Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

Alvin Alexander

Alvin S. Alexander, 77, of Seymour, Conn., passed away December 1, 2016, after a long illness.

Sherman was born in November 25, 1939, in Charleston, to the late Alvin and Alma Alexander.

He was married in July, 1957, to his loving wife of 59 years, Utokia. Both were graduates of Stonewall Jackson High School Class of '57.

Sherman is survived by his wife, Tokie; daughter, Lisa (Howard) Hassenfeldt; two grandchildren, Zack and Courtney; brothers, Jim of Amma, Phil of Shelton, Conn.; and sister, Christine Jeanette of Cheshire Conn.

Hull Funeral Home in Seymour, Conn., is in charge of arrangements.

Cheryl Arace

Cheryl Lynn Arace, better known as Ms. A., 60, of South Charleston, went home to heaven on December 9, 2016.

She was born on December 27, 1955, in Rawway, New Jersey, to the late Tony and Miriam Arace.

She was a graduate of Marshall University and taught at Kanawha County Schools for 40 years. She was a member of Dunbar First Church of God. Through her life she touched too many lives to count. She was a sports enthusiast, an advocate for children, volunteer on all levels in her community of South Charleston, a dedicated friend, loving aunt, sister, and Marshall fan.

She truly made a difference, her loss will be vast but she will live on in the hearts of her family and friends who have endless stories to tell. If we all could be the loyal servant she was the world would be a wonderful place.

Cheryl is survived by brother, Richard Arace; nieces, Tracy Arace (Mark) Carmony and Dana Arace; nephew, Jordan Arace; great nieces and nephew, Tony, Kiona and Brooklyn Arace; and her fiancé and love of her life, William Keith Holland.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, at Dunbar First Church of God, Dunbar with Pastor Billy Rowe officiating. Family and friends may visit two hours prior at the church.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital and the Hubbard Hospice House at Thomas Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to HospiceCare of Charleston, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W, Charleston, WV 25387 or to the American Cancer Society.

Memories of Cheryl may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Lorilea Brumley

Lorilea "Lori" Babette Miller Brumley, born February 1, 1968, Charleston, W.Va., died November 30, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.

Ever mindful of those she loved most: daughter, Lorilyn Jordan Miller, York, Pa.; son, Thomas D. Brumley, Tampa, Fla.; father, Austel J. "Jack" Miller, Jr.; mother, Eva B. Miller-Cagle; and brother, A. J. Miller, III, Sissonville.

Loved and cherished by aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, out-laws, extended family members and friends alike, especially Rachel, her "Let's skip school!" BFF.

She was most proud of her children and her years of service in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Beautiful and enigmatic woman, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece and friend. She sparkled! She danced! Brilliant mind! Unquenchable spirit! Avid reader! Trekked the road less traveled by! And she was loved!

"Thou nothing can bring back the hour, of splendor in the grass and glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind." Wordsworth

Private memorial service to be scheduled. Inurnment will be held at Siders Family Cemetery, Kentuck, W.Va.

Freda Burdette

Freda Mae Burdette, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

She was born in Charleston to parents, Albert and Elizabeth Simon. Freda was a lifelong member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Delta Cappa Gamma, Alph Xi Delta, and Women Elks. She contributed to the Ocean Conservancy and Human Society of the United States. Freda was a graduate of Morris Harvey College and received her Masters degree from Marshall University. She was the youngest principal in Kanawha County at that time.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Handley Burdette.

Freda will be deeply missed by her sisters, Loretta Medley and Nida Keller (Michael); niece, Georgiann Hawkins; nephew, Robert Medley; grandniece, Haley Medley; and grandnephew, Jeffery Hunter Hawkins.

Visitation will be held at St. George Orthodox Cathedral from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, December 12. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral with Father Christopher officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Floral Hills Garden of Memories.

