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Today's Obituaries

Gene Alkire Print Comment Top of page

Gene Werner Alkire, 77, passed away peacefully on Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015, at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born March 30, 1938 in Parkersburg, a son of the late Harley Alkire and Valta (Haynes) Alkire.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rachel Anne (Shamblin) Alkire of Charleston. Gene is lovingly remembered by sons, Michael (Sandy) Alkire of Butler, Pa., Todd (Meghan) Alkire of Canton, Ohio, and Sean (Alana) Alkire of Ellicott City, Md.; grandchildren; Zachary, Benjamin, Matthew, Anna, Trey, Austin, Leah, Caden, Jace; and sister, Joann Wagner of Lexington, N.C.

In addition to his parents, Gene is preceded in death by his sons, Boy Alkire and Doug Alkire; siblings, James Alkire, Eleanor Johnson, and Loretta Johnson.

Gene's legacy will live on not only through his family but also through the countless lives he has touched as an educator. His 36-year career as a teacher and coach would include stops at Gilmer County, Tyler County, Parkersburg Catholic, Washington Irving, and Robert C. Byrd High Schools. The majority of Gene's career would be spent as driver's education instructor, head football coach, and head wrestling coach at Washington Irving High School.

The family will receive friends at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301 on Mon. Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m.. Funeral service for Gene will be Tues. Dec. 1, at 11 a.m., at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home with Pastor Brian L. Seders presiding. A reception will take place immediately following at Duff Street United Methodist Church, 400 Duff Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CAMC Children's Cancer Center, 800 Pennsylvania Ave. Charleston, WV 26302. Condolences for the family may be offered online at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Alkire family during this time.

Phyllis Ashworth Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis Jo Lucas Ashworth of Hamlin born, October 31, 1944, passed away Nov. 27, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Watt and Mary Lucas.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Ashworth; two sons, Todd Ashworth and Tim Ashworth; one brother, Butch Lucas; one sister, Shelia Stapleton; five grandchildren, Stephen McCloskey, Heather Anderson, Lucas Ashworth, Jacob Ashworth, Alex Mills; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV with Pastor Robert Fulton officiating. Interment will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park, Hamlin, WV. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, 2015 at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV.

Judith Avampato Print Comment Top of page

Judith Emily Avampato, 73, died Nov. 26, 2015. Service is under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Donnie Barker III Print Comment Top of page

Donnie K. Barker III, 25, of Wharton, died Nov. 23, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Brian Benson Print Comment Top of page

Brian Keith Benson, 47, of Nettie, died Tues. Nov. 24, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Dec. 1, at the funeral home. Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV, is in charge of all arrangements.

Buddie Bryant Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Buddie Bryant, 86, of Lake, W.Va., died Nov. 26, 2015. Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at the funeral home. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, WV are in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Ray Croson Print Comment Top of page

Bobby Ray Croson, 89, formerly of St. Albans, passed away Tues. Nov. 17, 2015, at Majestic Memory Care in Hollywood, Fla. He fought a five year battle with Alzheimer's and eventually gave up his fight to go to his eternal home.

Born June 6, 1926, in Teays, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas and Minnie Croson. He attended the Green Valley Church of God. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and will best be remembered for his love of music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Violet Louise Croson, Helen Stone Croson, Frances Persinger Croson; his brother, James David Croson; and his sister, Opal (Sis) Samples.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Patricia Croson; grandsons, Aaron and Chad Strain; and great-grandchildren, Hailey Madison and Ethan David Strain, all of Davie, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Croson and Barbara Givens; and brothers-in-law, Didd Givens and Ray Spradling.

Bob was cremated in Fla. and there will be no service. He will be returned to his beloved St. Albans at a later date and his ashes will buried in Cunningham Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to the Croson family and the online guestbook signed by visiting

Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Kermit Dangerfield Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Kermit Darrell Dangerfield Sr., a most kind and selfless man passed away November 21, 2015.

Kermit was born to Robert and Mary Dangerfield of Ashford, but more recently resided in Glendale, Ariz.

His children, Shelly Dangerfield Erickson, Andrea Dangerfield, and Kermit Dangerfield will remember him for his relentless hard work, quiet gentleness, love for animals, and kind generosity. He had a long cherished career at Valley Bell Dairy in Charleston.

Kermit's loving siblings include Anna Chandler (Ashford), Lou Dangerfield (Phoenix, Ariz.), Helen Burgy (Hurricane), and Beverly Pauley (Saltville, Va.) and the late Reba Rzany, Kathryn Barker, Charles Dangerfield, Elma Abbott, Dean Dangerfield, Alice Zenizek, Nesbeth Harles, and Doug Dangerfield.

Kermit's remains will be taken to Needles, Calif., where he first served his country in the United States Army in 1966.

William Deardorff Print Comment Top of page

William Robert "Butch" Deardorff, 74, of Verona, Va., passed away at home, surrounded by family on Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born on February 27, 1941, in St. Albans, a son of the late Harold William and Hester Rebecca Deardorff.

Mr. Deardorff is survived by his wife, Lu Crist Deardorff; two sons, Brad and his wife, Elizabeth, of Seattle, Wash., and Jeff and his wife, Lynn, of Belle; a stepson, Ben King, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren, Dana, Rebekah, Lauren, Kerrick, and Gareth; a sister, Carolyn Surbaugh and her husband, Ronnie; and a niece, Rhonda Surbaugh.

Mr. Deardorff received his undergraduate degree from Morris Harvey College and his Master's degree from Marshall University. After college, Mr. Deardorff coached and taught school for three years before becoming a high school principal at DuPont High School.

In 1987, Mr. Deardorff became the Principal of Buffalo Gap High School in Augusta County, Va., where he worked for twenty-seven years. After fifty years of meritorious service as an educator, he retired in 2013 due to health issues. In recognition of his service, Augusta County and Buffalo Gap High School dedicated the "William Robert Deardorff Auditorium" in his honor.

Mr. Deardorff was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He received the prestigious Dawborn Award for contributions to education. He had a passion for training and mentoring prospective principals and administrators. His grace, extraordinary generosity, and wisdom will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the lives of countless students, teachers, staff, and administrators that he touched. He dearly loved his dedicated wife, his wonderful family, and his extraordinary network of friends.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Butch Deardorff will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Staunton, Va. The Rev. John Peterson will officiate the service. Following the service, those attending are invited to a reception in the Great Hall of the church, where family will receive friends. A private, family interment will precede the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the William Robert Deardorff Scholarship Fund, c/o Buffalo Gap High School, 1800 Buffalo Gap Highway, Swoope, VA 24479.

Henry Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family at

Willard "Matt" Dillon Print Comment Top of page

Major (retired) Willard Albert "Matt" Dillon, 84, passed away on Nov. 26, 2015 at his daughter's home in St. Augustine, Fla., He was born on Nov. 14, 1931, in Boyd County, Kentucky to Andrew Johnson "Johnce" and Nellie Mae Rice Dillon.

Matt became a follower of Jesus in the 1980's and held strong for the rest of his life on this earth. Hebrews 11 in many ways describe Matt and his ability to return home (Hebrews 11:13-16). His character did not allow him to retreat from a commitment he made, whether to God, family, or nation. And that character was reflected throughout his lifetime.

Matt grew up "on the wrong side of the tracks" in Kentucky and Crown Hill, West Virginia. As the oldest child he developed an early sense of responsibility for others. God blessed him through a lack of employment in the region, forcing him to enlist in the Air Force in 1950 as an airman, where he excelled in the challenges. Although without college, in 1954 his talents allowed him to become an officer. As an officer, he developed a maturity and tactical awareness that further allowed him to move from a maintenance officer and become a pilot. His love of flying fighters translated into four tours in the Vietnam war, in the Starfighter jet and then as an Air Commando flying Skyraiders in offensive and rescue missions of North Vietnam, Laos, and China. Throughout all, he was continuously recommended for promotion ahead of his class and his decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Outstanding Unit Award with an Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service with a Bronze Star, Vietnam Service with 6 Bronze Stars, Air Force Longevity with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Reserve, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and Vietnam Campaign medal.

After twenty years he retired from the Air Commandos and went to college, graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in less than two years. He went on to become an IRS agent where he again excelled, eventually becoming the key computer support person for the local IRS office, in addition to being an active agent at the time of his retirement after twenty-five years from the IRS.

Matt's commitment resulted in denial of his own desires during his life. He never sacrificed his morality and integrity. He has passed into his children and grandchildren the value of knowing who you are and standing strong to who you are, regardless of the cost.

Matt Dillon's legacy stands before the world not only in records, but in the family that his quiet strength, honor, commitment and integrity shaped.

Matt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Ann Gilliland Dillon of St. Augustine, Fla.; his daughters, Elissa (Jack) Hinze of Elk Grove, Calif. and Brigetta (Jon) Williams of St. Augustine, Fla.; his son, Richard (Robin) Dillon of Cabot, Ark.; his sister, Bessie Estep of Clear Lake, Texas; his grandchildren, Taylor Leigh Williams, Jaime Lea Dillon (Chris) Buehler, Coleman Matthew Dillon, Rebekah Marie Dillon; his great-grandchild, Connor; and his nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Matt was preceded in death by his parents, Johnce and Nellie Mae Dillon; sister, Evelyn Walker; and brothers, Carlos Dillon and John Wendall Dillon.

A viewing will be held at the Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Hwy, St. Augustine, Fla. between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 2015. The funeral will be at the First Church of the Nazarene, 6 May St., St. Augustine, Florida at 11:30 a.m., December 3rd, followed by the burial at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Flowers are appreciated or a donation to the Independence Fund for Wounded Soldiers or Wreaths Across America.

Rosemary Hall Print Comment Top of page

Rosemary "Rosie" Hall, 95, of Adena Village, Mt. Carbon, passed away Nov. 23, 2015. She was married to the late John Clifford "Cliff" Hall. Rosie was born April 13, 1920, in Boomer and was the daughter of Italian immigrants, John and Carmella Lopez.

Rosemary's family was her life, and her greatest joy was preparing memorable family dinners during holiday seasons when all her family came home. She was gifted at making ceramics and nothing made her happier than to pass them along to her children and grandchildren whose homes display them with pride. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception/St. Anthony's Catholic Parish where she was a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by on sister, Lena LeRose of St. Albans; daughters, Carol Bond Groves of Boomer and Betty Reynolds Edenhart of Montclair, Va.; grandchildren, Lisa Bond Johnson and her husband, Larry of Hurricane, John "Scotty" Bond and his wife, Pam of Powellton and MSgt. Adam Reynolds USMC Retired and his wife, Jessica of Humble, Texas; six beloved great-granddaughters; and 28 nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at St. Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church with Fr. Mark Gallipeau as Celebrant. Entombment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements and expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Patricia Hendrickson Print Comment Top of page

Patricia Ann Hendrickson, 55, of Webster Springs died Fri. Nov. 27, 2015. Service will be 7 p.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Eleanor Joyner Print Comment Top of page

Eleanor Harlow Joyner, 82, of Loveland, Colo., passed away Sat. Nov. 14, 2015. Born August 21, 1933, she was raised in Nitro. Following her marriage to James Joyner, the family moved west.

She was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Vena Harlow; and siblings, Helen Vaughn and Oliver Harlow.

She is survived by her husband; five children; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Willie Harlow of Nitro, Gaye Matthews of Buffalo and Jim Harlow of Middletown, Ohio.

Information provided by Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Lena Kincaid Print Comment Top of page

Lena Kincaid, 88, of Hanover, died Nov. 26, 2015. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Leslie Kiser Print Comment Top of page

Leslie Allen "Buster" Kiser, 85, of Clarksville, Tenn., formerly of Richwood, died Mon. Nov. 23, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Mon. at the funeral home. Simons-Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Homer Lanham Print Comment Top of page

Rev. Homer William "Billy" Lanham went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 27, 2015, at the age of 90. Born on October 2, 1925, to Russell and Reverend Oma Lanham. He was surrounded by three loving sisters, Margaret Jackson (deceased), Mable Turley (deceased) and Doris Ash.

