The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 27, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cloteile Hodge Belveal

Cloteile Hodge Belveal, 87, of Stephens City, Va., formerly of Packs Branch, died at the Hidden Springs Senior Living in Bentonville, Va.

Born Feb. 12, 1926, at Price Hill, she was the daughter of the late Elbert L. and Nina Elizabeth Williams Hodge. She also was preceded in death by one brother, Emerson Hodge, and one sister, Leona Hall.

She retired as a secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., after 30 years of service and was a member of the Packs Branch Baptist Church.

Surviving: son, Ronald Belveal and his wife, Lynda, of Stephens City, Va.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Sylvia Rosenshine of Waynesboro, Va., Doris Miller of Luray, Va., and Orquida Hurd of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and brothers, Richard E. Hodge of Waynesboro, Va., and Glenn M. Hodge of Harrisonburg, Va.

Funeral services were held June 22 at Packs Branch Baptist Church with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Donations of sympathy may be made in her memory to Packs Branch Baptist Church or to Disabled American Veterans.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Dorlene M. Benger

Dorlene M. Benger, 91, of Ansted, died peacefully June 22, 2013, after a courageous short illness.

Born Aug. 26, 1921, at Powellton, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Gertrude Miranda Kidd, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Dorlene also was preceded in death by her husband, David T. Benger.

Dorlene touched the lives of many people with her generosity and good cooking and baking, and maintained courage all the way to the end.

Surviving: son, David R. Benger of Ansted; daughters, Ladonna Jane Benger of Fayetteville and Rhonda G. Fox of Ansted; son, Mark R. Benger and wife Robin of Summersville; grandchildren, David R. Benger ll and his wife, Eve, of Mesa, Ariz., Stewart L. Fox and companion Stephanie Monroe and her son, Evan, of Ansted, Jayme C. Fox and wife Kristi of Ansted, Dr. Jeremy M. Benger, DO, and companion Jill Newhouse of Pittsburgh, Pa., Tara Benger of Sevierville, Tenn.; and great-grandchildren, Cameron Behlert, Anthony J. Fox, Jessica L. Fox, Dakota Benger, and Tygart Benger.

Funeral services were June 25 at the Trinity Assembly of God, Ansted, with Pastor Michael Angelona officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Family requests all donations and condolences be sent to Wallace & Wallace, Inc., P.O. Box 335, Ansted, WV 25812.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

Steven Lee Bryant

Steven Lee Bryant, 26, of Lookout, died June 21, 2013.

Born June 12, 1987, in Summersville, Steven was the son of Lawrence Homer Bryant and Carla Faye Petitt Bryant of Winona.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles Bryant, and his maternal grandparents, Carl Petitt and Alice Petitt.

He was a member of Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Winona and a stocker for Wal-Mart of Fayetteville.

Surviving: his wife, Mindy Sue Halstead Bryant of Lookout; his son, Bryce Bryant at home; sisters, Lisa, Alexis, Jeannie, Tiffany, Christina, Kylee, and Katelyn, all at home; a brother, Joshua Bryant of Winona; and paternal grandmother, Betty Bryant of Winona.

Funeral service will be 12 noon Thursday, June 27, at Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona with Rev. Mark Secrist and Rev. Joe Shaffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bryant Family Cemetery on Flanagan Mountain in Winona.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home.

Ralph Crist

Ralph Crist, 85, of Conneaut, Ohio, died June 10, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

Born June 4, 1928, in Ansted, he was the son of the late Henry and Evie Koontz Crist. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Crist; a son, Stephen Craig, who was killed in Vietnam and whose name is on the Wall; and a daughter, Brenda Phillip.

An area resident for the past 50 years, Crist retired in 1984 from Union Carbide.

Surviving: daughter, Wanda Perry of Houston, Texas; sons, Thomas D. (Lillie) Crist of Houston, and Brian (Carrie) Crist of Dade City, Fla.; grandchildren, Eric Perry, Thomas C. Crist, Jennifer Crist, Stephanie Crist, Shanda Warren and Martin Dunn; great-grandchildren, Katrina Perry, Nicholas Warren and Sylvia Warren; sister, Nancy Bryant of Virginia; brothers, Charles Crist of Virginia and Billy Crist of Arizona; and nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.

Funeral services were June 15 at Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Conneaut, with the Rev. George Fink, pastor of the Conneaut First Assembly of God, officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.

Arrangements by Marcy Funeral Home, Conneaut.

Chelsey Allison Light

Chelsey Allison Light, 19, of Edmond, WV, died peacefully at home with her family on June 22, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 11, 1993, at Buckhannon, she was the daughter of Craig and Melissa Light of Edmond.

Chelsey was a Christian and a student at West Liberty College.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: brother, Logan Light of Edmond; grandparents, Lancel and Marie Light of Buckhannon, and Steve and Barbara Fultz of Buckhannon.

Funeral services were June 25 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Chaplain Jimmy Mitchell officiating. Burial will be on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Ford Methodist Church Cemetery at Buckhannon.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

John Lewis Massey

John Lewis Massey, 48, of Oak Hill, died June 21, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Nov. 13, 1964, he was the son of Annetta Blanche DeLung Massey and the late Jerry John Massey, who passed away in February 2011.

