Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

Anne Andrews

Anne Crawford Andrews, 81, died December 22, 2016, in Bellaire Assisted Living, Scott Depot, WV.

She was born in Oak Hill, WV, on September 27, 1935, to Charles O. Crawford and Edith Rippetoe Crawford. The family moved to Saint Albans, WV, where she grew up.

She is survived by her husband Donald R. Andrews, daughters Donna and Jenny, sister Carol, brother Charles, grandchildren Luke, Caleb, Alexandra, and Nicholas, and nephew Ned.

Anne graduated from Saint Albans High School in 1953 and attended Marietta College where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. Following her years at Marietta, she worked at Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV. In 1957, she married her husband Don and moved with him to Honolulu, HI, where he was stationed at Schofield Barracks. During their time in Hawaii, she worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as the executive secretary to a naval commander.

She was a member of St. Albans First Baptist Church since 1962. She was active in the Sanctuary Choir, the Wifani Sunday School class and the Ladies Chorus. She was a member of every church board many times over, and served for five years as the church clerk.

Anne loved reading, cooking, sewing, and camping with family and friends. She and her husband drove many times across the country to Walnut Creek, CA, to visit family and friends.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the First Baptist Church of St. Albans. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund. You may leave memories or condolences on her tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com.

Kara Ann Bennett

Kara Ann Bennett, age 49, passed away of kidney failure on January 8, 2017, at CAMC in Hurricane. She was a resident of Genesis Health Care Center in Hurricane.

She was the daughter of the Late Jack and Miria Bennett of Kanawha City.

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements. Private services will be held at a later date.

Louann Brown

Louann Brown, 57, died January 12, 2017.

She was born in Charleston, W.Va., and moved to the Tampa Bay, Fla., area in 1980. Louann graduated from Charleston High School. She went to the University of Charleston for her A.S. in Nursing, then attended the University of Tampa, where she received her B.S. in Nursing, She lastly then graduated from the University of South Florida with her M.S. as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She enjoyed many things in life, reading, shopping, traveling and yoga.

She is survived by her parents, Thomas and Patricia Brown; brother, Stephen Brown; nephew, Adam Brown; niece, Ashley Rebrook; great-nephew, Carson Rebrook and Al Fariss; her dog, Jake Brown. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Service will be held at a later date. Services entrusted to Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey, Fla.

Roy Bryant

Roy L. Bryant, age 88, of Standard, went to be with his beloved wife Margaret Pearl Pell Bryant in Heaven on January 18, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He also joins his parents, siblings, five children and two grandchildren in Heaven.

He has three surviving children Lucinda Tilley and her husband Lonnie, Michael Bryant and his wife Eleanor and Rosemary Cadle and her husband Melvin and six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Gary Tincher. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Joseph Cantrell, Jr.

Joseph Raymond Cantrell Jr., 51, of South Charleston, died Monday, January 16, 2017, at home after a sudden illness.

He was a painter and a member of the Painter's Local, a former apartment complex manager and was the former owner-operator of Show Quality Auto Detail.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Cantrell Sr.; two infant children, Samantha Jo and Charles Joseph Cantrell; grandparents, Madeline Cantrell and Celia Anderson.

Surviving, mother, Jean Cantrell (Henry); daughter, Savannah Cantrell; sister, Dina Davis; half sisters, Sally Bailey, Kristen Garner, Kimberly Cantrell; niece, Stacy; nephew, Zach.

Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Rev. Bob Otey officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call one hour to the service at the church.

Patricia Ann Chapman

Patricia Ann Chapman, 58, of Charleston, passed away January 18, 2017. Funeral service will be announced at a later date. Cunningham - Parker -Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Emmett Cross

Emmett Franklin Cross, 52, of Charleston, passed away on January 15, 2017, of short illness.

Mr. Cross was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin L. Cross and Wilda J. Bonner Cross. Also preceding Emmett in death was his son, Matthew R. Cross, and a brother, Kenneth Cross.

