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Rev. Richard C. Baker Print Comment Top of page

Rev. Richard C. Baker, 77, of Campbells Creek, Charleston, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 25, 2015.

Preceding him in death were his daughter, Amy Jo Baker; father, Ralph Baker; mother and stepfather, Ruey and Guy Robertson; sister, Betty Jo Baker; and brother, Frank Baker.

Surviving are Edith Baker, his wife of 49 years; daughter, Julie Baker, and granddaughter, Amelia Ford; brothers, Roger Baker of Tennessee and Ron Baker of Illinois; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William J. and Judith Totten; and several nieces and nephews.

Rev. Baker was a Vietnam veteran, having been in both the Navy and Army for a total of 13 years. He was a retired evangelist from the Church of the Nazarene, serving for 28 years, and was pastor of Campbells Creek Church of the Nazarene from 2005 to 2013. Rev. Baker was a man of prayer, praying daily for all who were part of his family, friends, neighbors and ministry over the years.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at the funeral home with Dr. Mervin Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Campbells Creek Church of the Nazarene Church to be forwarded to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. This fund provides care and support to people around the world when a tragedy occurs.

We want to especially thank Dr. Rayan Ihle, WVU Pulmonary Care, for her care and compassion during this time of illness.

The online guestbook for Rev. Richard C. Baker can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Olive M. Bays Print Comment Top of page

Olive M. Bays, 95, of Mount Lookout, died Monday, July 27, at Summersville Regional Medical Center Extended Care Facility. Born Aug. 28, 1919 in Mount Lookout, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Estaline Stull Bays. She was also preceded in death by seven siblings.

She was a Jehovah's Witness and spent 73 years in the full-time ministry, with 30 years of missionary service in Argentina.

Survivors include five nephews and six nieces.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Mount Lookout, with John Foster officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the World Wide Work through the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Mount Lookout.

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

Irene Cantrell Print Comment Top of page

Irene Cantrell of Procious was born May 27, 1940 and died Monday, July 27, 2015 at home.

Irene was retired from Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston Plant-Accounting Department. After retirement, she spent endless hours working with the Buffalo Gals on fundraisers for the BC & G Railroad Co-Op. She also loved all of her classmates from Clay County High School, class of 1958, where she was involved in planning their class reunions.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Rhuanna Hamrick.

Survivors are her husband, Charles of Procious; son, Brad (Deliah) Cantrell of Procious; and sisters, Janet (Nahum) Balser and Kathy (Paul) Holcomb of Clendenin. She is also survived by grandchildren, Tyler and Bryonna Cantrell of Procious; step-granddaughter, Katrina Nicholson of Ovapa; and great-granddaughters, Jocylen, Garten and Arica Nicholson.

The family would like to thank the Greater Charleston Dialysis Center for all of their loving care and caregivers, Daliah Cantrell and Miranda Salisbury.

There will be no services. Per Irene's request, she will be cremated.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cantrell family.

William J. Charnock Print Comment Top of page

William Joseph Charnock, 46, of Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Charleston, died Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Mr. Charnock, a former prosecuting attorney for Kanawha County, was a lawyer with Heyl Royster in Peoria, Ill., and proud father to his son, Will.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John N. Charnock Jr. and Patricia Caldwell Charnock, as well as his aunt, Isabelle Charnock.

He is survived by his son, William Joseph Jr.; sisters, Anne Charnock, Jane Charnock and Mary Lynn Harless; and brother, John (Carolyn) Charnock. He is also survived by his four nephews, Jonathan and Robert Harless and John Patrick Jr. and Ryan Charnock, all of Charleston.

Mr. Charnock was a graduate from West Virginia University, where he also earned his law degree. He was a Mason. He was a former member of both the Charleston Lions Club and Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church, 108 Oakwood Road, Charleston, with Dr. Frank Shomo officiating. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. at the church.

Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the Charnock family.

William J. Crouch Print Comment Top of page

William "Bill" Joseph Crouch Sr., 88, of St. Albans, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.

Born June 4, 1927 in South Charleston, Bill was a son of the late Carl Edward "Mike" and Veleria Crouch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Preston Crouch, and brothers, James Edward, Wherle Vintrue, Donald Ray and Ronald Clay.

Bill volunteered for World War II at the age of 17 and saw duty at Pearl Harbor, the invasion of Saipin, prepared for the invasion of Japan and saw service in the Aleutian Islands with the United States Navy. He attended Marshall College, and while there met and married the love of his life, Lola Catherine Preston Crouch. They were married 50 years. While raising a family, Bill umpired Little League baseball for 25 years and was known as "Mr. Umpire." He worked 37 years at Union Carbide Corp. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Lola were faithful members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Albans, where they participated in the charismatic prayer group and Bill served as a eucharistic minister. Bill also enjoyed traveling, especially to Gatlinburg, Tenn.

He is survived by his children, Cindy Lou Martin of St. Albans, William "Billy" Joseph Crouch Jr. of Hurricane, Elizabeth Ann Messinger of Nitro and Matthew Crouch of St. Albans; grandchildren, John, Katie, Amy, Mary, Sarah, Jeremy, Mike, Jesse, Jessica, Michelle and Johnathan; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans, with the Rev. Father Patrick M. McDonough as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Francis School, 525 Holley St., St. Albans, WV 25177.

Visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Bill or to express condolences.

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

Martha A. DeBoard Print Comment Top of page

Martha Annie DeBoard, 81, of Tioga, died July 27, 2015. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Interment will follow under the direction of White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Ronald Irvin Drake Print Comment Top of page

Ronald Irvin Drake, 72, of Frametown, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 27, 2015.

He was born July 3, 1943, a son of the late Thirl and Maysel Hall Drake.

He was a retired engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad. He attended Spruce Grove United Methodist Church and was a member of New Life Chapel.

He was preceded in death by infant sister, Tena Rae Drake.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nellie Sparks Drake; son, Ronald Irvin Drake II and wife, Diana, of Harker Heights, Texas; daughter, Christi Ann Drake, living at home in Frametown; three grandchildren, Ronnie III of Fort Worth, Texas, Brandon of Louisville, Ky., and Kaitlyn of Harker Heights, Texas; and sister, Colleen Brammer of Parkersburg.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Walter Owen Eads Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Walter Owen "Red" Eads Jr., 82, of Point Pleasant, died July 27, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Charles Jason Egnor Print Comment Top of page

Charles Jason Egnor, 35, of Madison, died July 27, 2015 at home. A memorial service will be held at his home at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

William F. Foster Print Comment Top of page

William F. "Bill" Foster, 86, of Peytona, passed away Friday, July 24, after cheerfully and bravely fighting many health problems, including lung cancer and kidney disease.

Bill was a 1947 graduate of Sherman High School and completed a short stint in the U.S. Air Force just after the end of World War II. He retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services in 1983.

Bill's parents were the late John Foster and Evelyn Hughbacher Foster of Bloomingrose. He was also preceded in death earlier this year by his brother, Waldo Foster of Merrillville, Ind.

Bill is survived by his wife, Eva Mollett Foster; sister, Jo Ann Bradley of Racine; brother, Connie King of Prenter; daughter and granddaughter, Kimberly and Maggie Vealey of Whitesville; grandson and great-grandson, Nick and Evan Vealey of Elyria, Ohio; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the nurses at CAMC Memorial for their excellent care, as well as the Davita Dialysis staff in Danville for three years of compassionate kindness.

Bill will be cremated. Family and friends may call from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with a service to follow at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Roger Halstead will officiate.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Robert Graham Print Comment Top of page

Robert Graham, 59, of Indore, went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2015 after a long illness. His family was with him throughout his illness and at his death. Born Sept. 20, 1955, he was the son of the late William Edward "Bill" and the late Janet Legg Graham. He was also preceded by baby brother, Randolph; nieces, Kelli Canfield Gilfilen and Kimberly Canfield; and brother-in-law, Rodney Loftis.

Prior to his illness, Robert was employed with the West Virginia Department of Highways as a supervisor. With a keen sense of humor, he thoroughly enjoyed being a prankster. He was also an avid reader, with a love of bluegrass and gospel music.

Robert is survived by his sons, Robert Dale Jr. "Rob" and wife, Tamara, and their three sons, and son, Anthony, and his two sons. Rob and his family reside in Tunkhannock, Pa., and Anthony in Indore. Also surviving are brother, William Edward "Eddie" Graham and wife, Brenda, of Clifton Forge, Va., and sisters, Sharon Canfield Given and Shonette Loftis of Charleston, Peggy Harbour of Ironton, Ohio, and special sister, Pamela O'Brien of Wallback. Also surviving are seven nieces and two nephews and their families, as well as many other family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Pastor Tim Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Robert's siblings wish to express gratitude to his son, Rob, for his steadfast love and support of his father and our brother.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Graham family.

