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Today's Obituaries

Jimmy Lee Brown Print Comment Top of page

Jimmy Lee Brown, 70, died Aug. 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. He was cremated per his wishes. A prayer of comfort and commitment of spirit was given by Bishop Michael Faucett, Central Community Tabernacle, Charleston.

Charles "Sam" Bumpus Print Comment Top of page

Charles Samuel "Sam" Bumpus, 74, of Charleston, passed away Fri. Aug. 28, 2015, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, following a short illness. Sam was born October 7, 1940, in Kanawha County, a son of the late Ira and Eunice Melton Bumpus.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Thomas Bumpus; and brother, Bob Bumpus.

Sam was a born again Christian who's life revolved around his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Goldtown Community Church. He proudly served in the United States Army and later retired from the Special Delivery division of the United States Post Office. Sam also shared many laughs and memories with his friends at the Bigley Avenue Hardee's.

He is survived by his three children, Chuck Bumpus (Mitzi) of Goldtown, Cindy Parsons (Tim) of Kenna, and Kim Linville (Greg) of Fountain Inn, S.C.; brother, Bill Bumpus (Marsha) of Dunbar; sister, Patty Morton (Jim) of Charleston; grandchildren, Kayla Parsons, Bryana Linville, Brittany White (Chris), Jacob Parsons, Tiara Parsons, Tyler Linville, Jared Bumpus, and Jahlea Bumpus; and great-grandchildren, Elijah Parsons, Crosby White, and Atarah Parsons. He is also survived by a special friend, Barbara Moss.

Funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Sun. August 30, at the Goldtown Community Church with Pastors Al Mendez, Aaron Jones, and Robbie Bumpus officiating. Friends may call on the family from 2 p.m until the time of service at the church. Burial with Military Rites by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin will be 2 p.m. Mon. August 31, at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Pocatalico.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ripley High School Athletic Boosters, c/o Waybright Funeral Home, 511 S. Church St., Ripley, WV 25271.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Dennis Daniels Print Comment Top of page

Dennis L. Daniels, 85, of Clendenin, passed away Thurs. Aug. 27, 2015, in Charleston.

He worked for the City of Charleston until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Davey Crocket Daniels and Orpha Shafer. Also his wife, Laura Jean Daniels; brothers, Charles, Mavin and Lloyd; and sister, Mary Sabo.

He is survived by sons, Larry, David, William and Damon Daniels; daughters, Donna Cogar and Vesta Reid; brothers, William and Floyd Daniels; l7 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tues. Sept. 1, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tim Mirr officiating. Burial will be in the Daniels Cemetery in Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, make donations may be made to the Hafer Funeral Home to offset the funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the Daniels family with the arrangements.

Thomas Edelblute III Print Comment Top of page

Thomas Hastings Edelblute, III passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 27, under the loving care of Tidewell Hospice. He was a thoughtful man, a caring son and loving brother. Born on May 9, 1959 to Thomas and Margaret Edelblute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; he graduated from Mercersburg Academy and attended both Roanoke College and the West Virginia Institute of Technology. T.H. served in the Navy on the S.S. Elliott destroyer in the Pacific. He worked at Osprey Biotechnics for the past 13 years, where he most recently held the position of Director of Logistics. T.H. was a member of the Pheonix Masonic Lodge, No. 346 of Sarasota Florida.

T.H. was a lover of life and everything Florida. He was a passionate fisherman and made an annual pilgrimage to Key West every July. He loved the ocean and the taste of saltwater on his lips. He was a loving caregiver to his grandparents in their later years as well as his Father, who proceeded him in death last fall. He was quick with a joke and had an infectious laugh that brought a smile to many.

He was loved by his family and will be dearly missed by his mother, Margaret Kuhn Edelblute of Sarasota; his brother, David Kuhn Edelblute and his wife, Laura of Granville, Ohio; his aunt and uncle, Alice and Latelle LaFollette of Sarasota; his aunt and uncle, Ann and Ownie Edelblute of Newport News, Virginia; and all of his cousins.

