Today's Obituaries

Joe F. Burdett III

Joe F. Burdett III, 69, of Charleston, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 17, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe F. Burdett II and Virginia S. Burdett, and his sister, Beverly Cartwright.

Joe was a 1965 graduate from Charleston High School and 1970 graduate of Marshall University. Joe worked for 36 years throughout the area as an industrial cleaning supply salesman for Johnson Diversey. Joe knew no strangers and was loved for his quick wit and his off the cuff contagious humor. Most recently, he was employed by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Deborah; daughter, Carissa McBurney, and son-in-law, James; beloved grandson, Elijah, and expected grandson, Easton; twin brother, Jack Burdett; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at noon, Wednesday, February 22, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, 4615 MacCorkle Avenue, Charleston. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693, or Marshall University, 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25703.

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

Reva Cundiff

Reva Jane Cundiff (Amos), 91, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Stump Funeral Homes is honored to assist the Cundiff family.

Rodney Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bruce Deal

Bruce Lee Deal, 38, of Evans, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, February 24, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 23, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Colin "Tom" Gallagher

Colin Vivian Thomas "Tom" Gallagher, a gentle man with a giant heart, died Friday, February 17, 2017, after an illness which led to a stroke in his brain while in a hospital in Chambersburg, Pa. He was 69.

Born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, just outside London, on April 30, 1947, to Bernard A. and Nan (Annie) Gallagher, Tom returned from England to his family's home in Donegal, Ireland, before emigrating to the United States with his family at age 7 in 1954.

Tom grew up in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., attended high school in County Tipperary, Ireland, and college and university in West Virginia, graduating from Bluefield State College with a degree in biology. He was an avid runner in high school, placing sixth in the All-Ireland Cross Country race, and was proud of his time as a place kicker while attending Bluefield State College. He maintained his athletic form up until his final illness.

Although without children of his own, Tom formed a unique bond with his younger cousins, nieces and nephews and, in fact, with every child with whom he came into contact. He was tireless in his devotion to them, and in the time and energy he expended on their behalf. Every child he met fell immediately in love with him. As a niece once said of him, he was a child at heart.

The center of Tom's life, however, was his wife, Patricia (Trish) Gallagher, who formed an inseparable bond with him for the almost 33 years they were together. It was a mutually beneficial relationship in which both contributed selflessly to create the beautiful life they enjoyed together. Their small expressions of joy with one another, the openness in their communications, and the quiet times they spent always in each other's company at home and away underscored the strength of a bond that no one could fail to notice. He loved Trish dearly.

Tom was a scholar with a brilliant mind for history, science, math, films and trivia. He loved his family and Ireland. He had a rock-solid will that allowed him to overcome and master every challenge life threw his way, and there were many. He had an innocence that was childlike in its simplicity, and he never had a harsh word for anyone. Heaven holds a special place for a most deserving man.

Tom is predeceased by his father, his beloved niece, Caitlin, his cousin, Tommy Givens, and numerous loved family members in Ireland and England.

He is survived by his wife, Trish, of Barboursville; his mother, Nan (of Charleston); brothers, Andy (Deanna) of Charleston and Brian (Kathy) of Huntington; sister, Nuala (Duane Morgan) of Arden, N.C. Also surviving are special sisters-in-law, Rhonda (Terry) Cremeans and Helen (Barry) Applewhaite; and one brother-in-law, Alvin Watts. Also surviving are nieces Janette (Jared), Deidre (Dustin and children Abby and Lexi), Erin, and Annie and her children, Colin (his special buddy), Claire and Cara; and nephew, Tyler.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in South Charleston, W.Va. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Franklin Cemetery, Branchland.

William Hopkins Jr.

William Hopkins Jr., 90, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Charleston, passed away February 18, 2017. Harding Funerals & Cremations is serving the Hopkins family.

Lee Hornsby

Walter Lee Hornsby, 59, of Morgantown, WV, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, in the Allegheny General Hospital at Pittsburgh, PA. Born January 12, 1958, in Fayette County, WV, he was a son of the late Nesbit and Betty Matthews Hornsby. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Hornsby and a sister, Barbara "Bobbie" Wells.

He attended West Virginia University and received his engineering degree from West Virginia Tech. He was a former employee of Brooks Run Coal Company, Cabot Oil and Gas Corp at Charleston with 19 years of service, and of Stone Energy at Morgantown. He was a loving husband, brother and son.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Barbara Rossano Hornsby; one brother, John and his wife, Myra Hornsby of West Palm Beach, FL; sister-in-law, Mary Hornsby of Fayetteville; brother-in-law, Patrick Rossano of Jacksonville, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in the Saint John's Catholic Church at Summersville with Father Xavier Cooney officiating. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery at Shinnston. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, at the White Funeral Home in Summersville, where a Rosary will be recited at 8:45 p.m.

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Janet Faye Lyons

Janet Faye Woodrum Lyons, 62, of Elkview, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at home after a long illness.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Frederick Woodrum and Mary Alice Crouch Woodrum. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jonathon Kelli Lyons.

Janet was a member of Clendenin Advent Christian Church. She was also a home maker and a great wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by husband, Robin "Zyke" Lyons; son, Barry Q. Glover and wife, Melanie; brothers, Jack, Charles and Jonathan Woodrum; sisters, Patricia Grigsby, Rosemary O'Leary, Wanda Woodrum, Linda Gay, Virginia Poore and Sharon Woodrum; grandchildren, Jon Clayton Lyons, Kailey Bree Glover and Claire Louise Glover.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m., Tuesday February 21, at Matics Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Gateway Animal Hospital, 1246 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV 25311.

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James McClanahan

James McClanahan, 94, of Cross Lanes, passed away February 18, 2017. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the McClanahan family.

Scott Johnson Meador

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martha Reitmire

Martha Catherine (Juhling) Reitmire, 83, of Mason, passed away February 18, 2017. Services will be private. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

Charles D. Simms Sr.

Charles D. Simms Sr., 84, of Nitro, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements.

Claxton F. Smith Jr.

Our precious husband, father and grandfather, Claxton F. Smith Jr., "Jack," passed from this life into his eternal home with Jesus Christ on February 18, 2017. A Celebration of Jack's life will be held at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by his Memorial Service at 7 p.m.

Jack was born in Ironton, OH, on May 8, 1942, and passed away at his home in Scott Depot, WV. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Claxton and Suzy Smith, and 2-year-old sister, Panda.

He is survived by his precious and loving wife of 55 years, Patsy; four children: Jackie Leep (Michael) and John Smith (Susan) from Richmond, VA, and Jeff Smith (Stephanie) and Jason Smith (Anita) from Hurricane; 11 grandchildren: Justin, Alie (Neal), Preston, Anne, Casey (Omar), Adam, Madilyn, Haiden, Jason Jr., Sophia and Vivienne; two great-grandchildren: Grace and Aubry; brothers: Gary Smith and Keith Smith (Pam); and sister: Marilyn Roberts (Houston); and many other wonderful sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, close friends and valued employees.

Jack was baptized on April 1, 1956, and attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where his great-grandfather previously preached. As a child, Jack, affectionately known as "Jackie," frequently spent summers with his adored grandparents, quickly learning the value of family and God's unconditional love.

Jack graduated from Hurricane High School in 1960 and from WVU in 1965 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with highest honors. As owner of Smith Concrete, he spent his life laying foundations and roads in the Valley and surrounding areas for his valued customers. Jack was passionate about his faith and family. His happiest moments were spent with his wife and constant companion, Patsy. He treasured time with his family and dinner friends who were like his family.

Ever curious, Jack had a quest for learning and hard work. Early in life, his children witnessed his motto,""always help a man in need – you don't kick him when he's down." Jack loved life and his family misses him immensely. In honor of Jack, the family hopes we all strive to serve God; pray often; forgive freely; help others; honor each person's unique gifts and talents; and humbly serve where God places each of us. Dear Pop, "We'll see you later and we love you!"

Funerals for: February 20, 2017

Adkins, Stephen 1 p.m., Hopkins Fork Community Church, Seth.

Auxier, Mary 1 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Bland Volkers, Betti

Dent, Charles 11 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Gibson, James 1 p.m., Cunningham

Hill, Betty "Louise" 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Hill, Tina 3 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Huffman, Judy 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Meador, Scott 5 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.

Neely, Agnes 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Nuckols, Don 1 p.m., Family Worship Center, Beckley.

Perdue, Freddie 1 p.m., Hughes Creek Community Church, Cedar Grove.

Phillips, John 12:30 p.m., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Portee, Mark 1 p.m., United Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Hope.

Ritchie, Loran 11 a.m., St. Lukes United Methodist Church, Craigsville.

Tuttle, Margaret 1 p.m., Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Watson, Clyde Noon, Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

White, Ernest "Michael" 1 p.m., Dunbar Church of Christ, Dunbar.

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