DAVID EARL NUTTER
John Holbert of Shinnston informed The News & Journal this week of the passing of David E. Nutter, 84, of Honolulu, Hawaii. He passed away on February 22, 2017 and is survived by his wife Gwen. Mr. Nutter was a graduate of Shinnston High School, Class of 1950.
MAURICE RAY WINE
Maurice Ray Wine, 93, of Clarksburg, formerly of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at home with his wife by his side.
He was born in Clarksburg, on July 27, 1923, the son of the late Fleming Wine and Ethel Lee Wine Butler.
Maurice was a construction electrician and one of the original members of Electrical Workers Union 596. He was a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge and a past Grand Master. He was also a long-time member of the Shriners.
Maurice was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine King Wine, to whom he was married for 62 years. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Fleming Wine Jr., and a sister Eleanor Wine Miles.
Maurice is survived by his wife of 11 years, Dolly Jean Allen Wine. He is also survived by a son, Dr. William Wine and wife Patty of Morgantown, as well as four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
His wife Dolly stayed by his side and brought happiness to his life. She loved and cared for him throughout his illness with the help of her children Lahoma Jean Cropp and Stuart Siders.
DEBRAH KAY BAKER
Debrah Kay Baker, 60, of Lumberport, passed away following an extended illness on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at her home with her loving husband by her side.
She was born February 21, 1956, in Clarksburg, a daughter of Ruby Mae Bennett Fluharty, who survives in Wallace, and the late Charles Jones Fluharty.
Debrah is survived by her husband of 42 years, Wayman “Peanut” Baker; her daughter, Amanda Swiger and her husband Gerald Swiger Jr. of Wallace; her son, Daniel Baker and his wife Mary of Lumberport; grandchildren, Michaela, Hannah, and Eli Swiger; Danielle and Colton Baker; two brothers, Roger D. Fluharty and wife Charlotte, and Charles M. Fluharty and wife Lucy, all of Wallace; five sisters, Barbara Duke and husband Allen, Conroe, TX, Linda Linda Lawlor and husband Michael of Myrtle Beach, SC; Rebecca Hengemihle, Shadyside, MD, Martha Isner, West Union, Jenny Graham and husband Jim, Shadyside, MD; her sister-in-law, Suzanne Fluharty of Clarksburg; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her father, Debrah was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Fluharty; her sisters, Joan and Connie Fluharty; her niece, Christina Fluharty; as well as nephews, Roger D. Fluharty Jr. and Scott Lawlor.
Debrah was a member of the Jones Run Independent Church. She loved baking, spending time in her flower gardens and spoiling her grandchildren. She was employed as a cashier at the Clarksburg Walmart.
BARBARA VIRGINIA STUTLER
Barbara Virginia Stutler, 84, of Mount Clare, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab.
She was born December 5, 1932, to the late Tony and Cinda Romano Messineo.
Barbara was a homemaker. She loved taking care of her home and family and enjoyed bowling and bingo.
Barbara is survived by two daughters, Lisa Flowers and husband Raymond of Mount Clare and Shelia Faircloth of Wilmington, NC; two sons, Dennis Stutler, III and wife Karen of Clarksburg, and Gary Stutler of Mount Clare; one brother, Dominick Messineo of East View; 11 grandchildren, Terry, Angela, Joey, Buddy, Benji, Jennifer, Cindy, Mindy, Wendy, Tim and Christel; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis C. Stutler, Jr.; one daughter, Sharon Kendall; four sisters and three brothers.
DOROTHY J. “DOTTIE” NESTOR
Dorothy J. “Dottie” Nestor Philippart, 81, of Clarksburg, passed away Friday morning, February 3, 2017, in Salem.
She was born in Clarksburg on June 14, 1935, a daughter of the late Fay Bronson and Ila Lavada (Keiser) Nestor.
On December 15, 1956, she married Richard Philippart, who preceded her in death on August 28, 2000.
She is survived by a brother, Lloyd Nestor and his wife Karen; her nephews, William Nestor and his wife Jennifer, and Michael Nestor; and her great-nephew, Reese Nestor; and two nieces, Madison and Morgan Walls.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe B. Nestor.
