Obituaries

Today's Obituaries

Elma Wanda Baire

Elma Wanda Baire, 85, of Brounland, passed away May 30, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the funeral home.

David A. Baxley

David A. Baxley, 53, of Inwood, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Georgetown University Hospital after a brief illness.

A son of Janet Baxley and the late Rufus A Baxley, Jr., David was born in Charleston on Jan. 15, 1963. He was a 1981 graduate of St. Albans High School. He received his associate degree in computer technology from the National Institute of Technology in Cross Lanes. He enjoyed a long career in information technology, and loved working with computers.

He also had a deep love of music and played guitar and keyboards. He had a decade-long career in music, playing for several bands, most notably the band, Players. In 1992 he was honored, along with the band, to participate in a USO tour in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.

David enjoyed motorcyles and founded the Inwood Chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club. He filled leadership roles in the Georgia chapter, and was involved in the Hagerstown, Md., chapter as well. He was known as a loyal friend and a funny, generous man.

He is survived by his mother, Janet Baxley of Cumming, Ga.; brother, Allen Baxley and wife, Genny, also of Cumming; his aunt, Jane Phillips of St. Louis, Mo.; uncle, Eddie, and aunt, Samira Bird, of Brewster, N.Y.; and many cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment will be at Cunningham Memorial Park.

Family and friends are encouraged to share memories of David on his tribute page at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Baxley family.

Sandra Lana Bragg

Sandra Lana "Sandy" Bragg, 67, of Yawkey, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

She was predeceased by her son, Stanley Bragg II.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 49 years, Stanley; son, Dale Bragg; daughter, Lana Bennett and husband, Matt; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with Pastor Kenneth Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Lively Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made toward funeral services.

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.

Sharon E. Burge

Sharon Elaine (Taylor) Burge, 50, of Huntington, passed away May 29, 2016 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 13, 1965, a daughter of Norman Lee and Clara Belle (Jarrett) Taylor of Evans.

She was a former secretary for W.P. Entertainment, Nashville, Tenn., and enjoyed music. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Survivors in addition to her parents include sister and caregiver, Joyce Lynn Stevens of Huntington; brothers, Norman Lee (Ginger) Taylor Jr. of Old Hickory, Tenn., and Ronald Wayne Taylor of Evans; and sons, Taylor Nash Burge of Ohio and Laramie Daniel Blevins of Ohio.

Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared with the family at castofuneralhome.com.

Jack L. Burgess

Jack L. Burgess, 90, son of the late John and Lula Burgess, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. He was a 69-year member of Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston. Jack retired from Union Carbide with 40 years of service and had served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He enjoyed fishing, which was his passion, but was also an avid tennis player and runner, and he participated in several distance runs such as the Charleston Distance Run, the Union Carbide Fitness Run and also participated in several marathons. Jack was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and also a graduate of Morris Harvey College, Charleston, where he received a degree in business.

He and his wife, Lois, enjoyed traveling and had traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and to all of the states in America except four. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Lois Burgess; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Casey Burgess; daughters, Marta S. Spry and Myra and her husband, Mike Melson; grandchildren, Molly Goodman, Maggie Melson and Emily Burgess; and great-grandchildren, Gavin Burgess and Gwendolyn Goodman.

Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W., Charleston, with the Rev. Archie Snedegar officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Maryland and Lee Streets, Charleston, WV 25302, or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Agnes Campbell

Agnes Campbell, 93, of Summersville, died May 29, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the funeral chapel.

Joann Cook

Joann Cook, 56, of Spencer, passed away May 28, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the funeral home.

Jennie Gibson

Jennie Gibson, 85, of Henrico, Va., formerly of South Charleston, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 29, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles A. Gibson, and a son, Brent Gibson and his wife, Rhonda. She was retired after many years of service from AT&T, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and a graduate of the University of Charleston.

Clarence D. Glenn

Clarence Denver Glenn, 92, of Southside, died May 29, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Beech Hill United Methodist Church, Southside, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Virginia Hiserman

Virginia Cantley Hiserman, 88, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016.

