Today's Obituaries

Esther Adkins

Esther May Adkins, 99, of Duck, entered into rest Friday, August 26, 2016.

Born March 22, 1917, in Enoch, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Krantz) Kyle. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Everett Adkins; son, Donnie Adkins; sister, Ruth Russell; brothers, John Kyle and Ted Kyle.

She enjoyed flowers, walking, church and her friends.

Esther is survived by her daughters, Patsy Workman of Ocean City, Md. and Judy (Walter) Shafer of Birch River; sons, Jimmy (Melissa) Adkins of Duck, Chilton "Buzzy" (Linda) Adkins of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Albert (Jan) Adkins of Vermillion, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, August 29, at Walnut Grove Church, with Ministers Wilma and Don Dobbins officiating. Burial will be in Adkins Cemetery, Dog Run. Visitation with the family will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walnut Grove Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Adkins family.

Ruth Lea Barrier

Ruth Lea Barrier, 80, of Cowen, died August 21, 2016. Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Jennings Bryant

Mr. Jennings R. Bryant, 68, of Henlawson, W.Va., died Thursday, August 25, 2016. A memorial service is planned for a later date by the family.Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are assisting the Bryant family.

Tommie Butcher Sr.

Tommie Lee Butcher Sr., 76, of Powellton, died August 26, 2016. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.

Wendy Edgell

Wendy Lynn Jackson Edgell, 37, of Little Birch, died Thursday, August 25, 2016. Service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Friends may call two hours before the service at the funeral home.

Mary Estep

Mary L. Estep, of Elkview, passed away August 26, 2016, with family present. She was born March 26, 1929, in Hernshaw, to Oscar Griffith And Anna Mae Stewart Griffith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Estep; and 10 year old son, Bobby Joe Estep.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Estep (Violet), Bill Estep (Regina) Eddie (Joy) Dale Estep of Elkview, Mike (Karen) of Clemmons, N.C., Greg Estep (Debbie) of Liberty; daughters, Debbie Rhodes (Brett) of Goldvien, Va., Judy Morrison of Belleview, Fla.; grandchildren, Terri Jo Estep, Andrea Estep, Chris Estep, Laura Mansfield,

Candice Tackett, Cassie Turley, Warren and Jared Rhodes, Amanda Lane, Brittany Davis Scott and Brian Tincher; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Our mother lived for her children and grandkids.

In her younger life, she loved babysitting her grandkids and spoiling them. Later in life, she always loved them being around while cooking for and bragging on them. Her favorite verse was "You Reap What You Sew", and that she did. She and our father raised nine kids and all have prospered in life with the exception of Bobby, who passed at 10 in 1969. They worked hard and were great parents.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel, Elkview with Pastor Jerry Bonnett officiating. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday August 28, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sand Run Cemetery, Youngs Bottom.

Online Condolences may be made at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road, is assisting the Estep family.

Iris Hager

Iris Hager, 82, of Nellis, passed away August 25, 2016, at her home.

She was a member of Drawdy Freewill Baptist Church and was the daughter of the late Raymond B. and Opal Perdue Halstead. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fleetward Hager; sons, Ricky Hager and Nickie Hager; six grandchildren; and siblings, Jeanette Hager, Wanda Freed, and Jimmy Halstead.

She is survived by her children, Mickey Hager of Mammoth, W.Va., Kimmey Hager and Timmy Hager, both of Drawdy, Jimmy Hager of Nellis, Barbara Estep and Christine Young, both of Drawdy, Angela Wilkens of Ashford and Jennifer Hager of Drawdy; brothers, Hershel Halstead, David Halstead, Danny Halstead, Dicky Halstead, Bruce Halstead; sisters, Annie Cox, Mary Williams and Kathy Bowling; 43 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Sunday, August 28, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Stevie Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Harless Cemetery, Drawdy, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service. You may express your condolences to the family at

Edgar Harrison

Edgar L. Harrison, 78, of Poca, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A full obituary will be published in Sunday's edition. Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Dobbs Hedrick

Theodore Dobbs Hedrick, 54, of Charleston, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at CAMC General Hospital.

He was born Nov. 7, 1961 in Charleston to the late Charles Donald and Mildred Turner Hedrick.

Theodore was a retired Tsgt (R) from the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service, serving during the Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom.

