Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Wayne F. Westfall, 66, of Akron went to the big fishing tournament in the sky on May 19, 2022. He was born on November 14, 1955 in Barberton, Ohio to the late Franklin Westfall and Doris Mills. After 30 years working as an auto mechanic, Wayne retired and spent the last four years working for Auto Zone as a parts driver. He made many friends along the way.
West Virginia was a second home to Wayne, and he never missed a chance to visit family and friends there, especially his cousin/twin, Tony Westfall and his wife, Debbie in Sutton. His passions in life were hunting, fishing, and bowling, and he was an enthusiastic teacher of all. Wayne was involved in many fishing clubs over the years. He was a founding member of the Portage Lakes Bass Masters. Along with his wife, Sue, he was a slot connoisseur and always made it a point to explore new casinos. He enjoyed the time he spent helping his buddy, Craig Addis, racing and pit-crewing. Wayne had a special connection with animals, and they always had a way of bringing out his soft side.
Above all, Wayne cherished spending time with his family, especially his six grandchildren.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 years, Sue “Susie” Westfall; daughters, Emily Westfall (Mindy Calderone) and their children, William and Julius, and Debra (Thomas) Stroup and their children, Zachary, Andrew, Ethan and Audrey; sister-in-law, Cynthia (Duane) Knox and their children, Edward (Cathy) Langenfeld and their children, Francis (Laurie) Langenfeld, and their children, Joe (Stacey) Langenfeld and their family; and the son he never had, Billy Beeler, along with his daughters, Naomi, Emma and Savanna. He will also be missed by many close family friends, co-workers, and customers where he delivered.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Wayne’s life will take place on Sunday June 12, 2022 at the Goodyear Yacht Club 3565 S Main St, Akron, OH 44319 from 2pm until 4pm.

Linda Kaye Dodrill, 74, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 3rd.
She was born on December 30, 1946, to H. Donald Perkins and Pertie N. Perkins in Birch River WV. She graduated from Nicholas County High in 1964 with honors. On June 28, 1964, she married the love of her life, Wendell L. Dodrill, also of Birch River. They were married 44 years and had a son, John D. Dodrill. Linda had a long and distinguished career of 35 years at Farmers and Merchants Bank that later became BB&T where she was Vice President of Operations. After retiring, she moved to be with her son and resided in Richmond TX.
Linda is survived by her son John D. Dodrill and wife Dawn Marie; granddaughter Leigh Anne Dodrill and great grandson Arie James; siblings Barbara Perkins, Beverly Jo Ramsburg and husband David, H. Donald Perkins Jr. and wife Lori, and Mary Jane Lee and husband Tom.
A Graveside services were held at Walker Cemetery in Birch River on Friday 5/27/22 at 11 am. After the services, there was a gathering at Birch River Baptist Church.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Dodrill family.
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Howard Lee McKay, 88 of Jane Lew (Good Hope Community, Harrison Co. WV) went to be with his Lord and Savior, passing into his eternal life at 3:00 AM, on Tuesday May 24, 2022 in the comfort of his home with his wife by his side, under the compassionate and much appreciated care of WVU- Medicine Hospice, following a long courageous battle with COPD and heart disease.
He was born on August 31, 1933, in Lima, Tyler County, WV. Howard was the son of the late Joseph Edward McKay and Ethelyn Beatrice (Musser) McKay Whitter Balducci. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his two step-fathers: Chester H. Witter and Wilbert H. Balducci; four brothers and spouses: Homer E. and wife, Gladys (Carney) McKay, Homers first wife, Madalyn (Winland) McKay, Denzil M. McKay and wife, Opal (Swiger) McKay, Hamilton, Robert J. and wife, Ruth E. (Swiger) McKay, and Chester L. McKay; one brother-in-law, W. Bruce Sullivan; Howards second wife: the former Mary J. (Butcher) Davis McKay; father and mother-in-law: Charles and Ruby (Harper) Eubank; sister-in-law: Shirley J. Eubank, several nieces and nephews, and an uncle, Carlton Musser, who died on February 20, 1945 at Luxembourg, Germany during WWII, at age 23.
