Today's Obituaries

Donna Archer

Donna Archer, 87, of Dunbar, passed away April 25, 2017. Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, W.Va.

Mitzie Ball

Mitzie Yevette Ball, 45, of Chapmanville, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017. Service will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m., Wednesday, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville.

Terry Alan Beard

Terry Alan Beard, age 57, of Kanawha City, passed away peacefully in his sleep, at his home, with his loving wife, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Terry was born on October 24, 1957, as the "baby" of six children to Charles and Cora Beard of Cedar Grove. Terry was a 1978 graduate of DuPont High School, and then became an underground coal miner/electrician. He was an avid outdoorsman and absolutely loved fishing, hunting, finding ginseng, yellow root and gardening. He also adored spending time with is Yorkie, Zoey Lei Beard.

Terry is preceded in death by his father, Charles Beard; grandmother, Wannie Bowden; and his oldest daughter, Stephanie Atkins. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cynthia Beard; his youngest daughter, Ericka Atkins and boyfriend Tony of St. Albans; brother, Charles (Rita) of Sumter, SC, David (Deborah) of Twin Falls, Jack (Brenda) of Cedar Grove; sisters, Jeannie Salyer of Brownstown, IN, Jerry Beard of Florence, SC; and many nieces and nephews and two great-nieces.

A celebration of Terry's life will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Harding Funerals & Cremations with Rev. David Kinder officiating and his daughter Ericka speaking. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time.

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Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, W.Va., is serving Terry's family.

Elsa Bragg

Elsa Anna DellaMea Bragg, 89, of Glen Jean, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29, at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill. Visitation for friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Professional services were arranged by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Thomas Burger

Thomas "Tommy" Burger, 59, of Dunbar, passed away April 20, 2017. To view full obituary, please visit Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, W.Va.

Richard Cade

Richard Arnold Cade, 68, of Ansted, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rupert. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service. Wallace & Wallace of Rupert, W.Va., are in charge of arrangements.

Aldie "Cindy" Chapman

Aldie "Cindy" Chapman, 58, of Scott Depot, died April 22, 2017. A memorial gathering will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, W.Va.

Joanne "Jody" Woodrum Connell

Joanne "Jody" Woodrum Connell, 88, of Charleston, died April 23, 2017. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Jerry Harless

Jerry Franklin Harless, 62, of Emmons, formerly of Hernshaw, died April 23, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was a retired coal miner and was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Myrtle Evelyn Hughey Harless.

Surviving are sons, Jason and Jarrett Harless; brothers, Bobby, Chuck and Randy; sisters, Sandy Hamrick and Debbie Cline; his longtime friend, Cheryl Uzailako; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Greg and April for their care and support.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

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Jerry D. Hill

Jerry D. Hill, 54, of Chesapeake, passed away unexpectedly April 24, 2017.

He was born November 17, 1962, in Charleston. Jerry retired from the Charleston Police Department in May of 2013 with the rank of Captain with 27 faithful years of service. During his tenure, he served as the Special Operations Bureau Chief, Traffic Division Commander, Special Events Coordinator, was in the Housing Division, the Motorcycle Unit, the SWAT team and was a D.A.R.E. Instructor. After his retirement, he continued his service to the City of Charleston as the Director of Public Grounds.

He was a member of Chelyan Masonic Lodge #158, Scottish Rite and Beni Kedem Shriners.

Jerry is preceded in death by father: Robert "Bob" Hill; brother: John Thomas Hill; and father-in-law: Patrick Howell.

He is survived by his loving wife and high school sweetheart: Debbie, and son: Jonathan (Brooke) Hill of Charleston, who has followed in his father's footsteps as a police officer with the Charleston Police Department; mother: Caroline (Don) Beard of Pond Gap; sisters: Jeannie (Kenny) Lavender of East Bank and Kathy (Ronnie) Petty of Chesapeake; and mother-in-law: Linda (Donnie) Howell Carver of Chesapeake. Jerry's memory will also be cherished by his many nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends and extended family who meant the world to him and will miss him dearly.

Anyone who met Jerry would know that his proudest accomplishment in life was being given the title "Popaw" to his grandchildren: Lila Grace Hill and Nash David Hill. They were the light of his life.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the nurses and doctors at CAMC Memorial Division CPICU for their excellent care and compassion toward Jerry and his entire family.

Funeral will be 11 a.m., Thursday April 27, at Charleston Municipal Auditorium with Rev. Mike Long, Rev. John Reed and Rev. Daniel Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday April 26, at the Municipal Auditorium.

Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

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William Howell

William M. Howell, 64, of St. Albans, passed away on April 22, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House-West.

He was born to the late William Lee and Daisy Bell Howell in Bluefield. He graduated from Norfolk High School and served his country proudly for 17 years in the United State Air Force. He was a third and fourth grade basketball coach for the South Charleston Biddy Basketball League and a member and Deacon of Christ Life Fellowship Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Carmalethia Johnson-Casey and Barbara Ann Howell-Mills.

William is survived by his wife, Diana Howell; children, Anthony Howell of North Carolina, Janay Kearse (De'Von) of Georgia, Rebecca Dorsey (Anthony) of Florida and Collin Charles (Angela) of Canada; grandchildren, Anthony Dorsey III (Trey), Harmony Kearse and Camron Charles; brother, Harold Howell of Huntington; sisters, Marion Wade Swinger and Wilma Earnestine Smith of Maryland; uncle, Ralph Howell (Izuko); nieces; Lashon Johnson-Bratton, Carmalethia Johnson, Daphne Johnson, Daisy Beck and Lillian Marie Howell; and a host of great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

A service to Honor the Life of William will be held at noon on Saturday, April 29, at Christ Life Fellowship, 1565 Smith Road, Charleston, with Pastor Joseph Kusimo officiating. Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

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June Myers (Griffith)

June Griffith Myers, 92, of Martinsburg, WV, (formerly of South Charleston, WV) passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born January 6, 1925, in Olcott, WV, she was the daughter of the late William Frederick Griffith and Lucy Elizabeth Wolfe Griffith.

She was employed in the admissions office at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

She is survived by two sons, Frederick M. Izard of Woodlands, TX, and Wade V. Myers of Martinsburg, WV; one daughter, Nora T. Myers of South Charleston, WV; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frederick R. Griffith of Cincinnati, OH, and Stuart W. Griffith of Heritage, TN; and two sisters, Vera G. Casto of Eugene, OR, and Barbara Lanterman of Annandale, VA.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Griffith, and one sister, Vaughn Miller.

Services and interment are private.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brounland Cemetery Association, PO Box 176, Alum Creek, WV 25003 or Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.

Billy G. Newman

Billy G. Newman, 88, of Alkol, WV, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 24, 2017. He was born November 22, 1928, in Wayne Co., WV, to the late Clovis and Della Alley Newman.

He graduated from Buffalo High School at the age of 15. At the age of 16, he went to work as a deckhand on the river.

Billy served in the U.S. Army for two years and returned to the river boats to gradually become Captain. He retired after 42 years to do what he loved most. Billy stayed on the farm with his wife of 60 years, Jean (now deceased), where he loved to work in his garden.

He has two daughters, Rita Ann (deceased) and Karen Jean (David), and two sons, Aaron (Julia) and Nathan, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastor Randall Kinder officiating. Burial will follow at the Clark Family Cemetery in Flat Creek. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the funeral home.

The family would like to sincerely thank all who visited, called and sent dinners to our dad. We also want to thank Gene and Tammy Pauley for the care, kindness and love they showed my dad. Thanks to all that helped.

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Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV, has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Jessie W. Overbaugh

Jessie W. Overbaugh, 68, of Richwood, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Private graveside services were held on Sunday, April 23. Interment will follow under the direction of the White Funeral Home at Summersville, W.Va.

Harry "Roger" Patton

Harry "Roger" Patton, 73, born September 10, 1943, to the late Harry Warren Patton and Lenore Patton Seamans, and loving Godparents, Rev. Paul and Violet Patton. Roger departed this earth on April 21, 2017, surrounded by all of his loving family. He will be greatly missed. Roger has been cremated and the family will have a memorial service at Liberty Christian Church, 61 Fruitwood Ln., Charleston WV 25306, on April 29, 2017, at 2 p.m.

Extremely loving and proud of his family, Roger is survived by his wife, Connie Sue Patton of 54 years; sister, Brenda Joyce Patton of Castle Rock, CO; children, Michael Warren Patton and soul mate, Sandra Turner, Tammy Sue Patton and soul mate, Billy Dean, Tonya Renee Ball and husband, Mark Ball; grandchildren, Michael Paul Patton and soul mate, Samantha Phillips, Victoria Renee Guerra and husband Alexander Guerra, Kristian Louise Fletcher, Sarah Elizabeth Ball, Myah Rae Fletcher, Hannah Mae Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Madison Patton, Liam and Eli Guerra, all of Charleston, WV.

