The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

August 8, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, August 9, 2012


Betty Ann Colaiseno

Betty Ann Colaiseno, 78, of Mount Hope, died Aug. 4, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley,  following a short illness.

Mrs. Colaiseno was born in Sun on Aug. 21, 1933, and lived most of her life in Mount Hope. She was the fifth child of three sisters and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and sisters, her husband, James Junior Colaiseno; great-grandson, Joseph Hosler Jr.; and son-in-law, Gary Craigo.

Mrs. Colaiseno was a homemaker and was a member of the Assembly of God in Mount Hope for many years.

An excellent mother, a wonderful grandmother, and will be sadly missed by many family and friends.

Surviving: brother, Donald Smith of Huntington; daughters and son, Almeda Smith and Mary Shaffer, both of Mount Hope, James Colaiseno and wife Elaine of Oak Hill, Patricia Craigo of Mount Hope, Carol and husband Mickey Barclay of Crab Orchard, Angeline and husband Ernie Walker of Raleigh, N.C., Nellie and husband John Roberts, and Donna and husband Patrick Bailey, all of Beckley, Lana and husband Tony Rust of Bristol, Tenn., Brenda and husband Keith Runyon of Crab Orchard; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were Aug. 7 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Tom Lilly officiating. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Emmett Ray Farley

Emmett Ray Farley, 69, of the Hilltop Nursing Home at Glen Jean, died July 30, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Feb. 15, 1943, at Ellison, he was the son of the late Emmett L. Farley and late Lottie Cox Farley. He also was preceded in death by his only brother, James E. Farley.

Mr. Farley was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mabscott.

Surviving: sisters, Lura and her husband, Ron Frye, of Mabscott, with whom Emmett had made his home  for many years, and Glenna Mooney and husband Thomas of Coal City; sister-in-law, Helen Jefferies of Sophia, and a special sister-in-law, Cindy Wright and husband Gary of Bassett, Va., who gave Emmett many days and weeks of joy and the gift of love, compassion and caretaking; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and many friends including the patients and staff at the White Sulphur Springs Nursing Center in White Sulphur Springs.

Funeral services were Aug. 2, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with the Pastor Wayne Bolen officiating. Burial followed in the Josiah Lilly Cemetery at Ellison.

Online condolences may be sent at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Virginia Pauline Fox

Virginia Pauline Fox, 83, of Hurricane, formerly of Ansted, died Aug. 2, 2012, at CAMC-Teays Valley Division.

Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Rich Creek, Va., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin C. and Margret Cecil Morrison. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil M. Fox, and three brothers and five sisters.

She was a former employee of the State Police Academy.

Surviving: her children, Marlyn Kay Harris (Charles Harris) of Hurricane, and James Allen Fox of Temple, Texas; her sister, Hazel Williams of Hampton, Va.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Aug. 5 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Rich Creek, Va., with Rev. Jason Smith officiating. A gathering of family and friends followed at the home of her niece, Scarlet Ratcliff in Rich Creek.

Online condolences may be made at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.



Hattie Skaggs Hardy

Hattie Skaggs Hardy, 77, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 3, 2012, at Summersville Regional Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1935, at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Lillie McHenry Skaggs. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Everette Hardy Sr., on Feb. 14, 1990; daughter, Doris Faye Hardy; sister, Audrey Fox; and brother, Elmer Skaggs.

Sister Hardy attended the Freewill Baptist Church at Ansted. She loved the Lord, enjoyed crocheting and spoiling her grandchildren.

She was a very special babysitter.

Surviving: her sons, Charles E. Hardy Jr. and wife Beth of Charleston, and Carl Hardy and wife Shelly of Pool; daughters, Darlene Masters and husband Roy of Gauley Bridge, Della Griffith and husband Marvin of Chelyan, Dena Lane and husband Gaylord “Speedy” of Victor, and Duska Canterbury and husband Allen of Ansted; sister, Nancy Foster of Michigan; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Charles E. Hardy Jr. and the Rev. Tony Hinkle officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Ansted.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville.



Virgle M. Harrah

Virgle M. Harrah, 91, of Media, Pa., died July 29, 2012, in Bryn Mawr Terrace.

