Thursday, April 21, 2011

M. Imogene Brooks Carnes Obituary

Imogene B. Carnes
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

M. Imogene Brooks Carnes, 78, of Allison Rd, Chester, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the home of her son on Echo Dell RD, East Liverpool following a lengthy illness.
Gene was a daughter of the late Joseph Frank Tittle and Della Blaine Lloyd Tittle and was born in Greenville, TN on June 11, 1932.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Pleasant Heights Baptist Church.
Gene’s first husband, Kenneth R. Brooks Sr. preceded her in death along with four brothers and three sisters.
Her husband Lawrence Carnes survives along with one son, Kenneth. R. Brooks Fr. And his wife Frances of East Liverpool and three daughters, Phyliss Cracraf and Barbara Brooks, both of Youngstown, and Marilyn Armstrong of East Liverpool, In addition eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 16, at 11:00 a.m. at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester with Pastor Wagner of the church officiating. Interment followed at Locust Hill Cemetery.

Nila M. Jones McNeely Obituary

Nila M. McNeely
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

Nila M. (Jones) McNeely, 59, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of New Manchester, passed away after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Herbert A. McNeely; her children; Matthew McNeely, Michelle McNeely, and Sabrina Jones; her sisters, Sarah Ingels and Linda Mercer; her brothers, Kenny (Judy) Jones and David (Mary) Jones; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Dolly (Lemasters) Jones; her brothers, Charles Jones and Robert D Jones.
Nila worked as a Senior Recreation Leader for the James City County Parks and Recreation for 12 years. She took much joy in touching the lives of the children she worked with. She was always dedicated to her family and will be dearly missed. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Bucktrout Funeral Home with interment at the Williamsburg Memorial Park. Online condolences may be registered at

Bernice Patricia Szymanek Obituary

Bernice P. Szymanek
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

Bernice Patricia Szymanek, 87, of New Cumberland passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 at Valley Hospice Trinity East; Steubenville.
She was born October 23, 1923 in New Cumberland, a daughter of the late Andrew and Wanda Nocula radeski. She is also preceded in death by her husband, whom she married May 17, 1945, Mike Szymanek; a son Michael Szymanek; five sisters, Mary Merenda, Josephine Radeski, Wanda Briggs, Stellsa Straka & Carolyn Spencer; 2 brothers, Stanley & Edward Radeski.
Bernice had various jobs, but is most remembered for serving ice cream at Buck’s Home-made Ice Cream in New Cumberland. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Cumberland.
Surviving are : a son, James (Diana) Szymanek, a daughter Susan (Milan) Coxen, all of New Cumberland; a sister, Jan Cronin of Hudson, OH; 4 grandchildren, Chris (Jenn)
Szymanek of Lowell, NC, Elaine Szymanek of New Cumberland, Megan Coxen of Pittsburtgh and Aaron Coxen of New Cumberland; a great-grandson, Chase Szymanek of Lowell, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Eric Antwi and Fr. Ronald Getsinger ass Celebrants. Interment followed in the New Cumberland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, P. O. Box 666, New Cumberland, WV 26047 or Valley Hospice, 380 Summitt Avenue, Steubenville, OH 43952.
Turley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Richard S. Raby Obituary

Richard S. Raby
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

Richard Stuart Raby, 8o, of Greer, SC passed away, Saturday, January 2, 2011 of cancer.
Richard was a lifelong advocate for service members, having served his country in the Army, surviving almost 2 ½ years as a POW during the Korean War. He was influential in the creation and placement of the Korean War Memorial in Hendersonville, NC.
He appeared on the news, and spoke to newspapers and ROTC groups in an effort to always remind others the ‘Freedom is Not Free’.
Raby was the recipient of several service medals from the U.S. Army.
He was a regular volunteer at Greer Soup Kitchen.
He is survived by his wife, Treva Ellen Barnhart Raby, a former resident of Pughtown, (now New Manchester) and a daughter of the late C. Everett and Ada Barnhart; four daughters, Sharon (Duane) Legere, Bridget (Stephen) Penn, Shelia (Gerald) Johnson, and Cecelia Raby; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 6 at The Wood Mortuary, conducted by Chaplain Tracey Bennett.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association of South Carolina-Piedmont, 11 Brendan Way, Greenville, SC 29615; children Incorporated, 4205 Dover Road, Richmond, VA 23221 or any local food bank or soup kitchen.
Online condolences may be made at

