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IN MEMORY OF
Billy J. "Hillbilly" Jones

Billy J. "Hillbilly" Jones, 43, Racine, passed away unexpectedly at 12:39 A.M. Monday, April 7, 2014, in the Emergency Department at the Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, W. Va. Born September 25, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of the late Ayward Curtis and Vivian Elizabeth Hollifield Jones. He was a constructor worker.

Surviving is his sister, Wendy Lynn ("Weasel") Lyons, Racine, brothers, Curtis Dion (Kimberly) Jones, Racine and Jamie (Heather) Jones, Racine, neices and nephews, Dustin Jones, Garrett Jones, Elizabeth Shuler, Raegan Jones, Brayden Kingery, Jill Woolbridge and Jessica Klein.
Step-father, Harold Roark Sr., Cleveland, Ohio, step-sister, Mary Roark, Cleveland, OH, step-brothers, Harold Roark Jr., William Roark and Mickey Roark, all of Cleveland. Several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ayward and Pansy Jones, Mary Malinets and John Hollifield.

Family and friends may call at the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine, on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 P.M. with the funeral service following at 8:00 P.M. Officiating will be Pastor Randy Smith.

Interment will be in the Shady Dale Cemetery in Harmony, West Virginia.

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IN MEMORY OF
June Marie Bradbury Stout

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June Marie Bradbury Stout, 71, of Bidwell, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at home surrounded by her beloved family and friends.
 
She was born on June 21, 1942 in Gallipolis, Ohio, daughter of the late John and Marjorie Scott Bradbury.  She was a 1960 graduate of Gallia Academy High School and retired from the Holzer Clinic business office after 25 years of service.  June was a member of French City Baptist Church and the First Families of Gallia County.
 
In her free time, June enjoyed traveling, shopping, and nothing meant more to her than spending time with her family.
 
June is survived by her husband of 51 years Eugene Stout whom she married on July 21, 1962, in Gallipolis, her two sons, Mark Stout of Hilliard, Ohio, and Chris (Lindsay) Stout of Bidwell; one grandchild who lit up her world, Caleb Stout of Bidwell; two sisters, Patricia Betz of Athens, Ohio, and Sandra Bradbury of Gallipolis; and special friend Carolyn Wright.
 
In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Bradbury.
 
The family would especially like to thank the staff at Mount Carmel West Hospital, and Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis. Pastor Paul Rose will officiate. Interment will follow in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call on from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral chapel. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Michael E. Casey

Michael E. Casey, 48, White Oak Road, Gallipolis, passed away at 11:53 P.M. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in the Emergency Department at the Holzer Medical Center. Born April 4, 1965 in Columbus, Ohio he was the son  of the late Ronald E. and Donna Mae Gothard Casey. He was a carpenter and carpet installer. He had worked for Powell's Construction Co. in Proctorville, Ohio. Surviving are his four sisters and brothers-in-law, Kay and Dennis Church, Gallipolis, Ellen "Cricket" and Charles "Bibber" Baird, Gallipolis, Lynn and Roger Houck, Springfield, Ohio and Susan "Barney" and Jason Mullins, Gallipolis. Several nieces, nephews and cousins and a special aunt and uncle, Betty and Jessie Taylor, Gallipolis.

Michael is also survived by his Canine friend, "Bernice"

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey William Casey and a niece, Allison Mae Mullins.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, April 7, 2014, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in the Prospect Church Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service.

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IN MEMORY OF
Darrell Morris

Darrell Morris, 64, Gallipolis, passed away at 11:15 P.M. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his residence. Born July 23, 1949 in Ross County, Ohio he was the son of the late Walter and Marjorie Ellen Davis Moore.

Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Webb, Springfield, Ohio and Patsy Morris Saxour Mills Preston, Frankfort, Ohio and two brothers, Walter Morris, Clarksburg, Ohio and Glen Morris, Piketon, Ohio.

