Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

James Robert "Bob" Bailess

Bob Bailess, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2017, in the company of his loved ones. He was born in Grantsville, on August 24, 1935, to the late Ernest and Nellie Bailess.

Bob graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1954. He was an All-State football player and served as a captain in the North-South Football Classic held in Charleston. Bob accepted a scholarship to play football for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and he later finished his college career and graduated from Salem College. He is also an alumnus of Virginia Tech where he earned a Master's degree in Physical Education.

Bob started his professional career in Virginia, where he dedicated over 40 years of his life to teaching and coaching. He took great pride in motivating his students and players to achieve excellence. Bob retired from Prince William County Public Schools in 1996.

In 2000, Bob relocated to Bristol, Va. He served as a volunteer ranger at the Clear Creek Golf Club and was an active member of the State Street United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Bristol YMCA and the Virginia High School League.

Bob was an avid trout fisherman, golfer and hunter. He committed himself to physical fitness throughout his life and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who he adored.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Julia Bailess; his children: Robert Bailess (Jennifer), Lisa Dean (David), and Todd Bailess (Joy); his grandchildren: Zachery, Matthew, Owen, Lillian, Jaxson, James, and Luke; his sisters: Mary Knotts (Jim), Janet Orozco (Bob), Nancy Taylor, Linda Blankenship (Neil); and his nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Diehl.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, at State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, Va. A service and burial will also be held at noon on Tuesday, June 27, at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church in Grantsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the charity of your choice.

Miles "Junie" Barnes

Miles Mark Fisher "Junie" Barnes, 58, of Charleston, passed away June 16, 2017. Service will be noon, Thursday, June 29, at Shining Light Celebration Church, 1800 5th Ave., Charleston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are in the care of Callender Funeral Home, Charleston.

Lucille Burns

Lucille Barlow Burns, age 100, of Marlinton, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at her home. Lucille was a homemaker, a 50-year plus member of Eastern Star and was a member of Marlinton Presbyterian Church.

She was born June 18, 1917, at Huntersville, the daughter of the late Samuel Isaac and Mabel Goldie Wagner Barlow.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Fred C. Burns Sr.; brother, Maynard Barlow; sisters, Myrtle Atkins, Madeline McComb, Nell Shrader, Louise McNeel, Juanita Patterson, Evelyn Williams; and son-in-law, Fred Smith, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Burns Smith of Lewisburg; sons, Fred C. Burns Jr. and wife Carolyn, Thomas W. Burns and wife Dreama, Larry L. Burns and wife Shelia, all of Marlinton; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church. Funeral service will be at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Monday, June 26, Pastor Rachel-Shepherd officiating. Interment will be at Mountain view Cemetery in Marlinton.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Marlinton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 30, Marlinton, WV 24954.

Karen Curry Carter

Karen Curry Carter, 75, of Ruskin, Fla., formerly of St. Albans, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Tidewater Hospice House, Ellenton, Fla.

She was born in St. Albans, to the late Ralph and Mabel Lowe Curry.

Karen was a homemaker and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans where she served as deaconess.

After retirement Karen and her husband lived at the Hawaiian Isles mobile home park where they were active in the park church. She also participated in the annual Wounded Warrior Project were she helped raise thousands of dollars for that organization. This was a charity close to her heart. She also worked in the office at the park and directed social events.

Karen loved riding around in her golf cart while her friends played a round of golf and also volunteered at various PGA Golf events.

Surviving is her loving husband, Eddie W. Carter; children: Lynne Samples, Wade Samples and Dale Samples, all of St. Albans, Linda Carter of Largo, FL, Corinne Campbell of Powhatan, VA, and David Carter of Charleston, SC; sister, Anita McDonie of St. Albans; grandchildren, Zachary, Jarrod, Amesley, Donovan, Dareian, Devyn, Amy, Noah and Christian; and great-grandchildren, Sophia and Aubrie.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 26, at First Baptist Church of St. Albans with Pastor Joel M. Harpold officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Additional funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Glen Allen, VA. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

You may visit Karen's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Carter family.

George W. Dunlap Jr.

George W. Dunlap Jr., of Greenview, passed away of natural causes on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the age of 91.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Workman Dunlap; and two sons, Jerry and Donald. Also preceding him in death are his parents, George and Myrtie Dunlap; and his siblings, Burley, Arthur, Alma, Clifford, Bettye and Jean.

George is survived by sons, Michael (Angela) Dunlap of Sumerco, Ricky (Donna) Dunlap of Buckhannon and Harry A. Dunlap of Greenview. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

George loved gardening and operating heavy equipment. He was a retired UMWA coal miner from Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He loved his family and serving in his church, the Greenview Church of Christ. He worked endlessly throughout his life on the job, in the community and at home.

The family wishes to recognize the staff at Danville Hillcrest Healthcare Center for their kind and loving care during his stay there.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at Handley Funeral Home in Danville, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

William H. Fowler

William H. Fowler, 75, of Lake Placid, Fla., formerly of Charleston, passed away May 1, 2017. William served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a 1959 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two children, William H. Jr., wife Cindy, and Michele, husband Bernard Golde; one sister, Linda; five grandkids, Brittney, Katie, Meagen, Sammy and Brandon; two great-grandkids, Wesley and Grayson. Sadly missed by all.

Sandra (Taulbert) Huffman

Sandy passed away peacefully on June 19, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born December 26, 1945, in West Virginia, the daughter of William (Buddy) W. and Nona P. Taulbert

Sandy is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Huffman) Carr of Orlando, Fla., and only son, James Huffman of Edgewater, Fla. She was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Kelly Gyarmathy; sister, Doris Carnes of New Smyrna, Fla.; and husband, Eddie Huffman.

Surviving grandchildren are Wesley, Ashley, Chad, Kallie, Rebecca, Christian, Brittney and Brandon; and great-grandchildren are Samantha, Hunter, Bodhi and Milani. She will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and her good friend, Mike Harris, who provided moral and family support for many years.

She is survived by sisters, Betty Blackwell of West Virginia, Nancy Norman of Kentucky, Peggy Hobbs of Florida, and brother, Larry (Sonny) Taulbert of South Carolina

She experienced life in a variety of ways. At 65, she successfully fulfilled her dream of sky diving twice. In her 50s, she went tubing twice on the New River Gorge.

Plans are in process to fulfill her desire to have her ashes dropped from the New River Gorge Bridge.

Paulette Jones

Paulette Rose Jones, 67, of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on June 20, 2017.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and "Nana" to many. Paulette was a member of the Dunbar Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Rose; and siblings, Peggy, Harold, Denver and Roger.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, Jerry Jones; children, Tina Jones of Dunbar, Beverly (Chip) Burford of St. Albans, "Bub" (Marti) of Dunbar and Melissa Jones of Dunbar; grandchildren, Trey and C.J. McClanahan, Olivia Jones, Corey Hancock and Jarrett Jones; sister, Kathy Quinn of Holly Hill, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Cole and the ICU nursing staff at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn., for their kindness, understanding and compassion while caring for Paulette during her last moments with us here on earth.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar, with Minister Donnie Chapman officiating.

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

Delma Kemper

Delma Z. Kemper, 92, of Millstone, passed away June 23, 2017. Graveside service will be held at noon, Monday, June 26, at the Sturm Family Cemetery, Millstone. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Calhoun County Library. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of the arrangements.

David A. "Red" Kerns Jr.

David Albert "Red" Kerns Jr., 73, of St. Albans, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 8:21 p.m. while in the Emergency Room at CAMC Memorial. The courage, strength, and dignity that he prayed for was meticulously carried out by the Hand of God as he peacefully left this earth.

Red was born on January 31, 1944, in Charleston, West Virginia, and was the oldest son of the late Jean and Albert Kerns. Along with his parents, his daughter, Tammy greeted him at the gates of heaven Wednesday night. And lined up along the streets of gold, proudly awaited his three brothers: Larry, Billy, and Donnie Kerns and his two sisters: Clida Ann "Garby" Rose and Terri Gardner.

He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1962 and retired from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 625 with 54 years of service. Red accepted Jesus as his personal savior on March 15, 2011, and was a member of Cross Lanes Baptist Church. He was a hard-worker and hard-headed, but most importantly he was a man of his word. His family always came first and his last words were "I love all of you!"

Surviving is his loving wife of 50 years: Jane Gillenwater Kerns of St. Albans; son, David Albert Kerns III of St. Albans; daughters: Michelle Daugherty, and her husband Doug of Teays Valley; Amy McDonald, and her husband Terry of Indian Trail, North Carolina; six grandchildren: Brittany Gilbert, Cassie Boslaugh and her husband Tom, Patrick McDonald, Sarah Daugherty, Hannah McDonald, and Mary McDonald; three great-grandsons: Justin and Liam Burgess and Alister Boslaugh; one-great granddaughter due in September; sisters: Peggy Shaffer and Debbie Hager; and brothers: Dennis "Champ" Kerns and Pat Kerns; 20 nieces and 13 nephews.

Our family would like to thank: Dr. Sarah Nease, Dr. Kevin Eggleston, Dr. Robby Keith, Dr. Julian Espirtiu, Dr. Ronald McCowan, Dr. Reggie Triplett, and Dr. Amir Cheema for their commitment to providing excellent healthcare. We appreciate the compassion shown by the staff of CAMC Memorial, the paramedics of Kanawha Valley Ambulance Authority and Hospice Care, especially Stacey and Kristen. The ongoing support by Pastor Benny Bess, Pastor Seth Polk, Pastor Brandon Carter and the members of Cross Lanes Baptist Church continues to be a blessing. And to each of you who prayed, called, visited, or sent a card…your acts of kindness have given extra strength to Red and his family, and for that we are forever grateful.

A celebration of Red's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Seth Polk and Pastor Benny Bess officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the funeral home.

You may visit Red's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Red would say "don't waste your money on flowers," but would be honored if you choose to contribute to one of the following organizations: Cross Lanes Baptist Church, 101 Knollwood Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 or Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536, www.hospicecarewv.org.

It is well with his soul and we Praise God for blessing us with the life of this one-of-a-kind man!

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Kerns family.

Nina Knight

Nina Mirah Knight, 91, of Dillie, died Friday, June 23, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Clara B. "Peggy" McCallister

Clara B. "Peggy" McCallister, 83, of St. Albans, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at her residence.

She was born to the late Robert Sr. and Daisy Maud Helmintoller Scott. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Edward McCallister; son, Robert L. McCallister; grandson, Jerry L. McCallister; one sister and two brothers.

Clara was a homemaker and a former employee of the Bonanza Restaurant in St. Albans. She volunteered a lot of her time for the Salvation Army and the Thrift Stores. She was an avid reader and loved working in her garden.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Joyce and Mike Vannatter of St. Albans; sons and daughters-in-law, James M. and Vickie McCallister of Dunbar, Jerry W. and Stephanie McCallister of St. Albans and John P. McCallister of St. Albans; daughter-in-law, Connie McCallister of St. Albans; sister, Elizabeth Sue Halstead of St. Albans. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Jason Quintrell officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV 25387.

You may visit Clara's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the McCallister family.

Norma Jean Michael

Norma Jean (Baker) Michael of Saint Petersburg, Fla., went to her Lord's Kingdom on June 14, 2017. She was born on September 27, 1940. Jean, as she liked to be called by her closest friends, was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruby Baker, and brother, Paul. Norma was 76 years old at the time of her passing.

Norma graduated from South Charleston High School, class of 1958. She was employed by C&P Telephone in Charleston as a long distance operator and then also in Norfolk, Va. Norma was also a fashion model while still in high school.

After moving from South Charleston to Saint Petersburg in 1967, Norma worked for various Telephone Answering Service companies. She retired from Palms of Pasadena Hospital as a switchboard operator.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence of 58 years, two sons, Steven and Thomas, and daughter, Teresa, all of Florida. She also had seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jean was under Empath Health Suncoast Hospice Care at the time of her passing. She suffered with COPD and Dementia for several years. She fought these conditions for years, but it took control, and she lost her battle. She died of natural causes. She is in a much better place now.

She had requested that her body be used as an organ donor. Her family donated her body to Science Care and she will be cremated.

Betty Midkiff

Mrs. Betty June Midkiff, 85, of Kanawha City, passed away June 23, 2017, in the Hubbard Hospice House.

Betty is a former employee of Elder Beerman and Huntington Banks. She is a member of the Kanawha City Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Maxwell Midkiff.

Betty is survived by her three children, Donald and wife Sharon Midkiff of Milton, Darrell and wife Trish Midkiff of Charleston and Brenda and husband Paul Cantrell of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Meredith and husband Jason Williamson, Stacy and husband Ryan Hagemeier, Carrie and husband Steven Bush, Kasey and husband Andrew Gentilin, Lauran Midkiff, Cameron Midkiff and Sean Cantrell; and eight great-grandchildren.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Betty J. Midkiff will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Harding Funerals & Cremations with Minister Steve Fox officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

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

James Pahl

James Alan Pahl, 59, of Charleston, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at home.

James was the youngest son of Helen L. Walker and a member of Christ Church United Methodist.

He was an avid day stock trader.

James was a graduate of St. Albans High School, received his B.S. degree from West Virginia University and his MBA in Business Finance from Vanderbilt University.

Upon graduation, he lived in St. Louis, Mo., and then Portland, Ore., before returning to Charleston eight years ago.

He is survived by his mother, Helen; and brother, Phillip (Deborah) Pahl of Concord, N.C.

James was an avid fan and follower throughout his life of WVU sports and always remembered fondly his fraternity days at West Virginia.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, with Rev. Dr. Jay Parkins officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

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

Ernest Earl Pennington

Ernest Earl Pennington, 71, of Charleston, passed away June 19, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Details regarding his celebration of life will be published in the near future. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston, W.Va.

Alice Ruth Pullin

Beloved and devoted Wife, Mother and Grandmother.

A. Ruth (Martin) Pullin, wife of Nile C. Pullin Jr., passed away June 15, 2017.

Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Cunningham Memorial Park, 815 Cunningham Lane, St Albans, WV 25177.

William Adam Rice III

William Adam Rice, III, 40, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1, at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Beulah Riffee

Beulah Marie Riffee, 96, of Charleston, was called to Heaven on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Broadmore Senior Living after a long illness. Her two daughters were with her at the time of her passing.

Beulah was a born nurturer that lived every day of her life caring for and putting the needs of others ahead of her own.

She was born on December 1, 1920, on Jim Ridge in Putnam County. She moved to the Tyler Mountain area in the early 1940s, where she remained for the rest of her life.

She was a homemaker by trade, and what a home she provided for her loved ones. She took wonderful care of her family. From her siblings early on, to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she showed an incredible love and care that is difficult to describe with the written word.

If you were around Beulah, you knew you were safe, you knew you were cared for, you knew you were loved, and you most certainly knew you would be well fed.

Beulah showed her love for others in everything that she did. She kept an immaculate home so that friends and family would find it a comfortable place to gather. She cooked incredible meals for all to share. She took great pride in the flowers and plants she grew around her house, the flora reflecting her beautiful spirit and the loving, welcoming atmosphere she strived to create every day.

Beulah enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning and keeping house. She loved animals and took incredible care of her pets and her family's pets through the years. Beulah became a Mountaineer sports fan later in life when her grandson's obsession rubbed off on her. She loved to spend time with her late husband, Alva, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on a nightly basis.

Beulah was a loyal and dedicated member of McKinnon Memorial Presbyterian Church on Tyler Mountain for over 60 years. She loved to be around her friends and neighbors at church and volunteered her time to help with vacation bible school, was a member of the women's circle, and loved to provide for covered-dish dinners.

Beulah's legacy is that of a caring, loving, nurturer, with an innate ability to make those around her feel special, and to feel a very rare and precious form of love. She gave us all a love that everyone would be fortunate to receive at some point in their lives. Simply put, she set the family standard for how you treat others.

Beulah is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Riffee and Dolores (Harold) Wilkes; son, Wayne (Aurora) Riffee; six grandchildren, that she loved, Cheryl (Ronnie) Evans, Karen (Chad) Berrier, Michael Riffee, Michelle Rabieh, Drs. Sarah (Brian) Price and Christopher Marshall; nine great-grandchildren, that she cherished, Ryan Evans, Chase Evans, Kayleigh Tyler, Zachary Tyler, Sean Berrier, Nour Rabieh, Jackson Price, Ashlyn Price and Ainsley Price.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Broadmore Senior Living and HospiceCare for their compassionate care over the last three years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Doug Minnerly officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Sabrina Renae Shue-Wallace

Sabrina Renae Shue-Wallace, 56, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. Family and friends may visit from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, W.Va. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the funeral home. Chapman Funeral Home, 12848 Winfield Road, Winfield WV 25213 is honored to serve the Shue-Wallace family.

Judith Skidmore

Judith Kay "Judy" Skidmore, 72, of Sutton, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on June 20, 2017, at her residence.

She was born on April 20, 1945, in Charleston, the daughter of the late Harold and Marjorie Conley Cochran.

Judy worked as a C&P Telephone operator, but for most of her life she was a clerk of Sutton Feed and Hardware Store. She was a 1963 graduate of Sutton High School, where she enjoyed the annual reunions and seeing her classmates. Judy loved the Lord and dedicated over 40 years of her life to being a member and choir director for Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton, and was a secretary for Weston District of United Methodist Churches.

She is survived by her loving husband, George F. Skidmore; daughter, Kathryn L. Greenlief (Mike) of Gassaway; son, Eric Skidmore (Missy) of Sutton; sisters, Barbara Nettles (Gail), Janice Wilson (Clint Carpenter) of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Cody Greenlief, Lexy Greenlief, Jason Skidmore, Ryan Rader, Skyler Rader (Brittney); great-grandchildren, Leah Rader and Brayden Rader.

Memorial service in her honor will be held 3 p.m. on Friday, June 30, at Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton. with Rev. Doug Smailes officiating.

The family suggest donations in Judy's name to Braxton County Life Center, c/o Christ Church United Methodist Church, 188 Main Street, Sutton, WV 26601.

The family of Judith Kay Skidmore would like all those who attend the service to join them for food and fellowship after the service in the church hall.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Skidmore family.

Online Condolences may be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com.

Winfred "Mote" Thompson Jr.

Winfred Moten "Mote" Thompson Jr., 95, of Ashland, Ky., died of natural causes on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Horizon Bay Adult Living Facility in Sarasota, Fla. Mote was born in Eccles on September 11, 1921, son of a New River Coal Company Mine Inspector, Winfred Moten Thompson Sr. and his wife, Bertha Hunter Thompson.

Mote grew up in the coal camp of Minden and played on the cliffs and slag piles near Scrappers Corner. As a youth, he worked for the New River Coal Company picking out impurities from the mined coal. At 13, Mote self-registered to attend Oak Hill High School (class of 1940) to avoid being taught by his sister, Ruby, who taught at the Minden School. His family later moved into a new home on Duncan Avenue in Oak Hill. He played clarinet in the Oak Hill High School Red Devils Marching Band and was awarded a music scholarship to Ohio University.

However, he gave it up to enlist in the Navy to fight in World War II. On May 1, 1942, upon his graduation from flight school, Mote's sister, Virginia, a member of the Navy WAVES, pinned Naval Officer Second Lieutenant Mote Thompson's wings on him. Mote later transferred to the Marine Squadron VMR352 in which Tyrone Power was also a squadron pilot. He logged 3000+ hours of flight time, island hopping in the Pacific Theater flying a R5C Curtis Commando. Mote flew supplies into, and wounded personnel out of, hastily built island landing strips. Late in World War II, he made an emergency landing in Shanghai, China, after engine failure. A Marine mechanic did not have the parts to repair Mote's plane. Undaunted, the mechanic solved the parts problem by stealthily repurposing an engine from a U.S. Government donated Chinese R5C sitting on the same runway, thus facilitating a speedy repair of Mote's R5C.

After the war, Captain Mote Thompson returned to Minden to marry his high school sweetheart, Mary Elisabeth Ripoll, daughter of a coal miner, Vicente Casto Ripoll, and his wife Elsie Fridley Ripoll, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church on June 16, 1946. Mote and Mary moved to Morgantown and lived in a student Quonset hut while Mote attended West Virginia University. He received his joint undergraduate and law degree in 1951. While attending college, Mote worked weekends and summers in College Park, Md., as a flight instructor to countless GI's using their GI Bill education money.

Mote and Mary moved to Clarksburg in 1951 where Mote joined the law firm of Stathers and Cantrell, eventually becoming a Partner. He also, served as the Chairman of the WV Junior Bar Association 1956 and 1957 and was an active member and Sunday School teacher at Stealey Heights Methodist Church.

