The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 9, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Harold Delano Bragg

Harold Delano Bragg, 77, of Glen Jean, died May 5, 2012, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston, from a heart attack.

Born Aug. 13, 1934, at Thurmond he was the son of the late Arlie S. and Margaret Muir Bragg.

Mr. Bragg was a U.S. Army veteran, having served 25 years before retiring with the rank of sergeant major. He was also retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Mount Hope.

Surviving: his wife, Elsa Ann DellaMea Bragg; son, Michael Bragg of Glen Jean; daughter, Ann Bragg Gerard and husband Anthony of Oak Hill; sister, Patricia Manuel and husband Phillip of Indianapolis, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews, especially Connie Bragg who was such a great help to him.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Paul J. Burnside

Paul J. Burnside, 85, of Kincaid, died May 4, 2012.

Born June 21, 1926, at Kincaid, he was the son of the late Luther Preston Burnside and Sarah Alice (James) Burnside. Paul also was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Frances Burnside, and a daughter, Rhonda Burnside Sharp. Paul was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Paul loved his family and the great outdoors. Always he could be found in his cherished gardens working the soil; and many times sitting, quietly meditating, and watching it grow. He reveled in the changing seasons, always faithful in housing and feeding his feathered friends. An avid watcher of wildlife, he enjoyed hunting and especially fishing, wetting a line whenever and wherever an opportunity. He enjoyed cooking and was especially proud of dinners from his wood stove. Ever curious and inventive, his unique thinking could always turn nothing into something useful and of value.

Baptized and at peace with God, he will be greatly missed by those that loved him and were a part of his life.

Paul was retired from Norfolk and Western Railroad as a Maintenance-of-Way operator for 38 years.

Surviving: children, Gary W. Burnside and his wife, Sherry, of Kincaid, Cheri Aragon-Preece and her husband, Jim Preece, of Wheeling, Mark A. Burnside and his wife, Lois, of Kincaid, and Bryan K. Burnside and his wife, Sharon, of Fayetteville;, 15  grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Thursday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Mae ‘Bea’ Chaffin

Elizabeth Mae “Bea” Chaffin, 92, of Fayetteville, died May 7, 2012.

Born Dec. 18, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Catherine Bartley Adkins. Elizabeth also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Chaffin; daughter, Martha Leet; five brothers and a sister; and a great-grandchild, Toni Elizabeth Bishop. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Elizabeth loved spending time with her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was a member of the Minden Missionary Baptist Church and an honorary member of the Bold Spring Baptist Church.

Surviving: her daughters, Thelma Phillips of Oak Hill, Minnie Dorn of Greenwood, S.C., and Wanda McCarthy of Gallagher; son, Mike Chaffin and wife Tina of Fayetteville; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were May 9 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

The family requests donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Sarah Jane ‘Janie’ Dempsey

Sarah Jane “Janie” Dempsey, 52, of Oak Hill, died May 2, 2012, at her home.

She was born June 5, 1959, at Cambridge, Ohio, the daughter of the late Richard Naylor and Glenna Christine (Walker) Naylor.

She was a member of the Crooked Run Community Church at Fayetteville.

Surviving: children, Jimmy Smith and wife Denise of Oak Hill, Rebecca White and husband Jeremy of Charleston, and Carl “Bill” Smith of Oak Hill; stepson, Henry Dempsey Jr. of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Justin Smith, Jessie Smith, and Jimmy Lee Smith, all of Oak Hill, and Anthony Smith, Selena White, and Jeremy White, all of Charleston; brothers, Leroy Naylor of Red Star, Eugene Endicott of Summersville, and Randy Walker of Atkins, Va.; and sisters, Gloria Ritchie of Fayetteville, Mary Pennington of Oak Hill, Vickie Chambers of Panama City, Fla., and Judy Carter of Logan.

Funeral service was May 9 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Joann Treadway officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Hartsel Gay Dunbar

Hartsel Gay Dunbar, 58, of North Sand Branch Road, died May 1, 2012.

She was born Oct. 10, 1943, daughter of Pearl Lafferty and the late Denny Ray Lafferty. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death in 2009 by her loving husband of 47 years, Lloyd D. Dunbar.

She was of the Pentecostal faith and attended North Sand Branch Worship Center.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and an inspiration to her family and will leave with her family her examples of humbleness, kindness and love, and her faith in Jesus Christ.

Surviving: her mother, Pearl Lafferty of Oak Hill; children, David Dunbar and wife Gina of North Carolina, Annette Hitchcock and husband Mike of Oak Hill, Lloyd A. Dunbar of Mt. Hope, and Michelle Dunbar and companion Harold Morrison of Mt. Hope; sisters, Drema Gray of Beckley and Debra Richmond of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Samatha Dunbar, Stephanie Boyd, Heather Dunbar, Andrea Dunbar, Chanda Large, Stephen Hitchcock II, and Meghan Dunbar; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was May 4 at the North Sand Branch Worship Center, 927 North Sand Branch Road, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Sheila L. Grant                 

Sheila Grant, 47, of Canton, Ohio, died May 5, 2012, in her home.

