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.