Obituaries – April 6th, 2017


Phyllis Lee Drain Helms, 84, of Shinnston, went to be with her Lord at 9:30pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Genesis Pierpont Center in Fairmont.

She was born in Shinnston, October 7, 1932 a daughter of the late Robert and Opal Sims Drain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Bernard Helms, whom she married May 29, 1953.

Surviving are one daughter, Vickie Ashcraft and her husband Michael, Haywood, two granddaughters, Aimee Bittinger and Heather Ashcraft, both of Shinnston, great-grandchildren, Hailey Bittinger, Morgantown, and Zachary Bittinger, Shinnston, her former grandson-in-law, Justin Bittinger, Adamsville, three brothers, Robert Drain and his wife Dottie, Jane Lew, Danny Drain and his wife Karen, Terry Michael Drain and his wife Pamela, all of Shinnston, one sister, Joan Tate and her husband Norman, Gypsy, brother-in-law, Donald Helms, NJ, sisters-in-law, Sandra Drain, VA, Bertha Mills, Cottageville, her dear friend, Margaret Ashcraft, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Norma Jean Scritchfield and her husband Edward, Ronald Drain, Loretta Curfman, and Jack Curfman, her mother and father-in-law, Carnie Fay Helms and Mary Emma Ray Helms Pennington, brothers-in-law, Joseph Helms and his wife Sharon, Billy Mills, sisters-in-law, Doris Fay Helms Stutler, Kathleen Jackson McCullough, Ellen Freeman and her husband David, Betty Helms, nieces and nephews, Jerri Stark, Kevin Todd Drain, Delores Jackson Drainer, Fay Jackson, Allen Mills, and Joey Drainer.

Phyllis was formerly employed at Hazel Atlas, the United States Post Office, and Millie’s Restaurant. She loved being around her friends and family. She babysat both of her granddaughters, great -granddaughter and great –grandson. She enjoyed shopping, country music, and going out to eat. The family would like to thank the staff of Genesis Healthcare, Fairmont Regional Medical Center, and Amedisys Hospice for their care of our loved one.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, with Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating.  Interment was in the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at  The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Helms family.



Hassel “Pop” Bailey, 78, of Salem, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at his residence. He was born October 10, 1938, in McDowell County, WV, the son of the Beckley and Margie Stacey Bailey.

Hassel is survived by three children, Dianne Kingery and Jeff, Roanoke, VA, Donnie Bailey and Sylvia, Moneta, VA, Doug Bailey and Melanie, Salem; seven grandchildren, Jeff Kingery, Kasey Israel and Dustin, Kristan Shell and Tim, Lukas Bailey, Shayna Bailey, Autumn Bailey and Douglas Bailey, Jr. and Savanna; five great-grandchildren, Myah, Kaydance, Gannon, Jamison and Natalie; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pat King Bailey Hale; second wife, Sandra McCauley Bailey; one brother, Herschel; three sisters, Ovella, Beulah and Mildred.

Hassel retired as a mechanic from Mass Transit Administration in Baltimore, MD. Hassel’s hobbies included gardening, remodeling houses and working on cars. Pop attended Blacklick Baptist Church. He loved his family and was a very caring and giving person.



Dorsey W. Cole, 82, of Anmoore, passed away Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Clarksburg on January 10, 1935, a son of the late Jessie Lee and Floda Dale (Kelly) Cole.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Juanita P. Cole, on March 9, 2008.

He is survived by his children, Mary Roth and her husband David, Anmoore, Eddie Farnsworth, Clarksburg, Brenda Parsons and her husband James, Clarksburg, Linda Stalnaker and her husband Tim, Clarksburg, Danny Farnsworth and his wife Debra, Quiet Dell, and Dorsey (Stretch) Farnsworth and his wife Estella, Stonewood; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. A brother, Daniel R. Cole, Clarksburg; two sisters, Barbara Jean Cole, Ohio, and Wilma May Cole, Salem; his lady friend, Sue Parent; and many nieces and nephews complete his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Cole and Lilma Faye Cole; and three brothers, Denver Cole, James “Bernie” Cole and Roger L. Cole; a daughter-in-law, Donna Farnsworth

Dorsey retired from Hartland Building Supply as a foreman with over 38 years of service, and he also was self-employed as a tree trimmer. He enjoyed fishing and loved to travel.



Joseph Carvelli, 90, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the United Hospital Center.

He was born in Clarksburg, on January 14, 1927, a son of the late Domenick and Costanza Oliverio Carvelli.

He married Mary Agnes Maylee Carvelli on January 27, 1951, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage before her death on March 31, 2016.

Mr. Carvelli is survived by two daughters, Rose Ann Shuttleworth and husband Joe of Clarksburg and Deborah Jo Carvelli of Williamsburg, VA; five grandchildren, Tera Ann Cunningham, Rocco Joseph Cunningham and wife Kristy, Chandra Jo Palagino, Jacqueline Frasure Bachman and husband Brent, and Mycal Randolph; two great-grandchildren, Mason Francis Bachman and Brandon Marshall Bachman; and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Abigail.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Carvelli, Jr. and his siblings, Anthony “Tony” Carvelli and Catherine “Doll” Hill.

