Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Roylee Brady
Roylee Brady, 72, of Webster Springs passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.
Born June 5, 1950 at home in Laurel Fork, he was the son of the late Calvin and Marelean (Cogar) Brady, Jr.
Roy was a mechanic and enjoyed working on and trading cars. He also enjoyed being in the woods, fishing, and hunting. He had a giving heart and always helped those in need. He would give his shirt off of his back to anyone that needed it. But, most of all, he loved his family. He was a very loving father and a wonderful grandfather.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Christopher Brady, and Christine (husband, Jerry) Hamrick, all of Webster Springs; grandchildren: Shalton (wife, Lacy) Hamrick, Corey (wife, Lillian) Hamrick, and Tyler Hamrick; great-grandchildren: Damian, Tristan, Mason, and Kinsley Hamrick; siblings: Martha (husband, Benny) Rexroad, Olive Rexroad, Kathy Burr, and Mike (wife, Darlene) Brady; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Friends joined the family for a visitation 6-9pm, Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Brady family.

James Camden Hamner
James Camden Hamner, 79, of Sutton, passed away surrounded by loving family on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
He was born January 5, 1943 in Sutton, WV to the late Alvie Burl & Lula Pearl Blankenship Hamner. Also preceding him in death are his sisters, Margaret Frick, Irene Beamer, Joetta Groff, Annamae Wolfgang, Beatrice Allen, Catherine Wade, Mary Harper; brothers, Burton Hamner, Jack Hamner.
James was a farmer and loved to deer hunt and loved his dog.
He is survived by his sisters, Alice Williams of Gassaway, Peggy Hamner of Newville. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 1:00 pm, Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Pastor Eric Veltre officiating. Burial followed at Newville Cemetery, Newville, WV. Friends called 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Hamner family.
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Rosco “Hammerman” Stump
Rosco “Hammerman” Stump, 77, of Petersburg, WV, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Oakland, MD.
Born October 19, 1944, in Normantown, WV, he was the son of the late Andy B. Stump and Nellie (Greenleaf) Stump. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Janette Marie (Cottrill) Stump; two brothers, Leanard and Ferris Stump; two sisters, Drusilla James and Helen Jenkins; and one great-grandson, Matthew VanMeter.
He was a truck driver for a trucking company.
Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Lahman of Weirton, WV; five sisters, Bessie Heather, Burnsville, WV, Anna Mae Carpenter, Gassaway, WV, Odie Jenkins, Gassaway, Ruth Givins, Frametown, WV, and Rachel Pauline, North Carolina; three brothers, Charles Edward, Wilsey, WV, Russell Stump, Chapel, WV, and Henry Stump, Gassaway; as well as six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Rosco will be cremated and no services are planned at this time.
Newman Funeral Homes, P.A is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be left for his family at

Anetta F. Marks
Anetta F. Marks, 67, of Gassaway, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2022 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Sutton on September 26, 1954 to the late Arlie and Nellie Ruth Stump Rollyson.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Camden “Cam” Marks; brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Ruby Rollyson; and nephew, Jeffrey Rollyson.
Anetta graduated from high school and had a long wonderful work career. She was employed by SuperX/Revco for 20 years. She also worked the service desk at Wal-Mart. She also was a caregiver for others. She was a gardener who enjoyed cooking and baking. She loved collecting and carrying purses. She would often go yardsale-ing. She cared deeply for her dogs. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed.
She will be forever remembered by her sons, Anthony Marks (special friend, Amanda Daniels-Marks) of Victor, Lucas Marks (Betsy) of Gassaway, Jesse Marks (Kalley Bragg) of Gassaway; sister, Sarah Gibson (Rick) of Strange Creek; brother Dorsel Rollyson (Carol) of Gassaway; nine grandchildren; and special cousin, Sharon Dollison.
Anetta’s funeral will be 1 P.M. Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.
Her visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Braxton County Animal Shelter, 10 Animal Shelter Lane, Sutton, WV 26601.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

John Stephen Baker
John Stephen Baker, 54, of Gassaway, West Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. John was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1967 to the late Arthur William Baker and Dorothea Mildred Breuer Baker.
John was the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Wellsboro Senior High in 1986. Most recently, he was a paraprofessional driver who transported clients to their supervised visitations. Before that, John worked at Braxton County Memorial Hospital for 14 years in the Housekeeping Department. He took much pride in his work.
John was a Philadelphia Eagles superfan, enjoyed working with his model trains, and spent much time growing his coin collection. John was a fantastic uncle who loved all his nieces and nephews. Watching his nephew Adam Smith play football was one of the greatest joys of his life. Before he passed away, John also loved watching his great niece, Jane, and great nephews, Noah and Emmett, while their parents worked. His entire family will deeply miss making new memories with him.
John is survived by his brothers, William Baker and Arthur Robert Baker; sisters, Kathleen Talada, Brenda Badmone, Johanna Shelmire, Dorothea Shuster, and Alice Smith; nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews. John lived with his sister Alice, her husband Stephen Smith, and her children Elyse Kopp, James Dwight Pierson, Shyloh Lusk, Hannah Mireles, and Adam Smith for many years.
John was cremated and a gathering of family of friends will begin at 5:30 P.M. Friday, September 23, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 6 P.M. Friday, September 23rd at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

James Edward “Butch” Michael
James Edward “Butch” Michael, 72, of Morgantown, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family from medical complications. Butch was born in Fairmont on August 13, 1950 to the late James Lee and Laura Collier Michael.
Butch had been employed as a truck driver and was a former coal miner. Butch had a variety of hobbies. He enjoyed woodworking, knife making, metal detecting and shine making. He always enjoyed working on his farm and lately had taken up the hobby of curing and smoking various Italian meats.
Butch is survived by his wife, Marilyn “Jaye” Steorts Michael, daughters, Billie Sue (Jerry) Vance of Morgantown, Jamie Lee (Kevin) Ellis of North Carolina and Jo Clair (Tim) Morgan of Fairmont; son, James “Paul” Michael (Jacoba) of Sutton; grandchildren, Clay Murray, Josi Murray, Allie Morgan, Myla Morgan, Carly Morgan, Delilah Michael and Sterling Michael; step-grandchildren, Jeremy Vance (Amber), Trey Vance (Ari), and Tori Vance: his former wife, Clara Anderson Michael of Morgantown; sister, Nora Lee (Mike) Simcoe of Morgantown; father-in-law, Rodney E. (Wanda) Steorts; and brother-in-law, Rodney E. (Judy) Steorts II.
In addition to his parents, Butch is preceded in death by his mother- in-law, Margaret Ellebrecht.
Friends may gather at McCulla Funeral Home 770 Fairmont Road on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 4pm until the 7pm funeral service with Sean Walters officiating. Interment will be at 11 am on Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery in Sutton, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Snider United Methodist Church c/o Gloria Rowan 116 Hidden Valley Road Morgantown, WV 26501. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dr. Alfred Taylor “Al” Billips
Dr. Alfred Taylor “Al” Billips, 85 of Glenville, WV; departed this earthly life in the morning hours of Monday, September 12, 2022 at his residence with his loving wife and daughter by his side.
He was born June 7, 1937 in Harlan, KY; son of the late Alfred and Hazel McKnight Billips.
Al is a graduate of East Knoxville High School, class of 1955. He obtained his Master’s degree in divinity from Emory University and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Georgia. Al worked for Glenville State University for many years as the Dean of Student Affairs, having retired in 1999 with 34 years’ experience.
Al is a very proud member of the Boy Scout of America, having been a Boy Scout leader for many years and a longtime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Glenville. In his spare time, Al enjoyed fishing, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling his grandchildren whenever possible.
On June 17, 1962 Al was united in marriage to Bennie Kay Murphy Billips, who survives at their Glenville home.
Surviving are 3 children, Patricia Kay Bash and husband Freddie of Glenville, Linda Yapundich and husband Robert of Hickory, NC; and Alan Billips and wife Debbie of Jeffersonville, KY; 4 grandchildren, Rachel Harper and husband Sam, Morgan, Kayee, and Nick Yapundich, and 4 great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Madelyn Harper and James and Luke Wagers.
Also surviving are a host of church family and many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with his parents, Al is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jo Billips.
A graveside service was conducted at the Meadow Lane Cemetery, WV Hwy 5 West of Glenville at 11:00 AM; Friday, September 16, 2022 with Rev. Mike Ford officiating.
Following graveside services a meal was prepared in Al’s honor at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Main Street in Glenville. All were encouraged to come and share in food and fellowship.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Dr. Alfred Taylor “Al” Billips with arrangements.