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.

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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.

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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.

Mark Thompson Miller Sr.

Mark Thompson Miller Sr., 89, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 4, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born Dec. 20, 1923, on a farm near Hans Creek in Monroe County, he was the youngest son of the late Samuel Reuben and Dora Thompson Miller. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Harriett Dillon, Zenith Morgan, Stella Martin, Susan “Blanche” Campbell, Samuel “Wade,” Arthur Dean, Charles “Winfred,” and Hugh; and by his son, James Eugene “Jimmy” Miller.

Mark recently retired as president of Fayco Lumber Company, where he worked for over 65 years.

A great community leader, he gave much of his time and expertise to help others, including work with the Oak Hill Lions Club, where he achieved the rank of District Governor, the United Methodist Church, and the Knights of Pythias. He is also a past president of the Builders Supply Association of West Virginia.

Surviving: his wife of 68 years, Frances Gill Miller; son, Mark T. “Tom” Miller Jr. and his wife, Jane; daughter-in-law, Janet; grandchildren (who knew him as “PaPa”), Marc Christopher Miller, Aaron Miller, Samuel Miller, Candice Miller, Lesley Miller, and Andrew Miller; as well as seven great-grandchildren and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Oct. 7 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, in Oak Hill.

Please make donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (Department 4547, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4547) or Bowers Hospice House (454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801).

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Opal Alexandria Reed

Opal Alexandria Reed, 93, of Meadow Bridge, died Oct. 2, 2013, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a short illness.

Opal was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Pike County, Ky. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Avery Reed, and her grandson, Charles Robertson, who she raised as a son.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Opal spent her life taking care of her children, her grand and great-grandchildren as well as the neighborhood children, who called her “Nanny.” She was the cornerstone of the family, whose lives will never be the same without her. Her wisdom and advice in all things, especially in the tough moments will surely be missed. She was well loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Surviving: daughters, Lesa Bell and husband Bill and Sherri Reed and Jerry Moody; sons, Bobby Moody and wife Missy, and Prentiss Moody and wife Missy; grandchildren, Leslie Butcher and husband Steven, Ashley Hornsby and husband Richard, and Kirstin Belcher; step-grandchildren, Patrick Bell, Barbi Robinson and husband Matt, Chris Lewis and wife Bobbi, and Kayla Martin and husband Luke; great-grandchildren, Dylan Butcher, Morgan Butcher, Aubrey Hornsby and Ariel Moody; step-great-grandchildren, Clayton, Christian and Caden Robinson, Raiden Lewis and Anthony Martin; and numerous friends.

Services were Oct. 5 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with David Chrisman officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Beckley.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Calvin Clarence Robertson

Calvin Clarence Robertson, 84, of Wriston, died Oct. 3, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Sept. 26, 1929, at Taylor Branch, he was the son of the late Walter Cecil and Mary Ellen Walker Robertson. One brother, Alvin Robertson, and three sisters, Gladys Jarrell, Garnet Skaggs and Mary Stump, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired surface miner, having been a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Robertson was a member of the Loup Creek Baptist Church, Wriston, where he was senior deacon and had served for many years.

He was a member of the UMWA.

Surviving: his wife, Margaret Lee Legg Robertson; children, Clarence Edward Robertson and wife Debbie of Smyrna, Ga., Larry Robertson and wife Pattie of Hico, John Steven Robertson and wife Shelia of Hurricane, Linda Parrott and husband Barry of Hiram, Ga., Terry Robertson and his fiance, Rhonda Protka, of Oak Hill, and Debbie Adamson and husband Steve of Fayetteville; sister, Pauline Plance of Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren and 17 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 6 at the Loup Creek Baptist Church in Wriston with Pastor Melvin “Buck” Nottingham officiating. Burial was at the Robertson Family Cemetery, Wriston.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Taylor Rogers

Elizabeth Taylor Rogers, 76, of Ansted, died Sept. 26, 2013.

Service were Oct. 5 at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church, Ansted, with Rev. Herman L. James officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Lewis Emmitt ‘Bill’ Rogers Jr.

Lewis Emmitt “Bill” Rogers Jr., 79, of Oak Hill, died Sept. 30, 2013.

