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Today's Obituaries

Alisha Lynn Adkins Print Comment Top of page

Alisha Lynn Adkins, 29, of St. Albans, passed away Jan. 31, 2016.

She was born Feb. 13, 1986. She was a graduate of Nitro High School and the Everest Institute, and a member of East Nitro United Baptist Church. She was employed at Family Care in Teays Valley.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jim Akers.

She is survived by the joy of her life, her son, Elijah (10), and daughter, Taryn (3); mother, Sherry Casto; father and stepmother, Mark and Michelle Adkins; brother and spouse, Josh and Aloha Adkins; grandparents, Robert and Patty Adkins, Ann Akers, Lynn and Sharon Casto; half-sister, Jessica Hunt, and half-brother, Chris Albu; and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at East Nitro United Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Byrd officiating.

The family requests that flowers please be omitted and that memorial contributions be made to 'Funeral Expenses for Alisha Adkins' at

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting Alisha's family, and you may express online condolences at

David E. Angel Print Comment Top of page

Pastor Dr. David Edward Angel, 68, of Durbin, died Feb. 2, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at New Life in Christ Fellowship Church, Durbin, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Marjorie C. Barnette Print Comment Top of page

Marjorie C. Barnette, 92, of Cowen, died Feb. 3, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen, with visitation two hours prior.

George "Don" Barr Print Comment Top of page

George Donald "Don" Barr, 76, of Point Pleasant, died Feb. 3, 2016. Memorial service will be held at a later date the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Ronald Boggs Print Comment Top of page

Ronald Boggs, 70, of Clay, entered into rest Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. There will be no services. Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Ann Casto Print Comment Top of page

Shirley Ann Casto, 58, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, 2016. She is finally reunited with the love of her life, Terry Lee Casto, and sister, Donna Good.

Shirley was an employee of Rite Aid Distribution Center for 18 years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and was loved by her family and many friends.

In addition to her husband and sister, she was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Lou Ann Sigmon.

Surviving are her son, Brad Sigmon and wife, Lavonda, of Sissonville; daughter, Tara Casto of Charleston; siblings, Robert Larry Sigmon and wife, Billie, Donald "Buck" Sigmon and wife, Jean, Rosalee Sigmon, Becky Walker and Kevin Fisher and wife, Babette; and grandchildren, Austin, Carsyn, Caiden and Whitley. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Raymond Jordan officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson funeral home is serving the Casto family.

Jody Lynn Clark Print Comment Top of page

Jody Lynn Clark, 54, of Charleston, passed away Jan. 30, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Charleston, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Callender Funeral Home, Charleston.

Charles E. Duncan Print Comment Top of page

Charles Edward Duncan, 70, of Hurricane, passed away Feb. 1, 2016.

He was born April 22, 1945 in Putnam County, a son of the late Norman Randall Duncan and Dorothy Jean Lively Duncan. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Marilyn Taylor Duncan; four adopted children and their spouses, Kathy Jo and Eric Tucker, Teresa and David Myers, Vickie Jordan and Gary and Tiffany Lilly; four sisters, Kathryn Tucker, Norma Jean and Dave Taylor, Sharon Armstead and Carolyn Mynes; two brothers, Randy and Teresa Duncan and Ronnie and Hazel Duncan; seven grandchildren, Tori, Haylei, Rami, Ryan, Christian, Ethan and Trey; and one great-granddaughter, Kinleigh.

Memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Ardath Francke Print Comment Top of page

Ardath Stanton Francke, 91, of Charleston, died peacefully at home on Jan. 18, 2016. Due to inclement weather, most of Ardath's family and friends were unable to attend her funeral service. The family is having a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial will follow in Springhill Cemetery. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Kay Graham Print Comment Top of page

Kay Frances Hamby Graham, 77, of Charleston, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Kay retired after working several years in the oil and gas Industry. She was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church and a graduate of East Bank High School. She was a devout Christian and was an avid student of the Bible. She loved shopping, and enjoyed traveling with her husband. Kay was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Robin Leigh Eads, and parents, Charles Claude and Juanita Hamby.

Kay is survived by her husband of 32 years, Reuben Graham of Charleston; children; Lori Lynn Eads Henshey of South Charleston; stepson, David Lawrence Graham of Pinch; sisters, Beverly Lanham of Pensacola, Fla., and Melanie Dawn Richardson of Teays Valley; brother, Harold Hamby of Hurricane; grandchildren, Caitlin Frances Henshey and Chelsea Lane Henshey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston, with the Rev. Monty Brown officiating. Inurnment will take place in St. Marks Columbarium, Charleston.

Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678.

You may send condolences to the family at

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

William Hoffman, Jr. Print Comment Top of page

William C. "Bill" Hoffman, Jr., 70, of Buckhannon, formerly of Ansted, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 after a long illness.

Bill was born May 28, 1945 in Ansted. He was the son of the late William C. Hoffman, Sr. and the late Katheran "Kat" Hoffman.

He was a member of Ansted Baptist Church and served on various committees. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias as well as the Ansted Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

He loved playing golf and playing cards. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a role model to so many people.

He was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War, retired salesman for Gauley Sales and was a former LPN working for the Red Cross.

Survivors are his daughter, Diana Crickard and husband, Kevin, of Buckhannon; one sister, Roberta McGregor of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren, Brandon Lesher and wife, Melissa, Devon Kessell and husband, Scott, and Madison Crickard; and one grandchild, Mason Kessell, all of Buckhannon.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted, with the Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted, is in charge of arrangements.

Wyatt James Lee Holley Print Comment Top of page

Wyatt James Lee Holley, precious son of Christopher and Brittany Holley, was born peacefully asleep on Feb. 1, 2016 at the Women and Children's Hospital. Wyatt was a beautiful baby, the perfect combination of his parents. He is greatly loved and was much anticipated. We are heartbroken that he is not with us, but have comfort knowing that the world just was not ready for such an utterly perfect and beautiful baby boy, but we know that he is safe and secure in God's arms. He is loved by a large family and many friends.

There will be a service at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at East Bank United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

To our sweet little boy, you were and will forever be me and your mother's one great gift. We were both so excited and could not wait to meet you, hold you, and show you how loved you are and how happy we were to be a part of your life. Though our time was short and we never were able to talk, laugh, cry, play or meet, you are and will forever be Daddy and Mommy's best friend, our one true love, and our beautiful baby boy.

"We'll love you forever, we'll like you for always, as long as we're living, our baby you'll be."

Love, Mommy and Daddy.

Howard H. Kardatzke Print Comment Top of page

Howard H. Kardatzke, 78, of Alexandria, passed away February 1, 2016 at his residence in  Alexandria, IN. He was born on April 12, 1937 to Dr. Carl and Eva Clare Kardatzke in Anderson, Indiana.

Howard graduated from Anderson High School, Anderson University, Indiana University, and Michigan State where he received his doctorate.

He was a retired educator and a professor at Ball State University and Anderson University. Howard also spent 25 years as director of Teacher Certification for the state of West Virginia. He was active in his Charleston, WV church where he served many roles. Above all, he was an intelligent, gentle, kind man of faith who loved his family and friends dearly.

Howard loved traveling and relished experiencing new cultures. This love began when his father moved the family to Kenya for a year. Howard loved Kenya and this country's people. He prided in sailing on the Queen Mary at the same time as Winston Churchill was travelling, and he had the opportunity to hear him speak.

Howard was humorous, a jokester and famous for changing the rules of family games to his advantage. He was a word master, a singer, a craftsman. Though education was his life, he always enjoyed working with this hands.

Howard is survived by his loving spouse whom he married July 8, 2000, Karon (Cortrecht) Kardatzke, wife, of Alexandria, IN; daughter, Karla Huie; son, David (Cherie) Kardatzke; daughter, Kerrie Kardatzke; daughter, Anjie (Scott) Martin; step-daughter, Jama (Evan) Highbaugh; step-daughter, Kelly (Frank Daily) Korniak; step-son, Jaymes (Sarah) Teeters; sister, Mary Lee (Rod) Hale; brother-in-law Harold Miller; sister, Lois (Jim) Dalley; granddaughters, Morgan, Marena, Madison, Maci; grandsons, Jackson, Dominic; step-grandchildren, Cody, Kasey, Stella, Addi; brother-in law, Douglas (Elaine) Barker Cortrecht; great grandchildren, Brady and Layla; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Carl and Eva Clare Kardatzke; his first wife, Catherine "Cathy" Kardatzke; and sister, Phyllis Miller.  

