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CYRIL HUGH COTTRILL

Cyril Hugh Cottrill, 73, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Nathan and Missouri Bishop Cottrill.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a self-employed sawmill operator.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Juanita Harris Cottrill; one son, Bobby J. Cottrill of Big Springs; two step-sons, Leroy E. Starcher of Leroy and Howard E. Starcher of Speedwell, Tenn.; two step-daughters, Wanda L. Bennett of Omaha, Neb., and Nina J. Jones of Glenville; two sisters, Rose Ann Turner of Glenville and Mona Skidmore of Chesapeake; nine grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder George Rose officiating. Burial was in Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post, Spencer.

 

MELLODY LYNN RUSH

Mellody Lynn Rush, 32, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.

She was the daughter of Marjorie Wolf of Grantsville.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two daughters, Kimberly Rush and Autumn Rush, both of Minnora; one son, Roman Rush of Minnora; one sister, Sandra Parsons of Grantsville; and one brother, Tommy Thornton of Virginia.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Minnora.

 

BARBARA JEAN CUMMINGS

Barbara Jean Cummings, 70, of Blacksburg, S.C., formerly of Chloe, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008.

She was the daughter of Ethel Myers of Charleston and the late Dola John Myers, Sr.

She attended the former Stonewall Jackson High School, Charleston, and was a homemaker.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband of 53 years, Darrell R. Cummings; three daughters, Sherry Kinder of Rockport, Ind., and Sandy Shepherd and Susan Wright, both of Gastonia, N.C.; two brothers, Leo Myers of Liberty and Steven Myers of Kentuck; four sisters, JoAnn Hoffman and Beatrice Smith, both of Charleston, Vicky Lynn Robinson of Tucson, Ariz., and Suzette Ferrell of Ripley; four grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Dola John Myers, Jr., and an infant brother, James Dewayne Myers.

Services were held at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Randy Ledsome officiating. Burial was in Sissonville Memorial Gardens.

 

ORVILL ‘Jack’ SETTLE

Orvill R. “Jack” Settle, 71, of Orrville, Ohio, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Haven and Minnie Groves Settle.

He was a resident of Orrville since 1974 and retired from Quality Castings Co., Orrville, in 1998. He was a member of East Chippewa Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are his wife, Arrawana Sue Baughman, whom he married Oct. 18, 1984; one daughter, Crystal Rae Settle of Orrville; one son, Brian C. Settle of Orrville; two step-daughters, Donna Marie Saltzman of Orrville and Deborah Sue Skidmore of Willard, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Benjamin Settle and Warner Settle, both of Orma; one sister, Effie Parsons of Orma; and one half-sister, Beulah Settle of Grafton, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Settle.

Services were held at Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, with Rev. Delbert Kettering officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville.

 

CLEO ESTHER MILLER

Cleo Esther Miller, 84, of Rosedale, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at her home.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late French and Annie McCumbers.

Surviving are four sons, William Miller of Corning, Calif., James G. Miller of Wooster, Ohio, Jerry D. Miller of Pinson, Ala., and Herbert L. Miller of Rosedale; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Donnie McCumbers of Rosedale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold C. Miller; one son, Robert R. Miller; one daughter, Lucille A. Miller; and seven brothers and sisters.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Trevor Morris officiating, and burial in Mill Fork Cemetery, Rosedale. Visitation was scheduled Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

HUEY LAWRENCE GREATHOUSE

Huey Lawrence Greathouse 73, of Lowell, Ohio, died Friday Dec. 12, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Scott and Ova Groggs Greathouse.

He retired from Walker Systems in 1999. He was a member of Walker Local Union, Harmar Hill Church of Christ, and Moose Lodge #2382, Lowell.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Hescht Greathouse; three sons, Ronald Greathouse of Cameron and Scott Greathouse and Thomas Greathouse, both of Lowell; two step-sons, Roger and Jerry Neeley, both of West Virginia; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pauline, Virginia and Emma Ruth; and one brother, Frank.

He was preceded in death by 16 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Harmar Hill Church of Christ, with J.D. Conley officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Memorial Park.

 

CLENTON LANDO COTTRELL

Clenton Lando Cottrell, 90, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Oka, the son of the late Elliot and Flora Jarvis Cottrell.

He served in World War II and retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service. He was retired from Spencer State Hospital and was a farmer.

Surviving are three daughters, Ramonda Carpenter of Walton  and Sharon Cottrell and Karen Cottrell Cummings, both of Spencer; two sons, Larry Cottrell of Gandeeville and Steve Cottrell of London, Ken.; one brother, Warren Cottrell of Tariff; 14 grand-children; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys E. Cook Cottrell; his second wife, Evelyn Marie Hoselton Cottrell; two sisters, Gracie Badgett and Orva Barney; four brothers, Lester, Paris, Daris and Ezra Cottrell; one grandson, Jeff Cottrell; one granddaughter, April Cottrell; and two great-granddaughters, Faith and Hope Cottrell.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Larry Greathouse officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer, with military graveside rites conducted by several area Roane County veteran’s groups.

 

VERBA MAY KING

Verba May King, 97, of Kimbolton, Ohio, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late James and Alice Butler Sears.

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Ann Whiting of Spencer and Charlotte Jean Drake of Kimbolton; two sons, Vaughan King of Mogadore, Ohio, and Benny King of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Nell Jarvis of Spencer; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frances D. King; one son, Basil King; one daughter, Sharon Farley; four sisters, Ruth Brown, Orma Criss, Hazel Kreigbaum and Nelsie Millard; and three brothers, Ray, Sherwood and Shirley Sears.

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

 

OLLIE OFFUTT, JR.

Ollie Offutt, Jr., 77, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

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

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of Masonic lodges of Parkersburg and Grantsville. He retired from Hope Gas with 40 years of service. He was an active member of Parkview United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the trustees and sang in the choir.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Ruby Leach Offutt; two daughters, Jane Ambrose and Connie Russell, both of Parkersburg; one son, Tim Offutt of Washington; one brother, Bernard Offutt of Sandyville; one sister, Glennis Simmons of Canton, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Nolan Turner and Rev. Allen Johnson officiating. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

 

LESTER BOGGS

Lester D. Boggs, 68, of El Cajon, Calif., died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Cremo, the son of the late Vina Morris and the late Leonard Boggs.

He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1981, with the achievement of Flight Engineer P3B Orion.

Surviving are his wife, Rosalie Robbins-Boggs; two half- brothers, Leonard Gay Boggs of Grantsville and Bernard Ray Boggs of Parkersburg; and several cousins and acquaintances in the Calhoun County area.

He was cremated and his ashes were dispensed at sea with military rites.

 

KATHRYN McCLAIN

Kathryn L. McClain, 93, of Rittman, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at Doylestown Health Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Holly and Arminda Coen Moss.

She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Elana. She made “lap covers” for residents of local nursing homes, and “silkies” for area children.

Surviving are two daughters, Catherine Wertz of Rittman and Glennis “Cricket” Conley of Marshallville, Ohio; two sons, Dale McClain of Creston and John McClain of Spencer; two step-daughters; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; one brother, George Moss of Haverhill, Mass.; and one sister, Donnas Coulter of New Philadelphia, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard McClain; two grandchildren; one brother, Glen Moss; and one sister, Myrtle Lance.

Graveside services were held at Zion Hill Baptist Cemetery, Elana, Roane County. 

 

CAROLYN ‘Joy’ STEIGLEDER

Carolyn J. “Joy” Steigleder, 64, of Lakewood, Colo., died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.

She was born in Walden, Colo., the daughter of Edith Northey of Ft. Collins, Colo., and the late Elwyn Northey. She had worked for Mile High Racing.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, Shane of Munday; one granddaughter; one brother Larry; and her best friend, Shey.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, with a reception following.

 

HARRY DWANE TALLHAMMER

Harry Dwane Tallhammer, 70, of Stumptown, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Lockney, Gilmer County, the son of the late Leonard Burnell Tallhammer and Dollie Mabel See Tallhammer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a school bus driver for the Calhoun County board of education. He attended Glenville Community Church and Rush Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Iris Loraine Baughman Tallhammer; one daughter, Rebecca Lynn Butler of Stumptown; three brothers, Parker Eugene Tallhammer of Glenville, James Guy Tallhammer of Cox’s Creek, Ken., and Robert Lytle Tallhammer of Elyria, Ohio; and over 40 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Junior B. Tall-hammer, Samuel John Tallhammer, Nathan George Tallhammer and Clarence Monroe Tallhammer, and two sisters, Ruby Jean Wood and Cathern Marie Suttle.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Randy Wilson and Rev. Ben Kerby officiating. Burial was in Turner Union Cemetery, Lockney, with military graveside rites.

 

LEON WHIPKEY

Leon B. Whipkey, 93, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Abe and Daisy Church Whipkey.

He was a member of Eureka Lodge #40, AF&AM, Grantsville, for over 60 years. He served  as  deacon  at  Chapel Baptist  Church, Nobe, for many years and was a member and deacon at Auburn Baptist Church. He was a former right-of-way contractor for 17 years. He was a gospel singer and had taught shape notes music since 1936.

Surviving are his wife, Nina Simmons Whipkey, whom he married Aug. 17, 1938; two sons, Garriel Whipkey of Tumwater, Wash., and Merrill Whipkey of Wayne; two daughters, Janice K. Jones of Pennsboro and Becky Nichols of Parkersburg; 15 grand-children; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harry Drake officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery, with Masonic graveside rites.

 

BOBBY GENE ASH

Bobby Gene Ash, 68, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Leatherbark, the son of the late Glennis and Dessie Price Ash.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, a U.S. Army veteran, and retired from Roane County board of education.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Roberta Waggoner Ash; two sons, Rick and Larry Ash, both of Spencer; four daughters, Ranell Windland, Chris Miller and Pepper Raines, all of Spencer, and Tammy Nichols of Mt. Zion; one sister, Loretta Russell; one brother, Lawrence Ash; and 17 grandchildren.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Smith Epling officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

 

PASTOR ERNEST NICHOLAS

Pastor Ernest Nicholas, 82, of Spencer, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at his home.

He was the son of the late Simon and Emma Etta Cottrell Nicholas.

He was a retired sawyer and pastor of Stoney Point New Hope Community Church,  Altizer.

Surviving are his wife, Norma Rose Nicholas; step-children, Sharon and David Nicholas, Karen and George Hickman, Robin and Mitch Dobbins, Kevin and Ronda Rose, Roberta Noggle and Jarrett B. Rose; one brother, Denver Nicholas; three sisters, Maysel Monroe, Murl Nash and Ermal Jean Rogers; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; and 17 step-great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Goldie Marks Nicholas; one son, Paul Nicholas; one daughter, Imogene Britton; one infant daughter; and two sisters, Maxine Wilson and Marie Taylor.

Services were held at Stoney Point New Hope Community Church, with Pastor Garry Bowen and Pastor Neal Brock officiating. Burial was in Nicholas Cemetery, Bear Run.

 

HETTIE WALLACE

Hettie E. Wallace, 92, of Barberton, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008.

She was born in Grantsville and retired from BF Goodrich with 30 years of service.

Surviving are one son, James Kyer; one brother, Paul Anderson; two granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by husbands, George E. Kyer and John Wallace.

There were no services. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

KATHY STARCHER

Kathy G. Starcher, 46, of Mt. Zion, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Edward Starcher of Millstone and the late Helen Starcher.

Surviving in addition to her father are two daughters, Jeanette Mace of Orma and Brandy Starcher of Millstone; two sisters, Dianna Murphy and Kandy Summers, both of Arnoldsburg; nine brothers, Terry Naylor, Chuck Starcher, Charlie Starcher, Dana Starcher and Randy Starcher, all of Arnoldsburg, Gary Starcher of Burning Springs, Stanley Starcher of Glenville, and Fred Starcher and Joe Naylor, both of Millstone.

She was preceded in death by one brother and one nephew, John Starcher.

No services were held.

 

IRA DALPH FOWLER

Ira Dalph Fowler, 86, of Vienna, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Bert and Clara Williams Fowler.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a Baptist.

Surviving are one daughter, Dianna Lauer of Rockport; one son, Ken Fowler of Vienna; three step-children, Jackie Farkas of Milford, N.H., and Donald Keith Fought and Michael Wayne Fought, both of Newark; four grandchildren; four step-grand-children; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace Mahaney Fowler; second wife, Avonell Dotson Fowler; third wife, Jean Fought Fowler; four brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Chris Mullens officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

CAROLYN SUE BAILEY SMITH

Carolyn Sue Bailey Smith, 59, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Charles G. and Evelyn G. Sears Bailey.

She had attended Old Country Church, Walker.

Surviving are one daughter, Kimberly Wilson of Parkersburg; three grandchildren; two sisters, Karen Lutz of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Mary Cooper of Washington; two brothers, David Bailey of Ellwood City, Pa., and Chesley “Buck” Bailey of Parkersburg; best friend, Sally Snyder of Parkersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Cecil Dale Bailey; five brothers, Bernis, Dan, Charles, Roger and Jack Bailey; and three sisters, Irene and Iva Jean Bailey and Wilma “Faye” Vannoy.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Jack Brown officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, near Chloe.

 

DORMAL SPENCER COE RHODES

Dormal Spencer Coe Rhodes, 86, of Spencer, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born at Chloe, the daughter of the late Elber and Icy Jarvis Spencer.

She worked in Akron, Ohio, during World War II,  as one of the “Rosie the Riveters.” She retired from Kellwood Corp., Spencer, after 35 years of service.

Surviving are one son, George Coe of Leroy; one daughter, Rita Williams of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; two sisters, Wanda Nutter of Spencer and Dorlene Walker of Ravenswood; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by husband, Jerold F. Coe, in 1978, and husband, Elmer Rhodes, in 1996, and two sisters, Justine Harris and Joy Deweese.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Smith Epling officiating. Burial will be in Clover Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

FLORANCE MAE MACE

Florance Mae Mace, 65, of Mt. Zion, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.

She was born at Middle Bass Island, Ohio, the daughter of Paul and Florence Lutes Stiver.

Surviving are her husband, Duane Mace; one daughter, Cindy Richards; one son, Chris Seitz; three sisters, Charlotte Oates, Barbara Linden and Helen Holzapfel; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Matt Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Mace Cemetery, Arnoldsburg. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

OLENA BALL

Olena M. Ball, 77, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Holly and Effie McWilliams Vannoy.

She was a homemaker and was a member of Lower Run Baptist Church and currently a member of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Adrian K. Ball; one daughter, Wanda Ruple of Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Steven Ball of Willowick, Ohio; four brothers, Clarence Vannoy of Little Hocking, Ohio, Garry Vannoy of Grantsville, Harry Vannoy of Mentor, Ohio, and Bernard Vannoy of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sisters, Edna Chapman of Marietta, Ohio, and Bertha Roberts of East Lake, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Artie Leona Wright and Betty Koon, and one brother, Harold Vannoy.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

EUPHA HICKS McKEE

Eupha Hicks McKee, 90, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Little White Oak, Chloe, the daughter of the late Carl and Kate Smith Hicks.

She was a graduate of Mountain State Business College. She had worked at Spencer State Hospital, Spencer Truck and Implement Co. as a bookkeeper and Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where she had been an active member of WSCS.

Surviving are one son, Roger McKee and wife Wilma of Weston; one daughter, Roanna M. Stump and husband John of Grantsville; six grandchildren, Michael McKee of Weston, Matthew McKee of Buckhannon, Marjorie Mick of Camden, Christina Watson of Jane Lew, J. Neil Stump of Grantsville and Rhonda Krugman of Painted Post, N.Y.; 16 great-grandchildren, Marah, Megan and Katie Roth, Amber, Hannah, Julia and Leah Watson, Ian, Wyatt and Caleb McKee, Ethan, Zachary and Emily Krugman and Eli, Isabella (Ellie) and Levi Stump; one sister, Geneal Drake of Belpre, Ohio; and one niece, Luella Humphrey of Belva.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Rev. Glendon McKee, and one sister, Ermal May of Belva.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearengin and Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

JESSIE McCARTHY

Jessie M. McCarthy, 83, of Chicopee, Mass., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.

She was born in Annamoriah, the daughter of the late Bruce and Madge M. Bell, Sr.

She was self-employed and owned a beauty shop in Parkersburg for 46 years until retiring in 1992. She was a member of Elizabeth Methodist Church, Associated Master Beauticians Chapter 872, VFW Auxiliary Post 1212 and Post 15 of Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, Roger Starcher; one brother, Bruce Bell, Jr., of Burning Springs; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Emmit H. Bell.

Services will be next summer in Elizabeth at the convenience of the family.

 

THERMAN VARNEY ‘Slim’ KELLAR

Therman Varney “Slim” Kellar, 74, of Salem, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at the VA Medical Center, Clarksburg..

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late John Wade and Lora Mae Richards Kellar.

He was a retired construction worker and a veteran of the Air Force and Army.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Helen Evans of Spring, Texas, and Lora Ann Kellar of Salem; one son, Therman Wade Kellar of Mobile, Ala.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Kellar Bennett of Devola, Ohio, and Rosalie Kellar Bennett Rae of Marietta, Ohio; special nephew, Herb Kendall of Clarksburg; special lifelong friend, William “Jr.” Bennett of Belpre, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Lila Mae Koon Kellar Nayedo of Houston, Tex.; his second wife, Pearl Nichols Kellar; three brothers, Charles, Richard and David Kellar; and two sisters, Laura Kellar and Hazel Kellar Kendall.

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

 

JACKIE RAY STEWART, SR.

Jackie Ray Stewart, Sr., 73, of Mineral Wells, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Jennings R. and Lurline Arthur Stewart.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Martha Davis Stewart; two sons, Jackie Ray Stewart, Jr., and Jerry Arden Stewart, both of Mineral Wells; one grandson; one great-grandson; two brothers, Jennings R. Stewart, Jr., of Murraysville and Erwin Stewart of Barberton, Ohio; two sisters, Dolly Dawson of Nitro and Louise Reynolds of Barberton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William C. Stewart and Herbert S. Stewart; and one sister, Nellie Stewart Cunningham.

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

 

JOHN EDWARD MOSS

John Edward Moss, 62, of Spencer, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, in Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

He was born at Gassaway, the son of the late Francis Franklin and Mabel Lee Ellison Moss.

He was retired from Daimler-Chrysler, Streetsboro, Ohio, and was a member of UAW.

Surviving are his wife, Helen M. Moss; two daughters, Melinda Lee Rodriguez of Spencer and Shannon Anne Paxton of Mt. Alto; three sons, John Dwayne Moss of Spencer and Joshua Bradfield and Jacob Bradfield, both of Warren, Ohio; four brothers, Jimmy Darrell Moss and Herman Dale Moss, both of Elyria, Ohio, Jerry F. Moss of Arizona and Franklin D. Moss of Gassaway; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Isa Jean James.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. John Price officiating. Burial will be in Orma Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

REV. JACK DALE STUMP

Rev. Jack Dale Stump, 86, of Spencer, formerly of Chloe, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

He was born at Russett, the son of the late Letcher and Ester Shock Stump.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and served as a carpenter’s mate. He was awarded various medals while serving in the South Pacific on the USS Laman amphibious transport ship, including five battle stars. He was an ordained minister in the W.Va. Gospel Tabernacle Association since 1960 and pastored churches in Kanawha and Calhoun counties. He was a retired service technician for Diamond Dept. Store, Charleston, for 33-1/2 years.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Tanner Stump, whom he married Nov. 7, 1942; three brothers, Bernard, Parker and Hunter Stump; and two sisters, Lola Hoover and Delphia Kendall.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Lamb Cemetery, Chloe. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

MARTIN METZ, JR.

Martin Metz, Jr., 76, of Orma, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born at Nicut, the son of the late Martin and Maude Boone Metz.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, former Calhoun County commissioner, and retired self-employed timber operator and right-of-way contractor. He was a member of Walnut Memorial Church.

Surviving are two sons, Roger Metz of Minnora and Gregory Metz of Indian Land, S.C.; two grandchildren, Derek Martin Metz and Alyssa Metz of Minnora; one sister, Inez Carr of Mt. Zion; one brother, Frank Metz of Chloe; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Crystal Greathouse and Eucle Knotts.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clell, Thurl and Bruce Metz and an infant, Carmel, and five sisters, Anna Miller Longfellow, Gertrude Perkins, Pauline Farrar, Emma Siers and Irene Wayne.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

JACK McCROSKEY

Jack McCroskey, 67, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at home.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Bill and Thelma Phillips McCroskey.

He was an oil field worker for 30 years, employed by FWA Drilling Co. and Clint Hurt & Associates. He was a member and trustee of Mud Fork Community Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Debbie Kelley of Spencer; two sons, Tom McCroskey of Spencer and Jack Ray McCroskey of Calhoun County; one sister, Freeda Jo Taylor of Spencer; two brothers, Bill and Fred McCroskey; three grandsons; and two great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Dremia Arlene Adkins McCroskey, and three brothers.

There were no services or visitation. Burial was in Adkins Cemetery, Big Pigeon.

RAY FORD BAILEY

Ray Ford Bailey, 69, of Massillon, Ohio, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at Altercare of Navarre, Ohio.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Amos and Maude Grove Bailey.

He retired from Superior Brand Meats after 22 years of service. He had worked at Harn Vault Co. and as the Stark County bee inspector.

Surviving are one son, Ronald Ray Bailey of Marietta, Ohio; one daughter, Beth Smith of Navarre; three grandchildren; six brothers; and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee Bailey and Johnny Bailey, and two sisters, Glenna McCune and Madge Greathouse.

Services were held at Spidell Funeral Home, Brewster, Ohio. Rev. J. Dolvan officiated during graveside services at Brookfield Cemetery, Massillon.

 

LEWIS CLAY SMITH

Lewis Clay Smith, 61, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Herbert C. and Edith Virginia Stump Smith, Sr.

He was a 1964 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He was an auto mechanic and had worked in his father’s business, Smith’s Auto Parts. He retired from Bosley’s, Parkersburg. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, Robert Lewis Smith; one daughter, Virginia Lynn Smith Rhodes of Washington; longtime friend and caregiver, Lou Ella Schoolcraft Grimm and family of Belpre, Ohio; three brothers, Herbert C. Smith, Keith Smith and Allen Smith; three sisters, Carol Ann Lewis, Judy Swisher and Nell Jean Beckett; 10 grandchildren; step-children and step-grandchildren, Randy Hendrickson, Lisa Wells, Brelen Leleux, Robert Hendrickson, Michael E. Harpold, Scott Alan Harpold and Amy Riel Janes; and several cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Warder E. and Ethel Poling Stump, Sr., and Clarence and Nell Holpp Smith.

Leavitt’s Funeral Home, Parkersburg, was in charge of the cremation service. His brother, Chuck Smith, will scatter his ashes over the junkyard of the family business where he was raised and worked as a youngster. There will be no calling hours or service at his request. A gathering was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at his daughter’s home, 251 Dupont Circle, Washington, W.Va., 482-3044. The family prefers memorial donations be made to Parkers-burg Humane Society or Calhoun County Park.

 

EDITH VIRGINIA SMITH

Edith Virginia Smith, 88, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at Eldercare of Ripley.

She was born on Zekes Run, the daughter of the late Warder Everett and Ethel Poling Stump.

She was a Christian and member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville. She worked as a bookkeeper and parts clerk with her late husband of 67 years, Herbert C. Smith, Sr. Both retired in 1985 from Smith’s Auto Parts.

Surviving are one sister, Eulanee Hathaway of Grantsville; two daughters, Carol Lewis of Longs, S.C., and Nellie Beckett of Parkersburg; five sons, Herbert “Chuck” Smith, Jr., of Washington, Judith Swisher of Ripley, Lewis Smith of Belpre, Ohio, Allen Smith of Arnoldsburg and Keith Smith of Grantsville; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Dallas, Edwin, Baxter and Junior Stump, and one sister, Leone Kellar.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Greg Swisher officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

ARTHUR EARL ‘ART’ ADMIRE, JR.

Arthur Earl “Art” Admire, Jr., 53, of Spencer, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in CAMC Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Lakeland, Fla., the son of the late Arthur Earl and Elizabeth Jean Howell Admire.

He was a laborer.

Surviving are one daughter, Ashley Admire of Mt. Zion, and one brother, David Admire of Florida.

