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Today's Obituaries

Williadean L. Boggess Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Williadean Lee "Willie" Boggess, 86, of Eleanor, passed away July 31, 2015 at Broadmore Assisted Living.

Mrs. Boggess attended Riverside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd W. Boggess.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Boyd and wife, Diana Boggess, Bob and Marguerite Boggess and Timothy Boggess; brothers, Bill Casto, Gene Casto, Carroll Casto and Tom Casto; sisters, Betty Brown, Patsy Smith and Brenda King; sister-in-law, Mary Cash; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Broadmore Assisted Living and Dalton Brown for the care given to our mother.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Williadean Boggess will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Red House, with Pastor David Panaro officiating. Entombment will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Boggess family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

Martha "Marty" Burke Print Comment Top of page

Martha "Marty" Burke, 66, of St. Albans, passed away Friday, July 31. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, prior to the service.

Diana G. Hill Print Comment Top of page

Diana G. Hill, 64, of Lick Creek, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 1, 2015.

She was born Aug. 25, 1950 in Madison to the late Raymond and Julia Sutphin. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Madonna Sutphin Thompson, and brother, Lowell Sutphin.

She married Douglas A. Hill on March 9, 1973 and was a former employee at Westmoreland Coal for years, and was employed at the Ortho Clinic for Dr. Soulsby. She attended Bigson Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas A. Hill; her son, Seth Douglas Hill; grandchildren, Dyanna Thompson, Miranda Thompson, Raymond Thompson and Landon Seth Hill; brothers, Rodney Sutphin of College Station, Texas, David Sutphin of Norport, Ala., Tommy Sutphin, Jerry Sutphin and Russell Sutphin of Van; and sisters, Nancy King of Moundville, Ala., and Christina Gunnoe of Van.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Charles Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Danville.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Arch Hunter Print Comment Top of page

Arch Hunter, 75, of Pinch, passed away Friday July 31, 2015, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He retired after 49 years with William Cabinet Shop as a journeyman cabinet maker. Arch coached little league baseball and football for 17 years on Elk River. He was a former member of the WV Black Bear Cloggers; was one of the founders of Westside Jamboree, an active member of Knights of Pythias and attended St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Pinch. He also liked to spend time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Arch was a 1958 graduate of Elkview High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Plank owner of the USS Constellation.

Arch is preceded in death by his parents, Saul and Laura Hale Hunter; brothers, Harvey, Howard, Clifford, Junior, Curtis, Stanley, James Hunter; sisters, Garnett Derrick and Georgia Lee.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara Spradling Hunter; daugthers, Jill (David) Oney of Woodbridge, Va., Nicole Hunter, of Pinch; sisters, Fleta (Bill) Turner of Charleston, Doris (Paul) Hudson of Charleston, Fannie Maines of N.C., Clara (Ronald) Means of Charleston; grandchildren, Hunter and Meghan Oney; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at the Hafer Funeral Home with the Rev. James A. Walther officiating. Burial will be in Upper Pinch Memorial Gardens, Pinch. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview is assisting the family.

Robert Gray Kegley Print Comment Top of page

Robert Gray Kegley, 66, of Dunbar, passed away in his home after a long illness on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

He was born in Charleston on Jan. 21, 1949 to the late John R. and Mary Jane Kegley.

Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a locksmith and owner of Kegley Lock and Safe.

Robert is survived by his son, William Gray Kegley of Melbourne, Fla.; daughter, Lucinda Goodwin and her husband, Lawrence, of Bowie, Texas; brother, Ken Kegley of Ohio; and six grandchildren.

There will be no services at this time.

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

Kortney Dawn Lemon Print Comment Top of page

Kortney Dawn Lemon, 25, and unborn child, Nadia Faith Lemon, of St. Albans, passed away peacefully and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, at her home.

Kortney was the daughter of Kim and Rob Benson of Ravenswood and Ken and Karen Barnett of Given.

She was a member of Charleston Mountain Mission Church, on the west side of Charleston.

She is survived by her loving husband, James Robert Lemon, and their two daughters, McKenna Grace Lemon and Lydia Hope Lemon, of St. Albans.; brother, Kurtis Barnett of Fairplain; stepbrother, Ryan Benson of Parkersburg; stepsisters, Amy Miller of Ravenswood and Christina Long of Fairplain; maternal grandparents, Phil and Gail Pringle of Fairplain; and paternal grandparents, Bill and Wilma Barnett of Given. Additional loving family members include grandparents, Ron and Susan Gaskins of Evans; mother- and father-in-law, Leann and Bobby Hicks of Dunbar; aunt and uncle, Leslie and Pat Boggess of Given; brother- and sister-in-law, Richard and Tia Lemon of Hurricane; and cousins, Chelsey, Lindsey and Nathan Boggess of Given and Sebastian and Isabella Lemon of Hurricane.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Pastor Kenneth Petry officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by email at, or on our website at

Thomas E. Markham Print Comment Top of page

Thomas Edward Markham, 59, of Port Orange, Fla., passed away July 27, 2015 at home.

