Today's Obituaries

Joshua A. Absten

Joshua Adam "Josh" Absten, 26, of Grandview Ridge, Red House, passed away Wednesday, July19, 2017. He was a 2009 graduate of Buffalo High School, and an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was actively serving his country in the United States Army, and was currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Born June 20, 1991, he was the son of Timothy A. Absten and Cheri Kay Freeman Absten. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edward D. Absten, and his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Charlene Herrell.

In addition to his parents, Josh is survived by his sister, Meagan Absten (Joshua Lewis) of Red House; paternal grandmother, Katherine Slate Absten of Red House; uncles, Edward Lee (Teresa) Absten, and Doug (Jill) Freeman; aunt, Darry Merine (Lee) Casto; special niece, Adelyn Lewis; as well as a host of cousins, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Recovery Point, 2425 9th Ave, Huntington WV 25703. The family would like to encourage anyone battling addiction to seek help.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p. m., Sunday, July 23, at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel) with Pastor Rick Legg officiating. Burial with military graveside honors will follow in Shiloah Church Cemetery, Red House. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the Eleanor Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the Absten family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Bennett (Wilson)

Brenda Bennett (Wilson), 70, of Ward, Ariz., passed away July 18, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, July 23, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Scott Carper

Scott Eugene Carper, 53, of Newton, W.Va., passed away at Hubbard Hospice House on July 19, 2017, after a short illness.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, Gene Carper; grandparents, Ralph and Martha Carper; grandmother, Bethal Lee Begler.

Scott is survived by mother, Myrna Begler Carper; the love of his life and soulmate, Stephanie Woodyard; and brother, Jeffrey Carper.

Scott worked for C. W. Wright and was an avid musician for over 20 years.

Matics Funeral Home, Inc., Clendenin, is in charge of the service. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Jones Cemetery, Vineyard Ridge, Walton, Roane Co., W.Va. 38° 36' 27' N 81° 20' 44' W.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice Care and the Hubbard Hospice House for providing care and support during this difficult time.

Online condolences may be expressed at The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Matics Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 549, Clendenin, WV 25045 to offset funeral expenses.

Virgil M. Damron

Virgil M. Damron, 80, of Mitchell Heights departed this life Wednesday, July 19, at the Dignity Hospice House in Chapmanville, W.Va, with his wife by his side. He was born February 8, 1937, to Oscar and Ocie (Spry) at Yuma.

Virgil worked as a Chief Electrician and a Foreman for Amherst Coal Company and Hobet Mining. He served in the Army in the Military Police in Germany, where he met his wife, Ursula, of 56 years.

He enjoyed hunting with his hunting buddies and grandson. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play ball.

He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Ocie (Spry) Damron, three brothers, Lowell Damron, Noel Damron, and Euhl Damron.

Survivors include his wife Ursula (Burkard) Damron, one son, Rolf (Stephanie) Damron of Whites Addition, two daughters, Sharon (Mark) Thern of North Mitchell Heights, and Tricia (Mark) Lowe of Whites Addition. He is also survived by one brother, Paul Damron of Greenville, NC and two sisters, Gay Thompson of Chapmanville, and Ora Lou (Hank) Bigalow of Medford, Ore., six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He will be missed by family and many friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 23, at Akers-James Funeral Home, Logan, with Rev. Randy Skeens officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Doris Dilley

Doris V. Dilley, age 92, of Kanawha City, passed away Thursday July 20, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House after a brief illness. Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Dilley family.

Ervin Athel Eskew

Ervin Athel Eskew, 83, of South Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at home.

He was a retired welder for Kanawha Manufacturing. Ervin attended Hilltop Baptist Church. He loved hunting, fishing and hunting ginseng.

Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, Dreama; brother, Alfred; sister, Virgie; and parents, Kyle and Edith Eskew.

