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Today's Obituaries

Charles Asay Print Comment Top of page

Charles "Herk" Edgar Asay, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016 at CAMC Memorial surrounded by this loving family. Funeral arrangements are pending with Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Joan Briggs Print Comment Top of page

Joan B. Briggs, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016. There will be a celebration service in her home state Vermont at a later date. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street., South Charleston, WV (

Christopher Browning Print Comment Top of page

Christopher Allen Browning 43 of Madison, Wisc., formerly of Chapmanville, died Tuesday, February 1, 2016. Private service will be held at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, WV.

Jimmy Lee Dickens Print Comment Top of page

Jimmy Lee Dickens, 50, of Whitesville, W.Va., passed away February 5, 2016.

He was born April 24, 1965, to James and Mary Dickens of Sylvester, W.Va., where he was also raised.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennifer Harless Dickens.

He is survived by his children, Brandon Dickens and wife, Maddy, Miranda Dickens and Landon Harless; a sister, Kathy and husband, Brett Massey: a brother, Billy and wife, Sheila Dickens; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral service will be held noon Monday February 15, 2016, in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV with Rev. Charles Dickens officiating.

Interment will be at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations for funeral cost to: The Dickens Family PO BOX 295 Sylvester, WV 25193.

Robert L. Foster Print Comment Top of page

Robert L. Foster, 85, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Robert had a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and was retired from Union Carbide with 42 years of service.

After retirement, he served for several years as an environmental lobbyist for Charles Ryan and Associates.

Robert was a member of Charleston Baptist Temple and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Chemical Corps.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nelda Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Hauser Foster; daughter, Katherine (Patrick) Leggett of Charleston; son, Mark (Leska) Foster of Culloden; and one grandchild, Andrew Foster.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Charleston Baptist Temple Sanctuary with the Rev. Dean Davidson and the Rev. Archie Snedegar officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Baptist Temple Church Garden Columbarium.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be sent in memory of Robert to Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St., Charleston, WV 25301 and/or Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Blanche Hill Print Comment Top of page

Blanche "Pete" Hill, 95, of Clendenin, passed away Tuesday February 9, 2016, at 10:06 p.m. at the Williams Wilson Home in Waverly, Ohio.

She was the daughter of P.R. and Fannie Naylor Rucker. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 39 years, James R. Hill; brothers Russell "Jake", Raymond, and Don Rucker; sisters, Ruby Morrison, Madeline Rucker, and Radie Ferrell. She is survived by her foster daughter (niece), Toni (Gary) Sager of Waverly, Ohio; grandson, Chris (Tiffany) Sager of Orient, Ohio; granddaughter, Jennifer (Darrel) Leibolt of Ashland, Ohio; one great-granddaughter; brother, Larry (Donna) Rucker of Jane Lew, W.Va.; sisters, Oreda "Bill" Mick of Teays Valley, W.Va., Wilma McQuain of Nitro, W.Va., and Shirley "Connie" Cobb of Elkview, W.Va.

A small graveside service is planned for family only, however due to frigid temperatures will be conducted and held inside at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, W.Va. on Sunday, February 14, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Darrel Leibolt officiating.

The family wishes to thank the amazing staff of the Williams Wilson Home that provided excellent loving care.

She will be remembered for her bubbly, vibrant personality, and treasured dearly in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Williams Wilson Home, 854 Howard Rd., Waverly, OH 45690. Cards and condolences can be sent to Mrs. Toni Sager, 122 N. Market Street, Waverly, OH 45690.

David Jack Sr. Print Comment Top of page

David L. Jack, Sr., 66, of Exchange, passed away February 10, 2016.

He was born January 3, 1950, a son of the late William Walter and Virginia Louise Metheny Jack.

David was a 1967 graduate of Gassaway High School. Early on he was a clerk for the Braxton County Commission. He was head of the summer youth program in Burnsville. He also assisted in the student co-op programs, veterans' training programs and conducted schooling of Instruction for the Election Officials.

