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Obituaries for Monday, Sept. 24, 2012


Lois L. Battison

GIRARD — Lois L. Battison, 82, of Liberty Twp., passed away Thursday September 20, 2012, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. She was born February 25, 1930, in Kingwood, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Christopher and Ruth Fisher Bowmar.

Lois and her late husband John owned and operated The Spot Restaurant in Niles for 26 years. She is survived by her children, John H. (Denise) Bowers of Lumberport, WV, Sandra R. Brannon of Brookfield, Teena (James) Rogers of Liberty Twp., Thomas E. (Carrie) Battison of Liberty Twp. and Vicki (Albert) Bansky of Vienna; a stepdaughter, Cher (Jeffrey) Zavik of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL; brother, Charles Bowmar of Arden, WV; sisters, Mary Lou Knotts of Belington, WV, Betty Poe of Philippi, WV, and Lydia McDaniel of Austintown; sixteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Battison, whom she married September 19, 1960, and passed away on March 3, 1998; a granddaughter, Juliann Battison; and a stepdaughter Sandra Lee Carter.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. Family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Belmont Park Cemetery. Visit to view this obituary and send condolences to the Battison family.

Blackstone Funeral Home

Opha Elbert Carpenter

WEBSTER SPRINGS — Opha Elbert Carpenter, 97, of 636 Cleveland Rd., Hacker Valley, WV, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Hacker Valley, WV, Oct. 6, 1914, son of the late Jasper Newton and Reona Cowger Carpenter.

He worked as a timber cutter for Ralph Harper Lumber Co., serving for 30 years. He lived his whole life in Webster County. He was a Christian and enjoyed gardening and hunting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Ray and Dale Carpenter; a sister, Macal Simmons; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Opha is survived by his wife, Ada Pearl Fisher Carpenter of Hacker Valley, WV; two daughters, Thelma Currence of Sutton, WV, and Gathel Wireman of French Creek, WV; two brothers, Hubert and Olen Carpenter, both of Hacker Valley; six sisters, Edna Simmons of Webster Springs, Alma Anderson and Alta Cogar, both of Hacker Valley, Bertha Simmons of Buckhannon, WV, Goldie Cool of Morgantown and Margie Cutlip of Hacker Valley, WV; grandchildren, Lisa Wireman, Phillip Wireman, Donnie Currence, Jay Currence, Roger Currence, Bonnie Quick and Ronnie Carpenter; 7 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Cochran and Rev. Chris Cosner officiating. Burial will follow in Ware Cemetery, Replete, WV. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. Online condolences at

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home

Geneva Merl Cain Cogar

BRIDGEPORT — Geneva Merl (Cain) Cogar, 86, of Lost Creek, went Home to be with the Lord Saturday evening, September 22, 2012, at the Crestview Manor. She was born on Stout’s Run on October 14, 1925, a daughter of the late Irvin and Alda Prunty Cain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kemper Cogar, on December 29, 2000.

Surviving are her son, Roger Lee Cogar, two granddaughters, Michelle Leonard and her husband George, and Ladonna Cabo and her husband Frank, a grandson, Keith Cogar, all of Lost Creek; three great-grandsons, Robert Leonard and Chase and Hunter Cabo; a great-granddaughter, Kacey Leonard; a sister, Hazel Arnet of California; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Janice Cogar, a brother, Bert Cain, a sister, Mae Edmond, a niece and a nephew.

Geneva was a graduate of R-W High School and worked at Philips Lighting before her marriage. After her marriage, she helped her husband Kemper in the garage and with the book work. Geneva was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Backpack Project, Horizons Church, Rt. 25, Lost Creek, WV 26385.

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Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, Lost Creek, with Pastor Sherman Goodwin presiding.

A service of Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport

Linda Elaine Good

NUTTER FORT — Linda Elaine Good, age 70, of Clarksburg, WV, departed this life on September 22, 2012, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in New Castle, PA, on September 12, 1942, a daughter of the late Merle H. and Betty Jane Sellers Ross.

Linda is survived by her son, Eddie Good of Clarksburg; her granddaughter, Danielle Good; two nieces, Abby Moyer and Natalie Shira; and one nephew, John Ross.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane Good, and her brother, Ken Ross.

She was a bookkeeper for Rosebud Plaza with over 20 years of service and formerly was a bookkeeper at Your Chef, Inc. with over 30 years of service. Linda also had worked for the C.I.A. in Washington, D.C. She was Methodist by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow in the Parsons Cemetery.

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Amos Carvelli Funeral Home

Charles James ‘Jim’ Kelley

BRIDGEPORT — Charles James “Jim” Kelley, 73, of Bridgeport, passed away Sunday morning, September 23, 2012, in Waynesburg, PA. He was born in Salem on July 15, 1939, the youngest child of the late Orval Waldo and Versie Marie Nicholson Kelley.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne Miley Kelley, whom he married March 24, 1978.

