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Betty "Betsy" Anders Print Comment Top of page

Betsy passed away peacefully on Aug. 24, 2015, surrounded by her family, after a short illness. She was born Oct. 2, 1949 to Delmar Daniel Bryant and Catherine Louise Groetz Bryant in New Martinsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Anders.

She is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Andy) Crihfield of Harmony; son, Chuck Dunlap of Carolina Beach, N.C.; stepdaughter, Beth Anders of Nicholasville, Ky.; stepdaughter, Dame Hudson of Wilmore, Ky.; and stepson, Todd Anders of Knoxville, Tenn. She is also survived by a twin sister, Maryann (Dale) Vig of Madison, Wis.; sister, Jeanne (Tom) Mullett of Hilton Head, S.C.; brother, Jim (Norah) Bryant of Gulfport, Miss.; and sister-in-law, Patricia Petro of Lexington, Ky. Betsy leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Morgan, Emily, Hannah, Cory, Jocelyn, Ocean, Baylor, Chloe, Taylor and Cady.

Betsy was a friend to all she knew. She never parted ways without a hug, kiss and "I love you." She was a best friend to her children and grandchildren, always being a listening ear and the constant encourager.

Retirement didn't turn out as Betsy had planned, but she was blessed to be able to vacation this summer for a few weeks visiting those she loved. She will be greatly missed by all those that were fortunate to have her in their lives.

The family would like to thank all those that prayed for her during the last nine months. We would also like to thank Dr. Nagarajan and the staff at David Lee Cancer Center; Holly McComas, her home hospice nurse, for her compassionate care; the staff at Hubbard Hospice House for the amazing care of not only Betsy but also her family. A special thank you to her family doctor, Dr. Julie DeTemple, for listening to her instinct and sending Betsy for testing. Without the diagnosis, we may not have been blessed to share the last nine months loving Betsy!

We rejoice in the knowledge that Betsy is with the Lord knowing we will be reunited one day!

2 Corinthians 5:8: Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.

Memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 29, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Tim Ashley officiating. The family will receive family and friends from 10 a.m. to noon.

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

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Jon Robert Barton Print Comment Top of page

Jon Robert "Bob" Barton, 64, of Cedar Grove, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, after a long illness.

Jon was a retired teacher from Cedar Grove Community School and Mary Ingles School with 40 years of service. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and New York Mets fan.

Jon was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred E. Barton.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia L. Murphy Barton at home; daughters, Jaime Elisabeth and Erin Leigh Barton, also at home; stepchildren, Gary Hess and his family and LaShawna Johnson and her family; sister, Sue Newcombe of Iron Station, N.C.; brothers, Kenny Barton of Cedar Grove and Rick Barton and his wife, Kit, of East Bank; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family members and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Cedar Grove Community School, 200 John St., Cedar Grove, WV 25039, with the Rev. Darick Biondi officiating. Burial will follow the service in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school in Cedar Grove.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Trump, Dr. Justin Cohen and Dr. Michael Craig, and the Rosenbaum family house, who provided a home away from home during Jon's long illness.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is serving the Barton family.

William "Bill" Blake Print Comment Top of page

William "Bill" Poindexter Blake of Lewisburg, WV died peacefully in Charlotte, NC on August 20, 2015 at the age of 74.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Jane Sharpe; his children, Elizabeth Klase of Charlotte, NC, Thomas Malcolm (Heather) of Houston, TX, and Jennifer Lynn of Winston-Salem, NC; two granddaughters, Alexa Riley and Sydney Rae, both of Houston, TX; and two brothers, Thomas Henry II of St. Albans, WV and Robert Lilly of Radford, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Thomas Henry and Evadyne Lilly, both of St. Albans, WV and one brother, John Gray of St. Albans, WV.

Bill was born August 3, 1941 in Charleston, WV. He was a graduate of St. Albans High School. He received both his Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering and his Master's Degree in Business from West Virginia University.

