The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 20, 2013

Obituaries - Thursday, February 21, 2013

Betty Brooks

Betty Jo Brooks, 75, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 12, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1936, at Charleston, she was the daughter of the late James M. and Hazel Lee Blankenship Pierce. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron “Bruce” Brooks, in 2003; daughters, Sharon Legg, Brenda Maynor, and Marie Buckland; sons, John and Lloyd Brooks; brothers, Bill and Russell Pierce; and a granddaughter, Tina Turner.

Betty was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She had worked as a nurse’s assistant at Fayette Continuous Care, and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: a daughter, Linda Brooks of Oak Hill; a sister, Carolyn Lambert of Crab Orchard; brothers, Roger Pierce and Wayne Pierce, both of Beckley, and Ronald Pierce of Crab Orchard; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services was Feb. 15, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. Burial followed in Simms Cemetery on Loops Road, Sewell Mountain, Rainelle.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

David H. Brown

David H. Brown, nicknamed “Hungry Jack,” 73, of Lavista, on Lookout Road, died Feb. 13, 2013, following an extended illness.

Born Feb. 4, 1940, in Clay County, he was a son of the late Jim and Bertha Brown. On Feb. 21, 1984, he was united in marriage to Hermenia “Vicky” Brown, who preceded him in death on May 16, 2008. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Herbert Brown of Indore, and a sister, Eva Faye Brown of Belva.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor to all.

David loved to cut wood, garden, and going to fellowship with his church family at Bell Creek Holiness Church in Dixie. In his spare time he enjoyed riding 4-wheelers with his grandkids and going to football games.

David retired from Elkem Metals of Alloy in 2002 as the head furnace tapper for the plant. He earned many rewards while working at the plant and enjoyed the times and people that he worked with. He got his nickname, “Hungry Jack,” while working at the plant because he always worked all the overtime he could get. His fellow co-workers started calling him “Hungry Jack” because they thought he must be hungry to be working all the long hours.

Surviving: sons, James Franklin Brown of Ontario, Canada, and David Edward Brown of Gerrardstown; daughters, Karen Louise Childers and husband Delmar of Valley Fork, and Deborah Naoma Brown of Ansted; brothers, Gale and Delores Brown of Indore, Roy and Betty Brown of Memphis, Tenn., Joe and Patsy Brown of Dixie, and Phil and Polly Brown of Fayetteville; sisters, Pauline Hedrick of Indore, Rosie Jane and George Lucas of Ansted, and Betty Elizabeth and the late Gene Pullen of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Sonjie Brown of Indore; grandchildren, James Milroy and wife Jessica Ellen Brown of Glasgow, Samantha Jo Childers and fiancé Jesse Foster of Lizemores, Amy Marie Childers of Valley Fork, Matthew Brown, Taylor Brown, and Katherine Brown, of Ontario, Canada, and Ryan and Heather Brown of Gerrardstown; great-grandchild, Zoey Elizabeth Foster of Lizemores, and he was expecting another great-grandchild, Bradley Gale Childers of Valley Fork, in March.

Funeral services were Feb. 17, at Pennington Funeral Home in Gauley Bridge with Pastor Lee Holliday officiating. Burial followed in McVey-Skaggs Cemetery in Shade Creek.

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Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Clyde A. Burgess, M.D.

Clyde A. Burgess, M.D., 82, of Green Bank, died Feb. 14, 2013.

Born May 3, 1930, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Clyde Austin and Marshie Honaker Burgess.

He graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1948 and attended the University of Dayton and graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1961.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel in 1996.

Dr. Burgess practiced medicine in Berkley Springs, Philippi and Clarksburg, W.Va., and Ashland, Ky., as well as serving with the U.S. Army in Alaska and Kentucky.

He retired to the beautiful mountains of Pocahontas County and attended Hebron Baptist Church in Green Bank.

Surviving: his wife of 59 years, Christine Haga Burgess; son, Andrew (Linda Gale) Burgess of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Kimberly Burgess, M.D., of Charleston; and a sister, Kathryn Burgess Terwilleger of Willow Street, Pa.

Funeral services were Feb. 18, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jim Franklin and Pastor Paul Murdock officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests donations to the Gideons or a charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles Edward Eary

Charles Edward Eary of Eulonia, Ga., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah.

