Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


John K. Skidmore
John K. Skidmore, 87, a long-time resident and businessman in Braxton County, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2024 at his home in Sutton, WV.
He was born May 19, 1936 in Sutton, West Virginia to the late Bailey and Irene Skidmore.
John loved building things and the outdoors. He touched many with his kindness throughout the years. He was an active member of Morrison United Methodist Church and his Christian values were reflected in the way he lived his life. His vision created a thriving business community at the Flatwoods Exit of I-79. He never stopped dreaming about how he could make a difference for the area. He was an avid outdoorsman and was most at home in that arena.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Skidmore; his daughter, Dr. Teresa Skidmore Flippo Morton; and his sisters, Doris Hopkins and June Hambrick.
He will be lovingly remembered by his three remaining children, Deborah Phillips and husband, David, of Charleston, John Skidmore II, and wife, Michelle, of Sutton, and Gregory Skidmore and wife, Rebecca, also of Exchange; sister, Karen Huffman (David); and brother, Daniel Skidmore (Suzanne).
He is also survived by his seven grandchildren; Duncan Flippo, Grace Skidmore, Sarah Skidmore, Hollis Skidmore, William Skidmore, Margaret Skidmore, and Wylie Skidmore, all who brought great joy to his lif.
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
John’s funeral service was 12 Noon on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Morrison United Methodist Church, Sutton with Reverend Jim Burrough officiating.
His burial followed in the Morrison United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation was one and a half hours prior to the service at the church.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Kelly Sue Wagoner
Kelly Sue Wagoner, 39, of Camden went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 9th, 2024. She was born in Morgantown, WV on January 20th, 1985, daughter of Kenneth (Dick) and Kathryn Clevenger, of Camden. Kelly was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dustin Wagoner, on July 16, 2011, who survives.
Kelly is survived by her parents and husband, Dustin, twin brother, Kyle Clevenger of Buckhannon, father and mother in law, Gary and Connie Wagoner of Calhoun County, special sister in law, Stacey Wagoner, along with a niece and nephews, Ryan, Colton, Savannah, and Zeke.
Kelly was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Junior and Urma Hull and paternal grandparents, Fred and June Clevenger.
Kelly was a graduate of Lewis County High School, class of 2003, where she was a member of the track team, yearbook staff, 4-H, and a Junior Homecoming Princess. She graduated with honors from Glenville State College in 2008 with degrees in Health and Physical Education. While attending Glenville State College she was a cheerleader, member of the track team, student government, and student marshall. She continued her education at Concord University receiving a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion in 2013. Kelly was employed by Braxton County Board of Education and worked at Burnsville Elementary for 16 years, where she instilled healthy choices and habits in her students. She was a member of the former Freemansburg United Methodist Church and Spruce Hollow Community Church, where her great faith gave her comfort and inspiration. Kelly enjoyed traveling and visited 39 states and 8 national parks. She loved exercising, camping, hiking, fishing, and vacationing at Myrtle Beach, Cedar Creek State Park and Seneca Rocks.
Family and friends will gather at Hardman Family Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue of Weston, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home chapel with Reverend Martin Wine officiating. Interment will follow services at the Freemansburg Cemetery of Freemansburg, WV. Online condolences and life stories in memory of Kelly may be expressed at
Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and privilege to serve the family of Kelly Sue Wagoner.

Dana Robert Bickel
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Dana Robert Bickel, 82, a beloved husband, father, brother and friend to all whose lives he touched. He departed this life on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.
Born in Buckhannon on May 16, 1941, Dana was the son of the late Dana Clyde and Margaret Elizabeth Johnson Bickel.
His vibrant spirit and love for his family and community will forever be cherished in the hearts of those who knew him. As the great Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” and Dana embodied this in every aspect of his life. He was a man of many talents and interests, with an entrepreneurial spirit that never waned. He found his calling as a barber, creating an inviting space for his customers to not only get a haircut but also to engage in heartfelt conversations. He was the proud owner of a barber shop and later a Sporting Goods Shop in Cleveland, WV. His commitment to his work was recognized by his several years as a foreman for the WV Division of Highways. Dana’s love for the outdoors was evident in his hobbies. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a lifetime member of the NRA, and a member of the National Elks Association. Dana’s collection of cars, knives, watches, and guns, as well as die-cast model cars, showcased his attention to detail and appreciation for craftsmanship. He attended church at Jerry’s Run, further strengthening his ties to the community he loved.
Dana is survived by his loving wife whom he married on August 18, 1963, Annie Marie King Bickel; his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Patrick O’Donnell; his caring sister, Carol Floyd; many nieces and nephews that he loved like they were his grandchildren; and his fur grandchild, Bruzer. Dana’s love, wisdom, and passion for life will forever remain in the hearts of those he touched.
Friends and family gathered for Visitation at Clutter Funeral and Cremation located at 21 Elnora Circle in Buckhannon from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Funeral Services began at 1:00 p.m. in the Clutter Funeral Home Chapel with Celebrant Bill Lake officiating. Interment followed at Upshur County Memorial Park in Tennerton.
We, at Clutter Funeral and Cremation, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Dana Robert Bickel. Online condolences may be expressed at

