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.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Melody Jean Starcher

Melody Jean Starcher, 52, of Le Roy, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at home.

She was born Wednesday, February 28, 1962 in Marquette, Michigan, the daughter of Cheryl I. Heliin White of Spencer and the late William R. “Bill” White, Jr. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeremy Victor Starcher; and a brother, John White.

Melody was a homemaker, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her mother, survivors include a son, Timothy Starcher of Le Roy; a granddaughter, Alexandria Starcher; two brothers, Mark White of Spencer and Mike White of Nebraska.

A graveside 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

Roane Historical Fair Turns 20

The 20th Annual Genealogy Fair is set to take place September 27th at Heritage Park Community Building in Spencer. The event is held and sponsored by the Roane County Historical Society, and is open to the public free of charge from 9am to 3pm.

For those interested in family history, the fair is a place to visit, whether a seasoned veteran or a newcomer, everyone is welcome to attend.

The fair has a large attendance from the region, and features local historical societies, book and map vendors, and much more.

To reserve a display table, call Melissa Swisher 304-532-8755 or Carol Board Westfall 304-927-1340.

Spencer Apartment Fire Update: Domestic Dispute Allegedly Led To Fire

A domestic dispute allegedly led to an arson charge filed against Spencer resident Jacob Hite as a result of last Saturday night's fire in a downtown Spencer apartment building.

Hite, 21, was charged by officials from the West Virginia Fire Marshal's office, and is being held in Central Regional Jail.

It is reported that Hite, his wife and an 8-month-old son were living in the second story of the building.

Hite's wife allegedly told investigators the couple was having an argument while she was gathering some clothes to leave. Hite allegedly grabbed her work shirt and used a cigarette lighter to set it on fire, then tossed it on a pile of clothes, causing a fire to begin.

Obituary: Shirley J. Tawney

Shirley J. Tawney, 67, of Left Hand, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a brief illness. She was born January 13, 1947 at Left Hand, a daughter of Juanita Tallman Cook of Left hand and the late Charles Cook. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin D. Tawney; and a granddaughter, Christian Starcher.

Shirley was a former social worker and was a Christian. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and horses.

In addition to her mother survivors include, daughter, Vikki Hart of Spencer; son, David Alan Smith of Alderson; brothers, Larry Cook and Gary Cook, both of Left Hand; sisters, Sharon Smith of Newton and Shelly Carper of Left Hand; grandchildren, Brice Stanley, Savanah Smith, Nathan Smith, Jessica Meredith, Alex Tawney, and Iron Hart; great-grandchildren, Preston, Sheldon, and Valicity Starcher.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the J. Herbert Smith Family Cemetery, Looneyville. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the time of service.

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Community Resources Seeks Input

Community Resources, Inc. is committed to understanding, anticipating, assessing and ultimately addressing the needs in our region. Beginning in the fall, 2014 Community Resources, Inc. will form a collaborative workgroup with local elected officials, community-based organizations, city council members and current clients within an eleven county region known as northwestern West Virginia.

A collaborative community needs assessment will be conducted to evaluate and gain a better understanding of our regions needs as it relates to under-resourced families. It is the hope that after the assessment is completed, Community Resources, Inc. will be able to better identify specific issues and needs facing our community. We will be able to better evaluate how those needs are being met in order to better connect residents with services in the multi-county region.

If you are interested in being involved and making your community a better place to live, please visit our website at, Facebook page at or reach us by phone at 304-485-5525.

We thank you in advance for your time and dedication to your community by completing our needs assessment. 

Sharon Golden

Community Service Specialist

Community Resources, Inc.

Fire in Downtown Spencer

A building is on fire in Downtown Spencer. Fire Departments from Roane County as well as Jackson County have responded and are battling the blaze. The building is located between the Drew Patton Law Office and the Nationwide Insurance Office (formally known as at the NAPA building).


Obituary: Mary Madeline Walker

Mary Madeline Walker Justice, 92, of Spencer, formerly of Left Hand, died Monday, September 1, 2014, in the Miletree Center, Spencer, after a three year illness.

She was born January 27, 1922, at Gay, Jackson County, a daughter of the late Marshall Elmer and Mabel Tolley Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W. Bernard Justice, whom she married May 1, 1946; a son David Justice; a sister, Eleanor Goebel; and brother, Marshall Walker.

Mrs. Justice was a past employee and owner of the Left Hand Post Office and a co-owner of the former Justice General Merchandise. She was a member of the Epling Chapel Baptist Church, Looneyville and a lifelong resident of Roane County.

She was a member and Past Worthy Matron of the Linden Chapter No. 152, Order of the Eastern Star. Also, she was a Past Grand Officer of Grand Chapter, O.E.S., State of West Virginia, having served as Grand Electa in 1968-69.

