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CAROLYN VIRGINIA HATHAWAY

Carolyn Virginia Hathaway, 80, of Vienna, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Heartland of Marietta, Devola, Ohio.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Zelda “Tag” Hathaway Siers.

She was a 1952 graduate of Calhoun County High School, where she was active in marching band playing trumpet, pep club, FHA, Tri-Hi-Y, science club, class secretary, dramatics club and dance orchestra. She was a graduate of Mountain State Business College, Parkersburg, where she majored in business administration. Her activities were dean’s assistant, bowling, library assistant, Mt. Echo co-editor, Mounstacoan staff and tennis. While in college, she worked at Ideal Box Co.

She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, past president of Women’s Society and past teacher of Young Adult Sunday School class. She worked at Burch Chevrolet, Rubber Fabricators and Rubber Crafters, Grantsville, and Sears Roebuck, Parkersburg, and Wood County Senior Citizens Center. She joined Grantsville Rebekah Lodge No. 52 on June 12, 1959, serving in all local offices, including secretary for over 25 years. She was appointed district deputy president of District No. 7 in 1965, 1966 and 1967. She was advisor for Rose Theta Rho Girls Club No. 4, which began in 1968. She received the highest award given to a Rebekah, the Decoration of Chivalry, in 1967, and joined Auxiliary Parkersburg No. 6. She served as Association president of West Virginia in 1973-1974. She was a member of the Harold Scott drill team that performed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1968, and the Alberta Hudkins drill team that performed in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1982. She was elected president of Rebekah Assembly of West Virginia in 1981. She was a 55-year member.

Surviving is one sister, Debbie Siers of Vienna, and several cousins.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Rebekah Assembly Past President Memorial Service was held. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

 

CHLOE LENORA EGGEMAN SMITH

Chloe Lenora Eggeman Smith, 78, of Wooster, Ohio, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Shady Lawn Health Care Community, Dalton, Ohio.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Rev. Johnie and Cora Butler Alfred.

She was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School and worked for American Weatherseal and Westinghouse, in Orrville, Ohio, before retiring from Rubbermaid, Wooster. She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Marshallville, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband, Ronald L. Smith, whom she married on Nov. 14, 1998; two daughters, Brenda Eggeman of Dalton and Diana Dutra of Michigan; two sons, R. John Eggeman of Wooster and Randy Smith of Michigan; five grandchildren, Heather Bischoff of Orrville, Kyle R. Yates of Dalton and Krissy, Scotty and Ronny Todd, all of Michigan; 14 great-grandchildren, Riley, Hope, Taylor, Rhys, Hunter, Leland, J.T. and Brie of Orrville and Jaidyn, Briana, Aubrey, Jaxon, Leona and Nathan of Michigan; and one sister, Carolyn Miller of Rosedale.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 37 years, Robert J. “Bob” Eggeman, who died on May 4, 1995; two sons, Paul D. Eggeman and Rodney A. Eggeman; and one sister, Nellie Alfred.

Services were held at Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, with Rev. John Corsi officiating.

 

FREDA NICHOLSON

Freda Nicholson, 91, of Elizabeth, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late John L. and Glada Brannon Boggs.

She was a homemaker and a member of Eastern Star.

Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Morrison and Pamela Exline, both of Elizabeth; one son, Harvey S. Nicholson of Grantsville; three grandchildren, Shana Nicholson, Julie Preston and Andy Dennis; one step-granddaughter, Amy Sheppard; one great-grandson, Thomas Nicholson; and longtime friends, Eva Jones and Julie Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey H. Nicholson; one grandson, H. Michael Morrison; and siblings, Dalton, George, Icie, Voliet and Garnet.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Steve Morgan officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

ARLESS DARREN LOWERY

Arless Darren Lowery, 77, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Mirl and Mamie Rigsby Lowery.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Army National Guard. He graduated from the W.Va. Institute of Technology and was an instructor at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. He was a member of American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg, and Southside Southern Baptist.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Sharon Weaver Lowery; one daughter, Karen Lowery Sanchez and husband Hector of Parkersburg; one son, James Darren Lowery of Parkersburg; two daughters-in-law, Brenda Lowery of Livonia, Mich., and Evelyn Lowery of Guyton, Ga.; one brother, Doyle Lowery of McConnelsville, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brian Cuffe, Zac Cuffe, Lindsay Mosteller and husband Joe, Danielle Arrington and husband Michael, Kristie Lowery and Chase Arnold; three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Brantley and Kynli; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Craig Lowery and Chris Lowery; one sister-in-law, Gladys Lowery; and two brothers-in-law, Larry Weaver and Larry Arnold.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Paul Drake officiating. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family. Full military rites were provided by American Legion Post 15.

 

LEON STUMP

Leon L. Stump, 94, of Beaver Falls, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Providence Health Care Center.

He was born in Apple Farm, the son of the late Farris E. and Hallie Stump.

He had worked as a cut off operator for B&W and had also worked at Beaver Valley Country Club. He was a member of College Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, James L. and Peggy Stump of Middleton, Pa., Robert W. and Dianna Stump  and Richard L. Stump, all of East Palestine, Ohio, and Ronald Stump of Beaver Falls; special granddaughter, who formerly resided with him, Lenora Lewis; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Ellie and John Elliott of Millstone; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Lucille DeWeese Stump, on Oct. 16, 2006, and 12 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at A.D. Campbell Funeral Home, Beaver Falls, with Pastor Joe Schiren of College Hill Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver Boro, Pa.

 

GEORGE FOSTER MORRIS

George Foster Morris, 82, of Nitro, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Smithville, the son of the late George Edward Morris and Amy Brissey Morris.

He was a 1949 graduate of Harrisville High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving a tour in France and receiving the title of Staff Sergeant before discharge in 1952. He worked in the oil field for two years before attending Glenville State College and graduating from West Virginia University with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1960. He worked for Union Carbide Metals, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Union Carbide Chemical Plant, Institute, where he retired on Jan. 30, 1990, as production engineer manager with 30 years of service. He was an avid, one-of-a-kind, baseball cap collector with a collection totaling near 4,500.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Hope Stotts Morris, whom he married Jan. 24, 1959; one son, David L. Morris of Alum Creek; one daughter, Debra L. Osborne of Winfield; three grandchildren, Bradley A. Morris, Brigitte A. Morris and Randi L. Osborne; two great-grandchildren, Caine A. Morris and Jaxson W. Farmer; two sisters, Mildred Heiskell of Parkersburg and Lillian Davis of Grantsville; two sisters-in-law, Martha Morris of Parkersburg and Dulcie J. Dekett of Michigan; and two brothers-in-law, Lewis E. Stotts of Georgia and Kenna L. Stotts of Texas.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Leon “Bud” Morris and Lawrence Dale Morris.

Services were held at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Entombment was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

 

TOM WILDFIRE

Tom Wildfire, 64, of Minnora, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

He was born in Indiana, Pa., the son of the late Francis and Emma Surra Wildfire, and raised in Saltsburg, Pa. He had lived in Minnora for 40 years. He was a self-employed artist, creating hand-carved wooden spoons, chairs, tables and other furniture.

Surviving are one son, Patrick Wildfire and daughter-in-law Christina of Richland, Wash.; one daughter Cynthia Wildfire of Beckley; his twin brother, Tim Wildfire and wife Judy of Durham, N.C.; two sisters, Valerie Wendel and husband Scott of Dawson, Pa., and Natalie Damico of Nazareth, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Stacey Wildfire.

Visitation was held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

 

MURL NASH

Murl Nash, 84, of Canton, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

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

She was a Scout leader for many years.

Surviving are one sister, Jean Rogers; one brother, Denver; close family friend, Jack Reiderman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five siblings, Delma, Marie, Macel, Maxine and Ernest.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., and burial in Nicholas Family Cemetery, Orma. Condolences may be expressed at www.reedfuneralhome.com.

 

REV. GARRY BOWEN

Rev. Garry L. Bowen, 59, of Spencer, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late John William and Lissetta Ruth Bartlett Bowen.

He was ordained in 1982 and was pastor of Stoney Point New Hope Community Church, Altizer Road, Arnoldsburg. He was an employee of Staats Pharmacy, Spencer, and a former employee of O.J. Morrison Dept. Store, Spencer. He was vice president of the Thursday Night Bowling League at Spencer Lanes, captain of the WVRC bowling team and a member of the U.S. Bowling Congress. He was also a member of NRA and a member of the morning breakfast club at Tudor’s.

Surviving are his wife, Vickie L. Sturm Bowen; one daughter, Bridgette Bowen of Spencer; three sons, Joseph Bowen and wife Heather of Philippi, Mark Bowen and wife Beth of Spencer and Austin Bowen of Gandeeville; one brother, David Bowen and wife Sheila of Spencer; one sister, Cathy Snodgrass and husband Steve of Spencer; and 10 grandchildren, Shelby, Joshua, Renee, Autumn, Katelyn, Gracie, Kylie, Daniel, John and Bradley.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas G. “Tom” Bowen.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Toby Wagoner and Joseph Bowen officiating, and burial in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

LINDA LOU CONLEY

Linda Lou Conley, 62, of Arnoldsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.

She was born in Waynesburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Charles Ralph and Chessie Ernestine Ward Arthur.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two daughters, Robin Harper of Arnoldsburg and Amanda Conley of Ashford, and five grandchildren, Jesse Knicely, James Knicely, Jr., Savannah Harper, Haley Conley and Rayden Conley.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Arthur and Doug Arthur, and one sister, Brenda McKown.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. William Knicely officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

CLAUDE FRYMIER

Claude C. Frymier, 79, of Smithville, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Tanner, the son of the late Lynn M. and Sarah E. Wagoner Frymier.

He retired from DuPont Washington Works in 1998 after 43 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Laura Wolfe Frymier, whom he married on Dec. 14, 1996; eight children, Peggy Gumm, Jim Frymier and companion Becky and Justin Ingram and companion Lori, all of Parkersburg, Bill Frymier and wife Marie of Big Springs, Missy Easton and husband Pete of Macfarlan, Jessi Wolfe and companion Aaron of Lost Creek, and Jacob Frymier and companion Ashley and Jamie Frymier, all of Smithville; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, June Frymier and Jimmy Frymier; one sister, Leona Hardman; two children, Rita Ingram and Arthur “Bug” Ingram; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pastor Ron Chesser officiating. It was his request to be cremated. Burial will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

 

ELLEN JEAN WHITE

Ellen Jean White, 57, of Orma, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Dalton Reip, Jr., and Norma Jean Brady Reip.

She obtained her BSN and was a registered nurse. She last worked at Roane General Hospital. She was a member of Millstone Church of Christ.

Surviving are three sons, Jeremy Lee White of Charleston, Joshua Lynn White of Arnoldsburg and Jason Lee White of Orma; two sisters, Carol Sue Pritt and Barbara Ann McKown, both of Orma; one brother, Dalton Lee Reip of Orma; two grandchildren, Ashton Dalton Coleman White and Eliana Autumn White; four nephews, Michael Reip, Jerry Glen McKown, Jr., Justin Clay McKown and Kameron Dalton Reip; two nieces, Jamie Dawn McKown and Karissa Marie Reip; four great-nephews, Nicholas Reip, Jerry Glen McKown III, James Peyden Clay McKown and Braydon Clay McKown; six great-nieces, Haile Reip, Charleigh-Ann Marie McKown, Allie Roxanne McCullough, Brealle Masun Arthur, Braylea Breanne McKown and Kahla Reip; several aunts and uncles; and one great-aunt.

Memorial service was held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Minister Charles Brady officiating.

 

MARY ANN WALDO O’HAIR

Mary Ann Waldo O’Hair, 82, of Laverne, Okla., died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Ray and Thelma Metz Waldo.

She accepted Jesus at age 12 in the First Baptist Church. She began teaching Bible School there and continued teaching Sunday School at Laverne Baptist Church, Okla., where she taught for many years.

Surviving are her husband, Claude O’Hair, whom she married in 1952 in the Baptist Church at St. Albans; three sons, Timothy James O’Hair and Gary Pat O’Hair and wife Rhonda, all of Laverne, and Curtis Ray O’Hair of Amarillo, Tex.; one daughter-in-law, Lisa, of Laverne; three grandsons, Sonny, Matt and Robby; three granddaughters, Dawn, Marci and Melani; two great-grandsons, twins Brandon and Kenneth; and one great-granddaughter, Rhylie.

She was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Allen O’Hair; two brothers, Boone Waldo and Jim Waldo; and one sister, Martha Waldo.

Graveside services were held at Laverne Cemetery, with Wes Peterman officiating. Arrangements were by Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home, Laverne.

 

RALPH BARRY ‘Huck’ WILSON

Ralph Barry “Huck” Wilson, 59, of Sandyville, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late Melvin Vere and Rhonda Wright Wilson.

He formerly did masonry work.

Surviving are his wife, Demetre “Dee” Holz Wilson; one daughter, Christina Jacobson of Looneyville; two sons, Jay Kelly of Sandyville and Randy Shilton of Great Lakes, Wisc.; two brothers, Melvin Bradley Wilson of Spencer and Henry Wilson of Arnoldsburg; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside service was held at Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

 

GERTRUDE ‘Lorraine’ BUNNER

Gertrude “Lorraine” Bunner, 70, of Brohard, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Camden-Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Ollie and Eris Greathouse Cain.

She worked at B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville, several nursing homes in the Parkersburg area, and Teknetix, Inc. She was a member of Strait Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Ralph P. Bunner; five children, Shelly Murphy of Leading Creek, Angela Dorsey of Munday, Kimberly Richards of Brohard, Paul Bunner of Elizabeth and Shawna Bunner of Waverly; 14 grandchildren, Anyka Dorsey, Hannah Starcher, Sam and Zeb Dorsey, Mariah Yeager, Byron and Kalleigh Richards, Wyatt Bunner, Kirsten and Brady Perkins, Dillon and Gavin Goodnight, Gabrielle Gorby and Mahala Metheney; four great-granddaughters, Jasmine, Olivia and Chloe Starcher and Jocelynn Murphy; two sisters, Patricia Groves of Parkersburg and Earlene Toney of Munday; one brother, Johnny Cain; three sisters-in-law, Florence Haut of Doylestown, Ohio, Mary Barton of Palestine and Marilyn Bunner of Elizabeth; one brother-in-law, Howard Bunner of Warren, Ohio, and his wife, Mary, whom she considered a sister.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Cain, and three nephews, Ollie James Cain, Jr., Smith Groves, Jr., and Darrin Cain.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Dobby Thrash officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery, Brohard.

 

VIRGIL RAY HALL

Virgil Ray Hall, 76, of Cedarville, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was the son of the late Ray and Erma Runyon Hall.

Surviving are five children, Freddie Hall, Travis Steele, Scott Freeman, Daniel Hall and Jamey Hall; one sister, Madeline; grandchildren Britany and Brian Hall, Sean, Scotty, Zach and Taylor Freeman, and Miranda and Hunter Hall; and companion, Marjorie Freeman.

He was preceded in death by one son, David Hall, and two sisters, Geraldine and Ernestine.

Services were scheduled Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

FLORA WARD

Flora B. Ward, 76, of Burlington, Wisc., died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Hayward and Elvy Yeager.

She was a member of Elkhorn Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband, John Ward, whom she married on Aug. 17, 1961, in Elyria, Ohio; three daughters, Betty Clark, Sue Richardson and Brenda LaCourciere; two sons, John Ward and Billy Ward; two step-children, David Ward and Karen Ward; two brothers, Donnie Yeager and Bub Yeager; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Madalyn and Imogene; two brothers, Ronnie and Bernard; and two grand- children.

Services were held at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory, Elkhorn, with Pastor Jim Coehoorn officiating.

 

LAVORIS JUNE ‘Jupe’ ROBERTS

Lavoris June “Jupe” Roberts, 76, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lane Kester and Gladys Putnam Roberts. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, Bolivia, N.C., and was owner and operator of June’s Fabric Shop.

Surviving are two daughters, Pam Stevens Magill and husband Tom of New Hope, Minn., and Sheila Hannah of Sumerco; companion, Ray Evans of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Corey Powers of Newport, Ohio, Craig Powers of Virginia and Sadie Magill of New Hope; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Powers and Rylee Childers; one brother, Delmas Roberts and wife Judy; two sisters-in-law, Sue Roberts and Mary Shears; many nieces and nephews; and extended family, Misty Wood and family and Randy and Sally Spaur and family.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorla Rhodes and Jean Carte, and one brother, Gary Roberts.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial was in Roberts Family Cemetery.

 

TIMOTHY LEE RICHARDS

Timothy Lee Richards, 62, of Big Springs, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Willows Center, Parkersburg.

Memorial services were held at Beech Valley Community Church, Big Springs. Burial was in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Big Springs.

 

SHELBY GRIMES

Shelby B. Grimes, 75, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Everett Grandville and Docia Pearl Taylor Richards.

She had worked for Easton Printing and Parkersburg News and Sentinel. She had been active with Big Tygart United Methodist Church and 14th Avenue Gospel Mission.

Surviving are her husband, Jimmy Lee Grimes; one daughter, Tamela Dawn Noble of Moundsville; one daughter-in-law, Chasity Fredrick of Vienna; three grandchildren, Matthew F. Noble and Brittany D. Kaiser, both of Moundsville, and Caden D. Fredrick of Vienna; two great-grandchildren, Jacob W. Kaiser and Corbin W. Noble; three sisters, Violet Richards and Wilma Barnhart, both of Belpre, and Roberta Coler of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; two brothers, Jerry Richards of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Steven Richards of Waynesville, N.C.; special niece, who was raised as a sister in the home, Belinda Doan of College Station, Tex.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hayward “Pete” Fredrick; one daughter, Tonya Fredrick; one son, Roland Dean “Rick” Fredrick; two sisters, Shirley Ann Richards and Linda Sinnett; and two brothers, Rondel Richards and Russell Ray Richards.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with burial in Chestnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Calhoun County. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.leavittfuneralhome.com.

 

WALTER ‘Phil’ PAYNE

Walter “Phil” Payne, 70, of Mt. Zion, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

He was the son of Walter “Dub” and Annie Ruth Payne of Madison, Fla.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joyce Payne; three sons, Sam Walter Payne and wife Linda, Alvin Freeman Payne and William “Bill” Payne and wife Teresa; one daughter, Mary Payne; grandchildren, Katherine Marie Christian and husband Nathan, Jared and Celina Payne and Pastor William Lee Payne; great- grandchildren, Zoe and Zachary Payne; and one sister, Betty Odom and husband Billy of Madison.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, 1 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to be used to purchase KJV Bibles to distribute to those in need.

 

WANEDITH FAYE MATHENY GREATHOUSE

Wanedith Faye Matheny Greathouse, 73, of Chloe, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Roy and Cleo Keffer Matheny.

Surviving are three sons, John Greathouse of Deerfield, Ohio, Terry Allen Greathouse of Alliance, Ohio, and Billy Greathouse of Puyallup, Wash.; three daughters, Vicky Mayfield of Pine Grove, Joanna Morris of Chloe and Myrtle Laxton of Clay; 18 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Greathouse; one sister, Sue Moore; one daughter, Elaine Archer; and three grandchildren, Ronnie Morris, Jr., Larry McCumbers and Willy Menzel.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

BERNICE HAWKEY

Bernice Hawkey, 94, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Eldercare of Ripley.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Mallie and Florence Elliott Sturm.

She resided on Sycamore Road for many years and moved to Mt. Zion Ridge after her husband, Bernard, died in 1970. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for many years.

Surviving are one daughter, Donna Lancaster of Grantsville; two grandchildren, Amanda Wayne of Grantsville and Melissa Ives of Tucson, Ariz.; six great-grandchildren, Morgan and Victoria Moneypenny and Dakota, Donna, Danielle and Charles Ives; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Hawkey; one daughter, Nancy Hawkey, in 1970; three brothers, Otho Sturm, Holden Sturm and twin brother, Bernard Sturm; and three sisters, Azeline Hersman, Margarete Morgan and Eleanor Boyles.

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

 

DALE EDWARD McFARLAND

Dale Edward McFarland, 63, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Amherst Manor Nursing Home, Amherst, Ohio.

He was born in Lorain, Ohio, the son of the late George and Rosezena Edinger McFarland.

He graduated from Brookside High School and attended Akron University for two years. He drove 18 wheeler trucks until illness forced an early retirement. He lived in Grantsville for 10 years, before returning to the Lorain area in 2012.

Surviving are two brothers, Joseph of Avon and George Lee of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; one sister, Fern Gallagher of Elyria, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Sharon Faye, in 2004.

Services were private. Burial was in Grantsville.

 

EMOGENE POLING

Emogene Poling, 82, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Meadow Wind Nursing Home, Massillon, Ohio.

She was born in Millstone, the daughter of the late Harlan and Lona Mae Starcher.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Rick Poling; one daughter, Diana Poling; one grandson, Mike Poling; two brothers, Junior Starcher and Darrell Starcher; and two sisters, Ruby Powell and Janet Whited.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Slathiel Poling, on Apr. 21, 1992; three sisters, Ruth Kelly, Lena Franks and Rita Warnick; and one brother, Leo Starcher.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating. Burial was in Poling Cemetery, Mt. Zion.

 

URSULA REBECCA POLING LAUGHLIN

Ursula Rebecca Poling Laughlin, 82, of Millstone, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Hobert and Stella Hall Poling.

Surviving are her children, David and Vonda Laughlin of Millstone, Mike and Sharon Laughlin of Arnoldsburg, Debbie and Kenny Arnold of Arnoldsburg, Greg “Shotgun” and Pat Laughlin of Mt. Zion, Dawn Brady and Mike McKown of Arnoldsburg, Cindy Laughlin and Harvey Long of Teays Valley and LaFawn Laughlin of Arnoldsburg; two sisters, Lurland Profitt of Spencer and Thermal Hall of Millstone; grandchildren, Davy and Daniel Laughlin, Shaun and Ben Laughlin, Jason Arnold, Kenzie Laughlin, Travis and Shella Brady, Talia Brady, Cassie McKown, Jami Ra Laughlin and Hunter Roberts; step-grandchildren, Dylan, Gracyn and Lawson Grose and Chase and Ali Long; and great-grandchildren, Trista and Laney Arnold, Ian Bird, Easton Laughlin and Skyler Logan.

She was preceded in death by one son, Steve Laughlin, and one sister, Dessell Brunty.

Per her request, she will be cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date.

 

RALPH JUNIOR FLINN

Ralph Junior Flinn, 69, of Chloe, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Grover and Rebecca Green Flinn.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Lee Flinn of Chloe and Jeff Flinn of Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Debbie Brueckner of Phoenix; one sister, Lou Norman of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Flinn, and three sisters, Madeline Wines, Maxine Flinn and Hilda Moore.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

 

HOWARD JOE KIMBLE

Howard Joe Kimble, 77, of Hurricane, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Hubbard House, Charleston.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Cecil Joy and Lottie Kathryn Mahaney Kimble.

He attended Rock Branch Independent and Providence Baptist.

Surviving are three daughters, Deborah Baxter of Scott Depot, Rhodessa “Dessie” Hardway of Eleanor and Brenda Hoylman of Hurricane; two sons, Cecil Kimble of Pt. Pleasant and Allen Kimble of Scott Depot; two brothers, Jim Kimble of Willoughby, Ohio, and John Paul Kimble of Troy, Ohio; two sisters, Kim High of Garrett, Ind., and Sandra Joy Kimble of Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren, Eric and Shanna Baxter, Bryan and Dustin Hoylman, Holly Kimble-Eva and Jessy Kimble-Vance; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ellen Stump Kimble.

Services were held at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Wayne Harrison officiating. Entombment was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

 

JOANN COPEN

JoAnn W. Copen, 66, of Creston, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Enid Tichnell Rogers.

Surviving are two daughters, Stephanie Baxter of Belpre Ohio, and Amy Adams of Newark; two sons, Matt Copen of Creston and Michael Frazier of Belpre; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Millie Williams of Creston, Nettie Lockhart of Munday and Rose Jones of Lorain, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmas Copen, and one son, John Jason Copen.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with burial in Owl Hill Cemetery at a later date.

 

RONALD ‘Blackie’ BARR

Roland “Blackie” Barr, 77, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, due to Parkinson’s disease complications.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Paul and Mary Barr.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Dianne Hopkins Barr; one daughter, Tonya Ellis of South Carolina; one son, Rob Barr of Parkersburg; two granddaughters, Sadi Barr and Anna Ellis; one brother, Ron Barr; two sisters, Susan Webber and Geraldine Showalter; two brothers-in-law, Robert Pierce and James Blosser; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Pierce and Betty Blosser, and one brother-in-law, Wayne Showalter.

