FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.
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Diane Hutchinson Parker, a novice published writer, has maintained her father's mine ledger filled with newspaper articles, (many from The Fairmont Times and The West Virginian as well as state and national publications), family photos, and journals. The 20" x 15" ledger provides a history of a family's entrepreneurship and the impact on an industry as revealed through meticulous documentation and a daughter's devotion to preserve the family history. The explosive growth of the coal boom is lead by "Coal Baron" extraordinaire and family patriarch C. E. Hutchinson.
Mesmerized by the massive book when she first revealed the contents of the ledger, I remain fascinated by the intertwining of the family and the city of Fairmont--inextricably bonded through the economy and community philanthropy. She writes her recollections as a collection of stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes shocking, but always providing insight to one of the premier families of Fairmont.
With the birth of Diane and her early years at the castle, the readers experience a glimpse of the golden era at Sonnencroft, an icon of the city on Morgantown Avenue in the Palatine district of the Friendly City designed. Built to replicate Inverness Castle in Scotland, the beautiful structure and gorgeous gardens, lost during the Great Depression, was razed in the 1960s with property donated to the Marion County Board of Education.
Through legend and lore, Mrs. Parker recounts the family traditions and experiences of Clyde E. and Mary Lyda Hutchinson, Papa and Mammam to the family.
Diane's engrossing stories captivate me; I am convinced they will do the same for her readers.
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Former Principal Chad A. Norman accepts the Maple Leaves yearbook which belonged to Eddie Barrett from Carol Amos.
Interior of Fairmont Junior High School 1963
Fairmont Senior High School
U.S. Department of Education names Fairmont Senior High School a High Performing
National Blue Ribbon School
2007-2010 High School That Work Pacesetter School
Benedum Professional Development School
FSU Professional Development School
West Virginia School of Excellence
PBST Exemplar School
West Virginia Exemplary School
2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012.
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FSHS Scholarship winners 2013
Anna Alexandra (Ali) Sansalone
Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship
Jenny Lea Bundy
Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship
Jared Thomas Burns
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship
Grant S. Holbert
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship
Megan Ashley DeJong
Davidson Family Scholarship
Matthew A. Bartrug
Frank Dimaria Scholarship
Brogan Raddish Memorial
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
Sara N. Simons
FSHS Scholarship winners 2012
Daren Wadsworth Ross and Dolores Maruka
Andrew Shields Seth Burton Memorial
Marissa Bonasso Anthony Pizatella
Michelle Tucker Rex Stalnaker Memorial
Kristen Zirkle South Fairmont Rotary
Savannah Sims Davidson family Scholarship
David Haley Exxon Scholarship
Allie Fetty Frank DiMaria Scholarship
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
FSHS Scholarship winners 2011
William C. Harper
Aaron D. Morris
Franklin B. Wilson
Ross Dalton Ross and Dolores Maruka
Victoria Hawkins Seth Burton Memorial
Tessa Gardner Anthony Pizatella
Christopher Nestor Rex Stalnaker Memorial
Lauren Sansalone South Fairmont Rotary
Joseph Vozniak Davidson family Scholarship
2011-2012 FSHS Outstanding School Volunteer Award
Mrs. Carol Amos
Mrs. Nancy Bickerstaff
Mr. Ed Cheslock
Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade
Renovation of FSHS
Phase 1 (Current MIP and HVAC projects): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Window and exterior door replacement
Fire alarm replacement
Phase 2 (Bond funding): Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
Toilet room upgrades
Intercom upgrades (campus wide)
Phase 3 (Bond funding): Exterior and courtyard enclosure
Courtyard enclosure for media center
Brick masonry cleaning and restoration (both buildings)
Soffit/fascia on Freshman Building
Demo Polar Bear Building and concrete pads
Check Foundation for slideshows from March, June, and August as well as the Photo Gallery to the left for see the metamorphosis in the main building.
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SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
Seven schools in the county were named Schools of Excellence, which is the gold standard of educational achievement.
Those schools are Barrackville, East Dale, Fairview, Pleasant Valley and White Hall elementary schools; Fairview Middle School; and Fairmont Senior High School.
Fairmont Senior was also named as a National Blue Ribbon School. They were the only high school in the state to achieve the honor.
Seventy-one schools in the state were named Schools of Excellence, and seven of those were from Marion County.
Fairmont Senior has won the eighth consecutive Exemplary School status from the West Virginia Department of Education. http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1790/ Visit the WV Department of Education for details about the prestigious prize.
