Today's Obituaries

Gale Aldridge

Gale Aldridge, 64, of Dunbar, passed away June 25, 2017. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

James Asbury

James Corbet Asbury, 84, of Peterstown, passed away June 24, 2017. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday afternoon, June 27, in the Asbury Cemetery, Montcoal. Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

Randy Blankenship

Randy Blankenship, 48, of Red House, passed away June 23, 2017. Service will be 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

James Dean Burns

James Dean Burns, 38, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Valley Center.

Born December 21, 1978, in Charleston, James was preceded in death by his father, Burl Dean Burns, as well as his grandparents, James and Mary Byrd, and Floyd and Wilda Burns.

Jamie loved fishing, tattooing, and experimenting in the kitchen. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Surviving are his daughter Hayley Burns of Hometown; mother Cindy Trail (Mark) of St. Albans; sister Miranda Allen (Alex) of St. Albans; niece Joslyn Allen of St. Albans, whom he adored; and a host of extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. You may visit to share sympathies with the family.

Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston, WV.

Edward Gilbert

Mr. Edward B. Gilbert, 94, of Charleston, died Thursday morning, June 15, 2017.

Born November 12, 1922, in New York City, he spent his childhood on Oslo, Norway.

He was the son of late Birger and Rene Gilbert of Oslo.

He was a graduate of North Carolina State Engineering School. After graduation, he married the love of his life, Patricia Cunning, and returned to his homeland. There, he accepted a position with Union Carbide which resulted in a transfer to Charleston, where he raised a family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia, and daughter, Carol Bartges of Knoxville, Tenn.

He is survived by his son, Jan Gilbert, daughter, Peggy Schneider, and son, Paul Gilbert. along with grandchildren, Patrice and Garrick Bartges and Erica Schneider.

He was loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. He was involved in the Friendship Force, International Club & Exchange program, Carbide Oldtimers club, Manna Meal, KVSS, and a long-standing volunteer at CAMC General.

Special Thanks goes to the staff at KVSS for all the kindness and entertainment he received there on a daily basis; to the staff of the Hubbard House for all their loving tender care; to Jan for the 12 years of 24/7 care to ensure our dad could maintain his quality of Life as long as he did and to be able to live in the home he so loved.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Eddie Halstead

Eddie Charles Halstead, 61, of Peytona, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at CAMC, General Hospital, Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Halstead; and two sisters, Kathy Weaver and Donna Keffer.

He is survived by his mother, Yvonne Davis Halstead; daughter, Farrah Halstead; son, Kaleb Halstead; brother, Billy Halstead; sisters, Teresa Brown (Jim Bob) and Beverly Fitzwater; six grandchildren, Brycon Halstead, Gloria Blair, Aydn Baldwin, Emma Halstead, Lauren Halstead and Brooklynn Halstead; and one soon to be great-grandson, Brayden Charles Wilson, who is due to arrive in September.

Special thanks to Fred Bartley, Hillcrest Healthcare, for becoming an extension of our family, Dr. Stephen Haas, Dr. Dappa, Dr. Yella and Dr. Hossino for the years of support and care.

Service will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Drawdy Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home in Danville.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Evelyn Holobeck

Evelyn Grace Holobeck, 76, of Hico, died June 24, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Ansted, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

David A. "Red" Kerns Jr.

David Albert "Red" Kerns Jr., 73, of St. Albans, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 8:21 p.m. while in the Emergency Room at CAMC Memorial. The courage, strength, and dignity that he prayed for was meticulously carried out by the Hand of God as he peacefully left this earth.

Red was born on January 31, 1944, in Charleston, West Virginia, and was the oldest son of the late Jean and Albert Kerns. Along with his parents, his daughter, Tammy greeted him at the gates of heaven Wednesday night. And lined up along the streets of gold, proudly awaited his three brothers: Larry, Billy, and Donnie Kerns and his two sisters: Clida Ann "Garby" Rose and Terri Gardner.

He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1962 and retired from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 625 with 54 years of service. Red accepted Jesus as his personal savior on March 15, 2011, and was a member of Cross Lanes Baptist Church. He was a hard-worker and hard-headed, but most importantly he was a man of his word. His family always came first and his last words were "I love all of you!"

Surviving is his loving wife of 50 years: Jane Gillenwater Kerns of St. Albans; son, David Albert Kerns III of St. Albans; daughters: Michelle Daugherty, and her husband Doug of Teays Valley; Amy McDonald, and her husband Terry of Indian Trail, North Carolina; six grandchildren: Brittany Gilbert, Cassie Boslaugh and her husband Tom, Patrick McDonald, Sarah Daugherty, Hannah McDonald, and Mary McDonald; three great-grandsons: Justin and Liam Burgess and Alister Boslaugh; one-great granddaughter due in September; sisters: Peggy Shaffer and Debbie Hager; and brothers: Dennis "Champ" Kerns and Pat Kerns; 20 nieces and 13 nephews.

Our family would like to thank: Dr. Sarah Nease, Dr. Kevin Eggleston, Dr. Robby Keith, Dr. Julian Espirtiu, Dr. Ronald McCowan, Dr. Reggie Triplett, and Dr. Amir Cheema for their commitment to providing excellent healthcare. We appreciate the compassion shown by the staff of CAMC Memorial, the paramedics of Kanawha Valley Ambulance Authority and Hospice Care, especially Stacey and Kristen. The ongoing support by Pastor Benny Bess, Pastor Seth Polk, Pastor Brandon Carter and the members of Cross Lanes Baptist Church continues to be a blessing. And to each of you who prayed, called, visited, or sent a card…your acts of kindness have given extra strength to Red and his family, and for that we are forever grateful.

A celebration of Red's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Seth Polk and Pastor Benny Bess officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the funeral home.

You may visit Red's tribute page at to share memories with the family.

Red would say "don't waste your money on flowers," but would be honored if you choose to contribute to one of the following organizations: Cross Lanes Baptist Church, 101 Knollwood Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 or Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536,

It is well with his soul and we Praise God for blessing us with the life of this one-of-a-kind man!

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

David Tinnel

David Leonard Tinnel, 58, of Birch River, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 21, 2017. He was the son of the late Lloyd and Anna Jane Clifton Tinnel and was born at Gassaway, December 23, 1958. David was a logger for Dodrill Trucking and a hard worker. He loved the outdoors, riding his jeep and operating heavy equipment.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Wallace and Raymond Tinnel, and sisters, Melissa Carte, Helen Tinnel and Carolyn Sue Butcher.

Surviving are wife, Denise Long Tinnel; daughter, Emily Deal and husband Andy of Birch River; two brothers, Carl Tinnel of Muddlety and Danny Tinnel of Summersville; two sisters, Sharon Loving of Ohio, Julie Spencer of Muddlety; three grandchildren, Natalie "Brooke Trout," Derek Andrew and Isaac Lloyd; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville, with Pastor John Tinnel officiating. Burial will follow in the Frank Tinnel Family Cemetery at Powells Mountain. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral chapel.


Peg Wilkinson

Peg Wilkinson peacefully left this life on June 23, 2017, freed from her lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. She was nearing her 90th birthday on July 10.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Wilkie, and is survived by her daughter Valerie, son-in-law Bob, their two daughters Whitney and Lauren, two sons Jay and Will, and five great-grandchildren; and her son Bob, daughter-in-law Gayle, their two daughters Leslie and Elaine, and two great-granddaughters.

We will remember her zest for life which centered around her family. Her two great interests were snow skiing and politics. She also earned a private pilot's license and participated in many civic and social activities. She was co-owner of Peg and Tuff's dress shop. Peg was famous for her parties she hosted in her hometown of Richwood.

The family will hold a celebration of Peg's life at a later date at Snowshoe, her favorite getaway.

Please direct any donations in her memory to the Richwood, W.Va., Public Library.

Mable E. Loftis Woodrum

Mable E. Loftis Woodrum, 88, of Sumerco, passed away June 24, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A complete obituary may be viewed on our website at

Helen Young

Helen Barickman Young, 101, of Pinch, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at San Angelo, Texas, after a short illness.

She was the daughter of the late Jason and Rhoda Sinnett Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clair E. Barickman and Chester Bruce Young; brothers, Rean and Rex Taylor; sister, Dorothy Mahaney; stepson, Michael Young; granddaughter, Danita G. Mullins.

Helen was a clerk with Dalton's Department Store with many years of service. She was a lifelong member of Reamer Gospel Tabernacle Church, where she served as secretary, treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years.

Helen is survived by daughters, Connie L. Blackwell of Portage, Indiana, and Shirley A. Mullins of Clendenin; son, Clair E. Barickman Jr. of San Angelo, Texas; stepson, Patrick Young of Pinch; sister, Betty Goebel of St. Albans; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Reamer Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Clarence Deel and Pastor Ronald Kennedy officiating. There will be a second visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Swank Cemetery, Speed. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funerals for: June 26, 2017

Barnes Jr., Willie 1 p.m., Power House of Deliverance Church, Dunbar.

Boyd Jr., Alfred 2 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Burns, Lucille 2 p.m., Presbyterian Church, Marlinton.

Carter, Karen 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Cobb, Sharry 11 a.m., Gatens

Cochran, Edward Noon, Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley.

Dunlap Jr., George 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Hurt, William 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Kemper, Delma Noon, Sturm Family Cemetery, Millstone.

Lanier, Donald 2 p.m., Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Marks, Alice Noon, Oakwood Baptist Church, Charleston.

Riffee, Beulah 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Shue Wallace, Sabrina Renae

Walton, Lorena "Renie" 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Westmoreland, Loverna Sue 5 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Wooten, James 7 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Workman, Lawrence 11 a.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.