He is survived by his sons, Spc (R) Chad (Katie) Hedrick of St. Albans and Brady Allen Hedrick of Charleston; mother of his sons, Tammie Hedrick of Blount; two grandchildren, Wyatt Leon Ezra and Brianna Louise Hedrick; brother, Chuck Hedrick Jr. of Escondido, Calif.; and nephew, Charles Hedrick III of Chambersburg, Pa.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Mike Coleman officiating. The burial will follow the service at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home.

The online guestbook for Theodore Dobbs Hedrick can be accessed at

John Holcomb, III

John S. Holcomb,III 72, of Charleston, died August 25, 2016. Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, 130 Academy Dr., Dunbar, WV, Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend and celebrate John's life. Elk Funeral Home, 2001 Pennsylvania Ave., Charleston is honored to serve the Holcomb family.

Marjorie Kimble

Marjorie Ann Johnson Kimble, 80, of Parkersburg, died August 23, 2016. Marjorie requested no viewing services and all wishes will be handled by Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. A private family service will be held at a later date. Her final resting place will be Bethlehem Cemetery, Grantsville, WV.

Jennifer Lowther

Jennifer Sue Lowther, 68, of Sissonville, died Thursday, August 25, 2016. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with visitation two hours prior to service.

Nina Metz

Nina Combs Metz (nee' McKinney), 79, of Danville, died August 24, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her her first husband, Richard C. Combs of Elk River; her second husband, Ira Perry of Charleston; her sisters, Edith Findley, Rosa Majacek, Edna Harrison, Irene Dransfield; and her brothers, Luke and Tom McKinney.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Lewis Dale Metz of Danville; and the daughters of her first marriage, Lisa Ann Combs and W. Jean Kellogg; her sisters, Jolene Mathis, Johnnie Abla, Edith Notchie; and her brothers, Millard, Arthur, Walter, James, Dale and George McKinney. She is also survived by stepsons, Daniel, Dale, Delvin and David Metz; and by grandchildren, Lark Kellogg, Lewis Dale II, Keith, Timothy, Jeremy, Andrew, Emily, Nico, Daley, Junior, Maureen, Perry and Valerie Metz; Tiffany Lucas and T.J. Parsons.

She was born May 2, 1937, near Barnabus, W.Va., and grew up in Logan County, but spent most of her adult life was lived around Charleston, where she worked in many local restaurants. She was known as a wonderful cook who could always throw together a fantastic meal from whatever she had on hand.

Later in life, she earned her GED, and her C.N.A. She then worked as a Nurse's Aide at St. Francis Hospital, primarily in their terminal ward, where she was known for kindness and compassion. She also cared for many elderly hospice patients in their homes.

Nina had a ready smile, a hearty laugh, and an impish sense of humor; she often saw and appreciated the absurdities of life. She will be missed greatly by her family and her loved ones, and by her beloved pet, Susie; also by her very dear friends, Betty McGraw, and Katrina Workman.

The service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, August 27, at Elk Funeral Home, 2001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston WV. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The private burial will be at Wayne County, at the Community Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Condolences may be offered in the online guest book at; memorial honorariums will be received by the funeral home. Elk Funeral Home is honored to serve the Metz family.

Charles Rollyson

Charles Rollyson, of Eleanor, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016. A complete obituary will be published in Sunday's edition of this newspaper. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane is serving the family.

Bill Shahan

WV Broadcasting Hall of Fame Disc Jockey and Local Legend, Bill Shahan, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2016, after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

Bill Shahan thrived along the airwaves since the 1980's – an ever-present and vivacious personality who over the years made our mornings brighter across the dial at V100, Electric 102.7, 98.7 The Beat, and 96.1 The Wolf. He worked in various roles as Disc Jockey, Presenter, Sales and Program Director.

An energetic and tireless presence, Bill was always willing to gig for a wedding and was still able to donate his time and efforts to charities like The March of Dimes and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Bill was an alumni of South Charleston High School (Class of 1979) and a graduate of West Virginia State University Class of 1984.

He is preceded in death by his father, Fred Shahan; and his brothers, Stephen and Michael.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Londa; his amazing daughters, Kylie and Allyson; grandson, Wyatt Williams; mother, Pat and step-father T.C. Lewis; twin, Bob (Kellie) Shahan; sisters-in-law, Sherry Shahan and Teresa Turano; brother-in-law, Thomas Boggess; mother-in-law, Carolyn Boggess; aunt, Karen and uncle, Mike Cash; nieces, Mindy Tringone, Samantha Shahan, and Jade Shahan; step-sisters, Margaret and Patti; step-brothers, David, Brian and Mike; his extended family, and also hundreds of friends and thousands of fans across the greater Charleston area.

Bill will be forever loved and remembered and he will be dearly missed.

A memorial service to honor the life of Bill Shahan will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 29, at Snodgrass Funeral Home with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating.

Family and friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bill's Go Fund Me account. "Bill Shahan, Fighting the Fight."

Memories of Bill may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.

Michael Shahan

Michael "Cool Spike" Shahan, 54, of North Beach, Md., passed away on March 11, 2016. The visitation is at 2 p.m., memorial service at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Snodgrass Funeral Home.

Michael was born in Charleston, on February 26, 1962. Michael graduated from South Charleston High School and was a "star" wide receiver, and went on to be an All-American for Concord College. Michael worked for Coca-Cola. He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, and played on a National Championship flag football team.

Michael is survived by his mother, Pat; step-father, TC Lewis; his brother, Bob; his step-daughter, Mindy Tringone; and his two amazing grand-children, Madison and Jake; also survived by step-sisters, Margaret, Patti, and step-brothers, David, Brian and Mike. He is preceded in death by his father, Frederick; brothers, Stephen, and recently deceased brother, Bill Shahan.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to his brother Bill's Go Fund Me account. "Bill Shahan, Fighting the Fight."

Nancy Lea Thompson

Nancy Lea Thompson, 66, of Craigsville, went to her heavenly home on Monday, August 22, 2016. She peacefully departed in her sleep while visiting her daughter's family in Plano, Texas.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Freda Smalley Russell; and her siblings, Ocie Bayless Roach, Hubert Russell, Alene Roach, Robert Russell, Richard Cox, and Willard Russell.

Nancy married her soulmate on March 2, 1968. Bub and Nancy started their lives together with nothing, but unconditional love. With hard work they built a life and a family together that was an inspiration for their children and everyone who knew them. Although they were rarely apart, when they were, they talked several times a day and always ended with "I love you." Nancy's greatest joy was her family and friends. She loved having get togethers, especially her 4th of July celebration. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and bargain shopping. She loved taking her grandchildren out to eat, swimming with them at the waterpark, and attending their school functions and basketball games. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Nancy always had a smile on her face and an encouraging word for everyone. Her departure from this world leaves a huge hole in many lives.

Nancy is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 48 years, Paul "Bub" Thompson, Jr.; her daughter, Lynda (Ron) Gates of Plano, Texas; her son, Paul "Bud" (Susan) Thompson, III of Summersville; her daughter, Crystal (Joseph) Spencer of Craigsville; and her grandchildren, Brittany, Lance, Stephen and Josey Gates of Plano, Texas, Alexandria "Lexie" and Isabella Thompson of Summersville, Bryar and Brayden Spencer of Craigsville; and her siblings, William (Myra) Russell of Madison, Ohio, Daniel (Teresa) Russell of Craigsville, John (Barbara) Russell of Madison, Ohio and Kenith (Pam) Russell of Mt. Lookout; and her nieces and nephews (who she loved like her own) too numerous to list.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 28, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Dr. Jay Cook officiating. Interment will follow in the Russell Cemetery at Craigsville. Friends may call at the funeral home at from noon to 2 p.m. service time Sunday.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Allison Walker

Allison Suzanna Nunley Walker, 37, of Concord, N.C./Madison, W.Va., passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, as a result of a seven year battle with cancer.

She was born September 4, 1978, in Charleston. She was the daughter of Alice Thurmond Nunley-Nawas of Concord, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and June Thurmond of Gordon, W.Va.; and her paternal grandparents, James H. and Grace Nunley of Uneeda, W.Va.; her father, James G. Nunley; as well as her husband, Jeff Walker of Madison.

Allison is survived by her fiancé, William Canterbury; her children, Zack Miles of Madison, Sydney Walker of Harrisburg, N.C., Daniel and Nate Canterbury, both living in N.C.; mother, Alice (Froud) Nawas of Concord, N.C.; sisters, Teresa (Tammy) Nunley of Charleston, Tammy (Eric) Combs of Harrisburg, N.C. and Kimberly (Shawn) Justices of Harrisburg, N.C.; as well as many other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Burial will follow in Allen Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday at noon until service time at the funeral home.

Betty West

After a short illness, Betty Jane Miller West, 88, of Charleston, died August 24, 2016, at Charleston Memorial Hospital.

Betty was retired from the Charleston Police Dept. with 27 years of service. She graduated from Charleston High School and attended Alderson Broaddus College. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, David Lee West (Cindy Martin) of Brentwood, Tenn., and Rev. William L. "Bill" West (Karen) of Clinton, N.C.; niece, Sue Grimes, loved as a daughter, and husband, Jim; nieces, Brenda Arthur, Patricia Sutton, Nancy Farley; great-nieces and nephews, Shep Sutton, Keith Meadows, Bradley (Anna) Holliday, Todd (Molley) Holliday; Prentiss (Jamie) Martin; great-grandchildren, Luke, Houston, Kate, Ellie Holliday and Harper Martin; extended family, Pearl (Roy) Walker, Leonard (Gaynell) Boggess; and very special friend, Ivin Lee.

Betty was preceded in death by husband, Wilbur; mother and father, James and Hazel Payne Miller; brothers: Daniel, James and John Henry Miller; sisters: Loretta Morton, Nellie and Eloise Miller, Martena Arthur.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at Good Shepard Mortuary, South Charleston. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 29, at Calvary Baptist Church, Maryland Avenue and Lee Street, Charleston with Rev. Bill West officiating. Burial will be at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 510 Maryland Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302.

Flora Young

Flora Marshall Young, 99, previously of Cross Lanes and Nitro, and a resident at Sweetbrier Assisted Living in Dunbar went to be the Lord on Friday, August 26, 2016, at CAMC Teays Valley.

She was a member of the Homemakers Club of Cross Lanes and was a member of Nitro First Presbyterian Church and the ladies circle at the church. Flora loved to travel and was a former member of the Jolly Travelers.

Flora was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Ruby Marshall; her husband, E. Roy Young; and her son, Eddie Young. She was also preceded in death by three sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by her brothers, Fred C. Marshall and Donald C. Marshall; her sister, Genevia Jennings; several nieces and nephews; her daughter-in-law, Sonnie Young; and special friend, Sharon Snead.

A service to celebrate Flora's life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 29, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro with visitation from noon to 1 p.m.

You may express online condolences at

Funerals for: August 27, 2016

Arthur, Wanda M. 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Berry, Danny R. 1 p.m., Toneys Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Bloomingrose.

Beverly, Jason S. 4 p.m., Sharon Church of God, Sharon.

Cowen, Richard L. 1 p.m., Bible Center Church, Charleston.

Davis, Brian C. 11 a.m., Heck Funeral Home, Milton.

Harless, James D. 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Hershberger, Virginia 11 a.m., Reamer Gospel Tabernacle, Ravenswood.

Holmes, Nina C. Noon, Gatens

Jack, Shelby 3 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Jones, Larry E. 3 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Knight, Violet 11:30 a.m., Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church, Logan.

Linzy, Edna 1 p.m., Charleston Moose Lodge, Charleston.

McClure, Scott H. 11 a.m., East Lawn Cemetery, Canvas.

McDade, Linda L. 11 a.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

McNeill, Carolyn L. 11 a.m., Stockert

McPherson, Linsey 3 p.m., Home of Eleanor and Leo Chapman, Hurricane.

Meadows, Caroline J. 11 a.m., Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church, Ona.

Messer, Bobby D. 1:30 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Metz, Nina 1 p.m., Elk Funeral Home, Charleston.

Mosley, James H. Sr. Noon, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Charleston.

Ours, Mary J. 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Glenville.

Parsons, Nolan C. Jr. 3 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans.

Policastro, Judith 10 a.m., Blessed Sacrament, South Charleston.

Rakes, David J. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Schieb, Chessie 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Spinks, Oscar W. 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Taylor, John P. 2 p.m., Mile Fork Community Church, Big Chimney.

Walker, David H. 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Dunbar.

Wallen, Dellie E. 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Woody, Katherine A. 11 a.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Wright, Peggy A. 1 p.m., Arnett Chapel, Arnett.

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