He donated his body to WVU Human Gift Registry.

 

GLADYS LaDEAUX

Gladys L. LaDeaux, 87, of Palestine, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Wirt County, the daughter of the late Frances Howard Bell and Bessie Cox Bell.

She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a postmaster after 26 years of service. She was a member of Elizabeth CEOS and attended Palestine Methodist Church for several years and Beulah Hill Humble Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann Taylor of Big Bend; four grandsons, Joe Taylor of Big Bend and children Christopher, Madison, Preston, Katlynn and Johnathon; John Taylor of Big Bend; Zachery LaDeaux and children Rylan, Brayden, Evan and Landon; and Cody LaDeaux of Rives and children Kylie and Kayson; one sister, Rhonda Trippett of Parkersburg; one daughter-in-law, Randa LaDeaux; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny LaDeaux; one son, George LaDeaux; one grandson, Jason LaDeaux; one brother, Donald Ray Bell; and one sister, Hazel Walcutt.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating, and burial in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

SUSAN JANE ‘Sue’ KERBY

Susan Jane “Sue” Kerby, 64, of Vienna, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late William Hagan and Bertha Stump Kerby.

She worked with veterans at the VFW, Vienna, and enjoyed Bible study. Sue was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown, and VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Vienna.

Surviving are one brother, Sam Kerby and wife Regina of Washington; two sisters, Sarah Albaugh and husband Steve of Stumptown and Sandra Kay Kerby of Grantsville; one nephew, David Albaugh and wife Melissa of Fairmont; two nieces, Gina Cheshire and husband Michael of Washington and Ginger Kerby of Parkersburg; one great-nephew; and one great-niece.

Memorial services were held at the convenience of the family.

 

PEARL KING

Pearl King, 101, of Ripley, formerly of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Will and Grace Wallbrown.

She was a former postmistress of Leatherbark Post Office, clerk at H&P Store, Spencer, and wrote the Arnoldsburg News for The Calhoun Chronicle for several years.

Surviving are one son, Bernard and wife Donnie of Ripley; six grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lee “Bill” King; one son, Billy King; four brothers, Carl Wallbrown, Dale Wallbrown, Bernard Wallbrown and an infant, Harley Wallbrown; and three sisters, Hazel Brannon, Eula Hall and Irene Wallbrown.

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

 

CHESTER LEE CAIN

Chester Lee Cain, 63, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at CAMC Memorial, Charleston.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Harley Walter and Mary Ann Cullison Cain.

Surviving are his wife, Mollie Schoolcraft Cain of Arnoldsburg; one daughter, Sarah Cain of Orma; one son, Steve Cain of Grantsville; one grandson, Tyler Cain of Orma; six sisters, Mary Bunner and Barb Starcher, both of Warren, Ohio, Patricia Frazier of Cedar Park, Tex., Clara Roberts of Minnora, Bonnie Cain of Grantsville and Joann Long of Tomah, Wisc.; four brothers, James Cain of Enterprise, Walter Cain of Chloe, Ralph Yancy of Nicut and Robert Cain of Grantsville; one step-son, Homer R. Roberts of Orma; one step-daughter, Debra K. Summers of Grantsville; two step-grandsons, Scottie Roberts of Cleveland, Ohio, and Derek Roberts of Mineral Wells; one step-great-grandson, Paul Roberts of Cleveland, Ohio; and one step-granddaughter, April Roberts of Morgantown.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald Cain of Grantsville, Hatzel Cain of Chippewa Lake, Ohio, and an infant, Leroy Cain.

No services were held.

 

IRENE PHYLLIS VANNOY CARTER

Irene Phyllis Vannoy Carter, 70, of Chloe, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at her home.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Robert and Virginia Vannoy King.

Surviving are her husband, Gene Carter; two daughters, Rhonda Bowen of Chloe and Mary Warner of Rosedale; six grandchildren, Alicia Warner and Micahla Bowen, both of Chloe, Alexandra Warner of Rosedale, Emily Felter of Marietta, Ohio, Monica Wilson of Parkersburg and Waylon Carter of Arnoldsburg; four great-grandchildren, Brantley Bailey and John Martin, both of Chloe, and Braedyn Warner and Isaiah Jones, both of Rosedale; two sisters, Nancy Craddock of Rittman, Ohio, and Loretta Lamb of Lutz, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Philip Carter, and one brother, Lawrence King.

Private family graveside services were held, with burial in King Cemetery, Nicut.

 

WILLIAM FITZGERALD STEWART

William Fitzgerald Stewart, 76, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Bill was born in Moundsville.

His career in the newspaper industry moved his family many places, including Berea, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pa. He retired with his wife of 50 years, Reta, to St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a veteran and member of the Masonic lodge.

Surviving are one son, William Stewart; two daughters, Mary Ann Stewart and Susan Stewart; and five granddaughters, Carmen, Isobel, Sofia, Miranda and Mary Katherine.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., in Grantsville. He will be buried next to his wife in Shock Family Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Stump Funeral home, Grantsville. Condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneral-homes.com.

 

CHRISTOPHER KNOTTS

Christopher J. Knotts, 37, of Corning, N.Y., died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Thomas and Beverly Yeman Knotts.

He was a 1998 graduate of Corning East High School.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Adam Knotts of Corning; maternal grandmother, Mildred Yeman of Elmira Heights, N.Y.; two aunts, Donna Yeman of Corning and Norma Knotts Shaffer of Grantsville; one uncle, James Knotts of Mineral Wells; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald Yeman; paternal grandparents, Robert and Hazel Knotts; one aunt, Linda Knotts; and special caregivers, Woody and Thelma Haught.

Memorial service was held at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Corning.

 

JENNY MAE SALTZ

Jenny Mae Saltz, 36, of Cisco Road, Cairo, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of Kathy Haught McDonald of Smithville.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Mark Allen Saltz; two daughters, Amber Mae Saltz and Ashley Ann Saltz; and one son, Mark Allen Saltz, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Carol Haught, Sr., and Susan Haught Ubbens; two uncles, Carlos Haught and Richard Haught; and mother-in-law, Sherry Nutter.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Curtis Christian officiating.

 

GAYFORD WILLIAMS

Gayford M. Williams, 81, of Lubeck, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Ritchie County, the son of the late James C. Williams and Amy Tingler Williams.

He was a 1953 graduate of Calhoun County High School and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He retired from DuPont, Filaments Division, in 1991, after 33 years of service. He was a member of Lauckport United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and was an usher. He was a member of the DuPont silhouette shooting team.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Glenna Jackson Williams; two daughters, Beth Baker of Washington and Sara Reeves of Lubeck; one granddaughter, Breanne Baker of Dunbar; one step-granddaughter, Megan Reeves; one step-great-grandson, Bryson Rhodes of Parkersburg; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Jackson; one brother, Roydice Williams of Grantsville; one sister, Erma Yost of Amesville, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Violet Williams of Big Bend and Sharon Williams of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilford Williams and Bernard Ray Williams, and two sisters, Freda Purdue and an infant, Naomi Williams.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ken Nolan and Rev. Jamie Sprague officiating. Burial with full military rites was in Lubeck Cemetery.

 

JOAN MARIAN SATTERFIELD

Joan Marian Satterfield, 64, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at Bethesda West Hospital, Boynton Beach, Fla., after a battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

She was born in Mt. Sterling, Ky., the daughter of the late Marion General Whisman and Elah Starcher Whisman.

She was a 1968 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She worked for Kellwood, Spencer, for six years and for W.Va. Dept. of Highways for 34 years as secretary and county administrator before retiring in 2007.

Surviving are her husband, Steve Satterfield; one sister, Twila Roach of Parkersburg; one son, Chad Satterfield of Weston; one daughter, Tia Satterfield of Sarasota, Fla.; “part-time daughter,” Laura Waugh of Phoenix, Ariz.; four nieces; two nephews; and two grandchildren.

Services were held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

MABEL JUSTICE

Mabel Justice, 102, of Reedy, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Nebo, the daughter of the late Lanty P. and Maude Rogers Mollohan.

She retired from Spencer State Hospital and attended Nebo Baptist Church as a child.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Courtney of Reedy; three sons, Ron Postalwait of Spencer, Charles Postalwait of Reedy and Tom Courtney of Asheboro, N.C.; one sister, Bonnie Worstell of Marietta, Ohio; one half-sister, Evelyn Jarvis of Laurelville, Ohio; one half-brother, Garrett Miller of Gonzalez, Tex.; 12 grand-children; 24 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Ray Postalwait, Herman Courtney and Linzy Justice; one daughter, Mary Evelyn Parsons of LaVernia, Tex.; five sisters, Gertrude McCune-Stout, Ruth Kun, Nell Lowe, Hallie Cunningham and Frances Berdean; three brothers, Annis Mollohan, John Lynn Mollohan, and Arnold Mollohan; one granddaughter, Teresa Brewer; and an infant great-great-granddaughter, Jessalyn.

Per her request, the body was cremated. Burial will be at a later date in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

HARLESS WARNER MACE

Harless Warner Mace, 76, of Millstone, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.

He was the son of the late Forest and Stella R. Stump Mace.

He was a 1957 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was an alumni band member. He became a band booster in 1974 and continued to support the band program at CCHS. He was a longtime equipment bus driver and designated popcorn man. He retired as senior equipment operator from Bilco Construction Co. after 47 years and was one of the first certified crane operators in the state. He was a charter member of Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Dept. and helped build the current fire hall and served as a fireman. He was a member of West Fork Community Action and part of the Molasses Festival staff. He supported Central W.Va. Mule and Donkey Show by assisting with the pit roasting of pork and was a longtime member of Bear Fork Hunt Club. He attended Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sand Ridge, since childhood.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Shirley C. McCollum Mace; one son, William (Bill) Mace and wife Cheryl of French Creek; two daughters, Norma Collins and husband Andrew of Arnoldsburg and Crystal Conley and husband Darrin of Sand Ridge; grandchildren, including Stephanie Campbell and husband Dusty of Belington, Tammy Tatman and husband Christopher of Glenville, Ethan and Jonathan Collins of Arnoldsburg and Cassidy and Chase Conley of Sand Ridge; one step-granddaughter, Heather Paugh and husband Ricky of Buckhannon; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Albert’s Chapel U.M. Church Cemetery.

 

AARON JAMES LANGFORD

Aaron James Langford, 30, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday Oct. 13, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Woodbridge, Va., the son of James Leroy and Dianna Lynn Luzader Langford.

He enjoyed working on vehicles, including his 1999 Pontiac Firebird.

Surviving are his wife, Heather Cottrill Langford, whom he married June 8, 2009; two children, Destiny Langford and Aaron Langford II; one brother, Christopher McVaney and wife Stacy of Charleston; grandmother, Doris Jean Luzader of Sand Fork; five nieces, Alexis McVaney, Sahara Blankenship, Ella May Cottrill and Malory and Kaitlyn McClure; and three nephews, Shawn and Allen McVaney and Samual Blankenship.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial was in Rhoades Cemetery, Kelly Run Road.

 

ROY PARSONS

Roy Parsons, 81, of Five Forks, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. 

He was the son of the late Harrison and Agelintine Parsons.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in the Korean War. He was a member of Five Forks Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Edith Parsons; one brother, Doy Parsons of Big Bend; five children, Anita McCumbers of Orma, Patricia McCumbers of Five Forks, Doy Ray Parsons and Lettie Parsons, both of Big Springs, and Richard Parsons of Creston; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Jim, Homer, Berlin and George, and five sisters, Julie, Ulie, Caroline, Letha and Mary.

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

 

KIMBERLY DAWN HOUCHIN

Kimberly Dawn Houchin, 51, died Thursday, Oct 2, 2014, at Hubbard House, Charleston.

She was the daughter of Donald Brown Sampson of Grantsville and the late Wilma Berniece Dobbins Sampson.

She was AAFES store manager at the 130th Air Lift Wing for 10 years. She voluntarily completed a six-month deployment in Afghanistan for AAFES in 2010. She was a member of Beech United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her father are her husband of 35 years, Dennis C. Houchin; one daughter, Nichole L. Ellyson; one son-in-law, Jay C. Ellyson; one granddaughter, Leigha Lurene Ellyson; two brothers, Mike Sampson of Sand Ridge and Tim Sampson of Brohard; one sister, Dawnetta Gordon of Lawrenceville, Va.; one sister-in-law, Linda Arnold of Orma; one brother-in-law, Kenny Houchin of Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Lovell and Maude Kerby Sampson; her maternal grandparents, Arnold and Lydia Bailey Dobbins; her parents-in-law, Rex and Erma Lee Powell Houchin; one brother-in-law, Stanley Houchin; and one niece, Robin Arnold.

A celebration of her life was held at Calhoun County Park, with a short service by Pastor Rick Metheney. A private family burial will be held later.

 

LENNETTE PAULINE HEADLEY

Lennette Pauline Headley, 59, of Grantsville, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas Henderson and Indabelle Smith Richards.

She was a former employee of Stump Funeral Home and a private home caregiver.

Surviving are two daughters, Rhonda Dickey of Frametown and April Ball of Macfarlan; one grandson, Dalton Dickey; and one brother, Larry Richards of Massillon, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronald Gregory Drake; five sisters, Fern Hammond, Lenore Richards, Barbara Carpenter, Jean Strickland and Opal Valentine, and one brother, Basil Richards.

Graveside services were scheduled Wednesday, noon, at the family cemetery, Macfarlan, with Rev. Randy Wilson officiating. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is assisting the family.

 

DELPHIA MAE VANNOY

Delphia Mae Vannoy, 98, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Carl and Elizabeth Nester Vannoy.

She joined Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Jan. 8, 1933, and was custodian there for many years. She retired as head cook and supervisor of food services at Calhoun General Hospital and was a former chairman of ABW White Cross.

Surviving is one brother, Glenard Vannoy.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Willis Vannoy, Orlis Vannoy, Holly Vannoy, Arnett Vannoy, Thurl Vannoy, Darrell Vannoy and Oral Vannoy, and one sister, Venia Bickerstaff.

Services will be held Thursday, noon, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, with Pastor Tim Underwood officiating. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown, where her mother was the first person buried in 1953. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon, at the church. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements.

 

TERRY LEE SIERS

Terry Lee Siers, 66, of Normantown, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of the late Charlton Frederick Osborne and Elaine Cozetta Carney Osborne.

She was a graduate of Poca High School and Charleston Beauty Academy and attended Morris Harvey College. She retired from Glenville State College. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are one sister, Jill Elaine Todd of Cross Lanes, and two nephews, Jeffrey Todd of Charleston and Derek Todd of Morgantown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harry Siers.

Services will be held Sunday, 3 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial will be in Collins Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ETHEL RADER

Ethel Rader, 97, of Annamoriah, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at her home.

She was born at Industry, the daughter of the late Ebby Maze and Blanch Craddock Maze.

She attended Snyder Chapel Church since she was a little girl.

Surviving are one daughter, Lorena McKown of Barberton, Ohio; one son, Herbert Gene Rader of Annamoriah; one granddaughter, Melissa McKown of Barberton; one grandson, Randy McKown of Barberton; one great-granddaughter, Mary Seabolt of Barberton; and one great-great granddaughter, Leylah Seabolt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Rader; three sisters, Elah Mills, Grace Maze and Frankie Davis; and one brother, Thomas Ewing.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial will be in Big Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

WILMA BAILEY SIERS

Wilma Bailey Siers, 75, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Oris Wise Bailey and Vera Hickman Bailey.

She was the first pharmacist to be employed by Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in the early 1960s. She worked for Lakeview, Super-X, K-Mart and Rite-Aid pharmacies and retired from Fruth Pharmacy, Athens, Ohio. She was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, White Shrine and Eastern Star.

Surviving are one son, Kevin Siers and wife Angela of Parkersburg; one brother, Gary Hickman Bailey and wife Connie of Parkersburg; two grandsons, Tyler James Siers and wife Kezia of Rockport and Cody Wise Siers of Parkersburg; two nephews, Reggie Bailey of Belpre, Ohio, and Seth Bailey of Mineral Wells; and one niece, Heather Bailey of Parkersburg.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Beth Peters officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery, Calhoun County, with Pastor Loren Price officiating.

 

MICHELE DAWN ‘Shellie’ WILSON DAMSA

Michele Dawn “Shellie” Wilson Damsa, 41, of Smithville, died Sept. 30, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Leman “Bud” and Helen Ritchie Wilson.

Surviving are her husband of 19 years, Louis Damsa; two children, Jordan and Britney Damsa of Smithville; her mother, Helen Williams of Reedy; two sisters, Debbie Tallhamer of Smithville and Sandi Smith of Parkersburg; and two brothers, Mike Wilson of Smithville and Pastor Randy Wilson of Glenville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leman “Bud” Wilson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Everett Snyder officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

BOBBY RAY STARCHER

Bobby Ray Starcher, 78, of Oil City, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Park Avenue Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Meadville, Pa.

He was born in Cremo, the son of the late Bertha Starcher.

He retired from Davidson-McNair after 38 years of service. He had served in the U.S. Army Reserves and later became an auctioneer. He had been a member of Oil City Archery Club and Knights of Pythias.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma J. Maze Starcher, whom he married on Feb. 18, 1961; three daughters, Rita Scott and husband George of Florida and Carolyn Starcher and Bobbie Cochran and husband William, all of Oil City; three grandchildren, Eric Conrad and wife Stephanie of Caldwell, Ohio, Raymond Cochran and wife Samantha of Phillipsburg, Mo., and Rebecca Cochran of Oil City; one great-grandchild, Dalton Conrad; two brothers, Lora Don Freshour of Burning Springs and Dexter Pete Starcher of New Braunfels, Tex.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one great-grandchild, Riley Duayne Cochran; three brothers, Harold Starcher, Boyd Woodrow Stutler and Louie Ben Starcher; and three sisters, Geraldine Sturm, Lena Earldine Starcher and Margie Nester.

Services were held at Hur Community Church, with Pastor Roger Weppenhiser officiating. Burial was in Starcher Family Cemetery, Hur.

 

BILLY RAY SIMS

Billy Ray Sims, 80, of Thornville, Ohio, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Big Bend, the son of the late Walker P. and Zona Richards Sims.

He worked at Roper Corp. for 23 years and at Premier Glass. He attended Thornville United Methodist Church. Billy was a hard worker who loved spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, OnaBelle, whom he married on Sept. 24, 1959; two daughters, Annabelle Currence and Rebecca Cavinee; five sons, Dennis Sims, Kenneth Sims, Patrick Sims, Michael Sims and Kevin Sims; 15 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Bonnie Buck; and three brothers, Jim, Rick and Fred.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Denver Sims, Eugene Sims, Walker Sims, Jr., and Harold Sims, and one grandson, Allen Sims.

Services celebrating his life were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Maze Family Cemetery, Munday.

 

PATRICIA LAUGHLIN

Patricia L. Laughlin of Charleston died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Henry and Merle Lynch.

She was half-owner of R.L. Laughlin and Co. and was retired from IBM Corp. She was a Christian and a member of Bible Center Church, Charleston.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Ronzel Laughlin; one sister, Norma Boggs; one great-nephew, Bryan Boggs; and two great-great-nieces, Briana and Hanna Boggs.

She was preceded in death by one nephew, William Boggs.

Services were held at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with Rev. Jesse Waggoner officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

CHRISTINE ‘Leigh’ WAGONER

Christine “Leigh” Wagoner, 69, formerly of Big Springs, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Fred and Virginia Woodyard of Elizabeth.

She retired from Wirt Inflatable/Mustang Survival with over 19 years of service and was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie #2307, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one daughter, Kimberly McKibben; two sons, Steve Wagoner, with whom she made her home the past four years, and Kevin Wagoner, both of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Tanya Godfrey, Eric Lee and Alexander and Benjamin Wagoner, all of Parkersburg, and Sgt. Steven Kyle Wagoner of Clarksville, Tenn.; one great-grandson, Braxton Emmitt Wagoner; four sisters, Waverline Kerns, Judy Koon, Barb Phillips and Jodie Wheeler, all of Elizabeth; three brothers, Paul Woodyard of Parkersburg, Roy Woodyard of Elizabeth and Jim Woodyard of Ft. Chisel, Va.; and extended family in Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 30 years, Wilford “Bobo” Wagoner; one son, Freddie Glenn Wagoner; one granddaughter, Christina Chancellor; one sister, Rita “Mae” Welch; and one nephew, Paul “Woody” Woodyard.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. David Carpenter officiating.

 

WILMA GRACE ROBERTS BRANNON

Wilma Grace Roberts “Boots” Brannon, 83, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Marietta Center, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Lowell Kenneth and Sarah Ethel VanHorn Roberts of Stumptown.

She was a homemaker and worked as a baker at Kroger until her retirement in 1994. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown.

Surviving are her husband, Rickey Leon Brannon, Sr.; three sons, Michael L. and Susan Roberts, Sr., of Phoenix, Ariz., Kenneth and Kathy Roberts of Guyton, Ga., and Rickey and Gail Brannon, Jr., of Westminster, Mass.; one daughter, Reta Roberts and Callie Barrett of Amelia Island, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Tanya and Kevin Knicely of Elizabeth, Michael and Julie Roberts, Jr., of Stumptown, Tracy Roberts of Syracuse, N.Y., Travis Roberts of Parkersburg, Jessica and Chris Wimmer of St. Augustine, Fla., Kenneth J. Roberts, Erin Hagen and Kierra Barrett, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Elizabeth Brannon of Wakefield, R.I., Park Brannon of Nashua, N.H., and Sarah Brannon of Laramie, Wyo.; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, David P. Roberts; her first husband, Gerald Edward Roberts; one brother, Bernard L. Roberts; and one sister, Bernice B. Roberts.

Services were held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown, with Richard VanHorn and Rev. Leary VanHorn officiating. Burial was in Collins Cemetery.

 

GERALDINE ‘Gerry’ WALLACE

Geraldine “Gerry” S. Wallace, 89, of Grantsville, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Levi Franklin and Elfie Rachel Barr Fowler.

She was a lifelong member of Enon Baptist Church. She had worked as a golf ball inspector for Worthington Golf Factory, Elyria, Ohio.

Although she never had biological children of her own, she held strong bonds with her nieces and nephews. One of her nieces, Alisha McEndree, fondly described Gerry as “an absolute joy to be around and probably one of the orneriest ladies I knew. She loved a good joke, knew how to appreciate a laugh, and had a heart of gold.”

Surviving are three brothers, Dale Fowler of Newark, Ohio, Glen Fowler of Grantsville and Foster Fowler of North Ridgeville, Ohio; three sisters, Imogene Hoskins of Parkersburg, Madaline Moore of Grantsville and Oleva Gainer of Elizabeth, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James T. Wallace, in 2008; three brothers, Edward Fowler, Durward Fowler and Victor Fowler; and one sister, Velma Fowler McEndree.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

LAURA DOROTHY MARIE JONES LANE

Laura Dorothy Marie Jones Lane, 90, resident of Upper Nicut for 71 years, died Sunday Sept. 28, 2014, at home.

She was born in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Dewey and Clara Bell Greenlee Jones.

Surviving are four sons, Timothy Lane and Jack Lane, both of Upper Nicut, Larry Lane of Marshall, Ill., and Derek Lane of Mt. Run; two daughters, Sandra Beitz of Williamstown and Carolyn Lane of Upper Nicut; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Newton Lane; two sons, Gary Lane and David Lane; one daughter, Katherine Kay Lane; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Lane Cemetery, Upper Nicut Road, Rosedale. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DONALD BUSH

Donald C. Bush, 92, of Grantsville, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Cedar Grove Assisted Living.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Bruce and Maude Jarvis Bush.

He was a 1941 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years and in the U.S. Army Reserves for 31 years. He worked as a well tender for Hope Natural Gas, where he retired in 1983.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Wilsman of Parkersburg and Beverly Browning of Davisville; one son, Richard “Dick” Bush of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; twin sister, Dorothy Propst of Zephyrhills, Fla.,; two brothers-in- law, Von Yoak of Grantsville and Dale Radabaugh of Hazlet, N.J.; and one sister-in-law, Patricia Radabaugh of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Maxine Radabaugh Bush; two brothers; two sisters; and two sons-in-law, Bill Wilsman and Victor Browning.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at graveside.

 

DELORES LEE WHITED

Delores Lee Whited, 53, of Calhoun County, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Lennie B. and Leona G. Eddy Metz.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and had been employed at Simonton Windows.

