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Today's Obituaries

Gary Adams Print Comment Top of page

Gary Dean Adams, 58 of Charlotte, NC. Formerly of Huntington, W.Va. died, Sunday, February 7, 2016. Visitation was noon to 2 p.m. Saturday February 13, 2016 with the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, 6357 East Pea Ridge Road Huntington, WV.

Charles Asay Print Comment Top of page

Charles "Herk" Edgar Asay, passed away on Friday February 12, 2016. Visitation will be Monday February 15, 2016, at Sissonville High School Auditorium from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday February 16, 2016, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Franklin Belcher Print Comment Top of page

Franklin D. "Buck" Belcher, 66, of South Charleston, passed away Thursday February 11, 2016, at his home.

Born August 2, 1949, in Quinwood, Buck was the son of the late Don and Gladys Spencer Belcher. He was also preceded in death by his children, Donna and Michael Belcher.

He was a coalminer and member of the Native American Community; where he was known as Frank Two Horse.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wilcox Belcher; and sisters, Norma McGraw of South Charleston and Lee Throckmorton of Texas; granddaughter that they raised, Alicia Belcher of Dunbar; three other grandchildren, Noah, Heather, and Johnny Pence of Monroe County; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday February 15, 2016, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Rev. Kenneth Blankenship officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans is honored to serve the Belcher family.

Joseph Byrne Print Comment Top of page

Reverend Joseph A. Byrne, 68, of Bethesda, Ohio, was welcomed into his eternal home, February 12, 2016. He was born into this life February 20, 1947, in South Charleston, son of the late Joseph L. Byrne and Claudine Parsons Byrne.

A 1967 graduate of South Charleston High School, Reverend Byrne graduated from Gordon Conwell Seminary in 1974, being ordained into the Presbyterian faith. He loved sports, especially tennis, swimming, and golf. He enjoyed his pets and cooking. His musical gift from God, led him to playing the trumpet, being in jazz band, and a member of the Civic Chorus in South Charleston.

Reverend Byrne's service to his Lord, Jesus Christ, led him to pastor in many communities, including; Lanesville, Massachusetts; Milton, West Virginia; Neffs, Ohio, and Belmont Presbyterian Church, Key Ridge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant granddaughter, Charles Abagail Short.

Reverend Byrne is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen E. Byrne of Bethesda, Ohio; daughters, Katherine (David) Short, Sarah (Steven) Day, Rachel (Joseph) Dorff, and Aliyah (Sean) Kennedy; grandchildren, Hannah, Caleb, Susanna, Sarah, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Joseph; and dear family friend, Linda Griffith.

Family and friends are welcome to visit, Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., Kelly Kemp Braido Patron Funeral Homes & Crematory, 322 N. Main Street, Bethesda. A memorial service will be conducted, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Concord Presbyterian Church, 46880 Jacobsburg-Centerville Road, Jacobsburg, Ohio. Interment will be private and at the convenience of his family.

Memorial contributions in memory of Reverend Byrne may be made to: Concord Presbyterian Church.

Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences, please visit:

Rebecca Carter Print Comment Top of page

Rebecca Ruth Carter, 94, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Friday February 12, 2016, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.

She formerly attended Hurricane Baptist Church and Church of God in Clendenin.

Ruth was the daughter of the late Samuel Alexander Justice and Mary Francis Lesher Justice. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Astor C. Carter; sons, Steve, Paul, Jerry and Charles Carter; brothers and sisters, Clara, Emma, Virgie, Maysel, Roy, Opal, Robby, Bieve and Bessie.

She is survived by daughters, Barbara Schrader of Mogadore, Ohio and Beverly Ashley of Clendenin; sons, Richard Carter of Amma and Danny Carter of Cleveland, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday February 16, 2016, at Matics Funeral Home Inc. with Pastor Randy Carter officiating. Burial will be in Clendenin Memorial Gardens Clendenin. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

David Chapman Print Comment Top of page

David Allen Chapman, 67, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Feb. 11, 2016, after a long battle with dementia. He passed peacefully surrounded by people he loved.

David was the son of Carl and Winnie Chapman of Nitro.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Anita Lee Henkel.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Linda. David and Linda have two sons, Matthew (Serena) Chapman and Andrew Chapman; four grandchildren, Cheyenne, Colton, Audrey and Cora Chapman; and step-grandson, Alec Gomez, all of Orlando.

David was born Jan 23, 1949, in Charleston and graduated in 1967 from Nitro High School. He honorably served his country in the Marines from 1967-1971 and the Army from 1980-1992 where he was a Major in Military Intelligence. He and his family were very proud of their military service. While in the military, David was recognized several times for his compassion and care for the local community as well as those serving under him. He obtained a Masters degree in Family Counseling and worked tirelessly with The Boy Scouts as a leader and mentor to his sons and others. Prior to his illness, David had a nursing home ministry where he shared his musical talents and love of God with others.

The family would like to thank the Osceola Council on Aging and Cornerstone Hospice for their help over the last year and a half of his life.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday February 16, 2016 at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro, WV followed by burial at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens on Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home is assisting the Chapman family and you may express online condolences at

Lyle W. Dizmang Print Comment Top of page

Lyle William Dizmang, 79, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 27, 1936 in Wallace County, Kan., Lyle was son of the late Henry Christy and Gladys Pearl Akers Dizmang. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Harold, Carl, Mildred, Irene and Hazel, as well as his son, Christopher Kent.

A graduate of Goodland High School in Kansas, Lyle went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. Lyle served in the United States Air Force prior to his employement with Pan American and Boeing Industries in conjunction with the Kennedy Space Center/NASA Program, he was also awarded the Boeing Manned Flight Awareness Award during his tenure with the Apollo Mission Series. Later, Lyle assisted with the development of the city Palm Coast, Fla., as well as serving as a financial administrator with Pickand's Mather/Cleveland Cliffs Company. During his administration with Pickands Mather/Cleveland Cliffs, Lyle was inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Lyle enjoyed fishing as a young man and developed an affinity for golf later in life, all the while becoming a crossword puzzle enthusiast.

Surviving are his wife, Patsy Ruth Dorsey, whom he continued to lovingly refer to as his bride even after 56 years of marriage; his children, Charles Isaac (Melissa) of St. Albans, Kimberly Kay (Charlotte) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Deanna Lynn of South Charleston; his siblings, Vera, Darlene, Katie, Dick, Darrell and Duane; as well as his grandchildren, Charles (Sarah) expecting new arrival, Lesley, Craig, Jessica and Randy; great-grandchildren, Corey, Clemente and Shelby. Extended family includes Beckie and Pat, Mark and Lera, Mia, Aly, Linda, and Matthew.

Lyle always said "Patsy Ruth was the love of his life."

The family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date. You may share sympathies and condolences by visiting

Flowers should be omitted and memorial contributions be directed to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D St., South Charleston.

Marilyn "Dawn" Elkins Print Comment Top of page

Marilyn "Dawn" Elkins, 67, of Sod, went to be with the Lord on Friday February 12, 2016.

Dawn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Joyce Morriston; daughter, Tammy Loudin; and brother, Larry Morriston.

Dawn is survived by her loving husband, James Elkins; her three children, Michelle and Shelby McNealy, Nikki and Chris Cowger, and Mike Primus; step-daughter, Angela and Eugene Adkins; brothers, Neil, Lee, and Mark Morriston; sister, Nancy Mooney; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday February 15, at Brown's Chapel Church, Dry Ridge St. Albans, with Rev. Marvin Welch officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Brown's Chapel Church. Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Brenda Hobbs Print Comment Top of page

Brenda Kay Hobbs, 70, of Belle, passed away February 11, 2016, at home, after a long illness.

She lived most of her life in the Belle area.

Brenda was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Jackson Hobbs; and parents, William Henry Harrison Thomas, Jr. and Louise Palmer Thomas.

Brenda is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Thyri Thomas of Raleigh, N.C., William "Bo" Hobbs of Belle, and Roy and Teresa Hobbs of Belle; brothers, Gary Thomas of Oak Hill, Tom Thomas of Montgomery, Freddie Thomas of Belle; sister, Frances Hamilton of Charleston; grandchildren, Brent Thomas, Krystal, Cody and Celsie Hobbs; great-grandchildren, Kaiden Cooper and Dorin Thomas.

