- Monnah "Peggy" Craft
Monnah "Peggy" Craft passed away peacefully Jan. 31, 2015.
Monnah Lauvaughn Craft was born in McWhorter on Nov. 26, 1917: to Leslie and Cora Prince.
She told many happy stories of growing up with her two siblings, Charles "Buddy" and Merle "Mac." She lived through the depression and lost her brother flying planes during WWII. She spent 60-years of her life in Fredericksburg, Va. and raised three boys, Harold, Robert and Charles.
Craft took care of people as an LPN nurse for many years, but also took care of her mother and father, sister and husband, James, before they passed away.
She never complained. Never had a negative word to say about another person or event from her past. She opened her house and heart to anyone.
She was witty, kind, grateful, selfless and extremely special. She loved her family. Her stories and beautiful presence will be missed.
A memorial will be held this Sunday, March, 29, at the EMS Building located on West 2nd Street in Weston, starting at 2 p.m.
- Opal Mae Hall
Opal Mae Hall, age 90, Old Rt. 33 Weston, Mace Addition, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 20, 2015, in St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon, following an extended illness.
She was born in Orlando, Nov. 6, 1924: daughter of the late Marion John Blake and Charlotte Ethel (Skinner) Blake.
On Dec. 22, 1944, she married A. M. Warren Hall, who preceded her in death on May 12, 1973.
She is survived by two daughters, Marcella Hall Linger and husband, Marlin, and Sayrann Hall Stalnaker and husband, William, both of Weston; eight grandchildren, Ella Jean Hale, Lisa Michelle Arnold, Melissa Lynn Crowl, Dr. Edward Lee Linger, W. Todd Hall, R. Scott Hall, Stephanie Louellen Williams and W. Lucas Stalnaker; 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by two brothers, Faye J. Blake of Weston and Charles D. Blake of Horner; one sister, Nina E. Hardman of Horner; one daughter-in-law, Benigna Hall of Lake Alfred, Fla. and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Warren, she was preceded in death by two sons, M. Ralph Hall and Andrew Warren Hall; one daughter, Stella Pearl Hall; three grandchildren, Kim E. Hall, Andrew Wade Hall and Victoria Ann Hall; five brothers, Wayne Blake, Lijah Blake, Patrick Blake, Frances Blake and Bud Blake; and two sisters, Susan Catherine Gould, Goldie G. Rogers and Edna Janie Ware.
She with her husband, Warren, were co-owners of Green Valley Dairy and Beef Cattle Farms and Hall's Mobile Home Courts. In 1954, they received the West Fork Soil Conservation Farm of the Year Award. She was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston where she was a Sunday school teacher for about 30-years. When she was younger, Opal was very active with 4-H where she was an assistant 4-H leader for over 50-years, active with Methodist Youth Fellowship, Lewis County Farm Women's Club, and PTA.
Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home at 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, March 23, from 4-8 p.m.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Richard Justice officiating.
Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.
On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Opal may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Opal Mae Hall.
- Rev. Dr. Sherry Lee Kennedy
May 28, 1952 - March 11, 2015
Rev. Dr. Sherry Lee Kennedy, age 62, of North Port, Fla. passed away March 11, 2015.
She was born May 28, 1952 in Weston.
"Rev. Sherry," as she preferred to be called is survived by her former partner, Daryl Kennedy; her daughter, Amanda Kennedy; her sister, Linda Kennedy; her dearest friend, David Waldron; and many other friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Joan Kennedy of Weston.
Rev. Sherry has pastored Metropolitan Community Churches in Morgantown, and Buffalo, Ny. as well as serving as the interim pastor at the MCC in Albany, Ny. and assistant pastor at the MCC in Sarasota, Fla. She served as assistant district coordinator in the Northeast District and as a Clergy Credentialed Review member. Dr Kennedy holds a PHD in Theology plus additional degrees in social work and foreign languages.
Dr Kennedy was secularly employed in teaching both high school and college and as a geriatric social worker.
Rev. Sherry was the founding pastor of SunCoast Cathedral MCC – which celebrated its 20th anniversary in February 2015. She was an ordained minister for 35-years and was very active in the community on issues related to social justice.
Recently, she led her congregation in performing the first same gender marriage in Venice, Fla. on Jan. 6, 2015; speaking out in support of a Human Rights Ordinance at a North Port City Commissioners meeting in early March, 2015; spearheading the "Would Jesus Discriminate?" project and many other events too numerous to mention.
The Memorial Service for Rev. Dr. Sherry L. Kennedy was held on Wednesday, March 18, at 4 p.m. at SunCoast Cathedral MCC, 3276 E. Venice Avenue, FL 34292.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Francis Animal Rescue of Venice, FL.
- Edward D. Lester
Edward D. Lester, age 94, of Weston, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew, following an extended illness.
