Today's Obituaries

Theodore Corcovilos Jr.

Theodore Charles Corcovilos Jr., 85, of Ravenswood, passed away July 21, 2017. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Roush Funeral Home, with Rosary service at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be 4 p.m. Monday, July 24, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood. Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood is honored to serve the family.

Darrell Costello

Darrell Hollis Costello, 72, of Orange City, Florida, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Central Florida Regional Hospital, Sanford, Fla. He was born June 1, 1945, in Kingwood. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, July 24. The family will receive friends from noon untill service time at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, 6357 East Pea Ridge Road, Huntington.

Cora Criner

Cora Gae Criner, 67, of Clay, W.Va, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

A funeral service was held at the Clay First Baptist Church, Sunday, July 23.Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Arnoldsburg, handled the service arrangements for the Criner family.

Betty Flenner

Betty Ruth Flenner, 86, of Camden on Gauley, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017.Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Friends may call from noon, until time of the service, at the funeral home.Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

Donna Sue (Nottingham) Kovach

Donna Sue (Nottingham) Kovach, 72, Of Strongsville, Ohio, formerly of Clay entered into rest Friday, July 21, 2017.

Born May 4, 1945, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Dudley and Ivory (Fitzwater) Nottingham. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her brother, J.D Nottingham and sisters, Earline Fitzgerald and Mary Nottingham.

Donna is survived by her sisters, Bonnie J. Boger and Lera Hall; brother, Johnny Nottingham all of Ohio.

Funeral service will be held 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Michael Strange officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kovach family.

Randy McCoy

Randy Duane McCoy, 54, left us all way too soon, July 14, 2017, at Cleveland Clinic. He was the most loving and caring individual one would ever meet. He grabbed each of our hearts with his beautiful smile, glowing personality, contagious laugh and kindness. He worked as a Crime Victims advocate for the state of West Virginia. His job gave him daily satisfaction knowing he was helping those in need.

He is survived by his husband Randy Cain II, pets Toffy and Molly, sister Linda Colebank, nephew Aaron Colebank, relatives Betty Kelley, Tim and Lisa Bunner, Bob and Criss Welshans, William Deweese, Clyde and Helen Lowe, June and Louella Woodring, Betty Kerby, Charles and Shirley McCoy, Lewis and Brenda McCoy. In-Laws Randy and Sharon Cain, Renea Cottrell, Nathanael Jordan, Zachariah Jordan and Cobun Cottrell.

He is preceded in death by his mother Phyllis McCoy, grandparents Hunter and Verba Deweese, and Charles and Hannah McCoy, Paul Kelley, Walter Kerby, Robert and Ethel McCoy, James and Della Shaffer, Clarence and Mildred Williams.

A Celebration honoring Randy's Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Kanawha Charleston Humane Association in Randy's name.

Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau

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Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the McCoy Family.

Janet Sue McDonald

Janet Sue McDonald (Jefferis), 70, passed away July 18, unexpectedly. A native of Morrow, Ohio, Jan was the wife of Dr. William McDonald, of Charleston, W.Va., with whom she celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary on June 10 of this year. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Wilmington College in Ohio, and a master's degree in education from St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne, Ind. She taught elementary school in Mount Vernon, Centerburg and Wilmington, all in Ohio. She was also a remedial reading teacher in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Long Island, N.Y. For the last 32 years, she was the office manager for her husband's chiropractic practice in Charleston.

Jan was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of West Charleston. She received the West Virginia McCallister Award for outstanding service to teenagers in Key Clubs. She also won first place in the state's Kiwanis Club scrapbook competition three times.

Her love of modern and contemporary art led to the Janet and William McDonald Biennial competition at Wilmington College. The competition featured judges from galleries in New York City and Ohio. The winning students received monetary awards to encourage a career in painting and printmaking.

Jan will always be remembered for putting others before herself, and for her sincere love of family. She was the daughter of the late Ethel and J. Maynard Jefferis of Morrow, Ohio. In addition to her husband, Jan is survived by two daughters, Tara (John) Wilkinson of Raleigh, N.C., and Meg (Adrian) Higgins of West Tisbury, Mass.; grandchildren, Nate, Abigail and Hannah Wilkinson, and Latham and Hayden Higgins; a brother, Jon (Maryann) Jefferis of Huron, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Joyce McDonald of Murray, Ky., Shirley Blair of Bradenton, Fla., and Gordon McDonald of Columbus, Ohio.

Jan was a member of Charleston's Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

A memorial service will be held on Jan's birthday, August 27, at 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. West, with the Rev. Rose Eddington and the Rev. Mel Hoover officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in memory of Jan be made to the Kiwanis Club of Charleston Foundation, c/o Paul Spradling, Treasurer, 117 Wildwood Drive, Elkview, WV 25071.

Jackie Lee Miller

Jackie Lee Miller 74, of Madison, W.Va, was born Dec. 1, 1942, and passed into a more restful place on July 21, 2017, after a short illness following a bad fall.

Jackie was preceded in death by his mother, Lula G. Miller, his brothers, Tommy and Jimmy Miller and sister Aretta Talbert.

He is survived by his sisters; Mary Sue Spratt of Madison and Juanita Mullins of Norwalk, Ohio, nephews; Mike Lucas of Madison, Rick, Greg and Mark Mullins of Norwalk, Ohio, and Steve and Kevin Talbert of Evansville, Ind., and nieces Melinda Diamond of Houston, Texas, Melissa Dague of Norwalk, Ohio and Terry Mulcany and Becky Johnson of Charleston.

