Today's Obituaries

Wayne Asbury

CSM Wayne Braxton Asbury, U.S. Ret., 79, of Bancroft, WV, after a difficult battle with lung cancer, entered the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on June 21, 2017.

Wayne was born in Rock Branch (Nitro), WV, on June 3, 1938. He attended Rock Branch Elementary and graduated from Poca High School's Class of 1956.

Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Army upon completion of high school and continued serving his Country until his retirement from the West Virginia National Guard in 1998.

Wayne married his first grade sweetheart, Gloria Fay Wright on June 26, 1959, and resided in Nitro, WV, for their first eight years, moving to Bancroft in 1967 upon completion of their present home.

Wayne was retired from Monsanto Chemical Company in 1993 after more than 30 years at the Nitro, WV, plant.

Wayne was a member of the Poca Baptist Church in Poca, WV.

Wayne was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Gloria; his father and mother, Alton Elmer and Ruby Carolyn (Hedrick) Asbury of Nitro, WV.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Angela Wise and her husband John of The Villages, FL; daughter, Gina Beckner and her husband Roger of Red House, WV; four grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart, Roger (Beau) Beckner of Charleston, SC, Caleb (Tiffany) Beckner of Red House, WV, Seth (Breanna) Beckner of Red House, WV, and Chelsea Wise Brown (Tim) of Howell, MI; two step-grandsons, Robert Wise (Wendi) of Trinity, SC, and Earl Wise (Lindsey) of Walled Lake, MI; sister, Jo Ann Ramstead and her husband George of El Cajon, CA; and sister, Judy Barton and her husband Jerry of Nitro, WV; seven great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, four step-great-great grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

His family would like to thank the many friends who visited with Wayne and / or brought / sent food during his time of illness and all of the Hospice nurses who showed much compassion during his final days.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca, WV, on Saturday, June 24, with a tribute celebrating the life of Wayne Braxton Asbury at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Moore officiating. Interment will be following the service in the Asbury Family Cemetery, Asbury Road, (Rock Branch), Nitro, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536,

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Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca, is serving the Asbury family.

Willie Barnes Jr.

Willie Barnes Jr., 59, of St. Albans, passed away June 20, 2017. Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Bowen

Brenda Gail Bowen, 64, passed into the presence of her Lord on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, while peacefully holding her husband's hand, at Hubbard Hospice Care in South Charleston, after a long illness.

Brenda was born on March 5, 1953, to her loving parents, Jimmy and Ann Richmond, in Hinton. She was a daddy's girl from the moment he saw her after returning home from the Korean War. Growing up in Boomer, Brenda was the oldest of three siblings and a source of joy and encouragement to all who knew her. Naturally, she was a spirit-filled cheerleader from grade school to her alma-mater, Gauley Bridge High School. It was there she met her high-school sweetheart, Dan Bowen. He couldn't resist the charm of his "Cutie" and they married February 24, 1973.

Brenda and Dan were soon raising their four children in Elkview, with Dan serving as Associate Pastor for 18 years at Elkview Baptist Church, where they made many of their lifelong friends. As Brenda had a successful career as a beautician, she divided her time between her loyal clients and friends who adored her, while being a true servant to her church family. She loved cooking and entertaining, and never turned away a stranger. She was always available as a shoulder to cry on, friend to laugh with, to deliver home-cooked meals or drive you where you needed to go.

Brenda was a devoted mother and loved to be the fun mom that everyone wanted to visit. Like her mother, her vibrant personality was reflected in her home: always neat, clean, fresh and inviting. Visitors could expect to see the furniture rearranged, bright decorations and their gracious hostess receiving them with open arms. Her fun-loving spirit never failed to bring you back for more. She was always put together with a coordinating outfit, shoes and jewelry along with perfect hair and nails. Brenda was just the kind of person you wanted to be around to brighten your day.

Brenda leaves behind many who love her dearly and will miss the radiant light she brought to their lives: Husband, Dan Bowen of Cross Lanes; Parents, Jimmy and Ann Richmond of Shady Spring; brother, Kevin Richmond of Friendswood, Texas, (Mary Sue, niece Emily); sister, Karen Ruden of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., (Cliff, nephew Blake, niece Erica); daughters, Heather Ghareeb (Dr. Mitri Ghareeb) and Andrea Garrison (Rev. Matthew Garrison); sons, Matthew (Heather Petrutz) and Daniel (Christina Tinnel). Her grandchildren were the light of her life and will miss their "Nanny" so much: Kalila, Samira and Aleeya Ghareeb; Sydney, Sierra, Tyler and Troy Garrison; Brooklyn Bowen; Madison and Ethan Bowen. Brenda loved her Bowen family like her own, leaving her father-in-law, Bill Bowen, and his children, Gary (LouAnn), Patti (Greg), Tommy, Billy, and 12 nieces and nephews on Dan's side of their family wishing they could welcome her to another big Bowen family gathering again.

