Today's Obituaries

Mary DeLay

Mary Louise DeLay, 88, of Victor, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Service will be held at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, W.Va. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Tommy C. Dingess

Tommy C. Dingess, 85, of St. Albans, suffered a number of years with fibrosis of the lungs. He left his temporary home Saturday, May 20, 2017, to arrive in heaven to be with his Savior.

Born February 6, 1932, Tommy was the son of John Ed and Gladys Dingess of Logan. He was in the Navy from 1951-1955 which was followed by enrollment at Beckley College, Beckley.

Tommy was a retired truck driver with 42 years of service. His employment consisted of Chemical Leaman in Nitro, Smith Transfer in Belle and Yellow Freight in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Faith Freewill Baptist Church. He wholeheartedly loved his church family and the Lord. He sang gospel music every day. Tommy also loved WVU football.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and their spouses, Moscow and Ruby of Beckley, Naaman and Jean of Los Alamitos, Calif., Leslie and Margie of Tacoma, Wash., Henry and Carol of Massillon, Ohio, and Joe and Fonda of Advance, N.C. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Tonui Deborah Dingess.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois V. Dingess; four children including their spouses, Terri (Jeff) Baloga of Indian Trail, NC, Tommy Dingess Jr. of St. Albans, Timothy (Leann) Dingess of Eleanor and Tena (Tim) Green of Kings Mountain, NC; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson and a great-granddaughter on the way.

A celebration of Tommy's life will be 7 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans, with Tom Burnside and Tom Rowland leading the service. Military Rites will be conducted by St. Albans VFW Post 6418 and American Legion Post 73 after the service. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hubbard Hospice House West, especially to his nurse, April.

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Robert Hackney

Robert Jay Hackney, 36, of St. Albans, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Charleston, of natural causes. Arrangements are pending completion and will be announced later. Blue Ridge Funeral Home of Beckley is serving the Hackney family.

William Hammonds

William Walter "Bill" Hammonds, 97, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Webster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Webster.

He was born on October 14, 1919, in Richwood, to the late William W. and Nancy Mullins Hammonds. He was raised in Camden-on-Gauley, Webster Springs, and several logging camps with his family. He later owned a team of horses, which he worked at the logging camp. He was a history buff. Several authors came to him for information to write their books. He built the coal tipple in Richwood and ran it until it closed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Sue; daughter, Mildred Stinnett; granddaughter, Kim Gardner; seven sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include two children, Betty Gardner of Richwood, William "Sonny" Hammonds and wife Linda of Richwood; two grandchildren, Lindsay and husband Eric Smith of Barboursville, Bill Gardner and wife Blair of Huntington; three great-grandchildren, Alex and Bryson Smith, Amber Gardner.

Graveside service was Wednesday, May 24, at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with Rev. Larry Russell officiating. Interment followed at West Virginia Memorial Gardens. Visitation was Tuesday evening, May 23, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. The family has requested no flowers.

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

Paul E. Hardee

Paul E. Hardee, 57, of Buffalo, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017. He was a long-time employee of Amhurst Industries, where he worked on the river as a towboater. He loved his family and worked hard to support them over the years.

Born January 5, 1960, in Charleston, S.C., he was the son of the late Paul L. and Emma Jean Hardee.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patty Hardee; his children, Ashley Hedrick of Cross Lanes, Paul E. Hardee Jr. of Buffalo and Matthew Hardee of Buffalo; his grandchildren, Emily Hedrick, Avery Edgill and Addison Edgill; his sister, Paula Hardee, and his brother, John Hardee, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and his niece, Kassie Barber of Myrtle Beach.

In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated. No funeral services are planned at this time.

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Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is charge of arrangements.

Bernice Jackson

Bernice I. Jackson, 83, of Southside, passed away May 24, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at Beech Hill United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 26, at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Phyllis Jarrell

Phyllis Loraine Porter Jarrell, 77, of West Hamlin, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Rocky King

Rocky Lane King, 56, of Frametown, passed away May 24, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Ronnie Lane

Ronnie "DoRon" Lane, 59, of Gassaway, passed away May 22, 2017. Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home will carry out Mr. Lane's finial wishes and cremate his body. At a later date, memorial and graveside services will be held at Boggs Cemetery.

Robert "Bobby" James Lewis

Robert "Bobby" James Lewis, passed away Wednesday morning, at the age of 75, surrounded by his loved ones.

Bobby was born in Charleston to James and Louise Lewis, the owners of the Lewis Supermarket on Truslow Street.

After graduating from Charleston High School and Morris Harvey College, Bobby entered the food industry and spent most of his career with Ore-Ida Foods as a national sales executive based in Miami, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Charleston.

Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, James and Louise; brother Ernest Wayne; and nephew, Christopher Bsharah.