Emmett was an auto mechanic for 30 years working for several companies until he became disabled. Prior to helping others, Emmett served his country in the U.S. Army.

Emmett is survived by his brother, Ernest (Jackie) Cross of Kerens, WV; sister-in-law, Angie Cross of Dunbar; and the love of his life, Terri Walker of Charleston; niece, Sammy Thomas; and nephew, Mike Cross; and special family members, Anthony, Joshua Burdette (Andrea), and Heather Blevins (James), Gabrielle Burdette, Michael Wilkins, and Phyllis Walker.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. West, Charleston. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul "Jack" Eddy

Paul Jackson "Jack" Eddy, died, January 10, 2017. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Carrie Betty Erby

Carrie Betty Washington Erby, 72, of Charleston transitioned peacefully into the gates of heaven Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in Leesburg, Va.

She was born in March 13, 1944, in Charleston, W.Va. Carrie Betty was the daughter of the late Lionel Alton Washington Sr. and Helen Gore Washington.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Joan Marie Thompson, and her brother, Lionel Alton Washington Jr.

Mrs. Erby is survived by her husband, Edward L. Erby Sr.; sons, James Anthony Davis (Melinda) Leesburg, Va., Ronald Marcus Davis Miami, Fla.; sister, Veanis J. Russell Charleston, W.Va.; grandchildren, Jirald A. Davis Charleston, W.Va., Makayla and Kaiden Davis Leesburg, Va.; neices, Eleanor Young South Charleston, W.Va., Rachael Washington Letlow Dunbar, W.Va.; nephews, Frank "Rusty" Russell (Melina) Leesburg, Va., Daniel Washington, Dunbar, W.Va.; and a host of cousins, great nieces, nephews, step-children and step-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., January 21, at Vandalia Baptist Church, 1500 Mountain Road, Charleston, WV 25303. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to welcome loved ones and friends to the Erby residence on the West Side of Charleston for visitation and fellowship immediatley following the service.

Lewis "Frank" Fizer

Lewis "Frank" Fizer, 67, of Charleston, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017, as a result of an automobile accident. Frank was born on October 26, 1949, in South Charleston to the late Lewis Ray and Mary Smith Fizer.

He was the Chief of the Loudendale Volunteer Fire Department. With over 35 years of service to the Loudendale community. Frank trained and served with many firefighters over the years, both volunteer and professional. He spent many a sleepless night doing what he loved, trying to save and protect his neighborhood of Loudendale, and wouldn't have had it any other way. When the call goes out, the brothers in fire unite.

Frank was a U.S. Navy veteran in the Vietnam era, where he was trained at the NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., as a fireman and served aboard the USS Forrestal. He had previously worked as a mechanic for Tire Centers Inc., Charleston, and for Capital Chrysler. 

Frank also loved camping, hunting and fishing.  

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; daughter, Rachael; son, Micah Fizer, all of Charleston; sisters, Shirley (Ben) Day of Hurricane and Bonnie Marker of Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the Loudendale Free Will Baptist Church, 7003 Kanawha State Forest Drive, Charleston, WV. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Frank to the Loudendale Volunteer Fire Department, 51 Selbe Lane, Charleston, WV 25314.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements. 

Belva Griffith

Belva Bernice Griffith, 77, of South Charleston, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice West.

She was preceded in death by parents George and Lydia Newhouse, husband Paul, daughter Trina Simmers, grandson Christopher Lee Simmers, brothers Orville, Jim, and Harry, and sister Marie Lawson.

Surviving are, granddaughters Amanda and Melissa and step granddaughter Leslie, stepdaughter Diana, great-grandchildren Bobby, Joseph, Sabrina, Ashleigh and Miranda, sisters Louise Lane, Bethel Pierson and Ann (Billie) Conn. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, January 20, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Rev. Rod Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the mortuary.

Sawyer Grose

Sawyer Jace Grose, 24, formerly of Clay, entered into rest Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Born November 4, 1992, in Charleston, he was the son, of Troy Allen Grose Jr. of Big Otter and Jennifer (Brian) Rich of Buckhannon.

Sawyer was employed with Narcanon Freedom Center, Albion, Mich., and devoted his time to helping people with Drug/Alcohol dependence and recovery.

In addition to his parents, Sawyer is survived by his sisters, Torrie Brielle Grose of Buckhannon, Laikyn Grose of Clay; step-brother, Jaric Rich of Buckhannon; nieces, Marli and Maycee Burnside of Buckhannon; and his fur baby, Yogi.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Wayne Smith officiating. Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations toward an Education Fund for Sawyer's Nieces (Marli and Maycee) c/o Clay County Bank, Clay, WV 25043.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Kenneth Haid, Jr.

Kenneth Anthony Haid Jr., of Fayetteville, transitioned out of this life January 16, 2017, just short of fifty nine trips around the sun, surrounded by friends, family and the sound of his granddaughter laughing.

Ken was an accomplished musician and had many friends he played with over the years all over the state. He was an avid and skilled motorcyclist and trained Motor Cycle Safety Instructor. He enjoyed riding twisty back roads and finding the gravel long way around where ever he traveled.

Ken was a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He worked as a livestock inspector for the state and was a longtime employee of the USDA NRCS as a Soil Conservationist. Ken worked in many areas around West Virginia, most recently in Fayette, Raleigh and Wyoming counties and previously in Hardy, Kanawha and Pocahontas counties.

Ken is survived by his wife Melinda (Dolin Shipman) Haid, two sons with wife Sheila (Goldstein) Haid Wilson; Keegan and wife Kasie (Robb) Haid of Orlando and Tanner and Alexandra (Beaulieu) Haid and granddaughter Ariella Haid of Charles Town.

He enjoyed being outdoors more than anything indoors and would want his life to be celebrated and mourned under the sky instead of a roof. In keeping with his independent nature and the varied groups of friends throughout West Virginia and a few other states, please gather as you see fit and remember him in the way best suited to your relationship with him.

In keeping with Ken's final wishes he was cremated. Online condolences may be sent to his family by visiting www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Professional services by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main St. in Oak Hill.

Ben Franklin Hammock

Ben Franklin Hammock, of Dixon, Missouri, was born November 25, 1937, at Spring Hill, West Virginia, a son of Walter and Lucretia Jane (Thomas) Hammock, and departed this life on Friday evening, January 6, 2017, in the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, Columbia. Ben had been in failing health for some time and had attained the age of 79 years, 1 month and 12 days.

He was united in marriage on May 12, 1967, at El Paso, Texas, to Ina Rebecca Wheat. Ben was preceded in death by one son, Lawrence Weston Hammock; one daughter-in-law, Anita Hammock; his father, Walter; his mother, Jane; four brothers, James, Richard, Bill and Ralph; and six sisters, Delcia, Mary, Katherine, Louise, Evelyn and Sarah.

Ben was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, Dixon. He was a 1956 graduate of South Charleston High School, South Charleston, West Virginia, where he learned one of his life's motoes "Tough as Nails, Hard as Bricks, Eagles Class of '56." Following graduation, he worked at Union Carbide in South Charleston, until 1961 when he was drafted into the United States Army retiring in 1997, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the military, he also attended Drury University graduating in May of 1982 with a degree in Sociology and Business. During his military career, Mr. Hammock was awarded and entitled to wear many medals including the Good Conduct Medal, and the Expert Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter (Rifle). A man of excellent character, Ben's Honorable Discharge is a testimonial of honest and faithful service to his country.

Ben was a professor at the Truman Educational Center for the Command and General Staff, Fort Leonard Wood. He had been a supervisor with Employment Security for the state of Missouri; was a Dixon Police Officer and was a Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff, later becoming the Mayor of Dixon. He was a member of the Liesmann-Roberts American Legion Post No. 298, the Dixon Optimist Club and later became Governor of Missouri for Optimist International. He enjoyed bowling, golf, and most of all he loved being with his family especially his children and grandchildren.

