Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries


Brenda Kay Triplett Battles
Brenda Battles Brenda Kay Triplett Battles was born prematurely on 11 October 1942 in Widen, WV only 10 months after her sister Carol Triplett Ramsey. Her parents were Ernie Bidden Triplett and Opal Lovelia Fitzwater Triplett. She excelled in Clay County schools where she took the most challenging courses, graduating from Clay County High School in 1960. She participated in 4-H where she earned her Charting, Sewing, and State Leadership Pins and became a West Virginia 4-H All-Star. She attended Alderson Broaddus College earning her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through the U.S. Army student nursing program. She became a licensed RN in WV and entered the Army in 1964. She maintained her nursing license until

  1. Kay was both a diabetic and a diabetic educator; she taught Dining with Diabetes courses for many years.
    Her career in the Army consisted of a Basic Officer Training Course at Fort Sam Houston Army Medical Field Service school in TX. She was then assigned to Womac Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC where she took care of patients returning from the Dominican Republic and met her future husband, Fred Clifton Battles. Subsequently, she was assigned to the 36th Evacuation Hospital in Vung Tau, Vietnam. During this time she enjoyed a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she and Fred were married. Her time in Vietnam ended in 1967 and she returned to Womack Army Hospital. Kay left military service to start her family in June 1967. Family life followed Fred’s military career and took the family to Fort Sill, OK, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Greeley, AK, and Fort Hood, TX. While at Fort Hood, Kay earned her Masters degree from Texas Woman’s University and taught at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
    The family moved to Pt Marion, PA and Kay taught at the West Virginia University School of Nursing for many years. While at WVU she helped organize the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 306 in Morgantown, WV and was the founding president. After leaving WVU, Kay worked at the Sharpe State Hospital, Weston, WV, followed by working for the West Virginia State Health Department in many positions; her last position was working with Disease Surveillance/Epidemiology in Charleston, WV followed by retirement in 2000 to care for her mother in Clay, WV. Kay volunteered throughout her life with 4-H and was a well-loved camp nurse for many years as well. She was active in a quilting group wherever she lived and was always willing to help those in need. She volunteered for many years with the quilt group in preparation for the annual Golden Delicious Apple Festival in Clay, WV and was the Golden Delicious Festival Belle in 2016. In 2018, Kay moved to Litchfield Park, AZ to be a full-time grandmother and find a new quilting club.
    Kay was preceded in death by her mother, Opal Lovelia Fitzwater Triplett, her father, Ernie Bidden Triplett, and her brother Larry Allen Triplett. She is survived by her husband, Fred Clifton Battles; her children Fred Edgar Battles and his wife Svetlana Rahimzhanova Battles, and Mary Johanna Battles Long and her fiancée Jason Paul Sikora; her sisters Linda Carol Triplett Ramsey of Blanco, TX, and Sharon Johanna Triplett Cummings of Gassaway, WV; her grandchildren, Nicholas Edward Battles, Sophia Michelle Long, Anastasia Cerise Battles, Steven Walter Battles, Andrew Mason Battles, Alina Mae Battles, and Luca Ronin Battles; and any other family members throughout the country.
    Please join us for a memorial service honoring Brenda Kay Battles life on March, 1st at 12:00 pm, to be held at Abrazo Funeral Home and Cremation, at 1075 S Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
    She will be buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the diabetic association or GoFundMe page for WVU Clay County 4-H program. Kay was a lifelong diabetic and diabetic educator. She was also always helping in one way or another with the 4-H program and camp that her mother helped start.

Dotty Freeman Smith
Dotty Freeman Smith, 79, of Little Birch, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Braxton Healthcare Center, Sutton.
She was born in Wharton, WV on August 26, 1944, the daughter of the late Sennett & Opal Hamrick Parker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Warner Freeman; brothers, Roger Parker, James Parker; sister, Joyce Fugate; several brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Dotty was a homemaker and a member of Little Birch Southern Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, Richard W Smith of Urbana, OH; daughters, Debbrah Smith Marshall (Robert) of Little Birch, Tammy Smith McNeely (Sammy) of Mammoth, WV; step son, James Armstrong of Sutton; sisters, Paula Cordle of Westerville, OH, Patricia King of Charleston, WV, Judy Austin of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Ryan James Smith (Kia), Britney Humphreys (Ryan), Cara Marshall Holmes (Chad); great grandchildren, Kaiden Humphreys, Kolten Humpheys, Parker Smith, Alexandria Archilla; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services were held 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev Randall Griggs officiating. Burial followed at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton, WV. Friends called 11:30 to 1:00 pm, at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Smith family.
Online condolences may be sent to:

