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PAGE AS. SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S AI)VOCATE NEWS/OBITUARIES Wednesday, May16,2018 1 .I m; w a Stadelman spoke out on detecting colorectal cancer early By CHRISTINE SNYDER die on my own terms. I want to maintain con- editor@spiritofjefferson.eom trol of what I can, even as the number of those things shrinks. CHARLESTON - Chris Stadelman, the "I also hope that by spreading the word award-winning journalist who became Gov. about screenings and early detection of col- Earl Ray Tomblin's capable, friendly chief orectal cancer - a situation that makes it eas- of staff and then an advocate for screenings ily treatable - I can keep others from going to detect colorectal cancer early, will be re- down a path similar to mine and to Jody's." membered at a church service on Monday and Stadelman, who grew up in West Virgin- at a celebration next week at Mountain State ia's Northern Panhandle, had been select- Brewing Co. in Thomas. ed for Marshall University's inaugural Yea- Stadelman, 48, died May 11 at his homeger Scholars class in 1988 and, as a journal- after a four-year battle with colorectal can- ism major in the prestigious program, spent cer. Known for his intellect, friendliness and his summers working at newspapers. In 1991, quick wit, Stadelman had first fought cancer he was completing a second internship at the as a college student. Charleston Daily Mail when he was diag- Earlier this year, he wrote a column, "Con- nosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. tinue the Mission," for the Charleston Area After beating the disease and going on to Medical Center's foundation and highlighted complete his degree, Stadelman joined the the CAMC Foundation's Run for Your Life staff at the Daily Mail, advancing to become coming up on June 16. the paper's managing editor. After a short The annual event, aimed at increasing stint working for The Associated Press in Co- awareness of colorectal cancer and to raise lumbus, Ohio, Stadelman and his wife Kel- money to help pay for screenings, was begun ly Stadelman bought The Parsons Advocate, in 2004 by Marina Hendrix in memory of her a small weekly newspaper in Tucker County, fiance, Jody Jividen, a longtime colleague of where they would work side by side for seven Stadelman's at the Charleston Daily Mail who years. In 2009, he wrote a column about the died in 2002. decision for the Poynter Institute that ran un- "Jody died of colon cancer, and at some der the headline, "Looking for Work? Buy a point, I will, too," wrote Stadelman, the 2015 Weekly Newspaper, Cover a Small World." honorary chairman for Run for Your Life. The Stadelmans also collaborated in run- "When the time comes, it's my goal to also ning Stadelman Consulting, a public affairs RIGHT: Chris Stadelman, who died after a four-year fight with cancer last week, is being remembered for the keen eye and youthful energy he brought to his work as a journalist and in state government. and research company. Last fall, Stadelman was induct- ed into Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame. Stadelman found a clinical trial through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City last year after having undergone all conven- tional treatments at CAMC. He had praise for his medical team in Charleston, noting he'd received "the same lev- el of care in Charleston that is offered at major research centers across the country." In addition to his wife of 18 years, Stadel- man is survived by his mother, a sister, three brothers, other relatives and legions of friends across West Virginia and far beyond. Many of them will gather for a memorial at 3 p.m. Monday at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston. A second event - a celebration ,z w! ,%. J*J I= %, of Stadelman's life at a favorite brew pub in Tucker County - will begin at 6 p.m. May 24. : Memorial donations may be sent to the Sta- delman Journalism Scholarship, established through the Tucker Community Foundation, :.: at P.O. Box 491, Parsons 26287. D.C. federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan will speak Saturday at the Justice Franklin D. Cleckley Annual Luncheon, part of the Mountain State Bar Association's meeting at the Clarion. Robert Trumbl~, the U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia, will be one of the panelists at aneducation ~iOn that's part Of this weakend's Mountain !State Bar Association meeting. Lawyers On Saturday, the association will offer "Know Your Rights," a free presentation open to anyone. It hap- pens from noon to 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church at 4257 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherd- stown. Poore - the first African-Ameri- can woman to serve as the group's president - will be one of the pan- elists at a legal education seminar happening on Friday. Other panelists will include Rob- ert Tremble, the U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia; Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti, appointed in 2008 as the chief disciplinary counsel at the Of- fice of Disciplinary Counsel by the state Supreme Court; attorney Kath- erine Dooley; Monongalia Coun- ty Delegate Barbara Evans Fleish- chauer; and two judges - Jack Alsop of the 14th judicial circuit and Rus- sell M. Clawges Jr. of the 17th judi- cial circuit. On Saturday, the association will host its Justice Franklin D. Cleckley Annual Luncheon, an event named to honor the late justice and West Virginia University law professor. Cleckley, the first African-Ameri- can to serve on the West Virginia Su- preme Court when then-Gee. Gaston Caperton appointed him to an unex- pired term in 1994, died last year. Cleckley, a Huntington native who in 1972 became the first black per- son to be appointed a full professor at WVU, retired from the university in 2013 and died at his Morgantown home Aug. 14 at age 77. He'd de- clined to run for election when his term on the state Supreme Court ex- pired in 1996 and returned to teach- ing. D.C. federal Judge Emmet G. Sul- livan will be the speaker at the lun- cheon. President Ronald Reagan in 1984 appointed Sullivan as an asso- ciate judge in D.C. In 1991, he was appointed an appeals judge by Pres- ident George H.W. Bush and then as a U.S. District Court judge in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Another highlight of the annual meeting will be the presentation of "( Brown W. Payne scholarships. The" scholarship program helps disad- vantaged or minority students who ,i will attend law school. An outstand- ing citizen from the Shepherdstown area also will be recognized. Poore, who became the State Bar president last year, is a 42-year-old Charleston resident who has point- ed to U.S. District Judge Irene Berg- ,- er as her mentor. Berger, previously a circuit judge in Kanawha Coun- ty, was the first African-American ", woman to serve as both a circuit and ,- federal judge in West Virginia. '"' A graduate of Howard Univer- sity, Poore earned her law degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge and completed the Women's . Campaign School at Yale Universi-:. ty. She served in the House of Del- egates from 2009 to 2014. Anyone with questions about the ',: annual meeting may call Martins-"' burg attorney Sherman Lambert's ,- office of at 304-263-3548. Ronaid L. "Buggy" Mello Ronald L. "Buggy" Mello, 68, of Kearneysville died Fri- day, May 11,2018 at his resi- dence under the care of Hos- pice of the Panhandle. Born Dec. 8, 1949 in Jeffer- son County. He was the son of Lewis Peter Mello and Bessie Elizabeth (Davis) Mello. Mr. Mello worked at Royal Vendors in Kearneysville as a painter. He attended Leetown Southern Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Robin M. (Merritt) Mello, at home; son, Timothy Mello, of Keameysville; step-sons, Nur-Charles Abu-Ghan- nam, of Martinsburg, Jarred Golden, of Kearneysville; step-daughter, Brenda Hen- ry, of Charles Town; one grandchild; sister, Mary Ann Stump, of Pikeside and niec- es and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B. Barr Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Leetown South- ern Baptist Church, 11511 Leetown Road, Keameysville with Pastor Bucky Chapman officiating. Interment was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Mar- tinsburg. Friends were received from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Arrangements by the Mel- vin T. Strider Colonial Funer- al Home, Charles Town. Please sign the online guest- book and view his obituary at Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325. PAID MEMORIAL i i iiiiiii i ii Steve Michael Housden Steve Michael Housden, 62, of Bunker Hill, died Sat- urday, May 12, 2018, at Hos- pice of the Panhandle Inpa- tient Facility, Kearneysville. Born Nov. 8, 1955, in Mar- tinsburg, he was the son of Carlton Lee Housden and Mazie (Franks) Housden. Mr. Housden was a self em- ployed contractor. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Shenandoah Junction Com- munity Club. He is survived by his daughter, Jessica F. Kretzer and husband, Max, of Bun- ker Hill; six grandchildren; two sisters, Lena M. Hens- ley, of Georgia and Dorothy M. Terry, of Alabama; six brothers, David L. Housden, of Shenandoah Junction, Lar- Since 1918 EACKLES-SPENCER & NORTON FUNERAL HOME Family Owned & Operated Rte. 340 at Halltown Rd. Charles Town/Harpers Ferry West Virginia Alan H. Norton Robert L. Spencer (Licensee) (Licensee-In-Charge) 304.724.6500 ry Gene Housden, of Slanes- ville, Don G. Housden, of Shenandoah Junction, Ken- neth M. Housden, of Slanes- ville, Bobby R. Housden, of Inwood and Roger B. Hous- den, of Clarksburg; and close family friend, Carol Blumen- thai, of Martinsburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Dodson Housden, who died April 14, 2010; one sister, Mary C. Migliorise; and three brothers, Richard G. Housden, James O. Hous- den and Freddie M. Hous- den. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, r, at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, 'i i' with Pastor David Palmer of-.?. ficiating. - Interment will be at Pleas- ant View Memory Gardens, "" Ma 'lnsburg. " Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday the funeral home. Please sign the online guest- book and view his obituary PAID MEMORIAL S,MII, Granites ,Bronze ,Marble Plaques ,Vases :,Cemetery Engraving Service Serving the Tri-State Area since 1971 524 Fillmore Street P.O. Box 216, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-2278 emil: %*m Phone: 304.725.5321 Ranson, WV 25438 Fax: 304-725-4767 www.BrownFaneralHomesWV.eom Robert C. Fields, LIC