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Fairmont Senior High School, home of the Polar Bears
A National Blue Ribbon School as awarded by the U.S. Department of Education
An Exemplary School and School of Excellence
Tyson Furgason, principal
|Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia
1867 - 2013
FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS February 16, 2014
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Academic Excellence: With a population of 685 students in grades 9-12 FSHS maintains high academic achievement. 2013 Westtest scores published yesterday can be viewed at http://www.schooldigger.com/go/WV/schools/0072000553/school.aspx
I’ll highlight the results starting with the fact that the school ranks 7th of 113 WV public high schools with ranking of 93.8 percentile from the West Virginia Department of Education and rankings by SchoolDigger.com45.5 full time teachers have a 15 to 1 classroom ratio.
*Editor’s note: I had an interesting communiqué from David Sinclair.
“I just read the latest newsletter, and it made me think of a question I had this past Christmas.
Before the Christmas of 1960, I think, the Key Club asked me to paint a Madonna and Child. I agreed. It was made with materials that could stand being out in the weather and was about 4 feet wide, on posts that allowed it to stand outside.
Barbara Laughlin was the model for the Madonna. I spent many hours at FSHS painting it. It followed the traditions for such paintings with a dark background, the Madonna in blue, the babe in her arms, and both with halos.
When it was ready, the Key Club displayed it as part of the outside Christmas decorations, on the walk that the Key Club also had help construct in front of the school.
I have no photos of it, but I think there was a picture of it in one of the yearbooks.
Do you have any idea what happened to the painting?” David and I would appreciate any information or memories about his painting.
The FSHS Foundation offers one more print for sale. The framed watercolor art print of Fairmont Senior High School for $125.00 has a cherry tone wood frame that measures 16 3â?"4 high x 21 3â?"4 wide. The exposed glass measures 14 x 19 and the print showing is 10 1/2 x 15 1â?"2. All sizes are approximate in inches. Erin Pyles Webb, the artist, and OMNI Associates, Architects presented the original watercolor to the school on the occasion of the Gala Rededication of the Auditorium Restoration in recognition of the listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Seats remain available for sponsorship of $200.00. Contact Principal Tyson Furgason or Carol J. Amos.
The Reunion Committee announces plans for the Class of 1964 50th reunion. The planning committee consists of Randy Spragg, Judy Criss Davisson, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison, Sharon Lane Burrows, Linda Cox Gowers, Edgar Jaynes, and Frani Perry. A double tour of the beautifully renovated school with Carol Amos and a bus tour with guide D. D. Meighan of the city of Fairmont will be offered on Saturday morning at 10:00-12:00.
The main event on Saturday, August 16, 2014 will be held at the Fairmont Field Club from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Photo session will be at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30.
Cost for the weekend has been set at $30.00 for an individual and $60.00 per couple.
Classmates can expect more details soon regarding tour on Saturday morning, as well as Friday and Sunday plans. Classmates who have not created a profile or to update addresses should visit the class website and the official school website. http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961/class_index.cfm
The Class of 1974 is planning their 40-year reunion. The dates for the reunion are Friday, September 12, 2014 thru Sunday, September 14, 2014. Please mark your calendars and save those dates! Our email address is email@example.com and our Facebook page is Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1974 40 Year Reunion. Tentative plans include attending the FSHS football game at East-West Stadium on Friday night and continuing the festivities at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday night. Please feel free to contact us with any changes/updates--new addresses, email info, phone numbers, etc.
Eight athletes from Fairmont Senior High School signed letters of intent. Shania Riffle, Adriana Constable, Ivey Nucilli and Maddie Stevenski, Ryder Skarzinski, Andrew Summers, Logan Spicer and Luke Hrapchak.
- See more at: http://www.timeswv.com/sports/x1782776914/Nine-local-athletes-put-ink-to-their-future-PHOTOS#sthash.HW6y8jNe.dpuf
- “This is really unprecedented to have this many signings today,” Fairmont Senior High School principal Tyson Ferguson said as he introduced those who would be signing their letters of intent. “To me, that is a pretty good sign of the commitment that our coaches and athletes have made. It’s a lot of commitment from these parents and family members, and for it to come to this point, it’s a great honor.”
The Fairmont Senior football team made a run in this past season’s AA playoffs before falling to Bridgeport, the eventual state champion. With that success, four of its senior members have chosen to play football at the next level and signed on Wednesday in the library of Fairmont Senior High School.
Luke Hrapchak, the Polar Bears’ standout linebacker, kicked things off by announcing his signing to California University of Pennsylvania.
