The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 26, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 27, 2014


Genevieve Smith Bennett

Genevieve Smith Bennett, 84, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 18, 2014, at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Rockville, Md.

Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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



James Bickford

James Franklin Bickford, 69, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 22, 2014, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Born March 15, 1944, at Beckwith, he was the son of the late Robert and Fannie Holly Bickford. He also was preceded in death by his infant brothers, Bobby and Tommy Bickford, and brother, Ronnie Bickford.

He was a retired mill worker at Helstrom Steel Mill in Chicago, Ill.

Surviving: his wife, Bonnie Bickford of Fayetteville; son, Jimmy Wayne Bickford; brothers, Charles (Mary “Snookie”) Bickford of Hilltop, Leo Bickford of Chicago, Jack (Margaret Ann) of Oak Hill, and Leonard (Anna) Bickford of Minden; sisters, Frances (Jerry Jones) Giles of Beckley, Trudy Bickford of Fayetteville, Louise (David) Gillespie of Beckwith, and Lisa Gaye (Jerry) Bess of Pinnacle, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Ken Souder officiating. Burial followed at the Adkins-Pate Cemetery in Crow Hollow at Beckwith.

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

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



Margaret Crowley

Margaret Crowley, 88, of Victor, died Feb. 21, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center, following a long illness.

Born July 12, 1925, in Durbin, she was a daughter of the late Belcher Eary and Anna Tyree.

Mrs. Crowley was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Ansted and a retired secretary for Fayette County Board of Education.

Surviving: her husband of 67 years, Jasper Crowley of Victor; a daughter, Dorinda Taylor of Victor; grandchildren, Amy Taylor and James Taylor; great-grandchildren, Maggie Taylor and Adrianna Lester; and a sister, Ethel Leggett of Baltimore, Md.

Funeral services were Feb. 24 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, with Pastor Gerald Kincaid officiating. Entombment followed at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Please make donations to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, PO Box 571, Ansted, WV 25812.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Ida Mae Canterbury Dodd

Ida Mae Canterbury Dodd, 88, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 21, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Dec. 31, 1925, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Maxie and Cammie Wilson Canterbury. Ida also was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Dodd; by three grandchildren, Michael Dodd, Steven Edward Corder and Pamela Gay Corder; and by sisters, Wanda Kurzyna and Hilda West.

Ida was a homemaker, attended the Gospel Tabernacle and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (Laureate Beta Chapter).

Surviving: her children, Gloria Wallace of Murrieta, Calif., Sue Corder and husband Meade of Oak Hill, Polly Reynolds and husband Lewis of Fayetteville and Reggie Dodd and wife Terri of Oak Hill; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Mary Hisel of California, Iona Neely of North Carolina and Naoma Gwinn of Oak Hill.

Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Mike Kees officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lillian Deloris Ingram Godby

Lillian Deloris Ingram Godby, 83, of Dublin, Ga., died Feb. 19, 2014.

Mrs. Godby was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie B. and Lydia Stauper Ingram.

Mrs. Godby was a homemaker.

She married her husband, Charles, on Dec. 3, 1943, and together they raised four children. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.  

Surviving: her husband of 66 years, Charles Anderson Godby Jr. of Dublin; sons, Charles David Godby of Murrieta, Calif., Gary Joseph Godby of Blue Ridge, Ga., Mark Alan Godby of Ocoee, Fla., and Michael Wayne Godby of El Canada, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Harry Wayne Ingram of Colombia, Mo., and Denver Lynn Ingram of Tallahassee, Fla.; sisters, Elizabeth Gittinger and Carol Sue Harvey, both of Bellevue, Ohio, and Fay Ingram of Beckley.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.



Agnes Sue Hawkins

Agnes Sue Hawkins, 71, died Feb. 22, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital following a short illness.

Born March 27, 1942, at Lookout, Sue was the daughter of the late Seybert and Margaret Carte Hawkins of Hico. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Curtiss and Fred and a sister, Frances.

Retiring from Geico of Chevy Chase, Md., after 44 years, she moved to Beaver to make her home. She recently began attending Victory Baptist Church there.

Sue was an avid sports fan her entire life and thoroughly enjoyed the games. Sue cherished the friends she made during her working years and kept them close to heart.

She enjoyed taking care of her home, tending her flowers, and shopping. Her family of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews meant everything to her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Surviving: her sisters, Helen (Ken) Tucker of Silver Spring, Md. and Ronda (Frank) Lacek of Beaver; sister-in-law, Mable Hawkins of Hico; brothers, Glen (Donna) Hawkins of Hico and Ronnie Hawkins of Ronceverte.

