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Garland G. Deweese, 82, of Looneyville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

He was born at Tariff, Roane County, the son of the late Gail Deweese and Alice Russell.

He retired from Pennzoil and was a member of Teamsters Union, Local 175, Charleston, Linden Lodge No. 83 AF&AM, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Linden Chapter No. 152, Order of Eastern Star, Henry’s Fork Baptist Church and W.Va. Draft Horse and Mule Association.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Wanda M. Brannon Deweese; one daughter, Barbara McClain and husband Eddie of Spencer; two sons, Perry Deweese of Looneyville and Phillip Deweese of Dawson, Pa.; three grandsons; one granddaughter; two step-great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Richard Deweese of Charleston; four half-sisters, Nina Bailey of Milton, Judy Smith of Teays Valley, Dorothy Black of Charleston and Donna Collins of St. Albans.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Grace Jarvis Deweese; paternal grandparents, Neal and Dairie Deweese, who raised him from the age of five; three half-sisters, Nada Coon, Della Rummel and Linda White; and one half-brother, Ray Deweese.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Homer Hensley officiating. Burial, with Masonic graveside rites, was in Clover Cemetery.



Douglas Eugene Cottrell, 44, of Mole Hill, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born at Buckhannon, the son of Calvin and Nancy Cottrell of Orma.

He was employed by H.G. Energy, LLC, for 10 years.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Lori Cottrell of Spencer; one sister and brother-in-law, Ramonia and Mark McCann of Wellsville, N.Y.; two daughters, Katelyn Cottrell of Elizabeth and Kaylee Cottrell of Alma; one nephew, Christian Cottrell of Huntington; two nieces, Zoe and Grace McCann of Wellsville; nine aunts, Greta Bargelow, Mildred McBride, Kathy Starcher, Loretta Bishop, Carol Summers, Vera Johnson, Connie Hoskins, Patty Cottrell and Glenna Cesaro; six uncles, Don Cottrell, Dave Cottrell, Burl Cottrell, Gerald Cottrell, Wayne Groves and Rodney Groves; and lots of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Fred and Virginia Anderson Groves; paternal grandparents, Noah and Fronia Jones Cottrell; three uncles, Roger Groves, Melvin Cottrell and Darrell Cottrell; and two aunts, Marie Cottrell and Freda Bugden.

Memorial service was held at Arnoldsburg Community Building, with Rev. Danny Hopkins officiating, and arrangements by John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.



Maryland Virginia Dye Ingram, 82, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

She was born in Coal Fork, Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Harold Glen and Estie Greathouse Dye.

She was a 1952 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended business college in Clarksburg. She married Chester H. Ingram, Jr., on Sept. 20, 1953, in Grantsville. In 1962, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and had five children. After 26 years of service, she retired as a supervisor from Beehive Clothing Mills, Salt Lake. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Surviving are her husband, Chester; two sons, Bruce Ingram and Marc Ingram; two daughters, Jennifer Forbes and Stephanie Wilkey; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Dye and Keith Dye; and one sister, Ruth Ellen Bell.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny Dye, Dennis Dye and Donnie Dye; and one son, Lesley Wayne Ingram.

Services were held at Kearns 14th Ward Church. Burial was in Redwood Memorial Estates.



Sherry Lynn Starcher Gunn, 59, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, after a battle with cancer.

Sherry was born in Grantsville, the daughter of William and Phyllis Jett Starcher.

She was preceded in death by her father when she was 16. She earned a Board of Regents degree from Glenville State College and worked as a laboratory technician for 40 years. She was a long-time employee of Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Surviving are her husband, Donald Poe Gunn of Mt. Zion; two children, Eric Thompson and Kelley Cain, both of Mt. Zion; one step-daughter, Dayna Gunn of Maryland; her mother, Phyllis Hathaway of Grantsville; one sister, Diana Satterfield of Millstone; two brothers, Kim Starcher of Spencer and Kevin Starcher of Millstone; two step-sisters, Denise Bunner of Creston and Linda Martin of Mt. Zion; one step-brother, Mark Stump of Grantsville; three grandsons, Ryan Little of Millstone and Aaron Russell and Carter Thompson, both of Mt. Zion; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Weaver and Rev. Gene Satterfield officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Online condolences may be expressed at



Jennings Paul Ellison, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at home.

