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Nancy Belle Marcum of Stepptown

November 15, 2018

Funeral services for NANCY BELL MARCUM, 97, a resident of Stepptown, W.Va., will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018, at Stoney Hill Baptist Church, Stonecoal, W.Va. Burial will follow in the Gabe Marcum Family Cemetery, Stonecoal, W.Va. Visitation for family and friends will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018. Nancy passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018, in the Good Sheppard Hospice Center in Florida. She was born March 16, 1921, in Big Elk, Kentucky, the daughter of Silas and Sadie Damron. She was united in marriage to Flem Marcum on July 10, 1947, at Warfield, Ky. He preceded her in death May 20, 2007. They were married for 60 years. During World War II, she worked as a secretary at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. She was a member of the Riverview United Baptist Church, Stepptown, W.Va. Nancy was well-respected in the community and was affectionately known as “Granny Belle” to both young and old. On March 16, 2011, her 90th birthday, the Wayne County Commission proclaimed that day as Nancy Belle Marcum Appreciation Day throughout Wayne County. She loved to read and cook and composed a cookbook titled “Granny Belle’s Recipes” of all her favorites including her famous chocolate gravy. She is survived by her children and spouses, Gail (T.J.) Stepp, George (Bobbie) Marcum of Stepptown,W.Va., Timothy (Sandee) Marcum of Louisville, Ky., Judy Marcum and CJ Williams of Winterhaven, Florida; five grandchildren, Melissa (Clyde) Richardson, Meleana (Keith) Sturgell, Marsha (Steven) Sartin, Travis (Cynthia) Howell and Matt Marcum; nine great-grandchildren, Candice Richardson, Austin Richardson, Brandon Richardson, Chelsey Sturgell, Colby Sartin, Chase Sartin, Lexie Howell, Haylen Howell and Juianna Howell; two great-great-grandchildren, Devon Ferguson and Brooklyn Branham; two sisters, Daisy Bleau and Maevenna Cruiso of Florida; one dog, Higgens Marcum. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Howell, on Dec. 25, 2017; six brothers, George, Robert, Rodger, Bainbridge, Clayton and Jim Damron; two sisters, Faye Ross and Dottie Goble. May you rest in peace, beautiful lady, and find comfort in the hands of angels. Pastor Bob Perry will officiate, with assistance from Pastor Ken Allen and Pastor Brownie Allen. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Callaham Funeral, Inez, Ky.

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