Today's Obituaries

Anne Andrews

Anne Crawford Andrews, 81, died December 22, 2016, in Bellaire Assisted Living, Scott Depot, WV.

She was born in Oak Hill, WV, on September 27, 1935, to Charles O. Crawford and Edith Rippetoe Crawford. The family moved to Saint Albans, WV, where she grew up.

She is survived by her husband Donald R. Andrews, daughters Donna and Jenny, sister Carol, brother Charles, grandchildren Luke, Caleb, Alexandra, and Nicholas, and nephew Ned.

Anne graduated from Saint Albans High School in 1953 and attended Marietta College where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. Following her years at Marietta, she worked at Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV. In 1957, she married her husband Don and moved with him to Honolulu, HI, where he was stationed at Schofield Barracks. During their time in Hawaii, she worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as the executive secretary to a naval commander.

She was a member of St. Albans First Baptist Church since 1962. She was active in the Sanctuary Choir, the Wifani Sunday School class and the Ladies Chorus. She was a member of every church board many times over, and served for five years as the church clerk.

Anne loved reading, cooking, sewing, and camping with family and friends. She and her husband drove many times across the country to Walnut Creek, CA, to visit family and friends.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the First Baptist Church of St. Albans. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund. You may leave memories or condolences on her tribute page at

Barbara Brander

Barbara Brander, 55, of Spencer, passed away January 16, 2017. Service will be 6 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Aurelia Marie Campolio

Aurelia Marie Campolio arrived on earth February 5, 1919, and departed it January 13, 2017, three years shy of being 100 years old.

The fourth child of Joseph and Carolina Campolio, known as "Ree," her life adventures included college, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Saxman, W.Va., and a long career with the State of West Virginia as a social worker.

Her greatest adventure was as a United Sates Navy WAVE, joining the service in 1943 in one of the first active women's branches of World War II. Her Navy stint took her to New York, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C., where she served until her Honorable Discharge in 1946. Her vivid memories as a WAVE included marching in the funeral procession of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

At home, after the war, Ree worked tirelessly on projects to benefit her Richwood, and was instrumental in raising funds for building the new Sacred Heart Hospital in 1951. Her vocal efforts to better her town led to a resurgence of interest in the Cherry River Festival and inclusion of the popular Soapbox Derby. Her efforts as a tireless volunteer with a fount of ideas to promote Richwood bettered the community, earning her a wealth of Appreciation Certificates. Her favorite was being named "Mountain Mama," the Festival's Number One Volunteer.

Ree's love for reading led her to volunteer to help with projects for the Richwood Public Library, and her love for drama led to the development of "The Mill Whistle Players," a community theater group. Until a few months before her death, our energetic Ree cooked, gardened and independently lived her life. She loved family beyond all else and had a very special bond with her nephew, Patrick Campolio.

Her sister, Carolyn Campolio-Brodtrick, her sister-in-law, Dorothy Campolio, niece-in-law, Susan Campolio, and her many, many nieces and nephews who kept in touch through the years will forever miss her. We believe she is at home with those who entered Heaven before her: parents, Joseph and Carolina Campolio; siblings, Joseph Campolio, Tillie, and husband Joe Monto, Dora and husband Herb Seelinger, Gloria and husband Edward Bagley, Edith and husband Cecil Neal, Salvie and son John, and Richard; and Carolyn's husband, Frank Brodtrick.

Mass of Christinan burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Richwood, with Father Qui Dag officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Richwood.

The staff at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston helped Ree on her final adventure, and if you would like to honor her, please consider a donation to Hospice in her name.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Elsie Elizabeth Cooke

Elsie Elizabeth Cooke, 101, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Genesis Health Care, Hurricane, WV.

She was born May 29, 1915, in Petersburg, VA, to the late William Matthew and Roxie Anne Steele Joynes. Elsie was also preceded in death by her husband Paul Isaac Cooke in 1963, son-in-law Thomas M. Sword in 2013, and her daughter Beverly Kay Alderson in 2016.

