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Junior R. Bailey Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Junior R. Bailey, 92, of Nitro, passed away peacefully at Genesis Teays Valley Center.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, William A. "Bill" and Cora H. Landers Bailey, and sisters, Lula M. Bailey, Ruby Landers Shaffer and Judy M. Bailey McLaughlin.

He is survived by his brothers, Tomie Bailey of Poca and William Bailey of Red House; sisters Jessie Barnette of Spring Hill and Mary Young of Nitro; and many nieces and nephews.

Junior is retired from Cabell Huntington Hospital and a former coal miner. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Scott Depot. He was a very religious man, loved life, loved people and was loved by everyone.

The family would like to thank everyone at the Teays Valley Center for taking such good care of Junior and a special thank you to Butch Parsons for taking Junior to church every Sunday.

A tribute to the life of Mr. Junior Bailey will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ken Carter officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

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

William R. Berry Print Comment Top of page

William Ronald Berry, 72, of Danville, died April 29, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation one hour prior.

Rex E. Browning Print Comment Top of page

Rex Eudell Browning, 94, of Logan, died May 1, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the First Christian Church of Logan. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Luna Rebecca Bryant Print Comment Top of page

Luna Rebecca Bryant, 79, of Dundalk, Md., formerly of Buckeye, died May 1, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Kimble Funeral Home, Marlinton. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the funeral home.

Henry D. Fox Print Comment Top of page

Henry D. Fox, 87, of Strange Creek, died April 29, 2016. Service will be noon Wednesday, May 4, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with visitation one hour prior.

Beatrice Hagley Print Comment Top of page

Beatrice "Kay" Hagley, 65, died April 30, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at River Cities Community Church, Huntington. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton.

Arlie Ray Hershman & Tina Marie Hershman Print Comment Top of page

Arlie Ray Hershman, 44, and Tina Marie Hershman, 40, both of Charleston, passed away April 23, 2016. Joint memorial service will be 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

R. Bruce Karnes Print Comment Top of page

R. Bruce Karnes, 89, of Beacon House, St. Clairsville, Ohio, formerly of Gallagher, W.Va., died peacefully on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Forest Hill Care Center, St. Clairsville, Ohio.

He was born Feb. 12, 1927 in Lynchburg, Va., the son of the late Robert C. and Minnie May Broughman Karnes.

He was educated in the Lynchburg schools and graduated from Virginia Commercial Business College in 1947. He worked for Imperial Colliery Company in Burnwell and was a purchasing agent and general manager of Paint Creek Supply Company, where he retired in 1982. He lived in West Virginia for 60 years and was a resident of Lynchburg for six years.

He was a member of the Shrine, Past Master of the Blue Lodge, Past Worthy Patron Eastern Star, Scottish Rite KCCH, 32nd Degree KCCH, Past Commander Knights Templar and Past High Priest Royal Arch.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Coleman Karnes; second wife, Ruth Miller Karnes; and son-in-law, William "Bill" Trimble.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann Trimble of Wheeling, June (Greg) Oliver of Melrose, Fla., and Tina (John) Poore of Lynchburg, Va.; five grandchildren, Michele (Tim) Porter, Kerri (Chris) Hanley, Leslie (Trevor) Browning, Blake Poore and Heather (Zane) Winters; and five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Molly and Andrew Porter and Ethan and Olivia Hanley.

There will be no visitation.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 1 Ridgecrest Road, Bethlehem/Wheeling, W.Va.

Sympathy expressions at www.grisellfuneralhomes.com.

June Lambert Print Comment Top of page

June Lambert, 79, of Newton, died April 28, 2016. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Patricia Ann Lesher Print Comment Top of page

Patricia Ann Lesher, 70, of Clendenin, passed away peacefully at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from glioblastoma of the brain.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Russel Chapman and Bamah Chapman. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Elsie Sue Meadows.

Patricia is survived by husband, Tom Lesher; daughter, Sheila Cain of Clendenin; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Missy Lesher of Elkview; grandchildren, Nick Cain and Savanna Lesher; sister, Judy Strickland of Frame; and special godson, Isiah Parker.

Special thanks to Angie James, LPN and Joe, RN, both of Gentiva, Hospice Home Care and Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with the Rev. Marvin Welch officiating. Burial will be in Clendenin Memorial Gardens, Clendenin.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.

Earl Julian Mace Print Comment Top of page

Earl Julian Mace, 85, of Durbin, died April 30, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Durbin, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

Hersel New Print Comment Top of page

Hersel New, 88, of Panther, died May 1, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the funeral home.