Born March 4, 1965, in Canton, she was the daughter of Morris and Mary (Hall) Goley. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Serna in 1999.

She was a Canton-area resident most of her life and was formerly employed by Burn Right Mold and the Canton South McDonald’s.

Sheila loved gardening and camping and enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Surviving: son, Justin Grant and his fiancée, Tina Harbin; grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan and Jordan Grant; father, Morris Goley; brothers, Robert Wilson, Morris (Darlene) Goley Jr. and Jeff Goley; sisters, Sharon Cochran, Shirley (Wayne) Taylor, Romalia (Larry) Morgan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Sheila’s life was held May 8 in Valley Chapel Brethren in Christ Church. Inurnment will be Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in Mary’s Garden in Victor.

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Arrangements by Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home.

Christian Keith Hanshew

Christian Keith Hanshew, of Meadow Bridge, died May 2, 2012.

Graveside service was May 5 at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville with Rev. Milburn Pack officiating.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.

Edgar Steve Jeffries

Edgar Steve Jeffries, 62, of Oak Hill, died May 2, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born June 2, 1949, he was the son of the late Edgar E. Jeffries and Fannie K. (Redden) Jeffries.

Surviving: daughters, Sarah L. Wilder and her husband, Matthew, of Fayetteville, and Connie A. Taylor and her husband, Kenny, Donna K. Holliday and her husband, Clifford, and Martha L. Jeffries, all of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Adam Wilder, Jessica Wilder, Emily Neff, Steven Neff, Kaylee Holliday, Rachael Jeffries, and Christina Johns; and his unborn first great-grandchild.

Funeral service was May 5 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Joann Treadway officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Harold Thomas Mullins

Harold Thomas Mullins, 77, of Oak Hill, died April 30, 2012 at his home.

Born Jan. 17, 1935, at Clintwood, Va., he was the son of the late Grover and Victoria Belcher Mullins. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Hall Mullins, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

A former employee of Wallace & Wallace Vending and K&K Music, he was the owner of Tom’s Amusements.

Tom was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene. He was an avid walker and a familiar sight to Oak Hill residents who would see him driving around town in his blue Ranchero.

Surviving: his wife, Zelda U. Martin Mullins; son, Danny R. Mullins and wife Malisa of Spencer; daughter, Sharon Taylor of Scarbro; stepson, Roger Johnson and wife Draxie of Virgie, Ky.; stepdaughters, Alice Johnson of Virgie, Ky., and Laura Lyke of Oak Hill; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal service were May 4 at the Pearl Hall Family Cemetery, Long Fork Road in Virgie, Ky. Burial will follow.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Delbert L. Patton

Delbert L. Patton, 74, of Oak Hill, died May 7, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 28, 1937, at Mt. Lookout, he was the son of the late Eugene and Rosa Fox Patton. His wife, Doris Leah Martin Patton, preceded him in death on June 8, 1996. He also was preceded in death by a son, Billy Thomas, and a son-in-law, Clifford Parker.

Retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways in Oak Hill, Delbert was former owner of Patton’s Exxon and Corner Sunoco. He was currently employed by C. Adam Toney Discount Tires in Oak Hill.

Mr. Patton was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: his children, Debra Parker of Oak Hill, Greg Thomas and wife Barbara of Shady Spring, and Devonna Scarbro and husband Jerry of Beckley; daughter-in-law, Shirley Thomas; brother, David Patton and wife Inez of Virginia; sisters, Macy Older and husband Bill, and Linda Brown, all of Charleston; grandchildren, Craig Thomas, Christa Thomas, Justin Parker and wife Heather, Jon Parker, Kent Scarbro, Jared Scarbro, Leah Scarbro, Chasity Thomas, Zach Thomas, Jacob Thomas, Stephen Thomas, Nikolas Thomas and Angelique Thomas; great-grandchildren, Brent Lilly, Carter Parker, Keilee Barb, Mason Waddel, Madilynn Scarbro and Austin Scarbro; and his pet, Autumn.

Funeral services will be on Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jerry Bush and Pastor David Edwards officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Joseph Delford Pauley

Joseph Delford Pauley, 94, of Ansted, passed away at his home May 5, 2012, following a long illness.

Joseph was born June 27, 1917, in Jodie, the son of the late Joseph Lucius Pauley and Nellie O’Neal Pauley. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Lou Pauley; grandsons, Kevin Pauley, Jonathan Shuff, and Corey Shuff; granddaughter, Glenda Clackler; sisters, Beatrice Nutter, Etta Mae Mann, and Maggie Stone; and brothers, Ralph Pauley, Bob Pauley, Frank Pauley and Harry Pauley.

He was first mate in the Merchant Marines, and was a coal miner.

He was a 25-year member of the Masonic Marston Lodge #49 in Fort McCoy, Fla., and a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Ansted.

Surviving: his wife, Freda “Flo” Pauley of Ansted; children, Gary and Judy Pauley, Brenda Parrish, Larry and Sarah Pauley, Toni Gayle and Herbie Kinsey, Steven and Linda Pauley, Patricia and Bill Kincaid, Murlen and Shelley Paul, Wallace and Karen Paul, Larry and Sue Paul, Mona and John Shuff, and Dona Lacy; a brother, Rev. George Pauley of Scott Depot; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 9 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Gerald Kincaid officiating. Entombment was at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor, with Masonic rites conducted by Hayden Lodge #113 of Ansted.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Pasquale ‘Pat’ Pino

Pasquale (Pat) Pino, 85, died at his home in Oak Hill April 30, 2012, after a long illness.

Pat was born on Oct. 20, 1926, the son of the late Pietro and Santa Pino, who were proud American citizens who immigrated to the United States from Sicily. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Frank.

Pat married Patricia Ann Greer of Kilsyth, on March 4, 1960.

Pat was a graduate of Mt. Hope High School and attended Beckley College.

He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II in Guadalcanal. During his time in the Navy, Pat was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal.

Pat began his career at the Bureau of Mines (later known as MESA, MSHA) in 1946 and retired in 1985. He was a master electrician and a jack-of-all-trades.

Pat was a member of the volunteer Mt. Hope Fire Department for many years.

Pat lived in Mount Hope until 1990, at which time he and Patricia moved to Oak Hill. Pat attended the Bradley FreeWill Baptist Church.

Pat was loved by all who knew him. He was famous for his humor, kindness, generosity and was a helper to all. He loved playing the guitar and singing and is known world-wide for his rendition of “Rattle Snake Daddy.” He loved to eat, play poker, tell jokes and spend time in the sun. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends and family and was the best husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend in the world.

Also surviving: siblings, Josephine Pino Boyerski of Florida, John Pino and wife Mary of Oak Hill, Pete Pino and wife Bonnie of Tennessee, and June Pino, wife of his late brother Frank, of Mt. Hope; children, Pasquale (Butch) Pino Jr. and spouse Julie of Ramsey, Tina Scott and spouse Robert of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Jim Pino and spouse Melissa of Shady Spring, Lisa Brewer and spouse Mark of Columbus, Ga., Vicki Canterbury and spouse Norton of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Sandi Pino of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Shawn, Regina, Chris, Angela, Jessica, Josh, Jordan, Ashleigh, Brandon, Ross, Jillian, Jalynn, Aaron , Lindsey, Jaime, Jeremy, Paige, Brittany and Courtney; and great-grandchildren, Adam, Maya, Jarek, Alex, Alysia, Avina, Jakob, Skyler, Theodore, John, Zack, Ali and Carlie.

The funeral service was held May 4 at Bradley FreeWill Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Peters and Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Hope.

Clinton Richardson

Mr. Clinton Richardson, 64, of Harvey, died May 6, 2012.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Elmer Ray Scarbrough

Elmer Ray Scarbrough, 87, of Oak Hill, died May 1, 2012, at his home.

Born Feb. 15, 1925, at Dothan, he was the son of the late William “Wildcat Willie” and Rosie Scarbro Scarbrough.

He was a retired coal miner for New River Company at Summerlee.

Mr. Scarbrough was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who received two Purple Hearts. He was a member of the Purple Heart Association of New York and the Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 A.F. and A.M.

Surviving: his wife, Ivora Rhodes Scarbrough; daughter, Donna Pyles of Purcellville, Va.; sons, Dexter Scarbrough and wife Martha of Hilltop, Delbert Scarbrough and wife Della of Fredricksburg, Va., Douglas Scarbrough and wife Tammy, and Kavin Scarbrough and wife Gay, all of North Carolina, and Ivan Scarbrough and wife Cheryl of Bluefield; sister, Oakie Langford; and 14 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 5 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Entombment was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Catherine Jane Rosiek Shamblin

Catherine Jane “Jenkie” Shamblin, 72, of Brunswick, Ga., died May 5, 2012, at her residence.  

Catherine was born June 8, 1939, in Summerlee, the daughter of the late Anthony and Catherine Uryga Rosiek. Catherine also was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Hess and Angeline Zaleski; and her brothers, John Rosiek, Walter Rosiek, and Leon Rosiek.

She had been a resident of Brunswick for the past three years.

She devoted her life to her family. She enjoyed cooking and was accomplished in Polish cuisine. “Mimi” was “grandmother extraordinaire” to three grandchildren, whom she dearly loved, cherished and enjoyed spending every possible moment with.

Surviving: her husband of 51 years, Charles Edward Shamblin; daughters, Kelly Waldron and husband Bert, and  Mindy Overly and husband Brad, both of St. Simons Island; grandchildren, Catherine Waldron, Trey Waldron, and Morgan Overly; sister, Ann Novak of Dunnellon, Fla.; brother, Stanley Rosiek of Oak Hill; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island with Monsignor John Kenneally officiating.  

Arrangements by Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick,

William ‘Bill’ Garland Sneed Sr.

William “Bill” Garland Sneed Sr., 79, of Fayetteville, formerly of Minden, died April 28, 2012.

Born March 4, 1933, at Glen Morgan, he was the son of the late Erie and Jennie Sneed. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Roger, Donald, and James Sneed; sisters, Freda Riley, Gloria Poore, and Joyce Sneed; son-in-law, Mark Jones; daughter-in-law, Esta Volksen; and his soulmate and true love of his life, his wife, June Sneed.

He was the pastor of Rocklick Community Church, Minden.

He worked and retired with 40 years of service at the Buckeye Prep Plant in Stephenson; he also retired following 17 years of service for the Raleigh County Landfill.

He loved his life as a Christian and loved testifying to everyone he met about his Savior; whether he was fishing, working, or simply just sitting around talking, he would invite you to come to church.

Surviving: brother, Dannie Snead and wife Joan of Baltimore, Md.; his children, Dell Jones of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Bert Sneed and wife Julia of Oak Hill, William “Bigfoot” Sneed and companion Crystal Hodges of Mt. Hope, Roy Sneed of Mount Olive, and Ann Ramsey and husband Shawn of Fayetteville, with whom he made his home; grandchildren, James Sneed (who he raised as a son) and wife Jenny of Mount Hope, Robert Deal and wife Dara of Endor, Glen Deal of Charleston, Harley Volksen stationed in Afghanistan and girlfriend Jenny Smith of Fayetteville, Lexi Volksen of North Carolina, Natile Hudnall of West Virginia, Carla Toney of Martinsburg, Amanda Elmore and husband Ben, Shawn Ramsey II, and Cody Ramsey, all of Fayetteville, Brittany Willis and husband Kevin, and Heidi Tolley, all of Ansted, Heather Pennington of Beckley, and Davey Gillam, Pete Palko, Michael Haney, and Michael Zimmerman, all of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Issaiah Sneed, Bethany Sneed, Robert Deal Jr., Tara Deal, Jason and Kayleigh Lambert, Damien Joy, Dane Smith, Chase Willis and Bishop Elmore, whom he was awaiting his arrival in June of this year; nieces, Patti Smith of Northeast, Md., Cheryle Hodges of Virginia, Billie Davis of North Carolina, and Donna Gonzales, Linda Snead, Karen Nichols, and Wendy Snead, all of Maryland; nephews, Christopher Snead and Michael Snead, both of Maryland; several great-nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces; very special friends that he considered family, everyone at Rocklick Community Church (he loved each and everyone of them so much), Tex and Frances Ramsey, Karen Sloan, all the employees at the Raleigh County Landfill, each and every one especially his buddy, Darrell Grant, the professionals that gave him excellent care, Amanda Haney, Todd Dennler, Gentiva staff especially Trish, Karen, Genie, Kenna, and Megan, Dr. Lora Keaveny and the staff at the Peterson Clinic and the staff at PMC.

Services were May 5 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Jerry Sears officiating. He was cremated and his ashes will be reunited with his soulmate to be together again at last.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lena Wesley

Lena Wesley, 94, of Fayetteville, died May 7, 2012.

Arrangements pending at Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.

Fred Owen Wyatt

Fred Owen Wyatt, 61, of Loops Road, died suddenly at his home April 30, 2012.

Born Oct. 16, 1950, Freddie was the son of the late Russell and Josie Kenney Wyatt.

Freddie loved gardening, fishing, singing, reciting poetry and visiting with friends, family and even people he didn’t know.

It is impossible to condense a lifetime into a small paragraph, but those who knew him know he was one of a kind. Suffice it to say, he loved everyone, never meeting a stranger, and everyone loved him back. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving: brothers, Gary and Vickie of Wingate, N.C., Rev. John and Donna of Loops Road, and Alan and Mary of St. Albans; sister, Emma Lou and Del Goodwin; nephews, James Wyatt of North Carolina, and Johnathan Fox of Rainelle; niece, Katherine Brownsberger and family of Colorado; and a stepson, Bliss.

A memorial service was held May 5 at the Sturgeon Branch Baptist Church on Loops Road with Pastor Bennie Kenney and Pastor John Wyatt officiating.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.