Surviving is her husband of 33 years, Jack Whited; one son, Kenneth Whited of Charleston, S.C.; one daughter, Britni Price of Glenville; two grandchildren, Ian Whited and Haley Whited; three brothers, Leonard Metz of Mt. Zion, Robert Metz of Rockport and Lennie Metz, Jr., of Parkersburg; and two sisters, Sharon Wilson and Karen Reed, both of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her infant twin brother, Lewis Metz.

Private family memorial will be held at the convenience of the family.

VINTON RAY ROBINSON

Vinton Ray Robinson, 76, of Tanner, died, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was the eldest son of the late Earl and Minnie Lawson Robinson.

He was a skilled timber man, who owned and operated a sawmill. He also worked in the oil fields. He and his wife Mary Jane were honored as a past Conservation District Farm Family of the Year. He was a Christian and active supporter of Tanner Chapel.

Surviving are four daughters, Debbie Hern, Tammy Stump, Terry Hickman and Brenda Ball; one son, Timmy Robinson; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Deal, Hannah Hern, Tyler Hern, Joshua Hickman, Titus Robinson, Thomas Robinson, Jonah Stump, Kasey Stump, Caleb Ball and Chelsey Robinson; six great-grandchildren, Miley, Rilyn and Jonah Stump, Jr., Emeri Hickman, Stella Robinson and Holly Deal; one brother, Glen Robinson, and two sisters, Helen Keith and Judy Hardbarger.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Ayers, whom he married Oct. 20, 1956; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bailey and Avis Ayers; and one brother, Melvin Robinson.

Services were held at Tanner Chapel, with Pastor Alfred Hickman, Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Matt Deal conducting the service. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

 

ALICE LENORE HUDKINS

Alice Lenore Hudkins, 88, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Albert and Edna Waldo Criss.

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Nile, and was a Baptist.

Surviving are one son, Thomas R. Hudkins, Jr., and wife Renee of Lexington, S.C.; three grandchildren, Catherine Ann, Joseph and Angela Hudkins; and one brother, Herbert Criss of Washington State.

Graveside services were held at Ocean Woods Cemetery, with Rev. Kirk Lawton officiating. The family received friends after the services at the Hudkins home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 

LEWIS CHESTER STURM

Lewis Chester Sturm, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Florida Hospital, Daytona Beach, Fla.

He was born at Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Roy and Florence Sturm.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served with Patton’s Third Army in the European Theatre. He retired as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Pineville Presbyterian Church and moved to Florida in 2005.

Surviving are one daughter, Nila Sheppard of Ormond Beach, Fla.; two sons, Lewis Sturm, Jr., of Pickerington, Ohio, and Gary Sturm of Ansted; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie McCoy Sturm.

 

RONNIE EUGENE WESTFALL

Ronnie Eugene Westfall, 59, of Dalton, Ohio, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Louis Stokes Cleveland Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was born in Elyria, Ohio, the son of Betty Edgell Westfall of Grantsville and the late June Westfall.

He was a veteran of the United States Marines during the Vietnam War and was owner of Westfall Trucking. He had been a member of Sons of Herman, Massillon, Ohio.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Lucas Westfall of Wooster, Ohio, and Cody Westfall of Seattle, Wash., and one brother, Terry Westfall of Alaska.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family.

 

SANDRA ANNALEA SIERS WALKER

Sandra Annalea Siers Walker, 74, of Ravenswood, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Hubbard House, Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Leon B. and Freda Deweese Siers.

She was a member of Abilene Church of Christ, Statesville, N.C., and a member of Women’s National Bowling Association.

Surviving are three sons, Richard Edward Walker, Jr., of Vincent, Ohio, Curtis Wayne Walker of Harvest, Ala., and Phillip Neal Walker of Ravenswood; one daughter, Amy Jo Walker of Ravenswood; one brother Perry Thomas Siers of Ravenswood; four sisters, Mavis Hoover of Parkersburg, Betty Junk of Eustice, Fla., and Penny McCune and Ruth Cottrell, both of Orrville, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; best friend and sister-in-law, Carol Siers; and family friend, Tricia Walker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Edward Walker; one daughter, Debra Jean Walker; three brothers, Forrest Rector Siers, Donald Ray Siers and Kenneth Elmer Siers; and two sisters, Zinna Mae Hoover and Gladys Moss.

Services will be held Monday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will follow at Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Annalea to Mid Valley Christian School, c/o Melissa Dailey, 500 N. Second Ave., Middleport, OH 45760, or to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston WV 25311.

 

LARRY ARNOLD

Larry G. Arnold, 57, of Mineral Wells, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

He was born in Newark, Ohio, the son of the late Opal Greathouse Weaver.

He was a member of Painters Local Union 1144 and was employed by several contractors during his 30 years of construction. He was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church and attended South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Murphy Arnold; one son, Chase Morgan “Chaser” Arnold; one sister, Joy Shock of Walterboro, S.C.; one brother, Ronald Arnold of Canton, Ohio; one step-sister, Sharon Lowery of Parkersburg; one half-brother, John Siers of Akron, Ohio; in-laws, Linda Blair of Davisville, Marvin “Butch” Murphy of Weston, Kay Swisher of Laurens, S.C., Marie Wilson of Munday, Bobbi McEndree of Spencer and Leslie “Jeannie” Gwinn of Givens; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Lester and Helen Murphy, and two brothers-in-law, Jack Shock and Freddie Ball, Jr.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Parkersburg, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

MARGARET IWANA BLACK STEVENS

Margaret Iwana Black Stevens, 87, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

She was born in Weston, the daughter of the late Edgar Pierce Black and Mary Ruth Harris Black.

She was a 1945 graduate of Tanner High School and member of Tanner Alumni Association. She worked many years for Cleveland City Schools before retiring.

Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Wick of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Shelly Palmer of Willoughby, Ohio, and Sharlene Miller of Cleveland; five grandchildren, Sherry Clark, Kristin Palmer, Brittany Miller, Lauren Miller and Kurt Wick; three great- grandchildren, Steven Chancey, Mackayla Clark and Matthew Wick; one brother, Albert Paul Black of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Kathryn Ellyson of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and one niece, Rebecca Mason.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Stevens; one brother, Duane Black; one nephew, Joseph Kent Ellyson; and one sister-in-law, Olive Stevens Crawford.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ronzel Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Betts Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

EUGENE REYNOLDS

Eugene W. Reynolds, 89, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta, Ohio.

He was born at Hur, the son of the late Hess and Lizzie Fritz Reynolds.

He was a 1942 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended Glenville State Teachers College for one year, when he was called to duty and served in Europe with the U.S. Army’s 36th Division during World War II. He received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster for being wounded twice. He returned to Glenville and obtained his BA in elementary and secondary education in 1948. At GSC, he was a member of Holy Roller Court and charter member of Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity. He received a masters in education from West Virginia University. He was principal of a two-room school at Cabot Station for two years. He taught English for 17 years at Calhoun County High and served as assistant principal at Spencer High School for 20 years until retiring in 1988.

He and his mother, and later his wife Juanita, operated a 200- acre farm raising purebred Polled Hereford cattle. He and his wife were selected in 1987 and in 1989 as Farmer of the Year for Calhoun County by Little Kanawha Soil Conservation District. In 1991, he and Juanita moved to Parkersburg to be near family and medical facilities. He was a member of Eureka Lodge #40, where he served as Master in 1968. He was a member of Red Hill United Methodist Church and taught senior Bible class. He was a lay leader and member of several organizations within the church.

Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Juanita; one sister, Patty Ridout of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Donna Showen of Parkers-burg; one son, Scott Carpenter of Stockport, Ohio; seven grand-children, Eric and Chad Showen, Austin, Alli and Andy Carpenter, Ceara Bennett and Shilo Carpenter; and one great-grandchild, Tristan Showen.

He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Robert Ridout, and one son-in-law, Rick Showen.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Mark Watkins and Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion.

 

DOYLE DEWITT HUPP

Doyle Dewitt Hupp, 74, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, as a result of a tractor accident.

He was the son of the late Raymond Hupp and Carrie Hathaway Hupp and son-in-law of the late Harry and Georgia Stump.

He was a 1958 graduate of Calhoun County High School and worked at Rubber Fabricators and retired from BF Goodrich. He was an avid supporter of Calhoun athletics and enjoyed attending games with his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Geraldine Stump Hupp; two sons, Doyle D. Hupp, Jr., of Grantsville and Russell Hupp of Creston; five grandchildren, Chastity Bunch of Mt. Zion, Zachary Hupp and Katie Crislip, both of Grantsville, Darris Hupp of Seattle, Wash., and Chelsie Sholes of Charleston; five great- grandchildren, Kason, Payton, Kyla, Quinn and Landry; three brothers, Eugene Hupp, Leon Hupp of Parkersburg and Paul Hupp of Nicut; one sister, Orless Holpp of Parkersburg; three sisters-in-law, Catherine Hupp of Elizabeth, Virginia Bland of Libby, Mont., and Shirley Ball of Grantsville; and one brother-in-law, French Stump of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Claude “Bud” Hupp, Billy Hupp and infant Donald Hupp; one sister, Gazel Plant; three sisters-in-law, Freda Hupp, Joan Hupp and Florence Meadows; and three brothers-in-law, Lewis Holpp, Roy “Dick” Plant and Russell Ball.

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

 

JANET ‘Peggy’ KIGHT

Janet R. “Peggy” Kight, 76, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

She was born at White Pine, the daughter of the late Dallas R. and Gene Hope Ayers Kight.

She was a 1956 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a graduate of Mountain State Business College, where she was later employed as an instructor for over 40 years. She served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1959-1963.

Surviving are one sister, Helen L. Hamilton of Marietta, Ohio; one niece, Janet Coberly of Spotsylvania, Va.; and one nephew, Roger Hamilton of Charleston.

She was preceded in death by one nephew, Victor Hamilton III.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

NORMAN SELMON

Norman G. Selmon, 75, of Rockport, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Parkersburg Care and Rehabilitation.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Russell Lee and Mary Yoak Selmon.

He was owner/operator of Selmon Construction and worked as a truck driver and pipeline foreman in the oil fields. Most recently, he worked as a Wal-Mart greeter.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Shirley Hickman Selmon; one daughter, Shelia Jones of Rockport; one son, Greg Selmon of Arnoldsburg; five grandchildren, Shelina, Nathan, Russell, Rachel and Sarah; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Mikalya; and one sister, Norma Jean Gumm of Grantsville.

There were no visitation or services.

 

CARRY JEROME ‘Jerry’ REED

Carry Jerome “Jerry” Reed, 78, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Carry F. and Nellie Hardway Reed.

He was a 1954 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired from E.I. DuPont after 37 years of service. He attended Cedar Grove United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Sheila Everett Reed; two daughters, Carrie Phillips and Katrina Nell Reed, both of Parkersburg; one son, Robin Reed of Vienna; four grandchildren, Kristen E. Phillips of Parkersburg and Mackenzie and Kailey Marie Reed and Zach Hively, all of Vienna; one sister, Judith Marie Price of Newark; one brother, Alvin Lee Reed of Parkersburg; two brothers-in-law, Ray Wiant and Benjamin Kerby, both of Spencer; two sisters-in-law, Clara Everett of Vienna and Linda Reed of Grantsville; and several nieces, nephews and aunts.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Reed and Larry Reed, and one sister, Brooksene Kerby.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Brent Reed and Rev. Beth Peters officiating, with full military rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery, Mt. Zion.

 

KEVIN EDWARD FISHEL

Kevin Edward Fishel, 42, of Millstone, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at Roane General Hospital.

He was the son of the late James Oliver and Retha Crystal Jones Fishel.

He was a truck driver.

Surviving are one daughter, Sharlee Rethann Fishel of Baston, Tex.; one brother, Kerry Fishel of Columbia, Mo.; one half-sister, Cindy Crummie of North Canton, Ohio; two sisters, Sheila Falls of Millstone and Sondra Jackson of Wheeling; and one sister-in-law, Judy Fishel of North Canton.

He was preceded in death by one half-brother, James Fishel.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Glen McBride, Sr., officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. and after the services until 8 p.m. Burial will follow at a later date in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

MURL RUNNION

Murl Runnion, 90, of St. Marys, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont.

She was born in Richwood, the daughter of the late Newton and Anna McKee Moneypenny.

She was a retired cook from the former Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, and had worked at Economy Garment Factory, Harrisville. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Vienna

Surviving are three daughters, Rebecca Dearth of Belmont and Dorothy Bills and Sharon Fetty, both of St. Marys; one daughter-in-law, Carmen Runnion of Belmont; one sister-in-law, Melba Jean Miller of Grantsville; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Runnion; one son, Dave Runnion; two sons-in-law, including Dave Dearth; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial was in Willow Island Cemetery.

 

DONALD TUCKER, SR.

Donald G. Tucker, Sr., 80, of Sandusky, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.

He was born in Oka, the son of the late Wilbur and Erma May Tucker.

He worked at New Departure-Hyatt Division of General Motors for over 40 years, retiring in 1993. He had run the wrecker at Sandusky and Attica speedways for many years. He was a member of AMVETS Post #17 and former member of American Legion Post #83.

Surviving are one daughter, Donna K. Tucker of Sandusky; two sons, Donald G. “Bub” Tucker, Jr., and Wayne P. Tucker, both of Sandusky; one foster son, Gary W. Greenich III of Galt, Calif.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Eloise Conley Zech of Sandusky; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie L. Tucker, on Sept. 10, 2007, and two sisters, Justine Hoffman and an infant.

Services were held at David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Sandusky, with Chaplain David Detwiler officiating. Don took one last lap around the Sandusky Speedway track on the way to his burial in Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery, Huron, Ohio.

 

RICHARD METHENEY

Richard L. Metheney, 62, of Nebo, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

He was born in Erie, Pa., the son of Fern Rose and the late Russell Metheney. 

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Debra Metheney; one daughter, Michelle Whitfield; seven foster children; two brothers, Earnest Metheney and Bruce Metheney; and one sister, Brenda Samples.

Graveside services were held at Moore Fork Cemetery, Big Otter, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating.

 

ANNABELLE KERBY-JONES

Annabelle L. Kerby-Jones, 61, of Big Bend, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Freddie L. and Helen G. Kerby.

Surviving are her husband of 15 years, together 32 years, Walter “Junior” Jones; threes sons, Greg Kerby, Leonard Powell and Timmy Powell, all of Grantsville; one daughter, Kim Pettry of Grantsville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Karen Sue Stallman of Ohio and Diana Miller of Creston; one brother, Freddie Veon Kerby of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Leon Kerby; one sister, Linda L. Criss; one niece; and three nephews.

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

 

WILLIAM LEE ‘Bill’ KERBY

William Lee ‘Bill’ Kerby, 74, of Normantown, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late William Hagan Kerby and Della Bennett.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are one son, Richard Arthur “Ricky” Kerby.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Swanson Kerby.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated. A private service was held on the Bennett Farm, Lower Run, Gilmer County.

 

GEORGIA LOU HAROLD

Georgia Lou Harold, 74, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Weston, the daughter of the late Edgar and Pearl Harris Deuley.

Surviving are two sons; two daughters; two brothers; two sisters; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arnold Harold; three sisters; and four brothers.

At her request, cremation was performed. A private family service was held at Smith Cemetery, Uler.

 

MARGALENE MAE WRIGHT JOHNSON

Margalene Mae Wright Johnson, 85, of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late John and Scottie Plant Wright.

She was a Baptist and enjoyed attending all functions at the Senior Citizens Center, Grantsville.

Surviving is one daughter, Kathryn Ferrell and husband Russ of Surfside Beach, S.C.; one granddaughter, Ruscee Ferrell and companion Michael Duckworth of Surfside Beach; one grandson, Joshua Ferrell and companion Crystal Greathouse of Big Springs; and six siblings, Pat Pickens of Williamstown, Betty Westfall and Oleta Boyce and husband Cleon, all of Parkersburg, Guenivere Lesley and husband Carl of South Carolina, Wayne Wright of Florida and Jean Crispin and husband Ardell of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death in September 2000 by her husband, Harold Johnson, whom she married in 1951, and one sister, Juanita Richards.

At Margalene’s request, her remains will be cremated and burial will be held at the discretion of her family. Memorials may be made to Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101, or Senior Citizens Center, Market St., Grantsville, WV 26147.

DONNIE CLAVEL McCUMBERS

Donnie Clavel McCumbers, 84, of Rosedale, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late French and Anna McCumbers.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and worked for the Town of Gassaway for many years. He was a Christian.

Surviving are three daughters, Priscilla Brady of Washington, Brenda Wade of Parkersburg and Rachel Perrin of Rosedale; three sons, Daniel McCumbers and Dallas McCumbers, both of Rosedale, and David McCumbers of Arnoldsburg; 24 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ivy Hall McCumbers; one son, Donnie McCumbers, Jr., on July 31, 2014; four brothers; and four sisters.

Services were held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating. Burial, with military rites, was in Mount Run Cemetery, Rosedale.

 

JOHNNIE DALE McKOWN

Johnnie Dale McKown, 59, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lee J. and Marie Wallbrown McKown.

Surviving are two sons, Christopher McKown of Spencer and Josh McKown of Athens, Pa.; three grandchildren, Zedekiah Rhodes, Lilian McKown and Branlee McKown; ex-wife, Gwinna Marks; six sisters, Patty Dickey of Nicut, Joyce Newell and Sandra Butler, both of Orma, Sherry Dalo of Canton, Ohio, Judy Schartiger of Shock and Donna Butler of Arnoldsburg; four brothers, Eddie McKown of Sand Ridge and James McKown, Jerry McKown and Mike McKown, all of Arnoldsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene McKown and Danny McKown. and one sister, Frances Greathouse.

At Johnnie’s request, cremation was performed and no services will be held at this time. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

MAE ELIZABETH WEAVER JENNINGS

Mae Elizabeth Weaver Jennings, 96, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. She was a resident of Minnie Hamilton Health System long term care.

She was the oldest of six children of the late John G. and Delphia Lockard Weaver of Gilmer County.

She grew up on Trace Fork and graduated from Tanner High School in 1938. She received a two-year teaching degree in 1941 and taught at Lower Run and Middle Run in Gilmer County. She graduated from Glenville State College in 1951. She sometimes rode a horse to school, walked many miles and/or boarded away from home through the week. She taught over 30 years at Nobe, Beech Valley, Coal Fork, White Pine, Broomstick, Bell, and Grantsville Graded School in Calhoun County, and Latonia, Upper Trace and Upper Laurel in Gilmer County. She was a Christian and lifetime member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann Francis of Grantsville and Alice Hickman of Big Springs; five grandchildren, Lisa Walker of Big Springs, Timothy Richards of Albright, Lou Anna Richards of Ruchersville, Va., Jo Anna Thopkins of Charolettsville, Va., and Larry Joe Richards of Lowell, Ohio; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Wesley Jennings; three sisters, Mary Yoak of Five Forks, Ava Naylor of Ohio and Ova Bragg of Big Springs; two brothers, Johnny Weaver of Big Springs and Bernard Weaver of Glenville; one grandson, Daniel B. Hickman of Big Springs; and one son-in-law, Bronson Hickman of Big Springs.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner.

 

ELOISE GIBSON HOFFMAN

Eloise Gibson Hoffman, 92, of Winfield, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Amos and Virginia Craddock Gibson.

She attended the Kingwood and Winfield churches of the Nazarene for many years. One of the highlights of her life was visiting the Holy Land with her family in 1994.

Surviving are two sons, Bruce L. Hoffman and wife Phyllis of Fairmont and Gary L. Hoffman and wife Linda of Ashland, Ky.; two grandchildren, Carol Talkington and husband Robert and Melissa Hoffman, all of Shinnston; five great-grandchildren, Kayla Light and husband Aaron of Martinsburg and Travis Martin, Taylor and Colton Talkington and Paige Shanholtz, all of Shinnston; and special niece, Donna Erlewine of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Hoffman; two brothers, Willard Gibson and Orlando Gibson; and three sisters, Elah Gibson, Edith Grey Plant and Ada Nutter.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel, 295 South Price St., Kingwood, with Rev. Bruce L. Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Kingwood. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the chapel.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at www.rotruck-lobb.com.

 

ROBERT MITCHELL

Robert J. Mitchell, 78, of Elizabeth, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Parkersburg Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Cecil and Allie Miller Mitchell.

He served in the United States Navy from 1954-1962. He was a certified mechanic and worked in the Wirt County area for several years.

Surviving are two brothers, Eugene Mitchell of Palestine and Johnny Mitchell of Liverpool; two sisters, Cathy Butler of Mineral Wells and Sylvia Stempowski of Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Mitchell.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with David Hennen handling the service. Burial will be held at a later date.

 

ROBERT TUCKER

Robert B. Tucker, 90, of Greenwood, formerly of Grantsville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Alum Bridge, the son of the late Samuel M. and Janie Virginia Hayhurst Tucker.

He was a World War II veteran and retired from Hope Gas Co. He was a member of World Wide Church of God.

Surviving are one daughter, Louana Tullis; one son, Roger Tucker; four grandchildren, Eric Tucker, Janie Harduk, Amy Fricke and Scott Tullis; one great-grandchild, Carson Fricke; and one sister, Glenna Louise Schoolcraft of Ellenboro, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Moore Tucker; one brother, Samuel Tucker, Jr.; and one sister, Freida Canterna.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Lyle Welty and Eric Tucker officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

 

JUANITA SIERS SHAFER

Juanita C. Shafer, 77, of Walton, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at home.

She was born at Minnora, the daughter of the late Ermine Ray Siers and the late Mildred Mae White Siers Dunham.

She was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio.

Surviving are one daughter, Carol D. Proctor and husband Doug of Walton; two sons, Richard A. Shafer and wife Wanda of Walton and Jerry R. Shafer of Elkview; seven grandchildren, D. Lynn Proctor of Gandeeville, Jason D. Proctor and Jennifer Shafer, both of Walton, Jerry Shafer, Jr., and Shane Shafer, both of Elkview; Amanda Taylor of Clendenin and Jamie Rolfes of Spencer; 10 great-grandchildren, Katheryn “Kadee” Kizer, Kara Lynn Kizer, Tiffany Proctor, Austin Proctor, Mason Proctor, Chloe Shafer, Peyton Kizer, Jarred Taylor, Payton Shafer and Kaleb Taylor; one adopted grandson, Dale Locklear; two sisters, Jean Ann Wilson of Fayetteville and Sharon Radabaugh of St. Clairsville, Ohio; four brothers, Kenneth Siers of Grantsville, Eugene Siers of Wilmington, N.C., Dennis Siers of Maumee, Ohio, and Gail Siers of Elizabeth; and four half-sisters, Rebecca Whitlock, Linda Peck, Barbara Siers and Shirley Allen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Charles M. Shafer; two brothers, Dwayne Siers and Edsel Siers; and one half-brother, Billy Dean “Butch” Siers.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Gary DiToto officiating. Burial will be in Canterbury-Droddy Cemetery, Walton. Condolences may be made at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

OPAL STUTLER

Opal Stutler, 89, of Norton, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at Ridgewood Road Hospice Center.

She was born in Clarksburg, the daughter of the late William Henry Park and Alice Park.

Her early life was spent singing country and gospel music. In the 1940s, she was a regular radio personality in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and WPAR, Parkersburg. She attended services at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, Norton.

Surviving are her nephew, Ordained Minister Dennis Stutler and wife Susan, Rev. William D. Stutler and wife Linda; one son, Rev. Kevin “Coach” Stutler; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Lou.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Ralph H. Stutler, and one sister, Edith Stutler, her partner during their radio days.

Services were held at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Cecil Farmer presiding. Graveside services were held at Cooper Cemetery, Annamoriah.

 

OSA MERLE WILSON FOWLER

Osa Merle Wilson Fowler, 93, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Apple Farm, the daughter of the late George and Bessie Stump Wilson.

She was a long-time member of Rush Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Mikel Ross Fowler of Parkersburg; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Fowler of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Brenda Hronec of Westerville, Ohio, Beth Parsons and Candace McClung, both of Parkersburg, and David Fowler of Washington; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowman Park “Wood” Fowler; one son, Randel Fowler; five brothers, Rolley Johnson Wilson, Hugh George Wilson, Donnie Forest Waldeck, Luke Spence Wilson and Henry Calvin Wilson; and five sisters, Treacy Jane Stump, Reacy Anne Wilson, Bessie Margarete Ledsome, Eda Bertha Stalnaker and Mary Serepta Starkey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

 

THURL RAY CRADDOCK

Thurl Ray Craddock, 77, of Medina, Ohio, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Jesse’s Run, the son of the late Roscoe and Ida Craddock.