Surviving: his mother, Annetta Blanche (DeLung) Massey of Scarbro; his former wife and mother of his daughter, Kellie (Sears) Massey; daughter, Brittany Renea Massey; and brothers, Jerry D. Massey and wife of Loganville, Ga., Ricky N. Massey and wife Heneritta of Dothan, and Robert E. Massey and wife Lucille of Mossy.

Funeral services were June 26 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Lum Toney officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr.

Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr., 77, of Mount Hope, died June 25, 2013, in Lynchburg, Va.

Born Sept. 10, 1935, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late James Thomas Mundy Sr. and Bernice Eugenia Gentry Mundy. His wife, Frances Sue Crone Mundy, also preceded him in death.

Rev. Mundy was a retired Baptist minister having pastored for 48 years. He served the Bradley Baptist Church for several years and then served at the Sophia First Baptist Church for 25 years.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Surviving: daughters, Kay Ellen Mundy Hornsby and husband James of Forest, Va., Penny Jo Mundy Hutchinson and husband Brian of Lynchburg, Va., Amy Jane Mundy of Mount Hope and Molly Lynn Mundy Lovering and husband Paul of Forest, Va.; sisters, Betty Mundy Burnette of Charleston and Lois Mundy Mahoney of Oak Hill; brother, Joseph Mundy of Fairhope, Ala.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, June 30, at 2:00 p.m. at Sophia First Baptist Church, 222 First Street, Sophia, with Rev. David Sneed and Bob Creed officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and at the Sophia First Baptist Church one hour prior to services on Sunday.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Daniel Thomas ‘Danny’ Palmer

Daniel Thomas “Danny” Palmer, 73, of Sanger, died June 20, 2013, following a short illness.

Born Sept. 28, 1939, at Sanger, he was the son of the late Thomas Tarzan and Geneva Alice Rainey Palmer. A brother, George Sumner; sisters, Juanita Jenkins and baby Thelma Sumner; great-granddaughter, Kaleigh Mae Miller; and a son-in-law, Ian Gilbert Miller, also preceded him in death.

Danny was a member, senior deacon and song leader at Gentry Missionary Baptist Church. His gifted singing voice for God had graced the little country church for many years. He loved the Lord and his family and was always willing to provide a helping hand to everyone in the community.

He loved and respected the UMWA and was a disabled coal miner with 50 years’ service; Danny was a good friend to the union. He was a member and financial secretary for Local #6046.

Surviving: his wife of 51 years, Jerri Louise Burns Palmer; son, Edward Lee Palmer and wife Vanessa of Hilltop; daughters, Norma Palmer Miller of Sanger, Joann Burkett and husband Randy of Roanoke, Va., April Cantley and husband David of Sanger, and Kimberly Perkins and husband Timothy of Hico; a sister, Joann Turley of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Chris O’Boyle of Jackson, Ohio, Heather Cutrer of Norfolk, Va., Daniel Palmer of Harrisonburg, Va., Jason Palmer of Cocoa, Fla., Nicol Shepherd of Lynchburg, Va., Randy Burkett II of Roanoke, Va., Joshua Miller of Oak Hill, David Cantley of Oak Hill, Nicholas Miller of Oak Hill, Treasure Palmer of Oak Hill, Mahaley Palmer of Oak Hill and Emma Perkins of Hico; 12 great-grandchildren; and his church family at Gentry Baptist Church as well as many additional family members and friends.

Graveside rites and committal service, followed by burial, were June 23 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill, with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Margie R. Sheaves

Margie R. Sheaves, 90, of Vienna, died June 18, 2013, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 14, 1922, in Minden, she was a daughter of the late Otis Henry and Pansy Gladys Rapp. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer R. Sheaves; brother, Earl Rapp; and longtime friend, Pete Rodes.

She was a homemaker, and attended Cornerstone Gospel Church.

Surviving: her sons, Robert G. Sheaves (Linda), Roger Earl Sheaves (Kelly), and Jack Wayne Sheaves (Nancy), all of Marietta, Ohio; daughter, Vicki Sheaves of Vienna; brothers, Jim Rapp (Ginny) of Boaz, and Don Rapp (Helga) of Rock Hill, S.C.; sister-in-law, Ruth Rapp of Rock Hill, S.C.; grandchildren, Robert Sheaves Jr., Roger Sheaves Jr. (Aubry), Jack Sheaves Jr. (Susan), Shawn Sheaves, Justin Sheaves (Crystal), Kody Thacker, and Josh Medcalf; five great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Service was June 21 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Rick Kapple officiating. Burial followed in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

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Clarice Louise Sodder

Clarice Louise Sodder, 80, of Fayetteville, died June 15, 2013.

In accordance with her wishes she was cremated and a graveside service was held June 22 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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

Keith Andrew Williams

Keith Andrew Williams, 52, of Mount Hope, died June 18, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born Jan. 6, 1961, at Bridgeton, N.J., he was the son of the late Andrew Tildon and Judith Humphrey Williams.

Keith was a self-employed carpenter.

He attended the Packs Branch Baptist Church.

Surviving: brothers, James Williams and wife Tina of Pax, and Roger Williams of North Carolina.

Mr. Williams was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.