The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 24, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, May 24, 2012


— Betty Ann Evans Byrd

Betty Ann Evans Byrd, 64, of Mount Hope, died May 14, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.

Born Aug. 27, 1947, at Ingram Branch, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Garnett Toney Evans. A sister, Ruby Cox; brother, Gene Evans; brother-in-law, Billy Byrd; and son-in-law, Jackie Coffman, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Byrd was a member of the New Beginning Apostolic Church at Minden and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Sherry Siemiaczko and husband Robert of Charleston, Sandra Coffman and fiance Terry Milam of Mount Hope, Shelia Bragg and fiance Bobby Johnson of Prudence, Kimberly Duncan and husband Charles of Minden, and Candace Wingate and fiance Avery Munn of Mount Hope; her husband, Bobby Byrd; brother, Elmer Evans of Oak Hill; sisters, Dorothy Settle of Mossy, Hazel Roman of Bradley and Shirley Byrd of Oak Hill; special friends, Michael Wingate and Tammy Lanham; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 18 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Gene Evans and Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Tina Jean Cales Carver

Tina Jean Cales Carver, 45, of Taylorsville, N.C., formerly of Oak Hill, died April 17, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, following a battle with cancer.

Born Sept. 25, 1966, she was the daughter of Carol and Lonnie Cales of Oak Hill.

Tina was a graduate of Oak Hill High School.

She was a former manager of WalMart in Taylorsville, N.C.

Surviving: her husband, Bill Carver; a son, Adam Davis of Fayetteville; daughters, Jerica Taylor of Fayetteville, Becky and Brittany Carver at home; a brother, Lonnie and Chris Cales of Greenville, S.C.; mother-in-law, Doris Mitchell; brother-in-law, Jerry Carver; sister-in-law, Mary Carver; and a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at www.alexfuneralservice. com.

Arrangements by Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville, N.C.



William ‘Bill’ Theodore Evans

William “Bill” Theodore Evans, 82, of Oak Hill, died May 17, 2012, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born June 5, 1929, at Mt. Lookout, he was the son of the late James Oscar and Estelle Champe Evans. A sister, Gay Johnson, and brothers, infant Johnny Evans and Charles Franklin Evans, also preceded him in death..

He was retired from Kroger in Oak Hill with over 40 years’ service.

Mr. Evans was a member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving: his wife, Gaye Martin Evans; a brother, James O. Evans Jr. of Oak Hill; and a sister, Frances Loving of Toledo, Ohio.

Funeral services were May 20 at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church in Fayetteville with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Entombment was at Huse Memorial Park Mausoleum, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Cecil J. Gibson Sr.

Cecil John Gibson Sr., 80, of Fayetteville, died May 19, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born April 2, 1932, in Pikeville, Ky., he was the son of the late William Gibson (Nov. 1951) and Nora Belle Rattliff Gibson (Nov. 1971). He also was preceded in death by his son, David Allen Gibson; granddaughter, Carrie Ann Myles; sisters, Faye, Kelsy and Velsey, and Alberta; and brothers, Kit, Lloyd, Jim, Sid, Carlos, and Johnny.

Cecil was a devoted member of Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the UMWA. He was a retired West Virginia coal miner and retired from Central Appalachian Coal Company. In retirement he loved to work in the church, cut grass, and spend time with his grandchildren.

Surviving: his wife of 56 years, Maxine Kincaid Gibson; sons, Cecil John Gibson Jr. and wife Vickie of Fayetteville, and Randall Lee Gibson and wife Tammy of Beckley; daughters, Nora Belle Myles and husband Rick of Fayetteville, and Stella Mae Blake and husband Eddie of Fayetteville; sister, Glema Rupert of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Tracy, Rick, Matthew, Tyler, Brandon, Brittany, Ethan, and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Landon, Kaelan, Evan, Hope, and Ricky; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were May 22 at Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Beckwith, with Pastor Danny Sears officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Donations may be made in his memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Mary Ruth Edwards Hartwell

Mary Ruth Edwards Hartwell, 90, of Mossy, formerly of Powellton, died May 17, 2012, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born Sept. 12, 1921, in Montgomery, she was the daughter of the late Gomer and Maggie Vaughn Edwards. Mary also was preceded in death by her husband, William M. "Mack" Hartwell; daughters, Shirley Kourpel and Mary Franklin; a special sister-in-law, Nellie Hartwell; two brothers, two sisters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Hartwell attended the Fairview United Methodist Church, Mossy, and was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Margaret Grindstaff of Corinne, Della Blake of Montgomery, and Nancy Compton and husband Russell of Mossy; son, Kenny Hartwell and wife Linda of Cleveland, Ohio; 23 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 21 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Arolette Stover officiating. Burial was at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Ryan Franklin Hatfield

Ryan Franklin Hatfield, 19, of Danese, died suddenly May 16, 2012.

Born Feb. 18, 1993, in Beckley, he was the son of Billy Franklin Hatfield and the late Pamela Ann Mullins Hatfield. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Aaron Michael Bennett.

Surviving: his parents, Loretta May and Billy Franklin Hatfield of Romney; a sister, Tabatha Hatfield of Ohio; brothers, Estil Hatfield and Travis Hatfield, both of Ohio; maternal grandparents, Billy and Lena Mullins of Danese; and paternal grandmother, Barbara Cook of Luray, Va.

Services were May 20 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial followed at the Patton Cemetery in Meadow Bridge.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com

Donations of sympathy may be made to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, 213 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962, to help defray expenses.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Paul Lilly

Paul Lilly, 61, of Robson, died May 13, 2012, in the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

A memorial service  for Paul was held May 18 in The House of Prayer, Page, with the Rev. Billy Raynes officiating.

In keeping with Mr. Lilly’s wishes he has been cremated.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley.



Cory Ryan Lovins

Cory Ryan Lovins, 15, of Fayetteville, died May 17, 2012, at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Born June 3, 1996, in Frankfurt, Germany, he was the beloved son of Roy Dewayne and Misty Dawn Riffle Lovins of Fayetteville.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy Lee Lovins; great-grandmother, Stella Riffle; uncle, William Curtis Riffle; great-grandfathers, Willard Lovins, Ernest Belcher, and Paul Detamore; and cousin, Austen David Lovins.

Cory was a student at Collins Middle School in Oak Hill. He was an avid wrestling fan and loved to fish, hunt and garden.

He was a Gold Star family member.

Cory loved watching his brother, Tracey, compete in his various sports events. Cory was his No. 1 fan.

No matter how Cory was feeling, he always put a smile on someone’s face.

Surviving: his parents, Roy and Misty Lovins; brother, Tracey Lamar Lovins at home; maternal grandparents, William and Kathleen Riffle of Fayetteville; paternal grandmother, Betty Lovins of Oceana; aunts and uncles, Brandon and Madonna Gilco of Oceana, Leann and Eddie Dominick of Pineville; cousins, Daniel Gilco, Jason Riffle, Casie Riffle, Madison Riffle, and Steven (Baronica) Dominick; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Vera Riffle and Barbara Detamore; and paternal great-grandparents, Druzilla Belcher and Ruth Lovins; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 24, in the chapel at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor William Wagner officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Marcella Lou McClung

Marcella Lou McClung, 78, of Oak Hill, died May 17, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born July 11, 1933, at Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Baker and Hannah Pauline (Birden) Baker. Marcella also was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis L. McClung.

Surviving: daughter, Loewanna “Kay” Settle and her husband, Gene, of Beckley; son, Robert “Bob” Settle and his wife, Lori, of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Nancy J. Fogleman and her husband, Jack, of Indianapolis; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was May 21 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Tony Meadows officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Jerry Hugart Meadows

Jerry Hugart Meadows, 66, of Hico, died May 17, 2012, at home.

Born March 11, 1946, at Lookout, he was the son of the late Bernard Lee and Stella Lenore Ward Pyatt.

Mr. Meadows was an Airman First Class U.S. Air Force veteran.

He worked 26 years as a diesel mechanic for United Truck Parts.

Surviving: his daughter, Beverly Price of Marion, Ohio; sisters, Judy Bernabo of Port Ewen, N.Y., Linda Schultz of Aiken, S.C., Susan Harrah of Hico, Pamela Colegrove of Nicholasville, Ky., and Hope Meador of Ansted; and four grandsons.

In keeping with Jerry’s wishes he was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Kayleigh Mae Miller

Kayleigh Mae Miller, daughter of Joshua Ian and Amanda Rose Kincaid Miller of Oak Hill, was stillborn on May 13, 2012.

A great-grandfather, Paul Walker, preceded her in death.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: a sister, Dezirae Miller; maternal grandparents, Cindy and Jeff Kincaid of Scarbro; paternal grandparents, Ian and Norma Miller of Oak Hill; and great-grandparents, Daniel and Jerri Palmer of Oak Hill, Butch and Joyce Sampson of Fayetteville and Shirley Walker of Mount Hope.

Graveside rites and committal services followed by burial were May 19 at the Pennington Cemetery in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mary Morgan

Mary A. Morgan, 91, a resident of Summit Valley Assisted Living, Oak Hill, formerly of Wellsburg, died May 15, 2012.

