Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Eleanor Carpenter
Eleanor Carpenter, age 90 of Bolair, passed away peacefully at Briarwood Assisted Living Center in Allegan, Michigan on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Wilbert in 2020, daughter Linda in 2009, and son Jeffery in 2018.
Eleanor was born and raised in Bolair, the youngest daughter of Cina and Guy Mustoe. She was a 1952 graduate of Cowen High School. She married Wilbert Carpenter in 1951, a marriage that lasted 68 years until his passing in 2020. Eleanor and Wilbert moved to Michigan in the 1950s to seek work, and spent the next 30 years in Southgate, Michigan, where they raised their four children. Upon retirement they returned to Bolair, where they planted apple trees and a large garden. Eleanor won ribbons at the fair for her vegetables and canned fruit. She was an active member at Calvary Baptist Church, which included volunteering at the mission. Eleanor was all about family, whether it was babysitting, prepping meals for holiday gatherings, or family reunions at Camp Caesar or Holly River State Park.
Eleanor is survived by daughters Karen (Don) Csont and Diane (Don) Sparks, both of Michigan, grandsons Christopher (Dena) Csont, Dennis (Chrissy) Vyletel of Michigan, and Wil Carpenter of Oak Hill, step grandchildren Lindsey (AJ) Meyer and Brandon (Elyse) Sparks of Michigan; great grandchildren Rosemary and Milo Csont, Raya Vyletel (birth due June 1st), step great-grandchildren Londyn and Maverick Meyer, and Owen and Addie Sparks, all of Michigan. and sister Ann Rosales of Michigan, as well as many nieces and nephews from the Mustoe/Bruffy and Carpenter/Wilson families.
Graveside service were Monday, May 22, 2023 at 1pm at McAvoy Cemetery, Webster Springs with Pastor John Radcliff officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2374 Webster Road, Webster Springs 26288 or the McAvoy Cemetery Fund, 3184 Webster Road, Webster Springs 26288.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Eleanor’s family.

Peggy A. Riffle
Peggy A. Riffle, 78, passed away into the Lord’s loving arms on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 after a short illness at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston, WV.
Born in Elkins, WV, Peggy was a daughter of the late Lelia (Nicholson) and Nolan Bragg. Peggy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved gardening, planting flowers, quilting, going dancing, and listening to music with her friends on Friday nights at the Jamboree.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Riffle; step son, Tony Riffle; companion of 20 years, Bobby Williams; four brothers, David, Pete, Bob, and Jerry Bragg; one sister: Mary Jane Hosey.
She leaves behind her five children. Sons, Larry Singleton (Kathy) from Sutton, WV, Bill Singleton (Renni) from Frametown, WV; daughters, Jenny Rees from Burnsville, WV, Glenna Stephenson (Bobby) from Huntington, WV, Sue Rutherford (Sam) from Sutton, WV; step children, Gene Riffle Jr, Sherry McDonald from Baltimore, MD, and Monica Currie from Parkersburg, WV; siblings, Paul Bragg (Barbara) from Burnsville, WV; twenty grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Peggy was an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be missed eternally by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at CAMC, especially the ICU Nurses: Glenna and Clare for taking such good care of her, and a special thank you to her long time Cardiologist, Dr. Ahmed Sakkal of Charleston, WV.
Service was held at 1 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation, Flatwoods, WV. Pastor’s Delmas Singleton and Daniel Arnold officiated the service. Visitation was two hours prior to the service from 11-1 pm. Burial was in the Copen Cemetery, Copen, WV.
Stockert Funeral & Cremation is honored to serve the family of Peggy Riffle.

Geneva Kay Hines
Geneva Kay Hines, 60, of Fairmont, WV, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 after an extended illness at the WVU J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Clarksburg on May 2, 1963, a daughter of the late Clovis Wayne Pigott Jr. and Fern Geneva (Hamrick) Pigott. Geneva is survived by her husband of 29 years, Nelson Lynn Hines.
In addition to her husband Geneva is survived by her two children: Fern Geneva Hines Stibler (Alex), and Wayne Nelson Hines both of Fairmont; two sisters: Teresa Paugh (Robert) of Philippi, and Roberta Bartlett (Ronnie) of Clarksburg; step-mother, Betty Pigott of Wallace; step-brother, Scott Walls of Wallace; nieces: Jessica Bartlett of Clarksburg, Destiny Fister of VA, and Dana Davis of VA; nephew Joseph Bartlett of Clarksburg; mother-in-law, Carol Hines of Birch River; brother-in-law, Brandon Hines of Birch River; and sister-in-law, Deanna Hines of VA. Also surviving are many extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents Geneva was preceded in death by her step-brother, Robert Walls; and father-in-law, Nelson D. Hines.
Geneva received her Masters in English from WVU and taught English as a second language in Tokyo, Japan for five years after graduating. She then started her career as a professor at Fairmont State University where she also taught English as a second language for over 20 years. Teaching was very special to her and she cherished her students very much. She was very loving, caring, giving, and had the sweetest personality. Geneva never knew a stranger; she would talk to anyone at anytime and anywhere. Her greatest love was her husband and children; and her love for her extended family will never be forgotten.
Family and friends were received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home 329 E. Main Street Clarksburg, on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 3-8pm. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11am at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Friends joined the family for visitation one hour prior to service time at the Funeral Home. Interment followed in Adam Hamrick Farm Cemetery, Webster Springs.
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Jerry R. Kelley
Jerry R. Kelley, age 87, of Carleton, Michigan passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Medilodge of Monroe in Monroe, Michigan. Born on August 6, 1935 in Fairmont, West Virginia.
After high school he received a football scholarship at Glenville State College. He would later earn a degree at Wesley College. While attending school, he married the love of his life, Mary Jane McPherson. They were happily married for 58 years until her passing in 2017. From this union, they produced 4 children; Robert, Deborah, Ronald, and Michael. After serving in the Army ROTC, he was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile crisis. He later worked for Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, MI as a chemist. He retired after 34 years of dedicated service. Jerry enjoyed life as an avid hunter, fisherman & athlete, participating in various sports. You could always catch him cheering on his favorite football teams from WV.
He was proceeded in death is his wife Mary Jane, daughter Deborah, both parents, and 2 brothers. He is survived by his 3 children: Robert (Linda) Kelley, Ronald (Pam) Kelley, Michael (Laura) Kelley. Sister Joanne Simmons, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Friday, May 26, 2023 at Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation, Flatwoods, WV. Pastor Ronzel Roberts will officiate the service. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service from 1-3 pm.
Final resting place will be in the McPherson Cemetery, Orlando, WV. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Burnsville High School Alumni Association in Burnsville WV.
Stockert Funeral Home & Cremation is honored to serve the family of Jerry Kelley.
Helen Jean Ward Walter
Helen Jean Ward Walter left this world on April 27, 2023, after a decade long battle with a rare pulmonary disease. If you knew Jean, you know that she was strong and fought this disease until the end.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Selby V. Long and Gladys J. Long; husband, William F. “Sonny” Ward; sister, Pandora L. Wood; and brother, Harold V. Long.
Jean grew up in West Virginia coal country, the fourth of nine children and was affectionally known as Jeannie to her parents and siblings. Although her beginnings were meager, she was lucky to have a loving family and parents who had a strong commitment to the education of their children. Jean always shared such fond and happy memories of her childhood.
In 1969 Jean graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She departed Morgantown for Charlotte where she became the first female accounting professional at KPMG (Peat Marwick), later transferring to their Roanoke, Virginia, office. She moved into corporate finance and accounting roles with American Motor Inns and AEP (Appalachian Power) to round out the 1970’s.
After a stint as a stay-at-home parent and the death of her first husband she reentered the workforce in the mid-1980’s and had a successful career in banking, retiring from Truist (Suntrust) in 2007.
As a single parent of two young children, Jean was years ahead of Sheryl Sandberg: she wrote the rules for what is meant to “lean in.” She never missed a school event or teacher conference and sacrificed to ensure that her children were well rounded, with exposure to music lessons, sports, and instilled the values of commitment and follow through.
In 1996 Jean met John, and embarked on what turned out to be a wonderful new chapter in her life. They married in September 2001, and enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family. John is an excellent gardener and Jean always liked to “supervise” his projects; she certainly enjoyed and appreciated the beautiful gardens he created. John’s love and devotion to Jean was evident: he was her 24/7 caregiver during her last phase of life and advocated for her care and ensured her comfort through the pain.
Jean will live on in many ways for all of us. While she was not known as a “good
cook” she did make a million-dollar chocolate cake. Her children will always think
of her when they hear Whitney Houston or the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, or catch
an episode of The Golden Girls or Designing Women. Her grandchildren will
continue to hear stories of their strong willed, feisty “Nona” who loved to buy
birthday cards with glitter, browse a good sale at the mall, and go out dancing. She
remained strong and happy, always looking for the good in the world and wanting
to celebrate it. Close friends and family will never forget the way she’d excitedly
say “right on!” when something good was happening for those she cared about. Jean is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 22 years, John S. Walter; son, W. Michael Ward (Danielle) of Raleigh; daughter, Kathryn W. Dunn (Justin) of Holly Springs; grandchildren, MacCade Z. Ward, Madeline G. Ward, Ivy Kate Dunn, and Lainey R. Dunn; and siblings, Linda L. Gillespie, Janet L. Harvey, Darrell V. Long, Peggy L. Benton, Rebecca L. Cogar, and Julia L. Bartlett. The family will host a celebration of life later this year in Roanoke, Virginia, with close family and friends. Details will be mailed. If you’d like to honor her memory with a donation please give to the American Lung Association ( Condolences can be sent to: 159 Moss Creek Way, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

Christopher Jermey Graham
Christopher Jermey Graham, 38, of Duck, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.
