Mason County Obituaries 2006

 

William A. Leport
Saturday, January 7, 2006 4:35 PM EST
William A. Leport Sr., 78, of Henderson, W.Va., died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
He was an Army veteran who served in the Tank Division Company A No. 526 Armored Infantry Battalion in the Korean War.
He was born July 25, 1927 in Mason County, a son to the late Rabbi and Virginia Bartam Leport.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jeremy Williams and Curtis McClure; a son-in-law, Delbert Williams; and brothers, Denver (Thelma) Leport, Steven (Norma) Leport and Clifford Leport.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Augusta Leport; sons and daughter-in-law William A. and Tammy Leport Jr. of Gallipolis Ferry and Troy Leport of Apple Grove; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Chuck Belcher of Gallipolis Ferry, Wanda Williams and Joe Watterson of Apple Grove, Linda and Howard Knapp of Henderson, and Wilma and Roy McClure of Letart; grandchildren, Jessica and Kimberly Williams, Jenna Watterson, Brittany and Lindsay Leport, Mackenzie McClure, Kelly Belcher, Linda Cottrill and Troy Leport II; great-grandson Hayden Hill; a great-granddaughter, Abbi Cottrill; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Lila Leport of Henderson, John and Sue Leport of Henderson, and Greg and Diana Leport of Henderson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Genavieve and James Lee of Henderson, Loretta and Jim Barnett of Gallipolis Ferry, and Geradine and Delbert Putney of Gallipolis Ferry; and sister-in-law, Jean Leport of Henderson.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with the Rev. Charles Moses officiating. Burial will follow in the Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant with full military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 23 in Point Pleasant. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.
Visit dealfuneral@charter.net to send e-mail condolences.

Mary C. Pullins
Friday, January 6, 2006 5:29 PM EST
Mary Catherine Pullins, 72, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., died Thursday morning, Jan. 5, 2006, at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant.
She was a homemaker.
Born February 25, 1933, in Mason County, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late John and Rachel (Peters) Rayburn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her companion, Arthur "Duke" Pullins; her son, Arthur E. "Bucky" Pullins; and a daughter, Grace Marie Pullins.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary A. Brown of Leon, W.Va.; four granddaughters, Sandy, Christy, Shelly and Nikki; and a brother, Floyd Rayburn of Point Pleasant.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with Robert L. Patterson II officiating. Burial will follow in Eckard Chapel Cemetery in Point Pleasant. Visitation will be held at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Leonard Smith
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 5:22 PM EST
Leonard R. (Lenny) Smith, 66, of Point Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Holzer Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Mason County, a son to the late Harold E. Smith and Agnes Birtchfield Smith. He was a construction worker, an Air Force veteran, and a member of the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post No. 140 in Mason.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Shana Jeffers.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Smith of Point Pleasant; son, Ronald Ray Smith of Louisiana; daughters, Carol (Jimmy) Miller of Point Pleasant and Julie (Von) Taylor of Gallipolis; stepson, Chris Swann of Magnolia, Texas; brothers, Jack (Pat) Smith and Donnie (Mina) Smith, both of Clifton; sisters, Carolyn (James) Smith of West Columbia, and Sharon (Bob) Cunningham of Syracuse, Ohio; four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with Revs. Gerald Dotson and Charles Frum officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant with full miltary graveside service conducted by Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 and Stewart-Johnson VFW Post 9926 of Mason. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Condolences may be sent to the family to dealfuneral@charter.net via e-mail.

Earl Lewis
Tuesday, January 3, 2006 5:28 PM EST
Earl I. Lewis, 79, of Letart, went to be with Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
He was retired from Southern Ohio Coal, Meigs Mine No. 1, and was a member of Fairview Bible Church and the United Mine Workers. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and had a passionate love for horses.
Lewis was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Gibbstown, W.Va., son of the late Allan Holbert "Bud" Lewis and Lilah Christine (Edwards) Lewis.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Katherine King; and brother, Russell Lewis.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth Lewis of Letart; sons/daughters-in-law, Terry (Charlene) Lewis and Jerry (Debbie) Lewis, both of Letart; grandchildren, Trent (Tammy) Lewis and Kelly Lewis; great-grandchildren, Justin Lewis and Jerrod Lewis; sister, Lucille King of Letartl; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Foglesong-Tucker Funeral Home in Mason. Pastors Brian May and Rankin Roach will officiate. Burial to follow in Zerkle Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Lewis, Terry Lewis, Trent Lewis, Justin Lewis, Jerry Morgan and Mike Rogers. Military graveside rites will be performed by the Stewart-Johnson VFW Post 9926, and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140. Visitation will take place Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences for the family may be sent to foglesongtucker@myway.com via email.

