The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 5, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, March 6, 2014

Robert L. Bays

Robert L. Bays, 85, of Horseshoe Road, Victor, died March 3, 2014, at Mary’s Garden Center in Oak Hill.

Born March 19, 1928, at Nallen, he was the son of the late Leland Bays and Bernice Bays. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ethel Mae Bays, who passed away in September 2012; children, Robert Dale Bays and Herschel Franklin Bays; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Evelyn and Helen.

Bob served his country as a combat soldier during the Korean War and spent many years working in the timber industry.

Above everything Bob greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, and listening to and singing Christian hymns.

Prior to his illness, Bob was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who enjoyed sitting around the campfire with his sons and sons-in-law. Bob’s laugh and his smile, as well as his kindness, will be missed beyond words, however it’s our belief in God’s Word that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord; that gives us the confidence that we will be together again for eternity.

Surviving: his brother, Orville Ray Bays of Colorado; daughters, Karol Haynes and husband Charlie of Oak Hill, Kathy Bragg and husband Ken of Fayetteville, Bobbie Joe Hornsby and husband Gary of Fayetteville, Marcelle Cole and husband Darrell of Saturday Road, Victor, Helen Whited and husband David of Beckley; sons, David Bays and wife Brenda of Victor, and LeLand Bays and wife Jo Ann of Burlington, N.C.; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and a very special childhood friend, James Cole of Charleston.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating. Burial will follow in Chestnut Grove Cemetery at Nallen.

Friends may call at the funeral home chapel Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 8 pm.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Donald Earl Breitkreutz Sr.

Donald Earl Breitkreutz Sr. of St. Albans died Feb. 26, 2014, at the home of his daughter, Kim Caudill, at the age of 76.

He was born in Lebanon, S.D., on March 6, 1937, son of the late Ewald Melvin and Esther Ruth (Merrill) Breitkreutz. Donald also was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Breitkreutz; his sisters, Dellene Jennie, Joyce Elaine, baby girl; and branddaughter, Brandy Sue.

He graduated from high school in Gettysburg, S.D., and was a pitcher on the South Dakota state championship baseball team his senior year.

Donald had a lifelong career in the food service industry, starting his career as a candy maker, then working for McDonald’s holding many executive positions, one of which was the Dean of Hamburger University. He went on to be the vice president of the International Division for A&W Restaurants. At Burger King he helped to build and develop Burger King University. He also was the vice president for the Western Division of Pizza Hut. He later opened his own restaurants and owned a convenience store.

After retirement for several years, he worked for Boydstons Funeral Home in Lindsay, Okla., and also served as mayor and council person in Maysville, Okla.

In his leisure time Donald enjoyed going to auctions, playing cards, watching NASCAR, fishing and golf.

Surviving: his brothers, Marvin Breitkreutz of St. Joseph, Mo., and Melvin Breitkreutz of Spearfish, S.D.; daughter, Laura James and husband Clifford of Maysville, Okla.; daughter, Melody Breitkreutz of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Kim Caudill and her husband, Ralph, of Victor; son, SMSgt Donald Breitkreutz Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Wichita, Kan.; son, Brian Breitkreutz and his wife, Jodie, of Charleston; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 2 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Robert K. (Bob) Holliday

Fayette’s longest-serving legislator, Robert K. (Bob) Holliday, 81, Fayetteville, transitioned from this life to the next after a stay of just over one week at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, on Feb. 28, 2014.

He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Logan County, son of the late J. Kelvin Holliday and Kathleen Harris Holliday.

Holliday represented Fayette County in the House of Delegates following the elections of 1962, 1964 and 1966. He was elected to numerous four-year state Senate terms also, in 1968, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992.

Among his key legislative roles, he was chairman of the following Senate Committees: Labor, 65th; Education, 66th; Interstate Cooperation, 67th, and possibly his favorite chair, Health & Human Resources.  