Dottie was a 1954 graduate of Victory High School and she enjoyed working in her yard and taking care of her horses.
ERIKA LYNN CURTIS
Erika Lynn Curtis, 32 years of age, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV.
She was born December 10, 1984.
She is survived by her son, Brycen Samuel Curtis; her father, John Curtis, and his wife, Robin of Bridgeport, WV; her mother, Sheila Curtis, and her companion, Mike Trader, of Clarksburg, WV; two stepbrothers, Jeremy Shipp of Bridgeport and Josh Trickett of Grafton, WV; paternal grandmother, Betty Curtis of Bridgeport, WV; three uncles, Tim Curtis and his wife Roseann of Bridgeport, WV, Eric Grossa of Grafton, WV, and Chuck Skinner and his wife Sara of OH; one aunt, Patty Nuzum, and her husband, Don, of Bridgeport, WV; two nephews, Madix and Broox Trickett, of Grafton, WV; and four cousins, Jeremie Curtis, Jamie Curtis, Curtis Nuzum and Jessica Peterman; and Erika’s companion, Mark Alderman.
Erika was preceded in death by her paternal grandfathe,r Jim Curtis, and maternal grandparents, Pete and Jean Grossa.
Erika worked as a waitress at several of the area restaurants, including Minards Spaghetti Inn and Texas Roadhouse. She was an avid West Virginia Mountaineer fan and loved organizing events for family and friends. She never met a stranger and would offer a helping hand to others.
Her parents have requested that people be aware that a heroin overdose took the life of their precious daughter. The drug epidemic is destroying our families and our community. Please be aware and do all you can to stop this plague. Trust us. No family is exempt from this heartbreaking possibility.
LENORA BELLE WARNER CALDWELL
Lenora Belle Warner Caldwell, 83, of Bridgeport, WV, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at her residence.
She was born on March 14, 1933, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Clair Starkey and Thelma (Stoneking) Starkey Harris.
Lenora is survived by her four sons, Gerald Warner and wife Sue of Arlington, TX, Samuel Warner of Alma, WV, Richard Warner of Arlington, TX, and Daniel Warner of Alma, WV; one brother, Mont Elwood Harris; nine grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Lenora was preceded in death by her first husband, William Sherl Warner; her second husband, Robert Caldwell; and six siblings, Earl Starkey, Jennings Starkey, Louise Cunningham, Ginger Harris, Dawn Gibson and Charlie Harris.
Lenora was a graduate of Bristol High School and in her younger years worked as a waitress. She later worked as an income tax preparer for H&R Block for many years.
Lenora was a published author, having written two pre-teen books titled “What Happened to Grandma” and “The Secret of the Old Model T,” which were displayed at West Virginia’s Tamarack center.
She loved crossword puzzles, word games of any kind and was a very avid reader.
NORMA JEAN ASHCRAFT GALLO
Norma Jean Ashcraft Gallo, 72, of Good Hope Community, passed away on Feb. 3, 2017, surrounded by her family following a brief illness.
She was born in Summit Park, on Feb. 6, 1944, a daughter of the late George T. and Dorothy Johnson Ashcraft.
Norma is survived by her companion of 45 years, Emil “Pete” Price; two sisters, Linda Elsbury of Madison, OH, and Gloria Diane Wiseman of North View; two brothers, Maurice Ashcraft of West Milford and James Ashcraft of Tomball, TX; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own, and numerous friends whom she treasured. She is also survived by her faithful companion, her dog, Elly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Stanley, Jesse, Michael, Nelson and Rodney Ashcraft; one sister, Barbara Persinger; one infant sister, Cathy Louise Ashcraft; and one brother-in-law, John Wiseman.
Norma attended Victory High School and was retired from Presley Ridge School.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially trips to Bergoo, WV, with Pete, and vacationing with family and friends in Eagle Rock, VA.
BRENDA JUNE FERGUSON
Brenda June Ferguson, 53, of Orient, IL, passed on February 2, 2017, at her residence.
She was born on February 15, 1963, in Clarksburg, the daughter of Larry Williams of Ohio and Carol Stout of Shinnston.
