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Violet Lucille Thayer
Violet Lucille Thayer, 75, of Sutton, WV passed away at her home on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Born October 6, 1947 at Richwood, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Erma V. Cutlip Griffin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Cleveland Thayer; two brothers, William H. “Johnny” Griffin and James Richard Griffin.
She was a Baptist by faith and was the chief tax deputy for Braxton County Sheriff’s office for more than 20 years.
Survivors include five siblings, Virginia Ruth Brewster of Garrett, IN, Isabelle Louise and Danny Bushnell of Sutton; Buddy Mason Griffin of Jane Lew, Janet Sue and Mark Given of Springfield, MO, and Pamella Annette and Vic Gazitano of Bedford, TX; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville with Rev. Janet Given officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the White Funeral Home at Summersville..
Extended family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Virginia Caring 77 Mike & Ike’s Plaza, Burnsville, WV 26335.
Condolences may be made to the family at our website

Audie Thorn Krafft
On Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, Army veteran Audie Thorn Krafft passed away peacefully in Parkersburg, WV.
Born on November 28th, 1935 in Falls Mill WV to Alpha and Carrie Krafft. He honorably served in the Army of the United States from 1954 until 1957 at which time he began his lifetime career in the trucking industry.
He is preceded in death by son Todd as well as many family members.
Audie is survived by many friends and family which include his wife of 66 years Che Che (Lois), His foster sister Barb, Daughters Robin (Mike), Sharon (John) Beth, nephew Ronnie and niece Peggy. Grand Children, Jesse, Bobby, Zackary, Ryan, Autumn, Jeremiah, Kayleen and Tanner as well as several Great Grand Children.
A celebration in honor of his life will be held on the riverbank of his home on Nicolette Road in Parkersburg, WV on September 16th, 2023 at 1:00. For further information or directions please call (304) 518-9767.
Much appreciation goes out to The US Veterans Administration, Amedisys Hospice Care, Eagle Pointe Healthcare Center and the support of many friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, and in memory of son Todd, memorial donations are kindly appreciated to the American Lyme Disease Foundation at

Gerald “Jerry” Edward Moffit
Gerald “Jerry” Edward Moffit, 94 of Webster Springs, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Liza’s Place in Wheeling. He was born November 21, 1928 in Dorrtown, Webster Springs, to the late Ray and Flora Nettie Wilfong Moffit.
Jerry was a United States Army Veteran and was proud of his military service. He served as Ward Master at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC; caring for the soldiers who were preparing to return home. He greatly appreciated his job serving the wounded soldiers.
He was an avid reader, enjoying the collection of Louis L’Amour who was his favorite author, but he enjoyed reading the Bible most of all. His favorite person to read about was Job. In his early years, Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially squirrel and pheasant. In his later years he just couldn’t bring himself to hunt because he couldn’t take away one of God’s creatures.
His passion was Rocky Bottom which was given to him by his father. He was always working to improve his property at Rocky Bottom and had many unfinished projects.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Goldie Edna Skeens Moffit; brothers Paul, Dale, and Lloyd Moffit; twin-sister Geraldine “Midge” Cochran; sisters Norma Skeens, Mary Wright, and Cora Moffit; and step-sister Virginia Hamrick.
He is survived by his son Tom (Debbie) Moffit; daughter Nancy Harding; grandchildren: Dwayne Stucky, Melanie (Cory) Thornton, Kristopher (Laurie) Moffit, and Michael (Kelly) Moffit; great-grandchildren: Breanna Wallace, Victoria Shawl, Marissa (John) Gojkovich, Kyle (Melissa) Moffit, Kody Moffit, Kory Moffit, Sophia Wyatt, Wylie Wyatt, and Nick Kelly; great-great-grandchildren: Miley Moffit, Kayden and Rayonna Shawl, and Kylan Wallace; and a host of extended family and friends to mourn his passing.
In keeping with Jerry’s wishes, friends joined the family for visitation on Saturday, July 29, 2023 beginning at 7:00 PM at his home at Rocky Bottom. Additional visitation was also be held on Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Interment immediately followed in Harrison Cochran Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation for the wonderful care given to Jerry by the staff at Liza’s Place, 308 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV. At Jerry’s request, please do not order flowers but make a donation in his memory and honor to a charity of your choosing.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Moffit family.

Deborah Marie Harper
Deborah Marie Harper, 66, of Little Birch, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 24, 2023 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.
She was born in Sutton, WV, on November 19, 1956 the daughter of the late Ernest Ray & Marie Elizabeth Sholes Hayhurst.
Deborah was a homemaker and a member of Little Birch Community Church, Little Birch.
She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Harper; son, Larry Harper, Jr. (Alicia) of Spencer, WV; daughters, Melissa Arner of Little Birch, Amanda Harper of Cleburne, TX; brother, David Hayhurst of Craigsville; sisters, Pamela Harper (Jodie) of Sutton, Sandra Amory (Michael) of Fairmont, Jennifer Adkins (Obie) of Huntington, WV; grandchildren, Shyann Arner, Mitchell Arner.
Funeral services was held at 1:00 pm, Friday, July 28, 2023 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Tom Harper officiating. Burial followed at Little Birch Community Cemetery, Little Birch. Friends called 11:30 am till time of service at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Harper family.
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Mary Grace Ellis
Mary Grace Ellis, 66, of Nitro, WV, passed on July 18, 2023, at CAMC Memorial where she worked as a lab technician. Born May 1, 1957, the middle of nine siblings, this incredibly intelligent woman grew to become self-made, well cultured, and fiercely independent.
After graduating from Morris Harvey College, Mary’s life was filled with travel. As a lab tech she toured the United States to learn the latest technology in her field. Having a taste for the jet set lifestyle Mary followed her ancestral roots to Ireland and Germany, and continued her explorations to Austria, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, France, England, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, and Mexico.
Mary’s adventurous nature took her skiing, white water rafting, whale watching, and to many live music concerts. She had a keen intuition for wagering on horse races and adored a good derby hat.
At home Mary enjoyed caring for her aquarium of exotic fish, having coffee in her beautiful garden, and watching the birds and the neighborhood squirrel who performed acrobatic tricks to reach her bird feeders. She affectionately named him “Rocky” and dubbed his antics the “squirrel Olympics”.
Quick witted Mary loved comedy, especially Saturday Night Live, always getting the biggest laugh from political satire.
Above all, Mary was the most loving daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and mentor to everyone in her life, encouraging all to live well and reach their fullest potential, acting as both enthusiastic cheerleader and relentless coach. Mary would tell us in the wake of this tragic loss to keep our chins up.
Mary Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Ellis and Helen Weber Ellis of Weston, WV, and sister, Jeanne Ellis of Sutton, WV. She is survived by siblings Carol Frame and husband Joe of Gassaway, WV, Phillip Ellis and wife Ruth of Weston, WV, Susan Murphy of Weston, WV, Sylvia Mallion of Camden, WV, Thomas Ellis and wife Kathy of Jane Lew, WV, Elizabeth Hawkins and husband John of Sutton, WV, and William Ellis and wife Carol of Gassaway, WV, along with nieces and nephews Sarah Murphy of Charles Town, WV, Sean Hawkins of Sutton, WV, Jessica Ellis of Gassaway, WV, Jacob Ellis and wife Sydney of Gassaway, WV, Erin Hawkins of Sutton, WV, Sonora Page and sons Shayden and Sawyer of Jane Lew, WV, and Katlyn Hanshaw, husband Josh, and children Wyatt, Sydney Grace, and Maeva of South Charleston, WV.
Prayer Service and Blessing was held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2023, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home and Crematorium, located at 1118 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV, with visitation one hour prior.
A Second Visitation will be held at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, located at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, WV, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2023. Interment will immediately follow at Lewis County Memorial Gardens, Weston, WV. Mary Grace will be laid to rest next to her loving parents.
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Mary Helen Fleming McGahan
Mary Helen Fleming McGahan, 78, of Clarksburg passed away on Monday, July 17, 2023 at her residence.
She was born in Sheffield, England on April 19, 1945, a daughter of the late Roy and Mary Naylor Fleming. Her parents met and married in England in WWII and Mary Helen celebrated her first birthday on the Queen Mary while coming to America.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Frank McGahan; one son, Brian, “Biff” McGahan; and her sister, Millie Sermino.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Ramos of California; one son, Brad McGahan of California; seven grandchildren, Vanessa Hernandez, Melissa Gonzalez, Arianna Ramos, Breann McGahan, Marissa McGahan, Quentin McGahan, Aurora McGahan; and six great grandchildren, Emily Hernandez, Brian Hernandez, Alliyah McNurlin, Annabelle McNurlin, Abigale McNurlin, Elijah Ruiz.
She retired as Director of Patient Finances in a California medical facility and upon her return to West Virginia, worked for various medical facilities.
Mary Helen was loving, caring, funny and smart. She shared books and the love of books with her friends. Everyone she met laughed louder and smiled brighter with her around. She carved out a permanent place in our hearts.
Mary Helen was a 1963 graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School and loved to keep up to date with her classmates and attend their monthly meetings. Sharing memories of RW and growing up in Nutter Fort were her favorite topics. It seemed like she knew everyone.
She loved and adored her family and was Gigi to her grand babies. She loved Jesus and attended Horizons. She was a member of the Steel Magnolia Monday and Wednesday groups who always prayed for and supported Mary Helen.
A special thank you to her neighbor, Sharline Woofter, who gave Mary Helen lots of love and care, and to Danny and Theresa Westfall, Roger and Sharon Diaz, Donna and Bill Webb, Diane Slaughter and the Amedisys staff.
Family and friends called at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort on Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, where funeral services were held at 5:30 pm with Pastor Josiah Pitts officiating.
In keeping with her wishes, Mary will be cremated following the service.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

Robert A. Duncan
Robert A. Duncan, 76 of Levittown, PA passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, July 23, 2023. Born in Trenton, NJ, Robert had been a long time area resident who retired from US Steel after dedicating 32 years and was a member of the United Steelworkers Local 4889 ensuring fairness for himself and all members. Mr. Duncan enjoyed NASCAR, gardening, and spending summers at the Jersey Shore, most importantly, he enjoyed spending quality time with his family. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan.
Mr. Duncan is predeceased by his beloved wife Gaynel “Gay” Duncan, his parents, James and Rose Duncan, sister, Betty Conover and brother, James Duncan, Jr.
Left to cherish his wonderful memory are his loving children, Michelle Hetzel (Butch), Jennifer Westfall (Richard), and Misty Miller (Chris Ramirez), caring grandchildren; Robert Dooley, Heather Dooley (Chris Smith), Tara Dooley, and Kelly Dooley (Doug Buchanan), Cheyenne Westfall, and Richard Westfall, Jr., adoring great grandchildren, Aislynn, Ryker, Addyson, Stormie, and Duncan, sister in law, Patricia Duncan and long time friends, Bob Wagner, Marge Miccio, and Carol Dam as well as other family members and friends will miss him deeply.
Visiting hours were held Friday, July 28, 2023 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007. Arrangements under the auspices of David C. Chiacchio and the compassionate staff of the Chiacchio Southview Funeral Home.

Earl Lockard
Earl Lockard 73 of Absarokee Mt passed away peacefully on July 4, 2023 with family by his side.
He was the son of the late Romie and Dae Lockard of Exchange WV.
Earl is survived by his siblings David (Rose) Lockard of Cottrellville MI, Linda Flint of Burnsville WV, Carl “Nick” Lockard of Gassaway WV. Robert “Bo” Lockard of Exchange WV, and Roy Lockard of Gassaway WV. Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Don Lockard, Mark Lockard and, sister Mary Ellen.
Earl served in the US Army on Team 1 of the 11th Pathfinders, in the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam.
Earl was a mechanic by trade in numerous mines. Earl enjoyed life “out west” hunting and fishing.
Earl’s final wishes was to be cremated. Our Family has lost a great Man. We will honor Earl with a Memorial Service at a later date.

Nelma Elaine White
Nelma Elaine White, 75, of Rosedale, WV, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2023, at her home after battling a long illness.
Elaine was born in Rosedale, WV on March 29, 1948. She was the oldest daughter to the late Edward and Georgia Miller.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband Buck White of 51 years, and her four sons and daughter-in-laws, Mike White and Janet Mazanek of Rosedale, Fred and Barbara White of Sand Fork, Ermine and Ashley White of Sand Fork, and Sherman and Sue Ann White of Rosedale. Elaine is also survived by siblings, Mildred Muniz, Linda Jones, Clarice Burns, Darlene Rexroad, Roger Miller, Benny Miller, Adrian Miller, and Fred Miller and her 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Elaine was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord with all her heart. She enjoyed attending church and reading her Bible. She also loved taking care of everyone’s babies and kept a smile on her face till her very last day.
A graveside service for Elaine was directed by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, W, on July 18, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Miller Cemetery by her home. Services were led by Charles Brady.
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Juanita June “Sis” Christian
Juanita June “Sis” Christian, 97 of Cowen passed away at her home on Sunday, July 23, 2023. She was born in Bolair on January 11, 1926 to the late Russell “Jake” and Ruie Barker Green and was a homemaker and Retired as a Forest service Worker for the National Forest Service.
Sis enjoyed car rides, fishing, and going on picnics.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John Christian; sisters: Viola, Mildred, Bertha Lea, Pearl and Gatha; and brothers: Junior and Ralph.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy (Walden “Eddie) Cogar of Cowen; brother Bobby Green of Florida; grandsons: Larry (Kandy) Clutter, Jr. and John (Myranda) Clutter; step-grandson John Carl Christian; three great-grandchildren; and several extended family and friends to mourn her passing.
Funeral Services to celebrate Juanita’s life were held on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, with Pastor Keith Williams officiating. Friends joined the family for visitation two hours prior to service time at the Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Adams-Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Christian family.

Lorena Susan Stout
Lorena Susan Stout, was born June 10, 1940. She departed this life suddenly Thursday evening July 27, 2023, from her home at Stout’s Mills, following a sudden illness. Safe and secure in the arms of Jesus and to be with Dencil, her beloved husband, whom she lost to cancer 14 years earlier. Together again after 51 years of marriage.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord are comforting words, true words, found in God’s love letter to us in the Bible and we believe them to be so. She leaves behind 7 sons and one daughter, heartbroken with her passing so soon and unexpected. Roy of Heaters, Ricky of Little Birch, Donnie (Paula) of Glenville, Ronnie of Stouts Mills, Roger ( Marsha) of Burnsville, Doug (Connie) of Corley, Ernie of Sutton, Becky ( Brian ) Boothe of Grantsville. Lorena loved and in return was loved by her 16 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Lorena has 4 surviving sisters, Ann (Jim) Kingrey of LaBelle Fl., Lucille (Steve) Brake of Weston, Janey (Rob) Vanhorn of Weston, Marjorie Freeman of Weston.
She is preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Beatrice (Flint) Hickman, three brothers Jerry, Jearl, and Ted Hickman, one infant sister Lilly Jane, and her husband of 51 years Dencil Roy Stout.
Lorena loved the unlovable, cared for and was the voice for the outcast, literally would give her last dime, along with the shoes off her feet to anyone in need. She loved with all her heart. Gone but never forgotten. Until we see you again, enjoy your new heavenly home.
A funeral service was conducted at Stockert Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods W.V, on Monday, July 31st, 2023 at 1-PM with Pastor Donnie Stout officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to the service from 11-1 PM. Burial will follow at Stout Cemetery in Flatwoods WV.

Terry L. Ellyson
Terry L. Ellyson, 68, of Glenville, West Virginia departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 22, 2023 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born May 13, 1955 in Weston, WV, son of late Ralph C. and Boneva “Bea” (Davis) Ellyson.
Terry is a graduate of Lewis County High School Class of 1973. He attended Glenville State College and was a 1977 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is President of Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville and has served his community for 45 years. He was a Christian by faith and a member of the Appalachian Cruisers Car Club where he enjoyed showing his custom PT Cruiser. Terry was artistic in nature with everything he did, whether it was creating flower arrangements, working with his flower garden, or working in the funeral industry; everyone always looked forward to seeing his annual Christmas display. Terry always had a knack for seeing things that no one else could. He enjoyed being creative with everything he did.
On August 23, 1975 (after 5 years of dating) Terry married his high school sweetheart, Denise (Romel) Ellyson, who survives at their home in Glenville.
Surviving is his son, Terry Lee Ellyson II and his wife, Ryoko Wakasa of Glenville, two grandchildren who he adored and was so proud of, Allie Mitsu Ellyson and Jaxon Ty Ellyson both of Glenville, a brother, Gary R. Ellyson and wife, Sandy of Pineville, WV, and two nephews Joey Ellyson of Weston, and Scott Ellyson of Denver, Colorado.
He is also survived by numerous other family members and many cherished friends.
Along with his parents Terry is preceded in death by his niece who he considered a daughter, Julie Renee (Ellyson) Chapman, and a brother Edwin P. Ellyson.
In accordance with his wishes Terry will be laid to rest privately beside his mother in the Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville, WV.
In lieu of flowers the Ellyson family requests memorial contributions be made to the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department, Box 255, Glenville, WV 26351 in honor of Terry.
The Ellyson family wishes to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community at large for their expressions of sympathy during the loss of our patriarch.
We at Ellyson Mortuary will continue the tradition set forth by Terry to serve our community with honor, compassion and attention to detail.