Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Betty J. Wright
Betty J. Wright, 93 of Glenville, WV; (Kanawha Drive Community) departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at the WV Caring Hospice Center in Elkins, WV; following a brief illness.
She was born February 9, 1931 in Glenville, daughter of the late Ted and Alma (Sprouse) Greenlief.
Betty is a graduate of Glenville High School, class of 1949 and a graduate of Glenville State Teachers College with a degree in education. Betty taught at Tanner High School, Normantown High School, Sand Fork High School and retired from Calhoun County High School in 1989.
Betty is a lifetime member of the Glenville First Baptist Church, member of the Kanawha Drive CEOs and Delta Kappa Gamma. In her spare time, Betty enjoyed bowling in the Central WV Bowling League, caring for her yard, staying active with her church, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever possible.
On March 14, 1953 Betty was united in marriage to Willard L. “Hep” Wright Sr., who preceded her in death on May 8, 2011.
Surviving is a son, Willard L. Wright Jr., and wife Michele of Glenville, 4 grandchildren, Joseph Wright of Morgantown, WV; Andrea Rexroad of Heaters, WV; Trevor Wright of Glenville, and Sada Wright of La Vale, MD; and 2 great-grandchildren, Emily Grace Loftis and Briar Rexroad.
Also surviving are 2 siblings, Pat Clutter and husband Ken of Canton, OH; and Nancy Minney and husband Tom of Cox’s Mills, WV; 2 sister-in-laws, Virginia Lydick of Glenville and Mary Greenlief of Weston, WV; and a host of special neighbors, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with her husband and parents, Betty is preceded in death by 9 siblings, Larry Greenlief, Fred Greenlief, William “Bill” Greenlief, Jack Greenlief, Douglas Greenlief, Joyce Minney, Wanda Boggs, Phyllis Starkey, and Mary Sue Roe.
A funeral service was conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, February 17, 2024 with Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating. Burial followed in the Meadow Lane Cemetery. Friends were received from 12:00 noon -2:00 PM; Saturday at the mortuary in Glenville.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the FBC Cancer Fund. Make checks to: FBC Cancer Fund, c/o Debbie Stalnaker, 5481 U.S. Highway 33E, Glenville, WV 26351.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Betty J. Wright with traditional burial arrangements.

James M “Jimmy” Cook
James M “Jimmy” Cook, 46, of Sutton, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
He was born on December 21, 1977 in Buckhannon and was the son of James William Cook and Dolores Ann (Barbe) Cook. Also preceding him in death were paternal grandparents, John L. Cook and Mary Bernice (Jarvis) Cook, and maternal grandparents Lock Barbe and Wanda (Helmick) Barbe.
James was a preacher and a counselor for drug abuse rehab. James graduated from Braxton County High School class of 1996 where he continued on to Fairmont State University and from there to East Tennessee State to study Ministry.
He is survived by parents, James William Cook and Dolores Ann (Barbe) Cook of Sutton; uncles, John Cook (Shirley) of Sutton, and Benjamin Barbe (Crystal); Aunts, Norma Cook, and Bobbie Barker (Mitch), and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Upon the family’s request the body will be cremated and the family will have a celebration of life ceremony at Mount Harmony Cemetery at a later date. Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton is humbled to be serving the Cook family.
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Doris M. Pugh Jordan
Doris M. Pugh Jordan, 85 of Hacker Valley passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. She was born March 6, 1938 in Hacker Valley to the late Cecil and Genevieve (Davis) Pugh.
Doris lived in the Hacker Valley area all her life and held various jobs over those years. She was a lifelong member of Jerry Run United Methodist Church. She was Youth Leader, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and helped with Bible School. She also had the responsibility of sending cards from the church family.
Doris was very involved with helping youth over the years, volunteering countless hours as a 4-H leader; taking the youth on field trips, helping with Youth Conservation Day, and attending 4-H camp.
She loved to sew, do quilting, and crocheting. She loved working in her flower gardens and taking long walks on the mountain top.
She was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College receiving her Teacher’s Credentials. She belonged to the Webster County Association of Retired School Employees. She dedicated many years as a teacher’s aide and school teacher. She also was a substitute for many years.
Doris found immense joy in spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 ½ years, Lowell “Calvin” Jordan and her oldest grandson Joseph Stewart Cochran.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children and their families; Allen (Karen) Jordan; Vivian (Max) Cochran, and Peggy Lough; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson (Jazz Cochran).
Funeral Services to celebrate Doris’ life will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Jerry Run United Methodist Church with Pastor Chris Cosner officiating. Interment will follow in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Replete.
Friends may join the family for visitation one hour prior to service time, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, at the church.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Jordan family.

