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Andrew M. Abshire

Andrew Marlin Abshire, 76, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Holly and Verna Halstead Abshire.

He was a retired supervisor from AEP, an Army veteran, and a member of the Madison Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Anna; son, Michael (Amy) Cregger of Palo Cedro, Calif.; daughters, Melissa Abshire of West Madison and Michelle (John) George of Fayetteville, N.C.; sisters, Brenda Thompson and Phyllis Gunnoe; and five grandchildren, Megan Tears-Knapp, Mahala Abshire, Mackenzie George, Braden Cregger and Sydney Cregger.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Tom Bias officiating. Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery, Julian. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Michael Thomas Baire

Michael Thomas Baire, 62, of Alum Creek, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at home surrounded by his family and friends.

Mike was a truck driver for over 30 years, most recently a pickup and delivery driver for Estes Express Lines. While driving, he visited 44 lower states and Canada.

He was a proud veteran having served six years in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of E4.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Hillard and Elma Baire; brother, Randy; and sister, Debra.

He was a devoted daddy and papa. A wonderful husband and best friend for over 42 years to his wife, Patricia Parsons Baire. Mike loved taking trips with Pattie and planned to take her on a long journey "out west" again.

Mike is also survived by daughters Andrea Dawn Jensen (Dave), Brandy Fields, Chrystal Crites (Nate); sisters Brenda (Lenzy) Meickles, Susan (Tim) Atkins, Sherry (Greg) Blake, Patricia (Brad) Rice; grandchildren Henry, Abigail, Matthew and Wesley Jensen, Shane, Donovan and Kasey Fields, Arleigh, Chrystine and Silas Crites; and his mother and father-in-law, Yvonne and Richard Harrison. He will also be greatly missed by his co-workers at Estes who considered him to be "camp counselor."

Service will be held at noon Friday, September 22, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar, WV. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Curry Funeral Home.

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

Amanda J. Branham

Amanda June Branham, 36, of Hurricane, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017, at her home after a short illness. She was a graduate of Hurricane High School, class of 1999.

She is survived by her children, Logan Goddard and Nicole Goddard, and parents, Connie and Ben Bolen of Culloden and James Burdette of Charleston.

A memorial service will be held noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane. Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Michael "Scratch" Burris

Michael "Scratch" Wells Burris, 76, of Letart, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at his home following an extended illness. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, September 22, at the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, W.Va.

Shirley Butcher

Shirley Hall Butcher, 83, of Urbana, Ohio, formerly of Sutton, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017. Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Strange Creek. Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, in charge of services.

Harry Casdorph Jr.

Harry Casdorph Jr., 85, of Charleston, went home be with the Lord on Monday, September 18, 2017.

He was born on October 2, 1931, in Sissonville, to the late Harry and Verna Casdorph.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Casdorph; brothers, Denver Casdorph, Billy Casdorph, Noble Casdorph; and sisters, Hazel Harmon and Ethel Myers.

Harry is survived by his daughters, Hazel Ruth Larch (John Sr.) of Walton, Virgie Rhodes of Charleston; grandchildren, Rodney Larch, John Larch Jr., Randy Larch, Beth Young, Daniel Rhodes, Stephanie Rhodes; great-grandchildren, James Derek Lowe, Landon Young, Susan Larch; great-great-grandchildren, Hunter Lowe, Colt Lowe; and brother, Leonard Casdorph of Eleanor.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September, 22, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Preacher Carl Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Friends may visit two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Brown Stamper Davis, 92, of Scott Depot, formerly of Ashland, Ky., peacefully passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Rolling Meadows Place, Scott Depot. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Steen Funeral Home, Central Avenue Chapel, Ashland. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387.

Frank Elkins

Frank Thomas Elkins, 79, of Spurlockville, WV, (formerly of Hurricane, WV) passed away September 16, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, WV.

He was born May 9, 1938, in Brushton, Boone County, WV, the youngest of eight children of the late James Howard and Lola Ellen Hager Elkins. He was a graduate of Sherman High School, U.S. Air Force veteran, former owner of two Texaco service stations, and a long-haul truck driver for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Carol Sue Martin Elkins; three infant sons; brothers, Edward Elkins, James H. Elkins Jr. and Guy Elkins; sisters, Evelyn Abbott, Nora Jean Ignatious and Corene Martin; daughter-in-law, Sherry Briddell Elkins.

He is survived by his son, James W. Elkins of Hurricane; daughters Angela D. Elkins and Nichole R. Elkins, both of Richmond, VA; grandchildren Jennifer L. Elkins Buckreis (Andrew) of Reston, VA, and James W. Elkins II of Richmond, VA; sister Lola Mae Flint of Culloden, WV.

