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•   Herbert Kim Wells (1970)  10/30
•   Sharon Jones Julian (Law) (1959)  10/13
•   William Straight (1957)  10/13
•   Judie Kinter (Bowker) (1957)  10/11
•   Bob Gore (Gore) (1963)  10/11
•   Lydia Hermosilla (Coleman) (1975)  10/11
•   Daniel P Gallucci (1957)  10/6
•   Clinton Blankenship (1997)  7/29
•   Randall K. Jordan (1975)  6/27
•   Lina Shone (Ingraham) (1959)  6/27
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•   Raffilena A Barnes (Hamilton) (1994)  12/5
•   Carol Ann Christian (Thompson) (1960)  12/6
•   Charles William Larrison (1967)  12/6
•   Matthew Merrifield (2001)  12/6
•   Chuck Welty (1960)  12/6
•   Lisa R. Hall (1984)  12/7
•   Jerry Harbert (1973)  12/8
•   Betty Hull (Johnson) (1963)  12/8
•   Janice Marie Pitrolo (Cota) (1966)  12/8
•   Barbara Ann Sordi (Wilt) (1960)  12/8
•   Rodney Stewart (1989)  12/8
•   Lindsey Blair Stuckey (Dolan) (2001)  12/8
•   Carole Ann Oliveto (Servidio) (1988)  12/9
•   Amanda E. Michael (Riley) (1994)  12/10
•   Barbara Lane Collins (Jones) (1960)  12/11
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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 90 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today.



The 2020 Playoff Clothing has arrived!!  Orders can be placed at the following link:
The sale will be open until Saturday, October 31st

Let’s Go Bears!!

Watch the epic win by the football team at East-West Stadium over AAA #2 Spring Valley which earlier in the season upset Martinsburg after a winning streak of 56 consecutive wins.

Christmas mask support  Dress a Polar Bear Angel and Marion County Toy Drive.



The FSHS Foundation has received donations of memorabilia, including Barnes, Miller and Fairmont Senior High School from the family of Darwin and Louise Brookover.  We appreciate the preservation of history from Jamey and Debbie Gower Brookover.



Voices of Fairmont Senior High School

by Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan

Help the Voices of Fairmont Senior High School authors celebrate a successful signing season.

Please R.S.V.P. on the event site on Carol's Facebook or respond to

a  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures, 200+, from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.

Submit memories about FSHS, the quintessential school of excellence, which prepares students for the future while preserving the building and its rich history. 

To buy a book $  50.00 Add $5.00 if you want it mailed.   

Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 

26555-0091 along with the following information:  name,

graduation year, address, phone number, and email as well

as the amount paid and if you want an autographed copy (no charge).

**PayPal and Venmo are now available for payment to  If you use PayPal please designate gift so a service

charge will not be collected. 

If you've purchased and are reading the book, please share the stories that it brought back from your experiences. We don't plan to write Volume II but never say never. A myriad of ways exist to celebrate the milestones.

Demonstrate your commitment to Preserve FSHS.  Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091.


Co-authors pictured above:  Carol J. Amos on left and Linda Orr Morgan. BUY A BOOK: SAVE THE STONE=$50.00 earns a book and a contribution to preserve and protect the engraving.  Please add $5.00 to ship.

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot


Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00 each.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.  See a list of donors by clicking on Auditorium in the left panel of this home page.

Reminiscing, working on my next book, and counting my blessings. XOXO

Posted by Carol Amos on Friday, December 27, 2019

Many of you seemed to enjoy the Polar Bear Band music that Mike Nease used for his video.  He digitized this music several years ago using my computer and an old turntable and preamp that I had laying around the house. It's available in "the cloud" for you to download and listen to if you're interested at the following link:   Enjoy the band, under the direction of Ron Wood.  The recording by the same.


100th West-East game

In celebration of the 100th West-East game money is being raised ed to purchase special throwback uniforms for the players. Classes who raise money for this project will have a patch with their class year sewn on a player's uniform. Jay Carpenter, son of the Voice of the Polar Bears, Jeff Carpenter, is heading up this project and has indicated that his class has already got a good start on other classes. Please consider a donation to this cause and let’s make this historic West-East game special for the players.




 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes its lifetime members
on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS.  Please consider becoming a Lincoln Life member, by making a generous $500 donation to support the mission of the Foundation. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley
Mario J. Roman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson
Orlando and Virginia Meffe
Virginia and Peale Davidson
Nick and Carmella Fantasia
Dr. Mohammad Roidad
Bill and Linda Furgason
Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart
Janice, Stephanie and Megan Denison
Thomas Bradley Miller
Thomas S. Miller, M.D.
Adam S. Miller
Mrs. Carroll Ramage
William South
Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni
James P. Davidson III
Anne Bomar
Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay
Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family
Diane Hutchinson Parker
Sara Harrold Miller
William Beckers
Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh
Becky Hoult Cassidy
Robert Petres, M.D.

Thomas Llewellyn

Gary, Bonnie, Kerry and Laurie Earp

Royal and Janice Watts

Dr. Bob and Susan Hawkins

Dr. Thomas and Sharon Dunham 

Lynda Prickett Mathews

Mr. and Mrs. David G. Rogers

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.

WFHS-TV of Fairmont Senior High School continues a partnership with the Times West Virginian since 1999.  


FOUNDATION BROCHURE:  See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alumni, and the community.

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Karen Finamore, Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Donna Metz
Eddie Parker
Carol Stephenson
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Mike DeVault
Joanna Ross
Fairmont Senior High School Awards and Recognition

In 2010, Fairmont Senior was named a high-performing, National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.

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

2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.


153,353  Can you guess what it's counting?


Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade



     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013


Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.

 Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26555-0091

My husband Jamey (Jay) Brookover parents were Darwin and Louise. I have the following yearbooks that I would be happy to send to you.
All yearbooks are in excellent shape with no signatures.

1982 Maple Leaves
1981 Maple Leaves
Patriots 1981
Patriots 1980
Patriots 1979
Patriots 1977-78
Patriots 1977
Patriots 1976

Please email me at with which book you would like and your address. I am only mailing in the USA.

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           August 1, 2020    


This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS. Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made. Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections. I do not want any misinformation circulating. I’ll correct errors in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit Be sure to put my address in safe email list in address book along with so newsletters and emails go through to the inbox. If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. To receive the free monthly newsletter visit the website above and ask for the current temporary password. A profile must be created by each individual so the website administrators know of your interest. Identities are password-protected, your privacy is respected, and your information will not be sold or compromised. Contact me with questions or suggestions at

I have been on lockdown since March 11, 2020.  I have lost count of the number of days I have gone without hugs and kisses from my grandchildren.  Don't get me started. I must focus on positive emotions in order to endure the loneliness.   I have spent most of that time making masks for hospitals, nursing homes, cancer centers, and schools.  I've lost count on how many.  If I had to ballpark a number my guesstimate would be 3,500.  I can make about 40-50 a day which is an improvement from when I started.  It took an hour for each mask during the early days.  Elastic was as difficult to buy as toilet paper.  Who knew? Fortunately, I had a lot of 100% cotton fabric from my years of quilting.  I also had generous donations to assist in my mission. Perhaps by the next newsletter, I can share more specific numbers such as how many miles of thread I have stitched into these homemade facial coverings.  

Hot August deals and protecting against the pandemic:

Pam Cousins Stalnaker, class of 1967 shares, “August is Rex’s anniversary month, so when Carol reached out to me about offering Star Wars’ masks to raise money for Rex’s foundation scholarship, I was excited!  Carol and Rex (1998) maintained a close relationship during his time at FSHS, and she remembers his obsession with Star Wars which makes her idea very special.  I have my son Max (2002), my niece Pam (1995), and my nephew Bert (1997) are shown modeling the three choices available on my Facebook page. Masks are $10 and all proceeds go to the Rex Stalnaker Foundation Scholarship.  May the Force be With You!”  The $10.00 Star Wars masks will be available at 1360 Locust Avenue, at Attitudes by Crystal and Cheryl next to White's Fine Jewelry in Whitehall, and from Mike or Pam Stalnaker. We can also mail for an additional $3.80.  May the Force be with you!

During August, we plan to offer tie-dye masks for $10.00.  All proceeds will be donated to the Fairmont Senior High School Foundation for the Ross and Dolores Maruka and Megan Stephenson, class of 2017, scholarship. For some unknown reason, tie-dye fabric is extremely difficult to buy.  Because of limited availability, only 20 masks are currently available for purchase.  I have several other yardage options ordered so the look of the masks will be different with each cutting. If the market becomes looser and fabric ordered from four different online businesses should become available more can be made. Masks will be available at 1360 Locust Avenue, at Attitudes by Crystal and Cheryl next to White's Fine Jewelry in WhiteHall, and from Carol or Dave Stephenson.

We also plan to offer Steelers, Pirates, and two versions of the Penguins masks for $10.00.  All proceeds will be donated to the Ricky Suba scholarship fund.  Please make checks payable to the coach Ricky Suba memorial fund. Masks will be available at 1360 Locust Avenue and at Attitudes by Crystal (Suba Oliver, class of 1987) and Cheryl next to White's Fine Jewelry in White Hall.

