Obituaries – June 1st, 2017


Mr. Joseph E. Nutter, 80 years of age, of Lost Creek, WV, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born April 25, 1936, in Weston, WV, the son of the late Thomas E. and Wilma Virginia Atkinson Nutter.

He is survived by his partner, Larry D. Myers. He is also survived by Thomas E. Nutter of Louisville, KY, Margaret Myers of Fairmont, WV, John Myers and his wife Rose of Fairmont, WV, Debbie Myers of St. Albans, WV, Lisa and Leonard Boyce of Fairmont, WV, Seth Myers of Fairmont, WV, Drew Myers and his wife Brittany of Fairmont, WV, Chris Myers and his wife Bobbi of St. Albans, WV, Michelle Catersino and her husband Eric of Columbus, OH, and other extended family.

He was also preceded in death by a former partner, William R. Hart, Edward Altkinson and his wife Alda, Florence “Patsy” Estel, Harvey L. Myers and a good friend, Charlie Miller.

Joe graduated from Weston High School in 1954. He attended West Liberty State College and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He served in the United States Army.

The Ford family is honored to serve a friend that did so much for funeral service in Harrison County. He was the former owner and licensed funeral director and embalmer at Davis Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg, WV. He retired from funeral service in April 2003. He was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and was the president of the association in 1987. He was presented with the Charles E. Dodd Award, Funeral Director of the Year for 2005. He conducted for American College, Louvain, Belgium, a seminar on “Death and the Clergy.”

Joe was active in the Clarksburg community. He was a member and past president of the Clarksburg Kiwanis Club, a member and past president of the Clarksburg Friends of the Library, a member and past president of the Central West Virginia Management Club, a member and past president of Lewis Clark Chapter S.A.R. and a member and past president of the board of directors of the Harrison/Clarksburg Public Library. He was also a member of the Clarksburg Lodge No. 482 BPOE, a member of the Clarksburg Lodge No. 52 LOOM and a member of Roy E. Parrish Post 13, American Legion.

When not working funeral service, he enjoyed spending time on his beautiful property in Harrison County. Joe loved his animals that he cared for ,especially Maggie, a miniature horse. This passion for animals led him to be a member of the American Highland Cattle Association, American Miniature Horse Association, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation and Ruffed Grouse Society.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Joe’s memory to Maddie’s Angels, 726 East Park Avenue, Box 278, Fairmont, WV 26554. Maddie’s Angels provides love and care for rescue animals.



Vernon Robert “Bob” Whitehair, 76, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

Bob was born December 30, 1940, in Terra Alta, WV, a son of the late William D. and Mary Ellen (Boylan) Whitehair.

Bob was retired after dedicating 35-plus years of service to AT&T communications, where he worked out of the Clarksburg, WV, office and in the Pennsboro, WV, main station. He greatly enjoyed travelling with his family and loved being outdoors and taking walks in the woods. Bob was a graduate of Kingwood High School with the Class of 1959.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Maureen (McCray) Whitehair; children, R.D. Whitehair (Tonya) of Charleston, WV, and Lilly Whitehair (Brett) of Parkersburg, WV; grandchildren, Teresa, Sara, Krystal, Savannah, Alicia, Taylor, Selina, Lilah, Kevin and Jaxon; great-grandchildren, Braxton, Brock, Heidi Sofia, and his mother-in-law, Mavis Johnson of North View, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Mavis “Aggie” Ross.



James D. “Jimmy” Torjak, 53, of Summit Park, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

He was born on March 16, 1964, to Edward and Phyllis Torjak of Summit Park.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy is survived by a brother, William “Billy” Torjak and wife Barbara of Summit Park; a sister, Emma Pennington and husband Scott of Clarksburg; daughter, Ashley Feather and husband Andrew of Oakland, MD; son, Lucas Ford and wife Savannah of Mannington; three granddaughters, Ellison Ford, Eliza Ford and Ariana Feather; niece, Samantha Audia and husband Ryan of Clarksburg; nephew, Jordan Stonestreet of OH; and great-niece, Luna Grace Audia.

James was preceded in death by grandparents, William and Beatrice Saunders, and Alex and Helen Torjak, as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Jimmy was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He liked just being “Jimmy” and loved to play his country music.



Lillie Marie Higginbotham Westfall, 83, of Koons Run, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, April 16 2017.

She was born June 25, 1933, the daughter of the late George and Blanche Haggerty Higginbotham.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gilbert Junior Westfall; one son, David Allen Westfall and wife Marcia; daughter-in-law, Connie Westfall, also of Koons Run; sister, Alice Williams of Frances Mines; two granddaughters, Brandie Haney and husband Kiley, Amy Raines and husband Chad; three grandsons, David Westfall II and wife Nichelle, Zachary Westfall, Zeth Westfall and fiancée Geana Kellar, all of Koons Run; eight great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kiley Marie and Aiden Haney, Brevon Westfall, Ally and Ethan Raines, Lucille and Forrest Westfall; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lillie was preceded in death by her son, George Junior Westfall; sister, Vera Moore and husband Bill Moore; and brother-in-law, Arthur Williams.