He was a 1954 graduate of Calhoun County High School and worked as a crane operator for the Chevrolet plant in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1955 to 1991. He had served for decades as a Deacon of Grace Baptist Church, Brunswick, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Thelma Craddock; one son, Gary Craddock; two daughters, Tami Craddock and Donna Lowe; three grandchildren, Mike Piero, Nicholas Lowe and Elijah Lowe; and one great-granddaughter, Halle Piero.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Don Craddock.

Services were held at Grace Baptist Church. Burial was in Hope Memorial Gardens, Hinckley, Ohio.

 

NANCY MOORE

Nancy L. Moore, 77, of Vienna, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Clifford and Nell Hupp.

She was raised in Ravenswood and Pettyville, and was a 1955 graduate of Parkersburg High School. She retired from Hope Gas after 25 years of service and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Vienna.

Surviving are four children, Lisa Moore of Raleigh, N.C., Dana Shimer of Annamoriah, Mitchell Moore of Vernon Hill, Va., and Tyler Moore of Alpharetta, Ga.; one sister, Eva Wilson; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Hupp; two grandchildren, Kyle and Sarah Moore; three step-grandchildren, Samantha, Patrick and Adrianne Shimer; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Bruce Hupp, and her former husband, Lew B. Moore.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Leavitt’s Funeral Home, with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

DONNIE McCUMBERS, JR.

Donnie C. McCumbers, Jr., 53, of Belleville, died Thursday, July 31, 2014.

He was the son of Donnie C. McCumbers, Sr., of Nicut and the late Ivy McCumbers.

Surviving in addition to his father are two daughters, Carrie Carpenter of Washington and Sarah McCumbers of Tupper Plans, Ohio; one son, Donnie McCumbers of Belleville; one grandson, William Carpenter; three sisters, Priscilla Brady, Brenda Wade and Rachel Perrin; three brothers, Daniel McCumbers, Dallas McCum-bers and David McCumbers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Brother Daniel Ahart officiating.

 

IVAH SAMPSON COTTRELL

Ivah E. Sampson Cottrell, 84, of Reedy, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at her son’s house in Sandyville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Andrew “A.J.” and Lucy Price Sampson.

She was a homemaker and attended Reedy Bible Church.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Cecil Cottrell; five sons, Melvin Cottrell of Lubeck, Bernard Cottrell and Kenny Cottrell, both of Reedy, Ronnie Cottrell of Sandyville and Jerry Cottrell of Parkersburg; three sisters, Opal Marks of Ripley, Mattie Roberts of Spencer and Mary Hall of Akron, Ohio; 24 grand-children; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Helen Cottrell Winnell; one son, Dallas “Duck” Cottrell; one sister, Jo Westfall; and four brothers, Walter Sampson, Weldon Sampson, Russell Sampson and Warden Sampson.

Services were held at Reedy Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Board Cemetery, Reedy.

 

LUCY MAE MOSS

Lucy Mae Moss, 87, of Glenville, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility, Parkersburg.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late John and Oma Barker Miller.

She and her husband were owners/operators of Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Glenville, in the 1960s and 1970s. She retired from Kenny Shoe Co. She was a Christian.

Surviving are four daughters, Sue McKinney of Dansville, N.Y., Sharon Mencer and husband Jim of Glenville, Pat Huston and husband Paul of Hundred, and Robyn Johnson and husband George of Grantsville; four sons, Steve Moss, Jeff Moss, David Moss and wife Pam, and John Moss and wife Pam, all of Glenville; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John William Moss, on May 7, 2007; one daughter, Sheila Moss Conrad; one granddaughter, Christina Conrad Stalvey; four brothers, Edward Miller, Hilbert Miller, Marshall Miller and Howard Miller; and one sister, Floda Jelinek.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will be in Moss Cemetery, Little Bull Run. Visitation will be held Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

SARAH VIRGINIA HATHAWAY FREDERICK

Sarah Virginia Hathaway “Mickey” Frederick, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at her home on Leading Creek Road, Cox’s Mills.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Oral Clyde and Grace M. Miller Hathaway.

She retired as a cashier at Calhoun Banks in 2008.

Surviving are four sisters, Mary Mathews of Vienna, Martha Ransom of San Bruno, Calif., Patty Targgart and husband Hudd of Atherton, Calif., and Judy Gaunt and husband Joseph of Green Bay, Wisc.; one son, Dana Gene Frederick and wife Mikki; one daughter, Dina Lea Frederick Bush and husband Gary; four grandchildren, Deanna Bush Palmer, Jordain Bush, and Jared and Aaron Frederick; two step-grandchildren, Jared and Courtney Reaser; and two great-grandsons, Wesley and Maxwell Palmer.

She was preceded in death by one son, Spec. Darren Lee Frederick, Persian Gulf War veteran; one granddaughter, Gina Marie Bush; and five siblings.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Sealey officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBECCA ROSEELLEN ‘Becky’ JOHNSON

Robecca Roseellen “Becky” Johnson, 56, of Five Forks, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lois Wilson Cunningham.

She worked at the Dept. of Highways, Mt. Zion, and attended Beech Valley Church, where she taught Sunday School.

Surviving are her husband, Mark; two sons, Daniel “Boone” and Randall “Jake”; two grandchildren, Dan’s son, BoDale, and Randall’s daughter, Mandy Kay, and her mother, Savannah “Moochie” Church; one sister, Deeanna Cunningham Baxter; two brothers, Ralph Cunningham and Randy Cunningham; Ralph’s sons, Evan and Jason Cunningham; Deeanna’s sons, Matthew Cunningham and Ricky and Willie Baxter; Matt’s children, Case, Alissa, Logan and Braxton Cunningham and their mom Trish; Evan’s son, Owen; Ralph’s wife, Debbie Cunningham; Dee’s husband, Rick Baxter; Randy’s companion, Doris Farrell and granddaughters, Sadie and Jordy; and her “other sons,” Jeff Morris and Michael “Weasel” Wease; Becky’s closest companions, Kate Nichols and Aunt Pammie Sue, who helped her “get her house in order.”

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Amanda “Manny,” in 2004.

 

VERDIS RAY WHITE

Verdis Ray White, 88, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

He was born in Gilmer Station and grew up in Sand Ridge.

 During World War II, he served as a machine gunner in the infantry, was captured in the Battle of the Bulge, and received a Purple Heart. After the war, he moved to Akron, Ohio, and retired from Babcock and Wilcox in 1990. He was active in his sons’ Pee Wee football leagues in Kenmore and manager of the Bantam football team in East Akron. He was a member of Tallmadge United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one sister, Mildred Simmons; two sons, Gene and Jerry; three grandchildren, Aryeh, Jessica and Melissa; and one daughter, Karen Boothe.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Allie Dolores, and one brother, Clarence, Jr.

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

 

BETTY LUCILLE NUTT STANSBERRY COX

Betty Lucille Nutt Stansberry Cox, 81, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of the late Orlando Guy Nutt and Pearl Rexroad Nutt.

She was a 1950 graduate of Harrisville High School and 1990 graduate of Wood County Vocational School of Practical Nursing. She received the West Virginia 1990 Student of the Year award. She worked at Pine View Continuous Care Center, where she received the Caring Practices Employee of the Year Award in 1988. She was a member of Murphytown United Methodist Church and Amedisys Hospice of Parkersburg Bereavement Support Group.

Surviving are five daughters, Rosalinda Brown of Merino Valley, Calif., Teresa Wilson of Washington, D.C., Cathy Eckard of Portland, Ore., Roxanna Price of Export, Pa., and Janetta Hampton of Cumberland, Md.; three sons, Charles “Chuck” Stansberry of Dayton, Ohio, and Karlson Stansberry and Jason Stansberry, both of Cumberland; four step-daughters, Mary Ann Testerman of Delbarton, Carolyn Cox of Martinsburg, Judy Prusack of Grantsville and Sandra Cox of Delbarton; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Michael Stansberry; her first husband, Charles Wayne Stansberry, Sr.; her second husband, Francis “Frank” Wendell Cox; two brothers, Guy, Jr., and Carl; and one sister, Olive Mae.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Chevauxdefrise Cemetery, Washburn.

 

MELVIE DAVISSON

Melvie J. Davisson, 86, of Jackson Ridge, Canal Fulton, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014.

She was born in Millstone, the daughter of the late Burton and Myrtle Leach.

She was a long-time resident of Copley and Barberton, Ohio, and life member of Victory Chapel, Akron, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, Dane Davisson; one granddaughter, Stacy; and three great-grandchildren, Brenden, Samantha and Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gareld F. Davisson, and one brother, Denzel Leach.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

SARAH JESSIE YEAGER

Sarah Jessie Yeager, 79, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at her residence.

She was born at Chloe, the daughter of the late Philip and Chessie Jarvis Rhodes.

She was a 1952 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She retired from Sears and was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Blennerhassett Chapter DAR and Victorian Society, and life member of W.Va. Cameo Club. She performed in the National DAR Chorus for three years at Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, D.C.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Glessoner Whitt Yeager; two daughters, Sharon JoAnn Backus of Vienna and Dorla Elaine Piggott of Parkersburg; one son, James Michael Yeager of Davisville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorla Jean Rhodes on July 5, 1989, and Waneta Pearl Gross on May 24, 2011.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Dan Stevens officiating. Burial was in Cottrell Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

VADA VIRGINIA SMITH

Vada Virginia Smith, 99, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, July 17, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late John Walker and Martha Erlewine Walker.

She was a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and also worked as a private duty nurse. She was an active member of Seventh Street United Methodist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Dicken of Fairmont; three sons, Larry Smith and Norman “Tony” Smith, both of Parkersburg, and David Smith of Pigeon; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Franklin Smith; one sister; and four brothers.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Ken Peters and Rev. Norman Butler officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

 

ELOISE CLINE

Eloise Cline, 93, formerly of Elizabeth, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was a member of Women’s Club of Elizabeth, part owner of The Ceramic Shop, Elizabeth, and was a 4-H leader.

Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl Fiedorczyk of Parkersburg, former Calhoun County teacher, and Patricia Milhoan of Vienna; three grandchildren, Andrew Milhoan, Leah Batiz and Ansley Fiedorczyk; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cline, and one son, Charles Robert Cline.

A tribute to Eloise’s life was held at Busch Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

 

JAMES SHAFFER

James L. Shaffer, 67, of Hartville, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Hospice Care Center, Akron, Ohio.

He was born at Mt. Zion, the son of the late Fred C. and Bernice Wilmoth Shaffer.

He retired in 2003 from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after 37 years of service. He was a member of North Canton Church of Christ and United Steel Workers, Local #2, Akron. He had his private pilot’s license.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Shaffer, whom he married on Nov. 21, 1966; two daughters, Elizabeth McKinley of Macedonia, Ohio, and Sara Viar of Hudson, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Andrew, Lydia, Rebecca and Emma McKinley of Macedonia and Julianna, Trey, Robert and Nevaeh Viar of Hudson; two brothers, Don Shaffer of Cleveland, Ohio, and Paul Shaffer of Mt. Zion; one sister, Kathryn Wilson of Medina, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harlan Shaffer, Joe Shaffer and Thomas Shaffer.

Services were held at Reed Funeral Home, North Canton Chapel, with Minister Ted Blackwood officiating. Burial was in Warstler Cemetery.

 

DONALD FRANKLIN ‘Coach’ WEAVER

Donald Franklin “Coach” Weaver, 83, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at his home in Virginia Beach, Va.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Frank Weaver and Mabel Rothwell Weaver.

He was a 1948 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a 1953 graduate of Glenville State College, with a BA in biological science and physical education. He served in U.S. Army from June 1953-1955 and graduated from WVU in 1956, with a master of science degree. He taught and coached football at CCHS from 1962-1968, served as a biology teacher and football coach at Bayside High School from 1970-1985 and retired from Kellam High School in 1997. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Eureka #40, Grantsville, since 1955 and member of Scottish Rite, Shriners, with Khedive Temple, Chesapeake, Va., and Haygood United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Jennifer Nocito and husband James; one granddaughter, Jessica Wright and husband Anthony; two grandsons, Travis Weaver Taylor and James Nocito II; two great-grandchildren, Riley Breton and Ava Wright; one sister, Doris Weaver Griffith of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ruth E. Weaver; three brothers; and three sisters.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, Virginia Beach. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

 

JOSEPH ‘Joe’ COTTRELL

Joseph M. “Joe” Cottrell, 73, of Newton, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born at Oka, Calhoun County, the son of the late Maxwell Dell and Imogene Lloyd Cottrell.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from Gaylord Industries, Marion, Ohio, and was a member of Ohio Gun Collectors Association and National Rifle Association.

Surviving are two brothers, Jackie Cottrell and wife Nancy of Newton and Mackie Cottrell and wife Patricia of Mogadore, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Patchin and husband Jerry of Hartville, Ohio, and Elizabeth Ehrenfeld and husband Cary of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Cottrell of Atwater, Ohio, and Edith Cottrell of Wheeling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ralph Cottrell, Lloyd Cottrell, Clifton Cottrell and Gerald Cottrell, and one sister, Sandra King.

He has been cremated. There was no visitation or service. He will be buried in Cottrell Cemetery, Oka.

 

BERNARD ‘Bill’ WILLIAMS

Bernard “Bill” Williams, 79, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

He was the son of the late James Carl Williams and Amy Otha Tingler Williams.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 33 years as an operator at DuPont. He was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church, where he was on the property management team.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Sharon Anderson Williams; two sons, Allen Williams and Tony Williams, both of Hampton, Va.; one daughter, Anita Starling of Hampton; eight grandchildren, Jason Williams, Jared Williams, Amanda Williams, Andrew Williams, Ryan Starling, Wesley Starling, Brett Starling and Quinn Starling; two great-granddaughters, Emma and Addie Williams; one great-grandson, Barrett Williams; two brothers, Gayford Williams and Roydice Williams; one sister, Erma Yost; one sister-in-law, Violet Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Freda Perdue, and one brother, Wilford Williams.

Services were held at South Parkersburg Baptist Church, with Pastor Joe Busch and Dr. Lloyd Hamblin officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

 

PATRICIA ROBINSON

Patricia L. Robinson, 78, formerly of New Franklin, Ohio, died Saturday, June 28, 2014.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of Albert J. “Patty” and Ida Grace Valentine Rine.

She retired from Manchester Local School System.

Surviving are one daughter, Lisa Pudoka; one granddaughter, Kathryn Pudoka; one brother, Dick Rine; and one sister, Minnie Fox.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denzil, in 2007.

Per her request, there was no visitation or services. Private inurnment will take place in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, next to her husband.

 

RUBY LEA HARDMAN

Ruby Lea Hardman, 72, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., formerly of Grantsville, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Forsythe Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Walter and Olive Stemple Husk.

She was a Christian and member of Message of the Hour Fellowship Church, Westfield, N.C.

Surviving are one son, Arland “Pete” Hardman of Pilot Mountain; three sisters, Sylvia West, Charlene Jett and Carolyn Husk, all of Ohio; three brothers, Orville Husk, Melvin Husk and Marvin Husk, all of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Hardman; one son, Richard Hardman; and one daughter, Sandra Harris.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Arland Hardman officiating. Burial was in Turner Cemetery, Lockney.

 

FRED BURKE

Fred J. Burke, 91, of Bethlehem, N.C., formerly of Cedarville, died Saturday, July 5, at Catawba Regional Hospice House, Newton, N.C.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Fred L. and Elva O. Jamison Burke.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre. He retired as clerk/foreman for Columbia Gas with 37 years of experience and was a member of Brawley Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Rachel Nutter Burke, whom he married on Jan. 1, 1947; two daughters, Jean Jackson and husband Ted of Bethlehem and Ann Moyers and husband Joe of Cedarville; five grandchildren, Michelle Hartshorn and husband Everett, Teresa Case and husband J.D., Julie Conrad and husband Johnny, Sarah Hill and husband David and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe; and nine great-grandchildren, Courtney and Chloe Case, Chelsey Piles, Jacob Conrad, Isabellia and Christina Moyers-Chavez, Josie and Emma Hartshorn and Alexandria Moyers-Chavez.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Gary Chaplin officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by Lewis County Honor Guard, will be in Fredrick-Gerwig Cemetery, Toms Run Road, near Cedarville. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

 

JAMES ‘Jim’ WHIT HUME

James “Jim” Whit Hume, 84, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Chambersville, Tex., the son of the late James and Clara Hume.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1955 and specialized in cryptology, the study of deciphering codes.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Hilda Hume; one daughter, Terri Amaro of Dallas, Tex.; six grandchildren, James, Jessica, Harley, Harlan, Haydon and Hardin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nathalia and Nora Doll, and one daughter, Cynthia.

At Jim’s request, his remains have been cremated and will be buried in Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Tex., to be near his beloved grandfather, Simpson Whit Loftice.

Services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leavittfuneralhome.com.

 

HALLIE CUNNINGHAM

Hallie Cunningham, 94, of Burning Springs, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at Dunbar Center, Dunbar.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Lanty P. and Laura Maude Rogers Mollohan.

She was a member of Burning Springs United Methodist Church and of International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, IOOF.

Surviving are two daughters, Shelia and husband Larry of Liberty and Sonja Artibise and husband Alan of Brownsville, Tex.; one son, Joe and wife Alice Fay of Elizabeth; two sisters, Mabel Justice of Reedy and Bonnie Worstell of Marietta, Ohio; six grandchildren, Lee, Mindy, Cheyenne, Ricky, Marnie and Laura, whom she raised; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, and one son, Jerry.

Celebration of her life was held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Pastor Kenneth Welch and Pastor Paul Williams officiating. Burial was in Beatty Cemetery, Burning Springs.

 

OTTICE LEE MILLER

Ottice Lee Miller, 93, of Minnora, died June 23, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Homer and Ruie Hall Miller.

He was a former door-to-door salesman of household and medical goods.

Surviving are one son, Elmardean Miller of Massillon, Ohio; two grandsons, Bobby Miller of Canton, Ohio, and James Miller of Massillon; and one great-grandson, Bobby Miller, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Parsons Miller; three sons; and one sister.

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

 

LEONARD BURROWS

Leonard D. Burrows, 97, of Vienna, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Eagle Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Walter and Mary Burrows.

He retired from Monongahela Power Co. in 1979, with 32 years of service. He attended First Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are three daughters, Dortha Gregg of Walker, Mary Whitlock of Parkersburg and Beverly Scales of Houston, Tex.; one son, Dexter Burrows of Little Hocking, Ohio; two brothers, Amos Burrows of Davisville and Andy Burrows of Florida; 10 grand-children; 25 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Burrows; one brother, Hayward Burrows; and four sisters, Emogene Davis, Irene Siers, Lorene Wyers and Eveline Frye.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.sunsetparkersburg.com.

 

THEODORE ‘Ted’ WRIGHT, JR.

Theodore D. “Ted” Wright, Jr., 59, of Right Trace Fork Road, Big Springs, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Escanaba, Mich., the son of the late Theodore Delbert and Lorraine Randall Wright, Sr.

He was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life and worked the last year at Appalachian Piping. He was a Baptist and a member of Sand Fork Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Lorraine H. Westlund Wright, whom he married on July 2, 1987; three sons, David Westlund and wife Bridget of Bark River, Mich., Christopher Wright of Indiana and J. Mike Wright of Big Springs; three daughters, Charlotte Taylor and Lorrie Beth Wright, both of Ovid, Mich., and Suzan Hall and husband Jamey of Cedarville; 10 grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Haley, Hannah and Madalynn Westlund, Austin and Trace Taylor, Miranda and Hunter Hall, and Lilly Wright; four brothers, Pete McWhorter and wife Pat of Meridian, Miss., Kelvin Wright of Big Rapids, Mich., Dale Wright of Baltimore, Md., and Edward Wright of Big Springs; and one sister, Flora Koster of Big Rapids.

He was preceded in death by one son, Theodore D. Wright III, and two siblings, Royal Randall and Mike Wright.

Ted’s request for cremation has been honored. Celebration of Life was held at Sand Fork Baptist Church, with Rev. Phil Wilson officiating. Burial of his ashes will be in Rapid River, Mich., at a later date.

BETTY LOU HARDMAN ROSS

Betty Lou Hardman Ross, 89, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at her residence.

She was born at Grantsville, the youngest daughter of the late Frederick Clark and Bessie Gay Hardman.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School and Charleston School of Commerce. After substitute teaching for Waynesboro, Va., public schools, the family moved to Richmond, Va., in 1971, and she worked as a non-foods manager at Ukrop’s until retiring in 1986. She was a member of Bethany Place Baptist Church, Richmond.

Surviving are two sons, John F. Ross and Brian A. Ross, both of Richmond; two daughters, Nancy R. Boyd and husband Randy of Richmond and Ellen H. Ross of Waynesboro, Va.; eight grand-children; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. “J.D.” Ross, Jr.; one son, Daniel B. Ross; and one grandson, John A. Ross.

Services were held at Augusta Memorial Park, Waynesboro, Va., with her nephew, Rev. Paul Glovier, officiating.

 

CHRISTINE ‘Chris’ COX

Christine L. “Chris” Cox, 59, of Spencer, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at her home.

She was born at Spencer, the daughter of Leonard Newton Miller and the late Mary Inez Greenlee.

She was an employee of Roane General Hospital and a Christian. She was a former leader for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, and was active in 4-H.

Surviving in addition to her father were one son, Christopher D. Cox; one daughter, Katie Beth Cox; two brothers, Leonard N. Miller and Thomas E. Miller; and three sisters, Charlotte A. Pettry of Spencer; Trina L. Cross of Ravenswood and Pam J. Mace of Sandridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard D. Cox.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Larry Greathouse officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Reedy. Memorial contributions may be made to Katie’s education fund, c/o Drew Patton, 210 Court St., Spencer, WV 25276.

 

STEPHEN WOOD

Stephen R. Wood, 57, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at home.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Kenneth and Marion Carpenter Wood.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Vicki Wood; four daughters, Emily, Christy, Heather and Stephanie; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

 

LEWIS ALDEN PETTIT

Lewis Alden Pettit, 84, of Brohard, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Munday, the son of the late Sherman and Mildred Bell Pettit.

He worked for Pennzoil Oil Co. and later owned and operated Pettit Grocery, Munday.

Surviving are one daughter, Lou Ann McVey and husband Duane of Palestine; one granddaughter, Jordan Beckett of Palestine; one step-granddaughter, Amber McVey of Mineral Wells; two step-great-grandchildren, Payton McVey and Lincoln Thorn, both of Mineral Wells; two brothers, Jack Pettit and wife Leona of Tanner and Tom Pettit and wife Carolyn of Munday; and one sister, Shirley Thomas and husband Bill of Mineral Wells.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue; an infant son, Randall Alden; and one sister, Norma McCune.

A tribute was held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery.

 

CLYDE HAMPTON KNOTTS

Clyde Hampton Knotts, 72, of Orma, died Friday, June 13, 2014, at home.

He was the ninth child of the late Earl and Lalah Keith. He was a retired school bus driver for Calhoun County Schools and a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Murphy Knotts; four sons, Brian Knotts of Corbett, Oreg., Ken Knotts of Chicago, Ill., Hampton Knotts of Benwood and Shaun Schock of Arnoldsburg; one daughter, Bethanie Schock of Arnoldsburg; three sisters, Earlene Randolph of Tampa Fla., Kathleen Traywick of Michigan and Emagene Burcal of Spencer; two brothers, Holt Knotts of Memphis, Tenn., and Charles Knotts of Avon, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Jessica, Joseph and Ciara Knotts.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Knotts and Dale Knotts, and two sisters, Arlene Dobbins and Maxine Foutty.

Funeral mass will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on Thursday at 2 p.m., with Father Thomas Chacko officiating. Burial will be in Knotts Cemetery, Orma. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com

 

DORSALEE ‘Dock’ CLARENCE HUNT

Dorsalee “Dock” Clarence Hunt, 77, of Rosedale, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Hospice Care, Elkins.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Everett Clarence and Lona Justice Hunt.

He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran and a retired truck driver.

Surviving are his wife, Polly; one son, Steven Hunt of Belington; three daughters, Carolyn Hunt of Creston, Ohio, Lona Becker of Medina, Ohio, and Sherry Lee Brockmyer of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Fred Hunt of Austin, Tex.; three sisters, Georgia Hammond of West Park, Fla., Betty McQuiggen of Akron, Ohio, and Deanna Harrington of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren.

