The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 6, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, November 7, 2013


Betty Lou Hatfield Cheyne

Betty Lou Hatfield Cheyne, 76, of Danese, died Nov. 2, 2013, at Heartland of Rainelle following a long illness.

Born March 24, 1937, in Beelick Knob, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Hatfield and Claredith Reedy McClanahan.

Betty loved cooking and her flowers and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She worked in manufacturing as an electronics assembler for 30 years in New York and Virginia.

Surviving: her husband, William “Bill” Cheyne; a half-sister, Dolly Hogge of Newport News, Va.; and brothers, George Alva Hatfield and wife Patricia of Danese and Patrick Henry Hatfield of Fayetteville.

Services were Nov. 6 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Rev. Sherman McCombs officiating. Interment followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Russell E. ‘Rusty’ Edwards Jr.

Russell E. “Rusty” Edwards Jr., 62, of Oak Hill, died Nov. 2, 2013, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born Aug. 10, 1951, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Russell E. Edwards Sr. and Etta Jean Holdren Edwards. His wife, Virginia Lynn Edwards, and a special sister, Dori Saunders, also preceded him in death.

He was a construction crane operator.

Rusty was a motorcycle enthusiast and and avid fisherman and hunter.

He was a 1969 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

Surviving: his son, Jeremy Edwards of Amherst, Va.; his daughter, Kari Jean Edwards of Madison Heights, Va.; grandchildren, Katlin Doss, Raven Brewer, BriAnna Skylar Edwards and Jeremy Edwards Jr.; a sister, Susan Edwards of Fayetteville; and a special niece, Robin Thomas DiBartolomeo and family.

Rusty has been cremated. A memorial service will be on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Scott Farnsworth officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, Fayette-Nicholas Chapter, PO Box 355, Oak Hill WV 25901 for first aid education.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mary Louise Evans

Mary Louise Evans died peacefully Oct. 31, 2013, while surrounded by family and friends.

Born June 4, 1944, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Carl Hobart and Rosie Della Campbell Burgess. A sister, Sylvia Dufour, and brothers, Carlos Burgess and Alva Burgess, also preceded her in death.

She was a retired housekeeper for Hilltop Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Evans was a member of the Christian faith.

Surviving: her husband, Charles Eugene Evans; son, Charles E. Evans Jr., and wife Rebecca of Rainelle; sisters, Betty Lee Shumaker of Fayetteville, Mona Eubanks of Ravenswood and Patricia Dufour of Ohio; her grandchildren, Chuck Evans, Travis Evans, Megan Evans and Cody Evans; and great-grandchildren, Cade Evans and Allie Rose Evans.

Funeral services were Nov. 4 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Dave Butcher and Charles Shumaker officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gene Marguerite Fitzwater

Gene Marguerite Fitzwater, 91, of Victor, with family by her bedside, slipped quietly away from the Bowers Hospice House on Oct. 29, 2013. She had been a resident of the Summit Assisted Living for seven years.

Gene was born at Graydon, the place she always affectionately called “out home.” She was the last surviving member of her immediate family which included her parents, George Jackson and Annie Heald Clendenin; brothers, George, Charles, Lorrie; and sisters, Edith McKown, Violet Moses, Kathleen Nickell, Maxine Barker and an infant sister.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Carl C. Fitzwater, who fell in love with her at first sight as he told his family, “I don't know her name, but I just met the girl I’m going to marry.”

Gene was a member of Victor Methodist Church and Ansted High School graduating class of 1941; she was an accomplished seamstress, having worked in clothing factories during World War II. She used her artistic talent to design handmade quilts for family and friends.

Surviving: her daughter and sons-in-law, Sylvia and Ralph Parks of Victor and Harriett and Paul Nusbaum of Charleston; grandchildren, Rachel and Johnny Carte of Lavista, Carl and Brandy Parks of Hico, Nathan and Holly Parks of Nallen, Michael Nusbaum of Morgantown and Brooke Nusbaum of Boston, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Emily and Catherine Carte, Renee, Sidney, Halee, Davis and Maryn Parks; sisters-in-law, Marie Fitzwater, Audrey Fitzwater, Mary Dailey, Anna Kinslow; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 3 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Michael Anderson officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

The family requests donations be made to the Victor Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box  211, Victor, WV 25938, or to the Gideons International, 311 Porter Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Bonnie Jean Gilkerson

Bonnie Jean Gilkerson, 65, of Meadow Bridge, died after a long battle with cancer on Nov. 2, 2013, while surrounded by family and friends.

Born Aug. 31, 1948, in Meadow Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Jean Mullins. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Mullins.

Surviving: her husband of 47 years, Robert Gilkerson; daughters, Robin Fitzwater and husband Lawrence of Danese, Melissa Burnett and husband Le of Wapwallopen, Pa., and Rhonda Patterson and husband Bret of Meadow Bridge; grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Joseph and Cheryl Fitzwater, Holly and Cody Burnett, and Chase and Brooke Patterson; and sisters, Brenda Fleshman of Danese and Barbara Brogan of Winder, Ga.

Services were Nov. 5 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, with Pastor Mark Spence officiating. Interment followed in Patton Hill Cemetery, Meadow Bridge.  

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Anthony Steven Hanshew

Anthony Steven Hanshew, 43, of Loops Road, died quietly, surrounded by his loving family, on Nov. 2, 2013.

Born Oct. 14, 1970, in Radford, Va., he was the son of Donna Wyatt of Loops Road and the late Johnny Lee Hanshew.

Anthony was a sports writer and editor for papers in Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington and Parkersburg.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Anthony was a wonderful son, brother, and uncle. He had a sweet disposition, a huge heart and loved to make people laugh.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, Donna Wyatt: his brother, Kevin and wife Tersa of Danese; his nephew, Brayden of Danese; his niece, Kennady of Danese; and his best friend since fourth grade, Buddy Judy of Concord, N.C.

A celebration of Anthony’s life was held Nov. 5 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastors Don Hanshew and Chris Sims officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Ernest Holcomb Jr.

Ernest Holcomb Jr., 92, of Danese, died Oct. 29, 2013, following a long illness.

Ernest was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Lookout, the son of the late Ernest Holcomb and Louise McKnight Holcomb.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He worked as a paint and body repairman for Crawford Chevrolet in Lookout. He was a coal miner and a member of UMWA.

Surviving: his wife of 69 years, Midge Holcomb; daughters, Sharon Tolliver and John of Danese, Sue Young and Bryan of Roanoke, Va., and Karen Kinder and Rick of Danese; a son, Gary Holcomb and wife Macy; brothers, Ronald Holcomb and Ursula of Clarksville, Tenn., and Donald Holcomb and Shirley of Salina Kan.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 1 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Charles Kinder officiating. Burial followed in Clifty Cemetery on Sunday Road at Hico.

Please make donations to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Virginia Miller

Virginia Mae Miller, 74, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Mount Hope, died Nov. 2, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1939, in Summerlee, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Elizabeth Arthur. She also was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Virginia Halliwell; her daughters, Karra Kay and Nancy Lynn; her sister, Wanda Vance; and her brother, James Harris.

Surviving: her sons and daughters, Brian Miller, Victor Halliwell, Jenorra Morgan, Karla Chandler; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Betty Pauley and Victoria Boggess; her brother, Glenn Harris; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.



Ida Pearl Sevy

Ida Pearl Sevy, 84, of Hico, died Nov. 2, 2013, at Ansted Center, following a long illness.

Born May 13, 1929, in Hico, Ida was the daughter of the late Roscoe Lee Sevy and Sadie Margaret Terry Sevy. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sevy Simmons; brothers, Harold and Herbert Sevy; sister-in-law, Georgia Sevy; nephew, Edward Sevy; niece, Susan Sevy Barbe; and great-nephew, Robert Bryson Wilson.

She was born and raised on Stringtown Road in Hico.

Ida earned her teaching degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown and Concord College in Athens. Ida taught at Layland and Winona; she was an English teacher at Nuttall High School, Lookout and Midland Trail High School, Hico, for a number of years before retiring.

Ida was a faithful member of Sunday Road Baptist Church of Hico.

Surviving: a brother, William Roscoe Sevy and his wife, Sharon Neal Sevy, of Ansted; sister-in-law, Eugenia McGraw Sevy of Beckley; nieces, Tamara Sevy Deligne and Terry Sevy Wilson; nephews, Michael and David Simmons; and great-nieces, great-nephews and their children.

Funeral services were Nov. 5 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. David Snead officiating. Burial followed at the End of the Trail Cemetery at Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Jimmie C. Souder

Jimmie C. Souder, 78, of Oak Hill, died Nov. 4, 2013, following a short illness.

Born in Mabscott on Sept. 9, 1935, he was the son of the late Hallie and Easter Souder. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Phyllis and Linda.

Jimmie was a retired coal miner from Siltex Mine in Mount Hope.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean War.

He was a member of the NRA, the United States Bowling Congress, attended North Sand Branch Worship Center. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving: his beloved wife of 54 years, Verna Souder; sons, Timothy Souder and wife Jackie of Seneca, S.C., and Pastor Ken Souder and wife Sandra of Prosperity; daughter, Terri Souder of Oak Hill; and grandsons, Ryan Souder of Columbus, Ohio and Jared Souder of Oak Hill.

Service will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Mickey Mitchell and Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial will follow Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.



James A. ‘Dick’ Taylor

James A. “Dick” Taylor, 89, of Oak Hill, died Nov. 4, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston.

Born Feb. 26, 1924, at Prudence, he was the son of the late Carl and Elizabeth Starks Taylor.

Dick was a retired service man for West Virginia American Water Company with 33 years’ service.

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post 149 in Fayetteville.

Surviving: his wife, Mary Elizabeth Fesco Taylor; son, Robert Taylor and wife Tammie of Fayetteville; daughter, Karen Cogar and husband Lee of Oak Hill; sister, Maxine Vandall of Beckley; grandchildren, Kristina Taylor, Morgan Roark and husband Jordan and Jennifer Toney and husband Rodney; and great-grandchildren, Payton Roark, Amber Toney, Tristan Toney, Kaleb Toney and Jeremiah Toney.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8  p.m.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Scott Washington

Mr. Scott Washington, 35, of Mount Hope, died Nov. 4, 2013.

Arrangements b7 Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.