The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

September 26, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, September 27, 2012

James ‘Jimmy’ Ervin Altice Sr.

James “Jimmy” Ervin Altice Sr., 65, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 20, 2012, at Beckley ARH Hospital.

Born May 19, 1947, at Sun, he was the son of the late William C. Altice Sr. and Nellie Mae (Waddell) Altice Johnson. He also was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charlie Johnson; son, James “Jimbo” Ervin Altice Jr.; brother, William “Buddy” Clarence Altice Jr.; sisters, Ebbie, Ella, Ruby, Tootie, and Rayola; and grandson, Preston J. Altice.

Surviving: his wife, Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice; daughters, Tina Sue Francisco and husband Bradley of Mt. Hope, Lisa Sue Sadler and husband Jimmy of Daniels, Melissa Ann Stiefer and husband Mark of Coal City, and Tammy Lynn Altice and companion Shawn Anderson of Crab Orchard; stepdaughters, Jimelle Dillon of Oak Hill and Tralissa Combs and husband Lee of Fayetteville; sister, Debra Tiscareno of Pax; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Sept. 23 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Bryan White officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Donnie L. Austin

Donnie Lynn Austin, 59, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 16, 2012.

Born Aug. 10, 1953, in North Carolina, he was the son of the late Wade Lawrence and Helen Allene Early Austin. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Jo Elizabeth Cherrington Austin, in 1993.

Mr. Austin was a member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church, a member of Fayetteville Community Choir and worked with the food pantry at the church.

He was a former radio/TV broadcast producer for various media outlets in the area, and he had worked in the maintenance department at the Fayette County Court House.

Surviving: his wife, Patsy Austin; sons, Reed Andrew Austin of Huttonsville and Christopher “Nick” Austin of Hilton Head, S.C.; stepchildren, Christopher Turner, Vincent Turner, Laura Turner and Mary E. Gatlin Massey; brother, Danny Austin and wife Judy of Ohio; and nine step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 21, at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were Sept. 21 at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Following the service he was cremated.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Austin’s memory to Fayetteville Food Pantry, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840, or Fayetteville Community Choir, c/o Linda Myers, 151 Old Court St., Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be made at

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

Ethel May Bays

Ethel May Bays, 79, formerly of Ramsey, died Sept. 24, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, while surrounded by a loving family.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant sons, Robert Dale Bays and Herschel Franklin Bays.

Previously employed at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, her interests included gardening, quilting and cooking.

Ethel May Bays was a true role model in love and compassion to not only her family but in her willingness to give whatever she had to those less fortunate.

She will always be remembered as a deeply devoted wife, mother and grandmother who openly professed her love of Jesus Christ and taught her children Biblical values at a very early age.

She dedicated many years of her life as a caregiver to several people in the area as well as to her mother, Lucy Skaggs, who passed away at age 79.

Surviving: her loving husband, Robert Bays; sister, Francis Stanley of Ansted; brothers, Frank Skaggs of Oregon, Wayne Skaggs of New Mexico, and Delmas Skaggs of North Carolina; children, Karol Haynes and husband Charles of Oak Hill, Helen Whited and husband David of Beckley, Marcelle Cole and her husband Darrell, and David Bays and wife Brenda, all of Victor, Leland Bays and his wife, Joann, of Burlington, N.C., and Jody Hornsby and husband Gary, and Kathy Bragg and husband Ken, all of Fayetteville; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and her pet dog, Sneakers.

Service will be conducted at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating. Burial will follow at Chestnut Grove Cemetery at Nallen.

Friends may call from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

The  family requests that donations be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.

Michael Lee Bryson

Michael Lee Bryson, 32, of Minden, died Aug. 31, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident.

Born Nov. 3, 1979, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Frances Arlene Coburger and the late Richard Lee Guptill. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by grandfather Frank Herman Bryson; and step-grandfather Billy Joe Adkins.

Michael was a lineman for Rader Line Company.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Surviving: his wife, Erika Dawn Lopez-Bryson of Oak Hill; brothers, Joshua Berry and Rick Guptill; half-brothers and sister, Melissa, Timothy and Christopher; grandmother, Margaret Adkins; foster son, James Lafferty; and a host of other family and friends.

Memorial services were held Sept. 9 at the home of his grandmother, Margaret Adkins of Beckwith.