Services, with military rites, will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Cottrell Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com

 

REBECCA ‘Becky’ UNDERWOOD

Rebecca A. “Becky” Underwood, 70, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late Harry L. and Betty Ash Underwood.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Girard, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, Rick Scadden of Austintown, Ohio; two daughters, Melinda Rutkowski of Niles, Ohio, Jasmine Elizabeth Hill of Girard; six grandchildren, Meagan Fraser, Chelsea Ricer, Samantha and Amy Scadden, Trevor Rutkowski and Hayden McCoy; five great-grandchildren, Emily and Aubrey Fraser, Carter Hayhurst and Mason and Ethan Ricer; three sisters, Betsy Ash of Whipple, Ohio, Debbie Ferrell of Grantsville and Diane Linger of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, Girard.

 

DOUGLAS KEITH RITCHIE

Douglas Keith Ritchie, 51, of Big Springs, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Wood County, the son of the late Dale and Betty Jean Wilson Ritchie.

He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, where he served as groundskeeper.

Surviving are his wife, Teresa Dawn Ritchie; three daughters, Aimee Racy, Haleigh Bonnette and Katie Ritchie, all of Parkersburg; two brothers, Mike Ritchie and Calvin Ritchie, both of Big Springs; two sisters, Connie Shaffer of Ripley and Roberta Friedman of Alum Bridge; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a previous wife, Linza Ritchie.

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

 

PASTOR KAREN STINESPRING

Pastor Karen Stinespring died Saturday, June 7, 2014.

She was born in Wood County, the daughter of the late Floyd and Jean Utt.

She taught school for 32 years in various counties of West Virginia before retiring and following her husband in the ministry. She served as pastor in the United Methodist Church for nine years and was active at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in her retirement.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Wilbert A. “Casey” Stinespring of Parkersburg; two daughters, Kara Rowe of New Cumberland and Stacy Jones of Satellite Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Aria, Caleb, Achaia, Abigail and Asa; two sisters, Lou Ann Dowd and Judy Deem; two brothers, Bob Utt and Burl Utt; numerous nieces and nephews; and two family additions, Christoph Jourdan and George Young.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Briggs, and one nephew, John Briggs.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, with Pastor Vera Archer and Pastor Marsha Plybon officiating, and burial in Evergreen Cemetery South. Visitation was scheduled one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.

 

TYRENA DAWN MANGUS

Tyrena Dawn Mangus, 47, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Roane General Hospital.

She was born at Man, Logan County, the daughter of Patty Irene Cook Mangus of Mt. Zion and the late Larry Paige Mangus.

She attended W.Va. School for the Deaf, Romney, Five Forks Community Church, and United Summit Center, Glenville.

Surviving in addition to her mother are three nieces, Ryka Mangus, Paige Mangus and Harley Alexander; one nephew, Curtis Mangus, Jr.; and one grand-nephew, Kayden Stewart.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Curtis Mangus.

There will be no visitation or funeral. Memorial service and burial will be in Collins Cemetery, Stumptown, at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneral-homeinc.com .

 

ANDREW MAL MOLESSA

Andrew Mal Molessa, 67, of Davisville, died Thursday, May 29, 2014.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late Lewis and Irene M. Molessa.

He was a 1966 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He was a member of Calhoun County Board of Education from 1984-1992 and retired from DuPont Washington Works in 2005, after 36 years of service. He was a member of Eureka Lodge No. 40, Grantsville, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite. He attended South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, JoAnne Kelley Molessa; one son, Christopher Todd Molessa of Pullman; one daughter, Andrea Eve Kinzer of Mineral Wells; four grandchildren, Hannah E. Kinzer, Bentley M. Kinzer, Leewood C. Molessa and Maxwell K. Molessa; one sister, Naomi Jarvis; mother-in-law, Evelyn Kelley; and brother-in-law, John M. Kelley.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John C. and Fannie Ellison.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Lancaster officiating. Burial was at the farm in Cutler, Ohio.

 

PHILIP CARTER

Philip D. Carter, 37, of Chloe, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at his parent’s home.

He was born in Ripley, the son of Gene “Opie” and Irene Carter of Chloe.

Philip was employed as a welder and was a long time member of Pipeliner’s Union. He attended church and had recently been saved.

Surviving are two sons, Waylon Carter and step-son Jeffrey Stewart; two sisters, Mary Warner of Rosedale and Rhonda Bowen of Mudfork; five nieces; four great-nephews; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

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

 

RONALD GILBERT HAKES

Ronald Gilbert Hakes, 76, of Grantsville, died Thursday, May 22, 2014.

He was the son of the late Golden Harold Hakes and Clara Mae Blake Hakes.

He retired from Chrysler Corp., Dayton, Ohio, with 30 years of service. He attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Claudette; one son, James; two daughters, Adreana Bohannon and Tina Hakes; one sister, Julia McIntosh; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, James Lee, and one daughter, Penny Hakes.

At his request, his remains were cremated. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DORA MAE CALDWELL STULL

Dora Mae Caldwell Stull, 71, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Spelter, the daughter of the late Julius and Elenora Fleming Caldwell.

She attended Victory High School and had worked at Stone & Thomas and Nalco Chemical Plant. She had attended Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are her husband, David Stull, whom she married in 1966; one daughter, Darlene Akers and husband Randy of Shinnston; one son, Dr. David Stull and wife Shana of Monroe, Ga.; four grandchildren, Johnna Akers, David Akers, Levi Stull and Travis Stull; two sisters, Eilene Harris and Carolyn Holbert and husband Jim, all of Erie; her extended Stull family; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Ann Plum and Frances Haddox, and two brothers, Johnny Lynn Caldwell and Robert Caldwell.

Services were held at Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating. Burial was in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

 

EVELYN JULIA COE

Evelyn Julia Coe, 80, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014, in Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Ramie and Lura Grady.

She was a graduate of Spencer High School and was a former employee of Spencer Hospital. She attended Church of the Nazarene, Spencer.

Surviving are three daughters, Julie Boggs of Spencer, Jennifer Benson of Chloe and Diane Coe of Parkersburg; two sons, Bill Brown of Columbus, Ohio, and Mitchell Evans of Houston, Tex.; three sisters, Janet Baker of Nashville, Tenn., Juanita Knopp of Bells, Tenn., and Erma Jean Adams of Virginia Beach, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Channing Benson, and one sister, Edna Conard.

She was cremated, with private burial in Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

 

RONALD DEAN BRANNON

Ronald Dean Brannon, 75, of South Amherst, Ohio, died Saturday May 31, 2014, at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, Ohio.

He was born in Withers, the son of the late Harry L. Brannon and Ruby G. Godfrey Conrad.

He attended Middle Run School and Eliam Baptist Church, Gilmer County.

Surviving are two sisters, Karen D. Arcaba and husband Chet of South Amherst and Debra L. Harrison of Fredericktown, Ohio; one brother, Rickie L. Brannon and wife Wilma of Parkersburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, James R. Conrad; one brother, Roger A. Brannon; and one sister, Sharon L. Brannon.

Services will be held Friday, 3 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Turner-Union Cemetery, Lockney. Visitation will be held Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stump-funeralhomes.com.

 

MABEL MARKS

Mabel A. Marks, 88, of Grantsville, died Thursday, May 22, 2014.

She was born at Millstone, the daughter of the late Dave and Orpha Schoolcraft Poling.

She had many jobs, but was known best as a caregiver to others. She was a member of Albert’s Chapel, Sand Ridge, and attended Victory Baptist Church. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #73, Grantsville.

Surviving are two sons, John Marks of Medina, Ohio, and Bill Marks of Grantsville; four daughters, Erma Sims of Bedford, Ohio, and Barbara Bush, Mae Sturms and Connie McCartney, all of Grantsville; two brothers, Junior Poling of Millstone and Guy Poling of Spencer; 25 grandchildren; and several great-grand-children, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one son, David “Buck” Marks; three grandsons, Tracy Ray Marks on Jan. 30, 2014, and two infants; three sisters, Orla Marks of Millstone, Ernestine Gregory of Cleveland, Ohio, and Murl Hall of Wilsie; her first husband, Walter Marks; and her second husband, Eugene Freed.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating. Order of Eastern Star service was also held. Burial was in Poling-Marks Family Cemetery, Millstone.

 

SHARON JANETTE SAMPSON

Sharon Janette Sampson, 74, of Grantsville, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Earnest and Waneta Whipkey Lydick.

Surviving are one daughter, Teresa White of Leachtown; one son, Richard “Bub” Sampson of Mt. Zion; one sister, Karen Crawford of Columbus, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Kathryn Jean Lydick of Parkersburg; two grandchildren, Christopher Sampson and Jonathan Sampson, both of Mt. Zion; two step-grandchildren, Nicole White of Parkersburg and Jonathan White of Elizabeth; two step-great-grandchildren, Ryker Nedeff and Jasmyn White; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Lydick.

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

 

HELEN LOU STUMP WILSON

Helen Lou Stump Wilson, 74, of Barberton, Ohio, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Hospice Care Center.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Zella Stump.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth and Kevin; two daughters, Christena Levers and Lisa Mathes; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one sister, Karen Boothe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Wilson; one son, Stanley; and one brother, Mitchel Stump.

Services were held at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, Barberton, with Rev. Denny Stutler officiating. Burial was in Lakewood Cemetery.

 

DONNA JEAN ROWH HICKMAN

Donna Jean Rowh Hickman, 76, died Friday, May 23, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Harley and Nelvie Rowh.

She married Holly Hickman in 1957 and moved to the Barberton and Manchester area of Ohio, where she lived for the next 55 years. She worked at Yoder Brothers’ Greenhouse, before retiring from the U.S. Postal Service. She was an active member of Manchester United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Holly; one son, Dan and wife Nancy; three grandchildren, Holly, Hope and Carter; and one niece, Charlene Hayes.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Joel, and one sister, Nancy.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Manchester United Methodist Church. Visitation was scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

 

LOWELL CLAY SAMPSON

Lowell Clay Sampson, 85, of Chloe, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House.

He was the son of the late William and Mary Sampson.

He taught school in Florida and Ohio and was a member of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover. He was a probation and parole officer for 12 years, served in the U.S. Air Force, and owned an oil and gas business.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Marnelle Markham Sampson.

The family has requested no services at this time.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

 

SILAS RADER

Silas G. Rader, 81, of Mineral Wells, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

He was born in Cremo, the son of the late Lonnie E. and Roxie Sommerville Rader.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Germany. He had worked at Parkersburg Creamery Co., Kent’s Sunoco, Burdette’s Gulf Station and Pifer’s Service Center, and was a distributor for Seal Test Dairy Products. He was a lifetime member of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans of Cincinnati, Ohio, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1212 and American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. He was a member of Big Tygart Baptist Church and had attended Lauckport Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Berta Hein Rader of Ripley; three daughters, Patricia Moore of Copperos Cove, Tex., Cindy Meneo of Warren, Pa., and Tamera Owens of Washington; one son, Karl Rader of Washington; one brother, Jennings Rader of San Antonio, Tex.; twin sister, Lilas “Dale” Barnes of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Bill Thomas and Pastor Jerry Caplinger officiating. Burial was in Evergreen South Cemetery, with full military rites by American Legion Post 15.

 

MARJORIE ‘Margie’ ANN STARCHER

Marjorie “Margie” Ann Starcher, 42, of Spencer, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at CAMC, Charleston, after a battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

She was born at Roane General Hospital, the daughter of Kenneth and Melba Dye Starcher.

She was a 1989 graduate of Spencer High School and earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Marshall University in 1993. She was employed by Keith Crihfield, CPA, and Miller and Miller, AC. She was property manager at Hart House Apartments until two weeks prior to her death. She had also had her own accounting practice. She partnered with her brother, Will, in their start-up company, Arachnovation. They won a business plan competition, sponsored by West Virginia University in 2006, and received $10,000 towards product development. She taught youth class at Spencer Baptist Church for years. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, where she helped with 2 to 4-year-olds. She was involved in Operation Christmas Child and volunteered at the distribution center in Charlotte, N.C. For 15 years, she was the primary caregiver for her grandmother, Oleta Dye, who was born in Calhoun County.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one brother, Will Andrew Starcher of Huntington, and best friend, Sarah Wilfong and daughters Emily and Elisabeth of Bartow.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dale and Oleta Dye and Stafford and Della Starcher; aunts, Patsy Starcher, Cora Mae Starcher, Mary Starcher, Bernice Starcher, Juanita Hefler and Chloe Dye; and uncles, Guy Starcher, Stafford Starcher, Jr., Eugene Starcher, Don Starcher, Gene Whited, Roger Deel and Clifford Gandee.

Services were held at Faith Baptist Church, Spencer. Burial was in Swank Cemetery, near Speed.

       

OVA LOUISA BRAGG

Ova Louisa Bragg, 86, of Big Springs, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born at Revere, the daughter of the late John G. and Delphia F. Lochard Weaver.

She attended a one-room school at Trace Fork and spent some time at Tanner High School. She went to school at Morgantown and worked to get her G.E.D. She was a beautician for Cox’s Beauty Shop and Milliards Owens Beauty Shop, both in Parkersburg. She later returned to Tracy Fork to help with her mother. She was a Christian member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are one step-son, Charles Bragg of Charleston; one sister; Mae E. Weaver Jennings of Grantsville (formerly of Nobe); and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 11 years, William H. Bragg, in September 1982; one infant step-daughter; two sisters, Ava Naylor of East Rochester, Ohio, and Mary Yoak of Five Forks; two brothers, Johnny Weaver of Trace Fork and Bernard Weaver of Glenville; one niece, Thelma Naylor; and three nephews, Michael Naylor, Jeffrey Naylor and Roger Weaver.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner.

 

MARY JEAN PEARCE ELMORE

Mary Jean Pearce Elmore, 57, of Painesville, Ohio, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at Metro-health Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

She was born in Cleveland, the daughter of Grace E. Elmore of Mentor, Ohio, and the late Okey Elmore.

She worked at Grand Rock, Lawson’s, IGA and Lakeshore Express and attended Headland Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, Charles Pearce of Dorset, Ohio; one daughter, Rebecca Mullenax of Perry, Ohio; five grandchildren, James Pearce Chapman, Hunter and Lauryn Pearce and Olivia and Travis Mullenax; five brothers, Duane Schreckengost and Dean Davis and wife Arletta, all of Grantsville, Jarrell Schreckengost and wife Janice of McConnell, S.C., Robert Elmore and wife Lisa of Kirtland, Ohio, and Michael Elmore and wife Patti of Mentor; two sisters, Diane Ballard and husband Jim of Cedarville, N.C., and Deborah Elmore of Mentor; former husband, Calvin Pearce; aunts, Edna Kingsbury of Grants-ville and Geneva Elmore of Mentor; several nieces and nephews; and former sister-in-law, Sheila Nichols Meadows of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by aunt and uncle, Faustine and Rex McCartney; and four uncles, Otis Elmore, Eugene and Dewitt Duskey and Eugene Kingsbury; and one nephew, Chris Schrecken-gost.

Services were held at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Mentor. Inurnment was in Mentor Cemetery.

 

ROBERT ‘Tank’ DAVIS

Robert G. “Tank” Davis, 76, of Grantsville, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of H.C. Davis and Dessie Cox Davis.

He was a 1956 graduate of Calhoun County High School, where he excelled in football and basketball. He continued his involvement with athletics by coaching several little league basketball teams and operating the game clocks at CCHS football and basketball games for more than three decades. He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas with 37½ years of service. He was a Christian and a member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Lillian Morris Davis; one son, Tim Davis of Grantsville; one daughter, Jill Trippett of Grantsville; two grandchildren, Melanie Garrett and Marcus Davis, both of Grantsville; one step-grandchild, Kristie Callihan of Huntington; four great-grandchildren, Aidan and Ashton Garrett and Albany and Baron Davis; two step-great-grandchildren, Raegen and Chase Callihan; two sisters, Clarice Whytsell of Grantsville and Shirley Saunders of Bluefield; one sister-in-law, Janet Davis of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Duane C. Davis; two sisters, an infant Cathleen and Imogene Corne; and three brothers-in-law, Charles Corne, Pete Whytsell and Frank Saunders.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Knotts Memorial U.M. Church, with Rev. John Lowther officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednes-day, noon to 1 p.m., at the church. Memorial donations can be made to Knotts Memorial U.M. Church, P.O. Box 617, Grantsville, WV 26147. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CAROLYN BURKHAMMER

Carolyn Burkhammer, 76, of Big Bend, died Friday, May 16, 2014, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born at Weston, the daughter of the late Archie and Audra Dean Scott.

Surviving are three daughters, Wilda Isenhart of Fairmont and Doris Moss and Linda Husk, both of Grantsville; four sons, Danny Moss of Wooster, Ohio, Willard Moss of Lodi, Ohio, William Moss of Lorraine, Ohio, and Dale Moss of Louisburg, N.C.; one special granddaughter, Chrissy; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Jesse Moss; second husband, Ammon “Bud” Wendell Burkhammer; one daughter, Kathy Wheeler; one sister, Marie Wyatt; one grandson, Robert Joseph “Bobby Joe” Wheeler; and one great-granddaughter, Kayla June Pumphrey.

Services will be held privately at the discretion of the family.

The family requests that donations be made to help pay funeral expenses. Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, assisted the family.

 

EDWARD DOWNEY

Edward C. Downey, 73, of Chloe, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at home.

He was born in West Haven, Connecticut, the son of the late George and Catherine Sinnan Downey.

He retired as a maintenance technician from Aluminum Foundry with 23 years of service. He started his own lawn service business, which he operated for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Zaner Downey; one brother, William “Billy” Downey; children, Ron Downey of Florida, Carl Downey of West Virginia and Greg and Vea Downey, both of California; step-children, Piet Zaner of South Carolina and Kate and Jamie Williams of South Carolina; and many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bessie Downey; one son, Edward Downey; one sister; and two brothers.

Per his request, he was cremated. There will be no public service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Care Corp., P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

BONNIE LEE DAVIS

Bonnie Lee Davis, 71, of Gassaway, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. 

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Columbus Brown and Clara Taylor. 

Surviving are two sisters, Gladys Patterson of Sutton and Marcillia Knight of Oklahoma; two brothers, Thurman Brown of Glenville and Virgil Brown of Strange Creek; two foster grandchildren, Timothy Hicks of Big Bend and Tyler Hicks of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Davis, Jr.; two brothers, Darrell Bragg and Daris Brown; and two sisters, Corretta Crist and Katherine Nixon. 

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

 

WILLARD TANNER

Willard J. Tanner, 81, of Parkersburg, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at Eagle Pointe.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Roy and Cora Cottrell Tanner.

He worked in timber and steel.

Surviving are his wife, Dorthy Jean Tanner; one son, William Tanner; one daughter, Vicki Tanner; two step-sons, Kevin Bruce Spencer and Emery Dennis; two step-daughters, Cynthia Cottle and Lena Ott; one brother, Roy Tanner; and one sister, Lulua Gay Tanner.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Spencer, and one daughter, Sharon Spencer.

No services were scheduled.

 

VIRGIL WARREN EDMAN

Virgil Warren Edman, 75, of Tanner, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at home.

He was the son of the late Virgil E. and Ruby P. Edman. He was a 1957 graduate of Tanner High School.

He retired after many years in the oil fields and was a farmer. He attended Tanner Chapel.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Helen Edman; two sons, Richard Edman of Tanner and Eric Edman of Mooresville, N.C.; one daughter, Beth Settle of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren, Sarah Anderson, David Smith, Miriam Smith, Luke Smith, Jenny Edman, Stephen Settle and Tara Donley; three great-grandchildren, Jacob and Savannah Donley and Archer Settle; and one brother, John Edman and wife Sharon; one sister, Marilyn Sue Montgomery; and special friends, Kenneth and Gladys Dykstra of Hewitt, N.J.

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

 

GRANT RICHARDS

O. Grant Richards, 76, of Elyria, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014.

He was the son of the late Coy and Oval Richards. He retired from GM, Parma, Ohio, plant, and was a member of Fuller Road Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Jeanne; one son, Mark; three granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters, Louise Yeager and Shirley Richardson; and lots of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly; three brothers, Jim, Bunk and Bill; and two sisters, Gladys and Eloise.

Memorial service was held at Fuller Road Community Church. His body was donated to Case Western Reserve University.

 

MARSHALL ‘Beech’ FLAUGHERS

Marshall L. “Beech” Flaughers, 65, of Chloe, died Saturday, May 10, 2014.

He was the son of the late of Hazel B. Flaughers and Erma Sears Flaughers of Chloe.

He was a welder/grinder at Babcock and Wilcox Co., Barberton, Ohio, and retired after 31 years of service. He was a member of Local 900 Union and a farmer.

Surviving are his former wife, Catherine L. Flaughers of Akron, Ohio; one son, Steven Roy Flaughers of Akron; and one brother, David B. Flaughers of Mogadore, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Milford “Sug” Sears of Chloe.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Flaughers Family Cemetery, Floe, Clay County. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

MICHAEL RAYMOND KIGHT

Michael Raymond Kight, 59, of North Olmsted, Ohio, died Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Eudore Tosse Kight and Evelyn Bailess.

He was retired and a member of Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce Ann Kight; one daughter, Kayla Marie Ross of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; two sons, Kevin Joseph Kight and Kyle Michael Kight, both of North Olmsted; and one grandson, Brody Eugene Ross of Mt. Vernon.

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

 

ILENE LOUELL ECHOLS

Ilene Louell Echols, 69, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Chloe, the daughter of the late Harley and Minnie May Hicks.

She was retired from Wood County Senior Citizens Center.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, John Echols; one son, John D. Echols, Jr., of Parkersburg; one daughter, Minnie Joy of Rockport; three sisters, Rosie Wolfe, Wilma Sams and Joy Marquis, all of Parkersburg; and two brothers, Creed Hicks of Belpre, Ohio, and Delbert Hicks of Marietta, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie Lucas and Donnie Arthur.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Jim Lynch officiating. Burial was in Hicks Cemetery, Chloe.

 

WARREN GEORGE RITTER

Warren George Ritter, 83, of Fairview Park, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 7, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Clifton, N.J., the son of the late George and Tillie Wagner Ritter.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served as a chief electrician. He also worked as an electrician for Six Flags and Goodyear.

Surviving are his second wife, Carolyn Elzena Roberts Ritter, whom he married on Feb. 23, 1997, in Illinois, where she was employed at Abbott Co.; four step-daughters, Katie Wilson, Reba Wilson, Victoria Wilson and Julia Grace Wilson; and grand-children.

At his request, no services were held.

 

RETA MAE STEWART

Reta Mae Stewart, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Friday, Apr. 18, 2014.

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

She was a 1953 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a 1955 graduate of Mountain State College. She lived with her family in Berea, Ohio, and moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., before retiring as an administrative assistant in academia in 2000.

Surviving are her husband, William Fitzgerald Stewart; two daughters, Susan Stewart and husband Luis Sepulveda of Meadville, Pa., and Mary Ann Stewart and partner Michelle Yelk of St. Petersburg; one son, William F. Stewart and wife Lisa of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Carmen, Isabel, Sofia, Miranda and Mary Katherine; two sisters, Ruby Shock of Grantsville and Grace Harper of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and one brother, Darrell Shock of Grantsville.

Services were held at Rush Run Baptist Church, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Shock Cemetery.

 

TRESSIE MAE ANDERSON JARVIS

Tressie Mae Anderson Jarvis, 91, of Bethany, Okla., formerly of Spencer, died Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late James and Victoria Griffin Anderson.

She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church, Bethany.

Surviving are one daughter, Dolores Roberts Lowder of Bethany; one son, Rex Jarvis, Jr., and wife Pat of Columbia Station, Ohio; one sister, Marilee Riedlinger of Palm Harbor, Fla.; one brother, Kermit Anderson and wife Betty of Newton; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Jarvis; four brothers, Ray, Chester, James Loren and Willis; and one sister, Beulah Ray Obrien.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Clover Cemetery, Roane County.

 

CHARLES RIMER KENDALL

Charles Rimer Kendall, 87, of Mineral Wells, formerly of Stumptown, died Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Alexander “Jack” and Nora V. Fitzpatrick Kendall. He played bluegrass with Harmony Bluegrass and gospel music with the Harris Family and other groups. He attended Rush Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Beverla H. Bennett Kendall; one daughter, Connie Harris of Mineral Wells; one son, Kenneth Kendall of Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Tammy Harris of Parkersburg, Chuck Kendall of Grantsville and Casey Bryant of Clarksburg; three great-grandchildren, Charles Kendall III and Daniell and Shawn Kendall, all of Grantsville; one great-great-granddaughter, MaKenzie Bryant of Clarksburg; and special family friend, Kate Modock of Elyria, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Roger Kendall, and one brother, James Kenneth Kendall.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. Wes Jones officiating. Graveside service was held at Collins Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

GARNET LORRAINE BARTLETT VANHORN

Garnet Lorraine Bartlett Vanhorn, 82, of Spencer, died Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Harley and Cammie Bartlett.

