Ruth Randolph Atkins
On Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, Ruth Randolph Atkins, 98, of Sutton, W.Va., quietly passed away at Braxton Health Care Center.
Born in Sutton on January 18, 1922, Ruth was the oldest daughter and second child of Mary Juergens Randolph and Brady Fitz Randolph. Her older brother, Dr. Brady Fitz Randolph Jr., sisters Mary Ellen Randolph Shank, Alma Jean Randolph Weitzel and Wilma June Randolph Lyon, husband Francis Asbury Atkins and daughter-in-law Cheryl Clayton Atkins preceded her in death.
Ruth lived her entire life on Sutton’s North Baxter Street. She graduated with honors from Sutton High School in 1939 and worked for C&P Telephone Co. as an operator. In 1945, Ruth married Frank Atkins, upon his return from Europe after World War II. They raised their four sons in a home adjacent to her childhood residence.
Although she did not have a biological daughter, Rhonda Brooks Stott, an Australian Rotary exchange student whom she and Frank hosted during Rhonda’s senior year of high school in the late 1970s, became that daughter she never had.
Ruth loved to travel, and visited Rhonda in Australia with stops in New Zealand and Samoa along the way. She toured the United States extensively with her husband and retraced Frank’s WWII tour of duty in England, France and Germany.
Ever the adventurer, Ruth rode horses, sailed the Pacific Ocean and flew in an open-cockpit biplane and other aircraft.
Her true love, though, was Braxton County and, specifically, the town of Sutton. She was very active in her church, Christ Church United Methodist, served as president of the Methodist Women’s group and prepared many meals in the church kitchen. To the many children she looked after in the church’s nursery, she was known as “Grandma Ruth.” She also served on the board of the Christian Food Pantry.
Ruth made the world a more beautiful place as a longtime member of Judy’s Garden Club, its frequent president, and she was instrumental in creating and maintaining many flower beds around Braxton County. These included gardens at the county courthouse, the public library, along Main Street and at “The Y” in Sutton; at Braxton Memorial Hospital; and at a Blue Star Memorial along Interstate 79.
She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a Cub Scout den mother.
She loved and was loved by her family, friends and community. She is survived by her four boys, James P. Atkins (Sandra), Brady R. Atkins (Connie), Lawrence B. Atkins (Beth) and Joseph C. Atkins (Melinda); brother-in-law Lawrence B. Lyon; six grandchildren, Joshua Atkins (Jamie), Leanne Leach (Richard), Laura Cliburn (Mark), Kristen Coffey (Brandon), Patricia Hinely (Jimmie) and Lawrence J. Atkins; 11 great-grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews; and her Australian family of Rhonda Stott (Graham), four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ruth donated her body to the West Virginia University School of Medicine. The family extends a special note of gratitude and thanks to the staff of Braxton County Health Care for the special care provided to their matriarch. A memorial service will be held for her in the summer.
Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Judy’s Garden Club, in care of Pat McPherson, 1136 Stoney Creek, Sutton, WV 26601 or to the Sutton Public Library, 500 Main St., Sutton, WV 26601.
Brant “Burton” Butcher
Brant “Burton” Butcher, 76, of Sutton WV, was called Home on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 following a brief illness in the Camden Clark Hospital in Parkersburg, WV. Burton was born on April 9, 1944 in Sutton, WV to the late Brant M. Butcher and Nelly C. (Claypool) Butcher. On August 11, 1973 he married Linda R. (Squires) Butcher.
In addition to his wife, Linda, Burton is survived by his daughter: Lisa Mitchell and husband Rob of Beckley, WV and granddaughter Katherine Mitchell; sisters: Freda Boggs of Appex, NC and Annie Freeman of Sutton, WV; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Butcher is a United States Army veteran who fought for his country during the Vietnam War. Mr. Butcher was Methodist by faith and a member of the Flatwoods United Methodist Church. He loved cutting grass, fishing, and hunting deer and squirrel.
Family received friends on Monday, May 25 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services followed visitation in the Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 with Pastor Delores Hunt officiating. Interment followed at the Morrison Ridge Cemetery with full Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #33.
Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be expressed to the family at stockert-paletti.com, a courtesy of Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home.
Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV is honored to be caring for the Butcher family during this time.
Betty Lou Tenney
Betty Lou Tenney, 90, formerly from Duck, WV, passed away May 18, 2020, peacefully in her sleep after a long illness.