Also surviving are his son, Craig Kelley and his wife Emily, Bridgeport; his daughter, Caragh Boyles and her husband Ryan, Bridgeport; a granddaughter, Peyton Kelley; two sisters, Martha Thomas, Sistersville, and Betty Casey, Salem; several nieces and nephews; and the family dog, Wagner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy Judy and Virginia Pullin; and brothers, Ben, Oscar, Orville Jr. and Robert.

Jim received his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in Education and Administration. He started his teaching career in Tyler County, taught at Salem College and finally at Doddridge County High School until his retirement. After retirement, he taught at Fairmont State University, Caperton Center.

He attended First Baptist Church of Nutter Fort, and previously volunteered for the American Red Cross and United Hospital Center. He had also been the church choir director at Salem Baptist Church, and he loved taking care of his yard.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Regional Office, 1299 Pineview Drive, Suite 3, Morgantown, WV 26505; or the Harrison County Humane Society, Rt. 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, where services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, with Reverend Don Fowler presiding. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery.

A service of Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport

Lisa Carol Chenoweth Mullen

BRIDGEPORT — Lisa Carol Chenoweth Mullen, 46, of Bridgeport, passed away suddenly Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2012, at her residence.

She was born March 30, 1966, in Fairmont, a daughter of Clair Chenoweth, who survives in Bridgeport, and the late Bettie M. Chenoweth.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Frank Mullen, whom she married Dec. 7, 1985.

Also surviving are her daughter, Christina Blackburn and her husband, Joshua, Charleston, S.C.; her son, Christopher Mullen, Huntington, and his fiancée, Kaitlin Curry, Chapel Hill, N.C.; granddaughter, Claire Alexandria Mullen; two brothers, Roger C. Chenoweth and his wife, Joanne, North Pole, Alaska, and Matthew Allen Chenoweth and his wife, Totie, Pruntytown; two biological brothers, Robert Gillette, Fairmont, and Edward Gillette and his wife, Amy, Arizona; several nieces and nephews, Jessica Turnbull, Ericka Chenoweth, Melissa Chenoweth, Rebecca Chenoweth, Jennifer Chenoweth, Scott Chenoweth and Jill Chenoweth; and her dog, “Jake.”

Lisa was a graduate of Bridgeport High School, Class of 1984, and had worked at Chenoweth Ford. She was a member of Horizons Church and enjoyed going every fourth Sunday of the month to the regional jail to hold church services for the inmates. She also enjoyed writing poetry and driving.

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Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 2–4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport.

Destiny Ann ‘Princess Destiny’ Sampson

SHINNSTON — Destiny Ann “Princess Destiny” Sampson, 6, of Clarksburg, passed away at 4:22 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2012, at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

She was born in Clarksburg, September 22, 2005.

She is survived by her mother, Rose Butler Joyce, and her husband, Michael, Clarksburg; her father, Alfred Sampson, and his wife, Elizabeth, Clarksburg; five brothers, Zachary, Carmen, Koda, Devon and Austin Sampson; maternal grandparents, Virginia Butler and Charles Davis, Clarksburg; great-uncle, William Riddle, Nutter Fort; aunts and uncles, Thomas Butler and his wife, Dakota, Charles Butler and his wife, Malissa, Frankie Butler, Jaremy Butler, Brandon Butler, Sarah Butler, Virginia McGary, Charles Davis, Jr., Elizabeth Davis and Julie Sampson; paternal grandparents, Ford Sampson and his wife, Joy Lee, MD; several cousins and friends who were like family; great-aunts and great-uncles.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Anna Belle Clevenger; aunt, Crystal Sampson; great-aunt, Flora Ann Riddle; and cousin, Bailey Butler, in infancy.

She was her mommy’s princess and always had to have a tag to hold on to. She loved Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Friends may call at the Perine Funeral Home, Rt. 19 South, Shinnston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with Pastor Dan Vaughn officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Joyce/Sampson family.

Donald Gene Peters

BUCKHANNON — Donald Gene Peters, Sr., age 77, of Clarksburg, WV, died Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the WV Veterans’ Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV. He was born February 27, 1935, in Upshur Co., WV, a son of the late Bayard and Hazel (Warner) Peters.

