The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 13, 2013

Obituaries - Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wilda Cole Bragg

Wilda Cole Bragg, 93, of Ansted, died Feb. 5, 2013, while surrounded by her family.

Born Sept. 23, 1919, at Sugar Creek, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Bina Cole. She also was preceded in death by her late husband, E.R. “Shorty” Bragg; son, Cordell Bragg; and brothers, Otha, Woodrow and Magee Cole.

She was a longtime member of Ansted Baptist Church, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her daughters, Rita Phillips, Diana Withrow, Penny Cummins and son-in-law, David; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was Feb. 9, at Ansted Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Eades officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Vivian Annette ‘Skook’ Richardson Coffman

Vivian Annette “Skook” Richardson Coffman, 60, of Hilltop, died Feb. 6, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Nov. 9, 1952, at Madison, she was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Virginia Bowles Richardson. A sister, Wilma “Cookie” Swaggerty, and a granddaughter, Tiffany Annette Anderson, also preceded her in death.

Vivian was a retired physical therapist for Plateau Medical Center.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: her husband, Mack Edward Coffman; son, Gregory A. Coffman and wife Lori of Hilltop; daughters, Carrie Tucker and husband Michael of Oak Hill, and Renea Anderson and husband Jack of Cleveland, Tenn.; brother, Sam Richardson of Oak Hill; sisters, Jetta Mahood of Oak Hill, Liz Wills of Beckley and Connie Trimble of Oak Hill; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 10 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Ronnie Persinger officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Samuel Dean Legg

Samuel “Sam the Cab Man” Dean Legg, 50, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 9, 2013, at his home.

Born March 22, 1962, at Oak Hill, he was the son of Lena Musselwhite Legg of Oak Hill, and the late Ernest Legg.

He was a cab driver and a disabled U.S. Navy veteran.

Sam was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Judith “Judy” Loudin Legg; daughters, Felica Legg-Curl and husband William of California and Samantha Legg of Oak Hill; sister, Judy Martin and John Woodrum of Oak Hill; and grandchildren, Jarrod and Shalynn.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, after which he will be cremated.

The family requests there be no flowers.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kenneth Paul (K.P.) Nester                     

Kenneth Paul “K.P.” Nester, 71, died Feb. 6, 2013, with his family at his side, due to complications received in an automobile accident Nov. 2, 2012.

Kenny was born Oct. 5, 1941, a son of the late Edwin Paul and Estelle (Blethen) Nester in Oak Hill. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Nester.

Kenny graduated from Collins High School in Oak Hill in 1960. He received a certificate of training in welding and went on to work and retire as a welder at A.C.F Industries in Huntington after 30 years of service. He also spent time in the Norfolk Naval Yard in Virginia welding on several U.S. warships in the 1960s and ’70s.

He also worked part time as a mechanic at Hash’s Service Station in St. Albans.

An avid outdoorsmen, Kenny spent countless hours hunting and fishing all across West Virginia. He was always at peace while he sat in his tree stand on the family farm in Mason County.

He also was an avid WVU sports fan, going to several home games with his family. He also spent the last several years sitting in the garage of his son, John, enjoying WVU football and basketball games with his son and his great-granddaughter, Esabella.

He also enjoyed going to jamborees and talking on his CB radio, using the handle (Alley Oop).

A devoted family man, there was never a time that a family member was in need. He would go above and beyond to ensure the repair of a vehicle or give a tow no matter the time of day. He was a man of several admirable qualities. He worked extremely hard for his family and everything he achieved in his life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving: his loving and devoted wife of 51 yrs, Brenda; son, Edward Nester and wife Janet; daughter, Terra Shank; daughter, Cindy Bailey; son, John and wife Michelle; daughter, Jennifer and fiancé Kobby, all of Scott Depot; sister, Iris Kay Barker and husband Harvey of Hurricane; sister, Christy Nester of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Anthony and wife Valerie of Winfield, Jonathan Nester JR and Kenneth Lee Nester of Scott Depot, Brandon and wife Heather of Hurricane, Brenda Jean Nester, Justin (Fred) Shank, and Danielle Ross, all of Scott Depot; his great-grandchildren, Mason, Esabella, Addison, Payton, Ameila, Brycen, and Aubree; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was held Feb. 9 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Graveside service was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Barbara Ann Wilson Patton

Barbara Ann Wilson Patton, 73, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 5, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born June 7, 1939, at Lancaster, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late George Adam and Marion Alice Cleo Kerns Wilson. Her husband, William D. Patton, also preceded her in death in September 1974.

Mrs. Patton was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She was a retired insurance underwriter and agent for BB&T and Patterson, Bell and Crane.

Surviving: daughter, Billie Dee Burk and husband Michael of Fayetteville; grandson, Patton Michael Burk of Fayetteville; brother, Charles Bradford Wilson and wife Jacque of Johnstown, Ohio; and a nephew, Christopher B. Wilson of Groveport, Ohio.

Funeral services were Feb. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Shawnee Drive in Huntington with Bishop Gary Carico officiating. Burial was at Ridgelawn Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

Memorial donations may be made to the church of your choice.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Irene Irma Bernath Rader

Irene Irma Bernath Rader, 84, of Lanham, Md., died Feb. 3, 2013, at her home.

Born Dec. 16, 1928, at Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Kovach Bernath. She also was preceded in death by her husband, William Ray Rader; brothers, John, George, James, Steve and Joe Bernath; and sisters, Annie Gleason, Julia Pratt, Elizabeth Luke, Margaret Bryant and Helen Radford.

Mrs. Rader was a member of the Presbyterian faith and a homemaker.

Surviving: her only daughter, Skip Boettcher and husband Hank of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; grandson, Anthony Pallozzi and wife Charlene of Odenton, Md.; granddaughters, Wendy Corbino-Krzycki and husband Tom of Bowie, Md., and Kimberly Corbino of Bowie, Md.; sister, Martha McGoskey and husband George of Ravenswood; brother-in-law, Mickey Radford; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 9, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Jim Plyburn officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Brenda Sue Watkins Richmond

Brenda Sue “Watkins” Richmond, 61, of Shady Spring, died Feb. 5, 2013.

Born Oct. 17, 1951, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Juanita Meador Slutterink of Beckley and the late Robert E. Lee Watkins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a twin sister, Linda Watkins.

Brenda was a former restaurant manager and server.

She played Buffet the Clown and loved bringing joy to all kids.

Brenda served her country with the U.S. Navy.

Surviving: her husband, Dan Corbitt Richmond; son, Bryan Garringer and wife Sarah of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Sandra Bolen and husband Jeffery of Shady Spring; grandchildren, Bryan Garringer Jr., Devin Garringer, Kaytlin Plumley, Dustin Bolen, Roberta Garringer, Stephanie Garringer, Brenden Bolen, and Daniel Amick; brothers, Larry Watkins and wife Mindy, and David Watkins; sister, Sandra Murray and husband Richard; special nieces, Summer Reynolds and Stephanie Murray; special great-nephew, Richard Walter Hill III, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Brenda’s wishes she was cremated. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Shirley Marie Aurentz Skaggs

Shirley Marie Aurentz Skaggs, 77, formerly of Fayette County, died Feb. 6, 2013, in Sumpter, S.C.

Born Feb. 10, 1935, at Nuttallburg, she was the daughter of the late French Aurentz and Martha Sedlock Aurentz Boley. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edwin W. Skaggs; brother, Thomas Aurentz; and a stillborn daughter.

Shirley was a homemaker and a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She spent her life loving, blessing and serving her family, her church family and all who knew her. She will greatly missed.

She was a member of the Christian Home Church in Blountstown, Fla.

Surviving: a brother, Lawrence Boley and wife Linda of Layland; son, Edwin W. Skaggs and wife Susie of Charleston; daughters, Beverly Morris and husband Roger of Sumpter, S.C., and Cathy Davis of Oak Hill; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Skaggs was cremated. A memorial service will be on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Ed Skaggs officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Burl Richard Smith

Burl Richard Smith, 65, of Hilltop, died Feb. 11, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, after a brave fight with lung cancer.

Born April 20, 1947, at Hilltop, he was the son of the late Bubbie Erskin Smith and Jessie Ethel (Grant) Smith. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Lee Smith; his first wife, Donna Alice Smith, in 2001; and his daughter, Ann Smith in 2010.

Burl served his country during the Viet Nam War. When he came home he held a lot of different jobs but his last job of 19 years was at Plateau Medical Center, where he worked in the Maintenance Department.

Surviving: his second wife, Brenda Sue Smith of Hilltop; his daughter, Suzette Smith Wingrove and her husband, Howard Wingrove, of Mt. Hope; his stepdaughters, Debra Wade and Crystal Tomlin, both of Arkansas; his grandchildren, Richard Wingrove and Sarah Wingrove, both of Mt. Hope, and Matthew Harvey of Nitro; and many friends and loved ones, including a few of his closest friends whom he considered family, Betty Arcudia, Fred Cody, and Tommy Calvert.

Funeral service was Feb. 13 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Eric Smith officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park with military rites conducted by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Richard Dwayne Stevens

Richard Dwayne Stevens, 53, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 7, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 15, 1959, at Richwood, he was the son of Violet Carol Ramsey of Anderson, S.C., and the late Ronald Hoffman.

He was a disabled service manager for Tire Exchange.

Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Kay White Stevens; sons, Richard J. Stevens of Simpsonville, S.C., Levi Stevens of Fountain Inn, S.C., and Zachary Stevens of Oak Hill; brother, Michael Stevens of South Carolina; a sister, Carol Elaine Stevens of South Carolina; and three grandchildren.

In accordance with his wishes Mr. Stevens was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jack Tazwell Underwood

Jack Tazwell Underwood, 85, of Hilltop, died Feb. 3, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing and Rehab Center after a short illness.

Born Sept. 16, 1927, in Beaver, he was one of 14 children born to longtime Oak Hill residents, the late George Robert and Crystal L. Martin Underwood.

Jack was a U.S. Army veteran with tours in Germany and Okinawa, Japan.

After retiring from the Army, Jack married and had his son, (Jack) Darrell.

He worked most of his life in construction and carpentry.

He loved the outdoors, and could often be found hunting on Beury Mountain in Fayette County or fishing near Thurmond.

Surviving: his son, Darrell Underwood and wife Kim of Bluefield, Va.; his only grandson, Michael Keith Underwood of Morgantown; sisters, Lillian McClung of Hilltop, Sally Bloxton of Red Star, Donna Smith of Oak Hill, and Sharon Campbell of Arizona; brothers, Robert Underwood of Fayetteville, and David Underwood of Ocean Springs, Miss.; many nieces and nephews; and his roommate and friend, Arliss Pack of Hilltop.

Mr. Underwood donated his body to the WVU Human Gift Registry in Morgantown. Private services will be held at a later date.

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Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.