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  • Alyvia Lynn Hammond
    Heaven has been graced with the arrival of its newest angel, Alyvia Lynn Hammond, who was almost a month old when she received her wings as God called her to Heaven at 1:10 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, from her loving home in Ireland, where she was surrounded by her loving family.
    She blessed this Earth and the lives of her parents, Dustin Jedediah Hammond and Erika Logan Riley on April 25, 2016, when she was born at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. With just one look into her twinkling little eyes, they fell in love and formed an everlasting bond with this precious little soul. Although her life was short, it was certainly sweet, as she touched the hearts and lives of everyone who met her.
    Her sweet, innocent spirit will be carried on in the precious memories of her family: paternal great-grandparents, Brooks and Pat Moody of Pricetown and Bud and Sandra Hammond of Jane Lew; maternal great-grandparents, Roger and Hallie Riley of Rock Cave and Carl and Rita Watson of Ireland; paternal grandfather, Dave Hammond; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Cheri Riley of Ireland; one uncle, Tyler Riley of Ireland; one aunt, Trinity Hammond of Pricetown; several cousins; and George, her favorite monkey, who brought her great joy and comfort.
    She will be greeted in Heaven by her paternal grandmother, Lynn Hammond; her great uncle, Gary Riley, and one cousin, Brianna Riley.
    Friends and family will gather to celebrate Alyvia’s life at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. on from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jay Burkhart officiating. Interment will follow in the McCutcheon Chapel Cemetery on McChord Run Rd. in Ireland.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home is honored and privileged to serve the family of Alyvia Lynn Hammond.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com. Rest in peace little angel.
  • Lavaughn Sue Queen
    Lavaughn Sue Queen, age 65, of Johnathan Run Road in Walkersville, passed away at 10:25 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at her residence in hospice care, with her loving family by her side.
    She was born in Lewis County on Dec. 18, 1950: a daughter of the late Wilford Vaughn Craig and Phyllis Jean Baker Craig of Walkersville.
    Many years ago, she was set up on a blind date with Charles Wayne Queen, and it was love at first sight. They were married on Feb. 3, 1984, and after 32 years of marriage, he will deeply miss his greatest love, best friend, confidant and travel companion.
    Lavaughn leaves behind two daughters to carry on her legacy of family traditions, Melinda Jo Mick (Steve) Mealey of Walkersville and Shana Kaye Mick of Philippi.
    She is also survived by one precious granddaughter, Lindsay Shae Wiant; two siblings, Sharon (Denny) Spaur and Dana (Patty) Craig, all of Walkersville; three nephews, David Craig of Charlotte, N.C., Brian (Tera) Craig of Walkersville and Danny Spaur of Port Orange, Fla.; one great-nephew, Brantlee Craig of Walkersville; and Kayla Singleton, who held a very special place in her heart.
    Lavaughn worked at Westfork Lumber, D&R Timber, C&H Services, then retired from Mountain State Log Homes in Jane Lew as their office manager. Everyone in the family is blessed with many treasured memories of her fabulous holiday meals. She enjoyed traveling to Sugar Creek with her husband to camp and visit Amish country, and she believed, above all else, that the love of family was life’s greatest blessing.
    Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Brown and Rev. Cindy Skinner officiating.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Lavaughn Queen.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
  • Ralph Dale Williams
    Ralph Dale Williams, age 80, of Big Run Road in Napier, passed away at 10:52 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a brief illness.
    He was born in Napier, on Jan. 18, 1936: a son of the late Earl C. Williams and Myrtle Mae Shields Williams.
    He is survived by one daughter, Lisa Marie (Scottie) Stout of Burnsville; and one grandchild, Tyler Stout.
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Anne Williams Conrad; one grandson, Joshua Adam Conrad; and three brothers, Earl Jr., Harvey and Bobbie Williams.
    He retired from the Ford Motor Company in Walton Hills, Ohio. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and coon and rabbit hunting with his favorite dogs.
    His request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family at: c/o Lisa Stout PO Box 382 Burnsville, WV 26335.
    The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ralph Williams.
    Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
  • Anita Charmaine White
    Anita Charmaine White, age 60, of Alum Fork Road, Camden, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
    She was born in Wooster, Ohio, on Dec. 27, 1955: daughter of the late James Keister and Barbara (Fortney) Keister.
    On May 27, 1993, she married the love of her life, Randell “Randy” White, who survives. She is also survived by her loving son, Hunter Brandon White, at home; one brother, Randal (Sarah) Keister of Round Hill, Ky.; two sisters, Crystal (Ronnie) Beeson of Weston and Debbie Queen of Jackson's Mill and several nieces and nephews.
    She had just retired as an elementary school teacher from Alum Bridge Elementary School with over 20 years of service. She had also taught at Roanoke Elementary School and first taught in Ohio for a total of over 36 years of service. She was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the class of 1974, also a graduate of Glenville State College with a bachelor of arts in education and later graduated from Marshall University with a master’s in education.
    She was a member of the Churchville United Methodist Church. She started the soccer program at Robert L. Bland Middle School, was its first coach and later moved to the Lewis County High School soccer program as an assistant and later the head coach. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
    Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Sunday, May 22. Funeral services were held on Monday from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Stephen White officiating assisted by Rev. Ronnie Beeson and Rev. Paul Thompson. Interment followed services in the Snyder Cemetery of Churchville.
    On-line condolences and life stories in memory of her may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Anita Charmaine White.
  • Bernice Grace Ethier
    Bernice Grace (Reynolds) Ethier, age 90, of Brockton, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 6:15 p.m. at Good Samaritan Medical Center unexpectedly, after a lengthy illness.
    She was born July 10, 1925, at the Riffle family homestead in Orlando: the daughter of the late George William and Grace Mabel (Riffle) Reynolds.
    On Dec. 9, 1950, she married Donald Howard Ethier, who loved her beyond words, at Fort Dix, N.J., after just two weeks of courtship. He preceded her in death March 7, 1994.
    She is survived by her children, Donald W. (Barbara) Ethier of Norton, John R. (Kelly) Ethier of Middleborough and Cindy E. Ethier-Kostka of Brockton; nine grandchildren, Dawn (John) Young of Norwell, Donald W. (Alison) Ethier Jr., of Reading, Mark Ethier of Norton, John R. Jr., Hayley A., Jacob D. and Abigail R. Ethier, all of Middleborough, Christopher J. Kostka of San Diego, Calif. and Emily C. Kostka of Philadelphia, Pa; four great-granddaughters, Cooper M. and Parker F. Young of Norwell and Riley G. and Avery C. Ethier of Reading; and son-in-law, John J. Kostka of Brockton.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jo (Reynolds) Papizan of Montgomery, Ala., many aunts, uncles and cousins.
    She was a proud veteran of the Women’s Army Corps having served during the Korean Conflict as a dental technician, achieving the rank of Private First Class. She was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Dix, N.J. where she met her husband.
    She was a very strong advocate for local veterans. She was a life member of American Legion Brockton Post 35, having served as commander and adjutant. In the American Legion she was also active having served on the District 10 Executive Committee and as the Department of MA Executive Committeewoman. She was a past director VIP of Echelon II Department of MA 20&4 Honor Society of Women Legionnaires and American Legion Auxiliary Brockton Unit 35.
    She was honored by her peers by being elected the first woman and Korean Era veteran to serve as commander of the Brockton Veteran’s Council. In that position she was instrumental in the establishment of the Korean-Vietnam Memorial Park in Brockton. She was also the first woman appointed to serve the city of Brockton as a trustee of the War Memorial Building.
    For several years, she oversaw the American flag decoration of veteran’s graves in Brockton for Memorial Day. She was also a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial located in Washington, D.C. She was also honored when she was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Committee for Women Veterans by Mass. Governors Michael Dukakis, William Weld and A. Paul Cellucci.
    A talented seamstress by trade, she did alterations and dress making including wedding and prom gowns. She loved sewing for her grandchildren and was a wonderful cook having learned from her mother and grandmother. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. She was especially proud of all of her children and grandchildren and loved hearing of all their accomplishments. She will truly be missed by all who loved her.
    Friends were invited to share memories with her family Sunday, May 22, with a service at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 N. Main St., Brockton. A committal service was held Monday, May 23, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass., where she was laid to rest next to her husband.
    Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Women in Military Service for America at Women's Memorial Foundation Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560 or the Brockton Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 202, Brockton, MA 02303.
  • Connie Marie Lantz
    Connie Marie Fisher Lantz, age 65, of Gee Lick Road in Weston, passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016, at UHC Hospital in Bridgeport, following and extended illness.
    She was born in Lewis County on July 11, 1950: a daughter of the late Kessler and Frances Rowan Fisher.
    She is survived by her son, James Edward Stalnaker; and three grandchildren, Dakota James Stalnaker, Brooklyn Danielle Stalnaker and Preston David Stalnaker.
    She is also survived by five sisters, Sandra Hudkins of Mt. Clare, Joyce Donaldson of Elyria, Ohio, Alesia (Tony) Wyatt, Anita (Edward) Droppleman and Regina (Steve) Hudson, all of Weston; two brothers, Michael (Leabeth) Fisher and Jeffrey (Tammy) Fisher, all of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry F. Lantz; and daughter, Carrie A. Stalnaker.
    She was employed for several years at Weston Hospital. She mainly enjoyed being at home with her grandson, Cody, and spending time with her friend, Rodney.
    Her desire to donate her body to science through the whole body donation program has been honored and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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