Lillie worked at Westinghouse, Fairmont Motor Lodge and the Koons Run PSD Board in her early years. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, collecting dolls and baking for her family.



Mark Edward Wilson, 42, died suddenly Friday, April 14, 2017.

He was born Oct. 25, 1974, in Clarksburg, son of Theodore Miller of Huge and the late Edna L. Wilson.

His loving wife of 16 years, Diane K. Wilson, survives.

Also surviving are a son, Robert W. Davison of Clarksburg; a daughter, Deidra L. Parker of Clarksburg; a granddaughter, Bella Louise Parker of Clarksburg; three brothers, Andrew and Tammy Miller, Eddie Miller, all of Clarksburg, and Bryan Miller of Huge; a sister, Joanna Rose Miller of Huge; his stepmother, Joe Ann Miller of Huge; maternal grandmother, Frances Wilson of Virginia; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Robert Wilson, with whom he was very close.

He was employed by Medegen and enjoyed the outdoors. He spent most of his free time hunting, riding his motorcycle and doting on his granddaughter.



Robert E. Rebrook of Parkersburg, formerly a resident of Clarksburg, passed away April 13, 2017, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born April 10, 1930, in Clarksburg, to Charles and Zula Rebrook.

He was a graduate of Victory High School.

He retired from GE after many years of service. He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954 and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the home; mother Zula Rebrook of Clarksburg; daughter, Valerie Dennison of Vienna; son Dale Rebrook and wife, Betty, of Mineral Wells; granddaughter Cheryl Cothren and husband, Mac; great-granddaughters, Savannah and Marianna of Meadville, MS; brother Brad Rebrook and wife, Sarah; sisters, Nancy Lewis and Judy Grove of Clarksburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; sisters, Joanne McIntyre, Connie Huffman and Charlene Radcliff; brother, Donald and Jerry Rebrook.



Paula Jean Shingleton, 68, of Clarksburg, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at United Hospital Center.

She was born Aug. 28, 1948, in Clarksburg, daughter of the late Paul Glenn and Lenora Jean Barker.

Paula is survived by her husband, Lawrence Shingleton; three daughters, Betsey Shingleton, Heidi Shingleton and Tiffany Shingleton; a son, Lawrence “Larry” Shingleton Jr.; one uncle, Eugene and Tillie Barker of Elkins; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paula loved to go hunting, fishing and doing crafts. She also loved animals, especially dogs.



Jean Ann Cutlip, 77, of Shinnston, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Eubank Nursing Home in Clarksburg.

She was born April 18, 1939, the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Lauri Gumont.

She is survived by one brother, John Gumont of VA; one sister, Eva Tulanowski of Idamay; as well as several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her special caregivers and nephew, Ronald Tulanowski and wife, Sandra Kay of Shinnston.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Cutlip; three brothers, Tony, George and Joe Gumont; and one sister, Virginia Brennan.

Jean graduated from Monongah High School 1957. She retired from Westinghouse in Fairmont.


Nancy Jane Elder, 78, of Bridgeport, peacefully passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at United Hospital Center with her family at her side.

She was born Feb. 21, 1939, in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Mary Jane and Eugene Brooks Haines.

Nancy is survived by her only son, Dr. Mark B. Vecchio and wife, Dawna, of Bridgeport; and two daughters, Mary Lou Fusco and husband, Michael, of Clarksburg and Brooke Anne Harris and husband, John, of Wyomissing, PA. She is also survived by her only sibling, Lou Anne Cone and husband, John “Chip” Cone, of Bridgeport; nephew, Adam John Cone of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Adrea Leach and husband, Adam Leach, of Bridgeport, Dr. Briana Vecchio-Pagan and husband, Dr. Vincent Pagan, of Ellicott City, MD, Dominique Fusco and fiancé, Terry Davis, of Fairmont, Dr. JoeMichael Fusco and companion, Cyrus Hajiran, of Morgantown, Vincent Fusco and companion, Elizabeth Stearns, of Morgantown, and Emma, Benjamin, Ian, Gabriel and Claire Harris, all of Wyomissing, PA; five great-grandchildren, Ansley, Avery, Austin and Archer Leach and Felix Pagan; and dear to her heart and her primary caregiver, Debbie Spadafore. Additional caregivers included Nancy Laulis, Daisy Wolfe and Ruth Lanham.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph M. Vecchio, and her second husband, Thomas G. Elder.

Nancy worked alongside her first husband for over 20 years at Horner-Vecchio Real Estate Company and for several years with her son, Mark, at his dental practice. She was an avid animal lover, volunteering many years in the past at the Harrison County Humane Society, in addition to having volunteered at Shepherd’s Corner. Nancy will be sadly missed by her pets, Barkley, Phoebe and Rachael.

Contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to Shepherd’s Corner, 19 Pennsylvania Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330.



Lynnea Hope Everley, 73, of Clarksburg, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at home with her family by her side.

She was born in Clarksburg Dec. 18, 1943, a daughter of the late Earl and Gladys (Patton) Williams.

Lynnea is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard Lee Everley.

