Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

Merry Blankenship

Merry Blankenship, 55, of Rossmore, departed this life at her home due to a fall. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at James Funeral Home, Logan, with visitation one hour prior.

Jeffrey A. Boggs

Jeffrey A. Boggs, 41, of Nitro, passed away July 24, 2016 of a heart attack.

He graduated from Nitro High School. Jeffrey loved the Wildcats, Notre Dame and WVU.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Dorothy Miller, and Elijah Cox.

Jeffrey is survived by his children, Alexandrea Boggs Cox Brown (Michael) of San Antonio, Texas, and Makala Boggs of Norton, Ohio; mother, Cheryl Cox (Fred) of Nitro; father, Larry Boggs (Bonnie) of Cannelton; brothers, Larry Boggs (Becky) of High Point, N.C., and James Cox (Debbie) of Cross Lanes; and grandmother, Evelyn Cox of Glasgow. He was loved by all of his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, special friend, Kathy, and his dog, Buggs.

Jeff had a lot of friends, too many to list.

There will be no service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Keller Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Dunbar, WV 25064, to help with the cost of arrangements.

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

Gay Melissa Boyle

Gay Melissa Dew Dillon Boyle, 93, of Beckley, died July 26, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at United Methodist Temple, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Dorothy May Purdy Brown

She loved seeing young people learn and have fun! In her career as Putnam County 4-H Agent she said, "I had the best job on the face of the earth." She loved living and teaching the 4-H verse, Luke 2:52, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." Dot loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. She loved singing and really loved dancing. Though it has been awhile since she's been able to do either—she's doing them both now! Dot went to be with Jesus late Monday night, July 25, 2016.

Dorothy May Purdy Brown, daughter of the late Phillip James and Trana Jean Bailey Purdy was born on May 22, 1923 in McComas, WV. She attended public schools in Mercer County followed by earning her bachelor's degree from Concord (College) University in 1945 with majors in English, PE, and Home Economics. At age 14 she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and has been committed to the church, community ministries, and Bible studies for nearly 80 years. Following college graduation, Dot returned to teach at McComas High School for 1 year and then trained to become the 1st Putnam County 4-H Agent, where she served for four years. During that time she met and married Winston C. Brown, Sr. Dot and Winston have four children (Jim, Judy, Winston, and Cindy).

Dot taught English and PE at Poca High School for 5 years prior to the family moving from Nitro to Pliny in 1964. In 1970 she became the Putnam County 4-H Agent again and served 21 years until her retirement in March, 1991. After her retirement, Dot (Granny Dot) remained active serving on several Putnam County Committees and Boards as well as participating in Bible studies, Church, and community service projects (Better Schools in Putnam County, 4-H Leaders Association, and S.T.A.R.S. Family Organization). She was inducted into the WV 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003 as one of the state's influential professionals in WV Extension work. "I had the best job on the face of the earth and felt like what I did made a difference in the lives of children and their families." Dot has been lovingly cared for by Bruce and Cindy (Brown) Noffsinger (Midway, WV) since 2010.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Winston C. Brown, Sr. (1974), her parents, Phillip and Trana Purdy, three brothers, Bill, Ed, and Frank, and sister, Ruth Speake.

She is survived by her brother Tom and wife Norma Purdy of Pittsfield, MA, her four children and their spouses (Jim & Sue Brown of Winchester, VA; Mike & Judy Stewart of Hickory, NC; Winston & Marsha Brown of Fraziers Bottom, WV; and Bruce & Cindy Noffsinger of Midway, WV), along with 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren (Robbie & Christi (Noffsinger) Gordon and children, Jenna, Ryne, & Avery; Dustin Noffsinger; Brandon Brown and children, Belle and Oliver; Josh & Rachael Brown and daughter, Gaeligh; Grace Stewart; Meredith (Brown) & Tony Craigo, and children, Luke and Levi; Gabe & Tiffany Brown and children Meleah, Kao, Archer, and Theona; Beth Noffsinger; Anna Stewart; Jake & Hannah Brown and children, Ryan, Samuel, & Ava ; Jared Brown; Michael & Lynette Stewart and son, Elijah; Hannah (Brown) & Shannon Barbe; Isaac Brown, and Simon Brown.

