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Martha Jean Smith
Martha Jean Smith, 82, of Lititz, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Brethren Village.
Born in Sutton, WV, she was the daughter of the late Richard Posey and Edna Martin Frame, and stepdaughter of
the late Marvin J. Frame. She was the wife of the late John R. Smith, who passed away on Feb. 27,2020. She and her husband had lived in Ohio and then lived in Elizabethtown for many years.
A nationally renowned antiques expert, Martha specialized in glass and china pieces and was referenced in several books. She had been an antiques dealer for 47 years in co-ops in Hershey and the surrounding areas, as well and 47 seasons at Shupp’s Grove Antiques Market in Reinholds, PA.
Martha was a member of 39 years at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Elizabethtown.
She had been involved with Girl Scout activities with her daughters. The happiest part of her
life was raising her children.
Martha is survived by her children: Mary Jane Smith of Reading, PA, and Joseph E. married to Denise Smithof Manchester, TN; her grandchildren Sarah Ann Smith Stum married to Zach Stum, and Joshua Hummel; and by her son-in-law, Kirk Hummel of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Ann Smith Hummel.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 5:30PM at the Lancaster Friends Meeting Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her memory to Historic St. Peters Catholic Church, 1840 Marshall Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. To send a condolence, please visit

Ellen Isophene “Icie” Moyers Mitchell
Ellen Isophene “Icie” Moyers Mitchell, 91, of Frametown, went to be with our Lord and Savior on May 26, 2022.
She was born on October 10, 1930 in Sutton to the late Dennis and Glenna Ramsey Moyers.
In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Ellen Louise Mitchell; three brothers, Charles Richard Moyers, Dennis Glen Moyers, and infant brother, Robert Lynn Moyers; as well as one sister, Helen Louise Moyers Connolly.
Ellen attended Marshall University for two years. Following this she taught grade school at Belfont for two years and worked as a teacher’s aide at Wilsie Elementary. She also worked for the Department of Highways before settling into her career as a child advocate for the State of WV, for which she retired after 27 years.
Ellen’s friends and family will miss her loving, positive spirit and her quick wit, but the love and kindness she shared with others will live on forever.
She will be forever remembered by her son, Steven Hugh Mitchell of Wilsie; her brother, William “Bill” Wirt Moyers and wife, Susan, of Seminole, Florida; sister, Marilyn Moyers Gillenwater and husband, Terry, of Fishers, Indiana; two granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.
Ellen’s memorial service will be 1 P.M. July 9, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Reverend Rich Demastus officiating.
Family and friends may gather an hour prior to the service.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Caroline Gillespie Cochran
Caroline Gillespie Cochran, 78 of Webster Springs, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022, seven days following the passing of her husband of 55 years, Melvin W. Cochran, who passed on June 23, 2022. She passed away of complications from pancreatic cancer, five days after learning of her diagnosis.
She was the tenth and last child, born to Clarence W. and Bertha Baughman Gillespie, on May 23, 1944, in Buckhannon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Eugene, Jimmy, Bernard and Felix and sisters, Helen, Louise and Lucille.
Surviving is brother David of Webster Springs and sister Sammie (Bob) Allman of Buckhannon. She is also survived by son Max (wife Sandra) Cochran of Webster Springs; four grandchildren, Eddie Cochran, Max (wife Christina) Cochran Jr., Matthew (wife Vicky) Cochran, and Jessica Cochran; along with four great-grandchildren, Desirae, Matthew Jr., Grace, and Lauren; a great-great-granddaughter, Elena; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Caroline was a member of Emmanuel Assembly of God; she was a 1962 graduate of Webster Springs High School and Clarksburg Beauty Academy in 1963. After passing her WV state licensing exams, she operated her own beauty salon for 30 years in Webster Springs. She was originally hired by Charlie Dodd in 1969 as beautician for Dodd & Hurt Funeral Home and continued working when the business changed to Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.
She enjoyed traveling overseas and state side with her husband and grandchildren, and especially enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren at the beach. Caroline was a very competitive scrabble player. Reading historic fiction and WV murder mystery books was her pleasure.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 12:00 noon at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Cowger officiating and Eulogy given by Jack Alsop. She will be laid to rest beside Melvin at Big Run Cemetery, Diana. Friends may join the family for visitation two hours prior to service time.
Please join the family for Graveside Services at 2:30 PM at Big Run Cemetery, Diana.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Assembly of God, PO Box 839, Cowen, WV 26206.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cochran family.

