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Sylvia D. Acord Print Comment Top of page

Sylvia D. Acord, 52, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 29, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospitak. There will be no service. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Jackie Lee Atha Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Jackie Lee Atha Sr., 73, of Kimberly, died Aug. 30, 2015. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Bill M. Barton Print Comment Top of page

Bill M. Barton, 86, of Point Pleasant, died Aug. 30, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation one hour prior.

Maxine Burgess Brown Print Comment Top of page

On Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 2015, Maxine Burgess Brown received one last kiss from the lover of her life, Frank Brown, and entered into the love and care of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Maxine was born July 13, 1940 to the late Vernon and Hazel Burgess of Handley.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Franklin D. Brown; two children, Thomas F. Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Debra Ann Kennedy and her husband, David Kennedy, of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Alexis Kennedy Thompson and her husband, Ryan, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Austin Kennedy of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Franklin Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and one brother, Michael Burgess and his wife, Robin, of Spencer.

One of Maxine's greatest joys was attending The Morris Drive Church of Jesus Christ. She was a faithful member for over 54 years, and the members of the church were like family to her.

Known for her ease in frequent conversations with total strangers, Maxine was the friend everyone wanted to have. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many who are now being changed by her witness of constant nurturing, love and faith, which is how she lived her life daily.Maxine always put others needs before her own, and it gave her great joy to touch the lives of others and make a difference each day. Even in her last days, she was thinking of others and giving to the very end. Her signature gift of kindness, which was shown through her constant love. Kindness and joy in her heart will never be forgotten. She went out of her way to make people feel special and loved. Maxine was described as an angel on earth, and anyone who came into contact with her felt her gentle, kind and caring ways.

Married for over 57 years, Frank and Maxine Burgess Brown raised their two children possessing a true servant's heart. Maxine faithfully cared for her family and friends through delicious cooking and baking, including her famous blackberry cobbler. A woman of faith and the heart of the Brown family, Maxine shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, always living her life in God's light. With a real zest for life, she loved spending time with her family, who have so many special memories that will live on a lifetime with special Mom/Grandma stories. Her greatest love was her husband of 57 years, Frank Brown. Theirs was a true love story that movies were made of. They were constant companions with their mutual love of God, family and good times shopping, enjoying good meals together and enjoying their morning coffee and conversation daily.

She will be sadly missed by a multitude of family, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, but never forgotten.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ on Morris Creek, Montgomery, with Bishop Paul Rose officiating and Steve Bennett and Greg Petry assisting. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church, and also one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of the arrangements, and expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Geneva K. Clendenin Print Comment Top of page

Geneva K. Clendenin, 89, of Sissonville, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 29, 2015.

Geneva was a member of Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church and loved attending services when she was able. She was also a former "Granny" for Kanawha County Schools.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Kemp W. Clendenin; parents, Grant and Hazel Null; and several brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her loving daughters, Mary Spencer and husband, Charlie, of Sissonville and Sandra Nutter and husband, Bobby, of Ripley; son, Roy Clendenin of Sissonville; grandchildren, Nathan Spencer and Kathy Yvonne Fields; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Spencer, Nathaniel and Matthew Nutter and Gabriel Fields.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Pastor Gary Blackwell officiating. Private family burial will follow at Clendenin Cemetery, Sissonville.

Visitation will be two hours prior to service time at the funeral home.

Memorials in Geneva's name are suggested to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Clendenin family.

Ruby C. Cottrell Print Comment Top of page

Ruby Catherine Johnson Cottrell, 91, of Hurricane, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Regency Place Assisted Living, Scott Depot.

She was born Jan. 3, 1924 in Hurricane, the daughter of the late Orville and Martha Easter Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Odell Cottrell, in 2005. She was a beautician and member of First Baptist Church, Hurricane.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara "Bobbi" and James Harper of Hurricane; one son, Judson and Bobbie Cottrell of Scott Depot; one brother, Donald Johnson of Hurricane; and four grandchildren, Mary Katherine Poland, B.J. Boydston, Steven Judd Cottrell and Shawn Cottrell.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at First Baptist Church, Hurricane, with the Rev. Jim McGehee officiating. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonmortuary.com.

Harry Junior Crowder Print Comment Top of page

Harry Junior Crowder, 61, of Mount Alto, died Aug. 29, 2015. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Fairplain Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

James Lloyd Greene Print Comment Top of page

James L. "Jim" Greene, 81, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., after a short illness. He was born March 3, 1934 to Van Buren and Inez Mitchell Greene at Greenview, Boone County, W.Va.

Jim graduated from DuPont High School in 1953 and retired from DuPont Plant in Belle, W.Va. After serving in the U.S. Army, Jim served until his retirement from the WV Army National Guard.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rosalie Greene Moore. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Sandra Thornton and Kelly Greene; grandchildren, Doug Thornton and wife, Kelly, Abigail Thornton, Sydney Thornton, Ian O'Keefe and Emily O'Keefe; sisters, Patsy Marks and husband, Fred, and Emma Vandell and husband, Ron; brother, Gary Greene and wife, Melanie; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends to cherish his memory by remembering his humor and generosity.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va. A memorial service will be held the following day, Saturday, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Anyone choosing to do so may donate to the Rand Community Center or a favorite charity, in lieu of flowers.

Tony Dale Hawkins Print Comment Top of page

Tony Dale Hawkins, 47, of Clifton, died Aug. 27, 2015. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation two hours prior.

Thomas James Holt Print Comment Top of page

Thomas James Holt, 78, passed away Aug. 20, 2015 in Grand Blanc, Mich. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Richwood Presbyterian Church. Information provided by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Wilma Lee Jarrett Print Comment Top of page

Wilma Lee Jarrett, 84, of Elkview, passed away Aug. 29, 2015 at CAMC General Hospital.

She loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Dolly Pauley; five brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by her sons, Alex Schwaiger and John Schwaiger; daughter, Cynthia Jarvis; and brother, Harry Pauley.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Young officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the Jarrett family.

Obed Johnson Print Comment Top of page

Obed Johnson, 70, of Wharncliffe, died Aug. 28, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer Church, Hampden. Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Paul E. McClanahan Print Comment Top of page

Paul Edward McClanahan, 40, of Danville, passed away Aug. 29, 2015 in a tragic house fire. Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the McClanahan family.

Mabel J. Montgomery Print Comment Top of page

Mabel J. Montgomery, 79, of St. Albans, died Aug. 30, 2015. Service will be noon Thursday, Sept. 3, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with visitation one hour prior.

Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Ofiesh Print Comment Top of page

Libby Ofiesh, 95, of Charleston, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 at home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Bakey Corey Cassis; sisters, Josephine and Roseline; and brothers, Cleo, Mike, Lee and Mose.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 64 years, Simon; daughters, Becky, Terry and Susan (FISH); sister, Marie Cassis; nieces, Diana (John) Shdeed and Dede Cassis; nephew, David (Margie) Cassis and Daniel Cassis; great-nieces, Danielle Cassis, Lauren Cassis, Meredith Shdeed and Lisa (John) Haddy; and great-nephews, David Lee Cassis II, Daniel Lee Cassis II and Mark Rankin.

A graduate of Charleston High School and then business school, Libby began a career at Union Carbide before retiring to marry and raise a family. Like her mother, she was a talented cook and expert seamstress.

Libby was a devoted member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral and the Ladies Guild. She followed the teachings of the church and instilled them in her family. May her memory be eternal.

Special thanks to her physician, Dr. Nicholas Cassis Jr., family friend, Karen (Bean) Pauley, and caregiver, Latashia Davenport, for their faithful and loving care of Libby.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Lee and Court Streets, Charleston, with Trisagion prayers at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service to honor Libby's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, with the Rev. Father Christopher Eid, Father Stephen DeYoung and the Very Rev. Father Olof Scott officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Libby's honor to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25327 and/or Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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

Sandra Pettry Print Comment Top of page

Sandra Pettry, 71, of Charleston, passed away at home Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 after a long illness. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Ida Lucille Powers Print Comment Top of page

Ida Lucille Powers, 84, of Craigsville, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Summersville Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Lucille was born Oct. 19, 1930 in Richwood, to the late Kenneth and Charlotte Morrison Ritchie.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Craigsville. She was a true Christian lady.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

She was kind and gentle and had a loving smile; flowers and grandbabies made her very happy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shelva, and brother, Larald Ritchie.

Surviving are her three sons, Eddie and Cathy Powers of Craigsville, Larry Powers and Kathy Thompson of Craigsville and Terry and Debbie Powers of Craigsville; brother, Loran and Judy Ritchie of Craigsville; sister, Elaine and Jim Hancock of Lowndes, Ala.; aunt, Kitty Jenkins of Craigsville; granddaughter, Misty Hines of Canvas; and two great-grandchildren, Emma Fay Hines and Noah Hines of Canvas.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Craigsville, with Pastor Corbet May officiating. Interment will follow at Craigsville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the church.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia Sue Pullen Print Comment Top of page

Patricia Sue Pullen, 55, of West Hamlin, died Aug. 31, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with visitation one hour prior.

David K. Simpson Sr. Print Comment Top of page

David K. "Cheyenne" Simpson Sr., 79, of Point Pleasant, died Aug. 29, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation two hours prior.

Dorothy Maxine Smith Print Comment Top of page

Dorothy Maxine Smith, 80, of Highland Mountain, went to Heaven to be an angel early Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 2015, following a long illness.

Born June 3, 1935 at Greenwood Mountain, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Lena Pearl Berry Claypool. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Stanley Lewis Smith, in 1995; a daughter, Althea Smith; and a son, Ray Smith. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother. Dorothy was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She loved doing crafts, sewing and crocheting, reading, taking pictures, talking on the phone, working in her flower garden and she enjoyed going to yard sales and flea markets. She also loved her cat, "Cat."