Frances E. Guthrie Print Comment Top of page

Frances Elizabeth Guthrie, 94, of Ripley, passed away July 27, 2015 at Jackson General Hospital following a long illness.

Frances was born April 12, 1921 in Jackson County, daughter of the late Arthur and Girtha Keffer Matheny. She and her husband, the late Rev. D.C. "Dutch" Guthrie, served many years together in doing the Lord's work and were part of the founding members of Ripley Tabernacle Church. She enjoyed Sewing, quilting and cross stitch. She served as a library clerk at Ripley Public Library and was a Grey Lady volunteer at Jackson General Hospital. She also formerly worked as an insurance agent with Peoples Life Insurance, Kellwood Industries in Spencer and in the Underwood administration at the Capitol.

She is survived by her sons, Roy B. (Jackie) Guthrie and David (Kellie) Guthrie of Ripley; grandchildren, Kayce (Drew) Garrett, Kathy (Tom) White, Becky (Brian) Nuzum and Roy B. Guthrie Jr.; great-grandchildren, Hannah (Paul) Hesson, Adam (Deni) White, Paige Jones and Lucas Bower; great-great-granddaughter, Emma Olivia White; brother, Denver "Joe" Matheny of Mason County; and sisters, Evelyn Wilson of Vienna and Janice Stephens of Ripley.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Don, Laco, Delmar, Dale and Darrell "Dee" Matheny, and a granddaughter, Traci Guthrie.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor John Jones and Pastor Mike Elder officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Roane County.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Linda Kay Hager Print Comment Top of page

Linda Kay Browning Hager, 71, of Hamlin, born Oct. 4, 1943, went to the Lord on July 28, 2015 after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Brad and Mildred Mead Browning and was also preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Lucas. She retired from Lincoln County Health and Human Resources as a social worker and volunteered for the last 10 years at Hamlin Bread from Heaven Food Pantry.

She is survived by husband of 53 years, Calvin Hager; two daughters, Angelia (DuWayne) Smith and Tammy (David) Dirickson; four grandchildren, Tabitha (Jason) Kessell, David (Erica) Dirickson II, Taylor (Tiffany) Smith and Rachel Smith; four great-grandchildren, Breanna Bays, Samuel Dawson, Keirsten Kessell and Lindsey Kessell; great-great-granddaughter, Klowi Smith; brothers and sisters, Gary (Cathy) Browning, Larry (Lois) Browning, Sharon (William) Lucas, Virginia Duty, Sandra (Michael) Porter, Judy (Terry) Sponaugle, Patricia (Michael) Enochs, Paris Browning, Lisa (Faron) Beckett and Guy (Sandy) Browning; and loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and many friends, especially Melody Martin and Brittany Hall of Hospice Care.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with the Rev. Winford Curry officiating. Interment will follow at Lawson Cemetery, Big Creek Road, Hamlin.

Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Faith B. Hammond Print Comment Top of page

Faith B. Hammond of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

She was born Sept. 29, 1940 in Boomer, W.Va., to her late parents, Leonard and Thelma Thompson. Faith was retired from Jewish Hospital, Kenwood.

Faith leaves behind her son, William P. Holdren (Jamie) of Fairfield; her two grandsons, Nick Holdren and James Holdren; as well as one great-granddaughter, Alexis Holdren. She is also survived by four sisters, Juanita Nolan of Philadelphia, Pa., Dardanella Rhoton of Drexel Hill, Pa., Bonnie McKean of Oakland, Calif., and Ruth Arnold of Torrance, Calif.

In addition to her parents, Faith was preceded in death by her four brothers, Paul Thompson, Leonard Thompson, Patrick Thompson and Samuel Thompson, and two sisters, Margaret Hawks and Beulah Simmons.

Private services will be observed by the family.

Webster Funeral Home, 3080 Homeward Way at Route 4, Fairfield, Ohio, is serving the family; www.websterfuneralhomes.com.

