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WILLIAM CHARLES ‘Chuck’ ‘Tap’ KERBY

William Charles “Chuck” “Tap” Kerby, 71, of Hur, died Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Holly and Elizabeth Gibson Kerby.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a long- haul truck driver for 42 years. Upon retirement, he spent his time working on Hur Community Church. He was a longtime member of Mt. Olive U.M. Church.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Yeager Kerby; one son, William “Charlie Brown” Kerby, Jr., and wife Billie of Hur; one daughter, Ronda Rose and husband Kevin of Hur; two brothers, Robert Kerby and wife Laurrine of Pickerington, Ohio, and Foster Kerby and wife Janet of Spencer; five grandchildren, T.J., Quentin, Tyler, Holly and Kevy Jay, all of Hur.

He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Jeanette Lynn Kerby, and four sisters, Pauline Duskey, Marie Kerby, Sue Kerby and Linda Kerby.

Services were held at Hur Community Church, with Rev. Harold Duskey and Rev. Damon Hanshaw officiating. Burial was in Hur Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

 

GLENN ELLISON

Glenn F. Ellison, 79, of Ashland, Ohio, died Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014, at Hospice of North Central Ohio.

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

He was a 1950 graduate of Calhoun County High School. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Ashland and worked at Faultless Rubber Co. for 16 years, where he served as president of URW Local 196 for 10 years. In July 1969, he was appointed to the URW International Union staff and served as field representative, district director and administrative assistant to the International secretary-treasurer. He was elected International secretary-treasurer in 1990 and served in that office until July 1, 1995, when he became administrative assistant to the international secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Union, upon the merger of the URW and USW. He retired Dec. 1, 1995. He was a member of Nankin Federated Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2178 for 60 years, Ashland Masonic Lodge #151, AF&AM, Chapter #207, Council #128, for 54 years, member of Scottish Rite and a 32- degree Mason.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Metcalf, whom he married Nov. 24, 1957; one son, James Ellison; one daughter, Cathleen Bishop; three granddaughters, Beth Sanders, Andrea Ellison and Sarah Eilenfeld; five great-grandchildren, Garett, Kaylee, Cody, Austin and Hunter; one brother, Jennings Ellison of Orma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Aundrel Ellison, Leo Ellison and Charles Ellison, and one sister, Irene Molessa.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, Ashland, with Pastor Pat Edington officiating, and burial in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. Ashland Masonic Lodge conducted Masonic services.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting www.dpkfh.com.

 

BERNARD GENE RIDDLE

Bernard Gene Riddle, 80, of Walker, died Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014, at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Willie Paul and Hazel Wilmoth Riddle.

He attended Calhoun County Schools and served in the United States Army from 1955-1964. He had owned and operated Riddle Excavating Co., Laurel, Md. He was a licensed trainer for thoroughbred race horses.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Misenhiemer Riddle; one daughter, Pamela Jean Riddle of Vienna; five sisters, Louise Riddle Breeden of Boyds, Md., Lois Riddle Johnson of Walker, Catherine Riddle Hupp of Elizabeth, Pansy Riddle Civitello of Parkersburg and Janet Riddle Johnson of Rockport; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Marion Paul Riddle, and one sister, Hope Batson.

There will be no funeral service. His ashes will be interred at Mt. Zion Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

 

LEAH PAULINE PLANT CULVER

Leah Pauline Plant Culver, 84, of Ravenswood Care Center, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Coy and Alma Wright Plant.

She had worked for Stout Drug Store and was a member of Calvary Community Church.

Surviving are one son, Raymond Culver and wife Sally of Little Hocking, Ohio; two grandsons, Andrew Culver and Matthew Culver; one daughter, Melissa Culver; and one brother, Delane Plant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Culver, and one brother, Bernard Plant.

Graveside services were held at Evergreen North Cemetery, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ken Fullerton officiating.

 

JUANITA WILLADENE MACE

Juanita Willadene Mace, 81, died Friday, Apr. 11, 2014, at Parkersburg Care and Rehab.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lona Dye.

She worked at Nelson’s Drug Store for 40 years as a manager and was a member of Vaught Chapel Church. She was a long-time member of Parkersburg South Women’s Club.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Dent of Parkersburg; two grandchildren, Kelly Lucas and Kara Dent; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan and Olivia Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester E. Mace, and one son-in-law, Mike Dent.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jamie Sprague officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

 

ALFRED HARDMAN

Alfred L. Hardman, 82, of Minerva, Ohio, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, in Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio.

He was born in Glenville, the son of the late Alfred and Ruby Wilcox Hardman.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Timken Co., Canton, in 1994, after 42 years of service. He was a member of AFL-CIO.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Frankie Wilfong Hardman, whom he married May 24, 1952; two daughters, Barb VonKaenel of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Mary Daum of Manassas, Va.; three sons, Garry Hardman of Medix Run, Pa., Donald Hardman of Canton and Terry Hardman of Alliance, Ohio; one sister, Edith Hardman of Grantsville; four brothers, Guy Hardman of Spencer, James Hardman and Roger Hardman, both of Grantsville, and William Hardman of Navarre, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Freda Hupp, and four brothers, Wilford Hardman, Denzil Hardman, Herman Hardman and Buddy Hardman.

Services were held at Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home, Minerva. Burial with full military services was in Liberty Cemetery.

 

HARRY LEE DAUGHERTY, JR.

Harry Lee Daugherty, Jr., 73, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, at home.

He was born in Walton, the son of the late Harry Daugherty, Sr., and Rokel Harris Daugherty.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked road construction.

Surviving are four daughters, Kitty Hogue of Newton, Kathy Short of Spencer and Penny Yeager and Tammie Laughlin, both of Calhoun County; two sons, Joseph D. Daugherty and Adam Daugherty, both of Spencer; two brothers, Tommy Daugherty of Spencer and French “Jake” Harris of Walton; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sue Smith Daugherty; his second wife, Helen Marie Bush Daugherty; one sister, Jo Ann Daugherty; and two brothers, Bobby Daugherty and Buddy Daugherty.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Andy Osborne officiating. Burial was in Rocky Branch Cemetery, near Walton.

 

VICTOR RAY McCLAIN

Victor Ray McClain, 87, of Dixie, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Nicut, the last living child of Randolph and Stella Snodgrass McClain.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an employee of Union Carbide, Alloy, for 34 years. He was a member of Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dormal Drake McClain; one son, Stan McClain of Cannelton; one daughter, Janice Foster of Dixie; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin Dale McClain; one grandson, Victor Shane Foster; one son-in-law, Denny Foster; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Shane Wynn officiating. Burial was in Elena Community Church Cemetery, Roane County.

 

NORA LAVON ELLYSON

Nora Lavon Ellyson, 94, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Julia Cooper Ellyson and Lee Ellyson.

She was employed at Rubber Fabricators, Grantsville, for many years and enjoyed telling stories about working on the most challenging production lines. She was proud of building inflatable rafts and “Mae West” life jackets used by the U.S. military. She retired from Glenville State College and was a member of First Baptist Church, Glenville, and First Baptist Church, Williamstown.

Surviving are one daughter, Nora Jean Dye of Glenville; one son, Delbert Lee Davidson and wife Louise of Glenville; one daughter-in-law, Oleta Davidson Robinson and husband Steve of Marietta, Ohio; four granddaughters, Lou E. Tillson, Ph.D., of Benton, Ky., Ramona A. Dagostine, M.D., of Charleston, Lisa McDonald of Monmouth, Me., and Connie Harbaugh of Bridgeport; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Fred Davidson, whom she married Dec. 22, 1935; one son, Raymond; one daughter-in-law, Janet Burrows Davidson; one great-grandson, Luke Davidson Dagostine; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Marie McDonald; and one sister, Wilma Ellyson.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Williamstown, with Rev. David Easter officiating. A reception will follow in the multi-purpose room.