She was born Nov. 25, 1927 to the late Junius Edgar Hiserman and Lettie Cantley Hiserman.

Virginia was a graduate of Charleston High School, Wittenburg University (B.A.) and Marshall University (M.A.). She was a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charleston.

She taught for several years in Ohio and then returned to teach for the Kanawha County Schools.

Virginia was a guidance counselor at George Washington High School from its opening until she retired in the early 1990s.

She is survived by her sister, Bettie "Betsy" Voress, and brother-in-law, Hugh Voress, of Raleigh, N.C.; nephews, Edgar Voress of Raleigh, N.C., and Karl Voress of Ijamsville, Md.; and niece, Kathleen Evans of Clayton, N.C.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. that afternoon at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, with the Rev. Randolf Richardson officiating. Friends may meet with the family following the memorial service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Virginia to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25311, to be used for Trinity's Table.

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

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

Carol Ann Jackson

Carol Ann Jackson, 70, of Little Birch, died May 29, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the funeral home.

Lowell M. Jarvis

Lowell "Dubber" Mitchell Jarvis, 58, of Milton, entered into rest Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Born Aug. 8, 1957 in Braxton County, he was the son of the late Lowell Glen and Shelby (Keith) Jarvis. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Davion.

Lowell is survived by his son, Jeremy Jarvis (Brian Wells) of Huntington; daughters, Amber Brown (Darius) and Jada Jarvis (John Seay), both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Deonte, Schyler, Amiyah and Amira; grandcat ,Benny; brothers, Rodney and Ricky Jarvis; and sisters, Yvonne Lawson and Robin Legg.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Pearl Virginia Jones

Pearl Virginia Jones, 89, of Charleston, daughter of the late Preston Delta McCune, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was a member of Canaan United Methodist Church, Charleston, and was retired from Revo with many years of service. Pearl was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert Jones.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Mitchell Abraham of Charleston; brother, Forest McCune of Ohio; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tina and Tom Cox and Hazel and Jack Taylor; grandsons and their wives, Jonathan and Suzanne Abraham and Timothy and Kelly Abraham; and great-grandchildren, J.R., Carson and Katie.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W., Charleston, with the Rev. Timothy Abraham officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

John W. Kennedy, Jr.

John Walter Kennedy, Jr. ("Jack"), of Charleston, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Jack was born in Canton, Ohio, on Oct. 13, 1955, at Aultman Hospital.

He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1973, and attended Ohio State University following high school. He later transferred to West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor's degree in music education, with a focus on trumpet and voice.

Jack taught at Sherman High School in Boone County, and Stonewall Jackson, South Charleston and Horace Mann Middle Schools and George Washington High School in Kanawha County.

Following his retirement, he continued subbing in Kanawha County and was the pianist at Unity of Kanawha Valley for many years.

Jack's hobbies included reading. He was an avid student of history and world religion. He also loved cooking and building models of ships and civil war displays.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Jane Hammond Kennedy; father, John Walter Kennedy, Sr.; and sister, Karen Lee Kennedy.

Jack is survived by his sons, Christopher Ryan Kennedy and Justin Michael Kennedy of Charleston, and his daughter, Kathryn Mary Kennedy of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers of Cambridge, Ohio, Timothy Kennedy and Thomas Kennedy; sister, Mary Kennedy; Kirsten Farrah Kennedy, daughter in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A service to honor the life of John Walter Kennedy, Jr. will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road, Charleston

Family and friends may visit at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Unity of Kanawha Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Memories of John W. Kennedy, Jr. may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

James D. Little

James "Jim" Dempsey Little, 75, of Elkview, went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House. He was born March 19, 1941 to the late Raymond and Gladys Little.

