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Today's Obituaries

Phyllis Crickenberger Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis Ann McCormick Crickenberger of Lewisburg died Oct. 3, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Larry L. Floyd Print Comment Top of page

Today, our dear family member and friend left us to be with his parents and brother. Larry L. Floyd of Hurricane peacefully went to heaven on Oct. 2, 2015 at the age of 75. He spent his last moments with the person he loved the most, his wife of 53 years, Judy Floyd. The two met at Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg and never parted ways. The two spent their retired years together going to auctions, church events and visiting friends. Larry and Judy were best friends and loved each other dearly.

Larry was born in Clarksburg in 1940 to his parents, Harry L. and Nina L. Floyd of Buckhannon. He was a big brother to his only sibling, Gary L. Floyd, also of Buckhannon. His parents and brother preceded Larry in death and happily had a family reunion in heaven to recount their times growing as a family on Davisson Run Road in Clarksburg.

Larry and Judy Floyd were married for 53 years and had two children of their own, Jerry Floyd of Acworth, Ga., and Terry Floyd of Hurricane. As he told many people who would listen, he could not have been prouder of his sons. Jerry lives with his wife, Karen, and four of their children at home in Acworth and one son in Tennessee. Larry was proud of all five of his grandchildren, Dustyn, Jarrod, Celia, Reagan and Jake. He loved hearing stories about all of their accomplishments and recounting those stories to everyone. Along with his five grandchildren, Larry had one great-granddaughter, Parker, who he loved deeply.

As a member and deacon of the Church in the Valley in Milton, Larry leaves behind many friends from the church, which he considered family. He loved his church and it brought so much joy to his life. He always stated he wouldn't have been the man he had become without the family and friends from Church in the Valley. He was also a Mason.

In his younger years, Larry loved to go fishing and hunting and played golf. Whenever he could, he would take his two sons with him to share in these experiences. Larry made sure his family got to see the United States. The last family trip across the U.S. was a memorable one that still brings laughter to his family with the many stories about their adventure. Later in life, Larry could not sit still and decided to work driving cars for Enterprise. He loved to talk about all the different places he visited and the many car styles he got to drive.

Family and friends are invited to come and celebrate Larry Floyd at the Church in the Valley in Milton. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the church with Pastors Dr. Stan Maynard and Troy Nicely officiating. Viewing service will be one hour prior to the funeral service.

Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Floyd family. Please visit to share memories and condolences.

Larry Goins Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Larry Goins, 70, of Beckley, died Oct. 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at St. Matthew AME Church, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lorna M. Johnson Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Lorna Mae DeWeese Johnson, 89, of Kanawha City, passed away Oct. 3, 2015 at home.

She was the daughter of the late Florence Emma and Robert Lee DeWeese of Thorofare Road, Clendenin. After graduating from Clendenin High School in 1945, she moved to Charleston to become a comptometer operator at United Fuel Gas Company. She also met her husband, William Russell Johnson, Jr., and moved to South Park Road, where they raised their two children. She was very active in her community, including being a Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader and a member of the PTA. She was a longtime member and elder of South Park Presbyterian Church. After her husband's passing, she began working as a cook for South Park Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her children, William R. Johnson, III and DeLorna Jane "Dejie" Johnson, and grandchildren, Laura, Rebecca Grace and Emma.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Rebecca Jane Geohagan, who lovingly cared for our mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Lorna Johnson will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Harding Funerals and Cremations with the Rev. Douglas Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Johnson family.

Laura Jayne Meadows Print Comment Top of page

Laura Jayne "Bunny" Meadows, 76, of Peterstown, died Oct. 2, 2015. Service will be noon Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with visitation one hour prior.

Karla Ruth Moran Print Comment Top of page

Karla Ruth Moran, 55, of Fayetteville, died Oct. 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with visitation two hours prior.

Harold L. Mullins Print Comment Top of page

Harold Lenvil Mullins, 76, of Big Chimney, passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was a mechanic with Valley Bell Dairy and enjoyed playing horseshoes. Harold was always there for people when they needed help and was a proud father, Pa Pa, grandpa.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Jean Mullins, and parents, Harry and Virginia Patton Mullins.

