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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Michael Anthony Pollack (1965)  12/6
•   Jim Burnell (1990)  11/9
•   Tamma Drummond (Melton) (1977)  8/26
•   Bob Cavallo (1955)  8/12
•   Marshall Scott Shields (1967)  7/21
•   Sue Haynes (Palatiere) (1970)  7/8
•   Ronald Gene Pearson (1960)  6/20
•   June Morris (Thompson) (1957)  6/1
•   Judie Kinter (Bowker) (1957)  6/1
•   D Stephen Haynes (1992)  5/20
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MISSING CLASSMATES


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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   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
•   Barry Wayne Collins (1960)  12/11
•   Beverly Jane Collins (Danley) (1960)  12/11
•   Frances Jean Decarlo (Pignanelli) (1966)  12/11
•   Kerri Grandstaff (1975)  12/11
•   Erick King (1988)  12/11
•   Adrienne Greene (Tharp) (2004)  12/12
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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 92 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today

The FSHS Foundation proudly announces thirteen scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year. Click on Foundation Scholars on the left bar for previous and current awardees.
 
SCROLL DOWN TO ANNOUNCEMENTS TO READ THE VETERANS DAY NEWSLETTER OF 2021
 

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.  Dennis Kellison has donated his jacket and sweater as well as letters for display in the planned museum.  We appreciate the donations.

 

 

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 cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

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 

fshsfoundation@gmail.com  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

http://www.fairmontseniorhighschool.com

 

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: https://app.box.com/s/mc0ipj1uf52gr9a3oyvw   Enjoy the band, under the direction of Ron Wood.  The recording by the same.

 

 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

John McDougal & Joanne Haarstick

Andrea McElroy

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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmfdfeTqdnM

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.  http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/

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.

 
 RENOVATION SLIDESHOWS:  CLICK ON FOUNDATION Above in left banner

168,088  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


FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS

Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

https://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961

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.

DONATIONS TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE SENT TO:
 Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

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

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS       November 7, 2021   

 

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 https://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961 Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to 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 cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

 

Veteran’s Day

 

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day

in the eleventh month the guns fell silent.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky ...

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.

Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn,

saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,

and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

 

“Hill 881 South”

“Hill 881 South” is a military statue located at the Veterans  Memorial Plaza in downtown San Antonio. The sculpture was designed and constructed by Austin Deuel, a Marine Combat artist during the Vietnam War.  Radioman PFC Donald Hossack is depicted as the model rendering aid to dying comrade PFC James  Randall. It is popular with residents and veterans in the local area and tourists visiting “Military City.”  Numerous military reunions are held year-round in close-by hotels.  Annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day services are held at the memorial. 

The poem “DEATH AT MY DOOR” was penned during the Battle of Hill 881 South, near Khe Sanh, on April 30, 1967, in South Vietnam by then 1st Lt. David G. Rogers, who was serving as an artillery forward observer assigned to  M/3/3/3. It is inscribed on the base of the memorial and was dedicated to all Marines who were KIA during the battle. 

Although depicting an eye-witness event by Austin Deuel during one battle fought by US Marines, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in San Antonio was dedicated in 1986 to all veterans who honorably served our country during the Vietnam War and fought in its many battles.

A history of related events can be obtained by clicking on the links below. Also included are tributes to three friends who lost their lives while serving in South Vietnam, two recommended books, a poem, a USMC newsreel, magazine iconic photos, and a taped oral interview recorded in 1968 at Camp Pendleton, CA. 

Links

The Battle for Hill 881 South: By David G.Rogers

http://usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com/pdf/stories/rogers.pdf

Movie Newsreel - Hill 881 South - USMC - 0:46 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zsqRf2DxKo

Hill Fights  First Battle of Khe Sanh, 1967 - 2017 USMC Commemorative Series

Hill Fights  First Battle of Khe Sanh, 1967

Hill 881 South: 1968 Oral Interview - Marine Corps Historical Center - 75 min.

https://youtu.be/dw1_fO923f4

Vietnam Veterans Memorial of San Antonio  1986 - Official Site

http://vietnamveteransmemorialofsanantonio.com

PFC James Arthur Randall, USMC KIA April 30, 1967

http://www.virtualwall.org/dr/RandallJA01a.htm

Remembering the Hill Fights: By David G. Rogers - 2:56 min/sec.

https://youtu.be/5cIV9JbSvuA

Revisiting Hill 881 South in San Antonio: By David G. Rogers - 6:39 min/sec.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA1GTLWUMNM

1st Lt. Marion Norman: An "In Touch" Tribute: By David G. Rogers - 4:00 min.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=k4uzphUEPFs

Captain Robert P. “Red” Rumley: A Classmate’s Tribute: By David G.Rogers - 2:12 min/sec.

https://youtu.be/pNEwqgl725g

Donald Anthony Slate: A Remembrance  By David G.Rogers - 1:00 min/sec.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqp8LvAh4Yk

Ca Lu and Route 9 in 1967: Prime Ambush Country: By David G.Rogers - 1:38 min/sec.

https://youtu.be/5_puwtrMcCU

RED CLAY - Poem: By David G.Rogers - 2:05 min/sec.

https://youtu.be/VyunwOkOo-s

Authors/Photojournalists

Cathy Leroy: French  Photojournalist on Hill 881 North with 2/3/3.

https://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/corpsman-in-anguish-cathy-leroy/

Best Non-fiction book: “The Hill Fights of 1967 - The First Battle of

Khe Sanh” by Edward Murphy 

https://www.amazon.com/Hill-Fights-First-Battle-Sanh/dp/0891418490

Best fiction book: “Darker Than Dark” by General John Admire  USMC

A story of four young Marines in a rifle company (M/3/3/3) in South Vietnam.

https://www.amazon.com/Darker-than-Dark-John-Admire/dp/1942451040/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1538931545&sr=8-2&keywords=darker+than+dark

Website 

38th/39th Officer Candidate School and The Basic School - Class 3-66/4-66 

http://www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com/index.htm

Alumni Profile:

http://www.usmc-thebasicschool-1966.com/pdf/profile/Rogers.pdf


David G. Rogers

817-805-2344

drogersksv@att.net

drogersksv2@me.com

Veterans Day 2021

Updated 10/17/2021

 

IN THE LOOP

Earl W. McConnell, Jr. (Class of ‘68) and Patrick T. McConnell (Class of ‘74) presented the original instrumental music for the FSHS Alma Mater to the school.  Written in 1948 by their father, Earl W. McConnell, Sr. (instrumental music-band), the beautifully preserved artifact of FSHS heritage was presented to the FSHS Foundation and Principal Jim Greene on October 28, 2021.  Lorraine Mason, also a faculty member, who taught vocal music and piano, wrote the lyrics.  McConnell presented the archival and hand-written score to Principal James Green.  Foundation members in attendance:  Ed Cheslock, Vera Sansalone, Matt Delliigatti, Darlene Boyles, Carol Stephenson, and Jeremy Laird.

Jalen Bridges #11 is starting the first game for the Mountaineers.

Jacob Angelo finished 8th at regionals and Jasper Brown finished 9th. Top 11 at Regionals can go to states if their team doesn't qualify.  Coach Dayton McVicker's team missed that benchmark by 1 point to East.

Seniors Jacob and Jasper will be competing individually.

Congratulations to Jasper Brown, class of 2021, who finished #9 at state CC championship.

Girls’ CC finished as #2 in the state tournament in Huntington.

2021 WVSSAC State Cross Country

Girls' AA Runner-up - Fairmont Senior High School

Girls' AA Champion - Winfield High School

Girls’ soccer played in the sectional finals, but lost to East.  Honors for the season include the following:

All-State second team:  Adaline Cinalli and Rebecca Cox

Big 10:  first team Kate Gribben; second team Adaline Cinalli

All Region 1:  first team Adaline Cinalli and Rebecca Cox/ second team Joshlynn Boone and Kate Gribben/ honorable mention Maura Stark

Fairmont Senior boys' soccer won the regional title on PKs with hopes of a three-peat, but Charleston Catholic prevailed, 3-1 at state championship in Beckley.

 

The football team beat East, 26-7, and keep hopes alive for post-season.  See rankings for playoffs. https://www.wvssac.org/football/?wk=11&classes=AA&a=rankings&fbclid=IwAR0WPm--7DW480A5bGbmKJ52sjf69CEXNMs8lXEMeRVDfe2hGyPsPeij6i0

West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission named the 2020-21 Boys' Soccer State Coach of the Year award to Darrin Paul for his outstanding service and devotion to interscholastic athletics.  Darrin coaches the boy’s soccer team.

Cheerleaders captured first place at regionals qualifying them for state competition.

Outstanding FSHS scholar-athlete, class of 1994, Mike Joseph is a superstar of weight and conditioning program at WVU.

https://www.wvnews.com/sports/wvu/joseph-a-hidden-gem-for-wvu/article_b60ce4d2-3c1a-11ec-9655-f3d07fc1f5c9.html?fbclid=IwAR10Ue7aZeyBLUDF0DNEiaLnpQKFWmCsNm_DUyEwGkmKJ_MAjz9SYqMacqQ

FSHS 2021 Homecoming Court

Freshman attendants: Summer Walker and Olivia Nichols

Sophomore attendants: Khadi Koanda and Mackenzie Balzer

Junior attendants: Hailey Jordan and Claira Hager

Senior attendants:  Tiara Garrett, Taci Saunders, Bella Bock, and Alexa Wilson

Maid-of-honor Gracie Lamb

Queen Megan Rogers

 

OBITUARIES

"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

 

Robert Brent "Hammy"' Hamilton, (class of 1987), 52, of Fairmont, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown. He was born on October 17, 1969, in Fairmont the son of Bobby and Judith Ellen Fortney Hamilton of Fairmont. Brent graduated from Fairmont Senior High School with honors. He was named on the All-State football and baseball teams throughout high school. He attended West Virginia University and Old Dominion College. He later served in the United States Army Special Forces, 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Brent took great pride in serving his country in the Army. He was a kind, loving, and caring man who will always be in the hearts of his family as well as his close friends, who knew him as "Hammy". In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter that he was so proud of, Sydney Nicole Hamilton of Fairmont, his brother Stephen Hamilton and his wife Bobbi and their son Jacob Hamilton of Summersville. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Denzil and Wilmadean Hamilton, maternal grandfather Kenneth Fortney and Uncle Steven Hamilton. A procession will leave the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. to the West Virginia National Cemetery, where a graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Full military rites will be conducted by Marion County Honor Guard and the United State Army. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.carpenterandford.com

Dr. Betty Lou Knapp Nixon, age 91, of Painted Post, NY died Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Steuben Centers in Bath, NY.

Dr. Nixon was born on February 11, 1927, in Fairmont, West Virginia. She is the daughter of Earl and Susie (Newkirk) Knapp. She married Henry Nixon who preceded her in death.

