A Tribute to our Honored Veterans

Arthur H. Funeral Home would like to dedicate this memorial page to all Preston County Veterans whom have served our country and protected our freedom. We believe this will make a lasting memorial for years to come. We encourage everyone to submit pictures and a short biography of any of our Preston County veterans to us at arthurhwrightfuneralhome@gmail.com.

Tony Jerome Lewis, (1957-2017) of Eglon, passed away, at his home with family by his side. The son of Albert H. Lewis of Kingwood and Roberta Fay Lewis of Houston, TX, he was born in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Lyndia Sue Baker Lewis; two sons and spouses, Roger and Elida Paugh of Orlando, FL and Tucker and Jessica Paugh of Aurora; one daughter and spouse, Brittney and Corey Heinemann of Hudson, PA; one brother, Todd Lewis of Houston, TX; two sisters, Carla Vetter and husband Jeff, of Seguin, TX and Cara Lewis of Houston, TX; a half-brother and sisters: Joe Guthrie, Rhonda Glover, Penny Luckel, Connie Fultz and Jeannie McCracken; two grandchildren, Avery and Broghen Heinemann and numerous nieces and nephews. Tony was a member of Brookside Brethren Church, Eglon. He was a retired U.S. Army National Guard Veteran with over 26 years, where he served tours in Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. He worked for Mettiki Coal Company for 15 years and American Long Wall for three and while there was a Mine Forman and Fireboss. He had 18 years with the phone company starting with Bell Atlantic to Verizon and then Frontier. He had his Master Electrician's license in WV, MD and VA and was the owner of T&T Electric. He was a local Generac dealer. He also owned T&L Excavating and Maple Hurst Farm. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, 129, Preston County Shrine Club, Ali Ghan Shrine, Cumberland, MD, Osiris Shrine Club, Grafton, Scottish Rite of Preston County, Free Masons, 90, Preston County Farm Bureau, VFW Post 578, American Legion Post 71, Elks Lodge 2481, Free Masonry of Wheeling, Rowlesburg Lodge 165, the Aurora VFD and Ambulance EMT. He was elected to the House of Delegate's representing the 53rd District. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Edna (Blamble) Lewis and Robert and Sue Simonson. Cremation services will be provided and burial will be at a later date in the WV National Cemetery, Pruntytown, WV.

Joseph Russell McGinnis Sr., (1926-2017) of Centreville, VA, formerly of Front Royal, VA passed away at the residence of his daughter in the presence of his loving family. He was born a son of the late Joseph Leo McGinnis and Edna Garrett McGinnis. Joseph served in the United States Navy. He worked at the Arlington National Cemetery under the Department of the Army and retired in 1988. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather. He is survived by his ten children, Carol Sue McGinnis of Winchester, VA, Nancy Lee McGinnis of Strasburg, VA, Gloria Jean Yates of Ohio, Sandra Darlene Hamm of Lurray, VA, Andrea Cheryl Reveria of Alexandria, VA, Jacqueline Lucille Kekeris of Centreville, VA, Mickie Suzanne Frizzell of Manassas, VA, Jeffery Leo McGinnis of Fairfax, VA, Gregory James McGinnis of Corinth, TX, and Loretta Wyatt of Marshall, VA; 26 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; a great great grandson; and two nephews, Gary McGinnis of Mt. Lake Park, MD and Thomas McGinnis of Gormania. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jo Wallace; a son, Joseph R. McGinnis Jr., and a niece, Angela McGinnis of Brookside. Interment will follow in the Crellin Cemetery in Crellin, MD. Military honors will be accorded by the United States Navy, and the combined Honor Guard from the American Legion Post #71 and the Deer Park VFW Post #10077.

Richard W. "Cowboy" Ryan (1935 - 2017) Terra Alta,  Salt Lick Community. The son of the late Eben and Lillian F. Cossitt Mahar, he was born October 28, 1935, in Boston, MA. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Battle Grove Democratic Club, American Legion, Eagles, Duck Fluffers of American, Steel Workers Union and the NRA. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as an electricians mate. He was employed with Bethlehem Steel, a Pin Setter in the bowling Alley, a commercial fisherman and a maintenance man at the Federal Building in Morgantown. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ryan; seven children, Terry Grimm of Baltimore, Tara Boyce of Crellin, Tana Cessna of Oakland, Taba Hinebaugh of Terra Alta, Richie Ryan of Baltimore, Tricia Ryan of Baltimore and Shawn Bittinger of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren: Ashley, Braiden, Dalenna, Emily, Gabrielle, Jenny, JR Quintin), Liam, Lilli, Rusty, Ryan, Trista, Tyler B., Tyler H. and Zachary; 8 great grandchildren: Abby, Austin, Braxton, Colton, Harper, Hayden, Ryder and Trinity. Richard was laid to rest at Ashby Cemetery, Crellin, MD. with military graveside services accorded by Vietnam Veteran's of America, Chapter 977, Preston County, WV and WVANG Military Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson.

Barrett Dafoe "Bud" Ely (1941-2016) The son of the late Franklin and Amy Nash Ely, He was born in Morgantown, WV and was raised in Rowlesburg, WV. Bud graduated from Rowlesburg High School in 1959. After graduation Bud was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry and was trained in jungle warfare. He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and a special nephew, Charles "Butch" Ely. He was laid to rest in the Redrock Cemetery, Rowlesburg, WV. Military honors by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 977. Preston County VFW post, and WVANG Military Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson.

Duane Elvon "Flat" Kelley (1925-2016) of Terra Alta, passed away in Grantsville, MD. A graduate of Terra Alta High School 1944. Duane was World War II Veteran having served in the United States Navy as Boatswain's Mate Second Class, Petty Officer Second Class aboard the USS Manatee from 1944-46 in the Pacific Theater. After returning home, he married Jeannie Hill. He joined his father in his well drilling business before moving to the banking industry, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. Duane is survive by his children, siblings, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was laid to rest at the Terra Alta Cemetery with Navy Honors.