He was a 1974 graduate of Charleston High School and attended Marshall University on a full football scholarship.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Markham Jr.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Michelle Markham; sons, Brian Toney and Thomas Christopher (Michelle) Markham; mother, Nancy Peal Field; brothers, Bryan (Tracy) Markham and Gayle (Mary) Field Jr.; sister, Robin (Bill) Rutherford; and grandchildren, Helana Izabella Markham and Mikko Mige Markham.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Pastor Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Marmet Cemetery.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Robert B. Nicholas Print Comment Top of page

Robert B. Nicholas, 73, formerly of St. Albans, passed away Aug. 1, 2015. A private service will be held at a later date. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements,

John H. Pavkovich Print Comment Top of page

John H. Pavkovich, 80, of Scarbro, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, after a short illness.

John worked in the coal mines for many years. He attended Mammoth Holiness Church.

Surviving are his wife, Gathalee Buckner Pavkovich at home; sons, John Pavkovich of Arizona and Jeffrey Pavkovich and his wife, Lora, of Pennsylvania; James Lucas and his wife, Trudie, of Pax; sisters, Joyce Falatko and her husband, Conner, of Pennsylvania and Marilyn Conwell and her husband, Jack, of Pennsylvania; 17 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. John also raised as his own children, Cynthia Cunningham, Wesley Waddell and Shelia Waddell.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, WV 25039, with Pastor Roger Goodwin and Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Burial will follow the service in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home in Cedar Grove.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is serving the Pavkovich family.

Gloria Russell Print Comment Top of page

Gloria Jean Russell, 73, of Saint Albans, passed away Saturday August 1, 2015, at home, surrounded by her family.

Gloria was born May 5, 1942, in Charleston to the late Robey and Margaret Hunt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ervin Russell; and sister, Linda Russell.

She was a homemaker and attended Lower Falls Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Gloria is survived by her daughter, Barbara McDowell of St. Albans; sons, Tim Russell (Lynn) of St. Albans, Mike Russell (Marcia) of St. Albans, and Charles Matthew Russell (LeeLee) of Hurricane; sisters, Janet Russell of St. Albans, Susie Brightwell of St. Albans, Rita Stinson of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Debbie Lowe of N.C.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held noon Tues. Aug. 4, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Reverend Jerry Cantley officiating. Burial will follow in the Teays Hill Cemetery, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Hospice and Amedisys for their loving care of our mother. Also thank you to each one who has supported us with care and prayers through this very difficult time.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is honored to serve the Russell family.

Forrest Lee Shieler Print Comment Top of page

Forrest Lee Shieler, 75, of Cowen, died July 31, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Per his request, his body will be cremated following visitation.

Richard A. Thaxton Print Comment Top of page

Richard Allan Thaxton, 66, of South Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 1, 2015.

Richard was born Aug. 24, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents, Whitt Junior and Ada Thaxton; brother-in-law, Carol Proffitt Sr.; and several aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Terri Thaxton; daughters, Shannon Cline (Drew) of North Carolina, Jennifer Thaxton (Dave) of St. Albans and Tammy Campbell of Campbells Creek; sons, Richard Thaxton Jr. of South Charleston, Alan Newman of Cross Lanes and Richie Thaxton of St. Albans; brother, Steve Thaxton; sisters, Regina McGrath (Chris) and Pat Proffitt; and grandchildren, Kody Proffitt, Star Proffitt, Opal Thaxton, Lillian Thaxton, Chris Cline, Dakota Thaxton and Madison Cline.

Funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Tornado Apostolic Church with Pastor Wilson Hudson officiating. A private family burial will take place.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 5:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Funerals for: August 03, 2015

Atkins, James "Jimmy" Noon, Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Boschian, Leno Jr. 11:30 a.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Bostic, Moanna 11 a.m., Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Charleston.

Bunch, Helen 1 p.m., High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Courts, Deborah J. 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Doss, Sharon 1 p.m., Concord Baptist Church, Henderson.

Grim, Robert "Bob" 11 a.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro.

Hager, Boyd 2 p.m., McGhee

Halstead, Arnett 3 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Hawkins, Roy R. 2 p.m., Stockert

Jones, Bonnie 11 a.m., High Adventure Church, Harts.

McCullough, Gertrude 11 a.m., Groves Funeral Chapel, Union.

McCune, Delmar 11 a.m., Sunrise Cemetery, Beechy Ridge.

Patterson, Rodney 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Sampson, Mary 11 a.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Tucker, Joseph Noon, Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston.

Whittington, Nettie 2 p.m., Bartlett

Workman, Wayne 11 a.m., Pence Cemetery, Campbells Creek.