Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Sandra L. Gill
Sandra L. Gill, 67, of Airport Road, Sutton, WV passed away on April 21, 2023 at home. She was born on July 11, 1955 to parents Roy and Gloria Gill.
Sandra was raised in Fayette County. She was a do it all type of person who loved helping others and a simple country girl at heart. Sandra was a Christian by faith. She wasn’t able to go to church services but she loved the Lord and read her Bible every night. When able she enjoyed camping, taking drives in the truck and watching the kids ride horses. Sandra loved spending time with her great grandchildren, Landon and Layla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lee Kelly Bright.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Aubery Cook; brothers, David Gill, Shannon Gill and James Gill; sisters, Rosetta Tyree and Lisa Parish; grandson, Austin Suttle (Carrie); granddaughers, Lesleeanna Cook and Tiffany Cook; great grandchildren, Landon and Layla Shiflet.
Service was held at 1 pm, Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Mt Hebron Church. Visitation was at the church two hours prior to the service from 11 am-1 pm. Pastor Eric Veltre officiated the service. Burial was at Mt Hebron Cemetery.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to the serve the family of Sandra Gill.

Norman Ronald Lane
Norman Ronald Lane, 75 of Braxton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Webster Springs, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at WVU Hospital Ruby Memorial.
He was born February 21, 1948 in Buckhannon to the late Herman Denvil and Juanita Frances Norman Lane.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only brother, Herman Lynn Lane.
In keeping with Norman’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Lane family.

Stephen Edward McLaughlin
Stephen Edward McLaughlin, born September 17, 1963, passed away at the VA hospital in Washington, DC on March 25, 2023.
He was a graduate of Springbrook High School in Silver Springs, Maryland. He enrolled in the school of architecture at the University of Virginia on a Navy ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the Navy and spent four years as a surface warfare officer. After his military service, he earned a masters degree in landscape architecture from the Louisiana State University. He retired from working at the State Department in 2020 due to his struggle with ALS.
Steve is survived by wife, Sophia; his father and stepmother, John and Mary Ann McLaughlin; his mother, Jean McLaughlin; and brother, Thomas McLaughlin.
Services will be held at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating. Visitation will be at 11:00 am till time of services. Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery.
Greene-Robertson Funeral home is humbled to have served the McLaughlin family.
Online condolences may be sent

Mary Elizabeth Myers
Mary Elizabeth Myers, 58, of Craigsville passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Montgomery General Hospital.
She was born on December 7, 1964, in Newport News, Virginia to the late Cecil and Virginia Hinkle Woods.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Amanda Evans; grandson, Sean Evans; granddaughter, Desirae Stilwell; brothers, James Paul Woods, and John Uriah Woods.
Mary enjoyed sewing and crocheting and dreamed of having a big sewing room one day. She was an animal lover who loved cats and dogs. Her favorite flowers were tulips.
Mary’s memory will be forever cherished by her family. She is survived by her husband; Tim Taylor; son, Harry Myers (Justin Harmon) of Nitro; daughters, Virginia Myers (Stacey George) of Little Birch and April Myers of Cowen; brother, Cecil Woods Jr. (Cricket) of Summersville; sisters, Cathy Tincher of Craigsville; Cindy Grounds (Tom Boggs) of Cowen; Judy Donelson (Crandall) of Enon; grandchildren, Jasmine Seebaugh, Jason Evans, Jr., James Evans, Marionna George, Bethany George, Jonathan Myers, and Zachary Myers.
Graveside service was 1:00 P.M. Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Little Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Calvin, WV with Pastor Luke Malensek officiating.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Shirley Ann Orndorff Phillips
Let it be known that Shirley Ann Orndorff Phillips finished her labors of love and entered eternal life on Saturday, April 29, 2023.
Born September 18, 1940 in Green Bank, WV, Shirley was the daughter of the late Ray and Anna Lou Myers Orndorff; beloved wife of Jack L. Phillips; devoted mother to David Phillips (Debbie), Jeffrey Phillips, and Andrea Moon; dedicated grandmother to Ryann Phillips Spencer (Clinton), Corri Phillips, Trevor Moon, Griffin Moon; great grandmother to Sawyer Spencer, Myles Spencer, Easton Spencer and Parker Spencer; cherished sister of Carol Schardine, Rosella Wooddell, Ramona Arnold, and loving aunt of several nieces and one nephew.
