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HOWARD CHARLES ‘Charlie’ McCOY

Howard Charles “Charlie” McCoy, 76, of Elizabeth, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Big Bend, the son of the late Charles C. and Hannah Ewing McCoy.

He worked most of his life as a Wirt County farmer. He retired in 2003 from Gund Investments Corp., Princeton, N.J. He was a member and Past Master of Burning Springs Lodge #132, AF&AM, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Parkersburg, Royal Arch Mason, member of Jerusalem #3, Knight Templer, member of Calvary Commandery #3, Nemesis Shriner A.A. ON. M.S., Parkersburg, “Road Runner” for Crippled Children Hospitals, member of Little Kanawha Shrine Club, Elizabeth, member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #4487, Williamstown, and Patriot Life Member of NRA.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Boggs McCoy; one daughter, Linda Colebank of Parkersburg; one step-daughter, Shonnette Null of Elizabeth; one brother, Lewis McCoy of Belpre, Ohio; three sisters, Betty Kerby of Elizabeth, Louella Woodring of Akron, Ohio, and Helen Lowe of Elyria, Ohio; one brother-in-law, Chester Boggs of Elizabeth; one grandson, Aaron Colebank; and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Randy McCoy; one brother, Robert McCoy; two sisters, Della Shaffer and Mildred Williams; and three brothers-in-law, Walter Kerby, James Shaffer and Clarence Williams.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg. Burial was in K of P Cemetery, Elizabeth, with Masonic graveside rites.

 

GABRIEL ELIAS METHENEY FARRELL

Gabriel Elias Metheney Farrell was born Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Akron Children’s Hospital. He died Thursday, Sept. 14.

He was the son of Emily Metheney of Chloe and Kyle Farrell of Grantsville.

Surviving are his maternal grandparents, Vicki and Glenn Metheney of Chloe; maternal great-grandparents, Connie and Troxal Metheney of Chloe, Eddie Cadle of Chloe and Bessie Cadle of Clinton, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Jeff and Sherry Farrell of Grantsville; paternal great-grandparents, Lester Farrell of Big Bend and George Parsons of Sycamore; aunts and uncles, Parks and Cody Metheney of Chloe, Samantha and Douglas Parsons of Arnoldsburg, Zachary Farrell, Joshua Farrell, Myra Farrell and Chelsey Sampson of Grantsville; and many great-aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by Glenn and Mary Drake, Mamie and Arley Metheney, Virginia Parsons and Vieva Farrell.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Shawnna Stout officiating. Burial was in Coen Cemetery.

 

CHARLES THOMAS SIMERS

Charles Thomas Simers, 72, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at his home

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Charles Thomas and Callie and Ida Curry Simers.

Surviving are two brothers, Burl Simers and John Barr Simers; two nieces, Sandra Bugby and Cynthia Simers; one nephew, Charles Richards; three great-nieces, Bethany White, Alexa Richards and Brogan Richards; and three great-nephews, David Bugby, Kyler Propst and Mason Propst.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, 10 a.m., at Nobe Cemetery, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Calhoun Welfare of Animals Group (WAG). Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

HUBERT KEMPER

Hubert J. Kemper, 88, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Roy and Velma Kemper.

He was a 1948 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War as a crew member on the carrier-based Avenger Bombers. After returning home, he was employed by Corning Glass Works, where he retired as foreman. He was a Christian and attended Murphytown Baptist Church. He was a member of several gospel quartets, including the Crownsman Quartet, in which his son, Paul, was also a member.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Ruble and Brenda Davis; two sons, Paul Kemper and Dan Kemper; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lorene Wilson Kemper.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

GOLDIA MAY KELLEY

Goldia May Kelley, 86, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Ohio Valley Healthcare.

She was born at Leatherbark, the daughter of the late Dallas Deane and Retta Ash Nutter.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Kelley Boothe; two grandsons, Michael Boothe and Bob Boothe; one granddaughter, Christine Boothe Ologeanu; seven great-grandchildren, Lindsay Smith, Josh Boothe, Brittney Ologeanu, Kaylee Boothe, Brandon Ologeanu, Hailey Boothe and Brylie Boothe; and two great-great-grandchildren, Owen and Sawyer Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oris K. Kelley; three brothers, Delbert Deane Nutter, Jennings Guy Nutter and Claymond Dennis Nutter; and one sister, Eula Nutter Snider.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Lance Hitt officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

JULIA ANN RAY

Julia Ann Ray, 94, of Creston, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late James Haden and Rosa Phillips Alvis.

Surviving are two sons, Jim W. Ray and Charles Ray; one grandson, Charles Whetzel Ray and wife Heather; one granddaughter, Debra Carr and friend Rodney Faughn; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Potts; and close friends, Billy Jones and Rena and David Bowman.

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

 

PAT RICHARD VAUGHAN

Pat Richard Vaughan, 86, of Chloe, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

He was born in Floe, the son of the late Homer and Myrtle Anderson Vaughan.

He was a member of Nebo Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ermal Marks Vaughan; three sons, Tommy Vaughan, Terry Vaughan and Jerry Vaughan; one daughter, Patricia Rush; and 12 grandchildren, Dustin Vaughan, Dylan Vaughan, Megan Prater, Jerry Vaughan, Jr., Colby Vaughan, Dylan Treadway, Brittany Treadway, Eric Hicks, Kimberly Coleman, Roman Rush, Samantha Hicks and Autumn Rush.

He was preceded in death by one son, Timmie Vaughan; five brothers, Darrell Vaughan, Bob Vaughan, Bill Vaughan, Quenten Vaughan and Delvin Vaughan; and four sisters, Macel Miller, Mildred Carter, Geraldine Anderson and Magaline Watkins.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenneth Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Nebo Baptist Church 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.

 

 

Charlene Lee Mace Harris

Charlene Lee Mace Harris, 76, of Mechanicsville, Va., died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late William “Jack” Mace and Emma Fern Mason Mace. She was a member of Life Church, Mechanicsville.

Surviving are three daughters, Susan Harris Byers, Jackie Harris Johnson and Sarah Harris Dunford; one son, Clyde Dewain Harris; eight grandchildren, Joshua Johnson, Miranda Robinson, Justin Johnson, Douglas Byers, Natasha Harris, Sarah Harris, Jess Dunford and Clyde Harris III; and two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Johnson and Corbin Byers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Dewain Harris, Sr.

Services were held at Calvary Apostolic Church, Elizabeth, with Rev. Glen McBride and Rev. Tim Hopkins officiating. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery.

 

DANNY ‘Pye’ FOWLER

Danny “Pye” Fowler, 57, of York, S.C., died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

He was the son of Marge Connolly Fowler of West Virginia and the late Edward Fowler, Sr.

He was a contractor, builder, and real estate agent.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 24 years, Lisa J. Fowler of York; two sons, Matthew D. Fowler of Charlotte, N.C., and Jeremy W. Fowler of Rock Hill, S.C.; two grandchildren, Kaylee and Stevie Fowler; two sisters, Debbie Ball of West Virginia and Vicki Fowler of Colorado; two brothers, Edward Fowler, Jr., of Texas and Anthony Fowler of West Virginia; two half-sisters, Janet Connolly of Florida and Regina Ice of Missouri; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.palmettofh.com.

 

MICHAEL WARREN BALL

Michael Warren Ball, 48, of Chloe, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Paul Jay Ball of Salem and Dorothy Jean Ball of Stumptown.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one daughter, Kayla A. Ball of Florence, S.C.; one granddaughter, Melisandra McLeod; one step-daughter, Anna R. Cooper of Florence; three sisters, Leona Jean Small of Tanner, Margie L. Meadows of Chestnut Lick and Juley A. Lattea of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, John T. Ball of Salem; five nieces and nephews, Angel Small, Duane Meadows, Casey Small, Clara Meadows and Cierra Lattea; two great-nephews, Kayden Pawlak and Johnathon Whipkey; and one great-niece, Hayven Small.

He was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents; one brother, Randy Jay Ball; and one nephew, Travis Wayne Small.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Lough officiating.

 

 

GRACE LOUISE SMITH

Grace Louise Smith, 82, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Creston, the son of Jacob and Rebecca Woodring Allen.

She was a housewife and a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons, Ron O’Dell, Marlyn Smith and Douglas Ray Smith, all of Parkersburg, and Ivan E. Smith of Florida; one daughter, Carolyn Amey of Parkersburg; two granddaughters, Lisa Marie Golf and Tiffany Marie Waggy; one grandson, Michael Lee Amey; and one brother, Henry Allen.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy M. Smith.

Services were held at Sunset Memory Gardens Chapel of Peace, Parkersburg. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

ELLA LOUISE STUMP ELLIOTT

Ella Louise Stump Elliott, 90, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at The Willows Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Farris and Hallie Stump.

She was employed at Timpken Roller Bearing Co. in Ohio during World War II and also employed by Kellwood, Spencer. She was a member of Church of Christ, Minnora Rebekah Lodge, and Order of Eastern Star. She represented Calhoun County as the 2002 Belle in the Folk Festival.

Surviving are two daughters, Renea Vannoy of Mineral Wells and Shelia Elliott of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Elliott; one son, Nelson Elliott; four sisters, Lelah Leach, Leta Boatright, Zella Stump and Arlena Hicks; and six brothers, Brent Stump, Deward Stump, Denver Stump, Loren Stump, Leon Stump and Milford Stump.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Gene Miller officiating, and burial in Barr Cemetery, Mt. Zion. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

RICHARD SIMS

Richard G. Sims, 79, of Cox’s Mills, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Walker and Zona Sims.

He was retired from Eureka Pipeline.

Surviving are his son, Bruce Wilson; three grandchildren, Jeremy, Frederick and Carl Wilson; six great-grandchildren, Harley, Taryn, Jilly, Chole, Selena and Alissa; one sister, Bonnie Buck of Yellow Creek; two brothers, Fred Sims and Jim Sims, both of Yellow Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

He wasIn addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Melba Richards Sims; one son, Ricky Wilson; and five brothers, Billy Sims, Eugene Sims, Denver Sims, June Sims and Harold Sims.

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

 

 

MURIEL McCORMICK

Muriel McCormick, 85, of Orma, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Greely and Marie Hoptin Carpenter.

She was a 1951 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She worked as a secretary at Sherwin Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, before marrying and raising her children in Mentor, Ohio. She was an active church member of Grace Church, Mentor, organizing Sunday School, vacation bible schools, and the church nursery. She retired from Lake Health Care Systems as a secretary.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Walter F. McCormick; one daughter, Linda S. Kriz of Wickliffe, Ohio; one son, Roger C. McCormick of Wickliffe; two grandchildren, Julie A. Fassett of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and Jacob A. Kriz of Wickliffe; two great-grandchildren, Daniel J. Fassett and Ethan T. Fassett; five siblings, Eva Mae Hosey of Ocala, Fla., Harry Carpenter of Mineral Wells, Gail Carpenter of The Villages, Fla., Joseph G. Carpenter of Medina, Ohio, and Jack Carpenter of Seville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Carpenter and Joshia Carpenter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jim Lough officiating. Burial was in Carpenter Cemetery, Orma.

 

OLIVE RICHARDS

Olive B. Richards, 99, of Big Springs, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Brooksville, the daughter of the late Robert and Nellie Ferrell Williams.

She worked for the Calhoun County Board of Education for several years, but most of her life was spent taking care of her family and friends.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Richards Cowan of Big Springs; two sons, Randy L. Richards of Big Springs and Ritchie Richards of White Pine; 10 grandchildren, Debbie Bush, Boyd Hood, Linda Muniz Cottrill, Angie Muniz Hardbarger, Mike Cowan, Jr., Michelle Muniz McCroskey, Christopher Muniz, Mindy Barr, Kevin Richards and Misty Richards; three step-grandchildren, Bruce Martin, Ashlea Wilson and Chris Ford; great-grandchildren, Ashley Bush Fairchild, Dylan Bush, Tracy Hood, Jessica Stull Jeffrey, Aaron, Derek and Alicia Hardbarger, Olivia McCroskey, Hannah, Malachi, Parker and Zeus Muniz, Mickaylee Cowan, Kamri Richards, Isaiah and Josiah Wilson, Brenlyn Barr and Bentley Richards; six step-great-grandchildren, Dustin Kirby, Sam Atkinson, Luke and Jake Martin and Madison and Maison Wilson; three great-great-grandchildren, Marissa and Chelsie Jeffrey and Aleah Hood; one brother-in-law, Eugene Richards; and special family and friends, Rosemary Brown, Jolanda Richards, Samantha Cowan and Carolyn McCroskey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hale Richards; three brothers, Robert Williams, Chester Williams and Foster Williams; one sister, Helen Jones; two daughters, Leah Hood and Joyce Muniz; two grandsons, Lonnie Hood and Jose Muniz, Jr.; one son-in-law, Michal Cowan; friend, Troy Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Services will be followed by a family dinner at Smithville Community Building. Memorial service will be conducted at a later date with burial in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JANICE KEETON SEE

Janice Keeton See. 90, of Braxton County, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in CAMC, Charleston.

She was the daughter of the late Chapman and Ada Keeton.

She grew up mostly in Calhoun County and was a 1946 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

Surviving are two sisters, Arlene Morrison and Beverly Keeton; one son, Ledford “Butch” See; one daughter, Sheila Criner; two grandchildren, Pamela Montgomery and Treasa “Teri” Holm; three great-grandchildren, Kylie Holm, Callie Montgomery and Kadin Holm; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Arnett See; three brothers, Stanton Jett, Darrell Keeton and Roger Keeton; and four sisters, Juanita Waefler, Hope Sparks, Charlotte Maxwell and Maxine Uhl.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in See Family Cemetery, with pastor Michael Jackson officiating.

 

JEWELL VIRGINIA CAIN SIEGRIST

Jewell Virginia Cain Siegrist, 89, of Creston, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at home.

She was born at Big Bend, the daughter of the late Everett and Eva Starcher Cain.

She was a 1945 graduate of Calhoun County High School, and graduated from Glenville State College with a degree in teaching. She received a master’s +30 in education from West Virginia University. She was a homemaker, worked at Hercules Powder, and taught at Pearisburg High School, Pearisburg, Va., Washington County, Ohio, Wirt County High School, Elizabeth, Cairo High School, Cairo, Harrisville High School, Harrisville, and Calhoun County High School; and had been a high school girls basketball coach. She was a member of W.Va. Silver Haired Legislature for a few years. She attended Brooksville EUB, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, and Snyder Chapel, and others over her lifetime.

Surviving are three sons, Gary, Ron and Glen; one daughter, Paula; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Francis Cain and Joe Cain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Paul Siegrist, on July 13, 2015. She met him while attending Glenville State College and they were married Aug. 29, 1948.

Services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in McCray Cemetery, Creston. Visitation will be held Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the Siegrist family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

LORENE VIRGINIA MACE WIGAL

Lorene Virginia Mace Bradfield Wetzel Wigal, 89, formerly of Washington, died Monday, July 31, 2017.

She was born in Harrison County, the daughter of the late Louise Mace, and was raised in Calhoun County by her grandparents, H.H. and Dollie Mace, and by her aunts.

She graduated from Gordon Memorial School of Nursing, Spencer, in 1948 as a registered nurse. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, as a general duty nurse, for Dr. T.L. Harris as an office nurse, and also did private duty nursing. She retired in 1987 from Borg-Warner as a shift nurse after 18-1/2 years. She volunteered at St Joseph’s for six years and at American Red Cross for many years, including blood services and disaster relief. She was a member of Belleville Lions, South Parkersburg Lions Club, and Bethany Christian Church, New England Ridge, Washington.

Surviving are three step-daughters, Sue Wigal Garver, Connie Wigal Drain and Peg Wigal Bell; two step-sons, Roger Lee Wigal and Michael J. Wigal; 20 step-grandchildren; 19 step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stephen A. Bradfield in 1966; second husband, Carl B. Wetzel in 1977; third husband, Lester E. Wigal in 2006; two step-sons, Robert Bradfield and Carl B. Wetzel, Jr.; one step-daughter, Joan Bradfield Hardin; and three aunts, Polly Jones, Myrtle Boone and Shada Snyder.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Janice E. Hill officiating. Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

 

WAYNE PHIPPS

Wayne Phipps, 67, of Marysville, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, died Monday, July 31, 2017, at Ohio State University Medical Center.

