Area Obits for January 22, 2017

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Irene Iris Tenney, 91, formerly of the Alexander Road, French Creek, left her earthly home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Holbrook on the Hill. She was born on March 6, 1926, in Alexander, WV, a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Harriet Pringle Russell. Irene spent her entire life in West Virginia and it was there she met her husband, Gerald O. Tenney, to whom she was united in marriage on August 7, 1943. The couple shared 62 years together until his death on May 5, 2005. Together, the couple had three children: Deloris and husband Maurice Hyre of French Creek, Duane Tenney and wife Bonnie of Ashtabula, OH, and Greta and husband John Goodwin of Amherst, OH. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Randall Hyre and wife Jeannie, Donald Tenney, Sindy Rady, Trina Tenney, and Rick Adams; thirteen great grandchildren; nineteen great-great grandchildren; one sister Gilsie Tenney; one brother Claude Russell; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters: Lena Russell Tenney and Thelma Russell Marsh; and three brothers: Darrel, Harold, and Eugene Russell.
Life was often a struggle for Irene and Gerald as times were hard in West Virginia for many back then. Together, they built a small home on the Alexander Road, added on to it when they could, and raised their family. Irene loved her flowers and was always quite fanatical about her yard and flower beds. She liked her yard properly mowed, and in the fall you’d often see her busy raking leaves. Irene enjoyed doing needlepoint, watching older shows on television, and was quite a cook. If you stopped to visit, she always wanted to feed you…and feed you she did! She was never happy unless the table was full of food. Irene and Gerald were both long-time members of the Bethlehem Church. After Gerald passed, and Irene’s health declined, she spent hours on end, day after day, watching Rev. Jimmy Swaggart on television. It didn’t matter who was there, the TV was on and that’s what you were watching. Irene was strong in her faith and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 1-3:00 PM, at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 11:00 AM, at the funeral chapel, with Pastor Will Kerns officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

James “Ronnie” Liggett, 63, of New Hope Road, Rock Cave, WV, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, January 18, 2018, with his friends by his side at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. “Ronnie” was born in Logan, WV, on July 12, 1954, the son of the late Annis and Louise Harless Liggett. He is survived by his uncle, Harold Harless of Old Fort, NC; his aunts, Wanda (Harless) Vance of Waynesville, NC and Helen (Harless) Webb of Ethel, WV and an abundance of friends in and around the Rock Cave area. “Ronnie” was previously employed by the WV Department of Highways, Harper Lumber Company, R & M Guns and Tri-County Trading. In honor of his wishes, Ronnie will be cremated. A memorial service will be held 2 PM Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Rock Cave Baptist Church with Pastor David Jessie officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends and family request that donations be made to the “Ronnie” Liggett Memorial Fund, c/o Jo Davison, 84 Pendleton Drive, Crawford, WV 26343. A benefit auction for Ronnie’s final expenses and donations to the memorial fund in his name will be held 10 AM Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Arlington Community Building. Special thanks to St. Joseph’s Hospital, United Hospital Center, Dr. Paul Brager, Dr. Long, Dr. Pearson, Dr. Oates, WV Hospice and all staff for their loving care and support. Online condolences may be made to the family at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of his last wishes.

Ilene Gay Rexroad (Riley), 70, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown, WV due to complications from an accident.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on January 12, 1948: daughter of the late Berthy Marie (Cooper) Riley.

Mrs. Rexroad is survived by three grandchildren: Tyauna Lough, Electa Kelley and Logan Kelley and four great grandchildren: Elonna Kincaid, Bentley Hefner, JJ Bonnell and Chase Kincaid and one on the way. She is also survived by two sisters: Delia Riley of Warren, OH and Rosey Collins of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, William, Mrs. Rexroad was preceded in death by one daughter: Jannette Oldaker, one brother: Robert Riley and one sister: Velvia Bacorn.

Mrs. Rexroad was a retired cook from William Sharpe Hospital of Weston with 37 years of service.

She was a member of the Jackson Mill Baptist Church.

Her hobbies included reading, sewing, quilting and BINGO. She was a volunteer at the Lewis County Senior Center.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 1-2 PM.

At Mrs. Rexroad’s request, she will be cremated and there will be a graveside service at the Jacksonville Cemetery of Roanoke, WV at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Jackson Mill Baptist Church P.O. Box 221 Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ilene Gay Rexroad.