In addition to her husband, Lynnea is survived by five children, Earleen Lott of Clarksburg, John Lott of CA, Richard Lee Everley Jr. and wife, Lyndall, of Clarksburg, William “Bill” Everley of Clarksburg and Rachel Wright and husband, Mark, of Clarksburg; 12 grandchildren, Michelle, Terence, Shane, Shawn, Travis, Alyssa, Camron, Wylie, Jaisyn, Lindsey, Eli and Leigha; and five great-grandchildren: Sydney, Landyn, Gavin, Ally and Abby.

In addition to her parents, Lynnea was preceded in death by one daughter, Annette Carden.

Lynnea was a member of the Lighthouse Chapel in Summit Park and enjoyed going to church and being with her church family. She never met a stranger and enjoyed going out, especially going shopping. Lynnea was a wonderful wife, mother grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed and always loved by her family.



Penny Sue Boyles, 75, of Clarksburg, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Clarksburg.

She was the daughter of the late Jackson L. Boyles and Ruby N. (Swiger) Boyles Sands Griffith Posey.

Penny is survived by her sister, Karen Clayton of Nutter Fort; niece, Wendy Clayton of Clarksburg; two nephews, Robert Clayton and Sean Clayton and wife, Missie, both of Nutter Fort; a great-niece, Jill McClure of Elkins; two great-nephews, Caleb Price of Clarksburg and Wyatt Clayton of Morgantown; two half brothers, Jack Boyles and his wife, Mary, and Robert Boyles, all of Phoenix, AZ; a half sister, Nancy Boyles of Phoenix, AZ.

In addition to her parents, Penny is preceded in death by her stepmother, Betty Boyles; and a great-nephew, Joshua McClure.

Penny was a 1958 graduate of Washington Irving High School and a 1962 graduate from Alderson Broaddus University with a degree in Nursing.

Penny worked for Broaddus Hospital, Charleston Memorial and the Louis A Johnson Medical Center.

She was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church, where she was involved in the Fellowship Class, Young at Heart and the church choir.

Penny was also a member of the Alderson Broaddus Alumni Association, Clarksburg Women’s Club and several bridge clubs.

She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates.



John A. Kovach Jr., 70, of Clarksburg and Florida, departed this life Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Florida.

He was born in Clarksburg Dec. 11, 1946, a son of the late John A. Kovach and Viola Olga Yankowski.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Marjorie L. Kovach, whom he married May 10, 1969.

Also surviving are his son, John Henry Kovach of Clarksburg; two grandchildren, Samantha and Patrick Kovach; two sisters, Sharron K. Stephens of Bridgeport and Harriet Merrill and her husband Dennis of Clarksburg; several nieces and nephews; and the “B&B Boys,” his dogs Boomer and Benji.

John was a graduate of Notre Dame High School, class of 1965. John was first a manager at Burger Chef, was working at Kroger’s when he and Marjorie got married, and then John started working with Henry Bassel. In 1975, he and Marjorie started Central WV Vaults and purchased Harrison County Funeral Supply in 1992. They were the caretakers of Sunset Memorial Park since 1992, and they acquired ownership of the cemetery in 2009.

John enjoyed traveling extensively, fishing, and was an avid WVU football, basketball and Pittsburgh Steeler fan, and he liked watching Fox News. He was an antique car enthusiast and enjoyed showing his cars at various car shows. He loved his Slovak roots and was known for making delicious cabbage rolls.

He was a former parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and, after it closed in 1984, attended St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church until it closed. He then became a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksburg and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rotonda West, Florida.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, WVU Foundation, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507.



Mary Ann Scalise Wright, 85, of Lost Creek, departed from this life on Friday, April 21, 2017, at her residence. She was born January 23, 1932, in Wendel, WV, daughter of the late Mike and Angeline Fratto Scalise.

Mary is survived by a daughter and three sons, Rose M. Johnson and husband, Scott of Grand Forks, ND, Michael A. Wright and wife Judy, James J. Wright and wife Holly, Joseph V. Wright and wife Aimee; 10 grandchildren, Natasha, Kayla-Rose, James N., Noah N., Joshua, Joseph, Sarah, Carter, Angela, Michele; 13 great-grandchildren, Brailynn, Hailey, Kaydy, Sophia, Abrianna, Danny, Brittany, Emily, Jeremy, Hannah, Miley, Katie, Gianna; an aunt, Mary Rosano of Bridgeport, WV; two brothers-in-law, Augustine Serafini of Clarksburg, WV, and David Wright of Charlestown, WV; a nephew, Mario Serafini and wife Sarah of Hanover, NH; one great-nephew, Lucano Serafini of Hanover, NH.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Arthur Wright, who was a veteran of the U.S. Army. They married on October 2, 1954, and he preceded her in death in October 1990; a sister, Carmie Serafini; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Wright and Mary Kay Wright; a brother-in-law, Donald Wright; a mother-in-law and father-in-law, Austie and Arthur B. Wright.

Mary graduated from Lost Creek High School in 1949, and in 1971, she graduated from Radcliff Beauty College. In 2011, she retired as a bookkeeper from Harrison County Bank. She was a homemaker; Mary loved spending time with her family.

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