James Lester Bird, 88, of Point Pleasant, passed away February 21, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.
Wesley Turner Bitzer Jr., 88, went peacefully to be with the Lord on February 22, 2017. He was born in Dry Branch to the late Dorothy Plaskett Bitzer and Wesley Turner Bitzer Sr. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Bonnie Bitzer, and sister, Anne Nasits of Atlanta, Texas.
He is survived by two sons, Richard Douglas Bitzer and wife Cindy of South Charleston, Jeffrey Dale Bitzer and wife Tina of Johnson City, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Douglas Wesley (Courtney) Bitzer of W.Va., Leah Bitzer (Nick) Creathers of W.Va., Lorrie Bitzer (Phillip) Reustle of W.Va., and Jessica (Brett) Compton of Va.; 10 great-grandchildren, Aerilyn, Bryson, Ryder and Stetsen Bitzer, Sydney Creathers, Noah, Wesley and Brandon Reustle, and Easton and Averie Compton.
Wesley graduated from DuPont High School and Colorado School of Mines. He spent most of his career working as a mining engineer for Carbon Industries, and then taught mining at West Virginia Tech for 10 years before retiring.
His life greatly impacted those around him, especially his family. He loved his wife Bonnie even more after 62 years than he did when they were high school sweethearts. He loved being with grandkids and great-grandkids, and family get-togethers were always special, especially around Christmas. He loved keeping in touch with friends and DuPont alumni. He was kind and generous, a man of integrity and character. He attended Bible Center Church for many years.
Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at the Bible Center Church, with Pastor Richard Thompson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1 until 3 p.m. Entombment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.
The family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful caregivers at Angel Avenue in Teays Valley, Good Living in Malden, and Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Bible Center Church, 100 Bible Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25309.
The online guestbook can be accessed at www.Stevensand Grass.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.
Iris L. Bostic, 87, of Cedar Grove, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is serving the Bostic family.
Judy Carol Carpenter, 68, of Crossville, Tenn., formerly of St. Albans, W.Va., passed away February 22, 2017, from complications of dementia. She was a resident of Fairfield Glade Assisted Living.
She was born August 8, 1948, to French Lawson Carpenter and Eupha 'Tom" Hammack Carpenter in Walton, W.Va.
Judy loved doing crafts and knitting, crocheting and sewing. She loved animals, especially cats. She liked to read and dance.
She is survived by daughter, Cynthia Tiger (Mike) of Titusville, Fla.; sisters, Dorothy Grose (Brent) of Summersville, W.Va., and Garnett Harris (Donnie) of Crossville, Tenn. She is also survived by a niece and nephews, and her special kitty, "Little Bit."
Judy was a 1966 graduate of Walton High School. She was employed by C & P Telephone Company, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, and retired from Embassy Suites, Charleston, W.Va., in 2014, with 13 years of service.
Judy's wishes were to be cremated and her ashes be buried near her mother and father at the John Summer Cemetery, Roane County, W.Va., at a later date.
Special thanks to the staff at Fairfield Glade Assisted Living for their loving care and love for Judy. You all were truly a part f her family. Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Crossville, Tenn., is serving the family.
Frank Garrett Christian, 89, of Lewisburg, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.
Joy Mae (Carpenter) Cogar, 90, of Webster Springs, passed away February 17, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.
Beth Collins of Hurricane passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Although she was born in Newton, NJ, on September 25, 1965, she considered herself to be 29 and holding. She was preceded in death by her father, James Jackson.
Extremely family-oriented, she enjoyed traveling and entertaining family and friends. She was a dedicated mother to her children and excelled at her chosen career as a "freelance leisure specialist." She was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving are her children, Meaghan Goffreda (Daniel) of Cross Lanes, Cameron Collins (Ashley) of Hurricane, Braeden Collins of Hurricane; her mother, Anne Jackson of St. Albans; her sisters, Jennifer Sizemore of Charleston, Jody Zubrzycki of St. Albans; her brother, John Jackson of Parkersburg; her grandchildren, Lorenzo, Leo and Aubrey, as well as a special person she has re-connected with, John Underwood of Hurricane.
A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. You may visit her tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Collins family.
Danny Ray Collins, 58, of Chapmanville, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. At Danny's request, his remains will be cremated following the visitation. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are serving the Collins family.
Mr. Cecil Clair Elliott Jr., 90, of Kanawha City, died February 21, 2017, after a short illness.
