Today's Obituaries

Martha Arthur

Martha June Arthur died on July 21, 2017, at CAMC General from a stroke.

She was born to the late Romie Orville Stalnaker and Martha Jane Watson on June 9, 1930, in Sandyville. She was also preceded in death by her husband Roger Arthur Sr., and Roger Jr., grandson Jason, her brother Gene, and her sisters Erline and Eloise.

In the late 40s, she came to Charleston to live and help out one of her sisters. While here she attended Charleston High until her senior year when she returned home and graduated from Ripley High School. After graduation she moved back to Charleston and worked at both Evans Super Market and Kroger's. In 1951, she married Roger Arthur Sr. and started their "Sentimental Journey." In 1955, they bought a business on the West Side called The Grill and later their home, all within walking distance of each other in the Elk City Area. The Grill became a popular eatery where they still make "June's Macaroni Salad" recipe. During this time they started a family and had five children. Once they all started growing and diversified she found time for each one and their interest whether scouts, homeroom mother, Sunday school, Bible school teacher, PTA, coach, referee driver, cheerleader etc. ... you get the picture. She did it all while struggling with poor health and severe pain, but she came to watch whether it was a musical program or a sporting event. She was the biggest fan of whatever we chose to do, and avid sports fan especially of WVU, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cincinnati Reds. She was a 50 year member of Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church and received the Honorary Membership in Presbyterian Women USA for her leadership and many years of service to Bream.

She was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Sorority. Her time spent at The Grill created an extended family beyond belief. Whether seven or 70, people called her mom and she loved that. She was an awesome cook and passed down that talent to her children which has served them well. She lived the last few years with her buddy-her dog- Lilly and her daughter Martie who has taken care of her.

This is the end of her Sentimental Journey here on earth.

Surviving are her daughters Martha Thomas, Teresa (C.E.) Moore, sons David (Kathy) and Bruce (Anna Betty), all of Charleston, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and sister Iris Full of Elizabeth.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church Chapel, Charleston, with Rev. Christina Tutterow officiating. Private burial will be Monday at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services at the church.

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

Helen Beckett

Helen Louise Beaver Beckett, 82, of Hurricane, entered into her Savior's arms on July 23, 2017, at home, surrounded by the love of her family.

Born on August 2, 1934, the youngest child of the late Charles Wesley and Vesta Lovejoy Beaver, Helen was a graduate of Hurricane High School Class of 1952 where she was a cheerleader.

In 1956, she married the love of her life, Billy Ray Beckett, to whom she was married for 53 years, until his death in 2010. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and active in supporting her children in all of their other extra-curricular activities. She retired from Elder Beerman where she was a Department Manager. A member of Union Baptist Church, Milton, W.Va, she was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. She was a strong-willed woman who loved her family dearly. She lived her final days with her family by her side as she was always by theirs.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert Wesley Beaver, and her stepmother, Emma Frances Beaver.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, The Rt. Rev. Michael R. Beckett and his husband, Scott Brown, Pastor Gregory M. Beckett and his wife, Candy, Jennifer L. Beckett Burton and her husband, Will, and Hope Hinrichs and her husband, Keith. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Zachary R. Burton, Austin Hinrichs, and Mitchell Hinrichs, as well as her brother, Bill Beaver, and his wife Jean, as well as a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Blueridge Staff of Teays Valley Center for their love and care in Helen's final months to Susan, April, and Kristen of HospiceCare for their kindness in Helen's final days.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Rick Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

You may share memories with the family on Helen's tribute page by visiting

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

Jerry Bird

Jerry Calvin Bird, 70, of Clay, left this world on Monday, July 24, 2017, and was reunited with his loved ones who preceded him to heaven; his parents, R.T. and Neva Bird; sisters, Kat Moore, Jean Evans and Lenora Durham; brother, Thurston Bird; and son, Wayne Shuler.

He was a retired coal miner.