Online condolences may be made at

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

June Loretta Cochran-Craddock

June Loretta Cochran-Craddock, 79, died Sept. 19, 2012, at home in Oak Hill.

June was born in Glen White, on Nov. 21, 1932, daughter of the late James F. Cochran and Margaret Estep Cochran. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Eldridge E. Craddock; and brother, Dale Cochran.

June was a devoted wife and mother for 59 years. She was active in the Church of Christ in Prosperity, and Okeechobee, Fla., and during her last years attended the Oak Hill Church of Christ.

Surviving: her daughter, Virginia (Jenny) and Bill Reece; sons, William (Bill) and Aida Craddock and James (Jim) and Kelly Craddock; sister, Gloria Smali of Toledo, Ohio; brother, James Cochran of New Smyrna, Fla.; grandchildren, Kristi Holdren (whom she helped rear), Joshua and Jodell Craddock, Callie Craddock; great-grandson, Ashwin Edmund; stepgrandchildren, EJ and Wendy Ballard, Melissa Ballard, Christine Peters, Aretta Underwood, and Billy Ray Reece III; stepgrandchildren, Tony, Zachary, Blade, Jessica, Sammy, Sharon, and Trinity; and stepgreat-grandchild, Emma.

A celebration of June’s life was conducted Sept. 22, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Minister John Scott and Minister Ryan Scott officiating. Interment followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Private online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Nora Evelyn Williams Covey

Nora Evelyn Williams Covey, 100, of Rock, died Sept. 23, 2012, at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton.

Born Oct. 10, 1911, at Willis Branch, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Elsie Phillips Williams. Her husband, Clarence Covey; sisters, Dorcas Kuhn and Hattie Bennett; and brothers, Harmon Williams, Cecil Williams, Russell Williams and Wilburn Williams, also preceded her in death.

Nora was a member of the Weirwood Community Church and faithfully attended the Rich Creek Baptist Church in Spanishburg. She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her son, Shirley Humphrey and wife Garnet of Rock; sisters, Barbara Hartzell of Baltimore, Md., Stella Britt of New London, Ohio, and Mabel Mitchem of Beckley; grandchildren, Shirlene “Jane” Westrope and husband Walt of Lexington, Tenn., and Patricia Davis and husband Ike of Rock; and a great-grandson, Andre Buck and wife Becky of Rock.

Funeral services were Sept. 26 at Tyree Funeral Home, in Mount Hope, with Pastor Tom Lilly and Pastor Ralph Calfee officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice Compassus, 120 Shaker Lane, Princeton, WV 24740.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Cheri Semple Cusumano

Cheri Semple Cusumano, 52, of McLean, Va., died suddenly Sept. 18, 2012, from an automobile accident.

Cheri is the loving and devoted wife of 22 years to Dr. Joseph Cusumano; cherished mother of Michael, John and Laura; daughter of James and Janet Semple of Oak Hill; sister of Marcia Semple (Ron) Gattoni of Virginia, and Gregg (Kim) Semple of West Virginia. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Zachary and Cassandra Semple of West Virginia, James Peruzza of New York and Rachel Gattoni of Maryland; daughter-in-law of Katherine and the late Joseph Cusumano; sister-in-law of Kathleen Cusumano (Clint Allnach) and Jennifer Cusumano, both of New York, and numerous friends.

Cheri’s life celebration was held Sept. 23 at Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Va. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, Va., on Sept. 24. Interment followed at Andrew Chapel Cemetery in Vienna.

Donations may be offered to the Cheri S. Cusumano Foundation for Children, c/o Doctors Cusumano and Stuver, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 135, Arlington,  VA 22203 or visit cheriscusumanofoundationforchildren .org.

Online condolences may be made at

Jeremy Allen Ferrell

Jeremy Allen Ferrell, 34, of Layland, died Sept. 18, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Born Feb. 3, 1978, in Beckley, he was the son of Roger “Dennis” and the late Belinda Ferrell.

He was a lineman for over 14 years and was currently employed by H.G. Carte Electric.

Jeremy was an amazing husband, father, son, grandson, brother, nephew, uncle and friend. He loved coaching little league football and basketball, and he touched so many young lives. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving: his loving wife of 11 wonderful years, Gina Barnett Ferrell; a daughter, Gracie Ferrell, and a son, Grant Ferrell, both at home; a sister, Lisa Ferrell-Kesterson and husband Larry of Mount Nebo; a brother, RD Ferrell and wife April of Victor; along with numerous family members and friends.

