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June 14, 2012

Sherry Lee Patch Cain

Sherry Lee Patch Cain, age 56, Petersburg, passed away June 9, 2012 at her residence after a brief illness.

She was born on August 17, 1955 in Petersburg, and was the daughter of the late Richard William “Dick” Patch and Rosabelle “Rose” Lantz Patch, of Petersburg.

She was the granddaughter of the late Robert Lee Patch and Eva Lena Harper Patch, also of Petersburg, and Marvin Stanley Lantz and Lena Beatrice Propst Lantz of Franklin.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Cain, in March of 2002.

Surviving are one sister, Cynthia “Cindi” Rose Patch Hinkle of Petersburg, with whom she resided; her fiancée, Lee Reel, Petersburg; a daughter, Ashley Marie Cain, Petersburg, and her granddaughter, Hailey Rose Cain, Boca Raton, Florida; two nieces, Rebecca Susanne Hinkle of Jane Lew and Jessica Kristine Hinkle of Morgantown, and two nephews, William Wesley “Wes” Hinkle of Princeton, and Nathan Lee Matthew Hinkle and wife Whitney of Richmond, Virginia.

Cain was a member of Petersburg High School’s class of 1973. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Daytona Beach Community College with a degree in Paralegal Studies in 1990. She also attended Shepherd University, Shepherds town, West Virginia and was pursuing a degree in Social Work.

She lived in Daytona Beach and West Palm Beach Florida and Berkeley Springs for most of her life and returned to Petersburg in 2006 to care for dad until his death in 2009. An entry in her baby book in 1962 says “She loved to go anywhere with her daddy. He taught her to trout fish and took her to the woods hunting. She was a very good fisherman.” She kept the love of hunting and fishing for a large part of her adult life. She also shared her dad’s love of antiques and coins and they spent many happy hours together sorting through their “treasures.”

She and her dad also were also very good cooks. They often could be found comparing recipes, especially for deer jerky and desserts. For the last few years of his life, dad relied on Sherry for most of his meals and she always tried to fix something he liked especially when he became ill and started losing interest in food.

Dad was famous for his peanut butter fudge, everyone loved it and looked forward to it for Christmas. The last Christmas he was alive, in 2008, his health was declining but he was determined to make a plate of fudge for everyone to enjoy. Sherry was there to watch over him, as he was getting weaker, and when his fudge didn’t set up as it should, she hurriedly made another plate of it so he wouldn’t know that the fudge he made hadn’t turned out. I remember her telling me about it with tears in her eyes as she told me she thought he knew what she had done. His nick name for her was “squirt” and he called her by it until the day he passed away.

Cain worked as a home health aide for many years and loved her job. She has many cards and notes of thanks from her patients and their families. She had many handmade keepsakes from them as well. Several of them have still remained in contact with her until her passing.

Until her recent illness, Sherry loved to cook and try new recipes. She always tried to make something for everyone to enjoy. One holiday, she made potato salad and ended up making three different kinds to please all of the picky eaters. Even as recently as a month ago, I got awake one morning to find her in the kitchen making me homemade French toast for breakfast. I had been traveling a lot and she missed me. She was very weak, but wanted to make something special for me.

Whether it was cooking, planting flowers or planning something, she always put a lot of thought and preparation into what she was doing. One of her favorite flowers were lilies and she was always fussing over the ones dad had been growing for several years. Every time I even mentioned doing something with the lilies because the cats were playing in them, she would give me that look that said “those were daddy’s babies, and we need to take care of them.” Hailey used to have what we referred to as the “lily baby hunt” which was counting how many white flowers were on each of the plants. Last spring on the anniversary of dad’s death, we had seventeen “babies” on the lilies and she was thrilled.

Sherry loved her family and she always tried to be there for us. She could always be counted on to do her absolute best in whatever she it was she was doing. She offered words of encouragement and words of praise, always. Because of her illness, her final days on earth were sometimes confusing to her, but she never complained. Sherry was surrounded by her loved ones and friends during the final days and hours of her life and it was only near the time of her passing that tears came from her eyes. She was an amazing sister and best friend and we have wonderful memories of her to help us replace the pain of letting her go to a much better place.