Garnet Ruth McCrady, 86, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Tuesday January 16, 2018 at Parkersburg Care Center.

She was born in Lewis County, WV a daughter of the late David M. and Gertrude P. (Richardson) Richards.

She worked for Arlene Dress Shops. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and enjoyed painting and gardening.

She is survived by two sons John J. McCrady (Thresea) of Parkersburg and Woodrow M. McCrady of Vienna, WV; four grandchildren Mitchell (Kimberly), Vanessa, Jason (Melissa), and Nadine (Zack); four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews including Linda Kirk.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers Tom, Norman, and David Richards; sisters Gladys Clegg, Ila Marshall, Goldie Coe, and Virginia Clegg; and her significant other Robert “Grandpa Bob” Fletcher.

A special thanks to the staff of Parkersburg Care Center for the exceptional treatment they provided.

Services will be Tuesday 4:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend Jason McCrady officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 2-4 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Office, 1218 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

James “Jim” Ellsworth Kerrigan, 68, of Cottage Ave. Weston passed away 10:13 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the Westmoreland Hospital in Greenburg, PA.

He was born in Weston on March 25, 1949 a son of the late James Clement Kerrigan Jr. and Chloe Lorene Turner Kerrigan.

Memories of his ornery, easy-going nature will be treasured by his three siblings: Susan Kerrigan of Myrtle Beach, SC, Mary Elizabeth Richards and husband, Roger, of Weston, and Vicki Kerrigan of Weston; his niece, Chloe Richards, who was the light of his life; his nephew, Robert “Robbie: M. Kerrigan Jr.; and his best friend, loyal side-kick, and beloved dog, Sam.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Michael Kerrigan; and one nephew, Brian Kerrigan.

Jim worked as a flagman for the WV Department of Highways and retired with more than 20 years of service. He was a member of the Weston Moose Lodge #1376, and past member of the Weston Jaycees. His idea of a perfect evening was to kick back, and watch a good ole’ western movie. He was really a cowboy at heart who dreamed of living on his own ranch, where he farmed the land, raised horses, and spent his evenings gazing at a star-filled sky. He also enjoyed walking to town nearly every day, visiting his friends along the way, and sharing and embellishing on old stories about times gone by.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Weston with Reverend Father James R. DeViese Jr. as celebrant. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Jane Lew.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of James “Jim” Ellsworth Kerrigan. Online condolences may be expressed at

Diane Underwood Linger, 61, of Center Avenue Weston ran into the arms of her Lord and Savior at sunset on January 18, 2018, at United Hospital Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Clarksburg on October 15, 1956

Diane was the youngest daughter of the late Harry L. Underwood, Jr and Betty (Ash) Underwood of Weston. Diane treasured the beautiful life built with her “Babe” – devoted husband James W (Bill) Linger, II, who survives. Their greatest accomplishments can be seen in their children: Stephanie (Gissy) Westfall and husband Alan, of Horner, WV; Katie (Gissy) Wurst, and husband James of Orlando, FL; and James W (Bill) Linger, III and wife Missy of Fairmont, WV. Diane and Bill spent countless hours spoiling their two grandchildren Cameron Ross and Madalyn Ross of Horner, WV, along with many grand pups and grand kitties.

Diane treasured the good memories made over a lifetime with her sisters: Becky Underwood of Youngstown, OH (deceased); Betsy Ash and husband Connard of Whipple, OH; and Debbie Ferrell and husband Beav of Grantsville, WV. She will be missed dearly by her beloved nieces and nephews.

Diane retired from Jane Lew Elementary school where she was a secretary. She was quick witted and could always be relied upon for a good laugh, as can be attested by her many friends and colleagues over the years. Diane had an unyielding faith in her Heavenly Father, and loved sharing her love of gospel music, as well as prayer time with her family and friends. She was a member of St Matthew United Methodist Church of Weston and was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution.

At Diane’s and her family’s request, there will be private visitation and services at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home and burial in the Mitchell Cemetery at Roanoke, WV. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Diane may be expressed at

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Diane (Underwood) Linger.

