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August 18, 2011

Betty Jo Mowery Mays

Betty Jo Mowery Mays, 79, of Upper Tract, WV died Friday, August 12, 2011 at her home.

She was born May 23, 1932 at Smoke Hole, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Albert Nelson, Sr. and Lillie Florence Kimble Nelson.

Betty had worked at Morton's Store, Hub Furniture, Brinks Armored Car, Domino's Pizza and The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, and Petersburg Sheetz. She was a member of the Petersburg Church of God.

Her husbands, Howard Mowery, James Bruce Mowery and James P. Mays preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters Carol Wilson and husband Larry Wilson of Kents Store, VA and Robin Jones and husband, Tom of Frederick, MD; three sons, David Mowery and wife, Wanda of Upper Tract, WV and James Mowery of Upper Tract, WV, and Steven Mowery of Virginia Beach, VA; One brother, Albert Nelson, Jr. of Hinesville, GA; 18 grandchildren, one of whom is Belinda Miller and her husband, Larry who were Betty's special caregivers and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded by two brothers, Roy Nelson and Fred Nelson and two sisters, Mary Ruth Kimble and Anna Lee Skaggs.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Rev. Bruce Cosner officiating. Burial will be at Cherry Hill Cemetery at Upper Tract, WV.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Kimble Funeral Home, P. O. Box 159, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Tony William Sites

Tony William Sites, age 63 of Riverton, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Hinkle Trucking in Riverton.

He was born at Teterton, WV on September 13, 1947, the son of the late Johnnie William Sites (Nov 6, 1995) and Mabel Mallow Sites who survives in Riverton.

Mr. Sites had been employed by Hinkle Trucking since November 1, 1999. He was a 1966 graduate of Circleville High School and was a Presbyterian.

Surviving in additional to his mother, are a companion of 37 years, Juanita Vandevander, of Riverton; two daughters, Melissa Raines and husband Larry Todd of Seneca Rocks, Michele Sites and Dennis Hedrick of Riverton; a step daughter, Brenda White and husband Carlton of Cabins; five sons, Phillip Sites of Maysville, Shane Sites of Grottoes, Va, Jamie Sites of Circleville, Anthony Sites of Maysville, Tony William Sites, Jr. of Circleville; a step son, Lonnie Vandevander and wife Mary of Riverton; two sisters, Juanita Gae Arbaugh and husband Billy of Cherry Grove, Sharon Rose Kisamore and husband Jimmy of Maysville, WV; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Mark McAllister officiating. Interment was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o HC 78, Box 160, Riverton, WV 26814. Memories and words of comfort may be left at

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Mary M. Warner

Mary M. Warner, 98, of Franklin, WV died Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

She was born September 17, 1912 at Riverton, WV and was the daughter of the late Harry Pleasant Snyder and Cora Propst Snyder.

She was a homemaker and a foster parent and a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She loved flowers and birds.

Her husband, Mason Warner preceded her in death on January 9, 1970.

Surviving are one son, Freddie Warner of Pendleton Manor in Franklin, one daughter-in-law, Ruby Simmons of Franklin; two sisters, Gladys Hartman and Ella Mae Riggleman both of Franklin; one brother, Curtis Everett Snyder of Pendleton Manor in Franklin; two grandchildren, Jonathan Simmons and wife, Elizabeth of Franklin, and Mandy Simmons of Franklin; and one great-granddaughter, Lindsay Simmons of Franklin.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jeff Simmons on August 29, 2008, three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Revs. Craig and Wendy Richter and Rev. Seminarian Jean Caudill officiating.Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Ona Hazel Hottinger

Ona Hazel Hottinger, 87, of Harrisonburg, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

Hazel was born in Franklin on May 17, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Viola Vandevander.

Harrisonburg, VA, was her home since 1942. Folowing 30 years of service, she retired from Owens Brockway in 1989. She enjoyed traveling the eastern coast from Nova Scotia to Florida. Her hand-decorated birthday cakes were enjoyed by family and friends. Over the years, she designed dozens of quilts, from practical to artful.

Her family enjoyed homemade jellies made from the fruit of her black raspberry patch. She loved her family as she continuously found ways of sharing her joy with all.

Her husband, Jason Carl Hottinger, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Van Honeycutt and wife, Diana and Kenneth Honeycutt and wife, Sally; daughter, Barbara Conger; daughter-in-law, Linda Honeycutt and, step-son, Gary Hottinger. Grandchildren include: Quinn

Buelga and husband, Bernardo, Kara Honeycutt, Stephanie Myers, Craig Conger and wife, Tricia, Amy Wright, Jeff Kisling and wife, Beth, Sarah Honeycutt and Angie Honeycutt. She is also survived by two sisters, Roseneath Jean Siple and Louise Hall.

