Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


John Richard “Rick” Mitchell, Jr
John Richard “Rick” Mitchell, Jr., 75, of Gassaway passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
He was born November 28, 1947, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois to the late John Richard Mitchell, Sr. and Donna Jean Holm Mitchell.
Rick worked in the oil and gas industry for several years doing oil field work and later retired from Hope Gas in 2013. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1975. Rick was a Vietnam Veteran. He was involved in many organizations including VFW, Life Member; American Legion Post #33, 22 year member; VVA, Life Member; Masonic Lodge 133 AF & AM; DAV, Life Member. He enjoyed cooking and grilling, reading, all kinds of word puzzles and woodworking projects. In the winters he enjoyed traveling to Lake Placid, FL. He had a fun personality and he will truly be missed.
Rick is survived by his wife, Sheila Ann Nutter Mitchell; son, John Richard Mitchell III; daughters, Michelle Mitchell, and Jocelyn Mitchell; sister, Julie Mitchell Wazelle; stepdaughter, Andrea Thompson and husband, Justin; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was 1 P.M. Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Rodney England officiating.
Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
In keeping with Rick’s wishes, he was cremated and an inurnment will be at a later date in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.
Special thanks to Central WV Aging, WV Caring, VA Home Health Team, and WVU-BCMH Med-Surg, hospice nurses, doctors and aides for their compassionate care of Rick.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Legion Post #33 Honor Guard, P.O. Box 137, Sutton, WV 26601.
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Myrtle Frame
Myrtle Frame, 85, of Sutton, passed away on March 6, 2023 surrounded by her family at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Sutton on February 9, 1938, to the late John and Ina Hamrick Mullins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Frame; and sister, Violet McElwain.
Myrtle had a passion for gardening. She owned and operated Frame’s Nursery for 15+ years. She was a homemaker who raised her own garden and canned everything from her harvest. She enjoyed baking, working jigsaw puzzles and watching the Game Show Network. Myrtle was a graduate of Sutton High School. She spent time watching her favorite team, The Atlanta Braves, on television. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed each moment with them.
Myrtle will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Terri (Les) Vidal of Sutton; sons, Jerry (Amy) Frame of Sutton and Tom Frame (Jordan Reed) of Martinsburg; sisters, Rita “Bob” Carr of New York, Velvi “Bee” Lewis of West Salem, OH, Sylvia “Sib” (Stacey) Schiefer of Tunnel Fork; grandchildren, Amanda, Abigail, Andrea, Macy and Logan. She is also survived by two great grandchildren, Bryce and Peyton.
Private family services were held with Pastor Robey Godfrey officiating.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Larry “Joe” Brown
Larry “Joe” Brown, 78, of Burnsville, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at his home.
Joe was born in Weston on June 1, 1944, a son of the late Hugh Vincent Brown and Ercelyn Sybil Parmer Brown. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two brothers: Steve and Rodney Brown.
On July 10, 1984 Joe married Karen Sue Cosner and together they shared the last thirty-eight years. She will miss him dearly.
Forever cherishing their memories of Joe are his wife, Karen Brown of Burnsville; one son, Larry Duane Brown of Burnsville; two grandchildren: Tristen Brown and companion, AJ Hyre, of Flatwoods, and Kaleb Brown of Burnsville; one great-grandchild, Reddington Jay Hyre; one brother, Ronald Brown and wife, Tammy, of Burnsville; special nephew, Randall Scott Brown of Ireland; two nieces: Holly Samples and Heather Arnold; one nephew, Travis brown of Virginia; four sisters-in-law: Wilma Cosner, Norma Nettles, Janette Crutchfield, Annette Cosner; one brother-in-law, Fred Cosner and wife, Priscilla; and his baby, Sweet Pea.
Joe was a 1962 Burnsville High School graduate. Following graduation Joe worked as a Journeyman Electrician for nearly twenty years with the IBEW Local #71 Union in Columbus, OH. After retiring from the Union, Joe was employed as the Braxton County Animal Control Officer for twenty years until retirement. Joe never sat still, even after retirement Joe ran cars for Midstate Chevrolet. He was a member of the West Virginia State Coon Hunters Association. During his time as a member, Joe enjoyed showing dogs. Joe was an avid sports fan and loved to attend ball games, especially for local High School teams.
Joe’s request for Cremation has been honored at Pat Boyle Funeral Home’s On-Site Crematory.
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 Larry “Joe” Brown. Online condolences may be expressed at

