Mildred Jett was born August 17, 1925 in Kanawha County, W.Va., and died February 20, 2022 at home in Bolair, WV at 96 years of age. She was known to be outspoken in her opinions and beliefs and was a proud supporter of the Democratic Party. She was a miner’s wife, a mother of three, grandmother of six, and great grandmother of four. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Jett, her mother, Eva Shaffer, and her father, David Gillie. She had been a resident of Webster County for 75 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bolair since 1958.
Mildred is survived by her children, Susan Pflug, Beverly Harris, and Michael Jett. Her grandchildren include Jana Moore, Brian Harris, Keith Harris, Jason Pflug, Abby Meek, and Cayley Jett. Her great-grandchildren are Emeline McCaleb, Isabelle Pflug, Alexandra Pflug, and Henry Pflug. Mildred had four siblings, two of whom survive her: Norma Kessler and Ellen Samples.
Mildred loved gardening, reading, and cats, especially Baby, a tailless cat who survives her. She took great pleasure in learning she was a descendent of King Henry VIII when her granddaughter, Jana, traced her family tree.
Her ashes will be interred next to her husband, Ivan, at the West Virginia Memorial Gardens in Calvin, WV.
There will be a private burial and family service in the spring because Mildred stated, “I don’t want to be buried in the cold.”
Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse Care for Mothers and Babies Program, OR to your local animal shelter.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Mildred’s family.

Gary Wayne Ratliff, 63, of Ireland, passed away on February 22, 2022 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Gary was born in Sutton on March 2, 1958, a son of the late Samuel Wade and Mary Arminta Allen Ratliff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Alan Wade Ratliff.
He is survived by one daughter, Chrystal Skinner and companion, Ronald Pearson, of Jane Lew; two grandchildren: Adrian Skinner and Sydney Pearson; five siblings: Polly Teter of Pigeon Roost, Dorothy Mae Voshell and husband, Jack, of Dover, DE, Charlotte Ann Marple and husband, Junior, of Ireland, Connie Bailey and husband, Jim, of Weston, and Jerry Ratliff and wife, Carmen, of Ireland; special friends: Heather Nuzum and Billy Helmick; and special K-9 friend, Patches.
Gary was a graduate of Braxton County High School, Class of 1976. He was a Jack-of-all-trades. Gary was employed with Robert Tomblyn & Sons Funeral Chapel, Alkire Funeral Home, and Village Hardware for over 20 years. He also worked at Louie Glass Factory and Upshur Monument Company. Gary was a Christian by faith. He was a member of Stonecoal Fishing Club because of his love for fishing and hunting. Gary’s other hobbies included tinkering on small engines, taking his grandchildren on four-wheeler rides, and reading westerns.
Family and friends gathered for Visitation at Clutter Funeral Home – Alkire Chapel located at 190 Wildcat Rd. in Ireland from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Funeral Services began at 2 p.m. in the Alkire Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jeff Ramsey officiating. Interment followed at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV.
We, at Clutter Funeral and Cremation – Alkire Chapel, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Gary Wayne Ratliff. Online condolences may be expressed at

