Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Virginia Ann “Piddle” May
Virginia Ann “Piddle” May 79 of Gassaway passed away on May 22, 2023 peacefully at her home.
Born in Charleston, WV on June 28th 1943 to the late Harlan and Wilma Jean Nettles of Gassaway.
Piddle truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures like playing cards, bird watching and listening to her chimes while setting on the porch.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Freddie May. A son Christopher May and wife Misty of Rock, WV. Granddaughters Abbigail Presley, Zoe May, Mia May and Ryland Barlow. A brother Greg Nettles and wife Suzanne of Philippi. Brother in law Eddie May and wife Myrna. Sisters in law Valeen Armstrong and Mary Brandt and husband Doug. Along with several nieces and nephews.
Honoring Virginia’s wishes she will be cremated. Services will be held at a later time.

Cora Lorraine Gates
Cora Lorraine Gates, 92, went home to be with the Lord May 23, 2023 at Braxton County Health Care Center, Sutton.
Lorraine was born August 30, 1930 in Rockville, MD the daughter of the late Cecil & Lillian Quigley Baker. She was also preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Oval Gray Gates; son, Ronnie Gray Gates; and several siblings.
She was a licensed minister in the Church of God and a evangelist, and a homemaker. She loved doing word search, going to church, being around friends and family. Those that know her, loved her personality she always had a way of making you laugh.
Lorraine is survived by her four sons, Gary (Sue) of Maryland, Chris (Michelle) of Arizona, Andy (Bertie) of Maryland, and Jonathan (Terri) of WV. She is also the loving grandmother of Kathy (Shawn), Gary Jr. (Sandy), Karen, Angela (Marty), Jenifer (Craig), Justin, Caleb (Heather), Madeline (Anthony), Dawn (Tim), Stacey (Donnie), Sara; 15 great grandkids and one great great grand baby on the way.
Funeral services were held 1:00 pm, Friday, May 26, 2023 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Frank Emory officiating. Burial followed at Cox Cemetery, Birch River. Friends called at the funeral home 11:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gates family.
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Elmer Eugene “Gene” Gower, Jr.
Elmer Eugene “Gene” Gower, Jr., 83, of Gassaway, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2023 at West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, Clarksburg.
He was born in Troy, WV on July 21, 1939 to the late Elmer Eugene Gower, Sr. and Sally Pearl Summerfield Gower.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Idleman Gower; and sisters, Juanita Moore and Hilda Beamer.
Gene worked as a Compressor Station Operator for Equitable Gas and he retired with 33 years service. He was a member and former deacon at Gassaway Baptist Church. When his wife was living he enjoyed traveling and spending time with her. Gene grew several big gardens around their home. Hunting and fishing were two of his favorite pastimes. He made several trips to Canada fishing with the “guys” in his family. He will be deeply missed.
Gene is survived by his son, Jeff Gower and wife, Alecia, of Conroe, Texas; daughter, Robin Woodford and husband, John, of Flemington, WV; grandchildren, Jamie Taylor and husband, Jesse, of Conroe, TX, Derek Woodford and wife, Sarah, of Morgantown, Drew Woodford and wife, Ashley of King George, Virginia, and Kylie Woodford of Barboursville; great grandchildren, Elijah Woodford, Josiah Woodford, Emery Woodford, and Casey Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, May 26, 2023 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
His funeral service was 11 A.M. Saturday, May 27th at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Stump officiating.
Interment followed in the Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery, Lost Creek, West Virginia.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Gassaway Baptist Church, P.O. Box 128, Gassaway, WV 26624.
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Patty Lynn Brady
Patty Lynn Brady, 64, of Sutton, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at her residence.
She was born June 28, 1958, in Sutton, WV, the daughter of the late Harry Delbert & Madeline Wilson Brady. Also preceding her in death is her brothers, Jack Brady, John Brady; sister, Bonnie Joyce; nephew, Shawn Brady.
Patty was a sale representative in the coal field.
She is survived by her loving brother, Harry C. Brady of Sutton.
Upon her request the body will be cremated.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Brady family.
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Harry Lee Lemon
Harry Lee Lemon, 87, of Gassaway passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Gassaway on the farm to the late James H. Lemon and Nellie G. Duffield Lemon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor Wood Lemon; his brother, Don Lemon; and his grandson, Hunter Lemon.
Harry was retired but in his lifetime, he was a construction worker, long-time mail carrier and farmer. He was known for helping his neighbors. He enjoyed being outside doing farm work and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed.
He will be forever remembered by his sons, Dave Lemon and wife, Kerri, of Heaters, and Greg Lemon and wife, Susan, of Gassaway; daughter, Karen Callison (Craig) of Gassaway; grandchildren, Rob Callison, Mandy Post, Aaron Lemon, Brandon Lemon, Matthew Lemon, and Michael Lemon; brothers, Paul “Bus” Lemon of Gassaway, Ben Lemon of Frametown, and Carl “Dick” Lemon of Ohio; sisters, Jeanette Barath of Ohio, Carol Carr of Ohio, Joy Veard of Ohio, Sally Skidmore of Gassaway, and Linda Boggs of Ohio. Harry is also survived by 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was 2 P.M. Sunday, May 28, 2023, at Jerushia Church Cemetery at the head of Sugar Creek with Reverend Robey Godfrey officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hunter Lemon Memorial Scholarship Fund, People’s Bank, 3802 Sutton Lane, Sutton, WV 26601.
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Claudine Dennison
Claudine Dennison, 82, of Gassaway, peacefully entered into her heavenly home on Sunday, May 28, 2023 surrounded by her family.
