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BENJAMIN DENZIL SETTLE

Benjamin Denzil Settle, 70, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Otho and Goldie Campbell Settle.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah Ann Settle; two sons, Mike Settle and wife of Belpre, Ohio, and Mark Settle and wife of Fredericksburg, Va.; one daughter, Connie Settle Brant and husband of Sunbury, Ohio; three brothers, Seymour Settle and wife of Walker, George Settle and wife of Elizabeth and Charles Settle of Marietta, Ohio; one sister, Aretta “Ret” Schoolcraft of Glenville; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Addeline Snider Audra Walters, Ona Paxton and Idell Goff, and three brothers, Lee Roy Settle, Virgil Suttle and Shearl Settle.

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

 

GROVER HOUCHIN

Grover J. Houchin, 87, of Orma, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville.

He was the son of the late Grover and Stella Matheny Houchin.

Surviving are three sons, James Houchin, Douglas Houchin and Steve Houchin; one daughter, Rhonda Whipkey; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Phyllis McCoy Houchin; two brothers, Forest Houchin and Clyde Houchin; six sisters, Eula Kerns, Ruth Simmons, Opal Jett, Madge McKown, Bernice Laughlin and Marie McKown; and two infant siblings.

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

 

DALE FOWLER

Dale C. Fowler, 95, of Newark, Ohio, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Inn at SharonBrooke.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Frank and Elfie Fowler.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served three years in the U.S. Army. He retired from West Virginia State Road Commission after 30 years as a survey crew foreman. He was a member of Church of Christ and attended Marrtown Church of Christ, while living in Parkersburg.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Pyles of Newark, Ohio, and Brenda Trubiana of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dee Kossoff of Bexley, Ohio, Justin Trubiana of Memphis and Alicia Trubiana of San Francisco, Calif.; one great-grandchild, Sophie Kossoff; two brothers, Glen Fowler of Grantsville and Foster Fowler of Ridgeville, Ohio; and three sisters, Madeline Moore of Grantsville, Imogene Hoskins of Parkersburg and Oleva Gainer of Elizabeth, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Inez Fowler; two sisters, Velma McEndree and Geraldine Wallace; and three brothers, Durward Fowler, Edward Fowler and Victor Fowler.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, noon, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Randy Yerby officiating, and burial in Sunset Memory Gardens, where military rites will be held. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home. Immediately following the burial, a reception will be held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.

 

JAMES RICHARDS

James Richards, 83, of Walker, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lester Lee (Cleo) and Willa Ruth Wilson Richards.

He was a lead guitar player for The Country Mountaineers and The Country Travelers, playing country and gospel music. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and a U.S. Army veteran, having served on active duty and Army Reserves during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Shelia Yoak Richards; one sister, Luellen Richards French; three sons, James D. Richards, Michael D. Richards and Robert D. Richards; one brother; one sister-in-law; two step-sons; two step-daughters; 11 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Melvin Richards; two brothers, Kenna Richards and Colvin Richards; and one sister, Elmo Ball.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Bill Richards officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Big Bend. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

ESTER PARSONS

Ester L. Parsons, 89, formerly of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

She was born at Clover, Roane County, the daughter of the late Albert and Emma Webb Epling. S

he attended Roane County schools and Spencer High School with the Class of 1944. She had a vocational degree from W.Va. Tech and was Teacher of the Year in 1982. She worked as a sewing supervisor at Spencer Manufacturing Co. and as a sewing supervisor and quality control manager at Rubber Fabricators, Inc. She retired from Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center as an industrial sewing instructor. She was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church and of Women’s Society, Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, 4-H leader, Brownie and Girl Scout leader and VICA leader.

Surviving are two daughters, Dianne Law and Leslie Dawn Messer; four grandchildren, John Law, Susan Law, Ashton Chaillan and Colton Messer; two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Parsons, Jr., in November 1983; four brothers; and six sisters.

Services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Clover Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CHARLES MURPHY

Charles A. Murphy, 54, of Grantsville, died Monday, July 27, 2015.

He was the youngest son of the late Herbert A. Murphy and Vivian Roberts Wayne of Parkersburg.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was employed with Carpenters Union, Local #899, of Parkersburg.

Surviving are his companion of 16 years, Janet Brown; one brother, Gene Murphy Hale and wife Becky of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Rhonda Murphy Farr and husband Tim of Parkersburg; one son, Dennis Mott and wife Liza Lamb of Elizabeth; four grandchildren; two aunts, Patricia Murphy Williamson and Pauline Murphy, both of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Visitation will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Private graveside service will be held at Neal-Cook Cemetery, Parkersburg, at a later date. Memorial donations can be sent to Hospice, 417 Grand Park Drive, Suite 206, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

 

BROADDUS CHLOAD MOORE

Broaddus Chload Moore, 81, of Milo, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Wallback, the son of the late Cecil and Maysel Moore.

He was a retired bus driver for Calhoun County Schools, with 30 years of service, and a farmer.

Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Bennett and Doris Weekley, both of Spencer, and Leah Janice Westfall of Mt. Zion; three sons, Michael Moore and Timothy Moore, both of Chloe, and Cecil Moore of South Charleston; three sisters Mary Moss of Ripley and Dorthy Darrah and Dorcas McVicker, both of Massillon, Ohio; one brother, Clayton Moore of Wallback; one sister-in-law, Gladys Moore of Millwood; 16 grandchildren, Jeannie Bennett, Suzanne Allen, Jason Bennett, George Weekley III, Andrew Weekley, Scottie Westfall III, Casey Westfall, Brandon Moore, Julie Rogers, Will Moore, Katie Beth Cox, John Moore, Austin Moore, Sarah Beth Moore, Logan Moore and Seth Moore; 15 great-grandchildren, Sam Brady, Emily Brady, Kaylea Bennett, Bryson Montgomery, Josie Montgomery, Tyler Bennett, Kirkland Allen, Tori Allen, Jarrett Allen, Kiersten Bennett, Cameron Bennett, Kaci Bennett, Braylon Weekley, Kate Weekley and Bella Rogers; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Louise Anderson Moore; four brothers, Virgil, Calvin, Orvis and Buhl; and one sister, Leah.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback.

 

JO ANN STEWART

Jo Ann Stewart, 70, of Glenville, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Joseph and Matilda Dukovich Maurer.

She was a community service specialist for Community Resources, Inc., serving for 29 years. She was a member of Martha’s and Mary’s, FEMA board, Senior Citizens board of directors, Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition, Tobacco Prevention Coalition, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and numerous other community boards and organizations. She was a member of Glenville Community Church, where she attended for 20 years.

Surviving are one son, A.J. Stewart and wife Tanya of Glenville; two daughters, Tammy Huffman and husband Benton, and Jeana Mims, all of Glenville; seven grandchildren, Kayla Stewart, Amiah Stewart, Paige Huffman, Adam Stewart, Seth Stewart, Jailyn Mims and Gabrielle Mims, all of Glenville; two sisters, Lois Surala of Hartstown, Pa., and Nancy Ramsdell and husband Wayne of Cleveland, Ohio; and one brother, Jim Maurer and wife Jo of Medina, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Jim Surala.

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

 

EARL RALPH MINNEY, JR.

Earl Ralph Minney, Jr., 71, of LaGrange, Ohio, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Ames Family Hospice, Westlake, Ohio.

He was born and raised in Grantsville, the son of the late Earl and Sylvia Campbell Minney, Sr., and lived for over 50 years in the Elyria, Ohio, area.

He was a 1961 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was employed as a maintenance electrician at Ford Motor Co., Avon Lake, Ohio, for over 40 years. He was a partner, with his son Don, at Don’s Auto and Truck Service.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Sandra Jones Minney; two sons, Don Minney and Dave Minney, both of LaGrange; three sisters, Virgie Harris and Marguerite Stump, both of Grantsville, and Verla Simon of Medina, Ohio; five grandchildren, Camryn and Caitlyn Minney and Tony, Misty and Destiny Tyree; and three great-grandchildren, Edward and Addison Tyree and Chloe Squire.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry Oren Minney.

Services were held at Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, Elyria, Ohio, with Pastor Rick Young of Liberty Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Brookdale Cemetery.

 

ORVA SIERS PARSONS

Orva R. Siers Parsons, 90, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late Harrison and Viola Weekley Sears.

She lived most of her life at White Oak and Minnora. She was an antique dealer out of her home for 30 years. She made many friends and had great fun doing what she loved. She had previously worked at Viscose, Parkersburg, during World War II and Spencer State Hospital. She was a member of Rebekah IOOF Lodge, Minnora, for many years and held many offices, including Noble Grand. She and husband Paris operated a general store at Chloe in the 1950s. She attended University of North Carolina and taught the Head Start Program at Cabot Station for several years. She also volunteered at Upper West Fork Community Park. She attended Fairview Methodist Church, Nicut, during her childhood and sang hymns with her sisters. She was a member of White Oak Baptist Church while raising her children.

Surviving are her husband of 72 years, Paris Parsons; two daughters, Judith Shaffer of Canton, Ohio, and Betty Earl of Parkersburg; one son, Bob and Pat Parsons of Canton, Ohio; six grandchildren, Diane, Cathy, Mark, Chris, Lisa and Rob; eight great-grandchildren, Heath, MaryBeth, Garrett, Rylee, Rychert, Liam, Brody and Dylan; one brother, Habred Siers and wife Jean of Chloe; one sister-in-law, Leona Sears of Chloe; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Forrest, Edward and Darrell; two sons-in-law, Orville Earl and Tom Shaffer; and four sisters, Roxie Cooper, Velva Lilly, Evelyn Bailey and Thelma Lichlyter.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jim Lough officiating. Burial will be in Clark Jarvis Cemetery, Chloe. Visitation will be held Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be given in her memory to Roane County Animal Shelter, 2550 Parkersburg Road, Spencer, WV 25276. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

EARL ‘Tom’ VANHORN

Earl “Tom” VanHorn, 83, died Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Ellisville, Mo.

He was born in Grantsville. He spent 34 years working at Ralston Purina, St. Louis, Mo.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Jane Mollohan VanHorn; three sons, Mark VanHorn, Bill VanHorn and Don VanHorn; five grandchildren, Michael, Christina, Timothy, Angela and Jamie; two great-grandchildren, Jack and Evelyn; and one nephew, Steve VanHorn.

Services were held at Schrader Funeral and Crematory, Ballwin, Mo. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

 

LAWRENCE ‘Bud’ PARKS

Lawrence “Bud” Parks, 80, of Big Bend, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Oren and Maxine Wilson Parks.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty Jo Blair Parks; one daughter, Sherry Ashton of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren, Tara Rogers of Toledo, Ohio, and Jason Good and Kyle Good, both of Munday; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Kathryn Walker and Marie Blair, both of Big Bend, and Donna Newell and Betty Walker, both of Munday.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Terry Parks; one brother, Dale Parks; and one sister, Joan Jordan.

Graveside service was held at Big Bend Cemetery.

 

JAMES PAUL SIEGRIST

James Paul Siegrist, 90, of Creston, died Monday, July 13, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late Harry Oscar and Mahalia Gay Woofter Siegrist.

He graduated from Weston High School, where he was active in sports and band, and joined the Army Air Force, where he was an engineer and gunner on B-24s while stationed in Italy and bombing up into Germany with the 15th Bomber Wing during World War II.

After the war, he attended Glenville State College, and played football and basketball. He finished his degree at Concord College. He was a teacher and coach at Pearisburg High School, Pearisburg, Va., and was a chemist and chemical engineer for a few years, before moving back to Calhoun County and working at Rubber Fabricators. He went back into teaching at Morristown Elementary, and got into school administration. He was superintendent at Ritchie County and Calhoun County. He finished out his years as a biology and conservation teacher at Calhoun County High School. He retired in 1986 to his farm at Annamoriah Flats.

He was active in Boy Scouts and church youth groups, and coached Brooksville youth basketball for several years. He was a member of W.Va. Silver Haired Legislature for a few years. He was awarded the State Soil Conservation Teacher several times and was the Northeast U.S. Soil Conservation Teacher of the Year. He was on the Little Kanawha Soil Conservation board for several years. He attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and Snyder Chapel, as well as others, over his lifetime.

Surviving are his wife, Jewell V. Cain Siegrist, whom he married Aug. 29, 1948; three sons, Gary, Ron and Glen; one daughter, Paula Jean; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and six siblings.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in McCray Cemetery, Creston. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the Siegrist family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in his memory. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

GOLDA DEWEESE

Golda G. Deweese, 95, of Milo, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born at Milo, the daughter of the late Balis and Emily Bailey Deweese.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a retired employee of Goodyear, St. Marys, Ohio.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Donzel Deweese, Ronzel Deweese, Gordon Deweese and Oval Deweese, and two sisters, Opal Miller and Doil Batten.

Graveside service was held at Lower Fink Cemetery, Milo, with Rev. John Meadows officiating. There was no visitation.

 

PORTER RAY BUSH

Porter Ray Bush, 83, of Lubeck, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Ernest L. and Hester Wilson Bush.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from General Electric.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Moore Bush; one daughter, Lisa Gill of Lubeck; two sisters, Maxine Crouch of Vienna and Marie Weese of Sophia; one brother, David Bush of Mineral Wells; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron Gill.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Bush and Charles Bush, and one sister, Marjorie Mathess.

There were no services.

 

RONDLE LEE ‘Dog’ McCUMBERS, JR.

Rondle Lee “Dog” McCumbers, Jr., 53, of Stumptown, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in Clarksburg.

He was born in Lewis County, the son of Rondle Lee McCumbers, Sr., of Spencer and Violet Kathleen “Kathy” Cottrill West of Spencer.

He attended Gilmer County High School, where he was active in the FFA and wrestling. He was owner of Top Dog Well Services and worked in natural resources with his son. He was a Christian.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his companion, Lisa Hess; two sons, Rondle Ray “Moe” McCumbers and Austin Keith Wagoner; two daughters, Sara Elizabeth McCumbers and Mylea Elizabeth Hess; four brothers, Ronnie McCumbers of Normantown, James McCumbers of Glenville, Virgil McCumbers of Waynesburg, Pa., and David McCumbers of Clarksville, Tenn.; five sisters, Deloris Paxton and Donna Mazon, both of Spencer, Lisa Carroll of Tallapoosa, Ga., Edna Venditti of Apex, N.C., and Crystal Murphy of Glenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Edna Hardway McCumbers and Archie and Ruth Perkins Cottrill.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cottrill Family Cemetery, Laurel Run, Rosedale. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BOBBY JACKSON STARCHER

Bobby Jackson Starcher, 77, of Rowles Run Road, Mt. Zion, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born at Seth, Boone County, the son of the late Albert and Della Gibson Starcher.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of four years. He had been employed in a steel mill, Canton, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Douglas Starcher of Mt. Zion and Michael Dale Cooper of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Debra Darlene Starcher of Mt. Zion; nine grandchildren, Cody, Austin and Kylie Starcher of Mt. Zion, Brandon Cooper of Columbus, Ohio; Brian, Michael, Matthew, Joseph and Adam Cooper of Canton; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Chloe Cooper of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Gail Starcher, on May 1, 2015; four brothers, Berthel Starcher, Bethel Starcher, Bruce Starcher and Boyd Starcher; and one sister, Mildred Atkinson.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Cremo Community Church, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

 

EDWARD LEE BARKER

Edward Lee Barker, 69, of Belpre, Ohio, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Elizabeth (Lizzie) Barker, who died in 1993.

He spent most of his childhood years in the Nicut area. He joined the U.S. Army in 1964 and was a medic during the Vietnam War. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, after many years of service.

Surviving are one brother, James E. Dobbins of Port Orange, Fla., and two nieces, Debbie Bickerstaff and Jean Shenk of Pennsylvania.

At his request, there were no services. Cremation was performed by Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Mount Run Cemetery, Nicut.

 

JEREMY DAVID MOORE

Jeremy David Moore, 32, of Chloe, died Monday, June 8, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of David Moore of Servia and Terri Butler of Nebo.

He was a certified electrician and was a Baptist.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one sister, Brooke Dawson; special cousins, Kayla Morris, Felicia Blake, Tracy Miller and Cody Clark; best friend, Lindsey Carr James; and grandparents, Tom and Cindy Friend of Gassaway and Robert and Jean Moore of Servia.

At his request, the body will be cremated. Services will be held on Friday, July 3, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Matt Murphy and Darrell Murphy officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JOHN PAUL ROBERTS

John Paul Roberts, 82 of Glenville, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Boone County, the son of the late George M. “Sam” Roberts and Sarah Madge Bell Roberts.

He was a 1951 graduate of Tanner High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Ft. Eustis, Va. After leaving the military, he moved to Elyria, Ohio, and worked at Bendix-Westinghouse until it closed. He moved to Jackson County, where he spent 17 years. He was an employee at Kaiser Aluminum and owned a 100-acre farm, and began his carpentry business. In 1975, he returned to Gilmer County with his family, where he owned and operated Roberts Builders, Inc., before retiring in 2010.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Doris “Muggs” Roberts, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1954; two sons, Owen Paul “Buzz” Roberts and Jon Patrick Roberts, both of Glenville; two daughters, Jayne Evans of Glenville and Gina Schweinsberg of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Sarah Jayne Hacker of St. Marys, William Patrick Morrison of Newport, Ohio, and John T.P. Evans, Jacob S. M. Evans, Matthew Owen Roberts, Hannah Lynn Roberts, Patrick Bryce Roberts and Jon Payton Roberts, all of Glenville; two great- grandchildren, Laura Quinn Hacker and Caroline Morgan Hacker, both of St. Mary; and one brother, Reginald “Reggie” Roberts of Glenville.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Louise Roberts and Mary Virginia Roberts; one brother, Bobby Gene Roberts; and three half-brothers, Leroy Roberts, George Roberts and Jack Roberts.

His request for cremation was honored. Celebration of life was held at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

 

RICHARD ‘Rick’ COLLINS

Richard D. “Rick” Collins, 60, of Tanner, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Grantsville.

He was born in Lewis County, the son of the late Harry and Tacy Schoolcraft Collins.

He was a 1973 graduate of Gilmer County High School. He retired from Schlumberger with 36-1/2 years of service and was currently employed as a field supervisor for Baker Hughes in the oil and gas industry. He was a member of Gilmer County Farm Bureau and the Angus Association. He was a Christian and a member of Trace Fork Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Jane Gainer Collins, whom he married on May 26, 1979; one daughter, Cortney Collins of Maryland; one granddaughter, Anna Collins of Maryland; and two sisters, Rosemary McKown and husband Richard of Ravenswood and Jeannie Stealey and husband Ken of Coolville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Judy Collins Moore and Billie Moss.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating, and burial in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

 

VERBA DEWEESE

Verba Deweese, 96, of Munday, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Care Center, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, Lloyd William “Bill” Deweese of Munday; one daughter, Betty Kelley of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren, Randy McCoy, Linda Colebank, Lisa Bunner, Criss Welshana, D.J. Deweese, Andy Deweese, Jim Deweese and Tina Fitzwater; and six great-grandchildren, Matthew Bunner, Kelley Bunner, Aaron Colebank, Reed Fitzwater, Emmie Fitzwater and Ashley Welshana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hunter Deweese; one daughter, Phyllis McCoy; five brothers; and three sisters.

There was no visitation or services, according to her wishes. Burial will be in Wolverton Cemetery.

 

GEORGE HERR

George J. Herr, 85, of Chloe, died June 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Hiram Rapids, Ohio, the son of the late John G. and Goldie Springer Herr.

Surviving are his former wife, Alice Vanderink, whom he married July 1, 1950; two sons, George J. Herr and Gregory H. Herr; four daughters, Sharon Herr, Susan Behnke, Sandra Phillips and Sally Blegg; one brother, Max Herr; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clifford, Earl, Donald and Howard, and one sister, Frances.

 

OLETA MAE DEULEY TALLHAMER

Oleta Mae Deuley Tallhamer, 86, of Beatrice, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Parkersburg.

She was the daughter of the late Curtis and Stella Yeager Deuley.

She was a cook for 21 years at Smithville Elementary School and was a member of Glenville Community Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Blondina Richards of Mt. Zion and Tressie Buskirk of Belpre, Ohio; six daughters, Dorothy Kennedy of Grantsville, Linda Atkinson of Sandyville, Marion Gaston of Harrisville, Barbara Parsons of Big Springs, Carol Wilson of Beatrice and Diane Haught of Washburn; one son, Rex Tallhamer of Beatrice; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Samuel John Tallhamer; two sisters, Lettie Wilson and Freda Yeager; and four brothers, George Deuley, Luther Deuley, Everett “Jake” Deuley and Russell “Boone” Deuley.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial was in Turner Cemetery, Lockney.

 

REV. WILLIAM DAVID ‘Dave’ JOHNSON

Rev. William David “Dave” Johnson, 72, of Vienna, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Willard and Opal Harris Johnson.

He was retired from the Wood County Board of Education as a school bus driver, and was also a Baptist minister, serving in several locations in Ohio and West Virginia. His most recent was Bethlehem Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Sheila Johnson; three children, Jason Johnson and Terry Murphy, both of Parkersburg, and Vickie Enoch of Elizabeth; five grandchildren, Campbell Diane Johnson, Corey and Caleb Tanner, Abigale Ruble and McKi Anderson; two great-grandchildren, Easton Anderson and Jackson Ruble; two sisters, Lila Hughes and Grace Dailey; and two brothers, Howard Johnson and Emory Johnson.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

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

 

GERALDINE ROSS

Geraldine C. Ross, 73, of Ripley, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at home.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Vay J. Holcomb Moore.

She was a retired aide at Spencer State Hospital with 18 years of service.

Surviving are her five children, Thomas Summers of Ripley, Connie Parker and Rodney Summers, both of Spencer, Tammy McCallister of Georgia and Pat Summers of Grantsville; one sister, Wanda Huffman of Kansas; one brother, Roy Moore of Spencer; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or service. Memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

 

GARY DIGMAN

Gary Digman, 66, of Spencer, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at home.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late Hetsel and Marjorie F. Mace Digman.

He was a graduate of Spencer High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed at Willard C. Starcher, Inc., for over 37 years,

Surviving are one sister, Sandra Nester of Spencer, and one brother, Donald Digman of Spencer.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at St. Paul Cemetery, Calhoun County. Visitation will be Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

 

JAMES HAROLD SHIMER

James Harold Shimer, 100, died Friday, June 26, 2015.

He was born in Annamoriah, the son of the late Sherman Smith Shimer and Mary Katherine Hayes.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; three sons, Richard Shimer, Greg McCoy and Danny McCoy; one sister, Deborah Susan Alvarez; two sisters, Ethel Boltz (age 111) and Evelyn Bowman (age 96); and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Howard, Harvey, Earnest and Earl; and two sisters, Myrtle and Minnie; one daughter, Janice Stutler; one daughter-in-law, Lucy McCoy; and one son-in-law, John Alvarez.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Victory Chapel, 32 West Bellisle, Akron, Ohio, with pastor Bob Webb and pastor Mike Decker officiating. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the chapel. Burial will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., in Annamoriah.

