Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Charles L. Fincham age 77 of Paris Twp passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday March 17, 2022 at the Country Club Rehabilitation Campus in Newton Falls. He was born on Sept. 12, 1944 in Braxton Co. WV the son of the late Fred Hall Fincham and Audra Alice (Nicholson) Fincham.
Charles graduated from Burnsville High School in the Class of 1964. He married Vicky Lynn Posey on Dec. 22, 1984 and they have enjoyed 37 years of marriage together. He has lived in Paris Twp since 1972, formerly of Ravenna, OH. Charles owned and operated Eagle Truck Repair in Edinburg Twp. and worked as a diesel mechanic for many years. Then he worked for East Manufacturing in Randolph for 5 years and retired in 2012. Charles enjoyed mowing his yard, and playing blue grass music. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Charles is survived by: his wife Vicky L. Fincham of Paris Twp, 1 son: Jeffrey & Michelle Fincham of Denver, NC, 1 sister: Carol & Phillip Cook of Weston, WV, and 1 grandson: Riley Fincham of Newton Falls.
Funeral services were at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Wednesday March 23, 2022 at 11:00am with Pastor Jennifer Dorn officiating. Calling hours were at the funeral home on Tuesday March 22, 2022 from 6:00- 8:00pm. He was laid to rest at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Newton Falls.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330)872-5440. Family and friends may view his obituary online or to send condolences, please visit us at

Howard C. Lewis was reunited with his wife Delena in Heaven on 3/18/2022 at the age of 87.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Delena Lewis; his parents Otto and Mattie Lewis; 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
Left to cherish his memories are his children. Eddie (Andrea) Lewis, Keith (Tammy) Lewis, Liz (Scott) Paul, Kathleen (Terry) Dudash, Jerry (Tammy) Lewis; 13 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and his sister Ercel (Sam) Currance.
Howard was born in Hyer, West Virginia in 1934. He met his future wife as a child while attending school in Sutton. He joined the army as a young man and went on to work as a machinist in Ohio. He and his wife later moved to Virginia Beach, VA to be near their children and so he could work alongside his sons in construction. Howard found relaxation in the rhythmic stripping of copper while comfortably seated in the glider on the back porch all the while enjoying the beautiful weather. As years progressed, he would spend so very much of his time with his family and especially with his treasured wife.
A graveside service was held for Howard C. Lewis at Newville Cemetery on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 11am in West Virginia.

Martin Buford Dodrill, 81, of Dille, West Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 21, 2022 after an extended illness.
He was born November 13, 1940 on Poplar Creek in Birch River, West Virginia to George Martin Dodrill and Leola Deloris Boggs-Dodrill. He was the ninth of twelve children.
Martin was preceded in death by his mother, father, four sisters, six brothers, first wife, June, and daughter, Sandy Bowers.
Martin was a retired coal miner and a devoted member of Big Union Baptist Church in Dille. He loved his church and family. His desire was that they all knew the Lord.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda, daughter, Sharon Cobb, grandchildren, Shannon (Jeremy) Blake, Danielle Cobb and Dereck Cobb, several great grandchildren, and his brother, Roscoe (Retta) Dodrill.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Big Union Baptist Church in Dille with Rev. Danny Richardson and Pastor Peter Shaffer officiating. Burial followed at Walnut Grove Church Cemetery, Strange Creek. Friends called one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Dodrill family.
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Burl Life was born in Frametown, West Virginia on December 26, 1931 and passed away March 20, 2022, in Ohio, at the age of 90 years old.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben Scott and Jessie Melinda Life; one brother and four sisters.
Burl was always setting a good example of hard work and dedication. He loved and often visited his hometown in West Virginia. Burl retired from General Motors after 40 years. He was a handyman in all things from home improvements to fixing cars.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Dee, of 65 years of marriage; his three children, Melinda Burgwald (Keith), Rocky Life, and Shirlee Livelsberger (Terry); six grandchildren, Kristain (Katie), Megan, Dane, Sarah, Tyler, Laura (Keith). Burl is also survived by his four great grandchildren; Camden, Kira, Metta, and Wesley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
We all will miss our husband, Dad, grandpa and great grandpa.
Visitation was 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, March 25, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home Gassaway, WV.
Graveside Service was 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 26th with Rev. Rich Demastus officiating at Keener-Stout Cemetery, Frametown, WV.
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Merle Elaine Shackleford, 69, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Thursday, March 24th, 2022 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport, WV. She was born in Vadis, WV on April 30th, 1952: daughter of the late Lee Keesecker and Evalene (Lowther) Keesecker. On January 4th, 1971, she married Jesse Shackleford, who survives.
Cherishing her memory is her husband Jesse, daughter Judy Cook and husband Travis of Alum Bridge, son Jesse Allen Shackleford and wife Amber of Camden and seven grandchildren Ashley Shackleford, Elainia Shackleford, Alan Shackleford, Jesse Lee Shackleford, Ella Grace Shackleford, Chasity Hicks and Cassie Cook. Also cherishing her memory is her twin brother Burl Keesecker and wife Karen of Glenville, sister Karen Shackleford and husband Wilbert of Linn, brother-in-law Hoy Radcliff of Linn and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Merle was preceded in death by one sister Wanda Radcliff.
Mrs. Shackleford was a pharmacy tech at Rite Aid in Weston and later as a pharmacy tech at the Burnsville Drug Store. She was a graduate of Lewis County High School with the class of 1971. Merle was a 35 year member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department of Vadis, WV. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Family and friends gathered at the Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston on Monday, March 28th, 2022 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Funeral services began at 1:30 p.m. from the Hardman Family Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Bill Hunt officiating. Interment followed services in the Hiney Hill Cemetery of Linn, WV. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Merle may be expressed at
Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the family of Merle Elaine Shackleford.

