He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater in New Guinea. He was retired from Appalachian Power.
He was born July 2, 1917, to the late William and Viola Barrett. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine and Dolores, and brothers, William, Robert and Raymond.
Leo is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was also honorary uncle to many in the Roxalana neighborhood, especially those of the Hudson and Martin families.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, where a rosary service will be held at 7:45 p.m.
A traditional Latin Requiem Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Christ the King Church, Dunbar, with Father Joseph Tuscan officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Respectfully, Joe served our country in the United States Navy on board the USS Hornet and the USS Randolph, with the WVP 44 Patrol Squadron and at the Naval Air Station, Almeda, Calif., and 26th Engineers Marine Reserve.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Desire and Alice Dewey Brasseur; his sisters, Alice Vincent, Leona Keeney, Olga Curry and Eva Brasseur; his wife, Mona Jean Brasseur; and son, Joseph Michael Brasseur.
He is survived by his sons, David and his wife, Millie Brasseur, and Barry and his wife, Nancy Brasseur; four grandchildren, David Lee, Allyson, Matthew and Michael Brasseur; and lifelong friend, Shirley Brasseur.
In honoring Joe's final wishes, there will be no service conducted.
You may send online condolences by visiting www.kellerfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Mabel was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Hinton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Flem and Mary Lowry Lowe; husband, Ralph W. Curry; brothers, Bernard, Roscoe, Hunter and Basil; sisters, Pansy, Pearl and Hazel; granddaughter, Marcia McDonie; and great-granddaughter, Jenelle Jackson.
Mabel moved from Beckley to St. Albans in 1935 when she married Dad. She was a loving and devoted wife, a loving Mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She had many friends and was a joy to everyone she met. She was a member of First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She served on various boards and committees. She loved teaching a Sunday school class and Vacation Bible School for many years. Mabel and Ralph owned Terrace Towers on Kanawha Terrace. Many people of the early-50s remember her for the great hot dogs. She was a longtime member of the Woman's Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita McDonie Loftis and her husband, Larry, of St. Albans; daughter, Karen Curry Carter and her husband, Eddie, of Ruskin, Fla.; grandchildren, Laura McDonie Jackson of Dunedin, Fla., Jim McDonie of St. Petersburg, Fla., Denise McDonie of Clearwater, Fla., Donna McDonie, Amy McDonie Whitney and Scott McDonie, all of St. Albans, Lynne Samples of Nitro and Dale Samples and Wade Samples, both of St. Albans; 13 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Hubbard Hospice House for their care and compassion.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at First Baptist Church, 523 Second St., St. Albans, with the Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.
You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Curry family.
Born May 15, 1926, in Fraziers Bottom, she was a daughter of the late Granville and Bessie Washington Wilcoxen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dwight DeVore.
She was a homemaker and attended the Church of God. She was a lifelong resident of Putnam County.
Surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3624 Winfield Road, Winfield. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Fraziers Bottom.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.
Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned, is honored to serve the DeVore family.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Ben and Harry, and four sisters, Jean, Ruth, Virginia and Mary.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Diane; son, Keith and wife, Brandi, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; daughter, Mandy and husband, Robert "Tater" Moore, of Bob White; granddaughters, Haylee, Jalyn, Emily, Bethany and Jenna; special nephew, who he loved and raised as a son, Michael White and wife, Dawn, of Sumerco, and their sons, Colton and Dustin; brother, Clarence "Junior" Dickerson of Kentucky; and sister, Lynn and husband, Karl Ed, of Foster.
He was a coal miner for 27 years, retired from Peabody Coal Company and was a member of UMWA Local 9177. He was a member of Cazy Freewill Baptist Church, an Air Force Vietnam veteran and a member of Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison.
In May, the friends and family of Jim gathered together for a celebration of life. Over 200 people showed up for friends, fellowship and food. Jim was so overwhelmed that he had made an impression on so many people's lives. We are so grateful that our community stepped up in so many ways. The family would like to send a special thank you to Kanawha Hospice, nurse Sallie Starkey, social worker Libby Smith and Dr. Boggess and to everyone who stopped in to say "Hi," sent a card or note, dropped off food or said a small prayer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cazy Freewill Baptist Church, Cazy, W.Va., in James' memory.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Cazy Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Price, Mike Allen and the Rev. Gary Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Born Dec. 25, 1940, in Kingston, he was the son of the late George Washington Edwards and Edith C. Phillips Edwards.
