Robin H. Abbott of Washington, W.Va., passed away July 6, 2015 at Camden Clark Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 7, 1941, a son of the late Buie and Frances Abbott.
Robin retired from G.E. after working over 30 years. He was a member of Gihon Tabernacle, where he was a deacon and taught the adult Bible class.
He is survived by his wife, Martha "Dottie" Abbott; son, Brian Abbott; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Brice of Ohio; and sisters, Mary of Virginia and Mable and Linda of Kanawha County.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Abbott.
The family will have a private celebration of life. Online condolences may be sent at www.leavittfuneralhome.com.
Lonnie May Adkins, 83, of Hamlin, died July 28, 2015. Service will be noon Friday, July 31, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with visitation beginning one hour prior.
Rev. Richard C. Baker, 77, of Campbells Creek, Charleston, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 25, 2015.
Preceding him in death were his daughter, Amy Jo Baker; father, Ralph Baker; mother and stepfather, Ruey and Guy Robertson; sister, Betty Jo Baker; and brother, Frank Baker.
Surviving are Edith Baker, his wife of 49 years; daughter, Julie Baker, and granddaughter, Amelia Ford; brothers, Roger Baker of Tennessee and Ron Baker of Illinois; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William J. and Judith Totten; and several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Baker was a Vietnam veteran, having been in both the Navy and Army for a total of 13 years. He was a retired evangelist from the Church of the Nazarene, serving for 28 years, and was pastor of Campbells Creek Church of the Nazarene from 2005 to 2013. Rev. Baker was a man of prayer, praying daily for all who were part of his family, friends, neighbors and ministry over the years.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at the funeral home with Dr. Mervin Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Campbells Creek Church of the Nazarene Church to be forwarded to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. This fund provides care and support to people around the world when a tragedy occurs.
We want to especially thank Dr. Rayan Ihle, WVU Pulmonary Care, for her care and compassion during this time of illness.
The online guestbook for Rev. Richard C. Baker can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.
Mary Lou Bland, 56, of Ronceverte, died July 28, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.
Kathryn Smith Chernenko passed away July 28, 2015 in Wellsburg. She was born March 1, 1923 in Rea, Pa., daughter of Joseph and Anna Smith.
She shared 65 years of marriage with the late West Virginia State Senator John G. Chernenko, who died in April.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, William C. Smith of Morgantown and Joseph Smith, who died as a child.
Known to her friends as "Kay," she was an honors graduate of Wellsburg High School and worked as a bookkeeper as a young woman. She later worked as a deputy for the Brooke County Clerk and in the Brooke County Assessor's Office.
Kay was politically active her entire life and had the honor of hosting a tea reception for Future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at her home during the 1960 presidential election campaign. Nearly 200 women attended the event, which was highlighted by an unannounced visit by the candidate himself near the end of the day.
With her husband, she attended and participated in many major political events during her lifetime, including inaugural ceremonies in both Washington and Charleston and national Democratic nominating conventions. She and Senator Chernenko also represented the West Virginia State Legislature at two National Legislative Conferences.
In 1978 Governor John D. Rockefeller IV appointed her a member of the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, a position she held until 2002.
A longtime member of Wellsburg United Methodist Church, and its Altar Guild, she was a founding member of PEO Chapter N, and a member of Laurel Leaf Garden Club, the Wellsburg Junior Women's Club and the Bethany College Parents' Council, among other civic activities.
She was always proud of the accomplishments of Gary, Marc and Janet. She especially enjoyed watching and cheering for Janet during her high school and college tennis careers. She closely followed her grandson, Cullen, as he played for his high school tennis team, and Meredith, who plays on her middle school team.
Kay is survived by her children, Gary C. Chernenko and his wife, Susan V. Chernenko, of Charleston, Marc B. Chernenko and his wife, Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko, of Wellsburg and Janet Chernenko Mears and her husband, John R. Mears, of Huntington; grandchildren, John Cullen Mears and Meredith Kay Mears of Huntington; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A private family funeral service will be held at Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main St., Wellsburg, 304-737-3551, with Pastor Angel Adams officiating. Interment will follow, next to her dear husband, John, at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg.