She was a former resident of Nitro, and in recent years, Dunbar, and Teays Valley Center in Hurricane. She was member of First Baptist Church of Dunbar, and Order of The Eastern Star, Dunbar Chapter 133. She was an excellent stay at home Mother who was involved in her children's care and their many activities. At the death of her husband, she became employed and retired from the Piecegood's Shop in Charleston with 16 years of service. After retirement, she became a volunteer grandmother for Shawnee Hills Community Health where she developed many happy relationships.

Mrs. Cooke is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Paul and Jo Anne Cooke of Scott Depot, daughters and sons-in-law Betty and John Thompson of St. Albans, Connie and George Evans of Scott Depot, daughter Joyce Sword of Hurricane, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members and friends.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Jason S. Quintrell officiating. Interment will follow the service in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Laura E. Freeman

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved and beautiful daughter, mother and sister. Laura Elizabeth Freeman, 20, of Charleston W.Va., passed away January 9, 2017. She was born March 28, 1996, in Louisville, Ky.

She is survived by her parents, James and Cherilyn Freeman of Charleston; brothers, Eric Smith of Dickinson, Texas, and Ian Freeman of Charleston; son, Kingston James Robert Fernandez of Charleston; birth mother, Amber Edgington of Ashland, Ky.; grandmother, Alice Freeman of Leesburg, Fla.; and an extended family who will always love her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Norman Freeman of Leesburg, Fla., and Weldon and Marilyn Walker of Abilene, Texas.

Laura loved her family, but especially Kingston, who was the light of her life.

A private family memorial service will celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to The Pinnacle Schools, 500 Governors Drive SW, Huntsville, Alabama.

Messages may be left online for the family at

Ronald Gardner

Ronald Allen Gardner, 51, of Charleston, died January 16, 2017. He will be cremated and no services are planned at this time. Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.

Pennie Haynes

Pennie Lynn Haynes, 60, of Dunbar, went to her heavenly home to be in the arms of Jesus and reunited with her family, January 15, 2017.

Pennie always had a sense of humor and tried to make others happy. She also had a giving heart, going out of her way to help anyone who was in need, expecting nothing in return. She was a member of Walker Baptist Church and former manager of Graceland Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her father, Allen C Haynes; mother, Betty Jo Haynes; and brother, Rickey Allen Haynes.

She is survived by her husband, Clay Jarrett; nephew, Shane Haynes; niece, Christina Haynes; aunt, Eva Fox. She also leaves behind so many friends that loved her. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Julianna Juskowiak

Julianna Judith Juskowiak, 56, of Craigsville passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. It was her wishes to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Mildred Kinder

Mildred Ileen Kinder, 94, of Bloomingrose, died January 17, 2017. Funeral is 1 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with visitation two hours prior. Details at

Harold Lane, Sr.

Harold Ray Lane Sr., 72, of Evans, WV, passed away January 16, 2017. Service will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Samuel Lee Lanham

Samuel Lee Lanham, 86, gave up his worries and passed away peacefully while surrounded by his children on January 16, 2017.

Sam was born on November 5, 1934, to the late Claudia "Cloudy" and Edward Lanham. He married the love of his life, Eva Mae, in 1965, who blessed him with a son, Ronald Lee. After Mae's sister became ill, Dora "Princess" became their daughter who gave Sam one of his greatest joys, Tyler. She also was his favorite caregiver in his final days.

Sam's greatest legacy was being a father figure to his children's spouses, Maria Lanham and Nathan Spencer ,and to many extended family, William "Boo" Beane, Missy Gravely, Bethany Beane-Gibson, Jackie Spencer, and many of Ron's friends. After serving his country in the US Navy, Sam went on to become an expert carpet installer and jack of all trades. If he couldn't fix it, he knew someone who could. Sam is also survived by many loving family and friends.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th Street, Nitro. A celebration of life service will begin at 1 p.m. and graveside military honors will follow at the Noble-Beane Cemetery.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting Sam's family and you may express on-line condolences at

Jane Markins

Jane Markins, 55, of St. Albans, passed away January 15, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV, after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leon "Jeep" Golden Green and her beloved daughter, Amanda Jane Markins.

Jane graduated with a paralegal degree from the West Virginia Junior College. She worked as a Paralegal for the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office. Prior to joining the Prosecutor's Office, she was an employee of the Supreme Court of Appeals as an assistant to Magistrate Tim Halloran of Kanawha County.