 

BUBBY FERGUSON

Bubby K. Ferguson, 84, of Tanner, died Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Tanner, the son of the late Wiley and Modena Martin Ferguson.

He retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways with 20 years of service and was a member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Ferguson; two sons, Bubby Alan Ferguson and wife Robyn of Lansing, Mich., and Jason Ferguson and wife Billie Jo of Tanner; two grandchildren, Caleb Moore and Michaela Ferguson, both of Tanner; one brother, Carl Ferguson of South Amherst, Ohio; two sisters, Phoebe Gumm of Arnoldsburg and Vel Gumm of Parkersburg; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church and Rev. Ronzel Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT BUCK

Robert E. Buck, 82, of Calhoun County, died Friday, Apr. 11, 2014, at VA Medical Center, Martinsburg.

He was born in Spencer.

Surviving are two sons, Robert E. Buck II and Kenneth L. Buck; one daughter, Lisa M. Buck; three grandchildren, Robert A. Buck, Collin Buck and Kamryn G. Buck; two sisters, Geneve Coon and Anabelle Starcher; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace A. Buck; two daughters, Patricia Buck and Stacy Buck; two brothers, John Buck and Cordell Buck; and one granddaughter, Kierstyn Buck.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, 4 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DARLIE SCHOOLCRAFT

Darlie D. Schoolcraft, 76, of Dalton, Ohio, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ira and Mary M. Hess Minney.

She had been a resident of Dalton for 37 years and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Calhoun County.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Erb of Marshallville, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Aidan Erb.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 2012; four sisters, Renny Lambert, Ina Cottrell, Enid Allen and Cressy Hunt; and seven brothers, Audie Minney, Blake Siers, Creed Siers, Rennis Minney, Ressie Minney, C.A. Minney and George Siers.

Services were held at Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, Dalton. Private inurnment was planned in Dalton Cemetery at a later date.

 

JUANITA KNOTTS SIERS

Juanita Knotts Siers, 92, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale.

She was born at Chloe, the daughter of the late Charles and Etta Knotts.

She was the 11th of 12 children and was a 1941 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Mary Henry of Williamstown, Joann Cadwell of Duck, Neal Arnold of Vienna, Ed Arnold of Coolsville, Ohio, Betty Whittington of Greenwood, S.C., Geneva Lucas of Kingman, Ariz., Larry Cottrell of Orma, Barbara Travis of Washington, Judy Williams of Scarbro, Janet Tanner of Nebo, Helen White and Charles Vincent, both of South Charleston, Karen Fillingame of Mercer, Pa., Karla Upton of Ballard and Bernita Epling and Steve Knotts, both of Ripley; and three generations of great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Sherwood Siers, in 2003; six brothers, Lee Knotts, Thomas Knotts, Cecil Knotts, Scott Knotts, Bernard Knotts and Charles Knotts, Jr.; five sisters, Sadie, Reva, Marie, Opal and Jean; and eight nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner and Ed Arnold officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

RONALD MILTON MORAN

Ronald Milton Moran, 72, of Yellow Creek, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014.

He was born in Fairmont, the son of the late Robert M. and Martha W. Davidson Moran.

He worked in the print industry and saw dramatic changes in that field. He started working with lead type and saw progress leading to computer pagination and digital printing. He attended Brooksville Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Marian Strickler Moran, whom he first married on Aug. 27, 1960, and again on May 12, 2000; three daughters, Ellen Hatfield, Lori Hawkins and Susan Vanderbilt; one son, James Hamner; one step-daughter, Susan Novak; two step-sons, Jeff Arnovitz and Michael Arnovitz; two brothers, his twin Robert L. Moran and William Moran; one sister Linda Legg; nine grandchildren, Jennie McGuire, Nicholas Hawkins, Chase Hawkins, Ali Dotson, Kyle Dotson, Kaylie Hamner, Chloe Hamner, Kiera Hamner and Caleb Hamner; three nephews, Gregory Moran, Daniel Moran and Ryan Moran; and three nieces, Lynn Gundy, Theresa Moran and Renee Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Shirley Lee Milheim, to whom he was married from May 3, 1985, to Sept. 30, 1992; and one nephew, Robert M. Moran.

Memorial service for family, friends and church family will be held at Brooksville Baptist Church on Monday at 1 p.m., with burial in Warren, Ohio, at a later date.

 

BERNARD SCOTT HICKS

Bernard Scott Hicks, 89, of Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Paris and Ruth Lamb Hicks.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korean War and was retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways with over 30 years of service as a truck driver. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary L. Myers Hicks, whom he marred on Mar. 17, 1950; three sons, Danny Hicks and companion Dorothy of Hodgesville, Bernard Lynn “Buck” Hicks and wife Charlotte of Freemans Creek and Mike Hicks and wife Tracy of Philippi; one grandson, Joshua Scott Hicks of Weston; one granddaughter, Melinda Hicks of Freemans Creek; two step-grandchildren, Dean and Loryn Harris of Philippi; three brothers, Robert J. “Ike” Hicks and wife Ruth and Otis Hicks and wife Lucille, all of Berlin, and Sam Hicks of Jane Lew; and one sister, Mary Lou Probst and husband Jim of Amherst, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Carson and Sara Hicks, and two brothers, Victor Hicks and Paris “Sonny” Hicks, Jr.

Services were held at Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, Jane Lew, with Rev. Roger McKee officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Berlin, with full military honors by Lewis County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army.

 

WOODROW EDISON SCHOOLCRAFT

Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft, 75, of Sand Ridge, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2014, at home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William John and Iva Belle Cogar Schoolcraft.

He was an equipment operator for West Virginia Paving for over 30 years and a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Agnes Aretta Settle Schoolcraft; one son, Scott Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; one daughter, Becky Stalnaker of Normantown; three grandchildren, Brandon Jenkins of Bridgeport, Nicole Snyder of Buckhannon and Shane Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; one step-granddaughter, Selene Stalnaker of Clarksburg; two great-granddaughters, Avalene and Bryer Jenkins; three sisters, Avanell Stump of Washington Court House, Ohio, Evadeen Rader of Barberton, Ohio, and Lou Grimm of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Eugene.

His wish was to be cremated. Memorial service will be held Saturday, Apr. 12, 2 p.m., at Rush Run Baptist Church.

 

JOE FRANCIS ‘Tater’ NAYLOR

Joe Francis “Tater” Naylor, 62, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Mar. 31, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Guy Milstead and Helen Starcher.

He formerly worked in the oil fields and for Waste Management, and as a mechanic.

Surviving are two daughters, Angela Naylor of Millstone and April Naylor of Lower Salem, Ohio; three grandchildren, Asa and Colten Naylor and Shelby Bohannon; five sisters, Candy Summers, Mary Milstead, Shirley Pratt, Cindy Gainer and Lessie Alger; and eight brothers, Charlie, Dana, Randy, Stanley, Fred and “Shote” Starcher, and Guy and Gene Milstead.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Diane Murphy and Kathy Starcher, and three brothers, Terry Naylor, and Gary and Chuck Starcher.

Per his request, the body was cremated. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

LONNIE SHAMBLIN

Lonnie B. Shamblin, 80, of Spencer, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014, in Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

 He was born at Left Hand, Roane County, the son of the late David and Donna Hathaway Shamblin.

He was a retired laborer.

