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MARY WHEELER

Mary Lou Wheeler, 75, of Leeson Run, Greenwood, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

She was born near Grantsville, the daughter of the late Porter L. and Cassie B. Wilson Reese.

She worked at the former Shepherd Nursing Home, Ellenboro, and was a member of Ruley Chapel Church, Arnold’s Creek Road.

Surviving are two sons, Randy Reese and Gary Wheeler, both of Greenwood; one daughter, Brenda Todd of Greenwood; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ford, Leo, Charles and Glen Reese, and two sisters, Christina Britton and Arlene Hoalcraft.

Services were held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Ovid Lee Pernell officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

LILA MILLER

Lila M. Miller, 68, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Ravenna, Ohio, and raised at Cremo, the daughter of the late John and Lovie Husk Blosser. She was a 1962 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired from Nashua/York Photo, Parkersburg, after 15 years of service.

Surviving are her husband, Steven L. Miller of Parkersburg; one son, Tim Miller of Parkersburg; one daughter, Stephanie Fox of Belpre, Ohio; six grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Blosser of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Blosser; one brother, Larry Blosser; and one granddaughter, Amanda Jade Miller.

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

FONNIS EUGENE TOLER

Fonnis “Fonz” Eugene Toler, 55, of Palestine, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Logan, the son of Eugene and Zola Robinson Toler.

He was a disabled coal miner and was a previous owner of T&T Discount Carpet, Elizabeth. He attended Riverview Freewill Baptist Church, Slabtown.

Surviving are four sons, Mark “Punk” Toler and Clarence Edward “Munk” Toler, both of Palestine, and Shawn David Toler and Fonnis Shane Toler, both of Hanover; five sisters, Earnestine Grimmett, Wanda Mendez, Mary Ann Wiley, Doris Mae Toler and Teresa Cline; six brothers, Darrell Toler, Jackie Dale Toler, Terry Lee Toler, Gary Wayne Toler, Denny Toler and Teddy Morgan; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, Michael Anthony Toler, and one infant granddaughter, Southerlyn Mychelle Toler.

Services were held at Riverview Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Cale officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories, Crouches Farm.

Family and friends will host a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 22, 4 to 9 p.m., at God’s House of Worship Church, Elizabeth, with Pastor Raymond and Barbara Gumm.

 

OLESS GHERKE

Oless L. Gherke, 88, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Calhoun County, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was the son of the late Claude and Leota Gherke.

He served in the Sixth Airdrome Squadron during World War II and participated in the Normandy Invasion, Battle of the Bulge, European Theater, campaigns in France and the Rhinelands. He attended Marshall College, earned a BA in education at Glenville State College and a masters at West Virginia University. He taught in schools in Dumfries and Lorton, was the first principal of Triangle Elementary School, and taught at Woodbridge High School. He was a charter member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and a member of VEA and NEA.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Marian Heavner Gherke; three daughters, Pamela Weaver, Cheryl Yoho and Olisa Jeffries; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, his twin Orane, Cleburn, Arlan, Olin and Ira, and two sisters, Catherine Gherke and Thelma Pickles.

A service to celebrate and remember his life will be held later, with entombment in Quantico National Cemetery.

 

MARY BELL

Mary L. Bell, 70, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Rader and Mary Boylen Greathouse.

She retired from Wirt Inflatable, Elizabeth, after several years of service. She attended Bethlehem Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, Harold Bell and wife Angie of Annamoriah; two daughters, Betty Smith of Barberton, Ohio, and Kimberly Keesler and her husband Al of Grantsville; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Harold Bell; one grandson, Christopher Bell; and two infant great-grand-children.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Raymond Gumm officiating. Burial was in Snyder Chapel Cemetery, Annamoriah.

 

EDNA FLORENCE RAZNOFF

Edna Florence Raznoff, 91, of Creston, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at home.

She was born in Syracuse, Ohio, the daughter of the late Clifford and Ethel Marie Buckbee Will.

She worked at Goodyear Aircraft during World War II and was a Rosie the Riveter.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Alice Rogers of Creston and Martha Sparks and Marcia Watson, both of Florida; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Raznoff, and one daughter, Margaret.

Services and burial were held at Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa, Fla.

 

KYRAN SCOTT FARRELL

Kyran Scott Farrell, infant son of Billy and Jessica Farrell of Big Bend, was stillborn in a Parkersburg hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Also surviving is a half-sister, Summer; paternal grandparents, Wayne and Kathleen Farrell of Big Bend; maternal grandparents, Brian Douglas of West Union and Melissa Cottrill of Burnt House; uncles, Jeffery Farrell, Joey Moore and Cameron Duncan; aunts, Krista Farrell, Mary Hughes and Brooke Cottrill; and several great- aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.

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

 

OCIE McCUNE

Ocie McCune, 81, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

She was born in Bear Fork, the daughter of the late Saul and Viola McCune.

Surviving are two sons, Arlan McCune of Orrville, Ohio, and Kenneth McCune of Orma; three daughters, Sharon Warner of Middleport, Ohio, Rita Lower of Smithville, Ohio, and Virginia Johns of Orrville, Ohio; seven grandchildren; four great-grand-children; three brothers, Cecil McCune, Burl McCune and Darrell McCune; and four sisters, Opal Summers, Faye Richards, Daisy Shifflet and Edna Conley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph McCune; one son, Terry Stephen McCune; one brother, Donald McCune; and five sisters, Pearl Cottrill, Hazel Miller, Marie Minney, Ruth Summers and Mae Davisson.

 Services were held at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home, Pomeroy, Ohio. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

 

GRETA SUTTLE BROWN

Greta Suttle Brown, 86, of Long Bottom, Ohio, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Rocksprings Rehabilitation Center, Pomeroy, Ohio.

She was born in Minnora, the daughter of the late Lester W. and Maude Knotts Bailey.

She was a 1942 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a retired school teacher and school administrator and a member of Fellowship Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are one son, John L. Suttle; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Starcher of Minnora.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James W. Suttle; her second husband, Sheridan G. Brown; and two brothers, Kinder Kelley and Kiser Kelley.

Services were held at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, Ohio, with Pastor Russ Carson officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

MAXINE ALVIS

G. Maxine Alvis, 79, of Spencer, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Kenna “Kenneth” and Wyoma Starcher Greathouse.

She was a homemaker and formerly worked as a grade school and high school cook. She was a member of Gandee Chapel Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Emogene Callow of Reedy and Evelyn Gordie Goodwin of Spencer; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony E. Alvis in 2007, and one son, James Earl Alvis.

Services were scheduled Tuesday, 10 a.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Emzy Ashby officiating, and burial in Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

 

ADREN LYNN CLEVENGER

Adren Lynn Clevenger, 71, of Tanner, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Ritchie County, the son of the late Lacy and Dora Rogers Clevenger.

He was retired from West Virginia Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane Clevenger; one daughter, Pamela Jane Clevenger; two sisters, Rushie Knaggs of Tanner and Ruie Bond of Grantsville; and three brothers, Wilbert Clevenger, Robert Clevenger and Raymond Clevenger.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Wenden and Ramona Dorsey, and three brothers, Walter Clevenger, Jim Lewis and William Clevenger.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in New Mt. Olive Cemetery, Burnt House. Visitation was scheduled Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

SAMUEL ALTON SIMONDS

Samuel Alton Simonds, 67, of Nebo, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late William Alton Simonds and Mildred Ellen Lee Simonds.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne. He was a retired mechanic.

Surviving are one son, Samuel Simonds; three daughters, Tammy Graves, Paula Thebert and Jennifer Simonds; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Clifford Simonds, and one daughter, Barbara Simonds.

Services were scheduled Tuesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with burial in Clover Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

THOMAS ELWOOD DILLON

Thomas Elwood Dillon, 78, of Nitro, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at home.

He was born at Dale, Tyler County, the son of the late Thomas E. and Olive Lyons Dillon.

He was retired from Eureka Pipeline Co. with 35 years of service. He was a member of United Israel World Union Church.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Thelma Williamson Dillon; two daughters, Linda Khummark and Brenda Dillon, both of Charleston; two sisters, Shirley Snyder of Massillon, Ohio, and Hettie Norman of Canal Fulton, Ohio; and one brother, Jennings Dillon of West Union.

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

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Big Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

JAMES UNDERWOOD

James R. Underwood, 77, of Brohard, died at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Russell and Mildred Munday Underwood.

He was a 1952 graduate of Wirt County High School and retired from Eureka Pipeline Co.

Surviving are his wife, Orpha Davis Underwood; one son, Don Underwood of Elizabeth (formerly of Grantsville); one daughter, Tina Poe of Brohard; and six grandchildren, Russell, Daniel, Branndon and Tyler Underwood and Cody and Casey Poe.

He was preceded in death by one infant sister.

According to his wishes, no services will be held.

 

BETTY ANN WILSON

Betty Ann Wilson, 62, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County and was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Darrel Wilson; five children, Greg Nicholson, Aaron Wilson and Tammy Thompson, all of Big Bend, Larry Wilson of Glenville, Donna Nicholas of Grantsville and Heather Anderson of Arnoldsburg; and two sisters, Charlotte McDonald of Spencer and Yvonne Turner of Grantsville.

Graveside rites were held at Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

BONITA RUTH WILLIAMS

Bonita Ruth Williams Haymaker File, 86, of Elizabeth, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the home of her nephew, D.M. Williams.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Bessie and Harry V. Williams.

She was a 1942 graduate of Calhoun County High School and worked at Sears for 15 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Brenda S. Ferguson Cain of Elizabeth, Donna Jo Florence of Mineral Wells and Bessie Pifer Hunter of Vienna; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; five brothers; one sister; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special “son,” Larry J. Cain.

She was preceded in death by one infant son, Johnny; her first husband, Leon Vance Haymaker; and her second husband, Donald File.

Per her wishes, her body was donated to science. Memorial to her life by her family will be held at a later date.

 

ESTELL BANKS HICKMAN

Estell Banks Hickman, 75, of Camden, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at Crestview Manor, Jane Lew.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., the daughter of the late Lee and Nola Fern Banks.

She worked at Kromex Corp., Cleveland, for 15 years and Shoreway Restaurant for several years. She resided with Marty and Mary Dennison of Camden for the last year.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Bobby Gene Hickman, a native of Calhoun County, on May 14, 2002.

Burial will be in Knight Cemetery, Calhoun County, at a later date.

 

JOSEPH ODELL GREEN, SR.

Joseph Odell Green, Sr., 64, of Orrville, Ohio, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Brenn-Field Nursing Center, Orrville.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Dorsal Joseph and Leota Virginia McCune Green.

He worked in the cleaning room and heat treatment for Quality Castings Co., Orrville, before retiring by disability in 2001.

Surviving are one daughter, Laura Lehtomaki of Orrville; one son, Joseph O. Green, Jr., of Orrville; four grandchildren; two brothers, William Green of Orrville and Raymond Blankenship of Cambridge; four sisters, Ada Adkins of Creston, Dorma Carnegie of Barberton, Linda Beale of Florence, S.C., and Carmen Cottrill of Monaca, Pa.; special family friend, Brenda Hinerman of Orrville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia June Hill, whom he married Nov. 28, 1967, in Maryland; one son, John Stanley Green; and one grandson, Joseph Stanley Green.

Memorial gathering was held at the family residence, Orrville, with Rev. Elane Boggs officiating.

 

CHARLES HOWARD (Charlie) WHIPKEY

Charles Howard (Charlie) Whipkey, 63, of Grantsville, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.

He was the son of the late Delmas E. (Rooster) and Greta Kelley Whipkey.

He owned and operated Classic Creations, Grantsville, and designed the Wood Festival emblem and the Calhoun County flag. He was a former town councilman and current board member of Calhoun County Committee On Aging.

Surviving are two brothers, Lawson Carroll Whipkey of Spencer and Denzil Gene Whipkey of Columbia, Calif.; three special “sisters,” Marilyn Whipkey Mills of Brohard, Georgia Basnett Stalnaker of Grantsville and Shirley Basnett of Parkersburg; nine nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and life partner, Monty R. Dolly of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Ora Mae Whipkey, and two brothers, Billie Dean Whipkey and Edward Maurice Whipkey.

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

 

SUSAN COTTRELL

Susan L. Cottrell, 55, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Gordon and Hope Jarvis Schoolcraft of Orma.

She was a homemaker and a 1973 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Dave Cottrell; two daughters, Lori Blankenship of Elkview and Kim Cottrell of Grantsville; one sister, Barb Jarvis of Minnora; and one brother, Steve Schoolcraft of Davisville.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Cecil and Nell Jarvis and Harley and Louise Schoolcraft, and an infant nephew, Brian Jarvis.

Her family is honoring her wishes to be cremated. Memorial services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Glen McBride officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

DARRELL DAVID VANNOY

Darrell David Vannoy, 61, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Laurel Nursing Center, Ivydale.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Darrell J. and Anna Rosenfelt Vannoy.

He was a former employee of Calhoun General Hospital.

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Sharon Vannoy of Parkersburg; one niece, Sheila Travis of Parkersburg; and one nephew, Matthew Vannoy of Walker.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Rebecca Jane Vannoy, and two brothers, Dennis James Vannoy and Robert Wayne Vannoy.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services.

 

VIOLET WILSON MELLOTT

Violet Wilson Mellott, 87, of Spencer, died Sunday, Dec. 12.

She was born at Apple Farm, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bethel Bennett Suttle.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are four daughters, Laura Thompson of Arnolds-burg, Loretta Moore of Covington, Va., Wanda Carpenter of Spencer and Linda Wilson of Leatherbark; three sons, Foster “Ford” Wilson and Randy Wilson, both of Orma, and Gary Wilson of Flatwoods; one sister, Elizabeth Meadows; 12 grandchildren, Vickie Knight, Velva Crites, Pat Lynch, Angella Brinson, Tewanna Carpenter, Meagan Casto, Pat Wilson, Duane Wilson, Randy Charles Wilson, Jim Wilson, Matt Moore and Josh Moore; 28 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Pat Wilson; her second husband, Ora Mellott; one son, Pat Edward; one daughter, Arretta; one grandson, Nicholas; one sister, Pearl Meadows; and two brothers, Eugene and Earl.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

BERNARD ‘Tom’ STURM

Bernard “Tom” Sturm, 90, of Powells Point, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Sentara Barco Nursing Facility.

He was born in Millstone, the son of the late Mallie and Florence Elliott Sturm.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II in the 94th Signal Battalion at the Battle of the Bulge. He retired after 35 years as a well-tender for Consolidated Gas Co. and was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Janet Stump Sturm; two daughters, Scarlett Mowrey and husband Richard of Powells Point and Jackie Butler and husband Ronald of Princeton; his twin sister, Bernice Hawkey of Ripley; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Lucas Butler; three sisters, Eleanor Boyles, Azeline Hersman and Margarete Morgan; and two brothers, Otho Sturm and Holden Sturm.

Services were held in Powells Point Baptist Church, with Rev. Herbert A. Hemmingway and Rev. James Clark officiating. Burial with military honors was in the church cemetery.

 

HAROLD ‘June’ HAMRICK

Harold “June” Hamrick, 85, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Big Bend, the son of the late William Henry Harrison and Sarah Elizabeth Reynolds Hamric.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a longstanding member of Lubeck Church of Christ and owned and operated Hamrick’s Garage, Larkmead. For many years, he owned and raced dirt track stock cars.

Surviving are two sons, Jim Hamrick of Lubeck and Bill Hamrick of Waterford, Ohio; three daughters, Joyce Doyle of Ravenswood, Charlene Nedeff of Parkersburg and Terrie Wigal of Washington; one special daughter, Jenny Metz of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Rhodes Hamrick; two infant daughters; and 10 siblings.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Van Sprigg officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens, with military rites provided by American Legion Post 15.

 

AURELIA OLIVAS

Aurelia L. Olivas, 74, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Grantsville, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Va.

A native of the Philippines, she was the daughter of the late Mariano and Juliana de Leon.

She was a retired registered nurse and was a member of Catholic Church of St. Mark, Virginia Beach.

Surviving are her husband, Odilon S. Olivas, Sr.; children, Odilon L. Olivas, Jr., of Virginia Beach, Florence Cirillo of Talla-hassee, Fla., Jerome Olivas of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nemesio Olivas of Jacksonville, Fla., and Alexander Olivas of Atlanta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; one brother; and five sisters.

Viewing was held at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, Virginia Beach.

 

BEVERLY ANN CARPENTER

Beverly Ann Carpenter, 61, of Orma, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at Berger Hospital, Circleville, Ohio.

She was born in Wood County, the daughter of Johanne Hamilton Carpenter of Circleville, Ohio, and the late Rex Carpenter.

She was a 1967 graduate of Calhoun County High School and received her degree as a registered nurse from West Virginia University. She was a former trauma nurse at University Hospital, Madison, Wisc., and served as a registered nurse at Ohio State University Hospital Burn Unit.

Surviving in addition to her mother is one sister, JoLynn Wilford of Circleville, and one brother, Howard Carpenter of Orma.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Billy Bearden officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

GEORGIA PEARL McCARTNEY

Georgia Pearl McCartney Burke, 89, of Glenville, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Hardman, Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Delbert and Edna Stalnaker.

She graduated from Glenville High School and completed a Standard Normal School certificate at Glenville State Teacher’s College. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., during World War II and finished her BA at GSC in 1954. She taught at Normantown Elementary while pursuing an MA through the WVU extension program and also taught for 17 years at Troy, Tanner and Sand Fork.

Surviving are two sons, Patrick and Kevin Terrance; one daughter, Kathleen Gilbert; nine grandchildren, Carri Leann Catapano, Brandon, Nathan, Kate, Eric, Travis, Paul, Georgia Elizabeth and Sylvanus McCartney; and Mikayla Loren, Clair and Danny Gilbert; one great-grandson, Michael Catapano; and one brother, Earl R. Stalnaker of Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 49 years, Loren “Buck” McCartney, in 1993; her second husband of 12 years, Walker Burke, in 2007; one son, Michael E. McCartney, former CCHS coach and teacher; and one brother, Jack V. Stalnaker.

Visitation will be held at Glenville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. Memorial services will be held at the church on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Patrick McCartney and Rev. David Krum officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Stump Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

ILENE WAGER

Ilene W. Wager, 79, of Big Springs, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Bernard and Clarice Wilson.

She served several years as a home healthcare nurse and was a member of History Book Club and of Prosperity Baptist Church for 35 years, where she served in many ways, including pianist and Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher.

Surviving are three sons, Wayne Wager and wife Ida of Creston, Marlin Wager of Big Springs, Gary Wager and wife Beckey of Grantsville; one daughter, Carmen Wager-Heil and husband Jack of Wheeling; 10 grandchildren, Justin Wager, Dexter Wager, Amanda Tingler, Cynthia Bailey, Lisa Myers, Angela Wager, Sabrina Whytsell, Gary Lee Wager, Jacqueline Heil and Corrine Heil; 15 great-grandchildren, Bethany Wager, Ryan Wager, Tyler Wager, Dylan Wager, Cole Wager, Flora Tingler, Sophia Tingler, Aiden Bailey, Conner Bailey, Liem Bailey, Caitlyn Wager, Brooke Myers, Xavier Oakley, Destiny Wager and Lacy Whytsell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Wager; one brother, Burley Wilson; one sister, Mavadean Wilson; one infant son; and one grandson, Chad Michael Wager.

Services were held at Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs, with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery.

 

FRANKLIN RAY MITCHELL

Franklin Ray Mitchell, 61, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, on his farm while deer hunting.

He was born in Redding, Calif., the son of Bobbie Ray Mitchell of Aurora, Colo., and the late Muriel Genevieve Hagerman Mitchell.

He was a retired Senior Medical NCO with the U.S. Army. He had worked as education counselor at Park College, Aurora, and as a safety loss control officer for a cable company in Washington. He worked as a private contractor.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Carolyn R. Richmond Mitchell; two sons, Patrick and Anthony Mitchell; and one sister, Gail Wyatt of Redding.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Wilmer “Bud” Richmond officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

LORETTA LYNNETTE DELANEY

Loretta Lynnette Delaney, 34, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Nancy L. Delaney-Starkey of Clarksburg and the late Rev. Gary E. Delaney.

She attended West Union Grade School and Doddridge County High School. She was Apostolic-Pentecostal.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, Nathan E. Peck of Grantsville; parents, James S. Starkey of Clarksburg, Sharon Davis of Parkersburg and Kenny Elliot of Elizabeth; sib-lings, Kenny and Kenneth of Germany and Rebecca, identical twin Laura, Robert, Melissa, Candy and Cheryl, all of West Virginia.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Delaney officiating. There was no burial service.

 

MARY NICHOLAS

Mary J. Nicholas, 83, of Orma, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Peter and Sarah E. Cottrell Schoolcraft.

She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Ronzel Nicholas; one son, Denver P. McCumbers of Orrville, Ohio; one daughter, Helen Lenet Parsons of Edgewater, Fla.; two brothers, Melvin Schoolcraft of Dalton, Ohio, and Willard Schoolcraft of Wooster, Ohio; three sisters, Dolly King of Newton Falls, Ohio, and Molly Cain and Audrey McCumbers, both of Orma; four grandchildren, Kim McCumbers, Keith McCumbers, Lisa Summers and Vicki Major; and one great-grandson, Jimmy Hudson.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with Elder George Rose officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

 

MARIE MAXINE McCUMBERS

Marie Maxine McCumbers, 71, of Orma, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Claude and Clara Cottrell Rogers.

Surviving are two daughters, Debbie Mace of Spencer and Tina Roff of Phoenix, Ariz.; two step-daughters, Sharon Knotts of Orma and Earnestine Fulks of Rosedale; step-son, Kelvin McCumbers of Orma; two grandchildren, Brandy Roff and Ryan Roff; nine step-grandchildren, Sherry Wade, Steve Knotts, Elvin Hixon, Rhonda Lane, Jennifer Wagoner, Garalea Fulks, Amber Byrd, and Makayla and Shianne McCumbers; 11 step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Leon Rogers of Gallipolis, Ohio, Basil Lee Rogers of Warren, Ohio, and Nelson Rogers of Shock; and one sister, Shirley Jean Collins of Marion, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Thomas E. McCumbers; six sisters; and three brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut.

 

JUANITO AYA-AY, M.D.

Juanito M. Aya-ay, M.D., 68, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines, the son of the late Cesar and Priscilla Malon Aya-ay.