Born March 14, 1921: he was born in Valley Chapel. He grew up in Kennedy Station and was the son of the late Earl Columbus Lester and Emma Westfall Lester. He was a graduate of Weston High School.
He served in the Aleutian Islands during WWII, a member of Enlisted Reserve Corps and was the first one drafted from Lewis County to serve in the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1976 and served as their commander for 15-years. He was DAV's WWII Co-Veteran of The Year 2010 Chapter 51 Weston.
He was honored for 55-years of service to his country, community and His service to fellow veterans.
He was also involved with AFROTC at the high school. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation from WV-941, LCH Air Force Junior ROTC 2006. More recently, he served with the Lewis County Honor Guard.
During his decades of long service to his community and country, he worked to bring awareness of patriotism to the youth of Lewis County. Believing that patriotism started with our youth, he wrote numerous articles on patriotism and most, if not all, were published in The Democrat. He took great pride in organizing Weston's Memorial Day Parade for a numbers of years, as well as the Courthouse Ceremony, which has always followed. For years he maintained the flag at the head of Main Street.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Lorraine Vincent, whom he married in 1945 and Erma Morrison; two infant children, Donna Lorraine Lester in 1947 and Charles Edward Lester in 1948; six siblings, Paul Robert Lester, Charles Earl Lester, Mildred Madeline Flesher Lester, Freda Louise Lester, Mabel Velma Jendro Lester and Irene May Snyder Lester.
He is survived by daughter, Sue Lloyd and husband, Richard, Lloyd of Rippon; two grandchildren, Ricky Lloyd and Pamela Weaver also of Rippon; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Brenda Singleton of Conway, S.C. and Mary Rich of Winchester, Va. and three step-grandchildren.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, March 23, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Funeral services were held on Monday at 1 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Clifford West officiating.
Interment followed services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.
Full military honor will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Ed may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewis County Honor Guard, 144 Crane Camp Road Walkersville, WV 26447.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Edward D. Lester.
- Joseph B. Lightburn Jr.
Joseph B. Lightburn Jr., age 85, of Main Street in Jane Lew, died on Saturday morning, March 21, 2015 at his residence. In response to this sad news, The Town of Jane Lew (Mayor David Cottrell) respectfully placed the Stars and Stripes at half-mast in Joe Lightburn's honor.
Joe was born at home in Jane Lew on Dec. 17, 1929: a son of the late Joseph B. Lightburn Sr., a well-known merchant and politician, and Susan Davisson Lightburn.
He was also the great-grandson of Civil War Union Brig. Gen. Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn of Lewis County.
Joe graduated from Jane Lew High School with the class of 1948. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-1959, at which time he was honorably discharged, having served actively for two-years and on standby reserve for six-years. He was stationed in Philadelphia for the last 16-months of his active duty. There he was chosen to serve as an Honor Guard at various Marine Corps functions, the most notable of which was the posthumous memorial service at the famous Marine Corps. Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, a native born in Philadelphia. At that service and in the parade through Philadelphia preceding it, Joe served as one of the Honor Guards who marched directly behind the Washington D.C. Marine Corps Band.
Joe owned and operated Lightburns Hardware on Main Street in Jane Lew from 1957-2013.
In 1971, Joe bought several acres of land on Hackers Creek Road in Lewis County. Since he was an avid golfer, in 1973 he converted some of said land into a recreational golf course named Hidden Meadow. Since 1973 Joe generously provided his many friends and acquaintances the use of his golf course free of charge. Joe maintained the golf course from 1973 to 2013, a period of 40-years.
Joe embraced the christian religion as a teenager and remained a christian all of his life. He read his Bible every day.
While Joe's sister, Mary Lightburn Stern, of Henderson, Nev. is now deceased; his other sister, Frances Lightburn Cressman of Jane Lew, still survives.
Joe is also survived by his niece, Dianne Elizabeth Cressman Fay of Philadelphia, Pa. and her children, John Joseph Fay, Jason Michael Fay, Jacquelyn Dianne Fay, James Thornton Fay Jr., Joel Aaron Fay and Julia Grace Fay.
He is also survived by his first cousin, Mary Virginia Rinehart of Weston and many other cousins, both living and deceased.
Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew, from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, and 12-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
Funeral Services will follow at 2 p.m. from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roger Brown of the Grace Baptist Temple in Jane Lew, officiating.
Joe will be interred in the family plot in nearby Broad Run Baptist Cemetery where many of his ancestors are buried.
Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Lewis County Honor Guard.
Sympathy cards are greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your nearest Salvation Army.
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joseph B. Lightburn Jr.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
- Annette Kay Stalnaker
Annette Kay Stalnaker, age 72, a resident of Buckhannon, passed away on Sunday March 22, 2015 at the home of her caregiver, Diane Robinson.
She was born Oct. 29, 1942 in Sutton: a daughter of the late Willis "Guy" and Mabel Edith (Westfall) Harper.
