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George Edward Bennett, 67, of Cabins, W.Va., passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021.
Born Dec. 20, 1953, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late Otis Woodrow Bennett and Katherine (Michael) Bennett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Leon Bennett, Lyle Bennett and Roger Bennett.
George is survived by two sisters, Gladys (Sonny) Hedrick of Maysville, W.Va. and Helen Goldizen of Warrenton, Va.; three brothers, James “Jim” Bennett of Maysville, Marvin (Jody) Bennett of Manassas, Va. and Lester Bennett of Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews.
George attended Petersburg High School. He was a heavy equipment operator and construction worker. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Services will be private and burial in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (7-27-21)
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Ronnie Alan Holmes, 80, of Petersburg, W.Va., died Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at his residence in Petersburg.
Born March 5, 1941, in Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lawrence Earl Holmes and Anna LaVer (Pauline) Holmes. In addition to his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by one sister, Marsha McDaniel; and a special Aunt Celia.
He is survived by two sons, Brett Thompson of Ripley, W.Va. and Brian Holmes of Vista, Calif.; one daughter, Devonna Shaffer of Springfield, Ohio; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his faithful furry friend, Molly.
Ronnie served in the U.S. Army. He was a Department of Motor Vehicles inspector in West Virginia and owned Potomac Motors in Moorefield, W.Va. He loved flying planes and driving fast cars. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Petersburg and was an Ordinance worker in Washington, D.C. Temple.
Funeral services were Saturday morning at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Petersburg, with Bishop Richard Whetzel and Elder Steve Kimble officiating.
Potomac Highlands VFW Post 6454 conducted military honors at the church following the funeral service
Interment was Monday afternoon in Sunset Memorial Park, 4301 MacCorkle Avenue SW, Charleston, WV 25309.
Those who wish to remember Ronnie in a special way, may make memorials to charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (7-27-21)
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Pauline (Sites) Mongold, 91, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg.
Born January 13, 1930, in Franklin, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Noah Washington Sites and Myrtle Pauline (Kessel) Sites. In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Maxwell Mongold Sr. in 1998; her companion, Teddy H. Keplinger in 2014; two sons, Homer Maxwell Mongold Jr. and Larry S. Mongold; one daughter, Sandra L. Mongold; one brother, Donald Sites; two sisters, Twila Plauger and Betty Borrell; two half sisters, Leta Nelson and Ruth Frye; and two half brothers, Noah Sites Jr. and Leon “Speedy” Sites.
Pauline is survived by one son, Ronnie Mongold of Terra Alta, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Scott (Shelley) Mongold of Maysville, W.Va., Jeremy Mongold of Maysville, Jonathan Mongold of Indiana, Pa., Kevin Mongold of Keyser, W.Va., Miranda Mongold of Petersburg and Randy Mongold of Brandywine, W.Va.; several great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson; one sister, Janet L. Crites of Petersburg; one brother, Rudy (Patty) Sites of Keyser; and several nieces and nephews.
Pauline worked for the sewing factory in Petersburg and was a cook at Petersburg High School for several years. She formerly attended Maysville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were Saturday afternoon in the chapel of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with the Rev. Joseph Gerstell officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.
Those who wish to remember Pauline in a special way, may make donations to Ladies Auxiliary of Maysville Volunteer Fire Company.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (6-22-21)
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Judith Elaine Reel, 68, passed away in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 12, 2021.
Judith was born at the Veach-Townsend Clinic in Petersburg, W.Va., on February 20, 1953.
She grew up in Maysville, W.Va., attended Maysville Elementary and graduated from Petersburg High School in 1971.
Judith lived in Norfolk, Va.; Mountainview, Calif.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. She worked as a hotel maid, house sitter, senior care provider, groundskeeper for a tree farm and as a landscaper. Judith never met a stranger. She enjoyed gardening and working with her hands.
Judith was preceded in death by her parents, Philip N. Reel and Josephine May (Heger) Reel. She was also preceded in death by an infant nephew, William Brent Harrison.