She was born November 22, 1929 in Widen, WV. Preceding her in death was her husband, Olan D. Tenney, their son, Danny Jo Tenney, her parents, Richard Shelton and Ethel Zirkle Shelton, one brother, Sam Shelton, and one sister, Ruth Butcher.
Betty Lou was a loving wife, mother, aunt, friend, and neighbor. She was a proud Christian and loved sharing about how “Good her God is”. She always had a bright smile on her face and a laugh that was one of a kind. She never met a stranger and was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a retired supervising accountant at Communication Workers of America, in Alexandria, VA. She also loved being a familiar face at any and all Widen Alumni Association events. She loved Jesus, coffee, and the Washington Redskins. She will be missed by so many and her impact on others will be carried on and remembered for years and generations to come.
Betty Lou is survived by a sister-in-law, Irene Craft-Shelton, her nephews and nieces, Cecil L. (Darlene)Butcher II and Sally Ann Butcher Legg, both from Clay and Mike Stedham, from Summerville, and Dale Lane of Charleston. Cousins, Jo Bauman, from South Charleston, and Carla Leeson of El Paso, TX. Also survived by Betty Lou are her great-nephew JB (Brittany) Butcher, of Summersville, and her great nieces, Cortney Legg of Charlotte, NC, Rebecca Legg-Graves, of Monroe, NC, and Brandi Butcher, of Clay. She also has two great-great nephews, Aidan Crawn and Brock Butcher and two great-great nieces, Isabella Graves and Brooke Butcher.
Funeral services were held 2:00 pm, Friday, May 22, 2020 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Pastor Joe Dawson officiating. Private burial followed at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Strange Creek, WV. Friends and family called 1-2 pm at the funeral home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Tenney family.
Online condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com
Howard Page Campbell
Howard Page Campbell, Jr., 62, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his residence.
He was born September 1, 1957 in Sutton the son of Helen Ruth Campbell and the late Howard Page Campbell, Sr.
Howard worked for Stonewall Jackson Resort as an Engineering Supervisor. He was given “The Best of The Best Award” from Stonewall Jackson Resort.
He is survived by his mother, Helen Campbell of Birch River; son, Justin Campbell; daughter, Stacey Campbell; brothers, Douglas Campbell of Birch River, Jeffrey L. Campbell (Michelle) of Dille; grandchildren, Maxwell Campbell and Mary Jane Campbell.
Upon his request the body has been cremated. Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Campbell family.
Online condolences may be made to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com
Keith Randall Poole
Keith Randall Poole passed away April 27, 2020 at his home in Exchange, WV.
He was born in Newark, OH on Feb. 29, 1959 to Ward Franklin and Reta Lucile Poole. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by grandparents Raymond and Mildred McMillion and Mr and Mrs Bucky Poole, and brothers Ricky, Dana and Michael Poole. He is survived by children: Joshua, Elizabeth, Sarah, Jacob, Chelsie and Bruce, siblings Ronnie, Meridyth and Lisa Poole and a large extended family.
He was a carpet installer and did subcontract work for different companies including Dalton Mills in Delaware, Oh., before becoming disabled.
He attended the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church where he was supported by his friends there, to know God and to serve Him. May God bless them in their ministry.
Keith was fun to be around with his quick wit and sweet personality and wanted to help and be with his extended family. His four legged friend,
Sasha was his constant companion and gave him comfort the last years of his
Keith was cremated and his ashes given to his family.
Sharlene “Sherry” Marie Barnette
Sharlene “Sherry” Marie Barnette, 67 of Frametown, passed away May 18, 2020 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
She was born November 25, 1952 in Sutton a daughter of the late Ellis McCourt and Ocie Gathel Barnette.
Sherry was a home healthcare worker for many years. She never met a stranger and loved to go dancing. She dearly loved her family.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Jake McCraw of Barberton, OH; granddaughter, Amanda McCraw of Las Vegas, NV; stepchildren, David Watson, Aarron Watson, Jeff Watson and Josh Watson all of Birch River; brothers, Gus McCourt, Larry Barnette and Donnie Barnette all of Birch River; sister, Juanita Cunningham of Birch River; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sister, Brenda Rollyson.
In keeping with Sherry’s wishes, she was cremated.
There were no services.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Blake David Edinger
Blake David Edinger, 27, of Gassaway passed away on May 14, 2020 at home.
