The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 27, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, February 28, 2013


Helen G. Armstrong

Helen G. Armstrong, 86, of Corliss, died Feb. 19, 2013, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She had resided at Ansted Center for the past 10 years.

Born March 20, 1926, at Corliss, she was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Bessie Costigan Harris. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Armstrong; an infant son, Dale; a son, James Armstrong; a daughter, Francis Smith Chavis; brothers, George, Herman, Harry Ray and Virgil Calvin Harris; and sisters, Lula May Walters, Clara Marie Sevy, Edna Virginia King, Mary Ella Burton, Lucy Annie Sevy, Elsie Maye Rodgers and Ethel Kincaid Worth.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Surviving: daughters, Carolyn Hamrick (Wayne) of Frankford, and Kathy Alderman (Marvin Jr.) of Renick; a son, Robert Armstrong (Joan) of Corliss; daughter-in-law, June Armstrong Castle of Belle; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services was Feb. 22, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Gene Bennett officiating. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery, Corliss.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.



Mary Josephine Turpin Blankenship

Mary Josephine Turpin Blankenship, 78, of Beckley, formerly of Oak Hill, died Feb. 20, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 23, 1934, at Carswell Hollow, she was the daughter of the late Bentley Turpin and Gay Delphia Turpin Johnson. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Eugene Blankenship.

Mary had been a 14-year resident of Oak Hill.

She was a homemaker and a former member of the Living Word Church, Mossy.

Surviving: son, Eugene K. Blankenship of Beckley; sisters, Pam Souders and Harriet Cramer, both of Circleville, Ohio; grandchildren, Melanie Whelan, Crystal Gray, Teagen Nicole Blankenship and Kennedy Erika Blankenship; and great-grandchildren, Addy Gray and William Joseph Whelan.

Funeral services were Feb. 22, at Living Word Church in Mossy with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Committal and entombment were at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gerald David Bragg Sr.

Gerald David Bragg Sr., 73, of Scarbro, died Feb. 22, 2013, at his residence.

Born Sept. 21, 1939, at Wriston, he was the son of the late Edward and Nora Woolwine Bragg. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Jenkins, and by a brother, Luther Bragg.

Gerald was a retired coal miner, having work for Maple Meadow Mining as a miner operator, and was a member of the UMWA.

He was also a licensed electrician and served his country with the U.S. Army.

Surviving: his wife, Brenda Carol Dilley Bragg of Scarbro; his daughter, Lisa Smith and her husband, Ralph, of Scarbro; his son, Gerald David Bragg Jr. of Charleston; brothers and sisters, Edward Bragg and Fred Bragg, both of Fayetteville, and Nancy Bragg, Sandy Bragg King, Timothy Bragg, Linda Phillips and Kathy Treadway, all of Wriston; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 25, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Lee Dunbar officiating. In honoring Gerald’s wishes, he was cremated following services.

Online condolences may be sent at wwwtyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Terry Ray Brown

Terry Ray Brown, 56, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 19, 2013.

Born April 25, 1956, at Charleston, he was the son of Raymond Edward Brown Sr. and Hazel Cotielle (Powers) Brown Basista.

Terry was preceded in death by his grandparents, Burley and Rosa Powers; his aunt, Ellen Fleshman; and his uncle, Frankie Powers.

Terry enjoyed working on cars and 4-wheelers. His pastime was watching NASCAR Racing and being with his pet cats, dogs, and horses.

Terry was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Kentucky Fuel Corporation.

Surviving: his parents, Raymond Edward Brown Sr. and his wife, Lillian, of Georgia, and Hazel Cotielle Basista and her husband, Joseph John Basista, of Georgia; siblings, Raymond Brown Jr. and his life partner, Mike Render, of Florida, Tonya Renee Keith and her companion, Lou, of Ohio, and Joseph Michael Basista and his wife, Angie, of Georgia; four nieces, one nephew, several cousins, many friends and his best friend for many years, Rhonda Henson.

Funeral service was Feb. 23 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests donations be made to Pet and Animal Rescue in West Virginia, mailing address, Rescue Me, West Virginia Donation Processing, 3001 Salem Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677, or phone, 1-800-800-2099, ext 7. Be sure to mention that your donation is in memory of Terry Ray Brown of Fayetteville.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Serenity Hope Canaday

On Feb. 18, 2013, Serenity Hope Canaday became an angel.

