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April 1, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, April 1, 2013

Garnet F. Ballard

HINTON — Garnet F. Ballard, 82, of Hinton entered into God’s presence on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, West Virginia, following a long illness.

Born October 8, 1930, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Pearl and Ethel Bower Donohoe.

Mrs. Ballard was a former employee of Keaton Cleaners and Laundry Service in Hinton and also the Hinton Radio Shack. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hinton and the Fidelis Sunday School Class at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Ballard, and a brother, Moody Donohoe.

Survivors include two sons, Randy Ballard and wife Debbie of Hinton and Steve Ballard and wife Kim of Daniels. Two stepchildren, W.C. Ballard, Jr., and wife Janice of Hinton and Charles Ballard of Kentucky. Two brothers, Mason Donohoe and wife Bonnie of Laurel, Del., and Mayo Donohoe and wife Judy of Hinton. One sister, Glenna Mize of Beaver. Three grandchildren, Lynette Ballard of Beckley, Jarrod Ballard and wife Jessica of Hinton and Matthew Ballard of Daniels.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Ronald Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jarrod Ballard, Benji Farley, Norman Farley, Jr., Matt Durnan, Mike Ballard and Craig Bowling.

Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Farley, Sr., and Jack Bennett.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Dr. Chhabra for her care.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

John Banco Jr.

WASHINGTON, Pa. — John Banco, Jr., of 208 Clubhouse Drive, Washington, PA 15301, and formerly of Mountain View Ave., Bluefield, WV, passed away on March 28, 2013, after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was born on April 28, 1941, in Stanaford, WV, to the late John and Sophia Zebrowsky Banco, Sr.

John graduated in 1959 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV, where he was a successful football and baseball player. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. He attended Coyne College in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1963. On November 28 of that year he married his high school sweetheart, Trina Cipolat of Beckley, WV, and they moved to Bluefield, WV. He enjoyed a long career as a specialist in mine equipment with McGraw Edison (National Electric Coil) and later with Lin Electric, Inc. After retiring, John devoted much of his time to working part-time with the bereaved at Roselawn Memorial Funeral Home where, in 2010, he was the recipient of the Dignity Memorial “Living the Brand” award, a nationally recognized award for outstanding care and service excellence.

John was an active member of the Fratelli Tricolore Lodge number 2631 of the Order of Sons of Italy in America and looked forward to the annual Italian Festival in Bluefield. He enjoyed working with his hands, both on his home, and particularly in his vegetable garden where he took great pride in the fruits of his labor. He cherished his family and especially his 4 grandsons. He also kept a close relationship with many of his 1959 Woodrow Wilson classmates and enjoyed their monthly luncheons. John was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, WV, for 48 years and was a member at the time of his death of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, PA.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Trina Cipolat Banco of Washington, PA, and his two sons: Steve and his wife, Wendy, of Washington, PA, and Mark and his partner Stephen Canfield of New York, NY; his grandsons Trey, Jax, Ty and Jase, all of Washington, PA, who brought so much happiness to his life. His is also survived by his sister, Ann Holliday, his nephew, Rick Holliday, his niece Deborah Pressley and his cousins Frank and John McGuire.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1003 Wyoming Street, Bluefield, WV, at 11 with Celebrant Father Paul Wharton. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

A reception celebrating John’s life will be held immediately after interment at Fincastle on the Mountain (formerly Fincastle Country Club), 1000 Country Club Drive, Bluefield, VA, (276) 326-1170.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Those wishing to share online condolences may do so via

Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery is serving the family of John Banco, Jr.

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