Jim was a former lay and youth leader for his church, Jarrett Memorial United Methodist Church, and greatly enjoyed listening to and singing in the choir. He also loved to play golf in his free time. Jim was most known for his dedication to his family. He was a retired accountant for the State Auditor's Office. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish the memory of Jim are his loving wife of 50 years, Julia; son, Jason (Kemm) Little of Barboursville; sister, Patricia(Eddie) Meadows of Shady Spring; and grandsons, Jason Jr. and Jonathan.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Jarrett Memorial United Methodist Church, 19 Jarrett St., Elkview, with Pastor Danny Kinder officiating. Burial will follow the service in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview.

Evelyn Meadows

Evelyn Cook Jordan Meadows, 95, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Oakridge Center, Charleston.

She was preceded in death by parents, AJ and Mamie Cook; 10 siblings; and husbands, James Jordan and William Meadows.

Although Evelyn never had children of her own, she was "Mother" to many.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

There will be a time of visitation on Wednesday, June 1, from noon to 1 p.m. at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden. The funeral procession will leave at 1 p.m. for Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville, for a committal service conducted by Celebrant, HR Whittington.

The online guestbook for Evelyn Cook Jordan Meadows can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of arrangements.

John C. Meadows

John C. 'J.C.' Meadows, 58, a lifelong resident of Belle, passed away May 25, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

J.C. was a maintenance and sanitation department employee for the town of Belle and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Meadows.

Surviving are his son, John Meadows of Charleston; mother, Loretta Meadows of Belle; companion, Sheila Barnette; brothers, Russell Meadows of Campbells Creek and Timmy Meadows of Keystone Heights, Fla.; sisters, Ronda Meadows of Belle and Jackie Rhodes of Campbells Creek; and grandchildren, Ciara Truman, Aaryn and Nevaeh Meadows.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Gordon Killion Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Wolfe Cemetery, Campbells Creek.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Rev. Wayne Meadows, Jr.

The Rev. Wayne Meadows, Jr., 52, of Omar, died May 29, 2016. Service will be noon Wednesday, June 1, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the funeral home.

Thomas Mearns, M.D.

Thomas Jefferson Mearns, M.D., 76, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Edward "Bud" Miller

Edward Ray "Bud" Miller, 79, of Dixie, passed away at home with his loving family at his side after a long illness.

Born Aug. 7, 1936 in Richwood, he was the son of the late Frank Miller ad Effie (Morris) Miller. He was also proceded in death by his sisters, Edna Moore, Leatha Harold, Pat Adams and Virginia Justice, and also by his brothers, Harold and Carl Miller.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Eva Elswick Miller; son, Ray (Kathie) Miller of Dixie; daughter, Pam (John) Walker of Griffithsville; grandson, Andrew Walker; granddaughter, Jessica Miller; great-granddaughter, Hannah Miller; great-grandson, Jacob Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with Minister BJ Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, Charleston.

Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, is honored to be serving the Miller family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Catherine E. Parker

Catherine Ellen Parker, 60, of Alderson, died May 29, 2016. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Groves Funeral Home, Union.

Hugh Alton Peal

Funeral service for Mr. Hugh Alton Peal will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the chapel of Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, La., with Chaplain Jeff White officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball, La., under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home.

Mr. Peal, 85, of Alexandria, La., entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria, La.

Mr. Peal was raised in Marmet, W.Va. After graduating from East Bank High School, he joined the Navy. Mr. Peal retired from military service after 20 years of serving his country in the U.S. Navy (four years) and Air National Guard (16 years). He was an Alexandria businessman for 30 years, co-owning Bayou State Insurance Company before retiring.

Mr. Peal is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and a Master Mason of Salina Lodge No. 27.

Three weeks earlier, Mr. Peal was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Thelma Peal. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Myrtle Peal, and grandson, Joshua Raffray.

He is survived by one son, Jeff L. Peal; two daughters, Melinda P. Bishop and Tracy P. Raffray; six grandchildren, Lori P. Prince, Leslie P. Slappy, Justin T. Raffray, Jessie N. Raffray, Jensen Raffray and Claire E. Bishop; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, La., on Wednesday, June 1, from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Peal family by visiting www.gallagherfh.com.

