Today's Obituaries

Porter Barnett

Porter "Buddy" Franklin Barnett, 83, died Friday, September 23, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m., Monday, September 26, at the Chestnut Knob Baptist Church, Layland. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the church. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.

Betty Beaver

Betty "Louise" Beaver, 79, of Winfield, passed away at her home, September 24, 2016, after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Beaver Sr. (1969); parents, Evertt and Alma Bird; sister, Macil Vance; brother, Lee and Leslie Bird.

Formerly of Hurricane and retired from Payne Engineering, she was a Member of VFW 9097 Women's Auxiliary, American Legion 139, and Nitro Moose.

She is survived by her children, son, Harry Beaver Jr. (Pam) and Daughter Robin Larck (Roger) all of Winfield. 5 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, sisters Inez Erskine of Winfield and Alice Beaver of Hurricane and special niece Patsy Brown.

At her request there will be no services. Anyone wishing to honor her, you may do so with a donation to Hospice in her name. Allen Funeral Home Hurricane in charge of arrangements. Please visit to share memories and condolences.

Teresa Brown

Teresa Lynn Brown, 59, of Charleston, died Friday, September 23, 2016. Memorial service will be Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Greater New Jerusalem Worship Center, 4819 Washington Street, SE, Charleston, WV. A complete obitiuary will be published in Monday's edition of this newspaper. (

Eddie Cogar

Eddie Arnold Cogar, 68, of Bolair, died September 22, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Morris Funeral Home, CowenFriends my call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

Jack Cremeans

Jack L. Cremeans of Hurricane, died Saturday, September 17, 2016. Memorial service will be held 7 p.m., Monday, October 3, at First Baptist Church, Hurricane. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane is serving the Cremeans family. (

Mary Abruzzino Dattilo

Mary Abruzzino Dattilo, 106, died Saturday, September 23, 2016, in Charleston. She was born December 18, 1909, in Shinnston, W.Va., the daughter of Frank P. and Francesca D. Abruzzino. She graduated from Seton Hill College in Greensboro, Pa., and taught in Harrison County until her marriage to Anthony Dattilo in 1937. The Dattilos lived in Fairmont, W.Va., where they were very involved in community, church, and social activities. Mary moved to Charleston after her husband died, living at Edgewood Summit.

Mary's interest in community issues began during the depression when she taught home economics in high school. She developed lesson plans for nutritious cooking techniques, going into her students' homes for hands-on demonstrations. Using this experience during World War II, she volunteered with the Marion County war effort to write pamphlets and design store window displays aimed at educating homemakers on ways to deal with food shortages. She also served on a Red Cross committee that developed a wartime evacuation plan for Marion County. One of her treasures was a letter signed by President Harry S. Truman thanking her for her contributions. She remained active with the Red Cross as a board member for several years.

In the 1960's the Marion County Public Library bought the U.S. Post Office in Fairmont for a new main library facility. Mary was asked to work with the architect on renovation plans, and she often said it was the volunteer effort she found most interesting, challenging, and enjoyable. Her many other activities included serving on the boards of Family Service of Marion and Harrison Counties, Fairmont Children's Theater, Mt. Vernon Garden Club, and Mt. Vernon Book Club. She was a founding member of the last three organizations.

Mary and Anthony shared a zest for life. They were avid bridge players (Mary was a Master in both Contract and Duplicate Bridge), golfers, and travelers. Although Mary took golf lessons because Anthony enjoyed it so much, she soon was better than he was, a story he often told with pride. She won many golf tournaments at various venues, but the highlight was partnering with professional golfer Patty Berg at Lakeview Country Club in Morgantown. Mary continued to play golf into her 90's and was also an enthusiastic participant in the weekly Edgewood Summit putting contests. After retirement Mary and Anthony divided their time between Fairmont and Lauderdale Lake, FL and enjoyed many cruises to various parts of the world.

Mary was predeceased by siblings Frank Abruzzino, David Abruzzino, James Abruzzino, Stanley Abruzzino, Frances Eckert, and Janice Brennan; nephews Kurt Eckert, Frank Abruzzino, and niece Mary Margaret Curtis.

She is survived by nieces Frances Ann Snide (Jim), Diana Kuninger (Sam), Cindy Cobb (Bill), Jane Miller (Tom), Mary Anne Michael, and niece-in-law Kate Abruzzino. Surviving nephews are Ted Brennan, John Brennan, and Frank Abruzzino.