Holliday received the Distinguished Kanawha/Fayette Community Service, Inc. Award in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1991; WVEA’s Pearl Buck Award, 1982; Distinguished Service Award, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1983; Rehabilitation Association’s Structural Barriers Award, 1988; Outstanding Legislator, WV Trial Lawyers Assn, 1988; and also received an honorary Doctorate from the Adult Basic Education Program in 1988.

Among his favorite legislation passed was the abolishment of capital punishment in West Virginia and creation of The Autism Training Center. He believed in helping the downtrodden in society, visiting numerous mental hospitals and prisons as a legislator, with his career highlighted by serving eight terms as president of the Fayette Needy Association.

His other community service also included Raleigh-Fayette Co. Consumer Advisory Committee, Montgomery Coal Valley Lodge, AF&AM, 32 Degree Scottish Rite, Shriner, Fayette Heart Fund, New River Gorge Country Development Corporation, Elk River Development Corporation, Fayette County Volunteers, and State Democratic Executive Committee.

Holliday was also well known locally as long-time publisher of The Fayette Tribune, The Montgomery Herald, and The Meadow River Post newspapers.

He served his nation in the U.S. Army, and also was active in Presbyterian ministry, including several terms as elder at Oak Hill’s church.

Surviving: his wife of nearly 28 years, Deborah Ann; children, Kelvin (Betty), Stephen (Kelly), Robert (Molly) and Brandon Holliday, Kathy Eddy, Tracey (Jeremy) Thompson, and Jeff Nichols; 11 grandchildren; and his only sibling, Larry (Faye) Holliday of Oak Hill.  

Holliday donated his body for scientific research and will be cremated afterwards. There will be a celebration of his life in Fayette Circuit Judge John Hatcher’s courtroom, Fayetteville, on April 25 at 12 noon. The public is invited.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests gifts of sympathy or appreciation should be given to the Hospice House which offers its patients a most comforting environment.

Ethel Anna Humphrey

Ethel Anna Humphrey, 100, of Kimberly, died March 1, 2014.

She was born March 30, 1913, at Vinton, Nicholas County, daughter of the late James and Virginia Brown Preast. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Humphrey; a son, Ernest Junior; brothers, Ramon, Damon, Elzie, Cecil and Jennings Preast; sisters, Leona Underwood, Agie Humphrey and Lena Marie Anders; and a daughter-in-law, Wilma Humphrey of Kimberly, her caregiver for the last seven years.

She was always a worker, even delivering mail on horseback at the age of 16.

She was a dedicated Christian and a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, who always helped anyone in need and made many welcome into her home through the years. Ethel and her husband were always known for their generosity. They were also one of the founding families that helped start the Alta First Church of God.

Surviving: her son, James Humphrey of Kimberly; a special person she claimed as her son, Buddy Johnson of Lyonsville; a daughter-in-law (her girl), Jo Humphrey of Belva; grandchildren, Steve (Sandy) Humphrey of Pennsylvania, Dale (Tammy) Humphrey, Timmy Humphrey of Tennessee, Brenda (Tim) McKinney of Fayetteville, Karen Wanamaker of Tennessee, Mike (Lorie) Humphrey of Sissonville, David (Alisha) Keeney, Kenny Keeney of Smithers and Jeremy Humphrey of Kimberly; 14 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren, one being Sarah Humphrey, who helped with her care; brothers, Elbert Preast of Gauley Bridge and Donald Preast of Ansted; sisters, Mazie Mullens of Queen Shoals and Frances Clapp of Maryland; special caregiver and friends, Damian Smith, Sharon Reedand Christine Skidmore; and many extended family and friends.

Services were March 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastors J.W. Hill and Brenda Neal officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.  