Bill was an avid hunter and loved walking in the mountains of West Virginia.

A celebration of his life will be held September 12, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at Ronceverte Presbyterian Church in Ronceverte, WV. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Pearley "Gene" Bowling Print Comment Top of page

Pearley "Gene" Bowling, 86, of Cannelton, formerly of Beards Fork, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1929 in Williamson and was the son of the late Floyd and Nora Edwards. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Steven.

He was a retired coal miner with 43 years of service and retired from Cannelton Coal Company. He was a member of Riverside Church of God and a veteran of the Army Air Force from 1946 to 1949. He was also a 43-year member of the UMWA and he was an avid gospel singer.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, the Rev. Phyllis Burford Bowling; children, Rocky Bowling and wife, Delphia, of Oklahoma City, Terry Bowling of Scranton, Pa., Steve Bowling and wife, Kay, of Branson, Mo., David Bowling of Beards Fork and Patrick Bowling and wife, Kathy, of Ghent; brother, Ray Bowling of Holly Grove; sisters, Bonnie Cook and Joan Vilago, both of Spring Hill, Fla.; grandsons, Jeremiah, Brandon, Obidiah, Israel, Gary, Shane and Joseph; granddaughter, Mary; and great-grandchildren, Luna, Hanoi, Caleb, Eden, Caitland, Kal and Tristan.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Billy Morris and the Rev. Roger Comer officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London, with military honors.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Riverside Church of God, Riverside, W.Va.

Margie Bradley Print Comment Top of page

Ola Margie Bradley, 71, of Itmann, passed away Aug. 26, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home.

Jewell Cavender Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Jewell Fisher Cavender, 85, of Sissonville, passed away Aug. 23, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House West.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Cavender; parents, Aubrey and Wavie Fisher; and brother, Robert Fisher.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda and husband, Ernie Shettler, and Bobbie Coon; brothers, Gene and wife, Janet Fisher, and Rex and wife, Geneva Fisher; sister-in-law, Betty Fisher; grandchildren, Jeremiah Coon, Jaclyn and husband, Charlie Hartley, Matthew Gibson and Megan and husband, Ivan Scarberry; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Arvind Shah, Dr. Ashish Sheth and Dr. Anmar Alrabadi and their staff and Hospice Care for all the care given to our mother.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church, Sissonville, with Pastors Frank Allen, Jr. and Keith Monday officiating. Inurnment will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Cavender family.

William R. Findley Print Comment Top of page

William Roland Findley, 90, of Scott Depot, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Born Aug. 23, 1925 in Simpson, he was the youngest of seven children born to the late Ernest and Edythe Springer Findley. Also preceding him in death were his siblings and their spouses, John (Genevieve) Findley, Thelma (Carl) Cain, Paul (Helen) Findley, Nelda (Perry "Bing") Hardman, Hal Findley and Maudella Findley. He was also preceded by his brother-in-law, Edwin Fike.

Bill received his B.S. degree in chemistry from West Virginia University and was a former adjuster with Allstate Insurance. He served his country proudly as a lieutenant with the United States Navy and was a member of First Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Surviving are his wife, Reva E. Fike Findley; his children, Deborah A. Morris (Dave) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rhonda Findley-Hall (Don) of South Charleston and J. Kevin Findley (Lee Ann) of Flemington; grandchildren, Devin Wojciechowski (Paul), David Morris (Ashley) and John Hall; as well as three great-grandchildren, D.J., Olivia and Andrew. Also surviving are his in-laws, Rogers Fike (Elizabeth) of Oakland, Md., Faye Fike of Arcadia, Fla., and Jennie Findley of Flemington, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Joel Harpold officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. You may also share sympathies with the family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either Cabell Health Care Center, 1 Hidden Brook Way, Culloden, WV 25510 or to First Baptist Church, 523 Second St., St. Albans, WV 25177.