 

SHIRLEY LEE ‘Joe’ BENNETT

Shirley Lee “Joe” Bennett, 75, of Sutton, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at his residence.

He was born in Perkins, Gilmer County, the son of the late Dorsey and Thelma Conrad Bennett.

He worked in construction for most of his life, specializing in dry wall, and was an over-the-road truck driver. He attended Rosedale Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons, Joe Bennett of Sutton, Jeremiah Bennett of Heaters, Daniel Bennett of Hope Mill, N.C., and Jason Bennett of Winchester, Va.; one daughter, Ronda Thompson and husband Doug of Inwood; two brothers, Delnore Bennett and wife Debbie of Elyria, Ohio, and Aaron Bennett and wife Lenora of Stumptown; four sisters, Ivy Burns and husband Carrol of Frametown, Betty Montgomery and husband Robert of Romney, Winnie Cunningham and husband Denzil of Stumptown and Suzanne Cottrill of Spencer; three grandchildren, Tyler Bennett of Hope Mill, Rachelle Bennett of Cedarville and George Sobien III of Winchester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Alberta Lois Reaser Bennett, in December of 1995; two sisters, Mary Moore and Corina Harris; and two brothers, Ezra Bennett and Cecil Bennett.

Services will be held Friday, 11 a.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

DAKOTA KEITH MURPHY

Dakota Keith Murphy, 22, of Newberry County, S.C., died Sunday, June 7, 2015.

He was born in Newberry County, the son of Keith and Kimberly Murphy of Prosperity, S.C.

He attended Newberry County public schools. At Mid-Carolina middle school and high school, he was a member of cross country, soccer, track and wrestling teams. He graduated from Mid-Carolina High School and Nashville Auto Diesel School. He was employed at McKechnie Components and had planned to join the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of Newberry Younglife Ministry and Aveleigh Fellowship of Presbyterians Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Tyler Allen Murphy of Chloe; maternal grandparents, Basil and Janet Butler of Chloe; paternal grandparents, Robert and Shirley Murphy of Clay; and paternal great-grandmother, Vina Murphy of Clay.

Celebration of his Life and Faith was held at Mid-Carolina High School. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial was in Butler Farm Cemetery, Chloe.

 

FOREST (Shorty) ROBERTS

Forest (Shorty) Roberts, 93, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

 He was the son of the late Lem and Eunice Wilt Roberts.

 He was a World War II veteran and served with the 339 Polar Bear Regiment. He retired from Hope-Dominion Gas Co. and had attended Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Bob Roberts and Forest Roberts, Jr.; four grandchildren, Theresa Dorsey, Debbie Lockhart, Kimberly Cheesbrew and Kristy Roberts; eight great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; one brother, Rev. Ronzel Roberts; one sister, Barbara Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his, wife Sylvia Tingler Roberts; step-mother, Chloe Roberts; and one sister, Vieva Church.

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

 

JAMES WILLIAM CRINER

James William Criner, 68, of Frametown, died Saturday, June 13, 2015.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Denver and Icy Hardway Criner.

Surviving are his wife, Emma D. Criner; two children, Karen Rhodes and Jamie Criner; fi ve grandchildren, Kai Rhodes, Haley Rhodes, Aaron Criner, Emily Dobbins and Christopher Criner; one brother, Denver Criner of Akron, Ohio; four sisters, Cora Criner of Clay, Ruth Burnsides of Ivydale, Juanita Marks of Hallsburg and Marie Marks of Fairmont; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bob Neal of Ivydale and Jack Butler of Fayetteville.

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

 

JESSE LEE NICHOLS

Jesse Lee Nichols, 54, of Grantsville, died Friday, June 12, 2015, at his home.

He was the son of Mary Whipkey Nichols and the late Jay A. Nichols.

He was an employee of Overhead Door Co., Parkersburg, with 25-plus years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Zachary Cronin and Christopher Gambardella; one daughter, Ashley Cronin; two brothers, Steven J. Nichols and David Nichols; one sister, Loretta Hines; two aunts, Edna C. Whipkey and Maxine Green; and two uncles, Ken Whipkey and F.D. Whipkey.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Regina Cronin.

Family memorial service will be held on Friday, 2 p.m., at Five Forks Community Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

BILLIE JOE YOAK

Billie Joe Yoak, 78, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.

He was the son of the late Elias and Ollie Kight Yoak.

He was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force. He flew KC-135s,which kept B-52s fueled. He retired from GE, Washington.

Surviving are four sisters, Grace Richards, Evadeen Kesler, Edna Robinson and Hazel Tingler; one brother, Robert Yoak; two sisters-in-law, Leona Yoak and Madeline Yoak; special friend, Connie Boggs; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special niece, “Nurse Kaye.”

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Yoak and Orville Ray Yoak.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Richard Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial will be on the farm where his nephew has carved “JOE” on a tree stump.

 

CLYDE DEWAIN HARRIS, SR.

Clyde Dewain Harris, Sr., 67, of Mechanicsville Va., formerly of Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

He was the son of the late Harley and Sarah Harris. He was a member of Life Church, Mechanicsville.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Charlene Mace Harris; three daughters, Susan Harris Byers, Sarah Harris Dunford and Jackie Harris Johnson; one son, Clyde Harris, Jr.; eight grandchildren, Joshua Johnson, Miranda Robinson, Justin Johnson, Douglas Byers, Natasha Harris, Sarah Harris, Jess Dunford and Clyde Dewain Harris,III; one great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Johnson; five brothers, Eddie Harris, Donald Harris, Harley Harris, Gail Harris and Bernard Harris; and two sisters, Bonnie Lemley and Carol Wine.

He was preceded in death by one brother, “Ronnie” Harris, and one infant sister, Louis Harris.

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

 

JOHN WILLIAM YOAK

 

John William Yoak, 76, of Smithville, died Sunday, June 7, 2015.

 

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Alva and Beatrice Richards Yoak.

 

He was a 1957 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from Buckeye Oil as a well tender and compressor station operator.

 

Surviving are his wife, Norma; two sons, Danny Yoak and Joseph Yoak; two daughters, Brenda Ackley and Angela Yoak; one brother, Milford Yoak; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; one daughter, Cassie Leola Yoak; and special friend, Viola “Midge” Dye.

 

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

 

Burial will be in Norman Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

JAMES LAWSON BURROWS

 

James Lawson Burrows, 91, of Grantsville, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, at his home.

 

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Everett and Lora Bower Burrows.

 

Surviving are three daughters and one son.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Burrows; four brothers; and one sister. Private family service was held.

 

Burial was in Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

SHERYL ANNE WEASE RICHARDS

 

Sheryl Anne Wease Richards, 69, of Grantsville, died Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

 

She was born in Texas, the daughter of the late Austin and Frances Wease.

 

She was a homemaker. Surviving are one niece, Phyllis Ann Ohnheiser; one sister-in-law, Charlene Richards; and good friend, William Allen.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Richards; one son, Austin E. Clark; one sister, Linda Lemon; and several aunts and uncles.

 

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

EDWARD BLAIN KING

 

Edward Blain King, 75, of Rivesville, formerly of Orma, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Eldercare, Ripley.

 

He was born in Marion County, the son of the late Lester and Garnet King.

 

Surviving are one son, Kenneth King; two daughters, Tina Marie Monpetit and Deborah Ann Sinclair; one brother, Harold King; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ressie King, and several brothers and sisters.

 

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

DAVID THOMAS

David E. Thomas, 55, of Chloe, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

He was born in Albion, N.Y., the son of the late Andrew and Delsey Walls Thomas.

He was a retired construction worker and mechanic.

Surviving are his wife of 12 years, Sherry Morris Thomas; five daughters, Ashley, Miley and Emily Thomas, all of Chloe, and Carrie Metzger and Margaret Ellen Bell, both of Virginia; three brothers, Doug Sitzer, Eugene Sitzer and Frankie Adkins; and three sisters, Melissa Salisbury, Patty Green and Peggy White.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Sitzer and Mike Sitzer.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Lester Tanner officiating. Burial was in Morris-Thomas Cemetery, Chloe.

 

DAVID CARROL LOCKHART

David Carrol Lockhart, 71, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Veterans Hospital, Clarksburg.

He was born in Windy, the son of the late Noel Hubert and Ida Mae Brotton Lockhart.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam era and retired from O. Ames Co., Parkersburg. He was a member of National Rifle Association and North American Fishing Club. He attended Big Tygart United Methodist Church, Mineral Wells.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Kay Andrick Lockhart of Parkersburg; three sons, Samuel Lockhart and wife Christina of Parkersburg, Robert Lockhart and wife Sherri of Palestine and Stephen Lockhart and Dolly Simmons of Grantsville; one daughter, Carol Hanel and husband Patrick of Marietta, Ohio; five brothers; five sisters; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Services were held at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, with Rev. Rodney Blanchard officiating. Military service was provided by VFW Post #6669, Ravenswood.

 

HELEN JOHNSON

Helen C. Johnson, 97, of Big Springs, died Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born in Jamesport, N.Y., the daughter of the late Martin and Victoria Zelinski Gatz.

She attended Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene, Bruceton Mills.

Surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth Motz of Big Springs; one son, Stephen Johnson of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Tasseni of Staten Island, N.Y., and Dorothy Duzack of Portland, Ct.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Johnson, Sr.; one son, Charles A. Johnson, Jr.; one daughter, Rosalie Livesay; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 6 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m., at Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Bruceton Mills. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery, Pisgah. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Colleen R. Sullivan, 58, of Smithville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born in Alliance, Ohio, the daughter of the late Richard and Grace Reall Litzenburg.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and Calhoun County Wood Festival Committee.

Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Jim Sullivan; one son, Michael Sullivan of Grantsville; one daughter, Susan Sullivan of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, twin Kris Hennen and Carol Sypes; one half-brother, Larry Reall; one half-sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Litzenburg, and two half-sisters.

Services were held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

EUDORA RADABAUGH KING

Eudora Radabaugh King, 92, of Big Bend, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Albert and Della Church Radabaugh.

Surviving are her husband, Elmer King; one son, Emory King of Big Bend; two daughters, Mary King and Velma King, both of Big Bend; and two brothers, Ralph Radabaugh of Nobe and Delmas Radabaugh of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one son, Lonnie King; four brothers, Clarence Radabaugh, Orville Radabaugh, Willard Radabaugh and Arthur Radabaugh; and three sisters, Adelphia Yoak, Pauline Radabaugh and Geneva Radabaugh.

Private family services were planned, with burial in Taylor Cemetery.

 

JUNE HALL

June Hall, 81, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Roane General Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit.

She was born at Altizer, near Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Orus and Laura Whytsell Price.

Surviving are three sons, Tim “Bucket” Hall of Arnoldsburg, Ernie Hall of Sandridge and Mike “Stretch” Hall of Chloe; two daughters, Sandra “Sam” Marks of Arnoldsburg and Deb McKown of Sandridge; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Darrell R. Hall; one brother, Charles Price; and one sister, Mary Price Smith.

Private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

GRACIE ELLEN AYERS

Gracie Ellen Ayers, 67, of Smithville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

She was born on Leading Creek Road, Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Pearl and Stella Mae Wilcox Jones.