She is survived by her six siblings, Joseph N. Reel and wife, Sharon, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Patricia McDowell of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Cathie Burke and husband, George, of Summit Point, W.Va., Edith Ziegler of Stephenson, Wash., Sandi Haynie of Reynolds, Ga. and Mary Greenwalt and husband, Gary, of Petersburg. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Telly Reel (Iris), Tyler Reel (Kristin), Amanda Jo Burke, Casey Burke, Brad McDowell (Katherine), Stephanie Ziegler, Ryan Haynie (Amanda) and Jaclynn Miller (Kenny). She is also survived by a number of great nieces and nephews as well as her dear friends, Keith and Christine Bush.
There will be no graveside services. Memorials for Judith may be sent to Gentle Care House, 1333 Darby Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. (6-22-21)
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David William Brown, age 73, of Maysville, W.Va., passed away on June 16, 2021, at his home.
He was born on April 28, 1948, in Charleston, W.Va., the son of the late William Donald and Rosa Helen (Paxton) Brown.
He was previously married to the mother of his children, Billie Jean (Turner) Brown, who survives in Petersburg, W.Va.
Mr. Brown was a 1966 graduate of Sutton High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a sergeant in charge of teletype and deciphering during the Vietnam War. David had worked at Island Creek Coal Company and later retired from Consol Coal Company. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America and Mountaintop Hunting Club. He was an avid gold and gun collector who always enjoyed the thrill of making a good deal.
In addition to the mother of his children, Mr. Brown is survived by one son, Ryan Andrew Brown (Charity Hix) of Charleston; one son-in-law, Joshua Kile of Maysville; three sisters, Teresa Durst (Randy) of Elk Garden, W.Va., Teresha Cosner (Larry) and Vanessa Brown, all of Gormania, W.Va.; two brothers, Gary Brown (Debra), Donnie Brown (Joyce), all of Gormania; and three grandchildren, McKeyin Stone Kile, Taylor Jordan Kile, and Shaylee Nicole Kile, all of Maysville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Jami Nicole Kile; and his aunt Nina Stout, who had a large role in his upbringing.
Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Joey Thomas offi ciating.
In honoring David’s wishes, his body will be cremated and his family will scatter his ashes at his beloved farm in Martin.
Memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. (6-22-21)
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Anthony Jackson “Tony” Sites, 60, of Winchester, Va., and formerly of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021, at his residence.
Born on Dec. 29, 1960, in Petersburg, he was a son of Shirley (George) Ebarb of Petersburg, and the late Jackson Orville Sites.
In addition to his mother, Shirley Ebarb, Tony is survived by his wife, Decerie (Hannah) Sites; one son, Dustin Sites and wife Amy of Frostburg, Md.; one daughter, Kaitlyn Sites of Martinsburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Mikalah Sites, Emmett Sites, Aviree Sites and Holden Heironimus; one sister, Roxanne Barrett of Moorefield, W.Va.; and two brothers, Michael Sites and Troy Sites, both of Petersburg.
According to Tony’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, WV 26847. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (6-22-21)
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REV. REGINALD L. GOLDIZEN
Rev. Reginald Lester “Reggie” Goldizen, 78, of Medley, W.Va., went to his heavenly home Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., after an extended illness.
Born Dec. 6, 1942, in Cabins, W.Va., he was the son of the late Rev. George Lester Goldizen and Dora Ruhama (Evans) Goldizen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Pauline (Goldizen) Kleinhelter; and two brothers, Virgil Goldizen and the Rev. John Goldizen. Reggie was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Reggie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy (Bergdoll) Goldizen; his daughter, Gayann (Goldizen) Veach and husband Jerry Veach of Lahmansville; two grandchildren, Hayley (Goldizen) Kessel and husband Aaron Kessel of Medley and Dalton Veach; two great-grandchildren, Kayson Jordan Kessel and Emori Layne Kessel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Reggie was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1961. He was a lifelong cattle and poultry farmer and owned and operated Pleasant Hill Farms in Medley. In addition, he was employed at Allied Egry for nearly 30 years. He also served on numerous boards including Southern States, Farm Bureau and Grant County Farm Service Agency Committee board.
Reggie’s faith was very important to him. He served in the capacity of song leader and church deacon for many years. In addition, he was a licensed minister of the Church of God and pastored the Davis Church of God, Davis, W.Va., for five years.
