The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

August 16, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, August 16, 2012


Christelle Laverne Slemp Bailey

Christelle Laverne Slemp Bailey, 99, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 6, 2012, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born July 26, 1913, at Olinger, Va., she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Rebecca Reasor Slemp. Her husband, Harold Bailey, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Pauletta Bess of Oak Hill and Phyllis Wallace of New Port News, Va.; grandchildren, Christopher W. Via, Jeffrey H. Wallace of New Port News, Va., Kevin A. Bess of Oak Hill, and Craig E. Bess of Shady Spring; and 10 great grandchildren.

Per her request, Mrs. Bailey's body was donated to the Human Gift Registry at the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

Family and friends gathered for a visitation at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Aug. 8.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Delbert Lee Brant

Delbert Lee Brant of Danese died Aug. 9, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following a long illness.

Born Nov. 1, 1939, in Lewisburg, he was the son of the late Ema Edward Brant, and Mary Jack Brant. Delbert also was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Redden Morrell; a sister Evelyn Blankenship; and his brother, Edward Brant.

He was retired from the auto industry where he was a factory worker for General Motors.

He attended the Faith Free Will Baptist Church of Danese.

He also enjoyed gardening and yard work.

Surviving: his wife, Karen Simms Brant; daughters, Debra Brant of Meadow Bridge, Sharon Kupferer and husband Brian of Phoenix, Ariz., and Karen Martin of Danese; sons, Rick Redden and his wife, Stephanie, of Rainelle, and Jesse Redden of Danese; a sister, Phyllis Dawson and husband Dewey of Parkersburg; and 5 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 13 at the Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Danese. Burial followed at Simms Family Cemetery on Loops Road in Danese with Pastor Allen Whitt officiating.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.



Walter Alexander ‘Bruiser’ Cole Jr.

Walter Alexander “Bruiser” Cole Jr., 88, of Gauley Bridge, died Aug. 2, 2012, at the Ansted Center, in Ansted following a long illness.

Born Dec. 5, 1923, he was the son of the late Walter A. and Ann Taylor Cole Sr. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Grundy Cole; sisters, Ruby Roop, Bonnie Stull, Grace Cole, Macil Cole and Mae Cole; and brothers, Tom, John and Earl Cole.

Mr. Cole was a substitute school bus driver for Fayette and Kanawha counties, and a deputy sheriff for Fayette County.

He was of the Baptist faith and a retired coal miner.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating and most other outdoor activities; he also loved to roller skate in his day.

Surviving: his daughters, Cynthia “Bozzie” Campbell and Scott of Victor, and Diana Reed and Darrell of High Point, N.C., son Allen B. Cole of Beacon, N.Y.; sister Reba McLain of Orange Park, Fla.; brother, Harold “Sonny” Cole and Margaret of St. Albans; seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 9 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Michael Lanham officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Cheryl Ann Thacker Donnally

Cheryl Ann Thacker Donnally, 50, of Scarbro, died Aug. 12, 2012, at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born April 25, 1962, at Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of Reaford Thacker of Dothan, and the late Frankie Delores Webb Thacker and stepdaughter of Beulah Faye Thacker of Dothan. A brother, Randall Estep, also preceded her in death in 1959.

Cheryl was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

She was a 1981 graduate of Oak Hill High School and a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to her father and stepmother: her husband, Joe Donnally; sons, Dayton Donnally of Scarbro and Daniel Donnally of Oak Hill; brothers, Jeffery Thacker of Sharpsburg, Md., and Charles Thacker of Hico; a sister, Michelle Thacker-Bennett of Danese; and grandchildren, Elijah Donnally, Remington Donnally, Dayton Donnally, Preston Donnally, Felany Donnally and Aleziah Lafferty.

Funeral services were Aug. 15 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson and Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial was at Lee Webb Cemetery, Dothan.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gilbert H. Evans

Gilbert Harmon Evans, 77, of Roosevelt, N.Y., formerly of Hilltop, died Aug. 5, 2012.

Born Sept. 9, 1934, at Concho, he was the son of the late Jordan B. Evans Sr. and Cornelia Evans. He also was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan Evans; brothers, Willie and Clarence Evans; and sisters, Juanita Austin, Armelia Evans and Clara Lee.

Gilbert was a devout Christian and a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Roosevelt, N.Y.

Surviving: his loving wife, Christina Moore Evans of Roosevelt, Long Island, N.Y.; children, Deeidre Evans (Selwyn) Williams of Freeport, N.Y., Jeffrey (Varis) of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Brian (Dianne) of Uniondale, N.Y.; brother, Jordan B. (Ruby) Evans, Jr. of Hilltop; brother-in-law, Calvin Lee of Nyack, N.Y.; grandchildren, Alexes (Jason) Plummer, Farrah Evans, Todd Evans, Kandice Evans, Candace Williams, Kelton Evans and Kristian Evans; great-grandchildren, Jaiden Blanks, Jordyn Blanks, Z’ela Evans and Condasia Hall; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 11 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Roosevelt, N.Y. Burial  followed in Calverton, N.Y.

Arrangements by John Moore Funeral Home, Roosevelt, N.Y.



Ruth Emogene Sawyers Goins

Ruth Emogene Sawyers Goins, 68, of Scarbro, died Aug. 9, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born July 17, 1944, at Backus Mountain, she was the daughter of the late Eliza Katherine Pugh Sawyers. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Goins; brothers, James “Jimmy” Sawyers, and Elmer Sawyers; and sisters, Virginia Sawyers Jones, Mary Inez Sawyers Neely and JoAnn Sawyers Grubb.

Mrs. Goins was a Baptist and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Sherry Lynn Goins at home and Karen Sue Goins Polk and husband Cecil Wayne of Oak Hill; brother, Charles “Cotton” Sawyers of Backus Mountain; and two grandchildren, Matthew Wayne Polk of Oak Hill and Kelsey Renee Polk of Oak Hill.

Funeral services were Aug. 12 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Jim Bailey officiating. Burial was at Harrah Cemetery, Backus Mountain.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Osborn ‘O.D.’ Daniel Janney

Osborn “O.D.” Daniel Janney, 88, of Beaver, formerly of Crab Orchard, died Aug. 7, 2012, at his home at The Villages of Greystone Inn.

Services were private. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Katie Blizzard Pinson

When Katie Blizzard Pinson passed away Aug. 4, 2012, at the age of 103, she took with her a century of mountain and coalfield lore. Keeping her memory and her myriad stories alive are five generations of descendants whom she adored and who adored her.

She was born May 22, 1909, the daughter of the late George W. and Kate Allport Blizzard. She graduated from Fayetteville High School in three years at a time when education for women was not the norm. She often recounted her daily commute from Nuttallburg, which included a long walk, a train ride and a taxi ride each way. Shortly after graduating, she wed Benjamin H. Pinson; they were married until his death in 1960.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Virginia Allen, Rosemary Feazell and Patricia Hinte; her beloved grandson, Nicki Navicki; and 12 of her 13 siblings.

She is survived by one daughter, Suellen Navicki, and her husband, Larry, of Hilltop, with whom she made her home for nearly eight years after “breaking up housekeeping” at the age of 95. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; four great-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosalie Leffell and her husband, Harold, of Navarre, Ohio; a son-in-law, Jack Hinte; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The community may best remember Katie for her nearly 50-year presence on Main Street in Oak Hill. Katie’s Dress Shop was renowned for personalized attention and welcoming atmosphere. It was a place where one could sit in one of those classic rattan chairs, chat, laugh, weep and have a cup of coffee. She exemplified forward thinking, elegance, dignity, beauty and grace.

Her family will always remember her ability to make every daughter or grandchild seem like the favorite. She was indomitable, seeing life’s challenges as opportunities, and accepting setbacks as reminders that one should reflect about the present and then move forward. From the time she was 90, she kept a stack of $2 bills in her drawer so that she could hand them out to the young children who came to visit her. Most of them still have at least one piece of Mammaw Katie’s money, but all of them have a piece of her in their hearts.

She was a member of Beta Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the United Methodist Church. Having a voice in her government was always important to her, and from the time she was eligible to vote she never missed an election until this past year.

A service celebrating her life was held Aug. 12 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Rick Rutledge presiding.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Evelyn D. Powell

Evelyn D. Powell, 89, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 11, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Born June 5, 1923, at Herold, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Elza and Lucy Johnson Dixon.  She also was preceded in death by her husband, George William Melvin Powell (1991); son, Thomas Melvin Powell; and sisters, Bernadine Wilson and Jean Pellot.

Evelyn was a 57-year member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church.

Surviving: her daughter, Susan P. Kincaid of New Haven; son, Charles Buren Powell and wife Sara of Johnson City, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Libbi Powell Revels; grandchildren, Bobby (Donni) Kincaid, Jason Kincaid, Christy (Chris) Somerville, Sarah (Mike) Henning, Jenny (Nathan) Fell, Thomas Powell, and Kate Powell; great-grandchildren, Katlin, Preston, Jesse, Christopher, Bobby, Casey, Emma, Brenlan, Lily, and Avery; great-great-granddaughter, Maycee; nieces, Sydna (Orville) Syner and Sandra Parsons; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 14 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Orville Syner officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Donations may be made in her memory to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennewa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

Condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Judith S. Richmond

Judith S. Richmond, 65, of Wilmington, Del., died suddenly on Aug. 10, 2012.

Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Donald and June Smith.

Judy graduated from the University of Delaware and spent her 32-year career as an elementary teacher in the Avon Grove School District, in Pennsylvania. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her beloved husband and family. She also was happy to have more time with her passion for crafts. She was an unbelievably talented and creative woman. There was not a craft she couldn’t do; from origami to painting, she did it all.

Judy was such a kind and caring person and will be dearly missed by her husband of 41 years, Roger Richmond; her son, Joseph Richmond, and his wife, Renee; her two grandchildren, Trevor and Alissa; as well as many other family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Del. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.

Online condolence may be sent at www.mccreryandharra.com.



Henry M. Shuck

Henry Madison Shuck, 87, of Danese, died Aug. 7, 2012, at Autumn Way of Rupert, following a long illness.

Born May 12, 1925, at Crickmer, he was the son of the late Laine Andrew Moses Shuck and the late Bessie Annie Laurie Connolly Shuck. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Geneva Hatfield Shuck, in 2000, and a sister, Doris Ellen Williams, in 2007.

Henry was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of the UMWA and a retired coal miner.

He was also a member of Green Valley United Methodist Church of Danese.

Surviving: daughters, Geneva Ann Pérez (Ed) of Compton, Md., and Carolyn Hanshew (Bruce) of Meadow Bridge; sons, Herbert Keith Shuck (Loretta) of Meadow Bridge, and Franklin David Shuck (Sandy) of Danese; sister, Ora Lee Claypool of Maplewood; brother, Harold V. (Odessa) Shuck of Crickmer; grandchildren, Neil (Jamie) Hanshew, Nathan (Alicia) Hanshew, Madeline Shuck, and Jessaline Shuck; and great-grandchildren, Madison, Jacob and Camdyn Hanshew.

Services were Aug. 12 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Jesse Pope officiating, assisted by Pastor Sherman McCombs. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to Autumn Way Personal Care Home at PO Box S, Rupert, WV 25984.



Louis M. Steskla Sr.

Louis M. Steskla Sr. (Mike the Rebel), 88, died Aug. 6, 2012.

Born Dec. 29, 1923, at Alice, Ky., he was the son of the late John and Carrie Racer Steskla. Mr. Steskla also was preceded in death by a brother, John Steskla, and a sister, Margaret Thomas.

He was raised in West Virginia and moved to Connecticut in the 1940s.

He first worked at the Bridgeport Brass and then later became a self-employed electrician and finally an electrical contractor. In 1963, he settled with his family in Milford, Conn.

Surviving: his children, Patricia Ruddy and her husband, Drew, of South Carolina, Louis Steskla Jr. and his wife, Cathy, of Cheshire, Conn., and Donna Gerald and her husband, David, of Maryland; sister, Jane Murdock of Oak Hill; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was observed Aug. 10 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Paul Yuenger as celebrant. Christian burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Gene Robert Taylor

Gene Robert Taylor, 75, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 8, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 8, 1937, at Mount Hope, he was the son of the late Wilbur Houston and Kathleen Clifford Taylor. He also was preceded in death by his loving wife, Symantha Lou Coleman Taylor; a son, Timothy Gene Taylor; a daughter, Lana Jo Taylor; sisters, Drema Surnear and Anna Gibson; and a brother, Charles Taylor.

A born-again Christian, Gene was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Taylor was a retired coal miner, having been a tipple operator at Kingston and King Powellton Coal and was an avid hunter.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Gene was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his daughter, Kimberly Taylor or Oak Hill; granddaughter, Sarah Adkins and husband Curtis of Scarbro and great-grandchildren, C.J. Adkins, Luke Adkins and Whitney Adkins.

He is also survived by a sister, Linda Hancock of Oak Hill, and brothers, David Taylor of Scarbro, Roger Taylor of Beckley, Carl Taylor of Hilltop and Howard Taylor of Oak Hill.

Funeral services were Aug. 11 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Jessie Parker officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Matthew Thomas Williams

Matthew Thomas Williams, 51, of Long Branch, died Aug. 5, 2012, at his home.

He was born at Miami, Fla., on July 23, 1961. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Faye Humphrey Williams, and an infant son.

Matthew worked for over 30 years in mining. He was employed at the Kingston #1 mine at Kingston for the past 15 1/2 years. He loved his job and was very proud to work with all of the “Mighty Men of Kingston.”

Matthew loved his job, friends, church and family and enjoyed reading and going to church.

Surviving: his wife of 33 years, Connie; an only daughter, Ashley Byers and husband Royal; his father, Billy Williams; very special grandson, “Trey” Byers of Pax; one older brother, Carlos Williams of Pax; and many very special brothers- and sisters-in-law, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 14 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, with Pastor Tom Lilly and Elder Thomas Allen officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Condolences may be sent tat www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.

James  D. ‘Boss Man’ Wolfe

James D. “Boss Man” Wolfe, 79, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 9, 2012, at his home.

Born Sept. 11, 1932, at Pax, he was the son of the late Roy H. and Elsie Dove Strickland Wolfe. A brother, William R. Wolfe, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired coal miner, having 46 years’ service.

Mr. Wolfe was a member of the Gentry Missionary Baptist Church.

He was a farmer, an avid hunter and a member of the UMWA. He served as a paramedic with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving: his wife, Peggy L. Yarber Wolfe; sons, Darrell W. Wolfe and wife Deborah, and Timmy A. Wolfe and wife Melinda, all of Oak Hill; sisters, Mary Moore of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Maxine Elder of Oak Hill; grandchildren, James R. Wolfe, Benjamin D. Wolfe and wife Crystal, and Cody M. Wolfe; and three great-grandchildren, Dustin, Maddie and Tyler.

Funeral services were Aug. 13 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.



Dr. Howard Austin Woolwine

Dr. Howard Austin Woolwine, 83, of Beckwith, died Aug. 7, 2012, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

Born Sept. 6, 1928, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Clayton H. and Betty Lightner Woolwine. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Woolwine Ellis; brother, Larry Woolwine; and stepdaughter, Janice Bragg.

Dr. Woolwine was of the Baptist faith and attended Fayetteville Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was a retired DDS dentist and had practices in Gauley Bridge and Gary, and owned Woolwine Dentist Office in Ansted.

After retirement he was a substitute teacher/supervisor at WV Tech in Montgomery.

Surviving: his wife, Goldie Laing Woolwine; brother, Carl Clayton Woolwine of Beckwith; stepdaughter, Lois Matthews and husband John of Beckwith; brother-in-law, Don Bragg of Danese; grandchildren, Deborah Trevithick of Beaufort, S.C., Bill Smith and wife Josette of Oak Hill, and Melissa Bragg and husband Prentiss of Danese; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 14 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial followed at the Woolwine-Tomlin Cemetery, Beckwith.

Condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.