Joseph was a graduate of Washington Irving High School, Class of 1944, and a veteran in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He was a hairstylist and the owner of Gentlemen’s Choice for many years, having retired in 1993.

He traveled a great deal, judging hair shows, and was an avid collector of Cadillacs. He drove the Italian Man of the Year, Joe DiMaggio, in the Italian Heritage Festival Parade, in his rare collector’s edition, the Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.



Charles Paul “Chuck” Booth, age 58, of Shinnston, WV, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born July 27, 1958, in Clarksburg, WV, the son of Paul Eugene Booth and the late Shirley (Alkire) Booth.

Chuck is survived by his father, Paul Eugene Booth and his wife, Kathy of Clarksburg, WV; a daughter, Jennifer Booth and her significant other, Gary Harris of Morgantown, WV; a son, William Booth of Lumberton, N.C.; two grandchildren, Madison, Kaden; a brother, Timothy Wayne Booth and his wife, Cyndi of Belpre, OH.

Chuck was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley (Alkire) Booth.

Chuck was a manager at Infocision and was a member of Lifepoint Church. He was an avid West Virginia Mountaineer fan.



Gertrude Knight, 92, of Double Camp Road, Salem, departed this life on Monday, February 13, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on May 3, 1924, at Salem, a daughter of the late Orville and Delia Mae Sutton Perine.

On May 5, 1993, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil E. Knight.

Surviving are two daughters, Syonia Marks and husband Leo, Lyndall Dulaney and husband Tommy; two sons, Cecil W. Knight and wife Sharon, Jeffrey D. Knight, all of Salem; grandchildren, Lisa Powell and husband Daniel, Rhonda Travis and husband John, Jennifer Davisson and husband Mike, Michelle Mardos, Stephanie Dulaney and companion Steve, Christa Hunter and husband Brian and Sherri Starcher; great-grandchildren, Christina and Sierra Powell, Tyler and Victoria Travis, Taylor Higgs and husband Daniel, Haleigh Mardos, Lindsay Knight, Thomas Madison and Ty Dulaney.

Mrs. Knight was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Robert W. Dulaney, three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Knight enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her loving family. She especially enjoyed her feline friends, “Honey” and “Puddy.” She was Methodist.



Patricia Ann (Sneed) Sprouse, 80, of Summit Park, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Meadowview Manor Health Care Center surrounded by her caring and loving family.

She was born October 30, 1936, in Clarksburg, the daughter of the late Clarence “Boots” Sneed and Josephine (Lehosit) Sneed.

Patricia is survived by her two daughters, Mary Patricia Liller and husband, Scott, of Moon Township, PA, and Paula Ann McIntyre and husband, Tom, of Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Destiny Moore and husband, Joseph, Megan Glass and husband, Jeremy, Kristen Crayton and husband, Jonathan, Jennifer Liller and fiancé and Scott Liller; six great-grandchildren, Landon, Dillon, Owen, Greyson, Paisley and Addison; special friend and caregiver, Carolyn Patrick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Duane “Bunk” Sprouse, who died on February 5, 2014; an infant daughter, Mary Pat Sprouse; and three sisters, Mildred, Blanche and Margaret.

Patricia was a 1954 graduate of Victory High School. She was a member of Summit Park Baptist Church.



Joann Edge, 82, of Lumberport, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Drake Center Hospice in Cincinnati, OH.

She was born July 4, 1934, in Lumberport, a daughter of the late Joe and Velma Lopez Crutch.

Joann is survived by her husband, Robert E. Edge.

Also surviving are her two sons, William Edge and wife, Rebecca of Harrison, OH, and Robert E. Edge Jr. of Bridgeport; her grandchildren, Erin Edge Pope, Kari Edge Robben, Nicholas Edge, Dana Edge, Anthony Edge, Anna Edge, Bethany Edge, Elizabeth Edge and Patricia Edge; great-grandchildren, Jemma, Lilly and Summer Pope, Ella, Sofie and Emmett Robben, Kirrah Edge, Robert Edge and Bennett Edge; as well as her brother, Joe Crutch and wife, Maria, of AZ; and her great-aunts, Sophie Lopez and Fran Ritter.

Joann was preceded in death by her infant brother, Samuel Crutch.

Joann enjoyed traveling extensively. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close friends.



Thomas Emery Phillips Jr., 36, of Bridgeport, passed away at his residence on Friday, February 10, 2017.

He was born November 21, 1980, in Atlanta, GA, a son of Thomas Phillips Sr. and Laura Burdette Phillips, also of Bridgeport, formerly of Atlanta, GA.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Donna Gentes and husband, Lee, Barbara Thompson and husband, Jeff, James O. Burdette Jr., Melanie Nittolo, Angela Rakestraw, James Philip and John Phillips; cousins, Joshua Gentes, Rachel Guess, David Gentes, Sharon Breach, Brian Thompson, Victoria Nittolo, Christopher Nittolo, Nick Nittolo, Anthony Nittolo, Steven Rakestraw, Matthew Rakestraw, Lauren Rakestraw, John Phillips Jr., Mike Phillips, Isaac Lamar Breach, Ryan Brighton, Bodhi and Cheyanna Nittolo.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Michelle Ann Phillips, who passed away on April 11, 2015.

Tommy was employed by the State of West Virginia in the Secretary of State’s office as the Director of Outreach Social Media. He also worked in the same capacity with the Mac Warner campaign. Even though Tommy only worked for a short period of time with the state, he made many friends and was well-liked in political circles with both parties. He was the president of the Republican Club of Harrison County and volunteered his time for worthy causes. He enjoyed sports, social media and playing computer games. He was a loving son and brother, who aspired to take care of his family and work hard for the state of West Virginia.



Phillip Matthew Curran, 42, of Orlando, WV, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Clarksburg on January 16, 1975, a son of James Michael Curran and stepson of Bobbi Curran of Nutter Fort, and son of Judith Ann Whyte Curran, of Bridgeport.

In addition to his parents and stepmother, he is also survived by his wife, Geanna Matthews Curran, whom he married September 15, 2011; one son, Jonathan Michael Curran of Weston; one brother, Jonathan Andrew Curran and his wife Tiffany of Clarksburg; one sister, Jamie Michelle Looker and her husband Matt of Bridgeport; and his grandparents, Frank and Linda Whyte of Wheeling and Jeanette Henderson of Bridgeport.

Phillip received an Associate Degree in Turfgrass Management at Ohio State University. He served his internship in turfgrass management at Pete Dye Golf Course. He was working as Maintenance III at Glenville State College. He was previously superintendent at Stonewall Resort and Bridgeport Country Club Golf Courses.



Thomas Andrew Purnell, 69, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at United Hospital Center after a long and courageous battle with arteriosclerosis.

Tom was born November 21, 1947, to Wilbur (Bill) Purnell and Alice Cunningham. He was raised by his LuLu Silvis.

Tom was married to the late Brenda Shearer. He has four children, Melissa and husband, Jimmy Satterfield, Tammy Purnell, Tom Purnell, John Stout and wife, Erin; five grandchildren, Dylan, Riki and Franky Satterfield, Tyler and Tori Stout; three sisters, Sandra (Jenkins) Maul, Donna Sandy and husband, George, and Becky Myers and husband, Larry. He is preceded in death by three brothers, Russ, Ray and his best friend in life, Jim Purnell.

Tom lived in Marietta, GA, for more than 30 years, returning to Clarksburg in 1997. He was employed by the Summit Center until his retirement. He loved playing bingo at the Village Square, where he had many bingo buddies.

We would like to thank John Angotti for his years of caring for our brother. We would also like to thank the wonderful nursing staff on 6 North for treating him with such compassion. Also, a special thank you to Sharon (nursing instructor for Fairmont) and the two nursing students that were with us at the time of his death. You will never know what your presence and kind words to him has meant to me. You will be wonderful nurses. He did the best he could with the hand that he was dealt.



Barbara Ann Romano Beto, 83, of Bridgeport, joined her Lord on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at her home. The youngest of 11 children, Barbara was born in Dola, WV, on September 19, 1933, to the late Antonio Rubino and Teresa Angotti Romano.

Married to Bernard J. Beto on October 15, 1955, he preceded her in death on February 3, 1994.

She is survived by her loving family, including two daughters, five grandchildren and two siblings: Mary Frances Smith and Rob Garcia, Victoria Rae and husband Mat Barnosky, and Nicholas Ray Smith, Monica Gorrell and husband Steve Dunham, T. Harrison Gorrell, Patrick Douglas Gorrell and Lucas Andrew Gorrell; one brother, Pat Romano of Hurricane; and one sister, Josephine Loretta of Bridgeport.

Barbara was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters, Mary Jane Ramella, Rose Iaconis, Salvatore Romano, Katherine Aiello, Joseph Romano, John Romano, Albert Romano and Frank Romano, and a great-grandson, Andrew Michael Barnosky.

A graduate of Lumberport High School, Barbara attended Marshall University and graduated from Morgantown Beauty Academy. When not working as a hairdresser for Style-a-Rama Beauty Salon in Clarksburg, Barbara spent her time giving back to her community. In addition to volunteering at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, she acted as state president of the Lupus Foundation of WV. Barbara was a proud member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Perpetual Daughters.

Barbara cherished her time and conversations with her grandchildren. She enjoyed attending all of their activities as they brought much joy to her life. Barbara was blessed with a large family, several of whom were like her own children, and many friends, including her neighborhood “Suspects,” who always included her in their social gatherings.

During her difficult times and through her final days, she was blessed to have many loving caregivers, especially Arlene McKinney, who was at her side until the end.

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