Karen Lynn Gaylor Armstrong, 57, of Mount Hope, died on Monday, December 5, 2016. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, December 9, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Wendell Belknap, 76, of Exchange, passed away December 5, 2016.
He was born May 31, 1940, in Braxton County, a son of the late Donnie and Juanita Rockhold Belknap.
Wendell was a truck owner and operator.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene Belknap; daughter, Wendy Snodgrass of Sutton; four grandchildren, Timothy P. Bostic, II, Branden B. Bostic, Cody A. Bostic and Sierra M. Burge; three great-grandchildren, Timothy P. Bostic, III, Mallory Joy Bostic and Tucker B. Bostic; brothers, Donnie Belknap of New Concord, Ohio, Russell Belknap of Gassaway, Frank Belknap, Wes Belknap and Wade Belknap, all of Exchange, and Denver Belknap of Minerva, Ohio; sisters, Mary Norman of Texas and Kathy Hall of Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by brother, Carlin Belknap; and sisters, Vera Norman and Wilma Belknap.
Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, December 10, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Bill Carr officiating. Interment will be in the Hosey Cemetery on Trace Run, Exchange. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Johnny W. Canellas, of Rockville, Md., born March 23, 1951, in Welch, W.Va., passed away peacefully, at home, Thursday morning surrounded by family.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty J. Canellas, married March 17, 1972; and sons, William J. Canellas and wife, Carrie Canellas, Jeffrey W. Canellas and fiancé, Kristin Woods, and John C. Canellas; grandsons, Timothy Canellas, Jesse Canellas, Jacob Canellas, John Giller, Michael Giller; siblings, Jackie Jeffrey, Margaret Shields, Steve Rife; nieces, Jodi Morgan Arthur, Olivia Moore; along with many other nieces and nephews and loving family members.
Johnny served in Vietnam as an Honored member of the United States Marie Corps. He worked in the Maitland Deep Shaft Coal Mines in Welch, W.Va., in 1975. He recently retired in 2015 after 38 years as Ray Foreman from the Rockville Department of Public Works.
Johnny enjoyed traveling to visit family in W.Va. and Tenn., square dancing with his wife, spades competitions, and he loved his four Yorkshire Terriers with all his heart. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
Memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., December 10, at the American Legion Post 86, 2013 Veirs Mill Rd. Rockville, MD 20851.
John Franklin Coiner, age 87, of Alderson, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, December 9, at the Pence Springs Community Church, Pence Springs. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, at the Pence Springs Community Church. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
Dorothy June Crouse, age 87, of Belva died December 7, 2016.
She was born February 28, 1929, at Backus Branch, Belva, and she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Spicey Keith Foster. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Crouse; her brother, Harless Foster; sisters, Bessie Lucas and Nellie Brown; and a grandson, Matthew Crouse.
She was a member of the Vaughan Baptist Church and she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Dorothy was so kind to all her family and friends and she was such a beautiful person.
Surviving are children, Floyd W. Crouse of Mentor, Ohio, Evelyn Lucas of Charleston, Bruce Crouse of Belva and Craig Crouse of Glenville; sister, Carolyn Foster of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Theresa, Brian, Michael and Cindy; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Delmar Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow in Vaughan Cemetery at Vaughan. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com
Katherine Damron Cummings, 98, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, at North Western Memorial Hospital in Margate, Fla. She was a longtime resident of Spring Hill, until her move to Florida in November, 2009. Katherine was born on March 15, 1918, in Midkiff, West Virginia, the oldest of four children of Fred and Carrie (Franklin) Damron. She earned a Degree in Education from Morris Harvey College and a Masters in Education from Marshall University.
She worked for 35 years as an elementary teacher. Her career started in a two room school and continued until her retirement from teaching at Spring Hill Elementary School. She worked by her husband's side as he pastored churches including Ivydale, Hilltop, Yawkey, and Big Chimney Baptist Churches. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Spring Hill.
Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Henry Cummings; her mother and father, Carrie and Fred Damron; and brothers, Conrad and Thomas Damron.
Katherine is survived by son, Glenn R. (Dick) Cummings and wife, Lynda of Coral Springs, Fla.; daughter, Patricia McCormick and husband, Ed of Burke, Va.; grandson, Scott Cummings and wife, Kristen and their children, Tali and Broderick of Denver, Colo.; grandson, Chad McCormick and wife, Lisa and their children, Lacey, Katie, and Jason of Fairfax, Va.; grandson, Todd McCormick and wife, Tori and their children, CeCe and Cooper of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughter, Natalie Powers and husband, Steven and their children, Steven and Sofia of Lake Worth, Fla.; grandson, DJ Venne and wife, Heather of Lake Worth, Fla.; and her beloved sister, Mary E. Durrett of Beaver Falls, Penn.