Granny Dot will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Her children and grandchildren are eternally grateful to God for having been influenced and loved by such an incredible woman, Mother and Grandmother (Granny)! Proverbs 31:28: "Her children rise up and call her blessed."

A service to celebrate Dot Brown's life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, WV with son, James M. Brown and son-in-law, Michael R. Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Pliny Presbyterian Cemetery, Pliny, WV.

Visit the tribute page of Dot Brown at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share your fondest memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Dorothy Brown to the S.T.A.R.S. Family Organization, 14513 Charleston Road, Red House, WV 25168.

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

Brent S. Carper

Brent Stephen Carper, 23, of Sinks Grove, died July 23, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the funeral home.

Dennis Chrisman, Sr.

Dennis Edward Chrisman, Sr., 67, of Troutman, N.C., formerly of Rupert, died July 25, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Ruper Church of God, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon

Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon, 90, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 23, 2016. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, on April 17, 1926, to Paul K. Gotwald and Gladys Watson Gotwald.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Louis Wehrle Jr.; her second husband, Howard R. Guest; her third husband, Robert M. Dixon, and her daughter, Mary Wehrle Adair.

"Doss" graduated from Swarthmore College (PA) with a B.A. in political science. She married Army Captain Henry Louis ("Lou") Wehrle Jr. in 1951 and moved with him to his home in Charleston, WV. After Lou's death in 1967, she took his desk at the Peoples Building, eventually rising to the positions of President of Kanawha Investment Co. and President of Edgewood Realty Co.

During her business career, she became the first woman to serve on the board of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce and on the Charleston Renaissance Executive Committee. She also served the League of Women Voters as local president, state board member and as a lobbyist at the West Virginia Legislature. She was on the board of the Community Council, spent four years as 5th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, participated in Read Aloud and performed in a recorder trio and church bell choir.

In 1974, she married Howard Guest. They were both active in AARP—they lobbied and taught the "55-Alive" driving course, of which he became State Director, and were members of the State Legislative Committee, which she chaired. They both served in the Silver Haired Legislature and were members of the Kanawha Trail Club.

After Howard's death in 1999, Dorothy moved to Edgewood Summit, where in 2001 she met and married Bob Dixon.

Dorothy is survived by her son, John Wehrle; grandsons Robert Louis Wehrle and Jesse Louis Adair; great-grandson, Henry Louis Wehrle III; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous in-laws, and numerous step-children and step-grandchildren—all of whom she considered to be a permanent part of her vast extended family.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Union Mission, 700 South Park Rd., Charleston, WV 25304. A celebration of life will be held at Edgewood Summit on a date to be announced later.

The family is being served by Bollinger Funeral Home. E-mail condolences to TerryBollinger1@aol.com.

Norman Fisher

Norman Fisher, 83, of Dunbar, departed this life after a long illness and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, July 25, 2016.

He was retired from Lucent Technologies and was a member of Roxalana Gospel Tabernacle. Norman leaves behind a wonderful testimony of worshiping his Lord, cherishing his family and serving his country, having fought in the Korean conflict as a U.S. Marine.

He was preceded in death by his beloved nephew, Rick Huff; parents, Mott and Mildred Fisher; and half-brother, James Fisher.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Betty Ann (Walker) Fisher; sister, Jeanne (Al) Whalen of Utah; sons, Brad (Marilyn), David (Jeannean) and Mark (Angie); eight grandsons; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and a very special niece, Robin, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Norman's life will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with his Pastor and good friend Tom Price officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Gardens of Memories, Pocatalico, with military graveside rites performed by the St. Albans American Legion and VFW Post No. 6418.

