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December 23, 2010

The Banana Man … An Angel of Mercy?

by Martha Ackerman


It all began with visits to a good friend and continues as his visits are anticipated by the residents. Jack Bonar, of Claring-ton, is called the “Banana Man” by the residents of Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He brings a banana or candy and good cheer to each resident each day. He comes rain or shine and misses very few days throughout the year. He stops at Eastern Row Market or Riesbeck’s and buys enough bananas or whatever he’s taking that day so each resident will have something. He pays for the things himself and his reward is the smile he gets when he stops in with his little gifts and friendly “Hi!;” but the biggest gift he gives is that of himself.

Jack began visiting his friend Clarence Vanness at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab several years ago. “Clarence was so upbeat. Everyone liked him,” said Jack. “I saw the joy he brought to the other residents.”

Jack got to know many of the residents and after Clarence passed away, Jack continued his daily visits bringing bananas, other fruit, potato chips, peanuts or hard tack candy to each resident. They look forward to this angel’s daily visits. He knows each resident by his or her first name. Sometimes it is the only visitor some of them have. It puts a smile on each resident’s face. “It’s difficult when one passes away. I get attached to them,” says the Banana Man.

Sometimes he brings the pink losengers, which stirs memories in many of the residents. Tears filled Jack’s eyes as he relates those memories. “I get a lot of pleasure from doing this, but I get emotional sometimes.”

“Sometimes I think I do it because I feel guilty,” said Jack. “When I was younger, my grandfather lived at a nursing home and I visited him every couple of weeks. It was depressing but he was always thrilled to see me. Maybe I’m trying to redeem myself.”

It’s this writer’s impression that redemption is not the reason for the visits; it’s the compassion and love for those who are growing older that keeps Jack coming back. He’s an angel of mercy.

“If I don’t come, they really get upset. One day when he wasn’t able to make his daily visit, a resident asked a staff member to call because I might have had an accident,” said Jack. “Never underestimate them,” he continued. “If I have a water leak or another problem, they remember to ask about it when I make my next visit.”

Jack not only visits the residents; he accompanies them on their field trips. They go to Walmart, out to eat and they love Cabella’s, he noted. He related a story of one of the trips to Cabella’s … There weren’t enough helpers to assist each resident and they were having trouble pushing the number of wheelchairs when a lady asked if she could help. She was waiting for her husband and was happy to push a wheelchair around the store. Well, one of the residents was a little put out because he wanted to know why that particular resident got to be pushed by the lady and Jack was pushing his wheelchair! Jack told him because the resident patted the lady’s rear end and the jealous resident said he could have done 

that! “They talked about that for days,” laughed Jack. Then, on the same trip, a resident wheeled off and when he couldn’t find the rest of the group, he told the sales clerk that they had gone off and left him!

“Jack is priceless. I don’t know of anyone who cares and gives as much as he does,” said Lori Rossiter, WN&R activities director.

“His motivation is that he is a true Christian,” said WN&R resident Lowell Morris. “His positive attitude cheers everyone up.”

Residents of the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab Center are not the only ones who Jack visits on a regular basis. A couple of times a month he visits a 104-year-old lady who lives in Wheeling . He has been taking dinner to her every couple of weeks for over 10 years. “We eat dinner and talk for hours,” said Jack. “She tells me about everything she has seen in life. It’s amazing how primitive things were.” He also takes books to her which they also discuss. “I get along well with older people,” he said.

This Ormet retiree and Angel of Mercy is an inspiration to all who meet him and especially to the folks who shares his life each day. He puts a little sunshine in their day and feels privileged to be able to do it. Angel of Mercy? Indeed!