A service to honor the life of Katherine Cummings will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 10, at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston. Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 9, at the funeral home. Entombment will take place at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Bethel Baptist Church at 5028 Kentucky Street, South Charleston, West Virginia 25309.
Memories of Katherine Cummings may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.
William Carter Dills, passed away peacefully December 1, 2016, after a lengthy illness. He will be missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Care. His light shone bright and we look forward to sharing it with him on a new tomorrow.
Ossie Wetzel Fillinger, 60, of Verdunville, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m., Monday, December 12, at the Mud Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Friends may call after 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Mud Fork Freewill Baptist Church and one hour prior to the services on Monday. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are serving the Fillinger Family.
Judith "Judy" Ann (Boley) Floyd, 68, passed away December 7, 2016. Family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m., December 11, at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods, W.Va. There will be no service. Per her request, she will be cremated after visitation. Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods, is honored to assist the Floyd family.
Harry Gore, 88, of Danville, passed away December 6, 2016. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, December 10, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Charles Ray Harper, 64, of Red House, passed away Monday, December 5, 2016, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Hurricane.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Wallace Harper; and step-father, James Cash.
Charlie was a well-known sports writer in the area, most notably with the Hurricane Breeze. While he covered all the high schools in Putnam County, arguably his favorite was his alma mater, Poca High School. He was a wealth of knowledge when it came to the Poca Dots, whether it was the history of the school or a sports record, Charlie was the man you came to for the answer. A true sports fanatic in every sense of the word, Charlie was also a fan of the WVU Mountaineers. In his spare time, Charlie had a love of history and considered himself a "professional genealogist." He was a member of the Lions Club in Eleanor and Scott Teays and was a recipient of the Leonard Jarret Fellowship. Charlie was also a member of Riverside Baptist Church, Red House. He was a one-of-a-kind personality and will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Harper Cash; siblings, Mack Boggess of Hurricane, Leon Harper (Lynn) of Bancroft, Boyd Harper (Valerie) of Poca, and Debbie King (Rex) of Red House; step-sister, Angela Ogden (W.A.) of Alexandria, Va.; step-brothers, Mark Cash (Marsela) of Pennsylvania, and James Cash Jr. of Winchester, Va. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield with Pastor Michael Hanna officiating. Burial will follow in Center Point Cemetery, Liberty.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, Sunday at the funeral home.
Visit Charlie's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories and stories with the family.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3624 Winfield Road, Winfield is honored to serve the Harper family.
Claude Ronald "Ronnie" Hodge, 81, of Lake, W.Va., passed away on December 6, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m., Sunday, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville.
Charles "Red" Kelly Holbrook, 44, of Miami passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Memorial service will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at Acne Pentecostal Church in Acne. Arrangements entrusted to Pryor Funeral Home.
Betty Jane Holcomb, 80, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, at the First Baptist Church in White Sulphur Springs. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Goldsmith Hutton, 85, of Winfield, passed away peacefully November 30, 2016, at home.
Frances was born November 22, 1931, to the late Dr. Archer Alexander and Elva Beverage Wilson in Charleston. She is also preceded in death by her first husband, William Goldsmith; step-mother, Lois Wilson; and sister Peggy Wilson.
Frances was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington D.C., and West Virginia University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She was a proud member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and treasured many reunions with her "sisters" over the years. Frances loved her Mountaineers and enjoyed nothing better than cheering them on to victory.
Frances was a member of Rock Lake Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, devoting countless hours of her time, talent and treasure to help beautify the church campus. She served as trustee, deacon, elder and on various committees and circles, including several different offices in the Presbyterian Women organization. She was church secretary from 19731974.
Maintaining and nurturing family and friendship connections was of utmost importance to Frances and was one of her greatest talents. Her practice of checking in regularly with phone calls, cards, letters and visits "just because" blessed her with cherished, lifelong relationships all across the country. She could always be counted on to send a card or make a call to commemorate birthdays and special occasions and this thoughtfulness and caring will be greatly missed.
