The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 19, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, July 19, 2012

Virginia Anne Pinson Allen

Virginia Anne Pinson Allen, 84, of Oak Hill, died July 15, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill with Father Roy Gene Crist officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call Sunday at the church from 12:15 p.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the OHHS Alumni Association, Inc., PO Box 462, Oak Hill WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Raymond J. Ballenger

Raymond J. Ballenger, 79, of Rockville, Md., died July 2, 2012, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, following a long illness.

Born Oct. 12, 1932, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Elmer Harvey and Ethel Virginia Lively Ballenger. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Ballenger.

Ray enjoyed working on anything electronic, he loved math and working with numbers, and liked working outdoors in his yard.

He worked in the health care industry as well as sales, and was always up to date with new research in that field.

Ray was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving: sisters, Alice Donohoe of Milwaukee, Wis., and Audrey Claypool and husband Thomas of Catlett, Va.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

Service was July 14 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Tim Dillon officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

Bobby J. Bates

Bobby Jackson Bates, 78, of Fayetteville, died July 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Aug. 23, 1933, at Rush, Ky., he was the son of the late Chester Allen and Edna Pauline Burton Bates. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Hash.

Mr. Bates was an active member of the Fayetteville Baptist Church, serving as a trustee, usher, and van driver, and also a member of WV American Baptist Men.

He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post 149, Fayetteville.

He was retired U.S. postal carrier with 33 years of service.

Surviving: his wife, Billie Jean Swanigan Bates; sons, Robert Allen Bates, and Michael Roy Bates and wife Melissa, all of Fayetteville; daughter, Deanna Bates Johnson and husband James of Lexington, S.C.; grandchildren, Molly Elizabeth, Micah Elliott, and Marcy Elaine Bates; brother, Freddie Bates; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were July 13 at Fayetteville Baptist Church, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with military honors by American Legion Post 149.

Memorial gifts may be made in his name to the Fayetteville Baptist Memorial Scholarship Fund, 104 Ankrom Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

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