He served Grantsville for 38 years as a physician and was a past president of Philippine Medical Association. He served as a cantor for St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Elizabeth, and was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Corazon Benitez Aya-ay; five children, Georgina Poole of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Paul Aya-ay of Parkersburg, Jerome Aya-ay of Spartanburg, S.C., James Aya-ay of Tampa, Fla., and Jonathan Aya-ay of Huntington; and 10 grandchildren, Freddie, Christen, Christopher, Xavier, Olivia, Xander, Averi, Sophia, Jonathan and Jolie.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

 

ELDER DARRILL HASHMAN

Elder Darrill Hashman, 81, of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Little Otter, Braxton County, the son of the late Lon and Hettie Keener Hashman. He served his country in Germany during the Korean War. He was baptized Nov. 17, 1963, into Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Grafton, Ohio, by the late Elder Harlan Alltop. He was ordained by his church on June 27, 1971, and served as a pastor in Ohio and West Virginia. He retired from Lorain Ford Assembly Plant, Lorain Ohio, in 1989 after 30 years of service. He was a volunteer ambulance driver for Calhoun EMS for 11 years and served as chaplain at Minnie Hamilton Health System. He was a member of the CCCOA choir and Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, Beech Road, Arnoldsburg. He was serving as first vice president of West Virginia State Gospel Singing Convention, Mt. Nebo.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Deulley Hashman, whom he married Oct. 25, 1954, at Deep Creek Lake, Md.; one son, Dale Leon Hashman; one daughter, Monica White; four grandchildren, Dallas and Dillon Hashman, Heather Garland and Amanda White; four great-grandchildren, Emma, Ethan and Addison Garland and Brianna Hashman; one sister, Joy Livermore of Williamsport, Pa.; one brother, Norman “Sonny” Hashman of Elyria Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dolleta Burns and Ilene Allen; one brother, Gerald Hashman; and one infant son, Gary Lee Hashman.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Richard Westfall and Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Normantown. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Minnie Hamilton Auxiliary, 186 Hospital Drive, Grantsville, WV 26147, or W.Va. State Gospel Singing Convention, c/o Verena Haga, Box 302, Richwood WV 26261.

 

VICTOR SMITH

Victor O. Smith, 86, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Jay and Maude Ward Smith.

After serving two years in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, he was employed at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio, for many years before establishing Northeastern Ohio Realty and Insurance Co. He retired to Lake City, Fla., in 2006, and later moved to Orlando due to illness.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Calipetro of Orlando and Beverly Smith of Cleveland, Ohio; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Ruth Houston; four brothers, Paul, Jay, Albert and Cleo; and one sister, Bessie Lynch.

Private burial was in St. Paul Cemetery.

 

CHARLES FRANCES HEINEY, SR.

Charles Frances Heiney, Sr., 80, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Howard and Retta Hosey Heiney.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951-1958. After retiring from Bernard Pipeline, Barberton, Ohio, he worked for Mt. Zion Construction. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Sharlene Heiney; two sons, Kenny Heiney of Elizabeth and Charles Heiney, Jr., of Grantsville; two daughters, Patricia Leach of Oklahoma and Brenda Johnson of Beckley; one step-son, Scott Yoak of Parkersburg; two step-daughters, Emily Yoak of Parkersburg and April Wilson of Big Springs; one brother, Henry H. Heiney of Ravenna, Ohio; five sisters, Lela Reeder, Juanita Reynolds and Grace Wilson, all of Parkersburg, Eleanor Ciarcia of Aurora, Ohio, and Louise Newbrough of Brohard; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine V. Heiney; four brothers, Forest L. Heiney of Tanner, Don Heiney and Doyle Glen Heiney, both of Grantsville, and Denver Heiney of Byron, Mich.; and two sisters, Geneva Snider of Grantsville and Marie Mascoline of Bedford, Ohio.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

 

WANETA SUE MINNEY

Waneta Sue Minney, 62, of Orma, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Spencer.

Surviving are her husband, C.A. Minney; three sisters, Thelma Ball, Evelyn McMillion and Rachel Stump, all of Jane Lew; four brothers, Ricky Stump, David Stump and Billy Stump, all of Jane Lew, and Alexander Stump, Jr., of McWhorter; one half- sister, Pearl Carpenter of Arnoldsburg; and her father, Alexander Stump, Sr., of Jane Lew.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patty Little; two sisters, Macel Gay Murphy and Wavelene Cottrell; and one brother, Melvin Hardway.

Services were held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma, with Elder George Rose officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

 

ROLAND ‘Bud’ ATKINSON

Roland “Bud” Atkinson, 70, of Ft Myers, Fla., formerly of Seth, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla.

He was born at Richardson, the son of the late Archie and Mildred Atkinson.

He was a 1957 graduate of Hamlin High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from United Airlines with 39 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Emma Patchell Atkinson; one son, Steve Atkinson of Goodyear, Ariz.; one daughter, Cathi Campbell of Merritt Island, Fla.; one brother, Doug Atkinson of Charleston; one sister, Kit Shaffer of Elkview; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Herb Atkinson.

Services were held at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Charleston, with Pastor Tom Hughey officiating.

 

DOCIE ELLEN HARDMAN

Docie Ellen Hardman, 81, of Grantsville, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late French and Cora Frederick.

She was a member of Beech Valley United Methodist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving are one daughter, Carol Sue Nicholson of Arnolds-burg; one sister, Gladys Duskey of Glenville; and two grand-children, Ray Hickman and Nancy Schoolcraft.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Hardman; one son, Nathan Hardman; and two sisters, Goldie Knight and Odell Wilson.

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

 

DENVER GARRETSON

Denver Garretson, 91, of Creston, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Glenville Health Care Center.

He was born at Cremo, the son of the late R.L. Garretson and Mabel Dawson Garretson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and member of Co. A, 753rd Tank Battalion, where he served as a gunner. His combat service was in North Africa, Sicily, Naples, Loggia, Rome and Arno. He was awarded the European Campaign Service Ribbon, three Bronze Stars and two Overseas Service Bars. He entered active duty on Dec. 9, 1941, and was discharged Oct. 13, 1945. He was a farmer and retired from Spencer State Hospital as a barber with 24 years of service. He was a member of Full Gospel Lighthouse, Big Bend.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Pauline Cunningham Garretson; one daughter, Patty Cooper of Johnson City, Tenn.; and one sister, Edith Stoner of Mansfield, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordie Garretson and John Garretson, and three sisters, Gladys, Mildren and Virginia.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David Carpenter officiating. Burial was in McCray Cemetery, Creston.

 

DOYLE CARPENTER

Doyle E. Carpenter, 83, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late James Rufus Carpenter and Hattie Gay Starcher Carpenter.

He was a retired concrete finisher with Parkersburg Union Local 2307.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Janieve Mae Greathouse Carpenter; one daughter, Mary Lucas of Cocoa, Fla.; one son, Edker Carpenter of Belpre; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

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

 

ROSE McKEEHAN STARCHER

Rose McKeehan Starcher, 93, of Sistersville, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Sistersville Center.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Harry and Nannie Kelley Smith.

She was a 1935 graduate of Calhoun County High School and later served as a librarian at the school. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College and was a member of Martha Washington Chapter 22, OES, VFW Auxiliary, Ilex Twig, Red Hatters and was a Vacation Bible School teacher and member of First Baptist Church, Sistersville.

Surviving are three daughters, Seva Hickman of Summersville, Nannie Mae Archer of Sistersville and Martha Jean Wall of Scott Depot; one son, Philip C. Starcher of Cartersville, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor C. Starcher, who died in 1994, and one brother, George Smith.

Services were held at Myers Funeral Home, Sistersville. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville.

 

CLEODA BELT SMITH

Cleoda M. Belt Smith, 87, of Mineral Wells, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Stella M. McIntire and Cecil J. Belt.

She was a member of Sarepta Baptist Church, Belleville.

Surviving are one daughter, Shirlee A. Berry of Carrollton, Ohio; one son, Steven D. Smith of Vincent, Ohio; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Kenneth Belt and Mitchell Belt; and three sisters, Juanita “Ada” McPeek, Pauline May and Barbara Holbert.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Raymond “Dale” Smith, on Sept. 6, 2007; four brothers, Virgil and Robert and infants Darius and Chester; and one infant sister, Freda.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Clyde Border officiating, assisted by her brother-in-law, Pastor Harold Eaton, and her nephew, Pastor Keith Belt. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

STANLEY GLEN McLAUGHLIN

Stanley Glen McLaughlin, 44, of Glenville, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at his parents’ home in Arnoldsburg, after a battle with lung cancer.

He was born in Sutton, the son of Ronald “Ronnie” and Glenna McLaughlin.

He was a 22-year employee of Flying W Plastics, Glenville.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Molly Miller McLaughlin; one son, Stanley Glen McLaughlin II of Glenville; two sisters, Connie Carpenter of Sand Fork and Lynn Cottrill of Rosedale; one brother, Wayne McLaughlin of Bellaire, Ohio; nine nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and nephews, three aunts; four uncles; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Murl Hall; paternal grandparents, Thomas Eugene and Lovie McLaughlin; and one uncle, Larry Hall.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Garry Bowen and Elder George Rose officiating, and burial in Poling-Marks Cemetery, Millstone.

 

ROGER DALE WEARS

Roger Dale Wears, 63, of Orma, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Wilson Wears.

He was a former employee of Hoover Company of Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Ann Wears; three sons, Edgar Wears of Canton, Ohio, Robert Wears of Michigan and Larry Joseph of Arnoldsburg; two daughters, Tammy Joseph of Grantsville and Christina Wears of Canton, Ohio; and 13 grand-children, Anthony Joseph, Andrew Milhoan, Alexis Joseph, Makayla Rainsburg, Justin Gerber, Carl Gerber, Brittany Kearns, Matthew Kearns, Joseph Cline, Holly Wears, Nocole Bailey, Rhonda Bailey and Michael Bailey.

He was preceded in death by three children, Loyde, Gertrude and Roger Wears, and one grandchild, Isaac Wears.

Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

 

CATHARINE VIRDEN

Catharine C. Virden, 83, of Chesapeake, Va., died Monday, Nov 15, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Clarksburg, the daughter of the late John Thomas and Anna Cecelia Flynn.

She attended St. Marys High School, Seton Hill College and West Liberty University. She was formerly employed with Calhoun General Hospital.

Surviving are three sons, Roy John Virden and wife Susan of Chesapeake, Michael Joseph Virden of Portsmouth, Va., and Robert David Virden of Baltimore, Md.; and one sister, Mary Anna Hoeft

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Joseph “Joe” Virden, Jr., former coach at Calhoun County High School and former mayor of Grantsville.

Services will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Father David Schmitt officiating. Burial will be in West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

JAMES BLAKE ALLEN

James Blake Allen, 91, of Mason, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at his home.

He was born at Orma, the son of the  late William A. and Emma Bailey Allen.

He was a disabled U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Lola Bryant Allen, whom he married May 27, 1950; two sons, Shirl Leek of Massillon, Ohio, and Donald R. Allen of Columbus, Ohio; one granddaughter; and one half-brother, Roger Allen of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by six sisters, Ressie King, Ethel Waldeck, Chloe Cover, Ann McKenzie, Juanita Daggett and Nell Holt; one brother, Rex Allen; one half-brother, Lloyd Allen; and one grandson, Isaac Allen.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Bill Walton officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

 

DAVID WILSON

David O. Wilson, 71, of Broomstick, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at home.

He was born at Richwood, the son of the late Dorsey and Letitia Johnson Wilson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a musician.

Surviving are his wife, Esther Wilson; two sons, Russell Wilson and Richard Wilson, both of Indiana; two step-children, Ronnie Boniphant and Joyce Boniphant, both of Indiana; two sisters, Cordelia Ruth Beall of Big Springs and Oleta Reed of Kentucky; and one brother, Ronald Wilson of Vienna.

Services were scheduled Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating, and burial in Broomstick Cemetery.

 

LUCILLE READING GAINER

Lucille Gainer, 95, of Edgewood Summit, Charleston, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.

She was born near Spencer, the daughter of the late Lora and Ray Reading.

She was a 1934 graduate of Calhoun County High School and married the late Denzil Gainer in 1935.  After  moving  to Charleston in 1936, Denzil held several positions in State Government, including budget director, before being elected State Auditor, a position he held until his death in 1972. Lucille was employed by W.Va. State Retirement System for eight years. She was active in St. Marks United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Silkwood of Charleston; two sons, Ken of Huntington and Phil of Lewisburg and Sanibel, Fla.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bill Reading of South Charleston.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Harris and Mildred Jarvis.

Services will be held at Wilson Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W., Charleston, on Monday at 12:30 p.m. Visitation is on Monday, 11 a.m. to time of services, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to HospiceCare, 1600 Kanawha Blvd W., Charleston 25312, or Feed The Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.

 

OMA CATHERINE WHITE

Oma Catherine White, 94, of Belpre, Ohio, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Arcadia Nursing Home, Coolville, Ohio.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Elliott and Violia Ann Matthews White.

She had attended Rockland United Methodist Church and had worked for Fairmont Foods, Dils Dept. Store, Pitzer Book Store and Firestone, Akron.

Surviving are one sister, Orma Alton of Belpre, and one nephew, Wayne Vannoy of Elizabethtown, Ky.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ola Vannoy and Opal White.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with graveside services at Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

LIDA McCUNE BAILEY

Lida McCune Bailey, 92, of Beech, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.

She was born on Wolf Run.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Bailey of Wilmot, Ohio, and Jim Bailey of Beech; two daughters, Bernice Hicks of Statesville, N.C., and Mary Butler of Beech; longtime companion, Virginia Neely; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Albert Bailey; one son, Donzel Ray; one daughter, Betty Jane; three sisters, her twin Ida Siers, Anne and Myrtle; and five brothers, Okey, Motor Ray, Boyd, Joe and Woodrow.

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

 

JEAN LAFLEUR

Jean Lafleur, 69, of Cross Lanes, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a battle with breast cancer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Virginia Bailey Starcher of Minnora and the late Clayton Starcher.

She was a 1959 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired from W.Va. Division of Natural Resources with 16 years of service. After retiring, she was involved with St. Albans Senior Citizens.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Michael Lafleur of St. Albans and David Lafleur of Cross Lanes; one brother, Marvin Starcher of Mt. Zion; and one granddaughter, Kristin Lafleur of St. Albans.

Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Francis of Assisi, St. Albans, with Father Patrick McDonough officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

FRANK GAINER

Frank Gainer, 92, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Okey and Esther Ann Gainer.

He began employment with Hope Gas Co., Grantsville, in 1938. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served in the South Pacific Theater on an LST troop transporter. He was sent home for his father’s funeral in 1945 and was discharged as the war ended. He resumed working for Hope Gas until retiring in 1975. He was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church where he served on several committees and drove the church bus until 1998.

Surviving are one sister, Tootsie Blankenship of Grantsville; two sons, James O. Gainer of Parkersburg and Thurl J. Gainer of Harrisville; five grandchildren, James O. Gainer II of Grantsville, Shellie Gainer of Newport Beach, Calif., Mark Gainer of Orient, Ohio, Thurl J. Gainer, Jr., of Dublin, Ohio, and Staci Goff of Harrisville; and three great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Alexa Gainer of Dublin and Wyatt Goff of Harrisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Vesta Burroughs Gainer, whom he married in 1939; four infant siblings; five sisters, Euthal Gainer and Dutch Jarvis, both of Grantsville, Gladys Bower of Parkersburg, Louise Rusnick of Steubenville, Ohio, and Claire Smith of Caldwell, Ohio; and two brothers, George of Steubenville and Harry of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 10 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Collins Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

PAUL VANBUREN

Paul VanBuren, 62, of Rosedale, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of David VanBuren of Rosedale and the late Mabel McCumbers VanBuren.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife of 13 years, Charlotte VanBuren; two daughters, Paula Jean Nixon of Fairmont and Marie Brand of Kingwood; one son, Ricky VanBuren of Kaiser; one step-daughter, Tracy Smith of Nicut; one step-son, Gregory Sears of Nicut; two brothers, Wesley VanBuren of Servia and Joey VanBuren of Weston; two sisters, Janet White of Frametown and Evelyn Miller of Rosedale; two half-sisters, Midge Park of Charleston and Bethel Hamrick of Rosedale; two granddaughters, Chloe Nixon of Fairmont and Kathy Brand of Kingwood; and two step-granddaughters, Brooklyn and Cameron Smith of Nicut.

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

 

MARY THEODOSIA GAINER KELLEY

Mary Theodosia Gainer Kelley, 73, of Big Springs, formerly of Five Forks, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010.

She was born at Turkey Knob, Calhoun County, the daughter of Victor and Alta Stull Gainer.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, William E. (Gene) Kelley; two daughters, Darlene Bell and Gina Kelley; one son, William W. Kelley; four grandchildren, Patrick J. Bell II, Teresa Goodnight, Landon Kelley and Gabriella Kelley; one great- granddaughter, McKenzie Goodnight; three sisters, Reva Owens, Sue Richards and Bertha (Midge) Hathaway; and five brothers, Dale, Garrett, Runt, Wendall and Darrell.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Geneva Piotrowski, Lenore Gherke and Ota McCoy.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

JOE CAIN

Joe A. Cain, 56, of Vienna, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Guy and Lyda Cain Wright.

He had attended Calhoun County High School and was formerly employed with DuPont Washington Works.

Surviving are one daughter, Stephanie Frye of Vienna; one son, Matthew Cain of Parkersburg; three sisters, Marilyn Bunner, Joyce Byrd and Diane Dykeman; one brother, Jamie Wright; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Zach Moore, who spent a lot of time with him in his final days.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Delmas and Darrell Cain, and an infant.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Rick Kapple officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.

 

CHARLES WAYNE ‘CHUCK’ SAMPSON

Charles Wayne “Chuck” Sampson, 75, of Newark, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late James Howard and Eva Mae Nutter Sampson.

He graduated from Belpre High School, where he was a member of the school’s first football team. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in California for 34 years and was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church, Newark.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Joanne Sampson; four daughters, Charlene Ramel, Diana Cremins, Rebecca Sampson and Rachel Sampson; two sons, Allen Sampson and Matthew Sampson; 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Hetzer; and three brothers, Duane, Ron and Max Sampson.

He was preceded in death by one son, Kyle Sampson in 2007, and one sister, Mary Sampson.

Celebration of his life was scheduled Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Matt Hornbeck officiating, and burial in Rockland Cemetery, Belpre.

 

ORA ‘BABE’ STUMP MINNEY

Ora E. “Babe” Stump Minney, 86, of Shock, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010.

She was born in Monongalia County, the daughter of the late Perle G. and Rose E. Stump.

She was saved and baptized into Frozen Run Baptist Church in 1955. She taught in Gilmer and Calhoun counties until she retired with 30 years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Elder Mark C. Minney of Perkins and Randy G. Minney of Shock; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Rodney C. Minney, whom she married Sept. 2, 1942; and four children, Arlys Bryant Minney, Joseph Wayne Minney, Connie Rose Minney and Meredith Matthew Minney.

Services were held at Lower Steer Run Baptist Church, Normantown, with Elder Bill James officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Shock.

 

JUNE YOAK CUNNINGHAM

June Yoak Cunningham, 75, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late John and Eva Yoak.

She was a 1954 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was homecoming queen in 1953. She retired from Picker X-Ray, Cleveland, after 28 years of service.

Surviving are three daughters by her first husband, Andre Gleyzal, Denise Peterson and Diane Avriett, both of Land O’Lakes, Fla., and Jackie Derevjanik of Mentor-on-the-Lake; three brothers, Ralph Yoak of Aurora, Colo., Herbert Yoak of Big Bend and Clifford Yoak of Parkersburg; three sisters, Garnett Chernesky of Northfield, Ohio, Betty McVaney of Clarksburg and Beverly Robinson of Jonesboro, Ga.; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, William Cunningham, and two brothers, Victor Yoak and Denver Ronald Yoak.

Services were held at Kirtland Bethel Bible Church, Willoughby, Ohio, and at Brooksville Baptist Church, Big Bend. Burial was in Yoak Family Cemetery.

 

REV. CLARICE DANIEL SMITH

Rev. Clarice J. Daniel Smith, 76, of Upper Glade, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Saxon, the daughter of the late Arthur and Annabelle Stevens Milam.

She was a retired United Methodist minister with more than 30 years of service, member of United Methodist Women, member and past matron of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 165, Camden-on-Gauley, and Rebekah Lodge No. 105, Cowen.

Surviving are her husband, John Smith; one daughter, Teresa Ritchie of Grantsville; four sons, Randall Daniel of Charleston, Phillip Daniel of Fairmont, Gregory Daniel of Thorton and Gerald Daniel of Circleville, Ohio; two step-sons, Leonard Smith of Morgantown and Robert Smith of Maidsville; one step-daughter, Loretta Price of Maidsville; one brother, Arthur Milam of Glen Daniels; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Gerald T. Daniel; one brother, Richard Milam; and three sisters, Lois Harper, Martha (Betty) Lang and Naomi Harper.

Services were held at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen, with Rev. Mark Flynn and Rev. Phil Hickman officiating.

 

WILLARD OTTO SMITH

Willard Otto Smith, 95, of Normantown, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Grover and Dosha Beckett Smith.

Surviving are three daughters, Lenora Baker of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Helen Spade and Brenda Snider, both of Normantown; one son, Dallas James of Columbia Station, Ohio; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Grover Smith of Grafton, Ohio, Arnold Smith of Glenville and Walker Smith of Cedarville; and two sisters, Doris Cooper and Virginia Walton, both of Claremore, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Sumpter Smith, and one sister, Varnie Fisher.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Mt. Carmel Church, Normantown, with Rev. Richard Westfall and Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Upper Steer Run Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the church.

 

ARLES CHURCH

Arles Church, 82, of Walton Hills, Ohio, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

He retired from Ford Motors Walton Hills Stamping Plant and was a member of UAW No. 420.

Surviving are one daughter; Sharon Patterson; one son, David Church; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Kite and Anna Mae Williams.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Ford Church; three brothers; Arnet, Henry and Orin Church; and one sister, Naoma Ford.

Services were held at Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Bedford, Ohio. Burial was in Crown Hill Memorial Park.

 

CHARLOTTE ILENE NICHOLS CAIN MCDONALD

Charlotte Ilene Nichols Cain McDonald, 57, of Cedarville, Ark., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in a Van Buren, Ark., hospital.

She was the daughter of Lucy Oval Nichols and the late Oral Nichols.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are her husband, Eric McDonald; two daughters, Samantha Cain Church of Beckley and Michelle Cain Rusher of Rogers, Ark.; four sisters, Gloria Kendall of Walker, Doris Reaser of Grafton, Shelia Meadows of San Tan Valley, Ariz., and Annetta Perry of Wayne; three brothers, Larry Nichols of Ripley and Millard Nichols and Garland Nichols, both of Grantsville; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; several adopted grand-children; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Jimmy Cain; two sons, Darrion Cain and Junior Cain; one sister, Sharon Nichols; and one grandson, Christian Levi Church.

Everyone will meet at Mt. Zion Community Park on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m., for a memorial at Hur Cemetery, followed by a covered dish gathering.

 

KATHY ANN HOWELL

Kathy Ann Howell, 55, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at St. Frances Hospital, Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Hazel Richards Gribble and the late Dallas Freed.

She had worked at Kellwood Co., Spencer, and as a home health care provider. She was a Christian.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Mark Howell; one daughter, Stacey Echard Minor and husband Dana of Harrisville; one son, Eric Echard of Grantsville; three brothers, Pete Freed and Steve Gribble, both of Grantsville, and Tom Freed of Looneyville; one sister, Debbie Bush of Grantsville; and two grandchildren, Emmanuel Echard and Ashley Minor.