He was cremated. The family will have a memorial service at a later date. John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, was in charge of arrangements.

 

LELA MATHESS

Lela E. Mathess, 94, of Columbus, Ohio, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.

She was born in Freed, the daughter of the late Rev. Jacob and Ola Snider.

She was a 30-year member of Columbia Heights United Methodist Church and a member of Mary Circle.

Surviving are five sons, Gary, Donza, Ronza, Keith and Billy Mathess; one sister Bernice Kral; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Mathess.

Services were held in Hoy Chapel, Freed. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery.

 

HUNTER ANDREW NICELY

Hunter Andrew Nicely, one, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at his home of Walker Warburg Syndrome.

Surviving are his parents, Ralph and Michelle Nicely of Charleston, grandparents, Sonny Marcum of Belle, Kimberly Marcum of Elkview and Candi and J.R. Hinkley of Elkview; great-grandparents, J.D. and Lorene Hathaway of Elkview, formerly of Calhoun County.

Services were held at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paris Workman officiating. Burial was in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

 

JEFFREY HARLEY MOORE

Jeffrey Harley Moore, 33, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, in Howard Regional Hospital, Kokomo, Ind.

He was born in Marion, Ind., the son of Wayne and Doris Hope Sampson Moore of Sweetser, Ind.

His mother is a 1968 graduate of Calhoun County High School and the daughter of the late Harley and Levina Wears Sampson of Orma. He was a self-employed carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Marines.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Brian Moore of Safety Harbor, Fla.; grandmother, Rosemary Moore of Marion; special little girl, Lydia Althouse; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services were held at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service North Chapel, Marion. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweetser.

 

ROSE ARLINE PRICE MACKEY

Rose Arline Price Mackey, 71, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Point Marion, Pa., the daughter of the late Pete and Violet Ritter Price.

Surviving are her husband, Orval Mackey; one son, Ranal Mackey of Grantsville; one daughter, Cindy Weprich of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one brother, Walter Price of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

No public services were held.

 

GENEVIEVE KATHERINE DAVIS

Genevieve Katherine Davis, 87, of Orlando, Fla., died at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, St. Cloud, Fla., on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Hillary and Hattie Bourn Vannoy.

She was a resident of Orlando for 52 years.

Surviving are two children, Dannie K. Davis and Jewell Ann Starling; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her twin sister, Geraldine Vannoy of Tyler County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward E. Davis, and three brothers, Danny, Edward and Kester Vannoy.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Sand Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

 

STEVE RAY TANNER

Steve Ray Tanner, 50, of Nebo, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008.

He was born at Gassaway, the son of Dennis Brooks and Patricia Ann Tucker Tanner.

He was a graduate of Clay County High School and a long-time agent for American Insurance Group Companies. He attended Nebo Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Suzanne Fulks Tanner; one daughter, Stefanie Brooke Tanner of Nebo; two brothers, Larry Tanner of Charleston and Jerry Tanner of Nebo; one sister, Loretta Conley of Nebo; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Nebo Baptist Church, with Pastor Dewey Tanner and associate pastor Kenneth Tanner officiating. Burial was in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

SHIRLEY WASHINGTON DYE

Shirley Washington Dye, 96, of Duncan Falls, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at Genesis Hospice, Morrison House.

He was born in Freed, the son of the late George W. and Estella Raebuck Dye.

He worked for Alabama Alloy for 10 years and for Ohio Ferro Alloy, Philo, for 33 years before retiring in 1973. He also worked in the oil fields. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Zanesville, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Emily Woods Dye, whom he married Nov. 16, 1963; two sons, Ray Dye of Dresden, Ohio, and David Dye of Utica, Ohio; one brother, Everett Dye and wife Jean of Big Springs; two grandsons; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Services were held at Thompson-Farus Funeral Home, Duncan Falls, with Rev. Mark Combs officiating.

 

MARJORIE WINTERS MACRI

Marjorie (Winters) Macri, 82, of Vienna, died at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Arnoldsburg.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, Ronald P. Macri of Livermore, Calif.; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Beverly Winters Brandt of Curville, Tex.

Services were not announced.

 

JACK LEE MILLER

Jack Lee Miller, 67, of Spencer, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late Milford S. and Pauline Miller.

He was retired from Kaiser Aluminum.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Elsie Wyatt Miller; one daughter, Melody McCroskey of Spencer; two sons, Jerry Miller of Mason County and Leonard Miller of Spencer; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six sisters, Pauline Lawson, Madeline Fouty and Sue McKown, all of Spencer, Phyllis Milhoan of Reedy, Melinda Jones of Cross Lanes and Debra Marks of Millstone; one half-sister, Ruth Starcher of Calhoun County; and six brothers, Phil, Bob, Bill, Larry and Tom Miller, all of Spencer, and Curtis Miller of Reedy.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Milford Miller, Jr., and four sisters, Shirley Ann Starcher, Mildred Ash, and infants Jennifer and Janice Miller.

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

 

ERNEST RAY WHYTSELL

Ernest Ray Whytsell, 74, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Fred and Vena Riggs Whytsell, Sr.

He retired from Norandex Corp. maintenance department, Bedford, Ohio, after 28 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ellen Schreckengost Whytsell; one son, Gary Allen Whytsell of New Port Richey, Fla.; three sisters, Vera Madeline Wagoner, Lola Moss and Barbara Church, all of Arnoldsburg; six brothers, Donald, Richard, Fred “Joe” Jr., Frank and Ben Whytsell, all of Arnoldsburg, and George Whytsell of Lewisville, Ohio; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Imogene and Laverne Whytsell and Juanita Batten.

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

 

ORAS DALLAS McWILLIAMS

Oras Dallas McWilliams, 84, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

He was the son of the late Jesse Tuttle and Nancy Sidwell McWilliams.

Surviving are three daughters, Regena Sampson of Knoxville, Tenn., Rose Carter of St. Albans and Darlene Adkins of Barbours-ville, and his companion, Mary Nichols of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Gurvis, Cecil and Hildred McWilliams.

There will be no services.

 

MADYLINE CUNNINGHAM SLIDER

M. Madyline Cunningham Slider, 87, of Parkersburg died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late T.S. and Sarah Cunningham.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, attended University of Kentucky and graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with a degree in nursing.

Surviving are two sisters, Catherine Hathaway and Oleda Leach, both of Parkersburg; several nieces and nephews; and caregiver, Sheryl Murdoch.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William D. Slider.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Keith Hostutler officiating. Inurnment was at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

  LORENA ‘Mert’ BURROWS

Lorena “Mert” Burrows, 71, of Chloe, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Paul and Margaret Duffy Murphy.

Surviving are two sons, Edward Burrows and wife Sandy of Mt. Zion and Robert Burrows and wife Laura, her caregiver, of Chloe; one brother, Leo Murphy and wife Sandy of Creston, Ohio; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son and three brothers.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lorena Burrows Cemetery, Mt. Zion, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

 

VIVIAN McINTYRE

Vivian McIntyre, 64, of Brohard, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.

She was the daughter of the late Bernard and Margaret Eagle Mathess.

She was employed for several years at BF Goodrich, Grantsville, and Wirt Inflatable, Elizabeth.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Lawrence “Whistle” McIntyre; one son, Eddie McIntyre of Brohard; two step-daughters, Shirley Lamp and Betty Reisinger, both of Grantsville; seven grandchildren, including Brianna, Hunter and Titus McIntyre of Brohard and Riva Tanner of Grantsville; one great-grandchild; five siblings, Louise Richards of Kentucky, Phyllis Maze and Scottie Mathess, both of Grantville, Glenna Bunch of Creston and Jackie Mathess of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at God’s House of Worship, Elizabeth, with Pastor Raymond Gumm officiating, and burial in Hartley Cemetery, Brohard. Visitation was also scheduled Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., at the church.

 

CLAY ‘BLACKIE’ STURMS, JR.

Clay “Blackie” Sturms, Jr., 90, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at St. Josephs Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Clay Sturms and Ruie Barnes Sturms.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Waneta Vannoy Sturms; one son, James Sturms and wife Jeannie of Vienna; two daughters, Deloris Metz and husband Raymond of Big Bend and Janet Cunningham and husband Roger of Grantsville; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Sturms.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Greg Swisher officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

ADA MAE MEADOWS SMITH

Ada Mae Meadows Smith, 49, of Davisville, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at St Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late William Hoy Meadows and the late Retta June Richards Meadows.

 She had attended Calhoun County High School.

Surviving are one daughter, Amanda Leigh Tate; two sons, Anthony James Smith of Parkersburg and Gregory Lee Smith of Davisville; one brother, John Allen Meadows of Parkersburg; two grandchildren; and several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Monroe Meadows and Denny Lee Meadows, and one sister, Nola M. Meadows.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend, with Pastor Bill Law officiating.

 

SUSIE WHITE

Susie A. White, 73, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Russell and Oma Nitz Nester.

She was a home health care worker, homemaker, and had worked at Kellwood Co., Spencer.

Surviving are four sons, Dean of Wellington, Ohio, Danny of LaGrange, Ohio, Douglas of Stuart, Va., and David, address unknown; three sisters, Faustine Shaffer of Fairborn, Ohio, Inez Tucker of Elyria, Ohio, and Beverley Hall of Arnoldsburg; two brothers, Roy Nester of Millstone and Alpheus Nester of Mt. Zion; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Lyle and Carl Nester, and two sisters, Emma Deem and Joyce McKown.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in Road Run Cemetery, Beech. Visitation will be Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

MARIE VANDAMARK GOULD

Marie O. Vandamark Gould, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.

She was born in Lodi, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ruth Henry Vandamark, and lived there until moving to Millstone last November to live with her granddaughter, Julie Flanagan.

She had worked along side her husband in their television business.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia White; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; two sisters, her twin, Marion Zofcin, and Joyce Vandamark; and two step-sons, Chuck and Jerry Gould.

Graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.

 

EDWARD ROBERTS

Edward L. Roberts, 52, of Creston, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of Anna Florence Hardbarger Roberts of Elizabeth and the late Joseph Jean Roberts.

He was a 1974 graduate of Wirt County High School and a member of Spruce Hollow Community Church, Big Bend.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 30 years, Brenda Wagoner Roberts; one son, Travis Martin of Creston; one daughter, Selena Roberts Rumer of Morgantown; three brothers, Tommy Roberts of Elizabeth, Ronald “Ray” Roberts of Elizabeth and Billy Roberts of Killeen, Tex.; three sisters, Patty Roberts of Elizabeth, Martha Murray of Tucker Creek, and Linda Miller of Davisville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Martha Valentine Hardbarger, and his paternal grandparents, David and Nancy Mackey Roberts.

Services were held at Spruce Hollow Community Church with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Wagoner Ceme-tery, Big Bend.

 

JERRY ADKINS

Jerry T. Adkins, 66, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Big Ugly, the son of the late Carl and Pearl Ferrell Adkins.

He had retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Parkersburg American Legion Post 15.

Surviving are his wife, Veda Laray Hathaway Adkins of Parkersburg, formerly of Calhoun County; two daughters, Melissa Bilby of Alaska and Michelle Matthews of North Carolina; one son, Chad Adkins of Vienna; two step-daughters, Barbara Sadler of Parkersburg and Becky Roark of Georgia; two step-sons, Robert Reynolds and Bill Newbrough, both of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Jeanette Bell of Big Ugly, Phyllis Walker of Missouri and Susie Thompson of Danville.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Maxine Hill.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Charlene Spaur officiating. Entombment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, with full military graveside rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 9 a.m. until the time of services, at the funeral home.

 

DOLORES BIAS

Dolores E. Bias, 65, of Millwood, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

She was born at Chloe, the daughter of Nell Siers Jarvis of Spencer and the late Denver Jarvis.

She had worked as a payroll clerk at Pechiney Rolled Products, Ravenswood, and was a member of Freewill Baptist Church, Evergreen Hills.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Otis “Gene” Bias; one daughter, Alison Bias of Dunbar; two step-daughters, Linda and Debbie of Texas; two sisters, Garnet Hersman of Ripley and Karen Flesher of Spencer; two nieces; and two nephews.

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

Services were held at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Rev. Mark Price officiating. Burial was in Ravenswood Cemetery.

 

ALLAN LESLEY BURROWS

Allan Lesley Burrows, 57, of Looneyville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Byrul and Dorothy Burrows.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Burrows, and one sister, Karen Kralj.

Private family service will be held at a later date.

 

VIRGINIA PROUDFOOT HEROLD

Virginia Proudfoot Herold, 90, of Portsmouth, N.H., died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at the home of her son, Robert Herold.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Evert and Lucile Umstead Proudfoot.

Surviving are one daughter, Margaret “Peg” Kneiss of Cummings, Ga.; two sons, William “Bill” Herold of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Dr. Robert “Bob” Herold of Rye, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anderson C. Herold, Jr., in 2001; one sister, Blenda; and two brothers, Harold and Thurl.

Services were held at Rye Congregational Church. Private burial was in Central Cemetery, Rye.

 

NORVILLE McCUNE

Norville McCune, 89, of Orma, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Orma, the son of the late Peter M. and Willa Bourne McCune.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a farmer, leather craftsman, horseman, coon hunter, and gun and knife trader.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Dowe, Vance, Bruce and Ralph McCune, and one sister, Stacy Allen.

Graveside services were held at Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

MILFRED CAMPBELL

Milfred G. Campbell, 85, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, Battle Creek.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Guss and Veda Propst Campbell.

He graduated from high school in Lumberport, attended Potomac State College and Fairmont State College, and received his master’s degree at West Virginia University. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Co. (Dominion Resources) and was a member of Vienna Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are one son, B. Douglas Campbell of Battle Creek; three grandchildren; one brother, Gary Campbell of Parkersburg; and two nieces, Marsha Campbell and Dana Hubbard.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marjorie A. Campbell.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at Bridgeport United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial will be in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

 

GLENDA MELBADINE SIMS

Glenda Melbadine Richards Sims, 75, of Cox’s Mill, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Big Springs, the daughter of the late Walter and Edna Richards.

She had been a cook at Troy Elementary School.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Richard Sims; one son, Bruce Wilson; five grandsons; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Yvonna Collins; one brother, Cecil Richards; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Wilson; nine brothers, Gail, Elmer, Forest, Ernest, Ronzel, Donzel, Charles, Denver and Harold; and two sisters, Ruby Mathers and Shirley Cox.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

TIMOTHY EUGENE NOGGLE

Timothy Eugene Noggle, 66, of Orma, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Lodi, Ohio, the son of the late Marian Eugene Noggle and Fola Leatherman Noggle.

He was a dealer in real estate and autos.

Surviving are his wife, Roberta Rose Noggle; one son, Timothy Ryan Noggle; one brother, Mark Noggle; one sister, Lucinda Fulton; and family friends, Kevin Deweese and Jessica Durvin.

Services were held at Minnora United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mike Worf officiating.

 

HAROLD BOWEN

Harold E. Bowen, 80, a U.S. Army veteran, has died.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Yoak, formerly of Calhoun County; two sons, Timothy and Daniel; one daughter, Donetta Maczko; five grandchildren; one brother, Blaine Bowen; and one sister, Jeweldeen Dalrymple.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mamie Rader; five brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held at St. John Funeral Home, Bedford, Ohio. Entombment was at Crown Hill Cemetery.

 

OLETA BOGGS DAVID

Oleta Boggs David, 83, of Caldwell, Tex., died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at her home.

She was born at Mt. Zion, the daughter of the late Ray and Flossie Burrows Boggs.

Surviving are one daughter, Ann Butler of Caldwell; one son, David Sweeney of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, William Boggs of Brewster, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Dolores Mace, Murdayne Piotrowski and Waunetta McCartney, and three brothers, Tommy Boggs, Johnny Boggs and Thurl Gunn.

Services and burial were held at Elizabeth Lutheran Cemetery.

 

ELDINE GARNETT WILSON

Eldine Garnett Wilson, 82, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late J.C. and Pearl Norman Richards of Big Springs.

Surviving are one daughter, Charlotte C. Wilson Freed of Parkersburg; one son, Roger Wilson of Big Springs; four grand-children; two great-grandchildren; and one aunt, Bernadine Braham of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Richards, and one sister, Ernestine Lynch.

Graveside services were scheduled Wednesday at Big Springs Cemetery, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, after visitation at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, from noon to 1 p.m.

 

GLEN STARCHER

Glen L. Starcher, 75, of Stow, Ohio, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.

He was born at Cremo, the son of the late Alva L. and Marilee Morris Starcher.

He spent 45 years as an owner-operator over-the-road trucker.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Rebecca; three daughters, Regina Platt, Virginia Starcher and Carolyn Kirby; seven grand-children; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Erma June Ruehr; and two brothers, Claude and Danny.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Lapchynoki, and two brothers, Alva E. and Clyde.

A celebration of his life was held at Silver Springs Lodge, Stow.

 

BLAINE STEMPLE WEST

Blaine Stemple West, 70, of Beavercreek, Ohio, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Hospice of Dayton.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Davis Mayfield and Evangeline “Jean” Stemple West.

He was a graduate of Sissonville High School and West Virginia University. He retired from University of Dayton Research Institute after 35 years of service, where he was instrumental in the development of bird-strike resistant windshields and canopies for aircraft.

Surviving are his wife, Donna; two sons, Timothy West of El Paso, Tex., and Todd West of Sidney, Ohio; one daughter, Tara Mooney of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Patricia Glidewell of Richmond, Va., and Judith Montgomery of Aiken, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon Bonner West, on Nov. 10, 1999.

Services were held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Beavercreek, with Rev. John Schlicher and Rev. Alan Carroll officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Shoup Cemetery, Beavercreek.

 

MAXINE HARTSHORN SEAFLER

Maxine Hartshorn Seafler, 84, of Beckley, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008.

She was born at Morgantown, the daughter of the late Ernest Otis and Lona O. Smith Hartshorn.

She grew up in Grantsville and moved to Charleston as a young adult. While working at the Ritz Restaurant, she  met her future husband, Wade Edwin Seafler. They were married on Oct. 26, 1950. In 1959, they adopted their only child, Pamella Ellen Seafler Owston.

Surviving are her daughter, Pamella and husband Dr. James M. Owston of Beckley; two granddaughters; one sister, Betty Jean Hartshorn of Point Pleasant; three nieces, including Anita Hartshorn Vannoy of Grantsville; and four nephews, including Bobby Hartshorn of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade, on Dec. 7, 2003; two brothers, Oval “Tom” Hartshorn and Denzil “Dink” Hartshorn, both of Grantsville; one sister, Opal Hartshorn Bell of Leon; two nephews, Ronnie Hartshorn of Grantsville and Kirk Lutz of Moundsville; and one niece, Janice Hartshorn Hopkins of Elizabeth.

Services were held at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Ken Overdorf of Oak Grove Christian Church, Beckley, officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens and Crematorium, Red House.

 

HAROLD RICHARDS

Harold Richards, 92, of Belpre, Ohio, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.

He was born in Big Springs, the son of the late Joseph W. Richards and Nora Cunningham Richards.

He retired from the U.S. Army as a CW3, Chief Warrant Officer, after 30 years of service. He attended Calvary Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Marjorie Fraser Richards; two daughters, Rita Lubinski of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and Mary VanMeter of Belpre; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Dorsey Richards, and a life-long friend, Edward Hammer.

Graveside services were held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Ken Fullerton officiating, and full military rites by VFW Post 5108 and American Legion Post 64, Marietta.

 

SUSANNA SOPHIA CUNNINGHAM

Susanna Sophia Cunningham, 92, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Revere, the daughter of the late Wiley and Modena Martin Ferguson.

She was a homemaker and a member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are one daughter, Nora Ann Spence of Coxs Mills; one son, with whom she made her home, Ronzel Ferguson of Elizabeth; two brothers, Carl Ferguson of Lorraine, Ohio, and Bubby K. Ferguson of Tanner; two sisters, Phoebe Gumm of Arnoldsburg and Vel Gumm of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benton H. Cunningham; one daughter, Brenda K. Ferguson; one son, Harold Douglas Cunningham; one granddaughter, Tonya Ferguson; three sisters, Belinda Bush, Merle Goff and Naomi Gragg; and four brothers, Stanley Martin, Wilbert Ferguson, Isaac Ferguson and Clifford Ferguson.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Joe Sealey officiating. Burial was in Hardman Chapel Cemetery, Smithville.

 

NORA DIGMAN BLACKWELL

Nora M. Digman Blackwell, 68, of Waverly, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Dale and Leatha Brookover Digman.

She was a nurse’s aide and member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Jack Blackwell; two sons, Will Blackwell of Vienna and Johnny Blackwell of Parkersburg; one daughter, Angie Lingo of Toledo, Ohio; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry Digman of Florida; and one sister, Jean Vincent of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Mark Snyder and Jackie Blackwell, and one sister, Sue Digman.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jon Lands officiating. Entombment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

HAROLD MARTIN

Harold E. Martin, 100, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, in Peoria, Ill., after just returning from living several years in Melbourne, Fla.

He was born in Amboy, Ill., and, at age 10, he took care of his family, who had Spanish influenza, a pandemic that killed millions, and no one in his family died. He went to school with Ronald Reagan and Reagan’s brother “Moon” in Dixon, Ill., and knew Charles Lindbergh. He was watching on the beach when the Challenger exploded. He worked for over 60 years for Freeman Shoe Co. and later at Habacorn’s Ace Hardware Store, Peoria, and as a bag boy for Publix in Florida. He left the work force at age 90 to take care of his wife, who passed away about five years ago at age 94. They had been married 77 years.

Surviving are daughter, Nancy Engelke; grandchildren, Tim and Todd Rhodes and Jane and Anna Engelke; and great-grandchildren, Michelle, Emily and Rebecca Rhodes, Grant, Jarett and Brooke Rhodes, and Harrison Schenerlein IV.

 

EARL LEE FITZWATER

Earl Lee Fitzwater, 65, of Glenville, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Tolley Wriston Fitzwater and Nora Ethel Price Fitzwater.

He was a barber in Glenville for 45 years and was co-owner of Hair Expo with his brother, Jim, and owner of Glenville Hardware Co. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, secretary of Gilmer County Masonic Lodge 118 A.F.&A.M., Glenville, and member of Knights of Pythias, Tanner.

Surviving are his wife, Jo Ellen Walton Fitzwater; one daughter, Johana Lee McKitrick; one son, Earl Reagan Fitzwater; one grandson; two sisters, Josephine Hart and Johan Montgomery; six brothers, Shirley Benjamin Fitzwater of Calhoun County, Jimmie Landon Fitzwater, Lambert W. Fitzwater, Calvin Clark Fitzwater, Robert Orton Fitzwater and Rodney Dean Fitzwater; 33 nieces and nephews; and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Gene Hickman.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating, and burial in Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville, with Masonic graveside rites by Glenville Masonic Lodge 118.

 

GLENNA MARIE MILLER

Glenna Marie Norman Miller, 71, of Normantown, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born at Shock, the daughter of the late Escue (Eck) and Edna Lambert Norman of Stumptown.

She retired from U.S. Postal Service in 1999 after 24 years of service. She had been active in American Red Cross, Normantown High School Alumni Association and Minnie Hamilton Health System board of directors, and served as a volunteer EMT in Gilmer County and as a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Shock Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Rondel C. Miller; three daughters, Shirley J. Dawson of Greenwood, S.C., Deborah S. Harris of Wooster, Ohio; and Karen M. Queen of Lockney; one son, Randy R. Miller of Normantown; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lela Keim of Meyersdale, Pa., Kate Miller of Windham, Ohio, and Patty Miller of Stumptown; three brothers, Brooks Norman of Aurora, Ohio, Jerry Norman of Norton, Ohio, and Dale Norman of Stumptown; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Megan Blanche Queen, and twin grandsons, Dean and Keith Dawson.

Services were held at Steer Creek Church of Christ, Stumptown, with Gene Miller and Vernon Kerns officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

PASTOR BRIAN DOUGLAS JONES

Pastor Brian Douglas Jones, 60, of Wheeling, formerly of Chloe, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at his home.

He was born in New York, N.Y., the son of Bertrand J. and Walborga Obwaller Jones of Oakland, Calif.