Funeral service will be at noon Monday February 15, at Simmons Creek Community Church with Pastor Joey Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Simmons Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of the arrangements.

To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at

John Jividen Print Comment Top of page

John Leroy Jividen, 86, of Sugar Hill, Ga., passed away at home on Thursday February 11, 2016. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Leroy and Mamie Jividen. In 1947, he graduated from South High School in Columbus, Ohio, where he played basketball and baseball. He enlisted into the US Navy in 1947 where he proudly served his country for 20 years before retiring from military service. He married his beloved wife, Lucille Reba Johnson on June 18, 1951. He continued working in public service with the Federal Maritime Commission as the Director of Data Processing until his permanent retirement in March of 1984.

John was a sports lover and an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a volunteer coach of youth baseball and basketball for over 30 years in Springfield, Va., touching many lives of the players he coached. He was also a volunteer coach for the American Legion Post 176 baseball team for many years.

He dearly loved his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Mamie Jividen; and his sister, Donna Rhodes.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Lucille; two daughters, Yvonne Bowling of Sugar Hill, Ga. and Janet (Scott) Miller of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sons, John (Lucy) Jividen of Charleston and Jeff (Laura) Jividen of Duluth, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Bowling, Joshua (and Shelly) Bowling, Matthew Miller, Tyler Jividen and Zachary Jividen; great-grandchildren, Micayla Starnes, Cal Bowling and Camille Simpson; and his sister, Betty Royster.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. February 14, at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences can be expressed at

An additional service will be held in Virginia when he is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery – details to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a memorial contribution in John's name to either The United Ostomy Association of America, P.O. Box 525 Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525 or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

Jean Woodrum-Johnson Print Comment Top of page

Former Charleston resident Jean Woodrum-Johnson (maiden name Jean Marie Priestley) departed this life to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Feb. 9, 2016.

Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson was also a long term employee of Chesapeake Telephone & Telegraph (now Verizon) where she rose through the ranks and held a mid-level management position at her retirement. 

Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson was a member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1942 where she taught Sunday School, worshipped her Lord, and showed love and care for other members of the body of Christ. She volunteered at the hospital in Charleston and generously contributed to missions and charities.  Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson exhibited the love of Christ in her family, her church, and her community

Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson was 91 years old and is survived by her daughter Alberta "Lee" Elledge Wirtz and husband Leroy of McKinney Texas, her daughter Valerie Jean Smith and husband Randy of Jacksonville Florida, her son Patrick Alan Elledge and wife Dorothy of Lexington Kentucky, 8 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, her sister Trilba Priestley Hill of Sod, and her brother Wilburn "Chap" Priestley of Turkey Creek.

Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson A.K.A. Grandma J was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her grandchildren (Justin Colby Smith, Jenna Marie Lutins, Rae Anne Mellies, Kaylin Joy Smith, Michael Patrick Wirtz, Michelle Lee Wirtz Bowie, Gregory Alan Elledge, and Lesley Ann Shaffer) and her Great Grandchildren (Emma Grace Smith, Khai Raymond Mellies, Vance Michael Wirtz, Keely Danielle Wirtz, Brandon Michael Wirtz, Harrison Michael Wirtz, Tristan Michael Wirtz, Katrina LeeAnn Wirtz, Mikella Lee Marie Bowie, LCPL James Taylor Bowie V United States Marine Corp, PFC Patrick Michael Bowie United States Marine Corp, and Noah Alan Shaffer).

Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson's life will be celebrated at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 516 Tennessee Ave., Charleston West Virginia, on Tuesday, Feb. 16th, with viewing from 12:00 – 2:00pm, immediately followed by a Chapel service presided by The Reverend Doctor Archie Snedegar of the Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston. After the service Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson will be laid to rest at the Sunset Memorable Park in South Charleston. In lieu of flowers, a love offering in Mrs. Woodrum-Johnson's memory may be made to: Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 6008, Charleston, WV 25302.   

Online Condolence may be sent by visiting

Marjorie Justice Print Comment Top of page

Marjorie Leah Justice, 87, of Gandeeville, passed away February 12, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House, following a long illness.

