Audrey Sayre Hartley, 94,of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, after suffering a stroke earlier in the week.
She was the daughter of the late John J. and Ella (Cozart) Sayre, and had lived her entire life in the Cottageville area. She was a descendent of General Andrew Lewis and Jesse Hughes, the famous Indian fighter. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward; sons, Stephen and Nicholas Hartley and her brother, Clinton “Sam’ Sayre.
She was an avid cook and entered and won many cooking contests. In 1972, she won the WV Chicken Cooking Contest and competed at the National Chicken Contest in Birmingham, AL. In 1977, she won the WV Beef Contest and competed at the National Beef Contest in Columbus, OH.
She was married in 1942 to Edward Hartley, her neighbor and childhood sweetheart from Cow Run. Their marriage ended with Edward’s death in 2006. While sitting with Edward at the hospital, she wrote a legal pad of short stories about growing up on Cow Run. She had the book of short stories published in 2009. She named the book “THRESH MACHINE A COMIN’” and she dedicated it to the Memory of “That handsome neighbor boy”, Edward C. Hartley.
In earlier years, she and Edward were members of Antioch Church and belonged to the Cottageville Elementary School PTO where they participated in many fundraisers for the school. For years, she and Edward attended estate auctions in WV and OH. She was a writer for Antique Week for years and would take pictures of items at the auction and write articles describing the auction and the price of how much the items sold for. She particularly enjoyed going to auctions of Rick Pearson in Mason, WV. He would save her a front row seat, introduce her to the crowd and treat her like royalty. She was a collector of antiques and had a great knowledge of both furniture and glassware. She and Edward attended the National Wildfoods Weekend yearly since the mid 1970’s. Audrey last attended in September 2017, the week of her 94th birthday.
Survivors include her brother, Herbert Sayre, of St. Albans; son and his wife, Randall and Sandra Hartley of Evergreen Hills; daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Jim Brundige of Crawford, GA, and Debby and Dennie Shinn of Mt. Alto; grandchildren, Carla Hartley Roach and husband Ronnie, Dennie Shinn Jr. and wife, Jana, Ryan Tackett, Melanie Mosser, Tommy Hartley, Tanya Tackett Bowers and husband Jim, Jimmy Brundige, and Dr. Lance Shinn; great grandchildren, Ciara Rogers, Ian and Lilly Roach, Logan and Maci Mosser, Evan Hartley, Madyson Shinn, Rowan and Sagan Bowers, Silas, Hunter and Halo Brundige; one great great grandchild, Lorelei Cherry.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Church Cemetery on Cow Run. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
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