His family will be receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. A short service will follow at 7 p.m. that evening. Private graveside service will be Saturday, September 23, at the Elkins-Hager Cemetery in Spurlockville, WV.

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

James "Pluto" Harmon

James "Pluto" G. Harmon, 76, of Charleston, passed away peaceful Sunday, September 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Pluto served our country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He was a retiree from the WVDOH District 1. Pluto enjoyed hunting, watching Nascar and the Atlanta Braves; his favorite team. He was also an avid fisherman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Audrey Harmon; loving wife, Dorothy Harmon; daughter, Dreama Morris; brother, Denver Harmon; grandson, Jason Haynes; and great-granddaughter, Callie Rankin.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Sekret Rankin, James O. Haynes and Reita F. Haynes; sister, Lola Harmon; brothers, Kenny Harmon, Paul Harmon, Richard Harmon, Danny Harmon, David Harmon and Larry Harmon; grandchildren, Stephanie Bowling, Ina Holstion, Marshall Rankin, Erica McCormick, Alma Morris, Cody Haynes and Jeremy Haynes; great-grandchildren, CJ Pomeroy, Nathan Pomeroy, Josie Bowling, Darrell Ray Holstion, Zachary Holstion, Jayden Rankin and CJ; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow at Haynes Cemetery, Sissonville. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Online condolence can be left by visiting www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

Nina H. Harrison

Nina Hattie "Mamaw" (Ferrebee) Harrison, 74, of Lorain, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, following a 17-day illness.

Born July 25, 1943, in Roane County, she has been a longtime resident of Lorain, Ohio. Nina was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey "Perk" and Meta Marie (McClain) Ferrebee; brothers, Paul Harold, Isaac (in infancy), John, Lawrence and Larry Ferrebee; sisters, Annie Lou Lyons and Carolyn Ferrebee.

Nina was an active member of the New Hope Apostolic Church in La Grange. Faith and religion were extremely important to her as evidenced by her 43 years of church related work. She was a volunteer at the A.L.J.C. church camp and also worked in the country store there. When not involved in church activities, she enjoyed making candy and holding yard sales.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Patrick Lee Harrison Sr.; son, Patrick Lee Harrison Jr., (Donna) residing in Oregon, Ohio. In addition, she leaves grandchildren, Salathia, Aviana, Princeton, Toney, Alaina, Lincoln and Ford; brother, Lee "Bud" Ferrebee of Nebraska; sister-in-law, Shirley Harold of West Virginia; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Laura Samples for the loving care and compassion that she provided.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 22, at the funeral home.

Online condolence may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhomee.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith is honored to be serving the Harrison Family.

Joni Irene Haynes

Joni Irene Haynes, 37, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

James T. Hildebrand

James T. Hildebrand, 100, of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Rachel Alice Lewis

Rachel Alice Lewis, 28, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, Ky., from medical complications after years of struggling with drug addiction. Rachel was a lifelong resident of Charleston and a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She was a graduate of George Washington High School and attended West Virginia University. Rachel enjoyed tap dancing and music. She was a huge animal lover, with many pets of her own.

Rachel was a kind and loving person with a huge heart. She was a loyal daughter,  sister and friend. She tried so hard to be there for others while fighting so many of her own internal conflicts. She was preceded in death by her father, Brad Lewis; and paternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Counts Lewis. She is survived by her mother, Maureen Babcock Lewis of Charleston; maternal grandparents, Henry and Anna Babcock of St. Albans; sister, Madeline Lewis at home; brother, Alexander Lewis at West Virginia University; Aunts and Uncles Tom and Kim Lewis of Charleston, Scott and Kelly High of St. Albans, George and Colleen Denkins of Hurricane, Mitchell and Nahla Lewis of Charleston and Loren and Lisa Lange of Wisconsin; and numerous cousins and friends.  Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Charleston with the Reverend Alan Kim Webster officiating.  Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the amazing staff at CAMC General and Memorial who worked compassionately to care for her.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Rachel to:  St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Rd, Charleston, WV 25314.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Gary J. McCourt Jr.

Gary Joe McCourt Jr., 50, of Frametown, died September 14, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Charity Baptist Church, Wilsie. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

Lena Carpenter McKemy

Lena Carpenter McKemy, 99, of Charleston, passed away September 19, 2017.

Lena was raised in Putnam County, served our country as one of the "Rosie The Riveter" ladies, during WWII in Akron, Ohio. She put herself through nursing school while doing the Riveting work, was an LPN at Staats Hospital, and also did private nursing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos P. and Delila Buzzard Carpenter; husband, William Clinton McKemy; one brother and eight sisters.

