Obituary: Carol Sue McConnell

Carol Sue McConnell, 72, of Spencer, died October 27, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. 

She was born November 18, 1941 at Wallback, a daughter of the late Floyd Nelson and Gladys Lorraine Downey Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John McConnell in 1988; a sister, Delores Dills; a brother, Nelson Edward Smith. 

She was a Christian and a member of the Apostolic Faith Chapel, Spencer. 

Survivors include sons, Christopher Dills and Mitchell Dills both of Spencer, John McConnell of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Lesia Bedell of Akron, OH; step son, Danny Dills of Akron, OH; stepdaughter, Kelly Benjamin-Twiddy of Akron, OH; granddaughter, Aleah Bedell. 

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 31 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

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Obituary: Nancy Carolyn Romine

Nancy Carolyn Romine, 67, of Newton, died October 27, 2014, at home. 

She was born June 30, 1947 at Left Hand, a daughter of the late Cecil and Faye Dye Tallman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Harold and a brother, Glendol Tallman. 

Survivors include a son, Rodney Romine of Newton; three sisters, Juanita Cook and Evelyn Jarvis both of Left Hand, Marsha Morris of Newton; four brothers, Marshall Tallman of Orrville, OH, Delmis, Roy and Michael Tallman all of Newton. 

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements 

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Obituary: Donna Jean Gandee

Donna Jean Gandee, 57, of Spencer, died at 3:54 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Cedar Ridge Center, Sissonville. 

Donna was a retired LPN and a graduate of Spencer High School. 

Survivors include a twin sister, Dinah Jarvis of Spencer; a daughter and granddaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobert Eugene and Dona Jarvis Drake. 

There will be no visitation or service. 

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements. 

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Job Fair In Charleston

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More than 40 companies, including Suddenlink, Constellium Rolled Products, NGK Spark Plugs, Macy’s and Thomas Health Systems will participate in Charleston Newspapers’ 2014 Fall Job Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the upper lobby of the Charleston Civic Center.

Marcia Thomas, recruitment manager for Charleston Newspapers, is excited about this year’s event, which she said has generated lots of interest among local companies looking to hire new workers.

“We have probably 15 more participating employers, or companies, than last year,” Thomas said. “They’re seeing our promo (ads) and they’re calling us left and right to participate.”

Social media sites, such as Facebook, also have played a role in catching the interest of regional businesses, where those in charge of hiring have responded positively to the opportunity to participate in such a large fair.

“National Travel is new this year; we’re happy to have them,” said Thomas, adding that Mardi Gras Casino and Resort will be back at the job fair for 2014.

More medical companies also will be participating in the Gazette-Mail event today, such as Genesis, Charleston Gardens, and Caring Senior Services. Thomas said she is happy to see more of the medical companies participating in the job fair this year.

Participating companies are looking to fill a wide variety of positions in many different industries — from temporary workers for the holidays, to part- and full-time workers.

There will be giveaways for both the companies and the job seekers in attendance.

The full list of participating businesses is: Stonerise Healthcare, Meadowbrook, Affiliate Services, United Talent, WesBanco, Patton Building, NY Life, Express Personnel, Casci, GMS, Rite-Aid, Adecco, Prestera Center, Security America, WKLC Rock, Ticketmaster, Suddenlink, Panera, Goodwill, IBEX Global, Mardi Gras, FLSmidth, Constellium Rolled Products, Charleston Gardens, Caring Senior Services, NGK Spark Plugs, Compliance Staffing Agency, Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bath Fitter, Murray Energy, CKR Interactive/Genesis, Lexycon, Macy’s, Blizzard Custom Cycle, GeStamp, Best Buy, Thomas Health Systems, West Virginia DHHR, US Food Services and Charleston Newspapers.

“It’s going to be a positive and successful event,” Thomas said.

Between 300 and 400 job-seekers typically come through the fair, seeking employment opportunities.

Thomas has advice for those who plan to attend today’s event: “Be prepared. You want to make a good first impression,” she said. “Dress neatly and bring your resume. Be ready to meet face-to-face and talk with employers.”

For more information, or to find out how to participate in next year’s job fair, call 304-348-4858. To view local job listings anytime, visit

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One County Over......

Two people were taken to the hospital after a school bus rolled over an embankment Tuesday morning in Jackson County.

Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the school bus was traveling along Middle Fork before 8 a.m. when the driver met another vehicle at a narrow point in the road. The bus driver apparently got too close to the edge of the road and went over a steep embankment, Boggs said.

Only one student, a 14-year-old, was on the bus at the time of the accident. Both the bus driver and student were taken to the hospital “as a precaution,” Boggs said. Their injuries appeared to be minor.



Sisters of St Jude Offer Grant Workshops

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The Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund (SSJCF) and Our Community’s Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliates – will offer a free grant workshop on Monday, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Dora B. Woodyard Memorial Library, 411 Mulberry Street in Elizabeth.

Representatives from nonprofit organizations, government entities, and schools are invited to attend the workshop to learn more about both foundations’ grantmaking processes. Light refreshments will be provided.