She graduated from Fairmont State College in 1949 and stayed in her home community, teaching music at both the elementary and high schools she had attended. She earned both master's and doctorate degrees in education from West Virginia University which led to an invitation to join the staff working on the development of experimental schools for gifted and talented students in East Orange, NJ. After six years she received an invitation from Rutgers College at Rutgers University to join a staff of a "new field" based program in their department of education, becoming Assistant Professor of Education, and remained there 11 years. She then received an assignment in grant research and worked closely with President Reagan's new Women's Educational Equity Program for two years, commuting from the Nixon home in NJ.

Betty Lou moved here from Washington D.C. in 1983 with her husband, after having spent part of many summers at Keuka Lake. While here she became Director of Instructional Support Services at Steuben-Allegheny BOCES for four years. She spent much time at the Corning YMCA on a regular basis. With a swinging athletic style to her walk, she became well known at the YMCA for her power walking and went on to become part of the YMCA board and was involved in their capital campaign.

Her lifelong interests included playing the piano, which she began at the age of 5, continuing her education because of the influence of her father, power walking while concentrating on the music that was an important part of her life, including her favorite Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms pieces as well as Robert Frost poetry. She was cited for her inciteful vision "and a willingness to put her efforts behind her beliefs". She was a member of the Christ Church choir and very active in the Red Cross, AAUW, and the Elmira Heights Rotary Club.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, December 18th from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street, Corning, where funeral services will follow at 7:00 PM with Reverend Troy Preston officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport, NY.

David Tyrone Miles, (class of 1996), born March 22, 1978, departed this life on September 3, 2021.

David is survived by his five children, Madisen, Khori, Dae’Tilina, Soloman, and Able Miles; his mother, Michelle Miles; his father, Larry Miles, Sr. and step-mother Jewel Miles; two brothers, Larry Miles, Jr. and Brian (Alexis) Miles; and two step-sisters, Micheal Washington and Janell (Wayne) Hunte. He is also survived by his grandfather, Bennie Lee Horton, Sr. (Gloria) and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

David was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 1996, and was a part of the State Championship Basketball Team. He was also an avid football player and track athlete. He loved sports, his favorite college team was Alabama “ROLL TIDE.” David had an amazing voice and he loved to sing and draw. He debuted his artwork with a show titled “Three Smooth Stones” in Bristol, VA. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Although he had a love for art, his all-time favorite thing to do was cutting hair. He was a Master Barber and was employed at True Colors Barber Shop in Bristol, VA.

David was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Elder Mary E. Turner and Annie Lee “Madear” Ingram; aunts, Benita D. Kelly, Darilynn Scales; uncles, Ronald E. Turner, Jr. and Bennie Lee “Benji” Horton, Jr.; and great uncle, George Grant.

The family will receive friends at Agape Life Ministries, 410 Morgantown Avenue, Fairmont, WV, on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The funeral will be at the church on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com. All other gifts, memorials, and cards may be sent to Larry Miles, Sr. 701 East Park Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) — Charleston City Councilman John Kennedy Bailey (class of 1986) died Wednesday evening, Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin confirmed Thursday morning.

Bailey died from the result of an accident on Greenbrier Street, according to Goodwin.

“It is with profound sadness we mourn the loss of Charleston City Councilman John Kennedy Bailey — a devoted husband, doting father, loving son, loyal brother, and a dear friend to many including my husband and me.

“I spent many a night talking with John in the City Hall parking garage long after council meetings had ended. We’d talk about how we could fix things — make things better. He was funny and fun. He was relaxed but motivated. He was someone you wanted on your team, and we loved him so very much.

“John was an incredible councilman — always leading with integrity, honor and passion. With his keen intellect, calm voice, and measured approach, John always treated his fellow council members with kindness — even on the most difficult issues.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife Holly, sons Jack and Brooks, daughter Lisette, brother David, sister Anne, father former West Virginia State Treasurer Larrie Bailey and mother, Joyce.

“I order all city flags be lowered to half-staff—tomorrow, September 16 — in honor of Councilman Bailey’s dedicated service to the City of Charleston and her people.”

​​Mantie Wilson Fluharty, (class of 1941), 97, of Fairmont, passed away on September 22, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.  She was born on February 28, 1924, in Fairmont, WV, the first daughter of the late McKinley Kelly Wilson and Winnie Chloe Moore.  She was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.   She worked for a few years as a telephone operator and supervisor at the Fairmont office of C&P Telephone Company.  She was responsible for the local program teaching C&P employees about nutrition and healthy living.   She left that job to focus on having a family and she was always content with caring for her family and managing their home.   She is survived by her son Lonnie (Paula) and grandsons Connor and Evan, all of Morgantown and a sister Virginia Wilson Casebolt of Bowling Green, KY.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Lonnie O. Fluharty, Jr., her daughter Winnie Fluharty Brown of Cherry Tree, PA and a sister, Bonnie Wilson Barth of Weirton, WV.  While she loved all her nieces and nephews, after moving to Pleasant Acres Christian Haven, she cherished the visits from Peggy Kisner Slider, Karen Steele Rodrigues and William and Kathy Barth. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ for over 80 years, the last 53 with the Oakwood Road congregation in Fairmont. She loved cooking, sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting.  She enjoyed dulcimer music and while she tried to learn to play a handmade hammer dulcimer from Russell Fluharty, she preferred the lap dulcimer.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is requested that masks be worn by friends and family who will be received at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St, Fairmont, WV 26554 on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 11:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Evangelist Brent Gallagher officiating.  Interment will be held at the Daybrook Cemetery in Daybrook, WV.   In lieu of flowers please make donations to Pleasant Acres Christian Haven, 41 Pleasant Acres Dr.  Fairmont, WV  26554

David Michael Gardi (class of 1983) of Fairmont, West Virginia went to be with his Lord on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in the home in which he grew up.

David was born on October 5, 1965, in Fairmont to Jim & Patty Gardi. Along with his parents, he is survived by his children Brielle (Clint) Holbert, Joel Gardi and Chandler (Gibson) Linn and the mother of his children, Jennifer Gardi, all of Fairmont. He was also a very proud grandfather to the lights of his life Adelyn, Shep and Eden.

He was the youngest of four siblings. Annamarie (Bill) Smerka of Morgantown, Roxanne (Mike) Perry of White Hall, and Jimmy (Amy) Gardi of Hamptonville, NC; along with many nieces and nephews.

In 1983 David graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and received his Heating & Cooling certificate in 1984.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents Jimmy Vigna and Anna Vigna and Roxie & Rose Gardi all of Fairmont.

David enjoyed doing for those he loved and cared for and many times that was completing a project that needed tending.

David was highly skilled with his hands and was beyond capable of nearly any craftsman project. His craftsmanship was his art. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and was good for a laugh. His kindness and easy-going nature were his hallmarks. David was loved much and will be so very missed by his family.

Funeral services are incomplete and will be handled by Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont, WV.

Elouise Lucille (Springer) Lowther, (class of 1946), 92, left this earth on the morning of September 7th, 2021.   She was at home with her husband of 73 years, Ermine Lowther.  She is survived by her husband Ermine Lowther and her son Tim Lowther; grandchildren Troy Lowther and Jacob Lowther; Daughter-in-law Shasta and great-grandchildren Mason and Heidi.  Sisters Juanita Satterfield, Margaret Reed, and brother Tom Springer, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She now joins in heaven and was preceded in death by her father, Felix Springer and mother, Minnie Jarrett Springer; her son, Mark Lowther as well as brothers, Zack Springer, Jarrett Springer, and Charles Springer.  

Elouise was born on December 17th, 1928.  She resided in Kingmont in her younger years but spent most of her life in Fairmont.  She was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and was in the band.   

She was a stay-at-home mom but then later when her children were grown she owned her own real estate company and also worked in mortgages.  She was an active member of a local sorority, Beta Sigma Phi.  She was also on several local, athletic and civic boards to help better her community, including the board to help purchase and open what is now Mary Lou Retton Park, and she ran as a member of WV House of Delegates.   

She loved her family deeply and was always there for them.  She especially enjoyed spoiling and bragging about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She always loved spending time with her entire family, especially during the holiday season.  Her other interests were traveling, music, puzzles, watching sports and she was a voracious reader.   Her passion and love for her family, community, state and country was felt by all who knew her.  

Cremation has been chosen as her final disposition.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com

MARVIN REGINALD “REGGIE” JONES, 53, of Sellersburg IN passed away Monday, October 25, 2021 at U of L hospital. He is survived by his three sons, Nathaniel (Francesca), Nicholas and Nevin Jones, his former wife of twenty-one years Cynthia H. Jones, and fiancé Robin Morehead, all of Sellersburg, IN. Also surviving, his sister JoeAnn Jones of TX and mother Arlena Jones of OH, his Aunt Charlean Dobbs of Fairmont, WV, his AuntYvette Jones of Huntington, WV, aunt, Vanessa Pate Cotner, uncle, Stephen Pate, both of Rock Town, TN and many Cousins, Nieces and Nephews in Fairmont, WV. He was preceded in death by his infant son Noah Jones and adoptive Great Grandparents Willie and Sirlena Jones of Fairmont, WV.

Reggie was born in Ohio and adopted by his Great Grandparents, Willie and Sirlena Jones. He grew up in Fairmont WV with many of his cousins on Holbert Avenue. He moved to Charleston WV to attend the University of Charleston, studying Pharmacology. He later left college to begin a career with Kenny Shoe Corp working in their Foot Locker/Athletic Express stores. He worked his way up to Store Manager and lived in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA and Danville, VA markets before transferring to his own store in Clarksville, IN in the Greentree Mall 27 years ago. He worked for Foot Locker for several years before he took a second job working as a pharmacy tech. He then left Foot Locker and went to work for Walgreens as a store manager. He worked for Walgreens for several more years and left there for an IT position with University of Louisville Physicians Group.

Through networking with others he met while working here, he got on with BD (formerly Care Fusion) where he has been the last 18 years as a Lead Field Service Technician. He has also worked part-time at Lowe’s the past several years where he has accumulated friends in co-workers as well as customers.

If you asked Reggie what his greatest accomplishment in life was, his reply would always be his three sons. He was so proud of how they have turned out to be great men with lofty goals they are willing to work hard to achieve, and they have/are!   Nathaniel has his PharmD and is currently employed at Baptist East as a Pharmacist, Nicholas is in his last year of Pharmacy School and will graduate in April 2022 with his PharmD and Nevin is a freshman at Purdue pursuing an MD as an anesthesiologist. He was definitely a proud Dad! Family and close friends would like to thank everyone for expressions of sympathy. Each one has been read and appreciated. 

Bryant Joseph “B.J.” Smith, (class of 1998), 41, of Rivesville, passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Allentown, PA on May 5, 1980, a son of Vernon Paul Smith of Palmerton, PA and Roxann Smith of Rivesville.

In addition to his parents, B.J. is survived by his brothers, Travis Michael Loughery and his wife Jeanie of Rivesville and Kyle Matthew Smith and his wife Allison of Rivesville; aunts, Laurel Loughery, Kim Loughery, and Pam Loughery; uncles, Donald “Bud” Loughery and his wife Roxanne, Frank Loughery, and Phillip Loughery and his wife Darlene; a very special niece, Madison Elizabeth Smith and nephew, Easton Matthew Smith whom he dearly loved with all his heart and they loved their Uncle “Bubba”; several cousins; many special friends; and his forever fur friend cat, Sammy.