He was born in Libow, WV, (Charleston, WV) on June 15, 1926. He worked for the Owens Illinois Bottle Plant #6 in Charleston from 1944-1947. On February 2, 1985, Cecil retired from AM International (former Addressograph-Multigraph Corp.) with 35 years of service.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil C. and Mildred P. Elliott, and half-sister, Crystal Elliott.
He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kanawha City, for over 70 years and held the offices of Treasurer, Trustee and Financial Secretary. A life member of the National Rifle Association and he was an avid railroad buff, both prototype and model.
He is survived by his caregiver, Nancy Parsons, and a host of cousins and many friends.
A tribute to the life of Cecil will be 5 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Harding Funerals & Cremations with Pastor Rob Van Fossen officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Elliott family.
Arnold Dallas Fillinger, 79, of Dingess, W.Va., passed away February 21, 2017. Funeral service will be noon, Saturday, Febraury 25, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville is in charge of the arrangements.
Betty Jo Shawver Gowen, 83, of Scott Depot, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, is honored to serve the Gowen family.
Tawnya Renee Miller Hager, 44, of Cross Lanes, passed away February 22, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Tawnya attended Bethany Freewill Baptist Church, Sissonville. She was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County and enjoyed riding and showing horses.
Left to cherish her memory are parents, Raymond and Virginia Miller of Cross Lanes; brother, Barry Miller of Cross Lanes; sister, Theresa Sheets (Arnold) of Alabama; nieces, Bethany Reed and Tabitha Miller; and nephew, Jonathan Sheets.
Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313, with Pastor Arnold Sheets officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.tylermountainfu neralhome.com.
Beulah H. Hash, 98, of Charleston, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017, at Eastbrook Center, Charleston, after a long illness.
Beulah was the daughter of the late Harry and Kate Hardman. She was born in Ashford, W.Va., and was a longtime resident of Kanawha County.
She was a faithful member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, and never missed a Sunday service, until she was admitted to Eastbrook. She sang with the choir for many years. Beulah also served as President of the Women's Society with the church.
She was a longtime volunteer at CAMC General Hospital. She enjoyed meeting and greeting those interested in purchasing flowers. Whenever you went into the hospital you would always see Beulah with a smile on her face.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Kathryn Melton, one sister, and three brothers.
She is survived by her two sons, Ernest (Dolores) Borgel of Charleston and Keith Borgel of Las Vegas, N.V.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at St. Marks United Methodist Church Chapel, Charleston, with Rev. Monty Brown officiating. Burial will take place in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbosnall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
William B. "Bill" Burhl Hatcher, 75, of Milwaukee, Wis., passed away on January 20, 2017, of a massive heart attack. Bill was born on September 22, 1941, in Kenna, Jackson County.
Bill graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School, class of 1959, and entered the United States Army the next day, and retired from the Army in 1979. He then entered the cemetery industry as a salesman.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Burhl and Biddie Hatcher, and two daughters, Beth and Alyssa Hatcher.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 44 years, Candy Hatcher; sons, Warren Hatcher and wife Fran of Gilbert, S.C., and William D. "Bill" Hatcher of Charleston; daughters, Karen Douglas and husband Wayne of Seattle, Wash., Melissa Robinson and husband Raymond of Ohio, Sarah, Katie and Erica, all of Milwaukee; 11 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; sisters, Kay Hatcher Hanshaw and Barbara Hatcher Goff, both of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews who are also left to mourn his passing.
Per his request, Bill was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston, with the Rev. Arthur Morrison officiating.
Information provided by Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.
Jack Ingram, 41, of Houston, Texas, passed away suddenly on February 18, 2017. He was born in Princeton, N.J., to Ronald and Diana Ingram on July 25, 1975. Jack was named after his uncle, Jack Ingram.
Jack was considered a top "Alien Atmosphere and Dense Loading Specialist," a very precise and dangerous discipline. Jack traveled the world in his work for International Catalyst of Texas and PETROVAL DENSICAT® of France. Jack's work took him to the furthest reaches of our planet and he would share with all of us, his many stories of adventure, exotic foods and cultures. His father describes him as the complete "alpha male" accepting the call to everyone's needs, yet consoling and wise.
Jack attended Poca High School in Poca, W.Va., and graduated from LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, La., in 1993 and attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
He is survived by his mother Diana, father Ron, older brother Ronald Ingram Jr. and his wife Rose and their three children Trey, Andy and Romy, a stepdaughter Madeline and stepsister Tonya, all of Houston, Texas; his grandmother, Joyce Karr; many cousins, aunts and uncle and his godfather, Buster Austin of Houston.
