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Charles "Chuck" Baxter

Charles "Chuck" Baxter, 87, of Charleston, passed away April 24, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired as an over-the-road driver for Smith Transfer Company after 40 years of service and was a member of Teamsters Local 175. Chuck was a member of Christ Church United Methodist and had attended Southeast Church of the Nazarene in Kanawha City.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Mancel; son, James William; and daughter, Leah Ann Baxter.

Survivors include his sons, Charles D. and wife, Kathy, of Winifrede, Ralph E. and wife, Patty, and Steven D. and wife, Debbie, of Scott Depot; brother, Robert L. and wife, Betty, of Ohio; six grandchildren, Eric, Shanna, Joseph, Shawn, Jennifer and Cindy; and eight great-grandchildren, Aaron, Jacob, Conner, Madilyn, Abigail, Marlee, Addison and Kase.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Ollie Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Baxter Cemetery, Aaron's Fork, Elkview.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Our family would like to thank everyone at Hubbard Hospice House as well as Dr. David Phillips, Jennifer and the staff at the Ear, Nose and Throat Association of Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, in Mr. Baxter's name.

The family will accept memorial online condolences at

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

Ruth Marie Blaine

Ruth Marie Curnes McClure Blaine, 90, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

Born Dec. 10, 1923, at the family home in St. Albans, Ruth was the daughter of the late John Waverly and Iva Griffith Curnes. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Francis "Frosty" McClure; her sister, Frances Lee Curnes Morris; her second husband, Robert Willard Blaine; and her daughter, Barbara Blaine-Klingler.

Ruth was a St. Albans High School graduate and valedictorian of the class of 1943 and attended West Virginia State University. Ruth also was awarded the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Award while attending St. Albans Junior High School. She was a former owner of McClure & White Furniture and Appliance store on Main Street in St. Albans and retired as the financial secretary for First Baptist Church of St. Albans. Ruth loved her church very much and was so proud to be a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Albans. Through her many years at First Baptist she served as a deaconess, a member of the Board of Christian Education, a member of the Board of Music and she was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Good News Sunday School Class and a sponsor of youth work.

She is survived by her children, Nancy McClure Bennett (John) of Winfield, Jon Blaine of Chandler, Ariz., Thomas Blaine (Sandra) of Sweeny, Texas, Marilyn Facemyer of St. Albans and Carolyn Gerkin (Dan) of Vienna, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Hubbard Hospice House West for the care they provided to Ruth, as well as the family.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Ruth's name to First Baptist Church, 523 Second St., St. Albans, WV 25177 or to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Blaine family.

Franklin P. Carney

Franklin Perry Carney, 82, of South Charleston, passed away April 24, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

He was born April 1, 1932, son of the late Ivan and Lessie Higginbotham Carney.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Dorothy Eleanor Carney; and his three brothers and sisters.

Franklin was an Army corporal, having served in the Korean conflict. He also loved boxing and had fought in the Golden Gloves.

Franklin was a carpet and floor installer for 56 years by trade, having worked at Parsons Floor Covering, General Floor Covering, Professional Floor and Wall Covering, Keeling's Floor Covering and Andrews Floor Covering.

Survivors include his son, Christopher Carney and wife, Robin, of Hurricane; daughter, Susan Carney of Charleston; and his grandson, Dalton Carney.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution may do so to the following: Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25314 or Putnam County Animal Shelter, 12908 Charleston Road, Red House, WV 25168.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

The family will accept memorial online condolences at

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

John M. Crosier

John M. Crosier, 84, of Ansted, passed away in Charleston on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ramsey, the son of the late Charles Edward Crosier and Ava Rebecca Legg Crosier. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles L. Rogers, Robert E. Crosier, Clinton M. Crosier and James F. Crosier, and a son-in-law, David O'Dell.

John served in the U.S. Army and was a self-employed entrepreneur. He is survived by his wife, Della Crosier; his daughter, Jill O'Dell of Victor; his son, Ronald Crosier, and a daughter-in-law, Mary, of Ansted; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday, April 26, at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum, Victor, with Pastor David Minturn officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum.

Friends may call at the mausoleum chapel one hour prior to the service.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to www.

Jerril C. Davis Jr.

Jerril C. "Todd" Davis Jr., 48, of Webster Springs, died April 20, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.

Timothy Alan Doyle

Timothy Alan Doyle, 52, of Ravenswood, died April 19, 2014. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles E. Elkins

Charles Everett Elkins, 85, of Hamlin, died April 23, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallie G. and Bessie Chaney Elkins.