B.J. was preceded in death by an aunt, Shari Loughery and an uncle, David "Bim" Loughery.

B.J. was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and attended Fairmont State University. He was a member of Rivesville United Methodist Church and previously worked as assistant manager of the White Hall Little General Store. B.J. loved music, working as a DJ, singing karaoke, roller skating at Skate Away in Bellview, and spending time with his precious niece, nephew, and family.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in B.J.’s memory to Roxann Smith, PO Box 642, Rivesville, WV 26588.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Second & Jasper St., Rivesville, WV 26588, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Stanley Merrifield and Pastor David Stilgenbauer officiating. A committal service will follow at Arnettsville Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com

Thomas R. Reed, (class of 1982), 57, of Fairmont, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.  He was born January 16, 1964, in Fairmont, a son of Margaret A. Springer Reed, and the late Walter Scott Reed, Jr.  He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Karen Shaver Reed.

Tom was a member of Central Christian Church in Fairmont and a 1982 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.  He worked with the Marion County Assessor’s Office as an assessor, and had previously been a long-time employee of Sams’ Club in Fairmont, Clarksburg, and Morgantown, as well as with Sears Department Store in Fairmont.

Tom was a loving husband and father.  He was a firm believer in our Lord Jesus Christ and was a servant of Almighty God.  He loved his country and his state.  As an American Patriot, Tom was a firm believer in the Bill of Rights, especially that of the Second Amendment.  Tom was a proud member of the National Rifle Association, and was a huge firearms enthusiast.  He enjoyed hiking, hunting and shooting with his son and friends.  He loved family gatherings and spending time with his loved ones.  He was loved by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his son John Jarrett Reed and his companion, Elizabeth Williams of Fairmont, his brother, Walter Scott Reed III, and his wife Tina of Fairmont, his niece, Taylor Marie Mancini and her husband Braden of Fairmont, his uncle, Otis Shaver of Fairmont, his brother-in-law, Robert R. Shaver of Pinehurst, NC; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to Gateway United Methodist Church, 301 Diamond Street, Fairmont, WV  26554.

The family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV.  Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Monday, September 20, 2021, from 4 PM until 8 PM, and on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 10 AM until 11 AM.  The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 11 AM with Reverend Larry Buckland and Pastor Bill Toothman officiating.  Interment will follow at the Clermont Cemetery in Fairmont.  Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

AULT, COLO. — Mike Pedersen (class of 1973) passed away at the age of 67 in his home in Ault, Colo., on Sept. 2, 2021. A celebration of life ceremony will be planned at a later date to be determined by his son and daughter. Mike was born Aug. 31, 1954, in Fairmont, Minn., to parents, Grace and Gordon Pedersen. Mike attended Fairmont Senior High School where he graduated as a proud member of the class of 1973. After graduating, he served in the United States Navy. Mike married Gloria Zishka on Sept. 1, 1978, and together they brought their son, James (1979) and daughter, Crystal (1982) into the world. Mike married his second wife, Sheryl Aug. 22, 1986, whose four daughters he accepted as his own. Mike married his third wife, Colleen Sept. 2, 2000, whose daughter he also accepted as his own. Mike was not married when he passed peacefully. Mike was a child at heart when it came to parenting, he was a goofball who loved to have fun with his kids and grandchildren especially. There was not a job that he was too good to work at, in order to provide for his family. Throughout the years Mike welcomed several grandchildren into the fold either through his son, or marriage, he loved them all fiercely. Anyone who knew Mike will remember his passion for music. He took every single music class in school and loved it. He shared his passion for music and his talent through hundreds of songs he recorded. He always wanted everyone to feel peace and love. Mike was an active member in church growing up and all through adulthood. He attended several churches, always making new friends through his immense faith. Mike loved to play music and help lead the worship through singing. He touched many lives that way.

Mike is survived by his son, James and his wife, Lyndsay in Colo., his daughter Crystal and partner, Jason in Minn., sister, Jeanette and her husband Lynn in Wash.; sister Cathy in Wash.; nieces, Jennifer and Kristine in Wash.; granddaughters Lily and Grace in S.D., grandchildren Kenna, Kaleb, Kayleen, and Korbin in Colo., and several cousins. Mike was welcomed home by his father, Gordon, and mother, Grace, as well as several beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gregory Todd Lamb, (class of 1988) 51, of Fairmont passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born in Fairmont on March 5, 1970 son of the late Gene Edward and Anthenia Marie Pinn Lamb.

Greg graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, Fairmont State University and Cosmetology School, and later taught Cosmetology. He was a member of the TBI fraternity and also a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Greg is survived by his sister Jana M. (Scott) Morgan of Middleburg, Florida, two brothers Gene Edward (Kelly L.) Lamb of Middleburg, Florida, and James P. Lamb of Pittsburgh. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Kristina Marie Morgan, Nicholas James Lamb, Mackenzie Ann Lamb, Olivia Grace Lamb and Patrick Mason Laxton, Sophia Rose Lamb, Luke Daniel Morgan, and Isaiah Edward Jones. He is also survived by his uncles and aunts; James and Eileen Pinn of Fairmont, Jacob Lamb of Fairmont, Paula (Dewayne) Lamb Looman of Farmington, and Dixie Lee Bunner of Bridgeport.

Greg will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Greg to a charity of choice.

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

Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com

Carolyn Sue Tatterson, (class of 1955), passed peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 7, 2021. "Sue" was born July 8, 1937,  the beloved daughter of  Marjorie Straight Cross and Thomas Glenn Cross in Fairmont, WV.  She enjoyed a happy childhood, and later graduated from West Fairmont High School where she played in the band and became the majorette who was chosen as "Maid of Marion County" in 1954.  Sue  went on to graduate from nursing school in Fairmont, and soon became a Head Nurse at Fairmont General Hospital where she remained until she married  Thomas Joseph Tatterson, April 29, 1961.  Soon thereafter, Sue and Tom moved to Cherry Hill, N.J. where their children, Thomas and Elizabeth were born.  Sue was known as a very caring Mom, great wife and wonderful friend to all.  Her beautiful smile, vivacious personality, dry sense of humor, outstanding cooking skills, and warm and caring demeanor will always be remembered by all who knew her.  She became very active in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, was Girl Scout cookie chairman, and was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church, Haddonfield, N.J. 

Sue and Tom moved to Illinois in 1982, and she decided to challenge herself in a new way, so she obtained her realtor's license and became a successful Century 21 realtor for 10 years.  In1992, they decided to move back to their home state and chose to make Martinsburg their retirement destination. They joined First Baptist Church where Sue participated in Shared Word along with serving in other capacities.  She loved her Olde Berkeley Garden Club, Ladies Book Club, the Women's Club of Martinsburg and the many friends she made in these clubs.  

While Sue enjoyed her many activities, her true passion was her family! She adored her grandchildren, who called her Nana, and spent as much time with them as possible.  She and Tom enjoyed many wonderful trips together and with the family throughout the years.  She also enjoyed cheering for the Mountaineers during football and basketball season.  

In addition to her parents, Sue was predeceased by her dear grandson, Evan Telfield Currie. She is survived by her husband, Tom; their son, Thomas Joseph Tatterson, daughter, Elizabeth Anne Tatterson Currie (Jeff), and dear former daughter-in-law, Janet Bangert.  She is also survived by her grand-son, Eric Glenn Currie and Lily Sue Tatterson along with many nieces and nephews.  Her caregivers, Tracy, Tiffany, Tara, and Summer became her family also. The family wishes to sincerely thank them along with the Hospice of the Panhandle team for their wonderful care.   

A celebration of Sue's life will be held at First Baptist Church, Martinsburg Saturday, August 14, 1:00, with a reception to follow at the church.  Friends and family may gather Sunday, August 15, 1:00 at  Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV prior to internment at Mt. Zion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, 397 MidAtlantic Pkwy, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

Faye Louise Musick, (class of 1961), 77, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, following a long illness. She is the daughter of the late Thomas George and Wilda Glide (Saffle) McCord, of Fairmont.

She was born on Nov. 28, 1943, in Fairmont, and graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1961. She attended Fairmont Business College and served as a local postmaster for many years as well as a manager for Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Faye is survived by her daughter, Lisa Ann Musick-Sparks and her spouse Dale; her granddaughter, Morganne Dayle Sparks; her step-granddaughter, Devinne Noelle Sparks, all of Morgantown; her brother and his spouse, Ronald Lee and Gail McCord, of Marion, Va.; sister, Elizabeth Joan Davis, of Tunnelton; and brother-in-law, Allan C. Francis, of Broadway, Va. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Maxwell Musick; sister, Dorotha Mae Haught and her husband James; sister, Norma Jean Francis; brother-in-law, Michael Musick and his wife Gertrude; brother-in-law, George Musick and his wife Vivian; brother-in-law, John Musick and his wife Katie; brother-in-law, Alex Musick and his wife Jean; and a sister-in-law, Mary Olexa and her husband George.

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8. The Parastas will be recited in the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. to conclude the evening visitation. On Monday, Mrs. Musick will be moved to St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 2115 Listravia Ave., Morgantown, where Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the church, at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 9, with Father James Fraser and Father Michael J. Hustzi as celebrants. Interment will follow in East Oak Grove Cemetery, Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Musick’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 2115 Listravia Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Haseltine Blanche Cain, (class of 1948), 91, of Fairmont, passed away at home on August 29, 2021.

Mrs. Cain was born May 4, 1930, to the late Archie H and Elizabeth Marcelia Henry Woofter in Weston, WV.  She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, retired from Marion County Board of Education, and was a member of the WV Association of Retired School Employees.  She worked as a school secretary at State Street and East Dale schools.  After retiring, Mrs. Cain and her husband spent many years enjoying Florida life, before returning to West Virginia.  She enjoyed reading, spending time with family, doing word searches, and exchanging puzzles, cards, and letters with her dear sister, Jeanie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard D. in January 2021 and her brother William H Woofter in 2005.  She is survived by her son David; son and daughter-in-law Leonard H. and Kimberly Cain; daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and Joe Lambiotte; grandchildren Jamie Cain, Jade Audia of Youngsville, NC, Anthony Stephen Audia of Shepherdstown, WV, great-grandson Andrew Vanscoy, sister and brother-in-law Jean and Ralph Kilmer of Wadsworth, OH, and sister-in-law Loretta Woofter of Ripley.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to Amenda Stalnaker, Julie Gump, and Desiree Stalnaker for their love and care, and to Amedisys Hospice for their unwavering support.

The family has entrusted the arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV.  A graveside committal service will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery, 42 Veterans Memorial Lane, Grafton, WV 26354, on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Jim Zinn officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com

Mary Elizabeth Tucker Tarleton, (class of 1950), passed away at home on Saturday morning, August 21, 2021, in the loving company of her family.

She was born May 6, 1932, in Fairmont, WV, the eldest of three sisters and the daughter of George P. and Thelma Lydick Tucker. An excellent student, she graduated as valedictorian of her Fairmont Senior High School class of 1950. Mimi went on to earn a BS in Horticulture at West Virginia University at a time when few women matriculated through WVU’s School of Agriculture. In 1955, she and James Tarleton married and settled in Fairmont, where they raised their family.

Mimi, as she was affectionately known, was a generous and kind soul with a gift for nurturing others. She was the best of mothers to her five children, a loving spouse to James, her husband of 65 years, and foster mother to numerous cats and other pets over the years. She was a life-long gardener and avid reader. Mimi created a welcoming home and was a caring, wise, and empathetic mother figure to her nieces, nephews and grandchildren, as well as to many of her childrens’ friends in the neighborhood. Many have fond memories of her excellent baking, especially her homemade pizzas and myriad of Christmas cookies. Her legacy lives on through recipes passed down and plants propagated and shared amongst friends and family.

Outside of her busy family life, she nurtured and aided others as a volunteer with the Episcopal youth program, as a literacy volunteer, physical therapy volunteer at Fairmont General Hospital and through her many years volunteering with the Marion County Humane Society. She gave generously to charities focused on the conservation of natural resources and wildlife.

Mimi is survived by her husband James C. Tarleton of Fairmont, son Charles and his wife Laura of Aliquippa, PA; son Patrick and his wife Gigi Blair of Alexandria, VA; daughter Amy and her husband Scott Wilmoth of Fort Washington, MD; and daughter Kathryn and her husband Paul Krawczyk of Rochester, MA; her grandchildren Nick, Sybil, India, Ian, Elizabeth, Edward, William and Neil; her dear sisters Martha Snider and Jessica Hopkins and all of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother in law Caleb Tarleton, and her Tarleton nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her son Timothy, brother-in-law William Tarleton, and many of her life-long friends. 

Mimi’s family would like to express special gratitude to her daily caregivers and the nurses and staff at Amedisys Hospice of Anmoore, WV. Condolences may be sent to www.carpenterandford.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mimi’s honor to the charity of your choice. The time and date of memorial gathering at Carpenter and Ford will be forthcoming.

Patricia Ann Bahl, (class of 1969), age 69, went home to be with her Lord on April 29, 2021. Patty was born on May 28, 1951, in Fairmont, West Virginia, to the late Charles and Mary Gibson. After graduating from Fairmont Sr. High School in 1969, she attended Fairmont State College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She later met Charles Bahl, to whom she was married from 1976-1986 and with whom she had two sons. In July of 1986, Patty and her sons moved to northeast Ohio, where she lived until her passing. Over the course of her life, Patty worked as an administrative assistant for a number of companies, including Ansell Perry, the United Way of Greater Stark County, and the Marathon Petroleum Company. Besides her parents, Patty was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Jr. She is survived by her sons, Chuck (Katrina) and Chad (Christy) Bahl; her grandchildren, Lukas, Timothy, and Leah; her brothers, Wes (Marilyn) and Dennis (Joyce) Gibson; and her sisters, Mary Jane Gibson and Rose Guy. Patty will always be remembered by those who knew her as an incredibly generous and caring person with a terrific sense of humor. She will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held FRIDAY, May 7, 2021, 11:00 am at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home, 624 Cherry St. E. (Rt. 93) Canal Fulton, her son, Chuck Bahl officiating. Burial at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Massillon. Calling Hours Thursday, 6 pm to 8 pm and also one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patty's name can be made to the United Way of Greater Stark County, 401 Market Ave N #300, Canton, OH 44702.

William K. South, (class of 1959), 79, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Liberty Township.  He was the husband of Victoria. They shared 34 years of marriage together.  Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, he was the son of Donald and Cecilia South.  He graduated from West Virginia University in 1963.  He had a 36-year career as a Heat Transfer and Anti-Icing Engineer at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Evendale, Ohio and continued in his retirement at Belcan.  He was passionate about all things WVU and the Lakota School District with all five children.  He enjoyed carpentry, WVU football, and traveling the world.  He will be remembered for his brilliant mind, kind heart, and ability to problem-solve.  He is survived by his wife: Victoria; his children: Jon (Deborah), Michael (Cheryl), Alexander (Ashley), Brianne (Joshua), Cameron; and grandchildren: Leah, Natalie, Julianne, Christopher, Thalia, Logan, Sophia, and Leah.

Memorial Service will be held at Hodapp Funeral Home, 6410 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Liberty Twp., OH 45044, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, from 1 PM until the time of funeral service at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Burn Care.

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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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day
in the eleventh month the guns fell silent.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky ...
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn,
saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           December 19, 2020    

 

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What do I do from sequestration to protect the lives of those I love?  I SEW.  For 306 days until the end of 2020, I have made masks.  You responded with generous support.  Even in isolation because of a compromised immune system from my chemo, I am blessed with the love of friends and family.  I wish you “good tidings of great joy” as we all anticipate singing “Hallelujah” to a joyous reunion with family and friends in a safer 2021.  Wear a mask.  Social distance. Protect everyone.  Get the vaccine.  So we can all hug and return to a new normal in 2021.  “What we do shall be remembered.” ~Camelot

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa

Love and hugs,

Carol

Continue to support the FSHS Foundation all year long by doing your Amazon shopping through smile.amazon.com/ch/55-0716647 and choose Fairmont Senior High School Foundation as your charity.  By doing this, 0.5% of your eligible purchase will be donated to FSHS Foundation at no cost to you every time you shop at Amazon Smile.

Voices of Fairmont Senior High School by Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan is a 9 x 12 hardcover book of 144 pages with history and archival pictures from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Lifes, 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. Buy a book for $50.00 (add $5.00 if you want it mailed). Send a check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 26555-0091 or use PayPal at fshsfoundation@gmail.com to order one of the 100 remaining copies.  Also, a few ornaments remain available for $20.00 (add $5.00 to have it shipped) using the same addresses listed above.

IN THE LOOP of an unusual year.  Marion County schools concluded in-person school on March 13, 2020.  The new school year of 2020-2021 started with a blended model in which parents opted for in-person attendance or remote learning.  Many sports were able to compete largely because they were outdoors and followed strict protocol established by the WVSSAC.  Highlights and headlines follow with links to the longer details when possible.

MVB Bank and the WVSSAC presented the MVB Bank Class AA Boys’ Championship Cup to Fairmont Senior High School. The award signifies the top overall athletic and academic program for the 2019-2020 school year. Assistant Principal Jim Green and Athletic Director Joe Naternicola of Fairmont Senior High School accepted the honor from Tony Merendino of MVB Bank and Wayne Ryan and Bernie Dolan of the WVSSAC.

2020 Homecoming Court

Freshmen Attendants:

Hayley Hoskinson

Shelby Moore

Sophomore Attendants:

RyLee Lowther

Emma Patterson

Junior Attendants:

Tiarra Garrett

Madison Jones

Senior Attendants:

Layla Arnett

Ella Gregory

Vivian Moore

Leah Shaw

Maid of Honor:

Rebekah Jenkins

Your 2020 Homecoming Queen:

Sierra Flowers

All-State football recognition

1st Team

QB – Gage Michael, Fairmont Senior, Sr. (Captain) Michael was a fantastic dual threat for the Polar Bears, rushing 177 times for 1,639 yards and 17 touchdowns and completing 119 of 206 passes for 2,084 yards and 28 scores. Gage committed to Kent State.  

OL – Aidan Green, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

2nd Team

WR – Alex Brophy, Fairmont Senior, Sr. (15 catches, 483 yards, nine TDs),

OL – Will Runyan, Fairmont Senior, Sr.

DL – Eric Smith, Fairmont Senior, Jr. (44 tackles, eight for loss, one sack),

LB – Nick Scott, Fairmont Senior, Sr. (82 tackles, 6.5 for loss, two forced fumbles) 

P/UT – Evan Dennison, Fairmont Senior, Jr. (four interceptions, six pass breakups) 

Honorable Mention

Jayden Cheriza, Fairmont Senior, Fr.

Dylan Ours, Fairmont Senior, Fr.

Class AA state football champions  CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — “Whoever across the state that can handle this adversity the best, whoever can stay the course is going to have the best opportunity to make a run in the playoffs.”

Fairmont Senior coach Nick Bartic said it before the season, and his Polar Bears lived up to it, winning three postseason games, including a semifinal victory at Bluefield, to claim the Class AA championship.  During the season the Polar Bears led by Gage Michael who tossed four touchdown passes as Fairmont Senior claimed a 28-13 win at Robert C. Byrd on Sunday afternoon after a win over Class AAA power Spring Valley the previous week.  FAIRMONT — If you thought 12th Street had lost its mojo, think again. 

Fairmont Senior went into Friday night having uncharacteristically lost three straight home games at East-West Stadium on 12th Street, and with Class AAA No. 2 behemoth Spring Valley — a squad that in its last time out-snapped Martinsburg's historic 57-game win streak — coming to town, a four-game home skid was all but a given.

The mining of the program record books for a string of four straight home losses was underway, the Polar Bears' record for this season was penciled in at 2-3, and concern over the fragility of Fairmont Senior's playoff chances had risen from implausible to legitimate. 

But whatever notion of Fairmont Senior's standing had materialized in the week leading up to kickoff versus the Timberwolves, it was completely upended by the time of the final horn on Friday night as the Polar Bears shocked Spring Valley 27-18 in a stunning upset that sent ripples effects across the entire state.

"We always talk about the 12th Street mystique, but we had lost it a little bit losing three in a row here," said Fairmont Senior coach Nick Bartic, whose Polar Bears owned a 26-game home winning streak before losing to Bluefield in last year's Class AA state semifinals. "Our guys, we have to give them credit: I think they've returned the mystique back to 12th Street."

The monumental upset, which will go down as perhaps Fairmont Senior's greatest ever regular-season victory, was powered by the dynamism of star senior quarterback Gage Michael and a newfound competitive toughness from an FSHS front seven that had taken it on the chin in prior losses to Bridgeport and Musselman. Michael burned the Timberwolves defense for 210 rush yards, 107 pass yards, and four total touchdowns, while Fairmont Senior's defense limited Spring Valley's vaunted, road-grading offense to a mere 12 points until a meaningless touchdown on the game's final play. 

"We knew the last three times we had played on 12th Street that we lost, and that's the worst feeling in the world to lose on your home field," said Michael, who had 171 of his 210 rush yards in the second half. "We talk about defending 12th Street all the time — it's our home and we love it and we'd do anything to protect it — and we were able to do that tonight." 

Spring Valley actually outgained Fairmont Senior 387-360 for the game, but two fumbles, including one on the FSHS 3 yard-line, an interception, and a bevy of drive-killing holding penalties were the Timberwolves' kryptonite as they lost in their first game since that historic 22-20 victory over Martinsburg three weeks ago.

"We didn't play very well, and they were just better than us tonight. That's what it comes down to," Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess said. "We had too many turnovers, a lot of stupid penalties, and we looked like a team that hadn't played in a while. And that's my fault; I did a bad job of getting us ready and staying focused during those three weeks we had off.

"But tip your hat to (Fairmont Senior). They got a really good ball club and they came out and exposed some things and did a really good job. They deserved everything they got tonight." 

Despite Spring Valley outgaining Fairmont Senior 208-162 and owning an 8-4 advantage in total first downs in the first two quarters, the Polar Bears finagled their way into a 14-12 lead at the break.

Boys’ soccer team claimed another state championship and the girls’ soccer team finished as runners-up to state powerhouse Charleston Catholic.

STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JONAS BRANCH

STATE DEFENDER OF THE YEAR - ISAAC BRANCH

STATE COACH OF THE YEAR - DARRIN PAUL

There are so many accolades that we could heap on the soccer team.  Several article links are included here.

https://wvmetronews.com/2020/10/18/polar-bears-pull-away-from-rcb-late-28-13/?fbclidJonas Branch is the state player of the year, Paul the coach of the year and Isaac Branch the defender of the year.=I

https://www.wvnews.com/sports/highschool/fairmont-senior-boys-earn-3-major-honors-from-coaches/article_5a2e1fd1-3a10-5b58-91f6-b2570bd36dfd.html#utm_source=wvnews.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletter%2Foptimize%2Fdaily-headlines%2Ffairmontnews%2F%3F-dc%3D1605007803&utm_medium=email&utm_content=read%20more

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — After winning a second straight state title, Fairmont Senior coach Darrin Paul said he thought he had the best forward, the best midfielder, and the best defender in the state.

The West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association didn’t do much to disprove that.

Forward Bubby Towns, midfielder Jonas Branch, and defender Isaac Branch were all named Class A/AA first-team all-state by the WVHSSCA. Midfielder Nate Flower was selected to the A/AA boys' second team. and girls’ soccer standout forward Tricia Lemasters was named to the first-team all-state.

Making the girls A/AA second-team Fairmont Senior midfielder Sydney Greene and goalkeeper Rebecca Cox; honorable mention selection is Adaline Cinalli. wAR0lTeRQFZTpfVuPkRhYCPypQoPShM1Mm3Ltx7Km_meAcCQ9oY4yuY-vyM8

Lady Polar Bear Soccer:  FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) - Adaline Cinalli scored the golden goal with 2 minutes to play in overtime as Fairmont Senior defeated Oak Glen, 2-1.

The Polar Bears win Region I and will head to the state tournament for the first time since 2017.  They finished the season as runners-up.

The way they got to the state finals:  Abbie Backenstoe  https://www.wboy.com/sports/polar-bears-down-bees-fshs-to-regional-final/?fbclid=IwAR3Kred98jkwxqjfh_G2KTDU1vXUk_JjnPknGIiN5qw_eDOTobKCMTXnwLA

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 / 06:44 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 24, 2020 / 06:45 PM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – East-West Stadium was the site of the girls' soccer Region I, Section 2 Final between county rivals East Fairmont and Fairmont Senior.

It was Fairmont Senior who got on the board first with a goal by Eden Williams scored first and Tricia LeMasters assisted Emma Hedrick to put the Polar Bears up 2-0.

The Polar Bears continued to attack, LeMasters, Adaline Cinalli and Karter King set up a 1-2-3 passing sequence that ended with a goal by King to regain the 3-2 lead.

Fairmont Senior finished the game with another goal by King to win 4-3, the final score punching a ticket to the Regional Final.

The way they got to a state championship by Abbie Backenstoe

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 / 06:52 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 24, 2020 / 06:53 PM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – East-West Stadium hosted both Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont in the boys' soccer Region I, Section 2 final game on Saturday.

But after that it was the Fairmont Senior show. Three back-to-back-to-back header goals by Ashton Cecil, Bubby Towns, and Isaac Branch gave the Polar Bears a 3-1 lead.

Then Towns scored off of a free-kick to give the Polar Bears a 4-1 lead.

They didn’t stop there, Isaac Branch hit a rocket into the back of the net to extend the Polar Bears lead 5-1.

Then Jonas Branch scored off of a free kick for the 6-1 win. All goals came in the first half.

Fairmont Senior repeats as Sectional Champions and they will play in the Regional Final on Thursday. 

Ultimately, they produced a phenomenal effort in the semis and finals of the WV State Championships closing an improbable season

2020 Cross Country Individual State Champions Logan Zuchelli and Lydia Falkenstein.  Congratulations to the Polar Bears Cross Country Teams!  Both teams entered as returning State Champions, the Lady Bears cinched the State Championship and the boys’ team finished as Runners-Up.  Both teams have celebrated a winning season and multiple state titles. The girls’ cross country Big 10 conference championship race in Taylor County today featured 3 of the top high school runners in the state. These three met a month ago on the same course and Lydia Falkenstein finished 3rd. Today was Lydia's turn as she won the championship taking a minute off her time on the 3-mile course!  She is ready for regionals and states.

BACK TO BACK   By Bradley Heltzel Times West Virginian. All season long — from the preseason up to the very day itself — the Fairmont Senior Lady Polar Bears were longshots to repeat as Class AA state champions, but on Saturday they trampled the odds and outpaced the projections, edging Winfield by six points at the WVSSAC State Meet to secure back-to-back state titles for the first time since 1997-98.  

Darius Stills, WVU Senior standout and stellar performer for the Polar Bears, is named Big XII Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Jalen Bridges spotlight for Mountaineer basketball.  http://www.bluegoldsports.com/player-spotlight-jalen-bridges/

A Fairmont Senior High mathematics teacher is one of 19 West Virginia teachers from 19 counties currently serving their students as fellows in a prestigious program at West Virginia University. Hope Wright is serving as a Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teacher Noyce Fellow, a program that is funded with part of a $3 million grant to WVU from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Additional program funds are provided by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Tad Janes shares important work his production company has created:  “Our theatre company (shuttered since March due to Covid) has created a video series of women's speeches from the Suffrage movement to commemorate 100 years of the vote for women. The series is available on Vimeo for $6 an episode.”  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/metvictory01/457916967

Hot August deals and protecting against the pandemic:

Rex Stalnaker scholarship with the FSHS Foundation:  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) 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 were 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. Thanks to the generous support of the community during the Star Wars mask campaign and efforts by the Stalnaker family we donated over $1,400.00 to the FSHS Foundation scholarship fund in the name of Rex Stalnaker.  Donations can be sent to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091 or by PayPal at fshsfoundation@gmail.com

During August, we offered tie-dye masks for $10.00.  All proceeds were donated to the Fairmont Senior High School Foundation for the Ross and Dolores Maruka and Megan Stephenson, class of 2017, scholarship. Masks were 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.  Thanks to the generous support of the community during the Masks for Megan campaign and efforts by the Stephenson family we donated over $2,200.00 to the FSHS Foundation scholarship fund in the name of Megan Stephenson for a scholarship honoring the Maruka family.  Donations can be sent to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091 or by PayPal at fshsfoundation@gmail.com

We also offer Steelers, Pirates, and two versions of the Penguins masks for $10.00.  All proceeds will be donated to the Coach 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.

Bob Gore, 1963, shares his experience:  Prior to 1963, FSHS was known as Fairmont West High School or West Fairmont High School, Fairmont West for short. "Fairmont Senior High School" was only used for official things such as documents, yearbooks, class rings, etc. Our Student Council decided we would change that because it just seemed right to call us by our formal name, it was classier, and, most important, it separated us from our rivals across town. We sent emissaries to all the centers of influence we could think of to ask that they call us by our proper name. The universal response was the same as it was for us, “We didn’t know that.” Every newspaper, radio station, publisher, etc. agreed to change their lexicon to Fairmont Senior High School except for one: the sports section of the Fairmont Times.  So here we are, 57 years later, and appears that what we did to change the generally accepted name to Fairmont Senior High School worked.  

FAIRMONT. W.Va. (WV News) — On Wednesday afternoon, Mike Carey’s WVU women’s basketball program picked up a big commitment when Fairmont Senior’s Marley Washenitz announced via Twitter that she would be staying home and competing for the Mountaineers in college.

Washenitz, entering her junior year of high school, is regarded as one of the state’s elite prospects and as she explained, the Mountaineer women’s basketball program featured everything she was looking for in a school.

National Thespians Troupe 2 is highly respected in the community and serves now as the annual host of the Area Festival. Usually, six or so schools compete here in an attempt to advance to the state festival. We were devastated by the cancellation of the state festival because our 2020 competition show was amazing. 

Ethan Kincell at Eastern Michigan University: 2020 Bio.: Placed 40th at the 2020 MAC Championships with a 25:49.0 time, Nov. 21...Finished 15th at the Falcon Invitational with a time of 25:49.4 in the first-ever college meet, Nov. 7…HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letter winner and one-time captain at Fairmont Senior High School under Head Coach Dayton McVicker…Won the West Virginia Cross Country State Championships twice (2019, 2020)…Notched the 2019 cross country conference and regional championship titles…Placed first in both the 1600-meter run and 3200-meter at the 2019 regional championships…Earned all-state honors in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter.

Leslie Ross is in South Los Angeles, California.  Her 15 pass #letterpress Earth Print on an antique Vandercook Press, part of her Planetary Series, is a must-see. It's really quite extraordinary.  Based on NASA photos her artistry of a 12x16 print and some of her other work is available at the #virtualprintersfair @printmuseum   

Scott Shields has two novels available on Amazon. 

Time Capsule:https://www.amazon.com/Time-Capsule.../dp/0998871834/

An Empty Seat on the Ferry:  https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Seat-Ferry.../dp/0998871885

Ben Aducchio has a novel also available on Amazon. The Shortage:  A virus pandemic hits New York City. A young journalist is investigating a crime wave while the city shuts down from the virus. As she gets closer to the truth, she realizes a deadly group of vampires are behind the crimes. She must enlist the aid of another vampire to stop them....but can she trust him? The Shortage is a science fiction/adventure novel that everyone will enjoy.

OBITUARIES

A TIME TO BE BORN

The Transformational Civil Rights Catalyst, Amy Rose Parks 80, was born July 4, 1940, in Fairmont, WV to (father) Albert Berry Sr. and (mother) Lucille Jacks Berry, both of which are now deceased. Amy was a lifelong resident of the Chesapeake community of Fairmont, WV, where she grew up, raised her children, and lived a life full of passion, adventure, humanity, and spirituality. She was a good steward of the neighborhood showing loyalty, love, and kindness.

Amy was a passionate lifelong member of Welcome Baptist Church, where Amy served for 75 years holding several positions. She was a member of the Tygart Valley Baptist Association Mission, "Women in White." Amy attended The

Historic Dunbar School, a segregated school for African Americans during the Jim Crowe era. Amy attended Fairmont Senior High School shortly after the ending of segregation.

A TIME TO LOVE

Amy was married to the deceased, John Henry Parks, father to six of her children. She shared a special relationship with the deceased, Fredrick Carter, father to her youngest child. Amy was the family matriarch with many titles in her family. She will be remembered as a Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, and beloved friend, as well as the mother of four sons and two daughters. Amy was a fierce leader, a Titian for human rights, and social justice advocate. She lived her life on her terms. Amy was known and loved for her tenacity, generosity, and her ability to effectuate change. She was a voice for the people, a truth-teller, and a counselor. Her work made her a change agent for her community, and she was well respected far and wide from dignitaries to the common man. Her contributions to her local community and our society are endless.

