The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 30, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Franklin Bowles

Thomas “Tommy” Franklin Bowles, 78, of Prince, died May 21, 2013, at his home following a long battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 17, 1935, at Thayer, he was the son of the late William David and Dolly Tincher Bowles. He also was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Tommy served in the United States Air Force. His favorite duty station was Castle Air Force Base, Atwater, Calif. He often referred to his time there was the only place he had ever been that he liked as much as West Virginia.

After working for the Royal and Pocahontas Company coal mines, he went to work for the Eastern Hardwood sawmill.

Tommy’s passion in life was fishing. He spent hours on the New River with his baby brother and best friend, the late David Clyde Bowles. He passed on his love of fishing to his family and grandsons.

In his later years, Tommy became especially close to his sister-in-law, Linda Bowles, often sharing stories of their loved one Clyde.

He was especially fond of photography, always taking pictures of birds and flowers and of the family. Tommy also had an incredible sense of humor. Making people laugh was his gift.

Surviving: his wife of 51 years, Lorraine Joyce Bowles; children and grandchildren, Darrell Bowles and his wife Gabriele, of Neurkirchen, Germany (Andrew, Jonathan), William Bowles of Beaver (Aaron and Ryann), Patricia Jones and her husband, Daryl, of Maple Fork Road (Darrell), Emily Turner of Apopka, Fla. (Allecia), and Dolly Harrah of Beaver (Toby, Hunter, Dakota); and great-grandchildren, Tristan, Andrew, Aleah, Elisabeth, Luke, Jacob, Darrell James and Natalie.

Funeral services were May 24 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Lonnie Grear and Pastor Ted Combs officiating. Interment followed with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #32 of Beckley.

Please make donations to Hospice of Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Thelma Bragg Chapman

Thelma Bragg Chapman, 86, of Mount Hope, died May 24, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born Aug. 2, 1926, at Ellison, she was a daughter of the late Basil and Daisy Barlow Bragg. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Stella Horton.

Thelma was a member of the Jumping Branch Gospel Tabernacle and a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Harold Chapman, and a granddaughter, Sarah Paxton, both of Mt. Hope;  brothers, James Bragg and wife Maxine of Nimitz, Glen Bragg and wife Annie of Illinois, and Roger Bragg and wife Jane of Jumping Branch; and a sister, Virginia Stennett and husband Tom of Nimitz.

Funeral services were May 28 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Tom Coffman officiating. Burial followed in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

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Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Jim ‘Pee Wee’ D’Angelo

Jim “Pee Wee” D’Angelo, 57, of Mount Hope, formerly of Glen Jean, died May 20, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 23, 1955, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Jim and Lucille Romano D’Angelo.

Mr. D’Angelo was a retired plant operator for Reclaiming LLC.

He was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

Pee Wee was an avid fan of the WVU Mountaineers and NASCAR with Tony Stewart being his favorite driver.

Surviving: his wife, Anita Marie Rhodes D’Angelo; daughters, Lucy D’Angelo of Beckley and Jamie D’Angelo of Oak Hill; brothers, Carmen D’Angelo and wife Mary of Derry Hale, Nick D’Angelo, and Mickey Ray Menei and wife Melissa, all of Oak Hill; a sister, Carmen Marie D’Angelo of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Maddie, Kenley, Chloe, Harlan, Cali, and Benjamin D’Angelo Miller; uncles, Vince Menei and wife Norma of Derry Hale, Raymond Menei and wife Phyllis of Mount Hope, and Buddy Vannater and wife Ann of Beckley; aunts, Carol Menei of Glen Jean and Jo Lafferty of Oak Hill; special nephew, Vincent Frank D’Angelo and wife Teresa; and several other nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial was May 24 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.


Richard George Delmas

Richard George Delmas, 80, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Meadow Bridge, died April 12, 2013.

In keeping with his final wishes, he was cremated and will be placed at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood, Wash. A celebration of life service was held May 25 at Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church in Dawson.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.


Elberta Delvira Gill

Elberta Delvira Gill, 92, of Rainelle, died May 22, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, following a long illness.

Born July 22, 1920, in Edmond, she was the daughter of the late William and Victoria Ramsey. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Winnie Steel, Maxine Higginbottom, Delvina Whitaker and Lucille Prater; and her brothers, Woodville Ramsey, Basil Ramsey, Frank Ramsey and Luther Ramsey.

She was employed in the medical field as a nurse in Parkersburg.

She attended Salem Freewill Baptist Church of Oak Hill, and Ansted Baptist Church of Ansted.

Surviving: her sister-in-law, Mary Ramsey of Rainelle, her niece, Sandra and Bill Chapman of Fenwick; her great-nephew, Joey of Fenwick; and a host of other nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at the Orient Hill Cemetery, Orient Hill, on May 26. Rev. John Wyatt  officiated the services.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.


Robert Eugene ‘Bobby Gene’ Hammontree

Robert Eugene “Bobby Gene” Hammontree, 71, of Lochgelly, died May 24, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

Born May 16, 1942, at Lochgelly, he was the son of the late Claude Silver Hammontree and Dorothy Jane Sisson Hammontree. In addition to his parents and five siblings, Bobby Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Lee Ball Hammontree, in October 2010.

Bobby Gene retired several years ago after working 30 years on the assembly line for Chrysler.

Surviving: his children, Paul Hammontree of Michigan and Paula Hammontree of Florida, Robert Hammontree and wife Shawn of Michigan, Rosanne Hammontree of Illinois, Loretta Gubin and husband Paul, and Anthony Hammontree and wife Sarah, all of Michigan, and Claude Hammontree and Adam Hammontree, both of Lochgelly; siblings, Betty Devier of Michigan, Ralph Hammontree and wife Ann of Georgia, Roger Hammontree of Lochgelly, Larry Hammontree of Oak Hill, Claude Hammontree of Lochgelly, and Pam Kizer and husband Nick of Mt. Hope; mother-in-law, Sue Ball of Tennessee; several grandchildren, one great-grandchild, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service was May 29 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Steve Upshure officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


David Donald Hess

David Donald Hess, 80, of Ansted, who for the last few days stated that he wanted to “go home,” died May 22, 2013. David fought a courageous battle against what the doctors referred to as a “mean” cancer.

David was born May 11, 1933, in Lucas, the son of the late Donnie Elmer and Mattie Belle Crookshanks Hess. David also was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimbra Faye Hess Hobbs, and his brother, Columbus “Bunk” Hess.

David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home from active duty, he worked for Deligne Sales and Service in Ansted for several years and later for the West Virginia State Health Department from which he retired in 1989. You can’t keep a good man down. He went on to work and retire again two more times, as a security guard for DuPont Belle Plant until 2004 and at Comfort Inn in Fayetteville as a maintenance man.

David was a great inspiration to many people throughout his life. Over the years, David actively served the Lord and the church in various capacities as youth leader, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, devotional leader, and as a deacon for 30+ years in the Fayette and Kanawha County Free Will Baptist conferences. In recent years, David has faithfully attended Gum Springs Independent Baptist Church where he cherished the friendship and fellowship of his church family. He enjoyed “high-fiving” with the kids and jokingly trying to “make change” when the children collected the offering.

“Papaw” loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed “porch sitting” with a cup of coffee with family and friends, family picnics (especially in the snow), and going to revivals and special services at many area churches. He spent much time reading his Bible. He got a kick out of newspaper comics.

David was a member of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Summersville as well as the Fayette County AARP.

His smile, strength, humor, Christian example, and twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes were a source of encouragement to others. David will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving: his wife of 54 years, Isabelle Ruth Skaggs Hess; sons, David Michael Hess and his wife, Lesa, of Beckley, and Rev. Mark Steven Hess and wife Teana of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Bonita Gail Hess of South Charleston; son-in-law, David Keith Hobbs of Apollo, Pa.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Hess) and Rev. Adam Hensley, Alicia (Hobbs) and Robert Conklin, Jessica Hobbs, Nathan Hess and Bryson Funeral services were May 25 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Mack Canterbury, Rev. Robert Hobbs, and Rev. Mark Hess officiating. Entombment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.


Ian Gilbert Miller

Surrounded by his loving family, Ian Gilbert Miller, 56, of Oak Hill, died May 27, 2013, at his home.

Born May 3, 1957, in Frankfurt, Germany, he was the son of Robert Lyle Miller Sr. of Greenville, Tenn., and the late Ethyle Hope Hatcher Huffman. His grandparents, James Albert and Viola Bertha Hatcher, and a granddaughter, Kayleigh Mae Miller, also preceded him in death.

He was a disabled self-employed carpenter. He was well-known within the community for his woodworking craftsmanship.

Gilbert was a member of the Gentry Missionary Baptist Church at Sanger. He loved reading the Bible and discussing it with everyone.

Surviving, in addition to his father: his wife of 31 years, Norma Jean Palmer Miller; daughter, Nicol Shepherd of Oak Hill; sons, Joshua Miller and Nicholas Miller and wife Brittany, all of Oak Hill; granddaughters, Hannah Carte, Isabelle Maggard, Meeka Miller and Dezirae Miller, all of Oak Hill; grandson, Kane Carte of Oak Hill; brothers, Robert Lyle Miller Jr. and wife Lisa of Livonia, N.Y., James Kevin Miller of Greenville, Tenn., Michael Miller of Lantana, Fla.,  and Richard Miller of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Lisa Smith and husband Don of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Michelle Dyer and husband Mike of Dobson, N.C., and Rena Russell of California; special mother and father-in-law, Danny and Jerri Palmer of Oak Hill; and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were May 29 at Gentry Missionary Baptist Church in Sanger, with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating. In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated following the service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Maitland T. ‘Chink’ Prater

Maitland T. “Chink” Prater, 97, of Orrville, Ohio, died May 21, 2013, at his home following a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 29, 1916, in Sun, he was the son of the late Sam and Minnie (Carter) Prater. He also was preceded in death by a brother, George Prater.