Friends and family may gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Roxalana Gospel Tabernacle Building Fund, 1850 Roxalana Road, Dunbar, WV 25064, or to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Douglas and staff, Dr. Clinton Mills (CAMC), the many caregivers from CAMC, along with HospiceCare, for the care and compassion that was given to Norman and his family during this past month.

William Lee Foster

William Lee Foster, 40, of Zela, died July 26, 2016. Graveside service will be noon Friday, July 29, at Zoar Church Cemetery, Kessler's Cross Lanes. Interment will follow under the direction of White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Anna Jean Gibson

Anna Jean Spaulding Gibson, 74, of Glasgow, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Golden Living Center, Glasgow.

She was a member of Mammoth Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by sons, Daniel Tavarez of Pond Gap and Timothy Tavarez of Elkview; daughter, Lucy Tavarez of Mammoth; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor Roger Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow the service at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is assisting the Tavarez family.

Barbara Ellen Good

Barbara Ellen Good, 68, of Robson, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kelly.

She is survived by her husband, Harlon; daughters, Ann Vickers (Shannon McCormick), Lori (Tim) McCarty and Kathy (Blaine) Davis; sisters, Betty Davis, Kay Browning and Marie Richmond; brothers, Doug and James Saddler; grandchildren, Melissa, Carrie, Andrew, Tiffany, Justin, Matthew, Eddie and Kassie; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be noon Saturday, July 30, at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Sumerco, with Pastor Doug Saddler officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

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

Linda Rondelle Hall

Linda Rondelle Hall, 73, of Prichard, formerly of St. Albans, departed this earth to be with our Lord Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Linda was born Sept. 9, 1942 in Charleston, a daughter of the late Clarence Pauley and Nettie Byrd. Linda had worked for Kanawha Valley Bank in the commercial loan office. She was a sweet and loving mother who will be sadly missed.

Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl E., Jr. (Janie) Hall and Brian (Sherry) Hall; one sister, Mary Clark; seven grandchildren, Ashley Garnes, Brittany Parks, Whitney Hall, Bailey Hall, Joel Parsons, Maggie Hall and Camryn Hall; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Garnes, Addison Cooper and Brent Seals.

The family will greet friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Rollins Funeral Home, Kenova. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Scott Byard officiating.

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

Ottie A. Hess Jr.

Ottie A. Hess Jr., 83, of Montgomery, passed away July 26, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

He was the son of the late Ottie and Hazel Hess. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris (Underwood) Hess, and second wife, Christeen Hess; brothers, Raymond and John Hess; and sister, Virginia Hess Cottrell.

Ottie served his country during the Korean War.

He owned a gas station at Hugheston, worked as a deckhand for OF Shears and worked as a foreman on construction for Lester Construction.

Surviving are his children, Allen Hess (Pam) of Huntington and Kathy Hess Williams of Charlton Heights; brother, Jack Hess (Betty); sisters, Julia Capeheart (Wayne), Helen Stephenson, Rebecca VanMeter Legg, Alice Faye Roush (Arnold) and Norma Zimmerman; grandchildren, Allen Hess Jr., Crystal White (Joey) and Leslie Hess; great-grandchildren, Christopher McComas and Maddox White; companion, Mary Toler; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Dixie.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Cooke Funeral Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Minister Joey White officiating. Burial will follow the service at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the funeral home.

Special thanks to his daughter, Kathy, sister, Becky, and niece, Darlene, for their special care, and also to Gentiva Health Services and the staff on CPICU at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Cooke Funeral Home, Inc., P.O. Box C, Cedar Grove, WV 25039, in memory of Ottie A. Hess Jr.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is assisting the Hess family.

Kathleen Bias Hill

Mrs. Kathleen Bias Hill, 67, of Danville, died July 26, 2016. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Ina Loftis Javins

Ina Javins passed away peacefully at Cook Willow Nursing Home in Plymouth, Conn., on Dec. 5, 2015 with her daughter, Ina Jean, by her side. Ina was born in Lincoln County, W.Va., on Aug. 18, 1926.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Will Van and Ocie Dangerfield Loftis; twin sister, Ila Loftis; brothers, Howard Loftis, Dee Loftis and Bernard C. Loftis; and son-in-law, Domenic L. Capozzi.

