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  • Joyce Lou Clark
    Joyce Lou Clark, age 76, of Mill Street in Weston, passed away at 6:31 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following an extended illness.
    She was born in Weston on Dec. 18, 1937, a daughter of the late Ernest Heater and Lillian Gay Ocheltree Heater.
    On June 3, 1955, she married Edwin R. Clark, who survives, and they celebrated 59-years of marriage.
    She is also survived by one son, Edwin Andrew (Deanna) Clark of Weston; one daughter, Kathryn (Kevin) Robinson of Buckhannon; four grandchildren, Jason Clark and partner, Emily, Jessica Clark and partner, Cory, Ian Robinson and Mort Robinson and partner, Errin; three great-grandchildren, Camren, Corin and Jaden; one brother, Bill Heater; and one sister, Kathryn (James) Reed, all of Palm Coast, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Ciurca.
    Joyce was employed by Gassaway Hospital as a lab technician for many years. She enjoyed weaving, quilting, gardening and enjoying the company of her cat, Lucy, who misses her dearly.
    Joyce's request for cremation has been honored and family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, with Rev. Ken Miller officiating.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joyce Lou Clark.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
  • Mary Louise Curtis
    Mary Louise Curtis, age 70, of 224 S. Main Avenue in Weston, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at her home following a sudden illness.
    She was born in Doddridge County on May 17, 1944: daughter of the late Ronald Curtis and Irene (Sweeney) Curtis.
    Curtis is survived by one daughter, Michelle Brooks of Weston; one son, Mike (Amy) Curtis of Shenandoah, Va.; and three grandchildren, Shelby Baker and Matthew and Logan Curtis.
    She is also survived by one brother, David Curtis of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Margaret Adams of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was a homemaker. She was a graduate of St. Patrick High School and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, both of Weston. Mary's hobbies included gardening and she was an avid walker.
    Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Friday, Oct. 17. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Clare Catholic Church of St. Clara, with Father George Manjadi as celebrant. Interment followed the Mass in the St. Clare Church Cemetery of St. Clare.
    On-line condolences and life stories may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Mary Louise Curtis.
  • Donald R. Davis, Sr.
    Donald Ray Davis, Sr., age 71, of Weston, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at his home.
    He was born Sept. 26, 1943, in Ellamore: a son of the late Wilford and Valta Rowan Davis.
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by seven brothers, Ira "Bud" Wilford Lorn, James "Jim" Harry, Larry "Beanie" Mason and Ruhl Clovis Davis; and one sister, Lillian Linger.
    He is survived by four sons, James (Melissa) Davis, Howard and Coleman Davis, all of Weston and Donald (Nicole) Davis, Jr. of Ariz.; three daughters, Ara Jean Burgette of Texas, Dorothy Davis of Ariz. and Kathy (Terry) Chipps of Walkersville; three brothers, Artis Davis of Ohio, Everett Davis of Gould and Douglas Davis of Belington; and three sisters, Sylvia Zirkle of Norton, Lieuthanna Hall of Teter and Maciel Robison of Heaters.
    Davis served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a carpenter.
    Friends were received Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service was held Sunday at the funeral home with the Pastor Jonathan Nettles officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Union Church Cemetery in Tallmansville. The Upshur County Honor Guard conducted military honors at the graveside.
    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com.
    Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  • Crystal Dean
    Crystal Dean, age 36, of Orlando passed away Oct, 13, 2014.
    She was born in Weston, on May 16, 1978: the daughter of Gerald and Janice Dean.
    Crystal was the loving mother of three boys, Dylan, Kieran and Gavin Dean. She loved watching them ride their dirt bikes. She also enjoyed the outdoors, especially riding ATVs and spending time with family and friends. Crystal also enjoyed cooking and loved to try new recipes. She worked as a dental assistant in Glenville at the Federal Prison and was a graduate of Braxton County High School Class of 1996.
    In addition to her parents and children, she leaves behind a brother, Charles Dean of Orlando; and a sister, Carol Dean also of Orlando.
    The family received friends at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, on Friday, Oct. 17. Funeral services were held Saturday Oct. 18, at 11a.m. with Rev. Sheila Baughman officiating. Internment followed the services at Tichenel Cemetery.
    Memories and words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.stockert-paletti.com.
    Stockery-Paletti Funeral home is honored to be caring for the Dean family during this time.
  • Martha Lee Hardway
    Martha Lee Burkhammer Hardway, age 80, of East Run Road in Worthington, formerly of Weston, passed away at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.
