The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 24, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, April 25, 2013


Rupert Blankenship

Rupert Blankenship, 36, of Mount Hope, died April 18, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Anna Faye Bowles

Anna Faye Bowles, 77, of Danese, died April 17, 2013, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea.

Born May 31, 1935, at Thayer, she was the daughter of the late Oswald and Delphie Berry Adkins. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Johnson (Jack) Bowles; her daughter, Judy Ann Bowles; her granddaughter, Tori Danielle Bowles; and a brother, Jerry Adkins.

Anna was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She loved gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving: sons, Jack Bowles of Danese and Steve Bowles and wife Melissa of Layland; brothers, Jimmy Adkins and wife Paula of Springdale and Donald Adkins of Thayer; sisters, Wilda De La Garza of California, Linda Smith (Arley “Flipper” Tincher) of Oak Hill and Ella Bowles of Green Sulphur; and   grandsons, Colton and M.J. Bowles of Layland.

A graveside service was held April 21 in the Richmond Cemetery at Sandstone.

Online condolences may be sent at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Marlena Mason Garcia

Marlena Ann “Punkin” Mason Garcia, 61, of Oak Hill, died peacefully April 21, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her devoted husband, Jesse Garcia Jr., and her entire family, following complications from cancer.

Marlena was born at home in Summerlee on Oct. 1, 1951. She was the daughter of the late Mitchell S. “Jim” Mason Sr. and Joyce N. Boothe Mason of Summerlee. She was preceded in death by her father, “Jim” Mason, in February 1983; her mother, Joyce, in October 2006; and a brother, James Allen Mason, in May 2006.

Marlena was a member of the congregation of Summerlee Wesleyan Church in Summerlee where she served the Lord in service to her community.

Marlena was a past employee of The Fayette Tribune, Wal-Mart, and Gino’s of Oak Hill.

She was a talented and accomplished individual who enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, cooking, computers, homemaking. She was a devoted companion to her husband, Jesse, for 23 years.

Marlena was an individual who was very dedicated to God, her family, and her church, and she was loved by everyone she touched.

Surviving: her loving husband Jesse Garcia Jr.; daughters, Loreli Clark Ferguson and husband Christopher of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Aime Clark Whittington and husband Jerry of Hickory, N.C.; stepdaughter, Bridget F. Garcia Ramirez and husband Jose Ramirez of Richmond, Va.; granddaughters, Corinne Rose Ferguson, Lila Claire Ferguson, and Cecilia Paige Ferguson of Chesapeake, Ohio;  stepgrandchildren, Ismael and Alondra Garcia of Richmond, Va.; brother, Jeffrey W. Mason Sr. and wife Kathy L. Blake Mason of Oak Hill and their children, Jeffrey W. Mason II and Victoria E. “Tori” Mason; brother, Mitchell S. Mason Jr., and wife Martha A. Minnich Mason of Vinton, Va., and their son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell S. Mason III and Caitlyn R. Mason; brother, Mark E. Mason of Oak Hill and sons Mark Mason Jr., and John Mason; sister, Katharine J. “KJ” Mason Harper and husband Joseph R. Harper and son Joseph R. Harper II of Oak Hill; great-nephew, Keltan G. Harper; and several cousins.

Funeral service was April 24 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Bob James officiating. She was carried to her final resting place in High Lawn Memorial Park by her family.

The family requests that donations “In Memory of Marlena Ann Mason Garcia” be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 103 Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Sylvia Rae Hostetter Hager

Sylvia Rae Hostetter Hager, 71, of South Point, Ohio, formerly of Oak Hill, died April 20, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky.

Born Sept. 11, 1941, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Phillip Reese and Effie Mildred Lee Hostetter. Her husband, William Franklin Hager, and brothers, Richard Wayne Hostetter, Gary Layne Hostetter, Gerald Laird Hostetter and Allen D. Hostetter, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: daughter, Candy Cochran of Ironton, Ohio; brothers, Phillip Hostetter of Teays Valley and Rodney Hostetter of Oak Hill; six nieces, one nephew, two great-nephews, two great-nieces and her caregiver, Betty Adams of South Point, Ohio.

Services were April 24 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Ruby Elizabeth Ash Hickman

Ruby Elizabeth Ash Hickman, 101, of Mount Hope, died unexpectedly April 14, 2013.

Born Oct. 30, 1911, at Dun Glen, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edith Jane Dower Ash. She also was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William J. Hickman; brothers, Charles and George; and a sister, Ruth Kelly.

