Today's Obituaries

Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett of Williams River Rd., Cowen, died May 25, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m,. Tuesday, May 30, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

William John Bostic

William John Bostic, 86, of Charleston, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at home, following a long illness. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Bourne

Virginia (Margaret) Bourne, 89, of Lyburn, W.Va., passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. Her arrangements are incomplete. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.

Timothy Bowling

Timothy Michael Bowling, 57, of Racine, passed away May 26, 2017, at Jackson General Hospital, following a long illness.

He was born March 1, 1960, at Madison, a son of Anna Cantrell Bowling of Ripley and the late John Bowling. He was a 1978 graduate of Sherman High School, was a truck driver in the Coal Mines and enjoyed riding Motorcycles.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Justin Callahan and Timothy Michael Harris; and brothers, Kevin Bowling and Jeff Bowling.

In honoring his wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no public service. Inurnment will be in the Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, WV.

Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, is serving the family.

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Billy B. (Bill) Burke

Billy passed away on May 22, 2017, at 89 years of age. He left behind a great life and legacy working in many fields. Billy also served as Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, Executive Director of the Regional Jail and Correction Authority, and Coordinator for the USDA Crop Insurance and Risk Management program. He and Marge also owned and operated, Titan Farm, one of the leading Simmental and Angus herds in WV.

Billy was active in Democrat politics and served 13 years in the WV House of Delegates, six of those years as Chairman of the Finance Committee as well as serving on the State Democratic Executive Committee. He was a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church, where he served in several positions and was still active as a Deacon. Billy was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Free Masonry and was a 32nd degree mason.

Billy's motto was always "Service is the rent one pays for their room in the world." During his lifetime in public service, he received many awards.

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marjorie (Hardman); daughters, Diane (Michael) Hatton, Sue Holvey; granddaughters, Burke (Mark) Friend, Samantha Holvey; grandsons, Joel and Eli; and brothers, Richard and Ronnie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy H. and Freda (Brown) Burke; and brother, Robert.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 4, at the Sand Fork Baptist Church, Sand Fork. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. with a service celebrating Billy's life at 5 p.m. followed by dinner in the Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, Billy requested that donations be made to the GSC Foundation for the Burke Scholarship Fund, Glenville State College Foundation, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351 or the Sand Fork Harmony Cemetery, Richard Burke, PO Box 310, Sand Fork, WV 26430.

Billy has donated his well-used body to the "Advancement of Mankind" at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Margaret Casto

Margaret J. Casto, 71, of Charleston, passed away May 26, 2017 at home with her family by her side.

Margaret was born November 20, 1945 the daughter of the late Anna Cammack Motter. Also preceding her in death are children, Bonnie and Edward Casto; brothers, Alfred, David and Tommy; and sisters, Lorraine and Ruth.

Left to cherish her memory are husband of 51 years, James H. Casto Jr; son, James H. Casto III (Melisa); Susan Lynn Casto Smalley (Scott); grandchildren, Tina M. Casto, Sierra N. Casto, Derrick A. Smalley, Brandon S. Smalley, Dustin S. Smalley, Jessica S. Casto, Christopher J. Casto, , James E. Casto, Brandon L. Young, Austin M. Casto, and Mikayla Higginbotham; one great-granddaughter, Sarah A Smalley; brothers, Bill and John Motter, and George Seviour.

Graveside service will be at Noon, May 30, 2017 at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 910 Pennsylvania Ave, Charleston, WV 25302.

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Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony Chapman

Anthony Wayne Chapman, 45, was called home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2017.

Preceded in death by grandmother Pauline and Papaw Ray Kessinger.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his mother, Martha Selbe; children, Nick and Allison Chapman; sister, Crystal Stephens; grandchildren, Jaxson and William Mullins; and beloved pets, Lacy and Batman.

Service will be held 5 p.m., Sunday, June 4, at the South Ruffner Freewill Baptist Church, Charleston. Flowers may be sent to 635 South Ruffner Rd., Charleston.

Virginia Ferrell

Virginia Carol Ferrell, 70, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 after a long illness. Graveside service will be held at noon, Tuesday, May 30, at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Following the burial there will be a celebration of life at Sunday Road Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Dinner will be provided for family, friends, and church family, following the service. The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.

Clarence "Wayne" Fugate

Clarence "Wayne" Fugate, 61, of Charleston passed away on May 24, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.A. and Phyllis "Jean" Fugate; and niece, Darlena Lanham.

Wayne is survived by his brothers, David, Gary, Paul (Teresa), and Roger Fugate; sisters, Lynn Lanham, Sandy Jones, Sherry Branscomb (Billy Bob); and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of Wayne's life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Norma Jean Green

Norma Jean Green, 64, of Whitesville, formerly of Winifrede, died May 24, 2017. Arrangements by Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet. Details at

Linda Harmon

Linda L. Harmon, (nee Reed), beloved wife of Donald G. Harmon, passed away May 24, 2017. She was 76 years old. Funeral service will take place in New Trenton, Indiana.

Paul Hawkins

Paul Estil Hawkins, 81, of Clendenin, passed away May 26, 2017. Private family service may be held at a later date. Hafer funeral Home is assisting the family.

Stanley Higgs

Stanley Higgs, 62, of Point Pleasant died May 26, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Crow-Hussell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Hoffman Sr.

James Leroy Hoffman Sr., 82, of Cannelton, died May 26, 2017. He was born January 7, 1935, at Carbondale and he was the son of the late Sylvester "Huff" and Opal Walker Hoffman.

