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Loretta Lynn (Groves) Foster
Loretta Lynn (Groves) Foster, 55, of Diana passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston.
Born January 24, 1965, in Webster Springs, she was the daughter of Agnes Riffle Carpenter and the late Jerold Groves.
Loretta had a kind heart, she was always giving of herself to other people, and her door was always open. She enjoyed going 4-wheeling, taking care of flowers/plants and her animals, Pandy, Alley, and Baby, and sitting on her back porch watching the river. Most of all, she loved her grandson, Levi, dearly.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Kim Gum; and second husband, Harold Foster.
In addition to her mother, Agnes, she is survived by her son, Kenny Gum; sisters, Beverly Barbe and Libby Beckett; grandson, Levi Gum; special friend who was like a sister, Donna Garvin; mother-in-law, Carol Gum; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Due to the restrictions on the funeral home during the COVID-19 outbreak, there will be a graveside service only 2:00 pm, Friday, March 27, 2020 at Cool Springs Cemetery, Diana.
Donations in loving memory of Loretta may be sent to Rose Cochran of Saving Webster Dogs.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doddreedfh.com.
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Foster/Gum family.

Bernice Leigh Nettles
Bernice Leigh Nettles, 80, wife of Roger Nettles, passed from this life on Monday, March 23, 2020, at her home in Mooresville, North Carolina. Her strong faith and positive attitude during months of illness were an inspiration to many. Bernice died peacefully, surrounded by her children, and clearly looking forward to her heavenly home. Born September 5, 1939 in Bower, West Virgina, she was the daughter of John Andrew and Agnes Pearl Smith.
Bernice attended Burnsville High School and took college classes. She took pride in being a homemaker and dedicated her life to taking care of her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her love and concern for family and friends were constant. Bernice’s faith was central to her life. In addition to times of worship, she studied extensively, attended numerous prophecy conferences, taught and attended small study groups, and took lay speaker training in the United Methodist Church. She had a passion for sharing her faith and life experiences, a passion she expressed through her poetry. She saw these deeply spiritual poems as a gift from God and a legacy for her loved ones.
Bernice is survived by her husband, Roger, of Mooresville, NC; her daughter, Teena LaMorte, and her husband, Ron, of Mooresville, NC; her son, Jonathan, of Parkersburg, WV; three grandsons, Keith Nettles of Portland, OR, Nick LaMorte of Lillington, NC, and Jared LaMorte of Mooresville, NC; one sister, Lois Ramsey, and her husband, Jearl, of Myrtle Beach, SC; two brothers, Ronald Smith and his wife, Jo Ann, of Burnsville, WV, and Roger Smith and his wife, Paulette, of Morgantown, WV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Smith.
According to her wishes, no services are planned.

Mary Arminta Ratliff
Mary Arminta Ratliff, 96, of Pigeon Roost, WV, left this earthly world and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 23, 2020 at residence surrounded by loving family under the compassionate care of WV Hospice.
She was born in Dutch, WV on March 20, 1924 to the late Homer and Sarah Jane Blake Allen. Mary married Samuel Wade Ratliff on March 30, 1946.
Surviving are four daughters: Polly Teter of Pigeon Roost, Dorothy Mae Voshell and husband, Jack, of Dover, DE, Charlotte Ann Marple and husband, Junior, of Ireland, and Connie Bailey and husband, Jim, of Weston; two sons: Gary Ratliff of Pigeon Roost and Jerry Ratliff and wife, Carmen, of Ireland; six grandchildren: John Voshell, Shawny Shellgren, Sarah Smith, Chelsea Marple, Chrystal Skinner and Sasha Bailey; five great-grandchildren: Cody and Clayton Sellgren, Jacob Voshell and Sydney and Adrian Skinner; and one sister: Hazel Kemp and husband, Bill, of Gassaway.
In addition to her parents and husband, she will be greated in heaven by her son, Allen Wade Ratliff; nine siblings: Iva Viola Ratliff, Willis Lee Allen, Myrtle Mabel Allen, Margaret Opal Conley, Sarah Ann Ratliff, Howard Allen, Earlie Morgan Allen, Ressie Leona Conley and Alvin Harold Allen; and her son-in-law, Dana Teter.
Mary was a Christian by faith. For over 10 years she worked as a jack-of-all-trades for Bruce and Gary Tomblyn. She loved to laugh and enjoyed playing pranks, as well as playing the guitar, singing, fishing and square dancing. Most importantly, she loved caring for her home and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
While Mary deserves a beautiful tribute, this is an unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge you to follow current statewide restrictions on travel and gatherings. Please be with us in spirit. Graveside Services were held at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Heaters, WV, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 with Chaplain Jennifer Suehs-Vassel officiating. Interment followed.
We, at Clutter Funeral Home-Alkire Chapel located at 190 Wildcat Road in Ireland, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Mary Arminta Ratliff. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Tomblyn-ClutterFuneral.com.

Thomas G (Tom) Bender
Thomas G (Tom) Bender, 89, of Barberton, OH was called home to be with the Lord on March 27, 2020 at Barberton Hospital. Tom was born to Clyde and Grace Bender of Sutton, WV on May 17, 1930. In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by brothers: Cordy, James, and Homer Bender; and sisters: Lena Hacker, Elizabeth Jackson, and Cathleen Jenkins.
Tom will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Tom retired from Monsanto Industrial Chemical Plant in Akron, OH. He was a member of the Barberton Moose for many years. He spent his time at the moose, and when he wasn’t at the moose he was deer hunting.
Friends may call at Boggs Cemetery in Sutton, WV from 12:00- 1:30 on April 3, 2020. Funeral services and interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to cover funeral expenses may be made to Larry Jenkins.
Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Rd, Flatwoods, WV 26621, is proud to handle the Bender family’s needs at this time. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be expressed at Stockert-Paletti.com.

Betty Lear Gibson
Betty Lear Gibson, 91, of Birch River, passed away peacefully after a long illness on March 26, 2020 at her daughter, Brenda Rose’s where Betty resided.
She was born August 4, 1928 in Charleston, the daughter of the late Romie & Nora Kiser Shafer. Also preceding her in death is her husband, Samuel Stanley “Sam” Gibson; sister, Evelyn Hope Hoover and her brother, James Monroe Shafer.
Betty was a homemaker and a member of Birch River Baptist Church. During her working life she and her husband owned and operated Gibson’s Gulf Station in Birch River for many years. They moved to Birch River from Widen where Sam was born and grew up.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Donald Rose of Birch River, daughter, Judith Curry and husband William of Winfield, WV, three grandsons Scott Curry, of Birch River, WV, Christopher Rose (Stephanie) of Huntersville, NC, Michael Curry of Charleston, WV and by her great-granddaughter, Eliza Rose and numerous nieces and nephews.
Due to the Covid-19 virus restrictions, a small family graveside service will be held at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans, WV with Pastor Jim Murphy officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to: Birch River Baptist Church, P.O. Box 208, Birch River, WV 26610 or Hospice Care, Inc., 1606 Kanawha Blvd. Charleston, WV 25387.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home Sutton, WV is humbled be serving the Gibson family.
On line condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com.

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