Helen Maxine Moore
Helen Maxine Moore, 92, of Sutton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Glenville Center, Glenville.
She was born April 12, 1930 in Gassaway, the daughter of the late Orville & Clarice Facemire Flint. Also preceding her in death was her husband, John Lee Moore; brothers, Jackie Flint, Steven Flint; granddaughter, Janelle Moore; grandson, Justin Moore; daughter-in-law, Barbara Moore.
Helen was a retired cook for Braxton County Schools a homemaker and a member of Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla.
She is survived by her sons, Brent A Moore of Sutton, Gregory C Moore of Culpepper, VA; grandchildren, Brandi, Aaron.
Graveside service was held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating. Friends called 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Tuesday, July 5 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Moore family.
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Roseland Irene Morris
Roseland Irene Morris, 80, of Camden Hill Heights, Sutton, WV, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 1st at her home surrounded by her family.
Irene was born July 6th, 1941 to the late Guy Robert Shepherd and Charlotte Nichols Shepherd Stout. Also preceding her in death is her husband, Joseph Dale Morris; sisters, Phyllis Paintiff, Kay Hall; brothers, Junior Shepherd, Kenneth Shepherd and Cecil Shepherd.
She is survived by one sister, Sandra Belt. Irene was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Linda Zackoski of Frametown, WV who was also her caregiver and best friend; her loving sons, Roger Morris (Jacque) of Berea, KY and Alan Morris (Cheryl) of Burnsville, WV. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Nathan Morris, Crystal Ingram, Matt Morris, Chris Morris, Edwin Zackoski, Eric Zackoski and Whitney Teets. Irene also was a very proud great grandmother to 17 great grandchildren, who she adored.
Funeral services were held 1:00 pm, July 4th, 2022 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV with Pastor Christopher Teets officiating. Burial followed in the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Airport Rd. Sutton. Friends called one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Morris family.
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Roger Lee Means
Roger Lee Means of the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, TN passed away June 26, 2022.
He was born April 18, 1937 to parents, Ora Gay Means and William Allen Means in Clarksburg, West Virginia who preceded him in death. Roger served in the U. S. Air Force and was stationed in Riverside, California. He retired after 35 years of working for the U. S. Post Office. Roger loved to play golf and was an avid fisherman.
He will be missed by many friends and family. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine Sutton of West Virginia; brother, Bill Means of Weirton, West Virginia, and nephew, Jeff Means. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet Griffin Means; sister, Carolyn Robinson of Brooksville, FL; nephews: Gary Means (Valerie), Tommy Means (Debby), Doug Robinson (Monica), John Morrison (Linda); nieces, Pam Klinglesmith, Debra Robinson, Andrea Gekler (Todd), and Linda Jackson (Jerry).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Association or the charity of your choice.
There will be no public services.
Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, TN is in charge of arrangements.

Mark Allen Wilson
Mark Allen Wilson, 54, of Sutton, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
He was born April 29, 1968 the son of Charles Wilson and the late June Riffle Wilson. Also preceding him in death is his brother, Billy Wilson.
He is survived by his son, Seth Wilson of Sutton; companion, Becky Carr of Sutton; father, Charles Wilson of NC; brothers, Keith Wilson of Sutton, Charlie Wilson of Gassaway.
Upon request his body will be cremated.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wilson family.
Online condolences may be sent to:

Shirley Ann (Sutton) Tracy
Shirley Ann (Sutton) Tracy, 85, of Mt. Lookout, passed away on June 25, 2022 at Stonerise Rainelle. She was born June 20, 1937 in Millcreek, WV to the late Ronal and Edith (Tyler) Sutton.
Shirley was married to Charles Arlen Tracy (deceased) and was a long time resident of Cowen where she retired from the Cowen Public Service District.
Shirley was preceded in death by her brother Ronnie Sutton of Bowie, MD and sister Carolyn Haddix of Dailey, WV. She is survived by sisters Betty and Jimmy (deceased) Waybright and Jeanie and Fred Sparks, both of Cowen, and three sons: Dr. Charles Alan & Kathryn Tracy, Mark & AnnaMary Tracy, and Paul & Glenda Tracy. Shirley celebrated and adored her eight grandchildren: Kelley (Whoolery), Ian, Joshua, Daryn (Moore), Tony, Erin (Hufstetler) and honorarily Alex and Gabe Garland. Shirley was known as “Granny” to her four great grandchildren: Garrett, Carson, and Jonah Whoolery and Lucas Hufstetler. She is also survived by many friends and extended family who will mourn her passing.
Graveside services will be conducted privately for the family at a future date.
In Shirley’s honor, Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen is honored to be serving the Tracy family.

Philip Nolan Kniceley
Philip Nolan Kniceley, 72, of Palm Coast passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida. Philip was born on September 7, 1949 to the late Nolan and Patsy Kniceley.
Philip was a proud US Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was a loving devoted husband, father and grandfather, always placing his family and others before himself. Philip enjoyed collecting coins, entertaining others, men’s breakfast clubs, and causing trouble. He is known by his amazing sense of humor and his willingness to give of himself, his time, his money and his heart.
Philip is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deborah Kniceley; children, Philip “Wheel” Kniceley II (Beth), Becky Chapell (Andrew), Luke Watson (Megan) and Mark Watson; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; siblings, Gregg, Kathy, Alan, Jeff, Shawn and Chad; a host of extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.
A Celebration of Philip’s life will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Parkview Church Palm Coast, 5435 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, Fl 32137.
Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of his arrangements.