A Masonic service will be held in the Chapel at the Church of the Palms at 1:30 p.m. and a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday September 3, at the Church of the Palms Sanctuary, with with Dr. Hmingi Browne officiating. A reception will be held following the service. Memorial contributions can be made to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL, 34238 or the Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Alex Fominko Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Alex Fominko, Sr., 87, of Jane Lew, died Fri. Aug. 28, 2015, at home.

He owned and operated Fominko's General Store and Restaurant in Burnsville for many years, and served two terms as the Mayor of Burnsville.

Surviving are four children and their spouses, Alex, Jr. and Brenda Fominko of Jane Le, Debra and Butch Leonard of Mt. Clare, Sandra Fominko of Jane Lew, and Rosella and Bernard Rollyson of Burnsville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister, both of Morgantown.

Deceased is wife, Ruby (Bolyard) Fominko, on Oct. 13, 2013.

Friends may call at The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew, on Mon. Aug. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., where the funeral service will be held Tues. Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Eden Cemetery, Stewartstown, W.Va., Fri. Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of the Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, PA (724-725-5245).

Carl Frame Print Comment Top of page

Carl D. Frame, 73, of St. Albans, passed away Thurs. Aug. 27, 2015, at Golden Living, Glasgow.

Born February 16, 1942 at Crab Orchard to the late Ernest Don and Inez Ada Argerbright Frame. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Lee Frame.

Carl started in the restaurant business at the age of 14, working for John Smiley at Smiley's, St. Albans and he also worked at BBF. Carl and a friend bought into the Gino's Franchise and this started his career as owner and operator of Dino's Restaurant and Donnie's Restaurant in South Charleston, Kin Folks, Tropical Pools, River's Edge Restaurant from Nov. 1986 to 2004. He also operated the Capital Cafeteria 1994 to 2006 and the Columbia Gas Cafeteria for a short time.

He also enjoyed coaching his sons, St. Albans Youth baseball and basketball teams from 1974 to 1994.

Surviving is his loving wife of 52 years, Sharon Goodall Frame; daughter, Kelli Blankenship (Allen) of St. Albans; sons, Carlan D. Frame, II (Missy Kelly) and Cory Frame (Tara), both of St. Albans; sister, Barbara Ann Pappas of Chicago, Ill.; brother, Raymond Chester Frame of Tucson, Ariz. Also surviving are his loving grandchildren, Krissy, Kory Beth, Landon, Timberlyn, Wesley and Gabriel.

Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tues. Sept. 1, at First Baptist Church of St. Albans, 523 2nd Street, St. Albans with Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating.

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

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Staff and doctors at Golden Living, Glasgow and Hospice for all the wonderful care that you showed Carl and the Frame family at a difficult time. Also the family would like to give a special thanks to the Charleston Surgical Hospital and the Ole Main Café for their prayers, thoughts and generosity.

The family has been very overwhelmed and humbled by the out pouring of love, prayers and support by those who worked with us to make our businesses such a success.

In lieu of flowers. the family suggests donations to, Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387 or Alzheimer's Association West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is Honored to serve the Frame family.

Keith Gillispie Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Keith Elliott Gillispie, 53, of Nitro, passed away Wed. Aug. 26, 2015.

Keith is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Alouise Gillispie; two brothers, Larry and Jerry Gillispie.

He is survived by his daughter, Lindsay Gillispie; sister, Jackie Gillispie Higginbotham; three grandchildren, Jaden, Kaylee and Willow. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

A tribute to the life of Keith Gillispie will be at 2 p.m. Mon. Aug. 31, at Gatens – Harding funeral home chapel with Pastor Victor Keathly officiating. Burial will follow in the Grey Cemetery, Tornado. Friends may visit at the funeral home one hour prior to the service Mon.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the funeral home in is honor.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Gatens – Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca is serving the Gillispie family.

Bruce Hitchman Print Comment Top of page

Bruce Neal Hitchman, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 23, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla.

Born in Charleston, Bruce grew up in Aiken, S.C., and graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sarasota became his beloved home where he volunteered his expertise for the restoration of the Ringling Brothers pipe organ and sang with the Master Chorale.

