Today's Obituaries

Joe Adams

Joe Adams, 60, of Logan, departed this life Friday, February 24, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family requests contributions to help with the funeral costs, you may go to website and contribute directly to the funeral home to help with the family's expenses. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of the service.

Ronnie Anderson

Ronnie Lee Anderson, 70, of Kenna, passed away February 24, 2017, at his home following a long illness.

He was born October 19, 1946, at Kenna, a son of the late Oliver Gay and Grace Odean Click Anderson. He was a graduate of the Class of 1966 at Ripley High School. Ronnie served his county in the U.S. Army Reserves for 17 years and was in the 812 Ordinance in Ripley. He was owner of Ron's Disposal Service and operated that business for 21 years as well as others before that.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen Abshire Anderson; his children, Ronnie Anderson II and his wife Donna, Patrick Anderson and his wife Mary, Rhonda Young and her husband Raymond; sisters, JoAnn (Gene) Knuckles, Vickie (Robert) Ranson and Becky (Jack) Juniper; grandchildren, Ethan Anderson, Candise Anderson, Austin Young, Savanna Young, Parker Anderson and Paige Anderson; and his dog, Max. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Monday, February 27, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Burial with Military Honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard will follow in the Anderson Cemetery, Kenna. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service (2 p.m.) Monday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Daniel "Dan" Belcher

Daniel "Dan" M. Belcher, 44, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 22, 2017.

Dan worked at MRC Global for several years as IT Support. He graduated high school, also completing college with an associates and bachelor degrees in computer science and math. He enjoyed gaming, movies, making people smile and laugh. Being a rock to those or helping hand to others in need. Most of all he unconditionally loved his family, friends and pets.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Belcher; and his beloved pet, Apollo.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Dawn Wolfingbarger Belcher; mother, Jo Ann Stephenson Belcher; sisters, Tabitha Belcher and Sally Pierson; brother, Samuel Belcher; also with six nephews; and one niece.

Visitation with family and friends will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, February 27, with the funeral service beginning at noon with Pastor Todd Morris officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers and in Daniels honor, you may make a donation to: The CAMC Foundation, Cancer Research 3414 Staunton Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304 or to New Hope Animal Rescue, 2806 Putnam Ave. Hurricane, WV 25526 ( and click donate; KCHA, 1248 Greenbrier Street Charleston, WV 25311.

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Kyle A. Copson

Kyle A. Copson, 26, of Cross Lanes, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Kyle was a 2009 graduate of Nitro High School, as a senior he was voted as the class clown. He had a gift of making people laugh and had a nick name for everyone. He loved to fish with family and friends on the lake where he grew up.

He was preceded in death by his Papaw Richard "Dick" Kiddy, to whom he was Papaw's boy and could do no wrong in his eyes. The family takes comfort in knowing that they are together again and both getting in all kinds of mischief.

Kyle is survived by his loving mother, Beth A. Kiddy Copson, who cherished her only son; sister, Kayla Beth Copson, who adored her baby brother; father, Billy Williams Jr.; brother, Noah Williams of TX; and sister, Kristina Smith of SC; Mamaw Barbara Kiddy, grandparents, Sue and Dave Hood of FL and Dennis Copson of CA, and his paternal grandparents, Frank and Shelby McClanahan of FL. He is also survived by other relatives and a host of friends who loved him.

A memorial celebration of Kyle's life will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at Nitro High School Auditorium with Rev. Mark Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. at the school.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting Kyle's family and you may express on-line condolences at

Gerald Dotson

Gerald E. Dotson (FE-R) West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, died February 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by parents: Dexter Gilden and Irene Bailes Dotson; and by infant deaths of brother, Dexter G. Dotson Jr., and sister, Katherine Paulette Dotson.

Gerald is survived by wife of 46 years, Barbara Ann Dorsey Dotson; sons and daughters-in-law: Eric Bradley and Michelle Dotson; Matthew Bryan and Julie Dotson; three grandchildren: Brenna Grace, Olivia Faith, and Ethan Matthew Dotson; sister, Karen Dotson; sister-in-law, Wilma Dorsey Bury (Don Bury); nephew, Ross Bury; niece, Amanda Bury Brown (Brian Brown); and brother-in-law, Danny Dorsey.

