Today's Obituaries

Bonnie Bell Bearss Burgan

Bonnie Bell Bearss Burgan died peacefully in Brevard, North Carolina, on August 14, 2017. Bonnie was born March 25, 1924 in Ellsworth, Michigan to Hubert and Rose Bearss. Bonnie was raised in Michigan and married Grover Burgan in 1943. They later moved to Charleston, West Virginia, where they raised their family.

Bonnie was a graduate of Morris Harvey College and Marshall University. She taught business education classes at South Charleston High School for 20 years. Bonnie was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston. After retiring, Bonnie and Grover moved to Brevard, North Carolina in 1985.

In retirement, Bonnie was an active member of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. She was an ordained Elder in both the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, W.Va., and the Brevard-Davidson Presbyterian Church. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and at the Transylvania Community Hospital.

A memorial service for Bonnie is scheduled at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on September 16, at 2 p.m. The Reverend Keith Thompson will officiate.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Grover, daughter, Sharon Satterfield, and son, Douglas Burgan. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Graham (Bruce), daughter, Linda Herbert, daughter in-law, Dawna Burgan, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Transylvania Habitat for Humanity, 692 Ecusta Road, Brevard, NC 28712 or CarePartners Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 21, Brevard, NC 28712.

The family would like to thank the staff of Tore's home in Brevard and CarePartners Home Care and Hospice in Brevard for their care and dedication. The family would also like to thank friend and accountant George Lee for his assistance in looking after Bonnie's affairs.

Jessica Erin Comer

Jessica Erin Comer age 35, of Deep Water, died August 15, 2017. She was born June 5, 1982, and is the daughter of Mary Jo Trowbridge of Smithers and the late Eddie Trowbridge. She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Joseph and Mary Ann Crist and paternal grandparents Cecelia and Charles Trowbridge.

She was a graduate of Valley High School in Smithers.

Surviving is her husband of 15 years Allen "Ace" Comer II; children Allen "A.J." Comer III and daughter Lily May Comer; mother Mary Jo Trowbridge of Smithers; brother Larry Trowbridge of Smithers: sisters Lori Black and husband Chad and Amanda Pancake and her husband Daniel; father and mother in-laws Allen and Karen Comer of Deep Water and Anjelik and George Farley of Charleston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law Maxwell and Katheryn Hill III of Mt. Carbon, David and Carol Querry of Wheeling, Seth and Marrissa Parker of St. Albans, Bryant and Talisha Comer of Charleston, Jerry and Brandy Fernatt of Charleston; sister-in-law Cassidy Farley of Charleston; nine nephews and seven nieces, and good friend Ricki Haire of Mt. Carbon.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Chris Wriston officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Garden at Glasgow. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home on Saturday. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Jerri-Lee Connell

Jerri-Lee Mendonca Connell, 71, of Oak Hill, sister of Vicki Collida, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington. She was a Mary Kay sales person. Chapman's Mortuary is assisting the family and no services are scheduled.

Sam Eugene Daniels

Sam Eugene Daniels, 51, of Bomont, entered into rest Monday, August 14, 2017.

Born November 25, 1965, in Charleston, he was the son of Maven and Lucy (Burdette) Daniels.

Sam is survived by his wife, Sandra Daniels of Bomont; sons, Samuel Daniels of Texas, Robert Daniels of Gauley Bridge, Jordan Daniels and Brandon Daniels both of Bomont; daughter, Danielle Boggess of Charleston; brothers, Avis Daniels of Weston and Maven Daniels of Charleston; sisters, Virginia Falls of Blue Creek and Sheryl Pittman of Charleston; two grandsons, Oliver Boggess and Cadeyrn Daniels; and granddaughter, Elysia Wolf.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, at Smith Cemetery, Bomont, with Minister Cecil Lee Officiating.

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Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Daniels family.

Merlene Dooley

Merlene Dooley, 76, of Summersville, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, in Mt. Nebo, with visitation one hour prior to services. White Funeral Home in Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.

