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Pauline Ruth (Miller) Phares, age 91, of Maysville, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the home of her son Lannie.

Born May 8, 1929, in Seneca Rocks, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Denton Scott Miller and Chloe (Lough) Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Isaiah Phares in 2005; one infant daughter, Carrie Phares;  two sisters, Joy Rao and infant JoAnn Miller; four brothers, Johnie Miller, Roosevelt Miller, Dewey Miller and Gene Miller.

Mrs. Phares was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking and spending time with her family.  Her pastime was cracking out walnuts and hickory nuts. She was a member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by one son, Lannie Phares and wife Linda of Maysville; two daughters, Karen Nesslerodt and husband Joe of Ranson, W.Va. and Linda M. Alt and husband Wendell of Maysville;  seven grandchildren;  11 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mae Sites of Cabins, W.Va., Sweetie Vance and Velma Bland, both of Seneca Rocks  and Josie Champ of Lahmansville, W.Va.; and two brothers, Truman Miller of Seneca Rocks and Worth Miller of Cabins. 

Funeral services were Saturday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Revs. Larry Hakes and Kenneth Phares officiating.   

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hebron Cemetery, 3684 Ridge Road, Maysville, WV 26833 or Hospice Promise Foundation, c/o Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, Petersburg, WV  26847. 

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 


David Carl Berg, age 94, of Maysville, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 at his home while under the care of hospice. 

Born Oct. 5, 1925, in Jordan Run, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas Christian Berg and Ora Adaline (Turner) Berg. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Genevia (Rohrbaugh) Berg in 2019; one son-in-law, Gerald VanMeter; three brothers, Leon “Bob” Berg, Vence Berg, Vernon “Buss” Berg; several half brothers and half sisters. 

Mr. Berg was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of Cabins Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by one son, Roy Berg and wife, Mary of Maysville; one daughter, Shirley VanMeter of Petersburg, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Marty Berg, Dee Ann Barger, Todd Snyder, Stacey Snyder and Kelly Snyder; 10 great-grandchildren, Lucas Berg, Emma Berg, Tayeha Barger, Shalyn Barger, Jon Snyder, Parker Snyder, Nathan Snyder, Logan Wimer, Nicholas Wimer and Rebecca Snyder; and one sister, Betty Smith of Harrisonburg, Va.

Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Coleman Clark officiating. Interment was in the Goldizen Family Cemetery on Jordan Run Road, Maysville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Promise Foundation, c/o Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, Petersburg, WV  26847 or charity of choice. 

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

Aileen (Keplinger) Porter, age 72, of Maysville, W.Va., passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at her home. 

Born Oct. 20, 1947, in Petersburg, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Stanley Thomas Keplinger and Clara Dorothy (Rohrbaugh) Keplinger Rohrbaugh. In addition to her parents, Aileen was preceded in death by four brothers,  Gary Keplinger, Dale Keplinger, Gerald Keplinger and Leonard Keplinger.

Mrs. Porter was a homemaker. She loved taking care of her family, reading and working in the garden.  She was a member of Maysville Bible Brethren Church.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Larry M. Porter; one daughter, Suenette Barr and husband Donnie of Petersburg; one son, Marshall H. Porter of Rio, W.Va.;  six grandchildren Ashton, Riley and Chloe Barr, Addison, Lanie and Sadie Porter; one great-grandson, Rayden; five sisters, Dorothy Gillespie of Mount Storm, W.Va., Rose Wratchford and husband Larry of Petersburg, Thelma Kuykendall and husband Sloan of Buckhannan, Va., Madaline Hoffard of Westminster, Md. and Linda Hedrick and husband Leroy of Maysville.

Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating.  Interment was at Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Promise Foundation, c/o Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, Petersburg, WV 26847, Gideons International or charity of choice.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

John William Frye Jr., age 58, of Cedar Bluff, Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va. 

Born June 14, 1962, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of Elizabeth Frye Ruoff and the late John William Frye Sr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Weimer Frye; and one stepbrother, William Charles Ruoff.  

He was a 1980 graduate of Fairmont Senior High and 1986 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle, as well as studying the Bible and loving God. 

He was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Wittens Mill. He volunteered with Helping Hands Hospice and mentored many pharmacy students and volunteered at The Appalachian School of Pharmacy. “Johnny Bill” was also a funny guy who had a knack for finding the humor in any situation. 

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sara Dickens Frye; two children, Jason Allen Frye and Lindsay Ann Frye; three grandchildren, Boston Michael Frye, Ella Kate Frye, and Eli Edward Frye; one stepdaughter, Ashley Nicole Rose and husband, Douglas Ward. He is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth Frye Ruoff; stepfather, William D. Ruoff; one brother, Mark Edward Frye; two stepsisters, Lori Ruoff Joyce and Suzanne Ruoff; one special nephew, Ernest Weimer Smith. John also loved his aunts and uncles, Andrew Frye Jr., Mary Frye, Paul Frye, Carl Edward Weimer Jr., and Margaret Weimer Boor. 

Funeral services were Friday afternoon at Peery and St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. with Pastor Chuck Trent officiating. Burial was at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 21301 S. Tamiami Trl Ste 320 PMB 226, Estero, FL 33928.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com  

Arthur “Honey” David Wratchford, 76, passed away on Sept. 15, 2020 at UPMC Western Maryland.  

He was born in Petersburg, W.Va. on July 16, 1944, to the late Homer and Nellie Wratchford.  In addition to his parents he was proceeded in death by his siblings Curtis “Buddy” Wratchford, Orvial “Chic” Wratchford, Wanda “Kay” Read, Ema Jean Rohrbaugh and Virgal Wratchford.  

Honey had many different jobs over his life and traveled for them often. He mostly liked to play bingo, gamble out at Rocky Gap Casino and watch old western movies. Arthur was a lifelong Washington Redskins fan and learned of their season opening win shortly before passing. 

He is survived by a son Branson Wratchford and a daughter Audra Wratchford; three brothers, John Wratchford of Petersburg, Homer Wratchford and wife Rose of Petersburg and Jack Wratchford and wife Jean of Cumberland, Md.; and one sister, Nelly Allanson of Petersburg. Arthur also leaves behind a large extended family, many friends, and a best friend, Buck Robinson.

Arthur will be cremated and his family plans to have a memorial service at a later date. 

Scarpelli Funeral Home P.A. is assisting the family. 

Darl Lenwood Reel, age 86, passed away on Sept. 13, 2020, at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, W.Va. 

Born May 31, 1934, in Dorcas, W.Va, he was the son of the late Eston Henry Reel and Lena Fostie (Riggleman) Reel and was the last remaining member of his family and the last remaining grandchild of David Clinton Mongold. He was preceded in death by siblings: Elsie Helmick, Nelletta Markwood, Dave, Leota, Claude and Pete Reel.

Mr. Reel is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Diane Flanagan (Robert David) of Petersburg, W.Va; two granddaughters, Desiree N. Turner (Patrick) and Gabriella Faith Flanagan (Rodger Miller); two great-grandsons, Bryce W. Turner and Wyatt Kohen Miller, all of Dorcas, W.Va; one stepgranddaughter, Brittany R. Shuck (Chad) of Keyser, W.Va; his ex-wife, Anna K. (Mallow) Reel Kemp; one sister-in-law, Pauline Reel; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his surviving family, is his loyal dog companion of 13 years, Pebbles.

In 1985, Darl started attending service at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and was a faithful member ‘til the end, believing Calvin Redman was the best preacher anyone could have. He was as dedicated to hard work almost as much as his faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran. 

From the age of 15, Darl had been a poultry grower in addition to raising cattle. Passionate about all animals, he would stop to move turtles out of the roads, regularly feed the birds, squirrels and deer, and rode horses as a past time in his younger years. Driving around in his truck with Pebbles was his favorite thing to do. His passion didn’t stop there though. He enjoyed fixing up old vehicles, doing farm work, and being with his family. Darl believed in everyone and encouraged us to never give up and keep fighting. His strength and words of wisdom are forever in our hearts.

Funeral services were Friday morning at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, with Pastor Calvin Redman officiating. Interment was in the Sites Cemetery, Dorcas. Military graveside rites were accorded by the Potomac Highlands VFW Post #6454 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. 

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. 

Dr. John Edgar Glover, age 78, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 13, 2020.  

Born September 9, 1942 in Franklin, W.Va., he was the son of James Edward Glover and Martha Maxine Shobe Glover both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

Dr. Glover is survived by his wife, Rosanne Harper Glover and daughter, Dr. Anne Glover Posey and husband Kevin, two very special grandsons, Cameron Franklin Posey and Chase Oliver Posey.  Also surviving are a sister-in-law, two nephews and their families and several cousins.

Dr. Glover graduated Valedictorian of the Petersburg High School Class of 1960 and continued his education at West Virginia University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He worked in private practice in Petersburg for 46 years and was an adjunct Professor at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics for several years.

In 1969 he was selected to serve on the Grant County Board of Health, a position he continued until the present time. He also served as the Grant County Coroner for many years.

He was active in the Potomac Valley Dental Association, served West Virginia as an alternate delegate to the American Dental Association meeting in San Francisco, California in 1998 and was elected to the position of President of the West Virginia Dental Association in 1999.

Dr. Glover had served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pendleton Community Bank since 1999 and did not want to ever miss a meeting. He was currently serving as its Vice Chairman.

He served four terms on the Grant Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Grant County Housing Authority and had served as Treasurer for the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He had a sense of humor and was viewed as a very jovial person. He took all of his community positions very seriously and wanted all the boards on which he served to be productive, progressive and successful.

He was a life-long member of the Main Street United Methodist Church.

Dr. Glover was a 50 year member of Joseph W. Summers Lodge, #173, AF & AM, Morgantown, W.Va. and also a 50 year member of Petersburg Chapter #146, Order of the Eastern Star.

He felt led to donate to the St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota, Boys Town and to the “Make A Wish Foundation.” Over the years, for his faithful contributions, he received numerous certificates, blankets, shirts, note pads, gift bags etc. from these organizations.  He had a special place in his heart for the less fortunate and ill.

He had a love for the outdoors and in his earlier years, enjoyed hunting and fly fishing. This past summer he had the special opportunity to help his grandsons learn how to cast a line and shoot targets.

Due to the Covid Pandemic, services will be held at a later date. The body has been cremated and inurnment will be at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin, W.Va.

Memorials may be made to the Grant County Health Department, Petersburg Fire Department, Grant County Ambulance Service or charity of choice.

Arrangements are by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Cleates L. Dolly Sr., 79, of Burlington, W.Va., died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at his residence.

Born Sept. 12, 1940, he was a son of the late James A. and Mabel A. (Ross)Dolly. He also was preceded in death by his wife Mary L. Dolly on July 21, 2014; one son, Cleates L. Dolly Jr. and one brother, LeeRoy Dolly.

Mr. Dolly was formerly employed with both Pilgrim’s Pride in Moorefield, W.Va. and with Kessel Saw Mill. He was a member of the Knobley Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are his children, Sharon Jordan of Elk Garden, W.Va., Edward Dolly and wife Michelle of Petersburg, W.Va. and Elizabeth Miller of Burlington; four stepchildren, Alicia Stemple of Spring Valley, Ill., Shawn Stemple and wife Erika of Manville, Ill., Sinde Phillips of Friendly, W.Va. and Elizabeth Parker and husband Dwight of Paw Paw, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving are six brothers, Roll Dolly and wife Judy of Antioch, W.Va., Roger Dolly and wife Mary of Burlington, Haise Dolly of Keyser, W.Va., Robert Dolly and wife Nicole of Harman, W.Va., Kenny Dolly of Ohio and Donald Dolly and wife Cindy of Burlington; and four sisters, Roxie Dolly of Burlington, Carol Burns and husband Bruce of Burlington, Jean Ketterman and husband Steve of Junction, W.Va. and Martha Black and husband Charles of Burlington.

A funeral service was conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, Wednesday afternoon, with Pastor Roger Leatherman officiating.

Interment was in Knobley Memorial Gardens, New Creek, W.Va.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Dolly’s obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Shawn Orland Myers, 46, of Glen Burnie, Md. and formerly of Cabins, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. 

Born Sept. 17, 1973, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Ann and Mike McGrady of Whiteford, Md. and the late Carl Myers.

In addition to his father, Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orland and Elsie Weese and Thomas and Mary Myers.

