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Today's Obituaries

William Deardorff Print Comment Top of page

William R. "Butch" Deardorff, 74, of Verona, died Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015. Henry Funeral Home, Staunton, Va., will announce complete arrangements.

Roger Dingess Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Roger Dale Dingess, 55, of Chapmanville, died Wed., Nov. 25, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Shining Light United Baptist Church at Chapmanville. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Shining Light United Baptist Church at Chapmanville. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, WV are in charge of the arrangements.

Arvil Evans Print Comment Top of page

Arvil Evans, 71, of Mt. Gay, died Wed. Nov. 25, 2015. Mr. Evans will be cremated, according to his wishes. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Naomi Gilbert Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Naomi G. White Gilbert, 97, Elizabeth, died Nov. 26, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. at the funeral home.

Virgil Kennedy Print Comment Top of page

Virgil Kennedy, 81, of Coal Mountain, passed away. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Nov. 28, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Funeral service will follow the visitation.

Homer Lanham Print Comment Top of page

Rev. Homer William "Billy" Lanham went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 27, 2015, at the age of 90. Born on October 2, 1925, to Russell and Reverend Oma Lanham. He was surrounded by three loving sisters, Margaret Jackson (deceased), Mable Turley (deceased) and Doris Ash.

He graduated from Dunbar High School prior to joining the Army. A World War II veteran serving in the 14th Amor Division A Company "The Liberators", he was the youngest member of his company serving overseas for 3 and a half years of his 5 year term. After the service, he attended Morris Harvey College and was ordained as a United Methodist Minister following in his mothers footsteps. For 44 years he worked the midnight shift at the Valley Bell Dairy in order to dedicate his days to both his ministry and his family. He pastored many churches over the years including: Massey Chapel, Jordan Chapel, Fishers Chapel, Fairview Chapel, Baber Agee, Wade Chapel, Dunbar Mountain Mission, Community Chapel, Bethel Methodist Church, Kanawha Two Mile and West Virginia Home Mission. He held many, many revivals over the years. He always cherished and remembered the love he had received from each and every church.

A 63 year resident of Waycross Drive, Cross Lanes, he is preceded in death by the love of his life, Verdeen. Together they raised four children, Homer Lanham, Jr. and his Sarah (both deceased), Terry Susanne Hoffman and husband, Bill (deceased), Jane Lee Scherrepp and husband, David and Robert Bruce Lanham and wife, Becky. He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Homer Lanham, III and wife, Mary, Erin Wyant and husband, Richie, Travis Hoffman and wife, Paige, Billie Sue Hoffman and her Anthony, Lyndsey Coleman and husband Garrett, Matthew Lanham and his McKenzie, Justin Scherrepp and wife, Krystal and Scott Scherrepp; and six great- grandchildren, Lilly, Zoey, Grace, Stella, Peyton and Logan.

This earth has lost a true saint, but Heaven has certainly gained an Angel.

A tribute to the life of Rev. Homer William Lanham will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Hooper and Rev. Aaron Goodin officiating. Burial will follow in Lanham Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, and one hour prior to the service on Mon. at the funeral home.

We would like to thank Hospice for all their services and Kelly Bays for her special care. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Lanham family.

Billy Bob Martin Print Comment Top of page

Billy Bob Martin, 83, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Nov. 24, 2015, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Martin of Cleveland; daughter, Cathy Morrison and husband, Jack of Columbus; grandchildren, Jeenee Hines and Kenneth Forren; brother, John Martin of Fla.; Aaron Martin, who is a very close friend and cousin and Jean wants to thank Aaron for all his help.

Preceding him in death were his parents, James and Frances Martin; brothers, Jackie, Thomas, Earl, Jim and Leroy Martin; sisters, Jenny Scoglietti and Louise Vermillion.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. William I. Kinney officiating. Burial will follow in Martin & Shannon Cemetery, Martin Hollow, Charleston. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at the Funeral Home.

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

Vernon Miller Print Comment Top of page

Vernon William Miller, 94, of Smyrna, Tenn., passed away Nov. 24, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born October 13, 1921, in Mammoth, W.Va., Vernon was a son of the late Edward and Bessie (Shiflett) Miller. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

God and family were placed above all in Vernon's life. The legacy he left behind will continue in his loving wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; Juanita Geraldine Miller; children and their spouses, Verna Wyatt (Chris), Sandra Newman (Judd), Mark Miller (Denice) and Eddie Miller; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Garton; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Mr. Kenneth Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, Sunday at the funeral home.

You may share sympathies with the family at Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Miller family.

Evelyn (Elgy) Norman Print Comment Top of page

Evelyn Francis (Elgy) Norman, 78, of Frame, went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015. She died a peaceful death after suffering a stroke two weeks ago at Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Center, where she had been a resident since March. She had the comfort of knowing she was visited by many loving family members in the final days of her life.

