Today's Obituaries

Kenley Anderson

Kenley Ann Anderson, infant daughter of Steven Chad and Jessica Raye (Stone) was stillborn on Thursday, October 20, 2016, in Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, W.Va. Private family service will be Sunday, October 23, at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Rose Anderson

Rose Cadle Anderson, of Pickaway, died Friday, October 21, 2016. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.

Kelly Sue Ashworth

Kelly Sue Ashworth, 45, of St. Albans, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016, at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of Susan L. Carrier and the Roger C. Spurlock. Kelly was an avid reader. She enjoyed canning, quilting, painting ceramics, and watching her favorite shows, The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead. Kelly loved to go on adventures with her fiancé: zip lining, going to Renaissance festivals, eating lobster in Maine, and shopping at IKEA.

Kelly is preceded in death by her son, Roger Cole Spurlock.

She will be missed by her fiancé of 19 years, Michael Carey; son, Cody Allen Ashworth; mother, Susan Carrier; "new daddy", James Smith; sisters, Rhonda Banks, and Lisa Tincher (Michael); grandchildren, Jamie Allen, Jack Caden, and Annabel Marie; and nieces, Tori Sue and Sarah Marie; best friend of 35 years who was with her until the end, Patricia Wilcoxen.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, October 24, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Camp officiating.

Kelly was an organ donor through CORE.

In honor of Kelly, the family asks those who attend to wear jeans and an orange or tye dye t-shirt in her honor.

Online condolence can be left by visiting:

Delores Bare

Delores "Dodie" Arlene Bare, 70, of Charleston, went to be with the Lord on October 20, 2016. She was born on August 22, 1946, to Charles and Theresa Jacobs. She was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Lanny R. Bare, of Charleston; and her two children, Mr. Brian "Bubby" M. Bare of Belle and Dr. Karen M. Bare-Oldham of Hurricane. She was a remarkable grandmother to four amazing granddaughters, Taylor Bare-Humphreys, Haidyn Bare, Sophia Bare and Tylee Oldham. She also was an awesome grandmother to one amazing grandson, Colton "CJ" Jacob Oldham; and great-grandmother to two amazing great-granddaughters, Lainey and Rylee Humphreys.

Dodie attended Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Charleston Catholic High School and West Virginia Tech University, where she was a member of Delta Zeta. She was retired from Kanawha County Schools, where she worked as a cook and head cook for a plethora of years. She was a member and local chapter representative for the American Federation of Teachers and Service Personnel and showed her love, advice and support to many that needed her help. She will forever be remembered. Her humor, love, compassion and blunt honesty will always be part of our daily conversations and treasured memories.

The family would like to extend special thanks, prayers and love to the Hospice Caregivers and the Doctors and support members that stood by her and showed her their love and support to our family in our time of need. She truly was blessed for years under the care of Dr. Phister at CAMC and Dr. Oakley at Cabell Huntington Hospital. She talked about them daily as she treated them to lunches and loved the care they provided her. The Hospice caregivers were truly outstanding and we appreciated them letting her have her wish to come home. Her journey was made with comfort and love and all her wishes were granted. She will truly remain forever with us and guide and protect us until we meet again.

Dodie will be cremated by Tri-State Cremation Society and Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. You may send condolences to 148 Point Lick Drive, Charleston, WV 25306. Her ashes will remain over her fireplace mantle to watch over her family. Online Condolences may be expressed to family at

Barbara Burgess

Barbara A. Burgess, lost her long battle with cancer on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Barbara was born October 30, 1939, to her parents, Ruth Wilkinson Grimes and James Grimes of New Castle, Del.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving children, son, Robert James Burgess; daughter, Sandra Lee Burgess; step-father, Tasker Thomas Clark; and sister, Ruth I. Hill.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. Burgess; daughter, Deborah Evans; her husband, Edward Evans; sister, Jeannette Riley of Ariz.; and her only granddaughter, Kiersten L. Dilling.

She was a devoted grandmother like no other. In many ways, Barbara lived her life for Kiersten, a special needs child. They had an unbreakable, remarkable bond of pure love that was unrivaled and will continue to give us comfort and sustain us all during this difficult time and as we reflect.

