The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 8, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 9, 2014


Mary Jo Bragg

Mary Jo Bragg, 64, of Kimberly, died Jan. 4, 2014.

She was born July 14, 1949, in Deepwater, the daughter of the late William Lawrence and Geraldine Lockard Gray.

She was a disabled underground coal miner and a certified shooter for Valley Camp Coal Company.

She was a member of the Kimberly Church of God.

Surviving: her husband, Wayne H. “Fred” Bragg; children, Wayne Bragg Jr. and his wife, Angela, of Kimberly, and William Bragg and his wife, Ashley, of Kimberly; step-daughter, Alisha Marie Pike of Belle; brothers, David Gray and his wife, Tenna, of Montgomery, Mark Gray and his wife, Reva, of Sod, and William Luke Gray and his wife, Susan, of Dallas, N.C.; sister, Alice Pritt of Clendenin; niece, Melissa Dorsey of Gallagher; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Friends may call two hours prior the service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Cody Glen Burdette

Cody Glen Burdette, 62, of Whitman, formerly of Kilsyth, died Dec. 26, 2013, at Logan General Hospital, Logan.

Born May 22, 1951, at Nallen, he was the son of the late Commodore and Violet Burdette. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard Lesher and Clark Burdette.

Cody was a graduate of Mount Hope High School and worked in several department stores and various other jobs through the years.

Surviving: brother, Jerry Burdette of Union, Mo.; sister, Lucille Haynes of LaPlata, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 1 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Jessie Parker officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Betty Jane Bennett Denton

Betty Jane Bennett Denton, 76, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 31, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston.

Born April 12, 1937, at Cunard, she was the daughter of the late Basil and Dimmie Simmons Bennett. Her husband, Forrest Denton, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Denton was a retired textile mill office secretary, having worked in California.

She was a member of the Catholic faith.

Surviving: son, Kevin Zamiela and wife Ellen of Dunbar; a sister, Klyde Merrell of California; and a brother, James “Wetzel” Bennett of Sissonville.

Funeral services were Jan. 4 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Carlos Melocoton Jr. officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Russell Gene Evans

Russell Gene Evans, 67, of Sand Branch, died Jan. 3, 2014, at his home.

Born April 1, 1946, at Montgomery, he was the son of the late William Pierce and Della Pearl Lester Evans. His wife, Charlotte Mae (Evans) Evans, also preceded him in death as did brothers, Charles Evans, Basil Evans, Gary Evans, Mason Evans, Ernest Evans and Roger Evans, and sister, Estell Painter.

He was a retired truck driver for the coal mining industry.

Surviving: brother, Bill Evans of Fargo, N.D.; sisters, Juanita Blankenbeckler of Sand Branch, Annabell Daniel of Arizona and Betty Ayers of Sand Branch; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside rites and committal service, followed by burial, were Jan. 5 at Pax Community Cemetery with Rev. Ed McNeely officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Everett L. Harper

Everett L. Harper, 77, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 4, 2014.

Born Jan. 4, 1936, he was the son of the late Clem and Ocie Davis Harper. He also was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Harmony Madeline Campbell; sisters, Carol Solomon and Evelyn Creamans; brothers, Stevie Harper, Larry Harper and Brady Harper; niece, Billie Beard; and nephews, Mark Harper and Kevin King.

Everett was an evangelist minister and a retired contractor.

Surviving: daughters, Denise Ballard, Yvonne Ballard, Donna Harper and Yvette Guthrie; sons, Wayne Harper, David Harris and Michael Harris; caretaker, Jane Newton; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Service was Jan. 8 at Summerlee Wesleyan Church, Oak Hill, with Pastor John Harper officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.



Rev. Gregory Scott Hostutler

Rev. Gregory Scott Hostutler, 54, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 4, 2014, at his home.

Born May 17, 1959, at Xenia, Ohio, he was the son of the late Leroy K. and T. Kathleen Sigmon Hostutler.

Greg’s calling was to the ministry. He had the heart of a pastor.

His vocation was as a maintenance mechanic at the Mine Safety and Health Academy and he was a former general contractor.

He was a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Surviving: his wife, Patricia Lou “Pattie” Pratt Hostutler; son, Joel Gregory Hostutler and wife Lisa of Morgantown; daughters, Rebecca Hostutler Sommers and husband Nathan of Nolensville, Tenn., and Rachael Hostutler Gill and husband Jeff of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Abbigail Sommers; his brother, Keith Hostutler and wife Susie of Parkersburg; and sisters, Olive Smith and husband Glen of Bucyrus, Ohio, and Dana Poff and husband Jerry of London, Ohio.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Church of God in Hilltop with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

As a way of honoring Greg, the family is taking donations for Compassion International’s “Water for Life” project. This ministry provides a filter for families to have a lifetime of clean drinking water. You can make checks out to Compassion International and write in the memo section “Water for Life.” You can give these checks to one of Greg’s children and they will send them to Compassion in honor of Greg. You can also donate online using the following link: http://www.compassion.com/m/safe-water-for-life-for-child-family.htm. Upon “check out” be sure to select “honor card” so that the family is notified of your gift.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert Adrian Kees

Robert Adrian Kees, 85, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 5, 2014, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 28, 1928, at Ligon, Ky., he was the son of the late Kenneth and Mary Elizabeth Lucas Kees. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth B. Kees and Donald G. Kees, in addition to his parents.

Given the name “Corky” as a small child, he grew up on Paint Creek in Burnwell.

He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1945 until 1949 and from 1950 until 1951, being a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He married Nancy Ann Rutledge on Dec. 19, 1948, in Glasgow. The couple lived in North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan before settling in Oak Hill in 1958.

Bob was a member of the Salem Road Freewill Baptist Church. He was a loyal and faithful Christian who loved going to church and loved his church family.

He was a longtime member and past president of the Oak Hill Lions Club.

The former owner/operator of Kees’ Gulf Station, located at the current site of Tyree Funeral Home, Bob retired from Sears after 25 years. He was one of Sears’ top salesmen for many years and received many awards and commendations from the company. He also worked for Superior Furniture for more than 10 years before retiring.

Surviving: his wife of 65 years and the love of his life, Ann Kees; sons, Robert P. Kees and wife Barbara of Cross Lanes, Pastor Michael W. Kees and wife Kathy, and Timothy S. Kees and wife Lazenda, all of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Kim (Robert) Spradling of Raleigh, N.C., Mandy (Barth) Lacy of Cross Lanes, Mary Beth Kees of Charleston, Adrienne Kees, Andy (Amber) Kees, J.T. Kees, Caleb Kees, Simeon Kees, Eli Kees and Olivia Kees, all of Oak Hill; great-grandchildren, Lindee, Wyatt and Shelby Lacy of Nitro and Rylee Beth Colon of Oak Hill; sister-in-law, Reba Kees of Plymouth, Mich.; and close friend and “son,” Dwayne Adkins of Scarbro. He also will be sorely missed by his cat, Muffin.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at Salem Road Freewill Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor Mike Kees and Rev. Allen Gallimore officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Robin Lynne Lesher

Robin Lynne Lesher, 53, of Ansted, died Dec. 27, 2013, following a short illness.

Born Aug. 5, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Alv Elues and Ida Mae Hall Lockard. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Barry Lesher; an infant son, Preston Lesher; a brother, Bruce Lockard; and sister, Shelby Taylor.

She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Ansted, and Robin was a Licensed Practical Nurse and also the manager of Subway in Oak Hill.

Surviving: her daughters, Area Lesher and Karie Lesher, both of Ansted; sister, Connie Lesher Gillespie of Oak Hill; four grandchildren and many friends.

Per her wishes she will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Ansted.



Grover Donald Plumley

Grover Donald Plumley, 70, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 4, 2014, at home.

Born  July 22, 1943, at Winona, he was the son of Grover Dewey and Ora Richmond Plumley. He also was preceded in death by his twin sisters, Jerelene F. Young and Helene Plumley.

Mr. Plumley was a retired civil engineer for the West Virginia Department of Highways.

He graduated from West Virginia Tech at Montgomery (now West Virginia University Institute of Technology).

He served on the Fayette County Solid Waste Committee.

Surviving: his sister, Linda Lee Elmore (Harley) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; nephews, Ronald Young (Nancy) of Beckley, Mike Young (Danita) of Fayetteville, Greg Young (Carrie) of Elkview and Marc Elmore of Chattanooga, Tenn.; nieces, Sherri Lucas (Doug) of Glen Daniel and Cathy Gist (Greg) of Plano, Texas; and brother-in-law, Loren Young of Fayetteville. Other survivors include Jamie Young of Hamilton, N.J., Katie Young (Kyle) of Beckley, Stephanie and Mackenzie Young of Elkview, Taylor French of Charleston, Phillip (Leslie) Young of Charleston, and Jackson Young and Chris (Tonja) Young, both of Fayetteville.

Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial followed at Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

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



Elizabeth Irene ‘Rennie’ Pugh

Elizabeth Irene “Rennie” Pugh, 87, of Danese, died Dec. 30, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 29, 1926, at Kathryn, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Eliza O’Conner Kincaid. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Otis Pugh Sr.; a daughter, Linda Keller; and several sisters.

She was a member of Chestnut Knob Christian Church of Layland, and also attended Faith Community Church of Beckley.

Rennie was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Otis Pugh (Janet) of Layland, George Pugh of Danese, Donald Pugh (Susan) of Saturday Road, Hico, Bobby Pugh (Sandy) of Michigan and Larry Pugh (Fran) of Maplewood; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth Kincaid of Florida.

Services were Jan. 4 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Marvin Mullens and Jason Lowe officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Please send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Robert ‘Bob’ C. Ripley

Robert “Bob” C. Ripley Sr., 89, of Rainelle, died Dec. 19, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, with his sons, Carl and David, as well as Dr. Haven N. Wall Jr. by his side.

Bob was born on Sept. 14, 1924, in Rainelle, son of the late John and Ruth Carr Ripley. He also was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Whitlock Ripley (June 5, 2009); his brothers, Fred Ripley (Sept. 28, 1996) and John Stuart Ripley (Jan. 13, 2011); and brother-in-law, Merrill Whitlock (Sept. 7, 1997).

An active member of the Rainelle United Methodist Church since 1956 until his mobility declined last year, Bob sang in the choir and was active in a variety of other capacities including treasurer of the Trustee Committee for over 50 years.

From 1943 through 1952, Bob worked at Johnstown Coal and Coke, Belburn, and Burnrite Coal Co. In 1953, he became a salesman at Deligne Ford and Mercury in Ansted. In 1956, he went back to work at Johnstown Coal and Coke at the #4 mine at Panther Creek.

In 1958 he joined Dodson-Hager Ford Sales, at Rupert, and was sales manager through 1963. When Dodson-Hager Ford moved from Rupert to Rainelle, he became a partner as he continued as sales manager from 1963 through 1990.

Bob was one of the original directors at First State Bank and Trust of Rainelle for 25 years while also serving as chairman of the board for a number of years. First State Bank and Trust has now become part of City Holding Co., headquartered in Cross Lanes.

As a civic-minded person, he was active on Rainelle Town Council for years as well the Greenbrier County Planning Commission.

A few weeks ago in early December, Bob was recognized and honored in receiving a 45-year member pin for his dedication and work with the Rainelle Lions Club. He was also a 48-year member of the Midland Trail Masonic Lodge No. 166.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He cherished spending time with family and friends.

Surviving: sons, Rev. Robert Carl Ripley Jr. of Arlington, Va., and David Lee Ripley (wife Beth) of Fredericksburg, Va.; granddaughters, Kristin Grigonis (husband Brandon) of Gloucester, Va., and Kaitlyn Ripley (fiance Eric Rehbein) of Fredericksburg, Va.; great-granddaughter, Arber Grigonis of Gloucester, Va.; brothers, Jim Ripley (Padi) of Austin, Texas and Sam Ripley (Marlene) of Rainelle; sisters, Betty Blackburn of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Helen Hanson of Rainelle, Peggy Barker of New Orleans, La., Phyllis Cool (Keith) of Ripley, Shirley Osborne (Charles) of Tampa, Fla., and Vivian Lusher of Rainelle; sister-in-law, Mary Ray Whitlock of Cornstalk; and a host of nieces and nephews and other fond relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Jan. 4 at Rainelle United Methodist Church, Rainelle, with Pastor Sam Groves officiating, assisted by Rev. Ron McCauley. Entombment followed the memorial service in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

A reception in the Fellowship Hall of Rainelle United Methodist Church immediately followed the entombment.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Rainelle United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 646, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.



Daniel Howard Settle

Daniel Howard Settle, 63, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 30, 2013, at his home.

Born Aug. 28, 1950, at Ingram Branch, he was the son of the late Leonard Oliver and Dorothy Mae Evans Settle. Two brothers, Emile Lee Settle and Loranzia Bruce Settle, also preceded him in death.

Daniel was a coal miner, having worked for Consolidation Coal and Costain Coal Company.

He was a member of the First Church of God, Carlisle.

Surviving: his wife, Janetta Mae “Jan” Wagner Settle; daughters, Dana Lynn Settle of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Stephanie Ann Settle of Crossville, Tenn.; stepson, Shawn Sexton and wife Shelly of Oak Hill; stepdaughter, Amy Sexton Williamson and husband Todd of New Cumberland, Pa.; brothers, Dallas Settle, James Ray Settle, John Roy Settle and Thomas Mark Settle; sisters, Velva Jean Walker, Drema Sue Johns, Rosalie Gale Wriston and Deborah Kay Settle; and grandchildren, Caleb Sexton, Kirstin Evans, Jacob Williamson and Hailey Williamson.

Funeral services were Jan. 2 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Richard Allen officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Joann Feazell Wood

Joann Feazell Wood, 77, of Sea Level, N.C., formerly of Oak Hill and Fayetteville, died Dec. 24, 2013, at Snug Harbor, Sea Level, N.C.

Born Sept. 6, 1936, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Mildred Wagal Feazell. She also was preceded in death by her husband, E.B. “Monk” Wood Jr., on Jan. 30, 1992; and a brother, Ray Feazell.

Surviving: her sons, Thomas Wood and wife Vera of Harkers Island, N.C., and David Wood and wife Kate of Morehead City, N.C.; and grandchildren, Frank Wood and Katie Wood of Harkers Island, N.C., and Laynie Cromwell of Morehead City, N.C.

Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.

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

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