Today's Obituaries

Donald "Lee" Baley Sr.

Donald Lee Baley, Sr., 70 of Charleston passed away February 14, 2017 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was a former automotive mechanic, an Army Veteran and liked to fish and camp.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. and Eupla Faye Baggett Baley.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly Baley; sons, Donald Baley, Jr. and Adam Ray Baley; daughters, Esther, Breanna and Alicia Baley. Also surviving are several grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor David Vanhorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to services.

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Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Baley Family.

Betti Bland-Volkers

Betti Bland-Volkers, 73, of Charleston, peacefully passed from this life to one of eternal joy on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Volkers; her parents, Noell and Pearl Maxwell Bland; her brother, Robert Noell Bland; and her sister, Rebecca Ann Bland.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth (Linda) Chadwick of Knoxville, Tenn. and Charla Nicole (Wesley) Volkers-Cox of Waynesville, N.C.; her grandchildren, Caleah Pearl Cox and Siobian and Gary Pitts of Las Vegas, Nev.; nieces and nephews, Robin Bland, Shannon Bland and Heather (David) Parks of Charleston; and her grand-nieces and nephews, Kristen and Kathrine Parks and Noell, Maxwell and Jackson Bland.

Betti was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1961. She had an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology from Ohio University, Class of 1965. She attended Marshall University, where she received her Master's Degree in Art Education and completed coursework toward her doctorate degree. Her professional art training was continued at The Ringling School of Art and Design, The Silvermine School of Fine Arts and private study with nationally renowned artists.

Betti was an art educator, both as a traveling art specialist for the Kanawha County school system and in private practice for 27 years. She served as an Adjunct Faculty member at West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (Marshall University), in the fields of art and special education. She also served as state program director for Very Special Arts of West Virginia. This program involves art, music and drama for the mentally and physically impaired.

She was a charter member of the WV Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of WV, The National League of American Pen Women and WV 4-H All Stars. She has served as an elder, deacon and bible teacher in the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

Betti currently worked from her home-studio as a private art consultant and freelance artist. Her work hangs in many private collections and galleries throughout the country. When not painting, her other interests included gardening, reading, organizing family memoirs, and singing/playing folk music on both mountain and hammer dulcimer.

A celebration of Betti's life will be noon, Monday, February 20, at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston with Rev. William McCoy officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans is assisting the Volkers family with arrangements.

James Bradley

Jim Bradley, 68, of Ravenswood, WV, and most recently Greenville, SC, passed away February 11, 2017, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Jim was born December 17, 1948, at Montcoal, WV, son of the late Alfreda and Victor Bradley. He graduated from Marsh Fork High School and went on to Marshall University, where he met his wife of 45 years, Debra Weldon Bradley. He was employed at Armco Steel in Montcoal, as an electrician and then moved to Ravenswood, where he worked at Kaiser Aluminum (now Constellium) for 30 years. He retired eight years ago and has spent those years living life to the fullest. His goal in life was to make as many memories with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, as possible. Those lasting memories were made at their lake home they had in Flat Top, WV, or at Fort Walton, FL, where they were snowbirds every winter. Jim had a true love for life and for entertaining those around him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and life on the water surrounded by family.

Jim was at Emory Hospital waiting for a heart transplant when he passed and the family requests that you consider organ donation, it could save a life.

Survived by wife, Debra Bradley; their daughters, Juli (Shane) Stewart and Jacquelyn Bradley (Keith Reynolds); three grandchildren, Alexia, Madelyn and Gavin; three brothers, Tom, Fred and Terry Bradley and their families.