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

Ethen Tyler Flint Print Comment Top of page

Ethen Tyler Flint of Braxton County was born July 18, 1990 and died Aug. 24, 2015.

He is loved by so many and he lived life to the fullest! Ethen will be missed by everyone, but we know he would not want us to grieve for long because we can have the hope of seeing him again!

His spirit is finally free and his soul is at rest! Rest easy Big "E."

There will be a bonfire in celebration of Ethen's free spirit lifestyle on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. at Flint Field in Sutton. Bring a chair and stories to share.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Belle Grove Springs Rehabilitation; please make check payable to Roger "Rob" or Melinda Flint and put 'Belle Grove Springs Rehabilitation' in the memo. The donations are being accepted at Premier Bank, P.O. Box 40, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Sylvia Lerner Glazer Print Comment Top of page

Sylvia Lerner Glazer, 73, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at home.

She was a retired secondary school teacher from Norfolk, Va.

Sylvia moved to Charleston in 1972 and attended Temple Israel.

She was a graduate of the National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C., and William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.

Sylvia loved reading, making miniature gardens and spending time with her family.

Although birds and bats terrified her, she had a great love for dogs (especially cute tiny ones), horses and furry animals. She loved updating her Facebook page with seasonal cartoons and book recommendations.

Sylvia touched everyone in her life and left her love with all.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Frederic Jay Glazer, and her parents, Herman and Dorothy Lerner.

She is survived by her son, Hoyt Glazer (Melanie) of Huntington; daughter, Hilary Glazer (Steve Jones) of Chicago, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Seth and Lydia Glazer.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

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

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

William "Bill" Hager Print Comment Top of page

William "Bill" Hager of Hewett died Aug. 27, 2015. At his request, there will be no viewing. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Hager Family Cemetery, Hewett. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Frances B. Hale Print Comment Top of page

Frances B. Hale, 100, born December 22, 1914, formerly of Oakmont Road, Charleston, W.Va., passed peacefully, surrounded by family members, on June 11, 2015, in Milwaukee, Wis. A memorial celebration honoring the rich and wonderful life of Mrs. Hale will be held 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Shrewsbury Street, Charleston, WV on Sat. Aug. 29, 2015. The family would like to welcome Mrs. Hales friends to share in the celebration of their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and aunt.

Jean Hannah Print Comment Top of page

Jean Canterbury Hannah, 87, of Scott Depot, formerly of Logan, died Aug. 27, 2015. Her arrangements are incomplete with Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Zachary D. Harris Print Comment Top of page

Zachary Dylan Harris, 21, of Sandyville, passed away from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born April 25, 1994 in Ripley, son of Cindy Harris and John Haynes. He was a 2013 graduate of Ripley High School and was employed by Stepp and Sons as a garage door installer.

He is survived by his fiancee, Megean Hanshaw; his son, Bently Harris; mother, Cindy Harris; father, John Haynes (Nikki Lucas); grandparents, Harry and Thelma Harris and Janet Haynes and Jerry Larch; and aunts and uncles, Tammy Martin, Timmy and Robin Haynes, Jerry and Susie Jones, James and Sharon Harris, John and Darlene Harris, Carol Workman, Bob and Phyllis Cline, Betty Hager and Paul and Dee King. He is also survived by numerous cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Burial will be in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Glenn F. Harvey Print Comment Top of page

Glenn Frederick "Harv" Harvey, 73, of Nitro, passed away at home on Aug. 27, 2015.

He retired after 33 years from the Kanawha Home for Children as a correctional officer. Glenn also worked at Gino's for 30 years. He coached and umpired softball, loved bluegrass music and racing, especially NASCAR. Glenn always had a smile and never knew a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Lucille and Albert Temple, and brother, Virgil Harvey.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Darlis Jean; son, Joseph Glenn Harvey of Nitro; daughter, Janice Irene Patton of Nitro; grandchildren, Taylor Thompson and husband, Michael, of Barboursville; great-granddaughter, Henley Thompson; brothers, Dallas Lee Harvey of Dunbar, Ronald Harvey and wife, Adabell, of Dunbar and Delmar Harvey and wife, Kathy, of East Bank; sister, Linda Thompson and husband, Larry, of Charleston; and his loving dog, Bandit.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Doyle D. Young officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Family and friends may call two hours prior to the service on Saturday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

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

Esco Carl Johnson, Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Esco Carl Johnson, Jr., 96, of Cass, died Aug. 26, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home.

Angelina Loftus Print Comment Top of page

Angelina White Loftus, 85, of Uneeda, went to be with the Lord with family by her side on Aug. 26, 2015. Angelina was born April 17, 1930.

She was preceded in death by her parents Troy and Norma White; husband, Denzel Loftus; and son, Billy Joe Loftus.

Angelina was a retired cook from the Boone County Board of Education. She was also a member of Bible Baptist Church in Danville.

She is survived by her children, Brenda and Steve Meadow of Holden Beach, N.C., Sharon and Stanley Elkins of Danville, Vicky and Greg Bohannon of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Brock and Berna Loftus of Uneeda, Jimmy and Lisa Loftus of Foster and Tabatha and Cliff Hill of Charleston; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Rebecca Hodge and Hospice.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Pastors Johnny Barker and Dan Gates officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens, Madison.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday.

Friends may express their condolences at www.handleyfh.com.

Nellie G. Lynch Print Comment Top of page

Nellie G. Lynch, 86, of Webster Springs, died Aug. 26, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Dana Lee Orndorff Print Comment Top of page

Dana Lee Orndorff, 86, of South Charleston, passed away Aug. 27, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at New Creation Fellowship, South Charleston, with visitation two hours prior. Burial will be at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, is honored to serve the Orndorff family.

Harold Payne Print Comment Top of page

Harold Payne, 91, of Chelyan, formerly of Acme, passed away Aug. 26, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House.

Harold was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the 515th Battalion Training Unit, the 550th Airborne Infantry Battalion, 17th Airborne Division, the 194th Glider Infantry and the 82nd Airborne Division. The Battle of the Bulge was the largest single battle fought by allied forces in WWII. As German tanks moved in, Harold was wounded and captured. He spent four months in a German prison camp.

He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Starts, World War II Victory Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and he was one of only two soldiers to complete chemical warfare training in a class of 42.

Harold was a coal miner for 40 years, working for Truax-Traer, Oglebay Norton and retiring from Bethlehem Mines Corp. He was a member of UMWA Locals 240, 633 and 750 for a total of 71 years.

Harold especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the Quincy McDonald's Breakfast Club, his Local 240 members and his Shonk Land family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Margaret "Margie" Ann Bowen Payne; parents, Nathaniel Frank Payne and Victoria Sayres Payne; sisters, Delsie Stone, Dema Howell and Delma Cogar; and brothers, Merle and Narvel.

Left to cherish his memory are brothers, Delmer Payne of New York and Robert Payne (Ellen) of Missouri; daughters, Gayla Doughty (Raymond) of Hurricane and LaDonna Craft of Chelyan; sons, Harold E. Payne (Vickie) of Nitro and Michael Payne (Leeann) of Nitro; four grandsons and one great-grandson; and many loving extended family members.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with Pastor Benny Ross officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be two hours before the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sharon Church of God Food Pantry, P.O. Box 40, Dry Branch, WV 26701.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.pryorfh.com.

James E. Pennybacker Print Comment Top of page

James Elwood Pennybacker, 74, of Marlinton, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at his daughter's residence in Beaver. James was a retired construction supervisor, a Mason and was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church.

He was born Jan. 12, 1941 near Marlinton, the son of the late Lloyd and Lucille White Pennybacker.

