The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


October 2, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, October 3, 2013


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.

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