Heritage Cookbook provides recipes and stories which commemorate the genealogy of the Piscitelli and Vetere families and the food of the family feasts.  Lindsay Weaver Britton, class of 2007, the granddaughter of the late Eugene, class of 1960 and former assistant principal, and the late Deanna Asterino Weaver, class of 1959, and daughter of Chris (1980) and Debbie Weaver, now offers the much-anticipated publication. Last year Gene found an unfinished edit of Deanna’s cookbook. Lindsay spent the year gathering photos and files off Dee’s computer to finish it. This was definitely a family effort with cooking photo shoots all over Debbie’s kitchen, fact-checking, and editing by the former editor of the award-winning Maple Leaves.  The pandemic delayed the timeline; however, she should be releasing an opportunity through Amazon to preorder this amazing compilation of Italian heritage and recipes from an extraordinary cook.  Admirers of Eugene and Deanna Asterino Weaver can support the effort and enjoy the family genealogy as well as the delicious Italian recipes perfected over years of family meals.

3rd Annual Miles for Meg 5k benefiting the Maruka Family Scholarship in honor of Ross and Dolores Maruka and Megan Stephenson. Donations through this GoFundMe are donated directly to the scholarship fund. If interested in purchasing gear or t-shirts, fill out the google form linked below.

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY VIRTUAL THIS YEAR.  August 8th is the designated race date! So wherever you are on August 8th, run or walk 3.1 miles in memory of our girl. Order t shirts and gear through the following link:

Participants can fill out this form multiple times for multiple t-shirts, just follow the instructions within the form. Pickup days are scheduled for August 7th 4pm-9pm and August 8th 8am-2pm at FSHS's student parking lot. These days/times are subject to change so stay updated via our Facebook page and emails. SUBMIT FORM BY JULY 25TH TO HAVE YOUR GEAR BY AUGUST 8TH. *Limited quantities available.*

Here is the Miles for Meg race course if you choose to run there:

Here is the Miles for Meg playlist on apple music to listen to while you run (explicit):

Please share your race time, pictures, and videos to the Miles for Meg Facebook page: Mehg will be making another great video like last year's so make sure you get your pictures and videos to her to feature. Send videos of you running, share a memory with Megan, a shout out to the Stephenson family, or whatever you are doing to commemorate Megan. Donations are also accepted via venmo @EvianaBarnes

I am pleased to announce that the Poems for a Cause activity was a success! We have collected 64 poems in this collection, and the proceeds of the book/e-book will help the Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA) organization with resources for America's native reservations. 

Here is the link to the book/e-book:

I am very proud of our students and teachers! Please pass along this information to your family and friends!

Thank you again for your support!


-Caitlin Ahrens

Ph.D., Univ. of Arkansas Space & PlanetaryPluto Manager

You are invited to a Virtual Elimination Dinner on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2 PM – 9 PM at the Fairmont Senior High School - Freshman Parking Lot hosted by FSHS Football Boosters

Grand Prize - $1,500.00

Additional Raffles:

* Basket Raffles

* 50/50 Drawing

* 200th Ticket Raffle

$25.00 Per Ticket Donation Includes:

* 1 Entry for chance to win $1,500.00

* Boxed Meal - Includes chicken, 2 sides, bread and dessert

Tickets for raffle baskets, 50/50 drawing and 200th ticket drawing are available for purchase when picking up boxed meal(s).

Grand Prize Drawing will be held via LIVE VIDEO on the FSHS Football Boosters Facebook Page.

Time Schedule:

* 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Boxed Meal Pick-Up, Purchase tickets for various raffles/drawings.

* 7:00 PM - Live stream of the elimination drawing and announcement of baskets raffles, 50/50 drawing and 200th ticket raffle.

* 249 tickets are available for purchase

* Questions - please contact the Boosters @ (304) 290-1263.

Or send a check to FSHS Boosters  143 Norway Loop Road  Fairmont WV  26554 by Daniel Woods

West Virginia football has a rich history of seeing in-state players become stars in the old gold and blue. From the great Ira Errett Rodgers to Rich Braham and all the way up to the likes of Trevon Wesco, the natives of the Mountain State have formed the backbone of Mountaineer football. Looking ahead to the 2020 season, there are several West Virginians that will be counted on to make a major impact on the field.

Darius Stills (Starting NT, Sr., Fairmont, WV) (**FSHS class of 2017) A legitimate candidate for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Stills has come a long way since being a lightly recruited defensive end out of Fairmont Senior High School. Long overshadowed by younger brother Dante, he broke out in 2019 and became an all-conference caliber performer. With 47 tackles, 14.5 for loss and seven sacks, Stills was named First-Team All-Big 12 and now returns for his final season as arguably the most accomplished defensive lineman in the conference. The son of Mountaineer great Gary Stills has blown all expectations out of the water from when he came on campus at WVU and will look to cap off his career with a bang in 2020.

Dante Stills (Starting DT, Jr., Fairmont, WV)

As previously mentioned, the younger Stills brother was highly recruited during his days as a Fairmont Senior Polar Bear, choosing the Mountaineers over a who’s who of suitors including Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State and Miami.  After a strong freshman season in which he showed flashes of stardom in limited time on the field, he had a sort of miniature breakout in 2019, being named Second-Team All-Big 12 while still splitting time with the now-graduated Reese Donahue.

Stills turned into a walking cause of havoc for opposing backfields, tallying 11.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The skills that made him such a highly-touted high school prospect are clearly showing up now and his NFL potential could be as high as anyone on the roster.

Jake Abbott (Backup MIKE Linebacker, R-Jr., Fairmont, WV)(**FSHS class of 2017)

A high school teammate of the Stills Brothers, Jake Abbott started making waves on the depth chart ahead of his sophomore season. A quarterback and linebacker in high school, Abbott converted to defense full-time in college.

Winning the Tommy Nickolich Award as the program's top walk-on at the end of last year's spring practice, his attitude and work ethic have been evident on the sidelines and in his contributions on special teams. With Shea Campbell completing his Division-I eligibility, Abbott will be relied on even more and has the ability to make an impact on the field this season


Hey Carol,

Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping us out here aware of the "goings on" at FSHS.

Can't believe that it's been 70 years since my 1950 graduation.

As Freddy the Frog said: Times fun where you're having flies. :-\

You refer to Covid 19 as ".......unprecedented times", but my generation experienced

WW11 which wasn't just a glitch on the annals of history.

Talk about stressful times...........

Let me tell you, I didn't have any Wrigley's chewing gum nor any Hershey Bars for 5 years. X;{

Chin up, we'll get thru it with a few scars on our psyche and a few left over face masks.

You're the most to say the least !!

Brassy Bill,

P.S. Still strokin'............My daughter and VP, Pierrette, won't let me retire.

Commencement 2020 required some unique planning by county and school administrators.  Video ceremonies were shared to interested family and friends since only two tickets were distributed to each graduate.  Superintendent Randy Farley and members of the Marion County BOE followed guidance from the Marion County Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In-person graduation ceremonies were held for Fairmont Senior High School on June 26 at 7 p.m. at East-West Stadium.

Congratulations to Madison Balzer, Victoria Blickenstaff, Nakiyah Clay, Kate Dillon, Sophia Flower, Gracie Gonzales, Brailey Gouzd, Rachel Lemley, Caroline Maxwell, Natalie Mazelon, Madison Mouser, and Eliza Wilson on serving on the FSHS 2020 Prom Court. 

Fairmont Senior High School’s Natalie Mazelon signed to continue her lacrosse career with the Seton Hill Griffins. Mazelon only has a few years of lacrosse experience as she started playing high school lax her sophomore year and had her senior season taken away due to COVID-19.She developed her skills fast, though. Mazelon and the Polar Bears won a state title her junior season where she also earned a spot on the First Team All-State roster.

Fairmont Senior graduating midfielder Olivia Esposito has committed to University of Charleston. She was a member of the 2019 Polar Bear state champion team & a 2-time first team all-state selection.

She was also a four-year member of the cheerleading team at Fairmont Senior.

Times West-Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. – One former local athlete announced he will be returning to the mountain state…specifically to his hometown in Fairmont.

Former Fairmont Senior High School star guard Zyon Dobbs announced he is committed to Fairmont State Men’s Basketball.

Dobbs played at James Madison his freshman year of college but felt it was time to enter the transfer portal and Falcons head coach Tim Koenig jumped on the opportunity to have him back in Fairmont.

by: Abbie Backenstoe

Posted: May 29, 2020 / 10:28 PM EDT / Updated: May 29, 2020 / 11:58 PM EDT

Just for fun while sports are nonexistent the local newspaper sponsored a poll

FAIRMONT — The rich history of athletic feats at Fairmont Senior High School in on the precipice of nailing down another as the Polar Bears’ great championship teams of the past have now swiped three spots in the Marion County Tournament of Champions’ Final Four, with a chance to go 4-for-4 entering the bracket’s final Elite Eight matchup.

Fairmont Senior’s 4-for-4 bid hinges on the Lady Polar Bears’ 2009 girls’ lacrosse team against Monongah High’s 1968 Class A state champion football squad, with voting for the matchup running until 11 a.m. today. Votes for the matchup can be cast online at or on Twitter at @bradheltzTWV.

The Fairmont Senior 2017 boys’ basketball Class AA state title repeat team secured the first spot in the Final Four, and FSHS’s 2019 Class AA state champion golf and boys’ soccer teams have since advanced to the Final Four in the tournament, which will eventually name the greatest team in Marion County sports history from the original 32-team field.