She was born May 1, 1928, at Charleston a daughter of the late Cecil and Rosie Whited Williams. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church and attended the Cherry Valley Community Church. She loved to cook and take care of her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years in 2009, Julius "Doc" Justice.

She is survived by her sons, Lionel Justice and his wife, Ruth Ann Justice of Falling Rock, Roger Justice and his wife, Brenda Hill Justice and Franklin "Eugene" Justice and his wife, Brenda Sharon Justice; sisters, Mary Lou Jarrett of Mineral Ridge, Ohio and Lula Legg of South Charleston; grandchildren, Vandlyn Justice, Angie Taylor, Scott Allen Justice, Melissa Burchett and Stephanie Carr; great-grandchildren, Angelyn Fisher, Alicia Petry, Scott Allen Justice II and Alex Justice; and one great-great- grandson, Easton Petry.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday February 18, 2016, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Larry Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Herman Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Ralph Louden Print Comment Top of page

Ralph Richard "Dick" Louden, husband of Pat Louden, 87, of Huntington, died, Friday February 12, 2016. He was born October 4, 1928. He was a retired Service Manager from National Cash Register and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are incomplete at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville, W.Va.

Frederick "Rick" Lyon II Print Comment Top of page

Frederick Ralph "Rick" Lyon II, 71, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord Thursday February 11, 2016.

Rick was born June 18, 1944, in Wheeling, to the late Frederick I. and Mildred Lyon. He was raised in South Charleston and lived most of his life in St. Albans.

He retired from Kanawha County schools, where he taught math at Nitro, DuPont and St. Albans High Schools. He also taught at UC and WV State College. He was a former president of the teacher's union.

Rick was very much loved by his family and will be dearly missed. He was a great dad and wonderful provider for his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his soulmate, Patricia Lyon.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Susie Jarrell and husband, Bob, of St. Albans; and son, Fred Lyon III of St. Albans.

The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday February 15, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pastor Terry Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Paula McNamara Print Comment Top of page

Paula Wagner McNamara, 90, of Charleston, left this world on February 10, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. Paula, the only child of the late Leah and Paul Wagner, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1925.

Paula attended school in St. Louis, where she enjoyed dancing ballet, playing cello in her school orchestra and was an avid member the Girl Scouts. Her family moved to Chicago, Illinois during her high school years. She finished high school in Chicago at Hyde Park High School. She continued her education at the University of Omaha in Nebraska and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Paula continued her learning throughout her life while working and raising her children. She began graduate courses at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan completing her masters in Special Education at the College of Graduate Studies in West Virginia.

While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paula met and married Raymond McNamara in 1949. They had five children in the various places they lived. She gave all of her children and grandchildren the love of music, dance, art, humor, and good food. Her children are Carol Rae Manuel, deceased, (Tom), Marla McNamara (Dean Simon) of Charlottesville, Va., Cynthia McCullough (Jack) of Baker, W.Va., Erin McNamara (Warren Perlstein) of Chicago, Ill., and Brian McNamara (Peiqi) of Norfolk, Va.

Paula and Ray have seven grandchildren, Aaron McCullough of Cincinnati, Ohio, Allen McCullough of Baker, W.Va., Sasha Zackrisson (Keith) of Crozet, Va., Leah Carbone (Dominic) of Point Marion, Pa., Elliot Callen of Morgantown, W.Va., Louise and Angelina McNamara of Norfolk, Va.; they also have two step-grandchildren, Traci Asher (Jim) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Jodi Brunjes (Adam) of Fort Collins, Colo.

They have four great-grandchildren, Jacob McCullough of Cincinnati, Hayden and Cullen Zackrisson of Crozet and Dominic Carbone of Point Marion. They also have one step-great grandchild, Raenger Brunjes of Fort Collins.

Paula worked as an art librarian at the Chicago Public Library before beginning her family. In Marquette, Michigan, she played cello in the symphony. In Warren, Michigan, she was an art instructor for the Department of Parks and Recreation. After moving to Charleston in 1963, she continued her work as an art instructor with the adult education program for Kanawha County Board of Education, as well as at the Children's Museum (Sunrise) and the Charleston Art Gallery. When all of her children were in school she began full time work at the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center in Institute, WV as an art instructor and librarian. After retirement, she was the Executive Director for the WV Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Paula was an award winning artist, exhibiting work wherever she lived. She was active in the Charleston art scene as a member of Allied Artists and the Clay Centers Collectors Club. Her work was shown at the Charleston Art Gallery and the Huntington Art Gallery where she received many first and second place awards.

