Today's Obituaries

Joseph Bailey

Joseph Allen Bailey, born November 10, 1951, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2017, at the age of 65. He was preceded in death by his parents "Maycel and Harry Bailey," his mother and father-in-law "Charlotte and Eugene Swiney," two Brothers and two Sisters.

Joe loved hunting and camping. He especially loved deer season on the hill with his "brother from another" George Collins and his wife Sharon. Whether passing the time on a Bison hunt with his best friend Brandon Bell, or taking a weekend RV trip with his brother in-law Barry Swiney and his wife Annie (who by the way made his favorite pina coladas), he was always happy to spend quality time with good friends. He loved chicken and dumplins and apple pie, which he learned how to cook watching his favorite Saturday morning Julia Child shows, and he adored his partner in crime for it all "Princess" (no Shell we are not talking about you)! Not necessarily in that order.

He hated cats, liars, and missing boys night out at deer camp (where George and his buddy Doc let the cat out of the bag that he could drink them under the table because he cheated and only tipped the bottle to his lips but didn't drink it)! Not necessarily in that order.

Married twice before, Joe was no quitter, so he tried once more and on March 31, 1995, he married the love of his life "Carolyn Sue Bailey," or as he liked to call her "his Stock!" Together they shared 22 years of love and laughter. They started what would become a thriving Heating and Cooling business which would ultimately allow them to spend the last year of his life traveling the country in their home on wheels (you should see the kitchen in this thing), visiting places he had always dreamed of seeing!

Joe loved telling stories, and you could be sure 50% of every story was true. You just never knew which 50% (as I am still trying to figure out if there were actually video cameras that night at the sawmill, and the many reported lap dances he received from Michelle Mayhew and Randy Dunfee. Robbie don't be jealous)! Just ask Joey and Timmy on this one, all I am gonna say is that at the hands of his dad and oldest brother, Timmy was gonna have to get that bear off the mountain even if he had to smuggle it up his shirt.

Now he is up in that giant blue yonder on a "mission with Mister," raising he-- with Charlotte about her squalin hearing aides (yes Joe we promise it's Heaven. just give her a beer and some salt and she will hush for a minute)! And don't you worry Mrs. Maycel, we know who really taught him how to cook, and are sure he is enjoying your reunion in the clouds.

He leaves behind his children (hold on cause this is gonna take a minute lol):

* Michele White and her husband John

* Joseph Bailey and his wife Phyliss

* Robert Bailey and his wife Jennifer

* Billie Ruggier and her Matt (insert smiley.. of course your stubborn a-- is gonna miss the wedding, and YES, I know I know, you like him more than me)

* Timothy Bailey

21 delightful grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (yes we sure are a busy crew)


*Hobert Bailey and his wife Patsy and Dennis Bailey and his wife Laura


Doris Flowers, Mary Hanshaw, Carol Crow, and Virginia Warden (yes Ginny we all know you were his favorite)!

Writing an Obituary is a painful and unexpected event. It's challenging to compact a persons life into a few lines. They say that Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but Love leaves a memory that no one can steal. Thank you for taking the time to listen to Joe's last story, the story of his life! After all they say that a person has two dates in their lives, the day your born -- and the day you die. The important part is what you do with that "--"! Hold down the fort for me you stubborn old a--. I will have lots to tell you when we meet again (and don't worry about the Camaro, it was just front end damage)!

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday April 25, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home.

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Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca, W.Va., is honored to be serving the Bailey family.

Virginia Barr

Virginia Leigh Barr, 86, of Winfield, passed away April 19, 2017.

Virginia, born March 5, 1931, was one of 12 children of the late Cecil and Zelda Brown of Ellamore. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Barr was preceded in death by her husband, John Russell Barr, and 10 siblings.

She was a 1949 graduate of Coalton High School and WV Tech. Virginia retired with 25 years of service with Putnam County Schools. She attended the Winfield United Methodist Church and held the position of Adah with the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #150, Buffalo.

Virginia is survived by her sister, Margaret Ratliff of Buckhannon; son, Rick Booth (Candace) of Winfield; daughter, Deborah Booth-Dodd (Steven) of Poca; grandson, Joe Booth of Winfield; granddaughter, Beth Rivera (Frank) of New Port Richey, Fl; great-grandchildren, Owen Booth, Nathan Booth, both of Winfield, Aurora Rivera and Frankie Rivera both of New Port Richey, Fl, numerous loving nieces and nephews that she loved dearly and caregiver Tanya Gibson of St. Albans.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2017 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield. There will be an Order of the Eastern Star service held at 1:30 p.m. Service will begin promptly at 2 p.m. with the Rev. H. Thomas Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Winfield Cemetery.