She graduated from Spencer High School and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Spencer. She was an original employee of Roane General Hospital and upon retirement was a member of Roane General Hospital Auxiliary.

Surviving are one son, Steve and wife Laura; one granddaughter, Olivia of Morgantown; one brother, Ronald Bartlett and wife Dortha of Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald (formerly of Calhoun County) in 1999; three brothers, Harley Bartlett, Jr., Smith Bartlett and Larry Bartlett; and one sister, Ruth Bartlett Bowen.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church, with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Calhoun County. Arrangements were by Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer,

 

LEWIS ELDEN KNIGHT

Lewis Elden Knight, 78, of Parma, Ohio, died Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, at The Heights Rehab and Nursing Home, Broadview Heights, Ohio

He was born in Grantsville, the youngest of 14 children of the late Gordon and Rose Kerby Knight.

He was a 1954 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired from Ohio Molding, Wickliffe, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, Bruce Knight of Catlett, Va., and Lewis Knight, Jr., of Montville, Ohio; two daughters, Vida Gum of Greenbank and Rosalie Gidley of Thompson, Ohio; his former wife of 31 years, Joy Bell Knight; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Memorial service was held at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Willoughby, Ohio.

 

JOSHIA ‘Joe’ CARPENTER

Joshia B. “Joe” Carpenter, 84, of Nitro, died Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014, at his home.

He was the son of the late Greely and Marie Brennon Carpenter.

 He was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran and mechanic during the Korean War. He took jet plane exhibits to fairs and festivals, which is where he met his first wife Betty. They had one son. He retired as a shift supervisor from Union Carbide after 39 years of service. He also drove an ambulance for a funeral home in Charleston and delivered real estate magazines out of his Volkswagen.

Surviving are his second wife, Lois; one son, Richard and wife Barbra; one step-son, Jason Brown; two grandchildren, Josh and Rachael; two sisters, Eva May Hosey and Murial McCormick; and four brothers, Jack Carpenter, Gaily Carpenter, Joseph Glenn Carpenter and Harry Carpenter.

He was preceded in death by twin brothers, Gorden and Gaylen, and one half-brother, Clifford.

A celebration of his life was held at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Entombment was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with full military honors.

 

EDNA BELLE KEMMNER

Edna Belle Kemmner, 84, of Blennerhassett Heights, died Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Wood County, the daughter of the late Earl and Clara Lockhart Woodyard.

She retired from Wood County Board of Education with 24 years of service. She had also worked at White Star Laundry, Box Factory, Chancellor Hotel and USPS as a mail carrier. She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and had been attending Word of God Ministries.

Surviving are one daughter, Pamela Sue Kerby of Parkers-burg; special granddaughter, Tanya Dawn Kerby; two sisters-in-law, Ann Cunningham and Edyth Woodyard; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Eugene “Ernie” Kemmner (formerly of Calhoun County); four brothers, Dale Woodyard, Okey Woodyard, Robert Woodyard and Everett Woodyard; and two sisters, Lucille Kimes Garrison and Virginia Dunn.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jerry Caplinger and Pastor Lynn Roush officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg.

 

BERNARD DEWEY VAUGHAN

Bernard Dewey Vaughan, 84, formerly of Calhoun County, died Monday, Apr. 21, in Florida.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and worked for 25 years at General Motors, Buffalo, N.Y.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years; two daughters; six grand- children; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Direct cremation was held.

No other information was available.

 

DENNIS CARL HALL

Dennis Carl Hall, 72, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014.

He was born at Beech, the son of the late Dencil and Ava Helmic Hall.

He was an equipment operator and a member of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 132, Charleston. He was a former member of Bear Fork Hunting Club.

Surviving are two sons, Bradley Hall of Leroy and Dewayne Hall of Arnoldsburg; two daughters, Shelia Hall of Arnoldsburg and Debra Hall of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Dencil Ray Hall of Arnoldsburg; and one sister, Helen Harris of Arnoldsburg.

There will be a gathering of family and friends on Friday, 6  to 8 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneral-homeinc.com.

 

HOLLY BETH WHITE

Holly Beth White, 22, of Mathias, died Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014, at Winchester Medical Center.

She was born in Harrisonburg, Va., the daughter of Gerald and Jennifer Umstead White of Mathias.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairmont State with a BA degree in secondary education and worked for Con Mat Group as a receptionist. She was a member of Agape Family Fellowship Church and Aletheia Church, Harrisonburg.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one sister, Amy K. White of Mathias; her maternal grandmother, Mary Umstead of Mathias (formerly of Calhoun County); her paternal grandparents, Gerald and Ruth White of Baldwin; and her fiancée, Steven S. Holsinger of Broadway, Va.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, David M. Umstead.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Baker, with Pastor Rob Kerr officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Lost City. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the White Family, c/o McKee Funeral Home, P.O. Box 39, Baker, WV 26801.

 

IRENE TRIPPETT APPEL

Irene Trippett Appel, 96, died Monday, Apr. 14, 2014, at Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Home, Charleston.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Howard and Emma Busch Trippett.

Surviving are two sons, Allen Appel of Upper Marlboro, Md., and David Appel of College Station, Tex.; one daughter, Sandra Fisher of Charleston; six grandchildren, Allen, Leah, Charles and Odessa Appel, Amanda Fredrickson and Emma Fisher; and three great-grandchildren, Chloe Appel and Markus and Matthew Fredrickson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Appel, and one sister, Luretta Booth.

Direct burial was held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg.

 

LORETTA MARY JANE ROBINSON

Loretta Mary Jane Robinson, 77, of Tanner, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of The Arbors of Marietta for six months.

She was born at Smithville, the daughter of the late Bailey and Avis Elder Ayers.

She earned a Golden Horseshoe and was a 1954 graduate of Harrisville High School. She actively supported her church, Tanner Chapel, and was involved in Tanner School PTA, Gilmer County Farm Bureau and senior citizens.

Surviving are her husband, Vinton Robinson, whom she married on Oct. 20, 1956; four daughters, Debbie Hern, Tammy Stump, Terry Hickman and Brenda Ball; one son, Timmy Robinson; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Deal, Hannah Hern, Tyler Hern, Joshua Hickman, Titus Robinson, Thomas Robinson, Jonah Stump, Kasey Stump, Caleb Ball and Chelsey Ball; five great-grandchildren, Miley, Rilyn and Jonah Stump, Jr., Emeri Hickman and Stella Robinson; one sister, Laurabel Ayers; and one brother, Hoover Ayers.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters and one son-in-law, Mitchell Stump.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Alfred Hickman, Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Matt Deal officiating. Burial was in Ayers Cemetery, Smithville.

 

LORRENA WILKINSON

Lorrena G. Wilkinson, 93, of Byesville, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 7, 2014.

She was born in Millstone and was a 1940 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

She was a member of Akron Baptist Temple.

Surviving are two sons, Gaile D. Wilkinson of Hartville, Ohio, and Ronald L. Wilkinson of Ada, Okla.; five grandchildren, Rhonda Burdett, Julie Cozzens, Michelle Manning, Mandy Dokter and Timothy Wilkinson; 13 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Romie Harden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaile, in June 1980; two brothers, Robert Harden and John Carl Harden; and three sisters, Velma Moore, Garnet Sampson and Dorothy Wilson.

Memorial service was held at Akron Baptist Temple, Akron, Ohio, with Pastor Sam Rittenour officiating. Private family burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park.

 

ETTA EVANS

Etta M. Evans, 73, of Cedar Creek Road, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014, at Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Dempsey and Sylvia Wilson Ice.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are her husband, Dennis Evans of Montgomery; seven children, Lewis W. Krabiett and Cheyenne Evans, both of Pennsylvania, Debra Lynn Marks of Glenville, Betty Marie Coram of Parkersburg, Patricia Ann Surber of Beckley, Ella May Nay of Grafton and Karen Sue Parsons of Fayetteville; four sisters, Wilma Jones, Dorothy Sharps, Vada Marks and Cheryl Perkins; one brother, Dempsey Ice, Jr.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four children, infant Mary Ellen Steele, baby Dennis Blaine Evans, Mark Evans and Stephanie Evans Huff; and three brothers, Dennis Ice, Howard Ice and Otis Ice.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Rev. Roger Stewart officiating. Burial was in Hardway Cemetery, Nicut.

 

LILLY WILSON

Lilly G. Wilson, 90, of Glenville, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014, at home.

She was born in Gilmer county, the daughter of the late Edgar and Pearl Deuley.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are one daughter, Margie Wade of Glenville; four grandchildren, Kenny Summers of Burnsville, Lewis Summers and Richard Summers, both of Glenville, and Anna Wade of Virginia; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wilson, on July 11, 2012; four brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Job’s Temple Cemetery.

 

JAMES WAYNE

James Francis Wayne, 60, of Adams Lane Care Center, Zanesville, Ohio, died Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014, at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital, Zanesville.

He was born in Zanesville, the son of the late Robert and Florence Bugglin Wayne.

He spent most of his life in Grantsville.

Surviving are one brother, Daniel Wayne of Zanesville, and two sisters, Rita Bagley of Zanesville and Agnes Allen of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Wayne and Donald Wayne.

He was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date by his family.

 

JAMES HAYS POWELL

James Hays Powell, 78, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014, at home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Rue L. and Mary Hays Powell.

He was a 1953 graduate of Calhoun County High School and served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany, from 1957-1959. He retired in 1994 from E.I. DuPont with 32 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Barbara Ann Houchin Powell; three daughters, Tammy Nichols and husband Donny, Robin DeRitter and husband George and April Haught and husband Rick; six grandchildren, Bree Ann Cunningham and husband Chris, Dustyn Nichols and companion Ashley, Paige Haught, Austin Spangler, Abigail Haught and Ethan Haught; and two great-grandchildren, Camye and Remmi Cunningham.

He was preceded in death by one brother, William R. Powell.

Private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Transplant House of Cleveland, c/o Elaine Turley, 2309 Bellfield Ave., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106.

 

NORA LAVON ELLYSON DAVIDSON

Nora Lavon Ellyson Davidson, 94, died, along with her son Roy and granddaughter Tresea, on Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Julia Cooper Ellyson and Lee Ellyson.

She was employed at Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville, for many years and retired from Glenville State College She was a member of First Baptist Church, Glenville, and First Baptist Church, Williamstown.

Surviving are one daughter, Nora Jean Dye of Glenville; one son, Delbert Lee Davidson and wife Louise of Glenville; one daughter-in-law, Oleta Davidson Robinson and husband Steve of Marietta, Ohio; four granddaughters, Lou E. Tillson, Ph.D., of Benton, Ky., Ramona A. Dagostine, M.D., of Charleston, Lisa McDonald of Monmouth, Me., and Connie Harbaugh of Bridgeport; and eight great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica Tillson, Drew and Christian Dagostine, Cody and Andrea McDonald and Brett and Julia Harbaugh.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Fred Davidson, whom she married Dec. 22, 1935; two sons, Raymond and Roy; one daughter-in-law, Janet Burrows Davidson; one granddaughter, Tresea Renea Davidson; one great-grandson, Luke Davidson Dagostine; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Marie McDonald; and one sister, Wilma Ellyson.

A celebration of her life was held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Williamstown, with Rev. David Easter officiating.

 

ROY EARL DAVIDSON

Roy Earl Davidson, 63, of Big Springs, died, along with his mother Nora and daughter Tresea, on Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Fred and Nora Lavon Ellyson Davidson.

He worked at O’Ames for 33 years on assembly lines before he became foreman of the maintenance department. He worked for the Calhoun County Board of Education for five years as a bus driver and as a custodian at Pleasant Hill School.

Surviving are one daughter, Lisa McDonald and husband Ryan of Monmouth, Me.; two grandchildren, Cody and Andrea; and one sister, Nora Jean Dye of Glenville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Burrows Davidson; one daughter, Tresea Renea Davidson; one grand-daughter, Alexis Marie McDonald; and one brother, Raymond Davidson.

Private services were held by the family.

 

TRESEA RENEA DAVIDSON

Tresea Renea Davidson, 43, of Big Springs, died, along with her father Roy and grandmother Nora, on Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014.

She was born in Lewis County, the daughter of the late Roy and Janet Davidson.

Surviving are one sister, Lisa McDonald; one brother-in-law, Ryan McDonald; one nephew, Cody; and one niece, Andrea McDonald, all of Monmouth, Maine.

She was preceded in death by one niece, Alexis Marie McDonald.

Private services were held by the family.

 

ARNOLD EDWARD MURRAY

Arnold Edward Murray, 79, of Reedy, died Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Reedy, the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Ottie Mae Greathouse Murray.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Monarch Rubber with 35 years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Doug of Reedy and Jason of Grantsville; his caregiver, Diane Taylor of Grantsville; three grandchildren, Johnathan, Zaylah and Monique; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Drew.

He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Nathaniel and Benjamin; four sisters, Edna Prine, Lorene Nicoles and two infants; and one brother, C. Olen Murray.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Barry Miller officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Reedy. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

ROGER LEE CARTE

Roger Lee Carte, Sr., 68, of Kenna, died Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014, in Calhoun County.

He was the son of the late Vola “Poe” Deel.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy Carte; one son, Roger Carte II; one daughter, Renee Johnson; special nephew, Johnny Haynes of Mason County; five grandchildren, Justin Carte, Ashley Carte, Chase Johnson, Ty Johnson and Luke Johnson; one great-grand-daughter, Emmy Carte; one sister; and one brother.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Viola “Granny” Hill.

As per his wishes, there will be no viewing and no services, and his body will be cremated. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT LEE LAW

Robert Lee Law, 75, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late William “Doc” and Elodene Riggs Law.

He opened Air Rifle Headquarters, Grantsville, in the 1960s. He had also owned a Christian book store, record store, used furniture and appliance store, and video rentals. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are three brothers, William Law and Joseph Law, both of Parkersburg, and Phil Thomas Law of Grantsville; one son, Jeffery Law of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; two daughters, Christina Pearson of Aurora, Colo., and Jennifer Wickline of Charlottesville, Va.; eight grandchildren, Gracie and Jeffery Law, Matthew Pevarnik, Adam, Joshua and Kayla Pevarnik, and Graysen and Elly Wickline; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Shirley Fitzwater officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

WILLIAM CHARLES ‘Chuck’ ‘Tap’ KERBY

William Charles “Chuck” “Tap” Kerby, 71, of Hur, died Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Holly and Elizabeth Gibson Kerby.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a long- haul truck driver for 42 years. Upon retirement, he spent his time working on Hur Community Church. He was a longtime member of Mt. Olive U.M. Church.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Yeager Kerby; one son, William “Charlie Brown” Kerby, Jr., and wife Billie of Hur; one daughter, Ronda Rose and husband Kevin of Hur; two brothers, Robert Kerby and wife Laurrine of Pickerington, Ohio, and Foster Kerby and wife Janet of Spencer; five grandchildren, T.J., Quentin, Tyler, Holly and Kevy Jay, all of Hur.

He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Jeanette Lynn Kerby, and four sisters, Pauline Duskey, Marie Kerby, Sue Kerby and Linda Kerby.

Services were held at Hur Community Church, with Rev. Harold Duskey and Rev. Damon Hanshaw officiating. Burial was in Hur Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

 

GLENN ELLISON

Glenn F. Ellison, 79, of Ashland, Ohio, died Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014, at Hospice of North Central Ohio.

He was born in Oka, the son of the late John and Fanny Snodgrass Ellison.

He was a 1950 graduate of Calhoun County High School. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Ashland and worked at Faultless Rubber Co. for 16 years, where he served as president of URW Local 196 for 10 years. In July 1969, he was appointed to the URW International Union staff and served as field representative, district director and administrative assistant to the International secretary-treasurer. He was elected International secretary-treasurer in 1990 and served in that office until July 1, 1995, when he became administrative assistant to the international secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Union, upon the merger of the URW and USW. He retired Dec. 1, 1995. He was a member of Nankin Federated Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2178 for 60 years, Ashland Masonic Lodge #151, AF&AM, Chapter #207, Council #128, for 54 years, member of Scottish Rite and a 32- degree Mason.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Metcalf, whom he married Nov. 24, 1957; one son, James Ellison; one daughter, Cathleen Bishop; three granddaughters, Beth Sanders, Andrea Ellison and Sarah Eilenfeld; five great-grandchildren, Garett, Kaylee, Cody, Austin and Hunter; one brother, Jennings Ellison of Orma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Aundrel Ellison, Leo Ellison and Charles Ellison, and one sister, Irene Molessa.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, Ashland, with Pastor Pat Edington officiating, and burial in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. Ashland Masonic Lodge conducted Masonic services.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting www.dpkfh.com.

 

BERNARD GENE RIDDLE

Bernard Gene Riddle, 80, of Walker, died Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014, at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Willie Paul and Hazel Wilmoth Riddle.

He attended Calhoun County Schools and served in the United States Army from 1955-1964. He had owned and operated Riddle Excavating Co., Laurel, Md. He was a licensed trainer for thoroughbred race horses.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Misenhiemer Riddle; one daughter, Pamela Jean Riddle of Vienna; five sisters, Louise Riddle Breeden of Boyds, Md., Lois Riddle Johnson of Walker, Catherine Riddle Hupp of Elizabeth, Pansy Riddle Civitello of Parkersburg and Janet Riddle Johnson of Rockport; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Marion Paul Riddle, and one sister, Hope Batson.

There will be no funeral service. His ashes will be interred at Mt. Zion Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

 

LEAH PAULINE PLANT CULVER

Leah Pauline Plant Culver, 84, of Ravenswood Care Center, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Coy and Alma Wright Plant.

She had worked for Stout Drug Store and was a member of Calvary Community Church.

Surviving are one son, Raymond Culver and wife Sally of Little Hocking, Ohio; two grandsons, Andrew Culver and Matthew Culver; one daughter, Melissa Culver; and one brother, Delane Plant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Culver, and one brother, Bernard Plant.

Graveside services were held at Evergreen North Cemetery, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ken Fullerton officiating.

 

JUANITA WILLADENE MACE

Juanita Willadene Mace, 81, died Friday, Apr. 11, 2014, at Parkersburg Care and Rehab.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lona Dye.

She worked at Nelson’s Drug Store for 40 years as a manager and was a member of Vaught Chapel Church. She was a long-time member of Parkersburg South Women’s Club.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Dent of Parkersburg; two grandchildren, Kelly Lucas and Kara Dent; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan and Olivia Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester E. Mace, and one son-in-law, Mike Dent.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jamie Sprague officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

 

ALFRED HARDMAN

Alfred L. Hardman, 82, of Minerva, Ohio, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, in Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio.

He was born in Glenville, the son of the late Alfred and Ruby Wilcox Hardman.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Timken Co., Canton, in 1994, after 42 years of service. He was a member of AFL-CIO.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Frankie Wilfong Hardman, whom he married May 24, 1952; two daughters, Barb VonKaenel of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Mary Daum of Manassas, Va.; three sons, Garry Hardman of Medix Run, Pa., Donald Hardman of Canton and Terry Hardman of Alliance, Ohio; one sister, Edith Hardman of Grantsville; four brothers, Guy Hardman of Spencer, James Hardman and Roger Hardman, both of Grantsville, and William Hardman of Navarre, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Freda Hupp, and four brothers, Wilford Hardman, Denzil Hardman, Herman Hardman and Buddy Hardman.

Services were held at Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home, Minerva. Burial with full military services was in Liberty Cemetery.

 

HARRY LEE DAUGHERTY, JR.

Harry Lee Daugherty, Jr., 73, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at home.

He was born in Walton, the son of the late Harry Daugherty, Sr., and Rokel Harris Daugherty.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked road construction.

Surviving are four daughters, Kitty Hogue of Newton, Kathy Short of Spencer and Penny Yeager and Tammie Laughlin, both of Calhoun County; two sons, Joseph D. Daugherty and Adam Daugherty, both of Spencer; two brothers, Tommy Daugherty of Spencer and French “Jake” Harris of Walton; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sue Smith Daugherty; his second wife, Helen Marie Bush Daugherty; one sister, Jo Ann Daugherty; and two brothers, Bobby Daugherty and Buddy Daugherty.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Andy Osborne officiating. Burial was in Rocky Branch Cemetery, near Walton.

 

VICTOR RAY McCLAIN

Victor Ray McClain, 87, of Dixie, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Nicut, the last living child of Randolph and Stella Snodgrass McClain.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an employee of Union Carbide, Alloy, for 34 years. He was a member of Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dormal Drake McClain; one son, Stan McClain of Cannelton; one daughter, Janice Foster of Dixie; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin Dale McClain; one grandson, Victor Shane Foster; one son-in-law, Denny Foster; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Shane Wynn officiating. Burial was in Elena Community Church Cemetery, Roane County.

 

BUBBY FERGUSON

Bubby K. Ferguson, 84, of Tanner, died Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Tanner, the son of the late Wiley and Modena Martin Ferguson.

He retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways with 20 years of service and was a member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Ferguson; two sons, Bubby Alan Ferguson and wife Robyn of Lansing, Mich., and Jason Ferguson and wife Billie Jo of Tanner; two grandchildren, Caleb Moore and Michaela Ferguson, both of Tanner; one brother, Carl Ferguson of South Amherst, Ohio; two sisters, Phoebe Gumm of Arnoldsburg and Vel Gumm of Parkersburg; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church and Rev. Ronzel Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT BUCK

Robert E. Buck, 82, of Calhoun County, died Friday, Apr. 11, 2014, at VA Medical Center, Martinsburg.

He was born in Spencer.

Surviving are two sons, Robert E. Buck II and Kenneth L. Buck; one daughter, Lisa M. Buck; three grandchildren, Robert A. Buck, Collin Buck and Kamryn G. Buck; two sisters, Geneve Coon and Anabelle Starcher; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace A. Buck; two daughters, Patricia Buck and Stacy Buck; two brothers, John Buck and Cordell Buck; and one granddaughter, Kierstyn Buck.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, 4 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DARLIE SCHOOLCRAFT

Darlie D. Schoolcraft, 76, of Dalton, Ohio, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ira and Mary M. Hess Minney.

She had been a resident of Dalton for 37 years and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Calhoun County.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Erb of Marshallville, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Aidan Erb.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 2012; four sisters, Renny Lambert, Ina Cottrell, Enid Allen and Cressy Hunt; and seven brothers, Audie Minney, Blake Siers, Creed Siers, Rennis Minney, Ressie Minney, C.A. Minney and George Siers.

Services were held at Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, Dalton. Private inurnment was planned in Dalton Cemetery at a later date.

 

JUANITA KNOTTS SIERS

Juanita Knotts Siers, 92, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale.

She was born at Chloe, the daughter of the late Charles and Etta Knotts.

She was the 11th of 12 children and was a 1941 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Mary Henry of Williamstown, Joann Cadwell of Duck, Neal Arnold of Vienna, Ed Arnold of Coolsville, Ohio, Betty Whittington of Greenwood, S.C., Geneva Lucas of Kingman, Ariz., Larry Cottrell of Orma, Barbara Travis of Washington, Judy Williams of Scarbro, Janet Tanner of Nebo, Helen White and Charles Vincent, both of South Charleston, Karen Fillingame of Mercer, Pa., Karla Upton of Ballard and Bernita Epling and Steve Knotts, both of Ripley; and three generations of great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Sherwood Siers, in 2003; six brothers, Lee Knotts, Thomas Knotts, Cecil Knotts, Scott Knotts, Bernard Knotts and Charles Knotts, Jr.; five sisters, Sadie, Reva, Marie, Opal and Jean; and eight nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner and Ed Arnold officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

RONALD MILTON MORAN

Ronald Milton Moran, 72, of Yellow Creek, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014.

He was born in Fairmont, the son of the late Robert M. and Martha W. Davidson Moran.

He worked in the print industry and saw dramatic changes in that field. He started working with lead type and saw progress leading to computer pagination and digital printing. He attended Brooksville Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Marian Strickler Moran, whom he first married on Aug. 27, 1960, and again on May 12, 2000; three daughters, Ellen Hatfield, Lori Hawkins and Susan Vanderbilt; one son, James Hamner; one step-daughter, Susan Novak; two step-sons, Jeff Arnovitz and Michael Arnovitz; two brothers, his twin Robert L. Moran and William Moran; one sister Linda Legg; nine grandchildren, Jennie McGuire, Nicholas Hawkins, Chase Hawkins, Ali Dotson, Kyle Dotson, Kaylie Hamner, Chloe Hamner, Kiera Hamner and Caleb Hamner; three nephews, Gregory Moran, Daniel Moran and Ryan Moran; and three nieces, Lynn Gundy, Theresa Moran and Renee Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Shirley Lee Milheim, to whom he was married from May 3, 1985, to Sept. 30, 1992; and one nephew, Robert M. Moran.

