Obituaries – June 15th, 2017


Dale Thornton Wood , 67 of Wellsburg, WV, and formerly of Shinnston, WV, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at his residence.

He was born August 30, 1949, in Clarksburg, WV, son of the late James Thornton and Kathryn Cutright Wood.

Dale was a graduate of Shinnston High School, Shinnston, WV. He was an Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War as a Medic and was awarded several medals including a bronze star. Dale worked as a Millwright for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel for 43 years and retired from the Martins Ferry Plant in 2014.

Dale was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and viewing wildlife on his farm. Dale loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.  Dale also had many lifelong friends that were very dear to him and provided him precious memories.

He was preceded in death by his brother, father, and mother.

Dale is survived by his sister, Teena (Tim) Perine of Vienna, WV; his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Ruth Duncil Wood; four children, James T. (Andrea) Wood of Denver, CO; Wendi K, (Todd) Smittle of Oak Hill, OH; Bryce B. (Ashley) Wood of Louisville, KY;  and Betsy D. Wood of Wheeling, WV; eight grandchildren, Andy, Ty, Maggie, Brandi, Von, Emma, Rylan, and Kaitlyn; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received for a Memorial Visitation on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m., Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV (304-242-2311) with Reverend Margie Carr officiating, and military honors provided by the Moundsville Veteran Honor Guards.

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Robert Franklin Nicholson, 73, of Clarksburg, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, Feb. 5, 1944, a son of the late Robert W. and Nina Mae Grose Nicholson

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Marie Shuttleworth Nicholson, who he married Aug. 18, 1986 and resides at their home in Clarksburg. Also surviving are three sons, Robert F. (Nick) Nicholson Jr. and wife Luann of Buckhannon, Patrick Harris and wife Paula of Clarksburg and Aaron Harris of Clarksburg; three daughters, Roberta Colquicocha and husband Luis of Jupiter, FL, Tina Bumgardner and husband Shawn of Aliquippa, PA, and Julie M. Nicholson and wife Amber of Bridgeport; 11 grandchildren, Brittani Nicholson, Anthony Hardy, Zach Bumgardner, Haley Canter, Bethany Nicholson, Franklin Canter, Sarah Canter, Matt Bumgardner, Brandon Nicholson, Madison Colquicocha and Angelo Hardy; one brother, Gary Nicholson and Mary Jo of Lost Creek; and one sister, Karen Fortune and husband Douglas of Worcester, MA. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson “Little Pat”; two sisters, Martha Buffey and Betty Irene Cox; and one brother, Warren Nicholson.

He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Vietnam. He retired from Wallace Motors after over 30 years as an auto body technician. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NASCAR racing and family time.



Thelma Virginia Brooks Carter Gholston departed from this earth spanning 99 years April 25, 2017.

Born Jan. 28, 1918, in Widen (Clay County), she was the oldest daughter of the late Javier and Hattie Mae Brooks.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Alfred Brooks; three sisters, Geraldine Harris, Mary Simpson and Sylvia Harris; and one son, Oliver Gholston Jr.

Mrs. Gholston was married to the late Phillip Wade Carter and the late Oliver L. Gholston. She is survived by children, Phillip W. Carter and wife, Beverly, of Pittsburgh, PA, Lee Carter of Clarksburg, Theresa Carter of Clarksburg, Lawrence (Larry) Gholston of Lafayette, LA, and Sylvia Gholston Mosley and husband, Mark, of Cary, NC. She was the last aunt to Louis Harris and wife, Sharlene, of Phoenix, AZ; grandmother of seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of great nieces and nephews.

She was a born again Christian and member of the Apostolic Church until God sent her to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church to witness for Him. As a member for over 50 years, she served as teacher and superintendent of Sunday School, church clerk, president of the Deaconess Board, president of the Willing Workers Choir and the usher board. In 2014, she was inducted into the 50+ Club to honor over a half of a century of faithfulness to Mt. Zion.

The majority of her time was spent as a homemaker with some experience in the hotel/restaurant industry. She was one of the first employees to open the Holiday Inn and Sheraton Hotel. She also worked at the West Virginia Restaurant.

An avid reader passionate about the value of education, Mrs. Gholston was the first teacher for Kiddie Corner, a local and state subsidized program located in the Kelly Miller School that predated Head Start and served the local community. Community service included membership in the YWCA, United Mine Workers of America, NAACP and involvement in number of grass roots initiatives. She was the 2008 recipient of the WV All Black Schools Academic Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award. During the same year, she also received a posthumous Lifetime Award Coal Miners from the WV All Black Schools and Academic Hall of Fame on behalf of her husbands. Mrs. Gholston served as the queen of the 2011 Black Heritage Festival.



Jacquelyn Ann Liske, 88, of Bridgeport, went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 27, 2017.

She was born the daughter of Frances and Glenn Ehret Jan. 30, 1929, in Port Allegheny, PA.

Jackie graduated from Santa Barbara High School in CA and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1950 from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, CA. She worked in numerous capacities within the travel industry, including American Airlines for 10 years, AeroMech Airlines, Wright Airlines, Jet Express & AAA Travel. She was a resident of Bridgeport for 28 years and also worked as a real estate agent with Richards Real Estate. After retirement, Jackie volunteered with CASA of Harrison County as a child advocate and transcribed books for the blind for Lutheran Blind Mission. Jackie was an active member of St John’s Lutheran Church, Clarksburg. As a final request, her body was donated to the WVU School of Medicine. Once released, she will be laid to rest with Clarence at the Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton. Jackie will be remembered as a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a faithful friend. She had a love for her Lord and the church, her family and travel. She was a caring person who put other’s needs above her own. She will be greatly missed.

Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Clarence; her brother, John; and sister-in-law, Willowdene; as well as her brother and sisters-in-law, Tom and Elsie Kekich, Mildred Kruse, Clarence and Adeline Schiller and Leona Nusko.

She leaves behind three daughters, Janet and her husband, Tim Sheldon, of Moatsville, Ellen and her husband, Mike Kehe, of Florissant, MO, and Heide and her husband, Hans Otten of Sheboygan, WI. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Kyle and wife Corinne, Lauren and husband Craig, Nolan and wife Alexis, Kerrin and wife Elaine, Joshua, Rebecca, Bethany, Hannah, Benjamin, Shane, Luke, Mathias and Emma; six great-grandchildren, Emeline, Peter, Timothy, Henry, Samuel and Jack; as well as a brother-in-law, James Nusko; and many nieces and nephews, Carol Jean Nusko, Irmie Rosin, Ursula Paulsen, Kathy Lokken and Frank, Lisa, Charles and Amy Ehret.

The family requests memorials be made to the Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Liske Scholarship Fund, No. 46728F at Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., Ft Wayne, IN 46825 or People’s Hospice, Attn: Mary Beth, United Hospital Center, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.



Harold Warren Stemple, 66, of Custer Addition, passed away at his residence April 26, 2017, following a brief illness.

He was born in Custer Addition Aug. 10, 1950, a son of the late James and Dessie Linn Stemple.

Harold is survived by his wife, Dixie Stemple; three brothers, Clayton Stemple and wife Chum Hui of Washington State; Victor Stemple of Clarksburg and James Stemple of Custer Addition; four sisters, Maxine McCartney of McArthur, OH, Mary Mick of Mt. Clare and Murhl Blessing and husband Lew of Lyndhurst, VA; Johnny Carol Wood of Stewart Draft, VA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Leon, Leonard and Jerry Stemple; and two sisters, Wilda Parson and Nancy Winter.

Mr. Stemple was Christian by faith.



Carrie Agnes Ashcraft, 95, of Mannington, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, in Clarksburg.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Webster Springs, a daughter of the late Cecil Edward Crowe and Goldie Life Crowe.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Glenn Ashcraft, who passed away Dec. 27, 1993.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Ashcraft and wife Linda of Wyatt and Bill and wife Carolyn also of Wyatt; one stepgrandson, Michael Linn Holden; two stepgreat-grandsons, Benjamin Michael and Kenneth Charles; one brother, John Stanley Crowe and wife Joanna of SC; one sister, Norma Louise Duncan and husband Pete of Point Pleasant; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Grace Crowe Davis; and three brothers, Kenneth Ray Crowe, Verlin Edward Crowe and Willard Stanton Crowe.

Carrie attended school in Webster County and High School in Weston. She was Methodist by faith, and she was a homemaker and farmer who lived in the Wyatt Community since 1939. She also enjoyed playing bingo.



Jason Daniel Farnsworth, 39, of Clarksburg, passed away April 25, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Clarksburg, Nov. 9, 1977, a son of Richard Martin Farnsworth and Phyllis Iconis Farnsworth of Clarksburg.

Jason was a loving devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife two children, Lindsey Twigg Farnsworth, Jennavieve “Jenna” Farnsworth and Malakai Farnsworth all of Clarksburg.

Also surviving are his sister, Amy Lamp of Clarksburg; two aunts, Pam Fortney and husband Mark of Brunswick, OH, and Susan Jones and husband Keith of Clarksburg; two nieces, Kayle Lamp and Julianna Lamp; one nephew, Jacob Lamp; and cousins, Chris, Brian, Sandra, Heather, Jessica, and Ashley.

Jason was a graduate of Liberty High School, Class of 1995, and was a veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was the assistant manager of Pet Supply Plus with 14 years of service.

Jason enjoyed spending time with family, watching softball, volleyball and days at the park. He was an avid lover of nature where he enjoyed hiking, riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles and being a master-prankster. He was very easy going and brought a smile and joy to others. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

Contributions can be sent to an educational fund that  has been established for Jason’s children at the Harrison County Bank.



William “Bill” Reed, 81, of Cabinet Maker Lane, Salem, departed this life on Friday, April 28, 2017, in his residence.

He was born in Salem on Oct. 1, 1935, a son of the late Cecil G. and Lottie Davis Reed.

On May 30, 1985, he married Betty Evans Reed, who survives.

Also surviving are Denise Underwood and husband Keith, Clarksburg, Mark Reed and wife Lita, Salem, Kim Ayers and husband Mike, Clarksburg, Carmen Holt and husband Mike, Bonita Springs, FL; grandchildren, Casey Ash, Brittney Ross and husband J.R., Courtney Frye, Tyler Underwood, Ashley Knight, Aaron Reed, Bethany Smith, Dakota Reed, Chasity and Mikisha Jozwick, Marinda Burckholder, Matthew and Michael Pingley; great-grandchildren, Hadley, Jenson, Chloe, Gracia, Hadlea; stepson, Leon Ash, Salem; brother, Charles Reed, Salem; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Meredith Pingley, one sister, Dorothy Holtz, and two brothers, Robert and Denver Reed.

Mr. Reed was a graduate of Salem High School.

He was a former employee of Palace Furniture, Clarksburg, where he worked in furniture repair and the carpet department.

Bill then opened his own business, Custom Built Cabinets, and operated it for 35 years.

He enjoyed hunting.

Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.



Nancy Catherine Richards, 77, of Anmoore, WV, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Salem Genesis Center in Salem.

She was born in Clarksburg on July 9, 1939, a daughter of the late Frank and Della Richards.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by a son in infancy.

Nancy is survived by two sisters, Betty Pulice and Charlotte Lester, both of Clarksburg; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

In her younger years, Nancy worked at the Satellite, and then later was a caretaker for Mr. Brooks Bramer for over 40 years.

She also was a member of the Neighborhood Watch in various communities over the years.

Nancy enjoyed spending time with family and friends, coloring, and gardening when she was able.

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