Fred Hudson Covert, 92, of Greenview, went home to be with the Lord on April 17, 2014. He passed away at home.
He was born in Blair on Aug. 29, 1921, and was the son of the late Everett Covert and Cordia Potter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Caro Belle Barger, Nora Jane Owens, Ben Covert, Laura Ruth Brandon and Bobby Keith Covert, and his son, Freddie Joe Covert.
He worked for Westmoreland Coal for 28 years and retired in 1981. He worked for Sports Coal Company for nine years, served for the Merchant Marines for three years and he was superintendent/mine foreman for Ferrell Mines for nine years. He was also a member of the UMWA for 38 years and a member of the Westmoreland Mine Rescue for 10 years.
He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Rebekah Lodge 99; 32nd Degree A&A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Charleston, and Valley of Logan since 1974; the Odell Lodge No. 115 of Madison; and he was a Signature Member of the Kanawha Valley Amateur Archaeological Society.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Relda Frances Felty; his children, Flora June Parks, Frelin James Covert, Fonda Jeanette Keyser and Freeda Jean Russell; 18 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Fred had many hobbies; he loved to hunt and fish, garden, can food and make jelly and do woodwork. He was a beekeeper and he harvested honey. He enjoyed catching snakes, going ginsenging, hunting arrow heads and molly moochers. One could call him a "mountain man." He was known as "The Dollar Man" to the grandchildren because he would always give them dollar bills. The grandchildren also called him "Papaw Booboo." He was one of the best people to go to for advice and he told great stories. He was loved by many and will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Fred Covert to St. Jude, 1108 3rd Ave., Huntington, WV 25701.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Handley Funeral home, Danville, with Ron Gibson and Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Family Gardens, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Mary Jane Easley, 84, of Charleston, was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on April 12, 2014, while at Eastbrook Nursing Home of Charleston.
She was a retired worker from the West Virginia Department of Highways with 16 years of service. She was a widower since 1965, loved everyone she met, was always smiling and was a very gentle-spirited woman. She loved the Lord and always had her two pins fastened to her clothes, a cross and an angel. She loved sports especially, Lakers basketball and golf (Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson). The Weather Channel should have paid her a salary because she watched it day and night and would always let you know what the weather was going to be.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Parker Easley; her mother, Gertrude Pedersen; daughter, Deborah Smith; sister, Betty Jean Sellers; and grandson, James P. Easley III.
She leaves behind a son, James P. Easley II and his wife, Kimberly, of Charleston; granddaughter, Shawnda Eckerd (husband, Morgan) of Lexington, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Drew Hallie, Bryn Parker and one-on-the-way, Sage Eastyn Eckerd; granddaughter, Jackie Smith of Florida; grandson, David Smith of Tennessee; two step-grandchildren, Jamie Eplin of Belle and Christopher Eplin of Charleston; and four step-great-grandchildren, Tyler, Baylee, Bristol and Paxton.
Her son James would like to express special thanks to Eastbrook Nursing Home and all of the workers there for the care and compassion they had for Mary Jane. She loved them and they loved her. As a result, the family would like, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Eastbrook for needs for the residents.
A memorial service is tentatively planned for the future; no date has been set as of yet.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Easley family.
Mr. Timothy Gene Fox, 52, of Black Betsy, passed away April 17, 2014.
Tim was a contractor and a Air Force Veteran. He is preceded in death by his father, Elmer Eugene Fox.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Wendy Fox; daughter, Abby Fox; mother, Eva Vandergriff Shaffer; brother, Brett Fox; and sisters, Anita and husband, Thomas Frame and Terri Breeden.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Timothy Fox will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Fox family.
Aubrey A. Gent Sr., 75, of Wharton, passed away April 18, 2014, at home.
He was a retired miner and an Army veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Wilda Moore Gent.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lois Gent; sons, Neal (Katrina) Gent of Davin and Aubrey Gent Jr. at home; adopted sons, Justin Gent (Jessica Wilcox) at home and Joey Gent (Cassie Green) of Bigson; grandchildren, Tia Gent (Corey Castle) of Danville and Austin Gent of Davin; great-grandchild, Landon Green; brother, Carl (Lynn) Gent of Foster; and sister, Kitty (Frank) Moore of Georgia.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Ronald Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery, Bald Knob, with military graveside rites by Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison.
Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Kenneth Lee Grose, 67, of Bickmore, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 22, 1946, in Bickmore, to the late Jacob McKinley and Jessie Delilah Buckbee Grose. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Jane.
He was a member of Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Adonijah, a member of the UMWA and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, David (Sebrina) Grose of Bickmore and Kenneth R. (Tina) Grose of Indore; daughters and sons-in-law, Tanya (Teddy) Jones of Lizemores and Melissa (Paul) Sanders of Lizemores; brother and sister-in-law, David "Mike" (JoAnn) Grose of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Minister Jadie Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the funeral home chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Grose family.
Paul Thomas High, 56, of Charleston, died April 20, 2014, at CAMC General Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. High was a lockmaster with the U.S. Corps of Engineers and an avid WVU Mountaineers fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Mary High, and a sister, Margaret Aliff.
Survivors include his son and his wife, Brandon and Cherie High of Oakdale, Pa.; daughter, Rachel High of Oakdale; brother, David High of Edmond, Okla.; and sisters, Kathy Steakley of Edmond and Elizabeth Skelton of West Lafayette, Ind.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with his brother David High officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Larry Douglas James of Oak Hill entered his eternal home, and was reunited with his beloved wife, Debbie, on April 18, 2014, at his home following a long illness. Born Dec. 21, 1952, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Paskell Davis James and Icie Missouri Drennen James. Larry was a 1971 graduate of Collins High School, and he was a member of Mountain View Church of God, Hilltop, where he served as a member of the choir and a past member of the board of directors for Mountain View Christian School. Before his illness, Larry had been caregiver for his late wife and worked as a vehicle salesman. Most people in Fayette County would know his friendly face from Deligne's Ford, previously in Ansted, where he worked for many years.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah "Debbie" Lynn Atha James; two children, Jason Douglas and Charlean Renee; father-in-law, Charley Hampton Atha; brother, Kenneth James; sister, Evelyn Nugen and her husband, Bert Nugen; and brother-in-law, Charley "CH" Atha Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Tiffany James of Simpsonville, S.C.; "adopted" daughter, Brandi Turner and her son, Corban; brother, Orville James and wife, Anna; sister-in-law, Deborah Atha; sister-in-law, Judith James Price; nieces, Kristi Atha-Rader, Joyce Fawcett, Karen Hildebrand, Diane Hogan and Sandra Price; nephews, Danny James, Chip Atha, Allen Nugen, Shawn James, Kenny James and Chris James; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and many close friends.
Larry will be remembered by his family and friends for his playfulness and love for friends and family. If you were his friend, you knew that he would always be there for you. Larry loved God, his friends and family, music, his guitars, cars and his guns. He liked nothing more than to sing at church, and his deep voice singing "The Lighthouse" with hands raised and tears in his eyes, receiving a blessing and blessing others, will not be forgotten. He was a big teddy bear with a huge heart, and his hugs will be missed by all who knew him.
Service for Larry James will be held at Mountain View Church of God, 2 Mountain View Road, Hilltop, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, with the Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Pea Ridge Road, Oak Hill.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Mountain View Christian School scholarship fund in his memory.
Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com. Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.
John William Kelley Jr., 92, of Fraziers Bottom, went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014. In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3624 Winfield Road, Winfield, is honored to serve the Kelley family.
Ruth Bouknight McGee, 89, wife of John Frampton McGee, went to sleep peacefully with John by her side on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Born Dec. 7, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Heber T. and Julia M. Bouknight of Irmo, S.C. She was pre-deceased by four brothers, H. Felder Bauknight, Hermes C. Bouknight, Thelbert G. Bouknight and C. Preston Bouknight; and two sisters, Julia P. Eleazer and Charlotte J. Harrell.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, John F. McGee of Charleston; son, Dr. Charles V. Smedley (Sue) of Goose Creek, S.C.; daughters, Beverly Hardy (Archie) of Saluda, S.C. and Catharine Mebane (Bern) of Greenville, S.C.; and a sister Zelma Prim of Columbia, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Sarah J. Smedley, William deBerniere Mebane, Jr. (Martha Corcoran), Harriet Bacot Mebane, Catharine Mebane Sturtevant (Andrew), Jane Mebane Mobley (Joe), John McGee Mebane, Beverly Mebane Helms (Carter), Perry Kinder Longno (Lance) and Emmie Kinder Wright (Jonathan); and 14 great-grandchildren. She loved all her children and grandchildren and her face would just light at the mention of their names.
After moving to Charleston to be with her husband, John, Ruth immediately became involved with the community in so many ways. Ruth was a hospital volunteer for CAMC and joined the Louden Heights Garden Club. She was a talented gardener and the gardens at their home reflected that talent. She was a beautiful, always gracious, fun, loving, warm and giving lady and loved by all.
She always had a smile for anyone she met and together with her husband, John, have given so much to the city of Charleston including the "Hallelujah" metal sculpture at the Clay Center, lighting scheme of the South Side Bridge, colored lights to the Lee Street and Kanawha Boulevard bridges just to name a few. She was especially pleased when she and John donated funds for a new pipe organ at the First Presbyterian Church where she and John have been members since moving to Charleston in 1971.
Ruth and John enjoyed traveling the world and often took friends and family with them. They loved sharing their fortunes and giving others an opportunity to see the world through their eyes. Ruth was known for her love of shopping, especially in Thailand. She was happiest when she could take you to streets of Bangkok for the best "deals".
The family would like to thank her all caregivers and especially, Mary Jane Tucker, who has been a dear and longtime friend to Ruth and all the family.
A service will be held at The First Presbyterian Church, Charleston on Wednesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ruth B. and John F. McGee Foundation, 300 Chase Tower, 707 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, WV 25301
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home and Crematorium, Charleston is in charge of arrangements.
Dwight Wallace Parsons, 81, of Ripley, died April 19, 2014. Service will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with visitation beginning at 4:30 p.m. Committal service wil be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Aliquippa, Pa.
Samuel Dee Swartz, 38, of Winfield, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at CAMC General Division, after a sudden illness.
He was a member of the Open Door Apostolic Church, Charleston and was a member of the Board of Directors for Winfield Little League and served as head coach for the girls softball team. He was the general manager for ASAP Fire Alarm and Security Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rossell and Kathleen Swartz.
Surviving are his wife, Meghan Swartz; sons, Jacob Gilbert and Jonah Gilbert Swartz; daughter, Katherine Grace Swartz of Winfield; brothers, Sherman Swartz of St. Albans, Butchie Swartz of Oklahoma, Scooter Swartz of Charleston, Donald Gillispie of Alum Creek, David Gillispie of Cross Lanes; sisters, Thea Edens and Cissy Brown both of St. Albans.
Service will be 7 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Pastor Chris Sowards officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Samuel's memory through Chase bank by calling Chris Childress at 304-760-1101.
Robert N. "Bob" White, 70, of Cedar Grove, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at home after a long illness.
Bob lived most of his life in Cedar Grove and was a retired coal miner with Peabody Coal Co. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon of the church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was in the Paratroopers. Bob had 49 jumps behind him.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Vinyard and Delzia White of Shrewsbury.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Sue Wyatt White at home; daughter, Stephanie Legg and her husband, Roger, of Cedar Grove; grandchildren, Roger "Tres," Taylor Renee and Charlee Brianna, all of Cedar Grove; brother, Alan Dale White of Shrewsbury; sister, Gloria Snider and her husband, Michael, of Angier, N.C.; sister, Karen Ann Ballard and her husband, Tom, of Nicholasville, Ky.; sister-in-law, Diana Meadows and her husband, Bill, of East Bank; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be Wednesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 319 E. Ward St., Cedar Grove, with the Rev. Don Toler officiating. Burial will follow the service in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Friends may call Tuesday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com.
Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Evan Wingate, 50, of Hurricane, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer.
Born May 15, 1963, in Charleston, he was a son of D.C. and Louise Walters Wingate of Clendenin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell and Katherine Wingate and Louis and Lute Walters, and his father-in-law, J.B. Carte Jr.
Evan was a 1981 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and received his degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery. He was employed by Columbia Gas Transmission for the past 28 years. A Protestant, he grew up in the Clendenin United Methodist Church, which also hosted his Cub Scout Pack No. 144. A simple man who loved simple things, Evan was an avid gardener, farmer and member of the Putnam County Farm Bureau.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Stephanie Carte Wingate; his daughters, Jessica Marie Wingate and Erin Nicole Wingate, both at home; his sister, Dee Ann Price of South Charleston; his brother, Raymond Dale Wingate (Paula) of Austin, Texas; his mother-in-law, Ardieth Carte of Elkview; his sister-in-law, Renae Barlow (Paul) of Brecksville, Ohio; his brother-in-law, Mike Carte (Georgann) of Cleveland, Ohio; and also surviving are aunts, uncles, several nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Gary Walker officiating. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Friday at Fortune Cemetery, Montgomery County, Ky.
You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1700 Mac Corkle Ave. SE 3rd Floor, Charleston, WV 25314; Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311; Putnam County Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 279, Eleanor, WV 25070-0279; or to a charity of your choice.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, was honored to serve the Wingate family.