Surviving are son, Michael McKemy and wife Pat of Conway, S.C.; daughters, Carmelita McKemy and LoRita McKemy, both of Winfield; grandchildren, Joshua West, Kelly Watkins and Casie McKemy; great-grandchildren, Laikyn West, Allison McKemy, Jayson Rowe, Madison Music, and Kyle McKemy; great-great-grandson, Orion West.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Creston Cemetery, Evans, with Pastor Ben Riggleman officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

The family wants to express sincere thanks to Genesis, Dunbar, and Hospice Care.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at cpjfuneralhome.com.

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

Samuel Mitchell

Samuel Eugene Mitchell, 95, of Hurricane, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Hurricane. Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned in Hurricane, is honored to serve the Mitchell family.

Sue Ann Newhouse

Sue Ann Newhouse, 76, of Nitro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 19, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She retired from Stone & Thomas Department Store after 27 years of service. Sue liked sewing and taking care of her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bacil Junior Newhouse; parents, Meridith Randolph Weaver and Ruby Bell Weaver; brother, James Randolph Weaver; and half brother and sister.

Sue is survived by her sons, Shannon Newhouse and Nicole Smith of Charleston, Travis Newhouse and wife LaRayne of Pinch; grandchildren, Travis "Ty" Newhouse II, Chase Newhouse; sister-in-law, Diane Weaver; niece, Joy Wheeler; nephew, Randy Weaver. Also surviving are several great-nieces and great-nephews, all of New York.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Hafer Funeral Home. Burial will be at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview.

Vivian L. Newhouse

Vivian Lucille Newhouse, 88, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Noble Newhouse; parents, Youell and Belva Lilly; sister, Dorothy Wilson; and brother, George Lilly.

Vivian will be missed by her children, Donna Whiting, Vernon Newhouse and Anita Urban; sisters, Ruby Haynes and Charlene Carr; grandchildren, Darik Whiting, Deana Cutlip, Joshua and Jacob Newhouse, Maleah King, and Alex Urban; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home in Sissonville, with visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Melvin Sizemore will be officiating.

Interment will immediately follow at Sissonville Memorial Gardens.

Online condolence can be left by visiting: www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

William G. Plumley

William Gene Plumley, 73, of Milton, passed away at home September 18, 2017, after a short illness. He was retired from Sloan Glass as a glass worker and had worked for the F.O.P. and Milton Police Department. He was preceded in death by daughter Katherine Plumley, five sisters and five brothers

He is survived by his children, Sandra Perry of Hamlin, Scott Plumley of St. Albans, Nancy Bailes of Winfield, Ashley Bates of Barboursville; 10 grandchildren; brother, Buford (Sue) Plumley of Hurricane; and sister, Connie (Bill) Ellis of Crown City, Ohio.

Funeral service will be noon Friday, September 22, at Allen Funeral Home with Elder Lewis Johnson officiating, Burial will follow in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Charles T. Simers

Charles Thomas Simers, 72, of Grantsville, passed away at his home Tuesday, September 19, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 21, at Nobe Cemetery. Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. is handling the arrangements for the Simers family.

Emily Tompa

Emily Lucille Click Tompa, or "Em," age 72, of Smithers, died September 16, 2017. She was born February 4, 1945, in Marting. She was the daughter of the late James Miller "Jack" and Hazel Maynus Click. She was preceded in death by her beloved siblings, Fostina Click, Bob Click and Martha Click.

Em was a passionate woman who cared very much about the people around her. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at Beverly Health Care Center in Glasgow and was passionate about the art of crocheting so she could give afghans, baby outfits and holiday stockings to her family and friends. She also worked for various restaurants and took on numerous jobs with neighbors and local businesses to provide for her family whom she very much loved.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Tompa of Smithers, and her two sons, Dr. Steven Mark Tompa of Norfolk, Va., and Anthony Marcus "Tony" Tompa of Smithers, who both share her passion for helping those around them. She very much loved her family, especially her surviving siblings, Patsy "Sis" Lanham of Boomer, William "Ken" Click and his wife Sue of Warren, Ohio, Fred Clifford Click and his wife Debbie of Barboursville, Lawrence Curtis "Curtie" Click and his wife Ellen of Gauley Bridge. She also cherished her many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at O'Dell Funeral Home, located in Montgomery, with Pastor Jon Dillion officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park in London. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, September 22, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Elsie Turner

Elsie Garrett Turner, 87, of Vienna, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 19, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Elsie was born on May 14, 1930, to the late Eustice and Mary Garrett of Hurricane.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Dale Turner; her son, Keith Turner; three brothers, Quinton, Wilford and Milford Garrett; and two sisters, Elezene Martin and Rena Cooper.

She is survived by her sister, Emogene Freeman of Hurricane; daughter, Rebecca Moses of Hurricane; daughter-in-law, Karen Enoch Turner and Bill Lee of Vienna; three grandchildren, Russell Moses and wife of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kevin Moses and wife of McKinney, Texas, and Amy Moses of Hurricane; and four great-grandchildren.