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Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 12848 Winfield Road, Winfield, WV, is honored to serve Virginia's family.

Suzanne Bouldin

Suzanne Bouldin, 73, of South Charleston, formerly of Cross Lanes, went home to the Lord Thursday, April 20, 2017, at home after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Briscoe and Margaret Bouldin.

Suzanne was a retired district supervisor with the Social Security Administration and a member of the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her cousins, C. J. (Shelly) Sammons with whom she has made her home with for the past 10 years, June Lee, Bobbie Duffield, Debbie (Tom) Jankowski, Angie Harold, Charles and Bill Sammons and Chase Brown.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastor Gary Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

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Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, W.Va., has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Lita Ann Brackett

Lita Ann Brackett, 53, of Madison, was born December 17, 1963, at Madison.

She departed this life on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston.

Mrs. Brackett was an associate of the Home Depot working in the Garden Department.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Kelly Sue Eddleman.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Gordon Brackett; sons, Jason Eric Brackett and Nathaniel Gage Eddleman; her parents, Henry and Trula Eddleman; sister, Jetta (Brian) Hennings; mother-in-law, Martha Brackett; and her sister-in-law, JoAnn Bell.

There will be no service.

The family would like to sincerely thank Home Depot, South Charleston, for there help in paying for funeral expenses.

Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, W.Va., are serving the Brackett family.

Billie Brown

Billie Carol Brown, 71, of Verdunville, W.Va., passed away April 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 7 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Delphia Browning

Delphia Dean (Blankenship) Browning, 77, of Verdunville, formerly of Wharncliffe, W.Va., passed April 21, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at Maryetta United Baptist Church, Verdunville, with visitation at noon, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, Delphia preferred that donations be made to Maryetta United Baptist Church, PO Box 32, Verdunville, WV 25649. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, W.Va., is serving the Browning family.

Betty Carper

Betty Carper, 84, of Amma, W.Va., passed away April 20, 2017.

She was a 68-year member of the Amma Church of Christ.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 52 years, Jack Carper; parents, Otis and Clara Helper; brothers, Eugene, Paul (Jack) and Herbert Neal Helper; sisters, Gladys Cottrell, Edna Carper and Freda Pettit.

Survivors include her brother, Otis (Lenora) Helper Jr. of St. Albans; daughter, Deborah "Debbie" Keller of St. Albans; grandson, Rodney (Tara) Keller; great-granddaughters, Rachel and Sarah, all of Virginia; son, Dennis (Debbie) Carper; grandson, Nathan (Brooke) Carper; great-granddaughters, Danielle, Sierra and Gabby; all of Tennessee; granddaughter, Janessa Taylor; great-grandchildren, Genna, Gavin and Jack, all of Oregon; grandson, Kevin (Kayla) Carper; great-grandson, Baylor all of Tennessee; and Drew Jenkins of New York.

She was also close to numerous nieces, nephews and children she babysat, especially Erin Hopkins and Brett Abbott. The family would like to thank Connie Cole, Linda Carper, Sarah Abbott, Pam Shaffer, Rick Helper and Tom Woodell for their help over many years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, 406 Market Street, Spencer, W.Va. Burial will follow at the Clover Cemetery. A receiving of friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations to the American Heart Association are preferred.

Roberta "Robin" Mae Chesney

Roberta Mae Chesney, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2017, of natural causes.

She was born in Norfolk, Va., the daughter of Paul A. Chesney, and Virginia R. Chesney. At the age of 9, Robin and her family moved to Charleston, and with the exception of college, Robin lived in the city for the remainder of her life.

She was a graduate of Charleston High School, Maryville College, and had a graduate degree in Library Sciences from UNC, Chapel Hill. While she began her work at what is now the University of Charleston, the majority of her career was spent with the West Virginia Library Commission, from which she retired at the age of 65.

Robin was active in her church, singing in the choir, working with the church archives, and helping with Trinity's Table on Sunday evenings.

Her quiet nature could sometimes fool people, causing them to miss her intelligence. She was a bit of a dreamer, and had an interest in Arthurian legend, writing her Master's thesis on the topic.

Robin is survived by her brother, Paul A. Chesney Jr. (Jeannette) of Neptune Beach, Fla., and her sister, Beth Chesney Frampton of Charleston, W.Va., along with her nephews, Alex Chesney, Joshua Frampton, Alex Frampton, and nieces, Tyler Chesney, and Chesney Frampton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Virginia Chesney.