The Polar Bears’ 2017 boys’ basketball team defeated FSHS’s 2019 boys’ cross country state title team, and in the last two days, FSHS’s 2019 golf team took out East Fairmont’s 2004 softball team, while the Polar Bears’ 2019 boys’ soccer team downed North Marion girls’ basketball’s 2011 Class AAA three-peat squad.

Per standard practice, we’ve already reviewed the 2019 championship season by Fairmont Senior’s boys’ cross country team, and now we’ll look back at ‘04 East Fairmont softball’s back-to-back Class AAA state title team and North Marion’s back-to-back-to-back Class AAA championship team of 2011.

Walk-Ons Who Could Surprise For WVU in 2020 by Daniel Woods

Jake Abbott (R-So., Fairmont, WV)-Backup MIKE Linebacker

Abbott is the most recent recipient of the Tommy Nickolich Award as West Virginia’s most outstanding walk-on taking home that honor after 2019 spring practice. Playing quarterback and linebacker alongside the Stills brothers at Fairmont Senior High School, his full-time conversion to defense in college has produced great results.  A key special teams contributor in 2019, his role there will continue while the departure of Shea Campbell gives him the opportunity to move up the depth chart behind Dylan Tonkery. As quickly as Abbott has developed in the last years, he should be expected to take on even larger responsibilities in 2020. By: Scott Reed, Sports Editor  Posted Jun 12, 2020

According to Fairmont State University head men’s golf coach Sarah Yost, the Fighting Falcons will add four student-athletes for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Craig earned Big 10 Player of the Year honors twice in his career, once in 2018 and then again in 2019, and won a state championship as a senior at Fairmont Senior High School. He was awarded All-Conference and All-Tournament honors four times and was an all-state selection in both 2018 and 2019. In addition, Craig led Fairmont Senior to three runner-up finishes at the state tournament and was state runner-up in the individual portion in 2018. He plans to major in Business Management at Fairmont State.

To Marshall  Mackenzie Stanley – Fairmont Senior High School, Fairmont, W.Va. Stanley is a four-time qualifier for the WVSSAC State Cross Country Championships, recording a top ninth place finish in 2019 … competed at the 2019 Footlocker Regional Championships … is a 3x state meet qualifier in the outdoor 800m and 1600m races, and holds personal bests of 2:27.98 in the 800m, 5:23.05 in the 1600m, and 20:25.65 in cross country.

Stanley is a four-time qualifier for the WVSSAC State Cross Country Championships, recording a top ninth place finish in 2019 … competed at the 2019 Footlocker Regional Championships … is a 3x state meet qualifier in the outdoor 800m and 1600m races, and holds personal bests of 2:27.98 in the 800m, 5:23.05 in the 1600m, and 20:25.65 in cross country.

FAIRMONT—According to Fairmont State University head cross country coach Sarah Amos, four student-athletes have signed their Letters of Intent (LOI) to continue their athletic careers at FSU, starting with the 2020 season.

Alex Humphrey (Beaver, W.V.), Alexa Hawkins (Clendenin, W.V.), and Carlina Jacquez (Fairmont, W.V.), have signed national letters of intent (LOI) to join the women’s cross-country roster, while Alex Morris (Fairmont, W.V.) will join the men’s roster this fall.

Jacquez starred on the cross country and track teams at Fairmont Senior High School. During her time there, she was a four-time state qualifier on the cross-country team and a three-time state qualifier as a member of the track team. She led the Polar Bears to the State Cross Country Championship in 2019, and a runner-up finish at the event in 2016. In 2019, Jacquez also earned 1st Team All-State honors and was a Big 10 Conference champion in the 3200 as a member of the track team. She plans to major in Architecture at FSU. 

Giovanna Ruggiero DeSantis is an extraordinary artist and teacher.  You can enjoy her work on the website listed here.

I received a wonderful picture from Pam Janes Snyder, class of 1967, and her brother Tad, 1984, of their mother’s 55th reunion with the class of 1946.  I believe Maronee Fleming Janes chaired the decorating committee and called this event Magnolias and Memories. Please help us identify the participants.  We want to include the picture in the museum planned for the school.  Please visit the class creator page at,  scroll down and help us identify members of the class.  I have the master list on the database which I can eventually post


"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

Janet L. Garrison, (class of 1960), 78, of Fairmont (Watson), passed away on July 23, 2020. She was born on July 20, 1942, to the late Charles R. and Julia (Fucello) Sloboda. She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Garrison, two children, Michael S. (Heather Malone) Garrison, of Morgantown, and Lisa M. (Garrison) DeCost, also of Morgantown. Three grandchildren, Julia Grace and Gabriella Malone Garrison, and Dominic Michael DeCost. In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Charles.

Anyone fortunate enough to call Janet a friend will attest to her kindness, positive outlook and optimism. She never met a stranger and was truly beloved by all who knew her. Her ability to disarm with a smile and a kind word was a gift. Her sincere warmth and charisma were well-known to her family, friends and community.

Janet was born and proudly remained in the Watson community of Marion County for all of her life. She was especially gratified in 2019 to assist with and attend the “Growing Up Watson/Reunion.” Janet was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church and valued her faith community. She was a member of the St. Elizabeth Guild and served in many volunteer roles. Many fondly recall Janet serving as their catechism instructor.

Known for her love of children and teaching, Janet served for many years in the Marion County School System as a teacher’s aide. In this role, she bestowed genuine love, guidance and support to her hundreds of students. It was not an unusual occurrence for a former student to reference Janet’s role as their favorite during their early formative schooling. Generations of successful students regularly kept in touch with her long after they left her care and sought her counsel as they moved on with their own families and careers. She was known to recall each and every one of them (as well as their spouses and children) and relished in hearing about their personal growth.

Janet was a voracious reader and enjoyed being outdoors – especially at the ocean. Her friends are far too numerous to mention by name – although she could list all of them upon command. She had a particular love for meeting with her friends to play games like dominoes and bunco. Despite her otherwise congenial demeanor, she was relentless and competitive during these gatherings (including with her own children and grandchildren). More than anything else; however, she enjoyed the chance to get together with her those she loved and cherished.

Janet also loved the holidays – particularly Christmas and Easter. Her Christmas Eve gatherings were always special and provided her family many lifelong memories, which they will cherish forever. Her Easter bread was legendary and much sought after by family and friends alike.

Janet was a loving mother and wife. She and Jimmie were married for 54 years. Janet took enormous pride in raising and teaching her children. She instilled in both of them the value of respecting and supporting others, educational and career pursuits, and especially, the importance of family.

Though she had many successful and memorable roles during her rich life, being a grandmother was her greatest love and accomplishment. She proudly adopted her new name of “Gigi” upon the birth of her first grandchild and never looked back. She enjoyed every moment she spent with her three loving and talented grandchildren. She was a regular at cross-country meets, softball and lacrosse games, as well as music concerts and plays. She absolutely loved inviting her grandchildren to assemble increasingly challenging puzzles, teaching them how to play dominoes or Sequence and to sing along with her to the soundtracks of Mamma Mia!

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2020, and 1 p.m. Monday, July 27, until 7 p.m., with vigil rites at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. Interment will take place immediately following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. While the family appreciates the absolute outpouring of sympathy and support for their loss, they also understand that there are those who are not comfortable attending public services at this time and we know that they will celebrate Janet’s rich life in their own personal way. For those who plan to attend, please wear face coverings and practice safe social distancing measures during the visitation, mass, and funeral. Condolences:

Robert Chad Smith, (1983), 55, of Fairmont, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born on May 3, 1965, in Fairmont, the son of Karolyn and Bob Smith.

He is survived by his two children Tori Smith and Cam Smith, his brother Greg Smith, sister-in-law Kim Smith, and his niece Sofia Smith. He is the grandson of the late Carl and Maxine Pigott and Gene and Datha Smith.

Chad attended Fairmont Catholic School, Miller Junior High School and graduated Fairmont Senior High School with the class of ’83. He attended Potomac State College and went on to work at Valley Distributing and JNS Machine Company. In 1998, he became the owner and operator of Middletown Manufacturing and ran it for 22 years.

