Today's Obituaries

William Bartlett, Sr.

William Donald Bartlett, Sr., 92, of Ravenswood, died Saturday, December 3, 2016. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, December 5, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with a celebration of Bill's life at 7 p.m. Military graveside service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery, Shinnston.

Anna Boyd

Anna Faye Boyd, 68, of Chelyan, passed away December 2, 2016, at CAMC Memorial Division following a short illness.

She was a retired Eastern Seaboard Dispatcher for United Parcel Service (UPS) and a lifelong resident of Kanawha County.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Bernard N. and Stella Maye Hanshaw Mullins.

Surviving are her husband, Jesse Boyd; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Kristine Boyd of Chelyan; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and George Gregg of Greenville, Texas; and grandchildren, Cameron Boyd and Logan Boyd.

In keeping with Anna Faye's wishes, her body will be cremated and there will be no other services.

Fidler and Frame Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at

David Click

David Elmer Click, 50, of Leon, passed away November 30, 2016. In keeping with David's wishes, there will be no public services. Casto Funeral Home is serving the Click family.

Nora Davis

Nora J. Davis, age 101, of Loudendale, passed away Saturday December 3, 2016. The family will hold a celebration of her life at the Loudendale Church of the Nazarene at a later date.

Lorraine Friend

Lorraine Friend, 91, died December 3, 2016, after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and was cared for lovingly by the staff of Dunbar Center.

She was born Louise Lorraine Flint to Rosa (McTheny) and Coy Flint on December 12, 1924, in Braxton County. She was married for 68 years to Odbert Noel "Bert" Friend, who preceded her in death on December 29, 2014. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Bacil, Maxine, Eugene, Kenneth, Charles, Wilma, Anne, and Kay.

She attended Gassaway High School and married Bert on July 15, 1946. Lorraine and Bert lived in Frametown, Braxton County, until they moved with their sons, Rod and Terry, to Charleston in 1959. They settled in the Sugar Creek community and stayed there for nearly 50 years. The couple later moved to South Charleston before entering skilled nursing care. Lorraine was retired from Kanawha County Schools, where she worked as a reading aide at several elementaries, including Woodlawn, Sugar Creek, Edison, and Bridgeview.

She was a lifelong Methodist and member of Greenlee United Methodist Church from 1959 until it merged into Canaan United Methodist Church. She served as church treasurer for more than 30 years as well as a Sunday school teacher, volleyball player, and youth leader. She was a long-serving member of the Women's Society of Christian Service, now called United Methodist Women, and spent many nights in the church kitchen helping with covered-dish dinners. She was also a skilled quilter and spent many happy afternoons in a quilting circle with her friends.

She was the oldest daughter and matriarch of her family, helping to care for her younger siblings and their children. She stayed close to her family in Braxton County after she moved to Charleston, returning to the family farm as often as she could to help care for her parents. She continued to organize annual family reunions for many years.

She was a beloved mother and grandmother, kind and gentle. She kept her kitchen stocked with chocolate milk and Fruit Loops and made sure to serve chocolate fudge and cherry pie because she knew her grandchildren liked them - and because she had a sweet tooth.

In addition to her sons, she is survived by her daughters-in-law, Nanya Friend and Kathy Friend; grandchildren Kara Moore and husband T.W., Loren Farmer and husband Michael, Keith Friend, and Brian Friend; and great-grandchildren Lydia and Meredith Moore. She is also survived by three brothers-in-law, Dale Dennison, Charlie Mathey, and Bob Wolfe; one sister-in-law, Jean Flint; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier Street, Charleston, with the Rev. Steve Rhodes officiating. Interment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Friends may call for one hour prior to the service at the church. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bob Burdette Center, 1401 Washington Street, West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Mary Hersman

Mary Virginia McGraw Hersman, 86, of Hinton, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness.

Born January 1, 1930, at Charleston, she was a daughter of the late Earl William and Luella Miller McGraw. Mary was a former employee of Summers Finance Co., Hinton Furniture Co. and Summers Co. DHHR. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Mary was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Aaron McGuire Hamm; and one sister, Helen Fringer.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Cheryl Hersman of Bluefield, Chris Hersman and wife Twyla of Princeton, and David Hersman of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandchildren, Megan Hersman of Chicago, Ill., Cassie and Alex Hersman of Charlottesville; and one great-grandson, Carson Andrew Hamm of Bluefield, Va.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery at Ripley. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, Tuesday, at the funeral parlors. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Margaret Keller

Margaret Ann Keller, 91, of Nitro, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2016.

Margaret was born in Cabin Creek to the late Otto and Grace Michaelson. She was a devoted wife and mother. Margaret was a faithful Christian of Dunbar Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John Wesley Keller, Sr.; and sons, John W. Keller, Jr., and Mark A. Keller and wife Christine.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Rev. Greg Hudson officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Pollyanna Meadows

Pollyanna Meadows, with family by her side, peacefully passed away Saturday evening, December 3, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, after suffering a stroke nearly three weeks earlier. She was 84 years old.

Born Pollyanna Cowley on August 26, 1932, she was raised in Ferndale, W.Va., the daughter of Charles "Dickie" and Atholeston. Together for 61 years until his death, she married her loving husband, George Harold in 1952.

A graduate of Sherman High School, Pollyanna spent her life as a homemaker and teacher's aide for Boone County Schools, retiring in 1992. A believer in Christ Jesus, she was a longtime member of the Sylvester Church of God.

In addition to George Harold and her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny Cowley and Holmes Cowley, as well as her beloved niece, Becky Lynn Plantz.

She is survived by her children, G.H. Meadows (Sandy) and Beth Williams (Jim); grandchildren, TJ Meadows (Amanda), Justin Meadows (Lindsey), Cory Williams and Crista Williams; great-grandchildren, Maci, Colten, Allie and Conner; brother, Richard Cowley (Sue); sister, Bemay Gallimore; sisters-in-law, Ressie Cowley and Mary Alice Fant; brothers-in-law, Barton Meadows and Don Meadows; and multiple loving nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will occur noon, Tuesday, December 6, at the Sylvester Church of God immediately followed by funeral service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ricky Peters officiating; burial to follow at Pineview Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff of CAMC General - 5 South, Eastbrook of Charleston and Hubbard Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Pollyanna's name be made to Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Online condolences can be left at www.armstrongfuneral Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is serving the family.

Gracie "Maxine" Pernell

Our beloved mother, Gracie Maxine Pernell, 85, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on December 3, 2016. Praise the Lord for blessing us with such a kind, loving, and wonderful mother.

She was born January 19, 1931, in Kanawha County, a daughter of the late Dexter and Bonnie Painter Parsons. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Lawrence Pernell, Sr.; three brothers; and one sister. Maxine was a retired LPN from Thomas Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sherry Pernell Jones (Lloyd Chapman) of Eleanor and Terry Pernell Williams (Wendell) of Cross Lanes; two sons, Lawrence Pernell, Jr. (Christy) of Navarre, Fla. and Jerry Pernell (Tammi) of Crossville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes with Pastor Randy Parsons, Maxine's nephew, officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dunbar Medical – Teays Valley Division and Kanawha Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Shirley Rhodes

Shirley Ray Rhodes, 92, of Little Birch, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, December 5, at Greene - Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Mary Schmidt

Mary Elizabeth Schmidt, age 80, of Miami, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born August 17, 1936, in Ronda, daughter of the late George and Minnie Jarrett Payne. On January 8, 1955, she was married to Dewey F. Schmidt. He passed away in March of 2010. She was also preceded in death by her two daughters, Nancy Diane Dickens and Patricia Ronk Shamblin; great-granddaughter, Abigail Hutchinson; five sisters, Ella Louise Deboard, Myrtle Taylor, Mabel McCowen, Beulah and Lula Payne; and six brothers, Luther, Henry, Leonard, Tommy, Robert and Gordan Payne.

Mary worked at Twin Star Grocery for Chester and Mary Ferrell for many years. She was also the owner of Mom's Café in Ronda. She faithfully attended and was a member of the Ronda Full Gospel Tabernacle.

Mary is survived by one daughter, Arleen Cadle of Miami; six grandchildren; 12 great - grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and neighbors that cared for her deeply and checked on her often.

A tribute to Mary's life will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at the Ronda Full Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor George E. Dolin officiating. Interment with follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Ronda Full Gospel Tabernacle, PO Box 321, Dawes, WV 25054.

The family wishes to extend a special "Thank You" to the nurses and doctors at CAMC Memorial for their caring and acts of kindness. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Jagannath, a doctor who really cares for his patients.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hardingfamilyg Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th Street, SE, Kanawha City, is serving Mary's family.

Margaret Smith

Margaret Ann Smith, 84, of Charleston, W.Va., passed away December 2, 2016.

She was born July 15, 1932, in Gary, W.Va., to the late Miles Andrew and Mable Georgia Quillin Sutherland.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Delmer "Jack" Smith, son, Garry, and sister, Wanda Chalfant.

Margaret was a graduate of Guyan Valley High School, Class of 1948, where she was valedictorian and homecoming queen. She was a housewife.

She was a precious mother, loving wife, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her loving family, daughter, Kathy Jo (Michael) DePew of Middletown, Ohio, son, Michael with whom she resided, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A service will be held at a later date.

Condolences and guest book may be accessed by visiting: Elk Funeral Home 2001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston is honored to serve the Smith family.

Sylvia Stover

Sylvia H. Stover, 96, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Greenbrier County, died Friday, December 2, 2016, in the NHC Health Care Center in Anderson.

She was born January 16, 1920, in Clay County, a daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Reed Hughes.

She worked as a retail clerk with Charles Variety Store with over 17 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cebert Ray Stover; two brothers, Orville and Virgil Hughes; and a daughter, Charlotte Ann Simms.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley S. Fehr of Sanford, N.C.; two sons, Cebert Ray Stover, Jr., and wife Alexa of Hamer, S.C., and Charles T. Stover of Anderson; a sister, Velvia Wiley of West Virginia; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and eight great - great -grandchildren.

Graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday morning, December 7, in the Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with Pastor June Ferrell officiating. Interment will immediately follow. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday evening, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Lewis Taylor

Lewis "Do-It" Taylor, 66, of Charleston, died December 3, 2016. Cunningham - Parker -Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funerals for: December 05, 2016

Abbott, Cleo 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Blake, John 11 a.m, Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Cole, Geneva 1:30 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Crawford, Bernard 11 a.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Harlow, William Noon, Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Hinzman, William 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Hoffer, Patty 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Hudson, Marcia 11 a.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Kennedy, Mary 11 a.m., Ascension Catholic Church, Hurricane.

Layne, Arley 1 p.m., Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown.

Moore, Kamdon 7 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Rhodes, Shirley 1 p.m., Greene

Snouffer, Jane 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Sutton, Edward Noon, Kimble Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Thomas, Tricia 6 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

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