The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 3, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, July 4, 2013


Marcel Michael Adkins

Marcel Michael Adkins, 53, of Meadow Bridge, died June 29, 2013, from injuries he received in an automobile accident.

Born July 28, 1959, in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of Mary Ann Massuccy and the late Ellis Huston Adkins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Adkins.

He was a self-employed carpet installer and entrepreneur, animal lover and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Tammy Teresa Martin Adkins; daughters, Shelly Walker and husband Aaron of Springdale, Camie Adkins and her companion, Billy Holliday, of Smoot and Audrea Adkins of Meadow Bridge. sisters, Sharon Adkins of Florida, Darlene Goodwin of Shady Spring, Rita McMillion of Daniels, Verla Englert of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Debbie Harris and Carlene Atkinson Segee, both of Spartanburg, S.C.; brothers, Gary Massuccy of Concord, N.C., and Huston Adkins of Burbank, Ohio; grandchildren, Page, Dylan, Daron, Dawson, and one on the way; several nieces and nephews; and his best friends, Bandit and Lola, his dogs that he cherished.  

Funeral services were July 2 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Rev. John Hart officiating. Burial followed at the Franz Cemetery, Meadow Grove.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



James Sidney Allen

James Sidney Allen, 77, of Auburndale, Fla., formerly of Cranberry and Oak Hill, died June 15, 2013.

Born in Cranberry on Aug. 11, 1935, he was the first son of the late Don and Mary Allen of Cranberry. He also was preceded in death by his sisters: Martha, Mona, and Linda; brothers, Walter and Milton; a daughter, Vicki; and three grandsons.

He was a disabled coal miner and member of the UMWA Local No. 5822.

He was of the Baptist faith and attended Auburndale Community Church.

Surviving: his wife, Mary K. Allen; daughters, Janet and John Wiekline of Sandstone, Donna and Eddie Shrout of Kilsyth, and Tina and James Morgan of Beckley; stepdaughters, Sabrina Marshall of Beckley, and Jeania and Rick Dunbar of Roanoke, Va.; stepson, Larry Marshall of Auburndale; brothers, Billy and Patty Allen of Prosperity, Joe and Mary Allen of Carlisle, and Bobby and Kitty Allen of Cranberry; sister, Charlote and Virgil Herron of Oak Hill; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Sid’s life was July 1 at the Cranberry Baptist Church with the Rev. Frankie Lyons officiating, a lifelong friend. Interment followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Submitted by American Heritage Cremation Society, Holiday, Fla.



Brian Lee Avis

Brian Lee Avis, 31, of Cleveland, Ohio, died June 19, 2013 in Cleveland.

Born Dec. 15, 1981, he was the son of Gary Lee Avis and Margaret Louise Hurt Avis.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: children, Domnia Underwood of Oak Hill, Justin Avis of Cleveland, and Jayden Avis of California; and a brother, Gary A. Avis of Cleveland.

Funeral service was June 27 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Johnny Glenn Barker

Johnny Glenn Barker, 69, of Hartsell, Ala., died June 27, 2013.

Graveside services were July 2 at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Steven Lee Bryant

Steven Lee Bryant, 26, of Lookout, died June 21, 2013.

Born June 12, 1987, in Summersville, Steven was the son of Lawrence “Bo” Bryant and Carla Faye Petitt Bryant of Winona.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles Bryant; and his maternal grandparents, Carl Petitt and Alice Petitt.

He was a member of Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Winona and a stocker for Wal-Mart of Fayetteville.

Surviving: his wife, Mindy Sue Halstead Bryant of Lookout; his son, Bryce Bryant at home; sisters, Lisa, Alexis, Jeannie, Tiffany, Christina, Kylee, and Katelyn, all at home; a brother, Joshua Bryant of Winona; and paternal grandmother, Betty Bryant of Winona.

Funeral service was June 27 at Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona, with Rev. Mark Secrist and Rev. Joe Shaffer officiating. Burial followed in the Bryant Family Cemetery on Flanagan Mountain in Winona.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Santanea Byers

Ms. Santanea Byers, 24, of Scarbro, died June 25, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Mary Kathryn Critchley

Mary Kathryn Critchley, 84, of Danese, died June 29, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 21, 1928, at Danese, she was the daughter of the late Dallas “Finley” and Lucy Brown Shuck. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Joe “Thomas” Critchley; three infant sons; brothers, Steward, Orelo and Junior Jamison and Edsel, Elden and Wilson Shuck; and a sister, Juanita Puckett.