Donna Gail Stephens, 70, Shelby, NC passed away January 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1947 at Cabin Creek, WV, the daughter of the late Robert “Eph” Porter and Ethel Mae (Holbrook) Porter. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Herman Stephens; grandson, Frankie Ray Belknap; brothers, Eugene and Elvie Porter; sister, Vernice (Porter) Rose.
She is survived by sons, Frank D. Belknap (Gloria), Gassaway, WV and Scotty Belknap (Christy), Gassaway, WV; daughter, Donna Byrd (David), Buckhannon, WV; brothers, Rondall Porter, Mt. Orab, OH, Clyde Porter, (Jo) Belleville, OH, Aric Porter (Wendy), Kings Mountain, NC, Jim Porter (Dawn), Grover, NC, Ray Porter (Karen), Morgantown, NC, Carl Porter (Cathy), Shelby, NC, Rodney Porter (Pam) Shelby, NC and Keith Porter (Tammy) Shelby, NC; sisters, Joyce Porter Dennison (Rondall), Spotsylvania, VA, Terry Porter (Missy), Shelby, NC, Dathyne Porter Dennison (Theron), Exchange, WV and Pearl Porter Sands, Gassaway, WV. Also surviving are grandchildren, Ethan Belknap, Larisa Workman, Exchange, WV, Megan Laurintus (John), Exchange, WV, Kyla Notthingham (Zah), Gassaway, WV, Hannah Rexroad (Logan), Burnsville, WV, Logan Belknap (Stephanie), Gassaway, WV and Grace Belknap, Gassaway, WV and 11 great grandchildren.
Donna was a Methodist by faith and enjoyed listening to gospel music. She was especially fond of the song, Daddy’s Hands, sung by Holly Dunn and the song, Will the Circle be Unbroken. Her greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren and her faithful companion, her dog, a Bichon Frise named Yetti. She was very much into geology and the heritage of her family as she was part Cherokee. She was an excellent cook and was especially talented at making biscuits and gravy and fruit cakes. Donna loved to travel and especially enjoyed Gatlinburg. Donna was a beautiful soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Family will receive friends on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 11-1 p.m. Funeral Services will follow in the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor John Fowler officiating. Words of Comfort and fond memories can be expressed to the family at
The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for Mrs. Stephens and her family.


Robert Gordon “Snowflake” Martin, Jr., 64, of Sutton passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born on December 3, 1953 in Sutton, the son of Lena Johnson Martin and the late Robert Gordon Martin, Sr.

Snowflake was a handyman, a 1973 graduate of Braxton County High School, and a Army Veteran who served at Fort Bragg, NC and in Germany.

He is survived by his son, Damond Martin of TN; mother, Lena Johnson Martin of Flatwoods; brothers, Larry Johnson (Judith Davis) of Coalton, WV, Jerry Johnson of Warren, OH, Thomas Martin of Tacoma, WA, Dwight David Martin of Sutton, Timothy Martin (Marilyn) of Manassas, VA; sisters, Barbara Buck of Norway, Roberta Jackson (Jeffrey) of Middleburg, VA, Cynthia Spellman of Fairfield, CA, Vicki Martin of Charlottesville, VA; aunts, Betty Bowles of Sutton, Cleota Baylis of Weston.

Upon his request the body has been cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Martin family.

Dottie (Cutlip) Rider, 64, of Clay, entered into rest Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Born May 22, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow and Lula (Tanner) Cutlip. In addition to her parents Dottie was also preceded in death by her grandson, Sawyer Grose.
Dottie was a server at the Elkview Ponderosa for 21 years.
Dottie is survived by her husband, Jeff Rider of Clay; daughter; Candice Murphy Crowe of Harrison and step daughter, Melissa Rider of Clay; sons, Troy Grose Jr.  of Big Otter, Jason Grose of Tariff  and step son, C.J. Rider Jr. of TX; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren;  brothers, Woodrow ”Bub” Cutlip of Big Otter and Tiger Cutlip of Ripley; sisters, Sue Burkhammer, Rosemary Grose and Tammy Ross all  of Big Otter, Debbie Cutlip of Spencer, and Ivy Fox of Ripley.
Graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday, January 21, at Moorefork Cemetery, Big Otter, with Minister Dewey Tanner officiating.
In lieu of flower family request donations be made to Christian charity of your choice.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at
Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Rider family.


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