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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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