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 6, from 1-3:00 PM at South Meridian Church of God, 2404 Meridian St., Anderson IN 46016, where Howard was a member.

Services will follow at 3:00 PM at the church with Pastor Ed Hyatt officiating.

Cremation will take place at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to AU Student Fund, Anderson University, 1100 East Fifth Street, Anderson, IN 46012 or to South Meridian Church of God Legacy Fund or Stephen Ministries, 2402 Meridian St., Anderson, IN 46016.

Gerald W. Lesher Print Comment Top of page

Gerald W. Lesher, 78, of Gandeeville, died Feb. 2, 2016. Service will be noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with visitation two hours prior.

James A. McMillion Print Comment Top of page

James A. "Jim" McMillion of South Hills, Charleston, passed away Feb. 1, 2016 at the age of 83. James was born Sept. 18, 1932 in Charleston. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred A. McMillion, and his mother, Concella M. McMillion Hill (nee Chittum). James is survived by seven children, Jane A. McMillion, Jo A. McMillion, Jess F. McMillion, William F. McMillion, all residing in San Jose, Calif., James F. McMillion residing in Glendale, Ariz., Carol A. Riedel residing in Spencer, Ohio, and Eric McMillion and his wife, Susan, residing in Tornado. James is also survived by six grandchildren, Wendy J. Ringo, C.J. McMillion, Lauren E. McMillion, Brianna E. McMillion, Kylie P. Riedel and Johnathon S. McMillion, and one great-grandson, Jacob Ringo.

James received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University Law School in 1966 and served in the U.S.A.F. with duties in South Africa. He was a member of the West Virginia Bar Association, and the Masonic Lodge. At the time of his passing he was the CEO of World's Best Realty Company, Inc. and still actively involved in several business and entrepreneurial endeavors.

James attended and was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgantown, and enjoyed the fellowship among parishioners. He was an avid Lionel model train collector who enjoyed the camaraderie of model train shows and was a member of the Train Collectors Association. James was also passionate about politics and investments.

On Feb. 7, 2016, James will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park. A service is being held for all who knew him to share in his memory and honor him in his passing. The service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Family and friends may visit from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Memories may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Frances Rice Morgan Print Comment Top of page

Frances Morgan, 102, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. She was born in Charleston, W.Va., on Jan. 7, 1914, the only child of Richard Rice and Helen (Holz) Rice. Educated in Charleston schools, she graduated from the University of Michigan, class of 1937 and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married William F. Morgan (deceased), and they lived during his business career in Birmingham, Mich., Milwaukee, Wis., Summit, N.J., and since 1980 in Naples, Fla. They traveled extensively all over the world.

Mrs. Morgan leaves two sons, Richard B. Morgan (wife, Barbara) of Henniker, N.H., and W. Frank Morgan, Jr. (wife, Ann) of Palm City, Fla. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Dr. J. Scott Morgan (Jenna), Sara Truog (Oliver), Lindsay Sirak (Jeffrey), Richard G. Morgan (Adrienne) and Robin Ruch (Jason); and six great-grandchildren, Daniel Early Truog, Nina Francis Truog, William Sanford Sirak, Courtney Ann Sirak, Oliver Davidson Morgan and Cecily Rice Morgan.

Service will take place at Bower Chapel in Moorings Park, Naples, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Burial will take place in South Charleston at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances would be welcome at Naples United Church of Christ or the Salvation Army of Naples.

Ada Morris Print Comment Top of page

Ada Morris, 79, of Hugheston, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 3, 2016. She was born to the late Chester and Dolly Huffman and resided in Ansted, where she graduated from Ansted High, class of 1954. She married the late Franklin Morris and tenderly cared for him for 57 years.

Ada was an active member of Hughes Creek Community Church, a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved baking her famous bread and pies, traveling the country with her best friends, shopping for good deals and cheering on both the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd. She was a collector of beautiful jewelry, fine silver and anything else she fancied. Ada lived her life with integrity and grace and was a true matriarch.

Ada was preceded in death by her sisters, Violet Hensley and Ella Rose Wood, and is survived by her children and their spouses, Frank and Debbie Morris of Belle and Kathy and Tim Elswick of Chelyan; her six grandchildren and their spouses, Danielle and Sam Mavrick of Culver, Ind., Justin and Jessica Morris of Cedar Grove, Mehgan and Jake Spavital of Houston, Texas, Brianna and Jeremy Moore of Fayetteville, Cory and Brianna Barton of East Bank and Mitch Morris and Courtney Bradley of Belle; and her six great-grandchildren, Job, Joseph, Adalyn, Delaney, Major and Carter.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Mary's Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is serving the Morris family.

Anna M. Perrine Print Comment Top of page

Anna M. Perrine, 101, died Feb. 3, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the funeral home.

Martha E. Phelps Print Comment Top of page

Martha Elizabeth Link Phelps, 89, of Ronda, passed away Feb. 4, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House and woke up in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the daughter of the late Posey Lester and Anna Lee Hackworth Link. She was born in Crow on Feb. 2, 1927.

She was a member of Dawes United Methodist Church for over 50 years, a Sunday school teacher and secretary for the Dawes United Methodist Women. She taught school in both Raleigh and Kanawha Counties. She taught at Dorothy and Pettus Elementary Schools in Raleigh County and Wet Branch, Ohley and Sharon Dawes Elementary Schools in Kanawha County. Her teaching career spanned 33 years. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader.

Martha graduated from Shady Spring High School as the valedictorian on May 26, 1944. She continued her education at Concord College in Athens and became a school teacher. She started her teaching career in 1946 at Dorothy Elementary School in Raleigh County. She obtained her college diploma from Concord College. While working at Dorothy, she met a young man, Ashford Phelps, who became her husband. They were married on May 23, 1952 and parted only by his death on May 27, 2007.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, as well as sisters, Frances Scott, Geneva Rupe, Legatha Furrow and Maude Jordan, and also brothers, Paul Link and Howard Link.

Surviving are her son, Gerald "Robert " Phelps and wife, Bonnie, of Dry Branch, and daughters, Karen Gray and husband, Michael, of Belle and Mary Jane Willis and husband, Charles "Chuck," of Charleston. She also had three granddaughters, Amy Jo Sowards and husband, John, of St. Albans, Pam Carroll and husband, Brian, of Belle, as well as Cassie Cochrane and husband, Chris, of Hilton Head, S.C. She had four great-grandchildren, Alyssa Sowards, Bryson Sowards, Mallory Carroll and Reagan Cochrane. Also surviving are a brother, Jerry Link and his wife, Jean, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and sister, Patricia Campbell of Crow. Her family also includes several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to the nursing staff at Hubbard Hospice House and the staff of Arthur B. Hodges Center at Edgewood Summit.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pryor Funeral Home, 184 Walnut St., East Bank, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Service will be held immediately after at the funeral home with the Rev. Carl Terrell, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5250 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Dawes United Methodist Women, Box 130, Dawes, WV 25054.

John Michael Reid Print Comment Top of page

John Michael "Mike" Reid, 59, of Hurricane, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Rosie Reid; sister, Honey Reid; and canine companions, Buffy, Sassy, Reese, Dottie and Foxy.

"Mike," as he was known by family and friends, was a 1975 graduate of Dunbar High School (Go Bulldogs!). He worked at John Amos Power Plant and was a first responder with 36 years of faithful service. He and his family were members of Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot.

Mike is survived by his wife of 33 years, Suzanne; son, Nicholas Reid of Hurricane; brother, Bill Reid (Terri) of Dunbar; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Mary Ann Triplett of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Amy Scaringe (Brian) of North Carolina; nieces, Donna Reid of Dunbar, Emma Rowe and Allie Rowe of North Carolina; nephews, Steve Reid (Stacey) of Dunbar and Jonathan Caruthers of North Carolina; great-niece, Samantha Reid; and canine companions, Lucky and Sunshine.

Celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. The family is looking forward to hearing many stories and memories, even the ones that have been told over and over. So they can continue to be shared for years to come, there will be several tables with memory books and will be used to introduce Mike's future grandchildren to him.

In keeping with his fun-loving spirit, casual attire is requested by the family, in remembrance of Mike.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt and the Rev. Thom Pratt officiating.

Mike, always the giving person, will not allow death to end that. He donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at Marshall University, in hopes of helping others.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the family and friends who brought food, ran errands, helped around the house, called and messaged and most importantly prayed for Mike and the family. To the staff of Kanawha HospiceCare, Dr. Geller at UPMC and Dr. Reynolds at Cabell Huntington, thank you for your stellar level of care for Mike throughout his illness.