She was also preceded in death a son, Dennis Honeycutt, stepson, Jason Hottinger, Jr., five brothers, Raymond Vandevander, Charles Vandevander, Wilson Vandevander, Jimmy Vandevander, Bobby Vandevander; sister, Dessie Vandevander.

A graveside service was held Wednesday at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Memorial may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, Ona Hazel Hottinger Memorial Fund, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901, (434) 973-6122 ext. 113, or Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Good Samaritan Annual Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 437-4306.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kyger Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Harrisonburg, VA.

Floyd Vandevander

Floyd William Vandevander, 80, of Mount Holly Springs, PA, died Saturday evening, Aug. 13, 2011, in the Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Carlisle, PA, surrounded by his loving wife, Hilda, and family.

He was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Franklin to the late Mayberry and Ida Hedrick Vandevander.

Mr. Vandevander retired after 25 years as a mechanic with the Daily Express Trucking Company, Carlisle, PA.

He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg, VA, and a member of the Citizens Fire Company of Mount Holly Springs, PA. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed all types of car racing.

His wife, Hilda C. Nesselrodt Vandevander, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Angie Jumper and husband, Tim of Newville, PA, and Brandy Vandevander of Carlisle, PA; eight grandchildren; five brothers, Harlan C of Keezeltown, VA, Charlie L. And Kerreal, both of Harrisonburg, VA. Harry R. Of Portsmouth, VA, and Mae of Alexandria, VA; two sisters, Mary M. Vandevander of Charlottesville, VA, and Rebecca J. Miller of Piqua, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Hollinger Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., Mount Holly Springs, PA, with Rev. Kevin E. Dunlap officiating. Interment was in the Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 3001 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Carl “Saul” Puffenbarger

Carl William “Saul” Puffenbarger, age 71 of Franklin, WV, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2011 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab Center in Harrisonburg, VA.

He was born at Blue Grass, VA on June 18, 1940, the son of the late Kenny R. and Maude Whitecotton Puffenbarger.

Mr. Puffenbarger attended Blue Grass School and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center to train as an Auto Mechanic. He specialized in small engine repair and was a Presbyterian.

He married Darla Annette Day who preceded him in death September 27, 2004.

Mr. Puffenbarger is survived by two daughters, Leona Bray and husband Charles of Flemington, Linda Jackson and husband Arda “Pee Wee” of Franklin; a son, Travis William Puffenbarger of Franklin; two sisters, Mamie Fulkner of Verona, VA, Julia Ann Puffenbarger of Staunton, VA; 2 step sisters, Ruth Puffenbarger of Franklin, Jeannie Puffenbarger of Waynesboro, VA; a brother, Charles M. Puffenbarger of Swoop, VA; a step brother, Lawrence “Grasshopper” Puffenbarger of Franklin; a half-brother, Luther “June” Whitecotton 4 grandchildren, David Deal, Kylie and Colton Jackson and Mindy Bray; 2 great-grandchildren, Nevaeh and Charles Summerfield..

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Ray and Robert “Bob” Puffenbarger; and a sister, Dorothy Hevener.

Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating. Interment will be in the Day Cemetery, Dry Run Road, Franklin.

The family received friends on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Vivan “Ben” Riggleman

Vivan Delay “Ben” Riggleman, age 85, of Huntingtown, MD and formerly of Upper Tract, WV died Friday, August 12, 2001 at his residence.

He was born October 5, 1925 in Upper Tract, the son of the late Adam Riggleman and the late Lessie Dean Riggleman.

At the age of 16 he moved to Maryland and worked as a self-employed home improvement technician.

Mr. Riggleman loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was a Methodist by faith.

In 1957, he married his wife, Lillian Fayetta “Fay” Riggleman, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2009.

Surviving are four children; Benita Riggleman of Huntingtown, MD, Kevin Riggleman and companion, Bobbi, of North Beach, MD, Lisa Pinover and husband, Jeff, of Columbia, MD, and Thomas Riggleman and wife, Karen, of Dunkirk, MD, two brothers; Pete Riggleman and Buck Riggleman, both of UpperTract, and four grandchildren; Kevin, Jr., Gary, Kaitlin, and Jacob Riggleman.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers; Roy, Owen, and Ted Riggleman, and one sister, Dollie Gallagher.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastor

Rebecca Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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