The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


October 9, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, October 10, 2013

Charles A. Bowyer

Charles A. Bowyer, 83, of Danese, died Sept. 30, 2013, in the Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Born Oct. 4, 1929, at Danese, he was the son of the late Leslie and Lemma Fink Bowyer.

Charles was a retired school bus operator for Fayette County Schools, a part-time clerk for the Danese Post Office and served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church.

Surviving: his wife of 58 years, Mildred Forren Bowyer; his daughter, Deborah Douglas and husband James D. of Fraziers Bottom; a sister, Anna Lee Lilly of Beaver; his grandson, Charles Thomas Douglas of Fraziers Bottom; a special friend and helper, Donnie Martin of Danese; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Oct. 4 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Entombment was in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

The family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the American Cancer Society, 921 West Neville Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Bridget Hermes

Bridget Hermes, 72, of Scarbro, died Sept. 25, 2013, at her home.

Born Sept. 18, 1941, at Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Arthur J. Hermes Jr. and Margaret Cunningham Hermes. Her husband, Carl Robert Furrevig, preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 2010.

Ms. Hermes was a retired New Jersey school teacher.

Surviving: a son, Arthur Hermes of Florida and his wife, Angelica Hermes of Chicago.

In keeping with her wishes Ms. Hermes was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Etta Hogan

Mary Etta Hogan, 79, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 1, 2013, at her residence.

Born Jan. 15,1934, in Pemberton, she was the daughter of the late Marion Cecil and Glenna Hamm. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ann Bell; her son, Marion Eugene Bell; a stillborn daughter; and two sisters and two brothers.

Surviving: her son, Audie Charles Bell and his wife, Goldie, of Oak Hill; granddaughters, Edna and Jed Branham and Shandra Bell; her sister, Dorothy Diamond; her brother, Jimmy Varnett; special friends who helped with her care from time to time, Ted Dixon, Dimmie and James Garrett, and Joesphine Bennett; and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

In keeping with Mary’s wishes she has been privately entombed in the Faith Chapel of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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