Born August 30, 1947, in the first- old Sacred Heart Hospital, Richwood, WV, Gerald grew up at the family home on lower Glade Creek, Summersville, Nicholas County, WV. He attended Nicholas County schools, graduating from NCHS in 1965; from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1969, as a pre-ministerial student, with a sociology major and psychology minor. Following college, Gerald attended United Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1974), Dayton, Ohio and one year at Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, KY. Including seminary and ordination requirements, early years of ministry, experiences as an associate pastor, and pastor of various WV United Methodist congregations, Gerald retired with 37 years of full-time service.

Having grown up in a heritage of faith and active church membership, during his early teens, Gerald sensed a "warm-heart" call to share the gospel with others which he had experienced for himself. In the various communities where Gerald pastored, he enjoyed the role of pastoral ministry, visiting and counseling with persons during sorrowful and joyful moments of life, and in preparation of preaching and worship. Gerald also participated in Rotary, Kiwanis (WV Lieutenant Governor) and Cub Scouts (Cub Master). He also served as Secretary of the WV Council of Churches.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church, Summersville, WV. Family and friends are welcome to gather from noon to 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church 1317 Webster Road Summersville, WV 26651 or the Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society P.O. Box 443 Summersville, WV 26651.

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Larry Orville Fields

Larry Orville Fields, age 66, of Charleston, passed away at home on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at his home.

He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a retired truck driver with The Salvation Army

Larry is survived by his two children, Amanda Fields of Sissonville and Richard Fields of Huntington; sister, Sarah L. Johnson of Sissonville; brother, David C. Fields of Charleston; half sister, Laura Oliver of Parson, TN; step sister, Angela K. Fields; grandchildren, Cassandra R. Fields, Samantha D. Fields, Robin M. Gurka, Jacob R. Wines and Hannah R. Fields.

A celebration of Larry's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Harding Funerals & Cremations. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories with Military graveside rites. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

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Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Fields family.

David Hollandsworth

David Rush Hollandsworth, 72, died Thursday, February, 23, 2017, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in South Carolina after an illness.

Mr. Hollandsworth was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of the late Pearl Garland Hollandsworth and Ruby Beatrice Rush Hollandsworth. He is also preceded in death by a brother, John Lee Hollandsworth.

Mr. Hollandsworth was retired as Senior Auditor in the Chief Inspections Division for the West Virginia Auditor's Office. He also served 25 years as a volunteer fireman with the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department in Nutter Fort, W.Va. He was a member of The International Association of Lions Clubs since 1969; and a member of the Marion, S.C., Lions Club for the last 10 years. Mr. Hollandsworth was also a member of Masonic Lodge #155 in Clarksburg, W.Va.; and a member of Nemesis Shrine in Clarksburg/Parkersburg, W.Va. He was also a member of Marion Baptist Church and the Oak Tree Sunday School Class in Marion, S.C.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Barney-Hollandsworth of the home; step-daughters, Jill Unger and husband, "Sug" of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Janet Murphy and husband, Rodney of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Julie May and fiance', Billy Fischer of Hedgesville; brother, Roger Karl Hollandsworth and wife, Charlene, of Cape Coral, Fla.; sisters, Nella Ann Fenton and husband, Ralph of Athens, Tenn.; Rebecca "Becky" Day of Houston, Texas; Donna Sue Williamson and husband, Mitch, of Cape Coral; step-grandchildren, Alesha Unger, Natalee Unger, Cameron Unger, Jeremy Mason, and Garrett Murphy.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Marion Baptist Church, Marion, S.C., directed by Richardson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The South Carolina Lions Charitable Services, 234 Outlet Point Blvd., Suite C, Columbia, SC 29210 or to the Marion Baptist Church, 106 S. Main Street, Marion, SC 29571.

An online register is available at

Alma Jarrell

Alma Jean Hudson Jarrell, 78 years, 163 days and 2 hours, left this earth on February 23, 2017, for her next great adventure.

Mom was a great-mother, grandmother and great-grandma, who spent her life loving her family, as many nieces and nephews can also attest.

