Michael Bruce "Mike" Adams, 61, of Sand Fork, died Oct. 7, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the mortuary.
Sylvia "Smokey" Anderson Thomas Bailey, 83, of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2015, following a short bout with cancer.
Smokey was a member of Dunbar Mountain Mission for many years. She was a faithful member of the Ladies Bible Study and church choir.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Robert and Martha Anderson of Chandler Drive; first husband, Rev. Carroll Thomas; and sister, Eva Stalnaker.
Smokey leaves her husband, Jerry Bailey, and sons, Steve (Debbie) and Jeff Thomas, to cherish her memory. Other survivors include her sister, Frances Dickson; three stepchildren, Brian Bailey, Brett Bailey and Jeri Jo Alley; three grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy and Justin Thomas; two great-grandchildren, Kingston and Cannon Thomas; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Cialia, from HospiceCare, for her care and devotion to our mother.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Dunbar Mountain Mission with Pastor Ray Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations in Sylvia's memory to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Joan Browning, 78, of Coal Mountain, died Oct. 6. 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Coal Mountain Community Church. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the church. Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.
Donna Sue Campbell, 71, of Blount, passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
She was born Dec. 19, 1943 in Putney to the late Howard and Ina Ratliff Belcher. Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by sister, Marcella Johnson, and brothers, Maynard Belcher and Otho Belcher.
Donna was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Clinton M. Campbell; her children, Melanie Campbell (Louie) Sanchez of Patuxant River, Md., Clinton (Tammy) Campbell of St. Albans, Kevin (Lisa) Campbell of Charleston and Selena Campbell of Charleston; sisters, Charlotte Willoughby of St. Albans and Alda Belcher of Hurricane; brother, Berkley Belcher of Charleston; grandchildren, Melissa Campbell, Kaden Sanchez, Kevin Campbell, Talon Sanchez and T.J. Campbell; and great-grandchild, Kaisley Campbell.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Curtis Mack officiating. The burial will follow the service in Campbell Family Cemetery, Blount.
Family and friends will gather for the visitation one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family of Donna Sue Campbell at www.stevensandgrass.com.
Mr. Travis Scott Cogar, Sr., 37, of St. Albans, passed away Oct. 8, 2015.
Travis was a contractor and worked with Cogar and Sons for 18 years.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Nancy Cogar and Rita Shaffer Meadows; children, Kaly Michelle Cogar, Brianna Marcheal Cogar, Travis Scott Cogar, Jr. and Kamaya Cogar; brother, Paul Cogar, Jr.; sisters, Shannon Kimberly Doyle and Brandy Cogar; and a host of other family and friends.
A tribute to the life of Travis will be 2 p.m. Monday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday 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 Cogar family.
Kenneth L. Crites, 80, of Little Birch, died Oct. 6, 2015. Private graveside service was held Thursday, Oct. 8, at Barnett Cemetery, Birch River. Words of comfort and memories may be shared at stockert-paletti.com.
Garry L. Dixon, of Indio, Calif., formerly of Rainelle, died July 2, 2015. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Eakle Chapel United Methodist Church, White Sulphur Springs. Submitted by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.
Lottie "Sis" Enochs, 81, of St. Albans, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.
Sis was the wife of the late Denver Enochs. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Polly Trent; brothers, Raymond and William "Bill" Trent; and sister, Shirley Fritsch.
She is survived by her children, Karen (Ron) Wilson, Richard (Teresa) Enochs and Teresa (JR) Newcome; grandchildren, who she adored, Andy, Charlie, Jenny, Leigh, Kristin and Kevin; 10 great-grandchildren; and her special niece, Tina (Tim) Richmond and their children, Adrienne and Don.
The family extends a special thank you to Angel's Touch Personal Care Home in St. Albans for their support, respect and loving care.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with Minister Kenneth Carter officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
John Francis, 81, of Hurricane, husband of Rosemary Jones Francis, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at Cabell Health Care Center, Culloden.