Raymond Walter ‘Tom’ Hunley

Raymond Walter “Tom” Hunley, 85, of Mount Hope, died Feb. 23, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 21, 1929, at Elton, he was the son of the late Belfer and Chlora Duncan Hunley. Five brothers, Bob, Bill, Edward, Alfred and Dolphis Hunley, and a sister, Virginia Woolwine, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired coal miner and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Surviving: a sister, Delma Skaggs of Oak Hill; a great-nephew, Conway Skaggs of New Zealand; and a host of other family and friends as well as his two cherished dogs.

 Funeral services were March 2 at Tyree Funeral in Mount Hope with Pastor Richard Allen officiating. Burial was at the McElhenney Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Grassy Meadows. Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Michael G. Kidd

Michael G. Kidd died peacefully on Feb. 25, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

He lived in Mount Hope until he graduated from high school and joined the Army.

Surviving: his wife, Roxann Kidd; daughter, Morgan Hefner; stepchildren, Michael Geiss Jr. and Katelyn Lockard; his four-legged daughter, Molly; stepmother, Katy Blankenship; brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Cathy Blankenship; brother, Mitchel Blankenship; sister, Dorothea; nephew and nieces, Joe, Jereka, and Mickaela; his extended family, Steve Johnson, Helenanne and Gary Morris, Michael “Tag” Taggart, Michael “Bubba” Moore, John, Johnny, and Cheyanne Worth, Ashley Haavistola, and Kelly Culpepper.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 302-731-5459.

Sally ‘Ann’ Kincaid

Sally “Ann” Kincaid, 55, of Backus Mountain Road, died Feb. 25, 2014, at her home, following a long illness.

Born Aug. 11, 1958, at Beckley, she was the daughter of Virginia Ann Wall Crowe Berry of Danese and the late James Alfred Crowe. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ralph and Alma Crowe, and maternal grandparents, Melvin and Ruth Wall.

Ann attended Chestnut Knob Baptist Church of Layland, and was a homemaker.

She had also worked as a LPN at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea for over 13 years.

Surviving: her husband, David Randell Kincaid of Backus Mountain; her mother, Virginia Ann Wall Crowe Berry and husband Harold of Danese; daughter, Jennifer Ann Schoolcraft and husband James of Thomasville, N.C.; son, Jesse Alfred Kincaid and wife Crystal of Backus Mountain; brothers, James Alfred Crowe Jr. and family of Danese, David Wayne Crowe and family of Gonzales, La., Roger Alan Crowe and family, and Melvin Willis Crowe and family, all of Port Allen, La., and Michael Lee Crowe and family of Walker, La.; stepbrother, Harold Carl Berry II and family of Danese; grandchildren, Darren McClanahan, Courtney Kincaid, Dylan Schoolcraft, and Corey Kincaid; and many special friends and extended family.

Services were March 2 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial followed at Kincaid Cemetery on Backus Mountain Road.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Ronald Ernest King

Ronald Ernest King, 57, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 27, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House.

Ronald was born on Nov. 23, 1956, son of the late Beverly Jean King Garrett. He also was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Manning, and aunt, Betty King.

He attended Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle.

Surviving: his wife, April King; sister, Linda Manning; brothers, Carl Garrett and Johnny King; and nephew, Zachary King.

Service was March 4 at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Billie B. Lafferty

Billie B. Lafferty, 81, of Pax, died March 1, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a short illness.

Born May 22, 1932, at Pax, he was the son of the late Homer and Willie Opal Huffman Lafferty.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked for Milburn Colliery, and was a member of the Packs Branch Baptist Church.

Billie was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving: his wife, Mary Ellen Hicks Lafferty; daughters, Debra Lynn Pritt and husband Lawrence of Lively and Mary Kathleen Coll and husband John of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Shane Pritt of Bradley, Jason Pritt and wife Georgie of Salt Rock, Lorainne Lafferty of Omaha, Neb., and Kendra Lafferty of Richmond, Va.; great-grandchildren, Savannah Pritt of Salt Rock and Kali Lafferty of Omaha; sisters, Melba C. Thomas of Anchorage, Alaska, Shelby J. Weekly of Fayetteville and Charlotte L. Lewis of Portland, Ind.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Willis Branch Community Cemetery at Pax.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Bill’s memory to the Packs Branch Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Harold Martin

Eugene “Gene” Harold Martin, 80, of Rainelle, formerly of Meadow Bridge, died Feb. 28, 2014, at his home, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 30, 1933, in Crichton, he was the son of the late Stafford and Irene Ratliff Martin. Eugene also was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Avancini Martin, in 2006.

Eugene was a 20-year retired TSGT of the U.S. Air Force and he was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving: daughters, Teresa Wright of Oakland, Md., Tammy Demchuk of Pittsburgh, Pa., Lisa Nisbet of Rock and Melissa Fields of Sandy Hook, Ky.; son, Dennis Martin of Richmond, Ky.; a brother, Clifford Martin of Springdale; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were March 4 at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle. Burial followed at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Leslie Warren Payne

Leslie Warren Payne, 48, of Lansing, died Feb. 25, 2014, at home.

Born March 18, 1965, at Charleston, he was the son of Dale and Marilyn Fields Payne of Fayetteville.

Leslie graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retired from the West Virginia State Police and a member of the Masonic Lodge at Ansted.

Surviving: his parents, Dale and Marilyn Payne; his best friend and son, Joshua Warren Payne; daughters, Samantha Payne, Cassie Jennings and Kristen Jennings; brother, Christopher (Kathy) Payne; grandchildren, Jacob, David and Ciara; and companion/wife for 21 years, Tina Payne.

 Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Chaplain Jim Mitchell and Pastor Harry Fuller officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park Fayetteville.

Online condolences can be sent at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Janie Ann Randolph

Janie Ann Randolph, 58, of Chesterfield, Va., died Feb. 23, 2014, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born Sept. 19, 1955, in Laurel Creek, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Betty Lou (Ramsey) Randolph. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia McBride.

Surviving: her children, Betty Jane Adkins of Richmond, Va., Alvin Adkins and partner Jason Rodriguez, Kameel Mohammed, Thelma Adkins and Roger Lilly, all of Chesterfield, Va., and Edward Lilly of West Virginia; siblings, Burndetta Randolph of Illinois, Carolyn Randolph of Tennessee, Jim Randolph (Crystal) and Earl Randolph (Jeanette), all of Virginia, Ben Randolph of Tennessee, John Randolph of Minnesota and Betty Mae Randolph of Ohio; nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held Feb. 27 at the Nugent Cemetery in Beckwith with the Rev. Charles Blankenship officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Deanna Joy Saxton

Deanna Joy Saxton, 52, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 25, 2014, at her home.

Born Jan. 3, 1962, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Saxton and Allison Ruth Rinehart.

Deanna was a retired Deputy for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Surviving: her loving sisters, Donna Mills of Oak Hill and Sandra Sutton of Thurmont, Md.; nieces and nephews, James Sutton and Morgan Sutton, both of Maryland, Dawn Sutton of Georgia, Jesse Mills of New Mexico, and Stetson Owings and Wyatt Mills, both of West Virginia; great-nieces, Makayla Rose Martin and Abbigail Renae Martin, both of Maryland; and a host of other family and friends that she held dear.

Funeral services were March 5 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Chaplain Ron George Jr. officiating and with full police honors. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Tyree Funeral Home, 999 Jones Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901, to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wilsie Hicks Sizemore

Wilsie Hicks Sizemore, 81, of Gauley Bridge, died peacefully at CAMC-General Division in Charleston, with all of her family by her side.

Born Dec. 7, 1932, in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of the late Truman and Ellena (Metz) Hicks. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorma Welch, Wanda Roller, Veraleen Massey and Peggy Kozak; and her son-in-law, Gary Dean Thomas.

She was a Christian and faithfully attended the Gauley Bridge United Methodist Church.

