Homer Lee Backus, 80, of South Madison, died May 1, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the funeral home.
Hollie C. Bailey, 83, of Milton, died May 2, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with visitation one hour prior.
Helen Virgnia Bartley, 71, of Prattville, Ala., died Dec. 16, 2015. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Mount Vernon Church, Glade Creek. Condolences may be shared at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.
Iva Mae Beasley, 81, passed away May 1, 2016 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center, Gainesville, Florida. She was the loving wife of Thurmond Henry Chambers and Charles Royce Beasley.
Iva was born in Harts Creek, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Ezra and Della Pack. She was employed at JCPenney as a salesperson. Prior to that, she helped manage her family's hardware store, Pack Lumber and Supply, in Melrose, Florida.
She was a member of Chesapeake Methodist Church in Chesapeake, West Virginia. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and taking pictures.
She is survived by her son, Thurmond Chambers (Julie); her stepsons, Steve Beasley (Ellie), Larry Beasley, Dale Beasley (Carole); 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Janet Pack, Billy Pack (Sandy), George Pack (MaryBeth); numerous nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Ann Mitchem, Sherry Bosley and Faith Peal. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thurmond Henry Chambers and Charles Royce Beasley; her parents, Ezra and Della Pack; her sister, Louise Pack; and her brother, Robert Pack.
Iva's special nephew, Larry Pack, will be officiating the memorial service. It will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Trinity Baptist Church, Keystone Heights, Florida. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A celebration will be held in West Virginia at a later date, to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to E.T. York Hospice Care Center, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.
Jewell Iris Browning, 93, of Midkiff, died May 2, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, with visitation one hour prior.
Rosemary Lewis Bsharah, 93, passed from this earth to our Lord on Monday, May 2, 2016.
She was born April 26, 1923 in Charleston to George Lewis and Nazza Aide. She was the last remaining sibling of five.
Those who joined our Lord before her were husband, Dr. Norman Bsharah, and daughter, Catherine Ann Bsharah.
Surviving family members are son, Norman Andrew Bsharah; granddaughter, Maria Rose Dempsey and fiance, Dylan Lowe; and the love of her life great-granddaughter, Lilly Catherine Lowe; as well as in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was a registered nurse, a WAVE in the Navy during World War II and homemaker during her remaining years on this earth.
She was also a proud and faithful member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, the Shums il Bir club and the Ladies Guild. The church and her faith were her second home.
God bless her and thank you to everyone who visited her and kept her in their thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. George Orthodox Cathedral.
Funeral service will be noon Thursday, May 5, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, with the Rev. Father Christopher Eid, Rev. Father Stephen De Young and The Very Rev. Father Olof Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of the arrangements.
Gladys Mae Chapman, 88, of Culloden, died May 2, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the funeral home.
Lindsay Elizabeth Gardner passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep, on May 1, 2016, in Manasota Beach, Florida, from complications arising from a longstanding physical illness. Lindsay enjoyed her last day on Earth spending time with loved ones at the beach. Lindsay was born September 21, 1984.
She was the beloved daughter of Margaret L. Workman of Charleston, WV and Edward T. (Liza) Gardner of Bradenton, Florida; the beloved sister of Edward E. Gardner, of Huntington, WV and Christopher W. Gardner (Mary); and the aunt of Lilly Gardner, of Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. She also leaves behind her constant companion, her miniature Chihuahua, Coco Chanel. Lindsay was loved beyond words by her whole family.
She was a graduate of George Washington High School and the University of Charleston. In 2015, she joined Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, WV, as a media liaison and crisis communication consultant, managing the company's local and national media communications during the most challenging season in the company's 30year history. Prior to that time, she worked as the public relations manager for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was an incredible writer and a finalist in the National Hearst awards for feature writing.
Lindsay was a bright, shining star, not just because of her beauty, but by the sweetness, empathy, and warmth with which she treated all human beings and animals. She radiated kindness, dignity, and elegance to everyone she encountered. Although she had a quiet shyness, she also had a very vivacious and outgoing personality. As we were sharing memories of her this week, one of her brothers said "she could sweettalk a dog off a meat truck."
She was a juried member of Allied Artists and her design talent permeated everything about her life, from her fashion sense, to her home decor, her artwork, and her creative culinary skills.
She was active in the community, lending her enthusiasm and skills to many worthy causes. In addition, Lindsay was the People's Choice in the local Dancing with the Stars Charleston Symphony benefit in 2013 and volunteered at Manna Meal throughout the years. Lindsay gave lots of heart and spirit to everything she did and will be grieved and remembered by those whose lives she touched so sweetly with a legacy of compassion in the community she loved.
