Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Shelley Baker Lancaster
Shelley Baker Lancaster, 61, of Adrian, formerly of Gassaway, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
She was born in Warren County, Kentucky on July 22, 1961 to the late Curtis Baker and Louise Adamson Baker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her previous husband, John Lancaster.
Shelley had so many friends and touched so many people in her life. Someone on Facebook commented she was the sweetest of sweet. She loved being grandma to her grandchildren. She fought a tough battle with cancer however she fought a good fight to continue her beautiful life with her children, grandchildren and companion, Tim. Shelley enjoyed kayaking down the Elk River with friends. She reveled in being a part of the Lancaster racing crew and making the races fun. She became Momma Shelley to so many around her. She will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish her memories are her children, Kylie Singleton (Chase) of Gassaway and Michael Lancaster (Tori) of Morgantown; grandchildren, Drew, Ellie, Taylor, Josslyn, Liam, and Valerie; companion of four years who loved and cared for her, Tim Bragg of Adrian; sister, Esa Logsdon of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She also leaves behind so many wonderful friends who cared for her.
In keeping with Shelley’s wishes she will be cremated and Celebration of Life Service will be held for her at a later date.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Dana A. White, Sr.
Dana A. White, Sr., 75, of Frametown, WV passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at home.
He was born at Lower Sleith on July 9, 1947 to the late Ronzal Adam White and Gladys Marie Carte White.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his ex-wife and friend, Loretta White; son, Charles R. White; and two brothers, Charles and Ronnie White.
Dana was a retired Steel Mill Worker. He retired from his work in Ohio and moved back to his home in West Virginia to take care of his aging parents in the year 2000. He completely enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting on his own property. Dana was a gardener who took care of the harvesting and canning too. He was very particular with his lawn and weedeating. On the television he liked to watch Westerns and Sports. He had a generous heart in his community. He and his family had much love between them. Dana will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memories are his sons, Dana White of Lorain, OH, Ronzal White of Lorain, OH, Wayne White (Stacy Foster) of Gassaway, Billy White of Sutton; daughter, Tanya Porter (Terry) of Huntington; Alex Lolopulos (Tina) of Virginia and Bobby Lolopulos of Beckley; grandchildren, William White, Emily White, Carlie White, Dana White III, Kallie White, Austyn White, Jaime Figueroa, Aubrey White, Delmer Adkins, Katie Adkins, Eli White, April Spencer, and Alex Lolopulos II; six great grandchildren; sisters, Edna Zwoll of Orma, Janet Glessner of Buckhannon, Marie Collins (Darrell) of Wilsie; and several nieces and nephews.
Dana’s visitation was 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
His funeral was 11 A.M Friday, February 17th at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Garavaglia officiating. Internment followed in the White & Jarvis Cemetery, Upper Sleith.
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Farrel Rowan
Farrel Rowan, 65, of Sutton, passed away with Doris by his side on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston due to a sudden illness.
He was born in Sutton on March 29, 1957, to the late Everett Rowan and Della Davis Rowan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Michael Rowan; brother, Gaile Rowan; and twin brother, Darrel Rowan.
Farrel was an excellent provider for his wife. They were co-owners of Central West Virginia Mobile Home Sales and owners of Rowan’s Mobile Home Park. Farrel was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and camping with his wife. He enjoyed watching the wildlife while listening to country music. Farrel would go to his mancave and build furniture for his house. He often built large wooden flowerpots for his friends. With his woodworking projects he was a perfectionist. Farrel was a caring person. He will be deeply missed.
His memories will be cherished by his wife and best friend of 42 years, Doris Jackson Rowan.
Private services were held with Pastor Bebe Marshall officiating.
His family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at CAMC Memorial Hospital on the 2nd Floor SICU.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Sandra Kay Gill
Sandra Kay Gill, 71, of Duck passed away on Monday, February 13, 2023 at home surrounded by her family.
She was born July 7, 1951 in Charleston, WV to the late Romas Jefferson Laxton and Margaret Jean Duncan Laxton.
Sandy was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Stephen Blaine Gill and her brother, Ernie Laxton.
A homemaker, she loved her family and enjoyed being around her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She liked to watch television and her favorite shows were Murder She Wrote, Monk, and Little House On The Prairie. She will be truly missed.
Sandy’s memory will be cherished by her daughters, Stephanie Gray and husband, Gary, of Duck and Tanya Hall and husband, Dwayne, of Sutton; six grandchildren; two brothers and five sisters. She is also survived by her 10 great grandchildren and one expecting great grandson; several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service was 1 P.M. Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Gary Gray officiating. Interment followed in the Gill Cemetery, Harrrison.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to Kanawha Hospice of Charleston for their compassionate care of Sandy.
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William “Jack” Tracy
William “Jack” Tracy, 86, of Webster Springs, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Nella’s at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Elkins. He was born October 21, 1936 in Webster Springs to the late Gladis and Nancy “Nannie” Cummings Tracy and was a United States Air Force Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.
Jack was a former manager for Home Depot, retiring in 1997, enjoyed fishing in the Elk River, and having his morning coffee at Vickie’s with his friends.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his sons Eric D. Tracy and Les M. Tracy; sisters Mary Bell and Irean Pearl Hanna; and brother Murl “Joe” (Jaunita) Tracy.
He is survived by his former wife Angela Kelly; nephews Larry Tracy and David Tracy; niece Michelle Glass; and many extended family and friends.
Friends may join the family for visitation on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. Funeral Services to celebrate Jack’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Moore officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Miller Cemetery, Webster Springs.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Jack’s family.

Reta L. Wilfong Reed
Reta L. Wilfong Reed, 63 of Cedarville, WV; departed this earthly life on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness.
She was born on May 18, 1959 in Cedarville, WV; daughter of Lucy Marie (Gregory) Wilfong of Cedarville, and the late Delbert Wilfong.
Reta worked as a laborer in manufacturing, having worked for multiple companies in northeast Ohio. She moved back to Gilmer County 17 years ago and enjoyed living the quiet life in West Virginia very much. In her spare time, Reta enjoyed quilting, ATV riding, gardening, working outdoors, working on her home, and spending time with family and friends. She is a Christian by faith and attended church at the Church of God of Prophecy in Sand Fork, WV.
Surviving is a son, Todd Peggs (Cassie Kalorik) of Cleveland, OH; 4 grandchildren, Breanna Peggs, Kailee Seabold, Tristan Peggs, and Jordan Peggs (Kindra), 1 great-granddaughter, Avelyn Peggs, and 5 siblings, Gary Wilfong of Lee, FL; Vernon Wilfong (Bridget) of Elyria, OH; Arlene Wilfong Clements (Gary) of Whitehall, MI; Dianne Wilfong Belknap (Rick) of Toledo, OH; and Sharon Wilfong Keesecker (David Mark) of Grafton, OH.
Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with her father, Reta is preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Peggs Wallbrown and a sister, Linda Wilfong Stump.
Reta’s request for cremation has been honored and a celebration of her life will be conducted at a late date.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Reta L. Wilfong Reed with cremation arrangements.