The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 5, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ercil Lee Barker

Ercil Lee Barker, 74, of Lansing, died June 23, 2012, at his home.

Born June 25, 1937, at Holtville, Calif., he was the son of the late Henry Lee and Erma Blevins Barker. His wife, Barbara Ann Ramey Barker, preceded him in death on June 14, 2011.

Mr. Barker was a retired electrician, having worked for the U.S. Government.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: son, Lee Barker and wife Penny of Blacksburg, Va.; daughters, Beverly Crosier and husband Jimbo of Ansted, and Lori Woodson and husband Mike of Oak Hill; sister, Jocelyn McCallister of California; and grandchildren, Seth Crosier, Erin Crosier and Noah Woodson.

Funeral services were June 27 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Kenny Hayes and Pastor Mike Anderson officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Howard Bragg III

Robert “Bobby” Howard Bragg III, 49, of Rainelle, died June 21, 2012, from a sudden illness at the home of his Granny in Danese.

Born Aug. 28, 1962, in Charleston, S.C., he was the son of Robert Howard Bragg II of Danese and the late Mona Gayle Maynard Bragg. He was raised by his Granny Bragg and his stepmother, Sharon Glassburn of Charleston.

Bobby was a miner with WV Mine Power.

He was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Also surviving: his wife, Onna M. Bragg of Rainelle; daughters, Brittany A. Bragg and Ciara C. Casillas, both of Rainelle; sons, Robert Thomas William Bragg of Cross Lanes, Kagan M. Bragg of Santa Fe, N.M., and Tyler O. Casillas of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Susie Forbes of Meadow Bridge, Maggie Harrison of Middleburg, Fla., and Shari Kincaid of Scott Depot; brothers, James Lee Bragg of Danese, and Bryan Bragg of Cross Lanes; and Granny Mildred Bragg Harmon of Danese, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and his beloved little dog “companion” Bama.

Visitation was held June 26. There was no burial as the body was cremated.

Please make donations to your local animal shelter or humane society.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

Troxel Dow Chapman

Troxel Dow Chapman, gentleman and a gentle man, died peacefully June 21, 2012, at Laurel Nursing Home at Big Otter, from complications of heart disease.

Born July 1, 1928, he was just nine days shy of his 84th birthday. He was the last survivor of the family of the late Cluster and Dessie Hyer Chapman, and preceded in death by his brothers, Bonnie, Chester, Chris and Bob; grandson, Tommy Allen Davis III; and nephew, Jerry Allen Chapman.

He was a welder at Long-Airdox in Oak Hill for 14 years and retired from Central Appalachian Coal Co., in Montgomery with 17 years of service.

He was a veteran, having served in the Korea War conflict.

Trox loved trains and had a large collection of model trains and accessories. He was a member of the National Historical Railroad Society, The National Wildlife Federation and the Arbor Day Foundation. He loved planting trees and was always planning to plant more.

He was a member of the UMWA.

He graduated from Clay County High School in the Class of 1946. He was a Methodist by faith, having been reared in the Methodist church his mother’s family helped establish.

Trox was a quiet man of gentle voice and never spoke ill of anyone and was a mentor to his family and nieces.

Surviving: his devoted wife of 56 years, Betty Hamric Chapman, who tended and cared for him faithfully until his death; his daughter, Sherrie Davis; granddaughter, Jessica Fowler of Dalton, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Nicholas, both of Dalton, Ga.; and several nieces of whom he was very fond.

Family greeted friends at the Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on June 25.

A private family service was held at his boyhood home he loved and he will rest on the Chapman Family Farm at Ivydale. Committal service was held by Pastor Jerry Bush.

Military graveside honors were conducted by Bluefield Army National Guard.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert Edward Elliott

Robert Edward Elliott, 89, of Rainelle, died June 29, 2012, at his home following a long illness.

Born March 7, 1923, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Harold and Lola Scudder Elliott. In March of this year, he also was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Shirley Jordan Elliott; and also by a daughter, Theresa Joyce Clark; and his sister, Maxine Heaster.

Bob was retired from the transportation industry.

He served in the United States Marines during World War II, an opportunity of which he was very proud.

He was a member of the Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle. On moving back to Rainelle after retirement, he became active in the community, helping with the Greenbrier Hills Golf Club and working diligently on the city park that was named Bob Elliott City Park in honor of his efforts to improve the park.

He was a member and former commander of the Rainelle VFW Post #4484. Bob loved his family and serving others.

Surviving: son, James Rodger Elliott of Rainelle; daughters, Janet Elliott of Virginia, Sheila Shifflett of Maryland and Cynthia White of Mt. Hope; grandchildren, Michael Sill of Mt. Hope, Brandi Arthur of Arizona, and Justin and Jordan; and great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn Sill and Leah Arthur.