He was born on December 31, 1984, in Millersburg, Ohio to Harry and Kimberly Graham.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Hester and Clyde Graham, and Robert Hardway.
Christopher loved to hunt and fish; he was in his element while in the woods or fishing. Home was his favorite place on earth. Christopher also worked for PennLine.
His memory will be forever cherished by his parents, Harry and Kimberly Graham of Duck; grandmother, Mary Moats of Birch River; daughter, Jalynn Ann Graham of Millstone, WV; brothers, Timothy David Graham; Joshua Graham (Melissa McKinney), Dillon Graham, Devon Graham, all of Duck; son, Jacob Adkins; and nieces, Madalynn Graham; Shaylee Graham.
A private interment was held at Graham Family Cemetery, Strange Creek.
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Timothy Paul Withrow
Timothy Paul Withrow, 65, of Gassaway passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
He was born on July 10, 1957, in San Luis Obispo, California to the late Samuel J. Withrow and Mary “Joanne” Rollyson Withrow.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Withrow.
Tim graduated from Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa, California in 1975. After high school he joined the military where he worked on aircraft in Alaska. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served his country for almost 10 years before entering civilian life again. Tim obtained a degree in Computer Science where he maintained his Grade Point Average at 4.0. Over the past 20 years he worked at West Virginia Junior College and Glenville State University. He had many job titles when he worked; some of which were College Professor and Information Technology Consultant. In his spare time, he enjoyed repairing and using computers, computer games, and watching Sci-Fi movies. Tim had a photographic memory.
Tim will be forever remembered by his sisters, Diane O’Dell, of Oregon, Teresa Turner and husband, Shane, of Georgia; former brother-in-law and good friend, Mark O’Dell and wife, Debi; nieces and nephews, Jacob, of Gassaway, Andrew and wife, Amanda, of California, Adam and wife, Harley, of California, Christina and Stephanie, both of Washington State, April and husband, Matthew, of Georgia. He is also survived by five great nieces and nephews.
His funeral service was 2 P.M. Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway. Interment followed at Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Wanda Lou Justice
Wanda Lou Justice, 65, of Weston, formerly of Burnsville passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.
She was born on August 14, 1957 in Tazwell, Kentucky to Virginia Blankenship.
Wanda was a homemaker and she loved her children and grandchildren dearly. When she was younger, she went into other people’s homes and did decorating for them. She was an artist that enjoyed drawing, painting, and sculpting. She loved walking in the woods and fishing. She was a flower and vegetable gardener, canning from the vegetable harvest every year. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
She will be forever remembered by her sons, William Justice (Amber Kowalski) and Fred Justice (Vickie McKinney); daughter, Christal Morrison and fiancé, John Nottingham; grandchildren, Kayla Justice, Lauren Justice, William “Tyler” Justice and Araya Sunshine Justice; Laken Justice, Fred Justice, Jr., and Madison Justice; Ashley Heater, Anthony Heater, Elijah Morrison, Ethan Morrison, Avin Morrison, Jeremiah Morrison and Emily Morrison.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Following the gathering she will be cremated.
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Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Francoise H. Lomont Rice
Francoise H. Lomont Rice, 86, of Strange Creek went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
She was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France on January 30, 1937, to the late Edgar Lomont and Germaine Robineau Lomont.
Francoise was married to her husband in 1974. She was a creative person who when she was younger was an artist. She enjoyed quilting and gardening. From her porch she fed and watched many hummingbirds. She enjoyed the animals and being outside. She raised a calf and a baby deer. Francoise was a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church, Keener’s Ridge.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Rice, who passed away May 20, 2000; stepsons, Ronnie and Tommy Rice; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Henrietta Rice; brothers-in-law, Glen and Bernard Rice.
She is survived by her niece, Gracie M. Ball and husband, Charlie, of Strange Creek; step daughter, Darlene Brown of Denver, Colorado; brother, Gilbert Lomont of France; grandchildren, Richard Brown, Chad Rice, and Mindy Rice; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; niece, Lidia Lomont of Port Vendres, France; cousin, Adrienne Robineau of Port Townsend, Washington; best friends, Terry and Jeannie Colleran of Georgia; and several more nieces and nephews.
Her graveside service will be 1 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Eureka Church Cemetery, Strange Creek with Reverend Ray Teets officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Francoise requested memorial donations be made to Eureka Church, c/o Martha Young, 1900 Upper Mill Creek Rd., Frametown, WV 26623.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
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