She is survived by her daughter, Ina Jean Capozzi; sons, Roscoe B. Javins Jr. (Linda) and Billy C. Javins (Susan), all of Connecticut; grandchildren, Domenica J. Carlson, Carrie Hawkins, Rosalind Saltz, Kelly Damon, Stacie Javins, William Van Javins and Nichole Javins, and seven great-grandchildren, all of Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Lens Creek Church of the Nazarene on Friday, July 29, at 2 p.m. Cremains will be interred at Barker Cemetery, Ashford, W.Va.

Charles M. Keeney

Charles "Chuck" McDonald Keeney, 55, of Hurricane, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Ky.

Chuck, as he was known by family and friends, will always be remembered as a man who lent a hand to help others. Whether it was a family member, neighbor or friend, Chuck was there offering support in one way or another. He loved animals, fishing and growing lilies, a pastime he enjoyed doing with his wife, Patti. In addition, Chuck worked as a production worker with Diamond Electric.

He was preceded in death by his father, George McClure Keeney.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Patricia "Patti" Dawn Keeney; daughters, Erin, Niccole and Makinzie; grandchildren, Ian, Holden and Bailey; mother, Frankie Keeney of Hurricane; in-laws, Woody and Bev Wheeler of Hurricane; sister, Lynn Bright of Hurricane; brothers, Kent Keeney and Daniel Keeney, both of Hurricane, and Chris Keeney of Huntington; several nieces and nephews; and his neighbor that he loved, admired and thought of as a grandfather, Bob Ellis.

A memorial service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene, Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.

Friends and family are encouraged to visit Chuck's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories and stories with the family.

Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, provided the information.

Mae C. McCormick

Mae C. McCormick, 92, of St. Albans, passed away July 27, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with visitation one hour prior.

Junior Lee McHenry

Junior Lee McHenry, 90, of Cross Lanes, departed this life on July 26, 2016 at his home.

He was born June 5, 1926 in Baldwin, Gilmer County. He was the son of the late Ethel Mae Carr McHenry and Archie W. McHenry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Justine McHenry; three brothers, Charles, Jackie and Larry; and three sisters, Sue Shoulder, Virginia Carte and Marie McHenry.

Junior is survived by two brothers, Eugene and Wayne; two daughters, Karen Boggess and her husband, John, and Brenda Barnes and her husband, Tom; one son, Mark McHenry and his wife, Kathy; four grandchildren, Brenda Jackson and her husband, Ryan, Nickolas McHenry and his wife, Jennifer, Justin McHenry and his wife, Sarah, and Tessie Bacon and her husband, Samuel; five great-grandchildren, Zack, Taylor, Lilah and Clara McHenry and Wells Bacon; and two special dogs, Mack and Crickett.

He graduated from Sand Fork High School and was inducted into the Army during World War II. His basic training was in artillery at Fort Bragg, N.C., and paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Ga. Later, he was shipped from California to the Philippines and Sendi, Japan.

After receiving his discharge from military service, he attended the Auto Diesel College in Nashville, Tenn. Then, in Charleston, he became an Atlantic Greyhound Lines bus driver for 36 years. He also served as president and treasurer of Atlantic Greyhound Federal Credit Union and later became the secretary-treasurer of Local 1493 Amalgamated Transit Union.

He was a member of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. Dr. Gary Nelson and the Rev. George Webb officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens West Virginia Memorial Mausoleum Chapel.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care for their help and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tyler Mountain-Cross Lanes Community Service or the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, 5320 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313-1308.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

April R. Moore

April R. Moore, 55, of Charleston, died July 26, 2016. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Connie Leah Parker

Connie Leah Beaver Parker, 60, of Hurricane, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Born Sept. 27, 1955 in Hurricane, she was a daughter of Mable Ilene Dent Beaver of Hurricane and the late Hubert Beaver, Jr. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Rusty E. Beaver; paternal grandparents, Hubert and Rinda Lunsford Beaver, Sr.; and maternal grandparents, James Mervin and Sabie Ann Johnson Dent.

