The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


December 5, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 6, 2012


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.

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