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Horace Burton "Burt" Simcox 1934 - 2023Horace Burton "Burt" Simcox, 88, of Fairmont passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at his home. He was born in Glendale, CA on June 18, 1934, a son of the late Horace Burton Simcox and Peyton Croom Simcox. Burt is survived by his longtime life partner, Carol Ettenger; sons, Burt Simcox and Brad Simcox and his...Obituary
Joann Hall 1932 - 2023Joann Hall, 90, of Fairmont passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at Fairmont Medical Center. She was born on November 8, 1932, a daughter of the late Harold Luzadder and Margaret Phillips Luzadder. Joann is survived by her son, Douglas Hall; grandchildren, Lori Rose, Bethanie Loss, Jenna Hall, and Maggie...Obituary
Archie Cain, Jr. 1923 - 2023Archie "Boney" Leonard Cain, Jr. of Fairmont, WV, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, in Morgantown, WV at the age of 99. Archie was born in Fairmont, WV, on April 15, 1923, a son of the late Archie Cain, Sr. and Susan Cain. He was a graduate of East Fairmont High School, class of 1941. He was a...Obituary
Raymond Joy 1936 - 2023Raymond Anthony Joy, 86, of Monongah passed away Sunday February 5, 2023 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born on September 2, 1936 in Monongah son of the late Joseph and Mary Falcone Joy. Raymond retired from Consol Robinson Run Mine. He was a veteran and served in the Unites States Army. He...Obituary
John Shroyer 1947 - 2023John William Shroyer, 75, of Whitehall went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 10, 1947, in Fairmont; a son of the late Lewis W, Shroyer, Jr. and Mildred (Daughtery) Shroyer of Fairmont. John was a 1965 graduate of East Fairmont...Obituary
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Loretta Jean Woofter 1932 - 2023Loretta Jean Woofter, 90, of Ripley, WV, a passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2023 while being well-cared for at the Ravenswood Village Nursing Home. She was born September 19, 1932, daughter of the late Cecil B. and Roxie Merrill Rutherford. Loretta was a very active member at the West Ripley Baptist Church and...Obituary
Jane Rush 1936 - 2023Jane Rush, formerly of Fairview, died peacefully Monday, February 6, 2023, at St. Barbara's Memorial Nursing Home in Monongah, where she had resided for the past four years. Mary Jane Rush was born January 21, 1936, at Fairview, the daughter of Lawrence E. and Juanita (Ice) Rush. Jane was a 1953 graduate of Fairview...Obituary
Barbara Antulov 1946 - 2023Barbara Jean Antulov, 76, of Benton's Ferry/Fairmont died Sunday afternoon February 5, 2023, at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, WV after battling cancer for nearly 20 years. She was born in Fairmont on October 9, 1946, daughter of the late Harvey and Pauline Staggers. She was the eldest of three daughters and was...Obituary
James Spragg 1937 - 2023JAMES D. SPRAGG James D. "Jim" Spragg, 85, of Hundred, WV died Friday, February 3, 2023 in WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, WV. Jim was born May 29, 1937, a son of the late Denzil C. Spragg and Tersie O. Sapp Spragg Bucher. He was retired from the Carnegie Natural Gas Company. He had also...Obituary
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Deborah Sabo 1957 - 2023Deborah Sue Casey Sabo, 65 of Fairmont passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born May 11, 1957 in Kincaid, WV daughter of the late Walter Lee and Camilla Hazel Hiser Casey. Deborah graduated from Collins High School in Oak Hill, WV. Deborah was retired and enjoyed playing...Obituary
Clinton Carpenter 1964 - 2023Clinton "Sam" Bradley Carpenter, 58, of Fairmont, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the Fairmont Medical Center. He was born August 30, 1964 in Fairmont, WV a son of the late Denzel L. and Eleanor M. Rowan Carpenter. Sam was a huge Elvis fan. He knew the lyrics to every Elvis song and had seen every...Obituary
Dora Urso 1928 - 2023Dora Stotler Urso, 94, of Fairmont, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the United Hospital Center, in Bridgeport, WV. She was born December 8, 1928 in Baxter, WV a daughter of the late Berling L. and Garnett Dillon Hurt. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harvey W. Stotler and Frank J....Obituary