She had worked as a manager at Valley View Sports, Smithville, and later as a caregiver for Ritchie County Family Services.

Surviving are three sons, Allen Dean Ayers II of Smithville, Anthony Charles Ayers of Oxford and Christopher Ryan Ayers of Pondsford, Minn.; two daughters, Melissa Dawn Ayers of Smithville and Heather Michelle Ayers-Sharp of Park Rapids, Minn.; four brothers, Lester Jones, Danny Jones and Hersel Jones, all of Big Springs, and Max Jones of Leading Creek; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, James “Bub” Jones and Ivan Jones, and three sisters, Maxine Goodnight, Betty Able and Ada Billy.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery, Macfarlan.

 

JOSEPH HAROLD CUNNINGHAM

Joseph Harold Cunningham, 77, of Mt. Zion, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was the son of the late Roy F. and Zela Morrison Cunningham.

He attended Victory Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Vera Cunningham; one daughter, Connie Wilson of Bridgeville, Pa.; one son, Michael D. Cunningham of Mt. Zion; one brother, Roy Ben Cunningham of Creston; and seven grandchildren, Kevin Cunningham, Steven Cunningham, Michael D. Cunningham, Ashley Wilson, Samantha Wilson, Desiree Wengler and Melissa Wengler.

He was preceded in death by one son, Harold Dewayne Cunningham; two brothers, Paul Cunningham and Gene Cunningham; and one sister, Pauline Garretson.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Wright Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

CORNELUS HARLAN WYERS

Cornelus Harlan Wyers, 86, of Warren, Ohio, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Revere, the son of the late Albert Ross Whipkey and Hanna Rachel Wyer.

He had worked in the oil fields and on farms most of his life. He attended Southington Baptist Church, Southington, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Dale Wyers of Harrisville, and Harlan Howard Wyers of Pennsboro; two daughters, Sharon Rae McGraw of Vincent, Ohio, and Cynthia “Diane” DeMoss of Warren, Ohio; two sisters, Virgie Barker and Esta Tingler, both of Smithville; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Marie Bell Wyers; one son, Wayne Cornelus Wyers; one daughter, Dollie Yvonne; three brothers, Allison Ray Wyer, Burl Wyer and Leroy Wyer; two sisters, Merle Tingler and Elsie Wells; and two grandsons, Robert Dale Wyers II and Marshall Cochran.

Services were scheduled at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, on Wednesday at noon, with Rev. Lloyd Winans officiating, and burial in Nobe Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcculloughraiguelfuneralhome.com.

 

GUY PAUL FLEMING

Guy Paul Fleming, 95, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2015.

He was the son of the late Lewis Guy and Mona Parsons Fleming of Orma.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served from 1941-1945 in North Africa and Italy with the 62nd Signal Battalion. After the war, he and his brother and father developed an auto repair and welding business, Fleming Bros. Garage in 1947 and Fleming Oil & Gas Co. in 1955. He also worked in the experimental division of Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich. He helped launch West Fork Community Action and West Virginia Molasses Festival, and was a 50-year member of Eureka Lodge No. 40 AF&AM.

Surviving are one son, Ron Fleming of Walker; two daughters, Sue Haymaker of Bluefield and Cheryl McKinney of Glenville; three grandchildren, Angela Ellis-Miller of Huntersville, N.C., Dee Cottrell of New Bern, N.C., and Ronnie P. Fleming of Parkersburg; two step-grandchildren, Brian Haymaker of Bellingham, Wash., and Melanie Haymaker of Athens; six great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marian Mitchell of Thurman, Ohio, and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Glenna Opal Stalnaker Fleming, and one brother, John C. Fleming.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Loren Price officiating and military honors presented. Burial will be in Fleming Family Cemetery, Orma, with Masonic graveside rites. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

MARGIE FLORENCE WOLFE

Margie Florence Wolfe, 62, of Grantsville, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Genesis Health Care, Glenville.

She was born in Arlington, Va., the daughter of Charles and Margie Mock Brown of Nokesville, Va.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Sandra Parsons of Grantsville; one son, Tommy L. Thornton of Stafford, Va.; five grandsons and two granddaughters, all of West Virginia; two brothers and three sisters, all of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mellody Lynn Rush, and two sisters.

Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, Grantsville, with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating.

 

JACK TAWNEY

Jack L. Tawney, 80, of Belmont, Pleasants County, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Carehaven of Pleasants, Belmont.

He was born at Left Hand, the son of the late Clement and Opal Nester Tawney.

He was a 1950 graduate of Spencer High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran, who served in post war Germany as a teletype operator. He was a retired supervisor at Union Carbide Corp. and the North Carolina prison system. He was a member of Linden Lodge No. 83, AF&AM and St. Marys Chapter No. 31, OES. He also worked for Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, N.C., and Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Frances E. Bullard Tawney, whom he married Dec. 24, 1960; two sons, David Tawney and wife Renita of Amanda, Ohio, and Jack Tawney II and wife Kathleen of Winterville, N.C.; six grandchildren, Christopher Tawney, Sarah Tawney, Nathan Tawney, Kristen Tawney, Matthew Tawney and Trevor Tawney; two brothers, Jerome Tawney of Cross Lanes and Kenneth “Doc” Tawney of Vienna; one sister, Lamoine King of Left Hand; his best friend of 60 years, since serving with him in the Air Force, George Sandy of Garner, N.C.; two brothers- and sisters-in-law, John and Eloise Bullard of Chloe and Vickie and Rick Deweese of Lavallette; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clement Tawney, Jr.; his father and mother-in-law, Burl and Hazel Ellison Bullard; and one sister-in-law, Sandy Hackney.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Bud Corbin officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana.

 

JANICE MARIE REXROAD

Janice Marie Rexroad, 74, of Glenville, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Ohio, the daughter of the late Haynes and Alma Digman Conley.

She was a former cook at Calhoun General Hospital and Sunbridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Delmas Rexroad; two sons, Ralph Bennett of Avella, Pa., and Steve Bennett of Washington, Pa.; two daughters, Jeanetta Richards of Barrow, Alaska, and Tammy Varner of West Liberty; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Willard Conley of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Murrell Martin, Velma Salyer, Gladys Williams and Phyllis Bennett.

In following the family’s wishes, private family services will be held at a later date.

 

DORETTA ‘Betty’ BILLETER

Doretta R. “Betty” Billeter, 91, of Paden City, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at her home.

She was born in New Martinsville, the daughter of the late Virgil and Iva Snodgrass Blatt.

She was a retired employee of Corning Glass, member of American Legion Auxiliary, Paden City Unit 86, Paden City Garden Club, former Paden City Women’s Club, past board member of Paden City Museum, past member of Paden City Boosters and member of Pursley Church of Christ.

Surviving are one daughter, Ilene Harlan of Paden City; three sons, Joseph Billeter of Melbourne, Fla., and Glen Tarbertt and Steve Billeter, both of Paden City; two brothers, Ernie Blatt and Frank Blatt, both of Paden City; four sisters, Lena Smith of New Martinsville, Melva Stroup of Grantsville, Phyllis Sonneberger of Akron, Ohio, and Bonnie Hizer of Paden City; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Billeter in 2007; two sons, Jim Blatt and David Billeter; three brothers, Wilbert Blatt, Tom Blatt and Bob Blatt; and two sisters, Mary Kidder and Dreva Harris.

Services were held at Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, Paden City, with Tom Butterfield officiating. Burial was in Paden Memorial Gardens.

 

GENE AUTRY MILLER

Gene Autry Miller, 74, of Akron, Ohio, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, in Akron, Ohio.

He was born in Joker, the son of the late Willard and Lennie Miller.

Surviving are two sons, Scott Miller and Jonathan Miller; one daughter, Laura Reynolds; three grandchildren, Lucas Kasarda, Kody Kasarda and JessaLynn Reynolds; two sisters, Linda Mack and Polly Sisler; two brothers, Don Miller and “Sonny” Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances; second wife, Marylu; two sisters, Carolyn and Maxine; and two brothers, “Bud” and Jerry Miller.

Per his request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

  

THURMAN BROWN

Thurman Brown, 84, of Glenville, died Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015.

He was the son of the late Clara Wilmeth Taylor of Clay and the late Columbus Washing Brown of Strange Creek.

Surviving are one brother, Virgil Brown of Strange Creek; two sisters, Marcella Knight of Shawnee, Okla., and Gladys Patterson of Sutton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Daryl Bragg of Tabor City, N.C., and two sisters, Coretta Crist of Fenwick and Bonnie Davis of Gassaway.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ray Teets officiating. Burial was in Gray Cemetery, Harrison.

 

ELIZABETH LOUISE ‘BETTY’ NEMITZ

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Nemitz, 93, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Beverly, N.J., the daughter of the late Frank and Delores Rapagna.

She was a former cashier and attended Prosperity Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Robert Nemitz and wife Dotti of Grantsville; one brother, Fred Rapagna of Beverly; three grandchildren, Michelle Nemitz of Maine, Cheri Richards of Grantsville and Michael Nemitz of Brooklawn, N.J.; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no service or visitation. Memorial service will be held at a later date in New Jersey.

 

DEO DARRELL MACE

Deo Darrell Mace, 75, of Sand Ridge, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, at Clay Health Care Center.

He was the son of the late Ralph William and Beulah Poling Mace.

He worked in the oil and gas field and was a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Pam; three sons, Nathan Mace of Huntington and Walter Mace and Richard Mace, both of Sand Ridge; and two sisters, Elma Jean Mace and Helen June Mace, both of Sand Ridge.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Randy Whited officiating. Burial was in Mace-White Cemetery, Sassafras Road.

 

STEVE STARCHER

Steve Starcher, 75, of Spencer, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at home.

He was born at Spencer, the son of the late Ira R. “Sam” and Mazel Marie Matheney Starcher.

Steve was an U.S. Army veteran and was a longtime dispatcher for Spencer City Police Dept. He had formerly worked in the oil fields, Spencer State Hospital and W.Va. Dept. of Highways and was a former 23-year member of Spencer VFD.

Surviving are his companion, Iris Greathouse; her son, Michael Greathouse; three sons, Donald S. Starcher, Ronald A. Starcher and Edward L. Starcher, all of Spencer; one brother, Robert Dale Starcher of Parkersburg; one sister, Kathy Greathouse of Akron, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. Starcher; one son, Richard A. Starcher; one grandson, Richard Andrew Starcher; three brothers, Stanley Eugene Starcher, Randall Ray Starcher and Sonny Starcher; and two sisters, Frances Starcher and Sharon Starcher.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating. Burial was in Starcher Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

 

RUBY HESTER DRAKE HART

Ruby Hester Drake Hart, 64, of Millstone, died Wednesday Apr. 29, 2015, at CAMC General, Charleston.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Denver R. and Alta M. Truman Drake of Arnoldsburg.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband of 30 years, Ronald L. Hart, Sr.; one daughter, Cindy McCune of Wallback; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Ronald L. Hart, Jr., and Randy J. Hart, both of Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lester Drake, Lloyd Drake and Leo Drake, and one sister, Lucille Drake.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Murphy Cemetery.

 

JEANETTE SUE KYER

Jeanette Sue Kyer, 70, of Big Bend, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at CAMC.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Albert and Zella Ferrell.

She worked at Draco Plastics, North Ridgeville, Ohio, before becoming a full-time homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Danny H. Burrows of Big Bend; one daughter, Monica Kyer of Elyria, Ohio; one son-in-law, David Hall of North Ridgeville; three grandchildren, Mike Hall, Chad Hall and Krista Kyer; and one great-grandson, Connor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Kyer, in 2014; one brother, Hoy Ferrell; two daughters, Marcy Hall and an infant.

