The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 5, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 6, 2013


Forrest L. ‘Moose’ Bragg

Forrest Lee Bragg, better known to all as “Moose,” 51, of Ansted, died May 27, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Moose was born on Tuesday, July 11, 1961, in Oak Hill, son of the late Lyda Scott Parrish Bragg O’Dell. He also was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert E. “Pete” and Ina V. Bragg Parrish; his paternal grandparents, James Lee and Garnette M. James Bragg; and a brother-in-law, Patrick S. Lockard.

He was a 1980 graduate of Midland Trail High School, a proud United States Air Force veteran of Desert Storm and an outstanding Fayette County 911 dispatcher for 20 years.

He believed in God.

“Moose” was a genuine people person, who will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

Surviving: his special niece, Carol Jean, and his great-nephew, Corey, and great-niece, Rosa Palazzo, all of Lansing, who moved in with him to care for him during his illness; his sister, Tammy A. Lockard of Lansing; brothers and their wives, Wesley S. and Debbi Bragg of England, United Kingdom, Martin S. and Stacey Bragg of Masontown, and T. Chris O’Dell of Mt. Nebo; nieces and nephews, Amanda Roland, Renee Bragg, and Richard Bragg, all of Georgia, Ann Escobar, Clinton Bragg, and Laura Bragg, all of England, U.K., and Tyler Bragg of Missouri, Cody and Amanda O’Dell of Ansted, and Kelsey O’Dell of Lookout; great-nephews, Braxton and Brody O’Dell of Ansted; special cousins, Aubrey Fox, D.D. Fox, and Kayla and Christian Wyatt, all of Oak Hill, and Jeff Palazzo of Conn., along with many other family members and friends.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Alloy Federal Credit Union, 129 Court St. Fayetteville, WV 25840, reference Forrest Lee Bragg.

Funeral service was June 1 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Father Roy Gene Crist officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace in Ansted.



Yauncey Freeman

Mr. Yauncey Freeman, 56, of Dunbar, formerly of Fayetteville, died May 28, 2013, after a short illness.

Born Oct. 24, 1956, he was the son of Willie Mae Thomas Freeman of Fayetteville, and the late Charles Freeman, and the third of 10 children. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Quentin Freeman.

Yauncey graduated from Collins High School and received his degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He spent the majority of his working career with AEP working primarily at the John Amos Plant.

He enjoyed working with the youth and spent many hours mentoring young men through West Virginia Heat Basketball.

He attended church at New Life Ministries and enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge, working with his hands and a good laugh. He was lovingly known as “Fathead” to his sisters and “Encyclopedia First Edition” to his niece.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his son, Tristan Freeman of Huntington; brothers, Charles of Fayetteville, Pastor Byron of Oak Hill, James of Parkersburg, and David Charles of California; sisters, Pastor Sancerria (Willie) Carroll, Wauketa Okoli, Aleta Freeman, and Yolanda Freeman, all of Fayetteville, and Bettina Freeman of California; granddaughter, Taniya Shamar of Huntington; a special adopted son, Walter Clay; and nine nieces, eight nephews, seven aunts, one uncle, and many cousins and loved ones.

Funeral services was June 5 at Faith Tabernacle Church, Fayetteville, with Pastors Byron Freeman and Sancerria Carroll officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Robert Eugene ‘Bobby Gene’ Hammontree

Robert Eugene “Bobby Gene” Hammontree, 71, of Lochgelly, died May 24, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

Born May 16, 1942, at Lochgelly, he was the son of the late Claude Silver Hammontree and Dorothy Jane Sisson Hammontree. In addition to his parents and five siblings, Bobby Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Lee Ball Hammontree, in October 2010.

Bobby Gene retired several years ago after working 30 years on the assembly line for Chrysler.

Surviving: his children, Paul Hammontree of Michigan and Paula Hammontree of Florida, Robert Hammontree and wife Shawn of Michigan, Roxanne Hammontree of Illinois, Loretta Gubin and husband Paul, and Anthony Hammontree and wife Sarah, all of Michigan, and Claude Hammontree and Adam Hammontree, both of Lochgelly; siblings, Betty Devier of Michigan, Ralph Hammontree and wife Ann of Georgia, Roger Hammontree of Lochgelly, Larry Hammontree of Oak Hill, Claude Hammontree of Lochgelly, and Pam Kizer and husband Nick of Mt. Hope; mother-in-law, Sue Ball of Tennessee; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral was held May 29 with Pastor Steve Upshure officiating. Burial was in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Mary Frances Simmons Hayslett

Mary Frances Simmons Hayslett, 83, of Minden, died May 27, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born May 3, 1930, in Covington Va., she was the daughter of the late Meldon Leon and Emma Pearl Humphreys Simmons. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William “Corky” Hayslett; sons, Roger Wayne Hayslett and James Wallace Hayslett; and her brothers, Wallace Simmons, James Simmons, and Edward Simmons.

Mrs. Hayslett was a mother and homemaker.