Please add or view condolences at www.chambersandjames.com.
John "Johnny" Willis Chestnut, 80, of Warm Springs, Va., passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 7, 1934 in Warm Springs, the son of the late Wilbur Willis Chestnut and Pauline Bonner Chestnut.
Mr. Chestnut was a retired carpenter employed by Monk Brothers in Charleston. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a Jehovah's Witness and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma "Polly" Chestnut; five children; several grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Lawrence, Helen Keeney and Betty Nunley, all of Charleston, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, grandson and a sister, Jean Burdette.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home, Hot Springs, Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from noon to 1 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Charleston.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Grove Methodist Church or Hot Springs Rescue Squad.
Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.mclaughlinandyoung.com.
Margaret "Missy" A. Davis, 54, of Charleston, passed away July 28, 2015 from an extended illness.
She was a former employee of BrickStreet.
Missy was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Davis Jr. and Peggy Davis.
She is survived by brother, Bill Davis and his wife, Glenda; former spouse and best friend, Greg Koontz; special friends, Lisa Mitchell, Lora Randolph and Melanie Thomas; and pets, Rudy, Ellie Mae, Daisey and Gus.
At Missy's request, there will be a private service held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Keller Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Dunbar, WV 25064.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home.
Robert C. Francisco Sr., 82, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1001 S. Hickory St., Melbourne, Fla., 321-724-2222. Share memories and sign the family guestbook at www.afcfcare.com.
Jack Gliserman, born Nov. 4, 1958, of Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Logan, died July 22, 2015. Service for family and close friends will be held in Johnson City, Tenn., on Thursday, July 30.
Robert H. "Bob" Hobbs, 80, of East Bank, passed away July 25, 2015.
Bob was born Jan. 14, 1935 in Madison, Tenn., and then moved to Belle. He was the only child of the late Robert Harvey Hobbs and Louise Gillum Hobbs. Bob resided in Belle throughout high school and graduated from DuPont High in 1952.
Bob was employed by the DuPont Company in 1953 as a mail clerk and retired as a plant buyer and purchasing coordinator with nearly 40 years of service. He was the recorder and treasurer for the town of East Bank, and municipal judge for 18 years for several towns in West Virginia. He served as treasurer for the West Virginia Municipal Judges Association and the Odd Fellows. He was also a member of the Rebekahs of Montgomery. Bob was a former president of the Davis Creek-Ruthdale Lions Club and former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Davis Creek-Ruthdale Voluntary Fire Department.
Bob was very active in athletics at DuPont High, participating in football, basketball and track teams. He also served as Varsity Club president his senior year. Bob also served as president of the DuPont Plant 25-year Club. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Bob was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after 11 years of service and was a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia G. Sprouse Hobbs of East Bank; sons, Robert Dean Hobbs of Uruguay, William Joseph Hobbs (Pam) of Qatar and Ponca City, Okla., and John Thomas Hobbs (Kella) of Beckley he was very proud of their accomplishments, as all were college graduates, a first in the Hobbs family; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, London. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.
A gathering of family and friends will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.pryorfh.com.
Erin M. Trimble Hornsby, 37, of Oak Hill, died July 28, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the funeral home.
John Ralph Hudson Jr., 86, of Ripley, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015.
Born Aug. 3, 1928 in Charleston, John was a son of the late John Ralph Sr. and Bertha Edith Bryant Hudson.
He served his country as a pilot with the United States Air Force. John was a talented musician and loved to play the guitar. He was a family man above all and was so proud of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Martha; children, Yevone Hudson Hupp and husband, Dale, of Tornado, Ralph R. Hudson of Ravenswood and Edith Belle Hudson Isaacs and husband, Mark, of McKee, Ky.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Priscilla Hoffman of Alum Creek, Vallie Hudson of Charleston and Jane Mooney of New Castle, Wyo.; and brother, Mickey Hudson of South Charleston.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Hopewell Baptist Church, Rabel Mountain Road, Charleston, with the Rev. Dorris Walls officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service Thursday at the church.
Joseph "Joe" Jarrell Sr., 89, of Rock Creek, died peacefully on July 25, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.
Joe was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Dry Creek to the late Harvey and Jessie Bradford Jarrell. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Edna Canterbury and Virginia Joseph; brothers, Lawrence, Pat, Bruce and Lacy; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ramona Harris Jarrell. He is also survived by sons, Joe Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Charleston, Gary and his wife, Margaret, of Dry Creek, and daughters, Terri Blair and son, DJ, of Norfolk, Va., and Jo Ann Honaker and her husband, Gary Paul, of Parkersburg. Also surviving are grandchildren, Gary Jarrell Jr. and his wife, Christina, of Charleston, Jason Jarrell of San Diego, Calif., Julie Eastman and her husband, Brad, of Charleston, S.C., Carrie Bias and her husband, Jason, of Jeffrey, Rivkah McDermott and her husband, Brian, of Columbus, Ohio, Daniel Blair and his wife, Danielle, of Virginia Beach, Va., Justin Honaker, Tia Honaker, Callissa Honaker and Jimmy Honaker of Parkersburg and Joshua Honaker and his wife, Brooke, of Logan, and seven great-grandchildren.
During World War II Joe was assigned to the 99th Infantry. While in the U.S. Army, CPL Jarrell participated in the Ardennes and Rhineland Campaigns and received several decorations and citations, including the Purple Heart for combat injuries sustained in Germany. Following his discharge from service he was employed for a short time in the coal mines. He then attended school in Nashville, Tenn., becoming certified as an auto body technician. Joe worked in his chosen field, where he was known to be "the best in his profession," was well-liked by all and remained for 25 years. He then became a land agent for Rowland Land Company until his retirement. Joe's hobbies were gardening and searching the mountains for ginseng and "molly moochers."
Graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Jarrell Cemetery, Dry Creek, with Pastor Barry Pierce officiating. Visitation will start at noon at the cemetery.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is handling all arrangements.
Avonell Lambert, 65, of Ranger, died July 28, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the funeral home.
Henry C. Montague, 67, of Charleston, passed away July 29, 2015 after a long illness.
Henry worked in the beer distribution business over 30 years. He loved deer hunting, fishing and going to the beach.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry C. and Edith I. (Wolfe) Montague Jr., and brother, Michael Montague.
Surviving are his loving sisters, Deborah Montague of Charleston and Michelle Stephens of Michigan; dear friend and fishing companion, Joyce Enoff; aunt, Carol Toney of Hurricane; and uncles, John Montague and wife, Sharon, of Hurricane and Kermit Wolfe of Leon. Also surviving are several nieces and cousins.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. William K. Berry officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Montague family.
On the morning of July 28, 2015, James O'Dell "Wincey" Mooney Jr. of Mile Branch, Cedar Grove, passed away at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. James was 66 years old. He was born May 31, 1949 in Monarch. He was the first child and first son of James Mooney Sr. and Naomi Lanham Mooney.
James served in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 1966 to June 1969 and served with the Third Motor Transport, 3rd Marines attached to Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 26 Marines in Vietnam from September 1967 through October 1968. He was involved in many important battles, including the infamous Battle of Khe Sanh, and he received at least two Purple Hearts.
He was employed with Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Plant in Kanawha City, and then as a coal miner for many years.
James was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brothers, Danny Ray and John "Ricky" Mooney; and a sister, Annette Riahi.
James is survived by his children, Sandra (James) Eikler Lanham of Chelyan, Jonathan Mooney of Pittsgrove, N.J., James Mooney of Jacksonville, Fla., and Michelle Lee (Michael) Mooney Lerch of Middleburg, Fla.; his grandchildren, Shelby Paige Bender, Jonathan "Mac," Norah and Alice Mooney, Austin, Makayla and Jamie Mooney and Brianna Lerch; his sisters, Nancy Lawhorn of Cedar Grove and Debbie Niper of Glasgow; plus numerous nieces and nephews.
James was a loving, kind and generous father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He was funny and charming and will be greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts!!!
In honoring James' wishes, there will be no visitation.
