Robert "Bob" Blair Amick, 70, died Sunday July 26, 2015, with his immediate family by his side in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Bob was born on August 26, 1944 in Charleston, West Virginia to Kenneth and Edith Amick. He earned a BS in Math and Physics from the University of Charleston in 1970. Bob lived in West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and ultimately Arizona. He travelled through many countries and was enriched by what they had to offer. He was a PADI SCUBA instructor and authored or co-authored several works of fiction and poetry, as well as professional publications and analytical tools.
His rich professional career in engineering began at the Union Carbide Technical Center and included positions ranging from Project Manager to Vice President to President as well as Professor at Keys Community College and Director of the Aerostat Site in Cudjoe Key, Florida.
Bob's love and knowledge of music was pervasive and brought him acclaim by all who loved him. He especially valued the lyrical talents of Bob Dylan as well as many others. His generous spirit was evidenced through his participation with noteworthy causes such as being instrumental in raising money for a young boy's heart transplant in Texas.
He was a one-of-a-kind man whose sense of humor brought laughter and joy to his close friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Trout Amick; mother, Edith Amick Massie; two sons and one daughter, Cameron Amick, Marc Amick and Heather Amick Lowe; two daughters-in-law, Sandy Campbell and Marsha Amick; two half-brothers, Michael Amick and Kenneth Amick; and seven grandchildren. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed by all.
A memorial service will be held in the Charleston region this fall. For information email email@example.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in Bob's memory.
James Wayne "Jimmy" Atkins, 73, of Drawdy, (Peytona), went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 30, 2015.
He was a faithful member in the Church of Christ and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Verna Atkins; sisters, Jean Madeline, Dema Mae Atkins and Bethelene Mahone; brothers, Charles and Billy Atkins.
Jim worked in the Madison area for over 52 years as a TV and Appliance repairman. He spent the last 35 years as the owner and operator of Jim Atkins Heating and Cooling. He retired in 2002. He was a kind and gentle man, a generous and helping friend to everyone. His presence on this earth will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patsy (Vickers) Atkins; three sons, Mark (Lecia) Atkins, Ronnie (Pam) Atkins and James Wayne "Jamie" Atkins II; a sister, Betty Lou Keffer; and precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral service will be noon Mon. Aug. 3, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Minister John Steele officiating. Burial will follow in Ball Cemetery, Drawdy, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Lois Velleda Beane, 76, of Ronceverte, died Thurs. July 30, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at the Crimson Springs Church, Zenith. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at the Groves Funeral Home, Union.
Leno Santo "Bud" Boschian Jr., 80, of Charleston, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, surrounded by the ones he loved.
He was a retired district manager for G.M. Chevrolet Division, and he was an avid sports lover, especially anything WVU. He was blessed to still be playing basketball in a senior league. His circle of friends was vast and he embraced those relationships with passion. Bud was a very compassionate person, always concerned about others, and could light up a room with his wistful smile. He was an Army veteran. Bud was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, having served as a deacon and trustee. If you knew Bud you knew he would always leave you with a wink and a smile to brighten your day.
Bud is survived by his wife, Anna "Annie" Boschian; stepdaughter, Diana; and a host of friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Calvary Baptist Church, 510 Maryland Ave., Charleston, with Rev. Dr. Archie Snedegar officiating. Honoring Bud's wishes, he has been cremated. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Boschian family. You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.
Moanna Sue Bostic, 68, of Big Chimney, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 30, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Troy Bostic; son, Allen Bostic, whom passed on July 30, 1983; parents, Arlie and Louise Bostic; and brother, Lawrence Jr. "Junebug" Bostic.
Moanna will be missed by her aunt, Gaye; brother-in-law, Ronald Bostic and his wife, Opal; cousin, Kay Bostic and Rex Bostic; a special male friend, Raymond Nichols; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday August 3, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with Pastor Buddy Mairs officiating. Interment will be private.
Online condolences can be left at www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.
Helen Bunch, 94, of Oak Hill, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.
Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Pete Lokant officiating. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may gather for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt thanks to all of the great, kind and considerate staff of Hidden Valley Center for making Helen's stay pleasant for her and for the family.
Online condolences, social media sharing of this obituary and concierge services are available by visiting www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.
Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill.
Ella Louise Carte, 79, of Dille, died on July 31, 2015. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Friends may call from noon until service time.
Otis James Clark, 72, passed away at his home on July 29, 2015, in Richwood.