William Andrew Waggoner Jr. Obituary

William A. Waggoner Jr.
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

William Andrew Waggoner, Jr., formerly of New Cumberland, passed away at the home of his daughter in Harpers Ferry on Friday, February 11, 2011.
He was born March 31, 1922 in Gilmer County, West Virginia to the late William A. Waggoner and Oleva Conner Waggoner. Andrew was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Leah Willis Waggoner and his sister, Marjory Trader.
He is survived by his four children: Rebecca Sagle (Jeffrey) of Doswell, VA; William F. Waggoner (Linda Ann) of Las Vegas, NV; Robert Waggoner (Joanna) of Reston, VA; and Sherri Ott (John) of Charles Town. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Alyson Sagle, John Sagle (Emily), Tesha Grangaard (Peter), Luke Waggoner, Grant Waggoner, Clark Waggoner, Leah Ott, Shelby Ott, Matthew Waggoner, Katie Waggoner, and William Waggoner.
Andrew was born, raised, worked and lived his entire life in West Virginia. He loved all things about West Virginia; camping with his family; hunting with his friends, 4-H, the Mountaineers, his church, and just sitting on the porch visiting with friends and family.
Andrew was a 50+ year member of the New Cumberland Christian Church, the Hancock County 4-H All Stars, and was a lifetime member of the West Virginia 4-H All Stars. He retired from Weirton Steel and was a member of the 25 Year Club.
Services will be held Friday, February 18, at 9:30 a.m. at New Cumberland Christian Church. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Masonic Cemetery in West Union, WV.
In lieu of flowers, those whishing to do so may send contributions to the New Cumberland Christian Church Memorial Fund at P. O. Box 577, New Cumberland, WV 26047; to the West Virginia 4-H All Stars c/o Marilyn Dague, 1302 5th Street, Moundsville, WV 26041: or the hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Roger Dale Heath Sr. Obituary

Roger D. Heath Sr.
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

Roger Dale Heath Sr., 59, of Ohioville, PA passed away Thursday, February 10, 2011.
Born September 5, 1951, in East Liverpool, he was son of Irene Church Hoyt of Ohioville and the late Harold Heath.
He worked for Trumbull Metal Company and was a member of the Chester VFW and the Potters Club.
Along with his mother, he is survived by five sons, Roger (Aimee) Heath Jr. of Arizona, Cliff Heath and Kenny (Tonya) Heath, all of East Liverpool, and Christopher Heath and Nathan Heath both of Leetsdale, PA; two daughters, Tracy (Rick) Wallace of East Liverpool and Cassie Heath of Leetsdale; sixteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren; a brother Rodney Heath of Virginia and a sister Pam (Robert) Chaffee of Ohioville.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at the Newell Chapel of the Nixon Funeral Home. Pastor Scott Henry officiated.

Ruth Ann Strowmatt Obituary

Ruth A. Strowmatt
Hancock County Courier
Feb. 17, 2011

Ruth Ann Strowmatt, 70, of Friendship Ridge, Beaver, PA, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
She was born March 8, 1940 in Holbrook, Pa, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Harriet (Peg) Roberts Spragg.
Ruth was a former guard for Nova Chemicals and a former member of the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance.
She is survived by two sons, David (Dianne) Strow-matt Jr. of Chester and Darren Strowmatt of Clinton; a brother, Larry (Beulah) Spragg of Texas; a sister, Connie (James) Judy of Pennsylvania and her nieces and nephews, Sandy Baker, Terry Spragg, Chuck Spragg and Deb Fiscus.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Newell Chapel of the Nixon Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, Georgetown.

Joan Patterson Rees Obituary

Joan P. Rees
Hancock County Courier
April 7, 2011

Joan Patterson Rees, 89, of Weirton, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 at her residence.
She was born October 8, 1921 in New Cumberland, a daughter of the late David M. & Helda R. (Roseberry) Patterson. She was also preceded in death by her husband William Rees and a sister Eleanor Patterson.
Joan was a retired Bank Teller , a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, of Eastern Star and was a retired New Cumberland Cemetery Board Member.
Surviving are her sister, Barbara Smaltz of Weirton and her canine companion Jeb.
Services were held at the Turley Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Staub officiating. Interment followed in the New Cumberland Cemetery.