Frances Ellen (McNamara) Singleton
Frances Ellen (McNamara) Singleton, 79, of Diamond, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on March 2, 2024. She was born on August 25, 1944, in Wilton, CT. She is preceded in death by her mother, Frances Lee and her father Charles Lee. Also, a sister, Mary Quinn, and a brother, Jackie McNamara. She leaves behind the love of her life, her husband of 46 years, Van Singleton. She also leaves four daughters: Rose Snyder of West Virginia; Jackie Lutes (Mark) of North Jackson; Diana Coggins (Scott) of Wellsville; and Mary Pew (Larry) of Youngstown. And a son,
Daryl Singleton (Sherry) of Deerfield. She was the best Nanny in the world to 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She loved babysitting her grandchildren and participated in every aspect of the lives of her family.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Frances loved to read and do puzzles. She was famous for her love of dolphins, flamingos, the beach, and sparkly things. She loved everybody she met and always thought the best of everyone. She gave out hugs liberally. You could never enter or exit her house without a hug and a kiss on the cheek. She was the “Queen of Hugs”.
She was known as Nanny to most and loved by all. She will be forever missed and never forgotten.
A memorial service was at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls, OH. Calling hours were from 5 – 7pm, with a service to follow at 7. Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Travis Lane Marsh
Travis Lane Marsh, 54, of Weston, WV, passed away at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family on March 6, 2024. He was born on October 6, 1969, to parents Roger Marsh and Sue Singleton McKisic.
He is preceded in death by his father, Roger Marsh; grandparents, Ray and Lola Marsh, William (Shimmy) Singleton, and Roy and Eunice (Granny) McKisic; aunt, Diana (Mac) Slaughter; and uncle Ronnie Marsh.
Travis loved to go fishing and hunting, was an avid WVU fan, enjoyed camping, and had a fascination with Sasquatch (Big Foot). He had a heart of gold and loved to bake for his family and friends. He especially loved to make pepperoni rolls. Travis liked to watch Counting Cars on TV. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends in his neighborhood. He was a Baptist by faith and attended his uncle, Delmas Singleton’s church when he could.
Travis is survived by his wife, Kelly Marsh; son, Dominick Case; mother, Sue McKisic and stepdad Bob; special uncle, Delmas Singleton and wife Diann, special aunt, Shanda Casto; grandmother, Nancy Singleton; father-in-law, David Reed; brother-in-law, David Cooney; cousin, Mike Blake; special friends, Brian and Kathy Goodwin and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his beloved dog, Willow.
Service was at 2 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Stockert Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV. Visitation was two hours before the service from 12-2. Pastor Delmas Singleton conducted the service. Final resting place was in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lewis County EMS or the Lewis County Fire Department. The family appreciates the compassion and excellent care they gave Travis. The family would also like to thank the staff at Ruby Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care and recognize his favorite doctor, Robert Snuffer, who provided him with excellent care as well.
Stockert Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Travis Marsh.

Laura June Kimmel
Laura June Kimmel, 58, of Nebo, WV passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024 at her residence.
She was born May 28, 1965 in New Jersey, the daughter of Richard Thomas Kimmel & the late June Abernathey Kimmel.
Laura is survived by her son, Johnathon Kimmel of Reading, PA; brothers, Richard Kimmel and Christopher Kimmel both of Clifton Heights, PA; sisters, Ilene Mazzatenta and Carolyn McKnight both of Clifton Heights, PA, Jennifer Langley of Dublin, Ireland.
Upon request the body will be cremated.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kimmel family.
Online condolences may be sent to:

