The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 18, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday

April 19, 2012


Register-Herald Reporter

George Carter Bailey

George Carter Bailey, 91, of Oak Hill, died April 16, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 12, 1920, at Coalwood, he was the son of the late James Richard and May Greene Bailey. Three brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

George was a retired service manager having worked for Steen-Miller automobile dealership in Oak Hill.

He was a Christian and a member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill.

A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Bailey proudly served aboard the destroyer the USS Radford in the Pacific Theater.

Surviving: his wife of 66 years, Gertrude Mae “Gertie” Colbaugh Bailey; daughter, Karen Bailey Blackmon of Swansboro, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill with Rev. Richard Bradley and Rev. Pat Franklin officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Margaret Mary Brown

Margaret Mary Brown, 87, of Lookout, died April 11, 2012, at Fayette Nursing and Rehab Center in Fayetteville after a long illness.åç

Born Aug. 24, 1924, in Rothwell, England, she was the daughter of the late John and Harriet Smith. Mary also was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jimmy, in 1999, whom she met and married in England during wartime in 1945; half brothers, twins Cyril and Arthur, and Jack; brothers, Anthony, Gordon, Roland, Donald, Reginald, and Vincent; her loving grandson, Jonathan Adams; and great-granddaughters, Krista Rae Harrell and Bethany Carol Adams.

Mary loved God first and she had a strong Christian faith that was paramount in her everyday life. She was a member of the Lookout Baptist Church for many years, where she taught children’s classes as well as the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class.

She also was a member of the Ladies Sewing Circle.

Mary loved her family, Christian music, flowers, and being a homemaker. She also had a beautiful singing voice that everyone loved to hear. Now she is singing with the angels in Heaven. To know her was to love her. She touched the lives of anyone she met.

Surviving: her sister, Joan Spitter of England; brother, Peter Smith of England; sons, Barry Brown and wife Dolly of Lookout, Pete Brown of Massillon, Ohio, Johnny Brown and wife Patty of Renick, and Jeff Brown of Lookout; daughters, Sandra Harrell and husband Hilbert of Lookout, Carol Adams and husband Tim of Corliss; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruth Hollingsworth and Mildred Holcomb and husband Junior; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services to celebrate Mary’s life were April 14 at the Lookout Baptist Church with Pastor David Bennett officiating. Burial followed in the Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Vickie Lynn Cole

Vickie Lynn Cole, 57, of Scarbro, died April 11, 2012.

In keeping with her wishes the body was cremated.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Summersville.



Betty Lou Duncan Cook

Betty Lou Duncan Cook, 81, of Oak Hill, died April 14, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Jan. 12, 1931, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Russell Glen and Nellie Edith Johnson Duncan. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Monroe Cook, in 1982; brother, William Glen; and sister, Edith Faye.

Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and loved to quilt, read and garden.

Surviving: her daughters, Shirlene Hooper and husband Douglas of Stumpy Point, N.C., Linda Sue Burnham and husband Calvin of Cypress, Texas, and Diane Kilpatrick of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters, Phyllis Goldfein of Chicago, Ill., and Norma Jean Gray of Stumpy Point, N.C.; åçgrandchildren, Kelly, Heather, Jason, Meagan, Adam, Emily and Patrick; and great-grandchildren, Darren, Halley and Peyton.

Services were April 17 in the mausoleum at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with her grandson, Adam Burnham, officiating.

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

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



Violet Derossett

Violet Derossett, 86, of Oak Hill, died April 12, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Lucille J. Dufour

Lucille J. Dufour, 77, of Ansted, died April 15, 2012, following a long illness.

Born April 16, 1935, in Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Howard Potter and Lena Jane Hudnall Dufour. Her husband, Charles M. Dufour Jr., preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2008.

Lucille was a homemaker and a member of Ansted Baptist Church.

Surviving: daughters, Ada Kathryn Morton and Janice M. Taylor; son, Charles Howard Dufour; sister, H. Deen Drennen; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 17 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Wade Samples officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace in Ansted.



Elsie L. Evans

Elsie L. Evans, 87, of Maple Fork, died April 12, 2012.