He pastored Seventh-day Adventist churches in Wheeling and Weirton. He had served on the staff of the Amazing Facts radio program, spoke on the WWVA Sword of the Spirit radio program; and was author of six books. He pastored at several Seventh-day Adventist churches while residing at Chloe.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife of 19 years, Elizabeth A. Beard Jones; one daughter, Rebekah Stephanie Jones; and one brother, Bertrand B. Jones of Hedgesville.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, 1 p.m., at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, with Pastor Kingsley Whitsett officiating. Visitation is from noon to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Rebekah Jones Educational Scholarship Fund, c/o Mt. View Conference, 1400 Liberty St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

 

MARIE NICHOLAS TAYLOR

Marie Nicholas Taylor, 83, of Williamstown, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Simon A. Nicholas and Emma E. Cottrell Nicholas.

 She was a member of Summitt Valley United Methodist Church and worked for American Bisque Co., where she had served as union president.

Surviving are her husband, Russell H. Taylor of Williamstown; three sons, Russell H. Taylor, Jr., and Richard G. Taylor, both of Williamstown, and Roger L. Taylor of Waverly; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Macil Monroe of Vienna, Murl Nash of Canton, Ohio, and Jean Hoytt of Georgia; and two brothers, Earnest “Norm” Nicholas of Spencer and Denver Nicholas of Orma.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Kenneth R., Jimmie A., Sr., and infant Randy C. Taylor, and two sisters, Maxine Wilson and Delma Nicholas.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Ed Sprout officiating, and burial in Nicholas Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

NELIA NORIENNE BARNHART

Nelia Norienne Barnhart, 81, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont.

She was born in Pennsboro, the daughter of the late Elias Palmer and Minnie May Cottrill Hickman.

She was a member of First Apostolic Church, Belpre, Ohio, and formerly worked for the Pleasants County assessor’s office. She had taught Sunday School.

Surviving are two daughters, Patty Gorman and husband Darrell of St. Marys and Nelia McConahy and husband Bill of Vienna; one son, Steve Barnhart and wife Faye of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, James P. Powell, Pryse Powell and Frank Powell, all of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Barnhart; two brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Terry Lough officiating. Burial was in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery. 

 

MILDRED BERYL PHILP

Mildred Beryl Philp, 83, of Medford, Ore., died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late William J. Ayers and Verta B. Edman Ayers.

 She retired from Bank of America and from Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Dept., Calif. She was a volunteer with Jackson County Mental Health Library and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and of Lozier Lane Baptist Church, Medford.

Surviving are her children, Jean Hacker of Orange County, Calif., Bill Philp of Jacksonville, Ore., and Laurie Philp of Medford; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lillian Dodd of Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Philp, whom she married Apr. 10, 1945, and one brother, Bill Ayers.

Services will be held Sept. 26 at Lozier Lane Baptist Church, with burial in Jacksonville Cemetery.

 

EUGENE ‘Gene’ RIDDLE

H. Eugene “Gene” Riddle, 68, of Pennsboro, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at his residence.

He was born near Tanner, the son of the late William A. “Bud” and Florence M. Richards Riddle.

He was a graduate of Tanner High School and retired from Cytec’s Willow Island plant in 1995 with 30 years of service. He attended Church of Christ in Harrisville and Pennsboro.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Joan Diane Gregg Riddle; three sons, Gregory, Mark and Jason Riddle, all of Pennsboro; one daughter, Stacy McDonald of Cairo; three brothers, Alonzo Junior Riddle of Grafton, Ohio, and Hoy and Harold Riddle, both of Elyria, Ohio; one sister, Bernice Tallhamer of Grantsville; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Services were held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating. Burial was in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, near Tanner.

 

BERNICE LAUGHLIN

Bernice Laughlin, 83, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Grover and Stella Metheney Houchin.

She was a member of Beech United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her children, Larry and Bonnie Laughlin, Gary and Rita Laughlin, Charles Laughlin and Vickie Laughlin, all of Arnoldsburg, Ronnie and Tara Laughlin of Grantsville and Mary Lou and Edward Reed of Glenville; one brother, Grover Houchin, Jr., of Minnora; three sisters, Opal Jett and Ellen Marie McKown, both of Arnoldsburg, and Madge McKown of Minnora; grandchildren, Laura Shreckengost, Leila Gregory, Jennifer Kerby, Ashley Reed, Scott Laughlin, Tara Miller, Chas Laughlin, Cheri Laughlin, Adam Lane, Sara Richards and Dakota Laughlin; and great-grandchildren, Tasha Shreckengost, Levi Gregory, Lexi Gregory, Logan McKown, Kiera McKown, Mattea Miller, Lana Laughlin, Cole Lane, Allie Lane and Hayden Richards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonzo Laughlin; two brothers, Clyde and Forest Houchin; two sisters, Ruth Simmons and Eula Kerns; and two infant children.

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

 

MILFORD EARL WILSON, SR.

Milford Earl Wilson, Sr., 65, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Niles, Ohio.

He was born in Big Springs, the son of the late Hoy and Emogene Burrows Wilson.

He had worked for Standard Transformer as a winder and traveling company representative. He owned and operated several Amoco service stations.

Surviving are his wife, Louise O. Warner Wilson, whom he married Oct. 11, 1964; three sons, Milford E., Jr., of Shreveport, La.; Robert E. of Ayden, N.C., and Michael H. of Greenville, N.C.; two brothers, Benjamin L. Davis and Timothy W. Davis; three sisters, Barbara I. Mays, Beverly A. Orwig and Betty J. Clearwater, all of Warren, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, April Louise Wilson.

Services were held at Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home, Niles, Ohio.

 

LOVELL OTIS SAMPSON

Lovell Otis Sampson, 95, of Grantsville, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.

He was the son of William and Eva Craddock Sampson.

He attended Walnut Grove Church.

Surviving are his children, June Godfrey, Don Sampson and wife Margarit and Charlie Sampson and wife Linda, all of Grantsville; one brother, Roscoe Sampson of Columbia, S.C.; three half-brothers, Gerald, Doyle and Darryal Sampson, all of Grantsville; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Maude Kerby Sampson; three brothers, Bernard, Orval and William Sampson; and one sister, Gladys Wagoner.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

 

JOHN McCUTCHEON

John W. McCutcheon, 65, of Orma, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Charleston, the son of John McCutcheon, Sr., of Lapel, Ind., and the late Virginia Scott McCutcheon.

He was retired from Firestone Industrial Products, Noblesville, Ind., with 31 years of service. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #625, Lapel.

Surviving in addition to his father are one son, John McCutcheon of Orma; three daughters, Melody Polisky of Bakerton, Pa., Julie Doyle of Waterloo, Ind., and Regina Judd of Anderson, Ind.; one sister, Janet Rockhold of Lapel; one niece, Jennifer Lloyd of Lapel; 19 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating.

 

GARY CARTER

Gary R. Carter, 61, of Washington, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Charleston, the son of Nelma G. Wimer.

He was a 1964 graduate of Calhoun County High School and worked for 43 years at Krogers, South Parkersburg. He was a member of New England Baptist Church and Gideons International.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 41 years, Donna L. Hall Carter; two sons, Steven L. Carter of Cookeville, Tenn., and Michael A. Carter of Milton; three grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, William Wimer.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Roger Johnson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

HELEN WARD

Helen Ward, 70, of Elizabeth, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Huntington.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Coy and Louisa Bailey Price.

She was employed for several years at Wirt Inflatable, Elizabeth.

Surviving are three daughters, Joyce Dornon of Boaz, Rhonda Bumgarner of Palestine and Rebecca Herrington of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren; one brother, Don Price of Alliance, Ohio; one sister, Ruth Knight of Parkersburg; mother-in-law, Mildred Ward of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Ward; four brothers, Paul, Odus, Harley and Bill Price; and three infant brothers.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Pastor Randy Dornon officiating. Burial will be at Beulah Hill Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 9 a.m. until time of service.

 

KENNETH GLEN LANE

Kenneth Glen Lane, 65, of Normantown, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at his home.

He was the son of Jeanette Lane of Clarksburg and the late Hurl Lane.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Sharon McClure of Parkersburg and Nellie Fullen of Wellington, Ohio; five grandchildren, Shelly and Sheena McClure, Brandon Fullen and Christopher and Austin Fullen; seven step-children, Janice Smith, Jeannie Ross, Richard Dowell, Carol Cozart, Louise Wolverton, Linda Taylor and Donnie Dowell; five brothers, Charles Lane of Michigan and Ronald, Milton, Tom and Norman Lane, all of Arnoldsburg; two sisters, Debbie Cooper of Edmund and Rita Butler of Grandy, N.C.; step-mother, Velora Lane; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Letha Lane, and one brother, Eugene Lane.

Services will be held Thursday, 10 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Robert Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

OTHEL STARCHER

Othel H. Starcher, 88, of Barberton, Ohio, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.

He was born in Leatherbark and served in the U.S. Army in Japan and the Philippines. He retired from PPG Industries with 35 years of service and was a member of Barberton Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia A. Starcher, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in 2001, and two brothers, Clarence and Gene.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton, with Chester Hitchcock officiating, and burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to services.

 

DOLLY MORGAN

Dolly Morgan, 87, of Mt. Dora, Fla., formerly of Altizer, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, at Waterman Village.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late T.S. (John) and Ruby Fox Morgan.

Surviving are two sisters, Joy Stevens of Grantsville and Audena Newhart of Williamstown, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur, Bob, Owen and Quinton Morgan, and four sisters, Lenora Davis, Imogene Campbell and Betty and Pauline Morgan.

Graveside services were held at Morgan Cemetery, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

 

CORLEY MILLER

Corley Miller, 85, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Shock, the son of the late Grover C. and Oe Minney Miller.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during World War II. He graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel College in 1947 and worked as a mechanic in Glenville and for the State Road Commission in Calhoun County. He served on the board of directors of Western District Guidance Clinic and retired from Pennzoil Co. after serving as superintendent of the Southern Division of Eureka Pipeline Co. After retirement, he preached at Church of Christ, Millstone, for several years. He was a member of Church of Christ and worshipped with the congregation at Spencer.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Justine Starcher Miller; three daughters, Sharon Burns and Kathy Phares, both of Fayetteville, and Allison Miller of Spencer; one son, Dr. Timothy Miller of Kingwood; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Marvin Gale Miller of Stumptown; one sister, Luanne Conrad of Elyria, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Orbert, Obert, George David, Hurley Bon, Colby Ossle, Ray and Arlyn Bly Miller; and four sisters, Minnie Elmira Norman, Carrie Mamie Frame, Jessie Brady and May Miller.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Carl Conrad and Blaine Cook officiating. Burial was in Barr Cemetery.

 

RANDALL MARTIN

Randall K. Martin, 51, of Elizabeth, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Rex and Marie Rhodes Ward of Calhoun County.

He was a member of Operating Engineers #132, Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Vickie Martin; three children, Shawn Martin of Newark, Casey Martin of Elizabeth and Travis Martin of Burning Springs; one brother, Dale Martin and wife Linda of Grantsville; one sister, Delane Grapes of Galax, Va.; two nephews; and special friend, Anthony Grogg of Elizabeth.

At his request, his remains will be cremated and a private service held at a later date.

 

PAUL DOUGLAS BOYLE

Paul Douglas Boyle, 39, of Charleston, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Woodbury, N.J., the son of Dorothy Steimling of Arnoldsburg and the late Walter A. Boyle, Jr.

He was a member of Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother are four brothers, Walter A. Boyle III, James and Tom Boyle, all of New Jersey, and Joseph C. Boyle of Illinois; two sisters, Susan Forsythe of Missouri and Dorothy Howell of Virginia.

Memorial services were held at Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church, with Pastor Adam Hendron officiating.

 

ELIZABETH ELEANOR ‘Dink’ DUSKEY

 Elizabeth Eleanor “Dink” Duskey, 88, of Grantsville, died  Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late John and Rose Howard Riddel.

She was a former employee of Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville, and a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Charles Duskey, Jr.; one daughter, Dixie Brown of Bluefield; two grandchildren, Deanna Shaver of Frederick, Md., and Charles W. Brown of Prince-ton; two great-grandchildren, Paige Shaver and Alex C. Shaver; one sister, Brook Rogers of Stevens City, Va.; two brothers, Gene Riddel of Glendale, Ariz., and James P. Riddel of Vienna, Va.

She was preceded in death by five sisters, Opal Riddel, Nina Ferrell, Della Riddel, Janette Robinson and Thelma Ward, and three brothers, Howard Riddel, Blaine Riddel and John Gailord Riddel.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

LUCRETIA SMITH YOAK

Lucretia Smith Yoak, 84, of Spencer, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Oral Smith and Cecil Elliott Smith.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Glenville State College and a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Spencer. She worked for Arts and Humanities, Spencer.

Surviving are two sisters, Leta Bennett and Ann Duskey; one son, Denzel; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, E. Don Yoak; one daughter, Donna Yoak Hardman; an infant son, Kenneth; and two brothers, Carl and O.D. Smith.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Memorial U.M. Church, Spencer, or to Alzheimer’s Research.

 

LILLY LANHAM

Lilly Lanham, 86, of Leafbank Road, Grantsville, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Emery and Elizabeth Smith Ferrell.

Surviving are one daughter, Norma Lanham Yoak of Grantsville; one sister, Mabel McIntyre of Big Bend; four grandchildren, Danny Yoak of Elizabeth, Brenda Yoak Ackley of Grantsville, Angela Yoak of Big Bend and Joseph Yoak of Cox’s Mills; four great-grandchildren, Jana Foster, Leah Wagoner, Sierra Yoak and Joseph S. Yoak; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Lanham; two sisters, Lara Hedges and Laura Ferrell; three brothers, Albert, Bruce and Lester Ferrell; and one granddaughter, Cassie Yoak.

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

 

ROBIN LEE HILL

Robin Lee Hill, 45, of Calhoun County, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of Donald and Judith Hill of Creston.

She was a homemaker and a member of Freewill Baptist Church, Charleston.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Wyatt Justice; one son, Matthew Hill of Creston; and one sister, Melissa Hill Hayward.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Kimberly Hill.

In keeping with her wishes, her body was cremated and there will be no services.

 

LEOTA ‘Jakey’ SWIGER

Leota “Jakey” Swiger, 75, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ira and Julia Sidwell Bennett. She was a member of New Testament Baptist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving are one daughter, Roberta Law of Belmont; one son-in-law, Robert Law of Grantsville; and caregivers, Linda, Connie, Anna and Brenda.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Millard Lott; second husband, Charles Swiger; an infant son, Millard E. Lott; two brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Matt Morrison officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

 

VIOLET GRIFFIN

Violet R. Alexander Griffin, 66, of Kent, Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Howard Alexander and Edith Smith Rogers.

She was a 1961 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a member of the CCHS Alumni Association. She retired from the dry cleaning business after 26 years and also worked as a printer at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a Methodist.

Surviving are one sister, Mary Hull of Streetsboro, Ohio; two half-sisters, Ruby Ellison of Spencer and Judy Hanlon of Palm Harbor, Fla.; three nieces; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Imogene, and one brother, Howard Alexander, Jr.

Per her request, cremation has taken place and there were no services.

 

EDSEL VANHORN

Edsel Vanhorn, 72, of Tuscumbia, Ala., died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008.

He was a native of Shock and retired as plant manager of Robbins Tire and owner/operator of Big V Tree Service. He was a member of Florence Boulevard Church of Christ, where he had served as a deacon and an elder.

Surviving are three sons, Edward Allen Vanhorn of Garrettsville, Ohio, and Kenneth Edsel Vanhorn and Michael Lynn Vanhorn, both of Tuscumbia; one daughter, Brenda Jean Hone of Tuscumbia; one brother, Hensel James Vanhorn of Grantsville; one sister, Delma Thompson of Lima; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Ruth Vanhorn; one daughter, Lydia Ruth Vanhorn; one grandson, Jonathan Vanhorn; and one brother, Ernest Vanhorn.

Services were held at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia chapel, with Chris Kemp and Gary Puryear officiating. Burial was in Cherokee Memorial Park, with grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

 

ALMA WALLBROWN MOLNER

Alma R. Wallbrown Molner, 88, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in Eureka, Calif.

She was the daughter of the late Everett and Ruby Whytsell Wallbrown and the granddaughter of Michael and Mary Matilda Wallbrown of Milo.

Surviving are one son, Richard B. Root of Myrtle Point, Oregon; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Joann Wallbrown of Barberton, Ohio; and a special cousin, Earliss Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Byron P. Root, and her second husband, Arden W. Molner.

Her ashes were interred at Greenlawn Cemetery.

 

CLEO KIRBY

Cleo Kirby, 95, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Rufus and Mary Ellen Adams Kerby.

He was retired from Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local #565. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Parkersburg Masonic Lodge #169, Charleston Consistory of Scottish Rite Bodies, and Nemesis Shrine Temple, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one sister, Eula Nelson of Vienna; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Kerby of Parkersburg and Patricia Kerby of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Hathaway Kirby, and five brothers, Victor, Delbert, Forest, Boyd and Wilbert Kerby.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David Carpenter officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Masonic graveside rites.

 

BERNICE GAINER HARDMAN

Bernice B. Gainer Hardman, 81, of Grantsville, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Joker, the daughter of the late Artie Mae Mahaney Gainer and Lonnie Gainer.

 She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and worked for Burch Chevrolet as a bookkeeper for several years and as a medical receptionist for Dr. Benjamin J. Sol and other doctors in Grantsville. She was a member of Knotts Memorial Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are her husband, James E. Hardman; one daughter, Jennifer Morris and husband Richard of Grantsville; one granddaughter, Elizabeth O’Hara and husband Chris of Boulder, Colo.; one grandson, Daniel Morris and wife Amanda of Grantsville; two great-grandsons, Levi Marshall Morris and James Richard O’Hara; one sister, Martha Bail of Martinsburg; nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Orval White Yoke, Jr., and infant daughter, Nancy JoAnn Yoke, both in 1952; one sister, Freida L. Hosey; and one brother, William S. Gainer.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., and Thursday, one hour prior to services.

 

JOHN GILBERT ARTHUR

John Gilbert Arthur, 24, of Cairo, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Adam and Sheila Rader Jones of Big Springs and Greg and Brenda Arthur of Elizabeth.

He worked at Simonton Windows, Pennsboro, and was a soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Misti Arthur; two step-children, Schylar and Arial of Cairo; one half-sister, Ashley Arthur of Elizabeth; two step-sisters, Brittany Frederick of Big Springs and Tiffany Jones of Grantsville; one step-brother, Andrew Jones of Big Springs; grandparents, Izetta Sharon Smith of Grantsville, Tom and Dianna Rader of Annamoriah and Joanne Francis of Elizabeth; and three uncles, Richard Rader of Annamoriah, O.B. Smith of Mooresville, N.C.; and Lucas Smith of Grantsville.

Services will be held Friday, 5 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating. Burial will be in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

CLARA JANE BOGGS

Clara Jane Boggs, 86, of Beach City, Ohio, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, in Brewster Park Nursing Home, North Brewster, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Elza and Mary Murphy Finchman.

She was a homemaker and a member of Newton Baptist Church, Roane County.

Surviving are 10 sons, Robert of Massillon, Ohio, Ronzel of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Doy and Dale, both of Beach City, Ohio, Cecil and John, both of Brewster, Ohio, and Dallas, Homer, Wilbert and Walter, all of Newton; four daughters, Doris Osborne of Kentucky, Betty Collins of Pikeville, Tenn., Linda Rowland of Beach City and Carolyn Ball of Brewster; one sister, Ella Murphy of Marion, Ohio; 43 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Boggs, in 1964; two sons, Raymond and Roy Boggs; four daughters, Gustie Gandee, Bonnie Cavender, Grace Lloyd and Myrtle Holly; five brothers, Cecil, Ed, Joe, Harvey and James Finchman; and three sisters, Nelle Cottrell and Lora and Rose.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., in Newton Baptist Church, with Rev. Ron Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Boggs Family Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the church. John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

 

DORIS FORD HOLPP

Doris Ford Holpp, 91, of Wilkesboro, N.C., died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at Villages of Wilkes Skilled Care.

She was born in West Union, the daughter of the late Glenn Levi and Susie Seager Ford.

She attended Upshur County schools and graduated from West Virginia University in 1940. Her brother owned a pharmacy in Grantsville for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Leah Margaret “Peggy” Ballard and Mary Beth Phillips, both of Wilkesboro; one son, Joe Holpp of Statesville, N.C.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several cousins, including some in Calhoun County.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, A.C. Holpp.

A family memorial service was held at a favorite spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at  Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, North Wilkesboro. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park.

 

LULA LORRAINE MYERS

Lula Lorraine Marks Myers, 60, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ernest and Hannah Slider Marks.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband of 26 years, Michael (Mike) Myers; one daughter, Virginia (Jenny) Myers of Mt. Zion; one grandson, Keith Austin Myers of Mt. Zion; two sisters, Marie Adkins of Doylestown, Ohio, and Waneta Helmick of Clinton, Ohio; one brother, Gordie Marks of Harrisville; several nieces and nephews; and two beloved friends, Debbie Basnett and Bonnie Strouse.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alva Starcher in 2005, Foster Marks in 1980, and William Gifford Marks in 2008.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Slider Cemetery.

 

MARJORIE DIGMAN

Marjorie F. Digman, 86, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Harley Raymond and Lily Belle Bailey Mace.

She was a homemaker and formerly attended Spencer Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Nester of Spencer; two sons, Gary and Donald Digman, both of Spencer; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two half-sisters; and one half-brother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hetsel Digman, in 1971; three brothers; and one sister.

Graveside services were held at St. Paul Cemetery, with Rev. Tom Fletcher officiating.

 

CECIL DAVIS

Cecil Davis, 93, of Sand Ridge, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Vaughan, the son of the late William Floyd and Ethel Harrison Davis.

He was a mechanic and sawmill operator and lifelong collector of Model O gauge model trains.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Leah Jean Lockney Davis; three daughters, Bambi Parsons and husband Greg of Pine Creek, Kandi Pingley and husband Darrell of Sand Ridge and Tammy Jett and husband Ron of Orma; one son, Bill Davis of Sand Ridge; three sisters, Thelma Whittington of East Bank, Jean Cuetnick of Century and Callie Sanson of Poca; four brothers, Charles Davis of Giles, William Floyd Davis, Jr., of Thomas, Edwin Davis of Quinwood and Owen “Doc” Davis of Florida; four grandchildren, Jacob, Kaity and Jaron Jett and Anne Pingley; and several nieces and nephews, including Joe, John and Ralph Powell and Dennis Stump.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jolene; two sisters, Arzola Larch and Belle Ballard; and one brother, Enoch Davis.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor John Powell and Pastor George Rose officiating. Burial will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

RONALD DUANE ‘Chub’ SWISHER

Ronald Duane “Chub” Swisher, 67, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Tony and Dot Stump Swisher.

He was retired from the U.S. Army and Cardex.

Surviving are four daughters, Ann Renee Swisher, Robin Parsons and Kim Swisher, all of Washington, and Kellie Swisher of Parkersburg; one son, Daniel Swisher of Hartford, Conn.; one sister, Jean Carpenter of Spencer; three brothers, Larry Swisher of Nobe, William Swisher of Marietta, Ohio, and Charles Ray Swisher of Ripley; and seven grandchildren.

Graveside rites will be held Friday, noon, at Big Bend Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

LUCILLE HALL

Lucille M. Hall, 83, of Canton, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Aultman Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville and was a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College.

She was a former elementary school teacher and a charter member of Church of the Master, where she had been involved in the choir and teaching Sunday School.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Marvin E. Hall; one daughter, Beth Ellen Hall of Canton; and two sons, Timothy S. Hall of Massillon, Ohio, and Jay Hall of Canton.

Services were held at Lamiell Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. James Mathewson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Hills Burial Park.

 

NANCY WITHROW SIGMON

Nancy V. Withrow Sigmon, 61, of Chloe, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Mildred Lee and William Alton Simonds.

Surviving are one son, Gary Withrow of Inwood; two daughters, Annette Osborne of Charleston and Stephanie Metheney of Stinson; six grandchildren, Abigail and Aubrey Withrow, Roy and Aunna Osborne and Austin and Bryer Metheney; two brothers, Samuel Simonds of Charleston and Charles Simonds of Amma; and one sister, Patricia Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Short.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Kenneth Tanner and Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery, Spencer.

