Today's Obituaries

Okey D. Bailey Jr.

Okey Delmar Bailey Jr., 78, of Minnora, W.Va., passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg. Visitation will be held one hour prior to his service.

Robert Baronner Jr.

Robert Baronner Jr., 58, of Martinsburg, passed away January 22, 2017. Service will be 7 p.m., Friday, January 27, at South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood, WV. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, at the chapel. Brown Funeral Home is assisting the Baronner family.

Emma L. Bush

Emma L. Bush of Rand passed away January 21, 2017. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Erwin "Ruben" Cline

Erwin "Ruben" Cline, 73, of Justice, W.Va., died January 21, 2017. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at the funeral home.

Mabel Dailey

Mabel Dailey, 82, of Hurricane, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House.

She survived by son, Roger (Majuana) Dailey of Tennessee; daughters, Linda (Dan) Farmer, Edna (Stan) Cooper and Abby Dailey; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carolyn Six and Sharon Stark.

Funeral service will be noon, Wednesday, January 25, at Allen Funeral Home with Chaplin Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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Alma Sue Dillon

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Alma Sue Dillon of Hurricane, W.Va., passed away in Forest Hill, Md.

She is survived by her significant other, Jerry Raines of Princeton, W.Va.; her children, Kimberly Valeri and husband Mark of Forest Hill and Marc Dillon of Helsinki, Finland; grandchildren, Matthew Valeri and wife Amber of Drexel Hill, Pa., Alexandra Blakeley and husband Mathew of Abingdon, Md., and Christopher Valeri and fiancé Desirae Canter of Abingdon; and great-grandson, Hunter Blakeley. She is also survived by her sister, Doris Christian of Indianapolis, Ind., as well as her nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Details will be posted later in regards to a celebration of her life to be held this spring, the season of rebirth and of her birth.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at

Roberta George Dye

Roberta E. George Dye, 78, of Palestine, W.Va., passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 26, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visiting hours will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday. Per her request, the body was cremated.

Bobby Ferguson

Bobby "Fergie" "Pops" Ferguson died January 22, 2017. Arrangements are pending at this time. A full notice will appear in Wednesday's edition. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Emma Anna Fisher

Emma Anna Fisher, 85, of Gallipolis Ferry, passed away January 21, 2017. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 25, at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

James "Turtle" Hall II

James Allen "Turtle" Hall II, 43, of Belle, passed away January 21, 2017, at home following a short illness.

He was a member of the Charleston Moose #1444, VFW, Fraternal Order of Eagles and worked for FTL Trucking.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Beryl and Shelby Tucker, and James Robert and Mary Hall.

Turtle is survived by his wife, Michelle Sayre Hall; sons, Justin Hall and his companion, Kayleigh Ratcliff, and Michael Hall; daughter, Kristen Hall; brother, Michael Shane Hall; mother, Sally Damron, all of Belle; and father and step-mother, James Hall and Coleen Fleck of Elkview.

Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Roger Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Wednesday.

In keeping with the families wishes, Turtle will be cremated following the service.

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Harvey Hodges "Bear"

"I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7

Harvey Lee Hodges, "Bear," 92, of Ronda, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 21, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Born March, 26, 1924, in Dry Branch, WV, Harvey was the son of the late Marion "Tug" and Nora Hodges. In addition to his parents, Harvey was preceded in death by his two brothers, William and Charles.

Harvey was a dedicated 42-year employee of Carbon Fuel and US Steel, and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. On June 7, 1947, Harvey married his soul mate, Helen Eileen Slack Hodges. The two moved to Sharon, where they raised a family. Harvey instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of hard work, dedication and standing up for what you believe in.

A devout Christian, Harvey was a faithful member of the Dry Branch Independent Missionary Baptist Church. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. His humor and wit were one of his best qualities, and he always treated everyone, friend or stranger, like family. While he will be missed dearly by all who knew him, we rejoice in knowing he is in his heavenly home and live for the promise of seeing him again someday.

Surviving include his wife of 70 years, Helen Eileen Slack Hodges, of Ronda; three children and their spouses, Donna (David) Crowder of Sharon, Terry (Lorrie) Hodges of Red House and Pamela (Guy) Crist of Chelyan; seven grandchildren, David Crowder, Shawn Rigney, TJ Crowder, Amber Crist, Joshua Hodges, Keely Carter and Tori Crist; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Mitch Jacques and the staff of Cabin Creek Health Clinic, and to his caregivers, Dale Stevenson and Wanda Paxton, for the love and care they have shown Harvey towards the end of his illness.

Service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with Pastor Scott Tincher officiating. Following the service, Harvey will be laid to rest at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387 or The Alzheimer's Association, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

Online condolences can be left by visiting

Lenora Jarrett

Lenora Evelyn Powers Jarrett, 88, of Scarbro, W.Va., died on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Mrs. Jarrett was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson, 44, of St. Albans, passed away January 22, 2017. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Yvonne Moore

Yvonne Bryant Moore, 68, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Clyde Nelson

Clyde Nelson, 93, of Marmet, formerly of Cross Lanes, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. Honoring his wishes, he will be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Nelson family.

Brenda Harrah Plunkett

Brenda Gaye Harrah Plunkett, 65, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at noon, Wednesday, January 25, at Fayetteville Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Mary Rowley

Mary Rowley, 75, of South Charleston, passed away January 20, 2017. Service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 26, at Sunset Memorial Park Chapel, South Charleston. Friends may visit one hour prior at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

David Smith

Mr. David L. Smith, 57, of Charleston, went to his heavenly home January 21, 2017.

He is survived by a daughter, Alexis (Carter) Brackett; son, Chad D. Smith; and a granddaughter, Mila. Also surviving is his mother, Leola Newland. He is preceded in death by his stepfather, Roger Newland.

At his wishes, there will be no memorial services.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, PO Box 2, Poca, WV 25159.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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

Mary V. Hamerton Sweet

Mary Virginia Hamerton Sweet, 69, of Dunbar, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Born February 16, 1947, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, she was a daughter of the late George Arthur and Virginia Marie Hamerton.

She was also preceded in death by her niece, Kelly Montana Hamerton.

Mary retired from the law firm of Bowles Rice, LLP, where she worked as a legal assistant for many years.

She is survived by Hersey Tage "Bud" Sweet III and Louie the cat, both of Dunbar; sister, Nancy May Carr of Ormond Beach, Fla.; brother, Robert Patrick Hamerton (Lois) of Enumclaw, WA; nieces, Catherine Lynn Nelson of South Charleston, Karen Anne Haught (Charles) of South Charleston, Jennifer Ruth Copperrider (Lee) of Hurricane, Barbara Hamerton of Sarasota, FL, Sherry Ann Hamerton Simpson of Bellevue, WA; great-nephews, Thomas Christopher Nelson Jr. of South Charleston, James Edwin "Jay" Nelson of Charleston, Charles Jennings "CJ" Haught IV of South Charleston, Alexander Hamerton Haught of South Charleston; and her dearest friend, Mindy Chandler of Midland, TX; as well as Bud's children, Christopher Todd Sweet, Jennifer Sue Hall and Jessica Shae Sweet.

A private service will be held by her family at a later date.

You may visit to share memories with the family.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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

Scott Turner

Scott Turner, 55, of West Logan, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan. Friends may call on the family 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Jackie Watkins

Jackie Lee Watkins, 75, of Spencer, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, January 26, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Doris Watts

Doris Jane Watts of Rio Grande, N.J., formerly of Richwood, died January 17, 2017. Service was held Saturday, January 21, at Lechner Funeral Home in New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to a charity of choice. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 25, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Simons-Coleman Funeral Home will be taking care of the arrangements in West Virginia.  

Funerals for: January 24, 2017

Barr, Sue 1 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Cantrell, Debra 2 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Cassell, Virginia 1 p.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

Manns, Merle 2 p.m., McGhee Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin.

Nichols, Lloyd 1 p.m., Wilson

Powell, Howard P. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Romeo, Kenneth 2 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Stevens, John II 2 p.m., Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, Fairmont.

Walls, Demarius "Dee Dee 1 p.m., Gatens

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