He was an educator and coach for 44 years, serving as head basketball coach for 32 years at Hamlin High School and principal for five years. He was a 1952 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, a member of the Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame and the West Virginia Wesleyan Charles Elkins Alumni Award.

He was a member of Hamlin United Methodist Church; past president of Hamlin Lions Club; past president of the West Virginia Coaches Association; and a member of Hamlin Masonic Lodge No. 79.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Black Elkins; sons, Chuck (Debbie) Elkins of Winfield and Bill (Sonda) of Hamlin; brother, Carl (Barbara) Elkins of Hamlin; grandchildren, Amber (Brian) Vance, Ashley (Jason) Linville, Andrew and Alex Elkins, Megan (Justin) Hannah, Lindsay (Chris) Rotella and Emma Elkins; and great-grandchildren, Audrey, Sarah and Maggie Vance, Will Linville and Parker Hannah.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin, with the Rev. Robert Fulton and David Burch officiating. Burial will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park, Hamlin, with Masonic graveside services.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Frida, at the Charles E. Elkins Gymnasium at Hamlin High School.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed to Hamlin United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 8041 Lynn Ave., Hamlin, WV 25523.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Carolyn Mae Green

Carolyn Mae Green, 17, of Turtle Creek, was taken home suddenly to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. With her infectious smile and laughter, she entered into the gates of heaven with what is assured to be a great reunion with family and friends who have gone on before.

Her love of God, family and basketball will be remembered for years to come. Carolyn's favorite passage of the Bible was Psalms 139.

She was preceded in death by grandmother and grandfather, Ovie and Glada Barker; grandfathers, Richard Green and Hassel Harless; aunt, Doris Swedberg; and uncle, Jim Harless.

She leaves behind her father and mother, Danny and Regina Green of Turtle Creek; brother and sister-in-law, Aaron and Laura Green of Cross Lanes; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Pastor John Barker and Pastor Greg Smith 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

Brian F. Griffith

Brian Franklin Griffith, 49, died April 23, 2014. Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at McCorkle Freewill Baptist Church, Sod, with visitation one hour prior. Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, is in charge of arrangements.

Iva Marie Hatcher

Our loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, Iva Marie Hatcher, 86, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Sept. 4, 1927, in Streeter, she was the daughter of the late Alvis Vest and Ida Bennett Vest.

Mrs. Hatcher was a homemaker and a member of the Memorial Baptist Church in Beckley for over 50 years. She loved to garden, raise flowers (especially roses) and gospel music (especially the Gaithers) and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Hatcher was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Clyde Hatcher Sr.; a brother, James Vest; and a sister, Mabel Pack.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children, Connie Elliott and her husband, Doug, of Daniels and Clyde Hatcher Jr. of Fayetteville; a sister, Enola Saunders of Hinton; a grandchild, Michael Elliott and his wife, Stefanie, of Charleston; four great-grandchildren, Camden Elliott and his mother, Tawanna, Nate Elliott and his mother, Dawn, Emmalee and Katie; and grandpuppy, Misty.

The family extends special thanks to caregivers, Teresa Arthur, Jasmine Towner, Janice Brown and JoHanna Stover.

Funeral service will be conducted at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, on Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. with Dr. Charles Bright officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Christopher D. Hudson

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. "Bub" 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; sisters, Lisa Hudson Burgess and her husband, Steve, of Cross Lanes and Debbie Miller and her husband, Jimmy, of Virginia Beach; nieces, Heather, Sara, Kolby and Sarah; 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

William McLaughlin II

William Thomas McLaughlin II, "Bill," 76, passed away peacefully at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla., on April 22, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong West Virginian and proud Mountaineer, Bill was born to Lorena Droppleman and William Thomas McLaughlin on June 23, 1937, in Weston.

After obtaining a B.S. degree in business administration from WVU, Bill began his career in banking as an examiner for the FDIC. In 1967, he became an auditor for Community Bank & Trust, N.A. (CB&T), Fairmont, where he advanced to chairman, president and CEO. From this position, he began a campaign to change state banking laws to allow branch banking and bank holding companies. Bill was the first president of the Progressive Bankers Association for banks willing to work for modernizing banking laws. In 1992, he negotiated the sale of CB&T to Huntington Bancshares, Inc. and continued to serve as chairman and CEO of Huntington Banks of West Virginia.

Throughout his career, Bill's leadership and vision benefited more than the banking industry. Some of the many state and civic organizations that have enjoyed his valuable help include the Fairmont Industrial Credit Corp., the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Fairmont State University Board of Advisors, the West Virginia Board of Regents, WVU College of Business and Economics Advisory Board, the Finance Committee for Ruby Memorial Hospital, the Clary Center of the Arts and Sciences and the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees. He was also named to the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and was the 1996 WVU Alumni of the Year.