He was born in Charleston, the son of the late Don and Ruth Miller Phipps.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1989, including three tours of duty in Vietnam with B Troop, 1/9 Air Cavalry Regiment, where he was a door gunner on UH-1 helicopter gunships. He was shot down nine times, including three times in the same day. He also served one tour in South Korea. He completed his military career as Provost/Physical Security Sergeant with the 83rd ARCOM headquarters at DCSC, Columbus, Ohio. Following his retirement as SFC in 1989, he served as a deputy sheriff for Ross and Hocking County Sheriff offices.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Elaine G. Otten Phipps, whom he married Aug. 20, 1982, in Yankton, S.D.; one daughter, Amanda Goodin and children, Jayson, Alexxa and Stacia; one son, David Phipps and children, Jason, Andrew, Elaine and Ruth; one brother, Kenny Phipps of Arizona; and other relatives and friends, including cousin, Larry Miller of Winfield, and a longtime friend, Tom Scheiderer of Zanesfield, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one son, Steven Phipps.

Services were held at Underwood Funeral Home, Marysville, Ohio, with military honors.

 

WANDA LOUISE BREEDEN

Wanda Louise Breeden, 86, of Boyds, Md., died Monday, July 24, at Genesis Ballenger Creek Center, Frederick Md.

She was born in Elizabeth, the daughter of the late Willie Paul and Hazel Margaret Riddle.

She spent most of her early life on the family farm near Mt Zion. She attended Calhoun County High School, but left in her senior year for work in Parkersburg to supplement her family’s income. In 1951, she accepted a job with C&P Telephone Co., in Washington, D.C., rising to chief operator. She obtained a diploma from Phyllis Bell Modeling Agency and launched a second career in fashion modeling for D.C.’s leading department stores. During the late-1950s, she met her future husband, Townsend Dean Breeden, whom she married in June 1960 at St. Albans Parish, Washington, D.C. In the mid-1970s, she started her first company, Kanawha Interior. In 2005, she founded her second company, Professional Auto & Truck Service LLC, where she served as president until her death. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Surviving are her husband, Townsend Dean Breeden; one son, Edward Dean Breeden; four sisters, Lois Johnson, Catherine Hipp, Pansy Civitillo and Janet Johnson, all of West Virginia; and five grandchildren, Shelby, Sierra, Nicholas, Savanna and Jake Breeden.

She was preceded in death by one son, Townsend Paul Breeden; one sister, Hope Batton; and two brothers, Bernard Paul and Marion Paul.

Private services and burial will be held in the fall at the Dean Family Graveyard, Skyline Drive, Va.

 

GLENNA DALE CARPENTER

Glenna Dale Carpenter, 87, of Orma, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Perry Edward Knotts and Greta Baker Knotts.

She was a retired magistrate clerk and a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sand Ridge.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherri Earl and Karen Arnold; five grandchildren, Chad Earl, Cody Earl, Casey Earl, Tammy Petrowicz and Tonya Daniels; and seven great-grandchildren, Casset Earl, Dakota Earl, Jackson Earl, Maddox Earl, Wyatt Earl, Troy Petrowicz, and Justin Petrowicz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlen Carpenter; three brothers, Tommy Knotts, Harry (Bud) Knotts and Carroll Knotts; and one sister, Fern Deel.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

MURIEL McCORMICK

Muriel McCormick, 85, of Orma, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Greely and Marie Hoptin Carpenter.

She was a 1951 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She worked as a secretary at Sherwin Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, before marrying and raising her children in Mentor, Ohio. She was an active church member of Grace Church, Mentor, organizing Sunday School, vacation bible schools, and the church nursery. She retired from Lake Health Care Systems as a secretary.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Walter F. McCormick, one daughter, Linda S. Kriz of Wickliffe, Ohio; one son, Roger C. McCormick of Wickliffe; two grandchildren, Julie A. Fassett of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and Jacob A. Kriz of Wickliffe; two great-grandchildren, Daniel J. Fassett and Ethan T. Fassett; five siblings, Eva Mae Hosey of Ocala, Fla., Harry Carpenter of Mineral Wells, Gail Carpenter of The Villages, Fla., Joseph G. Carpenter of Medina, Ohio, and Jack Carpenter of Seville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Carpenter and Joshia Carpenter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jim Lough officiating. Burial was in Carpenter Cemetery, Orma.

 

RUTH FLUHARTY KNIGHT

Ruth Fluharty Knight, 90, of Mineral Wells, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Coy C. and Louisa B. Bailey Price.

She was a seamstress at Cox’s Dept. Store and a sales clerk at Heck’s Dept. Store. She was a past member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Waverly.

Surviving are two daughters, Pam Cooper of Mineral Wells and Diane Bennett of Lowell, Ohio; two sons, Randy Fluharty of Parkersburg and Rod Fluharty of Washington; one step-daughter, Joan Campbell of Fairmont; one brother, Donzel Price of Alliance, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Richard Sneigle, Missy Ross, Jeremy Bennett, Julie Robinson, Joseph Fluharty, Nathan Fluharty and Brett Fluharty; eight step-grandchildren, Jacob, Jamie, Jesse, Christopher, Aaron, Happy, Phillip and Amanda; 15 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alva Olin Fluharty; second husband, Cecil W. Spencer; third husband, O.C. “Rusty” Knight; six brothers; one sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, 10 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Dornon officiating. Burial will be in Fluharty Cemetery, Big Springs. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

CLARICE MARIE WHYTSELL

Clarice Marie Whytsell, 88, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Long Term Care.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late H.C. Davis and Dessie Cox Davis.

She was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She retired from Calhoun County Board of Education at age 72. She also worked at J&B Drug Store for 18 years and for Dalton’s Dept. Store for several years. She was a Christian and a member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Keith Poling and Kenneth Whytsell, both of Grantsville, and Douglas Whytsell of Martinsburg;  three grandchildren, Marvin Poling of Charleston, Jason Poling of Grantsville and Beth Whytsell of Martinsburg; three great-grandchildren, Alexia Nicole Poling and Kaleigh and Mallie Poling; one sister, Shirley Saunders of Bluefield; one sister-in-law, Janet Davis of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Duane C. Davis and Robert “Tank” Davis; two sisters, an infant, Cathleen, and Imogene Corne; one sister-in-law, Lillian Morris Davis (who she thought of as a sister); and two brothers-in-law, Charles Corne and Frank Saunders.

Services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will on Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ALICE MAE CUNNINGHAM

Alice Mae Cunningham, 88, of Big Springs, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Zella and Derea Paul Richards.

Surviving are three sons, David Cunningham, Bobbie Cunningham and Kenneth Cunningham, and two brothers, Willie William Richards and Roland Richards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Cunningham; an infant brother, Billy Richards; one daughter, Susie Williams; one sister, Nola Ford; and two brothers, Raymond Richards and Fayette Richards.

Private services will be held by her family at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

ARNOLD FALLS

Arnold R. Falls, 83, of Newark, Ohio, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Newark Hill, Newark, Ohio.

He was the son of the late George and Bertha Wilmeth Falls.

He was the youngest of 13 children. He resided with a nephew, Samuel Hicks and wife Kimberly, for several years, before moving to Newark Hill.

Surviving are one sister, Millie Bishop, and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Hobert Falls, Jason Falls, Everett Falls, John Falls, Thurmen Falls, Ira Falls and Herman Falls, and four sisters, Rosie Hicks, Lula Keaton, Olivia Falls and Lily Falls.

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

 

LELA MARIE WHITE

Lela Marie White, 67, of Orma, died Monday, July 31, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late Howard and Letty Burchett Moore.

She was an accountant and a member of New Testament Baptist Church, Shock.

Surviving are her ex-husband, Donzil White of Troy; three children, Keith Moore of Nebo, Cammie Pinkleton of Birmingham, Ala., and Stephen White of Elkview; two brothers; one sister; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara White.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Nebo Baptist Church, with Pastor Gary Moore officiating. Burial will be in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

 

 

KATHLEEN TESSA ‘Tess’ ELLIOTT

Kathleen Tessa “Tess” Elliott, 81, of Casa Grande, Ariz., died Sunday, July 16, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Holly and Delphia Kendall.

She moved to Arizona in 1986.

Surviving are two daughters, Dotty Mossor of Harrisville and Donna McBride of Casa Grande; one son, Donald Wilson of Hampton Cove, Ala.; one brother, Donald “Bunny” Kendall of West Virginia; five grandchildren, Tyler Mossor, Amber McKinney and Audrey Mossor, all of West Virginia, and Jereme McBride and Justin McBride, both of Arizona; and five great-grandchildren, Abigail and Tessa of Pennsboro and Cylee, Madison and Colin of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Chuck” E. Wilson, a U.S. Navy Seaman, who was 34; three brothers, Hatzell K. Kendall, Haymond P. Kendall and Virgil A. Kendall; and two sisters, Verl Boone and June Poling.

Private celebrations are being held at the family’s convenience in both Arizona and West Virginia. Donations may be made in her name to Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Rd., Harrisville, WV 26362.

 

FREDA BELLOMY

Freda Bellomy, 92, of St. Cloud, Fla., died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Otis and Rebecca McCartney.

She was a 1943 graduate of Calhoun County High School. After marriage, she resided in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

Surviving are one daughter, Renee Bellomy Williams; one son, Marcus Lee Bellomy, Jr.; special friend, Anthony Kwasniak; four grandchildren, Jason, Michael, Jacqueline and Jessica; and nine great-grandchildren, Austin, Kyle, Faith Ann, Jeremy, Gracie, Elaina Ann, Joshua, Jocelyn, and Clyde, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Lee Bellomy, and one son, Gregory Bellomy.

Per her request, there were no services.

 

CORA GAE CRINER

Cora Gae Criner, 67, of Clay, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Denver and Icie Gae Hardway Criner.

She was a 1969 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a member of First Baptist Church, Clay.

Surviving are one son, Randall Brock; two grandchildren, Blake Parsons and Chelsie Drake; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Lakin Parsons; three sisters, Marie Marks, Wanetta Marks and Ruth Burnsides; one brother, Leon Criner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James Criner.

Services were held at Clay First Baptist Church, with Pastor Gary Drake officiating. Committal service was held at Criner Cemetery, Rosedale.

 

ROBERT BENNETT

Robert L. Bennett, 77, of Grantsville, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Smithville (Leatherbark Community), the son of the late Homer Roland and Hazel Dessie Kirby Bennett.

He worked in security for Ohio Valley University, Parkersburg, and as a laborer for Ritchie County State Road and for Gatewood Products, Parkersburg, in security. He attended Hardman Chapel Church. Smithville.

Surviving are two brothers, James Leroy Bennett and George Nathan Bennett, both of Smithville; three nieces, Emmie Marie Jones of Smithville, Elizabeth Sue Dawson of Grantsville and Kelly Taylor of Coolville, Ohio; one nephew, Homer Krantz of Elizabeth; one great-niece, Annibelle E. Jones of Grantsville; four great-nephews, Rodney A. Jones II and Derek T. Dawson, both of Parkersburg, Steven A. Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., and Gregory A. Dawson of Grantsville; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Homer Columbus Bennett.

Services were held at Hardman Chapel Church, Smithville, with Pastor Mike Hardbarger officiating. Burial was in Hardman Chapel Cemetery.

 

EULA LORAINE ELLIOTT

Eula Loraine Elliott, 89, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alva and Clara Haught Elliott.

She was a 1946 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a graduate of Mountain State Business College. She retired from Parkersburg Division of Internal Revenue Service as secretary to the director. As a member of Ohio Valley University Stepping Stones, she volunteered at its thrift store. She was a member of Friends of Blennerhassett and did volunteer work at Blennerhassett Museum and Island. She volunteered at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was a member of Rosemar Church of Christ.

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Ella Elliott, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Melba Elliott and Avis Elliott, and two brothers, Hulbert Elliott and John Elliott.

Graveside service for family and friends was scheduled Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Barr Cemetery, Sycamore Road, Calhoun County, with minister Michael Perry officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

EDGAR CLAY KNOTTS

Edgar Clay Knotts, 89, of Akron, Ohio, died Thursday, July 20, 2017.

He was the oldest son of the late Harley M. and Thelma Westfall Knotts.

He was born and raised in Minnora until the age of 15, when he left with his dad for Akron, Ohio, to continue his education. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force, earned a bachelor of arts degree, and taught history in Akron City Schools for 35 years.

Surviving are one son, Craig Knotts; three daughters, Lynda Antal, Lou Anne Swingle and Lori Wilson; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy J. Knotts, and one son, Mark L. Knotts.

Graveside ceremony will be held Thursday, 3 p.m., at Minnora Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

HOWARD LEE FISCHER, SR.

Howard Lee Fischer, Sr., 82, of Tanner, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Cedar Grove Assisted Living, near Parkersburg.

He was born in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Fredrick and Ethel Muhly Fischer.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from Apr. 26, 1954, to Apr. 25, 1956. He held many titles, including supervisor, volunteer firefighter, restaurant owner, well tender, and carpenter.

Surviving are three daughters, Nancy Bowen and husband Ron of Parkersburg, Debbie Whitlatch and husband Carl of Erlanger, Ky., and Sheri White and husband David of Big Springs; two sons, Howard Fischer, Jr., of Florida and Robert Fischer and wife Rhoda of Sand Fork; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Nutter of Connellsville, Pa.; and one brother, Joseph Fischer of Baltimore.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara McNally Fischer, and his second wife, Geraldine Cunningham Fischer, and two brothers, Fredrick Fischer and Charles Fischer.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Karen Kinney officiating. Burial was in Good Sheppard Cemetery, Tanner.

 

NEVA LYNN GAINER

Neva Lynn Gainer, 88, of Glenville, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

She was born in Cox’s Mills, the daughter of the late Avon B. and Roxy Williams Ellyson.

She was a 1947 graduate of Tanner High School and a graduate of Glenville State College, where she received her teaching degree in elementary education. She retired in 1984 with 34 years experience, having taught at Pine Grove, Rosedale, Cedarville, Normantown and Peach Tree. She was a Christian and attended Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork.

Surviving are one son, Earl Mark Gainer and wife Drema of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Jason, Justin and Carolyn Gainer, all of Bridgeport; two sisters, Rosa Belle Cunningham and Mary Jo Cunningham, both of Glenville; and one brother, Hale Ellyson of Jane Lew.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Earl J. “Tex” Gainer, on Jan. 2, 1990, and one brother, Leonard Gail “Bud” Ellyson.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial was in Meadow Lane Cemetery, near Glenville.

 

DONALD RAY BOLLINGER

Donald Ray Bollinger, 82, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home.

He was born at Hur, the son of the late Raymond and Lucy Starcher Bollinger.

He was a 1952 graduate of Calhoun County High School and joined the Air Force in 1954, serving for 22 years until retiring on Nov. 1, 1976, with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He went to work in June 1977 at DuPont, Washington Works, and retired Dec. 31, 1993. He was a member of Washington United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Pearl Mace Bollinger of Parkersburg; one son, Scott Allan Bollinger of Washington; one daughter, Nikki Rae Bollinger of Washington; five grandchildren, Laura Burdette, Matt Bollinger, Rebekah Newsom, Brett Bollinger and Elizabeth Correy; three great-grandchildren, Landon, Tannyr and Carter; two brothers, Charles Bollinger and Kenneth Bollinger; and one sister, Geneva Hamric.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Deanna Lynn, and his grandparents, Grover and Rosie Starcher, who held a special place in his life.

At Don’s request, he will be cremated, with no visitation. Graveside service was held at Mace Cemetery, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tom McDowell officiating. Military honors were accorded by U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.

 

DELMAS KEITH WILSON, SR.

Delmas Keith Wilson, Sr., 69, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Oval and Daisy B. Wilson.