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

 

ROBERTA LYNN DUFFY-VANDERWILT

Roberta Lynn Duffy-Vanderwilt, 49, of West Jordan, Utah, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of William J. Duffy, Sr., and Patricia Jean Blair Duffy, formerly of Calhoun County.

Surviving are her husband, Christopher B. Vanderwilt; two brothers, William J. Duffy, Jr., and Michael A. Duffy; one nephew; and two nieces.

No other information was received.

 

VIRGINIA SUE JONES

Virginia Sue Jones, 64, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2010.

She was born in Weston, the daughter of the late Joy V. Taylor of Troy.

She graduated from Troy High School as valedictorian in 1968. She earned a vocational home economics degree from Glenville State College and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. She retired in December 2002 as associate director/Extension agent from WVU Extension Service.  She directed the Calhoun County 4-H program and 4-H camp for 31 years. She and her husband directed three youth square dance teams and founded the first Pride Drug Abuse Team in West Virginia. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where she once taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was a member of state and national 4-H shooting sports committees and an instructor for the 4-H shotgun program. She was a 4-H All Star and a member of West Virginia 4-H Hall of Fame. She was presented the 4-H Distinguished Service Award in Denver, Colo., in 2000, and, along with several Literacy team members, the USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence for elevating the academic and nutritional status of limited resource youths through the Energy Express Program. 

Surviving are one daughter, Shannon Sue Johnson and husband Jeremy of Elkins; four sisters, Wandalene Drake of Glenville, Judy Jones of Mineral Wells, Tonabell Turner of Newark and Jolene Jones of West Union; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Randall C. Jones, in 2009, and one uncle, Ray Hefner of Troy.

She will be cremated and her ashes distributed by her immediate family alongside the ashes of her husband. A celebration of her life will include visitation on Friday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. and a memorial service conducted by Rev. Rick Swearengin, on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m., both at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Following a meal provided by the community at West Fork Community Park, her family invites all to attend a 4-H Family Reunion Council Circle honoring Sue and Randall’s service to the 4-H program at their home in Mt. Zion, weather permitting. In case of rain, location will be announced at the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Randall and Sue Jones can be made to WVU Foundation to support the 4-H Camping Program Fund (2V529-Calhoun County). Send donations to P.O. Box 6031, 806 Knapp Hall, Morgantown, WV 26506.

 

ORVILLE JENNINGS DEWEESE

Orville Jennings DeWeese, 75, of Doylestown, Ohio, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Herman and Nellie DeWeese.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital. He was a member of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Jenny Lee Evans of Doylestown and Janice Lynn Hill of Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Wilma Lee; three brothers, Gilbert, Ralph and Billie; and three sisters, Garnet, Goldie and Geneva.

Services were held at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church, Norton, Ohio, with Rev. Gerald Kelley and Rev. Cecil Farmer officiating. Burial was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. 

 

DORCAS H. CAIN

Dorcas H. Cain, 80, of Big Bend, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010.

She was born in Friendly, the daughter of the late Horace L. Haught and Gwendolyn Hoskins Haught, and grew up on Spring Run.

She attended Calhoun County High School and graduated from Clendenin High School in 1946. She obtained her degree from Marshall University and retired as manager of Cain Veterinary Clinic. She served the county as member and president of the library board, first elected female to the board of education, FHA board member, Brooksville PTA, and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Brooksville Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, bible school and served as librarian, and had belonged to Phoebe Cunningham Chapter of DAR when it was active.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Joseph T. Cain, whom she married on Nov. 26, 1953; one daughter, Jane E. Lynch; two sons, Daniel J. Cain and Richard E. Cain; and five grandchildren, Susan, Sarah and Sam Lynch and Shaina and Megan Cain.

She was preceded in death by one sister and her frequent traveling companion, Burdeale Wright.

Services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Thursday, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Charles McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Broomstick Cemetery, Five Forks. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Calhoun County Library in support of the library levy.

 

ZELDA STAFFORD

Zelda A. Stafford, 83, of Barrington, N.H., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.

She was born at Freed, the daughter of John and Zan Haught Holpp.

Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Haas of Barrington and Sharon Becher of Berlin, N.J.; two granddaughters; two sisters, Tiny Anderson of Vienna and Barbara Skogan of Brevard, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayward Earl Stafford, in 2005.

An open house was held in her honor.

 

OLETA FLING TOMEY

Oleta C. Fling Tomey, 85, of Bull Fork Road, Tanner, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Morris and Minnie Gerwig Keith.

She was a 1942 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired from Gilmer County Board of Education as a cook at Gilmer County High School. She was a member of Tanner Chapel Church.

Surviving is one step-son, Harry Tomey of Silver Spring, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Fling, and her second husband, Woodford Tomey.

Services were held at Tanner Chapel, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Roseville Cemetery, Tanner.

 

RAYMOND BUGDEN

Raymond Bugden, 87, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the son of the late Edward and Clara Belle King Bugden.

He was a professional fisherman and a member of Apostolic Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Freda Cottrell Bugden; one sister, Reta Rogerson of Davenport, Iowa; three step-daughters, Linda Patterson, Mary McCumbers and Judy Stanford; two step-sons, Russell Falls and Rick Falls; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grand-children.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

CHESTER HALL

Chester F. Hall, 65, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. 

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Okey and Nancy McCune Hall. 

Surviving are two daughters, Shelly Mace of Arnoldsburg and Pebbles Kupfner of Walker; three grandsons, Christopher and Evan Mace of Arnoldsburg and Dustin Kupfner of Walker; one grand-daughter, Cheyanne Kupfner of Walker; two sisters, Jean Yost of Cumberland, Ohio, and Eloise White of Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sampson Hall; and eight siblings, Lester Hall, Cecil Hall, Grace Hall Cunningham, Genieve Hall Henderson, Delcie Hall Wayne, Essie Hall Skiera, Ivy Hall McCumbers and Stella Hall.

In keeping with Chester’s wishes, he was cremated. His ashes will be buried at Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m., at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating.

 

VIRGINIA METZ STURM

Virginia D. Metz Sturm, 88, of Duck, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Otter.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late George H. and Lula M. Butler Nicholas.

She was a homemaker and a member of Landmark Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are three daughters, Violet Wiseman of Duck and Juanita Wilmoth and Helen Brown, both of Brewster, Ohio; two sons, Mitchell Metz of Brewster and Ronald Metz of Beach City, Ohio; one brother, Allen Nicholas of Spencer; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ralph Metz and Fred Sturm; two sons, Kenny Metz and Nelson Metz; two brothers, one sister; and three grandchildren.

Services were held at Villanova Missionary Baptist Church, Duck, with Pastor John Cole officiating. Burial was in Metz Cemetery, Chloe.

 

SULL ARTHUR McCARTNEY

Sull Arthur McCartney, 92, of Glenville, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at his home on Lower Leading Creek Road.

He was the son of the late Sylvanus Armstrong McCartney and Lizzie Alice Goff McCartney.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1953 and worked for many years for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation District in Petersburg.

Surviving are two sons, Sull Arthur McCartney, Jr., of Oakland, Md., and Kevin Lee McCartney of Glenville; two daughters, Mikal Ruth McCartney of Annapolis, Md., and Martha Gail McCartney of Petersburg; four grandchildren; one sister, Myrtle McCartney Roberts of Stumptown; and one brother, Donald Patrick McCartney of Stumptown.

Private family services were held.

 

IRENE SIERS-PARSONS

Irene G. Siers-Parsons, 78, of Big Bend, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Big Springs, the daughter of the late James (Ernest) and Margaret McIntyre Metz.

Surviving are one daughter, Martha Harris; one son, Terry Siers; three grandchildren, Chief Warrant Officer Doy Harris, Deidra McIntyre and Chad Siers; four great-grandsons, Jeffery and Travis Ashley and Clayton and Wade McIntyre; one step-son, Harold Parsons and children; and one step-daughter, Pat Gander and children.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Doy M. Siers, in 1997, and her second husband, Floyd Parsons, in 2004.

At her request, there was no funeral. Graveside service and burial was in Siers Family Cemetery, Norman Ridge Rd., Big Bend.

 

BESSIE JANE KEENER

Bessie Jane Keener, 79, of Zanesville, Ohio, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Genesis Hospice, Zanesville, Ohio.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late Ed Hannah and Katherine Hayes.

Surviving are three daughters, caretaker Jeannie Harmon, Faye Prince and Wilma Workman; two sons, Darrell Keener and Donald Hannah; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cary Lee Keener.

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

 

MILDRED GREYE CAMPBELL

Mildred Greye Campbell, 71, of Grantsville, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Howard and Bertha Deems Jones Wilson.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are three sons, Melvin Howell, Jr., Mark Howell of Grantsville and Jerry Howell of Orma; three daughters, Donna Capps and Sandy Bunner, both of Grantsville, and Jennifer Howell of Parkersburg; 15 grandchildren, Aaron, Ethan and Hannah Waggoner, Christopher Howell, Bobbi Jo Elswick, Justin, Brandon and Jordan Bunner, John, Gary and Timothy Miller, Joshua Capps, Carrie Frame, Randy Jones and Casey Hall; six great-grand-children, Lexie, Madison, Trenton and Kennedy Bunner and Maliki Miller; one brother, Chester Jones of Grantsville; one sister, Freda Twoey of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Bennie, Everett, Frank, Harley, Troy, Clifford and Willard Jones, and two sisters, Ruth Elder and Virgie Southall.

Services were held at Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs, with Rev. William Law officiating.

MARY ELIZABETH HATHAWAY

Mary Elizabeth Hathaway, 93, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at The Willows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late W.L. Fogle and the late Louisa Fogle.

Surviving are one daughter, Helen L. Hathaway Parrott of Porter, Tex.; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Olis Hathaway, and one daughter, Ruth Ann Hathaway Owens.

Memorial service will be held at a later date at the conveni-ence of the family.

 

CHARLES HOWARD KNOTTS

Charles Howard Knotts, 82, of Charleston, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at Hubbard Hospice House.

He was born in Minnora, the son of Howard and Vena Knotts.

He was a 1945 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was an alumnus of West Virginia University and Morris Harvey College, life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and active leader of cub scouts, boy scouts, and explorers. He was director of the Drivers License Division of the W.Va. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, accountant for Libbey-Owens-Ford Gas Division and accountant and purchasing director for Devon Energy Corp. He attended Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview, and was a lifelong member of Prudence Chapel, Minnora.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Geneva Fowler Knotts; two sisters, Ruby Alexander and Opal Queen; and two brothers, Victor and Walter Knotts.

Surviving are his special friend, Betty Snyder; one son, Charles Edward Knotts of Ripley; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Berdine Knotts Wayne and husband Wheeler of Minnora; and one brother, Eucle Knotts of Minnora.

There will be a private family memorial service.

 

EVERETT DYE

Everett H. Dye, 91, of Parkersburg, formerly of Big Springs, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at CAMC, Memorial Division, Charleston.

He was born at Freed, the son of the late George W. and Parentha Estella Raybuck Dye.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the European Theater and was seriously wounded in combat and awarded a Purple Heart. He was self-employed as a carpenter, home builder and farmer. He was a deacon for 40 years at Smithville Baptist Church.

Surviving are his second wife of 32 years, Nora Jean Davidson Dye of Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center; one daughter, Mary Kartenecker of Parkersburg; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lenore Richards Dye; six brothers, Benjamin, Casper, William, Shirley, Ernest and Oral Dye; five sisters, Ada Freed, Cokie Turner, Olive Campbell, Orpha Hale and Edith Barr; seven nephews; and two nieces.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joseph Law officiating. Burial was in Ayers Cemetery, Smithville.

 

MARTHELA SIDWELL

Marthela Sidwell, 72, of Glenville, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Seville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Russell and Helen Hallowell Weaver.

Surviving are one son, Jay Lance of Rittman, Ohio; one daughter, Wilma Laughter of Glenville; one special son, John Young of Parkersburg; one brother, Paul Weaver of Medina, Ohio; three sisters, Linda Kerr of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Dianne Sustersic of Brunswick, Ohio, and Marie Harper of Lodi, Ohio; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cline Sidwell; one son, Glen Sidwell; and a special friend, Russell Johnson.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Sidwell Family Cemetery, Glenville.

 

SANDRA SUE PARSONS

Sandra Sue Parsons, 61, of Belpre, Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clifford and Ruth Maloney Burrows.

She was a cosmetologist for over 22 years and a member of Porterfield Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Glenver Parsons; one daughter, Cindy Ellen Hopkins of Alpharetta, Ga.; two sisters, Jeannie Winans of Parkersburg and Jeannette Wright of Belpre; one brother, Edward Burrows of Bryan, Ohio; two grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arley Bud Furr; one son, James Douglas Wilson; one sister, Betty Burrows Hobby; and one brother, Carl Ray Burrows.

Memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Lambert-Tatman Funeral and Cremation Services, Belpre.

 

MARLENE IRIS SHOCK ILLYN

Marlene Iris Shock Illyn, 87, of Milford, Conn., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

She was born at Apple Farm, the daughter of the late Robert McDonald and Hilda Gherke Shock.

She was a 1940 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She moved to Connecticut in 1942 and was employed as a quality control specialist until her retirement.

Surviving are two daughters, Marlene “Punky” Illyn and Pamela Illyn Popielarski, both of Milford; one grandson; siblings, Darrell and Ruby Shock of Little Rush Run, Reta Stewart of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Grace Meincke of Daytona, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Anatole “Andy” Illyn; one son, Gregory Illyn; and siblings, Denzil Shock, Dennis Shock, Lora Hathaway, Edith Paquet and Arlena Jones.

Services will be held Saturday, 9 a.m., at Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, Milford. Visitation is Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Kings Highway Cemetery.

IDA JANE DRAKE

Ida Jane Drake, 91, of Newton, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, in CAMC, General Division, Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Calvin Elijah and Belle Nicholas Parsons.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Tommy Drake of Newton, and two grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maxell Drake; one brother; and one sister.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana.

 

JOHN SAUNDERS

John N. Saunders, 78, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Emmett E. and Icie E. Summers Saunders.

He was a retired industrial X-ray technician and retired employee of Babcock & Wilcox, Barberton, Ohio. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 900, Barberton, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Saunders of Spencer; one daughter, Deloris Bell of Akron, Ohio; three step-sons, Othel Bennett and Dale Bennett, both of Barberton, and Allen Bennett of Alabama; five brothers, Kermit Saunders of Spencer, Charlie Saunders of Charleston and Kenneth Saunders, Bill Saunders and Bobby Saunders, all of Ohio; two sisters, Lena Kipp of Ohio and Carolyn Sue McClanahan of Nitro; three grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Areita Falkenrich; one step-daughter, Donna Comedi; one step-son, Glen Bennett; two brothers, Richard and Jimmy Saunders; and three sisters, Betty Jo Saunders, Elcie Wittington and Mary Hamilton.

Services were held in John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. John Meadows officiating. Burial was in Husk Cemetery, Husk Ridge.

 

LEONARD WILMOTH

Leonard R. Wilmoth, 89, of Normantown, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Willie and Osie Collins Wilmoth.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired Gilmer County school bus driver with 35 years of service. He was a member of Lower Steer Run Missionary Baptist Church, Normantown, where he was a deacon for 60 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mary James Wilmoth, whom he married May 17, 1947; one son, Joe Wilmoth of Normantown; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Dawson Wilmoth of Grantsville, wife of the late Larry Steve Wilmoth; five grandchildren, Jennifer Wilmoth of Toledo, Ohio, Ryan Wilmoth of Parkersburg, Steve Wilmoth and James Wilmoth, both of Grantsville, and Andrew Wilmoth of Normantown; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grand-children; one brother, Hayward Wilmoth of Elyria, Ohio; and one sister, Goldie Carpenter of Stouts Mills.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ola, Stanley, Adrian, Clyde and Monroe Wilmoth; two sisters, Ethel Ashley and Grace Wilmoth; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held at Lower Steer Run Missionary Baptist Church, with Elder Mark Minney officiating. Burial was in James Cemetery, Normantown.

 

RENA McBRIDE

Rena R. McBride, 103, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at The Willows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

She was born at Quick, the daughter of the late Silas and Maggie Booker Rollins.

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

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Harrah of Charleston; three sons, William E. McBride, James H. McBride and Glenville P. McBride, all of Parkersburg; 23 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. McBride; five sons, Bert, Raymond, Jacob, Virgil and John; four brothers; and four sisters.

Services were held at Christian Life Center, Parkersburg, with Pastor Delton Smith and Rev. Glenville McBride officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

 

EVA CHENOWETH PAYNE

Eva Chenoweth Payne, 98, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010.

She was born in West Virginia, the daughter of the late Knotts and Cleora Chenoweth.

She retired after 40 years of working as a teacher. She was a member of Quota International Club, Winchester, Va., Bible Study fellowship, and Loudoun and Clarke County Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are one son, James Michael Payne of Winchester; one daughter, Pamela Payne Throckmorton of Winchester; one sister, Marjorie Henson of Carlton, Ohio; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Franklin Payne; three brothers, Charles, John and Colonel Chenoweth; and two sisters, Leah Deusing and Elizabeth Cross.

Services were held at Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, Va. Burial was in Hillsboro Cemetery.

 

EFFIE LOCKNEY

Effie Lockney, 78, of Big Springs, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at home.

She retired from Spencer State Hospital.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann Norman; four brothers, Ben, John, Dewey and Dorsel Summerfield; two sisters, Madge Asczuck and Doris Shaffer; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Jacqueline Shamblin, and two sisters, Betty Guthrie and Bailey Summerfield.

At her request, she will be cremated. There will be no services.

 

BETTY LEE MARSHALL FERN

Betty Lee Marshall Fern, 82, of Akron-Barberton, Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010.

She was born in Calhoun County and was a 1946 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a member of Reimer Road Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Bryan Thomas Fern; two grand-daughters, one brother, H. Jack Ferrell; and three sisters, Helen Miller, Joanne Shreiner and Susan Kay Jones. She was the niece of Cecil R. and Mary Wolverton of Big Bend.

She was preceded in death by one son, John Michael Fern, and one sister, Mary Arthur.

At her request, there will be no services. She was cremated. Inurnment was in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

 

VIRGINIA COLLINS SMITH

Virginia Collins Smith, 94, of Akron, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010.

“Ginny” was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Henry Collins and Minerva Ellen Hickman.

She married in Grantsville on Sept. 8, 1934, and the family moved to Akron in 1944.

Surviving are four daughters, Jean Rittenour, Janice Aber and Nadine Kight, all of Akron, and Pauline Fiume of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond C. Smith; one son, Raymond E. Smith; eight brothers; two sisters; and two grandsons.

Services were held at Newcomer Funeral Home, Akron. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Park.

 

DELMER “Duke” SAMPSON

Delmer L. “Duke” Sampson, 76, of Massillon, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Affinity Medical Center.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Cecil Roy and Nellie Grey Booher Sampson.

He was a United States Army veteran and a truck driver for 34 years with Republic Steel. He was a country-western and bluegrass musician throughout his life.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Boak Sampson, whom he married on June 5, 1976; three sons, Rick Sampson of Canton, Ohio, Dennis Shilling of Massillon and Mark Shilling of Amarillo, Tex.; two daughters, Joyce Sampson of Newport, R.I., and Tammy Mickley of Canton; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Juanita Rogers of Massillon; and one brother, George Sampson of Massillon.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wes, Bernard and Bill Sampson, and one sister, Florence Rogers.

Services were held at Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home, Massillon with Pastor Tim Mishler officiating. Burial was in Brookfield Cemetery.

 

SMITH GROVES

Smith Groves, 68, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Orma, the son of the late Theodore and Mary Rogers Groves.

He was a former employee of Wood County Bank, Parkersburg, and Walker Systems, Williamstown, where he retired with 41 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Patricia Groves; five daughters, Lisa Perkins of Washington and Donna Bryan, Tina Bonnette, Jennifer Cox and Stephanie Cox, all of Parkersburg; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins; and longtime friend, Pete Gaines.

He was preceded in death by one son, Smith Groves, Jr.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Robert Holland officiating. Burial was in Hur Cemetery.

 

CECIL JOHNSON

Cecil V. Johnson, 80, of Vincent, Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Bull River, the son of C. Clyde and Iva Jarvis Johnson.

He was a 1948 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a 1952 graduate of Glenville State College, where he majored in physical education. He was a teacher and coach at Calhoun County High School from 1953-1962. He worked for Warren Local School District from 1962 until retiring in 1991, including as a physical education teacher and basketball coach at Barlow-Vincent Elementary School and coaching assignments in football and baseball at Warren High School.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Patty Floyd Johnson; three sons, Thomas M. Johnson, J. Daniel Johnson and Joseph F. Johnson; one daughter, Paula A. Graham; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby, and his eldest grandchild, Michael Thomas Johnson, on Aug. 8, 2010.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 35, Parkersburg, at 7:30 p.m.

 

HELEN HOLT MOLLOHAN

Helen Holt Mollohan, 97, widow of the late West Virginia Congressman Robert H. Mollohan, died Thursday, Aug. 26, in Arlington, Va.

She was born in Glenville, the daughter of the late Abraham Lincoln Holt and Cora Edna Shock Holt.

Her marriage on Apr. 28, 1931,   lasted   68   years   until   her   husband’s death on Aug. 3, 1999. She was educated at Glenville State College and, until recent years, served actively as president of the Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation, which has provided more than $1 million in scholarship and grants to West Virginia students and organizations over the past 10 years. One of the many scholarships awarded is the Helen Holt Mollohan Scholarship given annually to a deserving female student attending GSC.

She was a member of Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution. She traced her family roots to the first paternal Holt ancestor to settle in Tidewater, Va., in the 1660s. Her husband served in the Congress for 18 years. Their son, Alan B. Mollohan, has represented West Virginia’s First Congressional District since 1983. Her grandfather was a delegate to the Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. She was baptized in the United Methodist Church and in later years became a member of First Baptist Church, Fairmont.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Holt Mollohan of Grafton and Alan B. Mollohan of Fairmont and Washington, D.C.; one daughter, Kathryn Clyne Nelson of Falls Church, Va.; 11 grand-children; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth, and two brothers, Karl and Ronald.

Services were held at Otterbein Methodist Church, near Glenville, with Rev. James B. Johnson presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery.

 

BERNICE RUTH HALL MATHENEY

Bernice Ruth Hall Matheney, 84, of Newton, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.

She was born at Beech, the daughter of the late Lee and Ocie Bailey Hall.

She was a homemaker and retired cook at Newton Grade School. She had worked at Firestone, Akron, Ohio, and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Elana.

Surviving are two sons, David and Terry, both of Newton; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sylvia Craddock of Spencer, Wanda Houchin of Arnoldsburg and Norma Starcher of Painesville, Ohio; two brothers, Darrell Hall of Arnoldsburg and Paul Hall of Reedy; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Willard; one son, Garry; one daughter, Mary Lou; and one brother, Guy Hall.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. John Crawford and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Beech.

 

BETTY JEAN KNIGHT KENDALL

Betty Jean Knight Kendall, 74, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born on Pine Creek, the daughter of Chester C. Knight and Virginia Ruth Stump Knight.

