The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 16, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, October 17, 2013

James Lloyd Adkins

James Lloyd Adkins, 82, of Kincaid, died Oct. 12, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born Aug. 20, 1931, at Kincaid, he was the son of the late Carbet Earl and Beatrice Marie Kincaid Adkins. A brother, Charles Edward Adkins, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Kincaid was a retired coal miner.

He was a rescue squad member and served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. James was a very friendly people person. He loved gardening and sharing the bounty of his harvest with family and friends and was an avid hunter.

Surviving: his wife of 61 years, Ethel L. Shaver Adkins; son, Lloyd Dewayne Adkins of Smithers, Canada; daughter, Sheila Ann Walker of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Keith Stanley and wife Terri of Kincaid, Jennifer Stanley and partner Shelly of Charleston, Brandon Adkins and wife Jamie of Kentucky and Troy Adkins of Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Kevin, Alexis, Issack, Xavier and Brook; and sisters, Phyllis Ann Ludwig and husband Lee of Peterstown and Sharon Sue Robertson and husband L.A. of Georgia.

Funeral services were Oct. 16 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Kincaid United Methodist Church, PO Box 146, Kincaid, WV 25119.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Betty Gaye Bess

Betty Gaye Bess, 75, of Kincaid, died Oct. 6, 2013.

She was born July 2, 1938, daughter of the late Frank and Goldie Brown Bench. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Estep.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a friend to many.

Surviving: her loving husband of 58 years, Donald E. Bess Sr.; daughters, Cathy L. Woods, Barbara G. Quinn, Jane A. Bess and Cynthia D. Harvey; son, Donald E. Bess Jr.; brothers, Frank Bench Jr., Paul Bench and Bob Bench; sisters, Helen White, Emma Jean Adkins, Joyce Foster, Rose Vernati and Sheila Bench; grandchildren, Benjamin Bess, Jeremy Bess, Eddie Ford, Jared Bess, Jennifer Bess and Megan Brown; and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Della Kathleen Bragg

Della Kathleen Bragg of South Carolina died Oct. 11, 2013.

Born Oct. 11, 1934, in Export, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward Jones and Elsie Leona Smith Jones and was called to be with Jesus on her birthday this year. She also was preceded in by death by both a sister, six brothers and her ex-husband, Omer Bragg.

Della was living in South Carolina, with family, but she always considered West Virginia as her home.

Della was instrumental in getting the grandparents rights law passed; she also was very involved in her church and volunteering at local food banks. She will be sadly missed by her family and by everyone who knew her.

Surviving: daughters, Betty Whitt of East Kingston, Ruth Sears of Summersville, Juanita Reynolds of Florence, S.C., and Elsie Whittington of Charleston; son, Joseph Bragg of Allenhurst, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of service at funeral home.

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

Clarence M. ‘Roe’ Carver

Clarence M. “Roe” Carver, 93, of Edmond, died Oct. 9, 2013, following a long illness.

Clarence was born May 19, 1920, at Edmond, son of the late Aaron and Lillian Carver. He also was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Betty Lou Ritter Carver.

Roe was a coal miner for 30 years plus.

He was the last remaining survivor of his immediate family.

Surviving: his wife of 74 years, Martha J. Carver; daughters, Mary L. Wynes of Arlington, Va., Marcella A. Sine and Alvin of Hardy, Va., and Betty J. Legg and Harold (Buzzy) of Lookout; sons, Randolph M. Carver and Martha R. of Edmond, James E. Carver of Corliss, Larry M. Carver and Pam of Hico and Charles D. Carver and Jeanette of Edmond; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Oct. 12 at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor with Rev. Harold (Buzzy) Legg officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Harold Lloyd Cole

Harold Lloyd Cole, 93, of Ansted, died Oct. 9, 2013, in Beckley, following a long illness.

Harold was born March 8, 1920, in Jodie, the son of the late Frank Summers Cole and Leota Ann Skaggs Cole. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Kathleen Bibb, Hazel McGraw, Lizzie McHenry, Mary Lou Hall, Mabel Sims Wilson, Nellie Eades, Frankie Cole and Sherman Cole.

Mr. Cole worked at Gauley Mountain Coal Co. and was retired from Cannelton Coal Co.

He was a member of the UMWA and a member of Beacon Baptist Church at Ansted.