Joining Hrapchak from the Polar Bears’ football team were Ryder Skarzinski, Andrew Summers and Logan Spicer. Both Skarzinski and Summers committed to the University of Charleston in the Mountain East Conference.
The final signee from the football squad was offensive tackle Logan Spicer, who signed to play at Alderson-Broaddus University.
From there, four female athletes signed to play lacrosse, soccer and track from FSHS.
Maddie Stevenski and Adriana Constable, who committed previously during the early signing period, still took part in Wednesday’s festivities. Both announced that they will attend West Virginia Wesleyan.
Constable, who was ninth in the state in scoring last season, agreed and feels that the two’s signings for lacrosse can really boost support of the programs throughout the state.
Fairmont Senior’s last signings were Ivey Nucilli, who chose the University of Charleston for soccer, and Shania Riffle, who signed to run track at Mount Olive College in North Carolina.
While she hasn’t decided on her major just yet, heading toward the beach and having a stress-free senior season were the two keys to choosing Mount Olive for Riffle.
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Fairmont Senior's Taylor Campbell raced to four first-place finishes to be named outstanding swimmer at the Big 10 Championship. He added three more first-place races in the county meet Friday.
Both Fairmont Senior teams finished the evening on top. The Polar Bears won 18 of the 22 events outright and tied for a first-place finish in a 19th event. The boys scored 146 team points and the girls scored 115.
North Marion’s boys’ team finished second with 37 points. And East Fairmont's girls’ team finished second with 58 points, just three ahead of North Marion.
“I only have seven girls swimming,” said Fairmont Senior coach Michelle Bright. “For them to come in and win is a big encouragement going into regionals next week.”
The Polar Bears swept all six relays to propel them to victory. Sydney Woody, Ashley Bright, Hannah Booth and Claire Craig took first in the 200-yard medley relay (2:20.57) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (2:03.82). Craig also teamed up with Sophie Libonati, Abby Wadsworth and Kaitlyn Westfall to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (5:03.49).
Westfall (200-yard freestyle, 2:34.47), Craig (200-yard individual medley, 2:58.43), Booth (100-yard butterfly, 1:15.59; 500-yard freestyle, 6:44.10) and Bright (100-yard backstroke, 1:31.57) also picked up individual first-place finishes.
Fairmont Senior’s Libonati also tied with East Fairmont’s Mariah Potoczny in the 100-yard freestyle. Both swimmers touched the wall at 1:12.83.
For the Fairmont Senior boys’ team, Brandon Ralston, Ben Stewart, Isaac Kinder and Jeremy Sheppard took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:52.67. Kinder, Stewart, Sheppard and Taylor Campbell won the 200-yard freestyle relay, touching the wall at 1:38.40. And in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Kinder, Ralston, Sheppard and Campbell raced to first place with a time of 3:47.04.
Joseph Austin (100-yard freestyle; 1:01.71), Daniel Cremeans (500-yard freestyle, 6:13.99; 200-yard freestyle, 2:16.10), Ralston (100-yard backstroke; 1:05.33), Stewart (100-yard breaststroke; 1:11.19), Campbell (50 yard freestyle, 1:00.15) and Kinder (100 yard freestyle, 55.34).
“It’s been a good year so far,” said Cremeans, the Polar Bears lone senior and captain. “It’s nice to be called county champs.”
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Fairmont Senior’s boys’ swim team continued to show its dominance Saturday in the pool at Shepherd University. The boys’ team finished first in the Region II?meet, breaking records along the way all the while winning with an overall score of 123.5 points to Jefferson’s 116.5.
For the win, the Polar Bears needed to win their last event — the 400 freestyle relay. When that final event had ended, the Fairmont Senior team of Brandon Ralston, Taylor Campbell, Austin Joseph and Jeremy Sheppard finished first with a pool-record of 3:38.12.
After setting other records throughout the day, Campbell, who was named to the All-Region team along with Ralston, said that was the most surprising finish.
“I?think the 400 was the only one that wasn’t expected,”?Campbell said. “Everyone just kind of knew of the competition that we had. We all finished with our best times.”
Beating Jefferson was a task in and of itself for the Fairmont Senior boys’ team considering the fact that the Polar Bear swimmers hadn’t competed against the Cougars all season. But having not seen them all season, Campbell said, helped them to focus on fine tuning other aspects of the meet.
“Both of our coaches told us they would be a tough team,”?Campbell said. “We focused on getting down the little things and we knew that if we all went 100 percent that we had the skill to beat them.”