She attended New Testament Baptist Church, Big Springs, and had given her life to Christ.

Surviving are five children, Gary Knight and Charles “Chuck” Kendall, both of Grantsville, Phyllis Mineff of Rockford, Ill., Susan Newell of Annamoriah and Pamela Thomas of Oak Hill; 13 grand-children, Graham Knight, Crystal Bell, Joshua Bohn and Chucky, Danielle and Christopher Kendall, all of Grantsville, Sherry Yoak and Kristi Anderson, both of Rockford, Angela Owens of Washing-ton, D.C., Kelli Bell of Glenville, Erica Newell of Annamoriah, Billy Bohn of Oak Hill and Phillip Parsons of Charleston; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and buried with her grandmother, Laura M. Kelley, at Bethlehem Cemetery.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, noon, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church and Rev. Matt Morrison officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home.

 

CHARLENE LUNDY

Charlene A. Lundy, 83, of Grafton, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at Grafton City Hospital.

She was born in Grafton, the daughter of the late Brooke Carr and Mary Pauline Zinn Duskey.

She had worked at Hazel Atlas and at Crislip Motor Lodge. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Surviving are three sons, John Paul Hoff of San Antonio, Tex.; Keith Hoff of Grafton and Gary Hoff of West Chester, Ohio; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Parrish of Follansbee; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Franklin Hoff in 1972 and John S. Lundy in 2003; two brothers; Harry Lyle Duskey and James Duskey; and two sisters, Helen Ball Young and Jo Ann Duskey.

Services were held at Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton, with Rev. Billy Crane officiating. Burial was in West Virginia National Cemetery.

 

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and buried with her grandmother, Laura M. Kelley, at Bethlehem Cemetery.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, noon, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church and Rev. Matt Morrison officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home.

 

GAZEL BELLE PLANT

Gazel Belle Plant, 82, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Raymond and Carrie Hathaway Hupp.

She retired after many years of service from Ideal Box Co., and worked for Love and Care Personal Care Home.

Surviving are one daughter, Doris Ann Newberry McElraft of Abingdon, Va.; one son, Larry Wayne Plant of Parkersburg; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Orles Holpp of Parkersburg; and four brothers, Eugene Hupp and Leon Hupp, both of Parkersburg, Doyle Hupp of Grantsville and Paul Hupp of Nicut.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Roy L. Plant, on Apr. 17, 2010, and three brothers, Claude “Bud” Hupp, Billy Hupp and an infant Donald Hupp.

Services were held at Camden Avenue Church of Christ, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Dana Slingluff officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

 

HELEN JUNE FLUHARTY

Helen June Fluharty, 83, of Dudleyville, Ariz., died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, in Riverside, Ariz.

She was born in Calhoun County and moved with her husband to Superior, Ariz., in 1954.

 She worked for Ray Mines Division for 35 years and was an active church member.

Surviving are three sons, Philip, Mark and Jim; two daughters, Sarah and Susan; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Mike Ferrell; and one sister, Pat Godfrey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Fluharty, and one grandson, Jason Odom.

Services were held at Lighthouse Assembly of God, Winkelman, Ariz.

 

DENVER STURM

Denver Sturm, 83, of Spencer, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, in Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Earl C. and Ethel Stalnaker Sturm.

He had attended Calhoun County High School and Stoney Point New Hope Community Church, Arnoldsburg, and was a Navy veteran of World War II.  He was a retired 50-year employee of Willard C. Starcher, Spencer, and was a member of Moriah Lodge No. 38, AF&AM, Spencer, Jackson Chapter No. 48, R.A.M., Ravenswood, and Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Parkersburg. 

Surviving are his wife, Margaret A. Marshall Sturm, whom he married Mar. 3, 1950; three daughters, Patricia A. Walker and Vickie L. Bowen, both of Spencer, and Barbara J. Keen of Leroy; one son, Denver H. Sturm of Spencer; one brother, Ernest Sturm of San Antonio, Tex.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Kathleen Sturm, and one brother, Dennis Sturm.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Tom Fletcher officiating, and burial with military rites in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

RAY BENNETT

Ray F. Bennett, 86, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Nuttallburg, the son of the late Samuel and Florina Bennett, and raised in Ansted.

He attended Ansted High School and worked as a welder in a shipyard in Baltimore, Md., during World War II. He was a former New York Life Insurance salesman and worked for Westvaco while living in Wyoming. He retired from Hope Gas Co. in 1986 after 30 years of service as a welder. He was founder and owner of Bennett and Son Monuments, Grantsville, which he started in 1963. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of Nemesis Shriners.

Surviving are one son, Dennis Bennett of Craigsville; one daughter, Becky Wilson of Frederick, Md.; two grandchildren, Derek Bennett of Chesapeake, Va., and Kami Bennett of Indianapolis, Ind.; three great-grandsons, Matthew, Caleb and Seth Bennett; and one brother, Gene of Maryland.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Willajean “Jean” Wyant Bennett, on Apr. 15, 2006; three sisters, Novella, Beulah and Rosemary; and one brother, James.

No services will be held.

 

FRANCES YOAK DAVIS

Frances Yoak Davis, 92, of Grantsville, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born on Norman Ridge, near Big Bend, the daughter of the late Agnew Thomas Yoak and Ellen Belle Metz Yoak.

She was a 1936 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended Glenville State College. She was a life-long member of Norman Ridge Church and worked for the Foster Grandparent program for 18 years.

Surviving are one son, Dean Davis; three grandchildren, Tina Little, Zola Bell and Okey Davis; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Okey; two sons, Roger Davis and Dennis Davis; four sisters, Phuea, Nelda, Mallie and Veda; and nine brothers, William, John, Oscar, Harley, Everett, Agnew, Loyal, James and Alva Yoak.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating, and burial in Norman Ridge Cemetery.

 

AUDRA INEZ ACKLEY

Audra Inez Ackley, 95, of Lottridge, Guysville, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Daniel C. and Della Pierce Church.

She retired from Athens Mental Health Center as a supervisor with 30 years of service. She and her late husband were instrumental in establishment of Lottridge Seniors Association and Lottridge Senior Center. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, Carl E. Ackley of Lancaster, Ohio, and Richard “Dick” M. Ackley of Midlothian, Va.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice “Pete” D. Ackley; three sisters, Bethel Church, Ruby Lockhart and Velma Arnett; five brothers, Earl, Ray, Ernest, Burley and Harry Church; and one half-brother, William Church.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, Ohio, with Rev. Monte McCune officiating. Burial will be in Carthage Cemetery. Visitation will be  held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

LUVENIA GRACE MAZE

Luvenia Grace Maze, 95, of Thornville, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born at Annamoriah, the daughter of the late Ebby and Luvenia Smith Maze.

She was a homemaker and a member of Harrison Street United Methodist Church, Harrisville, where she taught Sunday School for 16 years.

Surviving are two sons, Billie W. Maze of Harrisville and Charles L. Maze of Elyria, Ohio; two daughters, Mary Greathouse of Warren, Ohio, and Ona Bell Sims of Thornville; one half-sister, Ethel Rader of Mt. Zion; and several grandchildren, great-grand-children and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Glen Maze; one son, Gerald Maze; two sisters, Frankie Davis and Laurie Maze; two infant brothers; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Harrison Street U.M. Church, with Rev. Eddy Howard, Rev. John Frum and Rev. Carl DeVaughn officiating. Burial was in Maze Cemetery, Munday Road.

 

VIRGINIA SHAFFER

Virginia Shaffer, 89, of Elyria Township, Ohio, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Keystone Pointe, LaGrange, Ohio.

She was born in Big Springs, the daughter of the late Colvin and Snow Cunningham Richards.

She moved to the Elyria area in 1957 and was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, Elyria.

Surviving are one daughter; Betty Gerlak of Goodyear, Ariz.; three sons, Bob Barker of Grafton, Eddie Barker of Elyria and Richard Barker of North Olmsted, Ohio; two brothers, Arden Richards of California and Alvin Richards of Springfield, Ohio; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Okey Barker and Charles Shaffer, and one sister, Dorothy Greenlief.

Services were held at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, with Pastor Darrell Myers officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon, Ohio.

 

RITA NEWELL-BENDER

Rita Newell-Bender, 42, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Hospice Care Center, Fairlawn, Ohio.

She was the daughter of Ronald and Lois Newell of Brimfield, Ohio, and worked at Berry Plastics for 15 years.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Brooke “Prissy” Bender; aunts and uncles, including Emogene Newell Robinson of Tanner and Harry Newell of Orma; and numerous cousins in West Virginia.

Services were held at Newcomer Funeral Home, Akron, Ohio, with Renee Reed officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery.

 

PHILLIP STEPHEN METZ, SR.

Phillip Stephen Metz, Sr., 66, of Big Bend, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Judith A. Metz; two children, Eric Metz of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Lottie Thomas; two brothers, Roger Metz and Wayne Metz, both of Barberton, Ohio; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Murphy; step-father, Richard; two sons, Phillip S. Metz, Jr., and an infant; and one daughter, Elizabeth Anne Gussey.

There will be no services. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Judith Metz, P.O. Box 23, Big Bend, WV 26136.

 

VERDA ‘Verdie’ BUSH

Verda “Verdie” Bush, 88, of Millstone, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born at Elana, the daughter of the late R.B. and Alice Griffin, and raised in a one-room log house at Cottrell Town, near Oka.

On Nov. 1, 1941, she married Paul “Pete” Bush, who began his teaching career in one-room schools in the southern end of Calhoun County in the 1930s and boarded with the family in a shop above the cellar house. She worked in a factory during World War II and they settled in Millstone in the early 1950s and raised Christmas trees. She was a homemaker and member of West Fork Community Action, Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Arnoldsburg Homemaker’s Club, and West Virginia Molasses Festival Association.

Surviving are three brothers, Ralph Griffin of Burning Spring, Glenn Griffin of Manchester, Ohio, and Buford “Boots” Griffin of Canal Fulton, Ohio; two sisters, Donna Chambers of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Eloise Wayne of Louisville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 23, 2002.

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

 

KAREN ANN BOURNE BURCH

Karen Ann Bourne Burch, 48, of Nicut, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Gassaway, the daughter of Betty Helmick Bourne and the late Ronzel Paul Bourne.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one brother, Kenneth Bourne; one sister, Krystal Hardway; two daughters, Alicia Nicholas and Miranda Nelson; one son, James Houchin, Jr.; five grandchildren, Cassidy Burrows, Caleb and Cody Nicholas and Tyler and Trenton Nelson; and three nieces and five nephews, Kelcey, Holly and Dana Bourne of Arnoldsburg, Kayla, Josh and Matt Bourne of Ohio and Alex and Isiah Sidwell of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Keith P. Bourne.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating, and burial in Metz Cemetery, Nicut.

 

ROY ALLEN KNIGHT

Roy Allen Knight, 53, of Big Bend, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late Hobert and Maxine Richards Knight.

Surviving are one daughter, Jessica Bell of Grantsville; four sisters, Bytha Kendall of Grantsville, Emma Robinson of Nobe, Linda Knight of Big Bend and Ellen Wager of Big Springs; three brothers, Hobert Knight, Jr., of Brohard and General Knight and Rickey Knight, both of Big Springs; two granddaughters, Sarah and Emily Bell, both of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Grover Knight.

Graveside services and burial were held in Hunt Cemetery, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

 

VELMA KATHRYN MOORE

Velma Kathryn Moore, 87, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Roma A. and Bessie Prunty Harden.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired as a cashier from St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was a member of South Parkersburg United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Saundra K. Rhodes of Ripley; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Lorena Wilkinson of Byesville, Ohio; two brothers, Roma A. Harden, Jr., of Canton, Ohio, and John C. Harden of Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Graveside services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Jackson Memory Gardens, with Rev. Rick Brown officiating. Arrangements were by Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

 

DR. LOYAL McCANDLESS ‘Doc’ MONROE

Dr. Loyal McCandless “Doc” Monroe, 102, of Ravenswood, died Saturday, July 25, 2010.

He was born in Grove City, Pa., the son of the late George Camden Monroe and Loretta Mae McCandless Monroe.

He attended Grove City College and Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery. He completed his residency in Charleston, and first established a practice in Richwood, then practiced in Grantsville before going to Ravenswood in 1947 for 22 years. He delivered over 1,000 babies during his career. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Ravenswood, and active in Lions Club, Masons, Kiwanis, and Coast Guard Auxiliary. As a distinguished Eagle Scout and scoutmaster for many years, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Upon retirement in 1969, he and his wife moved to Florida. He returned to Ravenswood in 1977.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret “Peg” Ritchie and Charlotte Ann McCoy, both of Ravenswood; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 77 years, Thelma Mae Robson Monroe, whom he married Mar. 13, 1930; two sisters, Bernice Hassell and Margaret Bair; one infant son, Donnie Mac; and one grandson, Dr. David Monroe Ritchie.

Services were held at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Karin Maxson officiating. Burial was in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

 

DORIS HERTZ

Doris L. Webb Hertz, 82, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late William and Yetta Webb.

She retired from American Heart Association as director. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Surviving are six daughters, Roberta Sines of Zanesville, Kathy Hall of Kingsland, Ga., Teresa Lewis, Veronica Shedan and Christine Bunting, all of Parkersburg, and Margaret Kramer of Beaver Creek, Ohio; two sons, Jeffrey Hertz and Jim Hertz, both of Parkersburg; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert Hertz, and one son, Michael Hertz.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father Yesu Golla as celebrant.

 

DOROTHY LOUISE ROBEY FRESHOUR

Dorothy Louise Robey Freshour, 78, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, July 29, 2010.

Surviving are her husband, Larry Owen Freshour; four children; two step-children; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private burial was held at Nobe Cemetery. Celebration of life service will be held later.

 

RUDI DIRON

Rudi Diron, 70, of Euclid, Ohio, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Hospice House of Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio.

He was born in Germany, the son of the late Werner and Juliann Hein Diron.

He was a 20-year resident of Euclid. He had served as an M.P. in the U.S. Army and was owner/operator of Accousta-Coil, Cleveland.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Marie Hathaway Diron; one step-daughter, Brenda S. Nichols of Grantsville; one sister, Inga Soreo of Eastlake, Ohio; and five nephews and nieces.

Services were held at McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, Willoughby, Ohio, with Rev. Robert A. Gaston officiating.. Burial was in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon Township, Ohio.

REV. BARBARA JEAN ‘Betty’ OOTEN

Rev. Barbara Jean “Betty” Ooten, 64, of Delbarton, died Saturday, July 17, 2010.

She was born at Hell Creek, the daughter of the late Roy and Pearl Lawson Laprad.

She was a homemaker and evangelist.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Clarence “Johnny” Ooten; two daughters, Katie Gilman of Delbarton and Ellen Marie Shock of Grantsville; three sons, Kenneth W. Ooten of Delbarton, John Ooten of Lexington, N.C., and Richard Ooten of Logan; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Roy Laprad.

Services were held at Chafin Funeral Home, Delbarton, with Rev. Roger Ooten and Rev. Madison Ooten officiating. Burial was in Ooten Cemetery, Delbarton.

 

BARRY NEAL WILLIAMS

Barry Neal Williams, 48, of Glenville, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, in Moundsville.

He was the son of Doris Ann Williams and the late James Franklin Williams.

He served in the 81st Airborne Division.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two sisters, Denise Duncan and Leslie Reedy; two brothers, Eric Williams and Douglas Collins; his beloved, Anna Marie Hall; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Matthew Morrison officiating and with military honors. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

MARTHA BRITTON

Martha G. Britton, 93, of Sunset Acres, Weston, died Monday, July 19, 2010, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late William Russell Knight and Dora Cain Knight.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Weston, where she and her husband were dedicated to mission work.

Surviving are three sisters, Myrtle Powell of Dover, Ohio, Mamie Beall of North Canton, Ohio, and Margaret Cunningham of Grantsville; one brother, Lewis Knight of Linthum Heights, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Orval G. Britton, on Nov. 13, 2006.

Services were held at Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenneth Miller officiating. Burial was in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Braxton County.

 

BEULAH ELLIOTT HEFFNER

Beulah Elliott Heffner, 90, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Hubbard House Hospice, Charleston.

She was the daughter of the late Ira Newton and Leafy Kyer Elliott.

She was a former employee of Mid-Atlantic Glass Co. and Harrisville Garment Co. She was a 1939 graduate of Harrisville High School and a member of Prosperity Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Roy Payton of Leesville, S.C.; two step-sons, Larry Heffner of Lewisburg and John Heffner of Parkers-burg; one step-daughter, Martha Heffner of Panther; 12 grand-children; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude Payton; her second husband, Chester Heffner; and four sisters, Bessie Britton, Mary Tingler, Myrl McLauglin and Lucy Slaven.

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

 

JEREMIAH WEESE

Jeremiah Weese, 68, of Grantsville, died Friday, July 23, 2010.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late William Riley and Flossie Tucker Weese.

He worked for American Sand and Gravel and was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Edwards Weese; three sons, Rick Weese of Millersburg, Ohio, Jerry Lee Weese of Kansas and Steven Weese of Massillon, Ohio; three daughters, Teresa Prince of Ohio, Twila Weese of Norton, Ohio, and Crystal Osborne of Wooster, Ohio; two step-sons, Pete Dilgard and Jeremy Dilgard, both of Grantsville; two sisters, Rosa Bell Cottrill of Linn and Geneveive Pearl Perkins of Elyria, Ohio; and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph C. Weese, Henry Weese, Andrew Weese and John Weese; and one sister, Edna Marie Parsons.

Services were held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Mark Hornish officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.

 

DAVID GLEN SIERS

David Glen Siers, 55, of Orma, died Friday, July 23, 2010, at his home.

He was the son of the late Arno Creed Siers and Ida McCune Siers.

He had been employed by Bruce Allen, Inc., for more than 30 years.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Sandra Siers, two daughters, Jennifer Hoskins of Orma and Teresa Arnold of Millstone; two granddaughters, Trista and Laney Arnold; two sisters, Sue Falls of Arnoldsburg and Margaret Morris of Chloe; three brothers, Arno Siers, Jr., and Larry Siers, both of Orma, and Carl Siers of Sand Ridge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Sherman Sampson and Denzil Butler.

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

 

EUGENE ‘Gene’ BRADFORD BOWER

Eugene “Gene” Bradford Bower died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Parkersburg Care and Rehab Center, Gihon Road.

He was born in Brooksville, the son of the late Rome and Edna Williams Bower.

He attended Calhoun County schools and joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 aboard the Franklin D. Roosevelt. He turned 18 in Casablanca. He worked at Smith Packing Co. and Cloverdale Packing Co., Local Laborer’s Union, Wood County, and at Hercules and Weyerhouser, Georgia.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Betty Lou Smith Bower, whom he married on Nov. 14, 1948; three daughters, Drusilla Exline of Washington, Anne McFee of Mineral Wells and Julie Duschl of Covington, Ga.; one son, Bobby Bower of Covington; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Boreman of Wooster, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harlan Bower, Hayward Bower, Oral Bower and Woodrow Bower, and one sister, Edith Barker.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. Loyd Winans officiating. Burial was in Evergreen South Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.

 

REV. MARGARET ‘Peig’ ROOHAN SCHMITZ

Rev. Margaret “Peig” Roohan Schmitz, 82, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

She was born in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of Ruth Hutchinson Roohan and Alfred Joseph Roohan.

She was a 1949 graduate of Converse College and a 1984 graduate of Wesley Seminary with a masters in divinity. She had been pastor of West Virginia churches in Mayberry Run/Elkhorn, Hundred/Rush Run, Gauley Bridge, Paw-Paw and Pleasant Hill Methodist. She retired in 1998 to settle in Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, John A. Schmitz and wife Nancy Jacobs, and one grandson, Evan Jacobs Schmitz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Weeks Schmitz, Jr., in August, 2009.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, noon, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, followed by dinner at the church. Pastor Richard C. Metheney and Pastor Jerry N. Malona will conduct the service.

At a later date, burial will be held in St. Mark Memorial Garden Walk, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, Md. Donations may be addressed to Saint Mark’s Helping Fund. Stump Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

 

VIRGINIA LEE ROBERTS

Virginia Lee Roberts, 83, of Charleston, died at Hubbard Hospice House on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Her husband of 62 years, Belford Roberts, a 1945 graduate of Calhoun County High School, died June 1, 2010.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Eula and Claude Board.

She received her B.A. in business administration from Morris Harvey College. She had served as commissioner of W.Va. Dept. of Vehicles and commissioner of W.Va. Dept. of Finance and Administration, and retired after 37 years in state government. She had served on many boards and committees for Baptist Temple, Charleston, and was chair of its executive board and board of finance.

Surviving are three nieces, Vickie Holmes of Brentwood, Tenn., Pamela Fleischer of Florida and Kimberly Parks of St. Louis, Mo.

Joint memorial service for Virginia and Belford was held at Baptist Temple, with Rev. Archie Snedegar and Dr. Dennis Johnson officiating. Inurnment was in Baptist Temple Chapel Garden Columbarium.

 

KATHRYN MARIE MASTERS

Kathryn Marie Masters, 68, of Belpre, Ohio, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Gladys Godfrey Hopkins.

She was a homemaker and member of Veto Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Surviving are her husband, Gary A. Masters; three daughters, Barbara E. Vogelsong of Coolville, Ohio, Julie McCune of Vienna and Anita K. King of Cutler, Ohio; one son, David Meek of Beverly, Ohio; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vonda L. Todd of Columbus, Ohio, Barbara Jean Steward of Belpre and Jo Ann Welch of Cutler; and one brother, Thomas Hopkins of Charleston.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Nicole, and one sister, Shirley Jordan.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Wayne Vogelsong and Randy Cox officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Belpre. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

MARIE McKOWN

Marie McKown, 84, of Arnoldsburg, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Clay and Dottie Shaffer Wallbrown.

She was a homemaker and a member of Beech Methodist Church.

Surviving are seven daughters, Frances Greathouse and Donna Butler, both of Arnoldsburg, Patty Dickey of Nicut, Joyce Newell of Orma, Sherry Dalo of Canton, Ohio, Judy Shartiger of Shock and Sandra Butler of Orma; five sons, Eddie McKown of Sand Ridge and James McKown, Johnny McKown, Jerry McKown and Mike McKown, all of Arnoldsburg; 41 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee J. McKown, in 2007; two sons, Eugene McKown and Danny McKown; two sisters, Ann Mae Lowe and Bernice Wallbrown; and one brother, Oral Rex “Buddy’ Wallbrown.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating, and burial in Road Run Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

 

THOMAS ECHARD

Thomas J. Echard, 66, of Parkersburg, died Monday, July 5, 2010, after a battle with cancer.

He was born at Melon, the son of the late Jennings and Alice Echard.

He was a 1961 graduate of Wirt County High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961-1966 and retired from DuPont after 31 years of service. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and Parkersburg American Legion Post #15.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Ioka Jane; two sons, Dwayn of Williamstown and Gregory of Washington; three grandchildren, Zachery, Brandon and Haylee; three sisters, Helen of Belpre, Evelyn Bunner of Munday and Glenna Richards of Big Springs; and one brother, Joseph Echard of Creston.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Darcus and Virginia.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Shawn Hall officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens with full military graveside rites by American Legion Post #15.

