Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

Sarah Biber

Sarah Margaret Brown Biber, 57, of Brightwood, Va., went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Hospice House in Charlottesville, Va., following a long illness. She was born June 29, 1959, in Charleston, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late James Carl Brown and Phyllis Brown Spence.

Mrs. Biber was a loving wife, mother and a dedicated pastor's wife. Her irresistible compassion and spunk inspired countless people to seek the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 33 years, Pastor Russell Wayne Biber, daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Biber, and son, David Michael Biber, all of Brightwood; brothers, Jim Brown of Dunbar, W.Va., Frank Brown and wife Virginia of Ripley, W.Va., and John Brown and wife Kathy of Rocky Point, N.C.; and a sister, Janice Brown of Dunbar.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at Maranatha Baptist Church, Charleston, W.Va., with interment in Floral Hills Memorial Garden, Sissonville, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday evening, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison, Va., and two hours before the service, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Church in Charleston, W.Va.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Tressie "Jeannie" Burdette

Tressie Jean "Jeannie" Burdette, 60, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 21, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 21, 1957, in Charleston to the late Otis and Betty Butler.

Jeannie was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and a friend to many. She was loved and will be missed by all.

Jeannie loved going to bingo, fishing, crafting, shopping and playing games. She very much loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and her dog, Pooh Bear.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Ann Yates.

She is survived by her son, Shannon Butler and wife, Julie, of Sissonville; brothers, Johnny Lawell Butler and wife, Shelia, of Elkview, William Ray Butler and companion, Kimmie, of Pratt, Shawn Eugene Butler and wife, Traice, of Bomont; sister, Reba Lynn Butler of Charleston; grandchildren, Megan Nicole Taylor-Wenning and husband, Dave, of Ohio, Aimee Dawn Taylor-Critchfield and husband, Eric, of Sissonville, Josie Renee Derrick of Charleston, Aric Douglas Taylor of Sissonville, Chloe Danae Derrick of Sissonville, Sheyanne Lanae Butler and Brody Michael Butler of Sissonville; great-grandchildren, Maddilyn Dawn Wenning and Noah Thor Critchfield.

Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, W.Va. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Walter Clark

Walter F. Clark, 82, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., passed away April 23, 2017. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at the Sandhill Church of Christ in Point Pleasant. The family will recieve friends at the church from noon until 1 p.m., prior to the service. Deal Funeral Home is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Potters Children Home, 2350 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

Bert Clendenin

Bert Clendenin, 95, of Hurricane, died Saturday April 22, 2017. Bollinger Funeral Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements. Arrangements will be forthcoming.

Roy Cook

Roy Weyman Cook passed away April 21, 2017, at the Isle of Watermere in Southlake, Texas. He was 95. Born February 10, 1922, in Wyoming County, W.Va., Roy graduated from Pineville High School in 1941. After completing training in Dayton, Ohio, he was recruited to work for the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Corp of Baltimore, Md. It was in the Washington, D.C., area that he met his future wife, Barbara Sayers. Also from West Virginia, she was working for the Surgeon General's office at the Pentagon. They were married July 25, 1942, and would have celebrated their 75th anniversary this year. During World War II, Roy served in the U.S. Army with the 567 Anti-Aircraft Artillary Battalion as a tracker on their 40mm gun crew. Following the war, Roy and Barbara moved to Bluefield, W.Va., where they resided for 34 years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bluefield Country Club, and Elks Lodge #269. Roy began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1947 and was promoted to Postmaster in 1969. In 1981, he was promoted to Sectional Center Manager in Charleston, W.Va., and then became Mountaineer District Manager. He retired from the postal system in 1984. That same year they moved to Roanoke, Va., where they lived for 12 years. In 1996, they moved to Wilmington, N.C., and lived at The Cape where Roy enjoyed playing golf daily. They moved to Keller, Texas, in 2002 to live with their daughter and family. Roy and Barbara were active members of the Keller Senior Center for many years.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl (Cook) and Birchard Hays Cook; brothers, Arnet, Waldo, Warren, Kester, Estil, Bernard, and Lawrence; sisters, Ada Cook and Edna (Cook) Cooper.

Survivors include wife, Barbara (Sayers) Cook, and daughter, Brenda (Cook) and husband H. Duane Beckner of Keller; grandson: Justin Beckner and wife Melissa (Fulgencio) of Anaheim, Calif.; sister, Marie (Cook) Rakes of Pa.; sister-in-law, Harriet (Sayers) and husband Bernard Beavers of Tazewell, Va.; brother-in-law, Robert Sayers of Erlanger, Ky.; numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday April 26, at Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Bluefield, W.Va., with Rev. Ed Fisher officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, prior to service, at Mercer Funeral Home, Bluefield, W.Va.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com.