Connie worked for many years with her husband with Globe and United American Life Insurance Companies, Hurricane. She was a Christian and had a great love for animals, especially dogs and horses.

In addition to her mother, Connie is survived by her husband, Marion Parker, Sr.; her son, Benjamin Scott Nowlin of Hurricane; stepchildren, Marion Parker Jr. (Deanna) of Southport, N.C., Teresa Veit (Tony) of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Tammy Baker (Jeff) of Sanford, N.C., and Jennifer Ruggles (Tim) of Dunn, N.C.; sisters, Deborah Beaver of Hurricane and Rinda Ann Miller of Madison; step-grandchildren, Andrew and Sarah Parker, Parker and Megan Veit, Lisa Dow and Amy and Timothy Ruggles; step-great-granddaughter, Renee Ruggles; as well as nieces, Stephanie Houghtaling and Jennifer Miller, and nephew, Brandon Miller.

The family would like to acknowledge the love and compassion shown to Connie during her illness, especially her uncle and aunt, Clinton "Bud" and Xylphia Beaver.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Leonard May officiating. Entombment will follow in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.

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

Please visit Connie's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

In keeping with Connie's compassion for animals, please consider memorial contributions to Little Victories Animal Rescue, 3589 Wire Branch Road, Ona, WV 25545.

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

Lewis Edgar Peck

Lewis Edgar "Ed" Peck, 71, of Campbells Creek, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, July 24, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Ed was born at Eight Mile on March 16, 1945 to the late Clarence Frazier and Olie August Martin Peck. He was retired from Valley Camp Coal Company, a member of the UMWA and previously worked for Bartlett's Tree Service. Ed loved the outdoors was an avid 'coon hunter.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and seven sisters.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Vickie Peck; daughter, Valarie Loraine (John) Waldron of St. Albans; son, Timothy "Mike" (Tori) Ratliff of Campbells Creek; granddaughter, Hannah Jean (Joshua) Baisden; great-grandson, Asher Scott "Grasshopper" Baisden; sisters, Dollie Mason of Long Beach, Calif., Francis Killion of Knoxville, Tenn., Barbara Nickison of Clay, Esta Fields of Dunbar and Deulah Stevenson of Clay; and brothers, Douglas and Charles Peck of Campbells Creek, Marlin Gary Peck of Grantsville and Donald Peck of Montgomery. He is also survived by his best friend and pet, Angel, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Ed's request for cremation has been honored, and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Rensford Missionary Baptist Church, Point Lick Drive, Campbells Creek, with the Rev. Edward Jarrett officiating.

A time of visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

The online guestbook can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of the arrangements.

John E. Pelto, Jr.

John E. Pelto, Jr., 60, of Charleston, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home.

Born Dec. 17, 1955 in Detroit, Mich., John was a son of the late John and Jennie Lakso Pelto, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sandy Pelto.

John was a current employee of Clearon Corporation, South Charleston, working in the production department for over 40 years beginning with the original company, FMC Corp. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and loved nothing better than to watch and support his grandchildren.

Surviving are his sons, Jeff Dodd (Bridget) of Woodhaven, Mich., John Pelto, III (Marah) of Scott Depot and Matt Pelto of Columbus, Ohio; former wife and mother of his children, Paula Pelto of Woodhaven, Mich.; his grandchildren, Josh, Zach, Tori, Collin and Grayson; his sister, Cheryl Pelto of Michigan; as well as a neighbor and good friend, Coach Tiffany.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Friends may begin gathering at 6 p.m.

Please visit his tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

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

Mykala Cheyanne Phillips

Mykala Cheyanne Phillips, 14, of White Sulphur Springs, was tragically swept away from her father and two brothers in the devastating flood on June 23, 2016.

The Celebration of Life for Mykala will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Bethesda Church, White Sulphur Springs. Pastor Randy Gilliam (Mykala's uncle) of White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will be officiating.

Arrangements submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Steven Ray Richards

Mr. Steven Ray Richards, 44, of Chapmanville, died July 23, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, with visitation one hour prior.

John Sidenbender

John Michael Sidenbender, 67, of Elkview, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 17, 2016.

He was born Nov. 12, 1948 to the late Harry "Jack" and Doris Sidenbender.

John was a dedicated employee of Eckerd Drugs for 20 years in Orlando, Fla.

He loved to spend his free time with his wife, cooking and watching the Food Network. Additionally, he enjoyed watching races and entertaining family and friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Y. Sidenbender; two sons, Jeffrey Sidenbenber of Florida and Michael Sidenbender of Elkview; four grandchildren, Donavan, Amie, Maddie and Zachary; three special nieces whom he adored being around, Rebecca Martin, Carole Welch and Brandy Shaffer, all of Elkview; and a brother, Tom Sidenbender of Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Sidenbender.

A celebration of life service will be held at noon Saturday, July 30, at John's home.

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

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

Gene Paul Stepp

Gene Paul Stepp, 75, of Chattaroy, passed away after a lingering illness on July 25, 2016 at Good Shepherd Nursing Facility, Phelps, Ky.

Born Oct. 19, 1940 at Ohley, he was a son of the late Bazal Stepp, Jr. and Mary Magdalene McCormick Stepp.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Gary, Dayle and William Stepp, and two sisters, Bessie and Nancy Stepp.

Gene was a 1959 graduate of East Bank High School. Actively involved in numerous school activities, one of Gene's top honors was being elected president of the Kanawha County Co-Government Association. The association comprised the student council presidents of all 13 Kanawha County high schools. Gene went on to attend West Virginia Tech, where he studied engineering and was a Psi Delta Pledge of the Year.

Gene accepted a position in the engineering department of Appalachian Power Company in August 1964. He retired from AEP in June 2001 after 37 years of dedicated service. During his tenure with the power company and while living in Logan, he was a member of the Logan Jaycees and served as its president. He also served as the Jaycees state director as well as the international director. He was also a past member of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Gene is survived by his wife, Martha Carver Stepp; a son, Allan Carver Stepp of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Jeannie Stepp of Hurricane. Also surviving are three fur babies.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with the funeral service to be conducted at 7 p.m., Thursday evening, July 28, at Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson. Donnie Ratcliffe will officiate.

Interment will be at noon, Friday, July 29, at Montgomery Memorial Park, 9619 E. Dupont Ave., London, WV 24126.

You may express online condolences at www.weavermortuaryinc.com.

Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Stepp family.

Melba Gay Stewart

Melba Gay Bradley Stewart, 78, of Seth, died July 26, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Joan K. Todd

Joan K. Todd was called home to her reward on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 while a patient at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville. She was born April 21, 1927 in Gatewood to William Everett and Blanche Irene (Epperly) Wheeler. Ms. Todd was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Billy Pat Wheeler; her sons, Jackie Talbert and Ralph Edward Wheeler; and a granddaughter, Andrea LaDawn Wheeler.

Ms. Todd was a retired licensed nursing home administrator and was the founder and owner of Green Acres Personal Care Home in Fayetteville; Autumn Years Convalescent Center (now Genesis Healthcare - Hilltop Center); and Green Acres Convalescent Center (now Genesis Healthcare - Ansted Center) in Ansted. Ms. Todd was also a very charitable and generous individual and was instrumental in the development of Mountain View Church of God and Christian School, having donated several acres of land for both that cause and other notable worthy causes.