    She was born in Great Falls S.C. on Feb. 9, 1934: a daughter of the late Ronie Loman Goins and Stella Ann Greer Goins.
    On May 4, 1952, she married Hobert Turner Burkhammer and they celebrated 39-years of marriage before his death on April 13, 1991.
    Then on Dec. 7, 1993, she married Russell Lee Hardway, who survives, and they celebrated 21-years of marriage.
    She is also survived by her five children, Evelyn Denise (Larry) Cress, Marsha Leanett (Michael) Rinehart, Ronnie Everett (Linda) Burkhammer, Brian Keith Burkhammer, and Sherry Lynn (Terry) Montgomery, all of Weston; two step children, Robin (Jim) Taylor of Worthington and Darla (Randy) Hixenbaugh of Fairmont; 10 grandchildren, Loretta Cress, Julia Gibson, Ronnie Burkhammer Jr., Anthony Burkhammer, LeighAnn Burkhammer, Nathan and Justin Burkhammer and Latasha, Tacey and Debra Varvaro; step-grandchildren, Mike Rinehart, Scott Rinehart, Jacob and Rusty Hixenbaugh and James Taylor; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, Emma Grace Irwin; one sister, Glennie (Bob) Mims of Ft. Lawn S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Goins; and one sister, Lona Mae Baldwin.
    She was employed by J.P Stevens and Company, a large textile mill in S.C. for many years. After moving back to W.Va. she operated a personal care home. Martha was living testimony of Proverbs 31. She was a virtuous woman who was strong, wise, caring and devoted to her family, friends and faith. She always had a song in her heart and shared her faith and love with everyone she met. If one closed their eyes while she sang, one would think it was the talented Southern Gospel singer, Vestal Goodman.
    She was a faith-filled member of the TLC Ministries in Worthington and she earned her pastoral license at the age of 77. Family and friends will greatly miss her fabulous southern cooking, especially her fried chicken and chicken and dumplings.
    Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, on Sunday, Oct. 19, then on Monday at the Way of Holiness Church in Buckhannon. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Murrell and Pastor Sabrina Haught officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Martha Burkhammer Hardway.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
  • Violet I. "Vi" Harper
    Violet I. "Vi" Harper, age 96, of Crawford, formerly of Clarksburg, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Crestview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Jane Lew.
    She was born on April 30, 1918, in Sistersville: a daughter of the late George William and Emma Eddy Wright.
    She is survived by two daughters, Juanita (Bobby) Bryan of Crawford and Donna (Chuck) Lally of Raleigh, N.C.; her grandchildren, Jeffery Lunsford, Jennifer Justice, Christy Davis, Melissa Fuller, Michelle Daftari, Kimberly Keener, Christina Lally, Kay DeFazio and Donna Carvelli; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Also surviving is sister-in-law, June Wright, as well as many nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents Violet was preceded in death by her husband of 57-years, Camden L. Harper on Feb. 5, 1996; one son, Gary Lee Harper; as well as four brothers and one sister.
    She graduated from Washington-Irving Class of 1935 and later retired from the C & P Telephone Company with 33-years of service working in management. She was a member of the Central Christian Church, the Stonewall Jackson Civic Club, Crawford Home Extension Club and a life-time member of the Telephone Pioneers. Violet was a great cook and enjoyed canning. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and solitaire.
    The family will receive friends at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main Street in Clarksburg, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 3 - 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Del Parris presiding. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
    In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made in Violet's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
    The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Harper Family during this time.
  • Adnell Hibbitts Johnson
    Adnell Hibbitts Johnson passed away at the age of 92 on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Franklin Foundation Hospital, following a brief illness. She was a resident of Katy, Texas.
    Johnson was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Throckmorton, Texas: one of 13 children born to the late William Lamar Hibbitts and the late Hattie Cordelia Hayes Hibbitts.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell "Clay" Milburn Johnson; five brothers, Hayes Hibbitts, Jack Hibbitts, W.L. Hibbitts, Jr., Richard Hibbitts and Bobby Race Hibbitts; and two sisters, Betty Carty and Bernice Dodson.