The family extends deep gratitude to her devoted caregivers, who for several years enriched Mary's life with laughter, love, and gentle care: Tammy Byrd, Morgan Isaacs, and Brenda Fowler. Special thanks go to Emily Lanyard, who earned our warm thanks in Mary's last months.

There will be a Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral on Saturday, October 1 at 1:30 pm. A rosary will be said at 1:00 pm in the church for those who want to participate.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at Edgewood Summit following the service. Inurnment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairmont.

People who want to give a memorial are asked to consider Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, St. Peter's Catholic Church in Fairmont, and Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard, West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Faye Davidson

Carrie Faye Davidson, 93, of Alum Creek, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Clarks Christian Care Home, East Bank, WV.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Davidson; and grandson, Jason Davidson.

Faye was a homemaker and a member of the Alum Creek Church of Christ.

She is survived by sons, Joe Owen, David Davidson and James (Shirley) Davidson; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, September 26, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastor Butch Leadman and Minister Richard Runyan officiating. Burial will follow at Owen-Davidson Family Cemetery, Alum Creek. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Assocation, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387 or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Sherry Dillon

Sherry Ann Dillon, 58, of Ravenswood, passed away September 23, 2016, following a long illness.

She was born February 27, 1958, in Ripley, a daughter of Frances Palmer Angus and the late Brooks Wayne. Sherry was a homemaker and attended the Independent Fellowship Church.

In addition to her mother, Frances Angus, she is survived by her husband of 38 years, Randy Dillon; her sons, Tyler Eugene (Katie) Dillon and Derick Wayne Dillon; grandson, Wade Eugene Dillon; brothers, Bobby (Mildred) Wayne of Sandyville, Norris (Sherry) Angus of Sandyville, Joe (Rina) Angus of Barbourville and Terry (Rennie) Angus of Ravenswood; sisters, Connie Dees of Georgia, Rita (Doug) Hill of Clearwater, Fla., Brenda Harrison of Kenna, Karen (Kevin) Kaufman of Sissonville and Diane (Frank) Miller of Ripley; special friends, Oscar Thomas Workman, Michael Fox, Lyla Nay and Rose and Bruce Summerville and family.

She was preceded in death by her step-father of many years, Billy Angus whom she considered her father; a brother, Doug Angus; and a special neighbor, Dutch Vandyke.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor David Long officiating. Burial will be in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Danny Dixon, Sr.

Mr. Danny P. Dixon, Sr., 72 of Nitro, died September 23, 2016. Service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service on Tuesday.

Marion Duncan

Marion Cavender Duncan, 87, born May 1, 1929, in Coopers Creek, died Friday, September 23, 2016, in Charleston, after a long illness.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Duncan, a World War II Army veteran; sisters, Esther Cavender; infant, Alberta (Claude) Copen, Alma (John) Yackaway, Wanda (Virgil) Parsons, Juanita (Everett) Nunley, Julia (Howard) Bentley, Pansy (Woodrow) Underwood, Jean (Hugh) Campbell, Anna (Howard) White, Carolyn Kay (Kermit) Halstead, all of Charleston.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Duncan Massengale; and son, Charles Duncan; her sisters, Jewell Loy, Nancy (Charles) Marion; and brother, Samuel (Marjorie) Cavender, all of Charleston.

She took great pride in being a housewife, mother, and friend in need to many people. Mom was a member at Coopers Creek Advent Christian Church.

Funeral service will be noon, Monday, September 26, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. West, Charleston, with Pastor David Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of the arrangements.

Eva Durst

Eva Fay Durst, 91, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on September 23, 2016.

She was born on February 9, 1925, in Winifrede, a daughter of the late Frank and Leona Gobel Shrewsbury. She was active in the Ladies Aux. United Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting and cake decorating. In addition to collecting dolls, she made them. Eva loved music and taught herself to play piano, accordion, and guitar.

She is survived by her two sons, W.G. Durst, Jr., and his wife, Alma, of Mt. Healthy, Ohio and Thomas L. Durst of Nitro; one daughter, Gail Hartman of Cross Lanes; former son-in-law and friend, Ken Hartman; ten grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a large, loving extended family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William G. Durst, Sr.; infant daughter, Sandra; one brother, Don Shrewsbury; and two sisters, Arbutus Conley and Reba Stewart.

Service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, September 26, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes. Interment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

O. David Gibson

O. David "Dagie" Gibson, 78, of Cross Lanes, died Friday, September 23, 2016. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Casdorph and Curry is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Graham

Bobby Gene Graham, 86, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the VA Medical Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 24, 1930, in Basin, he was the son of the late Edward William Graham and the late Erma Ellen Mullins Graham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Irene Holliday Graham of 46 years; and a baby brother, James.

