On April 22, 2014, heaven gained another beautiful angel when Betty Lou Adkins passed away at Dream Home Assisted Living at the age of 85.
Betty was born Aug. 1, 1928, to Tom and Desmond Huffman. She retired from Rose City Cafeterias, where she worked for years as a bookkeeper.
Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband, Archie Basil Adkins; her youngest daughter, Susie Adkins-Hall; brothers, Curtis Huffman, Gene Huffman, Ed Huffman and Harold Huffman; and sister, Eloise Howard.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Glaspell and her husband, Jack, of Hurricane, previously of Dunbar; grandchildren, John Glaspell of Dunbar, AJ Hall and his wife, Summer, of Beckley, Stacy Bradley and her husband, Travis, of St. Albans and Kasie Grose and her husband, Mathew, of Charleston; very special grandchildren, Ty Glaspell, Hattie Hall, Sophia Hall, Blake Bradley, Hagen Hall, Mahkai Grose and Shyloh Grose; sisters, Joy Eggers of Lucasville, Ohio, Virginia Clark and her husband, Corvan, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Betty Jean Clark and her husband, Irvin, of Foster; and brothers, Charles Huffman and his wife, Bonnie, of Foster and Gary Messer and his wife, Delores, of Julian.
A very special thank you to Jonathan and Blessing Eya and staff at Dream Home Assisted Living for the wonderful care they provided for her. Also, a very special appreciation to Tammy Lovejoy and Becky Lilly, who took great care of Betty when she was still living at her home.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor John Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.
Alexander Browne Bartlett, 81, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.
Born Aug. 16, 1932, in Elkins, Browne was a son of the late Troy W. and Luceba Heart Bartlett. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Jean and Pearl.
He was a graduate of Elkins High School, class of 1950, and Fairmont State College in 1954. He was a lab technician for Union Carbide and manager for Linde Gas. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans, served on the FD Board, the Community Association, was PTA president and was active in the community doing lots of volunteer work with the St. Albans Babe Ruth League.
He is survived by his wife, Norma G. Bartlett; daughter, Kelly G. Crimi (Robert) of Louisville, Ky.; son, Scott A. Bartlett (Misti) of Morgantown; sister, Sue Vera (Mike) of Albany, N.Y.; brother, Delmar Bartlett of Baltimore, Md.; and grandchildren, A.J. Bartlett, Sarah, Bartlett and Sydney Ferrara.
Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans, WV 25177 or Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Avenue SW, South Charleston, WV 25309. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Bartlett family.
Joshia B. "Joe" Carpenter, 84, of Nitro, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 23, 2014, at his home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.
Joe was born April 26, 1929, to the late Greely and Marie Brennan Carpenter.
After graduating from Calhoun County High School in 1947, Joe went on to join the United States Air Force, where he was a mechanic while in Korea. He also took jet plane exhibits to fairs and festivals, which is where he met his first wife, Betty, and they had one son. After leaving the Air Force he took a job for Union Carbide, where he became shift supervisor and retired after 39 years. He then went on to several adventures, including driving an ambulance for a funeral home in Charleston and delivering real estate magazines out of his Volkswagen.
After the passing of Betty, on a walk through his neighborhood, he met his second wife, Lois, in 2001. Joe loved to tell stories, many especially on his military background, of which he was proud. If you missed it the first time, he made sure you heard it the second time around, and so on. Now all his stories are heartwarming memories, for all he has left behind to cherish and to remind us of what a wonderful and proud man Joe really was. He will be loved and truly missed by all that knew him.
Do not ask me to remember.
Do not try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you're with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I'm confused beyond your concept,
I'm sad, and sick and lost.
All I know is I need you,
To be with me, at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me,
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can't help the way I'm acting,
I can't be different even though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone.
Please don't fail to stand beside me,
Love me 'til my life is gone.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two twin brothers, Gorden and Gaylen, and a half-brother, Clifford.
