The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


May 1, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, May 1, 2014


Ronnie Ray Coleman

Ronnie Ray Coleman died April 8, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on May 13, 1948, in Kingston, son of Mabel Lee Chapman of Pax and the late Leonard Ray Coleman of Mossy.

It was common to see Ronnie in his blue van chaperoning a load of giggling cheerleaders and girl basketball players. He was Paw Paw to them all.

Later he spent his time with his favorite fishing buddies, his grandsons, Tommy and Bobby.

Ronnie was an accomplished art student of Rev. Carl Burrows. He won many awards for his paintings. He was proudest of his painting of a lighthouse inspired by Pastor Mike Gunnoe and his mother, Sue Francisco, who sang the lighthouse song in his favorite place to be, Living Waters Baptist Church.

Surviving: his wife of 47 years, Janie Spade Coleman of Daniels; his daughter, Danielle Coleman and companion Thomas Akers of Crab Orchard; his son, Robbie Coleman and companion Sarah Rakes of Daniels; his grandchildren, Brittany Coleman and companion Robbie Phillips of Maple Fork, Kristin Coleman, who lived with her Paw Paw and Nana, and Tommy and Bobby Akers of Crab Orchard; uncle, Buzz Chapman of Youngstown, Ohio; aunts, Rosemary Chapman and Hazel Bartholomew of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ada Chapman and companion Russell Williams of Pax; sister, Charmaine Davis of West Palm Beach; cousins, Gary, Rodger, Donnie, Diane and Charlene Chapman of Youngstown, Ohio, Belinda Canterbury Count of Florida and Sandy Testa of West Palm Beach, whom Ronnie was like a big brother to.

A memorial service was held at Living Waters Baptist Church, Beckley, on April 27.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

John M. Crosier

John M. Crosier, 84, of Ansted, died April 23, 2014, in Charleston.

He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ramsey, the son of the late Charles Edward Crosier and Ava Rebecca Legg Crosier. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles L. Rogers, Robert E. Crosier, Clinton M. Crosier, James F. Crosier; and a son-in-law, David O’Dell.

John served in the U.S. Army and was a self-employed entrepreneur.

Surviving: his wife, Della Crosier; his daughter, Jill O’Dell of Victor; his son, Ronald Crosier and a daughter-in-law, Mary, of Ansted; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 26 at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor with Pastor David Minturn officiating. Entombment followed in the mausoleum.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

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