Following his retirement in 1996, Bill moved to "Bernadette Mountain" outside of Elkins with his wife of 54 years, the former Ruth Ann Walker. In 2000, they began spending winters in Bonita Springs, Fla., where they extended their wide circle of friends. Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed snow skiing, fishing, camping, WVU athletics, bocce ball and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends. From the days of tailgate parties at Mountaineer field, he enjoyed planning and hosting reunions and get-togethers with Ruth Ann. Throughout his illness, he continued to make his friends and family smile with his quick wit and great sense of humor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael McLaughlin; a sister, Roseanne (McLaughlin) Wilson; and a son, David. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind six adult children, Sally Cline, Sam and his wife, Lisa McLaughlin, Amy and her husband, Marty Ball, Matt and his wife, Donna McLaughlin, Gretchen and her husband, Jamie Stup, and Lisa Jenson and her husband, Patrick Murray; six grandchildren, Emily Cline, Andrew and Jessica Ball, Quinn and Hayden Stup and Jared Jenson; a sister, Mary Alice (McLaughlin) Boyd and her husband, Mel; a brother, Robert McLaughlin and his wife, Mary; a sister-in-law, Marian McLaughlin-Kidd; a brother-in-law, Gary Walker and his wife, Ginny; many nieces and nephews; and many friends who he held close to his heart.

Following a memorial service in Bonita Springs, Fla., on Friday, April 25, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Fairmont, followed by a luncheon at the Fairmont Field Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the General Unrestricted Scholarship/Research Fund, c/o WVU Foundation, Inc., One Waterford Place, 7th Floor, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650. Checks should be made payable to WVUF-CEHS (McLaughlin Memorial). Donations will help support scholarships and loan funds for needy students.

Carol Jean Preast

Carol Jean Boles Preast, 69, of Jodie, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston, as the result of a catastrophic stroke.

She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Born Aug. 18, 1944, in Jodie, she was the daughter of the late Shirley and Helena (Hess) Boles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Austin Boles and Jimmy Boles, and her sisters, Louise Morris and Nina Keenan.

Left to cherish her loving memory are her husband, Dennis Preast of Jodie; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Becky Preast of Indore; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Eddie Eskew of Kanawha Falls; grandsons, Jeffery Preast and fiancee, Caitlyn Motes, and Matthew and Brittany Coleman; great-grandson, Jacob Tyler Coleman; friend and companion, her dog, Precious; several children who she loved and raised as her own; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. Delmer Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow at Jodie Cemetery, Jodie.

The family will receive visitors two hours prior to the funeral service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Preast family.

Donna Jean Rayburn

Donna Jean Rayburn, 79, of Point Pleasant, died April 23, 2014. Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.

Reta Mae Stewart

Reta Mae Stewart, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died April 18, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Rush Run Baptist Church, Normantown, with visitation one hour prior. Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Deborah S. Whitlow

Deborah Suzan Harless Whitlow, 59, of Ghent, died April 18, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was former owner and operator of Debbie's Store, Standard, and was a talented artist who loved butterflies. She was a 1972 graduate of East Bank High School and was a member of Paint Creek Watershed Organization.

Surviving are her husband, Clarence Glenn Whitlow of Ghent; daughter, Valerie Lynette Townsend of Gallagher; sons, William Brian Townsend of Bell Buckle, Tenn., and Stephen Casey Coiner of Smithers; stepson, Charles Whitlow of Chelyan; parents, Bobby Lee and Shirley Ann Buckley Harless of Hernshaw; brother, Robert Matthew Harless of Red House; sister, Colleen Barnes of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with the Rev. Gary Smith officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Adkins, Betty L. - 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Brown, Richard L. - 7 p.m., Broyles
Browning, Ola D. Sr. - Noon, Guyan Freewill Baptist Church, Little Harts.
Casto, Olievia J. - 1 p.m., Siniaville United Methodist Church, Ripley.
Cummings, Juanita M. - Noon, Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.
Curry, Harley T. III - Noon, Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.
Darby, Betty F. - 3 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor.
Deems, Bobby E. - 1 p.m., Wilson
Ellis, Lorraine J. - 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Keith, Florence - 11 a.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.
Smith, Freeman - 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.
Tawney, Kelly Jr. - 2 p.m., Bartlett
Toney, Robert M. - 7:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.
Toppings, William - 1 p.m., Little Harts Freewill Baptist Church, Little Harts.
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