He was born May 29, 1992 in Corning, New York a son of Shannon Edinger and the late, Karl Liddiard.
Blake worked as a clerk for Dollar General. He volunteered at Encore. Blake enjoyed playing video games. He also enjoyed learning about being a survivalist. In his free time he liked to read and listen to music. Spending time with his kids and his family in New York were important to him.
He is forever remembered by his wife, Gloria Eldred Edinger; sons, Jonathan Eldred and Anthony Edinger; daughter, Mya Edinger; brother, Anthony Edinger; sister, Kayla Edinger; grandparents, Cheryl and Eugene Edinger; aunt, Tammy Edinger-Scammell; uncles, Chris and David Edinger; and a host of other special family members such as nieces and nephews who loved Blake greatly.
Private family services were held at Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Reverend James Malick officiating.
In keeping with Blake’s wishes, he was cremated following services.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Oras Ray McNemar, Jr.
Oras Ray McNemar, Jr., 92, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at his home in Burnsville.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife, Minnie Hilderbrand McNemar; his brother, John McNemar; three children: Robert, Loretta, and Peter McNemar; and two grandchildren; Toni and Jeremy McNemar.
He is survived by his son: Oras Ray McNemar, III and wife Trixie of Clarksburg, WV and grandchildren: Leslie Strange and husband Clifton and Jordan McNemar; by his son: Charles McNemar and wife Linda of Ayer, MA and grandchildren: Andrew, Allison and Erin McNemar; by his son: Bruce McNemar and wife Dawna of Brandenburg, KY and grandchildren: Peter, Damian McNemar, and Kynarose McManaway; by his daughter: Marilouise McNemar-Dean of Burnsville, WV and grandchildren: Brian McNemar and spouse Zachary, Johnathan McNemar, Sarah Dean, and Benjamin Dean; by his daughter: Sharon Jones and husband Rodney of Dusk Camp, WV and granddaughter: Sophia Rexrode and husband Travis; by his son: James McNemar of Burnsville, WV; his sister: Helen Cole, of Clarksburg, WV; and by great-grandchildren: David McNemar, Harold McNemar, Naomi Browning, Zander Rexrode, Zane Rexrode and Kyson McManaway.
Oras Ray, Jr was born October 8, 1927 in his boyhood home on Church Street in Burnsville, WV; the son of the late Oras Ray, Sr and Mary Reynolds McNemar. He graduated from Burnsville High School in 1945, playing on the basketball team. SFC Oras Ray McNemar, Jr is a United States Army Veteran. In January 1946, he joined the United States Army and served in occupied Japan, Korea during the War, and in Germany. He married Minnie Naomi Hilderbrand, of Van, WV on July 3, 1952, while he was on a 7 day leave from the Army. Stateside, he served in Virginia, Kentucky, New York and Maryland until he retired in June 1967. He worked the night shift at the Weston State hospital as a nurse’s aide and simultaneously as the caretaker at the K and P cemetery in Burnsville, WV. The growing family lived in Virginia, Kentucky, Germany, New York and Maryland before moving to Burnsville in 1966 just before he retired. Oras was known for living his life by the saying “Whatever you do, don’t get old!” He was a member of the Burnsville VFW post #3757. In 2013, he was Grand Marshall for the Burnsville Alumni reunion. He also was a contributor of the Burnsville Public Library. His hobbies were gardening, horseshoe pitching (he won tournaments in the Army and in Burnsville), storytelling (he had many stories of Burnsville and the Army), and providing his grandchildren a loving second home.
Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Rd, Flatwoods, WV 26621, (304)765-5371, is honored to be caring for the McNemar family during this difficult time. Friends and family called at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home on Friday, May 22, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A memorial tribute wasbe held at 12:00 p.m. at Stockert- Paletti Funeral Home. Funeral Services and interment followed at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Burnsville, WV with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.
The staff at Stockert- Paletti Funeral Home is making an on ongoing effort to keep the families we serve safe during this time. We recommend that the public wear masks and maintain social distancing during all services and visitations.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Burnsville Public Library: 235 Kanawha Ave, Burnsville, WV 26335, the Kanawha Alumni Association: PO Box 324, Burnsville, WV 26335, or the Burnsville VFW Post #3757: c/o Daniel Arnold, 2579 Gem Rd, Burnsville, WV 26335.