Carlos R. Schoolcraft

Carlos Raymond Schoolcraft, 80, of Buckeye, died May 29, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the funeral home.

Edward A. Straughter

Edward A. "Eddie" Straughter, 61, departed this life on May 26, 2016 after a short illness. Edward was born March 22, 1955 to proud parents, the late Harold and Bertha Lee Straughter. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Jerry A. Coleman and Harold L. Straughter Jr., and grandmother, Susie Jamison.

Edward, also known as "Eddie" and "Eddie Boy," was baptized at an early age at Riverview Baptist Church, where he sang and played piano for the senior choir. He was also the choir director for the senior choir at Levi Baptist Church, Rand. He was a member of The First Baptist Church, where he was a member of the choir. He went on to follow his lifelong passion of mortuary science and was mentored by the late Elizabeth Harden. He worked under her direction for many years.

Edward was employed by the Kanawha County Court House for over 25 years, and manager at Preston Funeral Home for 16 years.

Edward may have left us a little too early on earth; he was loved and respected by so many people. He is now in heaven and choir directing for the Holy Father.

He leaves to cherish his memory his sister, Susan Straughter of Charleston; nephews, Edward H. "Pete" Straughter and Darrick Burrells of Charleston; niece, Ashley Straughter-Simmons of Kenova; great-niece, Chante Straughter; sister-in-law, Brenda Burrells; longtime and loyal friend, Gary Badgett; and a host of relatives, friends and co-workers.

Service will be held at noon Thursday, June 2, at First Baptist Church, 432 Shrewsbury St., Charleston. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas P. Wilson

Thomas Putnam Wilson, 97, of Charleston, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House. Born Sept. 4, 1918 in New York City to Sara L. and Thomas K. Wilson, Tom spent his youth in Texas and Oklahoma. His father died while the family was living in Oklahoma, and at age 12 Tom was tasked with driving the family to Washington, D.C., where they relocated.

Tom graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He went on to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical physics from Harvard University.

Following his formal education, Tom worked as a research chemist on the Manhattan Project before beginning his career in research and development with the Union Carbide Corporation. He retired from Union Carbide in 1983 as a corporate research fellow, having been one of the first scientists so named by Union Carbide. During his 37-year career, Tom was associated with research and development work that led to the granting of 12 patents. Tom was recognized for his work and expertise in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, and following his retirement, frequently was invited to serve as a consultant and lecturer throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Tom was an avid traveler. He and his wife, Peg, explored many destinations worldwide during their 35 years together. Tom enjoyed golf and his regular bridge games, and he was a bit of an ornithologist.

Tom is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peg" Wilson of Charleston; stepchildren, Andy Goodwin (Carolyn) of Littleton, Colo., Tori Hardy (Waller) of Charleston, Beth Gallagher (Tony) of Narberth, Pa., Mark Goodwin (Sean) of Palm Desert, Calif., and Martha Jennings of Glen Allen, Va.; seven step-grandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Judy Wilson, and their son, Mark Wilson; and his two sisters, Margaret W. Miller and Allison Wilson.

A memorial service will be held at Edgewood Summit at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests support of the Edgewood Summit Employee Appreciation Fund, 300 Baker Lane, Charleston, WV 25302, or Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the family.

Funerals for: May 31, 2016

Bloss, Gary 1 p.m., Lambert

Carden, Mary E. 11 a.m., Madison Methodist Church, Madison.

Eagle, John 11 a.m., Grace Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston.

Hannan, Gregory 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Kelley, Diana 1 p.m., Rhema Christian Center, Lewisburg.

Kosa, Mary F. 3 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor.

Linville, Byron 1 p.m., Claypool United Methodist Church, Claypool.

Messinger, Irene 2 p.m., Center Point Baptist Church, West Hamlin.

Protan, John Noon, Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester.

Smith, Larence 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Thomas, Kenna III 7 p.m., Kanawha Two Mile Gospel Tabernacle, Charleston.


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