Online condolences can be left by visiting www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

Daniel Casto

Daniel Glen Casto, 78, of Ripley, passed away December 9, 2016. A celebration of Dan's life will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, December 12, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Friends may call on the family from 11 a.m., until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

Worth "Buddy" Chappell, Jr.

Mr. Worth Littleton "Buddy" Chappell, Jr., 78, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel with Revs. Carl Morton, Todd Jeffords and Jerry Devinney officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Lakewood Baptist Church immediately following the service.

Born January 6, 1938, a native of Crown Hill in Kanawha County, he was the son of the late Worth Littleton, Sr. and Hattie Mae Sims Chappell. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Howard Chappell; his sister, Peggy Reta Barber; and a special cousin, Mary Frances Hudnall.

He was a 1956 graduate of East Bank High School and was a veteran of the US Army, serving between 1956 and 1959.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Lou Hancock Chappell; his daughters, Brenda Sue Blackwell (Randy) of York, S.C., Cindy Lou Amentler (John) of Williston, S.C., Victoria Fay Chappell, Lisa Mae Craig (Buddy) of Rock Hill, S.C., Melissa Ann Walker (Mike), Melinda Nan Bursey (Reggie) of York, S.C., Samantha Ann Brogan of Clements, Md.; Bill Lamont, who was like a son, of Rock Hill, S.C.; his childhood friend, Quincy Clark (Priscilla) of Charlotte, N.C.; his brother, Earnest Lee Chappell (Wavie) of McArthur, W.Va.; his sisters, Patty Jean Hammond of Elton, Fla. and Mary Anne McCay of Sharon Hill, Pa.; three grandsons, Kevin James O'Neill (Jamie), Joseph Worth Todd and Michael William Lamont, all of Rock Hill, S.C.; eleven granddaughters, Marci Lynn Belk (Ken) of Rock Hill, S.C., SFC Rebekka Jaworsky Johnson (Daniel) of Fort Lee, Va., Amanda Lee Whitaker (Jacky), Shana Lee Jaworsky, Kelly Anne Squibbs (Jeff), Jamie Victoria Pope (Travis), Danielle Marie Todd, Paige Louise Lamont, all of Rock Hill, S.C., Devin Melissa Klara, Addison Nan and Anabelle Blue Walker, all of York, S.C.; 18 great-grandchildren; and his two dogs, Mickey and Minnie.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, S.C.

Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.

Autumn "Loraine" Comer

On December 8, 2016, Autumn "Loraine" Comer (née Ferrell), 84, of Charleston, celebrated her homecoming surrounded by family after a long battle with COPD.

Loraine was born August 23, 1932, in Dry Branch, to Wes and Mae Ferrell (née Phalen).

Loraine was the younger of two daughters, both of whom were frequently surrounded by loving cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and other relatives throughout their childhoods and beyond. She and her sister, Mozelle, always shared a strong bond and were both very involved in each other's lives up until Loraine's passing.

Loraine graduated from Charleston High School and worked as a bookkeeper full-time until the birth of her children. She and her husband owned a small business that they expanded after her husband's retirement. Loraine did much of the business' management, including accounting, on her own up until recently when her health began to fail.

Loraine loved cooking, jigsaw puzzles, drawing, as well as her flowers and gardening. She loved watching football and basketball (especially WVU). She was also a great lover of animals and frequently donated to a variety of animal welfare organizations including the World Wildlife Fund and the ASPCA as well as local animal shelters. Her pets also adored her as she did them. Loraine, an ardent patriot, could often be found wearing a shirt with a flag on it long after the 4th of July (second only to Christmas as her favorite holiday). While she was not a regular attendee of church services, Loraine had a strong faith which both guided and centered her.

Left to honor Loraine and remember her love are her three children, Lynda Marshall, Gregory Comer, and Rodney (Sherri) Comer; four grandchildren, Tina (Eric) Marshall, Ashley Comer, Paige Comer, and Joshua Marshall; a sister, Mozelle (Morris) Dean; her husband of 62 years, Andrew "Fred"; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Loraine was preceded in death by her parents. Loraine will be remembered as a bright, shining light to all whose lives she touched.

