Obituary: Rev. Garry L. Bowen

Rev. Garry L. Bowen, 59, of Spencer, West Virginia, went home to be with his Lord, Sunday, December 7, 2014.

He was born September 3, 1955 in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late John William and Lissetta Ruth Bartlett Bowen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas G. “Tom” Bowen.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie L. Sturm Bowen; daughter, Bridgette Bowen of Spencer; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Heather Bowen of Philippi WV, Mark and Beth Bowen of Spencer and Austin Bowen of Gandeeville WV; brother and sister-in-law, David and Sheila Bowen of Spencer; sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Steve Snodgrass of Spencer; 10 grandchildren, Shelby, Joshua, Renee, Autumn, Katelyn, Gracie, Kylie, Daniel, John and Bradley.

Garry was an employee of Staats Pharmacy, Spencer and a former employee of the O.J. Morrison Department Store, Spencer. He was the vice-president of the Thursday Night Bowling League at Spencer Lanes, captain of the WVRC Bowling Team and member of the U.S. Bowling Congress. Also, he was a member of the NRA.

Rev. Bowen was ordained in 1982. He was the pastor of the Stoney Point New Hope Community Church, Altizer Rd., Arnoldsburg.

He was a faithful member of the morning breakfast club at Tudor’s. He enjoyed woodworking and hunting.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Toby Wagoner and Joseph Bowen officiating. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Patricia Darlene Mann

Patricia Darlene Mann, 57, of Looneyville, West Virginia, died Friday, December 5, 2014, in the CAMC – General Hospital, Charleston.

Survivors include her husband, Troy “Cotton” Mann of Looneyville; daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Danny Cox of Gandeeville WV; granddaughters, Lexi and Laci Cox; mother, Marlene Caldwell of Looneyville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and French Nichols, Charlene Falls and Rhonda Jett all of Looneyville, DeAnna and Jack Engle of Left Hand WV; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Barbara Caldwell of Spencer WV, Timothy Caldwell of Looneyville, Charles and Debbie Caldwell of Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert L. Caldwell; brother, Robert A. Caldwell.

Patricia was a former employee of Roane General Hospital, Spencer and a former 20 year resident of Kosciusko, Miss.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Dave Young officiating. Burial, at a later date, will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call one hour before the funeral.

Online condolences may be expressed at

WVU Extension Offering Pesticide Course

Private Pesticide Applicators’ Recertification Video Course Offered


Submitted by, Brandy Brabham, WVU-Roane Co. Extension Agent, 304-927-0975

WVU-Roane County Extension Service is offering Private Pesticide Applicators recertification credit through Extension’s annual video-based program throughout early December at the Roane County Extension Office.  This program will be worth 5 credits and has been approved by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture for private applicators and categories 1, 11, and 12.  Private applicators must obtain 10 credits during a three-year period to keep their certification up-to-date  To be eligible to receive 5 credits, applicators must watch all the videos and complete both the pre- and post-tests, which should take no more than two hours.  An evening course will be arranged for Thursday, December 18, 2014 if applicators contact the WVU-Roane County Extension Office to request this service.

The video topics include recycling agro-plastics, aquatic weed control update, what is a genetically modified organisms, managing pesticide resistance, reading and following a pesticide label, rolling and crimping cover crops, and toxic plants.

Another pesticide recertification course offered by WVU Extension for right-of-way (category 7) applicators will be conducted on November 17 at the Ramada Inn in Morgantown, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This program has also been approved for private applicators and those with licenses in category 1 (ag plant pest), category 3 (forestry), category 4A (ornamental and turf outdoors), category 6 (aquatic), category 11 (demonstration and research), category 12, (pesticide storage and distribution), and 13C (hardwood tree release). This program will be worth 10 credits, so this may be a chance to catch up.

These programs are free and open to the public, regardless of county residency. Contact the WVU-Roane County Extension Office to sign-up for a time to view the video training during normal business hours, prior to December 19, 2014 for the local training or to obtain more information about the upcoming training in Morgantown.  Interested participants may stop by the WVU-Roane County Extension Office, located in the lower level of the Roane Co. Library or call the office at 304-927-0975 or email for more information.


Obituary: Charles Richard "Charlie" Mace

Charles Richard “Charlie” Mace, 95, of Spencer, West Virginia passed away November 14, 2014.

He was born February 3, 1919 in Spencer a son of the late George and Evelyn Mace.

Charlie was a loving husband and father. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum, served on the Spencer City Council for over 20 years, and started the Roane County Committee-on-Aging where he served on the board for over 40 years. He was a member of Moriah Lodge #150 and the Shriners and was a member of the St. Johns United Methodist Church for over 70 years. He served as Democratic party chairman and was a US Army veteran of World War Two where he served in five major campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star with a Star for Valor.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Sidney Pettit Mace who he married on March 10, 1943; two sons, Charles “Chuck” Mace of Arizona and Jeff Mace of Spencer; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille; brothers, Carl, Georgie, Paul, Freddie, Dorsey and Freer; a granddaughter, Cheryl Mace; and a grandson, Rick Mace.