Mike will be remembered for his "talent" for talking, always having a joke to tell, love of helping others and enjoyment to talk politics (especially if you agreed with him). He will always be remembered as a loving husband and father.

As everyone knows, Mike loved to help others. In that spirit, a "Pay It Forward" account has been established at BB&T in Teays Valley. Funds from this account will only be used to "Pay It Forward" in Mike's honor. If you would like to participate, please make checks payable to Suzanne Reid – In Memory of Mike Reid, and mailed to BB&T, 352 State Route 34, Hurricane, WV 25526.

Visit to share memories, stories and to express condolences.

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

James R. Robinson Print Comment Top of page

James Robert Robinson, 74, of Holcomb, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 after a short illness.

Jim was born Jan. 4, 1942 in Richwood to the late William and Kathryn Clevenger Robinson.

He attended Hinkle Chapel Church, Craigsville. He was a Baptist by faith.

He was a loving father, grandfather and brother.

He was an Army veteran and retired coal miner.

He was a friend to all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and sister, Ruth Wright.

Survivors include three daughters, Rena Robinson of Holcomb, Rhonda and husband, Jack Keough, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Yvette "Bunnie" Robinson of Columbia, S.C.; son, James Robert Robinson, Jr. of Holcomb; two grandchildren, Kate Robinson of Ormond Beach, Fla., and James Robert Robinson III, who resides with his mother, Amy Bennett, in Holcomb; two brothers, William E. Robinson of Sutton and Douglas and wife, Judy Robinson, of Holcomb; and two sisters, Monilea and husband, Hershel Boggs, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Patricia Davis of Bloomingdale, Ind.

Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor David Sommerville officiating. Interment will be at Clevenger Cemetery, Holcomb.

Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.

All arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Barry Rowe Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Barry Rowe Sr. of Lorado was born April 21, 1948 and died Feb. 3, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with visitation one hour prior.

Naomi Jean Shockey Print Comment Top of page

Naomi Jean Shockey, 69, of Sandyville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 3, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, with her family by her side.

She was born June 16, 1946 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late James W. Newman, Sr., and Mary L. Burkett Newman.

She was a member of Independence United Methodist Church, Sandyville. She enjoyed western-style square dancing. She was a member of the Sternwheelers Square Dancing group for many years.

She is survived by her husband of almost 28 years, Lesley Shockey; sons, David (Marcellene) Beegle of Gallipolis Ferry and Clair (Shanna) Beegle, Jr. of Ravenswood; daughter, Roxanne (Vernon) Good of Ravenswood; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, James Newman, Jr. of Akron, Ohio; and stepchildren, Kimberly, John Keith, Charles and Lois.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Independence United Methodist Church, Sandyville, with Pastor Danny McVey officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville.

Friends may visit the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, and one hour prior to service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at;; or on our website at

Neeley M. Skidmore Print Comment Top of page

Neeley Matthew Skidmore, 64, of Webster Springs, died Jan. 21, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the funeral home.

Douglass S. Wade Print Comment Top of page

Douglass Sterling Wade was born July 7, 1955 to William Harrison "Pineapple" Wade Sr. an Kathryn "Ms Kitty" Victoria Geiger Womack.

Douglass was preceded in death by his parents; his grandmother, Gertrude Geiger Womack Byers; his sisters, Kathryn, who lived for one day, Harriett Victoria Wade Pleasants (Vicky); and his brother, Joseph Calhoun.

Until age nine Douglass lived in the coalfields of Wevaco, WV. His family later moved to the coal mining camp of Carbon. Doug's upbringing was big on two things: God and Family. It was during these years that Doug was introduced to a personal connection with God and was taught the importance of family. Doug was baptized at the age of 12 by Rev Robert Calloway Sr.

Doug attended Decota Elementary School, the last class of Leewood Junior High School, East Bank High School and Carver Technical Center specializing in Automotive Repair. After high school he enrolled at West Virginia State College majoring in education. He also took a job at Bert Wolf Ford in Charleston as an automotive repairman but opted to quit school and work a full time job. He later became employed at CAMC General Division working in the Physical Therapy Department as an aide. His soft spoken tone and gentle encouragement to the patients prompted the inspiration for Doug to go to PT school.

Days after this decision, while sitting at a railroad crossing waiting for a train to complete the track, his car was hit forcing him into the moving train. Douglass's life changed forever.