He was retired from Berkeley County Schools.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Jane Koch Edwards; a son from a previous marriage, Michael Ryan Edwards and wife, Kate, of Maiden, N.C.; two grandchildren, Julianne and Cora Edwards; and two brothers, George M. Edwards and wife, Dori, of Fayetteville and James L. Edwards and wife, Betty, of South Gate, Mich.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Eric Edwards, and two sisters, Odessa Wilson and Juanita Edwards.
Interment service will be conducted at the convenience of the family at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403; North Berkeley Public Library, 1255 TJ Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419; or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.
Mr. Harmon was born in Charleston, W.Va., and moved to Fort Pierce, Fla., 11 years ago from Charleston.
He was a draftsman/engineer for DuPont Chemical Company for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed raising show dogs, archery and painting roses. He was awarded Men's Archery Champion for the state of West Virginia in 1948.
He is survived by his niece, Ann (Stan) Redcliff of Fort Pierce, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, and his four sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to White City United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 810 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at White City Cemetery. An online guestbook can be signed at www.haisleyfuneralhome.com.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sattis O. "Doc" Harrison, and their infant son, Roger Allen. Also preceding her in death were her parents, J. Lunne and Sadie Harrison; her sisters, Virginia Wiblin, Violet Waite, Reba Ranson, Gaynelle Burdette and Edna Mae Jenkins; and brother, J.L. Harrison.
Tat is survived by her daughter, Donna Jividen, and son-in-law, Veril; granddaughters, Deanna Farmer and husband, Steve, and Christy Hunter and husband, Ray; grandson, Dana Jividen; and great-grandchildren, Andrew and wife, Amy, and Aaron Jividen, Cody and Colt Farmer and Katie and Kari Hunter. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Mary Harrison.
The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care, especially Lori and Kristin, for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Tat's funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with visitation one hour prior to the service at 1 p.m. Gary Monday, her nephew, will be officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.
Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence or memory may do so at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV 25526, is honored to handle Mrs. Harrison's arrangements.
He was the son of the late Rev. James Lester Hunter and Violet Lorraine Null Hunter.
Bill was a member of Loudendale Freewill Baptist Church and he served his country in the U.S. Army and acquired the rank of staff sergeant. He retired from coal mining after 30 years.
He was a true loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He called his grandchildren every day to let them know that he loved and cared for them.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jacqueline Hall, "Jackie"; daughter, Jenny Workman and husband, Mark, of Grafton; son, Jeffrey of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Jennifer Shay and husband, Luke, of Biloxi, Miss., Anna Kaye Stallings and husband, Ryan, of Grafton and Morgan, Mason and Davis Hunter, all of Louisville, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Beckett Hunter Stallings, Sawyer Stallings, Benjamin Hunter Shay and Jackson Shay; sister, Patty Hunter; three brothers, Don "Cotton," Ted and Curt Hunter; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Loudendale Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Burt Hall officiating. Interment will follow the next day at 11:30 a.m. in West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Loudendale Freewill Baptist Church, Building Fund, 7003 Kanawha State Forest Drive, Charleston, WV 25314 or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Hunter family.
He was born April 29, 1929, to the late John and Macel Johnson. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served his country proudly in the U.S. Army Infantry. He worked for 20 years at Libby Owens Ford as a truck driver. He loved traveling and camping, as well as riding his Harley motorcycle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 46 years, Etta Marie Howerton Johnson; sister, Louise; and brothers, Jess and John Johnson.
James is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as multiple sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
A committal service to honor the life of James Johnson will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the chapel at Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Ollie Parsons officiating. He will be entombed beside his wife.
Memories of James may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.
Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.
Born Nov. 24, 1947, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Katheren Jones Taylor of Charleston and Ernest A Jones of Goshen, Ind. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Verdie Thaxton.
Larry often stated he was loud, overbearing, very demanding, loving and fair. Larry loved every young adult he came in contact with throughout his many years of teaching and coaching.
He truly loved and admired his friends; they were all very special, very close and will never know how much they all meant to him.
Larry was a member of the first graduating class from the current Sissonville High School in 1965. After graduation he attended Connors State Junior College in Warner, Okla., on a football scholarship. After attending school there for one-and-a-half years, he transferred to Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo., on a football and track scholarship. He blew his knee out there while playing college football. He then returned home and attended Marshall University, where he was a member of Sig Phi Epsilon. In 1970 he graduated from Marshall with a Bachelor of Arts degree and started working at West Virginia Vocation Rehabilitation Center in Institute as a counselor. He later received a Master of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1973. With that degree he started teaching school at John Adams Junior High in 1974 as the only special ed teacher. While at John Adams he coached football, basketball, track and golf. In 1982 he received a Master of Science degree from Marshall University in industrial science. He taught at John Adams from 1974 to 1987. In 1987 he transferred to Sissonville High School, where he was an assistant football coach, and in 1988 became the head football coach of Sissonville High School. That reign lasted until 1997. While head coach, the football team went to the state playoffs in 1988, 1991, 1992 and to Wheeling in 1994. He was also assistant wrestling coach from 1988 to 1997 and head coach of the girls track team from 1988 to 2010. Larry also coached football at South Charleston High School from 1998 to 2001. He then returned to Sissonville, where he worked as an assistant football coach for three years with his dear and true friend, Henry Lanham, and was then assistant for another friend, Todd Cavalier. After retiring from teaching he stayed on as the assistant girls track coach under one of his fellow football players and dear friend, Chad McClanahan. Larry retired from teaching at Sissonville High, where he graduated 45 years earlier.
Larry had many accomplishments in his life. He was named Junior High Football Coach of the Year in 1986, High School Football Coach of the Year in 1994, coached in the North-South football game and was Track and Field Official of the Year in 2011. In 1984, while at John Adams, they won the AA Conference Championship and tied for the title in 1986. In 1994 he took Sissonville High School to Wheeling to play for the state championship. In June 2010, the Sissonville High track was named for him and has a sign posted saying "Welcome to the Larry Jones Walking and Running Track."
Larry was a member of Fairlawn Baptist Church, Dunbar, the West Virginia Coaches Association and the West Virginia Field and Track Association. He loved playing golf, fishing and watching Marshall and Oklahoma U play football.
Larry became associated with many wonderful people, which include parents, teaching staffs, students, administrators and service employees. All of those people touched Larry's life tremendously, but most important to him were his students and his student athletes.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Virginia "Ginny"; his daughter, Kathy and her husband, John Wilson, of Huntington; his sister-in-law, who he loved like a sister and often called her "the older woman by five months," Betty and her husband, Jack Slike, of Struthers, Ohio; and brothers-in-law, Dick and his wife, Maggie Conner, of St. Albans, Harry, who he loved as the younger brother he never had, and his wife, Kathy Conner, of Chattanooga, Tenn. He is also survived by several nieces, a nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to say a very special thanks to the Hubbard Hospice House West personnel and to the dear friends who saw us through this difficult time in our lives.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Joe Ballard and the Rev. Tim Britton officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
He was born in South Charleston on May 1, 1947, to Dr. Charles and Lucille Lake. His mother walked to Thomas Hospital, where he was born, as his father was just beginning his dental practice, and the family lived over the dental office close to the hospital. David was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Lake; grandparents, Charles and Mable Lake; infant sister, Karen Lynn; brother, Steven; and niece, Renee.
He is survived by his loving wife, Codetta "Cody" Cunningham Lake; father, Charles of South Charleston; brothers, Terry of South Charleston and Thomas and wife, Dianna, of New Port Richey, Fla; nephew, Jeremy, his wife, MacKenzie, and son, Gryphon, who are stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with the U.S. Air Force; niece, Kristin Mack, husband, Evan, and sons, Carter and Henry, of Albany, N.Y.; nephews, Alexi, a student at University of South Florida, and Tasso, a junior at Gulf High School in New Port Richie; and brother-in-law, Charles "Skeet" Cunningham of Evans.
David was raised in St. Albans and graduated from Greenbrier Military School. He attended West Virginia University, Beckley Junior College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in business administration. He was a lifelong member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, where he worshiped his Lord and Savior. His attendance there led him to his wife of 38 years. They were introduced by the mother of one of his confirmation classmates. They were married May 24, 1975, at Cedar Lakes, near Ripley.
Shortly after their wedding, David decided to become a funeral director and served his apprenticeship at Snodgrass Funeral Home before attending Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After graduation he worked for Reger Funeral Home in Huntington. He returned to South Charleston and Snodgrass, where he was a dedicated and caring funeral director for six years.
Looking for a change, he bought ACE Furniture in Nitro and ran it successfully for many years.
