Today's Obituaries

Loren Curtiss Dale

Loren Curtiss Dale, 87, of Summersville, died Sept. 27, 2016. Service will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Summersville Seventh-day Adventist Church. In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated under the direction of White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Paul W. Daugherty Sr.

Paul W. Daugherty Sr., 88, of Charleston, WV, died September 21, 2017. Our Father called a wonderful Angel to his Heavenly home.

Formerly of Cass, WV, his first employer was Edwin Mallory, with whom he traveled the world as a chauffer. He was a former employee of AIM Direct Mail and retired from Charleston Newspapers.

He was preceded in death by his Mother, Georgia Robinson Daugherty; sisters, Shirley Killian, Almeda Charlton, Irene Daugherty; and two daughters, Angela Daugherty and Robin Thompson Reed.

Paul leaves to mourn one brother, Charles Sonny Daugherty of White Sulphur Springs; his son, Paul W. Daugherty Jr. (Elaine and Joey) of South Charleston; daughters, Pamela J. Thompson of Rand and Kimberly A. Thompson Tolliver of South Charleston; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; companion and friend of 35 years, Edith Thompson; and daughter of the heart, Vickie Stewart. Paul has a large host of family members and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Charles Harper Sr.

Charles Clark Harper Sr. ,76, of Fayetteville, entered into rest on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Born on December 22, 1940, he was the son of the late Cecil Clark and Londie Marie (Hickman) Harper. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Bethal Jean (Moore) Harper; and brother, Holmes Edward Harper.

Charles is survived by his son, Charles Harper Jr.; daughter, Cindy Harper; brother, Patrick Allen Harper; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Minister Shane Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in the Elliot Cemetery, Adonijah, WV.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to service, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Harper Family.

Marceline Hoylman

Marceline S. Hoylman, 88, of Charleston, gained her wings and made her journey to Heaven, after a long illness on September 23, 2016.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Gladys Stephens; brother, Dale Stephens (wife, Mary); and her husband of 61 years, Kenneth Hoylman.

Her survivors include her son, Stephen Hoylman and fiancé, Shelia Arthur of Charleston; her daughter, Lisa Hanshaw and companion, George Glasco, Jr. of Elkview; grandson, Colin Hoylman of Lexington Park, Md.; sister-in-law, Joyce Hoylman of Charleston, sister-in-law, Jeanne Hurt of St. Marys, Ga.; brother-in-law, William Hoylman of St. Marys, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her extended family at Candlelight Cottage in St. Albans with home she resided during her declining health. The family thanks them for their care and love. The family would also like to thank Hospice Care of the Kanawha Valley for their care.

She was a member of Elk Hills Presbyterian Church.

Memorial service will be held 1 p.m., at the church at 109 Church Road, Charleston, October 1, 2016 with Pastor Cherrie Sizemore officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made to Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road is assisting the Hoylman family.

Cynthia Easter Hunt

Cynthia Lou Easter Hunt, 65, of Clinton, MD, formerly of Jacksonville, NC and Charleston, WV, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 23 at Medstar Washington Hospital Center after a brief illness.

Cindi was born to William and Elsie Berhldine (Whited) Easter on June 3, 1951. She attended school at Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, WV. She married Orval E. Hunt, Jr. on July 17, 1971. Together they traveled to various duty stations with the US Marine Corps for over 30 years and were very involved in the churches that they attended throughout that time. Cindi later went on to earn an Associate's degree in Accounting and held various positions within the Human Resources field including time with the American Red Cross, military exchanges, and Convergys Corporation.

Cindi is preceded in death by her loving husband, Orval Hunt, Jr. and her parents William and Berhldine Easter.

Cindi is survived by her children, Mendy (Steve) Radyshewsky of Woodbridge, Va; Jack (Heather) Hunt of Accokeek, MD; Marcy (Evan) Duff of Clayton, NC, and Molly (Adam) Wald of Marquette Heights, IL; sisters Nancy Pifer of Dublin, OH, Pam Criner of Charleston, WV, and Karen Easter of Boise, ID; twelve grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Burial took place at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, September 27th at 12 noon. A memorial service will be held at Grace Brethren Church of Clinton, MD on Saturday, October 1st at 1 pm. Arrangements are being handled by Noe Funeral Service of Beaufort, NC. Condolences may be sent to Grace Brethren Church, 6501 Surratts Rd., Clinton, MD 20735.