    Survivors include two sons, James "Jim" Wayne (Nancy) Johnson of Katy, Texas, and Jack Layne (Lorelei) Johnson of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; five sisters, Mary Katherine Periera, Edna Maude Pugh, Marjorie Shaw, Nancy Singleton and Alberta James; five grandchildren, Leigh Ellen (Steve) Walters, Jason (Susan) Johnson, Erin (Mark) Hume, Tara (Chris) Hopkins and Natasha Johnson; as well as eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
    Memorial services for Adnell Hibbitts Johnson will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. at Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin, with Rev. Larry Hobbs, pastor of Teche Baptist Church, officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m.until the time of the service.
    Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.
    Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538.
  • Elder "Stanley" Leon Keen
    Elder "Stanley" Leon Keen, age 77, of 12 McGary Avenue in Weston, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
    He was born in Westmoreland, Tenn. on Nov. 16, 1936: son of the late Ardie Wilson Keen and Velma Mae (King) Keen.
    On Aug. 18, 1956, Elder Keen married Dorothy Lou (Meador) Keen, who survives.
    He is also survived by two daughters, Pamela Jean (Jesse) Driver of Md. and Shannon Renee (Rick) Thomas of Horner; and four grandchildren, Clifford Dewayne Driver, Jennifer Michelle (Matt) Simpson, Connor Levi Thomas and Ethan Hunter Thomas.
    Keen is also survived by one brother-in-law, Don Curtis of Westmoreland, Tenn. and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to his parents, Elder Keen was preceded in death by one sister, Patsy Ann Curtis.
    In the words of Elder Keen, "I was saved by the grace of God, July 8, 1949, and united with Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist Church. God called me to preach in Oct. of 1957, but I did not make it known until Oct. of 1964. I preached my first sermon on the first Sunday night in November in 1964. I was ordained in 1965. I was given work on Rt. 2, Camden in 1974. We started services in our present-day church building in 1984. We moved to West Virginia July 22, 1984. The Churchville Old Time Missionary Baptist Church was organized on June 18, 1988, with an arm extended from Rocky Mound Baptist Missionary Church in Macon County, Tenn."
    Elder Keen also had radio broadcasts at WKKW and WBUC in West Virginia for over 10-years. He was very active in Bible study and wrote many in depth Bible study papers which he used to teach youth and adults alike in the word of the Lord.
    Elder Keen's second calling was his ability to make furniture. He also loved music and was blessed to be able play many musical instruments and passed that gift on by teaching many others how to play and enjoy music.
    In Tenn. he was an accomplished baseball player and was a Babe Ruth Baseball coach and was also an accomplished tennis player and was a tennis coach to many youth in Lewis and Upshur Counties. Elder Keen was involved with youth in many ways, through his ministry, through his music and also through his gift of teaching tennis and baseball. He was a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge #543 F. & A.M. of Lafayette, Tenn.
    Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Monday, Oct. 20. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Churchville Old-Time Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Ricky White, Elder J. E. Shoulders and Brother Jim Carder officiating.
    Elder Keen lay in state at the church on Tuesday. Interment followed services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery of Weston.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Elder Keen may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Elder "Stanley" Leon Keen.
  • Aurele W. LaFrance,
    Aurele W. LaFrance, age 79, of Buckhannon, passed away at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in the Louis A. Johnson VAMC in Clarksburg following an extended illness.
    He was born in Taunton, Mass. on Oct. 13, 1935: a son of the late Aurele Joseph LaFrance and Juliette Nadeau LaFrance.
    He is survived by one daughter, Laurie (Edward) Silvia of Dighton, Mass.; a sister, Lorraine D. (Robert) LaFrance Lebrun of Johnston, R.I.; one brother, Richard B. (Jean) LaFrance of Gainesville, Va.; and dear friend, Susan Miller.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Norman A. LaFrance.
    He attended the University of Massachusetts where he studied engineering and he was an honored veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked in construction most of his life, specializing as a heavy equipment operator. He was an active member of the St. Jacques Church in Taunton, Mass. where he belonged to the Catholic Youth Organization and was a member of John the Baptist Drill Team. He was a voracious reader of fictional, biographical and political books and journals.
    His request for cremation has been honored and his family invites all to join them for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Weston, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, with Rev. Father J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant. Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Aurele LaFrance.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
  • Regina Richardson
    Regina (Jeanie) Richardson passed away Oct. 9, 2014.
    She was born Jan. 29, 1938, in Weston: daughter of James J. Gillooly and Regina G.Gillooly.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Richardson; brothers, James J. Gillooly, Jr. and John Patrick Gillooly; and sister Mary Agnes Cooper.
