Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Rondle Ray Helmick
Rondle Ray Helmick, 61, of Airport Road, Sutton, WV passed away on February 25, 2024. He was born on December 30, 1962, to parents Franklin Dee Helmick, Sr. and Betty Loretta Wilson Helmick.
Rondle was a Baptist by faith, he enjoyed listening to music, going hunting and fishing, and loved riding motorcycles especially Harley Davidson’s. He loved spending time with his family especially his children and his mother.
He is preceded in death by his father, Franklin Dee Helmick, Sr.
He is survived by his children, Ronnie Helmick (McKayla Boone) and Dillan Helmick (Stephanie Sears); mother, Betty Helmick; grandchildren, Aubrey Elaine Helmick and Aleah Marie Helmick; brothers, Franklin Dee Helmick, Jr., Terry Helmick, Stoney Helmick and Harold “Boo” Helmick; sisters, Kathy Helmick, Barbara Whitt and Birdie Henegar.
Services were at 1 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Stockert Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV. Pastor Johnny Verton conducted the service. Visitation was from 11-1 before the service. Final resting place was in the Helmick Cemetery.
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Wanda Mae Tracy
Wanda Mae Tracy, 84, a former resident of Webster Springs went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 26, 2024.
She was born August 23, 1939 in Webster Springs to the late Okey and Ella Payne Miller. She moved to Baltimore in 1959. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family affectionately called her “Nanda”.
Wanda Tracy; beloved wife of 66 years to Richard Tracy; devoted mother to Richard Tracy Jr. and Sharon Cochran and her husband Jeffrey Cochran Sr. Dear Grandmother of Jeffrey Cochran Jr. and his wife Patsy and Tracy Sine and her husband Robert; Great-Grandmother to Jeffrey and Lily Cochran and Dakota and Delilah Sine; sister to Ann Dotson and husband Tim and Mary Pyles and husband Ron. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. She loved her family deeply.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Opal Bosley, Virginia Mull, Bob and wife Iris Miller, Ed and wife Sarah Miller, Verl and wife Boots Miller, Dutch and wife Geraldine Miller, and Ralph Miller.
John 14:1-3
1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Funeral Services to celebrate Wanda’s life were held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, with Pastor Robert Sine officiating. Interment followed in Miller-Mt. Zion Cemetery, Webster Springs.
Friends joined the family for visitation two hours prior to service time, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Tracy family.

Allen Edward Boyce
Allen Edward Boyce, 81, passed away on February 25, 2024 at Braxton Healthcare Center, Sutton.
He was born on October 12, 1942, in Sutton, WV the son of the late Arthur Edward & Genivie Snider Boyce. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Rondal Boyce; nephew, Joe Boyce; infant twin grandchildren, Katherine and Kaleb.
Allen was a farmer, worked in timbering and was a mechanic. He was a Army veteran of Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta Boyce; sons, Karl Boyce (April) of Burnsville, Allen Boyce, Jr. (Tila) of Diana, WV; daughter, Judith Boyce (Justin Frame) of Flatwoods; grandchildren, Karlena and Karl Michael; sister-in-law, Evelyn Boyce of Sutton; nephew, Rodney Boyce.
Funeral services were held 1:00 pm, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rodney Boyce officiating. Burial followed at Harris Cemetery, Sutton. Friends called 11:30 am till 1:00 pm at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Boyce family.
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James Zinn Westfall
James Zinn Westfall, 84, of Exchange, West Virginia, passed away on February 24, 2024. Jim was born on April 26, 1939, in Bonnie, West Virginia, and was the son of the late Jack Westfall and Myrtle Shaver Westfall.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Ruark Westfall; two brothers, Forrest Westfall and Melvin Westfall and one sister, Susan Westfall Scott.
He is survived by one daughter, Candace Westfall Twyman; one son, James Westfall, Jr, and wife, Trish; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter all of Texas. Also, a very special friend for the past 32 years, Vonda Straley of Exchange, West Virginia.
