The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 19, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 20, 2012

Louis Angius Jr.

Louis Angius Jr., 78, of Mount Hope, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born July 6, 1934, at Tamroy, he was the son of the late Louis Angius Sr. and Quinta Nenni Angius. His former wife, Patricia Gay Angius, preceded him in death on July 10, 2001. He also was preceded by a daughter, Teresa Dawn Angius, and a brother, John Angius.

Mr. Angius was a a retired coal miner, having worked for the New River Coal Company.

He was a member of the Mount Hope First Church of God and the UMWA. He loved to hunt and fish.

Surviving: son, Steve Angius and wife Wanda of Fayetteville; daughters, Joyce Wriston of Beckley, Lesia Higginbotham and husband Richard of Glen Jean, Tammy Hancock and husband Mel of Beckley, and Angela Angius of Mount Hope; brothers, Frank Angius of Sissonville, Sam Angius of Sissonville and Jack Angius of Fayetteville; sisters, Tracy Sykes of Atlanta, Ga., Ellen McCoy of Charleston, Rose Hayes of Radford, Va., Mary Webb of Milton, Patty Wooten of Oak Hill and Josie Wriston of Fayetteville; and nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 19 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Bryan Knight officiating. Entombment was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Lois Ann Bowyer

Lois Ann Bowyer, 83, of Mahan, died Dec. 13, 2012.

Born June 22, 1929, in Krebs, Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Estill “Doc” and Edna Sawyer Willmeth. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jennings Bowyer, and son, Johnnie Bowyer.

She was known to her friends and her family as the “biscuit queen.”

She was a member of the Gallagher Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving: daughters, Brenda Krogman and her husband, Ed, of Newburgh, Ind., Regina Wriston and her husband, Dan, of Oak Hill, Lou Ann Cox and her husband, Steve, of Clendenin, and Terri Pomeroy and her husband, Randy, of Westminster, S.C.; sons, Timothy Bowyer and wife Patricia of Barnesville, Ohio, and Earl Bowyer Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Mount Hope; sister, Betty Colflesh of Confluence, Pa.; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Service was Dec. 16 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. David Mitchell and Rev. Ervin Clark officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

Memorial contributions can be made to Valley Hospice’s Liza’s Place, 308 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Ann Pittman Buckland

Kathryn (Kathy) Ann Pittman Buckland, 56, of Mount Hope, died Dec. 14, 2012, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Kathryn was born Sept. 25, 1956, the daughter of Carl and Shirley Pittman, and raised in Bradley. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Carl and Jennie Bell Pittman, formerly of Maple Fork; her maternal grandparents, Curtis and Sadie Mays, formerly of Beckley; her brother-in-law, Eddie Jewell; and her niece, Lori Weeks.

Kathy will be remembered as the fighter she was, and for not allowing her illness to keep her from bringing smiles to others with her boisterous laugh. She shared that laugh a few final times with her family and those caring for her at The Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity, where she spent her last few days. Prior to being cared for by the staff with Hospice, her husband Ray, her dear friend, Margaret Wines, and sister-in-law, Drema Bonifacio, had cared for her over the years in the comfort of her own home.

She was known by many as a spirited volleyball player, and active wife and mother, whose body began to give out long before her larger-than-life personality ever did. Throughout the years, Kathy could be spotted at local dirt tracks supporting her husband and son as they raced.

Just over 38 years ago, Kathy married her sweetheart, Jerry Ray Buckland. Vows were made to take one another to have and to hold from that day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from that day forward until death parted them. It is worthy to note, those vows were kept.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, Ray, and her parents: son, Gregory Ray Buckland, his wife Jamie, and their three children, whom Kathy always referred to as her angels, Ethan Lane, Emma Rae, and Elsie Kay; brothers, Keith Pittman and his wife, Mindi, of Windsor, S.C., and David Pittman and his wife, Tammy, of Shady Spring; sisters, Pam McMillion and her husband, Pat, of Beckley, Debby Blevins and her husband, Joe, of Crab Orchard, and Janice Cobb and her husband, Tommy, of Ocala, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Zetta Underwood; brothers-in-law, Gary Buckland, and Roger Buckland and his wife, Cathy, of Oak Hill; sisters-in-law, Connie Jewell of Jacksonville, Fla., Margaret Williams and her husband, Glenny, of Bradley, and Drema Bonifacio of Bradley; her best friend, Joyce Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family celebrated her life on Dec. 16 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope, with a memorial service officiated by Pastor Clarence Plumley Jr. In accordance to Kathy’s desires, her cremains will be left with family to commemorate her life.