Born May 26, 1924, she was the daughter of the late LP and Alice Wayne McGuire. Elsie also was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ira Jefferson Evans; grandsons, Gary Lee Huddleston and Ira Shannon Evans; 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Elise loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed raising a garden, canning and planting flowers. Elsie attended the Cranberry Baptist Church.

Surviving: her children, Barbara Moore and husband Johnnie, Connie Sexton and husband Russell, and Reva Huddleston and husband Lee, all of Maple Fork, Judy Lucas of Sand Branch, and Ira Wesley Evans and wife Patricia Ann of Archdale, N.C.; grandchildren, Steven Moore, Wendy Withrow and husband John, and Teresa Louise Hughes and companion Mike Hill, all of Maple Fork, Michelle Dixon of Sand Branch, Vickie Jo Ball and husband Alan of Hilltop, Arnold L. Lucas and wife Cheri of Parma, Ohio, Angelique Wilson and husband Roger of Jacksonville, Fla., Bobbi Glass and husband Doug of Trinity, N.C., and Jodi Evans and companion Randy Yoakum of North Carolina; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Kyle McGuire of Christiansburg, Va.; special friends whom she considered like daughters, Sue Nunn Walker and husband Brent and Diane Barr and husband Ron; her best friend, Ruth Keller; and a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

A celebration of Elsie’s life was held April 16 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Steve Davis officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Tresa Elizabeth Fowler

Tresa Elizabeth Fowler, 75, of Fayetteville, died April 12, 2012.

Graveside services were April 16 at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Pastor Bobby Adkins officiating. 

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

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



Scottie Wayne Fox

Scottie Wayne Fox, 44, of Oak Hill, died April 12, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Jan. 16, 1968, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Elmer Mason Fox and Violet Lucille Jones Haga.

Scottie was a disabled produce delivery truck driver for Crooks Produce.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Surviving: daughter, Jennifer Fox of Fayetteville; son, Mason Fox of Fayetteville; and a brother, Elmer Mason “Ben” Fox III and wife Kara of Barto, Pa.

Funeral services were April 16 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Delbert Walker officiating. Burial was at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Ansted.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the family for help with expenses: Family of Scottie Fox c/o Elmer Fox, 24 Victoria Drive, Barto, PA 19504.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Edgar Lee ‘Eddie’ Rice

Edgar Lee “Eddie” Rice, 78, of Beaver, died April 10, 2012, following a two-week battle with cancer.

Born July 10, 1933, in Beards Fork, he was the son of the late Frank and Martha Williamson Rice. He also was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Johnson Rice; a son, Joel Kent Rice; a sister, Merrill Charlotte Cochran; and a niece, Rebecca Cochran Humphrey.

He was a United States Air Force veteran, and retired as the Director of Maintenance for the Fayette County Board of Education.

Eddie loved being outdoors, especially with family and close friends at their hunting camp in Pendleton County.

He was also an active member of the Carlisle First Church of God. The true joy of his life was his grandchildren.

Surviving: his daughter, Stephanie Lea Sullivan and husband Syd of Beckley; grandchildren, Emily Catherine Lively, John Lawrence Lively, and Ashby Joel Sullivan; sisters-in-law, Jerry Markham and husband Michael of Beaver, and Catherine Wolford of Prosperity; nephews, Tom Cochran of Ohio, and Terry Gilkerson of Prosperity; a niece, Jeri Radford and husband Allen of Beckley; and a host of great-nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services was April 14 in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Richard Allen officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Oak Hill VFW.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Robert Ray Rose

Robert Ray Rose, 57, of Oak Hill, died April 12, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Sept. 28, 1954, in Richwood, he was the son of the late Albert Rose and Beufah Smith Rose. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Rose, and a sister, Barbara Rose Hundley.

He was a loving husband, father, evangelist, and friend who will be sadly missed.

Surviving: his wife, Angie Rose; son, Robert Scott Rose and his wife, Ashley, of Oak Hill; daughter, Autumn Renee Rose of Oak Hill; brothers, Floyd Rose and Roger Rose; sisters, Diane Rose Bill and twin sister Roberta Rose Brewer; and a host of nieces and nephews, friends, and church sisters and brothers.

Funeral service was April 16 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Ronnie Persinger and Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Fred A. Samsel Jr.