Those left to cherish Ms. Todd's memory are daughters, Sharon Kaye Johnson of Beckley, Crystal Lynn Vernon and her husband, John, of Fayetteville and Tammy Jo Painter and her husband, Toby, of Charleston, and a son, Charles William Wheeler of Knoxville, Tenn. Ms. Todd is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of loving cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff and employees of Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville; Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital; Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bluefield; Dr. Donald C. Newell, Jr. of Oak Hill; Dr. Surayia Hasan of Beckley; Dr. Brett Faulkner and Leslie Bollinger of West Virginia University Physicians in Charleston; Jan Care Ambulance Service; Dr. Elie Gharib and Kevin Fletcher, FNP of the West Virginia Heart and Vascular Institute in Charleston; and Dr. Abdul R. Zanabli of Charleston Nephrology. The family would also like to extend special thanks and appreciation to the Rev. Alan Ledford, pastor of Bible Covenant Church in Beckley, who was unfailing in his telephone calls, visists and encouragement to Ms. Todd on a weekly, and oftentimes a more frequent basis, for many, many years.

Ms. Todd's remains were cremated and a memorial service celebrating her life will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, Ms. Todd requested that donations be made to Bible Covenant Church, 116 Blackburn St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Harry White

Harry White, 86, of Sylvester, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He was born Feb. 4, 1930 in Pettus, a son of the late Clarence and Verlie Scarbro White. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ed White, Bill White, Jimmy White and Gordon White; one sister, Ramona Lengyel; and special brother, John Protan.

He was a retired coal miner and member of UMWA Local No. 1123 with over 42 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Sylvester Baptist Church.

He was very active in Golden Gloves Boxing beginning in the 1950s. He was active coordinating with the Labor Day celebration. He was a very faithful Democrat, being very active in Boone County politics for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jewell White of Sylvester; a daughter, Sandra Workman and husband, Bruce, of Fosterville; a granddaughter, Sara Workman Mitchell and husband, Jonathan, of Fosterville; special niece, Beth Ring and family of Racine; and a brother, Harold White and wife, Betsy, of Charleston.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Sylvester Baptist Church with the Rev. David Minturn officiating. Interment will follow in Cooper Cemetery, Coopertown.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is serving the family.

Albert M. Whitlock

Albert Mitchell Whitlock, 60, of Powellton, died July 26, 2016. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Eric N. Wolfe

Eric N. Wolfe, 38, of Peach Creek, died July 26, 2016. Private services will be held at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan. At his request, his body is to be cremated.

Macel Lucille Wood

Macel Lucille Wood, 90, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 after a long illness. She was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Lee Wood; son, Paul Lewis Wood; daughter-in-law, Helen "Jerri" Wood; nephew, Matthew Breedlove; three brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by sons, Roger Lee (Patty) Wood and Danny Joe Wood all, of Hurricane; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Sharron Bird.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday, July 30, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Hurricane, with the Rev. Robert Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, prior to the service.

The family would like thank the many caregivers and doctors that have helped with care in the last few years.

Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Funerals for: July 28, 2016

Beach, Margaret M. 6:30 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Bell, Evelyn E. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Bennett, Merle L. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Blankenship, Merry 1 p.m., James Funeral Home, Logan.

Boyle, Gay M. 11 a.m., United Methodist Temple, Beckley.

Byrnside, Hobert H. 2 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Cunningham, Emmett 1 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Flint, David L. 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Hanson, Gordon L. 3 p.m., Steele Memoriall United Methodist Church, Barboursville.

Hart, Toni L. 11 a.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Ingwerson, Michael 1 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home, Milton.

Lovejoy, Bentley 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Luther, Brenda K. 6 p.m., Mount Welcome Church, Walton.

Mahan, Herbert 1 p.m., Old Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant.

McIntyre, Delores J. 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Phillips, Leslie L. Jr. 2 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Asbury.

Russell, Robert C. Jr. 6 p.m., Taylor

Smith, Opal L. 11 a.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Stepp, Gene P. 7 p.m., Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson.

Vickers, Garnett 11 a.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Wagoner, Grace L. 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.


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