Surviving are his sons, Harold "Bunk" (Kathy) Mullins and Steve (Diane) Mullins; brothers, J.B. (Judy) Mullins, Doug (Fannie) Mullins, Keith (Sue) Mullins and Sidney (Charlotte) Mullins; sisters, Joyce (Daris) Copen, Carol (David) Taylor, Estia (Ronnie) Fields and Dolly (Marshall) Crowder; grandchildren, Kevin, Amber, Stephanie and Sammie; four great-grandchildren and two on the way; companion, Susie Quinn; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Charleston, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery after the graveside service.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hafer Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Howard Murphy Print Comment Top of page

Howard Murphy, 96, of DuPont City, Belle, passed away Oct. 3, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Arrangements are forthcoming. Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of arrangements.

William H. Parsons Print Comment Top of page

William Harrison Parsons, 54, of Big Bend, died Oct. 2, 2015. Graveside service and interment were held Sunday, Oct. 4, at Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend. Condolences may be shared at

John Robinson Print Comment Top of page

Mr. John Robinson, 97, of Beckley, died Oct. 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley, with visitation 30 minutes prior.

Edythe J. Valentine Print Comment Top of page

Edythe Jane Valentine, 87, of Cannelton, departed her earthly home Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 and is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born in Marting on Jan. 1, 1928 to the late Roy L. and Maggie Morris. Edythe was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul Valentine, and siblings, Bob, Harold, Jim, Delmer and Darilea (Doc).

She was a member of Carbondale Baptist Church and was a meek, faithful servant of Jesus Christ, where her life exemplified her Savior. Her family will forever be grateful to HospiceCare for their kind and loving care given to her and her family during her illness.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Terry Hodge and Tina and Gary Bess; sisters, Shirley Yoho and Linda Keys; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Sarah and Ashley; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311 or Union Mission Ministries, P.O. Box 112, Charleston, WV 25321.

James P. Varner Print Comment Top of page

James P. Varner died peacefully at his home in White Sulphur Springs on Oct. 2, 2015, at the age of 64, after a long battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Jim was born June 7, 1951. He graduated from Anderson College in 1973 with degrees in psychology and sociology. He earned an M.A. in counseling and guidance from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, as well as a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from West Virginia University.

Jim was a great family man with a tremendous zeal for education and life in general. Beyond his family, being outdoors with his pets, running, reading, spontaneous road trips and spending time with his wife, Carol, were some of his favorite joys in life.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol, at home; children, Amy Conaway (Jason) of White Sulphur Springs, Julie Coffey (James) of Blythewood, S.C., and Andrew Varner (Laura) of Lander, Wyo.; siblings, Collet Varner (Nancy) of Winter Haven, Fla., and Patty Davey (John) of Lansing, Mich.; grandchildren, Nathan Conaway, Emily Conaway and Anna Coffey; and multiple cherished brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dock and Mary Lou Varner of Charleston.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs.

A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the First Presbyterian Church, White Sulphur Springs, with the Rev. John Davey officiating. A graveside service and burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with the Rev. Collet Varner offiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HospiceCare, 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Kitty Walker Print Comment Top of page

Kitty Walker, 67, of Fayetteville, passed away Oct. 1, 2015 at Charleston Area Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Aug. 20, 1948 in Bluefield, she was the daughter of the late John H. Myles and Norma J. Myles of Bradley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John H. Myles, Jr.

Kitty, loving wife, mother and grandmother, retired hair stylist of 47 years, and friend to so many, enjoyed tending to her flowers, cooking and baking and doting on her three children and eight grandchildren. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 46 years, Omer "Buddy" Walker of Fayetteville; son, Sean Walker of Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Alex Walker and wife, Michelle, of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Tara Walker of Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother, Stephen Myles of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Brett, Taylor and Presley Walker, all of Virginia Beach, and Ben, Brooke, Morgan, Jake and William, all of Charlotte; 14 nieces and nephews; several in-laws; her dear friend, Drema Srednicki; and her beloved dog, Sammy.

A celebration of Kitty's life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Glen Kuhn officiating. Family will receive guests at 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Lucille E. Wallace Print Comment Top of page

Lucille Elizabeth Keeling Wallace, 86, of Pickaway, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at the Springfield Center in Lindside. She was born April 6, 1929 in Hurricane to the late Ross F. and Mamie A. (Hodges) Keeling. Lucille was the granddaughter of the late James Franklin "Squire" Keeling, Justice of the Peace of Hurricane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randall Wallace; a brother, Bill Keeling; and two sisters, Jean Brown and Ginger King.

