Today's Obituaries

Ashley McClanahan Asbury

Ashley Danielle McClanahan Asbury, 33, of Hurricane, passed away July 18, 2017.

Ashley was a graduate of Nitro High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree from West Virginia University. She had a passion for teaching and deeply cared for her students at Lincoln County High School where she was an English teacher. Ashley was also very involved with her church, River Ridge in Hurricane.

She is survived by her husband Jason Lawrence Asbury; mother and father Gordon and Sharon McClanahan; maternal grandmother, Barbara Phelps of Murrells Inlet, SC; sister, Megan Smarr (Aaron) of Hurricane, and their daughters, Aubrey and Skylar Smarr; aunts, Karen Roberts of Murrells Inlet, SC, Jill Schooley of Statesville, NC; great-aunt Judy Harrison of Murrells Inlet, SC; father and mother-in-law, Brent and Linda Asbury of Hardy, Va; sister-in-law Brittney and Matt Bright of Christiansburg, VA, and their daughter Harper Bright; grandfather-in-law, Lawrence Laprad of Roanoake, VA and Ashley's puppy, "Lexi."

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at River Ridge Church, 1 Saturn Way, Hurricane, with Pastor Andy Tuel and Pastor Chad Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ashley are encouraged to be made to Nitro High School, Hall of Achievement, Lincoln County High School Athletic Boosters or River Ridge Church.

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Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve Ashley's family.

Sue Droddy Cottrell

Sue Droddy Cottrell, 78, of Elk River, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was a retired computer programmer for the State of WV Health Human Resources and was a 30 year member of the Big Chimney Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents, Paul and Graynell Walker; father, Ralph Droddy; sister, Debbie Stewart; grandparents, Howard and Pearl Droddy.

Sue is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Danny Cottrell; sisters, Jeanne (Bill) Lemley, Linda (Ronald) Burdette, Dixie (Rick) Chandler. Also surviving are many loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Big Chimney Baptist Church Activity Building Fund at 4626 Elkshore Drive, Charleston, WV 25302.

Service will be noon Saturday, July 22, at Big Chimney Baptist Church, with Pastor Buddy Mairs officiating. Burial will be at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Hafer Funeral Home. An additional visitation will occur one hour prior the day of service at Big Chimney Baptist Church.

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

Virgil Damron

Virgil Damron, 80, of Mitchel Heights, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Akers-James Funeral Home at Logan. Friends and family may call from noon until the time of the service Sunday also at the funeral home. Akers-James Funeral Home is in charges of the arrangements.

Betty Louise Dirickson

Betty Louise Dirickson, 79, of Beckley, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Bowers Hospice House. Born September 18, 1937, in South Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late C.W. "Bill" and Vesta Worley. In addition to her parent she is preceded in death by her soulmate Ernie Dirickson, son-in-law Mark Webb, brothers-in-law John, Albert "Jr" and Donald Dirickson, sisters-in-law Sue Shaffer, Betty Matherly, Ella Clark.

Betty was a jack of all trades, and was a proud business owner. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Hurricane, and attended First Baptist Church of Eccles. She was a former Girl Scout Leader and Girls Scout camp counselor. She loved genealogy and gardening but was most proud of her service to her church.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters Joyce (Rick) Rollins, Vesta (Joe) Sobczyk and Lisa Webb; grandchildren, Ricky (Alexis) Rollins, John Frye, Julia Marshall, Stacey (Mike) Myers, Peter (CharLee) Pepper, Felicia Sobczyk, Shyloe Sobcyzk, Stone Webb and fiancé Amanda; great-grandchildren, Jannie (Brandon) Aurednik, Jake and McKinley Rollins, Haley and Emily Myers, Melody Prendergast; great-great grandson; Bentley Aurednik; brothers; Charles (Bonnie) Worley, James (Barbara) Worley; brother-in-law Gilbert Matherly; sister-in-law Juanita (Jim) Coble, Lucille Dirickson. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends, including her special friends, Cliff and Judy, Nell, and caregiver Tanya, three girls who also held a special place in her heart are Dreama, Penny and April, her godchildren Kelly, Barbie and Scott and last but not least her fur baby Taffy.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bowers Hospice House and her loving nurse Sara.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at First Baptist Church of Eccles followed by funeral services at 7 p.m. with Pastor Gary Hall officiating. On Saturday, July 22, the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Rt. 60, Hurricane, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. with Pastor Rob Laukoter and Pastor William Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park

Pallbearers will be Ricky and Jake Rollins, Mike Myers, Dana Dirickson, Peter and Charlee Pepper, Stone Webb, Brandon Aurednik. Honorary Pallbearer will be Bentley Aurednik.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, First Baptist Church of Eccles Youth Program or Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Herman F. Ford Jr.

Herman F. Ford Jr., 89, passed away on June 23, 2017, in Lawrenceville, GA. He was formerly of Nitro and had lived in Panama City Beach, FL, and Duluth, GA.

While living in Nitro he was employed at the FMC plant in South Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his Mother; Clara Lowry, Father; Herman Ford Sr., and sister; Margaret Hill.

Herman is survived by his wife Jo Crosby Ford, daughter Deborah Pauley, granddaughter Amy Fisher and grandson Eric Pauley, sister Virginia Ford Allen, and Dorothy Ann Brede.

A memorial celebration of Herman's life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro.