 

HUGH JAMES McCUNE

Hugh James McCune, 74, of Sugar Camp, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, after a battle with cancer.

He was the son of the late Hugh James McCune and Nora Souder McCune.

He was a 12-year veteran of the Air Force. He was a retired police officer after 20 years of service with Burlington County Bridge Commission, N.J.

Surviving are one son, Mark James Parker of England; two grandsons, Richard Parker and Ross Parker of England; two brothers, William McCune of South Carolina and John McCune of New Jersey; two nephews; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Terri Lea McCune.

Graveside services were held.

 

JANEY WILSON BELL

Janey Wilson Bell, 56, of Belleville, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late Clark and Effie Wilson.

Surviving are two sons, Holly Bell II and Thomas A. Bell, both of Parkersburg; two brothers, Marvin Wilson of Grantsville and Clark Wilson of Munday; and one granddaughter, Shkera Bell.

She was preceded in death by her companion, Samuel Moore.

The body was cremated. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

BESSIE BASNETT

Bessie I. Basnett, 93, of Annamoriah, died Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Hur, the daughter of the late Alex and Selina Kerby Carpenter.

She was a member of Brooksville Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons, William Basnett of Surprise, Ariz., Jerry Basnett of Grantsville, Fred Basnett, Jr., of Ravenswood and Roger Basnett of Annamoriah; two daughters, Gloria Stevens and Sue Arthur, both of Grantsville; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grand-children; one brother, Gene Carpenter of Parkersburg; one sister, Jenny Killeen of Lancaster, Ohio; four step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred F. Basnett, in 1998.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. C.W. McDonald officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

 

OKEY GIBSON

Okey M. Gibson, 80, of Kent, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Hennis Care Center, Dover, Ohio.

He was born at Joker, the son of Lora and Ada Kerby Gibson.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea, where he received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and United Nations Service Medal. He was a carpenter with Reeves Lumber Co., Akron, for over 50 years.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Gibson of Dover, Ohio, and Thomas P. Gibson of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Deborah S. Sanford of Brimfield, Ohio, and Donna L. Petrow of North Royalton, Ohio; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leon Gibson of Raeford, N.C., and Ed Gibson of Newcomerstown, Ohio; and three sisters, Betty Williams of Cleveland, Ohio, Estelle Buckus of Rootstown, Ohio, and Doris Asbury of West Lafayette, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Salona Louthen Gibson; four brothers, Eugene Gibson, Vernon Gibson, Todd Gibson and Don Gibson; and one sister, Edra Rogers.

Services were held at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home, Kent, with Pastor Dan Alexoff officiating. Burial was in Standing Rock Cemetery.

 

DONALD MILLER

Donald L. Miller, 78, of Mineral Wells, died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lexie and Dollie Hughes Miller.

He was a 1951 graduate of Calhoun County High School and served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. He retired from Union Insulators/ American Viscose.

Surviving are one daughter, Deborah McPherson of Waverly; one granddaughter, Stephanie of Davisville; two great-grand-children; one brother, Arnold John Miller of Mt Zion; three sisters, Wanda L. Miller of Mt Zion, Mary L. Riggs of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Janet L. Thomas of Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Riggs.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating. Military graveside services were held at Bryner Chapel Cemetery, Joker.

 

JOY MORGAN STEVENS

Joy Morgan Stevens, 80, of Grantsville, died Saturday, July 10, 2010, at her home.

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

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was a charter member of Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 15 years, Robert Eugene Stevens, on Jan. 22, 1994; six sisters, Imogene Campbell, Audena Newman, Lenora Morgan Davis, Pauline Morgan, Betty June Faith Morgan and Dolly Morgan; and four brothers, Arthur Morgan, Bob Morgan, Owen Morgan and Quinton Morgan.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with President Miles Bohning officiating. Burial was in Morgan Family Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

 

SHERMAN EDWARD WISE

Sherman Edward Wise, 46, of Wallback, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Sherman and Sara Jane Lockhart Wise.

He was a small engine repair mechanic and landscaper.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Wise; two daughters, Angela and Theresa, both of Roane County; three sons, David Starcher of Wallback, Harold Billingsley of Calhoun County and Keith Starcher of Roane County; six sisters, Barb Bush, Katie Westfall, Helen Springston, Marie Tanner, Peggy Tanner and Dorothy Harris, all of Spencer; four brothers, Robert Wise of Mt. Olive, David Wise of Glenville, Ivan Wise of Spencer and Randy Wise of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, William Buck Wise, and two sisters, Wanda Westfall and Susan Tanner.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

JERRY BRUCE NORMAN

Jerry Bruce Norman, 71, of Norton, Ohio, and Shock, died Sunday, July 11, 2010, after a battle with lung cancer.

He was born in Shock, the son of Eck and Edna Lambert Norman.

 Following graduation from Normantown High School, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. He retired from his construction company in Ohio. He was a member of Church of Christ and donated the lot on which the Steer Creek building now stands.

Surviving are one son, Bruce Anthony Norman; four grandchildren; his companion and caretaker, Bonnie Brenner; two brothers, Brooks Norman of Aurora, Ohio, and Dale Norman of Shock; three sisters, Lela Wilson of Malta, Ohio, and Kate Miller and Patty Miller, both of Shock; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Boatright Norman, and two sisters, Nina Norman and Glenna Miller.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Steer Creek Church of Christ, Stumptown, with Gene H. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery. Visitation is on Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the residence of Bonnie Brenner, 4555 Roop Ave., Norton, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Steer Creek Church of Christ.

 

EULA ALLEN

Eula B. Allen, 84, of Clarington, Ohio, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in Muskingum Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, Beverly, Ohio.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Ruby and Ona Roberts Smith.

Surviving are two sons, R. Michael Parker of Barnesville, Ohio, and Thomas Allen of Denver, Colo.; three daughters, Sharon Randolph of Naperville, Ill., Beverly Zimmer of Marietta, Ohio, and Deborah Myers of Beallsville, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dale Smith, Franklin Smith and Don Smith; two sisters, Bonnie Byrd and Freda White Cotton; and special friends, Terri Milosavljevic and Brent and Kim Tisher.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Averill “A.C.” Allen, on Mar. 21, 2010; an infant son, Richard Aden Parker; and siblings, Glendle, Denzil, Aden, Beulah and Betty.

Services were held at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville. Burial was in Smith Family Cemetery, near Hur.

 

MARK ANTHONY ‘Tim’ BASNETT

Mark Anthony “Tim” Basnett, 54, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, July 3, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Dover, Ohio, the son of the late Harley and Margaret Dewalt Basnett.

He was a self-employed owner-operator truck driver.

Surviving are two sisters, Cheryl Wootchie and Paula Blake, and four brothers, Gary Basnett, Michael Basnett, Terrence Basnett and Scott Dewalt.

He was preceded in death by his foster parents, Clyde and Virginia Allen.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Snyder Chapel Cemetery, Annamoriah.

 

PAUL DOWNS STALNAKER

Paul Downs Stalnaker, 80, of Millstone, died Sunday, July 4, 2010, after a battle with cancer.

He was born at Orma, the son of the late Fenton R. and Opal Downs Stalnaker.

He was a 1946 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a 1956 graduate of Glenville State College. He began teaching at age 17 at a one-room school on Matheny Ridge in Calhoun County. After teaching in various one-room schools, he taught at Minnora Elementary and Calhoun High. From 1960-1966, he taught in northeastern Ohio, but returned to teach in Calhoun, and retired in 1982 after nearly 38 years.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Lenell Faith McKee Stalnaker; one daughter, Pamela Breese and husband Robert of Millstone; one son, Stephen Stalnaker and wife Rebecca of Arnoldsburg; three granddaughters, Meredith Bartlett and husband Brian Henthorn of Grapevine, Tex., Candace Stalnaker and husband Jamie DeWeese of Walton and Christy Stalnaker, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq; three sisters, Glenna Fleming of Arnoldsburg, Emma Lou Chenoweth of Ravenna, Ohio, and Orma Florence (Tootsie) Downs of Southington, Ohio; 24 nephews and nieces; and several great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Harley Stalnaker and Marvin Fenton Stalnaker, one sister, Wanda Lee Stalnaker White; and one grandson, Benjamin Ryan Bartlett.

Services will be held Thursday, 2:30 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Davis officiating. Burial will be in Sturm Cemetery, Millstone. Visitation will be held Thursday, 10 a.m. to time of services, at the funeral home.

 

LILLIE FALLS BUTLER

Lillie Falls Butler, 88, of Spencer, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late George and Lula Hays Keaton Falls.

Surviving are seven daughters, Marie Burrows of Garrettsville, Ohio, Faye Nichols and Pauline Drake, both of Spencer, Peggie Hall of Orma, Sharon Ruckers and Carolyn Stutzman, both of Wooster, Ohio, and Genevia Rinehart of Follansbee; seven sons, Grover Butler of Spencer, Clerance Butler, Paul Butler, Frank Butler and Kenneth Butler, all of Orma, Jack Butler of Ravenna, Ohio, and Bob Butler of Follansbee; 32 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Millie Bishop, Emma Lou Morgan and Jennie McClung; and one brother, Arnold Ray Falls.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Donzel Butler on Sept. 12, 2005; two grandchildren, Pamela Butler and Heather Ruckers; one great-grandchild, Josh Harris, two sisters, Rosie Hicks and Orvie Wayne; and seven brothers, Thurman, Herman, Everette, John, Jack, Jason and Hulbert Falls.

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

 

PEARL CONRAD McCUNE

Pearl Conrad McCune, 84, of Orma, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born at Beech, the daughter of the late Isaac Homer and Lula Brannon Norman.

She was a homemaker and mother. She attended Walnut Memorial Church, Chloe, and was a member of Rebekah Lodge, Minnora.

Surviving are her husband, Roscoe McCune; four sons, Paul Conrad of Parkersburg, Donnie Gale Conrad of Port Deposit, Md., Robert “Butch” Conrad of Orma and James Conrad of Spencer; one daughter, Betty Somerville of Parkersburg; one brother, Orville Norman of Orma; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 56 years, Denver Conrad; one granddaughter, Nikki Conrad; three sisters, Murl and Irene Norman and Ona Helmick; and four brothers, Bunker, Homer, Jr., William and Arnold Norman.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Lester Tanner officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery, Orma.

 

MARGARET LYBARGER

Margaret L. Lybarger, 88, of Cox’s Mills, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Bushnell, Ill., the daughter of the late Marion and Millie Bushnell Eckles.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are three step-sons, Jack Lybarger of Cox’s Mills, and Bill Lybarger and Randy Lybarger, both of Canton, Ill.; one step-daughter, Edith Carol of Glasford, Ill.; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Lybarger; two sisters, Francis and Laura; and three brothers, Marion, Dale and Benny.

She has been cremated and there were no visitation or service at this time.

 

CHANCE MORGAN MILLER

Chance Morgan Miller, 8, of Belleville, died Friday, June 25, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Lewis “Luke” Miller of Parkersburg and Rebecca Miller Forshey of Belleville.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his step-father, Ronald Forshey; four brothers, Carl “C.J.” Life of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Kyle Life and Wyatt Miller, both of Parkersburg, and Kevin Wilson of Teays Valley; one sister, Jessica Miller of Parkersburg; two step-brothers and one step-sister of Zanesville; grandparents, Jim and Linda Wilson of Grantsville, Karen and Dave Hall of Parkersburg and Ronald Miller of Parkersburg; step-grandmother, Betty Jo Forshey; aunts, Tammy Miller and Michelle Barker, both of Parkersburg, Meagan Casto of Grantsville and Beverly Wilson of Nitro; and uncles, Ronald L. Miller, Robert M. Miller and Timothy Wilson, all of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Miller; great-grandparents, Soloman and Emily Miller, Ruby Miller, Albert and Jenny Eddy, Howard and Marie Wilson and Walter and Agnes Staats.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Chance’s grandfather, Jim Wilson, officiating. Burial was in Wadesville Cemetery.

 

HELEN LINCH

Helen Linch, 89, of Belpre, Ohio, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Delbert and Ada Davidson of Glenville.

She was a member of Belpre Senior Citizens.

Surviving are five daughters, Ellen Wade of Mt. Zion, Edna Ferree of Vienna, Marian Dresch Gloucester, Va., Goldine Hall of Parkersburg and Dorothy Haddox of Belpre; two sons, Charles Linch of Mineral Wells and Bob Linch of Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grand-children; one sister, Goldine Barton of Glenville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Linch, in 2001; two grandchildren, Rick Dresch and Renita Newlon; and five brothers and sisters, Audy Davidson, Lester Davidson, Fred Davidson, Juanita Southall and Emma Wave Davidson.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor James Yoak officiating, and burial in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

 

ALLEN ‘Lacy’ FITZWATER

Allen “Lacy” Fitzwater, 65, of Maysel, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, after a battle with brain cancer.

He was the son of the late Howard “Buzzy” and Lola Thomas Fitzwater.

He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Cabot Oil and Gas.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce Ball Fitzwater, formerly of Calhoun County; one daughter, Trish Triplett; one son, Dustin Fitzwater; one granddaughter, Tara Triplett; six sisters, Laura Pittman of Goldtown, Faye Butcher of Oviedo, Fla., Lucille Legg of Newton, Anna Sams of Laurel, Ind., Caroline Townsend of Carthage, Miss., and Linda Baysinger of Mechanicsville, Va.; two brothers, Kenneth Fitzwater of Murfeesboro, Tenn., and Lloyd Fitzwater of Hartsville, S.C.; extended family, Mildred Tracy family, Dick, Bill and Francis Mink, Mary Lou Asbury and Alice Randolph; and special friends, Phil Morris, Gary King and Buck Davis.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Orlene Myers and O. Tressie Fitzwater, and two brothers, Harold Fitzwater and Basil Fitzwater.

Visitation was held at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. Burial will be in Fitzwater Family Cemetery at a later date.

 

BELFORD ROBERTS

Belford Roberts, 82, of Charleston, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at home.

He was the son of the late W.F. and Oma Roberts of Calhoun County.

He was a 1945 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated summa cum laude from Morris Harvey College with a B.S. degree in business administration and West Virginia University with a masters degree in business administration. He was a past member of the board of directors of Horse Creek Land and Mining Co. and of Frankel Foundation. He retired from Virginia Welding Supply Co. in 1989 as business manager after 11 years. He had previously retired from Morris Harvey College after 27 years in the business department and as a member of the board of trustees.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Virginia, and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Arwin Roberts, and one sister, Hermoine Kight.

Memorial service was held at Charleston Baptist Temple, with Rev. Archie Snedegar officiating. Inurnment was in Baptist Temple Chapel Garden Columbarium, with a reception afterwards at the church.

 

LEE ROY McINTYRE

Lee Roy McIntyre, 70, of Newton, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at CAMC General Division, Charleston.

He was the son of the late Isaac and Ruby McIntyre.

He was a welder and pipefitter at Occidental, Belle.

Surviving are his wife, Goldie Boggs McIntyre; two sons, Jim McIntyre of Marmet and Tim McIntyre of Uler; two sisters, Shirley Bradley of Ohio and Betty Helfeldt of Texas; one brother, Tom McIntyre of Sand Ridge; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Junior.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Tariff Cemetery, near Newton.

 

HARTZEL JACK WEBB

Hartzel Jack Webb, 85, of Millstone, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at his home, which he shared with his granddaughter, Tami Allen, her husband, Donald, and their two children. 

He was born at Minnora, the son of the late Lynch and Martha Conley Webb.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired from General Motors after 32 years of service. He was a member of Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Bodies, Cleveland, Ohio.

Surviving are four children, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

 

JANET BENNETT GROSE MILES

Janet Bennett Grose Miles, 76, of Vienna, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Nicholas County, the daughter of the late Clyde and Wilma Strickland Bennett.

She had worked for the telephone company for 30 years and was an active member of Wayside United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Roy R. Miles; two sons, Ward Grose of Gaines, Mich., and Richard Grose of Wauwatosa, Wis.; one daughter, Kathy Durfy of Reistertown, Md.; three step-daughters, Julie Woods of Grantsville, Cheryl Miles of Indianapolis, Ind., and Sarah Miles of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Grose, and one brother, Jack Bennett.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Sandy Runnion officiating. Graveside service was held at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

 

IRENE BARTLETT

Irene Bartlett, 88, of Big Springs, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born the daughter of the late Floyd and Dorothy Wilson Fox.

Surviving are one sister, Elmadene Robinson, and several nieces and nephews. 

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

 

MABEL KING

Mabel Blanch King, 79, of Lower Nicut, died Friday June 11, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Grover Weldon and Nora Jane Dickey.

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

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Delbert Lee King; three daughters, Darlene White and husband Cary of Leroy, Audra Marks and husband Ed and Sherry Patterson and husband Glenn, all of Lower Nicut; seven grandchildren, Sean White, Kim Riggs, Cathy Craddock, Mike Marks, Donna Schoolcraft and Mitchell and Miranda Patterson; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Willy and Ray; one sister, Tressy McCoy; one half-brother, Cicle Dickey; and one half-sister, Ona McCumbers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Tom Law officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

JAMES ALLEN RUSH

James Allen Rush, 77, of Frametown, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at his son’s home in Frametown.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Zella Marie Murphy and the late James Rush.

Surviving in addition to his mother are four sons, Allen Junior Rush, Roger Dale Rush, Robert Dean Rush and Chris Rush; one daughter, Sandra Kay Jenkins; five brothers, Paul Leonard “Abe” Rush, Shirley Orville Rush, Earnest Wilson Rush, Scottie “Junior” Rush and Charles Robert Rush; and eight sisters, Phyllis “Big Sis” Cottrell, Goldie Mae Green, Opal Gay Horsley, Vina “Sue” Rush, Mina “Lou” Rogers, Helen Rogers, Gladys Roupe and Nelsie Juanita Rush.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Lee Rush, and one brother, Okie Everette Rush.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Timothy Oakes officiating. Burial was in Witt Cemetery, Minnora.

 

GEORGIA LENORA AYERS

Georgia Lenora Ayers, 66, of Davisville, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Leonard and Maxine Ruth Starcher Simmons.

She retired from Nashua Photo and had also worked at Viscose and Kaiser Aluminum. She was a member of Kanawha United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir.

Surviving are two daughters, Stephanie “Penny” Stalnaker of Parkersburg and Sonjia Cline of Sistersville; one son, Francis G. Ayers, Jr., of Davisville; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Francis G. “Frank” Ayers, on July 31, 2004 (he was born in Grantsville); one daughter, Cynthia Ruth Ayers; and one sister, Carol Burroughs.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Rod Blanchard officiating. Burial was in Starcher Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

JACKIE LEE HARDWAY

Jackie Lee Hardway, 65, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Kansas, the son of the late Donald and Bonnie Yost Hardway.

He was retired from Monarch Rubber Co. and worked as a Class A welder at Ravens Metals.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda May Cline of Parkersburg and April Gay Hardway of Gandeeville; two sons, Leonard E. Hardway of Arnoldsburg and Donald Gary Hardway of Parkersburg; two sisters, Norma Jane Drake of Yellow Creek and Janice Lynn Blake of Mt. Zion; two brothers, Denzil Daris Hardway of Orangeburg, S.C., and Leonard Earl Hardway of Palestine; and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Perry Hardway, and one son, Jackie Lee “Punkin” Hardway, Jr.

Per his request, the body was cremated. Memorial service was held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

 

HELEN CARPENTER HARRIS

Helen Carpenter Harris, 85, of Spencer, died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late James and Beulah Burch Carpenter.

She was a graduate of Normantown High School and Glenville State College and received her graduate education at West Virginia University. She worked in the Roane County school system for several years as a mathematics teacher, school counselor and school psychologist. She was a member of Spencer Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are one son, Douglas Ray Harris of Spencer; two sisters, June Westfall of Ohio and Mary Lou Powell of Wadsworth, Ohio; and one brother, Douglas Carpenter of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Rev. Ray Harris, on Mar. 30, 2001 (he was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and former assistant superintendent); one sister, Ann Stalnaker; and one brother, Gary Carpenter.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Tom Fletcher and Pastor John Powell officiating, and burial in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

NOLAN RAY BUTLER

Nolan Ray Butler, 75, of Chloe, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born at Orma, the son of the late John and Lena Conrad Butler.

He worked for several years in the pipeline construction industry.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Launa Butler; one daughter, Bev Mullins of Chloe; two sons, Rick Butler of Grandy, N.C., and Ron Butler of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Billy Mullins of Springfield, Kelly Mullins of Bridgeport, Adam Butler of Lock Port, N.Y., Cassie Elkins and Jason of Chloe, Josh Butler of Grandy and Colby Butler of Princeton; one step-grandson, Adam Lane of Arnoldsburg; and one sister, Murilene Witt of Coca, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Lucas Dale Butler; two sisters, Ilene Metz and Norma Stuck; and one brother, Arlen Butler.

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

 

DENZIL HUGH ‘John’ JOHNSON

Denzil Hugh “John” Johnson, 79, of the Montgomery Hill area of Wood County, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Willard C. and Opal Harris Johnson.

He was a 1950 graduate of Calhoun County High School and had served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and was recipient of the Purple Heart. He was retired from Kaiser Aluminum and was a former employee of O’Ames and American Viscose. He was a member of Rockport Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Lois A. Riddle Johnson; one son, Johnie Johnson of Parkersburg; one daughter, Jody Ann Johnson of Parkersburg; three brothers, Emory Johnson of Paden City, David Johnson of Parkersburg and Howard Johnson of Grantsville; two sisters, Lyla Hughes of Parkersburg and Grace Dailey of Lubeck; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee “Ox” Johnson, Limer Johnson, Johnny Wayne Johnson and an infant brother, and three sisters, Claudina “Pud” Kendall, Lennie Johnson and an infant sister.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Steve Morgan officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

BETTY JANE JENKINS

Betty Jane Jenkins, 57, of Big Bend, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of Harley Columbus Jones and Rhoda Blanche Richards Welch Jones.

She was a homemaker and formerly attended Big Springs Community Church.

Surviving are her husband, Edward Jenkins; one daughter, Rebecca Fredrick; one grandson, Benjamin Columbus Fredrick; two step-grandchildren, Mark Fredrick and Stacy Harris; four step-great-grandchildren; special friend, James (Bubby) Jones of Parkersburg; one brother, Russell E. Jones of Big Springs; two sisters, Shirley Ann Taylor of Big Bend and Wanda Leona Dye of Oaksboro, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leslie Ann; one brother, Darl Glen Jones; two half-brothers, Donald Ray Welch and William Foster Welch, one half-sister, Lois Carol Richey; and one niece, Deborah Sue Fowler.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

JAMES LAW

James A. Law, 88, of Akron, Ohio, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late James B. and Dale Law.

