The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 8, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 9, 2013

Charles Hampton Atha Sr.

Charles Hampton Atha Sr., 78, of Oak Hill, died May 3, 2013, after a lifetime filled with laughter and love.

Charley was born March 20, 1935, in Powellton, son of the late Herbert Atha Sr. and Muriel Holt Atha.

As a child, Charley lived at Powellton and later the family moved to a farm on Saturday Road near Ansted. At the age of 16, Charley moved to Welch to work with his older brother, and it was at Roderfield Pentecostal Holiness Church that he met his wife of nearly 61 years, Sclean Blackburn Atha. They were married when he was 17 and she was 16.

Charley continued working with his brothers, Herb and Bob, for several years moving the family from Welch to Beckley and finally to Oak Hill. In 1968 Charley, Sclean, and their children founded Fayette Awning & Glass, Inc. Although Charley’s formal education ended at the third grade, he worked hard and is a shining example of what we can do when we work hard, put our mind to succeed, and trust God. The business is still owned and operated by the Atha family, and plans have been established for family members to continue the  business well into the future.

Charley was active in church since he was a young man and previously served as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk, and on the Pastor’s Council at Central Avenue Church of God (now Mountain View Church of God). Charley was active in the building program there and was part of the group of people that helped move the church from Oak Hill to Hilltop. He drew the first plans for the first church building there, and helped to establish Mountain View Christian School, where all three of his grandchildren attended school and where one of his great-grandchildren attends now. Charley was a member of Faith Community Church in Beckley.

Charley loved his family above all. His children were the joy of his life, and he loved nothing more than spoiling his grandchildren. He worked hard to make sure the family was taken care of and wanted for nothing, and has reached his eternal home knowing that his children and grandchildren were all successful adults, even making sure all three grandchildren had the opportunity to travel abroad studying or carrying the Gospel of Christ.

Charley and Sclean were blessed with two children who both preceded him in death and whom he has rejoined in heaven. Charley (C.H.) Hampton Atha Jr. and Deborah Lynn Atha James both earned their eternal reward in 2012 and have now been joined by their dad — probably at the rock that the family has talked so much about in the last year. Also preceding him in death are two grandchildren, Charlene Renee James and Jason Douglas James; his parents, Herbert and Muriel Atha; brothers, Donald Atha and Herbert Atha Sr.; sister, Libby Atha Smith; and mother- and father-in-law, Otis and Nell Blackburn.

Surviving: his wife of nearly 61 years, Sclean Atha of Oak Hill; daughter-in-law, Deborah Smith Atha of Oak Hill; son-in-law, Larry D. James of Oak Hill; granddaughter, Kristi Atha-Rader and husband Kris of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Tiffany James of Simpsonville, S.C.; grandson, Charley Hampton Atha III and wife Candice of Cleveland, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Madison Grace and Kristopher Brock Rader and Charles Bradford and Caitlyn Elizabeth Atha; a brother, Bob Atha and wife Donzella of Fayetteville; sisters, Mona Legg of Victor and Linda Atha of Florida; sister-in-law, Martha Atha of Beckley; sisters/brothers-in-law, Phyllis Jones, Claris and Vance Hayes, Wanda and Everett Bishop, and Sue and Kelly Muncy of Bluefield and Betty Hayes of Bristol, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held May 6 at Mountain View Church of God at Hilltop with Rev. Sam Peterson, Rev. Jason Lowe, and Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Charley was laid to rest at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

Memorial donations can be made to the building program at Faith Community Church, P.O. Box 773, Beckley, WV 25802.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Faye Defibaugh

Elizabeth Faye Defibaugh, 92, of Ansted, died May 2, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1920, in Jodie, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Ira Stone and Pearl Settle Elkins Stone. She also was preceded in death by a son, Richard A. Holder, on Jan. 5, 2010.

She was a willing and great volunteer to help her church or anyone in need of help. She was a public cook for restaurants and a member of Fresh Fountain Family Worship Center in Ansted.