Surviving are five daughters, Carolyn Rush of Ravenswood, Patricia Hedrick of Elkview, Doris Tanner-Westfall of Big Otter, Bille McKown of Spencer and Henrietta Jones of Big Springs; five sons, Lonnie Eugene “Bud” Shamblin of Arnoldsburg, Darrell Shamblin of Stumptown, Bobby Shamblin of Clay, Ronald Shamblin of Knoxville, Tenn., and Tom Shamblin of Spencer; four half-sisters, Billie Nichols of Spencer, Mary Nichols of Newton, Ruby Cottrell of Garland, Pa., and Alice Conley of Spencer; one half-brother, Gene Potts of Spencer; 23 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara June Wickline Shamblin, on July 13, 2010; four half-sisters, Lou Fletcher, Freda Myers, Velma Ledsome and Bertha Benear; and three half-brothers, Tom Potts, Roy Potts and Ellis Potts.

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

 

MAE LEACH

Mae Leach, 97, of Millstone, died Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014, at Miletree Center, Spencer, where she had resided for six years.

She was born on Crummies Creek, the daughter of the late George Washington Groves and Mamie Vankirk Groves.

Mae was a homemaker and a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sandridge.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Wagoner and husband Hatzell of Big Bend and Patricia Little and husband Denver of Mineral Wells; four grandchildren, Kandas Smith of Millstone, Christopher Wagoner of Big Bend, Jason Wagoner of Williamstown and Christine Johnston of Mineral Wells; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Makayla Smith, Kaitlyn Wagoner, Anthony Johnston and Pamela Leggett; one great-great-grandchild, Hunter Leggett; one brother, Thurl Groves of Ohio; and one sister, Gae Coyner of Hurricane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Leach, in 1985; one great-granddaughter, Marissa Wagoner; three brothers, Earl Grove, Burl Groves and Jurl Groves; and four sisters, Mona Parsons, Lona Marinkovich, Nellie Mollohan and Ella Wallace.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearingen officiating and Bill Walton speaking. Burial was in Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion.

 

ROBERT NATHAN ‘Meathead’ McKENZIE

Robert Nathan “Meathead” McKenzie, 39, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014, at home.

He was born at Daytona Beach, Fla., the son of Betty Westfall Stamper of Spencer and the late Leon Wayne McKenzie.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Richard “Bubba” Conley and Leonard Conley, both of Spencer; two sisters, Kathy Conley and Helen Smith, both of Spencer; his step-father, Richard Conley; nieces and nephews, Nancy McKenzie of Grantsville, Lawrence McKenzie, Taylor and Ryan Conley and April Deel, all of Spencer, J.D. Deel of Beaver and Kate and Jarod Hill of Ravenswood; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rick Conley and Eddie Conley, and his grandparents.

Per his request, he will be cremated.

 

JENENE ARTHUR

Jenene Arthur, 81, of Grantsville, died Monday, Mar. 24, 2014, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Wilson and Virginia Stutler Arthur.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are one sister, Beulah Kerby of Mt. Zion; two nieces, Robin Hughes of Mt. Zion and Cynthia Shaffer of Hartville, Ohio; and three great-nieces, Stephanie Good, Sara Viar and Liz McKinley, all of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Eula Sinnett, and two brothers, Ted Arthur and Ralph Arthur.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

NORMA SNIDER WEVURSKI

Norma L. Snider Wevurski, 74, of Fairborn, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Donald and Letha Holpp Snider.

She attended Parkersburg schools through the ninth grade, graduating from Jackson High School in 1958 and Rio Grande College, where she was a cheerleader. She was a teacher in Fairborn City Schools, serving as director of the Young Authors Program at its inception, and was awarded Teacher of the Year, retiring in 1991 after 29 years of service. She was a longtime member of Mary, Help of Christians Parish, Fairborn.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, John; two daughters, Stephanie Archer and Susie Stegner, both of Powell, Ohio; five grandchildren; one sister, Janet Swaim of Fairborn; and one niece, Kelley Niven of Rochester Hills, Mich.

Services will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn, with Deacon Max Roadruck officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

NINA SIMMONS WHIPKEY

Nina R. Simmons Whipkey, 92, of Parkersburg, formerly of Nobe, died Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Preston and Winnie Kerns Simmons of Petroleum.

She was a member of Auburn Baptist Church, Auburn, where she served as mission chair-man. She had served as mission chairman and as youth director for many years during her lifetime. She attended American Baptist Women’s Conference at Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, for 27 years. She received her 50-year pin from Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville Chapter, in 2009, and had served as Worthy Matron in 1972. She worked as a foster grandmother in Calhoun County schools for 24 years, retiring in 2007.

Surviving are two sons, Garriel Whipkey and wife Mollie  of Tam Water, Wash., and Merrill Whipkey and wife Rosie of Wayne; two daughters, Janice Jones of Pennsboro and Becky Nichols, with whom Nina had resided for the past six years, of Parkersburg; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Thelma Lowe of Minnie Hamilton Health System’s long term care unit; and several nieces and nephews (including greats and great-greats).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Leon B. Whipkey; one son-in-law, Wayne Jones; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several sisters and brothers.

Services will be held Monday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harry Drake officiating, assisted by Rev. Mike Stephens. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home, with an Order of Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Gideon’s International, The Ritchie-Doddridge Camp, c/o Robert Haught, 6508 Grove-Summers Road, West Union, WV 26456. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stump-funeralhomes.com.

 

ERNEST ELSWORTH WAGONER

Ernest Elsworth Wagoner, 87, of Big Bend, died Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was the son of the late Charley Wagoner and Jane Cunningham Wagoner.

He was a World War II veteran and a member of Spruce Hollow Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Betty Kirby Wagoner; two daughters, Brenda Roberts and Regina Hupp of Creston; four grandchildren, Travis Martin of Creston, Selena Cumberledge of Dunbar, Darris Hupp of Seattle, Wash., and Chelsie Sholes of Charleston; five great-grandchildren, Shelby, Hunter, Caitlyn, Colt and Camryn; two sisters, Margie Sims of Parkersburg and Nellie Sims of Big Bend; and one brother, Hatzell Wagoner of Big Bend.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Edward Roberts, and seven brothers, Ora, Delmas, Paul, Ervin, Clyde, Carl and Olan Wagoner; and one sister, Leona Taylor.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial will be in Wagoner Cemetery, Yellow Creek. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JAMES HARDMAN

James E. Hardman, 86, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Gona and Ova Hinzman Hardman.

He was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School and served in the U.S. Army from October 1950 through October 1952. He was a member of the 17th OCS Company, stationed in Ft. Benning, Ga. He was as a member of W.Va. Pipe Trades Local 565 and retired in 1990 after working in Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville, and volunteered for several years at Calhoun County Committee on Aging.

Surviving are one step-daughter, Jennifer Morris; two step- grandchildren, Elizabeth O’Hara and Daniel Morris; four step-great-grandchildren, James and Jack O’Hara and Levi and Cooper Morris; three nieces, Sandra Rowell, Rosemary Sherwood, Harriet McCoy; one nephew, Harold Proudfoot; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 17 years, Bernice B. Yoke Hardman, in 2008; three sisters, Opal Proudfoot Hockey, Freda Buck and Wilma Stump; and three infant siblings.

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

 

OLETA JONES FERRELL

Oleta B. Jones Ferrell, 82, died Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late Homer and Icy Kemp Jones.

She spent a few years in Florida after retiring from Calhoun County Board of Education with 43 years of service. As her health began to fail, she moved to Grantsville to be near her family, until a four-month stay at Cedar Grove Assisted Living, Parkersburg. She was a long-time member of Brooksville Missionary Baptist Church, Big Bend. Pastor Barry Skaggs and wife June not only ministered to her, but were considered as part of her children.

Surviving are two sons, Russell Ferrell and Steve Ferrell; two daughters, Sue Williams and Barbara Tingler; seven grandchildren, Leslie Williams, Carla Taylor, Ruscee Ferrell, Joshua Ferrell, Oliva Ferrell, Tiffini Witte and Brandon Tingler; four great-grandchildren, Owen Taylor, Hallie Witte, Jasyme Tingler and Brooke Tingler; three sisters, Deloris Rogers, Leona Yoak and Joan Jones; one brother, James R. Jones; step-mother-in-law, Olga Ferrell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Ferrell, whom she married on May 6, 1950; one daughter, Debra; two sisters, Marguerite Zatik and Nancy Travis; and two brothers, Cleo Jones and Denzil (Pete) Jones.