Memorial service for family, friends and church family will be held at Brooksville Baptist Church on Monday at 1 p.m., with burial in Warren, Ohio, at a later date.

 

BERNARD SCOTT HICKS

Bernard Scott Hicks, 89, of Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Paris and Ruth Lamb Hicks.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korean War and was retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways with over 30 years of service as a truck driver. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary L. Myers Hicks, whom he marred on Mar. 17, 1950; three sons, Danny Hicks and companion Dorothy of Hodgesville, Bernard Lynn “Buck” Hicks and wife Charlotte of Freemans Creek and Mike Hicks and wife Tracy of Philippi; one grandson, Joshua Scott Hicks of Weston; one granddaughter, Melinda Hicks of Freemans Creek; two step-grandchildren, Dean and Loryn Harris of Philippi; three brothers, Robert J. “Ike” Hicks and wife Ruth and Otis Hicks and wife Lucille, all of Berlin, and Sam Hicks of Jane Lew; and one sister, Mary Lou Probst and husband Jim of Amherst, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Carson and Sara Hicks, and two brothers, Victor Hicks and Paris “Sonny” Hicks, Jr.

Services were held at Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, Jane Lew, with Rev. Roger McKee officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Berlin, with full military honors by Lewis County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army.

 

WOODROW EDISON SCHOOLCRAFT

Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft, 75, of Sand Ridge, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2014, at home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William John and Iva Belle Cogar Schoolcraft.

He was an equipment operator for West Virginia Paving for over 30 years and a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Agnes Aretta Settle Schoolcraft; one son, Scott Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; one daughter, Becky Stalnaker of Normantown; three grandchildren, Brandon Jenkins of Bridgeport, Nicole Snyder of Buckhannon and Shane Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; one step-granddaughter, Selene Stalnaker of Clarksburg; two great-granddaughters, Avalene and Bryer Jenkins; three sisters, Avanell Stump of Washington Court House, Ohio, Evadeen Rader of Barberton, Ohio, and Lou Grimm of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Eugene.

His wish was to be cremated. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Apr. 12, 2 p.m., at Rush Run Baptist Church.

 

JOE FRANCIS ‘Tater’ NAYLOR

Joe Francis “Tater” Naylor, 62, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Mar. 31, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Guy Milstead and Helen Starcher.

He formerly worked in the oil fields and for Waste Management, and as a mechanic.

Surviving are two daughters, Angela Naylor of Millstone and April Naylor of Lower Salem, Ohio; three grandchildren, Asa and Colten Naylor and Shelby Bohannon; five sisters, Candy Summers, Mary Milstead, Shirley Pratt, Cindy Gainer and Lessie Alger; and eight brothers, Charlie, Dana, Randy, Stanley, Fred and “Shote” Starcher, and Guy and Gene Milstead.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Diane Murphy and Kathy Starcher, and three brothers, Terry Naylor, and Gary and Chuck Starcher.

Per his request, the body was cremated. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

LONNIE SHAMBLIN

Lonnie B. Shamblin, 80, of Spencer, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014, in Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

 He was born at Left Hand, Roane County, the son of the late David and Donna Hathaway Shamblin.

He was a retired laborer.

Surviving are five daughters, Carolyn Rush of Ravenswood, Patricia Hedrick of Elkview, Doris Tanner-Westfall of Big Otter, Bille McKown of Spencer and Henrietta Jones of Big Springs; five sons, Lonnie Eugene “Bud” Shamblin of Arnoldsburg, Darrell Shamblin of Stumptown, Bobby Shamblin of Clay, Ronald Shamblin of Knoxville, Tenn., and Tom Shamblin of Spencer; four half-sisters, Billie Nichols of Spencer, Mary Nichols of Newton, Ruby Cottrell of Garland, Pa., and Alice Conley of Spencer; one half-brother, Gene Potts of Spencer; 23 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara June Wickline Shamblin, on July 13, 2010; four half-sisters, Lou Fletcher, Freda Myers, Velma Ledsome and Bertha Benear; and three half-brothers, Tom Potts, Roy Potts and Ellis Potts.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

 

MAE LEACH

Mae Leach, 97, of Millstone, died Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014, at Miletree Center, Spencer, where she had resided for six years.

She was born on Crummies Creek, the daughter of the late George Washington Groves and Mamie Vankirk Groves.

Mae was a homemaker and a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sandridge.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Wagoner and husband Hatzell of Big Bend and Patricia Little and husband Denver of Mineral Wells; four grandchildren, Kandas Smith of Millstone, Christopher Wagoner of Big Bend, Jason Wagoner of Williamstown and Christine Johnston of Mineral Wells; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Makayla Smith, Kaitlyn Wagoner, Anthony Johnston and Pamela Leggett; one great-great-grandchild, Hunter Leggett; one brother, Thurl Groves of Ohio; and one sister, Gae Coyner of Hurricane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Leach, in 1985; one great-granddaughter, Marissa Wagoner; three brothers, Earl Grove, Burl Groves and Jurl Groves; and four sisters, Mona Parsons, Lona Marinkovich, Nellie Mollohan and Ella Wallace.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearingen officiating and Bill Walton speaking. Burial was in Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion.

 

ROBERT NATHAN ‘Meathead’ McKENZIE

Robert Nathan “Meathead” McKenzie, 39, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014, at home.

He was born at Daytona Beach, Fla., the son of Betty Westfall Stamper of Spencer and the late Leon Wayne McKenzie.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Richard “Bubba” Conley and Leonard Conley, both of Spencer; two sisters, Kathy Conley and Helen Smith, both of Spencer; his step-father, Richard Conley; nieces and nephews, Nancy McKenzie of Grantsville, Lawrence McKenzie, Taylor and Ryan Conley and April Deel, all of Spencer, J.D. Deel of Beaver and Kate and Jarod Hill of Ravenswood; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rick Conley and Eddie Conley, and his grandparents.

Per his request, he will be cremated.

 

JENENE ARTHUR

Jenene Arthur, 81, of Grantsville, died Monday, Mar. 24, 2014, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Wilson and Virginia Stutler Arthur.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are one sister, Beulah Kerby of Mt. Zion; two nieces, Robin Hughes of Mt. Zion and Cynthia Shaffer of Hartville, Ohio; and three great-nieces, Stephanie Good, Sara Viar and Liz McKinley, all of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Eula Sinnett, and two brothers, Ted Arthur and Ralph Arthur.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

NORMA SNIDER WEVURSKI

Norma L. Snider Wevurski, 74, of Fairborn, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Donald and Letha Holpp Snider.

She attended Parkersburg schools through the ninth grade, graduating from Jackson High School in 1958 and Rio Grande College, where she was a cheerleader. She was a teacher in Fairborn City Schools, serving as director of the Young Authors Program at its inception, and was awarded Teacher of the Year, retiring in 1991 after 29 years of service. She was a longtime member of Mary, Help of Christians Parish, Fairborn.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, John; two daughters, Stephanie Archer and Susie Stegner, both of Powell, Ohio; five grandchildren; one sister, Janet Swaim of Fairborn; and one niece, Kelley Niven of Rochester Hills, Mich.

Services will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn, with Deacon Max Roadruck officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

NINA SIMMONS WHIPKEY

Nina R. Simmons Whipkey, 92, of Parkersburg, formerly of Nobe, died Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Preston and Winnie Kerns Simmons of Petroleum.

She was a member of Auburn Baptist Church, Auburn, where she served as mission chair-man. She had served as mission chairman and as youth director for many years during her lifetime. She attended American Baptist Women’s Conference at Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, for 27 years. She received her 50-year pin from Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville Chapter, in 2009, and had served as Worthy Matron in 1972. She worked as a foster grandmother in Calhoun County schools for 24 years, retiring in 2007.

Surviving are two sons, Garriel Whipkey and wife Mollie  of Tam Water, Wash., and Merrill Whipkey and wife Rosie of Wayne; two daughters, Janice Jones of Pennsboro and Becky Nichols, with whom Nina had resided for the past six years, of Parkersburg; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Thelma Lowe of Minnie Hamilton Health System’s long term care unit; and several nieces and nephews (including greats and great-greats).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Leon B. Whipkey; one son-in-law, Wayne Jones; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several sisters and brothers.

Services will be held Monday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harry Drake officiating, assisted by Rev. Mike Stephens. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home, with an Order of Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Gideon’s International, The Ritchie-Doddridge Camp, c/o Robert Haught, 6508 Grove-Summers Road, West Union, WV 26456. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stump-funeralhomes.com.

 

ERNEST ELSWORTH WAGONER

Ernest Elsworth Wagoner, 87, of Big Bend, died Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was the son of the late Charley Wagoner and Jane Cunningham Wagoner.

He was a World War II veteran and a member of Spruce Hollow Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Betty Kirby Wagoner; two daughters, Brenda Roberts and Regina Hupp of Creston; four grandchildren, Travis Martin of Creston, Selena Cumberledge of Dunbar, Darris Hupp of Seattle, Wash., and Chelsie Sholes of Charleston; five great-grandchildren, Shelby, Hunter, Caitlyn, Colt and Camryn; two sisters, Margie Sims of Parkersburg and Nellie Sims of Big Bend; and one brother, Hatzell Wagoner of Big Bend.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Edward Roberts, and seven brothers, Ora, Delmas, Paul, Ervin, Clyde, Carl and Olan Wagoner; and one sister, Leona Taylor.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial will be in Wagoner Cemetery, Yellow Creek. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JAMES HARDMAN

James E. Hardman, 86, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Gona and Ova Hinzman Hardman.

He was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School and served in the U.S. Army from October 1950 through October 1952. He was a member of the 17th OCS Company, stationed in Ft. Benning, Ga. He was as a member of W.Va. Pipe Trades Local 565 and retired in 1990 after working in Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville, and volunteered for several years at Calhoun County Committee on Aging.

Surviving are one step-daughter, Jennifer Morris; two step- grandchildren, Elizabeth O’Hara and Daniel Morris; four step-great-grandchildren, James and Jack O’Hara and Levi and Cooper Morris; three nieces, Sandra Rowell, Rosemary Sherwood, Harriet McCoy; one nephew, Harold Proudfoot; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 17 years, Bernice B. Yoke Hardman, in 2008; three sisters, Opal Proudfoot Hockey, Freda Buck and Wilma Stump; and three infant siblings.

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

 

OLETA JONES FERRELL

Oleta B. Jones Ferrell, 82, died Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late Homer and Icy Kemp Jones.

She spent a few years in Florida after retiring from Calhoun County Board of Education with 43 years of service. As her health began to fail, she moved to Grantsville to be near her family, until a four-month stay at Cedar Grove Assisted Living, Parkersburg. She was a long-time member of Brooksville Missionary Baptist Church, Big Bend. Pastor Barry Skaggs and wife June not only ministered to her, but were considered as part of her children.

Surviving are two sons, Russell Ferrell and Steve Ferrell; two daughters, Sue Williams and Barbara Tingler; seven grandchildren, Leslie Williams, Carla Taylor, Ruscee Ferrell, Joshua Ferrell, Oliva Ferrell, Tiffini Witte and Brandon Tingler; four great-grandchildren, Owen Taylor, Hallie Witte, Jasyme Tingler and Brooke Tingler; three sisters, Deloris Rogers, Leona Yoak and Joan Jones; one brother, James R. Jones; step-mother-in-law, Olga Ferrell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Ferrell, whom she married on May 6, 1950; one daughter, Debra; two sisters, Marguerite Zatik and Nancy Travis; and two brothers, Cleo Jones and Denzil (Pete) Jones.

At her request, she will be an organ donor and will be cremated, with no services. Burial will be held at the discretion of her family.

Memorials may be made to Calhoun-Gilmer Gideons, P.O. Box 20, Big Bend, WV 26136, or Cedar Grove Assisted Living Home, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

 

LANDON TAYLOR

Landon Taylor, 7, of Newark, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014, at CAMC, Charleston, from injuries sustained from a car accident on Mar. 11, 2014.

He was the son of Zachary Lee Taylor and Brittany Burns Taylor of Newark.

He was a second-grader at Wirt County Primary Center. He was an LKC C team All Star football player in 2013 and was in the top three of his weight class 7-8 year old 50-lb. division in the 2014 State Youth Wrestling Tournament.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Lance Taylor; grandparents, Mitch and Roberta Taylor and Jeff and Kristen Burns, all of Newark; great-grandparents, Janet and Richard Whited of Grantsville, Mary and Perry Daugherty of Elizabeth, Larry and Betty Walker of Belpre, Ohio, and Pat Walker of Florida; aunts and uncles, Chasity and Matt Steele of St. Marys, Danielle and Justin Conley of Mineral Wells and Josh and Stephanie Burns of Elizabeth; and several great-aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lucas Charles Taylor; and grandparents, Denzil Taylor, Harrison Bryant and Bill and Mary Burns.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Yellow Creek, next to his older brother, Lucas.

 

ELIZABETH ELLSWORTH MYERS

Elizabeth Ellsworth Myers died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014.

Surviving are one daughter, Laurrell; love of her life, Russ Stutler; and two sisters, Janice Ellsworth and Marge Ellsworth (her twin).

She was preceded in death by one son, A.J. Cooper; three husbands; and her parents.

Memorial service will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

LARRY O’NEAL POWELL

Larry O’Neal Powell, 64, of Akron, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Estel and Hagan Powell.

He was employed by Summa Health System, Akron City campus, for almost 46 years. He was involved in Local 684 for 40 years and president for at least 35 years. He enjoyed spending time at Middle Run Hunt Club in West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Bobbie; two sons, Larry “Neal” Powell and Brad Powell; three brothers, Richard Powell, Gary Powell and Lennis “Terry” Powell; two sisters, Jean Cole and Janet Savich; four granddaughters, April and Amy Baker, Shyann Powell and Sami Powell; one grandson, Zac Powell; one great-granddaughter, Riley Jackson; two great-grandsons, Joey Ortega and Jayden Gotto; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Erma Lee Houchin and husband Rex, and one grandson, Andrew O’Neal Powell.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron. Visitation will be held Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park. To leave a message for the family, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.

 

INEZ FOWLER

Inez H. Fowler, 89, of Newark, Ohio, died Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, at the Inn at Sharonbrook.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Emory and Vernia Kreaps.

She was a homemaker and a member of Church of Christ, and attend Marrtown Church of Christ, while living in Parkersburg.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Dale Fowler; two daughters, Sandra Pyles of Newark and Brenda Trubiana of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dee Kossoff of Bexley, Ohio, Justin Trubiana of Memphis and Alicia Trubiana of New York City; one great-grandchild, Sophie Kossoff; and two siblings, Lynn Kreaps of Parkersburg and Janet Harris of Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Rosaline Harris.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Randy Yerby officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

TAMMY JEAN CUNNINGHAM

Tammy Jean Cunningham, 44, of Mt. Zion, died Feb. 27, 2014, in Grantsville.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Larry and Agnes Hall of Cleveland.

She attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Michael W. Cunningham; one son, Michael D. Cunningham of Mt. Zion; five daughters, Stephanie Hall, Melissa Wengler, Melanie Wengler, Alexis Wengler and Desiree Wengler, all of Cleveland; one grandchild, Gabriel Kelley; two sisters, Theresa Whacker and Tina Harrell; one brother, Paul Eckel; and parents-in-law, Harold and Vera Jo Cunningham of Mt. Zion.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will follow at a later date in Cleveland.

 

MARGIE ELLEN ‘Midge’ HOSEY

Margie Ellen “Midge” Hosey, 76, of Grantsville, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2014.

She was born in Core, the daughter of the late John Robert Bean, Sr., and Mary Christina Bean of Granville.

She attended Victory Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Richard W. Hosey; one son, Charles R. Hosey of Grantsville; one daughter, Debra H. Williams and husband Thomas A. of Lake Mary, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brittany Polanco, Ernest Hosey and Mitchell Williams; and one brother, David W. Bean and wife Eileen K. of Granville.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles William Bean, John Robert Bean, Jr., and Leonard Edward Bean.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating, and burial in Betts Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BUHL ‘Pete’ MOORE

Buhl “Pete” Moore, 77, of Millwood, died Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Cecil Moore and Maysel Gray Moore.

He was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He worked in environmental services for 31 years at Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, and retired from Pechiney Rolled Products.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Gladys Moore; two daughters, Patricia Justice of Vinton, Ohio, and Pamela Brummette of Lexington, Ky.; two grandsons, Matthew Harding of Ravenswood and Aaron Harding of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one great-grandson, Mikal Harding of Ravenswood; four brothers, Calvin, Virgil, Broaddus and Clayton; three sisters, Mary, Dorothy and Dorcas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Leah.

Services were held at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Pastor Don Maxson officiating. Burial was in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

 

TERRY LEE NAYLOR

Terry Lee Naylor, 67, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2014, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Denver D. Naylor and Helen G. Starcher.

He was a Vietnam veteran and a Teamster and worked for Carl E. Smith. He also owned TLN Trucking.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Sue Naylor; two daughters, Crystal Dye and Amanda Naylor, both of Arnoldsburg; one grandson, Dennis Dye of Chloe; two granddaughters, Kirsta and Kamille Dye of Arnoldsburg; nine brothers, Joe Naylor, Randy Starcher, Charlie Starcher and Dana Starcher, all of Millstone, Stanley Starcher of Glenville, Fred Starcher of Arnoldsburg, Gary (Shoat) Starcher of Burning Springs, Cecil Naylor of Old Town, Fla., and Doug Naylor of Lacento, Fla.; and two sisters, Linda Gainy of Kissimmee, Fla., and Kandy Summers of Millstone.

He was preceded in death by one son, Brian G. Naylor; two brothers, Gary Starcher and Chuck Starcher; and three sisters, Monteray Duncan, Diana Murphy and Kathy Starcher.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Benjamin Kerby officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery, Altizer Road, Arnoldsburg.

 

BILLY HICKS

Billy R. Hicks, 71, of Rockport, died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.                                                                                

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Huey and Ethal Hicks.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Hicks; four sons, Randy Hicks of Parkersburg, Steve Hicks of Rockport, Mark Hicks of Quaker City, Ohio, and Rodney Hicks of Seville, Ohio; one daughter, Brenda Gilbert of Medina, Ohio; two daughters-in-law, Janet and Marie Hicks; 13 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Steven Hicks of Medina; and three sisters, Dorothy Horton, Jessie Matheney and Martha Leigh.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Phil Creecy officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JAMES FRANKLIN HOOVER

James Franklin Hoover, 79, of Warsaw, Ohio, former resident of Calhoun County, died Monday, Mar. 10, 2014, at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late George and Rhoada Arnold Hoover.

He was a steelworker at LTV Steel, formerly Republic Steel, and a member of Coshocton Sportsman’s Club and Tiverton Grange

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Marcella Geiser Hoover, whom he married Dec. 10, 1977; two sons, Jim Hoover of Polk, Ohio, and Thomas Hoover of Parma, Ohio; one daughter, Jill Willis of Coshocton; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gae Bailey of Minnora and Ernistine Dommer of Massillon, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be held Saturday, 4 p.m., at Fischer Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Chaplain Thomas Hoover officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Tiverton Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Coshocton Co. Animal Shelter, 21755 TR 164, Coshocton, OH 43812, or to Warsaw Lions Club (Minstrel Show), P.O. Box 72, Warsaw, OH 43844.

 

KATHY GIFFEN

Kathy Giffen, 54, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Wood County, the daughter of Ethel Carter Grogg of Williamstown and the late Edward M. Grogg.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Chad Giffen and Bradley Giffen, both of Belpre, Ohio; three grandchildren, McKayla Giffen, Kolten Giffen and IssaBella Giffen; two brothers, Lou Grogg of Lubeck and Mike Grogg of Arnoldsburg; two sisters, Kim Hillman of Parkersburg and Tina Davis of Williamstown; special friend, Kathy Greathouse; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Lawrence Giffen, and one brother, Wayne Grogg.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

 

LEONARD EDWARD HARDWAY

Leonard Edward Hardway, 41, of Spencer, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Memorial Division.

 He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Jackie Lee and Violet Perry Hardway.

He was a pipeliner.

 Surviving are three sons, Dustin Hardway of Spencer, Justin Hardway of Arnoldsburg and Nicholi Hardway of Elizabeth; one step-son, Briar Kelly of Spencer; two sisters, Brenda Mae Cline of Ravenswood and April Gay Hardway of Spencer; one brother, Donald Gary Hardway of Mineral Wells; and six nieces, Brionna Springston, Jaklyn Stone, Kayla, Tara, and Maya Cline, and Sarra Dawn Barr.

 He was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Lee “Punkin” Hardway, Jr.

Memorial service was scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

DAVE WILSON

Dave Wilson, 91, of Glenville, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Lon and Ora Wilson.

He was known around the area as “Santa Claus.”

Surviving are one brother, Bobby Wilson and wife Louise; one sister, Bertha McCune; one son, Bradford Wilson of Fremont, Ohio; one granddaughter, Mandy Paul and husband Scott of Fremont; three great-grandchildren, Aiden Paul, Matt Wadsworth and Brandi Wadsworth; and special friend, Gladys Champion.

He was preceded in death by wives, Lakie Wilson and Lula Wilson; one daughter, Carolyn Wilson; one brother, Earl Wilson; and one sister, Luella McCune.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Meadow Lane Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stump-funeralhomes.com.

 

ROGER SAMPSON

Roger O. Sampson, 58, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Bernard and Delta Kirby Sampson.

Surviving are one son, Roger Dooley of Grantsville; two sisters, Eva Geraldine Little of Mt Zion and Linda Husk of Grantsville; four grandchildren, Kati, Shane, Margaret and Seirra; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Lucinda Hammons.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Garwood, and two brothers, Robert Sampson and Harold Sampson.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Stemple Cemetery, Mt Zion.

 

GLEN DAWSON

Glen Dawson, 91, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014, at Camden Clark Memorial Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born at Creston, the son of the late Kelsey and Scottie Dawson.

He was a 1941 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was employed by the aircraft company of Glenn L. Martin, Baltimore, Md. When the U.S. entered World War II, he quit his job and enlisted, because his younger brother had been drafted. He served with the 82nd All American Airborne Division in the European Theatre and participated in the liberation of Holland (Operation Market Garden), the liberation of survivors of the Wobbelin concentration camp, Battle of Normandy, and others. He was wounded when his glider crashed behind enemy lines. The end of the war saw him and his brother reunited in Berlin. When he returned home, he married Delma Deems, graduated from Glenville State Teachers College, and spent most of his life in Calhoun County as a teacher and principal. After retiring, he devoted his time to his interests in oil and gas. He made recordings of historical notes of his drives around Calhoun, Wirt and Gilmer counties that contained anecdotes of the families that lived in the area, as well as his own childhood memories.

Surviving are one brother, John Dawson of Parkersburg; two sisters, Edna Mason of Jacksonville, Ill., and Carolyn Elza of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Delma Deems Dawson.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Law officiating. Burial will be in Bryner Chapel Cemetery, Joker. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BILLY HICKS

Billy R. Hicks, 71, of Rockport, died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.                                                                                

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Huey and Ethal Hicks.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Hicks; four sons, Randy Hicks of Parkersburg, Steve Hicks of Rockport, Mark Hicks of Quaker City, Ohio, and Rodney Hicks of Seville, Ohio; one daughter, Brenda Gilbert of Medina, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Steven Hicks of Medina; and three sisters, Dorothy Horton, Jessie Matheney and Martha Leigh.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Phil Creecy officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

VELMA HUMES STRANGE

Velma Humes Strange, 54, of Normantown, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at her home.

She was the daughter of Velma Louise Kerr Johnson and the late Richard James Humes, Sr.

She was a retired toolmaker for General Motors.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, John Perry; one daughter, Jeannette Kambasha; four grandchildren, John, Maria, Damoan and Marshall; one brother, Richard Humes; one sister, Elsie Humes; and a friend, Clay Minor.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Don Humes.

A private family service was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Her remains were cremated.

 

LETTY MARIE MOORE

Letty Marie Moore, 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late McKinley and Lula Ashley Burchett.

She was a retired hospital worker and a Baptist.

