Today's Obituaries

Debra Cantrell

Debra Lynn Cantrell, 57, of Weston, formerly of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at United Hospital Center Bridgeport, W.Va., after a short illness.

She was the daughter of the late Mayford "Pake" Francis Cantrell and Katie Delores Salisbury Cantrell. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Cantrell.

Debra is survived by daughter, Shannon Kile; brothers, Steve Cantrell and Kevin Cantrell; grandson, Hunter.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at Matics Funeral Home with Pastor Ronald Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Martha Mullins Cemetery, Clendenin.

Online condolences may be expressed at

William Cooke, Jr.

William Latimer Cooke, Jr. 83, of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2017, at his home. Bill Cooke will best be remembered as the gentleman proprietor of Latimer's Ltd., and a successful small businessman who helped his customers for decades with a new suit, a fine tie, and a kind word. Bill was born in Charleston, February 11, 1933. He attended Philips Academy at Andover ('51) and Williams College ('55).

Bill began his career in sales at WCHS, and later learned the art of haberdashery at Frankenberger's Department Store. Bill opened Latimer's Ltd. in 1969 in downtown Charleston. He was joined at Latimer's by his wife, Ann, and together they worked tirelessly as a thoughtful team to take care of their customers, their employees, and their community for 23 years.

In addition to his work in retail, Bill served as a Director at Boxley Materials Company, as a Director of Charleston Renaissance Corporation and the Charleston Downtown Association, and as an active member of numerous civic organizations, including the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, the Charleston Rotary Club, and Edgewood Country Club. With Charleston Renaissance and the Downtown Association, Bill was a leader in the redevelopment of the Village District encompassing Capitol, Quarrier, Hale, Lee and Summers Streets following the opening of the Charleston Town Center. He and Ann also adopted, redesigned and maintained the garden at the corner of Quarrier and Dickinson Streets in memory of their son, Will. Together, he and Ann were instrumental in bringing competitive bicycle racing to downtown with the Charleston Downtown Criterium. Many knew Bill as an avid runner, completing many more Charleston Distance Runs than all of the rest of his immediate and extended family members combined.

Bill was an active, life-long member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He was a kind husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. At Latimer's, you could count on seeing Bill each morning, rain or shine, sweeping the store front on Quarrier Street, and greeting all who passed with a smile. He welcomed the Latimer's shopper as well as anyone else who might need a warm drink on a cold day.

Bill was preceded in death by parents, William Latimer Cooke and Sally Ann Boxley Cooke; his loving wife of 48 years, Ann Clancy Cooke; son, William Latimer Cooke, IV; and daughter, Laura Clancy Cooke.

Bill is survived by brother, James Boxley Cooke and his wife, Jane Menge Cooke of Baltimore, Maryland; his sister, Sally Ann Meek and her husband, John Burgess Meek of Norfolk, Virginia; son, Andrew Boxley Cooke and his wife, Marjorie Havighurst Cooke; and his grandchildren, William Canfield Cooke and Hayden Latimer Cooke; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family of Bill Cooke wishes to thank his tremendous caregivers including Teresa Walker, Sumer Moffatt, Whitney Brester, Brandy Bailey, Marva Crouch, Dorothy Newell, and the nursing staff of Hospice Care.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held 2 p.m., January 28, 2017, in Charleston, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier Street. The Reverend Marquita L. Hutchens will officiate. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements are being handled by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home.

Dorothy Davis

Dorothy Jean Davis, 74, of Point Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, January 27, at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant. Friends can visit the family from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday.

Donald Duncan

Donald Duncan, 78, of Point Pleasant, passed away January 20, 2017. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, January 23, at the Deal Funeral Home, in Point Pleasant. Friends may visit the family from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home.

Merle Manns

Merle Jean Manns, 64, of Kenova, died January 21, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at McGhee Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Howard P. Powell

Howard P. Powell, 72, of Greenview, died January 19, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation one hour prior.

Matthew Roberts

Matthew Murray Roberts, 40, of Evans, passed away January 21, 2017. Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, in the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at the funeral home.

Kenneth Romeo

Kenneth Earl Romeo, 75, of Dixie, entered into rest Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 2, 1941, he was the son of the late Charles Romeo and Ruth Campbell Withrow.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Nikki and Michelle Romeo; son, Kenny Tucker; brothers, Ronald Campbell Craze and Philip Dale Romeo; stepfather, Harold Withrow.

Earl was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He loved the outdoors and his community. If anyone was in need, he was the first to help. He loved children; he was always going above and beyond to help in any way he could.

Earl is survived by his wife, Brenda (VanMeter) Romeo of Dixie; son, Walter "Eddie" Tucker of Montgomery; daughter, Carla VanMeter of Charleston; sister, Cindy Toney of Glen Ferris; and two grandchildren.

Service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. Burial will follow in the Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va. Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Romeo family.

David Smith

David Smith, 57, of Charleston, passed away January 21, 2017. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.

Demarius "Dee Dee" Walls

Mrs. Demarius "Dee Dee" Walls, 73, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord January 20, 2017, at her home, following a long illness. Dee Dee fought a good fight and kept the faith, henceforth she has received her crown of righteousness.

She was born February 21, 1943, in St. Albans, WV to the late Kenneth and Melva Mary Carver Poe. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Poe, Jr.; and sister, Lucille Lutz.

Dee Dee attended St. Albans High School and was a homemaker, always loved caring for her family. She was a member of Rebecca Chapel Church, Dunbar, where she enjoyed church activities, teaching Sunday School, working with the youth, singing in the choir and later becoming the choir director. Most of all she loved being a good wife, mother and grandmother to all four of her granddaughters.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Mr. David L. Walls; children, David Dwight and wife, Lisa Walls and Darla Kay and husband, Dennis Pence; brother, Eugene A. and wife, Sylvia Poe; four beautiful granddaughters, Miranda Pence, Katelyn Pence, Courtney Walls and Christin Walls. Dee Dee is also survived by several nieces, nephews and other family members, all of whom she loved dearly.

Dee Dee never met a stranger and was a dear friend to all.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Demarius "Dee Dee" Walls will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Don Gatewood and Ronnie Nida officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Walls family.

Funerals for: January 23, 2017

Adam, Juanita 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park Lower Mausoleum, St. Albans

Austin, Lona Jane 1 p.m., Wilson

Ballard, Ruth 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, Whitesville.

Beckett, Patricia 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Casto, C. Elaine 1 p.m., Ripley Baptist Temple, Ripley.

Cox, Randy 1 p.m., Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Crawford, Robert "Alex" Noon, Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Duncan, Donald 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Dunlap, Donald Ray 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Dunn, James 6 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Garretson, Jennifer 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Sanford, Sylvia 1 p.m., Rainelle First Baptist Church, Rainelle.

Webb, Linda 1 p.m., Akers

Wriston, Charles 11 a.m., Mossy Living Word Church, Scarbro.

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