~ Gavin and His Sisters Visit Santa

Do you believe in miracles? We do. Three children were shown on the front page of last year’s Christmas issue and Gavin Matz was one of them. He continues to be a miracle to his family. He has undergone over 40 surgeries in his young life. Thanks to a Christmas miracle Gavin will be spending Christmas at home with his family. He is the son of Lisa and Lewis “Ogg” Matz Jr. Gavin is shown with his sisters Makenna and Kaitlyn as they visited Santa at Pat’s Gift Shoppe and Corner Cafe´ during the Woodsfield Christmas Festival.                   Photo Submitted


Around the Burnside     

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor can a person without trials.

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

Do you have all of your Christmas shopping completed? If not, you had better get busy. You’ve had Black Friday, Cyber Monday and unless you were broke on Tuesday you can still get with it. Our Sunday paper last week had 22 extra flyers in it offering bargains galore, I think. Stores have been after us since the goblins took off. If you take time to look them over, they want you to think everything is on sale not just for sale. Some have everything on sale. Do they sell anything at regular price?

I remember one job I had, we got paid once a month. Come to think of it I still only get paid once a month. Our pay day came the last of the month except our December check when they felt big hearted and paid us before Christmas. By doing this, it made the month of January extra long. Seemed as though january would never end.

Several times we did a lot of our shopping the day before Christmas because many of the stores held off their bargains until the last day.

I remember one year we purchased some nice gifts for our oldest child. After some time we heard some noise and when we checked it out she was playing with pots and pans in the kitchen. So much for new toys.

Now-a-days they advertise a cell phone that will do everything but go to the bathroom for you and people line up at midnight or earlier to be first in line to buy one. I’m glad I’m not one of them. I think I told you I can’t remember using a telephone until I was in the service and then they stuck me on the switchboard, which was really fun.

I think last week I mentioned something about pulling taffy. Well, this week I was reminded of something else we used to do.

A friend sent a note with their Christmas card that indicated the mister had stepped on a nail and it got infected and had a two week hospital stay to get over it. I think I can remember having a piece of salt pork placed on the spot and wrapped up. In fact, I’m sure this happened several times. Now I’m not saying this is a cure for an infection but I didn’t have to go to the hospital for two weeks. I never did experience a mustard plaster for a cold but Vicks Salve was used by the jar when I was growing up. Some times eating a little dab for a sore throat.

I can’t believe it. We have gone 24 hours without snow but our Atomic clock told me it was 10 degrees last night. Isn’t that a tink too cold for December? I remember shooting darts with a blowgun I received on Christmas Day. That’s my kind of weather. Then again when it warms up in the spring I forget all about the cold weather we had. I know I’ll be complaining about the heat before long. Never satisfied.

Channel 9 last night indicated snow every day for this week. The sun is peeking in and out today. I think Channel 9 tries to predict the weather for all of eastern U.S. and once in a while they hit it correctly. they are not happy unless they show rain or snow or both. All you can really do about the weather is take what you get and make the best of it. You can still complain.

I mentioned last week of a law being passed in Ohio to prevent farmers from spreading manure on frozen ground. The run-off when warm weather arrives causes problems.

Well, an area in Ohio is having a different but yet kind of the same problem. The run-off from piles of salt is causing their drinking water to taste salty. I think you will agree that may not be as bad when compared to manure run-off but salty drinking water isn’t the most pleasant thing to drink although some drink worse tasting stuff than that. In my opinion.

Actually drinking water is very easy to pollute. I drink a Dew for lunch and bottle water for supper. the other evening for supper we had soupbeans. I like my soupbeans to have a goodly amount of onion mixed in with the beans.

During the process of eating the beans I would drink water from the bottle. We don't get too fancy. Well, later on in the evening I drank more water from this bottle. I thought this water has a slight onion taste. I didn’t think much of it as I had eaten some onion. When I finished the bottle of water I mentioned the taste to Esther and she smelled the bottle. Sure enough I had polluted that bottle of water without even trying. The moral of this story, be careful what you eat if you drink from a bottle.

Nothing makes one feel more at home than a big snowstorm.

Don’t forget church this weekend.