When Death Becomes Birth

by Max Lucado

You, as all God's children, live one final breath from your own funeral. Which, from God's perspective, is nothing to grieve. He responds to these grave facts with this great news: "The day you die is better than the day you are born" (Eccles. 7:1). Now there is a twist. Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction to funerals. Angels watch body burials the same way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors. "He'll be coming through any minute!" They can't wait to see the new arrival. While we're driving hearses and wearing black, they're hanging pink and blue streamers and passing out cigars. We don't grieve when babies enter the world. The hosts of heaven don't weep when we leave it.

Memorial service will be Tuesday 1:00 p.m. (June 12, 2012) at the Grace Lutheran Church in Petersburg with Pastor Larry M. Cantu officiating.

Memorials may be made to Grant Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 1019, Petersburg, WV 26847.

Arrangements were under the direction of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

James Lauson Huffman

James Lauson Huffman, age 16, of Seneca Rocks, passed away Monday, June 11, 2012 as a result of an automobile accident at Seneca Rocks, WV.

Mr. Huffman was born at Petersburg, on August 31, 1995, the son of James Bradley Huffman of Seneca Rocks, and Christine Marie (Sheldon) Riggleman and husband Steve of Moorefield.

He would have been a junior at Pendleton County High School this fall. He was on the "B" Honor Roll and was Student of the Month in May 2012. He was a member of the Believers Victory Center in Moorefield where he was a member of the Ignite Youth Group.

He loved hunting, fishing, riding his 4-wheeler, and spending time with his girlfriend, Bethany Brown.

Also surviving are paternal grandparents, Bradley and Vickie Huffman of Riverton and maternal grandfather, Richard Sheldon of Albany, NY.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Carolyn Finkle Sheldon.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Believers Victory Center, Moorefield with Pastor Chris Whetzel officiating. Interment will be at South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.

The family will receive friends today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.8 p.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to the Believers Victory Center, 132 N. Main Street, Moorefield, WV 26836.

Memories and words of comfort may be left for the family at

Bobby Jack Bland

Bobby Jack Bland, age 64 of Riverton, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

He was born at Riverton on January 27, 1948, the son of the late Jack (Jan. 22, 2001) and Madeline Hazel (Sponaugle) Bland (May 16, 2001) .

Mr. Bland was a retired Electrician. He was a 1966 graduate of Circleville High School and had attended Glenville State College.

Surviving are a sister, Debbie Burns and husband Chuck of Riverton; a brother, Wayne Bland of Baltimore, MD; two nieces Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and husband Michael of Arthur, Sarah Burns of Riverton; and a great-nephew, Chase Rohrbaugh.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Denny Bland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Becky Bennett officiating. Interment was in the Burns Family Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorials may be made to: The Bobby Bland Family, c/o 9873 Mountaineer Drive, Riverton, WV 26814.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at

Levi Halterman, 89

Levie Agnes Halterman, 89, of Monterey, VA, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Augusta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born July 3, 1922 near Franklin, a daughter of the late Thomas and Lottie (Propst) Propst.

Mrs. Halterman was a member of Church of God and had worked at Aileen, Inc. and Hanover Shoe Company.

She enjoyed crocheting and was known for her cake decorating and homemade candy.

On April 4, 1939, she married Albert Clark Halterman, who preceded her in death on August 16, 1981.

Mrs. Halterman was the last member of her immediate family.

Surviving are a son, Elmer Halterman and wife Mary, of Monterey, VA; a son-in-law, Larry Cohron of Stuarts Draft, VA; three granddaughters, Deborah H. Shifflett and husband, Dale of Elkton, Dr. E. June Cohron and Leigh Ann Hinson and husband, Michael, all of Stuarts Draft, VA; two great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Hinson and Michael Hinson, III, both of Stuarts Draft, VA; two step-great-granddaughters, Savannah Cyzik of Mt. Crawford, VA and Taylor Shifflett of Elkton; sister-in-law, Ruth H. Weaver of Raphine, VA; brother-in-law, Ezra Halterman of Monterey, VA; special cousin and friend, Leona “Loni” Holubik and husband, John of Kingman, AZ. and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Ella Jane Cohron; five sisters and a brother.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday in the Puffenbarger Cemetery with her Pastor Ethel Reamey officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highland County Rescue, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA, or Highland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, VA 24465.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell, VA.

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