The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


August 1, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, August 2, 2012


Kevin Wayne Ellevan

Kevin Wayne Ellevan, 36, of Ansted, died July 26, 2012, at CAMC-General Division, Charleston.

Born April 18, 1976, at Montgomery, he was the son of Barbara Gale Bowyer Skaggs of Fayetteville, and the late John Wayne Ellevan. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Grover Gaylen Bowyer and John Maurice Ellevan.

Kevin was a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted.

He graduated from Mountaineer Challenge Academy in Kingwood, and he enjoyed riding motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

Surviving: his mother, Barbara Ellevan Skaggs of Fayetteville; son, Brian Koch of Beckwith; daughter, Cori Ellevan of Fayetteville; brothers, Roger Bowyer of Fayetteville, and John Carl Ellevan of Hillsboro; grandmother, Lillian Bowyer of Ansted; uncle, James Bowyer of Ansted; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were July 30, at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted, with Pastor Ron George Sr. and Pastor James Ellison officiating. Burial followed at the Hendricks Cemetery.

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

Harley Clay Gwinn Sr.

Harley Clay Gwinn Sr., 80, of Lockbridge, died July 23, 2012, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 9, 1931, at Lockbridge, he was the son of the late Lemuel and Anna Stickler Gwinn. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Sadie Moody Gwinn; a daughter, Trina Johnson; a son-in-law, John Thick; a granddaughter, Sarah Gwinn Martin; brothers, Bobby, Dempsey and James Gwinn; and a sister, Juanita Schoff.

Mr. Gwinn served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and attended the Thorny Point Tabernacle on Hump Mountain.

He retired from General Motors in Flint, Mich., in 1985 after 28 years. He was a member of Local 581.

Surviving: sons, Harley C. Gwinn Jr., and Bruce Gwinn and wife Delores, all of Flint, Mich., and James Gwinn and wife Stephanie of Whitesville, N.C.; daughters, Gale Thick of Flint, Mich., Doreen Ex and husband Richard of Durand, Mich., and Rita Chinevere and husband Roger of Burton, Mich.; sisters, Mildred Wickline of Lockbridge and Nelma Fitzwater of Viola, Del.; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services were July 28 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jimmy Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial followed in the Dequasie Cemetery at Lockbridge.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

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