Today's Obituaries

Rick Aldridge

Rick Aldridge, 64, of Dunbar, died on Sunday, May 25, 2017, after a long illness.

He was an ironworker most of his life and took pride in helping build the New River Gorge bridge as well as many major highways in Boston, MA.

Rick was preceded in death by parents, Delores and Lloyd Aldridge.

He is survived by daughters, Chantelle and Amanda; brothers, Roger and Tom; and sisters, Cathy, Connie, Jackie, Donna, Jan, and Patty.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rick's name to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309, as they provided excellent care to Rick and his family during his time of need.

Miles "Junie" Barnes

Miles Mark Fisher "Junie" Barnes, 58, of Charleston, passed away June 16, 2017, at his residence.

Miles was born to the parents of Miles Mark Fisher Barnes Sr. and Sonia Louise Straughter Barnes on September 24, 1958, in Huntington.

He was a graduate of Stonewall High School, retired from the City of Charleston and was a veteran in the U.S. Army.

Miles was preceded in death by his father, Miles Mark Fisher Barnes Sr.

He is survived by daughter, Ebony Barnes (Randy Gray), brother, Benny Barnes (Johnanna), and sister, Cindy (Samuel Pierre) Moss, all of Charleston.

Miles also leaves to cherish his memory a host of family and friends. He will truly be missed.

Service will be noon, Thursday, June 29, at Shining Light Celebration Church, 1800 5th Ave., Charleston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are in the care of Callender Funeral Home, Charleston.

Noel Dorsey

Noel Lake Dorsey passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Fayette Continuous Care Center In Fayetteville, WV, after a long illness.

Lake was born on July 21, l931, in Nettie, WV, to Oliver and Laura Neff Dorsey. He was a member of Mt Zion United Methodist Church at Nettie for 54 years where he sang in the choir, was a member of church council and worked on building projects to maintain and beautify the church. He especially enjoyed singing gospel songs with his beautiful tenor voice.

He was a carpenter, bricklayer and stone mason by trade with his company Lake Dorsey Construction and he built many beautiful area homes by drawing his plans with a pencil on a piece of 2x4 lumber. He was a coal miner for nine years with Westmoreland Coal Company. He was an avid West Virginia University fan and was a former season ticket holder for many years until his health failed. He loved to hunt, garden, farm and enjoyed being a good neighbor on Dorsey Road in Nettie. He was a certified lay speaker of the United Methodist Church and pastored 3 churches in the Greenbrier District, Crichton, Bellburn and Leslie for four years and preached at Independent Baptist Church, Route 19, Summersville, for two years. He was well known for his world famous peanut butter fudge.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy Hurd, Myrtle McMillion, Luebell Hamilton, Ottie Margaret and brothers Arnold and Roy Dorsey and special WVU family friend Charles "Lemon" Dorsey.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eula Crews Dorsey, daughter Jennifer Breuer and husband Paul of Nettie, grandson Jonathan Bayless and his wife Stephanie of Cornelius, NC, great-grandson Benjamin Albert Bayless, sisters-in-law, Della Dorsey, Beattie Dorsey, Virginia Crews Bell, many nieces and nephews, special family friends Rick and Cheryl Amick and his WVU ball game friends Jodie Dorsey and Carla Neil (Joe), and his extended friends and family of Mt Zion United Methodist Church Nettie.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Mt Zion United Methodist Church at Nettie, WV, with Pastor Paul Mateer and Rev. Harold Duskey officiating. Friends and family are invited to visit with the family between noon and 2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery at Nettie with family receiving family and friends immediately following at the church ministry center.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church building fund care of Gail Losch, 2526 O'Delltown Road, Nettie, WV 26681.

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Barry Elswick

Barry Lynn Elswick, 68, of Madison, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He will be cremated with no services. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to the handle the arrangements.

Dannie Ray Estep

Dannie Ray Estep, 67, of Little Creek, died June 23, 2017. Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements. Details at

Debra Gray

Debra "Debbie" Lynn Gray, 61, of Mt. Nebo, went to her Heavenly home on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Born April 2, 1956, in Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the William Dexter and Violet Irene Nichols of Spencer.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father, William Dexter Nichols, and her grandparents, Lee Okey "Fuzzy" and Opal Grace "Sugar" Shreve.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Paul L. Gray; two sons, Jared his wife Crissy and their daughter Addy of Charleston, and Justin his wife Melody and daughter Lilly of Bluefield; mother, Violet Nichols of Spencer; brother, Mike Nichols and wife Sherry of Clover; and sister, Sherrie Burgess and husband Randy of Ripley; and many nieces and nephews.