Brenda is also survived by her husband David Leland Ferguson of 13 years; two daughters, Lisa Ridenour of Alabama and Patience Cox of Orient, IL; and one son, Robert “Bobby” Sendling of Shinnston; one granddaughter, Cadence Lemley; one grandson Matthew Lemley; four brothers, Danny Williams and Donnie “Bub” Hashman, both of Shinnston, Steven Vest of Tunnelton and Roger Williams of Ohio; five sisters, Debbie Quinn and Amanda Hashman, both of Shinnston, Kathy Ridenour of Enterprise, Linda Sendling of Lumberport and Christina Varner of Oklahoma; along with several nieces and nephews.
She was a pharmacist technician for Health Direct, Marion, IL, and worked for the city of Shinnston as a secretary. Brenda loved traveling, taking pictures of different scenery, spending time with her grandchildren and going to yard sales with her husband. One of Brenda’s goals was to bring her family closer together and she always tried to find the best in people.
JACQUA LYNN “JACKIE” COTTER
Jacqua Lynn “Jackie” Cotter, 81, of Brushy Fork Road, Bridgeport, achieved her crowning moment as she went to the Lord January 30, 2017.
She was born in Clarksburg, April 3, 1935. She was the daughter of late Kenneth and Helen (Furbee) Evans of Clarksburg. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Robert Ellis Cotter.
Jackie (affectionately known as Grandma Jackie or Ackie Ammaw), is survived by seven sons, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her sons are Robert “Britt” Cotter, his wife Scottie of Tierra Verde, Florida, their adult children: Lauren (Cotter) Macauley, spouse Greg and children Wren and Britt Macauley of Dallas Texas, Megan Cotter of Houston, Texas, and Justin Cotter of Austin, Texas; Joel Evans Cotter, his wife Annette of Morgantown, and their adult children, Stefan, spouse Stephanie Cotter of Tyler, Texas, and Emily Cotter of Morgantown; David Warfield Cotter, his wife Kim of St. Charles, Illinois, and their sons, Graham Cotter of Key West, Florida, Camden and Christopher of St. Charles, Illinois; Jay Clinton Cotter, his wife Miriam of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and their adult children, Mason Cotter of Hilton Head Island, Ellis Cotter of Valdosta Georgia, and Evan of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Timothy Lynn Cotter and his wife Suzy, of Bridgeport, and their children, Griffin of Boca Raton, Florida, Cameron of Delray Beach, Florida and Wesley of Bridgeport; Jesse Dean Cotter, his wife Cathy and their children, Casey, Jian and Jackson of Houston, Texas, and Christopher Todd Cotter of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Jackie is also survived by a sister, Chloe Ann (Evans) Chipps of Clarksburg, and a brother Edward Evans of Land O’ Lakes, Florida.
Jackie cherished life and devoted most of it to her family. She had countless friends and remained connected to many of her WI alumni and Lake Floyd friends through the years. She was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending Bible Study while she was able.
JOHN JOSEPH “JOEY” BALL
John Joseph “Joey” Ball, 16, of Lost Creek, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017.
He was born March 4, 2000, the son of John Stacy Ball and Renae Kallel Davidson of Romines Mill.
In addition to his parents, Joey is survived by one brother and three sisters, Harley Ball of West Union, Lorinda Gould of West Milford, Lacey Ball of Elkins, and Winter Ball of Clarksburg. Also surviving are paternal grandmother, Rebecca Knight of Elkins; paternal grandfather, Fred Ball of North Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Joey was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William J. Kallel and Judith Kay Langford Kallel.
Joey attended South Harrison High School. He was a former football player for South Harrison Middle School. Having loved playing football, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and time spent in the outdoors on his four-wheeler.
RALPH W. CRANE
Ralph W. Crane, 62, of Morgantown, WV, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness.
He was born in Clarksburg, WV, on May 13, 1954, a son of Henry Jason Crane of Nutter Fort and the late Pauline Cunningham Crane.
In addition to his father, Ralph is survived by one brother, Tom Crane, and wife Amy of Lost Creek.