He was born April 29, 1943, in Charleston. He was of Christian faith, was a US Air Force veteran, and an avid Washington Redskins fan.
Otis was preceded in death by his parents, Odis Edgar Clark and Ella Frances McClung; sisters, Patricia White and Eva Mae Collins.
Surviving Otis are his five sons, James "Jimmy" (wife, Cindy) Clark of Charleston, Shannon (wife, Michelle) Clark of Clay, Otis (OJ) James Clark II of Petersburg, Justin Clark of Richwood and Brandon Clark of Richwood; sister, Sandra King of Richwood; brothers, Fred "Wigger" Dicks of Va., Lawerence "Jack" Dicks of Richwood; grandchildren, Mason, Jacob, Sydney, and Tanner Clark.
Service will be Noon Sun. August 2, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV. with Pastor Timothy Skaggs officiating. Interment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Oak Hill, WV. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sat. Aug. 1, at the funeral home. All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood, WV.
Bobby passed away in his home in Vienna, Virginia on July 12, 2015. He died from renal failure and cardiomyopathy. Bobby was a graduate from South Charleston High School Class of 1956. After school, he joined in the Marine Corps stationed primarily in Japan and attained rank of Sergeant. He was graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK and employed by Eastern Airlines, being stationed at Reagan Airport, Washington, DC. When Eastern Airlines went into bankruptcy, Bobby joined United Airlines where he worked until retirement. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Clark Rynex; his parents, Hersey and Evelyn Clark; brother Orville Junior. Bobby is survived by his wife, Carolyn Turley Clark; son Robert Clark, Jr.; three grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, and Michael; brothers Jim, Bill, and Jack; and sister Viola Ruth Burchett. Bobby's immediate family survivors all reside in Virginia. Being a member of the Great Falls Virginia Church of Christ, a memorial service was held on July 18, 2015 at the church building and it was a celebration of a life well lived. This honorable and much loved man will be greatly missed by his wife, family, and friends. His interment will be held at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston, at a later date.
Anthony "Tony" Erwin, 45, of Nitro, passed away July 23, 2015. He was born December 3, 1969, in South Charleston.
Tony loved the outdoors and nature. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, reading and gardening.
He is survived by his father, Jerry Erwin of Nitro; four brothers, Timothy of Greensboro, N.C., Mark of Deltona, Fla., Kevin of South Charleston, Joshua of Columbia, S.C.; and a sister. Cindy Spears of Alum Creek.
Also survived by his extended family, Bill and Connie James of Milton, Dennis, Donna and Cody Boggs of Nitro, Joe, Pam, Ryan and Travis Slack of Nitro, and Dwayne, Jennifer and Megan Rollins of St. Albans.
A private celebration of life for Tony will be held August 16, 2015.
In one of the stars I shall be living, in one of the stars l will be laughing, Look at the sky and be happy for me.
Agnes "Jean" Foster, 78, of Sissonville, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Golden Living Center, Glasgow.
Jean was born in Ronceverte on Aug. 18, 1936 to the late Thomas F. and Lucy W. Armentrout.
She was a 1954 graduate of DuPont High School.
Jean lived for 32 years in Canton, Ohio, where she raised a large family with her husband, the late John B. Foster, before finally returning to West Virginia in Sissonville.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary, and brothers, Thomas F. Armentrout Jr., David, Henry, Paul, Richard, William and Frank.
She is survived by her brother, Robert "Bob" Armentrout of New Bern, N.C.; sister, Virginia McNutt of Austin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Jean to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Terry Lee Gilliam, 60, of Melville, died Sat. Aug. 1, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues. at the funeral home. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Lewis Gene Gorden, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., was born Jan. 7, 1940, and passed away July 23, 2015 in Carson, Calif. He was loved by all and will be sorely missed.
Boyd Edwin Hager, 71, of Barboursville, died July 30, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral.
Arnett Richard "Dick" Halstead, 76, of Leon, formerly of Foster, passed away on July 31, 2015, at home.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Lennie Cabell Halstead; one brother, Marion Lee Halstead; and one sister, Judy Halstead Crouch.
Dick was a member of the Church of Christ. He was also a member of the UMWA Construction Workers and the UMWA Underground Workers. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy Seabees.