With Cody he bought a Minuteman Press franchise in South Charleston. He grew to love the business and worked hard to maintain quality and keep up with business changes and practices. He was forced into medical disability and retirement by the progression of ALS. While he did not go to the shop, he expected a daily report on jobs and orders from Cody. He continued to be involved in "rallying the troops" at Minuteman Press. He was proud and grateful for the work and support of the staff, Richie Williams, Stephen Fisher and Jennifer Smith.
David loved being Godfather to Jeremy, Kristin and his namesake, Tasso David. His kind and gentle spirit surrounded them always.
He was diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease a little over 11 years ago. His life was extended by the support he received from the caring doctors and staff at the MDA ALS Clinic in Morgantown. He tried to schedule fall appointments around WVU football games. As his walking became difficult, he used his power chair to get to the games. He would walk down to his seat, giving his doctor, Lud Guttmann, a chance to evaluate his progress.
David loved his cats. The current group slept and guarded his bed during his final hours.
We are grateful for the care he received from Donna at Right At Home. His passing was eased by support from Hospice Care of Charleston.
Family and friends may gather for visitation on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.
A service to honor the life of David Lake will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, Charleston, WV 25314, with Pastor Rafe Allison officiating. A luncheon at the church will take place immediately after the funeral service. Entombment will then follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536; The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301; Muscular Dystrophy Association - WEB, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960; or to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, Charleston, WV 25314.
The family would truly appreciate friends sharing memories and condolences by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting David Lake's obituary.
Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is handling the arrangements.
After a 30-year career as secretary/administrative assistant to several bank presidents and board chairmen, she was an officer of, and retired from, The Charleston National Bank (now Chase Bank) in 1990. Virginia loved her job at the bank and over her career enjoyed meeting and working with fellow employees and many Charleston businesspeople.
Virginia, known to family and many friends as Virginia Lee, was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Sarah Uhl; mother, Anna Mae Brown; father, Herbert Crane; three fantastic aunts, Maysle Morrison, Kathleen Reddington and Mary Viers; beloved brother, Ward Crane and his wife, Chris; cousins, Jacqueline and Anne Myers; and lifelong friend, Frances Ciccarello.
She is survived by her son, Steve Marr and wife, Mara, of Rockville, Md.; grandson, Andrew Marr of Salt Lake City, Utah; granddaughter, Lindsey Marr of Seattle, Wash.; nephews, Barry Crane of Willow Springs, N.C., and Scott Crane and wife, Katy, of Durham, N.C.; and niece, Julie Crane Levy and her husband, Howard, of Richmond, Va. Virginia expressed special gratitude to her dear friend of many years, Barbara Cook and her husband, Conard, of Charleston.
Virginia graduated from Charleston High School in 1937. Toward the end of, and after, World War II, Virginia served in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE. She subsequently moved to southern California and made her home in the Long Beach area. She worked for several firms, including the Better Business Bureau and the General Adjustment Bureau. In 1959 she returned to Charleston.
Prior to moving to Washington in 2010, Virginia happily resided at Edgewood Summit for 15 years, where she reunited with old friends and made many new friends. In her early years at the Summit she served on the resident council and was a volunteer for, and participated in, many activities.
A memorial service was held at the Methodist Home and officiated by Chaplain Marni Ewell on Sunday, Dec. 8. Virginia's ashes will be interred at Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Virginia's name to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96289, Washington, DC 20077.
DeVol Funeral Home of Gaithersburg, Md., handled arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at devolfuneralhome.com.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. McCallister.
She is survived by her children, James E. McCallister II, Carl Landers, Mike Landers and Scott McCallister; brothers; sisters; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Irene will be noon Thursday, Dec. 12, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Thursday at the mausoleum chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the McCallister family.
She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston, where she was the oldest in membership years and her father, Spurgeon Young, was one of the original founders of the church. Theresia was retired from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources with 30 years of service and a 1939 graduate of Charleston High School. She enjoyed quilting and dearly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donal Meadows; parents, Spurgeon and Martha Leonard Young; 10 brothers and sisters; and two grandsons, Donal Roger Meadows II and Kurt Matthew Meadows.
Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Donal R. and Lynn Meadows of Richlands, Va., and Greg B. and Lisa Meadows of Charleston; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela J. and James Dodson of St. Albans; grandchildren, Kevin M. Meadows, Jennifer Dodson Trimble, Julie Dodson Sharp, Joseph Dodson, Jim Dodson Browning, Joshua Dodson, Connor Meadows, Chandler Meadows, Cameron Meadows, Caroline Meadows; and great-grandchildren, Olivia H. Meadows, Jonathan M. Meadows, Haley Meadows, Mason Trimble, Marshall Trimble, Tyler Sharp, Emily Sharp, Kennedy Sharp, Collin Browning, Katelyn Browning and Addison Dodson.
A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 Bigley Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, with Dr. David Mitchell, Pastor Jesse Waggoner and Pastor Tom Coll officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kevin Meadows, Joshua Dodson, Joseph Dodson, Connor Meadows, Chandler Meadows and Cameron Meadows.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made to Green Valley Church of God, 518 Green Valley Drive, St. Albans, WV 25177.
Ray was a retired construction foreman, having worked on highways and coal strip mining. He was a member of Hurricane First Baptist Church, a member of Putnam Masonic Lodge 139 AF&AM. Joining the Army Air Force at age 17, he became a top turret gunner on a flying fortress during World War II, completing 30 missions over enemy territory and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air medal. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audrey; son, Bill (Mary) Murphy of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Cathy (Dale) Burns of Huntington; grandchildren, Daniel Ray Murphy of Hurricane, Sara Murphy of Corpus Christi, Texas, Matt (Rebekah) Murphy of Rockport, Texas, Katie Burns of Lexington, Ky., and Kelsie Burns of West Point, N.Y.; great-granddaughter, Ocean Williams of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, Russell Murphy of Clay; and sisters, Inez Maggio of Charleston and Zelma Heater of Gassaway.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. James McGehee officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.
The daughter of the late Joseph Shaw Brown and Laura Dagley Brown, Mary Katrine was born March 22, 1922, in Elsacoal, Ky. She graduated from Sherman High School, class of 1940, where she was the first Miss Sherman. She returned to Sherman to begin her teaching career of over 30 years following her graduation from East Tennessee State Teacher's College in 1944.
Mary Katrine was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Lyle Eugene Roy, as well as a brother, Richard Dean Brown, and sister, Anna Mae Brown Shriver.
Mrs. Roy is survived by her, son Richard Maurice Roy and wife, Suzie; her daughter, Roena Roy Barbre and husband, Marvin; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nephew, Bruce Shriver.
Mrs. Roy was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Whitesville and Chelyan chapters, serving as worthy matron as well as grand organist for the West Virginia Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She served on the Boone County Public Service Board, maintained membership in the East Tennessee State Alumni Association, Racine CEOS and Boone County Retired Teachers Association. Much of her life was dedicated to service at Racine First Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities over the years: as choir director and the church's only organist, Sunday school teacher of the Pioneer class, president of the American Baptist Women and Leota Campbell Circle and president of the Coal River Baptist Association of American Baptist Women.
A celebration of Mary Katrine's life will be conducted at Racine First Baptist Church on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. The service will be conducted by her son-in-law, Dr. Marvin Barbre, and the Rev. Anthony Pratt. Interment will follow at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Racine First Baptist Church, and one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to thank all those who enabled us to keep Mother in her home, especially Martha Burke and Donna Moore.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is serving the family.
Nona was born May 9, 1930, to the late Delbert and Bessie Kidd Hughes. She attended East Bank High School and worked at Kayford Co. Store, US Times Watch Factory in Arkansas and Shelton's Fas Chek at Cabin Creek. Nona was a member of Ronda Apostolic Church, where she loved her church family and often took neighborhood children to Sunday school. She would play Bible games with the children in her home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace with the angels.
In addition to her parents, Nona was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; son, Randy; her mother from the tender age of 8, Mary Margaret LeMasters Hughes; sister, Zona; and brothers, John and Delbert Hughes Jr.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Michael Thomas (Tanya) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughter, Tammy Phillips (Tom) of Miami; brothers, Ben Hughes (Mary Jo) of Fenton, Mich., Larry Hughes (Karen) of North Carolina and Timothy Hughes (Diane) of East Bank; sister, Susan Beaver (Gary) of Pratt; grandchildren, Kimberly, Michelle, Missy, Josh, Lindsay, Josh and Danielle; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with Pastor Dale Pitsenbarger officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.
A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Merideth with Gentiva Healthcare and Jo, Edie and Terrance with HospiceCare for their wonderful care of Nona.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.pryorfh.com.