Services were July 2 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, with Kenneth Brackman officiating. Burial followed in the Sewell Valley Cemetery at Rainelle.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Kanawha HospiceCare, Inc., 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

James Donald Ervin

James Donald Ervin, 50, of Scarbro, died June 24, 2012.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Mrs. Ruth Marie Leftwich Fuqua

Mrs. Ruth Marie Leftwich Fuqua, 88, of Kimberly, died June 17, 2012, at the Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. Fuqua was born Feb. 11, 1924, daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel B. Leftwich. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Fuqua; stepmother, Pearl Leftwich; grandmother, Laura Brown; and aunt and uncle, Berkley and Katherine Brown.

She was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery until her health declined. She attended North Carolina State College, WV State College and graduated from Bluefield State Teachers College.

Mrs. Fuqua was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, NAACP, Fayette County Black Caucus, Naomi Chapter #10 Order of the Eastern Star where she was a Past Worthy Matron, and Past Grand Trustee of Electa Prince Hall Grand Chapter, OES.

She was a retired school teacher for Fayette County Board of Education, having taught at Beards Fork and Powellton schools.

Surviving: cousins, Gwen L. Jones and Rowena Jones of Richmond, Va.; caregiver, Barbara Brockman and family of Kimberly; nephews, Samuel and Julia Ferguson of Columbus, Ohio, and Ronnie and Jackie Ferguson of Marion, Ill.

A celebration of Mrs. Fuqua’s life was held June 21 at the First Baptist Church of Kimberly with Rev. Douglas Mullins officiating. Burial followed in Meadow Haven Memorial Park at Ingram Branch. Order of Eastern Star Rite was held.

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Arrangements of O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Ellen Hutchinson Harmon

Mary Ellen Hutchinson Harmon, 89, of Oak Hill, died June 22, 2012, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Born April 22, 1923, at Cannelton, she was the daughter of the late Henry Ewing Hutchinson and Mary Ellen (Bowles) Hutchinson. Mary also was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Wilson Harmon; sisters, Martha Hutchinson, Eunice Hutchinson, and Violet Hutchinson Reid; and brothers, Lawrence Hutchinson, Carl Hutchinson, Clarence Hutchinson, Leonard Hutchinson, and Leroy Hutchinson.

Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Mountain View Church of God.

Surviving: nieces, Janet Ward and her husband, Jodie Ward, of Oak Hill, and Brenda Reid of Mooresville, N.C.; nephews, Woody Hutchinson and his wife, Caryn, of Mooresville, N.C., David Hutchinson of Elizabethtown, Ky., Charles Hutchinson and his wife, Connie, of Vine Grove, Ky., Tom Hutchinson of Lynchburg, Va., Billy Hutchinson and his wife, Irene, of Woodsfield, Ohio, and Robert Reid and his wife, Sylvia, of Newport News, Va.; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Funeral service was held at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, on June 25, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Gwendolyn Hayes

Mrs. Gwendolyn Hayes, 75, of Oak Hill, died June 23, 2012.

Funeral services were June 30 at First Baptist Church of Summerlee, Allman Street, Summerlee, with the Rev. William Richard Stevens officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, and the American Diabetes Society, P.O. Box 21903, Lexington, KY 40522.  

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Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Reccie Horrocks Jarrell

Reccie Horrocks Jarrell, 91, of Mossy, died July 2, 2012.

Graveside service was July 4 at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Ansted.

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

SFC E7 USA (retired) Clifford Lavinder Jr.

SFC E7 USA (RET) Clifford Lavinder Jr. died Oct. 31, 2011, at his residence in Huachuca City, Ariz. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated. The immediate family invited SFC Lavinder’s classmates, friends and relatives to share in a celebration of life at a committal service for his cremains on June 27 in the chapel at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Graveside military honors were conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Those in attendance comforted SFC Lavinder’s wife, Norma Eskew Lavinder, Huachuca City; daughter, Logan (John) Wizinsky, Grand Island, Neb.; son, Wayne (Dianna) Lavinder, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; brother, Randall (Barbara) Lookenott, Mansfield, Ohio; and brother Frederick Joseph Lookenott, Springfield, Ohio, to share memories of this wonderful man who so deeply impacted so many lives.

The family suggests donations in SFC Lavinder’s name to VFW Post 3110, P.O. Box 221, Oak Hill, WV 25901. Or donate to the Fayetteville High School’s scholarship fund. Make check payable to FHS Alumni Association, and mail to Joan Dickerson, P.O. Box 195, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Ann Marie Maddy Martin

Ann Marie Maddy Martin, 83, of Mount Hope, died June 21, 2012.

Born April 2, 1929, at Pemberton, Ann was a daughter of the late Wilber and Ora Canaday Maddy. Ann also was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Ann loved sewing, quilting and being with her family. She also enjoyed going shopping with her daughters.

Surviving: her husband, Carl Martin; son, Carl Martin Jr., and wife Deb; daughters, Pamala Suhrer, Marilyn Martin and Debbie Potter and husband John; grandchildren, Angela Martin, Joshua Hooper, Nicholas McCarty and wife Sabrina, Jeremy Hooper, Brendan McCarty and wife Chastity, James Hooper, Liam McCarty, and Johnny Potter; many great-grandchildren, Jasmine McCarty, Taylor McCarty, Kirsten McCarty, Donna McCarty, Kaitlyn McCarty, Abigail McCarty, Malaci McCarty, Owen McCarty and Kyra Rose Lee Hooper; and brothers, sisters, extended family members and beloved friends.

Services were June 25 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Richard Allen officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Donna Diann Meadows O’Brien

Donna Diann Meadows O’Brien, 55, of Maple Fork, died June 24, 2012.

In accordance with her wishes, Donna was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Delores Jean ‘Jeanie’ Comer Pack

Delores Jean “Jeanie” Comer Pack, 54, of Oak Hill, died June 22, 2012, at her home.

Born Oct. 25, 1957, at Montgomery, she was the daughter of Lessie V. Elmore Comer of Fayetteville, and the late Franklin D. Comer.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her husband, Keith Pack; daughter, Amanda Williams of Fayetteville; brother, Franklin Allen Comer and wife Sandy of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jasmin Rae Romero and Dominick Robert Romero, both of Fayetteville; and a nephew, Corey Allen Comer.

Funeral services were June 30 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Russell Hays officiating. Burial was at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Joann Blethen Pomeroy

Joann Blethen Pomeroy, 78, of Hilltop, died June 22, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital at Charleston, following a short illness.

Born Dec. 27, 1933, at Minden, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Lee Blethen and Essie Pearl (Stotts) Blethen. She also was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 61 years, George C. Pomeroy; her son, Patrick Lee Pomeroy; a son-in-law, Gaylon Wilkins; and five brothers and seven sisters.

Mrs. Pomeroy spent her life being a dedicated wife and loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving: sons, Clifford Lee Pomeroy of Hilltop, George D. Pomeroy and Michael L. Pomeroy of Warren, Mich., and Elzie P. Pomeroy and his wife, Jenna, of Belleville, Mich.; daughters, Christine C. Wilkins of Corryton, Tenn., Belinda J. Brumley and her husband, Rod, of Shelby Township, Mich., and Michelle L. Dail and her husband, David, of Oak Hill; sister, Virgie (Dimple) Mahood of Yale, Mich.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, on June 25. The funeral service was June 26 at the Summerlee Wesleyan Church in Summerlee, with Pastor Tom Odom, her grandson-in-law, officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Shirley E. Settle

Shirley E. Settle, a native of Oak Hill, 90, died peacefully on June 21, 2012, at Summit Villa Care Center in his current home town of Tallmadge, Ohio.

He was born in Lansing to the late Charles and Selah Jane Atkinson Settle. He also was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Elizabeth Dravenstott Roseblock; daughter, Joyce Neidert; brothers, Julian Settle and Charles Settle; and sister, Colleen Denoff.

He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1943-45.

He retired from Elkem Metals Plant in Alloy.

Shirley enjoyed having his family around him and had a fun-loving sense of humor that we all will miss. Gardening, fishing and hunting were among the activities he enjoyed. He also enjoyed cooking and canning and spending time with his dog, Barnie.

Surviving: daughters, Shirley Terrell (Bobby) Sullivan of Rex, Ga., and Sue (Tim) Twohy of Wasilla, Ark.; sons, Wayne (Sharon) Settle of Akron, Ohio, and Ronald (Dixie) Settle of Roanoke, Va.: 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service was in the mausoleum at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, on June 26, with Rev. James Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park.

Gideon L. Yoder

Gideon L. Yoder, 69, of Loops Road, Rainelle, died June 29, 2012, at his home following a battle with cancer.

Born April 13, 1943, in New Castle, Pa., he was the son of the late Lester and Martha Wengard Yoder. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Wyatt Yoder; stepson, Donnie Crookshanks; grandson, Cameron McCoy; and a brother, Samuel Yoder.

Raised Amish, Gideon was a hard-working man who loved his family. He worked as a maintenance electrical technician for the Rainelle PSD office.

He was a faithful member of the Elton Community Church. Gideon will be remembered for his infectious smile.

Surviving: sons, Danny Yoder of Garrettville, Ohio, and Gideon Alex Yoder and wife Stacy of Shreveport, La.; daughters, Jennifer Church of Loops Road, Rainelle, April Wood and husband Billy of Springfield, Tenn., Bobbie Vandall and husband Wayne of Meadow Bridge and Ellen McCoy of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; brother Elmer Yoder; sisters, Ada Druhot, Saloma Byler, Katie Ann Miller and Sarah Bolyard; 12 grandchildren; stepchildren, Margie Greer, Marie Crookshanks, Nellie Wyatt and Ira Bryant; and 8 stepgrandchildren.

Services were July 3 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating. Burial followed in the Sims Cemetery on Loops Road, Rainelle.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.