Our hearts and prayers go out to the following families.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Becky Dils on the passing of her mother.

March 22, 1918-February 2, 2018

Born Mary Elizabeth Smoot, daughter of the late Mary Bryan and Fayette Clark Smoot, Betty Dils lived most of her life among family and friends in the Ohio River Valley. As a child of the “roaring 20s” and the inception of jazz, Betty loved entertainment at the Camden and Smoot Theaters where her father spent his early career. She attended city schools and Parkersburg High School before attending Wilson College ’39 in Chambersburg, PA where she majored in English and French. She married her lifetime sweetheart, Samuel Spencer Dils, in 1941. They lived in Charleston SC during WWII, then returned to family and business in Parkersburg. Betty and Sam celebrated 62 years of devoted marriage before Sam died in 2003. She relished family gatherings with sister, Joan Smoot Hushion, daughters Mary Cook Dils Smith (Stewart), Susan Severance Dils Budros (Jim) and Rebecca Ann Dils Miller (Michael), six grandchildren Matt Rogers (Melanie), Jon Rogers (Alex), Spencer Budros (Katie), Anne Fletcher (Fletch), Jeff Smith (Katy), Meg Gordon (Vince), 15 great grandchildren, and PHS exchange student, Liliana. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Thomas Rogers in 1999. Many of Betty’s descendants lived in the Parkersburg area and her ancestry dates back to early Ohio Valley history. She enjoyed researching her Johnny Appleseed heritage and giving Parkersburg community history presentations at the Smoot Theater.

Betty’s passion for serving her community and helping others involved leadership commitments and volunteer time with The Smoot Theater (board member), The Friends of Blennerhassett (30 yr. volunteer), The Parkersburg Junior League (past president), The Sheltered Workshop (past president), American Field Service students, Girl Scouts of America, PEO, The Presbyterian Church, Glenwood Community committees, and many other community activities. Her work in advertising at Dils Brothers Department Store challenged her creative energies.

As avid readers and passionate lifelong learners, Betty and Sam treasured both domestic and international travel. They had a strong desire to “give back” and were staunch financial and volunteer supporters to many causes. Betty connected with and befriended people of all ages and backgrounds which kept her vibrant and her life meaningful. Her open mind, progressive thought, and positive energy shape her enduring legacy. Her ability to remain sweet and affectionate during her late years revealed her true nature. Betty always expressed deep gratitude for her long, healthy, well-lived, and happy life!

Private Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101, Glenwood Community Residence Association, 200 Timberline Drive, Marietta, OH, 45750, Stonerise at Home Hospice, St. Clairsville Chapter, 6815 Bayberry Drive, St. Clairsville, OH 43950 or the Charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com


Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Tom Nestor.

William Thomas “Tom” Nestor, resident of 2 Kerens Hill, Elkins, WV departed his life Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the age of 68, after a 33-year courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. Mr. Nestor was born to John Kenneth Nestor and Hanna Adaline Ware in Richmond, VA in 1949. His mother and father met on adjacent farms in Barbour County, WV before relocating to Richmond before his birth due to economic opportunity. Tom was the youngest of three brothers, and the eldest of two sisters, which included elder brothers John K. “Tack” Nestor II (deceased), Parkersburg, WV, Gerald W. Nestor (Charlotte), of Vienna, WV, and younger sisters Patricia A. Smith, (Joe), now of Little Hocking, OH, and Mary Katherine Marchal, R.N. of Parkersburg, WV.

Mr. Nestor leaves behind the legacy of incredible success for his circumstances, and more importantly, the cherished memory and values bestowed upon his loving son, daughter, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and cousins, here and gone. Mr. Nestor’s sons include William Tyler Nestor, Esq. (Samantha), Thomas Jackson Nestor (deceased), and daughter, Elizabeth Tate Summerfield (Ryan), all who did, and continue to reside in Elkins, WV. Tom is survived by his grandchildren Thomas Jackson Nestor and Hannah Elizabeth Summerfield. Those other relatives honored by his life are his uncles and aunts which include his uncle Eugene “Bud” Ware (deceased), Norman Chambers (deceased), aunt Hope Chambers, and Dorothy Marshall (deceased) of Parkersburg, WV, as well as, his aunt Jean Williams and uncle Leonard Williams (deceased), of Grafton, WV; Nieces, Kris Nestor, Melissa Nestor, and Adeline Marchal of Parkersburg, WV, Sarah Hoosier, of Williamstown, WV, and Tami Nestor-Svacina, of Seattle, WA; Nephews, John K. Nestor, III (deceased), James Nestor, Jason A. Nestor, Esq., Corey Updike, Blair Updike (deceased) and Zane Marchal, of Parkersburg, WV, and Samuel Smith, Andrew Smith, and Vincent Smith, Esq. of Little Hocking, OH and Charleston, WV. Left to cherish his memory also includes his cousin Gene Ware of Charleston, WV, and many of his friends earned through life and business all over the United States.

Tom was a visionary who had a quiet goal-oriented personality. He had a plan to succeed at an early age and the will to accomplish his goal. At the age of 17 Tom’s goal was to become a beer wholesaler in West Virginia and he took his goal-oriented mindset with him to West Virginia University after graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1967. At WVU Mr. Nestor immediately began working as a “keg” representative selling barrels “kegs” of beer to fraternities for their parties or “mixers” with sororities during a time when that university mandated that beer be purchased through local representatives, or approved sellers. He graduated from West Virginia in 1972 with a B.S. in Business, and was a member of the social fraternity Beta Theta Pi. Tom did extraordinarily well with his beer job on the WVU campus and after graduating college returned to Parkersburg, WV where he founded a real estate firm with the idea that it could provide him with the finances he needed to get a chance at what he wanted. He saved his money and invested knowing it could not happen for him any other way.

He caught a break in 1982, when receiving a job opportunity with Christian Schmidts Brewery in Philadelphia, PA giving him a north-east metro sales spot. At Christian Schmidts he excelled as a salesman in his territories of Baltimore, MD. Brooklyn, NY, Manhattan, NY, and Philadelphia, PA. Tom’s gamble succeeded as it provided him with the capital for his first beer wholesalership, Tygart Valley Distributors, Inc. in 1984 – a Miller Brewing franchise. Later Mr. Nestor acquired the local Coors Brewing franchise from the Brown Family in 1989, and he continued to add valuable franchises and actively grow his business in the years following.

William Thomas Nestor was a loving son, brother, parent, and grandparent who valued his family above all else. He enjoyed animals and was a dog owner for most of his life. Mr. Nestor was also an avid collector of early American antiques that included furniture, clocks, pottery, and firearms. He was a member of the West Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Tom leaves behind many loving friends and relatives, rare and unique artifacts, and a bold statement of what it means to be a winner in business, and in life.

Friends may call from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30th from the funeral home chapel with Missionary Ken Vensel officiating. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in memory of Tom. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for William Thomas “Tom” Nestor. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Jerald Kirk.

Jerald Mason Kirk, 68, of Parkersburg, passed away Dec. 7, 2017. There will be no services. Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Our hearts and prayers go out to our classmate Candace Dollman on the death of her mother.

Mary Kathryn Dollman, of Vienna, WV, died October 27, 2017, at home. She was born at Letart, WV and was the daughter of the late Everett J. and Hallie C. Amos McGraw.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband of 64 years, Carl E. Dollman, her four sisters; Tillie Hoselton, Edna Crawford, Betty Crampton, Beulah Miller, brother Vollie McGraw and son-in-law Terry Jones.

She is survived by her three children; Candace Jones of Vienna with whom she made her home, Craig Dollman and wife Aleda of Walker, Cynthia LeGrand and husband Jeff of Huntington and three grandchildren: Chad Jones, Megan Jones and husband Jeff Pesler all of Cleveland, Ohio, Noah LeGrand of Huntington WV and great granddaughter Aidy Louise Pesler of Cleveland, Ohio.

Mary loved spending time with her family and friends, skiing, traveling and enjoyed playing golf and tennis well into her 80’s. Mary was a fun and loving wife, mother, grandmother “Dolly” and friend. She was an amazing cook and always took time to make everything special. Mary made the world’s best rhubarb pie.

Mary was a long time member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served on the Alter Guild. In recent years she attended Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Services will be Sunday 5:00 P.M. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend Bill Dunfee officiating. Private burial services will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 3:30 to 5:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Good Samaritan Center at Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV 26105 or the Women’s Opportunity Fund of the Parkersburg Community Area Foundation at PO Box 1762, 1620 Park Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.


Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Shelby Jean Ferrebee.

She died on November 26, 2002 after a long fight with ovarian cancer.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Daniel Wright

Daniel C. Wright, 68, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away November 26, at Genesis Healthcare Center, New Martinsville, WV, after a brief illness. He was a 1967 graduate of Parkersburg High School, and a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. Wright and Lyla “Boogie” Modesitt and an infant grandson.

Dan is survived by a son, Bill, and a daughter, Heather; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many cousins.

Per his request, there was no funeral service. Private burial was held at the convenience of the family.

Our hearts and prayers go out to our classmate Wilma Jean Blackwell on the death of her husband.

James Willard Flanagan 73, of Williamstown, passed away June 27, 2017, at Parkersburg Care Center.

He was born December, 25, 1943, in Akron, OH, a son of the late Earnest Willard and Helen Louise (Moneypenny) Flanagan.

He had worked for Stork Bakery as a deliverer until they closed and also for Marietta City Schools. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and was a Boy Scout leader. He loved playing golf.

He is survived by his wife Jean Flanagan; son Scott Flanagan (Joanna), of Parkersburg; daughters Kristi Freed (Jason), and Vicky Flanagan, both of Marietta, OH; son J.T. Flanagan, of Pittsburgh, PA; 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Glenda Skidmore.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday June 30, 2017, at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor Bryan Knight officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery North, at a later date. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg and for an hour prior to the service at the Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.leavittfuneralhome.com


Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Mike Mclain on the death of his brother.

Doug McLain, 66, of Parkersburg, W.Va., died Saturday June 24, 2017, at CCMC Memorial Campus.

He was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., a son of the late Robert and Ruth (Davis) McLain.

He retired after 41 years of honorable service from the Parkersburg Police Department and was a member of FOP Lodge 79. He was also an EMT for St. Joseph’s Ambulance for 40 years and was currently employed by the Parkersburg Police Department. He was a member of North Parkersburg Baptist Church. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving from 1970 to 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Pennie McLain; son, Christopher McLain of Maryland; four grandchildren, Christian Lee (Katie), Justin, Timothy, Nate Cronin and their parents Dona and Dave Cronin; a brother, Michael McLain (Debra); aunt, T. Dolores “Doe” Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Parkersburg High School Auditorium followed by a police escort and military honors by American Legion Post 15 and United States Marine Corps Wood County Detachment 1087 at Evergreen Cemetery North. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and Wednesday from 11a.m.-1 p.m. at the auditorium.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com


Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Danny Wilson.

Danny G. Wilson, 67, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 at his home in Effingham, surrounded by his family.

Danny was born September 26, 1949 in Parkersburg, West Virginia to the late Gilbert and Kathleen (Williams) Wilson. He married Marian Meyer on March 24th, 1984.

Known to many as "Midway Dan", he spent many years providing his family, friends and the community a place to gather; whether it was to celebrate, to laugh, to cry, to let loose or just have a good time. Regardless of the situation, the Midway was always the place to be.