She graduated from Mount Hope High School and soon married the love of her life, Bill Hickman.

Ruby loved to garden, cook and bake for her friends and family. She shared her great cooking skills with the staff and students at the Mount Hope Elementary School cafeteria for many years where she retired.

Ruby was an active member at the First Assembly of God Church in Beckley, that later changed its name to Calvary Assembly of God when the new church was built.

She loved helping others especially in time of need. She prepared meals for the grieving along with celebrations. She taught Sunday school and was founder of the Saturday Morning Prayer Meeting at Calvary Assembly that has continued and is still ongoing for more than 17 years.

As Ruby’s health declined she moved into The Summit of Hidden Valley.

Surviving: her daughter, Jane (Wendell) Schnell; grandchildren, William (Beth) Schnell and Sarah (Joel) Dollarhide, along with her treasured great-grandchildren, William, Elizabeth, Joel, Benjamin, Olivia and Gracie.

Funeral services were April 19 at Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley, with Pastor John K. Jordan officiating. Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Gary Allen Holmes

Gary Allen “Sherlock” Holmes, 58, of Oak Hill, died April 16, 2013, at his home.

Born Nov. 19, 1954, at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of Febe Jennings Holmes of Oklahoma and the late Vernon Holmes. A brother, Roger Holmes, and an aunt, Nellie Holmes, also preceded him in death.

He worked in maintenance and security and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: sons, Richard Holmes and wife Olivia, and Tommy Holmes and wife Christy, all of Oak Hill; stepson, Shawn Fields and wife Kazan of Princeton; brothers, David Holmes of Tennessee, and Billy Holmes and Steve Holmes, both of Oklahoma; sisters, Barbara Berry Hill, Debra Bunnie Yocum and Verna Campbell, all of Oklahoma; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were April 22 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Frank Calvert officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Wilda ‘Sue’ Kivett

Wilda “Sue” Kivett, 67, of Shady Side, Md., formerly of Beckwith, died April 13, 2013, surrounded by her loved ones at the home of her son.

Born Feb. 20, 1946, at Montgomery, she was the daughter of the late Allie and Ruth Canterbury Copley. She also was preceded in death by her brother, John Copley; nephews, Matthew Cooley, Benjamin and Jeffery Mathews; and stepson, Michael Joseph Kivett.

Sue was a member of Deale Baptist Church in Deale, Md. She was a retired supervisor for Kelly Press in Maryland.

In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as sewing, knitting, and boating with her husband, Terry.

Surviving: her husband, Terry Kivett of Shady Side; son, Doug (Leigh Ann) Knott of Fayetteville; stepson, Tony (Darlene) Kivett of St. Leonard, Md.; stepdaughter, Michelle Kivett Hartley of North Beach, Md.;  grandchildren, Kyle and Lauren Knott of Fayetteville; stepgrandchildren, Heather, Justin, Ryan and Josh Kivett, Ashley Simpson, Tyler Kivett, Jenna and Kelsey Hartley, and Kyle Terczak; four stepgreat-grandchildren; brother, Phillip (Annette) Treadway of Beckwith; sisters, Porky (Gene) Mathews of Oak Hill, Donna (John) Ramsey of Stevensville, Md., and Myra Cooley of Beckwith; special friends, Betty Helton and Evelyn Kaczmar; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were April 20 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with her uncle, Pastor Mack Canterbury, and Pastor Robert Mayes officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Ronald Wayne Morton

Ronald Wayne Morton, 59, of Oak Hill, died April 15, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born March 27, 1954, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Thurmond Harold Morton and Alberta Jean Allen Morton.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy and prior to his illness he was a coal miner for Terry Eagle Coal Company.

Surviving: daughters, Donna Renee Lively and husband Leslie of Scarbro and Elissa Rose Morton-Riley of Columbus, Ohio; a good friend his former mother-in-law, Barbara Maynus of Fayetteville; former wife and the mother of his children, Rena Beth Robinson and husband Gary of Scarbro; siblings, Alberta Ramsey and husband John of Akron, Ohio, Thurmond “Tink” Morton Jr. and wife Brenda of Lochgelly, Robert Morton and wife Sandy of Lochgelly, James Morton and wife Lori of Scarbro, Sharon Johnson and husband Edward of Oak Hill, and Daniel “Danny” Morton of Lochgelly; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral service was held at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Justin Seay officiating. Burial with military rites followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Daisy Mae Pack

Daisy Mae Pack, 63, of Oak Hill, died April 13, 2013.

Funeral services were held April 17, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Henry Hudson officiating. Burial followed at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



James Aaron Pridemore

James Aaron Pridemore, 40, of Oak Hill, died April 12, 2013.

Born Dec. 26, 1972, he was the son of Franklin Pridemore and the late Sandra Justus Pridemore. In addition to his mother, James was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence Justus and Thelma Justus McKnight; uncle, Ernest Pridemore; and cousin, Gaye Fox.

James enjoyed spending time with his son and being a father, spending time outdoors, guiding the river, hiking, mountain biking, and riding his motorcycle.

James had an infectious personality, he never met a stranger. His smile and laughter are in the memories of all those who knew him and will be sorely missed.

He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and WVU Tech; he was employed as a certified electrician.

Surviving: his son, Jakob Pridemore; life partner, Candy Pietkoski; stepson, Kaleb Pietkoski; sister, Rebecca Bandy and husband Kent; nephews, Matt Patrick and wife Hollie, and C.K. Bandy; great-niece, Alexia Patrick; great-nephew, Tyler Patrick, and many other family members; uncles, Joseph McKnight and wife Gail, Milton Pridemore, Richard Pridemore and wife Frances; aunts, Sandy Pridemore, and Norma Fox; and cousins, Steven and Chris Pridemore, Sherri and Carrie Pridemore, Jane and Roger Fox.

Services were April 19 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Minister Samuel Lambert officiating. Entombment followed at Restlawn Cemetery, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Linda Sue Rider

Linda Sue Rider, 60, of Corliss, died April 19, 2013, at Summersville Regional Medical Center, following a short illness.

Born Oct. 19, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie C. Rider and the late Gertie Johnson Rider.

She attended the Minnie Belle Baptist Church at Corliss and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Winolia Chapter No. 59 of Mount Hope.

Surviving: stepmother, Anna J. Rider of Corliss; sisters, Cynthia, Victoria, and Patricia Rider, all of Corliss; and brothers, Lonnie “Mike” Rider of Rainelle and James Rider of Corliss.

Funeral services were April 24 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Gene Bennett officiating. Burial followed at the Bethel Cemetery, Corliss.

Order of the Eastern Star rites were conducted April 23 during the visitation at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Bert Wayne Tatum

Bert Wayne Tatum, 49, of Page, died April 18, 2013, at his home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Robert Clyde Via

Robert Clyde Via, 80, of Pearisburg, Va., formerly of Oak Hill, died April 12, 2013, at his home.

Born March 27, 1933, at Hinton, he was the son of the late Clyde Via and Louis Ann Brabben Via. He also was preceded in death by family members Benny Via, Michael Via, Paul Via, Edward Via, Larry Via, sister Lois Warren, and his beloved pet Lil Bob, whose cremains were buried with him at his request.

He graduated from Collins High School and attended West Virginia Tech.

He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Korea veteran.

He was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, Va., and contributed his time and talents to the church.

He was a member of the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as fire chief for 12 years, but prior to that time he came up through the ranks with the department. He received many awards for his work in fire and EMS with the state, serving as a State Fire Marshal and State Fire Academy Instructor.

He was a member of the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge #120 AF & AM. He was a 32nd degree Mason and had received recognition for serving as a Free Mason for over 50 years.

He was active in community and civic affairs in both West Virginia and Virginia, and he was an entrepreneur in various entities in West Virginia and Virginia.

For more than 40 years, he worked as plant manager with Long-Airdox at various locations; as the company was sold he remained with each company until his retirement.

Surviving: his daughter, Monna Lou Via of Staffordsville, Va.; grandchildren, Kelli Maria Blankenship and James-Robert Roland Blankenship of Virginia; brothers, James T. Via and wife Betty and family of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Milton “Jack” Via and wife Diane and family of Parsons, Tenn., Ronnie Via and wife Linda and family of Roanoke, Va., and Mark Via and wife Vanessa and family of Fayetteville; and Simon, his little beloved pet he had for the past year and was with him until the end.

A private funeral was held April 19 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park with last call by the Oak Hill Fire Department, Masonic rites by the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge #120 AF & AM, and military taps and flag presentation by the U.S. Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 3049 Pulaski Giles Turnpike, Pearisburg, VA 24234; the Blue Print Leadership Academy, 2018 Church Street, Georgetown, SC 29440; the Oak Hill Public Library, 611 Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901; or the Pearisburg Public Library, 209 Fort Branch Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134 (include “In Memory Of Robert Clyde Via” on your check or money order.)

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.