Surviving are one sister, Nina Harrison of Spencer; one brother, Charlie Burchett of Elyria, Ohio; two sons, Gary Moore of Duck and Howard Moore, Jr., of East Bank; two daughters, Lela White of Orma and Carolyn Murphy of Chloe; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Moore; three brothers, Gene Burchett, Carl Burchett and Lonnie Burchett; one sister, Kathryn Walker; and one granddaughter, Barbara White.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Joseph Dawson officiating. Burial was in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

CHARLES RAY ‘Chuck’ BURROWS-GILLESPIE

Charles Ray “Chuck” Burrows-Gillespie, 54, of Niles, Ohio, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Warren, Ohio.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Zona Marie Burrows of Garrettsville, Ohio, and the late William (Bill) Burrows.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his grandmother, Leone Burrows of Marietta, Ohio; two sons, Jeremy Burrows of Millstone and Brian Burrows of Mt. Zion; two daughters, Shastina Gillespie of Kent, Ohio, and Cortney Crum of Palmyra, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Kurtis, Jason, Landon, Alexis, Bailey, Cayce and Brooklyn; three sisters, Regina Schwan of Lavonia, Ga., Joyce Gutierrez of Springfield, Tenn., and Marlene Conklin of Ravenna, Ohio; four nieces; and six nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lillie and Donzel Butler and D.K. Burrows, and two uncles, Jack Butler and Willard Burrows.

Services were held at Stoney Point New Hope Church, Altizer Road, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Garry Bowen officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Beech Road, Minnora.

 

CHARLES STARCHER

Charles Edward Starcher, 71, of Mineral Wells, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, Clarks-burg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley and Dorothy Connally Starcher.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Sav-A-Tool, Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Annabelle Hathaway Starcher; one step-daughter, Elizabeth Masters and husband Kenneth of Parkers-burg; two step-sons, Jack Whited and wife Delores of Grantsville and Lewis Whited of Mineral Wells; one sister, Joyce Bouvea and husband Robert of Madison, Ohio; one brother, Robert Wayne Starcher and wife Eula of Parkersburg; one half-brother, Golden Starcher of Sheridan, Ohio; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Memorial services will be held Saturday, 5 p.m., at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 19th and Park streets, Parkersburg, with Daniel Morikone officiating. Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Online guestbook is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

NINA JUNE GEER

Nina June Geer, 73, of Slate, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born at Grantsville, the daughter of the late Orval and Rosalea Bell Wilson.

She had been employed at Brockway Glass as a production worker.

Surviving are two sons, Willard Ray Geer II of Parkersburg and Eric Geer of Ripley; one daughter, Gina Kuhl of Slate; seven grandchildren, Kris, Micalyn, Zach, Jeremy, Bailey, Brittany and Donovan; four brothers, Woody Wilson of Charleston, Carroll Wilson of Calhoun County, Joe Wilson of Seattle, Wash., and Mike Wilson of Weston; five sisters, Eileen Ullom of Massillon, Ohio, Pat Cunningham and Pam Rowley, both of Parkersburg, Martha Haddox of Belleville and Norma Jones of Calhoun County; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Ray Geer; one brother, Bill Wilson; and one sister, Lois Cunningham.

It was her request to be cremated. There will be no services or visitation. Burial of her ashes will be at Rockland Cemetery, Belpre, Ohio.

 

WILLARD BURROWS

Willard R. Burrows, 74, of Grantsville, formerly of Windham, Ohio, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at his niece’s home in Streetsboro, Ohio.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Leone Kelly Burrows of Marietta, Ohio, and the late D.K. Burrows.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965 and worked as a supervisor for General Motors for 30 years, where he had perfect attendance.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Burrows, many nieces and nephews, Debbie and Jimmy, Jamie and Kelly, Whitney and Jeff, Kim and Ken, Laurie and Espy, Donny and Kim, Pete and Yogi, and more; one sister, Louise Kovar; and two brothers, Charles Burrows and Denzil Burrows.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Burrows.

Services were held at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home, Streetsboro, with Brother Willie Ailstock officiating. Burial was in Windham Township Cemetery.

 

BARBARA CAMPBELL

Barbara L. Campbell, 67, of Big Springs, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late William C. and Nila Kight Osbourne.

She was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Michael “Mick” Campbell; two sisters, Judy Gregory of Bristol, Tenn., and Doris Campbell of Scott Depot; one brother, Carl Ray Osbourne of Big Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James R. Osbourne.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman and Chris Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Westfall Cemetery, Smithville. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CHRISTINA MARIE CHANCELLOR

Christina Marie Chancellor, 26, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of Kimberly Sue McKibben of Parkersburg and Thurl Edward Godfrey, Jr., of Mingo County.

She was a student with QC Makeup Academy.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her step-father, Christopher McKibben; one sister, Tanya Godfrey of Parkersburg; uncles, Steve Wagoner and Kevin Wagoner; grandmother, Leigh Wagoner; several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles; and her fiancé, Andrew Jarvis.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Thurl E. Godfrey and Wilford Wagoner.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

 

MARY EAKIN

Mary G. Eakin, 84, of Akron, Ohio, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

She was born in Nicut, the daughter of the late Clay and Seretha King Sears.

Surviving are one son, James Eakin of New York; two daughters, Linda Starcher and Barbara Kisner, both of Akron; six grandchildren, William Byrd, William Eakin, Christie Kraus, James Kisner, Robert Eakin and Irina Eakin; nine great-grand-children, Austin Walker Sullivan, Trevor and Tyler Eakin, Jaden, Jared, Julia and Jimmy Kisner, and Lauren and Nathan Kraus; one brother, Delbert Sears; and two sisters, Olena Pyle and Delores Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Blair; one son, Joseph Clay; and one grandson, Richard B. Kisner.

Private services were held.

 

CATHERINE ‘Kitty’ MARIE HUGHES PURSLEY

Catherine “Kitty” Marie Hughes Pursley, 90, of Spencer, died Friday Jan. 31, 2014, in Dacula, Ga.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Alfred and Minnie Rampp Kemmner.

She traced her heritage to the Rampp and Kemmner families, who were early settlers of Richardson, Calhoun County.

She was a switchboard operator at Spencer State Hospital and a telephone operator for C&P and Southern Bell. She also worked for Spencer Newspapers. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, both of Spencer.

Surviving are one daughter, Julie Hughes Stewart and husband Kelly of Dacula; one son, Kevin Stewart Hughes and wife Lynda of Suwanee, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jeremy Stewart, Brandon Stewart, Tiffany Hughes, Lauren Stewart and Justin Hughes; two great-grandchildren, Audrey Stewart and Andrew Stewart; one brother, John Kemmner of Spencer; one step-daughter, Linda Miller of Easley, S.C., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by former husbands, Romie Russell Hughes and Paul Edgar Pursley; one brother, Chester Alfred Kemmner; one sister, Audrey Kemmner; and one grandson, Jesse Hughes.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

 

ALFRED LEON CLINE

Alfred Leon Cline, 75, of Sandyville, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

He was born in Leroy, the son of the late Elliott and Zona “Wilkinson” Cline.

He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Germany. He worked for Union Carbide for several years and retired from Eveready Battery Co., Marietta, Ohio, after 28 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Buffington Cline; two daughters, Teresia Fought of Big Springs and Rebecca Almashy of Sandyville; one son, Alfred Cline, Jr., of Sandyville; one grandson, Adam Abel of Big Springs; three granddaughters, Tonya Fought Lanham of Parkersburg and Sara Almashy and Jessica Almashy, both of Sandyville; two brothers, Elden Cline of Sandyville and Elbert Cline of Walker; and one sister, Velma (Carol) Bain of Leroy.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Lora Marie Sullivan, in 2009.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Union Chapel Church, Windy Ridge Road, Sandyville, with Pastor Danny Schreckengost officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 1 p.m., at the church. Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.lamberttatman.com.

  

LURETTA BOOTH

Luretta L. Booth, 91, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Willows Center.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Emma Busch Mason.

She was a 1941 graduate of Parkersburg High School and worked for Broida’s, Stone & Thomas and Jay Jay Dress Shop at Chancellor Hotel. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 50 years.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years, John C. Booth; one son, John C. Booth III of Davisville; and two grandsons, Hunter C. Booth of Parkersburg and Sam Farrah of St. Louis, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Jesse Mason; three sisters, Irene Appel, Lucille Siginthawal and Ruth McPherson; and one grandson, Darin Booth.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, with Dr. William Thomas officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

MARY LOUISE POWELL HAYS

Mary Louise Powell Hays, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Roanoke, Va.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Thurl Charles and Zoë Altizer Powell.

She married her next door neighbor, now deceased, Samuel Arnold Hays, on June 9, 1951, after he served in World War II and graduated from WVU with a law degree. They were married in Louisa Chapel, named for his great-grandmother Louisa Sexton, who married Peregrine Hays, who gave the land on which the church was built. Mary and Sam retired in 1985 to Roanoke to live near family. She was a member of Down to Earth Garden Club, Newark, Ohio, Greenwalled Garden Club, Frederick, Md., and Sugar Loaf Garden Club, Roanoke.

Surviving are one son, Col. (ret.) Mark Warren Hays and wife Gwen of Sandy, Utah; one daughter, Rev. Melissa Hays-Smith and husband Howard of Roanoke; five grandchildren; one great- granddaughter; and relatives of the Hays, Powell and Altizer families.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, 1 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, Roanoke, where she was received in 2007. Reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial will be in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, Va.

 

MACEL PEARL BOWE CARPENTER

Macel Pearl Bowe Carpenter, 83, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born on Rush Run, Orma, the daughter of the late Aristotle and Mary Jane Cottrill.

She worked and retired from Spencer State Hospital.

Surviving are one son, David Bowe and wife Macel Sue of Reedy; one daughter, JoRita Parsons and husband Rick of Spencer; one step-son, Richard Carpenter and wife Edna of Reedy; two step-daughters, Dottie Lou Hersman of Spencer and Sylvia Gibson of Reedy; two brothers, Tom Butler of Spencer and Charlie Butler of Reedy; one sister, Nina Conley of Chloe; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oden Carpenter; one daughter, Jeannie McCumbers; three brothers, Victor Butler and Scott Butler, Jr., both of Orma, and Milton Butler of Creswell, Oregon; and three sisters, Flossie French, Mae Coolidge and Louisa Yearian.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Tim Couch officiating. Burial was in Noble Cemetery, near Peniel.

 

EZRA JACK SMALL

Ezra Jack Small, 81, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Miletree Center, Spencer.

He was born in Wickham, Raleigh County, the son of the late Henry Small and the late Flossie Boswell.

He was a retired owner and operator of an asphalt paving company.

Surviving are his children, grandchildren and cousins.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback.

 

RUTH JONES BARKER

Ruth G. Jones Barker, 92, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at home.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Herbert and Oma Parsons.

She was a homemaker and a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Britton, with whom she resided; four sons, Herbert M. Jones of La Grange, Ill., and Francis L. Jones, Harry E. Jones and Frank L. Jones, all of Parkersburg; several step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lloyd Jones and William Barker; three sisters; and one brother.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery.

 

BILLY CARTER

Billy R. Carter, 60, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at his home.

He was born as one of twins in Galax, Va., the son of the late Ada Thomason and John Carter.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Judy Carter; one brother, Larry Carter of Salem, Ohio; two step-sons, Tim Brood of Grantsville and Bill Harvey of Fairfax, Va.; two step-daughters, Cordelia Smith of Mt. Zion and Denise Bentz of Creston; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Memorial service will be held in the spring.

 

JOAN DAVIS GORDON

Joan Davis Gordon, 63, of Orma, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born on Rush Run, Orma, the daughter of the late Lenora Mae Butler and Arlie Darrell Davis.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald James Gordon, Jr., and wife Dawn of Lawrenceville, Va.; Daniel Allen Gordon and wife Robin of Arnoldsburg and Bobby Gordon of Spencer; one daughter, Amanda Jennette Gordon King and husband James of Orma; eight grandchildren; her husband, Ronald James Gordon, Sr.; two sisters, Connie Davis Yopp of Orma and Joyce Davis Gray of Edwards, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Aristotle Butler and Mary Jane Cottrell; step-father, Emmett Cooledge; one sister, Carol Ann Davis Durgan; one brother, Aristotle Darrell Davis; and one daughter, Jessica Lynn Gordon.

Services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CAROL MARGARET JONES

Carol Margaret Jones, 70, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late William Clyde and Cora Margarette Knight Duskey.

She worked as a certified nurse’s aide at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg, Glenville Nursing Home, and Calhoun General Hospital.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Lynn Smith of Arnoldsburg and Brenda Kay Jones of Grantsville; one son, Bruce Allen Jones of Big Springs; nine grandchildren, Chad Smith, Bryan Smith, Holly Smith, Suzie Marks, Jessica Jones, Caleb Jones, Alexander McCumbers, Melinda McCumbers and Caroline McCumbers; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dakota Smith, Ava Nichols, Blake Nichols, Katie Smith, Ty Benson, Felicity Shannon, William Marks, Coy Marks, McKenzie Marks and Cameron Taylor.

She was preceded in death by husband, Everett Coy Jones; one brother, Larry Duskey; and one grandson, Allen Smith II.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Saunders Cemetery in the spring. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

FRANCIS ‘Frank’ COX

Francis W. “Frank” Cox, 83, of Murphytown, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

He was born in Ritchie County, the son of the late Lloyd W. and Sylvia G. Jones Cox.

He was a 1950 graduate of Harrisville High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from G.E. Chemical Co. and was a member of Murphytown United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Stansberry Cox; four daugh-ters, Mary Ann Testerman and Sandra Cox, both of Delbarton, Carolyn Cox of Martinsburg and Judy Prusack of Grantsville; five step-daughters, Rosalinda Brown of California, Teresa Wilson of Washington, D.C., Cathy Eckard of Oregon, Roxanna Price of Pennsylvania and Janetta Hampton of Maryland; three step-sons, Charles “Chuck” Stansberry of Ohio and Karlson Stansberry and Jason Stansberry, both of Maryland; two granddaughters, Ruby and Amber Prusack of Grantsville; two brothers, Samuel L. Cox and Edwin E. Cox, both of Harrisville; one sister, Glenda Lucille Bransford of Williamsburg; and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lora Mae Laird Cox; one sister, L. Jane Lordeon; one brother, David Wayne Cox; and step-son, Stephen Stansberry.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Chevauxdefrise Cemetery, Washburn.

 

RONALD LEE KENDALL

Ronald Lee Kendall, 48, of Florence, Ky., died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his residence.

He was the son of Mae Kendall Hampton and the late Cleston Kendall.

He worked as a machine operator for Northern Kentucky Machine.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Andria and Anissa Kendall; two grandchildren, Kaliann and Andrew; two sisters, Wanda and Debbie; and one brother, Kenny.

Services were held in Kentucky. Burial will be held at a later date in Nobe Cemetery.

 

WILLIAM ‘Bill’ KELLEY

William T. “Bill” Kelley, 95, of Vincent, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley and Arzona Kelley.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in World War II, and was plant manager at Union Carbide, with over 30 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church since the early 1950s.

 Surviving are three sons, Thomas Kelley of Cave Creek, Ariz., David Kelley of Vincent and Mark Kelley of Louisville, Tex.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Kelley; two brothers, Harold Kelley and Dr. Robert Kelley; and three sisters, Pat Eckels, Dorothy Eckert and Rata Bell Hall.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Rich McClure officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, with Veterans Rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

JACK WILLIAM KIRCHBERG

Jack William Kirchberg, 80, of Glenville, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital, Clarksburg.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Herman Wesley and Ninevah Damaris Salmons Kirchberg.

He worked in the oil and gas field as an equipment operator.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Opal J. Carter Kirchberg; two sons, Randy Kirchberg and wife Marcie of Buckhannon and Steve Kirchberg and wife Sherry of Morganton, N.C.; two daughters, Patty Thrasher and husband Cliff and Anita Sprouse and husband Mike, all of Glenville; 12 grandchildren, C.J. Thrasher, Steve Kirchberg, Jr., Andrea Rounds, Olivia Lewis, Marissa Fox, Amanda Lambert, Geneva Thrasher, Jarod Kirchberg, Valeri Sprouse, Jacqueline Kirchberg, Hilari Sprouse and Jennifer Westfall; eight great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Lewis, Destiny Lambert, Maeva Rounds, Kendra Fox, Aiden Kirchberg, Evan Kirchberg, Elliot Fox and Bryson Lambert; and, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David Kirchberg and Charles Kirchberg; one step-brother, Harry Kirchberg; and step-father, Senate Cottrill.

Private military service was scheduled Wednesday at West Virginia National Cemetery.

 

CLETUS BUSH

Cletus L. Bush, 76, of Boaz, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Revere, the son of the late Arley and Iva G. Boyce Bush.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the American Legion Post 15, Williamstown. He retired from glass manufacturer Comar, Inc., Vineland, N.J., and returned to his native West Virginia in 2001.

Surviving are one son, Cletus N. “Butch” Bush of Williams-town; one daughter, Deanna Bush of Williamstown; four grand-children, Diana Marie McGee, Patrick R. Bush, Katie A. Bush and Freddie Stouffer III; four great-grandchildren, Cody, Owen, Zoey and Paylezy; one brother, Donald Bush of Tanner; one sister, Donna Grogg of Glennville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi L. Kitchen Bush in 2011; one daughter, Kimberly L. Staddon; three brothers, Richard Bush, James Bush and Robert Bush; and six sisters, Mildred Yoak, Lois Carpenter, Ruby Weaver, Margaret Dunbar, Christine L. Minner and Roberta West Wunderlich.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Laura Godwin officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, with full military rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Friday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.LeavittFuneralHome.com .

 

JOHN RICE

John Rice, 80, of Fairfax, Va., died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Monna Sampson Rice, formerly of Calhoun County; two sons, Gary Ray Rice and Loren Keith Rice; four grandchildren, Rachel, Justin, Jackson and Isaiah Rice; three step-grandchildren, Stephanie Blair, Crystal Robinson and Shannon Williamson; three step-great-grandchildren, Cole Robinson, Reese Creamer and Christian Blair.

Graveside services were held at Hillsboro Cemetery, Purcellville, Va.

 

ALBERT RAY SELMON

Albert Ray Selmon, 85, of Five Forks, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Broomstick, the son of the late Alfred Preston and Mattie Jane Selmon.

He worked in the oil and gas industry, highway and pipeline construction, drove a school bus and retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways. He was a member of Five Forks Community Church where he taught for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Opal G. Selmon; two daughters, Phyllis M. Smith and Sandra S. Osborne; two grandsons, Christopher J. Osborne and Matthew C. Osborne; two granddaughters, Dena M. Roberts and Tiffany B. Allison; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Haden, Jayda, Kinlea and Caden; and two great-great-grandchildren, Dylan and Elli.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronzil Selmon and Floyd Selmon; one sister, Grace Herron LaRue; and one nephew, Ronnie Herron.

Services were held at Five Forks Community Church, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Broomstick Cemetery.

 

MARJORIE ROSE BUSH MATHESS

Marjorie Rose Bush Mathess, 79, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Parkersburg Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born at Big Springs, the daughter of the late Ernest L. and Hester Viola Wilson Bush.

She had taught school in Calhoun County and was a Protestant.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory Alan “Greg” Mathess and Ricky Lee “Rick” Mathess, both of Parkersburg; two daughters, Jacklyn D. “Jackie” Casto of Belpre, Ohio, and Jennifer D. Penny-backer of Parkersburg; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Jack Bush of Mineral Wells and Porter Bush of Lubeck; two sisters, Maxine Crouch of Vienna and Marie Weese of Beckley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Estel Mathess; one son, Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Mathess; and two brothers, Ernie Bush and Charles Bush.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Norman Butler and Pastor Gene Waybright officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

IDA BARTON DAY

Ida Barton Day, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Archdale, N.C.

She was born at Sutton.

Surviving are one son, Robert Barton of Titusville, Fla.; three brothers, James Wilson of Wayne, Donald Wilson of Trinity, N.C., and Jerry Wilson of Kent, Ohio; one sister, Anna Dean of St. Marys; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hanzel Darrel Barton; her second husband, Burnett Day; two daughters, Mary Morgan and Cheryl Grissett; and one sister, Garnet Fruits.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

 

PAUL MORGAN LESTER

Paul Morgan Lester, 84, of Spencer, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born at Pink, the son of the late Kenny and Grace Morgan Lester.

He lived his youth in Calhoun and Roane counties and was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he worked for the power company in Spencer and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and spent 33 years working at General Motors. He was a Christian and in December 2012 gave his life to the Lord.

Surviving are two nieces, Johanna Lester and Linda Crawford, and friends, Gary and Delores Hensley of Spencer and Lula Young.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John; one sister, Ruth; and one nephew, Wayne.

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

 

OLEETA BROWN DOTY

Oleeta M. Brown Doty, 87, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Dennis J. and Ruth Bennett Wease.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Mountain State College. She retired from Sears and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Shirley Martin of New Martinsville, Patty R. Bosley of Parkersburg and Cheryl Hall of Leechburg, Pa.; three sons, Rick Stillwaggoner of New Martins-ville, Mike Brown of Spokane, Wash., and Bobby Brown of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one brother, Donzil B. Wease of Grantsville; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dale E. Brown; her second husband, Delbert Junior Doty; one sister, Estelle Wease; and one grandchild, Angelina Martin.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Todd E. Hill officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen North Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

AUDRA WADE

Audra J. Wade, 92, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at her son’s residence.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Albert and Doshia Harris Williams.

She was a homemaker for most of her life and a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, Clyde Wade and wife Peggy of Tanner and Delmas Wade and wife Ellen of Mt. Zion; one sister, Thelma Demanski of Livonia, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Herbert B. Wade, on Aug. 22, 1984; one son, Oras Wade; two daughters, Edith Bush and Loraine Wade; three sisters, Maude Tucker, Hulda Kight and Lula Boone; four brothers, Shirley Ray Williams, Sherman Aaron Williams, Thurman Elton Williams and Harold Elias Williams; one grandson, Paul Wade; and twin granddaughters who died at birth.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Three Poplar Cemetery, Holts Run, Rt. 5 West, Glenville.

 

ALMA MARIE ‘Ducky’ McCUMBERS DOOLITTLE

Alma Marie “Ducky” McCumbers Doolittle, 77, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was the daughter of the late Jenk and Corda Goff McCumbers.

Surviving are by four daughters, Wilma Ann Tucker of Washington, Ohio, Annalee McCumbers and Dorene Kay “Cricket” Doolittle, both of Grantsville, and Glenna Sue Doolittle of Elizabeth; two sons, Earl Dale “Bo” Doolittle of Spencer and Orville “Jack” Doolittle of Cox’s Mills; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Earl Doolittle; one daughter, Dora Pauline “Woody” Doolittle; and two sons, Junior Eugene “Dave” Doolittle and Everett Rufus Doolittle.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating, and burial in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

GARRETT HOBERT GAINER

Garrett Hobert Gainer, 83, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Victor and Alta Gainer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955 in Germany. He retired from General Motors, Parma, Ohio, after 30 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanetta Bruso and Karen Fliger; four sons, Michael Gainer, Randall Gainer, Jeff Gainer and Kenneth Gainer; four brothers, Dale Gainer, Ronzel Gainer, Wendell Gainer and Darrell Gainer; two sisters, Sue Richards and Midge Hathaway; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine, and five sisters, Geneva Piotrowski, Lenore Gherke, Ota McCoy, Mary Kelley and Reva Owens.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, with Rev. Ronzel Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

HOWARD MOWERY

Howard Mowery, 82, of Glenville, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Genesis Health Care Center.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Jacob and Mamie Clevenger Mowery.

He worked odd jobs and farmed for local people of Cedarville. He was a Christian.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Jenkins of Perkins and Gertrude Jenkins of Gassaway; two brothers, Burnie Mowery of Weston and Clayton Mowery of Big Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Mowery, Sammy Mowery and Robert Mowery, and one sister, Maggie Parker.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

WARREN ‘Dick’ MIDCAP

Warren G. “Dick” Midcap, 72, of Spencer, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Pink, Calhoun County, the son of the late Don and Audra Nutter Midcap.

He was a lifelong farmer and a 35-year employee of Spencer Livestock Market.

Surviving are his special angel, Shirley West of Spencer; four sisters; and special friends, Ronald and Carol West of Spencer, Don and Vicky West of Arnoldsburg and Danny Harris of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating, and burial in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home.

 

IVERSON VELVY LINGER, JR.

Iverson Velvy Linger, Jr., 72, of Newton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Iverson Velvy and Goldie Marie Smith Linger, Sr.

He was a retired equipment operator for W.Va. Dept. of Highways. He was a member of IUOE, Local 132, Charleston. He was a member of Newton Baptist Church and often attended Walnut Memorial Church, Chloe.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Juanita B. Hensley Linger; three sons, Richard Kevin Linger of Milton and David Bruce Linger and Philip Edwin Linger, both of Newton; two sisters, Karen Linger and Frances Linger, both of Clemmons, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, noon, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Ron Fisher and Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Point Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

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