Vivian Graham

Vivian Joyce Shelton Graham, 68, of Hurricane, went to Heaven on August 14, 2017. During her courageous battle with cancer, Joyce and family were cared for and comforted by Dr. Timothy DeEulis, the wonderful staff at St. Mary's Hospital Oncology floor, and Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Joyce was born on October 6, 1948, in West Hamlin, to the late Clifford and Nona Covey Shelton. Joyce graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1966 from Guyan Valley High School. She graduated from Marshall University Magna Cum Laude and then earned her Master of Arts plus 15 in Library Science.

On October 22, 1971, she married the love of her life, Danny, who never left her side. She was a librarian at Hurricane Middle School until starting her family. Joyce was also an active member of the Church in the Valley in Milton, where she started the church's first library with her friend, Jean Simmons. She was an AWANA leader and faithful member of the Church in the Valley choir, where she sang many solos.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of almost 46 years, Danny Graham, and two daughters and their spouses, Tiffany and Chris Showalter, and Amy and Jerry Black, both couples from Atlanta, Ga. She also leaves behind her two most precious treasures, her granddaughters Lily Grace and Madelyn Rose Showalter.

She will be missed by her numerous family members, friends, church family, as well as, her beloved neighbors who were more like family. Joyce loved reading, singing, cheering for the WVU Mountaineers, and tellíng anyone who would listen about the antics of her granddaughters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 18, at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, by Pastors Dr. Stan Maynard and Troy Nicely. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Enon Cemetery, Salt Rock. Memorial contributions may be made to Church in the Valley, 1173 James River Turnpike, Milton, WV, 25541. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Robert Halonen

Husband, father, businessman, professor and philanthropist, Robert John ("Bob") Halonen passed away at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at the age of 77, after a year-long battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer.

The only child of the late Edward and Martha Halonen, Robert was born on March 18, 1940, in Virginia, Minnesota. He is an alumnus of Gilbert (MN) High School, the University of Minnesota (BSB), the University of Chicago (MBA) and the University of Arizona (PhD). Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Robert lived for many years in Charleston, West Virginia.

Having shown an aptitude for finance, Robert spent his early professional years as a professor. He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Economics, Finance and Healthcare Administration at numerous institutions, including the University of Arizona and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The majority of his career was spent in healthcare. Over the course of this career, he was entrusted with managing the financial operations of Trihealth, where he was CFO, The Bethesda Foundation (VP Treasury/Investment), the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System (SVP of Finance), Georgetown University Medical Center (CFO) and Charleston Area Medical Center (VP for Finance).

Robert felt strongly about giving back to the community and applied his talents by serving on various boards of numerous organizations, including Kaleida Healthcare, The College of Mount St. Joseph, Lighthouse Youth Services and Hospice of Cincinnati.

Robert is survived by his wife, Susan, and his four children, Michael (Michelle), Matthew (Laura), Kathleen and Christopher. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Kathleen Braun, and his three grandchildren.

Family, friends and all others whose lives Robert touched are invited to a memorial celebration of his life from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at Kenwood Country Club (6501 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Robert J. Halonen to Hospice of Cincinnati ( or Hospice of Cincinnati, c/o Bethesda Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263) and Lighthouse Youth Services ( or 401 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206).

Harlan "Jerry" James

Harlan Gerald "Jerry" James age 74, of Bedford, Ohio, passed away on August 12, 2017, in Richmond Heights, Ohio, following an extended illness. Jerry was born on January 19, 1943, in Baldwin. Funeral service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., in Glenville, at 11 a.m. Friday, August 18. Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family.

Mary Elaine Long

Mary Elaine Long, 83, of Dunbar, passed from this life to her heavenly home on August 4, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House.

Mary was a retired teacher and long-time volunteer for Hospice and Dunbar-Institute Samaritan Canter.

She was a Christian and an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Bertha Long.

She is survived by her cousin, George McCoppa of Toledo, OH; and many friends who will miss her.

Thanks to Hubbard Hospice House for taking such good care of Mary in her final days.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar with the Rev. Dr. Patricia Jarvis. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W. Charleston, WV 25387.

Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Sara Maxson

Sara Lee Maxson, 63, of Winfield, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at CAMC Teays Valley. Sara was born November 5, 1953, in Chilicothe, Ohio, to the late Robert and Myrle Ewing. Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Maxson family.

Ricky McBrayer

Ricky Joe McBrayer, 58, of Marmet, died August 14, 2017. Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with visitation two hours prior. Details at

Freeman Owen Means

Freeman Owen Means, 81, of Kenna, passed away Sunday, July 30, 3017, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington. He was a farmer. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, August 27, at his residence in Kenna.

Phyllis Potterfield

Phyllis Mary Potterfield, 67, of Charleston, died August 13, 2017. She was born July 28, 1950, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Potterfield of Charleston.

She is survived by her father, Tom Potterfield of Charleston; her brothers, Tom (Rebecca) Potterfield of Haddon Township, N.J., and Michael Potterfield of Charleston; her sisters, Ann (Jim) Weimer, Suzanne (Ed) Pancake of Charleston, Lucy (Tom) Stec of Ripley and Charleston, S.C., Betsy (Mark) Byers of Leonardtown, Md., and special "sister," Ann Guthrie Brown of Miamisburg, Ohio; her nieces, Meg (Ken) Moss of Sanford, N.C., Blair (David) Dellenbach of North Charleston, S.C., and Ann Pancake of Greensboro, N.C.; her nephews, Tom (Elisabeth) Galperin of Maineville, Ohio, Tom (Ciana) Stec of Berlin, Germany, Paul Pancake of Macon, Georgia, and David Pancake of Charleston; seven grand-nephews; and her dogs, Hadley and Katy.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Hauslein Potterfield; her sister, Katharine Potterfield of Charleston; her grandparents, Garland and Phyllis Potterfield of Charleston and Lucien and Katherine Houslein of Philadelphia, Pa.

Phyllis attended Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, finishing first in her class; graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane university, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Tulane University Scholars, having spent her junior year abroad in England. She then completed Tulane University School of Law JD 1975, 11th in a class of 178, receiving the Order of the Coif, and numerous other awards in various aspects of the law. She belonged to Omicron Delta Kappa.

She then became the Administrative Counsel, Supreme Court of Louisiana, in 1979. In 1981, she returned to her native WV and joined the law firm of Bowles Rice, representing national and regional manufacturing, chemical, coal and construction companies in WV state and federal courts and before Workers' Compensation Office of Judges and Board of Review. She retired in December 2016.

Outside her profession, Phyllis' life centered around her family and friends. She was the "special Guardian" of her brother, Michael, for 37 years. Through her devotion to Michael, she became heavily involved in WV Special Olympics and as an advocate for those persons with special needs. She could be seen every June leading the awards ceremonies at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Laidley Field. She had a second home on the Greenbrier River near Lewisburg. It was lovingly referred to as "The River" as is the favorite relaxation spot for all the family members - especially children. There is nothing better than fishing, canoeing, skipping rocks, walking on the Greenbrier Trail, and sitting on the deck watching the amazing beauty of the river and mountains. Phyllis also had a special passion for her Clumber Spaniels. She was the Public Education Chair for the Clumber Spaniel Club of America, while also participating in Clumber Spaniel and Cavalier rescues.

Phyllis was generous to a fault. She loved being in charge and providing joy to all she met. She will be greatly missed by all.

A memorial mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in South Charleston, 11 a.m. Friday, August 18. on Thursday, August 17, there will be visitation with the family from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., followed immediately by "A Celebration of Phyllis' Life."

In lieu of flowers, and to honor Phyllis, the family suggests donations to Special Olympics West Virginia-Kanawha County, P.O. Box 463, Dunbar, WV 25064, or to the Potterfield Memorial Fund with the Clumber Spaniel Club of America at

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are being handled by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston, W.Va.

Barbara Saunders

Barbara Lynn Saunders, 58, of Handerson, passed away August 15, 2017, at home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

James Shelton

Mr. James Allen Shelton, 63, of Nitro, passed away August 15, 2017, at home with his loving wife and best friend Becky Shelton by his side.