Preceded in death by his mother and father, Alfreda and Victor Bradley; his brother, Jerry Bradley, and his sister, Electa Francis Scarbro.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to one of the following:

Mason House at Emory University Hospital (housing for organ transplant patients and families), 1555 Shoup Ct., Decatur, GA 30031


Jerry Bradley Scholarship Funds, c/o Mary Bradley, 377 Talbott Circle, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Dwight "Skip" Cramer

Dwight "Skip" Cramer, 72, of Midway, Ga., formerly of South Charleston, passed away February 7, 2017, with beloved wife Vicki at his side. He was preceded in death by parents, Harold and Helen Cramer, and brother, Ed, all of South Charleston. Surviving are daughter, Michelle, and son, Todd, and numerous in-laws who loved him like family. Per Mr. Cramer's request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at Hospice of Savannah, Georgia.

Rodney Davis

Rodney Philip Davis, 61, of Nitro, passed away on February 17, 2017, from a short illness.

Owner of Davis Heating & Cooling, Rod was an active and beloved member of the community. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and amazing husband, father, and grandfather. Most importantly, he was a preacher of God's grace and love, and active missionary to the country of Belize.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Mickey Davis.

Rod is survived by his wife, and sweetheart of 29 years, Julie Davis of Nitro; children, Cathy Marcum (Jeff) of Boone, N.C., Adam Davis (Damaris) of Mebane, N.C., and Michael Davis of Huntington; grandchildren, Drew, Madelyn, and Nathaniel; brother, Paul (Nola) of Winchester, Va.; and sister, Sandy (Harry) of Chesapeake, Va.; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home of 1118 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301 with Pastors Mike Ramsey and Kevin West officiating. Burial will follow at Marmet Cemetery, Marmet. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 20, at the funeral home.

If preferred, donations may be made to Bridge of Faith Fellowship in Nitro to continue Rod's missions work in Belize.

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Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Howell Day

Howell Day, 92, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017. Callender Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Charles Dent

Charles W. Dent, 78, of South Charleston, passed away in Daytona Beach, Florida, of a sudden illness on February 14, 2017.

He is the son of the late Dorf and Marie Dent. He graduated from South Charleston High School, Class of 1956, where he played football and ran track. He was a proud West Virginian and a recipient of the Golden Horseshoe Award for scholastic achievement in West Virginia history.

Charlie served in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne, Company E, 2D Airborne Battle Group, 501st Infantry, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (the "Apaches"). Charlie retired as a Staff Engineer of the Union Carbide Corporation in 1999 with over 39 years of service. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and enjoyed watching WVU Football.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond "Bob" Dent; sister, Betty Dent Lawson.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Becky Cavender Dent; daughter, Pamela Dent of McLean, Virginia; son, Gregory Dent of South Charleston; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Dent Abshire of St. Albans; brother, Doug Dent of Milton; "special brother," Jim Donahue of South Charleston.

A graveside service to honor the life of Charlie will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, February 20, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses of the Neurology Department of Halifax Hospital and the Halifax Health Hospice in Daytona Beach Florida for the excellent care given to Charlie.

Memories of Charlie may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Trilba Greenlee

Trilba Mae Greenlee, 87, of Point Pleasant, passed away at Pleasant Valley Hospital. A Graveside will be 11 a.m., in the Leon Cemetery, Leon. Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Deal Funeral Home.

Cynthia Harper

Cynthia J. Harper, 61, of St. Albans, passed away February 17, 2017. Memorial service will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, at First Baptist Church, Nitro. Per her request, her body was donated to Marshall University School of Science.

Mildred Annette Haynes

Mildred Annette Haynes, 90, of St. Albans, entered into Heaven on February 15, 2017, after a short illness.

Mildred was born in Georgia, raised in Clendennin, W.Va. and Hickory, N.C. Mildred supported the war effort in a defense plant in N.C., moved back to W.Va. and enjoyed decades of work as office support for Sears Roebuck and then raised a family.

Welcoming her home were her parents, four brothers, and her husband, H.E. (Gene).

Survived by her son, Michael (Sherry); and grandsons, Brandon and Kristopher; nieces, Carol (Alex) Woodland and Barbara (Mitch) Vickers of Va.

Mildred was gifted with a personality that had never met a stranger. She loved to cook and feed her family, beloved neighbors and proudly helped with church meals when able.

A celebration of Mildred's life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at her church, Highlawn Baptist of St. Albans with Pastor Matt Friend officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior.

Memorial donations may be made to Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, WV in Mildred's name.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Betty "Louise" Hill

Betty "Louise" Hill, 84, of Charleston, formerly of Julian, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, and is finally at rest with her Savior and family with whom she longed for.

She is survived by one son, Micheal (Melody) Hill of Tornado; one granddaughter, Ashley Hill of Washington, DC; one sister, Vera Griffith of Charleston; and one brother, Wayne (Brenda) Griffith of Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Hill; mother, Ineze Griffith; brothers, Robert "Bob," Eugene (Doris) and Larry Griffith; as well as baby sister, Diane.

Louise was a long time member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Golden Living Nursing Home, Glasgow for their exceptional care. They treated her like family.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, February 20, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with the Rev. Dwight McClure officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

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Tina Hill (Cavender)

Tina Lynn Cavender Hill, 60, of Ripley, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, after a short illness.

She was born in South Charleston on November 17, 1956, to the late Harvey and Nell Cavender.

She was an avid lover of animals and worked for ten years as a vet tech at Animal Care Associates in Charleston. She loved to go horseback riding and loved her nieces and nephews dearly.

In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her sister, Angie Shirey.

She is survived by her sisters, Carol Walker and husband, Jim of Ripley, Tammy Haynes and husband, Tom of Kenna; nieces, Triniti Clark, Brandi Gadaletta, Amy Mullins, Lillie Haynes; nephew, Nathan Haynes; great-nieces and nephews, Avery Kay, Casey Clark, Owen Haynes, Leo Clark, Scarlett Clark, LJ Gadaletta, and Aaron Mullins.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, February 20, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local Humane Society.

Gregory Hoblitzell

Gregory Gene Hoblitzell, 70, passed away in Roanoke, Va., on January 26, 2017. He was born to the late William Roy and Jeanne Virginia (Wolfes) Hoblitzell on September 19, 1946, in South Charleston, W.Va.

Greg graduated from San Marino High School (California) in 1964 and studied at Bournemouth Institute of Architecture and Oxford Technical College in England. He provided service to the Air National Guard of California and United States Air Force Reserve from May 1967 to October 1973.

Greg is survived by two children, Kari Jarde Hoblitzell and Kimberly Megan Hoblitzell Frankish; and one grandchild, Arlo Matsen Hoblitzell Frazier, of California. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Connie Menefee Hoblitzell and Maureen Loloma Farnden; nephews, Rok Lee Hoblitzell and Rege Eric Hoblitzell; niece, Talei Hoblitzell Mistron; grand-nephews, Nicholas Julian Warren, Seth Eric Hoblitzell and Alexander Shane Rump; grand-nieces, Kandis Marie (Hoblitzell) Hastings, Natalie Faith Hoblitzell, Kristena Talei Rump and Emily Hannah Hoblitzell.

A graveside memorial will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, at Sunset Memorial Park.

Judy Lynne Huffman

Judy Lynne Huffman, 55, of Hurricane, passed away Feb.ruary 17, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, February 20, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, WV. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions toward the funeral service.

Michael Keeney

Michael Eugene Keeney, 54, of Scott Depot, passed away quietly in his home on February 12, 2017. He was born February 26, 1962, and was the son of Calvin Eugene Keeney, who preceded him in death, and Patricia Johnson Mitchell, who survives him.

Anyone who met Mike Keeney, knew Mike Keeney. They knew him for his quick wit, his insatiable love for music and, most importantly, his overwhelming compassion for everyone around him.

Mike's spirit will be carried on by his family which, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Cyndi; his son, Sean; his sisters, Lisa Maurer and Joretta Grigsby; and his nephews, Richard Dolin and Doyle Maurer and their families.