Earnest R. Boswell
Friday, January 6, 2006 5:29 PM EST
Earnest R. Boswell, 67, of Charleston, formerly of Leon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Charleston General Hospital following a long illness.
He was a former employee for Mountain State Steel, Gravely Tractors and was a Christian.
He was born Oct. 10, 1938, a son of late Marshall and Macy Boswell.
In addition to his parents , he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Boswell.
He is survived by his daughters, Connie Dorsey and her husband, David, of Charleston, and Kelly Turley and her husband, Wade, of Given; brothers, Carl Boswell and his wife, Garnette, of Leon, Dencil Kimberling and his wife, Connie, of Leon and James Kimberling and his wife, Macy, of Point Pleasant; sisters, Macy Runion of Mason City and Bonnie Crouse and her husband, Steve, of Gallipolis; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raynes Funeral Home in Buffalo with the Rev. Denver Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith-Gray Cemetery on Tribble Road in Leon. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Leonard Burris
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:24 PM EST
Leonard "Jack" Burris, Jr., 81, of Wellston, departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at the Veterans Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jack was born Dec. 22, 1924 in Byer, Ohio, son of the late Leonard Oman and Mina Hooks Burris. He was a former heavy equipment mechanic for F.H. Brewer Construction Company and the LeMay Coal Company. He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post 371 of Wellston.
He proudly served his country in the Army and was in the second wave on the Beach of Normandy and he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars, the WWII Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the American Campaign Medal. He was our hero. Jack will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Wilma Stevens Burris; daughters and sons-in-laws, Debbie and Wilbur Via of Wellston, and Pattie and Butch Greenlee of Point Pleasant; grandchildren, Jason Via of Columbus, Tary Rhea Powers and Dean Rhea of Point Pleasant, Sandra Rhea Epling and Kathi Rhea Richards of South Charleston, and Brian Greenlee of Barboursville; great grandchildren, Alex Via, Cody and Morgan Richards, Jaden and Jonathon Rhea, Brianna and Ian Greenlee and Stacy Jones Adkins; great-great granddaughter, Sydnee Adkins; brother, Ralph Oman Burris of Springfield, Ohio, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Lucille Rogers, Catherine Murry and Edna Manering and his brother James Burris. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home, with Rev. Patricia Henson officiating. Burial will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery with military graveside services by American Legion Post 371 of Wellston.

Norma Jividen
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:24 PM EST
Norma Garrison Jividen, 74, of Grimms Landing, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at her home following a long illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Mason and Putnam counties. Norma was a member of the Oma Chapel Church and attended Manilla Chapel Church.
She was born May 18, 1931 to the late Jacob Addison and Ivy Pearl Wolfe Garrison.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Belford Jividen; daughter, Marsha Jividen; grandson, Everett "Bub" Jeffers; four brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Virgil) Willet of Grimms Landing; sister, Dorothy Curatti of Mansfield, Ohio; grandchildren, Vanessa (Marvin) Ross of Grimms Landing and Jennifer (Isaac) Ross of Grimms Landing; step-granddaughter, Connie (Joshua) Tucker of Point Pleasant; step-great-granddaughter, Shawnetta Tucker of Point Pleasant; step-great-grandson, Joshua Tucker Jr. of Point Pleasant; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Zachery and Ikey; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Oma Chapel Church with the Revs. Sampy Hart and Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow at the Craig Cemetery in Grimms Landing. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today at Raynes Funeral Home in Buffalo.

