The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 2, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, May 3, 2012


Paul Daniel Caldwell

Paul Daniel Caldwell, 74, of Fayetteville, died April 28, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley after a long illness, surrounded by his family.

Born Oct. 25, 1937, in Winifrede, he was the son of the late George Madison Caldwell and the late Mable Browning Caldwell. He also was preceded in death by a son, Thompson Paul (Tommy) Caldwell of Orlando, Fla.; an infant brother, James Ralph Caldwell; and his first wife, Galena Huffman.

Paul was a cross country truck driver and retired after 30 years. He formerly served as street commissioner of Marmet.

Surviving: his loving wife of 25 years, Wanda Jane Fagg Caldwell of Fayetteville; daughter, Tammy Lynn Caldwell Maynor and husband Donnie of Belle; son, Royce Lee Caldwell of Charleston; grandchildren, Aaron Maynor of Charleston, April Beth Caldwell Watts of Hurricane, Adam Caldwell and wife Stacey of Orlando, Fla., and Casey Maynor of Belle; great-grandchildren, twins Kaleb and Kaiden Maynor of Hurricane, and Lonnie Elizabeth Caldwell of Orlando, Fla.; stepdaughters, Jennifer Gilkerson Bugg and husband Jonathan of Gallipolis Ferry, and Brandy Gilkerson Bartoli; step-grandchildren, Nate and Mickaylah Bartoli of Fayetteville; brother, David Caldwell and wife Evelyn of Nellis; sister, Fern Caldwell Adkins of Chesapeake; a special cousin, Argatha (Sissy) Scarlato of Teays Valley; daughter-in-law, Debbie Caldwell of Orlando, Fla.; sister-in-law, Janet Gilkerson and husband Eddie of Gatewood; and lots of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service was May 2 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Jack Long officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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



Rozella Carol Foster Fitzwater

Rozella Carol Foster Fitzwater, 68, of Oak Hill, died April 25, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born March 29, 1944, at Wriston, she was the daughter of the late Orval and Demple Alice Bowe Foster. A brother, Kenneth Paul Foster, and sisters, Shelba Jean Taylor and Katie Mae Kincaid, also preceded her in death.

She was office manager for Coal and Quarry Miner’s Exchange of Oak Hill.

Surviving: her husband, Bill Fitzwater; son, Todd Andrew Fitzwater of Oak Hill; brothers, Stanley O. Foster of Oak Hill and Jack L. Foster of Bluewell; sisters, Linda L. Campbell of Oak Hill, Joanna Helen Smith of Dunbar, Sandra Kay Sharp of Cleveland, Tenn., and Ruth Ellen Busby of Rock Hill, S.C.; and a granddaughter, Amanda Raven Lambert of Fayetteville.

Funeral services were April 28 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Nellie Garnet Toombs Ford

Nellie Garnet Toombs Ford, 90, of Oak Hill, died April 26, 2012, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born Oct. 21, 1921, at Minden, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Emma Frances Harless Toombs. Her husband, Alfred D. “John” Ford; brothers, Glucia “Ray” Toombs, Kent Joseph Toombs, Charles Toombs, Scott Toombs, Cecil Toombs, George Toombs, Robert Toombs and Rupert B. Toombs; sisters, Gertrude Toombs, Ella Harley and Trilby Trigg; and a granddaughter, Amy Sue Ford, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Ford was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and the Shirley Donnelly Bible Class.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: son, Alfred D. Ford Jr. and wife Melanie “Susie” of Shady Spring; daughter, Linda Rosemary Wheeler and husband Steve of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Christopher Ford, Nota Elizabeth Heath, Laura Ferrell and Brent Wheeler; and seven great-grandchildren along with a special niece, Betty Tupper, and special friend, Adele “Peggy” Terry.

Funeral services were April 29 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. David White and Rev. Robert “Bobby” Pauley officiating. Entombment was at Wallace & Wallace Memorial Park, Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Garnett Jewel Gaither Garden

Garnett Jewel Gaither Garden, 84, of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of Oak Hill, died April 25, 2012, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Ashland.

Born Jan. 29, 1928, at Scarbro, she was the daughter of the late Baxter and Damar Thomas Gaither. Her husband, Nicholas David “Nick” Garden, and a son, Gary Wayne Garden, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Garden was a member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God, Oak Hill, and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Linda Curtis and husband John of Virginia Beach, Va., and Becky Corbin and husband Perry of Ashland, Ohio; a sister, Ruth McVey of Prosperity; and grandchildren, John A. Curtis, Jeremy N. Curtis, Gary W. Garden and Tara L. Donnen.

Funeral services were April 29 at the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill with Rev. Ralph Shupe and Rev. Tonya Shupe officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Henry James ‘Cooter’ Johnson Jr.

Mr. Henry James “Cooter” Johnson Jr., 79, of Oak Hill, died April 21, 2012.

Born April 1, 1933, in Summerlee, he was the son of the late Henry James Sr. and Margaret Allen Johnson. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Butsey” Charlden Johnson; brother, Lindsay “Luke” Johnson; sisters, Twila “Dit” Bambus and twin sister, Henritta “Retta” SinClair; brother-in-law, Hewett Grasty Sr.; special uncle, John L. Allen; and special friend, Thomas “Jeff” Canada.

He worked at Consolidation Coal Company, was a member of First Baptist Church of Summerlee, and a former member of Just Rite Lodge of Harlem Heights.

Surviving: his son, Landon (Rita) Loving of Minden; stepson, Dalton Charlden of Harlem Heights; adopted son, Darren Johnson of Beckley; brother, Joe L. Johnson Sr. of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Thelma “Johnson” Grasty of Harlem Heights; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Funeral services was April 30 at the First Baptist Church of Summerlee, Allman Street, Summerlee, with Rev. William R. Stevens officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Carolyn Clark Hoover Miller

Carolyn Clark Hoover Miller, 90, of Oak Hill, died April 28, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Oct. 9, 1921, at South Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ethel Clark Hoover. Her husband, Charles Preston Miller Jr., and a brother, Edward Hoover, also preceded her in death.

Carolyn spent her youth at Armor Park in South Charleston. She attended Armor Park Grade School and graduated from South Charleston High and Katherine Gibbs School in New York City.

She was formerly employed by Carbide and Carbon Chemical Corporation.

A member of the Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill, she was also a former Cub Scout den mother. She was a past member of the White Oak Country Club and Fayette Study Club and had been active in many civic organizations. Her various interests included bridge, golf and travel.

Surviving: sons, C. Preston Miller III and wife Clementine of Scottsdale, Ariz., and William H. Miller and wife Cathy of Kingwood; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal will be Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with a memorial service immediately following at 11 a.m. at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill with Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. Family and friends are then invited to attend a luncheon at 12 noon at the White Oak Country Club.

The family requests no flowers but instead memorial contributions to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill WV 25901.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Bernard Joseph ‘Joey’ Moore

Bernard Joseph “Joey” Moore, 36, of Oak Hill, died April 25, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Aug. 2, 1975, he was the son of Mary Ann Beidler Moore of Scarbro and the late Billy Wayne Moore Sr. In addition to his father, Joseph was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Wayne Moore Jr.

Joey was a welder on construction projects and attended school in Oak Hill.

Being a loving and devoted father to his sons was Joey’s most admirable quality. He also loved the outdoors and was a jack of all trades. He was always the first to call when you needed a helping hand. He had a heart of gold, and loved his family and friends with all he had to give.

Joey will be greatly missed and all our memories of him will be cherished.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Stacy Gill Moore of Fayetteville; his sons, Dustin Cole Moore and Ben Wade Moore of Fayetteville; sisters, Lesia Moore of Beckwith, and Allison Taylor and husband John of Scarbro; a brother, Ray Moore and wife Tammy of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was April 29 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Mack Canterbury officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.



James Edward Rucker

James Edward Rucker, 85, of Gallagher, died April 25, 2012.

Services were April 28 in the Burnwell Church of the Nazarene.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Robert Lawson Tucker

Robert Lawson Tucker, 67, of Oak Hill, died April 28, 2012, at his residence surrounded by family and friends.

Born Jan, 2, 1945, he was the son of Ruth Beatrice (Romage) Tucker and the late Billy Robert Tucker. Robert also was preceded in death by his stepfather, Manuel Suzza; and a granddaughter, Kelly Jo Tucker.

Robert was a retired coal miner with Cannelton Industries.

Surviving: his wife, Saundra Tucker; his mother, Ruth Suzza; sisters, Donna Thomas and husband Kenny, Mitzy and Eddie Holt, Patty and Larry Nutter, Jackie Suzza and wife Cami; brother-in-law, Tony and Yvonne Pacella; the best caregivers any family could have asked for, his son Billy Tucker and wife Evelyn, and his son, Chris and Nickie; daughter, Tricia Jeffries and husband Jimmy, Johnny and Sandy Brown, Artie and Johnny Tucker. Robert loved all his grandchildren, 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews who loved to spend time with their Uncle Robert.

Funeral service was May 2 at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle on Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park with military rites conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post 3110.

The family suggests donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Donald Cameron Tully

Donald Cameron Tully, 84, of Oak Hill, died April 23, 2012, at Hidden Valley Center after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Don was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Winona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ryan Owen Tully, Hattie Lee Pittsenbarger; sisters Frances Tully Holliday, Alberta Tully Teel, Marguerite Tully Freeman and Louise Tully; and brothers, Ryan Edward Tully and Charles Floyd Tully.

 He met and married his wife, Elizabeth Wills, and in 1949. She was still the love of his life after 63 years. Together they had three beautiful daughters, Karen, Kathy and Donna.

Don served in the United States Navy and the West Virginia National Guard.

Don proudly served on the board of deacons and various other boards and committees of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill for over 40 years.

He was a surface mining job foreman with Ranger Fuel Company, surface mining superintendent of Oak Leaf Coal Company, and vice president of Eagle Ridge Coal Company.

After retiring from the coal industry he became a service technician with Dover Elevator Company for over 10 years.

Don loved reading, photography, water-skiing, boating, traveling, gardening, woodworking, genealogy, and spending time with his family. He loved life and was always willing to help others.

Don lived a full and happy life – always putting God first, then his family. He enjoyed wood-working, electronics, reading, travel, photography, boating, water-skiing, carpentry, and attending church.

His life ended peacefully and gracefully surrounded by family.

Surviving: his wife, Elizabeth Ann Wills Tully; children, Karen Perry and husband Howard of Winfield, Kathy Shumaker and companion Richard Harvey of Oak Hill, and Donna Parker of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Marc Perry (Amy) of Hurricane, Heath Perry (Laura) of Gulfport, Miss., Nicole Shumaker of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Jarrod Shumaker of Cary, N.C., and Megan Parker of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and great-grandchildren, Emily Perry, Zane Perry, Laurie Carter, and Slade Perry.

A service to honor the life of Don Tully was held April 27 at Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Hill, with the Rev. C.W. (Jack) Barker and Pastor Mark Wood officiating. Burial was in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 1424 East Main Street, Oak Hill, WV, 25901.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Leah ‘Cookie’ Vance

Leah “Cookie” Vance, 69, of Southgate, Ky., formerly of Highland Mountain, died April 25, 2012, following a long battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 26, 1943, at Laurel Creek in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Basil Ray and Mary Evelyn Rose Flint. Cookie also was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Vance; brothers, Butch and Lloyd; and nephews, Dean and Scooter.

Surviving: daughters, Virginia Vance of Southgate, Ky., and Yolanda Coffman of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, John Vance (Angie) of Danese and Carless Vance of Southgate, Ky.; a sister, Janie Kincaid (Lee) of Piney View; brothers, Buddy Flint (Janet) of Layland, Junior Flint (Violet) of Oak Hill and Buster Flint (Denise) of Highland Mountain; and grandchildren, Wesley, Shane, Jacob and Chantal, all of Danese. She had family and numerous friends in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio — too many to list.

A graveside service was held April 29 at the Smith Cemetery at Highland Mountain, officiated by Pastor Steve Martin.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.