She lived her life in The Acre at Danese.

Her life’s work was being a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everyone she met.

She was a member of White Oak Church and loved doing the Lord’s work.

Surviving: her son, Paul Critchley and Ila Gaye of Maplewood; daughters, Margaret Roach and David of Danese and Judy Malashevich and Steve of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Alex, Steve, Kathryn, Gary, Lori, Amy, Jordan and Danielle; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Laura Rider of Rupert and Janetta Frazier of Hopewell, Va.

Funeral services were July 3 at the White Oak Church with Pastor Allen Whitt officiating. Burial followed at the P.A. Shuck Cemetery at Landisburg.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.



Greg Harrell

Greg Harrell, 40, of Lookout, died June 28, 2013.

He was the son of Herbert and Brenda Harrell of Lookout and the grandson of the late Elmer and Luella Harrell and Arval and Lorna Elliott.

He was a graduate of Midland Trail High School, and served a four-year term in the U.S. Navy.

He worked as an electrician in the coal mines for the last several years.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his wife, Evelyn; children, Kristen of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Brandon, Savannah and Luella, all of Lookout; brothers, Scott of Corliss, Daniel of Ansted and Adam of Barnsville, Ohio; and sisters, Robin of Lookout, Rebecca of Edmond and Sarah of Masontown, Ohio.

Funeral services were July 1 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor David Bennett officiating. Burial followed in the Jennette Cemetery at Lookout.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Myrtle M. Helems

Myrtle M. Helems, 100, of Ansted, died June 23, 2013.

Services were June 27 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Rev. Tim McClung officiating. Burial was at Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery at Carl.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Bonnie Plumley Pack Helton

Bonnie Plumley Pack Helton, 72, of Oak Hill, died June 30, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Paul O’Dell Holtsclaw

Paul O’Dell Holtsclaw, 74, of Fayetteville, died June 25, 2013 at Heartland of Beckley in Beckley.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Holtsclaw was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Barbara Jean Morris

Barbara Jean Morris, 73, of Oak Hill, died peacefully while surrounded by loved ones at the Bowers Hospice House in the early morning hours of June 28, 2013.

Born Jan. 27, 1940, at Handley, she was the daughter of the late Robert William Higginbotham and Delma Cecil (Mink) Higginbotham. Barbara Jean also was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Morris, in September 1989; and sisters, Irene Higginbotham and Ellen Simms.

Barbara Jean was a nursing aide at the Kate Boone Personal Care Home for 30-plus years.

She had attended the Loop Creek Baptist Church in Page.

Barbara Jean was a tireless worker and the stalwart of a loving family. She was never one to say a bad word about anyone, and gave entirely of herself to those she loved. She was the ultimate caregiver but never once wanted anyone to have to care for her. She was truly giving in every sense of the word and also stubborn to the core. She never once complained about her tough circumstances growing up and when she was diagnosed with cancer, she fought that battle with the same grit and determination she put into everything.

Barbara loved people and put everyone but herself first. A woman of a few words, she led by example and her family adored and cherished every moment with her. They say some people break the mold; anyone who met Barbara Jean would tell you that she created one of her own. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all of those lucky enough to have known her.

Surviving: her son, Robert Lee Morris of Oak Hill; daughters, Bernadine Sizemore and her husband, Michael, and Teresa Pearson and her husband, Tony, all of Oak Hill; sister, Elizabeth Beals of Oak Hill; brothers, Cecil Higginbotham and his wife, Doris, of Luray, Va., and Robert Higginbotham and his wife, Patsy, of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Natasha Shay Green, Britany Nicole Sizemore, and Ryan Douglas Green; great-grandson, Isaac Kia Loughrey; and two stepgrandchildren.

Funeral service was July 2 at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Ken Clark officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Kenneth P. Morris

Kenneth P. Morris, died July 1, 2013 at home on Dauphin Island, Ala., surrounded by his family after a battle from lung cancer.  