He was the son of the late John and Fanny Snodgrass Ellison of Oka.

He retired from Carpenter’s Union in West Virginia and Ohio, receiving his 50-year pin. He was a member of the W.Va. Draft Horse and Mule Association for years. He owned two teams: Duke and Doc and Vic and Roc. He was a member of Minnora United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie, with whom he had celebrated 65 years of marriage on Nov. 7, 2014; two sons, Steve Ellison and Clifford Ellison, both of Orma; two daughters, Betty Moore of Orma and Pam Jones of Berea, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Rodney Ellison, Brian Bailey, Amy Watkins, Ryan Ellison, Tyler Ellison, Kristi Falconberry, Kevin Jones and Keith Jones; and 12 great- grandchildren, Trevor Ellison, Christian, Austin and Morgan Bailey, Jacob Watkins, McKenna, Adam and Josiah Falconberry, Samantha and Kate Jones and Amelia and Levi Jones.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Aundrel, Leo, Charles and Glenn, and one sister, Irene.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Ellison Cemetery on his farm at Orma.



Kimberly Sue Calabrese, 53, of Lumberton, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Duke University Medical Center.

She was born in Barberton, Ohio, the daughter of Doris Marie Wayne of Elizabeth and the late Ira Ray Wayne.

She was a 1979 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She earned a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA from Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, N.C., and a master’s in information technology from Walsh College, Novi, Mich. At the time of her death, she was nearing the completion of a doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University, Miami. Before her two-year battle with cancer, she was a professor at Robeson Community College, Lumberton.

Surviving are her husband, Carmen Francis; one daughter, Cailee Frances, 11; three brothers, Jeff Case, John Wayne and Christopher Wayne; two sisters, Melissa Armbrust and Andrea Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her newborn twins, Caitlin Rose and Courtney Marie.

Services were held at Locklear & Son Funeral Home, Pembroke, N.C., with Minister Roger Wayne officiating.



Thomas D. Conley, 49, of Procious, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

He was born in Clay, the son of the late William G. and Janice E. Drake Conley.

He was an auto mechanic and a member of Grannies Creek Goodwill Community Church.

Surviving are his wife, Anna G. Conley of Procious; one daughter, Tara L. Collins of Elkview; one son, Thomas W. Conley, Jr., of Coeburn, Va.; two grandchildren, Allison J. Collins and Lilith G. Collins; and two sisters, Deborah K. Ray of Clendenin and Cynthia L. Dumont of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Conley.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Gary Drake officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.



Betty Wayne Wilson, 85, of Vienna, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Beech, the daughter of the late Orlando H. and Ruby Price Wayne.

She was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School and 1972 graduate of Marshall University. She retired as an elementary school teacher in Wood and Ritchie counties. She was a member of Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna, Agape Fellowship, and Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Doyle of Vienna and Valerie Borthwick of Snowmass Village, Colo.; one son, James L. Wilson, Jr., of Terra Alta; one sister, Virginia Hall of Taylors, S.C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. James L. Wilson, and one brother, Billy Joe Wayne.

Memorial service was held at Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna, with Rev. Greg Markins officiating. Inurnment will be held at Clover Cemetery, Roane County, at a later date.



Oran “Duffy” Cottrell, 82, of Kirkersville, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Living Care Alternatives.

He was born in West Virginia, son of the late John and Stella Cottrell.

He worked for Ohio Stave Co. and Rittberger Meats.

Surviving are two sisters, Gelia “Jill” Gladman of Zanesville, Ohio, and Alma Frazier of Indiana, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Leo Cottrell, Arlan Cottrell, Roy Cottrell, Ottice Cottrell and George Cottrell, and four sisters, Viola Helmic, Edith Price, Letha Dunlap and Virginia Cottrell.

Services were held at DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home, Zanesville, Ohio. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery.



Florence Kight Knight, 92, of San Antonio, Tex., died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Paramount Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, San Antonio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Henry and Hattie Burrows Kight, Sr.

