Melissa ‘Missy’ J. Knicely

Melissa “Missy” J. Knicely, 46, of Scott Depot, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013.

Missy was a native of Clarksburg, and was proud of the Stealey Community, where she grew up and went to Morgan Elementary. Central Junior High School, and graduated in 1985 from Washington Irving High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State College.

Missy went on to a retail career with Belk Department and Bed Bath and Beyond and was very proud of her business accomplishments.

On Sept. 3, 2005 she and Jamie Knicely were married in Elkins. Missy and Jamie were very happy in their home in Scott Depot, until her untimely death.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph W. and Frankie Howard Dawson, sister Marsha Dawson Peasak, and brother Eric Dawson.

Missy is survived by her husband Jamie Knicely; stepson Devin Knicely and his wife, Kinslie, and their son, Conor, of Hinesville, Ga.; stepson Brandon Knicely of Elkins; sister Dr. Brenda Dawson of Baton Rouge, La.; brother Kevin Dawson, nephew Michael Urso of Ariz.; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law Suzanne and Jim Knicely of Ocala, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th Street, Nitro, WV 25143 with Pastor John Hayes officiating. Following the service family and friends will gather at Scarlet Oaks Country Club to celebrate Missy’s life.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro is assisting the Knicely Family and you may express online at