At her request, she will be an organ donor and will be cremated, with no services. Burial will be held at the discretion of her family.

Memorials may be made to Calhoun-Gilmer Gideons, P.O. Box 20, Big Bend, WV 26136, or Cedar Grove Assisted Living Home, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

 

LANDON TAYLOR

Landon Taylor, 7, of Newark, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014, at CAMC, Charleston, from injuries sustained from a car accident on Mar. 11, 2014.

He was the son of Zachary Lee Taylor and Brittany Burns Taylor of Newark.

He was a second-grader at Wirt County Primary Center. He was an LKC C team All Star football player in 2013 and was in the top three of his weight class 7-8 year old 50-lb. division in the 2014 State Youth Wrestling Tournament.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Lance Taylor; grandparents, Mitch and Roberta Taylor and Jeff and Kristen Burns, all of Newark; great-grandparents, Janet and Richard Whited of Grantsville, Mary and Perry Daugherty of Elizabeth, Larry and Betty Walker of Belpre, Ohio, and Pat Walker of Florida; aunts and uncles, Chasity and Matt Steele of St. Marys, Danielle and Justin Conley of Mineral Wells and Josh and Stephanie Burns of Elizabeth; and several great-aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lucas Charles Taylor; and grandparents, Denzil Taylor, Harrison Bryant and Bill and Mary Burns.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Yellow Creek, next to his older brother, Lucas.

 

ELIZABETH ELLSWORTH MYERS

Elizabeth Ellsworth Myers died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014.

Surviving are one daughter, Laurrell; love of her life, Russ Stutler; and two sisters, Janice Ellsworth and Marge Ellsworth (her twin).

She was preceded in death by one son, A.J. Cooper; three husbands; and her parents.

Memorial service will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

LARRY O’NEAL POWELL

Larry O’Neal Powell, 64, of Akron, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Estel and Hagan Powell.

He was employed by Summa Health System, Akron City campus, for almost 46 years. He was involved in Local 684 for 40 years and president for at least 35 years. He enjoyed spending time at Middle Run Hunt Club in West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Bobbie; two sons, Larry “Neal” Powell and Brad Powell; three brothers, Richard Powell, Gary Powell and Lennis “Terry” Powell; two sisters, Jean Cole and Janet Savich; four granddaughters, April and Amy Baker, Shyann Powell and Sami Powell; one grandson, Zac Powell; one great-granddaughter, Riley Jackson; two great-grandsons, Joey Ortega and Jayden Gotto; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Erma Lee Houchin and husband Rex, and one grandson, Andrew O’Neal Powell.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron. Visitation will be held Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park. To leave a message for the family, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.

 

INEZ FOWLER

Inez H. Fowler, 89, of Newark, Ohio, died Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, at the Inn at Sharonbrook.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Emory and Vernia Kreaps.

She was a homemaker and a member of Church of Christ, and attend Marrtown Church of Christ, while living in Parkersburg.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Dale Fowler; two daughters, Sandra Pyles of Newark and Brenda Trubiana of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dee Kossoff of Bexley, Ohio, Justin Trubiana of Memphis and Alicia Trubiana of New York City; one great-grandchild, Sophie Kossoff; and two siblings, Lynn Kreaps of Parkersburg and Janet Harris of Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Rosaline Harris.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Randy Yerby officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

TAMMY JEAN CUNNINGHAM

Tammy Jean Cunningham, 44, of Mt. Zion, died Feb. 27, 2014, in Grantsville.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Larry and Agnes Hall of Cleveland.

She attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Michael W. Cunningham; one son, Michael D. Cunningham of Mt. Zion; five daughters, Stephanie Hall, Melissa Wengler, Melanie Wengler, Alexis Wengler and Desiree Wengler, all of Cleveland; one grandchild, Gabriel Kelley; two sisters, Theresa Whacker and Tina Harrell; one brother, Paul Eckel; and parents-in-law, Harold and Vera Jo Cunningham of Mt. Zion.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will follow at a later date in Cleveland.

 

MARGIE ELLEN ‘Midge’ HOSEY

Margie Ellen “Midge” Hosey, 76, of Grantsville, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2014.

She was born in Core, the daughter of the late John Robert Bean, Sr., and Mary Christina Bean of Granville.

She attended Victory Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Richard W. Hosey; one son, Charles R. Hosey of Grantsville; one daughter, Debra H. Williams and husband Thomas A. of Lake Mary, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brittany Polanco, Ernest Hosey and Mitchell Williams; and one brother, David W. Bean and wife Eileen K. of Granville.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles William Bean, John Robert Bean, Jr., and Leonard Edward Bean.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating, and burial in Betts Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BUHL ‘Pete’ MOORE

Buhl “Pete” Moore, 77, of Millwood, died Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Cecil Moore and Maysel Gray Moore.

He was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He worked in environmental services for 31 years at Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, and retired from Pechiney Rolled Products.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Gladys Moore; two daughters, Patricia Justice of Vinton, Ohio, and Pamela Brummette of Lexington, Ky.; two grandsons, Matthew Harding of Ravenswood and Aaron Harding of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one great-grandson, Mikal Harding of Ravenswood; four brothers, Calvin, Virgil, Broaddus and Clayton; three sisters, Mary, Dorothy and Dorcas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Leah.

Services were held at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Pastor Don Maxson officiating. Burial was in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

 

TERRY LEE NAYLOR

Terry Lee Naylor, 67, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Mar. 7, 2014, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Denver D. Naylor and Helen G. Starcher.

He was a Vietnam veteran and a Teamster and worked for Carl E. Smith. He also owned TLN Trucking.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Sue Naylor; two daughters, Crystal Dye and Amanda Naylor, both of Arnoldsburg; one grandson, Dennis Dye of Chloe; two granddaughters, Kirsta and Kamille Dye of Arnoldsburg; nine brothers, Joe Naylor, Randy Starcher, Charlie Starcher and Dana Starcher, all of Millstone, Stanley Starcher of Glenville, Fred Starcher of Arnoldsburg, Gary (Shoat) Starcher of Burning Springs, Cecil Naylor of Old Town, Fla., and Doug Naylor of Lacento, Fla.; and two sisters, Linda Gainy of Kissimmee, Fla., and Kandy Summers of Millstone.

He was preceded in death by one son, Brian G. Naylor; two brothers, Gary Starcher and Chuck Starcher; and three sisters, Monteray Duncan, Diana Murphy and Kathy Starcher.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Benjamin Kerby officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery, Altizer Road, Arnoldsburg.

 

BILLY HICKS

Billy R. Hicks, 71, of Rockport, died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.                                                                                

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Huey and Ethal Hicks.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Hicks; four sons, Randy Hicks of Parkersburg, Steve Hicks of Rockport, Mark Hicks of Quaker City, Ohio, and Rodney Hicks of Seville, Ohio; one daughter, Brenda Gilbert of Medina, Ohio; two daughters-in-law, Janet and Marie Hicks; 13 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Steven Hicks of Medina; and three sisters, Dorothy Horton, Jessie Matheney and Martha Leigh.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Phil Creecy officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JAMES FRANKLIN HOOVER

James Franklin Hoover, 79, of Warsaw, Ohio, former resident of Calhoun County, died Monday, Mar. 10, 2014, at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late George and Rhoada Arnold Hoover.

