Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


George Lewis Keener
On December 17, 2023 George Lewis Keener, AKA “Sheriff” passed surrounded by family.
George was to his family “The Man” “The Legend”. Anyone who knew him knew he was always telling stories, laughing and loving life.
George was born in Sutton, W V on March 28, 1936, the son of Dewey R. Keener and India Anderson Keener. He is preceded in death by 8 siblings with one living sister, Mary Jo Kniceley of North Carolina. George was married to Audrey Evans Keener on June 1, 1957. What a whirlwind of marriage, in 66 years there was never a dull moment. Obviously, the Biblical verse “Be fruitful and multiply” was important to them having four children. George Allen Keener (Deceased), Teresa “Terry” Frame-Reynolds and husband Jerry, Robert “Bob” Keener and wife Sandy, Michael Todd Keener and wife Melissa, and son-in-law Tim Frame all of Sutton. Part of his legacy was 8 grandchildren and their spouses, 9 great grandchildren and their spouses, and 1 great great-grandchild.
George was a concrete finisher by trade, constructing places such as Sutton Dam, Burnsville Dam, and Stonewall Jackson Dam and many others in and out of state. One of George’s blessings was serving the people of Braxton County as their Sheriff. George was a three-term Sheriff serving the citizens he loved for 12 years. He certainly was a people person hugging whomever, not a prejudiced bone in him; good, bad, rich, poor, Democrat, Republican, whatever your walk of life he didn’t care. He was all about the common man or woman, always encouraging.
George was many things to many people father, husband, brother, grandfather, hero, and friend for a ride home, or a person to listen to your trouble or cares. George will be missed by many. The family requests your prayers during this difficult time.
Services will be at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Steve Jeffers attending the family. Viewing will be held at the funeral home, Wednesday, December 20th from 5-9 pm. The funeral will be Thursday at 12 pm. Graveside services will follow at Braxton County Cemetery.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Keener family.
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Janet Lorraine (Wyatt) Hall
Janet Lorraine (Wyatt) Hall, 73, left this earthly world behind her at 5:58 p.m. on Monday December 11th, 2023 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital surrounded by the love of her family.
She was born August 6th, 1950 in Mill Run, WV to the Late Gwen and Leo (Angel) Wyatt. She married the love of her life Charles “Lloyd” Hall, Sept.16th, 1967 in Diana WV and they were married just shy of 49 years. They made their family home in Diana, where they raised seven children together in a home filled with love for God and family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the lights of her life and Janet stepped in whenever needed to help out in caring for them, many of them think of her as their second mother. Janet was a homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with her family, making quilts, reading and baking her husband his favorite homemade pies. She was also a big fan of football. Her favorite teams were the WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Steelers. She had a quick-witted and funny sense of humor that she was known best for. It will be missed by many of her family members. She was Union Mission by faith and attended many of the community churches before she was no longer able to attend due to health issues.
Janet is survived by children Edgar (Darlene) Hall of Webster Springs, James (Sherry) Hall of Bolair, Earl (Elsie) Hall of Webster Springs, Doyle (Kim) Hall of Cowen, Jeff Hall of Diana, and Susan Rowan of Weston; two children adopted by heart Emmett McElwain of French Creek and Sandra (Douglas) Pyles of Romney; grandchildren Jennifer, Edgar, Anthony, Betsy, Kenny, Charlie, Matthew, Zackary, Megan, Christopher, Brittany, Wesley, Shelby, Roy, Jazmen, Tyrick and Emmett; 23 great grandchildren; three brothers Johnny “Bimbo” (Mary), Charles “Jake” (Bonnie) and Joe (Christine) all of Bristol,TN; one sister Sue (Jerry) Cowgar of Cleveland, WV; sister-in-law Fonda Wyatt of Webster Springs; many nieces and nephews who she loved very much and enjoyed spending time with; and several extended family and friends to mourn her passing.
She was preceded in death by her Husband; parents; daughter Amanda Dawkins; granddaughter Jamie Hall; brothers Gwen “Buck” Wyatt, Lawrence “Bud” Wyatt, and James “Jim” Wyatt; sister Joyce Taylor; niece Crystal Hamrick, all from Webster County, and nephew James “Jody” Wyatt of Nicholas County.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to assist with services.
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs with Pastor Curt Davis officiating. Friends joined the family for visitation two hours prior to service time at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hall family.

Marilyn Kay Fraley
Marilyn Kay Fraley, 65, of Glenville, WV passed away on December 9, 2023. She was born in Sutton, WV on June 1, 1958 to parents Early and Iva Nicholson which preceded her in death.
Marilyn was a Christian by faith. She enjoyed listening to music, drawing, coloring, fishing and she especially loved spending time with family.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children; Lawrence Fraley and Nellie Fraley; brothers, Ercel Wayne Nicholson and Henry Allen Hamrick; sisters, Carolyn Sue Bush and Martha Ellen Nicholson; and nieces and nephews.
Marilyn will be cremated. No services are planned at this time.
Stockert Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fraley family.

Lillian Ann Walton Gregory
Lillian Ann Walton Gregory, 75 of Webster Springs passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at her home. She was born August 18, 1948 in Canton, Ohio to the late John G. and Evelyn Stoller Walton.
Ann was a homemaker, attended Beaver Run Community Church, and enjoyed her animals, reading the Bible, and sharing the Word of God.
She is survived by her son Steven Gregory; sister Jane Dowdell; and several extended family and friends to mourn her passing.
In keeping with Ann’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gregory family.

Chad E. Martin
Chad E. Martin, 48, of Sutton, West Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at home.
He was born on September 12, 1975, in Bellaire, Ohio.
Preceding Chad in death were his maternal grandfather, Larry Biddle and paternal grandparents, Betty and Ralph Martin.
Chad loved spending time with his three children. He would always watch his children play sports when they were younger. On Saturdays, he enjoyed watching college football and he was an avid Ohio State Football fan. The Walking Dead was his favorite show to watch on television along with the Disney Channel. Chad worked at Belmont Correctional Facility for 17 years as a correctional officer. His most recent employment was at Central West Virginia Regional Jail in Sutton near where he resided. He will be missed by his family and his dog, Caesar.
He will be forever remembered by his sons, Daniel Jock of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Andrew Martin of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Sydney Martin of Washington Court House, Ohio; mother, Cheryl Klopfer (Paul) of Lewis Center, Ohio; father, Greg Martin (Nora) of Newton, WV; brother, William Hall (Diamond) of Sutton, WV; maternal grandmother, Carrie Biddle of St. Clairsville, Ohio; mother of his children, Mandy Jo Bandy of Washington Court House, Ohio; uncles, Greg Pyles, Gordon Pyles (Maggie) and Geoff Pyles (Donna) all of Martins Ferry, Ohio; aunts, Carolyn McDermott (Jack) of Wheeling, WV, Cindi Staats (Joe) of Dillonvale, Ohio and Darla Schneider (Carl) of Triadelphia, WV; and several cousins.
Chad was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
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Christopher Douglas Hines
Christopher Douglas Hines, 44 of Birch River lost his battle with the demons of PTSD on Monday, December 11, 2023. Chris was born July 16, 1979 in Webster Springs to Debbie Hamrick and Joseph D. Hines, Jr.
Chris was a 1997 Graduate of Webster County High School where he played football and wrestled. He lived most of his life in Webster County and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hanging out with his family and friends.
After the terror attacks of 9/11, Chris enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he attained the rank of Sergeant and served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and receiving numerous commendations and honors.
Chris was Superintendent for Oil and Gas for Mason Dixon Energy, an electrician in the coal mines, and Supervisor of Hamer’s sawmill.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Joe D. Sr. and Hannelore “Honey” Hines and Forrest Hamrick and June Goff.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Tessa and Hannelore “Hanna” of Mt. Lookout, whom he cherished and loved with all his heart; parents Joseph Hines, Jr. (Patty) of Diana and Debbie (special Step-father Alvin) Lee of Burnsville: sisters Shelly Hines of Webster Springs, Angie (Jason) Clutter of Diana, Deanna (Brian) Tomblin of Hurricane, and Sandy (Dukk) Cutlip of Diana; brothers Joseph Hines, Justin (Sierra Riffle) Hines, both of Diana, and Billy (Asasha) Hines of Hacker Valley; mother of his children Crystal Hines; step-grandparents Jack and Rose Lee Burnsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, former military brothers, and many childhood friends and acquaintances.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 8:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs with Pastor Cofer “Bud” Cochran officiating. Friends may join the family for visitation three hours prior to service time at the Funeral Home.
Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM at West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton. Please meet at the Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516, Tunnel to Towers 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306, or Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center PTSD Program One Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hines family.

Steven De-Wayne Thayer
Steven De-Wayne Thayer (Stevie D) 59 of Copen, WV passed away peacefully at Elkins Hospice being held with love on December 8, 2023 at 4:09.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Regina and Lita Jean, brother Jack and wife Robin.
He is survived by sister Rosa Thayer, brother Randy Thayer, and many nieces and nephews, companion Brandy Wine, children and grandchildren.
Steve served in the 82nd Air Born then pursued work as a carpenter. He enjoyed spending time in the woods on walks with his animals and looking at the starts through his telescope. He had an eye for finding treasures everywhere he looked. He was a jokester and was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.
There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.

Barbara Ann Kopanko
Barbara Ann Kopanko, 70 of Hacker Valley passed away Friday, December 15, 2023. Barb was born September 24, 1953 in Fairmont and was the daughter of the late William and Joan Ruth Sheranko Koval, Jr. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles Koval.
Barb was very proud of recently being baptized. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning, cross stitching, watching the hummingbirds, was a great cook and loved her pets. You could regularly see Barb helping at the Jerry Run Summer Theater or cooking meals for the Hacker Valley Senior Citizen Dinners.
Surviving are her husband, Ron Kopanko; brothers, Mike (Barb) Koval of Ft Myers, FL and Rick (Linda) Koval of Bruceton Mills, WV; special friend and caregiver, Vicki Bowen, her furry companion, Penny; and also several in-laws, nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Service will be 1:00 PM, Friday, December 22, 2023, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs with Pastor Dwayne Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Cutlip Cemetery, Bendertown. Friends may join the family for visitation 11 AM until service time at the funeral home on Friday.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs is honored to be serving the Kopanko family.

Mary Jane Moss
Mary Jane Moss, 85, from Cedarville, WV passed away on December 16, 2023. She was born on February 6, 1938 to parents Jake and Josie (Hoover) Butler.
Mary was a lifelong resident of Gilmer County. She was a Baptist by faith and attended Riverside Baptist Church in Richwood, WV. Mary loved to visit with family and friends and she especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grand-children.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63-years, Armold Moss; brothers, Bill and Mike Butler; and sister, Ann Butler Moss.
Mary is survived by her sons, David Moss (Malora) and Daniel Moss; daughter, Debbie Butler (Randy); 8-grandchildren and 11-great grandchildren.
Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at Cedar Creek Baptist Church, Cedarville, WV. Visitation will be two hours before the service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church. Pastor Brant Seacrest will officiate the service. Final resting place will be at the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, WV.
Stockert Funeral Home is honored to serve the Moss family.

Connie Sue Cole
Connie Sue Cole, 74, of Frametown, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2023 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, WV.
Connie was born February 17, 1949 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of George & Hazel Minvera Moore Cherich. She worked as a designer for Blenko Glass Company for many years.
She is survived by her companion, Gerold Lynn Spell; step son, Charlie Spell (Trisha) of Frametown; step daughters, Josie Cutlip of Exchange, Christina Shroyer (Ron) of Michigan; sister, Carol Cherich of Tennessee.
Upon request the body will be cremated. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton is honored to be serving the Cole/Spell families.
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