothers Gene Davis and Dwight Davis; and one sister, Pauline Crosby.

Services were held at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Spencer, with Pastor David Hall officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

GLEN ELWOOD SAMPSON

Glen Elwood Sampson, 74, of Spencer, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Nicut, the son of the late Harvey George and Mary Jane King Sampson.

He was a laborer.

Surviving are two sons, Billie Arden Sampson and Ronald Glen Sampson, both of Spencer, and three grandchildren.

There was no visitation or service.

GARLAND DEWEESE

Garland G. Deweese, 82, of Looneyville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

He was born at Tariff, Roane County, the son of the late Gail Deweese and Alice Russell.

He retired from Pennzoil and was a member of Teamsters Union, Local 175, Charleston, Linden Lodge No. 83 AF&AM, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Linden Chapter No. 152, Order of Eastern Star, Henry’s Fork Baptist Church and W.Va. Draft Horse and Mule Association.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Wanda M. Brannon Deweese; one daughter, Barbara McClain and husband Eddie of Spencer; two sons, Perry Deweese of Looneyville and Phillip Deweese of Dawson, Pa.; three grandsons; one granddaughter; two step-great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Richard Deweese of Charleston; four half-sisters, Nina Bailey of Milton, Judy Smith of Teays Valley, Dorothy Black of Charleston and Donna Collins of St. Albans.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Grace Jarvis Deweese; paternal grandparents, Neal and Dairie Deweese, who raised him from the age of five; three half-sisters, Nada Coon, Della Rummel and Linda White; and one half-brother, Ray Deweese.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Homer Hensley officiating. Burial, with Masonic graveside rites, was in Clover Cemetery.

 

DOUGLAS EUGENE COTTRELL

Douglas Eugene Cottrell, 44, of Mole Hill, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born at Buckhannon, the son of Calvin and Nancy Cottrell of Orma.

He was employed by H.G. Energy, LLC, for 10 years.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Lori Cottrell of Spencer; one sister and brother-in-law, Ramonia and Mark McCann of Wellsville, N.Y.; two daughters, Katelyn Cottrell of Elizabeth and Kaylee Cottrell of Alma; one nephew, Christian Cottrell of Huntington; two nieces, Zoe and Grace McCann of Wellsville; nine aunts, Greta Bargelow, Mildred McBride, Kathy Starcher, Loretta Bishop, Carol Summers, Vera Johnson, Connie Hoskins, Patty Cottrell and Glenna Cesaro; six uncles, Don Cottrell, Dave Cottrell, Burl Cottrell, Gerald Cottrell, Wayne Groves and Rodney Groves; and lots of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Fred and Virginia Anderson Groves; paternal grandparents, Noah and Fronia Jones Cottrell; three uncles, Roger Groves, Melvin Cottrell and Darrell Cottrell; and two aunts, Marie Cottrell and Freda Bugden.

Memorial service was held at Arnoldsburg Community Building, with Rev. Danny Hopkins officiating, and arrangements by John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

 

MARYLAND VIRGINIA DYE INGRAM

Maryland Virginia Dye Ingram, 82, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

She was born in Coal Fork, Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Harold Glen and Estie Greathouse Dye.

She was a 1952 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended business college in Clarksburg. She married Chester H. Ingram, Jr., on Sept. 20, 1953, in Grantsville. In 1962, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and had five children. After 26 years of service, she retired as a supervisor from Beehive Clothing Mills, Salt Lake. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Surviving are her husband, Chester; two sons, Bruce Ingram and Marc Ingram; two daughters, Jennifer Forbes and Stephanie Wilkey; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Dye and Keith Dye; and one sister, Ruth Ellen Bell.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny Dye, Dennis Dye and Donnie Dye; and one son, Lesley Wayne Ingram.

Services were held at Kearns 14th Ward Church. Burial was in Redwood Memorial Estates.

 

SHERRY LYNN STARCHER GUNN

Sherry Lynn Starcher Gunn, 59, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a battle with cancer.

Sherry was born in Grantsville, the daughter of William and Phyllis Jett Starcher.