He was a man of keen intelligence and quick wit, amazing memory and multi musical talents. He was both a gentleman, known for his trademark dark suit and tie; and throughout his life, a gentle man.

Bruce is survived by his mother, Margaret Herscher Hitchman; and was predeceased by his father, William Raymond Hitchman of Charleston. He was a loving brother to Joe Hitchman (Nancy) of Pauleys Island, S.C.; sister, Grace McGrath (Bill) of San Diego, Calif.; and sister, Eve Carter (Alan) of Staunton, Va.

He is also survived by nephews, Bill and Sean Hitchman, Michael (Cara) and Brendan McGrath; and nieces, Grace Guedet (Jay) and Becky Good (Eric).

A private family memorial and burial is being planned in Charleston at a later date.

You may send condolences to the family at: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Homer Jameson Print Comment Top of page

Homer Eugene "Jamie" Jameson, 78, of Belle, passed away Aug. 27, 2015, at his home, following a long illness.

He was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Charleston, a son of the late Homer Luther and Lena Eugene Quinn Jameson. He was a veteran of both the US Army and US Navy. He retired from Tom's Supermarket in Chesapeake after more than 30 years.

He is survived by his son, Homer "Jay" Jameson, Jr.; his two daughters, Denise Renee Jameson, and Monica Lea (Robbie) Williams; three grandchildren, Thomas Walker, Brandon and Bradley Williams; and two great-grandchildren, Matrix and Triton Walker.

The family would like to thank Dr. Sam Carroll, Dr. Finnley, the staff of the VA Medical community, and the Kanawha Hospice Care with a special thanks to his nurse, Kim Keadle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Nancy Darlene Gaylor Jameson; his brother, Gary Jameson; and his sister, Helen Turner.

Service will be held 12:30 p.m. Mon. Aug. 31, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service on Mon.

Memorial contributions can be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Norma Jean Knowles Print Comment Top of page

Norma Jean Knowles, 86, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 26, 2015.

She was born Dec. 22, 1928 in Whitesville, the daughter of the late Arvil Sampson and Althea Hodges Racer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William M. Knowles, Sr.; her brother, Glen William Racer; sister, Aileen Easter Ryder; and granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hudson.

Norma is survived by two sons and a daughter, William M. Knowles, Jr. (Debbie), Keith A. Knowles (Judy) and Linda Knowles Hudson (Dave). Also surviving are grandchildren, D. Zachary Hudson (Annie), Seth A. Hudson (Dena), Bethany Knowles Hall (Brent), Devin D. Knowles and W. Jared J. Knowles; brothers, John James Racer (Avie) and Raymond Harold Racer (Martha); and sister, Ruth Racer White (Bill).

Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. The family suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Blvd., Suite #6, Charleston, WV 25302. Online condolences may be made at

Dorothy Lowery Print Comment Top of page

Dorothy Waller Lowery, 88, of Robinson, died Fri. Aug. 28, 2015. She was the last of ten children born to Burley and Rachel Lamb Waller. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Leonard Lowery in 1994; and her oldest son, Rodney in January 2013.

Left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Delbert and JoAnn Lowery of Clinton Camp; her daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Dudley Price of Robinson; one grandson, Mike Lowery and wife, Cindy of Madison, Ohio; and granddaughters, September and husband, Jason Davis of Beckley and Cindy and Jennifer Lowery of Morganton, N.C.; great-grandchildren include, Michael and Matt Lowery of Madison, Ohio, Brett Spratt of Van, Elijah Dickens, Taylor and Dustin Cabell and Dakota Tullis of Morganton, N.C.; great-granddaughters, Konner and Kennedy Davis of Beckley; also her beloved dog, Molly Bea; and cat, Gray.

Dorothy was a homemaker and was a proud member of the UMWA Local 781.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Stollings and Kathy Hill of Madison Medical, Boone Home Health Care and Hospice. Also, most important, the UMWA for making it possible for their loved one to get the best health care. Mom always worried about losing her benefits that her husband had worked and fought for, for 40 years.