Services were Sept. 22 at Chestnut Knob Baptist Church in Layland, with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial followed in the Layland Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.

Imogene Gwinn

Imogene Gwinn of Meadow Bridge died Sept. 17, 2012, following a long illness.

Mrs. Gwinn was born on Feb. 25, 1927, at Meadow Creek, daughter of the late Arthur and Rufina Smith. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Clyde, Theo, Roy and Forrest; and sisters, Margaret and Anna Mae.

She was a longtime member of Lane United Methodist Church and was an active member of her community.

Surviving: her husband of 65 years, Jack V. Gwinn; daughter, Judy Thomas and husband Dave of Linden, Va.; son, Michael S. Gwinn and wife Sherry of Beckley; grandchildren, Michael S. Gwinn II of Whitesville, and Lana M. Gwinn of Ghent; beautiful great-grandchildren, Maura Brooke Flowers and Jenna Marie Flowers of Ghent; sister, Mary Ellen Richmond of Grandview; and many nieces and nephews.

Service was Sept. 20, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Roger L. Booth officiating. Entombment followed at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Donations of sympathy may be made to: Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801; or the Lane United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Virginia Light Henderson

Virginia Light Henderson, 74, of Bentley, Mich., formerly of Fayetteville, died Sept. 21, 2012, at home.

Born Oct. 21, 1937, in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late William and Isabel Henley Light. She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Samuel Light, Walter Light, John W. Light, and Guy L. Light; a sister, Geneva Green; and Baby Light.

Mrs. Henderson was a member of Rhodes Missionary Church and later Standish Free Methodist. She was a Sunday school teacher and taught Vacation Bible School. She also volunteered at her grandson’s school.

She graduated from Fayetteville High School.

She was a nurse’s aide for 17 years in a long-term care facility for the elderly. She carried candy in her pockets for all children.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, collecting rocks, watching birds “as well as people,” and seeing pictures in rocks and other bits of nature.

Surviving: her husband, Marvin Henderson; son, Marvin Henderson Jr. (Deb); granddaughters, Emily, Jamie, and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Ray Jr. and Jaylynn; daughter, Marva Hartley (Tom); grandsons, Mitchell Hartley and Dale Henderson; granddaughters, Emily and Klarissa Hartley; daughter, Gina Bentley and fiancé Keegan Wachowicz; grandson, Donnivan Wachowicz; granddaughter, Zoey Bentley; and siblings, Ruth Vegh Light, Jack Light, Helen Light Bryant (Charles), Charles Light (Tince), Thomas Light (Kathy), George Light (Betty), Ronald Light (Pat), Larry Light (Sharon), and Russell Light (Lindy).

Funeral services were  Sept. 25 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Eddie Persinger officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Helen Madeline Williams Hinkle

Helen Madeline Williams Hinkle, 89, of Pax, died Sept. 21, 2012, at her home.

Born March 19, 1923, at Long Branch, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Clara Lively Williams. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a retired registered nurse, having worked for Dr. Lytle for 25 years, and served as Director of Nursing for New Horizon in Ocala, Fla.

Mrs. Hinkle was a member of First Baptist Church in Ocala, Fla.

Surviving: son, Timothy Hinkle of Buckhannon; daughters, Judith Mock and Nancy Holloway of Ocala, Fla.; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchldren.

Graveside rites, with burial following, were Sept. 24, at Dock Lively Cemetery at Long Branch with Pastor Doug Holley officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ann Sibray Howard

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Sibray Howard, 86, of Mount Hope, died Sept. 20, 2012, at her home.

Born Nov. 27, 1925, at Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Donald L. and Dorothy Irene Schaub Sibray. Three brothers, Bill Sibray, John Sibray, and Richard Sibray, and a sister, Caroline Probst, also preceded her in death.

She graduated from Rivesville High School in Fairmont where she was salutatorian of her class and a graduate of West Virginia University.

Mrs. Howard was a Fayette County school teacher, having retired from Mount Hope Middle School.

Mrs. Howard was a member of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church where she loved to sing in the choir. She was a member of the Mount Hope Federated League, Fayette Study Club, Delta Gamma Sorority at WVU and was an avid bridge player.

