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Last week was a time of grieving for our county, with the deaths of natives, Herb Smith and Dottie Hersman Slider, and also two men from neighboring counties, Jack Stalnaker of Gilmer and Bob Bonar’s father, C.R. (Bob) Bonar of Ritchie. Even though we can imagine the pain of their families, it is not the same as experiencing it. We will remember their impact on our county.

Herb Smith will be remembered for his work ethic--in his own business, in the county park, and in the Wood Festival. He was also an avid country music fan, especially enjoying the times he could perform with some of the groups at fairs, festivals and other occasions. The Herbert C. Smith Community Building at the park will remind us of his persistence in giving to the community.

Dottie Hersman Slider was a devoted employee of Calhoun Banks for 44 years. This is almost unheard of in today’s workforce. She was very calm and friendly in every situation. Even while battling cancer, she was immaculate in appearance and had a smile for everyone. While walking around Grantsville, Dottie would speak to all that she passed, probably because she knew them. She had a good sense of humor, even if she was the subject of a joke. It must have been good to have her for a sister.

C.W. Bonar, grandfather of Robert, Michael and Matthew, was well-known in our county. His obituary relates the devotion to his God, family, nation and community. When he found someone was from Grantsville, it was like discovering a long lost friend. His companionship with his grandsons led to some entertaining conversations.

Jack Stalnaker also had ties with Calhoun. His daughter, Sue Ann, had been a teacher at CCHS. His son, Dave, had been on the Calhoun General Hospital board and an employee at B.F. Goodrich. His sister, Pearle McCartney Burke, also lives part time in Calhoun. His dedication to Glenville State College is appreciated by the many Calhoun graduates who hold degrees from the school.

We can be sad that Herb, Dottie, Bob and Jack are no longer with us, but I like to think that we are so fortunate that God let them live long enough to make a difference. We will remember their many gifts to us.

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