Paula and Ray traveled the United States throughout their married lives. After retirement, they extended their travels to over 20 foreign countries on their own as well as with the organizations of Friendship Force International and Partners of the Americas.

Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Monday February 15, 2016, at the Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia St. Charleston, WV, where there will be a visitation, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to: Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387 or West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 2292, Charleston, WV 25328.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Thomas Miller Print Comment Top of page

Thomas Allen Miller, 40, of Moundsville formerly of Logan, died February 10, 2016. He was born February 9, 1976, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Surviving: wife Kayla; children, Thomas "T.J.", Justin, Ethan and Brianna; parents, David and Bera Miller of Indiana and Billie Seacrist of Gallagher; siblings, Teddy, Kim, Homer, David Jr., Lisa, Belvie, Jeannie and Juanita (Gabriella); several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday February 15, 2016, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with Rev. Kevin Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements where expressions of sympathy can be sent to

Clifford Overbaugh Print Comment Top of page

Clifford Eugene Overbaugh, 76, of Quincy, passed away February 11, 2016, at home, after a long illness.

He was a member of the UMWA and a lifelong resident of Kanawha County.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Rena Short Overbaugh; brothers, Charles, Mickey and Rufus; sisters, Deloris, Della, Shirley and Lucille; great-grandson, Elijah Abshire.

Clifford is survived by ex-wife, Lynda L. Gibson Overbaugh; daughters, Donna Abshire and Jim Ehrenhart, Paula Overbaugh, all of Quincy; brothers, Walter Overbaugh of Angola, Ind., Jack Overbaugh of Nitro; grandchildren, Michael Shane Overbaugh and his wife, Venus, Sharon Marie Grant, John Calvin Abshire II and his wife, Nikki; great-grandchildren, Oden Grant, Haven and Waylon Overbaugh, and Raelee Abshire.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday February 16, 2016, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Ralph Short officiating. Interment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, 1126 East DuPont Avenue, Belle, West Virginia 25015, to help with Clifford's funeral expense.

To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at

David Priddy Sr. Print Comment Top of page

David Lee Priddy Sr., 60, of Bickmore, passed away Friday February 12, 2016, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, after a long illness.

He was formerly of Witcher and worked for Hancock Garbage Service.

David is survived by his sons, David Lee Priddy, Jr. of Handley, Jake Priddy of Ohio; daughters, Stacey Priddy of Ohio, Patty Priddy of Cedar Grove; brothers, Chuck Priddy of Paint Creek, Dannie Priddy of Ind.; sisters, Linda Finlayson of Ohio, Patty Casto of Culloden, Judy McCloughlin of Bickmore, Pam Priddy of Huntington.

In keeping with David's wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no service.

Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is assisting the Priddy family. To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at

Philip Seabolt Print Comment Top of page

Philip W. Seabolt, 69, of Providence, passed away on Thursday February 11, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence, R.I.

He was the beloved husband of Carol (Altieri) Seabolt. Born in Baltimore, Md., raised in Charleston, he was a son of the late Ray and Evelyn (Pack) Seabolt. Philip was a detective for the Providence Police Department for 20 years until his retirement. He was a US Navy veteran serving during Vietnam era; he was also a lector at St. Rocco Church, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and President of St. Rocco's Holy Name Society.

Philip is survived by his loving siblings, Brenda Garten and her husband, Thomas of Charleston, Carolyn King of Cross Lanes, and Joanne Stone and her husband, Michael of Charleston; he is also the cherished uncle of several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory, 1278 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Rocco Church, Johnston, R.I. Burial with military honors will take place in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston, R.I. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. Visit for online condolences.

Perry Shamblen Print Comment Top of page

Perry D. "Pete" Shamblen, of Cross Lanes, passed away February 10, 2016, at the age of 81, at the Hubbard Hospice House.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betsy Johnson Shamblen; daughter, Martha and husband, Pete Cosby; grandsons, Caleb, Isaac and Jonah of South Charleston; and son, Scott and wife, Robin; and granddaughters, Audrey, Ava, Maggie and Molly of Charleston.