Private services and cremation will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Goodnight Cemetery.

 

LOUISE GAIL STARCHER

Louise Gail Starcher, 76, died Friday, May 1, 2015, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Delbert and Bessie Nichols Cooper.

She worked at Koffee Kup, Grantsville, and Rubber Crafters, Grantsville, and modeled clothes in Canton, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Bobby J. Starcher; two sons, Michael Dale Cooper of Pennsylvania and Robert Douglass Starcher of Mt. Zion; one daughter, Debra Darlene Starcher of Mt. Zion; one daughter-in-law, Zella of Canton; one brother, Dale Cooper of Creston; nine grandchildren, Brian Cooper of Canton, Brandon Cooper of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Cooper, Matthew Cooper, Joseph Cooper and Adam Cooper, all of Ohio, and Cody Starcher, A.J. Starcher and Kylie Starcher, all of Mt. Zion; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Chloe Cooper of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Harold, Boyd, David, Lorraine, Ralph, Bernard, Juanita, Carol and Berneda.

Per her wishes, the body was cremated. Services will be held on Saturday, 12:30 p.m., at Cremo Church, with Roger Carter officiating.

 

BARBARA LOIS FOWLER

Barbara Lois Fowler, 78, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Brooks and Flossie Price Greathouse.

She was a homemaker and had been employed at Sears and Roebuck as an office manager in the 1960s.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Hronec of Westerville, Ohio, and Beth Parsons of Parkersburg; one sister, Sally Snyder of Parkersburg; one brother, Jack Greathouse of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Hronec and Bayley and Breanna Parsons; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randel Fowler; one brother, Bill Greathouse; and one sister, Diana Wigal.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Don Yeager officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online guestbook is available at www.lambert-tatman.com.

 

KENITH DEWAYNE BADGETT

Kenith Dewayne Badgett, 66, of Orma, died Saturday, May 2, 2015, at home.

He was the son of the late Charter and Geneva E. Jarvis Badgett. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and retired pipeline truck driver.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Badgett; two daughters, Rita J. White of South Charleston and Amanda Steenburgh of Winfield; one son, Dewayne Badgett of Orma; five brothers, Ronald Badgett of Arnoldsburg, Shirl Badgett and Danny Badgett, both of Big Springs, and Charter B. Badgett and Charlie Badgett, both of Chloe; and four grandchildren, Karissa and Austin Badgett of Arnoldsburg and Logan and Brandon Steenburgh of Winfield.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Lester Tanner and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, with burial in Orma U.M. Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

BILL HOWLEY

Bill Howley, 62, of Chloe, died Thursday, Apr. 23, in a car accident near Exit 79 of I-79.

He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of the late William J. and Sally N. Howley.

He attended McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Md., and received a BA from Yale University in 1974 and an MBA from Ohio University. In addition to being a farmer, he provided research and business assistance to various local law firms, including his wife Loren’s. He founded The Power Line, a widely read online information source about the electricity industry and renewable energy issues.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Loren; two sons, Jacob Howley and Maria Paoletti of Mount Rainier, Md., and Isaac Howley and Bilqis Rock, of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, Khymi Russell and Solomon Howley-Paoletti; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Nora Howley of Silver Spring, Md.; one nephew, Joseph Howley of New York, N.Y.; and one niece, Malka Howley of Philipsburg, Mont.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m., at Heartwood in the Hills, 229 Heartwood Lane, Big Bend, WV 26136. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartwood in the Hills or to Community Power Network, 1826 Lamont St. NW, Washington, DC 20010.

 

EARL HAMILTON

Earl Hamilton, 54, died Monday, Apr. 27, 2015.

He was born at Calhoun General Hospital, now Minnie Hamilton Health Center, the son of the late Lorentz C. and Sue Hamilton, Jr.

He was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome soon after birth, and his parents moved the family to Arlington, Va., in order to seek help in helping Earl to reach his full potential. The answer was found in St. Coletta’s School, where he was taught how to read, write and do math by a dedicated group of Catholic nuns and lay teachers. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also active in Special Olympics and won several medals, and was named Special Olympic Athlete of the Year in Arlington. The family returned to Grantsville in 1979 and he helped out at The Calhoun Chronicle with its weekly mailing and became a member of the Lion’s Club. He was an active member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church and attended First Baptist Church. After his father had a stroke, the family moved to Parkersburg to live with his older brother. He became a water boy for the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders and worked at SW Resources.

Surviving are one brother, Lorentz C. Hamilton III; one sister-in-law, Sandra Hamilton; three step-nephews, Calvin Richards of Morgantown, J.R. Herrmann and wife Heather of Williamstown and Jeremy Herrmann of Jacksonville, Fla.; one step-niece, Cyndi Richards and husband Christopher of Frederick, Md.; and numerous cousins.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Jim Lynch officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held Thursday, 1:30 p.m., at Odd Fellows Cemetery, near Grantsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to SW Resources, Parkersburg, or St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. An online guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

GARRETT ‘Chuck’ KERBY

Garrett O. “Chuck” Kerby, 89, died Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015. at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was the son of the late George Lawrence and Nela Jane Kerby.

Surviving are two sons, Lawrence Kerby of Mt. Zion and Timothy Kerby of Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Deborah Riddel of Mt. Zion; six grandchildren, Ryan Riddel, Jessica Self, Jessica Close, Kara Riddel, Moe Riddel and Britney Simmons; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Arleta Frame of Kilgore, Tex.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Kerby; one grandson, Jeffrey Kerby; and four brothers.

Private service will be held at a later date at Gibson Cemetery. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is assisting with final arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

GEORGE HATTEN

George Hatten, 84, of North Lawrence, Ohio, died Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Prichard, the son of the late Philip and Lucy Bartram Hatten.

He had worked at Koppers in Orrville, Ohio, and for the Red Cross in Wooster, Ohio.

Surviving are two daughters, Susie Bealer of North Lawrence, Georgia Honeycutt of Brewster, Ohio; three sons, Daniel L. Hatten of Brewster, George A. Hatten of North Carolina and Paul P. Hatten of Canton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharon Yost of Chloe; two brothers, Samuel Hatten of Chloe and Herman Hatten of Creston, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Alice Marie Light, on Sept. 28, 1998; two daughters, Lucy Mae Fielner and an infant, Mary Lou; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Phillip Hatten and an infant, Billy.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 10 a.m., at Murray Funeral Home, Creston, with Pastor Jim Senz officiating, and burial in Hatten Family Cemetery, Prichard.

 

BELINDA SETTLE

Belinda L. Settle, 51, of Normantown, died Tuesday, Apr. 14,2015, at Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center, Elkins.

She was born in Ft. Lee, Va., the daughter of Martha Newell of Germany and the late James Newell. She was a cashier in the retail industry for most of her working life. She spent several years behind the counter of Fred’s Country Store, Normantown.

Surviving in addition to her mother are one son, Cody Settle of Mt. Zion; one daughter, Katrina Tallhammer and husband Timothy of Mt. Zion; and three grandchildren, Wesley, Kaleigh and Alana Tallhammer, all of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, Paul Settle, in October 2009, and one sister, Mary Stich.

Her request for cremation has been honored. The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

 
ANNA MARIE PETERS
Anna Marie Peters, 73, of Sutton, died Monday, Apr. 20, 2015.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Edith Perkins Peters.

She worked for Glenville State College for 10 years. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Jenkins of Sutton and Kathy Johnson of Roane County; one son, Vernon Peters of Burnsville; four grandsons, Cody Heater of Gassaway, Lewis Heater of Burnsville, Dylan Newlon of Sutton and Brandon Johnson of Roane County; two granddaughters, Chelsie Smallwood of Little Birch and Emily Peters of Ireland; one great-grandson, Bentley Heater of Gassaway; one sister, Alice Cottrell of Calhoun County; two brothers, Paul Peters, Jr., and John D. Peters of Normantown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Mae Peters, and one nephew, Travis Peters.

Services will be held on Friday, 1 p.m., at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Snyder Cemetery, Glenville. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the mortuary.

 

JOYCE ANN ‘Birdie’ RIDDLE

Joyce Ann “Birdie” Riddle, 67, of Big Bend, died Monday, Apr. 6, 2015.

She was born in Erie, Pa., the daughter of the late Clarence D. “Pete” Beamer and Lillian G. Beamer of Uhrichsville, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Gerald D. “Jerry” Riddle; two sons, Ron Markley of Kentucky and Stan Markley of Ohio; one daughter, Jody Riddle Kerby of Big Bend; four grandchildren, Jacob Markley, Kaitlyn Markley, William Kerby and Gerri Kerby; five brothers; two sisters; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial service will be held at a later date for friends and family.

BEULAH DELL MILLER CRAWFORD

Beulah Dell Miller Crawford, 87, formerly of Grantsville, died Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at Clay Health Care Center, Ivydale.

She was born in Hur, the daughter of the late Guy Adam and Martha Josephine Adams Miller.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are two daughters, Earlene Thomas of Chloe and Barbara Whipkey of Parkersburg; one son, Bernie Cooper of Eagle, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Emily Wagoner of Morgantown, Dana Ferrell and Joseph, Bryan and Travis Thomas, all of Chloe, Richard Whipkey III of Indiana, Pa.; James Whipkey of Browns Mills, N.J., Rebecca Shockey of Parkersburg, Andrew Whipkey of Flushing, Mich.; Dustin Cooper of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Nicholas and Mackenzie Cooper of Eagle, Colo.; 11 great-grandchildren: Melanie Ferrell of Chloe, Selena and Jadyn Whipkey of St. Marys, Travis and Rachel Whipkey of Browns Mills, Leah and Cooper Shockey of Parkersburg, Anthony Whipkey of Marietta, Ohio, and Raleigh, Lucas and Piper Whipkey of Flushing; one sister, Delma Hall of Canton, Ohio; and one sister-in-law, Cletis Miller of Marion, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Earl Crawford in 1998; one son, David Earl Crawford; three sisters, Velma Adams Board, Ethel Miller and Carrie Miller Starcher; and three brothers, Denzil Miller, Harold Miller and Carl Miller.

Services will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with pastors Geff and Wanda Wayne officiating.

Burial will be in Hur Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

SARAH HOTCHKISS

Family and friends of Sarah E. Hotchkiss, who died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, are invited to a celebration of her life on Sunday, Apr. 26, 1 p.m., at Heritage Park, Spencer. Included in the ceremony will be a time to share photos, poetry, stories and remembrances of Sarah. Weather permitting, part of the celebration will be held outdoors, so bring a folding chair if desired. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For information, call 354-9050 or 927-5064.

 

DENZIL RAY ‘Dink’ BOOTHE

Denzil Ray “Dink” Boothe, 73, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015, at CAMC General, Charleston, following an accident.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Brooks and Sylvia Boothe.

He was retired from the oil and gas industry.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Betty Boothe; two daughters, Beverly Harris and husband Randy of Grantsville and Tanya Stewart and husband A.J. of Glenville; one son, Jason Swearingen and wife Alicia of Chloe; seven grandsons, Tristan Harris and wife Hannah of Pennsylvania, Jonluc Harris, Jaden Swearingen, Adam Stewart, Kade Swearingen, Seth Stewart and Orion Swearingen; three great-granddaughters, Abby Harris, Angel Harris and Allie Harris; four sisters, Faye Williams of Elizabeth, Marie Wine of Parkersburg and Norma Fridley and Sandy Nester, both of Davisville; and two brothers, Carl Boothe of Smithville and Ronzel Boothe of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David “Sonny” Boothe and Donzel Boothe.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Phil Wilson and Rev. Kenneth Heiney officiating. Burial was in Boothe Cemetery, Grantsville.