Mary was born March 9, 1921, in Wishaw, Scotland, daughter of the late Charles and Harriett (Forrester) Hunter. Mary also was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence D. Morgan; her brothers, Robert Hunter and Charles Hunter; and her sister, Janet Hayes.

She was a member of Franklin United Methodist Church, Wellsburg, and the Wellsburg Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 23.

Mary was a retired employee of West Virginia Department of Welfare.

Surviving: her two loving daughters, Patricia (Thomas) Baird of Novi, Mich., and Marilyn (John) Ferda of Mt. Hope; devoted grandchildren, Robert L. Baird, Thomas A. Baird Jr., Karen Baird, Jonell Ferda Carver, and John Ferda Jr.; and six cherished great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was May 19 at the Franklin United Methodist Church, Wellsburg, with Rev. Carl Tribett officiating. Interment followed at Franklin Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mary’s name to American Heart Association, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, or a charity of your choice.

Please add or view condolences at www.chambersandjames.com.

Arrangements by Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg.



Robert ‘Bob’ Leon Phillips

Robert “Bob” Leon Phillips, 67, of Maple Fork, died May 14, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, of an apparent heart attack.

Born Oct. 27, 1944, at Maple Fork, he was the son of the late Joseph Robert and Nancy Vannoy Phillips. A son, Adam Lilly, and sisters, Joan Carol Meccariello, Ulia Mae Bowyer and Marie O. Clements, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired dairy farmer and retired from Fairchild International with 20 years’ service.

Surviving: son, Robert “Robby” Dale Phillips of Maple Fork; brother, Joseph D. Phillips and wife Lee of Maple Fork; and sisters, Jacqueline “Jackie” Reggi and husband Dwight of Maple Fork, and Mary Jane Tolbert and husband Leslie of Virginia.

Graveside rites and committal service, with burial following, were May 18 at Phillips Cemetery (near the Louden Tyree Cemetery) at Maple Fork, with Rev. Johnny Catlett officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Doris Jean Paris Shockey

Mrs. Doris Jean Paris Shockey of Fayetteville died May 19, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Sanford, Fla., she was the daughter of Scottish immigrants, the late Peter and Jean Ann Milne Paris. She also was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Dennis Eye, and brother-in-law, James Arden Gravely.

At an early age, she and her family moved to Fayette County.

Mrs. Shockey received her education at Fayetteville High School, Roanoke Business College, Marshall University and West Virginia University. For 44 years she worked in the educational field, first as an elementary school teacher and the last 20 years as a specialist/supervisor for the Fayette County Board of Education.

In 1997, she was honored at The Greenbrier as one of seven outstanding Reading/Language Arts supervisors in West Virginia. She was a trainer of trainers for the drug program, “Here’s Looking at You, 2000” and “Writing to Read.”

She was a member of Fayette County Retired School Employees, the Red Hat Society, the Angel Group, Fayette County Study Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Outstanding Women Educators, Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, and the Ladies Circle. Known for her inspirational devotions, she often was asked to speak at several of these civic organizations.

Surviving: her daughters, Bonnie Hill and husband Howard, and Jacqueline Eye, both of Teays Valley; son, David Shockey of Oak Hill; sister, Catherine Gravely of Oak Hill; and her granddaughters, Andrea Thornton of Teays Valley and Katherine Eye of Huntington.

Funeral services were May 23 at the Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, with Rev. Greg Stone officiating and Pastor Richard Allen assisting. Burial followed at Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Franklin Lowell Sowder

Franklin Lowell Sowder, 62, of Scarbro, died May 21, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Sowder was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Ralph Chester Thomas

Ralph Chester Thomas, 79, of Fayetteville, died May 19, 2012, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1932, at Oswald, he was the son of the late Charley and Roberta (Wilson) Thomas. Mr. Thomas also was preceded in death by brothers, Joe, David, John, and James; and sisters, Millie, Mary, Ruby, Lois, Hester, and Nola.

Mr. Thomas attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

He had been self-employed as a building contractor and a brick and block mason. He was a member of the Brick Layers Union.

Surviving: his beloved wife of 42 years, Geneva; his sister, Ernestine (Steve) Olsavsky; many nieces, nephews; and several close in-laws.

Funeral services were May 22 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Lowell O’Dell officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



William ‘Bill’ Tury Jr.

William Rocque “Bill” Tury Jr., 81, of Fayetteville, died May 17, 2012, at a St. Marys hospital.

Born Nov. 29, 1930, at Chesapeake, he was the son of the William Rocque Sr. and Bertha Lee Morris Tury. He also was preceded in death by his mother- and father-in-law, John and Ouida Day; and his brother, Charles Ray Tury.

Mr. Tury served his country in the U.S. Army, National Guard, and Coast Guard before becoming disabled after 17 years.