On August 31, 1955, he married Frances (Bailey) Peters, deceased May 25, 2010. Don retired in 1986 as a Security Specialist in Electronic Data Processing from the Washington Gas Light Company in the Washington, D.C. area. Over the years, this Marine Corps veteran had a variety of jobs in the baking industry and owned a bakery in Philippi and in Buckhannon. He also served in pastoral ministry at several churches, the last being South Buckhannon Mission Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Bryan and husband Ron of Oakton, VA, and Melanie Morris and husband Jay of Lost Creek, WV; four sons, Donald Peters, Jr. and wife Tina of Nokesville, VA, Stephen Peters and wife Sherri of Hurt, VA, David Peters and wife Karen of Jacksonville, TX, and Philip Peters and wife Theresa of Gassaway, WV; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, William Lee Peters and wife Linda of Shelbyville, TN; two sisters, Joann Edmond and husband Jim of Buckhannon, WV, and Hazel Lorene Judy of Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jonathan Peters, and one great-grandson, David Wingo.

A graveside service was held Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Buckhannon with Chaplain Adam Boyd officiating. Buckhannon VFW Post No. 3663, Frank B. Bartlett Post No. 7 American Legion and DAV Chapters No. 5 and No. 36 conducting Military Honors. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. With grateful hearts, the family thanks the wonderful people at the WV Veterans’ Nursing Facility and Amedisys Hospice of Anmoore for the friendships and care given to Don Peters during his three-year stay.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the WV Veterans’ Nursing Facility Resident Benefit Fund, One Freedom’s Way, Clarksburg, WV 26301. This fund allows the veterans to participate in activities outside of the facility such as fishing, movies, lunches, bowling, fairs, festivals and more.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home

Jackalee Gonzalez Wagner

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Mrs. Jackalee Gonzalez Wagner, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday evening, September 22, 2012, at the Carrol S. Roberson Hospice Center.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Jernigan Warren Chapel with Father Jack Kelly presiding. The burial will be private. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Wagner was an Army veteran and played the clarinet in the Women’s Army Corps Band. She was very involved with the Fayetteville Area Weight Watchers. Above all, she was very family-oriented and especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, William Wagner, and a sister, Anna Lee.

She is survived by her son, Larry Wagner and his wife, Renee, of Fayetteville; daughter, Deborah Wagner Key and husband, Jerry, of Cameron; four grandchildren, Darian, Stephanie, Arthur and Christine; five great-grandchildren, Catherine, Brooke, Austin, Ashley and Ethan; and two sisters, Karen Nestor and husband, Lloyd, and Rosella Gonzalez, all of Clarksburg, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park Suite No. 10, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Jernigan Warren Funeral Home

Joseph Dawes Zirkle

SHINNSTON — Joseph Dawes Zirkle of Bennetts Run Road, Lumberport, passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, 2012, at his home.

He was born Nov. 6, 1922, on Jones Run Road, a son of Luther Joseph Zirkle and Icey Pearl Rogers Zirkle.

On April 8, 1942, he married Bonnie Earnestine Baker, who preceded him in death in December of 1978.

Joe is survived by his children, Ronnie Joe Zirkle and his wife, Barbara, Sandra Jean Fain and her husband, Gary, Johnny Ray Zirkle, Terry Dale Zirkle and his wife, Janet, Teddy Douglas Zirkle and his wife, Rhonda, and Jeffrey Lloyd Zirkle and his wife, Vicky; and his sister, Margaret Nuzum.

He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren, Daniel Zirkle, Cynthia Bryant, Stephen Talkington, Andrew Fain, Joseph Zirkle, Sarah Hall, Kristen Zirkle, Rebecca Taylor, Leslie Zirkle, Lisa Zirkle, Jennifer Turner and Jeffery Zirkle; and 12 great-grandchildren. His surviving stepchildren are Carol Spatafore, Sandra Barton, Rebecca Cole, Bernadette Naegele, Jerry Thompson, Sam Thompson and Dan Thompson.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; and eight brothers and sisters, Winona Martin, Burman Zirkle, Stanley Zirkle, Glacie Zirkle, Phyllis Pigott, Virginia Winland, Coy Zirkle and Otovea Harbert. He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Michael Talkington, and his second wife, Carlena Zirkle.

Joseph joined the Navy at the onset of the war. His wife, Bonnie, made two trips to Cleveland to be married because she wanted to be married on a pretty Wednesday. After being stationed in Rhode Island and Pensacola, they came home to West Virginia.

Joe was a hard worker. He walked to Saltwell to work on a pipeline. He started a 43-year career in the mines by hand-loading coal with his father-in-law and brother-in-law, John and Allen Baker. He worked most of those years for Consol Energy, roof bolting for Consol at Blacksville. During those years, he never missed a shift.

In his last years, he enjoyed watching sports, especially when young children were playing. He thoroughly enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joseph attended the Jones Run United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Monday. Funeral service will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, with Pastor Harry Holbert officiating. Interment will follow at Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

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A service of Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.