He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Whitman, a son of the late Morgan and Iva Mae Dyer Francis. His sister, Barbara Butcher, also preceded him in death.
John was a 1953 graduate of Logan High School and attended Western State in Gunnison, Colo. He attended Grace Baptist Temple in St. Albans. He was a retired sales engineer, having retired from Long Airdox Company, and formerly worked for Persinger Inc.
John's passions were his family, golfing and gardening.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Larry Husk and Vicki and Todd Rule, all of Culloden, and three grandchildren, Mikelle Workman and husband, John, of Huntington, Dr. Kyle Johnson of Portland, Ore., and Seth Husk of Huntington.
Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Brian Dean officiating. Visitation with the family will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
Donations may be made to Grace Baptist Temple, 1901 McCorkle Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, or to a charity of one's choice.
Condolences for the family may be sent at www.chapmans-mortuary.com.
Garland O. Gibbs, 73, of Mason, passed away Oct. 7, 2015 at CAMC Teays Valley after an extended illness. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Union Cemetery, Letart. Arrangements by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.
Darrell Cecil Gilpin, 67, of Point Pleasant, died Oct. 7, 2015. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Forest Hills Cemetery, Flatrock. Arrangements by Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.
Michael Keith Gollihugh, formerly of Pratt and Fayetteville, N.C., and most recently Charleston, was called to the Lord on Oct. 6, 2015. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Donald and Carol Macleery Gollighugh, formerly of Pratt and later Fayetteville, N.C.
Surviving are his sister, Paula Gollihugh Caruthers and husband, Roger, of Diamond; nieces and nephews, Donald Ryan Bowen of Nitro, Christopher Bowen of Cross Lanes, Joshua Caruthers and wife, Beth, of Huntington, Jennifer Brunson of Fayetteville, N.C., and Malissie Caruthers of Nitro; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and wonderful relatives and wonderful friends.
Michael will be sadly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. He had the ability to brighten a room with his presence and special aura. Michael's zest for life was contagious, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand with a smile on his face. Even in death Michael taught us a very valuable lesson: Love those around you with everything you have. Take every opportunity to show kindness. Tomorrow is never promised to us, it is a gift.
A memorial service for Mike will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Jay Parkins officiating. Family and friends will call one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Following the service, family and friends are welcome at the home of Roger and Paula Caruthers in Diamond.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.
Edith Louise Harrison, 76, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House following a short illness. She was a graduate of Buffalo High School and a majorette in the high school band. She was a member of Buffalo United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star No. 150, Buffalo. Edith enjoyed gardening and working outdoors in her flowers. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed.
Born Jan. 12, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Dale A. Sullivan and Freda Jane Pritt Sullivan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Harrison.
Survivors include her sons, David Allen Harrison of Charleston and Terry Wayne (Robin) Harrison of Stuart, Fla.; her brother, Keith Sullivan of Buffalo; her grandsons, Miles Allen Harrison and Gage Witten Bailey; as well as a host of friends.
Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the Harrison family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.
Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Mae Cox Hill, more affectionately called "Toots," was born May 4, 1917 to Phillip Henry Sheridan Cox and Estella Bandy Cox in Norton, Virginia. She departed this life on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, Charleston, West Virginia.
The family moved to Institute, West Virginia, where she attended the Teacher Training Schools of West Virginia State College. She was the youngest of eight siblings.
Ruby accepted Christ at an early age and attended Samaritan Baptist Church in Institute, and remained a lifelong member.
Ruby was united in marriage by Rev. Vernon Johns, in 1937, to James Michael Hill of Holden, West Virginia. To this union two sons were born, James Michael Hill Jr. and Phillip Henry Hill.
Most of Ruby's life was spent as a housewife. For a few years she served as a cook at Institute Elementary School and the Deaf and Blind School in Institute.