Surviving: her husband, of 64 years, Thomas W. “Tom” Howard; daughter, Linda Howard Brown and husband Steve of Mount Hope; sons, Dr. Thomas W. Howard II and wife Jan of Hurricane, and Charles Howard and wife Lorna Waddell of Morgantown; grandchildren, Dr. Thomas W. Howard III, Dr. Alex Howard, Grant Howard, William Brett Brown, Will Howard, and Charley Howard; brothers, James Sibray of Beckley and Tom Sibray of Valparaiso, Ind.; and sisters, DeeDee Zotcavage of Millersville, Md., and Phronsie Blankenship of Virginia.

Funeral services were Sept. 23 at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church with Pastor Beth Stone officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main Street, Mount Hope, WV 25880, or the Greater Mount Hope Community Fund, Inc., 211 Bluestone Road, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Mary Louise Clay Johnson

Mary Louise Clay Johnson, 71, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 21, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.

Born Nov. 3, 1940, at Surveyor, she was the daughter of the late Pierce and Elsie Clay. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Anita Catherine Johnson Small; brothers, Eulice and Harry Clay; and a sister, Edith Shrewsbury.

She was a homemaker, a member of Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene and a former member of the Goldeneers of the church.

Surviving: her husband, Johnny N. Johnson of Oak Hill; son, Michael Dale Johnson and wife Joann of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Stacy Beth Small of Maple Fork and Melissa Johnson Shirley and husband Billy of Beckley; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Catherine Smallwood and Hadley Grace of Maple Fork, and due in November – Max Shirley soon to be of Beckley; sisters, Hazeltine Daniel and Ruth Kincaid, both of Iaeger; along with 19 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sept. 25 at Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with the Reverends Jerry Bush and David Edwards officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Frances Evelyn Cox Williams Johnston

Frances Evelyn Cox Williams Johnston, 76, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 22, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center following a short illness.

Born June 22, 1936, in Hix, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Bragg Cox. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Joe Williams Sr., in 1995; her daughter, Kay Lanham; son, Jerry Dean Williams; grandson, Tommy Walton Mullins Jr.; great-grandson, Tyler Curtiss Hubbard; sister, Mary Lee Smith; and brother, Paul Cox.

Surviving: daughters, JoAnn Mullins of Mossy and Debra Hylton of Coal City; son, Tommy Joe Williams Jr. of Salem Gatewood Road; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ann Shifflet of Winchester, Va.; her husband, Herman Johnston; his daughter, Angela Miller; sons, Brian Johnston and Michael Nowlin; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 26 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dolly M. Ross Whitlock

Dolly M. Ross Whitlock, 96, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 20, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 5, 1916, at Glen Jean, she was the daughter of the late John Franklin and Mary Thurbon Ross. Her husband, William Jennings Whitlock; sister, Margaret Dove; and brothers, Vance Ross, Edgar Ross and John Franklin Ross, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Whitlock was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church where she attended the Rebecca Bible Class and was a member of the 3 Fs.

Surviving: children, William “Butch” Whitlock and wife Janice of Oak Hill and Melissa Jane Charnabay and husband Jay of Oak Hill, grandson, Stephen Douglas Whitlock and wife Mary of Westfield, N.J.; great-grandchildren, Riley Frances Whitlock, and Bridget Mary Whitlock, both of Westfield, N.J.; and a stepgrandson, Dan Wickens of Westfield, N.J.

Funeral services were Sept. 22, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Youth Program of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 205 East Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Marjorie Cornwell Wooddell

Marjorie Cornwell Wooddell, 91, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died Sept. 19, 2012.

A homemaker and photographer, she was born May 14, 1921, in Mt. Hope, daughter of the late Frederick and Bertha Perry Cornwell. She also was predeceased by her husband, Randall Wooddell, and her son-in-law, Rodney D. Dorinson.

Surviving: her daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn Dorinson of Ormond Beach, Joan and James Cartmill of Huntington, and Anne and William Skewes of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Susan Beckett and Jennifer Day, both of Huntington, Matthew Dorinson of Fletcher, N.C., Leah Skewes and Laura Skewes of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Elizabeth Skewes of Bogart, Ga.; and a great-grandson, Grant Beckett of Huntington.

The family requests donations to Hospice of Volusia / Flagler or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A memorial service is planned for Nov. 21, time to be announced at Online condolences may also be shared with the family at the same website.

Arrangements by Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach, Fla.