He was a steelworker at LTV Steel, formerly Republic Steel, and a member of Coshocton Sportsman’s Club and Tiverton Grange

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Marcella Geiser Hoover, whom he married Dec. 10, 1977; two sons, Jim Hoover of Polk, Ohio, and Thomas Hoover of Parma, Ohio; one daughter, Jill Willis of Coshocton; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gae Bailey of Minnora and Ernistine Dommer of Massillon, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Services will be held Saturday, 4 p.m., at Fischer Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Chaplain Thomas Hoover officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Tiverton Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Coshocton Co. Animal Shelter, 21755 TR 164, Coshocton, OH 43812, or to Warsaw Lions Club (Minstrel Show), P.O. Box 72, Warsaw, OH 43844.

 

KATHY GIFFEN

Kathy Giffen, 54, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Wood County, the daughter of Ethel Carter Grogg of Williamstown and the late Edward M. Grogg.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Chad Giffen and Bradley Giffen, both of Belpre, Ohio; three grandchildren, McKayla Giffen, Kolten Giffen and IssaBella Giffen; two brothers, Lou Grogg of Lubeck and Mike Grogg of Arnoldsburg; two sisters, Kim Hillman of Parkersburg and Tina Davis of Williamstown; special friend, Kathy Greathouse; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Lawrence Giffen, and one brother, Wayne Grogg.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

 

LEONARD EDWARD HARDWAY

Leonard Edward Hardway, 41, of Spencer, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Memorial Division.

 He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Jackie Lee and Violet Perry Hardway.

He was a pipeliner.

 Surviving are three sons, Dustin Hardway of Spencer, Justin Hardway of Arnoldsburg and Nicholi Hardway of Elizabeth; one step-son, Briar Kelly of Spencer; two sisters, Brenda Mae Cline of Ravenswood and April Gay Hardway of Spencer; one brother, Donald Gary Hardway of Mineral Wells; and six nieces, Brionna Springston, Jaklyn Stone, Kayla, Tara, and Maya Cline, and Sarra Dawn Barr.

 He was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Lee “Punkin” Hardway, Jr.

Memorial service was scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

DAVE WILSON

Dave Wilson, 91, of Glenville, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Lon and Ora Wilson.

He was known around the area as “Santa Claus.”

Surviving are one brother, Bobby Wilson and wife Louise; one sister, Bertha McCune; one son, Bradford Wilson of Fremont, Ohio; one granddaughter, Mandy Paul and husband Scott of Fremont; three great-grandchildren, Aiden Paul, Matt Wadsworth and Brandi Wadsworth; and special friend, Gladys Champion.

He was preceded in death by wives, Lakie Wilson and Lula Wilson; one daughter, Carolyn Wilson; one brother, Earl Wilson; and one sister, Luella McCune.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in Meadow Lane Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stump-funeralhomes.com.

 

ROGER SAMPSON

Roger O. Sampson, 58, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Bernard and Delta Kirby Sampson.

Surviving are one son, Roger Dooley of Grantsville; two sisters, Eva Geraldine Little of Mt Zion and Linda Husk of Grantsville; four grandchildren, Kati, Shane, Margaret and Seirra; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Lucinda Hammons.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Garwood, and two brothers, Robert Sampson and Harold Sampson.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Stemple Cemetery, Mt Zion.

 

GLEN DAWSON

Glen Dawson, 91, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014, at Camden Clark Memorial Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born at Creston, the son of the late Kelsey and Scottie Dawson.

He was a 1941 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was employed by the aircraft company of Glenn L. Martin, Baltimore, Md. When the U.S. entered World War II, he quit his job and enlisted, because his younger brother had been drafted. He served with the 82nd All American Airborne Division in the European Theatre and participated in the liberation of Holland (Operation Market Garden), the liberation of survivors of the Wobbelin concentration camp, Battle of Normandy, and others. He was wounded when his glider crashed behind enemy lines. The end of the war saw him and his brother reunited in Berlin. When he returned home, he married Delma Deems, graduated from Glenville State Teachers College, and spent most of his life in Calhoun County as a teacher and principal. After retiring, he devoted his time to his interests in oil and gas. He made recordings of historical notes of his drives around Calhoun, Wirt and Gilmer counties that contained anecdotes of the families that lived in the area, as well as his own childhood memories.

Surviving are one brother, John Dawson of Parkersburg; two sisters, Edna Mason of Jacksonville, Ill., and Carolyn Elza of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Delma Deems Dawson.

Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Law officiating. Burial will be in Bryner Chapel Cemetery, Joker. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BILLY HICKS

Billy R. Hicks, 71, of Rockport, died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.                                                                                

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Huey and Ethal Hicks.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Hicks; four sons, Randy Hicks of Parkersburg, Steve Hicks of Rockport, Mark Hicks of Quaker City, Ohio, and Rodney Hicks of Seville, Ohio; one daughter, Brenda Gilbert of Medina, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Steven Hicks of Medina; and three sisters, Dorothy Horton, Jessie Matheney and Martha Leigh.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Phil Creecy officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

VELMA HUMES STRANGE

Velma Humes Strange, 54, of Normantown, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at her home.

She was the daughter of Velma Louise Kerr Johnson and the late Richard James Humes, Sr.

She was a retired toolmaker for General Motors.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, John Perry; one daughter, Jeannette Kambasha; four grandchildren, John, Maria, Damoan and Marshall; one brother, Richard Humes; one sister, Elsie Humes; and a friend, Clay Minor.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Don Humes.

A private family service was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Her remains were cremated.

 

LETTY MARIE MOORE

Letty Marie Moore, 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late McKinley and Lula Ashley Burchett.

She was a retired hospital worker and a Baptist.

Surviving are one sister, Nina Harrison of Spencer; one brother, Charlie Burchett of Elyria, Ohio; two sons, Gary Moore of Duck and Howard Moore, Jr., of East Bank; two daughters, Lela White of Orma and Carolyn Murphy of Chloe; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Moore; three brothers, Gene Burchett, Carl Burchett and Lonnie Burchett; one sister, Kathryn Walker; and one granddaughter, Barbara White.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Joseph Dawson officiating. Burial was in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

CHARLES RAY ‘Chuck’ BURROWS-GILLESPIE

Charles Ray “Chuck” Burrows-Gillespie, 54, of Niles, Ohio, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Warren, Ohio.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Zona Marie Burrows of Garrettsville, Ohio, and the late William (Bill) Burrows.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his grandmother, Leone Burrows of Marietta, Ohio; two sons, Jeremy Burrows of Millstone and Brian Burrows of Mt. Zion; two daughters, Shastina Gillespie of Kent, Ohio, and Cortney Crum of Palmyra, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Kurtis, Jason, Landon, Alexis, Bailey, Cayce and Brooklyn; three sisters, Regina Schwan of Lavonia, Ga., Joyce Gutierrez of Springfield, Tenn., and Marlene Conklin of Ravenna, Ohio; four nieces; and six nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lillie and Donzel Butler and D.K. Burrows, and two uncles, Jack Butler and Willard Burrows.

Services were held at Stoney Point New Hope Church, Altizer Road, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Garry Bowen officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Beech Road, Minnora.

 

CHARLES STARCHER

Charles Edward Starcher, 71, of Mineral Wells, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, Clarks-burg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley and Dorothy Connally Starcher.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Sav-A-Tool, Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Annabelle Hathaway Starcher; one step-daughter, Elizabeth Masters and husband Kenneth of Parkers-burg; two step-sons, Jack Whited and wife Delores of Grantsville and Lewis Whited of Mineral Wells; one sister, Joyce Bouvea and husband Robert of Madison, Ohio; one brother, Robert Wayne Starcher and wife Eula of Parkersburg; one half-brother, Golden Starcher of Sheridan, Ohio; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Memorial services will be held Saturday, 5 p.m., at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 19th and Park streets, Parkersburg, with Daniel Morikone officiating. Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Online guestbook is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

NINA JUNE GEER

Nina June Geer, 73, of Slate, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born at Grantsville, the daughter of the late Orval and Rosalea Bell Wilson.