He was a graduate of Gassaway High School class of 1957, attended Glenville State College, and was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He was retired from United Parcel Service as a Personnel Manager in Dallas, Texas.
Service was held at 1 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Stockert Funeral Home, Flatwoods, West Virginia. Visitation was at 11-1 before the service. His final resting place was in the Westfall Cemetery, Exchange, West Virginia. Condolences of sympathy and fond memories may be expressed at
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Alfred Lynn Pugh, Sr.
Alfred Lynn Pugh, Sr. 68, of Jumbo passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. Alfred was born October 12, 1955 in Webster Springs and was the son of the late Frank and Glada Cogar Pugh. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Buddy Pugh, two grandsons; siblings; Carlene Riffle, Arlene Brooks, Sylvalene Rutherford, Waneta Sue Hamrick and Delano Pugh.
Alfred was a retired loaderman from JC Hamer Co. after 29 years. Alfred was a people person, he never met a stranger; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gambling and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, Richie Hall Pugh; children; Veronica Smith and husband David, Jessica Tacy and husband Jeremy, Alfred (AJ) Pugh, Jr and his companion Brittany, Donna Kay Pugh and Evan Stewart; several grandchildren; sisters, Glenda Kay Walker and Patricia Rutherford; and also many nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends joined the family for visitation starting at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. At 7:00 PM Jimmy Stout conducted a eulogy and at the conclusion visitation continued until 9:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the funeral home assist Richie with funeral expenses.
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William Lowell Bollinger
William Lowell Bollinger, 87 of Florence, Arizona passed away suddenly Friday, December 15, 2023. He was born April 12, 1936 at Little Buffalo Creek in Braxton County West Virginia. He was a resident of Washington state and Arizona for numerous years. He graduated from Ravenswood High School and served in the military. He was employed by Sears as a television repair, owner of Eby Mining Services, entrepreneur by owning many apple and cherry orchards and buying and selling properties. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Karen (Pulliam) Bollinger: Daughter, Dana (Mike) Bollinger and son Mark Bollinger. Sister: Maxine Bartholomew of Amherst, Ohio and brother Robert (Velma) Bollinger of Morrison, Colorado and many nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Ineva Wilson Bollinger: brothers Kenton, Eugene, Jack and John and 2 infant brothers. Sister Eileen Brossman.
Per his request he was cremated

Homer Scott Dean
We are extremely sad to announce the passing of Homer Scott Dean of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Homer passed on February 13, 2024 at the age of 92, due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease and the recent passing of his beloved wife, Carolyn. He was one of twelve children, born on December 3, 1931 in Sutton, West Virginia, to Dana and Beulah Dean.
In 1967, after serving in the US Army during the Korean War, Homer moved with his family to Sierra Vista, Arizona. He was a global communications specialist for the US Government for nearly 40 years and enjoyed traveling the world on his special assignments. Homer enjoyed fishing, golfing, watching sports, camping, and loved spending time with friends and family. For decades, he faithfully made the annual nationwide trek, trailer in tow, to be reunited with his West Virginia relatives.
Homer had a magnetic personality and was a friend to everyone. He never met a stranger that he didn’t like. He could strike up a good conversation with anyone and was regularly recognized by acquaintances in public places, far and wide.
Homer is survived by his son Jeff Dean of Sierra Vista, AZ; daughter Cheryl Kennedy of Tucson, AZ; daughter Sandi Dean of Simi Valley, CA; grandson Bradley Kennedy of Tucson, AZ; sister Shelba Halstead of Summersville, WV; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Carolyn Dean; parents Dana and Beulah Dean; and his 10 brothers and sisters.
Services for Homer and his wife Carolyn were held at 11:00 a.m. on March 1, 2024 at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.

Carolyn Joan Dean
It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Carolyn Joan Dean in Sierra Vista, Arizona, who passed away at the age of 89, on January 31, 2024. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Carolyn Joan Dean to show support.