He was predeceased by his parents, Peggy J. and Minnie Shamblen; and siblings, Wallace, Lois and Maxine.

Pete graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and then served four years in the Navy. He then worked for AT&T; C&P and retired from Verizion. He was active in the Civil Defense and Charleston Emergency Services and a life member of the N.R.A.; he loved working with leather, especially his leather pencil cups.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday February 17, at Perrow Church, Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home is assisting the Shamblen family, online condolences may be made at

Beverly Ann Sikora Print Comment Top of page

Beverly Ann Johnson Sikora, formerly from Charleston, WV, died peacefully of natural causes on February 8th, in Denver, CO at age 80. She was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Johnson of Charleston, WV and is survived by her children Mike, Mark and Elizabeth, her brother Bill and her husband of nearly 50 years, Thomas Sikora.

Beverly was a student and majorette at Stonewall Jackson High School and went on to attend Florida State University on an academic scholarship. After living in many places, she settled back in Charleston, where her family and her heart lie, and worked as a legal secretary at the law firm of Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer. Beverly was a very active expert bridge player, winning dozens of sectional and regional championships. She was recognized by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) as being in the Top 500 players in the United States and received a "smiley" in 1982 from the Charleston Gazette. When she retired from bridge competitions in 1990, Beverly was ranked as the #1 female player in West Virginia by the ACBL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer's Association at

Virginia T. Spessard Print Comment Top of page

Virginia Thompson Spessard, age 100, of Indialantic, Fla, formerly of South Charleston, WV, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday afternoon, February 11, 2016. Beloved wife for 54 years of Roy C Spessard; loving mother of three sons, Alan (Radeene) of Lake Worth, Fla and Jim (Cathy) of Greensboro, NC, and Joe (Diane) of Greensburg, Pa; dear grandmother of Eric of Sanford, Fla, Debra Cuming of Sorrento, Fla, Mark of Raleigh, NC, Michelle Craun of Winston-Salem, NC, Chad and Josh of Greensburg, Pa; great-grandmother of 6 great-grandchildren Callahan and Sloane of Raleigh, Ashley and Katie of Winston-Salem, Hunter and Zoie of Sorrento. Virginia attended Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing, and after graduation began working at Thomas Memorial Hospital as an RN, and spent most of her nursing career there as a technician in the operating room. Virginia was known as "Tommy" to all who worked with her, and all of her friends. Upon their retirements Virginia and husband, Roy, moved to Florida, and they spent most of their remaining years at their condo at Palm Colony Club in Indialantic, Fla. Virginia's family would like to thank the PEO, restaurant, condo, and church friends, who were so generous with their time to speak with and visit with "Tommy" over those many years you knew her. A private service was held for family members. Interment at Florida Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local hospice chapter or to Satellite Beach United Methodist Church, Satellite Beach, Fla.

Margie Stanko Print Comment Top of page

Margie L. Turner Stanko, 69, of Dunbar, passed away Friday, February 12, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1965.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Jack W. and Marie Turner; sisters, Ruth James and Faye Hoover; son, Tim Stanko; daughter-in-law, Juanita Stanko; and the love of her life, her husband, Paul Stanko.

She is survived by her children, Cindy Westfall and her husband, Jerry, of Valley City, Ohio, Chris Kelly and her husband, Bob, of N. Royaton, Ohio, Penny Lowy and her husband, Alan, of Phoenix, Arizona; brothers, Jack Turner and his wife, Shirley of Dunbar and Joe Turner and his wife, Alice, of Clute, Texas; grandchildren, Laura Breese and her husband, Danny, of Elyna, Ohio, Angie Planisek and her husband, Matt, of Avon, Ohio, Sarah Westfall of Vally City, Ohio, Matt Stanko and his wife, Ashley, of Beavercreek, Ohio, Samantha Wiegand and her husband, Rob, of Oakwood, Ohio and Peter Stanko stationed in Germany with the USAF; great-grandchildren, Maisy, Marley, Jeremy, Jillian, Ashley, Sophia, Timothy, Ian and Juliet; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

As per Margie's wishes there will be no viewing and a private family service will be held.