She was united in marriage on Dec. 31, 1965 to Jerry D. Stalnaker who survives at home.
Also surviving are one daughter, Lori Morgan and husband, Keith, of Grafton; one son, Todd Stalnaker and wife, Andrea, of Philippi; two sisters, Karen McCune of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ginger Straight of Barrackville; one brother, Robert Billeter and wife, Eileen of Weston; seven grandchildren, Jaron, Jasmia, Jerin, Zach, Morgan, Adam and Emma; and two great-grandchildren, Serenity and Avyanna.
Kay was preceded in death by two brothers; Forrest and Karl Harper and one sister, Marguerite Bates.
Kay served as Vice president and secretary for Stalnaker Coal. She enjoyed line dancing and aerobics. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Tuesday March 24, from 5-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. the service hour with Speaker Judy McDaniels and Rev. Weese Day officiating.
Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery.
- Connie L. Starr
Connie L. Starr, age 53, of Skin Creek Road in Weston, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a battle with lung disease and diabetes.
She was born in Columbus, Miss. on Nov. 18, 1961: a daughter of Lewis Mitchel "Mike" Starr and Margaret Ann Keener Starr.
She is survived by one brother, Carl F. Starr of Salem; one sister, Carolyn (Greg) White of Chesterfield, Va.; two nephews, Michael Starr and Zachery White; one niece, Jordan White; and several aunts and uncles.
She enjoyed sewing, crafting, jewelry making, and floral design. She was a fan of WVU basketball and enjoyed spending time with her English Bulldog, Bella. She loved to watch the cooking channels and her family will miss her delicious pineapple upside down cake. She was a generous person who was always helping others, and she was Catholic by faith.
Her request for cremation has been honored. Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Roadd in Jane Lew, from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7 p.m. from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Russell Furr officiating.
Private interment will be held at Horner Cemetery.
The family appreciates sympathy cards and asks that instead of sending flowers, donations may be made to the Bendale United Methodist Church at 217 Bland St. Weston, WV 26452
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Connie Starr.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com
- Gary Lynn Warner
Gary Lynn Warner, age 65, of Vens Run Road in Jane Lew, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, following an extended illness.
He was born in Weston on March 28, 1949: son of the late Ralph Hill Warner and Audrey Irene (Casto) Warner and is survived by a step-mother, Helen Warner of McWhorter.
Warner is survived by two brothers, William Ralph Warner of Navarre, Ohio and Rickey Paul Warner of Clarksburg, one half-brother, Noel Edwin Warner of Clarksburg and one half-sister, Lewanna Ann Warner of Hampton, Ny. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Warner worked in the West Virginia office of Technology and District VII Headquarters of the West Virginia Department of Highways of Weston. He was a graduate of South Harrison High School with the Class of 1967 and was a Baptist by faith.
During the Vietnam era, he was with the U.S. Army Signal Corp and also with the Military Intelligence with the U.S. Army Security Agency.
He had an easy going personality and had many talents. He was a ham radio operator since 1977 with the call letters WD8NSQ, an amateur photographer and restored Farm-all farm tractors. He was a member of the Clarksburg Model Aviation Club where he flew RC Airplanes. He also belonged to the WV Citizens Defense League and the National Rifle Association. When he was younger he enjoyed hunting. Gary will be remembered for his easy going spirit and his "blue eyes."
Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue in Weston, on Saturday, March 21, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Funeral services were held on Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating. Interment followed services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.
Full military honors were conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Gary may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Gary Lynn Warner.
- Emma Jean Woodson
Emma Jean Woodson, age 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully in Florida on Feb. 4, 2015.
She was born April 22, 1931: daughter of the late James W. and Blanche E. (Smith) Reed formerly of Jane Lew.
She is survived by her husband of 57-years, William D. Woodson.
Woodson is also survived by her daughter, Tammy (David) Hicks of Fla.; four grandsons, Cliff (Stephanie) Jenkins of Texas, Scott (Stacey) Jenkins of N.C., Jeremy (Melissa) Hicks of Fla. and William (Donna) Hicks of Ill.; 13 great-grandchildren, and her beloved George, her Florida Pug.
She is also survived by her sister, Oleta Post of Good Hope and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and son, Daniel Jenkins, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Elmer Reed, Jack Reed, Warner Reed, Leonard Reed and Joe Reed; and three sisters, Dora Smith, Nina Russell and Clara Finley.
Woodson was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church of Jane Lew, Good Hope Chapter of Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and participated in Relay For Life. She was very active in her younger years with church offices and with the youth in the community. She also thought of other people and helped them when she could.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. from the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, with Pastor Roger Brown and Rev. Ronald Brown officiating.
Interment will follow services in the family section of Broad Run Cemetery.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in her name.
On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Emma may be expressed at www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Emma Jean Woodson.