Obituaries for: 2015-12-29
Boyd Adkins, 85, of Branchland, died Dec. 27, 2015. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 31, at Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin. Graveside service will follow at Adkins Cemetery, Big Ugly.
Jerry Keith Bennett, 48, of Shady Spring, died Dec. 26, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior.
Marjorie L. Berry, 87, of Marmet, died Dec. 25, 2015 at home.
She retired from Charleston National Bank in 1987 after many years of service and was a member of Fifth Avenue Church of God. She was a graduate of South Charleston High School.
She was preceded in death by parents, William "Dude" Henry and Grace Snodgrass Pauley, and brother, William Austin Pauley.
Surviving are her husband, Gordon A. Berry of Marmet; son, Martin Q. Berry of Jacksonville, Fla.; and brother, Kent Pauley of Gainesville, Fla.
Funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Pastor Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Marmet Cemetery, and friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
Theron Cecil Boggess, 84, of Ravenswood, died Dec. 26, 2015. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Arrangements by Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.
Gilbert "Frankie" Butcher, 65, of Seth, passed away at home Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Barlow Bonsall Fuenral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Wilda Marie Clay, 90, of Camden-on-Gauley, died Dec. 25, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with visitation beginning 30 minutes prior. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.
Talma Fisher Coffman, 91, of Sissonville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.
She was born Dec. 22, 1924 to the late Ernie McKee and O.G. Fisher.
Talma was an elementary school teacher at Wallace Heights Elementary School and retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education.
She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Sissonville, where she had been a Sunday school teacher and past president of the Women's Society.
She considered the church as part of her family and faith sustained her throughout life.
Talma was a graduate of Sissonville High School and West Virginia State University.
Additionally, Talma was a member of the Eastern Star, South Charleston, and the Woman's Club of Sissonville.
In retirement Talma loved traveling with her husband. Both of them valued education and were proud to help provide a college education for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jesse J. Coffman.
She is survived by her daughters, Janie (Marshall) Bailey of Sissonville and Barbara (Roger) Waldeck of Hot Springs, Va.; sister, Thelmarine Shamblin of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Jack and Aaron Bailey, Lee Waldeck and Amy Walton; and great-grandchildren, Alexander, Ethan, Campbell and Asher Bailey, Forrest and Hunter Waldeck, Logan, Ben and Erin Walton.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6823 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Talma to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6823 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville, WV 25312.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Charles "Doug" Curry, son of the late Thearn and Elsie Adkins Curry, born May 26, 1945, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness.
Doug was a resident of Griffithsville for most of his life. He graduated from Duval High School in 1963. He was a farmer for many years. Doug worked for Pennzoil as a well tender and was a member of the Teamsters. After he retired he went on to be a truck driver and also worked at the Hampton Inn, South Charleston.
Doug is survived by his children, Brad (Sandy) Curry, Stephanie Stowers (Michael Smith) and Paul "Doug" (Kara) Curry; grandchildren, Nikki, Tyler, Riley, Addison, Kimberly, Haley, Brogan and Skylar; four stepchildren; six step-grandchildren; sister, Arzella Melnik; and brother, Eddie May. Also, he leaves behind his companion of four years, Norma Burgess.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Curry Funeral Home Chapel, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Huffman Cemetery, Alkol.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff in the CCU Department at CAMC Memorial for all of their hard work and kindness with the care of their father.
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.
John P. Dougherty, 94, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, and Garnett L. Dougherty, 90, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, both at Genesis Teays Valley Center. Memorial services are scheduled for spring 2016. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Dougherty family.
Larry G. Goff, 66, of Quakertown, Pa., passed away Dec. 15, 2015. He was formerly of Cowen, W.Va., the son of the late Ira Goff and Arlene Goff Klee. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Goff.
Larry worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator, and while serving in the Army was a veteran of Vietnam.
He is survived by daughters, Leah Casper of Omaha, Neb., Natalie Goff of Sellersville, Pa., and Shannon Goff of Souderton, Pa.; one sister, Shannon Newhouse of Hatfield, Pa.; and five beautiful granddaughters, Violet, Amya, Paisley and Lydia, all of whom he loved dearly.
Debra Ann Harper, 48, of Charleston, passed away Dec. 22, 2015. Service will be noon Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with visitation one hour prior.