Those left to mourn the passing of Ben include: his wife of 49 years, Ina, of the home near Dixon; two sons, Ben F. Hammock II and daughter-in-love Collene Newby, Overland Park, Kansas; and Gary W. Hammock and wife Robin, Dixon; one daughter, Ina Lucretia Doba and husband Alfred, Dixon; Elizabeth Kearney-Hammock, (mother of Valerie, Max, Colin and Christopher), Lee's Summit; 11 grandchildren, Chasedy (Doba) Robinson, Israel Doba, Amber (Hammock) Lee, Valerie (Hammock) Love, Max Hammock, twins Colin and Christopher Hammock, Katrina Hammock, Kolby Doba, Ian Hammock, Lilly Doba, and one on the way; seven great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation for Ben will be from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, January 21, in the First Baptist Church, Dixon, with a Celebration of His Life service following at noon, under the direction of the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes.

Interment with full military honors will be at a later date in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Fort Leonard Wood. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Liesmann-Roberts American Legion Post No. 298, Larry Eberle, Robert Phillips, Duayn Slone, Alfred Quick and Darren Middleton.

Memorials are suggested to the St. James Missouri Veterans Home Christmas Fund with envelopes available at the Dixon Office of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, 105 East Third Street, or in care of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, PO Box EE, Dixon, MO 65459.

Online condolences may be left at www.birminghammartinfuneralhomes.com.

Bessie Holstein

Bessie Mae Holstein, 69, of Foster, formerly of Camp Creek, died January 16, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, January 20, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation one hour prior.

Diane M. Hoy

Diane M. Hoy, 88, of Gettysburg, Pa., died Monday evening, January 16, 2017, at the Gettysburg Hospital.

Born May 2, 1928, in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Veva Cox. She was the wife of Dr. Kenneth Look Hoy of Gettysburg and was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. William L. Larcamp, who died June 6, 2001.

Mrs. Hoy was an active member of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the adult choir and was a Stephen Minister. She was also very involved in the Neighborhood Youth Club, which tutored and ministered to children in the immediate area around the church. She was good older role model for those children and she really loved them and enjoyed being with those that she served. She was a member of the "Over the Tea Cups" book club.

In addition to her husband, Diane is survived by her two children, Daniel Lee Larcamp and his wife Susie of Falls Church, Va., Jane Larcamp Tracy and her husband Tom of Seattle, Wash. She was a wonderful Nana to her four grandchildren, Andrew Marr, Lindsey Marr, Ryan Larcamp, Mike Larcamp; her sister, Shirley Glasgow of Portsmouth, Ohio, and her step-daughter, Linda Corey, of Miami, Fla.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, 208 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa., with Rev. Louis Nyiri officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday evening, January 20, at the Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg.

Online condolences may be made at monahanfuneralhome.com.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, 208 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, or to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mildred Kinder

Mildred Ileen Kinder, 94, of Bloom-ingrose, died January 17, 2017, at Fountain Circle Nursing Home, Winchester, Ky.

She was a homemaker and a charter member of Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by husband, Seth Monroe Kinder; son, Gary Kinder; granddaughter, Leigh Ann Kinder; grandson, Matthew Martin; parents, Jesse and Bertha Foster Jackson; brothers, Leonard Jackson and Franklin Hale; and sister, Beulah Pauley

Surviving are daughters, Penny (Roger) Gogus of Bloomingrose, Kay (Ricky) Linville of Bloomingrose; grandchildren, Carmen, Travis, Bethany, Shawna, Stacy, Jeremy, Daniel and Zachary; great-grandchildren, Camiella, Dymetri, Matthew II, Kelsey, Carleigh and Carter.

Funeral will be 1 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Rev. Robert Perdue Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mechanics Cemetery, Bloomingrose. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Brenda Joyce "Jo" (Young) Kramer

Brenda Joyce "Jo" Kramer 75 formerly of Cedar Grove passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ashton W. and Helen "Teet" Elswick Young, and sister and her foster parents Emory W. and Mildred Young Richards.

She was assistant coordinator for Run For The Wall, Military advocate for WV and was recognized by three WV Governors and given citation making her an honorary veteran, she had more than 40 years of dedicated service to members of military community and a non-denominational ordained minister and was a retiree of CAMC division.

She is survived by her sister and caregiver, Darlena (Ernie) Haynes of Cedar Grove, daughter, Denease Ferris of Charleston, niece, Jennifer A. Mears, great-niece, Kristen A. Mears and a host of other family members and friends.

She thanks Gentiva and Genesis Health Care, Dunbar EMS and Fire Department and Hubbard Hospice House.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. service time Friday, January 20, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor Roy Boyd officiating. Burial will follow service at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr., Charleston, WV 25311 and WV Veterans Memorial.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove is assisting the Kramer family.

Eva Lukomski

Eva Mae Lukomski, 79, of Cross Lanes, passed away peacefully at CAMC early Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017, surrounded by her family. She left her bodily ailments and earthly pains for her Heavenly form that more truly represents her inner strength and wonderful soul. She was a beautiful woman with a bottomless heart. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Eva was born May 23, 1937, in Ashboro, North Carolina. She was a member of the Twin City Bible Church, Nitro.

Survived by her closest friend and husband of 50 years, Stanley Lukomski; sons, Edward, Joseph, and Adam; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 with Pastor Doug Doss officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Twin City Bible Church, 100 1st Ave S., Nitro, WV 25143.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Eugenia Rose McCallister

Eugenia Rose McCallister, 77, of Murrells Inlet, SC, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2017. She was born June 12, 1939 in Rainelle, WV, daughter of Glenna (Osborne) Faulkner of VA and SC and the late Eugene Faulkner.

In addition to her father, Eugenia is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Faulkner.

Eugenia spent most of her life in West Virginia, where she was a faithful member of Dupont City Presbyterian Church in Belle, WV, and worked as an auditor for the State of WV. She was also the Senior Fashion Consultant for Victoria's Secret in Columbus, OH. She was a 1957 graduate of DuPont High School.

In addition to her mother, she leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted husband, Bobby McCallister of Murrells Inlet; daughter, Elizabeth McCallister of Palm Harbor, FL; sister, Linda Dugan and husband Thomas of Charlottesville, VA; and brother, Larry Faulkner and wife Pam of Charleston, WV.

Doris Jean Mickles

Doris Jean Mickles, 78, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at home.

She graduated from Stoco High School and W.Va. Rehabilitation Center. Doris was a 15 year employee at the WV Board of Registered Nurses and previously employed by John W. Eye Furniture Co. and Stats Hospital.

Doris was a member of the Pilot Club, the Women of the Red Hat Club and the Moose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony.

Doris is survived by son, Troy Mickles.

Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with Pastor Jesse Perdue officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org

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

Donzal Morgan

Donzal Lee Morgan, 84, of Vineland, N.J., passed away January 14, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, with visition from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, January 20, at the funeral home.

Charlotte Parsons

Charlotte Harkins Parsons, 92, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

She was born February 11, 1924, in Charleston, WV, and is the daughter to the late Samuel Granville Harkins Sr. and Louise Edens Harkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Leon Parsons.

Those surviving include her children, Stephanie Harrah and husband James L. of Oak Hill and Samuel Parsons and wife Kim of Roseville, CA; siblings, David Harkins, Samuel Harkins Jr. and wife Margie, and Loretta Rodgers; grandchildren, Scott Harrah and wife Redawna of Fayetteville, James G. Harrah of Fayetteville, Mary Kay Walker and husband Ron of Charlton Heights; great-grandchildren, Britney Hanshaw and husband Travis, Derek Walker and fiancé Nina Harmon, Morgan Harrah, and Lauren Harrah; great - great -grandchildren, Aly and Lexi Hanshaw.

Service for Charlotte Parsons will be conducted at noon, Friday, January 20, at the Davis Memorial Baptist Church on Davis Circle in Charleston with Rev. Roger Vannoy officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Visitation will be held from the hours of 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill and 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, at Davis Memorial Baptist Church.

Online condolences and social media sharing of this obituary are available by visiting www.highlawnfuneralho mechapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive Beckley, WV 25801.

Professional services by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main St. in Oak Hill; N. Rine, Director.

Hasten Pettry

Hasten L. Pettry died Monday, January 16, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Friday afternoon, January 20, in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville. Visitation will be two hours before the service at the funeral home.

James Sias

James Sias, 89, of Ranger, died Tuesday January 17, 2017. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Montana Freewill Baptist Church, Ranger. A visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral. McGhee - Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, is in charge of arrangements.

Olivia Singleton

Olivia Lakin Ray Singleton, 88, of Charleston, West Virginia, died after a short illness. She was born in Charleston to Marion Lakin Ray and John Vickers Ray. She was a graduate of Charleston High School and Wells College in Aurora, New York, with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked for Nan Grosscup as a travel agent. She married Robert J. Singleton in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1953 where they lived and raised their family.

Olivia lived life to the extreme. As a young counselor at Camp Anne Bailey in Greenbrier County, she excelled at snake control. Like her parents, she was a competitive athlete and enjoyed golf, tennis, and swimming, spending many hours honing these sports at Berry Hills Country Club. She loved to travel, especially with Bob and their friends. Together they visited many countries to attend the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Events. She loved to snow ski and spent many wonderful years on slopes all over the world. She made her last downhill run at Snowshoe at age 80 with her grandsons Robert and Henry Singleton. An avid bridge player, she regularly hosted games at her house, playing both with her friends and Bob, even after becoming ill. She and Bob also shared a love of gardening. Through her membership in the Kanawha Garden Club she developed a love of flower arranging, participating in and later judging flower shows in West Virginia and beyond.

Olivia believed strongly in civic responsibility. She was a Brownie Troop Leader, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and two time President of the Girl Scout Black Diamond Council. With her family in tow, she visited and camped at many Girl Scout camping facilities in West Virginia. She was an active and hardworking member of the Junior League of Charleston, West Virginia, serving in every officer position. While President of the Junior League, she and her good friend, Berry Hutchinson, spear headed the building of the Vandalia Housing Project. At one point, they were told to go plant flowers, but they persevered. Olivia was a member of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. She served for many years as a member and a term as chair of the Authority. Her friend Brawley Tracey coined the term Chaircreature in her honor. During her tenure, she helped shape the Town Center and the businesses and hotels around it.

Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Lakin Rex and John Vickers Ray, and her son, Robert Ray Singleton.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Singleton, her daughter Marion Leigh Singleton Jones and her husband George W. Jones III, her son John Albert Singleton, his wife Margaret McVey Singleton, their children Robert Ray Singleton II and Henry Hanna Singleton, her brother John L. Ray and his wife Jane Hain Ray, and numerous nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family extends special thanks to Olivia's caregivers, Visiting Angels - Kim Hoskinson, Sharon Bond and Mary Buckner, Hospice Care WV's wonderful Nursing Staff, and especially Octavia Jones, Dorothy Newell and Carolyn Young.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the R. Ray Singleton Scholarship Fund, care of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (1600 Huntington Square, 900 Lee East Street, Charleston, WV 25301), Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc. (123 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301), Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council (321 Virginia Street West, Charleston, WV 25302), or Christ Church United Methodist (1221 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301).

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Christ Church United Methodist. Visitation will follow the service at CCUM. Interment will be private.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Betty Jane Smith

Betty Jane Breckenridge Smith, "Betty-Boop," 85, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at CAMC General Division.