It was a festive day as the former IPS building, located in the Black Walnut Center Commerce Park, was named The William E. Moore III Building. The occasion marked the 76th birthday of William E. (Bill) Moore, Woodsfield Councilman and former owner of the Spirit of Democracy. The honor was bestowed by Steve Georgilis, who has purchased the building and heads a new company, Ohio Made Tires, which will operate from the newly named building. Attending the festivities were, from left, front: Monroe County Commissioner Tim Price, CIC member Dean Gramlich, Woodsfield Councilwoman and CIC member Carol Hehr, the honoree William E. Moore III, CIC secretary Ruth Workman, local attorney and CIC member Jason Yoss, owner Steve Georgilis,  Monroe County Auditor and CIC member Pandora Neuhart; back: CIC member Tracey Craig, Monroe County Commissioners Carl Davis and John V. Pyles. Photos by Martha Ackerman

New Business: Ohio Made Tires 
Building Dedicated as The William E. Moore III Building

More than 100 years of experience went into the planning stages of a new business located in the former IPS building in the Black Walnut Commerce Center.

Ohio Made Tires is making quality retread tires and will be in operation at this location within the next few weeks. The business has been brought to Monroe County by Steve Georgilis, a New York businessman. Those quality retread tires are now available to local residents. (See the ad on Page 6)

Georgilis has gathered people around him that will ensure the business is a success. Georgilis’ goal is to employ at least 50 workers by July 2011. Marc Fortin, is the general production manager. He is a former Goodyear employee who brings over 22 years of experience to Ohio Made Tires. Consultant Jim Gillian, an Oliver Rubber representative, has brought his 40 years of experience to the mix.

An experienced staff has been assembled for the marketing end of the business. Ann Block, former liaison with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, is Ohio Made Tires’ Woodsfield Facility Administrator and Marketing Specialist. Kathy Gagin, former Congressional staffer for Charlie Wilson, is vice-president of the Ohio Operations.

A dedication celebration was held Dec. 15 renaming the former IPS building the William E. Moore III Building. Georgilis renamed the building in recognition of Moore’s help in introducing him to the right community and political leaders, who came together to make this business and the site a reality in a very short time. The occasion also marked Moore’s 76th birthday.

“As we move forward to make something great here on Moore Ridge, we are honoring a man who has dedicated his life to Woodsfield and Monroe County,” said Block. She noted that it is fitting the building is named for Moore because the commerce center is located on Moore Ridge, which was named for Bill’s family.

Moore’s family settled in Monroe County in 1832 and later purchased a farm between Eddy Bridge and Jerusalem. The gold pieces that were used to purchase the land had been sewn into his grandfather Moore’s grandmother Eliza-beth McKeown Moore’s dress when she left Scotland. The idea behind this was that if she was dissatisfied with her life in America, she would have the money to return to her homeland.

As her last official duty for Congressman Charlie Wilson, Kathy Gagin presented a proclamation to William E. Moore III. The following is the text from that proclamation:

“Be it known to all that the 111th Congress of the United States of American now honors and commends the dedication of the “William E. Moore III Building” in Woodsfield, Ohio.

“In so doing, the 111th Congress is mindful of the words of Winston Churchill, who once said, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ True to this call to service, the honor now bestowed upon William ‘Bill’ Moore comes after years of public service and giving back to his community. Bill Moore has always given from the heart, led by example and grown along with his beloved Monroe County.

“The 111th Congress further remembers the words of Abraham Lincoln, who once said, ‘I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.’ Bill Moore personifies Lincoln’s call, and in turn, the 111th Congress of the United States wishes to convey the pride of a grateful nation to him, for his unique American life and for his years of service to the American people.

“Therefore, I, Congressman Charlie Wilson, of Ohio’s Sixth Congressional District, am proud to honor and commend William E. Moore upon the dedication of the ‘William E. Moore III Building’ in Woodsfield, Ohio, on this 15th day of December, 2010.”