Roger was a supervisor for The WV Central Sign Shop and retired after 33 years. Roger loved hunting, fishing, Sunday racing and his animals. He was well known and loved by all who knew him.

The family wants to thank the entire staff of the Forsyth Medical Center of Winston Salem, NC. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the SECU House of Winston Salem, NC.

Carolina Cremation is assisting the Patton family. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Randolph

Mary Randolph, 71, of Nitro, passed away April 24, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca, W.Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Richard Reigel

Richard "Dick" Homer Reigel, 75, of Arbovale, W.Va., passed away April 15, 2017. Memorial service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, April 29, at Pine Grove Brethren Church. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 28, at the church. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution to the Pocahontas County Veteran's Honor Corp or Durbin Lions Club, c/o James "Rick" Wooddell, PO Box 176, Green Bank, WV  24944.

Christina Rice

Christina J. Rice, 58, of Point Pleasant, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017. There will be no public visitation or service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Casimiro Joe Romero

Casimiro Joe Romero of St. Albans left this world on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. He was born in Wichita, Kan., on April 23, 1954. He was 63 years old.

At the end of his life, he was surrounded by those who loved him, his children, grandchildren, ex-wife and current love all sat with him as he spent his final days. In the end, we believe he knew how loved he was.

Joe grew up in the streets of Chicago where he learned the survival skills that only a life lived in the street can teach you. By his side for most of his life was his brother, Tony (Rico), who passed away several years ago. His was not a life lived exemplarily, but it was a life lived as he chose. If you knew him, you knew he could be kind and generous, he has housed, fed and clothed more than his fair share of those whom others had thrown away, he understood them. Of all the things he did in his life, what he was proudest of were his children. They all grew up to live a different life than he did. That was his only wish and he saw it come true. He loved his grandchildren. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to have his family around him. For his kids, poker games "Romero Style" will never be the same. He made his peace with God and he believed that he would go to a better place and was ready.

He is survived by his partner, Isabelle Staats; children: Cassandra (Anthony) DiBenedetto of Sacramento, Calif., Jessica (Brian Felty) Brown of Charleston, S.C., Justin (Nicole) Romero of Orlando, Fla., Ashley Romero of Cross Lanes, James Michael Romero (Jacquline Pittman) of Charleston, S.C., Casimiro Jose (CJ) (Samantha) Romero of Orlando, Dustin A. (Granville) Chaney of Hurricane and Samantha Wilczak Johnson of Ottowa, Ohio; nine grandchildren; sister, Toni (Craig) Edens of Sissonsville; brother, Michael Romero of Brockway, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

HE was loved and valued. He was our father and we will miss him.

A celebration of Joe's life will be 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans, W.Va. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

James "Eddie" Sparks

James Edward "Eddie" Sparks, 81, of Marlinton, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye, W.Va. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Lantz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Patsy Vanater-Cherry

Patsy Vanater-Cherry, 89, formerly of Charleston, passed away March 21, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C., where she had made her home since 1978.

She was born Patsy June Hickman April 17, 1927, and lived her early years with her maternal grandmother, Harriett Darlington, in Kimberly.

At the age of 9, she moved to Charleston and graduated with honors from Stonewall Jackson High in 1946, which lead to her first job at Kanawha Valley Bank. Later at Columbia Gas Co., she moved through the ranks from the secretarial pool to executive personal assistant.

She was the wife of City Councilman and Director of Beautification, George H. Vanater Jr., who passed away in 1975.

Relocating to North Carolina in 1978, she worked at North Carolina State University Agricultural Extension until retirement in 1992.

She married Donald Albert Cherry of Raleigh in 1984.

Patsy was known for her good sense of humor, a love of reading, the beach, dancing, playing bridge, family, and the dogs that she and her husband adopted over their 33 years together.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cherry is survived by brother, John Kittinger of St. Albans, (Helen); sister, Laura Jones of Venice, Fla., (Robert); son, William Jeffords Morrison Jr., (Martha); daughter, Jean Vanater-Greco, (Robert); grandchildren, Linsey Beford and Brian Morrison, Phillip, R. Julian, and Francesca Kathleen Greco; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathleen Darlington Kittinger and Lawrence E. (Mike) Kittinger.

Memorial services for Mrs. Cherry were held March 25 at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh.

Memorials and condolences may be sent to Jean Greco, 800 S. Maple Street, Fairfield, IA 52556 for the benefit of Pullen Park Community Center in Raleigh.