Survivors include two sons, Randolph "Randy" Smith and companion, Sandra Brown, of Highland Mountain and Ralph Smith and wife, Kathryn Walker Smith, of Beckley; two daughters, Annette Mishoe and husband, Jay, of Charleston and Alice Burgess and husband, Tom, of East Bank; eight grandchildren, Dallas Smith, Misty and Keith Ryder, Bronson Smith, Brandy Acord and Steven, Michael Smith, Audrey Smith, and step-granddaughters, Jessica Straw and Vickie Pitzer; three great-grandchildren, Devonny Woods, Collin Pitzer and Tristan Pitzer; and six sisters, Mable Callison of Hilton Village, Arvilla Wall of Danese, Carmella Killen of Craigsville, Mildred "Mickee" Jones of Fort Pierce, Fla., Sandra Goins of Richmond, Va., and Debbie Thomas of Leivasy.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Ricky Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Joseph Smith Cemetery on Highland Mountain.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Special thanks to Randy, Sandy, Annette, Misty, Nurse Marilyn and Dr. William Harris for all the special care over the past few years. They made her life more enjoyable dealing with her Alzheimer's.

Condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Cecil Guy Stowers Print Comment Top of page

Cecil Guy Stowers, 72, of Danville, passed away Aug. 29, 2015, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was born May 17, 1943 in Bulger, and was a son of the late Soder and Estie Stowers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Jarrell; brothers, Pete Stowers, Bobby Stowers and Reed Stowers; and grandson, Jacob Dolin.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite. He was a Vietnam War veteran, a member of the 1st Calvary Artillery Division in the United States Army and a member of Daniel Boone VFW Post No. 5578, Madison. He was a proud underground coal miner of 28 years and a federal mine inspector. He was a family man and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He was a friend to all and a father figure to many.

Cecil is survived by Betty, his wife of 53 years, and his children, Lloyd Stowers and wife, Renee, of Hewett, Robin Dolin and husband, Jack, of Danville, Scottie Stowers and wife, Marsha, of Danville and Jenni Nelson of Julian. Cecil was blessed to help raise two special men, Ronald Smith and Timmy Darnell, who he called his own; grandchildren, DJ Dolin and wife, Aleisha, Beth Smith, Chris Dolin, Ryan Stowers, Wesley Nelson and Carson Stowers; great-granddaughters, Addison Maybrielle Dolin and Amelia Traci Ann Dolin; brothers, Duane Stowers and wife, LaDonna, and Dennis Stowers and wife, Judy; and sisters, Janice Miller and husband, Hansel, Carol White and husband, Jack, and Sue Spence and husband, Gary. He also had many nieces and nephews who he loved so much.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Doug Smith and Mark Wheatley officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Danville, with military graveside rites perfomed by Daniel Boone VFW Post No. 5578, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Mary "Jean" Templeton Print Comment Top of page

Mary Emogene "Jean" Templeton, 81, of Millwood, died Aug. 29, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the funeral home.

Hedra Y. Wheatley Print Comment Top of page

Hedra Yvonne Ball Wheatley, 73, of Glen Daniel, died Aug. 29, 2015. Service will be noon Thursday, Sept. 3, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home.

Betty A. Yost Wilson Print Comment Top of page

Betty Alice Yost Wilson of Charleston died Aug. 28 in Greenville, S.C. She was born in Fairview on June 19, 1925, the sixth and youngest child of the late Frank Jorier Yost and Etta Alice Haught Yost.

Betty was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who cherished music and singing. She was valedictorian of her class at Fairview High School and attended business college before settling in Morgantown with her husband, John Calvin Wilson. Betty taught Sunday school to first graders for nearly two decades at Wesley United Methodist Church in Morgantown. She also worked at West Virginia University. She was cheerful and always interested in others, exhibited grace under pressure, had an infectious smile for most everyone and delighted in adventures with her family. Her patriotic spirit shone through in all that she did. She had lived at Edgewood Summit in Charleston for the last 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years and four brothers. She is survived by her children, Stephanie Ann Evans (John) of Greenville, S.C., Melanie Wilson Poston (Roger) of Charleston, S.C., Tamara Wilson-Black (Mark) of Las Vegas, Nev., John Calvin Wilson, Jr. (Sara) of Bradenton, Fla., and Elizabeth Jill Wilson (Russell Isaacs) of Cottageville; three grandchildren, Jessica Lauren Renfroe (Chris) of Charlotte, N.C., Kristen Meredith Poston of Charleston, S.C., and Rachel Claire Poston of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Harriet Catherine Yost Brown of Hendersonville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue at Wesley United Methodist Church, 503 N. High St., Morgantown, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. A committal service will be held at West Virginia National Cemetery on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Morgantown and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Online condolences may be made at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.

Funerals for: September 01, 2015

Beckett, Dora 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Crowder, Harry J. 1 p.m., Fairplain Cemetery, Fairplain.

Daniels, Dennis 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home Chapel,

Fominko, Alex Sr. 11 a.m., The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Jane Lew.

Frame, Carl 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Harvey, Blanche B. Noon, Broyles

Johnson, Obed 1 p.m., Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer Church, Hampden.

Morgan, Charles R. 7 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Thomas, Scott 1 p.m., Reynolds United Methodist Church, Marmet.

Zickafoose, Thurma Noon, Nitro Church of God, Nitro.