“On behalf of the CIC I want to thank Steve (Georgilis) for giving us the opportunity to lower our unemployment rate,” said CIC member and Woodsfield Councilwoman Carol Hehr. “I call Steve a tornado. He’s thinking all the time and constantly going. It’s a pleasure to be a very small part of making things happen. The CIC was concerned about this building for a long time. When Bill (Moore) introduced Steve at a Kiwanis meeting, it all came together. I have never met anyone as dedicated to Monroe County as Bill is. If it weren’t for him, this building would probably still be empty.”

“Good things happen when good people work together,” said Moore. “I met a good man when I met Steve Georgilis.” Moore noted that Ohio Made Tires has contracts to sell green and American made tires. Monroe County tires will be found on postal vehicles, New York taxi cabs, tractor trailers, light trucks and passenger cars. “Who knows where these tires will go,” added the honoree.

As the celebration continued, two semis pulled in carrying equipment that had been purchased and disassembled at an Alabama facility. Currently, tires are being produced in two other locations, but soon, the entire operation will be located at the William E. Moore III Building thanks to the vision of a New York businessman and a community and government working together.


by Dorothy Ricer 

I love the smiles on shoppers and the carols being played
The smell of pine and candles this time is heaven-made
The snow flakes flutter downward through the misty
glow of lights as wound-up little children try sleeping through the nights.

The crystal sound of ringing bells is music to my heart
As I think of why there’s Christmas that
sets this time apart. 

There are those who claim that doesn’t fit in their Christmas belief and one should just say

“Happy Holidays” so they will not feel grief. 

But this is what I’m thinking and I’ll say it now to you
Love Christmas for it’s meaning
“To thine own self be true.”

Remember Jesus’ birthday at Christmastime so sweet 

and shout Merry Christmas to everyone you meet.

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

Today was the groundbreaking of the new elementary and high school. It was fun I got to talk to my friends and I got to listen to the band play.

It was cold but I had fun.

Woodsfield and Skyvue students were there. I am sure that they enjoyed just as much as I did. 

Thank you, Eric Kemp


Dear Editor,

I hope the classrooms are bigger than they are now. I hope there will be places for people that want to play football and people that want to play soccer or freeze tag, then it won’t be so crowded.

I hope there will be no fires and no tornadoes.

I would love to see deer on the playground early in the morning and afternoon. It would also be cool to see baby foxes but not adults.

I would like to thank the taxpayers for this new school. I hope the furnace doesn’t go out in winter.

Sincerely, Allen


Dear Editor,

This morning on Nov. 1 my class went to the groundbreaking ceremony of the new school.

There was people, machinery and gold shovels, also the board of education.

The part I was touched by was when Coach Circosta put feeling into his speech.

WES Sixth Grader

Anthony Joseph Pirl


Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 I went to the new school groundbreaking. There were speeches and songs. The scene was amazing.

The board of education was there, the cheerleaders cheered and the band played. 

That was my day.
John Plotner

Dear Editor,

Today we went to the sighting of the new school and high school. It was a very sunny day. Skyvue, Woodsfield elementary and Woodsfield high were all there. It was very exciting to see that our school was being built by the high school.

There were 15 shovels. There were cheerleaders. There were students playing instruments. There were veterans.

I thank the people who are helping make a new school.

Sincerely, Amber Clark


Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 I went to the Woodsfield and Monroe Central groundbreaking. 

The cheerleaders did three cheers and Mr. Skidmore directed the band and they played Star Spangled Banner.

Coach Circosta talked about a football team that made it to the state playoffs for the first time and they had a sign that said it’s not a dream it’s a reality and got emotional.

There were golden shovels and they gave us cookies and punch.

WES Sixth Grader

Garrett Langsdorf 


Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 the Woodsfield Elementary School and the Monroe Central High School went to the groundbreaking ceremony. That meant that there wasn’t much longer until the new schools were built.

