The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 6, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, June 7, 2012


W.H. ‘Cobb’ Callison

W.H. “Cobb” Callison, 82, of Hilton Village, died May 28, 2012, following a long illness.

William was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Corliss, the son of the late Earl E. Callison and Mattie Bragg Callison. He also was preceded in death by a son, David McClung Sr.; a grandson, David McClung Jr.; and  brothers, Jack Callison and Ted Callison.

Mr. Callison served in the U.S. Army.

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

Surviving: his wife, Mable Callison of Hilton Village; daughters, Sandy Baker of Hopewell, Va., Sue Gwinn and Earnest of Meadow Bridge, Lisa Skidmore of Fayetteville, Evon Ross and Chuck of New York; sons, W.D. Callison of Burton, Ohio, Mallory Callison and Deborah of South Daytona, Fla., Wallace Callison of Newberry, Ohio, Gregory Callison of Hilton Village, and Kenneth Callison and Nellie of Hico; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 31 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Ricky Thomas officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Warren Alan Coon

Warren Alan Coon, 57, of Comfort, died May 25, 2012, at his home surrounded by family and dear friend, Pete Williams.

Born Jan. 20, 1955, he was the oldest child of Lolita Coon and the late Kermit Coon. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, E. Reid and Ora Coon and William Harold and Catherine Hunter; mother-in-law, Nina Putinsky; and brother-in-law, Dean Cantley.

Warren was a 1973 graduate of Sherman High School, a 1977 graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology and a 1980 graduate of Marshall University Graduate School. Since 1985 he has been employed by Boone County Schools as a teacher, and also served as athletic trainer, and head track coach at Sherman High School. He was a former employee of Raleigh County Schools, teaching at Marsh Fork High School from 1977-1985.

Warren was a member of the Racine Volunteer Fire Department, joining in 1975. He held the ranks of chief, assistant chief, captain and lieutenant. He was also a member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department from 1981 to 1985. He was the sixth person to reach 1001 Proboard Level 3 Certified Firefighter in the State of West Virginia.

Warren was a member of the Racine Boy Scout Troop 45 where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1972. Warren attended the Whitesville First Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife of 30 years, Toni Putinsky Coon; his son, Adam Coon; his daughter, Courtney Coon; brother, Paul (Kay) Coon of Hernshaw; sisters, Pamela Cantley of Vancouver, Wash., Vivian (Tom) Higgins of Montgomery, and Melinda (Rick) Fitzwater of Mt. Zion; nephews, Michael Fitzwater and Ryan Fitzwater; nieces, Sarah (Chris) Foster, Jessica (Allen) Rehkemper, Emily (Josh) Bowles, Cassie Coon, Catherine Higgins, and Kelsey Higgins; great-niece and nephews, Ryleigh, Phineas, Richey, and Avery; and father-in-law, Sam (Carolyn) Putinsky of Teays Valley.

A memorial service was held June 1 at Sherman High School.

Memorial donations may be made to: Sherman High School Football or Sherman High School Track and Field, PO Box AB, Seth, WV 25181; Racine Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 100, Racine, WV 25165; or Whitesville First Baptist Church, PO Box 526, Whitesville, WV 25209.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.



Dwayne Allen ‘Chew’ Cooper

Dwayne Allen “Chew” Cooper, 43, of Mount Hope, died May 30, 2012.

A graveside service was held June 3 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Slaughters Creek.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Imogene Eades

Imogene Eades, 85, of Ansted, died May 27, 2012, following a long illness

Imogene was born March 4, 1927, in Chelyan, the daughter of the late Ernest LeRoy Ramsey and Effie Doris Hively Ramsey. She also was preceded in death by husband, Virgil “Pie” Eades; and her sisters and brothers, Alice Douglas, Juanita Patton, Randolph Ramsey, LeRoy Ramsey, Ralph Ramsey, Jack Ramsey and Joe Ramsey.

Imogene was a 70-plus member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Ansted where she was a choir member, a member of the Methodist Women, Red Hats and TOPS, and VFW Auxiliary.

She was a volunteer at the senior center and a homemaker.

Surviving: her sons and their wives, Stephen Eades and Patty of Ansted, Ernest Eades and Diana of Fayetteville, and Kim Eades and Kathy of Ansted; grandchildren, Stephen Jr., Austin, Tessa, Mallory, Kelli and Kristy; and great-grandchildren, Preston, Anderson, Kolton, Isabella, Elliot, Eli, Cardman and Tyler.