Fred Allen Samsel Jr., 83, of Fayetteville, formerly of Mason, died April 12, 2012, at the Veterans Hospital in Beckley following a long illness.

Born May 24, 1928, at South Charleston, he was the son of the late Fred Allen (Sr.) and Laura Nottingham Samsel. He also was preceded in death by an infant brother, Dudley; sisters, Rosalie Frame Horne, Alice Carte, and Nellie Smith; three nieces; and one nephew.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was a born again Christian and attended Christian Brethren Church in Mason, and Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

He lived in South Charleston until the age of 12, when the family moved to Ansted and later to the small community of Turkey Creek.

Fred was a graduate of Ansted High School and attended West Virginia Tech. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army where he was a member of the 11th Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

After completing his duty to his country he moved back to Ansted where he married the former Rosemary Gilbert of Fayetteville and started his family. He started working at the Alloy Metallurgical Plant and later at the Kaiser Aluminum Plant at Ravenswood where he worked for the next 37 years while living and raising his family in Mason.

He was an active member of the community, serving on the town council, and participating in all of his children’s activities.  

Fred had many hobbies, loved to fish, hunt, woodwork, and was an excellent “beekeeper.” He was a loving, hardworking man that cared deeply for his family and friends. He enjoyed going camping and fishing with them. After retiring he moved back to Fayetteville.

He was a member of Hayden Masonic Lodge at Ansted, and American Legion Post #149 of Fayetteville.

Surviving: his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Rosemary Gilbert Samsel; sons, Thomas Samsel (Imogene) of Newark, Ohio, and Charles Samsel (Tracy) of Mason; daughters, Lurinda King (Michael) of Kenna and Deborah Athey (Michael) of New Haven; grandchildren, Matthew Athey (Julee) of Pomeroy, Ohio, Amber Hill (John) of Hartford, Kendra Palmer (Kurt) of Ravenswood, and Sarah Bonecutter (Adam) of Kenna; step-grandchildren, Celena and Chasity Dillard, both of Newark, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Mattie, and Shelbee Athey, Carter Hill, Kirtlyn and Kendal Palmer, Clayton, Callie, and Owen Bonecutter, Abigail Gibson, Ashton Keaser, and Trevor Rolf; and several extended family members and friends.  

Funeral services were April 14 at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, with Pastor Delbert Walker and Pastor Bill Kincaid officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 149 followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1111 Lee Street East, Charleston, WV 25301 or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

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

Iris Shaffer

Mrs. Iris Shaffer, 72, of Elgin, S.C., a native of Graydon, died April 8, 2012.

Born in Graydon, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Annie Willis Kelly. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Nellie Thomas and Florence Reed.

She was retired from Allied Chemical Company.

Surviving: her husband, Bobby Shaffer of Elgin; children, Sherlyn Gentner of Conway, S.C., Christopher Shaffer (Christy) of Lugoff and Barbara Pierce (Jeff) of Elgin; grandson, Dylan Shaffer; sisters, Russie Holtsclaw of Edmond, and Elizabeth Hohensee and Rose Waycaster (Bruce), both of Hopewell, Va.; brothers, Russell Kelly Jr. (Ruby) and Billy Kelly, both of Lookout, and Dennis Willis (Yung) of Columbia, S.C.

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Iris Shaffer was held April 11 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Pastor Jeff Grubbs officiating.

Memorials in Mrs. Shaffer’s memory may be made to Agape Hospice, 700 West DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.

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

Arrangements by Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel, Lugoff, SC.



Gary Allen Sharp Sr.

Gary Allen Sharp Sr., 62, of Minden, died April 8, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, from burns received in an accidental fire at his home.

Born June 24, 1949, at Charleston, he was the son of Jean D. Vanover Sharp of Oak Hill, and the late Allen Ray Sharp. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a twin sister, Gail Sharen Sharp; grandparents, William and Pearl Potter Terchek; and his best friend, Matt Jones.

Gary was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam era veteran.

He had worked as a machinist in California.

He loved the outdoors, riding his Harley, was a member of the Chubs Brothers Harley Club and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his loving wife, Angela Sears Sharp; son, Gary Allen Sharp Jr. and wife Robbin; daughter, A. Juanita Jones; brothers, Darrell Sharp, Bill Sharp, and Michael Sharp; sisters, Annetta Sharp and Pearl Baxter; grandchildren, Gary Allen “Tre” Sharp III, C. Matthew Dalton Jones, William Wyatt Sharp, and A. Miranda Danielle Jones; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and friends.

Mr. Sharp was cremated. A memorial service will be on Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Sharp residence in Minden.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Charles ‘Chuck’ D. Stover

Charles “Chuck” D. Stover, 65, of Osceola, Ind., died April 9, 2012, at Elkhart General Hospital.

Born Sept. 30, 1946, in Minden, he was the son of the late Harold E. and Macie M. Gray Stover. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Thomas Stover.

Chuck was a private pilot and he enjoyed restoring old cars. He was a loving father who loved spending time with his family and talking to old friends, especially his childhood buddy, David “Wimp” Duncan of Minden.

Chuck worked for Hurwich Iron from 1968 till 1980. He was the owner of Chuck Mann’s Service for 25 years. He then worked part-time as a delivery driver for Hoffman Brother’s.

On April 22, 1967, in South Bend, he married Kathleen A. Toombs. She survives along with three children, Charles E. Stover and Melissa M. Stover, both of Osceola, and Elizabeth Ashlea Stover of Mishawaka, Ind.; grandchildren, Lucas Stover, Alexandra Stover, Jaiden DeBroka and Baizel Stover; and sisters, Lois Brinson of Craigsville, Gaye (Tom) Massey of Gatewood, Peggy (Dave) Bianco of Canfield, Ohio, and Sharon VanBuren of Belleville, Mich.

Cremation will take place at Elkhart Cremation Services and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Elkhart Cremation Services, Elkhart, Ind.



Doris A. Thorpe

Doris A. Thorpe, 81, of Ansted, died at her home April 15, 2012, following a long illness.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Juanita Virginia Walton

Juanita Virginia Walton, 85, of Mansfield, Texas, formerly of Mt. Hope, died April 5, 2012.

Born July 3, 1926, in Mt. Hope, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. Scott and Nettie Ross. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Robert Lee Walton; grandmother, Betty Ross; and sisters, Betty Payne, Jacqueline Woodson and George Ann Wooley.

Surviving: her daughter, Karen (Rev. James) Johnson of Mansfield, Texas;  brother, Howard “Red” (Kathleen) Scott; sister, Alice Poindexter; nieces, Kim (Greg) Cartwright, Gail (Keith) Ward, and Michelle Belk; nephews, Charles Darrell (Lisa) Patterson and David Archie; special cousins, Charles Ross, Laura “Cissy” (Warren) Pitts, James (Diane) Ross; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were April 14 at United Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Hope, with Rev. Phillip E. Copney Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Oretha Lea ‘Hart’ Wilson

Oretha Lea “Hart” Wilson, 85, of Ansted, died April 12, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 14, 1926, in Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Chalmer Skaggs and Ida Mae Withrow Skaggs. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Oretta Skaggs, and brothers, Cecil Skaggs and William (Big Bill) Skaggs.

Hart was a member of Ansted Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Carolyn (Becky) Clackler of Ansted and Kathy Pinkston of Bruceton, Tenn.; sons, Larry Wilson, of Orrville, Ohio, and James Wilson of Kennersville, N.C.; a brother, Chalmers Van Skaggs of McKinney, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 15 at Ansted Baptist Church in Ansted with the pastor, Dr. Jack Eades, officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Online condolences may be made at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace in Ansted.



Regis Eugene Woolwine

Regis Eugene Woolwine, 90, of Jackson, Mich., formerly of Wriston, died April 15, 2012, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Born July 23, 1921, at Lick Fork, he was the son of the late Seth Thomas and Bessie V. Light Woolwine. Sisters Nora Bragg and Anna Pennington and brothers Clyde Woolwine and Everett Woolwine also preceded him in death.

He retired from King Coal Chevrolet in Oak Hill.

Mr. Woolwine attended the Cranberry Community Church of Prosperity and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: brother, Archie Woolwine of Jackson, Mich.; sister, Helen Gibson of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial will be at Woolwine Cemetery, Wriston.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.