In remembrance of Margie, you can make a donation to Kanawha HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

David Steindler Print Comment Top of page

David M. Steindler, 88, of  Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully on February 11, 2016, surrounded by his family.

David was born in Elkins, W.Va. on June 12, 1928, to Roman and Lilly Steindler and was married to Jean P. Steindler, also of Elkins, W.Va., for 66 blissful years.

David was a veteran with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where he played basketball out of Quantico, Va. and made the all-Navy team in 1946 and 1947. He then accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the West Virginia Mountaineers and graduated in 1952.

Dave worked 40 years in the telephone business starting with C&P of WV in 1952 and retiring in 1992 with Bell Atlantic. He was an avid golfer throughout his lifetime and a member of Richmond CC for over 30 years.

David is survived by his wife Jean P. Steindler; brother, Robert Steindler and his wife, Kelly of N.Y.; son, Jeff Steindler of Charleston, W.Va.; son, Tom Steindler and his wife, Paula Steindler of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Katie College and her husband, Brian College of Youngsville, La. and Lindsey and Kelly Steindler of Richmond, Va.; and great-grandchildren, Lilee and Braxton College.

Dave lived a wonderful 88 years of life making many friends along the way. He especially enjoyed his retirement and a typical day was spent playing golf, working around his home, visiting with his family and then reading a good book before falling asleep in his favorite chair. He sleeps peacefully now with family and friends who passed on before him.

The family thanks the men and women of Spring Arbor on Ridgefield Pkwy in Henrico, Va. and Gentiva Hospice of Richmond for the kind care they provided Dave over the last year of his life.

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Jimmie Warren Walls, died peacefully in his sleep in Hilton Head Hospital on February 4, 2016, in Hilton Head Island, S.C., at the age of 85.

Born January 9, 1931, in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Stephen and Effie Sutphin Walls. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, JoAnn Parsons Walls; and two brothers, David and Earl.

Survived by his children, Michael (Joni) Walls from Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Jane (Drew) Laughlin from Hilton Head Island, S.C.; three grandchildren, Shawn Walls, Allison (Brad) Newton and Heather Alford; and two great-grandchildren, Graham and Kaylee.

He was an Air Force veteran and a graduate from WV State University with a degree in finance. After retiring from the NAPA organization and moving to Fla., he enjoyed volunteering at Munroe Regional Medical Center with over 1600 volunteer hours.

A funeral is scheduled at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Ocala, Fla. on February 16 at 10 a.m. followed by military honors at Bushnell National Cemetery. All are welcome to celebrate Jimmie Walls life. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the Alzheimer's Association (

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Rebecca Charmaine Whitt, 52, of West Fork of Chapmanville, died this life on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday February 20, 2016, at Freeman Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday February 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

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Robert Charles "Bob" Wisniewski, 68, of Charleston, passed away February 12, 2016, at Charleston General Hospital, following a long illness.

He was born May 14, 1947, at Rockford, Ill., a son of the late Casimer and Mary Wisniewski. He was a Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as a Jeweler. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking and camping. His greatest love was his family whom he adored.

He is survived by a son, Earl Wisniewski of Seneca, S.C.; daughters, Bobbie Renee Seyedmonir of Charleston, Jan Michelle Nicholas of Naperville, Ill. and Corina Wisniewski of Ripley; brothers, Richard, Chuck and Walter Wisniewski, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Terri Massouh of Jacksonville, Fla.; also survived by five grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Nathan Charles Wisniewski.

In honoring his wishes he will be cremated.

Memorial service and celebration of Bob's life will take place on June 26, 2016 at the J and J Farm, Goldtown, WV.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Bob, the family suggests that you make it to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the by visiting

Funerals for: February 14, 2016

Cochran, Audrey G. 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

Jarrett, Peggy Ann 3 p.m., Bartlett

Johnston, Corbett Sr. 3 p.m., Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Kittle, Lucille 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

McLaughlin, Permilla 3:30 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Ramey, Dona 11 a.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Shafer, Eloiria 2 p.m., Zion's Light Baptist Church of Ronceverte.