Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Forrest Okey James
Forrest Okey James, 79, of Frametown, WV passed away on Friday, February 10, 2023, at his home surrounded by family.
He was born February 18, 1943 in Braxton County.
Forrest was preceded in death by his loving wife, Violet M. James of 59 years, along with his parents Okey James and Marie Friend James; and sister, Linda Singleton.
He was a hard worker that provided well for his family and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors. He had a passion and joy for gardening. Forrest was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A Christian by faith, he attended Spruce Grove Methodist Church for many years. He was also co-owner of James Store and Texaco in Frametown with his wife, Violet, from 1977 to 1987. He was a construction worker by trade. He belonged to the Laborers Local 1353 during the construction of I-79. For over 40 years he worked for Kenton Meadows, Inc. He considered the Meadows family and staff like family and he truly enjoyed his time working there.
Forrest’s memory will always be cherished by his family; children, Caroline Brady (Dale), Wayne James (Cindy), Devona James (Jeff Foss); four grandchildren, Catricia Martin, Eliska Brady, Gavin James, and Alec James; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Bailey Martin; brothers, Roger James (Debby) and Ricky James; sister, Velma James; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 2 P.M. Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bill Lytle and Reverend Ray Teets officiating. Interment will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to Dr. Darla Gant and her staff and WV Caring nurses and staff.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donation be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 290 Turnpike Road, Suite 5-315, Westborough, MA 01581.
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Mark Allen Prince
Mark Allen Prince, 59, of Sutton, WV passed away on February 9, 2023. He was born on April 12, 1963 to parents Buddy and Ann Bragg Prince and was raised in Heaters, WV.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Prince.
He was a lifelong resident of Braxton County and a Christian by faith. Mark drove truck for a couple of different companies before going to work at Weyerhaeuser in operations where he worked for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his father, Buddy Prince of Sutton, WV; sons, Buddy Prince (Kate) of Gassaway, WV, Jacob Prince of Napier, WV and Christian Prince of Florida; daughter, Katie Hill of Cleveland, OH; grandson, Cullen Prince, of Gassaway, WV; brother, David Prince of Frametown, WV; sister, Beth Smith (Jon) of Sutton, WV; and nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation, Flatwoods, WV. Pastor Eric Veltre will officiate the service. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service from 11-1. Burial will be at Lake Lane Cemetery, Heaters, WV.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the family of Mark Prince.

William “Bill” Wesley Cutlip
On Thursday, January 19, 2023, William “Bill” Wesley Cutlip, 75, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away after a brief battle with cancer.
Bill was born April 25, 1947, in Sutton, West Virginia to the late Gerald Wayne and Dorothy Brosius Cutlip; proceeding in death was his older brother Roy Wayne “Butch” Cutlip of Sutton, WV.
Bill graduated from Sutton High School in 1965, attended Glenville State College, and graduated from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a medic at Eglin Air Force Base, near Pensacola, Florida. He served as City Manager/Clerk and as Volunteer Fireman #31 for the town of Williamstown, West Virginia. In 2007, he retired from the East Ohio River Gas Company (now Dominion).
From an early age, Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting with his twin brother Bob and and deer hunting with his son, relatives, and friends at their hunting camp in Braxton County. He also enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, sports and genealogy.
Those left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 53 years, Harriet Boggs Cutlip, daughter Jennifer Smith and Jonathan, son Wesley Cutlip and Fabian Garcia, and two beloved grandchildren Harrison and Mary Catherine, all of Charlotte; brother Robert P Cutlip and Nancy of Vienna, WV; sister Sarah (Sally) Grimm of Miramar Beach, Florida; Janie Cutlip of Sutton, WV, along with several nieces and nephews.
Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will forever be a guiding light within the hearts of his family and those who knew him.
Graveside services will be held in Sutton, WV at a later date.

Jack Dewayne Steele, Sr.
Jack Dewayne Steele, Sr., 88, of New Providence, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, February 6, 2023 after a long illness. Born in Sutton, WV, he was the son of the late Art and Myrle (Miller) Steele. He was the loving husband of Ruth K. (Dawson) Steele. Together they shared 67 years of marriage.
Jack was a Christian man who was raised Baptist. He served his country during the Korea war from 1952-1954. He was a Truck Driver for most of his life and loved his job. He enjoyed reading and was known for helping anyone who needed it. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be very much missed.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, Jack is survived by his children Brenda Feerrar (husband, Harold “Bud”), and Jack D. Steele, Jr. (wife, Christien); his sisters Betty Carson, Violet Cantrell, and Rita Straley; and his grandchildren Lace Anne, Harold “BJ”, Janine, Lance, Allison, and Jack; as well as 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Services are private and at the convenience of the family.
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Gretchel Denise Bartlett
Gretchel Denise Bartlett passed away in her home on February 6, 2023.
She attended Clay County High School before enlisting in the United States Army in 1973. Gretchel dedicated her career to caring for others as a U.S. Army active-duty nurse for 21 years and a U.S. Army civil service nurse for an additional 16 years. Following her career of travel and service, she returned to reside next to her first love, the Elk River.
She was born Gretchel Denise Duffield in Montgomery, West Virginia in May of 1948, to the union of Harry Duffield, Sr. and Arthella Duffield. In heaven, Gretchel reunited with her parents and five siblings, Sharon Kirby, Harry Duffield, Jr., Kenneth Duffield, Richard Allen “Buddy” Duffield, and Sonja Taylor. Gretchel is survived in this world by a loving family including her two sons, Tony and Jonathan Bartlett; two daughters-in-law, Jackie Bartlett and Jill Bartlett; and two grandsons, Joseph and Samuel Bartlett.
Gretchel loved fishing, crafting, cooking, gardening and enjoying the outdoors. She always looked forward to time spent with family and friends, along with opportunities to curl up and watch a scary movie. She lived life her way, and those of us who knew and loved her will keep her stories alive and well in our hearts.
In keeping with Gretchel’s wishes, she was cremated.
An inurnment for family and friends will be held at a later date where she will be laid to rest in the Duffield Family Cemetery, Clay County, West Virginia.
For those who wish to honor her life, the family requests memorial donations be made to your local animal shelter.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Tressie Gaye Ramsch
Tressie Gaye Ramsch, 89 of Glenville, WV; (Baldwin Community) departed this earthly life in the morning hours of Monday, February 6, 2023 at her residence in Baldwin, following an extended illness.
She was born August 3, 1933 in Normantown, WV; daughter of the late Okie and Luverna (Stump) Frame.
Tressie is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenville and was a homemaker who provided daycare for children for several years of her life. In her spare time, Tressie enjoyed the Lord, gospel music, bird watching (especially hummingbirds in the summer), gardening, canning, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.
In 1962 Tressie was united in marriage to Clyde Ramsch who preceded her in death on April 6, 1971
Surviving is a son, Daniel Ramsch of Baldwin, and a sister, Biddie M. Love of Buckhannon.
Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with her husband and parents, Tressie is preceded in death by a step son, Fred Ramsch, and 5 siblings, William Dale Frame, Luther E. “Doc” Frame, Dewey Smith Frame, Earle Daniel Frame, and Gail Frame.
A funeral service was conducted at the Glenville First Baptist Church, 217 East Main St; Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Saturday, February 11, 2023 with Pastor John Putnam officiating. Burial followed in the Crooked Fork Baptist Church Cemetery near Normantown, WV; where her soul is at rest with our Lord Jesus Christ. Friend’s were received from 11:00 – 1:00 Saturday at the church on Main St.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Tressie Gaye Ramsch with burial arrangements.