Dan loved his family and the Midway team and made sure that when you walked through the door, you felt like family too. Through the years of being a business owner, he gave jobs to those who needed them, when they were in a bind, he helped them without hesitation, he got to know them and cared about them deeply. He left this world better than he found it, because in the end, what matters most in life is who you've helped.

Dan enjoyed scratch off lottery tickets with the kids, keeping the house cleaned/organized, mowing the lawn (just right), Sunday's with good food and family, red wine, watching his Cubs win and the Price is Right.

After retiring, Dan dedicated his life to his family. He is survived by his wife, Marian,; sons, Jay and Zac Wilson; daughters, Loren (Chris) Dreas and Molly Wilson (fiancé, Joey Roberson); grandchildren, Zachary, Jordan, Tanner, Kennidy, Miles, Madyson, Maggie, Max and Daniel; brother, Buddy Wilson.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gary Wilson and sisters, Patricia Lyons and Cheryl Walker.

No services will be held per Danny's wishes.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate George Welch on the death of his son.

George Carl Welch II, 50, of Parkersburg passed away June 1, 2017 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born January 7, 1967 to George Carl and Roberta Shively Welch. He loved fishing, all dogs and he always kept the house neat and orderly all of the time.

He is survived by his wife, Tiffiany Welch, two sons, Kristopher Welch and Trysten Sheppard both of Parkersburg, one daughter, Martha Sheppard (Kyle Harris) of Parkersburg, one brother, Jeffrey (Christen) Welch of Vienna, two grandchildren, Vanity Welch and expected Baby “Bean”, one niece, Olivia Welch and his Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law, Richard and Deana Jones.

Friends and Family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 5th St., Parkersburg with The Reverend Paul L. Hicks officiating. Visitation will also be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow.

Online condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.kimesfuneralhome.com


Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Greg Garrett on the death of his mother.

Martha Helen Garrett, 86, of Parkersburg, died May 29, 2017 at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital. She was born February 8, 1931 in Portland, Indiana a daughter of the late Guy and Irene Hoskins Heniser.

She worked as an auditor for Commercial Bank; was an active member of Stephenson United Methodist Church, serving on various church and conference boards. She also served on the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Conference board and their Education Committee.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Don A. Garrett; four sons, Gregory (Sharon) Garrett of Parkersburg, Pete (Randy) Garrett of Scarborough, Maine, Mark (Della) Garrett of Knoxville, TN, Doug (Bev) Garrett of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Reverend Mona Jackson officiating.

Visitation will be 12-1 p.m, Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our classmate Dick Bonnet's 104 year old Grandmother.

Esther C. Bonnet, a longtime advocate of causes of the elderly who was a founding member of Action in Maturity and worked to improve the Barclay Elementary School library, died in her sleep Monday at Symphony Manor assisted living in Roland Park.

She was 104.

"Esther Bonnet was a quiet lady who led revolution after revolution in our neighborhoods, and they were all for the good," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark, who got to know Mrs. Bonnet when both were members of the Greater Homewood Corp., now Strong City Baltimore. "She was not loud, but her actions were loud. She was one of a kind, and we're really going to miss her and we're going to keep her legacy going."

"My kids went to Barclay School, and that's where I got to know her, one volunteer to another, and we were also members of the Greater Homewood Corp. We both had a passion for that school," said Jo Ann Robinson, who lives in the Abell community and is a former president of the neighborhood association.

"She had a very sweet way of insisting you do what she thought you should do, and before you knew it, you were doing it," she said.

"She was just remarkable, and she touched all of our lives. She had great compassion for good causes," said Marilyn P. Tabb of Guilford, a former teacher and a Barclay Elementary School volunteer.

The daughter of the Rev. Gustavus Bechtold, a Lutheran minister, and Leona Wetmore Bechtold, Esther Caroline Bechtold was born in Ocean Grove, N.J., and raised in North Philadelphia, where she graduated in 1929 from Olney High School.

She was a 1934 graduate of Tennent College, which is now part of the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, with a degree in religious education.