In addition to his parents, a brother, Edwin Pennybacker, and sisters, Nancy Rose and Alma Sprouse, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Pennybacker; daughter, Debbie Treadway and husband, Carlos, of Beaver; granddaughter, Sarah Cooper; great-granddaughters, Nevaeh Cooper, Kensley Cooper and Bralynn Cooper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton, where the family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jess Felici officiating. Interment will be at White Cemetery, Minnehaha Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Lutheran Church, Marlinton, or White Cemetery for upkeep.

Amos E. Quesenberry Print Comment Top of page

Amos Edward Quesenberry, 94, of Shady Spring, widely known and respected funeral director in Beckley, passed away peacefully at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Born April 17, 1921 in Beckley, he was the son of the late William "Bill" Quesenberry and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cox Quesenberry, and was the stepson of the late Anna Boyko Quesenberry, whom he lovingly referred to as "Ma."

Upon graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School, Mr. Quesenberry joined the U.S. Navy, where he bravely served during World War II. While onboard the USS Mallory during WWII, he was on a convoy of three ships, all of which were torpedoed. Mr. Quesenberry was one of eight servicemen who survived the attack.

At the age of 10, Mr. Quesenberry knew he wanted to be a funeral director. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Quesenberry, on a G.I. Loan, was able to enroll at the Renouard School for Embalming in New York City. While attending mortuary school, Mr. Quesenberry worked long hours at a grocery store owned by a Jewish family in New York delivering groceries.

Amos, as he was widely known throughout West Virginia, had a long and respected career in the funeral industry. Among several of the funeral homes where he was employed include Calfee Funeral Home in Beckley, McGlumphy Funeral Home in Clarksburg and Nickels Funeral Home in Rainelle. Mr. Quesenberry decided to come back to Beckley to own and operate his own funeral home. He first started a business as Quesenberry and Webb on Vance Drive and later was able to purchase Rose Funeral Home on Neville Street in Beckley. In 1956, he built Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home at its present location of 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley, and later had the vision of opening a Shady Spring location, which opened on July 1, 1997. He was one of the first funeral directors to advertise prices in the newspaper, so that consumers could make better decisions regarding costs of funerals in West Virginia. By employing many apprentice embalmers and funeral directors over the years, he was able to help launch many other embalmers and funeral directors into highly successful careers.

In the 1960s Amos was widely regarded as a front runner for the Democratic nomination for governor of the state of West Virginia. During his interview with the Associated Press, he put the rumors to rest by stating that he was a "full time" funeral director and not a politician.

Mr. Quesenberry, having grown up during hard economic times, along with his own father losing his eyesight in a coal mine explosion, had a deep desire to care for the poor and those less fortunate. Those founding principles to this day are still followed by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Homes.

Mr. Quesenberry was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, the Order of the Golden Rule, American Legion Post No. 32 and the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Quesenberry also had been appointed to serve on the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, where he served two successive terms as president, where at that time, he was the only person to have done so.

Mr. Quesenberry was an avid golfer, having won the Black Knight Invitational Tournament on more than one occasion.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Virginia Calaitges Quesenberry; by brothers, Earl, Clyde, Rex, Jack and Harry Quesenberry and William Boyko; by sisters, Annie Campbell and Frances Mannino; and by a stepson, Brian Staples.

Those survivors left to honor and cherish his memory include his loving wife of 35 years, Sherron Simmons Quesenberry; his sons, Michael and David Quesenberry of Daniels; a brother, Fred Quesenberry and his wife, Lucy, of Beckley; grandchildren, Heather Bingley, Jason, Frances and Joey Quesenberry; great-grandchildren, Zach Waddell, Dylan Smith, Gabriella Drake and Cullen Bingley; a stepdaughter, Rene Lusk of Daniels; and step-grandchildren, Cameron Staples, Austin Myles Lusk, Jessica Lusk and Leigh Anne Staples. Many nieces and nephews are also among his survivors.