Family and friends will gather together to celebrate the life of Loraine Comer from noon to 1 p.m., with the funeral service to follow on Tuesday, December 13, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. West, Charleston. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes.

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

Helen Conley

Helen M. Conley, 97, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Hubbard Hospice House.

Helen was born on September 11, 1919, to the late Cletus J. and Rose Farnbaugh May in Ohio and came to Charleston in 1946.

She had previously been part owner of Gresham Plumbing Heating and Supply.

Helen was a member of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston, where she was active in the guilds.

Additionally, she had been a volunteer for the St. Francis Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edwin Conley; son, Martin Joseph Conley; daughter, Kathleen Rose Conley; brother, John May; sisters, Kathryn Steidl, Norma Wanchick and Anna Tolla.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Conley Rigg and her husband, Michael of Virginia Beach, Va.; sister, Jean Brown of Uniontown, Ohio; brother, James May of Mogadore, Ohio; in-laws, Janet Smith of Elyria, Ohio, Barbara J. Conley of Spencer, Jason and JoAnn Conley of Charleston, Mildred Turner of Okla. and Thelma Hughes of Spencer; grandchildren, Stephen and his wife, Rachel Rigg, Anna Rigg and Margaret Rigg.

Funeral service will be held noon, Monday, December 12, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston with Monsignor P. Edward Sadie officiating. A lunch reception will follow the service at the funeral home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Helen to the: Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1114 Virginia St. E, Charleston, WV 25301 and/or Meals on Wheels, 110 Association Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Wilma Coyner

Wilma Joan Coyner, 63, of Hurricane, passed away December 9, 2016, due to a long illness.

She is survived by her two children, Jason and Lori Coyner of N.C.; four grandchildren, Lainey Franklin, William Coyner, Taylor Foster and Kelsie Rider. She is also survived by two brothers and a sister, Albert Johnson of Barboursville, Gary Johnson of Ga., and Kay Rice of Hurricane.

Wilma loved to work puzzles and spend time with family. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

The service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, December 12, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Nile Duncan

Nile Edsel Duncan, age 94, of Gordon Drive, Charleston, W.Va., left this life Friday, December 9, 2016. He died from complications of a fall in August 2011 and since that time has resided at Genesis Nursing Home in Dunbar.

He is now joined with family who had gone on to Heaven before him, parents, Lawrence and Tressa Duncan; sister, Betty Belcher; brothers, Darrell and Bobby; and nephew, Mark Duncan.

Nile attended the Alum Creek Independent Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.

He was employed by Dickinson Properties, where he did many jobs including running a coal tipple and the coal train; he also worked at Jamoca as a coal sampler. Nile went to schooling and worked at FMC Ordinance when they began manufacturing personnel carriers. He worked on the assembly line and was a test water driver. Later he worked at Charleston Newspapers and was Circulation Manager when he retired.

Nile belonged to the South Charleston Masonic Lodge #168 and was a Master Mason and Scottish Rite Member.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Echo V. Duncan; daughter, Sherry Miller and her family, husband, Kevin, children, Monica Tompa, Becky Tompa, Rick and Morgan Ramsey, Jacob and Taylor Miller. Grandchildren, Gage, Hunter, Braydon, Brice and Cami Ramsey. Daughter, Sonja Davison and her family, husband, Bob, children, Robbie and wife, Katie Davison, Christy and husband, Bora Yatagan. Grandchildren, Ayla and Davis Yatagan. Daughter, Sheila Midkiff and her family, husband, Rick, children, Cody and Emily McCormick and Austin McCormick; and his special friend, Lexi Roop.