She had been employed at Brockway Glass as a production worker.

Surviving are two sons, Willard Ray Geer II of Parkersburg and Eric Geer of Ripley; one daughter, Gina Kuhl of Slate; seven grandchildren, Kris, Micalyn, Zach, Jeremy, Bailey, Brittany and Donovan; four brothers, Woody Wilson of Charleston, Carroll Wilson of Calhoun County, Joe Wilson of Seattle, Wash., and Mike Wilson of Weston; five sisters, Eileen Ullom of Massillon, Ohio, Pat Cunningham and Pam Rowley, both of Parkersburg, Martha Haddox of Belleville and Norma Jones of Calhoun County; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Ray Geer; one brother, Bill Wilson; and one sister, Lois Cunningham.

It was her request to be cremated. There will be no services or visitation. Burial of her ashes will be at Rockland Cemetery, Belpre, Ohio.

 

WILLARD BURROWS

Willard R. Burrows, 74, of Grantsville, formerly of Windham, Ohio, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at his niece’s home in Streetsboro, Ohio.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Leone Kelly Burrows of Marietta, Ohio, and the late D.K. Burrows.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965 and worked as a supervisor for General Motors for 30 years, where he had perfect attendance.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Burrows, many nieces and nephews, Debbie and Jimmy, Jamie and Kelly, Whitney and Jeff, Kim and Ken, Laurie and Espy, Donny and Kim, Pete and Yogi, and more; one sister, Louise Kovar; and two brothers, Charles Burrows and Denzil Burrows.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Burrows.

Services were held at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home, Streetsboro, with Brother Willie Ailstock officiating. Burial was in Windham Township Cemetery.

 

BARBARA CAMPBELL

Barbara L. Campbell, 67, of Big Springs, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late William C. and Nila Kight Osbourne.

She was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Michael “Mick” Campbell; two sisters, Judy Gregory of Bristol, Tenn., and Doris Campbell of Scott Depot; one brother, Carl Ray Osbourne of Big Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James R. Osbourne.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman and Chris Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Westfall Cemetery, Smithville. Visitation will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CHRISTINA MARIE CHANCELLOR

Christina Marie Chancellor, 26, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of Kimberly Sue McKibben of Parkersburg and Thurl Edward Godfrey, Jr., of Mingo County.

She was a student with QC Makeup Academy.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her step-father, Christopher McKibben; one sister, Tanya Godfrey of Parkersburg; uncles, Steve Wagoner and Kevin Wagoner; grandmother, Leigh Wagoner; several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles; and her fiancé, Andrew Jarvis.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Thurl E. Godfrey and Wilford Wagoner.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

 

MARY EAKIN

Mary G. Eakin, 84, of Akron, Ohio, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

She was born in Nicut, the daughter of the late Clay and Seretha King Sears.

Surviving are one son, James Eakin of New York; two daughters, Linda Starcher and Barbara Kisner, both of Akron; six grandchildren, William Byrd, William Eakin, Christie Kraus, James Kisner, Robert Eakin and Irina Eakin; nine great-grand-children, Austin Walker Sullivan, Trevor and Tyler Eakin, Jaden, Jared, Julia and Jimmy Kisner, and Lauren and Nathan Kraus; one brother, Delbert Sears; and two sisters, Olena Pyle and Delores Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Blair; one son, Joseph Clay; and one grandson, Richard B. Kisner.

Private services were held.

 

CATHERINE ‘Kitty’ MARIE HUGHES PURSLEY

Catherine “Kitty” Marie Hughes Pursley, 90, of Spencer, died Friday Jan. 31, 2014, in Dacula, Ga.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Alfred and Minnie Rampp Kemmner.

She traced her heritage to the Rampp and Kemmner families, who were early settlers of Richardson, Calhoun County.

She was a switchboard operator at Spencer State Hospital and a telephone operator for C&P and Southern Bell. She also worked for Spencer Newspapers. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, both of Spencer.

Surviving are one daughter, Julie Hughes Stewart and husband Kelly of Dacula; one son, Kevin Stewart Hughes and wife Lynda of Suwanee, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jeremy Stewart, Brandon Stewart, Tiffany Hughes, Lauren Stewart and Justin Hughes; two great-grandchildren, Audrey Stewart and Andrew Stewart; one brother, John Kemmner of Spencer; one step-daughter, Linda Miller of Easley, S.C., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by former husbands, Romie Russell Hughes and Paul Edgar Pursley; one brother, Chester Alfred Kemmner; one sister, Audrey Kemmner; and one grandson, Jesse Hughes.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

 

ALFRED LEON CLINE

Alfred Leon Cline, 75, of Sandyville, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

He was born in Leroy, the son of the late Elliott and Zona “Wilkinson” Cline.

He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Germany. He worked for Union Carbide for several years and retired from Eveready Battery Co., Marietta, Ohio, after 28 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Buffington Cline; two daughters, Teresia Fought of Big Springs and Rebecca Almashy of Sandyville; one son, Alfred Cline, Jr., of Sandyville; one grandson, Adam Abel of Big Springs; three granddaughters, Tonya Fought Lanham of Parkersburg and Sara Almashy and Jessica Almashy, both of Sandyville; two brothers, Elden Cline of Sandyville and Elbert Cline of Walker; and one sister, Velma (Carol) Bain of Leroy.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Lora Marie Sullivan, in 2009.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Union Chapel Church, Windy Ridge Road, Sandyville, with Pastor Danny Schreckengost officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, noon to 1 p.m., at the church. Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.lamberttatman.com.

  

LURETTA BOOTH

Luretta L. Booth, 91, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Willows Center.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Emma Busch Mason.

She was a 1941 graduate of Parkersburg High School and worked for Broida’s, Stone & Thomas and Jay Jay Dress Shop at Chancellor Hotel. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 50 years.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years, John C. Booth; one son, John C. Booth III of Davisville; and two grandsons, Hunter C. Booth of Parkersburg and Sam Farrah of St. Louis, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Jesse Mason; three sisters, Irene Appel, Lucille Siginthawal and Ruth McPherson; and one grandson, Darin Booth.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, with Dr. William Thomas officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

MARY LOUISE POWELL HAYS

Mary Louise Powell Hays, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Roanoke, Va.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Thurl Charles and Zoë Altizer Powell.

She married her next door neighbor, now deceased, Samuel Arnold Hays, on June 9, 1951, after he served in World War II and graduated from WVU with a law degree. They were married in Louisa Chapel, named for his great-grandmother Louisa Sexton, who married Peregrine Hays, who gave the land on which the church was built. Mary and Sam retired in 1985 to Roanoke to live near family. She was a member of Down to Earth Garden Club, Newark, Ohio, Greenwalled Garden Club, Frederick, Md., and Sugar Loaf Garden Club, Roanoke.

Surviving are one son, Col. (ret.) Mark Warren Hays and wife Gwen of Sandy, Utah; one daughter, Rev. Melissa Hays-Smith and husband Howard of Roanoke; five grandchildren; one great- granddaughter; and relatives of the Hays, Powell and Altizer families.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, 1 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, Roanoke, where she was received in 2007. Reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial will be in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, Va.

 

MACEL PEARL BOWE CARPENTER

Macel Pearl Bowe Carpenter, 83, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born on Rush Run, Orma, the daughter of the late Aristotle and Mary Jane Cottrill.

She worked and retired from Spencer State Hospital.