Born April 19, 1941 in Charleston, Kenneth “Butch” grew up in Oak Hill, graduating from Collins High School, where he was all star five-sport athlete, in 1959.

He attended West Virginia University, and was initiated into Phi Kappa Psi in 1960.

He served in the U.S. Army from January 1961 until January 1964, stationed in Germany as part of the 16th infantry.   

He married Beverly Ann Barth of Marietta, Ohio on Oct. 21, 1967.

After graduating West Virginia University in 1968 with bachelors of science in civil engineering, he relocated with his wife to central Ohio, residing in Delaware, Ohio for 18 years. His three children all graduated from Rutherford B. Hayes High School.

Kenneth worked as project engineer with Ashland Oil Company (later bought by Degussa) from 1970 until his retirement in 2006.

He traveled extensively including Mexico, China, Germany, and a two-year relocation to Seoul, Korea.  

In 1993 Degussa’s Ohio plant closed and Kenneth relocated with Beverly to Dauphin Island, Ala., continuing to work with the company at its southern Alabama plant until his retirement in 2006.  

Kenneth was active in the American Legion, the Dauphin Island Water and Sewer Board and the Dauphin Island Veteran’s Association (DIVA).  

Kenneth was an avid golfer, “Mr. Fix-it,” lover of dogs, cookouts, and WVU football.

Surviving: his wife, Beverly; children, Alan (Ohio),  Margie (Hawaii), and Kathleen (New York) as well as three grandchildren Preston (7), Tommy (6), and Annabelle (5).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dauphin Island Veteran’s Association (DIVA), PO Box 1058, Dauphin Island, AL 36528; or Oak Hill/Collins High Alumni Association, PO Box 462, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Private services for family and friends will be held on Dauphin Island, Ala., in Oak Hill, and in Marietta, Ohio.



Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr.

Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr., 77, of Mount Hope, died June 25, 2013, in Lynchburg, Va.

Born Sept. 10, 1935, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late James Thomas Mundy Sr. and Bernice Eugenia Gentry Mundy. His wife, Frances Sue Crone Mundy, also preceded him in death.

Rev. Mundy was a retired Baptist minister having pastored for 48 years.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Surviving: daughters, Kay Ellen Mundy Hornsby and husband James, of Forest, Va., Penny Jo Mundy Hutchinson and husband Brian, of Lynchburg, Amy Jane Mundy of Mount Hope and Molly Lynn Mundy Levering and husband Paul, of Forest, Va.; sisters, Betty Mundy Burnette of Charleston and Lois Mundy Mahoney of Oak Hill; brother, Joseph Mundy of Fairhope, Ala,; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 30 at Sophia First Baptist Church, Sophia, with Rev. David Sneed and Bob Creed officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elizabeth (Merze) O’Dell

Elizabeth (Merze) O’Dell of Smoot, formerly of Meadow Bridge, died June 25, 2013.

Services were June 29 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Bob Meadows officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Christine Holly Rhodes

Christine Mae Holly Rhodes, 87, of Beckwith, died June 24, 2013 at home.

Born May 8, 1926, at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Lillie Sowers Holly. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley I. Rhodes, and sons, David Rhodes, Jimmie Rhodes, Daryl Rhodes and Roger Dale Rhodes.

Christine was a member of Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Beckwith.

Surviving: her sons, Stephen Michael (companion, Barbara Ramsey) Rhodes, Rodney J. Rhodes, and Mark (June) Rhodes; daughters, Mildred (Roger) Dye, Beverly K. (Russell “Bo”) Legg, and Rebecca A. Rhodes; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were June 27 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Maynard Kessler officiating. Burial followed in the Rhodes Cemetery at Beckwith.

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

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

 

Dee Ett Beaver Scarbrough

Dee Ett Beaver Scarbrough, 91, of Oak Hill, died June 30, 2013 at her home.

Born July 13, 1921 at Dalton, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Judge and Mae Beaver. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Burton Scarbrough, on Aug. 17, 1981; a son, Vernon Scarbrough; and a sister, Edith Mitchell.