Funeral service will be conducted to celebrate the life of Amos E. Quesenberry by his two sons and his lifelong funeral director, Bill Bowles, on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Jack Thomas and Pastor Roger Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may visit with the family after 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 32 Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Richard Pegler, Jimmy Baker, Jerry Zaferatos, Zach Waddell, Jim Wiseman, Cameron Staples, Austin Lusk and Glenn McGuffin. Honorary pallbearers will be Dylan Oakley Smith and Gabriella Helen Drake.

It would have been the desire of Amos that, in lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley.

Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net. Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Eleanor Robinson Print Comment Top of page

Eleanor "Red" Robinson, 66, of Rupert, died Aug. 26, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home.

Gerald Lee Rodgers Print Comment Top of page

Gerald Lee Rodgers, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Bluffton, S.C.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Loretta Mae (Harkins) Rodgers; his sons, Wayne (Debbie) Rodgers of Bluffton, S.C., and Neil (Kay) Rodgers of Moncks Corner, S.C.; his brothers, George (Betty) Rodgers of St. Albans and Dallas (Linda) Rodgers of Charleston; four grandchildren, Shane (Leigh Ann) Rodgers, Cullen (Kendra) Rodgers and Shelly (Jim) Burgess; step-grandsons, Brent (Traci) Armstrong and Randy (Conrae) Adkins; eight great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Willard and Dessie (Fisher) Rodgers, and one sister, Madeline (Gilbert) Colley.

Gerald was born March 2, 1925 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia. In 1943 Gerald entered into active service with the U.S. Army. He returned home a decorated World War II American Combat Veteran. In 1946 Gerald married his hometown sweetheart, Loretta, the daughter of Samuel and Louise (Edens) Harkins. He was employed for 33 years with Union Carbide (Institute) and upon his retirement he and Loretta made their way south to Jacksonville, Fla., where they enjoyed another 32 happy years together.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313, with viewing at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Online condolences may be made at www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Virginia G. Snyder Print Comment Top of page

Virginia G. Snyder, 92, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House after a short illness.

She was the daughter of the late R.B. Graham and Ethel Hanson Graham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald "Dody" Snyder; daughter, Lucinda "Cindy" Anderson; and brothers, Ernest and Charles Graham.

Gin was a lifelong dedicated member of Brawley Chapel United Methodist Church in Clendenin. She was also a member of the Clendenin Woman's Club and Willing Workers Circle.

She is survived by grandson, Jeff. D. Anderson of Morgantown; son-in-law, Van F. Anderson; sister, Jewel Walker of Elkview; and great-grandchildren, Jay and Robin Anderson.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday, Aug. 29, at Matics Funeral Home Inc., Clendenin, with the Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Snyder Cemetery, Clendenin.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29, at Matics Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Brawley Chapel United Methodist Church, Elk River Road S., Clendenin, WV 25045 and Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

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

Doris C. Vandevender Print Comment Top of page

Doris Carol Cosby Vandevender, 76, devoted Christian, loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015.

She was born March 3, 1939 in Seth. She was the third child born to Rev. William Lloyd and Beulah Gertrude Cosby. She was a lifetime resident of West Virginia and lived in Teays Valley.

She graduated from Glenville State College with a bachelor's degree in library science. Carol worked 25 years at the West Virginia Archives Division in Charleston. She was a longtime member of Charleston Baptist Temple, where she sang in the choir, served on numerous church boards and worked to preserve the church's archival documents and photographs. Carol was also an active member of the West Virginia Baptist Historical Society. She was an avid gardener and reader. She loved to travel, especially to spend time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Doris Carol Vandevender was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Vandevender, and her brothers, Lamar and Lowell Cosby.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Wendy Warner Day and Matthew Day; cherished grandsons, Turner Martin Day and Ethan Matthew Day; and sisters and their husbands, Jane and Larry "Buck" Robinson and Joy and Charles "Bud" Ott.