When we arrived Larry Elliott introduced us. After he was done the band played the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Mrs. Anderson said a prayer. After that a few people gave speeches. Coach Circosta’s speech was the most touching. He spoke about how a little school like us got to the state playoffs and had never been there before. The team had a semi-truck that said, ‘It’s not a dream anymore.” 

When Coach said that he got tears in his eyes. Then he wanted to start the first cheer. The first part of the cheer he spelled Redskins and the second part of the cheer he spelled Noles. After that the band played some songs and the cheerleaders cheered to them. When we got back to the school we all got cookies and punch.

Ryan Relch

WES Sixth Grade Student


Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 I went to the groundbreaking for the Monroe Central High School and Woodsfield elementary.

Coach Circosta spoke about a team that never made it to the finals for football. When the team arrived they had a semi that said, “It isn’t a dream anymore”. Coach got a little teary eyed. 

Now for the new schools it isn’t a dream anymore. The new schools are here and the time is now.

WES Student, Dylan Baker


Dear Editor,

On Nov. 1 my class went to the groundbreaking for the new schools. It was a cold day but a nice ceremony

After all the buses were unloaded it started.

First there were speakers. There were cheers from the cheerleaders and last there was the groundbreaking.

A few of the speakers were Mrs. Anderson from Woodsfield, Mr. Calder from Monroe Central and coach Circosta. Circosta talked about a small town football team and a semi pulled up by the field and it said, “It’s not a dream anymore; it’s a reality.” 

After the groundbreaking everyone went back to school and that was it.

WES Sixth Grader
Tyler Zimmer




■  12-23 Classifieds


Emil E. Holtsclaw, 83, Woodsfield, died Dec. 13, 2010 at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield. He was born Sept. 28, 1927 in Benwood, Ohio, a son of the late Opal Marie Holtsclaw Claus.

He was a retired factory worker at Cardex, Reno, Ohio; a U.S. Army Korean Conflict veteran; a member of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, New Martinsville; life member of the VFW Post 5108, Marietta.

Surviving are two sons, Dean (Nora) Holtsclaw of St. Clairsville, Mark Holtsclaw of Benwood Rd; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Dean Hughes Holtsclaw.

Friends were received Dec. 15 at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, New Martinsville, until time of service, with Rev. Richard Heller officiating.

Burial followed in Newport Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Otts Endowment, c/o Citizens National Bank, 143 S. Main St., Woodsfield, OH 43793.

Arrangements entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis.Sympathy expressions at :grisellfuneralhomes.com

June Marie Gilmore Riley
June Marie Gilmore Riley, 86, Beallsville, went to meet her Lord and Savoir on Dec. 13, 2010 in Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born in Clarington, a daughter of the late Martin and Della Bonar Gilmore.

She was a member of East Sunsbury Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and Children’s Church. She worked as a cook at the Baker’s Dozen Restaurant in Woodsfield before retiring. She was a devoted mom and grandma and she was loved so much.

Surviving are two sons, Jack (Ellen) Riley, Steve Riley; a daughter, Dolly (Roger) Pittman, all of Beallsville; seven grandchildren, David (Jennifer) Pittman, Susan (Marty) Wallace, Amy (James) Damron, Rebecca Pittman, Sarah (Jarren) Burke, Mary (Josh) Harris, Nathan Pittman; 11 great-grandchildren,  Carrie, Daniel and Madison Pittman, James and Kevin Wallace, Colton and Lance Damron, Jackson and Emily Burke, Abigail and Aaron Harris; a sister, Vera Sawyer of Tavares, Fla.; also several nephews and nieces.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Starling Riley, whom she married on Nov. 23, 1946; their son, Dennis; a grandson, Daniel Pittman; two brothers, James and Orval Gilmore; two sisters, Doris Mobley and Dorothy Gilmore.

Friends were received Dec. 16 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville. Visitation was then be held until time of service at East Sunsbury Baptist Church, with Pastors Jeffrey Cox and William Graham officiating.

Burial followed at East Sunsbury Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net 

Floyd D. Jones
Floyd D. Jones, 91, Cameron, died Dec. 12, 2010 at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, W.Va. He was born June 17, 1919 in Cameron, a son of the late Lynn and Susie Monahan Jones.

He was an electrician and member of the IBEW Union of Marietta. He was a member of the Cameron Church of Christ and the Monroe County Senior Citizens. He was a musician and played with numerous local musicians over the years and had played for the Senior Citizens throughout the county.

Surviving are a daughter, Judy Cook of Woodsfield; two sons, Jim Jones of San Antonio, Texas, John Jones of Cameron; a sister, Violet Radomilovich of South Euclid; two brothers, Emerson (Judy) Jones of Mentor, Gary (Bev) Jones of Jerusalem; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Catherine Twinem Jones; an infant son; a son, Tom Jones; three sisters, Shirley Jones Fisher, Janice Jones Lohr, Norma Jones Watkins; and two brothers, Gerald Jones and Richard Jones.

Friends were received Dec. 15 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Dec. 16, with Keith Jones officiating. Burial followed in Cameron Cemetery.

Condolences can be expressed at:www.bauerturner.com

Betty Lee Burley Yoho, 85, SR 7, Sardis, died Dec. 14, 2010 at home. She was born July 3, 1925 in Moundsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late George and Trixie Rine Burley.

She was retired from Conalco, Hannibal; a member of Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9930, American Legion Post 760 Auxiliary, Order of Ohio Eastern Star, Belpre; and a Protestant by faith.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Yoho of Powhatan Point, Gary Yoho of Sardis; a daughter, Sharon Potts of Hannibal; a step-brother, Robert R. Spear of Clarington; three step-sisters, Marjorie Riggenbach of Woodsfield, Dorothy Lloyd of Lenoir, N.C. and Esther Hirschman of Belton, Texas; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L.V. Yoho; and a grandson, Jeffery Potts.

Friends were received Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 until time of service at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, with Rev. Cathy Harman officiating.

Burial in Emma Grove Cemetery, Hannibal.

Sympathy expressions at:grisellfuneralhomes.com

Betty J. Ackerman, 83, 630 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield, died Dec. 14, 2010 at Wheel-ing Hospital. She was born May 18, 1927 at Woodsfield, a daughter of the late Frank and Stella Hoover Tidd.

She was a retired cook for the Switzerland of Ohio School District and a member of the Ozark Church of Christ. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and loved by many friends.

Surviving are a son, John (Barb) Ackerman of Woods-field; a daughter, Sharon (Mitch) Fetzer of Woodsfield; a brother, Harold R. Tidd of Columbus; four grandchildren, Mike (Jennifer) Fetzer, Jaime (Brad) Foster, Jennifer (Scott) Whatley, Heather (Jeremy) Powell; seven great-grandchildren, Kason and Caleb Powell, Morgan Paige and Evan Fetzer, Madelyn and Andrew Foster, and Julia Whatley.

Betty died of a broken heart due to the loss of her husband, Lester C. Ackerman, who died Nov. 8, 2010. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Tidd and a sister, Virginia Case.

Friends were received Dec. 16 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Dec. 17, with Kim McFarland officiating. Burial followed in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield. 

Steven A. Devier
Steven A. Devier, 63, Sardis, died Dec. 15, 2010 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgan-town, W.Va. He was born Jan. 14, 1947 in Bluffton, a son of the late Herbert and Mary LaDonna Johnson Devier.

He was a school bus driver for Switzerland of Ohio Local School District; a Green Township Trustee, a farmer and mechanic. He was a Protestant by faith and member of O.A.P.S.E. He enjoyed farming and especially spending time with his grandson, Blake.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Becky Davis Devier; a son, Chane L. (Carlette) Devier of Corbin, Ky.; a daughter, Stephanie A. Devier of Fly; his “big guy” grandson, Blake A. Devier; four brothers, Gary (Judy) Devier of Lima, David (Patty) Devier of Springfield, Robert Devier of Lima and Dean Devier of Bluffton; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Dec. 20 at Grisell Funeral Home, Sardis, where funeral services were held Dec. 21, with Brent Roth officiating. burial followed at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blake Devier Education Fund, 37302 Fifth Ave., Sardis, OH 43946.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.

Carolyn Sue Kindle 
Carolyn Sue Kindle, 68, Orlando, Fla., formerly of Graysville, died Dec. 10, 2010 at Florida East Hospital due to heart failure. She was born April 23, 1942 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Donovan and Grace Eikleberry Jackson.

She was a homemaker; enjoyed quilting and cross-stitching. Her most important jobs were being a mother and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren were her life.

Surviving are her companion of almost 21 years, James Hampton of Orlando, Fla,; ex-husband of 19 years, Ben Kindle of Lewisville; five children, Robin (Sam) McLean, Bruce (the late Donna) Kindle, Todd Kindle, Shawna Bond, all of Orlando, Fla., and Camela “Cammie” Kindle of Woodsfield; two brothers, Carl “Elmer” Jackson, Harold Jackson, both of Graysville; a sister, Mabel Frase of Wooster; 11 grandchildren, Tara Pollock of Columbus, Tommy Phillips of Ohio, Derek Pritchard, friend “Bub” Daugherty, Carolyn “Carrie” Kindle, April (Stephen) Pearl, Miranda Vita, Elizabeth “Boo” Bond, all of Orlando, Fla, and Natashia Hughey, Cortney Hughey and Amber Hughey, all of Woodsfield; nine great-grandchildren, Iesha Daugherty, Eric Daugherty, Austin Daugherty, all of Mississippi, Tristan Daugherty, Talon Daugherty, Keyarra Daugherty, Randy Kindle and Stephen Pearl, Jr., all of Orlando, Fla., and one unborn great-grandchild due on June 30, 2011; many nieces, nephews and cousins; her best friend of over 33 years, Norma Smith of New Martinsville, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Lallathin; two infant children, Mark Alan Kindle and Carol Ann Kindle; and a great-grandson, Zane Dossitt.

Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be held Dec. 30, at 11 a.m., with Jeremy Kinney officiating. Burial in West Union Cemetery, near Sardis.

Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.

Polly J. Peters, 92, died Dec. 19, 2010 at Barnesville Health Care Center. She was born May 8, 1918 in Noble County, a daughter of the late Fred and Mabel Boyd Jefferies. 

She was a member of Barnesville First United Methodist Church, Barnesville TWIG and was an avid bowler.

Surviving are two sons, Fred (Judy) Peters of Barnesville, Jay Peters of Columbus; two grandsons, Barry (Judy) Peters of Belmont, Dan (Julie) Peters of Quaker City; and a great-granddaughter, Lindsey (Steve) Brown of Salesville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Peters on June 17, 1981; and a sister, Helen Campbell.

Friends will be received Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m., with Rev. John Partridge officiating at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, Barnesville. Burial will follow in Crestview Cemetery, Barnesville 

James L. Davidson, Jr., 54, 50125 Johnson Rd., Lewisville, died Dec. 19, 2010 upon arrival at Barnesville Hospital. He was born July 18, 1956 at Cuyahoga Falls, a son of the late Maxine Artymovich Davidson and James l. David-son, Sr. of Akron.

He was a self-employed general contractor. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in his garden.

In addition to his father, surviving are three sons, Jason (Lisa) Davidson of Akron, Justin Davidson of Manches-ter, David Davidson of Lewisville; two daughters, Carrie Davidson of Akron, Ashley Davidson of Lewis-ville; a sister, Darlene Schaeffer of Old Washington; three brothers, Danny (Joyce) Davidson of Akron, Max (Dee) Davidson of Green, Mike Davidson of Akron; and three grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.