Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Betty J. Green
Betty J. Green, 90, of Cortland, OH passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Ohio Living Lake Vista.
She was born September 30, 1932, in Caress, WV, a daughter of the late Russell Vernon Johnson and the late Mary Susan (Tonkin) Johnson.
Betty was a 1950 graduate from Sutton High School. She was employed as an inspector with General Electric and Austintown Coil for 37.5 years. She was an avid Cleveland Guardians fan and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and quilting.
Surviving is a son, Robert A. Green, Jr. of Champion, OH; and daughter, Beckey (Tim) Hanck of Warren, OH.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stillborn daughter; six brothers, Vernon, Donald, Carl, Farrell, Gary and Kenneth Johnson; three sisters, Lenora Booth, Barbara Given and Dorothy Garcia.
Graveside services was held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Sutton, WV.
A special thanks to Nicole Bowling for support and Pastor Bill Carter at Believers Church for the many prayers. Also, a special thanks to Lake Vista and Ohio Living Hospice for their excellent care.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

Vera Lenore Wilson
Vera Lenore Wilson, 86, of Buckhannon, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at Braxton Health Care Center, Sutton.
She was born September 4, 1936 in Caress, WV the daughter of the late John & Delta Kniceley Mollohan. Also preceding her in death was her sister, Jeanette Kerling.
Vera was a homemaker, a babysitter of over 125 children during her career and was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Roland Wilson; son, Roland Keith Wilson (Anita) of Berea, KY; daughter, Melanie Freeman (William) of St. Albans, WV; sisters, Mary Lou Lemon of St. Albans, Sue Johnson of Calabash, NC, Florence Lunceford of Caress, WV; grandchildren, Lindsey Cooper (Luke), Ariel Boyd (Stephen); great grandchildren, Cayden Cooper, Silas Cooper, Ava Boyd, Laura Boyd.
Memorial gathering in her honor will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev Linn Schiefer & Rev. Stephen Boyd officiating. Family will receive friends 12:00 pm till 2:00 pm at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Wilson family.
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Mason S. Wickline
Mason S. Wickline, age 26, passed away suddenly as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
Born in Waterbury on June 6, 1997, Mason was the son of Catherine Risigo-Wickline of Wolcott and of Jeffrey Wickline and his wife Gloria of North Carolina. He was a 2016 graduate of Holy Cross High School and attended Porter & Chester Institute. He worked as a Nuclear Test Electrician for General Dynamics Electric Boat and was a member of the IBEW Union. Excited about his job, Mason worked hard to build a career in his chosen field.
A kind, gentle soul, Mason was full of life, always joking with his friends, and loved by so many people. He had an amazing group of close friends with whom he spent time. As a small child, Mason had a special love for dogs that carried throughout his life, and he never met a dog he didn’t want to take home. Mason enjoyed playing video games with his brother Curtis and his friends. He also enjoyed playing football and rugby in his younger years and was an avid fan of golf.
Mason was very much loved by so many people and will truly be missed.
In addition to his parents Catherine and Jeffrey and stepmother Gloria, Mason is survived by his brothers Curtis Wickline of MA and Morgan Wickline of NC; his sisters Kendall Wickline of FL and Kalyn Wickline and her husband RJ Prego of NJ; and his step sisters Jessica Rosenbeck and her husband Kyle of Litchfield and Kelly McSaveny and her husband Patrick Woodin of Litchfield. He also leaves his aunts Virginia “Gina” Brown and her husband Joseph of Wolcott and Valma Adams and her husband Mark of W.VA; his uncles Lawrence J. Risigo, Jr. and his wife Susan of ME and Michael Wickline and his wife Kim of TN; his great-aunt Dorinda Biondi and her husband Donny of Wolcott and his great-uncle Joseph Risigo of Colchester as well as many nephews including his nephew Jayden to whom he was especially close, several cousins, numerous friends, and his beloved fur buddy, “Dexter”. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Lawrence and Barbara Risigo and paternal grandparents Curtis and Phyllis Wickline.
“We were truly blessed to have had him in our life for only a short time and will continue to treasure every memory for the rest of our lives.”
Calling hours were held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 from 4:00-7:30pm with a service beginning at 7:30pm at Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury. Burial was held on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 in All Saints Cemetery, 203 Spring Lake Rd., Waterbury at 10:00am. Family and friends were asked to meet directly at the cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mason’s name may be made to: The CT Human Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111 or online at or Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 40726, Nashville, TN 37024 or online at For more information and online condolences visit

Carolyn K. Reed
Carolyn K. Reed, 92 of Hacker Valley, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2023 at her home after an extended illness. She was born April 25, 1931 in Webster Springs to the late Damon and Kathryn Cooper Barbe.
She was a graduate of Webster Springs High School and from Saint Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington. She was a Registered Nursing, serving on the Webster County Memorial Hospital Board and the Webster-Addison Public Library Board. She was also a volunteer at Hacker Valley Elementary School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Bernard Kopanko; second husband, Kenneth Reed; daughter, Susan Kopanko Sparks; and son, Joseph Kopanko.
She is survived by her sons, Ronald (Barbara) Kopanko of Hacker Valley and Jim (Hulan) Kopanko of Raleigh, NC; daughters, Cynthia Kopanko (Geoff) Brown of Lenox, MA and Kathleen Kopanko (Keith) Owens of Mathews, VA; brothers, Bradley (June) Barbe and David (Irene) Barbe; nine grandchildren, Amy, Steve, Chris, Ashley, Justin, Hudson, Zach, Ethan, and Mac; nine great-grandchildren, Harley, Brooklyn, Taylor, Andraya, Lily, Riley, Reagan, Willow and Reese; and one great-great-grandson, Bentley.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to WV Hospice for the excellent care given to Ms. Reed.
Friends joined the family for visitation on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Celebration of Life Services were held on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Deacon Raymond Godwin officiating. Interment followed in Cutlip Cemetery at Bendertown.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Carolyn’s family.

William Johnson
William Johnson, a son, eldest brother, veteran, Electrical Engineer, Husband, Father, Father-in-Law and ‘Poppy’ to his grandchildren, passed away peacefully with his children holding him at 5pm on June 21, 2023. His daughter Connie Sue observed that 5pm was ‘quitting time’ at his job of 34 years at E-Systems in Garland, Texas.
Bill to his family and friends, he was born on December 31, 1931, outside of Sutton, Braxton County, West Virginia, the eldest son of Dana Everett and Edith Pearl (née Wood) Johnson. Dana was a schoolteacher while mother Edith ran the farm and raised Bill and his 9 brothers and sisters. Bill had chores to attend to before breakfast and leaving for school, and more to do after his return from school. Excellent student, especially in English and mathematics. He earned the WV Golden Horseshoe honor for academic achievement in state history. In High School he convinced his father to allow him to play high school football by completing his family farm chores before breakfast.
A few days after graduating high school in June of 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he received training on the installation, calibration, maintenance and repair of airborne radio and radar systems. Much of his training took place in Texas where he fell in love with the Lone Star State. Later, he was shipped out to northern Japan participating in a program of installing and operating early warning radar installations in conjunction with the Japan Air Defense Force. This helped Japan defend itself against hostile forces to its west. He mustered out of the Air Force after 3 and a half years as a technical sergeant and an interest in electrical engineering.
Bill entered West Virginia University in the Fall of 1954 and graduated in the Spring of 1958 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. This was an exciting time for a new electrical engineer as there was a massive shift from vacuum tube to transistor based designs. He had job offers from 34 different companies but was only interested in those from Texas.
Having previously met and dated Miss Margaret Anne Righter of Shinnston WV for his senior year, he proposed and married her after graduation. Thereafter they loaded a small U-Haul trailer and moved to Dallas TX. Dallas would remain his home thereafter. Initially settling in the Oak Cliff until moving to Lake Highlands where he would build a home and a family for the next 55 years.
He spent 34 years as a design engineer in receiver development for a design group of engineers and management in Garland, Texas that largely stayed intact during that time. The company began as Temco, then became the ’T’ in LTV, then was spun off to become E Systems. The primary business was a supplier of sophisticated electronic warfare systems to the U.S. military and allies. Most of the programs were highly classified.
The majority of his efforts were in support of the USAF ‘Wild Weasel’ program that had the mission to suppress enemy air defenses by destroying enemy radar and missile sites. This system was implemented on the F4 airframe, later the F16, and consisted of a receiver tightly integrated to an air to ground missile control package. When the opposing force would turn on their anti aircraft radar the Wild Weasel system would alert the pilot and plot a course of action to neutralize the enemy. The trick was to tempt the enemy to switch on radar and fire before being fired upon, clearly a very deadly game. Air crews volunteering for the Wild Weasel mission often wore squadron patches with the letters “YGBSM” meaning “You Gotta Be Spoofing Me”, a slogan reflective of the dangers inherent to the mission. The Wild Weasel system saw extensive deployment during the initial assault on Iraqi air defenses during the 1991 Desert Storm operation. Only one plane was lost during Desert Storm which was caused by a missile malfunction; the crew safely ejected.
His last few years at E Systems were spent on new project proposals and mentoring engineers on programs. His typical process was to ask questions about specific design concepts which usually resulted in the engineer discovering the solution on their own. He was always proud to see use of proven engineering processes yield superior outcomes. After retirement, he never “picked up the slide rule” again. His life thereafter was devoted to travel and enjoying his children and grandchildren.
He will be remembered for his discipline and work ethic and practical intelligence. He will also be remembered for a strong sense of right and wrong.
Bill is preceded in life by his parents, brothers Bob and John, and sisters Jo Ann, Shirley, and Greta.
Final internment will be at the DFW National Cemetery July 18th at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Texas Kidney Foundation.

Jared Tyler Shaver
Jared Tyler Shaver, 22, of Huntington, formerly of Jane Lew departed this Earth way too soon on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 unexpectedly. He was born in Weston on February 17, 2001, a son of Randy and Kristina Shaver of Jane Lew.
Cherishing Jared’s life are his loving parents, Randy and Kristina, brother, Ian Shaver, paternal grandparents Calvin and Lorraine Shaver, maternal grandparents, Tammy and Amilcar Lazo and Michael Hinzman and wife Cheryl and great grandmother Joetta Anderson. Jared is also survived by his aunts and uncles; Kenny and Christa Shaver, Nicholas Hinzman, Lori Hinzman and Carisa, Stephanie and Charlie Heflin, Jeff Palmer and Holly and several cousins.
Jared was preceded in death by his brother, Logan Kyle Shaver, and grandparents, Nick and Janith Hinzman, Katherine and Bud Palmer, and Virginia and Vaughn Shaver, and his beloved wiener dog, Harley.
Jared was a graduate of Lewis County High School class of 2019. He worked as a Laborer at Charleston Acoustics in Huntington. Jared loved tinkering on motorcycles, cars, and square bodies basically anything with a motor; he enjoyed working on them and driving them. He was well known for wheeling and dealing on Facebook Marketplace. Most of all Jared cherished time spent with his family and friends and his sense of humor and ornery grin will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Family and friends will gather at Hardman Family Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue of Weston on Friday, July 21, 2023 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 1 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Dennis Shaver and Beverly Talbert officiating. Interment will follow services at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew. Online condolences and life stories in memory of Jared may be expressed at
Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the family of Jared Tyler Shaver.