Today's Obituaries

Nancy Bennett

Nancy "Nan" Karen Adkins Bennett, 41, of Beckley, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Nancy was born February 23, 1976, at Summers County Hospital, Hinton. She was the Fourth Grade Teacher at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Beckley. She had received her Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton on December 31, 2015. This degree led to her promotion to Curriculum Coordinator for K-5 at St. Francis Catholic School. She was passionate about teaching her students, traveling and brightening everyone's day by telling jokes and stories.

She is survived by her husband, Kermit "Buddy" Bennett; son, Gerald Bennett; father, Basil Adkins Jr.; brother, Kevin Adkins; mother-in-law, Carol J. Bennett; father-in-law, Raydean Bennett; step mother-in-law, Linda Bennett; nieces, Ashlea, Brooke, and Megan Bennett; brother-in-law, John Bennett; sister-in-law, Samantha Bennett; and her Bubbe Lynn Meyer and Zayde Stepher Meyer; as well as, many more family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Gale Adkins Eudy; stepmother, Frieda Adkins; as well as several uncles and aunts.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, May 29, at B'nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, with Rabbi Victor Urecki officiating. Burial will follow at B'nai Jacob Eternal Home, South Charleston.

The Shiva Minyan will take place immediately following the burial, back at B'nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia Street, East, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations in the honor of Nancy to be made to: the Carl Larson Cancer Center, 275 Dry Hill Road, Beckley, WV 25801 and/or the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 and/or B'nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, WV 25311.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

William Bostic

William John Bostic, 86, of Charleston, passed away May 26, 2017, at home following a long illness.

William was retired from Costal Truck Lines in Nitro where he was a member of the Teamsters local #175, attended Providence Baptist Church in South Charleston, enjoyed playing golf, and spending time with friends at the Rand Senior Citizen Community Program. William was a member of the United States Navy and a veteran of the Korean War.

Preceding him in death were his wives, Janet Marie Thompson and Wilma Irene White; parents, John David and Willie Mae Belcher Bostic; son, William John Bostic, Jr.; stepdaughter, Sue Fisher; and a brother, Walter Dean Bostic.

Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Ladawna Bostic of Hurricane, WV, and Michael and Susan Bostic of Brownsville, Tennessee; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Travis Manning of Frankfort, Kentucky, Martha and Basem Mohammad of Charleston and Stephanie Bostic of Charleston; step-sons, Tommy and Billy Pinson; step-daughter, Karen McComas; 17 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, WV, with Pastor Travis Bradley officiating. Interment will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Visitation will be two hours prior to service time at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 31.

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John Chandler Jr.

Rev. John Henry Chandler Jr. of Scott Depot, formerly of Yawkey, passed away May 27, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, South Charleston.

He was a retired miner Eastern Peabody Coal, and a minister and a member of the UMWA.

He was the son of the late John Henry and Anna Chandler and was also preceded in death by sisters, Jeanette Chandler and Anna Mae Smith; great-granddaughter, Gemma Posey; and brother-in-law, Billy Joe Pauley.

He is survived by siblings, Dimple Pauley of Massillion, Ohio, Stephen (Carolyn) Chandler of Navarre, Ohio, Danny Ray (Cindy) Chandler of Racine; and brother-in-law, Roger Smith of Massillion; children, Dawna (Robert) Chohon of Grand Island, Neb., John (Nina) Chandler of Yawkey and Denise (D.J.) Hill of Scott Depot; 10 grandchildren, Abi Vance, Jacob Vance, Will Vance, Madeleine Chohon, John (Allyson) Chandler, Charles (K.K.) Chandler, Matthew Chandler, Haley and (Dakota) Fizer, Megan Hill, Amanda Hill; and great-granddaughter, Isabella Fizer.

Special thanks to friends and family, to Dr. Jeffrey Addison, caregiver and friend Peggy Hill, special friends Brittany Ellis and Emily Bowman and Hubbard Hospice House West.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va., with Keith Torman officiating. Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery, Julian, with military graveside service by American Legion Post 111, Hamlin. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Charles Cole Jr.

