Helen Jean Mick
Helen Jean Mick, known as Jean to most and as Jenny to a few, died peacefully in her sleep during the early morning hours of January 16, 2019, while at her residence. Jean was born on May 3, 1929, to Creda Ellen Morris (Berry) and Oren Lee Morris (“Red”), two most distinct individuals, from whom she inherited a combined set of traits that made Jean uniquely Jean; traits on display very early in her life and which remained throughout.
Jean was raised and spent her early life in the hills of West Virginia where she learned the everlasting joy and love of family, music, literature, education, dance, nature, friendship, creativity; the everlasting value of resourcefulness, independence, sensitivity, laughter, being true to oneself and perseverance; and the skills of touching others, providing comfort, turning failure on its head and never giving up. After her early life, Jean, along with her then husband, Claud “Bud” Mick, Jr. (1927 - 2007), moved to Michigan and raised a family. She provided a home depicted on TV in the 50’s and 60’s; home cooked meals every evening, an ever ready storybook to read, a song to sing while strumming her guitar, the touch of a loving mother, the carefully packed school lunch, all the while saving her coquettish grin for her husband. During this time in her life, Jean proudly became an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, wearing its emblem in the form of a ring for most of her life. Throughout this time period, and later, Jean returned to school, in higher education, where, over the years, she accumulated enough credits to be just a few shy of graduating, having obtained a 3.98 grade point average. After her children were grown, Jean lived, variably, in Michigan, Florida and West Virginia, where she remained active in school and within the senior service network, stayed up on the nation’s and world’s news and lived her daily life with flair, enjoying the simple pleasures of books, gardening, cooking, family, friendship, solitude, singing and the companionship of her many beloved pets, not the least of which was her German Shepard Dog, JoDavie, whom some might say was the love of her life. Jean’s life was full: full of curiosity, full of aspiration and inspiration, full of a desire to grow, to seek, to reach. Jean’s life brought with it joy, gave joy, was joy. Jean was joy.
Jean was predeceased in life, in addition to her parents and a most revered grandmother, Grandma Fannie Belle Berry, by two brothers, William Morris and David Morris; two sons, Claud Mick Jr. (“Mickey”) and Joseph Mick (“Joe”); a daughter-in- law whom she loved as her own, Joe’s wife, Ann Mick; and, a grandchild, Andrew Mick (“Andy”), son of Joe and Ann. She is survived by one sister, Pat Blake; by two sons, Steve Smith (wife, Lauren) and Fredric Mick (“Fred”); and, by one daughter, Rebecca Mick (“Becky”). Through her son Steve, Jean is survived by grandchildren Amy, Erin, Nathaniel and Courtney. Through her son Mickey, Jean is survived by grandchildren Claud (“Chip”), Alexis (“Lexie”) and James (“Jamie”). Through her son, Joe, Jean is survived by grandchildren Jean, Joseph (“Casey”) and Kelly. Through her youngest son, Fred, Jean is survived by grandchildren Owen and Sean. Jean is also survived by many great-grandchildren, All of the named, and unnamed, persons above could not have been more loved by Jean, whether near or far, in geography or time. They were all steadfastly in her mind and heart.
Jean had requested that no ceremony be held but that those who knew her and loved her take a moment to cherish a memory or two and thereafter hold onto those memories so yet shall she live. In the springtime, she will be placed upon Robber’s Roost in Braxton County, West Virginia, in an area that never left her heart; in an area that was always “home”.
The children of Jean gratefully wish to acknowledge and thank the staff at American House for their loving and conscientious care of their Mom during the end of her life. Thank you.
Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall)
Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall), born January 4th, 1929 of Gassaway, West Virginia passed from this life on February 13th 2019 to reunite with her loving husband, Denzil Alkire. Together, she and Denzil touched many lives from Hawaii to New York City doing God’s work as missionaries of the Mormon faith.
Phyllis was a wonderful mother and successful businesswoman. Her ability to persevere is admired by all who knew her. She enjoyed her extensive genealogical research, sewing and spending time with her family.
She was a loving and dedicated mother to her surviving children: Vance Gainer (Nancy); Glenadine Schiefer (Willie); David Gainer (Judy); Deborah Jones (Mark); Dienna Robinson; and Nancy Barger (Clyde).
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Judson H. Beall and Versta I. Harrison of Burnt House, West Virginia, and brother, Judson H. Beall.
She is survived by her siblings, Robert Beall, James Beall and Daniel Beall, 16 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends who will miss her dearly and forever cherish their memories of her.
Service were held at 1 P.M. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with President Jacob Harmon officiating. Interment will be in the Beall’s Mill Cemetery, Gassaway.
Friends called 2 hours prior to service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Jean Gallaher
Barbara Jean Gallaher, 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, went peacefully to sleep on February 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by her husband and two daughters, as was her wish.