David VanGilder 1934 - 2023David Lee VanGilder was called to the Lord on the morning of February 1, 2023 at the age of 88. Ethelyn, his loving and devoted wife of over 65 years, was by his side as he made his journey. David was born on May 22, 1934 as middle child to William "Mac" and Doris (Weaver) VanGilder. He and his siblings, William...Obituary
Kersten Kisner 2000 - 2023Kersten Z. Kisner, age 22, of New Freeport, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 28, 2023 in Washington Hospital. Born December 21, 2000, in Morgantown, WV, the daughter of William H. and Kristal (Mercer) Stalnaker, of New Freeport. Kersten was a Greene County resident since 2013 when she moved from Marion...Obituary
Margaret Phillips 1937 - 2023Margaret Elizabeth (Robison) Phillips passed peacefully from this life at 11:00 a.m. on January 30, 2023 after a brief decline. She was born to Charles Lee Robison and Oleta (Snoderly) Robison near Barrackville, WV on April 2, 1937. She was a descendant of Frederick Ice on her father's side, and of Pierre Dragaud,...Obituary
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Gladys Cowger 1921 - 2023Gladys Lenora Cowger Gladys Lenora Cowger, 101, of Fairmont went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 30, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania on March 01, 1921, a daughter of the late Welty King and Gladys Edna Satterfield Hamilton. She has worked as the...Obituary
Lynda Aldridge 1945 - 2023Lynda Anne Aldridge, 77, of Fairmont, formerly of New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 27, 2023, with her son at her side. The wife of the late James R. Aldridge. She was born on August 11, 1945, in Greensburg, PA a daughter of the late Carl Sr and Imogene Panetti. She was a...Obituary
Margaret Anderson Smith 1952 - 2023Margaret Ann "Maggie" Anderson-Smith, 70, of Fairmont, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, January 26, 2023, in St. Barbara's Nursing Home. She was born in Clarksburg on November 20, 1952, a daughter of Evelyn (Fortney) Anderson, who survives in Bridgeport, and the late Francis W. (Bill) Anderson. In addition...Obituary
Suzanne Fluharty 1947 - 2023Suzanne Lee Fluharty, 75, of Farmington, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at her residence. She was born September 26, 1947, in Clatsop County, Oregon, a daughter of the late Harold "Popeye" and Billie Bernice Kirby Freeman. Suzanne was a graduate of the Class of 1965 Farmington High School. She operated...Obituary
Dora Kilmer 1924 - 2023Dora (Taylor) Kilmer, 98, of Surfside Beach, and formerly of Fairmont, West Virginia, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023. She was born, June 12, 1924, in Plymouth, England, to Thomas and Ada Taylor, the middle of three children. As World War II broke out in Europe, she bravely...Obituary
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James Littleton 1954 - 2023James Michael Littleton, 68 years-old, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 with his wife of 44 years beside him. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on August 27, 1954, son of the late James Lawson Littleton and Sammie Nell Thornton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a...Obituary
James Preston 1948 - 2023James Richard "Rick" Preston, age 74, passed suddenly at his home in Prichard, WV on January 23, 2023. Rick was born on April 13, 1948 in Kenova, WV. In his youth, he was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont, WV. He spent his working years as a meat department manager at grocery stores in...Obituary
Margaret Biafore 1936 - 2023Margaret Jane Biafore, 86, of Fairmont, passed away peacefully on January 25th, 2023. Margaret was born in Monongah on May 30th, 1936 to the late John and Amanda Dee Costello. She is preceded in death by six siblings: brothers Harold, John and Jim Costello and sisters Mary Grace Halbert, Maxine Moore, and Eloise...Obituary
Walter Daniel 1945 - 2023Walter Samuel Daniel, 77, of Bridgeport formerly of Fairmont passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Rosewood Center in Grafton. He was born McAlpin, West Virginia on September 09, 1945 a son of the late Ray and Susie Terry Daniel. Walter proudly served his county in United States Army during Vietnam War. He...Obituary