Elgy was born March 9, 1937, a daughter of the late Arthur T. and Josephine F. Koontz. She was a 1955 graduate of Elkview High School, where she excelled in academics and graduated with honors. After graduation, she went to work for the Capitol Soil Conservation District as a secretary, where she enjoyed a long career before retiring.

Elgy enjoyed going to "Friday Night Jam" at the Elkview Community Center and "West Side Jamboree" in Charleston to associate with friends and enjoy country music. She was a member of the fan clubs of George Jones and Alan Jackson, who were her favorite country artists.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R "Chick" Norman, whom she loved very much. They enjoyed camping together and taking anyone along who wanted to come. They loved going to their "home" at Smith Mountain Lake and spending time on the lake fishing together. They were both pet lovers and raised and cared for several throughout their life.

She was also preceded in death by brother-Frank Koontz; sister-Ruth Carnefix; sister, Nancy Carnefix; and brother, Arthur T. Koontz Jr.

She is survived by her brother, James C. Koontz of Nitro; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give thanks to all of her caregivers at Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Center and the Hospice Care nurses who cared for her in her final days.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Hafer Funeral Home-Myers Chapel, with Pastor Tim Harper and Pastor Kevin Norvell officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be sent to Hospice Care or Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter.

Online condolences may be sent to Hafer Funeral Home-Myers Chapel, 100 Verna Drive, Elkview is assisting.

Cecelia Oliver Print Comment Top of page

Cecelia Ellen Oliver, 76, of Spencer, joined her savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 25, 2015, at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

Cecelia was born in Charleston and was a 1957 Graduate of Charleston High School. She was a graduate of Laird School of Nursing in Montgomery. She was a former employee of Montgomery General Hospital and was a registered nurse at CAMC Memorial Hospital for over 15 years. She attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Hurricane and was a longtime member of Christ Temple in Winifrede under the pastorship of Rev. Jack Long. She loved being outside taking care of her yard and home. The passion of her life was sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, caring for her children and grandchildren and touching the lives of countless others.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Leon Brown; and her mother, Hazel Evelyn McCoy Brown Skiles.

Cecelia is survived by her children, Ellen Maggard (Michael) of Hansford, Esther Braun (Carl) of Fredericksburg, Va., Rebekah Goff-Jarrell (Brian) of Milton, Owen Oliver, Jr. of Cross Lanes; Sharon Samples (Brent) of Pratt; Samuel Oliver (Ileana) of Fredericksburg, VA; Philip Oliver (Jessica) of Ripley; brothers, Robert Brown (Nelly) of Glen Burnie, Md., and David Brown of Charleston; grandchildren, Michelle Maggard, Emily Maggard, Carl Braun II, Emma Braun, Cory N. Goff, Elisha E. Goff, Grace M. Jarrell, Daniel M. Jarrell, Jade Cecelia Oliver-Short, Jacob Oliver, Paige Noel Oliver, Noah Nathaniel Oliver; great-grandchildren, Jayden Creasy, Ava Schoolcraft, and Grayson Short.

A service to honor the life of Cecelia Ellen Oliver will be held at 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Family and friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, P.O. Box 96105, Washington, D.C. 20090-6105.

Daniel Palausky Print Comment Top of page

Daniel (Dan) Stephen Palausky, of Lake Chaweva, Cross Lanes, died Sun. Nov. 22, 2015, at 5:55 p.m. at the Putnam Rehabilitation Center, where he had been recovering for five days following extensive surgery on October 29, 2015, at CAMC General Hospital.

Dan was born October 13, 1952, at Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Bernard Stephen and Sharon Front Palausky. Dan spent the rest of his life in West Virginia, starting in Beckley, and graduating from Charleston Catholic High School, where he played football and was student manager of the basketball team. Dan was very proud of receiving the West Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution award his senior year.

Dan graduated from Concord University where he was active in Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. This affiliation continued to be very dear to him the rest of this life, including reunions he helped to organize over the years, including a very successful reunion at Concord Homecoming 2014. He was active with the Concord Alumni Association both the Charleston Chapter as well as the University program for several years.

Dan married his college sweetheart, Robin Manning; and had one son, Christopher Manning Palausky, who resides in Weston.

