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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Scroll down to the announcements to read the Travelin' Trio Travelogue by Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker who travel the world each summer. They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers.
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Front row L-R
Karen Lennon, Eleanor Morgan, Marcie Cheslock, Janet Johnson, Peggy Corley, Sally Matthews, Joni Mazurek, Cecilia Raspa, Linda Alvaro, Terry Corwin, Nancy Edwards, Camille Alberico, Patty Bonasso
Middle row L-R
Donnie Metz, Joy Stewart, Elizabeth Deriggi, Mary Jane Curry, Melody Carpenter, Miriam Cimino, Patty Van Gilder, Debbie Adams, Pam Gaston, Patty Linn, Andrea Salvatore, Lettie Ezelle, Barbara Pasquale, Randy Carpenter, Mark Calabrase, Mike Resetar, Bob Elliott
Back row L-R
Frank Stingo, Steve Yerkovich, George Drennen, Richard O'Conner, Marty Utt, Bob Swiger, Rick Wade, Bill Mallamo. Mark Ornowski, Tom Cole, Jimmy Blankenship, Greg Lee, Steve Freeland, Eddie Snider, Cecil Corley, Tom Heck, Mike Lawson, Mark Mallamo, Pete Monell, Herbie Amato, Mike Devericks, Neal Hamilton, Bob Shingleton, John Paknik, Doug Laughlin, Marty VanGilder, Steve Murphy
Class of 1974
First row: Rick Suplita, Shirley Carder Boggess, Blaine "Ike" Robinson, Anthony Monell, Rick Spragg, Janet Marines Hass, Carol Olsen Clelland, Carl Crandall, Amanda Oakes Shabatura, Bob Rosier, Bonnie Zimmerman Lancaster, Phyllis Monell Branham, Wendy Watkins Betts, Judy DeFilippo Preston, Becky Langford Cross, Karen Costello McDougal, Frances Parrack Loar, David Conant, Kay Springer Mullenax, Michelle Cousins Moore, Jed Smith, Rodney McGinnis, and Bill Martin.
Second row: Bill Jones, Dianne Webner Wolfe, Sharon Christenburg Tucker.
Third row: David Manley, Ed Stalnaker, Carol Spencer Williams, and Linda Cox Gowers.
Fourth row: David Judy, Larry Ash, Linda Satterfield Arbuckle, Marie Whitehair Vandergrift, Sharon Lane Burrows.
Fifth row: Steve Soles, Edgar Jaynes, Diane Gracy Vester, Janet Lowther Conant, and Larry Rexrode.
Sixth row: Dan Tonkery, Blake Boggess, Bill Goodwin, Dave Clark.
Seventh row: Bill Haney, Laura Lee Harry Harki, Gary Gallucci, Paula Inghram Harr, and Andrea Reed Keener.
Back row: Randy Spragg, Rick Amos, Rick Harter, Jim Harki, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison Judy Criss Davisson , Bill Renner, Jim Varner, Inda Carr, George Michael, Harriet Bachman White, Tom Springer, Frank D'Amico, H. Scott Close.
Congratulations to the 2014 Foundation Scholars
Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Logan Spicer
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Sydney Woody
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship Jared Bartrug
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Ryder Skarzinski
Davidson Family Scholarship--Tori Snyder
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Adrianna Constable
Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship
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As a graduate of Fairmont State still living in the shadow of the College on the Hill, I proudly share this article from the Maroon and White about my son. Written by Duane Cochran, the article hallmarks the inaugural year of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with my son, Commissioner Reid Amos, providing the leadership.
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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
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FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS October 20, 2014
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Dennis Hermosilla: FSHS student, class of 1973, teacher and coach has impacted the lives of so many over several decades. He is now battling the greatest opponent of all and we ask for your help and support for him. Pam Cousins Stalnaker, class of 1967, makes the following appeal:
Friends of Dennis and Patty Hermosilla,
Dennis has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is recovering from his recent surgery and is doing well. Dennis has made the decision to follow an alternative treatment plan with a doctor in Florida. This treatment is not covered by his insurance.
Dennis will be leaving Fairmont October 26 for a minimum of six weeks.
I know many of us would like to help Dennis during this difficult time.
