The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


June 13, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lonnie Elmer Atha

Lonnie Elmer Atha, 82, of Deepwater, died June 3, 2012, after an extended illness.

Born April 8, 1930, at Elkridge, he was the son of the late Arnet and Altha Stump Atha. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Arnet Hugheston Atha Sr., Harold, Bob and Roy Atha; and a daughter, Noca Sanders.

Surviving: his wife, Virginia Atha; daughters, Lynn Fries and her husband, Paul, of College Station, Texas, and Sara Atha of Deepwater; sons, Dean Atha and his companion, Lori Smith, of Troy, Ohio, and Keith Atha of Deepwater; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Mundy and Margaret Pack, both of Vandalia, Ohio, Carol June McDonald of Deepwater, and Glenna Nichols of Oak Hill; brothers, Jarrell Atha of Germantown, Ohio, and George Atha of Deepwater; and many nieces and nephews.

Service was June 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Steve Murphy officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lee Charles Bell Jr.

Lee Charles Bell Jr., 51, died May 5, 2012, at his home in Gallagher.

Born April 26, 1961, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Patricia and Lee Bell Sr.

Graduating from East Bank Senior High School in 1979, he went on to serve in the United States Army from 1981 to 1983 as a radio operator.

Lee worked as a brick mason for many years, and later went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in health administration from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1998. During the last four years, Lee worked as a supervisor for TRG Customer Solutions in Charleston.

Lee enjoyed being involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren, volunteering many hours, helping the PTO at Pratt Elementary, coaching baseball for several seasons and, more recently, teaching his granddaughter to fish.

Surviving: his wife and friend Melody; son, Lee (Trey) Bell; daughter, Emily Pendry, and granddaughters, Cailyn and Ella Pendry, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his sister, Lora (Randy) Crouser and their children, Devin, Dustin and Dylan; his brother, Larry Bowen; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who love and will miss him.

Services were held May 11 at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

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