Service will be noon, Monday, December 12, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastors Frank Chapman, Travis Bradley and George Webb officiating. Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Carl Dunlap

Carl R. Dunlap, 82, of St. Albans, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 9, 2016, after a long illness.

Carl was born on July 2, 1934, to Percy and Amy Dunlap in Sod, W.Va. He attended Duval High School and served his country in the U.S. Army. He retired as a pipefitter from Union Carbide Construction with 30 years of service. He was a longtime volunteer for Union Mission. He also enjoyed camping, and was always helping those in need.

Carl was a member of Bible Center Church, Charleston, and currently attended Grace Baptist Temple in St. Albans.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers; and three sisters.

Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Patty Dunlap; sons, Mark and wife, Gloria of Cross Lanes and Brad and wife, Brenda of St. Albans; grandchildren, April, Chris, Andrew, and Dustin Dunlap; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and McKenzie Dunlap; brother, Jack Dunlap and wife, Joann of Dunbar; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m., Monday, December 11, at the Grace Baptist Temple, 1901 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans with Rev. Butch Leadman, Rev. Brian Dean, and Rev. Rex Whiteman officiating. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff of Braley Care Home, Orthopedic Ward of St. Mary's Hospital and Hubbard Hospice House West for their wonderful care during Carl's illness.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Union Mission Ministries, 700 South Park Road, Charleston, WV 25304 or Grace Baptist Temple, St. Albans.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

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

Kenny Edens

Kenny Edens, 78, of South Charleston, passed away December 7, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House West.

Kenny retired from Pepsi Warehouse, was a member of Teamsters Local 175 and was an Army veteran during the Vietnam War having been stationed in Germany.

Preceding Kenny in death were his parents, Russell and Cledith Martin Edens; and his brother, Roger Edens.

Survivors include his brother, Keith Edens and wife, Loretta of Charleston; sister-in-law, Linda Edens; several nieces, nephews, many friends and neighbors who are also left to mourn his passing.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, December 12, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Casto officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Donel C. Kinnard State Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

The family will accept online condolences at: cpjfuneralhome.com. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Edens family.

Thomas Given

Thomas Given, 79, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away December 7, 2016. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, White Sulphur Springs. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, December 12, also at the church. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jane Holcomb

Betty Jane Holcomb, 80, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, at the White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, White Sulphur Springs. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Jones

Charles Lee Jones, 84, of Lizemores, entered into rest Thursday, December 8, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family.

Born on July 26, 1932, in Clay, he was the son of the late Richard C. and Margaret Bird Jones. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Alma Ruth VanMeter Jones; son, James Jones; daughter, Marilyn Stokes; brothers, Robert, Roy, Don and Buster Jones; and sisters, Laureen Elliott and Loretta Jones.

He was a logger and a lifetime farmer.

Survivors include his sons, Jerry, Charlie, Randy, Mike, Robert, Teddy, Steve and Tracey Jones; daughters, Linda Gritz, Nancy Johnson, Loretta Jeffrey and Rosetta Asal; brothers, Granville and Gus Jones; sister, Ethel Elliott; 30 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Monday, December 12, in the Jones Family Cemetery, Bird Hollow, Adonijah with Minister Darris Barker officiating.

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

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

Ameen "Joe" Joseph, Jr.

Ameen "Joe" Joseph, Jr., passed away peacefully at Hospice Hubbard House in Charleston, on December 9, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born in Eskdale, W.Va., August 27, 1925, son of the late Ameen and Nahia Joseph. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga; brother, Adle; and sisters, Wauded Ameen and Lucille Joseph.

Joe graduated from East Bank High School and attended WVU. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Olga Hamady. He served in the U.S. Army in Panama during the Korean War. Upon his return, Joe joined his father, brothers, Frederick and Adle and brother-in-law, William Hamady to form the grocery company Big Star Food Haven in 1950, which eventually expanded into 10 stores throughout several counties. In 1997, Joe built, owned and operated the Foodland Superstore on Spring Street until his passing at the age of 91. He loved his employees and was respected and admired by those who have been with him for many, many years.

