Braxton Citizens' News


Jeremy Ryan Peters of Whitesville, WV died Thursday December 30, 2021, in Whitesville WV.
Jeremy was born August 24th, 1980, in Charleston, WV. The son of Debra Peters of Gassaway WV and John Price of Clear Fork, WV. (Biological Father Thomas “Eddie” Green of Sundial, WV).
He is survived by his sisters, Audrey and Mark Blackburn of Ripley, WV, Brandy Price and Justin Collins of Huntington, WV. Brothers, Thomas Green and Savannah Cave of Myrtle Beach SC, and Toney and Crissy Vistiaire of Lynchburg, VA. Aunts and Uncles, Patty and Gary Quarles of Naoma, WV, Donna and Ricky Gunnoe of Cool Ridge, WV, Lisa Williams of Naoma, WV, Anita (Susie) Belcher of Beckley, WV, Roger Green of Burlington, NC, Robert Green of Beckley, WV and Nanette Pettry of Sundial, WV. Nieces and Nephews, Kaylei and Dalton Blackburn of Ripley, WV, Joshua Holstein and LaTasha Steele of Jacksonville, FL, Lydia Pettry, Jaydon Pettry, and Cayson Collins of Huntington, WV, and Thomas Green III of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Jeremy was preceded in death by his sister, Tesa Frances Price, formerly of Whitesville, WV. Grandparents, Mary Jo and Norman Peters, formerly of Naoma, WV. Carmen and Duffy Green, formerly of Sundial, WV. Ida Moore, formerly of, Whitesville, WV. Phyliss and Herb Honaker, formerly of Ameagle, WV. Donald Moore, formerly of, Whitesville, WV. Uncles, Johnny Green, formerly of, Colonial Beach, VA. Aunts, Betty Smith formerly, of Twilight, WV. Duffeanna Jennings and Kelly Robbins both formerly of, Roxboro, NC.
Jeremy never met a stranger he was always looking for a good laugh, good time, and a good prank to pull. He loved sports, (baseball was his favorite) boardgames (and boy if he lost were you in trouble) and he enjoyed working out. Jeremy was a hard worker, he loved working for the mines in Prenter and at his most current job at Walgreens in Whitesville, he took pride in his work. He had a very tender heart and willing to step in and help anyone in need. He loved all children; however, Kaylei and Dalton Blackburn held a special place in his heart, they were his world.
Rest in peace, Jeremy, you will forever be remembered and etched in our hearts.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2021 at one o’clock in the Armstrong Funeral Home Whitesville, WV with Pastor Ricky Peters officiating. Interment followed in the Pineview Cemetery Orgas, WV. The visitation will be Friday from 6-9 at the funeral home. Online condolences at

Gary D. Rhodes, 71, of Duck, West Virginia, passed away on January 5, 2022, at the United Hospital Center from complications due to cancer. He was born to the late Floyd Earl and Zelda (Wilson) Rhodes on February 5, 1950 in Tesla, W.Va., where he enjoyed a happy childhood on a small family farm in a close-knit community of extended family and friends.
He graduated from Sutton High School in 1968 where he played drums in the band; the school mascot he painted on the bass drum is still displayed at alumni events.
Following high school, he proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After returning from his tour in Vietnam, Gary completed his military duty in Fort Sill, OK and returned to Braxton County. He worked briefly on construction of I-79, but found his niche in the trucking industry. He began driving with his father-in law, Arthur Lambert in the limestone business. He later became a petroleum tanker driver for Heater Oil Company (now Go-Mart), then on to become an over the road driver for Smith Transfer in Belle, WV. He returned to tanker driving for Union Carbide, Linde Division in 1978. Gary spent 30 years as a professional driver earning the prestigious National Safety Council Award for 2 million accident- free miles. He was a member of Teamsters Local 175 and a Baptist by faith.
Gary was a loving and supportive son, husband, father, grandfather and brother and a loyal friend. He had an easy-going and caring personality and a quick wit – a mischievous grin and a twinkling eye usually indicated that a witty remark was headed your way. His pastimes included listening to classic country music, watching major league baseball (New York Yankees), classic cars (his 1965 Comet), and watching Gunsmoke. He also enjoyed many family vacations on Topsail Island, NC.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Debra L. Webster, and his grandson, Benjamin Dale Rhodes.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Patsy Lambert Rhodes; son, Michael Rhodes (Christy) of Pittsburgh, PA; daughters, Jessica Malone (Ryan) of St. Marys, WV, and Julie Rhodes of Duck; sisters, Marilee Bright of Sutton and Starla Jarrell (Dennis) of Gassaway; grandchildren: Logan Malone, Natalie Malone and Eddie Rhodes, as well as members of the extended Rhodes/Wilson and Lambert/Hardway families.
A family graveside service, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 33, took place on January 8 at Braxton Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Linn Schiefer officiated the service.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Rhodes Family.
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Sally Ann Rhodes, 73, of Duck, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
She was born February 14, 1948 in Clay to the late Abie and Nellie Moore Starcher.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Galentine Rhodes; son, Jason Rhodes; and two brothers, Van Delmas Moore and Jerry Starcher.