Jerry was a loving husband to his wife, Nila Bird of Ivydale; father to Melissa O'Dell of Charleston, Eric Bird of Severn, Maryland, Lisa Ramsey of Arnoldsburg and Jeremy Bird of Ivydale; grandfather to seven grandchildren. He leaves behind brothers, Charlie and Thurman Bird both of Adonijah; sisters, Patty Jones and Jewell Elliott of Adonijah, Carol Sizemore of Buffalo New York, and Evelyn Durham of Median, Ohio, and their spouses; numerous nieces and nephews.

His life's celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Bethel Baptist Church, Adonijah, with Ministers Chris Jones and Earl Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Clay Memorial Gardens, Clay.Friends may gather with family one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Kanawha Hospice Care for their support and loving care during this difficult time.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Linda Callahan

Linda Gay Callahan, 52, of Danville, passed away on July 19, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 26 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Donald E. Carroll

Donald E. Carroll, 69, of Chesapeake, died July 20, 2017 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

He retired from CAMC Memorial Hospital after many years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era.

He was preceded in death by father, Donald C. Carroll; mother, Barbara Watson Carroll Miller; and brother, William Curtis Carroll Sr.

Surviving are brother, David Paul (Paula Jean) Carroll of Bicknell, Ind.; step-mother, Martha Price Carroll of Hurricane; step-sisters, Diana Cole of Hurricane, Kathy Boland of Scott Depot; step-brothers, Chuck Price of Charleston, Bill Price of Spanish Fort, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Patty Crouch officiating. Burial will follow at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Kathern "Katie" Davis

Florist Kathern "Katie" King Davis, 96, of Scott Depot, formerly of South Charleston, died Monday, July 24, 2017.Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at St. John United Methodist Church, Scott Depot. A full notice will appear in Thursday's edition of the Gazette-Mail.

Larkin DeLung

Larkin Keith DeLung , 40, of Oak Hill, W.Va., died Saturday, July 22, 2017. Services will be at noon Friday, July 28, at Daystar Worship Center, in Kilsyth, with Pastor Larry Humphrey officiating.Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, July 27, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Betty Dunbar

Betty Jane Hiner Dunbar, age 91, of Crawley, passed away July 24, 2017. Service will be at noon on Saturday, July 29, at Beaver Creek Baptist Church, Kieffer. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rupert, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ruby Helen Eboch

Ruby Helen Eboch, 89, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Charleston.

Helen was born in Kanawha County on November 19, 1927.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, James Eboch; parents, Carlos and Bessie Swiney; six brothers, Roy, Ray, Donald, Harold, Dinky, Johnny; and two sisters, Dean and Wanda.

She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Hoffman of Largo, Fla., Edra Smiley of Charleston and Brenda Watton of San Diego, Calif.; one son, Roy Sanders, of Elkview; two sisters, Janet Web of Spencer and Violet Frank of Roanoke, Va.; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen spent the majority of her life in San Diego, Calif., attended college, worked towards her goal as a Dietician and developed a successful career. She enjoyed bowling, board games (especially scrabble), crocheting, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Helen was a wonderful cook and took great pleasure in preparing and serving her special dishes to the family.

Celebration of Helen's Life will be held in San Diego, Calif., with a date to be determined. She will be interred in Singing Hills Memorial Gardens, El Cajon, Calif., beside her late husband, James Eoch.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the physicians and nurses at CAMC Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care and the Palliative Nursing Staff at Hubbard Hospice in Charleston for their kindness and loving care given to our mother in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd, West, Charleston, WV 25387.

You may send condolences to the family at

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

Barbara Estep

Barbara Ellen Estep, 66, of Peytona, left life on this earth to be with our Lord on July 21, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Estep; her father, Fleetward Hager; her mother, Iris June Hager; two brothers, Nickie Hager and Rickey Hager; and one sister, Christine Young.

