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 www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

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 www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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

 



Zackary David Baumbush

Zackary David Baumbush, 33, of Oak Hill, died July 13, 2012.

Born Nov. 12, 1978, he was the son of Deborah Johnson Blankenship and Phillip Blankenship of Oak Hill and the late David Baumbush.

Zackary was an Oak Hill High School graduate class of 1997.

Zackary was a coal truck driver working in Pax.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: children, Star Baumbush, Triston Baumbush, Nova Baumbush and Andrian Baumbush; former wife and mother of his children, Joy Baumbush; former wife, Pamela Baumbush; grandparents, Jerry and Charlotte Johnson; sister, Shannon Bird and husband Andrew of Fayetteville; niece, Abygail Bird of Fayetteville; half-sister, Sarah Baumbush of Albuquerque, N.M.; step-sister, Leslie Blankenship, and step-brother, Steven Blankenship, both of Ohio; aunts, Karen Willis of Oak Hill, Terrie Lucas and her husband, J.C. Lucas, of The Plains, Va., and Kimberly Frady and her husband, David, of Oak Hill; and uncles, Jerry Johnson and his wife, Rita, of Beckley, Matthew Johnson and his wife, Terri, of Irmo, S.C., Sam Adkins and his wife, Kristan, of Oak Hill, and Darrell Adkins and Marshall Adkins, both of Oak Hill.

Service will be July 19 at 1 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

 



Richard ‘Dick’ Bays

Richard “Dick” Lee Bays, 65, of Victor, died July 10, 2012, following a long illness.  

Born July 21, 1946, in Victor, he was the son of the late Raymond Bays and Eloise Bays Blume. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Bays, in 2000; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Bays.

Richard was a graduate of Ansted High School. He served two years in the U.S. Army.

He was a dedicated employee of Elkem Metals, retiring in 2000 with 30 years of faithful service.

He was an avid coon hunter.

Surviving: sister, Sharon and Mark Banks; brothers, Raymond Bays, and David Blume and his wife, Diane; nieces, Mitzy Nugent and Johnny, and Samantha Blume; nephew, Steven Blume; a great-niece and -nephew, Jordan and Andrew; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were July 13 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Allen Donaldson officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at walllaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

 



George Arthur Booker

Mr. George Arthur Booker, 81, of Flint, Mich., formerly of Harvey, died July 3, 2012.

Funeral services were July 10 at the Comfort Chapel of Swanson Funeral Home, 2210 M. L. King Ave., Flint. Interment followed at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Mich.

Submitted by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

 



John Peter Duda Sr.

John Peter Duda Sr., of St. Albans, formerly of Oak Hill, died peacefully at home on July 14, 2012.

Born Dec. 7, 1922, in Scarbro, he was the youngest of eight children of the late Jacob and Margaret Duda. John also was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Dorothy Jane (“Dottie”) Vargo, whom he married in 1946.

After accepting a football scholarship and beginning his freshman year at VPI, John enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the University of Virginia. He was called up to active duty in the fall of 1944 as an LCI commander and was stationed in Coronado Beach, Calif., when World War II ended.

John then returned and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1947, receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1947. He also earned B.S. and Master’s degrees in Education from West Virginia University.

John taught mathematics at Collins and Oak Hill high schools from 1947-1980, and also served as assistant principal, and coached football, track, golf and basketball during his teaching years. He was a founding member, president and an active board member of the Oak Hill High School Alumni Association.

John was a lifelong member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

John will long be remembered for his principled approach to education and athletics, instilling the values of teamwork, integrity, hard work, and accountability to hundreds of students and athletes whose lives he touched over the years.

Surviving: children, John Peter Duda Jr., (Catherine) of Charlotte, N.C., Charles Michael Duda (Marguerite) of Charleston, and Susanne Duda of St. Albans; and two grandsons, John Peter Duda III (Annie) of Boulder, Colo., and Matthew Joseph Duda of Long Beach, Calif.

Memorials may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church School, the Oak Hill High School Alumni Scholarship Fund or Kanawha Hospice Care.

Funeral service was July 17 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, conducted by Father Paul Yuenger. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements are by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



David Maxwell Fuller

David Maxwell Fuller, 70, of Fayetteville, died at his home July 9, 2012.

Born Oct. 13, 1941, he was the son of the late Joseph Ernest Fuller and Margie Sue (Keffer) Fuller. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Sylvan Fuller, Ernest Fuller, and William Fuller; sisters, Betty Maxine Fuller, Dorothy Shumate, Margaret Vass, and Edith Hall; and a stepson, Brent Edward Skaggs.

Dave worked at Acme and A&P grocery stores and retired as meat cutter from Foodland.

Dave was of the Christian faith and associated with the Dothan Community Church.

Surviving: his wife, Georgia (Crane) Fuller; sons, Mike Fuller and his wife, Rosie, of Oak Hill, and Rev. Darrell Fuller and his wife, Laurie, of Hilltop; his former wife and mother of his children, Anna Louise Ferris; stepsons, Shane Michael Skaggs, currently living in Korea, and Travis Keith Skaggs and his wife, Kelly, of Hockley, Texas; grandson, Nick Fuller and his fiancee, Rebecka; great-grandson, Jace Fuller; sisters, Lill Ann Muth of Ohio, and Ruby Tilley and her husband, Jack, of Fayetteville; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends; and Justine Mallory Jones, whom he loved as his granddaughter.

Funeral service was July 13 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Richard Stewart 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, Oak Hill.

 



Emily Jo Gibson

Emily Jo Gibson, 24, of Danese, died suddenly July 6, 2012, at her home following a drug overdose.

Born Aug. 14, 1987, she was the daughter of Nick Gibson and Darlene Martin Gibson, both of Fayetteville.

Emily was an unemployed clerk for a local rafting company.

Surviving: her two beautiful boys, Ezekiel Allen Willis, age 3, and Sonny Pearce Coy, 2 weeks old; her mother, Darlene Martin Gibson of Fayetteville; her father, Nicki Joe Gibson and his wife, Kathleen, of Fayetteville; a sister, Tara Louise Harris of Fayetteville; nephews, River Lee Harris and Colton Levi Gibson; paternal grandmother, Louella W. Gibson of Fayetteville; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members and friends who loved her dearly.

Funeral services were July 11, with Rev. Mike Tincher officiating. She was cremated.

Please make donations to FMRS (specify “for substance abuse programs” on the donation), 101 S. Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

 



Arlin Craig Hackney

Arlin Craig Hackney, 50, of Oak Hill, died July 12, 2012, at his residence.

Born Oct. 2, 1961, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arlin Curtis and Edith Marie Goins Hackney.

Arlin was a graduate of the College of West Virginia in Beckley with a BSN degree, and was employed as a registered nurse.

Surviving: his aunts, Frances Johnson of Fayetteville, Marilyn Henderson of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Lillian Hickman of South Carolina; and several cousins.

Funeral services were July 16 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Mark Wood 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.

 



Wanda Grace Wills Johnson

Wanda Grace Wills Johnson, 83, of Oak Hill, died July 11, 2012, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born July 5, 1929, at Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Willie Melvin Wills and Grace Pearl Ellison Wills. Her husband, Bernard Glenn Johnson, also preceded her in death in 2007.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Mary Catherine Naylor and husband Scott of Oak Hill; son, Glenn Beverly Johnson and wife Sheila of Pax; sisters, Mabel Fox of Madison and Lavonna Pauley of Charleston; brother, Clarence Wills of Hinton; grandchildren, Randall Church Jr., Travis Church, Joshua Johnson and Jeremiah Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Gage Church, Trinity Church, Matthew Johnson and Noah Johnson.

Funeral services were July 14 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Doug Holley 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.

 



Curtis L. Jones

Curtis L. Jones, 79, of Leesburg, Ohio, died July 13, 2012, at his home.

Born Nov. 1, 1932, in Gatewood, he was the son of the late Charles and Almer Gay Conner Jones. He also was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Mr. Jones was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, and also a graduate of the Moeller Barber School in Cincinnati. He began his career as a barber in Franklin, Ohio, and later worked and retired after over 20 years of service from the Irwin Auger Bit Company in Wilmington. After retiring from The Irwin Company, he once again opened at barber shop in Leesburg for several years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving: his wife, Edna Banks Jones, whom he had married on Oct. 1, 1957 in Lebanon, Ohio; sons, Rich (Teresa) Jones of Middletown, and Rob (Kevy) Jones of Leesburg; grandchildren, Alayna Jones, Alicia Jones, Jeremy Jones, Jessica Whitt and Jason Jones; and one brother, James “Jack” Jones of Franklin, Ohio.

Mr. Jones had requested that at the time of his death no services be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Care Hospice, PO Box 123, Wilmington, OH 45177.

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

Arrangements by The Turner Funeral Homes and Crematory.

 



Thelma V. Hill Lang

Thelma V. Hill Lang, 91, of Beards Fork, died July 10, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.

Born Aug. 29, 1920, at Kellysville, she was the daughter of the late Cain Benjamin “C.B.” and Mary Jane Bird Hill. Her husband, Arthur R. “Windy” Lang; daughter, Mary Lou Friley; and two infant daughters also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Wendy Lang Stinnett and husband Dave of Beards Fork, Gay Thomas of Beards Fork and Ann Lowery of Campbells Creek; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and her cats, Gra and Frazier.

Graveside rites and committal service followed by burial were July 13 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with Minster Andrew McNeely officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



Carolina Adaline Saienni Lawhorn

Carolina Adaline Saienni Lawhorn, 68, of Oak Hill, died July 15, 2012.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Larry Brown officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call 12:30 p.m. until time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



Elizabeth R. ‘Missie’ Modeste

Elizabeth Rosetta (Coger) “Missie” Modeste, 85, a former resident of the Brian Center at Low Moor, Va., died July 9, 2012, at LewisGale Alleghany Hospital at Low Moor.

A daughter of the late Rev. R.V. and Rosetta Nance Coger, Missie also was preceded in death by a sister, Hester C. Johnson; a brother, R.V. Coger Jr.; a devoted stepmother, Ophelia E. Turner Coger; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Missie was a member of the Mt. Hope First Baptist Church at Mt. Hope.

Missie received her early education in the public schools in West Virginia and graduated from DuBois High School in Mt. Hope. She further studied at Bluefield State College in Bluefield, and West Virginia State College in Institute.

Missie was an excellent nurse, having received her degree from and working at Belview Medical Center at Harlem, N.Y. She also worked at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, also in New York. In addition, she worked at hospitals and nursing homes in Oak Hill, Beckley, and Bluefield.

She was an accomplished cosmetologist, a singer, a dancer, piano player, and a budding writer of family history.

Surviving: sister, Helen C. Harris of Covington, Va.; nieces, Laura Waddy of Roanoke, Va., and Kathy Harris of Covington, Va.; nephew, Warren Harris of Greenville, N.C.; uncle, Alexander Coger of Baltimore, Md.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who reside in New York.

At her request, Elizabeth’s remains were cremated after which she was interred to rest alongside her late husband, Mitchell Modeste, in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Grafton.

There will be no services planned at this time.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

 



Brian Scott Morris

Brian Scott Morris, 31, of Fayetteville, died July 7, 2012.

Born Dec. 7, 1980, he was the son of David Scott and Brenda Shafer Morris of Fayetteville.

Those preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather, Harvey Morris of Rainelle; maternal grandfather, Bobby Shafer of Smoot; and uncles, John Morris of Harrisonburg, Va., and Larry Myers of Clintonville.

Brian was employed by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and during his tenure worked for both the District 4 office in Mt. Hope, and the District 12 office stationed at the National Mine Academy in Beaver.

He was a 1999 graduate of Nicholas County High School and later attended the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery where he received a B.S. degree in civil engineering.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: sister, Alanna Palmer and her husband, Cody, along with their two children, Landon and Addison of Princeton; grandmother, Mavis (Penny) McQuain and her husband, Roscoe, of Rainelle; grandmother, Betty Shafer of Smoot; aunt, Barbara Myers of Clintonville; aunt, Beth Carr and husband Jeff of Rainelle; aunt, Jewell Dean and husband Mike of Stanley, Va.; also many special cousins, friends and co-workers.

He loved the time spent with his family, especially his nephew Landon and his niece Addison, who were no doubt the special light of his life. Brian loved animals and had a special place in his heart for the pets he loved and adored over the years.

Brian attended the Lighthouse Worship Center in Hico.

Services were July 11 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with Rev. Mark Hess officiating. Burial followed at the End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville.

The family request that donations be made to the local Humane Society or Saint Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

 



James Brandon Ramsey

James Brandon Ramsey, 32, of Page, died June 29, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Feb. 29, 1980, at Beckley, he was the son of Brinda Lee Sharp of Oak Hill and James David Ramsey of Louisburg, N.C.

He formerly worked for Quick Ten Tires and Oil Change in North Carolina and attended Page Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his companion, Debbie Lee Ross of Hilltop; daughter, Hayle Gayle Ross of Hilltop; brother, Joshua Ramsey of Louisburg, N.C.; and a sister, Charlotte Smith of Oak Hill.

At his request Mr. Ramsey was cremated and there will be no visitation or service.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



James H. Rogers

James Harrison Rogers, 75, of Fayetteville, died July 11, 2012, at Fayette Nursing and Rehab, Fayetteville.

Born Aug. 31, 1936, at Concho, he was the son of the late Johnnie and Ruby Martin Rogers. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Marianne Rogers.

Mr. Rogers was a retired mill wright for Republic Steel and a member of Masonic Lodge #0736 in Parma, Ohio.

Surviving: his daughter, Deborah Rogers of Fayetteville; son, James Harrison Rogers Jr. of Beckley; brother, Johnnie Rogers Jr. and wife Patricia of Fayetteville; sister, Martha Sinkhorn and husband Carl of Seymour, Ind.; grandsons, Justin Rogers and James Williams; and a host of other family and friends.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated to honor his wishes.

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

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

 



Helen Ruth Hill Stephenson

Helen Ruth Hill Stephenson, 87, of Oak Hill, died July 9, 2012, at her home.

Born April 4, 1925, at Clay, she was the daughter of the late Hallie and Flora Johnson Hill. Her first husband, Ralph Edmond Stephenson, and a brother, James Hill, also preceded her in death.

She was a retired shoe department clerk for Hill’s Department Store in Beckley.

Mrs. Stephenson was a member of the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill.

Surviving: her husband, Walter Russell Stephenson; daughters, Marilyn Feazell and husband Keith of Gatewood and Louella Carte and husband Allen of Hico; brothers, Robert Hill of Cedar Grove, Ind., and Lincoln Hill of Widen; sister, Rebecca Lurlene Doss of Ovapa; grandchildren, Amanda Kees and husband Phillip of Concord, N.C., and Tammy Carte of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandsons, Wyatt Kees of Concord, N.C., and Hunter Carte of Jacksonville, Fla.; and special buddies, Clara, Thad and Jacob Brown of Gatewood.

Funeral services were July 12 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Pete Lokant 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.

 



Betty Sue Treadway

Betty Sue Treadway, 67, of Maple Fork, died July 9, 2012.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.