The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 30, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Iona Mildred Miller Burgess Cummings

Iona Mildred Miller Burgess Cummings, 92, of Mechanicsville, Va., died Jan. 21, 2014, at Memorial Regional Hospital in Mechanicsville.

Born April 15, 1921, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Newton C. and Roxie Etta Cummings Miller. Her first husband, Garvis H. Burgess (March 30, 1985), and second husband, Roger White Cummings (Jan. 27, 2013), preceded her in death as did brothers, Gaines Miller, Paris Miller, Ralph Miller and Kellis Miller, and sisters, Louise Legg and Melva Stokes.

 Mrs. Cummings was a retired bookkeeper for having worked for Fayette Motor Company.

She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a member of the Bertie Blake Circle and the Donnelly Sunday School Class.

 Iona was a 1939 graduate of Oak Hill High School and a longtime member of the OHH/CHS Alumni Association.

Surviving: her only daughter, Joyce Kincaid and husband Carroll of Mechanicsville; a sister, Betty Kennedy of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Daniel Kincaid, Scott Kincaid and wife Rose, and Crystal Lewis and husband Johnny; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Kincaid, Rachel Kincaid and Hannah Lewis.

 Funeral services were Jan. 25 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Hill Baptist Church, 613 Lundale Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

 Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


‘Temmy’ Ann Wall Ervin

“Temmy” Ann Wall Ervin, 76, of Ansted, died Jan. 22, 2014.

 She was born July 9, 1937, in Whitesville, the daughter of the late Lawrence Lester Wall and Marie Honaker Wall. She also was preceded in death by her husband, E.L. “Chuck” Ervin, on July 21, 2004.

Temmy was a retired school teacher for Fayette County, having taught 28 years in the Ansted Elementary and Middle School system.

 She was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Ansted.

Surviving: a son, Link Ervin and his wife, Ginger, of Kings Mountain, N.C.; grandchildren, Dylan Ervin, Landon Ervin, Owen Ervin, Kayla Ervin and Alyssa Ervin; and a loving granddaughter who will arrive soon.

 A private graveside service was held Jan. 25 at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.


Michelle Dawn Hall

Michelle Dawn Hall, 39, of Glen Jean, formerly of Sterling, Va., died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Jan. 22, 2014.

Michelle was born in Sterling on June 26, 1974, daughter of Patricia A. and Cecil R. Hall.

 Michelle was preceded in death by her grandparents, Claude and Vada Hall and William and Lorraine Pauley; her uncles, Barry and Roger Hall; and her best friend from high school, Trisha (Minor) McMananay.

With the exception of five years in San Diego, Michelle spent her childhood in Sterling. Her early years were devoted to gymnastics and her training included four years as a selected member of the San Diego State University’s Gymnastic Training Program for promising young juniors.

 Upon her return to Sterling, she competed with the Broad Run High School Gymnastic Team.

After graduation in 1992, she went to work at Falcons Landing as a certified nursing assistant until the birth of her daughter in 2002.

 Michelle moved to Glen Jean with her family in 2006 where she met and made many friends. Michelle was a member of the Sterling Park Baptist Church of Sterling, Va.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: her 11-year-old daughter, Hailee; brothers, Kenneth Hall and wife Cheryl of Richmond, Va., and Tim Hall of Harpers Ferry; uncles, Ron Pauley and wife Ann of Martinsburg, and Randall Hall and wife Barbara of Fairdale; aunt, Cheryl Hall of Prosperity; nieces, Danielle and Ciara Hall of Harpers Ferry; nephews, Jason Hall of Winchester, Va., and Brandon McGhee of Martinsburg; and her great-aunt and family matriarch, Ethel Midkiff of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

 The family requests no flowers. A private ceremony will be held at a later point in time.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Carl Hopkins Jr.

Garrick Hopkins Sr.

Mr. Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, and Mr. Garrick Hopkins Sr., 60, of Milton, died Jan. 25, 2014.

Joint funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Spirit & Truth Ministries, 100 Main St., Oak Hill. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Joseph Aaron Kelly Sr.

