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Donald Dwain Pennington, 65, of Upper Tract, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Pendleton Manor, Franklin, W.Va. 

Born Sept. 9, 1954, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ronald William Pennington and the late Thelma Catherline Alt.  He was also preceded in death by one brother, Gary Pennington; and one half brother, Ronnie VanMeter.

Mr. Pennington was a 1973 graduate of Petersburg High School and retired in 2017, after working 47 years as a truck driver for V. R. Mowry Trucking.

On June 18, 1977, Donald married Sherry Lynn (Smith) Pennington, who survives in Upper Tract, W.Va. He is also survived by one daughter, Brittany Roy (Cody) of Belington, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Aidynn DeShawne, Rylan DeShawne, Autumn and Rhiannon Roy; two half sisters, Rhonda Barger of Maysville, W.Va. and Loretta Alt of Petersburg. 

Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin chapel, with Pastor Eddie Mullenax officiating. Interment was in Kline Cemetery, Upper Tract. 

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Franklin, WV 26807. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. 

Harry Douglas Sexton, 74, of Cabins, W.Va., died Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born Aug. 13, 1945, in Fayetteville, N.C., he was the son of the late Getties Lee Sexton and Lottie (Matthews) Sexton.                 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna (Peck) Sexton in 2018. 

Harry is survived by a stepson, William “Joey” Oliver of Dumfries, Va. and a stepdaughter.               

Harry was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War during 1967-1969.  He made his career with the United States Secret Service and White House Police from 1970-1994.   After retirement he loved to play golf and was a Nascar fan. Harry had few friends, but highly valued them.  He was a quiet, patient and honest man.

Graveside services were Friday, July 3, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, with Pastor Rick Bergdoll officiating. Interment followed. 

Memorial donations may be made in Harry’s memory to the American Cancer Society.  

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneral home.com.    

Elaine Elizabeth Vance, 76, of Petersburg, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

Born Nov. 22, 1943, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Elizabeth (Parsons) Vance of Petersburg  and the late James Luther Vance.

Elaine was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1963.  She was a member of Sites Chapel United Methodist Church. 

In addition to her father, Elaine was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert J. “Bobby” Vance and infant Darl Vance.

Elaine is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Vance of Petersburg; one sister, Marietta Vance Smalling of Petersburg; two nephews, R.J. Vance II and wife Kristen and William G. “Bill” Vance, all of Petersburg; two great-nieces, Haley and Katrina Vance; two great-nephews, Austin and Jamie Vance; one great-great-niece, Zoey Bergeron; and two great-great-nephews, Riley and Brayden Bergeron. 

Funeral services were Friday afternoon in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with the Rev. Roger Harrison officiating.  Interment was in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va. 

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Elizabeth Vance, 1642 Elkhorn Rd., Petersburg, WV 26847, Sites Chapel United Methodist Church, 2392 Elkhorn Rd., Petersburg, WV 26847 or Riverside Church, P.O. Box 157, Cabins, WV 26855.   

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

Charles Edward Coffman, 92, died April 20, 2020 in Clearwater, Fla.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Moomau Coffman.  

Charlie Coffman was born in Clarksburg, W.Va. and attended public school there. He graduated from Fairmont College in Fairmont, W.Va. He worked in Grant County, W.Va. as a conservation officer and met his wife in Petersburg, W.Va.

Charlie Coffman was an astute investor and was able to retire early in life.  He and Margie moved to Virginia Beach where they often entertained family and friends. Charlie loved to travel and saw much of the world. He was an avid outdoorsman and was beckoned to Australia and New Zealand where he and Margie spent two very happy years. They shared time between their homes in Petersburg and Clearwater, and following Margie’s death, Clearwater became Charlie’s permanent home. 

Charlie was very well liked by his neighbors, always ready to help, give a ride or run errands for those less able. He was a kind and generous friend and family member and will be greatly missed. Charlie remained very close to the Petersburg Presbyterian Church in Petersburg.

A graveside service was held at Maple Hill Cemetery where his remains were buried next to his wife’s. His niece, Sarah Jane Moomau, gave a moving eulogy, extolling the qualities that made Charlie special to all of those who knew him.  

Survivors include a niece and two nephews, David Coffman of Gary, N.C. and Rodney Coffman of Worthington, Ohio, children of his brother Robert and the many nieces and nephews he always enjoyed from his wife’s family.

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.  

Annabelle Varner, 72, of Moorefield, died Friday, June 12, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. 

Born April 27, 1948 in New Creek, she was  the daughter of the late Ulysses Guy Keplinger and Nellie Mae (Groves) Keplinger.   In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: one infant son, John Harvey Kimble and 12 siblings.

