Today's Obituaries

Charlotte Champ

Charlotte Faye (Hammons) Champ, 68, of Cottle, died Wed. May 26, 2016. Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sun. May 29, at Alex Williams Cemetery, Camden On Gauley. Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, is honored to be serving the Champ family.

Tyler William Comer

Tyler William Comer, 19, of Sissonville, went to be with the Lord on May 24, 2016.

Tyler was a tower climber/technician with S&S Towers. He enjoyed riding his 4-wheeler in his spare time.

Tyler was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Granger Collins.

Left to cherish his memory are loving parents, Donald Comer (Misty) of Millwood and Ethel Jean Rucker (Chris) of Nitro; brothers, Harley Comer of Charleston and Jerry and Jaxon Comer, both of Millwood; stepsister, Elizabeth Rucker of Roanoke, Va.; and grandparents, Mitch and Fances Comer of Sissonville, Sandra and Jerry Wiseman of Ravenswood and Carol Dawson (Randy).

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with Pastor Matt Ash officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville.

A gathering of family and friends will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent at

Gloria E. Copen

Mrs. Gloria E. "Dodie" Copen, 91, of St. Albans, peacefully left this world on May 25, 2016, on her 91st birthday, surrounded by her loving family, and took her heavenly journey and is now safe in the arms of Jesus.

She was born May 25, 1925 in Clendenin to the late William H. Boley and Shirley L. Jarrett Elswick. She later moved and lived most of her life on Charleston's West Side until moving to St. Albans nine years ago.

She was a Christian and attended Charleston Mountain Mission for years, and most recently attended Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. She loved her church friends and Pastor Swor. She enjoyed some great trips with the Jolly Seniors at church. Mom will be remembered by her sweet smile, kind heart and the love she gave to her family and everyone she knew. Mom has been the foundation of our family, our solid rock. Our hearts are broken, but joyful in the fact of knowing we will meet her again one day in Heaven. She was employed by Holiday Inn Elk River for 40 years and worked at CAMC Memorial Hospital Coffee Shop for 10 years.

Those left to cherish her memory are children, Patty Wenger of Elkview, Sherry Copen of St. Albans, Terry Copen of St. Albans and Roger Copen and wife, Robin, of Hurricane; grandchildren, Donna Wenger Ayash and husband, Chris, of St. Albans, Mike Wenger of Elkview, Chris Deaton and wife, Una, of Houston, Texas, and Lincoln Ranson and Rhonda Ranson of Hurricane; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Jessica, Cullen, Christina, Jake, Tessa, Noah, Conner and Lilly; one great-great-granddaughter, Sara; and also her precious grand-dog, Sam.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Gloria Copen will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to Donna Wenger Ayash, P.O. Box 13306, Charleston, WV 25360. Money will be given to a charity that was close to Mom's heart.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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

Kenny Fields

Kenny Clay Fields, 35, of Nettie, died Wed. May 25, 2016. Graveside service and viewing will be Sun. May 29, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Fields Cemetery at Nettie.

Cauley Harvey

Cauley Guy Harvey, 84, of Tad, died May 26, 2016. A full obituary will be published on Mon. May 30, 2016. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of the arrangements.

Diana Kelley

Diana Neal Kelley, died Fri. May 27, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Tues. May 31, at Rhema Christian Center, Lewisburg. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service on Tues. at the church. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

John McCormick

John Dale McCormick, 75, of Danville, passed away May 27, 2016, at his home. He was born January 20, 1941, and was a son of the late Jack and Anna McCormick.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; and son, John McCormick of Huntington.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sat. May 28, at Danville Memorial Park, Danville with Pastor Mark Meeker officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at

John "J.C." Meadows

John C. "J.C." Meadows, 58, of Belle, died May 25, 2016. A full obituary will be published Tues. May 31. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of the arrangements.

Irene Messinger

Irene Hatfield Messinger, 96, of West Hamlin, died Fri. May 27, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Tues. May 31, at Center Point Baptist Church, West Hamlin. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral Tues. at the church. McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin is in charge of arrangements.

June Poese

June F. Mallett Poese, 83, of Rio Grande, N.J., formerly of Red House, passed away on Wed. May 25, 2016, at Crest Haven Nursing Home. Born in Red House to the late Otto B. and Vada Mae Hill Mallett, she lived in Red House until 1956, when she moved to Bridgeton, N.J., before settling in Rio Grande in 1988. She enjoyed taking care of her family and the house.

Mrs. Poese is survived by her son, Robert B. Poese; and her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Poese on April 25, 2013; and her siblings, Cecil Mallett, Avalee Higginbotham Meadows, John Mallett, Arthur "Pete" Mallett, Clarence Mallett, and Manford Mallett.

Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Sat. June 4, at the Radzieta Funeral Home, 9 Hand Avenue, Cape May Court House, NJ, where visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. Condolences at

Genevieve C. Racer

Genevieve C. Racer, 80, of Scott Depot, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.

Born April 6, 1936 in Long Bottom, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Elza and Ethel Barringer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn W. Racer; sisters, Viola Marie Barringer and Frances McCallister; and brother, Donovan Barringer.

Genevieve was a Baptist by faith and a longtime member of Rehoboth Baptist Church. She was a member of the Women's Moose Club, a former Girl Scout, Sunday school teacher and VBS director. She loved children and fed the world.

Surviving are her daughter, Glenna Racer-Riggan (David) of Pembroke, Va.; sons, James Beabout (Melissa) of St. Albans and Geffery W. Racer (Laurie) of Scott Depot; sisters, Audrey Cyrus of Hurricane, Geraldine Hodges of Hurricane and Judith Scisciani of Mesa, Ariz.; granddaughter, Morgan Beabout; and friend of 74 years, Shirley Smith.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Keith Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Cemetery, Scott Depot.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 1227 Third Ave., Huntington, WV 25701, or to the ASPCA, 12908 Charleston Road, Red House, WV 25168.

The family wishes to send a very special thank you to Dr. Randall Peterson and staff; friends, Diane Lunsford, Caroline King and Sheri Brown; and numerous medical staff helping to care for Genevieve.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at

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

Dorothy Ray

Dorothy Alice Ray, 87, of Charleston, passed away May 26, 2016, at CAMC General Division.

She was a homemaker, and retired from CAMC in housekeeping.

Preceding her in death were her sons, William Harold, Charles Frederick, Ernest Edward and Brian Scott Ray.

Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy Gillespie of Charleston and Brenda Silveria of Santa Maria, Calif.; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends who are also left to mourn her passing.

It was Dorothy's wishes that she be cremated and services be held at a later date.

Inurnment will be in Starcher Cemetery, Holmes Hollow, Charleston. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Ray family.

Eugenia Rose

Eugenia Mae Rose, 87, of St. Albans, passed away on Thurs. May 26, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Eugenia was born January 2, 1929, in Greensboro, N.C. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Newhouse; and her husband, Ralph Rose.

She was a beautician and Girl Scout leader, and a wonderful mother. She loved traveling with Jolly Travelers and loved animals.

She is survived by her children, Patsy Dickson of St. Albans and Mary Lou Mills (Bob) of St. Albans; grandchildren, Bruce Dickson and Bev Dickson; great-grandchildren, Barbara Russell (Jamie), Brittany Paul (Chris); and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sun. May 29, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Pastor Frank Fry officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service.

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

Luella Stevenson

Luella Mae (Craddock) Stevenson, 87, of Lake, W.Va., died Thurs. May 26, 2016. Service will be held at 2 p.m., Sun. May 29, at Meadowfork Freewill Baptist Church. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. May 28, the following day at Meadowfork Freewill Baptist Church in Hewett. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Funerals for: May 28, 2016

Adkins, Gloria A. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Brown, Virginia 1 p.m., Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Bunner, James M. 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Coleman, Margaret E. 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park Lower Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans.

Comer, Tyler W. 11 a.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Cottrell, Frankie 1 p.m., Cannelton Union Hall of UMWA Local No. 8843, Cannelton.

Filbin, Charles J. 2 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Fullen, Margurite 11 a.m., St. John's United Methodist Church, Union.

Green, Chad D. 11 a.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Hannum, Sarah E. 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Hatfield, Bennett K. 1 p.m., Regional Church of God, Delbarton.

McCormick, John 3 p.m., Danville Memorial Park, Danville.

Metheney, Dale R. 4 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

Molina, Anthony V. Noon, Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston.

Mullins, Anthony K. Noon, Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Racer, Genevieve C. 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Smith, Drema L. 11 a.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Stricklin, Clyde D. 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

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