She is survived by her son and his fiancée, Michael Markins and Kristi Smith of Hurricane; mother and step-father, Rose and Roger Walker of Danville; sister, Tonya Booker and her husband, Scott of Baberton, Ohio; sister, Lori Supinski and her husband, Joseph, of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, James Walker of Danville; brother, Leon Green and his wife, Cristin, of Huntsville, Alabama; and two grandchildren, Ethan Markins and Emma Markins of Hurricane, whom she loved to the moon and back.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. A private graveside service and burial will be held in Mountain View Memorial Park, Charleston.

Donations in Jane's memory may be made to the Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Visit Jane's tribute page at to share memories, stories or condolences with the family.

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

Forrest B. McCroskey

Forrest B. McCroskey, 96, of South Charleston, died Saturday January 14, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice West, South Charleston.

He was born at Amma, WV, and was a graduate of Spencer High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and an active and dedicated member of the Future Farmer's of America (FFA). He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Stella Carper McCroskey; sisters, Imogene Walker and Bonnie Cook.

He was a loyal Christian and a member of the First Advent Christian Church, and served his Lord in several capacities for over 60 years during which time he taught Sunday School, was member of the choir, served as a Trustee, Deacon, Elder and Elder Emeritus.

Forrest proudly served his country for 3 1/2 years in the United States Army, stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and his patriotism was shown by his desire to keep the American Flag displayed at his home at all times.

He was retired from Union Carbide with 41 years of service and was a member of the Carbide's Men's Chorus for 10 years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, the Moose Lodge of St. Albans, and Fret and Fiddle, he loved to play his guitar and played with local bluegrass groups, and he also loved gospel and classical music.

Surviving, loving wife, Helen F. McCroskey; children, Donna Loges (Bob) of Ft. Mill, South Carolina, Jeff McCroskey (Kathie) of Amma, Tracy Lloyd of South Charleston, stepson, Larry Leedy (Bib) of Milton, WV; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.

Forrest will be remembered as a kind, gentle man, a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He lived his life by setting a wonderful example to his family, friends, neighbors and everyone whose life he touched.

Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Rev. Carroll Jones officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, WV. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the mortuary.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Harris for the wonderful care that was given to Forrest over the years and to the staffs of Hubbard Hospice West and Thomas Memorial Hospital for the quality care he received.

Fredric S. McKinney

Fredric S. McKinney -- loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend -- peacefully departed this life on Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1:43 p.m., at Hubbard Hospice House after an extended battle with end-stage heart disease. He was surrounded by a family who loved him and who take great comfort in the fact that his faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is now sight.

Fredric was born on July 22, 1930, to Fred and Wavie McKinney in Tango, Lincoln County, WV. He graduated from Duvall High School in 1948. He was a veteran of the Korean War, with service dates from 1951 to 1953. His job was to string cable for telecommunications ahead of the front line. Upon his return from the service, he met, courted and married Betty Ann Goff. He and Betty lived their entire married lives in Charleston.

Fredric began his working career with DuPont as a chemical operator, before moving on to Dowell, where he drove a tanker to fracking sites across the eastern seaboard. He retired in 1989 with 33 years service from Carbide / Rhone Paulonc / Bayer Corp. He was an operations rigger.

Fredric was an avid gardener. He always grew too much and loved sharing his bounty. He grew show-winning roses. He was an amazing story-teller. Most of all, he loved Jesus. Before macular degeneration stole his ability to read, his greatest joy was studying his well-worn Bible. We always told him he'd forgotten more Bible than most would ever care to know.

He was a former member of the Charleston Mountain Mission, where he worshipped for 55 years, taught Sunday school and ushered.

In addition to his parents, Fredric was preceded in death by his brothers, Norris McKinney and Murrel McKinney, as well as sister Roma Justice. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Ann; children, Teresa and Kenny Ball, Steve and Linda McKinney; grandchildren, Kristin and Ryan Tolley, Andy and Alex Ball, Jessica and Hannah McKinney; step granddaughter, Amber Haynes; great-grandson, Isaiah Ball; and step great-granddaughter, Haven Haynes. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Alberta McKinney, and brother-in-law, Glen Justice; five nieces and nephews; as well as his special little poodle buddy, HuggyBear Ball.

Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, 335 Fifth Avenue, South Charleston, with Pastor Adam Null officiating. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at Cunningham Cemetery in St. Albans, WV.

Good Shepherd Mortuary is serving the McKinney family.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the doctors and nurses for their amazing compassion and care of dad over the past two weeks. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Fredric's memory to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Deborah Morrison

Deborah Joyce Morrison, 59, of Craigsville, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, January 20, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with visitation from noon until service time.

Charlotte Parsons

Charlotte Harkins Parsons, 92, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

She was born February 11, 1924, in Charleston, WV, and is the daughter to the late Samuel Granville Harkins Sr. and Louise Edens Harkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Leon Parsons.

Those surviving include her children, Stephanie Harrah and husband James L. of Oak Hill and Samuel Parsons and wife Kim of Roseville, CA; siblings, David Harkins, Samuel Harkins Jr. and wife Margie, and Loretta Rodgers; grandchildren, Scott Harrah and wife Redawna of Fayetteville, James G. Harrah of Fayetteville, Mary Kay Walker and husband Ron of Charlton Heights; great-grandchildren, Britney Hanshaw and husband Travis, Derek Walker and fiancé Nina Harmon, Morgan Harrah, and Lauren Harrah; great-great grandchildren, Aly and Lexi Hanshaw.

Service for Charlotte Parsons will be conducted at noon, Friday, January 20, at the Davis Memorial Baptist Church on Davis Circle in Charleston with Rev. Roger Vannoy officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Visitation will be held from the hours of 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill and 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, at Davis Memorial Baptist Church.

Online condolences and social media sharing of this obituary are available by visiting www.highlawnfuneralho

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive Beckley, WV 25801.

Professional services by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main St. in Oak Hill; N. Rine, Director.

Elcie Pinder

Elcie Margaret Pinder, 76, of Ravenswood, passed away January 16, 2017. Friends may visit the family from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood.

Melissa Plants

Melissa Jo Plants, 37, of Apple Grove, W.Va., passed away January 13, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Barton Chapel Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Joe Pratt, Jr.

Joe Pratt Jr., 90, of Nitro, passed away at home on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked mainly at the mines at Winifred, he was a member of the UMWA District 17, a former member of the Nitro Moose Lodge and a member and former officer of the St. Albans Moose Lodge. Joe served his country in the US Army and was a member of Hurricane VFW Post 9097

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Julia Bernath Pratt, his wife of 50 years Ruth Pratt, sister Rovena Mae Lambert, brothers Vincent, Dallas, Charles, Everett, and Manuel Pratt.

He is survived by his son Brian Pratt and wife Linette of Charleston, daughter Leslie Oxley of South Charleston, sisters Doma Pratt Hern (Gene) of Pt. Pleasant, WV and Carmella Pratt Vegh (Frank) of Ashtabula, OH, brothers Lewis Pratt of Ashtabula, OH and Michael Pratt (Mari Carmen) of Boiling Springs, SC, grandchildren Brittany Lusk (Chris), Christopher Pratt, and Jennifer Oxley.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, with the family receiving friends from 1 until 2 p.m. at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Pratt family and you may express on-line condolences at

Glennita Price

Glennita Lockard Price, 71, of Delbarton, WV, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017. The family had private services. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville assisted the Price family in handling the arrangements for Mrs. Price.

Dean E. Prowse

Dean E. Prowse, 55, of Miami Heights, Ohio, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017.

He was the devoted father of Kirsten and Zachary Prowse; beloved son of the late Patricia (nee Kee) and William Prowse; and dear brother of Jeff Prowse (Mischele). Dean is also survived by the mother of his children, Suzanne Fulks Prowse.

Dean was a 1980 graduate of Taylor High School, a graduate of the PGA school and a member of the PGA of America. He had a career as a golf professional, most recently at Miami Lakes Golf in Miamitown, Ohio.

He was baptized at Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, Cleves, Ohio.