He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1946 in the Asiatic- Pacific Theater, and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

Following his military service, he was united in marriage to Irene E. Holliday, on Aug. 3, 1946, in Fayetteville.

Maitland had been a self-employed barber in West Virginia for 35 years, prior to moving to Orrville in the late 1960s. Later, he was employed at the former Crown Steel and Volvo companies in Orrville, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Ohio Craftmans Guild, a life member of the Orrville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3346, and a former member of the Pythians Lodge and the American Legion.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving: his wife, Irene E. (Holliday) Prater; children, Michael (Betty) Prater of Dalton, Ohio, and Rhonda Wilson of Wooster, Ohio; grandchildren, Matthew T. Prater of Cleveland, Ohio, Kyle (Kris) Prater of Lakeland, Fla., and Barry Wilson, Bryan Wilson, Danielle (Jason) Brynes, all of Orrville; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were May 28 at Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, with Rev. Ken Moody-Arndt officiating. Burial was at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery near Rittman, where military rites were conducted.

Online registry and expressions of condolence may be left at

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691, or to the Orrville Public Library, 230 North Main Street, Orrville, Ohio 44667.

Arrangements by Auble Funeral Home, Orrville.


George Proskin

George Howard Proskin, 83, of Beckwith, died May 25, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 30, 1929, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Fred and Annie Kirk Proskin. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Proskin; and sisters, Dorothy Proskin, Lucille Grose, and Mary Gray.

George worked in maintenance at the Fayette County Park with 30 years of service before retiring.

Surviving: his wife, Ruth Smith Proskin of Beckwith; children, Tommy Lee (Angie) of Fayetteville, Tammy (Jesse) James of Beckwith, George Steven (Ashley) Proskin of Pea Ridge, and Stanley Wayne Smith of King, N.C.; grandchildren, Andrew, Alex, Eli, Tyler, Jared, Brooklyn, Jordan, and William; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were May 29 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Robert Pauley officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be made at

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


Anna Lee Spurlock

Anna Lee Spurlock, 77, of Beards Fork, died May 24, 2013.

Anna was the daughter of the late Paul Howell and Lee Anna Coleman McMillion. She also was preceded in death by her husband, William A. “Buddy” Spurlock, who passed away on May 29, 1997, and her brothers, Harold McMillion and Lovell McMillion.

Anna worked in dietary at Hidden Valley for 14 years.

She was a loving grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all that knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Surviving: daughter, Shirley Ann Hurley of Kincaid; sons, Kenny Lee Brown Jr. and wife Jill of Pennsylvania, and Carlos Ray Spurlock and wife Debbie of Beards Fork; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 27 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Bob Vanfossen officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Gary Dean Thomas

Gary Dean Thomas, 60, of Gauley Bridge, died peacefully in his sleep at home, surrounded by family, on May 27, 2013.

Born Sept. 20, 1952, in Ansted, he was the son of the late David Thomas and Velma Dean Peters Thomas.

He was a sheet metal worker, a member of Local No. 33 Sheet Metal Worker’s Union, and most importantly a Christian, and a member of the Gauley Bridge United Methodist Church.

Gary loved working in his garage on his ’68 Camaro and going to car shows. Gary never met a stranger so everyone became friends.

Surviving: his wife, Sandra Thomas of Gauley Bridge; daughter, Stephanie Harvey and her husband, Brian, of Gauley Bridge; son and best buddy, Jason Dean Thomas of Charlton Heights; his granddaughter and his pride and joy, Lauren Faith Harvey, of Gauley Bridge; brothers, David Thomas Jr. of Maryland, Dennis Thomas and his wife, Judy, of Fayetteville, and James (Red) Thomas and his wife, Melissa, of Ansted; father- and mother-in-law, Roscoe and Wilsie Sizemore of Gauley Bridge; brothers-in-law, Terry Sizemore and his wife, Frances, of Fayetteville, and Teddy Sizemore and his wife, Mary, of North Carolina; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be noon, Friday, May 31, at the Gauley Bridge United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Skaggs officiating, assisted by Rev. David Bounds. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.


Glen Kelso Wriston

Glen Kelso Wriston, 83, of Scarbro, died May 27, 2013.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, where the funeral will be held 11 a.m. on Friday with Pastor Howard Calvert officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.