The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 7, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, March 8, 2012


John Q. Thomas

John Q. Thomas, 87, died March 1, 2012.

Born Oct. 17, 1924, at Meadow Bridge, he was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Armada Pitsenbarger Hall of Rainelle; father, Alex Thomas, and mother, Mae Fitzwater Thomas Sevy, of Meadow Bridge; sisters, Christine Spano of Victorville, Calif., Katherine Oxley of Phoenix, Ariz., Audrey Thomas of Meadow Bridge, baby Janice Thomas; and brother, Alexander (Tim) Thomas of Rainelle.

John was a decorated Army and Air Force veteran with service in World War II and Korea  including the Normandy landing in France and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from the Air Force in 1965.

He was a founding partner and vice president of Appalachian Root and Herb Company of Rainelle and an expert on West Virginia medicinal plants. Small in stature but big in heart. He had no enemies — only friends he hadn’t yet met — and he will be sorely missed.

Surviving: sisters, Alice Shuler of Ansted, Phyllis and Bob Keeling of Talmadge, Ohio; brother, Robert (Bob) and Jean Thomas of Rainelle; son, Tim Thomas and companion Ella Lambert of Rainelle; daughter, Lisa Skaggs and husband Dexter of Bellwood; stepdaughters, Barbara and Mike Bragg of Statesville, N.C., Donna and Wayne Pugh of Rainelle, and Drema and Frank Bennett of Rainelle; nine grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville on March 4 with interment beside Armada.

Gifts in lieu of flowers may be given to Rainelle Public Library. John loved to read.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.

David Delano Wise II

David Delano Wise II, 51, of Oak Hill, died March 2, 2012.

Mr. Wise was cremated. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Homer G. ‘Johnny’ Workman

Homer G. ‘Johnny’ Workman, 77, died Feb. 15, 2012.

Born Feb. 22, 1934, in Deepwater, he was the son of the late Orville and Hester Workman. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Effie, Mary and Harlyn.

Mr. Workman served in the United States Navy and worked for 24 years at Ford Motor Company’s Brookpark Plant.

Surviving: his wife of 53 1/2 years, Jane Carolyn (nee Watkins); children, Mary and Johnny Dee, and adopted son, Paul Wells; grandchildren, Brent, Joseph, Johnny III and Benjamin; brothers, Jack of Florida, and Jimmy of Cleveland; and many friends and neighbors.

Upon his request, Mr. Workman was cremated.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2250 Snow Road, Parma, Ohio.

Arrangements by Faulkmer Heratig Cremation, Akron, Ohio.

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