Survivors include three grandchildren, Mary Jasmine Justice of Berlin, Germany, Jamie Suzanne Kinkead and Michael Carey Justice both of Spokane, WA; two great grandchildren, Felix and Milo Kinkead.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, September 7 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Wayne McGlothlin officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call one hour before the funeral. An Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held immediately after the visitation and prior to the funeral service.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Bernice Lenore Chambers

Bernice Lenore Chambers, 96, of Spencer, formerly of Clover, died Monday, September 1, 2014, in the Ravenswood Care Center, Ravenswood, after an extended illness.

She was born June 15, 1918 at Otto, a daughter of the late Marius P. and Roberta Webb Starcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wilbur “Chink” Chambers; daughter, Sharon Chambers Egnor; granddaughter, Carmalieta Chambers; brothers, Frank, Carl, John, Fred and Billy Starcher; sisters, Jessie Suttle, Ester Niday, Claire Lewis, Myrl Starcher, Effie Wallbrown and Azeline Somerville.

Mrs. Chambers was a retired supervisor for Kellwood Corp., Spencer. She was a charter member of the Banner Advent Christian Church and a charter member of the Clover Community Church and attended the St. John’s United Methodist Church, Spencer. She was also an active member of the Roane General Hospital Auxiliary, Clover Homemakers Club and the Roane County Cancer Coalition.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Brian W. and April Chambers of Jupiter, FL; son-in-law, Richard “Jackie” Egnor of Parkersburg; two grandchildren, Richard Todd Egnor and Nanette Egnor; two great grandchildren, Stuart Egnor and Larkyn Guerrieri.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 4 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Daniel R. Whited officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bernice had requested that donations be made to the Clover Cemetery No. 1, 3533 Clay Road, Spencer, WV 25276.

Online condolences may be expressed at





WVU Extension: Meet Your Forester



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

A Meet your Forester Seminar will be offered in Spencer, WV on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Roane County High School Vo-Ag Department from 6-9 PM in the evening.  The Meet your Forester seminar series is organized through the West Virginia Woodland Welcome Wagon Program* and WVU-Extension Service in Roane County to share information about services and organizations that support landowners in woodland stewardship efforts.

Dave McGill, Forest Resources Extension Specialist, will discuss WV Woodland Owners and their role in sustainable forestry. A local private consulting forester will describe services available to landowners. A WV Division of Forestry Landowner Assistance Forester will speak on behalf of the WV Forest Stewardship Program.

The seminar will allow time for discussion and refreshments will be provided

Meet your Forester seminars will be presented from September to December 2014 in Wood, Roane, Mason, Greenbrier, Randolph, Taylor, Mercer, Ohio, Hardy, and Mineral County.  These seminars and other upcoming events will be posted on the WV Woodland Stewards webpage  Past landowners have found Meet your Forester seminars helpful in establishing their ideal woodland. These seminars are open to the public. 

To get to the seminar held at Roane County High School from Spencer, take US Rt. 119 South (across from Wendy’s Restaurant) approximately 4 miles to Raider Way on right side of US Rt. 119.  When parking for the seminar, park in the side parking lot next to the school greenhouse and enter through the gray shop door closest to the greenhouse. 

For more information or to pre-register for this seminar, please contact local Extension Agent Brandy Brabham at 304-927-00975 or or WVU graduate student Valerie Grant with the Appalachian Hardwood Center at 707-496-2697 or

The West Virginia Woodland Welcome Wagon is a program designed to network new woodland owners with natural resource professionals and is sponsored by the WVU Extension Service and the Appalachian Hardwood Center.   

For interested citizens unable to participate in the seminar, this seminar along with others will be posted on the WV Woodland Stewards webpage

WVU Extension: "Ask the Expert"

WVU Extension’s “Ask the Expert” On-line Session planned on Fall Gardening


Submitted by, Brandy Brabham, WVU Extension Agent, 304-927-0975 or

The summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean your gardening work is quite finished. Get some expert advice about dealing with late season gardening challenges during an online Q&A session with West Virginia University experts on Wed., Sept. 3, from noon -1 p.m.

Ask the WVU Extension Expert takes place on the WVU Extension Service Facebook page (  During the noon hour, WVU Extension Agent John Porter, the Kanawha Valley’s garden guru, and WVU Extension Horticulturist Lewis Jett will field your questions about late blight, garden pests and more.

Irrigation methods, fertilization, pest management, seasonal techniques and post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables are all important parts of maintaining a healthy, rewarding garden. These are things Lewis Jett works with daily to help West Virginia growers expand their output.

John Porter has a passion for locally grown foods. He has helped establish or support seven community school gardens, several of which grow the produce for distribution to needy families. He is the coordinator for the Kanawha County Master Gardener Program, and played an instrumental role in developing, and later expanding, the award winning “Family Fun Days at the Market” program.

The next Ask the WVU Extension Expert session takes place on Wed., Sept. 10, from noon - 1 p.m. and carries the gardening topic to the next step with a conversation about canning. 