She was preceded in death by ex-husband, Teddie E. Jarrell Sr.; parents, David Ashley "Tug" and Nancy Blanche Bradley Hudson; sister, Ruth Ann Hudson Giles; infant brother, David Lee Hudson; and brother, James Ashley Hudson; grandparents, Garfield and Addie Hudson and Clarence and Margie Bradley; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Surviving are daughter, Marlena Ann Ramirez of Chelyan; son, Teddie Eugene Jarrell, Jr. of Georgetown, S.C.; brothers, Larry Hudson of Minnora, Gary Hudson of Winifrede, Terry Hudson of Charleston; special nephew, Greg Hudson of Chelyan; grandchildren, Kristian Tres Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas, Daniel David Ramirez of Alice, Texas, Nancy Jean Ramirez of Alice, Texas, Caleb Jarrell of Redmond, Ore., Jacob Jarrell of Georgetown, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Ember Rose Cavazos of Alice, Texas and Lucian Arron Jarrell of Redmond, Ore.

Though she only got a few vacations in her life, Mom saw the world through books, and later through the history channel. Her dreams always took her to Alaska and we hope Heaven will be even better.

A special thanks to brother-in-law, Roy Jarrell and wife, Sue for years of love and kindness, Louis Oakes and Shirley Smith who never failed to remember Mom and visit or send cards. These gestures meant the world to her. Also, thanks to Beverly Hughes, Deb Halstead and Rev. Tim Oakes, who are all living proof that there is love. The family would also like to thank Dr. Thopsie Jaggannath and staff and two special nurses Ginny Miller and Michelle Dickerson of Ametysis Home Health Care for their excellent service.

Funeral will be 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet. Burial will follow in Massey Cemetery, Winifrede. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday February 26, 2017, at the funeral home.

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Nancy Johnson

Nancy L. Tinsley Johnson, 70, of Cross Lanes, passed away February, 21, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. A more complete obituary can be seen by visiting

Bill Keith

Bill Keith passed away peacefully surrounded by his family February 23, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Collins Keith; granddaughter, Michelle Johns Lee; second wife, Annis Devlin Keith; sisters, Juanita, Catherine, Audrey, Rethal; and brothers, Dewey, Charles, John and Claude.

Bill was born August 21, 1931, in Charleston, W.Va., and served in the U.S. Army as a Sargent. He fought at the 30th Parallel during the Korean War. After the war, he moved his family to Florida and was employed by Humphrey's Mining Company, who then moved the family to Folkston, Ga. Bill lived the rest of his life in Folkston. He loved his family and the outdoors. Every summer, he had a garden that was greatly appreciated by many. In the fall, he was picking grapes from his grape vines and hunting and fishing with his son, Paul.

He is survived by a brother, Jack, (Erma); daughters, Terri Barton, (Bill), Pamela Crouser, Deborah Parmenter, (Danny); and a son, Paul Keith, (Marilois). He has nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He will be deeply missed by his family and many who knew him.

Services are Sunday, February 26, at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, 526 Oakwood Street, Folkston, GA 31537. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at 1 p.m. and service begins at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Golden Isles Hospice, Brunswick, Ga.

Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at

Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston, Ga.

James Legg

James Allen Legg, 82, of Gilboa, died Friday, February 24, 2017, in the CAMC Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Anthony and Kathern Summers Legg, and was born at Zela, September 3, 1934.

He was a heavy equipment operator and member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 for 55 years.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Shreves; sisters, Dolores Lippucci and Doris Landis; brother, Homer Legg.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Ellen Kay McCoy Legg; son, John Legg of Summersville; three daughters, Debra Legg of Muskegon, Mich., Loloma Legg Rodriguez of Kissimmee, Fla., April Workman of Dunbar; brother, Bob Legg; sister, Virginia Legg; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Sam Gray officiating. Burial will follow in the WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.


Buena "Faye" Mallory

Beuna "Faye" Mallory, 93, of South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at her home.

Faye was always about her family and being a caregiver to many. She was a founding member of Mt. Heights Church. The highlight of her day was her grandchildren's visits and she was always reaching for a goodbye kiss.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Searl Mallory; sons, Herbert, Neale and Dennis; parents, Herbert and Myrtle Hudson Donahue; brothers, James, Keith, Berman and Stanton; sisters, Marie Dent, Gladys Turley, Arbutus Lacy and Georgie Lacy.

Faye is survived by her daughter, Judy (Les) Mallory Hensley; daughter-in-law, Naomi (Paul) Reidy; beloved grandsons, Mark (Lori) Mallory and Chris (Carol) Mallory; granddaughters, Judy (Tommy) Mallory Baxter and Melissa (Mike) Mallory Hines; great-grandson, Nicholas Mallory and Ryder Paul; great-granddaughters, Brittany (Joe) Ballew, Shyanne Mallory, Jada Goss, Alyssa, Mallory, and Ansley Hines; great-great-grandson, Jase Ballew; great-great-granddaughter, Hadley Boggess; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Linda Simms and to Hospice.

