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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WV                                   Volume 7             Issue 2                               July - December, 2013
In this Issue: Introducing:  The South Fork Cemetery Association
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Introducing:  The South Fork Cemetery Association

Written by:  Mike Spiker


Note from Editor:  For years our parents generously contributed to the South Fork Cemetery.  Now that so many of them have passed on, who is left to carry on the tradition?  Mike Spiker has the answer....

     I had previously discussed with Mark (Spiker) and Uncle Paul (Miller) that I wanted to set up a tax-exempt organization to which tax-exempt contributions could be made -- and hopefully accumulated -- to assist in the long-term care and maintenance of the cemetery.  Called the "South Fork Cemetery Association", it would be governed by a three member Board, elected by anyone who has an interest in the cemetery, at election once per year (currently Miles Ball is President & Mark Spiker is Vice President.) 

     Uncle Paul said he would be interested in supporting the concept and asked that I keep him informed.  I funded the setup and did the legal for free.  The long process was finally completed last spring when we received our IRS tax-exempt letter.

     I kept Uncle Paul -- as well as (his daughter) Paula (Nolan) -- informed of my efforts, and when I at long last got the IRS letter, he said he was ready to send me money.  He then told me that his contribution was for $50,000 and he did not want credit but wanted it named the "Spiker Family Endowment Fund" in tribute for his long-held appreciation of the Spiker family and the role they have played -- and continue to play -- in his family's life and in the community. 

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     So after learning Paula would be attending the reunion with son Ryan, his wife Barbara, and two of their three children (the first reunion for Barbara & the kids) I paid to have a giant "sample" check created -- like those they give out at golf tournaments.  As everyone was waiting for their pictures at the reunion, I called Mark, Paula, Ryan and family to the front and announced Paul's generous donation.  I had Paula, Ryan and son -- 3 generations -- present the "sample" check to Mark.

     I hope this will inspire others to make gifts of any amount to the group so that our forefathers/mothers and our generation will have a place to rest that is suitably maintained.  These old cemeteries are hard to keep up and if the church ever ceases to operate then at least there will be something in place to cover mowing the grass and other maintenance at the cemetery. 



    (Haley Conley-Cloughessy has uploaded more family photos to her Shutterfly account.  Click here to view.)

Husband & Wife Earn Medical Degrees  
Written by:  Jake Stump, University Relations/News
Reprinted with Permission:  "Diary of a Mountaineer:  2013 Commencement



     Reach for your defibrillator, because a diary wouldn’t be a diary without a heart-jolting love story.

     On Sunday morning, Grant Morris and Alison Spiker lined up with the other students awaiting their medical degrees at the School of Medicine ceremony. They didn’t get to stand in line side-by-side, though you could probably see little cartoon hearts pop up next to them as they traded starry-eyed gazes.



     Morris and Spiker are married – united through God, medicine and being Mountaineers.

     They first met as undergrads here. Morris, of Morgantown, stuck around after high school to study psychology at WVU. Spiker, of Ripley, came here to study biology and serve as a multi-year captain for the women’s cross country team.


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     Most women might envy Spiker’s skills of running, which can come in handy when approached by a wooing suitor. But Spiker didn’t run away. They struck up a friendship through a college ministry and after two years, that friendship turned into something more. Both decided to pursue med school at WVU and on one particular night of studying together, Morris had a question for Spiker. “I found a ring for $70 that had scripture on it from the book of Ruth,” he said. “In Hebrew, it said, ‘Wherever you go, I will follow.’ It’s a symbol of our commitment together.”

     Spiker didn’t pick up on the fact that Morris was down on one knee. As soon as he started quoting scripture, she knew something was going on. “I was, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s quoting scripture. That is really interesting.’ Then it clicked,” she said.

     The couple went running to the altar. Morris had morphed into a runner himself, often joining Spiker on those 5 a.m. runs. I’d still bet my money on Spiker. “Med school is challenging,” Morris said. “To have your wife and best friend beside you in the trenches at the same time … I wouldn’t have made it without her. I couldn’t wait to hear her name called and watch her cross the stage and get hooded. I was next to her when she was putting in countless hours and late nights. Now it’s our big day of officially becoming physicians.”

     Spiker said, “I wouldn’t have made it, either. God has been a big part of our life from the beginning, and we are both lucky to be in love with our best friend.”

     And we are lucky to have both of them as new doctors representing the gold and blue.







   Submitted by Cathy Spiker-Gregis  (Nov 2013) --  Two of my grandchildren graduated from high school in May.  Shelly's son, Clayton Yeager, is playing football at Concord University.  Keri's daughter, Morgan Hurst, is attending Fairmont State University.