Evelyn “Girley” Lucille Carson
Evelyn “Girley” Lucille Carson, 75, of Burnsville, WV passed away on March 10, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 18, 1948 in Sutton, WV.
Girley is preceded in death by her mother, Anna Lee Conrad; Husband, Robert Larry Carson; daughter, Dianna Conrad; brothers, Isacc Junior Conrad, Pag Conrad, William “Deet” Conrad, Virgil “Ottie” Conrad, Carl “Charlie Watt” Conrad, Bill Conrad, Bud Conrad and sister, Goldie Conrad Harbert.
Girley was employed at Motel 79 for many years, she loved camping, fishing and she especially loved spending time with family and friends. She spent most of her life in Braxton County in the Burnsville area. She knew most everyone there and was a friend to many.
Girley is survived by her sons, James Conrad (Crystal), Ronnie Conrad (Missy), Lonnie Conrad and Stacy Carson; brother, Roy Eugene Conrad; sister, Bertha (Mone) Imojean Radcliff; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Service was held at 1 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Stockert Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV. Alan Strader officiated the service. Visitation was two hours before the service from 11-1 pm.
Stockert Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Girley Carson.

Vivian Gray Ball
Vivian Gray Ball, 77 of Tanner, WV; departed this earthly life in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center in Grantsville, WV; following an extended illness.
She was born July 29, 1946 in Braxton County, WV; daughter of the late Clyde and Waneda (Blake) Bosley.
Vivian was a cook in the food service industry having been employed at the former Weston State Hospital, with 10 years’ experience. In her spare time, Vivian enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, caring for her cats and dogs, and spoiling her grandchildren whenever possible.
On May 25, 1982 Vivian was united in marriage to Wilber Lee Ball, who survives at their home in Tanner.
Surviving is a son, Bobby Jo Fincham of Tanner, step-daughter, Brenda Heldreth of Clarksburg, WV; Step-daughter, Katina Smarr of Sand Fork, WV; Step-daughter, Laurie Crouch of Tanner, grandchildren, Amanda White, Matthew David Fincham, Melanie Raynor, step-grandchildren, John Post, Rebecca Post, Tyler Powell, Ceterika Dobbins, Dakota Radcliff, and Jacob Freeman, great-grandchildren, Jordyn White, James White, Aria Fincham, Auron Fincham, Arely Fincham, Zoey Raynor, Terran Raynor, step-great grandchildren, Dalton Dobbins and Benjamin Dobbins.
Along with her parents, Vivian is preceded in death by 6 brothers, Windle, Shay, Jim, Rondle and Gary Bosley, Bill Posey, 1 sister, Azalea Bosley, and step-son, Jeffrey Keith Ball
A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Tuesday, March 19, 2024 with Pastor Donnie Stout officiating. Burial will follow on the Ball Family Farm in Tanner, WV. Friends will be received from 11:00 – 1:00 PM Tuesday at the mortuary in Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Vivian Gray Ball with traditional burial arrangements.

Rosemary Barker (nee Schrader)
Rosemary Barker(nee Schrader), age 74, of Webster Springs, WV, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2023 at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Born on November 25, 1949 in Grassy Creek, WV. She loved spending time with
family and friends, sewing, beach trips, cruising. Her grand baby’s and great-grand baby’s were her pride and joy.
For many years, she was a caregiver for many senior citizens of Webster County. Rosemary was a member of Bergoo Baptist Church.
She is survived by three daughters Debbie (Dave) Dorsey, Carol (Joe) Vasquez and Connie (Shawn) Dunlap and son Troy (Peggy) Barker. She is also survived by many grandchildren: Alishia (Gavin) Vasquez, Brianna Simpson , Bryan (Becky) Barker, Christina (Bradley) Vasquez, Elizabeth (Alex) Barnes , Logan (Bryant) Jimenez, Thomas (Jamie) Barker and Timothy (Marsha) Flint. Along with several great-grandchildren: Adaleah, Archie, Chase, Hailey, Izzy, Keegan, Kendall, Liam and Magnolia.
She is survived by her siblings, Jesse, Duane, Timothy, and George Schrader, Martha Sue Gratz; Glady Deck and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sally (nee Payne) Schrader; father, Okey Schrader; her step-mother, Ruby Schrader. The father of her three daughters Roscoe May Jr. and late husband Hugh (Tom) Barker. Her siblings, Okey Schrader Jr., Shirley Kilkenny, Geneva Eubank, Henry Schrader, James Schrader, Nancy Jelinek and Freddie Schrader.
A celebration of her life was held 2:00 PM at Bergoo Baptist Church on Sunday, 17 March 2024. Friends came for a viewing and last goodbyes at 1-2 PM followed by lunch provided by the church. Pastor Bennie Cowger officiated.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving Rosemary’s family.