Sally was a homemaker that took care of her family. She also drove a school bus for 15 years while she lived in Summit County, OH. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed quilting and made quilts for all of her family members. She also liked to keep her yard well kept. She was a strong hardworker who was full of energy. She was a Baptist by faith.
She is survived by her son, Shane Rhodes and wife, Traci, of Norton, OH; daughter, Stephanie Rhodes of Ivydale; grandchildren, Erica Webb, Joshua Rhodes and wife, Shawna, and Chad Rhodes; great grandchildren, Payton and Jason Rhodes; brother, Carl Eugene Arnold, and wife, Helen; and sisters, Phyllis, Sarah, Charlotte, Jeanie, and Barbara.
In keeping with Sally’s wishes she was cremated.
Joint services for Sally and Galentine will be 2 P.M. Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Galentine Jinkens Rhodes, 79, of Duck, passed away December 30, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
He was born March 16, 1942 in Clay County to the late Hubert and Katherine Ann Jarvis Rhodes.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Jason Rhodes; and brother Wilbert Rhodes.
His wife of 54 years, Sally Starcher Rhodes, passed away January 5, 2022.
Galentine served in the United States Army. He was a factory worker for company that made airplane blades for jet engines. Galentine enjoyed gardening and loved taking care of his dogs. He was a loving father and husband who was a wonderful provider for his family. He was a Baptist by faith.
He is survived by his son, Shane Rhodes and wife, Traci, of Norton OH; and daughter, Stephanie Rhodes of Ivydale; grandchildren, Erica Webb, Joshua Rhodes and wife, Shawna, and Chad Rhodes; great grandchildren, Payton and Jason Rhodes; and sisters, Bertha Jackson and Ruby Rhodes both of Columbus, OH.
Joint services for Galentine and Sally will be 2 P.M. Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV. Interment for Galentine will be in the Polk Duffield Cemetery, Wilson Ridge, Strange Creek.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Violet Arbogast Lake Cogar passed away Wednesday morning January 5, 2022 with family by her side. Violet was born August 5, 1941 in Caress, West Virginia to the late Murriel and Darrel Arbogast. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband Willard Clenley Lake, sister Velma Crist Post, brother Larry Arbogast, husband Samuel Cogar, and her son Willard Creed Lake
Violet embodied the traits of the antiques she collected over the years. She was a beauty, a rarity, a woman of unique quality and features. In short, she was a treasure. Violet had a way of making everything beautiful – whether pruning her flowers, arranging her dishes, or making clothes that rivaled any catalogue back in the seventies.
She also had a way of making everything delicious. Violet was a gourmet cook before being a chef was popular. She fed her family and the people of Braxton County with her delectable dishes – from the elite supper club diners to the children of Braxton County Middle School where she retired. She also fed us with words of wisdom whenever she spoke as eloquently and profoundly as the books she devoured. She was an avid reader.
She always said about her beloved Fostoria American glass, “Make sure you get the pieces with sharp glass so you know it’s authentic”. Violet was a most authentic woman – a true original. Like her precious glass, she was also the sharpest woman. She was so smart she skipped grades in school and graduated high school at 16. Violet was also well traveled. She spent time in Canada as a young mother, and visited her daughters and grandchildren in Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, and Colorado, as well as taking numerous trips across the country. She was the constant for her sons wherever they were in life.
Violet was beloved by many family members and friends. Her life was hard in so many ways, but she was forever soft, sweet, compassionate and always reaching out to help her family. Her children and grandchildren often teased her about being her “favorite”. Her answer was always “I have no favorites. Just sometimes one may need my attention more than others”. We will miss her attention, her spirit, and her unconditional love. Her legacy will live on through her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Mark Allen Gunter, 69, of Little Birch, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at his residence.
He was born May 18, 1952, the son of the late Kevin & Betty Hosey Gunter. Also preceding him in death was his brothers, Matt Gunter and Kenny Gunter.
Mark was a Assembly Line Worker for Ford Motor Company and a Army Veteran.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Seth Gunter (Ashley) of Columbus, OH; daughters, Elizabeth Scott (Kenny) of Abilene, TX, Sarah Hess (Bradley) of Elyria, OH; 10 grandchildren.
Upon his request the body will be cremated.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gunter family.
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Beverly P. Jordan, 77, of Sebring, Ohio passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton.
Beverly was born on December 3, 1944 to the late Hayward and Jessie Carpenter.
Beverly enjoyed spending time with her family especially playing cards.
Beverly is survived by her children, Chuck Carpenter, Shelly Novellino, Gary Dye and Crystal Allen; siblings, Sandra Howells, Olive Edwards, Fred Carpenter, Butch Carpenter and Jimmy Carpenter; grandchildren, Ciera Beamer, Desiree Simpson, Samantha Allen, Madelynn Dye, Xander Dye and Phillip Novellino III; great grandchildren, Braylon, Axel, Benton, Emma and Charlotte.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Carpenter and sister, Nina (Carpenter) Mann.
Graveside service was 2 P.M. Monday, January 10, 2022 in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel with Reverend Linn Schiefer officiating.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.