Service will be 2 p.m. Mon. Aug. 31, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Glen Jarvis officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Panella McComas Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Panella "Dee" Slaughter McComas, of Hilltop, died Sat. Aug. 22, 2015. In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and her ashes will be inurned at 3 p.m. Mon. Aug. 31, at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Arrangements entrusted by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Vernard McCormick Print Comment Top of page

Vernard "Bernie" McCormick, 84, of Sod, formerly of Woodville, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior on Fri. Aug. 28, 2015, at Valley Health Center in Spring Hill. He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Olive Neal McCormick.

He is survived by his sister, Sussie McCormick Pauley; his three sisters-in-law, Nancy M. McCormick, Peggy McCormick and Madeline McCormick; and his fourteen nieces and nephews.

It was Vernard's request that there would be no service. His final resting place will be at Pauley Family Cemetery in Joe's Creek, W.Va.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, is caring for the family.

Desmond Newsom Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Desmond TuRon Newsom, 26, of Oak Hill, died Thurs. Aug. 27, 2015. Service will be noon Wed. Sept. 2, at Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill. Friends may call fromk 6 to 8 p.m. Tues. Sept. 1, at the church.

Jeremy J. "Chef" Still Print Comment Top of page

In the early morning hours of August 28, 2015, Jeremy "Chef" Still let go of his wife's hand to take the hand of Jesus, thus slipping the bonds of a disease that could destroy his body, but never his spirit.

Chef was born June 6, 1954, the 3rd of 4 sons, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to John Theodore Still and Jean Cross Still. He grew up in the nearby village of Schuylerville along the Hudson River, having fond memories of life-long friends there, and the mischief they wrought. He was voted "Class Clown" at his high school, not surprisingly.

Chef Still attended the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., graduating in 1980. He worked in a number of resorts including Lake Placid during the 1980 Winter Olympics, Jamaica, The Virgin Islands, Lake Tahoe, The Essex House in New York City and Marriott in Hilton Head Island, S.C., before accepting a position as Executive Chef for the Marriott in Charleston, W.Va. In 1994, he accepted the same position with the Edgewood Country Club, where he remained for 21 years. He enjoyed his time at Edgewood, getting to know the members, and their families. He had many stories about the kids, throwing their arms around him dripping wet from the pool, and lining up to go to the kitchen with him for ice cream while their parents dined, always told with his infectious smile.

Twice selected by his peers as "West Virginia Chef of the Year", Chef Still worked with young aspiring culinarians to ensure the restaurants of the future were led by trained and motivated professionals. Chef Still was a "Certified Executive Chef" by the American Culinary Federation and a 2005 inductee into the "American Academy of Chefs."

Perhaps the achievement that provided him the most satisfaction was his involvement in the food ministry at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, where he was a member. With his direction, the church organized a program to provide free meals on Wednesday nights, a mission he was passionate about.

Above all, he was an outstanding person, husband, father and friend. He put others above himself without fail, and his genuine concern for everyone was apparent and magnetic. He was vibrant, personable and caring, with an unquenchable thirst for life that drew others to him. He treated everyone with dignity and made them feel special. Everyone who knew him loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Cross.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ruth Cannon Still; his children, of whom he was very proud, Jeremy "Jay" Still and Kaitlin Still; their mother, Nancy Beakes; brothers, John (Marianne) Still of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Jeff (Pat) Still of Canestota, N.Y., and James (Linda) Still of Stone Ridge, N.Y.; his aunt, Liz Cross; cousins, nieces, a nephew, and friends too numerous to mention.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sun. Aug. 30, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, with the funeral service at 11 a.m. Mon. Aug. 31, at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, Pastor Gary Nelson presiding. Interment will follow the funeral service at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

The family would like to invite friends and family to join them for a reception at Edgewood Country Club immediately follwing the burial.

In lieu of flowers, Chef wanted donations made to the Carver Technical Center Culinary Program, Kanawha Hospice, or Cross Lanes United Methodist Church food ministry.