 

HUBERT RAY YOST

Hubert Ray Yost, 68, of Columbia Station, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Cleveland Clinic after a three-year bout with cancer.

He was the son of the late Tom and Maude Yost and was retired from Ford Motor Co.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra; two daughters, Susan Mayer of Brunswick, Ohio, and Mary Yost of Columbia Station; seven grandchildren; and three brothers, Herschel of West Virginia, Jerry of Rittman, Ohio, and Bernard of Sharonsville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Clay Arnold.

At his request, there were no services. A celebration of his life will be held at Brunswick Eagles reception hall on Friday, Aug. 22.

 

ROBERT LYNCH

Robert A. Lynch, 74, of Creston, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

He was the son of the late Seaward Lynch and Mary Emma Blankenship Lynch.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Seabee. He was a steel worker for Republic Steel and LTV Steel from which he retired in 1986 after 34 years. He was a Christian.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Dorothy L. Waggoner Lynch; two sons, Robert A. Lynch, Jr., of River Ridge, La., and Raymond A. Lynch of Fairhaven, Me.;  one brother, Rodney Lynch of Creston; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard A. Lynch and Ronald A. Lynch; one brother, Randall Lynch; and one granddaughter.

In keeping with Robert’s wishes, his body was cremated and there was no public service.

 

LAWRENCE ‘Windy’ LAWSON

Lawrence “Windy” Lawson, 81, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Veterans Hospital, Clarksburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Homer and Clara Cottrill Lawson.

He served in the Korean War and was a member of VFW Post 6608. He retired from Ravens Metal after 25 years of service. He was a member of Pine Twist Baptist Church and attended various churches in the area. 

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Cleo; two sons, Russ Cottrell and Ron Lawson, both of Elizabeth; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Tony Cottrell; three brothers, Herbert, Raymond and Loren; and three sisters, Ethel, Louise and Etta Fae.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Glen McBride officiating. Burial was in K of P Cemetery, Elizabeth.

 

HERBERT SMITH, SR.

Herbert C. Smith, Sr., 87, of Grantsville, died Saturday, July 26, 2008, at his home.

He was born Sept. 9, 1920, on Pine Creek, the son of the late Clarence Sheridan and Nelle Mae Holpp Smith.

He worked in Baltimore, Md., shipyards as a welder during World War II. He was later drafted into Army Co. B, 31st Engineers Training Battalion, as a heavy equipment mechanic. He worked for Cabot for 10 years before starting his own business, Smith’s Auto Parts, from which he retired in 1985.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Edith V. Stump Smith; children, Carol Lewis and husband Tom of Longs, S.C., Herbert “Chuck” Smith, Jr., and wife Barbara of Washington, Judith Swisher and husband Charles of Ripley, Lewis Smith of Belpre, Ohio, Nellie Beckett and husband John of Parkersburg, Allen Smith and wife Debi of Arnoldsburg and Keith Smith of Grantsville; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Emma Jene Garich, Martha Snyder and Maxine Powell, all of Ohio, and Madylene Hamrick of Parkersburg; and one brother, Don Smith of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester and Pete Smith.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Greg Swisher officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

CHARLES ROBERT ‘Bob’ BONAR

Charles Robert “Bob” Bonar, 86, of Harrisville, died Saturday, July 26, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of the late Eustace I. Bonar and Alvaretta Montgomery Bonar.

He lived with Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Raiguel and attended elementary school in Harrisville. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1941, completed Aviation Cadet Army Air Force training as Second Lieutenant in 1943, and graduated from C46 School, Georgefield, Ill., with Combat Cargo Rank First Lieutenant. During World War II, he served as a U.S. Army Air Corps aviation instructor and piloted C46s in the China-Burma-India Theater.

He graduated from Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1947 and was employed by Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, which he purchased in 1950 and served as funeral director until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher; National Funeral Directors Association; W.Va. Funeral Directors Association, where he was named Funeral Director of the Year in 2000; charter member of Harrisville Volunteer Fire Dept.; Harrisville Lions Club, where he was named District 29L Lion of the Year; VFW Ritchie-Harris Post 3554; charter member of Ritchie County Chamber of Commerce; charter member of Ritchie County Jaycees, where he was named Man of the Year in 1954; American Legion Post of Cairo; Academy of Professional Service Practice since 1978; organizational charter member of Air and Space Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; life member of China-Burma-India Veterans Association, Inc.; and life member of the Air Force Association and the HUMP Pilots Association.

Surviving are one son, Robert G. Bonar and wife Karen Hoskins Bonar of Grantsville; one daughter, Barbara Lois Hadley and husband John of Marietta, Ohio; three grandsons, Robert Franklin Bonar of Harrisville, Michael Andrew Bonar and wife Kelly of Huntington and Matthew Thomas Bonar of Scott Depot; and one granddaughter, Lois Hadley of Columbus, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Lou Hardbarger Bonar, in 1993; his second wife, Mildred Williamson Williams Bonar, in 2008; and two brothers, Lloy D. Bonar, M.D., and Martin C. Bonar.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at St. Luke’s U.M. Church, Harrisville, with Rev. John Frum officiating, and burial in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Visitation was also scheduled Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the church.

 

RICHARD EUGENE SNODGRASS

Richard Eugene Snodgrass, 68, of Clay, died Friday, July 25, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Earl and Thelma Jarvis Snodgrass.

He was a retired press operator for Goodyear Aerospace-Loral Corp. and was a member of Linden Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies and Tadmor Shrine Temple, Akron, Ohio, Rush Fork Community Church, Moose Lodge, Mogadore, Ohio, and United Auto Workers.

Surviving are one son, Robert Snodgrass of Hebron, Ky.; one daughter, Lisa Snodgrass of Akron; one brother, Burch Snodgrass; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Athlene Kramer.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Moss Cemetery, Chloe, with Masonic graveside rites.

 

JACK VINCENT STALNAKER

Jack Vincent Stalnaker, 85, of Glenville, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Grass Run, Gilmer County, the son of the late Delbert Stalnaker and Edna Chrisman Stalnaker.

He attended Hardman School and graduated from Glenville High School in 1938. He earned a B.A. degree in mathematics and social studies from Glenville State College in 1942. He worked briefly at Kanawha Manufacturing Co., Charleston, before serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. He attained the rank of staff sergeant. He worked as a bookkeeper at Shaver Motor Sales, Glenville, and was elected to the House of Delegates in 1952. He began as an assistant cashier for Kanawha Union Bank in 1953 and held several positions, including president from 1977-1984.

He was a member of Glenville Presbyterian Church, Gilmer County Lodge No. 118, AF&AM, Gilmer County Farm Bureau, American Legion Post No. 42, Society of the Sons of the Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Glenville Golf Club. In 1971, he was appointed as a member of GSC Alumni Foundation and was its president for 20 years. He received the GSC Alumni Service Award in 1985 and GSC Alumnus of the Year in 1998.

Surviving are one daughter, Sue Ann Charles of Buffalo, N.Y.; one son, David M. Stalnaker of Glenville; three granddaughters; one sister, Georgia Pearl McCartney-Burke; one brother, Earl Rymer Stalnaker of Charleston; and caregiver, Ramona King.

 He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ann Carpenter Stalnaker, in July 2007, and one foster brother, Brook Miller of Dunbar.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pat McCartney officiating. Burial will be in Collins Cemetery, Stumptown, with military honors. Visitation will be held Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Jack V. Stalnaker Scholarship Fund, in care of GSC Foundation, 200 High St., Glenville, WV 26351.

 

BERNARD COON

Bernard D. Coon, Sr., 75, of Mt. Zion, died Saturday, July 26, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Rocksdale, the son of the late Fred and Etta Husk Coon.

He served in the U.S. Army at 3rd Armored Division, Fort Knox, Ky., and was a retired farmer.

Surviving are two daughters, Kelli Collins and husband David of Stumptown and Etta Coon of Grantsville; one son, Bernard Coon, Jr., of Easton, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grand-children.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Fay Coon; one daughter, Susan Ostrander; three brothers, Gifford Coon, Holly Coon and Fred Coon; and two sisters, Nancy McKown and Daisy Donato.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating, and burial in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

DORA  ‘Woody’ DOOLITTLE

Dora P. “Woody” Doolittle, 44, of Grantsville, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Charleston General Medical Center after a long fight with kidney problems.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Alma McCumbers Doolittle of Grantsville and the late Everett E. Doolittle.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two brothers, Earl “Bo” Doolittle of Spencer and Orville “Jack” Doolittle of Big Bend; four sisters, Wilma Tucker of Ohio, Annalee McCumbers of Grantsville, Dorene “Cricket” Metz of Big Root and Glenna Doolittle of Elizabeth; eight nieces; four nephews; and 11 great- nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers,  Junior “Dave” Doolittle and Rufus E. Doolittle.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut. Visitation is scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

DOROTHY ‘Dottie’ SLIDER

Dorothy “Dottie” Slider, 61, of Hur, died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Cleveland Clinic following a two-year battle with cancer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Emanuel and Azeline Hersman.

She was vice president and senior lending officer of Calhoun Banks, Grantsville, where she was employed for 44 years. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 18 years, Lewis Slider; one step-daughter, Amanda Slider; one step-granddaughter, Tysa James; three brothers, Dean Hersman of Orma, Larry Hersman of Ripley and Terry Hersman of Cottageville; and four sisters, Linda Shaffer of Shawnee, Kan., Kathy Wood of Pleasant Hill, Rebecca Hall of Mt. Zion and Janet Suddock of Olathe, Kan.

Services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, on Thursday, 2 p.m., with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial will be in Slider Cemetery, Barnes Run. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Calhoun County Library, P.O. Box 918, Grantsville, WV 26147.

 

MURL GUNN SIERS

Murl Gunn Siers, 83, of Mt. Zion, died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Mt. Zion, the daughter of the late Eddie and Delia Wilmoth Gunn.

She was a 1941 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a member of Millstone Church of Christ. She lives in Ohio for 39 years before returning to Mt. Zion in 1989.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Olen Siers; one son, Richard Siers of Macedonia, Ohio; three daughters, Mary Ann Gredesky of Kent, Ohio, Barbara Zang of Northville, Mich., and Connie Gray of Finksburg, Md.; and six grandchildren, David Gredesky, Kimberly Siers, Creston Zang, Garrick Zang, Jed Gray and Seth Gray.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Dewitt Gunn, and one son, David Olen Siers.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Vernon Kerns officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

DELMAS CONLEY

Delmas G. Conley, 60, of Looneyville, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

He was born at Oka, the son of Ella Mae Brannon Conley of Looneyville and the late Jennings B. Conley.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68. He was a truck driver for more than 30 years.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one daughter, Crystal Hall of Bomont; one son, Jerry Conley of Rittman, Ohio; three grandchildren; three brothers, Melvin, Gilbert and Paul Conley, all of Looneyville; and eight nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Conley.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Richard Webb officiating. Burial was in Looney Cemetery, Looneyville, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.

 

BARBARA LEA GOODRICH

Barbara Lea Goodrich, 63, of Spencer, died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lemuel S. and Justine Mildred Funk Miller.

She was a homemaker, waitress and cook.

Surviving are two daughters, Vanessa Goodrich and Mildred Chandler, both of Spencer; two sons, Eddie Miller and Randall Starcher, both of Spencer; two sisters, Cora Hively of Spencer and Evelyn Beck of Parkersburg; two brothers, J.D. Miller of Kenna and Tom Roach of Spencer; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Starcher, and one brother, Monroe Miller.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Randy Whited officiating. Burial was in Hicks Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

LETHA PARSONS DOWELL LANE

Letha Parsons Dowell Lane, 80, of Normantown, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Harrison and Agglentine Parsons.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Lane; two sons, Richard Dowell of Lockney and Donnie Dowell of Cleveland, Ohio; five daughters, Janice Smith and Linda Taylor, both of Lockney, Carol Cozart of Ravenna, Ohio, Louise Wolverton of Big Root and Jean Ross of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers, Roy Parsons and Doy Parsons, both of Grantsville; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grand-children; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one son, James, and one granddaughter, Lynn.

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

 

FRANCIS (Frank) MARION CONNOLLY

Francis (Frank) Marion Connolly, 69, of Chatham, Ill., died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Maple Ridge Care Center, Lincoln, Ill., after an auto accident.

He was born in Creston, the son of the late Ralph C. Connolly and the late Etta M. Boise.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant from Dec. 7, 1959, to Dec. 31, 1980, including three tours in Vietnam. He was a member of American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, and Shrine. He was an ASE certified mechanic.

 Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Kapp Connolly; two sons, Sean Connolly and Alan Connolly; three sisters, Inez Connolly Mullins, Ina Connolly Blatt and Catherine Chapin; and one brother, Ralph Corneilius Connolly, Jr.

 He was preceded in death by four sisters, Thelma Irene Connolly, Vada Lea Kovaleski, Carolyn Rose Rogers and Grace Frances Swimme Nourie; and two brothers, Gary Duane Connolly and Terrence Daniel Connolly.

Funeral mass was held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Chatham, with Fr. John Nolan and deacon candidate Frank Maynerich officiating, and military honors by Sangamon Co. burial detail. Burial was in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield.

 

AUGUSTA RIDDLE

Augusta Riddle, 90, died Friday, July 18, 2008.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Judson E. and Naoma Stump Riddle.

During World War II, she worked for Goodyear Aircraft installing windscreens for Corsair airplanes. She retired from Eaton Corp., Copley, Ohio, where she lived for many years. She had attended First Baptist Church, St. Marys.

Surviving are two sisters, Stella Reed and Pauline Riddle Gainer, and two brothers, Arden and Paul Riddle.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Alpha Riddle, and one sister, Geniva Riddle Conrad.

There were no services. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Akron, Ohio.

 

MERLE CONLEY BAILEY

Merle Conley Bailey, 75, of Parkersburg, died Monday, July 14, 2008, at Cedar Grove Personal Care Home.

She was born at Chloe, the daughter of the late Samuel B. and Monnie Burns Conley.

She had worked as secretary and manager at Harrison’s Kitchen Sales, Logan. She was a member of Joseph’s Baptist Church, Oceana, and attended Hope Freewill Baptist Church, Winding Road.

Surviving are one sister, Leona Sears of Chloe; one brother, Robert Lee Conley of Chloe; and niece and honorary daughter, Dottie Bailey of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. “Jack” Bailey; one sister, Norma Sears; and one brother, Harland Ray Conley.

Memorial graveside services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Cooper Cemetery, Chloe.

 

LENORE WARNER

Lenore G. Warner, 80, of Grantsville, died Monday, July 21, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County.

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

Surviving are four sisters, Reva Owens of Ravenswood, Sue Richards of Springfield, Ohio, Phyllis Hathaway of Lost Creek and Mary Kelley of Five Forks, and five brothers, Dale Gainer of Tennessee, Garrett Gainer of Grantsville, Wendell Gainer of Canton, Ohio, Darrell Gainer of Elyria, Ohio, and Rondel Gainer of Shawnee, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Whitt Gherke, and two sisters, Geneva Piowski and Odie McCoy.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

RUBY GAE SIERS JONES

Ruby Gae Siers Jones, 85, of Grantsville, died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Clarksburg.

She was born on Sears Run, Minnora, the daughter of the late Charles and Melissa Cook Siers.

Surviving are two sons, Bobby D. Jones of Fairmont and Johnny D. Jones and wife Gloria of Grantsville; one daughter, Cathy S. Jones and husband Steve Nicholson of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Amy E. Whited, Tonya L. Carnes, Marvin J. Jones and Bernard D. Jones; three step-grandchildren, Steve Whited, Kelly Disena and Shana Nicholson; three great-grandchildren, Brandon Derek, Alisa Jones and Cassie Jones; and one brother, Olin Siers of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Bennie D. Jones, on Nov. 12, 1994; one sister, Esta Jones; and five brothers, Ermine, Holden, Ronzel, Doy and Bernard Siers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery on Leading Creek, Big Springs.

 

RUBY PEARL WILCOX HARDMAN

Ruby Pearl Wilcox Hardman, 92, of Millstone, died Friday, July 11, 2008, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

She was born in Gilmer County.

She was a member of Apostolic Tabernacle, Grantsville, and was a homemaker.

Surviving are six sons, Alfred Lee Hardman of New Franklin, Ohio, Wilford Hardman of Spencer, James Dwight Hardman, Roger Dwayne Hardman and Guy Hardman, all of Grantsville, and William Earl Hardman of Navarre, Ohio; and one daughter, Edith Lenore Hardman of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred George Hardman; three sons, Denzil, Buddy and Herman Hardman; and one daughter, Freda Marie Hupp.

Services were held Tuesday at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Turner Cemetery, Lockney.

 

LUCY MARKS

Lucy Marks, 93, of Orma, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at the home of her son in New London, N.C.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late Daniel and Venie Hardway Holcomb.

She was a member of Fairview Memorial Church, Lower Nicut.

Surviving are four sons, Rev. Carl Marks of Leatherbark, Ronzel Marks of Orma, Lester Marks of New London and Ray Marks of Smithville, Ohio; four daughters, Kathleen Sohar of Creston Ohio, Virginia Brady of Greenville, S.C., Wanda Lee McCumbers of Orma and Vickie Chastain of Shoals, Ind.; one brother, Samuel Holcomb of Baltimore, Md.; 47 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Marks; three sons, Darrell, Delmer and Basil; and one daughter, Rosalea.

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

 

FRED STURM   

Fred O. Sturm, 96, of Parkersburg, died Monday, July 14, 2008, at The Willows nursing center.

He was the son of the late Robert L. Sturm and Emmaline Greathouse Sturm.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired from Red Rose Feed Store.

Surviving are three daughters, Geneva Hall and husband Frank, and Loretta Kirby, all of Parkersburg, and Eula Murphy and husband Holly of Creston; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Gibson Sturm; eight brothers and sisters; and one grandson, Holly Murphy, Jr.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Cremo Community Church. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery, with full military honors by VFW Post 5959, Grantsville. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, 403 7th St., Parkersburg. Condolences can be made at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.

 

NATHAN GEORGE HARDMAN

Nathan George Hardman, 57, of Spencer, died Saturday, July 12, 2008.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Docie Ellen Frederick Hardman of Grantsville and the late George W. Hardman.

He was a 1972 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a member of Beech Valley United Methodist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one sister, Carol Sue Nicholson of Glenville; one nephew, Delmer R. Hickman, Jr., of Grantsville; one niece, Nancy Schoolcraft of Arnoldsburg; and six great nieces and nephews.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Big Springs Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

SARA NICOLE HINES

Sara Hines

Sara Nicole Hines, 14, of Wilmington, N.C., died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, after battling a brain stem tumor.

She was born in Wilmington, the daughter of Richard and Loretta Hines.

Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Jacob, 10, and Matthew, eight; grandparents, Jay and Mary Nichols of Grantsville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Kight Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to any of the following: The Rapha Sara Foundation, 21411 Andrew Jackson Hwy. E., Bolton, NC 28423; The Children’s Inn, 7 West Dr., Bethesda, MD 20814; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice of Wilmington, 2222 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

 

DAVID JACKIE ‘Jack’ SHOCK I

David Jackie “Jack” Shock I, 65, of Walterboro, S.C., died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Enon, the son of the late Willard Shock and Lucille Roberts Shock.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and owned D.J. Shock and Sons Home Improvements. He was a member of Walterboro Elks Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Joy S. Shock; two sons, David J. Shock II of Easley, S.C., and Jason L. Shock of Walterboro; one daughter, Jamey Shock of Walterboro; seven grandchildren; two brothers, William T. Shock of Grantsville and Larry W. Shock of Sissonville; and four sisters, Jean Cromley of Ft. Myers, Fla., Joann Jones Shock of Grantsville, Tammy Moore of Charleston and Judy Morton of Enon.

Memorial service was held at Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Walterboro Chapel.

 

SUE HAMILTON

Sue Pruett Hamilton, 85, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at The Willows nursing facility, Parkersburg.

She was born in Shavers Mill, Va., the daughter of the late Earl and Minnie Davis Pruett.

Sue was a homemaker and volunteer for Special Olympics, and was a member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are two sons, Lorentz Carr Hamilton III and Earl D. Hamilton, both of Parkersburg; two sisters, Van Davis Boling of Lubbock, Tex., and Margaret Leffel of Bluefield, Va.; one brother, Joe Muss Pruett of Tazewell, Va.; four grandchildren, J.R. Herrmann and Calvin A. Richards, both of Parkersburg, Jeremy L. Herrmann of Neptune Beach, Fla., and Cynthia D. Richards of Bremerton, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorentz Carr Hamilton, Jr., in 2001, and three sisters, Helen Pryor, Peggy Lawson and Billie Porterfield.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Rev. Casey Stinespring officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to SW Resources, Parkersburg. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

 

RITA YVONNE RICHARDS

Rita Yvonne Richards, 53, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, July 3, 2008.

She was born in Manchester, England, the daughter of the late Cecil and Mary Richards.

She was a U.S. Army veteran and owned and operated a cleaning service. She was a Protestant.

Surviving are her boyfriend, James “Jimbo” Eller of Charleston; three brothers; two half-sisters; and a special friend, Elizabeth Smith of Elizabeth.

She was preceded in death by one brother and an infant son.

Services were held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Big Springs Cemetery.

 

FAY COON

Fay Coon, 64, of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Boonton, N.J., the daughter of the late Augustin and Anita Melillo.

She was retired from B.F. Goodrich.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Bernard Coon, Sr.; two daughters, Kelli Collins of Stumptown and Etta Coon of Grantsville; one son, Bernard Coon II of Easton, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Ostrander; one brother, Anthony Melillo; and one sister, Josephine Buskirk.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

ROBERT (Bob) SMITH, SR.

Robert D. (Bob) Smith, Sr., 71, of Cremo, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Conda C. and Goldia G. Husk Smith.

Surviving are two sons, Ernest Smith of East Lake, Ohio, and Robert Smith, Jr., of Lakewood, Ohio; one daughter, Vickey Butera of North Olmstead, Ohio; two brothers, Floyd of Elyria, Ohio, and Jerry of Mineral Wells; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Ben Cunningham.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ellen Duskey Smith, and one brother, Clyde E. Smith.

Services will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Hur, with Rev. Bob Duskey officiating. Burial will be in Hur Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

BETTY JEAN RITCHIE

Betty Jean Ritchie, 79, of Big Springs, died Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Audra L. and Ollie Ellen Hopkins Wilson.

 She had worked at Spencer State Hospital and Calhoun General Hospital as a nurse’s aide and was retired from Mid-Ohio Valley Health Dept. as a home health nurse’s aide. She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving are three sons, Mike Ritchie and wife Theresa and Calvin Ritchie and wife Bette Lea, all of Big Springs, and Doug Ritchie of Smithville; two daughters, Connie Shaffer of Ripley and Jane Friedmann of Alum Bridge; two brothers, Bill and Brad Wilson, both of Big Springs; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Ritchie; one brother, Calvin Wilson; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held at Prosperity Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery.

 

ROBERT (Bob) SMITH, SR.

Robert D. (Bob) Smith, Sr., 71, of Cremo, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Conda C. and Goldia G. Husk Smith.

Surviving are two sons, Ernest Smith of East Lake, Ohio, and Robert Smith, Jr., of Lakewood, Ohio; one daughter, Vickey Butera of North Olmstead, Ohio; two brothers, Floyd of Elyria, Ohio, and Jerry of Mineral Wells; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ellen Duskey Smith, and one brother, Clyde E. Smith.

Services will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Hur, with Rev. Bob Duskey officiating. Burial will be in Hur Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

GLENNIS ‘Buck’ KIRBY

Glennis E. “Buck” Kirby, 68, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

He was born in Ritchie County, the son of Lola E. Kirby of Big Springs and the late James O. Kirby.

 He was a former employee of Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville, and was a retired carpenter and a farmer. He was a member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, where he was a trustee.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Margaret A. Holbert Kirby; one daughter, Tina Dawson and husband Allen of Five Forks; one foster daughter, Sandra Gudex and husband Dean of Wisconsin; one grandson, Kenny D. Dawson of Five Forks; and three sisters, Mestil Richards of Parkersburg, Wanda Moore of Mogadore, Ohio, and Betty Wagoner of Big Bend.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Alex MacKenzie Dawson, on June 19, 1997; one brother, Willard D. Kirby; and two sisters, Colleen Gainer and Maxine Eagle.