In his younger days, he was a member of the Tygart Valley water ski club and was an avid boater. He enjoyed skiing, barefooting, wake surfing, golfing and going to concerts. He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Parish. Chad was loved by many and made friends everywhere he went. He was a humble and giving man whose laughter filled the room.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont. Condolences:


GOD‌ ‌saw‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌road‌ ‌was‌ ‌getting‌ ‌rough,‌ ‌the‌ ‌hills‌ ‌were‌ ‌hard‌ ‌to‌ ‌climb,‌ ‌and‌ ‌so‌ ‌he‌ ‌gently‌ ‌closed‌ ‌his‌ ‌eyes,‌ ‌and‌ ‌whispered‌ ‌“Brazz‌ ‌Peace‌ ‌Be‌ ‌Thine”.‌ ‌The‌ ‌weary‌ ‌hours‌ ‌of‌ ‌pain‌ ‌and‌ ‌sleepless‌ ‌nights‌ ‌are‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌past.‌ ‌GOD‌ ‌saw‌ ‌that‌ ‌Brazz‌ ‌was‌ ‌tired,‌ ‌so‌ ‌he‌ ‌did‌ ‌what‌ ‌he‌ ‌knew‌ ‌best,‌ ‌he‌ ‌came‌ ‌and‌ ‌stood‌ ‌beside‌ ‌him‌ ‌and‌ ‌whispered,‌ ‌“come‌ ‌and‌ ‌take‌ ‌your‌ ‌rest."‌ ‌

Brazz‌ ‌(Pluck)‌ ‌Phillip‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌III‌,‌ (class of 1961) ‌was‌ ‌born‌ ‌April‌ ‌9,‌ ‌1962‌ ‌in‌ ‌Fairmont,‌ ‌WV.‌ ‌He‌ ‌was‌ ‌the‌ ‌son‌ ‌of‌ ‌Thelma‌ ‌Louise‌ ‌(Washington)‌ ‌Jones,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌late‌ ‌Brazz‌ ‌P.‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌Jr,‌ ‌and‌ ‌step-mother,‌ ‌Teresa‌ ‌Hathaway‌ ‌Evans.‌ ‌

He‌ ‌was‌ ‌preceded‌ ‌in‌ ‌death‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌paternal‌ ‌grandparents,‌ ‌Brazz‌ ‌P.‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌Sr,‌ ‌Earnestine‌ ‌(Dolly)‌ ‌Evans,‌ ‌maternal‌ ‌grandparents‌ ‌George‌ ‌and‌ ‌Georgia‌ ‌Washington,‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌Corena‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌and‌ ‌Sister‌ ‌Elizabeth‌ ‌(Liz‌Jones).‌ ‌

He‌ ‌is‌ ‌survived‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌wife,‌ ‌Tracy‌ ‌Lewis-Evans,‌ ‌son‌ ‌Brazz‌ ‌Phillip‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌IV,‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌Stacy‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌and‌ ‌step-daughter‌ ‌Mercedes.‌ ‌Four‌ ‌sisters,‌ ‌Betsy‌ ‌Parks‌ ‌(Richard)(PA),‌ ‌Angie‌ ‌Turner‌ ‌(Richard)‌ ‌(FL),‌ ‌Christina‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌(life‌ ‌partner‌ ‌Eugene‌ ‌Drake)‌ ‌and‌ ‌Tessa‌ ‌Evans‌ ‌of‌ ‌(WV).‌  ‌ Four‌ ‌brothers,‌ ‌Curtis‌ ‌Jones‌ ‌(Kelley),‌ ‌Tony ‌Jones‌ ‌(life‌ ‌partner‌ ‌Olivia‌ ‌Barner),‌ ‌Dawain‌ ‌Jones‌ ‌(Jennifer)‌ ‌and‌ ‌Keshawn‌ ‌Jones.‌   ‌Along‌ ‌with‌ ‌his‌ ‌family,‌ ‌Pluck‌ ‌had‌ ‌many‌ ‌friends,‌ ‌Barry‌ ‌Drake,‌ ‌Kevin‌ ‌Hines,‌ ‌Marcus‌ ‌Lewis,‌ ‌a‌ ‌special‌ ‌friend‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Holman;‌ ‌his‌ ‌mother-in-law‌ ‌Beverly‌ ‌Lewis‌ ‌and‌ ‌numerous‌ ‌Aunts,‌ ‌Uncles,‌ ‌Nieces‌ ‌and‌ ‌Nephews.‌ ‌

He‌ ‌attended‌ ‌Miller‌ ‌School‌ ‌and‌ ‌Fairmont‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌High‌ ‌school.‌ ‌ ‌

Brazz‌ ‌was‌ ‌employed‌ ‌by‌ ‌REM‌ ‌of‌ ‌WV‌ ‌for‌ ‌over‌ ‌10‌ ‌years‌ ‌caring‌ ‌for‌ ‌many‌ ‌handicapped‌ ‌and‌ ‌disabled‌ ‌clients‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌homes.‌  ‌He‌ ‌was‌ ‌an‌ ‌excellent‌ ‌caregiver,‌ ‌always‌ ‌working‌ ‌extended‌ ‌hours‌ ‌whenever‌ ‌the‌ ‌need‌ ‌arose.‌ ‌

Brazz‌ ‌loved‌ ‌to‌ ‌sing,‌ ‌write,‌ ‌record,‌ ‌teach‌ ‌music‌ ‌and‌ ‌voice‌ ‌lessons.‌ ‌Playing‌ ‌drums‌ ‌began‌ ‌at‌ ‌age‌ ‌nine.‌ ‌He‌ ‌recognized‌ ‌his‌ ‌gifts‌ ‌at‌ ‌an‌ ‌early‌ ‌age‌ ‌and‌ ‌became‌ ‌a‌ ‌very‌ ‌talented‌ ‌musician‌ ‌who‌ ‌could‌ ‌play‌ ‌over‌ ‌12‌ ‌instruments.‌ ‌He‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌member‌ ‌and‌ ‌Minister‌ ‌of‌ ‌Music‌ ‌at‌ ‌Welcome‌ ‌Baptist‌ ‌Church.‌ ‌For‌ ‌13+‌ ‌years‌ ‌he‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌heard‌ ‌as‌ ‌Radio‌ ‌announcer‌ ‌on‌ ‌WXLL‌ ‌(1310)‌ ‌Gospel‌ ‌Radio‌ ‌Station‌ ‌in‌ ‌Atlanta,‌ ‌Georgia.‌ ‌He‌ ‌toured with‌ ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ ‌Mass‌ ‌Choir,‌ ‌produced‌ ‌and‌ ‌recorded‌ ‌“Let‌ ‌My‌ ‌People‌ ‌Go”.  ‌ ‌

He‌ ‌loved‌ ‌to‌ ‌talk,‌ ‌and‌ ‌never‌ ‌met‌ ‌a‌ ‌stranger.‌  ‌Brazz‌ ‌always‌ ‌made‌ ‌people‌ ‌feel‌ ‌welcome.‌ ‌He‌ ‌loved‌ ‌his‌ ‌family‌ ‌&‌ ‌friends‌ ‌and‌ ‌will‌ ‌surely‌ ‌be‌ ‌missed.‌ ‌

The family will receive friends at Morning Star Baptist Church, 100 McKinney Street in Fairmont, on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The homegoing service will be at the church on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Wesley Q. Dobbs, Pastor Paul Mitchell, Pastor Leo Riley, and Pastor Regina Riley officiating. Cards may be sent to the family at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 or Morning Star Baptist Church, 100 McKinney Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Samuel "Dude" Alexander Koch Jr., (class of 1987) 50 years of age of Baxter, WV passed away on July 4, 2020 at his residence. He was born August 11, 1969 in Fairmont, WV the son of Samuel and Linda Sapp Koch Sr. of Baxter, WV.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his son Tyler Alexander Koch of Rivesville, WV; sister Cassie Stark and husband Scott of Rivesville, nieces Lexie Spears and husband Rezin and their daughter Olivia (an unborn child due in February) of Bridgeport, WV, Michaela and Kayla Willis; nephew Mason Stark of Rivesville, WV; aunts Donna Vincent and husband Don of Fairmont, WV and Pamela Blumetto and Michael Blumetto of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Paul and Wanda Sapp and paternal grandparents John and Olga Koch. He valued every person he met, never met a stranger, and held his friends close for a lifetime bond. He leaves behind many, many, many dear friends.

"Dude" was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. He worked several years installing carpet for Custom Carpets in Fairmont and held a certified electricians license. Following the birth of his son Tyler, "Dude" chose to be a stay at home Dad, proudly. The two of them enjoyed camping at Smoke Hole as well as Alpine Shores in Elkins. Hunting, fishing and riding ATV's were a big part of their outdoor lives. "Dude's" life was centered around his son and his family.

For many years, he volunteered as a coach for Rivesville Little League and Rivesville youth basketball.

Our dear son deserves a beautiful tribute. However, we appreciate in this unknown time with the COVID - 19 pandemic that attending a visitation may not be your best interest. If you are able join us in celebrating Dude's life, we ask you follow the Governor's mandate of wearing masks to the visitation and funeral. Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Second and Jasper Streets in Rivesville, WV on Friday from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM. A private funeral service will be celebrated at a later date. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Mary Anne McLellan, (class of 1949) of the Masonic Village, Sewickley, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Born in Fairmont, W.Va., on May 16, 1931, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Devina (Watkins) Facemire. She was preceded in death by her brother, James W Facemire, and her son, David Mark McLellan.

She was the beloved wife of G. Edward McLellan (67 years), and loving mother to Melinda Leigh McLellan (Karen Flynn), of Clarksburg. Also, she is survived by nephews, Jeff Facemire (Nancy) and Jim Facemire (Marilyn).

Mary Anne graduated from West Fairmont High School in 1949. She then went to Duke University and graduated in 1953 from the school of nursing. While at Duke, she was president of Student Government, vice president of Honor Court, and a member of Santa Filomena Nursing Honor Society. In 1954, she returned to Duke, majoring in psychiatric nursing, and moved to Pittsburgh. She was employed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Western Psychiatric Hospital.

In 1961, she resigned so she and Ed could begin raising their family in Upper St. Clair. Mary Anne was a person who loved people and you didn't need much time with her until you felt you had developed a new friend for life. She utilized her love for people by volunteering for many community activities. She was involved in Goodwill industries, neighborhood chair of 14, Girl Scout troops, Upper St. Clair Bicentennial Commission, Duke Alumni committees, and chairman of Cancer Crusade. In 1969, she assisted in developing a pastoral counseling clinic at Christ United Methodist Church.

