The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 10, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, April 11, 2013


Stella Josephine ‘Jo’ Clower Blake

Stella Josephine “Jo” Clower Blake, 82, of Oak Hill, died April 7, 2013.

Born May 10, 1930, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Lewis H. and Pearl E. Clower. Her husband, Samuel E. “Sam” Blake; brothers, Bernie and Archie Clower; and sisters, Mary Simpkins, Minnie Aliff and Margaret Christian, also preceded her in death.

Jo was a retired Food Services Director for Fayette County Board of Education.

She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and a later member of the Avon Park United Methodist Church.

Surviving: son, John Blake and wife June of Oak Hill; daughter, Debra Welsh and husband Patrick of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Mildred Clower of St. Albans, Virginia McDaniel of Avon Park, Fla., Cam Simpkins of Chewelah, Wash., and Meta Evans of West End, N.C.; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside rites and committal services will be on Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial will follow.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Clara Davis Blakey

Mrs. Clara Davis Blakey, 74, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Ansted, died March 29, 2013.

Graveside service was April 9 at Mt. Chapel Cemetery, Ansted.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Russell Conrad

Russell Conrad, 52, of Craigsville, died April 6, 2013, following a long illness.

Russell was born June 1, 1960, in Whitmer, the son of the late Henry Everette Conrad and Alice Blanche Sharp Conrad. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, James Alford Conrad and Everette Eugene Conrad, and his maternal grandparents, Dexter and Rosa E. Sharp..

Russell attended the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ at Canvas.

Surviving: his foster parents, Lee and Carolyn Evans of Craigsville; sisters, Gaytha Pearl Wilson, Rosalee Snead and Rodney, Mamie Sue Brown, Susie Davis, Kimberly Sue Bennett and Larry, Junior Henry Conrad; foster sisters, Jessica and C.J. Dorsey and Tracy Tincher; foster brothers; Jeff and Tracy Evans, Shawn and Charlotte Evans, Brian Evans, Nick and Brittany Evans, Josh and Beverly Evans, Joe and Mallory Evans , and Shane Evans; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was April 10 at the Mausoleum of West Virginia Memorial Gardens in Calvin with Rev. Jarrod Price, Rev. Anthony Moss and Rev. Arliss Smith officiating. Burial followed in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Muriel Elkins

Muriel Nona Elkins, 92, of Ansted, died March 31, 2013.

Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Summers County, Muriel was the daughter of the late Clarence M. Kirby and Lydia Burdette Kirby. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Elkins; a daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Tommy Drennen; son, Jimmy Elkins; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Britton and Carmella Elkins; a son-in-law, Ronald Ramsey; sisters, Goldie Swartz, Ida Mae Vernon, Erma Dennis; and brothers, Ira Kirby and Bluford Kirby.

Muriel was a member of the Church of Christ of Boomer and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Janet (D.L) Lewis of Ansted, Thelma Ramsey of Ansted, Carolyn (Fred) Rogers of Gauley Bridge, and Linda (Randal) Sturm of Elizabethton, Tenn; sons, Mark and Kari Elkins of Ansted, and David Elkins of Mullens; sisters, Patricia Miller of North Carolina, Hilda Patterson, Glenna Fitzwater and Sylvia McGuire, all of Meadow Bridge, and Retha McGuire; brothers, Luther Kirby of Georgia, Richard Carol Kirby of Virginia, and Basil Ray Kirby of Ohio; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Elkins Neal.

Funeral services were April 5 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Wayne Bryson officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace.



Bobby Gardner

Bobby Eugene Gardner II, 52, of Oak Hill, died April 5, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness.

Born May 3, 1960, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Bobby Gardner Sr. and Deloris Ward Gardner. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Kincaid.

Surviving: his children, Misty Gardner of Scarbro, Bobby Gardner III of Oak Hill, Nena Gardner of Oak Hill, Matt Daily of Charleston, and Bobbie Jean McMillion of Charleston; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Ernest Gardner, Wally Gardner, Mark Gardner, and Bill Gardner; sisters, Tammy Vassil and Doris Cooper; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, April 11, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Dana Gatewood officiating. Burial will follow at Harrah Cemetery on Backus Mountain.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at noon on Thursday.

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

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



Mary Julia Gray

Mrs. Mary Julia Gray, 70, of Mt. Hope, died March 31, 2013.

Born Aug. 28, 1942, in Mt. Hope, she was the daughter of the late Shirley Evert Stevens and Eva Mae Miller. She also was preceded in death by a son, Julian Ray Leonard; brothers, Walter, Reno, Harwood, and Joe; and sisters, Princess and Emily.

