Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Loubirta Carol (Green) Utt
Loubirta Carol (Green) Utt, 81, of Garrettsville, Ohio, the rock of our family, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the home of her son in Huntsburg. She was born March 13, 1942 in Webster Springs to the late Allen Elliott and Mary Elizabeth (Payne) Green.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Utt; son, Lloyd Hinkle Utt; daughter, Charleta McIe; brothers: Gayla Eva Carpenter, Orlando Jackson Green, George Heaston Green, Roy Clinton Green, Lantie Brantie Green, and Mack Waldo Green; and sisters: Reba Layla Carden, Leoma Loucille Hamrick, Deloris DelRio McIe, and Lenora Nearbelle Clutter.
Carol enjoyed playing bingo, dominoes, 500 Rummy, and working crossword puzzles. Being the one who always cared more about everyone else before herself, she wanted to let everyone know that she loved them.
She is survived by her sons: George Utt (wife, Debbie), Dion Utt (wife, Melody), Marty Utt (wife, Beth), Charles Utt (wife, Tammy); daughter, Sheila Carpenter (husband, Billy); sister, Retha Mae (Thomas) Grimes; daughter-in-law, Leslie “Pete” Utt; son-in-law, Richard McIe; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Friends joined the family for visitation on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Funeral Services to celebrate Carol’s life wereheld on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie Green officiating. Interment followed in Joe McCourt Cemetery, Webster Springs.
The family will be taking a much-needed break from 4:00pm-6:00pm on the day of the visitation; however, for those that would prefer a smaller crowd, the funeral home building will remain open for you to pay your respects.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Utt family.

Robert “Bob” Leon Blake
Robert “Bob” Leon Blake, 87, of Essex, Maryland, died at home on January 23, 2024 surrounded by love and care. Bob is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carolyn Joan Sturgill Adkins Blake. Sons: Robert Leon Blake, Jr. (Sharon) of Ruskin, Florida; Jerry Blake of Baltimore, Maryland; Richard Scott Blake (Larissa Perkins) of Hampton, Virginia; and Michael Lloyd Blake of St. Petersburg, Florida. Stepsons: J.R. Adkins (Brenda) of Baltimore, and Marc Adkins (Julie Wong) of Manalapan, New Jersey. Sisters: Judith Schuda (Daniel) of Charleston, West Virginia; Mary “Boody” Talbott (Charles) of Burnsville, West Virginia; Martha Wine of Burnsville, West Virginia; and Linda Blake of Morgantown, West Virginia. Twelve grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. One remaining aunt: Rhoda Whytsell of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. He is preceded in death by his first wife Patricia (Smarr) Blake, his parents, Richard and Irene Blake, brother Richard Blake, Jr., and sister Betty Blake Merrill.
Bob was born in Burnsville, West Virginia, in 1936 and loved to hunt, fish, and walk the hills. He left home at 18 to work in Baltimore where he raised his family with his first wife Patty. Bobby found love a second time with his wife Joan. He enjoyed telling us stories of his youth in West Virginia including the time his dad pulled him from a snowbank after he had followed him hunting without permission, about exploits with a farm horse named Rex and his dog named Tommy, about going to apply for work at Bethlehem Steel and how they doubted this scrawny farm boy could do the work. Some 40 years later at his retirement, he had proved them wrong.
Bob’s love for hunting and fishing extended to his collecting and making outdoor gear. He loved making steel knives with deer antler handles for family and friends. He and Joan loved feeding and watching all the animals that visited their backyard with its pond and vegetable garden in the summer. He loved to tinker and could fix anything, build furniture, and renovate a room. He loved a good joke and once suggested “Let’s hide the baby!” when his sister left her granddaughter in his care.
At Bob’s request he will be cremated and there will be no memorial ceremony. To honor Robert’s memory, please make contributions to a charity of your choice.

Cory Lee Huffman
Cory Lee Huffman, born on February 6th, 1990, in Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this Earth on Friday, January 26th, 2024. Through his recent battle with health issues, everyone around him has never heard a complaint. He leaves behind a lasting impression on those who called him son, grandson, nephew, cousin, or friend. His compassionate heart lit up any room he was in, always making everyone around him laugh with his never-ending jokes. Being only 33, he enjoyed spending his years surrounded by family and friends, playing his guitar as a rock music fan, and never missing a good home-cooked meal. Growing up, he spent a lot of his time fixing equipment with his dad and grandpa, and always took the opportunity for a four-wheeler ride on the farm. Anytime there was any need for help on a family project, Cory was always there to lend a helping hand expecting nothing in return. During any situation, regardless of the work, Cory was always able to make the work more enjoyable by his presence alone.
He was a 2008 graduate of Braxton County High School. Following his graduation, he worked a few different jobs, his current employment being at Doss Enterprises of Jane Lew. He loved this job and enjoyed the company from his coworkers.
Left to cherish his memory is his father, Charles (Rick) Huffman (Melinda Martin) of Burnsville, West Virginia, and his mother, Pam Blake of Clarksburg, West Virginia. He is survived by his paternal grandparents, Chester and Betty Huffman of Heaters, West Virginia, and his maternal grandmother, Kaye King of Clarksburg, West Virginia. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather John (Bud) Dancy of Burnsville, West Virginia, and paternal uncle Roy Dale Brown. Alongside his grandparents and uncle, he is survived by aunts, uncles, and many cousins who thought so much of him.
Cory’s optimism and fun-loving heart made him a joy to be around for anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Although gone too soon, we were lucky to spend almost 34 years knowing him. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love becomes a part of us.” Rest in peace.
Stockert Funeral Home is providing care for the family of Cory Huffman.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 12 pm-2 pm.

