Curtis Aaron Adams went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his father, Michael W. Adams, and grandmother, Donna Conner.
Curtis is survived by his children, Creaun Adams, Crystis Adams, Chylinn Adams, Celiena Adams and Caliyah Adams of Red House; mother, Louvonna Adams of St. Albans; brother, Michael Adams II (Leslie) of Cross Lanes; sister, Amanda Adams of St. Albans; grandfather, Dan Conner of St. Albans; and a host family and friends.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Charles Shelton and Pastor Norman Keyser officiating. Burial will follow in Goff-McClanahan Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Chester L. Adkins, 88, of Hurricane, passed away April 15, 2014, at Rose Terrace Health and Rehab Center.
Mr. Adkins was born April 9, 1926, and was a lifelong resident of Hurricane. He was the son of the late Clarence and Violet Adkins of Hurricane. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Mamie Chrystalee "Tots" Adkins; grandson, Roger Pennington Jr.; brothers, Tom, William and Hal Adkins; and sister, Elizabeth Bolt.
Mr. Adkins was a retired mechanic from Columbia Gas Transmission. He was a member of Putnam Masonic Lodge No. 139 and Trace Fork Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by son, Donnie (Wanda) Adkins of Hurricane; daughters, Nina (Wayne) Turley of St. Albans, Rebecca (Roger) Pennington of Gulf Port, Miss., and Robin (Robert) Niebur of Hurricane; brother, Dewey Adkins; sister, Roma Campell; wife, Connie Henry; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
A private family service will be held at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.
Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share condolences and memories.
William Bradley, 75, died April 10, 2014. He was born to the late Rosalee Quinny and William Gray.
William met and married Shirley Russell in 1959 and to this union a daughter was born.
He loved playing checkers and singing in the gospel quartet groups.
He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Shanika Bradley, and a great-grandson, Cameron Williams.
He leaves to cherish his loving wife, Shirley Bradley; daughter, Bridgette (husband, Gerald Peppers); six grandsons, and a granddaughter he raised in his home; four brothers; eight sisters; 18 great-grandchildren; a very special extended mother, Ellis Gray; two special aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Shiloh Baptist Church, Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Rev. Sherwin Ealy of Cincinnati, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on April 6, 2014, with his family at his bedside.
Rev. Sherwin is formerly from Bluefield, W.Va., and visited Charleston often to be with his parents. He had the blessed opportunity to preach at Levi Baptist, where his father, Rev. James C. Ealy, was the pastor; New Covenant Baptist, where his brother, Rev. James D. Ealy, was pastor, and First Missionary Baptist Church, London, where his brother-in-law, Rev. Garland Johnson, is the pastor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. James C. and Anna R. Ealy, and two sisters, Vincent Ealy Jordan and Gwendolyn Ealy Bane.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Yvonne Baumgardner Ealy; children, Darcus, Robert (Ervina), Kassandre' (Jonathan) Brown, Sherwin (Carla), Michael (Amy) and Lakeisa (Tony) Gaines; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His siblings include Cecil (Lucille) Ealy, Blanche Ealy Hooks, Barbara Ealy (Ernest) Tonic, Rev. James (Linda) Ealy and Brenda Ealy (Rev. Garland) Johnson.
He will be missed by his aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his church family, Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, where he pastored for 16 years.
A wake will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 1525 Lincoln Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206, on Friday, April 18. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at his home church, Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, 1556 John St., Cincinnati, Ohio.
Thank you so very much for your calls, cards, flowers and gifts as your expression of love for us.
Robert Franklin "Bob" Gunnoe, 74, of Belle, passed away April 14, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
He was a machinist by trade and attended Valley Grove Church of the Nazarene, Campbells Creek.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Robert Edward and Sylvia Marie Seckman Gunnoe, and his grandparents who raised him, Clyde and Lena Seckman.
Surviving are his wife, Josephine "Jodie" Gunnoe; son, Robert F. Gunnoe II of Akron, Ohio; daughters and son-in-law, Rosemary Gresso and Kimberly and Mark Clere, all of Elkhart, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at noon Friday, April 18, at Valley Grove Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ronald Perry officiating. In keeping with Bob's wishes, after the service his body will be cremated.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.
Beverly Jean Hill Jackson departed this life in Louisa, Va., on April 12, 2014. She was born Nov. 11, 1942, in Montgomery, W.Va., and was a graduate of East Bank High School, West Virginia State College (now University) and Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey).
After 36 years of experience as a teacher, curriculum specialist and elementary school principal in the Burlington, N.J., Township School District, she retired in 2000 and later relocated to Louisa. Beverly's talents and interests included rubberstamping, traveling, dancing, basket-weaving, RV camping, motorcycling, hearth cooking and community activism. Among several organizations, she was active with Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the West Virginia State University National Alumni Association.
Beverly was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Larry, and is survived by children, Eric Franklin (Michelle) of Kentucky, Lawrence (Lonnie) Everett Jr. and Lori Lynn, both of Louisa; grandchildren, Erica Jackson and Jewell Watson, both of Kentucky, and Nasir Jackson of Louisa; brothers, Ralph (Versie) Hill and Wesley (Brenda) Hill, both of West Virginia; sisters, Karen Hill of West Virginia and Katherine Allen of Nevada; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Louisa Baptist Church, 305 E. Main St., Louisa, Va., with Dr. Larry G. Hoyle officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to WVSUNAA. Make checks payable to: Richmond/Central VA Chapter West Virginia State University National Alumni Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1758, Gordonsville, VA 22942. Specify in memo line: Beverly Jackson Scholarship.
Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa, Va.; www.ddwatsonmortician.com for online guestbook.
Danny R. Kemper, 61, of St. Albans, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the VA Medical Center, Huntington.
Born Oct. 29, 1952, in Charleston, he was a son of Georgia Gray Kemper of Scott Depot and the late Clarence Eugene Kemper.
Dan was a former plant manager for Amerimax, Bristol, Ind., and also served as a volunteer fireman with Elkhart County Fire Department. He served his country with the United States Navy from Aug. 15, 1971, to Feb. 15, 1974. He was stationed on the USS Pensacola. He was active with the Navy Reserves from February 1974 to August 1976. He received his honorable discharge on Aug. 15, 1977. He was also a part of the Elkhart County Police Reserves for 11 years, from Jan. 21, 1993, to April 1, 2004.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Pamela; his daughters, Natalie E. Gill (Craig) of Yoder, Ind., and Bethany A, Kemper of Elkhart, Ind.; his brothers, Timmy A. Kemper of Hurricane and Clarence Eugene Kemper Jr. (Brenda) of Denmark, S.C.; and his grandchildren, Gabriel, Kirsten, Jeremiah, Elijah, Nevaeh, Trinity and Charli Grace.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, with Dr. Melissa Pratt officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the West Virginia Veterans Home, 512 Water St., Barboursville, WV 25504.
John Thomas Morehead, 103, of Lester, died April 10, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the First Baptist Church, Lester. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Howard K. Nunley, 88, of Montgomery, completed his earthly journey on April 15, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. He was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Montgomery, to the late Albert S. and Edna M. Nunley.
He was a professor of accounting at West Virginia Institute of Technology for 34 years and maintained a professional practice in Montgomery for over 25 years. He was named Outstanding Accounting Educator by the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1996, Alumnus of the Year by the WVIT Alumni Association in 2003 and Professor Emeritus by West Virginia Tech upon retirement. He was a World War II veteran, proudly serving the U.S. Air Force in the China Burma India Theater. He was also a member of the First Christian Church, Montgomery, and the Coal Valley Lodge No. 74 AF&AM, Montgomery.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Hattie L. Nunley. He is survived by his sons, Robert M. Nunley of St. Albans and Steven D. Nunley and his wife, Kathy, of Pratt; former daughter-in-law, Nancy Nunley of Morgantown; grandchildren, Sarah Kendall and her husband, Eric, Rebecca Nunley, Melanie Elswick and her husband, Jeff, Karidi Holley and Ryan Nunley; and six great-grandchildren. The family would also extend a special thanks to Roland Madison, former student and colleague, who called him every day for the past several years.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Jim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.odellfuneralhome.com.
Philip W. Pontius passed away peacefully April 8, 2014, following a brief illness. He was born April 20, 1924, on Easter Sunday, to parents, Joseph P. Pontius and Ada Ireland, in Keokuk, Iowa. Phil met his wife of 68 years, Janet Irgens, at a noontime dance at Milwaukee State Teachers College, where she was a student and he had been sent for Air Force training.
During World War II Phil was a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress (named Stormy Weather) with the 8th Air Force 379th Bomb Group out of Kimbolton, England (he jokingly referred to himself as Pontius the Pilot). After his service in the United States Army Air Force, he earned his chemical engineering degree at Iowa State College (now University) and worked for Union Carbide in West Virginia until he retired.
For about 50 years Phil and Jan were members of the Baptist Temple in Charleston, W.Va., until they transferred their membership to Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington, W.Va. One-and-a-half years ago, Phil and Jan moved to Elk Meadows assisted living in Oakley, Utah, to be close to family. Phil had many interests and hobbies. He continued his father's extensive genealogical work and found many relatives in the U.S. and the German family ancestors. His interests also included hiking, playing bridge, golf, writing children's sermons, oil painting and charcoal drawing. He also published a book about his WWII experiences.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jan; daughter, Gail (W. Nicholas) Schomaker; son, Jay (Kathy) Pontius; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Marianna Pontius and Virginia Morse; brother-in-law, Bill Cackley; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene Pontius; sisters, Pauline Riley and Joann Cackley; and brothers-in-law, Harold Riley and William Morse.
Funeral service will be held Friday, April 18, at Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 17111 S. Camp Williams Road (Redwood Roasd), Bluffdale, Utah, at noon, with viewing at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402 or the Charleston Baptist Temple Memorial Fund, 209 Morris St., Charleston, WV 25301.
Gladys Mildred Ramsey Randolph, 76, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Golden Living Center Riverside, St. Albans.
Born Sept. 1, 1937, Gladys was a daughter of the late Grady Sr. and Gladys Francis Cottrill Ramsey.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Hughey E. Randolph; children, Roger (Tina) Randolph of St. Albans, Cheryl (Richard) Pearce of Kissimmee, Fla., Terry Randolph of St. Albans and Jessica Bailey of St. Albans; brother, Grady Ramsey Jr. of Moorehead, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
You may 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, WV 25177, is honored to serve the Randolph family.
William "Bill" Roy, 83, of Dunbar, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
He was a retired electrician from Union Carbide, Institute Plant. Bill attended Bible Center Church, Charleston. He spent many years coaching baseball at Midwestern Ball Field.
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Roy; son, Dan Roy and wife, Diane; daughter, Janet Burford and husband, Tom; brother, Jack Roy and wife, Flo; aunt, Fanna Powell; grandchildren, Bill Burford and wife, Allison, and Ben Burford; and great-grandson, Brooks Burford.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, April 17, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Jim McQuerrey officiating. Entombment will follow
at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.
Elizabeth Jane Skaggs, 85, of Gauley Bridge, entered into rest on April 16, 2014, at home.
Born May 19, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Gib and Mary Backus. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Herman Skaggs, in January 2014.
She retired from the Fayette County Board of Education after 28 years as a teacher and was a member of Lover's Leap Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children, Saundra Rosewell, and husband, Wayne, of Daniels, Robert Kelly Skaggs and wife, Kimberly, of Conway, S.C., Mark Skaggs and wife, Jean, of Fayetteville, Cody Skaggs and wife, Sharon, of Shallotte, N.C., and Theresa Cooper and husband, Phillip, of Gauley Bridge; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Pastor Ron George and the Rev. Jack Eades officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Skaggs family.
Charles Evan Wingate, 50, of Hurricane, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer.
Born May 15, 1963, in Charleston, he was a son of D.C. and Louise Walters Wingate of Clendenin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell and Katherine Wingate and Louis and Lute Walters, and his father-in-law, J.B. Carte Jr.
Evan was a 1981 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and received his degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery. He was employed by Columbia Gas Transmission for the past 28 years. A Protestant, he grew up in the Clendenin United Methodist Church, which also hosted his Cub Scout Pack No. 144. A simple man who loved simple things, Evan was an avid gardener, farmer and member of the Putnam County Farm Bureau.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Stephanie Carte Wingate; his daughters, Jessica Marie Wingate and Erin Nicole Wingate, both at home; his sister, Dee Ann Price of South Charleston; his brother, Raymond Dale Wingate (Paula) of Austin, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Gary Walker officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Fortune Cemetery, Montgomery County, Ky.
You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Blvd., South Charleston, WV 25309; Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311; Putnam County Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 279, Eleanor, WV 25070-0279; or to a charity of your choice.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Wingate family.