Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Martha Emogene Cowger Sandridge
Martha Emogene Cowger Sandridge, 84 of Webster Springs, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Autumn Lake Health Care at Crystal Springs in Elkins. She was born December 12, 1938 in Webster County to the late Emerson and Pauline Virginia Clifton Cowger and attended Cherry Falls Chapel when she was able.
Granny Sandridge is survived by her great-granddaughter and the joy of her life, Shaunie; grandchildren Casey, Michael, Stephanie, Brittany, and Kristen; son Mervin James Sandridge; daughter Brenda Lane Kondilas; sisters Phyllis Steiding and Phyllis Bosley; very close and dear friends Anna and Berklee Casey; and several extended family and friends to mourn her passing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Leonard Sandridge; daughter Phyllis Ellen Ann “Fuzzy” Vaden; brother Sylvester Cowger; and sister Susan Hamilton.
Graveside Services were held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Point Mountain Cemetery, Webster Springs, with Pastor Butch Rose officiating.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sandridge family.

Barbara Jean Gregory
Barbara Jean Gregory, 82, of Airport Road, Sutton, WV and formerly of Middleport, New York, passed away on April 26, 2023. She was born on July 6, 1940.
She is survived by her husband of 65-years, Charles Gregory; son, Charles Gregory; daughter, Kathy Rusnock; grandchildren, Donna Gregory, Charles Gregory and Ridge Cogar; great grandchildren, Cherish Gregory, Savanna Cogar and Jacob Cogar.
No services are planned at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the Gregory family.

Thelma Talitha (Dobbins) Fitzgerald
Thelma Talitha (Dobbins) Fitzgerald, 101, of Duck, entered the Lord’s heavenly gates on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at home. She was born on April 4, 1922 to the late Gilbert and Florence (Vaughan) Dobbins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Arthur Fitzgerald, whom she married on April 24, 1954. She has missed him deeply since he passed nearly thirty years ago, and what a glorious reunion they are celebrating in heaven. Thelma is also preceded in death by her brothers Brooks, Roscoe, Mack, Wade, and Donald; and sisters, Iva and Irene.
Left to cherish her memory are nephews Gary Hall and wife, Judy, and Roger Hall and wife, Diana, all of Duck; along with many extended family members. Thelma never had children of her own; however, she was an exceptional friend and mentor to so many women. Thelma will be deeply missed by longtime friend, Susie Campbell.
Thelma held many occupations over her lifetime including being a homemaker, a factory worker, mail carrier and midwife. She was recognized for her service as a Rosie the Riveter factory worker and for more than forty years of service at Goodyear in Akron, Ohio. Thelma worked alongside her father to deliver mail by horseback on the Glendon to Clem route in West Virginia. One of her most fond occupations was being a midwife. She treasured being alongside many women as they welcomed children into the world. Everyone who knew Thelma loved to hear her stories, tell jokes, and they instantly fell in love with her beautiful smile.
A member of Faith Baptist Church in Duck, Thelma enjoyed singing with her church family. One of her favorites hymns was ‘Love Lifted Me’. In her later years, Thelma enjoyed gardening, quilting, word puzzles and carrying for three special children whom she treated as if they were her own grandchildren, Eric Campbell, Tiffany (Campbell) Roseveare and Cody Campbell. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the many caregivers that spent so much time with Thelma in her last few years.
Her visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, May 8, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Thelma’s funeral service will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, May 9, at the funeral home with Pastor JR Mullins officiating.
Interment will follow in the Chapman Cemetery, Servia.
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Sterling ”Lacy” Neff
Sterling ”Lacy” Neff, 89, of Clay County passed away Monday, May 1,2023 at Genesis HealthCare Miletree Center, Spencer with his granddaughter, Missy Friend by his side. He fought a long hard battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born on May 28, 1933 in Swandale, WV to the late Squire Neff and Alice Nottingham Neff.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur, Burn and Archie Neff; sisters, Lucille, Tressie, and Cora Neff; mother of his four daughters, Pebble Adkins; sons-in-law, Roy Cottrell, Sr. and Charlie Friend.
Lacy wanted laughter and not tears in his death. A West Virginia coal miner, he retired from Harewood Coal Company. He loved traveling, junking, listening to bluegrass music and dancing. He played the French harp and the banjo. He is gone but the family thanks God for his memories.
He will be forever remembered by his daughters, Jo Ann Cottrell-Wilson (Roy Cottrell, Sr.) and husband, Roscoe “Sparkie” Wilson of Ivydale, Betty Ramsey and husband, Randy, of Ivydale, Linda Cadle and husband, Richard, of Nebo, Brenda Grose (Randy), of Ivydale; grandchildren, Richard Cottrell, Brenda Nuckols, Timmy Cottrell, Missy Friend (Tim), Donnie Friend (Melissa), Richard Cadle (Angie), Shane Cadle and Jason Fox (Stephanie); sister, Nina May “Tootsie” Neff. Lacy is also survived by great grandchildren, Kayden Cottrell, Shelby Baldwin, Kalep Cottrill, Charlie Cottrill, Waylon Friend, Mady Schoonover, Breanne Sampson, Brayden Cadle, Sydney Cadle, Zaden Cadle, Brooke Fox; special daughters, Janet Clowser and Grace Tallhammer; special grandson, Ethan Butler; special sons, Jesse Grose, Jimmy Neff; special friends, Nora Lantz, Barney Perdue, and Sue “Ms. Rose”.
Special thank you to Hospice of Charleston and Miletree Center, Spencer and LPN, Annette Rogers.
His graveside service was 2 P.M. Friday, May 5, 2023 at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Wilson Ridge with Pastor Wadie Rose, Jr. officiating.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Freda “Maxine” Bright Ankrum
Maxine Ankrum, 93, awakened to her eternal life on the evening of March 6th, 2023.
Maxine was born in Caress, WV (Braxton Co.) to the late Samuel Ode and Verna Ann Cutlip Bright on March 19th, 1929.
She married William J. Ankrum on July 18, 1947, and resided in Gassaway, WV, where she raised her two sons, Michael J. Ankrum, Richard “Kenna” Ankrum, and daughter, Terri L. Ankrum (Compton). She was a 1947 graduate of Webster Springs High School, WV and was employed as an office manager for her son Michael’s dental practice in Blacksburg, VA, where she retired in 1997.
Maxine enjoyed gardening, WVU sporting events, and time with her family. She was a fun, enthusiastic, independent woman with a fabulous sense of humor. She loved to laugh, even as she aged, and brought great joy to those in her presence.
Maxine was the 8th of 12 children born to Samuel and Verna Bright. Along with her parents and 8 siblings, she was preceded in death by her son, Kenna and daughter, Terri. She is survived by siblings, Eldon “Bud” (Peggy) Bright, Mary Lou Hickman, Roy (Dorothy) Bright, son Michael Ankrum (Barbara), nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Her memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, WV. Inurnment to follow at Bealls Mill Cemetery, Gassaway.
A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Gene Lewis Frame
Gene Lewis Frame, 65, of Birch River, went home to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.
He was born April 11, 1958 in Gassaway the son of the late Junior Lewis & Lucille Ramsey Frame. Also preceding him in death were his brothers, Danny Frame and Jimmy Frame.
Gene was a Iron Worker and attended Walnut Grove Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Michele Frame; step sons, Melvin Garell Thomas of Rainelle, WV, Tristin Jared Thomas of Cocoa, FL; brother, Jimmy Frame of Birch River; sisters, Sandy Sigman of Nettie, WV, Trudy Wright of Norwalk, OH, Patricia Grant of Elkhart, IN, Paula Pfahler of Manchester, OH; grandchildren, Alonna, Ariyanna, Sophira, Haidi.
