The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 26, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, March 27, 2014

Richard Earl Eads

Richard Earl Eads, 66, died March 14, 2014.

Richard was born in Minden on Aug. 8, 1947, son of the late Walter I. and Hilda L. Eads.

He spent most of his life in Page.

He was a devout Christian of the Baptist faith.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family. He had retired from Cannelton, Ind. after a 30-year career in coal mining.

Surviving: his wife of almost 47 years, Ellen J Eads; his daughters, Christy Brenemen of Oak Hill and Renee (Pat) Burmer of Princeton; his brother, Walter I. (Edna) Eads of Lexington, Ky.; and many other relatives and friends.

Abiding by his wishes he was cremated and there will be no memorial services. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Richard’s honor.

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Arrangements by Roselawn Funeral Home, Princeton.

Vickie Jo Lopinsky Fleming

Vickie Jo Lopinsky Fleming, 57, of Hilltop, died March 21, 2014, at her home after a short illness.

Born Dec. 17, 1956, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Henry Andrew and Frances Louise Graham Lopinsky. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Lopinsky, and a sister, Gencie Lopinsky.

She was employed by the Fayette County Board of Education as a cook at Fayetteville High School.

Vickie was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

Surviving: her husband, Ray K. Fleming; daughters, Kelly Schrader (Mark) of Oak Hill, Lisa Sullivan (Ricky) of Lochgelly, and Racheal Woods (Jimmy) of Hilltop; grandchildren, Ray A. Sullivan, Mattie Fleming, Paige Woods, Andrew Schrader, Dustin Woods and Derrick Sullivan; a great-grandchild, Noah Sullivan; her brothers and sisters, James Victor Lopinsky (Sandy) of Columbus,  Ohio, Emma Davis of Oak Hill, Frances Pemberton (Pee Wee) of Lochgelly, Paul Lopinsky and Michael Lopinsky (Jane), all of Madison Heights, Va., and Teddy Lopinsky (Jonna) of Huddleston, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial was March 24 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, with Father Carlos Melocoton Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Melvin Cecil Hodge

Melvin Cecil Hodge, 71, of Oak Hill, died March 24, 2014, at his home.

Born Jan. 25, 1943, at Summerlee, he was the son of the late Henry Charles and Ruby Erma Crawford Hodge. Two brothers, Ray Bowen and Henry Hodge, also preceded him in death.

He was the owner of M.G.C. Trucking. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Summerlee.  

Melvin was a proud veteran of the military, having served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy Seabees. He served 10 1/2 years and completed three tours in Vietnam.       

Surviving: his loving and devoted wife, Randa Gail Perry Hodge; son, Rev. Melvin Carlos Hodge and wife Lisa Dawn of Oak Hill; a sister, Edwina Artis of Galax, Va.; grandchildren, Brandon Michael Wilburn and Bryanna Dawn Cummings; great-grandchildren, John Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn, Braylen Hodge, Aleah Cummings and Bradley Cummings; and brothers-in-law, John Perry, Glen Perry and Greg Perry.

Funeral services were March 26 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Mike Angelona officiating and with military rites conducted by Oak Hill VFW No. 3110.

Mr. Hodge was cremated following the service.  

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kenneth L. Holliday

Kenneth Lee Holliday, 62, of Winfield, died March 11, 2014, at his home.

Born in Fayette County on May 14, 1951, he was a son of Kitty Callahan and her husband, Harold, of Oak Hill and the late Logan Holliday.

Kenneth was the owner/operator of his construction business.

He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 202 and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He will be remembered for his words of encouragement, “There is never a dream or goal too high.”

Surviving: his loving wife of 17 years, Linda Daugherty Holliday; stepchildren, Michael J. Bradley of California and Sandra Elswick of Teays Valley; father-in-law, Leon Daugherty of Nitro; brother, Ronnie Holliday of Houston, Texas; sister, Sandra Kay Holliday of Oak Hill; and granddaughters, Julianna, Autumn and Natalie Elswick.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life, with military rites conducted, was held March 15 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, Keenan.

