Today's Obituaries

Harry Adkins

Harry Freddie Adkins, 69, of Hamlin, passed away: March 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

David Barnett

David Wayne Barnett, 64, of Cowen, passed away February 27, 2017. Graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m., March 23, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

Helen Blanks

Mrs. Helen Whitlow Blanks, 91, of Skelton, W.Va., died Thursday, March 9, 2017. Funeral service will be noon, Saturday, March 25, at First Baptist Church of North Beckley, 110 Ellis Street, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lacy E. Cochran

Lacy E. Cochran, 95, of Mathias, W.Va., passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg, Va. He was born June 15, 1921, in Greenbrier County, W.Va. He was the oldest son of the late David F. and Ada Hankins Cochran.

He is survived by his wife of more than 70 years, Florence; three sons, Wendell and wife Faye of Mount Jackson, Va., Darrell and wife Madaline of Alexandria, Va., and Mark and wife Joyce of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Dorothy Newhouse of Baltimore, Md.;

One son, David; two brothers, Joseph and Edward; and two sisters, Edith and Glenna, preceded him in death.

He was a World War II veteran. A graduate of Berea College and West Virginia University, he spent more than 30 years teaching vocational agriculture in Hardy County schools. He received both the honorary West Virginia State Farmer Degree and the honorary American Farmer degree from the Future Farmers of America. Students and teams he coached won many state and national FFA awards. He served his community of Mathias in many ways, including helping to form a volunteer fire department and a cooperative telephone company. He was a devoted member of the Mathias Ruritan Club, with a 50-year-plus record of perfect attendance. He taught Sunday School at Cove Chapel United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He also operated a successful insurance agency.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, March 20 McKee Funeral Home in Baker, W.Va., with the Rev. Jonathan Hedrick and Pastor Heather Rogers officiating. He was buried in a private ceremony at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mathias.

Contributions may be made in Lacy's honor to the East Hardy High Scholarship Fund or to other charities.

All arrangements were handled by McKee Funeral Home, Baker, W.Va.

Alma "Joan" Cook

Alma "Joan" Cook, 88, died March 18, 2017, in Kissimmee, Fla. Joan was a Bancroft, W.Va., native and daughter of William and Bernalene (Enicks) Legg. Memorial service will be held at Grissom Funeral Home in Kissimmee on March 25.

Clarence Crist

Clarence James Crist, 89, of Ansted, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at Ansted Center Nursing Home.

We mourn the passing of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We have a comfort in knowing that he resides in glory with our heavenly Father.

He was a christian and member of Salem Road FWB Church. He served in the Army, worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the UMWA and retired from Cedar Coal Company.

He was born on September 27, 1927, to Arthur and Mary Maude Boley Crist at Lookout, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his brother, Offa Crist; two sisters, Eunice Ewing and Juanita Callaghan.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Loretta Charlene; two daughters, Delores and husband Jack Dempsey of Mt. Lookout and Debra and husband Carl Dale Osborne of Rockwell, N.C.; two grandsons, Daniel of Indianapolis, Ind., Matthew of Rockwell; and granddaughter, Heather of Hendersonville, N.C., and great-granchildren, Jacob, Arianna and Isabelle.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to the Ansted Center for their compassionate and loving care given to our father.

Viewing will be held at noon, Thursday, March 23, until service time at 2 p.m., with the funeral service presided by Jack Dempsey immediately following at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted. Entombment will follow in the Chapel Of Rest Mausoleum at Victor.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

Dreama Cummins

Dreama Gail Cummins, 56, of Dixie, passed away March 18, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a long illness.

She was a Correctional Officer for over 21 years with the Mount Olive Correctional Complex and retired as Corporal, early due to disability. Dreama enjoyed visiting family, her cats, birdwatching, watching movies and loved to travel when able.

Preceding her in death were her father, Jack Cummins; two half-sisters and one half-brother who resided in Ohio.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Mandy and Jason Bailey of Vienna; mother, Dollie Cummins of Ansted; brothers and sister-in-law, Danny and Suzanne Cummins of Elkins and David Cummins of Rock Cave; sister, Sue Cummins Lewis of Youngtown, AZ; granddaughter, Samantha Lauren Bailey; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle. In keeping with Dreama's wishes, her body has been cremated. A gathering of her family and friends will be held one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Saturday.

