James "Jim" Grant Warner

James “Jim” Grant Warner, 85, of Buckhannon, W.Va., died Friday, March 20, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 28, 1934, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Ray and Irene Smith Warner.


On September 20, 1953, he married Elouise Reese who survives.


Also surviving are: one daughter, Sandra K. Wright and husband Curt of Panama City, Fla.;  three sons, Russell W. Warner and wife Renee of Buckhannon, Dr. James G. Warner, Jr. and wife Robin of Lynchburg, Va., and Rodney W. Warner and wife Debbie of Newberry, Fla.; five granddaughters, Brittany Conover and husband Ryan of Buckhannon, Caitlin Warner of Charlottesville, Va., Courtney Warner of Buckhannon, Megan Warner of Va., and Alexis Dennison of Fla.; three grandsons, Gary Cope and wife Ginger of Va., Michael Warner of N.C., and Phillip Warner and wife Victoria of Canada; four great-granddaughters, Kiralym Conover of Buckhannon, Haley Warner of Canada, Emma Dennison of Fla. and Scarlet Lyke of Fla.; five great-grandsons, Nicholas Cope, Elliot Cope, and William Cope of Va., Grant Warner of Canada, and Matthew Lyke of Fla.; and three brothers, Willie Warner and wife Betty of Va., Leroy Warner and wife Sue of Buckhannon, and Ed Warner of Buckhannon.


In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Katherine Tenney, Virginia Rhodes, and Betty Hyre; an infant brother, Ray Warner, and his brother-in-law, John Hyre.

In 1952, Mr. Warner was the state ping pong champion and received a scholarship, for ping pong, to attend Glennville State. He dropped out of college when his parents died in order to help care for his siblings.

In 1954 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in a variety of locations including, Iceland, Japan, Australia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and North Carolina. He spent one tour of his duty in Vietnam and worked for the military newspaper The Stars and Stripes as a combat journalist. He had the pleasure of covering the 1964 Olympics in Japan for The Stars and Stripes.

Mr. Warner retired from the military as a Senior Master Sergeant, earning the following medals: Unit Commendation Medal, Commendation Medal with Three Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with One Device, Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross Medal.

Upon returning to Buckhannon, Mr. Warner became a mentor to many sports writers and photographers through the years. He provided sports coverage for every sport in Upshur County from 1975 until December 2019, covering everything from baseball to marbles – if kids were involved, Jim was covering it.

He also served as the W.Va. American Legion Baseball Commissioner for several years and coached American Legion baseball in the late 70s and 80s, taking one of those teams to the finals of the state championship.

Jim loved his family and enjoyed squirrel hunting. Above all, he adored his grandchildren and spoiled them all. They turned him from a rough Air Force Master Sergeant to a soft grandpa who played with Barbies.

A private family service and burial will be held with a public celebration of life happening at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the WVWC baseball or softball teams. Donations can be sent to: WV Wesleyan College, Advancement Office, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV, 26201 (in the memo line of the check please designate baseball or softball IMO Jim Warner).

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 


Jonathan Isaac Perry

Jonathan Isaac Perry, 10, of French Creek, W.Va. died Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

He was born June 26, 2009, in Buckhannon, W.Va., a son of Tim and Erin Gould Perry of French Creek.

He is also survived by one brother, Andrew Perry of French Creek; paternal grandfather, Danny Perry and Trish Bennett of Hodgesville, W.Va.; maternal grandparents, Kim and Terry Gould of Big Bend, W.Va.; God Parents, Rick and Amie Hawkins and their children Alex and Logan Hawkins; one aunt, Amber Gould and boyfriend Joey Collins of Alton, W.Va.; three cousins, Paisley Beckner, Brok, Brandon and Bradyn Gould all of Alton; maternal great grandmother, June Cooper of Buckhannon; paternal great grandparents, Phil and Margie Riggs of Buckhannon.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Debbie Perry; maternal great grandfather, Lewis Cooper and maternal great grandparents, Joe and Clara Gould.

Jonathan was a faithful scout in Pack 128 of Buckhannon and played baseball for Upshur County Youth Baseball.

A private service will be held. There will be a public memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


John Joseph Wasowicz, Jr.

John Joseph Wasowicz, Jr., 76, of Rock Cave, W.Va. died Monday, March 23, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, W.Va.

He was born June 6, 1943 in New Jersey, a son of the late John Joseph and Elizabeth Wasowicz.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Edith A. Voznek of Rock Cave; one brother, Victor Wasowicz of NJ; one stepdaughter, Edith Haviland; two stepsons, Frank and Laszio Voznek and best friends, Lee Roy and Jane of Rock Cave.

Mr. Wasowicz, Jr. served in the U.S. Marines and was a member of the White House Guards. He had the honor and privilege to be a part of the 21-gun salute for President John F. Kennedy’s funeral service.

A private service will be held for Mr. Wasowicz Jr.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  


Evelyn Kemberley Rowan

Evelyn Kemberley Rowan, 88, of Buckhannon, W.Va., died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon.

She was born November 30, 1931, in Upshur County, W.Va., a daughter of the late William Roy and Carrie Leona Swick Smith.

On August 19, 1951, she married John Carlton Rowan who preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Hayward C. Smith; one sister, Angolia Woody and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Bailey and Vera Kintz.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Wilma Jean Smith of Fairmont, W.Va.; two nieces, Loretta Lee Queen of Buckhannon and Brenda Jo Classon of Fairmont, W.Va.; two nephews, Michael Smith of Fairmont and Jimmy Bailey and wife Andrea of Buckhannon and one great niece of Carla Campbell of French Creek, W.Va.

Mrs. Rowan was a Supervisor for the National Bank of Detroit. She was a member of the South Buckhannon Mission Church and was a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1949.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and employees of Serenity Care Home and WV Hospice.

Friends will be received Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Ed Lowther officiating. Burial will follow in the Buckhannon Memorial Park in Buckhannon.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Brent “Jolly” Cameron Smith

Brent “Jolly” Cameron Smith, age 25, of Tallmansville, WV, died Wednesday, March 11, 2020,at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. He was born November 18, 1994, a son of Denzil Smith of Lumberport, WV and Wilma Hoover of Tallmansville, WV.


On June 20, 2015, he married Torie Poling who survives.


In addition to his parents and wife he is also survived by his step-father, Brian Hoover of Tallmansville; one sister, Amber Courtney and husband Seth of Buckhannon, WV; one brother, Brooks Smith and wife Alexus of Buckhannon; two step-brothers, Brian Hoover, Jr of Junior, WV and Brett Hoover and girlfriend Whitney Tuttle of Tallmansville; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jake and Michelle Marple of Hackers Creek, WV; one sister-in-law, Tosha Poling and boyfriend Justin Parks of Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dogs and cats, Scout, Bandit, Gus, Izzy and Gizmo.


Brent was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jimmie Gay Shipman and brother-in- law, Charles Floyd Marple.


Brent was a logger and attended Pleasant Valley Methodist Church. He was a volunteer fire fighter for Washington District Fire Department and loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors and the Green Bay Packers. Logging, his wife and his dogs were his life.


Friends will be received Tuesday, March 17, 2020, from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 5 PM Tuesday. In honoring Brent’s wishes, he will be cremated following the services.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.


Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. 


Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Weaver

Mary Weaver, age 88, of Buckhannon, WV, died Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born January 21, 1932, in

Harrison County, WV, a daughter of the late Marcus and Beatrice Cullums Hodgkiss.


In addition to her parents she was proceeded in death by her husband and lifelong soul mate, Jerry Franklin Weaver, Sr.; grandson, Jeremy Todd Weaver and six siblings including her special sister and best friend Glene Reich.


Mary is survived by one son, Jerry Franklin Weaver, Jr. and wife Gail Lynn of Barboursville, VA; three daughters, Neva Weaver Moss and fiancé Lynn Harsh, Debby Weaver Meeks and husband Rick and Denise Weaver and fiancé Ed Smith all of Buckhannon; four grandsons, Russ Meeks and wife Coralee, Christopher Meeks and partner Sarah Wilt and Jake Moss and wife Davis all of Buckhannon and Blake Pfaff of VA; six granddaughters, Shelly Gause and husband Geoff, Ashley Lantz and boyfriend Dusty Zickefoose and Beth Kelly and husband Matt all of Buckhannon, Mary Smith and husband Nevin of GA, Alyse Weaver and John Malmgren of Leesburg, VA and Courtney Kimble and husband Chance of VA; 14 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Carter and Sawyer Meeks, Sophia and Paxton Lantz, Piper Zickefoose, and Benjamin Gause all of Buckhannon, Nevin Jr. and Nathan Smith of GA, Addison, Caleb and Benjamin Kimble of VA and Tessa and Dylan Hamilton of Weston, WV; one special great-grand baby Brielle; special family member, Shahna West of Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews; sisters- in-law, Mary Lea Glaspell, Nancy Randolph and Lucy Gifford and numerous other family and friends.


Mrs. Weaver’s family would also like to extend a special thank you to Sandi, Kandi and Becky for always being there to care for Mary.


Mrs. Weaver, lovingly known around the Brooks Hill community as Ma Weaver and to her grandkids and great grandkids as Gigi, was a homemaker and member of the Brooks Hill United Methodist Church as well as a lifetime member of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Department.


She was the owner and operator of a personal care home in Brooks Hill and had the unique ability to genuinely make everyone feel like they were the most important person im the room.


In honoring Mary’s wishes, she will be cremated.


Friends will be received for a memorial gathering Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 2pm to 6pm at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.


A memorial service will be held at 6pm with the Rev. Brandon Kelley officiating.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brooks Hill Community Fund c/o Debby Meeks, 622 McCartney Road, Buckhannon, WV 26201.


Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com.


Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.