A memorial service in Robin's memory will be held May 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1600 Kanawha Blvd, East. The service will begin at 2 p.m., with a light reception afterwards. Family members will be at the church beginning at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity's Table, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

William Collins

William "Bill" Collins, 80, of Foster, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation one hour prior.

Patricia Combs

Patricia Ann Combs, 60, of Nettie, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV 26261, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, W.Va., overseen all arrangements.

Robert Lee Dickens

Robert Lee Dickens, 50, of Miami, went home to be with the Lord on April 20, 2017, at CAMC, after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Dickens; and brother, David.

Surviving are mother, Carolyn, of Miami; sister, Sue Calloway of Charleston; brothers, James of Chelyan, Johnny of Marmet, and Eugene of Cabin Creek.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Pryor Funeral Home with visitation starting at noon. Pastor Bonnie Jedlicka will be officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Cemetery, Sharon.

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Charles Dexter "Dex" Duncan

Charles Dexter (Dex) Duncan, also known to many as Charlie, 91, of Alum Creek, passed away at his home on Friday, April 21, 2017, with his loving wife, Helen, and his children by his side.

Dex was born July 31, 1925, the third of five children born to Lawrence W. and Tressa Griffith Duncan at Olcott, a small coal mining community in Kanawha County. He graduated from Washington District High School and immediately joined the Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. He was extremely proud of his service to his country as a belly ball turret gunner on a B-24, part of the Liberator Squadron. He often said that he got that assignment because he was the smallest guy on the crew. He went on to fly thirty-three combat bombing missions over strategic targets in Poland, Austria, and Germany. Later, he was an early member of VFW Post No. 4768 in Alum Creek. He was a faithful and active member of the post, attending meetings until last fall. The members of the post were some of his best friends.

In 1949, he married Helen Fitzwater, and for over 68 years they were sweethearts and partners in making a home that was focused on their children, family, friends, and community. Family gatherings and trips with Helen, his children, and grandchildren were his happiest times, and the happiest times for their kids. After his retirement from a long career with FMC, he and Helen loved to travel. He loved golf, the beach, working in his yard, and cigars. He was an intelligent man of few words, honest, principled, and strong-willed. He valued hard work and education. His unrelenting will and determination sustained and carried him through the last several years of declining health. We take comfort that he was able to stay in his home until the end. Most recently, Hospice Care was an invaluable help to us. The family is most grateful for Mason Kirk, caretaker and friend to Dad and Mom, who has been dedicated to them.

Dex was preceded in death by his brothers, Darrell, Nile, and Bob, and his sister, Betty Belcher. He is survived by his wife, Helen, daughters, Diana (Steve) Morris of St. Albans, Drema (Steve) Watts of St. Albans, Jill Novak of Langhorne, Pa., and his son, C.D. (Linda) Duncan of Charleston. Also surviving are grandchildren, Erin (Barkclay) Morris of Lexington, Ky., David (Justin) Morris of Portland Me., Erik Duncan of Charleston, Nicholas (Gina) Watts of Cross Lanes, Christopher (Caitlin) Novak of Colorado Springs, Co., Matthew Novak of Rockville, Md., and Katie Novak of Langhorne, Pa.; great-grandchildren are Liam and Finley Morris-Phelps, Carys, Elliot, and Miles Novak of Colorado Springs, Co., and the expected August arrival of Ellis and Evelyn Watts in Cross Lanes. He was a great father and best Papaw ever, very proud of his family and their lives. He loved them and was greatly loved by them.

Service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at Curry Funeral Home at 2097 Childress Road in Alum Creek, WV, with Pastor Frank Chapman. Entombment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park in South Charleston, with military graveside honors by the Alum Creek VFW Post 4768. Friends will gather one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Alum Creek VFW Post 4768, 4443 Brounland Rd, Charleston, WV 25309 or Hospice Care at 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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Curry Funeral Home has been family-owned and operated since 1950.

Charles T. "Buddy" Ellis

Charles Thurman "Buddy" Ellis, 92, of Man, joined his beloved wife, Juanita, in heaven on Thursday, April 20, 2017, leaving this world from his home, following a short illness.

He was born November 14, 1924, at Sunbeam, a son of the late Floyd and Catherine Ellis.

In addition to his wife, who passed October 29, 2016, and his parents, he is preceded in death by his half-sister, Elsie Ball; and his grandfather, Charles Ellis, who adopted him after his mother's early death.

