The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 19, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dolly May McKinney Ball

Dolly May McKinney Ball, 49, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 17, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 24, 1964, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late John and Dolly Mascil Smith McKinney. A son, Bob Ball Jr., also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Bob Edward Ball; daughters, April Ball and Crysta Ball, both of Oak Hill; a sister, Nancy McKinney of Mount Hope; and grandchildren, Sara Treadway, Madison Hurst and Jacob Ball.

Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Bias

Sandra “Sandy” Bias, 55, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 10, 2014.

Born Sept. 5, 1958, in Oak Hill, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Eugene and Geraldine Patricia Cameron Wheeler. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Alden Bias; and a sister, Tammie Lynn Brown.

She was a homemaker, a head waitress at Mountain Laurel Restaurant for 12 years and an attendant at the Coffee Club in Oak Hill since 2004.

Surviving: her daughter, Heather and her husband, Robb Massie, of Saucier, Miss.; son, Jason and his wife, Katherine, of Scarbro; daughter, Amber Bias of Beckley; grandchildren, Sierra Toney, Hunter Pittman and Logan Pittman; brothers, Steve Wheeler and his wife, Linda, of Fayetteville, Thomas Wheeler and his wife, Iris, of Germany, David Wheeler and his wife, Paula, of Fayetteville and Jonathan Wheeler and his wife, Brandy, of Lochgelly; brother-in-law, Billy Brown of Fayetteville; special friend, Linda Weant of Oak Hill; and nieces and nephews, Brooke Foster, Hannah and her husband, Brandon Stone, Morgan Wheeler, Austin Brown, Brent Wheeler, Laura Wiley, Ciera Wheeler, and Bryson Wheeler.

Funeral services were Feb. 17 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home at Fayetteville with Pastor Eddie Persinger officiating. Interment followed at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Juanita B. Cottrell

Juanita B. Cottrell died Feb. 14, 2014, at home following a long illness.

Juanita was born on May 15, 1929, in Boncar, daughter of the late Harold and Vinnie Priddy Boyd. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Harry David Sonny Cottrell; a son, Duwane Cottrell; a sister, Patsy Lester; a brother, Harold Boyd Jr.; and a granddaughter, Lori Ann Bostic.

Juanita spent most of her life as a homemaker caring for her family. Before her illness, she was active in her church. She loved working in her yard. She loved reading books about West Virginia.  

Surviving: daughters, Lynn Holstine of Fayetteville, Rosemary Bostic and husband Mike of Ansted, Becky Toney and partner Larry Coleman of Kimberly, Luann Peters and partner Jerry Moore of Montgomery; son, David Cottrell and wife Beth of Kimberly; Tracie Cottrell, wife of Duwane, of Prestonsburg, Ky.; grandchildren, Christina Moore and husband Keith of Kingstree, S.C., Brian Belmont and wife Lisa of Toms River, N.J., Kelly Crist and husband Kevin of Ansted, Matthew Bostic and wife Janice of Victor, Jamie Peters and partner Hayley Jarrell of Boomer, Nathan Copeland of Florida, Breanian and Cortneh Cottrell and partner Jeff of Prestonsburg, Megan and Halie Cottrell and partner Levi of Kimberly; great-grandchildren, Lydia Moore, Noah and Savannah Belmont, Seth Carte, Abbie Bostic, Joey and Autumn Crist, Ian and Evelyn Bostic, Alana Cottrell, Arabella Peters, Taylor Falbo, Jayden and JoJo Chapman; sisters, Dolores Howard, Nancy Duncan and Shirley Dunlap, all of Cannelton; and a brother, Darrell Boyd of Fayetteville.

Service was Feb. 17 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Elsie Jean Dorado

Elsie Jean Dorado, 95, of Mount Hope, died Feb. 14, 2014, surrounded by family members.

Born in Kersley, England, in 1918, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Martha Barnes. Elsie also was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Sam Dorado; her eldest son, Sam; and her brother, Alfred Barnes.

Elsie was raised from early childhood in Minden.

Elsie was a lifelong member of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Women’s Circle. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star.

As a young lady Elsie worked at the Minden Company Store and later at Kelly’s Drug Store in Oak Hill where she met her husband, Sam. She, Sam and their sons owned and operated the American Hardware Store in Mount Hope.   