He received his Associate's degree in Business from the University of Charleston. David also obtained two Bachelor's degrees from Glenville State College. The certificates he held were in Business Principles, Business Math and Social Studies. He also taught school in Lewis County and was an instructor for the Adult Basic Education Program. David was a representative for Mutual of Omaha and the Benefits Coordinator for National Small Business United working in Braxton and surrounding counties.

David was a member of Cutlip's United Methodist Church.

David enjoyed being a farmer and relished in his title of grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his wife, family, friends, coworkers, people of Braxton County, and all those whose lives he touched.

He was preceded in death by son, David "Baby Dave" Lynn Jack, Jr.; brother, Walter Lane Jack, Sr.

David is survived by his wife, Barbara Jack; daughters, Karen Abraham and husband, Dale and Lisa Keown and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Jocelyn Rayne, Mason Jack, SkyLynn Davidson, Mallory Dawn, Teahya, Isaac, Ian and Catherine Grace; brother, Henry Jack and wife, Dolly; sisters, Jo Ellen Smith and husband, Erman and Lou Ann Gaines and husband, Lloyd; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday February 15, 2016, at the Gassaway Baptist Church with the Rev. David Fisher officiating. Burial will be in the Jack Family Cemetery, Exchange. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Gassaway Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Baby Dave Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Premier Bank, P.O. Box 40, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Peggy Ann Jarrett Print Comment Top of page

Peggy Ann Jarrett, 80, of Charleston, passed away February 10, 2016.

She was born April 7, 1935, in Beaver, the daughter of the late Ceward and Mabel Mehan Pendleton. Peggy was a Legal Secretary for Collias Law Office for over 40 years. She loved shopping, spending time with her grandchildren and "Fur Babies."

In addition her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Jarrett.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Jeremy Jarrett of Sutton and Ashley Jarrett-Smith of Charleston; daughter, Teresa Jarrett-Smith of Charleston; former husband and wonderful friend, Boyce Jarrett; and "Fur Babies", Miss Kitty and Peppi.

A service to celebrate the life of Peggy Ann Jarrett will be held 3 p.m. Sunday February 14, 2016, at Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston with Pastor Melvin Sizemore officiating. Friends and Family will gather from 1 p.m. until service time. Private graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, S. Charleston.

You may leave online condolences by visiting www.bartlett

John Jividen Print Comment Top of page

John Leroy Jividen, 86, of Sugar Hill, Ga., passed away at home on Thursday February 11, 2016. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Leroy and Mamie Jividen. In 1947, he graduated from South High School in Columbus, Ohio, where he played basketball and baseball. He enlisted into the US Navy in 1947 where he proudly served his country for 20 years before retiring from military service. He married his beloved wife, Lucille Reba Johnson on June 18, 1951. He continued working in public service with the Federal Maritime Commission as the Director of Data Processing until his permanent retirement in March of 1984.

John was a sports lover and an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a volunteer coach of youth baseball and basketball for over 30 years in Springfield, Va., touching many lives of the players he coached. He was also a volunteer coach for the American Legion Post 176 baseball team for many years.

He dearly loved his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Mamie Jividen; and his sister, Donna Rhodes.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Lucille; two daughters, Yvonne Bowling of Sugar Hill, Ga. and Janet (Scott) Miller of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sons, John (Lucy) Jividen of Charleston and Jeff (Laura) Jividen of Duluth, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Bowling, Joshua (and Shelly) Bowling, Matthew Miller, Tyler Jividen and Zachary Jividen; great-grandchildren, Micayla Starnes, Cal Bowling and Camille Simpson; and his sister, Betty Royster.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. February 14, at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences can be expressed at

An additional service will be held in Virginia when he is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery – details to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a memorial contribution in John's name to either The United Ostomy Association of America, P.O. Box 525 Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525 or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

Corbett Johnston Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Corbett Johnston Sr., of Rainelle, died Feb. 10, 2016. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sun. Feb. 14, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. There will be no visitation. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Keys Print Comment Top of page

Linda F. Keys of Dunbar died Friday, February 5, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, West. Cremation services are being provided Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston, WV (

Frederick Lyon II Print Comment Top of page

Frederick Ralph "Rick" Lyon II, 71, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 11, 2016.Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar."