Shelvie “Jean” Clifton Sears
Shelvie “Jean” Clifton Sears, 86 of Diana passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Braxton Health Care Center after an extended illness.
She was born September 5, 1936 in Webster Springs to the late Noah and Ollie Carpenter Clifton and was a cook for the Webster County Schools.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and canning. She loved her grandbabies and was a very loving person. She loved everyone she ever met and took care of them as her own.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Marlene Hopkins, Lenna Clifton, Genivee Clifton, Hacel Clifton, Paul Clifton, Lester Clifton, and Rossie Marsh.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Paul Clay “Sonny” Sears; daughter Elizabeth Sears; son Mike Sears; grandchildren Jason Lentz, Alicia Lentz, Scott Sears, and Stephanie Sears; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends to mourn her passing.
Funeral Services to celebrate Jean’s life will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Cochran officiating. Interment will follow in Carpenter Cemetery, Guardian.
Friends may join the family for visitation one hour prior to service time at the Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sears family.

Sally Ann (Snyder) Reeder
Sally Ann (Snyder) Reeder of Cowen passed away Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley, WV. She was born April 12, 1941, a daughter of the late Van and Virginia (Cobb) Snyder of Cowen. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Bill Reeder. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Robert Snyder of Hillsville, WV, Lowell Snyder of Cowen, WV and sister, Carol Snyder Riling of Charleston, WV.
Sally leaves to cherish her memory her son, Craig Steven Snyder (Evon) of Webster Springs, WV, her daughters, Carrie Reeder Isaacs (Steve) of Waynesboro, VA, Melissa Reeder Beckett (Dexter) of Cowen, WV and her sister, Judy Snyder Wood (Michael) of Princeton, WV. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jonathan Isaacs of Harrisonburg, VA, Christina Snyder-Kagieni (Sina) of Parkersburg, WV and Annabella Snyder of Morgantown, WV.
Her love of flowers and gardening provided personal fulfillment by tending to her daylilies and numerous other flower gardens, as well as, her membership in the West Virginia State Garden Club. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she kept her family and their interests as her foremost priority. She enjoyed hosting gatherings and cooking holiday meals for her family. Another love of her life was her church family of First Baptist Church of Cowen.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Bower’s Hospice House and Summersville Regional Medical Center and to her faithful friend, Sherl Bender.
Funeral services were held 2:00 PM at West Virginia Memorial Gardens Chapel, Calvin on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 with the interment following. The family received friends, shared remembrances and celebrated Sally’s life an hour prior to the service at the chapel.
For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472 or
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen is honored to be serving the Reeder family

Betty June Amick
Betty June Amick, 61 of Craigsville, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023 at her home following a long illness. She was born May 12, 1961 at Webster County Memorial Hospital.
Spending time with her family was very important to Betty along with being outdoors.
She is survived by her best friend and soul mate of many years, John D. Peck of Craigsville; daughter Melanie; son J.D. Peck; three grandchildren; sister Sheila (Arnold) McCourt of Wellington, OH; and brother Dwight (Sharon) McMillion of Calabash, NC. She will be missed by her nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Larry Amick and parents Maynard and Opal Anderson McMillion.
A Celebration of Life Service to honor Betty’s life will be held at a later date.
“Our family chain is broken and nothing will be the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.”
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Betty’s family.

