www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 28, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT01/307289970 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT01/307289970 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Austin, Karen R. 2 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Barnett, Everett F. 2 p.m., Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle.

Campion, Mildred M. 2 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Chapman, Romie J. 11 a.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Circle, Goldie M. 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Harshbarger, Janice 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

McCumbers, Barbara L. 11 a.m., Adams

Plumley, Hal W. 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Ross, Harold F. 7 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Sill, Elgine J. 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Truitt, Richard S. 2 p.m., Faith Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

White, Margaret 11 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church, Charleston.

Williams, Florine 2 p.m., Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Richard C. Baker http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289986 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Rev. Richard C. Baker, 77, of Charleston, passed away July 25, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital. For service information, go to www.stevensandgrass.com. A full obituary will appear in Wednesday and Thursday's editions.

William J. Charnock http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289993 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William Joseph Charnock, 46, of Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Charleston, died Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Mr. Charnock, a former prosecuting attorney for Kanawha County, was a lawyer with Heyl Royster in Peoria, Ill., and proud father to his son, Will.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John N. Charnock Jr. and Patricia Caldwell Charnock, as well as his aunt, Isabelle Charnock.

He is survived by his son, William Joseph Jr.; sisters, Anne Charnock, Jane Charnock and Mary Lynn Harless; and brother, John (Carolyn) Charnock. He is also survived by his four nephews, Jonathan and Robert Harless and John Patrick Jr. and Ryan Charnock, all of Charleston.

Mr. Charnock was a graduate from West Virginia University, where he also earned his law degree. He was a Mason. He was a former member of both the Charleston Lions Club and Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church, 108 Oakwood Road, Charleston, with Dr. Frank Shomo officiating. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. at the church.

Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the Charnock family.

Delmas Ray Conard http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289997 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Delmas Ray Conard, 67, of Camden-on-Gauley, died July 24, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the funeral home.

Mary Alice Dye http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289996 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Mary Alice Wyatt Dye, 59, of Spencer, died July 18, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Kathryn Susan Fink http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289994 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Kathryn Susan Fink, 63, of Charleston, died July 25, 2015 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

Susan was a member and elder of United Disciples of Christ Church, South Charleston. She was retired from the Charleston Police Department with 24 years of service. She could be found in the kitchen cooking for others and baking cookies. Susan loved to read, travel and care for animals.

She was preceded in death by her father, William A. Fink.

Susan is survived by her husband, Chuck Martin; mother, Janice Fink of Charleston; brother, William H. Fink (Kathy) of South Charleston; sister, Alisa Cummings of Charleston; stepchildren, Rick Martin (Tammy) of Dunbar and Kelly Hyre (Charles) of Winchester, Va.; and step-grandchildren, Sara and Abigail Hyre. She is also survived by several nephews and a niece.

A service to honor the life of Kathryn Susan Fink will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Steven Smith officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting snodgrassfuneral.com.

Patsy M. Fisher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289977 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Patsy M. Fisher, 80, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 in Medina, Ohio. Patsy was born May 25, 1935 in Marmet, W.Va., to the late Nile and Mary Annabelle (Kersey) Dunlap. She was a former switchboard operator in Charleston, W.Va., and Medina. Patsy was an avid reader, loved doing puzzles and enjoyed going to the VFW in Vermilion.

Patsy is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Beate) Fisher and Dawn (George) Green; grandchildren, Mark Scott Fisher, Heidi Fisher, Lana Fisher, Doyle Greener and George (Heather) Green IV; great-grandchildren, Arista Fisher and Keegan Green; brother, James (Brenda) Dunlap and Scott (Swim) Dunlap; sisters, Barbara (Mike) Spangler, Mary Ann Dunlap, Becky Nichols, Connie Pernell and Shawnee (Dave) Wright; and former daughter-in-law, Colleen Greener.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, to whom she was married 40 years; son, Kevin; and brother, Tom Dunlap.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wanda J. Folden http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289971 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289971 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Wanda Jewell Howery Folden, 66, of Montgomery, died July 25, 2015. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

William Foster http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289984 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William Foster, 86, of Peytona, died July 24, 2015. Memorial service will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with visitation beginning at 5 p.m.

Roxie R. Hamrick http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289979 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Roxie Rhodora Martin Hamrick, 75, of Webster Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 25, 2015 at Charleston Area Medical Center. She was born July 20, 1940 in Curtin, the daughter of the late Clara Mitchell and Martha Debbie Hendren Martin.

Roxie was a Christian by faith. She made many friends and took much pride in her work at every job she had. Roxie enjoyed working at J.D. Cutlip's, Webster County Memorial Hospital, Montie VanNostrand's Law Office, Kenney Hamrick's, and she and her husband, John, owned and operated John's Exxon. However, above and beyond all, Roxie's love and devotion was to her husband, children, grandchildren and her dogs, Barney and Sadie.

Roxie is survived by her husband of 50 years, John F. Hamrick; daughter, Dianne Hamrick Sparks; son, Jeffrey J. (Stephanie) Hamrick; grandchildren, Hannah Sparks, Dylan Sparks, Garrett Hamrick, Colbie Cogar and Isaac Hamrick; brother, Charles "Chip" (Agatha) Martin; two nieces; and two great-nephews. Roxie was also blessed with many dear friends.

Friends may join the family for visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Funeral service to celebrate Roxie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddreedfh.com.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hamrick family.

Tri-State Airport staff discover gun in carry-on bag http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729521 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729521 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:16:30 -0400 Staff reports HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Officials at Tri-State Airport in Huntington confiscated a loaded gun that was discovered in carry-on baggage Monday.

Agents with the Transportation Safety Administration discovered the 9mm handgun while conducting an X-ray scan of a passenger's carry-on bag, according to TSA public affairs officer Lisa Farbstein.

Farbstein said the weapon's magazine was loaded with nine rounds. She said airport police confiscated the weapon, which was in the bag of a Barboursville man flying to Punta Gorda, Florida.

Farbstein reminded travelers that firearms, firearms parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags. Firearms may be transported in checked baggage if propery packaged and declared.

Passengers who bring an improperly packaged gun to a TSA checkpoint face possible criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000, Farbstein said.

Boil-water advisory http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729522 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729522 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:41:43 -0400 West Virginia American Water has issued a boil-water advisory for approximately 125 customers on Log Town Road and all side streets off of Log Town Road in the town of Ansted in the company's New River system. The advisory follows a water main break.

Customers in those areas should boil their water for at least one full minute prior to use until further notice.

W.Va. American Water gives grants to fire departments http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729523 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729523 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:14:14 -0400 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia American Water is providing $10,000 in grants to 15 fire departments statewide for training and equipment purchases.

The company announced the grants Monday.

The departments were selected from among 46 applicants in communities across the company's service area.

The departments that will receive grants are in Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Mercer, Putnam and Webster counties.

The grants cover a variety of fire department expenses involving protective gear, communications and water handling equipment, firefighting tools, training and related activities to support community fire protection.

State jury recommends no mercy for convicted killer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729524 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729524 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:05:19 -0400 The Associated Press WELLSBURG, W.Va. - A Pennsylvania man convicted of killing a West Virginia man faces life in prison without parole.

A Brooke County Circuit Court jury Monday recommended no mercy for 30-year-old Rocco Zuccaro of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, meaning he won't be eligible for parole.

Zuccaro was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the February 2013 fatal shooting of 30-year-old Jason Pratz at Pratz's home in McKinleyville.

Zuccaro escaped in March from William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston, where he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. He was captured several days later.

Media outlets report a judge set Zuccaro's formal sentencing for Sept. 1.

Ex-POW Jessica Lynch to be guest at state benefit concert http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729525 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729525 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:02:25 -0400 The Associated Press WHEELING, W.Va. - Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch will highlight a holiday country music fundraiser in Wheeling.

WTOV-TV reports Lynch will be the guest of honor at the Honky Tonk Sweethearts' Dec. 5 benefit concert at the Capitol Theatre.

Proceeds from the show will benefit a nonprofit group dedicated to helping military veterans adjust after returning from overseas duty.

Tickets ranging from $10 to $20 and can be purchased online or at the box office. A guitar signed by Brad Paisley will be given away at the show.

Lynch was captured after her Army unit came under attack in Iraq in 2003. The Palestine native suffered two spinal fractures and several other injuries. She was rescued after nine days in captivity.




Police: Man found dead in burned home was murdered http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729526 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729526 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:58:21 -0400 The Associated Press FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Police say a Mannington man found dead in his burned home was murdered.

Marion County sheriff's Detective Kevin Alkire tells The Times West Virginian that no arrests have been made.

Alkire declined to release the cause of 81-year-old Howard Russell Wright's death. He says the investigation is ongoing.

Crews responding to a fire at Wright's home on June 26 found him inside the residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Deputy Ralph Wright says Wright lived alone.

Museum creates research room for miner family histories http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729527 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729527 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:52:07 -0400 The Associated Press SCARBRO, W.Va. - A museum and store in Fayette County has created a room where coal miners' relatives can research their family histories.

The Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum in Scarbro converted the old store's butcher shop into a room for genealogical research.

The son of the facility's owners, Victor Mender, tells The Register-Herald that visitors often are descended from area coal miners. He says many people have come in over the years to look at maps and try to find photos of their relatives.

Photographer and historian George Bragg has made prints for the store from his collection of panoramic photos taken by Rufus E. "Red" Ribble. Ribble photographed coal miners and coal towns from 1919 until the 1950s.

The museum also is cataloguing old newspapers for the room.

Two sites considered for Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729528 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729528 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:47:58 -0400 The Associated Press PRINCETON, W.Va. - Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will serve as a visitors center.

Committee chairman Gene Buckner tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the location has been narrowed to Coaldale Mountain near Bramwell and River Road near Montcalm.

Buckner says the committee could choose the location at Thursday's meeting.

Hatfield McCoy Trails executive director Jeff Lusk says the project's estimated cost is about $500,000. Trail officials hope to begin construction in the spring of 2016.

WVU Tech, Beckley annouce new provost http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729529 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729529 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:27:46 -0400 By Megan Kennedy MONTGOMERY - Continuing his three-decade stretch serving West Virginia University in various capacities, Nigel Clark has been named provost of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley effective Monday.

Clark was named interim provost of the universities in May, he said. Before then, he was very familiar among the staff at WVU Tech and was involved in the school's engineering department, said Carolyn Long, campus president of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley.

Before Clark was named to the permanent position, Long said she was determined to keep him on campus for good because of his positive influence on the school and the wealth of knowledge he brings.

Clark expressed a deep respect for Long and said he "sincerely believe(s) that Tech has raised a notch under her oversight.

"I think that there is an opportunity for great achievements for students at Tech."

Clark is heavily involved in the engineering and sustainable energy field at WVU, serving as the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering and professor at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Sciences.

There is a deep connection between WVU and Tech in their engineering departments, Clark said.

"I have always appreciated that Tech has had great potential," he said. In working with the schools, he said he has appreciated their small size, where students can be very hands-on in their learning and have more contact with faculty, making them "elite."

He said hopes to be able to provide a "sound education" for students and when they graduate into the community and out into industry that they will "hit the ground running."

The new provost served on the WVU Board of Governors from 2009-2011 and spent five years as the director of the WVU Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, according to a statement from the university. Clark chaired the University's strategic planning council in 2010.

"At WVU Tech and WVU Beckley, Clark will oversee the maintenance and development of residential and online academic programs. He will also work with faculty on teaching methodologies, faculty development and institutional accreditation. Clark will collaborate with the main WVU campus in Morgantown on system-wide academic initiatives as well," the statement read.

"We feel very pleased and are so happy that he's accepted this position," Long said.

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Drums Across the Tri-State highlight of band season http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729530 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729530 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:59:41 -0400 By Andrea Lannom A sea of bright blue and white uniforms flooded Laidley Field.

The crowd was silent, watching as the Cascades, a marching band group from Seattle, pushed a giant spinning Earth into the center of the field. The steady drumbeat escalated along with the crowd's cheers as many people gazed at the band's cosmic-themed field show.

The Cascades were just one of the bands that performed in Monday night's Drums Across the Tri-State competition. Others included Mandarins, from Sacramento, California; Oregon Crusaders, from Portland, Oregon; Boston Crusaders; the Blue Knights from Denver; and the Phantom Regiment, from Rockford, Illinois.

For Rick Valenzuela, executive director of the Phantom Regiment, his group has 150 performers from six different countries - the United States, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany. The average age is 18 to 19 years old.

"They come to try out from all over the world," he said. "There were 750 kids trying out for 150 spots."

The group left Illinois for its national tour on June 15. Charleston marked the group's 23rd show in the last month. The groups have two more weeks before they head to the national championship in Indianapolis.

Valenzuela explained that scores from Monday night's event won't affect standing in the national championship. Instead, the scores are good guidelines to show where the bands rank and what they can improve.

For some attendees, this is the highlight of the marching band season. Madalene Blackwood, her sister Molly Blackwood and their cousin Ellen Blackwood, all of Charleston, all were excited about the performance.

The Blackwoods, who are band members at Capital High School, said it's an inspiration to see what the groups can do.

"It's the major league of marching band," Molly said.

Madalene said her band director encouraged her to be there. All three said it's one of the highlights of the year. This is the second time they've seen the event, saying usually, these performances take place while they are away at band camp.

"It's like extreme marching band," Molly said. "It's the top. It's something even a person not musically inclined would enjoy."

All three also are looking forward to the Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette & Band Festival. The festival is the only annual competition that brings together the marching bands from all of Kanawha County's public high schools.

"Capital has won for 11 years in a row and we are hoping that maybe we will win again," Ellen said. "It's one of the competitions we are all hoping to win."

Charlie Keown, of Huntington, is a regular to these performances. She said she has seen more than a dozen of them and she tries to make it every year.

"We love it because we are band geeks," she said. "It's addicting. It's just amazing. These kids have traveled and spent months getting out there and giving their all."

Show attendee Donna Kincaid, of Parkersburg, is in Parkersburg South High School's marching band. Every year, her band director encourages her and her classmates to be there. She has been coming to this event for four years, the same amount of time that she has been in marching band.

"It gives us great appreciation of what we strive to be," she said. "It's the highlight of the marching year."

Her favorite part is the atmosphere.

"Everyone is here because they love it," she said. "Everyone is here for the band instead of the game. That's something you don't find a lot."

Pinto Wintz of Spring Valley High School and Seaver Stanley of Marshall University also enjoyed the event. Wintz said he loves to listen to the music and watch the bands.

"I love the different shows and the feelings you get when you listen to them," he said. "Two years ago, the Cavaliers did Secret Society," he recalled as Stanley concurred. "It was the best ever."

This is Wintz's third time seeing the performance and Stanley's fourth one.

"You just get goosebumps when you listen to them," Seaver said.

Contact writer Andrea Lannom at Andrea.Lannom@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/AndreaLannom.