Our hearts and prayers go out to the following families.

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

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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.