The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 5, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mildred Virginia Pritt Alexander

Mildred Virginia Pritt Alexander, 85, of Smithers, died Nov. 28, 2012.

Born March 25, 1927, at Cannelton, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Edward and Myrtle Ester Estep Pritt. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Albert “Hogan” Alexander, and a son, Charles Edward Alexander.

She was a member of Oakland Church of God in Smithers.

Surviving: daughters, Beverly Dickerson and husband Kenton of Hico, and Pamela Brown and husband Joseph of Smithers; son, Gerald “Gary” Alexander and his wife, Leigh Ann, of Montgomery; brothers, George Pritt of Cannelton, and Lewis E. Pritt and wife Ann of Illinois; grandchildren, Charles Michael Dickenson, Stacey Ann Cooper, Candice Dawn Dickerson, Bradley Wayne Alexander and Lana Nicole Hill; stepgranddaughter, Jamie Gwinn; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Service was Dec. 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial was at Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Matthew Allan Blair

Matthew Allan Blair, 26, of Critchley Lane in Danese, formerly of Kent, Ohio, and Las Vegas, Nev., died Nov. 26, 2012, at his residence in Danese.

Born April 28, 1986, at Beckley, he was the son of Karen Critchley Blair Smith of Pulaski, Va., and his father, Jerry Randall Blair of Edmond.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Gussie Blair; his great-grandparents, Elsie Smith, and Buzz and Mary Critchley; and his stepfather, David Glen Smith.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his very good friend, Jenny Gunnoe; brothers, John Randall Blair and David Cook, both of Pulaski, Va.; grandparents, John and Hilda Critchley of Danese; uncles, Steve Critchley of Lakewood, Ohio, and Tony and Nikki Critchley, and Robert and Tressa Critchley, all of Danese.

Services were Dec. 4 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Floyd D. Bolen officiating. Burial followed at the family cemetery.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew A. Blair Trust Fund, c/o City National Bank, 1218 Main Street, Rainelle, WV 25962, to help defray the burial costs.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Melba Carter

Melba Romine Carter, 93, formerly of Montgomery, died Nov. 27, 2012, in Midlothian, Va.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John W. Carter.

Mrs. Carter worked at West Virginina Institute of Technology as administrative assistant to the president, retiring after 24 years.

She was charter president of Pilot Club of Montgomery; a board member of Fayette County Public Libraries; member emeritus of the board of Marmet Crippled Children’s Hospital; a member of Montgomery Presbyterian Church; and a member of the Eastern Star.

Surviving: her sons, Richard L. Carter and his wife, Margaret Ann, of Midlothian, Va., and Rev. Robert A. Carter and his wife, Gladys, of Petersburg, Alaska; grandchildren, Brian A. Carter and his wife, Beth, of Hanapepe, Hawaii, Kevin L. Carter of Richmond, Va., and Martin Carter of Petersburg, Alaska; great-grandchildren, her pride and joy, Ella and Luke Carter of Hanapepe, Hawaii; and many other loving family members and friends.

A family memorial service will be held in the spring in West Virginia.

Helen Janese Taylor Childers

Helen Janese Taylor Childers, 93, of Belva, died Nov. 29, 2012, after a long illness.

Born May 6, 1919, in Wyndal, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Emma O’Dell Taylor. She also was preceded in death by her sons, Jim Childers and Dallas Childers; grandsons, Mark Pierson and Jimmy Childers; brothers, Harry (Punch), Carl and Clyde; sisters, Mildred (Mid) Boothe and Betty Cole; son-in-law, Paul H. Brown; great-great-granddaugher, Olivia Cliver; and great-great-grandson, Xavier Brown.

Helen lived her entire married life in Belva, in the same house she and her late husband, Carl H., built and raised their eight children.

Helen was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, Belva, and various clubs and organizations in the area.  She was one of the founders of the First Church of God of Alta in the l950s.

She wrote the “Belva Area News” column for The Montgomery Herald for over 40 years and also was a correspondent for The Nicholas Chronicle.

She was a CNA at various nursing homes in the valley and Summersville Hospital. She was a member of the Home Extension.

Helen was very outgoing and never met a stranger. She loved singing hymns in church.

She was a loving mother and grandmother, and she will surely be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving: daughters, Susie (Doug) Pierson of Falls View, Sonjie Brown of Indore, Sandy Sparks of Falls View, Sharon (Lynn) Young of Georgetown, Ky., Becky (Victor) Hayes of Cleveland, Tenn., Snow Fern (Carlos) Doss of Georgetown, Ky., and Sharlene (Eddie) Glenn of Lexington, Ky.; 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Pearl Taylor of Belva and Juanita Taylor of Ansted; brother-in-law, Albert Boothe of Belva; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Dec. 3, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. Victor Hayes officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Clarence Eugene Davis

Clarence Eugene Davis, 79, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 1, 2012, at the Pateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Nov. 24, 1933, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Joseph C. Davis and Carrie C. Hutchinson Davis. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Marjorie Clark, Janice Pace, and Margaret Davis.

Mr. Davis was a disabled janitorial employee of Crossroads Mall in Beckley.

He had made his home in the Beckley area for most of his life.

Surviving: his children, Ricky Davis of Stanaford, Gary Davis and his wife, Joy, of Oak Hill, and Connie Allen and her husband, Brady, of Maple Fork; stepchildren, Kim Evans of Prosperity, Karen Mead and her husband, Jerry, of Prosperity, and Greg Souder and his fiancée, Sharon St. Clair, of Coal City; several grandchildren; and sisters, Virginia Spence of Beckley, and Katherine Wills of Mt. Hope.

Graveside rites and burial were held at the Evans Cemetery at South Sandbranch Road Dec. 5, with Rev. Junior Plumley officiating.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberrry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Carl Leo Garten

Carl Leo Garten, 80, of Backus Mountain, died Nov. 26, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a heart attack.

Born Dec. 8, 1931, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Lewis N. and Charlotte Lottie Smith Garten. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Allen Garten, and his wife, Texie; and sisters, Helen Buckland and Erma Decker.

At age 3, Carl's family moved to Backus Mountain, where he was raised. After school, Carl moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he began work at BAJ Tool Company as a machinist and mechanic. He later returned to Backus Mountain where he worked as a mechanic for Harold Kinder, then later on became a coal miner for Helen Coal Company in Slater Hollow, and also for Royal Coal Company at Layland, where he was forced to retire due to a stroke.

Carl enjoyed fishing, hunting, and talking on his CB, where he was known as “Lazy Mountain Man.”

Carl loved all living creatures including birds, deer, squirrels and chipmunks. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving: his wife of 45 years, Sharon Sue Garten of Backus Mountain; daughter, Carol Garten Stover and husband Randy of Crab Orchard; son, Carl D. Garten of Backus Mountain; grandsons, Joshua Graham and R.J. Stover; great-grandchildren, Justin, Jacob, Jessica and Julie; special niece, Cathy Garten Fox and husband Curtis of Ohio; his pet dog, Blackie, and many friends and extended family.

Services were Nov. 30 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Ruth Goins officiating. Burial followed in Smith Cemetery at Backus Mountain.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Vernon Jones

Mr. Vernon Jones, 63, of Mt. Hope, died Dec. 4, 2012.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Nina Mae Keenan

Nina Mae Keenan, 83, of Belva, died Dec. 1, 2012, at Montgomery General Elderly Care, Montgomery.

Born April 15, 1929, in Ramsey, she was the daughter of the late Shirley Ruffner Boles and Helena Mae Hess Boles. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Keenan; daughter, Teresa Keenan; brothers, Austin and James Boles; and a sister, Louise Morris.

She was a homemaker and a member of Swiss Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving: her grandchildren, Shannon Harvey of Charlton Heights, Tracy Peters of Boomer, Derek Wagner of Charlton Heights and Amy Nichols of Beckley; and her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dennis Preast of Belva.

Graveside service was Dec. 3, at Rich Creek Community Cemetery, Jodie, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Frank Junior Maynor

Frank Junior Maynor, 87, of Fayetteville, died peacefully at his home Nov. 30, 2012.

Born May 2, 1925, in Long Branch, he was the son of the late Henry Frank Maynor and Gertrude Sheppard Maynor. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Bailey Maynor; son, Eric Maynor; brothers, Buster, Adair, Sherman, and Melvin Maynor; and a sister, Georgie Williams.

Mr. Maynor was a devoted family man and loved the Lord. He was a member of Brooklyn Community Church.

He also served our country in the United States Army during World War II.

Surviving: his sons, Eddie Frank Maynor of Brooklyn, and Evan Maynor (Tina) and Scotty Maynor (Brenda), all of Oak Hill; daughters, Carolyn Landers (Stephen) of Gatewood, and Peggy Carter and Ladonna Cumbow (James), all of Oak Hill; sister, Francis Williams; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services of Celebration was conducted Dec. 3 at Ewing Creek Church at Clear Creek with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Interment followed at Ewing Creek Cemetery at Toney Fork.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Dr. John Repaire

Surrounded by his loving family, Dr. John Richard Repaire of San Diego, Calif., died Nov. 28, 2012, after a courageous battle with melanoma.

John was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Charleston, son of the late Edna Jane Lindley Repaire and Richard Gerald Repaire of Montgomery.

He was a graduate of Montgomery High School, West Virginia University, and the Medical College of Virginia. He served his internship at Charleston Memorial Hospital in Charleston, and his residency at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Mich.

Following residency and three years’ private practice in San Diego, Calif., John served as a captain in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Taichung, Taiwan, where he headed up a base hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam.

After his return from service, he entered private practice again in San Diego, and later became one of the charter members for the specialty of American Family Physicians. He was very passionate about the care of his patients and was one of the few doctors who would deliver babies in the home in the ‘70s and early ‘80s.  During these years he delivered close to 2,000 babies.

In the late ‘80s, he practiced medicine at a Coal Valley Medical Clinic in Smithers, and worked in the emergency room and trauma center in Beckley. After returning to California in 1991, he worked for the U.S. Navy as a civilian medical doctor until his retirement in 2007.   

He was a past member of the Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout award as a teenager. His love of Scouts led him to be a troop leader in his years in West Virginia.

He was also a 32nd degree mason and a member of the Shriners of Charleston.

He maintained his credentialing in the American Academy of Family Physicians and licensure with the Medical Board of California.

Surviving: his wife of 54 years, Nancy Ree Arnold Repaire; children, their spouses and grandchildren, Suzanne and Jim Robinson, Nicole and Steven Harris of Chula Vista, Calif., Rex and Carolyn Repaire, Rex John and Kirra, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Marc Repaire, Rene and Karina of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a dear uncle, Romaine Repaire of San Rafael, Calif.; sisters and spouses, Mary and Butch Hill of Georgia, Lynda and Rich Hopkins of Terra Alta, and Anne and Phil Raney of Oak Hill; brother and spouse, Rich and Evon Repaire of Shawnee, Kan.; as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  

Please send donations in his name to the San Diego Hospice, the Cancer Society or a charity of your choosing.