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How do I find an old obituary in WV? ›

If you don't know details as specific as what newspaper the obituary was published in, then you may want to head the the local public library for the region. Libraries often serve as records keepers for the community, and they may have archives of newspapers as well as other historical details.

How do I find old obituaries in Virginia? ›

The State of Virginia government website,, hosts a comprehensive listing of obituaries that spans from the late 18th century to the early 20th century and covers most of the Richmond area.

How do I find local death notices? ›

Look at newspaper sites such as Genealogy Bank and Newspaper Archive. Google also has news archives. If you're researching in Australia, try Trove. And don't forget smaller newspaper sites, such as Halton News or New York State Historic Newspapers.

How do you do find a death notice in the US? ›

Nowadays, many obituaries can be found online, published digitally on the websites of newspapers and funeral homes, as well as on remembrance sites like Legacy. The local library remains a good place to look for older obituaries, with library newspaper archives often dating back a century or more.

Are West Virginia death records public? ›

Interested and eligible members of the public can conduct a West Virginia death certificate search online, by mail, and in person at the State Vital Registration Office.

Why can't I find my friends obituary? ›

Some newspapers do not have online archives

The obituary of your loved one may exist, but it may not be available online. You may need to visit the library near the location where the death occurred to see if newspaper archives are available.

How do I find out when someone passed? ›

Local newspapers, obituary pages, and social media can help you determine whether someone recently died. States and the U.S. government have online death records (sometimes called death indexes) for deaths within the past 50 years or so. To find out if you're in someone's will, you may want to visit a probate court.

Is an obituary required in Virginia? ›

There are no legal requirements tied to obituaries. They're a way to tell the story of a deceased family member, and they only carry sentimental value. Obituaries are not a legal or financial obligation under any circumstances.

Is there an app for local obituaries? ›

MyObits offers obituary creation and sharing, as well as announcements for funerals or memorials and lets you order flowers to send your condolences from the app. Write an obituary that says everything you need about your loved one's life without breaking the bank. MyObits is here to help.

What is the difference between a death announcement and an obituary? ›

Death notice: a paid announcement in a newspaper that gives the name of the person who died and details of the funeral or memorial service, as well as where donations can be made. Obituary: an article written by the newspaper's staff offering a detailed biography of the person who died.

How to find obituaries from 1990s? ›

To search thoroughly for obituaries from past newspaper editions, the best approach is to use a variety of tools including Ancestry's Obituary Collection, Ancestry's Historical Newspapers collection, and offline research through local libraries and newspaper offices.

Are death announcements different from obituaries? ›

The key difference between an obituary and a death notice is the length. Death notices are very brief. Within just a few sentences, a death notice describes the need-to-know facts surrounding an individual's passing. An obituary is longer in length, and provides a more detailed announcement.

How can I read an obituary online for free? › offers a free obituary search with as little as just the last name. The website provides information from the Social Security Administration (birthdate, death date, and city of residence upon death) and then links to other sites for copies of newspaper obituaries.

Are causes of death public record? ›

Public information

For example, the cause of a person's death will be recorded on a death certificate, which is a public document.

How do I look up public records in WV? ›


How do I look up someone's record in West Virginia? ›

Interested persons can look for West Virginia criminal records at their local county sheriff's offices or by visiting courthouses for on-demand court records. Other options for obtaining criminal records include the West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Is an autopsy Public Record WV? ›

Decedent records are classified as confidential medical records and disclosure is restricted. All requests for autopsy reports, toxicology reports and cremation permits must go through OCME's administrator. Contact the administrator at (304) 558-6920.

Do you include estranged family members in an obituary? ›

Make sure to include the whole life in the obituary, including: Multiple spouses. Estranged siblings (there's no need to mention they're estranged)

Is it possible to see someone who has passed away? ›

It's normal to see, hear or sense someone who has died. While this might be scary and unsettling, it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you.

Can someone lie in an obituary? ›

Because obituaries are personal accounts, much of the content is based on the opinion and experience of the writer. If there is evidence of a lie (for example, if the deceased person was convicted of crimes that directly contradict the story), you may report it to the newspaper.

Who passed away recently? ›

In Memoriam: Notable people who died in 2022
  • Pope Benedict XVI, 95. Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in Germany in 1927. ...
  • Barbara Walters, 93. ...
  • Pele, 82. ...
  • Vivienne Westwood, 81. ...
  • Franco Harris, 72. ...
  • Stephen "tWitch" Boss, 40. ...
  • Kirstie Alley, 71. ...
  • Bob McGrath, 90.

Do you have to buy a casket if you are cremated? ›

While some families may still choose a casket as the cremation container, you absolutely do not have to. If you do not wish to purchase a casket, the crematory will offer you an alternative container.

Can you be buried without a casket in Virginia? ›

No law requires a casket for burial. However, you should check with the cemetery; it may have rules requiring a certain type of container. Cremation. No law requires a casket for cremation.