Over the course of his life, Joe contributed to his community by participating as a charter member of Westside Kiwanis Club, he was a Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Beni Kedem Shrine Temple, and the Royal Order of Jesters.

Joe was a talented photographer, an excellent cook, and renowned for his wedding photographs and Middle Eastern pastries. At Christmas, he spent weeks making these delicious pastries to share with friends and family.

He was a loving and generous son, brother, husband, uncle, friend and businessman as well as a "second father" to his many nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered for his courage, determination, and integrity. He loved to make people laugh and will live in our hearts forever.

Joe is survived by his sister, Idell Hamady; brother, Frederick; sister-in-law, Sara; brother-in-law, Alfred Hamady (Pauline); nieces and nephews, Janice Joseph, Camille Ameen Ingber (Ira), Brenda Hamady, Fred Ameen (Vida), Emil Hamady, Patty Wolfe (Lance), Randy Joseph (Deborah), Cecelia Joseph, Sharon Jones, Hudson Hamady (Paula), Rick Joseph (Mary), Jeff Joseph (Lisa); as well as many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston with Rev. Dr. William McCoy officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, WV. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, December 12, at Bollinger Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Beni Kedem Transportation Fund for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 2589, Charleston, WV 25329 or Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Hugh French Martin, Jr.

Hugh French Martin, Jr., "The Walking Man," 79, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016, at home.

Hugh was born on January 17, 1937, the third child of 18 of the late Hugh French and Bernice Price Martin. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and David Martin; three sisters, Jean Carr, Patricia Davidson, and Linda Cooper.

Hugh was a Marine Corps veteran, and had worked at various jobs in Chicago and Charleston.

He is survived by James, George, Benjamin, Paul, Danny, John, Richard Martin, Mollie Ellis, Pamela Clements, Connie Lategano, June Martin, Mary Berry.

Hugh will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Charleston Mountain Mission Soup Kitchen, 1620 Seventh Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting Hugh's family and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Sandra McDaniel

Sandra L. McDaniel, 59, of St. Albans, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016. A service will be held in the near future. Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the McDaniel family. (ChapmanFuneralHomes.com).

Donna Meckler

Donna Meckler, 74, West Fargo, N.D., died Friday, December 2, 2016. Visitation was held Thursday, December 8, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo with the funeral service being held Friday, December 9.

Mary Ruth Osbourne

Mary Ruth (Thompson) Osborne, 83, of Lincoln County, formerly of South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, December 8, 2016, surrounded by loved ones.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 13, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Visit her tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

The family would like to thank her extended family at Valley Center in South Charleston, for their love and compassion over the last five years.

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

Edward Pauley

Edward (Eddie) Lee Pauley, 49, of Alum Creek, exchanged his earthly body for his glorified one on December 5, 2016, while surrounded by family and friends.

Eddie fought a 6 month battle with cancer like he went about everything in his life--with everything in him. Eddie was an all or nothing kind of guy who loved life and loved to laugh. He was proud of his work as a hardwood floor installer/refinisher and very gifted and skilled at it. He loved deer hunting and church and God. His belief held strong that God would heal him either here or in Heaven and that he was a winner either way. But most of all, he LOVED his family with passion and abandon.

He is reunited in Heaven with his mother, Sharon Pauley, who loved and spoiled her baby boy while here on earth.

His family who survive him, who deeply loved him and aren't quite sure how to live without him are his wife, Tammy; daughters, Debon (Christopher) Weekley, Tessa Jones, and Erika Pauley; son, Jacob Pauley; father, Fray Pauley; sisters, Debra (Randy) Griffith, Sonya (George) Core, and Leatha (Ronnie) Flowers; and brother, Steve Pauley; along with a great many other family members and friends.