The workshop will be co-presented by Our Community’s Foundation Senior Program Officer, Marian Clowes, and SSJCF Program Officer Sr. Molly Bauer, who will provide participants with information about applying for grants from their respective foundations. The program will cover each foundation’s grantmaking priorities, tips on preparing an effective grant request, and advice on grantseeking and proposal writing.

Our Community’s Foundation makes grants twice each year, in the fall and spring, to nonprofit organizations, government entities, and schools in Wood, Mason, Jackson, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane, Doddridge, Pleasants, and Gilmer Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund makes grants twice a year, in the fall and spring, to support projects that promote healthy and sustainable communities in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood Counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, and Washington Counties in Ohio. SSJCF recently introduced a new Basic Needs/Direct Service Grant Program.

General information about each foundation’s grantmaking program can be found at   and

To register to attend the workshop, send an e-mail to   or call the SSJCF office at 304-424-6080. Deadline to register is October 30.

Early Voting Starts Today

Early voting starts today (Wednesday, Oct. 22) during regular business hours at County Clerk's office.

Last day to receive absentee ballot applications is October 29.

Last day for early voting in person is November 1.

November General Election Day is November 4.


Obituary: Cody Ray Nichols

Cody Ray Nichols, 76, of Spencer, West Virginia, passed away on September 22, 2014 at home.

He was born September 7, 1938 in Kanawha County, a son of the late Clyde Nichols, Sr. and Virginia Dixon Nichols.

He was retired as a laborer in a pharmaceutical warehouse.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia K. Lisco of Walton, West Virginia; two sons, Anthony Nichols of Sissonville, West Virginia and Kenneth Nichols of New Jersey; four sisters, Barbara Scott of St. Cloud, Florida, Marie Seesholtz of Somerset, Ohio, Delores Jones of Hammond, Indiana, and Deanna Karlen of Elkview, West Virginia; four brothers, Raymond Nichols of Charleston, West Virginia, Roger Nichols of Somerset, and Donald and Clyde Nichols, Jr., both of Dunbar, West Virginia; four grandsons; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Calvin Nichols; and a sister, Hermie Frances Taylor.

There will be no visitation or service. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary: Phyllis Jean Taylor

Phyllis Jean Taylor, 50, of Walton, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.

She was born March 24, 1964 at Charleston, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Jerry C. and Dottie Lou Hively Parsons. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Parsons.

She was former employee of CAMC General Hospital, Charleston. She also enjoyed her grandchildren and canning.

She is survived by her husband, Arlen W. Taylor of Walton; two daughters, Lois Taylor Lacy and Melissa Stevens both of St. Albans, WV; two granddaughters, Kaitlin Dottie Taylor and Gigi Marie Taylor; one brother, Jeff Parsons of Walton; two sisters, Janice Rucker and Vickie Sexton both of North Carolina; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 25 at the Walton Union Church, Walton. Burial will be at a later date.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary: Connie Iris Fetty

Connie Iris Fetty, of Spencer, West Virginia passed away on September 15, 2014 at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born on September 21, 1925 at Looneyville, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Robert C. and Addie Daugherty Kincaid.

She lived at 218 Second Street in Spencer for over 60 years, where she made many lasting friendships and enjoyed helping her neighbors.

She retired from the Roane County Board of Education in 1987, having worked as a cook at Spencer High School for 21 years. She also worked in a defense plant in Akron, Ohio during World War II

She was a member of the First Advent Christian Church in Spencer, where she previously directed Vacation Bible School and was a Sunday School Superintendent. She loved and was loved by her church family. She was a wonderful seamstress, cook, and flower gardener.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil C. Fetty, in 1987, and nine siblings: her twin brother, Cobey Oris Kincaid, Haskell Kincaid, Herault Kincaid, Jerault Kincaid, Irland Kincaid, Thelma Rhodes, Phyllis McConnell, Madeline Rhone, and Eunice Kincaid.

She is survived by her daughter, Julia Boyles (David) of Spencer; three sons, Stephen Fetty of Spencer, Jeffrey (Charlotte) Fetty of Spencer, and Robert (Amelia) Fetty of Flagler Beach, Fla; grandchildren, Nathan Fetty (Kirsten), Jacob Fetty (Liberty), Andrew Fetty, Grace Boyles, Rebekah Boyles, Rachael Fetty, and Mary Kathryn Boyles; and great-grandchildren, Lillian Fetty and Baehr Fetty.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a service at 1:00 p.m., at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer with Pastor Jim Shamblin officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover.

In lieu of flowers, Connie’s family suggests donations to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

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Obituary: Edmond B. Huffman

Edmond B. Huffman, 92, of Spencer, died Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Eldercare Health and Rehabilitation, Ripley.

He was born December 15, 1921, at Walton, a son of the late Walter and Lucy Hunt Huffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Earl Huffman; three sisters, Muriel Mason, Pearl Mullins and Ethel Mullins.

Mr. Huffman was a retired oil and gas field employee.

Survivors include a brother, Carl Huffman of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Mary Martin of Charleston; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 16 at the Billy Hunt Cemetery, Walton, with Preacher Kenny Asbury officiating. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

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