He graduated from Dunbar High School prior to joining the Army. A World War II veteran serving in the 14th Amor Division A Company "The Liberators", he was the youngest member of his company serving overseas for 3 and a half years of his 5 year term. After the service, he attended Morris Harvey College and was ordained as a United Methodist Minister following in his mothers footsteps. For 44 years he worked the midnight shift at the Valley Bell Dairy in order to dedicate his days to both his ministry and his family. He pastored many churches over the years including: Massey Chapel, Jordan Chapel, Fishers Chapel, Fairview Chapel, Baber Agee, Wade Chapel, Dunbar Mountain Mission, Community Chapel, Bethel Methodist Church, Kanawha Two Mile and West Virginia Home Mission. He held many, many revivals over the years. He always cherished and remembered the love he had received from each and every church.

A 63 year resident of Waycross Drive, Cross Lanes, he is preceded in death by the love of his life, Verdeen. Together they raised four children, Homer Lanham, Jr. and his Sarah (both deceased), Terry Susanne Hoffman and husband, Bill (deceased), Jane Lee Scherrepp and husband, David and Robert Bruce Lanham and wife, Becky. He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Homer Lanham, III and wife, Mary, Erin Wyant and husband, Richie, Travis Hoffman and wife, Paige, Billie Sue Hoffman and her Anthony, Lyndsey Coleman and husband Garrett, Matthew Lanham and his McKenzie, Justin Scherrepp and wife, Krystal and Scott Scherrepp; and seven great- grandchildren, Lilly, Zoey, Grace, Stella, Peyton , Logan and Billy.

This earth has lost a true saint, but Heaven has certainly gained an Angel.

A tribute to the life of Rev. Homer William Lanham will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Hooper and Rev. Aaron Goodin officiating. Burial will follow in Lanham Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, and one hour prior to the service on Mon. at the funeral home.

We would like to thank Hospice for all their services and Kelly Bays for her special care. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Lanham family.

Roy Mann Print Comment Top of page

Roy Edward Mann, Sr, 67 of Chapmanville died Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015. Service will be held 1 p.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Freeman Funeral Home. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at the funeral home. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville is in charge of arrangements.

James Matheny Print Comment Top of page

James Arthur Matheny, 65 of Midkiff, died Sat. Nov. 21, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, 2015, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at the funeral home.

Cenie "Faye" Page Print Comment Top of page

Cenie "Faye" Page, 61, of Sissonville, went home to be with the Lord Nov. 26, 2015, in CAMC Memorial after complications from a short illness.

Faye grew up attending Second Creek Community Church. She especially enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents, Jesse James "John" Phillips and Goldie Haynes Phillips.

Left to cherish her memory are loving husband of 40 years, Otto Page, at home; daughter, Tracie Newhouse (Jason) of Sissonville; grandchildren, Klarie Garnes (Ethan) of Kenna and Blake Newhouse of Sissonville; great-grandson, her little man, Hagen Garnes; sisters, Brenda Miller and Connie Page (Tommy), both of Sissonville, Linda Carnell, and Judy Harrison (Terry) of Kenna; brother, Jesse James "Boe" Phillips (Mitsy) of Kenna; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville with Preacher Travis Asbury officiating. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery, Second Creek, Sissonville. A gathering of family and friends will be two hours before the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent by visiting

Daniel Palausky Print Comment Top of page

Daniel (Dan) Stephen Palausky, of Lake Chaweva, Cross Lanes, died Sun. Nov. 22, 2015, at 5:55 p.m. at the Putnam Rehabilitation Center, where he had been recovering for five days following extensive surgery on October 29, 2015, at CAMC General Hospital.

Dan was born October 13, 1952, at Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Bernard Stephen and Sharon Front Palausky. Dan spent the rest of his life in West Virginia, starting in Beckley, and graduating from Charleston Catholic High School, where he played football and was student manager of the basketball team. Dan was very proud of receiving the West Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution award his senior year.

Dan graduated from Concord University where he was active in Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. This affiliation continued to be very dear to him the rest of this life, including reunions he helped to organize over the years, including a very successful reunion at Concord Homecoming 2014. He was active with the Concord Alumni Association both the Charleston Chapter as well as the University program for several years.

Dan married his college sweetheart, Robin Manning; and had one son, Christopher Manning Palausky, who resides in Weston.

The early half of Dan's career was spent as an insurance salesman and manager. Dan had a life and career change in 1987 when he quit his drinking for the rest of his life, and devoted himself to helping others. Later he met his present wife on a blind date and married Kitty Harter Parkins on December 30, 1988. He became the step-father to, Jennifer Spriggel, Julie Shawkins, (deceased), Grant Parkins, and Annalisa Parkins Lucas. Soon Dan re-entered school at Marshall University Graduate College where he earned his master's degree in mental health agency counseling. From 1988 he worked for the Lawrence Frankel Institute as a PreventiCare Trainer; then worked numerous years with Shawnee Hills in various positions; finishing with West Virginia Vocational Rehabilitation Center at Institute. Dan developed numerous health problems during the last fifteen years which forced him to retire early.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty Palausky; son, Chris, his children and grandchildren; grandson, Zachary Shawkins of Washington, DC; Annalisa (Andy) Lucas and children, Austin Lucas (his wiife, Destiny), Amber and Anderson; Grant Parkins, and his finacee', Kendra Smith, his children, Alexander Grant Parkins and Addison Grace Parkins. Dan is also survived by his sisters, Marcia (Paul) Urenda and her children, of Calif., Beth (Rocky) Spencer of Canaan Settlement, Tucker County and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his uncle, Jack (Ellie) Front of Fla.; aunt, Idy Palausky of St. Louis; and numerous cousins and friends; his fraternity brothers; and friends of Bill W.

Memorial service and friends of Bill W. meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia St., East, Charleston, WV followed by a reception sponsored by Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and friends of Bill W.

The family will start receiving family and friends at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

For those who prefer donations, you may make them to the Serenity Club, 1225 Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

You may send condolences to the family at: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Vicki Ann Ripley Print Comment Top of page

Vicki Ann Ripley, 58, of Spencer, formerly of Parkersburg, passed away Nov. 21, 2015, after a short illness. She was born in Charleston to the late Charles and Cletia Meador. She was a 1975 graduate of Dunbar High School.

Vicki is survived by her daughters, Michelle Lhtoka, Jennifer Canales, and Jessica Moore; two sisters, Marilyn Cox and Rita Coffey; one brother, Rex Meador; and 7 grandchildren.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Mildred United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Franklin Cemetery, Branchland. The family would like to thank the staff at Westbrook Health Services of Parkersburg for all the caring attention they gave Vicki.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Mary Jane Rothwell Print Comment Top of page

Mary Jane Hailey Rothwell, 89, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., formerly of Cross Lanes, died Nov. 26, 2015. Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine E. Sears Print Comment Top of page

Geraldine "Jerry" E. Casdorph Sears, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 after a long illness.

Jerry was a member of Velnova Baptist Church and was a retired home care worker.

She is survived by daughters, Alicia Sears of St. Albans and Becky Ramer of Winfield, and son, Dennis Henson of Winfield; two sisters, Mary Kinder and Emma Childers, and two brothers, Eddie and Clyde Casdorph, all of St. Albans; as well as seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bessie and William Casdorph; husband, William O. Sears; her daughters, Debbie and Cathy Henson; as well as her son, Mervin Henson Jr.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Faith Freewill Baptist Church, St. Albans. Burial will follow in Parsons Casdorph Cemetery, Hurricane.

Family and friends will gather from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Casdorph & Curry, 110 B St., St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements.

Cheryl "Penny" Shafer Print Comment Top of page

Cheryl "Penny" Shafer, 64, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 of pancreatic cancer.

She was the daughter of Frances and (the late) Elvin Shafer of Pinch. She graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1969. Penny loved to travel and was lucky enough to travel the world with her husband and soul mate, Steve Yost.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents. Penny is survived by her husband, Steven Yost of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother, Frances Shafer of Pinch; her sisters, Mitzie Shafer Cummings of Charleston and Toni Shafer (John Fouty) of Pinch; and brother, Philip (Faye) Shafer of Big Chimney. She is also survived by her two stepsons, many nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles and an abundance of friends.

Penny's remains will be cremated and the family will hold a special memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to Hospice or a charity of choice.

Haydn Shepherd Print Comment Top of page

Haydn Alexia Shepherd, infant daughter of Terry M. & Kimberly C. Shepherd of Omar, WV went home to be with the Lord on Wed. Nov. 25, 2015. Service was held at 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 28, at Highland Memory Gardens,Chapmanville. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Gloria Escue Smith Print Comment Top of page

Gloria "Glor" Escue Smith, 87, went home to be with our Lord on Nov. 21, 2015 surrounded by her family at home in New Port Richey, Fla. She is survived by her daughter, Danette Hopper and her husband, Gary, of Port Richey, Fla.; grandchildren, Misty and Michael Carmack and Jaron and Chairity Frizalone; and one great-granddaughter, Starla Carmack. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wythal and Ocie Escue. She was member of UHWF Church. For service info, please contact Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday, Fla.,

Catherine Sutphin Print Comment Top of page

Catherine Jarrell Sutphin, 95, of Van, departed this life Nov. 27, 2015. She was born April 20,1920, in Lewisburg, to Eschol and Bessie Roach Taylor. She was preceded in death by two husbands; and three children.

She leaves behind five children, Carl of Gordon, Ed and Wilma Jarrell of Hurricane, Jane White of South Carolina, Pam and Charlie Brown of Kettering, Ohio and Sue of Medway, Ohio; one stepson, Ronnie and Pam Sutphin of Uneeda; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Boone Memorial Hospital and Hubbard Hospice West for the loving care they have showed our mother.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with the Rev. Tom Price officiating. Burial will follow in Mid-Ferrell Cemetery, Bandytown. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. You may express your condolences to the family at

William E. Terrell II Print Comment Top of page

William Edward "Billy" Terrell II, 74, departed this life on Monday, November 16, 2015 in Detroit, MI due to complications of heart failure. Billy was the only son of the late William Edward Terrell and Mary Rogers of Charleston, WV.

He was a 1959 graduate of Charleston High School and attended West Virginia State University until he enlisted in the US Air Force. Billy was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and Japan. After his basic training, he returned home and married his college sweetheart Dianne Wagner. From this union, one daughter was born. After his military service of 4 years, he returned to Charleston.

Billy subsequently moved to Detroit, MI where he later married Maria Kinney. From this union, three daughters were born. He remained in Michigan his entire adult life working and retiring as a Supervisor for 30 years from Michigan Bell. He spent his pastime handcrafting and upgrading his home with detailed and ornate woodwork.

He leaves to mourn him his daughters Denise Terrell-Salmond (Atlanta, GA), Donielle Terrell (Toledo, OH), Natasha Terrell (Detroit, MI), Sheree Terrell (Detroit, MI); his son William Edward Terrell III; his granddaughter Jordan Carmack; and his lifelong companion Linda Parker (Detroit, MI).

Upon his request, there will be no service.

Charles Young Print Comment Top of page

Charles Wayne Young, 78, of Bomont, died Fri. Nov. 27, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Rick and his wife, Mary Ann; one sister; and several loving nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Charles wishes, there will be no service.

Matics Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funerals for: November 29, 2015

Chapman, Velda L. 2 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Dingess, Roger 2 p.m., Shining Light United Baptist Church, Chapmanville.

Ellis, Bobbie 2 p.m., James Funeral Home, Logan.

McCullough, James L. 2 p.m., Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union.

Miller, Vernon 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Murray, Shelbie L. 2 p.m., Meadow Fork Freewill Baptist Church, Hewett.

Norman, Evelyn 3 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home

Oliver, Cecelia 4 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Sutphin, Catherine 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Tate, Beulah A. 2 p.m., Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home Chapel, Shady Spring.

Thorne, Kristie 2 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Westfall, Evelena 11 a.m., Taylor

Williamson, Ransom 11 a.m., Bruno Church of God, Bruno.