Arletta “Faye” Huddleston
Arletta “Faye” Huddleston, age 70, of Thurman Avenue, Buckhannon, went home to be with her heavenly father on Friday, December 15, 2023, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport after an extended illness.
She was born in Baltimore, MD on March 25, 1953, a daughter of the late William “Bill” and Arletta “Ceil” Littleton. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
She is survived by four children: Kenneth William Huddleston and wife Beth of French Creek, Renee Dawn Huddleston of Parkersburg, Freedom Huddleston of Morgantown, and Joseph Drew Huddleston of Buckhannon; two grandchildren: Erica and husband Zack Bennett of Buckhannon and Hunter Huddleston of Morgantown; three great grandchildren: Kenley and Hudson Chidester and Rylan Bennett, all of Buckhannon; two sisters: Jean Sheets of Huntington and Patsy Blake and husband of Weston; three brothers: Larry Gambill of Jacksonville, FL, Randy Gambill and wife of Boston, and Forrest Littleton and wife of Galax, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
Faye worked and studied very hard to become a Registered Nurse and was employed as an RN for many years.
She was a Pentecostal by faith and attended the Living Word Church of God in Buckhannon.
Her family was special to her, all of whom she was very proud.
The family received friends on Monday, December 18, 2023, from 5-7 p.m., at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel. The funeral was held on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at 11 a.m., at the Living Word Church of God, 16 Thurman Avenue, Buckhannon, WV. Interment followed in the Salem Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or by visiting Online condolences may be extended to the Huddleston family at The Huddleston family entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

James Alvin Wilson
James Alvin Wilson, 88, of Sutton passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at his home.
He was born November 23, 1935, in Gassaway to his father, Shirley Alvin Wilson and mother, Leto Phillips Wilson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Shaver Carpenter.
James (Jim to his friends and family) loved his family, many friends and his church family. He worked 51 years, retiring from the heating and air conditioning. He was a jack of trades and did a little bit of everything in his work experience. Jim was a great outdoors enthusiast. He shot archery, and for one year he was the Virginia State Champion in the Bow Hunter class! He was a longtime member of the Izaak Walton League. He shot the Black Powder competition as a Member of the North-South Skirmish Association. Jim loved camping and fishing. He enjoyed deer hunting on his mountain home. Laughing and making people happy is what Jim liked to do. He was a hard-working man, a family man, a great and loving husband and father and a devoted Christian. He attended and was a member of Shavers Fork Community Church. Jim was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 67 years, Flossie May Fletcher Wilson; two children James A. Wilson, Jr. and wife, Linda, of Webster Springs, WV, and Mary Wilson Hollenbach and husband, Mark, of Stafford, Virginia; three grandchildren, Billy Hollenbach and his wife, Joanne, Craig Wilson and Kyle Wilson; two great grandchildren; one brother, Richard A. Wilson and wife, Jan, of Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews; a special niece, Jeannette King and her husband, Frank.
Jim’s funeral was 2 P.M. Friday, February 2, 2024, at Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton Street, Gassaway with Pastor Lester “Buddy” Lemon officiating.
His burial followed in the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.
Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to the caregivers and nurses of Central West Virginia Aging Services and WV Caring for their compassionate care of Jim.
The family requests memorial donations be made to WV Caring, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.
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LaDawn Mae Burroughs
LaDawn Mae Burroughs, 33, of Frametown passed away on Monday, January 30, 2024 at WV Caring Hospice Center, Elkins due to a long illness.
She was born in Fairfax, Virginia on May 20, 1990.
She is survived by her mother, Judy Burroughs of Bellville, Texas; uncles, Ronald Burroughs and wife, Arwanna, Donald and wife Brenda Burroughs, and Kirk Burroughs, several cousins; her companion, David Scott Ball; and two close friends, Haley Gibson and Karen Rhodes.
LaDawn was a 2009 Braxton County High School graduate and she enjoyed spending time with her friends and her dogs.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Okey Paul and Dollie Burroughs, Aunt Alice Roche and husband, Jerry and aunt, Tammy Burroughs.
In keeping with LaDawn’s wishes she was cremated.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
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Mary Nell Bentley
Mary Nell Bentley, 93, of Strange Creek passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at home.
She was born on January 25, 1931, in Herold to the late Edward and Claire Baughman.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Lloyd Bentley.
In her life she was a homemaker and nannied for other families around her. Mary liked to garden and cook from the harvest. She also liked to knit. She enjoyed spending time with her family and watching Wheel of Fortune on the television.
Left to cherish her memories are her son, David Bentley of Strange Creek, and granddaughter, Kaelyn Rose Bentley of Scott Depot.
In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated, and her graveside inurnment will be at a later date.
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