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Mary Arbutus Mallow, 87, died Friday, June 10, at the Grant Rehab and Care Center, Petersburg.

Born Sept. 4, 1934, in Maysville, she the daughter of the late Loy M. Dolly and Myrtle (Rohrbaugh) Dolly. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Owen Cosner; one son, Russell Cosner and two great-grandchildren.

Ms. Mallow attended schools in Grant County and was a member of the Potomac Valley Baptist Church, Maysville. She had worked at the Kinney Shoe Factory, Romney and in home health care for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Marsh of Keyser; two sons, Randy Cosner of Burlington, and Tim Cosner of Louisa, Va.; three sisters, Betty Olson, of Longmont, Colo., Arvella Smith of Old Fields and Geneva Michaels of Harrisonburg, Va.; one half sister, Deloris Bennett of Burlington; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday afternoon at Potomac Valley Baptist Church, Maysville, with Pastor Ted Anderson officiating. Interment was in the Locust Grove Cemetery, Mount Storm.

Memorials may be made to the Potomac Valley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 439, Maysville, WV 26833. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.


Mila Mae (Nesselrodt) Whetzel, 86, died Saturday, June 11.

Born April 20, 1936, in Landes, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Demma T. (Ketterman) Nesselrodt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Whetzel, on October 8, 2008; two sons, Jolly Joe and David Whetzel; three brothers, Samuel, Willard, and Gillispie Nesselrodt; four sisters, Wilda Lantz, Goldie Whetzel, Rhoda Whetzel, and Margie Borror; two grandchildren; and one infant great-grandchild. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Whetzel attended school in Landes, and the Petersburg Church of God. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by five daughters, Rhoda Marie Wratchford, Donnie M. Whetzel, both of Petersburg, Ilene Wilburn of Old Fields, Betty Miller of Maysville and Juanita Alt of Romney; two sons, Randy L. Whetzel and Keith E. Whetzel, both of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 15, from 5-8 p.m., at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. Funeral Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m., in the funeral home chapel, Petersburg, with Pastor Stephen Noel officiating. Interment will be in the Nesselrodt Family Cemetery, Landes. Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.


Linda Dianna McAvoy, 73, of New Creek, W.Va., died Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the Monongalia Health Complex, Morgantown, W.Va.

Born June 1, 1949, in Antioch, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Howard Samuel and Velma (Rotruck) Cheshire. She also was preceded in death by five brothers, infant Howard Cheshire Jr., Jerry Cheshire, Harry Cheshire and Roy Cheshire; and three sisters, Patricia Cheshire, Sandra Wilfong and Ruth Leatherman.

Mrs. McAvoy was a member of the Harness Run Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed gardening, yard sales and auctions and riding on the side by side.

Surviving is her husband of nearly 52 years, Roger Lee McAvoy Sr.; her children, Peggy Lee Shreve and husband Darl Shreve II of Antioch, Patricia Lynn Durst and husband Wayne Durst Jr. of Delray, W.Va., Penny Lou Campbell and husband Justin of Smithfi eld, Pa. and Roger L. McAvoy Jr. and wife Meghan of Antioch; five grandchildren, Amethyst Marsh and husband Josh, Emilee Morales and husband Alex and Alexis, Emmalyn and Christian Campbell; and four greatgrandchildren, Oliver, Vayda, Aurora and Rowan Marsh. Also surviving are four sisters, Ruby Leatherman, Darlene Newhouse, Mary Lou Rotruck and Margie Rotruck; a brother, Billy Cheshire; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Mrs. McAvoy’s request, there will be no visitation or services.

The Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the Angel Fund, 1200 JD Anderson Drive, Morgantown, WV 26508.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. McAvoy’s obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Thomas William Brown, 70, of Walkersville, Md., died early Tuesday morning, June 7, 2022, at his home.

Born Oct. 22, 1951, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Earl W. Brown and Wayne Smith. He was the husband of Dianne Brown.

He was a graduate of Petersburg High School in W.Va., class of 1969, then graduated from Shepherd University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree. He worked as an Engineer III Global Engineering Systems for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Frederick, Md. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the North American Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting, as well as building structures, furniture, framing and woodworking. Also, he was gifted in visualizing, painting and designing.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Lindsay Brown (Chris), Traver Brown (Tabitha), Jaime Billinger (David); grandchildren, Talon and Toby Brown; a sister, Karen Brown Kitzmiller; niece, Tammy Western (Andrew); grandnephew and niece John and Ashley Western; and many special cousins.

Gravesite services were Monday morning at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market St., Frederick, with Pastor Sandi Evans Rogers officiating.

At Thomas’ request, instead of flowers donate online or mail your donation to: Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401 or www.pcf.org

The family invites you to leave a message or memory on his tribute wall at www.hartzlerfuneralhome.com.

