The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 24, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, October 18, 2012


Iris Lee Bowen

Iris Lee Bowen, 82, of Montgomery, died Oct. 11, 2012.

She was born Dec. 20, 1929, and was the daughter of the late William and Anna Lee Holland.

Iris was retired from Montgomery General Hospital with 52 years of service as a telephone operator and she was a member of the Montgomery General Hospital Auxiliary.

She was a member of Boomer Baptist Church, Boomer.

Surviving: her sons, Pastor Michael R. “Mick” Bowen and his wife, Bonna, of Knightdale, N.C., William Stephen Bowen and his wife, Margaret, of Mt. Carbon, and Charles David Bowen and his wife, Toni, of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Ilene Hall of Bomont, Texas; grandchildren, Tara, Tia, Torri, Jodie, Kelli and Megan; great-grandchildren, Emma, Harper, Julian, Landon, Annaleigh, Morrison, Ethan, Mia and Gavin; and caregiver, Connie Higgins of Montgomery.

Service was Oct. 15 at Boomer Baptist Church with Pastor Mick Bowen and Pastor James Neeson officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Garden, Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Jackie Lee Coleman

Jackie Lee Coleman , 72, of Scarbro, died Oct. 9, 2012, at home.

Born April 2, 1940, at Charleston, he was the son of the late Azel Omer and Lillian Billings Coleman. He was raised by the late Roby and Iva E. Underwood Billings of Pax.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked as a drill operator.

Jackie was a member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church.

Surviving: his wife, Nadine Hale Coleman; son, Donald Coleman of St. Marys; daughters, Lowanna Ellison and husband Mike, and Tammy Mowell and husband Johnny, all of Pax; siblings, Tommy Joe Coleman and wife Alice of Scarbro, June Dunn, Billie Crouse, and Peggy Plumley and husband Charles, all of Beckley, Nancy Kubasek of Oregon, Ohio, Roby Wayne Billings and wife Sheron of Hammond, Ind., Alice Holdren of Whiting, Ind., and Bobby Coleman of Ohio; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 12 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Jim Bowyer officiating. Mr. Coleman was cremated following the service.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Frances Catherine Fish

Frances Catherine Fish, 52, of Lookout, died Oct. 12, 2012, following a motor vehicle accident.

Born Dec. 4, 1959, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Frances was the daughter of the late James Marion Morris and Frances Helen Gobes.

Frances was a motel manager for Hillcrest Motel in Lookout.

She was a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church of Ansted.

Surviving: her husband, Michael David Fish Sr. of Lookout; a daughter, Misti Dawn Fish of Lookout; sons, Michael David Fish Jr., of Lookout and Matthew Dellson Fish of Gatewood; sisters, Joyce Larson and Patty Huwa; brothers, Charlie Morris, Jim Morris, John Morris and William Hill; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at Lookout Baptist Church, Lookout, with Pastor Ron George officiating. Burial will follow in Jennette Cemetery in Lookout.

Friends may call at the church Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m.

On line condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Hobart A. Given

Hobart A. Given, 84, of Morris Drive in Montgomery, died Oct. 12, 2012.

Born June 2, 1928, at Widen, he was the son of the late Elton and Laura Murphy Given.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and was retired from Central Appalachian Coal Company with 37 years of service at the Morris Creek Mines.

Hobart worked as an auto body repairman and mechanic for a number of years with his long time friend, Norman Graley at East Bank, and he also worked for MIS Security.

Hobart had many friends from all around who thought the world of him.

Surviving: his wife of 54 years, Maureen Edwards Given; children, James “Jim” Given and his wife, Kimberly, of Kimberly, Joseph “Joey” Given of Winfield, and Michelle Given Hudson of East Bank; grandchildren, Tyler Given, Jodi “Nikki” Given, Austin Given, Andrew Wood, Alexis Wood, Maryann Summers and Amanda Bryant; siblings, Hildred Grey of Montgomery, Harold Given of Oak Hill and Janie Martin of North Carolina; nephews, Eddie Grey and Harold Given Jr.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.  