A TIME TO TREASURE

Amy was the seventh of nine children; the living siblings include Gloria Robinson, Houston TX, Idalia Colbert, Jackson FL, Mary Julia Hunter (Ronald) Detroit, MI, and Albert Berry Jr. Milwaukee, WI (Pricilla). She leaves treasured memories of her life to her loving Family including two living daughters Jaqueline E. Parks(1) of Cleveland, OH, Grandson William (Will), Wynder, Denver CO (father William Wynder) Great Granddaughter, Athena Wynder, Denver, CO. Romelia C. Hodges (7) (husband, Patrick Hodges) Grandsons Dre' Hodges, Deacon Hodges and one Granddaughter Dazzellyn Hodges all of Fairmont, WV. Three living sons Antonio (Tee) Parks (2) (Wife, Valerie), three Granddaughters Kemyauna Johnson Zertie, Atlanta, GA, Ariana Parks, Tallahassee Fl, Briana Parks, Los Angeles. Two Grandsons Zavier Parks, Atlanta GA, Great Grandsons, twins Khaza and Khazi Parks Dollragues, Izayah Parks, Augusta, GA, (their mother, Michelle Parks Atlanta, GA). Delbert C. Parks,(4) (fiancé Yvonne) Denver, Co, granddaughter Amber Parks, (mother, Pamela Parks, Denver CO), Great Granddaughter Heiress Arguello. Daniel A. Parks,(6) Los Angeles, CA. She is joined at the gate to be reunited with two children Joseph R. Parks (3) and Darla L. Parks (5). Amy's Family extended beyond her immediate family to a host of nieces and nephews and cousins. The Family would like to recognize her Godchild, Gaynell Clay, and the children she adored as her own; son John (Randall) Shabazz, Wallace Hood, daughters Lajuana Logan, and Gina Vanpelt, The Family would like to extend a special mention to the F.A.B. 5. The women of the HEAT office of which all are now deceased. Sis Joan Clay, Sis Gwendolyn Moore, Sis Dorothy Moore, and Sis Lillie Bell Hinton. The Family would also like to thank all the women with whom she held an unforgettable sisterhood throughout the years. We want to acknowledge the Evans Family for accepting Amy Rose as a sister; their bond was a beautiful example of true sisterhood full of love and encouragement. We, the Family, would like to extend our gratitude to Amy's Sister Mary Julia Hunter. She has been a constant confidant, encourager, and caregiver in a time when Amy needed her most. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to our cousin, who we know and love as a brother Ronald Hunter who has never wavered in his love for her.

A TIME TO REST

Amy Rose Parks now dwells in the shelter of the Most High. She will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He is her refuge and her fortress, our God, in whom our Family entrusts. Amy departed this life on August 4, 2020, after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. She was mighty in battle and fought the good fight. She trusted in the Lord, resolute, and was carried away on the wings of angels on that faithful day, in her home. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Albert and Lucille Berry, brothers, James, Alphonzo, and Rastine Berry, one half-sister Soloma Monroe, and one sister Alberta Gray. She is joined at the gate to be reunited with two children Joseph R. Parks, and Darla L. Parks, one niece Linda Gray, one nephew Ronnie Berry Jr.

A TIME TO CELEBRATE

Family and Friends may contact The Domico Funeral, 414 Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554, (304) 363-2570 or email domicofhinc@aol.com with your cards, flowers, and gifts of love. Due to C.O.V.I.D. 19 precautions, viewing for the public will be held at Domico from 9 am to 10:30 am. The Family will participate in an intimate Homegoing Service on August 13, 2020, beginning at 11:00 am at the Windmill Park Pavilion as a fitting tribute to her life and legacy. The services will be live-streamed to the public via Facebook, beginning at 11:00 pm on the family member's pages and F.A.M. Time will be provided during services for community members and friends to stream in and share their remarks. The Pastor Rev. Paul Mitchell of The Welcome Baptist Church, Chesapeake Community, will officiate the Homegoing ceremony. Eulogy will be provided by the Rev. William Robinson (nephew), Huston TX. If you would like to share a remark, please ask to share your screen or leave condolences on the live stream. Interment is entrusted to Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.  Published on August 11, 2020

James Guy Garrett, 65, of Fairmont, West Virginia died Friday, October 2, 2020, in the Fairmont Medical Center - WVU Medicine. He was born February 20, 1955, in Fairmont, WV a son of Diane Ruth Hopkins Garrett and the late Guy Robert Garrett.

He is survived by a son and daughter in law Tom & Amy Garrett of Fairmont, WV, a brother Dave Garrett of Fairmont, WV and two nephews Matt Garrett & his wife Whitney of Katy, WV and Zack Garret & his wife Trish of Fairview, WV.

Jim was employed for over 20 years with the Monongahela Power Company at the Rivesville Power Station where he worked as a control room operator. He was a 1973 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and attended West Virginia University.

The family has entrusted care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. We appreciate in the unknown 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. A private committal service will be held for the family in the Sunset Memorial Park in Clarksburg, WV. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FORDFUNERALHOMES.com

Jeannette Williams Parker, 48, of Rivesville passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born on July 17, 1972, in Fairmont.

Jeannette was a registered nurse for 26 years, three years at CAMC in Charleston and 23 years at Ruby Memorial Hospital as a Nurse Preceptor.

She is survived by her fiance` Bryan Ingram, one daughter Haley Parker of Morgantown, and her mother and step-father Ruth and Ron Bagwell of Fairmont. She is also survived by her one brother Bill (Stephanie) Williams of Barrackville, one step-brother Christopher Bagwell of Plum Run, step-sister Natalie Swiger of Worthington. She is also survived by her nephews and a niece Evan (Haley) Williams of Moundsville, Cameron Williams of Morgantown, Brynne Williams of Barrackville, and Preston Williams of Barrackville.

In keeping with Jeanette’s wishes, she will be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the staff at Fairmont Medical Center and J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital for all their care, love, and kindness.

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

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rossfh.com

Here’s the clip about FSHS class of 1990 member Jeannette Williams Parker from last evening’s “Lives Well Lived” segment on “Deadline White House” on MSNBC. The New York Times also ran an article about her: https://www.nytimes.com/.../jeannette-williams-parker... https://www.gofundme.com/f/jeanette-parker-fund.

Rosie "Rose" Teressa Celi Oliveto, 96, of Fairmont, died Friday night (Aug. 08, 2020) at her residence of the last five years, Fazio's Elder Care. She passed peacefully, listening to her family retell stories about truck rides, smelts, Furbies, and boiled hotdogs. Her passing was due to heart failure unrelated to the acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. She was born on June 13, 1924, in Fairmont, daughter of the late Nicola and Vincenzo Didio Celi. She retired from Fairmont State then-College Bookstore and previously worked at Owens-Illinois Glass Plant. The lifetime resident of Fairmont graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in the Class of 1941 and completed some college courses at Fairmont State College.

Throughout her life, she was an active member of the Fairmont community, particularly St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, contributing her skills in quilting, needlework, and Italian cooking. She spent much time with her grandchildren, encouraging their passion for art and education. In particular, she supported her eldest granddaughter's pursuit of theater education at Fairmont State University, her grandson's study of law, and her youngest granddaughter's doctoral research.

Each one of them carries that legacy, passionately pursuing the preservation of art and education in the local community.

Mrs. Oliveto is survived by her daughter-in-law, Ellen A. Oliveto of Fairmont; and three grandchildren, Celi M. Oliveto, James N. Oliveto, and Julia A. Oliveto. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death ten years to the month after her husband of 53 years, James Oliveto; her son, also named James Oliveto; two sisters, Angela Marcozzi and Mary Belcastro; two brothers-in-law, Benjamin “Ben” Marcozzi, and Louie Belcastro; and several dogs, most recent of which were Millie and Mo, all of Fairmont.

Keeping with the wishes of the deceased, her body will be cremated and there will be no funeral. She will be inurned beside her husband during a private ceremony at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.rossfh.com.

My sympathy goes out to Tomi Lu Shaver, Rick Corwin, and their families on the loss of their beloved sister, Terry Corwin Buretz, age 64. Terry recently lost her battle to cancer. Terry was the office manager for Corwin Ford Sales in Mannington, with over 30 years of service. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1974 and attended Fairmont State College. She enjoyed serving as president & volunteering for Pet Helpers, Inc. Terry always loved being with family & friends but cherished her time with her granddaughter, Abby. You can still remember Terry by sending memorial contributions to Pet Helpers, Inc., P.M.B. 311, Fairmont, WV 26554.

David Wayne Riley, 53, of Fairmont, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 05, 2020. He was born on May 05, 1967, in Fairmont, a son of Judith A. (Bingamon) Riley, of Fairmont, and the late Richard A. Riley. After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School, David worked as a mechanic his own shop, Riley’s Auto Repair, as well as Sears Auto and Sunbelt Auto. He loved working on cars, watching NASCAR, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his granddaughters. He will be missed by many. David is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Rachel (Gabor) Riley, of Fairmont. He is also survived by son Coty Shingleton, of Lumberport; daughter, Jennifer Hanning, of Fairmont; brothers, James A. Riley and John R. Riley, both of Fairmont; grandchildren, Isabella Friend, and Adrianna Friend; aunts and uncles: Donna Mullins and husband Allen, James Bingamon and wife Linda, and Ronald Bingamon; as well as several loving cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by stepdaughter, Nicole Marie Flank. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 South High Street, Morgantown, WV 26505. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the family requests that visitors to the funeral home wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Family and friends are welcome to call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, on Monday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home, with Pastor Matt Holbert officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.carpenterandford.com.

Dr. Suzanne T. Snyder, 81, passed away on Thursday, October 15 following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Suzanne (Suzy) was born in Fairmont on July 25, 1939, a daughter of Mansfield Richard Thralls and Mary Gertrude Lennon Thralls.  In addition to her parents, Suzanne is predeceased by her beloved son, Marcus Edward Snyder, two dear siblings, Jean Thralls Overking Snyder and Todd Thralls, and several brothers-in-law: Jennings Clayton, Michael Overking, Dr. Thomas Kent, and David Bevan.  

Survivors include her daughter, Cara Lee Snyder of Fairmont, as well as several brothers and sisters:  Eleanor Thralls Clayton of Fairmont, J. Richard Thralls (Caroline) of Front Royal, Va., Dr. John F. Thralls (Mary Jane) of Hurricane, W.Va., Joan Thralls Bevan of Warren, Oh., Dr. Charlotte Thralls of Kalamazoo, Mi., and one brother-in-law, Russell Snyder of Conneaut, Oh.  Suzanne’s close family also includes several nieces and nephews whom she treasured:  Brian J. Clayton (Maggie), Dr. Chad R. Thralls (Dr. Abigail), Melissa Hayes, Brian D. Bevan 

(Dr. Katherine), Kathryn L. Rovegno (Louis), Ian M. Overking (Arienne), and Thomas L. Kent (Mara).