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory, Bluefield, W.Va., is serving the family of Mr. Roy Weyman Cook.

Charles T. "Buddy" Ellis

Charles Thurman "Buddy" Ellis, 92, of Man, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017. A celebration of life service will be held at noon, Wednesday, April 26, at the Man Church of Nazarene at Man. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the church, and one hour prior to service, also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home, Man, W.Va.

Darrell Hall

Darrell L. Hall, 81, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, died Saturday, April 21, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

He was born August 13, 1935, at Beech (Calhoun County), a son of the late Lee and Ocie (Bailey) Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Wanda (Hall) Houchin and brother-in-law Billie Houchin; brother-in-law, Donald Craddock; sister, Bernice (Hall) Matheney; brother-in-law, Willard Matheney; brother, Albert Guy Hall; sister-in-law, Ollidene (Naylor) Hall; and infant twin brothers, Loyd and Boyd Hall.

Survivors include two sisters, Sylvia Craddock of Leroy, West Virginia, and Norma (Dale) Starcher of Painesville, Ohio; a brother, Paul (Carol) Hall of Reedy, West Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Darrell was a retired United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant with 20 years service, including eight years in Japan and Korea. He was a former employee of Houchin Construction and Houchin Rental and Sales, both in Arnoldsburg, West Virginia. Darrell enjoyed fishing, reading, and watching westerns.

A funeral service will be held at noon, Wednesday, April 26, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home in Spencer, W.Va., with the Reverend Rick Metheny officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the funeral. Interment will be in the Bailey Cemetery on Beech with military honors accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps honor guard.

Condolences may be shared at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

Jerry Hill

Jerry D. Hill, 54, of Chesapeake, died April 24, 2017. Funeral is 11 a.m., Thursday, April 27, at Charleston Municipal Auditorium, where a visitation will also be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 26. Arrangements by Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, W.Va. Details at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Holcomb

Thomas Holcomb, 72, of Nitro, passed away April 22, 2017. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Holcomb family.

Esther Horvat

Esther Hayes Songer Horvat, 80, of Davis Creek, passed away Saturday April 22, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice West, South Charleston, after a long battle with cancer. She is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and all of her loved ones who have gone on before. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franz Horvat, and former husband, John D. Songer; parents, Edward and Etta Hayes; brother, John L. Hayes; grandchildren, Joey and Aaron Henshaw, whom she loved very, very much.

Surviving, children, Cheryl (Danny) Henshaw and Johnny (Gail) Songer; grandchildren, Jason and Janna Songer and their children; sister, Mary Pauley of Ruth; brother, James (Lou) Hayes of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews whom she cherished.

She was a faithful member of the Davis Creek Church of God where she attended most of her life. Esther was loved by everyone and was a caretaker to all. She enjoyed working in her garden and cutting her own grass up until this year. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially by her family, friends and neighbors.

Service will be noon, Wednesday, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, W.Va., with Pastors David Wall and Jason Newsome officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the mortuary.

William Howell

William M. Howell, 64, of St. Albans, passed away on April 22, 2017. A service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 29, at Christ Life Fellowship, 1565 Smith Road, Charleston, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Alice Hundley

Alice G. Hundley, 60, of Chapmanville, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m., Tuesday, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, W.Va.

Charlene May Madiman

Charlene May Madiman, 69, of Summersville, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017. In keeping with her wish, there will be no services and she will be cremated. White Funeral Home at Summersville, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances Marine

Frances Virginia Linkswiler Marine, 96, of Gatewood, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017. Funeral service will be held at noon, Friday, April 28, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at the funeral home. The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, W.Va.

Daemian Martin

Mr. Daemian Odonde Martin, 45, of Mt. Hope, died Sunday, April 16, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., TODAY, Tuesday, April 25, at Hilltop Baptist Center, 258 Baptist Road, Hilltop. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Baptist Center. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, W.Va.

Gloria Martin

Mrs. Gloria Hatfield Martin, 91, of Chapmanville, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, at the First Church of Christ, Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the First Church of Christ, Chapmanville. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, W.Va., are serving the Martin family.

Jerry Messer Sr.

Jerry Wayne Messer Sr., 64, of Julian, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, W.Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Frances Miller

Frances Ruth "Fanny" Darlington Miller, age 80, died Saturday, April 22, 2017. No formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Goldsboro, N.C., is serving the family.

Norma Painter (Westfall)

Norma Lee Painter, 90, of Woodford, KY, formerly of Elkview, WV, passed into the waiting arms of Jesus April 21, 2017, at Bowling Green Health and Rehabilitation Center with her loved ones beside her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Painter; two daughters, Karen Sampson and Sandra Rogers; and two granddaughters, Sheri Walters and Cheryl Rollins.

She leaves behind but rejoicing in her going home celebration a sister, Delores Westfall of Oakley, CA; a daughter, Carol Eades (Tom) of Woodford; a son, Michael Painter (Michele) of Manteca, CA; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren a great-great-grandchildren; and a life-long friend, Nell Spade of Culloden, WV.

Norma was a retired nurse and for 25 years was a member of Full Gospel Church, Paige Road. She loved fishing, but her greatest passion was sharing the love of Jesus and His word.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, KY, with Rev. Joseph Lipscomb and Rev. Mildred Mabe officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Sign register book online www.storkefuneralhome.com.

Patricia L. Plumley

Patricia L. Plumley, 66, of Sissonville, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

She was retired from Kroger and was a member of Central Grapevine Primitive Advent Church. Patty enjoyed being with her family and especially her grand and great-grand-children.

Patty was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Ann, Carol Fay and Kathy Lynn; parents, Jewett and Dorothy Bolser Facemyre.

Surviving are, husband, Larry Plumley; children, Mark Plumley of Ripley, Christopher Plumley and wife Carol of Las Cruces, N.M., and Kimberly Dawn Shamblin of Cross Lanes; brothers and sisters, Helen Burgess of Pocatalico, Jewell Spurlock of Elkview, James Facemyre of Teays Valley and Jacob Facemyre of Sissonville; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., with the Rev. Roger Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Sissonville Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Plumley family.

Tommy Smith

Tommy Harlin Smith, 88, of Ravenswood, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on April 23, 2017, at Jackson General Hospital in Ripley, W.Va.

Tommy was born on January 23, 1929, a son of the late Herbert Harlin and Clarice Mae McKinney Smith, in Blue Jay, W.Va.

He was a member of the Comet United Methodist Church and Steelworkers Local Union 5668. He retired in the maintenance department from Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood. He enjoyed woodworking, outdoor activities, and sitting on the front porch and visiting with various friends and neighbors. Tommy greatly loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Freda Neal Smith of Ravenswood; daughters, Charlotte (Michael) Riggs of Rotonda West, Fla., Vicki Flanagan of St. Albans and Robin (Chuck) Wise of Ravenswood; son-in-law, Frank Gwinn of Medina, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Alice) Smith and Joseph (Barbara) Smith; sisters, Vivian Skaggs, Hulda Vest, Marilyn (Johnny) Waterbeck and Melinda Francis (Angus) Hart.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Gwinn; son-in-law, William Flanagan; brother, Orville Sonny Smith; and sisters, Betty Osborn and Gladys Olson.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood with Marvin Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens in Cottageville, W.Va. Friends may visit the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., time of service, on Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at roush94@yahoo.com; www.facebook.com/roushfuneralhome; or on our website at www.roushfuneralhome.net.

Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Renae Thompson, 33, of Harts, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. There will be a private service to be held at a later date. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, W.Va., are serving the Thompson family.

Gilbert Upton

Gilbert Bearris "Gibby" Upton, 94, of Charleston, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at home. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy, having served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam war. Gilbert also was retired from the State of WV in the Worker's Compensation Commission with 15 years of service. He was an avid reader and enjoyed reading about Mythology and Greek and Roman history. He was a member of the Elk Valley Apostolic Church, Pinch, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Stella Blanche Sigmon Upton; brother, Orville Ray Upton; sister, Elizabeth Black.

Surviving, loving wife, of which recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on April 15, 2017, Ruth McCoy Upton; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Williams (Jackie), Evelyn Cox (Henry), Daria Upton, Wanda Diane Conary; sister, Virginia Ruth Shaffer; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. West, Charleston, W.Va., with Rev. Gary Johnson and Rev. Samuel Bounds Jr. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Funerals for: April 25, 2017

Carper, Betty 11 a.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Duncan, Charles Dexter 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Fisher, Frederick "Ronald" 11 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Hale, Lucille Noon, Simpson United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Martin, Daemian 1 p.m., Hilltop Baptist Center, Hilltop.

Mollohan, Lee 2 p.m., Winfield United Methodist Church, Winfield.

Paschal, Ruth 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Price, Guy Winston Noon, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston.

Rinehart, Patricia 1 p.m., Dodd

Worlledge, Robert 1 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Lookout.