Today's Obituaries

Polly Anna Baughan

Polly Anna Huddleston Baughan, of Great Falls, Va., died Friday, May 12, 2017, surrounded by loving family.

Polly Anna Huddleston was born in Kanawah County, W.Va., in 1924, where she married Oscar E. Baughan in 1946. Together they moved to McLean, Va., in 1955 where they lived for 45 years and raised their family.

Polly is survived by her son, Kevin (Libby); and grandchildren, David and Laura.

She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar "Lefty" Baughan; and her daughter, Rosemary.

Polly was an active member of McLean Baptist church for over 55 years and a volunteer with Share of McLean for 25 years.

Her service will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, June 3, at McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her honor to McLean Baptist Church.

Terry Don Byus

Terry Don Byus, 49, of Point Pleasant, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant. Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 22, at the funeral home.

Edward Curry

Edward Dayne Curry, 90, died peacefully at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

An Allstate Insurance executive for over 30 years, he rose through the corporate ranks and after retirement eventually formed his own consulting company, Target Marketing. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Edward served as a Navy medical corpsman on the destroyer the USS Damato during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) in Charleston, West.Virginia, where he met his future wife, Letha Shelton. She became the love of his life and they were married 52 years and had three children, Lynne, Richard and Gregory.

An outgoing man with a wry sense of humor, Edward credited his experience in the military with teaching him the skills he would deploy managing and troubleshooting Allstate's operations across the United States. He often said that his first job selling magazines door to door when he was a boy in Charleston laid the foundation for the expertise he would later develop in sales and marketing. Edward loved traveling with his wife, and they often re-visited their favorite cities in the US and made many trips to Europe and Asia. His curiosity and warmth earned him friends around the world, but his heart was always in West Virginia. He was an avid West Virginia University Mountaineer basketball fan and a regular at the horse races - where he lost more than he won, but not by so much to stop him from going.

In his later years, he developed a passion for writing and compiled a series of adventure thrillers set in Guatemala and Mexico. He was often seen late at night pounding away at his computer keyboard. His latest novel was Drones over Machu Picchu.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Letha Shelton Curry, and son, Richard Curry. He is survived by his daughter, Lynne Curry, and son, Gregory Curry, and his wife, Ann; and his grandchildren, Daniel and Benjamin Chinoy, and Michelle, Timothy, and Christopher Curry; and his sister, Margaret McClure.

A celebration of his life will be held at Edward's home at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24. The address is 963 Quail Run Quay, Virginia Beach, Va. 23452.

In lieu of flowers, please give donations to the University of Charleston or one of Edward's preferred charities, St. Labre Indian School. (University of Charleston, Office of Advancement, 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25304 or; St. Labre Indian School, PO Box 216, Ashland, MT 59003-9989).

Delano Ellis Jr.

Delano Blaine Ellis Jr., 61, of Ripley, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following an extended illness.

He was born June 24, 1955, at Ravenna, Ohio, a son of Fern Davis and the late Delano Blaine Ellis Sr. He graduated from Ripley High School with the Class of 1973 and later worked as a sales consultant for Bert Wolfe Ford. He was also a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Elizabeth.

He is survived by son, Adam Paul Ellis of Ripley; daughters, Amanda Winland (Brandon) of Mt. Alto and Andrea Donohew (Chad) of Leon; mother, Fern Joyce(Daniel) of Blacksburg, Va.; brother, Timothy Wayne Ellis of Blacksburg; half sister, Heather Danielle Joyce of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Ava Rose Winland, Savannah Joy Winland, Addyson Elaine Donohew, Amelia Reign Donohew and Aziah River Ellis. Also survived by special uncle, Thomas Davis, and special friend, Jane Paxton.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor Jeff Keffer officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday evening, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Laurel Point Cemetery, Newton.

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Dawnevyn Meade

Dawnevyn Meade, 85, of Chapmanville, went to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, May 19, 2017, at Dignity Hospice House, Chapmanville.

He was born December 7, 1931, to the late Roma and Ethel Franklin Meade.

Dawnevyn was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Mason and Daisy Given Dingess; son, Randy "Birdman" Meade; and brothers, Harold, Dallas, Norris and Armond Meade.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, June Dingess Meade, with whom he celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary on May 10; son, Timmy (Nikki) Meade of Leo, IN; daughter, Dawna (Cliff) Herndon of Christiansburg, VA; grandchildren, Chris (Emilie) Meade of Columbus, OH, Mason Meade of Pigeon Forge, TN, Terri Meade of Bristol, TN, Hollie (Evan) Puckett of Bossier City, LA, Katie Herndon and Matthew Herndon, both of Christiansburg; great-grandchildren, Cooper Meade and Ethan Meade; and brothers, Drexel, Linden, Jerry and Roger, all of Chapmanville.

Dawnevyn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He retired from CSX in 1993 after 35 years of service as a conductor. Dawnevyn was an avid and self-taught golfer and nine-time winner of the Logan Country Club Championship.

The family would like to thank Hospice House for their wonderful, compassionate care; with gratitude to Brandi, Angie and Emelia. Special thanks to Dawnevyn's caregivers, Joyce and Jill.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville with Greg Dalton officiating. Entombment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Godby, WV. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m., Monday, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville.