He was a former pastor at Locust Grove Church of God. Previously he had worked at Plateau Medical Center and the Fayette County Board of Education.         

Surviving: his loving wife of 41 years, Linda Tury of Fayetteville; son, Paul M. Tury and companion Tabby Dutton of Fayetteville; his grandson and his “Little Buddy,” Paul Xavier Tury; brother-in-law, Roy L. Day and family of Crossville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Phyllis J. Treadway and family of Fayetteville; nephew, Charles Reed Tury of Belle; nieces, Tara L. Tury of Columbus, Ohio, and Tracy Pennington of Charleston; sister-in-law, Janet Tury of Charleston; special friends, Glenn and Brenda Wyatt of Mooresville, Ind.; all the guys at Oak Hill Garbage; and several friends and neighbors.

Services and entombment were May 20 in the mausoleum at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Pastor John Parrish officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Gloria D. Underwood

Gloria D. Underwood, 80, of Callaway Lane, Oswald, formerly of Kilsyth, died May 14, 2012, the day of her late son’s birthday, at her home following a long illness.

Born Sept. 21, 1931, at Mt. Hope, she was the daughter of the late John A. Kincaid and Helena Ferguson Kincaid. Mrs. Underwood also was preceded in death by her husband, Okie D. Underwood; son, Okie “Douglas”  Underwood Jr.; and by brothers, Ralph Kincaid and John A. Kincaid Jr.

Mrs. Underwood was a former manager of the Little General Store on the Mt. Hope Bypass and was a homemaker.

She was of the Baptist faith, and had lived most of her adult life at Kilsyth, having resided there since 1955.

Surviving: her children, Diana J. Smith and her husband, Hershell, of Shady Spring, Kathy D. Meadows and her husband, Donald, of Maple Fork, and Johnny B. Underwood of Oswald; grandchildren, Brian Smith and Steven Smith, both of Shady Spring, Melissa Halstead and her husband, Kevin, of Bradley, James D. Smith and his wife, Amber, of Meadow Bridge, and Krisy Jo Waddell and Johnny Underwood II, both of Oswald; great-grandchildren, Alexis Smith, daughter of Steven Smith, Kassie Halstead of Bradley, and John Wesley Waddell of Oswald; nephews, James A. Kincaid of Mossy, and Larry R. Kincaid of Danville, Va.; her last living aunt who was special to her, Betty Maroney of Oak Hill; special cousins, Patty Adkins and her husband, Delbert, of Mt. Hope, and Betty Ray Fife of Quincy, Mich.; and  a sister-in-law, Jeannie Kincaid of Fayetteville.

Funeral services were May 17 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Ralph Castle, and Rev. Adam Trizack officiating. Entombment followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent to at www.roseandquesenberry.net.



Mary Whitney

Mary Whitney, 71, of Dayton, Ohio, died May 17, 2012, after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Graydon and raised in Edmond, she was the daughter of Jake Henry Willis and Irene (Clendenin Willis) Meadows of Edmond. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Gil; her stepfather, John Meadows; and brothers, Jake and Harold Willis.

A 1959 graduate of Nuttall High School in Lookout, Mary was a Gulf War veteran and retired medic from the Ohio Air National Guard.

Surviving: two sons and a daughter, and their spouses; three grandchildren; her sister, Rose Amick of Victor; and brothers, C.G. Willis of Monroeville, Ohio, and Ronald Willis of Amherst, Ohio.

The memorial will held in the Mausoleum Chapel at Woodland Cemetery, 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, Ohio, on Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. Interment at Woodland follows.

Flowers may be sent to Woodland.

Friends may call at the Woodland Chapel the hour preceding the memorial service.

Arrangements by Bradford - Connelly & Glickler Funeral Home, Dayton, Ohio.



Sherry Alice Setser Wolfe

Sherry Alice Setser Wolfe, 63, of Mount Hope, died May 16, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Laura Catlett.

Born May 24, 1948, at Barrett, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Opal Harless Setser. A sister, Susan Jean Setser, and brothers, Wayne Setser and Mark Setser, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Mack Wolfe; son, Bo Wolfe and wife Bethany of Layland; daughter, Laura Jane Catlett and husband Richie of Maple Fork; sister, Patricia Ann Rose of St. Albans; brothers, Gary Setser of James Creek, Larry Setser of Barrett, Vaughn Setser of Daniels, David Setser of Bim and Greg Setser of Greenwood; and grandchildren, Presley Jane Catlett and Cody Richard Catlett, both of Maple Fork.

Funeral services were May 18 at Tyree Funeral Home, in Mount Hope. Burial was at John W. Davis Cemetery, Maple Fork.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.