Those left to cherish his memory include his two daughters, Anita Ellen Underwood and husband, Douglas of Crow, and Rita Karen Hess of Bradley; three grandchildren, Tiffany Marie Rice and husband, Tyler of Morgantown, Nicholas Gene Underwood of Tampa, Fla., and Luke Earl Hess, II of Bradley; one great-grandson, Townes Micah Rice of Morgantown; brothers-in-law, Bobby Holliday and wife, Ellen of Forest Hill, Richard Holliday and wife, Lois of Beckley; sisters-in-law, Betty James and husband, Richard of High Point, N.C., Teresa Windsor and husband, Jerry of Bradley, Jane Holliday of Greenville, Va., Jane Holliday of Bradley, Sue Holliday of Bradley, Marybeth Holliday of Va.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Special camping friends, Ban and Mary Kees, Rossie and Elaine Wilson, II and family, Cecil and Patty Wilson and family, Dave and Ann Nelson and family, Raymond and Sherri Rouzee and family, Judy McNair, Lori and Bubba Word, and many more.

Mr. Graham was a faithful member of the Bradley Baptist Church, in addition, loved talking about the Lord. He was a member of the DAV.

Mr. Graham served our country in the U.S. Army Division during the Korean War, and was awarded a Purple Heart due to being combat wounded in Korea. He was a former employee of the VA Medical Hospital, where he was the Physical & Correctional Therapist for many years, and retired from there. He loved working there and helping his patients. Mr. Graham loved gardening, camping, hunting, fishing, watching football and baseball. He volunteered at Sherwood Lake for 19 years. He was a graduate of Mullins High School.

Service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, September 26, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Mike Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Nicholas Underwood, Luke Hess II, Tyler Rice, Scott Loftus, Brandon Thompson, Ryan Belcher, and Bill Phelps.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley, WV.

Sheena Robin Henry

Sheena Robin Henry, age 26, passed away August 27, 2016 form injuries sustained in vehicle accident in Palm Bay, FL.

She is survived by her mother Collen Henry, stepfather Shan Orrison and father Tim Henry. Also her sister Lilly Church and brother Michael Henry; grandparents Karen and Louie Smith and Vicky Henry; great grammaw Charlotte Henry. She was also preceded in death by great maw maw Charlotte Mitchell. Aunts are Sandra Dumas, Renee Tate, Alice Sauder, Dusty Marsh; uncle Robert Adkins; great aunts Jodi Kinder, Linda Tate; and great uncle Monte Tate.

She had many cousins and friends.

Memorial Services were held September 3 2016 at Davis Sea Winds in Melbourne, FL. She will be dearly missed.

Marceline Hoylman

Marceline S. Hoylman, 88, of Charleston, gained her wings and made her journey to Heaven, after a long illness on September 23, 2016.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Gladys Stephens; brother, Dale Stephens (wife, Mary); and her husband of 61 years, Kenneth Hoylman.

Her survivors include her son, Stephen Hoylman and fiancé, Shelia Arthur of Charleston; her daughter, Lisa Hanshaw and companion, George Glasco, Jr. of Elkview; grandson, Colin Hoylman of Lexington Park, Md.; sister-in-law, Joyce Hoylman of Charleston, sister-in-law, Jeanne Hurt of St. Marys, Ga.; brother-in-law, William Hoylman of St. Marys, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her extended family at Candlelight Cottage in St. Albans with home she resided during her declining health. The family thanks them for their care and love. The family would also like to thank Hospice Care of the Kanawha Valley for their care.

She was a member of Elk Hills Presbyterian Church.

Memorial service will be held 1 p.m., at the church at 109 Church Road, Charleston, October 1, 2016 with Pastor Chris Sizemore officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made to Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road is assisting the Hoylman family.

Raymond Johnson, Jr.

Raymond Glaston Johnson Jr. of Naoma, W.Va., died September 22, 2016. Mr. Johnson's request was for cremation only. Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to:

Ronald Kidd

Mr. Ronald Kidd died September 23, 2016. Arrangements are incomplete. Tyler Mountain Funeral home is assisting the family.

Dorothy Lamb

Dorothy Lee Sovine Lamb, 87, of Nitro, departed this life, Friday, September 23, 2016 at her home, at the Village on Park.

She was born on January 11, 1929, in Charleston, a daughter of the late Arnold and Jessie Hammons Sovine. She was a devout Christian and truly loved the Lord. She loved her West Virginia Mountaineers, the Cincinnati Reds, and her West Virginia hotdogs.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Sharon Lamb Dye and her husband, Larry; her son, Michael Wayne Lamb and his wife, Mary; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Wayne Lamb; her sister, Viola Sovine Gray; and her two brothers, Ernest and Carl Sovine.

Service will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV with Pastor Rob Van Fossen officiating. Interment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Visitation will from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Eugene Lawrence, Jr.

Mr. Eugene Lawrence, Jr., of Boomer, died Monday, September 19, 2016.

Born in Montgomery, on May 6, 1925.

He was the son of Eugene Lawrence, Sr. and Irma Pack Lawrence.

He was a Supervisor at Elkem Metals Alloy, W.Va. He was a longtime member at the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha Taylor Lawrence; and his parents.

Those left to cherish memories are his son, Jerry (Ann) Lawrence; and his daughter, Sissy Lawrence Crawford; brother, Charles Lawrence; grandchildren, Cherice Crawford and J-Me Crawford; great-grandchildren, Airika Crawford, Arinn Crawford, Anthony Crawford, Jamey Elizabeth Crawford, Promise Crawford, Lyric Crawford, and Kylen Wilson; great-great-grandchild, Jamison Downs; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the First Missionary Baptist Church, Boomer. Bishop Thomas R. Murray officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch, W.Va. Following burial, repass will be at the First Missionary Baptist Church, Boomer. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The First Baptist Church, Montgomery, Box 720, Montgomery, WV 25136.

Arrangements entrusted to Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.

Charles "Chuck" Lovejoy, Jr.

Charles "Chuck" Eugene Lovejoy Jr., 58, of Kanawha County, passed away September 19, 2016. Born June 23, 1958, in Dallas, Texas, to the late Charles and Marion (Patterson) Lovejoy. Chuck was a graduate of Nitro High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing music.

Those left to cherish his memory, his sister, Drema and husband, Larry Haddox of Elkview and sister, Pamela Tippett of Nitro.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Lovejoy of Winfield and Mathew Lovejoy of Huntington; his companion, Darlene Swims; and caregiver, Larry Swims. He leaves behind five grandchildren; four nieces; and one nephew. Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro is in charge of arrangements.

Oreda "Bill" Mick

A beautiful flower was chosen to bloom in God's eternal garden on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Oreda W. Mick, 91, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West after complications from pneumonia.

She moved from the Clendenin area in August, 2009 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Terry Martin in Teays Valley until her passing.

She was the daughter of the late P.R. and Fannie Naylor Rucker.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 and a half years, Roy R. Mick, in January, 2007; brothers, Raymond, Don, and Russell "Jake" Rucker; sisters, Ruby Morrison, Blanche Hill, Madeline Rucker and Radie Ferrell.

As well as being a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, she worked in the family business, Mick's Shoe Store, with her husband for many years.

She was saved March 9, 2007 and reaffirmed her faith in the Lord days before her passing.

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she is survived by brother, Larry Rucker (Donna) of Jane Lew; sister, Shirley "Connie" Cobb of Elkview and Wilma McQuain of Nitro.

Service will be held 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 26, at Hafer Funeral Home with Reverend Don Toler officiating. Burial will follow in the Rucker family Cemetery, Elkview. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave., SW, So. Charleston, WV 25309.

Online Condolences can be made at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road is assisting the Mick family.

Gilbert Mullins

Gilbert Leon Mullins, 86, of Belle, died September 21, 2016. Interment was held Friday, September 23, in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. A memorial service and full obituary will be at a later date.

Donna Neece

Donna R. (Gibbs) Neece, 65, of Middleport, Ohio, died September 23, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, at the Church of Christ in Christian Union, Hartford. Visitation will be Monday, September 26, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church in Hartford.Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

Thurman Ratliff

Thurman Thomas Ratliff, 95, of Duck, formerly of Widen, entered into rest September 23, 2016, at his home, after a short illness.

He was born March 4, 1921, in Hazard, Ky., a son of the late Thomas and Nancy Dobson Ratliff.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Olga Truman Ratliff; sisters, Norma Houghton, Junie Myers, Orpha Cummings; brothers, Ishmael, Charlie, Luther, Norman and Orvin; great-grandson, Samuel Adam McCoy; son-in-law, Jerry R. Duffield.

Surviving sister, Enna Harvey; daughters, Connie Duffield of Strange Creek and Shelley McKown and husband, Phil of Frametown; grandchildren, Samuel Duffield and wife, Melissa, Rebekah McCoy, Philip McKown and wife, Cassie; great-grandchildren, Blane Albrandt, Hannah and Jace Duffield, Tyler Burick, Seth, Gracie and Maddie Jo McCoy, and Carlie Rae McKown.

He was a member of the Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church of Duck for 60 years and served as an Ordained Deacon for 52 years. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day and later receiving a Purple Heart for injuries received from a mortar blast. He was a coal miner, worked at Chevrolet Production Plant in Cleveland, Ohio, drove the Gassaway Cleaners Truck, and retired from the N.H. Dyer Health Clinic in Clay.

Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, at Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church, Duck with JR Mullins officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, September 26, at the Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church, Duck.

The family wishes to thank the Hospice workers, Patty Elswick, Angie Butler, and Ricky Salisbury. Also a special thanks to Amy Summers; and sister-in-law, Maysel "Sis" McNeer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd, West, Charleston, WV 25387 or Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church, 887 Servia-Elmira Rd., PO Box 5, Duck, WV 25063.

Condolences may be extended to the family at Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Karen Smith

Karen Lynn Yantz Smith, 65, of Wheeling, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Valley Hospices', Liza's Place.

She was born in Canton, Ohio, on August 28, 1951, and was the daughter of the late Harold and Edith Clifford Yantz.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harold 'Rusty' Yantz; and sisters, Sharon Thomas and Carolyn Pysell.

Karen graduated from Morgantown High School in 1969. She was previously employed by C & P Telephone Company in Morgantown, Wheeling, Parkersburg and Charleston, and later worked for both Fruth Pharmacy and American Greetings in Charleston. For many years, Karen provided care and love to pre-school children at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church's nursery school in Pinch. She also enjoyed many years as a consultant with Longaberger.

Karen served for 18 years as Co-Chairperson and banquet committee member for the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation organization, headquartered in Missoula, Mont. She was also actively involved both socially and through fund raising activates of the WV Trophy Hunters Association, a conservation organization located in Charleston.

Karen is survived by her husband, Lloyd Dale Smith II; children, Jason (Stacy) Smith, Andrew Smith; grandson, Lukas Smith, all of Charleston; sister in law, Ginny (Brien) Mudge, of Wheeling; sister-in-law; Lori (Terry) Virtue, of Worcester, Mass.; nieces, Dianne Magers of Wheeling, Jennifer Yantz of Parrish, Fla; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

While the sun may shine a little less brightly down upon us with her passing, the night sky will sparkle a bit more brilliantly with the addition of her spirit twinkling as a star. To have lived, laughed and loved is to have lived well. She did live well indeed.

There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Karen's life.

The family wishes that memorial contributions be made in Karen's name to, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek, Missoula, MT 59808, 406-523-4500, or To the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P. O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St, Wheeling, WV, 304-242-2311.

Personal condolences can be expressed at

Thomas Stamper, Sr.

Thomas Franklin Stamper Sr., 82, of Malden, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Born June 14, 1934, in Putney, WV, and was a son of the late Edward and Gladys Stamper of Malden.

He was a Christian and attended Georges Creek Baptist Church for over 50 years, where he served as Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent.

He was a barber and owner of Tom's Barber Shop in Malden for over 52 years. Tom was a U.S. Marine veteran.

Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Bailey of Malden and Rosemary Garten of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Robert "Bob" Stamper of Maryland; sister-in-law, Valerie Stamper of Md.; nephew, Jay Stamper of Maryland; sister-in-law, Marilyn Stamper of Scott Depot; and niece, Melissa Stamper of Scott Depot.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara (Gillenwater) Stamper; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas F. Stamper Jr. and Tina, Timothy Stamper and Heather, all of Scott Depot; five grandchildren, Madison Stamper, Brandon Stamper, Payton Stamper, Jackson Stamper and Cameron Stamper; one brother, Edward Stamper Jr. of Scott Depot; brother-in-law, Rev. Keith Bailey of Georges Drive; brother-in-law, Kenneth "Kenny" Gillenwater and Judy of St. Albans; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Harry Wood, Jackie and Billie Wood and Pauline Walker.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Rev. Lyle Young and Rev. Red Jarrett officiating. Burial will follow the service at Woods Family Cemetery, St. Albans.

Family and friends will gather for the visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, September 26, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Moore, family doctor and friend, for all his compassion and also special thanks to all of Tom's regular doctors, Hospice and Health Care for their care and compassion.

The online guestbook for Thomas Franklin "Tom" Stamper Sr. can be accessed at

Sheila Toler

Sheila June Toler, 43, of Bruno, died Thursday, September 22, 2016. To honor her wishes, Sheila will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Triplett

Anna Lee Triplett, 85, of St. Albans, died September 22, 2016. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial service is scheduled for a later date.

Heavenly Truman

Heavenly Marie Truman, infant daughter of Curtis Truman and Summer Crowder passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016, at Women's and Children Hospital, Charleston.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Steven Crowder; uncle, Alex Copen; great-great-paternal grandmother, Lona Walls.

Heavenly is survived by God mother, Keyonna Burd; paternal grandparents, James (Delta) Truman, Kimberly (Brad) Good; maternal grandparents, Josh Crowder (Kara Garden), Jenny (Paul) Copen; maternal great-grandparents, Ruth McBride and Jackie Holstein, Thomas (Karen) Cart; paternal great-grandparents, Carol Truman and Dreama Reed. She is also survived by many other loving family members.

Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Elliot officiating. Burial will be in the TD Crowder Cemetery, Cline Hollow.

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

Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Kenneth Volkers

Kenneth Volkers, 74, of Charleston, transitioned from this earth to his Heavenly home on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Ken was born January 26, 1942, to the late Herman and Harriette Volkers of Zeeland, Mich. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronald (Sandy) Volkers of Muskegon, Mich.

After graduating from Holland Christian High School in 1960, Ken continued his education in pre-engineering at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., going on to earn a Master's in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan in 1966. He worked for Union Carbide, Rhone Poulenc, and Bayer Industries in the Kanawha Valley. While attending University of Michigan, he was a Phi Alpha Kappa fraternity member, living in the "Dutch House."

Ken spent his life journey as an active member of the church. He grew up in the Christian Reform Church, later serving his adult life as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. He traveled to Nicaragua as a missionary with Living Waters for the World.

Ken was involved in Habitat of Humanity, the Hanging Chad's Retired Engineering Group, AARP Tax Preparation Group and Carbide Investment Club. He extended his leadership skills to the youth in his community by being actively involved in Cub Scouts, Indian Guides, teaching Sunday school for the elementary division, umpiring Little League games and coaching girls' softball. Ken was an avid runner and enjoyed his adult bowling, tennis and softball leagues.

Ken is survived by his wife, Betti Bland Volkers of Charleston; son, Kenneth Chadwick (Linda Crowley) Volkers of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Charla Volkers (Wes) Cox of Asheville, N.C.; and grandchildren, Siobian Jones, Gary Pitts; and nine month old, Caleah Pearl Cox; also surviving is brother, Robert (Sue) Volkers of Holland, Mich.; two sisters, Janice (Gerald) Hoekema of Bryon Center, Mich. and Marilyn (Steve) Gilman of Zeeland, Mich.; nephews, Shannon Bland of Charleston, Matthew (Celeste) Hoekema of Bryon Center, Mich.; and nieces, Robin Bland of Charleston, Heather Bland (David) Parks of South Charleston, Amy (Bryan) Walls of Adam, Mich. and Lisa (Ken) Crenshaw of Cusseda, Ala.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 26, at the First Presbyterian Church, Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV, with Dr. William McCoy and Rev. Doug Jenkins officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church starting at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, WV following a luncheon at the church dining room, which all in attendance are invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family request you honor Ken by making a donation to Habitat of Humanity Kanawha-Putman Chapter, 815 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

You may send condolences to the family at:

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

Funerals for: September 25, 2016

Barnett, Louis 3 p.m., Gatens

Buckner, Betty A. 11 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Burton, Phillip R. 3 p.m., Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

Dorsey, Sawyer 3 p.m., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Dunbar, Sammy 1 p.m., Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union.

Faudree, Gaye 6 p.m., Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union.

Gates, Patricia 2:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Hudnall, Linda 2 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Justice, Neal 2 p.m., Taylor

Kershner, William 4 p.m., Good Shepherd, South Charleston.

McNeely, Jeff 1 p.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Miller, Judith E. 3 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Myers, Lindy 2 p.m., Reamer Gospel Tabernacle, Ravenswood.

Perry, Robert B. 1 p.m., Greenbranch Freewill Baptist Church, Man.

Thomas, G. "Ed" 2 p.m., Broyles

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