Deacon Charles F. Cole Jr., age 71, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, May 26, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Charles was born on May 10, 1946, in Kanawha County to proud parents of Charles Sr., and Inez L. Gregory-Cole. He educated in Kanawha County Schools, South Charleston.

Charles was also employed by USPS as a letter carrier for 42 years.

After becoming saved, he joined Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a Deacon on January 2, 1983.

Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Jennifer Cole; parents, Charles Sr. and Inez Cole; and brother David Richard Cole.

He leaves to mourn, his wife of 45 years, Nawana L. Miller-Cole; sons Charles F. III (Abha) of Harker Heights, TX; Patric Michael (Shanel), of Charleston; grandchildren, Charles F. IV, Raj Kumar-Jain, of Harker Heights, TX. Dustin Dorsett, of South Charleston; Brittany Layne Cole, Timothy Wisen-Seldon and Destiny Shaye Cole of Charleston; soon to be born grandson Patric Michael Jr.; great-grandchildren Adriana Dorsett, Daylin Dorsett and Elijah Josiah Cole; one sister-in-law, Delphia Cole; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and co-workers.

Psalm 91:1

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

Service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Rev. Franklin Murphy Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, South Charleston.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home.

Ellen Cox (Taylor)

Ellen (Taylor) Cox, 87, of Gallipolis, Ohio, passed away May 26, 2017. Friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, June 2, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Tina Groom

Tina Lorraine Groom, 53, of Kimberly, died May 27, 2017. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Hancock

Thomas (Tom) Harold Hancock, 79, of Quick, went to be with the Lord with his family by his side May 27, 2017. He was born February 4, 1938, to the late Edgar and Nona Hancock. In his free time, Tom enjoyed splitting wood, riding his Yamaha Rhino and he was a "SuperMan." He lived in Quick for 74 years of his life.

In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years, Lucille Hancock, and his brother, Charlie Hancock.

Tom is survived by his son, Thomas W. (Sandra) Hancock; daughter, Tammy Jo (David) Mollohan; sisters, Ramona Morton, Nancy (Roger) Barickman; grandchildren, Jennifer (Corey) Ketchem and Hunter Hancock; and great-grandchild, Ciera Ketchem.

A visitation will be held in remembrance of Tom from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview. A private burial will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, W.Va.

Buddy Eugene Jones

Buddy Eugene Jones, of Pinch, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the age of 78.

Buddy came from humble beginnings, but worked hard from a very early age. Through his efforts, he successfully established multiple businesses throughout his lifetime. After serving his country in the United States Army, including a two-year tour in Kaiserslautern, West Germany, he returned home and accepted a position with FMC Stamping Plant assembling armored personnel carriers. His entrepreneurial spirit then led him to various endeavors, and he was never afraid to try something new. Over the last fifty years, Buddy owned and operated a Gulf Station, wrecker and snow removal service, real estate company, hardware store, carwash, laundromat, and numerous rental properties. He loved to travel, and enjoyed telling stories of his experiences to anyone willing to listen. His grandchildren were his greatest joy. He was also an avid animal lover, and those who knew him best will be happy to know that he and his beloved, Mack will be interred together.

He was preceded in his passing by his wife of 52 years, Ramona Birthisel-Jones; his parents, Lovell and Verlie Jones; brother, Quenton Jones of Sharonville, Ohio; and sister, Geneva Stuck of Charleston. Buddy is survived by his son, David Jones and his fiancée, Kerstin Kitner of Pinch; daughter, Shelley Lively and her husband, Bill of Pinch; granddaughters, Alexandra and Galina Lively, Trystan Lively-Bradshaw and her husband, Tyler, Kaitlin and Mason Snowden. He is also survived by one brother, Paul Jones of Sissonville.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Hafer Funeral Home, immediately followed by graveside service officiated by Reverend Daniel Forwood, in Elk Hills Memorial Park, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin. After the conclusion of the burial, an informal gathering and tribute with refreshments will be held at Buddy's place in Pinch. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the many friends who have extended such kindness in this difficult time.

