The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 3, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, April 4, 2012

John Arnold

John Arnold, 83, of Millington, Tenn., formerly of Cannelton, died March 26, 2012.

He was born July 17, 1928.

Graveside services were April 2 at the Settle Family Cemetery at Lansing.

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

Elden R. Bainbridge

Elden R. Bainbridge 66, of Canton, Ohio, died March 26, 2012, in Mercy Medical Center at Canton of an apparent heart attack.

Born July 13, 1945, in Fayette County, he was a son of the late Robert and Helen Roselle (Martin) Bainbridge. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Sheets; and a brother, Ricky Bainbridge. 

He was employed in maintenance at Stark Co. MRDD until he was disabled in 1998.

He had served in the West Virginia National Guard and enjoyed C.B. radios and fishing.

Surviving: his wife, the former Sharon Young whom he married Dec. 15, 1966; children, Michael R. Bainbridge of Canton, Lisa (Joe) Carrick of Zoar and Crystal (fiancé Keith Sutton) Bainbridge  of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Courtney Bainbridge and Matthew Bainbridge; brothers and sisters, Robert E. Bainbridge of West Virginia, Billy Bainbridge and Pamela Bainbridge, both of Canton; and many nieces and nephews. 

In keeping with Elden’s wishes no services or calling hours are planned.

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Arrangements by the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home, Bolivar, Ohio.

Luella Ethel Skeens Giles

Luella Ethel Skeens Giles, 92, of Church Hill, Tenn., formerly of East Bank and Corliss, died peacefully March 2, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Born Oct. 27, 1919, at Collinsdale on Paint Creek, she was the daughter of the late Peyton ‘Pate’ and Lucille Skeens. Luella also was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, William R. “Grump” Giles; son, Peyton Bradford; grandson, Nathan Forrest Hutton; brothers, Sam and Clyde; and sisters, Helen Burgess and Betty Osborne.

She was raised in Charleston and Paint Creek.

Luella was a Christian and a homemaker who was well known for her seamstress skills, upholstering, donuts, gardening, and canning. She loved life and her family. She opened her home to everyone and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving: her children, Bill Giles (Flo) of Denton, Texas, Betty Hutton (Forrest) of Artemas, Pa., Carl ‘Bud’ Giles (Geraldine) of Ansted, Glenna Dorman and Mary Giles, both of Church Hill, Tenn., Patty Giles of Russellville, and Jimmy Giles (Sherri) of Banner Elk, N.C.; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; her brother, William Skeens; and sisters, Louise Stevens, Pearl Chapman, Jeri Sveum (Cecil), Ellen McClusky, Mary Hudnall (Bill), and Bea Staab (Ron). 

A celebration of her life will be held on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Bank United Methodist Church in East Bank. She will be buried beside her husband at Green Castle Cemetery, Paint Creek.

Donations can be made in memory of Wellmont Foundation - Hospice, 280 Stelles Road, Bristol, TN 37620.

Arrangements by TriCities Funeral Home of Bluntville, Tenn.

Charles William Hall II

Charles William “Chuck” Hall II, 34, died March 25, 2012, at his home in Cottageville.

He was born in Charleston and grew up in Gauley Bridge.

Chuck was a loving son and grandson and he was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Eugene Floyd and Donald Hall.

Surviving: his mother, Karen Floyd Fitzgerald of South Charleston; his grandmothers, Ruth Floyd White of South Charleston, formerly of Gauley Bridge, and Pauline Hall of Cannelton; special lady of his life, Ebony Hopkins; his father, Charles Hall of North Carolina; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Chuck’s life was held March 30, at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. 

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Jerry Allen Nibert

Jerry Allen Nibert, 71, of Beards Fork, died March 29, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.

Jerry was born March 4, 1941, at Beards Fork, the son of the late Harry Long and Effie Reese Nibert. He also was preceded in death by his sons, Randy Lynn Nibert and Wayne Allen Nibert, and by a half-brother, Kenneth Christian.

Jerry was a retired coal miner and proud member of the UMWA.

He loved nature and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Church of God.

Surviving: his wife, Linda Lue Wriston Nibert of Beards Fork; his sons, Jerry L. Nibert of Beards Fork, and Timothy Nibert of Montgomery; his daughter, Tina Lue Nibert of Dunbar; his grandchildren, Lucas Nibert, Ryan Nibert, Jordan Nibert and Abigail Nibert; and his brother, Larry Nibert and his wife, Judy, of Kincaid.

Funeral services were April 1 at the Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Richard Bradley and Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lois C. Smith

Lois C. “Cookie” Smith, 75, of Smithers, died March 29, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.

Born June 12, 1936, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Smith.

Lois was a former employee of G.C. Murphy’s in Montgomery and the Smithers Post Office.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Shrine/Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Boomer and Montgomery.

Surviving: children, Vickie Smith of Smithers and Tammy Curry and her husband, Dave, of Highland Heights, Ky.; grandchildren, Benjamin Smith, April Smith, Vincent Divita, Angela Divita and Hadyen Curry; great-grandchildren, Alexandrea and Christopher Smith; and brother, Angelo Nunley of Smithers.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer with Fr. John Rice as celebrant.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Dennie VanMeter

Dennie “Boots” VanMeter, 64, of Bentree, died March 30, 2012, at Johnson’s Care Home, Belva.

Born April 24, 1947, in Bentree, he was the son of the late Johnny and Eva Virginia VanMeter. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi “Bobbie” VanMeter.

He was a coal miner for Cannelton Coal Company and a member of the UMWA.

Surviving: his sister, Myrtle Coleman of Cedar Grove; and niece, Felicia Cogar of Dixie.

Graveside service was April 2 at the Ward Cemetery, Kelly’s Creek.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.