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Donnie Lee Keplinger, 75, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at his home.
Born Nov. 22, 1945, in Fort Ashby, W.Va., he was a son of the late Guy Ullysus Keplinger and Nellie May (Groves) Keplinger.  He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Glenn Paul Keplinger, David Keplinger and Guy Adams Keplinger; and two sisters, Annabell Keplinger Varner and Betty Jean Keplinger Cook.
He is survived by his wife, Adeline “Addy” (Mongold) Westfall Kep- linger; one sister, Clara May Keplinger Kiddy of Parkersburg, W.Va. and one brother, Elwood Glen Keplinger of Petersburg.
He worked for Pilgrim’s Pride and attended Rough Run Church of the Brethren.
Funeral services were Thursday morning at Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Ray Church and the Rev. Randy Mongold officiating. Interment was in the Mongold Family Cemetery, Rough Run, W.Va.
Those who wish to remember Donnie in a special way, may make memorials to charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.         (3-2-21)

Jerry Bruce Kitzmiller, 83, of Smyrna, Tenn. and formerly of Mount Storm, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at his home.
Born Dec. 12, 1937, in Westernport, Md., he was a son of the late Jesse Oliver Kitzmiller and Leona Mildred (LaRue) Kitzmiller.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Kitzmiller and Kenneth Kitzmiller; and one sister-in-law, Anna Mae Kitzmiller.
Jerry is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Showalter) Kitzmiller; one son, Matthew Kitzmiller (Kimberly) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Stephanie Kitzmiller and Catarina Wooding (Brendon) of Tennessee; five great-grandchildren; six brothers, John Kitzmiller (Margaret) of Mount Storm, Robert Kitzmiller (Mary Jean) of Clearwater, Fla., Richard “Pete” Kitzmiller (Linda) of Mount Storm, Roger Kitzmiller of Mount Storm, Daniel Kitzmiller (Carla) of Purcellville, W.Va. and Charles “Randy” Kitzmiller of Mount Storm; one sister-in-law, Barbara Kitzmiller, of Mount Storm; and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry served in the U.S. Army. He was a long time member of LifePoint Church in Smyrna, where he faithfully attended and served.
Funeral services were Monday morning at the Mount Storm Methodist Church with the Rev. Rebecca L. Bennett officiating. Interment was in Mount Storm Cemetery with military honors by the Petersburg VFW Post 6454 and West Virginia Army Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Jerry in a special way, may make memorial gifts to Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Blessing.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, W.Va. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.         (3-2-21)

Lysle Eugene Rohrbaugh, 61, of  Maysville, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at his home.
Born on April 29, 1959, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late Chester Lyle Rohrbaugh and Lola Belle (Combs) Rohrbaugh.
Lysle is survived by his wife of 32 years, R. Helen (Whetzel) Rohrbaugh; two daughters, Jennifer (Rohrbaugh) Fletcher and husband Eronn of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Johanna Dolly and husband Marcus of Lahmansville, W.Va; two sons, Daniel “Bub” Evans and wife Kimberly of Maysville and John Wallace of Petersburg; eight grandchildren, Aden Fletcher, Addison Fletcher, Shenea Long and husband Jeremy, Jordan Williams, Stephen Dolly, Collette Dolly, Mason Evans and Maggie Evans;  three great-grandchildren, Hadassah Long, Estee Long and Yosiah Long; one aunt, Mabel George and husband Otha of Petersburg; one uncle, Roy Combs and wife Sue of Inwood, W.Va.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Kevin Keplinger.
Lysle was a graduate of Petersburg High School and worked for Smith Transport of Roaring Springs, Pa.
Funeral services are today, (Tuesday) at 1 p.m. at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Charles “Chaz” Stoner officiating.  Interment will be in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.
Those who wish to remember Lysle in a special way, may make memorials to the family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.                      
(3-2-21)

Bishop Raeford L. “Ray” Black, 75, of 154 Woodlawn Drive, Petersburg, W.Va., went to his heavenly home Sunday, Feb. 21, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Bishop Black was born on Dec. 12, 1945 in Winnsboro, S.C. and was a son of the late Franklin Douglas Black Sr. and Louise Annie (Hudson) Black.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Black; one son, Raeford Leonard “Lenny” Black II of Burien, Wash.; one daughter Dr. Michelle Sheri (Black) Braden and husband Steven Braden of Charlottesville, Va.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Sandra Quimby of California; and one brother, Franklin D. Black Jr. of South Carolina.
Bishop Ray and his wife, Pastor Yvonne Black were faithful pastors of the Petersburg Church of God the past three years. He was a police chaplain for several years in Ontario, Calif. as well as Williamsburg, Pa.
He was always known as a very generous and kind-hearted man. When one hears the saying, “he would give you the shirt off his back”, this statement could not be more true than it was with Bishop Black. There were times people would complement something he was wearing, such as a watch or a jacket and people have witnessed him (many times) take off whatever the person just complimented him on and give it to them. He completely believed in righteousness, however, he was never harsh. Rather, he was always kind, loving and tender in his approach and his message.
Graveside services were Thursday afternoon in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, with Administrative Bishop Daniel Hampton, the Reverend Kim Swindell and Bishop Douglas Bowers officiating.
Those who wish to remember Bishop Black in a special way, may make memorial gifts to his wife, Yvonne Black, 154 Woodlawn Drive, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Arrangements were bySchaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.            (3-2-21)

