The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


December 25, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 26, 2013

Viola Stidham Collins

Viola Stidham Collins, 90, of Oak Hill, died Dec.13, 2013, at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Born July 1, 1923, at Hazard, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Allen D. and Rosella Bowman Stidham. She also was preceded in death by a son, Carl C. Collins.

Viola was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

A graveside committal service, followed by burial, was held Dec. 16 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gary Lee Hanshew

Gary Lee Hanshew, 65, of Green Sulphur Springs, died Dec. 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, following a short battle with cancer.

Born April 28, 1948, at Danese, he was the son of Lillian Shuck Hanshew of Green Sulphur Springs and the late Roy P. Hanshew.

Gary graduated from Meadow Bridge High School in 1966 and was of the Baptist faith.

He proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea CV-43 in the Viet Nam War.

Following his service in the Navy, he went to work as a coal miner for 13 years. He then was an electrician for Meadow Gold Dairy for 5 years and retired after 16 years as an electrician for U.S. Can.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post #6506 in Rosedale, Md., and a member of the Jeptah Masonic Lodge #222 in Essex, Md.

Upon his retirement, Gary came home to the West Virginia hills he loved.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his loving wife of 41 years, Gail McQuain Hanshew; three sons of whom Gary was so proud, Kevin (Rosa) of Lincoln, Del., Mike (Debbie) of Meadow Bridge and Patrick (Alicia) of Green Sulphur Springs; daughter, Barbie Coffie of North Carolina; brothers, Roy (Audrey) of Danese and Chris (Ersie) of Green Sulphur Springs; sisters, Marge Parker of Orlando, Fla., and Carol Moore (John) of Danese; and grandchildren Whitley, Evan, Mike, John, Jacob, Johnathan and Cody.

Services were Dec. 23, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Jimmy Fleshman officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion Post #32 in Beckley.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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