Carol Estep-Blake, age 73, was called home by the Heavenly Father to her celestial home on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. She lived a dedicated Christian life and gave unselfishly to all.
Carol was the daughter of Walter and Rose Burdette Anderson. Carol was born December 8, 1948 on Bufflick, near Clendenin in Kanawha County. Carol was one of four Anderson children. All of her siblings survive her: Richard, Erma and Betty.
Her husband of 24 years, Frank Blake, maintains their home near Gassaway, Braxton County.
Carol is survived by her beloved three sons. They are James, Jr., and wife Melissa of Morgantown, Douglas and wife Michele of Fairmont and Walter and wife Ruth of Frametown.
Carol had seven grandchildren: Adam, Catie, Jacob, Christopher, Caylin, Ethan and Emma and three great grandchildren: Cooper, Adaline and Christian James.
Carol and her sons enjoyed a close relationship throughout their lives and her sons are incredibly proud of their mother and feel blessed that God made her their mother.
Carol’s love for her sons was only rivaled by the love she had for her grandchildren. They brought her great joy and she spent time with them whenever possible.
Carol received enormous joy spending time with her great grandchildren. They in turn loved her deeply clamoring at the door of her every visit. Although short, the time she spent with them had an impact that will last forever.
Carol was a long-time member of the First Southern Baptist Church, Sutton, located on the hill above the Braxton County Senior Citizen Center. She served on several
committees and was a prominent provider of the church’s hospitality.
Carol’s family was forced to move from Bufflick in Kanawha County in 1974. Highway officials bought their farm for right-of-way for Interstate 79. They purchased a farm in Frametown and lived beside the Frametown Volunteer Fire Department.
Carol committed her life to taking care of her father and mother in their later years. Her dedication to them was an incredible tribute to the love of a daughter for her parents. For a short time, her mother was a resident of the Braxton Health Care Center. Carol visited daily even during the Covid lockdown visiting by cell phone, talking through the window regardless of the weather.
There will be a life celebration 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. Saturday, March 5, 2022 at First Southern Baptist Church, Sutton with Pastor Shane Boggs officiating.
Inurnment will be in the Beall’s Mill Cemetery, Gassaway, beside her first husband, James Estep, Sr.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

William Lloyd Jackson, 83, of Flatwoods, passed away from this life and had his long awaited reunion with his daughter, Deborah on January 28, 2022
He was born in Sutton at home on January 6, 1939 to the late Loyd L. and Mary Belle Leeson Jackson.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Ann Jackson; siblings; Jeanette Keith, Emery Frame, Janice Taylor, Katie Paschal, Leon Jackson, Kenneth Jackson, Ialene McNeal, Aldine Stewart, and Jack Frame.
In William’s life he drove an 18 wheeler truck and was an equipment supervisor for the state of WV. His true passion was being around his grandchildren. He so enjoyed being father, grandfather and great grandfather. He also liked to be outdoors riding his four wheeler. William was the last remaining sibling in his family.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberley Pierson and husband, Cliff, of Sutton; grandchildren, Jessica Pierson, Allen Pierson and wife, Kayln, Phillip Pierson and wife, April, and Kyle Pierson and wife, Traci. He is also survived by his six great grandchildren, Taylor, Judah, Willow, Ellie, Paisley, and Jackson.
In keeping with William’s wishes he was cremated and no services will be held.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Vickie L. Smallwood, 72, of Gassaway went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
She was born October 10, 1949 in Washington, DC to the late William Wesley Shirley and Gertrude Garland Hall Shirley.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, David Smallwood.
Vickie is survived by her five children, Patricia Talbert, Barbie Lantz and Mary Stevens, and two sons; three siblings, Rodney Shirley and family, Glendora and family and Thelma Gayle and family. She leaves behind numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Vickie loved to fish, play board games, and watch movies. She will be missed by all. Love you Mom.
Funeral service was 12 Noon Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
Interment was in the Dunn Cemetery, Canfield.
Visitation was one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
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Ronny Dale Long On February 24, 2022, at 4:17 AM, God sent a beautiful horse to take Ronny Dale Long, age 60, to his heavenly home. There to meet him with open arms was his mother, Joann “Josie” Linville Long; infant sister, Peggy Ann Long; brother & best friend, Ricky Lee Long; grandparents Dewey & Laura Jackson Long and Edgar & Marie Hayes Linville; Aunts & Uncles: Melvin Linville, Lessie & wife Gracie Jackson Long, Dana & wife Arzee McCloy Long, Billie Sue Long Hamil & husband Joseph, Virginia Mullins Long, Billie Jackson, and Carl Linville & wife Dora.
Ronny was born May 14, 1961, in Sutton, WV, the son of Donny Lee Long of Windy Run & the late Joann “Josie” Linville Long. He was a 1980 graduate of Braxton County High School. Ronny will be loved and forever missed by his father, uncles & aunts: Thelma Long Jackson, James Long, Nancy Long Linville, and Golden Long, many loving cousins, the family of the late Orville & Betty Jenkins, the Carder family, and his many friends from the horse show over the past forty-plus years, where he was a faithful volunteer.
Ronny loved to hunt, ride horses and ride four-wheelers. He made canes, benches, and anything made from wood. He loved making wooden animals to give away.
Ronny was so loving and kind. His smile and laugh could melt your heart. He never met a stranger. He would do anything to help anyone. Just a hand shake, pat on the back, or a thank you was payment enough.
Family and friends were received on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 2 PM for a graveside service with the Reverend Lynn Schiefer officiating at the Tesla Cemetery on Tesla Run Road.
The Greene-Robinson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV feels privileged to support and assist the Long family in honoring Ronny Dale Long. Words of comfort and fond memories can be shared with the family on the funeral home website

