The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


May 24, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, May 24, 2012


— 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

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

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

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