Mary Ellen Crawford Sergent was born on January 14, 1934, in Sutton, West Virginia, and answered the Savior’s call quietly and peacefully on March 27, 2022, in Hinton, West Virginia, surrounded by her loved ones.
She spent the early years of her life in Sutton and graduated from Sutton High School in 1952. Her growth and development included joining Sutton Baptist Church, where she actively demonstrated her lifelong devotion to Christ as a Deaconess and Sunday School Teacher.
Mary Ellen was a past Worthy Matron in the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #32, receiving her 50-year pin. She was also a past president of the Braxton County Homemakers Club, a candy striper at Sutton Hospital, and an auxiliary volunteer for Braxton County Hospital.
Her favorite place to be was on her front porch. She considered the rearing of five loving children her greatest accomplishment, each one of them God’s special gift to her. She was an avid WVU fan, especially in football and basketball, and enjoyed attending games and watching the Mountaineers win on television. Her enthusiasm was so great that she raised an entire family of WVU fanatics.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Lindy,” adoptive parents, John and Lena Crawford, mother, Pearl Crawford, and son, Charley Sergent (Debbie).
She leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters; Carol Crook, and Mary Jo Carr, two sons; John Jay Sergent, and Rick Sergent, (Cheri), daughter-in-law; Debbie Sergent, grandchildren; Kenneth and Lindy Crook, Josh and Shane Sergent, Jacob Carr, and Bailey DiCarli; great-grandchildren, Ty and Damian Johnson, Rylee Sergent, and Stellan DeCarli; and a host of other family members and friends.
Graveside service will be held 10:00 am, Friday, April 1, 2022 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway, WV. Friends may call 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton is honored to be serving the Sergent family.
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Norma Darlene “Squeak” McIe, 52, of Rittman, OH, formerly of Webster Springs passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
Born June 7, 1969 in Upshur County, she was the daughter of Charles Leonard McIe and Norma Geraldine (Barbe) Mitchell. Squeak was a homemaker and enjoyed baking and decorating cakes and making candy. She was always spending time with someone different, whether it be her family, friends, or just an acquaintance.
Squeak is survived by her parents: Charles McIe of Webster Springs and Norma Mitchell of Rittman, OH; children: Preston (Judy) of White Sulfur Springs, Duwayne, Jessica, Donnie, Trisha, Patrick, and Jolessa, all of OH; her granddaughter, Karson; brothers and sisters: Mary of OH, Charles (Lori) of NC, Doran (Amy), David, and Daniel, all of WV; special cousin, Brenda Carpenter of OH; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Services to celebrate her life were held 2pm, Monday, March 28, 2022 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, with Pastor Bennie Cowger officiating. Friends joined the family for visitation 1 hour prior to the service time. Burial followed at McIe Cemetery, Hodam Creek.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the McIe family.
Roy A. Henderson
Roy A. Henderson 68, born April 22, 1953 in West Virginia, passed away March 4, 2022. Roy was a dedicated family man and friend to all. Married 47 years to Deborah Henderson, father and grandfather to the lights of his life, R. Chris Henderson and Coleman W. Henderson. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle.
After graduating from Glenville State College in 1973, he began his career as a procurement man in the timber industry, joining Appalachian Timber Services in 1976, becoming VP of Operations in 2010, and retiring from ATS in 2018.
Roy had a great love for the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, working, walking or just sitting. He worked diligently at instilling his many values and love for great outdoors to his son and grandson. He was a dedicated and tireless worker, accomplishing a great deal during his life. He was a pillar of his community as well as a savvy businessman. Roy had several interests including serving as a board member for Calhoun Banks, a member of the Glenville Lions Club International and life member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He was an avid collector of many treasures and tremendously enjoyed the search for his next great find.
He will be greatly missed by his family and many lifelong friends including his special brother Rick, who he considered family. He was predeceased by his parents Billie F. and Mary C. Henderson. His surviving family “tree” includes wife Deborah, son Chris and wife Laura, grandson Coleman, granddaughter Kelsey Decker, sister Brenda H. Brammer (Wesley), brother-in-law Jeff Cavender (Dale), Betty Cavender, Cindi Casto and nephews.
Roy, quite the modest man was not fond of any event that would draw attention to himself, therefore in lieu of services/visitation the family suggests taking a walk in the woods in his memory. Donations may be made to the Mountain Lakes NWTF Attn: Jake Program, a passion of Roy’s that educates and assists youth in various hunting activities. Checks may be mailed to 187 Curry Ridge Road, Napier, WV 26631.