Though his life seemed bleak, he did have love ones that he cherished 'til his death. These loved ones are his sister, Ruth Olivia Woody, Charleston, WV (Clarence); William Harrison Wade II, Charleston, WV (Ellen); daughters, Destiny Tabu Edwards, Raleigh, NC (grandchildren, Keriz Edwards and Ashley Edwards); Cinimani Bailey, Spencer, WV (grandchildren, Draven Parson and fiancee, Jade Walls, Caidan Cunningham, Kollyns Cunningham); Lena Okubajo, Beckley, WV (Olasupo), Leona Skaggs, Charleston, WV; sons, Jerry, Roland, Nolan Walker and his "Esteemed" son, Gabby Moore, all of Charleston, WV; nephew, William Harrison Wade III, Cross Lanes, WV; nieces, Rebecca Wade, Olivia Woody, Nicholette Inman, all of Charleston, WV, Virginia Adkins, St. Albans, WV; his friend, companion and caregiver of thirteen years, many other family members, and friends.

The two joys Doug tried to carry on in his life were the existence of his father's name, "Pineapple," and fishing. He tooke on the name of Pineapple and when he left this world many knew him as "Pineapple" without knowing where or how he got his nickname.

His second love was fishing. During warm months of the years he could be found on the banks of the Kanawha River feeding the fish, because for years he certainly did not catch anything that was worthy of bragging about. Pine nevertheless enjoyed the sport for what it was: relaxation.

Friends, family and fellowship will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the First Baptist Church, Shrewsbury Street, Charleston. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church.

Carl E. Willis, Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Carl Ernest Willis, Jr., "CW," 50, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 26, 2016.

He was born June 10, 1965 in Charleston to Carl Ernest Willis, Sr. and Carol Anne Willis Casto, both of whom preceded him in death. 

He leaves to cherish his love and memory forever, his stepfather, Frank Casto of Mebane, N.C.; stepmother, Barbara Willis of Charleston; siblings, Lisa Willis of Redford, Mich., Leslie Lacy and Stacy Jenkins of Mebane, N.C., Carmen Willis of Douglasville, Ga., and Glenn Willis of North Charleston; also left to mourn his passing is a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his ResCare family. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at Keller Funeral Home, 1236 Myers Ave., Dunbar. The graveside committal service will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, 815 Cunningham Lane, St. Albans.

Family hour will begin at 11 a.m. at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Myles Woodrum Print Comment Top of page

Myles "Junior" Woodrum, 70, of Mammoth, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Cooke Funeral Home is serving the Woodrum family.

Edward L. Young Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Edward Lee Young Sr., 68, of Powellton, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2015 with his loving family by his side. Edward was born Oct. 20, 1947 to the late Howard and Lucille Young. He was preceded in death by his brother John Young, and his sister, Nancy Davis.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, and their three children, Edward Jr. Young, Jessica Siders and her spouse, Luke, and Angela Blake and her spouse, William; brother, Gary Young and his wife, Linda; and sisters, April Smith her husband, Gary, and Sharon Bainbridge. He was a proud grandfather to Garrett Young, Tegan Stover, Luke Siders and William Blake.

He was a veteran and served in Vietnam and retired as a mechanic at WVU Tech.

A memorial celebration for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Funerals for: February 05, 2016

Alkire, Mary P. 11 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, South Charleston.

Burdette, Dorothy 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home Chapel, Elkview.

Carr, Virginia L. 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Cole, Fredrick E. 7 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Ferris, Kathryn A. 1 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Graham, Kay 4 p.m., St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Griffith, David 1 p.m., Independent Missionary Baptist Church, Alum Creek.

Harrison, Randy L. 1 p.m., Cunningham

Holley, Wyatt 1 p.m., East Bank United Methodist Church, East Bank.

Johnson, Therese M. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Landers, Garmie F. 2 p.m., Gatens

Mattox, Elizabeth M. 11 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Point Pleasant.

McGinnis, Jason R. 6 p.m., Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home Chapel, Shady Spring.

Ocheltree, Connie H. 11 a.m., Bartlett

Phares, Pamela J. 10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Sparks, David W. 2 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, Marlinton.

Topeka, Max Noon, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

Wade, Douglass S. 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Charleston.

Westfall, Ronald K. 1 p.m., Greene

Young, Edward L. Sr. 6 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.