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

Iona Jude

Iona Yvonne Jude, 78, of Canvas, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Born January 29, 1939.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara Amilee Ashworth Lawson and Kenneth "Jake" Lawson; her first husband, Thomas Martin Fraley of Martin County, Ky.; her second husband, L.D. Jude of Auxier, Ky.

She is survived by two daughters; a son; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; daughter, Martina L. Slone (Bill Slone) of Canvas, their children, Gregory Wayne Slone of Princeton and Kenneth Richmond Slone of Canvas; daughter, Kimberly Marie Skeens (William Joe Skeens) of Auxier, Ky., their child, Kim Wathen (Nolan Wathen) of Georgetown, Ky., their children, Skylar Wathen and Noah Wathen of Georgetown, Ky; son, Kenneth Martin Fraley (Carmen Fraley) of Silver Lake, Ind., their children, Bridgett Roberts of Indianapolis, Ind. and Tasha Walters of Silver Lake, Ind. Bridgett's children, Calina, Chance, and Jersey of Indianapolis, Ind.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane, WV. Service will be at 11 a.m. lead by Pastor Tim Scott of Ward Road Freewill Baptist Church in Canvas, WV. Burial will be at Lawson Cemetery in Hamlin, WV.

William O'Neill

William "Bill" Clayton O'Neill, 74, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord Friday May 26, 2017.

He was born January 31, 1943, in Charleston to the late Barb C. and Emma E. O'Neill. He was a Christian and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, St. Albans, and was retired from Clearon Corporation, South Charleston, with 39 years of service.

Surviving, loving wife of 47 years, Jenny; sons, Brian, Matt and his wife Alisha, all of St. Albans; brother, Bob O'Neill (Cheryl) of South

Charleston; sister, Rose Griffith (Gary) of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Madison, Emma, Tyler, and Tanner; several nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

To honor Bill's request, there will be no visitation. There will be a private service held for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 9414 Coal River Rd., St. Albans, WV 25177.

Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Sadie Parsons

Sadie Arbutus Parsons, 84, of Spencer, passed away May 25, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, W.Va.

Dale Ridenour

Dale Lee Ridenour, 62, of Kimberly, died May 27, 2017. He was born in Montgomery on April 4, 1955, to the late Harold "Peck" and Mary Jane Conley Ridenour.

He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Ridenour; sons, Clinton (Melissa) of Mt. Carbon, Scott Matthew (Autumn) of Kimberly, Todd Allen of Kimberly; grandchildren, Julia Ridenour, Hunter Matthew Ridenour, Alexis Ridenour, Arianna Ridenour; brothers, Ernest (Willa) of Columbia, S.C., Phillip (Dorrie) of Florence, S.C., Clinton (Carolyn) of Rock Hill, N.C.; sister, Gail Cottrell (Terry) of Florida.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Esther Thacker

Esther Thacker, 75, of Belva, entered into rest Friday, May 26, 2017.

She was born May 21, 1942, in Nallen, to Audrey (Adkins) Martin of Montgomery and the late George Walker. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by husband of 52 years, William "Bill" Thacker, and sister, Anna Kyle.

Esther is survived by her son, Bill (Christina) Thacker of Dixie; daughter, Lisa (Donavon) Giles of Huntington; five grandchildren, Christina and Cordell Giles, Hunter, Colton and Timmy Thacker; brother, Ron (Mary Kaye) Walker of Charlton Heights; sister, Connie Smith of Charlotte, N.C.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Minister Danny Sears officiating. Burial will be Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va. Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Carolyn Sue White

Carolyn Sue White, 77, of Cottageville, passed away May 27, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, W.Va. Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Corey Houston White

Corey Houston White, 26, of Dunbar, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Private graveside services were held in the Bryant Family Cemetery at Canvas under the direction of the White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Funerals for: May 29, 2017

Bennett, Nancy 2 p.m., B'nai Jacob Synagogue, Charleston.

Dobbins, Mina 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.