The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 15, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 16, 2014


Dr. Enrique Aguilar

Dr. Enrique Aguilar, died Jan. 12, 2014.

Born Oct. 20, 1919, in Mexico City, he was the son of the late Colonel Jesus and Sara Belden Aguilar.

Dr. Aguilar was a loving father, husband and pillar of the community.

He graduated from the University of Mexico Medical School in May 1946. His first assignment was that of a company doctor in charge of the medical department of mining companies in the states of Baja California and Guanajuato in Mexico, under very primitive conditions.

After six years service as a mining camp doctor he was accepted as a surgical resident in 1952 at the Laird Memorial Hospital in Montgomery. At the termination of his residency he returned to Monterrey, Mexico, to open a private practice.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Bill Laird offered him a permanent position on his staff and Dr. Aguilar and his family returned to Montgomery where he served at Laird Memorial, now Montgomery General Hospital, until his retirement in 1995.

He practiced general and family medicine, surgery and obstetrics, and became a highly respected physician throughout the area. Dr. Aguilar brought over 3,000 of God’s creatures into this world. He also was one of the last doctors to make house calls up Paint Creek and Cabin Creek.

He was a member in good standing of the W.V.S.M.A.; Fayette County Medical Society, of which he was past president; the A.A.F.P; the Rotary Club of Montgomery, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow; the Upper Kanawha Chamber of Commerce; and the Founders Society of 1895 Tech Foundation.

He was also a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), the Upper Kanawha Valley Development Corporation, Montgomery General Hospital board of trustees, and past director of the Montgomery National Bank.

Dr. Aguilar was an accomplished private pilot and served many years as a senior FAA Medical Examiner and was a member of the Flying Physicians Association. He flew to Mexico nine times in his own aircraft.

He was also director of the Medical Department of the Elkem Metals Plant at Alloy from 1991-2002 when the plant discontinued its medical services.

Throughout his entire life, Dr. Aguilar was heavily involved in community affairs. One of his most notable contributions was spearheading, together with other leaders in the community, the movement to transfer the West Virginia State Penitentiary from Moundsville to the Mount Olive Correctional Facility in the Montgomery area.

After 57 years of active practice, Dr. Aguilar retired in December 2002 after closing his private practice on Sept. 30, 1995, and the Elkem Medical Department in Dec. 31, 2002.

Surviving: his lovely wife of 67 years, Sallie; sons, Rick of Hansford, Fernando of Albuquerque, N.M., Francisco of Montgomery, and Ricardo of York, Pa.; daughters, Sarita Fraser of Eugene, Ore., and Charlotte Smith of Wauwatosa, Wis.; goddaughter, Cindy Girimont of Charleston, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Dr. Aguilar was a huge proponent of youth development so in lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation to one of the following organizations: Boy Scout Troop 100, c/o John McPhail, PO Box 118, Pratt, WV 25162; or Mountain State Little League, c/o Charles Stanley, PO Box 15 Hansford, WV 25103; or the charity of your choice.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Boomer, with Father Mark officiating. There will be a visitation for friends and loved ones from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Friends and loved ones are invited to join for a homegoing celebration luncheon at the Immaculate Conception Church, Montgomery, at approximately 12:30 p.m.

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

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Robert Benjamin Asire II

Robert Benjamin Asire II, 66, of Fayetteville, died Dec, 27, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Oct, 6, 1947, at Rahway, N.J., he was the son of the late Robert B. Asire I and Ula Shorter Asire. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Given the nickname Bobby as a child, he grew up at Goose Creek in Fayetteville.

Bob was a member of the Fayetteville Baptist Church.

Surviving: his wife of 24 years and the love of his life, Cheryl Adkins Asire; son, Clarence Adkins of Beckley; daughters, Cheré Mirosol and husband Stefan of England, Angela Asire of San Jose, Calif., and LaDonna Bryant of Fayetteville and her husband, Chance Bryant; grandkids, Tiffany Teagarden and Alexis Teagarden of England and Danyelle Mirosol of England, Elizabeth Rose Asire and Taylor Asire of San Jose, Calif., and Destiny Lynn Bryant, Kindal Nicole Bryant and Warren Bryant, all of Fayetteville.

Bob will be missed terribly by his family and friends, and by his cherished dog Prissy.

Bob donated his body to science; therefore, no funeral arrangements are being made. The family will have a celebration of his life at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Cheryl Asire, 702 Elverton Drive, Fayetteville, WV 25840.