Jack was non-denominational, but spoke privately of his personal faith in a solemn and quiet manner often. A reflection of Jack's faith and love was through his music, song writing and poetry, and all things outdoors. He never ceased to wonder at the beauty of God's work. Tributes have arrived from around the world and love and sorrow from his many friends in Louisiana and Austin.
Jack's older brother, Ronald, is deaf. The memories of the two debating in sign language on a golf course was a site that witnesses could never forget. Jack enjoyed shooting with his mother, golf with his brother and dad, caddying for his dad during amateur events, camping for long periods along the wild uninhabited Texas coast, fishing whenever and wherever and endless hours with his nephews, Trey and Andy, and niece, Romy. Jack was a vocal fan at Tonya's basketball games, and was the cook and center of entertainment at all backyard "get-togethers" at his parent's pool parties. His many friends considered him an extension of their families and he cared deeply for all of them.
In 1988, Jack and his father completed a 62-day and night journey on a small sailboat traveling from West Virginia to Houston, along the Kanawha, Ohio, Mississippi Rivers, through the Atchafalaya swamp, across the Gulf of Mexico and up Galveston Bay. Jack was 12 when he departed and 13 when he returned home. He always viewed that journey as a special time. In later years, Jack would apply those skills as a survivalist and had built "bugout" kits for all of the family members - always making plans and taking responsibility for those he loved and cared for.
Jack was preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael and Imogene Karr, and R.C. and Betty Ingram; uncle, Jack Ingram; and aunts, Nancy Ingram Thacker and Rae Ellen Ingram Pendleton.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Jack's Life will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas. Graveside service will be held at a later date at Clover Hill Church, near Quitman, Texas, in Wood County. Jack is descended from early Texas settlers and will rest with the many generations of his ancestors at Clover Hill.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to www.GoFundMe.com - search for Jack Ingram.
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Naomi Ruth King Jarvis passed away peacefully on February 21, 2017. Naomi was born on October 27, 1941, at home on Beech. She was the daughter of the late Raymond King and Irene Mariah Ellison King.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles "Eric" Jarvis, her brother, Andrew Molessa, her grandparents who raised her, John C. and Fannie L. Ellison, and several Aunts and Uncles.
Naomi enjoyed reading, antiquing, yard sales, traveling and her dog, Fancy.
Naomi is survived by her husband of nearly 57 years, Charles William "Bill" Jarvis. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their families; Daughter Linda and her husband Ken, children Erica and Elijah, and grandson Jaxen; Daughter Debra and her husband Joe, children Ashley, Cortney, Emily and Michael, and grandchildren Braxton, Bailey, Lauren, Spencer, Bentley, Henry, Brooks and Elli Joy; Son Scott and his wife Debbie, children Matthew and Jason, and granddaughter Gracie.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 26, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, W.Va., with internment at Prudence Chapel at Minnora. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Upper West Fork Park. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the local animal shelter.
James H. "Jim" Jones, 78, of Winfield, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017, unexpectedly at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.
Born April 13, 1938, in Pocatalico, he was a son of the late Byron C. and Mabel Jordan Jones. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jones and his brother, C. Kermit Jones; sister-in-law, Macel Jones.
Jim was a man who simply loved life. From working in his garden and yard to boating on the river to meeting friends in the grocery store aisle, he filled his time with family and friends. His work career spanned 10 years with Union Carbide, South Charleston, and continued as a truck driver for 28 years with Kroger through 14 years with the WVDOH, Hurricane department. He was also passionate about baseball and the Cincinnati Reds as well as WVU sports. He absolutely adored his cats throughout the years as well.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Jones; his daughters, Regina Jones of Barboursville, Jill Cannon (Brody) of Charlotte, NC; sons, J.D. McClure of Jacksonville, FL, Jim McClure (Robyn) of Charleston; brothers, Cody Jones (Connie) of Sissonville, Stafford Jones of Kansaas City, MO; sister-in-law, Mary Beth Wertz of Hurricane; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Jerry Losh officiating. Friends and family may gather from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. You may also visit his tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.
The family would like to offer their sincere thanks to the many friends of Jim including J.R. and Connie Marshall.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Jones family.
Harold Eugene "Gene" Kauff, 96, of Delaware, Ohio, formerly of Middleport, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017. He was a retired letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. He previously attended First Baptist Church of Middleport, where he served as Deacon. He was a member of the Middleport Lodge 363 F. & A.M.
Gene was a part of the "Greatest Generation," and served his country as a civilian contractor during World War II. He was the team leader of the electronics team that equipped the first US B-24 Liberator with RADAR technology. He also worked as a guard at the West Virginia Ordnance Facility, aka the "TNT Plant" in Mason County.