Born in Prince, Virgle enlisted in the Marines in 1943 where he served in the Pacific Theatre and the Guadalcanal Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1951 in Philadelphia where he met his wife, Dorthy, who was serving in the Navy.

Virgle worked for many years as an electrical linesman for Davis & Reed in Broomall, Pa.

Virgle enjoyed disassembling and reassembling everything. He enjoyed his four grandchildren and his great-grandson.

He was the husband of the late Dorthy Harrah and father of the late Rebecca Mavity.

Surviving: a daughter, Martha Smith (Robert) of Broomall, Pa.; grandchildren, Kevin Smith (Denise), Jacquelyn Proko (Peter), Laura Halmos (Peter), and Meghan Mavity; great-grandson, Aiden Halmos; and a sister, Elizabeth Epperly of Crow.

Services and interment were private.

Online condolences may be sent at jnelsonrigbyfh.com.

Arrangements by J. Nelson Rigby Funeral Home, Media, Pa.



Donald Weldon Mullins

Donald Weldon Mullins, 82, of Hilltop, died Aug. 4, 2012.

Born Dec. 30, 1929, at Clay, he was the son of the late Gordon J. Mullins and the late Lenna (Laxton) Mullins Brewer.

Donald is survived by several cousins; his guardian and first cousin, Carol Laxton Gillian of Scarbro; and his extended family of caregivers at Hilltop Center.

Funeral service was Aug. 8 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Evangelist Marian Young officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Alice Virginia Matheney Nugen

Alice Virginia Matheney Nugen, 76, of Hilltop, died Aug. 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 25, 1935, at Thayer, she was the daughter of the late Ruffner and Bertie Boyd Matheney. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Gene Nugen, and a son, Marvin Dale Nugen.

Surviving: a son, Allen Gene Nugen of Mabscott; daughters, Debra Lee Burell of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Drema Stoltzfus of Hilltop; sisters, Lucille Adams of Beckley, and Christine Fortuner of Pearisburg, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Services were Aug. 4 at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Jerry Richard Patterson

Jerry Richard Patterson, 69, of Meadow Bridge, died Aug. 1, 2012.

Mr. Patterson will be cremated, and a service will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.



Katie Agnes Blizzard Pinson

Katie Agnes Blizzard Pinson, 103, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 4, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Services will be on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with the eulogy by her grandchildren. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Genave Louise Ballard Reid

Genave Louise Ballard Reid, 89, of Cannelton, died July 29, 2012.

Born Sept. 28, 1922, in Cannelton, she was the daughter of the late William and Mollie Maner Ballard.  She also was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Hamilton “Ham” Reid; her brothers, Willie, Charles, James and Robert Ballard; and sisters, Florence Hess, Mary Rose Dorsey and Gerelene Ballard.

She was a life long resident of Cannelton and a member of Carbondale Baptist Church.  

Surviving: sons, Samuel Hamilton “Hammie” Reid and his wife, Karen, of Kanawha City, and Chris Reid and his wife, Janet, of Cannelton; grandchildren, Shawn Reid and his wife, Carla, Julia Adams, Josh Easterling and Sara and Samuel Reid; great-grandchildren, Connor, Max, Katie, Sami, Sophie and Jay; brothers, Donald Ballard and his wife, Bethel, of Fayetteville, Gary Ballard of Huntington, and Larry “Butch” Ballard and his wife, Chris, of Cannelton; and sisters, Phyllis Persinger of Oak Hill, Sue Cantley and her husband, Richard, of Parkersburg, and Rita Workman and her husband, Chris, of Falls View.

Service was Aug. 1 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Fred Christian and Rev. Ron Eagle officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



William Doug ‘Toby’ Walker

William Doug “Toby” Walker, 69, of Maple Fork, died Aug. 4, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born April 6, 1943, in Peach Tree, he was the son of the late James Walker and Dora Hendrix Walker. He also was preceded in death by a grandson, Larry Edward Miller II; brothers, Harford and Jeffrey D. Walker; and a sister, Margaret Tackett.

Doug had a passion for restoring old cars and loved to just hang out at Lewis Chevrolet in Beckley. He just enjoyed people watching and loved to mingle in the public setting.

He was also a member of Crow Baptist Church.

Surviving: his wife, Karen Walker, at home; son, Jerimiah Walker and wife Shelli of Georgia; daughters, Selena Miller and husband Ed of Winfield, and Candy Hurd and husband Mike of Mount Hope; brother, Kenneth Walker; sisters, Phyllis Surratt, Shirley Rogers, Ellen O’Dell, and Carolyn Walker; and grandchildren, Matthew Miller, Kyle and Katie Hurd, and Madison Walker.

In keeping with Doug’s wishes he was cremated.

Services were held Aug. 5, at Crow Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Thomas Lee Walters

Thomas Lee Walters, 64, of Roanoke, Va., died July 30, 2012.

The funeral was held Aug. 2 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with burial following in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



William ‘Chuck’ Charles Washburn

William “Chuck” Charles Washburn, 56, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 2, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 4, 1956, at Painesville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Gerald Keith and Patricia Ann Perkins Washburn. A sister, Tina Marie Washburn Motley, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Washburn was a founding member of the Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville where he served as a trustee and Sunday school superintendent.

He was a 1974 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill and a member of the Lions Club.

Chuck was an ASE Master Automotive Technician for Ramey Ford in Beckley. He was the former owner/operator of Value Tech in Oak Hill for 11 years.

Surviving: his wife, Yvonne Kay Lilly Washburn; son, Zachariah Charles Washburn and fiancee Heather Quesenberry of Oak Hill; daughters, Elisabeth Faith Washburn Hess and husband Tom, and Priscilla Ann Washburn Griffith and husband Matt, all of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Sophia Rose Griffith and Jackson Paul Hess; a sister, Katharine Sue Washburn Cales and husband Matt of Oak Hill; mother-in-law, Rosenell “Tootsie” Lilly of White Oak; brothers-in-law, Elijah Lilly, and William “Willy” Lilly and wife Sherri, all of White Oak; sister-in-law, Sarah Lilly Harvey and husband David of White Oak; three nieces, six nephews, four great-nieces and three great-nephews as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were Aug. 6 at Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville with Pastor Delbert Walker officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Gymnasium Building Fund, Grace Baptist Church, PO Box 336, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Wedsel Lewis Young Jr.

Wedsel Lewis Young Jr., 74, of Beckley, formerly of Oak Hill and Thurmond, died July 31, 2012, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley, after a long illness.

Born Nov. 1, 1937, in Huntington, he was the son of the late Wedsel L. Young Sr. and Susan Brash Young. Mr. Young was raised in Thurmond by his loving adoptive parents, the late Blanche Young and William “Willie” Hartenstein, after the passing of his mother, Susan, when he was just a few days old. His wife, Drema Joyce Todd Young; son-in-law, Craig Williams; a brother, Dwayne Zinnie; and a sister, Sarah Young, also preceded him in death.

He married Drema Joyce Todd and together they had three girls. After living in Wilmington, Del., where Wedsel worked for the Delaware Battery Plant, he and Drema moved their family back to the home in Thurmond where he had been raised to raise their daughters. They lived there until 1994 when they moved to Oak Hill. Mr. Young became a resident of the VA Medical Center in Beckley in July 2007 after complications from a series of mini-strokes left him unable to live at home.

Wedsel was a 1955 graduate of Mount Hope High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He enjoyed fishing, Bingo, watching the greyhounds run, and conversations with his family and friends. Anyone who met him had no doubt as to his favorite sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals (whom he watched at every opportunity), or his love of ice cream.

He is a former member of the Thurmond town council.

Surviving: his daughters, Susan Diann Young of Charleston, Izetta (Mike Roberts) Young Collins of Charleston and Lilly (Kevin) Williams Sears of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Chasity (Josh) Boyette, Ashley Collins, Adam Collins, Rachael Williams, Cassie Williams, Alexander Sears and Grace Sears; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Gabrielle Boyette, Angel Schoroeder and Kyler Collins; sister, Eleanor (Charlie) Tomczak of Delaware; cousin, Harry Young of Fayetteville; brother-in-law, Donald Adkins of Thayer; his favorite grand-puppy, Skippy, and many nieces and nephews and his extended family and friends at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.

Funeral services were Aug. 3 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Chaplin Mark Iobst officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by the Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral home.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.