Braxton Citizens' News, Obituaries, The Braxton Democrat


Barry Neil Hamner
Barry Neil Hamner, 52, of Summersville, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
He was born in Gassaway, WV on December 11, 1971 the son of Denzil Junior Hamner and Lucy Campbell Johnson.
Barry is survived by his father, Denzil “Bud” Hamner of Newville; mother, Lucy Johnson (Arthur) of KS; son, Chase Hamner of NC; daughters, Kayla Hamner-Carpenter (Eric) of Summersville, Brooke Hamner and Bridget Hamner both of NC; sister, Tina Knight (Jonathon) of Sutton; grandsons who lived with Barry, Anthony Hamner and Maddox Carpenter, and 8 other grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Eric Veltre officiated. Burial followed at Newville Cemetery, Newville, WV. Friends may call 11:30 am till time of service at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hamner family.
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Betty Lou Rollyson Hurd
Betty Lou Rollyson Hurd, 81, of Gassaway, WV passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center (ERCC) in Elkins, WV.
She was born on September 21, 1942, in Gassaway to the late John Creston Rollyson and Nellie Belle Mace Rollyson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Elta Eleta Page McIntosh; two brothers, John and Jim Rollyson; and two nieces, Michelle Rollyson and Jessica Helmick.
Betty was a homemaker and babysitter for many years. She raised her children and then her three granddaughters after Elta’s passing. Her kids and grandkids were the light of her life and her proudest accomplishment. She also babysat for many years, and she treated every child she cared for as her own. She was an active member of Gassaway Baptist Church until her move to ERCC. She loved cooking, baking, entertaining friends and family, and watching soap operas.
Left to cherish her memory are her nine brothers and sisters, Bob Rollyson of Southington, OH, Boyd Rollyson (Claire) of Spotsylvania, VA, Mark Rollyson (Pam) of Summersville, WV, Marie Clutter of Summersville, WV, Marjorie Booth (Roger) of Linside, WV, Sue Riffe (Gary) of Gassaway, WV, Ruby Rollyson of Little Birch, WV, Sandra King (Sam) of Floyd, VA, and Linda Utt (Vic) of Gassaway, WV ; two children, Barb Dombrowski (Greg) of Montville, OH and Harry Page of Parkman, OH; five grandchildren, Jamie Nice (Kenneth) of Middlebourne, WV, Heather Thompson (Patrick) of Old Fields, WV, and Brittany Fisher (Jeremy) of Elkins, WV of whom she raised, Amanda Pake (Sam) of Lyndhurst, OH, and Matthew Wengerd of Champion, OH ; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Easton, Madison, Jaxson, Greydon, Lincoln, Charlotte, Connor, and Adalynn. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Betty’s graveside service was 3 P.M. Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway, WV with Pastor Bill Morlan officiating.
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Fred (Freddie) Junior Dean
Fred (Freddie) Junior Dean, 84, of Flatwoods, WV, passed away at home on March 18, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cedar Creek, Braxton County, on April 26, 1939 to the late Fred V. and Leta M. Gumm Dean.
Freddie is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Leta Dean of Flatwoods, WV; brothers, Harry Dean and Frank Dean of Flatwoods, WV; sisters, Veda Friend of Airport Road, Sutton, WV, Marquerite Stewart of Napier, WV, Mildred Raymond of Flatwoods, WV; one grandson, Joshua Ryan Dean of Frametown, WV.
Freddie worked road construction for Vercillo & Grogen, Lane Construction and was employed by JF Allen for 20-years. He could run any piece of equipment but loved to drive the Cat Truck. In his spare time, he loved to mow with his John Deere tractor. Freddie enjoyed going on road trips and loved to visit Pigeon Forge, TN. He enjoyed going to the dirt track races and on Sunday drives with his family.
Surviving Freddie is his wife, Janet Dean of Flatwoods, WV; children, Treva and Tim Simons of Heaters, WV, Janet Sue Berry (Kenny Cooper) of Sutton, WV, Jerry Dale and Kim Dean of Frametown, WV, Kevin and Shannon Dean of Heaters, WV, and Chad Dean (Rachel Dennison) of Sutton, WV; grandchildren, Heather Berry of Flatwoods, WV, Lindsey Dean (Jeremy Hinkle) of Salem, WV, Megan Dean (Kain Napier) of Weston, WV, Tyler Dean (Kendra Haehn) of Hackers Valley, WV, and Myra Dean of Heaters, WV.
