A Tribute to our Honored Veterans


Andrew Elzie Moats, (1953 -2018) of Bretz, The son of the late Oliver A. and Dorothy V. Moats, he was born in Crellin, MD. He is survived by one daughter and spouse, April Tennant and Jason Keller of Reedsville; one son, Andrew Jesse Moats of Bretz; two brothers, Steve Moats and wife, Rose of Bretz and Wayne Moats of FL; three sisters, Shirley, Linda and Betty Moats, all of Bretz; five grandchildren, Derrick, Chrisgin, Katelyn, Brittany and Ryan, and three great grandchildren, Brentley, Dayton and Carter; eight nephews, Roy, Allen, Clarence and wife Jane, Steve and wife Stephanie, Wayne, Weley, William and Walter; nieces, Jamie, Wendy and Jessica and one great niece, Whitney and fiance Dustin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Moats. Rev. Eric Beeman officiating. Burial will follow in the Aurora Cemetery with military honors provided Preston County Honor Guard and Andrews Air Force Base.




Joseph McGinnis (1926-2017) was born September 9, 1926 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 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.



Duane "Flat" Kelley (1925 - 2016) was born May 17, 1925, in Masontown, WV, the son of the late Darwin Kelley and Clarice Bowers.

A graduate of Terra Alta High School ('44), Duane was a 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 the love of his life Jeannie Hill, started a family and joined his father in his well drilling business before moving to the banking industry, where he worked until his retirement in 1987.

Duane is survived by his siblings, Jerry Kelley and Ronald Kelley; his children, David and Joey Kelley, Mary and Russell Straface, Nancy Kelley and Julie Kelley; his five grandchildren, who called him "Pap-Paw", Brandy Straface, Brian and Elena Kelley, Brett and Emily Kelley, Jeffrey and Kim Straface, and Beth and Andrew Wasik; and seven great-grandchildren, Isabella, Alex, Layne, Grant, Alexandra, Pierce and Saxon.


Richard "Cowboy" Ryan (1935 - 2017) was born October 28, 1935, in Boston, MA the son of the late Eben and Lillian F. Cossitt Mahar

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.


William Hull (1925 - 2018) was born August 21, 1925 at Terra Alta the son of the late Simeon E. and Ida May Haught Hull.

Clyde was a World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Era and Peacetime veteran. He served in the Army from November 6, 1943 to January 1, 1970. He was a prisoner of war in WWII European from September 19, 1944 to April 28, 1945. He was a life member of VFW Post 578.

He is survived by his wife, Glennadean Hull; one son, Dan Hull of Charleston, WV; a daughter and spouse, Sandra and Allen Sisler of Gilbert, SC; four grandchildren, Dan II, Tammy (Brian), Shasta (Brent) and Kate; 8 great grandchildren, Kevin (Kendra), Willie, Todd, Samantha, Colton, Ivy, Shelton and Ainsley and one great great granddaughter, Elizabeth.



Robert Funk (1946 - 2018) was born May 31, 1946 in Tunnelton the son of the late Lottie M. Purnell and Robert S. Funk.

He was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and a life member of VFW post 578. He was a retired coal miner of 32 years. He was a CB fanatic with a handle of "Coal Miner".

Robert is survived by his wife of 49 years, Erma White Funk; one son, Robert C. Funk II and fiancé Alicia Bailey; two daughters, Holly D. Funk and companion James Sisler and Johnna Morgan and companion, Scott Riley, all of Terra Alta; two brothers, Roger Funk of Enterprise and Jerry Purnell and wife Bobbie of Terra Alta; one sister and spouse, Toots and Dick Giuliani of Masontown; seven grandchildren: Alex, Dylan, Lily and Lucien Funk, Leila and Liam Sisler and Molly I. Flood.



Virgil "Fez" Feather (1930 -2018) was born April 10, 1930 in Terra Alta, WV the son of the late Worley and Naomi (Secrist) Feather.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Terra Alta. He was the owner and operator of the Amoco Station in Terra Alta for over 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Terra Alta Masonic Lodge #106 A.F. & A.M.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann (Jarmolowicz) Feather; three children and spouses, Michael (Karen) Feather of Trappe, MD, Cynthia (Sam) Gnegy of Red House, MD and Tracey (Walter) Ward Jr.; four grandchildren, Joni and Shanie Gnegy, Braylon Ward and Andy Feather; and a brother, Ward Feather of Burton, MI.


Alan Friend (1948 - 2018) was born October 6, 1948 in Cumberland, MD the son of the late Milford A. and Esther D. Patton Friend.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lucy Friend; two sons, Eric Friend of Kansas and Gerald Uphold of Kingwood; two daughters, Erin Friend of Indiana and Karen Stiles of Barton, MD; one sister, Linda Uphole of Lancaster, PA; 10 grandchildren: Jay Uphold II, Matthew Uphold, Noah Stiles, Ryan Savage, Nick, Ryan and Cadence Friend and Destiny, Jonathan and Lieh Friend.


Ernest Durr Sr. ( 1957 - 2018) was born January 9, 1957 in Oakland, MD The son of the late Nellie Marie Durr Ford Hussing and Norman Franklin Strawser.

He was a member of the Freeport King James Bible Church, Terra Alta. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the National Guard of 13 years. He was a carpenter most of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Debbie (Snyder) Durr; a daughter, Stacie Street of Terra Alta; a son, Ernest Durr, Jr. and wife Jesi of Blackstone, VA; two grandsons, Sean and Wyatt Street and expecting a granddaughter, Kyla Grace Durr on September 4, 2018; three brothers, Jim and Mike Ford both of Oakland, Terry Ford of Morgantown and a sister, Barbara Rose of Morgantown.


Harold "Geno" Hardesty ( 1943 - 2018) was born on May 13, 1943 in Liberty, NY  the son of late James H. and Estie Hardesty.

He was the adored husband for 47 years to Wanda Jane Hardesty, loving father of Gary "Junior" (Melisa) Grimm, Danielle (Matt) Varner, and Shawn "Dutch" (Shanna) Hardesty; cherished grandfather of Josh Grimm, Megan Grimm, Morgan Varner, Karli Hardesty, Nathaniel Hardesty, Mason Varner, Riley Hardesty, and Maverick Varner. Dear brother of Carol (Hardesty) Trout, and late Mildred (Hardesty) Lowdermilk & Charlie Hardesty. He is survived by many nieces, and nephews.

Geno was a proud Army Veteran of the, 83rd Engineer Company.



Tony Lewis (1957 - 2017) was born December 1, 1957 in Heidelberg, Germany the son of Albert H. Lewis of Kingwood and Roberta Fay Lewis of Houston, TX.

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.



Stephen Metheny (1950 - 2017) was born on November 7, 1950, as the seventh child of Nona Evelyn Bolyard and William Lloyd Metheny.

Steve graduated from Mineral County Technical Center with an Auto Mechanic Certification in 1970, and worked to the level of Master Mechanic. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the West Virginia Army National Guard 201st Field Artillery.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Carolyn Sypolt Metheny, son, Stephen Scott Metheny, of Hurricane, WV and daughter , Shannon Metheny DePue and husband Aaron, of Morgantown, WV, his cherished 7 grandchildren are as follows in order by age: Whitney Metheny, Jacob Metheny, Isabella DePue, Blayne DePue, Avalynn DePue, Matthew Metheny, and Leah Metheny.




Russell Beckman (1941 - 2018) was born April 10, 1941 in Eglon, WV, he was the son of the late Kenneth Woodrow and May Evelyn (Fike) Beckman.

Russ was a devoted member of the Brookside Church of the Brethren where he served in numerous capacities.He also served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965. Russ was a very loving and generous person to so many. He loved to spend time with his family. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, hunting, and gardening.

Russ is survived by the love of his life, Donna (Watts) Beckman, three children: Julie Gibson (Shawn) of Terra Alta, WV, Tonya Sines (Clark) of Eglon, WV, and Rhett Beckman (Amanda), four siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.


Robert Rumer (1937 - 2018) was born May 23, 1937 in Eglon the son of the late Guy Harold and Myrtle Elsie Bowman Shaffer Rumer.

Robert served in the National Guard and the Army Reserve. He also loved crafts, wood working and helping people any way he could, including working on their vehicles. He was well loved by his family, friends and everyone he met in his life. He is survived by his wife Carol Simmons Rumer, they were united in marriage on August 23, 1958 and were devoted to each other for 59 years. Also surviving; 5 children, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, three siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.





Charles Tenney (1931 - 2018) was born April 4, 1931 in Morgantown, WV the son of the late Charles and Helen Tenney.

Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in Korea. He was a retired Baltimore County Police Officer. After retirement, they moved back to Terra Alta.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Hershman Tenney; one son, Charles Tenney III; six grandchildren, Billy Barrett, Angie Barrett, Cheri Long, Shannon Booker, Christopher Tenney and Matthew Tenney; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.


Barrett "Bud" Ely (1941 - 2016) was born January 9, 1941 in Morgantown, WV and was raised in Rowlesburg, WV the son of the late Franklin and Amy Nash Ely.

Bud graduated from Rowlesburg High School in 1959. He was a talented football and baseball letterman. After graduation Bud was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry and was trained in jungle warfare. He was a faithful Mountaineer fan and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bud was a great neighbor and friend in the Lenox Community.