Family and friends are invited to funeral services at Charleston Baptist Temple, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, with Dr. Dennis Johnson officiating. Her cremains will be interred in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia Baptist Historical Society, 1715 Lower Parchment Valley Road, Ripley, WV 25271.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

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Darrell "DK" Kenneth Wells Sr. of Charleston passed away Aug. 26, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother, Howard and Grovie Lanham.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Faye Wells of Charleston, and two sons, Kenny (Karen) Wells and Jeff (Regan) Wells. Also surviving are his two grandsons, Christopher and Colten Wells, who were the love of his life; brother, Dennis Craig; brother-in-law, Hokey Young; and sister-in-law, Helen "De De" Young.

DK was a veteran of the United States Navy; a member of Teamsters No. 175, of which he was vice president in the early 1980s; and a 32nd degree Mason and member of Masonic Lodge No. 159, Dunbar, where he was a Shriner Boss Clown who was known as "Bo Bo the Clown." He worked for Bell Lines Trucking; Smith Transfer and Roadway Trucking; and was a CDL driving instructor for tractor trailers in Kanawha and Boone Counties. He was also the owner of W&W Vending.

Service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens with both Masonic and military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Howard "Bill" Withrow Print Comment Top of page

Howard Wesley "Bill" Withrow of Kenna, is now with the Lord. He died of acute leukemia on the morning of August 25, 2015, in Hubbard Hospice House, where he received excellent care by a kind and compassionate staff.

Bill was born on March 15, 1930, to the late Howard Wilson and Ora Frances Withrow. His brothers, Don and Paul Withrow, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Dolly; his son, Jeffrey (Pamela); his daughter, Risa Mellert (Don); his sister, Dolores Stump (Robert); his three grandsons, Matt Mellert, Andy Mellert, Wesley Withrow; a niece, a nephew, cousins, and countless friends.

Bill served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He worked at Union Carbide with, as he said, some very fine people who became lifelong friends. He said they had lots of fun but always got the job done and done well. A dedicated runner, Bill could be seen running throughout Nitro with his daughter, Risa. He said to mention he also met, talked with, and made many good friends in Nitro, where he and his family lived for several years before moving to his country cottage on beautiful land he loved and shared with his loving family. Even in death, Bill continued to give. In compliance with his wishes, his body was donated to Marshall University School of Medicine.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Sunday, August 30, at Fisher Memorial Church, Kenna. Going north from Charleston on I-77, exit 119, turn left then immediately right and look for signs to the church. Visitation will be from 1:30-3:00. Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Aaron Finney and Hospice Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bill Withrow and sent to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

David E. Wood Print Comment Top of page

David E. Wood, 71, of Reedy, died Aug. 26, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Gilboa Baptist Church, Reedy. The family will receive friends after 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the church. Arrangements by John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

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Alexander Braden Worley, 48, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., passed away Aug. 17. Alex was born in Cross Lanes to Ronal and Sammy Worley. Alex graduated from Nitro High School, attended Marshall University and the University of Charleston. Alex's fun loving, free spirit will be missed by his many lifelong friends. Alex is survived by his brother, Justin; nieces, Chelsea and Torey; and grandmother, Garnet Layne. Alex will be remembered at the Lake Chaweva Club, Cross Lanes, on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Funerals for: August 28, 2015

Adkins, Daniel W. 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.

Agee, Bill R. 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Badger, Edna V. Noon, New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Ball, Florence H. 1 p.m., Good Hope Baptist Church, Milton.

Baxter, Elizabeth M. 2 p.m., Bartlett

Bell, Ada M. 11 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Boyles, Karen 1 p.m., Harding Funerals & Cremations Chapel, Kanawha City.

Knuckles, Elton W. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Legg, Thomas W. 11 a.m., Independent Fellowship Church, Ravenswood.

Mobley, Levi M. 2:30 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Pryor, Harold 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rollins, Leola L. 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Schoolcraft, Karen 1 p.m., Shrewsbury Church of God, Belle.

Spencer, Mary K. 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.