The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


December 5, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 6, 2012


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.

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