Who inherits if no will in Virginia? ›

WHO INHERITS THE PROPERTY OF AN INTESTATE? someone other than the surviving spouse in which case, one-third goes to the surviving spouse and the remaining two-thirds is divided among all children.  if no surviving spouse, all passes to the children and their descendants.

Is the obituary app free? ›

The Obituary App - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.

What is the best obituary website? ›

Legacy. Legacy is the largest, and perhaps oldest, host of online obituaries. The website has obituaries and memorials for over 70% of all U.S. deaths. It prominently features obituaries of famous Americans, and it partners with local newspapers to upload obituaries from across the country.

What should you not say in an obituary? ›

Don't put too much personal information in an obituary. Leave out details that could be used for identity theft, such as the deceased's date and place of birth, middle name, maiden name and mother's maiden name. Don't include the deceased's home address.

Do you list survivors or predeceased first in an obituary? ›

Another common section of the obituary is the predeceased family members' names. These names are typically listed before or after the list of surviving family members.

What is the order of family in an obituary? ›

When you list the survivors, make sure that you list them in order of closest relation to the deceased: spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, parents, and siblings. When you are listing a relative, make sure to include their first name, their spouse's first name in brackets and then their last name.

What is it called when you read the obituary at a funeral? ›

Do you read an obituary, eulogy, or both at a funeral? You read a eulogy at the funeral. A eulogy and obituary might contain some similar information, but you only read the eulogy.

How far back does rip ie go? ›

How far back do your records go? Our records go back to July 2006. All notices placed on are archived on the site and can be found by searching: surname, county, town or date range.

What is the history of obituaries? ›

Origin of the Obituary

The earliest form of obituaries — like so many things — can be traced back to early Rome. The Acta Diurna, or “Daily Acts” was a daily papyrus newsletter distributed to the public. The newsletter included all sorts of happenings of the day, including prominent death announcements.

How do newspapers find out about deaths? ›

Journalists might also get information from news stories which the person has been involved in previously. The police or other emergency services might also give newspapers information.

Do all deaths get published? ›

Many states do not have a legal requirement to have an obituary printed in a local newspaper. If someone decides that he or she doesn't want a printed obituary, or if the deceased person's survivors decide not to have one, there is no state law that compels them to do so.

Why is there no death in an obituary? ›

Cause of death harms the memory of the deceased person

Death can happen any time, in any way. Sometimes the manner of death didn't match the life or character of the person, and is out of place in an obituary. When a violent crime or avoidable accident led to the death, it might be more appropriate to leave it out.

Why would a family not post an obituary? ›

It's very expensive to put an obituary in newspapers. It could also mean the family chooses to keep it private. Sometimes families only want their closest friends to know about it. They don't want alot of people who don't know them that well, to feel obligated to attend a wake or funeral.

How can you find the date of someone's death? ›

The best way to find a death certificate is to contact the vital records office where the person died. If it was in the US, contact the office in the county where they died. In other countries, you may need to contact the national government for a copy of the death certificate.

Does date of death mean anything? ›

Date of death means the date that a person is pro- nounced dead by a physician, coroner, deputy coroner, medical examiner, deputy medical examiner, or hospice nurse.

How do I find deceased loved ones online? ›

Different Ways to Access a Deceased Loved One's Gmail Account
  1. Submit a request form through Google. ...
  2. Wait to see if the data shows up after months of account inactivity. ...
  3. Access the account using your loved one's password manager. ...
  4. Look for your loved one's password manager in obvious places.
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How much does it cost to put an obituary in the local newspaper? ›

An average obituary can easily be $200.00-500.00. Costs vary by publication. Newspapers charge by the line and can average $450 for a complete obituary. The average obituary cost begins at $200.00 and increases due to the amount of content, including a photograph and the length of the obituary.

What does it mean when a name is in parentheses in an obituary? ›

If the spouse or partner's surname is different, include their surname in the parenthesis along with their first name (ex: Tom (Sarah Williams) Johnson).

What do you not say at a funeral? ›

The worst things to say at a funeral

Don't tell friends or family members who are grieving that their loved one has gone to a better place. Never call the death a blessing or speculate that it was that person's time. Avoid saying anything that suggests that the loss of the loved one is a positive thing.

What is the best obituary ever written? ›

The obituary of 82-year-old Connecticuter Joe Heller, penned by his daughter Monique Heller, was praised as the “best obituary ever” by The New York Times, which also profiled Heller's “wacky” funeral, a casual affair that saw his coffin carried off in a vintage Mack fire truck.


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