Reggie had an outgoing personality and never met a stranger. He always took time out of his day to talk with people and get to know them and their families. He loved spending his mornings at local restaurants and visited the stock sales weekly.
A funeral service was Tuesday morning at Rig Assembly of God Church with Pastor Brad Taylor and Pastor Fred Goldizen (Marlington, W.Va.) officiating. Interment was in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va.
Those who wish to remember Reggie in a special way, may make memorials to Rig Assembly of God Church, 10 Queens Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836 or The Gideons International.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhomecom. (6-8-21)
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ROY M. HEVENER
Roy M. Hevener, age 93, of Franklin, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Pendleton Manor in Franklin.
He was born on Feb. 19, 1928, in Deer Run, W.Va., the son of the late Daniel Ezra and Rena Mae (Dahmer) Hevener. Roy married Theda Carolyn (Skiles) Hevener, who preceded him in death on March 4, 1991.
Mr. Hevener attended Kline and Greenawalt Gap schools and was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He had worked as a school bus driver for Pendleton County Schools, sheep shearer, a farmer, and a carpenter. Roy was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the military police.
Mr. Hevener is survived by two sons, David Hevener (Diane) and Carl Hevener (Tammy Simmons), all of Deer Run; one sister, Lula Belle Kline (Tom) of Franklin; one brother-in-law, LeRoy Skiles (Carol) of Petersburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Wesley and Nathaniel Hevener, Jordan and Logan Miller; and four great-grandchildren, Luke, Harper, Wyatt, Cayson. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Claude, and John; two infant brothers; and one sister, Viola Watson.
Funeral services were Thursday morning, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with Pastor Mike Loudermilk officiating. Interment was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Sharon Harr, Treasurer, Siple Mountain Rd., Franklin, WV 26807 or to Mountain Hospice.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. (6-8-21)
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ROY E. KOONTZ
Roy Eston Koontz, 78, of Petersburg, W.Va., went to Heaven to be with the Lord, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Born Dec. 29, 1942, in Purgitsville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Junior and Blanche Koontz, who were residents of Romney, W.Va. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Sam McCarty; and three sisters, Mildred Reedy, Eva Eichelberger and Carrie Hedges.
Surviving is his wife, Erma Ours Koontz, 59 years of blessed marriage; four children Sherry (Tony) Sharp of Midland, Va., Michael (Julie) Koontz of Warrenton Va., Roy Christopher Koontz of Petersburg and Juliet Parrell of Brunswick Md.; three sisters Barbara Koontz of Petersburg, Alice (Butch) Casto and Helen (Jess) Kuykendall of Romney; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Roy was a graduate of Romney High School. He was a successful superintendent/project manager in Northern Virginia.
He was a business owner and master carpenter. He also served as deacon in the Assembly of God churches in Virginia and West Virginia.
His gracious and generous spirit touched all who had the pleasure to meet Roy. He never missed an opportunity to serve others and his infectious humor affected all who knew him.
He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Valley View Golf Course in Moorefield W.Va., enjoyed cruising and traveling with his family and watching the river from his back porch. (South Branch of the Potomac). He will be sadly missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.
The family would like to extend a warm and special thank you to the Petersburg hospice medical group.
Funeral services were Monday morning at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Coleman Clark officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Peterburg.
Those who wish to remember Roy in a special way, may make contributions to Cabins Assembly of God Church.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (6-8-21)
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Brock Richard Bland, age 20, of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Franklin, W.Va., as the result of an ATV accident.
He was born on October 2, 2000, in Buckhannon, W.Va., the son of Richard and Teresa Louise “Terri” (Yonce) Bland.
Brock was a 2019 graduate of Pendleton County High School and South Branch Career and Technical School. He attended Kentucky Welding Institute, where he became certified as an elite welder. He had worked for B&T Services in Joppa, Md., as a tower guy and was recently employed by A.L.L. Construction at Mount Storm, W.Va., as a certified welder. He was a member of the Laborers Union #379 and attended Living Faith Church.
Brock had a passion for the outdoors, he loved collecting old stuff, and he was great with cars and guns. He was a kind, gentle, and an amazing person to be around, and he was loved by everyone who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Brock leaves behind one sister, Denali Hedrick of Charleston, W.Va.; one brother; Hunter Hedrick of Alaska; and his girlfriend of three years, Marissa Hoover of Franklin.
Brock’s family will receive friends today (Tuesday) June 8, 6-8 p.m., at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 9, at 11 a.m., in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Theodore Bennett officiating. Interment will be in the Hedrick Cemetery, Seneca Rocks.
Memorials may be made to the Hedrick Cemetery, c/o Diane McMorrow.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. (6-8-21)
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JOSEPH P. McGINLEY
Joseph Patrick McGinley, 82, of Petersburg, W.Va., peacefully passed away June 5, 2021, after a long illness, at the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg.
He was born March 27, 1939 to Rex and Margaret Mulcahy McGinley in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Albion, Indiana the July following Joe’s birth.
Joe’s parents both preceded him in death; his mother in 1960 and his father in 1965. Joe was also preceded in death by his brother, Edward, who was killed in action in Brest France during World War II; two sisters, Ruthie Hiatt in 2005 and a sister, Peggy in infancy.
Joe married Viola Cathern (Kesner) Cripe in Fort Wayne, Ind. in July 1978. He is survived by his wife’s children, Kathy Ellen (Cripe) Crone, Robert Russell Cripe Jr., Deborah Sue Cripe and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wife’s son, Michael Richard Cripe, preceded him in death.
Joe is survived by his sister Catherine (Weldon) Mawhorter of Albion, Ind. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who grew up spending lots of time with Joe. Joe took them on adventures they would have missed out on had he not been around. They grew up loving their Uncle Joe.
Joe was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Albion, Ind. and later a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville, Ind.
He was honorabley discharged from the United States Marine Corps.
A funeral service will be Wednesday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Father Dan Peisano officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service.
Interment will be in North Mill Creek Cemetery, Dorcas, W.Va., with military honors by Grant County Veterans Honor Guard and West Virginia Marine Corps Honor Guard.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (6-8-21)
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Maxine Clarice (Barger) Bergdoll, 100, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home.
Born May 12, 1920, in Petersburg, she was a daughter of the late Max Clement Barger and Clarice Virginia (Shobe) Barger.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bergdoll was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Cletus Bergdoll in 1998; one son, Allan Cletus Bergdoll; one sister, Virginia Halterman; and one great-granddaughter, Tanya Simmons.
She is survived by one son, Roger W. Bergdoll of Petersburg; three daughters, Carolyn S. McGuire and husband Thomas of Petersburg, Frances Phares and husband Don of Petersburg and Mary V. Bergdoll of Petersburg; six grandchildren, L. Susan Williams, Amy V. Reiter, Allan D. Bergdoll, Rebecca L. McGuire Ours, T.C. McGuire Jr. and Aaron W. Bergdoll; eight great-grandchildren, Tesia, Jessica, Alyssa, Emily, Kaylin, John David, Levi, and Liam; five great-great- grandchildren, Michael, Ethney, Zoey, Branson and Rowan; daughter-in-law, Gail (Rush) Bergdoll of Canton, Ga.; one nephew, William M. Halterman and wife Roxanne; and two nieces, Wanda Bergdoll Curl and Barbara Bergdoll Ours.
Mrs. Bergdoll was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1939 and also a graduate of Catherman’s Business School in Cumberland, Md. She was a bookkeeper for Kelley Springfield Tire in Cumberland and Shawnee Milling Company in Petersburg.
Mrs. Bergdoll was a member of Hedrick Chapel United Methodist Church and was pianist for several years. She served on the Southern States Women’s Advisory Board. She also volunteered at Dorcas Elementary School.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook, seamstress and was known for her caramel ice cream.
A graveside service was conducted Sunday afternoon at the Bergdoll Family Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Hakes officiating.
Those who wish to remember Mrs. Bergdoll in a special way, may make contributions to the Bergdoll Family Cemetery, P.O. Box 1353, Petersburg, WV 26847, Burlington Family Services or charity of choice.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. (4-27-21)