Buddy was a faithful member of Man Church of the Nazarene where he remained very active until last week. He joined the church along with his wife, Juanita, on November 20, 1949, and helped build the current Man Church of the Nazarene. Buddy believed that you should be in church any time the door is open and that supporting the church should be a priority. Throughout his 68 years of church membership, Buddy served in many offices and capacities including; a lifelong Trustee on the Church Board where he had served for over 60 years, sang with the choir, salted the parking lot, kept the candy basket stocked with peppermints, served as a former Sunday School Teacher, former Sunday School Superintendent, former Church Treasurer, and former Church bus driver. Leading people to Jesus was his passion in life. He transported countless people to church over the years and never had a conversation that didn't include his testimony or a church invitation.

He attended Logan County schools until the 8th grade. He joined the U.S. Army on June 10, 1943, where he served on the beaches of Normandy during WWII. He loved to tell stories about the war and how it was in Normandy that he learned to drive. When he returned home on February 16, 1946, he began driving a truck for Ideal Cleaners. It was there that he met his wife, Juanita, whom he married on February 15, 1947. After some time, he began selling merchandise, along with delivering dry-cleaning on his delivery truck. He and Juanita founded Ellis Clothing in the 1950s, which sold clothing, house wares and general merchandise. In 1972, the decision was made to focus on hardware and building supplies. They bought property in Crown and erected a new store. Ellis Supply prospered and continues to serve our area today, with locations in Crown and Oceana.

Buddy genuinely loved everyone. He lived beside the Man Post Office where he greeted and offered snacks to people from his porch. A self-proclaimed chocoholic, he loved Dove Chocolate and Klondike Bars. His favorite food was fried chicken from KFC. He was the best pool player in Man and was a whiz at playing Checkers. He enjoyed taking walks, especially with his miniature Doberman, Job, who passed away several years ago. Buddy was known for his kindness, positivity, helpfulness, love for people, but most of all, his love for The Lord. He was adored by all who knew him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Gary (Olga) Ellis and Jonathan (Kim) Ellis, both of South Man; Bob and Kay Seakelly of Teays Valley who were like a son and daughter to him; grandchildren, Andrea Kidd of St. John, USVI, Angela (Scott) Coburn of Lavalette, Matt (Stacie) Ellis of Amherstdale, Melissa (John) White of Combs Addition, Rebecca (Chad) Bevins of Apex, N.C., Justin (Brittany) Daniels of Tampa, FL, and Stuart (Catherine) Daniels of South Man; 14 great-grandchildren; his co-workers at Ellis Supply; Mary Bias, his caretaker; and his dog, Teddy, along with a host of church family, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 26, at the Man Church of Nazarene at Man with Rev. Mike Pollard, Rev. James B. Kittle, and Rev. Ollie Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby where Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Man Church of the Nazarene and one hour prior to service at the church also.

Pall bearers will be T.J. Crosby, John Twardy, Stuart Daniels, John White III, Scott Coburn, and Matt Ellis.

Honorary pall bearers will be Jon Perry, Hobert Mack, Bob Seakelly, Garnet Marsh, Elliott Ellis, James Ellis, James Carter, Mike Vitruls, Don Nester, Charles Erwin, Bill Weese, Norman Booth, Tommy Crosby and Leroy Sharp.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man, W.Va.

Mary "Sue" Erwin

Mary "Sue" Milbee-Erwin, 92, of Red House, formerly of Poca, went on to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 20, 2017, with a host of family by her side. Mary was born September 25, 1924, in her home in Red House. She was the fourth of 14 children.

Mary worked for Rite AID Warehouse, G.C Murphy's Department Store, AMES Department Store and finally retired from OHIO APEX.

She is preceded in death by husband, Raymond; daughter, June Erwin; brothers, Bob Milbee, Lawrence "Jolly" Milbee, Hubert "Goud" Milbee, Maxwell "Mack" Milbee, Charles "Chub" Milbee, James Milbee; and sisters, Alma Sigman, Betty Thomas, Delores "Cork" Yolk, and Edna Tucker.

Mary is survived by a brother, Joseph Milbee of Poca; sister, Ann Milbee of Nitro; children, Sandra McLane (Randall) of Red House, Herbert Erwin (Stephanie) of Poca; grandchildren, Randall McLane Jr., Jeff McLane, and Regina King, Anthony "Tony" Erwin, Stephen Erwin, Rena Good, Renee Clendenin, and Kayla Good; great-grandchildren, Tyler Mclane, Michael McLane, Cole McLane, Hollie McLane, Austin King, Nicholas Erwin, Alex King, Julie Clendenin, Katlyn Clendenin, Lily Clendenin, Hannah Clendenin, Jacob Clendenin, Noah Good; great-great-grandchildren, Aiden and Arianna. She also leaves behind several friends and extended family.

A Tribute to the life of Mary will be noon, Monday, April 24, at Gatens-Harding Chapel with Pastor James Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery Hurricane, WV. Friends may visit at the funeral home one hour prior to service at the funeral home on Monday

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Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca, W.Va., is honored to be serving the Erwin family.

Loretta Evans

Loretta J. Evans, 81, of St. Albans, went to be with the Lord, April 9, 2017, with her family by her side.

She was born December 3, 1935, in Kanawha County, the daughter of Lewis and Priscilla Stanley Grant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Fred "Rick" Evans.

Loretta was a retired cook with AEP with over 34 years of service

She is survived by her sons, David, Dennis, James "Bodie," and Ronnie; six grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Isabel Grant; sister and brother-in-law, adopted family, Debbie and Frank Carter, Mikee and George Piper; beloved dog "Sammy"; and several nieces and nephews.

And with honoring her wishes, she was cremated and a private service was held.

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Sonja Fisher

Sonja Lea Fisher, 42, of Elkview, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. There will be no visitation or service as she will be cremated. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Good

Jerry Good of Winfield passed away suddenly on Monday, April 17, 2017. He graduated from Clendenin High School and received a bachelor degree of History from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He taught the subject of history at Herbert Hoover High School for six years, then teaching first aid with Mine Safety. From this he was able to obtain a position at the state level Black Lung. He was Safety Supervisor at OSHA for thirty years, retiring in 2003.

Jerry was an amazing husband who waited on Linda hand and foot since she broke her leg last summer. He and his son, Adam, were best friends. Many same interests and characteristics they shared, making for an incredible bond. A common saying among family and friends is, "if you knew one, you knew the other." His more than dry sense of humor will be greatly missed, along with his vast knowledge and intellect. Playing against him in Trivial Pursuit was a waste of time, his knowledge was formidable. This was always done with grace. His love of history fostered his avid reading of many subjects; history, poetry, and art. His love for animals lead to the adoption of many cats and dogs; animals found Jerry more than Jerry found the animals. The passion for comedy was a priceless gift he passed onto his son. Jerry possessed the ability to be a bit of a renaissance man, being able to do most tasks that he was given. He was very generous with his advice, being fair and firm, while dispensing graciously. He always lent a helping hand while expecting nothing in return.

He is leaving behind his wife Linda of Winfield; along with his son Adam, daughter-in-law Christine, and granddaughter Aurora of Melbourne, Australia. His sister Jeanie Young and niece Cindy of Satellite Beach, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Forrest Good.

A memorial celebration of Jerry's life will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 26, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro, WV, with Celebrant H. R. Whittington officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions to any animal shelter or humane society of your choice in Jerry's memory.

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Teresa Gwinn

Teresa Marie Gwinn, 49, of Richwood, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV 26261, with visitation one hour prior to the service. All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, W.Va.

Lucille Hale

Lucille Campbell Hale, 96, rose on February 15, 1921, in Talcott, W.Va., sunset on April 18, 2017, in Milton, W.Va.

Lucille was the daughter of the late Frank and Lavina Campbell.

Lucille was a graduate of WV State University; she was an Eastern Star and world traveler who visited Eqypt, England and France.

She was a medicine nurse at Memorial Hospital of Charleston. She enjoyed bowling and playing the steel drums and singing in the choir at Simpson Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwards; sons, Robert, Lawrence and Fredric "Terry."

Her survivors include sons, Edward, William (Barbara) and Kenneth (Demetrius); 19 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren; sisters, Ethel Breeden and Marden Epps of Trenton, N.J.; sisters-in-law, Maria and Claudia Hale.

Service will be noon on Tuesday, April 25, at Simpson United Methodist Church on Shrewsbury Street, Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Holden

Dorothy Jean Cochran Holden, 94, a resident of The Garden House, Anderson, SC, and formerly of Charleston, WV, died April 17, 2017.

She was born December 30, 1922, in Fairmont, WV, daughter of the late Pearl and Harry Cochran. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Stephen and William L. Holden Jr.; her husband, William L. Holden Sr.; and her brother, William Cochran.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Michael (Pottsie) of Nebo, NC; daughters, Pam Williams (Bill) of Anderson, SC, Becky Adams (Trippie) of Charleston, WV, Patricia Hood (Kent) of Augusta, GA, and Katharine Holden of Cross Lanes, WV; sister-in-law, Mary Cochran of Arlington, VA; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren; as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

"Dot" worked outside of the home early in her marriage, but soon became a full-time mother and wife. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Charleston and active in Sunday School and women's circle; She was a past worthy matron of Tiskelwah Chapter #45, O.E.S.; member of South Charleston Rec Center water aerobics class; volunteer with her children's school P.T.A.s, Kanawha A.R.C., and Meals On Wheels. She enjoyed cooking for her family, neighbors, friends, and for many Masonic and Shrine dinners.

