Donald Edward "Don" Barger, a resident of Elkins, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, from injuries received during a utility construction project near Kingwood.
Don was born May 1, 1942 in Richwood, a son of the late James "Doc" Barger and Mary K. Barger-Ayers, who survives in Fairmont. He was a graduate of Cowen High School, Fairmont State University and Fairmont Technical College, the National Hardwood Lumber Inspection School of Memphis, Tenn., and the Walton School of Auctioneering in Medina, Ohio. He was a certified engineering technician with the National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians in Alexandria, Va. Don was also a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy's first class for PSC officers. Don served six years with the United States Air Force and 22 years with the West Virginia Air National Guard in Charleston, where he retired as master sergeant with Law Enforcement and Security Forces. He traveled extensively in the Air Guard and served on presidential details and governor inaugurations. He was also a member of the pistol team for the West Virginia Air Guard, where he won several championships and awards. He was most proud of his service to his country. Currently, Don was employed by Stantec in Fairmont as a construction inspector on a utility construction project. He had held similar positions with RK&K, LLC, ALL Construction, along with TVIG, where he worked on the wind farm project and was superintendent. Previously he had retired from the state of West Virginia, where he had been employed by the Highway Construction Division, was captain of Weight Enforcement for the northern division, and the Public Service Commission. Don worked for Chrysler Airtemp in Dayton, Ohio, after his discharge from the United States Air Force. Don was an honorary life member of Elkins BPOE Lodge No. 1135, where he had served as past Exalted Ruler two times and had been a member of many committees. He was also a past state treasurer for the West Virginia Elks Association for 15 years and was a past state president, having served from 1999 to 2000. He was a past district deputy for the National Elks and had also served as grand treasurer from 2003 to 2004. Don was an endowed member of John Cessna Mystic AF&AM Lodge of Ohio and belonged to the Scottish Rite in Clarksburg, Osiris Temple in Wheeling and Royal Arch Masons. He also was a member of the Elkins FOP, where he had served as president and was a member of several committees. Don was active in the West Virginia Chiefs of Police, Loyal Order of Moose, Nitro, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign War of Elkins, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar, Air Force Security Forces Association and Associated Auctioneers of America. He also enjoyed his Wednesday morning breakfast club. Don was a dedicated member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Elkins, where he had served as usher for over 30 years and had also served on several committees.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Kittle Barger. They had recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. Also surviving are his daughters, Deann Cooke of Durham, N.C., and Danica Wilburn and husband, Steve, of Morgantown, and his son, Devin Barger and wife, Carrie, of Morgantown. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Barger and wife, Beth, of Elkins; his sister, Fran McClure and husband, Jerry, of Fairmont; his grandchildren, Henry and George Cooke of Durham, N.C., Matt and Garrett Gorby, Hayley Wilburn and Miranda and Caleb Barger of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.
Don was an avid fisherman and hunter, loved rabbit hunting with his beagles, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, driving his antique car, traveling, antiquing and working and meeting new people. He never met a stranger and always wanted to help other people. He was a great family man and was most especially proud of his children and his wonderful grandchildren. Don touched many lives in a positive way and will be well remembered by all who had an opportunity to know him.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Tomblyn Funeral Home, Elkins. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, BPOE Lodge No. 1135 will conduct a memorial service from the funeral home chapel. On Thursday morning, Mr. Barger will be moved to Otterbein United Methodist Church, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor James Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Handschumacher Cemetery in Upper Glade. Full military honors as well as Masonic graveside rites will be accorded at the gravesite.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Davis Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the Elks National Foundation (enf.elks.org/donate) in memory of Mr. Barger.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Donald Edward "Don" Barger. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.
Helen Buckley Brown, 86, of Yorktown, Va., died Sept. 10, 2014 after a short illness. She was born in Ward on Nov. 25, 1927.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred D. "Hunter" Brown; brothers, Frank, Wesley, Johnny, Rodney and Robert Buckley; and her sisters, Norma "Jimmie" Kennedy and Mary Lou Buckley.
Helen is survived by her sons, Mike (Brenda) and Greg (Debbie); grandkids, Shawn, Chad (Jodi), Haley (Jarred) and Dylan Brown; and great-grandkids, Zachery, Chase, Jaylen, Chastin and Kinsley Brown.
Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Darneal Cole, 92, lifelong Malden resident and the last of Malden's old salt makers, died Sept. 3. She was a noted educator, well-known community historian and beloved friend to many.
A child of the Great Depression and the late Lewellyn Shrewsbury and John Lewis Cole, she grew up steeped in her family's long distinguished history. Her people were among the Kanawha Valley's first settlers, surveyor, salt makers, sheriff, Poet Laureate, and herself 1980 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Following her graduation from Malden High School, she received a B.S. from Morris Harvey College and an M.S. from West Virginia University.
Martha had one sibling, Lewellyn Shrewsbury Cole (2012), with whom she shared their family home, jokingly referring to it as "Coles Bar and Grill." Martha would quickly offer that the two got along well because what they didn't share were clothes, bank accounts or boyfriends.
For over a half century their home was the go-to place for Malden family or community history hunters. She always welcomed youth in need of help with a school project, a reference, or career encouragement.
Miss Cole's formal teaching began in Marmet before moving to Charleston High School, where she taught and chaired the biology department for 39 years. During those Charleston High years she enjoyed serving as faculty advisor to the student council and coordinating CHS graduation ceremonies. Her students went on to become everything from governor to doctors, judges, teachers, scientists, engineers and lots of good ordinary citizens. Seeing her students on the street, she was prepared to greet all equally and later acknowledged a teacher's truth: "Some are bad but you just had to love them too." Known for her wit and wisdom, she was showered with many little gifts and kindnesses over the years, including an "all things frog collection."
Going by Martha's stories, her own gift of personality probably began with her grandmother, Fannie Slack Cole. Upon graduating from Oberlin College in music, Fannie asked for a horse and a shotgun. She then is said to have rode the horse with the shotgun down Capitol Street to Christ Methodist Church, where she played the pipe organ for years. Martha's mother was the first woman to drive an automobile in Malden, doing her rounds of home nursing while shooting her wit and wisdom from the hip. For Martha to both naturally embrace human rights causes and parade herself down Capitol Street in Morris Harvey College's first majorette corps was no surprise.
Martha is also known for her many years of teaching nights at Morris Harvey College. She was a member of the College Women Builders group and active in Kappa Delta Gamma educational leadership sorority.
A 60-plus year member of St John's Episcopal Church, Martha taught Sunday school and served her church in many capacities. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and reader for the Radio Reading Service for the Blind.
In her retirement years she gave generously of her time to Malden community projects including: Cabin Creek Quilts Cooperative, Malden Historic Preservation Society, Good Living Assisted Living, Booker T. Washington Association and Malden Elementary School. She held a limited partner position in George's Creek Investments based in Midland, Texas.
A rare old shoe with a deep sense of place and self, Martha's thoughts about typical worldly desires such as cruising around the world or a big house, she put very simply: "I'm content here with what I have; class has nothing to do with money or objects."
She leaves behind longtime friends and neighbors, James Thibeault and Karen Glazier; cousins, John and Joan Shrewsbury of Guilford, Conn., Kent and Jean Shrewsbury of Sacramento, Calif., Betty Vickers of Montgomery, Harriet Mathews Deem, Bill Mathews Jr., Peggy Mathews Cyrus and friends, Larry Rowe and Julia Beury of Malden, Carter Blundon and Augusta Kosowicz of Charleston. Martha had special love for four-legged friends, Sunny, Koz and Pearl. And a very special caregiver Kim Samples and helper Beth Marquart of Malden.
A Rite I service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with the Very Rev. Kent Higgins. Her committal will be in the Shrewsbury section of Spring Hill Cemetery.
Gifts in her memory may made to the charity of your choice. Barlow Bonsall is in charge of arrangements. No flowers please.
Sandra Lynn Price Faber, 63, of Mechanicsville, Va., formerly of Wills Creek, Elkview, passed away Sept. 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Sandy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Victoria.
Survivors include her loving husband of 35 years, Bill Faber of Mechanicsville, Va.; mother, Ollie W. Price of Elkview; daughter, Robin McMillion of Mechanicsville, Va.; sons, Rich Westfall and fiancee, Melissa Watson, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Dave Westfall and fiancee, Racheal, of Sissonville; sisters, Danette Hunt and husband, Albert, of Weston, Ann Taylor and husband, Jim, of Marmet and Debbie Vaughn and husband, Mark, of Ashburn, Va.; and grandsons, Kaleb, Nick and Josh. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the West Virginia Mausoleum Chapel at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Pastor Ronald Rucker will officiate.
Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the mausoleum chapel.
The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Faber family.
Roland Howard Frazier, 23, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Nannie Marie Long Gaynor, 95, of Dunbar, formerly of Richwood, passed away at Dunbar Care and Rehab after a long illness. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Richwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.
Sheila Lynn Hamric, 67, of Heaters, died Sept. 13, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel, Flatwoods. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.
Carol Ann Holbert, 66, of Marlinton, died Sept. 15, 2014. Service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Kimble Funeral Home, Marlinton, with visitation beginning two hours prior.
Mark Holcomb, 72, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Sept. 13, 2014, at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland.
Born Aug. 17, 1942 in Bickmore, he was the son of the late Ezekial Rice and Ruby (Stephenson) Holcomb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, David Cole.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Shelia (Bodkins) of Cleveland; sons, Mark Timothy Holcomb and companion, Annie, of Cleveland and James Eugene Holcomb and wife, Richelle, of Cleveland; grandchildren, Jacqueline Holcomb, James Meyers, Paige Holcomb, Tyler James Holcomb and Andrew Cole; great-granddaughter, Trinity Meyers; siblings, James Holcomb of Xenia, Ohio, Betty Taylor and husband, Escar, of Lizemores, Robert Holcomb of Hartland and Sharon Gray and husband, Woodrow, of Indore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dreama and Gary Young of Brunswick, Ohio, and Bobby and Marjorie Bodkins of Brunswick, Ohio.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Jerry Bodkins officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Holcomb family.
Barbara Ann Jackson, 69, of Mill Point, died Sept. 13, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Trinity Baptist Church, Buckeye. Online condolences may be shared at Lantzfuneralhome.com.
Jean Ruth Jarrell, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away Sept. 15, 2014.
She was born Sept. 9, 1933 to the late Bernard and Pearl Simmons. She was raised by the late Jess and Aera Scott in Orgas. Jean attended Sherman High School in Seth. She was a member of the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene.
She is survived by a brother, Gerald (Ruth) Simmons of Cincinnati, Ohio; her loving husband of 57 years, Elbert "Jack" Jarrell of Ravenswood; two sons, Terry (Judy) Jarrell of Ravenswood and Gary (Nani) Jarrell of Roanoke, Va.; five grandchildren, Ryan Jarrell of Ravenswood, Mindy (Ben) Hess of Kernersville, N.C., Brandon (Kim) Jarrell of Roanoke, Va., Christony Jarrell-Duren of Roanoke, Va., and Jackson (Katie) Jarrell of Salem, Va.; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Jesse and Aera Scott, and brothers, Doug Simmons and Jackie Simmons.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Pastor Dr. David Shirer officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.
Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at email@example.com or at www.facebook.com/roushfuneralhome.
Janet R. "Peggy" Kight of Parkersburg calmly passed away Sept. 13, 2014 after a short illness.
She was born June 4, 1938 in White Pine, the daughter of Dallas R. and Gene Hope Ayers Kight.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Victor Hamilton III.
Peggy is survived by her sister, Helen L. Hamilton of Marietta, Ohio; niece, Janet (Theodore) Coberly of Spotsylvania, Va.; and nephew, Roger Hamilton of Charleston.
Peggy was a graduate of Calhoun County High School with the class of 1956 and Mountain State Business College, where she was later employed as an instructor for over 40 years. She was also very proud of serving in the Women's Army Corps from 1959 to 1963.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with the Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560 or the American Red Cross.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.
Lorne Jeffery "Jeff" Leach, 63, of Point Pleasant, died Sept. 13, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Mrs. Elsie Doris (Benbow) McCray, 80, of Beckley, died Sept. 10, 2014. Service will be noon Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Matthew AME Church, Beckley, with visitation beginning two hours prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Winford H. McCutcheon, 86, of Summersville, died Sept. 15, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at White Funeral Home, Summersville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the funeral home.
Gladys Marie Monday, 90, of Ripley, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
She was born July 7, 1924 in Greenbrier County, a daughter of the late Lue and Daisy Crane Hanna. She was a Christian and was known for her cooking and owned a local restaurant in Ripley. She retired from Eldercare of Ripley.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Monday, and brothers, Joseph Harley Hanna and Hortis Hanna.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor Mike Elder officiating. Burial will be in Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.
Shirley Walker Moss, 96, of Wilmington, N.C., died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at home after a brief illness.
She was born July 15, 1918 in West Virginia to the late Leonard and Martha Walker.
She is survived by one daughter, Sondra Beasley (Leroy); three grandchildren, Randall L. Crews (Abbey), Christina Zehner (Steve) and John Beasley; one great-granddaughter, Zoe Zehner; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. B.L. Moss. Together they ministered many churches in the West Virginia conference until his death in 1970. Since moving to Wilmington, N.C., in 1984, she made Pine Valley United Methodist Church her second home and family. She was also preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, N.C. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, N.C. A graveside service will be held at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va., on Friday, Sept. 19.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403.
Condolences to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.
Mr. Donald Mack Muncy Sr., 73, of Logan, died Sept. 15, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the funeral home.
Michael Nutter, 63, of Lebanon, Ohio, formerly of Eleanor, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel). The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eleanor Chapel. A full obituary will be published in Wednesday's editions.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Runyon, 73, of Delbarton, died Sept. 14, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Laurel Creek, Mingo County. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the church. Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.
Phyllis J. Sampson, 80, of Marietta, Ohio, formerly of Powellton, died Sept. 14, 2014. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.
Rodney Paul Sheets, 56, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.
Rodney was the son of the late Atlee McKee and Edna (Jones) Sheets. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert McKee Sheets.
Rodney was an oil rig shift supervisor for Clint Hurt and also worked as an auto mechanic for Jeff's Auto.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Wanda Jane (Smith) Sheets; son, Jeffrey Paul Sheets and wife, Pam, of Clendenin; brothers, Richard Sheets of Clendenin and Benji Sheets and wife, Joyce, of Clendenin; sister, Brenda "Sis" Sheets Sweeney and husband, Marion, of Clendenin; grandchildren, Baylee, Brooke, Dakota, Kayla, Kameron and Johnna; and great-grandchild, Adyson.
Rodney's funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with the Rev. Bob Fields officiating. Burial will be at the Rhodes Family Cemetery in Clendenin.
His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfunefalhome.com.
Eunice V. Weikle, 86, of Ronceverte, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 after a long illness.
Eunice was born April 10, 1928 in Ronceverte to Elbert and Eliza L. Morgan. She graduated from Greenbrier High School in 1947. Eunice married Robert Weikle on Nov. 24, 1947. She spent her entire life in Ronceverte, working for many years in the Ellis Dress Shop. She was a lifelong member of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church. She loved cooking, gardening, gospel and country music and family get-togethers. Her favorite vacations were spent at Myrtle Beach with her husband, Bob. Her color of choice ... always green.
Eunice is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert "Bob" Weikle; sons, Danny (Mary) Weikle of Fairmont and Bobby (Linda) Weikle of Cross Lanes; brothers, John (Charlotte) Morgan of Caldwell and Jerry Morgan of Street, Md.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cathy Walls; brothers, Clemie, Emory and Lundy "Buddy" Morgan; and sisters, Mildred Sheppard, Ocie Reed, Beulah Porterfield and Faith Boone.
Gathering of family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Green Hill Cemetery, Union, with Pastor Stephen Baldwin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation or visitation to a nursing home of choice. The family wishes to thank the Brier Nursing Home staff for the loving care given to Eunice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh.net.
Patricia Lou Woodard, 62, of Asheboro, N.C., died Sept. 14, 2014. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Cunningham Memorial Park, Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans. Arrangements by Pugh Funeral Home, Asheboro, and Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.
Brown, Ericka M. — 11 a.m., Gatens
Curry, Lewis H. Jr. — 11 a.m., Kanawha Valley Memory Gardens, Glasgow.
Faber, Sandra L. — 2 p.m., West Virginia Mausoleum Chapel at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Foster, Jessica M. — 7 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.
Fowler, Artimitia — 11 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church, St. Albans.
Hubbard, Sandra — 1 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans.
Huffman, Edmond B. — 11 a.m., Billy Hunt Cemetery, Walton.
Murphy, Daniel — 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.
Raines, Denver — 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.
Rakes, Jessica — 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Chapmanville.
Slappe, Shawn B. — 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.
Taylor, Ruth — 11 a.m., Chelyan United Methodist Church, Chelyan.