James J. O’Brien
James J. O’Brien, 98, of Gassaway, passed away October 1, 2019 at home.
He was born March 19, 1921 in Roane County, WV a son of the late James and May Hamric O’Brien.
James was a retired welder for the Portsmouth Naval Yard, Portsmouth, Maine. He was a WWII Marine Corps veteran. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He dearly loved his family.
He is survived by children, Ronald L. O’Brien and James W. O’Brien both of Gassaway and Nancy Gregory of Cary, NC; grandchildren, Ronnie O’Brien of Spencer, Peggy Curtis of Maine , Amy O’Brien of Rochester, NH and Jeffery Gregory and wife, Amy of Cary, NC; several great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Germaine O’Brien; son, Albay J. O’Brien; Grandson, William Gregory, Jr.;several brothers and sisters. He was the last surviving sibling.
In keeping with Mr. O’Brien’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.
Service of Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.
Oleta K. “Kitty” Hoover Johnson
Oleta K. “Kitty” Hoover Johnson of Amherst, Ohio, peacefully went to join her son Robert on September 27, 2019.
Oleta “Kitty” was born in Sutton, West Virginia on May 14, 1951 to her loving parents Okey and Garnette (nee Williams) Hoover.
Oleta had a long working career, she worked at the Brown Derby in Lorain, the old May Company at the Sheffield Center before it closed, Doctor Breckenridge in Amherst, as an Optometric Assistant and then moving to Bessemer, Alabama with her husband and daughter in 1998 where she worked 5 years as a computer repairwoman and as a manger in a salvage repair store where she made many friends, including NASCAR driver Bobby Allison, before returning to Ohio to be closer to her son Robert in 2005. She never met a stranger and could strike a conversation with everyone she met. She loved working in her yard and garden, and she loved her pets.
She leaves behind her husband of over 50 years, Larry K. Johnson; daughter, April Ann Johnson; brothers, Mike Hoover, of Summersville, WV, and Joe Hoover, of Little Birch, WV; brothers-in-law, Bill, Mike, Tom, and Dana Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert W. Johnson; sister, Patricia (nee Hoover) Butcher; brothers, Minter Hoover, and Richard Hoover; and her parents, Okey and Garnette Hoover.
Private family services were held under the direction of the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dovinreberjones.com
Ordie Ray Jarvis
Ordie Ray Jarvis, 89, of Barberton, OH, passed away peacefully on September 16 with his family by his side.
He was a dedicated family man who showed all those around him the importance of a strong work ethic and unconditional love. He loved going out to eat with family and friends, and under no circumstances was anyone else allowed to pick up the check. He took great pride in his lawn and believed it to be the best in Barberton (he was right).
Ordie was born on November 9, 1929, in Braxton County, WV, the second of 10 children born to Earl and Caroline (Hall) Jarvis. As a young man, he joined the United States Army and served his country with pride in the Korean War. He married Nellie Carr on October 25, 1953, and they moved to Ohio to begin their life together. He started his dedicated career at Columbia Chemical, later known as PPG, where he worked for 32 years. With a seemingly endless supply of energy, he worked all the overtime he could to give his family a good life.
He retired from PPG in 1985, but retirement was a little too boring for him, so he worked seasonal construction for Cavanaugh Building Corporation for several more years. Always a skilled carpenter, his favorite hobby was woodworking in his garage. He crafted more lanterns, clocks, tables, trunks, and rocking chairs than can be counted. A “made by OJ” trademark was the highest sign of quality.
Over the years, his front porch became the gathering place for friends, family, and neighbors. While he was a quiet man who listened much more than he spoke, he was thrilled to host the evening meeting of the minds that featured spirited discussion, an abundance of laughter, and numerous dog treats for Lucy, his beloved “Grand Dog.”
He was preceded in death by Nellie, after 50 years of marriage, in 2004. He was also preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Charles Thornton, sisters Anna Stump, Merle Fox, Margil Sharpes, and Jessie Bishop. He is survived by son Steven Jarvis of Moundsville, WV, daughter Cheryl (Tony) Catalanotto of New Franklin, grandchildren Stacey Beery of Wooster, Charles (Marie) Thornton of Hoboken, NJ, Sarah Jarvis of Moundsville, WV, great-grandson Bryce Beery of Wooster, sisters Inez Frame and Ellen Jenkins of WV, and brothers Earl Jr. (Goldie), Lester, and Steve (Audra) Jarvis of WV. Also left to mourn his passing are dear friends Audrel Brown, Ron Cline, Ed “Sonny” Hughes, Stan Funk, Judy Taliercio, and Aggie Williams.
Ordie’s funeral service was held September 19 at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home in Barberton, and he was laid to rest at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetary in Akron. Donations in his honor may be made to St. Jude’s at www.stjude.org/donate.
Brenda Mae Brewer
Brenda Mae Brewer, 68 of Webster Springs passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at her home. She was born June 28, 1951 in Webster Springs to the late Gerald Bower Rose and Mary Moore Snyder. She worked in retail and enjoyed crochet, collecting bears and angels, and spending time with her family. She attended Bergoo Baptist Church.
In addition to her mother, Brenda is survived by her son John Frederick Brewer, Jr.; daughter Laura Mae Dickenson (husband Jess Harrington); grandchildren Chloe Brewer, John Brewer III, Skylar Dickenson, Christopher Dickenson, and Zachary Harrington; brothers and sisters James “Shorty” Rose, Anna Jean Vandevender, Sharon Davis, and Gerald “Jerry” Rose; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father; husband John F. Brewer; and sister Mary “Mousie” Hall.
In keeping with Brenda’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.doddreedfh.com.
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Brewer family.
Pebble Faye Wilson Reed Pritt
Pebble Faye Wilson Reed Pritt age 88 of Glenville, WV; (formerly of the Cedar Creek Community) went to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness.
She was born November 18, 1930 in Rosedale, WV; daughter of the late Claude and Birl Skidmore Wilson.
Pebble was a graduate of Normantown High School, class of 1948, she attended Glenville State College and Alderson-Broaddus College, and spent 2 years as a teacher in a one room school in Braxton and Marion Counties. She was a former Gilmer County Assessor’s office deputy, an employee of the old Kanawha Union Bank, and retired from United National Bank with 27 years’ experience.
Pebble was a member of the Crooked Run Community Church and a Protestant by faith. She was also a member of the Country Roads Good Sam Camping Club, Glenville CEOS, Cedar Creek Game Club, Cedar Creek Community Club, Gassaway Eastern Star, and Gilmer County Senior Citizens. In her spare time, she enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, square dancing, riding motorcycles, spending time with family and friends, and living the quiet life along the Cedar Creek.
On July 3, 1970 Pebble was united in marriage to Claude Pritt, who preceded her in death in September 6, 1997.
Pebble is survived by her step family, Junior and Betty Heckert of Glenville and Jack and Judy Pritt of Roundlake Beach, IL; and grandchildren, Terry and Mary Heckert and Kim and Cliff Frymier both of Glenville, Darlene and Rob Somerville of Linn, Chris and Bob Smolka of Athens, WI; Steve Pritt of Lake Villa, IL, and Tracy Ostergaard of Trevor, WI.
Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and a host of other wonderful family and friends.
Along with her second husband and parents, Pebble is preceded in death by her first husband Fred Reed.
A funeral service was conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM; Thursday, October 3, 2019 with Pastor Bill Lytle officiating. Burial followed in the Meadow Lane Cemetery beside her loving husband Claude. Friends were received from 4-7 PM; Wednesday evening at the mortuary in Glenville.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is honored to assist the family of Pebble Faye Pritt with arrangements.
Robert D. Holcomb
Robert D. Holcomb, 84, of Webster Springs passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at his home.
He enjoyed writing and singing songs and his Bible.
Born March 6, 1935 in Webster Springs, he was the son of the late James and Louise Janie (Jarvis) Holcomb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Harold Holcomb.
Left to cherish his memories are his brothers, Asa Holcomb and Randell Holcomb, both of Webster Springs, Leon Holcomb of IN, Donald Holcomb of NC; sister, Irene Caldwell of Fairmont; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
The family will receive friends 10-11 am, Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doddreedfh.com
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Holcomb family.