The family would prefer the generosity of remembering her to be shown to The Bowers Hospice House of Beckley, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, as a small token of appreciation for their generosity in Kathy’s final days.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Jackie Lynn Carnifax

Jackie Lynn Carnifax of Ramsey, died Dec. 13, 2012.

Born Oct. 27, 1951, at Ramsey, she was the daughter of the late Herbert “Hub” and Sarah Veda Crist Carnifax. She also was preceded in death by brothers, Bill and Ray Carnifax, and sisters, Wanda Carnifax, Betty Fields, and Karen Carnifax.

She was a former utility clerk for the state of West Virginia and then became a phlebotomist for Plateau Medical Center before becoming disabled.

Jackie attended Lighthouse Worship Center.

Surviving: daughter, Sue Ann Nuckols, and companion, Frank McClung; sisters, Ann Clay of Killbuck, Ohio, and Jean Kincaid of Ramsey; brothers, Bob (Susie) Carnifax of Barboursville,Ohio, and Dale (Shirley) Carnifax of Oak Hill; Nannie to two special grandsons, Gary Keith Nuckols and Christopher Seth White; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated. Memorial services will be 1 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Lighthouse Worship Center, Smales Branch Road, with the Rev. Danny Legg and the Rev. Dennis Kincaid officiating. Immediately following memorial services, please join the family in making Jackie’s wishes come true by releasing balloons at the burial site on Carnifax Family Farm, Victor.

In an attempt to fulfill her last wishes, the family requests no flowers, bring or send your favorite balloons at grave site.

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

William R. Grunenberg

William R. Grunenberg, 80, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 13, 2012, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Born April 8, 1932, in Minden, he was the son of the late Anton P. and Sally Webster Grunenberg.

He was a truck driver, and attended the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans.

Surviving: sons, Billy Grunenberg of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Christopher Grunenberg of Salem, N.C.; daughters, Debra Luft and Patricia Grunenberg, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother, Donald Grunenberg of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and sisters, Margaret Lattanzi and Mildred Ball, both of Fayetteville.

Committal services were held Dec. 17 at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill, with Pastor Ralph Shupe officiating. Entombment followed at the mausoleum with military honors provided by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.w

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill.

Helen Hamilton

Helen Packer Hamilton, 85, died peacefully at her home in Oak Hill, on Dec. 12, 2012, with her beloved youngest child Jay, her only son, and her dear friend and caregiver, Glennys Davis, by her side.

Helen was born in Miles City, Mont., on Jan. 3, 1927, daughter of the late Edward Albert Packer and Beda Carlson Packer. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Edith, Frances, and Ollie. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

It is not everyone who gets to pass away in the manner they wish, but in our mom’s well-organized files, we found this verse entitled “Final Wish.” “At age 85, I’m old enough to die without mourning me. So just let me go to sleep peacefully, Without tubes and drugs, I want to be set free — And not be a burden to my family.” The age was a blank line to fill in, but her wish was fulfilled.

Her father ran a general merchandise store in Ashland, Mont., and her working life began when she helped as a clerk in the store. She was raised in the Lutheran Church. She is a graduate of Custer County High School in Miles City and of the University of Montana in Missoula where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. In 1948 she attended the University of Minnesota to take an accelerated course to be a school librarian. That intense course led to librarian jobs in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco.

Helen taught English and Spanish and was the librarian at Sidney High School, Mont., from 1948-1950. She was a librarian at the main library in San Francisco from 1950-51. Moving to Oak Hill, in 1954, she taught English and Spanish at Collins High School in Oak Hill, from 1954 through 1964.

She is a former member of the Oak Hill Civic League and Fayette Study Club. She was an elected member of the West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee from 1968 to 1990. She also served as an elected delegate to Democratic National Conventions from 1972 through 1988. Helen was selected to be the West Virginia hostess at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Always progressive in her thinking, she was appointed as a charter member of the Advisory Committee for the West Virginia Women’s Commission and was a member of the Rules Committee for the 1972 National Democratic Convention.

Surviving: her husband of 62 years, Pat R. Hamilton, whom she married in 1950 after met when he was a FBI Special Agent and attorney stationed in Montana; her children, Patricia L. Hamilton (David Higgins), Debra L. Hamilton, Judith Hamilton Brooks (Mike Brooks), and James Edward Hamilton; her grandchildren, Derek, Wes and Kyle Thomas (Brittany Wier), Jade and Courtney Hamilton, and Bailey Brooks; great-grandson, K.J. Thomas, whose father Kyle says that K.J. will have the toughest guardian angel ever to watch over him; and nieces, great-nieces and a sister-in-law, Josephine Hamilton Houck, and her family.

