The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 11, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sarah Nickole ‘Nikki’ Adkins

Sarah Nickole “Nikki” Adkins, 36, of Oak Hill, died March 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House after a courageous battle with Hodgkins lymphoma.

Nikki was born June 13, 1975, at Beckley, the daughter of Brenda Kay and Randall Gillman of Gatewood. She was an awesome daughter, loving mother, wonderful sister, and caring friend to others. She was always laughing or smiling. Nikki is sadly missed by her family and others who knew her.

 She graduated from Oak Hill High School, and worked as cashier at a Co-Mac convenience store.

She graduated from Mountain State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistance.

Surviving: her mom and dad, Brenda Kay and Randall Gillman of Gatewood; her son, Jakob Elijah Cox of Gatewood; her brothers, Jackson David Adkins III of Oak Hill and Joshua Adam Gillman of Gatewood; and her grandparents, Vonn and Junior Gillman of Gatewood.

Funeral service was April 7, 2012, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Michael Kees officiating. Burial followed in Gillman Cemetery, Gatewood.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Helena Mae Barnett

Helena Mae Barnett, 77, of Maplewood, died April 8, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Danese, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born Feb. 13, 1935, at Sewell, she was the daughter of the late Armick and Carmel Cox Malay. She also was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Barnett; a brother, Lorenzie Malay; and sisters, Margie Hizer and Arlene Bottomly.

Helena attended Chestnut Knob Baptist Church of Layland, was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She touched the lives of so many people. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Surviving: her husband of 60 years, Porter “Buddy” Barnett; daughters, Belva Sheaves and husband Gary “Michael” of Danese, Jeanette Newman and husband Wayne of Rupert, and Gina Ferrell and husband Jeremy of Layland; a son, Mark Barnett of Lewisburg; a stepson, Loren Malay of Hico; a brother, Bob Malay of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Rodney Sheaves, Johnny Sheaves, Kelley Justice, Brandon Holcomb, Kerri Martin, Gracie Ferrell and Grant Ferrell; stepgrandchildren, Brad, Lori and John Malay; great-grandchildren, Travis, Peyton, Ashleigh, Bailey, Brianna, Whittney, Brittney, Jaycob, and Dylan; step great-grandchildren, Dylan, Chasey and Olivia; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Chestnut Knob Baptist Church of Layland, with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Roger Kenton Bess

Roger Kenton Bess, 81, of Fayetteville, died April 7, 2012.

There will be no public service for Mr. Bess; his ashes will be interred at High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Carolyn Sue Bryant

Carolyn Sue Bryant, 59, of Ansted, died April 3, 2012, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Hilltop.

Born Oct. 21, 1952, in Ansted, she was a daughter of the late George Marion Bryant and the late Hattie Belle Suttle Bryant. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Rosa Mae Hundley and Amy Marie Morehead; her brother, James Lee Bryant; nephews, Gary Jones and Gary Morehead; and nieces, Kim Morehead and Martha Morehead.

Carolyn was a lifelong resident of Ansted where she loved working in the community, such as at Wellmans Super Market, Sam’s Market, and in the housekeeping department at the Ansted Center.

She was an avid country music fan and enjoyed sitting out on the mountain feeding the wildlife with her longtime companion, Bobby Haga, and her dog, Blackie.

Surviving: her longtime companion, Bobby Haga; a sister, Helen Jones of Clio, Mich.; nieces and nephews, Albert and Michelle (Bryant) Neff of Saginaw, Mich., Connie and Tom Fox of Oak Hill, Larry Morehead, Denise and Tim Knorr, Marilyn Kauffman, Bill and Nancy Jones, Mike and Sharon Jones, and Lisa Jones, all of Clio, Mich., Teresa and James Shahan of Maryland, Rose Ann Middleton of Maryland, Becky and Chuck Tilley of North Carolina, Mike Hundley of Fayetteville, Roger Morehead, Donna and Billy Kelley, Karen and Jim Neal, Mark and Melody Morehead, Terry Morehead, Clifton and Lisa Morehead, all of South Carolina, Ray and Carol Morehead, and Linda Carte and her husband, all of Cleveland, Ohio; several great-nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Brenda Holtsclaw.

Funeral services were April 6 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Russell Hayes officiating. Burial followed in the Suttle Cemetery, Lansing.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may send their donations to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Sarah Hazel Hambrick

Sarah Hazel Hambrick, 89, of Oak Hill, died April 7, 2012, at her home.