Frances was an avid swimmer up to the time of her death. She taught swimming lessons at Ridgewood Pool for many years and helped children and adults alike overcome their fear of the water and learn to enjoy swimming as she did. When her children were growing up, Frances served as a beloved Girl Scout Leader and girl's church league basketball coach. She loved supporting her grandchildren: traveling many miles to attend horse shows, piano and dance recitals, soccer games, and other events. She especially loved a good surprise, and was a master at planning elaborate surprise visits much to the joy of her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Carroll Hutton of Winfield; children, Janet Lyttle (John) of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Sandra Roberson (Clay) of Greenville, S.C.; brother, Archer Alexander Wilson (Lu) of Danville, Va.; grandchildren, Mackenzie Lyttle, Samantha Lyttle, Claire Roberson and Anna Grace Roberson; and many other extended family and friends.
The celebration of life for Frances will be noon, Saturday, December 10, at Rock Lake Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Rick McGuire officiating. This will be followed by a reception at the church. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 9, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.
Family and friends are encouraged to share memories of Frances on her tribute page at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frances may be made to Rock Lake Presbyterian Church or to LifePoint, Inc., Organ and Tissue Donation Services (also designate "Team South Carolina") at 3950 Faber Place Drive, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Hutton family.
Grace Muriel Kennedy (Toothman), 93, of Hurricane, passed away December 5, 2016. Service will be 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.
Donald E. "Don" King, 78, of Marion, Ohio, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016. Burial will be at 1 p.m., Friday, December 16, at Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo. Information provided by Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.
James Russell Little, 66, raised and lived his entire life on Tyler Mountain, passed away suddenly at home, on December 5, 2016.
He was born on December 23, 1949, to the late Joel Ray Little and Freddie Mae Roberts.
James was a friend to everyone and attended McKinnon Presbyterian Church on Tyler Mountain.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle and aunt who raised him, Toby and Rosalie Asbury; sisters, Sue Rhodes and Pam Little; and brother, Joel Ray Little, Jr.
James is survived by his brother, Carl Little; sisters, Mary Elliott, JoAnn Bailey, Kathy King and Connie Snyder; nephews and nieces, Shawn Little (Crissy), Lisa Bailey (Jr.), Kelly Shinn (Jim), Tim Lanham (Juanita), Carmel Baldwin (Alvie), Clayton Long (Mindy), Tammy Roberts, Candy Millican, Tammy Wilson (Ronnie); a host of great- nephews and great-nieces; and his dog, Little Tommy.
Service will be noon, Saturday, December 10, at McKinnon Presbyterian Church on Tyler Mountain with Reverend Doug Minnerly officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Mrs. Betty L. McNeil, 70, of Bancroft, went home to be with the Lord, December 6, 2016, in the Hubbard Hospice House West, after a 16 year battle with cancer.
Betty is retired from Orders Construction Company. She was an active member of Bancroft Church of God Mission, teaching Sunday School for over 30 years and very involved with the ladies "Faithful Friends" ministry. Betty was a very hard worker, loved to shop and loved spending time with her family, especially with her two boys.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Chalmer and Thelma Grant.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Donnie McNeil; children, Nichole and husband, Chad Jones, Tara McNeil and Eddie and wife, Deana McNeil; sisters, Janet Rose and Phylliss and husband, Arnold Kinder; brothers, Wayne and wife, Carol Grant, Buster Grant and Johnny Grant; sisters-in-law, Sue and husband, Butch Legg and Jeanette Carter; grandchildren, Carson, Cooper, Dustin, Kirsten, Ashton, Chyenne and Noah; and great-grandchild, Josiah.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of PCU/ICU at Thomas Memorial Hospital and the Hubbard Hospice House West for the wonderful care given to Betty.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Betty McNeil will be 1 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at Bancroft Church of God Mission with Pastor James Legg and Elder Frank Allen, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the McNeil family.
Paul Joseph Mohler, 30, of Poca, passed away December 3, 2016. Service will be 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at Scarlet Oaks Golf Club, Poca.
Ms. Loretta Jean Morris, 69, of Beckley, died Monday, December 5, 2016. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at United Apostolic Faith Church, 1010 South Kanawha Street, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Ralph Naumann, Sr., 74, of Scott Depot, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at his home.
Born October 14, 1942, in South Charleston, he was a son of the late Herman Nauman and Virginia Dodrill. He was also preceded in death by his son, Kevin.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Fletcher Naumann; children, Eddie Naumann and Brenda Naumann, both of Scott Depot, Linda Woodsmall of Carrollton, Ga.; sisters, Ginger Brown of Mansfield, Ohio, Ruby Harrison of Nitro, Nancy Noffsinger of Winston-Salem, N.C.; grandchildren, Brandy and Breen Woodsmall.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Visit his 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 Naumann family.