 

GENEVA GROVES

Geneva Groves, 70, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015, at United Hospital, Clarksburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Holly and Bernice Jackson Miller.

She was a homemaker and had worked at B.F. Goodrich, Grantsville. She was a Pentecostal.

Surviving are one son, Robert Groves, Jr., of Creston; one daughter, Roberta Rinehart of Annamoriah; three brothers, Donald Miller and Ronald Miller, both of Big Bend, and Harold Brooks of Cairo; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Erma McGuire and Alice Huffman.

There will be no funeral or visitation. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

 

REV. HOWARD D. NICHOLS

Rev. Howard D. Nichols, 83, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late J.C. “Charley” and Arthelia Harris Nichols.

He was a Sergeant with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was a retired school bus driver in Roane County, a farmer, and a minister at several area churches. He attended Church of the Living God, Spencer

Surviving are his wife, Mazel M. Burroughs Nichols; two sons, Duane and Coradel Nichols of Spencer and Daniel and Sharon Nichols of Ruthland, Ohio; four brothers, Donald of Hartville, Ohio, Leroy of Akron, Ohio, Kenneth of Grantsville and Gary of Spencer; one sister, Jewell Carpenter Kelly of Spencer; two granddaughters, Amber Nichols and Cinimani Bailey; one grandson, Derrick Nichols; seven great-grandchildren; three step-sons, Jeff Marks of Spencer, Eric D. Marks of Orma and Jason Marks of Akron/Canton, Ohio; one step-daughter, Rebecca A. Johnson of Covert, Mich.; and several step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn M. Nichols; one son, David R. Nichols; one niece, Lorraine; two sisters, Frances Jenkins and Louella Ridenour; three brothers, Bernard (Jack), Reuben and Boyd; and one step-son, Adam Burroughs.

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

 

ADDIE LEE YEAGER TRISDALE

Addie Lee Yeager Trisdale, 74, of Gainesboro, Tenn., died Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clay O. and Eula Bush Yeager.

She worked for Heavy Duty and Osh Gosh Apparel Manufacturing Co. and was a retired seamstress.

Surviving are her husband, Charles “Charbo” Trisdale; three sons, Bill Trisdale and wife Sherrie, Corky Trisdale and wife Kathy, and Dan Trisdale; four grandchildren, Vanessa Johnson and husband Brendan, Brian Trisdale and wife Casey, Crystal Maberry and husband Blake and Tyler Trisdale and wife Emily; four great- grandchildren, Chloe Maberry, Hadley Maberry, Max Johnson and Xavier Trisdale; one sister, Phyllis Kerby of Mt. Zion; five brothers, Clay Yeager, Jr., and wife Leona, Jim Yeager and wife Sharon of Big Springs, Doug Yeager and wife Pamela of Illinois, Larry Yeager and wife Nancy of Ohio and Carson Yeager of West Virginia; three sisters-in-law, Mary Martin and husband Charlie, Stella Martin and husband Herman, and Wanda Hopkins; and one brother-in-law, David Trisdale and wife Sue.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Pauline Deuley, Reita Hamlet and an infant; one brother, Kenny Yeager; one sister-in-law, Martha Yeager; and one brother-in-law, Chuck Kerby.

Services were held at Chapel of Jackson County Funeral Home, Gainesboro. Burial was in Pharris Cemetery.

 

ROSALEE BAILEY MINNEY

Rosalee Bailey Minney, 70, died Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Ada Bailey.

 She was an LPN at The Willows nursing home, Parkersburg, before an injury in 2001 forced her into early retirement. She was a member of 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, Parkersburg, where she was an angel in the Judgment House.

Surviving are three sons, Robert D Bailey and wife Anita of Leetonia, Ohio, Howard Randy Minney, Jr., and wife Mary of Athens, Ohio, and Charles R Minney and wife Cindy of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Jeremy Bailey, Courtney Minney, Staci Bailey, Olivia Sellers, Holli Bailey and Nikki Curtiss; one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Rose Curtiss; one brother, Charles Frame of Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Betty Minney of Parkersburg; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Tresa Roberts of Belpre, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Randall Minney, Sr., and two sisters, Naomi Montgomery and Jeannette Frame.

According to her wishes, her body was donated to the Medical Science Dept. of WVU and there will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at City Park (shelter beside museum), City Park Drive, Parkersburg, on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

 

LAURA LORENA STARCHER

Laura Lorena Starcher, 78, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Elkview.

She was born at Rocksdale, the daughter of the late Ray and Bessie Husk Mace.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Starcher and Richard Starcher, both of Elkview; three daughters, Joyce Conner of Charleston, Renee King of Elkview and Bessie Ball of Boone County; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Roy Mace of Medina, Ohio; and one sister, Leona Starcher of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Starcher; one son, James Roy Starcher; and two sisters, Catherine Mace and Tessie Steep.

Her ashes will be spread at Husk Cemetery on the West Fork at the convenience of the family.

 

LAVAUGHN RUSH

Lavaughn Rush, 77, of Normantown, died Monday, Apr. 6, 2015, at home. 

She was born in Erie, Pa., the daughter of the late Ezra and Josephine Stull Minney.

She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Price Powell Rush; two brothers, Leon Minney of Glenville and Tom Minney of Tanner; one sister, Ava Minney of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Wilbur Minney, Eugene Lee Minney, Denzil Minney, Ezra Minney, Jr., Daniel Minney and Jimmy Minney, and two sisters, Annetta Summers and Madeline Minney.

Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Gene Satterfield officiating. Burial will be in Stalnaker Cemetery, Glenville. 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.

 

ALLISON PAIGE ‘ALLIE’ BRANNON

Allison Paige ‘Allie’ Brannon, 11, of Chloe, died at home on Monday, Mar. 23, 2015.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of David Neal and Tina Ann Paxton Brannon.

She was a fifth grader at Calhoun Middle/High School and enjoyed hunting, fishing, fashion, sewing, drawing and singing. She loved people, collected Coach purses and Eiffel towers, and enjoyed writing stories and taking selfies.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her sister and best friend, Tiffany Ann Brannon at home; her maternal grandparents, Rodney and Patricia Paxton of Spencer; her paternal grandparents, Marlene and Lawrence Conley, Jr., of Chloe; several cousins, aunts and uncles; and a dear friend, Carol Siers.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Steve Boggs and Rev. Barry Miller officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery. Donations may be made to Calhoun Middle/High School Library, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion, WV 26151.

 

WILLIAM CECIL ‘Bill’ DAVIS

William Cecil “Bill” Davis, 66, of Nobe, died Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at the home of his son in Spencer.

He was the son of Clarence and Icie Sims Davis.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Genevieve Robinson Davis; one son, Waitman Andrew Davis and wife Nicki; one sister, Bonnie Summerville of Miletree Center, Spencer; and one brother, Cory Davis of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Hughes, Mary Boatright and Dollie Bailey, and two brothers, Frank Davis and Clarence Lee Davis.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

 

CECIL RAY RICHARDS, SR.

Cecil Ray Richards, Sr., 86, of New London, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, at Samaritan Hospital, Ashland, Ohio.

He was born in Eva, Ritchie County, the son of the late Walter and Ada Tingler Richards.

He was a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from Elyria Foundry, Elyria, Ohio, with over 30 years of service. He attended Bethel Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Jean Parks Richards, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1955; one son, Cecil Richards, Jr.; one daughter, Teresa Campbell; five grandchildren, Erica Cooke, Elizabeth Gilman, Emerald Stackhouse, Terri Mae Patterson and Nicole Richards; and six great-grandchildren Camryn, Chloe, Eleanor, Alayna, Clark and Ian.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Edna Pearl; nine brothers, Gail, Elmer, Forest, Ernest, Ronzel, Donzel, Charles, Denver and Harold; and four sisters, Ruby Mathers, Shirley Cox, Glenda Sims and Yvonna Collins.

Services were held at Roberts Funeral Home-Ashland Chapel, Ashland, with Pastor John Bouquet officiating. Burial was in Ashland County Memorial Park, with military rites.

 

GRETA MAE HALL

Greta Mae Hall, 67, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Paris Dewey “P.D.” Hall and Daisy J. Burkhammer Hall.

Surviving are two sisters, Connie Downs of Arnoldsburg and Nancy Drake of Newberry Park, Calif.; one brother, Perry Dean Hall of Arnoldsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward Hall, Doyle Hall, Darrell Hall and Dale Hall, and two sisters, Georganna Hall and Annebell Starcher.

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

 

SYLVIA MARIE KING

Sylvia Marie King, 72, of Grantsville, died Monday, Mar. 30, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Geraldine King.

Surviving are three sons, Eugene King and Perry King, both of Grantsville, and Shaun King of Kingston, N.C.; two sisters, Cora Wagoner of Chloe and Betty Jane Boggs of Orma; one aunt, Lula Tanner of Orma; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Tina Dawn King, and one sister, Laverine King.

Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

 

DARRELL JOE ‘Dode’ MACE

Darrell Joe “Dode” Mace, 73, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Mar. 30, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late John and Lethie Lane Mace.

Surviving are his wife, Rosalie Ann Dilley Mace; two sons, Michael Joe Mace and Daniel Mace, both of Arnoldsburg; one step-daughter, Laura B. Parsons of Arnoldsburg; one brother, Junior “Tub” Mace of Massillon, Ohio; one sister, Edna Bowers of Arnoldsburg; one nephew, Kenny Nichols; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and one cousin, Jim Church.

Private family services will be held at a later date, with burial in Mace Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

MARY GREATHOUSE NICHOLAS

Mary A. Greathouse Nicholas, 79, of Brohard, died Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at The Arbors, Marietta, Ohio.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Jesse Greathouse and Roxie Roberts Greathouse Monroe.

She was employed by McCoy’s Restaurant, Smithville, for several years and retired from Cardinal Market after 16 years of service.

Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Ivan Nicholas; three daughters, Kathy Abundo of San Diego, Calif., Carolyn Young of Parkersburg and Debra Ladd of Gallatin, Tenn.; two sons, Larry Springston of Grantsville and Donnie Springston of St. Marys; one step-son, Michael Nicholas of Barboursville; one step-daughter, Kimberly Nicholas of Ohio; two sisters, Rose Greenburg and Patty Merrill, both of Newark; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Alfred Monroe; three sisters, Ruth Kindle, Alice Davis and Dora Gick; and one brother, Harold Monroe.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial was in Hodan Cemetery, Roane County.

 

ARCHIE SHAFFER

Archie Shaffer, 75, of Walker, died Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Fred and Hettie Bowers Shaffer.

He had retired from E.I. DuPont after many years of service and was a member of Kanawha Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Mike Shaffer of Davisville and Mitch Shaffer of Cisco; two daughters, Shelly Shaffer of Parkersburg and Lora Shaffer of Walker; three grandchildren, Chad Shaffer, Kelsea Waggoner and Jacob Whitehead; one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Shaffer; and special friend, Donna Linger.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Jane “Fib” Shaffer.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Rick Haught officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

 

ROGER HAMILTON

Roger Hamilton, 59, of Charleston, died Saturday, Mar 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Parkersburg and raised in Grantsville, the son of Helen Hamilton and the late Victor Hamilton II.