Funeral services were Oct. 5, 2013, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Benjamin Bleigh officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert Salmons

Robert W. (Bob) Salmons, 79, of Fayetteville, died Oct. 5, 2013, at home following a short illness.

Born July 25, 1934, in Bath County, Va., Bob moved to West Virginia in 1954 and married the love of his life, Eunice Marie Arnold, in 1955. In their 58 years of marriage they were blessed with five children: Shirley Wood and husband Steve of Bedford, Va., Carolyn Spinney and husband Tim of Albuquerque, N.M., Steve Salmons and wife Deanna of Fayetteville, Dale Salmons and wife Valerie of Lancaster, Pa., and Phyllis Wilson and husband Mickey of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Amanda and Sarah Spinney, Josh and Tryston Evans, and Audrey, Alden and Lydia Salmons.

Throughout his years he worked for various construction and surface mining companies. He retired from Peabody Coal Company in 1993.

Bob was of the Christian faith.

Funeral service was Oct. 8 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Justin Seay officiating. Burial was in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Charles (Cotton) Sawyers

Charles (Cotton) Sawyers, 84, of Backus Mountain, died Oct. 2, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

Born April 13, 1929, at Backus Mountain, he was the son of the late Elmer and Eliza Pugh Sawyers. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Capps of Alabama; brothers, Elmer Sawyers and Jimmy Sawyers; and sisters, Virginia Jones, Inez Neely, Joann Grubb and Emogene Goins.

Charles was a coal miner for 38 years. The last place he worked was the Slab Fork Coal Company.

He loved to work in his garden and go to the flea market.

Surviving: his wife of 63 years, Betty (Wenger) Sawyers; sons, Darrell Sawyers of Schaumburg, Ill., and Dale Sawyers of Backus Mountain; daughter, Vickie Zickafoose and husband L.A. of Backus Mountain; grandchildren, Charles Sawyers and wife Kathy of L.I.T.H., S.C., Brian Sawyers of Schaumburg, Ill., Eric Sawyers and wife Jennifer of Layland, Jason Zickafoose and fiancée Kristin of Backus Mountain, and Amy Zickafoose, and fiancé Matt of Natural Bridge, Va.; stepgrandchildren, Megan Weatherford and husband Will of Fayetteville, and Steve Young and wife Samantha of Loland, N.C.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 7 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Mike Nutter officiating.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Charles H. Shumaker

Charles H. Shumaker, 86, of Greenwood, S.C., died Oct. 2, 2013, after a short illness.

Born Aug. 19, 1927, in Sanger, he was the son of the late Henry and Blanche Persinger Shumaker.

Charles retired from the United States Army as a sergeant major, having bravely fought in the Korean War.

He was actively involved with the VFW, 18 years with the enforcement torch run for Special Olympics, KWVA, and many other community services.

He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving: his wife, Delphia L. Shumaker of Greenwood, S.C.; daughters, Carol Cundiff of Roanoke, Va., and Charlene Treon of Greenwood; sons, Arthur Buckalew of Lakeland, Fla., and Daniel Buckalew of Oak Hill; sister, Frances Dempsey of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jamie R., Jessica, Amie, Erilk, Kiley, Jami, Anisa, Joey and Craig; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Oct. 8 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wiley ‘Wild’ Bill Simpson

Wiley “Wild” Bill Simpson of Stover Road in Mount Hope, died Oct. 2, 2013, while at home with family following a long illness. He had lived there for the past 22 years with his daughter, Janis, and her husband, Doug Williams.

Born in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Bill and Pearl Simpson. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Della Elizabeth Simpson; son, Steven Keith Simpson; brothers, Silas Mullins and Curtis Simpson; and sisters, Gertrude Sizemore and Gladys Church.

He accepted Jesus as his Savior many years ago and is a member of the Body of Christ.

He worked in the coal mines for 42 years to support his family and many others.

He served our country as an Army soldier in the Korean War.

He married Della Elizabeth Blevins on Oct. 17, 1953, and they raised a family of five plus, helping others in need.

Wild Bill loved family and family time and was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and teaching others to enjoy the same.

Music and singing was a special part of his life and he had taught himself how to play the guitar and the harmonica.

He always gave selflessly to help others even if he did without. Throughout his life he touched many lives in many positive ways and will be missed dearly. He will forever live on in the hearts of the many lives he touched.

Surviving: his brothers, Donald Simpson and his wife, Carol, and Harold Simpson and his wife, Shirley; sisters, Hydrith Sizemore and Leona Muncy and her husband, Randy; his children, Janis and her husband,  Douglas Williams, of Mount Hope, Wiley and Debbie Simpson of lndiana, Betty and Kenny O’Neal of Fayetteville, Tammy Holdren of Winston Salem, N.C., and Steven’s wife, Rhonda Simpson, of Montcalm; grandchildren, Nikki and her husband, Dave, Ashley, Aaron and wife Katie, Allie and husband Andy, Jesse and her husband, Josh, Erika, Travis and his wife, Kattie, Matthew and his wife, Melissa, Austin, Shawn, Dustin, Justin, Cheyanne, Brittny, ReKai and her husband, Eric, and Stephanie and her husband, Tim; Heather and Mandy, two very special angels who took such wonderful care of their Papaw in the late part of his life; great-grandchildren, Luke, Hayleigh, Adam, Destiny, Bo, Sophie, Layla, Stevie, Brandon, Schuylar, Zane, Shaye, Lyric, Ashley, and Tiffany; and many others, too numerous to name, who recognized him as “Dad” or “Papaw.”

Funeral services were Oct. 4 at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, with Rev. Harold Simpson officiating. Burial followed Oct. 5 at the Simpson Family Cemetery in Algoma Hollow.

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Arrangements by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, Bluefield.

Wanda Humphrey Stover

Wanda Merle Humphrey Stover, 90, of Mount Hope, died Oct. 3, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House after having several strokes.

Born July 16, 1923, in Pax, she was the daughter of the late Minnie Mae Evans Humphrey and her father, Jarrell Humphrey, who died before Wanda was born. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bonnie Ray (Barney) Stover, in 1988; her brothers, Bruce Humphrey, Clarence “Froggy” Humphrey and Billie Humphrey; and sister, Geraldine Hurt Hamilton.

She was a 1941 graduate of Pax High School, where she enjoyed baseball, tennis, swimming and cheerleading. She fondly looked forward to attending all the Pax School Reunions.

At the age of 19, Wanda boarded a train with $15 in her pocket and went to Elkton, Md., where she worked in an ammunitions plant. She was proud to call herself a “Rosie the Riveter.” She met the man who was to become her husband at the Pax swimming hole. Bonnie Ray (Barney) Stover married Wanda on Feb. 11, 1946, and they were inseparable until his passing in 1988.

Wanda took great pride in her flower gardens, her quilting, her children and their families and in her church, the Maynor Free Will Baptist Church.

She loved to travel and especially loved to swim.

Surviving: her children, Kathy Vance and husband Larry of Packs Branch, Lynn Carr and husband Wes of Cool Ridge, Douglas Stover of Sand Branch, and Vicki Kiser and husband Randy of Prince; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Lacy Hurt of Pax.

Services were Oct. 6  at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Larry Brown officiating. Following the services she wase laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Draven Lucian Tipton

Draven Lucian Tipton, 2-month-old son of Danielle Tipton and David Croft of Hilltop, died Oct. 3, 2013.

Friends called Oct. 5 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James Allen Weatherby

James Allen Weatherby, 62, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Scarbro, died Oct. 3, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Naomi Lilly Wood

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

Born Jan. 3, 1918, at Forest Hill, she was the daughter of the late Emert E. and Rose E. Cottle Lilly. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Glen H. Wood, in 1997; brothers, Ralph, John and Edgar Lilly; and sisters, Louise Allen, Leota Solacz and Avenell and Christine Lilly.

Mrs. Lilly was a homemaker and a member of the Scarbro United Methodist Church.

She had been a 61-year resident of Scarbro.

Surviving: sons, Gary Wood and wife Jo Ann of Manassas, Va., and Ronald Wood and wife Carol of Beaver; daughters, Betty Davis of Scarbro and Janet Suptic and husband John of Virginia Beach, Va.;  brothers, Buster Lilly and wife Phyllis of Shady Spring and Athoel Lilly of Marie; sister, Viola Lilly Buckland of Forest Hill; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Mike Kessinger officiating. Burial followed in Roles Chapel Church Cemetery at Forest Hill.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.