The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


September 19, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Sept. 19 2013



Josephine B. Nickell

Josephine B. Nickell, 89, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 11, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 8, 1924, at Page, she was the daughter of the late John Julius Bukant Sr. and Bessie Youravish Bukant. She was the stepdaughter of the late Anthony Youravish Jr. and Lora Bukant Novobilsky. Her husband, Ralph Eugene Nickell; brother, John J. Bukant Jr.; half-sisters, Rena King and Mary Wells; and half-brothers, James Anthony Youravish Jr., George Youravish and Joe Youravish, also preceded her in death.

A member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, she also attended the 3F’s Circle.

Josephine was a 1942 graduate of Oak Hill High School. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women.

She was a retired secretary for Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill and had previously been employed by Garvin, later Lively, Insurance Company in Oak Hill.

Surviving: her twin daughters, Pamela Jo Smelcer and husband Harold of Panama City, Fla., and Paula Jean Nickell of Dunbar; and all her caregivers, Rhonda Cox, Julie Lovell, Marlene Lovell, Dorothy Ward and JoAnne Erickson.

Funeral services were Sept. 14 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Sonja Katherine ‘Katbird’ Poole

Sonja Katherine “Katbird” Poole, formerly of Oak Hill, died Aug.15, 2013, at her home in Valley Village, Calif.

A memorial service was held Sept. 14 at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Dale Ray Preast

Dale Ray Preast, 56, of Rainelle, died Sept. 10, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Oct. 17, 1956, at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of Dencil Ray Preast and Audrey Mae Pullen.

Dale was a devoted, husband, father, grandfather, son and brother to his loving family. He loved his church and loved being the pastor to his congregation at Virginia O’Dell Freewill Baptist Church.

He loved being outdoors and doing everything for everyone.

He was a warehouse manager for the coal industry and also a self-employed service station owner.

Surviving: his loving wife of 38 years, Peggy Carol Sorrell Preast; a daughter, Heather Lynn Hundley of Hilton Village; a son, Dale Ray Preast Jr. and wife Gloria of Salem, Va.; a sister, Debbie McVey and husband Richard of Mt. Hope; and grandchildren, Silas, Paul, Hannah, Cameron and Kenna.

Funeral services were Sept. 14 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted. Interment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

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