Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Kenneth (Kenny) Brown
Kenneth (Kenny) Brown, 87, of Reynoldsburg, OH, formerly of Niles, OH, passed away on November 18th. Born February 22, 1936 in Burnsville WV to Doll (Brown) Fleming. After graduating from Burnsville High School, Kenny joined the US Navy, serving for eight years. He eventually moved to the Youngstown area where he worked at General Motors, Lordstown, retiring after 30 years.
Kenny loved to garden and to work outside on his lawn; was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing; and he was a devoted Steelers fan and Cleveland Guardians fan. He was also a member of the Masons, Allen Lodge of Canfield, Ohio. He was truly a character and will be missed.
He is preceded in death by his wife Avanell “Nellie” Brown and parents Clyde “Bud” and Doll Fleming. He is survived by his daughter, Kendra (Justin) McKay and four stepdaughters, Teresa (Mark) Clapp, Joyce (George) Oaks, Kathy Thompson, and Jackie (Rob) McCauley; five grandsons, Zachary McKay, Brandon McKay, Joseph Rizk, Bryan (Malarie) Ziak, Todd (Keri) Ziak and granddaughter, Jennifer Oaks, and five great-grandchildren.
The family will host a private Celebration of Life.
Memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans are suggested by the family.
Pfeifer Woodyard Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brown family.

Doris M. Rowan
Doris M. Rowan, 60, of Sutton passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born March 24, 1963, in Sutton.
Doris and her late husband were co-owners of Central West Virginia Mobile Home Sales and owners of Rowan’s Mobile Home Park. She enjoyed being outdoors and going fishing and hunting. Doris had great attention to details. She enjoyed life with her family.
She is survived by her father, Dorsey Jackson of Little Birch; and her brother, Dale Jackson of Sutton; three nieces, Sierria Jackson, Emily Jackson (with one great nephew on the way), and Makaly Jackson.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Farrel Rowan; infant son, Michael Rowan; mother, Carol Ann Rhodes Jackson; and sister, Donna Carroll.
Her funeral service was 1 P.M. Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bebe Marshall officiating.
Burial followed in the Rowan Cemetery, Sutton.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Betty Flenner Dent Reip
Betty Flenner Dent Reip, 100, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 20, 2023, surrounded by her two daughters, Donna Pierson and Barbara “Bobbi” Morgan and her cat, Blossom. She is survived also by her pride and joy Grandson, Matthew (Amanda) White and their three great-grandchildren, Cole, Dylan, and Addilyn, and brother-in-law, Elmer Huffman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents, Milton and Ella Dent; her biological parents, Oval Flenner and Pearl Flenner Curtis; siblings, Earl Dent, Ida Cross, Nevada Ayers, Mearl Riddle, Bernice Dunn, Mary Ella Clark, Patricia Huffman, Charles Curtis, Robert Curtis; and sons-in-law, Fred Morgan and Roy Pierson.
Betty was a WWII Marine Corps Veteran; she was a homemaker and one of her greatest joys was cooking and baking for others. She was a Christian and taught Sunday school over the years and later in life she helped her daughter, Donna, with functions at Saint Thomas Catholic Church in Gassaway.
She will be missed greatly by her family and friends. She always had a smile and a very joyful soul. Betty was a prayer warrior, and she would get lots of calls for prayer and had been asked many times to visit the sick to pray for their healing. Betty went beyond the word…..Giver…..she truly had the heart of a servant as the Bible speaks of.
Her funeral was 1 P.M. Friday, November 24, 2023, at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Military Rites were conducted at the funeral home.
Burial followed in the Shawver Cemetery, on the Reip Farm, Frametown.
Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Alice Marie Reynolds
Alice Marie Reynolds, 68, of Gassaway passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV surrounded by her family.
She was born in Sutton on October 10, 1955, to the late Vaden Freeman and Thelma Maxine Nicholson Freeman.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Thearl Clutter; daughter, Rebecca Ann McCartney; infant brother, Tommy J. Freeman; and brothers, Bobby Lee Freeman and James Edward “Bud” Freeman; and brother-in-law, Crawford Rayl.
She was a homemaker to her family, but she was a caregiver out of the home for over 30 years. She also worked as a cook for Braxton County School System in her earlier years. Alice graduated from Sutton High School in 1975 and had many friends. She was kindhearted and enjoyed talking to everyone. She also was a big fan of listening to the radio.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, William Dale Freeman, Larry Lee Freeman and Gary Lee Freeman and wife, Mary; siblings, Lola Jane Windon and husband, Wilbur, Junior Dale Freeman, Shirley Jane Rayl; sister-in-law, Annie Freeman; grandchildren, Raye-Ann Leigh Coffman, Samuel Lee Freeman, and Katherine Lynn Mullins; and her dog, Samantha.
Marie’s funeral was held 12 Noon on Monday, November 27, 2023, at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Richie Propst officiating.
Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Thomas Julian Blake
Thomas Julian Blake, 77, of Burnsville, WV, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on Monday, November 20, 2023, in Hilton Head, SC.
He was born at home in Burnsville on September 14, 1946, to the late Oscar Lee Blake and the late Juanita McPherson Blake Clay. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his step-father, Albert William Clay.
Those left to cherish Tom’s memory include his loving wife of over 45 years, Mary Charlene Blake; five children: Amy Jo Smith (Jonathan) of Buckhannon, Melissa Ann Blake of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Travis Julian Blake of Birch River, Mary Beth DeMoss (Richard) of Birch River, and Kristen Leigh Blake (Ned Strauser) of Morgantown; six grandchildren: Hayden Thomas Smith, Alivia Brooke DeMoss, Piper Blake Strauser, Emma Jean DeMoss, Blake Lee DeMoss, and Beckett Annelle Herrington; one sister, Margaret Ann Boyd (Larry) of Winston-Salem, NC; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Tom graduated from Burnsville High School in 1964 and was a 1968 alumnus of Glenville State University. After graduating from college, he taught Biology at Braxton County High School where he was also an assistant jr. varsity football and basketball coach. While teaching in 1970, Tom implemented the first observance of Earth Day. In 1972, he was enlisted to help start Burnsville’s Boy Scout Troop 224. Tom worked road construction for Black Rock and Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. In 1978, he began working at Corhart Refractories in Buckhannon and retired after 26 years of service. Tom also owned Nicholas Coin Laundry for over 20 years, worked at Braxton Lumber Company in Heaters, and ended his employment as a Pharmacy Technician at Walmart in Weston. For many years, he faithfully attended Glenville State University football and basketball games with his good friend, Dave Mace, and grandson, Hayden. Over the course of his life, Tom served his community as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Burnsville Fire Department and an Emergency Medical Technician with the Burnsville Emergency Medical Services. He was Christian by faith, a member of the Burnsville Lions Club, and served on the board for Burnsville Public Utility. Most recently, Tom assisted the Burnsville Public Library with projects. Tom was a member of the Burnsville Parks and Recreation Committee where he assisted with writing the Outdoor Recreation Grant that built the playground and tennis courts.
Tom deeply loved his family and spending time with them. He and Charlene absolutely loved traveling together, even if it was something as simple as grabbing a sandwich somewhere and taking the backroads home. Tom enjoyed watching movies at the theater, viewing wildlife, and eating sweet treats. He found great joy in making people’s lives better and helping them in any way he could. Tom was a daydreamer, loved a big idea, and never lost curiosity about the wonders of the world. He was often silly and shared his humor with everyone. Tom was honest, kind, and believed in doing the right thing and working hard while still making time for fun. He was truly a good man.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department or the Burnsville Public Library. They would also love a note to Charlene Blake at PO Box 168, Burnsville, WV, 26335, telling her and the family how you know Tom or your favorite memory of him. His family would love to hear how he impacted others.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Funeral Services will begin at 2 p.m. in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Delmas Singleton and Daniel Arnold officiating. Interment will follow at the Orlando Cemetery in Braxton County.
We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Thomas Julian Blake. Online condolences may be expressed at

Odis Eugene “Odie” Armentrout
Odis Eugene “Odie” Armentrout, 77 of Webster Springs passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at his home. He was born December 8, 1945 in Webster Springs to the late Everett and Mary Barker Armentrout. He was a technician for Frontier until his health forced him to retire in 2001.
Odie loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and eating Annabell’s cooking.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers David, Jimmy, Joe, and Steve Armentrout; and sister Dorothy Marie Lewis.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Annabell Armentrout; sons David (Kathy) Cogar, Richard (Kim) Goff, and Rob (Betsy) Armentrout; daughter Roseanna Groves; grandchildren Crystal Goff, David Cogar, Veronica (Shannon) Yeager, Christian Armentrout, Cole (Kelsee) Armentrout, and Collin Armentrout; and eight great-grandchildren; sisters Bibby Crites and Rose (Gary) Cogar; adopted brother Jeffrey Dean Armentrout; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family and friends to mourn his passing.
Funeral Services to celebrate Odie’s life were held on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 5:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, with Pastor Eddie Bender 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
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Odie’s family.

Charles Tunis Stalnaker
Charles Tunis Stalnaker, 89, of Erbacon passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023.
Born July 10, 1934 in Sutton, he was the son of the late Edison and Beatrice (McElwain) Stalnaker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters: Rhonda and Shannon, and his siblings: Eddie Mack, Michael, and Betty Joe.
Charles was a retired United State Air Force Veteran and was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post #62. After he retired from the military, he held several jobs including Realtor, Industrial Mechanic, and even owned his own upholstery shop. Charles enjoyed working on cars.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Kevin, Debra, and Lisa; numerous grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Services to celebrate Charles’ life will be held 12pm, Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen. Burial with military honors will follow at McElwain-Stalnaker Cemetery in Erbacon. Friends may join the family for a visitation one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Adams-Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Stalnaker family.