Douglas H. Jett
Douglas H. Jett died April 17, 2003, in his hometown of Marlinton. Doug was born in 1942, just before his father, Walter E. Jett, left to serve in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Boise during World War II. Returning to his job as Pocahontas County Agricultural Extension Agent following the war, Walt and his wife, Jerry Holden Jett, spent the rest of their lives in Marlinton.
Doug was an operating room scrub nurse in the U.S. Army for six years. He was a Marlinton High School football player and a hunting guide in the high mountains of Montana where he lived for several years. He crossed the United States as a cross-country truck driver. After returning to Marlinton in 1983 he served one term as magistrate and then invested in real estate and construction. He was a sportsman; he killed his first wild turkey at the age of ten, pictured on the front page of The Pocahontas Times, and hunted mule deer and elk in the west. He fished in both the east and the west.
Doug was a member of the Moose and Pin Oak Lodge.
Surviving him are three daughters, Candiss Jett Ferrell, Tricia Jett Smith, and Toni Jett Brintle; six grandchildren; a brother, John, and a sister, Susie. Family and friends honored Doug at a memorial service on April 19 at VanReenen Funeral Home.
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Forrest Jackson Nottingham
Forrest Jackson Nottingham, age 89, of Boyer Siding, Durbin, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins after a short illness.
Born March 3, 1914, he was one of thirteen children born to the late Austin Amos Nottingham and the late Alice Mary Stone.
He was a lifelong resident of Boyer Siding in Durbin, born and living all his life in his family homeplace. He went to school at the Siding, helped build the gravel road that goes down the river when he was 12, worked his team of horses clearing and plowing much of the open acres of what is now the Nottingham farm; he was also a horse ferrier and broke horses to working teams, using a tractor in his later years; he worked until two years ago.
Surviving him are his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Mae Wagner Nottingham, a son, Glen Clarence Nottingham, and a brother, Ellis Daniel Nottingham, all of Durbin; and one sister, Wilma Eliza LeMasters, of Piscataway, New Jersey.
He was preceded in death by a wife, Irene Zula Varner, a son, Lewis Jackson Nottingham, and eleven brothers and sisters.
Services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale by the Rev. William Vandevender. Burial was at the Nottingham Cemetery at Boyer Siding on the river road at Durbin.
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Edwin H. McCoy
Edwin H. McCoy, age 75, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, after a long illness at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
Born June 3, 1927, at Friars Hill, he was the son of the late George McCoy and Minnie McCoy.
Mr. McCoy attended the Rupert Church of God.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Myrtle A. McCoy; a daughter, Joyce A. McCoy Marsh, of Rupert; a daughter, Deborah Norris, of Australia; a brother, George McCoy, of Ronceverte; two sisters, Violet Kellison, of Hillsboro, and Gladys McMillion, of Cass; two granddaughters; a stepson, Wayne Shelton, of Louisville, Kentucky; a stepdaughter, Mary Wilson, of Jacksonville, Florida; and four stepgrandchildren.
Services were held April 11 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home by the Rev. Leroy Crane, with burial in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
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Therman B. "John" Copen
Therman B. "John" Copen, age 71, of Darlington, Maryland, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in Street, Maryland.
Mr. Copen was born in Mill Point, a son of the late Job and Nellie Wilfong Copen.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he was wounded in action. He was a lifetime member of the Darlington-Dublin Post No 10146, VFW, Street, Maryland. Mr. Copen was a former employee of Miller Fertilizer Company, Whiteford, Maryland. He moved to Harford County from West Virginia in 1967.
His wife, Reta May Copen, died September 22, 1986.
Surviving him are his companion, Marjorie E. Windon; two sons, Kevin B. Copen, of Huttonsville, Gregory B. Copen, of New Park, Pennsylvania; two stepsons, Roger D. Windon, of Rising Sun, Maryland, Rickey L. Windon, of Quinwood; two sisters, Louise Doyle, of Monterville, and Linda Slawter, of Huttonsville; three brothers, Dude Copen of Huttonsville, Jimmy Copen, of Monterville, Russell Wilfong, of Huttonsville; four grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday morning at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton, by the Rev. David Slawter.
Interment was in the Ruckman Cemetery, Mill Point.
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Betty L. Sutton
Betty Lou Sutton, age 70, of Cripple Creek, Colorado, died Friday, March 28, 2003, of a heart attack.
She was born December 24, 1932, in Durbin, the daughter of Rex B. and Sylva Ash Kincaid. She was preceded in death by a sister, Carmalee Browning, and a son, Wade.
She was married to Lake Sutton in Kent, Ohio, in 1950.
She is survived by her husband, of Cripple Creek; two daughters, Kathy DeMarro, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Cindy Sutton, of Ravenna, Ohio; three sons, Clay and Adam Sutton, of Cripple Creek, and Shane Sutton, of Bellingham, Washington; a brother, Kenneth Kincaid, of Cripple Creek; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held at Rocky Mountain Chapel near Cripple Creek on Saturday, April 5.