Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

Vondel Bannister

Vondel Bannister, 52, of Glen Jean, died Sept. 22, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Glen Jean, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Joan E. Boggess

Joan E. Boggess (Phillips) of St. Albans, 74, went to be with her Lord after a long illness on September 26, 2016 at the Arbors of Gallipolis.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Mother and Father Virginia B. Phillips and Zachariah T. Phillips, Jr.

She was proudly born and raised in Hurricane, and graduated from Hurricane High School in 1959. In her youth, she loved raising horses with her father, and enjoyed them and the music of Elvis Presley, as lifelong passions.

Joan began the work, that she so loved, at Putnam County Schools in 1960, then worked for many years of dedicated service for the Union Carbide Corporation from 1960-2001 in West Virginia and Cary, North Carolina.

She loved and depended on the Lord, her God as her faith gave her strength and solace. Joan diligently strove for a job well-done at everything she did in life. Yet, gained her greatest joy from her family and work family, devoting her life and happiness to them.

She is survived by her only child Amy R. Boggess of St. Albans; sister, Patricia E. Phillips of Dunwoody, Ga.; brother, Zachariah T. Phillips, III and wife Kathy of Daniels and cousins, Stephen Bell and wife Donna of Winfield, Judy Bell of South Carolina, Eugene Bell of Michigan, Duane Bell and wife Sally of Indiana and Debbie Phillips and husband Phil of Lewisburg.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on September 28, 2016 at Cunningham Memorial Park, Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans, with a service then following at Noon with Rev. Dr. Phillip Smith of Shady Spring, WV officiating. Burial will follow in the memorial gardens.

Visit Joan's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories and condolences with the family.

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

Velljean Bragg

Velljean Hudkins Bragg, 90, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at her home in Lewisburg.

Born at Carl, West Virginia on April 26, 1926, she was a daughter of the late James Brennan Hudkins and Anna Margaret O'Dell Hudkins and was the last surviving member of her family.

She was a homemaker, a 40 year member of Lewisburg United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women and a member of Eastern Star. She was a former volunteer at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and an in-home caregiver to many elderly in the Lewisburg area.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard R. Bragg in 1988.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Jones (Larry) of Lewisburg, WV; sons, Ronnie Bragg of Richwood, WV, Gary Bragg (Drema) of Rainelle, WV, Randy Bragg (MaryAnn) of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Gray Jones (Cindy) of Providence, RI, Eric Jones (Sharmila) of Charleston, WV, Emmalee Widener (Matt) of Baltimore, MD, Jason Bragg (Joann) of Charleston, WV, Jill Lostetter (Scott) of Beckley, WV, Stephanie Bragg and Ryan Bragg both of New York City, NY, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at Lewisburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Rick Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Martha L. Carson

Martha Lillian Carson, 95, of Milton, WV, passed away September 21, 2016.

She was born May 6, 1921, in Cabell County, WV, a daughter of the late Benjamin Everett Morrison and Carrie Manda Hobbs Morrison. She was also preceded in death by her husband Rex Blakely Carson and son Larry Michael Carson.

She is survived by one daughter Sandra Easter of CA; one son Jerry Carson of Cross Lanes, WV; one sister Garnet Danford; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Barboursville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angel Avenue Assisted Living, 3793 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV, 25526.

Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph T. Dawkins

Joseph T. "Shoe Bop" "Joe" Dawkins, 60, of Charleston, passed away Sept. 20, 2016 at CAMC General. Service will be noon Friday, Sept. 30, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charleston, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Patricia S. Dilley

Patricia Sue Dilley, 86, of Glen Morgan, died Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home Chapel, Shady Spring, with visitation one hour prior.

Recil R. Fleshman, Jr.

Recil "Jack" Ray Fleshman, Jr., 71, of Dawson, died Sept. 23, 2016. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Evelyn Fredrick

Evelyn Fredrick, 82, of Charleston, died September 24, 2016. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nyra Gibson

Nyra Gibson, 50, of Sissonville, died September 26, 2016. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Higginbotham

Edna Higginbotham, 83, of Charleston, died September 23, 2016. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Keith Alan Hill

Keith Alan Hill, 72, of Point Pleasant, died Sept. 24, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation two hours prior.

Harold W. Hilton, Sr.

Harold Walter Hilton, Sr., 74, of Craigsville, died Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with visitation one hour prior.

Constance Davis Johnson

Constance Davis Johnson was born in Charleston, WV, on a beautiful autumn day, October 17, 1950. Her parents, the late Clarence E. and Helen S. Davis, welcomed their precious baby girl "Connie" into their lives with endless love and joy.

Connie was educated in Kanawha County Schools, graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1968. After her high school graduation she attended West Virginia State (College) University. Connie was a happy youngster growing up on the West Side of Charleston. She was active with the Brownies/Girl Scouts, The Polly Pigtail Club, and was presented as a Debutante in the Cotillion held in 1968.