Suzanne graduated from East Fairmont High School and Fairmont State College.  She then attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned an M.A. in Classical Rhetoric and Public Address.  While studying at Pitt, Suzanne enjoyed her opportunities to teach in the nationality rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, the intellectual rigor of her academic studies, and the chance to participate in engaging discussions in graduate student groups. Throughout her life, she was passionate about the world of ideas, and her family and students will remember her for this quality.  Suzanne completed her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at West Virginia University.

Fairmont State College (now University) was Suzanne’s academic home for 42 years.  Her roles at FSC over the years included professor, theatre director, debate coach, and administrator.  She cherished her work with her students and debaters above all else.  Yet, she was a natural leader, which drew her to contribute to the life of Fairmont State and the state of West Virginia on a broader scale as a leading figure in academic affairs and the arts.  Suzanne was elected to represent Fairmont State on the Advisory Council of Faculty to the W.Va. Board of Regents which was, at that time, the higher education governing body for the state.  She also served as the Chair of the Advisory Council, and thus, as a member of the W.Va. Board of Regents.  Suzanne also was appointed by Dr. William Simmons, Chancellor of the W.Va. Board of Regents, to serve as the Interim Director of Academic Affairs for Higher Education in W.Va.  Throughout her work as an advocate for the concerns of faculty and for public policies benefitting higher education, Suzanne enjoyed working with colleagues and administrators across the state.  Attending and presenting at the American Association of Higher Education conference was something she looked forward to over several years.  While her son Marcus attended Kenyon College, Suzanne enthusiastically served on the Kenyon Parents Advisory Council. 

In addition to her work on assessment and academic affairs more broadly, Suzanne was a passionate and engaging leader and advocate for the arts and arts education.  She concluded her academic career as Chair of the School of Fine Arts, retiring in 2002.  While serving in this position, Suzanne was appointed the first dean of the W.Va. Governor’s School for the Arts.  Building her teaching staff with internationally-acclaimed arts professionals based in Pennsylvania and Michigan as well as West Virginia, Suzanne introduced burgeoning high school artists in dance, music, theatre, and visual art to inspiring role models and excellent arts educators.  She cherished the friendships she made with the Governor’s School faculty and the wonderful creative experiences each summer with faculty and students.  Suzanne cultivated strong connections and collaborations with area high school arts teachers through the Academic Alliance established through the School of Fine Arts.  One outgrowth of the Alliance was the  ArtSmarts program for junior high students, which Suzanne directed over several summers, working with area teachers and faculty in the School of Fine Arts.  

Suzanne enjoyed participating in the life of her community beyond academics and the arts.  She was a proud member of the Gamma Chi Chi sorority at FSC and continued to attend Gamma conventions as long as her health permitted.  Ever civic-minded, Suzanne was a member and a sustainer in the Junior League of Fairmont.  She was a proponent of public broadcasting and was pleased to serve on the W.Va. Public Broadcasting Advisory Board.  A member of First Baptist Church of Fairmont, Suzanne loved her church home.  She was active in the church for many years, serving on several boards and committees, including a pastoral search committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees.  Suzanne was honored by her appointment to the planning committee for the American Baptist Churches USA annual convention in Des Moines, Ia.

The family would like to express its great appreciation to Fitzwater’s Assisted Living, and most especially to Wendy Longwell and Chris McLaughlin, for the dedicated and thoughtful care given to Suzanne over the past five years.

Dearly loved and admired by her family and friends, Suzanne will be profoundly missed.  A private family service will be held to honor her memory this week.  A celebration of Suzanne’s life is being planned for a future date. The family has entrusted arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

James “Jimmy” Lee Figler, 61, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, passed away Friday, December 4, 2020, in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV, after a lifelong battle with epilepsy.

He was born April 2, 1959, in Fairmont, WV, the son of Francis James Figler of Fairmont, WV, and the late Neva L. Cottrill Figler.

He is survived by three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Catherine S. and Ronald Eagle of Bridgeport, WV, Connie L. and Thomas Howes of Fairmont, WV, and Karen K. Chastain of Gastonia, N.C.; as well as his nephews, Michael Waller and Justin Waller, and his niece, Stephanie and her husband Kyle Whisenhunt.

Jimmy was a 1978 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and formerly attended the Fleming Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairmont, and later attended the Fairmont Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He enjoyed Christian music, drawing, taking trips to the beach and watching the WVU games as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers teams.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Private family services will be held, with Reverend Robin Ray officiating.

Private committal services will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.  Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FORDFUNERALHOMES.com

John William Frye, Jr., age 58 of Cedar Bluff, VA, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, VA.

Born June 14, 1962, in Petersburg, WV, he was a son of Elizabeth Frye Ruoff and the late John William Frye, Sr. He was a 1980 graduate of Fairmont Senior High and 1986 graduate of the WVU School of Pharmacy.

John enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle, as well as studying the bible and loving God. He was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Wittens Mill. He volunteered with Helping Hands Hospice and mentored many pharmacy students and volunteered at The Appalachian School of Pharmacy."Johnny Bill" was also a funny guy who had a knack for finding the humor in any situation.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Weimer Frye, and step-brother, William Charles Ruoff.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-one years, Sara Dickens Frye; two children, Jason Allen Frye and Lindsay Ann Frye; three grandchildren, Boston Michael Frye, Ella Kate Frye, and Eli Edward Frye; step-daughter, Ashley Nicole Rose, and husband, Douglas Ward. He is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth Frye Ruoff; step-father, William D. Ruoff; brother, Mark Edward Frye; two step-sisters, Lori Ruoff Joyce and Suzanne Ruoff; special nephew, Ernest Weimer Smith. John also loved his aunts and uncles, Andrew Frye, Jr., Mary Frye, Paul Frye, Carl Edward Weimer, Jr., and Margaret Weimer Boor.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM Friday, September 25, 2020 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA where funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM with Pastor Chuck Trent officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 21301 S. Tamiami Trl Ste 320 PMB 226, Estero, FL 33928.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com

Alice Jane Wellman Barnes, 96, of Bellview passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at St. Barbara’s Nursing Home in Monongah. She was born in Moundsville, daughter of the late Hugh Barger Wellman and Anna Ruth McCombs Wellman.

Alice is survived by her children, Karen Ann Barnes Hike of Tucker, GA, Martha Alice Barnes Coelho and her husband Don of Farmington, Betsy Jenkins Shepherd and her husband Rick of Fairmont, and Robin Barnes King and her husband Adlai of Waldorf, MD; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Hike, Krista Wright, Ashley Henderson and her husband Donnie, Adlai King Jr, Christopher King, and Adrienne King; six great-grandchildren, Seven Henderson, Steele Henderson, Cameron White, Isaiah King, Isaac Evans, and Aysin King.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Eugene Jenkins and Mancer Swiger Barnes; as well as her beloved cat, Scamper.

Alice was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College. She worked as an operating room nurse at Fairmont General Hospital for many years. Alice was a member of Highland Avenue United Methodist Church, a volunteer at the Soup Opera, a member of the Fairmont Elks #294, and a member of the Markoda Dance Club. She enjoyed golfing, the beach, collecting shells, cooking, traveling, and playing bridge.

The family has entrusted arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554. A private graveside service will take place at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Sandra Hartmann Currey, 79 of Pruntytown passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was born August 12, 1941, in Portland, Oregon, daughter of the late Ove Hartmann and Eva Merle Satterfield Petersen. Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin L. Currey on September 6, 2019.

Sandra graduated from West Fairmont High School Class of 1959. She was a member of the Pruntytown United Methodist Church. Sandy's greatest joy was being with her family and her dog "Star". Her hobbies were sewing and gardening.

Sandy is survived by one daughter, Kristal K. Sumpter and husband Lee, Charlottesville, VA; two sons, Mark A. Currey and wife Karel, Grafton, and Chad L. Currey and wife Wendy, Morgantown; eight grandchildren, Bobby Lee Stutler, Ashlea Horne and husband Joel, Holly Leon and husband Josh, Kendal Lynn Currey, Koa James Silvers, Eli Cain Sumpter, Anna Elizabeth Sumpter, Isaac Cain Sumpter; two great-grandchildren, Etta Horne and Benny Horne; one son-in-law, Bob Stutler, Middleville; two sisters, Sally Hamilton and husband Jim, Penny Morrison all of Fairmont; one brother, Rod Petersen and wife Brenda, Washington, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sandy was preceded in death by one daughter, Donetta L. Stutler; and one brother-in-law, Donnie Morrison. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations be made in Sandra's memory to the Pruntytown United Methodist Church c/o Cinda Dean, 329 Harmony Grove Rd. Grafton, WV 26354.

Bartlett Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the cremation for the Currey family. A private graveside service will be held at Harmony Grove Cemetery. Online condolences can be left at www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com. Bartlett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Currey Family.

Stephen Mark Kennedy, 59, of Durham, NC, formerly of Weston, WV, passed away on July 24th, 2020 in Duke University Hospital of Durham, NC following a brief illness. He was born in Weston on March 14th, 1961: son of the late Fred Manley and Suzanne Crumit.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by one brother: Don Kennedy of Monongah, WV.

Mr. Kennedy was a supervisor of fellow medical transcription Durham, NC. He attended college at the University of North Carolina, West Virginia University, and Middleberry University of Vermont where he obtained one Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Philosophy, and in French, Art, Language, and History. His hobbies included photography and travel. Stephen was very outgoing and had great people skills. In honor of Steven, a Steven Kennedy Memorial Fund has been set up and donations can be mailed to: UNC Health Foundation, 123rd West Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The Foundation is grateful for these meaningful remembrances which carry his legacy forward and helps provide enriching cultural experiences for UNC GI fellows.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. from the Machpelah Cemetery of Weston, WV with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow services on the Moran Lot of the cemetery. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Stephen may be made on hardmanfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the family of Stephen Mark Kennedy.

Ronald Cochran Everhart, 82, of Morgantown, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home Wednesday, August 12, 2020. He was born July 1, 1938, in Fairmont, the son of the late John and Helen Cochran Everhart. In addition, he was preceded in death by his uncle that raised him, Walter Cochran.

In 1957, Ronald graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, lettering in basketball and track. He chose to play basketball and run track at Fairmont State College where he was a four-year letterman in both sports. He played basketball at Fairmont State from 1957-1961 for coach Paul C. "Pi" Davis. During his career, he broke Fairmont State College's basketball scoring and rebounding records and held the Fairmont State high jump record for twenty years. A member of the TKE Fraternity, he worked in the FSC cafeteria and ground maintenance crews for four years in order to supplement his sports scholarships. Ronald was just recently nominated into the Fairmont State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in October of this year.

Ronald graduated from Fairmont State College (University) in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Physical Education. He received his Masters of Arts Degree in Education (Secondary School Administration) from WVU in 1967.

From 1961-1968, he taught and coached basketball at Fairmont Junior High School where he had seven undefeated seasons. The following year 1969 He became the head coach at East Park Jr. High School before taking the position of Adult Education Area Supervisor of 16 counties in Central and North Central WV. Then in 1980, he evolved to Director of Adult and Community Education Services for Marion County, from which he retired at an early age in 1987.

As Director, he introduced the Literacy Volunteers Program to the area. Together with WVU, he brought in a Foreign Exchange Program with the Adult Teachers from other countries including South Africa and many South American countries. He implemented re-training classes and programs for out of work adults who lost jobs through area factory and mine closings and provided GED testing services and centers throughout the NCWV region. Ronald was also responsible for introducing basic adult classes to nursing homes, providing teachers of basic education classes, and providing journaling and recording memoirs of seniors.

Ronald brought Adult Education Learning Centers out of the VO-TEC Centers, making them available to city and rural residents in Mannington, Rural Senior Centers, domestic violence, and homeless shelters. This afforded adults the opportunity to study for the GED, ACT/SAT tests, ASFAB and Civil Service Tests, English as a Second Language classes, college and LPN Prep classes, and reading classes through Literacy Volunteers, all provided free of charge by skilled professionals.

He was a member of the MCEA, NEA, WVEA, IIABO, and WV Arts and Human Resources Council, bringing together businesses in the area and coordinating partnerships with adult programs.

For many years after college, Ron played Summer League Basketball for R&W Cable, whose teams coached by Frank Washenitz consistently won the league and the prestigious Sistersville, OH tournament. The roster included players, Bucky Bolyard, Ron Retton, Don Vincent, and Bobby Joe Smith.

Ron was a member of IIABO and officiating Big Ten and Mason Dixon High School basketball games for nearly ten years.

Ronald is survived by his wife, his brother Raemond "Skip" Everhart, and his 4 children. On April 8, 1961, he married his college sweetheart, Aida Jean Mainella. They have four sons, Ronald Cochran Everhart, Jr. and his wife Mirchana, Eric Scott Everhart, Kevin Walter Everhart and his fiancé Diana, and Robert David Everhart and his wife Lora; seven grandchildren, Ronald James, Gianna Jade, Angela and her husband Roberto, Eric Scott, Jr., Anamaria Concetta, Kevin Anthony, and Gabriella Elizabeth; and three great-grandchildren, Aria Rose, Noah, and Aubrianna Lee.

He was the greatest, most patient husband and the most generous and talented father. He coached, taught, and trained his four sons, as each was awarded full four-year college basketball scholarships. We lost a legend. Through his sons and their children, his legacy lives on. At the family's request due to Covid-19 there will be no formal viewing or funeral. There will be a celebration of Ron's life at a later date.In Lieu of Flowers you may send donations to the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute to support Movement Disorders Fund (For Parkinson's Research) in the name of Ronald C. Everhart to WVU Foundation, PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507 or at https://give.wvu.edu/wvumedicine-rni (Go to Movement Disorder Funds). Hastings Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com

Dominick Anthony Alvaro, aka "Peanuts" passed in his sleep around 4:00 a.m. this morning, November 13, 2020.

As many people were aware, he had been having many ongoing health issues and hospital trips this past year. Many of you have been asking how to help, or what we need. To answer, we ask for prayers, good vibes, positive thoughts to be sent our way, as we try to find ways to cope with this terrible tragedy.  Mar 7, 1957 – Nov 13, 2020 (Age 63)

Peanuts is survived by his wife, Peggy Alvaro; daughter, Derinda Morris and her husband Dallas Morris, Jr.; son, Jesse Frank Freeman IV, 3 grandchildren, Michael Hite, Joseph Hite, and Harley Carpenter; and 6 great-granddaughters; his mother, Marilyn (Ryder) Alvaro; and brother, William "Bill" Alvaro; and two other sons, Michael and David.

In addition to his father, Dominick was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Lynn Alvaro on November 17, 2017; and a brother, Christopher Alvaro on July 18, 2020.

Zack Tyler Howser (Riffle), 21, of Fairmont, WV, passed away on September 16, 2020 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 7, 1999, in Bradenton, Florida. Zack was a 2017 graduate of Fairmont Sr. High School. He loved his job as a CNA and working at the construction site with his stepfather, Todd. Zack enjoyed playing Fortnite, going fishing, watching football, and wrestling. He loved spending time with his friends and family. Zack is survived by his mother and stepfather, Chrissy (Smith) and Todd Riffle; two brothers, Tai Howser and Mark Harbert III, both of Fairmont; his sister, Katelyn Shorter, of Fairmont; and his special niece, Ma'kya Byrne. Zack was preceded in death by his grandmother, Joan Callahan. Family and friends are welcome to call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, on Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home, with Pastor Ronnie Hampton officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.carpenterandford.com

William (Bill) Wheeler Wilkins, age 77, passed away peacefully on  Saturday,  August 8th, 2020, at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, a private memorial will be held at a later date. 

Bill was born June 29th, 1943, in Fairmont, WV, to the late Charles and Elma Wilkins. He was a 1961 graduate of West Fairmont High School.  Affectionately known as “Big Bill”, he worked as a Shift Foreman at Martinka Coal Mine (AEP), displaying a strong work ethic and an enthusiastic “get it done” mentality. Bill had the honor of serving as Past Master twice for the Acacia 157 Masonic Lodge in Fairmont, WV. Bill truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; eating delicious food, watching TV, reading, and spending time with his family.  Bill also had this uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years,  Freddie  Kay Purvis  Wilkins; son and daughter in law, Will and Sherri Wilkins of Stephens City, Virginia,  daughter, and son-in-law,  Shannon  Wilkins and Gil Cozino of Winchester, Virginia; brother, Edwin Lee Wilkins and nephew Chuck  Wilkins.

You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences to the family online at www.stoverfuneralhome.com 

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Wilkins. 

Felix “Tim” Wallow Garrett III, 74, of Fairmont, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the Tygart Center at Fairmont Campus. He was born on February 10, 1946, in Fairmont, a son of the late Felix W. and Ruth (Eddy) Garrett.

After graduating high school, Tim went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy, serving in Vietnam. He later went on to retire as Chief of Security at Fairmont Regional Medical Center. Tim was a lifetime member of Trinity Assembly of God Church. He loved sports and was a skilled golfer, and tennis player, receiving numerous trophies. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his sisters, Cookie Caldwell and husband Jim and Ellie Pagan, all of Florida; and brother, William “Bill” Garrett, of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rebecca “Becky” Garrett; his brother, Robert “Jinks” Garrett.

In keeping with his wishes, Tim will be cremated. Friends and family are welcome to attend the graveside service at Nuzum Cemetery on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 11:00 am by longtime friend, Pastor Roy Weese, officiating.

Sue Ellen Connell Hess, 79, of Fairmont, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, December 7, 2020, at the Genesis Madison Center in Morgantown. She was born in Fairmont on March 2, 1941 a daughter of the late Charles Mulford Connell and Gretchen Ellen Neese Connell.

Sue is survived by her daughters, Amy Hess and her spouse Shannon Aiken of Asheville, NC, and Jill Hess and her partner Roger Glass of Taylor County; a grandchild, Adam Aiken of Asheville, NC; two sisters-in-law, Kay Charlton and Judy Shreve; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Clare Hess and sister, Jeanne Brucciani.

Sue was a 1958 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and a 1960 graduate of the nursing program at Fairmont General Hospital. She worked over 40 years as a registered nurse at Fairmont General and at the Fairmont Clinic. During her career as a nurse, Sue cared for many people in North Central West Virginia, and she was a first responder at the Farmington #9 mine disaster. Sue was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont. She was an avid gardener and she loved her flowers, plants, and birdwatching.  The family would like to thank the many neighbors, friends, and caregivers that provided support over the years.

The family has entrusted arrangements to Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, WV 26554. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com

Betty Jane Earle McFee of Pleasant Valley, passed away peacefully, at the age of 96, on December 6, 2020 (9 days before her 97th birthday) at Pierpont Center. She was born in Eldora on December 15, 1923, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Mary Ellen Tonkery.

Betty McFee is survived by a daughter and two sons, Betty Markovich (Mitch) resides in Watson, Roger Earle (Erin Sullivan companion) residing in Charleston, WV, and Richard Earle (Leah) residing in Pleasant Valley. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Scott Garlow (Lisa), Janet Glaspell (Rick), Brad Garlow (Misty), Ranee Way (Jeff), Derrick Earle (Alexis), Ryan Earle, and Jacob Earle, seven great-grandchildren, Sally Dotson (Philip), Stephen Garlow, Joshua Ramsey (Brenna), Samantha Starcher (Matt), Hunter Davis, Emily Garlow, Gabrielle Garlow, and Adalynn Earle, five great-great-grandchildren, Lyliana Dotson, Alicyn Ramsey, Kinsley Ramsey, London Ramsey, and Hendrix Starcher.

She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. When she was 16, she obeyed the gospel at the Benton's Ferry Church of Christ. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She also had many nieces and nephews. She was formerly employed by McCoy's 5 & 10 and Westinghouse. Her interests were taking trips with the Senior Citizen's Center, flower gardening, country classical music, and gospel songs. She loved to play bingo and dominoes. She lived independently until the age of 93. She enjoyed the fellowship at White Hall Church of Christ, driving to church on Sunday mornings, exchanging birthday cards, and remembering anniversaries. Telephone and television were entertaining to her. She enjoyed mail ordering and was known as the queen of returns. She always attended the Tonkery Family Reunions. Quarantine from March to the present was hard for her, as it has been for everyone.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis A. Earle in 1978; and her second husband, Howard McFee in 2001; her brothers, Robert Tonkery, Paul Tonkery, and Thomas Tonkery; three sisters, Mable Vangilder, Eleanor Dodd, and infant sister Virginia Tonkery. Betty was the last surviving member of her family.

Betty's family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of the Wishing Well Assisted Living, Pierpont Center, and WV Caring for the care and compassion she received.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the White Hall Church of Christ, 3549 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV.

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Current and former Fairmont Senior High School football players. Due to the Covid virus in 2020,
the 100-year celebration of the East-West game had to be canceled. We are hoping that the celebration can take place for the 2021 game. This would include a players reunion.
In recognition of this event, we have created a one-of-a-kind, authentic football jersey to commemorate 100 years of playing in this rivalry.
This jersey can be viewed and purchased on a special website set up by the vendor Zides Sporting Goods. The site is //fairmontfootball.itemorder.com/sale. On the site, you will see questions regarding size, player number, class year, and player name. Please fill out each category. The finished jersey will have all these items on it when you place your order. When filling out your name you may include your first initial in case other family members order or people with common names like (Smith-Jones) should provide first initials also.
We hope those attending the game in 2021 would wear their jerseys. Those who are unable to attend will have a nice keepsake to remind them of their playing days. This is also available to those who might wish to purchase one in memory of someone who participated in this game, having their name, number, and graduation year on the jersey.
This is a great way to show your Polar Bear Pride and celebrate this great rivalry. This purchase will also support the team which has won two of the last three State Championships.
There is a deadline of April 17th for orders. So don't miss out. Call Jim at 304-216-9215 with questions or comments.
Sincerely,
Jim Priester
The Class of 1973


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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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