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Doris Harris

Doris Lee Harris, 82, of Culloden, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans, is honored to serve the Harris family. A full obituary will appeal in Friday's edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Beverly Ann Hively (Ramsey)

Beverly Ann (Ramsey) Hively, 48, of Cedar Grove, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, after a long battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Chester and Marcella Ramsey; and one sister, Nadine Maynor.

She is survived by her Companion of 20 years, Phillip "Heartbreak" Camden; sister, Sylvia Wheeler of Mammoth; brothers, Floyd (JoAnne) Ramsey of Texas, Darrell (Betty) Ramsey of Florida, Ray Ramsey of Cedar Grove, Danny (Gigi) Ramsey of Cedar Grove, Stephen Dale (Crystal) Ramsey of London, Joe (Rhonda) Ramsey of Delaware and Pete Ramsey of Ripley; and her special friend, her dog, Tiger Lee.

Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, March 24. at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St.. Cedar Grove. with Pastor Roy Boyd officiating. Burial will follow the service at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home Friday.

The family would like to thank Dr. John and his staff, and the staff at Thomas Memorial Hospital and Hubbard Hospice House West and their staff for their excellent care that they provided to Beverly.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove. is serving the Ramsey family.

Mary Frances Hutchison

Mary Frances Hutchison, 89, of South Charleston, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the home of her son.

She was a longtime member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston. Mary was a former employee of Union Carbide and Hair Tech in Charleston, but her favorite job thru the years was when she worked for the Charleston Charlies Baseball Team.

Mary was preceded in death by her son, Michael Lee Hutchison; parents, Harry and Mable Dillard; and sisters, Jean and Caroline Bartosiak.

She is survived by her son, Bill (Martha) Hutchison; granddaughters, Amy (Eric) Shouldis, Jessica (Jake) Burns and Emily Hutchison; seven great grandchildren, Madison, Christian, Jackson, Hunter, Eli, Shayne and Stella.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 E. St., South Charleston, with Father John Finnell officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens in Cross Lanes. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

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

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Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Ralph Kimlin II

Ralph Robert Kimlin II, 91, of Rainelle, formerly of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial hospital following a long illness.

Born on December 22, 1925, he was the son of the late Ralph Robert Kimlin I and Laura Mae Firstinow Kimlin.

Ralph was in the U.S. Army for two years, worked for Western Printing, retired from Local 137 International Union of Operating Engineers and he owned and operated Kimlin Cider Mill in Poughkeepsie, one of the oldest established cider mills in the United States and on the National Historical Register.

Survivors are his loving wife of 60 years, Janice Rader Kimlin of Rainelle; three sons, Ralph Kimlin III of Colorado, Wesley Kimlin of Mt. Nebo, Jason Kimlin of N.Y.; one sister, Marsha Richter of N.Y.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Peniel United Methodist Church, Hominy Falls, with Rev. Harold Duskey officiating. Burial will follow at Hominy Falls Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service.

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Wallace & Wallace of Rupert are in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Kiser

Ruth (Skeens) Kiser, 90, of Malden, passed away March 19, 2017, with her family by her side.

Ruth never met a stranger and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She used her 36 years as a cook at Malden Elementary to positively impact hundreds of lives, which continued throughout her retirement years.

Ruth was a very active member of Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church in Charleston and regularly demonstrated her love of Christ to others. She loved to sew and used her talents to sew hundreds of quilts for babies, each year donating them to Heart and Hand of South Charleston, a social services Community Development Outreach Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, H. Gene Kiser, of Malden; sister, Bonnie Wandling, of Charleston; two daughters, Donna (Harvey) McCallister of Charleston, and Dr. Peggy Kiser-Crouch (William Crouch), of South Charleston; two grandchildren, Emily (Warren) Patterson and Andrew (Lesley) McCallister, all of Charleston; four great-grandchildren, Isaac Patterson, Abigail Patterson, Luke McCallister and Lydia McCallister, all of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church, 108 Oakwood Road, Charleston, 25314. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Heart and Hand, 212 D Street, So. Charleston, WV 25303.

Doris A. Lanier McClanahan

Doris A. Lanier McClanahan, 74, of Charleston, passed away at CAMC General Division on March 14, 2017. She was born on May 1, 1942, to Denver Paul and Gursha Monetia Older Lanier, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray McClanahan, and sister, Loretta Lanier.

Surviving are her children, Mark and his wife Sonya McClanahan of Haslet, Texas, Shawna and her husband Bruce McClanahan of Poca, who Doris always referred to as her favorite son-in-law; grandchildren who were the apple of her eye, Christopher J. Moore and wife Erin of San Antonio, Texas, Kendall McClanahan and Doris's future son-in-law, Matthew Purdy, both of Morgantown, Breann and Hunter McClanahan of Haslet; brothers and their wives, Roy and Linda Lanier, Paul and Roberta Lanier, Ronnie and Belle Lanier; also surviving are her nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and wonderful friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to Anita Priestley, Laura "Tootie" Elliott, and her little helper, Sara Elliott, for the extra time and assistance they gave to Doris in her time of need. The family would also like to thank the staff at CAMC General Division for the care and compassion they gave our mother during her final hospital stay.

Doris faithfully attended, led the music, sang in the choir, and cooked for Kelly's Creek Community Church for many years, up until the time her health started to fail. She had worked for Lowman's Drug Store on Charleston's West Side for many years, and retired from CAMC Memorial Division's Inpatient Pharmacy.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Private family burial will be held at Older Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Cunningham - Parker -Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

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Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the McClanahan family.

Larry McClellan II

Larry Truman McClellan II, 48, of Pilot, Va., passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. Visitation and funeral will be held at Horne Funeral Home in Virginia on Wednesday, March 22. A second visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 24, and funeral service to begin at 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Eagle Pride at Auburn High School or to your local Humane Society.

Sharon Miller

Sharon Sue Miller, 74, of Branchland, passed away March 21, 2017. Funeral service will be noon, Friday, March 24, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Visiting hours will be 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 24, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Rebekah Moore

Our precious daughter and sister, Rebekah Elizabeth Moore, 28, of Kanawha City, formerly DuPont City, entered into eternal peace with Jesus on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Rebekah was born on September 26, 1988, and went to Belle Elementary, DuPont Middle School, graduated with honors from Riverside High School in 2007 and was a recipient of the Promise Scholarship. She was a cheerleader, played softball, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She played on the 2006 All-Star team that went to the Little League Softball World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan, placing 2nd in the World. She attended University of Charleston from 2007-2009.

Rebekah was a longtime employee of Lone Star Steakhouse in Kanawha City, where she touched the lives of all with whom she came in contact. She was member of Judson Baptist Church, Belle, where she was a "Little Son Beam," Young Musician, and member of BCF.

Left to cherish her memory are her dad, Glen Moore of Belle; her mother, Mary Allen (Jeff) of Dunbar; brother, Daniel (Jennifer) of Dunbar; niece Audrey Moore; special friend, Scott Shoupe; maternal grandmother, Beulah Samples of Pratt; paternal grandmother, Lenora Kincheloe of Sun City, Arizona; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at Judson Baptist Church, Belle, with Pastor Charles Bolen officiating. Interment will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

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Jania M. Page

Jania M. Page, 46, of Charleston, passed away on March 17, 2017. Her service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Preston Funeral Home, 812 Donnally Street, Charleston. Friends may call 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

David Parsley

David Neil Parsley, age 57, formerly of Charleston, passed away unexpectedly and way too soon on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home in Morgantown.

Born August 10, 1959, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Carlos Milton Parsley II and the late Naomi O'Dell Parsley.

Survivors include his two children, son, Derek Parsley and his girlfriend Katie Coblentz of Morgantown, and daughter, Andrea Parsley of Phoenix, Ariz.; six siblings, Judy Newman and her husband James of Advance, N.C., Dawnzelle Duckwyler and her husband Mark of South Charleston, Jeff Parsley and his wife Kelly of Zanesville, Ohio, Chris Parsley and his wife Debra of Charleston, Cathy Hunter of St. Albans and Scott Parsley of St. Albans. Uncle "Dave" is also survived by his many nieces and nephews, who he loved and adored, as they did and still do him. David is also survived by many friends, including life-long friend of whom he considered a brother, Mike McKeny of Teays Valley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carlos Parsley III, and nephew, Jason Parsley.

David was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a proud American. He was a die-hard Mountaineer fan who bled blue and gold. He was a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge related to many things. David loved sports, music and the outdoors, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends. His quick wit and sense of humor (sometimes warped) kept all entertained. He will be sadly missed by many.

Semper Fi and fly high Freebird!

A service celebrating his life and legacy will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 25, at the Charleston Moose Lodge #1444, 2805 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston, WV 25311. Wearing your favorite Mountaineer gear is encouraged!

Professional services are under the direction of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care in Morgantown.

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Hobert Richards

Hobert F. Richards, 72, of Arnett, W.Va., passed away Monday, March 20, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Doris "Dickie" Roy

Doris "Dickie" Roy, 84, of Dunbar, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Charleston Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bill Roy.

Dickie is survived by her loving family; son, Dan Roy (Diane); daughter, Janet Burford (Tom); grandsons, Bill Burford (Allison) and Ben Burford; great-grandsons, Brooks and Banks Burford; and other extended family members.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, March 23, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Chad Cowan officiating. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Christopher Alan Smith

Christopher A. Smith, 55, of Charleston, passed away March 15, 2017, at home, after a short illness.

He was born September 16, 1961, to Carol Ann Anderson, who he is predeceased by.

Chris is survived by his father, Arlon Anderson; brothers, Timothy Smith (Melody) of Houston, Texas, Thomas H. Carte, who he resided with, and Arlon "PeeWee" Anderson; sister, Terry Scipio (Mike), all of Charleston, Shannon Heaton (Brandon) of Industry, Ill.; aunt and uncle, Wreatha and Thomas Zirkle of Alum Creek; and several cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date with the scattering of his ashes according to his wishes.

Michael Sodaro

Mr. Michael Thomas Sodaro, 70, of Charleston, passed away March 21, 2017, in CAMC Memorial Division.

Mike is retired from Aurora Casket Company and a former employee of Baker Equipment and Sodaro Body Shop.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Sodaro; brother John Sodaro and parents John "Ernest" and Nellie Sodaro.

He is survived by his children Thomas Michael Sodaro, Michele Sue Sodaro and John Thomas Sodaro; brother George Sodaro; sister Rosa Evans; four grandsons and two great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at CAMC Memorial, especially CPICU, for the wonderful care given to our father and our family.

Services for Mike will be held at a later date.

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

Gary Spencer

Gary Raynes Spencer of Mount Vernon, N.Y., formerly of Charleston, passed away March 18, 2017, nine days before his 78th birthday.

He was a 1957 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and a 1962 graduate of West Virginia University, majoring in education. He taught high school in Idaho, Ohio and Wheeling.

Moving to New York in 1967, he was employed by Macys and Alexanders Dept. stores and was a manager at Savin Business Machines. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Harrison, N.Y.

Gary was a published author. His first story was in "Ellery Queen," a detective magazine in 1968. He also wrote for various western magazines. His hobby was the 1930s, 40s and 50s western movies. He could talk for hours about the cowboys he met through the western conventions he attended.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rupert Spencer Sr. and Zorada Raynes Spencer.

Survivors are his brother, Rupert Spencer II (Lois) of St. Albans; his very special niece, Tammy Spencer; grand nieces, Breann and Katie Spencer of St. Albans; nephew, Rupert Spencer III (Toi); grand nephews, Joe Photijan and John Spencer; grand niece, Julie Spencer of Hendersonville, Tenn.

His wish was to be cremated with no service or visitation.

Yannantuono Funeral Home, New York, is in charge of arrangements.

Blanche Stephens

Blanche Nicsinger Stephens, 90, passed away March 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

Edmond White

Edmond Ray "Eddie" White, 74, of Summersville, died Monday March 20, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Friday, March 24, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Hubbard Hospice House, 100 Curtis Price Way, Charleston WV 25311.

Funerals for: March 23, 2017

Allen, Rodney 1 p.m., Fairfield Church, Glenwood.

Barnett, David 11 a.m., Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen.

Bennett, Betty Jo 1 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Crist, Clarence 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Dowden, Brenda 2 p.m., Akers

Garrett, Rose 7:30 p.m., Wilson

Jennings, Wilda Mae Noon, Dodd

McPherson, Chris 11 a.m., Suncrest United Methodist Church, Morgantown.

Mullins, Jessie 11 a.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Raines, Howard 11 a.m., Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Beverly.

Roy, Doris "Dickie" Noon, Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.