Surviving: her loving and devoted husband of 63 years, Roscoe Sizemore of Gauley Bridge; children, Terry Sizemore (Frances) of Fayetteville, Sandy Thomas (Gary) of Gauley Bridge and Teddy Sizemore (Mary) of Monroe, N.C.; grandchildren, Stephanie Harvey (Brian) of Gauley Bridge, Jason Thomas (Stacy) of Charlton Heights, Josh Sizemore (Katy) of Bluewell and Shawn and Laura Sizemore of Monroe, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Lauren Harvey of Gauley Bridge; sisters, Naomi McCallister (Don) of Chelyan and Joyce Plasko (Terry) of Ohio; special friends, Gladys Kauff, Velva Woods and Thelma Neal; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Services were March 4 at the Gauley Bridge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Skaggs officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Gardens in London.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Arby Archie Smith

Arby Archie Smith, 68, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 27, 2014, at his home.

Born Aug. 1, 1945, at Harvey, he was the son of the late Rev. Arb Smith and Elizabeth Pearl Darby Smith. His wife, Barbara Marie (Smith) Smith, two brothers, a sister and a grandson also preceded him in death.

He was a disabled laborer for Cabot Gas Company.

Surviving: sons, Arby Smith Jr. and wife Angie Marie Turney and Jonathan Smith and wife Charlotte, all of Oak Hill, and Sam Burns of Gauley Bridge; a sister, Helen Smith of Oak Hill; and grandchildren, Jasmine Hope Turney, Vanessa Dawn Hamrick, Barbara Frances Smith, Eric Hodge Jr., Joseph Smith, Jessie Ray Smith, James T. Smith and Sharon T. Smith.

Mr. Smith was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lawrence Melvin Whitlock

Lawrence Melvin Whitlock, 87, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 26, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley.

Born Oct. 29, 1926, at Dewitt, he was the son of the late Edward and Lola Keenan Whitlock. Three brothers, Ralph Whitlock, Charles Whitlock and Bill Whitlock, and a sister, Helen Stone, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired truck driver for Smith Transfer.

Lawrence was a member of Mount Hope Lodge No. 103, A.F. and A.M.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Surviving: his loving wife of 63 years, Helen “Sissy” Vannatter Whitlock; son, Larry Whitlock and wife Cindy of Oak Hill; sister, Margaret Spradlin; his grandchildren, Mel Whitlock and wife Gina of North Pole, Alaska, and Stacey Ellison and husband Brian, Jeff Whitlock and Laura Whitlock, all of Oak Hill; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 1 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Mike Kees and Rev. Allen Gallimore officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dorothy May McMillion Williams

Dorothy May McMillion Williams, 78, died Feb. 26, 2014, at her home in Coke Oven Hollow in Page, following an extended illness.

Born July 29, 1936, in Mulberry, Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Orville McMillion and Ethel Runion McMillion Selvey. She also was preceded in death by her loving husband, Orba A. Williams Sr.; her daughter-in-law, “Bonnie” C. Williams; and her great-grandchild, Blake A. Williams.

Dorothy was a homemaker and worked as a cook at Page School, where she was loved and enjoyed preparing and serving meals for the students that she treated as her own. She retired from the Fayette County Board of Education.

She loved to read a good book, loved her beautiful flowers, and loved to travel. She gave to many charities. She was the most kind-hearted, loving sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and best friend to all who knew her.

She was an avid bird lover who enjoyed feeding the birds.

Surviving: her children, Betty Harler and husband William “Bill” of Page, Donna Pino and husband Joe of Oak Hill, Ronnie Williams and Lisa Collins of Kimberly, Orba Williams Jr. and wife Cathy of Kincaid and Tammy Bostick and husband Nathan “Junior” of Lexington, N.C.; siblings, Roselee Davis of Jeffersonville, Ind., Stanley McMillion of Salem, Va., and Martha Toney of Kincaid; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one  great-great-grandchild; and her companion, William “Roland” Stone of Page.

 Funeral services were March 1 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.