Shelbie Jean Blankenship, 74, of Alum Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 7, 2014, after a brief stay at Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro, N.C.
She worked most of her life as a caregiver, and for the past four years had made her home with and been taken care of by her son and daughter-in-law, T.J. and Teresa Blankenship of Mount Olive, N.C.
She is also survived by her granddaughter, Stephanie and Jonathan Moody; sister, Betty McCallister; and Philip and Linda Meikle, who was like a second son. A heartfelt thanks goes to James and Frances Millard for their loving support.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Tony Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.
Grace DeRue Dean, 81, joined her son, Jay, in Heaven. She departed unexpectedly and leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Bill C. Dean of Plano, Texas; Kirk Dean of Dunbar; Allen Dean of Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston; and grandson, Aaron Coombs of St. Joseph, Mo., all of whom expect to join her someday.
She grew up in Texas and California and served two years as a Navy WAVE. After marriage to Bill in Memphis, Tenn., she left the Navy. Sparkling with charm and character, she joyfully followed Bill's Navy and subsequent employment callings from coast to coast in more than 10 cities.
Mother of three sons, she survived the loss of Jay at age 30 and became a better person, mother and wife, as reflected by the encouragement she brought to those around her.
Daughter of Drexel and Grace Chapman, she was born in Borger, Texas. Two siblings survive her, D.W. Chapman and Melinda Subia.
The family extends this special recognition and gratitude: In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice Care, Leukemia Society of America or the Alzheimer's Foundation will both honor Grace and salute the family.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.
A tribute to Grace's life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Hafer Funeral Home with Dr. Jeff Nyberg of McKinney, Texas, officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.
Online condolences and memories maybe shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is assisting the Dean family.
Margie Ellen "Midge" Hosey, 76, of Grantsville, died March 7, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Victory Baptist Church, Grantsville, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Friends may also call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.
Mr. Charles Michael "Mike" Patton, 66, of South Charleston, passed away at Thomas Memorial Hospital on March 7, 2014.
Mike was am Army Vietnam veteran and was retired from Walmart, Southridge.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard J. Patton; both of his grandparents, John and Ada Sanson; and a nephew, Cameron Seth Patton.
Charles is survived by his son, Michael Shawn Patton, 42, of Poca; daughter-in-law, Karen Patton; grandsons, Drew, Henry and Hunter Patton; mother, Darlene Patton Tyler of Eleanor; brothers, John and wife, Joyce Patton, of Poca and Donald and wife, Melissa Patton, of Hurricane; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to say a special thank you to all of Mike's friends at Trace Ridge Apartments, Genesis of Teays Valley and Thomas Memorial Hospital ICU.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Charles Patton will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Stephanie Burrow officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Patton family.
Randy Lyn "Snake" Reed, 57, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at his residence following a long-term illness. He was a master electrician.
Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Kidd Reed.
Surviving are his father, James Reed; son, Chris (Amber) Asbury of Sissonville; daughter, Jessica Reed Board of Cross Lanes; brother, Jerry (Lorri) Reed of St. Albans; five grandchildren, Bailey Tanner, Austin Board, Peyton Asbury, Kaydence Asbury and Kendra Asbury; 10 nieces and nephews; and a special pet, Alex.
Visitation will be Monday, March 10, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m. at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Vance officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 10415 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
The family would like to thank Mark Withrow of Hospice and the other Hospice staff that cared so well for him.
Online condolences can be made at www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.
David Gregory Reynolds, 58, of Dunbar, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West after an extended illness. He was a former fire fighter with the city of Dunbar Fire Department and also worked as an arson investigator and as an independent contractor.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Reynolds, and several nieces and nephews.
It was David's wish to be cremated and there will be no visitation or service.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Ruth Evelyn Bibbee Richardson, of Sparks, Nevada, formerly of Dunbar and Fremont, Calif., died peacefully Friday, March 7, 2014, in Saint Mary's Hospital, Reno, Nev. Born July 5, 1933,Ruth was the daughter of Walter O. Sr. and Fern M. Bibbee, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Jean Bibbee and brother, Walter O. Bibbee Jr.
Ruth grew up in Dunbar, graduating from Dunbar High School, Class of 1952. That same year she married David A. Richardson, and in 1960 they relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area area until retiring to Sparks, Nevada in 1992, where she resided until her death. "Ruthie" always claimed West Virginia as her home and enjoyed reading the Charleston Gazette online each day to keep up with home events.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, David; sons, David Alan of Reno, Nev., Michael (Donna) Fremont of Calif., Gregory (Sandy) of Roseville, Calif. and Jeffrey; grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Richardson; sisters, Eula Wilson (Robert) of Denver, Colo., Virginia Summerfield of St. Albans and Barbara Crow (James) of Dunbar.
Ruth has requested there be no service, only a private gathering of family and that John Denver's "Country Roads" be played.
Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society.
Hank William Shaffer, 53, of Elkview, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at his residence.
He was preceded in death by Mildred Shaffer, Raymond Shaffer and Janine Shaffer.
Surviving are his father, William Keith Shaffer; longtime girlfriend, Nancy Belcher; sons, Joseph Belcher, Dustin Belcher and Jay Belcher; daughter, Tina Belcher; brother, Ray Shaffer; sisters, Helen Estep, Sara Welch, Bonnie George, Norma Jean Sneed and Loretta Brown; and grandchildren, Hailey, Holley, Kaitlyn, Owen, Cadance, Aiden, Kaylay, Jenna and Josh.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Donald J. "Lollipop" Wires went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2014, at the age of 70, after a short illness.
He was a devout Christian. He enjoyed riding his bicycle and visiting the Nitro McDonald's daily. He visited the Poca, Cross Lanes and Nitro areas frequently. He touched many hearts.
He lived in the Rock Branch Area with Don and Debbie Larch.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Maggie and Albert Wires, and sister, Virginia Mae Williams.
He is survived, along with Don and Debbie, by Mike and Pam Larch of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Robert and Tammy Williams of Ellamore, Tammy and Mark Miller of Elkins and Dale Williams of Ellamore. He is also survived by a host of nephews and nieces.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Donald Wires will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Doug May officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2, Poca, WV 25159.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Wires family.