She was preceded in death by her father when she was 16. She earned a Board of Regents degree from Glenville State College and worked as a laboratory technician for 40 years. She was a long-time employee of Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Surviving are her husband, Donald Poe Gunn of Mt. Zion; two children, Eric Thompson and Kelley Cain, both of Mt. Zion; one step-daughter, Dayna Gunn of Maryland; her mother, Phyllis Hathaway of Grantsville; one sister, Diana Satterfield of Millstone; two brothers, Kim Starcher of Spencer and Kevin Starcher of Millstone; two step-sisters, Denise Bunner of Creston and Linda Martin of Mt. Zion; one step-brother, Mark Stump of Grantsville; three grandsons, Ryan Little of Millstone and Aaron Russell and Carter Thompson, both of Mt. Zion; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Weaver and Rev. Gene Satterfield officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JENNINGS PAUL ELLISON

Jennings Paul Ellison, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at home.

He was the son of the late John and Fanny Snodgrass Ellison of Oka.

He retired from Carpenter’s Union in West Virginia and Ohio, receiving his 50-year pin. He was a member of the W.Va. Draft Horse and Mule Association for years. He owned two teams: Duke and Doc and Vic and Roc. He was a member of Minnora United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie, with whom he had celebrated 65 years of marriage on Nov. 7, 2014; two sons, Steve Ellison and Clifford Ellison, both of Orma; two daughters, Betty Moore of Orma and Pam Jones of Berea, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Rodney Ellison, Brian Bailey, Amy Watkins, Ryan Ellison, Tyler Ellison, Kristi Falconberry, Kevin Jones and Keith Jones; and 12 great- grandchildren, Trevor Ellison, Christian, Austin and Morgan Bailey, Jacob Watkins, McKenna, Adam and Josiah Falconberry, Samantha and Kate Jones and Amelia and Levi Jones.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Aundrel, Leo, Charles and Glenn, and one sister, Irene.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Ellison Cemetery on his farm at Orma.

 

KIMBERLY SUE CALABRESE

Kimberly Sue Calabrese, 53, of Lumberton, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Duke University Medical Center.

She was born in Barberton, Ohio, the daughter of Doris Marie Wayne of Elizabeth and the late Ira Ray Wayne.

She was a 1979 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She earned a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA from Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, N.C., and a master’s in information technology from Walsh College, Novi, Mich. At the time of her death, she was nearing the completion of a doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University, Miami. Before her two-year battle with cancer, she was a professor at Robeson Community College, Lumberton.

Surviving are her husband, Carmen Francis; one daughter, Cailee Frances, 11; three brothers, Jeff Case, John Wayne and Christopher Wayne; two sisters, Melissa Armbrust and Andrea Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her newborn twins, Caitlin Rose and Courtney Marie.

Services were held at Locklear & Son Funeral Home, Pembroke, N.C., with Minister Roger Wayne officiating.

 

THOMAS CONLEY

Thomas D. Conley, 49, of Procious, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

He was born in Clay, the son of the late William G. and Janice E. Drake Conley.

He was an auto mechanic and a member of Grannies Creek Goodwill Community Church.

Surviving are his wife, Anna G. Conley of Procious; one daughter, Tara L. Collins of Elkview; one son, Thomas W. Conley, Jr., of Coeburn, Va.; two grandchildren, Allison J. Collins and Lilith G. Collins; and two sisters, Deborah K. Ray of Clendenin and Cynthia L. Dumont of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Conley.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Gary Drake officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

 

BETTY WAYNE WILSON

Betty Wayne Wilson, 85, of Vienna, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Beech, the daughter of the late Orlando H. and Ruby Price Wayne.

She was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School and 1972 graduate of Marshall University. She retired as an elementary school teacher in Wood and Ritchie counties. She was a member of Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna, Agape Fellowship, and Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Doyle of Vienna and Valerie Borthwick of Snowmass Village, Colo.; one son, James L. Wilson, Jr., of Terra Alta; one sister, Virginia Hall of Taylors, S.C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. James L. Wilson, and one brother, Billy Joe Wayne.

Memorial service was held at Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna, with Rev. Greg Markins officiating. Inurnment will be held at Clover Cemetery, Roane County, at a later date.

 

ORAN ‘Duffy’ COTTRELL

Oran “Duffy” Cottrell, 82, of Kirkersville, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Living Care Alternatives.

He was born in West Virginia, son of the late John and Stella Cottrell.

He worked for Ohio Stave Co. and Rittberger Meats.

Surviving are two sisters, Gelia “Jill” Gladman of Zanesville, Ohio, and Alma Frazier of Indiana, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Leo Cottrell, Arlan Cottrell, Roy Cottrell, Ottice Cottrell and George Cottrell, and four sisters, Viola Helmic, Edith Price, Letha Dunlap and Virginia Cottrell.

Services were held at DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home, Zanesville, Ohio. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

 

FLORENCE KIGHT KNIGHT

Florence Kight Knight, 92, of San Antonio, Tex., died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Paramount Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, San Antonio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Henry and Hattie Burrows Kight, Sr.

Florence and husband Jack moved from Grantsville to Hamlin in 1944, where he worked for Marietta Torpedo Co. They moved to Huntington in 1949, where she began working as a seamstress. She also sewed all three bridesmaids dresses wore in her granddaughter’s wedding. She was a long-time member of Order of Eastern Star, Huntington Chapter No. 8; former member of Mud River Baptist Church, Ona, and current member of Windcrest United Methodist Church, San Antonio, where she was active in Builder’s Sunday School class, Royal Order of Terrific Seniors, craft class and Games Day, since she and her daughter moved to San Antonio in 1992. She was a life-time subscriber to The Calhoun Chronicle and attended many of her high school and family reunions.

Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Hoch and husband Ronald; twin great-grandsons, Tanner Paul Casey and Trevor Knight Casey; their father, Paul; chosen granddaughter, Sheila K. Foster; nephews, Forrest Kelley and wife Dolores and Robert Kelley and wife Carolyn, all of Englewood, Fla.; niece, Maxine Kelley Boling and husband Garlin of Englewood; first cousins, Freddie C. Kight and wife Madeline of Panama City, Fla., Dane Whipkey and wife Harriet and Melba Dye Starcher and husband Kenny; Jack’s brothers, Olen C. Knight and wife Ruth and John D. Knight and wife “GiGi”; Jack’s sister, Dortha L. Starling; and sister-in-law, Emogene Knight.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Donald J. “Jack” Knight; two siblings, Dola and Doyle Kight; and two grandchildren, Lyn Casey and Donald Markland Albers.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m., at Windcrest United Methodist Church, 8101 Midcrown, San Antonio, TX 78239. Interment of ashes will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in August. Online condolences may be expressed at www.porterloring.com.

 

SAMUEL LEO THOMPSON

Samuel Leo Thompson, 92, died Friday, Jan. 2, at Willow Trace Nursing Home, Butler, Ala.

He was born in Butler, the son of the late Sam O. and Maxine Thompson.

He worked for Operators and Engineers as a heavy equipment operator. After he quit his job, he bought a 130-acre farm in Calhoun County, where he and his wife Anne raised their children. Later, he returned to Alabama to hunt, fish and cruise on the Tom Bigee River.

Surviving are his children, Leo Thompson and wife Bonnie, Donna Hostetler and husband Charles, Jerald Thompson, Randy Thompson and wife Dawn, Crystal Thompson, Melanie Thompson and Tracy Thompson, and 19 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalee Murphy Thompson; three sisters, Bertha, Ruby and Elaine; two brothers, Vernon Thompson and Bud Thompson; and one son, David Jack Thompson.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., in the chapel of Phillips Funeral Home, Gilbertown, Ala., with visitation from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and burial in Womack Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.phillips-funeral-home.com.

 

GENAVIE RICHARDS FREED

Genavie L. Richards Freed, 87, of Big Bend, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Leamon and Clara Lewis Richards.

Surviving are six children, Ivan Richards of Belpre, Ohio, Von Richards of Vincent, Ohio, Sophia Haines of Canal Fulton, Ohio, Arlene Sampson of Grantsville, and Darlene Cunningham and Roger Richards, both of Big Bend; three sisters, Edna Radcliff and Grace Wagoner, both of Big Bend, and Lily Jean Bush of Parkersburg; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester O. Richards, Jr.; two grandsons, Russ Hardman and Matthew Haines; two sisters; and five brothers.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BRADLEY GERALD COTTRELL

Bradley Gerald Cottrell, 63, of Petroleum, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late John Wesley, Sr., and Greta Alice Eismen Cottrell.

He was a self-employed lumberjack, owning and operating Cottrell Lumber Co., and he also worked many years in the oilfields.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Sharon Kerns Cottrell; two daughters, Michelle Dawn Cottrell of Vienna and Amber Brooke Blatt of Petroleum; four grandchildren, Rylee Jade Cottrell, Tyler Brady Whitlatch, Brittany Ann Whitlatch and Brooklyn Abigail Whitlatch; one sister, Alice Kent of Sandyville; and one brother, Hal Cottrell of Lincoln, Neb. In addition to his parents, h

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Lee Cottrell, and one brother, John Wesley Cottrell, Jr.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, with Darrell Farley and Casey Dawson officiating. Burial was in Mason Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.

 

JUNE BALL

June Ball, 83, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at The Willows Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Arthur and Ida Husk Starcher.

She retired from AmVets Post #34, Parkersburg, after 38 years of service.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Spindle of Parkersburg; one son, Steven Ball of Morgantown; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Pauline Malone and Jean Veach, both of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ball; one son, Donald Ball; an infant brother; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ball; and special friend, Howard Poling.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Jeff Williamson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.

 

JUDITH COLLINS-MOORE

Judith K. Collins-Moore, 73, of Normantown, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Harry and Tacy Schoolcraft Collins.

Surviving are two daughters, Shelley Pickens of Normantown and Kelly Cogar of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Rosemary McKown of Ravenswood and Regina Stealey of Coolville, Ohio; one brother, Richard Collins of Tanner; four grandchildren, Zachary Downey of Carlisle, Pa., Megan Alexander of Annville, Pa., and Lydia and Abigail; four grandchildren who came to her later in life, Tara Pickens of Baton Rouge, La., Joanne Pickens of Belpre, Ohio, Rachael Pickens of Morgantown and Troy Pickens of Prairieville, La.; and seven great-grandchildren, Julia Rogers, Gabriel Rogers, Tyler Alexander, Lily Alexander, Zackary Downey, Nicholas Downey and Mackenzie Coleman.

The body will be cremated and a private burial service will take place at a later date for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, her daughters request donations in her memory to Friends of Minnie Hamilton, 186 Hospital Drive, Grantsville, WV 26147. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

WAVA ‘Ruth’ WRIGHT

Wava “Ruth” Wright, 95, of Fremont, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Bethesda Care Center, Fremont, Ohio.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Auzie and Lennie Kimble Wright.

She grew up with a family of four siblings, Jean, Martha, June and Herb. Following her mother’s unexpected death and father’s remarriage, two younger brothers, John and Jim, were added.

She was a 1937 graduate of Calhoun County High School and married Avis Wright on June 16, 1939, becoming the mother of one son, Stephen. They resided in Mogadore, Ohio. When her husband retired, they returned to Grantsville. She enjoyed attending the local senior center and Enon Baptist Church. She later returned to Ohio where she made her home with her son. She was a member at Harvest Baptist Temple, Clyde, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, Stephen Wright of Fremont; two sisters, Jean Shock of Mt Zion and June Miller of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Herb Wright of East Tawas, Mich.; two grandsons, Adam Wright of Toledo, Ohio, and Matthew Wright of Columbus, Ohio; one granddaughter, Kimberly Wright of Fremont; three great- grandsons, Ian McKinstry, Takoda Wright and Griffin Louk; and three great-granddaughters, Lillian, Naomi and Ivy Wright.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Avis Wright, in 2001; one sister, Martha Westfall; and two brothers, John and Jim.

Memorial service will be held at Harvest Baptist Temple Church, 1022 South Main St., Clyde, on Sunday at 11:45 a.m., with Pastor James Lewis officiating.

 

JOAN MARIE COLLINS

Joan Marie Collins, 75, of Big Springs, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, following a 14-year battle with Alzheimer's.

She was born in Pennsboro, the daughter of the late Vohn and Hallie Jones.

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Paul Collins; six children, Roger Collins of Big Springs, Susan Gainer of Washington, twins, Carl Collins and Carol Collins, both of Big Springs, and twins, Steven of Alum Bridge and Angela Kluesener of Spartanburg, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one special brother, Jerry Jones; and two sisters, Sherry Wilson and Janis Sloan.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Henry Jones.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial will be in Saunders Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

VERA JARVIS

Vera M. Jarvis, 98, of Akron, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Gail and Pearl Snodgrass Keith.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Greensburg, Ohio.

Surviving are five children, Gary, Larry, Jerry, Terry and Sherri; six grandchildren; and many other relatives, including a niece, Marlene Conley of Chloe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Temple Baptist Church, 1212 Greensburg Road, Green, Ohio, with Pastor Glenn Rogers, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Wadsworth, Ohio. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., at Hecker Funeral Home, Uniontown, and Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the missionary fund at Temple Baptist Church of Greensburg, P.O. Box 181, Green, OH 44232.

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