The family would like to thank all their friends and neighbors who have been so kind and helpful in this time of sorrow. We would also like to thank Madison Medical Group, Boone Memorial Hospital, and Boone County Ambulance, for all their help and sincere kindness.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Monday, July 24, Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Rev. Tom Bias officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

You may express your condolences to the family

Cecil C. Parsons

Cecil Clayton Parsons, 87, of Red House, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at C.A.M.C. - Teays Valley, following a brief illness. Mr. Parsons worked for many years at American Viscose / Avtex in Nitro, and later retired from the Putnam County Board of Education, where he worked as a school custodian.

He was a life-long resident of Putnam County, and was the son of the late John Parsons and Georgia Casto Parsons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Leona Parsons; son, Daniel "Danny" Parsons; as well as several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his sons, Richard "Rick" (Debbie) Parsons, and David Parsons; his daughter, Patricia "Patti" (David) Smith; step-daughters, Karla (Stephen) Boyd, and Kim (Paul) Harvey; eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 27, at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel), with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Eleanor Chapel.

Mary Riley

Mary Alice Stanley Riley age 74, of Branchland, passed away July 23, 2017.Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., July 26, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 25, at the funeral home.

Brenda Joyce Strickland

Brenda Joyce Strickland, 59, of Ripley, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Charleston Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 28, 1958, in Ripley, a daughter of the late Ivan and Alice Combs Strickland. She was a Nursing graduate of West Virginia University in Parkersburg. She worked at Jackson General Hospital, Charleston General Hospital, and Charleston Memorial Hospital, and was the Director of Day Surgery Center in Charleston.

She is survived by her daughter, Lori Hayes; step children Michael Boner and Leighann Thompson; sister Janice Goff; brothers Stanley Strickland, Allen Strickland and Randall Strickland; grandchildren, EmilyHayes, Adam Hayes, Luke Hayes, Brett Boner, Nathan Boner, Taylor Boner, Julie Thompson, Blake Thompson and J.D. Thompson and, former husbands, Paul Boner and Phillip Landfried.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Sharon Curry, and brothers, Jack and Tony Strickland.

Funeral Service will be 8 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with John Gunther officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred.

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Anthony James Sykes

Anthony James Sykes born February 2, 1962 went home to be with the Lord, July 21, 2017, while surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lida Bell Stafford, and his grandfather, Anthony James Bressi

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved sports, Nascar, and walking in the beautiful W.Va. woods.

He is survived his fiancé; Katy Savalli, mother and father; Betty and Red Blaylock, daughter; Nicole Sykes, sons; Anthony (Dayna) and Dino Sykes, sister; Jerri Ann (Dale) Ray, brother; Robert (Angela) Blaylock, and two special brothers; Jackie Kirk and Andy Adkins, grandchildren; Cameron, Alexia and Aria, nephews; Joe, Zack and William, niece; Brittan, and great- niece Philisity Rose, and many more friends and family.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Handley Funeral Home, Danville, WV with Jim Turley officiating. Burial will follow in Family Cemetery, Ridgeview.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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George Russell Syms

George Russell Syms, 86, a resident of Severna Park, passed away on July 7, 2017, surrounded by his family, at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.

He was born on January 26, 1931, in Charleston, W.Va., and was raised in South Charleston, W.Va. He graduated from South Charleston High School in 1949, and graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., in 1953. He married Charlene Baum on January 31, 1953, and they previously lived in Richmond, Va.; Greensboro, N.C.; Bluefield, W.Va; and Baltimore, Md.

George served in the U.S. Navy, was employed as a Terminal Manager with Texaco for 32 years, and was a member of Severna Park United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed hunting, and the time spent at his camp in West Virginia, and enjoyed watching the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Charlene Syms; two daughters, Cynthia Ryder of Annapolis, Md., and Cathy Miner (Steve) of Severna Park, Md.; one son, Clifton Syms (Jessie) of Pasadena, Md.; two sisters, Caroll (Syms) Birch and Janina Ann (Ja) Syms of South Charleston; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Baum) Baber of Taylors, S.C., and Claris (Baum) Baer of Poca; two brothers-in-law, Arthur Baum of Warrenton, Va., and Jerry Baum of Washington, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Severna Park United Methodist Memorial Garden, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146.

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Brenda Will

Brenda S. Will, 65, of Point Pleasant, passed away July 21, 2017.Funeral service will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Funerals for: July 24, 2017

Cook Roberto, Myrnia

Corcovilos Jr., Theodore 4 p.m., St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood.

Costello, Darrell 1 p.m., Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, 6357 East Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, W.Va.

Dilley, Doris 1 p.m., Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City.

Gossett, Dorothy 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Herdman, Kathy 3 p.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Hull, Melissa 1 p.m., Bartlett

Kimball, Edward 11 a.m., Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Martin, Nancy 6 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church Chapel, St. Albans.

Miller, Jackie 11a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Painter, Violet 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Sparkman, Kitty 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Staats, Patricia 7 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Tench, Mildred Noon, Dodd

Tuttle, Kermit 6 p.m., Springfork Baptist Church, Campbells Creek.