She is also survived by her aunt, Deborah Workman Walker of Charleston and cousin, Amanda Walker of London, England; her aunts, Mimi (Bill) Gates of Seattle, WA and Janet Gardner of Rocky Hill, N.J. and cousins, Casey (Tracy) Neill of Portland, Oregon, and Karl (Tita) Debreczeny of New York.
A memorial service will be held Monday, May 9th, at St. John's Episcopal Church, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manna Meal, 1105 Quarrier St., Chas., WV 25301, or the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Chas., WV 25311.
"When she shall die,
Take her and cut her out in little stars,
And she will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun."
- William Shakespeare
But there are no words to truly convey what a beautiful, shining light of love Lindsay was in this world, nor to describe how her passing has crushed our hearts and souls. May God grant those who loved her the strength to deal with her loss.
Freda Watkins Halstead, 59, of Seth, went to be with the Lord at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 after a courageously fought battle.
Freda was a Christian. She loved playing Yahtzee, bingo and all types of card games. She loved Elvis and rooting on the Sherman Tide and the West Virginia Mountaineers.
She loved organizing family get-togethers at her fire pit.
She was preceded in death by father, Bill Watkins; mother, Lori McMillan; sisters, Shelvy Reed and Alberta Toney; brother, Jesse McMillan; grandmother, Clara Watkins; nieces, Laura, Cindy and Stephany; and nephews, Bill, Chris, Chris, Daniel and Mark.
Surviving are her husband and only true love, Harold; daughter, Becky (Eric) Edie of Prenter; sons, Brian Halstead of Seth and Nathaniel Halstead of Prenter; grandchildren, Caleb of Hawaii and Matthew, Eli and Shaun, all of Prenter; sisters, Patsy, Debbie, Robin, Joni, Norma and Janet; brothers, Hubert, Leslie, Harless, Johnny and Ted; and a host of other family and friends.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Sally and her co-workers at Kanawaha Hospice Care, and to all of her family and friends who helped Freda through her final days on earth, especially her sister, Debbie, who was with her through it all.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with her brother-in-law, the Rev. Roger Halstead, officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
A memorial service for Nancy Jean Jeffers will be held for friends and family at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m.
Barbara Kosa, 78, of Eleanor, passed away May 2, 2016. Service will be 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the funeral home.
Bobbie Ann Vines Parsons, 84, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., passed away Friday, April 29, 2016. Born April 12, 1932 in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Blanche Cook Vines.
Bobbie was a retired telephone operator for AT&T. She had a passion for cooking.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Parsons; grandchildren, Brette Leigh and Bailey Anne Parsons; and a sister, Billie Jean Vines Hash.
Bobbie is survived by her son, Mark Parsons of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and her grandson, Mitchell Parsons.
Following her wishes, a private committal service and burial was held in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caris Health Care Hospice, 242 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 101, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, or Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.
Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Montina L. Pettry, 81, of Buffalo, formerly of Red Warrior, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at her home following a long illness. She was a homemaker, and one of the first women coal miners in the state of West Virginia. She enjoyed fishing and softball. She was a loving mother and grandmother who took excellent care of her girls and will be sadly missed.
Born Oct. 9, 1934 in Kanawha County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Smith and Lottie Howell Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Pettry; sisters, Ruby Jones, Juanita Sue Bibb and Lucille Berry; and brothers, "Weed" Smith and Toby Smith.
She is survived by her daughters, Laura "Peanut" (Darrell) Perry of Buffalo, Montina Sue Hoefle of Huntsville, Ala., and Tonya Whited of South Charleston; a brother, Frank Smith of Flint, Mich.; as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Cross Creek Community Church, Buffalo, with Pastor Larry Mobley officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the Pettry family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.
Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.
David J. Samms, Sr., 87, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Samms family.
Hobert Ernest "Hobbie" Smith, Jr., 65, of Tornado, passed away suddenly on April 26, 2016 while working as an electrician at the American Embassy in Beijing, China. He previously worked at the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia.
He was born Feb. 26, 1951, the son of Hobart and Dorothy Smith, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Haynes.
Hobbie was a 1968 graduate of St. Albans High School. He was a journeyman electrician and had a degree in computer science from N.I.T. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1970 to 1978.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Lynda Guthrie Smith of St. Albans; daughters, Erica Tweedy of Dunbar, Nicole Finney of Dunbar, Misty Rollins (Phillip) of Red House, Charity Young (Ricky) of St. Albans and Davina Kemp (Michael) of Elkview; sister, Sandy Smith of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and numerous friends around the world.
Celebration of Hobbie's life will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Highlawn Church of God, St. Albans, with Pastor Roy Young officiating. Burial will follow in Guthrie Cemetery with military graveside rites to be conducted by St. Albans VFW Post 6418 and American Legion Post 73.
Gathering of family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.