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Joseph "Joe" Freeman

Joseph "Joe" Lawson Freeman, 37, of South Charleston, passed away Wednesday July 19, 2017 at home after a long illness. Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston is in charge of arrangements. Arrangements will be forthcoming.

Marvin E. Harris Sr.

Marvin E. Harris Sr., 84, of St. Albans, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

He was born March 7, 1933, in Charleston and was a son of Eugene M. and Mabel West Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, David Harris, and sisters, Betty Harris and Allene McClain.

Marvin retired from Union Carbide of South Charleston after 41 years of service. He also served as Secretary Treasurer of the IAM Local 598 for 10 years. He attended the Browns Creek Church of God.

He is survived by his wife, Edith June (Arbaugh) Harris; sons, Marvin "Herbie" Harris Jr. and his wife Linda of St. Albans, and James L. Harris and his wife Cheri of Dover, Ohio; sister, Lois Elder of Sarasota, Florida; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Marvin's life will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans, with his son, James L. Harris, officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Kara Jo Horton

Kara Jo (Roberts) Horton of Danville died July 16, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Lucky Jones

Lucky Jones, 65, of Logan, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 21, at Akers-James Funeral Home.Friends and family may call from noon until the time of the service. Akers-James Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa Lowery

Teresa A. Lowery, 60, of Alum Creek, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A full obituary will be in the newspaper tomorrow. See Curry Funeral Home's website:

Larry Pepper Sr.

Larry Wayne "Butch" Pepper Sr., 74, of Silverton, passed away July 19, 2017. Friends may visit the family at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, and one hour prior to the Saturday service. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Calvary Baptist Church, 302 Henry Street, Ravenswood.

Oral E. Sisson

Oral E. Sisson, 90, of Charleston, died July 19, 2017, at EastBrook.

Oral was Retired from Libby Owens Ford and a Member of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a Graduate of Sissonville High School where he was a Multi-Sport Athlete.

He was a WWII Navy veteran and was the Past State President of the WV Elks and Past District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler and Past Exalted Ruler of the Charleston Elks and a 59 year Member of the Charleston Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Kathleen Newhouse Sisson; brother, Hershel Sisson; sister, Nyaldean Fisher.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lois Johnson Sisson of Charleston; son, Edward and wife Jennifer of Parkersburg; granddaughter, Sarah Kathleen Sisson of Parkersburg, a Student at West Virginia Wesleyan College; brother, Stanley Sisson of St. Albans; and a sister-in-law, Josephine Sisson of Charleston, and a host of nieces of nephews.

Oral was an avid sports fan having followed the WVU Mountaineers and the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed playing golf and bowled for many years.

He was once recruited by Charleston Baseball Legend Watt Powell to join the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Farm System.

Visitation and a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 22, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, 4615 MacCorkle Ave., Charleston. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 5 p.m. with Rev. Richard DeQuasie and Rev. Stephen White officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the Family Requests Gifts be made to The Oral E. Sisson and Lois J. Sisson Permanent Endowment for Missions Fund at The United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia Inc., P.O. Box 3811 Charleston, WV 25338-3811 or to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387

Bollinger Funeral Home of Charleston is serving the Sisson Family.

George Preston Smith

George Preston Smith 83, of Julian, W.Va., passed away July 18, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Division, in Charleston, W.Va.

He was a member of the Lory Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran, a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Caldona Meadows Smith, six brothers and a son David Bowman.

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7. In a world full of pain and suffering he gave love and kindness with a big smile.

He is survived by his wife; Martha Smith, a son; Steve (Teresa) Smith of Julian, daughters; Dreama (Doug) Green, of Uneeda, and Vicky (Jr.) Long of Julian, grandchildren; Kelly Fransisco, Kristy Bays, Travis Long, Liza Long, Jeremy Green, Matthew Green, Preston Smith, Hannah Mynes and Celia Smith, fourteen great- grandchildren, sisters; Blanche Hood of Ohio, Virginia McCormick of Julian, and Gloria Dotson of W.Va., brothers; Robert Smith of Wharton and James Smith of Julian.

He leaves behind a host of family and friends that knew he loved them. We were truly blessed to be a part of his life.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at Lory Baptist Church with Pastor Garry Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery, Julian with military graveside rites by Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison, WV.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,WV.

Roy L. Smith

Roy L. Smith, 66. of Nellis, passed away Tuesday, July 11. 2017, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. No service will be held at this time. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, South Charleston. Michael E. Luikart - LIC/Cremation Specialist.

Funerals for: July 21, 2017

Bego, Joseph 1 p.m., St. Paul Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Bird, Courtney 7 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville.

Bostic, Vivian 11 a.m., Pryor Funeal Home, East Bank.

Brady, Samuel 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Arnoldsburg.

Cook, Virginia Reed 7 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Cummings, Travis 2 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Forrest, Jerold "Stan" 1 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston.

Jones, Lucky 2 p.m., Akers

Long, Dell 2 p.m., Clear Fork Worship Center, Artie.

Mosley, Charles 1 p.m., Dunbar City Park.

Nelson, Ethel 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Pfister, Dr. Alfred 1 p.m., WVU Health Sciences Center, Charleston Division.

Rhodes, Charles 1 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Selbe, Charles 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Slater, Elizabeth 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Woods, James 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.