Surviving are one son, David Bowe and wife Macel Sue of Reedy; one daughter, JoRita Parsons and husband Rick of Spencer; one step-son, Richard Carpenter and wife Edna of Reedy; two step-daughters, Dottie Lou Hersman of Spencer and Sylvia Gibson of Reedy; two brothers, Tom Butler of Spencer and Charlie Butler of Reedy; one sister, Nina Conley of Chloe; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oden Carpenter; one daughter, Jeannie McCumbers; three brothers, Victor Butler and Scott Butler, Jr., both of Orma, and Milton Butler of Creswell, Oregon; and three sisters, Flossie French, Mae Coolidge and Louisa Yearian.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Tim Couch officiating. Burial was in Noble Cemetery, near Peniel.

 

EZRA JACK SMALL

Ezra Jack Small, 81, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Miletree Center, Spencer.

He was born in Wickham, Raleigh County, the son of the late Henry Small and the late Flossie Boswell.

He was a retired owner and operator of an asphalt paving company.

Surviving are his children, grandchildren and cousins.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback.

 

RUTH JONES BARKER

Ruth G. Jones Barker, 92, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at home.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Herbert and Oma Parsons.

She was a homemaker and a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Britton, with whom she resided; four sons, Herbert M. Jones of La Grange, Ill., and Francis L. Jones, Harry E. Jones and Frank L. Jones, all of Parkersburg; several step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lloyd Jones and William Barker; three sisters; and one brother.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery.

 

BILLY CARTER

Billy R. Carter, 60, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at his home.

He was born as one of twins in Galax, Va., the son of the late Ada Thomason and John Carter.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Judy Carter; one brother, Larry Carter of Salem, Ohio; two step-sons, Tim Brood of Grantsville and Bill Harvey of Fairfax, Va.; two step-daughters, Cordelia Smith of Mt. Zion and Denise Bentz of Creston; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Memorial service will be held in the spring.

 

JOAN DAVIS GORDON

Joan Davis Gordon, 63, of Orma, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born on Rush Run, Orma, the daughter of the late Lenora Mae Butler and Arlie Darrell Davis.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald James Gordon, Jr., and wife Dawn of Lawrenceville, Va.; Daniel Allen Gordon and wife Robin of Arnoldsburg and Bobby Gordon of Spencer; one daughter, Amanda Jennette Gordon King and husband James of Orma; eight grandchildren; her husband, Ronald James Gordon, Sr.; two sisters, Connie Davis Yopp of Orma and Joyce Davis Gray of Edwards, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Aristotle Butler and Mary Jane Cottrell; step-father, Emmett Cooledge; one sister, Carol Ann Davis Durgan; one brother, Aristotle Darrell Davis; and one daughter, Jessica Lynn Gordon.

Services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial will be in Minnora Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CAROL MARGARET JONES

Carol Margaret Jones, 70, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late William Clyde and Cora Margarette Knight Duskey.

She worked as a certified nurse’s aide at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg, Glenville Nursing Home, and Calhoun General Hospital.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Lynn Smith of Arnoldsburg and Brenda Kay Jones of Grantsville; one son, Bruce Allen Jones of Big Springs; nine grandchildren, Chad Smith, Bryan Smith, Holly Smith, Suzie Marks, Jessica Jones, Caleb Jones, Alexander McCumbers, Melinda McCumbers and Caroline McCumbers; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dakota Smith, Ava Nichols, Blake Nichols, Katie Smith, Ty Benson, Felicity Shannon, William Marks, Coy Marks, McKenzie Marks and Cameron Taylor.

She was preceded in death by husband, Everett Coy Jones; one brother, Larry Duskey; and one grandson, Allen Smith II.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Saunders Cemetery in the spring. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

FRANCIS ‘Frank’ COX

Francis W. “Frank” Cox, 83, of Murphytown, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

He was born in Ritchie County, the son of the late Lloyd W. and Sylvia G. Jones Cox.

He was a 1950 graduate of Harrisville High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from G.E. Chemical Co. and was a member of Murphytown United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Stansberry Cox; four daugh-ters, Mary Ann Testerman and Sandra Cox, both of Delbarton, Carolyn Cox of Martinsburg and Judy Prusack of Grantsville; five step-daughters, Rosalinda Brown of California, Teresa Wilson of Washington, D.C., Cathy Eckard of Oregon, Roxanna Price of Pennsylvania and Janetta Hampton of Maryland; three step-sons, Charles “Chuck” Stansberry of Ohio and Karlson Stansberry and Jason Stansberry, both of Maryland; two granddaughters, Ruby and Amber Prusack of Grantsville; two brothers, Samuel L. Cox and Edwin E. Cox, both of Harrisville; one sister, Glenda Lucille Bransford of Williamsburg; and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lora Mae Laird Cox; one sister, L. Jane Lordeon; one brother, David Wayne Cox; and step-son, Stephen Stansberry.

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

 

RONALD LEE KENDALL

Ronald Lee Kendall, 48, of Florence, Ky., died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his residence.

He was the son of Mae Kendall Hampton and the late Cleston Kendall.

He worked as a machine operator for Northern Kentucky Machine.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Andria and Anissa Kendall; two grandchildren, Kaliann and Andrew; two sisters, Wanda and Debbie; and one brother, Kenny.

Services were held in Kentucky. Burial will be held at a later date in Nobe Cemetery.

 

WILLIAM ‘Bill’ KELLEY

William T. “Bill” Kelley, 95, of Vincent, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley and Arzona Kelley.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in World War II, and was plant manager at Union Carbide, with over 30 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church since the early 1950s.

 Surviving are three sons, Thomas Kelley of Cave Creek, Ariz., David Kelley of Vincent and Mark Kelley of Louisville, Tex.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Kelley; two brothers, Harold Kelley and Dr. Robert Kelley; and three sisters, Pat Eckels, Dorothy Eckert and Rata Bell Hall.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Rich McClure officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, with Veterans Rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

JACK WILLIAM KIRCHBERG

Jack William Kirchberg, 80, of Glenville, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital, Clarksburg.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Herman Wesley and Ninevah Damaris Salmons Kirchberg.

He worked in the oil and gas field as an equipment operator.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Opal J. Carter Kirchberg; two sons, Randy Kirchberg and wife Marcie of Buckhannon and Steve Kirchberg and wife Sherry of Morganton, N.C.; two daughters, Patty Thrasher and husband Cliff and Anita Sprouse and husband Mike, all of Glenville; 12 grandchildren, C.J. Thrasher, Steve Kirchberg, Jr., Andrea Rounds, Olivia Lewis, Marissa Fox, Amanda Lambert, Geneva Thrasher, Jarod Kirchberg, Valeri Sprouse, Jacqueline Kirchberg, Hilari Sprouse and Jennifer Westfall; eight great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Lewis, Destiny Lambert, Maeva Rounds, Kendra Fox, Aiden Kirchberg, Evan Kirchberg, Elliot Fox and Bryson Lambert; and, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David Kirchberg and Charles Kirchberg; one step-brother, Harry Kirchberg; and step-father, Senate Cottrill.

Private military service was scheduled Wednesday at West Virginia National Cemetery.

 

CLETUS BUSH

Cletus L. Bush, 76, of Boaz, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Revere, the son of the late Arley and Iva G. Boyce Bush.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the American Legion Post 15, Williamstown. He retired from glass manufacturer Comar, Inc., Vineland, N.J., and returned to his native West Virginia in 2001.

Surviving are one son, Cletus N. “Butch” Bush of Williams-town; one daughter, Deanna Bush of Williamstown; four grand-children, Diana Marie McGee, Patrick R. Bush, Katie A. Bush and Freddie Stouffer III; four great-grandchildren, Cody, Owen, Zoey and Paylezy; one brother, Donald Bush of Tanner; one sister, Donna Grogg of Glennville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi L. Kitchen Bush in 2011; one daughter, Kimberly L. Staddon; three brothers, Richard Bush, James Bush and Robert Bush; and six sisters, Mildred Yoak, Lois Carpenter, Ruby Weaver, Margaret Dunbar, Christine L. Minner and Roberta West Wunderlich.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Laura Godwin officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, with full military rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Friday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.LeavittFuneralHome.com .