Jane Hinzman, 78, of St. Albans, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at her home.
Born March 12, 1937 in South Charleston, Jane was a daughter of the late Lester P. and Emma K. Grass Jarrett. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joe Jarrett; grandson, Ricky Slater; and great-grandson, Eli Coulter.
She was retired head clerk at Kroger with 38 years of service and was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1955. She was a member of Twin City Bible Church, Nitro, and a member of the Joy Class. She loved gardening and her flowers.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Hinzman; daughter, Samantha Light (Don) of St. Albans; son, Richard Coulter (Celena) of Marmet; sisters, Freda Lacy of St. Albans; grandchildren, Austin, Joshua, Jeremy, Zachary, Christian and Heather; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Cameron.
Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Twin City Bible Church, 100 1st Ave., Nitro, with Pastor Scott Bandy and Pastor Ray Witmer III officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Mount Tabor Church Cemetery, St. Albans.
Friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the church.
You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, is honored to serve the Hinzman family.
Ruth Kirkendoll, 92, of Chapmanville, died Dec. 25, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.
Sue Ann Lester, 69, of Hanover, died Dec. 25, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Visitation will begin after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the church. Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.
Richard Marks, 83, a longtime Maryland resident, died Dec. 15, 2015.
Mr. Marks was born in Charleston to a West Virginia pioneer family, and grew up in Dunbar. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former employee of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, from which he retired in July 1989. He subsequently taught a wide variety of subjects at colleges and authored several books and more than 300 articles of genealogical and historic interest. He was also a frequent contributor of books and historic items to various museums and libraries.
He was a graduate of the University of Charleston, Marshall University and George Washington University, and did post-graduate studies at American University. He established endowed scholarships at the University of Charleston and Marshall University and provided for scholarships at George Washington University and the University of Arizona.
Mr. Marks is survived by his daughter, Tereza Marks Glenn; sister, Carolyn Abbott; and brother, Benton Marks.
Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Sharyn Abbott officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Robert M. McCracken, 61, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at his home.
Born Aug. 2, 1954 in Charleston, Robert was a son of the late Paul W. and Louana Derrick McCracken. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Karen Grimm, and infant sister, Kathy McCracken.
He was a lifelong resident of St. Albans, where he was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1972. He graduated from Marshall University in 1976 and had worked for the State of West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation since 1978. He was a member of Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans, Marshall University Quarterback Club of Charleston, the Tallman Track Club of Charleston and a member of the Big Green. He was a longtime Pittsburgh Pirates fan and Marshall fan. He had been an avid runner since 1980; he ran over 300 local runs and 13 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2002. He loved reading, and his favorite show was Jeopardy. He always tried to live by the Golden Rule, and his greatest achievement was being a father and grandfather.
Robert loved his family and was a great husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Debbie McCracken; daughters, Kristen McCracken-Shockey (Steve) of Winfield and Allie McCracken-Gessel (Jeremy) of St. Albans; mother-in-law, Jean Frecka of Ironton, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Sandy Newman of Ironton, Ohio, and Sherri Jones of Raceland, Ky.; grandchildren, Brody and Braelyn; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He also loved his two grandcats and six granddogs.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, with the Rev. Mark Stauffer officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.
Special thanks to Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia, Dr. Justin Bailey from Mountain State Medical Associates in Charleston, Health South in Huntington, Teays Physical Therapy and Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Little Victories Animal Rescue, 3589 Wire Branch Road, Ona, WV 25545, or "V" Foundation, 106 Tower Court, Gary, NC 27513. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the McCracken family.
Patricia Ann Morrison, 69, of Nitro, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 24, 2015.
She was an U.S. Army veteran. Patricia attended Northside Church of Nazarene.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilton Leon Turner and Doris Turner.
Patricia is survived by her husband of 29 years, James William Morrison; son, John (Amy) Howe of Norfolk, Va.; daughter, Cyndi Patterson of Hilton Head, S.C.; sister, Lynda (John) Bender of Edgewater, Fla.; brothers, Wilton Turner (Louise) of Pickerington, Ohio, and Ron Turner of Massillon, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living Riverside Nursing Home for all of their loving care over the last two years.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor John Hayes and John Howe officiating. Burial will follow in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Mary Kathryn Mullins, "Goofy," 50, of Madison was born Dec. 2, 1965 and passed away Dec. 23, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Roscoe and Lena Mullins of Madison and Seibert and Alwilda Hill, also of Madison; her loving and caring father, Tom Ed Mullins; Kitty Tierno and close cousin, Rick Clark; and her best friend and sister, Judy Harmon.