When Howards parents divorced around 1945, his mother moved to Newton Falls, OH. He spent his early years there. He quit Elementary School in Ohio during 7th grade and moved back to WV to live with his father. He later received his state High School equivalent diploma on February 14, 1979, from the WV Board of Education of Charleston, WV.
Howard proudly served his country in the United States Army MPC and was a Korean War Veteran. He entered active duty on December, 15, 1953, enlisting in Cleveland, OH. He completed his time of service on December 2, 1955, receiving his honorable discharge at Fort Sheridan, IL. After completing his training, he was later assigned to CO.D, 728TH Military Police. His detail in Korea was railway security. During his time of service he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Service Ribbon, and a United Nations Service Medal. Howards four brothers also had military service.
During his diverse career, Howard had multiple jobs and wore many different hats. He began as a young teenager performing varieties of farm work in WV. While living in OH at different intervals, he worked at forging shops, one of which he was making air plane parts, a steel mill, a chicken farm, and a floral shop. When country roads brought him home to stay (he truly loved living in his native state best), he worked at the Louie Glass Factory, the Alkahn Label Factory, and the Old Weston State Hospital as a security guard.
On October 30, 1978, he completed a National Safety Councils Defense Driving Course. He ended his career as a utility general trades worker and security duty at the WVU- Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center, retiring in 1994 with 16 years of service. Besides his regular duties, he kept the sound systems, microphones, and AV electronic equipment in repair, and checked the fire alarms. He was given high marks for his technical knowledge and rated as exceeding the standards of his job.
While working at Jacksons Mill, he was recognized with an appreciation award presented to him by extension agent, the late William Frye, in November 1981, for all of his assistance to the Lewis County 4-H Programs.
On December 17, 1983, Howard received his earliest best Christmas gift his of lifetime, when he was united in marriage with his wife, Nancy Rosalie Eubank at the First United Methodist Church of Jane Lew. His life changed and he found his true home with a beloved front porch. They moved into their home in July 1986. The very first piece of furniture that he bought was a swing for his porch.
He had a variety of hobbies, which included doing leather work, making rings from steel pipe, recording cassettes, VHS tapes and taught himself how to make DVD recordings, working on electronic equipment, clocks, and watches, mastered photography and played music. His greatest passion was his music. He had a love and talent for a variety of instruments and could play guitar, mandolin, harmonicas, keyboard and his most favorite instrument, the banjo. When living in OH, he played guitar and sang at local clubs and the VFW’s. He most loved playing music at home with his son. He liked traditional country music, instrumentals, bluegrass and his greatest favorite, bluegrass gospel. His most favorite gospel song was The Old Rugged Cross and his most favorite singer was Mac Wiseman.
He liked riding around the fields with his son, deer hunting in November and enjoyed his daughter’s cookouts in the summer and spending time with family at small gatherings. He also loved going to yard and garage sales, flea markets, and supporting the local church sales.
He was a real homebody and loved spending his golden years on his front porch with his wife and dog.
His favorite flowers were roses.
Howard’s memory will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him and he will be greatly missed by his survivors; his devoted wife of 38 ½ years, Nancy McKay; his two children: Howard Steven McKay and wife, Cathy, of Jane Lew, and Karen Sue McKay Wilfong and husband, Michael, of West Milford; three grandchildren: Trisha McKay Tenney Dunn, of Jane Lew, Christina Wilfong Barnes and husband, Jason, of Hubert, NC, and Joshua Wilfong, of Lost Creek; seven great-grandchildren: Aaron, Austin, and Kayla Tenney, and Preston and Hudson Barnes, and Cohen and Avery Wilfong; first wife and mother of his children, Ramona McClung McKay, of Kincheloe; one sister, Mary L Whitter Sullivan, of Newton Falls, OH; sister-in-law, Ida McKay, of Warren OH; brother-in-laws: Harold Eubank and wife, Barbara, of Jane Lew, and Mitchell Eubank; and sister-in-laws: Mary and Doris Eubank, of Braxton Co.; a special cousin, Jewell Swiger Sponaugle; a special niece, Barbara McKay Marsh, of Newton Falls, OH, who always blessed Howard with cards and phone calls. And his loving canine the great Chihuahua, Banjo McKay II, will also miss Howard.
