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Gilmer County Farmer’s Market Dynamic Doggie Photo Contest

Do you have a cute dog? A helpful dog? A funny dog? Or a dog that defies description? Then you need to enter our GCFM Dynamic Doggie Photo Contest. All ages and breeds are welcome. We’ll have fun prizes for winners in a variety of categories, and we’ll publish your pooch’s picture in the October 18 issue of Fresh Picks, the market newsletter. E-mail photos to glenville.market@gmail.com or attach them to a message on our Facebook page. Include your name, your dog’s name and age, and your city. Photos must be received by midnight October 10th. And don’t forget to come out to the market for Kids’ Day October 18th!

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Backyard, Pastured Poultry Workshop Schedule for September 23rd

Backyard Pastured Poultry Workshop

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Rose Mary Byrd

Rose Mary Byrd, age 61 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 12:44 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born June 24, 1953 in Ritchie County, West Virginia, Rose was the daughter of the late Burlin and Hazel Workman Byrd.

Rose was a homemaker and mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. She enjoyed Sewing, spending time with her family, and loved taking care of her grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, Mike Frymier and girlfriend Tina Godfrey of Glenville, WV, Michelle Shackleford and husband West of Linn, West Virginia, and Emary Frymier and wife Jessica of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia; eight grandchildren: Autumn Frymier, Ally Frymier, Amber Shackleford and boyfriend JD Duelley, West Shackleford, Beth Shaffer and husband Melvin, Monica Bush and husband Bryan, David Frymier, and Kaithlyn Frymier; and five great-grandchildren: Avarie Duelley, Gaige and Brystal Shaffer, and Richard and Ava Bush.

There are also five siblings surviving, Shirley Barnett, of Glenville, WV, Frank Byrd and wife Emma of Glenville, WV, Kathy Junkins and husband David of Barlet, Ohio, Betty Swanson of Marietta, Ohio, and Wilda Moore and husband Charlie of South Carolina.

Along with her parents, Rose was preceded in death by two brothers, Burlin Byrd Jr. and Bud Byrd and two sisters, Nancy Craig and Helen Smith.

At her request, Rose will be cremated and a memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Hazel Green Cemetery, in Ritchie County. Friends may call from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Rose Mary Byrd with arrangements.

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The Women Behind Wynette: GVT to Present Tammy Wynette Story in Sutton, W.Va., One Night Only

“Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman.” No one knew that truth quite like country singer Tammy Wynette. And she sang about it. She sang about it a lot. Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, will bring her poignant and tumultuous story to life in Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, one night only, on Saturday, September 20 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton, W.Va., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

Before she was known as the ‘First Lady of Country Music’ Tammy Wynette was Virginia Wynette Pugh. From humble beginnings on a cotton farm in Miss., her determination to succeed in a male-dominated industry would make her one of the most well-known names in country music. Wynette released 20 number one singles, won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million records, grossing over $100 million. “Stand By Your Man” is still the top-selling single in the history of country music.

Hannah McGinley as Tammy Wynette in GVT’s “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story”. (Photo by 84 Agency, Courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre.)

Hannah McGinley as Tammy Wynette in GVT’s “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.” (Photo by 84 Agency, Courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre.)

“She[Tammy Wynette], along with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, definitely inspired the later women in country music with her passion, since it was mostly a man’s business until she came on the scene, hence her nickname ‘The First Lady of Country Music,’” said Hannah McGinley.

McGinley portrays the tenacious country star in GVT’s upcoming production of Wynette’s life story. Growing up in the heart of country music, just outside of Nashville, McGinley admired more than Wynette’s pioneering journey through the country music industry, but her powerful voice as well.
“I think my favorite thing about [her] music would be the genuine way in which she feels all of her songs. There is a quiet calm in a lot of her ballads, seemingly on the verge of tears, that is outstandingly powerful,” McGinley added.

Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story delves into more than her astonishing career as a country music artist and her tumultuous five marriages. The production gives insight into her youth, where her interest in music took root and her struggle to make it Nashville.

“Tammy was absolutely determined to succeed, even though her circumstances were almost wholly against her. I find her tenacity intensely inspiring,” said Micah Labishak, who plays a teenage Wynette.

You won’t want to miss McGinley’s striking portrayal of Tammy Wynette in Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s production of Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, one night only, on Saturday, September 20 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton, W.Va., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door. For more information call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

ABOUT GREENBRIER VALLEY THEATRE
Located in beautiful, historic downtown Lewisburg, “America’s Coolest Small Town,” Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is committed to its mission statement to create live, professional quality theatre in West Virginia and, through theatre, to enlighten, enrich, and enliven the life of our region.

Throughout each year, GVT produces first-class theatrical productions featuring professional actors. Additionally, Greenbrier Valley Theatre offers a successful after-school drama program, a summer camp for children and teens, literary readings, live simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, special events and musical performances, art appreciation activities, lectures, discussions and workshops.

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Mary Jean Heater

Mary Jean Heater, age 79 of Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, August 29, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 8, 1935 in Long Shoal, West Virginia, Mary was the daughter of the late Alton and Jessie Mae Cosner Carson.