Barb was born November 22, 1951 in Bay Village, Ohio, the eldest child of the late Sarah (Sally) A. Brown and Charles (Blake) B. Pendergrass. In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her infant son, Jason, her sisters, Marilou Wendling and Karen Blevins.
Barb was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended the Sutton Kingdom Hall. She put her trust and her life in her God, Jehovah’s, hands, and she is now in His Rest.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Eric Gallaher, two daughters, Jenny (Carl) Payne of Gassaway, WV, Lori Payne of Gassaway, grandchildren Tasha Payne, of Gassaway, Tyler Payne, of Gassaway, Emerson Payne (Emily) of Weston WV, and Ethan Gallaher (Kaitlyn) of Strange Creek WV, as well as four great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brothers, Roger (Denise) Pendergrass of Elyria, OH, Donald (Becky) Pendergrass of Elyria, and Dale (Lorie) of Westlake, OH, along with sisters, Diane Steele, of Elyria, OH, and Sharon McDermott (Casey Wathen) of Louisville, KY.
Barb was a homemaker and mother for many years. After her children were grown she furthered her education in business and income tax preparation. She retired after many years as a tax consultant and office manager with H&R Block in Gassaway, WV. She was an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service for many of those years.
Barb was an avid reader and student of the Bible. In addition to the Bible, she enjoyed reading legal thrillers and inspirational fiction. Barb was a gifted seamstress and needle worker. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, soaking up the sun, working in her flowers, and having porch time, drinking coffee with her best friend Ramona. Barb loved the water and had a lifelong love affair with Lake Erie.
Barbara’s wish for cremation has been honored. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 660 Sutton Lane, Sutton, WV 26601. Donald Lilly will be officiating. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family in Barbara Jean Gallaher’s Book of Memory at stockert-paletti.com
The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be in care of the arrangements of Barbara Jean Gallaher.
“ ‘For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you, declares Jehovah, thoughts of peace and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.’ “
Phyllis A. Mayes
Phyllis A. Mayes, age 85 passed away Friday, February 15, 2019. Phyllis was born in Duck, WV and had lived in Northfield Center for over 45 years.
She is survived by her grandson David (Christa) Mayes, 2 great grandchildren, Cameron & Gavin Mayes, by her siblings, Carlos Crislip, Harold (Rose) Crislip, Christine Lare, Shirley Rose, Kay Knicely, June Walsh, Sharon Turner, Jim Knicely, Jerry Knicely and Herbert (Samantha) Kniceley and by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son Mark E. Mayes, sister Emma Young and brother Gaile Dobbins, Roy Lyn Crislip and Larry Crislip.
Phyllis offers a special thanks to her dear friends Carol and Sheila Gibson, Betty Einhart and all of her other wonderful friends for always being there for her. She loves you all.
Phyllis was a hard worker. She enjoyed preparing and providing meals for people she loved. She was a servant to many. For those who wish, in honor of Phyllis please pay it forward by preparing a meal for someone in need.
The family is receiving friends 10:00AM to 12:00PM Tuesdau, February 19, 2019 at JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, 99 W. Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82, one mile west of Rt. 8), Northfield Center, OH (330-468-1443) where funeral services will begin at 12:00PM. Interment to follow at Silver Springs Cemetery, Stow, OH. www.johnsonromito.com
John J. Faber
John J. Faber, 80, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 12, 2019. He was born to the late John A. Faber and Elsie Hamilton Faber on February 20, 1938 in Alquina, IN.
John enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and served on the USS Elokonina and USS Thor from 1955 until 1959. He then was employed by Kenton Meadows in Orlando, FL and later transferred to WV where he met the love of his life, Bobbie.
In 1965 he re-enlisted in the Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabees where he served in Vietnam until he was injured and transferred to the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD.
John was an over the road truck driver for the Borg-Warner Corporation from 1969 until 1987. During this time John drove over one million accident free miles and won numerous competitions in the WV Trucking Association Rodeos. He also drove for A & R Tank Lines, Insight and Maxum Mobile MRI units and ended his career driving for Wal-Mart.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bobbie; children, Teresa, Jim, J.Todd (Angie), and Tammy (Ray); grandchildren, Nicholas, Mathew, Constance (Jake), Morgan (Kevin), Evan, Jonathan, and William; siblings, Floyd Faber (Alene), and Betty Leach (Donald).
He was a Christian, baptized in the Elk River at Frametown and he was faithful to the Frametown United Methodist Church. He loved hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR, and spending winters in Florida. John was a member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge #133 and the Scottish Rite.
Graveside service was at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Reverend Johnny Conrad officiating.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 P.M. Saturday, February 16 and from 11 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Sunday, February 17 at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.