He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Lois; son, Richard and his wife, Barbra; stepson, Jason Brown; grandchildren, Josh and Rachael; sisters, Eva May Hosey and Murial McCormick; brothers, Jack Carpenter, Gaily Carpenter, Joseph Glenn Carpenter and Harry Carpenter; and also many friends.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Entombment will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with full military honors.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.
You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
The family of Joe would like to thank the hospice staff and the MD2U for all the help with him through his difficult times, with a special thank you to his nurse Carla and his CNA Melinda - without you we couldn't have made it through the way we have. Also, a special thanks to Julie Beaver, a special caregiver and closer family friend.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, is honored to serve the Bartlett family.
A celebration of life for Mr. and Mrs. Ceney will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at New Beginning Church, 352 MacCorkle Ave. SW, (Coal Mountain) St. Albans, WV 25177. For additional information you may contact 304-389-9783. Information provided by Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.
Charles L. Comer Jr., 59, of Summers-ville, departed this life on April 19, 2014. He was the son of Charles Lee and Jean Ann Coleman Comer of Summersville and was born May 3, 1954. Chuck was the CEO of NORCO Construction in Summersville, a WVU graduate and member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was also a member of the Summersville Jaycees, Little League Association, Royal Order of the Moose, Grand Order of the Royal Leprechauns and many other community projects. Chuck was an elder in Summersville Presbyterian Church.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 35 years, Charlesetta Donaldson Comer; two sons, CJ and wife, Rebecca, of Charlotte, N.C., and Jon and wife, Shannon, of Summersville; sister, Cookie Comer of Summersville; three grandchildren, Jayden Comer, Phillip and Morgan Johnson; and several extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Summersville Armory. In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated. Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Bread of Life Food Pantry, P.O. Box 930, Summersville, WV 26651 or the St. Patrick's Day Parade, 546 Wilderness Highway, Mount Nebo, WV 26679.
Harley Thomas "Tommy" Curry III of Fraziers Bottom passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
He was born March 19, 1952, in Logan, a son of Harley Thomas and Susanna Mullins Curry Jr., who preceded him in death.
Tommy was owner and operator of Mountaineer Technical School. He was quite a handyman. He will be remembered for his quick-witted sense of humor. Tommy never met a stranger and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughters, Angel Casto and her husband, Greg, Amber Curry and Marshall Roy, all of St. Albans; grandsons, Trey Roy and Harley Roy; brothers, J.K. Gillman and his wife, Janie, of Camp Creek, David Curry and his wife, Regina, and John Curry and his wife, Melinda, all of Ottawa; special aunt and uncle, Raymond and Margaret Curry of Downs, Ill.; and a host of other family and friends.
Celebration of Tommy's life will be at noon Friday, April 25, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Revs. Edsel Aleshire and Mike Stevenson officiating. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby.
Gathering of family and friends will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Francis ICU for their care and support.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.
Betty Francis Darby, 73, of Eleanor, left this world to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. After raising her three children, she went back to school and graduated with a degree in education from West Virginia State College. She then went on to teach at Buffalo Elementary for 10 years.
In addition to her love for teaching, she was an avid quilter and worked with needlepoint, making many items that are priceless. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eleanor.
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years and best friend, Phillip Darby; son, Mark Darby and wife, Lynn, of St. Augustine, Fla.; daughter, Anita Lanham and husband, Barry, of Midway; son, David Darby and wife, Berna, of Eleanor; five grandchildren, Brooke, Ben, Ethan, Sherridan and Coleman; and six great-grandchildren, Alexa, Hailey, James, Megan, Tyler and Aaron. She will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel, Eleanor, with Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Darby family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine Jeanette Ball Thompson Ellis, 72, of Six Mile, W.Va., and Zephyrhills, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014, following a short illness.
She was born Sept. 6, 1941, and was the daughter of the late VanBuren and Lucy Ball. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Carolyn Thompson (an infant) and Debra Thompson Fowler; two sisters, Emma Coburn and Nora Ball; and two brothers, Danny Ball and Jimmy Ball.