Mary was a loving mother, housewife, and homemaker. She loved quilting, gardening, and spending time with her loving family. Mary was a Methodist by faith and attended the Stouts Chapel on Hyers Run. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalms and she was also a member of the quilting club known as the “Country Quilters” and a member of the “Gem Homemakers Club.”

Scan_Pic0001On January 1, 1955 she was united in marriage to Roy Heater who preceded her in death on May 21, 2004.

Surviving are six children, Roy Junior Heater of Falls Mills, West Virginia, Johnnie Heater and wife Kimberly of Baldwin, West Virginia, Charlene Messenger and husband Michael of Linn, West Virginia, Donald Heater and wife Bessie of Burnsville, West Virginia, Connie White of Burnsville, West Virginia, and James Heater of Philo, Ohio.

There are nine siblings, Ray Carson and wife Ruby of Long Shoal, WV, Glen Carson and wife Linda of Tioga, WV, Carl Carson of Little Birch, WV, John Sherman Carson and wife Betty of Buckhannon, WV, Ralph Carson and wife Ruth of Long Shoal, WV, Viola Mae Nicholson of Burnsville, WV, Freeda  Perrine of Burnsville, WV, Joyce Moore and husband David of Cheshire, OH, and Carol Robinson and husband Larry of Morehead, KY.

There are also several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Walter Robert Given, a daughter-in-law, Sandra Cayton Heater, and one brother, Russell Carson.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc in Glenville at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Canfield Cemetery on Sliding Run Road. Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 1st at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Mary Jean Heater with arrangements and online condolences can be expressed at www.ellysonmortuary.com.

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Chester Carlous Bailey

Chester Carlous Bailey, age 83 of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, departed this life at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Born December 15, 1930 in Hugheston, West Virginia, Chester was the son of the late Nelson and Edith Gibson Bailey.

Chester was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, with over 30 years experience. He was a farmer all his life and worked in the coal mines in his younger years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, spending time outdoors, and taking care of his dog Sweet Pea.

Chester nicknamed his grandson little Carlous “Sonny” at birth, and Sonny was his pride and joy. He was a member of the VFW, member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Sand Fork, and was baptized in the summer of 2013.

On March 3, 1951 he was united in marriage to Athilene Osborne, who preceded him in death in May 2001.

Surviving is one son, Carlous B. Bailey and wife Priscilla of Cox’s Mills, one brother, Hansford Bailey and wife Opal of Wardensville, West Virginia, three sisters, May Lilly of Cox’s Mills, Beatrice George of Charleston, West Virginia, and Sylvia Osborne of Cyclone, West Virginia, and three grandchildren surviving, Little Carlous “Sonny” Bailey and wife Hope of Cox’s Mills, Roger Osborne and wife Annette of Charleston, West Virginia, and Bruce Osborne and wife Tressie of Brunswick, Ohio.

There are seven great grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren surviving and he also raised several nieces and nephews.

Along with his wife and parents, Chester was preceded in death by a son, Roger Dale Bailey, one grandson, Nelson Edward “Eddie” Bailey, three sisters, Dorothy Hoosier, Evylene Marcum, and Maxine Blevins, and a brother, Cisco Bailey.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Cemetery (Cox’s Mills) with full military honors provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard. Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Chester C. Bailey with arrangements and online condolences may be expressed at www.ellysonmortuary.com.

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Gilmer County Farm Show Schedule

Farm Show Large Schedule Flyer

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Edna Pearl Lowther Lamb

EdnaLowtherEdna Pearl Lowther Lamb, age 89 of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, departed this life Thursday night August 21, 2014 at the Genesis Health Care Center in Glenville, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born March 15, 1925 in Gilmer County, Edna was the daughter of the late Ola Amon and Gay Emily Rexroad Woofter.

Edna was a homemaker and long term member of the Glenville Church of Christ. She worked part time for the Lewis County Senior Citizens and enjoyed quilting, gardening, and babysitting her grandchildren. Edna loved to cook, spending time canning food, and taking care of the farm animals.

On Easter Sunday 1944 she was united in marriage to Argel Brent Lowther, who preceded her in death in May 1983. In 1989 Edna was united in marriage to James E. Lamb who preceded her in death in June of 1996.

Surviving are three children, Harold Lowther and wife Trudy of Cox’s Mills, WV, Eugene Lowther and wife Walene of Princeton, Texas, and Joyce Moore of Belington, West Virginia; one brother, Elbert Woofter and wife Pauline of Bridgeport, West Virginia; and one sister, Elsie Ireland of Weston, West Virginia.

There are also 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and both husbands, Edna was preceded in death by two sons, E. Duane Lowther and Larry L. Lowther, two brothers, Charles and Roy Woofter, and one sister, Eleanor Huddleston.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 with Evangelist Vernon Kerns officiating. Burial will follow in the Troy IOOF Cemetery in Troy, West Virginia. Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday evening at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Edna Lamb with arrangements and arrangements and online condolences may be expressed at www.ellysonmortuary.com.

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Meeting Agenda for September 2nd County Commission Meeting

09 02 2014 Agenda County Commission Meeting

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