He is survived by daughters, Sandy (Bob) Black, Debbie Ewing and Jacqueline Eskew (Brandon Oldham); sons, Joseph (Ashley) Eskew and Dale Eskew; brother, Burlin (Sue) Eskew; sister, Linda Bailey; and seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastors Jim Lennox and Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Memorial Park in South Charleston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, W.Va., has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Joseph Freeman

Joseph "Joe" Lawson Freeman, 37, of South Charleston, passed away Wednesday July 19, 2017, at home after a long illness.

He was born June 2, 1980, in Charleston to Ralph and Rhonda Freeman. In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish his good memories, his wife of 16 years and Junior High School sweetheart, Brookie Freeman; the two greatest accomplishments of his life, daughter, Shelby Rayne Freeman (13); son, Mannix Joseph Freeman (8); brother, Toby Freeman; nephew, Preston Freeman; and a host of family and friends.

We love you Joe!

He attended South Charleston High School and WV State University where he studied Biology. He had a wonderful talent to fix just about anything and a brilliant mind and could retain any book he read. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, bike riding and long car rides.

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Denver "Clinton" Freeman; grandparents, Denver and Juanita Freeman; grandparents, Dollie and Donald Vannoy; uncle, Dennis Freeman and Aunt Jamie.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Pastor David Bragg officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends call one hour prior to the service at the mortuary.

Ronald Furbee

Ronald "Ronnie" Edward Furbee, 73, of Ravenswood, passed away July 19, 2017. The family will receive friends noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the service beginning at 2 p.m. Happy Trails Ron ... Until we meet again.

Dorothy Gossett

Dorothy Jeane (McComas) Gossett, 86, of Ripley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Huntington, on April 9, 1931, a daughter of the late John E. and Gertrude (McGraw) McComas. She graduated from Huntington High School in 1948 and was married to Asa Gordon Gossett on January 17, 1953, in Huntington.

Dorothy was devoted to her family and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She loved family gatherings, and enjoyed camping and traveling but one of her greatest joys was attending all sporting events and activities of her children and grandchildren.

Dorothy was a Christian and member of the Ripley Baptist Temple for almost 60 years. Prior to her illness, she faithfully served as a Sunday School Teacher and Awana Club worker and was a member of the choir and ladies mission circle. She was active in the Jackson County Homemakers Club for many years and was also known as one of the "Hot Dog Ladies" at the Big R Supermarket.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Asa, and her children, Barbara (John) Grass, Bruce (Judy) Gossett, John (Brenda) Gossett and Jane (Jim) Willis; grandchildren, Joe (Paige) Gossett, Christina Gossett, Anna (Matthew) Sculley, Jonathan Gossett, Benji Willis and Rebekah Gossett; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Liam and Asa J. Gossett; sister, Peggy Jeffrey of Barboursville; and sisters-in-law, Betty McComas and Flossie Gossett of Huntington. She is also survived by several extended family members.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John E. McComas Jr., and brothers-in-law, Jack Jeffrey, Donald Gossett and Fred Gossett.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 24, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Friends may call on the family on Sunday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation in memory of Dorothy be made to the Ripley Baptist Temple Mission Fund.

The family wishes to thank Kanawha Hospice for the dignity and tender care provided to our mother in her final days.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Charles J. Jones

Charles J. "June Bug" Jones, age 64, of Hugheston, died July 13, 2017. He was born September 25, 1952 in Charleston and he was the son of the late William and Edith Mannings Jones. He was also predeceased by his brother William Jones Sr. and a nephew Michael Jones.

He was employee of Charleston Area Medical Center, and he was a former member of the Eagles in Montgomery and a veteran of the US Army.

Surviving; wife Donna Pennington Jones; daughter Amanda Webb and her husband David of Glasgow; grandchildren Zachary, Brandon, Kaitlyn and Layla and special friend Jay Johnson of Hugheston.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hughes Creek Community Church, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements where expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Edward J. Kimball

Edward J. Kimball went home to be with the Lord on July 20, 2017. He was born in West Union, West Virginia on October 21, 1924, the son of Samuel and Macy Kimball, and is preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia, as well as four sisters and one brother. As his son, it is not only my responsibility, but an honor to write this obituary for him.

Ed played high school football at Doddridge County HS earning all LKC honors back in the day, as he put it, when nobody wore helmets with facemasks. He served in the Naval Reserve during World War II and was honorably discharged after the war. He was a 32nd degree Mason with the local Parkersburg lodge for many years before moving to North Carolina in 2013. He was also a true Old Gold & Blue WVU fan and passed that on to his son. Ed was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Parkersburg for many years and he taught Sunday school several of those years after retirement.

It is no secret to those who knew and loved him that he battled alcoholism for a number of years and nearly lost himself, and his family, along the way. But he had just recently celebrated over fifty years of sobriety, and gave back so much to so many along the way during his sobriety. He was vitally interested in helping people who were affected with substance abuse problems. He initiated several Alcoholic Anonymous Groups in the Parkersburg area in the 1960's, and in 1968, accepted a position with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He was responsible for leading group therapy sessions at the Spencer State Hospital. In 1972, he accepted a position with the WV Dept. of Mental Health. In this role, he focused on helping private industries identify addictive employees. In 1974, he developed for Kaiser Aluminum, one of the first national comprehensive programs that focused on helped employees turn their lives around and saved their job. During this same period, he led therapy groups at the Ripley Hospital and in Ironton, Ohio. He was the Exec. Director of Valley Clinic, a specialized treatment center for alcohol withdrawal, in St. Albans, W.Va. from 1975 to 1980, and later directed a center in Ironton, Ohio.

He accepted a position with CSX Transportation in 1983 and proposed a program which drastically changed the Century rules regarding alcohol and drug use among employees responsible for running trains. Under this new program, which was implemented in 1985, employees became responsible for keeping any drugs or alcoholic drinks off the property. To date, CSX hasn't had any rail accidents caused by employee use of alcohol and drugs. One of his good friends and former VP at CSX said, "I'll bet he saved well over a thousand lives and probably just as many marriages over the years." It truly is hard to know just how many lives he touched.

He is survived by his son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Tina, two grandchildren, Mackenzie Kimball, Stephanie McCarney and her husband, Terry, his great grandson Mason McCarney, and several very special nieces and nephews. For me, he was a role model in so many different ways. He was also one of the best friends and father anyone could ever ask for. Thanks for everything, pop and rest in eternal peace. We love you and will miss you dearly.

Services will be Monday 11 a.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Stanley Kyer

Stanley Kyer, 90, of Leroy, passed away July 20, 2017. Service will be at noon on Sunday, July 23, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the funeral home on Sunday.

Teresa A. Lowery

Teresa A. Lowery, 60, of Alum Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at CAMC – Memorial Division in Charleston WV.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Robert "Bobby" Lowery, in April 2013.

Teresa graduated from Duval High School in 1975, and from WVSU in 1978. She was an elementary school teacher in Ga, Tenn., and W.Va., for over 30 years. She was a member of the Alum Creek Independent Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Robert Aaron Lowery (Lauren) of Charlotte, NC; parents, Oshel & Rosemary Bell of Yawkey; sisters, Debbie (Max) Hill of St. Albans and Kim (Frank) Chapman of Alum Creek; niece, Melinda (Brian) Greathouse of Dunbar; aunt, Connie Stowers of Aurora, OH; and mother-in-law, Patsy Lowery of Alum Creek.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastor Frank Chapman and Dr. Max Hill officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Orchard Hills Memory Gardens in Yawkey.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

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

Michael Mullins

Michael Dwayne Mullins, 58, of Blair, passed away July 19, 2017, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan.

Michael was an organ donor at his choosing.

He was a welder and was preceded in death by his father, Carl Thomas "Tom" Mullins; grandparents, O'Dell and Pearl Browning, James Ed and Freda Mullins; and an aunt, Shelva Jean Browning.