She is survived by three sons, Ronald Estep Jr., Rodney Estep and Robert Estep, and one daughter, Robin Galford, all of Peytona; four brothers, Mickey Hager of Mammoth, Kimmey Hager of Peytona, Jimmy Hager of Nellis and Timmy Hager of Peytona; two sisters, Angela Wilkens of Nellis and Jennifer Hager of Peytona; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Stevie Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Harless Cemetery, Drawdy. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Jimmy Ferguson

Jimmy Lee Ferguson, 81, of Scott Depot, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Jimmy was born October 21, 1935, to the late Ralph and Hazel Ferguson in Russell County, VA. He is also preceded in death by his brother Charles Ferguson and brother-in-law Carl Hart.

Jimmy was an active member of the St. John UMC, volunteer at the Community Cupboard, Proud Veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retiree of AEP John Amos Plant. He loved to travel, spending time with family and friends and listening to bluegrass music.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Ferguson of Scott Depot; son Darrell Ferguson (Sharon) of Greensboro, NC; daughter Sandy Donalson (Vic) of Nitro; grandchildren Matthew Ferguson of Raleigh, NC, Courtney Ferguson of Greensboro, NC, Anna Steele (Austin) of Atlanta, GA, and Kaitlyn Donalson of Nitro; sister-in-law Judy Ferguson of Honaker, VA; sisters-in-law JoAnn Wallace of El Paso, TX, and Georgia Hart of Honaker, VA; and niece Annie Ferguson of Honaker, VA.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at St. John United Methodist Church, with Pastor Michael Atkinson officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the church. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

A special thanks to nurses and staff of St. Mary's Cardiovascular, Step Down 3rd Floor nursing staff, CVICU, Open Heart ICU, friends who visited, sent cards, food and all the phone calls. We will never forget the love you've shown us during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John United Methodist Church at 4536 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, WV 25560.

Visit Jimmy's tribute page at to share memories with the family.

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

Paul L. Fizer

Paul L. Fizer, 78, joined his heavenly father, July 22, 2017, after a long illness.

He was a graduate of Sissonville High School and retired from South Charleston Stamping Plant. He enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially hunting.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Neda Thaxton Fizer; also surviving are his precious daughters, Tammy Fizer Bailey and husband Rodney, and Twanna Fizer Burnworth and husband Bob; grandchildren, Mark Burnworth, Jackie Kovic, Brittany Harrison, Blake Harrison, Corey Bailey, Brad Bailey and Amy Bailey; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Rob Whittington officiating. Commital Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Floral Hills Garden of Memories. Everyone is welcome. Visitation with the family will be two hours prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude towards the staff / family of "Select Speciality" for the wonderful love and care they provided to our dad.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Fizer family.

Joyce A. Gendics

Joyce A. Gendics, age 71, of Lorain passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home.

She was born on June 12, 1946, in Lorain, Ohio, to Dewey Leadingham Sr. and Darlene (nee Fletcher).

Joyce loved all the Cleveland sports teams, playing cards, and crafting.

She is survived by her son, Shawn (Tamela) Krajeski, of Maysel; grandsons, Ian Smith and Grant Krajeski, both of Maysel; mother, Darlene Krieg, of Amherst; brother, Dewey (Karen) Leadingham, of Wellington, sister, Terri (Bob) Gay, of North Ridgeville, Ohio; and cousin and close friend, Noreen Nevin.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Dewey Leadinham Sr.; sister, Rae Dene Hutton; and step-father, Edward Krieg.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Noreen Nevin for all the love and kindness that she gave to Joyce.

Private family funeral services will be held.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Ruth Ellen Gibson

Ruth Ellen Gibson, 79, of Vinton, Ohio, formerly of Charleston, passed away July 22, 2017.

She loved living and working on her farm and being with friends and family.

Preceding her in death were parents, Thomas Randall and Beatrice Lemon Perry; her sisters, Barbara Ann Perry, Phyllis Campbell, Mary Lou Thompson and Susan Hanson; brothers, Thomas Randall Perry II and Eddie Perry.

Survivors include her loving husband of 54 years, Marshall K. "Sam" Gibson; sister, Paula Perry Rudder; sisters-in-law, Brenda Carol Harvey, Barbara Jean Jones, Wilma Lee Rice and Patsy Legg; nephews, Scott A. Perry, Glen Harvey Lee, Todd and Jerry Hanson; and her loving dog, Baby.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Raymon Cobb officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Ruth's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family will accept online condolences at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Gibson Family.

Harold Hickman

Harold Franklin Hickman, 89, of Frazier's Bottom, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, at his residence. Funeral service details are incomplete at Heck Funeral Home, Milton.

Euna King

Euna May King, 66, of Alum Creek passed away Monday, July 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please see Curry Funeral Home website at for a complete obituary.

Edgar Knotts

Edgar Clay Knotts, 89, of Akron, Ohio passed away July 20, 2017. A graveside ceremony will take place Thursday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m., in the Minnora Cemetery.Stump Funeral Home and Cremation, Inc. of Arnoldsburg is handling the services for the Knotts family.

Earlie Inez Massie

Earlie Inez Massie, 82 of Ona, W.Va., passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. Funeral servicewill be be conducted at 1 p.m., on Thursday, July 27, at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary; 6357 E. Pea Ridge Rd. Huntington. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Billy Gene Parsons Sr.

Billy Gene Parsons, Sr, 83, of Charleston, died Monday July 24, 2017 at CAMC Memorial Division.

He was a retired from Continental Trucking with many years of service and attended the Spradling Gospel Tabernacle, Charleston. Billy was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean "Tiny" Stevens Parsons; parents, Amy and Emma Kessler Parsons.

Surviving, son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Cheryl Parsons, son, Billy Parsons, Jr.; sister, Carol Johnson; grandchildren, Chad Parsons and his wife Morganne, who was also his dedicated caregiver, Kassi Parsons, Josh Parsons; several great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Rev. Harold Boggs officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the mortuary. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston with military rites performed by the St. Albans, VFW Post #6418.

Michael Puckett

Michael Day Puckett, 55, of Millwood, passed away suddenly July 20, 2017, at his home. Memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Saturday July 29, at Ravenswood Riverfront Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Michael to Jackson County Animal Shelter, c/o Community Foundation of Jackson County, 108 Church St., North, Ripley, WV 25271. Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, is serving the family.

Lee Nora Wentz

Lee Nora Wentz, 66, from Charleston, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2017, after a long illness.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence B. Holley and Alice Holley.

She is survived by husband, Clifford W. Wentz; loving pup, Zappa; daughter, Julia A. Wheeler (Vincent Wheeler); grandchildren, Kelsie Lee Wentz and Dakota Allen Wheeler; sisters, Tina Holley and Julie Armstead; and 24 nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Carolyn Yates; and best friends, Judy Bays, Jane Klein and Daisy Holley.

Per her request, there will be no service.

Christine Young

Christine Faye Young, 63, of Peytona, went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aurthur Eugene Young; son, Daniel Young; daughter, Lanette Young; brothers, Rickey Hager and Nickie Hager; sister, Barbara Estep; mother, Iris June Hager; and father, Fleetward Ray Hager.

She is survived by her daughter, Danetta Lare of Maryland; two granddaughters, Keirstin Lare and Kelci Lare, both of Maryland; four brothers, Mickey Hager of Mammoth, Timmy Hager of Peytona, Kimmey Hager of Peytona and Jimmy Hager of Nellis; and two sisters, Angela Wilkins of Ashford and Jennifer Hager of Peytona.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Stevie Cox officiating. Burial will be in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Funerals for: July 26, 2017

Callahan, Linda 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Elliott, Eula 10:30 a.m., Barr Cemetery, Mount Zion.

Fizer, Paul 7 p.m., Cunningham

Harrison, Ora 11 a.m., Procession leaving Waybright Funeral Home for Harrison Cemetery, Kenna.

Parsons, Billy Gene 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Riley, Mary 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Roberts, Virginia Noon, White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Rutledge, Charles 11 a.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Will, Brenda 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.