While in Clarksburg, Mote and Mary had two sons, Thomas Gregory and Jeffrey Hunter. In 1971, Mote and Mary moved to Ashland, Ky., where Mote worked for Ashland Oil Inc. as head of litigation. Mote and Mary hosted the last large founding members VMR352 Squadron reunion in Lexington, Ky., in the 1990s. The grand reunion included a tour of Lexington and it's horse farms and an outing to Keeneland for horse racing. While in Ashland, Mote and Mary became active members of the Ashland First United Methodist Church. Even in his early 90s, Mote loved to help with the Church's weekly Wednesday night bible study dinners and was always there to help clear dishes at the end of the meal.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elisabeth Ripoll Thompson, and his siblings, Ruby Baumgartner, Mary E. McKee, Virginia Stevens, Ralph, Harvey E., William R., and James Edward.

He is survived by his two sons, Thomas and wife Elizabeth, of Longboat Key, Fla., and Jeffrey and wife Elisa, of Minneapolis, Minn., and four grandchildren, Tanner, Tazio, Hayleigh and Calisto Thompson.

Service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 1, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, W.Va. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Olivia Rayne Warren

Olivia Rayne Warren, 25, of Dunbar, passed away on Father's Day, June 18, 2017. She was a leap year baby, born on February 29, 1992. Olivia was the loving daughter of Rick and Carol Warren of South Charleston. She is survived by her brother, Ralph Fox, and his children, Lauren and Jordan of Morgantown; and her sister, Gabrielle, and her daughter, Havyn Delmolino of Charleston; grandparents, Bob and Imogene Warren of Seth and Katherine Wyda of Point Marion, Pa.

Olivia was a graduate of So. Charleston High School and was currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance at West Virginia State University. She was a very social person who had many friends and enjoyed their company. Her beautiful smile could make the onlooker return the smile. She was also beautiful in appearance as well as personality. She was little and petite and looked angelic. In the past, she was active in cheerleading, acrobatics, swimming, and loved to dance. She also liked to shop for clothes in the latest fashion. She enjoyed traveling to various places in the United States. She loved cats and took good care of them. She will be missed by her family and friends. She is now in heaven with her friends and family who arrived before her. "Happy as a Robin . . . Gentle as a dove . . . That's the kind of girl . . . Olivia was."

Private services were held at Pineview Cemetery Mausoleum at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, with Robert Warren officiating. Interment followed in the Pineview Cemetery Orgas.

Armstrong Funeral Home Whitesville, W.Va., is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.armstrongfuneralhomewv.com.

Loverna Sue Westmoreland

Loverna Sue Westmoreland, 46, of Belle, passed away June 22, 2017, at home, from complications of diabetes.

Sue was born on March 19, 1971, to Ellen Kitts Westmoreland and the late Gerald "Jerry" Westmoreland, who preceded her in death December 21, 2008.

She was employed by CASCI, a job that she thoroughly enjoyed and where she made lifelong friendships.

Sue is survived by her husband, Jerry "Lee" Arnold II of Belle; mother, Ellen Kitts Westmoreland of Dunbar; sister, Carmen (Carl) Casdorph of South Charleston; mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Betty Arnold of Charleston; sister-in-law, Carol Arnold of Charleston; step-children whom she dearly loved, Daelyn and Damian Arnold of Charleston. Sue is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and maybe most importantly, her fur baby, Doc.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

In leu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association.

To send the family online condolences or to sign the guestbook, please visit our website at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Joyce White

Joyce Ann White, 73, of Bomont, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home, Charleston, after a long illness.

She was the daughter of the late Russell Myers and Glada Martin Myers. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Estil Myers and Kermit Myers.

Joyce was retired from AEP as a draftsman with 35 years of service.

She is survived by daughter, Debbie Westphal of Bomont; son, Joe Myers of Charleston; brother, Paul Myers of Bomont.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Matics Funeral Home with Pastor Junior Davis officiating. Burial will be in Darnell Cemetery, Glen. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, one hour prior to the funeral. Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.

James Wooten

James Neil Wooten, 61, of Tornado, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 19, 2017, after a long and heroic battle with cancer.

Jim was born on November 23, 1955, in Kanawha County, to Annabelle Wooten and the late James M. Wooten. He was born of the Baptist faith. He was a Great and Loving Father, Brother, Husband and Friend. Jim was a 1974 graduate of St. Albans High School and attended Ben Franklin for diesel mechanics. He retired from Walker Machinery after 39 years of service as a diesel mechanic and crane operator. He loved his job and made a lot of great friends in his years there. Jim was also an animal lover with a big heart for Siberian Huskies and any stray he thought needed a good home.