Dick is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Keffer Halstead; one son, Rex Allen Halstead of Letart, W.Va.; and one grandson, Luke Halstead of Letart. He is also survived by three brothers, Malcom Jr. and Babe Allen of Foster, and Rex Douglas of Lexington, Ky.; he has five surviving sisters, Gloria of Kenova, Deloris of Tucson, Ariz., Nancy of London, Ky., Connie of North Lawrence, Ohio, and Karen of Foster. He was blessed with seventeen nieces and nine nephews.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Mon. Aug. 3, Handley Funeral Home, Danville, WV with Jeff Circle and Wendell Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Danville, WV. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Arch Hunter, 75, of Pinch, passed away Friday July 31, 2015, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
He retired after 49 years with William Cabinet Shop as a journeyman cabinet maker. Arch coached little league baseball and football for 17 years on Elk River. He was a former member of the WV Black Bear Cloggers; was one of the founders of Westside Jamboree, an active member of Knights of Pythias and attended St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Pinch. He also liked to spend time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Arch was a 1958 graduate of Elkview High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Plank owner of the USS Constellation.
Arch is preceded in death by his parents, Saul and Laura Hale Hunter; brothers, Harvey, Howard, Clifford, Junior, Curtis, Stanley, James Hunter; sisters, Garnett Derrick and Georgia Lee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara Spradling Hunter; daugthers, Jill (David) Oney of Woodbridge, Va., Nicole Hunter, of Pinch; sisters, Fleta (Bill) Turner of Charleston, Doris (Paul) Hudson of Charleston, Fannie Maines of N.C., Clara (Ronald) Means of Charleston; grandchildren, Hunter and Meghan Oney; and many nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at the Hafer Funeral Home with the Rev. James A. Walther officiating. Burial will be in Upper Pinch Memorial Gardens, Pinch. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview is assisting the family.
Norma Jean (Simmons) Jones, 89, completed her life story on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. She will join her husband, Eugene C. Jones, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Born in Flatwoods to Bub and Clare Simmons, Norma attended Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg before marrying Eugene when he returned home from service in the United States Navy in World War II. They raised their family together in Fairmont and ultimately retired in Charleston to be near their daughter and two grandchildren.
Norma is survived by her daughter, Sharon "Joni" Moore, and son-in-law, John S. Moore; granddaughter, Katie Moore Allie and her husband, Yason Allie, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Moore; and many neighbors, friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bub and Clare Simmons; brother, John Dale Simmons; and husband, Eugene Jones.
A private service for family will be held at a later date with interment in the columbarium at Christ Church United Methodist Church.
The family would like to especially thank Hospice and the staff, nurses and aides at Charleston Gardens for their kindness and care during Norma's last year.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
John Vernon Mardis, 50, passed away suddenly July 24, 2015. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation services provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, South Charleston (AffordableCremationsofWV.com).
Thomas Edward Markham, 59, of Port Orange, Fla., died July 27, 2015. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wed. Aug. 5, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet with visitation two hours prior.
Delmar McCune, 51, of Indore, passed away Thurs. July 30, 2015. Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Mon. August 3, at Sunrise Cemetery, Beechy Ridge. Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, is in charge of arrangements.
Lorna T. Myers, 91, of Montgomery, died July 31, 2015. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.
Andrew "Andy" Houston Osborne, 59, of Charleston, died Wed. July 29, 2015. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sat. Aug. 8, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.
Rodney Wayne Patterson, 49, of Frametown, died July 29, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon. August 3, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Visitation will be two hours prior.
John H. Pavkovich, 80, of Scarbro, passed away Fri. July 31, 2015. Cooke Funeral Home Cedar Grove is in charge of arrangements.
Air Traffic Control Chief Petty Officer James Lee Peyton died recently at his home in San Diego, Calif.
James was born in Southside on Feb. 16, 1924. He moved with his family to St. Albans in 1932 and lived there until entering the United States Navy immediately after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
James attended St. Albans High School. He was awarded a diploma as a part of the class of 1942, although he was already serving on active duty in the Navy prior to graduation. James and his older brother, Tom, both enlisted with the permission of their mother, who gave her only two children to the service of her country despite the fact their father had died two years earlier from the effects of chlorine gas poisoning suffered while serving with the American Expeditionary Force in World War I.
