Viola Eloise Shultz 249

Viola Eloise Shultz, of Cheat Neck Community, passed into the presence of the Lord, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital on April 14, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family and peacefully went into the arms of Jesus.

Viola was born May 22, 1926, the eighth child of parents Alonzo and Tressi Walker, in Grapeville, Pa.

She lived in the Grapeville/Jeannette area while in elementary school. Her family relocated to Morgantown as Viola was beginning the sixth grade. She graduated from University High School and attended Morgantown Business College.

She married her high school sweetheart, Lester W. Shultz, and thereafter they made their home in the Cheat Neck area of the Cheat Lake Community. Viola was blessed to occupy her beloved home up until her hospitalization three days before her passing.

In addition to her parents, she preceded in death by her seven siblings; her first husband, Lester W. Shultz; as well as her second husband, Gerald Kelly.

She is survived by her daughter, Dianna Lee Willard and her spouse, James M. Willard; and her son, Lester “Butch” Shultz and his spouse, Cynthia L. Shultz. Surviving grandchildren include Tamara Willard Snider and husband, Tim Snider, Jennifer D. Shultz and her partner, James Taylor, Hillary L. Shultz and fiancé, Mathew Thomas, and Heidi Shultz LeMasters and husband, Andrew LeMasters and Devinne N. Sparks. Great-grandchildren include Jacob Snider, Jordyn Snider and Ava Grace LeMasters, due to enter this world in August 2018.

Over the years, Viola was employed at Morgantown Shirt Factory, Zellers Glass Co., Morgantown Florist, the WV Division of Highways and later assisted many area florists. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making clothing for her family.

Viola was a member of the earlier Zion United Methodist Church and then continued with the Cheat Lake United Methodist Church. She was the eldest member of the Cheat Lake United Methodist Women’s Society and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Viola loved to garden and blessed many friends and neighbors with her harvests. She volunteered for many years delivering Meals on Wheels. She loved working outside with her flower garden and enjoyed operating her own riding lawn mower while wearing her sun bonnet well into her late 80s. When unable to continue with the vegetable garden, she sat in the shade and supervised the planting and harvest.

Viola should be remembered for her exceptionally kind heart and greeting all with a smile and the “I love you” goodbye. She will be greatly missed but the family and loved ones are comforted knowing that she has now a new body and is joyfully dancing and blessing others in heaven with her smile and “I love you’s.”

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, until the 11 a.m. funeral service with Pastor H. Wayne Swisher and the Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 3375 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505.


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Cynthia Ellen (Kennison) Everly 38

Cynthia Ellen (Kennison) Everly, 59, of Cheat Lake, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.

She was born in Uniontown, Pa,. on Jan. 2, 1959, to the late Robert Kennison and Joanne (Colebank) Kennison.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her granddaughter, Mackenzie Everly.

Surviving are her children, Carrie Kennison, of Florida, David Everly, of Cheat Lake, Joseph Everly and wife, Ashleigh, of Fairmont, Paul Everly and wife, Amanza, of Bruceton Mills, Mark Everly and wife, Sonya, of Grafton, and Melissa Everly, of Morgantown; her grandchildren, Faith, Sean and Koda, of Cheat Lake, Jax and Willow, of Fairmont, and Mariah, Matthew and Mason, of Grafton; brothers, Robert and Rita Kennison and Richard Kennison, all of Smithfield, Pa., Donald and Linda Kennison, of Cheat Lake, and David and Pegg Kennison, of Kingwood; sisters, Luanne and Howie Myers, Susan and Brian Riggin and Rita and Terry Reese, all of Smithfield, Debbie and Whitney Forquer, of Morgantown, and Lori and Paul Myers, of Salem, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Cindy was formerly employed by Lakeview Resorts, Prime Thyme and BFS.

The family will greet friends and family at Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 W. Church St., Fairchance, Pa., from 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, until the 1 p.m. celebration of her life with Pastor Andrew Burd-Harris officiating.

Marianne Darnell 44

Marianne Darnell, 74, of Morgantown, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at her home, in Cheat Lake, following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born Nov. 10, 1943, in Northern Germany to the late Waldermar and Ursula Winkler.

Marianne had two younger brothers, Jurgen who preceded her in death, and Joachim, who resides in Dinslaken, Germany.

She attended nursing school in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she met Barry Darnell, her husband of 51 years. She absolutely loved going to opera concerts, sewing clothes for her family and friends and spending hundreds of hours doing needle point. She was also an avid reader of many books.

Marianne was the proud mother of two wonderful children, Barry Darnell Jr. and Michelle Dunn, both of whom have been in the Lord’s work for many years. She also had the privilege of being a grandmother to Noah Darnell who is preparing for ministry as a junior at Cedarville University, Ohio, and Leah Darnell who will be attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington this fall in preparation to serve in the field of special education.

Marianne, herself, was in church ministry for 45 years with her husband. They served in West Virginia, in North Carolina, as missionaries in Germany and at Grace Baptist Church in Bruceton Mills. She was always willing to do all she could to help in these ministries. More often than not, she was willing to seek out gainful employment in order to supplement their income while starting churches. Her last eight years were very challenging, but according to God’s word, she is now with the Lord.

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. — 2 Corinthians 5:8

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Marianne’s care provider, Patrice Bullister as well as the Amedisys Hospice workers as they have all labored diligently to make the last 18 months of Marianne’s earthly life as comfortable as possible. Their ministry to her has been exceptional.

Friends and family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, from 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, until the 6 p.m. funeral service with Pastor Barry Darnell Jr. officiating. A private burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery, in Pisgah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marianne’s memory to Amedisys Hospice, 3596 Collins Ferry Road, Suite 250, Morgantown, WV 26505.


Melvin “Gene” Cogar 32

Melvin “Gene” Cogar, 86, of Arthurdale, entered into eternal rest on Monday April 16, 2018, from the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, in Clarksburg, surrounded by loving family and friends.

He was born July 8, 1931, in Sutton, the eldest son of the late Buster and Vera (Simmons) Cogar.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Korea. He worked 46 years as a crane operator with the IUOE Local 132, in Clarksburg. He belonged to the Preston Lodge 90 AF&AM, Monongalia Lodge 10 IOOF and Masontown VFW Post 1589. He was a member of the Reedsville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two sons, Paul Eugene Cogar (Linda), of Sutton, and Seth Ashley Cogar (Vickie), of Arthurdale; a daughter, Anita Elizabeth Hornor (John), of Clarksburg; three brothers, Porter, Danny and Joe; three sisters, Betty, Sandra and Mary; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eillen in 1986; second wife, Mary in 2011; daughter, Melva Sankbeil; and four brothers, John Dale, Jim, Kenneth “Tink” and Gary.

Services will be held at the Arthurdale Cemetary at 11 a.m. on May 19, for a Masonic graveside service. A celebration of life luncheon will follow at the Reedsville UMC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Reedsville UMC, Box 403, Reedsville, WV, 26547.

Morgan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cogar family.