She was born July 22, 1940 in Gassaway to the late George Irving Patrick and Elvie Josephine Perrine.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan Richardson; siblings, Kathleen Stewart (Orval), Birchard Patrick (Wanda), Eugene Patrick, Pat Nottingham, Harold Patrick (Rose), Grace Hatch (Harry), Jewell Porter (Ben), Boots McLaughlin (Chalk), Bill Patrick, Ray Patrick (Alice), Myrtle Givens (Gene), and Rena Calvert (Cecil).
Claudine loved the Lord, had a servant’s heart, and was always helping others. She was a lifelong member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with her children and grandchildren, listening to gospel hymns and crocheting. She will be deeply missed.
She will be forever remembered by her husband of 64 wonderful years, John Dennison; sons, Gary Dennison of Gassaway and Bobby Dennison and wife, Janice, of Evans; daughters, Julie Dennison of Gassaway, Lori Ludwig and husband, Greg, of Hurricane, and Tracy Utt and husband, Tom, of Sutton; grandchildren Robbie Dennison, Jami Dennison, Sarah Kiser, Chase Singleton, Beth Knowles, Jeremy Ludwig, Jacob Ludwig, Jackson Ludwig, Joshua Ludwig, Logan Utt and Easton Utt; brother, Punk Patrick and wife, Skinny; and sisters-in-law, Caroline Patrick and Sue Eubank. Claudine is also survived by 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service will be 1 P.M. Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church with Don James officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.
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Don Bazil Moffatt
Don Bazil Moffatt, 97, of Webster Springs passed away on May 26, 2023, in Summersville. He was born on May 22, 1926, in Bolair to Lelah Belle and William Gratton Moffatt.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Opalene Stella Moffatt, whom he married on June 10, 1951, in Webster Springs. Together they had 9 children.
Don believed in hard work, an ethic that started at the age of 10 when he worked on Pete Barbe’s farm. He also had fond memories of working at the Webster Springs theater. He retired from Spring Ridge Coal Company in Bolair, where he and son Terry ran the end loader.
Don often palled around with brother-in-law Breeze Underwood, making deliveries to just about every house in Webster County for Cutlip’s Department Store. He loved calling to check in on his friends and he was an expert at disguising his voice when answering his phone.
Don was a talented whistler. He could whistle a tune so loud you could hear him coming a mile away. His children used that to their advantage. They’d scramble to clean up when they heard “the whistle” coming up the road.
Don loved trying out his riddles with every new visitor to his home. Until recently, you could find him much of the time with a seek-a-word puzzle in one hand and the TV remote in the other.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Webster Springs and the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and a lifetime member of the VFW.
Don proudly served in the Army during WWII, and was stationed in Narsarsuaq, Greenland. He loved to tell stories about his time there and he longed to go back.
In addition to his wife, Don was preceded in death by his infant son Don Duane Moffatt, daughter Janet Tenney of Exchange, granddaughter Kristina Swecker of Cleveland, W. Va., brothers Denzil and Daniel Moffatt and sisters Daisy Woodard, Doris Shaver, and Dale Correa.
Don is survived by his son Terry (Charlotte) Moffatt of Webster Springs; son Gary Moffatt of Webster Springs; daughter Judy (Willard) Anderson of Hacker Valley; son-in-law Charlie Tenney of Exchange; daughter Joyce (Phil) Cutlip of Lewisburg; daughter Elizabeth Cochran of Webster Springs; daughter Karen (Jeff) Swecker of Cleveland, W. Va.; daughter Rebecca (Rodney) Bean of Morgantown; siblings Dora Grounds of Webster Springs, Donie Rogers of Arnoldsburg, W. Va. and Dorothy Pawlenko of Cleveland, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Friends joined the family for visitation on Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 6-8 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Funeral Services to celebrate Don’s life were held on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 11 AM at the Funeral Home with her sons-in-law: Brother Charles Tenney and Brother Jeff Swecker officiating. Interment with Military Honors followed at Handschumacher Cemetery, Upperglade.
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Sarah Bell Cutlip Knight
Sarah Bell Cutlip Knight, 90, of Sutton, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
She was born August 1, 1932 in Sutton, WV, the daughter of the late Arch Cutlip and Elizabeth Skidmore. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Harold Knight; son, Denzil Knight; step mother, Creda Cutlip; sister, Eula Davis; infant brother, Arthur Lee Cutlip.
Sarah is survived by her sons, Robert Lee Knight, Burl Gene “Pete” Knight (Nadine), Delmos Lynn Knight (Dana), Wesley Harold Knight (Bettie); brothers, Kenny Cutlip, Larry Cutlip, Jerry Cutlip, Rickey Cutlip, Ronnie Cutlip, Bernard Cutlip; adopted brother, Terry Cutlip; sister, Thelma Cline; 17 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends that she loved very much. She was looked at by many as another mom.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev Russell Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Barker Ridge Cemetery, Sutton, WV. Friends may call 11:00 am till time of services at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Knight family.
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Mary Lea Shriver
Mary Lea Shriver, 70, of Duck, formally of Akron ,OH went home to be with the Lord on May 27, 2023 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
She was born on December 26, 1952 in Gassaway to the late, Wilbur & Ruby Hall Nottingham.
Mary was a retired housekeep in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. She was a member of Peoples Community Church, Duck, WV.
Surviving her are her loving husband, Samuel J Shriver; son, Brent Marks (Alicia Keaton) of Akron, OH; sister, Della N Dean of South Charleston, WV; grandson, Trenton Marks.
Private family graveside services were held 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Strange Creek Cemetery, Strange Creek, WV with Rev Freddie Schoolcraft officiating.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton is honored to be serving the Shriver family.
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