Chief Petty Officer Peyton made the Navy a career, serving with distinction in the South Pacific, Aleutian Islands and occupied Japan during World War II, as well as in Korea and Vietnam. After retiring from the Navy, Jim entered civilian service as an air traffic controller at Lindbergh Field in San Diego. He was recalled to duty in 1981 and did a two-year tour at the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy in Oklahoma City. He then entered a peaceful retirement in San Diego that he enjoyed with his wife, Connie. In his later years Jim returned home to West Virginia frequently, worshiping at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans and visiting with old high school friends and his sister-in-law, Anne Peyton, whom he affectionately referred to as "Sis."
Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harvey D. and Nora F. Peyton; his brother, Thomas H. Peyton; and his faithful wife, Connie.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Anne M. Peyton of St. Albans, and nephew, Harvey D. Peyton of Nitro.
Chief Petty Officer James Lee Peyton and his wife, Connie, safely rest overlooking his beloved Pacific Ocean at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, an honor they richly earned through their devotion to each other and service to the United States of America.
Information provided by Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177.
Carl Pittman Jr., 82, of Mt. Hope, died July 31, 2015. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sun. Aug. 2, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.
Mary Margaret Sampson, died Sat. Aug. 1, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Eric L. "Butch" Shelton, 73, of Cottageville, died peacefully on July 25, 2015 surrounded by family at the VA Medical Center, Huntington. He fought a courageous five-year battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
He was born June 3, 1942 in Ronda. He served in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was retired, previously co-owning Shelton's Produce and Trucking of Witcher, Shelton's Fas Chek of Witcher and Shelton's Fas Chek of Cabin Creek.
He lived 35 years in Pratt. Before his illness, he loved golfing. After his diagnosis in 2010, he moved from Pratt to Cottageville. He loved his Jackson County home and spent his final years enjoying the nature and wildlife outside his home. He loved taking his wife, grandchildren and dog, Bear, for rides in his truck on the backroads of Kanawha and Jackson Counties. He also spent a lot of time on his lawnmower enjoying the sunshine.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Samuel L. and Leathie F. Shelton of Dawes.
Butch is survived by the love of his life, Linda, his wife of 51 years; his daughters, Kelly (Mike) Nettleton of Ripley, Vicki (Todd) Parrish of Ripley and Amy Keatley of Charleston; grandchildren, Nicholas Nettleton, Brandon Parrish, Brooke Keatley and Matthew Keatley; brother, John (Patricia) Shelton of Diamond; and sisters, Jean (Dana) Brown of North Carolina, Marsha (Gary) Akers of Ronda, Loraine (Michael) Ray of Spanishburg and Carla Dunlap of Witcher.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends.
A private service was held Tuesday, July 28, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.
James E. Sweeney Sr., 83, beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Bowles); loving father of James, Jr. (Angie); dearest son of the late Ralph and Ruby Sweeney; brother of Joseph (deceased) (Claudia); twin Gene (deceased) (JoAnn), Bettie, Robert (Evelyn, deceased), Wanda Baria (Charles, deceased) and Sandra Hanshaw (Robert, deceased); uncle and dear friend of many; U.S. Army Korean War veteran.
James retired from General Motors after 32 years.
Service at the funeral home, 1 p.m. Monday August 3. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, OH. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. at Ripepi Funeral Home, 5762 Pearl Rd., Parma, Ohio.
Nettie McVicker Whittington, 42, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Staffey Hardy, and brothers, Johnny Tyo and Roger Holbert.
Nettie was a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving husband, Walter; children, Stephon and Stephanie McVicker at home and Cody and Timothy Baker; granddaughter, Camii Baker; mother-in-law, Nancy Whittington; father-in-law, Fred Spangler; sisters, Misty Holbert and Sherri Facemier; brothers, Scott Holbert, Robert Tyo, Dave Tyo and Jerry Holbert; and other family members and friends that she loved dearly.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Nettie or to express condolences.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Whittington family.
Wayne Allen Workman, 53, of Campbells Creek, passed away July 23, 2015, at home. His body has been cremated and a memorial graveside service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at the Pence Cemetery, Spring Fork Drive on Campbells Creek with the Rev. Mike Long officiating. Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden is in charge of arrangements.
Blankenship, Velma — 2 p.m., Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Clark, Otis — Noon, Simons
Garretson, Kyle — 2 p.m., McGhee Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin.
Null, Edsel — 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.
Pittman, Carl Jr. — 2 p.m., Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.
Quintrell, Eva — 3 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.
Short, Vicky L. — Noon, Bright Star Freewill Baptist Church, Ethel.
West, Barbara G. — 1 p.m., Rock Branch Independent Church, Nitro.