Gregory A. Hemetek Print Comment Top of page

Gregory Alan Hemetek, 55, of Cross Lanes, passed away July 26, 2015 after a long illness.

He was a Navy veteran and a member of the DAV.

Greg is survived by his longtime companion, Stacy Seacrest, her son, Tyler Seacrest, and Greg's son, 10-year-old Zachary Alan Hemetek, whom he cherished and loved. Also surviving are his brother, Joe Hemetek of Charleston; his mother, Phyllis Mae Hemetek of Charleston; and uncle, Frank (Helen) Hemetek of Ravenswood.

Greg was a very avid sports fan.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, 4615 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Flynn officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Tyler Mountain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.

Robert H. Hobbs Print Comment Top of page

Robert H. "Bob" Hobbs, 80, of East Bank, passed away July 25, 2015.

Bob was born Jan. 14, 1935 in Madison, Tenn., and then moved to Belle. He was the only child of the late Robert Harvey Hobbs and Louise Gillum Hobbs. Bob resided in Belle throughout high school and graduated from DuPont High in 1952.

Bob was employed by the DuPont Company in 1953 as a mail clerk and retired as a plant buyer and purchasing coordinator with nearly 40 years of service. He was the recorder and treasurer for the town of East Bank, and municipal judge for 18 years for several towns in West Virginia. He served as treasurer for the West Virginia Municipal Judges Association and the Odd Fellows. He was also a member of the Rebekahs of Montgomery. Bob was a former president of the Davis Creek-Ruthdale Lions Club and former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Davis Creek-Ruthdale Voluntary Fire Department.

Bob was very active in athletics at DuPont High, participating in football, basketball and track teams. He also served as Varsity Club president his senior year. Bob also served as president of the DuPont Plant 25-year Club. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Bob was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after 11 years of service and was a member of the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia G. Sprouse Hobbs of East Bank; sons, Robert Dean Hobbs of Uruguay, William Joseph Hobbs (Pam) of Qatar and Ponca City, Okla., and John Thomas Hobbs (Kella) of Beckley — he was very proud of their accomplishments, as all were college graduates, a first in the Hobbs family; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, London. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.

A gathering of family and friends will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.pryorfh.com.

Wanda J. Howery Print Comment Top of page

Wanda Jewell Howery, 66, of Montgomery, traded this world for her mansion in heaven on July 25, 2015. She was born Dec. 18, 1948 in Marting.

Wanda was a lifelong resident of the Montgomery area. She was a waitress for many years, which endeared her to all who met her. She also found great joy acting and singing with various theatre companies. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, songwriting, singing, crocheting and playing guitar. Above all, Wanda's greatest love was for her three daughters and her grandchildren.

Wanda was the daughter of the late John Wesley Howery and Lillian (Fleming) Howery. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two grandsons, Daniel Morgan and Evan Moore, and her sisters, Mary Rose Laing, Nanci Thornton and Joyce "Bo Bo" Honaker.

Wanda is survived by her three daughters, Tammy Scott (fiance, Steven Hunt) of Fairfax, Va., Crista Taylor (husband, Paul Taylor) and Jaime Moore (husband, Keith Moore), both of South Charleston. The lights of her life were her grandchildren, Khaleb Moore, Allyson Scott, Julia Scott, Katlyn Honaker and Kamryn Moore. Wanda's surviving siblings include Patricia Richmond (husband, Keith), Butler "Chipper" Howery (wife, Becky), Rebecca Gwinn (husband, Steve), Linda Pierse (husband, Frank) and Karen Garris (husband, Otie).

She was considered a "second mom" to all of her nieces and nephews as well as many others.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Bob Van Fossen and the Rev. Joseph Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may join the family for visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

John R. Hudson Jr. Print Comment Top of page

John Ralph Hudson Jr., 86, of Ripley, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015.

Born Aug. 3, 1928 in Charleston, John was a son of the late John Ralph Sr. and Bertha Edith Bryant Hudson.

He served his country as a pilot with the United States Air Force. John was a talented musician and loved to play the guitar. He was a family man above all and was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Martha; children, Yevone Hudson Hupp and husband, Dale, of Tornado, Ralph R. Hudson of Ravenswood and Edith Belle Hudson Isaacs and husband, Mark, of McKee, Ky.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Priscilla Hoffman of Alum Creek, Vallie Hudson of Charleston and Jane Mooney of New Castle, Wyo.; and brother, Mickey Hudson of South Charleston.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Hopewell Baptist Church, Rabel Mountain Road, Charleston, with the Rev. Dorris Walls officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service Thursday at the church.

Mark Edward Hurd Print Comment Top of page

Mark Edward Hurd, 55, of Fayetteville, died July 27, 2015. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Naomi L. Jones Print Comment Top of page

Naomi L. Jones, 95, of Gauley Bridge, entered into rest on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Naomi was born May 4, 1920 to the late Charles Henry and Laura Belle (VanNutter) Workman.

Naomi was a homemaker and a former member of Alta Church of God and Belva Bible Baptist Church.

Naomi was also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Jones; brothers, Dock Luther, Obie Lionel and Linnel Leone; and sisters, Gladys Lone, Melva Laura, Lahoma Lee and Nova Lola.

Naomi is survived by her two sons, Dale (Janet) Jones of Summersville and David (Connie) Jones of Evans; grandsons, David Jones, Terry Jones and Michael Speece; granddaughters, Shanee Keller, April Morris and Laura Murphy; and 10 great-grandchildren. Special caretakers were Brenda George, Beverly Hylton and Linda Beaver.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. James Waldeck officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Opal Faye Kirk Print Comment Top of page

Opal Faye Kirk, 74, of Ashford, died July 25, 2015 at home.

She was a member of Ashford Church of God Holiness.

She was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Esta Browning Kirk; sister, Lora Dodrill; and brothers, Junior, Clarence, Limer, James and Donald Kirk.

Surviving are her sisters, Betty Pauley of Ashford, with whom she made her home for the last 27 years, and Rama Sutphin of Dunbar.

Graveside service and burial will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Dolin Cemetery, Camp Creek, with the Rev. David Kidd officiating. A procession will leave Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, promptly at 1:15 p.m. There will be no visitation.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Anthony E. Liberatore Print Comment Top of page

Anthony E. "Tony" Liberatore of White Sulphur Springs died July 26, 2015 Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, White Sulphur Springs. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

James O. Mooney Jr. Print Comment Top of page

James O'Dell Mooney Jr., 66, of Cedar Grove, passed away July 28, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness. Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Fred L. Morgan Print Comment Top of page

Fred L. Morgan, 69, of Frametown, passed away July 26, 2015.

He was born March 8, 1946 in Charleston, a son of the late Fred Lewis and Clementine Pring Morgan.

Fred was a graduate of South Charleston High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. Fred retired from the West Virginia State Police. He was a master taxidermist, loved to fish and hunt and was a talented artist.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Bobbi Reip Morgan; children, Matthew White and wife, Amanda, and Kasi Price and husband, Matt; sisters, Nancy Young, Ruth Eitel and husband, Larry, and Mary Lou Lauryssens; and grandsons, Cole Elliott White and Brayden Matthew Price.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with the Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating. Interment will be in Reip-Shawver Cemetery, Frametown.

Visitation will be three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Daniel Mark Neil II Print Comment Top of page

Daniel Mark Neil II, 33, of Emoryville, Calif., formerly of Alta, entered into rest on July 23, 2015. Mark was born June 19, 1982 in Charleston.

Mark was a member of Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Dixie. He was an employee of Tell Tale Games, which was his dream job. He just finished his first assignment and had his name in the credits.

Mark was preceded in death by his grandfather, KV Neil Jr.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Christina (Morningstar) Neil of Emoryville, Calif.: parents, Daniel Mark "Danny" and Sandra D. "Sandy" (Vance) Neil of Alta; brother, Mathew (Kayla) Neil of Dixie; grandparents, Daniel and Zenda Vance of Dixie, and paternal grandmother, Carol Sue Neil of Hedgesville; and one niece, Hailey Kathleen Neil of Dixie.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. Shane Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in Rich Creek Cemetery, Rich Creek.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mark Neil Scholarship at Alloy Credit Union, Attn: Kelly Vance.

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

Eliza Lee Nichols Print Comment Top of page

Eliza Lee Nichols, 90, of Institute, formerly of Beckley, departed this life on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Mama's Place Assisted Living Facility after a long illness. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, other family members and friends.

She was born April 1, 1925 in Chipley, Fla., but later moved to West Virginia after getting married.

Eliza was always a hard, dedicated worker in providing for her children. She became a faithful Servant of God at an early age. She was a former member of Welcome Baptist Church in Beckley. Upon her relocation to Charleston in 2007, she immediately joined the "family" of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

Her passions were gardening, singing, helping people, studying the Bible and spending time with her family.

Eliza was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anna Mae Williams; her brother and sister, Walter and Mattie Lou; her daughter, Gloria Easley; and her oldest son, Curtis Nichols.

She is survived by her four children, Roma Nichols of Boston, Mass., Sandra Price (Warren) of Cross Lanes, Reva Nichols of Dunbar and Harold Nichols (Andrea) of Fall River, Mass.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.

Special thanks to HospiceCare, the nurse and caregivers at Mama's Place, all of her special friends and especially Jim, who embraced her and made her last days more fulfilling.

A "Musical Going Home Celebration" of Eliza's life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans, with the Rev. Dr. Michael Poke Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St Albans.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Benevolence Committee, 821 B St., St. Albans, WV 25177.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Gladys Nell Nida Print Comment Top of page

Gladys Nell Pridemore Nida, 88, of Hamlin, died July 27, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Ester L. Parsons Print Comment Top of page

Ester L. Parsons, 89, formerly of Mount Zion, Calhoun County, died July 26, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

James "Jim" Parsons Print Comment Top of page

James Lee "Jim" Parsons, 62, of Apple Grove, formerly of Red House, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at CAMC Teays Valley following a long illness. He was a retiree of the Operators Union and Raynes & Sons Excavating. Jim loved all of his family, and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and taking the grandkids along with him.

Born Oct. 3, 1952, he was the son of the late Ray Parsons and Margie Blevins Parsons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tina Dawn Parsons, and a brother, Tom Parsons.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Donna Parsons; children, Steve (Laressa) Parsons of Apple Grove and Kevin (Brittney) Parsons of Scott Ridge, Liberty; stepchildren, Bruce Spiller of Alabama, Dale Spiller of Kentucky and David Spiller of Winfield; sisters, Libby (Dustey) Hill and Ann (Woody Jr.) Bowling, both of Red House, Tammy (Donald) Tucker of Buffalo and Carol (Steve) Hodges of Mount Airy, N.C.; brothers, Greg (Patty) Parsons of Red House, Mike (Regina) Parsons of Hurricane and Gary (Jeanne) Parsons of Poca; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Raynes Funeral Home, P.O. Box 250, Buffalo, WV 25033, to help with funeral expenses.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel) with Pastor Larry Mobley officiating. Burial will follow in Cross Creek Cemetery, Buffalo.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, prior to the service.

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

Dominick Pendola Jr. Print Comment Top of page

"Don" Dominick Victranno Pendola Jr., 90, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 27, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

He was the son of the late Dominick Victranno Pendola and Josephine Medica Pendola. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Faye, and his son, Anthony Ray Pendola.

A World War II and Korean Navy veteran, Don landed on Leyte in 1944 on his 20th birthday and was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for the Liberation of the Philippines. On Jan. 8, 1945, five days after landing at Luzon aboard the Casablanca class escort carrier, Kadashan Bay, the ship was struck by a kamikaze.

Don was a member of Clendenin United Methodist Church, a trainer for HHHS Athletics for 30 years and a volunteer fireman in Clendenin for 40 years, where he was the very first class of first responders. He was a 65-plus-year member of Columbia Lodge No. 164 F&AM, Beni Kedem Shrine, Scottish Rite Bodies, American Legion Post No. 61 and was retired from Western Southern after 26 years of service.

He is survived by grandson, Anthony "Tony" Ray Pendola Jr. (Jessica) of Wake Forest, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Dominick, Gabrielle, Avril "Avi" and Chandler; brother, Anthony Joseph Pendola (Pauline) of Monroe, La.; and sister-in-law, Gaye Morrison of Clendenin.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Clendenin United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin, with Masonic Lodge No. 126 AF&AM performing Masonic graveside rites, as well as American Legion Post No. 61 performing military graveside rites.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Clendenin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating.

Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, is honored to be serving the Pendola family. Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn L. Reynolds Print Comment Top of page

Eveylyn Louise Cremeans Reynolds, 84, of Milton, died July 27, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.

James Richards Print Comment Top of page

James Richards, 83, of Walker, died July 25, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Eris Thomas Rose Print Comment Top of page

Eris Thomas Rose, 92, of Maineville, Ohio, formerly of Kanawha County and Putnam County, peacefully passed away July 26, 2015.

She was a graduate of East Bank High School, class of 1940. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston. She taught elementary school for 30 years at Republic, Dakota, Hernshaw and Marmet schools. She was a member of the Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society. She was a member of KCEA and WVARSE, education associations. Upon retirement in 1978, she worked in the Putnam County Literacy Program. She loved teaching and all of her students were very special to her.

She was a devout Christian and was a member of Chesapeake United Methodist Church. Later, she joined St. John United Methodist Church in Teays Valley.

She loved to travel and had visited Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Italy, England and Alaska. She was known for her singing ability and sang for many churches, funerals, weddings, social gatherings and educational meetings. She loved people. Her family and friends were especially very dear to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Rose; son, Tommy; parents, Stanton and Pearl Thomas; sisters, Thelma Arden, Opal Ayers, Reba Thomas and Janet Bradford; and brothers, Stanton Jr., George and Eddie.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane (the late Bill) Barrow; grandsons, Chris (Angela) Ramos and Jon (Rachel) Ramos; great-grandchildren, Micah, Caleb, Noah, Mia and Kai Ramos and Ethan Silva; a special niece, Brenda Peter; daughter-in-law, Katie Rose; sister, Wilda Perdue; brother, Forest Thomas; and several nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

Visitation will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, 8706 California Ave., Marmet, WV 25315. The funeral will be held immediately afterward at 1 p.m., and burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Back2Back Ministries, P.O. Box 70, Mason, OH 45040, or at www.back2back.org. The memo should include 'Eris Rose Memorial.'

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Eric "Butch" Shelton Print Comment Top of page

Eric L. "Butch" Shelton, 73, of Cottageville, died peacefully on June 25, 2015 surrounded by family at the VA Medical Center, Huntington. He fought a courageous five-year battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

He was born June 3, 1942 in Ronda. He served in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was retired, previously co-owning Shelton's Produce and Trucking of Witcher, Shelton's Fas Chek of Witcher and Shelton's Fas Chek of Cabin Creek.

He lived 35 years in Pratt. Before his illness, he loved golfing. After his diagnosis in 2010, he moved from Pratt to Cottageville. He loved his Jackson County home and spent his final years enjoying the nature and wildlife outside his home. He loved taking his wife, grandchildren and dog, Bear, for rides in his truck on the backroads of Kanawha and Jackson Counties. He also spent a lot of time on his lawnmower enjoying the sunshine.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Samuel L. and Leathie F. Shelton of Dawes.

Butch is survived by the love of his life, Linda, his wife of 51 years; his daughters, Kelly (Mike) Nettleton of Ripley, Vicki (Todd) Parrish of Ripley and Amy Keatley of Charleston; grandchildren, Nicholas Nettleton, Brandon Parrish, Brooke Keatley and Matthew Keatley; brother, John (Patricia) Shelton of Diamond; and sisters, Jean (Dana) Brown of North Carolina, Marsha (Gary) Akers of Ronda, Loraine (Michael) Ray of Spanishburg and Carla Dunlap of Witcher.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends.

A private service was held Tuesday, July 28, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

Funerals for: July 29, 2015

Charnock, William J. 11:30 a.m., Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Coleman, Harry C. Sr. 2 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Conard, Delmas R. 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Dye, Mary A. 2 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer.

Fink, Kathryn S. 11 a.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Hamrick, Roxie R. 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Hunt, Arnold B. Jr. 1 p.m., Laurel Point Cemetery, Newton.

Jones, Naomi L. 1 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Lett, Shirley R. 1 p.m., Gatens

Lowther, William I. 2 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Morrison, William T. 2 p.m., Klingel

Mullins, Ethel S. 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Randolph, Basil C. 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Risk, George L. 2 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Slack, Beulah 1 p.m., The Church of the Good Shepherd, Hansford.

Tenney, Lucille J. 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Terry, Sweetland Jr. 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Thomas, Keith 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wilkinson, Betty 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Wise, Virginia 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Withrow, Mary A. 2 p.m., Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Toney's Branch.