Florence and husband Jack moved from Grantsville to Hamlin in 1944, where he worked for Marietta Torpedo Co. They moved to Huntington in 1949, where she began working as a seamstress. She also sewed all three bridesmaids dresses wore in her granddaughter’s wedding. She was a long-time member of Order of Eastern Star, Huntington Chapter No. 8; former member of Mud River Baptist Church, Ona, and current member of Windcrest United Methodist Church, San Antonio, where she was active in Builder’s Sunday School class, Royal Order of Terrific Seniors, craft class and Games Day, since she and her daughter moved to San Antonio in 1992. She was a life-time subscriber to The Calhoun Chronicle and attended many of her high school and family reunions.

Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Hoch and husband Ronald; twin great-grandsons, Tanner Paul Casey and Trevor Knight Casey; their father, Paul; chosen granddaughter, Sheila K. Foster; nephews, Forrest Kelley and wife Dolores and Robert Kelley and wife Carolyn, all of Englewood, Fla.; niece, Maxine Kelley Boling and husband Garlin of Englewood; first cousins, Freddie C. Kight and wife Madeline of Panama City, Fla., Dane Whipkey and wife Harriet and Melba Dye Starcher and husband Kenny; Jack’s brothers, Olen C. Knight and wife Ruth and John D. Knight and wife “GiGi”; Jack’s sister, Dortha L. Starling; and sister-in-law, Emogene Knight.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Donald J. “Jack” Knight; two siblings, Dola and Doyle Kight; and two grandchildren, Lyn Casey and Donald Markland Albers.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m., at Windcrest United Methodist Church, 8101 Midcrown, San Antonio, TX 78239. Interment of ashes will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in August. Online condolences may be expressed at



Samuel Leo Thompson, 92, died Friday, Jan. 2, at Willow Trace Nursing Home, Butler, Ala.

He was born in Butler, the son of the late Sam O. and Maxine Thompson.

He worked for Operators and Engineers as a heavy equipment operator. After he quit his job, he bought a 130-acre farm in Calhoun County, where he and his wife Anne raised their children. Later, he returned to Alabama to hunt, fish and cruise on the Tom Bigee River.

Surviving are his children, Leo Thompson and wife Bonnie, Donna Hostetler and husband Charles, Jerald Thompson, Randy Thompson and wife Dawn, Crystal Thompson, Melanie Thompson and Tracy Thompson, and 19 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalee Murphy Thompson; three sisters, Bertha, Ruby and Elaine; two brothers, Vernon Thompson and Bud Thompson; and one son, David Jack Thompson.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., in the chapel of Phillips Funeral Home, Gilbertown, Ala., with visitation from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and burial in Womack Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at



Genavie L. Richards Freed, 87, of Big Bend, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Leamon and Clara Lewis Richards.

Surviving are six children, Ivan Richards of Belpre, Ohio, Von Richards of Vincent, Ohio, Sophia Haines of Canal Fulton, Ohio, Arlene Sampson of Grantsville, and Darlene Cunningham and Roger Richards, both of Big Bend; three sisters, Edna Radcliff and Grace Wagoner, both of Big Bend, and Lily Jean Bush of Parkersburg; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester O. Richards, Jr.; two grandsons, Russ Hardman and Matthew Haines; two sisters; and five brothers.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at



Bradley Gerald Cottrell, 63, of Petroleum, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late John Wesley, Sr., and Greta Alice Eismen Cottrell.

He was a self-employed lumberjack, owning and operating Cottrell Lumber Co., and he also worked many years in the oilfields.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Sharon Kerns Cottrell; two daughters, Michelle Dawn Cottrell of Vienna and Amber Brooke Blatt of Petroleum; four grandchildren, Rylee Jade Cottrell, Tyler Brady Whitlatch, Brittany Ann Whitlatch and Brooklyn Abigail Whitlatch; one sister, Alice Kent of Sandyville; and one brother, Hal Cottrell of Lincoln, Neb. In addition to his parents, h

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Lee Cottrell, and one brother, John Wesley Cottrell, Jr.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, with Darrell Farley and Casey Dawson officiating. Burial was in Mason Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.



June Ball, 83, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at The Willows Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Arthur and Ida Husk Starcher.

She retired from AmVets Post #34, Parkersburg, after 38 years of service.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Spindle of Parkersburg; one son, Steven Ball of Morgantown; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Pauline Malone and Jean Veach, both of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ball; one son, Donald Ball; an infant brother; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ball; and special friend, Howard Poling.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Jeff Williamson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home.



Judith K. Collins-Moore, 73, of Normantown, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

She was born in Stumptown, the daughter of the late Harry and Tacy Schoolcraft Collins.

Surviving are two daughters, Shelley Pickens of Normantown and Kelly Cogar of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Rosemary McKown of Ravenswood and Regina Stealey of Coolville, Ohio; one brother, Richard Collins of Tanner; four grandchildren, Zachary Downey of Carlisle, Pa., Megan Alexander of Annville, Pa., and Lydia and Abigail; four grandchildren who came to her later in life, Tara Pickens of Baton Rouge, La., Joanne Pickens of Belpre, Ohio, Rachael Pickens of Morgantown and Troy Pickens of Prairieville, La.; and seven great-grandchildren, Julia Rogers, Gabriel Rogers, Tyler Alexander, Lily Alexander, Zackary Downey, Nicholas Downey and Mackenzie Coleman.

The body will be cremated and a private burial service will take place at a later date for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, her daughters request donations in her memory to Friends of Minnie Hamilton, 186 Hospital Drive, Grantsville, WV 26147. Online condolences may be expressed at



Wava “Ruth” Wright, 95, of Fremont, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Bethesda Care Center, Fremont, Ohio.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Auzie and Lennie Kimble Wright.

She grew up with a family of four siblings, Jean, Martha, June and Herb. Following her mother’s unexpected death and father’s remarriage, two younger brothers, John and Jim, were added.

She was a 1937 graduate of Calhoun County High School and married Avis Wright on June 16, 1939, becoming the mother of one son, Stephen. They resided in Mogadore, Ohio. When her husband retired, they returned to Grantsville. She enjoyed attending the local senior center and Enon Baptist Church. She later returned to Ohio where she made her home with her son. She was a member at Harvest Baptist Temple, Clyde, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, Stephen Wright of Fremont; two sisters, Jean Shock of Mt Zion and June Miller of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Herb Wright of East Tawas, Mich.; two grandsons, Adam Wright of Toledo, Ohio, and Matthew Wright of Columbus, Ohio; one granddaughter, Kimberly Wright of Fremont; three great- grandsons, Ian McKinstry, Takoda Wright and Griffin Louk; and three great-granddaughters, Lillian, Naomi and Ivy Wright.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Avis Wright, in 2001; one sister, Martha Westfall; and two brothers, John and Jim.

Memorial service will be held at Harvest Baptist Temple Church, 1022 South Main St., Clyde, on Sunday at 11:45 a.m., with Pastor James Lewis officiating.



Joan Marie Collins, 75, of Big Springs, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, following a 14-year battle with Alzheimer's.

She was born in Pennsboro, the daughter of the late Vohn and Hallie Jones.

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Paul Collins; six children, Roger Collins of Big Springs, Susan Gainer of Washington, twins, Carl Collins and Carol Collins, both of Big Springs, and twins, Steven of Alum Bridge and Angela Kluesener of Spartanburg, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one special brother, Jerry Jones; and two sisters, Sherry Wilson and Janis Sloan.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Henry Jones.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial will be in Saunders Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at



Vera M. Jarvis, 98, of Akron, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Gail and Pearl Snodgrass Keith.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Greensburg, Ohio.

Surviving are five children, Gary, Larry, Jerry, Terry and Sherri; six grandchildren; and many other relatives, including a niece, Marlene Conley of Chloe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Temple Baptist Church, 1212 Greensburg Road, Green, Ohio, with Pastor Glenn Rogers, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Wadsworth, Ohio. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., at Hecker Funeral Home, Uniontown, and Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the missionary fund at Temple Baptist Church of Greensburg, P.O. Box 181, Green, OH 44232.

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