The Fairmont Senior boys’ team also won the 200 freestyle relay with a regional record time of 135.34. Swimmers in the 200 freestyle included Campbell, Isaac Kinder, Jeremy Sheppard and Ben Stewart. The boys’ 200-yard medley relay team also took second.
Individually, Campbell won the 100-yard freestyle with another record-setting time of 50.39 and Ralston won the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100-yard butterfly, qualifying them both for the state meet in their respective events. Also qualifying individually for the state meet for Fairmont Senior’s boys’ team were Sheppard, Stewart, Kinder and Daniel Cremeans.
On the girls’ circuit, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ashley Bright, Sidney Woody, Claire Craig and Hannah Booth finished third to qualify for the state meet and finished fifth overall with 54 points while Jefferson dominated with 142 points to win.
Booth also qualified individually for the 100-yard fly and the 500-yard freestyle events with second and third place finishes, respectively.
The state meet will be held Thursday at the WVU?Natatorium.
Boys’ Basketball: Fairmont Senior's Tavon Horton hit a layup with 10 second remaining to help the Polar Bears beat University High. He also had 16 points in a loss to RCB.
Fairmont Sr boys upset #5 Westside 88-83 at the armory.
Wrestling: Stay informed using Facebook through Fairmont Senior High Polar Bear Wrestling
Congratulations to Big 10 Champs 220 Vincent Delligatti., 182 pound Braden Mick, and 145 pound Anthony Alvaro.
Brooks Parker’s journey from FSHS to Belmont University and now working for Amy Grant and living in Nashville highlights the myriad talents of the remarkable young man.
TV19: Note at present time website is down due to computer crash and TV19 is off air on Time-Warner. Hopefully, these problems will be resolved this week. These programs are shown at a.m. and p.m. at the same time.
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"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne
Bob Quenon was a fourth-generation coal miner who became the head of St. Louis-based Peabody Holding Co. Inc., one of the nation’s largest coal companies.
He transformed the company, emphasized safety and was proud that he had never experienced a mine disaster. In St. Louis, he served as chairman of the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Art Museum.
He died Tuesday (Nov. 19. 2013) at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur. He was 85 and lived in Ladue. He contracted pneumonia followed by a heart attack, his family said Thursday.
Robert Hagerty Quenon came from a family of coal miners dating to the 1800s in Belgium and the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. He was born in West Virginia in 1928, enlisted in the Army at 17 and was sent to Korea at the end of World War II.
He returned and studied mining engineering at West Virginia University. During summers, he worked in the mines. The other workers wanted to know what a college boy was doing down in the mines. Mr. Quenon said he had always known he wanted to be in the coal business.
“He loved being deep underground, and it never bothered him,” recalled his daughter, Ann Peters of Kenwood, Calif.
From 1956-61 he was a mine superintendent for Consolidation Coal Co., in Fairmont, W.Va., his hometown. He and his wife then took their savings and moved to Arlington, Va., where he studied law at George Washington University.
He returned to the mines as manager for deep mines for Pittston Co., and then general manager for Riverton Coal Co.
“You have to understand that these were not desk jobs,” his daughter said. “Every day, dad was down in the mines supervising. He wore a miner’s uniform and would emerge covered in coal dust just like the rest of them.”
In 1967, Exxon hired him as senior vice president of its subsidiary, Carter Oil Co., to develop coal operations in Illinois, West Virginia and Wyoming. The family moved to Houston and Mr. Quenon became president of Monterey Coal Co., another Exxon subsidiary.
When Exxon asked why he had studied law, he replied: “I don’t think you boys would be talking to me if I didn’t have this degree.”
In 1977, Peabody recruited him and he soon became president and CEO of Peabody Coal Co. In 1983, he was named president and CEO of Peabody Holding Co., Peabody’s parent. In 1990, he was named chairman and he retired in 1991.
During the 1970s, Peabody was considered among the nation’s least efficient producers of coal. Mr. Quenon worked to reduce production costs. The company was said to have lost money on about half of its long-term contracts. Under Mr. Quenon, the company closed unprofitable mines, streamlined operations and reduced its workforce?.
Peabody also repositioned itself as a producer of low-sulfur coal and became the largest U.S. producer. According to one account, during the early 1990s, more than half of the electricity used in the U.S. was generated by burning coal, with Peabody supplying 10 percent of that coal.
Peabody was a predecessor company of what is now St. Louis-based Peabody Energy.