Hobart will be greatly missed by his dog and best bud, Scobby.

Service was Oct. 17 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Frank Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Given Cemetery in Braxton County.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Jason Jay Goins

Jason Jay Goins, 40, of Oak Hill,  died Oct. 14, 2012.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Kenneth Carl Goodson Sr.

Kenneth Carl Goodson Sr., 75, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 5, 2012 at Bowers Hospice House.

Born May 17, 1937, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Clyde Miranda and Ella Mae Goodson. In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Saheh; grandson, Seth Justus; brothers, Clyde Miranda, Jimmy Miranda, Charlie Reed, Harold Miranda, and Earl DeQuasie; and sisters, Mryna Miranda and Ruth Strote.

Kenny was raised in Fayetteville, but also attended Oak Hill High School.

He was a carpenter, builder and businessman, owning several businesses throughout the Oak Hill and Fayetteville area.

He served as member and chairman of the Oak Hill zoning board. He was a member of Moose Lodge #1664 in Oak Hill, and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was of the Baptist faith.

Kenny joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. He married the love of his life, Drema Carol Dunivant Allen, in 1981 and they shared a wonderful happy life together. Kenny was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Surviving: his wife, Drema Carol Goodson; his children, Teresa Lilly Peters of Beckley, Kenny Goodson Jr. and Rachel of Fayetteville, Debbie and Sonny Craft of Oak Hill, Michael Todd Goodson and his fiancee, Juanita Jones of Oak Hill, and Mike and Genie Allen, and Fred and Judy Allen, all of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; also his sisters and brothers, Loretta Wyche of Vero Beach, Fla., Juanita Gillespie and Kenny of Neese, S.C., Carol Burgess and Junior of Grandview, Barbara Antill and Randy of Newon Falls, Ohio, Joyce Kralik and Larry of West Farmington, Ohio, Russ Miranda and Jena of Windom, Ohio, Jim Lee and Marilyn of Medina, Tenn., Millie Merrison and O.J. of Newton Falls, Ohio, Linda Spain of Niles, Ohio, Donna-Rita Brown and Bob of Oklahoma, Charles Dunivant and Denise of Glendale Arizona, Bernard Dunivant of North Carolina, and Kerry and Judy Hamel of Michigan; many nieces and nephews; and best friends, Virgil and Sissy Ivy of Oak Hill, Fred Allen Senior of Texas, and Billie and Fran Popp of Tennessee.

In keeping with Kenny’s wishes, he was cremated.

Kenny is not forgotten. He will always be in our hearts! Remember all the good thoughts! He is free from pain now and he is walking with Jesus.

A time of remembrance was held Oct. 14, 2012, at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle, Oak Hill, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating.

The family has requested donations to help with Kenny’s medical bills.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Goldie P. Jeffries

Goldie P. Jeffries, 86, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born March 19, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Gordan Redden and Verlie Angle Redden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jeffries; son, Marty L. Jeffries; beloved nephew, Steve Jeffries; brothers, Russell Redden, Houston Redden, Gordan Redden, and Nathanial Redden; and sisters, Fannie Jeffries and June Martin.

Goldie was a laundress at Pinecrest Sanatorium.

Surviving: sons, Robert R. Jeffries and his wife, Judy, and Russell A. Jeffries and his wife, Louise; sister, Elizabeth Thompson; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Oct. 15 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, WV 25901, with Rev. Joann Treadway officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online ondolences may be sent at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Minnie Grabosky Kania

Minnie Grabosky Kania, 92, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 15, 2012, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born Nov. 21, 1919, at Carlisle, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Lufcheski Grabosky. Her husband, Walter John Kania Jr.; brother, John Grabosky; and sisters, Nellie Watson and Ann Kepto, also preceded her in death.

She was a retired cook for Rosedale Elementary School.

Minnie was a 1935 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill and the Ladies Guild.