Connie was first employed by Columbia Gas Company and later was employed by the IBM Corporation. She loved her job and was rewarded for her diligence and efforts by being promoted to the managerial level. She was offered a managerial position in Atlanta, GA in 1985, which she accepted and she and her family relocated to that city. Connie retired from IBM after having served faithfully for thirty years.

On May 12, 1973, Connie was a beautiful bride marrying her true love, Robert L. Johnson. The couple, "Connie and Johnny" were blessed with two precious daughters, Tosha Nicole and Farrell Leigh.

In addition to her husband and two daughters she is survived by her grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart, Kai, Drake, Kennedy, and Ryleigh of Kennesaw, GA; sisters, Sandra D. Evans (Robert F.) of Dunbar, WV and Deborah D. Jackson (Frederick D.) of Smyrna, GA. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends mourn her passing.

Services will be held Wednesday. September 28th, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1530 Third Avenue, Charleston, WV. Visitation will be 12:00 Noon until 1:00 pm. Funeral Service will begin at 1:00pm. Preston Funeral Home has been entrusted with her care.

Marcella B. Jones

Marcella B. Rivenes Jones, 94, of Sherman, died Sept. 24, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the funeral home.

Ronald D. Kidd

Ronald D. Kidd, 88, of Nitro, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 23, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House following an extended illness.

He was born on August 23, 1928 in Alum Creek, WV, a son of the late Dexter and Mildred Crawford Kidd. After serving in the US Navy during WWII, he later joined the US Army. He retired from the Army Reserves. He was a welder at FMC for over 40 years. Ronald was a member of the Community Chapel Church.

He is survived by his son, Larry D. Kidd and his wife, Nancy, of Cross Lanes, WV; his daughter, Brenda Standish of Kenna; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Roberts of Alum Creek.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Grace Kidd; his brother, Calvin Kidd; and an infant sister.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, with Rev. Mayford Witt officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Maysel Kyer

Maysel Kyer, 83, of Leroy, died Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with visitation two hours prior.

Gearld J. Lynch

Gearld J. Lynch, 78, of Charleston, passed away Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home.

Lura E. Mann

Lura E. Mann, 91, of Alum Creek, departed this life Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the home of her sister. Lura was born to Harry M. & Helen E. Pauley on May 14, 1925. She was the 3rd of 6 daughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Brookie Boilon, Geradine McGhee, Louise Dunlap, Ethel Pauley and her two brothers Denver Pauley & infant Romey.

Lura taught in a one room school during WWII after her graduation. She was later employed by Owens-Illinois and Kanawha County Schools as a cook at Ruthlawn Elementary.

She was a devoted sister and aunt, and was the family historian. Lura could remember all the birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and deaths that occurred in the immediate and extended family.

She leaves to mourn her passing, sister, Dorothy Lively, nieces, Beverly DeBord, Darlene Burton and nephews, John and Glenn McGhee and her great-niece, Mischelle Richardson, who faithfully helped with care in her waning days.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for their tender and loving care, especially caregivers Peggy, Joan and Jennifer.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with Pastor David Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

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

Sgt. Ronald Mathis, Jr.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sgt. Ronald Dale Mathis, Jr., 51, of Charleston, died suddenly Sunday, September 25, 2016. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming and handled by Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.

Fredrick "Rudy" McClure

Fredrick "Rudy" McClure, 76, of Dunbar, died Sept. 24, 2016 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Robert W. McNeil, Sr.

Robert Wetzel McNeil, Sr., 77, of Ronceverte, died Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Sandra Orletsky

Sandra Ruth Orletsky, 76, of Charleston, WV died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Evelyn Hall Sears

Evelyn Hall Sears, 78, of Chloe, departed this life on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at her home.

Born on August 29, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Earlie and Ollie Hall. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Lee Sears; son, Dana Delbert Sears; brothers, Russell, Dennis Hall and General Lamb; sisters, Murlen McCumbers, Noma Metheney and Dottie Grace Hall.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Roselee King, Denzil Sears, Sharon Sears, Norma (Don) Seabolt, Ronnie (Jessica) Sears, Zyndall (Lisa) Sears, Donnie Sears and Dennis Sears; eleven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; along with a host of family and friends.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Nebo Baptist Church, with Minister Harold Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Sears Cemetery, Nebo.

Friends may gather with family 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sears family.

Frances I. Shields

Frances Isabell Shields, 88 years of age, of Craigsville, passed away on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 in the Webster Nursing and Rehab at Cowen following an extended illness.

She was the daughter of the late Dayton Sparks and Zella Mays Grose and was born at Richwood on May 18, 1928. She was a homemaker and a member of the Little Union Baptist Church at Calvin.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Lloyd L. Shields in 1995.

Surviving are 3 sons, Duane Lee Shields, David Layne Shields and his wife Pam of Summesville, Damon Lloyd Shields and his wife Cheryl of Memphis, TN; 1 daughter, Mary Frances Hoy and her husband Barry of Charleston; 1 sister, Mary Ruth Winebrenner of Landsville, PA; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Brother Damon Shields officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens at Calvin.

Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time on Wednesday.

Eugene P. Shreve

Eugene P. Shreve, a resident of Serenity Care Home at 269 Little Sand Run Road, Buckhannon, WV, died on September 24, 2016. He was born on April 1, 1927, in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Enoch Newton and Edna Mae Miles Shreve. On March 26, 1949, he married Ruth Hattie Melton, who preceded him in death on October 6, 1999. He is survived by three sons, Dr. Steven E. Shreve and wife Dorothy of Oakmont, PA, the Rev. Dr. Joseph M. Shreve and wife Vicky, of Weston, WV, and Dr. Andrew P. Shreve, of Santa Fe, NM, four grandchildren, Dr. Andrea K. Shreve of Oakmont, PA, Sharon R. Minigh and husband Perry, of Jane Lew, WV, Matthew P. Shreve and wife Tracy, of Houston, PA, and Rachel Shreve and husband A. Gene Romero of Santa Fe, NM, three great grandsons, Coleman Eugene Shreve of Houston, PA, and Isaac Paul Minigh and Elijah Perry Minigh of Jane Lew, WV and one brother, Calvin M. Shreve of Buckhannon, WV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Enoch N. Shreve, Jr., and Dixie Lee Shreve. He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in forestry, and was retired from Westvaco Corporation. He was a member of the first West Virginia Board of Registration for Foresters, serving as secretary for several years, and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He was honored in 2010 by being named to the Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame of West Virginia. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Mt. Rupert United Methodist Church. Throughout his life, he taught both youth and adult Sunday School classes for many years and also served as lay leader, lay speaker, church school superintendent, chairperson of Pastor Parish Relations Committee, and many other offices in various United Methodist Churches where he lived. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, was a caring listener for many acquaintances and family members, and a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Friends will be received at the Poling St. Clair Funeral Home on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m., and a service of death and resurrection will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2 p.m., with Dr. Joseph M. Shreve officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Shreve's memory to Mt. Rupert United Methodist Church, c/o Louise Tenney, 24 Wonderview Lane, Buckhannon, WV 26201 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Unis Stacy

Funeral service for Unis Stacy, 79, of Mohawk, will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Followers of Christ Church, Paynesville. Visitation will begin after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the church. Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Charlotte F. Steele

Charlotte Frances Green Steele, 90, of Milton, died Sept. 25, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the mortuary.

Lucille K. Stewart

Lucille K. Stewart, 75, of Leon, passed away Sept. 25, 2016. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time with Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Charles Sweatte

Charles Sweatte, 46, of Charleston, died September 21, 2016. Memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, September 29, at Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, with visitation one hour prior.

Wilmer "Junior" Taylor

Wilmer "Junior" Taylor, 81, of Drennen, died Sept. 23, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville, with visitation one hour prior.

John David Vogel

Mr. John David Vogel, 47, of Franklin, WV passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his home.

He was born September 4, 1969 in Washington, D.C., and was the son of Jack D. and Ruth Starr Vogel of Franklin.

John was a 1987 graduate of Franklin High School and received his Communications Degree from WV State College in Institute, WV. He had previously worked at Graham Packaging in Harrisonburg and attended the Franklin Church of God.

John loved people and volunteered at Pendleton Senior Center in Franklin. In high school, he made All-State in the choir, and sang in his church choir and the Pendleton Community Choir for many years. He enjoyed archery, baseball, basketball, swimming, horses and shooting pool.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a special uncle, Joe A. Vogel (& his wife, Rose) of Show Low, Arizona; a cousin, Traci Vogel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a second cousin, Laken Vogel of Chicago, Illinois.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Kimble Funeral Home, 80 South Main Street, Franklin, WV.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in the chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Rob Borror and Pastor Brad Mitchell officiating.

Interment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to Franklin Church of God, P.O. Box 729, Franklin, WV 26807; Franklin Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 966, Franklin, WV 26807; or a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com.

James William Young

James William Young, 69, of New Haven, passed away suddenly at Cabell Huntington Hospital after a brief illness. Service will be 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, with visitation two hours prior.

Funerals for: September 27, 2016

Brown, Howard 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Cogar, Eddie 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Dixon, Danny, Sr. 3 p.m., Gatens

Lamb, Dorothy 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Lawrence, Eugene, Jr. 1 p.m., First Missionary Baptist Church, Boomer.

Markley, Teri A. 7 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

Neece, Donna 11 a.m., Church of Christ in Christian Union, Hartford.

Ratliff, Thurman 11 a.m., Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church, Duck.

Rookstool, Janet 11 a.m., Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, Meadow Bridge.

Stamper, Franklin, Sr. 1 p.m., Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Taylor, Wilmer 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Truman, Heavenly 11 a.m., Hafer Fuenral Home, Elkview.


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