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30 July 2009

Gary Wayne Avey

Gary Wayne Avey, 53, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at his residence in Sugar Grove.

Born June 12, 1956, at Martinsburg, he is the son of Thelma Louise Rexrode Watson of Charles Town.

He was a retired iron worker, a 1974 graduate of Franklin High School, a member of Local 568 United Iron Workers and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church.

On May 13, 1978, he married the former Nola Jean Miller, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kevin Dwayne Avey of Harrisonburg, VA, and Robert Thomas Avey of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Terri A. Hedrick of Harrisonburg, VA, and Sondra L. Risinger and husband, Steve of Hedgesville; a brother, James William Watson and wife, Shana of Charles Town; a step-sister, Cherie Batzel and husband, Galen of Ridgeley; and two grandchildren, Alek and Jacob Avey.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Charles Joseph “Mike” Watson on Feb. 17, 2006.

Pastor Kara Propst and Pastor Cindy Skinner conducted funeral services Saturday in the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Nola Avey, HC 74 Box 9B, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

Edith Vandevander, 81

Edith Rosetta Thompson Vandevander, 81, a resident of Kerens went home to be with her Lord and her loving husband Paul, on Wednesday evening, July 22, 2009, at the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by her bedside.

She was born Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1927, at Whitmer, a daughter of the late Isaac Thompson and Floda Nelson Thompson.

She attended the schools of Randolph County.  She was a member of Irons Chapel United Methodist Church.  She was a homemaker.

On Sept. 29, 1945, at Harman, she was married to Paul Junior Vandevander, who preceded her in death Aug. 22, 2006.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are six children, Pauletta Ramsey and husband, Brad of Parsons, Nancy Marie Kalar and husband, Joe, and Kenneth Edward Vandevander and wife, Wanda, Benny Jay Vandevander and wife, Maureen, Norma Gay Channell and husband, Gary, Rebecca Sue Arbogast and husband, Cletus Ray, all of Kerens; 13 grandchildren, Jody and Billy Kalar, Kevin, Tim and Jason Vandevander, Heather, Dan and Erin Ramsey, Debbie Lawrence, Mike Vandevander, Bryan Channell, Amy Barrett and Adam Arbogast; and 11 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Breanna, Brittany, Corey, Joshua, Todd, Kimberly, Kyleigh, Madison, Jakob and Isaac.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Marie Cole, Hallie Harper and Sylvia Thompson; six brothers, Roscoe, Golden, Clinton, Clyde, Dorsey and Calvin Thompson; and one great-grandson, Noah Michael Vandevender.

Final rites were conducted at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home, Parsons, on Saturday with Rev. J. Michael Lantz officiating.  Interment followed at the Mt. State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.

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