Permilla McLaughlin Print Comment Top of page

Permilla E. "Peggy" McLaughlin, 91, of Roanoke, died Tues. Feb. 9, 2016. Service will be 3:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 14, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale is in charge of arrangments.

Paula McNamara Print Comment Top of page

Paula Wagner McNamara, 90, of Charleston, left this world on February 10, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. Paula, the only child of the late Leah and Paul Wagner, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1925.

Paula attended school in St. Louis, where she enjoyed dancing ballet, playing cello in her school orchestra and was an avid member the Girl Scouts. Her family moved to Chicago, Illinois during her high school years. She finished high school in Chicago at Hyde Park High School. She continued her education at the University of Omaha in Nebraska and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Paula continued her learning throughout her life while working and raising her children. She began graduate courses at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan completing her masters in Special Education at the College of Graduate Studies in West Virginia.

While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paula met and married Raymond McNamara in 1949. They had five children in the various places they lived. She gave all of her children and grandchildren the love of music, dance, art, humor, and good food. Her children are Carol Rae Manuel, deceased, (Tom), Marla McNamara (Dean Simon) of Charlottesville, Va., Cynthia McCullough (Jack) of Baker, W.Va., Erin McNamara (Warren Perlstein) of Chicago, Ill., and Brian McNamara (Peiqi) of Norfolk, Va.

Paula and Ray have seven grandchildren, Aaron McCullough of Cincinnati, Ohio, Allen McCullough of Baker, W.Va., Sasha Zackrisson (Keith) of Crozet, Va., Leah Carbone (Dominic) of Point Marion, Pa., Elliot Callen of Morgantown, W.Va., Louise and Angelina McNamara of Norfolk, Va.; they also have two step-grandchildren, Traci Asher (Jim) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Jodi Brunjes (Adam) of Fort Collins, Colo.

They have four great-grandchildren, Jacob McCullough of Cincinnati, Hayden and Cullen Zackrisson of Crozet and Dominic Carbone of Point Marion. They also have one step-great grandchild, Raenger Brunjes of Fort Collins.

Paula worked as an art librarian at the Chicago Public Library before beginning her family. In Marquette, Michigan, she played cello in the symphony. In Warren, Michigan, she was an art instructor for the Department of Parks and Recreation. After moving to Charleston in 1963, she continued her work as an art instructor with the adult education program for Kanawha County Board of Education, as well as at the Children's Museum (Sunrise) and the Charleston Art Gallery. When all of her children were in school she began full time work at the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center in Institute, WV as an art instructor and librarian. After retirement, she was the Executive Director for the WV Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Paula was an award winning artist, exhibiting work wherever she lived. She was active in the Charleston art scene as a member of Allied Artists and the Clay Centers Collectors Club. Her work was shown at the Charleston Art Gallery and the Huntington Art Gallery where she received many first and second place awards.

Paula and Ray traveled the United States throughout their married lives. After retirement, they extended their travels to over 20 foreign countries on their own as well as with the organizations of Friendship Force International and Partners of the Americas.

Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Monday February 15, 2016, at the Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia St. Charleston, WV, where there will be a visitation, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to: Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387 or West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 2292, Charleston, WV 25328.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Joshua M. Parsons Print Comment Top of page

Joshua M. Parsons, 31, of Cross Lanes, died Feb. 3, 2016. Full obituary will be published in the Sunday Gazette-Mail. Arrangements are in the care of Elk Funeral Home.

Dona Ramey Print Comment Top of page

Dona Ethel Ramey, 85, of Harts, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday February 14, 2016, at Freeman Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday February 13, 2016, at the funeral home. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Eloiria Shafer Print Comment Top of page

Eloiria "Sylvia" Shafer, 91, of Muddy Creek Mountain, Lewisburg died Feb. 12, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun. Feb. 14, at Zion's Light Baptist Church of Ronceverte. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Sun. at the church. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Timothy Taylor Print Comment Top of page

Timothy Eugene Taylor, 63, formerly of Rand, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Born on February 25, 1952, in Charleston, Timothy was a son of the late Wattrous Taylor and Wilhelmenia Milton Taylor.

Tim grew up as the youngest of five children. He attended DuPont High School and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College. It was there he met and married his college sweetheart, Cynthia. They were blessed with one son, Timothy, and made their home in Claymont, Del., for 28 years. Tim enjoyed working in the private sector of computer sales much of his life. After relocating to Myrtle Beach, he was employed in sales at several area hotels. Timothy was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Cynthia R. Taylor; son, Timothy L. Taylor, both of Myrtle Beach; granddaughter, Savannah Perkins of Pa.; godson, Dominick Brown Newman of Pa.; sister, Delma Singleton (Charles) of W.Va.; brother, Anthony Taylor of Fla.; aunt and uncle, James and Carol Isaac of Washington, DC; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday February 15, at McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach, SC.

An online guestbook is available at

Lillian F. Williams Print Comment Top of page

Lillian Faye Perkins Williams entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Faye was born Oct. 8, 1931 to Charles and Nora Toler Perkins in Crown Hill, which was her home for most of her life. In addition to her parents, she was  preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Williams, Jr.

Throughout her life she held many titles, working diligently to care and provide for her family and loved ones. Her proudest accomplishment was obtaining her GED in 1979 and continuing her education to become a CNA. Faye worked many years as a caregiver and often shared her fond memories of doing what she truly loved. She touched the lives and hearts of many throughout her journey. Through her baptism she was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hansford.

Surviving are sons C.E. Pete Arms and wife, Pat, of Hansford and Charlie of Crown Hill; daughters, Sandra Mayhew and husband, Randy, of Hurricane and Susie Williams and fiance, Bruce Lavender, of Florence, S.C.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Hansford, with Father Stan Holmes as celebrant. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. A private family graveside service will follow at Holly Grove Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Dunbar Center for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 195, Hansford, WV 25103.

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Funerals for: February 13, 2016

Aliff, David W. Sr. 1 p.m., Church of God of Prophecy, Sylvester.

Arthur, Eliza J. 2 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Berger, Renata G. Noon, Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Bragg, Virginia 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Craigsville.

Chambers, Mary J. Noon, Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood.

Garcia, Juanita 1 p.m., Sky Ministries, Beckley.

Hartney, Joel S. 4 p.m., Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot.

Jarvis, Evon 11 a.m., Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

Jeffrey, Toby 5 p.m., Eskdale Baptist Church, Eskdale.

Keenan, Eddie E. 3 p.m., Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

Keyes, Michael R. 6 p.m., Dorothy Assembly of God, Dorothy.

Kirk, Johanna 2 p.m., High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Lambert, Harold E. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Martin, Barbara 11 a.m., Bartlett

Miller, Richard C. 10 a.m., St. John United Methodist Church, Scott Depot.

Mitchell, Charles D. 11 a.m., Griffith Creek Baptist Church, Alderson.

Mullenax, Sarah K. 11 a.m., Arbovale Cemetery, Arbovale.

Ramsey, Evelyn 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Redding, Billy J. 3 p.m., Pine Grove Church of Christ, Scott Depot.

Ripley, Mary E. 11 a.m., First Church of God, Pickaway.

Rogliano, Virginia A. 1 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, South Charleston.

Russell, Regena 3 p.m., Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Dunbar.

Smith, Mary M. 1 p.m., Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.

Sprouse, Joan E. 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Tucker, George D. Jr. 11 a.m., Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston.

Vance, Alva L. 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Williams, Lillian F. 1 p.m., The Church of the Good Shepherd, Hansford.

Woods, Chester E. Sr. 11 a.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.