Services were held Feb. 26 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Rollan Roberts officiating. Burial followed at the Richmond Chapel Cemetery in Victor.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Mildred Marie King

Mildred Marie King died Feb. 12, 2014.

Born Feb. 28, 1929, she was daughter of the late James and Mary Scruggs of Handley. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence King Sr.; granddaughter, Lydia Brandon; sons, Clarence King Jr. and Anthony King; son-in-law, Joseph Brandon; and a grandson-in-law, Charles Brown Jr.

She was a homemaker and worked for Laird Memorial Hospital as a nursing assistant.

Mildred M. King joined in fellowship with First Baptist Church Kimberly.

Surviving: her sister, Mary Arlene Ford of Handley; daughters, Vivian Perkins of Atlanta, Ga., Demetris A. Floyd of Charlottesville, Va., and Sandretta Brandon of Handley; son, Michael King of Cleveland, Ohio; 13 grandkids and 16 great-grandkids.

Homegoing service was Feb. 22 at The First Baptist Church of Kimberly with Rev. Larry R. Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Dewey Arnold McGuire

Dewey Arnold McGuire, 84, of Crickmer Road, Danese, died Feb. 18, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a short illness.

Born July 6, 1929, at Springdale, he was the son of the late Aubrey and Elva  Hanshew McGuire. He also was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Iris Jolene Kincaid McGuire; sisters, Evelyn Simms, Lola McGuire, and Nola Nadine Sheets; and brothers, Raymond, Howard, Basil “Sonny,” Elmer, Melvin, and Marvin McGuire.

Dewey was a member of Faith Freewill Baptist Church of Danese, a retired coal miner, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who loved his family unconditionally.

Surviving: daughters, Carolyn Kelley of Meadow Creek, Connie McGuire of Danese, Cathy McGuire of Hinton and Caryn Williams and husband William of Danese; sisters, Erma Williams of Hinton and Eva Zsifkov of Clarkston, Mich.; brother, Emory McGuire and wife Julia of Danese; grandchildren, Kristi Fernatt, Albert Halstead III, Amelia Halstead, Jason and Cayli Bolen; and great-grandchildren; Whitney Fernatt, James and David Rose, Aubreigh Raines and Robert Bolen.

Services were Feb. 22 at the Faith Freewill Baptist Church of Danese, with Pastor Alan Whitt officiating. Burial followed in the J. H. Walker Cemetery of Crickmer.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Phyllis ‘Ann’ Morris

Ms. Phyllis “Ann” Morris, 69, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 20, 2014.

Born July 17, 1944, in Oak Hill, she was the youngest child of the late Alfred and Susie Yancey Morris. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Perry, Florence Fountain, Francis Morris and Elsie Browder, and a brother, Leon Morris.

She was a member of Community Restoration Worship Center.

Surviving: her sister-in-law, Gerri Morris of Bronx, N.Y.; nieces and caregivers, Drema Browder of Oak Hill and Mary Evans of Beckley; great-nieces and nephews she helped raise, Maria Jamison, Mary Evans, Carmen Evans, Kimberly Browder, Tiffney (Dave) Canterbury, Jeremiah Woods, Nevaeh Smith, and David Canterbury Jr.;  and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 23 at Community Restoration Worship Center, Lincoln Street, Harlem Heights, with Elder Shannon Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch.

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



George Nichols

George Nichols, 61, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 11, 2014, at his home.

Born Aug. 6, 1952, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Bessie Ruth Dickenson Nichols and the late George Brackett Nichols. Besides his father, Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his aunt, Wavelenor Swiger.

Mr. Nichols was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in 82nd Airborne Division.

He was a retired engineer with Railserve and the family caregiver for many family members.

Surviving: his mother, Bessie Ruth Nichols; daughter, Catherine Ann Cotton of Roseville, Mich.; son, Jason Edward Nichols of Fayetteville; daughter, Angela Marie Christopher and her husband, Charles, of Roseville; nine grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

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

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



Michael Alan Piotrowski

Michael Alan Piotrowski, 45, of Lochgelly, died Feb. 16, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born July 7, 1968, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Thomas Michael and Belle Faye Minnich Piotrowski.

Surviving: his brothers, Thomas Edward Piotrowski of Ashland, Ky., Charles “Bob” Piotrowski of Hico and Francis S. Piotrowski of Lochgelly.

Funeral services were Feb. 22 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. 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.



Lewis Alonso Pogorelski

Lewis Alonso Pogorelski, 81, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 18, 2014, at CAMC Memorial in Charleston.

Born Sept. 21, 1932, at Whipple, he was the son of the late Antoni and Josephine Pogorelski. He also was preceded in death by his his sisters, Anta Hydella, Virginia Casey, Pauline Janisewski, Rose Wojtowicz, Josephine Fiorelli and Elizabeth Burden.

Mr. Pogorelski proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.

He retired from Cranberry Lumber.

He was a faithful member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill.

Mr. “Pogo” was an avid supporter of the Oak Hill Red Devils and enjoyed watching many sporting events.

Surviving: his wife, Joleta Pogorelski of Oak Hill; his children, Lisa Pogorelski of Oak Hill, Walter Pogorelski of Rapid City, S.D., Toni Pogorelski of Scarbro, and Kelli Casimir of Falling Waters;  grandchildren, Samuel, Aaron and Antoni Pogorelski and Madison and Maegan Casimir; and one great-grandchild, Zariah Pogorelski.

A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Pogorelski’s life was held Feb. 22 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Father Carlos Melocoton officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dr. John Philip Raney

Dr. John Philip Raney, 83, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 23, 2014.

Born Jan. 20, 1931, in Kendallville, Ind., he was the son of the late Jesse and Donna Daniels Raney. He also was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Mrs. Virginia Teutsch.

Dr. Raney graduated from Purdue University in 1954 with a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering. While at Purdue, he was enrolled in the NROTC program and upon graduation, was designated an Ensign in the U. S. Navy and reported to the USS Latimer (APA 152). He served onboard the Latimer from 1954 to 1956 as the main propulsion officer and deployed with the ship to the Mediterranean for five months. He received commendation from the commanding officer for his outstanding performance of duty and his loyalty to the officers with whom he served.

Following his two years of active duty with the Navy, he was transferred to the Naval Ready Reserve and returned to Purdue University, earning his Ph.D. in the field of mechanical engineering in 1959. Upon earning his Ph.D., Dr. Raney accepted a position at the University of Virginia (UVA) as an associate professor of mechanical engineering. While there he taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in engineering, and performed research on Dynamics of High Speed Rotating Machinery.

In 1963, Dr. Raney began working at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. During his distinguished career with NASA, he served as a group leader in the Dynamic Loads Division from ’63-’64, head of the Analytical Dynamics Section from ’65-’70, head of the NASTRAN Systems Management Office in the Structures Division from ’70-’73, head of the Aircraft Noise Prediction Office, Acoustics and Noise Reduction Division ’73-’78, head, Flight Systems Noise Branch, Acoustics and Noise Reduction Division ’78-84, senior systems engineer (Structures and Dynamics) in the Space Station Office from ’84-’87, and from ’87-’89 he moved to Houston, Texas where he served as senior systems engineer in the Space Station Projects Office at the Johnson Space Center. While working at NASA, Dr. Raney attended night courses at the college of William and Mary, earning his MBA and graduating summa cum laude in 1979.

After retiring from NASA with 28 years of service, Dr. Raney taught mechanical engineering at West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery from 1991 until 1998.

During this time frame, he made two deployments with the U.S. Navy as a PACE (Program for Afloat College Education) instructor teaching Business and Management courses . His first deployment was onboard the USS Yorktown (CG-48) where he participated in BALTOPS ’92, deploying to the Baltic Sea. His experience on the Yorktown was a highlight in his life. While onboard, he went well above the “call of duty” for a PACE instructor and assisted the ship and wardroom in a myriad of events: he assisted the officer’s cook on the mess decks during Cook’s Night Off, he refereed the ship’s basketball tournament, participated in various shipboard drills, and even bravely confronted the trials of the “Blue Nose” initiation ceremony when the ship crossed the Arctic Circle. He was a “shipmate” in every sense of the word. Due to the enthusiastic evaluation Dr. Raney received from the Yorktown, he was requested by name many times for follow-on PACE tours and deployed again as a PACE instructor onboard the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).

Dr. Raney’s interests were many and varied: he was an avid water skier and taught his family and many friends to water ski behind his ski boat on the Chickahominy River in Virginia. He won the Virginia State Championship Veteran Men’s Tricks division, and came in second in the slalom division. He coached his son Jeff’s and his daughter Elisa’s city league basketball teams for many years, and played softball on a NASA softball team affectionately called “Raney’s Raiders.” He rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle on a cross country motorcycle trip with Elisa from San Diego to West Virginia on Highway 50. He played clarinet in the Charleston Metro Band and always enjoyed performing with the band.

He was also very involved in his community and served as a member and former president of the Oak Hill Lions Club. He was a life member of the VFW and served with Oak Hill VFW Post 3110, performing military rites for veterans at hundreds of funeral services through the years. He also served on the Fayette County Dilapidated Building Committee. He was a  a member of the Masonic Lodge in Butler, Ind., and an officer and past High Priest of Sewell Chapter No. 24 of the Royal Arch Masons of Oak Hill. He was also a Shriner in Indiana and played clarinet in the Shriner’s Gold Band in Charleston. He was a member of the Knight’s Templar Commandary No. 22, Mount Hope.

Dr. Raney had a great enthusiasm for life and was very dear to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

Surviving: his wife, Anne Kathryn Repaire; son, Jeff Raney (Kerstin); daughters, Captain Elisa Raney USN (Ret.), and Rosi Whited (Allen); sister, Madelon Lankford (William); nephews, Anthony Teutsch (MaryAnn) and Bill Lankford; and a niece, Colleen Lankford Watson (Mike).

A memorial service will be on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post 3110 and Masonic Rites by Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 A.F. and A.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville WV 25840.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dr. Ronald Allen Rollins Sr.

Dr. Ronald Allen Rollins Sr., 79, died Feb. 21, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, after an eight-month struggle with leukemia.

Born July 13, 1934, in Montgomery, he was the son of the late Leonard and Belva (Raynes) Rollins.

Dr. Rollins was a resident of Oberlin, Ohio, since 1970 and enjoyed a long practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Oberlin Clinic and Allen Memorial Hospital. He was proud to have cared for thousands of patients, and to have brought many babies safely into the world.

He attended Collins High School in Oak Hill and Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, the first member of his family to complete higher education. He attended the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1970.

He was a longtime member of First Church in Oberlin, where he held numerous lay leadership positions and oversaw groundskeeping.

He was a member of the board of trustees of Davis & Elkins, where he helped establish an endowed professorial chair in honor of a beloved teacher and led other development efforts.

He was a busy volunteer and board member, along with his wife, Barbara, at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) in Oberlin. He served on the Kendal at Oberlin Senior Independence Board. He and Barbara were selected as Oberlin’s Citizens of the Year in 2012 by the Oberlin News-Tribune.

His interests and hobbies included gardening and landscaping; American history, especially that of the Civil War and the Lincoln presidency; reading; travel; and attending watercolor painting classes and workshops with Barbara.

Surviving: Barbara, to whom he was married for 55 years; his sister, Brenda Wagner and her husband, David; children and spouses, Melanie Hart (nee Schwinn) and John, Ronald Jr. and Amy, Amber Bock and Neil, Heather Laughman and Steve, and Brett Rollins and Robin Phillips; 11 grandchildren; a nephew and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, at First Church in Oberlin, Ohio.

Memorial donations may be made to FAVA or First Church.

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

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Roberta Taylor

Mrs. Roberta Taylor, 93, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 19, 2014.

Born Dec. 30, 1920, in Clifton Forge, Va., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Merchant and Charles Ashwood and Nettie Long and Bessie Ashwood. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh Taylor; daughter, Margaret Lee Taylor; sister, Nellie Humes; and brothers, Clarence Merchant and Lawrence Merchant.

She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights.

Surviving: her sons, Charles Taylor of Sterling, Va., Clarence Taylor of Falls Church, Va., Lawrence Taylor of Pineville, Robert Taylor of Fort Washington, Md., and Larry Taylor of Oak Hill; daughter, Sheila Taylor of Upper Marlboro, Md.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Oak Hill, with Elder Robert Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Roger Allen Tyree

Roger Allen Tyree, 74, of Cirtsville, died Feb. 20, 2014, at his residence from complications of liver disease.

Born Aug. 3, 1939, at Cirtsville, he was the son of the late Ray and Lillian Maynor Tyree. Roger also       was preceded in death by a brother, John Tyree, and sisters, Jean Sutphin and Wanda Toney.

He was a coal miner with Cannelton Coal and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving: his wife, Ramona Lou Williams Tyree of Cirtsville; son, Ray Allen Tyree of Cirtsville; daughters, Becky Ormandy of Sand Branch and Jane Cardin of Salem, Va.; grandchildren, Keith Tyree, Kayla Martin, Christopher Horton, Joshua Horton, Jack Cardin, Shanon Ormandy and Nick Ormandy; one great-grandchild, Silas Martin; brothers, Harry “Pete” Tyree of Beckley and Wayne Tyree of Falling Waters; and a sister, Ramona Abshire of Cirtsville.

Funeral service was Feb. 22 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Burial followed at Maynor Cemetery, Cirtsville.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Iris G. Wheeler

Iris G. Wheeler, 54, of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and formerly of Fayetteville, died Feb. 22, 2014, at home with her husband, Tom, and brother and sister-in-law, Erhard and Imtrud Eitel.

Born Oct. 18, 1959, in Wetzlar, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Helmut and Maria Elfriede Eitel. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Tammie L. Brown of Fayetteville and Sandra (Sandy) Bias of Oak Hill.

She married her husband, Thomas C. Wheeler of Lochgelly, on Oct. 13, 1982, in Rechtenbach, Germany.

Iris worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army from 1978 until she medically retired in 2012.

Her hobbies included genealogy, cross stitching and working.

Surviving, in addition to her husband: brothers, Erhard (Imtrud) Eitel of Germany, Steve (Linda) Wheeler of Fayetteville, David (Paula) Wheeler of Fayetteville, Jonathan (Brandy) Wheeler of Lochgelly; sister, Rita Mueller of Germany; brother-in-law, Billy Brown of Fayetteville; and nieces and nephews, Laura (Joe) Wiley, Marcus (Sandra) Mueller, Heather (Robb) Massie, Thomas (Nadine) Eitel, Jason (Katherine) Bias, Amber Pittman, Brooke Foster, Hannah (Brandon) Stone, Morgan Wheeler, Austin Brown, Brent Wheeler, Sarah Mueller, Ciera Wheeler, Sierra Toney, Bryson Wheeler, Aidan Foster, Nathan Wiley, Hunter Pittman, Logan Pittman, McKenna Wiley, Fynn Eitel, Cameron Foster and Laura Eitel.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Eddie Persinger officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Iris’ memory to Hospice of WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

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



Linda L. Whipkey

Linda L. Whipkey, 67, of Lookout, died Feb. 22, 2014.

Born March 31, 1946, at Winona, she was the daughter of Kathleen Sebert Hypes and the late Charles Hypes. She also was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Edgar Whipkey.

Mrs. Whipkey was retired from the Fayette County Board of Education, where she worked for many years at Nuttall Middle School and Midland Trail High School.

She was a Christian by faith and loved the Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Linda was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church of Lookout.

She also loved her family very much and was a devoted wife to her husband, Leonard Whipkey, and mother to her three sons, Sean, Charles and Heath.

She was always there with her unconditional love. She was an excellent cook and a very sweet lady who was loved by many.

She was a 1964 graduate of Nuttall High School and also had an associate degree, which she obtained in her late fifties.

Surviving: her husband of 47 years, Leonard Whipkey; sons, Sean (Linda) of Hico, Charles (Kimberly) of Leavenworth, Kan., and Heath (Debbie) of Summersville; her mother, Kathleen Sebert Hypes of Lookout; her sister, Debbie (Russell) Bennett of Lookout; mother-in-law, Verna Whipkey of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jimmy (Dena), Travis, Brandi, Whitney, Cody, Autumn, Suzanne, Summer and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Nickelle and Kayden; special cousin and aunt, Dianna and Carol Thompson of Lookout; special friend, Janice Comer of Fayetteville; and many other family members and friends, all of whom were very special to her.

Funeral services were Feb. 26 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Mike Loudermilk officiating. Entombment followed at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Eva Workman

Eva Louise Workman, 93, of Lansing, died Feb. 20, 2014, at Fayette Nursing & Rehab Center, Fayetteville.

Born July 19, 1920, at Lansing, she was the daughter of the late James Wallace and Annie Lewis Workman. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, Dennis, Zennis, Robert, Bill and James Workman; sisters, Madeline and Virginia; niece, Sandra Bailey; and nephews, Herold Biggs, John and Wally Robinson. She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

Eva spent her life caring for her parents until her father’s death, when she went to work for the Beckley Child Care Center, where she touched many lives.

She was a faithful lifelong member of the Lansing Baptist Church.

Surviving: her nieces and nephews, Audrey Coppa, James (Jock) Workman, Jill White, Earldine Robinson, Kathi Pridemore, Laura Campbell, James Workman, Lee Ann Sowder, Mark Workman, Robert Workman, Karen Black and Melanie Lawhorn.

Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Lansing Baptist Church in Lansing with Pastor Kenny Hayes officiating.

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

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