While her time here on earth will be missed, it is comforting to know that she will see her loved ones again soon in heaven with the Lord Jesus. She will be preparing her house to greet the ones she loves.

Hafer's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Cross Lanes Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, with one hour of visitation prior, at Cross Lanes Baptist Church. Entombment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Flowers may be sent to Cross Lanes Baptist Church, or donations made to Hubbard Hospice Care, Elkview Baptist Church, or Cross Lanes Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Phillip Butcher Sr.

Phillip David "Buckshot" Butcher Sr., 71, of Clay County, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. He was longtime owner and operator of his company, Buckshot's Wrecker Service in Clay.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at a later date. Following cremation, his ashes will be scattered among his favorite hunting spot in the mountains.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a church of choice or St. Jude Children's Research Center.

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Kevin Campbell

Kevin Cornell Campbell, 23, of Campbells Creek, went home to be with the Lord, June 16, 2017. He was born May 25, 1994. "KC" was a caring young man, loyal friend and a loving father. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his father, Kevin Campbell of Campbells Creek; mother, Lisa Campbell of Frazier's Bottom; sister, Melissa Campbell of Ohio; daughter, Kaisley Campbell of Belle; and his longtime love, Brittany Farley of Belle.

The funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Senior Pastor Corey Bradley and Assistant Pastor Chris Wriston officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial and final arrangement donations may be made to his sister, Melissa Campbell, 56840 Willowbrook Road, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

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James Canterbury

James Herbert Canterbury passed away on June 21, 2017, at home with family in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

James grew up in Frame, and raised his family in Dunbar. He was a graduate of Elkview High School, class of 1955, served in the U.S. Air Force, and retired from UPS after 31 years (Teamsters Local 175).

He was preceded in death by parents, Samuel W. and Lillie Samples Canterbury, and sisters, Kathryn Jones and Helen Grace Thomas.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; son, Stephen; daughter, Monica Beach (husband Paul); brother, Charles Canterbury; grandson, Samuel Beach; two step grandchildren.

He never met a stranger and he loved to eat.

Internment will be at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Regency Hospice: 600 Garden City Connector, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Sign the online guestbook at

Coda "Bud" Edgell Jr.

Coda "Bud" Edgell Jr., 66, of Cross Lanes, passed away June 20, 2017. Per his wishes, there will be no services. A more complete obituary may be seen by visiting

Sharon Endicott

Sharon Kay Snodgrass Endicott, 64, of Scarbro, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Charlie C. Floyd Sr.

Mr. Charlie C. Floyd Sr., 93, died Friday, June 9, 2017. He was born in Beards Fork and lived most of his life in Kimberly, and then London, W.Va.

He was a former coal miner in West Virginia. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and earned the American Area Awards and the Victory World War II Awards. In his younger years, he enjoyed coaching girls softball. Most of all, he loved being an usher at First Baptist Church in Kimberly, as well as at the other churches when his church traveled. He served as the head usher on the New River District Federation and on the Mount Olive Association.

Mr. Floyd was preceded in death by his loving wife, Geraldine Floyd. Also, mother and father, Macie and William Floyd; four sisters, Willie Mae Floyd, Henrietta Floyd, Anise Floyd and Macie Lugo; cousin, Rev. Leon Sullivan; step daughter, Claudina Riley; nephew, Charles Juan Pankey; niece, Jacqueline Lugo Taylor; granddaughters, Hallie Tabit-Johnson; great-grand nephew, Zy Lewis; and former spouse, Viola A. Brooks Wright.