In keeping with Darrell's wishes he was cremated. There are no calling hours or funeral services planned.

Inurnment of the cremains will be in the Brown Chapel Cemetery in Clarksburg, Ohio.

Services were entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral and Cremation Service.

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IN MEMORY OF
Betty Roberts

Betty Roberts, 85, of Hamden, was called from this life Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Four Winds Community. The daughter of the late George and Ona Remy Bishop, she was born November 7, 1928, in Vinton County. Betty was a homemaker.
 
Betty is survived by her son, George and his wife Debbie of Wellston; her daughter, Edith Frank of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Erica (Jeremy) Carpenter, Kerri Harper, Patricia Van Gundy, Kimberly (Keith) Haggerty, Amy (Jeremy) Long, Felichia Shotts, Jared Arms and Aaron Arms; 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins; a brother, Mac; and a son-in-law, Forney Eugene Harper.
 
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; daughter, Linda Jean Harper; a sister, Carol; and brothers, Charles and Dale.
 
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 at the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home. A grave side service will be Wednesday, 11:00AM, at the Hamden Cemetery with Dr. Clark Stephson officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home of Wellston.

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IN MEMORY OF
Bobby J.  “Shake” Dudding

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Bobby J.  “Shake” Dudding, 78, Racine , passed  away at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Holzer Hospital Hospice Suite in Gallipolis, Ohio in the company of his loving wife Hazel as he was called home to be with his Heavenly Father.

He was born in Raymond City, W.Va., on January 29, 1936, to the late John  Campbell and Ida Marie Pringle Dudding.  His family relocated and settled in Middleport, Ohio when he was two years old.  Here he excelled in multiple sports and earned the nickname he was affectionately known by as "Shake".  He enlisted in the US Air Force and following a 27-year career culminating in his retirement from active duty in 1980, he settled in Racine, Ohio.  He was a Korea and Vietnam Veteran and also helped recover the nose cone of the Gemni Space Capsule, which is on display at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum, Dayton, Ohio. After retirement from the Air Force Bobby was an oil distributor driver for Swisher’s  Ashland Oil and also a school bus driver for Southern Local Schools. He also was a former assistant football coach, and golf coach at Southern High School.

While stationed at Lockbourne AFB, in Columbus, Ohio, he met the love of his life, Hazel Yvonne Stobart.  On November 22, 1958 the two of them were married at the  Antiquity Baptist Church in Antiquity, Ohio and began their 55-year journey together.  He was a member of the Tupper’s Pains Hickory Hills Church of Christ where he taught Sunday school and was a preacher of the Gospel.  

He is survived by his wife, and they were blessed with three children, Brian, Troy, and Leslee, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Brothers, Gene, John, and Roger, and sisters Doris and Cheetah, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sisters, Ruby and Nan and a granddaughter Linzi.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Cremeens Funeral Home in Racine, Ohio, with Minister Mike Moore officiating.  Interment will follow at the Letart Falls Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Middleport American Legion Fenney-Bennet Post# 128.  Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis Ohio 45631.  

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IN MEMORY OF
Bonnie Belle Cremeens

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Bonnie Belle Cremeens, 96, Gallipolis, passed away, at 12:45 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Judy Baird. Born November 10, 1917, in Walnut Township, she was the daughter of the late Virgil Blain and Esta McCall Carter. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Blessing Methodist Church on Blessing Rd. and enjoyed attending the Northup Baptist Church where she served the Lord in many ways.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy K. (James) Baird, Gallipolis, four grandchildren, Greg (Chris) Baird, Tami (David) Hocker, Jeff Baird, and Pamela Baird. Five great-grandchildren, Scott (Laura) Baird, Matthew Baird, Mellissa Baird, Brennon Hocker, and Collin Hocker, one sister, Janis M. Harrison, of Gallipolis, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents Bonnie is preceded in death by her husband, Otha Harold Cremeens whom she married on June 27, 1936 in Northup and he preceded her on February 23, 1985, sisters, Katherine McCarty, and Gloria Faye Rasmussons, brothers, Teddy Blain Carter, and Adrian Kenneth Carter in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in the Cremeens Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Chapman and Rev. Eric Fannin officiating. Interment will follow in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and also one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bonnie's memory to the Northup Baptist Church, 1353 Lincoln Pike, Patriot, Ohio  45658.

