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Today's Obituaries

Adam Bellew

Adam Kirk Bellew, 31, of Greenville, SC, formerly of Huntington, WV, entered heaven's gates on Sept. 16, 2017.

He attended elementary school in Hurricane, graduated from Huntington High School, and attended Marshall University.

Adam was currently employed at Miracles Hill Ministries in Greenville, SC. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane and attended New Life Baptist Church in Greenville, where he participated in hospital visitation ministries.

Adam loved his family and friends and was always ready for a family gathering. Although he had his struggles, for the last year and a half his focus has been on serving God and using his testimony to help others.

He was preceded in death by his father Bruce Bellew II, sister Katie Bellew, and his grandfathers Bruce Bellew and Bill Heishman, Jr.

Survivors are mother Kathy Heishman of Culloden, grandmothers Francis Bellew of Huntington and Nancy Heishman of Hurricane, aunt Beth (Russ) Nixon of Beckley, uncle Mark Heishman of Hurricane and, cousins Bob (Teri) Bailey, Jacob Heishman, Kelly Heishman, Morgan Nixon, Blake Nixon, and Chris Bailey, as well as many other extended family members. Special mentors include Leon and Donita Brush from Beckley and Rev. Ronnie Powell from Greenville. He also leaves his furry friends, Annie and Nellie.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to Brian's Safe House or Sparrow's Nest (PO Box 1122, Beckley, WV 25802).

You may share memories with the family by visiting Adam's tribute page at

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

Travis Blake

Travis Levi Blake, 26, of Exchange, passed away on July 22, 2017. There will be a celebration of his life on his birthday, September 23. Family and friends are invited to come to the Heaters Community Building at 1 p.m. to share stories. Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods, is serving the family.

Janet Hardman Bryant

Janet "Jan" Hardman Bryant, 86, of Ripley, passed away September 18, 2017, at Jackson General Hospital.

She was born April 19, 1931, in Roane County, a daughter of the late Rader and Elsie Gandee Hardman. She was a graduate of Spencer High School, and owner of Bryant Accounting in Ripley for 25 years. Jan enjoyed sewing, quilting, and loved Bible Study.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jim Bryant, a brother Charles "Conn" Hardman, mother-in-law Thelma Hall and step father-in-law Don Hall.

She is survived by her son, Bill Bryant and his wife Diane of Washington, W.Va.; Daughter Susan Bryant Fisher and her husband Charles of Goldtown; brothers John Hardman and George Hardman both of Spencer; grandchildren Isaac Casto and his wife Deidra of Buckhannon and Amy Beth Smith and her husband Jordan of Huttonsville;great-grandchildren Sylvia Casto and Whitley and River Smith; a special friend whom was like a son, Keith "Bear" Ware.

Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Harry Casdorph Jr.

Harry Casdorph, Jr., 85, of Charleston, passed away September 18, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Friends may visit two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Fred T. Casteel

Fred T. Casteel, 87, of St. Albans, passed away on September 18, 2017. He was the son of the late Hester Marie (Haskiell) and Fred W. Casteel. He was the loving husband of Sandra P. (Price) Casteel.

Fred was an active member of Lake View Methodist Church in St. Albans. He was a lay minister, Bible study coordinator and a Sunday school teacher. Fred worked for the Mine Safety and Health Administration as a District Manager. Being outdoors brought Fred great joy. He loved to take walks, grow tomatoes, fish, and hunt. He enjoyed helping others; he wrote many grants to help those in need, and would give to the homeless shelter weekly. He was a member of Gideons International St. Albans Camp.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife; daughter, Brenda Jo Casteel Butler and her husband, David of Bethlehem, Pa.; stepchildren, Jason Webb, Charles "Rusty" Webb and Catherine Tate; eight grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Lila Casteel. Fred was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Casteel Mullens; brothers, Donald Casteel and Arnold Casteel and sister, Frances Peaslee.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, at Camp Ground Cemetery, Tunnelton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 721 St. Albans, WV 25179.

Condolences may be offered online at

Roy Samuel Crites Jr.

Roy Samuel Crites Jr., 85, of Powellton, entered into rest, Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Born November 23, 1931, in Birch River, he was the son of the late Roy Samuel and Branna Marie Tinney. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Billy Crites; and sister, Evelyn Batten.

Roy served in the U.S. Air Force for 3 Years, he was also a U.S. Postal Service worker for many years at Montgomery.

Roy is survived by his sons, Mark Allen Crites of Charleston, and Michael Crites of Pratt; daughter, Tina Marie Petry of Beckley; brothers, Aubrey Crites of Fla., Robert "Bobby" Crites of Calif., Arthur Crites of Tenn., Jimmy Crites of Ala., grandchildren, Justin Michael Petry, Jeremy Scott Petry, Joshua Mark Petry, Steven Michael Crites, Chelsea Morgan Crites; great- grandchildren, Avah Marie Petry, Abram Scott Petry, Joseph Michael Petry, Silas James Maher, Mikey Crites and Joshua Crites.