Funeral services were May 31 at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum, Victor, with Father Roy Crist and Preacher Jack Eades officiating. Entombment was at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Please make donations to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in memory of Imogene Eades, c/o Shirley Noble PO Box 547 Ansted, WV 25812.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Russell R. Kelly Jr.

Russell R. Kelly Jr., 79, of Mt. Lookout, died May 31, 2012, in Bowers Hospice House, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 15, 1932, in Nuttallburg, Russell was the son of the late Russell Raymond Kelly Sr. and Annie Willis Kelly.

He was a retired school bus operator for Nicholas County Board of Education and a Korean War veteran.

Surviving: his wife of 55 years, Ruby Lively Kelly; a daughter, Sherlyn K. Mathias and Daryl of Chesapeake, Va.; a son, Kevin R. Kelly and Bonny of Sedley, Va.; sisters, Russie Holtsclaw, Rose Waycaster, and Betty Hohonsee; brothers, William Kelly and Dennis Willis; grandchildren, Troy and Joel Mathias, Candace Kelly, Mellessa Kelly and Kevin R. Kelly Jr.; and a great-grandchild, Lilly Kelly.

Funeral services were June 4 at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Lookout with Rev. Jerry Stockwell and Rev. Mike Loudermilk officiating. Burial followed in Willis Cemetery at Graydon.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Victoria Lavonne Mattox Martin

Victoria Lavonne Mattox Martin, 43, of Beckley, died May 27, 2012, at her home.

Born May 9, 1969, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Shirley Lewis Hamilton of Oak Hill, and the late James H. Mattox. Her maternal grandparents, Martin Davis Lewis and Leitha June Bragg Nutter; paternal grandparents, Ken and Lula Mattox; and a nephew, Landon Danté Loving, also preceded her in death.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: sons, Brandon J. Simmons of North Carolina and Dougie Ellison of Beckley; a daughter, Ashley N. Simmons of North Carolina; brothers, Patrick T. Mattox and James J. Mattox, both of Oak Hill; a sister, Margaret A. Mattox Talouzi of Oak Hill; a nephew, Shawn M. Faykus of Oak Hill; an aunt and uncle, Clarris and Herbie Skaggs; uncle, Rev. Joseph Bragg; close family friend, Barry Barnes; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were June 6 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Following the service Victoria was cremated.

Memorial donations may be made to Tyree Funeral Home for the assistance of the family.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Eddie Orval Ramsey Sr.

Eddie Orval Ramsey Sr., 59, of Hico, died May 26, 2012.

Born Sept. 16, 1952, at Oak Hill, he was the son of Bessie Cantrell King of Salem, Va., and the late Orval Ramsey. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Petey Ramsey, and his best friend, Gerald Morrison.

Eddie loved to read the Bible.

He was a truck driver for 42 years and had driven for Hartley Oil Company.

He loved to hunt, fish, and spending time with his family.

Surviving: his wife, Teresa Supinger Ramsey; son, Bobby Ramsey; daughter, Michelle McCune and husband Christopher; son, Eddie Ramsey Jr. and wife Holly; mother, Bessie Cantrell King; step-father, Mayo King; brother, George Ramsey and wife Joyce; sister, Rita Groves and husband Bobby; brothers, Tom Ramsey and wife Dianne, and Junior Ramsey; grandchildren, Sarina, Dylan, Hayley,

Skyler, Emily, Braxton, and Jackson; best friend, Leonard Workman; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services were May 31 at Nuttall Cemetery.

There will not be a visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at  www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

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



Robert Lee Sargent

Robert Lee Sargent, 101, of Dixie, died May 28, 2012, at Montgomery General Hospital, as his family sang and son-in-law played the violin, celebrating his life.

Born Oct. 11, 1910, in Weston, he was the son of the late Walter Landon Sargent and Amanda Laverne Lee Sargent. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Ramsey Sargent; grandson, Brian Eastman; two brothers, five sisters and a special brother-in-law, Carl Ramsey.

Lee was retired from Union Carbide, Alloy.

He attended several Holiness churches, receiving the Holy Ghost when he was 25. He was a spiritual man, having a close walk with God.

He recited poetry and played violin and harmonica. Patience was his quality and most of all he loved to serve the Lord.

He was a member of the American Legion and was a World War II veteran, having served as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945.

Surviving: his children, Madge (Charles) Brown of Dixie, Carl (Mary) Sargent of Middleport, N.Y., Clayton (Connie) Sargent of Boomer, Ina (Kenneth) Eastman of Ansted, Linda Richmond (Ron Alexander) of Glen Ferris, Maysel (Earl) Hughes of Dixie, Marilyn (Steve) Perry of Keslers Cross Lanes and Calvin (Debby) Sargent of Charlton Heights; special sister-in-law, Evelyn Moore of Belva; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was June 1 at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. Charles Blankenship officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London, with military graveside rites conducted by Ansted VFW Post 7695.