Mrs. Gray was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Fred; son, Major Stephen Ray (Daniela) Leonard; brothers, Anthony Stevens of Bedford Heights, Ohio, Clark Stevens of Charleston, and George Stevens of Mt. Hope; sisters, Laveda Brown of Charleston, and Yvonne Johnson of Hempstead, N.Y.; grandson, Rhain Naviyd Ray Leonard; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were April 6 at the Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley, with Rev. Phillip E. Copney officiating.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Lola Mae Harper Morris

Lola Mae Harper Morris, 95, of Oak Hill, died April 5, 2013, at her residence following a short illness.

Born at Decota on Jan. 18, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Van and Dora Stanley Harper. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Earnie W. Morris; infant children, Geraldine Faye and Eric Wayne; stepson, Lloyd Morris; brother, Alva Harper; and sisters, Fleda Davis, Bleka Profitt, Delphia Spencer, Leona Rose and Arlene Batton.

Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and attended Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill, since 1981. She was an avid reader and was known for her card ministry.

Surviving: daughters, Gloria Ernestine Meadows and husband Pat of Oak Hill, Carolyn Yvonne Clark and husband Harold of Bramwell, and Gwendolyn Kay Nelson and husband Gary, Judy Raye Alexander and husband Walter, and Stephanie Lynn Scarbro and husband Berkley, all of Oak Hill; sister, Bernice Sampson of Radford, Va.; a host of nieces and nephews; caregiver, Marilyn Mullins and special friend Diana Janney; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 9 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Rev. Ralph Shupe, Rev. Richard Bradley and Rev. Michael Meadows officiating.

The family requests that donations be made to the Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill, WV, and the hospice of your choice.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dema Sewell

Dema Ivanelle Day Sewell, 78, of Alamance, N.C., formerly of Victor, died March 26, 2013.

Born Dec. 3, 1934, at Edmond, she was the daughter of the late Finace and Mamie Cutlip Day. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Lanty, in 1964, and a son, Paul, in 2009.

Mrs. Sewell was a member of Victory Independent Baptist Church.

Surviving: her sons, Frank and Harold of Victor, and Roy and his wife, Karen, of Alamance, N.C.; daughters, Brenda of Victor and Sandra and her husband, John, of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandsons; three granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 6 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Tony Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Haynes Chapel Cemetery, Hico.

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

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



Marie Simms

Marie Rae Tonkin Simms , 61, of Weirwood, died on April 1, 2013, at her home.

Born March 15, 1952, at Clarksburg, she was the daughter of Helen Virginia Douglas Hought of Danese, and the late Calvin Bee Tonkin and stepdaughter of James Hought.

She was a cake decorator for Drive In Bakery in Beckley and was formerly employed at McDonald’s.

Marie was a member of the Pax Worship Center where she taught the adult classes on Thursday evenings.

Surviving, in addition to her mother and stepfather: her husband, Ricky Lee “Rick” Simms; her children, Tammy Donell and husband Steven, and Crystal Wriston and husband James, all of Weirwood, Danette Taylor and husband Scott of Middlesex, N.C., Charles Garvin, and Brian Garvin and wife Crissy, all of Weirwood, and Trena Garvin and companion Michael Kincaid of Oak Hill; sisters, Gail Sinclair of Weirwood and Regina Blair and husband Paul of Springfield, Ohio; and grandchildren, Keith Wriston, Kayla Donell, Joshua Donell, Jonathon Wriston, C.J. Garvin, Zachery Donell, Kyle Garvin, Abigail Taylor and Madison Kincaid.

Services were April 5 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Dwayne Williams officiating. Burial was at Pax Community Cemetery of Pax.

Visitation was held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, on April 4.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Gary Wayne Smith Jr.

Gary Wayne Smith Jr., 22, of Hilltop, died April 3, 2013.

A memorial service was held April 6 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Mary Elizabeth Rakes Smith

Mary Elizabeth Rakes Smith, 80, of Oak Hill, died April 3, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born May 8, 1932, at Dunloup, she was the daughter of the late Noah Austin Rakes Sr. and Grace Augusta Hinchee Rakes. Her husband, Howard Richard Smith, preceded her in death on May 11, 1995. She was also preceded by brothers, Billy Richard Rakes, Noah Austin Rakes Jr., and Ralph Rakes.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Oak Hill Alliance Church and was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Gayle Humphrey of Oak Hill; son, James Smith of Oak Hill; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 6 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Albert Bowman officiating. Burial was at Hilltop Cemetery at Hilltop.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elaine V. Taylor

Ms. Elaine V. Taylor, 86, of Prince, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital-Beckley.

Born Oct. 25, 1926, in Quinnimont, she was the devoted daughter of the late Spurgeon and Julia Dickerson Taylor.

Elaine was a graduate of Simmons High School in Montgomery. During her twenties, she lived briefly in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worked at the J.M. Gidding & Company before returning to Prince to care for her parents.

Elaine confessed a hope in Christ and was baptized at an early age. She was a faithful member of the Quinnimont Baptist Church where she served as the church clerk. She was also an Avon representative.

Elaine enjoyed cooking and baking, reading, crossword puzzles and mind teasers, and everything gospel.