Service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pastor Brad Joseph officiating. Burial will follow in Mallory Cemetery.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Debra Ann "Debbie" McDowelle

Debra "Debbie" Ann Redden McDowelle, age 61, of Charleston, passed away Thursday February 23, 2017, unexpectedly at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born July 15, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Kirby Claude Redden and Carol Caroline Huffman Redden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Michael McDowelle, and brother, Charles W. Redden.

She was a Sergeant with the Charleston Police Department for 18 years until her retirement in 2004. She was a member of the FOP Capital City Lodge and Calvary Baptist Church. Debbie was a kind, loving and generous person who was loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

Debbie is survived by her daughter, Michaela Carol McDowelle of Charleston, brother and sister-in-law, Kirby C. Redden Jr. and Patty W. Redden of Surveyor; brothers, David E. Redden of Charleston and Stewart V. Redden of Meadow Bridge; sister-in-law, Holly P. Redden; 13 nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and nephews, and many other extended family and friends.

A celebration of Debbie's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Harding Funerals & Cremations. Interment will follow in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

It was Debbie's wish that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the American Lung Association at

Condolences may be made at Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving Debra's family.

Robert Nelson

Robert M. Nelson, 72, of Glenwood, passed away January 29, 2017, in Huntington.

He is survived by his son; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be private.

Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Premo

Paul Kenneth Premo, 80, Johnson City, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts and son of the late Elmer L. and M. Eleanore Premo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Premo Knighton.

Paul was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Johnson City, proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years, and served on both the Knoxville Diocesan and St. Mary's Finance Councils.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include his loving wife, June Mullins Premo; his daughter, Sharon P. Stratton; step-children, Jennifer Hollon and her husband, Mike, and William Kilgore; grandchildren, Megan Knighton, Cody Knighton, Steven Stratton, Tasia Stratton Jones, Amanda Stratton, Alex Stratton, Emily Hollon Hager, Billy Kilgore and Ali Kilgore; six great-grandchildren; brothers, E. Robert Premo, Gregory L. Premo, and Jerome C. Premo; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends to share memories from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday, February 27, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services Johnson City. Funeral Mass for Paul K. Premo will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Johnson City on Tuesday, February 28, at 11 a.m., with Father Peter Iorio officiating. The Rite of Committal will follow the Funeral Mass at Washington County Memory Gardens as Paul is laid to rest. Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund 2211 E. Lakeview Dr. Johnson City, TN 37601.

Memories and condolences may be shared at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Premo family.

Steven Alan Pritt

Steven Alan Pritt, 63, of Hurricane, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at CAMC - Memorial following a short illness.

Born October 24, 1953, in Charleston, he was a son of the late Muriel Edward and Delores Ellen Hammonds Pritt. A lifelong resident of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley, Steve was a 1971 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and attended West Virginia State University. He enjoyed baseball, the outdoors, and hunting and fishing. With his positive attitude, Steve dealt with his illness the last few weeks with courage and bravery. His motto was simply, "It is what it is and we will deal with it."

Steve was a gas operations manager with Mountaineer Gas for 36 years. His family, friends, and co-workers will always remember him for his humor, selflessness, and love of life. Traveling to his beach house in Carolina Beach, spending time there with Joann, the kids, and grandkids will always be some of their fondest memories.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Joann; his sons, Steve Pritt of Charlottesville, VA, Eric Pritt (Stevi) of Charleston; daughters, Ashley Smithson (Brandon) of Raleigh, NC, Erin Anthony (Rudy) of Vienna; his brothers, Denny Pritt (Debbie) of South Charleston, Sam Pritt (Robin) of Carolina Beach, NC; seven grandchildren, Ellie, Gracie, Parker, Creed, Isaiah, Kennedy and Charlee.

Honoring his wishes, a private ceremony will held by his family at a later date. You can visit to share memories with the family.

To remember Steve, he would want you to enjoy the outdoors, take a trip to the beach or simply spend some quality time with your family. But above all, live life to the fullest, be humble and be kind.

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

Shirley Richmond

Shirley Kay Richmond, 68, of Charleston, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in Select Specialty Hospital, after a short illness.