Waiting to greet him just this side of Heaven’s gate by the foot of the Rainbow Bridge will be his faithful beagle, Lady and his very sassy Chihuahua, Cookie.
In lieu of flowers, Howard’s family has requested donations be sent to Jane Lew Methodist Church, Broad Run Baptist Church, or WVU- Hospice.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 12-2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022. Funeral Services will begin at 2 p.m. in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Shawn Weaver officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew with full military honors accorded by the United States Army and Lewis County Honor Guard.
We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, appreciate the service of Howard Lee McKay and it has been our honor and privilege to serve his family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Gary Lewis Gray On Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Gary Lewis Gray, 74, of Frametown, passed away peacefully with his family at his side.
He was born on October 25, 1947 in Sutton to the late Wilmer A. and Ethel Payne Gray.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Oleta Gray and brother, Kenneth Gray.
John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Around 56 years ago, Gary laid down his life for this nation in Vietnam in the United State Army. Incurring massive brain loss and a body riddled with shrapnel, never expected to be able to survive his injuries, God stepped in and blew that precious breathe back into his injured body. Through prayers and the love of his mother and father he was nursed back to life and relearned to walk, talk and do the basic life skills. With some recovery he suffered through his traumatic brain injury and was able to live for 56 more precious years. His family was honored to spend time with him at home while hospice took care of him. Gary and his family also were also have one last bible study and service together the night he died. Gary, even in his condition, never failed to testify to God’s greatness. Gary had no worries or troubles. He also had many, many friends that knew him.
He is survived by his brother, Carl Gray (Brenda) of Akron, Ohio; sister-in-law, Judy Gray, of Duck; nephews, Dennis Gray (Pat) of Waynesville, North Carolina; Gary Roger Gray (Stephanie) of Duck, Keith Gray (Claire) of Duck, Jeff Gray (Lisa) of Akron, Ohio; niece, DeAnn Pillitere (Bobby) of Schertz, Texas; many great nephews and a great niece. He is also survived by several great great nephews and nieces.
Gary’s funeral will be 1 P.M. Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Frametown United Methodist Church with Reverend Johnny Conrad officiating. Interment with full military rites will be in the Gray Family Cemetery, Duck.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Special thanks to WV Caring nurses for their compassionate hospice care of Gary.
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Mary Grace Cogar, 76, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2022 at her home in Shock, WV.
She was born July 14, 1945 in O’Brien, WV to Spencer Frame and Macel Ellen Perrine Frame. Mary was a devoted wife to her husband of 56 years, Joe Cogar, and a devoted mother to their only son, Kevin. She was a superb cook, as anyone who has ever eaten one of her meals or biscuits can attest.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Raben Frame.
Mary is survived by her husband, Joe; her son, Kevin (wife Tammy) Cogar of Barboursville, WV; three grandchildren, Madison (husband Joey) Geneseo of Columbus, OH, Tristan Cogar of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Baylee Cogar of Barboursville, WV; sisters, Marlene Carr of Gassaway, WV and Marilyn (husband Minter) Boone of Frametown, WV; and brothers Lloyd (wife Cindy) Frame of Aiken, SC and Randy Frame of Lake City, FL. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and more friends than could be counted.
Mary was well-known in her community for her loud and boisterous laugh, as well as her work with the Rosedale and Gilmer County Senior Centers. Mary was also an avid bowler and was recognized as Gilmer County West Virginia’s Outstanding Democrat of the Year in 2014.
Her visitation will be 5 to 8 P.M. Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton St., Gassaway.
Mary’s funeral will be 11 A.M. Friday, June 3rd at the funeral home with Pastor John Putnam officiating. Interment will follow in the Frame Family Cemetery, Shock.
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Bruce Myers, 63, of Burnsville, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at WVU Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
He was born August 7, 1958 in Charleston, WV to the late Lloyd and Roxie Bragg Myers.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved golden retriever, Mercy Grace.
Bruce worked for Braxton County Memorial Hospital for 20+ years as a certified dietary manager. He enjoyed making flower arrangements and every year on his wedding anniversary he would make his wife an arrangement or a craft that had red roses in the number of years that they were married. He also enjoyed making handmade crafts and sharing them with those he loved and cared for. He had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful encourager who developed relationships with many friends and others around him. Bruce was a Baptist by faith and loved the Lord.
Bruce’s memory will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him and he will be greatly missed by his survivors; loving wife, Jenifer Ann Frame Myers; brothers, Bobby Myers, and wife, Pam, of Gassaway and Larry Myers of Frametown; sister, Doris Radcliff of Gassaway; nieces, Angie Wolverton and husband, Davis, of Gassaway, Shell Lynn Johnson and husband, Tim, of Sutton, Amanda Flint and husband, Matthew, of Elyria, Ohio, Monika Myers, Meredith Frame and Amelia Frame both of Elkview; nephews, Dan Rogers and wife, Stacy, of Centralia, Shawn Myers of Summersville, and Joseph Murphy of South Charleston; mother-in-law, Mary Jo Frame of Burnsville ; brother-in-law, Mike Frame and husband, Brian Deweese of Elkview; sister-in-law, Melanie Murphy of South Charleston; and many beloved great nieces and nephews.
His Celebration of Life Service was 5 P.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Mark Stump officiating.
Visitation was three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
In keeping with Bruce’s wishes cremation followed his services.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Roach Funeral Home to assist with Bruce’s funeral expenses, 708 Braxton Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.
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James Lee Mitchell, 77, of Frametown passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at his home.
He was born August 13, 1944 in Belfont to the late Fletcher and Blanche Hughes Mitchell.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Shepherd Claar; brothers, Dennis and Eugene Mitchell; and sisters, Lula Mitchell, Gertrude Shaw, Edna Hawkins, and Nellie Stickley.
James was a United States Army Vietnam veteran who served in the 196th Light Infantry. In his earlier years he enjoyed CB radio and his CB handle was “Sledtrack”. He liked to hunt, fish, and work on old cars. He went to many auctions and was fond of viewing the Trader’s Guide. James was a Cinncinnati Reds fan and you could find him watching the games with his grandson, Jacob. He enjoyed being husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed.
James will be forever remembered by his wife, Treva Jarvis Mitchell; sons, James L. Mitchell, Jr. and girlfriend, Andrea Engel, of Frametown, and Lennie Shepherd and wife, Wendy, of Atwater, Ohio; four grandsons; and 1 granddaughter. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was 2 P.M. Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Reverend Johnny Conrad officiating with Military Rites at the funeral home. Interment was private.
Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to WV Caring for their compassionate hospice care of James.
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Kenneth Charles Hall In loving memory of Kenneth Charles Hall, born September 23, 1934 passed away at Clay Health Care Nursing Home on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Kenneth was a construction laborer and was also part of the Labor Union in Charleston, WV for over 25 years. He spent his retirement years enjoying his land and farm in Belfont, WV. He was a blacksmith and loved horses. Kenneth was the last surviving sibling of his family.
He was active in the care of his wife, Linda Sue Parsons Hall, who survives him. He is also survived by his daughter, Carol Viar, and husband, William; stepdaughter, Rose McCoy and wife, Julie; granddaughter, Jessica Hartley; and several nieces and nephews.
Kenneth’s funeral service was 12 Noon, Friday, May 27, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Rick Hart officiating. Interment followed in the Rollyson Cemetery, Belfont.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to his neighbors who helped him his last year.
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Ira Otis Cutlip, Sr, age 76, of Goochland, VA, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 at his home. He was born on February 2, 1946, in Sutton, WV, the son of the late William Henry and Mary Jane (Lewis) Cutlip. Ira married Maggie Marie (Miller) Cutlip, who preceded him in death on July 25, 2020.
Mr. Cutlip attended Sutton Schools and worked as a farmer.
Ira is survived by: a daughter, Angel Cutlip of Petersburg, WV; a step daughter, Marie Wilson (Mike Hammer) of Franklin, WV; 2 sons, Ira Otis Cutlip, Jr. of Cleveland, OH, Henry Edwin Cutlip of Goochland, VA; and 5 grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by: 4 brothers, Ralph Bailey, Carl Lewis, Jack Lee and William Bruce Cutlip; and a sister, Virginia Pearl Kline.