Betty was born June 21, 1931, in Sharon. She was educated through Kanawha County School system. Betty retired as a janitor for the Kanawha Investment Company at the Peoples Building with over 35 years of service. She was a member of Grace Bible Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Smith; parents, George and Laura Breckenridge; son, Raymond Breckenridge; daughter, Callie Smith; grandson, Michael Smith; brothers, Ernest Breckenridge Sr. (E.D.) and Warren Breckenridge Sr. (Jay); and sisters, Louise Breckenridge (Biddy), and Margaret Johnson.

Betty is survived by her beloved children, Linda (Quzell) Brock of Robson, Curtis (Rita) Brock Pamela (Matthew) Watts, Frankie (Monita) Smith, and Margaret Smith all of Charleston; sisters, Louvenia Gray of Charleston, Mae Paula Blanton and Barbara (Charles) Johnson both of Detroit, Michigan; brothers, Norman (Genova) Breckenridge, Robert and Claude Breckenridge all of Robson, George (Annette) and Troy (Melissa) Breckenridge both of Charleston; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, January 21, at Grace Bible Church, Charleston. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

William "Bill" Smith

William "Bill" Nicholas Smith, 55, of Hurricane, passed away, January 17, 2017. He was born March 10, 1961, in Dover, New Jersey, to the late William and Dorothy Smith.

Bill was employed by Kroger as a night crew stocker, and Cabell Huntington Hospital as a Security Guard.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending many hours of playtime with the light of his life, his grandson, Maddox.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie (Hopkins) Smith, children, William Clayton "Bill" Smith of Milton, Pauline "Polly" Louise Breidenbaugh, of Hurricane; brother, Richard Smith of New Jersey; grandson, Maddox Abel Breidenbaugh.

A visitation will be held 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

If you do not wish to send flowers, please send donations to Guardians of the Children at PO Box 264, Teays Valley, WV 25569, or to the Lighthouse Daycare in care of Jessica McCallister at 2440 US Rt 60, Hurricane WV 25526.

Also, the family wishes to send a special thanks to his Kroger family for all their kindness and support.

Visit his tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories with the family.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Smith family.

Dessie Steele

Dessie Steele, 91, of Coal Mountain, W.Va., passed away January 17, 2017. Funeral service will be noon, Friday, January 20, at Mounts Funeral Home in Gilbert. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at the funeral home.

Catherine Sturdivant

Mrs. Catherine Robinson Sturdivant, 87, of Chesapeake, WV, died Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Born November 11, 1929, in Marsh Fork, WV, she was the daughter of the late Sam Robinson and Willie Mae Johnson Robinson.

Mrs. Sturdivant was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, where she was Mother of the Church. Catherine, affectionately known as Mrs. Cat, accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age at Coalburg Baptist Church in Coalburg, WV. She attended Washington High School and wanting to help her family she quit school and began to work full time. She loved to cook and take care of her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee Sturdivant; son, James Edward Sturdivant; brother, Robert Robinson, sister, Lillie Mae Robinson; and grandson, James Edward Mills.

Those left to cherish precious memories are her sons, Eddie Lee (Darlene Campbell) Sturdivant Jr. and Artie David (Faye) Sturdivant, both of Chesapeake, WV; daughter, Patricia Ann (Thomas) Gray of Chesapeake, WV; brothers, Sam Robinson of Winston Salem, NC, Steve (Carolyn) Robinson of South Carolina; sisters, Annie (George) Grooms and Joyce Robinson Moore both of Chesapeake, WV; sister-in-law, Ruby Robinson of Charleston, WV; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and Winter Marie Meyers is coming.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 11744 MacCorkle Avenue, Chesapeake, WV, with Rev. Dr. Vincent Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Charles "Bill" Tate, Sr.

Charles William "Bill" Tate Sr., 70, of Belle, passed away at home on January 17, 2017.