After obtaining his degree in business administration from Glenville State College, he began a lifetime career in state government in the business offices of W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one sister, Janet Hamilton Coberly; one niece, Carolyn H. Coberly; one nephew, Theodore H. Coberly; and his brother’s widow, Pamela Hamilton.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Victor Hamilton III.

Services will be held Thursday, 3 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be held in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville. Visitation will be held Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com

GARY CAMPBELL

Gary L. Campbell, 80, died Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at Wyngate Senior Living Community.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late Guss Campbell and Veda E. Campbell Morrison.

He was a 1953 graduate of Calhoun County High School and attended West Virginia University. He was employed by Consolidated Natural Gas Co. for 38 years, serving as chief engineer at several compressor stations until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 50-year member of Eureka Lodge #40, Parkersburg Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Nemesis Shrine, and Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville, where he was Past Worthy Patron. He also served on the Nemesis director’s staff.

Surviving are two daughters, Marcia Campbell and husband Joe of Parkersburg and Dana Hubbard and husband David of Morgantown; three grandchildren, Scott Campbell, Alex Hubbard and Erin Hubbard, all of Morgantown; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Bob McCallister; sister-in-law, Margaret Smith; special brother-in-law and best friend, Larry McCallister; and special friend, Janet Sturm.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carol McCallister Campbell, in 2011; his step-father, Troea Morrison; and one brother, Milfred G. Campbell.

Services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Rev. Joe Busch officiating. Burial will be in Mt Olivet Cemetery, with Masonic Services. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made online to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Condolences may be sent at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

OLIN ‘Rusty’ KNIGHT

Olin C. “Rusty” Knight, 87, of Mineral Wells, died Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at Health South, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Wilbert J. and Bessie M. Williamson Knight.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II as military police. He was a member of Union Local #10 Pipefitters and Masonic Lodge #3, Petersville, Va.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Price Knight; one son, Leroy Akers of Virginia; two step-sons, Randy Fluharty of Parkersburg and Rodney Fluharty of Washington; two step-daughters, Pam Cooper of Mineral Wells and Diane Benett of Lowell, Ohio; one sister, Dortha Lee Starling of Belpre, Ohio; one brother, John D. Knight of Lubeck; five grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine; one son, William Knight; two brothers, Jack Knight and Gene Knight; and two sisters.

Memorial service was scheduled Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., South Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Dornan officiating. Gathering of family and friends will follow in the family center at the funeral home. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. Guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

 

LINDA LOU SAMPSON-DORSEY

Linda Lou Finkenbinder Sampson-Dorsey, 68, of Elizabeth, died Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at Camden Clark Memorial Campus.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late William and Teresa Wierz Finkenbinder.

Surviving are her husband, Gary Dorsey; three children, Dickie Sampson and Timmy Sampson, both of Elizabeth, and Melissa Lane of Calhoun County; one step-daughter, Lisa Duskey of Elizabeth; six grandchildren, Brandy Sampson, Warren Lane, Vicki Sampson, Ashley Sampson, Matthew Duskey and Katie Duskey; one brother, Tim Finkenbinder of Ohio; one sister, Diane Sampson of Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; and one step-son, William Dorsey.

Memorial service was held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth.

 

SARAH HOTCHKISS

Sarah E. Hotchkiss, 79, of Spencer, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of the late Clinton and Kathryn Tufts Hendrickson.

She earned a degree from American University, Washington, D.C. She served three years in the Armed Forces and was stationed in Germany during part of her enlistment. She was an artist, teacher, and community gardener. She shared her artistic talents with local school for the arts, Heartwood in the Hills, by painting backdrops that were used in a Heartwood performance. She taught classes at Arnoldsburg Elementary School for children and adults in art and embroidery and gave private art lessons. She collaborated on a summer program for children at Arnoldsburg Elementary, based on Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She founded West Fork Garden Club and oversaw a project to plant 10,000 daffodil bulbs at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg. She was active in Spencer Meditation Group, Heartwood in the Hills, and West Fork Garden Club.

Surviving are two brothers, Steve Hendrickson of The Villages, Fla., and Sam Hendrickson of Southington, Ct.; three sons, Dana Sorenson of Riverview, Mich., Clinton Park of Florence, Tex., and Christopher Park of Austin, Tex.; one step-son, Jeffrey Hotchkiss of Portland, Me.; four step-daughters, Patricia Bakir of Amman, Jordan, Sarah Hotchkiss of Winooski, Vt., Kate Taylor of North Haven, Me., and Melissa Hotchkiss of New York, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Hotchkiss.

She was buried next to her husband on land where they resided for more than 30 years in Minnora.

Memorial service celebrating her life will be planned in the spring. An announcement will be made later. West Fork Garden Club will plant daffodils in her honor in the fall. Donations towards the purchase of daffodil bulbs may be sent to Mary Labaw, 592 Grannyshe Road, Chloe, WV 25235.

 

DOROTHY PEARL CLOWSER

Dorothy Pearl Clowser, 79, of Gaffney, S.C., died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Rosie Rock, the daughter of the late John and Emma Henry Burkhart.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are five sons, Michael Lee Clowser of Springfield, Ohio, James Clowser and Burton Clowser, Jr., and wife Carla, all of Gaffney, Anthony Wayne Clowser, Sr., of Stow, Ohio, and Clifford Robert Clowser and wife Mary of Spencer; one daughter, Rosanna Dengate and husband Larry of Gaffney; two brothers, Harold Burkhart of Hartsville, Ohio, and Paul Burkhart of Canton, Ohio; one sister, Linda Cromer and husband Tom of West Salem, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton Lee Clowser, Sr.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jack Roberts officiating. Burial was in Swindler Cemetery, Egypt Ridge Road, Spencer.

 

ELLEN JACKSON

Ellen Jackson, 66, of Shamokin, Pa., died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Shamokin Hospital.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Radie Braggs and Dick Starcher.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Collins of Shamokin; three sons, Charles Jackson and wife Brenda of Edenton, N.C., and Darrell Jackson and Kennith Jackson and wife Connie, all of Shamokin; four sisters, Carol Falls of Ripley, Karen Bodily of Barstow, Calif., and Daisy Boyce and Sharon Stump, both of Spencer; and five grandchildren, Karen Geise, Camron Jackson, Michael Davis, Elizabeth Davis and Joey Jackson.

She was preceded in death by two sons and one grandson.

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

 

JERRY GREATHOUSE GROVER

Jerry Greathouse Grover, 85, formerly of Dublin, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at her son and daughter-in-law’s residence, Galena, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Bradford and Ora Arthur Gainer.

She received her real estate license in 1969 and her broker’s license in 1972 and was the president of E&J Homes and Investments, Dublin. In 2009, she received her 40-year award from the National Association of Realtors. She was also a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #287, Worthington. She attended Eastside Mission Church, Delaware, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, John Greathouse of Galena; two grandchildren, Justin Greathouse of Delaware and Jessica Greathouse of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, George Gainer of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Christine Baker of Sun City, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Roscoe Gainer.

Services will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St., Valleyside Drive, Delaware, with Rev. Donnie Akers officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kingwood Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Eastside Mission Church Building Fund, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware, OH 43015. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

 

ROBERT LEE GARRETT

Robert Lee Garrett, 77, of Millstone, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

He was born in Millstone, the son of the late Willard Garrett and Louie Offutt Garrett.

He was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from Pittsburgh Paint and Glass, Barberton, Ohio, and was a local businessman in Millstone from 1981-1994.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Garrett; one son, Robert “Clyde” Jr. Garrett; one daughter, Lachelle “Boo” Murphy; four step-sons, Doug Nary, Don Nary, Michael Kute and Joseph Kute; 13 grandchildren, Coty and Cory Roberts, Chris, Taylor, Amber and Jenna Garrett, Haley France, Elizabeth, Emily and Daniel Nary, Zoey, Zachary and Alexius Kute; two brothers, Hurthel and Cleston Garrett; and four sisters, Mildred Justice, Arlena Grey, Maude Pfamatter and Wilma Mowrey.

He was preceded in death by wife, Linda Williams Garrett; one son, Christopher; one grandson, Joshua Roberts; and one sister, Phyllis Garrett.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Shelly Mace officiating. Burial was in Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt Zion.

 

DORIS IMOGENE ROGERS HOFFMAN

Doris Imogene Rogers Hoffman, 84, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Formerly of Parkersburg, she had resided at Heartland of Marietta for the last few months.

She was born at Newlandsville, the daughter of the late Brady Rogers and Edna Newland Rogers.

She was manager of the music department at G.C. Murphy, Parkersburg, where she worked from age 18 until the store’s closing in 1986. She enjoyed gardening at her homes and the family farms, including one in Calhoun County.

Surviving are one son, David K. Hoffman and wife Ronna Lee Hoffman; three grandchildren, Tabatha Waldron of Colorado, Timothy Waldron of Mineral Wells and Sarah Hoffman of Parkersburg; two great-grandchildren, Sequoyah Matibag of Colorado and Kai Waldron of Parkersburg; and one sister, Donna Cain of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Eugene Hoffman, and one brother, Wilfred Rogers.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Brian Richards, minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, South Parkersburg Congregation, officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

PATRICIA JANE ‘Patty’ MILHOAN

Patricia Jane “Patty” Milhoan, 71, of Vienna, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Charles A. and Eloise Davis Cline.

She was a graduate of Glenville State College and had worked for the Wood County Board of Education as an elementary school teacher for 36 years, retiring from Neale Elementary. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Chuck Milhoan; one son, Charles Andrew Milhoan of Marysville, Ohio; one sister, Cheryl Fiedorczyk of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville; and three granddaughters, Madeline, Emma and Mallory Milhoan.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles “Bob” Cline.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Robert May officiating.

 

CECIL COTTRELL

Cecil D. Cottrell, 88, of Reedy, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William and Tilda Marks Cottrell.

He was a retired custodian from Roane County Board of Education and attended Reedy Bible Church.

Surviving are five sons, Melvin Cottrell of Lubeck, Bernard Cottrell and Kenny Cottrell, both of Reedy, Ronnie Cottrell of Sandyville and Jerry Cottrell of Parkersburg; two sisters, Goldie and Mae, both of Calhoun County; two brothers, Shirley of Indiana and Ernest of Belpre, Ohio; 24 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ivah E. Sampson Cottrell; one son, Dallas “Duck” Cottrell; one daughter, Helen Cottrell Winnell; and several brothers and sisters.

Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Reedy Methodist Church, with Rev. Richard McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Board Cemetery, Reedy. Visiting hours were scheduled Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

OLGA FERRELL

Olga B. Ferrell, 99, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

She was the daughter of the late Dwight L. and Etta Helmick Meadows.

She was an employee of Calhoun General Hospital for 16 years, but spent most of her life as a homemaker, including 25 years as a caregiver for her late husband, Russell. She was a member of Brooksville Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Irvin Walker and Ronnie Walker, both of Big Bend, and Jack Walker of Grantsville; three daughters, Janice Kelly of Sistersville, Naomi Toler of Big Bend and Norma Queen of St. Marys; 26 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Carl Walker and Russell Ferrell; two sons, Harold Walker and Harold Ferrell; two daughters, Betty Walker Holbert and Isabelle Ferrell Parsons; one sister, Opal; five brothers, Norval, Alvie, Vandale, Oris and Dwight, Jr.; and five grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

 

DONNA GOODNIGHT ROSE

Donna M. (Goodnight) Rose, 53, of Munday, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Ronzel and Maxine Jones Goodnight.