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

Scott Thomas Print Comment Top of page

Scott Alan Thomas, 49 of Chesapeake, son of Brenda Michaelson Thomas and the late Eugene (Poodle) Thomas, passed away on August 28, 2015, at CAMC Memorial Division, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his mother and his best friend; his brother, Eric Eugene Thomas of St. Albans; his children, Brandon, Stephanie and Emily of East Bank; and his grandchildren, Madilynn, Bella, and Trenton, also of East Bank. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Betty Ann O'Brien and ex-wife, Diana Lucas; and W. H. " Hoot" Michaelson, his grandfather, also survives him.

Scott was well-known for his excellent hunting and fishing adventures and stories and enjoyed his time with family, friends, hunting and fishing. He was a great story-teller of his experiences and lived life to the fullest in his short time here.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church in Marmet on Tuesday, September 1. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 1 p.m. Pastors David Biondi, David Clark and Frank Thomas will be officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Stephanie and Emily Thomas Education Fund, c/o City National Bank, 9005 MacCorkle Avenue, Marmet, West Virginia 25315.

Leonard Johnson Funeral Home 8706 California Avenue, Marmet is handling arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Phillip Tucker Print Comment Top of page

Phillip Mark Tucker, 53, of Morgantown, passed away Thursday August 27, 2015, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Born on April 29, 1962, in Morgantown a son of the late Benjamin Tucker Jr. and Betty Claire Tucker. The most beloved things in his life were his wife, Doris (Mathess) Tucker of 31 years; and his daughte, Haley Amanda Tucker; and their 4 Vizslas: Bodi, Etel', Robi, and Rez. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, train rides and attending concerts. He and his daughter along side the dogs shared the love of hunting, caving, hiking, robotics, and loved learning from one another.

Phil loved life and lived it to the fullest, he never met a stranger. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a director at Mason-Dixon Rifle Club, a therapy dog handler, and a mentor of Mountaineer Area RoboticS.

13 years ago, Phillip got involved in FIRST robotics by creating a LEGO League team for his daughter and other children. Through Phil's dedication and love for working with youth, that team of five 5th graders grew into the wildly successful Mountaineer Area RoboticS (MARS) program. MARS now reaches across the state of WV and into two additional countries and inspires thousands of youth each year. Phil would spend hours working with a single student in the remotest parts of WV if it meant he could inspire just one more student to get engaged in a robotics program. His dedication to the students in FIRST was legendary. He was a coach, a mentor, a judge, a referee, and at the high school level had a reputation for never leaving a team behind. In other words, at competitions he would work long days, and nights, with teams from other parts of the country to make sure that their robots could compete at an event. Teams from all over the country fell in love with Phil and teams of student assistants. In 2015, Phillip earned the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for his work as a FIRST coach, the top award given to a coach at a FIRST event. In the 2015 nomination, his MARS students wrote that "he has touched the lives of each MARS student. He instills values such as dedication, technical skills, and gracious professionalism. At times he works as late as 4 a.m., refusing to quit if students are still willing to learn… He shows us that it is not winning that's important, it's the relationships we build and the remarkable people we meet. He has worked tirelessly with students that have been written off and has shown us that even the smallest leaps of faith can lead to greatness. He is Phillip Tucker, MARS mentor and coach, but more than anything, he is our hero." Phillip was the compassionate heart of the MARS program and his legacy is hundreds of young people who learned technical skills, compassion, and the importance of making a difference in their community.

He leaves behind a sister, Carolyn (Tucker) Smith and husband, Russ of Charleston; and nephew, Jimmy Smith of Dahlgren, Va.; his honorary daughter, Cortney Mercer; cousins, Susan Todd of Wytheville, Va., Susan Gonyea of Springfiled, Mass., Jimmy Tucker of Andover, N.J., Connie Tucker Weaver of Morgantown, Sara Tucker Stout of Quakertown, Pa., Andrew Tucker of Morgantown; sisters-in-law, Sue and Gerald Davis, Cathy and Fred Boyce; brothers-in-law, Doug and Kathy Mathess, Jim and Frances Mathess; and several nieces and nephews of Morgantown. He was preceded in death by brother, John Benjamin Tucker; father and mother-in-law, Thurl and Lelia Mathess; brothers-in-law, Glen (Butch) Mathess, Ronnie Mathess; nephews, David Mathess and Jimmy Mathess.