He lived his life in Akron, where he retired from Goodyear Aerospace and Goodyear Tire Research in 1984 after 33½ years. He attended The Chapel on Fir Hill, was a member of Eureka Lodge #40, AF&AM, Grantsville, and was a member of Tadmor Temple.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Launa “Eddie”, and one sister, Eva Langston of Hendersonville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronzel Law and Rymer Law.

Memorial services were held at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Wes Hartsfield and Rev. Joseph Law officiating. Private burial was in Mt. Zion Chapel, Brohard.

 

GEORGE DUSKEY, JR.

George Duskey, Jr., 91, of Grantsville, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late George and Opal Sturm Duskey.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific Theatre. He was a former employee of W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are his former wife, Colleen B. Duskey; one son, Gaylen Duskey of Grantsville; one daughter, Betty Jones of Akron, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Gachassin of Grantsville, Elizabeth Duskey of Charleston, Cynthia Allman of Belpre, Ohio, and Maureen, Kayann, Julia Louise and Dean; five great-grand-children, Christopher, Madison, Kaitelynn, Preston and Johnathon, all of Belpre; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Boyd Duskey; one sister, Doll Gillespie; and an infant son, George Howard Duskey.

Military graveside rites were held at Wright Cemetery, Cremo with American Legion, Spencer, and Rev. John Lowther officiating. There will be no visitation.

 

ETHEL LEACH SLIDER

Ethel Leach Slider, 95, died Monday, May 31, 2010.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Madison and Mae Carpenter Leach.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, Mabscott, United Methodist Women and adult bible class.

Surviving are one son, Dale E. Slider of Alpharetta, Ga., three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Slider; one son, Arian Gene Slider; four brothers; and two sisters.

Celebration of her life was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Michelle Messer officiating, and burial at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mabscott Methodist Church, 412 Whitestick Ave., Mabscott, WV 25871.

 

CHARLES ‘Chuck’ PROPST

Charles “Chuck” Propst, 67, of Oxford, Ala., formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, May 28, 2010.

He was the son of the late Elhannon Winchester Propst and Nellie Coberly Propst.

He was a graduate of West Virginia University and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He retired from federal service with Gorgas Army Community Hospital, Ancon, Panama.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Dempsey Propst; two daughters, Michelle Das and Renee McDonald; one step-daughter, Jackie Abels; and one step-son, Allen Gregory.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eula Mae and Ella Marie Propst, both of West Virginia, and two brothers, Joseph and Robert Propst, both of West Virginia.

Private burial will be held in Grantsville.

 

ROLAND BOATRIGHT

Roland R. Boatright, 74, of Grantsville, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ray and Leta Stump Boatright.

Surviving are two brothers, Ronzel Boatright of Mt. Zion and Ronald Boatright of Nobe; three sisters, Marie Morrell of Grantsville, Velma Parsons of Normantown and Allie Boggs of Ohio; one adopted son, Daniel Boatright; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

GEORGE DUSKEY, JR.

George Duskey, Jr., 91, of Grantsville, died Saturday, May 23, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late George and Opal Sturm Duskey.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific Theatre. He was a former employee of W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are his former wife, Colleen B. Duskey; one son, Gaylen Duskey of Grantsville; one daughter, Betty Jones of Akron, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Gachassin of Grantsville, Elizabeth Duskey of Charleston, Cynthia Allman of Belpre, Ohio, and Maureen, Kayann, Julia Louise and Dean; five great-grand-children, Christopher, Madison, Kaitelynn, Preston and Johnathon, all of Belpre; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Boyd Duskey; one sister, Doll Gillespie; and an infant son, George Howard Duskey.

Military graveside rites were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Wright Cemetery, Cremo, with American Legion, Spencer, and Rev. John Lowther officiating. There will be no visitation. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements.

 

EMMA METZ

Emma Metz, 86, of Crummies Creek, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late George and Effie Parsons Metz.

Memorial services will be held Monday, 1 p.m., at her farm on the right fork of Crummies Creek. Friends and family are invited to attend and bring a covered dish.

 

DONAVAN BAILEY

Donavan J. Bailey, 89, of Waverly, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Salem Care and Rehab Center, Salem.

He was born in Minnora, the son of the late Samuel and Rose Nell States Bailey.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving most of the time as a surgical technician. He received a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.

Surviving are one brother, William Bailey of Stockport, Ohio; one sister, Rose Nell Lemley of Stockport; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta, Ohio. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery, Prudence Chapel.

 

LISA PAULINE METHENEY

Lisa Pauline Metheney, 45, of Vicco, Ky., died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at A.R.P. Hospital, Hazard, Ky.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Richard and Mary Christian Douglas.

Surviving are her husband, Dwain Metheney; one daughter, Erin Metheney of Brinkley, Ky.; two sons, Dwain Metheney, Jr., and Darryl Metheney, both of Hindman, Ky.; two brothers, Richard and Scottie Douglas, both of Cleveland, Ohio; and two grand-children.

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

 

GROVER LEE KNIGHT

Grover Lee Knight, 63, of Big Bend, died Friday, May 14, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Hobert Clay Knight and Maxine Richards Knight.

Surviving are his wife, Diana Osborne Knight; one daughter, Anna Jarvis of Big Springs; two sons, Grover Knight, Jr., and Scottie Knight, both of Big Bend; four sisters, Bythe Kendall of Grantsville, Emma Roberson and Linda Knight, both of Big Bend, and Virginia Wager of Big Springs; four brothers, Hobert Knight, Jr., of Elizabeth, General Knight and Ricky Knight, both of Big Springs, and Roy Knight of Big Bend; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Taylor Cemetery, Big Bend, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. There was no visitation.

 

LAURA FRANCES HUNTER

Laura Frances Hunter, 80, of Belpre, Ohio, died Monday, May 17, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Guss E. and Lillie Greathouse Siers.

She had been in the bridal and floral business for several years prior to retirement. She last owned and operated Elite Bridal & Floral in Vienna and Belpre. She was a member of Mullen Memorial Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and provided decor for the church for a number of years.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Richard H. “Dick” Hunter; one daughter, Cindy M. Hunter-Shirley of Rixeyville, Va.; and one son, Richard J. “Jeff” Hunter of Belpre.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Donald L. Siers.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Kent Lowther officiating. Burial will be in Rockland Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

STEPHEN ANDREW JOHNSON

Stephen Andrew Johnson, 75, of Birch Tree, Mo., died Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

He was born in Smethport, Pa., the son of Russell E. and Emily McCoy Johnson.

He attended University of Southern Colorado. He was a retired United States Air Force veteran, serving from Mar. 1953-Aug. 1964, including as crew chief/flight engineer on the DC-54, C-47, and DC-3. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Veterans.

Surviving are his wife, Reva Lena Murphy, whom he married on Feb. 14, 1997; two sons, Robin Johnson of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Wayne Johnson of Orma; two daughters, Pamela Johnson of San Diego, Calif., and Gail Johnson-Brown of McAllen, Tex.; one brother, Barry Johnson; one sister, Mary Anne Gallant; and four grandchildren, Philip and Nathan Darrow and Erik and Brady Johnson.

Services were held at Yarber Mortuary Chapel, Mountain View, Mo., with Robin Johnson officiating. Burial was in Veterans Cemetery, Mountain View.

 

EUNICE ANN HESS

Eunice Ann Hess, 89, of Spencer, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, in Miletree Center, Spencer.

 She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Lewis J. and Eunice Ann Coon Carpenter.

She was a homemaker, former employee of Kellwood Co. and Spencer Hospital, and a babysitter for several area families.

 Surviving are one daughter, Karen Sue Jarvis of Spencer; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Cyrus of Nicut; two great-grand-daughters, Samantha and Jessica Moles; and two great-great- grandchildren, Landon Andrew Miller and Kylie Caudill.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Nina JoAnn and Wilda, and several brothers and sisters.

 Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Per her request, her body was cremated. There was no visitation. Memorial donations may be made to the family of Eunice Ann Hess, c/o John H. Taylor Funeral Home, P.O. Box 41, Spencer, WV 25276.

 

PEARL MARIE WILDMAN

Pearl Marie Wildman, 64, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Nicut, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010, as the result of an ATV accident at Nicut.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Earl and Hallie Mae Sampson Siers.

Surviving are one son, Robert Dittman of Jacksonville; three daughters, Regina Zoller and Michelle Bush, both of Parkersburg, and Christy McCutcheon of Jacksonville; one brother, Pete Siers of Rosedale; and seven grandchildren.

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

 

GALE TANNER

Gale Tanner, 79, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born at Rocksdale, the son of the late James Albert and Mary Jane Roach Tanner.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Quaker State Oil Co., and worked as an oil field worker, at Monarch Rubber Co., and 16 years at PPE, Barberton, Ohio. He was a member of American Legion and was Commander of VFW Post 5959, Grantsville, for eight years.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Frances L. Ash Tanner; four daughters, Kathy Tanner of Sand Ridge, Veronica May of Arnoldsburg, Joyce Crouser of Selma, N.C., and Kimberly Tanner of Oklahoma; six sons, Howard Tanner of Akron, Ohio, James and Kevin D. Tanner, both of Ravenswood, Michael Tanner of Princeton, N.C., Kevin G. Tanner of Arnoldsburg and Keith Tanner of Smithfield, N.C.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Denver D. Tanner; one granddaughter, Samantha Pierson; and three sisters, Dessell Wright, Eula Carpenter and Susanna Stevens.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Tanner Family Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg, with military graveside rites.

 

DENZIL HENDRICKSON

Denzil B. Hendrickson, 72, of Creston, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at CMAC, Charleston.

He was a 10-year veteran of the United States Army, a CNA for several years at Wood County Committee on Aging, and retired from Calhoun County Committee on Aging.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Delores Hendrickson; one son, Leonard Boggs of Indiana; three grandchildren; two sisters, Weada Greathouse of Annamoriah and Rosalee White of Creston; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Mark McCloy officiating. Burial was in Snyder Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

ZADIA GREATHOUSE

Zadia Greathouse, 86, of Richwood, died Friday, Apr. 30, 2010, in Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richwood.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late William Bartlett Price and Vietta Brannon Price.

She was a member of First Church of God, Richwood, and worked at the News Leader and West Virginia Hillbilly for 22 years.

Surviving are one son, Paul Richard Greathouse of Richwood; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held at First Church of God, with Rev. Phyllis Bowling officiating. Burial was in Richwood Cemetery.

 

BURT LEMLEY

Burt E. Lemley, 81, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late George W. and Melinda B. Byrd Lemley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was formerly employed as a timber laborer.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Alma Velma Nelson Lemley; three daughters, Linda Cottrill of Reedy and Becky Snider and Joyce Cottrell, both of Parkersburg; one son, Rodney E. Lemley of Walker; six sisters, Sylvia Bunner of Wooster, Ohio, Florence Nelson of Newark, Elsie Lemley of Calhoun County, Ethel White of Walker, Laurie Gibson of Massillon, Ohio, and Clara Blankenship of Huttonsville; one brother, Raymond Lemley of Walker; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Wyatt Lemley, and one brother, Clyde Lemley.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Richard Mackenzie and Pastor Charlene Spaur officiating and full military rites conducted by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. Burial will be in Freeport Cemetery, Wirt County. Visitation was scheduled at the funeral home on Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to services on Thursday. After committal services on Thursday, family and friends are invited to join in a meal and fellowship at Gospel Tabernacle House, Stevens St., off of Division St., South Parkersburg.

 

VIRGIL MAZE

Virgil R. Maze, 88, of Brohard, died Sunday, Apr. 25, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late Lawrence and Ollie Kemp Maze.

He retired from Pennzoil as a pumper after 41 years of service. He was a member of Brohard Church of Christ.

Surviving are one daughter, Betty Dye of Vienna; one son, Richard Maze of Palestine; four grandchildren; five great-grand-children; and special friend, Hazel Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Maze; one grandson, Darrin Maze; one sister, Louise Snider; one brother, James Paul Maze; and an infant brother and sister.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Minister Tom Butterfield and Minister Mark Mason officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery.

 

JULIA MAE KING

Julia Mae King, 97, of Ravenswood, died Sunday, Apr. 25, 2010, at Jackson General Hospital.

She was born in Richwood, the daughter of the late Joseph and Nancy Ellen Ellison Naylor.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are three sons, James Burton King of Hartville, Ohio, Ervin L. King of Canton, Ohio, and Raymond P. King of Akron, Ohio; 11 daughters, Dorothy Lea Copen of Colorado, Geneva Greathouse of Chloe, Agnes Arbogast of Valley Head, Ruth Staats of Ravenswood, Mabel King and Mary Jarvis, both of Akron, Flossie Aldridge of Upton, Ky., Nannie Shaffer of Clendenin, Maude Bresiger of Louisville, Ohio, Nadine Deel of Spencer and Katherine Bennett of Tucson, Ariz.; and several grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Burl Dean King and Charles Joseph King; one daughter, Celesta Mae Copen; one brother, Albert Naylor; one sister, Ruth Saylor, and two half-brothers, Dewey Naylor and Reason Naylor.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Walker United Methodist Church, Chloe, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating, and burial in King Cemetery, Chloe. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the church. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

 

EDWIN THORTON DILLEY

Edwin Thornton Dilley, 59, of Spencer, died Monday, Apr. 26, 2010, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Harry Thornton and Georgia Mae Wolfe.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked in Spencer at Spencer Veneer, Burke-Parsons-Bowlby, and Babcock Lumber, and in Arnoldsburg at Vere Brannon’s service station.

Surviving are one son, David Dilley of Chloe; one grandson, Michael Dilley of Chloe; two sisters, Rosalie Mace and Mandy Deel, both of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Everett.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. John Lowe officiating, and burial in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, one hour prior to services, at the funeral home.

 

WILLIAM LOTT

William W. Lott, 84, of Stow, Ohio, died Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2010.

He was born in Big Bend and retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber after 44 years of service.

Surviving are one daughter, Janet Ritterbeck of Akron, Ohio; two sons, Frank Justice of Arnoldsburg and Harold Justice of Stow, Ohio; one sister, Peggy Cunningham of Parkersburg; three brothers, Albert of Barberton, Ohio, Ronzel of Big Bend and Harold of Stow; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews;

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mary, in 2005, and several sisters.

Services were held at Redmon Funeral Home, Stow, with Rev. Jack Taylor officiating. Burial was in Stow Cemetery.

 

ORVAL TINGLER

Orval S. Tingler, 84, of The Villages, Fla., died Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2010.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Roscoe and Nettie Richards Tingler.

He was a retired steelworker and a Methodist.

Surviving are five sons, Russell O. Tingler of Belleview, Fla., Warren Tingler of Parma, Ohio, Robert Tingler of Lady Lake, Fla., Paul Tingler of Parma, Ohio, and Darryl Tingler of Prescott, Ariz.; three sisters, Margaret Cox of The Villages, Dortha Dye of Grantsville and Oleta Wilt of Vienna; one brother, Alvin Tingler of Windham, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

At Orval’s request, there were no services.

 

JANIE PHYLLIS HOUCHIN

Janie Phyllis Houchin, 72, of Beech, died Friday, Apr. 16, 2010, at her home.

She was born at Creston, the daughter of the late Leonidas and Beulah Woodring McCoy.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Grover Houchin, Jr.; three sons, James, Douglas and Stephen; one daughter, Rhonda Whipkey; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Don McCoy; three sisters, Bonnie Sturms, Joan Davis and Julia Boatright.

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

 

BETTY JOE MILLER

Betty Joe Miller, 71, died Friday, Apr. 16, 2010, at O.S.U. Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of Harley and Thelma Godfrey Siers.

She was a 1958 graduate of Calhoun County High School, a homemaker, and member of Church of Christ, Rockport.

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Robert L. Miller; two daughters, Sherry Bartlett of Parkersburg and C. Kay Miller of Ostrander, Ohio; one son, William “Brad” Miller of Mineral Wells; three sisters, Patricia Vannoy of Mineral Wells and Lois Jean Sears and Carolyn Sue Collins, both of Stumptown; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Harry F. Siers.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Evangelist Steve Morgan officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

LINA ‘Dee’ WHIPKEY SNIDER

Lina D. “Dee” Whipkey Snider, 79, of St. Albans, died Monday, Apr. 12, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County and was a cook in the Wirt County School System for over 25 years. She was a member and long-time secretary of Two Ripple Baptist Church, member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter #113 where she served two terms as Worthy Matron, and volunteered with Wirt-Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. for Fourth of July fundraisers.

Surviving are two daughters, Pam Love of St. Albans and Connie Reed and of Davisville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Bernard Snider, and one son, Jeffrey Lee Snider.

A Tribute to the Life of Dee Snider was held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Lewis Villers officiating. Burial was in K of P Cemetery. Order of Eastern Star service was conducted by Chapter #113.

 

ROY PLANT

Roy L. Plant, 84, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Apr. 17, 2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Roscoe and Georgia Kelley Plant.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and had retired from Walker-Parkersburg after many years of service. He was a long-time member of Camden Avenue Church of Christ, Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Gazel B. Hupp Plant of Parkersburg; one daughter, Doris Ann Newberry of Abingdon, Va.; one son, Larry Wayne Plant of Parkersburg; five grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Plant and James Plant, both of Grantsville; two sisters, Sharon Chadock of Cambridge, Ohio, and Carolyn Shaffer of Grantsville; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel Staul, Dorotha Siers and Elizabeth Shaffer.

Services were held at Camden Avenue Church of Christ, with Evangelist Dana Slingluff officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum, with full military rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.

 

MARY JANE NICHOLAS

Mary Jane Nicholas, 81, of Orma, died Monday, Apr. 19, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Reese and Plina Groves Bailey.

She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma.

Surviving are five daughters, Regina Falls of Ohio, Margaret Haynes and Donna Scott, both of Spencer, Sibil Green of Charleston and Druanna Carpenter of Russett; three sons, Roger McCumbers of Ohio, George Nicholas of North Carolina and Frederick Nicholas of Orma; one foster daughter, Betty Martin of Missouri; one foster son, Robert Bailey of Spencer; four sisters, Iris Roberts of Ohio, Jesse Bailey and Diane Young, both of Spencer, and Wanda Bailey of Parkersburg; six nieces; 11 nephews; 11 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earlie Nicholas; one daughter, Dola Dawn Nicholas; one son, Eric Glen Nicholas; one sister, Plina Coreen Hall; and three brothers, Herbert Bailey, Joe Bailey and Bernice Bailey.

   Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder George Rose officiating, and burial in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

JOYCE ANN NICHOLAS STOUT

Joyce Ann Nicholas Stout, 46, of Orma, died Saturday, Apr. 10, 2010.

She was the daughter of Denver Nicholas of Orma and the late Nita June Hall Nicholas.

Surviving in addition to her father are her husband of 22 years, Bobby Stout; two sons, Zachary Stout and Jordan Delaney, both of Orma; one daughter, Patricia Wagner; two granddaughters; three brothers, David Nicholas of Orma, Dale Nicholas of Alabama and Pat Nicholas of Chloe; three sisters, Robin McCumbers, Emma Howell and Missy Nicholas, all of Orma; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Carol Nicholas, and her step-mother, Missouria Kay Beckett Nicholas.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Deacon Aaron Bennett officiating, and burial in Nicholas Family Cemetery, Bear Run, near Orma. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. until time of services, at the funeral home.

 

VIVIAN IRENE SAMS

Vivian Irene Sams, 88, of Petroleum, died Saturday, Apr. 3, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Chloe.

She was born Bodil Vivianna Irene Hansen Spilbaug in Oslo, Norway.

As a teenager, she was an alternate for the Norwegian Olympic swim team and the Norwegian Olympic cross country ski team. Early in World War II, she served in the Norwegian Resistance to purge her country of Nazis and spent two years in Dachau, a German concentration camp. After being liberated, she worked as an accountant for the Red Cross, based in Germany, where she met her future husband.

Surviving are seven sons, Chris Sams of Avon Lake, Ohio, Tony Sams and David Sams, both of Cairo, Bobby Sams of Saudi Arabia, Steven Sams of Hundred, Andrew Sams of Parowan, Utah, and Keith Sams of Bossier City, La.; and one daughter, Tina Lishman and husband Michael of Chloe.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Ltc. Harry Curtis Sams, whom she married in November, 1949; one daughter, Shirley Ann Sams; one grandson, David Lee Sams, Jr.; and one infant granddaughter.

At the request of the deceased, there was no funeral or memorial.

 

HARRY OREN MINNEY

Harry Oren Minney, 80, of Stumptown and Parkersburg, died Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010, at his home in Parkersburg.

He was born at Stumptown, the son of the late Earl and Sylvia Campbell Minney.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a former employee of E.I. DuPont Co., Parkersburg. He had served as a Boy Scout leader in Parkersburg. He was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown.

Surviving are his wife, Alma Smith Minney; one daughter, Diane Huffman of Parkersburg; one son, Preston Blaine Minney of Parkersburg; one brother, Earl Ralph Minney of LaGrange, Ohio; three sisters, Virgie Harris of Stumptown, Verla Simon of Medina, Ohio, and Margurete Stump of Grantsville; and three grand-children.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Brandy Denise Huffman of Parkersburg.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

KENNETH ‘Pap’ MOWREY

Kenneth “Pap” Mowrey, 56, of Creston, died Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Creston, the son of Frankie Connolley Mowrey and the late Phillip Mowrey.

He was a 1972 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired from Amos after 30 years of service. He owned his own heating and air conditioning business and was a member of Turkey Run Hunt Club.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 37 years, Wilma Garrett Mowrey; two daughters, Angie Somerville of Slate and Kim Shahan of Creston; two granddaughters; eight brothers, Glen Mowrey of Graham, N.C., Steve Mowrey of Whipple, Ohio,  Tom Mowrey, Jim Mowrey and Danny Mowrey, all of Creston, Ron Mowrey of Arnoldsburg, Richard Mowrey of Powells Point, N.C., and Ray Boggs of Mineral Wells; two special cousins, Lanny and Jerry Meadows of Creston; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one nephew, Kenny Boggs.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Danny McVey and Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating. Burial was in Snyder Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

LINDA McCUMBERS

Linda S. McCumbers, 88, of Nicut, died Saturday, Apr. 3, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Gallory and Ida Cottrell McCumbers.

She was an accomplished and well-known musician. She and her husband received widespread recognition for their musical talent. She was a Christian.

Surviving are her husband, Lester; six daughters, Beatrice Putnam of Arnoldsburg, Anna Lee White of Auburn, Ohio, Paulette Ice of Garrettsville, Ohio, Joan Cottrell of Nicut, Sharon Morris of Lake Milton, Ohio, and Tammy Smith of Tanner; two sons, Billy McCumbers of Five Forks and Timmy McCumbers of Nicut; two sisters, Gladys Snyder and Clara Turner, both of Ohio; one brother, Junior McCumbers of Grafton, Ohio; 24 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Roger McCumbers; two sisters, Snowy Nicholson and her twin sister, India Drennen; two brothers, Willis and Bernard McCumbers; and one grandson, Marshall Putnam.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut.

 

MARTHA ELLEN BROWN SIMS JONES

Martha Ellen Brown Sims Jones, 90, of Macfarlan, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Utica, Ohio, the daughter of the late John and Ruth Tewell Brown.