Mrs. Varner attended school in New Creek. She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Kenneth Roy Varner, whom she married Aug. 15, 1985; one daughter, Andrea Marshall of Moorefield; one son, Gerald Wayne Kimble Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one stepson, Melvin Russel Kimble of Moorefield; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Clara May (Keplinger) Kiddy of Parkersburg; and two brothers, Donnie Keplinger and Elwood Keplinger, both of Petersburg.

Per Mrs. Varner’s request her body has been cremated. A celebration of life was Saturday morning at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg with Andrea Marshall officiating.

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

Ray H. Kitzmiller, 89, of Schell Road, Elk Garden, W.Va., died Monday, June 15, 2020, at the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born Nov. 3, 1930, in Elk Garden, he was a son of the late Lester and Beulah (Cosner) Kitzmiller.

Mr. Kitzmiller was a 1949 graduate of Bayard High School and retired in 1993 after 32 years of service from the Westvaco Luke Mill. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, was the oldest living member of the Mount Storm United Methodist Church and was a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Patricia A. (George) Kitzmiller; two children, Debbie Kimble and husband Gregory of Petersburg and Gary Kitzmiller and wife Tammy of Elk Garden; four grandchildren, Carson Kimble, Payden Kimble and wife Whitney, Logan Kitzmiller and wife Renee and Amanda Kitzmiller; and three great-grandchildren, Hailey Kimble, Liam Kitzmiller and Peyton Kimble.

Funeral services were Friday morning at the Mount Storm United Methodist Church with Pastor Rebecca Bennett officiating.

Interment was in the Rehobeth Cemetery, Schell Road, Elk Garden, where graveside military honors were accorded.

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

Edward Coolidge Lyons Jr., 49, of Maysville, died Friday, June 19, in Petersburg, as the result of an automobile accident. 

Born Sept. 21, 1970, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Loretta Frances (Kline) Lyons Clark and the late Edward Coolidge Lyons Sr. He was also preceded in death by one stepgrandson; and one sister, Cindy Lyons.

Mr. Lyons attended Petersburg High School and was a Christian by faith. He owned and operated Big Ed’s Garage in Maysville.

He is survived by one son, Harley D. Lyons of Maysville; one stepson, Cody Bland of Maysville; one stepdaughter, April Whetzel of Petersburg; three sisters, Charlotte Mongold of Mathias, Leotie Heavener of Maysville and Loretta Mills of Baker; and seven stepgrandchildren. 

Mr. Lyons’ family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 24, from 1-6 p.m., at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. A private funeral service will be Thursday, June 25 in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Rick Bergdoll officiating. Interment will be in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. 

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basgic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Pastor Otha C. “Coal Miner” Hinkle, 78, of Scherr, died Thursday, June 18, at Piney Valley Nursing Home, Keyser. 

Born  Dec. 4, 1941, in Rough Run, he was the son of the late Ernest W. Hinkle and Wilma (Borror) Hinkle. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Reginald Hinkle and one sister, Judith Dove.

Mr. Hinkle attended school in Durgon. He retired from Allegheny Mining Company, Mount Storm, as a former truck driver and truck foreman. He was later employed at Grant County Mulch as a dispatcher and truck driver. He was a member and longtime pastor of the Boots Hill Community Church, Dorcas. He was a former member of the Grant County Board of Education and the NRA.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha Jane (Vance) Hinkle, of Scherr, whom he married on Nov. 6, 1963; two sons, Clyde Hinkle of Petersburg and Kenneth Hinkle of Lahmansville; three sisters, Bonnie Crites of Capon Bridge, Juanita See of Durgon, and Beverly Judy of Moorefield; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services  were Monday morning at the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville with Pastors Calvin Redman and Ronnie Boyd officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

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

Jamie Marie Ramsey,  63, of Maysville, formerly of Nebraska, died Wednesday, June 10, at her residence.  

Born Oct. 10, 1956, in Hampton, Va., she was the daughter of Rose Marie (Lane) Mason of Hampton and the late James Lee Mason. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Sherry Grabinski.

Mrs. Ramsey attended school in Hampton, and was a former bartender in Nebraska. 

She is also survived by her husband, Albert Ramsey of Nebraska; one daughter, Katherine Terrill of Nebraska; one sister, Barbara Napier of Maysville; two brothers, James Lee Mason Jr. and Charles Stanley Mason, both of Hampton; and four grandchildren.

Per Mrs. Ramsey’s request her body has been cremated. 

Memorials may be made to Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, Petersburg, WV 26847. 

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

Gregory Allen Masemer, 69, of Lahmansville, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at his home. Greg had battled cancer for the past 10 months. 

Born in York Springs, Pa. on October 26, 1950,  Greg was oldest of seven children born to Frank and Marian Masemer of York Springs, Pa. He was preceded in death by both parents.

He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Mary Salmon of Lahmansville; four sisters, Deborah Kern and husband Glen of York Springs, Linda Hiendel and husband Don of York Springs, Martha Grimm and husband Paul of East Berlin, Pa. and Mycala Stelter and husband Brad of New Cumberland, Pa.; two brothers, Steven Masemer and wife Sue of Minnesota and J. Douglas Masemer and wife Lesa of Thomasville, Pa.; three daughters, Kimberly Masemer-Kuhn and husband Kelly of New Oxford, Pa., Tamany Masemer-Silvestri and husband Sebastien of Beverly Hills, Calif. and Stacia Ratcliff and husband Jeff of Maysville, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, McKensie, Skylar, Amelie, Angelique, Khloe and Kindall; and two stepgrandchildren.

Greg was a renowned self-taught taxidermist with 50 years of experience. With his love of the outdoors and wildlife it allowed him to capture the most realistic look as possible for his profession. Greg was an avid trapper and fur trader. He also enjoyed hunting and collecting artifacts. Greg liked to spend time going to auctions to socialize with friends and look for antiques. He made many friends throughout his life and travels and will always be remembered, loved and missed deeply.

Greg’s wishes were to be cremated.  Presently, memorial plans for the family are incomplete. Memorials can be made to the family c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, 11 N. Main Street, Petersburg, WV 26847 to help with expenses. Any additional donations collected will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Greg’s memory.                                                                                                                                         

Condolences may be left at www.schaefferfu neralhome.com.

Norman Paul Liller, 85, of Hideaway Drive, Moorefield, W.Va., passed away Saturday evening, June 13, 2020, at Pendleton Manor, Franklin, W.Va. 

Born Dec. 13, 1934, in Purgitsville, W.Va., he was a son of the late Paul Liller and Anna Rebecca George Liller. Three brothers, Harlan, Kenny and Glen, preceded him in death.

Norman was a 1952 graduate of Romney High School, a member of the Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren and a member of the Moorefield Lodge #29 A.F.&A.M. Norman, along with his sons and grandsons, was an outdoorsman, enjoying time hunting and fishing. He enjoyed watching sports in general, but more when his grandsons were playing.

Surviving are two sons, Greg (Pamela K. Wilson) Liller of Franklin and Bill (Christine) Liller of Moorefield; one brother, Edgell (Jeanie) Liller of Moorefield; and two grandsons, Avery (Rebekah) Liller and Zack Liller.

A committal service was Friday morning in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield, with Pastor Rick Bergdoll officiant.

Memorials may be directed to the Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, 3597 SR 55, Moorefield, WV 26836 or Hardy County Rod & Gun Club, Building Fund, 60 South Fork Estates III Road, Moorefield, WV 26836. 

Condolences, shared memories and photos may be left on Norman’s tribute wall at www.fraleyfuneralhome.com. 

DeWayne “Jake” Hawk, 85, beloved husband, father and grandfather, was called to his eternal resting place Friday, June 5, 2020. 

Born March 18, 1935, he was the son of the late Dewey and Nellie (Cosner) Hawk. Jake was also preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca in 1996; a son, Carl DeWayne in 2004; a brother, Eugene Hawk; and two sisters, Ruth Janoski and Dorothy Hoeck.

He is survived by his wife, Irene (Cosner) Hawk; a son, Gary Hawk (Jackie) of Oakland, Md.;  two daughters, Evelyn Hawk and Diane Junkins (Denny) both of Mount Storm, W.Va.; grandchildren, Brian Hawk (Rebecca), Kevin Junkins (Emily), Randy Junkins, Caleb Hawk, Brianna Hawk, Rebecca Hawkinberry (Nick), Joseph Hawk, Benjamin Hawk, Christopher Sparbell, Lance Sparbell and Patrick Sparbell (Alycia); five great-grandchildren; brothers, Loren, Larry and Jerry Hawk; sisters, Sylvia Fulayter and Sandy Waybright; along with several nieces and nephews.

Jake was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Mount Storm Presbyterian Church.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus, all services will be private with only immediate family in attendance. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Mount Storm Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 226, Mount Storm, WV 26739.

The C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., Oakland, is honored to serve the Hawk family at this time.    

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