Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Mike Payne
Mike Payne age 65 of Webster Springs passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Mike was born August 8, 1957 in Webster Springs and was the son of the late Lawrence and Effie Mae Westfall Payne.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Johnny, David, Philip, Romie, Delmas, Arthur and Karen Sue Payne.
Mike was retired from the Webster Springs Public Service District with 38 years of service and had also worked for Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, driving around town, and playing lottery scratch-off tickets. He was also an avid poker player.
Surviving are his siblings; Betty “BJ” (Robert) Humphries, Lemona Carpenter and Robin (Kathy) Payne; many nieces, nephews, friends and a special caretaker and friend Chris Howell.
Service was 1:30 PM, Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Dodd and Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Burial followed at Union Cemetery, Parcoal. Friends joined the family for visitation 12 Noon until time of service.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs is honored to be serving the Payne family.

Thomas Doyle Knight
Thomas Doyle Knight, 63, of Flatwoods, went Home to be with the Lord on November 8, 2022, at Braxton Memorial Hospital in Gassaway.
Tom was born in Anchorage, AK, on March 4, 1959, a son of the late Roy Junior Knight and Vivian Marie McCauley. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by one sister, Debra Cooke of Gassaway.
Forever cherishing their memories of Tom are his two siblings: Steven Knight and wife, Donna, of Flatwoods, and Kristy Johnson and husband, Ben, of Bumpass, VA; six nieces: Sarah Randolph and husband, Kyle, Emily Bateson and husband, Andrew, Amber Mcnamara and husband, Ryan, Allison Johnson and companion, Ryan Wolf, Melissa Cooke and companion, Ryan Prince, and Jessica Gibson and husband, Ben; eight great-nieces: Natalie, Lydia, Madelyn, Jocelyn and husband, Croix, Corina and husband, Josh, Madison, Brooklyn, and Vera; one great nephew, Skylar; one great-great niece, Ophelia; and one great-great nephew-on-the-way, Asher.
Tom graduated from Braxton County High School in 1977. He was employed with Go-Mart for many years. In his free-time, Tom loved to hunt and fish. Tom was a true WVU Mountaineer fan. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and cared for him.
Tom’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 a later date.
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 Thomas Doyle Knight. Online condolences may be expressed at

Delis Eugene Blake (Gene)
Delis Eugene Blake (Gene) 87, of Gassaway passed away November 12th 2022. He was born In Burnsville on July 22, 1935.
Gene is preceded in death by his father, Roy Blake Sr. and mother, Letha McCauley Blake and six siblings.
Gene was a self employed religious man who loved to travel, especially in the winter time to Florida. He served in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Gene is survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda May. He has four daughters, Beatrice Webb, Barbara Reed (David), Sandra Sponaugle (Tedd), and Shirley Blake. Stepchildren, Kenneth Daniel Bush (Karen), Linda Lou Bush-Ellyson (Gary), and Rosa Lee Johnson (Jamie). Gene has several grandchildren and step-grandchildren. He also has several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren as well as great-great-grandchildren.
Per his wishes, he wanted to be cremated with no funeral service. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the family of Gene Blake.
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Steven Michael “Mike” Simons
Steven Michael “Mike” Simons, 64, of Gassaway passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
He was born February 5, 1958, in Gassaway to Julious “Julie” Westfall of Heaters and the late Johnny Robert Simons.
Mike retired as a surveyor from G.A. Covey Engineering. He loved his family and especially enjoyed being a grandfather. He like to cut timber in his spare time. He enjoyed fishing with his wife at Holly Gray Park. Mike enjoyed playing pool and when he was younger, he often played at Mae’s Snack Bar in Sutton. He taught his daughter to play pool too. Fixing lawnmowers and weed eaters was a job that he could do well. He had a servant heart, and you could find him mowing his family’s yards weekly. He was a Christian by faith and attended the Pulse Church in Gassaway. He was the former co-owner and operator of the City Diner in Gassaway. He will be missed.
In addition to his mother, Mike will be forever remembered by his wife, Sandy Compton Simons, of Gassaway; daughter, Michelle Short (Sam) of Fairmont; stepsons, Franklin Compton (Terri) of Gassaway, J.D. Whitesel (Dawn) of Gassaway, and Joshua Whitesel (Alyssa) of Gassaway; brothers, Eddie Simons and Timothy “Tim” Simons (Treva) all of Heaters; grandchildren, Logan and Lance Short; step grandchildren, Lexi Whitesel, Thomas Whitesel, Braydan Whitesel, Shellie Whitesel, Steven Whitesel, Natalya Whitesel, and Kyler Compton.
His funeral service was 1 P.M. Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Roach Funeral Home with Pastor David Gunter officiating. Burial followed in the Westfall Cemetery, Scotts Fork-Bonnie Road, Exchange.
Mike’s visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Doyle Dana Clutter
Doyle Dana Clutter, 91, of Elk River passed away on Friday, November 11, 2022 at his residence.
Born May 24, 1931, he was the son of the late Charles Russell and Glady (McCourt) Clutter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother and sisters: Dossell Clutter, Wilma Conrad, and Alidene Green; niece, Shelvie Clevenger; and a great-nephew, John Butcher.
Dana lived his entire 91 years at Elk River, giving him the honorary title of Mayor of Elk River. He was a retired coal miner, having worked for Island Creek Coal and a member of the UMWA. He enjoyed hunting with his dogs and collecting tractors. He attended Union Valley Church whenever possible.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Kathleen “Wimpy” Clutter; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Services to celebrate his life were held 11am, Monday, November 14, 2022 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs with Evangelist Linda Click officiating. Burial followed at Clifton Ford Cemetery. Friends joined the family for visitiation 6-9pm on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the funeral home.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Clutter family.