Shirley was born and raised in Hinton, W.Va. She graduated from Hinton High School in 1967 and Charleston Beauty Academy. Shirley was a hairdresser at Osborne's of Kanawha City for many years, where she made countless lifelong friendships and recently at Reema's Family Hair Styling in Kanawha City.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Garland Ashby Richmond; her mother, Patsy Lee Cox Lowe; step-father, John Lowe; and dear friend, Diana Nagy.

Surviving Shirley is her very dear friend, Sue Wood; and special nieces, Sara, Meghan, and Madison Wood of Marmet, Karla Popovec of Galloway, Ohio and Janene Jacobs of Hilliard, Ohio; half-brothers, Rodney (Wilma), Randy (Rita), and Ricky Richmond of Clayton; half-sister, Karen (Mike) Wygal of Alderson; aunts, Mary Ann (Donald) Milam of Alderson, Betty Scarbough of Savanah, Ga. and Elaine Cox of Balla, Pa.; uncle, Joe (Katie) Cox of Stanaford; and several cousins and extended family.

Celebration of Shirley's life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at Harding Funerals and Cremations in Kanawha City. Burial will be at the Moye Family Cemetery, Flat Top, WV.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE Kanawha City is serving the Richmond family.

Frances Ellen Ross

Frances Ellen Ross, passed away on February 15, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz.

She was born Frances Ellen Endicott in Beauty, Ky., on April 6, 1933.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, William David Ross; her son, William Earl Ross; daughter, Frankie Elaine Estep; and son, John Wayne Ross; grandchildren, Jennifer King, Jason Estep, Jeffrey Ross and Shannon Ross; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held Saturday, February 25, in Tucson, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Handmaker Foundation, 2221 N Rosemont Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712 in honor of the loving care she received for the past nine years.

Wilda Mae Schultze

Wilda Mae Schultze, 92, of Point Pleasant, passed away on February 24, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at Deal Funeral Home. Friends may visit two hours prior to the service on Tuesday.

James "Frank" Slack

James Franklin "Frank" Slack, 69, of Mansfield, Texas, entered into eternal rest on February 16, 2017, after a short illness. He was born on April 24, 1947, in Charleston. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Elma Slack of Belle; and grandmother, Cordie Detrick.

He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need.

Frank was a 1965 graduate of DuPont High School. He graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn., and earned his federal aircraft inspector license at Stevens Aircraft in Fort Worth, Texas. He was retired from American Eurocopter in Grand Prairie, Texas, after 33 years of service.

Frank served in the Vietnam War with the Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, of 46 years; son, Sam and wife Heather; daughter, Rachel; grandchildren, Alex, Bailey, Chase, Dawson and Faith; sister, Ruth Ann and husband Randall Bradford of Maryland; brother-in-law, Leon and wife Pat Wray of Rocky Mount, Va., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Doris Smith

Doris Canterberry Smith, 86, of Charleston, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017, with her family at her side.

She is survived by her husband, P. T. (Jim) Smith; her daughter, Susan; and two sons, Phillip and Robbie. She had five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Doris donated her body to Marshall Gift Registry for medical research.

There will be no visitation or service. Doris was an Episcopalian.

Earl "Rusty" Stalnaker

Earl R. "Rusty" Stalnaker, of Charleston, died February 23, 2017, at the age of 92. He was a resident of Edgewood Summit.

Rusty was born November 9, 1924, on Grass Run in Gilmer County, W,Va., to the late Edna and Delbert Stalnaker. He attended Glenville State College and West Virginia University (WVU), graduating from WVU in 1948. Rusty went on to attend both Yale University and the University of Iowa during his military training.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 as a private and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946, having served in the Philippine Islands during World War II.

He had a 36 year career with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of West Virginia, working in Wheeling, Huntington, Beckley and Charleston. In 1971, he formed Stalnaker Enterprises, Inc., a real estate company in Charleston and was active in development and building in the South Hills area of Charleston.

Rusty was a member of Charleston Baptist Temple since 1960, serving in many roles from youth teacher to Diaconate. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Charleston Lions Club, and enjoyed hosting the WVIAC Basketball League. He volunteered in the community, serving as President of the Community Council of the Kanawha Valley, and working with Hospice House, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, West Virginia Harvest, Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Service, Charleston Housing Fair Hearing Panel, and Community Music of Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Anna Lou Sinnett of Spencer, W.Va.; infant son, James Earl Stalnaker; sister, Georgia Pearl McCartney, and brother, Jack Vincent Stalnaker, both of Glenville, W.Va.