Surviving: a daughter, Wilma Fox and Allen of Lansing; sons, Harold Franklin Cole and Freda of Verona, Ky., and Tilman E. Cole and Linda of Ansted; a sister, Inez Eades of Ansted; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 12 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Clarence Grigsby and Pastor Doug Eades officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

F. David Epperson

F. David Epperson, 73, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 11, 2013, following a short illness.

Born May 1, 1940, at Marfrance, he was the son of the late Rex and Geneva Smith Epperson.

Dave was a retired coal miner and master electrician.

Surviving: his wife of 50 years, Ellen Sears Epperson; his daughter, Beth Epperson of Oak Hill; his son, D. Scott Epperson of Beckley; his brother-in-law, Wayne Sears and his wife, Lois, of Hominy Falls; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Julie and Kenny O’Dell of Simpsonville, S.C., and Norie and Ed Brown of Quinton, Va.; his aunts, Beulah Epperson of Sam Black and Martha Lemons of Greensboro, N.C.; his uncle, Tom and Pat Smith of Indiana; his cousins, Sherry and Jim Gilkerson of Sam Black, Rita and Delmas Beavers of Hines, Rexy and Janice Smith of Virginia and Jerry Joe Epperson of Florida; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Louise Duckworth of Leivasy, Jesse Garcia of Oak Hill, Becky Arthur of Fayetteville and Jessica Holland Stanley of Oak Hill.

Funeral was held Oct. 15 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Rev. Mark Wood officiating. Entombment followed at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Operation Underdog Pet Rescue, PO Box 10, Cool Ridge, WV 25825, and Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association Food Pantry, P.O. Box 883, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Peggy Sue Nutter Fox

Peggy Sue Nutter Fox, 78, of Ansted, died Oct. 10, 2013, at her home.

Born July 28, 1935, at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Emory and Beatrice Pauley Nutter. Her husband, Ashley Fox; a son, Gary Fox; and a sister, Evelyn Stull, also preceded her in death.

Peggy was a homemaker.

Surviving: her children, Ruth Steele of Oak Hill, Jimmy Fox of Ansted, Judy Stafford of Ansted, Vickie McMullen of Ames Heights and Steven Fox of Ansted; sister, Sherry Parrish of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Fox’s body was donated to the WVU Human Gift Registry in Morgantown. There will be no visitation or service.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kaylee Nevaeh Gilkerson

Kaylee Nevaeh Gilkerson, stillborn daughter of Shane Michael and Jessica Nickole Evans Gilkerson, died Oct. 11, 2013.

Kaylee was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bruce Gilkerson, and great-grandparents, Gene Evans and Jimmy James.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: grandparents, Cecil and Sherry Evans of Oak Hill, Karen and Roger Burtt of Fayetteville, Sheila Berry and husband Buddy of Gatewood; stepgrandfather and great-grandparents, Bill and Yvonne Gilman of Gatewood, Nancy Evans of Oak Hill and Carol Saunders of Beckley; uncle, Jason Evans; aunts, Ginny Bugg and husband John, Brandy Henshu and husband Matt, Bonnie Gilkerson and numerous other family.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Shirley J. Hambrick

Shirley J. Hambrick, 64, died Oct. 13, 2013.

Born Jan. 18, 1949, she was the daughter of the late General and Myrtle Pritchard Maynard. She also was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Audrey Bais, Jimmy Maynard, Mary Elkins and Bill Maynard; and grandchildren, Wesley Toler and Michelle Barnard.

Shirley was known as a truly kind-hearted and caring person and the best Mom-Maw.

Surviving: daughters, Audrey Toler and her husband, Bobby, Barbara Roach and her husband, Mark, Kim Hopchak and her husband, Michael, and Leigh Roberts and her husband, Anthony; brother, Kenneth Maynard; grandchildren, Samantha Davidson, Billy Davidson, Matthew Toler, Linnie Pooh Toler, Cheryl Barnard, Robbie Barnard, Amanda Tuck, Ashley Huckleberry, Lauri Leigh Treadway, Issac Roberts and Evan Roberts; and eight great-grandchildren.

Service was Oct. 16 at High Lawn Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Paul Neil officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Preston Lee Kelly

Preston Lee Kelly, 68, of Weirwood, died Oct. 13, 2013, at his home.

Born May 2, 1945, at Mahan, he was the son of the late Ruby Laura Kelly Dotson and stepson of Charlie Dotson.