Roger Lee Wright
Roger Lee Wright, 74, Cowen, passed away on Wednesday, November 09, 2022 at Summersville Regional Hospital.
Born December 17, 1947 in Buckhannon, he was the son of the late Stanley and Lula Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings: Judy Sparks, Mary Wilson, Diane Robinson, Paul Christian, and Denzil Wright.
Roger enjoyed fishing, digging ramps, and doing crossword puzzles. He was a bit of a history buff and enjoyed taking photos of scenery such as grist mills and covered bridges. He shared some of the photos with Mark Romano that may have been used in some of his publications. Roger was very well-liked from an early age and had a number of lifelong friends that he enjoyed being around whenever possible.
Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Linda Armentrout, of Cowen; caregiver of 12 years, Mollie Woodring; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and close friends whom he will be missed dearly by.
In keeping with Roger’s wishes, he will be cremated.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Adams-Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Roger’s family.

Golden Burl Jenkins
Golden Burl Jenkins, 80 of Glenville, WV; (Baldwin Community) departed this earthly life in the evening hours of Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at his residence on Jakes Run with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Orton, WV; (Normantown Community) on January 18, 1942, son of the late Arch and Lena Smith Jenkins.
Golden is a graduate of Normantown High School, class of 1960, and a veteran of the United States Army having served from September of 1966 to September of 1968. He served as Sgt. E-5 in the 163rd Transportation Company in ChuLai, Vietnam. In February 1968, he returned to Fort Dix, New Jersey as Transportation and Supply Sargent of Reserve Force Headquarters, and was discharged honorably in September of 1968.
During his working life, Golden was a police officer for Glenville State University, he was an over the road truck driver, a bus driver for the Gilmer County School System, and was the owner/operator of Jenkins tire sales on Jakes Run.
Golden is a long time member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church having been a member since 1956. He also attended services at the Stewarts Creek Community Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed working, camping, spending time with family and friends, living the quiet life in West Virginia, and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever possible.
On July 13, 1963 Golden was united in marriage to Betty Louise Wilson Jenkins, who survives at their Baldwin Community home.
Surviving is his loving daughter, Tina Frymier (Mike) of Glenville, 2 grandchildren, Steven “Trey” Godfrey (Kaitlyn) of Copley, WV; and Chayton Godfrey of Glenville, and a great-granddaughter, Briar Godfrey of Copley.
Also surviving are 2 siblings, Charles Jenkins (Wilda) of Normantown, and Glena Green of Glenville, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other wonderful family and friends.
Preceding Golden in death are 10 siblings, Geraldine Cogar, Goldamurl Atchison, Greta Hardman, Ralph “Jack” Jenkins, Gordon Jenkins (twin brother), Emerson Jenkins, Eugene Jenkins, Marple Jenkins, and infants, Woodrow and Marvin Jenkins.
A funeral service was conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Monday, November 14, 2022 with Pastor Dave Turner officiating. Burial followed in the Meadow Lane Cemetery near Glenville. Friends were received from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Monday at the mortuary in Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Golden Burl Jenkins with arrangements.