The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 2, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, October 3, 2013

David L. Arritt

David L. Arritt, 70, died at his home in Fayetteville on Sept. 29, 2013. The date of his death was the 37th anniversary of the death of his father, the late Fletcher Arritt Sr.

He was the son of the late Fletcher M. and Sara B. Arritt.

David was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, Marshall University and the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He played football at Marshall (1962-65) and received All Mid-American Conference football honors and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68 as a Sergeant E-5 (Military Police, Korea).

David taught and coached at Wahama High School and taught at Ansted and Midland Trail High School.

He worked in the coal mines and was an instructor for West Virginia University College of Mineral and Energy Resources.

He served as the assistant director for Fayette Plateau Vocational-Technical Center and as principal at Rosedale and Fayetteville Elementary schools.

David served on the Fayette County School Board for over 21 years, making him the longest serving member in its long history.

He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Surviving: his wife, Maria Williamson Arritt; Commander David L. Arritt Jr., USCG, of Martinsburg; Lieutenant Commander William, USCG, and Mindee Arritt of San Diego, Calif.; Robert and Rochelle Arritt and Elisabeth, Abigail, and Anna Leigh of Knoxville, Tenn.; Jeff and Sarah Stover and Isabelle of Lynchburg, Va.; Frank and Megan Arritt of Fork Union, Va.; and his brothers, Fletcher M. Arritt Jr. of Fork Union, Va., and John B. Arritt of Fayetteville.

A private funeral service was held for family members at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. A public viewing was held at the funeral home Oct. 1.

Please send donations in memory of David L. Arritt to Fork Union Military Academy Developmental Office, PO Box 278, Fork Union, VA 23055, or to the church or organization of your choice.

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

Charles A. Bowyer

Charles A. Bowyer, 83, of Danese, died Sept. 30, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc.

Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Willa ‘Bill’ Mae Wilson Franklin

Willa “Bill” Mae Wilson Franklin, 91, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 24, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Aug. 16, 1922, at Blue Ridge, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Lola “Ma” Wilson. Her husband of 68 years, James Russell “Huck” Franklin, preceded her in death.

She was employed at G.C. Murphy in Oak Hill for over 20 years having been a sales clerk and later worked in the office.

For 50 years Bill was a faithful member of the Kincaid Church of God where she was a Sunday school teacher and an active member of the WCG having held various offices throughout the years. After moving up to Oak Hill nine years ago, she and Huck attended the Jones Avenue Church of God.

Surviving: her children, Pat Franklin, and Rusty (Eva) Franklin, of Oak Hill; her grandchildren, TJ Franklin, Megan (BJ) Jones of Oak Hill, Michael (Sarah) Franklin of Roanoke, Va., and Matthew (Erika) Franklin of Mount Dora, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Hunter Franklin, Emily Jones, and Madison and Harper Franklin; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ben and Pat Franklin of Aiken, S.C.; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were Sept. 30 at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill with Rev. Ralph Shupe and Rev. Tonya Shupe officiating. Following the services, she was laid to rest beside her husband at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ellen Mae Miller Lawson

Ellen Mae Miller Lawson, 97, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 27, 2013, at her residence.

Born Aug. 11, 1916, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late William Franklin and Nancy Jane Bell Miller.

Ellen was a homemaker, creating a loving home for her family.

Surviving: her daughter, Mary Lawson McCurdy of Fayetteville; her granddaughter, Olivia Mae DeLung and husband Travis James DeLung, and her great-grandchildren, Jaidyn Faith DeLung and James Oliver DeLung, all of Fayetteville; and her brother, Lyle Miller and his wife, Lily, of Fayetteville.

Mrs. Lawson’s wishes was to have no services. A private family entombment will be held at her final resting place at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Any memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, or to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Connie Sue Johnson Mealhouse

Connie Sue Johnson Mealhouse, 66, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 3, 2013.

In accordance with her wishes, Connie has been cremated.

Family and friends gathered Sept. 29 for a time of remembrance and sharing about Connie at the Scout Cabin at the Oak Hill City Park in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Alan Dean Moore

Alan Dean Moore, 51, of Swiss, died Sept. 27, 2013, after a sudden illness.

Born Feb. 17, 1962, in The Philippines, he was a son of the later Arthur and Doreen (Bowen) Moore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Brian Moore (Sherry).

Alan will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving: his wife, Melba Moore of Swiss; sons, James Moore of Florida, Alan “Aaron” Moore and Adam Moore at home; a daughter, Andrea Moore, at home; brothers, James Bowen (Rosie) of Hurst, Texas, Robert Bowen (Deonne) on White Oak, Arthur E. Moore Jr. (Racheal) of Ft. Worth, Texas, Terry Moore of Alvarado, Texas, Bobby Moore (Becky) of Ansted, Benjamin Moore (Vernice) of Ripley, and Timothy Moore of Glen Ferris; and two special little guys that called Alan “Popaw,” Finnie and Ray Cox.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Simms United Methodist Church in Swiss with the Rev. David Bowe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call two hours prior to service time at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Melba Moore or Pennington Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Pat Junior Murphy

Pat Junior Murphy, 62, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 29, 2013, at his home.

Born June 19, 1951, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late John Alexander and Sally Hall Murphy. A brother, James Ray Davis, and a sister, Gracie McGuffin, also preceded him in death.

Pat was a 1970 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill.

He was a hydraulic repairman for W. R. Murdock and Sons and an employee of Kroger.

He was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.

For 46 years Pat’s most cherished memories were during the Christmas season. He loved playing Santa and sharing his love toward children and their families.

Surviving: wife, Virginia Frances Bowling Murphy; daughter, Stephanie Shrewsberry and husband Moses of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Levi Shrewsberry and Alexis Shrewsberry, both of Fayetteville; and a brother, Mike Murphy and his wife, Susie, of Beckwith.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Mike Legg and Rev. Benny Bleigh officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Walter Lee Parker

Walter Lee Parker, 90, of Ramsey, died Sept. 23, 2013, following a long illness.

Born July 28, 1923, in Sanger, he was the son of the late William Matthew and Rosie Bell Doss Parker. He also was preceded in death by his daughters, Dorene Clendenin and Patricia Parker; and a son, Richard Parker.

Mr. Parker was a retired custodian for Hawks Nest Museum in Ansted and was a member of the Horseshoe Baptist Church in Ramsey.

Surviving: daughters, Phyllis Clendenin of Victor, Linda Lance of Rainelle, Brenda Harris of Aldie, Va., Arlean Dorman of Page, Julie Legg of Victor, Christine Clendenin of Hico, and Loretta Parker of Minden; sons, Lawrence Parker of Victor, William Parker of Mocksville, N.C., Garland Parker and Russell Parker, both of Victor, and Lee Parker of Page; 33 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 26 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted with Evangelist Nathan Housman officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery at Ramsey.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.

Elizabeth Taylor Rogers

Elizabeth Taylor Rogers, 76, of Ansted, died Sept. 26, 2013, in Bowers Hospice House of Beckley.

Born April 15, 1936, in Ansted, she was a daughter of the late Matthew Taylor and Sally Easley Taylor She also was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Dale Rogers Sr., and a son, Walter Dale Rogers Jr.

Liz enjoyed writing family poetry, her garden and her grandchildren.

She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of Mt. Chapel Baptist Church.

Surviving: her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Walter Reiter of Foundry; her grandchildren, Jameisha Rogers Carter, Latoria Dawn Rogers Cyprus, Sonya Rogers and Walter Dale Rogers III; and great-grandchildren, Daymon Carter, Jamera Carter and Sabria Rogers.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church in Ansted with Rev. Herman L. James officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church at 1 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted of Ansted.

Helen Minerva McCormick Smith

Helen Minerva McCormick Smith, 100, of Kincaid, died Sept. 29, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born March 17, 1913, at Poplar Gap, Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Berry and Mary Talithia Meddings McCormick. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Alton Smith, on June 13, 1983; by a son, Roy Junior Smith of Kincaid; by five daughters, Betty Jane Smith Lively of Strongville, Ohio, Mary Lou Smith Myers of Kincaid, Goldie Marie Smith Stapus of Phoenix, Ariz., Helen Ruth Smith Sizemore of Glen Morgan and Virginia Ellen Smith Hodges of Cleveland, Ohio; her brothers, Lyle Forrest McCormick, William Sylvester McCormick, James Bernard McCormick and Charles Clifford McCormick; and sisters, Mary Ann McCormick, Willie Mae McCormick Smith and Ruth Frances McCormick. Helen was the last surviving member of her brothers and sisters.

Helen was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Kincaid.

Surviving: her sons, Charles Edward Smith of Kincaid, Darrell Allen Smith of Cleveland, Ohio, George Robert Smith of Elyria, Ohio, Ray Alvin Smith of Glen Jean, Billy Lee Smith of Red Star and John Leslie Smith of Kincaid; her daughters, Beulah Pearl Smith Schnake of Pontiac, Mich., and Reba Jean Smith Sayers of Hill Top; 37 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, 6 stepgreat-grandchildren and one self-appointed grandson, David Miller of Prudence.

Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Brandon Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Kincaid Cemetery at Kincaid.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Naomi Lilly Wood

Naomi Lilly Wood, 95, of Scarbro, died Oct. 1, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill following a short illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.