There will be a public memorial service to honor and celebrate Eddie's life at McCorkle Free Will Baptist Church on Thursday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. A dinner for family and friends will precede the service at 4:30 p.m. in the church auxiliary building.

From the family: A special thank you to McCorkle Free Will Baptist Church and family and friends for all they've done for Eddie and his family in his illness and their time of need.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

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

Loran "Gene" Ramsey

Loran Eugene "Gene" Ramsey, 77, of South Charleston, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Huntington Veterans Hospital.

He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Bess and Vinton Ramsey; his son, Preston Ramsey; and his beloved first wife, Lorena Ramsey.

He was a 1957 graduate of South Charleston High School. Gene served four years in the United States Coast Guard on the USCGC Cowslip in Maine. He continued to serve in the Coast Guard for several more years. He as well as his family are very proud of his service. He then went to work for Carbide and FMC retiring in 1986. He also worked at KRT for 18 years, where he retired in November of 2006.

Gene was an avid outdoorsman. He loved going to the camp in Pocahontas County to fish and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Gene was a member of the VIPP — Very Important Parks Person group, where he was proud to have accomplished visiting all of West Virginias State Parks, and receiving their award.

Along with Gene's many other loves was his love and devotion for his church. He was a soldier in the Salvation Army Charleston Citadel Corps, where he has served the Lord for many, many years.

Dad, Poppy, Grampie, Genie Boy, Gene, Loran and Eugene were names so many knew him by. He was known and loved by many and he will be missed by everyone tremendously.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marta "Junnie" Ramsey of South Charleston; loving and devoted daughter, Robin Hicks (Ralph Kelley) of Alum Creek; son, Ronald Ramsey (Bonnie Ramsey) of Jefferson City, Tennessee; grandchildren, Tasha Ingram of Alum Creek, Jonathan Ramsey of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Rebecca Ramsey of Jefferson City, Tennessee and Sarah Bennett (Levi Bennett) of Springfield, Illinois; great- grandchildren, Hannah Faith Ann, Haylie Grace Ann and Hunter Eugene Matthews (Poppy's HEMI) Ingram and Haidyn Alice Rae Maberry, all of Alum Creek, who were the apple of his eye and will always hold a special place in his heart.

Service to honor the life of Gene will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 11, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston with Lt. Liz Blusiewicz officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Family and friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at the funeral home.

The family would like to say a very special Thank you to Lt. Liz Blusiewicz and all of his Golden Agers from the Salvation Army Charleston Citadel Corps for holding a special place in Mr. Gene's heart as well.

We love you to the moon and back forever and always Poppy. Love, All of us.

Memories may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com. Snodgras Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Riddle

Beverly Lynn Riddle, 44, of Powellton, died December 5, 2016. She was born December 18, 1971, and was the daughter of Gary R. and Linda Barber Young, Sr. of Powellton.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Gary Young, Jr. and Daniel Allen Young.

Surviving is her sons, Justin Young of Kimberly and John Henry Riddle III of Cannelton; parents, Gary and Linda Young of Powellton; former husband, John Henry Riddle II of Kimberly; brother, Richard Young of Robson; and three nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with Rev. Greg Hurley officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow. Friends may call two hours prior to service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Edward Staats, Jr.

The State of West Virginia has lost one of its distinguished public servants and citizens. Edward Harlan Staats, Jr., (age 70), passed away quietly after a battle with cancer on December 9, 2016, surrounded by his family on his beloved Coon Run Farm.

He graduated from Parkersburg High School serving as the Big Red Indian mascot in 1964. With scholarships, he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and became a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm in Atlanta, Ga.

Staats was brought into state government under Governor Gaston Caperton's administration to design and implement a program to turn around the State's Workers Compensation Program, which was losing millions of dollars each month. As a result of the turn-around effort, the State received an increase in its credit rating and saved many millions over the years.