Barbara was blessed to have the love and support of nieces, Kim Peters and Vicki Thomas of Charleston, also, Lisa Stanfield of Ala. Barbara loved her in-laws, Jerry and Beverly Burgess, their children and grandchildren; brother-in-law, Dennis Burgess; son, Rick; plus numerous nieces and nephews; and of course, her extended "second" family, Deborah Denn, Robin, Bobby and Allen Chance, all of Del.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, October 24, at Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston with Pastor James Chessor officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Graceland Memorial Park. Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Gene Butler

Billy Gene Butler, 83, of Colcord, W.Va., died October 21, 2016. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, October 24, at the Sycamore Free Pentecostal Church, Colcord, W.Va. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, in the church.

Juanita Clark

Juanita E. Clark, 92, of Nitro, passed away on October 21, 2016, following a short illness.

Juanita was born September 30, 1924, to the parents of Kenna J. and Eva Ashley Shamblin of Clendenin.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Harley, Norman, Jack, Paul, and Gene Shamblin; and sisters, Jessie Smith, Bess Crabtree, and Dorothy Reese; along with grandson, Andrew Humphreys.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Billy K. Clark; children, Suzie Clark Humphreys and husband, Randy of Cross Lanes, Randy Clark and wife, Sue of Hurricane, and Judy Clark Whipkey and husband, Kevin of Nitro; grandchildren, Kristin Humphreys Putnam and husband, Wes of Indian Land, S.C., Dr. Grant Clark and wife, Elizabeth of Knoxville, Tenn., Kate Clark Whitt and husband, Chief Jason Whitt, US Navy of Virginia Beach, Va., Tyler Whipkey of Lexington, Ky., and Tanner Whipkey of Nitro; great-grandchildren, Brooks and Dayton Putnam, Eli and Adele Clark; plus numerous nieces and nephews, and a loving extended family.

Juanita was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Nitro, where she served as a ruling Elder, member of The Women of the Church, Sunday School teacher, and member of the choir. She was also a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, and accomplished seamstress who devoted much of her time outfitting many in the community with wedding attire. She later devoted her talents to quilting.

Her professional career began with Elk Refinery, followed by Ford, Bacon and Davis, Inc., Union Carbide, Westvaco, and Dr. Herb Brooks, DDS, following her graduation from Clendenin High School. She later was employed by Kanawha Co. Schools as a bus driver, retiring after 16 years of service.

Following a private burial service, visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 23, at the First Presbyterian Church of Nitro, 21st Street immediately followed by a memorial service officiated by Rev. David Lee and Rev. Pete Thompson, and reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following charities:

Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp, c/o Melinda Gibson, 2274 Docks Creek Rd., Kenova, WV 25330,

Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Hospital, 4605 MacCorkle Ave SW, So. Charleston, WV 25309, or

First Presbyterian Church of Nitro, 111 21st Street, Nitro, WV 25143.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro is in charge of arrangements.

Agnes Daubner

Agnes "Jean" Handley Daubner, 79, of Hurricane, died Thursday, October 20, 2016. There will be no formal service held at this time. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane is serving the Daubner family. (

Frances Dillon

Frances Louise Gibson Dillon, 92, of Hurricane, died October 21, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Historical Sanctuary, 2150 Mt. Vernon Road, Hurricane.Visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, October 24, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned at located at 3624 Winfield Road, Winfield is honored to serve the Gibson family.

Ira Eskins, Jr.

Ira D. "Poppins" Eskins, Jr., 84, of Malden, died Thursday, October 20, 2016. Arrangements will be forth coming under the direction of Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Family and friends of Paul R. Bailey, CMSGT (ret), please come together and celebrate his life on Saturday, October 29th. Paul was the only child of Paul H. Bailey (dec) and Opal Perdue Bailey (dec) formerly of Cross Lanes. He attended Point Harmony Ele

Please join us at the home of Steve and LouAnn Hartley, 703 Collinwood Road, Hurricane, WV 25526 on Saturday, October 29th from 2PM until 6PM, as we relive memories together in celebration of a life well lived.

Waitman Frederick

Waitman Lawrence Frederick, 79, of Glenville, died October 21, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 24, at the Sand Fork Church of God Prophecy. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 23, at the church. Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Alice Frum

Alice Frum, 65, of Hillsboro, W.Va., died Thursday, October 20, 2016. Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye, WV will be conducting a private funeral service for the family.

Ruby Frymier

Ruby Jean Hinzman Frymier, 92, of Bull Fork Road in Tanner, W.Va., departed this life Friday, October 21, 2016. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday at the mortuary. Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to serve the family of Ruby Jean Frymier with arrangements.

Daniel Hodges

Daniel Lee Hodges, 56, of Uniontown, Ohio, died October 12, 2016. Memorial service and celebration of Daniel's life will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Helen Johnson

Mrs. Helen E. Johnson 87 of Ranger, died Thursday, October 20, 2016. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 29, at the Ranger United Baptist Church at Ranger. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, WV are serving the Johnson Family.

James Mullins

James Corbett Mullins, 71, of Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 17, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born in Charleston on June 22, 1945, to the late William and Harriet Mullins.

James was a loving husband to the love of his life to which he was married 32 years and 2 months.

He served on the Pinch Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of Hissom Church of the Nazarene. He served proudly as a food pantry volunteer for several years. James loved to fish, watch Mountaineer football and Nascar #24.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister; and two brothers.

James is survived by his wife, Phyllis Mullins of Charleston; son, Edward Wiles of Charleston; daughter, Regina Centers of Charleston; grandchildren, Zachary of Charleston, Justin of Morgantown, Andrea of Fla. and Lindsay of Fla.; one great-grandson; a special nephew, John of Charleston; and several brothers and sisters.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Joyce and Mike Moore, Nurse Ronna, Nurse Alisha, Nurse Danielle, Dr. Nanjundappa, Dr. Mandapaka and Dr. Justice along with the staff of CAMC Memorial Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital for their care.

Graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, October 24, at Graceland Memorial Park with Pastor Bonnie Hissom officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.

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

Rebecca Mullins

Rebecca Joyce Mullins, 75, of Ripley, passed away and finally became free from her pain, October 19, 2016.

Matthew 5:4 - "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

Matthew 11:28 - "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

She was born January 21, 1941, in Mannington, W.Va., the daughter of the late Tully L. and Frances Naomi (Moore) McElfresh.

Becky, was a former employee of FMC Ordinance Center and a former ward clerk at St. Francis Hospital. She was a member of the Jackson County Democratic Women and the Randolph Street Baptist Church in Charleston.

She was a beautifully spirited, plainspoken lady who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, David W. Mullins; son, Todd Mullins; daughters, Samra J. Mullins, Heather and her husband, Robby Ratliff and Melissa J. Mullins; grandchildren, David A. (Ekta) Mullins, Megan (Nathan) Vannest, Michael Mullins, Chelsea Mullins, Cliff Kay, Colton Kay and Bekah Kay; great-grandchildren, Dalton Mullins and Cole Mullins; brother, Lanny McElfresh and her sister, Gwenn Tittle.

In keeping with her request to further medical science, her remains have been donated to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, Athens, OH. There will be a private family ceremony held at a later date.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared with the family at:

Richard Pauley

Richard O'Dell Pauley, 85, of Portage, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016.

He was born July 8, 1931, in South Charleston, W.Va., to the late Leonidas and Grace (Patterson) Pauley. He was a 1951 graduate of Charleston High School. Richard was a Pipefitter that retired from the Budd Company in 1983 with 24 years of service when the plant closed, he later retired from the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Chicago with 10 years of service. He also worked in power plants in W.V. and East Chicago. He was a loving father and grandfather that taught his children to work on cars and maintain their homes properly. He loved making Balsa Wood Model Airplanes and reading westerns and sea stories.

On October 26, 1951, he married the love of his life, Ava B. (nee Tolar) Pauley, who survives him; also surviving are his four children, Michael J. (Felegia) Pauley, Richard Douglas Pauley, Thomas Q. Pauley and Betsy S. (Norman) Pauley Cuthbert; one half-brother; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends. He will surely be missed.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David S. Pauley; four half-brothers and half-sisters.

Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Avenue, Portage, Indiana 46368. Cremation will follow. Ashes will be interred in Cunningham Memorial Cemetery in St. Albans, W.Va. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are preferred to the Southern Care Hospice Service, 1101 E. Glendale Blvd., Suite 102, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Online condolences may be submitted at

Meredith Perry

Meredith Diann Perry, 63, of Charles Town, W.Va., died October 20, 2016. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday October 26, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Evelyn Reed

Evelyn K. (Jones) Reed, 69, of Orange Park, Fla., formerly of Blue Creek, W.Va., passed away at Haven Hospice House, Orange Park, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl L. Jones and Frances V. (Taylor) Jones; brothers, Marvin P. Jones, Earl L. Jones, Jr. and Barry D. Jones.

She is survived by brother, Darrell, K. (Janey) Jones; and aunt, Wilideen Shamblin, who raised her.

She was a graduate of Herbert Hoover High Shool.