Surviving are her sons, Randy Wallace (Sally) and Steve Wallace (Debbie); daughters, Terri Bennett and Susan Weikle (Charles) of Pickaway; brothers, Ray Keeling of Huntington and Harold "Boots" Keeling of Pickaway; grandchildren, Roberta, Sam (Lacey) and Vanessa Wallace, Brandon Bennett and Lauren and Cassie Weikle; one great-grandchild, John Randall Owens; and several nieces and nephews.

Lucille lived her life trying to make an impact on the lives of her family and everyone she met. She believed in serving people and her community, but most importantly her service to the church was closest to her heart in which she was actively involved.

Lucille was retired from Monroe County Schools. She loved to help students learn to read, so at the age of 45, Lucille began working on a degree in teaching. She continued to work full-time and was active in her church and the community while taking classes through several colleges and universities. Ten years later in 1985, Lucille graduated with honors from Bluefield State College.

Another one of Lucille's contributions was her dedication to donating blood. Almost every time the American Red Cross was conducting a blood drive, Lucille would gladly participate, donating over 22 gallons of blood.

Lucille was also known for exceptional piano playing. She began playing for her father's quartet in Summers County while still a teenager. She was a member of the Kinsmen Quartet, who performed at many churches and venues across the state and recorded two albums. In later years, she played and sang with the Happy Four Quartet. Lucille also served as the pianist at Fairlea IPCC and the New Lebanon ARP Church.

Lucille was actively involved in the Democratic political party in Monroe County as her husband, Randall, served as a county commissioner for 24 years. She served on the Democratic Executive Committee.

One of Lucille's great hobbies was her love of cooking, which allowed her to develop a cake decorating business, in which she made hundreds of wedding, anniversary and other celebratory cakes. She entered many categories at the West Virginia State Fair, winning numerous ribbons over the years. In 1967, Lucille's cookie entry was selected for the first Archway Cookie Award, which became an annual award.

Lucille enjoyed traveling, which included Myrtle Beach, Pigeon Forge, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, Florida and overseas to Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. In addition, she loved gardening and raising flowers.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union, with the Rev. Calvin Weikel and Charles Weikle officiating. Burial will follow in New Lebanon Cemetery, Pickaway.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Susan Weikle, 190 Charles Boothe Road, Sinks Grove, WV 24976, to help establish a scholarship in memory of Lucille and her beloved husband, Randall.

Those wishing to send the Wallace family online condolences or sign the online guestbook may do so by visiting

Groves Funeral Home, Union, is serving the Wallace family.

Robert "Bob" Watkins Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Robert S. "Bob" Watkins, 93, of Charleston, died Sept. 29, 2015, in Brandon, Fla.

Bob was born in Logan County, a son of the late Edwin and Mary Scholl Watkins. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Emalene Cook Watkins, the mother of their surviving children, daughter, Jeanne (Joe) Stook and son, Eddy Watkins, both of Fla.; and son, Robert Watkins, Jr (Kate) of Tennessee; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a wonderful friend, James Butterworth.

Bob was also preceded in death by his second wife, Ruth parsons Watkins; and a brother, Charles Watkins.

Bob was a graduate of Logan High School Class of 1941 and was retired from Capital City Industrial Supply and the WV Alcohol Beverage Commission.

Family and friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sun. Oct. 4, at the Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Mon., Oct 5, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cross Lanes, WV with Celebrant H.R. Whittington officiating.

The family suggest donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25604.

Online condolences may be made at

Wendell W. Young Print Comment Top of page

Wendell W. Young, 76, of Cowen, died Oct. 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, with visitation one hour prior.

Funerals for: October 05, 2015

Blaker, Glenva 1 p.m., Teays Hill Cemetery, St. Albans.

Byus, William III 11 a.m., St. Timothy's in the Valley Episcopal Church, Hurricane.

Dotson, Mary 7 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Ferrell, Daisy 7:30 p.m., First Church of Christ, Chapmanville.

Fitzpatrick, Judith 1 p.m., Second Baptist Church, Martinsburg.

Fitzwater, Mary Louise 2 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Landers, Ernest Jr. 6 p.m., Gatens

Linville, Douglas 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Rollins, George 11 a.m., Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.

Stover Pierce, Jessica

Stowers, Margaret 7 p.m., Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson.

Tanner, John Sr. 5 p.m., Taylor

Timm, Neil H. 5 p.m., St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Columbarium, Charleston.

Trottier, Barbara 2 p.m., Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville.