The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


April 18, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday

April 19, 2012


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.

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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.

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

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