If you can’t make the Ask the Experts session, you can always contact Brandy Brabham at the WVU Extension Service in Roane County at their office located in the lower level of the Roane County Library in Spencer, WVa. or call 304-927-0975 or email


WVU Extension Plans Workshops

Submitted by Brandy Brabham of WVU Extension, Roane County

Whole Farm Field Day

Whole Farm Field Day at Berea Gardens in Minnora, WV on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  If you can’t come until a little later….please STILL Come!  This event is sponsored by WVU Extension & Northeast SARE & Mid Ohio Valley Edibles “Ready for Market” training series at Bob & Lynnita Gregory’s place (Berea Gardens) in Calhoun County.  A local foods dinner will be provided; so, we do need an RSVP by Friday, September 12th.  The goal of the event is to understand the farm as a system, factors influencing the farmers’ decision-making, how changes in farm management might affect the whole farm, and practical  recommendations for farmers to improve farm sustainability.

Bob Gregory will explain the steps he and his family have made to change production, marketing and economic approaches in an effort to reduce labor requirements and provide higher value production and overall sustainability.  Participants will be asked to complete an assessment and suggest action steps for the producer to consider incorporating as part of this event.  Topics to be discussed include small fruit production, soil fertility, season extension, post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables, cold storage access, and orchard management.


Poultry Processing Workshop

We are having a poultry processing workshop on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 beginning at 5 PM at the Camp Sheppard 4-H Grounds in Gandeeville, WV (off Rt. 119 South, Between Spencer & Walton, toward Clendenin, WV). This workshop will teach home processing of poultry.  The State of WV offers a home processing for direct marketing exemption up to 1,000 birds/year  on farm without bird-by-bird inspection.  With this exemption producers can sell home-processed poultry at Farmers Markets to the general public.  This workshop will be hands-on showing how to kill, pluck, eviscerate, and make retail cuts.  We will have a beginner set up of home processing tools at this workshop for examples.  There will also be informational pamphlets and factsheets provide to detail how to process poultry at home, as well.  We won’t conduct this workshop unless we had adequate interest; so, pre-registration is required by Friday, September 12, 2014.  There is no cost to participate, but you must call the office to register at 304-927-0975 or email me at

 I hope you can attend this workshop, because in the future, farmers may be able to home process up to 20,000 birds/ year.  Currently, if a farmer wants to sell more than 1,000 birds in a calendar year he or she must use a commercial processor.  However, the state has no commercial processor serving small farmers. Farmers must either take a long and costly trip across state lines or limit their production to 1,000 birds.  After hearing from farmers throughout the state, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture submitted a rule change to the Secretary of State that would allow farmers and small processors to slaughter up to 20,000 birds per year without needing an inspector present.  This 20,000 bird exemption has been allowed for some time by USDA, but WV was not taking advantage of it.  The State legislature still needs to process this rule change in 2015.


Obituary: Miss Betty Irene Boggs

Miss Betty Irene Boggs, 84, of Spencer, West Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Roane General Hospital in Spencer.

She was born July 14, 1930 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Howard R. and Grace Wilson Boggs.

She was a 1948 Spencer High School graduate, attended Potomac State College and received her degree in English from Marshall University. She began her teaching career in 1952 and retired after 51 years of service to multiple generations of Roane County students. Miss Boggs was a beloved educator, an avid reader and an advocate of lifelong learning. She enjoyed and appreciated all things of beauty; the written word, treasured glassware and antiques, and a love of family and friends.

She is survived by three brothers, Harvey, Clarence R. “Tink”, and David Boggs, all of Spencer; five nieces and nephews, Douglas, Michael and Larry Boggs, Brenda Fisher and Brigitte Lowe; eleven great-nieces and nephews, Jacob, Daniel and Laura Grace Boggs, Kayla White, Ashley and Alyssa Boggs, Benjamin Bailey, Grayson Fisher, J. Alex Lowe, and Michael Jon and Cristopher Cole Boggs; and one great-great nephew, Amos Lee White.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bruce Boggs.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME in Spencer with Rev. Russell Stump officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery near Spencer. Visiting hours are Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Former Roane Man Sentenced in Sexual Misconduct Case


A former Roane County man and teacher and coach at PikeView High School who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with students was sentenced on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. This is stemming from an incident with underage female students at PikeView High School.

Jonathan Kirk went before Judge William Sadler in Mercer County at 9:30 a.m.   He was sentenced to serve 30 to 40 years in prison. Kirk will be eligible for parole in 15 years.  During the sentencing, one of the victim's mothers made a statement as well as Kirk's wife. Kirk also made a statement.  He said that he was sorry for the pain he caused everyone.

Obituary: Heath Allen “Bud” Crihfield

Heath Allen “Bud” Crihfield, 31, of Spencer, West Virginia died August 23, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

He was born September 24, 1982 in Parkersburg, West Virginia a son of Gary Crihfield of Spencer and the late Sarah “Gin” Fuller Crihfield.

Bud was a laborer, enjoyed chasing women and socializing, loved fishing and helping everybody out.

In addition to his father, Bud is survived by a sister, Melissa Crihfield and brother-in-law, Tyler Griffin of Spencer; and a daughter in his heart, Felicity Crihfield.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Pippen Crihfield and Jason “Red” Montgomery.

The body was cremated. There will be a memorial service for Bud at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer.