Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Susan Marie Mace
Susan Marie Mace, 94 of Hacker Valley, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. She was born February 4, 1928 in Coe to the late Everett and Lora Hammons Nicholas and was a retired store clerk.
She was a lifelong resident of Webster County and a member of the Hacker Valley United Methodist Church. She enjoyed talking and visiting; cooking and baking; and doing what she could for her neighbors.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Carl G. Mace; sister Gladys “Maxine” Faulkner, and brothers William S. Nicholas and Lloyd Lee Nicholas.
Susan is survived by her brother Everett Nicholas, Jr.; special friend Earlene Anderson; nieces and nephews; and many extended family, friends and neighbors who will mourn her passing.
Friends joined the family for visitation on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Hacker Valley United Methodist Church, Hacker Valley.
Funeral Services to celebrate Susan’s life were held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Hacker Valley United Methodist Church officiating. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Hacker Valley Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Susan’s family.

Lenora Belle Johnston
Lenora Belle Johnston, age 91, of Chardon, OH, peacefully passed away on August 1, 2022, at Chardon Healthcare Center. She was born on February 23, 1931, to William and Bertha (nee: Lyons) Triplett in Strange Creek, WV. She graduated from Nicholas County High School, Class of 1950, and married Robert Johnston on January 10, 1953, in Akron, OH. He preceded her in death on March 4, 2002.
Lenora moved to Chester Township in 1974 where she raised her family. She enjoyed sewing and reading her bible.
Survivors include her children; sons, Robert (Julia) Johnston Jr. of Munson Twp., OH, Benjamin (Cynthia) Johnston of Willoughby Hills, OH; daughter, Julie Wagner of Ashtabula, OH; sister, Carol Young of Mount Lookout, W.V. and 3 grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Robert; 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
The family received friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South Street, Chardon, OH 44024. A funeral service followed at 7:00 p.m.
Graveside Service were at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the Chester Township Cemetery, Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH 44026.
Arrangements made by the Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon, OH. Information and condolences on-line at

Hayward Bazzle Hosey
Hayward Bazzle Hosey, 70 of Webster Springs passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Summersville Regional Medical Center. He was born October 9, 1951 in Sutton to the late Burl and Clara Clutter Hosey and previously worked at the saw mill.
Bazzle enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in the yard, sitting on the porch, visiting with people, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Scott Hosey; and sisters Dorothy Baughman and Dollie Dilley.
He is survived by his sisters Bonnie Cogar and Mable Giles; many nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; great-great-nieces Halleigh, Maria, and Haidyn; great-great-nephew Littlest Scott on the way; and many friends and neighbors who will mourn his passing.
Funeral Services to celebrate Bazzle’s life were held on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Doy Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in Beaver Run Cemetery, Bolair. Friends joined the family for visitation two hours prior to service time at the Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hosey family.

Arthur “Lenny” Leonard Pickens
Arthur “Lenny” Leonard Pickens, 73, of Ireland, passed away in the comfort of his home on Friday, July 29, 2022.
He was born in Philippi on August 21, 1948, a son of the late Charles David and Alta Fisher Pickens.
In addition to his parents, Lenny was preceded in death by two step-sisters: Shirley Kay Sprouse and Mary Louise Allman; and one step brother, Sonny Allman.
Forever cherishing their memories of Lenny’s hard-working nature are two sons: Jason Leonard Pickens and Thomas Michael Pickens both of Jupiter, FL; one brother, Chuck Pickens of Ireland; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Lenny was a Christian by faith and graduated in the class of 1966 from Harbor High School in Ashtabula, OH. He worked in a foreign car repair shop in Jupiter, FL. Recently, he was self-employed as a mechanic and iron worker with his partner, Ford Gregory. Lenny liked to go fishing, ride in his side-by-side, collect antiques, and attend the WVU Mountaineer football games
Family and friends gathered for Visitation at Clutter Funeral Services – Alkire Chapel located at 190 Wild Cat Road in Ireland from 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. with Kevin Gregory and Eddie Williams as officiants. Interment followed at the Kincaid Cemetery on Buttermilk Road in Ireland.
We, at Clutter Funeral Services – Alkire Chapel, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Arthur “Lenny” Leonard Pickens. Online condolences may be expressed at

Johnny Dale Taylor
Johnny Dale Taylor of Birch River passed away Monday, August 1, 2022, at the age of 69, lovingly surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 28, 1952 in Twenty Mile, Nicholas County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Johnny Dale was a lineman until he retired after 46 years but retirement was not for him. He kept himself busy working at Southern States of Gassaway for the past two years. He loved working at the store and would come home and tell stories about his days and about his friends and the people he met there.
Anyone who knew Johnny Dale knew that he worked hard all his life. From sunup to sundown whether it was at work, on his farm, in the garden, or helping a
friend or neighbor. He had a generous heart and never hesitated to help people out when they needed it. There also was not a baby or child that he did not claim as his own. Because he was a big kid at heart, they all loved him right back.
Johnny Dale loved being a papaw and spending time with his grandchildren. He could talk about them all day. You could find him with his friends every Saturday having shooting matches in his shooting shack. Johnny Dale was a little guy and became known as “little britches” to his friends. He enjoyed working his farm and was proud of all the hard work he had put into it and what it had become.
Loved ones that cleared the path for Johnny Dale are his parents, Walter Elliott Taylor and Ruby Emogene Brown Taylor, and his sister, Sonja V. Hosey.
Loved ones that will miss Johnny Dale until they meet again are his wife, Debbie Jean Taylor; his son, Johnny (Robin) Taylor, Jr.; his daughters, Stephanie Hayhurst and Jamie Greer; his stepdaughter, Amanda Roberts, his nephew, Jonathan (Rachel) Bragg who he loved as if he were a son of his own; his grandchildren, Jodi (Andy) Adkins, Bethany Martin, Dyllen “Bubby” Williams, Skyler “Raynie” Hayhurst, Brantley Bragg, Satara Greer, Nathaniel “Peanut” Moyers, Warren Neff, Jaxson Neff, Emma Greer; his great-granchildren, Hunter Adkins and Isabella Adkins; his sisters, Shelby (Ron) Hoover, Faye Bragg, Kathy (Tim) Moore, Donna (Tom) Williams, Joyce Flanagan and Terry Clark, Kay (Chuck) Tenney; his brother, Mike Taylor; as well as his extended family and an abundance of friends. He will forever be in their hearts and missed very much every day. The world will not be the same. Until we are together again one day, as Johnny Dale would say “Later…”
Johnny Dale’s funeral was 1 P.M. Friday, August 5, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton Street, Gassaway with Reverend Linn Schiefer officiating. Burial was in the Rocky Acres Family Cemetery, Birch River.
His visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Verdine Belle Rollyson
Verdine Belle Rollyson, 69, of Belfont, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Encompass Health in Morgantown, WV.
She was born March 20, 1953 in Gassaway to the late Orville and Nola Miller Cook.
Verdine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and Christian. She attended the Belfont-Simpson Church. She enjoyed working in her garden at home and she loved to bake and cook. She will be missed.
She will be forever remembered by her husband of 51 years, Tommy Rollyson; son, Justin Rollyson and wife, Jacqueline, of Belfont; grandchildren Brooklyn Paige Rollyson and Brooklyn Taylor Hays.
Verdine’s funeral was 11 A.M. Monday, August 8, 2022 at Belfont-Simpson Church with Reverend Wally Post officiating. Interment followed in the Rollyson Family Cemetery, Belfont.
Her visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
Service of Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Norman Floyd Nottingham
Norman Floyd Nottingham, 78, of Strange Creek passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Plateau Medical center, Oak Hill, WV.
He was born in Braxton County on February 16, 1943 to the late Emma and Floyd Nottingham.
In addition to this parents he was preceded in death by infant sons, Norman F. Nottingham, Jr. and Steve Edward Nottingham; and son, David Allen Nottingham; brothers, Jackie Nottingham and James Brackie Nottingham; and sisters, Marlene Smith and Georgia Houston Chipps.
Norman was retired from Timken Company, Canton, Ohio with 34 years of service. He liked to work outside and hunt.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Walter Nottingham; and daughter, Cindy Jean Phillips and husband, David of Daniels, WV; grandchildren, Rylee Jean Phillips and Reese Emery Phillips; and sister, Shirley Smith of Canton, OH.
In keeping with Norman’s wishes he was cremated.
His memorial service will be 12 Noon Monday, August 15, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Reverend Johnny Conrad officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Nottingham Cemetery, Strange Creek.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Bettye Lee Bowles
Bettye Lee Bowles of Sutton WV passed away August 3rd 2022, at the age of 97.
Bettye was born on February 15th 1925. She is the youngest of 14 children. She worked as a teachers aide for 25 years, and was a member of Christ Church United Methodist of Sutton. She was married to Harrison Loren Bowles. She is survived by her son Rickie D Bowles from Detroit. Her granddaughters, Tracie Greene of NC, Wendy Bowles-Domingo of HI, Loren Bowles of WV, and Latasha Bowles-Jackson of WV, as well as many great and great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Bowles, her sisters, Francis L Martin, Dorothy E. Martin, Jenita Martin, Gertrude Martin, Martha L. Martin, Cosetta M Martin, Her brothers, Henry Martin, Robert G. Martin, Earnest J Martin, George M Martin, Reynard L. Martin, Charles Martin and Donald Martin. Great grand daughter Aaliyah Bowles-Domingo and great grandson Tyrone Bowles.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 13th at Greene-Robertson Funeral home, with BeBe Marshall officiating. Friends may call one hour before service, at Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggest that donations be made to Christ Church United Methodist of Sutton, WV 26601.

Lena Jo Byrne Riffle
Lena Jo Byrne Riffle, 84, of Gem (Burnsville), WV died Monday August 1, 2022.
She was born in Braxton County on April 23, 1938 to the late Ralph Byrne and Thelma J. Conrad Byrne.
Lena “Jo” most recently owned & operated Jo’s Café and enjoyed meeting and talking to her patrons. In her earlier years she provided care for several family members.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Hubert Riffle, in 2006; her sister, Frances Byrne; brothers, Denzil Ray Byrne and James “Spink” Byrne; and foster brother, Larry Conrad.
Her funeral service was 1 P.M. Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Reverend Delmas Singleton officiating. Burial was in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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