She spent many years as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where for a time she served as the Grand Matron, an honor of which she was very proud. Ruby enjoyed being at home and entertaining company. Ruby was active, lived alone and continued to drive and do her own shopping.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 2008. She leaves to cherish her memory her two sons, James M. Hill (Barbara) of Cross Lanes and Phillip H. Hill (Judy) of Detroit, MI. Other survivors include eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Service will be held at noon Monday, October 12, at Institute Church of the Nazarene, 212 Washington Ave., Dunbar. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Ruth Johnson, 87, of Zela, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 at the Summersville Regional Medical Center Extended Care Facility. Born Aug. 16, 1928 in Zela, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Hazel Fitzwater Brown. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Fred Brown, and her sister, Wilma Ayers Tucker.
She was a member of Pierson Chapel United Methodist Church, Zela, where she served as adult Sunday school teacher for many years, and she was also a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Johnson; two sons, Robert C. Johnson of Richwood and Don E. Johnson of Canvas; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at White Funeral Home, Summersville, with Pastor Phillip Hickman and Jim Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Brown Family Cemetery, Zela.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.
Michael James Kiser, 56, of Kentuck, passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital following a sudden diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Mike was born May 8, 1959 in Ripley, a son of James and Phyllis Skeen Kiser. He graduated from Ripley High School with the class of 1977. Mike was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 132 and employed with Highway Paving. He was a Christian. He also enjoyed riding his four-wheeler around the farm, where his donkeys and horses were.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Vairl and Genevieve Skeen and Hoyt and Mable Kiser.
Along with his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 38 years, Betty Lou White Kiser; son, James Michael Kiser and his wife, Crystal; grandchildren, Draven Michael Kiser and Breanna Brooke Kiser; and sisters, Debbie Good and her husband, Billy, and Missy Lynch and her husband, Jim. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins that he loved dearly.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Friends may call on the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Goshen Cemetery, Kentuck.
Online memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.
William Thomas Lawson, Jr., affectionately known as "TomTom," of Charleston, passed Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at home after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Reed Lawson.
Tom is survived by his children, Tiata, Jamall, Patricia and Kyara; father, William T. Lawson, Sr.; "Mom," Janet Lawson; sisters, Kathy Lawson, Josette Saunders and LaChing Floyd; brothers, Jerry Muhammad, Donald Megginson and Maurica (Lynna) Megginson; close companion, Jessie Shamblin; three nieces; and a host of close family and and friends.
A celebration of TomTom's life will be at First Missionary Baptist Church of Vandalia, 1500 Mountain Road, Charleston, with the Reverend Cornell Byers officiating, on Saturday, October 10, at 1 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.
Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.
Patrick E. Lewis, 55, of Scott Depot, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 6, 2015. He was born Jan. 8, 1960 in Gassaway.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elneda Lewis.
Patrick was employed as an environmental resources program manager by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Mining and Reclamation.
He is survived by his father, Harold "Gene" Lewis of Hurricane, and brothers, Michael Lewis of Rocky Fork and Steven Lewis of Buckhannon. Patrick is also survived by his nieces, Shanna and Cassidy Lewis of Charleston, Ashley West of Rivesville and Erin Lewis of Morgantown.
There will be a celebration of Patrick's life at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to a charity of your choice.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Lewis family, and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.
George Thomas "Tom" Linger Jr., 87, of Marmet, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2015 at Eastbrook Center, Kanawha City.
He retired from Appalachian Power with over 30 years of service and was a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, Marmet. He was also a proud U.S. Navy veteran. He was a 1946 graduate of East Bank High School and also attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston. He was a member of the Chelyan Masonic Lodge and was recently named Marmet Man of the Year. He was an active volunteer for several organizations, including the Lions Club, the Salvation Army and the East Bank High School Alumni, and on many occasions he served as an election judge. He was an avid WVU fan and loved attending games with his family and friends over the many years he was a season ticket holder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Thomas and Mary Ethel Fetty Linger.
Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Norma E. Jeffries Linger of Marmet; daughter, Mary Elizabeth (William) Young of League City, Texas; grandsons, Joshua Geary Young of Houston, Texas, and William Thomas Young of League City, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, Marmet, with the Rev. David Biondi officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, 9508 MacCorkle Ave., Marmet, WV 25315.
Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
Audrey June Meadows, 85, formerly of Charleston, passed away Oct. 1, 2015 in Ocala, Fla.
She was born Jan. 16, 1930, the daughter of the late Clark and Nona Thomas Wheeler.
Surviving are three sons, Herbert (Norma) Meadows Jr., Everett (Vickie) Meadows and William (Leslie) Meadows; and two daughters, Barbara (Bob) Weser and Belita (Tim) Jarrett. She was referred to as Momma, Mawmaw, Great Mawmaw and Aunt June. She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until service time. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
Harold M. Miller, 77, of Madison, passed away Oct. 6, 2015. He was born Jan. 11, 1938, a son of the late James Ernest and Loarreda Keffer Miller.
He was a member of Danville Church of Christ. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA.
He is survived by wife, Anita Miller; sons, Timothy Harold Miller and Harold Maxwell Miller Jr.; daughter, Jarrin Raye Miller Ball; grandson, Nicholas Miller; granddaughters, Rachael Shea Ball and Camryn Kelly Miller; and sisters, Geraldine Miller Parsons, Eleanor Miller Davis and Judy Miller Arthurs.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Richard Runyan officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Neva Carolyn Miller, 78, of Huntington, died Oct. 7, 2015. Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, with visitation two hours prior.
Pansy Miller, 70, of Naoma, passed away Oct. 5, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Victory Worship Center, Naoma. Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.
Elizabeth "Liz" Moore, 72, of Glenville, died Oct. 5, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Glenville First Baptist Church, with visitation two hours prior. Arrangements by Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville.
Nathaniel G. Moore passed away Oct. 3, 2015 after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 10, 1942. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Amy Moore; his children, Nate Moore, Jr., Zena Moore, Monica Lashaun Moore, Charles Martin and Nathan and Cynthia Chaney; his siblings, Barbara Belcher, Ruth Ann Belcher, Linda and Spencer Griffith, Vernita Belcher and her partner, Chris Dotson, Lorraine Belcher, Darretha and Darnell McConnell, Allan Belcher, Joseph Daniel and Veronica Belcher and Ronald Belcher; Aunt Annie Ruth James; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Nathaniel was preceded by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Belcher; his father, Joseph Daniel Belcher; his grandparents, Minnie and John Fields and Willie and Sally James; and his siblings, Franklin D. Belcher, Leroy Collins and Virginia L. Mitchell.
Nathaniel graduated from Liberty High School in Williamson, where he was recognized as All-State in football. He attended community college in Charleston. He was a successful contender in the Golden Gloves. He was an inspector for Ford Motor Company. He also worked for the Daniel Boone Hotel and for the State of West Virginia, where he retired.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Liberty Baptist Church, corner of Bradford and Lewis Streets, Charleston, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Jennings Patterson, 64, of Monck's Corner, S.C., passed away suddenly on Sept. 30, 2015.
He was born in Charleston, W.Va., on Sept. 2, 1951 to the late Doris and James Patterson.
Paul was a 1969 graduate of Charleston High School, and attended Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston, in West Virginia. He began his 36-year employment with the DuPont Plant in Belle, W.Va. As a respected and cherished employee at DuPont, he was able to excel laterally until he finally retired as a human resource manager for the Charleston, S.C., plant. The DuPont family knows Paul for his genuine and engaging leadership style.
He was also an active contributor to the community. As a member of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, he was honored to join Burke Middle/High School, as "Principal For a Day." A few local charities close to his heart are the Angel Tree, United Way and The Wounded Warrior Project.
He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Elizabeth "Libby" Raines Patterson; son, James Lewis Patterson, II; daughter, Ashley Elizabeth (Chris) Coleman; grandchildren, Autumn, Alexander and Paisley; brother, Alan (Tina) Patterson; sister, Rebecca J. Parsley; aunt, Sue Pryce; brother-in-law, Dennis (Jana) Raines; sister-in-law, Trudie (Al) Johnson; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Gregory Patterson; aunts and uncles, Mildred and Charles Compton, Anna and Daryl Williams, Earl J. Knight and Betty Knight and James Pryce; and mother- and father-in-law, Earl and Mae Raines.
Services were held in Goose Creek, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com.
Stephen Patrick "Steve" Shahan, 51, of Charleston, passed away Feb. 17, 2015. Celebration of life service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Little Creek Park, Shelter #12, South Charleston. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
With a thankful heart, and looking forward to meeting his Lord, Richard E. Shearer departed his earthly life on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
He was born in Connellsville, Pa., on Dec. 30, 1919, the son of H.D. and Florence (Prinkey) Shearer. Married to the late Ruth E. Mansberger in 1944, he is survived by his three children, Patricia L. Shearer Wilson (Richard) of Bloomington, Ill., Suzanne G. Shearer Jones (Terry) of Huntington and Richard J. Shearer (Candace) of Forth Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by brothers, Howard Dennie Shearer, Karl Victor Shearer and Paul Ashley Shearer, and by a sister, Ila Meryline Shearer.
Dr. Shearer was an ordained minister and educator: Eastern Baptist College and Seminary A.B. 1941, Th.B.D. 1943; New Brunswick Theological Seminary B.D. 1945; Columbia University M.A. 1950, D.D. 1953, Ed.D. 1959.
In 1951, after pastoring several churches in New Jersey, Dr. Shearer answered the call to become president of Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, when, at the age of 30, he was the youngest college president in the United States. Given his intense faith, love for learning and leadership abilities, Alderson-Broaddus was a perfect place for him to fulfill a role in administration within a Christian higher education setting.
Dr. Shearer was an active member of both Philippi Baptist Church and the larger community. He will be fondly remembered for his spirit of encouragement, service, generosity and helpfulness to others, as well as his love of family, music and West Virginia. An avid aviator, Dr. Shearer piloted his small plane around the state and across the country, becoming known as "The Flying President."
Dr. Shearer often stated the guiding principle of his life: "In essence, education is essential. It can give power, skills, and understanding; but it takes true religion (Christianity at its best) to give direction, values, and full meaning to that power." He not only stated this philosophy, he lived it, and it gave great meaning to his life and his work.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Philippi Baptist Church.
Private burial will be in Connellsville, Pa.
A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Wilcox Chapel on the campus of Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Drs. Richard E. and Ruth E. Shearer Visiting Artist Endowment Fund at Alderson Broaddus University.
October 6, 2015, Angels from heaven escorted Kathleen Wotring Shilling to her heavenly home from the home of her daughter, Mary.
Born April 27, 1923 in Rowlesburg, she was a daughter of the late Charles Harrison and Pearl Louise Wotring Burkhalter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Edward Shilling; her son, Earl Edward, Jr.; her daughter, Faye Ann Shilling; and her sister, Margaret Ridgeway.
Katie was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Known as Rosie the Riveter, she proudly served in the war effort by assembling airplanes. She was a member of Rowlesburg OES No. 127.
Surviving are her children, Charles Thomas Shilling (Bonnie) of Colorado, Nancy Kay Enger of Illinois, Mary Searls (Robert) of Hurricane, Betty Sue Faulkes (William) of South Charleston and Jay T. Shilling (Melanie) of St. Albans; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephew, Charles Ridgeway of Cedar Grove, and her great-niece, Christine Ridgeway of St. Albans.
Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. There will be an Order of the Eastern Star service conducted by St. Albans Chapter No. 179 at 12:15 p.m., after which the procession will travel to Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane, where the funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Dennis at 1 p.m.
You may also visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.
The family would like to offer their sincere appreciation to the following for the care and compassion shown to Katie: Thomas Hospital; Thomas Home Healthcare, including Sheri Brown, RN, and Keith Schenipp, PT; Central WV Aging Services, Inc., including Alicia Hall; Dr. AJ Patel and Hospice Care, including Tammy Hale, RN.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Shilling family.
John F. "Cowboy" Turner, 59, passed away Oct. 5, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
He was a resident of South Charleston and was employed with Marquee Cinema as an usher.
He is survived by his wife, Christine of South Charleston; parents, Jasper and Marilyn Hamrick Turner of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and brothers, Allen and Jay Turner of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. John F. "Cowboy" Turner will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Bartlett Burdette Cox and Wilson Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, with the Rev. Richard Mahan officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time.
You may leave online condolences by visiting bartlettburdettecox.com.
Bartlett Burdette Cox and Wilson Funeral Home is serving the Turner family.
Mary Alice White, 82, of Seth, died Oct. 7, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
She was a retired nursing assistant from CAMC General Hospital, Charleston, with 33 years of service.
She attended Healing Stream Baptist Church, Seth.
She was preceded in death by parents, Albert Reed and Pearl Mae Mullins White; sisters, Beulah White, Mary Carr, Mildred Honrine, Lucille Doss and Olive George; and brothers, William Harold and James White.
Surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Pastor Bart Elkins officiating. Burial will follow in Fauber Cemetery, Bloomingrose.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
Dolores June (Milbee) Yoak, 80, of Grantsville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at her residence.
She was born April 3, 1935 in Red House. She was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Young Milbee of Poca. She graduated from Poca High School. She worked at Rubber Fabricators and retired from B.F. Goodrich in Grantsville. Dolores was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family and spending time with them very much. She loved to crochet, quilt and read books. She was well-known for her handmade crafts and loved sharing them with others.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert S. Yoak; daughter, Mary Ann Parsons (Randy) of Millstone; son, Edward L. Yoak (Donna) of Grantsville; daughter, Tina Kaye Yoak of Grantsville; grandchildren, Paul M. Parsons (Lori) of Grantsville, Robby Parsons (Stephanie) of Elizabeth and Carissa and Jordan Yoak of Grantsville; great-grandchildren, Adam and Kaylin Parsons of Grantsville and Garrett, Summer and Chase Parsons of Elizabeth; sisters, Mary Sue Erwin of Poca and Virginia Ann Milbee of Nitro; brother, Joe Milbee of Poca; sisters-in law, Grace Richards, Edna Robinson, Leona Yoak and Madeline Yoak, all of Grantsville, Hazel (Ray) Tingler of Big Springs and Evadeen Kesler of Huntington; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Edna Tucker, Alma Sigman and Betty Thomas; brothers, Charles "Chub" Milbee, Lawrence "Jolly" Milbee, Maxwell "Mac" Milbee, Bob Milbee, Hubert "Goud" Milbee and Jim Milbee, and infant baby brother, Ray Milbee; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with the Rev. Carroll McCauley and the Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. The Yoak family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.
Baber, Norman M. — 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Brown, Cora — 11 a.m., Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans.
Cline, Nealie — 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.
Coleman, Horace W. Jr. — 6 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.
Dearien, Shelley D. — 3 p.m., Spring Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston.
Doss, Oda — 2 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.
Lambert, Ivan B. — 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.
McClanahan, Sue M. — Noon, Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.
Messenger, Forrest J. — 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.
Moore, Elizabeth — 1 p.m., Glenville First Baptist Church, Glenville.
Muir, Mildred L. — 11 a.m., Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, Meadow Bridge.
Rose, Liberty M. — 6:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ, Ohley.
Staats, Ruth P. — 1 p.m., Cunningham
White, Mary A. — 11 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.