Christopher “Chris” Joe Tomblin
Christopher “Chris” Joe Tomblin, 39, of Orlando passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 5, 2023.
Chris was born in Weston on March 23, 1983, a son of Matthew Self Tomblin and the late Carolyn Sue Riffle Tomblin. In addition to his mother, Chris was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Stanton and Winnie Riffle; paternal grandparents: Sarah and Arlene McHenry; and beloved uncle, Richard “Doc” Collins.
Forever cherishing their memories of Chris are his wife, Vickie Lee Ables Tomblin; two sons: Anthony and Nathan Tomblin; and father, Matthew Tomblin all of Orlando; three siblings: Joseph Tomblin of Flatwoods, and Kathy Heater and husband, Ricky, and Lori Ratcliff and husband, Robert, both of Orlando; and several nieces and nephews.
Chris was a 2001 Gilmer High School graduate. He was previously employed as a Lineman for Citynet, and enjoyed tinkering on small engines. Chris spent his free time hunting, fishing, watching football, and playing baseball. He took delight in finding old nick-nacks and restoring them into his own treasures. Most of all, Chris loved time spent with his two sons. Chris will be deeply missed by all who loved and cared for him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent directly to Pat Boyle Funeral Home, PO Box 569, Jane Lew, WV, 26378, to aid with final expenses.
Family and friends gathered for Visitation at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023. Funeral Services began at 2 p.m. in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dwayne Brown officiating. Interment followed at Heater Cemetery in Orlando, WV.
We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Christopher “Chris” Joe Tomblin. Online condolences may be expressed at

Norman Edward Hill
Norman Edward Hill, 60, of Napier, WV, passed away on March 3, 2023. He was born on July 13, 1962 to parents James Edward Hill and Eva Belle Harless Hill.
Norman is preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Allen Hill; aunt and uncle, Pauline Harless Walker and Charlie Walker; grandfather, Forest E. Hill; grandmother, Dolly D. Purdue; grandparents, Roma Frazier Harless and Elizabeth Dolin Harless and mother-in-law, Sonya Price.
He worked for The Kroger Company for 25-years, was a Christian by faith and was quick to quote a scripture verse. Norman and his wife, Kim, enjoyed trout fishing on the Cranberry River especially when his daughter, Pauline, was able to join them. They would walk and ride bikes along the river catching trout. He also liked to go deer hunting, camping and loved boating on the lake. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Norman cherished his granddaughter, Isabella, and always looked forward to their FaceTime calls. He had a love for animals especially his horses and dogs.
Norman is survived by his wife, Kimberly Price Hill; daughter, Pauline L. Scott (Halfpint) and husband Byron B. Scott III; granddaughter, Isabella M. Scott (Cracker Jack); father-in-law, Roger Price; sister-in-law, Angela Price; brother-in-law, Kenneth Price (Lynn) and his beloved dogs, Sir Richard, Speck 2.0, Annie and Maya.
The family of Norman Hill is abiding by his wishes to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
If you want to honor the memory of Norman Hill, please make a donation to your favorite charity, animal shelter or rescue. Norman was always willing to help those in need. You can also choose to donate your time and resources to help others in his memory.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the family of Norman Hill.

Austin D. Duckworth, Jr
Austin D. Duckworth, Jr, 97, of St. Albans, WV passed away peacefully at the Hubbard Hospice House West on March 11, 2023. He was born on September 19, 1925 in Gassaway, WV to the late Austin Sr. and Audrey Pearl Simmons. Also, preceding him in death are son Austin Wayne who died in the military in 1974; brothers Ernest, Fredrick and sister Wilma June Fansler.
Austin attended Gassaway High School before entering the Army in 1943. He married Greynell Stanley in 1945 who preceded him in death in 2004. He was retired from the U.S. Army and the WV National Guard as a Msgt. (E-8) with 38 years active and reserve service. He also took retirement from FMC Corp. after 18 years, was a member of the American Legion Post 73, St. Albans.
Surviving are his daughter Laura (Michael) Hall; grandchildren Justin (Kellie) Hall, Kelcey (William) Brock; two great grandchildren Natalie and Lacey.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 17, 2023, 2pm at Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans with military honors.
A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
You may visit Austin’s tribute page at to share memories or condolences with the family.
Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is honored to serve the Duckworth family.