He was a graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School Class of 1972. He attended West Virginia University and was a graduate of Fairmont State College. He was a Computer Programmer with the Department of Energy and was formerly employed at Walmart in Morgantown.
WILLIAM “BILL” FREELAND
William “Bill” Freeland, 56, of Shinnston, passed away unexpectedly on February 3, 2017, at the United Hospital Center.
Bill was born in Clarksburg, on February 5, 1960, a son of the late Delbert and Mary Shreves Freeland.
He is survived by his wife, Lorenna Freeland, and his stepdaughter, Niketta Wilmoth, both of Bridgeport; four sisters, Betty and Lee Bowman of Fairmont, Phyllis and Paul Mills of Weston, Sandra and Richard Rush of Clarksburg, Kimberly and Frank Beatty of Clarksburg; and one brother, Jeffery Freeland of Clarksburg; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a niece, Alyssa Freeland, and a great-niece Ariana Hill.
He worked for Waste Management of Bridgeport and most recently worked for Fagan Transportation of Clarksburg.
Bill enjoyed working on cars, and loved telling stories.
WILLIAM ROBERT “RED” AMAN
William Robert “Red” Aman, 89, of Camden, was turned out to greener pastures at 8:04 a.m., on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. He was in the comfort of his home, at his farm, with loving family by his side.
He was born in Alum Bridge on October 25, 1927, a son of the late Walter Joseph Aman and Agnes Genevieve Mullady Aman.
On April 9, 1951, he married Alice Patricia Conley, and they celebrated 36 years of marriage before her passing on July 5, 1987.
On August 17, 2002, he married Annabelle Hamrick Aman, who will dearly miss him after 14 years of marriage.
This Old Irishman’s kind and funny nature will be carried on by his three children, William Patrick Aman and wife, Danielle “Dee”, of Clarksburg, Alice Ann Godfrey and companion, James Rogers, of Clarksburg, and David Walter Aman and wife, Nicole Tia, of Alum Bridge; seven grandchildren, Aaron Patrick Aman, Andrea Aman Paugh, William Daniel Aman, Jacob David Aman, Sydney Nicole Aman, Joseph Glen Aman and Logan Robert Godfrey; one great-grandchild, Kendall Paugh; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Collie dog, Barney.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Edward Francis Aman.
Red was an honored veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II in Germany. He retired from the C&P Telephone Company with 33 years of service. He had a youthful spring in his step and danced like a butterfly when he heard a familiar tune. This hard-working farmer enjoyed squirrel hunting, caring for his livestock and maintaining his property. He was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church.
CHARLES E. “DOBIE” LAW
Charles E. “Dobie” Law, 91, of Upper Long Run Road, Salem, departed this life on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in the United Hospital Center.
He was born on September 14, 1925, at New Milton, a son of the late John and Dessie Martin Law.
On October 13, 1945, he married Joy Mae Pratt Law, who preceded him in death on July 28, 2009. They had celebrated 63 years and 9 months of marriage.
Surviving are two daughters, Carole June Lattea and husband, Daril L., and Shirley Jean Lattea and husband, Richard, three sons, Charles L. “Chuck” Law, John Arthur Law and wife, Rita M., Nelson Law and wife, Vicki L., all of Salem; five grandsons, Rondel S. Lattea and wife Fabiana, Indianapolis, Ind, Joey W. Law and companion, Kim, Buckhannon, Jason E. Lattea, Nelson D. Law and companion Grace, Jeff Davis, one granddaughter, Melanie Kimble and husband Mike, all of Salem, great-grandchildren, Kaden W. Lattea, James, Payton, Ashton and Colton Howell, Zach and Emily Davis, Andyara Morette, Brent Collins, Andrew and Andrea Burgess; and several nieces and nephews.
Dobie was the last surviving member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by one grandson, Daril Edward Lattea; one sister, Clarice Leonard; two brothers, Paul and Howard Law.
Mr. Law was retired from Dominion/Hope as a Well Tender with 34 years service. He was a World War II Army veteran serving in 35 Infantry Division in France and Germany. “Dobie” was a member of Hurst Chapel for 65 years where he had served as Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School Teacher and Song Leader. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.