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Ada Basham Print Comment Top of page

Ada Letitia Adams Basham, 74, of South Charleston, passed away after a short illnes on Feb. 5, 2016. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

William "Rick" Blazer Print Comment Top of page

William Richard "Rick" Blazer, 56, of Point Pleasant, died Feb. 4, 2016. Service will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation two hours prior.

Arnold Glide Burns Print Comment Top of page

Arnold Glide Burns, 95, of Looneyville, died Feb. 3, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Childress Print Comment Top of page

Elizabeth Childress, 72, of Danville, died Feb. 4, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with visitation one hour prior.

Ruby E. Craig Print Comment Top of page

Ruby Ellen Craig, 78, of Buffalo passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House West following a long illness. She was an animal lover and enjoyed working puzzles and woodworking. Most of all, she enjoyed helping others. Ruby was a loving mother and grandmother, and will be sadly missed by her family.

Born April 17, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Vinton Cossin and Katherine Sayre Cossin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her longtime companion, William Buck; a sister, Elizabeth Stutler; and brothers, Eugene, Junior, Ray and Curtis Cossin.

Survivors include her children, Linda (Don) Duncan of Noblesville, Ind., Rusty (Betty) Craig of Cross Lanes and Michael (Karen) Craig of Buffalo; five grandchildren, Brooke Halstead Wallen, Rusty Lee Craig, Brandie (Denver) Barber, Michael Aaron (Miranda) Craig and Eric Chason Craig; seven great-grandchildren, Braelyn, Blake, Derek, Sydney, Easton, Addison and Willow; brothers, Herb Cossin of Red House, Lee Cossin of Leon and Donald Cossin of North Carolina; and sister, Ruth Kimberling of Kentucky.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Craig family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Larry B. Ellison Print Comment Top of page

Larry B. Ellison, 65, of Buckhannon, died Feb. 2, 2016. Service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at First Baptist Church, Cowen. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen.

Robert R. Griffith Print Comment Top of page

Robert R. Griffith of Charleston died at his home on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

Mr. Griffith, 90, was born Jan. 14, 1926 in Pemberton (Raleigh County). He moved with his family to Cool Ridge (Raleigh County) in 1932. He attended Midway Grade School and graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1943.

He spent approximately three years in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.

He attended West Virginia University and graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1949.

He worked more than 41 years for Appalachian Power Company in Beckley, Rainelle, Oak Hill and Charleston. He retired Dec. 31, 1990 as Charleston Division Superintendent.

He served 11 years as treasurer of the Kanawha Valley Emergency Planning Council. He helped organize the Charleston AEP Veteran and Retired Employees' Association and served several years as its treasurer. He was a member of the Charleston Lions Club and participated in many of its activities. He was a longtime member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. Griffith and Fannie Falsom Richardson Griffith, and his brothers, Don K., Charles N. and Henry Lee Griffith.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Sperow Griffith, and three sons and their spouses, Donald and Gina of St. Albans, Gary and Deb of Maidens, Va., and Dr. James and Marla of Charleston. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Mary Beth of Seward, Alaska, Emily of Morgantown, Nicholas and Matthew, both of Charleston, and Rebeccah of Boston, Mass. Also surviving are his brother, Larry Griffith of Beckley; two sisters and their spouses, Patricia and Gerry Burnett of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Eliza and Marshall Baum of Chillicothe, Ohio; and sisters-in-law, Retha Griffith (widow of Charles) of Winslow, Ark., and Ellen Griffith (widow of Lee) of Pinellas Park, Fla.

The family thanks Joe Rodgers, Katie Baldwin, Melinda Boggess, Cathy Thacker and Travis Wheeler for their kind and compassionate care.

The funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Monty Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are welcome; however, donations in his memory are also appreciated and may be sent to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.

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

Firman Lee Harvey Print Comment Top of page

Firman Lee Harvey, 63, of Cross Lanes, passed away Feb. 3, 2016. A more complete obituary with service information will be published at a later date. Tyler MountaiN Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are pending.

Pamela P. Jarrett Print Comment Top of page

Pamela Paulette Jarrett, 64, of Elkview, went peacefully into the Lord Savior's arms on Feb. 4, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Pam was a Marine veteran and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Gay and Martin Estep; her biological father, Paul Fizer; and sisters, Denise Hawkins, Angela Kissee and Brenda Botkin.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Larry Jarrett; daughters, Larissa (Kirk) Jarrett, Lynzi (Jeromi) Melton and Kaitlyn (John) Tincher; stepsons, Larry and Tony Jarrett; adopted daughter, Amber Groves; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Harmoni Grace, Jarrett Kiel, Jaxon Lane and Candace, Jordan, Gary, Austin, Evan, Aubree, Chloe, Troy and Natalie; sisters, Drema (Michael) Elmore and Jackie (Shorty) Thompson; brother, Marty (Toni) Estep; stepbrother, Roger Estep; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be at Rock Cemetery, Little Sandy Road, Elkview.

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

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

Doris F. Looney Print Comment Top of page

Doris Faye Keffer Looney, 80, of Walton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness.

She was the daughter the late John Wesley Keffer and Cora Belle Tate Keffer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Edward Looney, and brothers, Homer and Jarrett.

Doris was a homemaker and attended Mount Welcome Union Church.

She is survived by sons, Kenneth Looney of Walton and Samuel Looney of Elkview; daughters, Charlotte Snyder of Clendenin and Judith Rucker of Walton; grandchildren, Kenneth Dale, Jason Dean, Adam Christopher, Jamie Nicole, Mathew Lee, John Anthony and Jessica Marie; and great-grandchildren, Shelby Lynn, Holly Marie, Alexis Grace and Lindsay Ann.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Matics Funeral Home Inc., Clendenin, with Pastor Lee Swor and Pastor Ronald Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in the Looney Family Cemetery, Walton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Shafer's Room and Board as well as Hubbard Hospice House.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.

Joseph M. Lucky Print Comment Top of page

Joseph Mitchel Lucky, 52, of Mount Lookout, passed away at his home on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Born Aug. 14, 1963 in Cowen, he was a son of Carlin and Karen Jones Lucky of Canvas.

He was preceded in death by a son, Brent Mitchel Lucky.

He was a former coal miner and was also employed by the Summersville Skin Care Center for the past 10 years.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Delores Groves Lucky; son, Dr. Carlin Brandon Lucky; grandson, Asher Kain Lucky; two brothers, Thomas and Mike Lucky; and two sisters, Cheri Stump and Beth Boso.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and no services will be held at this time.

White Funeral Home, Summersville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.

Mary Ellen Loy Mabe Print Comment Top of page

Mary Ellen Loy Mabe, 71, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Charleston, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at Halifax Health Hospice Florida.

She was born Nov. 11, 1944 in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Dale Wyatt and Regina K. Flamm Loy.

She was retired from the West Virginia Air National Guard and A/F, was named "Airman of the Year" in 1970 and she was a 1974 graduate of the Academy of Military Science, Officer Cadet School. She was a member of the Tiskelwah Chapter No. 45 Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Woman's Club of Charleston, WVU Alumni Association, WV Guard Association, Ladies Auxiliary, Vice Commander of DAV and the VFW. She was a member of B'Nai Jacob Synagogue.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary is survived by her husband, Tommie C. Mabe of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother, Dwight David Loy of Mesa, Ariz.; and stepson, Tracy Neil Mabe of Las Vegas, Nev.

A service to honor the life of Mary will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Chaplain Roger Lee Tiffany officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Family and friends may visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the funeral home. The Eastern Star Service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Memories of Mary may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James Matthews Print Comment Top of page

James Matthews, 80, of Foster, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 3, 2016 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Daisy Matthews, and his first wife, Virginia (Jenny McCormick).

He was a humble Christian and a faithful member of West Madison Independent Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Whitesville. He was a retired surface mine inspector.

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Marcine; children, Debbie (Larry) Greene, Jimmy (Sheri), Kim (Kevin) Adkins, B.R. Rice and Shellee (Jason) Moore; grandchildren, Billy (Whittney) Myers, Valerie (David) Ward, Stephen (Courtney) Matthews, Sonya (Kyle) Breeden, Tristan, Cole, Olivia and Chellsy; six great-grandchildren, Katelynn Myers, Kameron, Georgia Kate, Jackson James, Olivia and Savannah; one brother, David "Tubby" (Donna) Matthews; one sister, Pamela (Eddie) Pridemore; four nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and -nephews; and a host of cousins, friends and church family.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at West Madison Independent Baptist Church with Pastor James Browning and Fred Connery officiating. Burial will follow in Drawdy Cemetery, Peytona, with Masonic graveside rites.

Friends may call from noon until service time at the church.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

James A. McMillion Print Comment Top of page

James A. "Jim" McMillion of South Hills, Charleston, passed away Feb. 1, 2016 at the age of 83. James was born Sept. 18, 1932 in Charleston. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred A. McMillion, and his mother, Concella M. McMillion Hill (nee Chittum). James is survived by seven children, Jane A. McMillion, Jo A. McMillion, Jess F. McMillion, William F. McMillion, all residing in San Jose, Calif., James F. McMillion residing in Glendale, Ariz., Carol A. Riedel residing in Spencer, Ohio, and Eric McMillion and his wife, Susan, residing in Tornado. James is also survived by six grandchildren, Wendy J. Ringo, C.J. McMillion, Lauren E. McMillion, Brianna E. McMillion, Kylie P. Riedel and Johnathon S. McMillion, and one great-grandson, Jacob Ringo.

James received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University Law School in 1966 and served in the U.S.A.F. with duties in South Africa. He was a member of the West Virginia Bar Association, and the Masonic Lodge. At the time of his passing he was the CEO of World's Best Realty Company, Inc. and still actively involved in several business and entrepreneurial endeavors.

James attended and was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgantown, and enjoyed the fellowship among parishioners. He was an avid Lionel model train collector who enjoyed the camaraderie of model train shows and was a member of the Train Collectors Association. James was also passionate about politics and investments.

On Feb. 7, 2016, James will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park. A service is being held for all who knew him to share in his memory and honor him in his passing. The service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Family and friends may visit from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Memories may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Belva Meeks Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Belva Meeks, 74, of Harts, died Feb. 4, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.

Anna Mae Mitchell Print Comment Top of page

Anna Mae Mitchell, 86, of Charleston, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Riverview, Fla. Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of the services. Arrangements will be forthcoming.

Epaminondas Rollins Print Comment Top of page

Epaminondas "Epa" Rollins, 85, of Letart, died Feb. 4, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation one hour prior.

Minnie Sarver Print Comment Top of page

Minnie Bower Sarver passed away Feb. 4, 2016. She was the daughter of Pembleton Lee and Gussie Craft Bower and was born Nov. 19, 1918 in Roanoke, Va. She was a longtime resident of Charleston and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston for over 50 years.

Mrs. Sarver was retired from Stone and Thomas Department Store with 29 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William A. Walker; her daughter, Shirley Hazel Walker; her second husband, Albert Clifton Sarver; her parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Ellen Meador and Josephine Vipperman; one brother, Calvin Bower; a niece, Dyanne S. Brown, all of Virginia; and several great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Her funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W., Charleston, with the Rev. Archie Snedegar officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the worship service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387, or a charity of your choice.

Chante J. Shivers Print Comment Top of page

Ms. Chante Jamese Shivers, 21, of Beckley, died Jan. 30, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Heart of God Ministries, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James A. Smith Print Comment Top of page

James A. Smith, 46, of Gassaway, died Feb. 4, 2016. Gathering of family and friends will be 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Interment will be in Smith Family Cememetery, Gassaway.

Kevin R. Taylor Print Comment Top of page

Kevin Richard Taylor, 45, of Canvas, died Feb. 4, 2016. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Groves Cemetery, Canvas. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Garry L. Wade Print Comment Top of page

Garry L. Wade, 72, of Alum Creek, died Feb. 5, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the funeral home.

Roger Withrow, Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Roger Dale Withrow, Sr., 66, of the Plainville community, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in a Rome, Ga., hospital following a brief illness.

Mr. Withrow was born in Crown Hill, W.Va., on May 11, 1949, a son of the late Charles Oliver Withrow, Sr. and Reba Hackworth Withrow. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his oldest son, Roger Dale Withrow, Jr., and one brother, Charles Oliver Withrow, Jr. Mr. Withrow was a retired welder. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Mrs. Jacalyn Rock Withrow of the Plainville community; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Dawn Withrow of LaGrange, Ohio; daughter, Reba Denis Withrow of Independence, Ohio; eight brothers, Harold Withrow, Lawrence Withrow, Clarence Withrow, Larry Withrow, Ronald Withrow, Donald Withrow, Jerry Withrow and Darrell Withrow; two sisters, Ruth Sutphin and Janet Humerickhouse; seven grandchildren, Ashley, Brooklyn, Brennon, Auston, Anthony, Sophia and Olivia; two great-grandchildren, Caydience and Brevyn; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Roger's wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned for a later date and time.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, Rome, Ga., has charge of the funeral arrangements for Mr. Roger Dale Withrow, Sr.

Funerals for: February 06, 2016

Allen, Carol S. 4 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Angel, David E. 11 a.m., New Life in Christ Fellowship Church, Durbin.

Barnette, Marjorie C. 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Casto, Shirley A. 1 p.m., Cunningham

Clark, Jody L. 1 p.m., Metropolitan Baptist Church, Charleston.

Duncan, Charles E. 2 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home, Milton.

Easley, Rev. Peter 1 p.m., Mount Zion Baptist Church, Beckley.

Francke, Ardath 1 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Higginbotham, Gloria 2 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Holland, Nathalia 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Kimberly.

Kelemen, Steve 1 p.m., James Funeral Home, Aracoma.

Lesher, Gerald W. Noon, Taylor

Matthews, James 2 p.m., West Madison Independent Baptist Church, Madison.

May, Barbara J. 11 a.m., Gatens

Morris, Ada 1 p.m., Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston.

Perrine, Anna M. 2 p.m., Stockert

Phelps, Martha E. Noon, Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Pierson, Sarah E. 1 p.m., Pierson Chapel United Methodist Church, Zela.

Reid, John M. 4 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Rickman, Linda 1 p.m., Nitro Moose Lodge, Nitro.

Robinson, James R. Noon, Simons

Rowe, Barry Sr. 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Skidmore, Neeley M. 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Tincher, Donald E. 11 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Vallet, Calister T. Noon, VA Hospital Chapel, Huntington.

Walton, Hazel A. Noon, Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Willis, Carl E. Jr. Noon, Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Zsoldos, Nancy L. 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Co