Services will be held 7:30 p.m., Thursday September 21, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Tim Bowers speaking.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday September 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Crites family.

Carnie Evans

Carnie Mae Evans, 107, of Hamlin, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017, in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington. She was born on September 24, 1909, in Myra, to the late Green Wood and Myrtle (Bench) Mullins. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, at Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Friends and family can call between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., prior to the service.

Gabriel Farrell

Gabriel Elias (Metheney) Farrell passed away September 14, 2017. He was born August 29, 2017, at Akron Children's Hospital. A funeral service was held at Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg, on Tuesday, September 19.

Carol Atkins Goughnour

Carol Atkins Goughnour, 83, of Tallahassee, Fla., died August 6, 2017, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, J. Robert, brother, William Gravely II, six children and eight grandchildren. She was a native of Charleston. She also lived in Lexington, Ky. A celebration of her life was held in Tallahassee. She will be interned at Mountain View cemetery.

Patrick Hannah

Mr. Patrick Harold Hannah, 53, of Beckley, died Sunday September 10, 2017. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, at Ritchie& Johnson Funeral Parlor, in Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James Harmon

James "Pluto" G. Harmon, 76, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, September 22, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday September 23, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Rachel Alice Lewis

Rachel Alice Lewis, 28, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, Ky., from medical complications after years of struggling with drug addiction. Rachel was a lifelong resident of Charleston and a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She was a graduate of George Washington High School and attended West Virginia University. Rachel enjoyed tap dancing and music. She was a huge animal lover, with many pets of her own.

Rachel was a kind and loving person with a huge heart. She was a loyal daughter,  sister and friend. She tried so hard to be there for others while fighting so many of her own internal conflicts. She was preceded in death by her father, Brad Lewis; and paternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Counts Lewis. She is survived by her mother, Maureen Babcock Lewis of Charleston; maternal grandparents, Henry and Anna Babcock of St. Albans; sister, Madeline Lewis at home; brother, Alexander Lewis at West Virginia University; Aunts and Uncles Tom and Kim Lewis of Charleston, Scott and Kelly High of St. Albans, George and Colleen Denkins of Hurricane, Mitchell and Nahla Lewis of Charleston and Loren and Lisa Lange of Wisconsin; and numerous cousins and friends.  Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Charleston with the Reverend Alan Kim Webster officiating.  Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the amazing staff at CAMC General and Memorial who worked compassionately to care for her.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Rachel to:  St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Rd, Charleston, WV 25314.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Evelyn Mastalerz

Evelyn Bialek Mastalerz, age 91, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Kline Hospice House in Frederick, Md., surrounded by her children.

Evelyn was born in McKees Rocks, Pa., on October 17, 1925, the daughter of Stanley and Mary Bialek. She married Frank Mastalerz on May 18, 1946. After 67 years of marriage, Frank passed away on October 4, 2012. She was dedicated to her husband, children and her faith. She enjoyed cooking/baking, taking cruises and traveling, reading, and her practicing her Catholic faith and Polish heritage.

She is survived by her children: Carol Mastalerz of Frederick, MD, Margaret Price (Robert) of Dunbar, WV, Dr. Frank Mastalerz, Jr. (Vickie) of Morgantown, WV, and Mary Post (Jim) of Saint Louis, MI. Grandchildren: Kevin Mastalerz (Megan) of Owings Mills, MD, Greg Mastalerz (Jennifer) of Philadelphia, PA, and Dr. Erika Mastalerz of Hickory, NC. Great granddaughter Willa Jane Mastalerz of Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by her sister Stella Wasco of Pittsburgh, PA and Lucille Bradley of Denver, CO.

Funeral services will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Charleston, Thursday September 21, at 1 p.m., with Father Joseph Augustine officiating. Burial will take place after at Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the funeral at the Harding Funeral Home, 514 50th St. SE Charleston, WV. Funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 12:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in the name of Evelyn Mastalerz to Kline Hospice House, 7000 Kimmel Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771. Visit for further information. The family expresses their sincere appreciate for the excellent and compassionate care provided by the staff of the Kline Hospice House.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Harding Funerals & Cremations is serving the Mastalerz family.

Dr. Gerald L. Morgan

Dr. Gerald L. Morgan, 80, of Vienna, died Sunday September 17, 2017, at CCMC Memorial Campus. He was born in South Charleston, a son of the late Leslie F. and Ellen (Gilbert) Morgan.

Dr. Morgan graduated from from Alderson-Broaddus College; received his Master of Divinity at Crozer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa., post graduate from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., and was awarded his Doctor of Divinity by Alderson-Broaddus College. He served as a trustee for Alderson-Broaddus College. He pastored many churches including First Baptist Church in Parkersburg, First Baptist Church in Clendenin, First Baptist Church in Sistersville, Marmet Baptist Church, and First Baptist Mabscott. He also served as interim minister for many churches in Glenville, Marietta, Wheeling, Kanawha City, Oakwood, Ravenswood, Mt. Zion in Mineral Wells, and Emmanuel, South Parkersburg, and Lauckport in Parkersburg. He was president of the Wood County Ministerial Association, served the Chaplain Association at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, moderator at Parkersburg Ministerial Association, was President of the West Virginia Baptist Convention in 1996, and President of the Educational Society for the Convention for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Carole Clarke Morgan; three daughters Lisa Hamrick (Ed) of Elkview, Lori Schramm of Marietta, Ohio, and Cathy Compton (George) of Belpre; four grandchildren Jamie (Kourtney) and Hunter (Heather) Hamrick and Mikaela and Kelby Schramm; and a great-grandson Kasen Schramm.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Rebecca Jane Morgan.

Memorial services will be noon, Saturday, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, with Dr. Kurt Busiek and Dr. Lawrence Hoptry officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church or Parkersburg Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the famliy at

Lula Nutter

Lula Belle Nutter, 87, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017, in Center, Texas. She was born on June 20, 1930, in Hico, to Walter Lee Norman and Minnie Belle Carte Norman. Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, September 25, at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, W.Va. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted is in charge of local arrangements.

Donald Patton

Mr. Donald Ray Patton, 59, of Hurricane, passed away at home after a short illness on September 16, 2017.

Donald was a graduate of Nitro High School. He served our nation in the Army, Coast Guard and National Guard. His career path showed his empathy and compassion to helping others. His greatest accomplishment he would say was his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

He was preceded in death by his son Cameron Seth Patton, grandparents John and Ada Sanson, father Richard Patton, mother Darlene Sanson Patton Tyler and brother Charles Patton.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 24 years, Mrs. Melissa Patton; son Donald Ray Patton, II; daughter Kathryn Dawn Patton (Adam) of Hurricane; grandson Michael Seth Lindsco; granddaughter Olivia Virginia Stanley; grandson Gabriel Stanley; brother John (Joyce) Patton of Poca; nephews Michael (Karen) Patton of Hometown and John Boy Patton of Hurricane; aunt Francis Sanson of Eleanor; uncle Everette Sanson of Eleanor and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A tribute to the life of Donald will be 10 a.m., Thursday September 21, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Erin Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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

Lewis Pelkey Jr.

Louis David Pelkey Jr., 73, of Mount Nebo, passed away on Monday, September 18. Mass of Christian of Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, September 22, in the Saint John's Catholic Church, at Summersville. Friends may call at the White Funeral Home at Summersville on Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a Rosary will be recited at that time.

Jim Russell

Jim 'Perry Cline" Russell, 83, of Chesapeake, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, at CAMC General Division, after a long illness. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Cooke Funeral Home Cedar Grove is serving the Russell Family.

Eugene Hezekiah Washington

Eugene Hezekiah Washington, 85, of St. Albans, formerly of Jochin ( Cabin Creek), West Virginia, was called to be with his Lord and Savior on September 16, 2017. A resident of St. Albans since 1940, he was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans, West Virginia, a 1947 Valedictorian Of Carter G. Woodson Junior High School, St. Albans, a 1950 Honor graduate of Garnet High School, a 1957 graduate of West Virginia State College, and a retired teacher in Logan County Schools with 28 years of service. He did graduate work at Marshall University, Huntington. Mr. Washington will be remembered for his numerous kind and generous acts, as well as a community and church historian.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Alexander Washington and Beatrice Marie Pharr Washington; his grandparents; a sister, Alma Elizabeth; three half-sisters and a half-brother. Survivors who cherish his memory include cousins, friends, former students and nieces, and his Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church family. A celebration of his life will be held at noon on September 22, at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 821 B street St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund. Preston Funeral Home Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Paul White

Paul Ephraim White, 35, of Ravenswood, passed away unexpectedly of a heart condition on September 12, 2017. Paul was born on October 2, 1981, in Charleston. A memorial service will be held for Paul on Sunday September 24, at 2 p.m., at Riverfront Park in Ravenswood. Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood is assisting the family.

Rick Winnell

Rick Winnell, 64, of South Charleston, passed away on September 17, 2017. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Family and friends may visit on Friday September, 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Funerals for: September 20, 2017

Bailey, Helen 11 a.m., Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Clendenen, Elsie 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Francis, Langston 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Hannah, Patrick 1 p.m., Ritchie& Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Horn, Linda 1 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Mitchell, Frank 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Moses, Mary Clare 11 a.m. , Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane.

Richardson, Arthur 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Smith, Billy 11 a.m., Taylor

Smith, Juanita 1 p.m., Cunningham