Serenity was preceded in death by great-aunt, Karen Tredway; great-grandmother, Phyllis Canaday; great-grandfather, Charles Paul Stover Sr.; and great-grandfather, William P. Canaday.

Surviving: her mother, Amber Canaday of Harvey; grandmother, Lisa Canaday of Harvey; grandfather, Karry Canaday of Harvey; uncle, Jason Canaday of Harvey; great-aunt, Tammy Canaday of Prudence; great-uncle, James Canaday of Prudence; great-grandmother, Joyce Stover; numerous aunts, uncles and extended family; and mom’s best friends, Priscilla Miklos of Red Star, Brittney Billings of Harvey, Nikkie Lambert of Scarbro, and Leigha Miller, Shannon Adkins, Chrissi Johnson, and Heather Mullins, all of Oak Hill.

Graveside services were held Feb. 27 at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Ella Elaine Olds Cantley

Ella Elaine Olds Cantley, 61, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 21, 2013, at her home.

Born May 27, 1951, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late George and Dolly Evans Olds. A sister, Margaret Ruff, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Ella was a member of the Crooked Run Community Church.

Surviving: her husband, Arnold Russell Cantley; daughters, Terri Cantley, and Samantha Akers and husband Charles, all of Fayetteville; brothers, Robert Olds, George Olds, Johnny Olds and David Olds; a sister, Georgia Fitzwater; and grandchildren, Jessica Hayner, Jaclyn Hayner, Morgan Akers and Matison Akers.

Funeral services were Feb. 25 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Barbara Aurednik officiating. Burial was at Cantley Cemetery, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Barbara Sue Chapman

Barbara Sue Chapman, 69, of Horseshoe Creek Road, Victor, died Feb. 23, 2013.

Arrangements are pending at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, of Ansted.



James Franklin Estep

James Franklin “Jim” Estep, 92, of Crichton, died Feb. 19, 2013, at Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor, Va., following a sudden illness.

Born Aug. 4, 1920, at Cannelton, he was the son of the late George Virgil and Rebecca Lou Boyd Estep. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Helen Nagy Estep; brothers, William and Thomas Estep; a granddaughter, Hope Estep; and a grandson, James Nathaniel Kerns.

Jim was a retired coal miner, a member of Midland Trail Masonic Lodge, a member of Beni Kedem Shriners of Charleston and a member of Crichton United Methodist Church.

He had served on the board of directors for Public Service District #2 and on the board of directors for the Quinwood Fire Department and was the Quinwood Town Police for many years.

Surviving: daughters, Patricia Ann Walker (Basil) of Goodview, Va., Rebecca Lou Whitt (Eddie) of Lewisburg, Christine Elizabeth Williams (David) of Tazewell, Va.; sons, James Larry Estep (Janet) of Chilhowie, Va., Gary Franklin Estep (Carla) of Daniels and Thomas Vernon Estep (Debbie) of Bealton, Va.; brother, Robert Quinton Estep of Santa Ana, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 23, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with the Rev. Billy Floyd officiating. Entombment followed at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Madge Darlene ‘Ginger’ Smithson French

Madge Darlene “Ginger” Smithson French died Feb. 20, 2013, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1937. in Chimney Corner. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Samuel French II; an infant son; her daughter, Kathy French Wilson; and by her daughter-in-law, Dorothy Tufts French.

Ginger was the epitome of what a mother and grandmother should strive to be. The characteristics described by the many who knew her, she was kind, loving, compassionate, submissive, and gentle along with so many others. With the love of her life, Samuel French, she had three beautiful children and while raising them with content and tremendous love from dance lessons for Kathy to fishing with Sam and Mark at Uncle Jimmy’s pond, she always found joy and peace.

After the passing of her beloved daughter, she went on to raise her four grandchildren with the same love and dedication as she did for her own. They have many great memories with her, from trips to the lake to Camden Park, to being the biggest fan at a Little League game. She was very adamant about their education, she provided a home and all that she asked was that they succeeded in gaining an education.

Ginger was employed by Hardee’s of Oak Hill for 19 years until its closing. Everyone who knew her, knew her as “The Favorite Biscuit Maker,” with a happy face and a friendly smile. She was always well loved by her co-workers and by a dear friend, Patsy Moore. She loved her neighbors and would visit them often.

She was a lover of all animals. There was always and array of animals around her home that she would feed and care for. She could never pass up an opportunity to help a person or animal in need.

Surviving: her sons, Samuel French III and wife Yvette and their daughter Kara of Leesburg, Fla., and Mark French and son Sonny Keller of Oak Hill; and the children of her late daughter, Kathy, Kelvin Wilson II and wife Jennifer and their children Taegan and Little Kelvin of Daniels, Kimberly Meador and husband Herb and their children Darian, Herbie and Kathy-Rose of Oak Hill, Kristoffer Wilson and wife Keri and their children Kailyn, Kristoffer and Kelsey of Fayetteville, and Kristin Shrewsbury and husband Justin and their children Madison, Aleigha, JJ and Landon of Beckley.

Funeral services were Feb. 24, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Sam R. Calloway 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.



Theo ‘Shy’ Gwinn

Theo “Shy” Gwinn, 96, of Charlevoix, Mich., formerly of Meadow Bridge and Richwood, died Feb. 18, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Oct. 14, 1916, at Meadow Bridge, he was the son and last child of the late Ed and Emily Vandall Gwinn. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Gwinn; his second wife, Charlotte Gwinn; sisters, Doris Ennis, Dottie O’Dell Crane, Nellie Hanshew and Lillie Johnson; and brothers, Russell and Cleate Gwinn.

Theo “Shy” was a World War II United States Army veteran; a former coal miner and retired from Georgia-Pacific Lumber Yard in Richwood.

He was of the Baptist faith and was a hard-working man.

Surviving: his sons, Ted Gwinn of Freeport, Ill., Jessie Gwinn (Pat) of Burton, Mich., and George Calvin Gwinn (Debbie) of Charlevoix; 15 grandchildren, Ashley Dowell, Emily, Dakota, Noelle and Angelique Gwinn, Jessie Gwinn Jr., Wendy Gwinn, Michelle, Carl, Bernie and Tim Manis, Jessica Shegitz, Neil, Vincent and Shawn Mendoza; 24 great-grandchildren; and his beloved pet, Jack.

Services were Feb. 22 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mike Whisman officiating. Burial followed in the Wickline Cemetery at Meadow Bridge.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.



Eddie Bill Hamilton

William Edward “Eddie Bill” Hamilton, 59, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 19, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Eddie was born on Feb. 21, 1953, son of the late William and Mary Hamilton of Dempsey. He was one of 13 children.

Eddie Bill was a fun-loving “Santa Claus” who never met a stranger. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family on Laurel Creek where he grew up. Eddie was always willing to help a person in need.

Surviving: brothers, Danny (Becky) of Ansted, David (Diane) of Harper’s Ferry, Mike of Oak Hill, and Randy of Belle; sisters, Linda Weant, Alpha Treadway and Mary Blethen (David), all of Oak Hill, Kathy Neal (Eric) of Prudence, Ginny Hamilton, Diane Spaulding (Keith) all of Troutman, N.C., and Brenda Gunther (Gary) of Orlando, Fla.; half-brother, Jackie Baughan; a son, Christopher of Oak Hill; daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel and Emily, all of Ashburn, Va., and Kimberly Lynn (Christopher) of Texas; and a great wealth of nieces and nephews.

Eddie Bill’s remains were cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Pauline Arnold Light

Pauline Arnold Light, 83, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 17, 1929, at Sanger, she was the daughter of the late Deniford and Amanda E. Suttle Arnold. Her husband, Willie A. Light, also preceded her in death.

Pauline was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

Surviving: son, Jerry Light and wife Brenda of Richmond; daughter, Deborah Light Brooks of Oak Hill; brother, Tom Arnold of Louisiana; and sisters, Eunice Salmons of Fayetteville, and Drema Tolley and Lorriane Ceprich, both of North Carolina; grandchildren, Christopher Brooks, Jerry Light Jr. and Tiffany Light; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 22, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with the Rev. Joe Richardson 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.



Rev. James Edward Menefee

The Rev. James Edward Menefee, 47, of Covington, Va., died Feb. 16, 2013.

Rev. Menefee was born Nov. 2, 1965, in Oak Hill, a son of the Rev. William and Rebecca Owens Menefee of Oak Hill.

He was a graduate of Piedmont Bible College and received his master’s degree from Lancaster Bible College.

He served as the associate pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Thomasville, N.C., from 1989 to 1992. For the past 20 years, he has been the pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Covington.

Surviving, in addition  to his parents: his wife of 23 years, Michelle Darnell Menefee of Covington; his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jay Saye of Richmond, Va.; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Caroline Rainey of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Feb. 23, in the New Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Rodney Smith officiating, assisted by Pastor Barry Darnell. Following the service, the family received their friends at his church.