He was a retired coal miner from Cannelton Coal Company and a member of the UMWA local 8843 at Cannelton and a former member of the US Army National Guard.

Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Betty Keith Hoffman; children, Vicky Roat of Smithers, James Hoffman Jr. and his wife, Patricia of London and Brian Hoffman and his wife, Wanda of Kernersville, N.C.; grandchildren, Crystal Sodder, Cynthia Bryant and Jamie Sue Hoffman; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson on the way; sisters, Janice Arthur and her husband, Ben of Cannelton, Kay Phillips and her husband, Gene of Middletown, Del. and Frida Colyer of Del.; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with Rev. Jeff Floyd and Rev. Ron Eagle officiating. Entombment will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park at London. Friends may call on Tuesday two hours prior to service at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Buddy Eugene Jones

Buddy Eugene Jones, of Pinch, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the age of 78.

Buddy came from humble beginnings, but worked hard from a very early age. Through his efforts, he successfully established multiple businesses throughout his lifetime. After serving his country in the United States Army, including a two-year tour in Kaiserslautern, West Germany, he returned home and accepted a position with FMC Stamping Plant assembling armored personnel carriers. His entrepreneurial spirit then led him to various endeavors, and he was never afraid to try something new. Over the last fifty years, Buddy owned and operated a Gulf Station, wrecker and snow removal service, real estate company, hardware store, carwash, laundromat, and numerous rental properties. He loved to travel, and enjoyed telling stories of his experiences to anyone willing to listen. His grandchildren were his greatest joy. He was also an avid animal lover, and those who knew him best will be happy to know that he and his beloved, Mack will be interred together.

He was preceded in his passing by his wife of 52 years, Ramona Birthisel-Jones; his parents, Lovell and Verlie Jones; brother, Quenton Jones of Sharonville, Ohio; and sister, Geneva Stuck of Charleston. Buddy is survived by his son, David Jones and his fiancée, Kerstin Kitner of Pinch; daughter, Shelley Lively and her husband, Bill of Pinch; granddaughters, Alexandra and Galina Lively, Trystan Lively-Bradshaw and her husband, Tyler, Kaitlin and Mason Snowden. He is also survived by one brother, Paul Jones of Sissonville.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Hafer Funeral Home, immediately followed by graveside service officiated by Reverend Daniel Forwood, in Elk Hills Memorial Park, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin. After the conclusion of the burial, an informal gathering and tribute with refreshments will be held at Buddy's place in Pinch. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the many friends who have extended such kindness in this difficult time.

Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Eugene Laughlin

Eugene Laughlin, 88, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017. Funeral servic will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

Evelyn Osborne

Evelyn Ione Osborne, 86, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Eastbrook Nursing Center in Charleston after a long illness.

She was the daughter of late Fredward Taylor and Matilda Ellis Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee Osborne; and brother, Rex Taylor.

Evelyn was a gift wrapper at Stone & Thomas Department Store in Charleston.

She is survived by Dale Lee Osborne and wife Peggy of Nitro; granddaughters, Erika Osborne of Cross Lanes and Sarah Doyle of Orlando, Fla.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, at Matics Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Yahr officiating. Burial will be in Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Rodney Pauley

Rodney Ray Pauley, 64, of Alum Creek went home peacefully Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his mother Agatha June Pauley, grandparents Jim and Marie Huffman, and Roscoe Pauley and Dessie Pauley Johnson.

He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitter's Local 625. He served in the West Virginia Air National Guard and was a 1970 graduate of Duval High School.

He is survived by his daughter, Nissa Rhea Pauley; father, Asa; brother, Jeff (Barbara) Pauley, nieces and nephews Zack (Joyce) Pauley and Christian Pauley (Danielle), Gabe, Makayla, Jozelyn, and Silas Pauley.

A memorial service to celebrate Rod's life will be 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating.

Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. It is requested that you wear casual or work clothes.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, please be respectful of our wishes and make donations to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Max G. Sitton

Max G. Sitton, 89, of Norfolk, VA, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 30, 2017. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 20 years of service on 31 August 1966. He worked for NARF LF-18 in Civil Service until March 1983, retiring after 17 years. Max volunteered with the American Red Cross beginning in April 1983 and with Depaul Hospital beginning in August 1991. Max joined the Masonic Lodge of Elizabeth 34 in October 1989 as well as the Westminster Chapter 99 Order of the Eastern Star in March 1990 and was a Worth Patron three times.

Max will be cherished by his nieces, Barbara Phillips of Ocala, FL, and Joan Modglin of Greenfield, IN, and his longtime, treasured friend, Mae La Shier.

There will be a funeral service starting at 11 a.m., Friday, June 2, at Smith and Williams, Norfolk, with a one hour visitation prior to the service. There will be a burial in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, August 8, at 3 p.m.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Karen Vaughan

Karen Jo Vaughan, 75, of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Gateway Christian Church, St. Albans. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the memorial service at the church. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans is honored to serve the Vaughan family.

Funerals for: May 28, 2017

Casto, Keith 2 p.m., Grasslick Baptist Church, Kenna.

Gillespie, Delbert 3 p.m., Meadow Grove Baptist Church, Dawson.

Goddard, Gertie 2 p.m., Walker Cemetery, Crickmer.

Hicks, Amelia Noon, White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

Marks, Ronald 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc., Arnoldsburg.

Robinson, Orlena Artie 2 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Tobia, Paul David, Sr. 11 a.m., Ohio Street Church of God, Spring Hill.

Vorbach, William, Jr. 3 p.m., Casto Home Chapel, Evans.

Williams, Dorothy 2 p.m., Wilson