Born November 25, 1920, in Middleport, he was the son of the late John Preston Kauff and Jennie Elizabeth Grogan Kauff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Martha Collins and Jane Hickman, and brother, John R. "Jack" Kauff.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 71 years, Alma "Kitty" Barnett Kauff; his daughter, Linda Miller of Richmond, Va.; and his son, John (Terri) Kauff of Delaware, Ohio; as well as nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the Kauff family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.
Stephanie Kay Keen, 42, of South Charleston, passed away Sunday February 12, 2017.
She was a childcare provider. Stephanie was an avid supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness and adored her family, her dogs and was dearly loved by all her family, many cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Carol Keen; sister, Kelly Keen.
Surviving, son, Trayton Keen; sisters, Stephanie (Scooter) Wiener and her son, Ty, Heather Downey-Payne (Eddie) and daughters, Tesla, Gracie and Brayson; stepsister, Janet Turley; aunt, Hope Draper (Bob) and daughter, Carol; uncle, Ricky Taylor (Kim) and daughter, Mary.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Fifth Avenue Church of God, South Charleston, with Rev. Heath Fain and Rev. Tom Wise officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
At her request, the body has been cremated.
Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.
Judy Rae Kincaid, 71, of Dixie, entered into rest Wednesday February 22, 2017.
Born March 16, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Stanley L. Kincaid and Rosa Nell (Cogar) Kincaid.
Judy is survived by her sisters, Rosemary (Glenn) Drennen of Moneta, Va., Frances (Carl) Elswick of Dixie, Myra L. "Susie" (Bob) Atha of Ansted; several nephews and nieces.
Service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Pastor Shane Wynn of Bell Creek Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Cemetery Summersville. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 24, at the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kincaid family.
Luke, 5, gained his angel wings on February 20, 2017, at 12:59 p.m. in Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where he fought a short but courageous battle against cancer.
Born August 24, 2011, in Charleston, he was the son of Robert "Rabbit" Withrow II and Elizabeth Carson of Tyler Mountain.
Luke is survived by his parents; brother, Robbie Withrow III; great-grandmother, Ann Vickers of Logan; grandmother, Debra "Glammy" Marsh of Charleston; grandfather, Harry "Poppa" Carpenter of Charleston; grandparents, Robert "Papaw" and Marie "Mamaw" Withrow of Ripley; God parents, Jenna Miller of Logan, Mark and Nikki Hayes of Ohio, Rich and Kathie Cope of Indiana; uncle Michael Vickers of Logan; uncle Ed and Aunt Pam Carson of Campbell's Creek; uncle Donnie and aunt Jessica Withrow of Mink Shoals; uncle Richard and aunt Gina Thomas of St. Albans; uncle Doug and aunt Becky Bailey of Dunbar; uncle Richard Leach of Charleston; uncle Eddie "Joker" Foster of Tyler Mountain; aunt Justa Bradshaw of Nitro and countless friends and extended family that loved him very much.
Luke was preceded in death by his great-grandfather Edgie Vickers of Logan, W.Va.
Luke attended Light House Daycare in Kanawha City where he made many wonderful friends. His teachers helped to lay the cornerstones that shaped him into the wonderful young boy he became. He then began pre-K this year at Sacred Heart in Charleston, where he attended until his diagnosis in December.
Luke looked for reasons to head outdoors. You could find him any weekend running on his Papaw Withrow's farm in Evans with his brother and partner-in-crime, Robbie, or splashing in one of the many pools his Glammy put up out back when the weather was warm. He was his Glammy's little sidekick and she was his very best friend in this life. His Daddy will brag that he was an amazing helper when it came to working on cars and motorcycles. He always had questions. Luke wanted to know the what, when, where and how's of EVERYTHING. He was wise beyond his years. Luke loved super heroes, dinosaurs, elephants and poke'mon. At only 5 years old, Luke was one of the kindest souls to ever grace this earth. He would share his favorite toys and never left without giving everyone in the room a hug and a kiss. He had a beautiful smile and a laugh that was contagious. He will be sadly missed by everyone that loved him.
Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Kanawha City with a service beginning at 4 p.m. The Rev. Bruce Reed will be officiating. A celebration of his life will be held immediately after the service at the Charleston Moose Club. Everyone is welcome. The family would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of prayers, love and support we have received in our greatest time of need. A special heart felt thank you to everyone on Luke's team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital who worked tirelessly to provide the best care possible for Luke.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Luke's name to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disease Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview.
Johnny Lee Mann, 63, of Ronceverte, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department.
