Obituaries for July 12, 2018


Dorothy Pauline Dotson, 102, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Bradenton, Fla.
She was born in Kanawha County, the daughter of Dwight Lyman and Opha Mae Hylbert Walker.

She graduated from Glenville State College, and married Orville Clyde Dotson on June 4, 1939. They were both school teachers in Grantsville, Lancaster, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Fla. They retired to Manatee County, Fla., in 1978. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, Myakka City, Fla., for 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Clyde Dotson, on Dec. 11, 2002; one brother; one sister; and one son, Phillip Harmon Dotson.

Surviving are one son, Erroll Walker Dotson of Prescott, Ariz.; two daughters, Betty Dotson Renick of Parrish, Fla., and Patricia Dotson Christensen of Bradenton; seven grandchildren; nine great-grand-children; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Bethany Baptist Church, with burial in Bethany Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Leone “Grandma” Burrows, 100, of Mantua, Ohio, formerly of Grantsville, died Thursday, June 28, 2018.

She was the daughter of the late Trevie and Elizabeth Kelley of Five Forks. She was an active life-long member of Garretts-ville Baptist Church, teaching vocational Bible studies and studying her Bible.

She was the wife of Dortha K. Burrows and had three brothers, Haven, Holly and Eugene; two sisters, Cleo and Mary; two sons, Charles Burrows and Denzil Burrows; one daughter, Louise Kovar; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 36 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, William and Willard; one grandson; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Burrows Cemetery.


Ronald W. “Ron” Collins, 79, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

He was born in Freed, the son of the late Willie and Nancy Collins. He grew up drilling gas wells and working in a machine shop. He drove semi-truck over the road for 20 years, until he retired in 2004.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann Collins; six children, Cathy, Candie, Rick, Rodd, Cammie and Tricia; one brother, Paul Collins; one sister, Phyllis Bunner; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Randy; two brothers, Delmas and Darl; and one sister, Opal.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Steven Carter officiating. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery.


Janet Stump Sturm, 82, of Parkersburg, formerly of Powells Point, N.C., died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Wyngate Senior Living.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Victor and Ina Fowler Stump Fox. She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Mountain State College. She was a bank teller for Calhoun County Bank and a member of Powells Point Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Scarlett Mowrey of Powells Point and Jackie Butler of Princeton; three grandchildren, Adam Butler, Colby Butler and Mark Mowrey; one great-granddaughter, Allison Butler; and special friend, Lynzi Bailey and her late fiancé Gary Campbell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard “Tom” Sturm, and one grandson, Lucas Butler.

Graveside service was held at Powells Point Baptist Church Cemetery, 383 Caratoke Highway, Powells Point.


Dollie Mason, 96, of Speret Hall at Lanfair, Lancaster, Ohio, died Sunday, July 8, 2018,

She was born in Calhoun County. She worked for many years as a teller and head book-keeper for River Valley National bank, Vienna. Her and husband Dusty lived in several Eastern states through his work, but always returned to their home in Vienna. They moved to Lancaster in 2010 to be closer to their daughter, Jan Locascio and husband Bill.

Surviving are one daughter, Jan of Lancaster; one daughter-in-law, Mary Hill Mason of Luling, La.; two granddaughters, Lauren Hilyard of Lancaster and Sarah Sollee of Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; four grandsons, Steven Mason and Dan Mason of Houston, Tex., and Rick and Alex Mason of Louisiana; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Lawrence “Dusty” Mason; one son, Stephen H. Mason; two sisters, Irma Hathaway and Hope Mason; and two brothers, Ralph Conley and Jean Conley.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 7 p.m., at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lancaster. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 7 p.m., at the church. The family will host a reception at the church following the service.

Services will also be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg. Visitation will be held Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. The family will host a reception at Leavitt Family Center after the service. Online condolences may be expressed at


Norma Ruth Burns-Boone, 84, of Glenville, died Saturday, July 7, 2018.
She was the daughter of the late Jack Carl Burns and Mae Minney-Burns. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Independent Baptist Church, Tanner Creek Road.

Surviving are her children, Barbara Boggs, Joyce Riddle, Lynette Wilford and William Dean “Bill” Boone; grandchildren, Henry Boggs, Jr., Jeremy Boggs, Ashley Fox, Amy Chapman, Miranda Yeager and Amber Wilford; great-grandchildren, Heaven, Seth and Meadow Boggs, Regan and Riley Thomas, Addison Boggs, Owen and Emma Fox, Olivya and Wyatt Yeager and Jace Elijah Dean Wilford; brothers and sisters, William Franklin “Bill” Burns, Jack O’Brien Burns, Richard Burns, Margaret Bishop, Bonnie Miller, Betty Cox, Burnice Hall, Dolly Burns, Janice Frame, Kimberly Frame; and special cousin, Sandy Williams of Grafton, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Boone, whom she married on Jan. 6, 1951.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 5 p.m., at Chestnut Grove Independent Baptist Church, with Pastor Vane Bush officiating, and burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m., at the church. Songs will be provided by Pastor Donnie Stout and wife Paula. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Chestnut Grove Independent Baptist Church Graveyard Fund, 13322 W.Va. Hwy. 5 West, Grantsville, WV 26147.


Lewis Jewell Villers, 88, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, in a Hospice room at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born on Little Creek, the son of the late Walter and Carrie Cooper Villers. He was introduced to Jesus at Little Creek Community Church, and accepted Christ while Pastor Bud Graham was holding revival. He was a 1948 graduate of Calhoun County High School and earned his teaching degree at Glenville State College. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Ky., and was employed by Wirt County Board of Education as a science teacher for 35 years. He also taught in Kentucky and in Huntington in the 1960s. He was at Greenbrier Baptist Church, Wagersville, Ky., Adda Baptist Church, Hurricane, Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown (32 years), Strait Creek Baptist Church, Brohard (27 years), Mt. William Baptist Church, Blue Goose, Two Ripple Baptist Church, Elizabeth (22 years) and Handley Baptist Church (15 years).

Surviving are three sisters-in-law, Pat Wiseman and Wilma Horn of Irvine, Ky., and Virginia (Jenny) Wiseman of Lexington, Ky.; one daughter, Ladonna Hayes of Elizabeth; one son, Jonathan Villers of Philippi; six grandchildren, Chasity Sions of Morgantown, Kayla Amerson of Grand Rapids, Mich., Caleb Villers of Summersville, and Allison Villers, Thomas Villers and Bobby Villers of Philippi; seven great-grandchildren, Miriam, Hannah and Eli Sions of Morgantown, and Colton and Layne Montcastle and Lysle and Cahlen Amerson of Grand Rapids; and several other “adopted” children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Louise Wiseman Villers, who assisted him in the ministry, and two brothers, Virgil Villers, Sr., and Harold Villers.
Celebration of Rev. Lewis Villers will be held Thursday, 10 a.m., at Wright Funeral Home, Philippi. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the funeral home.

Celebration will also be held Friday, 10 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy and Rev. Gary Richmond officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 to 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Graveside service will follow at Villers Family Cemetery, Little Creek. Words of celebration will include two grandsons, Rev. Kevin Sions and Rev. Caleb Villers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested in his memory to W.Va. Baptist Education Society, c/o Rev. Lawrence Hoptry, 129 Green Acres Dr., Hurricane, WV 25526.