Sullivan-King Mortuary is in charge of cremation arrangements. A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date in Sutton, WV. Family and friends may share memories and send online condolences to

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd Floor, Bethesda MD 20814, and Meals On Wheels of your community, would be welcome as these two organizations were important to her.

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Nicholas Wayne Kessel

Nicholas "Nick" Wayne Kessel, 31, of Elkview, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017.

"Nick" formerly worked for JWood Contracting and was a member of IUOE 132. He was the great outdoorsman. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and cook. He also loved boating, swimming, kayaking, camping, four wheeling and skiing. If you have ever been around a lake, river or creek you have probably seen Nick at some point and time. He had a heart of gold and enjoyed helping others. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He had attended Herbert Hoover High School and played on the football team.

He is survived by his mother, Janet Prouse, father, Buster Kessel, stepdad, Greg Dent; grandfather, John "Wes" Prouse; grandmother, Dorothy Cummings; aunt, Kathy Moles; nieces, Callie and Amber; aunt, Wanda Bullard; cousin who was like a brother, John Hodge, and Brandi, Lele. Also surviving are many other uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

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Hafer Funeral Home of 50 N. Pinch Rd., Elkview, W.Va., is assisting the Kessel family.

Keith Lilly

Keith Edward Lilly, 54, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. A memoiral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the White Sulphur Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church on Ingleside Avenue, White Sulphur Springs. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Louise Lilly

Mary Louise (Marylou) Lilly, 90, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on April 20, 2017.

Marylou succumbed to aggressive breast cancer and passed at her home with family, friends and wonderful caregivers near her side.

Marylou was born December 9, 1926, in Camp Creek, a daughter of the late Virgil and Eva Lilly.

Mrs. Lilly graduated from Spanishburg, WV High School (1944). After starting a family, she obtained a BS in Elementary Education from West Virginia University (1964). She was a teacher of 1st through 6th grade in the 1-room Grant School of Monongalia County, WV from 1952 to 1953.

Marylou began each day on her knees praying the Lord's Prayer. She was a faithful longtime member of the First Baptist Church (Morgantown) and devoted many years to the work of the church in varying capacities including the choir. She was a long time member of the Morgantown Service League, working many a day at the Old Stone House. She was an active member of the Mountaineer Woman's Club, and devoted her time organizing activities to benefit others. She enjoyed bowling and tennis for many years and endlessly canned and cooked enough food over the years to rival the most popular restaurants. As an accomplished seamstress, she kept many outfits on family members and repaired many a worn pair of jeans. She devoted her life toward her family and friends. Our mother was truly the wind beneath all our wings.

Marylou was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Russell Lilly; sister, Patricia Farmer; and infant son, Allen Lilly.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Burkey Lilly; sons, Keith and wife, Paula, and Warren and wife, Carolyn; daughter, Sarabeth Lilly Blosser and husband, Ron; sisters, Dorthy Jennings, Jessica Skelton and Linda Pyle; grandchildren, Lauren Roney and husband, Brandon, Megan Malott and husband, Sam, Austin Lilly, Kyle Stephens and Kory Stephens; great-grandchildren, Faith, Joslin and Rory.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Breast Cancer Foundation (10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 480, Columbia, MD 21044 or or the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (1731 King Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314 or Both organizations have been critical to Marylou's comfort in the final months of her special life.

At Marylou's request, she will be cremated and her remains will be held by the family until joint services can be conducted with the love of her life, Burkey. Online condolences will be accepted at Hastings Funeral Home ( ).

At a future date, a memorial service will be coordinated at the First Baptist Church of Morgantown.

D. Keith Litton

D. Keith Litton, 83, of Parkersburg, W.Va., died Thursday April 20, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Ripley, W.Va., a son of the late Delmer and Opal (Godbey) Litton.

Keith grew up in Charleston, W.Va., and graduated from Stonewall Jackson in 1950. He moved to Parkersburg in 1956 and attended West Virginia State, WVU of Parkersburg, and Marietta College. He was owner and operator of D.K. Litton Fabricators and Constructors for 22 years. He was a member of Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge #3, Scottish Rite 32nd Degree, Past Monarch of Ben Bey Grotto, Nemesis Shrine, and the motorized unit. He worked and coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for fourteen years, Small Fry Basketball for six years, and was a member of Wood County Recreation Commission for 17 years. He loved antique cars and was a long time supporter of Parkersburg High School Big Reds sports and enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports.