Mrs. Scarbrough was a member of the Shiloh Community Baptist, Safford, Ariz.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Karen Lynn Walker of Oak Hill, Brenda Joyce Bennett of Baltimore, Md. and Sharon Ann Farrish of Charlotte, N.C.; sons, Julian Wayne Scarbrough of Gatewood and Gary Lee Scarbrough of Arizona; 50 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal service, followed by burial, were July 2 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity with Pastor Tim Spack officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



David Smith

David Smith, 60, of Pax, died June 22, 2013.

A memorial service was held July 3 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Donna Smith

Donna Smith, 49, of Pax, died June 27, 2013.

A memorial service was held July 3 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Mona Christine Queen Smith

Mona Christine Queen Smith, 58, of Danese, died peacefully June 25, 2013, at the home of her sister on Anjean Road at Rupert, following a long illness.

Born Aug. 24, 1954, at Richwood, she was the daughter of the late Rev. William N. and Ada Pauline Blose Queen.

She loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart.

Surviving: her husband, David R. Smith of Danese; sisters, Sarah J. Atwell and Doris J. Cook, both of Rupert, and Judy K. Ignatious of Houston, Texas; and brothers, William M. Queen of Ark, Va., Marshall P. Queen of Montibello, Va., and Randy L. Queen of Rupert.

Services were June 29 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Bishop Michael Davis officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Please send online condolences at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Linda Miller Stewart

Linda Miller Stewart, 65, of Oak Hill, died June 23, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 1, 1947, at Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Elaine McDaniel Miller of Hedges-ville, and the late Alvin F. Miller. A brother, George A. Miller, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Stewart was a member of the LifeBridge Assembly of God, Oak Hill, where she served as church secretary and had a great passion for the mission work.  

Linda worked for the Fayette County Public Libray from which she retired in 2010.  

An avid traveler, she never missed a state park. She loved gardening and was a member of the garden club in Oak Hill.  

Loved by many, she was cherished by all who knew her.

Surviving: her husband, Charles Wayne Stewart; sons, Chuck Stewart and wife Jennifer, David Stewart and wife Erica and Jonathan Stewart; brother, Gary W. Miller; brothers-in-law, Wilbur Stewart and Tom Stewart; mothers-in-law, Mary Stewart and Martha Stewart; and her grandchildren, Seth, Kaden, MyKayla, Caitlyn, Maraeya and Lane.

Funeral services were June 27 at the LifeBridge Assembly of God in Oak Hill, with Pastor Joe Hoggard and Rev. Shirlie Watson officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Daniel Ray Stover

Daniel Ray Stover, 58, of Bluefield, died June 25, 2013, at his home.

Born March 21, 1955, in Oak Hill, he was a son of Sharley Maye Stover and the late Kenneth V. Stover.

Mr. Stover worked as a shipping clerk at Flowers Bakery.

He loved to garden, enjoyed woodworking and sports, and was an avid WVU fan.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Mary Prater Stover of the home; sons, Jeremy Allen Stover of Bluefield and Joshua Seth Stover of Beckley; brothers, Kenneth V. Stover Jr. and wife Terry of Cool Ridge and Tim Stover and wife Tina of Lewisburg; nieces, Caitlin Stover of Lewisburg and Dawn Marie Grant of Charlotte, N.C.; and a nephew, Jacob Stover, who is stationed in New York.  

Funeral services were June 27 at the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Craig Hammond officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

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

Arrangements by Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory.



Betty Rose ‘Dolly’ Syner

Betty Rose “Dolly” Syner, 83, of Edmond, died June 26, 2013, at her home.

Born Feb. 1, 1930, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Henry Mann and Lucy Wiseman Mann. She also was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Ronald Mann, William Mann, Carl Mann, Glen Mann, Edna Blake, Beatrice Rollyson, and Maxine Smith.

Dolly was a member of Graydon Baptist Church. She touched the lives of many children through her children’s ministries in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. She loved to teach Sunday school and was the director of many Vacation Bible Schools.

She loved to cross-stitch, sew, and enjoy the flowers from her front porch.

Surviving: her husband of 64 years, Rev. Paul G. Syner; children, Larry Syner and Patricia of Edmond, Gregory Syner and Rebecca of Marietta, Ohio, and Paula Murdock and W. Ray III of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Larry Paul Syner, John David Syner, Carrie Brock and Alan, Sarah Syner, Audrey Saylor and Damien, and W. Ray Murdock IV; great-grandchildren, Michael, Christna, Josh, Dillon, Lillie, Rose, Daisy, Mcailyn, Cassidy, and Stephanie; and sister, Jean Smith and Leroy.

Funeral service was July 1 at High Lawn Funeral Home, with Rev. Dennis Cherry officiating. Burial followed in Nuttall Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



James Earl Tanner

James Earl Tanner, 54, of Summersville, died June 26, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Born July 23, 1958, in Ansted, he was the son of Viola Jacobson of Summersville and the late Albert J. Tanner. Also preceding him in death were his grandparents, Mable and Eugene Hackworth and Leslie and Ida Tanner.

He was a construction worker and a U.S. Marine veteran.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his sisters, Debra Bish and Wanda Tanner; foster sisters and brothers, Kathy Lilly, Penny Jo Sweet, Lisa Fritz, Billy Fritz and Larry Townsend; special cousins, Sam Stewart, Donna Ganoe and Donald Pritt; special nieces and their children, Mable Snider, Viola Lilly, Wendy Grace and Faye Townsend; special friend, Phyllis Nichols; and a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service was July 2 at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. Charles Blankenship officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Bart ‘Battie’ Twohig

Bart (Battie) Twohig, 93, of Parma, Ohio, formerly of Springdale, died May 27, 2013.

Born April 14, 1920, at Springdale, he was the son of the late Mike and Mary Griffin Twohig. He also was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Alva Williams Twohig; his son, Donald Twohig; stepsons, Kermit and Charles Harrah; and his brother, Daniel Bernard Twohig.

Battie worked as an engineer for Conrail Railroad in Cleveland, Ohio.

He served during World War II in the United States Army.

Battie enjoyed spending six winter months at his home in Hudson, Fla.

Surviving: his daughter, Elizabeth Warswick (Ed) of Parma, Ohio; his stepson, Earl Cook (Shelba) of Meadow Bridge; his stepdaughter, Lula Harrah of Warren, Ohio; stepdaughters-in-law, Linda Harrah of Parma, Ohio, and Christine Harrah of Richfield, Ohio; 15 cherished grandchildren; great-grandfather of 30; great-great-grandfather of two; many nieces and nephews; and his many friends from Ohio, West Virginia and Florida.

A memorial mass was held June 30 in the Springdale Catholic Church. He was buried in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, in Olmsted, Ohio.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



James Lee Varner

James Lee Varner, 62, of Oak Hill, formerly of Dearborn, Mich., died June 25, 2013.

Family funeral services were June 28 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

Additional services will take place in Dearborn with burial at St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, Dearborn Heights, Mich.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Larry Dennis Vass

Larry Dennis Vass, 75, of Cirtsville, died June 28, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Nov. 21, 1937, at Cirtsville, he was the son of the late Luther and Eveleno Berry Vass. Two brothers, Jack D. Vass and Earnest B. Vass, and a sister, Ina Mae Bowyer, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired surface coal miner for Patience, Inc., of Beckley.

Mr. Vass was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church, Sweeneysburg, where he served as a trustee at the church for 20 years.

Surviving: his wife, Sandra Lynn Wilkerson Vass; sons, Larry Dean Vass and wife Angela of Sweeneysburg and Johnny Adair Vass and wife Karen of Bradley; a daughter, Debra Spahn of Florida; brothers, Roy Vass and Tommy Vass, both of Cirtsville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 30 at New Prospect Baptist Church in Sweeneysburg with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Sharon Sue Crouch Ward

Sharon Sue Crouch Ward, 69, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Oak Hill, lost her battle with cancer on June 29, 2013 in Cleveland.

Born Nov. 3, 1943 at Minden, she was the daughter of the late Robert James and Helen Mae Alley Crouch. An infant sister, Gloria Crouch, and an infant brother, David Crouch, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: husband, Raymond Ward; daughters, Jeanette Nuckels and husband Harold and Debra Parker, all of Oak Hill; sons, James Ward and wife Sue, Raymond Ward Jr. and Judy, and John Ward and wife Kelly, all of Cleveland; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in Cleveland on July 1. Sharon will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 6 at 4 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Oak Hill with Pastor Eric Smith officiating the graveside rites and committal. There will be no visitation.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.