Brenda Hensley Massey of Comfort, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 20, 2017, at the CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
She was born July 1, 1948, in Charleston and was a 1966 graduate of Sherman High School in Seth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Massey of Comfort; father, Ralph Hensley of Madison, Ohio; and son, Michael Bayless of Geneva, Ohio.
She is survived by her son, Mark (Gina) Bayless of Geneva; mother, Mahala "Bonnie" Hensley of Madison; sister, JoAnn (Allen) Eckert of Madison; brothers, Alan (Luci) Hensley of Jefferson, Ohio, and Timothy (Sharon) Hensley of Kingsville, Ohio; grandchildren, Drew, Emily, and Ricky Bayless of Geneva; niece, Samantha (Grant) Walker of Madison; nephew, Bradley Eckert of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; great-nieces, Clara and Lily Walker of Madison; uncle, Budgie Hensley; and special cousins, Tom, Amy, Courtney, and Jacob Hensley of Seth.
Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday afternoon, February 26, in the Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Bloomingrose, with Pastor Junior Perdue officiating. Interment will follow in Madison Memorial Cemetery, Madison. Friends may gather at the church at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, served the family.
Phyllis A. Melton, 89, of Dunbar, formerly of Charleston's West Side, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, February 22, 2017.
She was born January 18, 1928, in Charleston, to the late Cecil and Anna Harkins Legg.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her one and only love and husband of 67 1/2 years, Russell W. Melton. Also preceding her was her brother, Harold Legg, and sisters, Wilma Jordan and Dorothy Spradling.
Phyllis was of the Baptist faith and loved listening to gospel music..
Left to cherish Phyllis' memory is her two children, daughter, Diane S. Melton; son, Jerry "Mike" Melton and his wife Jeanann; two grandsons who lit up her life, Michael Shawn Melton and Matthew Aaron Melton; two sisters, Emogene Teetor and Joyce "Sue" McGraw, and many nieces and nephews.
She was a stay at home wife and mother until the children went to school and she then decided to take on selling Avon in the neighborhood and a part time job with the Kanawha County Board of Education. At Christmas time, she would work in the toy department at O.J. Morrison's where she loved to meet people and enjoyed all the children that came in.
In her younger years, she loved to bowl and did so in several leagures. She was especially proud of her four member "family" team which consisted of her, her husband and two children. She always got a big smile when the other teams would laugh and say they were going to quit the league for they were tired of the Melton Team winning all the time. She loved to travel and sightsee with Tennessee being her favorite state to visit.
Visitation will be held from 1 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at Elk Funeral Home on Charleston's West Side with funeral service beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Roger Mullins officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Elk Hills Memorial Park where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in our Mother's memory to Hospice of Kanawha Valley or a charity of choice.
The family would like to thank the caregivers that assisted with Mother's care while at home and also thank all the staff at Valley Center for the care they gave during her brief stay with them.
Elk Funeral Home, 2001 Pennsylvania Ave., Charleston, WV 25302 is proud and honored for the opportunity to serve the Melton family.
Evelyn Rose Monday, 97, of Liberty, passed away February 23, 2017. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at the Emma Chapel Church Cemetery, Liberty. Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley is providing services.
Zachary Wayne Pauley, 27, of Eleanor, passed away at home.
Zach was born April 16, 1989, in Charleston to Eric Pauley of Winfield and Missy Chamberlin of Buffalo. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Leighann Adkins of Huntington; sisters, Samantha Kinnamon of Winfield and Brittany Pauley (Michael) of Eleanor; grandmothers, Mary Kinnamon of Winfield and Maxine "Granny" Pauley of Hurricane; nephew, Ethan Eads of Eleanor; and many other extended family and friends.
Zachary was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Sam Kinnamon and Basil Pauley; grandmother, Joann Pauley; and like a mother, Debbie Rosiek.
Zach loved his sports, including WVU football, hunting, and NASCAR racing. He was a fun-loving guy with a quick smile. He was also a carpenter. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, February 24, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.
Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located a 12848 Winfield Road, Winfield, is honored to serve the Pauley family.
Alfred Bernard Price, 92, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. He was the son of the late George Lon Price and Mary Bess Williams Price, born July 29, 1924, in Itmann, W.Va. Mr. Price was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Bob Price, Francis Price, Audrey Price, Oscar Price, Bill Price and Earl Price; sisters, Gladys Lilly, Georgia Barr, Kathleen Price and Mary Price.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Barbara (Harman) Price; son, David Price of Beckley; daughters, Beverly Mann, and husband Wilson of Nitro, Lori Vaughn and companion Steve Hatcher of Beckley, and Beth McKenna and husband David of Windermere, Fla.; grandchildren, Aaron Mann, Kacie Mann, Christopher Vaughn and wife Ashley of Valdosta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Carly, Evan, Reese and Damon; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends may gather with the family from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, February 26, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, February 26, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations of sympathy be made to the United Methodist Temple in Beckley.