Shirley was a Glenville State College cum laude graduate with graduate work completed at West Virginia University. She taught 5th grade at Davis Elementary, was librarian at Gassaway High School, and Braxton County High School Library Media Specialist for 30 years. She held membership in Zeta Beta Tau Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, WV School Librarians Association, charter member of WV Library Media Technology Specialists, honored with the distinction of WV Media Specialist of the Year, member of WV Federation of Teachers and AFT, and served for 15 years as a Gassaway Public Library Board Member. Since 1961, her church has been the Gassaway United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher, Kindergarten through 8th grade for many years.
In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Nina Elizabeth Rogers
Nina Elizabeth Rogers, 44 of Duck passed away on April 24, 2023.
She was born on December 15, 1978, in Summersville to John Jarvis of Duck and Barbara Green Jarvis of Sutton.
In addition to her parents, she will be forever remembered by; her son, Joseph Rogers of Duck; brothers, John E. Jarvis (Joanie) of Little Birch; James Lee Hanshaw of California; sister, Neodesha Alford (James) of Bluefield, WV.
Nina was a graduate of Braxton County High School. Not only was she a caregiver to her uncle, but she also worked as a CNA at several nursing homes in Ohio and West Virginia. She was a kind-hearted animal lover. Nina had 2 dogs, Tinkerbell and Daisy. She also raised chickens. She was known for fostering animals for the DNR. Some of those animals included raccoons, deer and a squirrel. Nina was everyone’s “go to” person anytime they needed help with a sick pet or animal. She always seemed to know what to do to help. She will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.
Nina was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ford and Dorothy Duffield Green; and paternal grandparents, William H. and Elsie Eagle Jarvis.
In honoring Nina’s wishes, she was cremated. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
Fond memories and words of comfort may be extended at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Frances Merle Rollyson
Frances Merle Rollyson, 92, of Frametown, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 29, 2023, surrounded by her family.
She was born to loving parents Vesta Mick and Kester Hall on February 10, 1931, at Ward, WV.
Her memory will be cherished by her daughters, Shirlene Sattler of Craigsville, Darlene (Don) Davis of Frametown, Karlene Hughes of Frametown; and son, James “Jamie” Rollyson of Wilsie; honorary son, Brad Mollohan of Servia; sisters-in-law, Rose Wilson, Sue Moore, Mary Jane Carr and Kay Rollyson; brother-in-law, Larry Jones; loving grandchildren, Lisa Frame, Angie Hughes, James “JR” (Stephanie) Rollyson III, Jolene Rollyson (fiancé, Armon) and Emily Davis; honorary grandchildren, Jessie (Justin) Davis, Shannon (Scotti) Witt, and Bub (Briana) Mollohan. She is also survived by great grandchildren; Amelia (Scott) Menarcheck, Luke Frame (fiancée, Shelby), Brinley Myers, Jackson Rollyson, and Nathan Rollyson; honorary great grandchildren: Raidyn, Aurora, and Daxton Davis, Nathaniel, Ella May, and Tucker Mollohan, Natalee, Lyle, and Tinley Witt; one great-great grandchild, Clark Menarcheck; special friend and cousin, Peggy (Kenny) Miller; along with many friends who have become family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Rollyson; her in-laws; Branty and Dortha Rollyson; siblings-in-law; Clarence Rollyson, Morrison Rollyson, Donald “Buck” Rollyson, Joann Ritchie, and Bonnie Jones, sons-in-law, Harry Hughes and Roger Sattler.
Frances was a full-time homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, painting, canning, and cooking. She also took over the farm chores when her husband, James, was away working in the oil field. Her favorite thing of all was spending time with friends and family. Even though her eyesight did no longer let her read, she enjoyed listening to audio books and gospel music in the afternoon. She was a loving mother, sister-in-law, grandmother, aunt, wife, and prayer warrior. Frances was a lifetime member of the Charity Baptist Church, Wilsie WV. She actually met her husband at Charity.