I can see Mike now . . . flipping on his disco lights and making his way to his DJ booth in the basement of his home in Scott Depot. He pulls back a cover and reveals his turntables and soundboard and you can feel the music moving through his veins. He always remembered your favorite songs and he always knew what song was #1 on the charts the year you were born. Before you left, you'd get a custom CD he made just for you; organized and labeled for your pleasure so you could feel the music too. I like to think Mike is part of the music now.

Mike was not a person you would meet and dismiss. Everyone has a "well, one time Mike . . ." story. In particular, he was well-known for his love of a good joke and the pranks he played on people. One year, he called Kmart and asked if the family could sing some Christmas carols over the speaker phone. We would all join in and sing until they hung up on us and we would bust out laughing as soon as the call ended. He once had half of his co-workers at AT & T call off over an alleged train incident which did occur during one of his hoopla's. He wasn't particular about who he pranked. It could be a store clerk, mailman, nurse, you name it, and you bet he'd always find a way to rope others into his shenanigans. He taught us the importance of playing for the sake of having fun.

If you knew Mike Keeney, you knew how much his family meant to him. Nothing was more important to Mike than the happiness of his family.

There will be no services at Mike's request. His family asks that you remember Mike today by saying hello to a stranger and telling them a funny joke, or simply sit down and play some music you know Mike would enjoy.

Mike will forever live on in the hearts of his family and friends and many of us will consider February 12, 2017, "the day the music died."

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

John Kirk Jr.

John L. Kirk Jr. passed away on February 7, 2017, after a short illness in Rockledge FL, at the age of 89.

John is survived by his sister, Mary K. Rose (George W. Rose) of St Albans, WV; daughter, Nancy K. Blackford (Tim Quirk) of Rockledge; grandson, Micah Dunstone of Houston, TX; grandson, Allen Jeffrey Blackford (Christina) of Purcellville, VA; great- grandson, Christian J. Blackford of Purcellville; great-granddaughter, Kiley N. Blackford, whom he dearly cherished, of Rockledge; and his beloved golden retriever, Diva.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Catherine (Doodle) Kirk; daughter, Karen Kim Kirk; and his son, Timothy L. Kirk.

John was born at home on April 29, 1927, in St Albans to John Loyd Kirk and Agnes Dame Kirk. He treasured his early years growing up in a small town and the lifelong friendships that were made. After serving in the Army at the end of WWII, John returned from the South Pacific to graduate from William & Mary college with a degree in biology and earning a Master's degree in Teaching from Murray State University.

After college, John taught science and coached mulitple sports at Charleston High and Clendenin High School before leaving to work with Dupont at Medowbrook Recreation Club. After deciding to move to Florida in 1962, he returned to his passion of coaching and teaching. John taught science and coached football, track and basketball at Cocoa High for over 24 years.

His wish was to be remembered as one who fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7

Scott Johnson Meador

Scott Johnson Meador, 40, his Mom's loving son and baby, his Dad's Right Hand Man, and our brother, lived life to the fullest and began his next journey on February 15, 2017.

Born December 23, 1976, in Charleston to Nancy and Eddie Meador. Funny, deeply loyal, loving, and charming are just a few of the words to describe him.

Scott is survived by his parents; son, Holten Meador; sisters, Tonya (George) Antaki of Fla., and Sherry (Ted) O'Malley of Charleston; nephew, Craig Truman of Pa.; nieces, Candace Brinker of Fla., Cassie Truman of Pa., Eva and Lexy Antaki of Fla.; uncle, Randy and aunt, Diane Meador of Charleston. He was like a brother to his cousins, Chad Bo Meador and Randy Meador; and had many other uncles, aunts, and cousins he dearly loved. Lastly he leaves behind his beloved dog, Honey.

Preceded in death are his paternal grandparents, Rev. Johnson and Kathryn Meador; maternal grandparents, Hairm and Helen Matheny; brothers, Rick Nelson and Eddie Joe Meador Jr.

Scott graduated from George Washington High School in 1996. He was very tech savy and could do anything he put his mind to. Scott was self employed,, as a technician he serviced various companies, government agencies and US Senators offices. He specialized in computers, software, creating websites and installing residential and commercial security systems.

When he was growing up he was a Boy Scout, loved Hot Wheels, Big Wheels, go carts, then advanced to nice cars. He also enjoyed spending summers riding jet skis and spending time on his boat with many of his good friends and his steady and constant companion, Honey.

Scott's huge blue eyes and flashing smile couldn't help but charm everyone he met.

We will celebrate by gathering Monday, February 20, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee Street West, Charleston, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be no other service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter, 1248 Greenbrier Street, Charleston.

Patricia Mitchell

Patricia Ann Mitchell passed away at home in Abingdon, Maryland, on January 13, 2017.

Pat was born on November 3, 1950, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Harry Meade and Emilie Rubner Mitchell, who both preceded her in death.

Typical of life in a military family, Pat lived in numerous locales by the time she graduated from high school - Germany (twice); Clarksburg, W.Va.; Columbia, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and Kingston, N.Y. After graduating high school, Pat followed in her father's footsteps, enlisting in the Army in 1969. There she became a laboratory technician, specializing in blood services, at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. After her Army service, Pat continued to work at Aberdeen and then Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She joined the American Red Cross, providing blood services and analysis for the organization's Washington, D.C., and Greater Chesapeake and Potomac regions. She retired from the Red Cross in early 2014, after 30 years of service.

Pat is survived by her brother, Harry Jack Mitchell, and his wife Rhonda, of South Charleston, W.Va.; uncle and aunt Richard and Marylou Mitchell of Clarksburg; and a number of cousins and friends.

In keeping with Pat's wishes, she will be interred with her parents in Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, W.Va. There will be no service.

Family and friends who wish to remember Pat may make a contribution in her name to the charity of their choice.

Freddie Perdue

Freddie Wayne Perdue, 68, of Mt. Carbon, passed away on February 16, 2017, after a long illness. He was born on July 1, 1948 in Beards Fork, W.Va., and he was the son of the late Fred and Elsie "Cricket" Perdue.

Freddie served in the Vietnam War in 1968. He was retired from Brown Chevrolet in Montgomery after 37 years of service. He was a member of Kimberly Church of God and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and flea marketing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Pat Underwood, Dixie Yates, Brenda Zumbar, and Donna Henry; and brothers, Jerry Perdue and Rick Perdue.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda Daniels Perdue of Mount Carbon; daughter, Michelle Perdue Boothe of South Charleston; and son and daughter-in-law, Freddie and Sherri Perdue of Smithers. He was a very proud PaPaw to Jared Boothe, Tyler Perdue, and Eli Boothe. In addition, he is survived by brothers, Rod Perdue, Charlie Perdue, and Bo and wife, Mary Perdue; sisters, Bonnie and husband, Gary Dempsey, Sherry and husband, Gary Burnside, and Trudy and husband, Joe Atha; brothers-in-law, Jim Daniels and Ochel Daniels and wife, Reda; sister-in-law, Dana White; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and friends.

A special thank you to his niece, Stacey Liddle, staff, nurses, and Hospice workers for caring for and watching over him while he was a resident of Golden Living Center in Glasgow.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, February 20, at Hughes Creek Community Church with Pastor Joe Darlington and Brother Craig Petry officiating. Burial will be at Montgomery Memorial Park in London, WV. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 19, at Hughes Creek Community Church from 6 to 9 p.m. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of the arrangements.

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Mom…..we want to thank you for showing us what true unconditional love is truly about. You took such good care of dad and he knew and felt how very much you loved him. Your love for him not only touched us but all of those who watched you care for him during his illness.

John Phillips

John David Phillips, of Charleston, son of the late Charles L. and Frances Phillips, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice, Charleston.

He was born July 3, 1940, in Fayetteville. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Anne Wendell and Courtney Josephine Proctor; two brothers, Charles L. Phillips, Jr. and Joseph Preston Phillips.

John was retired from auto sales with many years of service having worked for several local dealerships in Charleston and in Dallas, Texas.

Surviving, wife, Martha Phillips; sisters, Martha "Janie" Phillips, Mary Margaret Thrift, Susan (Dennis) Hanson, all of Fayetteville, Eleanor Wimer of Dayton, Va.; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Phillips of Greenfield, Ind., Kay Phillips of Fayetteville; many loving nieces and nephews. John also leaves behind his four-legged companions, Sophie and Chester.

Service will be 12:30 p.m., Monday, February 20, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 Bigley Avenue, with Dr. Jesse P. Waggoner and Dr. David E. Mitchell officiating. Burial and committal service will follow at 4 p.m. at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Ruth Ann Rhodes

Ruth Ann Rhodes, 78, of Fredericksburg, Va., died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Ruth was born in South Charleston on May 12, 1938. She graduated from South Charleston High School in 1957. Ruth settled in Northern Virginia in 1969 and later was a long time resident of Thornburg, Va. Ruth was an independent and outgoing person who expanded her social circles wherever she lived. She genuinely enjoyed any activity that brought her close to family and friends.

The "baby" of the family, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

She is survived by her sister; brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

At her request, no service will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 2300 Fall Hill Ave Suite 401, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Online guestbook is available at

Albert Robinson Sr.

Albert Lee Robinson, Sr., 84, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Memorial service will be held in the near future. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, South Charleston (

Alva Romeo

Alva Romeo, 77, of Montgomery, formerly of Whitesville, died February 18, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. He was a former employee of the State of WV and was a minister to local nursing homes. He was a member of Chesapeake Family Worship Center.

He was preceded in death by father, Alva Harper; mother, Mary Romeo Thompson; sister, Juanita Masci; and aunt, Lola Morris.

Surviving are daughter, Lisa Romeo of Whitesville; sisters, Helen R. Thompson of Whitesville, Mary Thompson Cooke of Md.; special friends, Joyce Romeo and Butch and Brigit Andrews; and numerous cousins.

Funeral will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, at Chesapeake Family Worship Center with Pastor Terry Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Leonard Johnson Fuenral Home, Marmet is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Myrtle Samms

Myrtle Samms, 92, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord, February 17, 2017, at home, with her family by her side.

She was born April 1, 1924, in Grundy, Va., the daughter of Benford and Dorothy Donley Hodges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Billy Samms; and son, Benford Hodges.

Myrtle was an incredibly active and lively woman. She was strong, warm, good sense of humor, and was absolutely a devoted and servant of God. She lived a full and active varied life which was the definition of well lived. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend that will deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy Faulkner (Johnny), of Charleston, Pastor Kenny Samms (Barbara), of Scott Depot, June Bragg, (Joseph), of Lillian, AL, Jean Samms, of Hurricane, Larry A. Samms (Arlene), of Hurricane, Andrew Jack Hodges (Patty), of West Union; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Hodges, of Buffalo; 17 grandchildren; 29 great- grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Myrtle's life will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home with her son, Pastor Kenny Samms officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Gathering of family and friends will be from 11 until time of service at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Sylvia Smith

Sylvia Bowen Smith, 86, of Clendenin passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at Meadowbrook Nursing Home, Charleston.

She was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and loved spending her time with her friend, Phyllis on their many adventures.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her first husband, Obe Bowen; second husband, Cue Smith; parents, Hubert and Bertha Richard; sister, Faye McGowan; brother, Denver Richards.

She is survived by her sons, Scott (Angie) Bowen of Clendenin, Tracy (Lisa) Bowen of Melbourne, Fla.; daughter, Alice Bowen of Hurricane; grandchildren, Sarah Chandler, Kelly Chandler, Erin Chandler, Whitney Dickey; beloved nieces, Lee Ann, Ponch, Erica; nephews, Mike and Butch.

Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 20, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church rebuild fund, 58 Mt. Pleasant Drive, Elkview, WV 25071.

Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Martha Robinson Stover

Martha Ann Stover, 80, previously of Charleston, passed away on February 7, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with lung disease.

She was born on November 1, 1936, to Irving (Bus) And Betty Robinson in Charleston.

She is survived by her husband Roger; daughter, Wendy; brother, Casey Robinson and wife, Tammy. Martha lost her son, Steve in 1982.

Martha graduated Charleston High School in 1954. She was head majorette at Chamberlain Junior and Charleston High School. She was runner-up in the 1954 Miss Kanawha Valley Majorette Festival. As a young girl, she studied and excelled in ballet and tap dancing with instruction from Nat Dano. She also became a student of the famous André Van Damme, founder of the Charleston Ballet Company and performed with him, Julianne Kemp and Joe Amick in the first Charleston Ballet presentation "Beauty and The Beast" in 1956. Martha also was active in the Charleston Light Opera Guild and performed in stage shows including Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, Damn Yankee and many others. She was an accomplished ballerina with an impeccable stage appearance.

On August 3, 1957, after a short dating period, she married Roger Stover. While Roger was in college, Martha worked for a local Television Company. In May, 1959, Roger graduated college and their son, Steven was born on August 20, 1959. Her daughter Wendy was born on March 25, 1961.

Roger was a geologist with Cities Service Oil Company for eighteen years. In 1964, they was transferred to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and with heavy heart Martha left her beloved Charleston. Transferring became a way of life. The family moved to Houston, Texas, followed by New York City, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jackson, Mississippi and in 1977 settled in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Martha spent many hours watching Wendy compete in quarter horse competitions, cheering her on to multiple World Championships. Always the cheerleader, Martha was her biggest fan. In 1979, an honor was bestowed on her as Mother of the Year by the Oklahoma Junior Quarter Horse Association.

Martha was an active volunteer for the Edmond Association for Retarded Citizens for thirty years and was awarded the EARC Volunteer of The Year award in 1982 for her outstanding service. Recently, she continued her volunteering at the Edmond Hope Center.

In 1982, Roger formed Stover Oil Company. During this time Martha became an excellent secretary, draftsman and all around handyman and helped the company through the 1980's energy recession. She kept the company going while Roger was trying to find the next oil well.

In 1996, at the age of 62, Roger retired. They spent many wonderful years traveling to Beavers Bend in Southeast Oklahoma. This was Martha's favorite place. Christmas was always special and she loved the cabin life. She also enjoyed "Girls Gone Wine" a local establishment where great friendships were made. A glass of wine and good conversation was always a good way to end the evening.

Martha's illness was challenged by her spirit. Although her body succumbed her soul did not. Martha also revealed her strength and courage when enduring the loss of her son and a previous defeat of breast cancer. In her quiet unassuming way she was a very special hero to us all.

Martha will be remembered most for her incredible capacity of loving. The Beatles sang: "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." She takes an enormous treasure of love with her.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Free to Live and the Make A Wish Foundation.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, February 27, at the Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, 1603 Santa Fe Avenue, Edmond, Oklahoma. An additional service is planned for her friends in Charleston at a date to be determined.

Condolences can be mailed to 1813 Eagle Drive, Edmond, OK 73034, or emailed to

Justin Sweeney

Justin Clark Sweeney, 42, of New Carlisle, Ohio, died on February 14, 2017.

He was born in Summersville on January 11, 1975, to Ronald and the late Marsha Sweeney. Justin graduated from Nicholas County High School in 1993 and was an exceptional athlete. He participated in football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling and in 1992 was named class AAA All-State running back. After, high school, he received a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He was the director of Rehabilitation for Therapy Solutions in Van Wert, Ohio and used his skills and education to help individuals cope with debilitating illnesses. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and enjoyed the outdoors and everything that life had to offer.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Angelia Sweeney; his children, Cecilia and Silas Sweeney; step-children, Madison, Alex, and Jacob Crowley; his father, Ronald Sweeney; brothers, Jonathan and Jared Sweeney; sisters, Julia Bays and Jill Sweeney. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

There will be a graveside service in Canvas, W.Va., at the McClung/Sweeney Farm for family and close friends at 2 p.m., February 20.

Margaret Tuttle

Margaret Louise Tuttle, 91, of Malden, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017.

She was born August 11, 1925, to the late Robert L. Taylor and Mary Elizabeth Sneed.

Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, June, Tennison "Tink", Bobby and Earl Taylor; sister, Norma Thompson.

Margaret is survived by her son, David (Becky) Tuttle of Georges Creek; daughter, Dell Mezzacapo of Erie, Pa.; siblings, Jimmy (Dollie) of Evans, W.Va., Monon Edward Taylor of Charleston, Ruth Ann Hatcher of Ripley; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, February 20, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Buck Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Taylor Family Cemetery, Georges Creek at a later date. Visitation with family and friends with be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with final expenses care of Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, 4203 Salines Drive, Malden, WV 25306.

The online guestbook may be accessed at

Clyde Watson

Clyde M. Watson, 87, of South Charleston, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice West, after a sudden two week illness.

He was born on May 28, 1929, in Stella, North Carolina. He was the son of the late Leland G. and Glennie Watson. He was also preceded the death by his brother, Gene Watson; sister, Lela Mae Fry; brother, Harold Watson.

Clyde was a 1947 graduate of South Charleston High School. He retired in 1986 from Union Carbide as Employee Relations Administrator as a liaison in the Data Department with 38 years of service at the age of 56. He was a member of the Elks Club Lodge 202, 32nd Degree Mason, Beni Kedem Shrine, a former President of the American Society of Training Directors and also Chief Warrant Officer in the Naval Reserve with 36 years of service.

After retiring, he enjoyed his hobby of watercolor art work. He looked forward to participating in the Mound Arts and Crafts Festival and taking art classes from Grace Martin Taylor at Mason School of Music and Art. He enjoyed playing golf with the Carbide "old-timers" for many, many years. He loved taking fishing trips with his Son, Giles and especially surf fishing in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The thing he liked the most was being able to take trips with his wife and granddaughter, Laura, as she was growing up.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Ann (Giles) Watson; son, Giles (Libby) Watson; granddaughter, Laura (Stephen) Pavey; great-grandson, Jackson Pavey; sister, Meta Belle McCracken; sister-in-law, Loretta Watson; sister-in-law, Wanda (Don) Droullard; nieces, Sandra (Dave) Bourgeois, Mary K. (Pat) Bond, and Julie (Jack) Deal; nephews, Barry Lee (Peggy) McCracken, Jeff (Alva) McCracken, Steve (Gina) Fry, Scott McCracken, Doug (TJ) Watson, Gene Watson, and Rex Watson. Thanks to the great nieces and nephews and their spouses who are so precious to us and have been so helpful to us during troubled time.

Visitation and celebration will be held Monday, February 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston with entombment in Cunningham Memorial Park, Upper Mausoleum, Saint Albans.

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

Memories of Clyde may be shared by visiting and selection the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Edith Ann Wicker

Edith Ann Wicker, 62, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. Callender Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Lela Wilmoth

Lela Grace Wilmoth, 68, of Mt. Nebo, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with calling hours Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funerals for: February 19, 2017

Casey, Mary 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Eplin, Daniel Jay Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Farmer, Truman Sr. 3 p.m., VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Lester, Charles 3 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Means, Lonnie Earl 2 p.m., Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, South Charleston.

Sampson, Norma 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

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