He is survived by his current wife, Joanne "Jody" Connell; four daughters, Laura Jane Lenhart and Amy Leigh Hall of Columbus, Ohio, Rebecca Ann Miller of Mooresville, N.C., and Sara Beth Casingal (Paul) of Charleston, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, Johanna Lenhart and Jamie Cmehil of Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Bates of Charlotte, N.C., Bradley Miller of Mooresville, N.C., Alex, Catherine, Mia and Drew Casingal of Charleston, W.Va.; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Cmehil of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are two stepsons and a stepdaughter: Gary Connell and family of Buckhannon, W.Va., Dana Connell and family of Chicago, Ill., and Carrie Lynn Bullock and family of Winston Salem, N.C.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, February 26, at Baptist Temple, Charleston. Visitation with family will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Baptist Temple Memorial Fund or to Hospice House of Charleston, West Virginia.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Geneva Ann Surface

Geneva Ann Surface 64, of Charleston, passed away February 23, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Division.

She was a Shift Manager with NGK Spark Plug Plant.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Johnny and Delores Parsons Shamblin, and her brother, John Dana Shamblin.

Survivors include her daughter, Andrea Stanley, and husband, Adam of Charleston; brothers, Ricky Shamblin of Texas, Michael Todd Shamblin and Perry Shamblin of Charleston, and Jack Parsons of Tennessee.

There will be no services held.

The family will accept online condolences at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Surface family.

Helene "Pete" Whittington

Helene "Pete" Whittington, 91, of Sissonville, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2017, at Brookdale Charleston Gardens. She was born on August 3, 1925, in Chelyan, W.Va., and was the only child of C.K. and Alease Mairs.

"Pete" was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, James A. Whittington.

She is survived by her son, Gary L. Whittington Sr. and wife Rebecca of Spotsylvania, Va., her daughter, Lois L. Totten of Madison, W.Va., grandson, Gary L. Whittington Jr. and wife Jenny of Suffolk, Va., and grandson, James E. Totten of Madison.

"Pete" attended elementary schools in Sissonville and Union District High School in Dunbar. Although she loved school and excelled academically, one of her fondest memories was of skipping school with a friend to see "Gone With the Wind," When her husband James was overseas during the war, "Pete" went to work in the offices of the True Temper Corporation, telling the man who hired her that she saw no reason she couldn't learn to do anything anyone else was doing. After developing many friendships that lasted a lifetime, she retired 34 years later. In the following years, "Pete" and James spent time traveling throughout the continental United States, as well as Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

For over 50 years she made many happy memories with her family at their camp on the Greenbrier River. Whether it was Thanksgiving, a Fourth of July barbeque, or a simple Sunday meal, "Pete" was happiest when she was hosting dinners and stuffing family and friends at her table. Many of her family will never be able to finish a meal without hearing her voice say, "Are you ready for a piece of pie?"

Funeral service to begin at 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with visitation from noon until time of service. Entombment will follow at Floral Hills.

Long & Fisher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Ann Wicker

Edith Ann Wicker, 62, passed away February 16, 2017.

Born January 15, 1955, she graduated from Charleston High School in 1974. She was a longtime employee of REM options and a member of Central Community Tabernacle.

Edith was the daughter of the late William and Daisy Wicker. Also preceding her in death were her brother, John Lacey, and sister, Linda Coleman.

She will be deeply missed by her children, Malinda and Bryson (Angela) Wicker; sisters, Charlotte (John) Fuller and Philistine Joseph; grandchildren, Ty-Jon, Alexis and Ekia Wicker; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Wednesday, March 1, at Callender Funeral Home, Charleston.

Funerals for: February 26, 2017

Brown, Barbara Sue 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Collins, Beth 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Jarvis, Naomi 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

Kuhn, Jason 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Lyles, Melvin 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lyons, Lucas Drake 4 p.m., Morris Memorial Methodist Church, Kanawha City.

Massey, Brenda 4 p.m., Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Bloomingrose.

McClain, Earnest 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Osborne, Kenneth "Mike" 2 p.m., Amma Community Center, Amma.

Price, Alfred Bernard 2 p.m., Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Stalnaker, Earl "Rusty" 2 p.m., Baptist Temple, Charleston.

Torman, Thelma 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.