Jona Stover
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:24 PM EST
Jona "Jack" Stover, 66, of Apple Grove, W.Va., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
He was born March 29, 1939 in Mason County, a son to the late Okey and Irene Burris Stover.
He was a former crane hooker at American Car Infoundry in Huntington, W.Va., and a member of the Mount Carmel Church in Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Everett Stover; and two sisters, Bessie Marie Kinniard and Mary Jo Wallace.
He is survived by a daughter, Diann Burnett of Apple Grove; sons, Johnny Stover of Apple Grove, Gary Stover of Gallipolis Ferry and Kenneth (Belinda) Stover of Gallipolis Ferry; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers, William Lee Stover of Gallipolis Ferry, Kenny Stover of Apple Grove and David Stover of Southside, W.Va.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Carmel Church in Gallipolis Ferry with the Rev. Joey Birchfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Carmel Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.
The Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant is serving the family. Visit dealfuneral@charter.net to send e-mail condolences to the family.

Jesse M. Rollins
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:24 PM EST
Jesse M. Rollins, 85, of Point Pleasant died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006 at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
He was born Sept. 22, 1920 in Mason County, a son to the late Harvey and Elizabeth McDade Rollins.
He was a carpenter and Army veteran, and he was a member of the Carpenter Local Union 1159 of Point Pleasant.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Arbydine Riffle Rollins; a son, Gary Donald Rollins; one great-grandson, Parker McCarty; sisters, Bessie, Ester and Peggy; and brothers, Boyd, Charles, Wade, Harold, Harry and Chester.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, June (Bud) Boswell of West Columbia, Anita Carroll of Winfield and Kay (Ernest) McCarty of Point Pleasant; sisters, Gladys Heart, Janice Jenkins, Virginia Thomas, Josephine Fooce and Hazel Mattox; brothers, Delbert and Epa Rollins; grandchildren, Amanda (Ben) Roush of Letart, Scott (Carol) Carroll of North Carolina, Michele Carroll of Winfield, Ernest (Paula) McCarty of Ashton, Nick McCarty of Jackson, Ohio, Matthew (Kari) McCarty of Point Pleasant and Cheryl, Gary Don and Patrick Rollins of Point Pleasant; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Andrew Carroll, Christian and Cameron McCarty, Carl and Bobby Roush, Trey and Connor McCarty, Garett Wamsley, Keana and Cheyenne.
A graveside service will be 1 p.m. today at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Flatrock with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the charity of your choice. The Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant is serving the family.

William Thomas
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:29 PM EST
William "Forrest" Thomas, 93, of Glenwood, W.Va., died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.
He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ in Pomeroy, Ohio, had worked at Armour Meat Packing in Columbus, Ohio, retired from the CSX Railroad with 30 years of service, and he loved farming.
He was born Dec. 18, 1912 in Hogsett, W.Va., the son of the late Joseph Vinton and Mary Anne (Morrison) Thomas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Catherine Thomas; sisters, Flora Bailey, Pearl Fry and Mae Thomas; and brothers, Wade Staats, Earl Thomas and Sanford Thomas.
Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and John Persinger of Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., Patsy and Frank Fata of Onondaga, Mich., and Mary and Billy Scarberry of Glenwood; a son and daughter-in-law, Forrest D. "Bud" and Rebecca Thomas of Glenwood; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Wilcoxen Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, W.Va. with Minister Paul Casebolt officiating. Burial will follow in the Beale Chapel Cemetery in Apple Grove, W.Va. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jean Duncan
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:29 PM EST
Jean P. Duncan, 83, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 at her home after a sudden illness.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant, Order of Eastern Star No. 75 in Point Pleasant, American Legion Auxiliary Post 23 in Point Pleasant, and Women of the Moose in Point Pleasant. She also was a retired clerk for United Fuel Gas Co. in Point Pleasant.
She was born Oct. 24, 1922 in Mason County, a daughter to the late Marcus S. and Eunice Dabney Poffenbarger.
She is survived by one sister, Helen V. Williamson of Point Pleasant; many loving cousins; and a host of friends.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant with the Rev. Richard DeQuasie officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant is serving the family.

