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Category: Non-LODD Deaths


Wednesday, October 23, 2013 With deep sorrow, WSVFD Deputy Don E. Mccourt reports to you, The Fire Chief of Webster Springs Vol. Fire Depart. Dave Berry has passed away.Dave was a fire fighter for 66 years and our Fire chief 62 years. he will be sorely missed at Station 1. From all your Firefighters and Station 1 R.I.P. Chief. We will take it from here. Job well done.

Chief WSVFD Dave Berry:

The viewing will be Saturday  from 6:00 till 9:00@ Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs.

Services will be Sunday  @ 1:00 at Station 1 WSVFD

in lieu of flowers the family request that you make a donation to WSVFD.

All are welcome to celebrate the life of our Chief and mentor for the past 62 years.

Any one wishing to speak about Dave may do so at the services.

Any Department bringing apparatus will line up on McGraw Ave. by fire station.

If anyone should have any questions or concern may contact Deputy Chief Don E. Mccourt @ 304-644-9605

Aux. will provide refreshments @ st 1 Saturday if ya want to go over and look around and reminisce about Dave

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Mark Doty of WVU Fire Service Extension was killed in an ATV rollover accident this morning. Mark was one of the best friends the fire service in West Virginia could have. His leadership at the WVU Extension Service has brought their fire service training to the forefront within the United States fire service training community.

I have worked with Mark on several projects. He was a professional that held himself and his department to a higher standard. A true believer in the fire service community of West Virginia, Mark gave his heart and soul in his commitment to train fellow fire fighters, all over the State of West Virginia and the Nation.

It is with deep regret that I sit here and write this good-bye to Mark. He has left us entirely too soon. The future of the fire service in West Virginia was so much brighter with Mark’s light helping to guide us along the way. Mark, my friend, you will truly be missed.


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Bob Law Funeral Arrangements

Active member since 2002

Firefighters funeral
Funeral is September 3, 2013 11:00 AM
Lambert Tatman Funeral Home South Side
2333 Pike Street Parkersburg, WV 26101
Parking across street at Bonanza

Visitation: Monday September 2, 2013
2-4 pm / 6-8 pm
Lambert Tatman South Side

Funeral Procession setup 10 am. Across street from Lambert Tatman South

Further information to come as available
Point Contacts
Chief Jay Parsons Mineral Wells Fire Department
Chief Mark Stewart Lubeck Fire Department

Dinner after funeral at Lubeck Fire Department
1340 Harris Highway
Parkersburg, WV 26101
All personnel welcome to attend the dinner after.
Thank you for you thoughts and Prayers.

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The Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County, lost their Fire Chief, Sunday, due to an ATV accident that occurred on Saturday. Fire Chief, Shane Jividen was in Webster County, to support firefighters there and participate in a charity fund raising event. The ATV he was in, overturned, trapping him, with serious head injuries. He was flown to CAMC General Hospital in Charleston, where he died Sunday evening. Shane was a graduate of Buffalo High School, joined the Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department when he was 16 years old, and held several positions before becoming Fire Chief. He was a member of the Brothers In Blue Motorcycle Club, the Putnam County Fireman’s Association, and the West Virginia State Fireman’s Association. He had recently been appointed to the Putnam County Fire Board, attending his first official monthly meeting in August. He was also an organ donor.

Friends may call Thursday Evening, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, at the West Virginia National Guard Building, in Eleanor. A full Firefighter’s Funeral will be held Friday, September 7, at 11:00 AM at the same location. Any group or department, who would like to participate in the visitation or the procession to the cemetery, will be welcome.

For information, you may call 304-546-0177, 304-937-2731, or 304-546 0187.

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The members of the State Fire Marshal’s Office regrets to announce that retired Assistant State Fire Marshal Roger York passed away on October 19, 2012 after a short illness.  Roger worked for the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the citizens of the State of West Virginia for 18 years.

Visitation will be at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Craigsville on October 21, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.

Funeral will be at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Craigsville on October 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.



Anthony W. Carrico

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal

West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office


(304) 558-2191

(304) 558-2537 (FAX)

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Ronnie Dean Massey, 63, of the Sharlow section of Comfort passed away on March 29, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington due to numerous health issues.

He was the son of the late James Ted Massey and Nina Louise Dickens Massey.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his father; his grandparents, Maylon and Orphie Cantley Massey of Seth, and Lacy and Nancy Price Dickens of Naoma; his father-in-law, Ralph Hensley of Madison, Ohio; and a son, Michael Bayless, who just passed away March 25, 2012, of Geneva, Ohio; and a nephew, Joey Anderson of Naples, Fla.

He graduated from Sherman High School in 1966 and Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston, and the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies/Marshall University Graduate School. He attended the Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he was elected the Chief Justice of Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.

He began his teaching career at Pratt Junior High School in Kanawha County, and then became a teacher and coach at Nellis, Van and Wharton, and principal at Wharton Jr. High School in Boone County. He also taught for Southern West Virginia Community College.

He worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the West Virginia Department of Transportation for 31 years as a highway planner and analysis manager. He was a lecturer on database development and pavement management systems at international, national and regional conferences.

Ronnie was a lifetime member of the Racine Volunteer Fire Department with 39 years of service, serving as assistant chief and captain, public information officer, safety officer, secretary and emergency medical technician and treasurer. He was secretary of the Boone County Firefighters Mutual Aid Association and a member of the constitution and by-laws committee of the West Virginia Fireman’s Association. He completed the professional development series at the Emergency Management Institute of FEMA.

He was a member of the International Freelance Photographers Organization, as well as alumni organizations of the University of Charleston and Marshall University. He was an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He attended Toney’s Branch Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Brenda Hensley Massey of Comfort; son, Mark (Gina) Bayless of Geneva, Ohio; mother, Nina Massey; brother, Danny Massey of Seth; sister, Judy Wolfe of Naples, Fla.; precious grandsons, Drew and Ricky Bayless of Geneva, Ohio; his “princess,” granddaughter, Emily Bayless of Geneva, Ohio; nieces, Lisa (Mike) Anderson of Naples, Fla., Nancy Wolfe of Naples, Fla., Jennifer Miller of Hurricane, and Samantha (Grant) Walker of Ashtabula, Ohio; and great-nieces, Natilie Miller of Hurricane, Clara and Lily Walker of Ashtabula, Ohio; nephews, Bradley Eckert of Alexandria, Va.; mother-n-law, Bonnie Hensley of Madison, Ohio; sister-in-law, JoAnn (Allen) Eckert of Madison, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Timmy (Sharon) Hensley of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Alan (Luci) Hensley of Jefferson, Ohio; special cousins, Tom, Amy, Courtney, and Jacob Hensley of Seth; special neighbor and friend, Danny Keeney of Comfort; numerous cousins, grandnieces, and grandnephews; former students and classmates, fellow firefighters, and many dear friends and neighbors.

Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Racine Volunteer Fire Department with Pastors Robert Perdue and Roger Halstead and Chaplain Larry Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Friends may call between 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Racine Volunteer Fire Station in Racine, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the fire department.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Racine Fire Department of Racine.

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BEATY, John N. II, New Martinsville, WV, formerly of Paden City, WV, passed away at W.V. Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV on February 16, 2012.

He was born in Fairmont, WV on October 28, 1931. son of the late John and Sarah Nichols Beaty. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School, St. Mary’s, WV, Class of 1950. He retired from Cytec Industries, Willow Island, WV, after 42 years of service.

He was a former Member of Paden City Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church. Upon moving to New Martinsville, became a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Paden City Council member serving several terms and served as Paden City Special Policeman for 16 years. He was one of the original member of the Paden City Emergency Ambulance Squad. He was a lifetime member of the Paden City Volunteer Fire Company with over 40 years of active service. He was a social member of the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association where he served as their President for two terms and Executive Secretary for 27 years. He served over 27 years as West Virginia Director for the National Volunteer Fire Council, attending meetings in 38 states and Washington, D.C. He attended Federation of the World Volunteer Firefighters’ Association meetings in Seattle, Washington and at the United Nations in New York City. He was a member of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen Association. He received several Distinguished Awards for his Fire Service Activities. He was a former WV State Fire Commissioner. He was a member of the VFW Post 6327 in Sistersville, American Legion Post 86 in Paden City and Moose Lodge 931 in New Martinsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, John Newton III and Richard Boyd. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Erlewine Beaty, who he married in 1960, sons Patrick (Lisa), Concord, NC, Paul (Lisa), St. Marys, WV, daughter-in law Cathy Beaty of Concord, NC, daughter-in- law LouAnn Beaty (Dave) Anderson, New Martinsville, WV, and brother Harry (Polly) of Grafton, WV, and grandchildren, Joshua (Michelle), Bridgett, Patrick, Sarah (Randy), Michael, Tyler, Hunter, Rikid, Cody, Nicholas, Jonathon, Robert and Justen and three great-granddaughters Kendra, Jessica, Layla and great-grandsons (twins) Kolton and Kaiden.

He donated his body to West Virginia University (The Human Gift Registry) with a Memorial Service planned for a later date. Donations may be made to donors choice.

Messages of synpathy may be made to the family at

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It is with much sorrow that we express our heartfelt condolences to the friends, family and the fire service family on the passing of our friend, John Wayne Hughes. A staunch supporter of the fire service in West Virginia, J.W. was always a presence at fire schools, conventions and where ever a group of firefighters would gather. He will truly be missed.

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It is with great sorrow that I must announce the death of 27 year old Boone County Ambulance Authority Paramedic and Spruce River Volunteer Firefighter Sarah Nodurft. While on duty with the BCAA on January 25 2012, Sarah died suddenly of an as-yet unknown medical problem. Sarah was an energetic and very likeable individual that served her community with pride. A member of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, WV #3, Sarah was an avid motorcyclist with a cross-country, coast-to-coast motorcycle trip under her belt, she was one of the most active motorcyclists in the club.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced.

The Red Knights are planning to ride in her honor.




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