Surviving: son, Howard Holder and Janis of Milford, Ohio; brothers, Carl R. Stone Sr. and Daniel E. Stone, both of Ansted, Fred A. Stone of Ft. Mill, S.C., and William E. Stone of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 5 at the Fresh Fountain Worship Center in Ansted, with Pastor Jesse Smith officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Selma Louise Fortner

Selma Louise Fortner, formerly of Oak Hill and Fayetteville, died April 11, 2013.

There will be no services.

Information submitted by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Christine Fox

Christine Fox, 88, of Victor, died May 3, 2013, following a long illness.

Christine was born March 9, 1925, the daughter of the late Fred Pridemore and Grace Basham Pridemore. She also was preceded in death by her husband, David Fox; an infant daughter, Evelyn Fox; eight sisters and brothers.

She was a precious mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a retired receptionist for Hawks Nest State Park.

Surviving: sons, Cary Huffman and wife Karen of Ansted, Charles Fox of Edmond and Gary Fox of Hico; daughter, Randa Krise of Deland, Fla.; a brother, Charles D. Pridemore and wife Wanda of Bluefield, Va.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor David Bennett officiating. By her request she will be cremated after the service.

Friends may call Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Nancy Carol Fox

Nancy Carol Fox, 62, of South Charleston, died unexpectedly April 21, 2013.

Born Dec. 25, 1950, in Fayetteville, she was a daughter of Nellie M. Fox of Fayetteville and the late David W. Fox.

She was a long time employee with Mason and Barry Control Tech.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her sister and brother-in-law, Norma (Susie) Pauley and Ray Pauley of St. Albans; her sister and brother-in-law, Sandra Mullins and Tom Mullins of Fayetteville; brothers, Richard Fox of Orrville, Ohio, and Larry Fox of Lorain, Ohio; three nieces she considered her daughters, Cindy Pauley Raines, Micki Stephens and Crystal Pauley and by their families. She will also be missed by her other niece, Jessica Bates, and her family; and her nephew, David Mullins.

Nancy was a devoted animal lover and is also survived by her beloved cat, Abby. She was preceded in death by her three beloved dogs, Pansie, Tobi and Chloe.

A memorial service was held May 5 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

The family requests donations in memory of Nancy to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association Animal Shelter, 1248 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV.

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Shirley Ann Miller

Shirley Ann Miller, 77, of Fayetteville, died May 1, 2013.

Funeral service was May 4 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Emory Lorel Newcomb

Emory Lorel Newcomb, 94, of Oak Hill, died April 30, 2013, at Heartland of Beckley in Beckley.

Born Nov. 21, 1918, in Summers County, he was the son of the late James and Ura Martin Newcomb. His wife, Catherine Davis Newcomb, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired Master Mechanic.

Mr. Newcomb was a member of the Scarbro Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving: son, James David Newcomb of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Delbert Newcomb of Beckley; and a sister, Neve Hare of Summers County.

Mr. Newcomb was cremated. His cremains will be interred at Cunningham Memorial Park in Saint Albans. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bessie ‘Mae’ McKinney Patrick

Bessie “Mae” McKinney Patrick, 85, of Page, died May 1, 2013, at her home.

Born Oct. 9, 1927, at Page, she was the daughter of the late Carnel Luke and Daisy Graham McKinney. Her husband, Elgie Patrick; a daughter, Diane Haynie; and a brother, Edward McKinney; also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Clarence R. Patrick of Newport News, Va., and James E. Patrick of Page; daughters, Shirley M. Arbaugh of Oak Hill, and Gloria O. Patrick and Rachel D. Johnston, both of Page; brother, Thomas McKinney of Fayetteville; sister, Goldie Phipps of West Jefferson, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were May 4 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Wayne Johnston officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles Wayne Redden

Charles Wayne Redden, 54, of Meadow Bridge, died April 28, 2013, at his home on Beelick Knob, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 4, 1958, at Hinton, he was the son of Kirby and Carol Huffman Redden.

Charles was a self-employed mason by trade, and had also worked in the coal mines.

Surviving: his ex-wife, Holly Marie Patterson Redden of Meadow Bridge; sons, Coalby Wayne Redden (wife, Samantha) of Layland, Travis Kirby Redden of Meadow Bridge, and Bryan MacKenzie Redden of Meadow Bridge; a sister, Debbie McDowelle of Charleston; brothers, Kirby Redden Jr. of Surveyor, and David Eugene Redden and Stewart Van Redden, both of Meadow Bridge; and granddaughters, Kensley and Karlee Redden.

Services were May 3 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel of Rainelle, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Mary B. Shelton

Mary B. Shelton, 90, of Marmet, died May 3, 2013, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill, after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Earl Shelton Sr.; parents, Harry and Myrtle Woods Matheney; and brothers, Bill, Roy, Samuel and Charles Matheney.

She was retired from The Diamond Department Store, Charleston, after 27 years of service in retailing as a buyer.  

She was elected and served on Marmet City Council and was a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, Marmet.

She was a member of Rebekah Lodge # 13, The Pythians Lodge, Marmet Civic Welfare Organization, and she was active in the Chesapeake Senior Citizens and the Marmet Chapter of AARP.

Surviving: son, Charles Earl Shelton Jr. and wife Nancy J. of Oak Hill; grandsons, Charles Shelton of Fayetteville, and Brian Shelton of Oak Hill; great-grandchildren, Britany Stapleton of Hudson, N.C., Brian Patrick Shelton Jr. of Taylorsville, N.C., Zachary Shelton of Indiana, and Charles Shelton IV, Casey Shelton, and Amber Meadows, all of Fayetteville; great-great-grandson, Bentley Stapleton of Hudson, N.C.; and sisters, Janie Jones of Poca, Dreama Adkins of Lookout, and Lula Ramsey of Rainelle.

Funeral was May 7 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Rev. David Biondi officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, where a committal service was conducted by Rev. Joe Brown.

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Harry Wayne Smith

Harry Wayne Smith, 51, of Oak Hill, died May 4, 2013, at his home.

Born March 17, 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Clara Estep Smith.

He was a disabled nursing assistant.

Surviving: brothers, Jerry A. Smith of Oak Hill, and Donald Smith and Ronald Smith, both of Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Kathy Williams of Albion, Pa., Linda Smith of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Drema Colquitt of Georgia; and an aunt, Ruth Marcum.

Mr. Smith was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lovell Ann Williams Stover

Lovell Ann Williams Stover, 90, of Maple Fork, died May 6, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Dec. 1, 1922, at Willis Branch, she was the daughter of the late Henry Wilson “Bill” and Gussie Beckleheimer Williams. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy B. Stover (Dec. 18, 1996); a son, Eric Paul Stover; and a sister, Violet Warden.

Lovell was a homemaker who loved to quilt and make cookies and candy at Christmas. She was a crafter and a collector of sea shells and ocean memorabilia.

She was a 1941 graduate of Pax High School.

She was the oldest surviving member of the Bradley Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and member of the Women of the Church. She loved her church, church family and friends.

Surviving: her daughter, Rose Mary Ward and husband Isaac of Maple Fork; sons, Lacy Byron Stover and wife Donna of Maple Fork, and Alan Stover and wife Wanda of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Lacy Blaine Stover, Amy Stover, Lori Ward Mooney and Shawn Ward; great-grandchildren, Tyler Ward, Jacob Ward, Grace Ward, Krisalyn Mooney and Addyson Mooney; and a sister, Mary “Dorothy” Lafferty of Bradley.

Funeral services were May 8 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope, with Pastor Elizabeth Stone officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Bradley Presbyterian Church, PO Box 291, Bradley WV 25818, or Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

William Russell Straub Sr. (Bill)

William Russell Straub Sr. (Bill), 86, died at home on Thursday, May 2, 2013, following several years of confinement.