Services were held at Blessed Hope Baptist Church, with Rev. Frank Smith and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Fluharty Cemetery.

 

NELLIE MAE HUGHES

Nellie Mae Hughes, 92, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late William W. and Dora Gorby Husk.

She was previously employed at Younker’s Manufacturing for 15 years as a press operator. She was a member of 10th Avenue Church of God, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one daughter, Deloris Davis of Parkersburg; two sons, Lewis Hughes of Mineral Wells and Willis Hughes of Vienna; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo W. “Bud” Hughes, in 1990; one grandson, Rodney Hughes; and eight brothers and sisters, Leonard Husk, Ellis Husk, Roy Husk, Ida Starcher, Georgia Jones, Icy Morris, Goldy Smith and Vergie Sampson.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Gary Pack officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

JOHN ‘Ed’ WILLIAMS

John E. “Ed” Williams, 72, of Linn, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harry V. and Bessie Hickman Williams.

He was an employee of Rockwell Petroleum as a field foreman. He was a member of NRA and Tuesday Night Hunt Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Toni Bishop of Glenville and Bonita Kay Van Wey of Newport, Ohio; one son, Douglas Williams of Weston; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lester “Hall” Williams of Elizabeth and George Williams and Buck Williams, both of Parkersburg; and two sisters, Bonita Ruth File of Elizabeth and Jodi Daugherty of Mineral Wells.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta Brown Williams, on Apr. 26, 2007, and one brother, Paul Williams.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial was in McHenry II Cemetery.

 

ELINOR PERKINS GILMORE

Elinor Perkins Gilmore, 72, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Clarence and Zella Newell Perkins.

She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail handler in Parkersburg. She was a member of American Postal Workers Union and Spruce Grove United Methodist Church, Third Run, Ritchie County.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry Lynn Coats of Parkersburg and Gail Kim Mason of Springfield, Ohio; one sister, Jacqueline Cowan of Massillon, Ohio; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clair and Bernard Perkins, and one sister, Maxine Perkins.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Ernie Brown officiating, and burial in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

SARAH ELIZABETH KNOTTS RHODES

Sarah Elizabeth Knotts Rhodes, 84, of South Beaver Township, Pa., died Sunday, June 15, 2008, in Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late William Bryan Knotts, Sr., and Eda Louise Stump Knotts.

She graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1941 and Garfield Business Institute in 1943. She was a secretary for 10 years in the general sales office of B&W Tube Co.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Donald Carson Rhodes, whom she married July 2, 1949; one daughter, Sherry Linda Rhodes of New Brighton; Pa.; two granddaughters; one brother, Richard Ellsworth of Chippewa Township, Pa.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including several in West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1951 and her mother in 1968; three brothers, William Bryan Knotts, Jr., in 1948, Andrew Dean Knotts in 1997 and Robert Homer Knotts in 2003; and a twin daughter, Cheryl Lee Rhodes in 1952.

At her request, there was no public visitation and services were private.

 

EVELYN SIMONS

Evelyn Simons, 91, of Spencer, died Monday, June 16, 2008, in Roane General Hospital skilled nursing facility.

She was born at Oka, the daughter of the late Calvin and Emma Jarvis Truman.

She was a homemaker and had attended Memorial United Methodist Church, Spencer.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Simons; one son, Osvie Simons; five brothers, Greeley, Lawrence, Lovell, Nelson and Brooks Truman; and two sisters, Janivee Matheny and Gertie Simons.

Services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Michael F. “Mike” King officiating. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

HOWARD ALEXANDER, JR.

Howard Alexander, Jr., 62, died Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Hospice House, Clermont, Fla.

He was born in Chloe, the son of the late Howard Lee and Edith Smith Alexander, Sr.

He worked for UPS and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Mt. Olivet Lodge 169.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn J. Alexander; two daughters, Reyna Alexander of Lakeland, Fla., and Pamela Somerville of Palestine; four sisters, Mary Hull of Crossville, Tenn., Violet Griffin of Kent, Ohio, Ruby Callow of Reedy and Judy Hanlon of Worthington Harbor, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Eugene Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Keith Hostutler officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens with military honors by American Legion Post 15 and Masonic service by Mt. Olivet Lodge 169.

 

CARL GLEN ARTHUR

Carl Glen Arthur, 74, of Creston, died Friday, June 13, 2008.

He was the son of the late Okey and Mabel Mowery Arthur.

Surviving are one son, Glen Arthur of Creston; three daughters, Glenna Westfall of Newark and Donna Ferrell and Anna Reno, both of Creston; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Stutler Cemetery with Rev. Timothy Hopkins officiating.

 

DOROTHY MAE CLINE

Dorothy Mae Cline, 62, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Munday, the daughter of the late Gurvis and Lizzie McIntyre Sidwell.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one daughter, Shelby Cline of Parkersburg; six sons, Bud Sidwell, David Maze and Aaron Lohoefener, all of Parkersburg, Donald Baker of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Charles Baker of Wheeling and Gerald Baker of Tehachapi, Calif.; two sisters, Dorine Parsons of Parkersburg and Goldie Elkins of Wayne; two brothers, Robert Sidwell of Hinkley, Ohio, and Marvin Sidwell of Creston; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Cline, and two sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Gene Hutton officiating. Burial was in Middle Ridge Cemetery.

 

NELLA GAE ‘Nanny’ CHAMPION

Nella Gae “Nanny” Carter Champion, 73, died Thursday, May 29, 2008.

She was born in Elmira, Braxton County, the daughter of the late Lonnie and Glennis Hardway Carter. She had attended Calhoun County High School.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah King of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Karen Cavanaugh of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Norma Perry and Connie Knepp, both of Streetsboro; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial reception was held in Streetsboro in her honor.

 

MAXINE NICHOLAS WILSON

Maxine Nicholas Wilson, 75, of Massillon, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Simon and Emma Cottrell Nicholas.

Surviving are two daughters, Betty Spehar of Alliance, Ohio, and Janet Bruey of Massillon; one son, Rod Hamill of the home; five grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest Nicholas of Spencer and Denver Nicholas of Orma; four sisters, Marie Taylor of Williamstown, Macil Monroe of Parkersburg, Murl Nash of Canton, Ohio, and Jean Rogers of Ball Ground, Ga.; long-time friend, June Lamiell of Canton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mike Wilson, in 1983.

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

 

DORIS ANN PARSONS

Doris Ann Parsons, 54, of Millstone, died Friday, June 13, 2008, at her home.

She was born at Pigeon, Roane County, the daughter of Paul and Garnet Parsons of Roanoke.

Surviving in addition to her parents are four brothers, Allen and Randy, both of Millstone, Alvin of Arnoldsburg and Lesley of Orrville, Ohio.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

BURLEN R. (Bunk) RICHARDS

Burlen R. (Bunk) Richards, 77, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Grantsville, the son of the late Coy and Oval Parsons Richards.

He was a former employee of Grantsville Tire Co. and Pioneer Casting, Belpre, Ohio. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Blondina Deulley Richards; one daughter, Evelyn Wood of Shock; three sons, Roxel, Mike and Denver Richards, all of Mt. Zion; one brother, Orville Grant Richards of Grafton, Ohio; two sisters, Louise Yeager and Shirley Richardson, both of Belpre; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Richards and Billy Junior Richards; two sisters, Elouise Reel and Gladys Roberts; three infant sisters; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held at Victory Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Worf officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

ROBERT ‘Bob’ RENTSCHLER, JR.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Rentschler Jr., 59, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, June 15, 2008.

He was born in Pasadena, Calif., the son of the late Robert Vincent Rentschler, Sr., and Geneva Alice Shreve Rentschler.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served two combat tours in South Vietnam, 1968-1969. He later worked at the Pentagon investigating the My Lai Massacre. He graduated cum laude from Glenville State College in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, earned a master’s degree in elementary administration and supervision from Frostburg State University in 1977, and a Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction from Walden University in 1994. He was principal of Warm Springs Intermediate School, Berkeley Springs. In his 33-year career in education, his experience included director of Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center for seven years.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Lea Rentschler, whom he married Apr. 17, 1987; two brothers, Charles F. Rentschler, Sr., of San Antonio, Tex., and Dr. Lawrence L. Rentschler of Swanton, Md.; three sisters, Geneva “Jeannie” R. Gallagher of Washington, Shirley E. Rentschler-Hull of Hagerstown, Md., and Maureen R. Sharps of Oakland, Md.; and 38 nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Berkeley Baptist Church with Pastor George Hopkins officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs, and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial with full military honors will be on Thursday, 2:30 p.m., at Memorial Gardens, Oakland, Md.

 

CHARLES ‘Eddie’ YEARIAN

Charles E. “Eddie” Yearian, 48, of Chloe, died Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Orma, the son of Margaret Butler Yearian of Chloe and the late Charles Yearian.

Surviving in addition to his mother are three sisters, Nora Swisher of Chloe and Betty Fields and Valley Deel, both of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Perry and Dorothy Butler.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Gary Bowen officiating, and burial in Fairview Cemetery, Beech. Visitation will be on Thursday, noon until time of services, at the funeral home.

 

MARY JO McCROSKEY

Mary Jo McCroskey, 56, of Orma, died Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Holly L. and Delsie Opal Westfall Bridwell.

She worked 22 years at Shoney’s Commissary in Charleston and Ripley, and was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Jack McCroskey; three sons, Scott England of Blue Creek, Michael England of Kenna and Preston Milan of the home; and four grandchildren.

Per her request, the body was cremated. There was no service.

 

RONDAL (Elick) STULL

Rondal (Elick) Stull, 72, of Grantsville, died Friday, June 6, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Joe and Rosa Wright Stull.

He was a retired well tender for Pennzoil Corp.

Surviving are one sister, Vergie of Tennessee; two brothers, Dean and Roger Stull, both of Ohio; and caregivers, Jerry (Fuzzy) and Kathryn (Kookie) Harris.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Elizabeth Stull, and one brother, Wendy Wright.

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

 

CONNIE HAYMAKER

Connie R. Haymaker, 69, of Kettering, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Crestview Manor, Beaver Creek, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Imogene Haymaker, formerly of Arnoldsburg.

Surviving are one sister, Patricia Trent of Kettering, Ohio, and one brother Timothy Haymaker of Lexington, Ky.

Family celebration of her life was held at the Haymaker Reunion, with graveside rites at Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion.

 

DOLLY DESSELL ESTEP

Dolly Dessell Estep, 80, of Millstone, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

Graveside services were held at Estep Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

 

EARLINE DALE ‘Bud’ WEARS

Earline Dale “Bud” Wears, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, died Thursday, June 5, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Orma, the son of the late Everette Wears and Beatrice Carpenter Wears.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had owned D&W Welding and Fabrication, Coolville, Ohio, and was later employed at Vadakin, Inc. He was a member of American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, and Loyal Order of Eagles.

Surviving are one son, Shane Wears of Cutler, Ohio; two daughters, Tonya Kirkpatrick of Raleigh, N.C., and Diana Pinkerton of Marietta; six grandchildren; his wife, Frances K. Meredith, whom he married on May 2, 2008; one step-son, Michael Hooper of Parkersburg; one step-daughter, Melissa Stover of Tennessee; five step-grandchildren; one brother, Carmen Wears of Butler, N.C.; four sisters, Geraldine Skinner of Florida, Bernadine Underwood and Pauline Cunningham, both of Parkersburg, and Dinah Butler of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patty Lou Wilcox, on Feb. 12, 2001, after 36 years of marriage; his step-father, Willie Franklin Butler; and one sister, Phyllis Butler.

Services were held at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta, with Rev. Randy Donan officiating. Burial was in Tunnel Cemetery with full military services. 

 

HELEN GRACE SUTTLE

Helen Grace Suttle, 73, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, June 5, 2008.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lulu Bennett.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a member of Goose Creek Baptist Church and Glendale Farm Women’s Club.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Virgle Suttle, whom she married Sept. 5, 1953; three sons, Edward G. Suttle of Marietta, Ohio, Billy Miller and Harry Miller, both of Cleveland, Ohio; three daughters, Stella G. Sparks of Las Vegas, Nev., Goldie Capo of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Joyce Hinton of Cairo; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Xavier Thomas.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Frank Plybon officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

JAMES MACE

James L. Mace, 57, of Chloe, died Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Oral and Ernestine Hoskins Mace.

He was a truck driver for Pete Gould & Sons, Murraysville, and a member of Minnora Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Karen Mace; one daughter, Jordan Mace of Chloe; two sons, Wade Mace of Glenville and Justin Mace of Parkersburg; three brothers, Ken Mace of Chloe, Harley Mace of Heaters and Jeff Mace of Millstone; and six sisters, Kathy Stevens of Kenna, Lillie O’Brien of Walton, Lou Johnson of Grantsville, Debbie Mace of Arnoldsburg, Becky Stagg of Spencer and June Sampson of Stumptown; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Sampson and an infant.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman, Jerry Malona and Robert Bailey officiating, and burial in Minnora Cemetery.

 

BURLEN R. (Bunk) RICHARDS

Burlen R. (Bunk) Richards, 77, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Grantsville, the son of the late Coy and Oval Parsons Richards.

He was a former employee of Grantsville Tire Co. and Pioneer Casting, Belpre, Ohio. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Blondina Deulley Richards; one daughter, Evelyn Wood of Shock; three sons, Roxel, Mike and Denver Richards, all of Mt. Zion; one brother, Orville Grant Richards of Grafton, Ohio; two sisters, Louise Yeager and Shirley Richardson, both of Belpre; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Richards and Billy Junior Richards; one sister, Elouise Reel; three infant sisters; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held at Victory Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Worf officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

IONA MAE GOFF

Iona Mae Goff, 82, of Springfie1d, Mass., died Friday, May 27, 2008.

She was born at Glenville, the daughter of the late James and Emma Coberly.

Surviving are two sons, James and wife Donna of Wilbraham, Mass., and Frank and wife Debra of Big Springs; two grandchildren, Kelly Goff of Houston, Tex., and Joseph Goff of Big Springs; long-time friend and companion, Dewain Adkins of Springfield; and one sister, Dorothy Johnson of Weston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Goff, in 1963, and one daughter, Rose, in 1989.

Graveside services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Rock Grove Cemetery, Linn, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

 

DELBERTA JEAN HICKMAN

Delberta Jean Hickman, 46, of Big Springs, died Monday, June 2, 2008, at her home.

She was the daughter of Helen Travis of Elizabeth and the late Bobby.

She was a former employee of Calhoun County Committee on Aging.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one sister, Rose Ann Seebaugh of Washington; five brothers, Robert Hickman of Belleville, Delbert Hickman of Elizabeth, Randy Carpenter of Dayton, Ohio, Harvey Travis III of Hillary, Ohio, and Leonard Travis of Mt. Clare.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Oral and Gladys Hickman, Irene Miller and Delbert Collins.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Everett Snyder officiating. Private burial will be in Kight Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

PHYLLIS JUNE REED WHIPKEY

Phyllis June Reed Whipkey, 68, of Grantsville, died Monday, June 2, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Pearl Shimer Reed.

She was an abstracter in the oil and gas industry and a former Calhoun county clerk.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Godfrey of Grantsville and Deanna Wright of Mt. Zion; two brothers, Tim Reed of Cutler, Ohio, and David Reed of Grantsville; one sister, Euna Reed of Five Forks; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to pay their respects may send flowers. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements.

 

VIOLET MURPHY

Violet Murphy, 68, of Reedy, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late George and Birdie McCumbers Goodrich.

 She was a former aide at Miletree Nursing Home, Spencer.

Surviving are two daughters, Carla Webb of Reedy and Karen Cain of Spencer; one son, Randall Murphy of Reedy; one sister, Erma Webb of Spencer; two brothers, Bruce Goodrich of Walton and Carmel Goodrich of Minnora; and five granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Murphy; one infant son, Douglas Lee Murphy; one brother, Bill Goodrich; and one sister, Lenora Cottrell.

Graveside services were held at Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Randy Whited officiating.

 

GEORGE DARRELL “Pappy” VILLERS

George Darrell “Pappy” Villers, 90, of Annamoriah, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Little Creek, the son of the late James and Myrtle Shimer Villers of Little Creek.

 He worked for several years as a self-employed contractor in Barberton, Ohio, and for Bernard Construction Co., Barberton. He received medical retirement from W.Va. Dept. of Highways in Calhoun County. He was a member of Snyder Chapel Church, Annamoriah.

Surviving are two sons, William Villers of Spencer and Darrell Bower of Creston; two daughters, Patsy Bowers and Sandra Fowler, both of Annamoriah; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grand-children; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mildred Greathouse Villers, and one great-great-grandchild, Kamryn Elaine Boak.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth.

 

CORINNE RICHARDS

Corinne L. Richards, 88, of Parkersburg, died at her residence.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Rev. Chenoweth and Gladys Lynch Stalnaker.

 She was a professional country/western singer in the 1930’s, performing with a friend as Corene and Lorene - The Gingham Girls, broadcasting on radio in the Clarksburg-Fairmont area and making personal appearances. She played guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass fiddle. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Williamstown.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda Tewksbury of Parkersburg; one son, Steven Richards of Washington; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Herbert (Bud) Stalnaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmas Richards; two brothers, W. Arl Stalnaker and Chenoweth Stalnaker; and four sisters, Erin Taggart, Genevieve Miller, Marjorie Leary and Evelyn Lemon.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. John K. Jordan officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg.

 

ANNA MAE COGAR PARSONS

Anna Mae Cogar Parsons, 71, of Big Bend, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Willie and Ruth Smith Cogar.

She was a retired employee of the Calhoun County clerk’s office, where she had worked since 1979 and continued to work part time.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Radcliff of Big Bend; two sisters, Phyllis Richards of Grantsville and Dorothy Jean Burrows of Richfield, Ohio; one granddaughter, Deavin A. Butler; one grandson, James Forrest Blankenship II; one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Butler; 15 nephews; and 16 nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Berlon Parsons; one son, David Parsons; one daughter, Rebecca Parsons; one sister, Violet Parsons; and one grandson, Benjamin Blankenship.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mike Kerby officiating, and burial in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

EMORY COTTRILL

Emory Cottrill, 91, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Jack and Lona Bell Dobbins Cottrill.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a pipeline construction worker and timberman.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Offutt Cottrill, and one son, Darrell.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

DONNIE BURL DYE

Donnie Burl Dye, 72, of Jamestown, Pa., died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Tanner, the son of the late Harold and Estie Greathouse Dye.

He served in the U.S. Marines for eight years, earning the rank of corporal. He served in the Korean War and in Japan. He was an honor guard for President Dwight Eisenhower and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He also served as a military police officer in the Marines. He was a retired independent oil and gas well maintenance contractor and a member of Shenango Church of Christ, Greenville, Pa.

Surviving are his wife, Martha Roberts Dye, whom he married May 24, 1957; three sons, Douglas Dye of Greenville, Gregory Dye of Williamsfield, Ohio, and Timothy Dye of Wexford, Pa.; two sisters, Maryland Ingram of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ruth Ellen Bell of Smithville; two brothers, Donald Dye of Smithville and Keith Dye of Oakboro, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Dye and Dennis Dye.

Services were held at Randall Funeral Home, Jamestown. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery, Jamestown.

 

RUSSELL JUNIOR CARTER

Russell Junior Carter, 72, of Millstone, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Samuel Russell Carter and Losie Helmick Carter of Nicut.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and had been stationed in Germany. He was retired from Mt. Zion Public Service District and was a former employee of C&P Telephone Co. and Penn Line Service for many years. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Norma Lee Schartiger Carter; two sons, Tim Carter and wife Denise of Arnoldsburg and Roger Carter and wife Dana of Millstone; two daughters, Diane Carter and Susan Hughes and husband David, all of Millstone; eight grandchildren, Adam Carter and wife Heather of Millstone, Jade Fox of Ripley, Stephanie Stacy, Chad Hughes, Bridget Carter, Coty Pursley, Heather Hughes and Amanda Carter; one great-granddaughter, Maycee Carter; three brothers, Gene Carter and wife Irene of Nicut, Jerry D. Carter and wife Willadean of Rittman, Ohio, and Michael Carter and wife Charlotte of Chloe; six sisters, Opal Kirchburg her husband Jack of Glenville, Sharon Jarvis of Sand Fork, Judy Dobbins and husband Jim of Athens, Ala., Nina Wilfong and husband John of Linn, Louise Ice and husband Randy of Spencer and Elsie Jarvis and husband Beryl of MacClenney, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Vera Westfall and Velma Hicks.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Robert Shannon officiating, and burial in King Cemetery, Nicut.

 

RAY FRAZIER

Ray C. Frazier, 72, of Elizabeth, died Monday, May 26, 2008, following complications from a stroke.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late C.R. and Pearl Frazier.

After graduation from Wirt County High School and a tour of military duty, he was employed by Spencer State Hospital until it closed. He was a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Evon Jones Frazier; one son, Darrel Frazier of Elizabeth; twin daughters, Jeanette Kesterson of Fleming, Ohio, and Jeanene Hyde of Parkersburg; five grandchildren; one sister, Jane Cutlip of Massillon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond F. (Franklin) Frazier.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Snyder Chapel Church, Annamoriah, with Rev. Farley Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Fought Cemetery, Newark. Visitation will be held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, on Thursday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to services at Snyder Chapel.

 

HELEN McCUNE

Helen R. McCune, 68, Chloe, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late William and Vena Evelyn Jarvis Tanner.

 She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Alton R. McCune; two daughters, Sharon Boggs of Wallback and Mary Cyrus of Chloe; two sons, Ernest McCune of Sterling, Ohio, and Dewayne McCune of Chloe; six brothers, William and Doc Tanner, both of Nebo, Carroll Tanner of Creston, Ohio, Jeff Tanner of Rittman, Ohio, Shirley Tanner of Mt. Zion and Richard Tanner of Ripley; five sisters, Zelma Long of Ivydale, Hope Tanner of Chloe, Donnie Moore of Reedy; Sue Armstead of Ripley and Martha Copley of Rittman, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Dennis McCune, Scottie Michael McCune, Lisa McCune and Mary Beth Cyrus.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Don Dawson officiating. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery, Chloe. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

LOVIE FAE KERBY

Lovie Fae Kerby, 82, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital.

She was born at Richardsonville, the daughter of the late Harley Pete and Ruth Duskey Starcher.

 She retired from B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville, in 1980, where she had been president of the labor union.

Surviving are one son, Wilbert Dale Kerby of Grantsville; three daughters, Jeanie Thomas of Barberton, Ohio, Mary Webb of Grantsville and Ruth Kerby of Mt. Zion; two sisters, Freeda McCune of Barberton, Ohio, and Joyce Bouvia of  Madison, Ohio; three brothers, Golden Starcher of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Charles Starcher of Grantsville and Robert Wayne Starcher of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and special friends, W. Eugene and Vickie Dorsey of Creston.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Wilbert Kerby, and three brothers, William, J.T. and Buster Starcher.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Bryner Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

MELBA JO TRENARY

Melba and husband Bill, 2006

Melba Jo Hawkins Rice Trenary, 70, of Warren County, Va., died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Winchester Medical Center.

She was born at Cabot Station, the daughter of the late J.H. and Margaret Hawkins.

She was a 1959 graduate of West Virginia University and taught home economics and science in Shepherdstown and Winchester. She served on the Warren County school board in the late 1980s. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, and Chapter AX, P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was active in the Garden Club of Warren County and served as a director of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Surviving are her husband, William C. Trenary III, who she married in 1976; two sisters, Sylvia Ramey of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Merna Busch of Tampa, Fla.; one son, David Rice of Raleigh, N.C.; two step-daughters, Alice Denham of San Antonio, Tex., and Julianne Trenary of Austin, Tex.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald K. Rice, in 1972.

Memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Rich Reifsnyder officiating. Burial was private.

 

LAURA PRATT

Laura M. Mosser Pratt, 75, of Thornton, died Friday, May 16, 2008, at Rosewood Health Care Center, Grafton.

She was born in Wade, Ohio, the daughter of the late Thurman M. Mosser and Lydia Hazel Snider Mosser.

She attended Calhoun County High School and graduated from Grafton High School in 1951. She had formerly worked as office manager for Crislip Motor Lodge, Grafton, and as nutrition site assistant for Taylor County Senior Citizens Center. She was a member of Thornton Water Board and was a Taylor County election poll worker. She was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Beulah Baptist Church, Pruntytown.

Surviving are two sons, Gary A. Pratt of Fairmont and Douglas R. Pratt of Grafton; one daughter, Sandra Kay Swisher of Grafton; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Slaton of Grafton, Genevive Slaton of Clearwater, Fla., Mildred Idoni of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Grace Gray of Englewood, Fla.; one half-brother, Rick Northcraft of Pennsboro; close friend, Woodfield “Chuck” Cox; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. “Bud” Pratt, and one brother, Charles Ray Mosser.

Services were held at Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, with Pastor Brian S. Cole officiating. Burial was in Woodsdale Memorial Park Cemetery, Grafton.

 

WANDA KETURAH FOX

Wanda Keturah Fox, 58, of Orma, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Gordon E. and Trula F. James Cornett of Pennsylvania.

Surviving are her husband, Charles R. Fox; five brothers and sisters, Shirley Stewart, Beverly Lewis, Billie Aukshun, Brenda Shenk and Gordon E. Cornett, Jr.

She will be cremated and returned to her home in Orma.

 

LORRAINE ‘Lori’ BOWER HAWK

Lorraine “Lori” Bower Hawk, 72, of Akron, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 2006.

She was daughter of the late Gerald and Dessel Bower.

Surviving are two sons, Dan Riggle and Mark Hawk; one granddaughter, Samantha; and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mike Riggle.

Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 27, 1 p.m., at Mt. Zion Cemetery, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

 

WILMA BAILEY VANNOY

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 24, 1 p.m., at Fairview Memorial Church, Nicut, for Wilma Faye Bailey Vannoy, 74, of Parkersburg, who died Friday, Mar. 14, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Burial will be in the family cemetery, near the church. A covered dish family picnic will follow.

 

SHIRLEY JAMES SIERS

Shirley James Siers, 81, of Charleston, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late James L. and Alice Butler Siers.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked for Dowell, Inc., for over 25 years. He was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Charleston.

Surviving are two sons, Keith and Dolan; one daughter, Charlene Schuller; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Nell Jarvis and Verba King.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Helen Werth Siers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Dennis Klemash officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

REV. RAY BARTLETT

Rev. Ray F. Bartlett, 83, of Big Springs, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Dekalb, Gilmer County, the son of the late Rev. Nelson H. and Daisy Garton Bartlett.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Baptist minister in Calhoun, Gilmer and surrounding counties for many years. He was a former teacher at Calhoun County High School and a former Nationwide Insurance agent in Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Irene Fox Bartlett; one brother, Bill Bartlett of Huntington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Starling, Eugene and Harley.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kenneth Heiney officiating. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday, noon until time of services, at the funeral home.

 

ICIE CRINER

Icie Criner, 93, of Hallsburg, Clay County, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at her home.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Annis and Rebecca Vaughan Hardway.

She had been a cook at Shady Lawn Nursing Home, Dalton, Ohio, and Orma Elementary School. She was a home caregiver and a member of Clay First Baptist Church.

Surviving are four daughters, Marie Marks of Fairmont, Waneta Marks of Duck, Ruth Burnside of Ivydale and Cora Criner of Clay; two sons, Denver “Leon” Criner of Akron, Ohio, and James “Jim” Criner of Glendon; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grand-children; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Criner; three sisters; six brothers; and two grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Gary Maynor officiating. Burial was in Criner Cemetery, Wilsie.

 

FLARA GHERKE

Flara B. Gherke, 97, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Rush Run, the daughter of  John and Biddie Kerby.

She was a homemaker and a member of Lower Steer Run Baptist Church, Normantown.

Surviving are her children, C. Eugene Gherke of Millsboro, Dela., Marge Gherke of Grantsville, Pauline Vanhorn of Sissonville, Jurlene Thorn of Spencer, Radene Kuhl of Walker, Lorene Hathaway of Elkview and Arlene Kay Smith of Williamstown; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bertha Webster of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, Cleburn L. Gherke; one son, Ardene Gherke; two sisters, Almedia Stump and Goldie Ball; and four brothers, Allie, Simon, Hagan and Bob.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Elder Mark Minney and Rev. Curtis Smith officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown, with Rev. David Vanhorn officiating.

 

MOLLIE DeWEES

Mollie DeWees, 99, of Spencer, died Saturday, Apr. 26, 2008, at Roane General extended care facility.

She was born at Walnut Grove, the daughter of the late John and Florence Brannon.

Surviving are two daughters, Mildred Yoak Bowen of Millstone and Elsie Rhodes of Mineral Wells; two sons, John Parsons of Spencer and Nelson Parsons of Texas; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gomer Parsons; her second husband, Carl Carper; her third husband, Harry DeWees; one grandson, Herbert Parsons; one great-great grandchild; and one step-son, Garland Parsons.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., in John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Damon Rhodes and Rev. David Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery, Orma. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

JUANITA STUMP COLLINS

Juanita Stump Collins, 98, of Normantown, died Friday, Apr. 25, 2008, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Alexander “Doc” and Hannah Stump.

She had worked in a store that she owned with her husband. She was an active member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown, and a member of Women’s Mission Circle.

Surviving are one daughter, Hannah Davis of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, Ores Collins, who died in 2001.

Services were held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Underwood and Rev. Mark E. Davis officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

DOYLE ELLIOTT

Doyle S. Elliott, 86, of Greensburg, Pa., died Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2008, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Paul and Mae Stump Elliott.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and Korean War. He retired from Peoples Natural Gas Co. and was a member of First Baptist Church, Greensburg.

Surviving are one daughter, Jill K. Bollinger of Noblesville, Ind.; one son, Timothy Q. Elliott of Greensburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lea Burns Elliott, on Sept. 7, 2007; one son, William K. Elliott, on Dec. 1, 1978; and several brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, Greensburg, with Rev. David D. Moutz officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

RESSIE MURRELL KING

Ressie Murrell King, 96, of Orma, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2008, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late William and Emma Bailey Allen.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Edward Blaine King; one son, William Ray White of Parkersburg; two sisters, Ethel Waldeck and Chloe Cover, both of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Blake Allen of Mason; one half-brother, Roger Allen of Grantsville; two step-children, Debra Sinclair and Kenneth King, both of Fairmont; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alton White; one brother, Rex; three sisters, Nell, Juanita and Ann; and one half-brother, Lowell B. Allen.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

DELORES MARIE DYE

Delores Marie Dye, 64, of Big Springs, died Thursday, Apr. 17, 2008, at her residence.

She was born at Big Root, the daughter of the late Lawrence Hale and Dessie Marie Richards Goodnight.

She worked for U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier at Brohard Post Office and in janitorial service at Professional Services of America, Parkersburg.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Donald Earl Dye; one daughter, Kimmy Dye of Vienna; one brother, Arthur Goodnight of Ravenna, Ohio; one sister, Mavarine Butler of Bowie, Md.; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Tammy Hatfield; two brothers, Ronzel and Delmas Goodnight; and one sister, Freda Bush.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery.

 

CLORIS HICKEL

Cloris K. Hickel, 85, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2008.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Harry P. and Viola A. George Thompson.

 She was a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving are eight daughters, Ethel Barnhart of St. Marys, Faye Marlow, Vora Dennewitz, Agnes Spellman and Lynn Hickel, all of Parkersburg, Dolly Godfrey of Calhoun County, Jean Cottrill of Dallison and Kathy Dille of Mineral Wells; four sons, Clyde Hickel of Walker and Vergil Hickel, Denver Hickel, Sr., and Buck Hickel, all of Parkersburg; one brother, Donald Thompson of Parkersburg; 130 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and four special nieces, Kathryn, Mae, Ruth and Helen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Hickel, in 1968; two sisters, Vera Buck and a baby sister Thompson; one brother, Harry O. Thompson; and one great-grandson, Roseman Lee Boley.

Services were held at Hope Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Kenny Welch and Pastor Bud Corbin officiating. Burial was in Mayberry Cemetery, Palestine.

 

BETTY BARNETT

Betty Barnett, 67, of Newport, Arkansas, died Thursday, Apr. 3, 2008, at Jonesboro, Ark.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the Ivan M. and Lillie Palmer Curry.

She was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Robert Allen Hoge of North Carolina; two daughters, Hope McCune and husband Clayton of Grantsville and Eileen Stratton and husband Robert of Newport; one sister, Doris Hauser of Hidnight, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Allen Hoge; her second husband, Robert Lee Barnett; one brother, James M. Curry; and one sister, Patricia Holland.

Graveside services were held at Coffeyville Cemetery, Bradford, Ark.

 

BESSIE MARGARET LEDSOME

Bessie Margaret Ledsome, 96, of Reedy, died Friday, Apr. 18, 2008, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late George and Bessie Stump Wilson.

During World War II, she worked at Viscose and O.J. Morrison’s. She was a member of Good Hope Church, Reedy.

Surviving are one son, Heisel Ledsome of Reedy; one sister, Ocie Fowler of Grantsville; one brother, Raleigh “John” Wilson of Parkersburg; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tona A. Ledsome, in 1979, and one grandson, Rodney Ledsome.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. John Price officiating. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

 

RAY SIERS

Ray L. Siers, 87, of Chloe, died Friday, Apr. 18, 2008, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late James L. and Alice Butler Siers.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the infantry in the Philippine Islands and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and was recipient of two bronze stars. He retired from Union Carbide Co.

Surviving are two daughters, Janet Siers of Chloe and Janice Forney of Temple, Tex.; one step-son, Ernest P. Edgell of Richlands, Va.; two sisters, Nell Jarvis of Spencer and Verba King of Ohio; one brother, Shirley Siers of Charleston; seven grand-children; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Metz Siers, on June 10, 1958.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

 

JAMES ‘Jim’ WEAVER

Memorial service for James F. “Jim” Weaver, 56, of Okinawa, Japan, will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Sunday, Apr. 27, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jim Weaver Memorial Fund at Calhoun Banks. All proceeds will benefit Calhoun County 4-H.

 

ADA SLIDER

Ada B. Slider, 92, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, Apr. 20, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Waitman and Mary Blake.

She was a homemaker and a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church, Arnoldsburg.

Surviving are one daughter, Naomi Starcher of Monroe, N.C.; one son, Larry Slider of Cameron, N.C.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Slider.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, Apr. 23, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Loren Price officiating, and burial in Gibson Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

 

RUBY GLEN MCCOY

Ruby Glen McCoy, 97, of Belpre, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 7, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Hur, the son of the late John Ira and Virginia Riggs McCoy.

He was formerly employed with O’Ames as a maintenance foreman and retired from W.Va. board of education as a bus operator. He was active in Belpre Senior Citizens Association.

Surviving are one daughter, Norma J. Kemp of Belpre; one sister, Bessie Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz.; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Almira Whytsell McCoy, in 1984; his second wife, Mary Stump McCoy; two sisters, Myrtle Weaver and Thelma Roach; and five brothers, Howard, George, Edward, Ernest and Holly McCoy.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, 7 p.m., at Belpre Senior Citizens Center, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre, with Chaplain David Kaufman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the center.

 

JAMES WALLACE

James T. Wallace, 90, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Apr. 10, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of the late Henry and Mary Wallace.

He was a retired employee of U.S. Steel Co. He was a Mason and a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Gerry; on nephew, David Wallace of Kokomo, Ind.; one great-nephew, Jeremy Wallace of Princeton, N.J.; and one great-niece, Channie Mize of Delray Beach, Fla.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy and Rev. Tim Davis officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.

 

WILMA LEE DeWEESE

Wilma Lee Kelley DeWeese, 71, of Doylestown, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 2008.

She was born in Greenbrier County, the daughter of the late George R. and Ada C. Kelley.

 She was a member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, Norton, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Orville Jennings DeWeese; two daughters, Jenny Lee Evans and Janice Lynn Hill; four brothers, Gerald Kelley, George Kelley, Jr., Guy Kelley and James Kelley; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Billie Joe Kelley.

Services were held at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Cecil Farmer and Pastor Robert L. Webb officiating. Burial was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

 

FRANK HATHAWAY

Frank D. Hathaway, 79, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Apr. 12, 2008.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ira D. (Doc) Hathaway and Bertie Sturm Hathaway.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army and retired from E.I. Dupont Co. in 1986. He served as a member of Wirt County board of education and Wirt County Development Authority. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Hathaway; three sons, Tim and Terry, both of Washington, and Rick of Parkersburg; one daughter, Kim of Salt Rock; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-children, Diane, Sherry, Kim and Kevin; seven step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Hathaway; six brothers, Ophard, Ira D., Cleo, Willard, Frederick and Freddie; and three sisters, Dessel, Mittie and Janivee.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery, Reedy.

 

KENNETH ‘Kenny’ DALE HARRIS

Kenneth “Kenny” Dale Harris, 55, of Stumptown, died Saturday, Apr. 12, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Elyria, Ohio, the son of Virgie Harris of Stumptown and the late Kenneth Darrell Harris.

He graduated from Murray Ridge School and was employed by Murray Ridge Workshop, Elyria. He was a former member of Midview Baptist Church, Grafton, Ohio, and a member of Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown, and Rush Run CEOS.

Surviving in addition to his mother is one sister, Kathy Bishop of Fairfax, Va.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Rush Run Baptist Church, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating, and burial in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown. Visitation was also scheduled Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

JOHN EDWARD ‘John John’ STARCHER

John Edward “John John” Starcher, 25, of Millstone, has died.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Charles Edward Starcher of Millstone and Carolyn Sue Paxton of Arnoldsburg.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one sister, Teresa Lynn Hicks; one niece, Kayla Lynn Hicks; one nephew, Michael Allen Hicks; paternal grandfather, Charles Edward “Ed” Starcher, Sr.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Helen Starcher, and maternal grandparents, John and Erless Gay Blake.

Services will be held Saturday, 6 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Robert Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Starcher Cemetery, Arnoldsburg. Visitation will be held Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

JAMES ‘Jim’ WEAVER

Memorial service for James F. “Jim” Weaver, 56, of Okinawa, Japan, will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Sunday, Apr. 27, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jim Weaver Memorial Fund at Calhoun Banks. All proceeds will benefit Calhoun County 4-H.

 

ALICE MARIE ARNOLD

Alice Marie Arnold, 93, of Coolville, Ohio, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Walnut, the daughter of Charles Clinton and Ettie Duffield Knotts.

She was a homemaker and helped her husband work in a grocery store at Nicut and a grocery store and service station at Orma. They moved to Coolville in 1977 and joined Torch Baptist Church, where she was active as a deaconess, VBS helper, Sunday morning greeter and Women’s Mission Society member. She was a member of Golden Banner Sunday School class.

Surviving are a close companion, Lewis Kaczmarski of Little Hocking, Ohio; two sons, Herbert Neal Arnold of Vienna and David Edsel Arnold of Coolville; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Juanita Siers of Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Roy Ernest Arnold, on Mar. 25, 1984; six brothers, Basil, Thomas, Cecil, Scott, Bernard and Charles; four sisters, Sadie, Reva, Opal and Jean; and one great-granddaughter, Jennifer Arnold.

Services were held at Torch Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Runion officiating. Burial was in Troy Township Cemetery, Torch.

 

JAMES JONES

James E. Jones, 77, of Harrisville, died Saturday, Apr. 5, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Freed, the son of the late Pearl and Stella Jones.

He was an industrial painter and had worked out of Painters Local Union 867, AFL-CIO, Cleveland, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Mary Frances Jones; five daughters, Judy D’Apice of Euclid, Ohio, Tina Mullins of Spring, Tex., Marie Hearne of Corsicana, Tex., Lisa Moore of Charlotte, N.C., and Liz McNiel of Charlotte; one son, David Jones of Wickliffe, Ohio; five brothers, Mac Jones and Ivan Jones, both of Brohard, Herschel Jones of Big Springs and Lester Jones and Danny Jones, both of Smithville; two sisters, Maxine Goodnight of Macfarlan and Gracie Ayers of Smithville; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Jones; two sisters, Ada Billy and Betty Able; and one grandson, Bobby Merrill.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Robert Perine officiating, and burial in Chevauxdefrise Cemetery. Visitation was also scheduled Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

LENA FOWLER

Lena G. Fowler, 89, of Windham, Ohio, died Thursday, Mar. 20, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Big Springs, the daughter of the late Everett and May Whipkey Wilson.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are five sons, Charles, Edwin, Richard, Gary and Kevin Fowler; three daughters, Earlene Laymon, Renda Pettit and Renee Seljan; one adopted daughter, Loretta Miller; one sister, Emogene Shafer; one cousin, Nila Osborne; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Albert; one son, Ronald; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Fowler; one grandson, Jeffery Laymon; one granddaughter, Sheryl Lynn Seljan; four sisters; and three brothers.

Services were held at Borowski Memorial Home, Newton Falls, Ohio, with Pastor Peter King officiating. Burial was in Windham Township Cemetery.

 

RUBY GLEN MCCOY

Ruby Glen McCoy, 97, of Belpre, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 7, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Hur, the son of the late John Ira and Virginia Riggs McCoy.

He was formerly employed with O’Ames as a maintenance foreman and retired from W.Va. board of education as a bus operator. He was active in Belpre Senior Citizens Association.

Surviving are one daughter, Norma J. Kemp of Belpre; one sister, Bessie Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz.; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Almira Whytsell McCoy, in 1984; his second wife, Mary Stump McCoy; two sisters, Myrtle Weaver and Thelma Roach; and five brothers, Howard, George, Edward, Ernest and Holly McCoy.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, 7 p.m., at Belpre Senior Citizens Center, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre, with Chaplain David Kaufman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the center.

 

LONA KIMBLE POPE

Lona Kimble Pope, 91, of Austin, Tex., died Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Albert Clifton and Rosa Jane Kelley Kimble.

 She lived in Memphis, Tenn., for a number of years and retired as a beautician. She was a member of Decatur-Trinity Christian Church, Bartlett, Tenn.

Surviving are one son, Richard McMillin of Austin; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Harry McMillin, Kerney Parker and Fred Pope; and several brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

WILLIAM GIFFORD MARKS

William Gifford Marks, 67, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ernest and Hannah Slider Marks.

He was a farmer.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Eva Basnett Marks; one daughter, Debbie Murphy and  husband Jim of Mt. Zion; one son, William Daniel Marks and wife Stacy of Mt. Zion; three sisters, Marie Adkins of Doylestown, Ohio, Waneta Helmick  of Clinton, Ohio, and Lorraine Myers of Mt. Zion; one brother, Gordie Marks of Harrisville; one granddaughter, Deva Murphy Wooden of Martinsville, Va.; two grandsons, Quentin Murphy and Danny Marks, both of Mt. Zion; one great-grandson, Hendrix Hardman of Mt. Zion; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Foster Marks in 1980 and Alva Starcher in 2005.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Blackshire Cemetery, near Big Bend.

 

CLARA BELL NEWELL

Clara Bell Newell, 85, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Mar. 27, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late William David and Esta Palmer.

She was the oldest of eight sisters and was a homemaker and a cook.

Surviving are one son, Jim Newell of Grantsville; four grandchildren, Shelly Stevens, Kelly Whytsell and Tommy Newell, all of Grantsville, and Michael Newell of Huntington; nine great-grandchildren; five sisters, Alice Ramsey, Leora Mae Kalman and Dola (Dode) Palmer, all of Maryland, Cora Foester of Pennsylvania and Lora (Nell) Hewitt of Michigan; and special friend and caregiver, Audrey (Jeanie) Smith of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy W. Newell; two daughters, infant Judith Ann and Georgia (Lou) Kish; and two sisters, Grace Palmer and Delma Ruth Kerby.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

 

TRESSIE CHURCH

Tressie Church, 92, of Orma, died Friday, Mar. 28, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born at Mt. Zion, the daughter of the late John and Maggie Wood Crawford.

She was a homemaker and a member of Leatherbark Community Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Ernestine Starcher and Christine Starcher, both of Arnoldsburg, and Karen Bragg of Ripley; two sons, Fred Church, Jr., and wife Yvonne of Orma and Victor Church and wife Linda of Newton Falls, Ohio; one sister, Bea Shaffer of Spencer; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Church, Sr., in 1982; one son, Bernard Eugene Church; and nine sisters and brothers.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Austin White and Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Starcher Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

 

HAROLD STUMP

Harold L. Stump, 76, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Mar. 31, 2008.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Albert and Almeda Kerby Stump.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy and Kaiser Aerospace, California. He was a Mason and a Shriner and a past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are his wife, Bernice Stump; one son, Larry Don Stump of Boise, Idaho; three daughters, Patricia Hudson of San Diego, Calif., Brenda Latham of Imperial Beach, Calif., and Sandra Diana Brady of Dunlap, Tenn.; one sister, Joann Stump of Grantsville; two brothers, Bernard Stump of Pineville and Alfred Stump of Parkersburg; and 11 grandchildren, including Roger and Richard Campbell.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Carl Stump.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown, with military graveside rites. Visitation will be on Thursday, 12:30 p.m. until time of services, at the funeral home.

 

SHIRLEY ANN STARCHER

Shirley Ann Starcher, 61, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Milford S. and Pauline Miller Miller.

She was retired from B.F. Goodrich and had worked at Norris Industries, Kellwood Co., and as an aide at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was a Christian and attended Steele Hollow Community Church.

Surviving are four sons, Luke Starcher of Barberton, Ohio, Matt Starcher of Akron, Ohio, and Mark Starcher and John Starcher, both of Spencer; one step-son, Billy Starcher of Akron; six sisters, Phyllis Milhoan of Reedy, Pauline Lawson, Myrtle Sue McKown and Madeline Fouty, all of Spencer, Melinda Jones of Charleston and Debra Marks of Millstone; one half-sister, Ruth Starcher of Mt. Zion; seven brothers, Phil, Bob, Jack, Larry, Tom and Bill Miller, all of Spencer, and Curtis Miller of Reedy; three grandchildren; and one step-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Starcher, in 2004; one daughter, Tammy Denise Starcher; three sisters, Mildred Ash, Jennifer Miller and Janice Miller; and one brother, Milford Miller, Jr.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial was in Craig Hill Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

EARNEST NEWLON LANE

Earnest Newlon Lane, 89, of Nicut, died Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2008, at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

He was born at Nicut, the son of the late Jim and Ida Metz Lane. He was a heavy equipment operator on pipeline construction and was a retired member of Operating Engineers Union, Barberton, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Jones Lane; four sons, Shirley Gale Lane of Illinois and Jack Lane, Timothy Lane and Larry Lane, all of Nicut; two daughters, Carolyn Sue Gumm of Nicut and Sandra K. Beitz of Williamstown; one brother, Carl Lane of Fairmont; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son and five brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Lane Family Cemetery, Nicut.

 

CLEO THELMA METHENEY

Cleo Thelma Metheney, 87, of Chloe, died Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born in Nicholas County, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Francis Gibson Keffer.

Surviving are five sons, Don Metheney, George Metheney, Darrell Metheney and wife Patty, Creston Metheney and wife Linda and James Lee Metheney and wife Corine; three daughters, Wanedith Greathouse, Phyllis Anderson and husband Wendell and Carol Arnold and husband Danny; two sisters, Merial Parsons and Maggie Clutch; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee Metheney; one daughter, Garnet Sue Bishop; two infant sons, Billy Gene and Sylvie Alphie; one grandson; three great-grandsons; and one great-great-granddaughter.

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

 

GLEN GAINER

Glen A. Gainer, 85, of Hebron, formerly of Grantsville, died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2008, at the family residence.

He was born at Lockney, Gilmer County, the son of the late Dennis W. and Farie Fitzpatrick Gainer.

 He was a 1941 graduate of Normantown High School and served as a member of U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Co., primarily working in the Grantsville area. He had formerly attended Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown.

Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Sylvia L. Parsons Tucker Gainer; three sons, Larry Gainer of St. Marys and Gary Gainer and Terry Gainer, both of Weston; two step-children, Robin Morgan of Hebron and Phillip Morgan II of Minot, N.D.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Earl J. “Tex” Gainer; one sister, Geraldine Elder; and one grandson.

A celebration of his life was held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

 

JOHN WESLEY CHENOWETH

John Wesley Chenoweth, 95, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Mar. 20, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Nicut, the son of the late David Oscar Chenoweth and Mary Jane Knotts Chenoweth.