He is survived by a son, Michael Litton (Tina) of Washington, W.Va.; daughter, Debra "Debbie" Farris of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Zac Litton (Kristi), Lindsey Vandyke (Brad), Brooke Glover (Brad), Chance Litton, Amy Newberry (Ted), and Daniel Farris (Carolyn); two step grandchildren, Chandra Balderson (Kenny) and Hueston Kellar; 10 great-grandchildren Logan, Reese, Cannon, Cadia, Steele, Declan, Kennedy, Avery, Robbie, and Jacob; four step great-grandchildren, Baylor, Aubrynn, Rylie, and McKinlee; and a longtime companion, Joan Mason.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Ruth (Jarrett) Litton; brother, Winfred "Wink" Litton; and sister, Martha Anderson.

Service will be 11 a.m., Monday, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Justin Enoch officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge #3. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Larry Myers

Larry Allen Myers of Ft. McCoy, Fla., formerly of Powellton, W.Va., died Friday, April 14, 2017.

He was born May 7, 1945, at Cannelton, W.Va., and graduated from Montgomery High School, class of 1964.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Beulah Frances Myers and Lawrence Otto Myers; sisters, Jo Ann Harford, Beverly McCausland; and daughter, Denise Myers, who sadly passed away April 8, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Janine Myers; daughters, Sherry Larson, Liz Braswell of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Kimberly Hamilton of Fleming Island, Fla., Danielle Weeks of Salt Springs, Fla.; sons, Larry (Jr.) Myers of St. Marys, Ga., and Dennis Myers of Annapolis, Md.; brother, Lawrence Myers Jr. of Ft. McCoy; sisters, Pat Harford, Hazel New-Camp, Carolyn Buchanan of Ocala, Fla., Maxine Black of High Point, N.C., and Kay Kozma of Parump, Nev.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Larry's love of the West Virginia mountains was insurmountable. His favorite hobbies were four wheeling, fishing, hunting and bluegrass music.

Rest in peace, Larry.

Mary Ann Noland

Mary Ann Noland, of Dunbar, passed away peacefully March 11, 2017, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Angela Murray; her brother, Patrick Murray; her sons, Matthew and Timothy Brown; and her daughter, Jennifer Rathburn.

Mary Ann was a member of Christ The King Church of Dunbar. She took great joy in feeding the birds, growing her flowers, and especially spending time with her family.

She is survived by her good friend, Phil Noland; her son, Thomas Brown, Tom's wife, Bev, her grandchildren, Kristen and Ryan Brown; her daughter, Shawna Carder, Shawna's husband, Harry, her grandsons, Tim and Sean; her son, William Brown, Will's wife, Sharon, and her granddaughters, Abigail and Annabelle; and her sister, Elizabeth Turner.

The family would like to extend warm thanks to Christ The King Church for the beautiful prayer mass. They would also like to thank HospiceCare and Hubbard Hospice House for the kind and excellent care Mary Ann received.

Mary Ann was laid to rest close to her children at Paden Gardens.

Ruth Paschal

Ruth Annette Paschal, age 75, of Powellton, died April 21, 2017. She was born October 7, 1941, at McDunn and she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Doretha Hobbs Tucker.

She was a member and the organist at Spoken Word Tabernacle in Beaver.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Joseph H. Paschal Sr.; children, Diana Paschal of Powellton and Joseph Paschal Jr. and his wife Lisa of Flat Top; grandson, Joseph Paschal III of Flat Top.

Service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, W.Va., with the Rev. Ron Lilly and Rev. Ivan England officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Patricia L. Plumley

Patricia L. Plumley, 66, of Sissonville, died April 20, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Wednesday, also at the funeral home.

Louanna Pollitt

Louanna "Ann" Agnes Pollitt, 89, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Patricia Rinehart

Patricia Ann Coleman Rinehart, 64, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, W.Va.

Emerson Rucker

Emerson Paul Rucker, 79, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House with his family surrounding him.

He was a General Contractor with many different kinds of projects he completed. Emerson was a member of Clendenin United Methodist Church where he taught the Fisherman's Bible Sunday school class; he sang in the Messiah for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Clendenin Masonic Lodge #126 AF & AM. He was a devoted husband, wonderful father and adorable grandfather.