If you would like to make a contribution to help with his expenses, please send a check payable to Pam Stalnaker, and I will deposit the checks into an account I established in the past for my Make-A-Wish project. I will also give Dennis and Patty a list of his friends who have contributed to this fund. I'm hoping to give him some money before he leaves and continue to send him money as it arrives.
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Loss of a legend
‘Deacon’ Duvall, who coached Fairmont State to national title, dies at 97
FAIRMONT— The winningest coach in Fairmont State football history died late Thursday night in the Fairmont RegionalMedical Center.
Harold S. “Deacon” Duvall was 97 years old.
He had been a patient in St. Barbara’s Nursing Home for several weeks and prior to that was a patient in the assisted-living section of WishingWell.
It has been 47 years since Duvall led Fairmont State’s football team to the national championship, but he is still revered in the community for that outstanding accomplishment.
Until the past season or two, Duvall still enjoyed attending Fighting Falcon football and basketball games and usually managed to get to one or two of both each year.
But his health had been failing in recent years, and, as he would readily admit, most of his trips away from home were to visit one of his doctors.
“The university is very saddened by the death of coach Deacon Duval,” Fairmont State President Dr. Maria Rose said. “He certainly meant a lot to the Fairmont State football team and athletic program. He was more than just a football coach and continued to be a supporter of the university for many years.
“We were so pleased to be able to dedicate the statue in his honor and to be able to present him with a miniature of the statue so he knew what was going on and that his wife could be there at the presentation and convey all of the good wishes to Coach Duvall.”
Joe Retton was the Fairmont State basketball coach during much of Duvall’s tenure, and each produced teams among the nation’s best.
“Deacon was such a great guy, such a great guy to work with,” Retton said. “What a job. What a coach. What a gentleman. What a man. What a great man.”
Why was Duvall so successful?
“He knew the game. He knew people, his players. He got them to believe in the way he felt about the game,” Retton said. “It would be my thought that he got kids to buy in to his program, because for him to be as successful as he was, I’m thinking that they had to do that to have the kind of success that he and they had.
“He believed in what he was teaching, and he got them to believe in him. He was great. He was a great teacher.”
Duvall, decades later, could recall many details of his coaching career.
“He could remember back years ago and the names of the players and all that. He was just amazing. A great guy. A great coach. A great fellow,” Retton said.
Mike Arcure, former FSU assistant basketball coach under Retton and longtime school supporter, remembers Duvall fondly.
“He and I became close friends because I was on the staff and we jogged together,” Arcure said. “I saw him every week and even saw him last week. He was a wonderful man and a great gentleman.
“Coaches around the country thought a lot of him. I have great respect for him as a gentleman, and he was a great worker.
“The last time I saw him, I asked him how he was doing, and before we talked about sports he said, ‘It’s just a matter of time. I can’t see very good or hear very good, but I wish the time would hurry up and come because I'm ready.’ That was last week.
“It’s very sad to hear that we lost him, but he was a wonderful man and had a wonderful life and he was just a good friend.”
Football wasn’t Duvall’s only love. Not at all. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church. He served on the Deacons Board for four terms and wanted to see young people get a strong start in their religious training. He also was a Sunday School teacher.
He was always interested in the Marion County school system and served two terms on the board of education. But when he became bothered by serious heart problems, he left all of his various boards and committees, obviously believing he didn’t have that long to live.
But a neighbor, after talking with Duvall about his problem, gave him the name of a Pittsburgh physician who had helped him with what appeared to be the same thing. Duvall went to Pittsburgh during Christmas week and requested of that doctor the same remedy his friend had received.
This surgery cured Duvall’s problem, and he was back in the public eye once again.
Duvall was a member of the Marion County athletic scene since the early 1930s, playing both football and basketball for Fairmont Senior High School and then moving on to Fairmont State, where he joined the Fighting Falcons and played under Jasper Colebank.
It was the 1952 season that launched the “Duvall Era” at the local college, and Duvall wasted little time in developing the team into a winner — posting a 6-0 record in his first year on the job. His 1957 team posted a 7-0 record and the 1959 squad finished with a 9-0 record.
Duvall’s winning performance was just beginning. It was 1965 when Duvall’s Falcons were invited to their first NAIA playoff game — a meeting with St. John’s of Minnesota in a game played at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, home then of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and the present site of the Mall ofAmerica.
St. John’s won that game on a frozen turf in 10-degree weather. But two years later, when Fairmont State was invited once again to the NAIA playoffs, the Falcons were ready.
