The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 12, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 13, 2014

Matthew T. Bounds

Matthew T. Bounds, 75 of Mt. Lookout, died Feb. 4, 2014.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 8, 2014, at the Glen Ferris Apostolic Church at Glen Ferris, with Pastor Aaron Bounds and Pastor David Bounds officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.

Pearlie Ann Rakes Bryan

Pearlie Ann Rakes Bryan, 89, formerly of Oak Hill, died Feb. 2, 2014, in Bossier City, La., following a long illness.

Born April 8, 1924, in Carlisle, she was the daughter of the late John Posey and Fannie Grace Adkins Rakes. She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Whitt; her second husband, James Bryan; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Pearl was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving: her children, Nancy Pat Whitt Smith of Bossier City, La.,  who was her caregiver and with whom she made her home, James Whitt and his wife, Kristy, of Marshall, Texas, Grace Ann Bryan Bowen and her husband, Bruce, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Cynthia Bryan Canterbury and her husband, Larry, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Randy Smith and wife Darla, Richard Smith, Eric Smith, Sonia Hartsfield and husband Tony, Julie Whitt, Kevin Whitt, Morgan Whitt, Michele Hammerle and husband Derek, Laci Nicholas and husband Mark, Leigh Ann Grim and husband Allen, Tara Bowen and Devin Bowen; brother, Charles Rakes and wife Betty of Strasburg, Ohio; sister, Deanne Robinson and husband Calvin of Republic, Ohio; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ambrose and Kitty Bryan of Oak Hill; sister-in-law, Loretta Rakes of Oak Hill; 17 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A committal service was held Feb. 7 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Father Roy Crist and Father Rick Rutledge officiating.

The family requests that donations be made in Pearl’s honor to: Wags-N-Whiskers Animal Rescue, 932 Main Street East, Oak Hill, WV 25901 (304-860-6103).

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Jerry L. Fernandez

Jerry L. Fernandez of Fayetteville died Jan. 27, 2014.

A celebration of life service was held Feb. 8 at his sister’s house at Scarbro.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Olen Robert ‘Bus’ Forren

Olen Robert “Bus” Forren, 93, of Meadow Bridge, died Feb. 1, 2014, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea.

Born Jan. 8, 1921, at Beelick Knob, he was the son of the late Ollie Caperton and Ida Mae Petrie Forren. He also was preceded in death by his son, Ronald C. Forren; one grandson; one great-grandchild; one brother; five half-brothers and three half-sisters.

Bus served six years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and owned Forren Trucking and Contracting until his retirement in 1982.

Surviving: his devoted wife of 65 years, Gloria Houchins Forren; daughters, Twana Tucker of Meadow Bridge and Jeane Blevins and husband Roby of Titusville, Fla.; a son, Charles Ward and Diane of Smoot; grandchildren, Edward and Carla; great-grandchildren, Jiah, Maximus, Aliyah and Jeffrey; sisters-in-law, Peggy Day of Meadow Bridge and Joan Forren of Gridley, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Garland Houchins of Amarillo, Texas and Echols Houchins and wife Eloise “Sam” of Alderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were Feb. 7 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial was private.

Donations of sympathy may be sent to the First Pentecostal Church of Rainelle, P.O. Box 181, Meadow Bridge, WV 25976.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Billy Lee Gunnoe

Billy Lee Gunnoe, 70, of Danese, died Feb. 2, 2014, after a long illness.

Born May 19, 1943, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late Leland and Helen Gunnoe. He also was preceded in death by an infant brother, Larry Gunnoe; sisters, Barbara Moorman of Virginia Beach, Va., and Berneice Queen of Galax, Va.; a daughter, Darleen A. Gunnoe of Smithfield, Pa.; grandson, Alexander D. Gunnoe of Meadow Bridge; brother-in-law, Gary Martin of Springdale; nephew, Steven Martin of Springdale; brother-in-law, Billy Joe Cook; and Rita Windon of Charmco, his daughter-in-law’s mother who Bill dearly loved.

Billy was a loving husband, devoted father, and loving brother.