He was the son of the late Porter Ervin and Clara Mabel Davis Rucker. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn Miller and Eloise Shafer; brother, Roy Rucker.

Emerson is survived by his wife, Joan Rucker; daughter, Sandy Sylvester of Powell, Ohio; sons, Don Rucker of Winfield and Ron Rucker of Charleston; sisters, Larna Hawkins, Virginia Mace, Betty Schoolcraft, Barbara Chandler and Carolyn Sue Cook; brother, Homer Rucker; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

As per Emerson's request, there will be a memorial service at his home at a later date. Burial will be in Shafer Cemetery, Clendenin.

Matics Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Larry Milton Rucker

Larry "Link" Milton Rucker, 77, of Jane Lew, formerly of Clendenin, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He had worked for Publix Super Markets in Florida and was a 1958 graduate of Clendenin High School. While living at Daytona Beach, Fla., he enjoyed pier and surf fishing and he attended almost every NASCAR 500 race. Larry enjoyed going hunting, bowling and was an avid WVU football and basketball fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, P.R. and Fannie Naylor Rucker; brothers, Raymond Rucker, Russell "Jake" Rucker, Donald Rucker; sisters, Irma Rucker, Ruby Morrison, Blanche "Pete" Hill, Madelyn Rucker, Oreda "Bill" Mick; half-sister, Radie Ferrell.

Surviving is his loving wife of 48 years, Donna Scarberry Rucker; sisters, Shirley (Con) Cobb, Wilma (Wim) McQuain.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, April 24, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Jonah F. Rucker Family Cemetery, Jordan Creek. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

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

D. Mark Snyder

Judge D. Mark Snyder, 64, of Charleston, passed on Friday, April 21, 2017. Arrangements are forthcoming. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the Snyder family.

Neva Stalnaker

Neva Stalnaker, 94, of Spencer, passed away April 20, 2017. Service will be held at noon, Monday, at the Hebron Memorial Church, Spencer. Visitation one hour prior to the service. John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Joann Totten

JoAnn Totten, 62, of Loudendale, recently passed away.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold B. and Evelyn Raines Haid and her husband Dale.

She was a retired from Lincoln County Schools, where she taught for over two decades.

JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Totten of Welch; sister, Carolyn Taylor of Kenna; several nieces.

There will be no service.

Condolences may be sent by visiting

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

Robert Worlledge

Robert "Bob" Lewis Worlledge, 78, of Mt. Lookout, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Mt. Lookout. Friends may call at the church on the day of the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrangements were made with the White Funeral Home at Summersville, W.Va.

Tamara Young

Tamara Young, 58, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at CAMC General Division.

She was a lifelong resident of St. Alban, a 1976 graduate of St. Albans High School and her last employment was with Avizent. Tammy was loved by her family and all those that knew her.

Tammy was preceded in death by her son Sean Burns, brother Kevin Young, and her fatherRoldan Shelton Young.

She is survived by her husband Richie Young, son Andrew Burns, mother Peggy Young, sisters Debbie White, Babette Flanagan, and Dawn Fulknier, three step-daughters and many loving nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2002 20th St., Nitro with a memorial celebration of Tammy's life beginning at 8:00 PM.

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Betty Joe Zeliff

Betty Joe Zeliff, 79, of Lakeland, FL, entered her eternal rest on April 14, 2017.

Betty was born in Sissonville, WV.

She retired from the telephone company in Barstow, CA, where she lived for 33 years. She resided 16 years in Lakeland. She was a strong, independent woman who loved country music. She had beautiful blue eyes, intelligence, and was selfless and noble until the end.

She is predeceased by husband, Robert "Bob" Zeliff; parents, Lewis "Ed" and Dona Harding Campbell; brothers, Jimmie and Ordie Campbell; and sister, Goldie Baldwin.

She is survived by sons, Rodney Joe, Doug (Renee) of Apple Valley, CA, Chris (Paloma) of Hillsboro, OR; grandson, Jesse (Sabrina) of Logan, UT; a great-granddaughter; and brother, John Campbell of Toms River, NJ.

Betty and Robert's ashes will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, on May 5.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness. Read more and see photos at

Funerals for: April 23, 2017

Baker, Kristy 7 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services Chapmanville.

Barker, David 2 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Coleman, Robert 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Eckard, Ann 3 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Gambone, Ida M. 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Hinger, Delsie Louise 2 p.m., Downtain Chapel United Methodist Church, Nettie.

Knapp, Walter 2 p.m., Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

Perry, Arden 3 p.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens and Crematorium, Red House.

Roach, Paul 12:30 p.m., Ridenour Lake, Nitro.