Service will be held at noon on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, with Rev. Homer Hensley officiating. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation is one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolences may be sent to

Hills of Home Now Available at the Roane County Library

Hills of Home by former Roane County resident Debbie Richard is now available at Roane County Library. A copy has also been donated to Roane County High School. Ms. Richard is a 1976 graduate of Walton High School.

Praise for Hills of Home

"I think the book is a valuable detailed and most honest documentation

of a part of Appalachia that has not been celebrated so well until now."

 --Earl Hamner, Jr., bestselling author of Spencer's Mountain

and creator of the beloved The Waltons television series

Hills of Home is also available at Spencer Antique Mall in Spencer, TAMARCK in Beckley, West Virginia MarketPlace (Capitol Market) in Charleston, as well as online bookstores.

For more information, contact Debbie by email at or visit her website at


Obituary: Scottie Wayne Collins

Scottie Wayne Collins, 35, of Newton, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in New Martinsville. 

He was born November 7, 1979, in Ripley, a son of Mike and Diana Drake Collins of Newton. 

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Amanda Collins of Newton; stepson, Jace; son, Colton; brother, Brian Collins of Wallback; maternal grandmother, Thelma Drake of Wallback; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Scottie was a member of the 1999 graduating class of Roane County High School. He was an employee of J-Wood Pipeline Services, Elkview. He was a member of the I.U.O.E., Local 181, Ashland, Ky.; Laborers Union, Local 1353, Charleston; and the United Steelworkers Union. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, pipelining and spending time with his family. 

Scottie was a good hearted son, husband, father, brother and friend. Scottie was one of a kind, who could make you smile at any time. He will always be remembered and loved by those who knew him. 

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Daniel R. “Danny” Whited officiating. Burial will be in the Collins Family Cemetery, Newton. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Robert James Welsh

Robert James Welsh died unexpectedly at his home November 9, 2014. He was 63. Bob was born April 23, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Robert and Kathleen Welsh. 

He was preceded in death by his father Robert and brother Donald. 

Bob is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Patricia Norris Welsh, daughters Jessica Greathouse and husband Mark of South Charleston, W.Va., Rachel Welsh de Iga and husband Carlos of Powhatan, Va., Leah Lowe and husband Doug of Florence, S. Carolina, Therese Moynihan and husband Sean of Chesapeake, Va., and son Robert and wife Jessi of Hurricane, W.Va. He is also survived by his mother Kathleen, sisters, Mary Smith, Debby Kilbane and Maureen Gross, and brother, Patrick. 

He will be missed immensely by his 13 grandchildren, Chloe Hope, Raquel Isabella, Macy Kate, Carlie Marie, Micah Nicole, Megan Gale, Brooke Catherine, Robert Jacob, Carlos Roberto, Caden Brooks, Christopher James, Matthew Frank, and Colin Robert. 

Friends can honor Bob and his life Nov. 13, 2014, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 602 Parkersburg Road, Spencer, W.Va. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Father Josh Stevens as celebrant. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roane County Helping Hand. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Master Garder Class Offered

Extension Offers Fall Gardening Course at Walton Public Library

Release date: 11/13/14

 Submitted by: Brandy Brabham, WVU-Extension Agent, Roane Co., 304-927-0975

Did you have a tough gardening season this summer?  Enjoy learning more about gardening and working with others? Interested in sharing your gardening knowledge with others?  If you answered “yes” to the preceding questions, the Extension Master Gardener course conducted by the West Virginia University Extension Service might be just the program for you.  It provides gardeners with the opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills and then share their experience with the public through organized volunteer activities.   Applications for the fall Extension Master Gardener course are being accepted now through Friday, November 21, 2014.  There must be at least 10 approved applicants to offer the course. A course fee of $70 is required to cover the cost of the horticultural manual each participant receives.  The local Extension Master Gardener Association is offering scholarships to participants interested in taking the course.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, December 2, meeting every Tuesday and some Thursdays during the day or, if necessary, during the evening hours, based on applicant availability and interest through the first part of the New Year.  Applications are available at the WVU-Roane County Extension Office.  For an application or more information about the course or the scholarships, contact the WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975 or e-mail

Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers for West Virginia University. To become an Extension Master Gardener, you must complete 30 hours of horticultural training and in return, volunteer 30 hours of time. The basic pre-requisites for becoming an Extension Master Gardener include an approved application, reference check, familiarity with gardening and a commitment to return thirty hours of volunteer service.

 Extension Master Gardeners provide gardening information to others. Once you have completed the course, an Extension Agent will help provide direction for your volunteer work. Examples of volunteer activities include the following:

§  Teaching garden classes

§  Working with groups, such as 4-H, horticulture therapy groups and community gardeners

§  Staffing garden clinics and displays

§  Using your special talents, such as writing and photography to benefit others

§  Answering phone inquiries on horticultural topics

§  Providing talents in gardening educational activities

§  Giving school-age or group presentations

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. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

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 

Online condolences may be expressed at

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. 

Online condolences may be expressed at