Born July 9, 1922, at Cannelton, she was the daughter of the late John Franklin Scott and Elizabeth Pearl (Mooney) Scott. Sarah also was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Jackson Hambrick Jr.; sons, Douglas Alfred Hambrick and Teddy Lowell Hambrick; brother, Frank Scott; and sisters, Daisey Massey and Roxie Malette.

Sarah was a homemaker, devoted wife, and mother.

Surviving: son, Edwin Ellis Hambrick Sr. of Mt. Hope; daughter, Susan Lynn Epperly and her husband, Randy, of Oak Hill; grandsons, Edwin Ellis Hambrick Jr., Frank Dean Hambrick, Randy Thomas Epperly III, Timothy Alfred Epperly; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 East Main Street, Oak Hill, with Rev. Kenny Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service on Wednesday. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Hilda ‘Kitty’ Aldridge Hanson

Hilda “Kitty” Aldridge Hanson, 77, of Rainelle, died April 3, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born April 18, 1934, in Corliss, she was a daughter of the late Harry Arch Aldridge and Clara Elizabeth Ashley Aldridge. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Mattie Sevy; and brothers, Lawrence and Harold Aldridge.

Kitty was a homemaker who spent many hours sewing for all of her family. She was a member of the Minnie Belle Baptist Church, Corliss.

She was raised in Corliss and then spent 20 years traveling with her beloved husband, “Swead,” while he was in the Navy. After retiring from the Navy, they returned and made Rainelle their home. Kitty spent many happy years sewing, gardening, and canning.

She was also co-owner of Bunny Lane Rabbitry. Kitty and Swead traveled all over the East Coast for many seasons showing their rabbits at shows and making many close friends along the way.

Kitty only had one child, but she always had a special bond with her nephews and nieces.

Surviving: her husband, Roy C.A. “Swead” Hanson; a daughter, Martha “Libby” Hanson of Martinsburg; brother, Herbert Aldridge of Corliss; grandsons, Robert Meadows and wife Katie, and Nathaniel Meadows; and great-granddaughters, Ivy and Tandyn.

Graveside services were April 7 at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, with Pastor Gene Bennett officiating.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

William James Holt Jr.

William James Holt Jr., 49, of Dinwiddie, Va., died suddenly on April 4, 2012.

Born Feb. 15, 1963, in Delaware County, Pa., he was the son of William James and Carole Dianne Donaghue Holt of Wilmington, Del.

William was a free spirit, a talented musician, a wonderful poet and songwriter.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his wife, Deborah Bentzley; daughter, Emily; stepdaughters, Allison and Olivia; sister, Melissa; and grandmother, Violet.

Mr. Holt was cremated.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Betty Jean Jackson

Betty Jean Jackson, 76, of Oak Hill, died April 4, 2012.

Graveside rites and burial were April 10 in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Annapolis, Md. There will be no local service or visitation.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Doke Carl ‘D.C.’ Rapp

Doke Carl “D.C.” Rapp, 89, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Oak Hill, died April 4, 2012, at National Healthcare Center in Garden City, S.C.

Born Jan. 24, 1923, at Harvey, he was the son of the late Doke C. and Minnie Heath Rapp. His wife, Gloria Mae Williams Rapp; and a sister, Nancy Potter, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Rapp was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: sons, David B. Rapp of Oak Hill and Mark S. Rapp and wife Teresa of Huntington; a sister, Alice Bragg of Maryland; grandchildren, Luke, Amelia, Jason, Jessica and Brett; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 7 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gary Allen Sharp Sr.

Gary Allen Sharp Sr., 62, of Minden, died April 8, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, from burns received in an accidental fire at his home.

Born June 24, 1949, at Charleston, he was the son of Jean D. Vanover Sharp of Oak Hill, and the late Allen Ray Sharp. He also was preceded in death by his twin sister, Gail Sharen Sharp; grandparents, William and Pearl Potter Terchek; and his best friend, Matt Jones.

Gary was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam era veteran. He had worked as a machinist in California.

He loved the outdoors, riding his Harley, was a member of the Chubs Brothers Harley Club and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his loving wife, Angela Sears Sharp; son, Gary Allen Sharp Jr. and wife Robbin; daughter, A. Juanita Jones; brothers, Darrell Sharp, Bill Sharp, and Michael Sharp; sisters, Annetta Sharp and Pearl Baxter; grandchildren, Gary Allen “Tre” Sharp III, C. Matthew Dalton Jones, William Wyatt Sharp, and A. Miranda Danielle Jones; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and friends.

Mr. Sharp was cremated. A memorial services will be held Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Sharp residence in Minden.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wilcie J. Skaggs

Wilcie J. Skaggs, 90, of Glade Springs, Daniels, died at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley April 4, 2012, following  a short illness.

Born Sept. 25, 1921, at Ansted, he was the son of the late Nelson Skaggs and Cora Cantrell Skaggs. Mr. Skaggs was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Mr. Skaggs was a retired employee of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation as a plant protection official.

He was a member of the Perry Memorial United Methodist Church, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having participated in the Battles of the Bulge and the Ardennes.

Mr. Skaggs was a member of the Beaver Lions Club, where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow and the Leonard Jarrett Award. He had also served as the president of the Beaver Lions Club.

Prior to enlisting in the Army, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

While residing at Ravenswood, he was a member of the city council for eight years, and he and his wife Vivian served as chairpersons of the Ohio River Festival for many years.

He was a master Shriner, 32nd Degree Knight Templar Mason, and also served on the National Board of the 80th Army Division, and had past served on the Board of the American Cancer Society. Mr. Skaggs was a member of the American Legion Post #32 in Beckley.

Surviving: his wife of 64 years, Vivian Smith Skaggs; son Jerry Skaggs and his wife, Mary, of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; grandchildren,  A.J. Skaggs and his wife, Trish, of Williamsburg, Va., Jerry A. Skaggs of Little Rock, Ark., Kim Schulte and her husband, Dan, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Dana Marrs and her husband, Gerry, of Pleasanton, Calif., and John Aspromonte and his wife, Bernadett, of Fort Lee, N.J.; and great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Skaggs, Madison Skaggs, Amanda Schulte, and Jacob Schulte.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Wilcie J. Skaggs on Saturday,  April 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Perry Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Eric Milam officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The American Legion Post #32 honor guard conducted military graveside rites.

Donations may be made to the Perry Memorial United Methodist Church or to the Beaver Lions Club in memory of Mr. Skaggs.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel, Shady Spring.

Ora A. Toney

Ora A. Toney, 92, of Canandaigua, N.Y., formerly of Oak Hill, died April 4, 2012, at MM Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua.

Born Dec. 2, 1919, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late George W. and Minnie Smith Toney. Two sisters, Beatrice Marie Toney Walton and Beulah Vada Toney Lawhorn; and a brother, Hobart Shelton Toney also preceded him in death.

He was a retired coal miner.

Surviving: several nieces and nephews and other family members.

Funeral services were April 7 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Lum Toney officiating. Burial was at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Juanita Walton

Mrs. Juanita Walton of Mansfield, Texas, formerly of Mount Hope, died April 5, 2012.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Calvin Edward ‘Eddie’ Wooldridge

Calvin Edward “Eddie” Wooldridge, 54, of Smyrna, Tenn., formerly of Fayetteville, died April 3, 2012, following a short illness.

Eddie was born May 18, 1957, in Ansted, the son of Calvin Curtiss Wooldridge of Fayetteville and the late Wanda Belle Sewell Wooldridge. In addtion to his mother, Wanda Sewell Wooldridge, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marvin E. and Gladys Hypes Sewell and Orange D. and Mary G. Newman Wooldridge.

Shortly after graduating from High School in 1977, he moved to Nashville, Tenn. Throughout the years he was employed at Zayres, Walgreen’s, Opryland and TNN. He later moved to Smyrna where he worked at Compton’s Foodland and Jr’s Foodland.

He attended Parkway Baptist Church in Smyrna.

In life he was such a giving, caring person. His giving continued after death. He was an organ donor and was able to give both kidneys and liver to help someone else have a full life.

Surviving: his father, Calvin Curtiss Wooldridge; sisters, Pamela G. and husband Wayne T. Yonkelowitz of Fayetteville and Sandra L. and husband Terry Williams of Oak Hill; his companion, Cindy Watson of Smyrna; and niece and nephews, Jeffrey Atha, Melissa Wilson, Matthew Wooldridge, Robbie Williams and Phillip Williams.

Funeral services were April 10 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Harry Fuller officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, WV.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Juanita June Mathews Vernagus

Juanita June Mathews Vernagus, 90, of Sanford, Fla., a native of Prudence, died March 29, 2012.

Visitation and services were April 4 at the Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel, Sanford, Fla. Interment followed at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

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Arrangements by Baldwin Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel.