Today's Obituaries

Thomas Amos II

Thomas Leroy Amos, II, 52, of Huntington, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017. Funeral service will be private at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington, W.Va.

Martha Ellen Ellis

Martha Ellen Ellis, 89, of Logan, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017. Her arrangements are incomplete. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her service.

Charles Wayne "Hoot" Gibson

Our dear father, Charles Wayne "Hoot" Gibson, 92, passed peacefully from this earthly realm into the arms of his Heavenly Father on February 25, 2017, in South Charleston, surrounded by his loving family.

One of ten children born to the late Clarence and Gracie Mitchell Gibson, he was raised on the family farm on Five and Twenty Mile Creek, where he attended Putnam Co. schools. Mr. Gibson formerly attended Adda Baptist Church and Charleston Mt. Mission. Wayne was a forty year resident of Cross Lanes and had previously resided in Fraziers Bottom, Nitro, and Charleston, where he owned and operated Gibson's Scale Service for over 25 years. Prior to his scale business, he had been a 14-year employee of American Viscose. He was proud to have obtained an apprenticeship as a certified scale mechanic/food equip. technician during his employment at Toledo Scale Co. & Hobart Sales & Service. After the sale of his business, he was employed by Kanawha Scales and later Brechbuhler Scales, Inc.

As well as his parents, Mr. Gibson was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, mother of his children, Nina Gibson. Also, by his second wife, Jennette Buckalew Gibson; and also by brothers Howard, Wilson, and Wilmer Gibson; and sisters, Agnes Hinkle, Helen Sturgeon, Lorene Erwin, Irene Erwin and Evaline Bird; as well as his precious great-grandson, Cody Roby; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by son-in-law, Paul Dixon and daughter-in-law, Marie Gibson.

Mr. Gibson is survived by his six children, Karen Sue Dixon of St. Albans, Bruce (Barbara) Gibson of Mocksville, N.C., Barbara (Gary) Lanham of Cross Lanes, Brenda (Pat) Semenie of Scott Depot, Deborah (James) Hodge of Huntington and Vicki (Dave) McGuire of Ripley. He is also survived by his youngest brother, Wade Gibson of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he is survived by 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren; and step-great-granchildren. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, family & friends.

Our dad was a kind, loving, Christian role model who freely gave of himself to his family, friends & neighbors. He had a special bond with children and was loved by many who met him through the years. His sense of humor delighted and entertained several generations of little ones. Words are inadequate to express our love and deep loss we feel at his passing but we rejoice in knowing that he is reunited with loved ones gone before and that he's now where there is no more pain or sorrow!

We love you, Dad!

We would like to thank the staff of Valley Health Center for the loving kindness shown to our dad over the last two years. We also wish to thank the caregivers at Hubbard Hospice House West for their compassion and tender, loving care this past week. You were a blessing!

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. You may visit his tribute page at to share memories with the family.

Flowers are welcome but contributions may also be made to: Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave., So. Chas., WV 25309.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Gibson family.

Brenda Kay Hayes

Brenda Kay Hayes, 69, of Clay, passed away February 26, 2017. Funeral service will be held noon, Tuesday, February 28, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Neil Hughart

Neil E. Hughart, 79, of Cottage-ville, passed away February 25, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, following a long illness.

He was born June 5, 1937, at Clintonville, a son of the late Lake and Lelia Hughart. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and served in Korea and many other places. He retired as a Locksman at the Racine Locks and Dam. He was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by wife of 50 years, Diane Flanagan Hughart; a son, Troy (Rosie) Hughart of Cottageville; brothers, Wayne (Lucille) Hughart and Kirk Hughart; sisters, Lynn (Doug) Samples, Linda (Danny) Webb and Yvonne (Dave) Butler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Brett Hughart and Bart Hughart.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Adam Nestor officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Sylvia Rose

Sylvia Marie Cobb Rose, 91, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Oakridge Center, after a long illness. She was a loving example of faith, inspiring and encouraging her family and many others.

She was a former member of Victory Chapel Assemblies of God. Sylvia was also a former manager of the Farmer's Co-Op Market and also a former manager of Kopper Kettle in Clendenin.

She was the daughter of the late George Homer Cobb and Eva Clair Stark Cobb. Sylvia was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Rose; brothers, Harry Ray Cobb, George Cobb Jr. and Herbert M. Cobb; sisters, Virginia Cobb Crihfield, Maxine Sovilla, and Bertha Foster.

Sylvia is survived by daughters, Sharon L. Armstead of Charleston, Charlotte J. Burdette of Elkview and Vickie J. Whitman (David) of Orlando, Fla.; son, Billy J. Rose II of Port Richey, Fla.; grandchildren, Shawn, Chad, Seth, Ashleigh and Todd; great-grandchildren, Tyler and David Owen.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at Matics Funeral Home Clendenin with Rev. Mike Frank officiating. Burial will be in Reamer Hill Cemetery Clendenin, WV. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Ralph Skeens

Ralph Skeens, 68, of Seth, W.Va., passed away February 24, 2017, at the Hubbard Hospice House.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Sr.; his mother, Albia; his son, Jason; his sister, Faye; and his brothers, Robert Jr. and Jack.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Melinda Dickerson Skeens; sisters, Judy of Connecticut, Janet (Kelly) Hagar of Seth, W.Va.; sons, Matthew (Lindsey) of Seth, James Smith of Bloomingrose and Scotty (Sylvia) Kingery of Danville; daughters, Debbie Kingery of Beckley, Sarah Kingery of Wharton, W.Va.; grandchildren, Nicholas, Devvin, Alexis, Riley, Nichelle, Jason, Phebe, Taylor, Bryson and Braden.

Ralph was an Army veteran; a faithful member of Seth Church of Christ. Ralph was a faithful, loving, hardworking, husband, father and wonderful grandfather. He will be missed by many friends, nieces, nephews; and one blessed special friend, Eddie Workman.

Service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at Seth Church of Christ, Seth, W.Va. with Minister Kevin Trivette and Scott Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, W.Va. The family will received friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, February 27, at the church.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home in Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at

Bobby Smith

Bobby D. Smith, widowed husband of his beloved wife, Barbara of 59 years, passed away February 23, 2017, with his three children by his side. Bobby was born in Ethel, W.Va., October 30, 1935. He was the son of the late Virgil and Sydney Smith.

Bobby was a retired member of the UMWA. He loved life and in his later years he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Barbara; and his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by brothers, Junior (Virgil) and Shorty (Charles) Smith; and granddaughter, Angela Lester.

He is survived by his children, Allen (Sandy) Smith, Stephanie (Kenny) Lester, and Jeff (Tina) Smith all from Hewett; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Hager; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Handley Funeral Home Danville with Rev. Joe Lane and Harold Ray Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Family Gardens Madison. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Helene "Pete" Whittington

Helene "Pete" Whittington, 91, of Sissonville, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2017, at Brookdale Charleston Gardens. She was born on August 3, 1925, in Chelyan, W.Va., and was the only child of C.K. and Alease Mairs.

"Pete" was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, James A. Whittington.

She is survived by her son, Gary L. Whittington Sr. and wife Rebecca of Spotsylvania, Va., her daughter, Lois L. Totten of Madison, W.Va., grandson, Gary L. Whittington Jr. and wife Jenny of Suffolk, Va., and grandson, James E. Totten of Madison.

"Pete" attended elementary schools in Sissonville and Union District High School in Dunbar. Although she loved school and excelled academically, one of her fondest memories was of skipping school with a friend to see "Gone With the Wind," When her husband James was overseas during the war, "Pete" went to work in the offices of the True Temper Corporation, telling the man who hired her that she saw no reason she couldn't learn to do anything anyone else was doing. After developing many friendships that lasted a lifetime, she retired 34 years later. In the following years, "Pete" and James spent time traveling throughout the continental United States, as well as Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

For over 50 years she made many happy memories with her family at their camp on the Greenbrier River. Whether it was Thanksgiving, a Fourth of July barbeque, or a simple Sunday meal, "Pete" was happiest when she was hosting dinners and stuffing family and friends at her table. Many of her family will never be able to finish a meal without hearing her voice say, "Are you ready for a piece of pie?"

Funeral service to begin at 1 p.m., Monday, February 27, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with visitation from noon until time of service. Entombment will follow at Floral Hills.

Long & Fisher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Connie Young

Connie Ann Wilkinson Young, 74, went home to be with her Lord Friday, February 24, 2017, following a period of declining health. She was a native of Bancroft, W.Va., born November 26, 1942, the daughter of the late Gordon E. and Lena Margaret McClanahan Wilkinson. She was a graduate of Poca High School and completed Lab Technician training at Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital (WV). She retired as a Certified Histotechnologist with the VA Hospital in Salisbury, N.C., in 1995.

Connie was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed reading and working puzzles, but her greatest love was spending time with family. Over the years, she had been active in church where she sang in the choir and served as a Sunday School Teacher. She was currently a member of Society Baptist Church.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband of almost 55 years, Clark Edwin Young; three daughters, Beth McClure (Cisco Tejada-Diaz) of Mocksville, Kristan Young of Salisbury, and Judith Ann Young Lowtharpe (Latney) of Cool Spring; one sister, Judith P. Bailey, of Poca; seven grandchildren, Aaron Cauble (Leigha), Jeremiah McClure, Megan Cauble, Meredith-Ann Sweatman, Jose Tejada, Clint Sweatman, and Gracey Lowtharpe; four great-grandchildren, Hayes Cauble, Asher Cauble, Anniston Grannaman, Penelope Tejada; and one "on-the-way" (Cauble). The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, at Davie Funeral Chapel.

Celebration of life service will follow in the chapel at 3 p.m., officiated by Pastors Jeff Holder and Glenn Sellers. Interment will be in the Society Baptist Church Cemetery.

Davie Funeral Service is honored to serve the Young family. Online at

Funerals for: February 27, 2017

Anderson, Ronnie 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Belcher, Daniel "Dan" Noon, Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Elmore, William "Bill" 1 p.m., Orma United Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Jarrell, Alma 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Johnson, Nancy 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Krimm, John 1 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Point Pleasant.

Mallory, Buena "Faye" 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

McDowelle, Debra Ann 1 p.m., Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City.

Miller, Janet 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Price, James 1 p.m, O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Smith, Bobby 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Whittington, Helene "Pete" 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.