He is survived by two sons, Shawn Myers Jr.  and Michael Myers, both of Maryland; three daughters, Toni Myers, Paige Myers and Christina Myers all of Maryland; one brother, David and Melissa Myers of Maryland; two sisters, Sherry and Fred Ours of Cabins and Carol Graham of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be scheduled in Maryland at a later date. 

This obituary is a courtesy of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va.

William Brison “Jim” Alt, 79, of Lahmansville, W.Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, with his loving wife by his side, at Western Maryland Health Center, Cumberland, Md.

Born April 2, 1941, in Smoke Hole, W.Va., he was a son of the late John Frank “Doc” Alt and May Clara (VanMeter) Alt. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by four sisters, Wilma Wagner, Bertha Alt, Bessie Kimble and Zola Kile; and four brothers, Erwin Alt, Burley Alt, Raymond B. Alt and Charles F. Alt.

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy J. (Clark) Alt; special grandson, Casey Sites; special niece, Christy Friel;  five sisters, Thomasine Berg of Maysville, W.Va., Ganel (Bob) Armentrout of Upper Tract, W.Va., Millie (Larry) Hedrick of Timberville, Va., Sheila Jean (Richard) Kimble of Upper Tract and Kathleen Raker of Williamsburg, Pa.; two brothers, James A. (Jean) Alt of Warrenton, Va. and Loy (Kitty) Alt of Green Springs, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was a carpenter.  He and his wife Nancy owned N & J Sewing Shop in Petersburg. He was a member of the Brushy Run Church of God and attended Cornerstone Family Fellowship in Petersburg.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, all individuals entering the funeral home will be required to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 17,  at 1 p.m. in the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor P.J. Landis officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

Interment will be in Maysville Cemetery, May-sville, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Nancy J. Alt, 5405 Patterson Creek Road, Lahmansville, WV 26731. 

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Georgianna Mae (Reel) Wratchford, 90, of Petersburg, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

Born May 21, 1930, in Petersburg, she was a daughter of the late Elsie Lee Reel. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar Wratchford in 1969; two brothers, Clarence and William Reel; and two sisters, Alice Sites and Hilda Jean Ayers.

Georgianna retired from Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center in 1999. She attended the South Branch Baptist Church in Petersburg.

She is survived by five daughters, Sandy (Edgar Jr.) Hartman of Petersburg, Karen (Don) Alt of Petersburg, Joyce (Matthew) Engle of Cabins, W.Va., Lisa Evans of Petersburg and Connie Evans of Petersburg; five grandchildren, Jenny Turner, Brian (Angie) Engle, Eric (Kimberly) Hartman, Brandon Evans and Nicole (R.J.) Wilson; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Curtis (Elda Lee) Reel of Ohio and Carson Wayne (Marsha) Reel of Richmond, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was Monday morning in the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Matt Perrine officiating. Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to South Branch Baptist Church, P.O. Box 65, Petersburg, WV 26847 or charity of  choice.  

Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.                    

David E. Redfern, 50, of Burlington, W.Va., died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at West Virginia University Medical Center, Morgantown, W.Va.  

Born Aug. 28, 1969, in Decatur, Ill., he was a son of Theron E. and Cheri K. (Davis) Redfern of Lovington, Ill. 

He was a 1987 graduate of Lovington High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Lakeland College, Mattoon, Ill.

For the last 21 years, David, along with Kristine, operated the Spade Land and Live Stock LLC and Spade Angus Beef of Burlington. They were breeders and raised quality Angus cattle and were awarded champion honors throughout the United States. 

David was an avid team roper, having been very competitive in the United States. In his past times he enjoyed golfing, competitive archery and forging and fining his hand crafted knives. He enjoyed his social time spent in communication with his vast amount of friends.

Left to cherish his memory are the love of his life of 21 years, Kristine E. Whipp; his special children, Boomer, Gabrielle Elizabeth and Crash; his sisters, Trisha VanLanken and husband Mark of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Kelly Redfern Bolt of Decatur; and one brother, TG Redfern and wife Dawn of Lovington. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of David’s life was held at the Brookdale Farm, George Run Road in Fort Ashby, W.Va. on Wednesday afternoon.

David received his blood donations from the American Red Cross and would be honored to have memorial donations made in his memory to American Red Cross, c/o Blood Donors Program, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037. 

Condolences may be left for the family after David’s obituary at www.markwoodfuneralhome.com.  

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