Mr. Quenon sometimes had to deal with labor strikes but his family said that he went his entire career without experiencing a mine disaster.
When another company tried to set a production record, it did suffer a disaster. “It made Dad really mad that they were trying to break some stupid record instead of putting safety first,” Ann Peters said.
After retiring, Mr. Quenon was a consultant, traveling to mining operations in India, China, Siberia, Ukraine, Poland and Australia.
He was a member of Civic Progress and many corporate boards. He served on the board of St. Louis-based Interco during its first bankruptcy during the early 1990s. He and three other outside directors issued a thick report defending the performance of the Interco executives in charge when the company began its demise.
In 1953, Mr. Quenon married Jean Elizabeth Bowling. She was a lawyer and later served as mayor of Ladue. Mr. Quenon enjoyed being called the city’s “first husband.”
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 110 North Warson Road in Ladue.
In addition to his daughter and wife of 60 years, among the survivors are two sons, Robert Evan Quenon of Austin, Texas, and Richard Bowling Quenon of Boulder, Colo.; a sister, Carolyn Oppizzi of Sea Cliff, N.Y.; three brothers, Max Quenon of Eagle, Colo., Leonard Quenon of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Brother Paul Quenon of Trappist, Ky.; and six grandchildren.
Patricia A. Haugh, 85, died Jan. 3 at Tidelands Community Hospice House in Georgetown.
Born in Fairmont, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Chris and Irene Lolos.
Mrs. Haugh was salutatorian of her high school graduating class at Fairmont Senior High School. She attended Fairmont State University where she was a member of Gamma Chi Chi Sorority. She was a member of Junior League of Fairmont, W.Va., Ch. R P.E.O., Fairmont Field Club, and First United Presbyterian Church of Fairmont where she was active on many committees.
She was an active member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church where she served on the service committee, chair of the Food Pantry, Mix with Six Group and Angel Tree Committee. She volunteered as a tutor for Teach My People and Waccamaw schools. Mrs. Haugh enjoyed tennis, walking on the beach, reading and was an avid bridge player. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was predeceased in death by brother Philip Lolos.
Survivors include her husband Jack of more than 65 years; sons Jack A. Haugh Jr. and wife Nora of Medford, Okla., Barry C. Haugh and friend Brenda Hale of Atlanta, Ga., Michael P. Haugh and wife Tracy of Murrells Inlet and Mark A. Haugh and fiance Tracy Suggs of Conway; daughters Linda Haugh Sacchetti and husband Louis of Murrells Inlet and Judith Haugh Groves and husband Gregory A. of Bridgeport, W.Va.; grandchildren Richie, Lori, Chelsea, Patrick, Taylor, Matthew, Carter, Susan, Mikie, David, Gregory Jr. and John; five great-grandchildren and sisters Linda Eger and Angela McGovern.
A memorial service was held Jan. 6 at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440, or Teach My People, 753 Waverly Rd. Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
Eleanor Jean Rice Bellott, 88, of Fairmont, passed away peacefully Sunday (Feb. 2, 2014) after a long period of decline.
She was born in Fairmont in 1925 to the late Everett Tetrick and Olive Crush Rice.
I’ve always wondered how you begin to summarize a person’s life in a few paragraphs in the newspaper. Although it will sound like the rest, it will be special for us who had the privilege of knowing “Jeannie.”
Our mom spent most of her life in Fairmont. Growing up, she was baptized in the Baptist church. She attended Fairmont Senior High School and West Virginia University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
After college, she went to work at Westinghouse in Fairmont, where she met the love of her life, a young engineer, E. Melvin Bellott Sr. They were married in 1946 at Grace Lutheran Church. She will now have her burial service at this same church.
While married, our parents were transferred to New Jersey. A son, Mel, was born, and then a daughter, Carol. Several years later the family was transferred to Arkansas where another son, Jerry, was born. Still with Westinghouse, we were transferred back to New Jersey.
Our mom was a wonderful homemaker, mother and wife. She was a person who always smiled and never complained. She loved to joke and send jokes to friends and family. One of the most admiral qualities that Mom had was that she never said a negative word about anyone or anything — a very hard example to follow.
In 1964, while living in New Jersey, Mom went to New York City to watch a game show called “Say When.” While she was there, she ended up auditioning for a future show and was selected. Jeannie was the champion of the price-guessing show for nearly two weeks and was one of the biggest winners ever on the show. One of the prizes Mom won was a boat. We had so much fun boating, fishing and skiing on different lakes and rivers.