In 1980, Gov. Thornburg appointed her to the Board of Trustees at Woodville State Hospital, and she subsequently became the board president. She was an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Oakland). She was a 67-year member of the Eastern Star, served on the board for Friends Aware (Cumberland), was a former member of St. Clair and Cumberland Country Clubs and Deep Creek Lake Yacht Club.

Mary Anne had a longtime love of Collie dogs, and over the years she and Ed had six of them, all named Shawn.

Contributions in Mary Anne's memory may be made to Masonic Village at Sewickley, Gift Planning, 1000 Masonic Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, or to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 318 East Oak St., Oakland, MD.

In view of the COVID-19 virus, a celebration of Mary Anne's life will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, Scott Twp., (412-563-2800),

Debra "Debbie" Kay Fetty, (class of 1975), 63, of Fairmont, passed away Thursday, July 16th, 2020 with family by her side. She was born March 19th, 1957 in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Charles R. Fetty, Sr. and Shirley M. Arnett Fetty.

Debbie graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1975 and from Fairmont State University in 1981. She was employed by Kenny Shoes from 1974-1975, Stone & Thomas from 1975-1998, and Nails by Debbie at Hair Reflections from 1998-2019.

She was a member of Viola Church. Among the many things Debbie enjoyed was her church, helping others, devoting her time at grief share meetings, big family holiday dinners, and an ice-cold french vanilla iced cappuccino. Although she had no children of her own, her nieces, nephews, and great-nieces were her world.

Debbie was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Fetty. She is survived by her sister, Diane Neely and her husband Kevin Neely, Sr., brother, Charles R. "Bob" Fetty, Jr. and his wife Belinda; nieces and nephews, Kevin Neely, Jr., Deanna Anderson and her husband TJ, Kayla Fetty, and Charles R. "Bobby" Fetty III; great nieces, Lindsay Neely, Myley Anderson, Mia Anderson, and Nora Kay Griffin.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family at




Lynne H. Waller left this earth after battling several ailments at UPMC on June 23, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA at the age of 68 years old.

Lynne is survived by her sons, Eric Mallamo and Andrew Waller of Fairmont, WV; sister, Patricia Richards and husband James Richards of Fairmont, WV; granddaughter, Meredith Mallamo and sister-in-law, Sandra Hawkins of Morgantown, WV. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lynne is preceded in death by her infant son, Douglas Mallamo; sister, Earlene Hawkins Jenkins; brothers, Richard Hawkins and Charles Hawkins; and sister-in-law, Becky Hawkins. Also preceding her in death were former husbands, Edward Waller and Edward Mallamo of Fairmont, WV and longtime companion, Joe Cratty of Kenwood Beach, MD.

Lynne was born on February 8, 1952 in Fairmont, WV to the late Earl and Betty Hawkins. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. Her children remember her as a caring person and dedicated mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and follow their dreams. She worked hard to provide for her family. Lynne worked as a pharmacy technician at Walmart in Fairmont, WV and in Florida for over 15 years. She also worked as a travel agent and for the Bell Atlantic Telephone Company.

Lynne was an amazing woman who loved the state of Florida where she lived for many years, and was passionate about the beach and her “Island Time”. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and the sunshine.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554, to assist with final expenses.

Our dear mother deserves a beautiful tribute. However, we appreciate in the unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic that attending a visitation may not be in your best interest. Please be with us in prayer. If you are able to join us in celebrating Lynne’s life, we will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. In accordance with Lynne’s wishes, her body has been cremated. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Sally Ann Meredith Hall Longmire, (class of 1952), of Old Town, Florida passed away on June 6, 2020 at her residence.  She was born August 23, 1934 in Fairmont, WV to the late William Alan McLane and the late Margaret Virginia Parks McLane Ewing.

Sally was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.  She was a 1952 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, a 1956 graduate of West Virginia University, as well as 1958 graduate of The Ohio State University with a concentration in the studies of education and home economics.  She assisted her husband Dr. Meredith as a veterinarian assistant in his practice.  Sally was a teacher in the Marion County School system and later continued with substitute teaching.  She was a member of the Junior League of Fairmont, had served as a Cub Scout den mother.  Sally was a very social person, she loved arranging and cooking for family dinners and gatherings.

Sally loved to travel, she had enjoyed many trips which included The Holy Land, London, Hawaii, and New Orleans.  She spent much time in Florida in the Jensen Beach and Stuart areas.  She decided to spend her retirement years in Old Town, Dixie County, FL.

Sally was involved in numerous business ventures while married to John Hall.  While living in Old Town she worked with Walgreen’s, sold real estate, and participated in political fundraising.

She is survived by her sons, Leavitt Carr “Cy” Meredith, Jr. of Fairmont, and Charles Harper and his wife Connie Meredith of Fairmont, her daughters, Anne Louise Meredith of Craigsville, WV, and Mary Beth and her husband Buddy Atwell of Fairmont.  She is also survived by one grandson, two granddaughters, one great granddaughter, her brothers, William and his wife Barbara McLane of Clayton, NC, and Mark and his wife Laura McLane of Morgantown, WV, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Leavitt Carr Meredith, Alma John Hall, and John Longmire, as well as her sister Carolyn McLane Ridgeway.

Her family would like to give special recognition for her caretaker and friend, Gail Hurst in Old Town, Florida.

We appreciate in the unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic that attending a visitation may not be in your best interest. Please be with the family in prayer. Should you be able to celebrate her life, the family will receive visitors at the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont on Monday, June 15, 2020 from 11AM until 1PM   Funeral will be held at 1PM in the funeral home with Reverend D.D. Meighen officiating.  Interment will follow at the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont, WV.  Online condolences may be made to

Warren B. Wysner, (class of 1942) age 96, passed away on May 20, 2020 in Lexington, SC. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Reed Wysner; parents, Emar and Margaret Wysner and sister, Janet Summers.

Dr. Wysner was a longtime resident and Optometrist in Fairmont, WV. In later years, he resided in Pawleys Island, SC and Lexington, SC. He graduated from Fairmont Senior High in 1942 and Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1950, after which he practiced Optometry in Fairmont for 45 years. He was a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, and member of the American and West Virginia Optometric Associations. Dr. Wysner was a proud veteran of World War II having served in England as part of the 8th Army Air Force. He was a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. He attended the Episcopal Church in Fairmont and Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his daughter, Joan Reese and husband, Craig of Stanley, NC and his son, Robert Wysner and wife, Debbie of Lexington, SC. Also surviving are grandchildren, Amanda Mead and husband, Matthew of Greer, SC and Laura Reese of Raleigh, NC. Additionally, he is survived by great-grandson, Everett Mead; nieces, Margo Summers of Clarksburg, WV, Suzanne Harvey and husband, Charles of Woodbridge, VA, and nephew, Jay Summers and wife, Sherry of Delaware, OH.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Fairmont at a later date.  Online condolences may be made to

Francis “Frank” Albert Chicarelli, (class of 1946) 91, of Fairmont passed away on May 20, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was born June 23, 1928 in Rivesville, WV a son of the late Vincent and Teresa Torch Chicarelli.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Irene Egidi Chicarelli of Fairmont.

Frank was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Army for a tour in Japan, came home and after two years of college, reenlisted in the U.S. Army where he served his country proudly and honorably for 20 years in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Europe and the U.S.A.  During this time, he received several commendations.   After his retirement from the service, Frank was employed by the United States Postal Service at Morgantown as mail handler and then as a custodian.

Frank was a Roman Catholic and a member of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church where he served as usher for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #0200

In addition to his loving wife Irene, he is survived by his son John Michael and his wife Mary Jo Chicarelli of Fairmont.  He was blessed with two loving grandchildren, Sarah and her husband Tim Idelman of Fairmont, and Joshua and his wife Bethany Chricarelli of Uniontown, PA, and a precious great granddaughter, Rowan AnneMarie Chicarelli.  He is also survived by a sister, Eleanor Osborne of Fairmont, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his beloved son, Marc Allen Chicarelli on October 8, 1974, and his beloved twin grandchildren, Jacoby Chicarelli on March 24, 2013, and Jovi Chicarelli on March 25, 2013, three brothers, John Chicarelli, James Chicarelli, and Edward Chicarelli, and two infant brothers Benito Chicarelli, and Michael Chicarelli.  Also preceding him in death were five sisters, Mary Livingston, Anna Calanca, Mildred Straight, Rose Kimbrew, and Martha Butcher, and two infant sisters, Madeline Chicareilli, and Barbara Jean Chicarelli.

It was Frank’s wish that memorials contributions be made to a charity of their choice or to the St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1660 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, WV  26554.

The family has entrusted care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV.  In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has chosen to hold private services with Father Vincent Joseph as Celebrant, as well as a private committal services that will be held at Grandview Memorial Cemetery in Fairmont where military honors will be held by the Marion County Veterans Council.  

A memorial mass for friends and family followed by a dinner will be celebrated at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watson at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Online condolences may be extended to the family at 

Scott Lindsey Messmore, (class of 1965), 72 of DeLand, Florida passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020. He was born on June 3, 1947 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania to Lindsey Ellison Messmore and Margaret Elizabeth Hoffman. Scott served in the United States Army before working in the Law Industry as an Attorney. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Steve D. Zelenak, 86, (class of 1952) of Morgantown, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born in Fairmont on May 13, 1934, a son of the late Steve Zelenak and Helen Louise Malick Zelenak.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Janet Bragg Zelenak; son, Steven Zelenak and his wife Diana of Fairmont; daughter, Pastor Stephanie Bennett and her husband Pastor Brad Bennett of Barrackville; step-son, Allan Leary and his wife Claudine of Delaware, OH; step-daughters, Janette Leary of Modesto, CA and Darlena Wilson of Orlando, FL; 11 grandchildren, Angela Shively and her husband Cody, Candace Hilling, Amanda Reid and her husband Tyler, Cassi Ralphsnyder and her husband B.J., Sarah Eakle and her husband Kaleb, Anthony Wilson, Ryan Wilson, Abi Leary, Andra Leary, Micah Leary, and Rachel Bennett; nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Zelenak and his wife Jeanette of Canton, OH; his sister, Barbara Halladay of Fairmont; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his first wife, June P. West Zelenak who passed away in 1981 and a daughter, Shannon Louise Zelenak who passed away in 1964.

Steve was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended Avery United Methodist Church in Cheat Lake Community, was a co-founder of the West Virginia Chapter of “Discover God’s Call Ministries”, and was previously active with NCWV Walk to Emmaus. Steve retired as quality inspector and crew leader at Owens-Illinois Glass Co. with 30 years of experience. He was also employed for 10 years at the Outlet of Arts and Crafts in Fairmont.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in Steve’s memory to a food ministries charity of your choice.

The family has entrusted care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. Our dear husband, father and grandfather deserves a beautiful tribute. However, we appreciate in the unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic that attending a visitation may not be in your best interest. Please be with us in prayer. Should you be able to celebrate his life, a graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Pisgah Cemetery, 2718 Smithtown Road, Morgantown, WV, with Reverend Jenny Williams and Reverend Carl Radcliff officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Marthell Morgan Trach Hanna, (class of 1963), 74, of Lake Placid, Florida went home to her Lord on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Sebring, Florida.  Marthell, born on July 4, 1945 in Fairmont, West Virginia, was the daughter of the late Opal Leah (Keener) and John Paul Trach. She was brought into this world by her father who was a practicing physician in  Fairmont, WV because there wasn’t anyone on call to help with her delivery. She was the fifth of six children. She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters Virginia Anne “Jennianne” Trach Stitt, Merry Beth Trach Hornbrook and her late husband Donovan Allen Hanna.  She is survived by her children, daughters: Ann Porter White, her partner Mark Davila of Lake Placid, FL, Courtney Storrs White Burky, her husband Brian and granddaughters Isabelle, Julia, and Olivia of Worland, WY, sons: James Decker White, his wife Janel and granddaughters Emily and Shelby of Reinholds, PA, John Matthew White, his wife Jill and granddaughter Sydney of Pittsburgh, PA,, one sister Julia Welton (Charles) of Elkins, WV, two brothers John Paul Trach (Joan) of Camp Hill, PA and John Mark Trach (Cathy) of Fairmont, WV, cousin Julie Read (Robert) of Winchester, VA., cousin Sarah Marks (Gerald) of Sylva, NC and many nieces and nephews. Marthell graduated from Fairmont Senior High in 1963.  She never lost contact with her childhood girlfriends called the “Polar Babes.”  They got together as often as possible to share their hopes and dreams and support each other throughout all the days of their lives.  She was also a 50-year member of the Women’s Organization called P.E.O. All of Marthell’s friends will miss her very much. Marthell loved her husband Don and she was anxious to be by his side once again.  She loved her children and wished them happiness and success. She leaves behind a loving family both far and near, kindness, love and a strong loyalty towards her friends.  

Her children would like to thank all the family and friends that have helped to support her throughout her entire life.  Thank you to the loving nurses that cared for her in the hospital and at Good Shepherd Hospice House located in Sebring, Florida.  There will be a celebration of her life in the coming months.

Merry Elizabeth Trach Hornbrook, (class of 1962), 75, of Morgantown, WV passed away in her home on Friday, November 15, 2019, with her loving family by her side after a long, courageous battle with brain cancer.

Merry Beth was born on April 30, 1944, in Fairmont, WV. She was the fourth of six children of the late Dr. John Paul Trach and Opal Keener Trach. She is preceded in death by her parents and older sister, Virginia Anne "Jennianne" Trach Stitt.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Robert H. Hornbrook. Their marriage and devotion to each other was an inspiration to their children, son R. Kent Hornbrook, his wife, Laura and granddaughter Madeline of Pittsburgh, PA and daughter, Sarah Hornbrook Hawkins, her husband David and granddaughters Lauren and Allison of Pittsburgh, PA, two sisters, Julia Welton (Charles) of Elkins, WV, and Marthell "Marty" Hanna of Lake Placid, FL, two brothers, John Paul Trach (Joan) of Camp Hill, PA and James Mark Trach (Cathy) of Fairmont, WV, cousin Julia Read (Robert) of Winchester, VA., cousin Sarah Marks (Gerald) of Sylva, NC and many nieces & nephews.

Merry Beth devoted her life to the care of her family and making a warm and welcoming home for her husband and children. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her children and beloved granddaughters and entertaining friends and family in her home. She loved growing up in a large family with lots of brothers & sisters, cousins, aunts & uncles, nieces & nephews. Some of her favorite occasions were big family gatherings celebrating milestones and holidays, cooking together and just sitting around the table conversing & reminiscing.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Merry Beth was how respected and admired she was by all who knew her. Many have called Merry Beth their best friend. She was welcoming, thoughtful, loyal, dependable, always quick with a smile or laugh, genuine and encouraged everyone to be themselves. She was a role model for women of many generations. One friend described her as "sunshine and sweetness and so much goodness wrapped up in one little package". She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, grace, and class and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A graduate of Fairmont Senior High School (Class of 1962), Merry Beth went on to attend West Virginia University where she studied Education. She cherished her collegiate and alumni years in the sisterhood of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, of which she was a member for over 50 years, serving various roles on the house and advisory boards and later participating in Kappa interest groups with friends. She was a member of PEO Chapter P, a sustaining member of the Morgantown Service League and the Valley Hills Garden Club. She was a previous member of First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown, serving as a deacon. She loved "playing bridge" with the same group of friends for over 40 years and girls' weekends with the "Polar Belles", a group of childhood girlfriends from Fairmont. She was an avid reader, crossword puzzle solver and loved gardening and decorating.

The Hornbrook family would like to thank the numerous friends and family who have provided support and especially the caregivers from Morgantown Hospice and Right at Home for their help in caring for Merry Beth.

Friends and family will be received at the Erickson Alumni Center, 1 Alumni Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505, in the Kennedy Club Room on Tuesday, December 3, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, December 4, from 10 am until the time of the memorial service at 11 am with Chaplain Craig Falkenstine officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Merry Beth's memory to the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, P O Box 9300, Morgantown, WV  26506-9300 and the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste. 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Hastings Funeral Home has been entrusted with cremation arrangements. Send condolences online at


Christopher “Chris” Ryan Curtis, (class of 2001), 36, of Fairmont passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Morgantown on August 6, 1983, the son of David Lee Curtis and Rose Ann Taralla Curtis. In addition to his parents, Chris is survived by his son, Jaden Michael Curtis.

Chris was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and worked for Accelerated Construction Services in Morgantown. 

The family has entrusted arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554. All services will be private. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Nicole Michele Ferrise, (class of 1989) 48, passed away May 3, 2020, at Ruby Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born in Huntington, WV on May 8, 1971, a daughter of Linda Lacaria Ferrise and the late Richard Ferrise.

Nicole graduated from West Fairmont High School and her beloved Pennsylvania State University, where she was the editor of the LaVie yearbook, inducted into Lion’s Paw and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She worked at various careers throughout her life but most memorable was as a sales representative for Herff Jones Yearbooks working with journalism teachers and students throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland creating their high school yearbooks.

Nicole was a dearly loved daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt. She was so proud of her nieces and nephew and loved spending time with Sophia, Gianna, Dominic, Mia and Aria.

She will be remembered for her infectious laugh and the joy she had in making others laugh by telling a good story, of which she had many. She was indeed, one of a kind!

Nicole is survived by her mother, Linda Lacaria Ferrise, her sister Danielle Palmiero and husband Michael, nieces, Gianna and Mia Palmiero, and Sophia Nativia and husband Sebastian and their daughter Aria, and nephew Dominic Palmiero. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins but special in her life were her Uncle Robert Ferrise and Aunt Sue Nudleman.

The family wishes to thank WVU hospital, physicians and nurses of the Surgical ICU;

 7 West physicians and nurses and 7 W Hospice for their excellent care of Nicole and support of her family; and the Monongalia County EMS.

During this pandemic, we wish to continue honoring all safety guidelines and ask that in lieu of visitation, a donation be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in honor of Nicole, as that is a charity that is close to our family’s heart. A celebration of Nicole’s life will be held at a later time when friends and family are not restricted to gather. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Patricia Ann Tucker, (class of 1963), 75, of Fairmont, West Virginia died Friday, May 8, 2020 at her residence.  She was born January 8, 1945 in Fairmont, WV a daughter of the late Carmen Culver & Elizabeth Kabulski Culver.  

She is survived by two daughters and a son in law Dawn & Larry Orton of Fairmont and Kerri Morrone of Fairmont, a brother Buddy Culver Jr. of Fairmont, 8 grandchildren Dylan Tucker of Ohio, Travis Orton of Missouri, Kelsey Morrone of Florida, Logan Orton of Fairmont, Gentry Morrone Of Fairmont, Dallas Tucker of Tennessee, Davin Tucker of Tennesse and Lori Orton of Missouri, 2 great grandchildren Lainey Tucker of Ohio and Jaren Orton of Missouri, a brother in law and his wife Larry & Sharon Tucker of Bridgeport, WV, 2 sister in laws Patty Drummond of Fairmont and Diana Walker & her husband Earl Walker of Fairmont, several nieces & nephews, special cousins Mary Lou McDonald of Fairmont, and Jack Bernardo of South Carolina and special friends Patty Raikes of Fairmont, Genny McCutcheon of South Carolina, Dianne Wolfe of Fairmont and Judy Preston of Fairmont.

She was preceded in death by a son Kevin Tucker, a sister Esther Miller and a niece Cara Jo Culver.

Patricia’s greatest joy in life came in spending time with her family and friends that became family.  Her sweet spirit and gentle heart will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.  

The family has entrusted care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554.  Our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother deserves a beautiful tribute. However, we appreciate during this time with the COVID-19 pandemic that attending a visitation or funeral may not be in your best interest.  Please be with us in prayer.  In following Patty’s wishes, a private service will be held for her immediate family.  Donations may be made in her memory to the St. Jude Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.  Online condolences maybe be made to 

Frank Robert Fleming, (class of 1974), 64 of Fairmont West Virginia. Passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 4th 2020 surrounded by loved ones. He was born Dec. 6, 1955 in St. Joseph, Missouri. A son of the late Frank O. Fleming Jr. and Vera (Napple) Fleming.

He worked in the tv cable industry for 42 years and retired December 2019 as a supervisor from Comcast communications. He greatly enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife Linda K. Fleming. Son Shawn Davis and wife Jessica, Two daughters Heather and husband Adam Lipscomb, Holly and husband Matthew Rowe. Two step children April and husband Ron Wise, and David Kight. Nine grandchildren, Shyanne Rowe, Addison, Hadleigh, and James Lipscomb, Faith, Killian, Kalen and Konall Davis, and Taylor Wise. Along with Sister Valerie (Fleming) Leasure and her husband Charles, sister-in-law Linda S. Fleming and several nieces and nephews.

He is proceeded in death by his twin brother Francis Scott Fleming. Grandparents Frank O. Fleming Sr. and wife Margaret (Cowan), Francis W. Napple and wife Crystal (Costello).

A private service with family and friends will be held at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Ed “Rocky” Poe, (class of 1973), 64, of Grafton, West Virginia and formerly of Fairmont, WV died Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Morgantown, WV.  He was born September 30, 1955 in Fairmont, WV the son of Edgar Marion Poe & Helen Dougher Poe.  He is survived by his wife Robin Poe of Grafton, WV.

He is survived by a daughter Rachel Poe of Morgantown, WV and sister and son in law Rebecca & Robert Henderson of Morgantown, WV.

Rocky was employed by GMS, Inc. He was a 1973 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and attended Fairmont State College.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554.  All services will be private for the family.  Online condolences may be made to the family at

David George Lambert, (class of 1956)of Centerville, Ohio passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at his residence. He was born June 7, 1938, the son of the late George E. and Eleanor Rodgers Lambert.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Davis Lambert, his daughters, Laura and Heidi, and grandson, Daniel of the Dayton, Ohio area, his sister, Jean, of Fairmont, an Aunt Sandra Allen, and numerous cousins.

David graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He worked for the federal government for over 50 years with the majority of the time at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he was an International Logistician.

After retirement, he volunteered at the front desk of Sycamore Medical Center and he donated his rare blood type numerous times at this hospital.

He felt that character was something that you learn from your parents, not by listening to what they say, but from watching what they do.

The compassionate care given by his Senior Helpers and Hospice over the last few weeks was very much appreciated.

At the request of the deceased, no service is planned.

Published on January 21, 2020


May their memories be a blessing to all those who love them.  




I believe Maronee Fleming Janes chaired the decorating committee and called this event Magnolias and Memories. Please help us identify the participants.  We want to include the picture in the museum planned for the school.



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Happy Birthday to all those Leap Year babies who have waited for four years!  My writing buddy and I both celebrated a birthday this month as well.

2020 Prom Court

Maddie Balzer

Victoria Blickenstaff

]Kate Dillon

Naykiah Clay

Sophia Flower

Gracie Gonzalez

Bailey Gouzd

Rachel Lemley

Caroline Maxwell

Natalie Mazelon

Maddie Mouser

Eliza Wilson

Girls’ Swimming at states:

Mylan Park Aquatic Center on the final day of action at the WVSSAC State Swimming Championships unfold.

Abruzzino paced her team to a sixth-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay and a seventh-place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay and individual events, and captured the third-place finish in both the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle.

Abruzzino’s pair of bronze-medal performances at the state meet cap a highly successful sophomore season which comes on the heels of her making waves in her freshman season. That year, she placed fourth in the state in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle. With her finishes on Friday, she eclipsed her marks at last year’s state meet in the 500 by 14 seconds and in the 200 by three seconds.

As a team, the Polar Bears took seventh overall — other individual finishes include junior Ella Broadhurst who took eleventh in the 100 yard freestyle and ninth in the 50 yard freestyle, freshman Ashlyn Bennington earned eighth in the 500 yard freestyle, and freshman Alexis Ramsey finished eighth in the 100 yard butterfly.

Musically talented:  Years of hard work practicing the saxophone are paying off for Fairmont Senior High School junior Nicky Keefover, who’s been named a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Amy and Andrew Vaughan Fellowship and the West Virginia All-State Band.

Keefover, who plays alto saxophone in Fairmont Senior’s band, is one of only four students in the state to join the fellowship this year, an honor he said is very humbling.

“They take high school students from all over West Virginia, and they go through a process where applications are sent in,” Keefover said. “Then they narrow that down to a select group of finalists who go and audition. Whoever they select gets to go to all of the concerts and the rehearsals for the orchestra, and they do extra little research projects on the pieces that the orchestra is playing.”

Boys’ Basketball beat Lewis County 85-34 then zoomed past Weir in regular-season finale.

Boys’ Basketball scores big win over BRIDGEPORT — Fairmont Senior has picked a perfect time to play its best basketball, for the Polar Bears closed out the regular season with a strong defensive game, earning a 48-33 victory over Bridgeport in Big 10 conference action on Wednesday night.

The Polar Bears (10-12) held the Indians to their lowest point total of the season, mainly by forcing 16 turnovers.

Washenitz was again the main factor for Senior making back-to-back 3-pointers from the right-wing area to score eight points, while Gage Michael added five points, including a trey of his own.

Washenitz had game-high totals in both scoring and rebounding for the Polar Bears with 15 points and six rebounds. Johnson followed with 11 points, while Gage Michael and Eric Smith added nine and eight points, respectively.

The Polar Bears will begin postseason play Tuesday as the section's No. 2 seed against No. 3 East Fairmont at the 201st 

Girls’ Basketball Jenkins sparks Polar Bears to earn Player of the Week.

Wrestling:  As they compete in state championships here’s a look at how they placed in a tri-state meet and regional qualifier to earn a state berth.

#3 in the nation Zach Frazier beats #10 in the nation Jacob Padilla 5-0 in the championship finals of the prestigious Brooke Classic!

Zach wins outstanding wrestler award, Polar Bears 5th as a team out of 17 tough teams from WV, OH, & PA!

1st-285 Zach Frazier

2nd-113 Marko Tarley

3rd-120 Kolbie Hamilton

3rd-132 Mikey Jones

4th-138 Tanner Hoskinson

6th-170 Nick Scott

7th-106 Dominic Armistead

7th-145 Angelo Manzo

7th-160 Zach Anderson

8th-195 Bennen Matheny

8th-220 Iain Campbell

Winning matches in lower bracket:

126 Tyler Harrison

152 Andy Mines

160 Jace Dalton

182 Germaine Lewis

Winning matches in JV bracket:

132 Tadeo Huggins

138 Ryan Bohn

145 Sage Toothman

Polar Bear wrestlers finish 2nd in the Region in a close battle with Oak Glen!


1st-120 Kolbie Hamilton

1st-132 Mikey Jones

1st-138 Tanner Hoskinson

1st-285 Zach Frazier

2nd-160 Zach Anderson

2nd-170 Nick Scott

4th-113 Marko Tarley

4th-220 Iain Campbell

5th-106 Dominic Armistead

5th-145 Angelo Manzo

6th-152 Michael Kruzel

Wrestling championships on Day 1:

Polar Bears off to a 4-0 start on the day already landing 113 Marko Tarley, 120 Kolbie Hamilton, 132 Mikey Jones & 138 Tanner Hoskinson in tonight’s championship semifinals!

Bears currently in 2nd place with 170 Nick Scott & 285 Zach Frazier left to wrestle in the championship quarterfinals, and 160 Zach Anderson & 220 Ian Campbell yet to wrestle in the consolations!

Day 2: Junior 160 Zach Anderson won his first-round consolation match via pin! Win and advance!!

Sophomore 132 Mikey Jones won his semifinal match by decision to advance to Saturday night’s championship finals!