Surviving: her beloved cousins, Alvin Dickerson of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Doris Mosley of Rainelle; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was April 7 at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley, with Rev. Greg Scott officiating. Burial followed in Trails End Cemetery, Clintonville.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Shirley May Walker

Shirley May Walker, 66, of Mt. Hope, died April 3, 2013, following a long illness.

Born May 29, 1946, in Sugar Creek, Shirley was the daughter of the late Elmer David Clark and Alice Grace Slayton Clark. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Walker, and a brother, Kenneth Clark.

Shirley was of the Pentecostal faith and a homemaker.

Surviving: her children, Cynthia Kincaid of Scarbro and Jacob Walker of Clarksville, Tenn.; sisters, Caroll Holcome of Canton, Ohio, Margaret Price of Wellington, Ohio, and Sue Dickerson, and Anne Barnett, both of Canton, Ohio; half-sisters, Edna Neff of Canton, Ohio, and Naomi Bebe of Brownsville; brothers, Michael Clark and David Clark, both of Canton, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason Kincaid, Amanda Miller, Jeffery Kincaid, Shyanne Bernard, Kali Walker, June Walker; and great-grandchildren, Dezire Miller and Atlas Kincaid.

Funeral services were April 6 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Randy McGuire officiating. Burial followed in Richmond Chapel Cemetery at Ramsey.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Leuna Evelyn Murdock Williams

Leuna Evelyn Murdock Williams, 95, formerly of Robson, died April 3, 2013, at Montgomery General Extended Care in Montgomery.

Born Sept. 26, 1917, at Glen Jean, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Orpha Kirby Murdock. Her husband, Rev. Herman N. Williams; a son, Phillip “Sonny” Williams; brothers, Glen Murdock and Elwood Murdock; and sisters, Ethel Murdock Stines and Violet Murdock Bennett, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Robson Freewill Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: son, Bob Williams and wife Mary Jane of Robson; daughters, Pat Sizemore of Beckley and Phyllis James and husband David of Oak Hill; nieces, Joan Clay of Falling Waters and Janice Bilodeau and husband John of Cranford, N.J.; a nephew, Charles Murdock of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandkids, Beverly Johnston and husband Wayne of Page, Robbie Williams and wife Missy of Beckley, Brian Williams and wife Kim of Robson, Brad Williams and wife Jenny of Robson, Lana Sizemore and husband Michael of Beckley, Dennis Sizemore and wife Mary of Beckley and Karen Leblanc and husband Greg of Parkersburg; step-granddaughters, Christina Wood Casciani of North Carolina, Amanda Wood Leidner of Illinois and Amy Wood Kirk of Cross Lanes; great-grandkids, Stacie Angel and husband Nick of Oak Hill, Jake Johnston of Page, Destini Williams of Beckley, Chasity Hicks and husband James of Richmond, Va., Maranda and Sydney Williams of Robson, Tyler Sizemore of Morgantown, Dakota Sizemore of Beckley, Betheny Sizemore of Beckley, Braydon Williams of Robson, Noah and Ryan Richardson and Sophie and Owen Leblanc of Parkersburg; step great-grandkids, Ashley, Hunter and Carter Adkins, Emily, Sarah, Sam and Claire Casciani, Jannell Wood, Zachary Weaver and Lucas Kirk; and great-great-grandkids, Luke, Andrew and Eli Angel of Oak Hill, Kaiden Randolph of Beckley, Traelynd and Brylynd Hicks of Richmond, Va., Laylah Williams of Robson, Jacob, Alivia,and Xoe Johnston of Kincaid.

Funeral services were April 6 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Gail Raynes and Rev. Orville Syner officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lyda Wilson

Lyda Marie Adkins Wilson, 72, died March 24, 2013, at her home at Packs Branch, Mt. Hope.

Born Feb. 10, 1941, at Beckley, Lyda was the daughter of the late Ralph and Arbutus Shrewsbury Adkins. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald E. Wilson, and son, Ronald “Ronnie” M. Wilson, both in 2003.

Lyda was employed at Black Knight Country Club from 1973 to 2000.

She was a member of the Church of Christ at Pax.

Surviving: daughter, Debbie Endicott and her husband, Rick, of Horse Creek; son, Timmy Wilson of Packs Branch; son, Teddy Wilson and his wife, Tina, of Mt. Hope; grandchildren, Reanna Brown, Jeff Endicott and Ashley, Tiffany, Timara, Teddy II, Abbie, Ronnie, Alex, Rileigh and Emaleigh Wilson; step-grandson, David Skipper; great-grandchildren, Matti, Luke, Levi and Lexxi; brother, Tracy Adkins and his wife, Jean, of Packs Branch; and sister, Barbara Loving and her husband, James, of Le Grand, Iowa.

Honoring her request, Lyda has been cremated. Memorial services will be Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.