Upon request the body has been cremated. A memorial service in his honor will be held at a later date.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Frame family.
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Carol Goodrich Dean
Carol Goodrich Dean, 88, of Burnsville slipped gently into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, May 4, 2023. She passed surrounded by her loving family, while under the compassionate care of Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Carol was born in Gassaway on October 24, 1934, a daughter of the late George Dudley Goodrich and Edna Marple Goodrich.
Forever cherishing their memories of Carol are her three sons: Colin Dean and wife, April, Christopher Dean, Craig Dean and wife, Nobie, all of Burnsville; five grandchildren: Jessica Dean, Brandon Dean and wife, Julia, Dalton Dean, Justin Goff and wife, Sam, and Shealyn Holley and companion, Matt Fincham; and seven great-grandchildren who will all miss her dearly.
Carol was a 1952 graduate of Burnsville High School. She retired from the Braxton County DHHR in 1994 after twenty-one years of service. Carol was a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church. She loved crafting and crocheting afghans that she donated to nursing homes. Carol enjoyed going out to eat with her friends and co-workers. She had a passion for animals, especially dogs. Most of all, Carol loved the company of her family and neighbors who would gather on her wrap around porch. Carol’s kind and caring nature will be deeply missed by all who loved and cared for her.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department PO Box 14, Burnsville, WV, 26335, or the Braxton County Humane Society PO Box 4, Sutton, WV, 26601.
Carol’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 Carol Goodrich Dean. Online condolences may be expressed at

Vera Lenore Mollohan Wilson
Vera Lenore Mollohan Wilson, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 3, 2023, a resident at Braxton Health Care in Sutton, WV. She was born in Caress, WV, on September 4, 1936, to the late John Willis Mollohan and Delta Knicely Mollohan. She was raised in Braxton County on her family’s farm by her mother along with her 4 sisters. She was a 1955 graduate of Sutton High School. On December 21, 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Roland M. Wilson. Together they had two children and moved to Buckhannon, WV to raise them. She was a member of the Chapell Hill United Methodist Church and for 34 years she babysat children out of her home. She loved all these kids as if they were her own. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with family at the Farm House where she grew up. She was a hardworking, strong woman who cherished her family. She was loved by so many and will be missed tremendously by all.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Roland M. Wilson of Buckhannon, WV, son, Roland Keith Wilson (Anita) of Berea, KY, daughter, Melanie Denese Freeman (William) of St. Albans, WV. Granddaughters, Lindsey Colleen Cooper (Luke) of St. Albans, WV, and Ariel Nicole Boyd (Stephan) of Paint Lick KY and Great-Grand Children, Cayden Rylan and Silas Gage Cooper of St. Albans, WV and Ava Charlotte and Laura Elizabeth Boyd of Paint Lick, KY. She is also survived by her parents and youngest sister, Helen Jeanette Kerling.
Memorial Service to be held at a later date.

Mary Ann Drake
Mary Ann Drake, 92, of Spencer, died Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
She was born October 22, 1930, at Sandyville, Jackson County, the daughter of the late Cecil Edward and Freda Virginia Griffith Curry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard G. Drake in 1989; son, Stevie Edward Batten; granddaughter, Wendy Lee Batten; sisters, Linda Carpenter and Kathryn Walters; brother, Joe Curry.
Mary was a former employee of Kellwood Corp., Spencer-Roane Grocery and First National Bank of Spencer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. Mary was a Christian and attended the First Baptist Church of Spencer.
Her favorite pastime was enjoying her family and many friends.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Roger Lee and Ramona Batten of Temple, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Charlene and Tom Blake of Burnsville and LouAnn and Norman Craig of Spencer; grandchildren, Bo Batten, Scott Batten, Amy Smith, Melissa Blake, Travis Blake, Mary Beth DeMoss, Kristen Blake, Lauren Craig and Lane Craig; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 8 at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. George A. Chandler officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback.
The family received friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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