Harland "Doc" Walls

Harland "Doc" Walls, 83, of Widen, passed away at his home after a battle with lung cancer on Monday, April 24, 2017, surrounded by his family and friends.

Born March 6, 1934, in Ovapa, he was the son of the late Lon Ames Walls and Freda Mae (Butcher). In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Ann Walls.

He was a truck driver and retired from U Save Propane. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Harland is survived by his loving companion of 14 years, Sarah Jackson of Widen; daughters, Carol (James) Walton of Mt. Nebo, Kathrine (Rick) Walton of Mebane, N.C., and Pamela (Mike) Jones of Buchanan, Ga; step-children, Fonda Hougland of N.Y., Kathy Hatches of S.C., Jay Sattler of Tenn., Kitty Long of N.C., Billy Sattler of S.C., and Michael Jackson and Jimmy Jackson, both of WV; sisters, Mary (Darrell) Schoolcraft of N.Y., Charlene Truman of Ohio, Shirley (Roland) Boggs of Ohio, Hazel (Roy) Parsons of W.Va., Jane (Jim) Parsons; brothers, Roy (Connie) Walls, Johnny Walls, Perry (Marilyn) Walls and Mickle Walls, all of W.Va.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Above all things, he loved and treasured his family.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, W.Va., with Minister Roland Boggs officiating. Burial will be in Phillip Cemetery, Ovapa, with Military Rites. Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Ellen Withrow

Ellen Withrow, 87, of Lutz, Fla., went to be with the Lord on April 21, 2017.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Paul, of 60 years; son, Marty Withrow and his wife, Jill; brother, Marvin McGraw (Shirley); four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 28, at Fowler Avenue Baptist Church, 6161 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Fla. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E. Lake Avenue, Tampa, Fla.

Bernard "Bud" Young

Bernard Kyle "Bud" Young, 78, of Sissonville, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was a Christian and attended the Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church, Sissonville.

Bud was born in Sissonville on September 14, 1938, to the late Rev. Bertram and Naomi Ranson Young.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Parnell Hatcher.

Bud started work at Long and Fisher Funeral Home right out of high school. At that time, the funeral home ran an ambulance service. He was the recipient of a Red Cross Award, presented by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, for his efforts in saving the life of a young boy who fell on a glass milk jug. He put a total of 37 1/2 years with Long and Fisher. He also worked six years for True Temper Corporation and spent several years working independently, installing kitchens and bathrooms. He ended his work career at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home with over 21 years of service. The funeral business was his passion and his life's calling.

He was past president and lifetime member of the Jackson County Horse Club. He spent over 30 years working with the Jackson County Junior Fair Horse Committee, where he served as ring master, helped with the construction of the new horse barns, served as barn guard, manure spreader/tractor operator and worked with and encouraged the horse youth of Jackson County.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dreama Burdette Young of Sissonville; daughters, Tena (Scott) Casto of Given and Gena (Greg) Taylor of Sissonville; grandchildren, Stacia Taylor of Sissonville, Kylee Casto of Given, Brayden and Easton Perdue of Charleston, Kelsey, Brianna and Hunter Miller of Advent, and Eli Saunders and McKinlee Stricker, both of Charleston; sister, Colleen Garnes, and brother, Byron Young, both of Sissonville; brother-in-law, Jim Burdette of Charleston; and special friends, Olin and Betty Fisher of Tucson, Ariz.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church, Middle Fork Road, Sissonville, WV 25320 with Kim Bob Yoder Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Carney Cemetery, Sissonville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 28, and one hour prior to the service, all at the church.

Bud will go to the cemetery by way of his favorite team of blondes. It was his request that his last ride out be an all-out trail ride. The family would like to ask any of his horse friends who are able to please join him on his final ride.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Bud to: Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Funerals for: April 26, 2017

Ball, Mitzie 7 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Burdette, Tressie "Jeannie" 3 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Chapman, Pamela 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Cook, Roy 11 a.m., Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Bluefield.

Ellis, Charles T. "Buddy" Noon, Man Church of Nazarene, Man.

Gearheart, Deloris Noon, Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Good, Jerry Noon, Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro.

Hall, Darrell Noon, John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Holcomb, Edith Noon, Big Clear Creek Baptist Church, Rupert.

Horvat, Esther Noon, Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Hundley, Alice 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Martin, Gloria 11 a.m., First Church of Christ, Chapmanville.

Messer, Jerry, Sr. 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Plumley, Patricia 1 p.m., Cunningham

Romero, Casimiro Joe 6 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Upton, Gilbert 1 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.

Young, Tamara 8 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro.