The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


October 10, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, October 11, 2012


Melvin ‘Mel’ Anderson Smalley

Melvin Anderson Smalley, 77, of Mt. Hope, died Oct. 6, 2012.

Born Oct. 10, 1934, in Kanawha County, he was the son of the late Ralph and Alwilda Vogt Smalley. In addition to his parents, Mel was preceded in death by brothers, Talbert and Raymond, and sisters, Janet Rhyne and Genevieve Clay.

Mel attended South Charleston High School, the Detroit Diesel School in Detroit, Mich., Allison Transmission Tech in Indiana, and Stone Setting School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was a master goldsmith and stone setter with Lilly’s Crown Jewelers.

He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Maple Fork Baptist Church.

Mel served his country proudly in the United States Air Force.

He enjoyed being a creative handyman and performing restorations.

Surviving: his loving wife, Elsie Smalley; daughters, Dewana Tidwell and husband Leonard “Rip” of Jasper, Ala., and Jodie Addis and husband Steve of Culloden; grandchildren, Jason and Jeremy Combs, and Christopher and Sarah Karnes; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Owen, and Liam Combs; and a brother, Eugene Smalley and wife Alene of South Charleston.

Funeral services were Oct. 8 in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Bowyer of the Maple Fork Baptist Church officiating.

A committal service was held Oct. 9 in the Mausoleum of Tyler Mountain Cemetery, Cross Lanes.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Irene Francis Smith

Irene Francis Smith, 48, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 3, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born June 3, 1964, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Gene Walker and Pauletta Vada Walker.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Ronald Smith of Oak Hill; sons, Gene McRay Walker, Cameron Dyre Smith and Corey Mathew Smith, all of Oak Hill; sisters, Melba Walker, Teresa McMillion and her husband, Mike, and Michelle Walker, all of Oak Hill; brothers, Henry Walker and Winifred Walker and his wife, Cindy, all of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Oct. 6, with Rev. Robert Pauley officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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