Area Obituaries for January 17, 2017



Zane Grey Perkey, 89, of Center Ave. Weston, WV retrieved his ball from the cup of the 18th hole, placed his putter back in his bag, one last time, and paused in reflection of a game well played, before heading for God’s Clubhouse on Friday evening, January 12, 2018.

He was a native Lewis Countian who was born on June 12, 1928 a son of the late John Denton Perkey, and Evelyn Brannon Reeser Perkey.

In March of 1966 he married Mary Josephine Henry who will miss her devoted husband, best friend, and loving confidant after 51 years of marriage.

His legacy will be carried on by his daughter, Julie Lynch of Jane Lew, and his precious grandson, Brannon Earl Grey Lynch, who will dearly miss his Papaw.

He is also survived by his best friends, loyal companions, and beloved pets, Little Bear and Cat who were always by his side.

In addition to his parents, he has now been reunited with his three siblings: John, Hayward, and French Perkey. His golf buddies Sonny Thoms, Gary Henry, and Charlie Carson are excitedly waiting for him so they can tee off on the first hole of God’s Signature Course.

Zane worked for the WV Department of Highways and retired with 20+ years of service. In his free time, he enjoyed watching football, playing golf at Deerfield Country Club with his friends, and vacationing at Myrtle Beach with his family.

Zane’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Mary Jo Perkey at 614 Center Ave. Weston, WV 26452.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Zane Perkey.

James B. “Bud” Spaur, 93 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life suddenly on the afternoon of Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Sand Fork.

Born September 22, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV, Bud is the son of the late Charles D. and Retha Gregory Spaur.

Bud was a graduate of Sand Fork High School, class of 1942. He is a United States Navy Veteran having served in World War II in the Pacific theatre. He served on the Navy Destroyer, U.S.S. Howarth and he also received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service to his country.

Bud was the Owner and operator of Spaur Brothers Contractors with over 60 years of experience in the construction industry. In his spare time, he enjoyed wood working, gardening, fishing, telling Navy stories, and spending time with family and friends.

Bud is a Baptist faith and long term member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church.

On September 04, 1948 Bud was united in marriage to the love of his life, Maxine Murphy Spaur. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before her passing on April 16, 2012.

Surviving are 2 children, Dwanetta Martin of Sand Fork and Buddy Spaur of Parkersburg, WV; and 4 grandchildren, Thomas Chapman and companion Shay Fields of Glenville, WV; Emilie Martin of Glenville, Lee Spaur of Parkersburg, and Dorinda Morrison of Dallas, TX.

Also surviving are 4 siblings, Hilda, Agnes, Rexell, and Rondell, and 2 great-grandchildren, Hannah Morrison of Texas and Sophia Chapman of Glenville.

Along with his wife and parents, Bud is preceded in death by 3 siblings, Anita Delores, and Drexell.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 2:00 PM; Sunday January 21, 2018 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spaur Family Cemetery along Sand Fork Road with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Navy and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends will be received from 12:00 – 2:00 Sunday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of James B. “Bud” Spaur with arrangements.

Virgil Ray Tanner, 59, of Vienna, WV, passed away at Marietta Memorial Emergency Department on January 14, 2018.

He was born in Glenville, WV on December 11, 1958, and was raised by Cora Schoolcraft Wagoner.

In 1978, he graduated from Calhoun County High School. While there, he met his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Vaughan. Virgil continued his education at Glenville State College, before marrying Jeannie in 1984.
Together, they have three beautiful daughters. Nothing made him happier than looking after and doting on his wife and their daughters.

He worked at Grantsville Foodland for many years, working his way up to store manager. More recently, he worked at Coldwater Creek as outbound manager and was currently employed by MSC Industrial Supply in sales. Virgil loved to play basketball and was a huge fan of the WV Mountaineers and the Dallas Cowboys. Virgil will be missed beyond words.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Jeannie Vaughan Tanner, their three daughters, Melody, Hayley and Abby Tanner, all of Vienna, WV, Cora Wagoner of Chloe, WV and his brothers, Tim Schoolcraft of Denver, NC and Jeremy Schoolcraft of Orma, WV.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Cora Tanner, and his in-laws, Lloyd and Elva Vaughan.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., 107 Market St, Grantsville, WV with Pastor Tim Hickman officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.