Surviving are four children, Charlotte Floyd-Pruitt (Gene) of Milwaukee, Wisc., Charlie C. Floyd Jr. (Karen) of Baltimore, Md., Debra Hopkins of Kailua, Hawaii and Courtney Johnson Floyd of Charleston, and step daughter, Crystal Johnson Bryson, Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchildren, Kendra Harpe, Shawna Floyd, Anwar Floyd Pruitt, Jesse Morris, Charlie C. Floyd III, Anjail Floyd-Pruitt, Mikal Floyd-Pruitt, and step granddaughter, Victoria Bryson, step grandson, Shawn Riley, step granddaughters, Carla Riley Newton, Cassandra Riley Shepard; great-grandchildren, True Green, Imani Allah and Miles Harpe; special nephew, Charles A. Pankey; special nieces, Nancy Lugo, Macie Lugo, Carol Lugo and Brenda Lugo; special grand nieces and grand nephews, Deborah Pankey-Mebane, Zoe Pankey-Spratley, Don Pankey, B. Wayne Pankey, Annette Pankey, Mark Taylor and Lance Taylor; great-grand nephew, Chaz Lewis; special brother-in-law, Gary Milner; special step son-in-law, Carl Riley; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, church family and friends.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 24, at the First Baptist Church of Kimberly with Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Military honor guard ceremony will be at the church. Viewing will be at 11 a.m. until funeral service at noon. Burial will be 9 a.m. Monday at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Roy Gilmore

Roy Allen Gilmore, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the Mount Hope Christian Church. Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Bobby Gwinn

Bobby Edward Gwinn, 82, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Patrick Hancock Jr.

Patrick Alan Hancock Jr., 47, of Mount Hope, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Professional services are arranged by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Barbara Hutchinson

Barbara Lee Hutchinson, 77, of Sandyville, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, W.Va. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burley Kelley

Burley Lucian Kelley, 88, of Branchland, died Monday June 19, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Montana Freewill Baptist Church, Ranger. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Sunday, June 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va.

Alice Kathryn Marks

Alice Kathryn Marks, 92, of Kanawha City, passed away June 21, 2017. Service will be noon Monday, June 26, at Oakwood Baptist Church, Charleston. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Harding Funerals & Cremations is serving the Marks family.

Ina McQuain (Neff)

Ina (Neff) McQuain, 94, of Hacker Valley, passed away June 19, 2017. Service will be 2p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the funeral home.

David Medland

David James Medland, 43, of Hamlin, passed away June 16, 2017, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Graveside memorial service will be at a later date. Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va., is surving the family.

Brenda B. Moss

Brenda B. Moss, 70, of Sissonville, passed away June 21, 2017, at home with her loving nieces by her side.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elza and Garnet Moss; husband, Jack Smith; and sister Carolyn Sue Wilkinson.

Brenda is survived by her brother, Rex Moss; nieces, Rhonda and Redhonda Wilkinson; nephews, Mike Moss, Richy and Shane Wilkinson. Also surviving are numerous great and great-great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Al Mendez officiating. Entombment will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Visitation with the family will be from noon until service time.

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

Donald Mynes Jr.

Donald Lewis Mynes Jr., 39, of Charleston, formerly of Hurricane, passed away after a short illness on June 20, 2017. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Harrold and Mae Mynes, and Clifford and Alice Clark; father, Donald Mynes Sr.; and mother, Charlotte Martin.

He was employed at Alpha Technology as a Network Engineer.

He is survived by his son, Donald Lewis Mynes III, and his mother, Aimee; brothers, Jason Mynes of Nitro and James Mynes of Lavalette, Chris Beaver; and sister, Nikki; aunts, Cathy Call and Linda Clark; niece, Melia; longtime mother and guardian, Carolyn Mynes; and best friend, Chris Polk.

Memorial visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at Allen Funeral Home.

David Pharr

David Wayne Pharr, 48, of Summerville, S.C., formerly of Charleston, W.Va., passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017, at home after a long illness. He was a graduate of Charleston High School, class of 1986.

David was born June 23, 1968, to the late Louis I. Pharr and Freda Pharr. He had been employed by Krogers Standard Distributing and Mountaineer Distributing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louis I. Pharr.

David is survived by his wife of 18 years, Nicole, son, David Isaac, daughter, Dolores Faye, all of Summerville, S.C.; mother, Freda Pharr, brother, Louis, and sister, Jennifer Pharr, all of Charleston, W.Va.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Handley Funeral Home in Danville. Burial will be at Family Gardens in Low Gap. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Betty Lowther Powell

Betty L. Powell, 89, of Spring Hill section of South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord, June 20, 2017, after a long illness.