Surviving: sons, William (Mary Jane) Hayslett of Warren, Ohio, Thomas Hayslett of Beckley, and Michael (Marilyn) Hayslett of Minden; daughters, Emilie Mueller of Beckley, Anna (Leonard) Bickford of Minden, and Lori (Jack) Trump of Bolt, 19 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was May 30 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. James Elmore officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Georgia Karen Henson

Georgia Karen Henson, 70, of Rainelle, died May 30, 2013, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 8, 1942, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late David Bruce and Georgia Hilda Sims Sanford. She also was also preceded in death by her brother, Marion Sanford.

Karen worked as a floor manager at Hill’s Department Store, Aide’s Discount in Rainelle and as the manager of the Rainelle Airport Restaurant. She also cleaned houses until she was unable to work.

Karen was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: her sons, Timmy Henson of Lexington, N.C., and Tommy Henson and wife Angela of Springdale; brothers, David “Big Dave” Sanford of Rainelle and Rick Sanford and wife Dolores of Muddy Creek Mountain; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were June 2 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Online condolences may be made at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



James Edward Hogan

James Edward Hogan, 86, of Oak Hill, died May 27, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born July 6, 1926, at Summers County, he was the son of the late William Hogan and Wilma Hogan Bond. His wife, Margie Frances Bond Hogan, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired welder, having last worked for Black Diamond.

Surviving: a son, Roger Hogan and his wife, Lora, of Scarbro; granddaughter, Samantha Jo Hogan (whom he loved spoiling) and her fiance, Josh Stover of Oak Hill; a great-granddaughter, Trinity Paige Stover of Oak Hill; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were May 31 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Jim Atkinson officiating. Burial was at Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Nellie Mae Henderson Hysell

Nellie Mae Henderson Hysell, 85, of Oak Hill, died May 27, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Oct. 11, 1927, at Burnwell, she was the daughter of the late A.B. and Laura Pine Henderson. Her husband, Clifton Okey Hysell, and a daughter, Dreama A. Patrick, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hysell was a member of the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a homemaker.

Surviving: son, Steve Hysell Sr. and wife Cindy of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Kim Rust and husband Bret, Steve Hysell Jr. and wife Misty, Heather Willoughby and husband Dennis, and Christopher Hysell; great-grandchildren, Trent Rust, Brianna Hysell, Alexis Hysell, Dennis Willoughby IV, Gavin Rust and Derrek Willoughby; special niece, Janet Kaczmarski; special great-nephew, Terry Kaczmarski; and special great-niece, Debbie Mack.

Funeral services were May 30 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Pete Lokant and Pastor Steve Hysell Jr. officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Betty Lee Murphy

Betty Lee Murphy, 77, of Oak Hill, died May 29, 2013, at Hidden Valley Center.

Born Oct. 10, 1935, at Oak Hill, she the daughter of the late Walker Treadway and Ida Mae Morris Treadway. Betty also was preceded in death by her daughter, Tina Murphy; brothers, Calvin Treadway, Arnold Treadway, Leonard Treadway, Oather Treadway, and Junior Treadway; and a sister, Joanna Wickline.

Surviving: her husband, Frederick “Fred” Murphy; children, Donald Greiner and wife Kathy, and Charles Greiner, all of Lakeland, Fla., Judy Garrett and husband Norman of Texas, Susan Nichols and husband Donald of Lakeland, and Chris Murphy and wife Betty of Fayetteville; brothers, Harold Treadway, and Shirley Treadway; sister, Mildred Scott; 14 grandchildren, Bethanie, Serena, Joey, Samantha, Katrina, Matthew, Chad, Nathan, Donny, Alicia, Frankie, Misty, Tina, and Amy; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was June 1 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Larry Humphrey officiating. Burial followed at Treadway Cemetery, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Janice Pauline Ramsey

Janice Pauline Ramsey, 72, of Ansted, died May 27, 2013, following a long illness.

Janice was born April 10, 1941, in Widen,  daughter of the late Orville Ramsey and Gertie Mae Brady Ramsey. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Williams, and brothers, Ronald Ramsey and James Ramsey.

She was a worker in the Ansted Nutrition Center, a member of Believers Baptist Church of Summersville and a homemaker.

Surviving: sisters, Wanda Keener of Summersville, Bonnie McKinney of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Ilene Dufour of Ansted; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were May 31 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Mike Anderson officiating. Entombment followed in the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Pauline Audrey Gillenwater Rhodes

Pauline Audrey Gillenwater Rhodes, 88, of Oak Hill, died May 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Barbara.

Born Aug. 28, 1924, at McComas, she was the daughter of the late William Harvey and Dora Mae Gills Gillenwater. Brothers Clarence Gillenwater, Samuel Gillenwater, Harvey Gillenwater, Alvie Gillenwater, Raymond Gillenwater, David Gillenwater, Joe Gillenwater and Franklin D. Gillenwater; and sisters Corinne Hedger, Gertrude Ammerman, Thelma Gillenwater and Elvie Gillenwater also preceded him in death.

Mrs. Rhodes was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.           

Surviving: son, Tim Rhodes and wife Beverly of Oak Hill; daughter, Barbara Dunlap and husband Michael of Oak Hill; brother, Mack Gillenwater of Princeton; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rhodes was cremated. A memorial service was held May 31 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating.  