He became the Chief Operating Officer for the State in 2001 under Governor Bob Wise's administration. In June of 2004, he was awarded the Distinguished West Virginian Award for outstanding achievement and meritorious service.

In 2010, Ed retired after serving his beloved State as Chairman of the Public Service Commission. He loved the mountains and the people of his home state and worked tirelessly to promote and improve it with his energy and dedication.

He was the son of the late Edward Harlan Staats, Sr., and Maxine Staats. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Louise (Wingrove) Staats in 2009.

He is survived by his daughter, Shannon Staats of Ga.; his son, Edward H. Staats, III, (Niki); and his three granddaughters, Kiki, Athena and Zoe of Parkersburg; his brothers, Mike and Ike; his sisters, Dee, Angie and Kris; and his life partner, Linda Hanson.

Although his home was on his farm near Ripley, he and Linda enjoyed the beach at their condo in Myrtle Beach and recent winters in Florida. His hobbies were golf, reading and spending time with his family and friends. In recent winters in Florida, he and Linda were active in the Cancer Support Ministry at First Baptist Church in Orlando.

Memorial service to celebrate Ed's life will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to consider making a charitable donation in his honor to whatever organization they wish to support.

Online memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Stemple

Dorothy Stemple (Mollohan), 72, of Webster Springs, passed away December 9, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, December 12, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Connie Stewart

Connie Mae Moore Stewart, 68, of Fairmont, passed away December 8, 2016, at the Mapleshire Nursing Facility in Morgantown. She was born January 5, 1948, in Morgantown, a daughter of the late Nimrod L. and Aileen Michael Moore.

Connie was a 1965 graduate of Clay Battelle High School, as well as a graduate of Webster Business College. She was a member of the Oakwood Road Church of Christ. Connie retired from the Fairmont City Police Department with over 15 years of service as the records clerk. She was a member of the Core Community Builders in Core, W.Va. Connie loved her grandchildren and attending their various activities.

Connie is survived by her children, Roger and his wife, Kelley Stewart, of Hurricane, Rodney and his wife, Jann Stewart of Fairmont, Cherin Stewart of Fairmont, and Julie and her husband, Jason England of Morgantown; her grandchildren, Tiernie, Haley and Braden Stewart, Benjamin and Maxwell Stewart, Steven, Malichi, and Reese Stewart, and Mason, Maya and Bailee England; her siblings, Dick Moore and Ronda of Fairmont, Ron Moore and Carmen of Virginia Beach, Va., Rob and his wife, Robin Moore of Fairmont; nieces and nephews, Chad and Adam Pethtel, Ryann Moore, Gia Colanero, Donovan Stewart, Alex Mullins, Colin Lyman, Tara Hildt, and Taylor and Adam Smith; her sisters-in-law, Donna and Fred Mullins of Charleston, Elaine MidKiff of Columbia, S.C., and Janet and her husband, Dan Smith, of Charlottsville, Va.; as well as her close friend, Lowell Batten of Calhoun County.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Jack Pethtel; as well as her former husband, Roger Paul Stewart.

Friends and family may visit the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV on Saturday, December 10, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday, December 11, from noon until 8 p.m., and on Monday, December 12, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Monday, December 12, at 11 a.m., with Evangelist Brent Gallagher officiating. Interment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Westover, WV. Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Nancy Stover

Nancy Stover, 79, of Winifrede, died December 9, 2016. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, at the funeral home. Details at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Ann Surface

Barbara Ann Surface Painter, 84, of Charleston, passed away December 9, 2016, at her home. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Whipkey