He retired from Wood County Board of Education after having taught 35 years in Calhoun and Wood counties. He was a member of local, state and national teacher organizations and National Rifle Association and North American Hunting Club. He attended St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 71 years, Stella Brannon Chenoweth; two sons, John Roger Chenoweth of Houston, Tex., and Frederick Allan Chenoweth of Mineral Wells; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one infant daughter; one sister, Etta Wheeler; seven brothers, Thurl R., David, Denver and Carl Chenoweth and three infants.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor James Kelly officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. 

 

HELEN MARIE FRANCIS

Helen Marie Francis, 74, of Vienna, died Friday, Mar. 21, 2008, at Eagle Pointe.

She was born in Mt. Zion, the daughter of the late Hayward and Cina Jarvis Francis.

She was a born again Christian.

Surviving are one brother, William “Bud” Francis of Newark; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jeff and Sherry DeLong of Vienna.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lois Elfrink, and one brother, George Francis.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with William Stutler officiating, and burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

WILLIAM JONES

William G. Jones, 72, of Rockport, died Sunday, Mar. 23, 2008.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Merl and Ervin Jones.

He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was an employee of C.H. Heist for 32 years and a member of Painters Local 1144.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Norma “Jeanie” Jones; three daughters, Penny Jones, Peggy Kendall and Sharyn Tallman; several grandchildren; two sisters, Bernadine Stephens and Ernestine Dulany; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leroy Jones and Thurl Lance, and one sister, Eleanor Casto.

Graveside services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown.

 

LONA KIMBLE POPE

Lona Kimble Pope, 91, of Austin, Tex., died Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Albert Clifton and Rosa Jane Kelley Kimble.

 She lived in Memphis, Tenn., for a number of years and retired as a beautician. She was a member of Decatur-Trinity Christian Church, Bartlett, Tenn.

Surviving are one son, Richard McMillin of Austin; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Harry McMillin, Kerney Parker and Fred Pope; and several brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, 11:30 a.m., at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

HALCIE LAMB

Halcie M. Lamb, 92, of South Charleston, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2008, in Ludington Woods Care, Ludington, Mich.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Okie Deel and Ivy Postalwaite Deel Helmick.

She was a 1936 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a retired sales clerk from Sears, Roebuck and Co., and was a member of South Charleston Church of Christ.

Surviving are one son, Ronald Lamb of Ludington; two grandchildren; one sister, Maxine Witte of St. Albans; one step-sister, Darlia Lowe of Massillon, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Creed, and two brothers, Marcel Deel of Pineville and Forest Deel of Mansfield, Ohio.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Minister Louis Watts officiating, and burial in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

 

MARJORIE RUTH WILLIAMS

Marjorie Ruth Williams, 85, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2008, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Levingston and Ida Bell Miller Greathouse.

She was a member of Church of the Living God, Spencer.

Surviving are two sons, Roger Williams of Elizabeth and Richard Williams of Reedy; one daughter, Carol Bottenfield of Spencer; one brother, Rev. Harvey Greathouse of Manchester, Ohio; two sisters, Betty Seymore and Macel Schreckengost, both of Barberton, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Williams; five grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Randy Wilson officiating. Burial was in Betts Cemetery.

 

LEON ‘Burl’ WYER

Leon B. “Burl” Wyer, 77, of Harrisville, died Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2008, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Albert Whipkey and Hannah R. Wyer.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Wyer and David Wyer, both of Harrisville; one daughter, Debbie Moyers of Harrisville; one brother, Harland Wyer of Hazelgreen; two sisters, Virgie Barker   of Smithville and Esta Tingler of Beatrice; seven grandchildren; one step-grandson; two great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Maxwell Wyer; one infant son, Leon B. Wyer, Jr.; one daughter, Linda Wyer-Jackson; two brothers, Leroy Wyer and Alson Wyer; and two sisters, Muriel Tingler and Elsie Wells.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

WILMA BAILEY VANNOY

Wilma F. Bailey Vannoy, 74, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Mar. 14, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Charles Greely and Evelyn Gaye Sears Greely.

She was a homemaker and Christian.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda Young of Ellwood City, Pa.; three sisters, Mary Cooper of Washington, Karen Lutz of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Sue Smith of Parkersburg; two brothers, David Bailey of Ellwood City and Chesley “Buck” Bailey of Parkersburg; one grandson; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Vannoy; five brothers, Bernis Frank, Charles, Jack, Dan and Roger Bailey; and two sisters, Iva Jean and Irene Bailey.

There will be no services.

 

CLIFFORD NELSON BYERS

Clifford Nelson Byers, 82, of Harrisville, died Friday, Mar. 14, 2008, at his residence.

He was born at Knob Fork, the son of the late Herbert and Goldie Stewart Byers.

He was a U.S. Marine during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Hope Gas Co. with 41 years service as a measurement specialist. He was a past president of Grantsville Lions Club, past chairman of Calhoun County Wood Festival, and founder of little league baseball in Ellenboro in the mid 1950’s. He was a member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Beulah Miller Byers; two daughters, Linda Cunningham of Harrisville and Connie Ferrell of Middlebourne; two brothers, Robert Byers of Paden City and Zack Byers of Wyandotte, Mich.; one sister, Pauline Moore of Wyandotte; eight grandchildren; one step-grandson; five great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by five brothers; four sisters; and one great-grandson, Christian Lutz.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville. Burial will in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

 

SARAH FRANCES BURROWS

Sarah Frances Burrows, 86, of Vienna, died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2008.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Elihu and Clara Metz.

She retired from Wood County Board of Education in 1983 after 10 years of service and was a cook at Neale and Jackson junior high schools. She was a member of River Valley Nazarene Church, Vienna.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard Burrows of Vienna; three daughters, Dortha Gregg of Walker, Mary Whitlock of Parkersburg and Beverly Scales of Kingwood, Tex.; one son, Dexter Burrows of Little Hocking, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Arminda Maxwell.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Hershel and Daniel Anderson and Lewis Metz; and one sister, Blondena Morrison.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Keith Hostutler officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens. 

 

AARON MICHAEL BLAND

Aaron Michael Bland, 36, of Dublin, Ohio, died Friday, Mar. 14, 2008. 

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of James Bland and wife Jeanie and Sandy Shears and husband Phil, all of Elizabeth.

He graduated from Wirt County High School in 1989 and from Glenville State College. He was employed by Verizon Wireless, Dublin. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Wilmington, N.C.

Surviving in addition to his parents are grandmother, Lillian Bland of Grantsville; grandparents, Jim and Mary Somerville of Elizabeth; one sister, Ashley Bland Wanosky of Parkersburg; three step-brothers, Jeff Shears of Lewisburg, Steve Shears of Elizabeth and Steve Shaffer of Glenville; one step-sister, Kristi Shaffer of Parkersburg; and two special nieces, Gillian and Juliet Wanosky.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, George Lawrence Bland of Grantsville.

Services were held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Pastor Harold Francis and Rev. Mark McCloy officiating. Burial was in K of P Cemetery, with graveside rites by Wirt Masonic Lodge 82.

 

ELBERT RAY KING

Elbert Ray King, 89, of Akron, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2008, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Clark and Ella Mae Houchin King.

He was retired from Goodyear with 34 years of service.

Surviving are one sister, Anna Marie Hess of Morgantown, and special friend, Mary Smith of Akron.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jenny Irene King; his second wife, Lucille Sherrill King; one sister, Elva Cave; and three brothers, Denver, Dennis and Lovell King.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with burial in Houchin Cemetery, Beech Road, Calhoun County.

 

RUBY STARCHER

Ruby M. Starcher, 82, died Saturday, Mar. 16, 2008.

She was born in Nebo, the daughter of the late Alec West and Addie Tanner.

Surviving are six sons, Jack, Clark, Bim, Bub, Bill and Gary Starcher; four daughters, Carolyn Beck, Delsie Pierson, Thelma Ree Schlesinger and Kathie Fuiten; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and five brothers and sisters, Ota, Berthie, Ollie, Homer and Ed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lambert Starcher, and one daughter, Martha Starcher.

Services will be held Thursday, 3 p.m., at Unity Gospel Tabernacle, Nebo. Burial will be in Coen Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, noon to 3 p.m., at the church. Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, is in charge of arrangements.

 

LENZIE ‘MASON’ WEST

Lenzie “Mason” West, 75, of Lorain, Ohio, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at Amherst Manor Retirement Community.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Seldon and Ivy West.

He enlisted in the Army in 1952 and served until 1954, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He moved his family to Lorain in 1958 and retired in 1985 from the coupling shop of US Steel. He was a member of Murray Ridge Road Church of God, Elyria, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, Marvin of San Diego, Calif., and Michael of Lorain; one daughter, Melissa Swetz of Amherst, Ohio; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Hartis West and Benjamin Smith West, both of West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Toler West; one granddaughter, Melissa; and several siblings.

Services were held at Dovin Funeral Home, Lorain, with Rev. Thom W. Cody officiating. Burial, with full military honors, was in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

 

JOSEPH LEO PADGETT

Joseph Leo Padgett, 16, of Orma, died Monday, Mar. 3, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center of injuries received in an auto accident on Mar. 2 at Chloe.

He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Janet Marks of Orma and Ronald Padgett of Indianapolis.

He had been a student at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his step-father, Phillip Marks of Orma; three step-sisters, Marie Leach of Wooster, Ohio, Jeni Hannah of Orma and Patti Gainer of Doylestown, Ohio; one step-brother, Doy Hannah of Chloe; two half-brothers, Michael Hannah of Wooster and Ronnie and Marcus Padgett of Indianapolis; maternal grandmother, Penny Taylor of Chloe; great- grandfather, Alphonse Obermeyer of Indianapolis; aunt, Christina Taylor of Orma; uncle, Donald Engle of Indianapolis; two cousins; nine nieces and nephews; and former step-father, Doy Hannah of Orma.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jeremiah Taylor; grandfather, Joe Taylor; and great-grandmother, Thelma Taylor.

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

 

FAYE THOMAS BARR

Faye Thomas Barr, 93, of Glenville, died Saturday, Mar. 8, 2008, at SunBridge Care Center, Salem.

She was born in Marion County, the daughter of the late S.K. and Rose Haggerty Thomas.

She retired in 1991 with 21 years of service as a school teacher in Calhoun County. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Glenville.

Surviving are two daughters, Rosemary Ailes of Grantsville and Phoebe B. Dailey of Nicholasville, Ky.; one son, James T. Barr of New Milton; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Barr, and one daughter, Susan Griffin.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church, Glenville, with Rev. Gerald Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, and one hour prior to services at the church.

 

JAMES ‘Jim’ WEAVER

James F. “Jim” Weaver, 56, of Okinawa, Japan, died Sunday, Mar. 9, 2008.

He was the son of Betty Fern Holpp Weaver and the late James Lauren Weaver of Mt. Zion.

He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Glenville State College in 1974 and a master’s degree in administration from  West  Virginia  University  in 1983. He taught for several years at Calhoun County High School before accepting a teaching position with Dept. of Defense Dependent Schools in Okinawa, where he taught middle and high school science on Kadena Air Force Base. In 2001, he was named Air Force Teacher of the Year.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Takayo; one son, Alex of Okinawa; one daughter, Jamie Hickman of Grantsville; one brother, David Weaver of Grantsville; and three sisters, Lora Sturm of Ripley and Linda Shock and Martha Haymaker, both of Mt. Zion.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

FRANK McCARTNEY

Frank McCartney, 78, of Morgantown, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2008, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born on his mother’s birthday in Lake Lynn, near Morgantown, the son of the late Lloyd and Georgia Stump McCartney.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired as a barge loader after 27 years of service with the former Green Bag Cement Co. He was a member of the Monongalia Lodge #10, IOOF, Orphan Friend Encampment #14, Patriarchs Militant Canton #3, Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans #276, and Laurel Ridge Hunting Club. He was president of Triune Senior Citizens. He joined Rush Run Baptist Church, Calhoun County, in 1947 and had been attending Faith Baptist Church, Morgantown.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Lenora Lawson McCartney, whom he married Jan. 12, 1951; three children, Diane J. Hevner, William D. “Bill” McCartney and Douglas K. McCartney, all of Morgantown; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Foster McCartney and Eugene McCartney, both of Morgantown; two sisters, Carolyn Matthew of Reedsville and Linda McFadden of Gans, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Corey Maxon, and five sisters, Emily Petrich, Emmajean Pearl McCartney, Ruth Schiffbauer, Edith Saylor and Mary Daugherty.

Services were held at Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, with Pastor Bennie Moran officiating. Burial was in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Westover, with flag folding ceremonies conducted by members of the W.Va. National Guard Honor Guard of Camp Dawson, Kingwood. Memorial service was held by Monongalia Lodge #10 at the funeral home.

 

WALLACE STEMPLE

Wallace D. Stemple, 83, of Kingwood, died Saturday, Mar. 8, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Kingwood, the son of the late Victor Tilden and Alice Bridget Bosley Stemple.

 He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II and retired after 35 years from West Virginia Northern Railroad, where he was a brakeman and a mechanic. He also worked for Haney’s Service Center for 23 years.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Gladys E. Blake Stemple, whom he married May 22, 1947, in Oakland, Md.; one son, William Stemple and wife Nancy of Arnoldsburg; three daughters, Betty L. DeWitt and husband Charles of Kingwood, Mary C. Harris of Arnoldsburg and Janice E. Stemple of Kingwood; five grandchildren, Scott DeWitt and Courtney Templon, both of Kingwood, Connie Summers and Trisha Harris, both of Orma,  and Wally Stemple of Arnoldsburg; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward T. of Marlington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Wallace D. Stemple, Jr.; two sisters, Georgia Stemple Browning and Evelyn Stemple Ervin; and three brothers, Jim, Cecil and Ted Stemple.

Services were held at Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Home, Kingwood Chapel, with Bill Kerns officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.

 

MABEL MAE ‘Nanny’ METZ

Mabel Mae “Nanny” Metz, 85, of Otto Route, Spencer, died Monday, Mar. 10, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Randolph County, the daughter of the late George Randolph and Opha Blanche Mahaney Louk.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are four daughters, Emogene Bowers and Mary Butler, both of Spencer, Elsie Hamrick of Massillon, Ohio, and Bertha Dyer of Jeffersonville, Ky.; one son, Olen Metz of Shreve, Ohio; special friend, Bonnie Spellman of Creston, Ohio; one sister, Ola Coager of Rock Cave; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Owen Vear Metz; one daughter, Grace Metz; six brothers, Dan, Roy, Burr, Bedford, William and Elsworth; four sisters, Virgi Night, Glady Boiggs, Virginia Goad and Tippy Bender; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Albert Louk; and one half-sister, Alice Louk.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Leon Strickland and Rev. Darin Cale officiating. Burial will be in Wilson-Lester Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

RUDOLPH KEVAK, SR.

Rudolph M. Kevak, Sr., of Hughestown, Pa., died Saturday, Mar. 8.

He was born in DuPont, the son of the late Wladyslow and Agnes Kiwak Kevak.

He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont.

Surviving are his wife, Rita Brody Kevak; two sons, Rudolph M. Kevak, Jr., and Dennis L. Kevak, both of Palestine; one daughter, Rita Ftorkowald of Naples, Fla.; three grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and two sisters, Frances Marino of Geneva, N.Y., and Helen Mlozinski of Bloomfield, N.J.

Private services were held at Kizla-Lokuta Funeral Home, Pittston, Pa., with a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

 

BEULAH CONLEY

Beulah G. Conley, 95, of Ripley, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at Eldercare of West Virginia, Ripley.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late John and Hattie Gillian Smith. She was office manager for several years at Hardman’s Home Center, Spencer, and a member of Reedy United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Les W. Conley of Elyria, Ohio; two daughters, Eleanor Rae Mills of Leroy and Barbara Lynn Conley of Ripley; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray R. Conley; one infant son, John W. Conley; two brothers, Milo M. Smith and Paul H. Smith; and one sister, Olive C. Coon.

In honoring her wishes, she will be cremated. There will be no services.

 

NYLE WILSON NICHOLAS

Nyle Wilson Nicholas, 79, of Dunbar, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at home.

He was the son of the late Hope Wilson Nicholas and Denver B. Nicholas of Grantsville.

He attended schools in Grantsville and Glenville State College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spent nine months in the Naval Hospital in Dublin, Ga., and served aboard aircraft carriers USS Midway and USS Coral Sea. He retired from Liquid Transport, Charleston, and was a member of First Baptist Church, Dunbar, and past master of O’Dell Lodge 115, AF&AM, Grand Lodge of West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Doris R. Nicholas; one daughter, Linda Nicholas Smyser of Reston, Va.; two sons, Stephen Nyle Nicholas of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jeffrey Kyle Nicholas of St. Albans; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a very special girl, Breanna.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Nicholas Fisher, and one great-grandson, Jacob Wade Nicholas.

Services were held at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Rev. Thomas E. Stevens officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

BILLY GENE RICHARDS

Billy Gene Richards, 67, of Norman Ridge, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at his home.

He was born at Norman Ridge, the son of the late Mack and Geraldine Taylor Richards.

He had worked in the oilfields and retired from Sav-A-Tool. He was a member of Norman Ridge Fairview United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Dorothy Louise Richards; two sons, Billy Joe and Darrell Richards; two daughters, Patricia Richards and Angela Dye; two grandchildren, Elijah and Aleah Dye; four sisters, Loraine Pursley, Isabelle Davis, Hazel Gribble and Margaret Wagoner; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two infant children, Carl Ray and Sherry Ann Richards; nine sisters, Rosalea Davis, Goldie L. Richards, Clara B. Richards, Irene B. Richards, Pauline Jones, Yetta Webb, Thressie Graham, Hettie Beatty and Alice Richards; and five brothers, Mack Richards, Jr., Shirdie Richards, Bernard Richards, Desmoin Richards and Denver Richards.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Norman Ridge.

 

ANDREW LEE SNIDER

Andrew Lee Snider, 60, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008.

He was the son of Geneva Snider and the late J.L. Snider.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 30 years, Cathi; two daughters, Alescia Rhodes and Ivory Boatright; two sons, Justin and Ryan Andrew; seven grandchildren, Jace, Taegan, Quentin, Logan, Mason, Mikayla and Kiera; three sisters, Doris Davis of Spencer, Sandra Ferrebee of Ravenna, Ohio, and Wanda Crawford of North Carolina; 28 nieces and nephews; 34 great-nieces and nephews; and five great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ray.

The family will receive friends at Calhoun County Park from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday for memorial services and military rites.

 

MARIE TAYLOR

Marie R. Taylor, 64, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Mar. 1, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Camden, N.J., the daughter of Willard and Rose Bishop.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Lawrence “Larry” J. Taylor; two daughters, Elaine Weinberg and Billie Jo Freeberg, both of Westville, N.J.; two step-sons, Daniel L. Taylor of Blue Ridge, Va., and Brian Duffield of Mullica Hill, N.J.; one sister, Linda Boyle of Glendora, N.J.; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating, and burial in St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

ARLAN RAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Arlan Ray Schoolcraft, 75, of Sistersville, died Monday, Feb., 18, 2008, at Sistersville Center-Genesis Eldercare.

He was born at Sand Ridge, the son of the late Lonnie and Janie Cogar Schoolcraft.

Surviving are one brother, Arnold Schoolcraft of Sistersville, and two sisters, Coleen Bray of Clinton, Ohio, and Lorraine Dillon of Crummies Creek.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Zee Blosser and Dorothy Yoak.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Glenville McBride officiating. Burial was in Schoolcraft Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

 

MERLE GERTRUDE HENSLEY

Merle Gertrude Hensley, 90, of Hurricane, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.

She was born in Mudfork, the daughter of the late Mamie M. Cadle and Clarence White.

She was a member of Mudfork Union Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Ellen Martin and Carol Young; three brothers, C. Don Cross, Dorse Cross and Vertis White; one sister, Mildred White Simmons; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandra Lou Brannon and Etta Lana Hensley, and two sisters, Alta Cross Mathews and Wilma Cross “Bid” Postalwait.

Services were held at Hardman Cemetery, Nebo, with Darius Arnold and Donal Dawson officiating.

 

MELVIN SIERS

Melvin R. Siers, 64, of Rosedale, died at home on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008.

He was the son of the late Earl and Hallie Sampson Siers.

Surviving are one brother, Pete Siers of Rosedale; one sister, Pearl Wildman of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Marion Everette, Walter Lee and Robert Lee Siers, and one sister, Myrl Kaye.

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

 

MARISSA OPAL WAGONER

Marissa Opal Wagoner, newborn daughter of Jason Keith Wagoner and April Dawn Bayles of Williamstown, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

Surviving in addition to her parents, are maternal grandparents, Bill and Monica Bayles of Williamstown; paternal grandparents, Hatzel and Bonnie Wagoner of Big Bend; three aunts; and one uncle.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Wayne Brown officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Waverly.

 

NORMA JEAN NORMAN COTTRILL

Norma Jean Schoolcraft Norman Cottrill, 77, of New Bern, N.C., formerly of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008.

She was born at Sand Ridge, the daughter of the late Harley and Louise Ross Schoolcraft.

Surviving are three sons, Donzel Norman and wife Cathy of New Bern, Harley Norman and wife Pam of Lynchburg, Va., and Vernon Norman and wife Gloria of Creston; one daughter, Norma Mowrey and husband Ron of Arnoldsburg; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers; Gordon Schoolcraft of Orma, Leon Schoolcraft of Elyria, Ohio, and Raymond Schoolcraft of Grantsville; and one sister, Lou Schoolcraft Boggs of McCellandtown, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donzel “Dude” Norman; one brother, John Schoolcraft; and one sister, Nina Schoolcraft Groves.

She was cremated at her request. Private burial will be held at the family’s convenience in Metz Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

 

VIRGIE FAYE YOAK

Virgie Faye Yoak, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.

She was the daughter of the late Oakie and Nellie Norman.

She worked for many years as a cafeteria worker in Green, Ohio.

Surviving are two daughters, Hazel Hyland and Jean Christner; four sons, William, David, Rod and Dan; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Bennett and Thelma Collins.

She was preceded in death in 1984 by her husband of 49 years, William Johnson Yoak, whom she married in 1935; two daughters, Martha Abernathy and Mary Summers; one grand-daughter, Cindy Summers; two sisters; and one brother.

Services were held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

 

LIZZIE MAE LINVILLE STOUT

Lizzie Mae Linville Stout, 73, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Billie and Veta “Pete” Hathaway Linville.

She worked at Rubber Fabricators and at Calhoun General Hospital as a nurse’s aide for many years. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Surviving are three daughters, Carol Valentine of Cleburne, Tex., Brenda Muck of Chesapeake, Va., and Kathy Stout of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Bill of Carbondale, Colo., and Bob of Orma; eight grandchildren, Steve and Brian Valentine of Cleburne, Chris Muck of Chesapeake, Brandon Church and Sarah McCutcheon of Richmond, and Patty West, Jordan Delaney and Zachary Stout of Orma; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Hibbert Linville of Mineral Wells; and her precious dog, Bambi.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Eugene Stout, on May 24, 1993; three brothers, Calvin, William and Howard Linville; and one sister, Isabel “Sis” Raines.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Charles McDonald officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

KENNETH SAMPSON

Kenneth B. Sampson, 57, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Oral G. and Ruby Dillon Sampson.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of Victory Baptist Church. He was a member of 4-H Big Foot Tribe and had taught classes for Lights On! program. He was a funeral director’s assistant at Stump Funeral Home for several years.

Surviving are one daughter, Anna Marie Sampson of Millstone; two brothers, Willard Sampson of St. Marys and Otis Sampson of Clayton, N.C.; and two sisters, Ellen Coen of Barberton, Ohio, and Mary L. West of Arnoldsburg.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Mike Worf officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

ROBERT LEE GREATHOUSE

Robert Lee Greathouse, 62, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Orville and Helen Dotson Greathouse.

He was a 1966 graduate of Calhoun County High School and 1967 graduate of Charleston Barber College. He was a former employee of W.Va. Dept. of Highways and a member of Grand Central Avenue Church of Christ, Vienna, and the church’s Prime Timers group. He was retired from Wood County board of education as custodian at Jackson Junior High School.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Carol Hixson Greathouse; two sons, Eric Robert Greathouse of Vienna and Mark Allen Greathouse of Parkersburg; five grandchildren; one uncle, Joe Dotson of Lebanon, Tenn.; and several cousins.

Services were held at Grand Central Avenue Church of Christ with Evangelist Joe Spivy officiating. Burial was in Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.

 

RUBY JARVIS MAY

Ruby Jarvis May, 93, of Spencer, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born in Stinson, the daughter of the late Nelson and Lora Hicks Jarvis.

She had lived in New York, Colorado and California until returning to Spencer in 1957. She worked various jobs, including care giving to the sick and elderly.

Surviving are one sister, Eva Parsons of Spencer, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James May; one infant son; three sisters, Mae Moss, Violet Smith and Myrtle Lauber; and three brothers, Harry, Cecil and Ernest Jarvis.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Tom Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in Lamb Cemetery, near Stinson. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the funeral home.

 

JAMES STALNAKER

James O. Stalnaker, 93, of Leachtown, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Clark and Nora Hughes Stalnaker.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having achieved the rank of Sergeant. He spent the majority of his life as a cattle farmer. He was a member of Boggs Fork Community Church and W.Va. Farm Bureau.

Surviving are one son, Mike Stalnaker; three grandsons; four sisters, Brunna Penman of Mesa, Ariz., Juanita Shorb of Pinetop, Ariz., Emma Deel of Minnora and Naomi Simms of Waterloo, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Luzader Stalnaker; four brothers, Fenton, Eucal, Euell and Bee; and one sister, Eupha Stalnaker Jones.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

ELEANOR WELCH

Eleanor G. Welch, 89, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Marion County, the daughter of the late George and Alverta Wells Deulley.

Surviving are four sons, Howard and wife Sandra, James and wife Bessie, all of Nobe, Larry of Tennessee and William and Pelma Wolfe of Ravenswood; five daughters, Thelma Winter and husband Owen of Burning Springs, Patricia Metz and Jean McCray, both of Parkersburg, Loretta Scott of Five Forks and Betty Wilson and husband Marvin of Grantsville; 44 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Arnold Yoak; and one sister, Jean Godfrey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Delmar Welch; an infant son; one grandson; five sisters; and two brothers.

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

 

BOYD ‘Jim’ DUSKEY

Boyd F. “Jim” Duskey, 66, of East Canton, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Boyd H. and Virgie Slider Duskey.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Bonnie R. Horpestad Duskey; one son, Anthony “Tony” Duskey of East Canton; two daughters, Melissa Cook of Canton and Deanna Duskey of Parkersburg; three grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Duskey of Elizabeth; two sisters, Virginia Whytsell of Arnoldsburg and Beverly Carpenter of Mt. Zion; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Bob Cook officiating. Burial was in Wright Cemetery, Cremo, with military graveside rites.

 

DONALD LEE WAYNE

Donald Lee Wayne, 46, of Zanesville, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at his residence.

He was born in Zanesville, the son of the late Robert and Florence Bugglin Wayne.

Surviving are two brothers, Daniel and James Wayne of Zanesville, and two sisters; Rita Bagley of Zanesville and Agnes Allen of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Wayne, and one infant sister.

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

 

PAULINE HAYS KELLEY

Pauline Hays Kelley, 103, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Willow’s Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Perry C. and Lily Rose Stump Hays.

She was a retired school teacher, having taught in the one-room Deep Valley School, Mt. Zion. She and her husband were owner/operators of Kelley’s Store, Mt. Zion. She was a member of DAR, Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames of the 17th. Century and Rebecca Lodge.

Surviving are three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest L. Kelley, in 1975; one son, Richard H. Kelley; three sisters, Janice Crumley, Geraldine Perrin and Bernice Hays; and one niece.

Graveside services were held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with Rev. Rich McClure officiating.

 

CLAIR PERKINS

Clair Perkins, 76, of Vienna, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008.

He was born in Nicut, the son of the late Clarence and Zell Newell Perkins.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He worked at Viscose Corp. until 1969 and owned Perkins Construction.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Shirley Bircher Perkins; two daughters, Angela J. Gant and Teresa A. Smith, both of Vienna; one son, Matthew Clair Perkins of Vienna; six grandchil-dren; two sisters, Jacqueline Cowan of Massillon, Ohio, and Eleanor Gilmore of Parkersburg; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Maxine, and one brother, Bernard “Bun” Perkins.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville.

 

DOLLIE BAILEY

Dollie F. Bailey, 67, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Clarence O. Davis and Icy Cole Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Carl B. Bailey; three daughters, Debra Anderson and Rebecca Beiry, both of Parkersburg, and Patricia Stephens of Wirt County; one son, Timothy Bailey of Parkersburg; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Davis of Grantsville and Coy Davis of Parkersburg; one sister, Bonnie Summerville of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Carl Ray Bailey; two brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Jim Lynch officiating. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

 

MARY JO MIHELICH

Mary Jo Merzwieler Mihelich, 64, of Glenville, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late Richard Paul and Agnes P. Blake Merzwieler.

She worked as an LPN at hospitals in the Akron area, Roane General Hospital and Sunbridge Health Care. She attended Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Glenville, and was former owner of Heavenly Stitches, Glenville.

Surviving are her companion of 23 years, Gary Rose of Glenville; three daughters, Robin Ritter and Mary Agnes Hosey, both of Glenville, and Vickie Cain of Mt. Zion; one son, Frank J. Mihelich of Akron; one step-son, Brad Rose of Newark, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; one brother, Richard M. Merzwieler of Akron; one sister, Paula Drope of Suffield, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Tammy Merzwieler.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Father Edwin Daschbach as celebrant. Burial was in St. Boniface Cemetery, Camden.

 

LORANZA ‘Jack’ PITTS, JR.

Loranza G. “Jack” Pitts, Jr., 82, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born at West Union, the son of the late Loranza G. Pitts, Sr., and Ortha Lea Cain Pitts.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korean War and retired after 36 years with Hope Gas Co. He attended First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are one daughter, Jackie Blankenship and husband Ron of Grantsville; two sons, Rick M. Pitts and wife Sharon and B.K. Pitts and wife Melissa, all of Grantsville; seven grandchildren, Paige Toney, Cam Blankenship, Ashley Pitts, Dylan Baker, Brandon Baker, Tyler Walling and Brianna Pitts; two great-grandchildren, Bradyn and Alexis Toney; and two sisters, Margarete Dykman of Virginia and Ortha L. Blackrun of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Glenna L. Hardman Pitts, on Dec. 30, 2005; one sister, Gladys Pitts; and two brothers, Don Pitts and Barry Pitts.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Bill Law officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

MISSOURIA KAY NICHOLAS

Missouria Kay Nicholas, 53, of Orma, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Lizzie Nutter and Elbert Beckett.

She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Denver Nicholas; two daughters, Emma Howell and Melissa Nicholas, both of Orma; five step-children, David Nicholas, Joyce Stout and Robin McCumbers, all of Orma, Dale Nicholas of Alabama and Patrick Nicholas of Chloe; 12 step-grandchildren, Allen Nicholas, Chris Carpenter, Patricia West, Jordan Delaney, Lucas McCumbers and Carol McCumbers, all of Orma, Dean Nicholas of Arnoldsburg, Travis Nicholas of Chloe, Sean Carpenter of North Carolina, Kirstie Nicholas of Spencer, and Denver Nicholas and Timothy Nicholas of Alabama; 13 step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ruth Rhodes of Parkersburg, Evelyn Beckett of Orma, Margaret Rush of Sand Ridge and Barbara Taylor of North Carolina; two brothers, Danny Beckett of Chloe and Virgil Beckett of Millstone; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two infant sisters and one step-daughter, Wanda Carpenter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder George Rose officiating. Burial was in Nicholas Cemetery, Orma.

 

PAULINE RUTH DUSKEY

Pauline Ruth Duskey, 76, of Canvas, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008.

She was born at Annamoriah, the daughter of the late Holly and Elizabeth Gibson Kerby.

She was a member of Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church, Canvas.

Surviving are her husband, Harold Duskey; one daughter, Sandy Hanshaw; two grandchildren; and three brothers, Robert of Columbus, Ohio, William of Mt. Zion and Foster of Spencer.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Linda, Sue and Marie.

Services were held at Jordan Chapel U.M. Church, with Rev. Clifford West officiating. Burial was in Walker Memorial Park, Summersville.

 

BETTY LEE HOWELL

Betty Lee King Howell, 73, of Louisville, Ken., died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Baptist Hospital East, Louisville.

She was born in Calhoun and retired from Rite-Aid Co.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, John D. Howell; two daughters, Leslie Houck and Susan Hopkins; and two grandchildren.

Services were held at Resthaven Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

 

PEGGY ALENE MARCOU

Peggy Alene Marcou, 62, of Sand Ridge, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Belleville, Tex., the daughter of Sylas and Ella Kolby Waggoner.

Surviving are her husband, Charles Douglas Marcou; two children, Gwendolyn Gee and Billy Don Jordan, both of Texas; one sister, Rosie Dalton of Texas; and one brother, Charles Waggoner of Texas.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

 

ORDA MAE OFFUTT

Orda Mae Offutt, 93, of Creston, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Smithville-Western Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Okey and Myrtle Jarvis Conley.

She had retired from Nabisco Brands, Seville, Ohio. She was a member of the former Enterprise Baptist Church, Rittman, Ohio.

Surviving are six children, Dave Offutt of Stoutsville, Ohio, Darrell Offutt of Brunswick, Ohio, Charlene Amick of Brick, N.J., Jean Harrold of Dunbar, Robert (Bill) Wilson of Big Springs and Opal “Toots” Thompson of Wooster, Ohio; one grandson whom she raised, John Miller of Creston; two special children, Taylor and Lexie; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Carsie Conley of Chloe; one sister, Oleta Yentz of Wadsworth, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Robert Offutt, on Apr. 30, 1980; three sons, Charles, Garrett and Carroll; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Ray, Harley, John and Claret; and two sisters, Emil Coen and Mildred Lewis.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Murray Funeral Home, Creston, with burial in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. 

 

BRENT BUTLER

Brent Butler, 33, of Elizabeth, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008.

He was born in Lorain, Ohio, the son of Billy Pims Butler and Sandra Arthur.

He was a welder and former security guard.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Deavin Butler; one daughter, Brooklyn Dawn Butler; three sisters, Sabrina Dooley of Burning Springs, Sharma Butler of Rockport and Jessie Butler of Elizabeth; and one brother, Jacob Butler of Elizabeth.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating, and burial in Bailey Cemetery, Minnora. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

VIRGIE MAE FISHER

Virgie Mae Fisher, 70, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Earl and Ona Mae McCumbers Knicely.

Surviving are four sons, Junior Fisher II of Ripley, Robert Dale Fisher of Warren, Ohio, and Russell Wayne Fisher and John Martin Fisher, both of Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Fisher; an infant son, David Lee Fisher; two sisters; and one brother.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut

 

ALVA WILLIAMS

Alva Williams, 88, of Ripley, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at Elder Care, Ripley.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Jesse and Mary Stalnaker Williams.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a former employee of W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are one daughter, Teresa Diane Dennis of Strasburg, Ohio, and one sister, Irene Stevens of Lorain, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Hale, Albert and Holly Williams, and three sisters, Opal Bowers, Gladys Williams and Millie Holbert.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, with military graveside rites.

 

THELMA GRIFFIN

Thelma S. Griffin, 86, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Lital and Ruth Anderson Starcher.

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

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Ferrell Griffin; two sons, Joseph Griffin of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Eric Griffin of Caldwell; two grandchildren; and one sister, Faye Hibbs of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Beverly R. Jarvis, and one sister, Leno Ash.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Paul Drake officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation was also one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

WYONA CHURL LOTT

Wyona Churl Lott, 71, of Ravenna, Ohio, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Dolly Dawson Bell.

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

Surviving are her husband, Harold W. Lott, whom she married Aug. 1, 1950; two sons, Harold Lott and Randy Lott, both of Ravenna; one daughter, Linda Gibson of Ravenna; eight grand-children; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Harold Bell of Smithville and Bud Bell of Ravenna.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Mark Gibson; one great-grandson, Malachi M. Treadwell; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ravenna.

 

MICHAEL EARL McCARTNEY

Michael Earl McCartney, 58, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, in Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Georgia Pearl Stalnaker McCartney Burke and the late Col. Loren “Buck” McCartney.

He graduated from Glenville High School and Glenville State College, where he was president of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a former Marine and served with the 305th Army Reserves. He retired after 31 years as a teacher at Calhoun County High School, where he had been a football and wrestling coach and had served as faculty senate president. He was president of midget league football and wrestling programs in Calhoun and was a former town council member. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, and a Sunday School teacher, and a member of Masonic Lodge 40 and the Society of Sons of the Revolution.

Surviving are his mother, who resided with him; his wife of 28 years, Patsy Gherke McCartney; one daughter, Carri Leann Catapano of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Eric Michael McCartney of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Travis Shane McCartney of Lexington Park, Md.; one grandson, Michael Ian Catapano; two brothers, Patrick McCartney of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Kevin “Terry” McCartney of Alliance, Ohio; one sister, Kathleen Gilbert of Eldersburg, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Tim Davis and Patrick McCartney officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, with military graveside rites. Visitation will be on Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. until time of services, at the funeral home.

 

REECE ‘Fuzzy’ COTTRILL

Reece “Fuzzy” Cottrill, 81, of Spencer, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Frozen Run, the son of the late Ezra and Ellen Salyers Cottrill.

He worked as a laborer and retired as custodian from Gilmer County Schools. He was a member of Frozen Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Suzanna Bennett Cottrill; four daugh-ters, Virginia Covalt of LaGrange, Ohio, Carolyn Conley and Patty Woods, both of Spencer, and Sheila Nelson of Poca; three sons, James “Ace” Cottrill of Normantown, Burlan Cottrill of Cleveland, Ohio, and Steven Cottrill of Shock; two sisters, Annabelle Stump of Orma and Myretta Riley of Stumptown; four brothers, Ronzel “Cobb” Cottrill of Warren, Ohio, Russell “Dee” Cottrill of Shock, Denzil “Leon” Cottrill of Mt. Zion and Denver “Paul” Cottrill of Nicut; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva and Mae.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Larry Fisher officiating, and burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown.

 

IDA MAE CALHOUN

Ida Mae Curry Simers Calhoun, 86, of Grantsville, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Tanner, the daughter of the late Charles Alexander and Sarah Ellen Kelly Curry. She was a member of Cherry Fork United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Charles Simers and Burl Simers and wife Jean, all of Grantsville, and John Simers and wife Linda of Mt. Zion; one step-grandchild, Charlie Roy Richards, Jr.; one great-grandson, David Bugby; four step-great-grandchildren, Alexa Richards, Brogan Richards, Kyler Propst and Mason Propst; and two grandchildren, Sandra Bugby and Cindy Simers.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Callie Simers, in 1969, and her second husband, Blaine Calhoun, in 1995; eight brothers; three sisters; one half-sister; and one half-brother.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

TERESA LYNN KNICELY

Teresa Lynn Bowers Knicely, 34, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at home.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of Michael Darrell Anderson of Spencer and Frances M. Cottrell Anderson of Spencer.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Ashley Dawn Knicely of the home; one son, Justin Allen Bowers of Milton, Fla.; one brother, Michael Ray Anderson of Spencer; step-mother, Evelyn Anderson of Spencer; one half-sister, Shannon Bankester of Stapleton, Ala.; four step-sisters, Kathleen Paxton and Rebecca Anderson, both of Denver, N.C., and Katherine Dean and Deborah Starkey, both of Spencer.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. John Price officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

 

GENEVA EDITH BADGETT

Geneva Edith Badgett, 84, of Nobe, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at home.

She was born at Minnora, the daughter of the late Calvin Spencer and Grace Bailey Jarvis.

She was a member of Milo Church.

Surviving are six sons, Ronald Badgett of Leatherbark, Kenith Badgett of Orma, Shirly Badgett of Big Springs, Charter Bee and Charles Badgett, both of Chloe, and Danny Badgett of Nobe; four sisters, Rilma Chandler of South Carolina, Nell Deweese of Spencer, Bonnie Ellison of Orma and Madeline Hardway of Cheylan; four brothers, Carl and Gary Jarvis, both of Orma, and Bill and Charter Jarvis, both of Chloe; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charter Badgett in 1982; three brothers, Cecil, Paris Bruce and Curt Jarvis; and four sisters, Winna Mae Jarvis, Dessie Jett, Olive Grace Deweese and Maysel Badgett Stalnaker.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Clark Jarvis Cemetery, Chloe.

 

DIANE GIBSON

Diane Gibson of Elizabeth, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late George and Virginia Anderson O’Dell.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, Bobby Gibson of Queenstown, Md., and Hank Edward Gibson of Calhoun County; four daughters, Virginia Gibson and Barbara Gibson, both of Elizabeth, Loretta Slusher of Mineral Wells and Diane Marie Lowd of Red Lion, Pa.; two brothers, Averal Allen O’Dell of Leroy and George O’Dell of Parkersburg; one sister, Barb Sponaugle of Palestine; 16 grand-children; two great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee Gibson, Sr., and one son, Hank Allen Gibson.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Ray Whiteman officiating. Honoring her wish, cremation will follow the service.

 

LOUIS EDWARD MILAM

Louis Edward Milam, 64, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008.

He was born at Bloomingrose, Boone County, the son of the late George Marshall and Myrtle Harrison Milam.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a founding member of Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville, where he served on the church board.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; one son, Michael of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Lucille Ferguson of Elyria, Ohio, and Barbara Kay Milam of Bloomingrose; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John Henry Milam.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, noon, at Victory Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Worf, Rev. Alfred Hickman and Rev. Charles McDonald officiating, and burial in Broomstick Cemetery, Five Forks, with military graveside rites. Visitation was also scheduled one hour prior to services at the church.

 

GENEVA SEARS

Geneva F. Sears, 85, of Grantsville, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Minnie Hamilton Health System’s Long Term Care.

She was born at Cabot Station, the daughter of the late Elijah and Suddie Nester.

Surviving are one daughter, Sonja Cain of Grantsville; one granddaughter, Dawn Mullens of Charleston; one grandson, Douglas Cain of Wallback; and two great-grandsons, Matt and Michael Mullens.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Junior Nester.

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

 

ROBERTA SUE McCARTNEY

Roberta Sue McCartney, 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at home.

She was the daughter of Asa Bush and Leafy Lee Vannoy.

Sue worked several years for Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville, and Gilmer County Schools as the county resource bus driver.

Surviving are four children, Sandra Sue Parks of Beckley, Pat G. McCartney and Jack E. McCartney, both of Tanner, and Tim C. McCartney of Parkersburg; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Anne Jones of Tanner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Everett McCartney, whom she married July 5, 1946, and two siblings, Asa Wilson Vannoy and Mary Joe Jones.

Sue chose to donate her body to WVU Hospital Science Dept. and not to have funeral services.

 

MARY CAMDEN

Mary J. Camden, 66, of Akron, Ohio, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, in Akron.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Mansel and Hazel Starcher Hughes.

She was a homemaker and had been a resident of Akron since 1958.

Surviving are two daughters, Hazel Parle and Betty Stecyk, both of Akron; one son, James Bennett of Akron; two sisters, Carolyn Miller and Shirley Naylor, both of Millstone; one brother, Lonnie Hughes of Spencer; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Bennett; one son, Roger; and one daughter, Patricia.

Services were held at Hur with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Hur Cemetery.

 

NINA ROSE NICHOLAS

Nina Rose Nicholas, 73, of Harrisville, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Home, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Bernard V. and Goldie Reip Elliott.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1952 and worked as a cook at Harrisville Elementary School for 17 years. She was a member of Harrisville Baptist Church, where she had been a Sunday School teacher, deaconess, and member of the Hand Bell Choir. 

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Charles A. Nicholas; two daughters, Michelle D. “Shelly” Boyce of Parkersburg and Rebecca Rose Stemple of North Hills; one son, Charles Michael Nicholas of Vienna; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Francis Elliott and an infant, and two sisters, Pauline Husk and Maxine Mattice.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Harrisville Baptist Church, with Pastor Robert Perine officiating, and burial in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

 

FLORENCE IRENE ROGERS

Florence Irene Rogers, 76, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Big Run, Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Nellie Sampson.

She attended Five Forks Community Church and was a homemaker.

Surviving are four daughters, Virginia Bower of Davisville, Ruby Harkness of Parkersburg, Pamela Garrett of Mt Zion and Jo Ann Rogers of Grantsville; three sons, Darrell Rogers of North Benton, Ohio, Delmas Rogers of Big Springs and Franklin Rogers of Grantsville; two brothers, Delmer Sampson and George Sampson, both of Massillon, Ohio; one sister, Wanetta Rogers of Massillon; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and special pets, Midnight and Precious.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil C. Rogers on Jan. 2, 1995; one daughter, Deloris J. Rogers on Dec. 5, 2007; and three brothers.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

 

RUBY NORRIS GOODLETT

Ruby E. Norris Goodlett, 94, of Grantsville, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at the home of William and Gloria Shock, with whom she resided.

She was the daughter of the late Jessie and Flora Brookover.

Surviving are one sister, Bertha Hosey of Morgantown; one adopted son, Martin Morris of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

ROSALIE COLLINS

Rosalie Collins, 77, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Zeramiah and Bessie Stafford Selmon.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two daughters, Cindy Collins of Ivydale and Betty Starcher of Chloe; four sons, Roy Collins of Parkersburg, Michael Collins and Tom Collins, both of Grantsville, and William Collins of Arnoldsburg; one brother, Harry Selmon of Parkersburg; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Collins; one son, Sam; and two infant children.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Lancaster officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

WILLIAM DONALD BARKER

William Donald Barker, 94, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at his home.

He was born in Braxton County. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a former employee of Scott Lumber Co., Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Parsons Jones Barker; five sons, Max Barker and Larry Barker, both of Parkersburg, Delmas Barker of Mineral Wells, Ronnie Barker of Rockport and Frank Barker of Texas; one daughter, Sue Jones of Parkersburg; four step-sons, Francis Jones, Harry Jones and Frank Jones, all of Parkersburg, and Herbert Jones of Illinois; one step-daughter, Mary Britton of Parkersburg; and several grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Bud Corbitt officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

WILLIAM RYMER ‘Doc’ LAW

William Rymer “Doc” Law, 94, of Grantsville, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late James B. and Dale Law.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was owner of Law Hardware, Grantsville, for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, where he attended Fell Kennedy Sunday School class.

Surviving are four sons, Robert Law and Tom Law and wife Karen, all of Grantsville, and Joe Law and wife Dianne and Bill Law and wife Connie, all of Parkersburg; one sister, Eva Langston of Hendersonville, N.C.; one brother, Jim Law; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elodean Riggs Law; one infant sister; and one brother, Ronzel Law.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Greg Swisher and Deacon Shirley Fitzwater officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

GENE EDWARD WAGONER

Gene Edward Wagoner, 58, of Sand Ridge, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at his home.

He was the son of Elza and Myra Midcap Wagoner.

He was a Vietnam veteran and retired from Ames Co. in 2004 after 36 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Hoskins Wagoner; two sons, Jamie Wagoner and Brian Wagoner; two grandchildren, Breanna Wagoner and MacKenzie Holbert; two brothers, Elmer of Sand Ridge and Ray of Parkersburg; and one sister, Susan Davidson of Davisville.

A private service will be held at the family’s convenience.

 

RONZEL HUNT

Ronzel L. Hunt, 72, of Elizabeth, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Herbert and Goldie Anderson Hunt.

He retired from Johns-Manville in June 1998 after 39 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Patsy Jean Chedester Hunt; two daughters, Tina Jarrett and Talina Linville, both of Elizabeth; two sons, Ronnie Hunt of Palestine and John Hunt of Elizabeth; two brothers, Bobby Hunt of Idaho, and Emerson of New Mexico; two sisters, Ginny Woodring of Parkersburg and Loretta Knapp of Spencer; five grandchildren; three great-grand-children; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, General and Leo Hunt.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Watkins officiating. Burial will be in K of P Cemetery, Elizabeth. Visitation was scheduled at the funeral home on Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday, 9 a.m. until time of services.

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