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lucian Edward Smith

Lucian Edward Smith, 63, of Beckley, died May 27, 2013, at his home, following a long illness.

Born July 29, 1949, at Landisburg, he was the son of the late Frank P. and Elsie L. Pugh Smith. He also was preceded in death by a son, Lucian Edward Smith Jr., and a brother, Walter Franklin Smith, along with other siblings.

Lucian served in the Vietnam War from April 1969 to November 1970.

He was retired from Safeway Food stores after 32 years of service in Maryland. He won many awards for his military service and from working at Safeway.

Lucian had many friends, and loved everyone, and everyone loved him. He will be sadly missed by all.

Surviving: his wife, Kongka “Kathy” Smith of Beckley; daughter, Julie Holley (Alvin) of Bowie, Md.; son, Johnathan Norman of Detroit, Mich.; granddaughter, Allison Holley of Bowie, Md.; former wife of 34 years, Paula Smith of Cheltenham, Md.; sisters, Hilda Critchley of Danese and Mildred Ramsey of Beckley; brothers, Andrew Smith of Beckley and Leonard Smith of Russellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were June 1 at White Oak Church in Danese, with the Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. Burial followed in the Smailes Cemetery at Landisburg, with graveside military rites conducted.

Online condolences may be made at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Robert E. Lee ‘Bob’ Thomas

Robert E. Lee “Bob” Thomas, 86, of Rainelle, died May 31, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center after a short illness.

Bob, born in Meadow Bridge, was one of nine children of the late A.T. Thomas and Virginia Mae Fitzwater Thomas. Bob also was preceded in death by his daughter, Monna Jeannette Thomas Fulton of White Sulphur Springs, and an infant sister, Janice, both of Meadow Bridge; sisters, Audrey Thomas of Meadow Bridge, Katherine Oxley of Phoenix, Ariz., and Christine Spano of Victorville, Calif.; and brothers, Tim Thomas of Bingham Mountain, and John Thomas of Rainelle.

Beginning in his childhood, Bob had a creative entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to see foreign lands. As a young man, he lived in Baltimore, Md., and joined the United States Merchant Marines. He traveled through the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, as well as the Cape of Good Hope and numerous other sea ports.

Upon returning, he lived in Miami, Fla., as a professional tile setter. After leaving Miami, he went to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked at MGM and Paramount Studios.

The West Virginia mountains called him back home in the late 1950s and he became a business owner. Bob met and married the love of his life in 1959. From 1961-1974 Bob owned the much-frequented American Café in Rainelle, during which time he also owned Thomas Shoe Store. In the early 1970s, Bob created a fiberglass bonding mix which he sold to mining companies to help hold up underground mine walls and ceilings.

He also helped his brothers, Tim and John, launch Appalachian Root and Herb Co. which makes sales worldwide.

In addition, Bob built several homes and apartments, and was always kind and fair to his tenants. In later years, he started a reclaimed American chestnut lumber business, which has sold the extinct wood to businesses and individuals all over the United States, including the Ryman Auditorium.

Bob had a deep reverence for his Creator and exemplified God’s love through his kindness and generosity. He was an excellent provider, husband, and father. His family never doubted his unconditional love for them. Bob put the care of his family first in all of his endeavors.

Two of his favorite pastimes were spending time with family and spending time outdoors, enjoying nature. He was truly an amazing man, adored by his family and loved by so many. He will be sorely missed on this earth.

Surviving: his loving wife, Shelba Jean Hughart Thomas, of Rainelle; his son, Jeffery Thomas of Charleston; daughters, Teresa Lee Thomas, and Katherine and husband Rodney Wallace of Princeton; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters, Alice Shuler of Ansted, and Phyllis Keeling and husband Bob of Tallmadge, Ohio; very close nephews, Rudy Thomas of Portland, Ore., and Timmy Lee Thomas of Rainelle; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were June 5 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, with the Rev. Bob Scharnhorst officiating. Burial followed at the End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be made at wallaceandwallacefh.com.



Glen Kelso Wriston

Glen Kelso Wriston, 83, of Scarbro, died May 27, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Aug. 25, 1929, at Milburn, he the son of the late Grant Ulysses Wriston and Ada Pearl (Daniels) Wriston. In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death in 1990 by his wife and mother of his children, Goldie Lurabell (Scarbro) Wriston.

Glen was a coal miner retired from Milburn Colliery Company. He was the last surviving member of his family.

Surviving: his wife, Venice Arby Wriston; children, Terry K. Wriston (Mary Katherine), Stanley L. Wriston (Sharon), Gregory P. Wriston (Crystal), and Kellie L. Rinehart (Ralph); grandchildren, Phillip Wriston, Leah McAllister, Eric Wriston, Tara Harman, Michael Wriston, Angel Lawson, Aaron Wriston, Lora Rinehart, and Scott; nine great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Rose Basham (Ed Basham), Angie Hull, and Lawrence Pell (Donna); five stepgrandchildren and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral was May 31 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Howard Calvert officiating. Burial followed in Rhinehart Cemetery, Mossy.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.