Burial will follow immediately at Pleasant Hill UMC Cemetery.

Please plan to join us at Brooksville Baptist Church Family Life Center after the burial for food and time to share your great memories of Virgil with our daughters. They love to hear the old stories of their dad’s antics.

Roy Bernard Malcomb, 57, of Sutton, WV passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.

He was born at Sutton, WV on April 29, 1960, the son of Lee Malcomb and Anna “Butcher” Freeman.

Preceding him in death were brothers, Gary and Robert Malcomb.

He is survived by daughter, Alicia Malcomb (Nathan Freeman); son David Malcomb; brother, Darrell Malcomb and sister, Marsha Barnhouse.

Mr. Malcomb was a foreman and worked in the timber industry. His favorite past time was spending time outdoors just driving around looking at the scenery or watching the birds that he so loved. He also was an avid hunter and fisherman who spent many hours by the river and in the woods.

There will be a time of fellowship held at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road January 21, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dennis Shaver officiating.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV will be caring for Mr. Malcomb and his family.

Clifton Dale George, age 74, of Buckhannon, WV died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born January 20, 1943 in Buckhannon, a son of Opal Lantz George and the late Ernest George. In addition to his mother he is survived by fiancé Kim Heater of Buckhannon; two sons, Michael George and Billy Heater both of Buckhannon; three daughters, Zoe Ann George of Athens, TN and Bobby Sothen and Betty Heater both of Buckhannon; four grandsons, Levi George, Keagan Heater and Maverick Sothen all of Buckhannon and Cason Kelley of TN; three granddaughters, Haley and Holly Kelley and Aryana King all of TN; one brother, Sam George of CA and three sisters, Melva Michaels of CA, Sandy Marple of Buckhannon and Carolyn Brake of SC. Mr. George was a carpenter and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. In honoring his wishes, Mr. George will be cremated. Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 3 to 5 PM. The memorial service will follow at 5 PM Friday at the funeral home with Dr. Michael T. George officiating. The Upshur County Honor Guard will conduct military honors. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences may be made to the family at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Lee McCullough age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Glenville after a courageous battle with aggressive cancer. Born March 7, 1967 in Elyria, OH, Michael is the son of Betty Wolfe McCullough of Glenville and the late Paul McCullough who departed this life on October 29, 2004.
Michael was a recent employee of O’Reillys Auto Parts in Norcross, GA. In his spare time he enjoyed collecting antiques, collecting coins, and in his youth, he enjoyed hunting.
Along with his mother, Michael is survived by 2 siblings, Paula Jean Quarles of Loganville, GA; and Paul Dwane McCullough of Glenville. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews that he loved very much.
A funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 11:00 AM; Friday, January 19, 2018 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery in Linn, WV. Friends will be received from 6-8 PM; Thursday evening at the mortuary.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is assisting the family of Michael L. McCullough with arrangements

Judy Ann Knight, 68, passed away at the UCLA Monica Hospital in Los Angeles, California on January 6, 2018.

Judy was born on June 30, 1949 in Elsa, Texas, the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Kathryn Dillard. She lived many years in Rio Grande Valley of South Texas before moving to Grantsville, West Virginia, and most recently to Lemoore, California.

Judy is survived by several siblings, four children, and six grandchildren.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on January 20, 2018 at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Jane Lew, WV.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Judy Ann Knight. Online condolences may be expressed at

DaCosta “Dee” Smith III, 62 years young, of Linden Vue Dr. Canonsburg completed his final round of play on Tuesday evening, January 9, 2018 and as the sun set on his life, he contently headed for God’s Clubhouse, knowing that he had a great run and he gave it his all, with all of his heart, with no real regrets, and with a great sense of humility.