The family would like to extend gratitude to the caring nurses that always made her smile. Lynn (Chaplain) for all the wonderful visits and other staff of WV Caring Hospice that have become like part of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to WV Caring, PO Box 760, Arthurdale WV 26520.
Her visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, May 1, 2023 at the Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, WV.
Graveside service will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, May 2, 2023 in the Hughes-Rollyson Cemetery, on Upper Sleith Rd, Frametown WV with Chaplain Lynn Keener officiating.
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Wanda Lea Bailey Reed
Following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s, Wanda Lea Bailey Reed of Glenville, WV passed away while sleeping peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at the age of 84 years.
Wanda will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 blissful years, Andrew Jackson “Jack” Reed; her three wonderful sons: Berkley T. Reed of Glenville, WV Bradley L. Reed and wife Glen of Charleston, WV and Benjamin L. Reed and wife Kimberly of San Diego, Ca. Her grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored; Jake and Bandit Reed (fur grand-dogs); JoAnna Rose and husband Justin, Jackson Reed; Collin Tuck and wife Ashly, Presley Tucker, Grayson Tucker, Morgan Reed and Sean Reed. As well as two great-grandchildren; Astrid and Edie Tuck. Wanda is survived by her brother; Perry Bailey of Manassas, Va and a Sister-in-Law, Cricket Reed of Glenville, WV. Wanda will be sorely missed by numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved and touched deeply. She will also be so dearly missed by her very best and longest friend Mary Lee McPherson of Burnsville, WV.
She leaves behind a family that she was very proud of. Wanda was world-renowned for her lack of patience, not holding back her opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. She always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear.
It was the school of hard knocks (Camp Wanda) and yes we were told many times just to suck it up. With that said she was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart (or lion) and yet she sugar coated nothing.
The words of encouragement, wisdom, and sometimes comfort, kept us in line, taught us the “school of hard knocks” and gave us something to pass down to our children. Everyone always knew where you stood with her. She liked you or she didn’t, it was black or white. As her three boys are still trying to figure out which one it was for them (they know she loved them more than anything).
All who loved her, loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace (when pertinent) and undying love and caring for them.
Wanda graduated Glenville High School in 1956 “ Home of the Red Terrors”. She then went on to graduate Glenville State College in 1960 with a teaching degree and six month twin boys in tow, yes, you read that right. It was then that she and Jack moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and put down roots. While working as a school teacher at Carnegie Elementary School, Wanda obtained her Master’s Degree at Tulsa University. She then went to teach at McArthur Elementary School. And finally become a counselor at Hawthorne Elementary School, where she later became principal and eventually retired from the Tulsa Public School System.
To this day, Wanda receives phone calls, letters and cards from past students that she taught and made an impact and impression on.
Both retired, Jack and Wanda moved back to their hometown of Glenville, WV. It was there that Wanda became a volunteer at Gilmer County High School, again making a huge impact on students and staff. Wanda taught golf every summer to the youth with the 4H. She volunteered many other ways by participating on boards with the schools, city, county, college.. etc. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart” and my oh my did Wanda have a heart.
Candy, Wanda was well known for loving and sharing candy. She always had double bubble gum, peppermints and other various candies. Wherever Wanda was, there was candy being passed around; church, ballgames, school.. etc.
If you were ever at a high school or college ballgame, then you surely remember and had the privilege in hearing Wanda yelling and cheering for her favorite blue and white teams.
Until her health condition made it impossible, Wanda attended church at First Baptist Church and Glenville Christian Chapel, both of Glenville, WV.
“Unless you knew Wanda before the illness you really can’t understand how truly sad this really is.”
Wanda had a wonderful life and thank you to all who made it so.
Funeral Services was as follows…
Friends were invited to share their memories of Wanda with her family during visitation at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., (2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351) on Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 12 noon until 3:00pm at which time a service was held with Pastor Jim Huff officiating. Graveside service followed in the Meadow Lane Cemetery near Glenville, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to one of the following;
Gilmer County High School Emergency Student Fund
Wanda Reed Glenville State University Teacher Scholarship
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc.,, is honored to assist the the family of Wanda Lea Bailey Reed with burial arrangments.