Opal Benedict
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:29 PM EST
Opal Reed Benedict, 98, of Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., widow of Harry "Bill" Benedict, went to be with her Lord Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio.
She was a Christian and member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Wheeling, W.Va., and she was a homemaker.
She was born April 16, 1907 in Glenwood, W.Va., a daughter of the late John Henry and Olive Rosetta (McCurdy) Reed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Thurmond "Bud" Benedict; and daughter-in-law, Vada Pinkerman Benedict.
Surviving are four daughters, Ruby Jeffers of Tornado, W.Va., Doris Hall of Reidsville, N.C., Joyce Harold of Bedford, Texas, and Mildred Benedict of Gallipolis Ferry; three sons, Richard Benedict of Goose Creek, S.C., Charles Benedict of Jackson, Ohio, and Max Benedict of Gallipolis Ferry; a brother, Marion Reed of Lesage, W.Va.; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Clary Benedict; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Beale Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Jeffrey Benedict officiating. Friends may call 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Earl Edward Painter
Monday, January 23, 2006 5:36 PM EST
Earl Edward Painter, 85, of Point Pleasant died Friday at his home.
He was a 1939 graduate of George Washington District High School, in Alum Creek and was retired from Honeywell, Inc., in 1985, as an Instrument Technician.
He was also a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, a member of the Minturn Lodge #19 A.F. and A.M., member of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia, member of Beni Kedem Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S of Charleston, West Virginia and a life member of the Instrumentation Society of America.
Born Aug. 27, 1920, in Dunbar, he was a son of the late Charles Corbett and Dilema B. (Loftis) Painter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Painter and a twin brother, Burl Painter.
He is survived by his wife, Doris (Waugh) Painter, of Point Pleasant; a step-son, James W. Sturgeon III, of San Franciso; a daughter-in-law, Karen Painter, of Washington, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul B. and Anna Mae Painter, of South Charleston; Charles R. and Betty Painter, of Tornado, W.Va.; a grandson, Shanon Painter, of Charleston, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home with the Reverends Nancy Mayes and Matthew Dotson officiating.
Burial will follow in Suncrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home.

Mary Mowrey
Saturday, January 21, 2006 5:10 PM EST
Mary Margaret "Bobby" (Middleton) Mowrey, 78, of Point Pleasant, died Thursday evening, Jan. 19, 2006, at Holzer Medical Center.
She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She also had served the community as an Easter Seal volunteer for many years. Having attained her bachelor's degree in social work from Marshall University, she worked as a Mason County Children's Protective Service worker and as a counselor in the children's unit at Lakin State Hospital.
Born Feb. 17, 1927 in Mason County, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Mary Middleton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Craghead; and a brother, Joe Middleton.
She is survived by her husband; Milford M. Mowrey; a daughter and son-in-law; Megan and Michael W. Moran, of Minerva, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Daniel and Benjamin Moran, of Minerva.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2222 Jackson Ave., Point Pleasant, with Father Regis Schlick officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, near Point Pleasant. Visitation will be held at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, Monday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at the above address or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Rt. 1 Box 726, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.

Albert Wolfe
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 5:20 PM EST
Albert Raymond "Ray" Wolfe, 84, of Flatrock, went home to the Lord on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at The Ohio State University Medical Center, after an extended illness.
He was a charter member of Ironworkers Local 787, Parkersburg, for 30 years; U.S. Navy veteran from January, 1942 to October, 1945 as an Aviation Machinist Mate First Class; charter member of the Mason County Sheriff's Association; member of Minturn Lodge No. 19 AF&AM; he attended Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and resided in the Flatrock Community for 45 years.
Born Oct. 29, 1921, in Dunbar, W.Va., he was a son of the late Albert and Ethel Wolfe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rita (Keefer) Wolfe; two daughters and sons- in-law; Beverly and Elwood Lewis of Gallipolis, Ohio and Karen and Mark Nuce of Dublin, Ohio; four grandchildren, Andrea and Erin Lewis, of Gallipolis, Ohio and Mallory and Jarrod Nuce of Dublin, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, in Point Pleasant, with the Revs. Matthew Dotson and Jack Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery in Flatrock. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Betty Irvin
Saturday, January 14, 2006 4:44 PM EST
Betty L. (Mullinix) Irvin, 72, of Point Pleasant, died Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2006, at her home.
She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she served in various positions. Irvin worked in a family-owned business, Bee Lee Studios; had worked with her husband, Dr. Carl Irvin, taught art and painting classes; was a docent at the French Art Colony in Gallipolis; and had also worked at D.J.'s Craft Shop in Gallipolis.
Born, May 12, 1933, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of the late Edwin Warfield and Lula May (Cook) Mullinix. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Carl W. Irvin and a sister, Laura Mullinix.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law; Carla L. Irvin and Deborah A. Irvin, both of Point Pleasant, and Elizabeth Kay and David Burrichter, of Lancaster, Pa.; one sister, Hazel Philbrick of Aurora, Colo.; and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, with Rev. Matthew Dotson officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, near Point Pleasant. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2434 Jackson Ave., Pt. Pleasant, WV 25550; Pleasant Valley Hospice Program, 1011 Viand Street Pt. Pleasant, WV 25550 and the American Cancer Society c/o Grace Somerville Rt. 1 Box 726 Pt. Pleasant, WV 25550.