Senior 285 Zach Frazier won his semifinal match by decision 10-3 to reach his 4th straight state title match!

FSHS Foundation sponsors an Elimination Dinner at the Knights of Columbus 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive on April 17, 2020.  Social hour at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. $50.00 per couple donation.


"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

Kay Millicent Brown passed away at her home in Atrium Village, Owings Mills, Maryland on January 23rd, 2020.  She was born on November 3rd, 1951, the second child of the late Dr. Walter B. and Florine Brown of Fairmont, WV.  Kay attended West Fairmont Senior High School, graduating in 1969. Five years after receiving her 4 year RN in nursing at West Virginia University, she finished her Juris Doctorate at WVU, becoming one of only nine law-nurses in West Virginia. 

She began her law career as the first female associate at the law firm of White & Williams in 1979 and later worked with the law firm of Dehay & Elliston.  She was licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  

Kay met Stephen Wehner while hosting a party at her apartment and they were married in 1980.  She and her husband also founded the law firm of Wehner and York in 1992.

Kay was a brilliant litigator who was known best for her formidable skills at drafting legal briefs. Kay and Steve never lost a case they worked on together.

Sadly, Stephen died in a car accident in West Virginia on January 21st, 2000.

Kay always appreciated the intense beauty of nature and the world.  She loved photographing local wildlife, building birdhouses, and restoring furniture.  She was kind to everyone she met and will be terribly missed by children, relatives, and friends.

Kay is survived by her two children, Matthew Wehner of San Francisco, CA, and Amanda Hendry of Alexandria, Virginia, son-in-law Frank Hendry, two grandsons, Stephen (Alex) Hendry and Charles Hendry, and brother and sister-in-law Walter K. (Kent) Brown and Nancy Brown of Fairmont.

A memorial service will be scheduled in Fairmont, WV, at a future date.  The family has entrusted Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV with the local arrangements.  Online condolences may be made to

Update:  A service honoring Kay Brown's life will be held at Ford Funeral Home, RC Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Rd., Fairmont WV on Sunday, February 16th at 1 pm, followed by a family internment.

A reception will be held at Backwoods at the Belmont, 608 Bellview Blvd, Fairmont WV, at 3 pm. All are welcome to join and share memories of Kay with friends and family. 

Rev. Paul D. Taylor, 70 of Pittsburgh, PA, formerly of Fairmont, WV went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

He was the son of the late Arthur J. and Catherine D. Taylor.

He leaves to cherish the mountain of memories one son Paul D. Taylor of Chicago, IL and one daughter Christine D. Taylor of Laurel, MD; one brother Daniel A. Taylor (Diane) of Detroit, MI; one sister Mary K. Tate (McArthur) of Fairmont, WV; nieces Stacy and Catherine Tate, Ashley Ilysee and nephew Thomas Williams all of Fairmont, WV.

Friends and family will be received from 3 to 8 P.M. Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA. Additional viewing will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10 to 11:00 A.M. the hour of services at the Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center, PA. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to American Lung Association, UM Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Home of Hope in Nyadire, Zimbabwe, or WPA Annual Conference of The UMC's Camping Initiative. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at

Charles “Charlie” Shaw, 84, of Fairmont, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born in Fairmont on October 27, 1935, son of the late Harry Shaw and Mary Cramer Shaw.

He graduated from West Fairmont High School in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves during his senior year of high school, in 1953. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, 1954-1958, and worked as an aircraft mechanic. He graduated from The Bailey Technical Diesel School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1962.

After serving for the Navy, he worked as a telegraph operator for the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. He was a retired machinist from Soles Electric. He was a member of the VFW Post 629, American Legion, Eagles Club, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society, and Sportsman Square Circle Club of Marion County. He was a great enthusiast and historian of steamboats, trains, and airplanes. He had a love for music and played many different brass and string instruments. He became a member of the Navy Bugle Corp. in 1953. He was an avid reader, enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting antiques, and restoring antique cars and motorcycles. Charlie was a wealth of knowledge about anything you wanted to know and was a fascinating storyteller. Charlie adored his times with his granddaughter, Abigail. They had a mutual love of music and reading books. They often played the trumpet together, talked about music, and swapped books about anything to do with history.

Charlie is survived by his daughter-in-law, Cathy J. Greco Shaw; granddaughter, Abigail Nicole Shaw, both of Fairmont; and nephew, Jeffrey Edgell, of Florida.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his son, Don Richard Shaw; sisters, Patricia A. Edgell and Carolyn E. Shaw; and brother-in-law, Paul Edgell.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. with Sister Stella Cronauer officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the West Virginia National Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jamele Antoinette Dirden Finney, 70. transitioned this earthly life on December 25, 2019. Born in Fairmont, WV, she was the fifth child of Alphonso and Annie Rebecca Stubbs Dirden of Fairmont, WV. Jamele was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and aunt. She was a caring, loving, fun-time oriented woman. She’s touched many, and now we lay her to rest.

Jamele graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1967 and was hired at Westinghouse Lighting where she worked for many years. She also graduated from the West Virginia Business College and received a degree in Secretarial Administration. Jamele possessed a smile that would illuminate the environment. Throughout her life she maintained a demeanor that won the hearts of many. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten. Jamele also possessed the gift of song. She really enjoyed singing having performed with the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Terrestrial Choir as well as the Morning Star Baptist Church Choir. Jamele was also a soloist with the FYE Choir for many years.

Jamele loved to sing, write, read, pray, bowl, play cards and phone chat with friends and family. Though her health was failing for years, few people knew the extent to which she struggled. Jamele’s indomitable spirit kept her pushing through the pain. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie James Finney, her parents Alphonso and Annie Rebecca Stubbs Dirden, sisters Julia Frances Dirden Boone, Carolyn Yvonne Blackman Horton and beloved brother, William Lewis Dirden. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Elise Blackman Smith (Gurtis), brother-in-law Frank Horton, daughters Charity Antoinette Finney Jones, Celia Andreanna Finney, and grandchildren Hydia Ashune’ RaiAnn Finney-George, DiAveion Antoinette T’Kai Jones, and Eshawm Josiah Alphonso Jones. Jamele is fondly loved and remembered by a multitude of nieces, nephews, extended family and many good friends. She stood tall behind her family and will truly be missed and remembered through and through.

Visitation will be held on January 3, 2020, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, and Home Going Services on January 4, 2020, beginning at 11:00 am at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located 135 Maple Avenue, Fairmont, WV. Jamele will be interned at the Grandview Memorial Park and Mausoleum, located at 93 Grandview, Fairmont, WV 26554. A luncheon reception for the family and close friends will be held at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church immediately following the Home Going Service and internment.

The family is deeply indebted for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from too many people to name individually.

Mortimer “Mort” Williams Gamble V, 68, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, on January 29, 2020. 

Born in Cumberland, Maryland on September 21, 1951, Dr. Gamble was the elder son of the late Mortimer “Bunkie” Williams Gamble IV and the late Elaine Cole Gamble of Moorefield, West Virginia.

He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership.  He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School with the class of 1969.

He was the Senior Vice President at Virginia Wesleyan University.  Previously Gamble had been Executive Assistant to the President at Bethany College, Bethany WV; Director of Donor Relations for The George Washington University, Washington D.C.; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hood College, Frederick MD; Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. at Fairmont State College (now University), Fairmont WV; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Waynesburg College (now University), Waynesburg PA; and Director of College Relations for West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon WV, also serving previously there as a member of the English and Humanities faculty.

Always close to his academic roots, he was a regular presenter at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association joint conferences, and was the author of book reviews, articles, essays, chapters and features on various topics for regional and national publications including Goldenseal, published by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

Although making a living in academe, Gamble’s life-long passion was the circus.  He specifically loved to research and present about the history of the American Circus.  He has authored in the United States book chapters, short stories and numerous monographs about the circus.  Gamble and his coauthor, Maureen Brunsdale, were completing their book on Arthur Concello (a colorful figure in the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus) at the time of his death.  While in college, Gamble toured for two summers with Circus Kirk which employed high school and college students as performers and staff. He also assembled a large model circus called the Mort Gamble--Cole Brothers Circus, beginning this hobby at an early age.

Gamble is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth “M. E.” Yancosek.  Mort is also survived by his only brother, David Cole Gamble, his Aunt, Carmen Gamble Silliman and several cousins.  Gamble was known as a true gentleman by all who knew him.

Given that Gamble lived in various areas, there will be several opportunities for visitation.  Friends will be received on February 6, 2020, at 4:30 pm at the Monumental Chapel on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach VA.  Additionally, there will be a memorial service at the Moorefield Presbyterian Church on February 8, at 11:00 am in Moorefield WV, and a celebration of his life at the West Virginia University Alumni Center, Miller Room, Morgantown WV, also on February 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Memorial donations are suggested to be made to any of the institutions where Dr. Gamble had the privilege to serve. 

"The world is too much with us." I mourn the loss of those I know and those I don't know.

We shall talk again soon,

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

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A National Blue Ribbon School

 A West Virginia Exemplary School









A West Virginia School of Excellence

A Benedum Professional Development School

A 2007-2010 HSTW Pacesetter School

A 2008-2009 SWPBS "Exemplar" School

US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at

Fairmont Senior High School invites the community to visit the school on Monday, April 22, 2013 for an open house from 5-7.


Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

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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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

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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Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song