She is survived by her husband, Risty Ellis; daughter, Peggy (Barry) Bias; son, Mike Thompson; sister, Laura Woolwine of Charleston; and brothers, Johnny (Brenda) Ball of Greenview and Van Buren (Mary) Ball of Huntington. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Nathaniel (Lindsay) Bias of Lavalette, Levi Fowler of Camp Creek and Michael "Mikey" Adams of Danville, and a host of nieces and nephews. The memory of her smile will live in our hearts forever.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Hilda Moles Hall, 87, passed from this life on Friday, April 18, 2014.
She was born Aug. 28, 1926, and was the mother of four.
Hilda retired from the West Virginia Turnpike, and loved gospel music and coffee.
Service will be held at High Lawn Funeral Chapel on Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Carson Hall officiating. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.
Friends may call before the service, beginning at noon.
Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.
Merle Batton Heckler, 91, of Gassaway, passed away April 20, 2014.
Merle was born Dec. 1, 1922, near Cairo, and was one of five children. She married Howard Heckler in 1942 and they had two children, Tom and Kitty. Kitty passed away in 2011 and Tom lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with his wife, Sharon Hall Heckler. Merle's husband passed away in 1991. Merle is also survived by one brother, Ernest Batton of Milford, Del.; son-in-law, Larry Tincher of Hansford; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Merle and Howard were married for 49 years and her love of math led to her career path of being a bookkeeper for different car dealerships in Gassaway. In her spare time she volunteered her time at church and the hospital. She also inherited her mother's love of sewing and quilting and enjoyed various crafts. Health reasons forced her to leave Gassaway and move to Knoxville, Tenn., in 2011 to an assisted living facility near her son and daughter-in-law. This turned out to be a very enjoyable experience and she quickly became involved in the various activities provided.
She always tried to treat others as she would like to be treated and always said, "If you don't have something nice to say, just don't say anything."
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with the Rev. James Malick officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Amedisys Hospice Services, 665 New Highway 68, Suite B, Sweetwater,TN 37874.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Christopher David Hudson, 48, of Charleston, went home to be with our Lord on April 18, 2014. He was born Feb. 15, 1966, in Charleston, and was the son of the late James L. and Patricia Harless Hudson Sr. He was preceded in death by a brother, James L. "Bud" Hudson Jr.
He was a professional baker with Donut Connection.
Surviving are his wife, Tamie J. Hudson; daughter, Savannah Hudson of St. Albans; stepchildren, Tasha Walls of Clarksburg, Thomas Craigo of Handley and Todd Burnette of Blakely; grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Cheyenne Heller of Morgantown, Neveah Walls of Florida, Koby and Brooke Craigo of Handley and Ethan and Mahala Burnette of Blakely; nieces, Heather, Sara and Kolby; and nephew, Josh.
Per his request, there will be no service or visitation. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.
Charles D. Jefferson Sr., 58, passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2014, in Vero Beach, Fla. Charlie was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., and grew up in Wilmington, Del. He was a longtime resident of Wintergreen, Va., and had recently moved to Vero Beach to be closer to his mother and the natural beauty of the beach. Charlie attended The Friends School in Wilmington, Del., and the University of Miami in Florida.
Charlie is survived by his mother, Naomi L. Jefferson; his two children, Charles D. Jefferson Jr., "Chas," of Washington, D.C., and Marshall E. Jefferson of Wilmington, N.C.; and his brother, Andrew McK. Jefferson, and sister-in-law, Heather D. Jefferson. He was predeceased by his father, Edward G. Jefferson, and his brothers, Edward Graham Jefferson Jr. and Peter Love Jefferson.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hill and Wood and a ceremony in his remembrance will be held on Wednesday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood, Va.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie's memory can be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 38, Greenwood, VA 22943.
Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
Hazel Madeline Tribble Jividen, 94, of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on April 20, 2014.
Hazel was born March 25, 1920, to Charles Stephen Tribble and Bertha Jane (Hill). She was a graduate of Poca High School. After high school she worked at Fletcher's Enamel in Dunbar.
In 1939 Hazel married Franklin Jividen. She was a devoted wife and mother. Hazel was an excellent homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and quilting. Hazel was a Cub Scout leader and very involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She also served on the voter election board for over 20 years.
Hazel was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Dunbar. She taught fourth grade Sunday school for over 20 years and also served on the deaconess board. She especially enjoyed her circle meetings.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bertha Tribble; her beloved husband, Franklin L. Jividen; her sisters, Natalie Fitzsimmions and Mary Fowler; and her brother, James Tribble.
She is survived by son, Thomas Jividen and wife, Rita, of Wilmington, N.C.; daughters, Nancy Karopchinsky and husband, Johnny, of Melbourne, Fla., and Libby Plumley and husband, David, of Poca; five grandchildren, Tommy Bradley of Melbourne, Fla., Tom Jividen of San Francisco, Calif., Jim Jividen of San Diego, Calif., Anna Plumley Church and husband, Wes, of Morgantown and David Plumley II of Poca; and two great-grandchildren, Tommy and Kayla Bradley of Melbourne, Fla.
The family wishes to thank those who helped to care for their loved one at Spring Arbor, Davis Health Care and Dr. Mary Rudyk of Wilmington, N.C. We also want to thank Dr. Jim Brick and Dr. John Brick of Morgantown, who provided valuable advice to their Aunt Hazel throughout her care.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to First Baptist Church of Dunbar, 311 16th St., Dunbar, WV 25064.
Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the First Baptist Church, Dunbar, with the Rev. Mark Jarrell officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.
The family looks forward to celebrating Hazel's life with family and friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Arnold Wilson "Bill" Johnston passed away peacefully on March 26, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, from complications of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
He was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Huntington, to the late Shelby Trenton and Vesta Edmonds Johnston. He proudly served his country in both the U.S. Army and Navy Reserve. He attended Dunbar First Baptist Church.
Bill was a graduate of Marshall High School and attended Marshall University, both in Huntington. He was a landlord and a former realtor and insurance claims adjuster. He was a past president of the West Virginia Claims Association and the Optimist Club. He was a proud member of the West Virginia Landlord Association. Bill enjoyed his weekly poker game with his poker buddies for 35-plus years. He loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis and participated in the National Senior Olympics held in Tucson, Ariz., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Bill will be remembered and missed by those who knew him for his humor, loyalty and giving nature.
Bill is survived by the love of his life and wife of 16 years, Dena Carpenter Johnston; his son, Eric (Jeanette) Johnston; granddaughter, Hannah Johnston; grandson, Garrett Johnston; and great-granddog, Miss Daisy Johnston, all of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; grandson, Shane Gonzalez, and granddaughter, Danielle Johnston (children of his daughter, Leah, who passed in 2010), both of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; his brother, Alva (Carol) Johnston of Huntington; sister, Naomi Melton of Tallassee, Ala.; several nieces and nephews; and his in-laws, whom he loved dearly.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Dunbar First Baptist Church, 16th Street and Myers Avenue, Dunbar, at noon on Saturday, April 26, with the Rev. Chester Bird officiating. A luncheon and time of visitation will immediately follow the memorial service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to either Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605-A MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309 or the Alzheimer's Foundation: www.alz.org and click on the "Donate" icon.
A special thank you to friends and family who supported us with visits and prayers during Bill's illness.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Online condolences may be made at www.kellerfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Martha Mabel Robinson Jones, 94, of Poca, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
She was a homemaker and devoted most of her life as a caretaker, caring for family members and others until their death. Her husband, Conrad T. Jones, preceded her in death. They were married 63 years.