He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Wooten; his brothers, Keith Wooten, Timothy Wooten; and his brother-in-law, Richard Smoot.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda Wooten (Chris) of Mineral Wells; his wife Barbara Wooten of St. Albans; three sisters, Anna "Toby" Smoot of Tornado, Rebecca (Steve) Desrosiers of Punta Gorda, Fla., Susan Yuhase of Triadelphia; four brothers, Dale (Cheryl) Wooten of Tornado, Joel Wooten of Tornado, Brian Wooten of Tennessee, Jim Dunlap of St. Albans; two step sons, Brian and Gunner; step daughter, Marcy (Shawn) Bragg of Craigsville; three grand dogs, Murphy, Beignet, and Gracie; several nieces and nephews.

Thank you to the wonderful people at D&I whose daily conversations kept him laughing and in good spirits. 

A celebration of Jim's life will be 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

James Wooten

James Neil (Jim) Wooten, 61, of Tornado, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 19, 2017, after a long and heroic battle with cancer.

Jim was born on November 23, 1955, in Kanawha County, to Annabelle Wooten and the late James Marshall Wooten. He was born of the Baptist faith. He was a Loving Father, Husband, Brother, Step Grandfather and Friend. Jim was a 1974 graduate of St. Albans High School and attended Ben Franklin for diesel mechanics. He retired from Walker Machinery after 39 1/2 years of service at Belle, as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic and crane operator. He loved his job and made a lot of great friends in his years there. Jim was also an extreme animal lover with a big heart for his dog, Sassy, Siberian Huskies, and any stray he thought needed a good home.

He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Wooten; his brothers, Keith Wooten, Timothy Wooten; and his brother-in-law, Richard Smoot.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Wooten of Tornado; daughter, Amanda Wooten (Chris) of Mineral Wells; three sisters, Anna "Toby" Smoot of Tornado; Rebecca (Steve) Desrosiers of Punta Gorda, Fla.; Susan Yuhase of Triadelphia; four brothers, Dale (Cheryl) Wooten of Tornado, Joel (Lisa) Wooten of Tornado, Brian Wooten of Tennessee, Jim Dunlap of St. Albans; two step sons, Bryan Reed of Craigsville and Gunner Legg of St. Albans; one step daughter, Marcy (Shawn) Bragg of Craigsville; nine step grandchildren, Kimery and Cierra, Brock, Kaden and Finley, Kala, Cody, Addison and Claire; three grand dogs, Murphy, Beignet and Gracie; and several nieces and nephews.

Thank you to the wonderful people at D&I whose daily conversations kept him laughing and in good spirits. Your friendship to Jim (aka "Mayor of Gore Addition" to his close friends at D&I) will be cherished by us forever.

A celebration of Jim's life will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Pastor Shawn Bragg will be officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter.

Helen Young

Helen Barickman Young, 101, of Pinch, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at San Angelo, Texas, after a short illness.

She was the daughter of the late Jason and Rhoda Sinnett Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clair E. Barickman and Chester Bruce Young; brothers, Rean and Rex Taylor; sister, Dorothy Mahaney; stepson, Michael Young; granddaughter, Danita G. Mullins.

Helen was a clerk with Dalton's Department Store with many years of service. She was a lifelong member of Reamer Gospel Tabernacle Church, where she served as secretary, treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years.

Helen is survived by daughters, Connie L. Blackwell of Portage, Indiana, and Shirley A. Mullins of Clendenin; son, Clair E. Barickman Jr. of San Angelo, Texas; stepson, Patrick Young of Pinch; sister, Betty Goebel of St. Albans; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Reamer Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Clarence Deel and Pastor Ronald Kennedy officiating. There will be a second visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Swank Cemetery, Speed. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin. Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.

Funerals for: June 25, 2017

Adkins, Denise 3 p.m., Dog Bone Community Church, Alkol.

Bowen, Brenda 2 p.m., Cross Lanes Baptist Church.

Gilmore, Roy 2:30 p.m., Mount Hope Christian Church.

Kelley, Burley 1 p.m., Montana Freewill Baptist Church, Ranger.

Lazear, Ruth 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

McQuain, Ina 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Walker, Thomas 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

White, Wilford 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.