He was a 1966 graduate of Wirt County High School and a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Luiseno ATF. He worked many years at the American Viscose plant and for Kaiser Aluminum. He has worked as a production supervisor for Jay Bee Oil & Gas, for the last 28 years. He was a member of Burning Springs Masonic Lodge #132, AF&AM, Nemesis Shriners of Parkersburg and Wirt Chapter #113, Order of Eastern Star, and was a lifelong member of Strait Creek Baptist Church, Brohard.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Debra Jo Wilson; one son, D. Keith Wilson of Elizabeth; one daughter, Kimberly Starkey of Friendly; three grandchildren, Kole A. Starkey, Kassidy B. Starkey and Daisy M Wilson; one brother, Darl Wilson; cousin, Mable Stevens; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wilson and Dallas Wilson, and one sister, Evelyn Wilson.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, with Rev. Bernard (Dobby) Thrash, Rev. Dwight Brohard and Rev. Jim Bruce officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery, Brohard, with Military and Masonic graveside rites. Order of Eastern Star service was also held.

 

DARLENE SUE CUNNINGHAM

Darlene Sue Cunningham, 62, died Thursday, July 13, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Genavie Richards.

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Bill Cunningham; one son, Scott; four daughters, Barb, Missy, Alicia and Sarah; 21 grandchildren, Jocelyn, Ali, Autumn, Alexis, Marissa, Jenna, Gracie, Dani, Jacob, Nikolai, Kaylee, Mark, Nick, Mariah, Liam, Easton, Brayden, Charlie, Elaina, Justin and Stormy; three brothers, Ivan, Von and Roger; and two sisters, Sophia and Arlene.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Randy Wilson and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Family Cemetery.

 

JENNINGS GUY ‘Pappy’ NUTTER

Jennings Guy “Pappy” Nutter, 95, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Leatherbark, the son of the late Dallas Dennis Nutter and Retta Ash Nutter.

Surviving are one sister, Goldia M. Kelley; one niece, Karen Kelley Boothe; one nephew, Randall E. Snider; three great-nephews, Michael Boothe, Bob Boothe and R.J. Snider; one great-niece, Christine Boothe Ologeanu; and seven great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Delbert Deane Nutter and Claymond Dennis Nutter, and one sister, Eula Nutter Snider.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Lance Hitt officiating.

 

LARRY JOE RICHARDS

Larry Joe Richards, 42, of Lowell, Ohio, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Marietta, Ohio.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Ann Jennings Richards Francis of Grantsville and the late Larry Richards.

He was employed by Burkhart Trucking as a mechanic.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Minda Kern Richards; one daughter, Emma Richards; one son, Jonathon Richards; one brother, Tim Richards of Morgantown; and two sisters, Lou Anna Richards of Grantsville and Jo Anna Thompkins of Charlottesville, Va.

Larry’s family will greet friends at a memorial gathering on Thursday, July 20, 5 to 7 p.m., at Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home. Further services and burial of ashes will be in Grantsville at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Citizens Bank, 110 2nd St., Marietta, Ohio 45750, where a scholarship fund will be set up to benefit his children.

 

SAMUEL MATTHEW BRADY

Samuel Matthew Brady, 21, died Friday, July 14, 2017.

He was born in Clarksburg, the son of Jeannie Bennett and Oras Wade of Chloe and Matthew and Misty Brady of Key West, Fla.

He was a 2015 graduate of Calhoun County High School, where he participated in basketball, football, baseball and cross country. He attended Calhoun-Gilmer Technical Center, where he studied criminal justice. He was employed as a laborer by Apex Pipeline. He was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church and attended Louisa Chapel and New Beginnings.

Surviving are three sisters, Emily McGinnis of Fairmont and Kaylea Bennett and Josie Montgomery of the home; one brother, Bryson Montgomery of the home; his maternal grandparents, Sharon and Dean Bennett of Spencer; paternal grandparents, Alma Brady of Gassaway and Shawn and Frank Bolyard of Thornton; one nephew, Zakk McGinnis of Arizona; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Brock Brady, and his maternal great-grandparents, Brooks and Gertrude Bennett and Broaddus and Thelma Moore.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Chris Stout and Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial will be at the family farm on Walnut Hill, Chloe. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

JOHN JENKINS

John C. Jenkins, 67, formerly of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Wood County, the son of the late John Carl and Hazel Marie Sinnett Jenkins.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had been a truck driver for R&J Trucking and a Maximum Medical Carrier for Dupont.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Marie Grimm of Vienna and Selena Dawn Hofmeister of Ohio; four grandchildren, Codey Grimm, Sierra Grimm, Zane Flesher and Kacee Farnsworth; one great-grandchild, Landon DeMaio; and four sisters, Carol Layfield, Annie Bunner, Donna Cain and Virginia Goetemann.

Graveside services were held at Metz Chapel Cemetery.

 

TWILA DEANE FUNK LEAKE

Twila Deane Funk Leake, 80, of Millwood, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at home.

 She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Bryan and Mary Alice Nicholson Hicks.

She formerly worked for Kellwood and DHHR. She was a Christian.

Surviving are her husband of 11 years, Wilbur Leake; four daughters, Pamela Blosser and Goldie Westfall, both of Spencer, Debby Westfall of Gandeeville and Treva Simons of Evans; four sons, Rickie Funk of Kansas City, Kan., Bryan Funk of Spencer, Timothy Funk of Chloe and Daniel Funk of Big Otter; one step-daughter, Hollis Ann Rocca of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Margaret Hensley of Spencer and Judy Fetty of Ripley; one brother, John Hicks of Spencer; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frederick David Funk, Jr.; two brothers, Virgil Hicks and Sonny Hicks; and one grandson.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. David Sanderson officiating. Burial was in Hicks Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

STEVEN ‘Mike’ MOLLOHAN

Steven “Mike” Mollohan, 56, of Hedgesville, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

He was the son of the late Arnold and Bonnie Board Mollohan.

Surviving are two sisters, Connie Mollohan and Doris Mollohan.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Denzil Mollohan, and one sister, Thelma Mollohan.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Brother Ron Postalwait officiating. Burial was in Wright Cemetery, Cremo.

 

HAROLD RAY BELL

Harold Ray Bell, 75, of Big Springs, died Monday, July 3, 2017, after battling cancer.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lawrence and Dollie Ann Dawson Bell.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Ruth Ellen Dye Bell; one daughter, Lorena E. Ingram; one son, Herbert R. Bell of Big Springs; one grandson, Shane Ingram, Jr.; one granddaughter, Cassey Bell Haught; and three great-grandchildren, Piper Ingram, Jaxon Ingram and Quinn Haught.

He was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters, little Harl Bell, Wyona Bell, Zelda Bell Headley, Willie (Bill) Bell, Harl Bell, Cecil Bell, Dollie Waneda Bell Jones, Leona Ruth Bell Jones, Wynonna Cheryl Bell Lott, Lawrence Jack Bell, Ethel Marie Bell Wyers, Sharon Lorena Wright and Martha Bell Echard; one niece, Hazel Marie Bell Watson; and one nephew, Robert Lee Bell, raised by Dollie Bell.

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

 

RANDALL LEON LOCKHART

Randall Leon Lockhart, 45, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, July 1, 2017.

He was the son of Sylvia Lockhart Waggoner of Winston-Salem, N.C., and the late John Leemon Cunningham.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two beloved daughters, Tiffany and Heather Davis of Grantsville; three step-daughters, Amy and Sammy Lyons of Parkersburg and Taylor Watson of Elizabeth; one step-son, David Lyons of Parkersburg; one uncle, Dallas Lockhart of Elizabeth; one aunt, Nettie Lockhart of Elizabeth; and two brothers, Scott Lockhart of Palestine and Stanley Lockhart of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John Lockhart of Elizabeth, and one sister, Jennifer Conley of Elizabeth.

It was Randy’s wishes that no public service be held.

 

 

JAMES THURL NUTTER

James Thurl Nutter, 73, of Reedsville, died Friday, June 30, 2017.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Maxine Nutter Husk.

He was a member of Stiversville New Hope Fellowship, Portland, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Shirley Mae Deel Nutter; one son, James Nutter II; two daughters, Melissa Dailey and Ruth Bissell; 11 grandchildren, Nicole, Jade, Joelan, Jurnee, Dustin, Bryannah, Latham, Kevin, Maelynnah, Dalton and Hannah; one sister, Debbie Kemper; one brother, Randle Husk; one niece, Angel Husk; and three nephews, Joey Garrity, Randle Husk and Jimmy Husk.

He was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.

Services were held at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, Ohio, with Melissa and Bryan Dailey officiating.

 

MADELINE KIGHT

Madeline Kight, 95, of Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at her home.

She was born in White Pine, the daughter of the late Ola Oscar and Lorena Grim White.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a military wife. She was the former president of Bay County Quilters Guild, and member of Gray Ladies, American Red Cross and Officer Wives Association.

Surviving are two sons, Charles Kight and Wayne Kight, both of Panama City; one brother, Bill White of Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Dorothy Howard of Lancaster, Ohio, Gwen Ritchie of Parkersburg and Judi McGrath of Canandaigua, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Freddie, on Apr. 18, 2017; one sister, Millie Hayhurst; one grandson, Sergeant Kevin Scott Kight of Panama City Beach Police Dept.; one granddaughter, Morgan Kathleen Kight; and one great-grandson, Reid Lee Carter.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Panama City, with burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made to Covenant Hospice Home Care, 107 19th St., Panama City, FL 32405, in Madeline’s name.

 

DELMA Z. KEMPER

Delma Z. Kemper, 92, of Millstone, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Etta Whytsell Offutt.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, Friends of Minnie Hamilton and Order of Eastern Star. She retired from Grantsville Appliance.

Surviving are three nephews, D.C. Offutt of Huntington, Michael Offutt of Arborvale and Lention Offutt of Elizabeth; one niece, Sherlene Conley of Millstone; two great-nephews; eight great-nieces; four great-great-nieces; and four great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hatzell Kemper; two brothers, Deward Offutt and Denver Offutt; one nephew, Larry Offutt; and one great-nephew, Myles McLaughlin.

Graveside services were held at Sturm Family Cemetery, Millstone, with Rev. David Weaver officiating.

 

JOE ALLEN LICHLYTER

Joe Allen Lichlyter, 54, of Mineral Wells, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late Fred M. and Thelma Mary Siers Lichlyter.

He had been employed by Excel Logistics and was currently employed by Goff Brothers Machine Shop. He loved spending time in Calhoun County.

Surviving are two step-sons, Corey Robinson of Mineral Wells and Logan Roberts of Parkersburg; one step-granddaughter, Miley Rae Morris of Parkersburg; three sisters, Loretta Strawbridge of Oil City, Pa., Janet Plant of Parkersburg and Brenda Reynolds of Parkersburg; one brother, Dennis Lichlyter of Grannis, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Lynn Robinson Lichlyter, and two sisters, Beverly Wilson and Jean Davis.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Ryan Currey officiating, and burial in Fairview Cemetery, Nicut. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com.

 

DENVER ROBERTS

Denver D. Roberts, 92, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at home.

He was born at Hur, the son of the late James and Malinda Reynolds Roberts.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II as a gunner and in the military police. He was self-employed in the oil and gas industry and invented the auto swab. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #118, Glenville, past master of the Gilmer County Lodge, and Deputy Grand Lecture of Grand Lodge of West Virginia. He was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Worthy Grand Patron of West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife, Paula Gainer Roberts; two sons, Michael D. Roberts and wife Debbie of Frametown and David W. Roberts and wife Patty of Grafton, Ohio; one step-daughter, Jane Collins of Tanner; two step-sons, Roscoe “Cokey” Gainer and wife Pam of Sand Ridge and Stephen D. Gainer of Attleboro, Mass.; three grandchildren, Kelley Wayne of Chapel, Melissa Tinney of Wakeman, Ohio, and Steve Roberts of Paso Robles, Calif.; three step-grandchildren, Courtney Collins of California, Md., Niki Moyers of Glenville and Ryan Gainer of Grantsville; nine great-grandchildren, Olivia and Camron Wayne of Chapel, Branden Fox, Kyle Tinney and Colleen Tinney, all of Wakeman, Cole Roberts of Paso Robles, Anna Collins of California and Wyatt and Kennedy Gainer of Grantsville; one sister, Patty Wyatt of Spencer; one brother, Bobby Roberts of Panama City, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beulah Richards Roberts; four brothers, Ted Roberts, Arlie Roberts, Oran Roberts and Bill Roberts; and three sisters, Evelyn Sampson, Tessie Doyle and Edna Roberts.

Denver’s body has been donated to West Virginia Gift Registry, Morgantown. Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2 p.m., at Enon Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

 

PHYLLIS MUNDAY

Phyllis L. Munday, 85, of Munday, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at The Willows of Parkersburg.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late Thomas Hale and Edith Criss Knight.

She was a 1950 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She retired from Wirt County Board of Education as a custodian from 1975-1994.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Kenneth Munday; two daughters, Pam Lifke of Akron, Ohio, and Melissa Hopkins of Johnson City, Tenn.; one son, Mike Munday of Munday; six grandchildren, Claire and Evan Lifke, Nikolas and Cameron Hopkins and Madison and Lynsey Munday; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Starkey and Mary Doak.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Wolverton Cemetery, Munday. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

 

SHARON SUE KING

Sharon Sue King, 61, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at home on Stagecoach Road, East Liverpool, Ohio.

She was born in Ravenna, Ohio, the daughter of the late Harper and Ocie Sampson King of Shock.

She attended Normantown School. She made her home in East Liverpool since moving to the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Lyda and Paul Dye, in 1999. She won the Eli Rabin Award for Volunteer of the Year at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Surviving are one sister, Lyda Dye of East Liverpool; one brother, Larry King of Front Royal, Va.; and two brothers, Bo and George King of Shock.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Larry Fisher officiating, and burial in Cottrell Cemetery, Frozen Run Road. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

VIEVA KATHLEEN MOREHEAD FARRELL

Vieva Kathleen Morehead Farrell, 64, of Big Bend, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was the daughter of the late Cecil (Bill) and Wanoka Goodnight Morehead.

Surviving are two sons, Jeffrey Farrell and Cecil (Billy) Farrell; two daughters, Krista Fox and Mary Hughes; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Brenda Richards, Ginger Richards, Marlene Sekelik and Debbie Newsome; four brothers, Harold Morehead, Kevin Morehead, Steve Goodnight and Woodrow Patterson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Scott Farrell, and one sister, Phyllis Groves.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Timothy Hickman officiating. Burial will be in Farrell Family Cemetery, Big Bend. 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.

 

SANDRA JEAN STEVENS

Sandra Jean Stevens, 77, of Corry, Pa., died Friday, June 23, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Cecil and Willie Brown.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School.

Surviving are one son, Thomas Stevens II; one daughter, Kelli Cooney and husband Mark; and three grandchildren, Kyle Stevens, Cody Cooney and Allyson Cooney.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Howard Stevens.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

BOB BAILESS

Bob Bailess, 81, died Monday, June 19, 2017.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Ernest and Nellie Bailess.

He was a 1954 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He was an All-State football player and served as a captain in the North-South Football Classic in Charleston. He accepted a scholarship to play football for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and later finished his college career and graduated from Salem College. He is also an alumnus of Virginia Tech, where he earned a master’s degree in physical education. He started his professional career in Virginia, and dedicated over 40 years of his life to teaching and coaching. He retired from Prince William County Public Schools in 1996. In 2000, he relocated to Bristol, Va. He served as a volunteer ranger at Clear Creek Golf Club and was an active member of State Street United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Bristol YMCA and Virginia High School League.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Julia Bailess; two sons, Robert Bailess and Todd Bailess; one daughter, Lisa Dean; seven grandchildren, Zachery, Matthew, Owen, Lillian, Jaxson, James and Luke; four sisters, Mary Knotts, Janet Orozco, Nancy Taylor and Linda Blankenship; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Geraldine Diehl.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at State Street United Methodist Church, Bristol, on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. A service and burial will be held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, near Grantsville, on Tuesday, June 27, at noon. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon, at Pleasant Hill U.M. Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

WILMA LOUISE GANDEE

Wilma Louise Gandee, 75, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born at Spencer, the daughter of the late Frances Olen and Grace Madeline Young Gandee.

She was a homemaker and had worked as a nanny and an in-home caregiver. She was a Christian.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Snyder and Diane Tanner, both of Spencer; one brother, Eugene Gandee of Elyria, Ohio; two grandchildren, Christina Snyder Shafer of Reedy and Michael Snyder of Charleston, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Shafer and Kaitlyn Shafer.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Dahkotah Kyler Tanner.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jim Epling officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

 

HAZEL RAGLAND

Hazel Ragland, 90, of Chloe, died Friday, June 9, 2017, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born at Milo, the daughter of the late Roy and Prudie Hall Bailey.

She was a homemaker and a member of Milo Community Church.

Surviving are one son, Allen Ragland and wife Stephanie of Ripley; three daughters, Carolyn Pryor of Byrdstown, Tenn., Janet Sunderland of Canal Fulton, Ohio, and Sue Frazier and husband Tick of Millersburg, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Earl B. Ragland, on Dec. 29, 2012.

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

 

ERNEST EDWARD LAMP

Ernest Edward Lamp, 64, of Grantville, died Monday, June 5, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late James and Hazel Husk Lamp.

Surviving are two sons, Ernest Lamp of Florida and Matthew Lamp of West Virginia; one daughter, Angel Bowe of Ohio; two grandchildren, Corbin and Gavin, both of Florida; six brothers, Kenneth Lamp of Summersville and Alfred Lamp, Bobby Lamp, Robby Lamp, Timothy Lamp and Joey Lamp, all of Grantsville; and four sisters, Dorothy Wagoner of Michigan and Linda Smith, Sue Lamp and Trish Lamp, all of Grantsville.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, noon, at his home, 241 Leading Creek Road, Big Springs. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

REVA STURMS

Reva Sturms, 67, of Creston, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Miletree Nursing Home, Spencer.

She was the daughter of the late Ronzel and Roxie Metz Cottrell. She was a Christian.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Harold R Strums; three daughters, Abbie Darlene Sturms, Virginia Darlene Sturms and Barbara Laugh; two sons, Harold Sturms, Jr., and Robert Carl Sturms; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating. Burial was in Wright Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

GERALDINE ‘Jean’ PARSONS

Geraldine “Jean” Parsons, 81, of Orma, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Genesis HealthCare, Glenville Center.

She was born at Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Wesley and Vina Marks Harris.

She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma, and worked for Calhoun County Committee on Aging for many years.

Surviving are one son, Richard Parsons; two daughters, Hazel Lane of Arnoldsburg and Verla Price of Destin, Fla.; two brothers, Chester Harris of Virginia and Don Harris of Arnoldsburg; three sisters, Hester Brant of Florida, Evelyn Roberts and Ruth Parsons of Canton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Virginia Boggs and Samantha Cason, both of Grantsville, and Velora Ward of Nitro; and three great-grandchildren, Allison Boggs, Bryan Boggs and Michael Ward.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Brenton Parsons; one brother, Carl Harris; and one sister, Juanita Cottrill.

Graveside service was held at Parsons Family Cemetery, Right Fork of Crummies Creek Road, with Pastor Steven Carter officiating during visitation at Victory Baptist Church.

 

MELINDA DENISE REXROAD

Melinda Denise Rexroad of Grantsville died Wednesday, May 31, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Edward and Marilyn Jean Parsons Lowe.

 She was raised in Parkersburg and later adopted by John and Elva Dye. After graduating from Parkersburg South High School, she married Don Hughes and found another family with Dotty and Floyd Hughes. They moved to Coolville, Ohio, and raised three children. She obtained her CDL to drive semi-trucks and tour buses in Washington, D.C., and also worked for GoldLine/GreyLine in Parkersburg. After a divorce, she married Johnny Rexroad and lived in Grantsville.

Surviving are her husband, Johnny Rexroad; her first spouse, Don Hughes; two daughters, Rachel Buchanan and Anna Figueroa; one son, Reuben Hughes; four grandchildren, Crighton and Paisley Buchanan and Orion and Damien Hughes; and two sisters, Rebecca Craig and Jackie Miller.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Chris Lowe, Raoul “Buck” Lowe, and an infant, Jeremy Everett Hughes.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

 

SANDRA LOU PARSONS KIMBLE

Sandra “Sandy” Lou Parsons Kimble of Willoughby, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Eleanor Eagle Parsons Buck and James W. Parsons.

She was a 1966 graduate of Calhoun County High School and earned her associate of nursing RN from Lakeland College and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and psychology from Ursuline College. She became a nurse practitioner.

Surviving are her husband, James “Jim” Winston Kimble, who she married in 1966; one daughter, Jamie Bertone; one son, Jeff Kimble; four grandchildren, Jessalyn Bertone, Jacob Bertone and Emma and Jarrod Kimble; “grandchildren of the heart,” Johnnie and Alyssa Wigal; two brothers, Roy Wayne Parsons and Doug Buck; four sisters, Sharon Burrows, Susan Metheney, Shelia Gherke and Sadie Wigal; two sisters-in-law, Kimberlene Folden and Sandra Harris; one brother-in-law, John Paul Kimble; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Eugene Buck; an infant son; and one sister.

Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., at The Abbey of Willoughby, 38011 Euclid Ave., Willoughby. Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, near Grantsville. Donations can be made in Sandy’s name to any organization that helps those in need of mental health assistance or to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), https://namigreatercleveland.org/. Condolences may be left at www.MCVfuneralhomes.com.

 

RONALD BRENT MARKS

Ronald Brent Marks, 67, of North Canton, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

He was born in Gassaway, the son of the late Edward and Virgie Byrd Marks.

Surviving are his wife, Cullie Marks; two sons, Brent Marks and Matt Marks; one daughter, Michelle Carter; one step-son, Denny Davis; two step-daughters, Beverly Bennetts and Lori Davis; six grandchildren; two brothers, Westley Marks and Richard Marks; and one sister, Ermal Vaughn.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Kesley Marks, and one sister, Christine Wriston.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenneth Tanner officiating. Burial was in Elmira Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

BETTY WEBB SIMS BOGGS

Betty Webb Sims Boggs, 83, of Grantsville, died Thursday, May 25, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late William Depue and Yetta Richards Webb.

She was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Guy Boggs; two daughters, Patricia Mowrey and husband Thomas of Creston and Nancy Ritchie and husband Nolan of Five Forks; one son, Walker Gary Sims and wife Jane of Mt. Zion; three step-grandchildren, Doug, Rock and Myra; seven grandchildren, Sabrina Cain, Melanie Arthur, Zeb Ritchie, Brian Ritchie, Lisa Ritchie, Christopher Cabe Sims and Matthew Sims; six step-grandchildren, Jenn, Daniel and wife Jess, Misty, Kayla, Amber and Kirk; five great-grandchildren, Brycen, Brylee, Aidan, Colin and Brody; nine step-great-grandchildren, Casey, Cole, Conner, Carter, Kaleb, Amelia, Akaya, Feona and Meadow; two sisters, Jeanette White and husband Frank of Mogadore, Ohio, and Wilma Kay Richards and husband Michael of Mt. Zion; one brother, Joseph Webb and wife Mary of Grantsville; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Sims Webb Buck; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walker P. Sims, Jr.; three brothers, Jack D. Webb, Gary Webb and Billy Webb; three sisters, Doris Webb Hertz, Virginia Webb Papania and Linda Webb Ferrell; and one granddaughter, Shannon Collins.

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

 

EUGENE LAUGHLIN

Eugene Laughlin, 88, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, May 26, 2017, at CAMC, General Division, Charleston.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lewis and Lovie Townsend Laughlin.

He worked for Haughn Construction and Houchin Construction before retiring in 1991. He was a member of Bear Fork Hunting Club and was a volunteer at Arnoldsburg Community Building during the annual Molasses Festival.

Surviving are his wife, Esther Murphy Laughlin; one daughter, Norma Laughlin; one sister, Florence Hall; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Floda, Flo and Obal, and five brothers, Doyle, Brooks, Roy, Lonzo and Brice.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Beech, Calhoun County.

 

HAGAN RICHARDS

Hagan W. Richards, 91, died Friday, May 19, 2017, in Upland, Calif.

He was born at Cabot Station, Harrison County and later moved to Phillips Run, outside of Grantsville, where he grew up.

He was a 1943 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was a gunner on a Merchant Ship and saw action in both the Pacific and European theatres. He married Mary Jo Forte of Monongah and they raised Daniel, Mark and Elizabeth in Clarksburg. He began working for Hope Natural Gas Co. as a laborer and retired as superintendent of the Fairmont Plant after 42 years. The last 25 years of his life were shared with his dear friend Carolyn Haught. He developed early stage dementia at 85.

Surviving are his sister Patti Kendall of New Martinsville; two sons, Dan of Upland, Calif., Mark of Nashville, Tenn.; one daughter, Elizabeth of Philadelphia, Pa.; three grandchildren, Kendra, Brian and Grant; and three great-grandchildren, Calvin and Winston Miller and Madison Richards.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Drew.

There will be a spreading of ashes and celebration of his life at Nobe Cemetery, near Grantsville, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Nobe Cemetery Maintenance Fund, 359 Nobe Road, Big Bend, WV 26136.

 

KATHRYN JEAN BELL

Kathryn Jean Bell, 83, of Glenville, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late William Arthur Mahaney, Jr., and Mabel Belle McCartney Mahaney.

She was a 1951 graduate of Tanner High School and remained active with Tanner High School Alumni Association and Gilmer County Senior Center.

Surviving are one brother, James Howard Mahaney and wife Carolyn of Milford, Ohio; eight nieces and nephews, Phil Metz and wife Karen of Perry, Ohio, Pamela Conway of Jupiter, Fla., James Mahaney, Jr., and wife Tracy of Cincinnati, Ohio, Richard Mahaney of Oxford, Ohio, Jennifer Van Roekel and husband Tim of Loveland, Ohio, Andy Nicholas of Sand Fork, Eric Nicholas and wife Angie of Coxs Mill, and Robert “Chip” Nicholas and wife Debbie of Glenville; and one sister-in-law, Eleanor Nicholas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Kenton Warren Bell, on July 5, 2013; one brother, Richard Mahaney; one sister, Samira Mahaney Metz; and one nephew, Gregory Metz.

Kathryn’s request for cremation has been honored. Graveside services will be held at Stalnaker Cemetery, Glenville, on Saturday, June 10, at 2 p.m., with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to her family, c/o James Mahaney, P.O. Box 300, Glenville, WV 26351. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tanner High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 12, Glenville, WV 26351. Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.

 

JERRY KERBY

Jerry Kerby, 72, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, May 27, 2017.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Fred and Geraldine Starcher Sturm.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her life partner of 40 years, Gary McCoy; six children, Tammy, Holly, Hope, Heather, Fred and Stacey; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Geneva Hall.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Cremo Community Church, with burial in Wright Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church. Online guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

JANICE JETT

Janice R. Jett, 80, of Doylestown, Ohio, died Friday, May 26, 2017.

She was born in Oakey, the daughter of the late Earl and Zoa Jarvis Truman, and was a resident of Doylestown since 1972.

She was a home health aide for many years and had also worked in the Dietary Dept. at Magnolia Care Center. She was a Girl Scout leader in her younger years.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Jett of Doylestown; four daughters, Sharen Jett and Windy Jett, both of Doylestown, Lesa Jett of St. Albans, Vermont, and Diane Davis of Chippewa Lake, Ohio; six grandchildren, Chasity, Nikki, Jeremy, Emily, Mikki and Kenni; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Josie, Lukis, McKenna and Milo; one brother, Garland Truman of Barberton, Ohio; one sister, Margie Giles of Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine, in 2007, and one sister, Linda Webb.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, Burial will be in Bailey Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Humane Society or to Bailey Cemetery for its perpetual care. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

EMMA LAVAUGHN ERLEWINE

Emma Lavaughn Erlewine, 97, of Grantsville, died Sunday, May 28, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Tunis and Opal McCartney Roberts.

She was the oldest living member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons, Donald Tallhammer, Robert “Tink” Erlewine and James Erlewine, all of Grantsville, and Michael Erlewine of Parkersburg; two daughters-in-law, Linda Erlewine Metz and Donna Erlewine of Grantsville; one brother, Lonnie Roberts of Woodbridge, Va.; one sister, Betty Westfall of Gilmer County; 19 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine Erlewine; four sons, Butch Erlewine, Roger Erlewine, Ronnie Erlewine and Richard Erlewine; one grandson, Todd Erlewine; one great-grandson, John Hickman; and nine siblings.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating, and burial in Turner Cemetery, Gilmer County. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT BRUCE LOWE

Robert Bruce Lowe, 72, of Shepherdstown, died Sunday, May 28, 2017, at his home.

He was the youngest son of Bruce J. and Anne R. Lowe.

He grew up in Grantsville and was a 1962 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy from West Virginia University, where he was a Sigma Xi. After working for a year at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, he enrolled at University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree in 1971. He completed his residency in hospital pharmacy at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich. He accepted a faculty position at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and taught for several years and played a key role in developing pharmacy education in the state. He was Director of Pharmacy at Monongalia General Hospital, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, and had other pharmacy positions and in administration for Washington County Health System, Hagerstown, Md. He retired in 2010. He was a member of Rotary Club in Morgantown, Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, was active in Sons of the American Revolution, and was a 32nd degree Mason. He served on numerous professional boards and on the board of Historic Shepherdstown. He sang in the choirs at First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown, and Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Dolores Lowe; one daughter, Elizabeth Lowe Frederick and husband Bill of Beverly, Mass.; one step-son, Gayle Johnson and wife Karen of Shepherdstown; one step-daughter Meredith Handakas and husband Greg of Midlothian, Va.; five grandchildren, Samuel Frederick, Gaylen and Emily Johnson, and Grace and Nick Handakas; and two brothers, Fred Lowe of Jupiter, Fla., and Steve Lowe of Dothan, Ala.

A celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown, on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle.

 

FERN HANLIN COBERLY

Fern Hanlin Coberly, 88, of Glenville, died Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Genesis Healthcare, Glenville Center.

She was born in Kanawha County, the daughter of the late Plenny Amos and Nellie Gay Dye Hanlin.

After graduating from Tanner High School, she attended Glenville State College and earned her Accredited Records Technician Certificate. She served as medical record librarian at Spencer State Hospital and attended Spencer Baptist Temple, where she served as Sunday School teacher and helped with the youth ministry.

Surviving are one sister, Lois Hanlin Phillips of Meridian, Idaho; one sister-in-law, Janell Fling Hanlin of Barberton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews, including nephew and caretaker, Jack Whiting.

She was preceded in death in 1974 by her husband, Roy E. Coberly, whom she married on May 18, 1947; three sisters, an infant Joanne, Donna Hanlin Whiting and Phyllis Hanlin Butler; and four brothers, Bruce Hanlin, Paul Hanlin, Carl Hanlin and Dale Hanlin.

Services will be held Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Methodist Church (Dekalb) Cemetery, Glenville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Appalachian Bible College, P.O. Box ABC, Bradley, WV 25818, 304-877-6428. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

FOREST RAY TINGLER

Forest Ray Tingler, 86, of Big Springs, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System’s Long Term Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Elzie Morgan Tingler and Virginia Richards Tingler.

He had performed carpentry/construction work, was an oil and gas worker, was employed by Johns Manville, Parkersburg, and was maintenance supervisor for Calhoun County Board of Education.

Surviving are two daughters, Genieva Glover and Helen Jeanette Gard; two sons, Eli Ray Tingler and Edward Tingler; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Blanch Cunningham Tingler; one daughter, Ellen Paulette Tingler Shingleton; and one grandson, Wesley Todd Glover.

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

 

NINA BUTLER CONLEY

Nina Butler Conley, 80, of Chloe, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Miletree Nursing Home, Spencer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Aristotle and Mary Butler.

She was the youngest girl of 10 children. She retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1999, after 25 years of service.

Surviving are her husband, Carsie G. Conley, whom she married on July 3, 1955; three daughters, Phyllis James and husband Donn of Heathers, Katheran Thomas and husband Rick of Millstone and Karen Belknap and husband Fred of Gassaway; two sons, Stephen Conley and wife Marcie of Mineral Wells and Richard Conley and wife Kathy of Mt. Zion; and two brothers, Charlie Butler and wife Sharon of Reedy and Thomas Butler of Spencer.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Janet Lynn; one daughter-in-law, Alice Shaver Conley; one son-in-law, Rick Thomas; and two infant grandchildren.

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

 

 

EDITH ‘Marie’ GREENE

Edith “Marie” Greene, 85, of Marietta, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Coda and Gladys Starkey Morrison.

Surviving are son-in-law, Ralph Cline; one granddaughter, Kelly Cline Kincaid; one grandson, Cody Cline; and one great-granddaughter, Layne Kincaid.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Greene, and one daughter, Kim Greene Cline.

Per her request, cremation will be observed, with no services.

 

BELVA JUNE KNOPP

Belva June Knopp, 90, of Spencer, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston.

She was born in Hur, the daughter of the late Russell K. and Lydia P. Gough Slider.

She was a former employee of Pulaski’s Dept. Store, Akron, Ohio, as a “bubble maker” during the Rosie the Riveter years, Goodyear, Akron, as a gas jockey, Kellwood, Spencer, and retired from Spencer State Hospital. She later worked as a personal care provider.

Surviving are two sons, David Longfellow of Spencer and Jerry Longfellow of Newton, N.C.; two daughters, Cheryl Longfellow and Debby Greathouse, both of Spencer; honorary daughter, Kim Justice of Dallas, N.C.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Arretta Young of Akron.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kyle Jarrett Longfellow; her second husband, Paul E. Knopp; one son, Rexal Lee Longfellow; one grandson, Roger Lee Greathouse; and seven siblings.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Randy Whited officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

FREDDIE KIGHT

Lt. Col. Freddie C. Kight (USAF RET), 97, of Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Charlie and Malinda Kight.

He was the last surviving Night Fighter of World War II and also served in the Korea and the Vietnam wars. He retired after 27 years of service from the U.S. Air Force.

Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Madeline M. Kight; two sons, Charles Kight and Wayne Kight, both of Panama City; one brother, Junior Kight of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Christy Kight, Robin Kight, Cameron Kight, Cory Kight, Amy Carter, Jason Liss and Joshuah Hendrix; and six great-grandchildren, Brandon Kight, Kaylee and Kent Carter, T.J. and Jace Liss, and Rylee Hendrix.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Sgt. Kevin Scott Kight of Panama City Beach, Fla.; one granddaughter, Morgan Kight; and one great-grandson, Reid Carter.

Services were held at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Panama City, with Deacon Mike Theobald officiating.

 

KELLIS STARCHER, JR.

Kellis Starcher, Jr., 90, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Kellis and Lola Mullenix Starcher.

He was a World War II Navy veteran, and served aboard the USS Kidd Destroyer. He worked at Ren-Dor Lanes for 58 years and helped build Erickson fields. He played the banjo for the band, Country Travelers. He attended Cedar Grove Baptist Church and was a member of VFW, Clarksburg.

Surviving are his wife, Dianne Starcher; one daughter, Doris Forshey of Parkersburg; one son, Bob Starcher of Belpre, Ohio; two step-sons, Wayne Gorrell, Jr., of Charleston and Richard Clover of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Brian, Darrin, Michael, Dodie, Kelly, Stacey and Danna; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cora Lee Starcher; one daughter, Vickie Lee Marks; one sister, Marjorie Black; three brothers, Charles Starcher, Jessie Starcher and Barney Starcher.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

BUSTER FERRELL GRIFFIN

Buster Ferrell Griffin, 96, of Vienna, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Rocksdale, the son of the late George G. and Ester Starcher Griffin.

He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II, worked at J.P. Industries, Caldwell, Ohio, and was a member of Fairlawn Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Joseph Griffin of Vienna, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Starcher Griffin; one son, Eric; one daughter, Beverly Jarvis; four brothers, Clarence, Lawrence, Lora and Rex; and four sisters, Ida Craddock, Eula Nicholson, Myrtle Griffin and Lizzie Griffin.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave, Vienna, with Pastor Jason Spade officiating, and entombment in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

DONALD GREY ELLISON

Donald Grey Ellison, 85, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Liberty Lane Hospice of Veterans Hospital, Salisbury, N.C.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Rastus Berry Ellison and Dola Gay Jarvis Ellison.

He retired from the U.S. military, having served in the Navy and the Air Force, and later in the Navy Reserves. He was a member of Middleport Wesleyan Holiness Church and attended Trinity Holiness Church, Sophia, N.C.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Patricia (Pat) Cowan Ellison, whom he married on May 15, 1952; one daughter, Lisa Ellison Brantley and husband Robert of Rockwell, N.C.; one son, Jack Ellison and wife Ruth of Charleston, S.C.; one brother, Richard Ellison and wife Inez of Parkersburg; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, David Ray Ellison and Robert Allen Ellison, and three brothers, Hoyt Ellison, Herald Ellison and Buell Ellison.

Services were held at Trinity Holiness Church, Sophia, with Rev. Tim Cole, Rev. Derald Hunt and Rev. John Cline officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with full military honors.

 

REV. LOROUS IVAN ROBERTS

Rev. Lorous Ivan Roberts, 90, of Glenville, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Jesse and Violet Grimm Roberts.

He received a degree from W.Va. Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, and was a licensed Methodist Minister and an ordained Baptist Minister. He retired from Ford Motor Co., with 30-plus years experience at the former Glenville Ford Sales.

Surviving are his second wife, Elah Hartshorn Gainer Roberts of Parkersburg, whom he married Feb. 14, 2001; two daughters, Beverly Hawkins and husband Ed of Edenton, N.C., and Angela Isenhart and husband John of Glenville; five siblings, John Roberts of Ravenna, Ohio; Earsel Roberts, Brown Roberts and Nancy Yoak, all of Nobe, and Theda Deuley of Belpre, Ohio; four grandchildren, Gary Ellyson of Gassaway, Dusty Ellyson of Glenville, Nicholas Hawkins of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and Richard Hawkins of Vienna; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Roberts of Ravenna and Barbara Roberts of Nobe.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Maxine Amos Roberts, on Jan. 25, 1997; two brothers, Lorren Roberts and Charles “Chink” Roberts; and one sister, Margie Grogg.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Dr., Glenville, W.Va., with Rev. Ronzel Roberts and Rev. Harold Francis officiating, and burial in Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Nobe, with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

 

JERRY RICHARD PRICE

Jerry Richard Price, 78, of Millstone, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Boone County, the son of the late Arnold Price and Lillian Chittum Hill.

He was a Gradall operator in the construction industry and retired from J.F. Allen Road Construction, Elkins, in 2005, with 30-plus years of experience. He was a member of Mingo Bottom Golf Club, Elizabeth.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Postalwait Price, whom he married on July 20, 1968; two daughters, Lisa Price Buchanan of Mt. Zion and Barbara Linger of Elizabeth; one brother, Jack Price of Millstone; one sister, Norma White of Mt. Zion; one half-brother, Mike Hill of Normantown; one half-sister, Charlene Hill Harris of Birch Run, Mich.; three grandchildren, Justin Price of Morgantown, Katelyn Bunch of Elizabeth and Brandy Ferguson of Valdosta, Ga.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, Jerry Allen Price.

Richard’s request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a private Celebration of Life at a later date.

 

CAILYN GRACE POWELL

Cailyn Grace Powell, born Dec. 9, 2016, died Thursday, May 4, 2017.

She was the daughter of Leonard Powell, Jr., and Jessica Carpenter Powell of Grantsville.

Surviving are six siblings, twin sister Evelyn, Jesslynn, Carley, Brandon, Tara and Tiffany; maternal grandmother, Cathy Eckman of Arnoldsburg; step-grandmother, Paulette Nuzum; six aunts, Brandy Westfall, Rebecca Eckman, Amanda Carpenter, Caitlin Wilkinson, Michelle Stone and Kimberly Pettry; and five uncles, Cory Chu, Calvin Carpenter, Gilbert Carpenter, Timmy Powell and Greggy Kerby.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Calvin Carpenter, and paternal grandparents, Annabelle Jones and Leonard Powell, Sr.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Bryner Chapel Cemetery

 

CALVIN RALPH CARPENTER

Calvin Ralph Carpenter, 58, of Grantsville, died Friday, Apr. 28, 2017.

He was the son of Violet Starcher Carpenter and the late Gilbert Carpenter.

Surviving in addition to his mother are four daughters, Brandy Westfall of Grantsville, Rebecca Eckman of Alliance, Ohio, Amanda Carpenter of Alliance, Ohio, and Jessica Powell of Grantsville; three sons, Cory Chu of Alliance and Calvin Carpenter and Gilbert Carpenter, both of Parkersburg; significant other, Paulette Nuzum of Alliance; 25 grandchildren; and two brothers, Lonnie Carpenter and Roger Carpenter.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel Carpenter; one daughter, Lela Carpenter; and long-time friend, Vicki Brown.

No public service was held.

 

 

EVA CAROLINE JARVIS PARSONS

Eva Caroline Jarvis Parsons, 94, of Spencer, died Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017, at Carehaven Nursing Home, Belmont.

She was born at Stinson, the daughter of the late Nelson and Lora Hicks Jarvis.

She was retired from Spencer State Hospital and formerly worked at Kellwood Co., Spencer, and Westinghouse, Mansfield, Ohio. She was a member of Spencer Church of the Nazarene, where she was a church board steward, Sunday School teacher, coordinator of Cradle Roll for in-home visits, and recipient of the distinguished service award.

Surviving are one son, Jonathan Mark Parsons of Spencer; two grandchildren, Jaci Livermore of Russellville, Ark., and Brandi Parsons of New Martinsville; one step-granddaughter, Shannon Fouts of Williamstown; five great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Earl Parsons in 1971; four sisters, Myrtle Lauber, Mae Moss, Violet Smith and Ruby May; and three brothers, Harry Jarvis, Ernest Jarvis and Cecil Jarvis.

Celebration of life was held at Spencer Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Bradley Petitt officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

 

WILLIAM GLENN McKOWN

William Glenn McKown, 84, of Harmony, Roane County, died Friday, Apr. 28, 2017, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

He was born at Beech, the son of the late James Lee and Vada Hall McKown.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, a former Roane County school bus driver, and a farmer.

Surviving are one brother, Bill McKown of Gay; four sisters, Carol Sue Romine of Spencer, Bonnie Hockman of Hohenwald, Tenn., Phyllis Spurlock of Harmony and Barbara Miller of Liberty; three step-children, William Deel of Walton, Tim Burdette of Roane County and Roger Burdette of Jackson County; one step-daughter-in-law, Linda Bush of Walton; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gatha McKown; three brothers, Gene McKown, Brice McKown and Junior McKown; one sister, Iva Hoskins; and one step-son, James Bush.

Graveside service was held at McKown/Mt. Herman Cemetery, Harmony, with Jonathan Harper officiating.

 

 

EUPHA JEAN BULLARD DAVIS

Eupha Jean Bullard Davis, 70, of Decatur, Ala., died Monday, Apr. 10, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of the late Bruce and Jean Kay Knotts Bullard.

She was a 1966 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Surviving are her husband, Malcolm Davis; two sons, Joseph Lee Davis of Virginia and Bruce Eugene Davis of Somerville, Ala.; one daughter, Star Elizabeth Davis of Decatur; one brother, Robert Bullard of West Virginia; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Euell Bullard.

 

CLIFFORD RYAN KING

Clifford Ryan King, 48, of Chloe, died Monday, Apr. 17, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born at Orrville, Ohio, the son of Charles R. King of Chloe and the late Mary Lou Davis King.

He was a former butcher and laborer.

Surviving in addition to his father are one sister, Melinda Sampson, and one brother, Charles Robert King II.

He was preceded in death by one son, Cody, and one sister, Mary Jane King.

A gathering of family and friends was held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. After cremation, burial will be in King Cemetery, Chloe.

 

GEARL ROGERS

Gearl L. Rogers, 57, died Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Thurl Rogers and Wanetta Sampson.

He worked as a maintenance man at Springwood Lake Campgrounds.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Sandra L. Jefferies; five children, Chad Riley, Shaun Riley, Ronnie Jeffery, Craig Riley and Christopher Rogers; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Talkington and Cheryl Rogers; and four brothers, Johnny Rogers, Ronnie Rogers, Tony Rogers and Gary Rogers.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, 3 p.m., at 7235 Sherman Church Avenue SW, East Sparta, OH 44626. Donations can be made to the family to help defray expenses.

 

DARRELL HALL

Darrell L. Hall, 81, of Arnoldsburg, died Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born at Beech, the son of the late Lee and Ocie Bailey Hall.

He was a retired United States Marine Corp Gunnery Sergeant with 20 years of service, including eight in Japan and Korea. He was a former employee of Houchin Construction and Houchin Rental and Sales, both in Arnoldsburg.

Surviving are two sisters, Sylvia Craddock of Leroy and Norma Starcher of Painesville, Ohio; one brother, Paul Hall of Reedy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sister, Wanda Hall Houchin; brother-in-law, Billie Houchin; brother-in-law, Donald Craddock; sister, Bernice Hall Matheney; brother-in-law, Willard Matheney; brother, Albert Guy Hall; sister-in-law, Ollidene Naylor Hall; and infant twin brothers, Loyd and Boyd Hall.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, noon, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating, and burial in Bailey Cemetery, Beech, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps honor guard.

 

 

ROGER DALE MARTIN

Roger Dale Martin, 68, of Washington, died Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Otis and Eva Lanham Martin.

He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was a member of Parkersburg Police Dept. for 30 years and was a member of FOP Lodge 79. He served on the Parkersburg Homecoming Committee and the Parkersburg Fishing Derby Committee, and as a commissioner for Lubeck Public Service Dept. until recent months.

Surviving are three daughters, Wendy Kuykendall of Weaverville, N.C., and Melissa Abilmona and Susan Stoops, both of Washington; one grandson, Landon Abilmona; two granddaughters, Kendall Abilmona and Lauren Kuykendall; and one nephew, G. Ray Martin.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Sherry Lynn Hupp, whom he married on June 25, 1971; one brother, Junior Martin; and one son in-law, Erik Stoops.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Lubeck Cemetery.

 

BILLY ‘Pete’ TRIPPETT

Billy “Pete” Trippett, 86, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017.

He was a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and served 23 years of community service as head of the Grantsville Food Pantry.

Surviving are four children, Lester, Arlu, David and Heather.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Millie.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Apr. 22, 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

 

SHELBA LYNN BOGGS SIERS

Shelba Lynn Boggs Siers, 54, died Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Chester Boggs of Elkins and the late Olive Dale Boggs.

Surviving in addition to her father are her husband of 32 years, Randy Siers; one daughter, Elizabeth Jarvis and husband Travis of Chloe; one son, Levi Siers of Duck; step-mother, Martha Boggs of Elkins; two sisters, Theresa Goddard of Wheeling and Amy Ferrebee and husband Tony of Duck; three brothers, Curtis Moneypenny of Ohio, Jim Moneypenny of Mt. Zion and Chester Boggs, Jr., and wife Misty of Ivydale; six grandchildren, Lidia, Lucas, Landon, Adriane, Chykaye and Chase; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Lester Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Boggs-Siers Family Cemetery, Nebo. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

 

 

UREDA JEAN COGAR

Ureda Jean Cogar, 77, of East Liverpool, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Greeley and Erless McCartney Cogar.

She was a member of Christian Life Tabernacle, East Liverpool.

Surviving are one son, Carl Bourassa of Wisconsin; one daughter, Christine Bourassa of Michigan; four grandchildren, Crystal, Lindsie, Amber and Brandon; one brother, Alpha Cogar of Imperial, Pa.; and Mary Ferrebee of Braxton County, whom she raised.

She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Bourassa, and two brothers, L. Cline Cogar and W. Otis Cogar.

Services were held at Nixon Funeral Home, Newell. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

VESTA STARCHER ARNOLD

Vesta Starcher Arnold, 93, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Apr. 10, 2017.

She was born at Stinson, the daughter of the late Buna Hunt and Orville Starcher.

She was raised by her grandparents, the late Ninny and Sherden Hunt. She resided at Aging With Grace, Grantsville, for the last 10-1/2 years

Surviving are four sons, Marvin and Millie, Randall and Mila, Kenny and Debbie, all of Arnoldsburg, and Larry and Elizabeth of Massillon, Ohio; two daughters, Deloris Brenneman and the late George Brenneman of Akron, Ohio, and Barbara Freed and Pete of Millstone; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marlyn Starcher and Kayo Starcher; and three sisters, Elva May, Lidia Parker and Mardell Nevans.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Arnold, whom she married on May 17, 1942; one son-in-law, George Brenneman; one grandson, Steve Arnold; one brother, Leo Sampson; and one sister, Ruby Metheny.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DOROTHY ‘DOTTIE’ FOX

Dorothy Thomas “Dottie” Fox, 89, of DuPont City, died Sunday, Mar. 26.

She was born near Richwood, the daughter of the late Ray and Agatha Thomas.

She grew up in Cowen, graduated from Cowen High School and attended West Virginia Wesleyan, where she met her husband. She worked as a secretary for Belle Elementary School for almost 25 years. She was also a member of Brooks Bird Club.

Surviving are one son, Thomas R. Fox and wife Dawn of Millstone; one daughter, Lou Ann Fauber of DuPont City; three grandsons, Russ of Barboursville, Matt of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jay of Huntington; three granddaughters, Anna Swecker of Cincinnati, Amy Fauber of Charleston and Megan Branch of Williamsburg, Va.; and eight great-grandchildren, Adria, Owen, Josie, Prim, Chloe, Chase, Elena and Elora.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Walter C. Fox, and one daughter, Sue Cox.

Services were held at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Denny Dodson officiating. Burial and committal was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen.

 

DOROTHY EILEEN SULLIVAN

Dorothy Eileen Sullivan, 93, of Big Bend, died Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017, at Genesis HealthCare, Glenville Center.

She was born at Leroy, the daughter of the late Jennings Bryan and Lora Kelley Tolley.

She was a 1941 graduate of Gilmore High School. In 1945, she served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a medical technician during World War II. She was an active member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas Sullivan and wife Sandra of Washington and James Sullivan of Smithville; one daughter, Patricia Mowrey and husband Glen of Graham, N.C.; six grandchildren, Matthew Mowrey, Jeremy Mowrey, Lisa Roberts, Ann Lambert, Susan Sullivan and Michael Sullivan; six great-grandsons; and two sisters, Evelyn Pursley of Goshen, Ohio, and Agnes Keirns of Akron, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl T. Sullivan, whom she married on Sept. 7, 1945; three sisters, Eugenia Emerick, Louise Clark and Margaret Congrove; one brother, Harold Tolley; and one daughter-in law, Colleen Sullivan.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Pleasant Hill U.M. Church, with Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Pleasant Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pleasant Hill U.M. Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROGER MOORE

Roger Moore, 68, of Orma, died Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, at Pleasant Hill Care Center, Piketon, Ohio, following stays in Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Fairhill.

He was the son of the late Clyde and Katherine Abbott Moore of Looneyville.

He retired in 2013 with 32 years of service as a compressor station operator with Columbia Gas. He belonged to Minnora Methodist Church and Draft Horse and Mule Association for several years.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Ellison Moore, whom he married on July 24, 2003; two brothers, Wayne Moore of Looneyville and Steve Moore; one daughter, Jennifer Moore; one granddaughter, Khloe Moore; mother-in-law, Bonnie Ellison of Orma; one step-son, Brian Bailey; one step-daughter, Amy Watkins; three step-grandsons, Christian Bailey and Austin Bailey, both of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jacob Watkins of Orma; one step-granddaughter, Morgan Bailey of Knoxville; two brothers-in-law, Steve Ellison and Clifford Ellison, both of Orma; one sister-in-law, Pam Jones of Berea, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa Moore.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Ellison Family Cemetery, Orma. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

HOLLIE WILLIAM McCARTNEY

Hollie William McCartney, 68, of Conway, S.C., died Monday, Mar. 20, 2017.

He was born in Annamoriah, the son of the late Glen McCartney and Jettie Summer Stevens.

Surviving are three daughters, Lisa Adams and husband Bill of Elizabeth and Sarah Townsend and husband Justin and Josette McCartney, all of Conway; nine grandchildren, Ashley Adams and husband David of Parkersburg and Kaitlynn, Kailea, Kaleb, Kaden and Kyler Scott, Brooklynn Taylor, Laura Taylor and Stephanie VanFosson, all of Conway; one great-grandson, Myles Bently Benson of Parkersburg; five brothers, Randy McCartney, Kevin McCartney and David McCartney, Gene Summers and Ed McKnown; and two sisters, Terri Stevens and Mary Sue Stevens.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Glen Summers and Sylvia Summers Headley, and three brothers, Jerry and Billy Summers and Timmy Stevens.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Snyder Chapel, Annamoriah, with Delmas Stutler officiating.

 

GEORGE GAINER

George R. Gainer, 85, of North Lawrence, Ohio, died Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017, at Akron City Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Bradford and Ora Arthur Gainer.

 He was a 1949 graduate of Calhoun County High School and served as a Private First Class in the Marines during the Korean War. He worked as a self-employed barber at Gainer’s Barber Shop, Kenmore, Ohio, and retired in 1997 after 40 years. He was a member of Masonic Victory Lodge #649, Kenmore.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Dannemiller, whom in married June 25, 1955, in Doylestown, Ohio; one daughter, Cynthia Anderson of Green, Ohio; one son, James Gainer of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, Jason Anderson of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Elizabeth Anderson of Ellet, Ohio, Meredith Gainer of Charlotte and Matherly Gainer of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Reagan Anderson; one sister, Christine Baker of Goodyear, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Braden Anderson; one brother, Roscoe Gainer; and one sister, Geraldine Greathouse.

Services were held at Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, Ohio, with Deacon Tom Peshek officiating. Burial was in Newmans Creek Cemetery, North Lawrence, with military rites provided by the 555th Honors Detachment.

 

 

PEGGY LYNN GUMM

Peggy Lynn Gumm, 61, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Mar. 20, 2017.

She was born at Tanner, the daughter of Marjorie C. Williams Koontz of Newark and the late Claude C. Frymier.

She had worked in the Chem Lab at E.I. DuPont as a lab technician. She was a Methodist.

Surviving in addition to her mother and step-father Teddy are one daughter, Sheri L. Gumm of Vienna; one son, John L. Gumm of Grantsville; two grandchildren, Lexi C. Wade of Vienna and Jacob L. Gumm of Grantsville; seven siblings, James L. Frymier of Parkersburg, Robert T. Koontz of Westerville, Ohio, William C. Frymier, Jessica Sharps, Jacob Frymier and Jamie Frymier, all of Smithville, and Melissa Easton of Macfarlan; and her step-mother, Laura Frymier of Smithville.

She was preceded in death by one step-brother and one step-sister.

Memorial services were held at Leavitt Family Center, Parkersburg.

 

LELA HEINEY REEDER

Lela E. Heiney Reeder, 90, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Howard and Retta Hosey Heiney.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Stull of Parkersburg; two sons, Dennis Reeder of Rockport and Ronald Reeder of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Craig Reeder of Salida, Colo., Derek Reeder, Ryan Reeder and Whitney Reeder, all of Parkersburg, Tiffany Clayton of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Jeff Stull II of Coolville, Ohio; 10 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Birdy Newbrough of Brohard, Eleanor Ciarcia of Ohio, and Bobby Reynolds and Grace Wilson, both of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Ray; six brothers, Forest Heiney, Harry Heiney, Donald Heiney, Denver Heiney, Charles Heiney and Buddy Heiney; and two sisters, Geneva Snyder and Marie Mascoline.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Kenny Heiney officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

MARGARET ANN CONGROVE

Margaret Ann Congrove, 84, of Vienna, died Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Leroy, the daughter of the late Jennings Bryan Tolley and Lora Kelley Tolley.

She was a registered nurse, who graduated from St. Joseph’s Nursing School. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital and later at Shady Rest Nursing Home, Vienna. She was a member of East Vienna United Methodist Church, where she had taught children’s Sunday School.

Surviving are two sons, Brian Franklin Congrove and Eric Lawrence Congrove, both of Vienna; one daughter, Beth Ann Stephens of Vienna; three sisters, Evelyn Pursley of Cincinnati, Ohio, Eileen Sullivan of Five Forks and Agnes Keirns of Akron, Ohio; two grandchildren, John Thomas Congrove of Waycross, Ga., and Karen Marie Congrove of Marietta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence M. Congrove; one son-in-law, Eugene Stephens; one brother, William Harold Tolley; and two sisters, Eugenia Emrick and Louise Clark.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Carolyn Nettles officiating, and burial in Evergreen North Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

KATHRYN ELLEN MORFORD GAINER

Kathryn (Kate/Kathy) Ellen Morford Gainer, 69, of Knoxville, Tenn., died Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late James E. and Mary Kay Price Morford.

She was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun County High School and received a B.A. in interior design from West Virginia University. She started her career in West Virginia as an independent interior designer. After moving to Knoxville, she worked at The Fabric Market and for over 10 years at Ethan Allen and then had a successful career as an independent interior designer.

Surviving are one daughter, Kim Gainer McCarty and husband Derek of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two nephews, Scott Morford and Lucas Morford; one sister-in-law, Beverly Morford; numerous cousins; and best friend, Terry Snider Harris of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James A. Morford of Grantsville.

Celebration of life will be held at a time and location to be determined later. Online condolences may be made at www.legacy.com.

 

TAMMY JO RICHARDS JONES

Tammy Jo Richards Jones, 33, of Industry, Pa., died Friday, Mar. 17, 2017, in Beaver Falls, Pa.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Jeffrey Richards and Robin Bates Coolidge Greer.

She attended schools in Calhoun County and Newton Falls, Ohio.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her lifelong companion, John P. Jones III; two sons, Chandler Allen Richards of Newton Falls and John P. Jones IV of Industry; and one daughter, JoLynn Rose Richards of Ravenna, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary Michael and Jeramie Robert, and one sister, Amy Lynn.

Services were held at Bethel Baptist Church, Ravenna, with Pastor David Ballert officiating.

 

ENCIL BAILEY

Encil Bailey, 94, of Kanawha City, died Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House.

He was born in Milo, the son of the late Doddridge E. and Zenna Rinehart Bailey.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired legislative auditor for the State of West Virginia with 40 years of service. He was a member of Linden Lodge #83.

Surviving are two sisters, Loris Bailey Jarvis of Minnora and Lorna Bailey Boggs of Spencer; two nephews, Kenneth Bailey of Minnora Jackie Bailey of Ivydale; one niece, Kim Coleman of North Carolina; one great-nephew, Brian Bailey of Knoxville, Tenn.; one great-niece, Amy Bailey Watkins of Chloe; two great-nephews, Casey Henderson of Charlottesville, Va., and Anthony Boggs of Ivydale; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nila Goad Bailey, and one brother, Denzil Bailey.

A tribute to Encil’s life will be held Saturday, Apr. 1, noon, at the mausoleum chapel of Restlawn Memory Gardens, Anstead, with Pastor Rob VanFossen officiating. Masonic graveside rites will be held by Hayden Lodge #113, AF&AM, Anstead. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to noon, at the chapel. The family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be made at www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

CECIL ‘Boozie’ WOLVERTON

Cecil D. “Boozie” Wolverton, 78, of Walker, died Friday, Mar. 17, 2017, at Worthington Nursing Home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Cecil R. and Mary V. Basnett Wolverton.

He was a 1956 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended Glenville State College. He retired from DuPont after 32 years and was a United States Army Reserves veteran. He was a supporter of Calhoun County High School athletics.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Elaine Mace Wolverton; one son, Kevin D. Wolverton of Parkersburg; special nephew, Matthew Wolverton of Ft. Myers, Md.; and special friend, Chad McCullough of Greenville, S.C.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Eugene Wolverton.

The family will have private services at their convenience. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Calhoun County High School Athletics, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion WV 26151.

 

ALCIE FITZWATER BRADY

Alcie Fitzwater Brady, 87, of Palestine, formerly of Duck, died Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017, at Ohio Valley Healthcare.

She was born in Rock Camp, Clay County, the daughter of the late Jack and Emma Rose Fitzwater of Ivydale.

She was a graduate of Clay County High School and retired from the Clay County Board of Education. She was a member of The New Testament Baptist Church, Frozen Run, Calhoun County.

Surviving are one son, Randy Brady of Mineral Wells; two daughters, Rotha Hardway of Palestine and Shirley Sheppard of Newark; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John J. Brady, Jr.; two brothers, Odie Fitzwater of Ivydale and Ovie Fitzwater of Lodi, Ohio; and two sisters, Flossie Sattler of Clay and Artie Beard of Lodi.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Elder Phil Creecy officiating, and burial in Starcher Cemetery, Big Otter. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

ALIVIA ROSE ADAMS

Alivia Rose Adams, 14 months, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017, at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston.

She was the daughter of Mike and Athena RaeAnn Wagoner Adams.

She was “Mommy’s Princess” and “Daddy’s Little Sweetheart.”

Surviving in addition to her parents are one brother, Dalton Michael Adams; one sister, Anna Elizabeth Adams; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Norma Wagoner; uncle, Jake Wagoner; paternal grandmother, Betty Ann Adams; paternal great-grandmother, Esta Finchman; aunts, Teresa Ann Adams and Martha Ann Adams; and cousins, Lorelei Wagoner, Brandon Matthew Alvis, Kimberly Ann Settle and Dustin Myers.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Anna Elizabeth Adams; maternal great-grandparents, Delmas and Emma Wagoner and Richard and Pat Vancamp; paternal grandfather, Virgil P. Adams; and paternal great-grandparents, Roy Finchman and Dorthy Adams.

Private services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

AMY EVELYN HATHAWAY

Amy Evelyn Hathaway, 99, of Lost Creek, died Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017.

She was born in Millstone, one of 10 children of the late Lon and Mae Downs Powell.

She retired from B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville. She and her husband spent most of their lives in Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, Larry D. Hathaway and wife Bertha of Lost Creek; one grandson, Brian Hathaway and wife Shawna of Lost Creek; two granddaughters, Pamela Kamauff and husband Craig of Warwick, N.Y., and Allison Caswell and husband Tracy of Lost Creek; and four great-grandchildren, Milo Hathaway, Logan Caswell, Brody Caswell and Sophia Caswell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Audy Dye Hathaway in 1997; four brothers, Paul Powell, Victor Powell, Gail Powell and Rue Powell; and five sisters, Virla Poling, Shirley McKown, Lucille Wilmoth, Emma Neal Montgomery and Eva Burton.

There will be no visitation or funeral services. The family will have a private graveside service at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

RONALD GENE BADGETT

Ronald Gene Badgett, 69, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017, at home.

He was born at Milo, the son of the late Charter and Geneva Jarvis Badgett.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed by Kellwood Co., Spencer, for 31 years. He retired from Roy G. Hildreth & Son, Spencer.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Myrtle Carrie West Badgett; one daughter, Rebecca Ellen George of Williamstown; one grandson, Nathaniel Aedyn George of Williamstown; four brothers, Danny Badgett and Shirley Badgett, both of Big Springs, and Charles Badgett and Charter B. Badgett, both of Minnora; one sister-in-law, Linda Badgett of Minnora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenith Dewayne Badgett.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

THIRMEN GAINER

Thirmen E. Gainer, 95, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017.

He was born in Burnt House, the son of the late Preston and Naomi Gainer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, with five Bronze Stars, and citations for campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was self-employed as owner/operator of Gainer’s Auto Supply, until retiring in 1986, and was a faithful member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Big Springs, where he served as deacon, treasurer and Bible teacher for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Stanley of Fairmont and Beth Conaway husband Michael of Newport, Ohio; one granddaughter, Amanda Christine Stanley of Fairmont; one great-granddaughter, Ally of Fairmont; three grandsons, Justin Scott Stanley of Fairmont, Joshua Michael Conaway and wife Betsy of Beaver and John Mark Conaway of Santa Clarita, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Isaac, Titus, Silas and Genesis of Beaver; and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Colleen Kirby Gainer, on Jan. 21, 2002; two sisters, Mida Osbourne and Ruth Riddle; one brother, Furman Gainer; and one son-in-law, Larry G. Stanley.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with John Mark Conaway officiating. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by Harris-Ritchie VFW Post #3554.