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IN MEMORY OF
Donald H. Hall

Donald H. Hall, 66, Gallipolis, passed away at 6:30 A.M. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in the emergency department at the Holzer Medical Center. Born January 28, 1949 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia he was the son of the late William and Mary Elizabeth Plumley Hall. He was retired from the Ohio River Company as a deckhand. Surviving are two daughters, Kristie D. Fiorentini, Gallipolis and Lacie K. Hall, Fort Wayne, Indiana, son, Donald (Donna) R. Hall, Cameron, West Virginia, grandchildren, Trevor Allen Ray Hall, Lauren Hall, Sierra F. Fiorentini, Ivy Hall and Benicio Luna. Also surviving is his sister, Susie Crump, Point Pleasant, WV and his brother, Larry (Barbara) Hall, Point Pleasant. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Doug Hall.

In keeping with Donald's request there were no calling hours or funeral service. Cremation services were entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
Robert Allen Wray

Robert Allen Wray, 75, Bidwell, passed away at 10:02 P.M. Monday, March 10, 2014, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

Born August 8, 1938 in Apple Grove, West Virginia he was the son of the late William Ellis and Alta Pearl Wallace Wray. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a retired diesel mechanic from O-Kan Marine Repair. He was also employed for several years at the G. & C. Towing and was a member of the Bailey Chapel Church.

He married Wilma Jean Wisemandle on March 3, 1962 in Gallipolis and she survives as does three children, Alena (Peter) Prysch, Long Island, New York, Mark (Wanda) Wray, Bidwell, and William (Maggie) Wray, Munfordville, Kentucky, grandchildren, Nathan Grubbs, Tim Grubbs, Rachel Grubbs, Josiah Grubbs, Tyler Wray, Randi Wray, Mark Wray Jr., Bridgett Wray, William Wray Jr. and Hailey Mealy. Also surviving are five sisters, Jan Watterson, Bidwell, Mary Lou (Leroy) Peters, Florida, Doris (Clarence) Carruthers, Gallipolis, Judy (Walt) Laudermilt, Racine, and Karen (D.L.) Ellyson, Louisiana, five brothers, Roy (Waleski) Wray, Patriot, Randy Wray, Point Pleasant, WV, Bill Wray, Pt. Pleasant, Jack Wray, Pt. Pleasant and Fred Wray, Pt. Pleasant,his mother-in-law, Julia Wisemandle, Gallipolis and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Rick Grubbs, and his father-in-law, William E. Wisemandle.

A private family graveside service in the Morgan Center Cemetery will be conducted at the convenience of the family with Rev. Wayne Harrison officiating. There are no calling hours. Robert's care has been entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis.

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IN MEMORY OF
David Perry Nida

David Perry Nida, 65, Rio Grande, passed away unexpectedly at 9:50 A.M. Monday, March 10, 2014, in the Emergency Department at the Holzer Medical Center.

Born October 8, 1948 in Scott Depot, West Virginia he was the son of the late James Herbert and Mary Marie Johnson Nida. He was retired from the Stauffer Chemical Company in Gallipolis Ferry, WV and, along with his wife, Mary, were owners and operators of the Giovanni's Pizza in Rio Grande for over 19 years. David was an avid fisherman.

He married Mary Stover on April 3, 1965 in Porter, Ohio and she survives as does three children, David Nida, Rio Grande, Mary (Glen) Osborne, Canal Winchester, Ohio and Dianna Nida, Amanda, Ohio, grandchildren, Scott (Tisha) Nida, Adam Thompson, Carie Thompson, Narissa Nida, Shakra, Jade, Peggy and Jake, great-grandchildren, Kayla Thompson, Trenten Nida, Colbie Nida, Braylan Laudermilk, Colton Nida, Paris, Libby, Keyton, Bailey and Jazmine.

Also surviving are sisters, Connie Woodyard, Culloden, WV and Virginia Summers, Buffalo, WV,  Bonnie Harper, of West Virginia and Rebekha (Lester) Stover, Vinton and a brother, Jimmy (Kay) Nida, Addison.
 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Marilyn Kay Nida, Beulah Mae Barker and Kathy Nida.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 14, 2014, in the Nida Family Cemetery on the family farm near Rio Grande. Officiating will be Chris Nida. Friends may call from 5 - 8 P.M. Thursday at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel.

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IN MEMORY OF
James F. Vance

James F. Vance, 88, of Wellston, was called from this life Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The son of Mike Vance and Piney Burgess Vance O'Neal, he was born May 16, 1925, at Davin, West Virginia. James was a Navy Veteran having served during WWII on the USS San Jacinto- the same ship that saw service from naval pilot, George H. W. Bush.  From 1970 to 1981, James was the owner of Vance Heating & Air Conditioning. He was a member of the American Legion.

On May 12, 1948, James married Isedora Lester at Logan, West Virginia; she survives. Other survivors include a brother, Paul (Stevie) Vance; sisters, Meredith Lowe, Joan (Arthur) Hoosier and Maria Vance; sisters-in-law, Joanne Vance and Faye O'Neal; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are his good friends/brothers-in-law, Thurman Lester, William Grubb Jr. and Arthur Hoosier.

James was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Newman Vance, Frank O'Neal, Jessie (Alice) O'Neal and Billy (Gladys) O'Neal; and brothers-in-law, Charlie Lowe, Jim Horn and Gerald "Duke" Russell - Jim and Duke were also close friends.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 11 to 1 at the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home of Wellston. A funeral service, officiated by William Grubb Jr., will immediately follow calling and burial, with military honors by the Navy and Wellston Post 371 of the American Legion, will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery. Pall bearers include: Bob Jackson, Brian Thomas, James Thomas, Dave Perry, Mark Aldridge, David Gillespie, Michael Grubb, Bob Copley and Rocky Russell as an honorary. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Huntley & Cremeens Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Matthew L. Taylor

Matthew L. Taylor, 64, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, and formerly of Racine, passed away, at 8:15 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014 in the Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Center, Portsmouth, Oh. Born June 1, 1949, in Sandyville, West Virginia, he was the daughter of the late Mary Edith Taylor. He was a farm hand for most of his life.

He is survived by his brothers, Danny Taylor, of Marysville, W.V., Charles Taylor, Buckhannon, W.V., his sisters, Claudia Casto, of Waverly, Linda Voinovich, of Pennsylvania, and Mary Milhoun, of Sandyville, W.V. Cousins, Edith Taylor and Charlene Black, both of Racine , and several other cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive.

In addition to his mother, Matthew, is preceded in death by a brother, Bill Taylor

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, in the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine. Pastor Jesse McKendree will officiate. Interment will follow in the Letart Falls Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the service time on Friday. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Jean Marideal Carter

Jean Marideal Carter, 95, Patriot, passed away at 4:30 A.M. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at her Walnut Township home. Born June 20, 1918 in the Northup community of Gallia County she was the daughter of the late Everett Dudley and Bessie L. Houck Saunders. She was a homemaker.

She married Marvin Carter on June 29, 1941 in Northup and he preceded her in death in 1999. Surviving are her two daughters, Shrietta R. (David E.) Boggs, Shalimar, Florida and LaDonna Jean (Steve) Johnson, Destin, Florida, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several cousins.

In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Saunders, and sisters, Wanda Bowersock, Audrey Brown and Dexter L. Roach.

There are no funeral services or calling hours. Interment will be in the Mound Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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