He is also survived by his grandsons Ryan Michael Shelton at home and Trevor Shelton of Poca; daughter Vanessa Hartwell of South Charleston; son Jeffrey Shelton of Poca.

He was a 33-year employee of Solvaria Specialties, formerly Internationals Filler Corp.

At Mr. Shelton's request, he was cremated and there will be no services.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Shelton family.

Gaylord Shumaker

Gaylord Ray Shumaker, 85, of Ravenswood, passed away August 15, 2017, at CAMC General Hospital in Charleston. He was born June 28, 1932, in Caperton, son of the late Ira and Catherine Henley Shumaker.

Ray was a 1951 graduate of Fayetteville High School, where he received All State Honorable Mention in football and held the scoring record in basketball for over 40 years. He coached little league baseball for 15 years and midget league basketball and football for 12 years. He played competition basketball in his late fifties and he enjoyed golfing. He loved his grandkids and great grandkids. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. in Ravenswood.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Shirley Shumaker of Ravenswood; sons, Stephen Shumaker of Scott Depot, Brent Shumaker and Tim Shumaker, both of Ravenswood; two sisters, Imogene Hambrick of Ripley and Iris Capelety of Elyria, Ohio; grandchildren, Tessa, Jared and Michael Shumaker, Chelsie Painter and Meghan Easterly; and great- grandchildren, Bryan Lutz and Isaeh Stark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Michael Ray Shumaker.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood with Pastor AllenStewart officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Garden in Fayetteville at a later date. Friends may visit the family from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ravenswood Little League, P.O. Box 613, Ravenswood, WV 26164, or to Ravenswood Little League, c/o Premier Bank, 601 Washington Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

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Virginia Smith

Virginia Christine Smith, 62, of Newton, went to be with the Lord August 15, 2017, at the home of her sister with her family surrounding her. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 18, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.

Winoma M. Spurgeon

Winoma Marguerite Spurgeon, 87, of Hurricane, and formerly of Parkersburg, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Broadmore Senior Living facility. She graduated from Glenville State College and received her Master's in Music Education at Marshall University. She was a retired band director and music teacher, having taught 35 years at various schools including Tygarts Valley High School, Pickens, Colton, Parkersburg Catholic School, Romney School for the Blind, and several others as well as taught many private violin and piano lessons. Winoma was a lifetime member of the American Association of Woman Band Directors. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren and served in Germany and Austria as a volunteer with the church during the 1950's. While in Parkersburg, she attended church at the Salvation Army where she played trumpet and piano for services.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oral and Stacy (Burton) Spurgeon of Bear Fork and her husband, Hobert Prunty. She is survived by her brother, Robert Spurgeon and his wife, Eileen; nephews, Randy Spurgeon and his wife, Debbie; Daniel Spurgeon and his wife, Tammy; niece, Teresa Harrison and her husband, Larry; great nephews and nieces, Joseph, David, Joshua, and Luke Spurgeon, and Jonathan, Sarah, and Amy Harrison; also 12 great-great nieces and nephews.

Her whole life was devoted to the church and to teaching music. She provided instruments for any child who needed one and loved passing the joy of music on to everyone she met. She was very much loved and will be sadly missed by so many. Thanks for the music, Winoma.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 18, at 2 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg, with Rev. Randy Spurgeon officiating. Interment will follow at the Spurgeon Cemetery on Bear Fork. Visitation will be on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. before the service.

Clarence Wilson

Clarence Wilson, 90, of Chicago, Ill., passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funerals for: August 17, 2017

Banks, Frances E. 10 a.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Burdette, Edward 1 p.m., Cunningham

Clay Jr., Eustace 1 p.m., Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek.

Coffman, Terry 2 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Cutlip, Helen 3 p.m., Independence United Methodist Church, Sandyville.

Richards, Olive 1 p.m.,Stumps Funeral & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville.

Rutledge, Rosalie 7 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Seabolt, Norma 1 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ, Montgomery.

Strait II, Daniel 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Stutler, Sharon Rae 11 a.m., Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston.

Williamson, Tasha 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.