The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


April 2, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, April 3, 2014


James David Smith

James David Smith, 52, of Fayetteville, died March 25, 2014, after fighting cancer for six years.

Born Dec, 12, 1961, in Choctaw, Ala., he was the son of the late William and Alice Smith.

He was a very kind and loving person. He drove a truck for 20 years over the road. He would help anybody if he could.

He worked with special kids in Alabama, and he loved everybody. All he wanted was to be loved.

Some people knew him by Bama, his CB handle.

Surviving: his wife, Bessie Smith of Fayetteville; and brothers, Phillip Smith, Peter Smith and Walter Smith of Alabama.

Service was held at the Gatewood Church of God, Fayetteville, on March 31.

Effie Louise Cottle Spencer

Effie Louise “Meme” Cottle Spencer, 78, of Fayetteville, died March 23, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Oct. 7, 1935, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Ray Cottle Sr. and Louise Elmira Arthur Cottle. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Lee” Spencer; son, Kenneth Leon “Ken” Spencer; brother, Clarence Ray Cottle Jr.; and sister, Frances Elizabeth Kitts.

Effie was a member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and Bible School teacher.

She was a retired beautician at the Beauty Box in Oak Hill, served as a Fayette County 4-H leader and Cub Scout leader.

Effie was a Past Worthy Matron of Fayetteville Chapter No. 157 Order of Eastern Star. She loved spending time with her family and friends and will be missed by all that knew her.

Effie and her husband, Lee, were owners of LaFayette Guide and Touring Services of Fayetteville where they met many friends and visited many beautiful sights.  

Surviving: her daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Tomlin of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Dale Tomlin of Fayetteville, Anne (Josh) Akers of Hillsboro, Autumn Iannamorelli of Fayetteville, and Ethan Tomlin and fiancée Katherine Jones of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Eric, Dustyn, Isaac, Spencer, Willow, Logan, Sierrah, River, Skyler, Damien, and Dillon; and sister, Helen Armstrong of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Funeral services were held March 29 at Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Donations may be made in her memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road, Beckley, WV 25801 or Fayetteville United Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

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