Joseph Aaron Kelly Sr., 58, of Rock Lick, died Jan. 21, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 23, 1955, at Thurmond, he was the son of the late Melvin Lee and Margaret Ethel Blethen Kelly Sr. His wife, Sharon Joyce Parsons Kelly, and a son, John Anthony Kelly, also preceded him in death

 Surviving: son, Joseph A. Kelly Jr. of Charleston; brothers, Paul Kelly, David Kelly and Jack Kelly; sisters, Debra Withrow, Sue Brown, Kathy Kelly, Patricia Bob and Shelia Kelly; and four grandchildren.

Mr. Kelly was cremated. A memorial service was held Jan. 24 at the Rock Lick Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Brown officiating.

 Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Donnie Ray Kincaid

Donnie Ray “Tiny” Kincaid, 66, of Lansing, died Jan. 23, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

 He was born Dec. 23, 1947, a son of the late Emory Oatie Kincaid and Virginia May Sweet. He also was preceded in death by his in-laws, Dennis and Sally Webb.

After retiring from the construction business in 2003, Tiny enjoyed spending time in the garage with his sons and watching the granddaughters play.

 Surviving: his best friend and loving wife of 23 years, Crystal Webb Kincaid; children, Virginia “Princey” of Oak Hill, Dennis “Dink” and wife Jessica, and Sally “Sis,” all of Lansing, and Jeff and his wife, Kim, of Beckley; grandchildren, Kami, Paige and Bryanna, and Emily and Buddy of Florida; many siblings, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews; and a special friend like a son, Bill Atkinson.

 Funeral services were held Jan. 28 in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with clergy Charles Dickens and Leonard Sizemore and singer Brenda Sizemore. Interment was in Webb Family Cemetery Naoma.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.


Elizabeth Anne Mahoney Morgan Lee

Elizabeth Anne Lee, 84, of Oak Hill, a beloved mother, grandmother, teacher, community volunteer and a great friend to all, died Jan. 14, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Mike and Sarah Mahoney and also was preceded in death by her brother, James W. Mahoney, and her late husband, Roy R. Lee Jr.

 She was a beautiful lady and the most humble person you could ever meet who loved everyone and gave graciously to all. Her favorite color was yellow; she loved flowers and hummingbirds and enjoyed to travel. She had so many precious friends, enjoyed people and had a love for music and dancing.

 After graduating from Collins High School, she attended Ward-Belmont College and went on to graduate from West Virginia University. After receiving her teaching certificate, she was a K-8 teacher for many schools in the Fayette County area for over 30 years.

 Elizabeth was an active member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church including the Hylbert-Stickler Circle, Oak Hill Garden Club, Fayette Study Club and her favorite Tuesday Bridge Club.

Surviving: her sons, Michael Morgan and his sons, Sean and John Matthew, John Morgan and his son, John Girard, and Jim and wife Isabel Morgan and children, Justin and Julie Morgan, Stephanie Ann Morgan and fiancé Liam Lynch, Brandon Morgan, Rene and Jessica Roman, Ivan and Christina Padron, OJ and Tracy Herrera, Roy R. Lee III and wife Anna and their son, Paul, and Elizabeth Lee Paulick and daughters Carmen Lee and Amanda and husband Philbut Salas. She also was the proud great-grandmother to six great-grandsons of the extended family in Miami.

 A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Oak Hill Baptist Church with a private burial to follow at a later date.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations to either the Oak Hill Baptist Church or the Bowers Hospice House.

 Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Lora McClelland

Lora McClelland, 91, of Clifftop, died Jan. 24, 2014, at the Fayette Nursing & Rehab Center, in Fayetteville, following a long illness.

She was born on March 1, 1922, at Brooklyn.

 Lora was a cook, seamstress, care provider and also worked at the Babcock State Park.

She was also a member of the Clifftop Community Church.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service was held at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle on Jan. 27. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

 Donations may be made to Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

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Cynthia McKnight

Cynthia McKnight, 56, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 24, 2014, at her home.

 Born June 28, 1957, at Charleston, she was the daughter of Faye Marie Kincaid McKnight and the late Walter Norman McKnight.

She was a member of the Ansted Baptist Church and was the store manager for CJ Tobacco & Liquor on Harper Road in Beckley.

 Surviving: her mother, Faye McKnight of Fayetteville; son, Dustin McKnight and his fiancée, Deborah Wills, of Fayetteville; brothers, Mac McKnight of Fayetteville and Sheree of Radford, Va., Jeff McKnight and his wife, Sherry, of Fayetteville, Bill McKnight and his wife, Pam, of Fayetteville; sister, Beth Underwood and her companion, Terry, of Beaver; and many special nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services were Jan. 27 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home with Pastor Kenny Hayes officiating. She was cremated following the services.

Contributions should be made in her honor to Duke Cancer Institute, 20 Duke Clinic Circle., Durham, NC 27710.

 Online condolences may be sent at

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


Zelma Elaine ‘Sissy’ Craigo Reid

 Zelma Elaine “Sissy” Craigo Reid, 64, of Maple Fork, died Jan. 22, 2014, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop after a long illness.

Born Jan. 12, 1950, at War, she was the daughter of the late Burl and Elberta Johns Craigo. A brother, Richard Craigo, also preceded her in death.

 She was a homemaker.

Sissy attended the Mount Hope First Assembly of God.

Surviving: her husband, John Earl Reid; daughter, Nona McGuire and husband Brian of South Sand Branch; brothers, Ted Craigo Sr. and Carol of Beckley and Terry Vanbuskirk of Oak Hill; a sister, Sandy Calvert of Oak Hill; sisters-in-law, Barbara Ruff and husband Kenneth, Dana Stump and husband Steve, Kelly Graham and husband Jimmy, and Jean Craigo; grandchildren, MacKenzie McGuire, Cody McGuire and Meghan McGuire; mother-in-law, Peggy Ruff; special family friend, Sister Leona Bonifacio; and several special nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services were Jan. 25 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor James Bailey officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

 Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.


Lillie Frances Skaggs

Lillie Frances Skaggs, 80, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 26, 2014.

Mrs. Skaggs was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Charleston, and was the daughter of the late Melvin and Odessa Skaggs Withrow. She also was preceded in death by a son, Kyle E. Skaggs.

Mrs. Skaggs was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Sugar Creek and was a homemaker.

Surviving: son, David V. Skaggs of Dixie, and a sister, Annabelle Skaggs of Ansted.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted with Pastor Tim Skaggs and Pastor Buzzy Legg officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery at Sugar Creek.

Friends may call from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Funeral Home in Ansted.


Kathy Sue Cobb Thomas

Kathy Sue Cobb Thomas, 57, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Page, died peacefully at home on Jan. 20, 2014.

She was born Aug. 28, 1956, daughter of the late Mae Tincher Cobb Clay and Homer Robert Cobb. She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, MacKenna Atkins.

 Surviving: her loving husband, William O. Thomas Jr. (W.D.) (Will); sons, William Lawrence Atkins III (Larry) and wife Shelly of Robson, and Andre Atkins of Roanoke; grandchildren, Naomi Atkins of Oak Hill, Harley Martin and Rachael Atkins, both of Salem, Va., William Ryder Atkins of Robson, and James Altice and Joshua Altice, both of Roanoke; great-grandson, Carter Altice of Roanoke; brothers, Tommy Cobb and wife Cheryl, Paul Cobb and wife Barbara, and Robbie Cobb and wife Mary, all of Page; father- and mother-in-law, William O. Thomas Sr. and wife Carolyn of Roanoke; brother-in-law, Walter Thomas and wife Shelly of Roanoke; several nieces and nephews; many friends; and her loving pets, Ralph and Amanda.

 Funeral services were Jan. 25 at Oakey’s North Chapel, with the Rev. Elmo McLaurin officiating. The interment followed in Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton.


Howard Lee Warren

Howard Lee Warren, 88, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 24, 2014, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

 Born Feb. 6, 1925, at Coal Run, he was the son of the late Littie and Ina Burns Warren.

He was the retired owner of Warren's Auto Parts.

Mr. Warren was a member of the Oak Hill First Presbyterian Church and Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

 Surviving: wife, Dreama Joyce Neal Warren; son, Oscar Neal Warren; daughter, Katherine Ruth Kincaid of Oak Hill; and grandchildren, Justin Warren, Jarred Warren and Mariah Kincaid

There will be no visitation or service.

 Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.