     Soon after their graduation, we sold our home in Jane Lew & purchased property near our daughter, Keri, along the South Fork of the Hughes River in Doddridge County.  We knew we could live in our RV for a few weeks while our new home was being manufactured.  Unfortunately, those few weeks became MONTHS.  Due to numerous, unexpected delays, we were unable to move into our house until just a few days before I had knee replacement surgery.  The surgery went well.  I'm slowly recovering but anxious to get on my feet again soon.  For one thing, I'd like to learn more about the historical one-room school house that is on our new homestead.  We're located very close to the Spiker Farm so I am wondering if anyone in our family attended or taught there.  Does anyone know this school house's name and history?

  High School Grads - Morgan & Clayton Historical one-room school house is located on Gregis Farm.  



Submitted by Melinda Chambers (Nov. 2013) --
I wanted to let the Spiker family know that Byron was recently diagnosed with fluid on the brain (hydrocephalus) and was in the hospital to get a shunt put in his head to help remove excess spinal fluid. We found out that this was what was causing his problems walking, along with other symptoms. He got along well, and is recovering nicely. He has been able to lose weight and walk without assistance. We are so very thankful that we were able to get the problem diagnosed. We have been blessed.



  Submitted by Chris Chambers (May 2013) -- Attached are the pictures from the cover of my new solo music album. The album title is "Weathervane" and features 14 of my original tracks and one cover song (total of 15 songs). The style of music is mixture between country, bluegrass and gospel. I finished the project in May of this year and got the finished product back in June. The project took nearly a year and a half to complete and is selling well. It was recently juried and accepted into the Tamarack and is being sold there now! Anyone who would like to purchase a copy can do so from me anytime at RR 1 Box 189X, Keyser, WV  26726 / Home Phone:  304-298-2124.  The cost of the CD is $15 plus shipping.  Thank you!


  1.  Right Next to You and Me    
2.  Until the Big Starry Sky Turned Blue    
3.  Weathervane    
4.  Gonna Break My Bad Habits (If They Don't Break Me First)    
5.  Gotta Love My Woman   
 6.  When Love's So Far Away    
7.  Running    
8.  Broken Past the Point of No Return    
9.  Sarah My Dear Wife*    
10.  Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere    
11.  The Old Graveyard    
12.  Baby Girl    
13.  I Guess I'm Winning    
14.  Life of Regret    
15.  What a Friend We Have in Jesus**



  Submitted by Wayne Struzik (Sept. 2013) -- Many of you know my grandson, RC Brunstetter will be going to NC State in January to play football as a Long Snapper.  He gets a full ride.  Some of you don't know what that is...Long Snapper...he gets the ball to the punter 15 yards away in less than a second, does the same for the field goal and the point after, and must do it perfectly every time.  Not by looking, but by knowing where to get it.  Watch a Long Snapper this weekend.  Players on his team say, "Don't get hurt RC; we can't do what you do!"  He will be playing behind the first team All-American Long Snapper Scotty Thompson next fall.  RC is now 6' 5", about 240 lbs.  Grandfathers BRAG!!!  And check THIS out:  The Top Five Awesome Jobs in Sports. 

  Wayne's daughter, Gwen, and grandson, RC. RC Brunstetter at Carter-Finley Stadium  




  Submitted by Jean Spiker (Nov. 2013) -- On Nov. 28, 2013 our grandson Derek shot his first 4 point at 75 yards in the heart, first shot....We are so proud! Of course Papaw Jeff was right at his side.




  Submitted by Jonelle Spiker-Swiger (Oct. 2013) -- I'm part of the Gary Allan fan club. LOVE his music. Anyway, I got an e-mail one Monday morning saying that they had a rare opportunity to have some fans be extras in his upcoming music video. All we had to do was be in Nashville the next day from 1-5pm dressed as if you were going to a wedding. If you were available, they asked you to send them an e-mail and they would do a blind drawing @ 4pm. When I didn't hear back at 4, I couldn't stand it and called the number and asked if I could go down as a fill-in in case someone didn't show. Turns out they hadn't drawn yet and asked for my name and I was in! I took a close friend of mine down with me and we left that night at 10pm, got to Nashville around 5am. We were only able to sleep for about 2 hours, because we were both SOO excited. It was such an amazing experience. They taped for 5 hours and I made it into the video for a whole 3 seconds, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  

  Good friends, Jonelle Swiger & Jennifer Lambert
were "extras" in Gary Allan's most recent music video.
This is a screen shot of Jonelle from music video titled,
"It Ain't the Whiskey". 

Click here for a Behind The Scenes look.




   Submitted by Haley Conley-Cloughessy (Dec. 2013) --  If you want to hear God laugh...

     Pat and I are excited to announce that our family will not only be growing -- but doubling.  That's right; we are expecting TWINS this summer!  When we decided it was time to start trying, we planned on only having one child.  (We planned.  God laughed.)  After three days of numbed shock, we are excited, worried, happy and stressed.  We can't wait to find out what we're having and have already started planning the nursery.  The babies are due July 1 and all three of us are looking healthy.


  Baby A  and   Baby B  




  Submitted by Bobbi Spiker-Conley (Dec. 2013) -- Wooooo Hooooo!




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