Finally in 1967 our dad was transferred back to Fairmont to be the works manager of Westinghouse. Mom had gone full circle and was so happy to be back near her parents.
In Fairmont, Jean was active at Grace Lutheran Church, Bible studies, Fairmont General Hospital Auxiliary, Garden Club, Book Club, Bridge Club, the Fairmont Field Club and attending WVU athletic events. She was really a fan of all sports, but in particular Mom loved golf. She was always playing or practicing. She also loved roses and was constantly picking new colors to grow and constantly trying to keep the deer from eating them.
Another title to her credit was “Board Game Enthusiast.” Our mom was a sweet, kind and compassionate person. As an only child, she cared for her parents and then our dad for many years. Dad died in 1999 after 53 years of marriage.
Besides our dad, the loves of our mom’s life were her four grandchildren. She was a truly remarkable person who will be deeply missed but was ready to be at peace.
Besides her parents and husband, our mom was preceded in death by her Aunt Elizabeth Rice of Fairmont. She is survived by her three children, Carol Brautigam (Jack) of Morgantown, Emile Melvin Bellott Jr. (Frances Prickett) of Beverly, Mass., and Donald G. “Jerry” Bellott of Manville, N.J.; four grandchildren, Winston (Sarah) Bellott of Wakefield, Mass.; Spencer (Erin) Bellott of Wellesley, Mass.; Jamie Hartley of Atlanta, Ga., and John Brautigam of Juno Beach, Fla.; and cousins, Caroline (Richard) Christiansen of Destin, Fla.; Bobby Crush of Towson, Md., and Jerry Crush.
A heartfelt thanks to Linda and Karen Carpenter, Barb Victor, Susie Ballinger, Marilyn Riggi and the staff of Sundale Nursing home for all the love and kindness in caring for our mom. Linda and Karen Carpenter were instrumental in helping to keep our mom in her home for the past 10 years. We will be forever grateful to them.
The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, from 6-8 p.m. Friday. The casket will lie in state at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 Gaston Ave., Fairmont, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held in the church at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Matt Holbert officiating. The committal service will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Enterprise.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://www.timeswv.com/obituaries/x409170334/Eleanor-Bellott#sthash.H1WtQyP4.dpuf
Ronald Chaney Sr. Times West Virginian The Times West Virginian Tue Feb 11, 2014, 04:00 AM EST
Senior Deacon Ronald Alan Chaney Sr., 64, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2014) in the arms of his loving wife and surrounded by a host of family and friends.
Ronald was born June 22, 1949, in Fairmont, to the late Leon and Viola Chaney. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth and Betty Chaney, and one brother, Charles Chaney.
He attended Marion County Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1967 from Fairmont Senior High School. After graduation, Ronald joined the United States Army and served as an engineer. Upon returning home, Ronald worked at Martinka Mines and later retired from the city of Fairmont as a truck driver. Ronald and Renee were blissfully married for 35 years. Ronald made it known that he had a praying wife without cease. From this union, one son and daughter were born.
Deacon Ronald Chaney accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Welcome Baptist Church. Thereafter, he became a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully for over 39 years until his passing. Ronald enjoyed having campouts every year to celebrate LIFE at his home where many family and friends came from afar. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, and had a strong will to help anyone who needed help.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Renee Wills Chaney; two sons, Merlin (Nilsa) Chaney of Smithville, N.C., and Ronald Chaney Jr. of Fairmont; two daughters, Alicia Chaney of Smithville, N.C., and Ashley Chaney of Fairmont; 10 grandchildren, including his 7-year-old caregiver and as his right hand man, Elijah; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elaine Moore and Carol Chaney, both of Fairmont; two brothers, Leonadus (Mary) Chaney and Cornelius Chaney, both of Fairmont; six sisters-in-law, Wyomina Stevens of Fairmont; Delores Kindred, Geraldine Johnson, Henritta Johnson, Lorraine (Willie) Russell, all of St. Louis, Mo., and Jessie Mae Wills Cofield of Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Earl (Michelle) Hughes of St. Louis, Mo.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; in addition, with his biological children, 1st Lieutenant Imani Beckwith and John Henry Simms, whom Ronald has helped raise as his sons.
The body will lie in state on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m.-noon with funeral services immediately following at Morning Star Baptist Church, 100 McKinney St., Fairmont, with Pastor Wesley Q. Dobbs officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens with Full Military Rights being performed at the graveside by the Marion County Veteran’s Council. Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com
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