Surviving: a brother, Steve Grabosky of Oak Hill; a sister, Rose Kowalsky of Warren, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Kathryn June Scott Kelly

A longtime resident of the Kate Boone Personal Care Home in Oak Hill, Kathryn June Scott Kelly, 95, of Red Star, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, after a long illness.

Born June 6, 1917, at Whipple, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Nona Smith Scott. As the last surviving member of her immediate family, she also was preceded in death by her sisters, Nell Frazier, Iva Stanley and Jennie Mathews; and brothers, Joseph B. Scott, Hobart Scott and James Kenneth Scott.

Ms. Kelly had lived on Horseshoe Bend at Red Star most of her life.

A 1935 graduate of Oak Hill High School, she became Postmaster for the Red Star Post Office and happily served her community for 52 years.

June formerly attended the Red Star “church on the hill” with her family and loved singing the old hymns, her favorite being “The Old Rugged Cross.”

Although June had no children of her own, she always loved the neighborhood children. Her love for animals (her dogs and cats) was known by all. She was a generous and giving person.

After retiring, June enjoyed playing Bingo every Saturday at the Fayetteville American Legion. Watching sporting events on television was also her passion.

Surviving: a niece, Nancy Harding, who cared for her for nine years; a special friend, Virginia “Susie” Lesher of Martinsburg; her family at the personal care home and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside rites and committal services, followed by burial, were Oct. 13, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, with Rev. Pat Franklin officiating.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville WV 25840.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lawrence Kessler

Lawrence “Stan” Kessler, 72, of Yakima, Wash., died Oct. 8, 2012.

He was the son of the late John B. Kessler and Minnie Mae Kessler of Hico.

Stan lived in the Yakima Valley for more than 33 years. He worked as a mechanic and carpenter.

Surviving: his wife, Sharon Kessler of Yakima; sons, Kenneth Kessler of Yakima, and Donald Kessler of Selah, Wash.;  brothers, Thomas E. Kessler (Linda) of Fayetteville, and John Kessler (Pat) of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Shirley Keffer (Jimmy) of Baltimore, Md.; a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside inurnment was Oct. 13, in Terrace Heights Memorial Park, Yakima, Wash.

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Barbara Jean Wallace Korn

Barbara Jean Wallace Korn, 70, of Rt. 1, Fayetteville, died Oct. 11, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 26, 1942, at Kingston, she was the daughter of Gloria Hyden Wallace of Gatewood Road, Fayetteville, and the late Orlan B. Wallace. In addition to her father, her husband, Harry Edwin “Ed” Korn; a son, David “Babe” Austin Jr.; and her grandparents, William and Lula Armstrong Hyden and Arthur and Roda Aaron Wallace, also preceded her in death.

Barbara was an active member and singer at the Harvey Chapel United Methodist Church and was very appreciative of her loving “church family.”

She had worked at Tom’s Carryout and Helen’s Delicatessen, both in Oak Hill, as well as Medical Disposals in Marietta, Ga.

Surviving: a daughter, Ella Helmick and husband Rick of Oak Hill; a granddaughter, Holly Durham, and a great-granddaughter, Katelynn Durham, both of Oak Hill; step-daughter, Muriel Robin Korn Kiester of Michigan; step-sons, Paris Korn, David Korn and Charlie Korn, all of Michigan; brother, Orlan Wallace Jr. of Gatewood Road; sister, Carolyn Sue Riggs of Hilltop; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

There was nothing more important to Barbara than her family. She dedicated her life to taking care of everyone and never hesitated to lend a hand. Known as “Mommy” to Holly and Big Maw-Maw to Katelynn, she was a loving woman whose kindness and courage will be sadly missed.

Funeral services were Oct. 15 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Robert Pauley and Connie Holly officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Carl Forrest Leake

Carl Forrest Leake, 69, of Cannelton, died Oct. 7, 2012.

He was born July 19, 1943, in Boomer, and was the son of the late Carl George and Faye Logan Leake. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Leake, and his brothers, Bill Craddock and Doyle Logan.

He was retired as a mobile equipment operator for Cannelton Coal Company with over 30 years of service and was a member of Local 8843 of the United Mine Workers of America.

Carl was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the 59th MP Detachment in Bremerhaven, Germany, and he was a crew chief on helicopters in Viet Nam. He received the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in Viet Nam and he was also a recipient of the Purple Heart.

Surviving: his son, Carl R. Leake  and his wife, Lana, of Cannelton; daughter, Lynn Proctor and her husband, John, of Cannelton; stepson, James Keenan and his wife, April, of Hugheston; stepdaughter, Jennifer Ford of Scott Depot; sister, Patricia Roat and her husband, Freddie, of Oak Hill; brother, G. Rodney Leake and his wife, Kay, of Mt. Carbon; niece, Lisa Lavender of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Chasiti, Nikki, Brendan, Angel, Justin and Carl Allen; and stepgrandchildren, Alex, Jordan, Colton, Caleb and Mackenzie; and his 59th MP Band of Brothers.

Service was Oct. 10 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Ron Eagle officiating.  Entombment was in Montgomery Memorial Park at London with military honors.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Melvin C. Lewis

Melvin Cargyle Lewis, 75, of Lester, died Oct. 15, 2012, at St. Francis/Specialty Select Hospital, Charleston.

Born March 19, 1937, at Kingston, he was the son of the late Elijah and Eva White Lewis. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Russell, Charles, Donald, Elijah Jr., and James; a sister, Glenna; and nephews, Mark and Kevin.

Mr. Lewis was a disabled coal miner, having worked for New River Coal Company.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran.

Surviving: his wife, Mildred Treadway Lewis of Lester; children, Joyce (Kenneth) Carpenter, Donna Coughlin, Melvin E. Lewis, and Patricia (Frank) Mason, all of Lester; brothers, Hollie (Shelia) Lewis and Bob (Jane) Lewis; sisters, Dolly Dick, Gail Sheppard, Cleo Jordan, and Drema Bragg; grandchildren, April (Greg) Mitchem, Michael, Zachary, and Daniel Carpenter, Dean Allen, Tyler and Kymber Mason; special grandchild, Scarlett Lovell; nine nephews; and eight nieces.

The family will receive friends at the family home, 370 Sunburst Lane, Lester, beginning from noon until 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday following the visitation with Rev. Brian McCallister officiating in the Lewis Family Cemetery at the home place.  

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

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



Judith Lee Tracy Lockhart

Judith Lee Tracy Lockhart, 64, of Gainesville, Va., died Sept. 15, 2012, after a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 30, 1947, in Minden, she was the daughter of the late George Kinzer Tracy and Gilda Maxine Tracy. She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles Randall Lockhart.

Judy was retired from the Prince William County (Virginia) schools, where she served as a bus driver for many years.

Surviving: her son, David Kelly Lockhart and his wife, Cheryl, of Manassas Va.; grandchildren, Courtney Lynn Lockhart, Logan Jones and Amanda Jones Banks; brother, Charles Tracy and his wife, Judy; niece, Jill McKinnie and her husband, Steve; and great-nephew, Jason McKinnie and his wife, Jessica.

In keeping with Judy’s wishes, she was cremated.

The funeral service was held Oct. 13, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Robert Gene Lucas

Robert Gene Lucas died peacefully at his home Oct. 10, 2012, in Oak Hill.

Born Nov. 22, 1934, in Glen Ferris, he was the youngest son of the late Frank and Odell (Coats) Lucas Sr. He also was preceded in death by his older brother, Frank Lucas Jr.

A graduate of Simmons High School, he served in the U.S. Army and later moved to Detroit, Mich., where he sold life insurance, worked at the University of Michigan and retired in 1997 from the Ford Motor Company, with 33 years of service.

Surviving: his loving wife, Deborah; children, Kevin (Jennifer) and Robyn Lucas, both of Ann Arbor, Mich.; older brother, David (Elouise) Lucas of Detroit, Mich.; step-children, Kenya Gibson of Ganhana, Ohio, Kietra Gibson of Charleston, and Kenneth Gibson III of Charlton Heights; step-grandchildren, Kynista Gibson, Jai Henry, Dreneq Gibson, Gerald Gibson Zackary Yeakey, Lyric Gibson and Ashton Gibson, who is on his way; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Oct. 16 at Heart of God Ministries, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating.

As per his request, he was cremated immediately following the service and inurnment will be at a later date in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Oneline condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Evang. Chiquitta McCray

Evangelist Chiquitta Diane Cheese McCray, 57, of Beckley, died Oct. 6, 2012.

Born Nov. 3, 1954, in Harvey, she was the daughter of the late Howard Edward and Geraldine Mabel Woods Cheese.

She previously worked at the Fayette County Court House, was a member of Word of Truth Church of God in Christ, and was a former member of Outreach for Christ Christian Center.

Surviving: her husband, Elder Michael McCray of Beckley; son, Jason Howard Cheese of Beckley; grandchildren, Jay’Den Cheese, Takyeshia Pearl and Tyrique Pearl, all of Beckley; sisters, Delores Mines, Irene Woods, Mabel Woods, Florence Robertson, Emma Lou Cheese and Angela Davis, all of White Plains, N.Y. and Sadde Thomas of Flint, Mich.; brothers-in-law, Robert (Lisa) McCray of Beckley, Louis McCray and Steven McCray, both of Queens, NY; sisters-in-law, Louise McCray of Queens, N.Y., and Yvonne McCray of New Jersey; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was Oct. 13, at Word of Truth Church of God in Christ, Beckley, with Pastor Sandra Jackson and Rev. Thomas Steelman officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Online condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Diana Ann Murphy

Diana Ann Murphy, 56, of Fayetteville, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, following a brave battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 25, 1956, at Chillicothe, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Teddy Erskine and Eleanor (Davis) Erskine. She also was preceded in death by a nephew, Merle Erskine.

Diana was full of “life and love” to all of those around her. In all things, she demonstrated determination, strength, and was admired by many. She was everyone’s Mammaw. Diana and Mammaw will be sorely missed. Heaven just became sweeter to many.

Diana recently retired as a District Claims Manager with the West Virginia Insurance Commission, where she dedicated 15 years of service.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Diana enjoyed dancing with her friends at the Beckley Moose Lodge where she was also a member.

Surviving: her children, Tracy Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., Stacey Brown of Oak Hill, Lee Ann and her husband, Steve Elkins, of Oak Hill, and Chassity Young of Fayetteville; her beloved and precious grandchildren, Randy Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., Kyle and Kayla Hobbs of Fayetteville, Jessica Brown of Oak Hill, and Jackson Young of Fayetteville; brothers, Teddy Erskine, Terry Erskine, Tommy Erskine, Timmy Erskine, and Tobby Erskine; a sister, Kathy Erskine; her sister-in-law, Kathy Murphy; her special niece, Shannet Bair; brother-in-law, Timmy Murphy; David and Jordon Horrocks, Carla and Averee’ (Stinky) Torres, David Mookie, Bo and Mike Cox, Mike and Kim Bone, her best friends Don and Linda Price and Patty Woods.

A celebration of her life was held at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Oct. 15, with Pastor Delbert Walker officiating.

Please make donations to the Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 or to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 336, Fayetteville W.Va. 25840-0336.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Betty Mae Pritt

Betty Mae Pritt, 83, of South Charleston, formerly of Montgomery, died Oct. 10, 2012.

She was born March 6, 1929, in Missouri, and was preceded in death by her son, William Pritt.

Surviving: children, Julia Nichols of Montgomery, James R. Pritt of North Carolina, Shirley Butterworth of Sophia, Patty Pritt and George Pritt, both of South Charleston, David Pritt of Oak Hill, Robert Pritt of Kentucky and Angela Pritt of South Charleston; 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Service was Oct. 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. David Manley officiating. Burial was at Montgomery Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



V. Burke Weaver Taylor

V. Burke Weaver Taylor of Fayetteville died Oct. 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Aug. 9, 1935, in Jumping Branch, she was daughter of the late Paul and Thelma Lilly Weaver. She also was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Taylor, and a grandson, Sabin.

Burke was a 1954 graduate of Pineville High School and was very active with the Alumni Association.  She greatly enjoyed planning and attending class reunions, especially her class’ 50th in 2004. She continued to share stories of her friends and their adventures throughout her life.

Family was the most important aspect of Burke’s life. She was devoted to her children, Myra of Ansbach, Germany, and William “Bill” of Buckhannon. She cherished her grandsons, Sabin, who preceded her in death, and Grason of Charleston. She took great joy in her two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Alexis.

Following the death of her husband, Burke spent her years working as a housekeeper and as a nanny.  Caring for children was her passion and she loved each and every one she cared for in a special way.

Service was Oct. 13 at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

Donations may be made in remembrance of Burke to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV  25801.

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

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Charles K. ‘Chuck’ Toombs

Charles K. “Chuck” Toombs, 82, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 15, 2012, from a sudden illness at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

 Born July 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Ryland Toombs and Agnes Bowyer Toombs.

Charles was known by his friends as Chuck, and also by his family and early childhood friends by the nickname of Jerry.

At the age of 17, Chuck became the youngest person in the state to receive his pilot’s license, he graduated from Beckley College and was a pilot and an air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force. While at Andrews Air Force Base, he helped with the landing and take offs of several planes of U.S. Presidents.

Chuck truly loved being a pilot and working in the air traffic industry. He retired from Yeager Airport in Charleston, with 29 years as an Air Traffic Controller.

Chuck was the developer and owner of the Hill’n Dale Estates mobile home court.

Chuck and his wife, Barbara, attended the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving: his loving wife of 17 years, Barbara Hickman-Toombs of Oak Hill; daughters, Kaye Woodrum-Robertson and spouse Patrick of Roanoke, Va., Kathy Hickman-James and spouse Mark of Hurricane; sister, Betty Toombs Hiser of Newark, Ohio; a brother, Tom Toombs of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Darrin Woodrum, Novella Thompson, Josh and Justin James, Shelly Street, and Reece and Tori James; and three nieces and one nephew.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, with Rev. Jerry Bush, Rev. David Edwards and Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, with military rites conducted by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Forest M. Workman

Forest M. Workman, 89, a lifelong resident of Lansing, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born July 24, 1923, at Lansing, he was the son of the late John Albert and Mamie Sanders Workman. He also was preceded in death by his son, Terry Michael Workman.

Mr. Workman was a member of Ames Heights Bible Church where he served as deacon and taught the Adult Men Sunday School Class.

He served his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Lafayette #57 Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of UMWA.

Surviving: his wife, Betty A. Hurley Workman of Lansing; sons, John and Tammy Workman, Christopher, Glenn and Martha Workman, Myron and Carol Workman, all of Lansing, Rodney and Margaret Workman of Ansted, and Eric and Teresa of Danese; sister, Nellie Fox of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Mary and Joshua Taylor of Lansing, Vivian and Josh Trinkle of Charleston, Lesley and Chris Pino of Ansted, Charlotte and Jason Allport of Danese, Joshua and Jessica Workman of Hico, Brandon and Rachel Workman of Danese, Stacey and Barry Walls of Charleston, Terri and Bill Robinson of Ansted, Janice and Matt Fernandez of Fayetteville, Patrick and Aimee Workman of Lansing, Christina and Raymand of Beards Fork, and Elijah Workman of Lansing; great-grandchildren, Alex and Courtney Taylor, Owen Allport, Michael, Mason, and Kiley Workman, Cayden Morgan, Kelsey and Kinsley Workman, Sara and Parker Walls, Amelia and Chole Robinson, Kaylynn Fernandez, Abigail and Scarlet Robinson, and Ezekial Workman; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 13, at Ames Heights Bible Church, with Rev. Frank Castello officiating. Burial followed in the Lansing Cemetery.

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

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