Friends are invited to join the family for a memorial service at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves, Ohio.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.

Online condolences may be shared at

Roger Reynolds

Roger Everette Reynolds, 67, of Summersville, died Saturday, January 14, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, in the Lyonsville Baptist Church. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.

Olivia Singleton

Olivia Lakin Ray Singleton, 88, of Charleston, West Virginia, died after a short illness. She was born in Charleston to Marion Lakin Ray and John Vickers Ray. She was a graduate of Charleston High School and Wells College in Aurora, New York, with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked for Nan Grosscup as a travel agent. She married Robert J. Singleton in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1953 where they lived and raised their family.

Olivia lived life to the extreme. As a young counselor at Camp Anne Bailey in Greenbrier County, she excelled at snake control. Like her parents, she was a competitive athlete and enjoyed golf, tennis, and swimming, spending many hours honing these sports at Berry Hills Country Club. She loved to travel, especially with Bob and their friends. Together they visited many countries to attend the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Events. She loved to snow ski and spent many wonderful years on slopes all over the world. She made her last downhill run at Snowshoe at age 80 with her grandsons Robert and Henry Singleton. An avid bridge player, she regularly hosted games at her house, playing both with her friends and Bob, even after becoming ill. She and Bob also shared a love of gardening. Through her membership in the Kanawha Garden Club she developed a love of flower arranging, participating in and later judging flower shows in West Virginia and beyond.

Olivia believed strongly in civic responsibility. She was a Brownie Troop Leader, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and two time President of the Girl Scout Black Diamond Council. With her family in tow, she visited and camped at many Girl Scout camping facilities in West Virginia. She was an active and hardworking member of the Junior League of Charleston, West Virginia, serving in every officer position. While President of the Junior League, she and her good friend, Berry Hutchinson, spear headed the building of the Vandalia Housing Project. At one point, they were told to go plant flowers, but they persevered. Olivia was a member of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. She served for many years as a member and a term as chair of the Authority. Her friend Brawley Tracey coined the term Chaircreature in her honor. During her tenure, she helped shape the Town Center and the businesses and hotels around it.

Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Lakin Rex and John Vickers Ray, and her son, Robert Ray Singleton.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Singleton, her daughter Marion Leigh Singleton Jones and her husband George W. Jones III, her son John Albert Singleton, his wife Margaret McVey Singleton, their children Robert Ray Singleton II and Henry Hanna Singleton, her brother John L. Ray and his wife Jane Hain Ray, and numerous nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family extends special thanks to Olivia's caregivers, Visiting Angels - Kim Hoskinson, Sharon Bond and Mary Buckner, Hospice Care WV's wonderful Nursing Staff, and especially Octavia Jones, Dorothy Newell and Carolyn Young.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the R. Ray Singleton Scholarship Fund, care of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (1600 Huntington Square, 900 Lee East Street, Charleston, WV 25301), Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc. (123 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301), Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council (321 Virginia Street West, Charleston, WV 25302), or Christ Church United Methodist (1221 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301).

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Christ Church United Methodist. Visitation will follow the service at CCUM. Interment will be private.

You may send condolences to the family at

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

Robert Spenik

Robert Spenik died on January 15, 2017. He was 83 years old. Robert "Bob" was born on November 17, 1933, in Gates, Pa., to Mary and Alex Spenik. He was one of nine children.

He received his undergraduate degree from Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) and his master's degree from Columbia University. In college, Bob was captain of the football team, winning several bowl games and championships, and was selected as one of 11 "All-Time football team" members for Morris Harvey College. He was inducted into the University of Charleston (Morris Harvey) Golden Eagle Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and, in 1998, he was inducted into Washington-Green County Chapter "Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame."

Robert began his teaching career as a math teacher and football coach at Poca High School, Poca, W.Va. He later taught and coached football at Tuckahoe High School, Eastchester, N.Y.

The majority of his career (30+ years) was with the Bronxville High School, Bronxville, N.Y., as Coach, Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Bronxville Schools.

In the 1960's, Bob had an outstanding coaching career. In Bronxville, he had a 37-consecutive football game winning streak, won/loss record of 52-4. He was awarded Coach of the Year in 1964, 1965, 1967 and 1969.

