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Edgar Clay Knotts, 89, of Akron, Ohio, died Thursday, July 20, 2017.


He was the oldest son of the late Harley M. and Thelma Westfall Knotts.


He was born and raised in Minnora until the age of 15, when he left with his dad for Akron, Ohio, to continue his education.


He served three years in the U.S. Air Force, earned a bachelor of arts degree, and taught history in Akron City Schools for 35 years.


Surviving are one son, Craig Knotts; three daughters, Lynda Antal, Lou Anne Swingle and Lori Wilson; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy J. Knotts, and one son, Mark L. Knotts.


Graveside ceremony will be held Thursday, July 27, 3 p.m., at Minnora Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at



Robert L. Bennett, 77, of Grantsville, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.


He was born in Smithville (Leatherbark Community), the son of the late Homer Roland and Hazel Dessie Kirby Bennett.


He worked in security for Ohio Valley University, Parkersburg, and as a laborer for Ritchie County State Road and for Gatewood Products, Parkersburg, in security. He attended Hardman Chapel Church. Smithville.


Surviving are two brothers, James Leroy Bennett and George Nathan Bennett, both of Smithville; three nieces, Emmie Marie Jones of Smithville, Elizabeth Sue Dawson of Grantsville and Kelly Taylor of Coolville, Ohio; one nephew, Homer Krantz of Elizabeth; one great-niece, Annibelle E. Jones of Grantsville; four great-nephews, Rodney A. Jones II and Derek T. Dawson, both of Parkersburg, Steven A. Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., and Gregory A. Dawson of Grantsville; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one brother, Homer Columbus Bennett.


Services will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m., at Hardman Chapel Church, Smithville, with Pastor Mike Hardbarger officiating. Burial will be in Hardman Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, noon to 2 p.m.. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with the funeral expenses. Online condolences may be expressed at  



Eula Loraine Elliott, 89, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at her home.


She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alva and Clara Haught Elliott.


She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Mountain State Business College. She retired from Parkersburg Division of Internal Revenue Service as secretary to the director. As a member of Ohio Valley University Stepping Stones, she volunteered at its thrift store. She was a member of Friends of Blennerhassett and did volunteer work at Blennerhassett Museum and Island. She volunteered at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was a member of Rosemar Church of Christ.


Surviving are one sister-in-law, Ella Elliott, and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by two sisters, Melba Elliott and Avis Elliott, and two brothers, Hulbert Elliott and John Elliott.


Graveside service for family and friends will be on Wednesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m., at Barr Cemetery, Sycamore Road, Calhoun County, with minister Michael Perry officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at



Cora Gae Criner, 67, of Clay, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017.


She was the daughter of the late Denver and Icie Gae Hardway Criner.


She was a member of Clay First Baptist Church. Surviving are one son, Randall Brock; two grandchildren, Blake Parsons and Chelsie Drake; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Lakin Parsons; three sisters, Marie Marks, Wanetta Marks and Ruth Burnsides; one brother, Leon Criner; and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by one brother, James Criner.


Services will be held Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m., at Clay First Baptist Church, with Pastor Gary Drake officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the church. A brief committal service will be held Monday, July 24, 11 a.m., at Criner Cemetery, Rosedale. Online condolences may be expressed at



Kathleen Tessa “Tess” Elliott, 81, of Casa Grande, Ariz., died Sunday, July 16, at her home.


She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Holly and Delphia Kendall.


She moved to Arizona in 1986.


Surviving are two daughters, Dotty Mossor of Harrisville and Donna McBride of Casa Grande; one son, Donald Wilson of Hampton Cove, Ala.; one brother, Donald “Bunny” Kendall of West Virginia; five grandchildren, Tyler Mossor, Amber McKinney and Audrey Mossor, all of West Virginia, and Jereme McBride and Justin McBride, both of Arizona; and five great-grandchildren, Abigail and Tessa of Pennsboro and Cylee, Madison and Colin of Arizona.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Chuck” E. Wilson, a U.S. Navy Seaman, who was 34; three brothers, Hatzell K. Kendall, Haymond P. Kendall and Virgil A. Kendall; and two sisters, Verl Boone and June Poling.


Private celebrations are being held at the family’s convenience in both Arizona and West Virginia. Donations may be made in her name to Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Rd., Harrisville, WV 26362.  



Freda Bellomy, 92, of St. Cloud, Fla., died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at home.


She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Otis and Rebecca McCartney.


After marriage, she resided in Bedford Heights, Ohio.


Surviving are one daughter, Renee Bellomy Williams; one son, Marcus Lee Bellomy, Jr.; special friend, Anthony Kwasniak; four grandchildren, Jason, Michael, Jacqueline and Jessica; and nine great-grandchildren, Austin, Kyle, Faith Ann, Jeremy, Gracie, Elaina Ann, Joshua, Jocelyn, and Clyde, Jr.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Lee Bellomy, and one son, Gregory Bellomy. Per her request, there were no services.

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