Dennis Maxwell Snyder
Dennis “Denny” Maxwell Snyder, 90, of Sand Fork, formerly a long-time resident of Gilmer Station, passed gently into eternity in the evening hours of Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Glenville Health & Rehabilitation Center.
The youngest child of the late Albert Ward and Elizabeth (Stover) Snyder, Denny was born Oct. 5, 1933 in Bower, W.Va. In addition to his parents, Denny was preceded in death by his sisters, Thelma Kuhl, Margaret Napalo, and Mary “Peggy” Blake; and his brothers Junior Snyder and Clarence “Pudge” Snyder.
A Christian by faith, Denny loved the Lord and enjoyed listening to gospel music and singing with Sue and Lewis Edwards, Donnie Detamore, and Jimmy Smarr over the years.
After the passing of his father, Denny devoted his life to caring for his mother. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: a well-groomed lawn, a clean house, and calls and visits with his family and friends.
Denny will be lovingly remembered by his surviving nieces and nephews: Jack Snyder (Doris), who was like a brother to Denny; Mickey Kuhl, Suzette Prichard, Donna McClain, Sandra Parker, Rick Blake, Randy Blake, Barbara Proper, Sharon Savage, Charlene Riggle, Debbie Fox, Kevin Snyder, David Barrett, Sharon Johnson, Brenda Gibson, George Snyder and Tammy McNemar; and two close great-nieces, Rebecca Schultz and Jessica Blake-Brown, and a host of other wonderful family and friends, including April and Raymond Riffle, who held a special place in Denny’s heart.
Denny was blessed throughout his life, and especially in his later years, with the love and devotion of Donna, Rick and April, fondly referred to as the Three Musketeers. They were at his side most days, providing his icy Sprite and sweets, and when they could not be there, Donna called to check on Denny to insure he had everything he needed. Her nightly Denny Updates kept family members informed of his condition; these meant so much to all of us. For these three precious souls, Denny’s family is most grateful.
The Snyder family is also grateful to the staff at Glenville Health & Rehab where Denny had special nurses and CNAs whom he loved. They would like to thank Lee Ellyson for his love and kindness in serving the family. Lee’s father would be so proud of the great work he continues to do for families. The Snyder family also extends special thanks to Pastor Bryan Groves for honoring Denny’s life with his words of celebration and comfort.
A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, W.Va. at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2024 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Friends will be received from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Burial will follow in the K of P Cemetery in Burnsville.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Dennis M. Snyder with traditional burial arrangements.

Mary Lou Harper
Mary Lou Harper, age 75, of Petersburg, WV, died Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.
She was born February 11, 1949, in Richwood, WV, a daughter of the late Glen and Mildred Pearl Kniceley McCoy.
On September 14, 1968 she married Ernest Harper, whom she shared over 55 years with; one daughter, Christy Caine of Sutton, WV; one son, Lester Harper and wife Heather of Petersburg; five grandchildren, Kayla Nichole Underwood and husband Taylor of Beckley, WV, and Kurtis, Kyle, Kiersten and Kassidy Harper all of Petersburg; one great granddaughter, Claira Underwood of Beckley; one uncle, Charlie Kniceley and wife Peggy of Weston, WV and two brothers, Eddie McCoy and wife Mary and Gary McCoy and wife Reta all of Buckhannon.
Mrs. Harper was brilliant, graduating as valedictorian of her high school class. She spent most of her career as a legal secretary. In her spare time, Mary enjoyed collecting McCoy pottery and taking care of her many house plants.
Above all, she absolutely lived for her family and nothing brought her more joy than spending time with them.
Friends weree received Friday, March 15, 2024, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held at 1 PM on Friday at the funeral home with Wilbert Harper officiating. Burial followed in the Morrison Ridge Church Cemetery in Braxton County, WV.
Online condolences may be made to the family at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.