William L. Goodlin Obituary

William “Bill” Goodlin
Hancock County Courier
April 7, 2011

William L. “Bill” Goodlin, 55, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011 at UPMC in Pittsburgh
Son of the late Kenneth and Norma Jean Goodlin, he was born in Rochester, PA on June 121, 1955.
Bill attended Oak Glen High School and worked at the former New Castle Refractories in Newell.
He enjoyed coaching baseball, hunting, and fishing and was a Pittsburgh sports fanatic!
Bill is survived at home by his wife, Debbie Goodlin, whom he married July 20, 1979; four sons, Terry Goodlin, of VA, Billy (Kayla) Goodlin, Brian Goodlin and companion Jossalyn Shaw, and Luke Goodlin, all of Chester; one daughter, Jolie Goodlin, of WY; three brothers, Kenneth Goodlin of East Liverpool, David Goodlin, of NC and Scott Goodlin, of Chester as well as grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob, Anda, Eric, McKayla, Kholton, Paisleigh, and was looking forward to the arrival of granddaughter, Alexa, later this month.
Bill will be missed by his beloved dogs, Cooper and Bear.
Rev. Phil Fairchild, of the First Christian Church of Chester, conducted services at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the Arner Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Locust Hill cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Twyla M. Sayre Obituary

Twyla M. Sayre
Hancock County Courier
April 7, 2011

Twyla M. Sayre, 90, of Leander Dr., Chester passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Nentwick's Convalescent Home in East Liverpool following a lengthy illness.
Twyla was a daughter of the late Cyrus Homer Sayre and Nova Kessel Sayre and was born on September 14, 1920 in Chester.
A member of the Church of Christ Disciples in East Liverpool, she retired in 1990 from the Medi-Mart Medical Supply Company in East Liverpool. Earlier she had worked several years at the Citizens Drug Store in Chester.
Preceding her in death were two sisters, Mildred Gill and Florence Blankenship, and four brothers, Chester, Herman, Raymond , and Curtis Sayre.
Survivors include her sister with whom she resided, Lois Ewing of Chester and several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Willard Chuck Adkins of the Church conducted services on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester. Interment followed at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Chester.
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Nancy Haught Obituary

Nancy Haught
Hancock County Courier
April 7, 2011

Nancy Haught, 63, of Chester, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born January 14, 1948, Nancy was a daughter of the late Stewart and Shontz (Durbin) Dunn.
She was a former teller at Northern Hancock Bank & Trust in Newell, a past member of the Chester VFW Auxiliary and a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Chester.
Surviving are her husband, Andy Haught at home; a son, Bobby Jay Haught of Iowa; a daughter, Erin (Denny) Bailey of Chester; four grandchildren, LeAnn Haught, Sydney Haught, Drew Bailey and Luke Bailey and her first great-grandchild on the way; a brother Robert (Irene) Dunn of Florida and by a canine companion, “Maggie.”
Following visitation a memorial service was held on Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Nixon Funeral Home in Newell. Rev. Trina Lewis officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Valley Hospice Foundation, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

Donna M. Childs Obituary

Donna M. Childs
Hancock County Courier
Apr. 7, 2011

Donna M. Childs, 72, of Chester, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011.
She was born September 2, 1938 in Congo, WV, a daughter of the late Norman and Virginia Sevin Mercer.
Donna was a 1957 graduate of Wells High School; a former Nurse’s Aide at East Liverpool Hospital; and a member of the Congo Church of the Nazarene.
Along with her parents, she was p;receded in death by her husband, Edward Childs.
Surviving are her daughter, Virginia Childs of Steubenville and a brother, James (Erma) Mercer of Columbus.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday Mar. 20, 2011, at the Nixon Funeral Home in Newell. Burial was held at Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens, Newell.

Charles E. Van Camp Obituary

Charles E. Van Camp
Hancock County Courier
Mar. 31, 2011

Charles Edgar Van Camp, 81 of New Cumberland, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Weirton Medical Center.
He was born October 22, 1929 in New Martinsville, a son of the late Samuel and Alma Jane (Forrester) Van Camp. He is also preceded in death by three brothers Edwin, Alfred Leroy and Robert Lee Van Camp.
Charles retired in 1984 from National Steel Blooming Mill with 33 years of service and was a member of the 25 year Club.
He was a member of the Colliers Way Church of Chris, Weirton American Legion, a Lifetime member of the Weirton VFW and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife Shirley Ann (Mercer) Van Camp at home, two sons, Charles Jay Van Camp and Kevin Lee Van Camp both at New Cumberland; two sisters, Lorena Stewart of Sistersville and Melissa Evalyn Riggs of New Philadelphia; two brothers, Joseph W. Van Camp of Paden City and Shannon Ray Van Camp of Middlebourne; and one grandchild, Chase Atlee Van Camp.
Services were held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Turley Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Derby officiating. Military graveside services followed at the New Cumberland Cemetery.