William Paul "Bill" Helmic, 70, of Parkersburg, passed away Dec. 27, 2011, at his home.

He was born June 13, 1941 in Uler, W.Va., son of the late Albert P. and Katie R. Jarvis Helmic.

Bill was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School, had served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963 and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He retired from GE Plastics as a chemical operator with 33 years of service. He was a member of the Parkersburg Masonic Lodge No. 3. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and watching his grandsons play baseball.

Surviving is his son, William "Scott" (Kendra) Helmic of Parkersburg; two grandsons, Ryan S. Helmic and Dustin W. Helmic, both of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Barbara A. Morton Helmic, July 28, 2010.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg. Pastor David Stilgenbauer will officiate and entombment will follow at the Three Crosses Mausoleum of Sunset Memory Gardens.










Loretta "Jeannie" Starcher Fetty, 67, of Bellville, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, June 4, 1946, a daughter of the late Louis Everett and Evelyn Mae (Randolph) Starcher.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, fishing, Sudoku puzzles, and watching birds and wildlife.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years Jim Fetty of Bellville; daughter Sharla McFarland (Keith) of Bellville; granddaughter Erica Null (Mark) of Davisville; grandson James McFarland (Angie) of Davisville; great grandchildren Caleb McFarland and Addie McFarland.

Graveside services will be 1 pm Monday, June 17, 2013, at Evergreen Cemetery North.

Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg is entrusted with arrangements.

O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? I Corinthians 15:55




















William Starcher, 78, of Chestnut Run, Rt. 1, Elizabeth, died Thursday morning, March 7, in Camden-Clerk Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg following a long illness.

Born in Roane County February 7, 1896, he was the son of the late Morgan and Rachel Champ Starcher. He was a member of the Owl Hill United Methodist Church, of Burning Springs Lodge No. 132, AF & AM, and of Wirt Post No. 55, The American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Gladys Hanna Starcher; three sons, Don of Chesapeake, Va., Glen and Jerry Starcher, both of Troy, O.; one daughter, Mrs. Betty Rader of Spencer; and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the Pomroy Funeral Chapel with the Rev. S.A. Scott officiating. Interment was in the Hill Grove Cemetery, with Masonic graveside rites being performed.










Gladys Starcher Bumgarner, 100, of Spencer, formerly of Wirt County, passed away Sunday morning at Miletree Nursing Home.

Born in Sanoma, W.Va., the daughter of the late Herman and Lena Wise Hanna, Gladys lived most of her life in Wirt County. She was a member of the Elizabeth CEOs, Owl Hill United Methodist Church and attended more recently the Elizabeth Baptist Church.

Surviving are four children, Don Starcher of Suffolk, Va.; Betty and Walter Rader of Spencer, W.Va.; Jarrett Ray and Beverly Starcher of Troy, Ohio, three sisters; Dolly Gordan of Little Hocking, Ohio; Eva Moles of Parkersburg; and Edith Hornish of Parkersburg; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Starcher in 1975 and former husband, Roy Bumgarner. She was also preceded by a son, Glen Lee Starcher and brothers, Cecil, Ernie and Don Hanna.

Services were held on Wednesday afternoon at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Bowen officiating. Burial was in the Hill Grove Cemetery, Wirt County.











Emma Jean Phillips born in Gallipolis, Ohio July 4, 1937 to the late Thurl and Florence Starcher. Departed this life on Sunday March 24, 2013 at Rockmill Care Center. Retired from Eastland Care Center as a nurse's aide.

Prceded in death by infant son, Glenn Phillips, son, Robert Phillips; long time companion, Ronnie Stambaugh.

Survived by children, William Phillips Jr., Theresa Spires and John (Naomi) Phillips; grandchilren, Tim Spires, Nathan Phillips, Oliva Rowley, Krystal Huber, Jennifer Phillips, Matthew Phillips; great-granddaughter, Ava Rowley; siblings, Lorena Rice, Evelyn Riemenschneider, Liz Oyler and George Starcher; many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Myers=Woodyard Funeral Home, 587 Main Street, Groveport,Ohio, Wednesday,March 27, 2013, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where funeral service will be held Thursday 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Barbie officiating. Interment Obetz Cemetery.

A special thanks to the nurses and aides who loved and cared for our love one during her stay at Rockmill.











Orval McKown, 95, of Acme Street, died Saturday (Feb. 26, 2005). He was born Feb. 10, 1910, in Roane County, W.Va., a son of Cecil and Alice Starcher McKown. He is survived by one sister, Bessie Starcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven sisters and four brothers.