Burial will take place at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, 130 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064, at noon Friday, July 31.
Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.
"Don" Dominick Victranno Pendola Jr., 90, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 27, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He was the son of the late Dominick Victranno Pendola and Josephine Medica Pendola. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Faye, and his son, Anthony Ray Pendola.
A World War II and Korean Navy veteran, Don landed on Leyte in 1944 on his 20th birthday and was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for the Liberation of the Philippines. On Jan. 8, 1945, five days after landing at Luzon aboard the Casablanca class escort carrier, Kadashan Bay, the ship was struck by a kamikaze.
Don was a member of Clendenin United Methodist Church, a trainer for HHHS Athletics for 30 years and a volunteer fireman in Clendenin for 40 years, where he was the very first class of first responders. He was a 65-plus-year member of Columbia Lodge No. 164 F&AM, Beni Kedem Shrine, Scottish Rite Bodies, American Legion Post No. 61 and was retired from Western Southern after 26 years of service.
He is survived by grandson, Anthony "Tony" Ray Pendola Jr. (Jessica) of Wake Forest, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Dominick, Gabrielle, Avril "Avi" and Chandler; brother, Anthony Joseph Pendola (Pauline) of Monroe, La.; and sister-in-law, Gaye Morrison of Clendenin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Clendenin United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin, with Masonic Lodge No. 126 AF&AM performing Masonic graveside rites, as well as American Legion Post No. 61 performing military graveside rites.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Clendenin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating.
Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, is honored to be serving the Pendola family. Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.
Curtis Lee Perkins, 82, of Ronceverte, died July 28, 2015. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte. Per his wishes, his body will be cremated following the visitation.
Joseph Powell Jr., 63,of Kyle, died Monday, July 27, at Charleston Area Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Widener Funeral Home, Northfork.
Evelyn Louise Cremeans Reynolds, 84, of Milton, joined the Heavenly Choir on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington.
She was born Jan. 2, 1931 in Huntington, a daughter of the late Rev. John B. and Winnie Woody Cremeans. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Harold "Jack" Reynolds; sister, Betty Jean Cremeans; and son-in-law, Jerry M. Black.
Louise was a member of the Homeland Southern Gospel Trio, the Homeland Southern Gospel Choir and sang with the Singing Reynolds Family for 42 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Black Mullins and her husband, Michael H., and Betty Jean Reynolds; one brother, Charles D. Cremeans and his wife, Mary; one grandson, Jeffrey Michael Black and his wife, Kim; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Black and Jonathan Black; one niece; two nephews and their families; and a host of friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with the Rev. Winford Curry and Pastor Paul Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice House; home health nurse, Tonya Woodard; and special friends, Brenda Davis, Jeanette Morris and Becky Schoolcraft.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.heckfuneralhome.com.
James "Jim" Stickler, 61, of Mount Lookout, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at his home after a two-year battle with cancer. Born Sept. 1, 1953 in Richwood, he was a son of the late Hylbert and Virginia Norman Stickler. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Stickler.
Jim was a good-hearted person and would help do anything for anyone, "but Jim was Jim." His trade was construction and he built some of the most beautiful homes in Summersville. He loved his family, especially his granddaughter, Kinsey.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Susie Stull Stickler; son, Graham Stickler; his "Sweet pea" granddaughter, Kinsey Stickler; brothers, Tom (Connie) Stickler of Kopperston and Brad (Terry) Stickler of Kenai, Alaska; and sisters, Karen (Richard) Kirby of Grantsville, Judy (Matt) McCauley of Fairmont, Jenny Ann (Mark) Griffith of Mount Lookout and Mary Helen Smith of Mannington.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at White Funeral Home, Summersville, with Jim Lilly officiating.
In keeping with his wishes, his body was donated to the West Virginia Human Gift Registry in Morgantown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary Sue's Cancer Crusades, P.O. Box 136, Nettie, WV 26681.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.
Joyce Lynn (Wyatt) Taylor, 60, of Bergoo, died July 24, 2015. Service will be noon Friday, July 31, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Sharon Taylor, 69, of South Charleston, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 6, 1946 in Logan, the daughter of the late Woodrow W. Chambers and Pearl Wiley Chambers.