Mr. Cutlip’s family will receive friends at the Miller-Cutlip Family Cemetery in Exchange, WV on Thursday, June 2, 2022, 12-2 PM. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Donald Stout officiating. Memories and words of comfort may be left at or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Doleta Dacy Hurst Hamric, 97, gained her wings on Sunday, May 22, 2022, while under the companionate care of Crestview Manor Nursing Facility.
Dottie was born in Braxton County on December 17, 1924, the daughter of the late Garland B. and Ora Hurst.
Dottie was married to James Wesley Hamric on August 9, 1944, and enjoyed 43 years of marriage before his passing on May 17, 1987. Dottie is the mother of Sharron D. Hamric of Weston and Richard Hamric and wife, Carolyn, of Jane Lew. A son, James L. Hamric, preceded her in death in 2020.
Dottie is survived by grandchildren: Monica Nenninger, Valerie Vanderheyden, Shannon Tuttle, Jamie Tuttle, Nathan Hamric and Lindsay Marsh. She is also survived by seventeen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three siblings: Ora Hardway and husband, Earl, Francie Tallman, and Danny Hurst and wife, Donna. Two brothers, Garland B. Hurst and Lewis Hurst, preceded Dottie in death.
Dottie was a devout Christian and a member of McCann’s Run United Methodist Church and later of Broad Street United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer at Our Neighbor clothing and food pantry for over 30 years. Dottie was also employed at McCann’s Run Chiropractic Clinic for several years and worked as a seamstress.
Doleta Dacy Hurst Hamric’s request for Cremation has been honored at Pat Boyle Funeral Home’s On-Site Crematory. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Broad Street United Methodist Church located at 210 Broad Street in Weston at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, with Pastor Brian Plum officiating.
We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Doleta Dacy Hurst Hamric. Online condolences may be expressed at

Josephine Rojas, 90, of Webster Springs went home to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, May 28, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Born February 11, 1932 in Bolair, she was the daughter of the late Bert and Rebie (Miller) Bancroft. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Rojas; son, Tony Vatala; brothers: Robert, Eugene, and Walter; and sister, Roselyn.
Josephine was an avid quilter, and she had won several blue ribbons in the Webster County Fair. She and her husband traveled and lived all across the country from Maryland to California, and everywhere in between. They finally settled back home in Webster County, and she was very happy to be home, just about 2 miles away from her birthplace. Josephine enjoyed watching soap operas and the Hallmark Channel, and was a terrific cook.
She was a member of the Sand Run Baptist Church and was a Christian woman with a strong love of God. She was very loved by all of her children and sweet as pie to all that knew her. It was Josephine’s wish that her children continue to love each other in her memory.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Steve Rojas, Larry Rojas, Mary McColley, and John Vatala; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers: Lewis and William Bancroft; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
In keeping with Josephine’s wishes, she will be cremated and the family will hold a service at a later date.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Rojas family.

Marmel Janette Brown, 80, passed away at her home in Cheswick, PA on April 24, 2022. She was born on July 17, 1941, to parents John W. Brown and Marmel Rader Brown of Burnsville, WV who preceded her in death.
Janette graduated from Burnsville High School in 1959 and was the class Valedictorian. She received a Master’s Degree from WVU in Chemistry. Janette previously held positions as a professor at Albright College in Reading, PA and was a chemist for Gulf Oil Research in Pittsburgh, PA. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Easter Star.
Janette is survived by her brother: John W. Brown (Loretta) and her beloved nephew and niece: John Wesley Brown III (MiLee), Annette Lynn Brown Cain (Scott); and great nephews and nieces.
A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Janette will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022 from 10-11am at Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation, Flatwoods, WV. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Brown family.

Aerwanna Kniceley Frame, 62, of Flatwoods, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
She was born February 15, 1960, in Sutton, the daughter of the late Scott & Alice Harris Kniceley. Also preceding her in death was her brothers, Stanley Kniceley, Steve Kniceley.
Aerwanna was a in home care provider for the Braxton County Senior Center and a Christian by faith.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, David Lee Frame; a sister, Avonda Stewart (Mike) of Flatwoods; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm, Friday, June 3, 2022 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Burial will follow at Kniceley/McCray Cemetery, Flatwoods. Friends may call one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Frame family.
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