Crystal Rose Lennox, loving wife, superior mother and grandmother, passed on to become another angel in our heavens at only 44 years old.
Crystal met her husband while working road construction upon working together 24/7 for over twenty years. She then went on to get a supervisor position at the FBI Academy located in Quantico.
Survivors include the love of her life and soulmate who will always be her life partner, Mark with a little intervention of her dachshund, Bogus; Father Harry Dean: Mother Ruth Dean: Brother Emery Dean: Sister Michelle Johnson: Son Harry: Daughter Tamera: Step-Daughter Shelby: and multiple grandchildren.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Covenant Funeral Services, Fredericksburg. A service was held at 1 P.M. on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the funeral home.
Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Helen Louise (Steele) Mathes, 91, of Cowen, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at West Virginia University Extended Care in Summersville.
Born June 7, 1930 in Bolair, she was the daughter of the late Arretus and Mintie (Handschumacher) Steele. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Irven Mathes; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie (Darrell) O’Brien; infant daughter, Linda Louise Cogar; grandson, David Dewayne Brown; son-in-law, Bill Jarvis; sisters: Margaret, JoAnn, Mary, and Virginia; and her brother, Alva.
Helen enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She was an excellent cook, and hosted Sunday dinner every week for the entire family. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge #161 in Cowen, and held many positions in the organization throughout her tenure there.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Cindy (Nathan) Barbe of Summersville, Susan Jarvis of Cowen, and Charlotte (David) Brown of Camden-on-Gauley ; grandchildren: Shalimar O’Brien, Travis Miller, Stacey (Josh) Williams, Angela (Gary) Powers, Pam (Kenneth) Martin, and Ronnie Jarvis; sister, Brenda Pritchard of OH; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Services will be held 2PM, Friday, February 25, 2022 at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, with Pastor Jim Varney officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen. Friends may join the family for visitation from 12PM-1PM .
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Adams-Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Mathes family.

Shelva Jean Perkins, 81 of Diana passed away Saturday, February 19, 2022. Shelva was born April 7, 1940 on Fisher Run and was the daughter of the late Stowie Russell and Lula Baker Fisher. Along with her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Romeo Perkins and also several brothers and sisters.
Shelva was a born again Christian. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, watching the birds, loved her dog and cats and spending time with her family.
Surviving are her two boys; Alan Perkins and his wife Anita, Ivan Perkins; brother, Arnold Fisher; sister, Belva Carpenter; grandchildren, Matthew Perkins, Brandon Perkins and his wife Jessica and a great granddaughter Aubrey Young.
Service was 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Cochran officiating. Burialfollowed at Perkins Family Cemetery, Diana. Friends joined the family for visitation 6PM-9PM Monday evening at the funeral home.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs is honored to be serving the Perkins family.

David Aaron White, 73 of Richwood passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He was born May 1, 1948 in Charleston to the late Harry Wilbur White and Maggie Ellen Jones White Selman. Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother Gaylord White.
David enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar, and his dog, Digger.
He is survived by his son David Eric White; daughter Bobbie White; brother Kenneth “Butch” Paul White; sister Kathie (Virgle) Lane; six grandchildren; and several other extended family and friends to mourn his passing.
In keeping with David’s wishes, no services will be held at this time and cremation has taken place.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Adams-Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the White family.