In lieu of flowers, the family request the donations be received by Mellissa Gutermuth, 454 Dughill Road, Morgantown, WV, 26508, for the distribution in his honor to the numerous activities and charitable organizations that he supports.

Friends may call at Dering-Henson Funeral Home, Sunday August 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Monday August 31, from 5 to 9 p.m. and at Wesley United Methodist Church on Tuesday September 1, one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service with Rev. Dr. Randall F. Flanagan officiating. Burial will follow at the Nicholson Chapel Cemetery. Condolences at

Caring services are provided by Dering-Henson Funeral Home.

James Ward Print Comment Top of page

James H. Ward, 73, of St. Albans, passed away on August 25, 2015, and has reunited with his wife, Carol.

In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, Rick, David, Johnny and Billy; and his sister, Carol-Sue Blake.

He is survived by his son, James Kevin Ward; daughters, Cynthia Lynn Ward (Donald) Clagett and Debora Kay Ward Wilson; and his grandchildren, Dalton, Dillon, Christopher, Ryan and Rachael. He is also survived by his brothers, Roger and Gary; and sisters, Joyce Rouse and Cathy Hopkins.

Jim was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin who will be sadly missed.

He will be laid to rest beside his wife, Carol, at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

Per Jim's request, there will be funeral service. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans is assisting Jim's family with arrangements.

James "Jim" White Sr. Print Comment Top of page

James "Jim" Harold White Sr., 87, of St. Albans, passed away Mon. Aug. 24, 2015.

He was born December 6, 1927, in Richwood, the son of Elmer and Minnie White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo White; brothers, Arnett, Willard, Dennis and Robert White.

Jim retired from Union Carbide after 38 years of service. He enjoyed golf, spending time with his family and watching baseball.

He is survived by sons, James H. White, Jr. and wife, Anne of Poca, Wes White of St. Albans; and daughter, Traci Carroll and husband, Kevin of Fairmont; grandchildren, Amber White, Randi White, Brandon Carroll, and Josie Carroll; great-grandchildren, Jax Thomas, and Delaney Koontz; brother, Eugene White, of Charleston; and a host of close family and friends.

With honoring his wishes, he will be cremated and a private service will be held.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Thurma Zickafoose Print Comment Top of page

Thurma Mae Zickafoose, 96, of Nitro, passed away peacefully on Aug. 29, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House West.

Mae was born on March 18, 1919, in Fayette County, a daughter of the late John G. and Maxie Shaver Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Grady R. Zickafoose; one daughter, Darlene Zickafoose; one son, Grady, Jr.; a special grandson, Justin D.. Zickafoose; two brothers, Morton and John Smith; and her three sisters, Reba Duncan, Delphia Gwinn, and Virginia Gragg.

She is survived by her children, Myrna Graham of Manchester, Maine, Janet Ellis of Charleston, Darrell B. Zickafoose of Apple Grove, and John G. (Darlene) Zickafoose of Monclova, Ohio; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William O. Smith of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jack Smith of Hico, W.Va.

Mae was an active member of the Nitro Church of God. She was a Christian and a homemaker.

Service will be held at noon Tues. Sept. 1, at the Nitro Church of God, 1517 Second Ave., Nitro with Pastors Rob Van Fossen and Arley Cravens officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be held at the Church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Funerals for: August 30, 2015

Alexander, Charles Jr. 2 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Armstrong, David 5:30 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bumpus, Charles "Sam" 4 p.m., Goldtown Community Church, Goldtown.

Chancey, Shirley J. 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Darnell, Thurman 2 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Hamrick, Fred 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Johnson, Esco C. Jr. 2 p.m., VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Johnson, Vernon "Bud" 10:30 a.m., St. Thomas Catholic Church, Gassaway.

Marlow, Thomas 4 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, Ripley.

McMillion, James 3 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Quesenberry, Amos E. 1 p.m., Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley.

Robinson, Eleanor 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Rodgers, Gerald L. 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Withrow, H. "Bill" 3 p.m., Fisher Memorial Church, Kenna.