 

JOHN RICE

John Rice, 80, of Fairfax, Va., died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Monna Sampson Rice, formerly of Calhoun County; two sons, Gary Ray Rice and Loren Keith Rice; four grandchildren, Rachel, Justin, Jackson and Isaiah Rice; three step-grandchildren, Stephanie Blair, Crystal Robinson and Shannon Williamson; three step-great-grandchildren, Cole Robinson, Reese Creamer and Christian Blair.

Graveside services were held at Hillsboro Cemetery, Purcellville, Va.

 

ALBERT RAY SELMON

Albert Ray Selmon, 85, of Five Forks, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born at Broomstick, the son of the late Alfred Preston and Mattie Jane Selmon.

He worked in the oil and gas industry, highway and pipeline construction, drove a school bus and retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways. He was a member of Five Forks Community Church where he taught for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Opal G. Selmon; two daughters, Phyllis M. Smith and Sandra S. Osborne; two grandsons, Christopher J. Osborne and Matthew C. Osborne; two granddaughters, Dena M. Roberts and Tiffany B. Allison; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Haden, Jayda, Kinlea and Caden; and two great-great-grandchildren, Dylan and Elli.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronzil Selmon and Floyd Selmon; one sister, Grace Herron LaRue; and one nephew, Ronnie Herron.

Services were held at Five Forks Community Church, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Broomstick Cemetery.

 

MARJORIE ROSE BUSH MATHESS

Marjorie Rose Bush Mathess, 79, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Parkersburg Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born at Big Springs, the daughter of the late Ernest L. and Hester Viola Wilson Bush.

She had taught school in Calhoun County and was a Protestant.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory Alan “Greg” Mathess and Ricky Lee “Rick” Mathess, both of Parkersburg; two daughters, Jacklyn D. “Jackie” Casto of Belpre, Ohio, and Jennifer D. Penny-backer of Parkersburg; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Jack Bush of Mineral Wells and Porter Bush of Lubeck; two sisters, Maxine Crouch of Vienna and Marie Weese of Beckley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Estel Mathess; one son, Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Mathess; and two brothers, Ernie Bush and Charles Bush.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Norman Butler and Pastor Gene Waybright officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

IDA BARTON DAY

Ida Barton Day, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Archdale, N.C.

She was born at Sutton.

Surviving are one son, Robert Barton of Titusville, Fla.; three brothers, James Wilson of Wayne, Donald Wilson of Trinity, N.C., and Jerry Wilson of Kent, Ohio; one sister, Anna Dean of St. Marys; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hanzel Darrel Barton; her second husband, Burnett Day; two daughters, Mary Morgan and Cheryl Grissett; and one sister, Garnet Fruits.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

 

PAUL MORGAN LESTER

Paul Morgan Lester, 84, of Spencer, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born at Pink, the son of the late Kenny and Grace Morgan Lester.

He lived his youth in Calhoun and Roane counties and was a 1947 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he worked for the power company in Spencer and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and spent 33 years working at General Motors. He was a Christian and in December 2012 gave his life to the Lord.

Surviving are two nieces, Johanna Lester and Linda Crawford, and friends, Gary and Delores Hensley of Spencer and Lula Young.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John; one sister, Ruth; and one nephew, Wayne.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

 

OLEETA BROWN DOTY

Oleeta M. Brown Doty, 87, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Dennis J. and Ruth Bennett Wease.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Mountain State College. She retired from Sears and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Shirley Martin of New Martinsville, Patty R. Bosley of Parkersburg and Cheryl Hall of Leechburg, Pa.; three sons, Rick Stillwaggoner of New Martins-ville, Mike Brown of Spokane, Wash., and Bobby Brown of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one brother, Donzil B. Wease of Grantsville; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dale E. Brown; her second husband, Delbert Junior Doty; one sister, Estelle Wease; and one grandchild, Angelina Martin.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Todd E. Hill officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen North Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

AUDRA WADE

Audra J. Wade, 92, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at her son’s residence.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Albert and Doshia Harris Williams.

She was a homemaker for most of her life and a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, Clyde Wade and wife Peggy of Tanner and Delmas Wade and wife Ellen of Mt. Zion; one sister, Thelma Demanski of Livonia, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Herbert B. Wade, on Aug. 22, 1984; one son, Oras Wade; two daughters, Edith Bush and Loraine Wade; three sisters, Maude Tucker, Hulda Kight and Lula Boone; four brothers, Shirley Ray Williams, Sherman Aaron Williams, Thurman Elton Williams and Harold Elias Williams; one grandson, Paul Wade; and twin granddaughters who died at birth.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Three Poplar Cemetery, Holts Run, Rt. 5 West, Glenville.

 

ALMA MARIE ‘Ducky’ McCUMBERS DOOLITTLE

Alma Marie “Ducky” McCumbers Doolittle, 77, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was the daughter of the late Jenk and Corda Goff McCumbers.

Surviving are by four daughters, Wilma Ann Tucker of Washington, Ohio, Annalee McCumbers and Dorene Kay “Cricket” Doolittle, both of Grantsville, and Glenna Sue Doolittle of Elizabeth; two sons, Earl Dale “Bo” Doolittle of Spencer and Orville “Jack” Doolittle of Cox’s Mills; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Earl Doolittle; one daughter, Dora Pauline “Woody” Doolittle; and two sons, Junior Eugene “Dave” Doolittle and Everett Rufus Doolittle.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating, and burial in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

GARRETT HOBERT GAINER

Garrett Hobert Gainer, 83, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Victor and Alta Gainer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955 in Germany. He retired from General Motors, Parma, Ohio, after 30 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanetta Bruso and Karen Fliger; four sons, Michael Gainer, Randall Gainer, Jeff Gainer and Kenneth Gainer; four brothers, Dale Gainer, Ronzel Gainer, Wendell Gainer and Darrell Gainer; two sisters, Sue Richards and Midge Hathaway; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine, and five sisters, Geneva Piotrowski, Lenore Gherke, Ota McCoy, Mary Kelley and Reva Owens.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, with Rev. Ronzel Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Nobe Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

HOWARD MOWERY

Howard Mowery, 82, of Glenville, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Genesis Health Care Center.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Jacob and Mamie Clevenger Mowery.

He worked odd jobs and farmed for local people of Cedarville. He was a Christian.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Jenkins of Perkins and Gertrude Jenkins of Gassaway; two brothers, Burnie Mowery of Weston and Clayton Mowery of Big Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Mowery, Sammy Mowery and Robert Mowery, and one sister, Maggie Parker.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

WARREN ‘Dick’ MIDCAP

Warren G. “Dick” Midcap, 72, of Spencer, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Pink, Calhoun County, the son of the late Don and Audra Nutter Midcap.

He was a lifelong farmer and a 35-year employee of Spencer Livestock Market.

Surviving are his special angel, Shirley West of Spencer; four sisters; and special friends, Ronald and Carol West of Spencer, Don and Vicky West of Arnoldsburg and Danny Harris of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating, and burial in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home.

 

IVERSON VELVY LINGER, JR.

Iverson Velvy Linger, Jr., 72, of Newton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Iverson Velvy and Goldie Marie Smith Linger, Sr.

He was a retired equipment operator for W.Va. Dept. of Highways. He was a member of IUOE, Local 132, Charleston. He was a member of Newton Baptist Church and often attended Walnut Memorial Church, Chloe.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Juanita B. Hensley Linger; three sons, Richard Kevin Linger of Milton and David Bruce Linger and Philip Edwin Linger, both of Newton; two sisters, Karen Linger and Frances Linger, both of Clemmons, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, noon, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Ron Fisher and Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Point Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

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