Roger Dale “Bugsy” Allen
Roger Dale “Bugsy” Allen, 55, of Frametown passed away on Friday, March 8, 2024 at Cornerstone Specialty Hospital, Huntington, WV.
He was born November 7, 1965 in Alexandria, Virginia to the late Roger Lewis “Shug” Allen and Della Ann Hinkle Allen.
Bugsy enjoyed the outdoors. He had several friends.
He is survived by his brother, Donnie L. Allen.
Bugsy was cremated a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Anna Lee Stahlman
Anna Lee Stahlman, age 93, of Dover, Ohio and formerly of Duck, West Virginia, died early Friday, February 23, 2024, while in Park Village Assisted Living Center at Dover.
Born in Duck, West Virginia on February 27, 1930, Anna was a daughter of the late Raymond and Darlie Mollohan Nottingham.
Anna graduated from high school at age 15 and helped her family operate their local store. Years later, Anna attended Glenville State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Business. She went on to further her education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she earned her Master’s Degree.
For several years, Anna taught business classes at Glenville State and maintained a very active life on her family farm, helping to tend to dozens of head of cattle and keep up on the regular tasks that surrounded farm life. In her free time, Anna enjoyed gardening, squirrel hunting, shooting, and keeping her cats Lizzie and Lucky.
Anna is survived by her children, Diane Slack of Dover and Debra Hamric of Frametown, West Virginia; her grandchildren, Tessa (Bryce Verhovec) Scott, Jason (Amy) Hamric, Stacey (Randy Mangold) Huffman, Travis (Erin Mitchell) Hamric, and Caleb (Kim) Hamric; her great-grandchildren, Curtis, Kendal (Grace) Jayla, Dylan, Logan, Tanner, Talan, Hudson, Olive, and Maisie.
Completing the family are two brothers, Larry (Carol) Nottingham and James (Vida Lee) Nottingham as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, John Stahlman; an infant daughter, Roseanna Lee Slack; siblings, Bernice Moore, Norman Nottingham, and Linda Akers, and a son-in-law, Vernon “Buck” Hamric.
Services celebrating Anna’s life will be at a later date.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at

Charlie Fillmore Ball
Charlie Ball, 81, of Braxton County, WV passed away on March 7, 2024.
He was born and raised in Boone County WV. Attended Scott High school. He worked in the coal industry as a welder and equipment operator in his younger days. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing softball. Charlie was known as one of the best slow pitch softball pitchers in the state. He helped the Ramage, Lynn Coal and the Spirit of 76 ball teams to win four league championships, four district championships, and fifteen invitation tournaments. He once pitched a no-hit shutout. He also spent several years managing and coaching Little League Baseball where he helped to encourage the youth in Boone County. His greatest achievements were when he put his Lord and Savior on in Baptism and started living a Christian life. He attended the Eureka Methodist Church.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Alma Ball; and four brothers Billy, Richard, Jimmie, and George.
He is survived by his wife Gracie Margaret Ball; one son, A.J. Ball and wife Becky of Tennessee; one grandson Stephan and wife Brooke of Tennessee; two great grandsons, Winston and Hudson; two brothers Franklin and Elbert Ball of Greenview, WV; and his dog Bandit and his cat Jasper who he loved.
The family would like to thank the WV Caring and Hospice. Also wants to thank Beverly, Johnny, and Ryan for helping Margaret and Charlie in his last days.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Handley Funeral Home in Danville, WV with Roger McCauley and Frank Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Family Gardens, Madison, WV.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Charles Randy Singleton
Charles Randy Singleton, 75, of Waco passed away peacefully at St. Anthony’s Care Center on January 24, 2024. There will be a visitation service held on Sunday February 4, 2024, from 2-4pm at Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 600 Avenue C, Valley Mills TX 76689.
Charles R. Singleton, known to everyone as Randy, was born on October 27, 1948, in Gem WV. Randy moved to Waco in 1983. He was a mechanic by trade where he specialized working on diesel engines and heavy equipment, from Bull Dozers to Tractor Trailers and everything in between. There wasn’t anything Randy could not repair. He worked for Hillin Sand & Gravel for many years before having to retire for health reasons. Randy loved muscle cars (especially Mustangs), NASCAR, NHRA Drag Racing and many other types of motor sports. He also loved his dog, Duke. Randy is proceeded in death by his parents Mary Leone Posey, Forrest A. Singleton and one son Mathew Singleton.
He is survived by his brother Ron Singleton and sister Twila Phillips, son Charles Randy Singleton Jr, daughter Sarah Singleton, stepson Jeremiah Singh, five grandchildren Dylan Singleton, McKenna Singleton, James Russell Bankhead, Adam Hargraves, Elizabeth Hargraves and one great grandson Jrue Berry.