The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

August 29, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, August 30, 2012

William ‘Ed’ Bass Sr.

William “Ed” Bass Sr., of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Mt. Hope, died Aug. 22, 2012.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Eddie Roger Benson

Eddie Roger Benson, 65, of East Dublin, Ga., a native of Winona, died Aug. 11, 2012.

A memorial services will be held at a later date.

The online register book for Mr. Benson is located at

Arrangements by Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Dublin Chapel.

Mary Frances Gill

Mary Frances Gill, 76, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 26, 2012.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Dorothy Allen Hipes

Dorothy Allen Hipes, 84, of Heartland of Rainelle (formerly of Charmco), died Aug. 26, 2012, at Heartland of Rainelle, following a long illness.

Born April 1, 1928, at Turkey Knob (Mt. Hope), she was the youngest child of the late Walter Harrison and Maggie Mae Perry Hipes. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Juanita Thurman and Gladys Honaker; and a brother, John Walter Hipes.

Dorothy graduated from Rupert High School in 1947, and was a member of Gordon Freewill Baptist Church of Hines.

She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, but her first love was Bible study and church activities. She taught Sunday school for over 50 years, and helped with Vacation Bible School at several of the local churches.

Surviving: a sister, Frances Ash of Brownstown, Mich.; nine nephews, and three nieces, including a special nephew, Billy Honaker.

Services were Aug. 29, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Gary Eisenman officiating. Burial followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to: The American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Blvd., Suite 6, Charleston, WV 25309, or the American Diabetic Association, 1221-A Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Loretta Virginia Fitzgerald Lattie

Loretta Virginia Fitzgerald Lattie, 86, of Somerset, Ky., formerly of the Oak Hill area, died Aug. 21, 2012.

Graveside services were held Aug. 24 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lucille Lunsford

Lucille Kelly Lunsford died after a long illness on Aug. 18, 2012, at her home with her loving family by her side.

Lucille Kelly Lunsford was born at Shrewsbury, on May 30, 1924, the daughter of the late Ocie and James Kelly.

She was a lifelong resident of Longacre/Smithers for 85 years.

Lucille married James Lunsford on June 27, 1944, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary before Jimmy died in November 1994. They provided a loving home for their four children - Brenda, Buddy, Sharon, and Janice - as well as many of Lucille's nieces and nephews. Mamaw’s house was not just a place to visit, but was also a home at times to many of Lucille’s grandchildren. Times spent there were so memorable. One had only to step through the door to feel the love and enjoy the good times.

Celebrations, especially Christmas, could be a little overwhelming to friends or sometimes strangers who just happened by with friends. However, by the end of the evening, everyone knew they were always welcome and in fact were now considered a part of the family.

Lucille liked to travel and did so as recently as June when she traveled to one of her favorite places, Myrtle Beach. If a trip was planned, Lucille had to be included. She spent her 70th birthday in Colorado Springs to attend the graduation from the United States Air Force Academy of one of her grandsons.

She was an avid sports fan, especially for the Mountaineers, Chicago Cubs, and Kentucky Wildcats. She and Jimmy traveled to Hawaii to watch the Mountaineers play and several times she got to see her Cubbies play, either in Chicago or Pittsburgh. As far as the Wildcats, she watched them on TV every chance she got.

In addition to her husband, Lucille was preceded in death by her sisters, Orva Basham and Mane Gilkerson; brothers, Claude, Joe, Earl, and George Kelly; a son-in-law, Paul Douglas Norvell; and a nephew whom she raised as a son, Jack Kelly.

Lucille was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend to many, but of these she was a mommy most of all.

Surviving: her only son, Charles “Buddy” Lunsford and companion John Blankenship of Falls View; daughters, Brenda Norvell and Sharon Hall and her husband, Keith, all of Smithers, and Janice Wiseman and her husband, Jim, of Beckwith; daughters- and sons-of-the heart, Donna Williams and her husband, Donald, of Powellton, Marcella Moten and her husband, Doug, of Falls View, and Tommy Gilkerson and his wife, Betty, of Kanawha Falls; a son-in-law, Bobby Pat Veazey of Falls View; a daughter-in-law, Diana Monday Lunsford of Winfield; grandchildren, Shannon Richmond and her husband, Joseph, of Oak Hill, Paul “Bub” Norvell II and fiancée Bonnie Clackler of Oak Hill, Lori Howard and her husband, Mike, of Winfield, Jamie Lunsford and companion Brittany Crisp of Smithers, Ashley Brown and her husband, RaShaun, of St. Albans, Bob Veazey and his wife, Julie, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kelli Doss and her husband, Demetrius, of Manassas, Va., Jennifer Mercer and her husband, Scott, of Manassas, Va., and Caity Wiseman and fiancé Collin Christner of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Addie Grace Howard, Jocelyn Brown, Kathryn and Courtney Veazey, Dominion and Dajon Doss, Logan Mercer, and Sam and Lucas Christner; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 22 at Campbell Memorial Baptist Church in Smithers with Preacher Chester Bird and Preacher Wallace York officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Judy Ann Pauley

Judy Ann Buzzard Pauley, 69, of Scarbro, formerly of Pineville, died peacefully Aug. 21, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 26, 1943, in Comfort, she was the daughter of the late John and Sabie Holstein Buzzard. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Herman Williams, Ray Newton (Tommy) Buzzard, John Buzzard, and Brady Buzzard; an infant brother, Frank Buzzard; her sister, Ruth Williams-Smith; her parents-in-law, whom she loved as her own, James and Pearl Pauley; and a brother-in-law, Danny Pauley.

Judy devoted her life to her family, making her house a home full of love and laughter, and was able to do so until her final days.

She accepted Christ in 1998, and was a member of Packs Branch Baptist Church. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving: her beloved husband of 53 years, Samuel Pauley Sr.; her children who cherished her, Samuel Pauley Jr. and wife Emma of Scarbro, Dwight Pauley and wife Kathryn of Lexington, S.C., Judith (Charlie) Thompson and husband Cecil of Glen Fork, and James Pauley and wife Vicki of Beckley; her grandchildren that she loved to spoil, Michael (Angela) Pauley, Jeffrey (Kendall) Pauley, Matthew (Rochelle) Pauley, Trenton Pauley, Marianna Pauley, Steven (Tiffaney) Thompson, Joshua (Kayla) Thompson, Jacob Jones and Ryan Pauley; her great-grandchildren that she called her babies, “Little Matt,” Raven, Aiden, Austin, Shelby, Aurora, and Alyvia Pauley, Josiah Thompson, and one due in April, 2013; sisters, Betty White of Matewan, Barbara Barker of Ashford, and Gladys Meadows and Marie Adkins, both of Comfort; a brother, Donald Buzzard of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Michael Pauley of Oceana and Ray Pauley of Huntington; sisters-in-law, Sherry Bailey and Diana Casto, both of Ripley, and many other family members and friends.

Services were Aug. 24 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, with the Rev. Cecil Thompson officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

The family requests that any donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Sallie Edith White Sumner Phelps

Sallie Edith White Sumner Phelps, 82, of Bandera, Texas, died on Aug. 22, 2012, in Bandera.

Born Dec. 11, 1929, at LaFollette, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Ellon Sharp White. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Jane White and Fern White Turner; nephews, John and Jay Wheeler; and by a niece, Sandra Wheeler.

Mrs. Phelps was a homemaker and a member of the Beckwith Apostolic Holiness Church before moving to Texas.

Surviving: her husband of 20 years, Leonard Phelps; sons, Gene Sumner of Montgomery, Texas, and Gary Sumner of Bandera; sisters, Wanda Lilly of Rupert and Imogene Wills of Grove City, Ohio; brothers, Ronnie White of Webster Springs and Ralph White of Oak Hill; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside rites and committal services will be Friday, Aug. 31, at 11:30 a.m. at Bibb Cemetery in Gatewood with Rev. Rick Barker officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Violet Pugh

Violet Dillard Stanton Pugh, 87, of Layland, died Aug. 27, 2012, at Pine Lodge.

Born June 15, 1925, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Fitzhugh Clarence Hicks and Anna Young Hicks. She also was preceded in death by a husband, Paul Stanton; brothers, James, Basil and Eugene Hicks; a sister, Jewell Hurst; sons, Ted Stanton and Joe Stanton; and a granddaughter, Kathy. Violet was the last of her immediate family.

She was a homemaker and a member of Chestnut Knob Baptist Church.

Surviving: her husband, Paul Pugh of Layland; sons, Gary Dillard and wife Odeana of California, and Jack Dillard of Arkansas; a daughter, Dolly Kessler and husband Melvin of Beckley; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Aug. 29 at the Chestnut Knob Baptist Church, Layland, with Rev. Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial followed in the Chestnut Knob Layland Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Priscilla Ann Bays Snuffer

Priscilla Ann Bays Snuffer, 84, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 26, 2012.

She was the wife of the late James E. Snuffer and daughter of the late Golden and Mary Thompson Bays.

Mrs. Snuffer was a loving mother, homemaker, and member and former Sunday schoolteacher at Fayetteville First Church of God for many years.

Surviving: her children, Linda, James (JE), John, and Mary; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 28 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Russell Hays and Rev. Michael Parsons officiating. Burial followed in the Peters Cemetery at Mossy.

Memorials in Mrs. Snuffer’s memory may be made to Fayetteville First Church of God, Emergency Generator Fund, 114 Harvey Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Evelyn L. Wrinkle

Evelyn L. Wrinkle, 77, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 22, 2012.

Born Nov. 30, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Pearl Cadle. Evelyn also was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wrinkle; and brothers, Harry Cadle and Jack Cadle.

Surviving: her son, Robert Wrinkle and wife Terri of Crab Orchard; daughter, Donna Moore of Woodstock, Ga.; granddaughter, Stevie Moore of Woodstock, Ga.; brothers, Tom Cadle of Summerlee, Noah Cadle and wife Ladonna of Knoxville, Tenn., James Cadle and Betty of Bradley, and Rufus Cadle and wife Vickie of Sophia; and sister, Cora Rogers and husband Charlie of Summerlee.

There will be no services for Evelyn at this time.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.