Beulah Given Blackmon
Beulah Given Blackmon, age 101, was born in Strange Creek, WV, on September 19, 1922 and passed on February 2, 2024 at Goodwin House in Falls Church, VA. She was the youngest child of the late Oscar Lawrence Given and Etta Frame Given. Her siblings, Roy, Ernie, Ermine, Louise, Bessell, Mabel Butcher, Henry and Martha preceded her in death.
Raised in Strange Creek, Beulah graduated from Gassaway High School and earned her teaching degree from Glenville State Teacher’s College.
A dedicated primary school educator, her career spanned over 40 years,
10 in the WV school system and 30 in the schools of Alexandria, VA.
She was talented at handicrafts and her friends and relatives will warmly remember her each year as they decorate their Christmas trees with the beautiful ornaments she made. She also crocheted several tablecloths, doilies and sewed many items including casserole carriers. After retirement, Beulah was an active member of the Eastern Star, Martha Washington Chapter #42 and the Ladies Oriental Shrine.
She and her husband of 42 years, Marion Claxton Blackmon, treasured their fellowship of the Masonic family.
A beloved aunt with a steady and positive outlook, Aunt Beulah will be fondly remembered by her 12 nieces and nephews, Paul (Patsy) Given, Phyllis, deceased, (Frank) Sciarrone, Evelyn (Gary) Fleming, Jim
(Sharon) Given, Lillian Sue Given, deceased, Sandra (David) Kerekes, Sharon (Doyle) Woods, Shirley (David) Scott, Sundee (Wayman) Kitchen, Neil (Debbie) Butcher, Daniel (Kathleen) Butcher, and Dr. William Douglas (Mary) Given, and numerous great, and great-great nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by the Falls Church Goodwin House family of whom we greatly appreciate as compassionate caretakers.
Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. there was a viewing/visitation at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302 followed by a “Celebration of Life” service at 2:00 pm. Burial took place on Monday, February 19 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Comfort Cemetery 6600 S. Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1645 W. Eighth Street, Erie, PA 16506.

Wilber “Wib” LeRoy Cutlip
Wilber “Wib” LeRoy Cutlip, age 93, of Hacker Valley, passed away peacefully February 13, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 14, 1930, in Braxton County, a son of the late Samuel Cutlip and Laverna Brown Cutlip. On December 24, 1953, he was united in marriage to Margie Lee Carpenter Cutlip, who survives. Also surviving are two sons: Gerald L. Cutlip and wife Nora, and Matthew L. Cutlip and wife Angie all of Cleveland, WV; four daughters: Karen E. Miller and fiancé Mitchell Lyden of Warrens, WI, Nancy L. Cook and husband Steve of Birch River, WV, Vicky F. Blankenship and husband Dale of Buckhannon, WV, and Tracy D. Adkins and husband Brian of Woodbridge, VA; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister and six brothers.
Wib attended the Independent Baptist Church of Cleveland, WV. He enjoyed participating in AARP functions in Webster County, volunteering at the Webster County senior center, and especially loved woodworking. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean conflict, where he was awarded the purple heart.
The family received friends on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10 AM to 12 PM. The funeral service was held at 12 PM, at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with Pastor Chris Cosner officiating. Interment followed in the Ware Cemetery where the Upshur County Honor Guard will accord military honors.
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Joy Belle Walsh
Joy Belle Walsh, 87, of Tawas City, Michigan, passed away on February 16, 2024. She was born at home in Corley, Braxton County, West Virginia on June 11, 1936, to parents George and Marie Linger who preceded her in death.
Joy married Hoye Arlen Jones on February 13, 1954. They moved to Pennsylvania around 1958 with their children. In 1960 they moved their family to Romulus, Michigan. Hoye preceded Joy in death in 1999. Joy moved to Tawas City, Michigan after his passing. On June 18th, 2005, she married William Walsh who also preceded her in death.
She had a love for vegetable and flower gardening, was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed reading, working puzzle books, sewing, was a Christian by faith and she especially loved spending time with family.
Besides her parents, George and Marie Linger and husbands, Hoye Jones and William Walsh, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Edward Linger and Homer Linger; sister, Etta Farley; granddaughter, Joyce Krietch; daughter-in-law, Marianne Jones; and son-in-law, Keven Walker.
Joy is survived by her sons, Bill Jones and his wife Jane and Hoye Jones, Jr; daughters, Karen Leach and husband Mark, Kelly Walker, Donna Zarras and husband Rob, and Sandra Jones; sister, Irene Johnson, 17-grandchildren, 21-great grandchildren and 5-great great grandchildren.
Service for Joy will be on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 1 pm at Stockert Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV. Visitation will be from 11 am-1 pm prior to the service. Final resting place will be in Mt Hebron Cemetery, Sutton, WV.
Stockert Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Joy Walsh.