Roger W. Hall, 67, of Lower Knobley Road, New Creek, W.Va., died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, W.Va.
Born Jan. 25, 1953, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late Austin and Eunice (Barb) Hall. He also was preceded in death by one sister, Mae Arnold; and two brothers, Austin Hall Jr. and Norman Hall.
Mr. Hall was formerly employed with Dixie & Narco as a supervisor and retired from Kraft in Winchester, Va. He enjoyed riding his side by side and deer hunting with his late father-in-law.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Joyce L. (Smith) Hall; three sons, Michael Hall and wife Nancy and David Hall, all of Miami, Fla. and Roger Hall II of New Creek; five grandchildren, Michael Hall Jr., Tyler Hall, Destiny Hall, Caitlyn Gorham and Bentley Hall and a great-grandchild “on the way.” Also surviving are two brothers, Marvin Hall and wife Judy, Raymond Hall and wife Helen, and one sister, Hope Harper and husband Ron, all of Buckhannon, W.Va.
A funeral service was conducted Sunday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, with Gary Zirk officiating.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Hall’s obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
(2-23-21)

Pastor Steven Edward Zywicki, 70, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Born Oct. 19, 1950, in Ludington, Mich., he was a son of the late George Kelosky and Joan (Johnson) Kelosky.  In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by one sister, Susan Frances Voelkel.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jackie (Harman) Zywicki; one son, Shaun Michael Zywicki and wife Pam of South Mill, N.C.; one daughter, Stacie Michelle Pratt and husband Russ of Dumfries, Va.; six grandchildren, Kristeena, Michael Jr., Samantha, Annie, Carlie and Steven “Eddie”; two great-grandchildren, Luther and Dakota; and one sister, Terry Hales of Branch, Ark.
Steve was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient.  He was an IT computer programer and electrician.  He was an ordained Baptist minister and was currently the pastor of North Mill Creek Baptist Church.   
Military graveside services by Petersburg VFW Post 6454 and West Virginia Marine Corps Honor Guard were Saturday afternoon at Kline Cemetery, Kline, W.Va., with Pastor Rick Bergdoll officiating.
Those who wish to remember Steve in a special way may make memorials to North Mill Creek Baptist Church, 1327 North Mill Creek Road, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.           (2-23-21)

Harold Delmar George Sr., age 94, of  Maysville, passed away at his son’s residence in Petersburg on Feb. 17, 2021, under the care of hospice.
Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Pearl Eston and Ella Kathryn (Kuykendall) George. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Cecil Lois “Cissy” George and two infant sons.
He is survived by his second wife of nearly 30 years, Claudia Hope Rexrode George. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, James, Ernest “Satchel,” Merlin “Midge” and Clifton “Joe” George, and his one sister, Evelyn George Self.
Mr. George enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 15 by lying about his date of birth and served on the boat, USS LCI(G) 726 in the Pacific during WWII making 6 beach landings in the Philippines. He served in the Navy six years before returning to W.Va. He worked for Celanese, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Southern States, O’Sullivan Rubber and retired from Rockingham Poultry Hatchery Division. In retirement he worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Judy’s Drug Store. He also was formerly a member of the American Legion John M. Golliday Post 64. He enjoyed sports and his family. He was the oldest son and took his responsibilities seriously.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Mary Gonzalez; his son, Pastor Harold D. George, Jr. (Cheryl); his grandchildren Daniel Gonzalez (Jen Shimp), Julia Gonzalez (Awbrey McIntosh), and Jessica George; as well as his great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Caydence and Keegan Gonzalez, Hector Vasquez Jr and Awbrey McIntosh, III, and Liam George. Also surviving are stepchildren, Danny (Lora) Mitters, Sharon (Gale) Merritt, Doug (Ellen) Rexrode, Donald (Debra) Rexrode, Sheila Williamson, Suenette (Joshua) Kuykendall, and many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat- grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his brothers, Junior George, Donald George and Otha George and many nieces and nephews.
Services were Monday morning at the Schaeffer Funeral Home with Pastor Ted Anderson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Hospice Promise Foundation” Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Ste 2, Petersburg, WV 26847 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. (2-23-21)

Michelle Christine Mallow, 44, of Cabins, died  Tuesday, Feb. 16, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Born Oct. 9, 1976, in Prince William, Va., she was the daughter of Freddie Dean Mallow of Cabins and the late Nora (Coppe) Mallow.
Ms. Mallow was a 1995 graduate of Petersburg High School and was a Christian by faith. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her fiance, Jay Juker of Cabins; one daughter, Madison Juker of Cabins; one son, Blake Juker of Cabins; two brothers, John Coppe of Moorefield, and Michael Mallow of Cabins; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Monday afternoon at Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Tommy George officiating. Interment was at the South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.
Memorials may be made to the family c/o the Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.         (2-23-21)

On Monday, February 15, 2021, Richard Edward Dowdy Sr. of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away peacefully at his home, with his longtime friend and caregiver Norma Jean Rader, and daughter Nancy by his side.
Richard enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family and friends deeply. He shared freely of his time and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to others. Richard was a spirited conversationalist, especially when it came to reflecting on his days in the military and communicating the events of that time. He was sharp, quick witted, and engaging until the very end, and never hesitated to express his opinion or point of view.
He was masterful at building and carpentry, an avid home gardener with a green thumb, and extremely skilled at researching genealogy. He looked forward to exercising, the lunchtime specials, and gathering with friends at the Petersburg Senior Center during his later years. Richard was an honorable and principled man, who will be missed by many.
Richard was born in Baltimore, Md., on April 28, 1923, and was the son of the late Henry David and Amanda Jane (Tharpe) Dowdy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his dear wife Anna Marjorie (Adams) Dowdy, son Richard Edward Dowdy Jr., brother Floyd Ivan Dowdy, and sister Thelma Louise Worthen.
Richard is survived by his daughter Nancy (Dowdy) Sisk and husband Robert of Petersburg, W.Va.; sons William D. Dowdy of Linthicum Heights, Md. and Brian C. Dowdy of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren Grant K. Sisk and wife Breein of Fairmont, W.Va., Morgan R. Sisk and wife Kendall of West Chester, Pa., Shana F. Hull and husband Matthew of Troutville, Va.; and six great-grandchildren Raegan Sisk, Olivia Sisk, Kaylen Hull, Avery Sisk, Jaxon Sisk and Beau Hull.
Richard was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. He was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, but left Poly early in November 1942 to join the Army Air Force and fight for his country during WWII. Richard attended Aircraft Armament school, Aviation Cadet training, Aerial Gunnery school, and Armorer Gunner training, and subsequently held the position of Staff Sergeant military policeman and tail gunner.
Before his honorable discharge in October 1945, Richard successfully completed 51 missions as tail gunner on the heavy American bomber B-24 Liberator. In later years, Richard continued his patriotism by regularly attending annual 376th Heavy Bombardment Air Force reunions that were held at various locations across the U.S.
In addition, he accomplished his 32nd degree as a Freemason of the Masonic Lodge, and held membership in the VFW Post #200, Hampstead, Md., as well as Petersburg W.Va. Post #6454. Richard had a successful 42-year-long career with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, where he held numerous positions including master gas fitter, appliance specialist, supervisor and technical instructor. Richard retired from BGE in 1985.
The funeral service at Schaeffer Funeral Home Inc., Petersburg W.Va., will be limited to immediate family, only. Interment will be at the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va., where he will join his beloved wife and son.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the ALS Association.           
Arrangements are by Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, W.Va.
(2-23-21)

Lloyd Melvin Barger, 68, formerly of Maysville, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, Petersburg, W.Va.
Born Oct. 5, 1952, in Maysville, he was a son of the late Denver Barger and Mabel (Flanagan) Barger. In addition to his parents, Lloyd was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Denver Barger; and two nieces, Denise Barger Lahman and Stephanie Hedrick Bible McCausley.
He is survived by three sisters, Barbara (Larry) Reynolds of Maysville,  Sandy (Buck) Hedrick of Petersburg and Ruthie (Don) Watts of Cabins, W.Va.; one brother,  Blaine (Tammy) Barger of Maysville;  two nieces, six nephews; 12 great-nieces and nephews; several cousins and a special cousin, Kevin “Fuzz” Barger.
Lloyd was a member of the Jordan Run Union Church of the Brethren and had worked several years at Allegheny Mining prior to his illness.
A graveside service was Wednesday afternoon at the South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg, with Pastor Harold Cullers officiating.
Those who wish to remember Lloyd 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.          (2-23-21)

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