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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 

December 8, 2011

William R. Martin

William R. “Red” Martin of Ripley passed away on December 2, 2011 after a long and active life. A direct descendent of John “Paddy” Huddleston, a pioneer of the Upper Kanawha Valley. Mr Martinlived longer than any ancestral Martin since the Revolutionary War Period.

Born in Cedar Grove, on August 16, 1912, He was the son of George H. and Alma Thaxton Martin.

Mr. Martin graduated from East Bank High School and attended New River State College (now WVU Institute of Technology) in Montgomery. His working career began as secretary of East Bank High School in 1933. He and his wife began their life together n Boone County in 1935, where he was a bookkeeper, miner, and later manager of stores for Anchor Coal Company in Highcoal and Whitesville. After serving with the USMC during World War II, they moved to Sylvester, WV where they assisted in the development of the town and he was elected the town’s first Mayor. The Martins moved to Ripley in 1959.

He retired from the West Virginia State Tax Department in 1975 as Supervisor of Appraisals in the Local Government Relation Division and had worked with the Pendleton County Assessor’s Office.

He was Past Master of Boone Lodge No. 162, AF&AM, where he had been a member since 1937. He was also a member of the Ripley Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star; and Past Worthy Grand Patron of the General Grand Chapter.

He and his wife often spent time at their cabin in Pendleton County. 

His wife Ruby Johnston Martin preceded him in death.

Surviving are a daughter Nancy Martin Davis and her husband Robert “Bob” , of Sumter, SC; son R. David “Butch” Martin and his wife Debbie Thomas Martin of Richmond, VA; three grandsons, William Scott Davis, Ret. GYSgt USMC; Andrew D. Martin and Nicholas R. Martin; three great grandchildren, and his brother, Floyd E. “Red” Martin of Whitesville.

He was also preceded in death by a brother Henry Lee Martin and sisters Hazel E. Martin and Mary Ellen Bryant.

Funeral Services were held Monday, the Epworth United Methodist Church, Ripley. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens at Cottageville.

Memorial may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church 299 N. Church St., Ripley, WV 25271.

Funeral arrangement were under the direction of the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley

Bonnie Jean Huffman

Bonnie Jean Huffman, age 76, of Circleville, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at her home.

She was born at Onego on November 5, 1935, the daughter of the late Glenn and Texie Vance Huffman.

Ms. Huffman retired from Thompson's Motel and Restaurant where she worked as a cook.

She was married to Shurrell Huffman, who survives in Franklin.

Surviving are five daughters, Shirley Ours of Cabins, Anne Kimble and husband Larry of Cabins, Anita “Joey” Huffman of Riverton, Wendy Bennett of Dorcas, Cindy Bennett and husband Greg of Circleville; a son, Edward Huffman of Franklin; a sister, Pauline Thompson and husband Jerry of Harrisonburg, VA; a brother, Park Huffman of Seneca Rocks, WV; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Clifton Huffman (March 14, 1993); three brothers, Boyd, Ford, Ward; and a sister, Helen Ketterman.

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

Memorials may be made to: “the family”, c/o the Basagic Funeral Home, POB 215, Franklin, WV 26807.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at

Larry Joe Hedrick

Larry Joe Hedrick, age 64, of HC 81, Box 12, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884 went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at his home.

He was born March 8, 1947 in Onego, and was a son of the late Blanco Hedrick and Edith Mae (Hedrick) Hedrick.

Mr. Hedrick attended the Seneca Rocks Elementary School and Circleville High School. He attended the Onego Bible Missionary Church. He worked for Mongold and Coastal Lumber Company for 38 years and retired from Coastal Lumber Co. in 2009. He was an active charter member and captain of the Seneca Rocks Volunteer Fire Department having retained this position for 23 year and was a driver for the North Fork Rescue Squad.

Surviving are his former wife, Shirley (Lamb) Wilfong of Elkins, and Miriam (Lambert) Hedrick whom he married on June 11, 1983 at Harman.

Also surviving one daughter, Roberta "Bobbie" Friedline of Elkins; one grandson, David Joe "D. J" Friedline of Elkins; one sister, Sharon Kimble and husband Dusty of Petersburg; seven brothers, Ronnie and wife Wanda of Upper Tract; Bobby and wife Mary of Upper Tract; James and wife Linda of Cabins; Blanco Jr. and wife Bonnie of Bunker Hill; Rocky and wife Melody of Seneca Rocks; George and wife Faye of Maysville, and Sammie and wife Colleen of Moorefield. Two sisters-in-laws, Kathy and husband John "Tip" Tipton of Norfolk, VA and Ruby Morrison of Renick; two aunts and one uncle; six nieces and seven nephews; and 22 great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Bible Missionary Church, Onego, with Pastor Daniel Ewald and Pastor Earl Bible officiating. Burial was in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Avenue, Belington, VA 26250 or Cancer Care Center, 801 Harrison Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241 or Seneca Rocks Fire Department, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884 or charity of one’s choice.

James Pitsenbarger, 77

James Otha Pitsenbarger, 77, of Staunton, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at King's Daughters' Community Health and Rehabilitation Center, Staunton, VA.

He was born Jan. 7, 1934, in Pendleton County, and was a son of the late Benjamin Cameron and Dorothy Louella (Simmons) Pitsenbarger.

Mr. Pitsenbarger was a member of Jollivue United Methodist Church. He was a truck driver and enjoyed doing yard work, gardening, cutting wood and going to auction sales.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Glendola (Smith) Pitsenbarger.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara G. Pitsenbarger, whom he married May 25, 1985 survives.

Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy L. and Dennis Riley of Raphine; son and daughter-in-law, Michael D. and Marie Pitsenbarger of Staunton, VA; grandson, D.J. Riley of Raphine; stepson, Harry L. Smith of Crimora; three step-grandchildren, Teresa, Harry Jr. and Jeremy Smith; sister, Imogene Hoover of Harrisonburg, VA; brother, Virgil Pitsenbarger and wife, Retha of Franklin; and three half-sisters, Edna Bennett, Linda Holsinger and Dorothy Jean Persinger.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Dolen Pitsenbarger.

A funeral service was conducted Monday at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Frank Hall and Rev. Dave Boger officiating. Burial will be in Totten Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Totten Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Teresa Hannon, 388 Hessian Lane, Staunton, VA 24401.

Cecil J. Cayton, 67

Cecil J Cayton, 67, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011, in Sebring, FL.

Mr. Cayton was born in Pendleton,County to Curtis and Mabel Alice (Propst) Cayton.

Mr. Cayton was a set up operator in manufacturing. He loved to fish, work with wood and work in his yard. He especially loved spending time with his family. He was a member of Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church and had been a resident of Avon Park since moving from Harrisonburg, VA in 2010.

His wife, Judith Cayton of Avon Park, FL survives.

Also surviving are a son, Ricky Cecil Cayton and wife, Faith of Harrisonburg, VA.; four stepchildren, Donna, Dee, Tina and Terry; brother, William Cayton and wife, Lois of Franklin; sister, Pearl Thompson and husband, Donald of Virginia; grandson, Ricky Cayton and wife, Brittany of Charlottesville, VA.; great- granddaughter, Nickole; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Avon Park, Fla. www.stephenson

Edward Waggy, 27

Edward Douglas Waggy, 27, of Laramie, Wyoming and formerly of Franklin died Dec. 3, 2011 at his home.

He was born February 24, 1984 at Harrisonburg, VA, and was the son of Charles D. and Paula J. (Dickerson) Waggy of Franklin.

He worked with the US Forest Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time and under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

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