The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


May 15, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, May 15, 2014


MOUNT HOPE — Ilene Marie Ballenger Gwinn

Ilene Marie Ballenger Gwinn, 85, of Meadow Bridge, died May 9, 2014, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea.

Born April 12, 1929, at Beelick Knob, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Myrtle Walker Ballenger. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Vivian Gilmer “Possum” Gwinn, who passed away April 7 of this year; brothers, Guy and Kevin Ballenger; and a sister Alverna “Tootsie” Ballenger.

Ilene was a homemaker and a member of the Springdale Church of Christ.

Surviving: her son, Danny Gwinn of Meadow Bridge; her granddaughter, Loretta Wood of Meadow Bridge; great-granddaughter, Amber Nicole Tharp and husband Les of Crab Orchard; and a great-grandson, Zachary Wood of Meadow Bridge.

A graveside service was held May 12 in the David Gwinn Cemetery at Meadow Bridge, with Minister Allen McGuire officiating.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Michael T. Marshall

Michael T. Marshall died May 10, 2014.

Born Aug. 22, 1940, he was the son of Michael C. Marshall and J.B. and Theda Hess and grew up in Oak Hill.

He graduated from Collins High School and received a B.S. and a Master’s in Engineering at West Virginia University.

Michael, or “PawPaw” as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren called him, was loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Though he did not have children of his own, he inherited four by his first and only marriage and he always loved and treated them like they were his.

His infectious “trademark smile” literally lit up the entire room and he was always happy, even during his illness.

He often entertained those around him as he “built” his salad and dinner plate.

He lived for many years in the Kansas City, Mo., area and moved to Pinson, Ala., in 2006. He was a member of Remlap Baptist Church.

Surviving: his loving wife, C. Jeanenne Bell-Marshall; sister, Diana (Susie) Marshall Faulkner (Jim); niece, Sara Faulkner; stepdaughters, Lisa Underwood (Hubert), Sally Sites, Amanda Muench (Andreas); stepson, Donald Bell II (Melissa); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial will be held at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill on Monday, May 19 at 1 p.m.

Information submitted by High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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