Mrs. Taylor accepted the Lord as her Savior and was a Christian of the Baptist faith. She was also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and National Association of Banking Women. She was a 1964 graduate of Logan High School and also a graduate of Bluefield State College and was an avid WVU fan. She enjoyed more than 50 years of her banking career, with National Bank of Logan, Key Centurion, Bank One and retired from Wesbanco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Frank "Tuffy" Spears.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dale Taylor of South Charleston; sister, Linda Spears of Centerville, Ohio; sister-in-law, Debbie (Sid) Rayburn of Charleston; brothers-in-law, Ronald (Maxine) Taylor of Morristown, Tenn., Donald (Rosemary) Taylor of Yarmouth Port, Mass., and Michael (Cheryl) Taylor of Whitman; many wonderful nieces and nephews; special friends, Rosa Lea McNeal and Brenda Robertson; and a host of family and friends.
Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, with the Rev. Henry Damron officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.
Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, is in charge of the arrangements.
Norman Howard Truitt, (Ret.), MMCM, of Virginia Beach, entered Eternal Life, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
He was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Quincy, Ky., to Charles C. and Ava Truitt. Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Edna M. Truitt.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 11 years, Geraldine (formerly Pauley); his son, Michael (Christal) Truitt; daughter, Pam (Tom) Harman; and two stepsons, Bill and Steve (Holley) Pauley. Norman was the grandfather of David, Jared (Cathey) and Jason (Stacey) Truitt and Amy and Tommy (Amber) Harman; seven step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, friends and church family.
In addition to serving his country for 22 years in the U.S. Navy as a master chief machinist's mate, he also served as a deacon at Cava Baptist Church.
Visitation for Norman will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Chesapeake Chapel, 929 Battlefield Blvd. S., Chesapeake,Va.
Funeral service for Norman will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Cava Baptist Church, 6560 Blackwater Road,Virginia Beach, with burial to follow in the church cemetery (please meet us at the church).
In lieu of flowers, if desired, contributions to the church or your local animal shelter would be deeply appreciated.
John Calvin Tulloh, 85, passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2014. Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Gilgal United Methodist Church, Mount Nebo. White Funeral Home, Summersville, is assisting the family.
Avery Alan "Butch" Williams, 65, of Lockbridge, passed away July 28, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with visitation beginning one hour prior.
Carrie Alice Criner Williams, 87, of Spencer, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at home.
She was born Jan. 15, 1928 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Homer Criner and Nora Smith Criner Dotson. She was retired from Kellwood Company but worked mostly at Spencer Factory Outlet. She also worked at G.C. Murphy's in Spencer. She was a member of Gilboa Baptist Church, the Grace Quartet, where singing was her passion, and the Grace Community Farm Women's Club. She was the first woman on the Spencer Chamber of Commerce and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Butler of Reedy and Cheryl Summerfield of Spencer; six grandchildren, Steve Butler of Spencer, Amy and Todd Cole of Spencer, Ann Chapman of Reedy, Alex Hersman of Spencer, Chad and Amy Fry of Spencer and Chris and Tammy Blosser of Spencer; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Otho Lee Williams, and brothers and sisters, Orland Criner, Harold Criner, Edna June Channels and Robert Criner.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Russell Stump officiating. Burial will follow in Spencer Memorial Cemetery. Visiting hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gilboa Music Ministry, P.O. Box 437, Spencer, WV 25276, or to Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Frances Williams, 91, of St. Albans, passed away April 5, 2015, at Valley Center in South Charleston.
Frances was retired from Capitol Van Lines in Charleston, where she had worked for many years. She attended Highlawn Baptist Church in St. Albans.
She is survived by nephews, Duane McCallister and his wife, Joyce of Cramerton, N.C., Jerald McCallister and his wife, Delores of Williamstown, Roger Williams and his wife, Rita of Naples, Fla., and Larry Williams and his wife, Pat of Fla.; and several great and great-great nephews and nieces. All of them loved her very much and thought she was a terrific aunt. She will be greatly missed.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Willa Williams of Hurricane; her sister, Elma and her husband, Frank of St. Albans; her brother, Lon and his wife, Pat of Charleston.
A graveside service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Teays Valley. The procession will leave Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, at 7 p.m. for the cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.
Charles "Bud" Withrow Jr., 60, formerly of Dunbar, and currently of St. Albans, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
As everyone who knew him would say, Bud always lived his life his way and made no compromises when it came to what he thought was right. In his own words, he lived a "charmed" life having had the best parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends a man could ever ask for. He had been with his longtime girlfriend and later wife, Kim, for over 30 years and they loved each other dearly until the end and now beyond. Their love went beyond themselves, having rescued over 30 stray animals, including their current brood, cats, Cosmo, Blue and Daisy, and their "baby" dog, Toy.
He was a 1973 graduate of Dunbar High School and had remained friends with everyone he knew throughout the years. Bud was always the one you could count on for anything, whether it was moving, a household repair, a death, a birth, an illness or any sign of trouble. You could depend on Bud. If you asked Bud who was his best friend, he would say it was his dad, Charles "Buddy" Withrow Sr., who predeceased him along with his mother, Barbara Withrow, both lifelong and beloved residents of Dunbar.
He is survived by his wife, Kim, cousins, Brenda Marshall, Barbie Marshall, Tammy and Danny Anderson and their kids and grandkids, Todd and Melissa Whittington and their son, Jacob, Cathy and Mike McCarty and their kids and grandkids, H.R. Whittington, Dee Osborne, all still living in the area, Aunt and Uncle Judy and Damon Bird of Indianapolis, Ind., and cousins in Ohio and Kentucky.
Bud had many, many friends which included a group of guys that he had known all his life who were still as close as ever, including Ray Corder, Ralph Jones, Ron King, Steve Pitman, Stanley Clark and Mike Combs of Cape May, N.J., and their wives, kids and grandkids.
Bud was employed by the law firm of Spilman, Thomas and Battle in Charleston for over 28 years. He was most proud of the "best legal supply room" in Charleston and the firm has plans to put up a plaque in his honor in the near future. He thought of everyone at the firm as family and was loved by all.
Always the daredevil with an infectious laugh, his friends will remember that on a bet, he bungee jumped from a crane in the Hooters parking lot and he loved everything high adrenalin, including wild rides, lightning storms, driving fast and just generally anything most people would consider scary. Bud was an avid sports fan and a natural athlete. The first time he put on snow skis, he just took off, like a pro. In school he was on the wrestling, baseball and football teams and loved to play golf, tennis and was on a bowling team with his buddies for many, many years. If you wanted to have a fun party, you invited Bud! He always laughed that he was picked as best dancer in junior high school!
Recently, Bud who always loved music and was a lifetime rock and roller, had begun to have interests in other types of music, which as of late included Frank Sinatra. He particularly loved the song "When I Was 17" and played it the last day on this earth. His favorite lyrics of that song are fitting to end this tribute to this very special man: "And now the days are short ... I am in the autumn of the year ... and I think of my life as vintage wine in fine old kegs ... from the brim to the dregs ... it poured sweet and clear ... It was a very good year."
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Joel Harpold officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bud's memory to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.
Crouch, William J. — 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans.
Drake, Ronald I. — 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Graham, Robert — 2 p.m., Wilson
Hager, Linda K. — 4 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.
Hanna, Jerry L. — 2 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.
Hemetek, Gregory A. — 2 p.m., Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston.
Hurd, Mark E. — 11 a.m., Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Oak Hill.
Kirk, Opal F. — 2 p.m., Dolin Cemetery, Camp Creek.
Neil, Daniel M. II — 1 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.
Nester, Kenny L. — 6 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.
Nichols, Eliza L. — 1 p.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.
Nida, Gladys N. — 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.
Pendola, Dominick Jr. — 1 p.m., Clendenin United Methodist Church, Clendenin.
Reed, Mark L. — 1 p.m., Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charleston.
Richards, James — 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.
Tincher, Jo A. — 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.