    She loved everything in nature especially watching and feeding her beautiful birds. Everyone commented on her flower garden and she really loved her gardenia in particular. She was really big on sunsets and could spend hours gazing at the full moon. She loved the little things in life. She took great pride in her knowledge of birds and great pleasure in passing that knowledge along to her grandchildren.
    She loved good music and was a huge fan of the steel guitar. Although she never mastered an instrument herself, her admiration for and friendship with a long list of musicians is well known. Richardson will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
    Left to cherish her memory are children, sons, James P. (Micki) Richardson, Shawn A. (Julie) Richardson and Kathy (Robert) White; one sister, Joan Paisant of Louisiana; grandchildren, Jayne (White) Brooks of Memphis, Tenn, Britney Richardson and Jonathon, Katie and Colt Richardson; one great-grandchild, Jadelyn Staunton as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation.
    Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com.
    Cooke Funeral Home Nitro, is serving the Richardson Family.
  • Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.
    Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr. 62, of Weston, passed away on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, following an extended illness.
    He was born in Clarksburg on Oct. 31, 1951: son of the late Leslie M. Sachs, Sr. and Dorothy (Bright) Sachs.
    He is survived by two daughters, Nicole O'Dell of Claysville, Pa. and Melissa Self of Horner; one son, Bruce Lee Sachs St. Louis, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Ethan and Aiden O'Dell, Abby and Gilly Biddle and Ruby Sachs.
    He is also survived by one brother, Bernard "Bernie" Sachs of Weston and several nieces and nephews.
    He was a carpenter and a janitor at the Weston Moose. He was a member of the Eagles. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
    Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel. At his request, he will be then cremated.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Leslie may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.
  • Cecil Ray Straley
    Cecil Ray Straley, age 83, of US Hwy 33 W. in Weston, Camden community, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
    He was born in Weston on July 9, 1931: a son of Richard Clinton Straley and Maryann Brady Straley.
    On Aug. 18, 1957, he married the former Lottie Mae Conrad and they celebrated 55-years of marriage before her passing on Dec. 5, 2012.
    His infectious laugh and wry sense of humor will be carried on by their five children, Ronda Kay Phillips of Adran, Kenneth D. (Machael) Straley of Hudsonville, Mich., and Joe (Carla) Straley, Steven R. Straley, and Carla M. (Charles) Lowther, all of Weston; 13 grandchildren, Jacob Straley, Marissa Valstine, Rochelle Mys, Brittany Straley, Joshua Lochart, Whitney Straley, Kialea Straley, Joel Straley, Trenton Straley, Trinity Lowther, Dalton Lowther, Annie McClain and Chris McClain; and several great-grandchildren.
    In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Straley McClain; one son, Clinton Straley; and two sisters, Lucille Ruble and Norma Jean Losh.
    Cecil was an honored veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in the Korean War. He retired from Equitrans Resources with 29-years of faithful service.
    He was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, WVU Mountaineers and most importantly, his grandchildren, whose games he often attended. Cecil was a tinkerer with a great sense of humor who also enjoyed woodworking, watching westerns and feeding the squirrels.
    Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, on Saturday, Oct. 18. Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Interment followed in the Peterson Cemetery in Weston. Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force and the Lewis County Honor Guard.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Cecil Straley.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.come.
  • Otis Westfall Jr
    Otis Westfall Jr., age 82, of South Park Addition in Jane Lew, passed away at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in the Louis A. Johnson VAMC in Clarksburg, following a brief illness.
    He was born in the South Park Addition of Jane Lew on March 26, 1932: a son of Otis B. Westfall Sr. and Sylvia M. Prince Westfall.
    On April 11, 1952, he married the former Norene Lipps who survives and they celebrated 62-years of marriage.
    In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Lawrence Otis Westfall and fiancé, Christine Davis of Weston.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved aunt, Nina Beggs; grandparents, Opha M. and Elva Hinkle Westfall and Perry W. and Anna Wimer Prince.
    Otis graduated from Jane Lew High School in 1950. He studied Business Administration at Glenville State College before entering the U.S. Army. He served with the headquarters staff of the 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he accepted a position with Universal CIT in Silver Spring, Md. He held many positions and was district manager for Northern Virginia in 1964 when he moved to Parkersburg National Bank as assistant vice president in consumer loans. He was active in Va. and W.Va. Lions Clubs, Jaycees and Jr, Achievement. He was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church.
    Friends and Family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bonnie Starkey officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Otis Westfall.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefunerlhome.com.

 

 

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