Elsie was a caregiver and server of others.

Surviving: her daughter, Janet (Robert) Yost; son, Bob (Donna) Dorado; nephew, Bob; grandchildren, Bob Dorado, Michael (Danielle) Dorado, Cathy Templeton, Amy (Doug) Parent, Mario (Merium) Dorado and Marcus Dorado; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Sophia Templeton, Marshall Dorado, Alexis and Anthony Dorado, and Faith ReAnn Dorado; other family members, Ms.  Helen DiOdoardo, Ms. Lena Uliano, Ms. Mary Barnes; numerous nieces and nephews; her caregivers, Ms. Freda Adkins, Ms. Kim Kincaid and Ms. Pam Warwick from Mount Hope, and Donna Stewart, BJ White and Juanita Frye of the Huntington area; and a special friend, Peggy Bibb.

Funeral services were conducted at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church on Feb. 18 with Rev. Beth Stone and Rev. Richard Allen officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park at Oak Hill.

Donations in Elsie’s memory can be made to the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main Street, Mt. Hope, WV 25880, or the Mount Hope Lions Club, P.O. Box 285, Mt. Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ramona Lynn DuFour

Ramona Lynn DuFour, 49, of Ansted, died at her sister’s residence on Feb. 16, 2014, following a long illness.

Born Aug. 9, 1964, in Montgomery, Mona was a daughter of the late Frank Benny Williams Sr. and Josephine Hall Williams.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a special friend who will be sadly missed by all.

She was a home health care worker, a homemaker and a member of Horseshoe Baptist Church of Ramsey.

Surviving: her husband, Charles Dufour; daughters, Charity and Terry Wlson Jr. and Samantha and Kenny Dempsey, all of Ansted; grandchildren, Angeline Wilson, Terry Wilson III and Mia Dempsey; sister, Linda and Ballard Taylor of Ansted; brothers, Benny Williams Jr. of Summersville and Mark Williams of Amelia, Va.; special friends, Cathy Skaggs and Felicia Hart; and special extended family, Amber and Nevaeh Owens.

Funeral services were Feb. 19 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Wade Samples II officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Please make donations to Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home of Ansted, PO Box 335, Ansted, WV 25812 to help the family with Mona’s funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Danny Ray Fleshman Sr.

Danny Ray Fleshman Sr., 51, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 11, 2014, at his home.

Born May 11, 1962, at Oswald, he was the son of the late William Edward Fleshman Sr. and Barbara Ellen Sanger Fleshman. Brothers Michael Wayne Fleshman Sr. and James “Shorty” Lewis Fleshman; and sisters Bonita Donelow and Susan Evans also preceded him in death.

Surviving: sons, Danny Fleshman Jr. and Jimmy Fleshman, both of Oak Hill; brothers, William E. Fleshman Jr. and wife Lashelle, Randy Lee Fleshman Sr., David Fleshman Sr. and wife Lori, and Matt Andrew Fleshman and wife Jennie, all of Minden; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 14 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Henry Hudson officiating. He was cremated following the service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Susie ‘Kay’ Hall

Susie Katherine “Kay” Hall, 77, of Parkersburg, died Feb. 11, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

Born June 8, 1936, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Nellie Bennett of Backus Mountain. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, John Bennett and Calvin Bennett; her sister, Mary Ellen Ball; her nephew, Thomas Bennett; and her great-niece, Angela Ball.

Kay graduated from Meadow Bridge High School and then continued her education at the Camden Clark Hospital School of Nursing in Parkersburg. She graduated as a registered nurse. Even after retirement she continued to be a caregiver for those surrounding her.

Kay was a member of the Sams Creek Baptist Church and served as editor of “The Sams Creek Chronicle,” the church newsletter.

She was organizer of the annual Hall family reunion and enjoyed spending her time surrounded by her many family members and friends.

She was faithful to the Lord and a true blessing to everyone around her. Kay loved to sing and in doing so, shared her love and grace with all who were privileged to hear her sing. Her hands were never idle. She was always at work, sharing her gifts and helping those around her.