The Falcons defeated Northern Michigan in the first round of the four-team playoff by 21-7 and then were matched with Eastern Washington in a game played at old Mountaineer Field in Morgantown. That Fairmont State team featured the Blackstone twins, Larry and Barry, David Williams, Roy Michael, Martin “Sonny” Bartic and other standouts and came from behind for a 28-21 win and national championship.
Michael, who became one of West Virginia’s top coaches in football and wrestling during a long career at Mannington and North Marion high schools, was a quarterback on Duvall’s 1967 national-title team.
“He was a player’s coach,” Michael said. “There’s no question about it. He cared about the kids. That was his No. 1 concern every day.
“As far as everybody he recruited, he expected everybody to get an education, because that’s what they were there for. He wanted you to work hard at playing football, too, and do the best you could do there.
“He was just a unique individual, the kind of guy that would do anything in the world for anybody.”
Duvall boasted that his team was planning to win the title again the following season. But he learned rather quickly that such invitations come very rarely. He also was disappointed to see his charges lose their 1968 season opener by a 16-14 score on a lastsecond field goal at Whitewater College in Wisconsin.
Duvall coached through the 1971 season — completing 20 years at the helm of the Falcons. During that period he had 16 winning seasons, captured eight West Virginia Conference championships as well as that one national title. He wound up his career with 124 wins, 42 losses and 3 ties for a .747 winning percentage — one of the best in the college ranks.
Before taking the Fairmont State position, Duvall coached high school football at both Barrackville and Rivesville. Early in his career at Fairmont State, he served as tennis coach as well as dean of men.
Cliff Nichols and Matt Welch contributed to this story.
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**Editor's note: Deacon is a proud graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, class of 1934.
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IN THE LOOP
Congratulations Fairmont Senior Polar Bears for First Place in Band, Auxiliary, Drum Major and Percussion at the Forest Festival in Elkins. Good job Bears!!!!
Polar Bear ‘D’ overwhelms Braxton
BYJOE MITCHIN TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
SUTTON— Fairmont Senior scored two defensive touchdowns en route to a 35-15 victory over Braxton County on Friday night.
The Polar Bears blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown, recovered a fumble for a score and intercepted a pass— all in the first half before many younger players saw time after intermission.
Braxton County was held to -14 yards of total offense in the first half.
With the win, the Polar Bears improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 2-6.
Fairmont will be on the road again next week in a tricky matchup against Buckhannon-Upshur.
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Cross country set for Big 10 championship
BY MATT WELCH TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT — The cross country season is winding down and it’s time to see who has what it takes as county runners take to the course at Robert C. Byrd High School at 9:30 a.m. today for the Big 10 Conference championship.
Tall tasks stand in front of those coming from Marion County as the Big 10 offers some of the state’s top talent.
The boys’ race will be loaded with top runners as Bridgeport’s boys’ squad ranks first in the state as a team. The Indians have four of the state’s top 18 runners in Class AA/A and are led by sophomore Jimmy Lacaria (14th overall). Though the Indians don’t possess anyone inside RunWV.com’s Top 10 individuals in the state, Bridgeport is no stranger to having plenty of athletes finish near the top, making the team a tough competitor.
For the county, Fairmont Senior’s Jakeb VanHorn, who started to add some career wins to his belt this season, heads into the race as one of the favorites, ranked ninth overall and as the best runner in the Big 10. The Polar Bears have several key runners who will look to compete with the Indians.
West splits matches with Byrd, East
BY MATT WELCH TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT — Playing tough competition near the end of the season is always good, but playing up to that competition is even better.
Though Fairmont Senior split matches with Robert C. Byrd and East Fairmont, the Polar Bears feel confident about where they are as a team.
A 25-16 second set gave the match to the Flying Eagles.
Fairmont Senior was led by Jasmine Johnson’s three aces, 12 assists, 11 digs and one kill; Kaden Whaley’s six kills, five blocks and four digs; Emily Stoller’s six kills, one block, three digs and one ace; and Pacoe’s three digs in addition to her game-tying ace in the match with RCB.
The night was also senior night for the Polar Bears, and Price credited this season’s success to the growth of his three seniors — Whaley, Pacoe and Stoller.
For Fairmont Senior, Johnson had three aces, 12 assists, 11 digs and a kill; Whaley had six kills, five blocks and three digs; Stoller had five kills and three digs; Pacoe had four kills and four digs; Reina Edwards had six assists, four digs and two aces; and Abby Stoller had five digs, four kills and an ace.
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Undefeated no more
Fairmont Senior takes down No. 2 Byrd
BYJOE MITCHIN TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
FAIRMONT— Tanner Amos’ second- half goal propelled the No. 6 Fairmont Senior Polar Bears to a 2-1 upset victory over Robert C. Byrd.
The Eagles entered Thursday night unbeaten and ranked second in the state.
Despite some uneasy moments both on the field and on the bench, the Polar Bears would hang on for the huge upset victory.
Fairmont Senior finishes the regular season at 15-4 and runner- up in the Big 10 Conference. The team will play its opening game of the sectional tournament next Saturday at East-West Stadium.
In the nightcap, the Fairmont Senior girls’ team held Byrd scoreless for the first 73 minutes of the match.
However, Lucy Thompson scored the only goal of the game for the Eagles in a 1-0 victory.
Much like the boys’ program, the RCB girls had lost just one time all season and are ranked fourth in the state polls.
The team will play in the first round of the sectional tournament on Tuesday at East-West Stadium.
Ted Dreisinger, class of 1965, emailed me from a conference in Singapore with the good news that his book is now available. I regularly read his weekly blog and enjoy his insights.
“I have now published the book, "life in small bites - moments in time," and it can be found on Amazon.com in both soft cover and Kindle edition. It is just up today!
To find the e-book edition, you need to look search under the 'Kindle' tab on Amazon. This book is a collection of 50 or so entries that I thought provided life lessons...at least for me.
You all have put up with these wanderings of thought over the past several years, and it is really through your encouragement that I did the book. Paul Flicker/Monica Schultz and Ron Spencer will get soft cover copies for their 'combined' title suggestions. Also, my friend Jenifer Doherty did the cover, which, in its 'clean simplicity' clearly exceeded anything I could have conceived.
I want to thank everyone on this posting for your support and feedback over the years. If you purchase a copy, and you like it, feel free to tell others gift it to them.
Thank all you again for your support.”
Plaque commemorates Polar Bear-Dunbar game
The Marion County Council of Churches’ efforts have resulted in a plaque being placed outside East-West Stadium celebration the 60th anniversary of the football game between Dunbar and Fairmont Senior. It was put up on the anniversary of the game.
“We had a very meaningful ceremony before the West-Elkins contest,” D.D. Meighen said.
The plaque was conceived in 2010 after discovery of the first football game between an all -black and an all-white school was played Sept. 30, 1954, at East-West Stadium, featuring Dunbar and Fairmont Senior High School.
The game in 1954 was scheduled as a result of the Supreme Court decision to integrate schools in the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education case.
So tensions ran high that week as protests closed a county school and an injunction was issued against the parents of that school. Two days later, the contest was played without incident. Glaring reports of success and appreciation were revealed in the newspapers the next day. It was a testimony to schools and the community working together for the common good.
Sixty years later, on Sept. 26, 2014, a brief pregame ceremony reminded fans of that event. The plaque, which had been mislaid for the last four years, was discovered by Don Haught, employee of the board of education, at East-West Stadium. And on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 — 60 years to the day— the plaque was installed on the outside wall of East-West Stadium.
Those assisting with the decision of day and place were Superintendent Gary Price; Chad Norman, former principal; Andy Neptune, maintenance supervisor; Tyson Furgason, presentWest Fairmont principal; Frank Moore, county athletic director; and Tim Layne and Kevin Brewer, maintenance crew for the board who erected the plaque.
Wednesday at noon, these people met at the plaque along with members of the West Fairmont and Dunbar team and representatives to do a photo shoot and to make sure this memorable event is recorded for history.
Joining the group was Michael Belmear, the son of Dunbar coach Horace “Happy” Belmear.
Do you remember who the five board of education members were whose names are on the plaque from 1980 on the East-West Stadium doors?
They were Dr. George Boyles, Mary Davis, Frank Cimino, Deacon Duvall and Nancy Serdich.
T.J. Pearse was superintendent of schools then, and Orval Price and Juno Charlton were assistants.
"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
John Lasobek, 87, of Fairmont, passed away very peacefully with family by his side at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Friday (Aug. 22, 2014).
Born Sept. 11, 1926, in Galloway, he was the son of the late John Lasobek Sr. and Mildred Mahonovich.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Mary Fucello Lasobek; and his only daughter, Vanessa Lasobek.
He was Catholic by faith and graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. John was a veteran from the U.S. Navy and served in World War II as a gunner. After many years of service, he became a retired coal miner from Consol’s Barrackville and Loveridge mines.
John was also known to many as “Mr. Harley Davidson” and was the co-founder of Lasobek Harley Davidson in Fairmont, with his lovely wife, Mary. He and Mary together brought Harley-Davidson to Fairmont and the tri-county area in 1961. Lasobek Harley Davidson was known literally as a “Mom & Pop” dealership and they welcomed all who walked through the doors of the Harley shop with open arms. In 2002, they sold the dealership to Triple S Harley Davidson in Morgantown.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and taking his family plus many nieces and nephews to the camp in Romney. Additionally, he was a faithful WVU Mountaineer and Pittsburgh Steeler football fan.
John was the eldest of six children and is also survived by his sisters, Betty Carpenter (husband Evertte), and Julia Olesh, and several special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Katherine Whiteman and Stella Parsley, and also an infant sister at birth; and two brothers-in-law, Walter Whiteman and Joseph Olesh.
In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, there will be no public viewing or funeral. However, a private family gravesite committal will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Fairmont with the Rev. Father Walter Jagela officiating.
PAUL FRANKLIN OPP, JR., 77, of Huntington, formerly of Springfield, Ill., husband of Pauly Opp, died Sept. 23 at home. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Friday, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Ill. Reception to follow at 4 p.m. at The Chesapeake Seafood House. www.timeformemory.com/hall.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Oct. 1, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald-dispatch/obituary.aspx?n=paul-franklin-opp&pid=172641057&fhid=22535#sthash.HMKkP6JW.dpuf
Jody Carter Layman, 56, of Fairmont, passed from this life and entered his Heavenly home on Thursday, October 2, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was under the wonderful care of Amedysis Hospice staff and was at his home when he passed. He was born in Fairmont on April 9, 1958 a son of Nadine Haught Layman of Fairmont, and the late Robert Oscar Layman.
Jody worked as a technician at Dish Network for the past six years and had also held a position as technician at Capital Doors among other positions. He was a lifelong member of the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church.
He was an avid fan of the Steelers and the Mountaineers as well as NASCAR. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering, gardening, both vegetable and flower and above all watching his daughter Kayla play ball.
In addition to his mother Mr. Layman is survived by his wife of twenty years Susanne Sapp Layman; his son and daughter-in-law Jason and Kim Antonk of Rivesville; two daughters Tiffany Antonk of Fairmont and Kayla Antonk at home; three brothers and sisters-in-law Robert and Martha Layman of Scott Depot, Gary and Raette Layman of Canton, Michigan and Timothy and Eileen Layman of Fairmont; six grandchildren Gabriel and Lanie Antonk, Ayanna, Aaliyah, Alishia and Jonathan Jones; nieces and nephews Scott, Julie, Garrett, Cassie and Sarah Layman, Angie and Travis Sapp, Heather Swiger and Casandra Sapp; brothers-in-law Sherman Sapp and his companion Vicki Moran, David Sapp and sisters-in-law Sharon Cox and husband Randy and Rose Sapp and companion Bill Mark; also his canine buddy "Sammy" .
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a nephew Aaron Swiger.
Susanne has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral costs at P.O. Box 895, Fairmont, WV 26555.
Friends may call at the Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A), 320 Madison St., Fairmont Sunday from 2-8 pm and Monday from 11 am till 1 pm. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Jonathan Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Oaklawn cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at either firstname.lastname@example.org of www.freyhomeforfunerals.com.
Shirley K. Rote Collins Horrigan (nee Swisher), 75, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away peacefully Saturday (Oct. 4, 2014) in Westlake, Ohio, surrounded by her family.
She was born and raised in Fairmont, only daughter of the late Leonard W. and Elizabeth (nee Snider) Swisher. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Kay Rote, who died at birth. She was the loving mother of P. David Rote (Kathie) of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Michael W. Rote of Indiana, and F. Leonard Rote (Maureen) of Columbia Station, Ohio; and dear grandmother of Tyler, David A., Zackary, Ashley and Kyle Rote.
She attended schools in Fairmont. She graduated from West Fairmont High School in 1957 and attended Fairmont State College. She also attended Tri C College in Parma, Ohio. Shirley retired from Old Phoenix National Bank/First Merit Bank in November 1998.
Shirley was active in many organizations, including Medina Rotary Club as various chairman, Financial Women International, Buckeye Group as president, secretary, treasurer and various chairman, chairman of the Ohio State Conference Board of Trustees, Medina County District Library during a seven-year term, Clerk, treasurer, chairman of Finance and various committees, Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce as treasurer, and various committees: Medina Vocational School, advisory board retail: Brunswick Optimist Club, vice president, various chairman. Through the Ohio Bankers Association, she taught principals of banking. She received several awards during her career: Woman of the Year, Brunswick Professional Women, Woman of the Year, Financial Women International, Buckeye Group Scholarship Award, Financial Women International, Buckeye Group, Optimist of the Year, Brunswick Optimist Club.
She lived in Medina County for 38 years before moving to Marblehead, Ohio, in 2000 with her husband, Joseph K. Horrigan. They became snowbirds, traveling to WestWinds Village Senior Park in Bradenton, Florida, in October and returning to Marblehead in April/May. Mr. Horrigan preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2002.
While at WestWinds Village, she served on the ROC (Resident Owned Community) board for six years as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. She also served on the recreation board for three years as activity director and president.
Shirley loved kayaking, golfing, bowling and the beaches in Florida. She enjoyed her life daily with all her family and friends in Medina County, Marblehead and WestWinds, Bradenton, Florida.
Friends may join the family for visitation from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Road (one-half mile south of Route 303), Brunswick, OH 44212. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Research Center, 1540 S. Tamiami Trail, third floor, Sarasota, FL 34239.
Harold S. “Deacon” Duvall, 97, of Rock Lake, passed away Thursday (Oct. 16, 2014), at the Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 11, 1917, in Fairmont, a son of the late Frank C. and Bessie Shaw Duvall. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Bray Duvall.
Deacon was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, received his undergraduate in education from Fairmont State College, and his master degree in physical education from Columbia University.
He worked with Owens-Illinois in Fairmont as a recreation director. He was a lifetime teacher and coach, beginning at Barrackville High School in 1940. He then served for three and one-half years as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force, serving as a convalescent officer during World War II.
Deacon then taught and coached at Rivesville High School. In 1952 he began at Fairmont State College, where he taught health, physical education and first aid until his retirement in 1982, and he coached the Fighting Falcon football team from 1952-71. His team won the NAIA National Championship in 1967, beating Eastern Washington 28-21. He coached numerous teams to West Virginia Conference championships.
Deacon was a member of the Fairmont State College Hall of Fame, the West Virginia Sports Writers Hall of Fairmont and the NAIA National Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He served as a member of the Marion County Board of Education for two terms. During his terms, Thoburn and North Marion High schools were built and plans were drawn for a new East Fairmont High School.
Deacon was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmont, where he had served on the Deacon Board for more than four terms and taught the Youth Sunday School. He was active in the building drive for the present church edifice. First Baptist Church was his great love.
At the age of 91, Deacon wrote his book: “Duvall Football: Winning a National Championship.” He was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman, and he loved the great outdoors, spending time at his beloved Rock Lake.
In addition to his wife, Joan Bray Duvall, he is survived by his daughter, Susan C. and her husband Frank Mauro of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Lynn, Erica and Brett Mauro of Alpharetta, Georgia; his stepdaughter, Tracey and her husband Mike Linn of Rock Lake; a niece, Becky Jefferson of Chester, Virginia; and a cousin, Bill Duvall and his family of Georgia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and daughter in 1968, Florence Vaughn Duvall and Lynn Duvall; as well as his sister, Edith and her husband Monte Jefferson Memorial donations may be made in his memory to First Baptist Church, 901 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554; or the American Red Cross, 405 First St., Fairmont, WV 26554.
Friends and family may visit from noon-8 p.m. Sunday at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. Mr. Duvall will lie in state from 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the First Baptist Church, 901 Fairmont Ave. Fairmont. The funeral will be held at noon Monday at the church with the Rev. Valerie Gittings, the Rev. Carl Gittings and the Rev. Mike Argabrite officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his former football players.
Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com
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