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Arrangements by Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Myrtle Louise Ramsey

Myrtle Louise Ramsey, 79, of Winona, died March 23, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a short illness.

Born March 4, 1935, at Fayetteville, Myrtle was the daughter of the late Giles and Elsie Nutter Akers. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Phillip; sisters, Norma, Fannie, Gay and Racine; and a grandson, Tommy Franklin Ramsey (Petey).

Myrtle was a homemaker for many years, also working in home health. She never knew a stranger and would strike up a conversation anywhere with anyone and always greeted everyone with a smile. She had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up the room.

Surviving: her husband, James Richard Ramsey (Rab) of Winona; son, Floyd Ramsey and fiance Jessie Ward; daughter, Flora Diane Ramsey and husband Tommy of Edmond; son, James Leonard Ramsey and Zana of Winona; daughter, Annette Lynn Ellison and husband John of Edmond; grandchildren, Stephanie Syner, Shelia Carte, JJ Ramsey, Tara Ramsey, Hannah Bollin, Kenny Ramsey, Ricky Ramsey, Nicky Ramsey, John Dillon Syner, Jason Ellison, and Jarred Ellison; and great-grandchildren, Nathan Syner, Allison Syner, Devon Steele, Travis Carte and Delilah Ramsey.

As per Myrtle’s final wishes, there will be no services, and burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Victor.

The family requests that you remember her with a smile and pay a random act of kindness to a neighbor, friend or stranger.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Deloris June Wood Sharpe

Deloris June Wood Sharpe, 79, of Fayetteville, died March 19, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Dec. 9, 1934, at Victor, she was the daughter of the late Carl Livingston Wood and Madeline Alta Pike Wood. She also was preceded in death by her son, Calvin Sharpe Jr.; brothers, Carl Livingston Wood Jr., Corlas Alton Wood, William Ashley Wood, and Milton Lee Wood; sisters, Wilma Moore, Alta Faye Gibson, and Mary Elizabeth Wood; grandson, Randy Lee Thorne; and a great granddaughter.

Deloris loved working in the church, singing with her friends, Juanita Hundley and Johnny Bryant, attending the Faith Builders Worship Center, and helping people.

She and her husband were supporters for the Fayette County Food Bank and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.    

Surviving: her beloved husband, Calvin L. Sharpe Sr.; daughter, Crystal Sharpe of Oak Hill; sons, Roger Sharpe of China Grove, N.C., and Kennith Sharpe of Cherry Hill, N.C.; grandchildren, Jeremy Thorne, Nathan Sharpe, Chastity Sharpe, Justin Sharpe, Christy Williams, Michelle and Theresa Shadriah; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 21 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Virginia Jefferson officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made in Deloris’ memory to the Fayetteville United Methodist Church Community Food Pantry, PO Box 33, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements are with Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Effie Louise Cottle Spencer

Effie Louise Cottle Spencer, 78, of Fayetteville, died March 23, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 28 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Thelma Mae Settle Stover

Thelma Mae Settle Stover, 93, of Covington, Va., formerly of Mossy, died March 22, 2014, at The Brian Center in Lowmoor, Va.

Born July 31, 1920, at Sun, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Cansie Aliff Settle. Her husband, Perry Gray Stover, preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2013.

Mrs. Stover was a member of the Mossy Living Word Church. She was a homemaker.

Surviving: son, Roger Gray Stover and wife Angela of Covington; sister, Catherine Wriston of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Amanda Griffith and husband Kevin of Covington, Scott Schell of Concord, Va., and Barry Schell of Covington; great-grandchildren, Riley Griffith, Natalie Griffith, Wyatt Griffith, Mikey Hinkle, Brandon Schell and Josh Schell; and a special niece, Carol Ford of Scarbro, as well as several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 26 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Paul Basham and Pastor Deb Washer officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Mossy Living Word Church, 790 Okey Patteson Road, Scarbro WV 25917

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

William Blaine Tyree

William Blaine Tyree, 84, of Scarbro, died March 19, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 29, 1929, at Westerly, he was the son of the late William Blaine Tyree and Tinnis Margaret Rinehart Tyree Hall. Two brothers, Billy Tyree and Wayne Hall, and a sister, Donna Christensen, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Tyree was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church, Kingston.

After having worked in the West Virginia coal mines, Mr. Tyree moved to Illinois where he worked in a manufacturing plant for 28 years.

A great family man, he was a huge genealogy buff.

Surviving: his wife of 63 years, Shirley Ann Sandy Tyree; daughters, Karen Schultz and husband Mark of Napierville, Ill., Susan Kline and husband Steve of New Lenox, Ill., Reanna Tyree of New Lenox, Ill., and Alesia Wagner and husband Mai “Tyree” of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Nick Hall and wife Joyce and Joey Hall and wife Margaret, all of Mossy; sisters, Wanda Thompson of Paint Creek, Rosemary Waldron of Plainfield, Ill., and Jane Bell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Jean Tyree of Ohio and Sandra Hall of East Kingston; brother-in-law, Roger Christensen of Gardner, Ill.; grandchildren, Alaina Odenthal, Blaine Kline and wife Lindsay, Matthew Kline, Christopher Schultz, Kelly Benton and husband Ryan and Maya Wagner Tyree; and great-grandson, Harrison Blaine Kline.

Funeral services were March 22 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Arolette Stover officiating. Burial was at Rinehart Cemetery, Mossy.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jake White

Jake White, 77, of Hico, died March 19, 2014.

Born Feb. 25, 1937, he was the son of the late Howard Elliott and Mary Retta Strickland White. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Flanagan.

He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church of Hico and was in the coal industry.

After retiring from the mines he did what he always loved the most, became a tiller of the land, a farmer. He planted and harvested, cut hay and put it away, raised cattle in his fields, and farm raised his family and grandchildren. Then one night at a hospital he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. This man of hard work, a husband, father, brother, grandfather, this man was a true farmer.

Surviving: his wife of 56 years of marriage, Helen White of Hico; brothers, Jeff White of Tennessee and Jack White and wife Virginia of Hico; sister-n-law, Yvonne Bergelow of North Carolina; daughters, Debbie Critchley and husband Joe of Danese and Kim Coppa of Hico; sons, Jake White Jr. and wife Alice, Steve White and wife Josette, Chris White and wife Joy and Mike White and wife Crystal, all of Hico; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were March 23 at Wallace and Wallace of Ansted with the Rev. Danny Legg officiating. Burial followed at the White Cemetery on Sunday Road in Hico.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Donna Rae ‘Donnie’ Wiggins

Donna Rae “Donnie” Wiggins, 53, of Fairmont, died March 24, 2014, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

Born Oct. 3, 1960, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Alvin Ray and Mary “Kate” Couch Wiggins of Bridgeport.

Donnie left an impression on the people she met where ever she went. She was a special person, blessed with strength and determination. Her passing has left a hole in our hearts.

Surviving, in addition to her devoted parents: her big sis, Bev Lopez and husband John of Bridgeport; her little brother, Chad Wiggins and wife Kristy of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephew, Ben Lopez and wife Lauren of Columbus, Ohio; niece, Ali Frush and husband Mike of Fairmont; and many aunts, uncles, friends and caregivers.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, March 27 at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Mackie Million officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gladys L. Withrow

Gladys L. Withrow of Oak Hill died March 22, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, following a short illness.

She was born Feb. 3, 1946, in Charleston. Gladys was preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl K. Withrow, as well as a sister.

Gladys was of the Holiness faith. She was the happiest when in church getting a good blessing. She was a loving mother and wonderful grandmother.

Surviving: daughters, Karen Jenkins and husband Mike, and Joan Withrow, all of Scarbro; sons, Earl K. Withrow Jr. of Scarbro and Joseph F. Withrow and wife Melissa of Elkhart, Ind.; grandchildren, Shannon Earl, Shana, James Keith, Michael, Britney, Shelby, Christopher, Caty, Megan, and Michael Charles;  great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Jasmine, Kaleighana, Kamron, Braden Michael, K’Vian and Eli; brothers, Ray Slayton and wife Joann of Ansted and Kenney Gibson of Drennen; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held March 26 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Ricky Green officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.