The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


May 1, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, May 1, 2014


Pearl Elizabeth Holley Lafferty

Pearl Elizabeth Holley Lafferty, 91, of Oak Hill, died April 10, 2014, at the home of her daughter and caregiver, Debra and Jimmy Richmond.

Born Nov. 25, 1922, in Kanawha County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Ocie Grass Holley. Her husband, Denny Ray Lafferty; daughter, Harstel Gay Dunbar; sons, Denny Ray Lafferty Jr., Mickey Lafferty and Ricky Lafferty; brother, Orbie Holley; and sisters, Reba Walton, Helen Ryder Jones and Louise Williams, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: her daughters, Drema Kay Gray  and husband Richard of Harper and Debra Richmond and husband Jimmy of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren, including her grandchildren and caregivers, Kimberly and Matthew Gill, Misty and Jeremy Simms, Ricky Richmond, Sandra and Steve Drennen and LeAnn Drennen, all of Oak Hill; 14 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 14 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Herbert Hatfield  officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Galen B. Milam

Galen Blaine Milam, 75, of Fayetteville, died April 28, 2014.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Danny Goins officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Galen’s memory to the First Church of God, 114 Harvey Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840

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Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Sharon Lee Napier

Sharon Lee Napier of Tennessee died April 11, 2014.

Born Dec. 5, 1944, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Sharpe) Stone and Leonard D. Stone. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jim L. Napier.

Sharon attended Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, where she actively participated in Glee Club, Future Homemakers of America and County Chorus. Upon graduation she joined classmates and travelled, by train, to Washington, D.C., where she began her professional career. 

She continued to expand her career while living in Washington, D.C.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and McAlester, Okla.

Sharon acknowledged that her most rewarding event in life was the birth of her three children, Lynn Beth Stone, John Stockton VanMeter and Jill Renee’ Napier.

She returned to Nashville to join them and also completed her college degree at Middle Tennessee State University while continuing to be deeply fulfilled as a mother. She was a successful Social Counselor II at the Department of Children’s Services where she was a child advocate for the State of Tennessee. Sharon received several commendations and service awards for her outstanding work.

She also was the first female in the United States to work on death row as the warden secretary at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Sharon was a life-long learner. In addition to university studies, she thrived on connecting with people and sharing life stories. She loved travelling, bird watching, and reading CIA and spy thrillers. She was an avid reader of the Bible and was baptized at the age of 10. Sharon participated in Bible study groups including Team 3:19 in Brentwood, Tenn., and was active in her church community at Higher Ground in White House, Tenn. 

She was loved and will be deeply missed by many including her grand-fur babies, Simon Diamond and Destiny Marie.

Sharon’s life was celebrated April 21 in a service led by Pastor Mark Jones of Higher Ground Church, White House, at Eastland Funeral Home, Nashville.

In May, Rev. Mack Canterbury, pastor of the Gum Springs Baptist Church, Chimney Corner, will lead a celebration of life service at his church followed by a family gathering and prayer at Huse Memorial Park Cemetery, Fayetteville.

Donations toward funeral expenses may be sent to (check payable to): Jill Napier, Memorial Fund for Sharon Napier, c/o Pinnacle Financial Partners, 7040 Carothers Parkway, Franklin, TN 37067.

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