Paul Raymond Stone Jr., beloved father and grandfather, 88, of Orrstown, PA (formerly of Charleston, W.Va.), passed away April 28, 2016, after a short illness. He will be greatly missed. Born December 24, 1927, in Martinsville, Virginia to the late Paul R. Stone Sr. and Mildred Beckner Stone. Paul's godparents were "Pete" the fishmonger and "Liz" the conjure woman. Paul was the loving husband of the late Katherine P. Stone, whom he married in November 1954, who preceded him in death (January 2008). He was the wonderful father of Paul R. Stone III (Grace) and Katherine M. Stone (Darrell Saksa) and grandfather to Paul R. Stone IV (who is named for his Grandfather). He is also survived by a cousin, James Beckner; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his beloved brothers, James Lewis Stone (infant) and Samuel Beckner Stone.
Paul attended VPI for one year before volunteering for the U.S. Army where he served in the Medical Corps. During his service in Japan he personally met two notable Japanese men: The Emperor Hirohito and the Christian missionary Kagawa Toyohiko. Upon his return to the US he attended Duke University for one year. He entered the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law in 1949, graduating in 1953. He took a leave of absence from his second year of law school to assist in the defense of an African-American male sentenced to death for the rape of a white woman. Despite herculean efforts, including advocating his cause before 4 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, his client was put to death. This event caused him to be a lifelong advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.
Upon graduation from law school Paul practiced criminal law in Richmond, Portsmouth, and Martinsville, Va. for 3 years. In 1956 he joined the Interstate Commerce Commission as an Attorney advisor involved in railroad rate cases. In early 1965 he joined the Federal Trade Commission where he helped pass legislation requiring the first cancer warning labels on cigarette packages.
In late 1965 Paul became a federal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare that required a move to Charleston, West Virginia, his home for the next 40 years. He conducted Social Security disability and SSI hearings, and the first federal Black Lung hearings in the State of W.Va.
In 1985 Paul was appointed Overseer, Chief Hearing Examiner and ALJ of the W.Va. Human Rights Commission, pursuant to the W.Va. Supreme Court's Allen decision. His job was to clear up the backlog of unresolved human rights complaints.
In mid-1986 Paul became Juvenile Referee and Chief Probation Officer for Boone and Lincoln Counties, conducting juvenile hearings and supervising the probation staff. This was followed by a brief term as the County Attorney for Kanawha County, temporary ALJ with the W.Va. Department of Employment Security, and City Attorney for the City of South Charleston, W.Va.
During most of 1991, Paul served as Roane County Prosecuting Attorney, where he obtained first degree murder convictions against an individual who shot up a bar; resulting in a sentence of life without mercy. Thereafter, Paul engaged in private practice. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, teaching Juvenile Law, Psychology, and Criminal Law. He was the City of Dunbar prosecutor from 1995 to 1997. In the early 2000's he worked for the West Virginia Public Defender Services Appellate Division. In 2003 Mr. and Mrs. Stone moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to their son. Mr. Stone practiced law in Pennsylvania until illness forced his retirement in 2006. During the course of his legal career, Mr. Stone submitted two briefs to the US. Supreme Court.
His hobbies included flying, playing multiple instruments, and composed religious music. He is also the holder of a US Patent for an airfoil.
The family would like to give special thanks and appreciation to Menno Haven Retirement Communities and Norland Family Practice of Chambersburg.
A memorial service to celebrate Paul's life and accomplishments will be held at the Menno Haven Chapel in Chambersburg, PA on Saturday, May 7, at 2 PM. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Legal Aid of West Virginia or the Southern Center for Human Rights. Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
Dwight Irvin Tawney, 86, of Clendenin, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
He was retired from Geary Brothers as a truck driver and salesman. He attended Thorofare Community Church. Dwight was known as the "Apple Man" from the Clendenin and Elkview area. He liked to go hunting and ginsenging, and spending time at the flea market.
He was preceded in death by his son, John Robert Tawney; parents, George and Mae Kennedy Tawney; and siblings, Russell Tawney, Marie Hoff, Donna Tawney and Robert Tawney.
Dwight is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Donna Shamblin Tawney; brother, Harley Tawney; daughter-in-law, Kathy Tawney; grandsons, Brian Tawney, Michael (Danielle) Tawney and CJ (Julie) Tawney; granddaughter, Tricia York; and great-grandchildren, Kaylyn Tawney, Abigail Hannigan, Tyler Tawney, Jonathan Tawney and Caleb Robinson.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Hafer Funeral Home with Brother Eddie Young officiating. Burial will be in the Tawney Cemetery, West Union Road, Clendenin.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview.
Homer Lee Thomas, Jr., 69, of Nitro, passed away May 2, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House West after a short illness. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Thomas family.
Dallas Elsworth Thompson, 85, of Chapmanville, departed this life on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at CAMC General, Charelston.