She was predeceased by : her parents, Thurston Friend and Mabel Friend; and her siblings, Martha Long and John Marion Friend. She is survived by : her husband Homer Dean of Sierra Vista, Arizona; her children, Jeff Dean of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Cheryl Kennedy of Tucson, Arizona and Sandi Dean of Simi Valley, California; her grandson Bradley Kennedy of Tucson, Arizona; and her siblings, Von Friend (Nancy) of Smithfield, Virginia, Shelba Gillespie (Ronnie) of Sutton and Linda Mobley (Charles) of Crossville, Tennessee. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Alton Dale “Punk” Patrick
Alton Dale “Punk” Patrick, 85, of Tunnel Fork, Gassaway passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at WV Caring Hospice Center, Elkins.
He was a New Year’s Eve baby born, December 31, 1938, to the late George Irving Patrick and Elvie Josephine Perrine Patrick.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Birchard, Eugene, Harold, Bill and Ray; and sisters, Kathleen Stewart, Pat Nottingham, Grace Hatch, Jewell Porter, “Boots” McLaughlin and Claudine Dennison.
Punk enjoyed his life with his wife and many friends. He liked to fish. He was an antiques and old coin collector. Everyone would save their coins for him to check their worth. Punk was a United States Army Veteran. He retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways Bridge Crew. He was an active member of Little Otter Community Church until he was not able to go to church. He served others and the Lord as Sunday School Teacher and Lay Speaker at the church. He and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 22nd of this year. The staff at the Hospice Center helped them to celebrate with a cake and ice cream. Punk also enjoyed listening to gospel singers. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, “Skinny” Patrick and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral was 1 P.M. Friday, March 1, 2024, at Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton Street, Gassaway with Pastors Jim Criner and Lester “Buddy” Lemon officiating.
Burial followed in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.
Punk’s visitation was two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to his church, Little Otter Community Church, P.O. Box 124, Gassaway, WV 26624.
Special thanks to his church family, all their friends and WV Caring Hospice.
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Betty Jane Wright
Betty Jane Wright, 88, of Sutton, passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born on November 9, 1935, in Albion, New York to the late William and Florence Young.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children, Johnny Sitzer, Mike Sitzer, Doug Sitzer, and David Thomas, and siblings, Ida Unterborn, Bill Young, George Young, Grant Young, Ann Walls, Karl Young and Charles Young.
A farm laborer who picked apples on farms in New York and worked in Casinos in Texas retired at the age of 75. She loved her family. She enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers Baseball team, NASCAR, and football on the television. She enjoyed collecting all things, Betty Boop. Betty also liked to do puzzles in her spare time.
Betty will be forever remembered by her children, Patricia Green, Eugene (Cynthia) Marling, Melissa (Mark) Salisbury, Frankie Adkins, Peggy (Brian) White; sister, Helen DeBona; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Betty’s wishes she will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Braxton County EMS , WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and WV Caring for their compassionate care of Betty.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
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Jeffrey Dwayne
Jeffrey Dwayne Clevenger, 61 of Webster Springs passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Hospice Care at CAMC Memorial. He was born December 3, 1962 in Webster Springs to the late Robert Clevenger and Mildred Berry Clevenger, who survives.
Jeff was a mechanic who enjoyed working on things and tinkering in the garage. He took care of his mother and did a great job doing so. He loved his family and his grandchildren.
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Danny Cutlip.
He is survived by his mother; son Jeffrey Clevenger; daughter Brittany Clevenger; brother Robert “Bobby” (Karen) Clevenger; sisters Linda (Cecil) Lake and Cheryl Cutlip; grandchildren Sabrina, Arabella, and Elizabeth Sheppard, and Abbygail and Jonathan Rhoden; and several extended family and friends to mourn his passing.
Memorial Services to celebrate Jeff’s life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs with Pastor Curt Davis officiating. Inurnment will follow in Hodam Creek Cemetery. Friends may join the family for a time of gathering one hour prior to service time, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home.
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Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Clevenger family.