Surviving: his wife, Faith Alston Eary; children, Florence (Scott) Chever, Charlotte Burdett, Edward (Nevie) Eary, and Nelly (Kelly) Eary; sister, Alyconi (Donald) Babb; and brother, Verla (Ruby) Eary.

A retired Master Sergeant of the Air Force, he was a native of West Virginia and a member of Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.

Funeral services were Feb. 14, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Darien, with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery.

Arrangements by Darien Funeral Home. 912-437-4123.Rhoda Virginia Hofstetter

Rhoda Virginia Hofstetter, 102, of Ansted, died Feb. 12, 2013, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Funeral Home, Ansted.

James William Hoover Sr.

James William Hoover Sr., 61, of Chestnut Knob Road, Layland, died Feb. 17, 2013.

As per his wishes, his body is to be cremated. There will be no services at this time.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Kay Frances King

Kay Frances King, 64, of Smithers, died Feb. 11, 2013.

Born Jan. 31, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Walter Pete and Virginia Bell Skaggs Totten. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Buck” King Jr..

She was a devoted housewife and mother.

Surviving: children, Christina Kay and husband Tim Fletcher, of Fayetteville, Donald Stewart and wife Crystal Anderson of Oak Hill, and Anthony and wife Angie Anderson of Sissonville; stepdaughter, Nikki Smith of Bealeton, Va.; brother, Dave and wife Sue Totten of Sandusky, Ohio, and Richard Totten of Glasgow; sister, Connie Perdue of Chesapeake; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Service was Feb. 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Terry King officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Carolyn Sue Koch

Carolyn Sue Koch, 67, of Ansted, died Feb. 12, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Nov. 27, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Nellie Marie Canterbury. She also was  preceded in death by her brother, Howard Mitchell Canterbury, and her sister, Bobbie Gail Canterbury.

Carolyn was an associate manager at Big Lots and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving: her husband, Robert G. Koch Sr. of Ansted; children, Robert G. Koch Jr., David A. Koch Sr., and Carol B. Taylor, all of Ansted, Rubonda L. Proskin of Oak Hill and Danny L. Koch of Ansted; sister, Louetta J. Koch of Victor; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Feb. 16, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. Debbie Minor officiating. Entombment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Victor.

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Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Joan Vandall Martin

Joan Elizabeth Vandall Martin, 59, of Rainelle, died Feb. 8, 2013, at her home following a long illness.

Born Nov. 22, 1953, at Meadow Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Gloria Lewis Vandall. She also was preceded in death by her brother and best friend, David Vandall.

Joan was employed at Isratex in Rainelle for many years as a seamstress and the Rainelle Pizza Hut.

She was a devout Christian and an active member of the First Baptist Church at Rainelle.

Joan enjoyed cooking, sewing and spoiling her niece and nephews. Everyone who knew Joan loved and adored her.

Surviving: her husband and soul mate, Ronald Martin; brother, David Fleshman of Grassy Meadows; sisters, Kathy Dorsey (John) of Rupert and Tammy Crookshanks (John) of Green Castle, Pa.; nephews, Michael Vandall (Stacy) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Christopher Vandall of Meadow Bridge, and Jeremy Dorsey of Rupert; niece, Jennifer Butler (Ed) of Odessa, Mo.; great-nephew, Malakai Butler of Odessa, Mo.; and a devoted caregiver, Doris Bryant of Smoot.

Service was Feb. 13 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastors Bob Scharnhorst and Keith Shumaker officiating. Burial followed in the Martin Cemetery at Crag.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Devon Brooke Mayes

Devon Brooke Mayes of Beckley, died Feb. 9, 2013.

This tiny someone touched our hearts and left our lives somehow changed forever ... especially the hearts of her parents, Timothy Floyd Mayes Jr. and Crystal Rene Prince-Walker; her grandparents, Bruce and Ginger Prince of Oak Hill, and Debbie Leggett of Beckley; her great-grandmothers, Janet Maynard of Pineville and Kathleen Leggett of Cleveland Ohio; an uncle, Chad Vigilante of Beckley; an aunt, Nicole Prince of Oak Hill; sister, Jordan Taylor Walker of Oak Hill; and cousin, London Swar of Oak Hill.

A graveside service in High Lawn Memorial Park at The Garden of The Last Supper, Oak Hill, was held Feb. 14 with Rev. Pete Lokant officiating.

There will be no visitation.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Nellie Mae Mullins

Nellie Mae Mullins, 72, of Charleston, formerly of Ansted, died Feb. 10, 2013.

Funeral services were Feb. 14, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. Burial followed in the Fox Cemetery at Ramsey.

Online condolence may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Funeral Home, Ansted.

Presley Rilen Petitt

Presley Rilen Petitt, infant daughter of Cindy Lewis Hutchins and Richard Petitt of Fayetteville, was still-born on Feb. 15, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Also surviving: sisters, Jordan Scarbro of Fayetteville, and Katherine Golden and Jessica Toney, both of Oak Hill; ]brothers, Richard Petitt Jr. of Fayetteville and Robert Petitt of Victor; maternal grandmother, Doreen Stewart of North Carolina; and paternal grandmother, Margie Morton of Charleston.

Preceding her in death were maternal grandfather, Woody Lewis, and paternal grandfather, Robert Petitt.

Friends and family called at the residence Feb. 17. Final resting place is High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mark Anthony Pino

Mark Anthony Pino, 52, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 17, 2013, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Friday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Leonard Mason Richmond

Leonard Mason Richmond, 61, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 26, 1951, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Alva Rosco and Ida Bell Pyatt Richmond. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Richmond and Cordie Lee Richmond; and four sisters, Mabel Gilson, Daisy Bryant, Joetta Richmond and Drema Jones.

Leonard was a retired master plumber and had 39 years of service with the Fayette County Board of Education.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outside and working in his garden.

Surviving: his wife, Deanna Newhouse Richmond; son, Jonathan Richmond and companion Tina Young of Fayetteville; daughter, Nichole Richmond and fiancé Chris Cook of Fayetteville; sister, Masel Bays of Fayetteville; his faithful companion, Romeo; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor James Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at the funeral home.

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

Shirley Marie Aurentz Skaggs

Shirley Marie Aurentz Skaggs, 77, formerly of Fayette County, died Feb. 6, 2013, in Sumpter, S.C.

Born Feb. 10, 1935, at Nuttallburg, she was the daughter of the late French Aurentz and Martha Sedlock Aurentz Boley. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edwin W. Skaggs; brother, Thomas Aurentz; and a stillborn daughter.

Shirley was a homemaker and a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She spent her life loving, blessing and serving her family, her church family and all who knew her. She will greatly missed.

She was a member of the Christian Home Church in Blountstown, Fla.

Surviving: a brother, Lawrence Boley and wife Linda of Layland; son, Edwin W. Skaggs and wife Susie of Charleston; daughters, Beverly Morris and husband Roger of Sumpter, S.C., and Cathy Davis of Oak Hill; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Skaggs was cremated. A memorial service was Feb. 16, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Ed Skaggs officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lewis F. ‘Buster’ Tyree

Lewis F. “Buster” Tyree, 90, formerly of Charleston, and Santee, S.C., died Feb. 15, at the Veteran’s Victory House, in Walterboro, S.C.

Born Sept. 5, 1922, at Lively, he was the son of the late Jefferson Clay and Della Frances Lively Tyree. As the last surviving of seven children, he also was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Ross, Lawrence, and Howard, and sisters, Mary Kesler and Blanche Davis. His wife, Viola Southall Tyree, also preceded him in death in 2000.

Mr. Tyree was a First Sergeant in the United States Army where he served in the European Theater during World War II.

After the war he returned home and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, and was president of the student body, 1951-1952. He was also recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

He began his banking career in 1952 at Charleston National Bank in Charleston, and was a Vice President in charge of Personnel and Purchasing until his retirement in 1984.

Lewis enjoyed golf and was a longtime member of the former Kanawha Country Club as well as a former member of the Charleston Lions Club, and lifetime member of the Elks Lodge in Charleston.

Surviving: daughter, Kathy Tyree Smith; son-in-law, Rick Smith; and his favorite pal and granddogger, Carly, of Santee, S.C.

Funeral services were Feb. 19, at the Bible Center Church, Charleston, with Pastor Erin Mounts officiating. Graveside rites and committal were followed by burial at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Pastor James McQuerrey officiating.

Please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.