Rella Mae (Cooper) Rhodes, 84, of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va. Rella had been a resident of Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center the past five years.

Born March 14, 1938, in Seneca Rocks, she was a daughter of the late Perry John Cooper and Dora Alice (Champ) Cooper Mauzy.

In addition to her parents, Rella was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Rhodes in 2002; one sister, Arvella Cooper Vance; and sister-in-law, Gladys Mongold Cooper.

She is survived by one son, Richard W. Rhodes of Seneca Rocks; one daughter, Rita A. Rhodes of Seneca Rocks; two grandchildren, Corey R. Rhodes and Tyler A. Rhodes; one sister, Ethel Williams and husband Ronney of Elkins, W.Va.; three brothers, Ray Cooper of Seneca Rocks, Dave Cooper and wife Judy of Fairmont, W.Va. and Bobby Cooper and wife Carolyn of Petersburg, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Rella was a graduate of Circleville High School class of 1954. She had worked at various places including the former 4-U Restaurant and Motel and the Seneca Rocks Visitors Center. She attended the Pleasant View United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were Wednesday morning in the chapel of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with the Rev. Cindy Skinner officiating

Interment was in the Cooper-Bible Family Cemetery, Seneca Rocks.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant View United Methodist Church, c/o Debbie Arbogast, P.O. Box 97, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be made at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com.

Ray Dayton Dove Jr., 70, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away at his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 4, 1951, in Grant County, he was the son of the late Ray and Regina (Turner) Dove.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Dick Alden Dove. He is survived by his sisters, Teresa “Teri” McLaughlin and husband, Bob, of Daniels, W.Va., Mitzi Groves and husband, Jim, of LaVale, Md., and Gina Hart and husband, Steve, of Ashland, Va. He also is survived by his uncle, Alton Dove, of Riverton, W.Va.; nieces, Melissa Curtis of Mechanicsville, Va., and Tara Curtis of Morgantown, W.Va.; three nephews, Brian Groves and wife, Joyce, of Cumberland, Md.; Turner and Kellen Hart of Ashland; a great-niece, Julia Raye Groves; and many cousins.

Dayton graduated from Petersburg High School in 1969 and attended Shepherd College. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He built a successful business, Dove’s Fur, Ginseng, Medicinal and Botanicals, where he was a certified ginseng specialist. He was an expert in West Virginia’s harvestable and marketable flora and fauna and conducted business all over the world. He loved hitting the road, meeting new people and sharing his knowledge of plants, fauna and wildlife.

A lifelong resident of Petersburg, he was a member of the West Virginia Trappers Association and supported WVU Extension’s Energy Express summer reading and nutrition program for local youth.

Interment was private in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, W.Va.

The family would like to thank Grant Memorial Hospice, his dear friend, Joyce Hayes, and family members, Lisa and Steve Turner, for their care and comfort during this difficult journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or West Virginia Trappers Association.

Arrangements were by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Online condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com

Larry Worth Harman, 78, of Baker, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Born May 2, 1944, in Harman, W.Va., he was the son of the late Elsworth Harman and Neva Hinkle.

He served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, visiting with family and spending time with his grandchildren.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Bonnie Barry, Stanley Harman, Robert Harman, Stephen Harman and Thomas Harman.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Funkhouser Harman; children, Anthony Harman (Beth), Samantha Mowery (Paul), all of Baker, “Billy” Lewis Garling of New Market, Ala., and Blair Stack of Shady Side, Md.; brothers, Boyd Harman (Tracy) of Sugar Grove, W.Va., Harold Harman (Beverly) of Rockville, Md.; and grandchildren, Autumn Crites, Matthew Harman, Ryan Harman and Tyler Harman and Jewel Stack and Jesse Stack.

All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home, Baker, W.Va.

Ronald W. “Wes” Marshall, 48, of Keyser, W.Va., died Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Winchester, Va.

Born Aug. 25, 1973, in Cumberland, Md., he was a son of Harry and Nancy (Hesse) Marshall.

Wes graduated from Keyser High School and was a truck driver for Marshall Oil Company. He was a social member of the VFW Post 3518 Nancy Hanks, Keyser and was Protestant by faith. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving in addition to his parents Harry and Nancy are his son Alex W. Marshall; brother, John Oglesbee and wife Holly; and his two sisters, Terra (Oglesbee) Hall and husband Billy and Megan Oglesbee.

A graveside service and interment was Friday afternoon in Queens Point Cemetery, Keyser, with Billy Hall officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Wes Marshall to the Mineral County Humane Society, c/o Joy Fertig, 831 Cut Off Road, Keyser, WV 26726.

Arrangements were by the Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser. Condolences may be left for the family after Wes’ obituary at www.markwoodfuneralhome.com.

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