Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


David Wallace McChesney Jr.
David Wallace McChesney Jr. of Erie, CO passed away on Monday May 8, 2023. Born to David McChesney, Sr. and Evelyn Adams McChesney in Morgantown WV, David remained a Mountaineer through and through, even after he and JoAnn, his wife of 53 years, moved to Colorado following retirement.
David was a graduate of George Washington High School, Charleston, WV. He went on to receive both a Bachelors and Masters degree from West Virginia University.
David had a large personality that would fill any room that he entered with his hospitality, warmth, laughter and love. Like his father, David knew no strangers and would strike up a conversation with just about anyone anywhere. This served him well both in his personal and professional life, serving 44 years as the Director of Special Education for Braxton County Schools, through his work with Rotary both in WV and CO, and his work with the West Virginia Russia Foundation. David touched many lives through these activities and was an active member of his church, Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Gassaway, WV, then St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder, CO.
David loved community and on a nice day could be found holding court on his front porch, visiting with neighbors and watching the hot air balloons. A life long learner, David loved researching genealogy and traveling. He and JoAnn enjoyed seeing the world and visiting their grandchildren.
David was preceded in death by his parents and brother John McChesney (Cindy Doty McChesney).
David is survived by his wife JoAnn Kach McChesney of Erie CO; daughter Jessica (Max Wyman) of Westmont IL, son Adam (Katie) of Lafayette CO; and grandchildren Ben, Evie, Owen, Lilly and Isaac.
There is an echoing sadness left in David’s passing. A Celebration of Life Service and reception at St Andrew Presbyterian Church in Boulder, CO on Saturday August 19 at 10 a.m.
A memorial page can be found at Greenwood Myers Mortuary, Boulder CO.

Lee Roy Butcher
Lee Roy Butcher, 91 of Birch River went home to be with the Lord Friday May 5,2023. He was the son of the late Richard D. and Martha Belle Carte Butcher and was born at Dille May 30,1931.
After working many years in the automotive industry in Ohio and New York, he moved back to West Virginia, married the love of his life. the late Carolyn Sue Tinnel and started working in the underground mining industry, retiring from Peerless Eagle Coal Company.
He enjoyed the Summersville Senior Center, Gassaway Outreach Center and My Father’s Mission at Herold. Lee Roy loved to help his community and family He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict stationed at Fairbanks, Alaska. His favorite quote was “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. Lee Roy will be dearly missed by all that loved him, and we will all miss his stories.
He was also preceded in death by brothers Harling Oliver, George Arling and Charles Edward Butcher; sisters Lella Mac, Luella Marie, Rebecca Arthella Butcher and Lenore Butcher Kessel.
Surviving: Son Lee Roy Butcher Jr. (Shannon) Birch River.
Sister Mary Ellen Taylor (Dewey)Ravenswood, Martha Butcher Nick, Browns Summit, NC. Grandchildren Lindsey Sue Butcher, Jadyn Leanne Butcher, Ryan Edward Roach.
Many nieces, nephews and a special thanks to Jane Cline for her kindness and support
In keeping with his wishes his body was cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville was in charge of arrangements.

Edmund Monroe “Ed” Moore Sr
Edmund Monroe “Ed” Moore Sr, 76 of Cedar Creek Road, departed this earthly life in the afternoon hours on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Elizabeth Care Center in Elizabeth, WV, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 21, 1946, on Cedar Creek Road, son of the late Shirley “Bill” and Erma (Pritt) Moore.
He grew up with 5 brothers and sisters and graduated from Normantown High School. Ed worked as a school bus driver for Gilmer County Schools for 21 years. Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed old time country music. He also enjoyed visiting his neighbors, family & friends. He was a Christian by faith and had attended Camden Flats Baptist Church of Glenville, WV.
Surviving him is his loving wife of 56 years Stella L. Moore of Elizabeth, WV and his 3 children, son Edmund “Arch” Moore Jr (Tammy) of Glenville, WV; daughter, Heidi Lindsay of Glenville, WV; and daughter Billie Jo Greenlief (Joe) of Buckhannon, WV. Also surviving him are 6 grandchildren Caleb L. Moore (Skylar) of Glenville, WV; Cody M. Moore of Glenville, WV; Jacob K. Lindsay (Candice) of Orma, WV; Michaela R. Ferguson of Buckhannon, WV; Adam Hunter Moore of Glenville, WV; and Hannah M. Moore of Glenville, WV. One great grandchild Zoey Moore of Glenville, WV also survives him.
Also surviving are 3 siblings Jack L. Moore of the Crooked Run Community; Elizabeth “Janie” Foster of Weston; Brian (Deb) Moore of Webster Springs; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with his parents, Ed was preceded in death by a sister, Annalea Greenlief, and brother Merlin G. “Hump” Moore.
Ed’s request for cremation has been honored and a family celebration of his life will be conducted at Camden Flats Baptist Church on May 20, 2023, at 3:00pm.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Edmund Monroe “Ed” Moore Sr. with cremation arrangements.

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 proceeded in death by her parents and youngest sister, Helen Jeanette Kerling.
Memorial Service to be held at a later date.

Wanda Sue Strader
Wanda Sue Strader, 89, of Crescent Township, PA passed away on Sunday, April 3o, 2023 in Moon Township Rehab and Wellness Center following and extended illness.
She was born in Burnsville, WV on July 10, 1933: daughter of the late Harry Wilson and Ressie (Van Kirk) Wilson. On October 27, 1962, she married Richard Earl Strader, who preceded her in death on July 10, 2022.
Cherishing the life of Wanda is one daughter: Susan Strader of Crescent Township, PA and one granddaughter: Melissa Strader. Also cherishing her memory are three brothers: Jerry Wilson of Burnsville, Terry Wilson of Crescent, PA and Randy Wilson of Frametown and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Richard, Wanda was preceded in death by one brother: Harry Junior Wilson and two sisters: Dixie Ratliff and Margaret Willey.
Mrs. Strader was a graduate of Burnsville High School with the class of 1950. Wanda was a housewife who loved to sew, gardening, canning and baking for her family. She will be missed by family and friends.
Family and friends gathered at the Hardman Family Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Friday at 11:00 am from the Orlando United Methodist Church with Pastor Alan Strader officiating. Mrs. Strader lied in state at the church from 10 am until 11 am. Interment followed services in the Posey Cemetery of Orlando, WV. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Wanda may be expressed at
Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the family of Wanda Sue Strader.