Surviving: her loving husband of 42 years, Dale Hall; beloved son and best friend, Mark E. Newell and wife Norma of Coal City; granddaughters, Jennifer Gwinn and husband Dusty of Beckley, and Beth Farley of Coal City; great-granddaughter, Landrey Cadence Gwinn; sisters-in-law, Maureen Bennett and Clara Bennett; aunt, Mildred Vandell; loving nephews, Mike Ball and wife Carole and Charles Bennett; loving niece, Patty Ball; great-nephews, John Ball, Daniel Jones and Thomas Bennett; great-great-nephew, Bryant Ball; great-great-niece, Riley Ball; and many other special family members and friends who she counted as family.

Funeral services were Feb. 15 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastors Carl Radcliff, Mark Watkins and Tom Hall officiating. Entombment followed at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.

An online guestbook is available at

Arrangements by Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Raphael Lee Hundley

Raphael (Ray) Lee Hundley, 72, of Beckley, died Jan, 31, 2014, at Beckley ARH following a long illness.

Ray was born in Nicholas County, May 13, 1941, the son of the late Henry and Sybil Hundley. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Ada M. Hundley, in 2003, and a brother, Robert (Bill), in 2012.

Ray was of the Baptist faith, and he worked with heavy equipment and drove for various companies as a bus driver for many years until he retired.

Ray loved his family and his friends. He loved to gather together and play music with his brothers and sister with whom he was part of a gospel band, the Still Blessed, in which he played the guitar, the dobro and sang. Heaven has gained another choir member. Everyone that knew him will miss his smile, easy going attitude, charm, and sense of humor.

Surviving: his son, David Wayne Hundley of Beckley, with whom he resided; daughters, Susan Stewart and husband Danny of Burlington, N.C., and Sandra Bragg and husband Jim of Jumping Branch; stepdaughter, Shelby Watkins of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Cody Bragg, Jordan Bragg, Amy Neal and Stephen Watkins; his brothers, Curtis Hundley and Richard Hundley and wife Shirley, all of Craigsville; and a sister, Anna Hypes and husband Stanley, of Craigsville.

Services to celebrate his life were held Feb. 4 at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Lansing, with Pastor Tom Comer officiating. Burial followed in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Good Hope Cemetery Fund, C/O Mike Skaggs, HC65, Box 16, Lansing, WV 25862.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Nancy McClung Horrocks Knupp

Nancy Charlene McClung Horrocks Knupp, the daughter of the late Pastor William I. and Lois K. McClung, died Feb. 9, 2014, at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. Her death was the result of injuries sustained when her home burned down in Fayetteville on Jan. 28, 2014.

Surviving: her husband, Walt Knupp; daughter, Becky Buckland and her husband, Marshall; grandchildren, Elijah and Matthew Buckland; brother, William McClung II and his wife, Janet; niece, Candace Rose and her husband, William; niece, Beth Keith and her husband, Derek; stepdaughters, Kristina Knupp, Thoma and Carin Knupp; stepson, Randall Knupp; and six stepgrandchildren and numerous cousins and countless friends including her church family at Lochgelly Baptist Church.

In honor of Nancy’s wishes she was cremated and a memorial service was held to commemorate her life at Fayetteville Baptist Church in Fayetteville, on Feb. 14, 2014.

To recognize her love for animals and helping others, Nancy’s wish would be to please make a donation to a local animal shelter or the Gideon Ministry. Any small act of kindness or helpful gesture in the local community is all that Nancy would have wanted in her remembrance. She will be dearly missed by so many.

Albert L. Massile

Albert L.  Massile, 82, of Alliance, Ohio, died Feb. 12, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center.  

Born Nov. 27, 1931, in Ansted, he was the son of the late Massey “Charlie” Massile and Margaret Massile. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Reagan.

He lived in Alliance for most of his life.  

He was a graduate of East Bank High School and then West Virginia Technical College.

Albert retired as an accountant in the racing tire division for Goodyear in Akron after 30 years of service.

A veteran of the Korean War, he served our country in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of B.P.O. Elks, Lodge #467 in Alliance.

Albert enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing.

Surviving: his sister, Marlene (Walt) Tisher of Piqua, Ohio; a sister, Sharon (Curt) Hall of Lexington, Ky.; a brother, Jerry (Karen) Massile of Gallipolis Ferry; and several nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, Stark Co Division, Canton, OH 44708 or to the American Cancer Society Northeast Regional Office, Canfield, OH 44406.

Online condolences can be sent at

Arrangements by Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home.

Hilah Smith Moore

Hilah Smith Moore, 84, of Lexington, N.C., formerly of Fayetteville, died Feb. 12, 2014, after a short illness.

She was the former owner and operator of Fayetteville Floral Company for 33 years.

Surviving: her husband, Stanly Albright Moore of Lexington; her daughters, Margaret Harvey of Lexington and Merry Settle of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Feb. 15 at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, by the Rev. Allen Witt.

Memorials may be made to your local Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent at   

George Nichols

George Nichols, 61, of Fayetteville, died Feb.11, 2014, at his home.

Born Aug. 6, 1952, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Bessie Ruth Dickenson Nichols and the late George Brackett Nichols. Besides his father, Mr. Nichols also was preceded in death by his aunt, Wavelenor Swiger.

Mr. Nichols was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division.

He was a retired engineer with Railserve and the family caregiver for many family members.

Surviving: his mother, Bessie Ruth Nichols; daughter, Catherine Ann Cotton of Roseville, Mich.; son, Jason Edward Nichols of Fayetteville; daughter, Angela Marie Christopher and her husband, Charles, of Roseville; nine grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Bert Ray Nugen

Bert Ray Nugen, 87, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 11, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

He was born on May 7, 1926, in Dempsey.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Nugen, in 2008; daughter, Linda Nugen; and a brother, Richard “Dick” Nugen.

Mr. Nugen was a member of the Fayetteville First Church of God, serving on the board of trustees.

He was a retired mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and a bus operator with Fayette County Schools.

He was a member of the Fayetteville American Legion Post 149 and a Navy veteran of World War II.

Surviving: son, Alan Nugen and wife Kim of Fayetteville; daughters, Diana Hogan and husband Jim of Fayetteville, Karen Hildebrand and husband Terry of Oak Hill and Sandra Price and husband Monty of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Jimmy Hogan, Jonathan Hogan, Julia Mallard, Chris Hildebrand, Kevin Hildebrand, Logan Nugen, Laura Price and Nathan Price; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Persinger, Erica Hogan, Jamie Hogan, Faith Mallard, Kaelyn Mallard and Andrew Pigg.

Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Fayetteville First Church of God with Pastor Mike Parsons and Pastor Danny Goins officiating. Interment followed at Highlawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Carrie Jo Sturms

Carrie Jo Sturms, 74, of Fayetteville, formerly of North Sandbranch, Beckley, died Feb. 16, 2014, at the Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 23, 1939, at Skelton, she was the daughter of the late Everette Gaylor and Mildred Taylor Gaylor. She also was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Sturms; a sister, Rose Fox; and brothers,  Ballard Gaylor and Carl Gaylor.

Mrs. Sturms was a homemaker, and a former employee of the CIA in Washington, D.C.

She was a member of the Mountain View Church of God at Hilltop, and had lived in the Beckley area most of her life. Her special interests were her family.

Surviving: her daughter, Pam McKnight and her husband, Bill, of Fayetteville; a sister, Kay Ferguson and her husband, John, of California; grandchildren, Carrie Clendening of Charleston, and Jeffrey McKnight and Kaylee McKnight, both of Fayetteville; a great-granddaughter, Caroline Lane, of Charleston; several nieces, a nephew and a brother-in-law, Lyle Fox, of Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Thursday, at 3 p.m. with her brother-in-law, John Ferguson, officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Thursday.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Craig Terrance Williams

Craig Terrance Williams, 50, of Edmond, died suddenly on Feb. 11, 2014.

He and his strange sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving: his daughter, Brittany; sons, Nicholas and Lucas Williams; their mother, Jena; parents, Bill and JoAnn; sister, Tamie Grose and her four sons, his nephews.

Respecting his requests, he will be cremated with no formal services.

Frank J. Zinz Jr.

Frank J. Zinz Jr., 51, of Minden, died Feb. 9, 2014.

In keeping with Mr. Zinz’s final wishes he will be cremated and services will be held by the family at a later date.

Online condolences may sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, Prosperity.