Service was held at 7 pm, Friday, March 22, 2024 at Stockert Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV. Pastor Donnie Stout officiated the service. Visitation was from 4-7 pm before the service. Freddie’s request to be cremated was honored following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to WV Caring, P. O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.
Stockert Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Freddie Dean.

Ruby Mahala Singleton Vernon
Ruby Mahala Singleton Vernon was very caring, polite, considerate, generous, patient, understanding, loving, giving and forgiving.
She would go out of her way to make others feel special, to make them happy or feel more confident in themselves. She was sensitive to others’ feelings and cared what others had to say. She loved to cook and bake for others and would always send plates of food to neighbors and friends. She helped prepare food for church events or wherever and whenever it was needed. She made the best coleslaw!
Ruby Mahala Vernon, age 101 of Dundalk, MD, died in Dundalk, MD of natural causes on March 20, 2024. She was born in Salt Lick District of Heaters, WVA on August 13, 1922 to Sarah Ella Posey and Charles Ellis Singleton.
Through the years, Ruby built a beautiful life with her late husband, James Clark Vernon, who departed on November 24, 1994. Together, they raised a loving family that felt the love and care she poured into every moment spent with them. Ruby’s children, Donna Jean Johnson and her late husband James Johnson, Dennis Clark Vernon and his wife Barbara Jill Vernon, and James Ira Vernon and his wife Robin Lynn Vernon have been a testament to the incredible life she led. Her legacy lives on through her nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, one of which is in the oven.
Ruby was loved by so many. Some of her closest people included her sister, Gladys Whaley, her sister-in-laws Mary Vernon and Kathleen Vernon, her nieces Hazel Williams, Evelyn Pribble, Ida Snow, Virginia Knight, Betty Straley and close friend Francis Stapleton. These folks were practically inseparable throughout their lives. They enjoyed shopping, vacationing, crafting and gathering for special events.
Ruby will always be remembered for her love and kindness. Everyone who knew Ruby knew how much she loved to bake and quilt and window shop. She made the best Red Velvet and Carrot Cakes. We’ll always imagine hearing her say one more time, “Do what now?, and I’ll write you a check!” Ruby was also an active member of the Dundalk Church of God.
We couldn’t have asked for a better mother/grandmother and will miss her every day. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved her.
In honor of Ruby’s life, the family received friends at the Connelly Funeral Home of Dundalk, 7110 Sollers Point Road, on Monday, March 25th from 3-7 pm. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 26th, 10:00 am, at the funeral home. Interment followed at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075.
Donations to Dundalk Church of God in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated.
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Amanda Dawn Harris
Amanda Dawn Harris, 37, of Duck passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
She was born March 18, 1987, in Weston, WV to Lewis Duffield and the late Bonnie Smith Duffield.
Amanda was a homemaker who was raising three of her children. She enjoyed reading James Patterson novels and flower gardening. She loved being around her family. She had a generous heart and would help anyone. We all need to strive to be like Amanda who was a positive individual that never let life get her down.
In addition to her father, she will be fondly remembered by her husband of 12 years, Kenneth Eugene Murphy; son, Kollyn Murphy; daughters, Reaven Murphy and Larissa Harris; brothers, Brian Duffield and wife, Jennifer, and Chris Duffield and wife, Jamie.
Her graveside service was 11 A.M. Monday, March 25, 2024, at Bonnie Duffield Cemetery, O’Brion, WV with Pastor Wadie Rose, Jr. officiating.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
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Frances Lavon Knight
Frances Lavon Knight, 78, of Martinsburg, WV went home to be with the Lord on February 18, 2024 at Winchester VA Medical Center, Winchester, VA.
She was born on October 21, 1945 in Napier, WV the daughter of the late, John William & Bertha Kathleen Allen Knight. Also preceding her in death was her brother, Holsum Knight.
