Vintage West Virginia: Joe Levenson and Christmas trees

Vintage West Virginia: Joe Levenson and Christmas trees

In the mid-1970s, Joe Levenson (right) sold more Christmas trees than anyone else in the Kanawha Valley. When this photo was taken on Dec. 23, 1975, he had three lots open, one at Watt Powell Park and two at his business, Joe’s Garden Center. Levenson owned various businesses in Charleston for nearly half a century, until Joe’s Garden Center was destroyed by fire in the fall of 1986. His son, Cary Levenson, still owns Valley Gardens, on Piedmont Road.

Funerals for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Adams, Mary - 1 p.m., Ohio Valley Memorial Gardens.

Bibbee, Naomi - 1:15 p.m., procession to leave O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Bordenet, Effie - 2 p.m., Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Dorsey, Charles - 11 a.m., Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood; also streaming live, see obituary.

Evans Jr., Frank - 1 p.m., St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

Fleck, Rosia - 2 p.m., Britton Cemetery, Charleston.

Fox, Helen - 2:15 p.m., Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Hedrick, William - 1 p.m., Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Johnson, Barry - Noon, Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Mathes, Helen - 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

McClure, Karen - 11 a.m., East Lawn Cemetery, Canvas.

Mikeal, Chelsea - 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Parog, Drema - Noon, Mt. Tabor Church of God, St. Albans.