Bob was such a positive role model to his family, friends and so many football players, high school students and school administration over the years. There is an annual "Robert Spenik Football Award," which is currently still being presented to one Tuckahoe High School and one Bronxville High School student every year, who are awarded for exceptional play and competitive spirit at the annual Bronxville-Tuckahoe football game in his honor.

Bob Spenik lost his beloved wife, Draunta Lou Holstein, in 2008 to cancer. They were married for 48 years.

He is survived by his son, Robert and wife Linda; daughter, Christina and husband John; and five grandchildren, Kristoffer, Alexander and Sofia Spenik, and Owen and Emily Butler. He is also survived by one brother, Ed Spenik; two sisters, Marlene Otonicar and Geraldine Straka; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.

Funeral mass will be held at 9:45 a.m., Friday, January 20, at St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, N.Y. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at the Fred H. McGrath & Sons Funeral Home, Bronxville.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Robert Spenik's name to either (make checks payable to University of Charleston), Office of Advancement, 2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV 25304, please indicate the donation should be applied to the football program on the memo line of the check, OR Poca High School, One Dot Way, Poca, WV 25159.

Charles D. "Charlie" Stover

Charles D. "Charlie" Stover, 68, passed away on January 12, 2017.

Charlie was born January 7, 1949, in Handley, West Virginia, and was a lifelong resident of Saint Albans. A family man first, his friendly nature and bright sense of humor made him quick with a smile or joke and at ease in conversation with everyone he knew and met. Charlie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing at his camp in the mountains of Pocahontas County. He also enjoyed playing golf with family and friends and as a softball umpire, was a familiar face on high school and college fields across the state.

Charlie's love of the outdoors moved him to a long and respected career in environmental protection. In 1972, he took a job with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Mining and Reclamation Division, which became the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Division of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Charlie's commitment and diligence to the restoration of West Virginia's landscape ultimately led to him becoming Assistant Chief, and eventually Chief, of the division. Charlie retired from the WVDEP in 2012 as the head of the Charleston Office of the Special Reclamation Division of AML. His knowledge, abilities, and kindness made him one of the most admired and respected persons to have ever worked with the WVDEP.

Charlie was a 24-year softball umpire with the Kanawha Southern Softball Officials Association. During that time, he held a number of offices including president and training officer. He was awarded many opportunities to umpire at West Virginia state softball tournaments. He also umpired little league softball for over 30 years. He was one of the few West Virginia softball umpires that worked many WVIAC college tournaments.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pamela S. Stover of Saint Albans, and daughters, Shannon Walker (Byron) of Fort Worth, TX, and Autumn Bradley (Loren) of Saint Albans; grandchildren, Walleed "Will" Smaidi of Saint Albans and Julian Walker and Charles "Charlie" Walker of Fort Worth, TX; birth mother, Dorris Layman of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Wendy Weimers (Roy) of San Angelo, TX, Rene White (Michael) of Helotes, TX, and Connie McClung (Steve) of Greenville, SC; sister-in-law, Deborah Dickens (John) of Kingston, TN; aunt, Charlotte Friesen (Ray) of Grapevine, TX; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by parents Charles "Smokey" and Ruth Stover of Saint Albans.

Service will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at Bartlett Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor James Dennis officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Charlie's honor can be made to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association at 1248 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV 25311 or

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans, is honored to serve the Stover family.

Lucy Sullivan

Lucy Andrick Sullivan, 84, of Milton, passed away January 16, 2017. Funeral will be 1 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Milton United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton.

Audrey Thompson

Audrey Jean Morgan Thompson, 81, of Man, passed away on January 16, 2017, surrounded by family at the home of her granddaughter in Madison.

She was born August 15, 1935, the daughter of the late Crussie and Ruth Morgan of Greenville (Hunt).  She was a 1953 graduate of Man High School. Prior to graduation, Audrey married the love of her life, Walker "Bunk" Thompson at the Greenville (Hunt) Freewill Baptist Church on July 12, 1952.