He was born Oct. 10, 1930 in Stollings, a son of the late Charles E. and Dora (Elkins) Thompson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ada Snyder and Freta Thompson; one brother, Edward Thompson; and his father- and mother-in-law, Oscar and Ocie (Spry) Damron.
Dallas loved his wife of 60 years and his daughter more than anything, but his greatest joy in life came from any time spent with his two grandsons. He was very proud of introducing them to a life of service for others by early involvement with the Masonic Lodge, Salvation Army and the American Cancer Society. Dallas was a veteran of both the Army and Air Force, retiring after 22 years of military service. Following his military retirement he was employed by Pittston Coal, retiring after another 20 years as an electrician. Dallas was an avid fisher and golfer. He was a 53-year member of the Masonic Fraternity. He was also a member of Beni Kedem Shriners and Charleston Scottish Rite. The Salvation Army was very near and dear to Dallas' heart, as he attended church there as a child. He later served as an Advisory Board member for 27 years. As an adult he was a faithful attendee of the Nazarene Church and loved his church family.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gay (Damron) Thompson of Chapmanville; one daughter, Debbie (Roger) Porter of Pecks Mill; two grandsons, Christopher Dallas (Sarah) Porter of Danville and Gregory Alexander Porter of Pecks Mill; and one brother, Jennings (Diana) Thompson of Chesapeake, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Logan Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 1410, Logan, WV 25601; Logan Shrine Club, P.O. Box 1472, Logan, WV 25601; or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1771, Logan, WV 25601.
His family would like to express their appreciation for the care Dallas received at CAMC.
Service will be held at noon Wednesday, May 4, at Freeman Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Cale and Maj. Cal Clatterbuck, retired, officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Old Logan Road, Chapmanville, with military and Masonic graveside rites.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of the arrangements.
Herbert Earl Thompson, 84, of Huntington, died May 2, 2016. Service will be noon Friday, May 6, at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, Huntington. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville.
Jim Vandale, 67, of Big Bend, died April 26, 2016. Graveside service was held Tuesday, May 3, at Groundhog Cemetery, Weston, where interment followed. Arrangements by Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.
Lura Watkins passed away May 1, 2016, at age 90. She was born Oct. 29, 1925 in Morgantown to the late Mary Pelley and Ross Bradshaw Johnston. The family moved to Charleston shortly thereafter. She graduated from Charleston High in 1942 and received a B.A. in psychology from Agnes Scott College in 1946. She later earned an M.A. in counseling from WVCOGS.
Lura is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, William Merle "Bill"; her three children, Mary Lu MacCorkle (John) of South Charleston, William Merle Watkins, III (Rhonda) of Hurricane and Richard Ross Watkins (Kathy) of Atlanta; grandchildren, Michael MacCorkle (Lisa), Tara Ayers (Brien), Katherine Mullins (Michael), Meredith Latta (Chris), William Merle Watkins IV and Sarah Watkins; and great-grandchildren, Alexandra MacCorkle, Reilly Ayers, Charlotte MacCorkle and Robert E.L. Ayers.
Lura and Bill moved many times in their early marriage, while Bill served in the military and completed school. They moved back to West Virginia in 1952 and lived in South Charleston the rest of their married life. Lura worked for a few years in the personnel department of large department stores in Pittsburgh and New Jersey, then was a stay-at-home mom until 1975 when she became the public relations director of the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, where she worked until she retired.
Her greatest contributions were to her community. She was a 50-year member of the Woman's Club of South Charleston, where she served two terms as president, held many other offices and chaired many committees on the State and District level. She was the president of the South Charleston Inter-Club Council, South Charleston Republican Women, Montrose Garden Club and the South Charleston Beautification Commission. She was the chairman of the Fire Service Commission for South Charleston and served on the Governor's Commission on Substance Abuse. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston for her entire life, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Youth Fellowship advisor, president of the Women of the Church and Circle Bible moderator. She was active in her Chi Omega Sorority for many years.
Her family extends heartfelt gratitude to her caregivers from Crossroads Home Care and HospiceCare. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare or First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.
Final arrangements are pending. You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Bailey, Junior R. — 11 a.m., Gatens
Berry, William R. — 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Browning, Rex E. — 11 a.m., First Christian Church, Logan.
Fox, Henry D. — Noon, Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Lambert, June — 2 p.m., Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana.
Lesher, Patricia A. — 2 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.
Neely, Phyllis A. — 1:30 p.m., United Methodist Temple, Beckley.
New, Hersel — 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.
Payne, William — 4 p.m., Dartmont Freewill Baptist Church, Dartmont.
Petry, Virginia E. — 1 p.m., Dry Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Dry Creek.
Thompson, Dallas E. — Noon, Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.
Walker, Norman R. — 11 a.m., Allens Fork Community Church, Sissonville.