Today's Obituaries

Jenee Lynn Beckner

Jenee Lynn Beckner, 42, of Poca, began her hiking adventures in Heaven on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Jenee loved her family dearly and was a devoted mother, daughter, aunt, and niece. She loved nature, especially hiking among the trees and God's creation. She loved the Lord, loved to sing, and was a member of Christ Temple Church in Huntington.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Ernestine Anderson and paternal grandfather Billy Snead.

Jenee is survived by the ultimate love of her life, her son Ibrahim Afzal, and Ibrahim's father Imran Afzal, mother Rebecca Gossan, father Michael Snead, and brothers Stephen Snead, Caleb Spaulding (Megan), maternal grandfather Gordon Anderson, paternal grandmother Muriel Meadows. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, and cousins. Her special companion was her cat Rocco.

A celebration of Jenee's life will be held on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Road, Huntington, WV 25701 with the family receiving friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hubbard Hospice House for their loving care for Jenee.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, WV is assisting Jenee's family and you may express on-line condolences at

Edward E. Cottrill

Edward E. Cottrill, 77, of Rosedale, passed away August 19, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Visitation will be two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Col. John "Emery" Justice

Col. John Emery Justice, US Army (Ret), 70, of Frederick, Md. passed away on August 18, 2017. Born in San Diego, Calif., on May 20, 1947, John was the only son of Virginia Maxine Flint formerly of Rainelle, W.Va., and the adopted son of Charles Paul "Curley" Justice, Sr., a long-time pharmacist in Montgomery, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by Karen, his wife, friend and partner, and his sisters, Sandra Elizabeth Justice of Las Vegas, Nev. and Paulette Susan Justice of Charleston, W.Va.

John fondly remembered the adventures with his high school classmates, his West Virginia University Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, and the brave and resourceful soldiers he had the honor and privilege to serve with around the world. He served 31 years as a proud member of the US Army Intelligence Corps. John began service as a Private (draftee) in 1969 and was progressively promoted to the rank of Colonel, retiring in 2000.

John was a freemason in WV, MD and Germany for over 49 years and was honored to serve as Master and secretary of Acacia Lodge No 155 in Thurmont, MD.

At the time of his death, John was VP, Operations with RW Garcia Snack Foods Co. of Las Vegas, NV.

Visitation hours with the family will be held at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD, on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 1:00 -2:30 pm. The day will conclude with a Masonic Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. On a date still to be determined, and with a military chapel service, Colonel John E. Justice will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

You may wish to make a donation to cancer research or hospice services in his name. John wishes, in lieu of flowers, that you purchase a bottle of your favorite adult beverage and enjoy it while remembering the shared good times.

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Richard Walter Kirk

Richard Walter Kirk, 71, of Glasgow, passed away at home on August 19, 2017, after a short illness. He was born on December 5, 1945, in Cannelton, and graduated from Cedar Grove High School.

Richard served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran, earning the Bronze Star. He worked at CSX Railroad for 39 years. After retirement, he enjoyed following his grandchildren around in their various activities.

Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sharon Rose Brown Kirk; two daughters, Tara Beth Kirk Jennings and Amber Lea Kirk; son-in-law Tucker Jennings; and four grandchildren, Kirk, Kathryn, Audrey and Owen Jennings.

He was preceded in death by his mother Corbia Mae Hayslett, his step-father Smedley B. Hayslett, his father Audia Cecil Kirk, and his brother Roger Lee Kirk.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Tuesday, August 22, Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Billy Morris officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home in Cedar Grove. Entombment to immediately follow the Services at, Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

The family would like to thank Dr. Khalid and the staff at CAMC Cancer Center, Dr. Bacha and his staff, Dr. Gupta and the staff at the VA Clinic, and Dr. Deer his staff at the pain clinic, for all their kindness and compassion during Richard's illness.

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

Naomi McDonald

Naomi McDonald, 84, of Crooked Creek, passed away Saturday August 19, 2017, at her residence. She was born July 29, 1933 in West Logan to the late Earnest and Ruth Ray McDonald. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at Akers-James Funeral Home.

Melvin L. Miller

Melvin L. Miller, 83, of Charleston, died Saturday, August 19, 2017, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was born on March 29, 1934, to the late Joseph and Dorothy Miller.

Melvin was a lifelong resident of Charleston and owned and operated with his late brother William Miller, Interstate Radiator and Lawnmower Company.

He was a graduate of Charleston High School, was a United States Air Force veteran, serving in the early 1960's and he attended B'nai Jacob Synagogue.

Additionally, Melvin's favorite hobby was gaming.

In addition to his parents and his brother, he was preceded in death by his girlfriend, Margaret Kee.

He is survived by his nephew, Samuel Miller of Austin, Texas.

Graveside Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, at B'nai Jacob Eternal Home, South Charleston with Rabbi Victor Urecki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: B'nai Jacob Synagogue 1599 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25311.

Condolences may be sent to the family at .

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

Josephine Perrine

Josephine Emma Hamrick Perrine, 89, of Erbacon, passed away August 18, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

John Wanner

John Wanner, 72, of South Charleston, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House West, due to complications from lung cancer.

John was the son of the late Cecil and Alma Wanner.

He grew up in Quick, WV, and graduated from Elkview High School in 1963.

After high school, he worked at various places, including Halliburton and UPS. John then went to work for Kroger Company as a truck drive, and retired in 2004 after 31 years of service. After retirement, he found pleasure playing golf and working in the golf shop at the Little Creek Golf Course.

John is a Christian, having given his heart to the Lord in 1977, and was an active member of the Dunbar Mountain Mission.

In addition to his parents, he preceded in death by his sister, Donna Morris.

John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Thomas Wanner; daughters, Kimberly Wanner of Dunbar and Lisa (Doug) Long of Palm Harbor, FL; grandsons, David Nolawski of Dunbar and Nathan Alderson of Hendersonville, TN; brothers, Leon (Jeanie) Wanner of Galax, VA, Charles "Chuck" (Janet) Wanner of Indianapolis, IN; and a special "like a brother" friend, Chuck Hudson.

We weep for our loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, but we celebrate him home.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 21, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, at Keller Funeral Home, with the Rev. Billy Lucas officiating, burial will follow at Floral Hills Gardens of Memories.

Flowers are welcome, but the family suggests donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV.

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

Lorena Haynes Warner

Lorena Haynes Warner of Micco, Fla., formerly of Dunbar, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Memorial services will be held in Florida. Information supplied by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Leota Faye Webb

Leota Faye Webb, 84, of Charleston, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017, at home. Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements. Arrangements will be forthcoming.

Funerals for: August 21, 2017

Adams, Mary 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Ayers, Lezlie 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Casto, Nancy 11 a.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Curry, Tracy Karen 7 p.m., Chelyan Church of Nazarene.

DeQuasie, Shirley 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Jones, Norman Noon, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Meadows, Mary 1 p.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Priestley, Ann 11 a.m., Bartlett