He was given the gift of life when he was born in Clarksburg on November 30, 1955 a son of his proud parents, DaCosta Smith Jr. and Florence Grey Koblegard Smith, who joyfully greeted him upon his arrival, both into this world, and into Heaven.

On April 12, 2003 married Marissa Josie Fleming and his life was forever changed for the better as he began a new and exciting journey. After 14 years of marriage, she will dearly miss being held in his arms as they danced, and fondly remember his fun and talented whistling, especially his rendition of “If I Could Turn Back Time” that he entertained her with most recently.

As an exemplary father, his patience and loyal nature will be part of a legacy that he leaves for his two children: Leslie Bennett and husband, Brian, of Bridgeport, and Joseph Cunningham and wife, Angela, of Canonsburg. There are five grandchildren who will dearly miss their Papaw and Pappy Dee: Brianna, Belle and Josie Bennett of Bridgeport, and Austin and Avery Cunningham of Canonsburg, PA. He has two siblings who will remember all their crazy antics growing up together: Linda Smith Simpson and husband, Tom, of Vienna, WV, and Marcia Smith Doyle of Poway, CA; and several nieces and nephews who hold a special place in their hearts for him.

Dee graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics, and a Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Relations. He was successfully employed as VP of Human Resources for First Federal Savings and Loan in Monessen, PA and retired with 30+ years of service. He was community-minded and was active in numerous civic organizations over the years. His professional success and knack for playing the stock market was second to his love for family and friends.

As he sits in God’s Clubhouse with a cold beverage in hand, the Mountaineers are playing on one screen, the Steelers on another, the Golf Channel on another, and MSNBC on the last one. As he looks out the window with the brilliant colors of the setting sun dancing across the seemingly endless gorgeous lake, he smiles and reminisces about cruising and boat-hopping with Marissa and their friends on Stonewall Jackson Lake, and ponders in recollection . . . . “It’s been real!”

Dee’s request for cremation has been honored, and friends and family will gather to celebrate his life and share stories at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 3 p.m. with Father John Valentine officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care at 50 Moffett St. Pittsburgh, PA 15243, in gratitude and appreciation for the excellent care they provided for Dee during his final days.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of DaCosta “Dee” Smith III. Online condolences may be expressed at

Cheryl Marie Lantz, 72, of Jane Lew passed away at 12:36 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

She was born in Weston on September 10, 1945 a daughter of the late Edmund Jack Campbell and Mary Eleanor Werner Campbell.

On August 22, 1987 she married Daryl Wilson Lantz who will miss her dearly after 30 years of marriage.

Her kind, giving nature will be carried on by her two sons: Jeffrey D. Heater and wife, Susan, of Webster, NY, and Stephen L. Heater and wife, Veronica, of Roanoke; four step children: Michael Lantz of Good Hope, Robert Lantz of Quiet Dell, Linda Mick and husband, Kevin, of Weston, and Vicki Perry of Raleigh, NC; two grandchildren: Jeffrey Sean Heater and Andrew Dwayne Heater; eight step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; two siblings: Edmund Dennis Campbell and wife, Linda, of Weston, and Judith Anne Kennedy of Elkins; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Elizabeth Balentine.

Cheryl worked as a customer service representative for the WVDMV and retired with 13 years of service. She was a devoted member of the Message of Light Tabernacle Church in Weston, and actively donated to various charities. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, crocheting, working puzzles, canning the harvests of their garden, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018. Funeral Services will follow at 1 p.m. from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Hoover officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Berlin.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Cheryl Marie Lantz. Online condolences may be expressed at

Emogene Cogar-Groves-Nichols-Slaughter, 90, of Birch River, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on January 15, 2018 in Jane Lew, WV.