Debra Lynn Patterson, 46, of Point Pleasant, passed away December 3, 2016. Funeral service will be held at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, 1 p.m., Saturday, December 10. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, prior to the service.
Mary Ida Proctor, age 83, of Marmet, passed away Wednesday December 7, 2016, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was born May 19, 1933, in Coalburg, daughter of the late Joseph and Myrtle Pettry Proctor. She is also preceded in death by her sisters, Beatrice Goins, Helen Proctor, Thelma Whitlock, Betty Hancock and Goldie Parker; and one brother, David Proctor.
Mary is survived by her sister, Nellie Holstein of Marmet, and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at noon, Friday, December 9, at Harding Funerals & Cremations with Pastor Ollie Parsons officiating. Entombment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com. Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving Mary's family.
George Lesley Rodgers, 68, of Hurricane, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Graveside rites and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill. There will be no visitation. Professional Services by High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill.
Donna Mary Snodgrass, 59, of Sissonville, passed way on November 30, 2016. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 9, at Fisher Cemetery, Sissonville. Arrangements entrusted to Long & Fisher Funeral Home.
Diana K. Stone, 66, of Eleanor passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. A gathering of family and friends will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, December 17, at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel). A full obituary will be published in Wednesday's edition next week. Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.
Shannon Strickland, 38, passed away suddenly at her home on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Shannon loved the Wizard of Oz and is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at Mt. Juliet United Methodist Church, 417 East 4th Street, Belle; MJUM.org. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Everyone is welcome, as Shannon would have wanted.
Lee Thomas, 83 of Ravenswood, passed away December 7, 2016. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at the funeral home.
Dr. Alfredo Corrales Velasquez, 87, passed away December 4, 2016.
Alfredo was born November 1, 1929, to Juan and Maria Velasquez in Ozamiz City, Philippines, he was one of eleven children.
He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 1956. He came to the United States in 1958 and served his internship at St. Mary's in Minneapolis. He moved to Washington, DC at General Hospital for his residency in surgery in 1959 and later St. Joseph Hospital, in Lexington, Ky. He entered Georgetown University for neurosurgery in 1961 and later came to Charleston in 1966 and practiced with Neurological Associates for 31 years.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Velasquez; two sons, Jon Velasquez; Michael Velasquez and wife, Allison M. Velasquez of Ky.; one daughter, Susan Velasquez and husband, Timothy Devlin of New York City; two grandchildren, Ariana and Brennan Velasquez of Ky.
Alfredo's surviving sisters and brother, Virginia Nayen and Lolita Guiuan and Dr. John Velasquez and his wife, Dr. Neome Velasquez of Calif.; two nephews, Dr. Jeffrey Velasquez and Vinjie Velasquez.
Memorial service with be at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home with Monsignor P. Edward Sadie officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Donations can be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.
You may send condolences to the family at: www.barlowbonsall.com. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Linda M. (Holcomb) Wilkinson, 71, of Glasgow, passed away December 7, 2016. Cooke Funeral Homes, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.
Armstrong, Karen — 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Arnett, Jon — 6 p.m., Bartlett
Arnett, Jon — 6 p.m., Bartlett
Burger, Donald — 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Burger, Donald — 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Coiner, John — 2 p.m., Pence Springs Community Church, Pence Springs.
Craft, Virginia — 2 p.m., Dodd
Fazio, Joe — 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.
Fazio, Joe — 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.
Ford, Richard Sr. — 2 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.
Friend, Roscoe — 11 a.m., Roscoe Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.
Gore, Harry — 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Hall, Veda — 2 p.m., Dodd and Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.
Hatcher, Norma — 1 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.
Henderson, Doris — 11 a.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.
Howery, Archie — 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.
Johnson, Clara — 1 p.m., Glorious Church of God in Christ, Mt. Hope.
King, Donald — 1 p.m., Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.
Mahon, Frank — 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, McConnell.
Megginson, Wyman Jr. — Noon, Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, Rand.
Mullins, Norma — 1 p.m., Bartlett
Proctor, Mary "Ida" — Noon, Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City.
Snodgrass, Donna — 1 p.m., Fisher Cemetery, Sissonville.
Turley, Phyllis — 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.
Waldron, David — 2 p.m., Stockert