Preston was a retired school bus driver for the Fayette County Board of Education with 23 years’ service. He was also a retired sales associate for Lowe’s of Martinsburg.

He attended the Pax Worship Center.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam Conflict.

Surviving: his wife, Darnell Stover Kelly; children, Steven Stover of Weirwood, Michele Moore of Mount Hope, Kimberly Durant of Hammond, Ind., George Kaye of Weirwood, Wayne Kelly of Kincaid and Austin Kelly of Weirwood; brother, Kenneth Dotson of Campbellsville, Ky.; sisters, Drema McGuire of Whipple and Patricia Minter of Oak Hill; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 16 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Dwayne Williams and Pastor Darrell Ewing officiating. Burial was at Wriston Cemetery, Lick Fork at Mossy.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Lou Gorden Lewis

Lou Gorden Lewis, 72, of Danese, died Oct. 5, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare of Beckley, following a long illness.

Born April 21, 1941, at Kathryn (Hemlock), he was the son of the late Lemuel and Golda Richardson Lewis. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Lewis; second wife, Edna Fitzwater Lewis; a stepdaughter, Linda Reichard; brothers, Leo, Fred, Jimmie, Grady, Mason and Dennis Lewis; and three infant sons.

Lou was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMWA and was of the Baptist faith.

He loved to go hunting and really enjoyed being outdoors.

Surviving: a daughter, Nancy Bowman (David) of Florida; a stepson, Charles Lewis of Florida; a sister, Melinda Lewis Migner (Herschel) of Danese; three grandsons of Florida; two great-granddaughters of Florida; a sister-in-law, Doris Ann Lewis of Virginia; special niece, Goldie Lewis Shrewsbury of Beckley;

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Velma Loretta Waugh Newton

Velma Loretta Waugh Newton, 83, of Cedar Bluff, Va., formerly of Scarbro, died Oct. 14, 2013, at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va.

Born in Denton, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Howard and Herma Stewart Waugh. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Newton; son, Douglas Newton; son-in-law, Douglas Scherer; and nine brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Newton was a full-time homemaker, a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Surviving: her daughters, Martha “Starchie” Price and husband Daniel of Columbia, S.C., Pam Childers and husband Dale, and Carla Scherer, all of Pounding Mill, Va.; sisters, Grace Pittman and Yvonne Leffel, both of Oak Hill; brother, Harry Waugh of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Rhonda Wilson, Clint Hayslett, Adam Childers, Ashlea Childers, Hailey Scherer and Noah Scherer; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastors Marc Brooks and Clint Hayslett officiating. Interment will follow at the Gethsemane Gardens in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Emilee Hope Osborne

Emilee Hope Osborne, 79, of Clendenin, died Oct. 14, 2013, at Oak Ridge Center in Charleston.

Hope was the daughter of the late Thomas F. Potts and Bessie Mae (Nichols) Potts Keen. She also was  preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Marvin; son, John; sisters, Melanie and Myrtle; and brothers, Noel and Tommy.

Hope was a member of Rolling Hills Methodist Church, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Surviving: her children, Mike Osborne and wife Lynda, James (Hoot) Osborne and wife Judy, Brenda Smith and husband Sam, Edward Osborne and Bill Osborne; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Hope’s funeral service will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Matics Funeral Home in Clendenin with Jerry Wilson officiating. A private burial will be at the Osborne Cemetery. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Ines Skaggs Reynolds

Ines Skaggs Reynolds, 89, of Fayetteville, died Oct. 13, 2013, at home following a long illness.

Born Aug. 1, 1924, at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Tressie Canaday Pridemore. She also was preceded in death by her husbands, Russell B. Skaggs and Robert E. Reynolds; brothers, Darrell Pridemore and Clarence Pridemore; and sisters, Mildred Russell, Iris Moesta and Faye Kincaid.

Mrs. Reynolds was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

She worked at Inge Dry Cleaners, Wiseman’s Drug Store, and retired from Daniel’s IGA.

Surviving: her daughter, Carol (Lloyd) Lewis of Fayetteville; stepsons, Charles G. Reynolds of Salem, Wis., and Robert E. Reynolds of Shreveport, La.; brother, Larry Pridemore of Augusta, Ga.;  granddaughter, Lori McKinney; and great-granddaughter, Ashton McKinney.

Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association WV Chapter, 1111 Lee Street E; Charleston, WV 25301; or

The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern WV and friends for all their help during her illness.

Online condolences may be sent at

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