Bill was a Christian, read his Bible daily and tuned into his favorite TV ministry programs to feed his soul. He gave his heart and soul to Christ many years ago. He never forgot that without God, we are nothing.

His family, friends and others who knew him well, appreciated that he was true to his word, his honesty, and his knowledge in various areas. Second only to the love for his Lord, was the love for his wife and children and family members.

Bill worked as an auto mechanic for many years in Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas, drove a coal truck and eventually settled down as a sort-of horse whisperer; he loved his horses — any size, shape, age or breed.

He enjoyed his tractors, cutting hay in the summer; loved to cut/rack/bale hay more than any man ever known. He loved to trade and swap for just about anything. He enjoyed the company of his many friends, some who visited him regularly such as Mike and Teresa Gilkerson of Layland. Mike was his best buddy in the hayfield; some others include but not limited to: Jerry C., Gary D., Backus, William H. and too many to list.

Bill wanted everyone to know our Lord and Savior ... That’s where the true meaning in life lies for all of us.

Surviving: his wife of 40 years, Nancy Gunnoe of Danese; daughter, Donna L. (Gunnoe) Tranberg and her husband, Jerry, of Whitehall, Wis.; daughter, Diane M. (Gunnoe) Rogers and her husband, Jeff Rogers, of Buckhannon; son, Billy L. Gunnoe and his wife, Lisa, of Dunbar, Pa.; son, Bruce Gunnoe and his wife, Michelle, of McClellandtown, Pa.; son, Randy Gunnoe and his wife, Jennifer (Windon) Gunnoe, of Charmco; son, Robert (Rob) Gunnoe and his wife, Meranda (Ward) Gunnoe, of Meadow Bridge; his grandchildren, Brea and Dalton Gunnoe of Dunbar, Pa., Abby and Bruce Gunnoe of McClellandtown, Pa., Joshua Kayser of Whitehall, Wis., Aaron Sellers of Buckhannon, Andrew J. Gunnoe of Meadow Bridge, Aurora M. Gunnoe of Charmco; Jennifer’s father, Bud Windon of Charmco; Meranda’s parents, Rex and Melinda Ward of Meadow Bridge; sisters, Betty Allen and her husband, Jim Allen, of Shady Spring, Beverly (Sue) Polen of Parish, Fla., Bonnie Martin of Summersville, and Bonita Shinault and Harold of Hillsville, Va.

Service was Feb. 7 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

Cynthia ‘Pinny’ Goldsmith Hill

Cynthia “Pinny” Goldsmith Hill, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 3, 2014.

Born Oct. 14, 1932, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. Goldsmith Sr. and Elizabeth G. Goldsmith. Pinny also was preceded in death by her husband, C.R. “Bud” Hill Jr., and siblings, Robert S. Goldsmith Jr. and Mary G. Banks.

Pinny graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and attended WVU where she was a pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma.

In her lifetime, she was very active as a Scouting leader, a founder and call taker of CONTACT Services (a nonprofit crisis center hotline), an advisory board member of Rescare South, board member of Friends of the Fayetteville Library, member of the Woodland Garden Club and volunteer at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

She was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Vestry and as a Senior Warden.

Pinny enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, cooking, playing golf and bridge. She lived her life around her family and friends, all of whom she adored. In her later years, she devoted much time to caring for many of her dear friends.

Surviving: her children, C.R. “Rennie” Hill III and wife Ann W. Hill, Kathryn H. Dutton, J. William Hill and Mary R. Hill; grandchildren, Megan H. Bostwick (Brock), Laura H. Frame (Jeremy), W. Spencer Hill, W. Mason Dutton, Elizabeth R. Dutton; and three great-granddaughters.

A memorial service was held in her honor Feb. 8 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Oak Hill, with Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. A reception followed at the Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill. A private family burial service will be held at a later date.

The family requests that donations be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, 310 W. Oyler Ave., Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Marie ‘Pommy’ Thornton Hughes

Marie “Pommy” Thornton Hughes, 86, of Belva, died Feb. 3, 2014, in the comfort of her home.

Born Dec. 22, 1927, in Mt. Nebo, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Nancy Dorsey Thornton. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Grandle E. Hughes, and a brother, Ira Thornton.

She was a school teacher at the Dixie Grade School.

She was a member of Dixie First Baptist Church for over three decades, where she was the president of the Ladies Missionary Circle and the adult Sunday School teacher for 26 years. She also was a member of the CEOS and Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

Surviving: daughters, Nancy Thompson of South Charleston, Mary Wills (Cliff) of Falls View and Jeannie Nichols (Danny) of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Scott Milam of Belva, Melody Cook (Stephen) of Eleanor, Kelli Williamson (Nick) of Charleston, Megan Rose (Josh) of Sissonville, Michael Tucker (Carrie) of Scarbro, Jonathon Tucker (Amber) of Killeen, Texas, and Melanie (Lucas) Holcomb of Pittsburgh, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Ashleigh (Tyler) Herdman of Winfield, Logan Cook, Dawson Cook and Jackson Cook of Eleanor, Ethan Roberts and Mia Williamson of Charleston, Julian Parker, Landon Parker and Annaleigh Rose of Sissonville, Jennifer and Michael Massey of Scarbro, and William Tucker of Killeen; great-great-granddaughters, Haidyn Annmarie Herdman of Winfield and Kyra Holcomb of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Dooley of Pocatalico and Alta Chaffin of Poquosoni, Va.; and a special niece, Brenda Sue Jones of Beckley.

Services were Feb. 8 at the Dixie First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Sevy and the Rev. Gary Owens officiating. Burial followed in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Mt. Nebo.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Frank H. Marshall

Frank H. Marshall, of Naples, Fla., a native of Page, died Feb. 2, 2014.

Arrangements by Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, Naples, Fla.

Beulah Pearl Smith Schnake

Beulah Pearl Smith Schnake, 82, of Auburn Hills, Mich., formerly of Kincaid, died Feb. 6, 2014, in Auburn Hills.

She was the daughter of the late Roy and Helen Smith of Kincaid. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Schnake, on July 7, 2012; a brother, Roy Junior of Kincaid; and sisters, Virginia, Betty, Goldie, Helen Ruth and Mary.

Beulah was a long-time resident of Auburn Hills.

Surviving: a daughter, Carol Redman; grandchildren, Kimberly Perrymore and Stacy Thomlinson; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles of Kincaid, Darrell and Robert, both of Ohio, Ray of Glen Jean, Billy of Hilltop and John of Kincaid; sister, Reba of Hilltop; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Interment was in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Mich.

Arrangements by Modetz Funeral Home, Orin, Mich.

Sarah Emmaline Sexton

Sarah Emmaline (Emma) Sexton, 97, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 6, 2014, at the Barbara Kinley Personal Care Home in Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 21, 1916, Emma was daughter of the late John Henry Sexton and Rosa Victoria Barker Sexton. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Willia Sexton Epperly and Zella Frances (Della) Epperly, and brothers, Rev. Willis Sexton, Arnold Sexton, and Delmar Sexton.

She was a nurse for more than 40 years and retired from Logan General Hospital in 1982.

Surviving: sister, Rosella Goss and her husband, Bob, of Jackson, Mich., and 18 nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Emma’s life was held Feb. 10 at the High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Richard Midkiff officiating. Interment followed in Huse Memorial Park at Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Vera Helen Shortridge

Vera Helen Shortridge, 88, of Victor, died at her home Feb. 9, 2014, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 8, 1925, at Elmo, she was the daughter of the late Roger and Dora Bickford Sweet. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Sarah Leonard, Virginia Bragg, Naomi Meadows, and a brother, Roger Sweet.

Surviving: her husband, Bob Shortridge of Hico; her son, Larry Shortridge and his wife, Betty, of Hico;  grandchildren, Lisa Carrico and husband Donnie and Tresa Miller and husband Mike; and great-grandchildren, Dallas Miller, Delaney, Donnie and Montana Carrico.

Graveside services were held Feb. 12 at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with Pastor Mike Skaggs officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Funeral Chapel, Ansted.