Elizabeth "Betty" Shearer Whipkey, 94, of Vienna, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2016, at her apartment in Pleasant View Towers in Vienna, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born April 25, 1922, in Fayette County, a daughter of the late John and Ethel Hamrick Shearer of Clay.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Mrs.William) Downs of Huntington; grandson, William Martin (Pam) of Ashland, Ore.; great-grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth and William Thomas; grandson, Matthew (Lorrie) Downs of Oshkosh; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Anna; son, Richard (Barbara) Whipkey III of Pittsburgh; granddaughters, Selena Whipkey and Jadyn Whipkey, both of St. Marys; grandson, James (Julie) Whipkey of Browns Mill, N.J.; grandchildren, Travis and Rachel; grandson, Andrew (Nicole) Whipkey of Flushing, Mich.; grandchildren, Raleigh, Piper, Lucas and Anthony; granddaughter, Rebecca (Matt) Shockey; grandchildren, Leah and Cooper; daughter, Neva (Mrs. Brad) Stuck of Fairmont; great-grandchildren, Derek, David, Hali and Hana; her beloved sisters-in-law, Carolyn Dotson Whipkey of Hebron, Ohio and Hazel Reedy Shearer of Clay.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her five brothers, John T., Pat, Jimmy, Donald and Robert Shearer; and four sisters, Ruth Field, Gladys Huddleston, Hairett Moore and Rachel Boggs.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 17, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna with Pastor Eric Nielson officiating. A memorial service will be given by the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 14. Betty was a member for fifty two years of Grantsville Chapter #73, where she is a Past Worthy Matron. Interment will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Grantsville, WV. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Amedysis Hospice for their special care they provided.

Linda Mae Wilkinson

Linda Mae Wilkinson (Holcomb), 71, of Glasgow, passed away on December 7, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.

Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to noon, December 12, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove. The funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation at Cooke Funeral Home with Pastor John Massey of Glasgow Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Linda was born in Charleston to John and Alma Holcomb on April 25, 1945. She went to Cedar Grove High School and later attended Indiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree as a dietician. She was a homemaker while her children were at home and later worked as a department manager at Walmart. She was a member of the Glasgow Methodist Church and the Eastern Star, the Methodist Women's Organization. She enjoyed traveling, cruises, Christmas shopping, her Boston Terriers, cooking for service clubs and church, and spending time with her family.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alma Holcomb.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Earl; her sisters, Nancy Litton and Kara Mohit; her brother, Johny Holcomb; her two sons, Earl Wilkinson and wife, Stacey, and Chris Wilkinson and wife, Holly; six grandchildren, Hailey, Ashley, Sydney, Eli, Dalton, and Brylee; and three great-grandchildren, Carter, Claira, and Easton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CAMC Cancer Center, 3415 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the CAMC Cancer Center for their support in Linda's courageous battle with cancer over the past 15 months.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove is assisting the Wilkinson family.

Jerri Eleanora Wymer

Jerri Eleanora Wymer, 80, of Hurricane, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Hurricane.

Born October 10, 1935, in Boone County, Jerri was a daughter of the late Charles and Lillian Richard. She was also preceded in death by her son, Steven Edwin Wymer; sisters, Margaret Graley, Mary Graybeal and Lilly K. Little; and brothers, Charles L. Richard, Paul C. Richard and Carson E. Richard.

Jerri was a homemaker and devoted her life to raising her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Donald Wymer; sons, Randy Wymer, Stan (Lisa) Wymer and Mark Wymer; sisters, Nadine Stone, Lena Jo Sadler and Carol Miller; brothers, Clyde L. Richard and Cornelius Richard; as well as four grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, December 12, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Pastor E. Wayne Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Visit her tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV is honored to serve the Wymer family.

Funerals for: December 11, 2016

Dunlap, Carl 1 p.m., Grace Baptist Temple, St. Albans.

Dunlap, Nina Fay 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Harper, Charles 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.

Hodge, Claude 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Lynch, Dorothy 7:30 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Morris, Loretta 2 p.m., United Apostolic Faith Church, Beckley.

Noffsinger, Thomas 3 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel), Eleanor.

Ramsey, Loran 2 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Simms, Claudia 1 p.m., Little Laurel Baptist Church, Richwood.

Thomas, Lee 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.


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