Our hearts and prayers go out to the following families.


To the family of our classmate Bill Lowther.

William Cecil “Bill” Lowther, 85, of Mineral Wells, went to be with the Lord March 29, 2017 from his residence

William Cecil “Bill” Lowther, 85, of Mineral Wells, went to be with the Lord March 29, 2017 from his residence.

He was born in Mineral Wells September 13, 1931 a son of the late Ira Edwin Lowther and Mary Delphia (Straley) Lowther.

In the course of Bills life, he has faithfully served the Lord as a member and deacon of many Baptist Churches. He retired in 1989 after 37 years of employment as a CSX freight conductor, past Commander and member of Veteran of Foreign War Post #5575, past master of Masonic Lodge #169, and member of South Camp Parkersburg Gideon’s International.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruby G. (Romine) Lowther of Mineral Wells, son Kent Lowther & (Lisa) of Mineral Wells, two granddaughters, Alyssa Lowther and Michaela Lowther, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Eugene Lowther and Cecil Lee Lowther, six sisters and three brothers.

Service will be Monday 1:00 PM at The Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with The Reverend William Kent Lowther and The Reverend Jerry P. Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mineral Wells. Visitation will be Sunday 2-6 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Gideon’s Memorial Bible Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family @www.leavittfuneralhome.com

 


To the family of our classmate Jean Weigle.

Jean Juanita Van Sickle, 84, of Vienna, passed away November 30, 2016, at Worthington and Nursing and Rehab Center in Parkersburg.

 

She was born April 5, 1932, in Wood County, W.Va., the daughter of the late Harley and Mary Collins Weigle.

 

Jean was a retired self employed hair dresser and loved painting, antiques and selling antiques. She was a devoted member of the 36th  Street Church of Christ in Vienna, helping in many areas at the church.

 

She is survived by her two daughters, Debra Sampson of Vienna and Lesa Houser of Monroe, N.C.; one brother, James Weigle (Linda Pennybacker) of Vienna; her twin sister, Janice Staniewicz of Orlando, Fla; two sister-in-laws, Vivian Stanley of Grafton, W.Va., and Patricia Weigle; six grandchildren, Starr Deem (Andrea) of Salem, Ore., Amber Martin (Matt) of Reedsville, Ohio, Stephen Chaz Van Sickle of Parkersburg, Fallon Musgrave (David) of Waxhaw, N.C., Tristan Houser of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Cody Van Sickle of Cincinnati, Ohio; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Van Sickle; her brother, William Weigle; one sister, Betty Lattstetter; and an infant brother, David Weigle.

 

Services will be held at the conveniences of the family at a later date.

 

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna.

 

Online condolences may be sent to www.lamberttatman.com.


To the family of our classmate Dorothy Taylor.

Dorothy Jean "Dottie" Cothern, 72, of Mineral Wells, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 2, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, at Ohio State University Hospital.

She was born March 14, 1943, in Wood County, W.Va., the youngest daughter of James Walter "Walt" and Clara Ruth Poling Taylor.

Dottie was a 1961 graduate of Parkersburg High School and her last year at Shady Hill School was 1956. She retired from Dudley's Florist after 35 years of service. She was a member of Bethany White Shrine 4 and in 1975 was Worthy High Priestess, was Secretary for 17 years and granted lifetime membership for her service. She was a member of Eastern Star 14 Parkersburg and Big Tygart United Methodist Church.

Dottie was a devoted wife, proud mother and grandmother. She loved flowers and people. She loved to talk and never met a stranger.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bernard F. Cothern; two sons, Michael Cothern (Missy) of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Mark Cothern (Beth) of Mineral Wells; one sister, Evelyn Jones (Boyd) of Mineral Wells; one brother, Ray Taylor of Freemont, Ohio; five grandchildren, Hannah Cothern, Haley Cothern, Grayson Enoch, Whitney Cothern and Jack Michael Cothern; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Jack, Tom, Paul and her twin brother, Don Taylor; and two sisters, Anna Wright and Shyrlene Heath.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Rod Blanchard officiating. Interment will follow Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Mineral Wells. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, and from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the funeral home.

Online guest book will be available at www.lamberttatman.com

 


To the family of our classmate Fred Lambert.

Frederick Raymond Lambert, 75, of Mineral Wells, passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

He was born in Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va., on Feb. 10, 1940, to the late Frederick William and Lura Beatrice Cain Lambert.

Frederick graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1958 and attended Glenville State College and WVU-P majoring in Biology and Chemistry with a total of over 14 years of school. He retired from E.I. DuPont Washington Works on Feb. 10, 1990, after 27 years of employment; he was owner, until retiring in 2002, of Mountain State Muzzleloading Supplies Inc., which he helped start in the late 1960's and it developed into one of the larger specialty mail order companies in the country.

He was a life member of West Virginia Muzzle Loaders Association, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, and National Rifle Association. Frederick was also a Past Master of Masonic Lodge, Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine, Hillbilly Clan 6 Unit of the Shrine, a life member of Ben Bay Grotto, Past President of Kentucky Colonels Club of Ben Bay Grotto, Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, and Honorable Order of the Tennessee Squires. He volunteered with the Shrine Road Runner Team, taking handicapped children to and from the Shrine Hospitals, and as a hunter safety instructor, and swimming instructor.

He enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, target shooting with muzzle loaders, building muzzle loaders and he enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Frederick is survived by his wife, Sharon D. Whitecotton Lambert; one daughter, Teresa Lambert of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; one son, Michael Lambert (Anita) of Marietta; one brother, Lewis W. Lambert of San Antonio, Texas; three grandsons, Alexander, Bradley and Justin Lambert; and five great-grandchildren, Keegan and Kenadee and Tucker Alan Lambert, Izabella and Liam.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Lambert.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., Parkersburg. Inurnment of cremains will be held at a later date at Riverhill Cemetery.


To the family of our classmate Robert Matheny.

Robert G. Matheny, 96, of Mineral Wells, died June 18, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, W.Va.

He was the son of the late James and Anna Mae Steinhoff Matheny.

Preceding him in death was his wife of nearly 50 years, L. Kathleen Matheny; sister, Beulah Caltrider; and brothers, Harry Matheny, Delbert Matheny, Roy Matheny, Billy Matheny and Richard Matheny.

He is survived by a son, Jeffrey R. Matheny (Melanie) of Mineral Wells; daughter, Jennifer Criss (Robert) of Mineral Wells; and daughter, Helen Matheny of Charleston and Dr. Ron Stollings. He is also survived by grandson, Kyle Criss (Sarah) of Mineral Wells; granddaughter, Kendra Criss and fiance, Christopher Reed, of Mineral Wells; granddaughter, Alicia Matheny Beeson (Eric) of Greensboro, N.C.; grandson, Robert J. Matheny and fiancee, Cari Sampson, of Mineral Wells; and granddaughter, Madison Matheny of Mineral Wells. He has one great-grandson, Dylan Criss of Mineral Wells. Also, Robert is survived by sisters-in-law, Mrs. Martha Matheny and Mrs. Juanita Gard; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Robert was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and the West Virginia Home Builders Association. He owned and managed black angus and dairy cattle farms. He was an entrepreneur and owned a homebuilding business. In addition, he and his wife owned and operated Matheny's Family Restaurant. Robert enjoyed gardening and hunting, as well as raising belgian and haflinger draft horses and mules.


To the family of our classmate Betty Rake.

Betty June Shively, 82, of Parkersburg passed away July 13, 2015 at her residence.

She was born June 30, 1933 in Belleville, W.Va., a daughter of the late John and Opal Hartley Rake.

She retired as an Administrative Assistant from Gress Equipment after 27 years of service.

Betty was a volunteer for Meals On Wheels and was a member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle Carpenter (Ken) of Ft. Collins, Colo. and Joy Folczyk (Andy) of Sellersburg, Ind.; two sons, Matt Shively (Rosemary) and Jay Shively both of Parkersburg; a sister, Esther Boyd of Parkersburg; a brother, Danny Rake of Mineral Wells; and six grandchildren, David, Nicole, Kenny, Kyle, Megan and Harper.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Franklin Shively, Jr.; and several brothers and sisters.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dr. Paul Russell officiating. There will be visitation one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Betty's memory to Stout Memorial UM Church at 3329 Broad St., Parkersburg, WV 26104.


To the family of our classmate Robert Gilbert.

Robert "Bob" Bailey Gilbert, 84, of Slate Creek, W.Va., passed away on June 25, 2014 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Parkersburg, W.Va., a son of the late Merle and Edna Bailey Gilbert. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from O'Ames Company. He loved farming, cattle, horses and tractors. He was a board member of the Wood County Farm Bureau, co-founder and Alumni of FFA, Blennerhassett Branch and a member of Slate Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arda Watson Gilbert; four daughters, Becky Powell of Slate, Linda Allen (Roger) of Rose Hill, Elizabeth, W.Va., Marilyn Lott (Paul) of Parkersburg, and Kim Cline (Ronnie) of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; three sons, Steve Gilbert (Heather), of Larkspur, Colo., Mike Gilbert (Tina) of Crescent City, Fla., and Rex Gilbert of Parkersburg; a sister-in-law, Mary Gilbert Genzery (Gaza) of New York, and her children, Catherine Ann, Roger and Chris; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Gilbert; one sister, Juanita Gilbert, and one granddaughter, Melissa Cline.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Gilbert; one sister, Juanita Gilbert, and one granddaughter, Melissa Cline.


To the family of our classmate Billie Gene Cook.

Billie Gene Cook, 75, of Mineral Wells, W.Va., passed away on March 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 29, 1938, in Mineral Wells, a son of the late William A. Cook and Freda Belle Lake Cook Slack.

Billie graduated from Parkersburg High School and retired from E. I. DuPont in 1997. For many years, he was a member of First Sams Creek Baptist Church where he served as treasurer and deacon. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Captain James Neal Chapter and was a member of the Color Guard. He loved airplanes and was a pilot. Billie was a very caring and kind, loving person.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Nettie Elaine Modesitt Brown Cook; two sons, Douglas Cook (Brenda) and Robert Cook (Tina), both of Mineral Wells; one daughter, Rhea Hinman (Tommy) of Crisfield, Md.; step-children, Glenn Brown, Larry Brown and Donald Brown (Tamara); grandchildren, Morgan Cook, Kayla Cook, Emily Cook, Ryan Cook, Justin Boswell and Cody Boswell; step-grandchildren, Katherine Brown, Cassandra Brown, Kyle Duley (Heather Radcliff), and their daughter, Kylie Rae Duley and Ashley Hinman and her son, Linwood Lee, Jr.; sisters, Denise Miller (Bob) and Phyllis McCord (Jeff), both of Mineral Wells, and Janice Morehead (Edward) of Byron, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma Brown Cook; sister, Lois Shrubb; infant brother, Charles; and infant grandson, Billie Carl Boswell.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastors Carl Radcliff, Robert Watkins and Shawn Brannon officiating. Interment will follow at Sams Cemetery, Missouri Run Road, Mineral Wells. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the funeral home.


To the family of our classmate Denzil Riggs.

Memorial services for Denzil Edwin Riggs, 77, of Elizabeth, W.Va., will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at Parkersburg South Kingdom Hall, 1814 Gihon Road, Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service.

Mr. Riggs passed away Jan. 18, 2014, at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born May 9, 1936, in Jackson County, W.Va., he was a lifelong West Virginia resident. He was an active member of Parkersburg South Kingdom Hall, where he served as an Elder for 15 years. He was also involved with the regional building committee for Jehovah's Witnesses. Mr. Riggs was a self-employed carpenter for 40 years, and also worked for American Viscoe in Parkersburg, for 19 years.

Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Ruth M. (Weaver); children, Ray (Sheron) Riggs of Jenson Beach, Fla., Jim (Terry) Riggs of Parkersburg, Cindy (David) Wittine of Goodyear, Ariz., and Brenda (Mike) Moses of Willoughby, Ohio; grandchildren, Eric (Sandra) Walls, Bethany (Dan) Cooke, Alyssa Riggs, Zack Moses and Brycelynn Moses; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Cooke; and sisters, Betty Cline of Dalton, Ohio, Bernice Hart of Coolville, Ohio, and Sharon Chambers of Parkersburg. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arliss and Elsie (Heinzman) Riggs.


Our hearts and prayers go out the family of our classmate Donna Kay Wolfe


Donna K. Day, 68, of Vienna, passed away on Nov. 19, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg on March 26, 1940, a daughter of the late George and Naoma Cooper Wolfe.

Donna had worked for J.C. Penney for 17 years and later worked for Wal-Mart. She had been an active member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, where she served as co-director of the Altar Guild.

Donna is survived by her husband of 50 years, Frank B. Day Jr.; three children, Kelley Winters and Tom of Chambersburg, Pa., Frank B. Day III and Sandy of Vienna and Jay Day of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Nikki and Tommy Winters and Kristyn, Frank IV and Kaelyn Day; and three sisters, Shirley Donham, Rose Ginn and Nancy Voelker.

In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Ann Thompson and Sheila Minton.

The funeral service for Donna will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church with the Rev. Art Bennett officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Altar Guild, 903 Charles Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.


Our hearts and prayers go out the family of our classmate Kathryn Duckworth


Kathryn A. Crum, 70, of Frazier's Bottom, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Hubbard Hospice House West.

Kathryn was a retired Registered Nurse from CAMC Memorial Hospital and taught nursing at the Fayette County School of Nursing. She attended the First Baptist Church in St. Albans, W.Va.

She was a 1995 graduate of WV Tech and a graduate of Camden-Clark School of Nursing. She also attended CAMC Memorial Kanawha Valley School of Nursing and the University of Charleston.

Kathryn loved quilting and knitting. Lots of people have warm feet because of her beautiful quilts she made and gave them as gifts to everyone.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edward Crum of Frazier's Bottom; son, William H. "Bill" Crum (Debbie) of Lancaster, Ohio; daughter, Kim Crum Modesitt (Rodney) of Cutler, Ohio; brothers, Joe Duckworth of Davisville, W.Va., Robert Duckworth of Mineral Wells, W.Va. and John Duckworth of Mineral Wells; sister, Betty Reebrook and Mary Shriver of Mineral Wells and five grandchildren, Jennifer, Wesley, Sarah, Matthew and Alex.

Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Sixth Avenue and Second Street, St. Albans, with Pastor Richard Mace officiating.

The family requests donations be made to: The Kanawha Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Payable to "KVCTU", Jeff Nelson, 1403 Princess Drive, South Charleston, WV 25304 or Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387.

You may send your condolences to the family: www.barlowbonsall.com

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.