Not only being a wife and mother, she wanted to work outside the home after the children got older.   Audrey worked as a salesperson at the Man Rite Aid Drug Store and served as Post Mistress at the Hunt Post Office for many years. Based on her working experiences, her goal was to own a business. She opened a video rental business in Gilbert, which she operated for several years. Subsequently, she sold the business so that she and Bunk could enjoy retirement life.

Audrey was a member of the Claypool United Methodist Church. Prior to her illness, she enjoyed spending time at the beach, cooking, reading and crocheting. She and her husband, Bunk, loved to portray Santa and Mrs. Claus at community events, nursing homes, and anywhere else they were invited.

Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Crussie and Ruth Morgan; her beloved daughter, Sharon Kay (Thompson) (Spears) Tiller; sister, Patricia Morgan Carter; brothers: Bob, Douglas and Dick Morgan; and by her father-in-law and mother in-law, Floyd  and Mary Thompson.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Walker "Bunk" Thompson; son, David Thompson and his wife, Melody, of Madison; one precious granddaughter, Keri and her husband, the Honorable William S. Thompson, of Madison; two grandsons, Justin Thompson and his wife, Brittney, of Louisville, Ky., and Michael Spears and his wife, Meghan, of Charleston; and one granddaughter, Kayla Wright of Madison; five great-granddaughters, Sophia Thompson, Rosemary Thompson, Elizabeth Audrey Thompson, Claire Thompson and Grace Thompson; and two great-grandsons, Patrick Spears and Will Thompson; one brother, Joe Morgan of Wardensville; one aunt, Elizabeth Walker of Olive Hill, Ky.; and brother-in-law and sister in-law, Frank and Elaine Thompson of Scott Depot.

In celebration of Audrey's life, the family will gather with friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man, where stories of her life can be exchanged and shared. A graveside service will be held at noon on Thursday at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby with Rev. Swearengin officiating.

Honorary pall bearers include Jim Blevins, Jim Roach, Les Belcher, Paul Jeffrey, Harold Ward and Junior Amburgey.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to your favorite charity.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Roberta VanMeter

Roberta VanMeter, 88, of St. Albans, passed away January 17, 2017. Service will be noon, Friday, January 20, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes. Visitation one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Jedediah Leslie Vickers

Jedediah Leslie Vickers, 36, of Durbin, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Friday, January 20, at the Big Run Presbyterian Church in Big Run. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Lantz Funeral Home in care of the funeral arrangements.

Ravenell Turley (Loftus) Whittington

Ravenell Joyce Turley Whittington, 79, of Charleston, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at CAMC General MICU in Charleston.

She was a 1955 graduate of Washington District High School. She loved to play her guitar and sing gospel music. Ravenell was a Nazarene by faith and attended Hissom Tabernacle in recent months.

Ravenell was preceded in death by her parents, James Pauley and Ethel Loftus Turley; husbands, Bennie Turley and Lawrence Whittington.

She is survived by sons, Johnny, Charles and Kelly (Jean) Turley; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brothers, James and Eugene Turley; sisters, Juanita DeBord, Norma Blankenship and Carol Linger.

Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with her son, Kelly Turley officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions for the funeral service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

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

Omar "Boss" Williams

Omar Kareem "Boss" Williams, 44, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, January 20, at The Father's House, 500 29th Street, Charleston. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston.

Esther Willis

Esther Mae Willis passed away Monday, January 16, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.

Robert Woods

Robert Woods, 59, of Summersville, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, January 19, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Funerals for: January 18, 2017

Clay, Juanita 11 a.m., Stockert

Cornell, Ruth 11 a.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Courtney, Charles "Charlie", Sr. 1 p.m., Gatens

Dawson, Pamela 11 a.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Dickerson, Patsy 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Ellison, Gladys 1 p.m., Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.

Harrison, Gordon 5:30 p.m., Gatens

Matheney, Alice 2:30 p.m., Starcher Cemetery, Dead Fall, Big Otter.

McCroskey, Forrest B. 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Packo, Donna 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Price, Hubert 12:30 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Reynolds, Roger 1 p.m., Lyonsville Baptist Church.

Sansom, Marilyn 4 p.m., Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City.

Sloan, James 11 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Underwood, Gory Noon, Dodd

Ward, Ralph 1 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

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