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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.

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

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

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

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

Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 

26555-0091 along with the following information:  name,

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

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

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

charge will not be collected. 

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

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


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

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot


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

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

Posted by Carol Amos on Friday, December 27, 2019

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


 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.

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


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

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

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

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

2007-2010  High School That Work Pacesetter School

Benedum Professional Development School

FSU Professional Development School

West Virginia School of Excellence

PBST Exemplar School

West Virginia Exemplary School

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


166,365  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


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    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

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

 Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

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

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           December 19, 2020    


This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS. Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made. Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections. I do not want any misinformation circulating. I’ll correct errors in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit Be sure to put my address in safe email list in address book along with so newsletters and emails go through to 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


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,


Continue to support the FSHS Foundation all year long by doing your Amazon shopping through 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 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.




There are so many accolades that we could heap on the soccer team.  Several article links are included here. Branch is the state player of the year, Paul the coach of the year and Isaac Branch the defender of the year.=I

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

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.

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.”

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

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

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:

An Empty Seat on the Ferry:

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


Family and Friends may contact The Domico Funeral, 414 Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554, (304) 363-2570 or email 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  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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 (Go to Movement Disorder Funds). Hastings Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at

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

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.

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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

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 // 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.
Jim Priester
The Class of 1973

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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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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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