Frances is survived by her brothers, Larry Knight of Burnsville, Loren Knight of NC, Ronald Knight of Rock Cave, WV, John Knight of WA; sisters, Betsy Allen of Flatwoods, Harriet Miller (Ron) of Tomsbrook, VA, Mary Rutgloski and Mable Rudolph (Greg) all of VA.
Private family graveside services were held 1:00 pm, Friday, February 23, 2024 at Casto Cemetery, Walkersville, WV with Pastor Delmus Singleton officiating.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton is honored to be serving the Knight family.
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Virginia Grace (Keith) Self
Virginia Grace (Keith) Self, 76 of Sand Fork, WV; (Dusk Camp community) departed this earthly life in the evening hours of Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the Stonewall Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV; following an extended illness.
She was born November 24, 1947 in Sand Fork, daughter of the late Hoy and Audry (Rogers) Keith.
Virginia is a graduate of Sand Fork High School, class of 1966. She was a cook in the food service industry having worked at a number of different establishments around the area for most of her working life. In her spare time, Virginia enjoyed spending time with family and friends, caring for her children, grandchildren, riding ATV’s, and watching westerns and soap operas’ on TV.
Virginia is described as an amazing cook who loved making Sunday dinner and having as many relatives attend as possible.
On January 25, 1969 Virginia was united in marriage to Charles Dennis Self who preceded her in death on October 12, 2021.
Surviving are 2 children, Charlene Montgomery and husband Mark of Ellis and Charles D. “Chuck” Self and wife Laura of Dusk Camp, and 3 siblings, Hoy Keith Jr., (Linda) of Lost Creek, WV; Loretta Hayhurst of Weston, WV; and Nickie Leiding (Dave) of Alabama.
Also surviving are 4 grandsons, Chuckie and Wesley Self and Matthew and Jason Montgomery and a host of many other wonderful family and friends.
Along with her parents and husband, Virginia is preceded in death by her son, Joseph “Joey” Self and 2 siblings, Hazel McCord and Lula Belle Godfrey.
A funeral service was conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM; Monday, March 25, 2024 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial followed in the Self Cemetery. Friends were received 12 noon – 2:00 PM; Monday at the mortuary in Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., is honored to assist the family of Virginia Grace Self with traditional burial arrangements.

Jeanette Virginia Marks
Jeanette Virginia Marks, 67, of Chloe, formerly of Gassaway, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at CAMC Memorial, Charleston, WV with family by her side.
She was born on June 20, 1956, in Ankon, Panama to the late Robert and Florris Virginia Barker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur “Lucky” Marks.
Jeanette had a sweet personality and was a people person with the gift of “gab”. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant for Clay County Healthcare Center until her health would not let her work. She was an excellent neighbor and coworker who had many friends. Being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was her favorite pastime. She will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael Marks of Cross Lanes, Timothy Marks and fiancée, Sharon, of Weston; daughter, Melissa Marks of Chloe; grandson, Timothy Marks II and wife, Jaylen, of Sutton; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Marks, Bryson Marks, and Karson Marks; brother, Denny Barker; sisters, Nancy and Eva.
In keeping with Jeanette’s wishes she will be cremated and there will be no services.
The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care for their compassionate care of Jeanette in her last days.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
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Mildred Jean Barnett
Mildred Jean Barnett, 85, of Sutton, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2024 at WV Caring Hospice Center, Elkins, WV.
Mildred was born May 30, 1938 in Little Birch, WV, the daughter of the late Richard & Etta Crites Clifton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Paul Barnett; daughter, Donna Barnett; sisters, Opal Bailey, Lola Facemire, Juanita Hoover, Myrl Cunningham; brothers, Charley Clifton, Harry Clifton, Edgar Clifton, Robert Clifton.
She is survived by sons, Ricky L Barnett (Deborah), Danny Barnett both of Sutton; brothers, Doy Clifton of Sutton, Eugene Clifton of Little Birch; grandchildren, Calvin Barnett, Derick Barnett, Vanessa Barnett, Sierra Groff; great grandchildren, Gabriella Groff, Heath Groff, Kashton Groff.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2024 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev Jim Burroughs officiating. Burial will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Airport Rd. Sutton, WV. Friends may call 11:30 till time of service at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Barnett family.
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