Born the son of the late Robert Eten and Maude Fielding Straub in Clifton Forge, Va., on May 10, 1926, he also was preceded in death by a brother, Robert, and an infant sister, Mary Jane.

Bill was a Mt. Hope High School graduate and obtained his Associate’s Degree from Marshall University prior to moving to Beckley as a businessman in 1953, which led to a career as an agent with State Farm Insurance.

A Christian, Bill was a member of United Methodist Temple serving the Lord and community in many capacities including administrative positions, Sunday School Superintendent and much involvement with the Man’s and Youth Ministries. Faith was important to Bill; he and Nancy believed that it is important for families and faith holds you together when everything else falls apart.

As a veteran of World War II, Bill served in the U.S. Navy and participated in the Normandy invasion.

He served as the Raleigh County Civil Defense Director and contributed much time with the Beckley Little League.

Bill belonged to the Beckley Hunting and Fishing Club, Calico and Jeans Square Dance Club and Gideons International. Over the years, his affiliations also included Shriners, Masons and Civitan.

Surviving: his devoted wife of nearly 66 years, Nancy Hazlewood Straub; daughter, Ann Dotterweich and husband Milt of Fayetteville; son, William R. Straub Jr. and wife Debbie of Daniels; grandchildren, Rob Dotterweich and wife Jen, Andy Dotterweich and wife Tonya, Joe Dotterweich and wife Rebecca and Rebekah Straub; and great-grandchildren, Max, Logan, Turner and Olivia.

A memorial service was held May 7 at the United Methodist Temple, Beckley, with Pastor Chuck Pullins and Pastor Randy Adkins officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or Bowers Hospice House of Beckley.

Military honors were performed by the American Legion Post #32 Honor Guard of Beckley.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

James E. Wilkerson

Mr. James E. Wilkerson, of Owen, Md., formerly of Mount Hope, died May 5, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Ruth Louise Wilkerson

Mrs. Ruth Louise Wilkerson, 89, of Oak Hill, died April 27, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Jan. 27,1924, in Kimberly, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Daniel Johnson and Ardela “Bertha” Brydie Johnson. She also was preceded in death by her spouse, Ollie B. Wilkerson; son, Earl Benjamin Wilkerson; daughter, Brenda J. Wilkerson; grandson, Schuyler B. Hickman II; brothers, Clemmon Johnson, Elvin Johnson, George Johnson, Orlanda Johnson; and sister, Bertha Jackson.

Mrs. Wilkerson was a member of First Baptist Church Harlem Heights, Harlem Heights.

She was a cook and homemaker.

Surviving: her children, Regina Yolanda Young, Toni Marie Walker, Geneva Mae Robinson, Louise Kay Nelson, and Jacqueline Carol Hickman; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was May 2 at First Baptist Church Harlem Heights, Oak Hill, with Rev. Paul Baker and Rev. Shannon Robinson officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Joyce Willis

Mrs. Joyce Willis, 81, of Scarbro, died May 6, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Barbara Ann Frazier Wood

Barbara Ann Frazier Wood, 55, of Oak Hill, died May 2, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

Born May 28, 1957, at Bad Hersfeld, Germany, she was the daughter of the late William Howard and Cristeen Schada Frazier and stepdaughter of June Badgett of White Plains, N.C. A brother, William Frazier Jr., also preceded her in death.

She was a nursing assistant and a member of the Christian Church.

Surviving, in addtion to her stepmother: her son, Jerry Wood Jr. of Scarbro; her former husband, Jerry Wood Sr. of Scarbro; brothers, James Frazier of King, N.C., Robert Frazier of Oak Hill and Tony Frazier of Lincolnton, N.C.; sisters, Mary Ann Watson of Mt. Airy, N.C., and Carmen Mercado-Shade of Puerto Rico; and grandchildren, Landyn Wood and Kayle Wood, both of Scarbro.

Services were May 4 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Larry Humphrey officiating. Mrs. Wood was cremated following the service.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.