She was a 1937 graduate of Homer High School, Homer, Ohio, and retired as a housekeeper from Denison University in the 1980s.

Surviving are one sister, Dorothy Brown Troyer of Utica; special friend, Howard “Hawk” Hawkins of Macfarlan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, J. Allen Sims; her second husband, Franklin D. Jones; two brothers, Robert and Joseph Brown; and one sister, Sara Edwards.

Burial was in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs. Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman.

 

ARTHUR MICHAEL HAAG

Arthur Michael Haag, 89, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Mar. 22, 2010, at his son’s home in Bradley, Ill.

He was born in Elyria, Ohio, the son of the late Henry and Christina Born Haag, and retired from General Motors Corp., Elyria, in the 1970s.

Surviving are three sons; Charles H. Haag of Livonia, Mich., Kenneth Haag of Englewood, Fla., and Donald Haag of Bradley; two step-daughters, Kerry Hall of Louisville, Ky., and Lana Dennis of Elyria; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Evelyn Hahn, May 27, 1965; his second wife, the former Edith Stump, February, 1999; six brothers; one sister; and two step-children, James Stump and Eloise Furry.

Services were held at Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sand Ridge.

 

EMANUEL ‘Red’ VANNOY

Emanuel “Red” Vannoy, 85, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Odus and Ethel Barr Vannoy.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired mail carrier.

Surviving are one son, John Vannoy of Mt. Zion; one brother, Hale Vannoy of Georgia; five sisters, Juanita Sturm of Grantsville, Pauline Dobbins and Ruth Raybuck of Pennsylvania, Wilma Freed of Tennessee and Virginia King of Orma; and one grandson, Travis Vannoy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Vannoy, and four brothers, Paul, Delbert, Harold and Oval Vannoy.

Military graveside rites will be held Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. 

 

RONALD HINTON, SR.

Ronald M. Hinton, Sr., 61, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Indiana, Pa., the son of Betty M. Harmotta of Mentor, Ohio, and the late Walter M. Hinton.

He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and worked for the city of Euclid, before retiring to Grantsville.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Donna; one daughter, Regina Ball of Grantsville; three sons, Ronald Hinton, Jr., and Dwayne Hinton, both of Cleveland, and Walter Hinton of Wickliffe, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, including Jessica Davis, Raymond Davis and James A. Ball of Grantsville; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Greg Hinton of Eastlake, Ohio; one sister, Phyllis of Mentor;  and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

ERSEL EDMOND ‘Mac’ McCARTNEY

Ersel Edmond “Mac” McCartney, 76, died Monday, Mar. 15, 2010, at Calcutta Health Care Center, Calcutta, Ohio.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Otis Goff and Mildred “Coe” Hickman McCartney.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked at Calcutta Health Care Center for 23 years and then worked for the City of East Liverpool in road maintenance.

Surviving are two sons, Carl McCartney of Calcutta and Bruce McCartney of East Liverpool; one brother, Ethan McCartney of Twinsburg, Ohio; and one granddaughter, Patsy Jo McCartney of East Liverpool.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Patsy Danver McCartney, in 1981; one son, Gary D. McCartney; one daughter, Debra Lynn McCartney; one brother, Delano McCartney; and one sister, Rita Simpson.

Services were held at Calcutta Chapel of Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes, with Pastor Norman Eckert of Beechwood Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in United Presbyterian Cemetery, Calcutta.

 

HAZEL ELMIRA STUMP

Hazel Elmira Stump, 85, of Rt. 33 West, Glenville, died Saturday, Mar. 20, 2010, at home.

She was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Cunkelman and Hazel Ruth Shirley.

Surviving are three daughters, Jane Frymyer and Hazel Ruth Wilfong, both of Glenville, and Carolyn Sue Taylor of Sand Fork; two sons, James Oliver Stump of Glenville and Charles Grover Stump of North Dakota; one sister, Joyce Bruner of Clarksburg, Pa.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Delford Stump.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Piper Cemetery. Visitation was also scheduled Wednesday, one hour prior to services, at the funeral home.

 

RUTH CLOSE

Ruth M. Close, 86, of Harrisville, formerly of Big Springs, died Friday, Mar. 12, 2010.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

No other information was submitted.

 

GORDEN BROOKS

Gorden L. Brooks, 73, of Big Root, died at his home on Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010.

He was born in Upshur County, the son of the late James and Emma Hermin Brooks.

Surviving are three step-daughters, Debbie Marks of Grantsville, Dianna Gilmon of Lenore and Janie Hall of Delbarton; two step-sons, Danny Evans of Grantsville and Sidney Evans; one son, Gary Lee Nicholson of Grantsville; one brother, Jim Brooks; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Matt Morrison officiating. Burial was held in Hunt Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

 

WILLIAM DAVIS, JR.

William Davis, Jr., 89, of Nebo, died Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010, at his home.

Surviving are close friend and former caretaker, Virginia King.

Graveside services were held at Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Donald Dawson officiating.

 

JERRY MILLER

Jerry L. Miller, 64, died Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010.

He was born in Akron, the son of the late Willard and Lennie Miller.

Surviving are two sisters, Polly Sisler and Linda Mack; three brothers, Bill “Sonny” Miller, Donald Miller and Gene Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Miller.

Services will be held Thursday, 6 p.m., in Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with Rev. Brian Prong officiating. Memorials may be made to Jerry L. Miller Memorial Fund, First Merit Bank, 2305 2nd St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

 

WILBERT ‘Bud’ KELLAR

Wilbert H. “Bud” Kellar, 74, died Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville and moved to Ohio after marrying his childhood sweetheart, Patsy Ann, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are four sons, Tony, Danny, David and JeRome; two step-daughters, Robyn Bowen and Rhonda Krunich; two brothers, Paul and Roger; two sisters, Maxine Hricko and Ruth Dick; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio. Memorial service was held at Southwest Church of Christ, Barberton, Ohio, with Pastor Nathan Robinson officiating.

 

JAMES ‘Jim’ FARRAR

James Edward “Jim” Farrar, 73, of Oswego, Ill., died Monday, Mar. 15, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late Wade and Pauline Metz Farrar.

He spent the majority of his childhood in Calhoun County and worked most of his life in the trucking industry, both as driver and general manager.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Marilyn Flanagan Farrar; two daughters, Kathy Green of Plainfield, Ill., and Shari Salvatore of Parkersburg; three sons, Christopher Farrar of Oswego, Ron Farrar of Vienna and Dennis Farrar of Marietta, Ohio; two sisters, Betty Farrar of Glenville and Karen Mace of Chloe; 10 grand-children; one great-granddaughter; one niece; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, William “Bill” Farrar.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Church of the Good Shepherd, 5 West Washington St., Oswego, with Rev. Phil Sheets and Dr. Randall Flanagan officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice Care, 3303 West Jefferson, Suite 204, Joliet, IL 60435.

 

BERNARD BRADY

Bernard E. Brady, 88, of Walker, died Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in Shock, the son of the late Elbert and Josephine Boone Brady.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years during World War II, becoming a Disabled American Veteran at Guam in the South Pacific. He was a former forest ranger in Boone County for W.Va. Dept. of Natural Resources and was retired from Cyanamid. He was a member of American Legion Post #15 and of Wood County Farm Bureau for over 60 years. He was a member of Vaught Chapel Church.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Willodeane Brady; three sons, Elbert Brady of South Charleston, Danny Brady of Newark and Mark Brady of Leachtown; two daughters, Janet Barnhart of Anna Maria, Fla., and Vickie Bradley of Leachtown; 13 grand-children; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Borden Brady of Mathias and Brock Brady and Blair Brady, both of Shock; and two sisters, Bernice Rogers of Baltimore, Md., and Barbara Sauer of Orma.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Blaine Brady, and two sisters, Beulah Bailey and an infant, Bertha Brady.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Jamie Sprague, Rev. Rod Blanchard and grandson Zackary Brady officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #15.

 

DELORIS FAY COTTRELL

Deloris Fay Cottrell, 62, of Freedom Township, Ohio, died Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of Edward and Mary Taylor McCumbers.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Vane Cottrell; one daughter, Pamela; and one grandson, Matthew, all of Freedom Township.

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

 

EUGENE DUSKEY

Eugene E. Duskey, 83, of Cremo, died Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Cremo, the son of the late Daniel and Lena Carpenter Duskey.

He was a former employee of Bailey Meter Co., Wickliff, Ohio. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Painesville, Ohio, and Knights of Pythias, Cremo.

Surviving are two sisters, Edna Kingsbury of Grantsville and Grace Elmore of Mentor, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dewitt Duskey and Franklin Duskey, and one sister, Faustine McCartney.

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

 

GLENN STARCHER

Glenn E. Starcher, 68, of Reedy, died Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010, at Eldercare, Ripley.

He was born at Rocksdale, the son of the late Denvil and Bertie Starcher.

He was a retired oil field worker and a member of Reedy Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Jeanie Starcher; one son, Travis Starcher of Mineral Wells; and two brothers, Denvil Starcher, Jr., of Elizabeth and Arnold Starcher of Tampa, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Dean Starcher.

No funeral visitation will be held. Memorial service was scheduled Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Gilboa Baptist Church.

 

EILEEN STEVENS YOAK

Eileen Stevens Yoak, 89, died Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010, at the home of her niece, Bernita Werner of Belpre, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Elza and Dora Freed Stevens.

She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church for several years, Eastern Star, and a Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital volunteer.

Surviving are three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harold R. Yoak; one daughter, Connie Sue Morris, in 2005; three sisters, Mildred Stevens, Thelma Wade and Geraldine McCoy; and one nephew, Steve McCoy.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Pastor Jon Lands officiating. Entombment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

DORA ANN SAMPSON

Dora Ann Sampson, 85, of Chloe, died Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Albert and Ocie Sears.

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Geraldine Elizabeth Sears of St. Albans, and a close friend, Thelma Carte of Chloe.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Ezra McCumbers and Darrel Vaughn; four brothers, Ambert, Ottis, Dennis and Otsil Sears; and two sisters, Gladys Sears and Shirley Sears.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with burial in Sears Cemetery, Nebo. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

HAZEL DELL HOFFMAN

Hazel Dell Hoffman, 104, died Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010.

She was born at Creston, the daughter of the late George Greenlow “Doc” Wix and Mary Elizabeth Criss Wix.

She attended Creston School and Normal Teachers College, Fairmont, and taught at Pine Alley School, Annamoriah, Big Bend School and Monaville School, Logan County. She was a member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Lydia Circle, Eastern Star, Chapter 14, Parkersburg, Bethany Shrine #4, and Ladies’ Oriental Shrine and Eastern Star past matrons clubs. She had sold Mary Kay cosmetics from home and had been employed at Woolen Mills, Parkersburg.

Surviving are five grandchildren; one brother, Robert Wix of Parkersburg; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Charles Hoffman in 1988, whom she marred on June 8, 1925; two sons, Guy Eugene Hoffman in 1971 and James Allen Hoffman in 1990; five sisters and two brothers.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Pastor Scott Sears officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

MILDRED ‘Granny’ SMITH

Mildred “Granny” Smith, 90, of Big Bend, died Friday, Mar. 5, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Little Creek, the daughter of the late Harry and Doris Smith Shrader.

She was a cook and janitor at former Brooksville schools. She worked at Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville, and retired as a janitor from B.F. Goodrich.

Surviving are two daughters, Lenor Jones of Big Bend and Charlotte Smith of Valley View, Tex.; one sister, Geraldine Hall of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren, Roberta Frederick, Melissa Hixon, Timothy Dickson, Janet Hardway, Heather Dickson, Aaron Dickson, Rebecca Keener and Brandy Barr; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Dennis Dickson of Big Bend and Lester Dickson of Valley View; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Smith; one son, Harold (Bud) Smith; one son-in-law, Denzil (Pete) Jones; four brothers, Howard, Floyd, Dexter and Roy; four sisters, Leola, Vienna, Arizona and Ginneva; two half-brothers, Harry and Sam; and five half-sisters, Dessil, Jessie, Margret, Jane and Mable.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery, Munday. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

ROBERT SAMPSON

Robert G. Sampson, 65, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Mar. 6, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Bernard and Delta Kerby Sampson.

Surviving are one brother, Roger Sampson of Grantsville; two sisters, Eva Little and Linda Husk, both of Mt. Zion; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Sampson, and one sister, Louise Garwood.

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

 

LORETTA ALICE RICHARDS SPELLMAN

Loretta Alice Richards Spellman, 55, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Mar. 5, 2010, at her residence.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of former Calhoun County residents, Blonda Richards of Parkersburg and the late Ivan Richards.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Roy Spellman, Sr.; one son, Roy Spellman, Jr.; two daughters, Cathy Wright and Teresa Spellman; one brother, Duane Richards; two sisters, Cathy Richards and Melissa Joy; one grandson; special family friend, Angie Negie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by several cousins.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Bill Law officiating, and burial in Hunt Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

GRACE CHIPPS

Grace S. Chipps, 98, of Morgantown, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. 

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Leon G. and Dessel McCartney Stump.

After graduating from Morgantown Business College in 1930, she was cashier in the dining room at Hotel Morgan and secretary to the manager for 4½ years. She worked for Montgomery Ward and Co. for six years as cashier and office manager. In 1974, she retired from the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University as secretary to the assistant dean of music, art and drama after 14 years of service. She was a 50-year member of Wesley United Methodist Church and had been a den mother for the Cub Scouts.

Surviving are one son, Norman K. Chipps of Wickenburg, Ariz.; three grandchildren; one step-grandson; seven great-grand-children; four step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Aaron R. Chipps, and four sisters, Hallie Smyth, Leone Snyder, Edith Bollinger and Ethel Ayersman.

Services were held at Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, with Rev. Michael Atkinson officiating. Burial was in Lawnwood Cemetery.

 

PAULA BENNETT

Paula J. Bennett, 58, of Belmont, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Harry and Helen Shutts Kidder.

She had worked in the laundry at the former Colin Anderson Center and at Carehaven of Pleasants. Earlier, she had worked in the dairy department at Foodland, Parkersburg. She was a United Methodist.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, James L. Bennett; one son, Jamie Bennett of Belmont; two grandchildren; one sister, Lela Starcher of Arnoldsburg; two brothers, Mike Kidder of Parkersburg and Ray Kidder of Belpre; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Kidder.

Services were held at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Pastor Dave Ellenwood officiating. Burial was in Pleasants Memorial Estates, Eureka.

 

YVONNA COLLINS

Yvonna Mary Richards Collins, 79, of Big Springs, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Walter and Edna Richards.

Surviving are five children, Vickie Combs of Arizona, Michael Collins of Big Springs, Debby Collins and Vicky Dawn Cunningham, both of Smithville, and Kim Houchin of Beech; one brother, Cecil of New London, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Eddie, Jason, Sabrina, Jeremy, Desma, Chase, Nick, Trey, Nate, Finn and Chase; and eight great-grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler, Greg, Grayleigh, Aiden, Ryleigh, Colin and Jasc.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Collins; one granddaughter, Shannon Collins; nine brothers, Elmer, Gail, Ernest, Forrest, Don, Ron, Charles and infants, Denver Carlos Richards and Harold Roden Richards; three sisters, Ruby, Melbadene and Shirley; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Private burial will be in Nobe Cemetery at a later date.

 

INIC IDELL GOFF

Inic Idell Goff, 78, of Stumptown, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Apple Farm, the daughter of Otho and Goldie Settle.

She was a former employee of Kinney Shoe Co., with 15 years of service.

Surviving are two daughters, Sheila Garretson and husband Jim and Shirley Hupp and husband Doyle, all of Grantsville; one son, Jeffrey Stump of Charleston; six siblings, Virgil Settle of Nevada, Seymore Settle and George Settle, both of Newark, Charles Settle of Virginia, Ben Settle of Parkersburg and Agnes Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge; five grandchildren, Curtis Garretson, Zachary Hupp and Katie Hupp, all of Grantsville, Amber Kirkpatrick of Pt. Pleasant and Chastity Bunch of Mt. Zion; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Howard Stump, Jr., Clark Minney and Leon Goff; one son, Phillip Stump; and five siblings, Adelene Snider, Leroy Settle, Ona Paxton, Audrey Walters and Sheral Settle.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

MARTHA JONES

Martha E. Jones, 90, of Macfarlan, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Licking County, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Jones, whom she married on May 23, 1981.

Private burial was scheduled in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs. No other information was submitted.

 

JOE WILSON

Joe Wilson, 104, of Spencer, died Monday, Mar. 1, 2010, in Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Beech, the son of the late Hezekiah and Sarah Parsons Wilson.

He was a retired timber cutter and a Christian.

Surviving are one son, Joe J. Wilson of Spencer; two step-daughters, Gatha Greathouse of Looneyville and Dottie Boggs of Left Hand; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his companion, Flossie G. Blosser; one step-daughter, Carolyn Hickman; two step-sons, Carl J. and Dorsey Blosser; seven brothers; and three sisters.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Daniel R. “Danny” Whited officiating. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery, Clover. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

PERRY MATHESS

Perry G. Mathess, 74, of Mineral Wells, died at St Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Harvey and Mary Roberts   Mathess.

Surviving are one daughter, Becki Dye and husband Travis   of Big Springs; one son, Dan Mathess and wife Julie of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Jewell and Zane Dye of Big Springs and Hunter and Cole Mathess of Fairmont; two brothers, Gearold Mathess of Parkersburg and Arnold Mathess of Canton, Ohio; one sister, Mae Thompson of Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Melvin Boggs officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Hartley Cemetery at a later date.

 

LINDA LOU MEEK ASHBY

Linda Lou Meek Ashby, 59, of West Columbia, formerly of Calhoun County, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

She was born in Clarksburg, the daughter of Floyd and Helen Meek of  Lake Floyd.

She was a 1969 graduate of Clarksburg Washington-Irving High School, 1972 graduate of Glenville State College with an AB degree in education and attended West Virginia University where she received a masters degree in secondary education in 1979. She spent over 30 years as a professional educator and worked in several West Virginia and Virginia school systems, including Calhoun County. She was a Methodist.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband of 37 years, Paul Edward Ashby, Sr.; one son, Paul Edward Ashby, Jr., of Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter, Nicole Linn Stump of Fairmont; two grandchildren, Caleb Ashby and Kyah Stump; twin sister, Brenda DeGarmo of Lake Floyd; two brothers, Floyd Allen Meek, Jr., of Wilmore, Ky., and William Grady Meek of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her special “little” sister, Mary Ann Meek Courtney of Lake Floyd.

Services were held at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarks-burg, with Rev. Kevin Bender officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

As per Linda’s request, donations to an education fund for her grandchildren can be sent to Paul E. Ashby, Sr., Rt. 1, Box 115, Valley Brook Lane, West Columbia, WV 25287.

 

BETTY MARIE RADABAUGH

Betty Marie Radabaugh, 67, of Gassaway, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Braxton Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Janie Cottrell Rogers.

Surviving are two sons, Delmas B. Radabaugh and wife Phyllis of Chloe and Randy Radabaugh of Vienna; five grandchildren, Amanda Fleming of Heaters, Bobby Radabaugh of Chloe and Amy, Melissa and Kevin of Cleveland, Ohio; one great-grandchild, Andelina Charlene Fleming of Heaters; two sisters, Mina Dobbins of Frametown and Etta Radabaugh of Nobe; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Rose of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Charlene Radabaugh; seven brothers, Arlene, Burton, Rome, Otis, Norval, June and George; and two sisters, Geneva and Ellen.

Graveside services were held at Nobe Cemetery.

 

JAY ALLAN NICHOLS

Jay Allan Nichols, 75, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late John R. and Ann Nichols.

He was a retired machinist with Ravenswood Aluminum Co. with over 50 years of service and was a timberman. He attended Five Forks Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Mary Whipkey Nichols; three sons, Steven J. Nichols of Asheville, N.C., David Bruce Nichols of Sonoma, Calif., and Jesse Lee Nichols of Newport, Ohio; one daughter, Loretta Linn Hines of Wilmington, N.C.; three sisters, Mary Fields of Clendenin and Maxine Green and Melba Sheets, both of Charleston; four grandsons; one granddaughter; one step-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Sara Hines; one sister, Martha Laughry; and six brothers, Hoy, James, Easley, Ray, Charles and Richard.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial will be in Kight Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. The family requests memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, Hospice Care of Burnsville, or Friends of Minnie Hamilton Health System.

 

EVELYN IRENE FLUHARTY

Evelyn Irene Fluharty, 83, of Creston, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at her home.

She was born in Wood County, the daughter of the late Henry B. Greenleaf and Flossie M. Allen.

She was a former employee of American Viscose Co., Parkersburg, during World War II and was a homemaker. She was a member of Snyder Chapel Church.

Surviving are one son, Michael B. Fluharty of Clarksburg; one daughter, Rena I. Bowman and husband Donald of Annamoriah; one sister, Janice Graham of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, David Bowman, Rebbecca Lane, Lisa Marie Danials and Amber Starr Fluharty; and two great-grandchildren, Annabelle Danials and Connor William Anthony Lane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Ray Fluharty, Sr.; two sons, Willard Ray Fluharty, Jr., and an infant; three brothers, Donald Greenleaf, Robert Greenleaf and an infant, Carl Greenleaf; and one sister, Lillian Fletcher.

Private services will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following groups in her name: The Humane Society, Calhoun County Library, or St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004-1001.

 

SHIRLEY MACK STARCHER

Shirley (Shirl) Mack Starcher, 85, of Nebo, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Laurel Nursing Home, Big Otter.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Tanner Starcher.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany. He lived most of his life in Ohio and retired from Ford Motor Co. as a supervisor. He then moved to Nebo, where he and his wife opened Granny’s Kitchen in Frametown. He was a member of Unity Gospel Tabernacle, Nebo.

Surviving are one sister, Hilda Douglas of Westfield Center, Ohio; one brother, Roscoe Starcher of Seville, Ohio; three step-daughters, Rena Smith, Kathy Jones and Cinda Frase; three grand-sons; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Dora Starcher of Chloe, Jessie Starcher of Nebo, Donnis Starcher of Seville and Nell Starcher of Creston, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Renner Smith; eight brothers, Orville, Andy, Jim, Harland (Boot), Denver, Corbert, Dennis and an infant, French; and seven sisters, Myrtle Tanner, Etta Houghton, Ivy Drake, Rouie Watkins, Madge Lamb, Gladys Douge and an infant, Elsie.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Geoff Hamrick officiating. Burial was in Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with military graveside rites.

 

LAWRENCE JAMES ELLISON

Lawrence James Ellison, 61, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Alliance, Ohio, the son of the late Jack and Audra Moss Ellison.

He cut trees in the timber business and was a Baptist.

Surviving are three daughters, Sonya Maria Ellison of Ohio, Amanda Dawn Ellison of West Virginia and Amy Dawn Ellison of Germany; three sons, Stacy Ray Ellison, Freddie Wayne Ellison and Jason Wade Ellison, all of Ohio; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry Ellison of Beech Bottom; and one sister, Loretta Ellison of Cox’s Mill.

He was preceded in death by two brothers; Leonard Ellison and an infant, and two infant sisters.

At his request, his remains have been cremated and a memorial service will be held later.

 

WAVIE ARELETA ‘PeeWee’ KING

Wavie Areleta “PeeWee” King, 77, of Big Otter, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Laurel Nursing Home.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Henry and Adeline King of Big Otter.

Surviving are two sisters, Charlotte Deer of Locust Grove, Va., and Joyce Anderson of Duck; two brothers, Rodney David King of West Salem, Ohio, and Henry King, Jr., of Rittman, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and special friend and aunt, Rena Nicholas of Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, James Harris King, Van Cordel King, Sam Paxton King and Clay Elmore King; and two sisters, Mitchella Sue King and Verneta King.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Larry Nelson officiating. Burial was in Moore Fork Cemetery.

 

NELLE STUMP

Nelle Stump, 96, formerly of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Dink and Matilda Parsons.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School and Glenville State Teacher’s College. She taught school for 34 years. Most of those years were at Minnora and Arnoldsburg schools. She was an active member of Asbury Methodist Church, Maitland, Fla. After moving to Florida, she continued to take the Calhoun Chronicle and the Charleston Gazette to keep up with current news and events. She was able to live alone until shortly before her death.

Surviving are one daughter, Caranelle Aaron of Pensacola, Fla.; one granddaughter, Richelle Harkins of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Stump; three sisters, Zana Hamrick, Elizabeth Chancey and Lura Elliott; and one brother, Russell Parsons.

Private memorial service will be held in her honor by family and close friends on Saturday, Feb. 27, in Florida.

 

REX HOOVER

Rex F. Hoover, 89, of Massillon, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home.

He was born at Euclid, Calhoun County, the son of the late George W. and Rhoda Arnold Hoover.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Republic Steel after 32 years of service. He was a member of Massillon Baptist Temple and attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Cora D. Duffield Hoover, whom he married on Jan. 6, 1962; one daughter, Sheila J. Foreman; two step-daughters, Mary Sue Duffield and Linda Kay McComb; two step-sons, DeWayne Duffield and Curtis Dean Duffield; 16 grand-children; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ernestine Dommer and Edith Gae Bailey; and one brother, James F. Hoover.

He was preceded in death by one step-son, Roger D. Duffield; one grandson, Terry A. Smith; one great-grandson; two sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Massillon, with Rev. Timothy Mishler and Rev. Don Snow officiating. Burial will be in Brookfield Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the church.

 

PATRICIA LYNN MOOREHEAD

Patricia Lynn Moorehead, 54, of Holbrook, Pa., formerly of Grantsville, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, in The Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.

She was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, the daughter of Betty Virginia Metz Sidwell of Parkersburg and the late Charles Joseph Sidwell.

She had been residing in Greene County, Pa., with her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harry and Marlene Sekelik, since August, 2009. She was employed as a CNA by The Willows Nursing Home, Parkersburg, for several years and was last employed as a cook at Koffee Kup Restaurant, Grantsville.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her former husband and friend, Kevin P. Moorehead of Greene County, Pa.; one step-daughter, Jennifer Moorehead of Durham, N.C.; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Ronnie Sidwell of Spencer; two sisters, Ruth Norman and Sandy Scott, both of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Smith.

There was no public visitation at the request of the deceased. Friends and family attended a memorial service at the Lions Club Building, Grantsville, with Pastor Kevin Church officiating. Arrangements were by Rush Funeral Home, Inc., Rogersville, Pa.

 

DONNA TALKINGTON BRANNON

Donna K. Talkington Brannon, 63, of Normantown, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at home, following complications from a liver transplant.

She was the daughter of the late C. Cloyd and E. Louise Ellifritt Talkington.

She was a 1964 graduate of Normantown High School and earned a bachelor of arts in education  from  Glenville  State  College. She was employed by Calhoun County Board of Education for 30 years at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, where she was a second grade teacher until retiring in June, 2002. She was a member of Little Kanawha Independent Church, Burnsville. On July 17, 2009, she received a liver transplant at UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Surviving are her husband, John R. Brannon; two daughters, Stacy D. Davis of Hurricane and Karrie B. Jack of Slaty Fork; three grandchildren; and one brother, Gary L. Talkington of Greenwood.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Cedarville Cemetery.

 

REV. STERGEL AUSTIN VINCENT

Rev. Stergel Austin Vincent, 81, of Washington, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Chloe, the son of the late Kenneth and Alda Vincent.

He was a Korean War veteran and pastored for 35 years in area Baptist churches, including New England, Pine Grove, Belmont and Southside Southern. He was a machinist and retired from BorgWarner.

Surviving are two children, Sandy Prather of Washington and David Vincent of Paden City; six grandchildren; three great-grand-children; and one brother, William Paul Vincent of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zella Vincent; two sisters; and two brothers.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dr. Claude Stevens and Pastor Paul Drake officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

ELLA NICOLE PERKINS

Ella Nicole Perkins, infant daughter of Sergeant Phillip and Heather Perkins of Beverly, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

Surviving in addition to her parents are grandparents, David and Sandy Weaver and Connie Perkins; aunt, Caitlin Weaver; and great-grandparents, Fumiko Welch, Betty Fern Weaver, and Hurthel and Leah Garrett.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, T-Sergeant William F. Welch and T-Sergeant James Lauren Weaver.

Private family services were held at Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. David Lancaster officiating. Services were under the direction of Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

 

VERA BURNSIDE MURPHY

Vera Burnside Murphy, 92, of Chloe, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at her home.

She was born at Hallburg, the daughter of the late Deckard and Verna Tanner Burnside.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, Tex Murphy and Burton Murphy, both of Chloe; four daughters, Gloria of Chloe, Pat of Frametown, Cindy of Gassaway and Reva of Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Mary of Chloe; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Mary Watkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward F. Murphy; three sons, Roy (Buddy), Garrison and Gene; and one daughter, Frances Sue.

Services were held at Nebo Baptist Church, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

 

VIRGIL RAY BECKETT

Virgil Ray Beckett, 54, of Millstone, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Albert and Lizzie Bell Nutter Beckett.

Surviving are four sisters, Margaret Rush of Arnoldsburg, Evelyn Beckett of Orma, Ruth Rhodes of Mt. Zion and Barbara Sue Taylor of Mt. Airy, N.C.; one brother, Danny Beckett of Orma; several step-brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Missouri K. Nicholas, and two infant sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jacob Hersman officiating. Burial was in Poling-Marks Cemetery, Millstone.

 

GALE MILLER

Gale Miller, 100, of Stumptown, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at his residence.

He was born on Tanner’s Fork of Steer Creek, Shock, the son of the late Grover C. and Oe Minney Miller.

After earning a degree in elementary education from Glenville State College, he taught school in Gilmer County for 24 years at Oak Grove, Perkins, Tanner #4, Rosedale, and Normantown, before retiring in 1973. He was a gospel preacher at Shock, Locust Knob, Millstone, Glenville, Spencer, Gassaway, Howesville, Little Hocking, and at Sarnia, Canada. He was a member of Shock Church of Christ and served as song leader, Bible teacher, preacher, and elder. He built a number of houses and the Rosedale gym. He worked on WPA as a stone mason, helping build the wall in front of the administration building at GSC. He was a steelworker for three years in the Naval Ordnance Plant, Charleston, during World War II. He also had experience in timbering, pipelining, highways, grist mill, blacksmithing, beekeeping, molasses making and split bottom chairs.

Surviving are two sons, Gene H. of Shock and Marvin of Spencer; two daughters, Yvonne Morrison of Stumptown and Carolyn Norman of Aurora, Ohio; one sister, Luanne Conrad of Elyria, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Virginia Ruth Wolfe Shock; eight brothers, Orbert, Obert, David, Hurley Bon, Colby, Corley, Rae and Arlyn Bly; four sisters, Minnie, Carrie, Jessie and Mae; one grandchild, Leigh Ann Morrison; and one great-grandchild, Kyli Carol Marshall.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Evangelist Tom Miller officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Shock.

 

WILFORD HARDMAN

Wilford M. Hardman, 76, of Big Springs, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Alfred and Ruby P. Wilcox Hardman.

Surviving are one son, Edward M. Hardman of Monongahela, Pa.; three daughters, Lena K. Whipkey, with whom he made his home, and Carolyn S. Cunningham, both of Grantsville, and Rose M. Frederick of Harrisville; five brothers, Alfred Hardman, James Hardman, Roger Hardman, Guy Hardman and William Hardman; one sister, Edith Hardman; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Turner Cemetery, Lockney. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

  

CHALMER ‘Paul’ WAGONER

Chalmer “Paul” Wagoner, 85, of Big Bend, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late Charley and Jane Cunningham Wagoner.

He was a retired mail carrier with 53 years of service with U.S. Postal Service. He was a lifelong member of Spruce Hollow Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Grace Wagoner; one son, Gary Wagoner of Big Bend; one daughter, Sharon “Cookie” Haymaker of Big Bend; two sisters, Margie Sims of Parkersburg and Nellie Sims of Big Bend; two brothers, Ernest and Hatzell Wagoner, both of Big Bend; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Wagoner; one granddaughter, Rhonda Lynn Haymaker; six brothers, Ora, Delmas, Ervin, Clyde, Carl and Olan Wagoner; and one sister, Leona Taylor.

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

 

HAZEL AVADINE FLUHARTY

Hazel Avadine Fluharty, 94, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, in Marietta, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Matt and Maude Meadows Jarvis.

She was a Methodist and a homemaker.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Fluharty; three brothers, Don, Rex and Hartzell Jarvis; two sisters, Macel Riel and Chloe Dye, and one niece, Shirley Fallon.

There was no visitation or funeral service. Her body will be cremated and her ashes interred at a later date. Memorial service will be held later.

 

VIRGINIA SNIDER SCHAEFER

Virginia Snider Schaefer, 84, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Wyngate.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Clyde A. and Myrtle Busch Snider.

She retired from Kardex Systems and previously worked at Penn Metals for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one sister, Barbara Riggs of Vienna; one brother, Clyde A. “June” Snider, Jr., of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and 12 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Schaefer; one brother, Harold E. “Pete” Snider; and three sisters, Violet Elliot, Kathryn Leavitt and Marge Neale.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dr. Timothy Allen officiating. Entombment was at Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

RICHARD WEST

Richard E. West, 47, of Barberton, Ohio, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.

He was the son of Marie Adkins and the late Mayford West.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his long-time companion, Jerrie Thoma; their children, Sonny Thoma, Amanda Thoma and Jessica Thoma; three sisters Karen Anderson, Diane Shrigley and Evelyn Dye; one brother, Francis West, seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jason (J Bone) Thoma.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Cox Funeral Home, Barberton, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Liberty Cemetery, Spencer.

 

MILDRED REED

Mildred Reed, 95, of San Diego, Calif., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Walter and Blanche Mace.

Surviving are one son, Jerry Reed; one daughter, Janet Reed; two grandchildren; and one sister, Clairine Wilkenson. All of her family resides in the San Diego area.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Farrell Reed, in 1994.

A celebration of her life was held at Poway Bernardo Mortuary, San Diego. She was buried in Dearborn Memorial Park, Poway.

 

DONALD RAY ‘Duck’ STEVENS

Donald Ray “Duck” Stevens, 77, of Grantsville, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Francis K. and Lula Starcher Stevens.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Eureka Pipeline Co. in 1993 after 34 years of service. He was a member and an ordained deacon of Brooksville Baptist Church, Big Bend, and member of Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept., Eureka Lodge 40, A.F. & A.M., Grantsville, Scottish Rite Bodies and Nemesis Shrine Temple, Parkersburg, Builders for Christ, Calhoun Historical Society and Thomas Hollow Hunting Camp.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Gloria Jean Basnett Stevens; three daughters, Lydia Freeman of Flemington, Natasha Tichnell of Newark and Leigh Kinder of Glenville; one son, Mark Stevens of Grantsville; four grandchildren, Brittney and Nick Stevens of Grantsville and Noah and Cam Kinder of Glenville;  four step-granddaughters, Cassie Lamont of Grantsville, Tracy Galloway of Ft. Walton, Fla., Kelly Bell of Newark and Katie Jo Tichnell of Elizabeth; two step-great-grandchildren, Kaylen and Eyan Galloway; one brother, James of Ravenna, Ohio; and three sisters, Retta Johnson of Grantsville, Rachel Smith of St. Marys and Geneva Wilson of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Festus, Sheldon, Cleo and Samuel Stevens.

Services were held at Brooksville Baptist Church, with Rev. C.W. McDonald officiating. Burial was in Betts Cemetery.

 

AMBER ADAIR RIDDLE JOHNSON

Amber Adair Riddle Johnson, 46, of Nashville, Tenn., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Janet Riddle Johnson and Stephen Dale Johnson.

She was a 1982 graduate of Parkersburg South High School and was a fashion model in New York City, a professional make-up and hair artist with her own line of make-up, Adair Minerals, and owned and operated Cuts Colors and Blondes Hair Salon, Nashville.

Surviving in addition to her parents are two sisters, Erica Loraine Johnson Elmore of Lubeck and Jennifer Adair Johnson McPeek of Rockport; two brothers, Steve Dale Johnson of Rockport and Bradford Dale Johnson of Washington; and aunts, uncles, cousins, niece and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Hazel Wilmoth Riddle; maternal grandfather, W. Paul Riddle of Grantsville; and paternal grandmother, Audra Sleeth.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Steve Morgan officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

ROBERT A. ‘Bob’ STARCHER

Robert A. “Bob” Starcher, 68, of Lakemore, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Isaac and Bessie Starcher of Cremo.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam and retired from Chrysler. He was a member of UAW Local 122 and owner of Starcher Painting Co. He was a past member of the Knights of Pythias and the Senior Vice Commander of Army Navy Garrison 273.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Eva; one daughter, Chanin George; two step-daughters, Sheila Foreman and Michele White; three brothers, Tommy, Ronald and Jimmy Wayne; one sister, Margaret Badgett; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Isaac Jr., Roy, Arnold and Harold; two sisters, Garnet Porter and Mildred Jean Richards; one step-son, James D. Gartner; and one granddaughter, Melissa Brown.

Services were held at Newcomer Funeral Home, Akron. Burial was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

 

LOUISA YEARIAN

Louisa Yearian, 80, of West Chester, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Aristotle and Mary Cottrell Butler.

She was a homemaker. Surviving are five daughters, Donna Smith, Connie Blackwell, Kathie Brogan, Claudette  Cox   and  Vickie   Buckalew;  two sons, Mike Yearian and C.J. Yearian; two sisters, Macel Carpenter and Nina Conley; three brothers, Tom, Charlie and Milton Butler; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marcy Adamcewicz, and one son, Neal Yearian.

Services were held at Orma Methodist Church. Burial was in Orma Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

DORIS JEAN TAYLOR

Doris Jean Taylor, 74, of Clay, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Hubbard House, Charleston.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of Freeman and Nina Duffield.

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

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Arnold Taylor; two sons, Curt Dancey of Akron, Ohio, and Charles Wyant of Clay; four step-sons, Denzil Taylor, Dexter Taylor, Ronnie Taylor and Richard Taylor, all of Spencer; one brother, Ford Duffield of Akron; one sister, Deloris Duffield of Akron; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Donald Dawson and Rev. Paul Young officiating, and burial in McLaughlin Cemetery, Duck. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

 

DARYELL ‘Tater’ SMITH

Daryell L. “Tater” Smith, 69, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at his home.

He was born in McDunn, the son of the late Milford W. and Blanche E. Hunt Smith.

He retired from Ford Motor Co., Brookpark, Ohio, at age 55 after 31½ years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Michele L. Smith of Grantsville; five sons, Stephen, Stuart, Scott, David and Jesse Smith of Ohio; one step-daughter, Tina L. Whipkey of Grantsville; two brothers, Burl Smith of Florida and Michael Smith of Ohio; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Janice Cosentino, and one brother, Albert Smith.

At his wishes, no services were held.

 

ROBERT JAMES GRIFFIN, JR.

Robert James Griffin, Jr., 61, of Parkersburg, formerly of Calhoun County, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his residence.

He was born in New Jersey, the son of Robert James Griffin, Sr., and the late Ethel M. Richards Griffin.

Surviving in addition to his father are one son, Robert James Griffin III; seven brothers and sisters; and a special friend and caregiver, Terry Glisson of Parkersburg.

Private graveside services were held at the convenience of the family.

 

NONA MAE MAZE

Nona Mae Maze, 94, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Munday, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

She was born at Industry, the daughter of the late Sampson and Hazel Rose.

She was a retired teacher’s aide.

Surviving are one son, Roger Maze of Limestone, Tenn.; one daughter, Naomi Karen Richard of Green Sea, S.C.; 14 grand-children; many great-grandchildren; and a few great-great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Maze; two brothers, Oscar and Ross; one sister, Lucille; two sons, Blaine Maze and Clarence Maze, Jr.; and two daughters, Betty Krugman and Connie Lahman.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, with Rev. William Law officiating. Burial was in Maze Cemetery, Munday.

 

BETTY MAY WARNER

Betty May Warner, 64, of Chandlersville, Ohio, formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born in Caldwell, Ohio, the daughter of Betty D. Ball Huberty of Caldwell and the late Nate Mayfield.

She was a member of First Church of Christ, Caldwell.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Roger E. Warner, Sr., whom she married June 22, 1963; two sons, Roger E. Warner, Jr., of Dexter City, Ohio, and Timothy Warner of Buckeye Lake, Ohio; one daughter, Sarah Elerick of Buckeye Lake; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy Dovenbarger of Belle Valley and Sandra Clark of Dexter City; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Stanley Carl Warner, and step-father, Edward Huberty.

Services were held at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, Chandlersville, with Rev. William Pickenpaugh officiating. In keeping with Betty’s wishes, cremation was observed with inurnment at the family’s convenience.

 

EMIL LEE WHIPKEY, SR.

Emil Lee Whipkey, Sr., 84, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Tanner, the son of the late Clarence Whipkey and Bessie Wyers Whipkey.

He was a 1944 graduate of Parkers-burg High School, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of DAV Chapter 32. He retired as a truck driver from Central Motor Freight and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Emil L. Whipkey, Jr., of Mineral Wells and Charles Whipkey of Parkersburg; one daughter, Linda Woolard of Parkersburg; one sister, Onida Seebaugh of Lubeck; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Nadine Hupp Whipkey, who was born in Grantsville.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. John Lands officiating. Entombment followed in Three Crosses Mausoleum at Sunset Memory Gardens with military rites by American Legion Post 15.

 

LYNDOL KEITH FRYMIER

Lyndol Keith Frymier, 70, of Beaver, Ohio, formerly of Tanner, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Pineview Manor, Beaver.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Eustace and Ploma Grogg Frymier.

He was a member of Knights of Pythias Lodge, Tanner.

Surviving are one son, one daughter, six grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

No other information was received.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating, and burial in Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

ROSCOE LENARD MOORE

Roscoe Lenard Moore, 68, of Chloe, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Clarence and Martha Tanner Moore.

Surviving are two daughters, Melissa K. Sparks of Creston, Ohio, and Demetra D. Moore of Kansas; one sister, Thelma Carte of Chloe; one brother, Mitchell Moore of Chloe; and three grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Grace Sparks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Morris Moore, three brothers and two sisters.

It was Roscoe’s wishes that no services be conducted.

 

HAROLD GENE SEARS

Harold Gene Sears, 69, of Duck, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Roy B. and Stella Burnside Sears.

He was a farmer and a Baptist.

Surviving are two brothers, Julius Sears of Chloe and Hubert Sears of Frametown; niece, Ann Lamb of Duck, with whom he made his home; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Burial will be in Moore Fork Cemetery. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the funeral home.

 

GENEVA ELLEN BENNETT HUSK

Geneva Ellen Bennett Husk, 92, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Elza and Mary Jane Harris Bennett.

She worked for W.B. Gibson, Grantsville, for 38 years.

Surviving are one son, Clovis Ray Wade of Akron, Ohio, from her first marriage to Herbert Wade; one daughter, Wilma Jane Husk Bell from her second marriage to Charles G. Buck Bell; one step-son, Howard Dale Husk of Akron; one step-daughter, Deloris McCartney Davis of East Liverpool, Ohio; and several grand-children, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; one son from her second marriage, Robert Eugene Husk; one step-son, Gilbert William Husk; five sisters, Edna Husk, Geneve Collins, Pauline Hornbeck, Ivelean Richards and Elenore Mills; and three brothers, Orval Bennett, Cay Bennett and Holly Golden (Bud) Bennett.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mt. Zion. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

MAXINE SMITH POWELL

Maxine Smith Powell, 81, of Cutler, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clarence S. and Nell M. Holpp Smith.

She was a graduate of St. Marys High School and a member of Dale United Methodist Church. She was a founding advisor to Palmers Lads & Lassies 4-H Club and a youth advisor for many years at Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, George S. Powell, whom she married Nov. 29, 1946; three sons, G. Sam Powell of Stockport, Ohio, William F. Powell of Cutler and Daniel J. Powell of Columbia, S.C.; one daughter, Barbara Kidder of Stockport; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Smith of Wartburg, Tenn.; three sisters, Emma J. Garish of Akron, Ohio, Martha Snyder of Wooster, Ohio, and Madylene Hamrick of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Lester and Pete Smith.

Services will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Barlow Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with Pastor Robin Swinsburg officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Barlow Chapel. Following services at the funeral home, family and friends are invited to a luncheon at Palmer Community Center. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery. There will be no public graveside service.

 

JAMES DANA BAILEY

James Dana Bailey, 90, of Newton, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Henderson Calvert and Lillie Ann Hunt Bailey.

He retired from Union Carbide Corp., Alloy, in 1980. He was a longtime member of Newton Baptist Church, Newton, where he served many years as Sunday School superintendent.

Surviving are one daughter, Dawne Ann Church of Kerrville, Tex.; one son, Calvin Bailey of Cross Lanes; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia P. Greathouse Bailey; one son, James Dana “Jim” Bailey II; four sisters, Tressie Bailey, Delphia Brannon, Eva Spencer and Dessie Noe; and four brothers, Bruce, Woody, Clifford and H.C. Bailey, Jr.

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

 

BERNARD JAMES McCUMBERS

Bernard James McCumbers, 91, of Rosedale, died at his home on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

He was the son of the late Galry and Ada Cottrell McCumbers. He was a member of Fairview Church, Lower Nicut.

Surviving are his wife, Rhonda Pearl Cottrell McCumbers; five sons, Darrell McCumbers of Wollwine, Va., Dare McCumbers of Spencer, Denzil McCumbers of Rosedale, Robert Dale McCumbers of Elizabeth and Dwayne McCumbers of Shiloh, Ohio; two daughters, Connie Hardman of Navarre, Ohio, and Sandra McCumbers of Parkersburg; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grand-children; one brother, Galry Jr. McCumbers of Ohio; and three sisters, Gladys Snyder of Ohio, Linda McCumbers of Rosedale and Clara Turner of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Willis McCumbers, and two sisters, Geneva Nicholson and India Drennen.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial will be in Cottrell Cemetery, Bear Run. Visitation will be on Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

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