The family suggests that donations in Pastor Jim’s name be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Missionary Fund to honor his passion for mission work.

Online condolences may be sent at arrittfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Arritt Funeral Home in Covington.



John ‘Hollywood’ Myles

John Houston “Hollywood” Myles, 44, of Hilltop, died Feb. 19, 2013, of injuries received in a coal mining accident.

Born March 7, 1968, at Beckley, he was the son of Isadora Bennett Stover and the late Robert Thomas “Bobby” Myles, who died in 2002.

Hollywood was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during Desert Storm and Korea 1st CAV Scout Infantry Division. Currently he was employed with United Coal at Affinity in Sophia.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Oak Hill and a former employee of Jan-Care Ambulance.

He had many interests and hobbies, tinkering in his garage, muscle cars, four-wheeling, horseback riding, watching old western movies, singing, Sunday drives, and relaxing with family and friends.

Hollywood and his wife were married underground at the Exhibition Coal Mines in Beckley.

Surviving: his wife, Becky Myles; mother, Isadora Stover of Oak Hill; son, Michael Myles and his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Payton, of Scarbro; daughters, Jessica Myles of Daniels, and Samantha Myles and Kaitlyn Myles, both of Ohio; son, Justin Baer of Fredrick, Md.; daughter, Rachel Brooks and husband Jared of Hilltop; sister, Bobbi Jean Myles; horseback riding buddy and cousin, LeAndra Justus of Beckley; friend, Brian Ombler of Minden; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 24, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post 149 followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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



Beatrice ‘Bea’ Alice Berry Page

Beatrice “Bea” Alice Berry Page, 92, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 21, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gilbert L. Patton

Gilbert L. Patton, 89, of Lochgelly, died Feb. 23, 2013, following a long illness.

Born March 17, 1923, he was the son of the late Jennings and Georgia Johns Patton. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Gaye McQuerrey, Ina Holcomb and Madeline Hicks; and brothers, Harry Hicks, Thomas and Delbert Creath Patton.

Mr. Patton was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, and was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving: his loving wife of 62 years, Geneva E. Patton; his daughters, Debbie Winterrowd of Tennessee, Diana Eggerichs of Oak Hill, and Pamela Jean Robinson and her husband, Jimmy, of Ohio; sons, Larry W. Patton of Corliss and Jay Charles Patton of Lochgelly; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 26, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted. Burial followed in the Mt. Gilead Church Cemetery, at Pool.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Inc., of Ansted.



Mark Anthony Pino

Mark Anthony Pino, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, of Oak Hill, died peacefully at home Feb. 17, 2013, surrounded by loving family.

The son of John and Mary Hayes Pino, Mark was born Nov. 3, 1960, in Oak Hill.

Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Genevieve and Joe Hayes; his paternal grandparents, Santa and Pietro Pino; and his beloved work buddies, Uncle Frank Pino and Uncle Pat Pino.

He was a lifelong member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he participated fully in the sacraments.

Mark attended SS. Peter & Paul’s Catholic School, graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1979, and attended West Virginia University and West Virginia Institute of Technology.

A proficient brick mason, stonemason, an accomplished electrician, tile setter, carpenter and drywall installer, Mark worked in general contracting at Pino Construction Co., alongside his father, uncles and brothers for many years. Together they crafted many beautiful homes, churches, government and commercial buildings in West Virginia and Virginia. A skilled builder in many facets of life and quite adept at other special trades, Mark’s work ethic ensured the fruits of his labors will continue to benefit any who were recipients of his work.

A gifted musician and composer, Mark left beautiful musical legacies for his wife and daughters, whose accomplishments were his source of unending joy. Mark had a quick wit and brilliant mind, and loved playing games, sports and other activities with Jenny, Emma, Molly, his parents and siblings, his extended family and friends.

He was an avid golfer, talented horseshoe player and an enthusiastic Mountaineer fan.

The nicknames he gave to those he cherished and the practical jokes that delighted Mark kept each person in his huge circle feeling as if he or she were truly his best friend. His gentle spirit made people seek to be near him; his sisters and brothers provided him loving care during his final weeks. At his request, Mark’s family and an amazing network of prayer groups offered hourly prayers for peace and healing through his last days.

Surviving: his devoted wife of 15 years, Jennifer Romage Pino of Oak Hill; his loving daughters, Emma Raycher Pino and Molly Elizabeth Hayes Pino of Oak Hill; his dear parents, John and Mary, of Oak Hill; brothers, Steve (Cindy) Pino, Joe (Donna) Pino and Rick (Tracey) Pino, all of Oak Hill; sisters, Kathy (Gene) Glover of Sims, N.C., Cindy (Mark) White of Fayetteville, Terri (Bill) Light of Gatewood and Angie (Joe) Re of Fayetteville; many aunts and uncles, including two aunts, Betty Jo Hayes and Patricia Pino, who nurtured both him and his daughters; his mother-in-law, Helen Romage of Mt. Hope; eight brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law and their spouses, who thought of him as a brother; a large number of cousins, 21 nieces, 20 nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews, many godchildren and numerous longtime friends.

The Rosary was prayed at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church on Oyler Avenue in Oak Hill prior to visitation. Father Paul Yuenger celebrated the mass of Christian burial for Mark on Feb. 23. Interment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

In memory of Mark’s life, the family requests that those who love him give a smile and hug to someone. Those who wish may contribute in Mark’s name to the Esophageal Cancer Research Program at University of Virginia Health System, Dr. David R. Jones, Principle Investigator, PO Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0709; SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Food Pantry or SS. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.



Marcelline Maxine Mullins Rhodes

Marcelline Maxine Mullins Rhodes, 82, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 22, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born at Long Branch on Nov. 6, 1930, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Lola Vanneter Mullins. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Rhodes, and a son-in-law, Jefferson Lee Davis.

She was a loving mother, wife and housewife.

Surviving: her husband, William E. “Buzzy” Rhodes of Oak Hill; daughters, Peggy Davis of Grandview, Nancy F. Thomas of Summerlee, and Barbara Bell of Oak Hill; brother, Marshall Mullins of Charleston; sister, Linda Stone of Oak Hill; granddaughter, Shannon Dixon of Summerlee; nephew, John Whitmore of Summerlee; and seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 26, at Tyree Funeral Home with Rev. Benjamin Bleigh officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Leonard Mason Richmond

Leonard Mason Richmond, 61, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 26, 1951, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Alva Rosco and Ida Bell Pyatt Richmond. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Richmond and Cordie Lee Richmond; and four sisters, Mabel Gilson, Daisy Bryant, Joetta Richmond and Drema Jones.

Leonard was a retired master plumber and had 39 years of service with the Fayette County Board of Education.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outside and working in his garden.

Surviving: his wife, Deanna Newhouse Richmond; son, Jonathan Richmond and companion Tina Young of Fayetteville; daughter, Nichole Richmond and fiancé Chris Cook of Fayetteville; sister, Masel Bays of Fayetteville; his faithful companion, Romeo; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 23, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor James Perkins officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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



Perry Gray Stover

Perry Gray Stover, 93, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 25, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born June 26, 1919, at Kingston, he was the son of the late Charlie and Ada Thompson Stover. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth Stover and James Stover, and a sister, Dorothy Blake.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked at Riverton Coal Company.

Mr. Stover was a member of the Mossy Living Word Church.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving: his wife, Thelma Mae Settle Stover; son, Roger Gray Stover and wife Angela of Covington, Va.; grandchildren, Amanda Renee Griffith and husband Kevin of Covington, Va., Scott Schell of Lynchburg, Va., and Barry Schell of Covington, Va.; great-grandchildren, Riley Griffith, Natalie Griffith and Wyatt Griffith, all of Covington, Va.; and a special niece, Carol Ford.

Funeral services will be on Friday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Carlos Abram ‘Bags’ Williams Jr.

Carlos Abram “Bags” Williams Jr., 85, of Corliss, formerly of Pax, died Feb. 23, 2013, at Heartland of Rainelle after a long illness.

Born Feb. 27, 1927, in Long Branch, he was the son of the late Carlos “Gooch” and Grace Akers Williams. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Patty William and Jewel M. Lively, and her husband, Harry E. Lively.

Carlos was a supervisor in the construction of mine tipples and was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Surviving: his wife, Nancy Sevy Williams of Corliss; his daughter, Vickie Starcher and her husband, James, of Columbus, Ohio; his granddaughter, Tara Arias and her husband, Vernon, and Cody Starcher and three great-grandsons.; brother, Bill Williams of Pax; a special cousin, Mary Lou Raikes of Elkins; loving brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Laura Sevy of Rainelle; and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 25, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Eric Keister officiating. Burial followed in Pax Community Cemetery, Pax.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.