The early half of Dan's career was spent as an insurance salesman and manager. Dan had a life and career change in 1987 when he quit his drinking for the rest of his life, and devoted himself to helping others. Later he met his present wife on a blind date and married Kitty Harter Parkins on December 30, 1988. He became the step-father to, Jennifer Spriggel, Julie Shawkins, (deceased), Grant Parkins, and Annalisa Parkins Lucas. Soon Dan re-entered school at Marshall University Graduate College where he earned his master's degree in mental health agency counseling. From 1988 he worked for the Lawrence Frankel Institute as a PreventiCare Trainer; then worked numerous years with Shawnee Hills in various positions; finishing with West Virginia Vocational Rehabilitation Center at Institute. Dan developed numerous health problems during the last fifteen years which forced him to retire early.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty Palausky; son, Chris, his children and grandchildren; grandson, Zachary Shawkins of Washington, DC; Annalisa (Andy) Lucas and children, Austin Lucas (his wiife, Destiny), Amber and Anderson; Grant Parkins, and his finacee', Kendra Smith, his children, Alexander Grant Parkins and Addison Grace Parkins. Dan is also survived by his sisters, Marcia (Paul) Urenda and her children, of Calif., Beth (Rocky) Spencer of Canaan Settlement, Tucker County and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his uncle, Jack (Ellie) Front of Fla.; aunt, Idy Palausky of St. Louis; and numerous cousins and friends; his fraternity brothers; and friends of Bill W.

Memorial service and friends of Bill W. meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia St., East, Charleston, WV followed by a reception sponsored by Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and friends of Bill W.

The family will start receiving family and friends at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

For those who prefer donations, you may make them to the Serenity Club, 1225 Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

You may send condolences to the family at: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Brandon Scarberry Print Comment Top of page

Brandon Lei Scarberry, 34, of South Charleston, was suddenly called Home to be with the Lord on Nov. 24, 2015.

He was a loving father, son, brother, and friend. Brandon was a lifelong resident of South Charleston and was an employee of Kroger in Ashton Place.

Brandon was preceded in death by his both of his loving grandfathers; and his maternal grandmother.

He is survived by his son, Tristan Abshire; and his mother, Katie Abshire; parents, Rocky and Micha Scarberry of South Charleston; brother, Rocky Scarberry Jr. of South Charleston; and a host of extended family.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with the Rev. Dr. Okey B. Harless officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Kristie Thorne Print Comment Top of page

Kristie Jean Thorne, 36, of Newton, died Nov. 25, 2015. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. The visitation will be one hour before the service.

Mary Weese Print Comment Top of page

Mary Angeline Weese, 57, of Grantsville, died Fri. Nov. 20, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m., Sat. Nov. 28, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Evelena Westfall Print Comment Top of page

Evelena Lorene "Biddy" Casto Westfall, 91, of Harmony, died Wed. Nov. 25, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ransom Williamson Print Comment Top of page

Ranson "Yank" Williamson, died Nov. 25, 2015. Visitation will be 6 p.m. at the Bruno Church of God. Service will be 11 a.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at the Bruno Church of God, Bruno. Mounts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funerals for: November 28, 2015

Adams, Charlene M. 11 a.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Binford, Bedell V. 11 a.m., Bartlett

Brannon, Kermit E. 11:30 a.m., Emma Chapel United Methodist Church, Liberty.

Brannon, Ottice R. 2 p.m., Minnora Cemetery, Calhoun County.

Cavender, Sophia L. 1 p.m., Shaffer Cemetery, Frame.

Clagg, Thomas B. 10 a.m., Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Davis, Eddie C. 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Ellis, Kathern 10 a.m., Lone Oak Church of God, Red House.

Francisco, Rosa M. 10 a.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, Dunbar.

Hopkins, Cathryn F. 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Hudson, Rev. Basil 2 p.m., Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Hughes, Monte A. 11 a.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

Hylton, Jesse T. 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Ronceverte.

Jones, James R. 2 p.m., Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson.

Kennedy, Virgil 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Lamb, Eula N. 11 a.m., Adams

Lovejoy, Martha J. 11 a.m., First Church of Christ, Chapmanville.

McGraw, Tandra L. 2 p.m., Glen Ferris Apostolic Church, Glen Ferris.

Meadows, Laddie 6 p.m., WV Pumpkin Park, 4

Morgan, Charles 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Morris, Phillip 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home

Pauley, Leah V. 1 p.m., Grace Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston.

Peyton, Mary 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Williamstown.

Riggs, Trina K. 3 p.m., Cunningham

Roach, Sharon L. 2 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Singleton, Gladys 11:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery.

Smith, Dextia 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Spurlock, Damon J. 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Swayne, Sarah 1 p.m., Restlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bluewell.

Weese, Mary 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Wesley, Ryo J. 1 p.m., Heart of God Ministries, Beckley.

Withrow, Luther E. Jr. 2 p.m., Crimson Springs Church, Gap Mills.

Witt, Constance A. Noon, Fayetteville United Methodist Church, Fayetteville.