Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Blair O. Wright
Blair O. Wright, 82, born on October 29, 1940, in Rosedale, WV, and a resident of Jane Lew, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Friday, October 27, 2023. He was the son of the late, Glen Wright and Mary Pearl Shamblin Wright. In addition to his parents, Blair was preceded in death by five siblings: Bern Wright, Fern Marks, Blaine Wright, Eleanor Wolfe, and Arnett Furr.
As Mark Twain once wrote, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” and Blair, a man of action and determination, truly lived by this principle. He embarked on his journey of success right after graduating from Normantown High School in 1958, continued his education at Charleston School of Commerce, and then dedicated 38 years in various positions before retiring as a computer programmer with Equitable Gas. His commitment and hard work didn’t just stop at his occupation; he was also the proud owner/operator of Sprint Print in Bridgeport.
Blair was a man of diverse interests and talents. He was a HAM radio operator, a motorcycle racer, and had a keen interest in photography and film developing. He also loved woodworking, farming, and anything outdoors. He was the founder of Normantown Historical Community Center and Food Pantry and was a former Sunday School teacher at Harmony United Methodist Church. Blair’s love for community service was evident as he served as the former president of the Clarksburg Bowling Association. As Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Blair lived his life as a daring adventure, always eager to learn, and more than willing to share his insightful knowledge with others.
Blair was a man of wisdom, strength, and love, who is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Ann Boggs, whom he married on June 19, 1959. Their love and commitment to each other have been a testament to their enduring bond. He is also survived by two children: Jeffery Wright and wife, Barbara, of Bridgeport, and Suzanne Fisher of Gallipolis, OH; five grandchildren: Zane Wright, Dr. Zachary Wright and wife, Dr. Maggie Moreland, Megan Fisher, Katelyn Fisher, and Lauren Fisher; two great-grandchildren: Benjamin Taylor, and Lilly Donohue; two step-grandchildren: Dr. Derrek Gilbert, and Lauren Smith and husband, Jason; three step-great-grandchildren: Jada, Judah, and Jireh Smith. Blair has two surviving siblings: Bruce Wright and wife, Rella, of West Milford, and Elaine Baker and husband, Layton, of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Blair’s request for Cremation has been honored at Pat Boyle Funeral Home’s On-Site Crematory. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Blair O. Wright. Online condolences may be expressed at

Geraldine Ruth Steed
Geraldine Ruth Steed, 72 of Webster Springs passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at CAMC General Division. She was born May 23, 1951 in Webster County to the late Lloyd and Leota Wilmoth Cogar.
Geraldine enjoyed working puzzles, gardening, flowers, watching hummingbirds, and spending time with her family. She was Methodist by faith.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Herman Ray Steed; son Martin Steed; daughter Tammy Hosey; sister Maxine Mick; and brothers Charles, Allen, Stoney, and Michael Cogar.
Left to cherish her memory are her son Robert (Meredith) Cogar; step-children Gwendolyn (Stanley) Knight, Herman Ray (Connie) Steed, Jr. and Pam (Mike) Sblendario; grandchildren Richard, Nicholas, Mercedes, Sean, Chloe, Tristen, Hoyt, Dalton, Madison, and Hunter; eight step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers Everett (Sherry) Cogar and Rocky (Mary) Cogar; sisters Rosalea (Ronnie) Barnett, Gladie (Donald) Holcomb, Brenda Alderman, and Nettie (Marty) Duffield; and a host of extended family and friends to mourn her passing.
Friends joined the family for visitation on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Funeral Services to celebrate Geraldine’s life was held on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Rounds officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Diana.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Geraldine’s family.

Gary Wayne Spinks
Gary Wayne Spinks, 75, of Birch River, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at Summersville Regional Hospital, Summersville.
He was born on September 17, 1948 in Summersville, WV the son of the late Sherman & Flossie Canfield Spinks. Also preceding him in death was his grandparents, Shelby & Alice Gadd Spinks and Curt & Maggie Mollohan Canfield; Jason Stilwell who was like a son to him.
Gary was a Truck driver for Coal Mines, and was a Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Barbara Martin Spinks; Danielle Cobb of Dille, who was like a daughter to him; brothers, Paul Spinks of Calvin, WV, Darrell Spinks of Birch River; sister, Patricia Spinks of Birch River.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Williams officiating. Friends called 12:30 pm till service time at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Spinks family.
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Betty J Pulliam (Graff)
Born on July 1, 1933 in Burnsville, WV to the late John and Ersie (McCauley) Graff, Betty was a resident of Green for the past three years, previously of Clinton for 44 years. She was a devoted wife and mother and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and staying in touch with old friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; brothers, Robert Graff and Dick (Wanda) Graff; brother in-law, James Cobb. She is survived by her son, Ronald (Valerie) Pulliam of Uniontown; daughter, Rhonda (Harold) Pyles of Philippi, WV; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Patty Cobb; sister-in-law, Caroline Graff; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Funeral service were Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, OH 44230 with Pastor Rod Grabski, officiating. Burial immediately followed the service at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours were one hour prior to service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Village of St. Edward at Green, 3813 Fortuna Dr., Akron, OH 44312. Online obituary and guest registry are available at

Glen “Fuzzy” Allen
Glen “Fuzzy” Allen, 71, of Wardensville, WV, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2023, at his home. No services are planned at this time.
Glen was born on March 29, 1952 in Sutton, WV, son the late Ruben Baily Allen and Marjorie Louise Conrad Allen. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Harold Allen, Jessie Lou Allen, David Allen, Paul Allen, John Allen, Mike Allen, and Charles Allen.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Malcolm Allen; children, Amanda White (David), Carrie Allen (Chad Simon), Joey Glen Allen (Jessica); siblings, Nellie Conrad of Edinburg, VA, Donna Sue Buchannon of
Flatwoods, WV, Ruben Allen of Flatwoods, VA, Carla Burns of Edinburg, VA, Daniel Allen of Napier, WV, Ronnie Allen of Heaters, WV, Bonnie Allen of Orlando, WV, Thelma Kay Allen of Heaters, WV; grandchildren, Abbi Simon, Caleb Simon, Tessa Allen, Jeremiah White, Asher Glen Allen; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Edinburg.
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Charles James Radcliff
Charles James Radcliff, 85, of Sutton, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2023 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
He was born April 26, 1938 in Braxton County, WV, the son of the late Carl & Jocie Evans Radcliff. Also preceding him in death was his brothers, Lawrence “Bub” Radcliff, Marcel Williams, Ted Radcliff; sisters, Clara Radcliff, Gladys Morris.
Charles was a Factory Machinist, a loving father, husband and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Carpenter Radcliff; son, James Leon Radcliff; daughter, Julie Radcliff; 5 grandchildren.
Upon his request the body will be cremated. There will be no service.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Radcliff family.
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Gary Edward Welch
Gary Edward Welch, 79 of Craigsville, passed away November 3, 2023 at the Hubbard House, in Charleston, WV.
He was born November 26, 1943 in Sutton, WV. The son of the late Charles Newton and Bitha Ann Welch.
He was retired SFC from the US Army. Serving 22 years. Gary enjoyed fishing, watching westerns, spending time with his family and friends and taking care of his dog Walker.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Carol, sisters: Shirley Pullens, Phyllis Minton, Bessie Thayer, Hazel Heater, and Peggy Rogers; brothers Jerry Welch and Bobby Welch.
He is survived by his daughter Juanita (Ed) Selman of Craigsville, grandchildren Letha Mae Selman, Russell Selman and Alexis Dawn Selman. Great grandchildren Mason, Hayden, Lucas and Jensen and several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Services were held at 1:00 pm Monday, November 6, 2023 at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen with Pastor Craig Williams officiating.
Burial with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #62 followed at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen.
A gathering of family and friends was held Monday from 11:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home.
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Services entrusted to the care of Morris Funeral Home.

Jesse H. Huff
Jesse H. Huff, 87 of Camden, WV; departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at his residence with his loving family by his side.
He was born December 26, 1935 in Letter Gap, WV; son of the late Lloyd and Ollie (Chapman) Huff.
Jesse is a graduate of Glenville High School, class of 1953. He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served his country from 1958 to 1960. He was a Post Master for the United States Post Office having retired at the age of 55.
In his spare time, Jesse enjoyed living the quiet life in WV; traveling, caring for his lawn and surrounding property, spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever possible, and spending time with family and friends.
On August 14, 1964 Jesse was united in marriage to his first wife Joan James Huff, who preceded him in death on March 31, 1996.
On April 8, 1999 Jesse was united in marriage to his second wife Lenora (Moore) Wilson Huff who survives at their Camden home.
Surviving is step-daughter, Susie Plank (Dennis) and step-son, Brad Wilson (Cindy), 3 grandchildren, Jason Wilson (Lisa), Stacy Smith (Chris), and Zach Wilson (Stephanie), and 6 great-grandchildren, Shaelin, Braley, McKenzie, Bryce, Ryker, and Nora.
Also surviving are 3 sisters, Carol Jean, Jo Ann (Jim), and Linda; 4 brothers, Richard (Donna Jean), Jim (Linda), Joseph (Cathy), and Charles (Debbie), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with his first wife and parents, Jesse is preceded in death by brothers, Lloyd and Denzil, and sister, Rosemary.
A funeral service was conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Friday, November 3, 2023 with Rev. Beverly Kendall officiating. Burial followed in the Boggs Cemetery, near Normantown, WV. Friends were received from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Friday at the mortuary in Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Jesse H. Huff with burial arrangements.