Bill was a retired gas well attendant for both Cabot Gas and Energy Corporation of America.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Tate; sons and daughter-in-law, Charles William Tate Jr., and James Brian and Jennifer Tate; daughter, Amanda Joy Tate all of Belle; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services. Fidler and Frame Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Roberta VanMeter

Roberta VanMeter, 88, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Paul VanMeter; also preceded in death by her parents, Corbin and Ethel Adkins Meadows; siblings, Verna Nelson, Bernard Meadows, Herman Meadows and Jean Meadows.

Roberta was a retired Nursing Assistant with 25 years of service at CAMC. She was a member of the Scary Creek Church of God, Scott Depot.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Paul (Kay) VanMeter of Charleston, Pam (Barry) Williams of Dry Branch; granddaughters, Ashlee VanMeter of Ashville, N.C., and Brittni Stanley of Dry Branch; and a host of family and friends.

Service will be at noon, Friday, January 20, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, with Pastor Keith Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

A gathering of family and friends will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Ravenell Turley Whittington

Ravenell Joyce Turley Whittington, 79, of Charleston, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at CAMC General MICU in Charleston.

She was a 1955 graduate of Washington District High School. She loved to play her guitar and sing gospel music. Ravenell was a Nazarene by faith and attended Hissom Tabernacle in recent months.

Ravenell was preceded in death by her parents, James Paul and Ethel Loftus Turley; husbands, Bennie Turley and Lawrence Whittington.

She is survived by sons, Johnny, Charles and Kelly (Jean) Turley; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brothers, James and Eugene Turley; sisters, Juanita DeBord, Norma Blankenship and Carol Linger.

Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, January 20, at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek with her son, Kelly Turley officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions for the funeral service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

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

Lora "Susie" Williamson

Lora "Susie" Lee Williamson, 66, of Alderson, WV, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving husband and children.

She fought a courageous battle with cancer but passed from a sudden illness. Lora was a loving wife, mother and friend.

Her loving husband, Kevin, survives her as well as her three children, James (Wendy) of St. Albans, Sylvia of Cross Lanes and Matthew (Faye) of Charleston. Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, also survive her, Katelyn, Nathanael, Makenzie, Noah, Isaac and Colby. She also had one great-granddaughter whom she cherished, Izabella. Lora also leaves behind Butch (Ethel), Dickie, Doug, Benny (Dawn), May and Jackie as her beloved brothers and sisters. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved.

Lora served in the United States Army until she was honorably discharged to have her first child. She was a homemaker most of her life where she was able to instill determination, will and independence to her children. Her parents, Eleanor and Freeman, both of St. Albans preceded Lora in death. There will be no funeral services (per her wishes) and there will be a small private graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Emily Couric Cancer Center, University of Virginia, 1240 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans is assisting the family with arrangements.

Esther Willis

Esther Mae Willis, 72, of Summersville, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017. Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday January 20, at the Lovers Leap Baptist Church in Ansted. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Wilson

Charles James Taylor Wilson, formerly of Burnsville, W.Va., passed away on December 28, 2016, Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, followed by funeral services and Masonic Burial Rites.

Camilla Zelek

Camilla Rose "Cam" Zelek, 77, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, January 16, 2017. Funeral liturgy will be 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Funerals for: January 19, 2017

Brander, Barbara 6 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Casdorph, Clyde Noon, Faith Freewill Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Cobb, Roselee M. 1 p.m., Bowles Ridge Church, Paradise.

Cole, Margaret 1 p.m., Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Cooke, Elsie Elizabeth 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Graham, Junior 1 p.m., Alderson Missionary Baptist Church, Craigsville.

Haynes, Pennie 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Lane, Harold, Sr. 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

McKinney, Fredric S. 2 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Murad, Marie (Lazare) 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston.

Neal, Harry 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Smith, Phillip T., III 2 p.m., Saint Christopher Episcopal Church, Charleston.

Stover, Charles D. "Charlie" 7 p.m., Bartlett Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Thompson, Audrey Noon, Highland Memory Gardens, Godby.

Tully, Johnny 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Woods, Robert 1 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.


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