 

PHEBE ANN STARCHER

Phebe Ann Starcher, 2, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

She was the daughter of U.S. Army Sergeant Kenneth Starcher and Virginia Price Starcher of Clarksville, Tenn.

Surviving are one brother, Angus; one sister, Addison Starcher; grandparents, Brenda Price of Ravenswood and Dennis and Greta Starcher of Annamoriah; great-grandparents, Helma and Leona Starcher of Mt. Zion; great-great-uncle, Roy Mace of Medina, Ohio; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandfather, Randall Price.

Services were arranged by Fort Campbell Funeral Home.

 

CORA MAHALA MEADOWS BOGGS

Cora Mahala Meadows Boggs, 91, of Randolph, Ohio, died Friday, Mar. 3, 2017, at home.

She was born in Creston, the daughter of the Late Cephas and Maud Mowrey.

 She was a cook at Gypsy Wagon Restaurant for 17 years.

Surviving are two sons, Lanny Meadows and Jerry Meadows, both of Creston; one daughter, Connie Smith of Randolph; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 38 years, Dwight L. Meadows, Jr., and her second husband of 19 years, Charlie Boggs; 10 siblings; one son, Steven Meadows; one grandson, Christopher; one great-grandson Brandon; and two step-sons, Mike Boggs and Chuck Boggs.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating. Burial will be in McCray Cemetery, Creston. Visitation will be held Friday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

ETHYN ERIC MILLER

Ethyn Eric Miller, 19, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017.

He was born in Lake County, Fla., the son of Kevin and Kristin Miller and Jesse and Denise Davis.

He was a 2016 graduate of Calhoun Middle High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He broke several school records in football.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Jeffrey Miller; four sisters, Brittiny Miller, Madison Miller, Kendra Davis and Lexi Miller; “special” sister, Raegan Miller his best friend; maternal grandmother, Sandra Funk; paternal grandparents, Johnny and Wanda Miller; aunts, Debbie Carbaugh, Nikki Boatright and Lora Davis; uncles, Tim Miller, David Miller, Mark Miller, Joe Miller, Brian Miller, David Funk and Josh Davis; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Paul Funk, and one step-sister, Kaylee Jones.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., in the Calhoun Middle/High School auditorium, with Pastor Steven Carter officiating. Burial will be in Bryner Chapel Cemetery, Joker. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., in the auditorium. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

NEVA LEAH KENDALL

Neva Leah Kendall, 95, died Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late William “Bob” and Amy Marks Carter.

Surviving are six sons, Arlis “Ray” Kendall and wife Doris, Arden Kendall and wife Brenda, Delmas Kendall and wife Diane, Randall Kendall and wife Joyce, Roger Kendall and wife Marie and Larry Kendall and wife Marsha; two daughters, Sandra Harris and husband Eddie and Sherry Gross and husband Danny; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several step-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorene Weekley and Nelma Wiemer; and one brother, William Hubert Carter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian, and one great-grandson, Kevin “K.J.” Kendall.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Kendall Family Cemetery on the Kendall Farm in Braxton County, with Pastor Joe Busch and Pastor Dewey Tanner officiating. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Memorial donations can be made to Kendall Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Randall Kendall, 287 Robins Rest Road, Bluefield, WV 24701. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

HOWARD TANNER

Howard Tanner, 60, of Akron, Ohio, died Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017.

He was born at home on Little Leatherbark, the son of the late Albert Tanner and Frances Tanner.

Surviving are four sisters, Kathy Tanner of Bear Fork, Veronica May of Arnoldsburg, Joyce Crouser of North Carolina and Kimberly Jones of Oklahoma; five brothers, James Tanner of Arnoldsburg, Michael of North Carolina, Kevin of Millwood and Keith and Kevin, both of Spencer; three daughters, Amanda, Carrie and Brenda, all of Akron; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Denver Tanner; one niece, Samantha Pearson; and one nephew, Marlyn May.

There will be a celebration of his life at a later date. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Altizer. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hummelcares.com.

 

 

NAOMI RUTH KING JARVIS

Naomi Ruth King Jarvis, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

She was born at Beech, the daughter of the late Raymond King and Irene Mariah Ellison King.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Charles William “Bill” Jarvis; two daughters, Linda and husband Ken and children Erica and Elijah and grandson Jaxen, and Debra and husband Joe and children Ashley, Cortney, Emily and Michael, and grandchildren, Braxton, Bailey, Lauren, Spencer, Bentley, Henry, Brooks and Elli Joy; one son, Scott and wife Debbie and children Matthew and Jason and granddaughter Gracie.

She was preceded in death by one son, Charles “Eric” Jarvis; one brother, Andrew Molessa; her grandparents who raised her, John C. and Fannie L. Ellison; and several aunts and uncles.

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

 

DENNIS RAY RICHARDS, SR.

Dennis Ray Richards, Sr., 81, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

He was born at Leafbank, the oldest son of the late George W. and Velda J. Smith Richards.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served during the Korean War, enlisting at age 17. He received the Korean Service Ribbon, National Defense and United Nations Service Ribbon. After Korea, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the First Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., and in the 7th Army in Germany. He was employed by Stork’s Bakery, Parkersburg, and Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council for a total of 28 years. He retired at age 59.

Surviving are three sons, Dennis, Jr., Wesley G. and Ronald K.; two daughters, Tracy Buzzard and Terry Wheaton; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Mattie Rosalie Hays Richards, and one son, Ivan.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. James Lough officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be held at Norman Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

LARRY JR. JOSEPH

Larry Jr. Joseph, 66, of Millersburg, Ohio, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Herman and Edna Butler Falls.

He was a driver for the Amish Community.

Surviving are one daughter, Tammy Byrd of Spencer; one son, Larry Robert Joseph of Orma; nine grandchildren, Justin Gerber, Carl Gerber, Thomas Kearns and Matthew Kearns, all of Elyria, Ohio, Brittany Kearns of Spencer, Anthony Milhoan and Andrew Milhoan, both of Ohio, Makayla Rainsburg of Dover, Ohio, and Alexis Joseph of Orma; and seven great-grandchildren, Loki, Bjorn, Cheyenne, Brooklyn, Brian, Riley and Izzy.

Graveside services were held at Bailey Cemetery, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Robert Shannon officiating.

 

FRANCES CAROLINE WALDRON

Frances Caroline Waldron, 80, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Iras and Cora Rinehart Hicks.

She had worked as a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Ramsey and Steven Ramsey, both of Parkersburg; one daughter, Marla Rapp of Parkersburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ed Hicks, Donnie Hicks and Forest Hicks, all of Calhoun County; three sisters, Barbara Sue Sampson of Mineral Wells, Patricia Siers of Calhoun County and Margaret Lance of Elkins; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Eugene Waldron; one son, David Ramsey; three brothers; and two sisters.

Private service will be held later at the convenience of the family.

 

WILLIAM ‘Bill’ ELMORE

William “Bill” Elmore, 65, of Orma, formerly of Ambler Ridge, Roane County, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

He was born in Charleston, the son of the late Forrest and Gatha Brisendine Elmore.

Surviving are three brothers, Forrest Elmore, Jr., of Huddleston, Va., Larry Elmore of Holden and Steve Elmore of Walton; three sisters, Helen Paxton of Parkersburg, Darlene Moore of Walton and Thelma Harper of Clendenin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Randall Elmore, and one sister, Muriel Mundy.

Services were held at Orma United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Orma U.M.C. Cemetery.

 

ROBERTA IRENE ‘Robbie’ CONNER

Roberta Irene “Robbie” Conner, 72, of Spencer, formerly of Grantsville, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

She was born in Elizabeth, the daughter of the late Theodore Lewis Woodring and Violet Nutter.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army National Guard. She worked in several manufacturing plants in Ohio and was a Christian.

Surviving are one daughter, Tara Conner of Millersburg, Ohio; one son, Tyson Conner and wife Lisa of Big Prairie, Ohio; four sisters, Ruby, Retha, Rose and Rebecca; two brothers, Rickshaw “Rick” and Robert “Bob”; and two grandsons.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Rachel, and one brother-in-law, Marvin.

Her body was cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date in Ohio and her ashes will be buried there.

 

 

ORA WAYNE

Ora C. Wayne, 79, of Elizabeth, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in West Virginia, the son of the late Noah C. and Ruth Mullins Wayne, formerly of Calhoun County.

Surviving are one daughter, Shirley Damron of East Bernstadt, Ky.; one son, Ora Edward Wayne of Ohio; four grandchildren, Ann Ferguson, Adam Wayne, Stephanie Hansford and Christopher Damron; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; two brothers, Roger Wayne and Bobby Wayne; and one sister, Patsy Groch.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Betty.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Roger Wayne officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

REVA JANE AMOS CUNDIFF

Reva Jane Amos Cundiff, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

She was born in Calhoun County, the second child of the late Simon L. Amos and Sarah C. Church Amos.

She worked at the Viscose plant and the Ames shovel plant, Parkersburg, before relocating to Baltimore, where she worked for Glen L. Martin Co. and met Earl Francis Cundiff, whom she married in December, 1955. She retired from Levinson and Klein with over 20 years of service. She attended Tabernacle Baptist Church, Essex, Md.

Surviving are two sons, James Sanderson Cundiff and Mark Allen Cundiff; three granddaughters, Sarah Kathleen Cundiff Vinson, Elizabeth Kathleen Cundiff and Hannah Kathleen Cundiff; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Brian Vinson and Hayley Marie Vinson.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Delbert J. Amos, and one sister, Ruby Mae Amos Goff.

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

 

CONNIE LOUISE HANLIN

Connie Louise Hanlin, 71, of Chloe, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Alva and Leota Gaither.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Glenn S. Hanlin; one son, Michael Hanlin of Clarksburg; two daughters, Pamela Bowen of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Heather Hanlin-Grogg of Winston-Salem, N.C.; six grandchildren, Joshua Hanlin, Noah Hanlin, Chance Bowen, Chloe Bowen, Aden Grogg and Ella Grogg; one brother, Larry Gaither; and two sisters, Marlene Cash and Donna Bland.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Gaither.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Daniel Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Lamb Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JO ANN PARSONS STEVENS

Jo Ann Parsons Stevens, 71, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late George and Glendora Smith Parsons.

Surviving are her husband, Eugene O. Stevens; four sons, Charles Stevens, David Stevens, Eugene “Slugger” Stevens, Jr., and Erin Stevens, Sr.; one daughter, Lisa Bortle; two sisters, Betty and Audrey; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating. Burial will be in Stevens Family Cemetery, Cain Road. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

RALPH BARNES

Ralph M. Barnes, 90, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Genesis HealthCare, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Edgar and Elma Barr Barnes.

 He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 and retired from Monongahela Power Co. after 42 years and six months of service. He was a member of South Parkersburg United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Darlene Fallon of Pt. Pleasant, Ohio; one grandson, Seth Fallon of Little Hocking, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson Marshall Fallon and Avery Michelle Fallon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Harden Barnes, on Apr. 23, 1991; and five brothers and sisters, Clyde, Bill, Thurl, Pauline and Geraldine.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jim Plyburn and Pastor Seth Fallon officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens, with full military rites by Parkersburg American Legion Post #15.

 

 

GERALD COLLINS

Gerald B. Collins, 77, of Stumptown, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Glenville Center nursing home, Glenville.

He was born in Stumptown, the son of the late Harold and Norma Blackshire Collins.

He was a graduate of the School for the Deaf, Romney, and worked for Kenny Shoe Factory, Glenville.

Surviving are one sister, Darlene Yoak and husband Jim of Parkersburg; one brother, Tony Collins and wife Sue of Stumptown; one niece; and six nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenny Collins.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

DONALD TINGLER

Donald C. Tingler, 82, of Smithville, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Roma and Velma Wilt Tingler.

He worked for the former Penn Metal, Vienna, for 21 years and for the former O’Ames Plant 2, Parkersburg, for 33 years. He was a member of Big Island Church and volunteered at the resale shop in Smithville for eight years.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Esta Wyer Tingler; four children, Daniel and Terry Tingler of Mineral Wells, Beverly and Freddie Riddle of Smithville, Kenny and Lori Tingler of Belpre, Ohio, and Doug and Missy Tingler of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren, Leslie Riddle, Jonathan Riddle, Ryan Tingler, Erik Tingler, Josh Tingler, Dusti Tingler, Mindy Kelly, Morgan Tingler Cornell and McKinley Tingler, and several great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Mike Hardbarger officiating. Burial was in Deem Cemetery, Beatrice.

 

EVELYN JOAN ‘Timmy’ STORCK

Evelyn Joan “Timmy” Storck, 93, died  Jan. 24, 2017.

She was the daughter of Charles Emmett Arnold, Sr., and Ethel Blizzard Arnold.

She was a descendant of Simon P. Stump, on whose property the Town of Grantsville was built, and his son, A.H. Stump, who was the first mayor of Grantsville. Her grandmother, Lilly Stump Blizzard, is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

Joan was a founder of the original Art League and a benefactor of Parkersburg Art Center. She was founder of the Bread of Life Fund at First Lutheran Church, where she was a member. She was founder and benefactor of Elizabeth Embelton School of Dance, Parkersburg, and was supportive of her husband and family in their business, Storck Baking Co. She was a member of Junior League of Parkersburg and Parkersburg Country Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Ross and husband Sam and Sally Mazzella and husband Jim; two grandchildren, Joel Mazzella and Ginger Salamida; two step-grandsons, Tres and Spencer Ross; 16 great-grandchildren, Holly, John, Sam and Matt Mazzella, Dominic, Maria, Sarah Clare, Jonathan, Vincent, Gianna, Christopher and Andrew Salamida, and Braeden, Owen, Christian and Ivy Ross; nephews, Charles Arnold, John McIntosh, Jim McIntosh and Jay Coughlin; nieces, Jane Morningstar, Andrea Jansky, Anne Pejovich, Marcia McIntosh and Sally Muldoon; and cousin, Anne Moorhead.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Storck; one brother, Charles Arnold; one sister-in-law, Betty Storck; and four sisters, Betty Coughlin, Sue McIntosh, Mary Louise and Helen Ruth; two grandchildren, Robin Ross and Julia Mazzella; and one nephew, David Coughlin.

Memorial service will be held in the spring in Canaan Valley, Davis, with burial in Evergreen North Cemetery, next to her husband.

 

ADA WILLADEAN McCALLISTER

Ada Willadean McCallister, 76, of Big Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at Cedar Grove Care, Parkersburg.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Charles and Alma Richards Taylor.

She worked in the former Ritchie County Garment Factories and was a member of Hardman Chapel Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Cheryl Lynn Frye of Big Springs; four half-brothers, Jim Bonnett, Harold Bonnett, Robert Bonnett and Roger Taylor; one half-sister, Cathy Eller; and two grandchildren, Dylan Frye and Connor Frye.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leeroy McCallister, on Jan. 18, 2017; three brothers, Cecil Taylor, William Taylor and Charles Taylor II; and two sisters, Maxine Sabatina and Norene Browning.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Robert Perine officiating. Burial was in Hardman Chapel Cemetery, Smithville.

 

ORVIN FLOYD VILLERS

Orvin Floyd Villers, 77, of Vienna, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

He was born in Creston, the son of the late Clyde David and Myma Elinor Davis Villers.

He retired from Local #33, as a sheet metal worker.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Cheryl Bunner Villers; two sons, Rodney Villers and Jeff Villers, both of Mineral Wells; one brother, James Villers of Parkersburg; one sister, Thelma Ayers of Parkersburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Cale.

There will be no services or visitation at Floyd’s request.

 

CHESLEY RAY ‘Buck’ BAILEY

Chesley Ray “Buck” Bailey, 89, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Euclid, the son of the late Greely Charles and Losie Gae Arnold Bailey.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Conserver. He was in the Marshall Islands when the atomic bombs were tested. He retired from Johns Manville after 38 years of service as a furnace tender. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Vienna.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Wilma J. Workman Bailey; one daughter, Marsha Florence of Vienna; one son, Kenneth Bailey of Boaz; one brother, Dave Bailey of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Douglas Florence, Kristi Florence, Samuel Bailey and Lance Bailey; and nine great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kate, Asher and Addison Florence and Madelynn, Connor, Aiden, Alaina and Tyler Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Simon and Nancy Jane Arnold, who raised him; five brothers; and seven sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Carolyn Nettles officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.

 

ETTALEAN OCIE KERBY

Ettalean Ocie Kerby, 90, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Ferrell and Josie Kerby Sampson.

She retired from Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Surviving are one daughter, Carolyn Parsons and husband Allen; one son, Ronald Kerby and wife Cathy of Grantsville; two sisters, Juanita Plant and Rose Husk, both of Grantsville; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert E. Kerby; four sisters, Roxy Chapman, Bernice Sampson, Katheryn Baker and Ulinee Falb; and two brothers, George Sampson and Leon Sampson.

Per her request, the body was cremated, and there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be held in Gibson Family Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

 

EARL DAVID KING

Earl David King, 74, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Amy Lula Queen of Elizabeth and the late Otha King.

 He was a 1959 graduate of Wirt County High School and served in the U.S. Army. He retired from E.I. DuPont in 2000 after 37 years as a mechanic. He went to work at Mingo Bottom Golf Club as a greenskeeper. In 2004, he was part of a group that purchased the course and he helped manage operations until his death. He was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Pyles King; two daughters, Angela McCue of Elizabeth and Vicki Burrows of Barboursville; four grandchildren, Brittany Allen, Daniel McCue, Seth Burrows and Grant Burrows; one great-grandchild, Caleb Allen; four sisters, Joyce Sims, Jean Houck, Joann King and Jannette Peterman; three brothers, Ernest, Ronzal and Gary; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Janice.

Services were held at Elizabeth Baptist Church, with Pastor Leary VanHorn and Pastor Mark McCloy officiating.

 

REV. MILLARD ‘Gene’ KERBY

Rev. Millard “Gene” Kerby, 84, of Oak Hill, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Edgewood Manor Nursing Facility, Wellston, Ohio.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Orval Kerby and Velma B. Carpenter Kerby.

He was a 1950 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a graduate of Salem College, where he earned his degree in pastoral ministries. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War. His first pastoral charge was in 1961 at Grantsville. He served several churches in the West Virginia United Methodist Conference for 37 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of American Legion Post and of Harmony Lodge #59, AF&AM, Pennsboro.

Surviving are one son, Randall Kerby of Wellston; two daughters, Sharlene Bailey of Oak Hill and Darlene Phillips of Williamstown; one sister, Mildred Hall of Hartsville, Ohio; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; Fran Wilson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha “Marie” Kerby; one brother, Donald Kerby; and one sister, Helen Kerby.

Services were held at Hur Community Church, with Rev. Harold Duskey officiating. Burial was in Hur Cemetery.

 

GARY ROGER COOPER

Gary Roger Cooper, 63, of Racine, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Clarence and Bessie Maze Cooper.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from Teamsters Union Local 505, Huntington.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Engle Cooper, whom he married on Feb. 27, 1971, in Middleport, Ohio; one daughter, Christie Smith of Racine; one son, Gary Lee Cooper of Portland; five grandchildren, Garrett and William Smith and Ella, Lila and Alia Cooper; two brothers, George Cooper of Calhoun County and Jerry Cooper of Parkersburg; special nephew, Fred Engle of Portland; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Racine, with Pastor Mike Codner officiating.

 

ERNIE HARTSHORN

Ernie Hartshorn, 90, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Everett and Josie Sturm Hartshorn.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class aboard the USS Cahaba. He was employed as a welder by Hope Gas and retired from Consolidated Natural Gas with 42 years of service. He was a founding member of Bee Creek Hunting Club, former member of Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept., and member of Eureka Lodge No. 40, AF&AM, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Nemesis Shrine, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 200, and National Rifle Association.

Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Lynch of Parkersburg, Kathy Bailey of Grafton and Kelley Houchin and husband Jeff of Arnoldsburg; former son-in-law, Ed Lynch of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren, Jim Lynch and wife Paula of Parkersburg, David Bailey of Shinnston, Shanna Bailey of Charleston, Heather Rosier and husband Nathan of Grafton, Zachary Houchin and Matthew Houchin, both of Morgantown, and Ashley Houchin of Radford, Va.; six great-grandchildren, Katie, Garrett and Nick Lynch of Parkersburg and Hennessey Fourtney and Gabriel and Jasper Rosier, all of Grafton; two great-great-grandchildren, Emery and Eliza Jennings of Parkersburg; honorary daughter, Roberta Rinehart and husband Tommy of Big Bend; one brother, Lennie Earl Hartshorn of Bolt; and one sister, Elah Roberts of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary Helen Wolfe Hartshorn on June 19, 2002;  one infant sister, Ellieve; three brothers, Dayton Hartshorn, Boyd Hartshorn and Glen Hartshorn; and one son-in-law, John Bailey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

 

NICHOLAS SHANE MURPHY

Nicholas Shane Murphy, 17, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, near his home.

He was born in Jackson, Tenn., the son of Jennifer Starcher of Arnoldsburg and Shane Murphy of Hendersonville, N.C.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his step-father, Tony Starcher of Arnoldsburg; one sister, Haley Murphy of Arnoldsburg; one brother, Joshua Murphy of Hendersonville; one step-brother, Aidan Starcher of Mineral Wells; grandparents, Mike Sinnett of Belpre, Ohio, Cindi Sharp of Lowell, Ohio, and Mike and Mary Murphy of Newport, Ohio; step-grandparents, Lela and Jack Starcher of Arnoldsburg and Bob and Lynda Starcher of Davisville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial service was held in the Calhoun Middle/High School auditorium, with Robert Sinnett officiating. Burial was in Lynch Cemetery.

 

LEEROY McCALLISTER

Leeroy McCallister, 82, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Marietta Center, Marietta, Ohio.

He was born in Lincoln County, the son of the late Obra and Elizabeth Mines McCallister. He had been a laborer with Local 1085, Parkersburg. He was a United Methodist by faith.

Surviving are his wife, Ada Willadean Taylor McCallister; one daughter, Cheryl Lynn Frye of Big Springs; one brother, Echo McCallister of Clay County; one sister, Dorreen Steele of Ohio; and two grandchildren, Dylan Frye and Connor Frye.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lonnie McCallister, Theodore McCallister, French McCallister and Willie McCallister; and two sisters, Lorene Thomas and Martha Andrick.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Robert Perine officiating. Burial was in Hardman Chapel Cemetery, Smithville.

 

DENVER PAUL ‘Bunion’ COTTRELL

Denver Paul “Bunion” Cottrell, 71, of Nicut, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.

He was born in Calhoun Country, the son of the late Ezra and Ellen Cottrell.

He played Bluegrass music around the state.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Betty Joan Cottrell; on daughter, Angela; one son, Gregory; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.

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

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Chris Stout officiating. Burial was in McCumbers Cemetery, Mount Run.

 

OKEY DELMAR BAILEY, JR.

Okey Delmar Bailey, Jr., 78, of Minnora, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Cleveland Clinic.

He was born in Minnora, the son of the late Okey and Mae Badgett Bailey.

He was a retired laborer with G.E. Ray Construction. 

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Wanda Jett Bailey; four children, Barbara Butler, Leslie Bailey, Brenda Siers and Kevin Bailey; six grandchildren, Bobby and Chris Butler, Nathan Bailey, Zach Bailey and Angel and Alisha Siers; three great-grandchildren, Madison and Marissa Butler and Parker Bailey; and one sister, Myrl Bailey. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hollie Bailey and Basil Bailey, and one nephew, Larry Bailey

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating, and burial in Bailey Family Cemetery, Orma. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JACKIE LEE WATKINS

Jackie Lee Watkins, 75, of Spencer, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Clay Health Care, Ivydale.

He was the son of the late Glen Bill and Magalene Anderson Watkins.

Surviving are one son, Mike Watkins of Elmira; two grandsons, Nicholas Watkins and Anthony Marks; one granddaughter, Alexis Lynn Watkins; three brothers, Buddy Watkins of Weston and Daris Watkins and Walter Watkins, both of Chloe; and one sister, Mary Ann Marks of Servia.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Metheney Schoolhouse Cemetery, Chloe.  Visitation will be held Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

VIRGINIA LEE WAYNE HALL

Virginia Lee Wayne Hall, 85, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Orlando H. and Ruby Wayne.

She was a 1949 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She worked 25 years in a local drug store in Ashland, Ohio, where she and her husband lived for 54 years before moving to South Carolina.

Surviving are her husband, Gareld D. Hall; two daughters, Judy Hall Lapina of Littleton, Colo., and Susan Hall Babb of Greenville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Andrea T. Lapia, Angie L. Hampton, Breanne B. Anderson, Brodie T. Babb and Blaine E. Babb; 13 great-grandchildren, Carson Hampton, Jadd Hampton, Avery Hampton, Esme Anderson, Emory Anderson, Grey Anderson, Noa Anderson, Madelyn Babb, Brodie Babb, Tucker Babb, Mila Babb, William Babb and Graham Babb; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Wayne Wilson; one brother, Billy Joe Wayne; and one grandson, Anthony Wayne Lapina.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., at Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville, S.C., with visitation following the service.

 

KATHRYN ‘Kathy’ WOOD

Kathryn G. “Kathy” Wood, 47, of Chloe, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of George Settles and the late Mary Kathryn Ryan-Settles.

 She and her husband were married on July 10, 1997, and they moved to West Virginia in 2000, where she began a career in public service. She worked as the director of Calhoun County OES/911 Center for over 10 years.

Surviving in addition to her father are her husband, Bill; two sons, Bryan Gungle and Sean Gungle; one daughter, Erika Wood; two grandchildren, Embree and Thorin Gungle; her step-mother, Karen Settles; one sister, Mary Francis Waskiewicz; and one brother, George Settles.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary H. Ryan.

Services will be held Friday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

MURELENE HAMRICK MORRIS

Murelene Nelle Hamrick Morris, 91, of Lakeland, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late John K. and Zana Parsons Hamrick. She moved from Akron, Ohio, to Lakeland in 1988. She was a 1943 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a 1949 graduate of Glenville State College. She was an educator for 37 years in West Virginia and Ohio public schools. She began her teaching career at White Oak School, a one-room schoolhouse with 50 children in grades 1-8. She also taught at Big Run, Red Hill and Douglas and was principal at Orma School for five years. Her father retired after 37 years as a principal and teacher and was then named postmaster at Orma. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Lakeland, where she served in various ministries, including Compassion House.

Surviving are one son, Dr. Greg Morris of Lakeland; four grandchildren, Amanda Marchetti, Joshua Morris, Caleb Morris and Elizabeth-Anne Reilly; and three great-grandchildren, Kabree, Caralyn and Noah.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Carroll, whom she married in Orma Methodist Church on Oct. 7, 1950, with Rev. L.C. Morris officiating; two brothers, Russell Hamrick and Dr. R.G. Hamrick; and one sister, Madeline Hamrick Boren.

Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland.

 

SANDRA CAROL MASSAR

Sandra Carol Massar, 76, of East Meigs, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Dinsmore and Eleanor Sturm Boyles. She was a member of the first class to graduate from Eastern High School in 1958, and was the first Prom Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of Alfred Methodist Church, and attended Keno Church of Christ, where she played piano for many years.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Starling Massar; one daughter, Diana Buckley; one son, Charles W. Massar; one sister, Florence Spencer; one brother, Phillip Boyles; two granddaughters, Michelle Turley, Miranda Moore; one grandson, Ben Buckley; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Sharon Guinther Boyles.

Services were held at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, Ohio, with Pastor Gene Goodwin officiating. Private burial was in Massar-Koenig Cemetery.

 

GENEVA WILSON

Geneva Wilson, 89, of Big Bend, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was the daughter of the late Francis K. and Lula Starcher Stevens.

Surviving is one daughter, Connie Roberts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Paul E. Wilson, six brothers and two sisters.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m., at Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, with Rev. Tom Law officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

KEVIN WAYNE REED

Kevin Wayne Reed, 44, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his residence.

He was the son of the late David Reed, Sr., and Linda Criss. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are one sister, Chrystal Turner; step-father, Gerald (Pug) Smith; two nieces, Ashley Richards and Abby Turner; two nephews, Brandon Reed and Brian Turner; one great-niece, Aubry Richards; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Reed; one sister, Melinda Reed; one brother, David Reed, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Pearl Reed; maternal grandparents, Freddie and Hellen Kerby; and one great-nephew, Reece Richards.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

 

MARGARET GLADYS REED

Margaret Gladys Reed, 63, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was the daughter of the late Holly Lee and Shirley Campbell Croston.

Surviving are her husband, Kevin Reed, two sons and one daughter.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one son.

No public services will be held at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

GARNET ERNESTINE MARKS HEVENER

Garnet Ernestine Marks “Doll” Hevener, 96, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Henry Richard and Lulu Myrtle Moore Marks of Perkins.

She was baptized into Crooked Fork Baptist Church on May 9, 1937, by Elder L.R. Stalnaker, at the same time as her dad, Richard, and sister, Evelyn. She was sworn in as assistant postmaster under her mother at Perkins Post Office on Apr. 22, 1937, when she was 17 and still in high school. She was appointed postmaster at Perkins on January 13, 1979, and retired in October 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Hevener Beall; two sons-in-law, George Rose and Jerry Allen; one brother, Wilbur Marks; one sister, Maxine Marks Johnson; nine grandchildren, Kim Beall Lowther, Richard Beall, Charles Beall, Gary Allen, Randy Allen, Kelly Allen, Amy Allen, Jody Allen and Julie Allen Summers; 11 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Warner Hevener, whom she married on Dec. 22, 1941, in Red House, Md.; one son-in-law, Jackie Beall; one daughter, Janet Hevener Allen; one great-great-grandson, Hogan Short; five brothers, Harold, Bayard, Roland, Ralph and Bobby; and two sisters, Lucille Marks Miller and Evelyn Marks Abahazi.

Services were held at Crooked Fork Baptist Church, Perkins, with Elder Roger Stewart officiating. Burial was in Crooked Fork Bptist Church Cemetery.

 

ROBERT WAYNE HALL

Robert Wayne Hall, 63, of New Albany, Ohio, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

He was born in Petersburg, Va., the son of Evelyn and the late Robert Hall.

The family moved to Springfield, Ill., and then Charleston, W.Va.After graduating from Appalachian Bible College, with a degree in pastoral theology, he married and became pastor at Bible Church Movement. After a career as pastor, he pursued a financial planner and manager career with AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co., where he retired at age 40 due to complications of leukemia and a failed bone marrow transplant. He lived the rest of his life with the chronic illness and worked as a retiree for the causes of The Lord. Robert and his wife Mary met with Rev. James Ashworth and Pastor Chris Stout and wife Shawnna, and participated in restoring Mud Fork Church, currently New Beginnings Church. 
    Robert and Mary raised three medically fragile children, who were machine dependent and had significant medical conditions. Out of this personal experience, they ran two businesses, one providing care to people with disabilities and a non-profit foster care agency that served terminally ill children, machine dependent, and children with autism. The Halls are members of Quest Community Church, where he taught Sunday School.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; two children, Robert Wayne Hall, Jr., and Sarah Evelyn Hall, two adopted children, Julie M. Iden and Steven Iden, and Mandale Satterfield; grandchildren, two who he raised, Autumn and Courtney Hall, and Jayden Robert, Ashley, Steven and Kevin Hemsworth and Jessica Hudson; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Mark Hall; two sisters, Linda Clay and Brenda Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews, and family members of Mary.

He was preceded in death by the strongest influence in his life, Robert Hardy Hall of Richmond, Va.; one son, Eric Biel; and one daughter, Kathleen Biel.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at New BeginningsChurch, Mud Fork, 1501 Stinson Road, Chloe. Visitation will be held Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Beginnings Church, Mud Fork, P.O. Box 13, Chloe, WV 25235.

 

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