She leaves behind her daughter, Tiffany Vincent of Madison; mother, Kay Mullins of Madison; brothers, Scott Mullins and Patrick of Hurricane and Nick and Erica Mullins of Chapmanville; her grandbabies, who were her world, Kylie and Madyson Price; niece and nephew, Marli and Brock Mullins; her loving aunts, JoAnn Harmon and Sylvia Clark of Madison; and a host of others.
Service will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Mike Green officiating. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mary Kathryn's honor at the funeral home.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Judith Ann Sarrett, 74, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Charleston, passed away Dec. 27, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.
On Sunday December 27, 2015, heaven gained another angel as Trilba Gay Seacrist Smoot, age 85, passed peacefully at home in South Charleston from this life to the next, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous fight with liver disease.
Born in Holly Grove, WV Gay was preceded in death by her parents Walter Alonzo Seacrist and Stella Myrtle Johnson Seacrist, as well as eleven siblings: Bertha Crist, Henry Seacrist, Alonzo Seacrist, Reva Morrison, Ircil Neal, James Seacrist, Samual Seacrist, Julie Green, Clyde Seacrist, Janice Crist, and Paul Seacrist. She was also predeceased by her son, MSG (Ret.) Richard (Dick) Smoot, and grandsons James White and Zachary Smoot.
Gay was a much beloved mother, mother-in-law, granny, aunt, and cousin to a huge family. Those surviving her include sons George Smoot (and wife Terri), Kenneth "Therm" Smoot, daughter Penny Ratliff (and husband Jim), and daughter-in-law Anna Smoot. Grandchildren include Allen Smoot (and Kellie), Tonya Smoot, Tangie Smoot, Jessica Pinkerton (and Eric), Adam Smoot, Ashley White, and Amanda Eskew. Gay also had great-grandchildren Lucy, Emma, and Sophia Smoot; Hayley and Alex Austin, Jocalyn Roberts, Chasity Combow, Zoey Smoot, Kynnedi Smoot, Hasten and Easton Pinkerton; Selena and Kaiden Norton, Janaya and Jayce Jordan. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members too numerous to mention but always close to her heart and thoughts.
Gay worked at the Kanawha County Courthouse, and retired at age 71 from the WV Department of Highways. Before moving to South Charleston in 1994, Gay lived for many years in Crown Hill and East Bank, WV where she was known as the Avon lady and a staunch Democratic politicker. She was feisty and colorful, and coming from such a large family, Gay loved having a house full of friends and family, especially for the holidays. This year she was determined to make it through Thanksgiving and Christmas, and through her strength of will and spirit, she did. Gay was generous with her time and treasure, always giving to others until the end without a thought of receiving anything in return. Her loss leaves a huge hole in this large family, but she was ready to leave us and join her family in heaven. Although her life may have seemed a struggle to many, she was thankful for every minute of it and never failed to express her gratitude to God for giving her so many blessings.
In a final act of charity, Gay left her remains to the Human Gift Registry for the benefit of the WVU Medical School. As was her wish, there will be no services. The family is forever grateful to everyone who called, visited, or spent time living with and caring for Gay in her final days, and especially to Penny, Tonya, Amanda, Dr. Kristi Hensley, Dr. Steven Matulis and staff, and those from Hospice. The family suggests that if you wish to make donations to a charity in her memory, please consider Kanawha Hospice Care or the American Legion Post 73 in St. Albans.
William "Bill" Sampson Sneed, 50, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Emmajean Snyder went home to be with the Lord on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2015. She was born March 5, 1927 in Clendenin, W.Va., and had lived in Cantonment, Fla., for the past 59 years. She was a faithful member of Gonzalez Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Emmajean is survived by her husband of 69 years, James Snyder; three daughters, Sandra Lawley (Jerry), Rebecca Kendrick and Sarah Mason (Scott); six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Webb and Sally Neeley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. McCrary, and her brother, Joe.