He is survived by his partner, Karen Thaxton; sisters, Christine Peterson (Jack) and Deborah Bsharah (George); nephews, David Peterson, Brian Peterson and John Bsharah; and niece, Anna Bsharah.

Bobby has a passion for boating and was a member of the Kanawha River Navy. He was an active member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral. Although he traveled the world, Bobby came back to West Virginia and fell in love with Canaan Valley, where he spent much of his leisure time with friends and family.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Lewis for his devoted and loving care of Bobby.

Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at the St. George Orthodox Cathedral with Rev. Fr. Christopher Eid, Rev. Fr. Stephen DeYoung and The Very Rev. Father Olaf Scott officiating, with the visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. George Foundation, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25327-1758 or to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Jean Metz

Jean Metz, 92, of Lorain, Ohio, formerly of Cowen, died May 23, 2017. Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2017, at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

Elizabeth L. Mosley

Elizabeth L. Mosley, 96, of Rand, W.Va., went home to be with her heavenly Father on March 12, 2017. Per her request, she has been cremated.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Osborne and Sallie Liggins; sisters, Effie, Anna, Faye, Vivian, Rebecca and Joan; and one brother, Osborne.

To cherish her memory are her loving daughter and caregiver, Sallie; sons, John (Barbara) and Greg (Vickie); granddaughter, Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Kira, Jordyn and Mykel; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, with a visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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

Searle Nelson

Searle Leon Nelson, 76, of Point Pleasant, passed away May 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held at his residence on June 10. Please contact his daughters for further details. The Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, W.Va., is serving the family.

Thomas Parrill Jr.

Thomas M. "Tom" Parrill Jr., 73, of Evans, formerly of Spencer, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Service will be held at noon on Friday, May 26, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer. Visiting will be two hours prior to the service on Friday.

Joyce Patton

Joyce Ann Patton, 68, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday May 23, 2017, at home after a long illness.

She was the daughter of the late John Jackson Cobb and Gertrude Florence Deel Cobb. She was also preceded in death by daughter, Jeanie Lynn Patton; sisters, Fay Jarrett and Violet Midge Raider; brothers, Warren Cobb and Paul Cobb.

Joyce was a school aid at Herbert Hoover High School and various schools in Kanawha County.

She is survived by husband, Larry Rodney Patton; daughter, Karen Mance (Mike); son, Larry Patton; sisters, Dolly Graley (Wayne) and May Lipscomb; brothers, Johnny Cobb (Cindy) and Melton Cobb (Melanie); grandchildren, John (Cassie), Joseph, Creio, Ceiaira, Timothy and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Makynlee, Ellie, Victoria and Ryder.

The precession will leave Matics Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m., Saturday morning, and proceed to Fairview Cemetery, Clendenin, for graveside rights at 10 a.m. with Pastor Junior Davis officiating.

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Edgar Sanson

Edgar Ross Sanson, 94, of St. Albans, passed away May 25, 2017. He was born in Lincoln County on August 10, 1922, and was the son of Albert and Margie McCallister Sanson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Erma Hunt Sanson.

Edgar is survived by his wife, Bertha Wright-Bays Sanson; son, James Eddie Sanson of St. Albans; granddaughter, Morgan Sanson of St. Albans; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Nina Smith of St. Albans.

He was a retired bank examiner and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a former member of Fifth Avenue Church of God and currently attended South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene. He loved working on clocks and watches and he also loved to sing.

A celebration of Edgar's life will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans, with Rev. Kent Estep officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston.

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Paul David Tobia Sr.

Paul Tobia, 78, of Tornado, died May 23, 2017, peacefully in his home after his courageous battle with cancer.

Paul was born July 31, 1938, in Dehue, WV, to his father, Agustino Tobia, and his mother, Virginia Alice Burns, who proceeded his death along with Paul's siblings, Katherine, Ruby, Bertha, Louis, Romie, Emanuel and James Tobia.

Paul grew up in a large loving family, in a small coal community, with five sisters, and six brothers. His father was an immigrant from Montefiascone, Italy, and taught his children perseverance and passion. Paul demonstrated a great deal of both in his lifetime.

As a young man, Paul worked construction for Don Evans building houses in the Kanawha Valley for many years. Later he became an entrepreneur owning his own construction business named Tobia Building and Remodeling, which he recently retired. This however was not his greatest accomplishment. Paul became an ordained minister in 2013 and for the past 40 years he served as a Deacon for Ohio Street Church of God. In the early 90's Paul started a great humanitarian effort, pairing up with Kroger, Sam's Club, Rite Aid, and Walmart. He opened up the church basement as a food pantry, volunteering endless hours to feed the hungry. Paul was so thoughtful he didn't stop there, if he knew of a family in need he would often deliver food to their door. He kept that going for over 20 years until he was unable to do it any longer.

In his spare time, he enjoyed listening to Christian music, going to the Senior Center, hunting when he was able, playing solitaire on his iPad, and his passion was gardening. He kept a garden up until last year and he and his wife Stella enjoyed canning and sharing their vegetables with friends and neighbors. Paul never met a stranger and dedicated his life to God, his church, and his family. His delightful spirit and fun loving personality will be remembered by all.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Stella Garnes Tobia, of 32 years. He also leaves behind Brenda Hill, Patricia Bland, David and Shannon Tobia, sons and daughters of Patricia Tobia Seldomridge; his blended family, David Casto and Denise Haddox, children of Stella Tobia; along with his 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and siblings, Naomi Lilly, Sylvia Hall, Billy and Woodrow Tobia and their spouses.

Service will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 28, at Ohio Street Church of God, Spring Hill, with Pastor Rick Tobia and Pastor Wilson Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

William Vorbach Jr.

William Arthur Vorbach Jr., 91, of Ripley, passed away May 25, 2017. Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, W.Va. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

William Walz

William Francis Walz was born on February 2, 1919. He passed from this world at the young age of 98 on May 22, 2017. He is predeceased by his wife, Beverly Walz, and many beloved family members and friends.

He is survived by his son John Walz, granddaughter Kathleen Walz and daughter-in-law Judy Walz-Harris, husband Robert, all of Lewisburg. He is survived by his daughters, Patricia and Paul Saccento of San Diego, Calif., Diane and John Barna of Congers, N.Y.; sons, William and Ceceila Walz of Saddle Brook, N.J., Richard and Joan Walz of Middle Island, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his long time loving companion, Mary Pratt of Montreal, and loving friend Charlie Friedman of Organ Cave.

Bill grew up in New York City. He served in the Army in World War II, leading the Army Band throughout the country selling War Bonds. After the war, he started his career in marketing on Wall Street, coining several famous jingles. His career quickly moved to music, and together with Bill Sloane, they started the vocal and instrumental group The Four Populaires on January 11, 1946. Almost immediately the group was featured on both NBC and CBS radio and television networks. The group performed in major hotels and clubs around New York City and around the country. In July of 1948, The Populaires were asked to perform for a group of hotel managers at a studio at Carnegie Hall on 57th Street in New York City. One of the hotel managers was Mr. Eugene Voit, head of the Schine Hotel Chain. Mr. Voit later contracted The Four Populaires for the coming season at the Boca Raton Hotel in Florida. Mr. Voit left the Schine Chain and joined The Greenbrier as resident manager under Mr. Ed Lawless. Mr. Voit then asked the group to join him at The Greenbrier for a two-week period. That two-week period turned into almost 42 years of playing music at the Old White Club at The Greenbrier. A recent celebration and dedication ceremony was held at The Greenbrier in its newest dance club, 42 Below, recognizing the contributions of Bill and all members of the Populaires to music at the historic resort.

Bill Walz joined the American Federation of Musicians Local 674 on July 1, 1948. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in Music Award by the members of Local 674 in a ceremony and jazz session at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg on July 17, 2011.

Bill began losing his eyesight in the early 1990s and trained with his first service dog, Princess Zena, in 1995. He is survived by his present service dog, deeply loved, Unique. Despite his blindness and difficulty hearing (all those nights on the band stand), he continued to play music most of his life. He was even heard signing The Greenbrier Song ("The Little Fabulous Shack in the Hills of West Virginia") as recently as last week.

Bill, in addition to being a greatly talented musician, was also a gifted artist, loving father and loving grandfather, and loving friend. He brought joy to all through his music, his never ending stories, and his charm and beautiful smile.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, with internment to follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 29, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Leader Dogs For the Blind by visiting their website at or mailing a check to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

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

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Funerals for: May 26, 2017

Ball, Kitonya 6 p.m., Church of God in Christ, Charleston.

Boggess, Thelma L. 1 p.m., Cunningham

Canterbury, Sarah Elizabeth 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Davis, George 10 a.m., The Basilica of the Co

DeLay, Mary 2 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Dyer, Linda 1 p.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Green, Ronsford L. 1 p.m., Cathedral of Prayer Southern Baptist Church, Charleston.

Jarrett, Hali 1 p.m., Loy

Martin, Frances 4 p.m., Bartlett

McNeeley, Eileen 1 p.m., Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood.

McNeely, Katherine Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Metz, Jean 2 p.m., West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Parrill, Thomas, Jr. Noon, Taylor

Posey, Annabelle 2 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Rader, Isaac 2 p.m., Penile United Methodist Church, Hominy Falls.

Snodgrass, Joseph 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Williamson, John Henry 11 a.m., t. Paul United Methodist Church, South Charleston.