He is survived by his mother, Janice Browning Mullins of Blair; brothers, Carl Thomas "Tommy" "Laura" Mullins of Maple Height, Ohio, and James (Vickie) Mullins of Danville; a sister, Sherri (Brian) Basta of Aurora, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Brian Scott Basta, Karen (Dave) Tennant, Keith (Sarah) Basta, Christopher (Mary Jo) Mullins, Shawn (Jamie) Mullins and Belinda Mullins; and four great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Donnie Austin officiating. Burial will follow in Mullins Cemetery, Blair. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Violet Painter

Violet Rose "Vi" Painter, 89, of Bidwell, Ohio, passed away July 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Glendell Pauley

Glendell Pauley, 94, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away July 18, 2017. A memorial service will be held on August 26. Details to be published later.

Jeffrey Pearson

Jeffrey Pearson, 59, of Charleston, died July 19, 2017. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Avon Edman "Tinsey" Proctor

On July 20, 2017, Avon "Tinsey" Edman Proctor, 72, of Mammoth entered into a sleep awaiting the second coming.

He was a retired coal miner from Valley Camp-Donaldson mining and Anchor Tobacco. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and his grandchildren.

Avon was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Frances Hill-Proctor; sisters, Clara Martin, Juanita Ridley, Emmal Johnson, and Annabelle Proctor; brothers, Edward, Robert and Harold (Boyd) Proctor; son-in-law, Walter Huddleston.

Avon leaves behind a loving wife, Charlotte of 47 years; son, Dale (Stephanie) Proctor of Mammoth; daughter, Yvonne Huddleston of Pond Gap; sisters, Regenia (Ernest) Hudson, Geneva Lanham, and Rachel (Frankie) Lanham; brothers, Dayne (Charlotte) and Wayne Proctor. He also leaves behind his four grandchildren which were the light of his life, Alicia Huddleston, Hailey Huddleston, Leslie Proctor and Austin Proctor who will miss him dearly.

The family would like to thank Hospice Care, CAMC Memorial 4 North, Dr. Al-Asadi, Dr. Khalid, Dr. Moushmoush, Dr. Wyatt and his medical team for their care and support.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 24, at Cooke Funeral Home, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor James Balser officiating. Burial will follow the service at Ward Cemetery, Ward. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the funeral home.

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

Mildred Patton Smith Tench

Mildred Iona Patton Smith Tench, 95, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Hidden Valley Nursing Home, Oak Hill.

Born on August 2, 1921, at Pear, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Naomi Plumley Patton.

Mrs. Tench was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William Ray Smith, and her second husband, Jesse Lawrence Tench; son, Fredrick William Smith; sisters, Edith, Opal, and Tina; brothers, Oral and Carl; and two great-grandsons, Park Fox and Lane Howard.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Jim (Jane) Smith and Mike (Donna) Smith; daughter-in-law, Linda Smith; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, July 24, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. The family will receive friends on Monday from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials in Mildred Tench's memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation or Fredrick W. Smith Scholarship Fund at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine at Lewisburg.

For those wishing to express your condolences to the Smith/Tench family, you may do so by visiting our website at

The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, W.Va.

Funerals for: July 22, 2017

Carter, Donald Noon, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charleston.

Cottrell, Sue Noon, Big Chimney Baptist Church, Big Chimney.

Dirickson, Betty Louise 1 p.m., Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Hurricane.

Harris, Gary 1 p.m., God's Lighthouse, Charleston.

Horton, Kara Jo 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Lemaster, Ursula 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

Lowery, Teresa 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Miller, Pat 10 a.m.,Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.

Mitchell Sr., Clyde 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.

Moody, James 2 p.m., Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, Cross Lanes.

Moore, Eloise 1 p.m., Stevens & Grass, Malden.

Pepper Sr., Larry 11 a.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Roy, Kathryn Godby Bukant 1 p.m., Bartlett

Sisson, Oral 5 p.m., Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Smith, George Preston 11 a.m., Lory Baptist Church,Julian.