She was born on January 5, 1928 in Gregory, WV the daughter of the late Bert & Iva Belle Kuhl Cogar. Also preceding her in death is her first husband, George Groves, second husband, Donald Nichols and third husband, Omer Slaughter; sisters, Ariene King, Pearl Nutter, Nellie Ruth King, and Naomi Gillispie.

Emogene was a homemaker, a LPN for the old Sutton Hospital where she helped deliver many newborn babies, a member of the Mission Independent Church, Walkersville, attended Flatwoods United Methodist Church, was a member of the United Methodist Woman’s Association, a member of Community Education Outreach Association, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, was a member of the County Belle Home Makers Association and helped set up the WVU Braxton County Extension Scholarship Fund.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Groves (Phyllis) of Gregory, WV; daughters, Luella Dancy (James) of Birch River, Marisa Nichols (Ernie Lipps) of Gassaway; grandsons, Kenneth Lowell Groves (Susie), Bert Andrew Groves (Michelle), Robert Christopher Carr (Kelley), Bryan Donald Carr (Lindsey); great-grandchildren, Hunter Groves, Andrew Groves, Sandra Groves, Owen Groves, Chloee Groves, Alexis Carr and Caroline Carr; special friend and caregiver, Becky Shock.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 21, 2017 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Doug Smailes and Rev. Earl Cayton officiating. Burial will follow at Cogar Cemetery, Heaters, WV. Friends may call 6-8 pm, Saturday, January 20 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: WVU Braxton County Extension Scholarship Fund, 307 Main St. Ste. 301 Sutton, WV 26601.

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


Reda Mae Facemire, 81, of Little Birch passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born February 8, 1936 in Sutton to the late Lanty & Della Wyatt Facemire. Also preceding her in death are her husband, Emmit D. Facemire; sisters, Sylvia Barnette, Nelma Collins; brothers, Denver Ray Facemire, Robert L. Facemire and two infant brothers.

Reda was a homemaker, Christian by faith and attended Morrison Ridge United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Randy Facemire (Jennifer) of Little Birch, Bobby Facemire (Suzie) and Larry Facemire all of Gassaway, Billy Facemire of Sutton; brothers, Russell Facemire of Sutton, Jerry Facemire (Lora) of Vermillion, OH, Jearl Facemire (Delores) of Newark, OH; sisters, Ruie Hart of Monroe, MI, Edith Holladay of Warrington, VA, Patsy Mitchell (Jim) of Buckhannon, WV; grandchildren, Elana Thaxton, Joseph Facemire, Brigitte Zook, Whitney Facemire, Billy Keith Facemire, II; great-grandchildren, Kaden Thaxton, Izabella Zook, Bristol Patterson, and Paizley Zook.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. James Malick officiating. Burial will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton. Friends may call one hour before services at the funeral home.

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


Delmer “Ray” Moore, 63, of Ansted, entered into rest Monday, January 15, 2018.

Born January 24, 1954 in Fallsview, he was the son of the late Delmer and Zelma (Nottingham) Moore.

Delmer is survived by his wife, Jean Ann Moore; sons, Brandon Christopher and Justin Moore; brother, Robert “Bob” Moore; sisters, Linda Barker, Juanita Phillips, Geraldine Baker, Debbie Hardesty, Annette Chaney and Reva Giannini; and four grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday, January 19, at Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, Gauley Bridge, with Minister Sgt. Jimmy Mitchell officiating.

Friends may gather with family two hours prior to the service at the church.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Pennington funeral is honored to be serving the Moore family.

Pauline M. Emberson, 89, of Smithers, entered into rest Monday, January 15, 2018.

Born April 14, 1928 in Swiss, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Sarah (Justice) Morris. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Emberson; brother, Harry Morris; and sister, Martha Shelton.

Pauline is survived by brothers, Alfred Morris, Glen Morris; sister, Shelia Vaught; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 20, at Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, Gauley Bridge.  Burial will be in Walker Memorial Park Association Cemetery, Summersville.

Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the church.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge is honored to be serving the Emberson family.

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