Elsie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all those she knew. In life, she loved traveling to Florida every winter with Dale, spending time with her family, and donating time to her church. She was a 40-plus year member of the Vienna Baptist Church, where she donated much of her time in volunteer service.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Broadmoore Assisted Living facility in Hurricane for the loving care they provided to Elsie for the last year and a half.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Valley View Memorial Park in Hurricane. Dennis Pratt of the Vienna Baptist Church will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate a day of your time in service to your church, community or charity of your choice in order to spread the spirit of giving. Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Gladys Varney

Gladys Marie Bartram Varney, 85, of Ravenswood, passed away September 19, 2017, at her daughter's home on Virginia Street. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, W.Va. Friends may visit the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the funeral home.

Rev. Sidney Eugene Warner Sr.

Sidney Eugene Warner Sr., ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, 81, of Hurricane, made the transition to his heavenly home on September 19, 2017, when his battle with Alzheimer finally ended.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Will and Maggie Stevens, (who raised Sidney), mother, Thelma Diamond, and Orville Stevens, a very special cousin.

Sidney is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Phyllis Warner; sons, Sid Warner Jr. (Penny) of Hurricane and John Warner (Alandra) of Mooresville, N.C.; and daughter, Jeanne Warner Leadman (Chuck) of Hurricane. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Trey, Kyle, Jeremey, Joseph, Justin, John, Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Lucy, Jax, Ella, Henry; brothers, John Wanner (Judy), Dale, Alan; sisters, Sharon, Nancy, Helen and Carol. Sidney is also survived by aunts, Shirley Stevens, Phyllis Knapp and Maxine Hinman. Sidney so loved his in-law family which consisted of three brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, their spouses and children.

Sidney loved his family very much. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and "super poppy." He loved to deer and turkey hunt with his grandchildren. Sid traveled the world during his four-year stint in the navy. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and the seminary at Nazarene Bible College. He was a member of Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene. Sidney worked at the U.S. Postal Service and retired with 38 years of service. Upon retirement, he worked for the City of Hurricane for seven years.

The Warner family appreciates all those who visited Sidney during this terrible disease. We want to extend a special thank you to hospice team, Susan, April, Susie, Melissa, Tiffany and Tony, all of whom took such wonderful care of Sidney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387.

A funeral celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene, 2325 US Rt. 60, Hurricane, with Rev. Phil Bower officiating. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the church.

Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Chris G. Wine

Chris Gail Wine, 40, of Copen, passed away September 10, 2017. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Fatwoods, WV 26621. Funeral service will follow visitation at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Rick Winnell

Rick Winnell, a dedicated public servant of the State of West Virginia, died September 17, 2017.

Born February 12, 1953, at McMillan Hospital, in Charleston, West Virginia, Rick had a distinguished career in the West Virginia Senate that spanned nearly four decades. It began as a per diem employee during the 1974 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature, and ended with his retirement in 2011 as the Assistant Clerk of the Senate. During his storied tenure with the Senate, Rick served under seven Senate Presidents and seven Governors. Among the honors bestowed on Rick for his public service were the Order of the 35th Star, presented by Secretary of State A. James Manchin, and the Distinguished West Virginian, the highest honor a Governor can award a citizen, presented by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Rick was steadfast in his support of the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of West Virginia, and the Rules of the West Virginia Senate. He was enamored with the legislative process and was dedicated to ensuring that the finest traditions of the West Virginia Senate were upheld.

Rick brought joy and humor to all his family and friends. He was quick-witted, a wonderful story teller, and a master prankster. Along with his great friend, the late Senate Clerk Darrell E. Holmes, Rick was legendary for bringing levity during stressful times at the State Capitol.

Rick was a lover of all animals, but more especially of his dogs: Bridget (deceased), Whitney (deceased), and Britney.

Surviving Rick are Timothy Richards, his mother Ann Winnell, and a host of family and friends, all of whom will miss his counsel, his endurance for life, his sense of humor, and his heart of gold.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Emery Winnell; brother, Dan Winnell; and sister, Lee Ann Mullins.

There will be a gathering of family and friends to share stories of Rick at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 22. A funeral service will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memories of Rick may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Funerals for: September 21, 2017

Branham, Amanda Noon, Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Bryant, Janet 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Crites Jr., Roy 7:30 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Gallimore, Donald 11 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Mastalerz, Evelyn 1 p.m., St. Agnes Catholic Church, Charleston.

Patton, Donald 10 a.m., Gatens

Simers, Charles 10 a.m., Nobe Cemetery.

Varney, Gladys 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Walker, William 1 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Wine, Chris 1 p.m., Stockert

Woody, Betty 6:30 p.m., South Ruffner Baptist Church, Charleston.