William "Bill" Payne Print Comment Top of page

William "Bill" Payne, 66, of Ridgeview, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May, 1, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carson and Earnie Payne.

He served as pastor of Dartmont Freewill Baptist Church and retired from NGK in Sissonville.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary; son, Jeff Payne (Crystal); daughter, Deanna (Roy) King; brother, Roger Payne; grandchildren, Marshall, Trinity and Hunter; step-grandchildren, Josh, Jason and Alyssa; brother-in-law, Bubby (Rhonda) Stone; and sister-in-law, Drema (Chuck) Myers.

Service will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Dartmont Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastors Charles Hardy and Michael Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Barker Cemetery, Ashford.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

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

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

Virginia E. Petry Print Comment Top of page

Virginia Ellen "Jennie" (Pettry) Bradley Petry, 82, of Dry Creek, died April 30, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Dry Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Hobart Smith Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Hobart "Hobbie" Smith Jr., 65, passed away. Arrangements are incomplete with Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Eva M. Stephens Print Comment Top of page

Eva Mae (Connery) Stephens, 91, formerly of Hurricane, and most recently of Monroe, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

She was a homemaker and mother who loved and cared for her family. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Hurricane and the Red Hat Society.

Born March 1, 1925 in St. Albans, she was the daughter of the late Harold Gordon Connery and Etna Jane Connery. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Ray Stephens; twin brother, Edward Connery; sister, Glenva Blaker; daughter, Melanie Sharon Stephens; son, Kenneth Ray Stephens, Jr.; and son-in-law, Warde C. Bremerman, Sr.

She is survived by her daughter, Anna L. Bremerman of Waxhaw, N.C.; daughters and husbands, Karen S. and Gordon B. Williams, Jr. of Inwood and Jane M. and Michael R. Webb of Monroe, N.C.; son and his wife, Kevin R. and Lisa D. Stephens of Waxhaw, N.C.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The children would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Union Park Assisted Living in Monroe, N.C., for the support and care shown their mother during the last 15 months. They would also like to thank the special people of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region who were so caring and helpful to their mother and them.

The viewing will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, also at Chapman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Losh officiating. Burial will be at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Society or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences may also be made at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Dwight I. Tawney Print Comment Top of page

Dwight Irwin Tawney, 86, of Clendenin, passed away May 2, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview.

Dallas E. Thompson Print Comment Top of page

Dallas Elsworth Thompson, 85, of Chapmanville, departed this life on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at CAMC General, Charelston.

He was born Oct. 10, 1930 in Stollings, a son of the late Charles E. and Dora (Elkins) Thompson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ada Snyder and Freta Thompson; one brother, Edward Thompson; and his father- and mother-in-law, Oscar and Ocie (Spry) Damron.

Dallas loved his wife of 60 years and his daughter more than anything, but his greatest joy in life came from any time spent with his two grandsons. He was very proud of introducing them to a life of service for others by early involvement with the Masonic Lodge, Salvation Army and the American Cancer Society. Dallas was a veteran of both the Army and Air Force, retiring after 22 years of military service. Following his military retirement he was employed by Pittston Coal, retiring after another 20 years as an electrician. Dallas was an avid fisher and golfer. He was a 53-year member of the Masonic Fraternity. He was also a member of Beni Kedem Shriners and Charleston Scottish Rite. The Salvation Army was very near and dear to Dallas' heart, as he attended church there as a child. He later served as an Advisory Board member for 27 years. As an adult he was a faithful attendee of the Nazarene Church and loved his church family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gay (Damron) Thompson of Chapmanville; one daughter, Debbie (Roger) Porter of Pecks Mill; two grandsons, Christopher Dallas (Sarah) Porter of Danville and Gregory Alexander Porter of Pecks Mill; and one brother, Jennings (Diana) Thompson of Chesapeake, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Logan Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 1410, Logan, WV 25601; Logan Shrine Club, P.O. Box 1472, Logan, WV 25601; or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1771, Logan, WV 25601.

His family would like to express their appreciation for the care Dallas received at CAMC.

Service will be held at noon Wednesday, May 4, at Freeman Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Cale and Maj. Cal Clatterbuck, retired, officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Old Logan Road, Chapmanville.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Funerals for: May 03, 2016

Buzzard, Elta 1 p.m., Keith Full Gospel Church, Keith.

Campbell, William 1 p.m., Cunningham

Carney, Royal 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Cooper, Alice Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Fisher, James 7:30 p.m., Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Hurricane.

Hunt, Bartley 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Jones, Barbara 2 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Kersey, Deborah 6 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Kidd, Ilene L. 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Schmidt, J. Tristan 2 p.m., Maranatha Fellowship, St. Albans.