He served in the South Pacific in World War II in the First Cavalry Division as a medic. He was a member of American Legion Post 64.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with the Rev. Linda Steelman officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Lowell, with military rites. Visitation starts today and continues until the hour of the services.











Thelma B LaDeaux, 87, of Southaven (formerly of Newport) passed away at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven on
Saturday (Aug. 6, 2005). She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. LaDeaux She is survived by her daughter, Linda A. (Norm) Dowler of Southaven; her son, Charles L. (Brenda) LaDeaux of Coolville; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren She was a member of Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Southaven Graveside
services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Newport Cemetery, Newport, Ohio. Local arrangements are by McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home Memorial contributions may be made to the Getwell Road United Methodist Church Building Fund, 7875 Getwell Road, Southaven, Miss. 38672










Herbert L. LaDeaux, 64, of Newport Acres, Newport, Ohio., died last Wednesday in Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born November 30, 1915 at Newark to Leo and Anna Lemon LaDeaux. He had been employed as a salesman and later as a buyer for the Crescent Supply Co. He was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Mr. and Mrs. LaDeaux had lived in Reno before moving to Newport in 1975. He was a mmeber of the United Commercial Travelers. On Dec. 23, 1939, he married Thelma Starcher, who survives with a son Charles L. of Chester; a daughter, Mrs. Norman ( Linda) Dowler of Denton, Tx., four grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Kahle (Edith) Vincent of Columbus, Ohio. Services were held Saturday at the McClure-Schafer Funeral Home with the Rev. David Gilbert officiating. Burial was in Newport Cemetery.











Elodene Crawford Kellar, 72, of Brohard, W.Va., died Dec. 5, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital.
She was born at Grantsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Earnest and Pearl Harden Crawford.

Survivors include three daughters, Nadene Ruble of Parkersburg, Irene McVay of Belmont, W.Va., and Sherry Kellar of Lancaster, Ohio; a brother, Charles Crawford of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Kellar in 1997; two sisters; and two great-grandsons.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Ray Seabaugh officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen South Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today.











Betty Corrina Moore, age 69, of Columbus, Oh., went to be with our Lord on April 22, 2008. A loving housewife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and pets (Echo and Gizmo), as well as canning, gardening, camping and fishing. Very active in her HNAG blockwatch where she was also a captain. Preceded in death by parents Foster Murphy and Violet Hatfield, daughter Cheryl Lynn Salmon and sister Shirley Withrow. Survived by her beloved husband of 19 years, Thomas Moore; son, W. Michael (Rebecca) Slaughter; daughters, Tonya Moore, Phyllis (Gary) Mudrak, Connie (Nicholas) Haussman and Wishona Moore; brother, Arthur (Rickie) Murphy; aunt, Jewell Lockard; grandsons, Tony, Don, Hunter, Jack and Russell; and extra special granddaughter, Haley; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. Friends may call at JERRY SPEARS FUNERAL HOME, 2693 W. Broad St., Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Owen Stotts officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Betty will be missed greatly and remembered often with love











Jewell L. Marsh, 83, of Elkview WV, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice West, South Charleston. She was former nursing assistant with 15 years service at CAMC and a home health caregiver for over 20 years. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview and a member of the Quilt Ministry and also did cooking for the families of the church at their time of need.

She was preceded in death by her daughters, Shirley Rucker and Debbie Marsh; parents, Simon Whytsell and Lora Kirby Whytsell; brother, Brent Whytsell; and sister, Louise Nevitt.

Surviving are her loving husband of 66 years, Harvey Marsh; daughters, Jennifer Harless of Knoxville TN and Terri Byrd of Pinch WV; brothers, Gene Whytsell of Parkersburg WV and Kose Whytsell of Parkersburg; sisters, Genevia Morgan of Georgia and Katheryn Ladd of Ohio; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Service was held Monday, May 27, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview, with Pastor Lee Swor and Pastor Dean Chambers officiating.

Burial was in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net

Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is assisting the Marsh family at this time.










Eula B. Smith Allen, 84, of Clarington, Ohio passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Muskingum Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, Beverly, Ohio.
She was born November 7, 1925 in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of the late Ruby and Ona Roberts Smith. A petite woman with a huge spirit, Eula was strong and self-determined, loved equally as well by her family and all those who knew her. With a dazzling smile and pale blue eyes, she could talk to anyone she met, openly and honestly.

Eula was one of several telephone operators that operated the crank'em up Hur telephone exchange during the 20th century.

Eula was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Averill "A C" Allen, on March 21, 2010, an infant son, Richard Aden Parker; also by her siblings, Glendle, Denzil, Aden, Beulah, and Betty. She and her husband, had lived and reared their family near Clarington since 1961.

Surviving are five children, R. Michael (Betsy) Parker of Barnesville, Sharon (Ronald) Randolph, of Naperville, IL, Beverly (Eric) Zimmer of Marietta, Deborah (Charles) Myers of Beallsville, and Thomas Allen and partner, Earnest Rubio, of Denver, CO.

Twelve grandchildren, Michele Velas, Nicole and Ian Randolph, Dana, Adam, and Nathan Kinzy, Taylor, Morgan, Jaclyn, Tucker, and Sophia Myers; nine great-grandchildren, Megan and Thaddeus Velas, Jordan Randolph, Loralai, Montana, Austen, Jack, and Ruby Kinzy, and Wendy Engelhardt; three brothers, Dale Smith, Franklin Smith, and Don Smith; two sisters, Bonnie Byrd and Freda White Cotton; special friends, Terri Milosavljevic, and Brent and Kim Tisher whom she loved as her own children.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 5 p.m. at the Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville.

Burial will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Smith Family Cemetery near Hur, WV.
The visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Friday.











Hettie E. Wallace, 92, died Nov. 29. She was born July 21, 1916 in Grantsville, W. Va.

She retired from BF Goodrich with 30 years of service. She was an avid fisherman.

Preceded in death by husbands, George E. Kyer and John Wallace. Survived by son, James Kyer; granddaughters, Vicki Kyer and Mindi Wiseman; great-granddaughters, Ashlee, Emilie, and Hailee; and brother, Paul Anderson. There will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be at Eventide Cemetery in Spencer, W. Va.









Barbara Ann Helmic, 65, of Parkersburg, went home to the Lord Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born March 7, 1945, in Montgomery, W.Va., a daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth Elswick Morton and John Dennis Morton Sr. She was a homemaker and a former Sunday School Teacher at Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member. Barbara was also a member of the United Methodist women. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as watching her two grandsons play baseball.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, William P. "Bill" Helmic of Parkersburg; one son and daughter-in-law, William Scott and Kendra D. Helmic of Parkersburg; two grandsons, Ryan S. Helmic and Dustin W. Helmic of Parkersburg; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Bob Akers of Ashland, Ky., Mary Jane and Floyd West of Glen Ferris, Linda and Rommel Slack of Pontiac, Mich., and Ruthie and John Nicholas of Gauley Bridge; and brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Peggy Morton of Summersville and Mike and Debbie Morton of Angier, N.C.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg, the Rev. David Stilgenbauer and Mark Jarvis will be speaking and entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Three Crosses Mausoleum. The visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today and Friday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Housecalls Hospice of Parkersburg or the ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, 900 Lee St., Suite 1010, Charleston, WV 25301.











George Glenn Cottrill, 85, of Chloe WV, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July, 11, 2013.
Glenn was born August 29, 1927 at Rosedale and was a son of the late General George Cottrill and Freda Dillon Cottrill.

He was retired from Rockwell International of Newton Falls, Ohio in 1976. He was a loving father, adored his grandchildren and was an excellent provider for his family. Glen loved to hunt and was the winner of the Ohio Big Buck Award in 1970. He was well loved by his family and friends. He attended the Five Forks Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Zella Dickey Cottrill who he married August 5, 1950. He was also preceded in death by a son, Rick.

Surviving are sons, Craig (Lana) Cottrill of Martinsburg WV and Ronald (Dorothy) Cottrill of Tacoma, Washington; two daughters, Crystal (Marty) Adamson of Windham OH and Heidi (John) Allen of Chloe; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. at the Nebo Baptist Church at Nebo with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday.











Zella Cottrill, 66, of Shock, W.Va., the mother and sister of several area residents, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in Charlestown Area Medical Center, General Division.
Born in Clay County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Myrtle (Tanner) Dickey.
Mrs. Cottrill was a homemaker.
She was of the Christian faith for 35 years.
Survivors include her husband, Glenn; sons, Craig of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Ronald of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Crystal Adamson of Windham; brothers, Joe Dickey of Newton Falls, Dalton Dickey of Southington, and Gary Dickey of Warren; sisters, Pauline Norman and Garnet Wagner, both of Garrettsville, Helen Tucker of Fairmont, W.Va., and Maureen Davies of Woodbine, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Nebo Baptist Church in Nebo, Clay County, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, the Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Stump Funeral Home of Arnoldsburg, W.Va.











Harry E. Whytsell on of Elba E. and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Blake Whytsell of Richardson, Calhoun County, West Virginia. He married Geneva Deweese on August 2, 1954. He was 24 and she was 16 years old. She was the daughter of Harman and Nellie Deweese. His brothers were; Elijah Whytsell and Victor Whytsell. They all served their country in WW II. His other siblings were; Clyde and Mary Lou. Harry Whytsell was a T5, Co. D 555th Sign AW Bn enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941, and served in England.














Geneva DeWeese Whytsell Lockhart, 64, of Cutler, died Saturday, Mar. 31, 2001, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Creston, the daughter of the late Herman and Effie Nellie Connolly DeWeese. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Surviving are her husband, Charles R. Lockhart of Cutler; one daughter, Carol L. Tolliver of Long Bottom, Ohio; two sons, Harry E. Whytsell II of Medina, Ohio, and Robert D. Whytsell of Cutler; one step-son, Lewis Lockhart of Elyria, Ohio; one brother, Orville J. DeWeese of Barberton, Ohio; one sister, Garnett Cline of Versailles, Ind.; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Whytsell; three brothers; and one sister.
Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Steven Reed officiating, and burial at 2 p.m. in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mt. Zion.











Mrs. Ruby L. Strimple, 74, of Warren, Ohio, died January 7, at the Gillette County nursing home in Warren, Ohio.
She was born in Calhoun county, February 21, 1898, daughter of the late Robert J. and Lillie Mace Knotts. She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist church near Orma.
Her husband, Nelson Cecil Strimple, a holder of the Diamond Carnegie Medal, died in 1966.
She is survived by one son, Edward E. Strimple of Warren; two sisters, Pansy Baker of Sebring, Florida, and Daisy Stump of Grantsville; three brothers, Robert J. Knotts, jr., of Stumptown, Walter A. Knotts and Henry E. Knotts, both of Massillon, Ohio; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers.
Funeral services were held at the Staton, Gillen, Larkers funeral home in Warren on January 10, with the Rev. James D. Smidth officiating. Burial followed in the Jackson cemetery at Coitsville, Ohio near Youngstown.











M. Marie Kerby, 61, of Pennsboro, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at her residence. She was born at Mt. Zion, a daughter of the late Holly G. and Elizabeth Gibson Kerby. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Pennsboro.

Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Rev. M. Gene Kerby; one son, Randall Gene Kerby of Pennsboro; twin daughters, Sharlene Bailey of Cross Lanes, and Darlene Phillips of Vienna; three brothers, Robert Kerby of Bon, Ohio, William Charles Kerby of Mt. Zion and Foster Kerby of Spencer; two sisters, Pauline Duskey of Canvas and Sue Kerby of Ripley; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Kerby.

Services were held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Rev. Kermit Poling officiating. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery, Hur.










Lelah Olivia Gibson, 101, a resident of Newcomerstown for many years, formerly of Calhoun County, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Riverside Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.<

Lelah was born in Calhoun County, W.Va., on Jan. 30, 1906, a daughter of the late Ulysses Grant and Harriett Slider Adams. She was a Methodist by faith and a homemaker for all her adult life. Lelah enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and canning.

Lelah was preceded in death by husband Harley Cline Gibson, who died on May 29, 1984, and whom she married July 15, 1922. Also deceased are three sons and two daughters, Harley Carol Gibson of West Lafayette, Grant Gibson of Cuyahoga Falls, Elden Gibson of Calhoun County, Thelma Hamric of Kent and Mildred Carpenter of Doyles-town. Lelah was also the last member of her generation of the Adams family, having been preceded in death by sisters, Elizabeth Buchannan, Lula Slider, Mary Kirby, Rosa Starcher and Martha Miler, all of West Virginia, and Belle Husk of Beverly, O.; and brothers, Charles Adams and Joseph Adams, both of West Virginia. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren are also deceased, along with sons-in-law, Victor Hamric and Charles Espenschied, both of Stow.

Lelah is survived by five daughters and two sons, Velma (Mrs. Golden) Starcher and Hannah (Mrs. Chester) Arthur, both of Cuyahoga Falls, Zelma Hamric and Madeline Espenschied, both of Stow, Marcella (Mrs. Thomas) Evans and Stanley Gibson, both of Newcomerstown, and George and wife Peggy Gibson of Kimbolton. Also surviving are a daughter-in-law, Kathy Gibson of West Lafayette; a son-in-law, Stephen Carpenter of Doylestown; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services to celebrate Lelah's life will be held on Friday evening at 8 p.m. in the Ourant Funeral Home at Newcomerstown. Randle Browne, Lelah's grandson, will conduct the services. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery, Calhoun County, W.Va., at a later date. Visiting hours will also be held in the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 until the 8 p.m. funeral.










Thomas K. "Tom" Evans, Sr., 67, of Newcomerstown, passed away Monday night, May 5, 2008.

Tom was a graduate of Belington High School, West Virginia, and also took landscaping courses. Tom was self-employed in the scrap metal business in Coshocton County for over 26 years. Prior to this, he worked in the landscaping business in the Akron area for many years and also was employed at PPG, Barberton, for 13 years. Tom was also a big part of the Amish community in Holmes and Wayne Counties with his business. Never before has the earth been graced with such a hard-working, humble, quiet man as Tom Evans. A man of few words, someone once said, "They never saw someone say so much without speaking a word." Mr. Evans spoke volumes through his eyes. Time stood still to Tom Evans and he cherished long visits from family and friends. As they departed, he saw them off with his trademark "Hurry Back". Tom Evans will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Tom is survived by wife, Marcella M. Gibson Evans, of Newcomerstown, whom he married September 3, 1981. Also surviving are two sons and four daughters, Thomas Kent Evans, Jr. and fiancé Rae Lynn Yanker of Medina, Timothy W. and wife Laura Evans of Barberton, Mary L. (Mrs. Alan) Slimak of Akron, Robin R. Evans of Norton, Tina M. (Mrs. James) Capps of Barberton, and Theresa M. Evans and fiancé Anthony Carter of Dublin. He also leaves two stepdaughters, Darla M. (Mrs. Richard) Darr, and Crystal N. Webb, all of Coshocton; 16 grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Erin, Jamie, Katie, Justin, Tommy III, Heather, Sara, Travis, Kyle, Allison, Victoria, Taylor, Ray ("Willie"), and Aishellynn, and great-grandchildren, Riley and Alivia. There are also two brothers and five sisters, Robert (and Teresa) Evans, Bruce Evans, Judy (Mrs. Kenny) Marsh, Jane Weiss, and Effie Chapman, all of West Virginia, Mary Ann Lake of Ohio, and Janet (Mrs. Eugene) Auvil of North Carolina.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, 10 a.m. in the Ourant Funeral Home, 407 East Canal Street, Newcomerstown. Rev. Peter S. Mathewson will conduct the services. Burial will follow at Bakersville Cemetery, Adams Township. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home on Thursday (tonight), 4 until 8 p.m. Ourant Funeral Home, 740-498-6422.









Harley Carol Gibson 65 of 57310 Township Road 256 passed away Tuesday May 17, 2005  at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.

Harley was born Oct. 4, 1939, in Calhoun County, W.Va., to the Lela (Adams) Gibson, 99, of Newcomerstown, and the late Harley Gibson. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and worked as a general laborer for several different companies. He enjoyed playing cards, the Cleveland Browns and Indians, and playing bingo.

He married Kathy (Angle) Gibson on April 22, 2005.

Harley is survived by three sons, Kevin Carol Gibson and Brian Lane Gibson of Cuyahoga Falls, and Kenneth Wayne (Suzie) Baker of West Lafayette; two daughters, Wanita (Ben) Hostetler and Jennifer Shaw of West Lafayette; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, George (Peggy) Gibson of Kimbolton, and Stanley Gibson of Newcomerstown; five sisters, Velma (Golden) Starcher of Barberton, Zelma Hamric of Stow, Hannah (Chester) Arthur of Cuyahoga Falls, Madeline Estenschied of Cuyahoga Falls and Marcella (Tom) Evans of Newcomerstown; special companions, Benji and Minnie.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Baker; brother, Delbert Grant Gibson; and two sisters, Thelma Hamric and Mildred Carpenter.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Addy Funeral Home with the Rev. James Puz officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette. Military services will be conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in memory of Harley Carol Gibson c/o Bank One, 102 S. Oak St., West Lafayette, OH 43845.










CECIL GEORGE BARNHOUSE - Spencer Cecil George Barnhouse, 61, of Spencer, died Aug. 12, 2001, at the Roane General Hospital of Spencer, after an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 12, 1940, in Spencer, son of Dorsie Schreckengost Barnhouse of Spencer, and the late Virgil L. Barnhouse. He was a heavy equipment operator.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Moss Barnhouse; two daughters, Tammy Rauch of Gilbert, S.C., and Penny Murphy of Reedy, W.Va.; one sister, Hellen Batten of Spencer; and five grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Barnhouse.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home of Spencer, with the Rev. Randy Whited officiating. Burial in the Clover Cemetery, near Spencer. Visiting hours from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.










Hattie Francis (Davis) Keener, 90, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Majora Lane Care Center.

She was born in Valley Fork, W.Va., to the late John Alvin and Glen Dora (Starcher) Davis on April 24, 1922. On Feb. 27, 1939, she married Forster William Keener. He preceded her in death in 1981. She was also preceded in death by a brother and sister. She was a member of the Greer Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are her children, Alvin (Doris) Keener of Danville, Robert Keener of Howard, Calvin (Linda) Keener of Smithville, Frank (Jodi) Keener of Greer, Michael (Patricia) Keener of Apple Creek, Margie Lovell of Killbuck, Shirley (Ronald) Proper of Millersburg, Judy (Richard) Addy of Centerville and Clara (David) Williams of Greer; a sister, Justine Morris of Charleston, W.Va.; and 125 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Pastor Don Hosier will be officiating. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Glenmont. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday










Allen Gene Nichols, 65, of Spencer, West Virginia died July 28, 2012 at his home.
Allen was born January 17, 1947 in Spencer a son of the late Paul and Dixie Lea Nichols. He formerly worked at Southern States and the West Virginia Department of Highways, attended the Hebron Baptist Church, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a US Army veteran and served as a combat medic while stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gelski Nichols; three daughters, Michelle Kibbe of Waverly, West Virginia, Angelina Hersman of Spencer, and Christina Rhodes of Tariff, West Virginia; one son, Duane Nichols of Grantsville, West Virginia; five sisters, Kay Drake and Janet Sue Tanner, both of Harmony, West Virginia, Louise Whiting and Pauletta Ann Williams, both of Spencer, and Donna Marie Hall of Reedy, West Virginia; two brothers, Ronzel Paul Nichols of Gandeeville, West Virginia and Garry Leon Nichols of Harmony; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Lee Summers.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, with Allen’s brother, Garry, delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery.











Macel B. Nichols, 87, of Spencer, West Virginia died July 29, 2013 at the Miletree Center in Spencer.
She was born April 14, 1926 in Roane County, West Virginia a daughter of the late Gailey and Olive Whipkey Bissell. She was a homemaker and was Baptist by faith.

Macel is survived by one son, William “Bill” Nichols of Spencer; and a brother, Donald Bissell of Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Ralph Nichols; and a brother, Leroy Bissell.

A graveside service and burial will take place at 1:00pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Otto Cemetery, near Spencer with Rev. Michael “Mike” King officiating. TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no service or visitation at the funeral home.










James L. Clevenger, 82 of Doylestown, Ohio, died Monday, March 12th. in Doylestown Health Care Center.
Born in Webster County, WV, he was a son of the late John W. and Mandy Katherine Schrader Clevenger. He was a US Army Veteran of WW II and served in the North African, Sicilian, Northern France and Germany Campaigns.

He was retired from General Motors Corporation, Parma, Ohio with 33 years service. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Doylestown Post of the American Legion.

Surviving Mr. Clevenger are his daughter, Zelma Abraham and grandson, Nicholas Abraham both of Doylestown, a sister, Nora Clevenger of Baltimore, Maryland and a brother, Junior Clevenger of Webster Springs, WV.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Starcher Clevenger.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Rev. Rick Swearingen will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mt. Zion, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Thursday.











Charles Fenton Chenoweth - Spencer, formerly of Minnora (11/11/2003) Charles Fenton Chenoweth, 81, of Spencer, W.Va., died Nov. 9, 2003, at the Roane General Hospital, Spencer. He was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Minnora, W.Va., a son of the late Joseph Wood and Ruth Hanger Chenoweth. He was a Spencer High School graduate and retired from the Spencer State Hospital as kitchen supervisor. He was a former member of the Spencer Baptist Temple and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific Theatre as a landing craft driver involved in seven major invasions. He was preceded in death by his wife, Macel Starcher Chenoweth in 1984. He is survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. James Chenoweth officiating. Burial will be in the Morford Cemetery near Spencer. Visitation is scheduled for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Spencer's American Legion Post 21 will be conducting the military portion of the service.










Delbert Starcher Jr., 77, of Walton died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at Specialty Select Hospital after a long illness. He was the son of the late Delbert and Eva Daily Abbott Starcher. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Cecil, Glen and William Starcher; and sisters, Macel Chenoweth and Stacel Tackett. Jr. was an avid farmer, sportsman, husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was in the Army European theater and occupation after WWII. He was an employee of E. I. DuPont De Nemours with 14 years of service, Union Concrete Pipe, Belle, for 16 years and Amherst Industries Malden with 16 years of service. He is survived by wife of 55 years, Dovie Parks Starcher; sons, Bruce A. Starcher of Walton and Kenneth Ray Starcher of Elkview; daughter, Brenda "Cookie" Starcher Elliott of Richland Hills, Texas; sisters, Nina Luke of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joann Kirchoger of Spencer, Ind.; grandchildren, Allen Dale Starcher, Richard Scott Starcher, Michelle Dawn Isabelle, Kenneth Ray Starcher Jr. and Benjamin Michael Starcher; great grandchildren, Justin Starcher, Amber Sloan, Nathan Starcher, Philip Knopp Jr., Emma Starcher, Isah Isabelle, Iarc Isabelle, Billy Chandler, Alan Chandler and Tommy Chandler. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday April 24, at Matics Funeral Home with the Rev. Buck Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney, with American Legion Post 61 Clendenin to perform graveside rites. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Matics Funeral Home Clendenin.




Harold E. Nida, age 86, of St. Cloud, Florida, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013 at St. Cloud Regional Hospital following a short illness.
He was born in Walton, West Virginia and had been a resident of St. Cloud since 2010 moving from Spencer. He had lived most of his life in Elyria.

Harold served in the US Army during WWII. He worked in sales for Firestone Tire in Akron for 25 years, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Christian Unity Church in North Eaton.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Deleen; daughters, Diane (Larry) Fox of Spencer, Sheila (Ed) Nau of Elyria, Marsha (Willie) Bias of Wellington, Julie Freeman of Akron; son, Rick (Denise) Nida of Elyria; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Clifford Nida of Tampa, Florida, Ross Nida of Spencer, WV; sisters, Eupha Huff of Spencer WV, Pauline Higgenbottom of Parkersburg, WV and Joyce Kiser of Walton, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Lora Nida; brother, Leslie Nida; sister, Crystal Nida and great-grandson, Evan Nau.

Friends may call Thursday from 5PM-8PM at the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville and Friday from 10:30 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at Christian Unity Church 36353 W. Capel Rd., North Eaton. Rev. William Bias will officiate. Burial will be in River Road Cemetery, LaGrange Twp.











Shelby J. Crites, 54, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 25, 1956, in Wood County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ulon and Emma "Peggy" Crites.

Shelby was a loving mother and found joy in all those around her. She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary as well as the Veterans of Foreign War Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her life-long companion, Bill Matheny; one daughter, Anna Matheny, of Parkersburg; two brothers, Carl "Chick" (Donna) Crites of Mineral Wells, and Blaine Crites of Parkersburg; six sisters, Martha (Jack) Buckley of Vienna, Cheryl (Tom) Stone of Kentucky, Pam (Bob) Lovell of Parkersburg, Garnet (Richard) Leone of Maryland, Edith (Bob) Forshey of Parkersburg and Ula (Rick) Starcher of Washington, W.Va.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Rodney Crites.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with the Rev. Keith Hostutler officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mineral Wells. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.










Rodney L. Crites, 59, of Parkersburg, passed away Friday, September 19, 2008 at Virtua Hospital, West Jersey Marlton, New Jersey.

He was born a son of the late Ulon Carl Crites and Jessie Starcher in Richwood, W.Va.
He retired from Ames Company after 34 ½ years of service and worked for 5 years for the Wood County Commission Maintenance Department. He serviced in the US Army Infantry Division and was active in the Evangelical Methodist Church in Parkersburg, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife Garnet Crites; one daughter, Dr. Melanie Crites, DO and Fiance, Richard of Portland, Ore.; mother-in-law, Aljean Thivener of Gallipolis, Ohio; eight sisters, Pam (Bob) Lovell, Garnet (Roland) Leone, Cheryl (Tom) Stone, Drema (Jackie) Starkey, Edith (Bob) Forsey, Julie (Rick) Starcher, Shelby Crites, Martha (Jack)

Buckley; three brothers, Carl “Chick” (Donna) Crites, Clellen Starcher, Blaine Crites.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Peggy Amos.

Funeral services will be at 1 PM on Monday at the Evangelical Methodist Church, south Parkersburg with the Pastor David Walters officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St, south Parkersburg on Sunday.

Memorials may be made to Evangelical Methodist Church, 1906 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101











Boyd W. Stutler, 65, of Parkersburg, formerly of Calhoun County, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1994, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Rt. 14 near Elizabeth on Sept. 20, 1994.

He was born in Cremo, a son of the late Bertha Starcher. He was a U. S. Army veteran and was retired from Mohawk Rubber Plant, Akron, Ohio. He was a member of American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife, Ava George Stutler; one son, David Stutler of Parkersburg, two daughters, Tammie Stutler of Parkersburg and Sue West of Chloe; three brothers, Bobby Ray Starcher of Oil City, Pa., Dexter "Pete" Starcher of Mesa, Ariz., and Don Freshour of Youngsville, Pa.; two sisters, Earldine Starcher and Margie Nester, both of Mt. Zion; one uncle, Harley Starcher of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Stutler; two brothers, Harold Starcher and Ben Starcher; and one sister, Geraldine Sturm.

Services were held at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, with Rev. Richard E. Talbot,










Brandon Louis Lovell, 29, departed this life on Aug. 1, 2013.

Brandon was a cherished father, son and brother, as well as a devoted husband.

Brandon was proud to be an apprentice electrician in I.B.E.W. Local 968. He attended Concord College and graduated from Parkersburg South High School in 2002. He played varsity soccer for both schools. Brandon was talented in many areas, but soccer was one where he excelled. His skills were honed by many great coaches and countless hours on the field playing with the Wood County Thunder soccer team. He was an excellent stopper with juggling skills that were unparalleled.

Music played a large part in Brandon's life. He was a natural musician who played the trumpet and taught himself to play the guitar. Many hours could pass with Brandon listening to music, making music and making people laugh with his song parodies.

From an early age, it was evident that Brandon was a gentle soul with a huge heart. He loved all animals and loved to make people smile and laugh. There was always a twinkle in his blue eyes and a smile on his lips. One of the greatest joys in his life were his three sons, Jackson, Sam and Ayden, and their dog, Nugget. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, W.Va., with Pastor Kevin Starcher officiating. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg.

A fund has been set up for the children in memory of Brandon at I.B.E.W. Local 968 Federal Credit Union, 1845 Seventh St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.










Erica L. Lovell, 32, of Parkersburg, passed away Aug. 1, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

She was born June 30, 1981, in Parkersburg, daughter of Ella Kay Snyder Dowler and Terry Dowler of Parkersburg, and biological father, Timothy W. Underwood of Kentucky.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sons, Jackson, Sammy and Ayden Lovell, all of the home; sister, Francis Merritt; brothers, Sonny (Shanon) Dye of Washington, W.Va., and Austin Dowler of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; half-brothers, Jeremy and Jay Underwood of Ohio; maternal grandmother, Marie Snyder; paternal grandparents, Gene and Lloyd Underwood; and step-grandparents, Frank and Betty Dowler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Brandon Lovell; grandfather, Clair A. Snyder Jr.; and great-grandparents, Leonard and Dorothy Haught and Elsie and Basil Underwood.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, W.Va., with Pastor Larry Dale officiating. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.










News Account PARKERSBURG - Investigators are treating the deaths of a Parkersburg couple last week as a potential drug overdose.

Brandon and Erica Lovell of Parkersburg died Aug. 1, after being found unresponsive in their Comer Street home.

Brandon Lovell, 29, of Parkersburg was found dead. His wife, Erica Lovell, 32, of Parkersburg, was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center where she died. Both were discovered in the same room of their house, Wood County sheriff's Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said.

"Due to evidence collected on-scene we are investigating this as a potential overdose," Graham said. Suspected controlled substances were recovered in the home, he said.

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton said investigators are waiting on toxicology results from the autopsy reports.

"Preliminary investigation by the Wood County Sheriff's Department indicates that a drug overdose is likely," Wharton said.

"The circumstances surrounding their deaths are under investigation," Graham said.

Graham declined to speculate what type of drugs may have been involved.

The area has been inundated with heroin issues recently, including a fatal overdose by a 27-year-old woman in January. Law enforcement officials have responded to more than a dozen suspected, heroin-related drug overdoses this year.

Wood County Coroner Mike St. Clair told Wood County commissioners the county had 25 drug-related deaths last year, one of which was related to heroin.

Services for the Lovells are being held today in south Parkersburg. The couple is survived by their three children.

"These are extremely tragic circumstances," Graham said.










Lila Elaine Webb, 72, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at Miletree Health Care
Center, Spencer.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Charlie M. and Bernice Starcher Smith.

She retired from the W.Va. Health Dept., Maternal and Child Health, in 1996. She was a member of Women’s Club, Roane Cancer Education Coalition, National Cancer Society and Roane Community Health Foundation, and long-time member of Spencer Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Donzel Webb; one daughter, Regina Webb Norris of St. Augustine, Fla.; one sister, Kathleen Coleman of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Guyla L. Brady.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Ron Buckalew officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.