Debbie was an active member and Lay Leader at Bethel United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Spencer Chapter of Eastern Star.

Debbie loved being a Kindergarten teacher for 32 years, where she touched the lives and molded the minds of many children the Nicholas County School System.

A memorial service will celebrate Debbie's life at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Poe. Brad Willis and Mike Hanks will be conducting the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Arrangements are being handled by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville, W.Va.

The Gray family sincerely thanks everyone for their love, prayers and support. Also, we appreciate the loving care and compassion we have received from the medical professionals and Hospice Care during Debbie's illness.

Brookie Henry

Brookie B. Henry, 81, of Point Pleasant, passed away June 23, 2017. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant,W.Va.

Brenda Holcomb (Hamrick)

Brenda (Hamrick) Holcomb, 66, of Mount Eaton, passed away June 22, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Adams Reed Funeral Home, Cowen. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

Matthew Jarvis

Matthew Carl Jarvis, 46, of Sugar Hill, Ga., passed away at home on June 22, 2017, after a long illness. He was surrounded by his family. He grew up in Charleston and graduated from Charleston High School and Marshall University.

Matthew is survived by his wife Messina and son Ethan of Sugar Hill; his parents Connie and Michael McClure of Pence Springs; H.K. Jarvis and Judy Gill of Teays Valley; his brother Andy Jarvis and sister-in-law Erika; niece Courtney Shifflett (Patrick Shifflett); and niece Caitlin Jarvis (Mason Covington) of Palmyra, Va.; family friend and caregiver Amanda Brown of Sugar Hill; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Skip and Ruby Pennington of Charleston and paternal grandparents Keith and Lois Jarvis of Titusville, Fla.

As per Matthew's wishes, he was cremated. There will be no funeral. A memorial service will be held in Charleston at a later date. He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed.

Debra Lattea

Debra Lattea, 54, of Scott Depot, passed away June 25, 2017. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Lattea family.

Carla McGoldrick (DiTrapano)

Carla Loretta DiTrapano McGoldrick, 87, of Charleston, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a short illness.

She was born on October 20, 1929, in Eskdale, Cabin Creek. She was the daughter of the late Luigi and Amelia DiTrapano. Also, preceding her in death were her husband, William H. McGoldrick, her brother, Virgil DiTrapano, and her nephew, Lidano DiTrapano.

Carla is survived by her sons, William of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and James, her caregiver of three years, of Charleston; her daughters, Loretta Chattin and Mary Nichols of South Charleston; her grandchildren, Sarah Boehm(Shawn) of Clarksville, Tennessee, Amanda Thurm of South Charleston and William Chattin of Charleston; her great-grandchildren, Tessa, Alex and Monica of Clarksville, Tennesee; her sister and best friend, Evelyn DiTrapano of Charleston, and her brother, Rudolph DiTrapano (Martha) of Charleston; her nieces, Luisa DiTrapano (Cy) of Charleston, Lia DiTrapano Fairless (L.J.) of South Charleston, and her nephews, Dante DiTrapano (Teri) of Charleston and Gian Carlo (Guiseppe) of Rome, Italy.

Carla had a lot of friends over her lifetime, but the "Cass girls" were her closest. Dolores Anania who she had been friends with since they were 7 years old, Madeline Rowan and Tonette Scriptunas, who she had known for 70 years, and Evelyn Luoni (deceased).

Carla graduated from Charleston Catholic High School and St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she received a BS in Music. She was a star athlete playing basketball and field hockey while at St. Mary's.

Carla was a homemaker and volunteered her time at St. Anthony's doing various activities such as working at the Egg Factory, Fish Fry, cleaning the church, and Bingo. She also volunteered doing Meals on Wheels. Once her children were older, she was the school secretary at St. Anthony's School for seven years. Some of Carla's leisure activities that she enjoyed doing throughout her years were going to the beach, reading, going to the dog track, watching sports especially Notre Dame and WVU football and basketball on TV, going to Cass, WV, in the spring and fall with the "Cass girls" for a week, going to the symphony and movies with her sister and cooking for her family and friends.

To honor her request, Carla's body will be donated to the Human Gift Registry at Marshall University. A memorial service will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, with Reverend Babu Joseph Elamturuthil officiating. Reception immediately following the mass in the church's parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hubbard Hospice House, St. Anthony's Catholic Church or charity of your choice.

Memories of Carla may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Valerie Morgan

Valerie D. (Brown) Morgan, 49, of Leon, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017. , in St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, following an extended illness. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, W.Va.

Lance Mullins

Lance Alan Mullins, 36, formerly of Scott Depot, son of Rick and Ginger Mullins of Hurricane, and Missi and Jeff Howell of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away suddenly on June 3, 2017, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Surviving are his sister, Shauna Mullins Effinger and her husband Jerry and daughter Emma; brothers, Tyler and Luke Mullins of Hurricane; and brother, Caleb Elkins of Jacksonville and his loving fiancé Christy Walker of Jacksonville.

Lance was a free spirit and was loved by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed. Lance was an organ donor and his heart still beats today. Lance was an avid fisherman and he loved the ocean.

A private, family ceremony will be held at his family's cemetery.

Steve M. Peay

Steve M. Peay, 64, of Charleston, passed away, June 22, 2017.

He was retired from AEP as a master welder.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Peay; and sons, Steve and Todd Peay.

Graveside service and burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Sissonville Memorial Gardens, Sissonville, with Pastor Aaron Finney officiating. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the Peay family.

Charles Glenn Roark

Charles Glenn Roark, 52, of Crewe, Va., formerly of Glasgow, was called home on Friday, June 23, 2017, after a most heroic fight. Glenn, as he was affectionately called, had a strong will to live, and love from his family and friends, especially his wife, Theresa, helped carry him through an almost two year battle with cancer. Until the end, Glenn remained "Roark Strong." Glenn, always a Mountaineer, was born May 22, 1965 in Charleston.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Theresa L. Roark; mother, Delores Proctor Roark of Crewe, Va.; daughter, Kayleigh Roark of Hopewell, Va.; son, Jacob Roark of Hopewell; step-son, Wade Reese Jr. of Newport News, Va.; grandson, Wade Reese III "His Little Turtle Butt" of Crewe; granddaughter, Addison Reese of Crewe; uncle, Keith Proctor (Peggy) of Glasgow; many other family members and a host of special friends that he considered family, his Gerdau family and numerous other friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Ray Roark, and a sister, Tammy Roark.

He was passionate about his community, giving his talents to Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Rebuilding Petersburg, a member of the Grange, and many other charities. Glenn was a past member of the Moose Lodge. He never met a stranger and was always giving a helping hand to all. Glenn was a proud employee for 17 years at Gerdau in Petersburg, Va., where he was loved by all and will be forever missed.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph McMillian Funeral Home, 1826 Cox Rd. (Bus. Hwy. 460), near Blackstone, Va. A funeral service and Celebration of his Awesome Life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the funeral home.

James Keith Roberts

James Keith Roberts, 80, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Lincoln County, passed away June 24, 2017. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

Lolly Rose

Lolly C. Rose, 94, of South Charleston, died peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House West, surrounded by family.

She was born on May 25, 1923, in Coalton, to the late Sam and Euna Caruthers.

Lolly was a 1941 graduate of Clay County High School. She moved to South Charleston shortly afterwards for a brief career at United Fuel as a keypunch operator. She met John, married and was a lifetime homemaker. She attended New Creation Fellowship and was active there until her recent illness. Lolly loved her many friends and enjoyed playing Bunco with them, church activities, shopping, spending time with family and reading.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings; and her husband, John E. Rose Jr.

Lolly is survived by her son, John E. Rose III (Pam); her daughters, Karen Osborne and Judy Bailey (Robert) all of South Charleston; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the many, many people who supported us during her illness with prayers, cards and visits.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Charles Rhodes officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536 or New Creation Fellowship, 270 Staunton Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303. Both were invaluable in her life journey and her final journey.

Carolyn Roy

Carolyn Anne Humphrey Roy, 78, of Huntington, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington, W.Va. The family will receive friends an hour prior to services.

Kenneth Sampson

Kenneth Ray Sampson, 79, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House - West, South Charleston. He will be cremated with no services. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to the handle the arrangements.

Margie Stanley

Margie Marie Haskett Stanley, 83, of Fayetteville, passed away June 25, 2017. Service will be noon Friday, June 30, at the First Church of God, Fayetteville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Memorials may be made to Ralph Parsons Memorial Scholarship Fund, Fayetteville First Church of God. 114 Harvey St., Fayetteville, WV 25840, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia. The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, W.Va.

Charlotte Strickland

Charlotte Lorraine Humphreys Strickland, 94, of Elkview, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, following a long life. Born February 20, 1923, in Charleston, she was the oldest daughter of Eric V. and Liddy Brookman Humphreys. Mom was a graduate of Elkview High School '41 and Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing '44.

She was employed by the former Staats Hospital, West Washington St., for nearly 30 years. A member of the Clendenin First Baptist Church and church choir, she also participated in the Clendenin Community Chorus presentation of Handel's "Messiah" for many years.

Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Mark C. Strickland; six brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are her son, Mark Stephen (Steve) Strickland of the home; granddaughter, Lisa Beth Hatcher (David) of Elyria, Ohio; grandson, Mark Edward Strickland (Traci) of Charleston; four great-grandchildren, Jordan Elizabeth Hatcher, Mark William, Bryan Andrew and David Michael Strickland; daughter-in-law, Linda C. Donohoe (Jerry) of Scott Depot.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in Elk Hills Memorial Park with Rev. Dr. C. Harold Smith officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Salvation Army, 301 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302 or Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311

Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview.

Dana E. Trimble Jr.

Dana E. Trimble Jr., 49, of Moorefield, formerly of Tornado, passed away June 22, 2017.

He was born September 21, 1967, in Charleston, and was a son of Violet Goode O'Mear and the late Dana Edward Trimble Sr.

Dana was an Army veteran and was employed at American Woodmark.

In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his wife, Sheila; brother, Micheal; three uncles and five aunts.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans.

Peg Wilkinson

Peg Wilkinson peacefully left this life on June 23, 2017, freed from her lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. She was nearing her 90th birthday on July 10.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Wilkie, and is survived by her daughter Valerie, son-in-law Bob, their two daughters Whitney and Lauren, two sons Jay and Will, and five great-grandchildren; and her son Bob, daughter-in-law Gayle, their two daughters Leslie and Elaine, and two great-granddaughters.

We will remember her zest for life which centered around her family. Her two great interests were snow skiing and politics. She also earned a private pilot's license and participated in many civic and social activities. She was co-owner of Peg and Tuff's dress shop. Peg was famous for her parties she hosted in her hometown of Richwood.

The family will hold a celebration of Peg's life at a later date at Snowshoe, her favorite getaway.

Please direct any donations in her memory to the Richwood, W.Va., Public Library.

Clarence Woody

Clarence Emerson Woody passed away at Hubbard House Hospice Center, South Charleston, at the age of 88.

Clarence is predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Mary; brothers, Paul, Everett, Daniel, Herbert; and sister, Violet.

"Woody" is survived by his loving wife, Ella Jean, of 66 years. They were married in West Virginia on November 10, 1951.

Woody is lovingly remembered by his wife, Ella Jean, of Montgomery; sister, Mary (Joe) Quinn of Winchester, Ohio; brother, Charlie of Gahanna, Ohio; sons, Micheal (Debra) Woody of Cross Junction, Va., Joe Woody of Lexington, Ky., Jeff (Gayle) Woody of Scott Depot; daughter, Beverly (Jimmy) Boyd of Dorchester, S.C.; grandchildren, Aaron (Kelly) Woody of Greensboro, N.C., Amanda (Carl) Williams of Stephens City, Va., Andrew (Melinda) Woody of Plain City, Ohio, Sarah (Cody) Shelton of Poca, Olivia Woody and Christian Woody, both of Scott Depot; great-grandchildren, Kyla Woody, Kloe Woody, Brooke Williams, Christyan Williams, Ryan Williams, Khadijah Williams, Levi Williams, Jacob Woody, Owen Woody, Carter Woody, Lilly Shelton, Mason Shelton; and many other relatives and friends.

Clarence was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, in 1929. He played baritone in the high school band. He retired as a meat cutter for Kroger Food Stores and the West Virginia Army National Guard. He was a longtime active member of First Presbyterian Church of Nitro, where he served in many areas.

Clarence enjoyed sports, especially tennis, as well as softball, fishing, camping, music, carpentry, building and playing dulcimers and harmonica, nature watching, feeding birds and spending time with his family. "Woody" was always there for volunteer work, odd jobs, coaching sports, or anything else anyone needed.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 29, at the First Presbyterian Church of Nitro, 21st Street, Nitro. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with service following at 7 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Charleston Union Mission.

Funerals for: June 27, 2017

Asbury, James 11 a.m., Asbury Cemetery, Montcoal.

Bailess, James Robert "Bob" Noon, Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Blankenship, Randy 2 p.m., Gatens

Compton, Mary Pearl 11 am., Union Presbyterian Church.

Halstead, Eddie 6 p.m., Drawdy Church of Christ.

Holobeck, Evelyn 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted.

Jones, Paulette 2 p.m., Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Knight, Nina 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

McCallister, Clara "Peggy" 1 p.m., Bartlett

Midkiff, Betty 11 a.m., Harding Funerals & Cremations Kanawha City.

Trimble Jr., Dana 5 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

White, Joyce 11 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Woodrum, Mable 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.