Online condolences may be sent at or at

Altha V. Kerns

Altha Virginia Kerns, 88, died at her home in Charleston at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016, surrounded by her children.

She was born May 25, 1928, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Harold Burkel and Agatha Schmidt Burkel.

She took yearly car trips around the country with her parents, even during the Great Depression, which led to her love of traveling. After graduation from Jeannette High School, she went on to study nursing with the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse. It was while in nursing school that she met the love of her life, Bob Kerns.

Altha loved family trips, whether to Camp Hill, PA to visit her dear friend Jean Patton and her husband Ernie, to the Jersey Shore, North Myrtle Beach, SC, New Smyrna Beach, FL, or to the many foreign countries they traveled to together. Over the years she participated in many activities such as ceramics, garden club and bridge. She loved to play hymns and other music on her piano. She valued the relationships she had with her friends and coworkers from 3 North, CAMC Memorial Hospital. She also was active at Christ Church United Methodist.

Altha was preceded in death by her husband of over 62 years, Dr. Robert D. Kerns. Their relationship was a wonderful example of loving kindness.

She is survived by son Robert Kerns, Jr. (William Broumas, Victoria Cavelieri) of Hamden, CT, and his children Brandy Kerns Schwartz (Benjamin Schwartz) of NYC and Joseph Kerns of South Windsor, CT; son Daniel Kerns (Mary Porter Kerns) of Charleston and their children Christopher Kerns of Charleston and David Kerns of Columbus, OH; and daughter Susan Kerns of Charleston and her children Amanda Austin Sproles (David Sproles) and Jessie Austin of Charleston. She is survived by a much loved great-grandchild, Ava May Pauley; nephew, Robert A. Kerns, of Monessen, PA; and special family members, David and Ed Patton and their families. She is also survived by her helper, special care-giver, and long-time "family member", Debbie Webb.

Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016, in the Chapel at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St., Charleston. A reception and celebration of Altha's life will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

You may send condolences to the family at

Arrangements are being handled by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home.

Matthew C. Lanham

Matthew "Matt" Clark Lanham, 27, of Dunbar, passed away September 27, 2016. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Jan R. Leszczynski

Dr. Jan Rafal Leszczynski, 76, of New Haven, died Sept. 26, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pomeroy, Ohio. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

Wilda L. McCallister

Wilda Louise "Billie" McCallister, 88, of Richfield, Ohio, formerly of Seth, passed away September 28, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wesley McCallister; son, Charles Brett and his wife Rita McCallister; parents, Thomas and Maudie Hensley; brother, Ralph Hensley; and sister, Wilma Jarvis.

She is survived by daughter, Karen McCallister of Richfield, Ohio; son, Craig McCallister also of Richfield, Ohio; sister, Drema Hoisington of Goose Creek, South Carolina; brother, Willis "Budgie" Hensley of Seth; grandchildren, Katherine Long (Kevin), Jenna Kuznicki, Daniel McCallister and Megan McCallister; great-grandchild, Gavin Long; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 1, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Roger Halstead officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Donald R. Miller

Donald R. Miller, 81, of Hurricane, WV passed away Friday, September 23, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Born November 26, 1934 to the late Cecil C. and Lura W. Miller, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Coralie Jividen Miller. Don retired from Union Carbide with 40 years of service.

Surviving are his children, Gregory R. Miller of Franklin, TN, Jeffrey D. Miller of Cross Lanes, WV; sisters, Pauline Knapp of Teays Valley, WV, Joann Mullins of Salem, VA; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Dr. John D. Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service. Entombment will follow in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House, WV.

Visit Donald's tribute page at to share memories and stories with the family.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV is honored to serve the Miller family.

Connie Peters

Connie Peters, 71, of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. A service to remember her life will be held in the near future. You may visit to share sympathies with the family. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D St., South Charleston.

Michelle Ann Plantz

Michelle Ann Plantz, 42, of Marmet, died Sept. 28, 2016. Service will be 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Hernshaw Methodist Church. Details at

Betty Jo Spurlock

Betty Jo Spurlock, 80, of Marmet died September 28, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was a Floral Designer with Cook Floral in Marmet for many years and was a member of Marmet First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Frankie Lenore Bennett Williams.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Robert "Ralph" Spurlock of Marmet; daughter, Leigh Ann (James) Florkevich of Marmet; son, Clifton Bryan (Margaret) Spurlock of Dunbar; grandchildren, Benjamin, Adam and Jason Michael Spurlock; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Celia Spurlock.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet with Rev. Rick Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Marmet Cemetery. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

C. Harold Summers

C. Harold Summers, 89, of Winfield, formerly of Mason County, went home to his Lord and Savior on September 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Ruby (Devore) Summers of Winfield, brothers John and James "Pip" Summers of Winfield, sisters Esta Legue of Columbus, Ohio and Mae Payne of Rock Branch.

Harold lived an abundantly fulfilled life surrounded by family and friends. He was a graduate of Winfield High School and Morris Harvey College; and a member of the Red House Bible Church. He had a passion for staying active as demonstrated by his many pursuits. Over the years he was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952, worked for Union Carbide, served as a U.S. rural mail carrier in Putnam County for 25 years, was owner/operator of the Winfield Wrecker Service, was owner/operator of the corner Texaco station, served on the Selective Service Board for 10 years receiving presidential recognition in 1978, served on the Putnam County Board of Education for 9 years, served as a member on the Putnam Health Board, Community Park Board, WVU Extension Service, V.F.W., American Legion and an over 50 year member of Kanawha Valley AF & AM #36. He was a self-taught musician and enjoyed picking and grinning with friends and family. Additionally, he served as Putnam County Clerk for 12 years and was a long-time businessman investing in the growth of Putnam County. In later years, he enjoyed staying active in and around the farm on which he grew up, tending to his cattle, cats, dogs, and donkey; and various business ventures. He was a true-blue husband, father and friend.

Harold is survived by wife of 65 years, Georgia Terry Summers; daughters, Penny (Jon) Fisher, Peggy (Alan) Deweese, and Beth (Doug) Pitzer; beloved grandchildren, Jonny (Samantha) Fisher and Jarrod (Rebecca) Summers of Winfield, and Melinda (Tyler) Bickel of Burlington, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Eli, Edward, Kimberly and Toby; with three great-grandchildren on the way. Also survived by sister, Garnet Shawkins of So. Charleston; and caretakers, Jackie McLane and Wanda Shafer.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at Chapman Funeral Home in Winfield with the Revs. Greg Blake and Ronnie Tucker officiating. Burial will follow at Bowcott Cemetery at Mt. Union United Methodist Church in Mason County with military honors and Masonic rites.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Red House Bible Church building fund, 51 Warner Lane, Red House, WV 25168 or Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

To share memories with the family, visit his tribute page at

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located in Winfield, WV is honored to serve the Summers family.

Ralph E. Tabor

Ralph Edward Tabor, 64, of Foster, died Sept. 27, 2016. Elk Funeral Home, Charleston is assisting family

Rev. Abner Wright, Sr.

Rev. Abner C. Wright, Sr., 91, of Beckley, died Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be noon Friday, Sept. 30, at Heart of God Ministries, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Funerals for: September 30, 2016

Angelo, Angela J. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Antal, Maxine L. 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Boggess, Catherine S. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro.

Bragg, Velljean 2 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.

Burdette, Kenton H. 2 p.m., Cunningham

Carson, Martha L. 10 a.m., White Chapel Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Barboursville.

Cline, Hillard 1 p.m., Full Gospel Church of God, Baisden.

Dawkins, Joseph T. Noon, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charleston.

Fredrick, Evelyn G. Noon, Ferguson Baptist Church, Dunbar.

Mathis, Ronald Jr. 1 p.m., Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Pullen, Nikki 11 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Slack, Jerry L. 2 p.m., Bartlett

Taylor, Samuel W. 11 a.m., Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton.

Tucker, Robert E. 2 p.m., Taylor

Walker, Sherry L. 11 a.m., The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Hansford.

Wright, Abner Sr. Noon, Heart of God Ministries, Beckley.

Young, James W. 7 p.m., Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

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