She worked for several years at Mustang Survival, Elizabeth. She was a Methodist.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Terry Rose; one daughter, Stephanie Moore of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Jakob Henderson, Alyson Henderson, Joe Moore, Jr., and Kaylee Moore; one sister, Dee Dee Goodnight of MacFarlan; two brothers, Kenny Goodnight of MacFarlan and Ronnie Goodnight of Brohard; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Matheny Whited Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Belt Cemetery, Munday.

 

REBECCA ANN SMITH

Rebecca Ann Smith, 76, of Spencer, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at home.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Elbert and Belva Nichols Smith.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are four daughters, Lauretta Nichols of Grantsville, Monica Lea Adkins of Leroy and Balana Eugenia Goff and Sarah Leah Snyder, both of Spencer; one sister, Barbara Gordon of Texas; three brothers, Kenneth Smith of Wichita, Kan., Johnny Smith of Mt. Olive and Richard Smith of Spencer; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Smith; one son, Mike Smith; one sister, Maysel Walker; and five brothers, Ben, Bob, George, Bill and an infant Lewis.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Danny Whited and Rev. Donald Cottrill officiating. Burial was in Bartlett-Little Creek Cemetery, near Spencer.

 

JESSE WILLIAM ‘Bill’ HUNT

Jesse William “Bill” Hunt, 77, of Spencer, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Charles Hurley and Erma Kay Anderson Hunt.

He worked at a plant in the Baltimore, Md., area.

Surviving are his wife, Ocie Caldwell Hunt; one step-daughter, Debbie Starcher of Spencer; four step-sons, John Caldwell, Allen Starcher, Kevin Starcher and Moe Starcher, all of Spencer; one brother, James Hunt of Tennessee; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Hunt, Sr., and Robert Hunt; three sisters, Juanita Armstrong, Jean Royston and Kathy Hunt; one step-son, Mike Starcher; and one step-grandson, Aaron Starcher.

Per his request, the body was cremated.

 

RUSSELL LEE HALL

Russell Lee Hall, 73, of Charleston, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at his home.

He was the son of the late Earlie and Ollie Metheney Hall.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Duncan Hall; one son, Charlie James of Parkersburg; one daughter, Laura Swindler of Sissonville; one sister, Evelyn Sears of Chloe; and one granddaughter, Aliza Swindler.

He was preceded in death by one brother, General Lamb, and two sisters, Noma Metheney and Murlene McCumbers.

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

 

BILLIE JEAN CURREY SUMMERS

Billie Jean Currey Summers, 77, of Normantown, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville.

She was born in Normantown, the daughter of the late Ira Nelson and Monnie James Currey.

She was a 1955 graduate of Normantown High School. She retired in 1996 from Normantown Elementary School after 30 years of service and was a lifelong member of Lower Steer Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, William C. Summers, whom she married on July 7, 1956; one son, William Mark Summers of Normantown; two brothers, her twin, Burl Dean Currey of Grayson, Ky., and Charles Currey of Columbia, S.C.; one sister, Norma Currey Yeardley of Parkersburg; and one brother-in-law, Denver Clendenin of Kenna.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Claire Ruth Clendenin; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Currey and Ruth Currey; and one brother-in-law, Jay Yeardley.

Graveside services were scheduled Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Hunter Road Run, Normantown, with Pastor Mark Minney officiating. Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

KENNETH FERGUSON

Kenneth A. Ferguson, 62, of Holts Run Road, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of the late Kathlene Snyder Lydick.

He was a truck driver in the oil and gas industry.

Surviving are three sons, Buddy Ferguson and fiancée Belinda Santana of Salinas, Calif., Shannon Ferguson and wife Tracy of Normantown and Michael Roberts and wife Tiffany of Millstone; one daughter, Brittany Ferguson and fiancé Jesse King of Holts Run; eight grandchildren, Dusty Ferguson and Jessica Bennington of Salinas, Brenna and Nick Ferguson of Scott Depot, MaKayla Jo Ferguson of Normantown, and Luke, Paityn and Parker Roberts of Millstone; two brothers, Bob Ferguson and wife Susie of Laurelville, Ohio, and Roger Lydick and wife Teressa of Holts Run; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Pat Ferguson, and his first wife, Shirley Fouler Ferguson.

Per his request, his body was cremated.

 

LOUIS ‘Bodie’ STATON

Louis F. “Bodie” Staton, 87, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Medina County, Ohio, the son of the late Maynard “Bud” Staton and the late Natalie Iuppenlatz.

He attended Sharon Center High School, Sharon Center, Ohio, and graduated from Carson Long Military Academy, New Bloomfield, Pa., in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1945-47 and received the World War II Victory Medal. He was a graduate of The National College of Chiropractic, Chicago, in the early 1950s. He was an employee of B.F. Goodrich, working at plants in Ohio, California and West Virginia, before retiring after more than 30 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Linda Wright Staton; two sons, Michael Staton of Henderson, Nev., and Paul Staton of Calhoun County; one daughter, Jody Newton and husband Larry of Beverly, Ohio; three grandsons, Landon Staton, Hadon Staton and Liam Staton, all of Grantsville; four granddaughters, Nicci Morelli of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Quinn Goff and Vanessa Newhart, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Hailey Staton of Grantsville; one great-grandson, Griffin Goff of Charlotte; one brother, Steven Staton of Doylestown, Ohio; one sister, Emmilyne Lorenz of Doylestown; and a cousin, Gloria Kelly of Akron, Ohio.

Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, noon, at Goodnight Cemetery, Sugar Camp Road, followed by a New Life Celebration of his life in the Grantsville firehouse. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com 

LESTER VIRGIL McCUMBERS

Lester Virgil McCumbers, 93, of Rosedale, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Henry Franklin and Ida Myrtle McCumbers.

He played music since he was about 14 and learned to play fiddle from his father. As a young man, he played guitar with local fiddlers, such as French Carpenter, Ward Jarvis and Harvey Sampson. In the mid-1960s, he and his wife Linda played in a band, Lester McCumbers and the Sandy Valley Boys, with their sons Roger, Bill and Tim, and son-in-law Paul Cottrell. They hosted a 30-minute radio show on Saturday afternoons on WSPZ radio, Spencer. After Roger died in 1998, the Sandy Valley Boys disbanded. Lester and Linda played with Braxton County banjo player Carroll Hardway until his death in 2002 and continued to play at festivals with banjo player Kim Johnson, often joined by Bill and Tim.

Lester won many blue ribbons at the Folk Festival in fiddle contests. In 2004, he became the first West Virginian to win the first place blue ribbon in a fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Vandalia Award, presented by W.Va. Division of Culture and History each year to recognize a lifetime contribution to West Virginia’s folk culture. He also played with a variety of artists at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.

Surviving are his children, Bea Putnam of Arnoldsburg, Anna Lee White of Auburn Township, Ohio, Paulette Ice of Garrettsville, Ohio, Joan Cottrell and Timmy McCumbers, both of Nicut, Sharon Morris of Lake Milton, Ohio, Billy McCumbers of Big Bend and Tammy Smith of Tanner; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda McCumbers; one son, Roger McCumbers; two grandchildren; four sisters, June Hall, Orpha Yeager, Lilly Meadows and Bertha May; and four brothers, Everett Drennen, Tommy McCumbers, Lummy McCumbers and Harold McCumbers.

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

 

HARLAN JUNIOR STARCHER

Harlan Junior Starcher, 78, of Normantown, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harlan and Lona Mae Starcher.

He was a retired lumberman and truck driver.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Betty Jean: two sons, Calvin Lee and wife Cheryl and Mark Blaine and wife Amy; one grandson, Timothy Joseph and wife Tara; one great-granddaughter, Alexandria Nicole; two sisters, Ruby and Janet; and one brother, Darrell.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Leo Starcher; four sisters, Ruth, Lena, Reda and Emogene; and one grandson, Jeremy Victor Starcher.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Lewis Villers officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery.

 

DENZEL YOAK

Denzel E. Yoak, 69, of Waynesville, Ohio, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Elias Don and Lucretia Yoak of Grantsville.

He was a Vietnam Air Force veteran, where he focused on electronics and radio. He worked for NCR for over 15 years, and later had a career in the project management field. He was a member of Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163.

Surviving are one son, Don Allen Yoak and wife Kelli of Texas, and three grandchildren Taylor, Katelyn and Daniel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel, in 2011, and one sister, Donna Jean Hardman-Yoak.

Memorial service was held at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville. Graveside service was held at Miami Cemetery, Corwin, Ohio.

 

ELOISE DAVIS MEADS

Eloise Davis Meads, 90, of Spencer, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

She was born in Gardner, Kan., the daughter of the late Ben and Olive Davis.

She graduated from high school in Billings, Mont., and began college courses. Her first teaching experience was in the one-room, McLeod Elementary School, McLeod, Mont., from September 1943 to January 1944. During World War II, she enlisted in the WAVES, a branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. On Feb. 7, 1944, she left Livingston, Mont., by troop train to start her career with training in Stillwater, Okla. She was assigned to Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif., where she met her Navy husband, Jim Meads. They settled in his native state of West Virginia, and he became a W.Va. State Policeman. They lived in Cabin Creek, East Bank, Ward, Grantsville and Spencer, and she was a substitute teacher in Calhoun, Kanawha and Roane counties. She went back to college at Marshall University and earned a Board of Regents Degree from Glenville State College. She worked as a secretary at Spencer High School for four years. In 1965, she moved to the Roane County Board of Education office, where she became bookkeeper and head financial secretary before retiring in 1984. She was an member of St. Johns Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Judy Greenleaf and husband Bill of Spencer; one son, Jim Meads and wife Judy of Glenville; two granddaughters, Rachael Meads of Shepherdstown and Sarah Dodson of Bridgeport; four great-grandchildren, Flora Louise and Lucy Meeker, Samuel Dodson and Nathaniel Dodson; two step-grandchildren, Bill Greenleaf and Denise Howard; two step-great-grandchildren, Rachel Greenleaf and Michael Headley; two brothers, Bob Davis of Eugene, Ore., and Gary Davis of Camano Island, Wash.; and one sister-in-law, Jan Davis of Burien, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Henry Meads, in 1989; two brothers Gene Davis and Dwight Davis; and one sister, Pauline Crosby.

Services were held at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Spencer, with Pastor David Hall officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

 

GLEN ELWOOD SAMPSON

Glen Elwood Sampson, 74, of Spencer, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Nicut, the son of the late Harvey George and Mary Jane King Sampson.

He was a laborer.

Surviving are two sons, Billie Arden Sampson and Ronald Glen Sampson, both of Spencer, and three grandchildren.

There was no visitation or service.

GARLAND DEWEESE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DOUGLAS EUGENE COTTRELL

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MARYLAND VIRGINIA DYE INGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHERRY LYNN STARCHER GUNN

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

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

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

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

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

 

JENNINGS PAUL ELLISON

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

KIMBERLY SUE CALABRESE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THOMAS CONLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BETTY WAYNE WILSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ORAN ‘Duffy’ COTTRELL

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

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

He worked for Ohio Stave Co. and Rittberger Meats.

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

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

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

 

FLORENCE KIGHT KNIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SAMUEL LEO THOMPSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.phillips-funeral-home.com.

 

GENAVIE RICHARDS FREED

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

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

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

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

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

 

BRADLEY GERALD COTTRELL

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JUNE BALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JUDITH COLLINS-MOORE

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

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

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

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

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

 

WAVA ‘Ruth’ WRIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JOAN MARIE COLLINS

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

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

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

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

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

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

 

VERA JARVIS

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

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

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

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo.

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

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