She was born on April 8, 1928, to the late John Edward Lowther and Hazel Edna Starkey Lowther.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving Aunt and Uncle with whom she lived with in her younger years, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rader. She is also preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Claude E. Powell.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Barbara J. Siemiazcko (Alan); sons, Dale R. Powell (Bonnie) and Claude W. Powell (Kimberly), all of South Charleston; sister, Karen Hodges of Michigan; brothers, Charles (Patty) Lowther of Nitro, and James Lowther of Michigan; cousin, Nancy S. Rader of Florida; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

There will be a visitation from noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes, WV 25313. Service will be at 1 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

The family would like to give a special "Thank You" to her caregivers at home: Roberta, Sabrina and Deanna. They provided around the clock care. Also special thanks to the special nursing staff at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hubbard Hospice House.

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Joseph W. "Joe" Shamblin

Joseph W. "Joe" Shamblin, 74, of Elkview, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, after a short illness.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Fred W. and Reona A. Shamblin, and a brother, Bob Shamblin.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda Kay Moles Shamblin; daughter, Angela L. (Tony) Paranzino of Charleston; and son, Chad J. (Sarah)Shamblin of Elkview.

Also surviving Joe are his sisters, Anna Alkire of Big Chimney, Carol (Lawrence) Slater of Charleston, and brother, Fred Jr. of Big Chimney; two step granddaughters, Leighton Paranzino of Morgantown and Josephine Paranzino of Charleston.

Joe was also known by another name that he was so proud of, the two biggest blessings of his life called him "Papa." Granddaughter Lyndsey Madison Morris of Charleston and grandson Joseph Thorson Shamblin of Elkview, to them, he was a "Hero."

Joe was a 1961 graduate of Elkview High School where he played varsity football and chased the girls. He also graduated from Troy Welding School, Troy, Ohio.

He was owner of Shamblin Ready-Mix Concrete, Inc., in Charleston. After retiring, Joe worked at ISSI in Charleston, with Bob Hizer Trucker in Elkview and B&J Contracting. In the last three years, Joe has been enjoying life on his farm, delivering baby calves, building fence or just pushing dirt, he loved his farm.

Joe designed, constructed and piloted the sternwheeler known as the "Sea Barb" at the Charleston Sternwheeler Regatta from 1982 to 1986.

Joe loved spending time with his family. He loved fishing and hunting. One of his most fond memories was a Elk hunting trip to Colorado with some very dear friends. Joe and Kay loved going to flea markets with a very special couple, Dannie and Sue Bowman.

Joe also leaves behind three lifetime and best friends of 40 years plus, Charlie Livingston, Dannie Bowman and Sam White.

Joe will be so missed by everyone, he never met a stranger, and had more friends than this paper could list.

Service will begin 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Kevin Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. An evening visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the funeral home.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Paul Starcher

Paul Clifford Starcher, 76, of Gassaway, passed away June 21, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Visitation will be two hours prior to service.

James Wooten

James Neil Wooten, 61, of Tornado, passed away June 19, 2017. Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Betty Workman

Betty Jean Workman, 92, of South Charleston, formerly of Peytona, died June 21, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was a former postmaster at Peytona for over 17 years and was past Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Albans Chapter #79. She was a member of Charleston Baptist Temple.

She was preceded in death by husband, C. L. "Babe" Workman; daughter: Linda Lowe; son, Dale Workman; parents, Kennie L. and Bessie Lee Carper Looney; brothers, Robert and Ralph Looney; and sister, Mary Michael.

Surviving are daughters, Flavia White of Buckhannon; sons, Archie Workman of Winter Haven, Fla., Jimmy (Emma) Osborne of Houston, Texas, Jerry (Iona) Osborne of Deltona, Fla.; sister, Ella Mae White of Cross Lanes; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Charleston Baptist Temple with Dr. Jim Hewitt and Dr. Gary Coffey officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

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Funerals for: June 23, 2017

Burdette, Mildred C. 11 a.m., Cunningham

Daniel Jr., Edward Noon, Atha Chapel, Drawdy.

Frazier, Faye 10 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.

Giles, James 5 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Kinison, Sara Noon, Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Morris, Minnie 11 a.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

O'Dell, Arbutus 7 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, Scott Depot.

Richards, Howard 2 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard State Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Shamblin, Joseph 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Stalnaker, Mary Lou 11 a.m., Grace Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston.

Wells, Owen 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

White Sr., Roy 10 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Young, Cherie 2 p.m., Highknob Church, Sutton.