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

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Gary Bruce Secrist

Gary Bruce Secrist died June 1, 2012.

Born July 2, 1946, in Winona, he was the youngest of 8 children.

Gary’s message he leaves behind to all is: Heaven can be your home also if you believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Do not cry for me, I am gone to be with my Lord.

Surviving: brothers, Verlin and wife Lucille, and George and wife Shirley; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Secrist and Sandra Secrist; the love of his life, Linda, his wife, his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Funeral service was June 3 at Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Memorial donations may be made to Sunday Road Baptist Church, PO Box 98, Hico, WV 25854.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Ella Avis Montgomery Walker

Ella  Avis Montgomery Walker, 94, of Mount Hope, died May 28, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, of heart disease.

Born Oct. 1, 1917, at Long Branch, she was the daughter of the late Robert G. and Pearl Frances Vernon Montgomery. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Ray Walker; son, Herbert Arnell Walker; daughter, Phyllis Ray Addair; brothers, Abner M. Montgomery, Russell Garfield Montgomery and Virgil Lee Montgomery; sisters, Clara Whitt, Margaret Boehly, Letty Settle and Maxine Rhodes; and a grandson, Ernie Lee Addair.

Mrs. Walker was the oldest living member of the First Assembly of God in Mount Hope. She was the recipient of many Bible certificates from the Assembly of God headquarters in Springfield, Mo., and was an adult class Sunday school teacher for many years.    

Surviving: son, Omer “Buddy” Walker and wife Kitty of Fayetteville; daughters, Patricia Ann Harris and husband Paul of Covington, Va., Janice J. Crum of Jackson, Mich., and Sharon Lee Humphrey of Maple Fork; brother, Rev. Grant Montgomery and wife Delores of Hamilton, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 1 at the First Assembly of God in Mount Hope with Rev. Jessie Parker  officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Mary Ruth O’Connor Watts

Mary Ruth O’Connor Watts, 79, of Oak Hill, died June 1, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Jan. 16, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Ellen Marie Solger O’Connor.

Mary was a waitress for many years at the Top Hat and Skyline drive-ins.

She was a member of the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, East Oak Hill, and the Ladies Aide Society of the church.

Mary had been a West Virginia resident since 1952.

Surviving: her daughters, Victoria Poff and her companion, Thomas Wimmer, of Scarbro, and Elizabeth Jarvis and her husband, Will, of Oak Hill; her sons, Edgar Watts and Donald Watts and his wife, Mary, all of Ohio; her only granddaughter, Mya Lynn Watts of Montgomery; and a brother, John O’Connor of Chicago.

Funeral services were June 5 at the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill, with Rev. Pete Lokant officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Julia Wilburn

Julia Wilburn, 89, of Fayetteville, died June 1, 2012, at the Ansted Center after a fight with her health.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Boyd Eugene Wilburn of Fayetteville, and her brother, Charles Madaraz of Ronceverte.

Julia was a member of the Beckley United Pentecostal Church of Beckley.

Surviving: a son, Boyd and Glenna Wilburn of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Kristy Wilburn of Austin, Texas, and Jason Wilburn of Charleston; sister, Goldie and Milbur Skaggs of Texas; brothers, Richard and Margaret Wilburn of Dearborn, Mich., Stanley and Janice Wilburn of Amissville, Va., David and Alice Boggus of Ansted, and many other family members.

Celebration of Julia’s life was June 4 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Greg Hurley officiating. Burial followed at the Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Jean L. Willis

Jean L. Willis, 73, of Victor, died June 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Born March 5, 1939, in Webster Springs, Jean was the daughter of the late Stephen and Zella Hines. She also was preceded in death by twin grandchildren.

Jean was a waitress in local restaurants.

She was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Lansing Baptist Church of Lansing.

Surviving: her husband, Bobby Lee Willis of Victor; daughters, Rachel Ellen Compton Willis of Victor and Drema Sue Compton Reed of Hico; a son, George Allen Compton of Arab, Ala.; a sister, Lorene McClung of Quinwood; brothers, Jennings Ash of Pennsylvania and Billy Ash of Cleveland, Ohio; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 5 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield and Rev. Kenny Hayes officiating. Burial followed in the Willis Family Cemetery at Willistown.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.