Matthew Herndon, Derrick Miller, Justin Dalton, Greg Meade, Pete Kinser and Alden Meade will be serving as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to Dignity Hospice House, PO Box 4304 Chapmanville, WV 25508.

Charles Price

Charles Price, age 83, of Glenville, formerly of Hinton, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Dr., Glenville, WV 26351. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 22, at the mortuary.

Ruth Isabell Reeves

Ruth Isabell Reeves, 92, of Charleston, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.

She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview, and was a seamstress. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Homer Franklin Reeves; son, Ivan Lee Reeves; parents, Ivan Farnsworth and Bonnie Queen Farnsworth.

Ruth is survived by her son, Byron Reeves of Clendenin; daughter, Twila (Sean) Crosier of Charleston; brother, Keith Farnsworth of Vienna; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and soon to be sixth great-grandchild; one great-great-grandchild.

Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Swor and Pastor Dean Chambers officiating. Burial will be in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the funeral home.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Garry "Tom" Roach

Garry "Tom" Era Roach, 84, of Henderson, W.Va., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., May 24, at the Faith Gospel Church, Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va. Friends may visit the family from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at Deal Funeral Home.

Norma Lea Samples

Norma Lea Samples, 82, of Procious, left her earthly home to be with Jesus on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Born December 2, 1934, in Clay, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Stewart and Othel Eagle. In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Mervyn "Kent" Samples; and two sons, Terry and Ricky Samples, with whom she is now happily reunited; as well as her brother, Carl Stewart.

Norma is survived by her sons, Clifford and wife Debbie Samples, and Timmy Samples; three grandchildren, Emily Samples McQuillen and husband Jamie, Matthew Samples, and Kaitlyn Samples and her fiancé Jake Allen; one great-grandson, Josiah River McQuillen; her beloved aunt, Lena Belt; sisters, Francis Sizemore and Linda Rhodes; brother, Johnny Stewart; and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was a woman of incredible strength and dignity, who loved and was loved by her family unconditionally. Norma took pride in her beautiful flowers which she could be seen working in on any sunny day. Emily Dickinson wrote, "Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." She will live forever.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Ralph Davis officiating. Burial will be in Long Sam Samples Cemetery, Procious. Friends may gather with family from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the funeral home.

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Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Samples family.

Rebecca Swiney

Rebecca Agnes Swiney, born April 25, 1930, one of twelve children, to Marshall and Georgia Bird Barnhouse.

While growing up she attended The Church of God in Clendenin and played women's basketball and served as a flag girl in the band for the high school. In 1967, she became owner and operator of Betty's Beauty Shoppe in Charleston and when Edgewood Summit opened, her faithful clientele of many years requested her to be the operator and manager of their private beauty shop and she accepted. Working was all she knew and retired at the age or 79. She single handedly provided a warm, secure and quite memorable home for her children and they along with family and friends will never forget all the happy and humorous tales and memories of their life together.

Preceding her in death was her child, Gerald Thomas Swiney; her parents, Marshall and Georgia Barnhouse; brothers, Junior, Kester, Billy, and Jack Barnhouse; and sisters, Hazel Kizer, Mary Wright and Josephine Wilcox; children, Mary Harris (Nancy Beals), Joyce Grow (John) and John Swiney (Susan); grandchildren, Don Harris (Carina Wilmot), Karen Dent (Micah), Becky Gross (Shawn), John C. Grow II and Raymond Swiney; great-grandchildren, Grace, Andy Harris, Shane and Kyle Dent; sisters and brothers, Ernestine Ray, Adah Lynch, Don Barnhouse, Diane Harris; loving friends and caregivers who were so faithful, Rose Harless, Tina Ekenaski, Albert Robinson, Sandra Evans; and her cat, Shadow.

Special thanks to Hospice, Lynese, Beth, Brittany, Pete and Connie.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at Matics Funeral Home Inc. with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Board Cemetery Clendenin, WV. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 22, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Terry Williams

Terry Williams, 67, of Nitro, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at his residence.

Terry was born in Charleston on October 21, 1949, to the late Libert and Naomi Deeds Williams. He was a retired Sergeant with the WV State Police with 28 years of service and served in the WV Air National Guard from 1968 to 1974. He was a 1967 graduate of DuPont High School.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Williams.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 23 years, Karen Williams; sons, Jason (Denika) Williams of Windermere, Fla., and Terry Shawn Williams of Parkersburg; siblings, his twin brother, Jerry (Bev) Williams of Malden, David (Helen) Williams of Tenn. and Dallas (June) Williams of Shrewsbury, Kathy Williams of Belle and Sue O'Dell of Winfield; grandchildren, Jaxon, Mia, Nina, Mackenzie, Lilly and Kailey; and many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 25, at DuPont Middle School Auditorium, Belle, with Pastor Larry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at New Antioch Cemetery, Red House. A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, at DuPont Middle School Auditorium, Belle.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to the WV State Troopers Association, 210 Chesapeake Ave., Charleston, WV 25311 in memory of Terry Williams.

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Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of arrangements.

Funerals for: May 22, 2017

Mitchell, Charlotte Lee 1 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Ratliff, Mary Noon, Dodd

Reed Carpenter, Edith

Riffle, Vera 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Sizemore, Charles 6 p.m., Gatens

Talbert, Eddie 2 p.m., Simons