Ova Louisa Bragg, 86, of Big Springs, Tanner Community (Gilmer County), passed away May 15, 2014, at 9:51 p.m., at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, W.Va., after a sudden illness.
She was born April 17, 1928, on the Revere Homeplace, one of six children, to the late John G. and Delphia F. (Lochard) Weaver.
Ova went to a one-room school for some years, "Good Old Trace Fork," and walked each day, quite a good way for a small child starting to school way back then, not many automobiles in those days. Ova attended Tanner High School. Later in life, she received her G.E.D., graduated from Morgantown Beauty School and became a licensed beautician.
She was employed at Cox's Beauty Shop and Milliards Owens Beauty Shop, both in Parkersburg. Later, Ova felt she was much needed at home and returned to Trace Fork to help with her aging mother. Ova loved her family, the outdoors, her Bible and her feline animals. She was a Christian and has been a member of The Old Nobe Chapel Baptist Church since a young child. She loved many and many loved her.
Ova is survived by a stepson, Charles Bragg of Charleston, W.Va.; and her oldest sister, Mae E. (Weaver) Jennings of Grantsville (formerly of Nobe Community). Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.
Ova was preceded in death by her husband of 11 years, William H. Bragg of Charleston, in September 1982; an infant stepdaughter; two sisters, Ava Naylor of East Rochester, Ohio, and Mary Yoak of Five Forks Community (Calhoun County); and two brothers, Johnny Weaver of Trace Fork (Gilmer County), and Bernard Weaver of Glenville, formerly of Trace Fork. Also preceding was a niece, Thelma Naylor; and three nephews, Michael Naylor, Jeffrey Naylor and Roger Weaver.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ellyson Mortuary Inc., with the Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner, W.Va. Friends may call from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.