Rosa Lee ‘Jackie’ Scott Bobbitt

Rosa Lee “Jackie” Scott Bobbitt, 83, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 11, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Dec. 22, 1930, at Page, she was the daughter of the late John C. Scott Sr. and Hiley Dunfee Scott. Her husband, Alonzo Lawrence “Buckie” Bobbitt; sisters, Kathleen Scott, Virginia McKinney, Juanita Goode and Paully Scott; and brothers-in-law, Henry McKinney and Leo Goode, also preceded her in death.

Jackie was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene and was a homemaker.

Surviving: her children, Bonnie Alvarran and husband John of Oak Hill and John Bill “Billy” Bobbitt and wife Pam of California; brother, John C. Scott Jr. and wife Hope of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jacqueline Tyree, Michael Bobbitt, Joni Watson, Jolene Clark and Matthew Bobbitt; and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mary Evelyn Cole

Mary Evelyn Cole, 79, of Winona, died Jan. 12, 2014, following a long illness at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 22, 1934, in Winona, she was the daughter of Vernon Everett Cole and Edith Crosby Idell Cole. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Wilma L. Cole of West Virginia and Wanda Fay Pridemore of California; brothers, Thomas Edward Cole of California, Everett Andrew Cole Sr. of New York and Vernon Leslie Cole of West Virginia.

She was a loving and devoted sister who took care of her mother and housebound brother.

She was a Christian.

Surviving: her beloved Cheryl Lynn Sears and her husband, Leonidas, of Dacula, Ga.; sister, Betty Jane Harrell of Winona; brothers, Robert Floyd Cole and his wife, Barbara, of West Seneca, N.Y., Charles Ray Cole and his wife, Kathy, of Hamburg, N.Y., and James Jerry Cole Sr. and his wife, Connie, and Donald Michael Cole and his wife, Carol, all of Winona; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Rev. Michael Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow in the Jennette Cemetery, Lookout.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Dolly Marie Cook

Dolly Marie Cook, 88, of Ansted, died Jan. 7, 2013, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 8, 1925, in Huntersville, she was the daughter of the late Henry Albert Cain and Stella Graye Grimes Cain. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Cook, in 1999

She was a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church of Ansted and a homemaker.

Surviving: a daughter, Peggy Marie Morrison of Charleston; a son, Garland Henry Cook of Pulaski, Va.; brothers, Curtis Pyles of Sebert, Charles Pyles of Westerville, Ohio, and Roy Pyles of Sebert; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and her dog Benji, whom she loved very much.

Funeral services were Jan. 11 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Ronald George officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh@hotmail.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Hazel Evelyn Russell Croft

Hazel Evelyn Russell Croft, 98, of Gauley Bridge, died Jan. 8, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Glasgow.

Born Dec. 4, 1915, in Hawks Nest, she was the daughter of the late David and Myrtle McGraw Russell.  She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Croft; daughter, Beverly Welch; grandson, Jay Welch; and her siblings, April Nickell, David Russell, Majel Farha and Lillian Green.

She was a member of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church.

Surviving: her son, Bernard Lee “Butch” Croft  and his wife, Bonnie, of Gauley Bridge; grandchildren, Kim (Wade) Willnow, David Hornsby and Shannon Bishop; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 13 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.



Ivory Delores McGinnis Dickerson

Ivory Delores (McGinnis) Dickerson, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 8, 2014.

Born in 1927 at Hazy, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Brady McGinnis and Thomas Honaker. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas J. Dickerson, and two beloved sisters, Iona Stewart and Glorene Stone.

Ivory was a member of the Mountain View Church of God where she served as greeter and enjoyed taking part in Bible studies.

She was also an avid reader and photographer and a member of the Cameras In Action Club of Oak Hill and, over the years, won numerous trophies for her work.

Surviving: her daughter, Sherry Graves of Summerfield, Fla.; sons, David Hatcher and wife Lynda of Wildomar, Calif., and Michael Dickerson and wife Kathi of Fairdale; grandson, Brian Graves of Portland, Ore.; granddaughters, Deana McCallum of Ocala, Fla., Christy Stone and Kathy Hatcher, both of Tucson, Ariz., Cybil Carlucci of Bluemont, Va., and Amy Linville of Eccles; four great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. She became acquainted with her sister, Debbie (Honaker) Westfall of Louisville, Ohio, later in life and they became dear friends and sisters in Christ.

Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Following her services she was laid to rest beside her husband at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

John Michael Evans

John Michael Evans died Jan. 1, 2014, in Tennessee.

Born June 19, 1938, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Denver and Pearl Pennington Evans.

Surviving: his siblings, Madge Dilley of Oak Hill, Melvin Evans of Cleveland, Ohio, Marcell Phillips of Daffney, S.C.; his first wife, Ruth Tracy of Luttrell, Tenn., and their four children, John Michael Evans Jr., Paul Denver Evans of Cleveland, Ohio, Brenda Lee (Evans) Fritts of Luttrell, Tenn., and Tracie Ann (Evans) Mullett of Piketon, Ohio.

His final resting place will be Pennington Cemetery in Oak Hill.

Lorah L. ‘Bud’ Fox

Lorah L. “Bud” Fox, 74, of Gatewood Road, died Jan. 10, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Born Sept. 24, 1939, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Forrest W. and Irene Blake Fox. Bud also was preceded in death by sisters, Forrest Ann Balding, Carolyn L. Rogers Wagner, Virginia Mae Fox, Nancy Elmore and Jeanette Sue Fox, and by a brother, Burke Walton Fox.

Bud was a 1957 graduate of Collins High School and was an avid golfer.

From an early age he had a great love of cars and became the owner/operator of Bud Fox Body Shop and Towing, LLC.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965 as a crew chief on a C-130.

Surviving: his wife, Chloe Ann Parrish Fox; his son, Mike Fox and wife Kristie of Oak Hill; his daughter, Allyson Fox Wyatt and her husband, Russell, of Oak Hill; his four grandchildren, Kayla Wyatt, Aubrey Fox, Christan Wyatt and Delanie Fox; and a brother, Thomas William Fox and wife Carol J. of Washington, N.C.

Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Roy Crist officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Naomi Donell Lively

Naomi Donell Lively, 77, of Beckley, died Jan. 9, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born June 11, 1936, at Willis Branch, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Flossie Mae Kidd Donell. A daughter-in-law, Lou Bailey; brothers Bob Donell, Joe Donell, Bill Donell and James Donell; and sisters Maxine Leinback, Linda Foster and Jessie Deal, also preceded her in death.

Naomi attended the Church of God.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her children, Marty Bailey of Daniels, Carla Fink of Beckley and Lorrie Legursky and husband Wayne of Grandview; sister, Susan Lafferty of Stanaford; brothers, Douglas Donell of Pax and Roy Donell of Lester; grandchildren, Christopher Lively, Brittany Haralston, Joshua Hinkle, Timothy Bailey, Rebecca Bailey, Jonathan Legursky, Doug Legursky and Lisa Potter; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 13 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope. Burial was at Pax Community Cemetery, Pax.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Rose Juanita Ruth Meadows

Rose Juanita Ruth Meadows, 86, of Meadow Bridge, died Jan. 6, 2014, at the home of her daughter.

Born Feb. 5, 1927, at Mabscott, she was the eldest and the last surviving child of the late John and Gertrude Snodderly Ruth. Juanita also was preceded in death by her brothers, Dennis, James Vernon and Carl Ruth; and a sister, Mary Gladys Lewis.

Juanita’s happiness was rooted in her security and trust in her Lord and in the love of her life for 65 years, the late John Edward Meadows. Throughout their life together, she showed contentment in unique circumstances that many did not understand. She was a true witness for her Savior and made a friend wherever she was.

Surviving: her children, Dennis and wife Elaine of Springdale and Donna O’Dell and husband Gary of Clintonville; her grandchildren, Stephania Meadows and husband Chip of Springdale, Garrett O’Dell and wife Karen of Clintonville, Matthew O’Dell and wife Kimberly of Rupert and Kimberly Fleshman and husband Kerry of Springdale; her great-grandchildren, Kyle, Levi, Elaina, Marshall, Meredith and Kristyn and husband Chris of Jumping Branch; and one great-great-grandchild, Christopher Asher.

Juanita’s life was remembered Jan. 10 at the Sewell Valley Baptist Church where she was a member for over 40 years. She was laid to rest in the church cemetery.

Donations of remembrance can be made to Rainelle Christian Academy, P.O. Box 784, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Online condolences at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



James Theodore Moore Jr.

Surrounded by his family, James Theodore Moore Jr., 70, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 8, 2014, at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

Born Oct. 11, 1943, at Caperton, he was the son of the late James Theodore Moore Sr. and Hazel Cody Moore. A son, James Steven Moore Sr., also preceded him in death.

He was a retired end loader operator and truck driver for Cannelton Coal Company and was a farmer.

Mr. Moore was a member of the Calvin Advent Christian Church.

Surviving: his wife, Mary Alice Scott Moore; daughters, Donna Stevens and husband Brian, Mary Jane Dennler and husband Kenny, and Betty Murphy and husband Chris, all of Fayetteville; brothers, Charlie Moore, Russell Moore, Tommy Moore, Gary Moore and David Moore; sisters, Rose Holtsclaw, Carol Brown, Susie Smith, Sharon Moore, Debbie Sears and Penny Begley; grandchildren, Robby Stevens, Bethanie Murphy, Heather Kelly, Lora Dennler, Nicole Dennler and Steven Moore; great-grandchildren, Conor, Ryder and Allie; many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and his special pet “Sassie.”

Funeral services were Jan. 13 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Terry Johnson officiating. Burial was at the New Hope Church Cemetery at Marie.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



James Robert Nickoson

James Robert Nickoson, 60, of Vaughan, died Jan. 7, 2014, at his residence.

Born June 9, 1953, in Montgomery, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Nickoson and Ernestine Francis Koch.

Surviving: his wife, Barbara Ellen Nickoson of Belva; sons, James Edward Nickoson (Mandy) and Joseph Wayne Nickoson, both of Vaughan; brothers, Robert Lee Nickoson of Gilmer County, Arthur Lee Koch Jr. of Chimney Corner and Mitchell Koch of Gauley Bridge; sisters, Diana Hershman of Cannelton, Reenie Auxier of Marting Mountain and Victoria Johnson of Brownsville; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service was Jan. 9 at Vaughan Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Blankenship officiating.  Burial followed in Vaughan Community Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Jeanne Dawn Suttle

Jeanne Dawn Suttle, 39, of Goldsboro, N.C., formerly of Harvey, died Dec. 31, 2013, at Vidant Medical Center, Greensville, N.C.

Born July 15, 1974, she was the daughter of the late Robert “Buck” Johnson and Jean Suttle Johnson. She also was preceded in death by a nephew, Charles Canaday Jr., and sister-in-law, Frances Suttle.

Jeanne was a homemaker.

Surviving: her sons, Brandon Sears and Surgio Suttle of Harvey; daughter, Alexis Suttle of Scarbro; sisters, Della Sears and her husband, Ronald, and Debbie Canaday and her husband, Bubby; brothers, Dennis Suttle, Michael Suttle and wife Tena, and Bill Suttle and wife Sharla.

A private service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.



Ann Frances  Meredith Thomas

Ann Frances Meredith Thomas, 79, of Mount Hope, died Jan. 10, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Jan. 19, 1934, at Grayson County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Russell and Rachel Williams Meredith. Her husband, Ralph Thomas; sons, Mosley Thomas and Christopher Thomas; brothers, Clarence Meredith and Larry Meredith; and a sister, Rosemary Painter, also preceded her in death.

She was a retired cosmetic clerk for Stone & Thomas Department Store in Beckley.

Surviving: her children, Mark Vincent Thomas of Pax, Thomas Brett Thomas of Stephens City, Va., Nancy Marie Carlson and husband Christopher of Knoxville, Md., and Paula Denise Mullins and husband Tony of Sweeneysburg; brothers, William Meredith of Pax, Chest Meredith of Greenville, N.C., and Joe Meredith of Pax; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and granddog Patch.

Mrs. Thomas is to be cremated. A memorial service was held Jan. 12 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Assistant Pastor Tony Mullins and Pastor Jim Bowyer officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Louise Marie Toler

Louise Marie Toler, 89, of Gilbert, Ariz., formerly of Fayetteville, died Jan. 10, 2014, in Arizona.

Born July 15, 1924, in Minden, she was the daughter of the late Dallas and Ethel Burgess. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James Keatley Toler; her sisters, Betty Likens and June Holt; and her daughter, Tana Sue Simonton.

Mrs. Toler was a graduate of Fayetteville High School.

She was a former employee of Long-Airdox in Oak Hill and she owned and operated the former Tookie’s Fashions in Fayetteville.

Surviving: her son, James Keatley Toler Jr. and his wife, Kathryn, of Fayetteville; her son-in-law, David Simonton of Gilbert, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Mariposa Gardens on Jan. 25 in Mesa, Ariz.

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

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