Online condolences may be viewed and shared with the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, has the honor of serving the Price family.
Steven Alan Pritt, 63, of Hurricane, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at CAMC - Memorial following a short illness.
Born October 24, 1953, in Charleston, he was a son of the late Muriel Edward and Delores Ellen Hammonds Pritt. A lifelong resident of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley, Steve was a 1971 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and attended West Virginia State University. He enjoyed baseball, the outdoors, and hunting and fishing. With his positive attitude, Steve dealt with his illness the last few weeks with courage and bravery. His motto was simply, "It is what it is and we will deal with it."
Steve was a gas operations manager with Mountaineer Gas for 36 years. His family, friends, and co-workers will always remember him for his humor, selflessness, and love of life. Traveling to his beach house in Carolina Beach, spending time there with Joann, the kids, and grandkids will always be some of their fondest memories.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Joann; his sons, Steve Pritt of Charlottesville, VA, Eric Pritt (Stevi) of Charleston; daughters, Ashley Smithson (Brandon) of Raleigh, NC, Erin Anthony (Rudy) of Vienna; his brothers, Denny Pritt (Debbie) of South Charleston, Sam Pritt (Robin) of Carolina Beach, NC; seven grandchildren, Ellie, Gracie, Parker, Creed, Isaiah, Kennedy and Charlee.
Honoring his wishes, a private ceremony will held by his family at a later date. You can visit AffordableCremationsofWV.com to share memories with the family.
To remember Steve, he would want you to enjoy the outdoors, take a trip to the beach or simply spend some quality time with your family. But above all, live life to the fullest, be humble and be kind.
Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston.
Shirley Richmond, 68, of Kanawha City, passed away February 22, 2017. Harding Funerals & Cremations is serving the Richmond family.
Kyle Lester Roberts, 85, of Sneads Ferry, N.C., formerly from Griffithsville, W.Va., died Monday, February 20, 2017, at his home. Memorial services will be held at a later date in West Virginia.
Mr. Roberts was a son of the late Frank Otho Roberts and Esta Stickler Roberts. He retired as superintendent for Pennzoil Oil and Gas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kelly Roberts and Frankie Roberts; and one sister, Diane Adkins.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joy Roberts (Ryan) of the home; one son, Kyle Allen Roberts, one daughter, Kylena Roberts, both of Holly Ridge, N.C.; one grandson, Jason Roberts; four great-grandchildren, Josie Roberts, Elijah Roberts, Sophie June Glass, and Tatum Roberts; one great-great-grandchild, Ayla Roberts; and three sisters, Dora (Charlie) Mynes of Charleston, W.Va., Joyce Ann (Arthur) Chaney of Hamlin, W.Va., and Lavanna (James) Lively of Sumerco, W.Va.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday afternoon, at Jones Funeral Home, Holly Ridge, N.C.
Electronic condolences may be left from the family at www.jonesfh.org.
Viola Georgia McClure Self, 88, daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend, died peacefully Monday, February 20, 2017, after a lengthy illness.
"Vi" was born October 30, 1928, in South Charleston, W.Va., to Okey and Laura Parsons. She was the last living sibling of seven brothers and sisters. She was married to a loving husband, Clarence McClure, who died in 1973. She was later married to William David Self for 33 years who now resides in Georgetown, Texas, with his daughter, Vicki Grafton, and her husband, Mike.
Viola enjoyed lots of friends, golf, Bridge, tennis and especially traveling the world. She loved to laugh, have fun and enjoyed life. Her family was blessed to know her, love her and are forever changed by her life.
Survivors include her children, Brenda McClure Montague and Daniel of Kernersville, and Michael Ray McClure and Betsy of St. Clairsville, Ohio; granddaughter, Melissa McClure; and her sweet great-grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth and Grant Michael McClure.
Funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at Main Street United Methodist Church, Kernersville, N.C., with Rev. Rick Carter and Rev. Cathy Vlastakis officiating. The family will visit with friends beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, until time for the service at the church.
Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at www.Pierce-JeffersonFune ral Service.com.
"The family would like to thank the staff of Bermuda Village for their kind and loving care, and also the staff of Hospice & Palliative Care for their loving support."
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or Main Street United Methodist Church, 306 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284.
Charles Edward Smith, 85, of Stollings, Logan County, W.Va., passed away September 30, 2016, at Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison, W.Va.
He was a longtime car salesman and owner of Aracoma Motors, Logan, a Past Master of Aracoma Lodge 99 AF&AM, past High Priest of Logan Chapter No 4l, Royal Arch Masons, Past Commander of Logan, Commandery No. 26, 33 Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Beni Kedem Shrine, a Navy veteran, and a past member of American Legion.
He is survived by daughter /granddaughter, Dr. Courtney (K. Brian) Adkins of South Charleston, W.Va.; granddaughter, Adrienne Goodwin of Proctorville, Ohio; son-in-law, Grant Goodwin of Proctorville; brother, David (Betty) Smith of Lewisburg, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, his namesake, Charles Adkins, William Adkins, Kate Adkins and Phoebe Adkins.
A special thank you to Boone Memorial Hospital and Logan Regional Medical Center for their care.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Shriners Hospital or your favorite charity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Glenna Peck Smith; a son, Charles E. "Eddie" Smith; and a grandson, Grant Austin Goodwin II. Since his death in September 2016, his daughter, Cathy Goodwin, passed December 31, 2016; and his wife, Vivian, passed February 12, 2017.
A joint memorial service for Vivian and Charles will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Pastor Jeff Mosteller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Logan, with Masonic graveside rites for Charles E. Smith. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Vivian Lee Smith, 87, of Logan, W.Va., passed away February 12, 2017, at Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison, W.Va.
She was a graduate of Logan High School in 1947 and Marshall Teacher College. She taught at Earling Grade School and attended First Christian Church, Stollings.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Smith; daughter, Cathy Goodwin; son, Charles "Eddie" Smith; grandson, Grant "Austin" Goodwin; parents, Phillip and Myrtle Nicely Stone; sisters, Phyllis Conner and Marlene Rennie; and a brother, Phillip Stone.
She is survived by her daughter / granddaughter, Dr. Courtney (K. Brian) Adkins of Charleston, W.Va.; granddaughter, Adrienne Goodwin of Proctorville, Ohio; son-in-law, Grant Goodwin of Proctorville; a sister, Sue Ann Hiatt of Peterstown, W.Va.; great-grandchildren, Charles Adkins, William Adkins, Kate Adkins and Phoebe Adkins.
A joint memorial service for Vivian and Charles will be 2 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Pastor Jeff Mosteller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Logan, with Masonic graveside rites for Charles E. Smith. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Dewey Melvin Stickler, 76, of Huntington, died Monday, February 20, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 24, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.
Lisa Ann Stover, 51, of Charleston, WV, took her last earthly breath on February 16, 2017, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and Heaven gates were opened wide to welcome her!
She was a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy and a retired Charleston Police Officer. After retiring, Lisa began her second career in Nuclear Medicine at St. Mary's Hospital.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Carl and Hazel Johnson.
Surviving are her husband, Gary Stover; sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan and Ashley Stover of South Charleston; Christopher and Juliana Stover of Charleston; step-son and his wife, Scott and Jessica Stover of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Adelynn and Ariana, brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Linda Johnson of Loxahatchee, Florida, Carl and Jean Johnson of Louisville, Texas, Mike Johnson of Dunbar and his late wife, Debbie; sister, Linda Johnson of Charleston; very special niece, Christy Bennett; great niece, Raider Bennett; and many other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the West Virginia Mission, 1109 Benamati Avenue, Nitro, West Virginia, with Pastor Joey Scarberry officiating. In keeping with Lisa's wishes her body has been cremated. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to service time at the church on Saturday.
Lisa was a vibrant light and a huge presence in her family and friends lives. Her time on earth was so brief but her life was always an adventure. If you knew her, you loved her. She never met a stranger and she loved everyone she came in contact with. A special thanks to the nurses and doctors who gave her the best medical care possible.
And another special thank you to the Charleston FOP Lodge #74 and South Charleston Police Department for all the support. Thank you to all the friends who visited her or prayed for her when she needed it the most. She appreciated every single person. She will be forever missed.
To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.
Jean Mackley Sword, 90, of Charleston, died February 21, 2017, at CAMC General, surrounded by her family, after a short illness. She was born December 15, 1926, in Charleston, W.Va., to Stephen and Emma Mackley, and was preceded in death by her parents and her nine siblings.
She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Leslie Joseph "Fat" Sword, and she has joined him now in heaven.
Jean graduated from DuPont High School in 1945. She was employed by E.I DuPont and the Diamond Department Store, and she volunteered at Fair Haven Christian School when it was established in 1974.
She was a longtime faithful member of Fair Haven Baptist Church, where she previously served as a Sunday School teacher and as Sunday School Secretary. Known for her beautiful singing voice, she was a member of the Havenaires Quartet, which traveled throughout West Virginia for 32 years spreading the gospel through song. She continued to sing at her church, whether as a soloist, as part of a group, or as a member of the choir, as long as she lived.
Jean was known for her ever-present smile, her wit, and her joyful spirit. Whether tap dancing to get a laugh or sitting in her rocking chair, she was happiest when she was surrounded by her family that she so cherished. She was the matriarch of the family and the community where she lived. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her five children and their families: son, David Sword, his wife, Karen, and their family (Joshua and Kelly Sword and their children, Hayden and Cohen; and Adam Sword and his companion, Brandi Hooks, and their children, McKenzie, Emily and Evan Sword and Zane, Aiden and Dustin Hooks); daughter, Donna Stone, her husband, Ronnie, and their family (Shawna and Dave Nelson and their daughters, Bailey and Abby; and Joseph Stone); daughter, Susie McClanahan, her husband, Mike, and their family (Brian and Elaine Burke; Heather and Larry Raines and their children, Laurance, Taylor and Ethan, and grandchildren L.J. and Rhett; Sarah McClanahan; and Jeremy McClanahan and daughter Kaylynn); son, Tommy Sword, his wife, Pat, of Grand Island, Fla., and their family (Brandi Crass and her daughters, Ashley and Hailey; and Eric and Amanda Sword and their children, Dylan, Daniella and Gabriella); son, Rick of Salem, Va., and his family (Faith and Jeff Cooner and their son Jaxon; and Jarod and Christina Sword and their children, Logan and Haylee.) She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Everette (Velma) Sword, sisters-in-law, Shelva (Gene) Wentz and Joyce Sword, and many extended family members, including special niece Sue Stone, with whom she loved spending time.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at Fair Haven Baptist Church, with Pastor Tim Martin and Rev. Roy Moles officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation with family and friends will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 24, at the church.
The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.
Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of arrangements.
Dencil D. Triplett, 86, of Salt Rock, W.Va., died Thursday February 23, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.
Drema Lynn Vickers, 61, of Summersville, WV, passed away in the Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Born June 26, 1955, at Charleston, WV, she was a daughter of the late Lew Russell and Nannie Jane Knight Rose.
She was a Baptist by faith and was a loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband, Troy Dale Vickers; one son, Troy Vickers Jr. and his wife, Inga; one grandson, Wyatt; and one granddaughter, Jasmin.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Dotson-Simpson Memorial Cemetery at Keslers Cross Lanes with Pastor Warren Eades officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the White Funeral Home at Summersville.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.
George "Scotty" Walls, 89, of Van, went home to be with the Lord on February 22, 2017, at Hospice House in Charleston.
He was the son of the late Garland and Lilly Walls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Sharon Walls; son, Paul Doug Walls; and all of his brothers and sisters.
He was a member of the Wharton Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the UMWA with over 40 years of service.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Geneva Walls; daughter, Donna Hartman, son-in-law, David Hartman, and grandson, Brian Hartman, all of Julian.
Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, February 24, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Darrell Searls officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison. 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.
Altano, Beverly — 6 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.
Clark, Harold "Buddy" — 11 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Daugherty, Sandra — 7 p.m., Maranatha Baptist Church, Sissonville.
Day, Howell — Noon, First Missionary Baptist Church, Hansford.
Deal, Bruce — 11 a.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.
Eberly, Mary "Peggy" — 6 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Handley, William — 1 p.m., McGhee
Hunt, Orval — 1 p.m., Fifth Avenue Church of God, South Charleston.
Jackson, Cynthia — Noon, Glorious Church of God in Christ, Mt. Hope.
Legg, Jack E. — 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Marple, Wanda L. — 11 a.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.
Mathews, Delbert — 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.
Miller, Zada — 11 a.m., The End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville.
Parker, Kermit — 2 p.m., Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington.
Pauley, Zachary "Zach" — 1 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.
Robinson, Charlene — 2 p.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.
Skeens, Donald — 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Ravenswood.
Stover, Arthur Clinton — 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Chapel. Elkview.
Trail, Josephine M. — 11 a.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston.
Walls, George "Scotty" — 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Warner, Mildred "Millie" (Campbell) — 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.
Williams, Peggy — 2 p.m.,Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.