Evelyn will be buried in The Jones Family Cemetery at Dutch Ridge, W.Va. There will be no service, by her request.

Morgan Riley

Morgan Thomas Riley, 78, of Powellton, died October 20, 2016.

He was born at Hugheston on July 10, 1938, to the late Morgan and Elizabeth Caldwell Riley.

He was retired from Diamond Shamrock, Belle as a Shift Supervisor.

He is survived by his children, Morgan Thomas Riley of Va., Debra Lake of Dingy, W.Va., Kevin Riley of Va., Michael Riley of Va., Ashley Riley of Powellton, and Chad Riley of Powellton; grandchildren, Jennifer, Carl, Madison, Faith, Ben, Brooklyn, Braley, Dallas, Joe, and John; great-grandchildren, Brynna, Kobe, Gavin, and Allie Grace.

Service will be 1 p.m., Monday, October 24, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with the Rev. Joe Darlington officiating. Burial will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Richard Staten, Jr.

Richard Howard Staten, Jr., of White Sulphur Springs, died Thursday, October 20, 2016. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

James Sutphin

James Ervin "Jiggs" Sutphin, 74, of Julian, W.Va., passed away October 20, 2016, at his home. He was born August 13, 1942, at Greenview, W.Va., and was a son of the late John Henry and Nancy Elkins Sutphin.

He was an electrician for Sharples Coal Mines and was a member of the UMWA Local 17. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of the Danville Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edana Sue Pauley Sutphin; sons, James L. David W. and Charles R. Sutphin, all of Julian; brother, William Sutphin of Massillon, Ohio; sister, Roselyn Doss of Danville; four grandchildren, Lindsey Sutphin, David Sutphin II, Katylin Sutphin and Charles Sutphin II; four great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jayce, Dahlia and Gwendolyn; and a host of family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, October 24, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Evangelist Mark Wheatley officiating. Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison with military graveside rites performed by Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison, WV. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Lonnie Thomas

Lonnie Jay Thomas, 57, of Nettie, died Friday October 21, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, October 24, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Ruth Wagner

Ruth Esther Wagner, 92, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016.

She was born June 9, 1924, to William S. Carter and Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, John Pierson Sr.; second husband, Xerxes Wagner; and son, John Pierson Jr.

Ruth is survived by her sister, Chila Carter; daughter, Ruth Frame; son, William Pierson; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Per her wishes, there will be no service.

Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans is assisting Ruth's family with arrangements.

Patsy Wilson

Patsy Jean Jones Wilson, passed away September 1, 2016, at the Parkview Sharpe Hospice, San Diego, Calif., following a long battle with cancer.

Ms. Wilson was born April 7, 1932, the second daughter of Rosetta Macel Nichols Jones and Henry Bradford Jones. Ms. Wilson graduated from Gauley Bridge High School, Gauley Bridge, and the Charleston School of Business, Charleston. Following her move to California, Ms. Wilson graduated from San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif., with a BA in Education. Ms. Wilson held several administrative assistant positions including in the Graduate School Office at San Diego State University and in the Children's Court, San Diego. Ms. Wilson was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Ms. Wilson was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Helen Jones Brindle, and her former husband of 30 years, Kyle Wilson.

Ms. Wilson is survived by her children, Marc Wilson and Robin Wilson, of San Diego, Calif.; her grandchildren, Hailey and Dustin; her sister, Joyce Jones Silvernail (William) of Dothan, Ala.; her brother, Wayne Jones (Rosalie) of Moon Township, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by American Crematorium Services, San Diego, CA. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Funerals for: October 23, 2016

Bailey, Pauline 2 p.m., Upper Glade Presbyterian Church, Upperglade.

Berry, Rolanda 2 p.m., Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson.

Board, Peggy 3 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nito.

Clark, Juanita 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Nitro.

Clark, Steven 3 p.m., Memorial Funeral Directory, Princeton.

Cook, James 1 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Cottrell, Donald 2 p.m., Wilson

Delaney, Deloris Noon, Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

Huffman, Hazel 1:30 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Hylton, Gladys 2 p.m., Hollywood Cemetery, Hollywood.

Miller, Betty 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Pauley, Jimmy 2 p.m., Briar Creek Baptist Church, Brounland.

Robinson, Elmer 2 p.m., Barlett

Shamblin, John 2 p.m., Nitro Moose Lodge, Nitro.

Shaver, Ruby 2 p.m., Taylor

Staats, Sharon 5 p.m., Independent Fellowship Church, Ravenswood.

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