In her tradition of giving, she donated her body to the WV Human Gift Registry for medical research and teaching purposes. Those who wish to make a gift in her memory may provide it in the deceased’s name to: The Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387, to help fight the disease that has claimed her husband for the last decade; the Fayette County Public Library, 611 Main Street West, Oak Hill, WV 25901; or Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

In accordance with her wishes, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the Hamilton family plot in Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Alice Yvone Moore Hayslett

Alice Yvone Moore Hayslett, 75, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 12, 2012, at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born June 25, 1937, at Nallen, she was the daughter of the late Romy and Ruth Baker Moore. A brother, James Moore, and a half-brother, Basil Moore, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hayslett was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, James R. Hayslett; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside rites and committal services, with burial following, were Dec. 16, at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Sue Mottesheard

A long-time resident of Ansted Center in Ansted, Mary Sue Mottesheard, 66, died Dec. 9, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born July 19, 1946, at Union, she was the daughter the late Clarabell Mottesheard.

Surviving: a sister, Joann Smith of Alderson.

Ms. Mottesheard was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Betty Jo Sims Pugh

Betty Jo Sims Pugh, 59, of Meadow Bridge, died Dec. 12, 2012.

Born Dec. 25, 1952, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Joe Anthony and Betty Margaret Osborne Sims. She also was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew Lilly.

Betty Jo was a former director of human resources for Beckley Hospital.

She loved her horses, cats and dogs.

Surviving: her husband, Neal Watson Pugh; son, Daniel Scott Lilly and his wife, Susan, of Asheville, N.C.; daughter, Lindsay Brooke Pugh of Beckley; grandchildren, Ashley Brooke Lilly and Rachel Scott Lilly of Asheville, N.C., and Hayden Anthony Clyde of Beckley; sisters, Susan Allen and husband Don of Beckley, Jane Wood and husband Jeff of Grandview, and Myra Anderson and husband Jay of Beckley; nephew, Joe Allen of Exton, Pa.; niece, Paige Hawkins of Harrisonburg, Va.; and her mother-in-law, Doris Pugh of Christiansburg, Va.

A memorial service was held Dec. 15, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with eulogies given by Tim Rector and Mac Tieche.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Roger D. Smith Sr.

Roger D. Smith Sr., 58, of Stafford, Va., formerly of Dothan, died Dec. 10, 2012, at his home following a long illness.

Born May 8, 1954, at Dothan, he was the son of the late Artie Layton and Nettie Irene Stover Smith. Two brothers, Arlie Franklin Smith and Joseph Henry Smith, and a sister, Barbara Smith Yates, also preceded him in death.

Roger was an auto body and paint specialist. He was of the Missionary Baptist faith.

Surviving: his wife, Wavie Lafferty Smith; sons, Roger D. Smith Jr. of Stafford, Va., Rodney D. Smith of Mount Hope and Ryan E. Smith of Stafford, Va.; daughter, Lisa A. Smith of Woodbridge, Va.; brothers, Samuel Smith, Phillip Smith, Jackie Smith and Bobby Smith, all of Mossy; sisters, Tammy Nady and Loretta Walker of Virginia, and Bethel Coleman of Texas and Faye Campbell of Illinois; and grandchildren, Sierra Smith, Cody Smith, Hailey Smith, Alicia Smith, Destiny Smith and Tyler Redding.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2:30 p.m. at the Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona, with Pastor Lum Toney officiating.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time for the service on Saturday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Juanita M. Toney

Juanita M. Toney, 99, of Dothan, died Dec. 13, 2012, at the Ansted Center.

Juanita was born April 15, 1913, at Dothan, daughter of the late John Pad Toney and Alice (Kessler) Toney. Juanita also was preceded in death by a son, Tom Toney; brothers and sisters, Clara Webb Ingram, Ocie Osborne, Winnie Kraft, Sarah Toney, Huey Toney, Ronald Pad Toney, Thomas Toney, and Kenneth Toney; grandson, Michael “Rocky” McDaniel; and granddaughter, Brandy Lynn Toney.

Juanita was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and she was the last surviving charter member of the Dothan Missionary Baptist Church at Dothan.

Before retiring, Juanita was a chef in hospital and nursing home cafeterias.

Surviving: children, H.B. “Lum” Toney and his wife, Brenda, of Oak Hill, Sue McDaniel and her husband, Whitey, of Fayetteville, C.G. “Red” Toney of Laurel, Md., and John Toney and his wife, Joan, of Dothan; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Dec. 15 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Harmon Davis officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Ansted Center, Activities Department, Post Office Drawer 400, Ansted, WV 25812.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.