She was born in Blue Creek on April 23, 1919. She was the daughter of John W. Robinson ("Leather Bill") and Mary Ellen Cline Robinson.
Surviving are three children, Karen Snyder and husband, Nancy Lucas and husband and Tom Jones. She had five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving is her faithful friend, her Chihuahua, Co-Co.
Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Putnam County Animal Shelter, 12908 Charleston Road, Red House, WV 25168.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Jones family.
Glenn L. Ledbetter, 65, of Charleston, passed away April 22, 2014, after a short, but courageous, battle with lung cancer.
Glenn was a 1966 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and a former Charleston firefighter. He was the owner of Charleston Trophy and Engraving and an avid member of the FOE 519.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Barbara Ledbetter, and younger brother, Kirby Ledbetter. Glenn is survived by his wife, Jeannie Ledbetter of Charleston; daughter and son-in-law, Tracie and Scott Metheny of Hurricane; son, Joshua Ledbetter of Charleston; brother, Larry Ledbetter and wife, Jan, of Hurricane; and grandchildren, Matthew and Leah Metheny and Gunnar and Blake Ledbetter.
Funeral service will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Andy Tuel officiating. Viewing will begin two hours prior to the funeral service. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the Ledbetter family by visiting www.bartlettburdettecox.com.
Nancy Burdette Lynch, 66, of St. Albans, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at her residence.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph Taylor Burdette and Hazel Ann Sanns Burdette.
Nancy was a lifelong resident of St. Albans. Nancy had worked as a waitress with the 35 Diner, Winfield. She attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Albans, and was a graduate of St. Albans High School.
She is survived by her aunt and several cousins.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Cunningham Memorial Park Mausoleum, St. Albans, with the Rev. Julia Bolling officiating. Inurnment will follow service.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Robert Burns Orders Sr., 82, of Charleston, W.Va., and Sarasota, Fla., went to sleep peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
He was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Kermit. He was the son of the late James William and Janie Orders. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Wright. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Susan Ball Orders; brother, the Rev. James William Jr. of Fayetteville, N.C.; son, Robert Burns Orders Jr. (Darci) of Forest Hill; daughter, Kimberly Orders Lewis (Tom) of Charleston; five grandchildren, Elise Stevens (Frank), Chelsea Lewis, Hank Lewis, Robert Burns Orders III and Tyler Orders; and great-grandchildren, Lewis Stevens and Zane Stevens.
Bob graduated from Huntington High School in 1949, where he was an All-State selection in football and basketball. He was then appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played center for two years. He transferred to West Virginia University in 1951, where he was a two year letterman at center for the Mountaineers football team for the 1952 and 1953 seasons. He was named to several All-American teams and was the West Virginia Amateur Athlete of the Year. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers but declined the offer to serve two years in the Army. He was very honored to be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and followed the Mountaineers avidly over the years.
While at WVU, he was a member of ROTC, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Mountain Honorary and vice president of the senior class. Upon graduation in 1954 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Commerce.
Bob and Susie were stationed for two years at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1954 to 1956. He then relocated to Charleston, where he spent two years at a life insurance agency, then seven more at an asphalt paving company. Bob then started Orders and Haynes Paving Company in 1966, which he owned and operated for the next 33 years. He was past president of the Contractor's Association of West Virginia and served on the National Asphalt Paving Association's board. Bob was on several boards, including the West Virginia University Foundation, Kanawha Banking and Trust (now United Bank), GoodWill Industries, AAA and YMCA. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder. Bob and Susie were the advisors of the junior and senior high youth groups, taught Sunday school and with another couple started The Young Couple's Sunday School Class, now called The Class. He was also a member of the Lions Club.
Bob and Susie split their time between Charleston and their home in Sarasota, Fla., and loved traveling the world. Perhaps more important than all of his accomplishments was the character that he possessed. Countless friendships over the years speak to this. He was both a superb businessman and a tremendously generous leader to all who worked with and for him. His heart was always in the right place. He never met a stranger. He loved playing tennis, reading, going to movies and especially spending time with his family.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Pfister and associates, Hospice, all caregivers and a very special thanks to Kelly Lane.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Mountaineer Athletic Club, P.O. Box 877, Morgantown, WV 26507; the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301; or Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, with a reception to immediately follow the ceremony.
Online condolences may be sent to www.wilsonfuneralandcremations.com.
Kelly Tawney Jr., 85, of Nitro, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home.
Born Oct. 4, 1928, in South Charleston, Kelly was a son of the late Kelly and Mildred Leona Brightwell Tawney.
He was a 1946 graduate of South Charleston High School. He was a newspaper pressman by trade and worked in the pressrooms of The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail for 27 years. He moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1972 and worked in the pressroom of The Columbus Dispatch for 22 years before retiring in 1993 and then returned to West Virginia.
He is survived by his son, Richard Tawney (Janice Hauenstein) of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Vicki Tawney (Stephen Clair) of St. Albans; brothers, Donald Tawney (Lenora) of Fishers, Ind., Chester Adkins (Patsy) of St. Albans, Allan Adkins (Jane) of South Charleston and Joseph Tawney (Janis) of St. Albans; sister, Linda Tawney McGucken (Dave) of South Charleston; and grandchildren, Raychel Tawney Shoenleb of Walhonding, Ohio, Ryan Tawney of Columbus, Ohio, Torrey Clair of St. Albans and Sierra Clair of St. Albans.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 or by visiting apdaparkinson.org. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Tawney family.
Deborah Collins Warth, 55, of Fairmont, formerly of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born in South Charleston on Sept. 8, 1958, a daughter of Roger and Ann Taylor Collins, both of Fairmont.
Debbie was an elementary school music teacher in Colorado. She enjoyed cooking, music and traveling. She also cherished her cats.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Warth, and a niece, Holly Elizabeth Faulkner. Survivors include her sister, Mrs. Joyce Faulkner and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Holley Faulkner, also of Fairmont; her brother, Donald Collins and his wife, Jenny, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; her brother-in-law, Jeff Warth and his wife, Lynn, of Marshall Township, Pa.; and her sister-in-law, Judy Kuecken and her husband, Russell, of Seminole, Fla. She is also survived by three nieces, Michelle Faulkner, Maria Kuecken and Alyssa Warth, and three nephews, Rob Collins, Tom Kuecken and Brian Braun.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Marion County Humane Society, P.O. Box 905, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Friends and family may visit with the family on Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Baptist Temple, 430 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Holley Faulkner officiating.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. Online condolences may be made at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Phyllis Jean Hall Young, 83, of Clendenin, died at home on April 19, 2014. Born Sept. 17, 1930, to parents, Charlie and Geneva Boggs Hall, she married Harmon G. Young II on Aug. 5, 1950.
Phyllis was a 1949 graduate of Clendenin High School. In 1989 she retired after 23 years of service as the secretary of Clendenin Junior High School. She was a member of Clendenin United Methodist Church, Merry Workers Circle, Women's Society of Christian Service, the church administrative board and served as church secretary.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harmon Young; her three children, Dr. H.G. Young III of Parkersburg, Carol Ann Hill (John) of Spencer and Mary Jo Panaro of Hurricane; three grandchildren, Lauren, Spencer and Jenna Panaro; sisters, Mary Trout of Nitro and Anna Lee "Bunny" Kelly (Jim) of Simpsonville, S.C.; sister-in-law, Lucy Anne Frokjer (Don) of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and 13 nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her brothers, Chuck and Bob Hall; brother-in-law, Bill Trout; sister-in-law, Helen Gandee Hall; and niece, Ruth Anne Frokjer.
A memorial service will be held at Clendenin United Methodist Church, 121 Koontz Ave., Clendenin, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, and friends may call one hour before the service. A meal will follow in the fellowship hall.
Phyllis was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens in South Charleston. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Clendenin United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.