Service will be held at Faith Chapel North on Dec. 31. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. and the funeral service will be at noon with Pastor Roy Chewning officiating. Interment will be at Bayview Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gonzalez Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank Covenant Hospice for their loving care, as well as Ashley and Cheryl, her personal caregivers.
Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Hwy. 29 S., Cantonment, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.
Sandra Sue Toler, 67, of Wharncliffe, died Dec. 27, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. To honor her wishes, she will be cremated.
Barbara Tomblin, 66, of Verdunville, passed away Dec. 28, 2015 at Logan Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time with Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.
Alma B. Totten, 81, of Nitro, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Alma was a member of the West Virginia Home Mission Church in Nitro since 1966 and was Sunday school secretary for over 40 years, a faithful member of the church choir and was very active in all aspects of Vacation Bible School.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James H. and Lilly Hall Brown; two sisters, Virginia Brown and Marie Brown Pauley; and two brothers, Ed Brown and Henry Brown.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years, James H. Totten, Sr.; sons, James Totten, Jr. and wife, Laura, of Nitro and Steve Totten and wife, Brenda, of Nitro; brother, Paul E. Brown and wife, Sue, of Nitro; grandchildren, Erica Totten, Jimmy Totten, III and wife, Melinda, and Tristen Totten; and great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Samuel Totten.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at West Virginia Home Mission Church with Pastors Joe Scarberry and Josh Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 1109 Benamati St., Nitro, WV 25143.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to a charity of your choice.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Totten family and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.
Garnet Pauline Eplin Watson, born Aug. 8, 1926, died Dec. 26, 2015. Service will be noon Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, with visitation one hour prior.
Kennith Otis Westfall, 84, of Clendenin, died Dec. 26, 2015. Private graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Kennith Westfall Family Cemetery, Clendenin. Arrangements by Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.
Ted Wilson, 58, of St. Albans, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at CAMC General after a sudden illness.
He was born July 21, 1957 to the late Kenneth and Iona Wilson. The last seven years he has worked as an accountant for Chris Passero & Associates.
Ted is survived by his loving wife, Karen; sons, David of Virginia and Kenny at home; brothers, Jack of Petersburg, William of Tornado, Bruce of Columbus and Terry of Ona; sisters, Pam Lawson of Cross Lanes and Rosemary Pauley of Scott Depot; and grandchildren, Sabrina and D.J. of Virginia.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with family and friends sharing memories. Burial will be held at a later date in Johnson-Pauley Cemetery, South Charleston.
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.
Letha J. (Tharp) "Bonnie" Wolverton, 89, of Erbacon, died Dec. 26, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, with visitation two hours prior.
Wendall C. "Dickie" Woyan, 74, of Fraziers Bottom, died Dec. 26, 2015. Service will be noon Saturday, Jan. 2, at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation one hour prior.
Blankenship, Delmar — Noon, Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.
Boggess, Theron C. — 1 p.m., Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.
Booth, John — 1 p.m., Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.
Carte, Linda — 1 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.
Creasey, Jimmie — 1 p.m., Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.
Curry, C. "Doug" — 7 p.m., Curry Funeral Home Chapel, Alum Creek.
DeProspero, Herman — 11 a.m., The Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane.
Dolin, Earl E. — 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Farley, Clista — Noon, Crum Church of Christ, Crum.
Forsythe, Ruth — 1 p.m., Dodd
Hamrick, Aneedra — 1 p.m., Wilson
Henry, Marion — 1 p.m., Heart of God Ministries, Beckley.
Kirkendoll, Ruth — 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.
McCutcheon, William — 1 p.m., Dotson
Mellinger, Michael — 7 p.m., St. Albans United Pentecostal Church, St. Albans.
Morrison, Patricia A. — 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Mullins, Mary K. — 6 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Myers, Myrtle I. — Noon, Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.
Parker, Carol — 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Elkview.
Sigmon, Mary — 11 a.m., North Apostolic Church, Charleston.
Simpson, Rufus III — 8 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.
Skaggs, Richard — 2 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.
Stanley, Charles — 11 a.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.
Sturms, Waneta — 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.
Valentine, Robert — 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.
Weikel, Jeanne — 11 a.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.
Wolverton, Letha J. — 2 p.m., Adams