James Worthy Stover
Monday, January 23, 2006 5:36 PM EST
James Worthy Stover Jr., 34, of Gallipolis Ferry, died Sunday morning as a result of auto accident.
He was born Sept. 23, 1971 in Mason County, a son to James Worthy and Pamela Nibert Stover Sr of Gallipolis Ferry. He was an security guard for Loss Prevention, of Barboursville and served in the West Virginia National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Earl R. & Lucy G. Stover, maternal grandfather Everett Nibert and Uncles Rick and Steve Nibert.
He is survived by his wife Michelle Stover, of Gallipolis Ferry; son Darran Stover, of Gallipolis Ferry; daughters Autum Stover, of Gallipolis Ferry, and Caitlyn Akers, of Cincinnati; maternal grandmother, Vona Nibert, of Point Pleasant; sister, Kelly and John Ramey, of Vinton, Ohio; mother-in-law; Becky Peck, of Leon; grandmother-in-law, Sarah Higginbotham, of Leon, brother-in-law, Greg Peck, of Point Pleasant; six nieces and one nephew.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Deal Funeral Home Tuesday with brother Isaiah Crump Jr. officating. Friends may call from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home burial will be in the Mt Carmel Church Cemetery in Gallipolis Ferry.

Investigation into fatal accident continues
By Diane Pottorff
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:24 PM EST
Tim Maloney/photo James Stover Jr. was thrown from this 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier and killed early Sunday morning. Results of a blood alcohol test are pending, said Sgt. E.B. Starcher of the West Virginia State Police.
HENDERSON - Funeral services are being held today for a Gallipolis Ferry man who was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
James Worthy Stover Jr., 34, was driving southbound on W.Va. 2 near Henderson, according to Sgt. E.B. Starcher of the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Stover was in a curve on W.Va. 2 when he lost control of his 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, struck an embankment and overturned.
Because Stover was not wearing a seat belt, he was ejected from the vehicle, Starcher said. He was pronounced dead at Pleasant Valley Hospital a short time later.
The investigation remains under investigation by Senior Trooper J.M. Finnicum. A sample was taken for a blood alcohol test at the hospital, and the results are pending, Starcher said.
Worthy was born Sept. 23, 1971, in Mason County to James Worthy and Pamela Nibert Stover Sr. of Gallipolis Ferry. He also is survived by his wife, Michelle; son, Darran of Gallipolis Ferry; daughters, Autum Stover of Gallipolis Ferry and Caitlyn Akers of Cincinnati.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with brother Isaiah Crump Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery in Gallipolis Ferry.

David Taylor
Monday, January 16, 2006 5:23 PM EST
David Blankenship Taylor, 31, of Point Pleasant, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1974, in Mason County, a son to David Ray Blankenship and the late Shirley Diane Myers Blankenship. He was a deckhand for American Electric Power in Lakin.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandfather; Herbert E. Myers; grandmother, Marcella Wandale Myers; uncle, Jerry B. Myers and Uncle Herbert L. Myers.
Survivors include his wife, Betsy Taylor of Point Pleasant; sisters, Angie Sain of Gallipolis; and brother, Shawn Allen Taylor of Middleport.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, with Rev. Bill Banks officating. Burial will follow in the Beale Chapel Cemetery in Apple Grove. Visitation took place Sunday at the funeral home.

Roy Flint
Monday, January 16, 2006 5:23 PM EST
Roy Junior Flint, 74, of Southside, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
He was born April 6, 1931, in Mason County, a son to the late James M. and Bessie Mae Stover Flint. He was a farmer and attended area churches.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ina and Inez Flint.
He is survived by his wife, Susie Ann Flint of Southside; sons, Roy Junior and (Tammy) Flint of Apple Grove, and James Everett (Amy) Flint of Point Pleasant; daughter Debbie (Rick) Flint of Point Pleasant; grandchildren, Noah Matthew and Angel Irene Flint of Apple Grove and Gary Allen Carroll of Point Pleasant.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Deal Funeral Home, with Rev. Marshall Bonecutter officating. Burial will follow in Logerhead Cemetery in Southside. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Paul Kerns
Friday, January 13, 2006 5:11 PM EST
Paul D. Kerns, 61, of Henderson, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at Holzer Medical Center.
He was a chief engineer for American Electric Power's Memco Barge Line and an Army veteran. He was born Jan. 5, 1945, in Pliny, a son to the late Hollis and Grace Woyan Kerns.
In addition to his parents, Kerns was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Jamie Larae Kerns; brothers, Burford and Freddie Kerns; and sister, Ann Wray.
He is survived by his wife, Christy Kerns of Henderson; sons, Paul D. Kerns II of Buffalo, W.Va., and William (Binky) Pauley of Greenfield, Ohio; daughters, Danette Tucker of Buffalo and Alisa Briscoe of Buffalo; granddaughter, Jessie; step-grandchildren, Jami, Joseph, Chistopher, Randy, Jeremy, Jered and Taylor; step-great-grandchildren, Ashley, Gavun and Tresilyn; and sisters, Carlotta Wearns of Pliny and Ann Michaels of Delaware, Ohio.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Union United Methodist Church in Pliny with Glenn Lambert officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. today at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant. Condolences may be sent to the family at dealfuneral@charter.net via e-mail.

Mary Postlewait
Saturday, January 14, 2006 4:44 PM EST
Mary Postlewait, 83, of Point Pleasant died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 in Phoenix, Ariz.
She was born May 6, 1922 in Petroleum W.Va., a daughter to the late James D. and Barbara Baxter Mahaney.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church of Point Pleasant.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Postlewait in 2005; three sisters; and five brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Nathan of Arizona; grandchildren, Dawn Rogalski and Laura Lonto; great-grandchildren, Jason, Justin, Ethan, Lindsi, Jared and Isabella; and sisters, Ruth Jenkins of Point Pleasant and Betty Shoemaker of Columbus, Ohio.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with the Rev. Bill Banks officiating. Burial will follow in the Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from noon-2 p.m.

Cleo R. "Pete" Smith
Monday, January 16, 2006 5:23 PM EST
Cleo R. "Pete" Smith, 71, of Glenwood, died Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Point Pleasant.
He was born Aug. 25, 1934 in Apple Grove, the son of the late Clarence O. and Virgie (Gillispie) Smith.
Pete was a former employee of the Martha White Mills in Huntington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Smith.
Surviving are daughters, Cleo Edmonds, of Ashton, Tammy Hill, Scott Hughes, of Ashton, Linda and David Nowlin, of Point Pleasant, and Betty Allen, of Huntington; son, Warren D. "Butch" Smith, of Lesage; brothers, Roy Smith, of Apple Grove, and Mike Smith, of Cleveland; sisters, Ruth O'Brian, of Cincinnati, Elizabeth Black, Wanda Morgan and Gale Roy, all of Huntington, and Donna Smith, of Apple Grove; step-daughters, two step-sons; grandchildren, Sheila Patterson, Amber Lloyd, Shaun Carter, Justin Hill, J.C. Hill, Krissy Hill, Adam Nowlin, Chris Nowlin, Brett Allen, Corey Allen and John Garrett Smith; great-grandchildren, Alexis Lloyd, Kaitlin Lloyd, Ashlee Lloyd and Samantha Smith; and several step-grand and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home with Max Spurlock officiating.
Burial will follow in the Ball's Chapel Cemetery in Ashton.
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

William Franklin Nibert
Saturday, January 21, 2006 5:10 PM EST
William Franklin Nibert, 62, of Delaware, Ohio, died Friday morning at his residence.
He was born Nov. 12, 1944, in Mason County, W.Va., to Emmett and Katherine Nibert.
A U.S. Army veteran serving from 1963-1965, he had previously worked at Ranco Manufacturing in Delaware. He was a Delaware resident for over 35 years and was a member of the Delaware Church of Christ.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking and hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Crist); two sons, William (Jeri) Nibert of Ashley, Ohio, and Jonathan (Jennifer) Nibert of Delaware; one daughter, Christine (Michael) Hovis of Ashley; four grandchildren, Taylor, Tylor, Karley and Kayleigh; three brothers, John, Roger and Bob, all of West Virginia; two sisters, Irene Wandling of Delaware and Nadine Pearson of West Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 23, from 5-8 p.m. at the Rodman Bennett Brown Funeral Home, 92 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Church of Christ, 71 Street Route 203, Delaware, with the Rev. Keith Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with the Delaware County Veterans Association providing military honors.
Contributions may be made to the church. Those unable to attend the services may log onto www.bennettbrownrodman.com and link into the online memorial and registry page.

C. Dale Roush
Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:22 PM EST
C. Dale Roush, 85, of Point Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at the St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington.
He was born May 17, 1920, in Point Pleasant, the son of the late A. Ray and Lola (Rayburn) Roush.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnett E. Roush and Kenneth L. Roush.
Dale was a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Point Pleasant, a former employee of the Kyger Creek Plant in Cheshire, and retired from the Phillip Sporn Plant in New Haven, where he was a member of VERA (retired American Electric Power employees). He also was a life member of the Point Pleasant River Museum, a graduate of Point Pleasant High School class of 1938, had served in the U.S. Navy, and was a 50-year member of the Minturn Lodge No. 19 AF&AM of Point Pleasant.
Surviving are his wife, Jean (Faudree) Roush of Point Pleasant; a son and daughter-in-law; Ronald Dale and Barbara Roush of Germantown, Md.; two grandchildren, Brandi Roush of San Francisco, and Bradley Roush of Pittsburgh.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, with Pastors George C. Weirick and Sherrie Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow in the Suncrest Cemetery, Point Pleasant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or the Minturn Lodge No. 19 AF&AM.

Icle Casey
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 5:20 PM EST
Capt. Icle W. Casey, 90, of Lockport, Ill., passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill.
Born in Henderson, on Nov. 15, 1915, Ike has lived in Lockport since 1944. He is a retired riverboat captain and had worked on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and Illinois waterways for 47 years. During his 27 years of retirement, he has shared his experiences on the river at numerous presentations. Ike was a loyal member of the Joliet Shrine Club, the clown parade unit and founder of the Hillbilly Clan 57. He generously spent countless hours fund-raising for the Shriners Children's Hospital. As hobbies, Ike enjoyed gardening, fishing, making fishing nets and painting, he never met a person he didn't like.
Ike composed the following in 1996 to be read upon his death: "Dear loved ones and friends. Life is like a river, with many shoals and bends. In life you navigate the shoals and cautiously steer the bends. But the river will end, and as we come to the great sea, here, as in life, my license expires. Now God is my navigator. He has set the course. Have no fear, and remember me as in life."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Viola Casey; and one brother, Dewayne Casey.
He is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Veronica Casey; son, Leon Casey; daughter, Arlene Wrona; and sister, Wilda Schultz; nephew, Rick (Holly) Cole of West Virginia; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at the Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Lemont, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Point Pleasant River Museum, P.O. Box 412, Point Pleasant, WV, 25550, c/o Capt. Icle Casey Memorial Fund. The river museum is non-for-profit and located in Icle's childhood hometown. In recent years he has donated most of his personal memorabilia to this museum.

 

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