The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


November 6, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, November 7, 2013


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.  

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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.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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