The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 15, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 16, 2013


Garry Lee Barton

Garry Lee Barton, 65, of Oak Hill, died May 11, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 19, 1948, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Arnold Lee and Anna Lea Amick Barton.

He was retired from Kroger where he worked as a stock clerk.

Garry was a graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill, and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Surviving: sister, Melinda Angius of Oak Hill; nephew, Derek Angius of Sand Branch; great-nephews, Jace and Landon Angius, and a great-niece, Tayla Angius, all of Sand Branch

Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Michael Allen Behler

Michael Allen Behler, 57, of Scarbro, died May 12, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Aug. 5, 1955, at Alameda Calif., he was the son of the late Phillip Behler and Audrey (Kehler) Behler.

Mike proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Independence.

Mike graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. For several years, he worked with the United States Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md., as a microbiologist.

Surviving: his partner of 23 years, David Athen Bryant of Scarbro; brothers, Anthony Behler of Fayetteville, and Christopher Behler of Tamaqaua, Pa.; sisters, Kellee Klintop and husband Jeff of Allrightsville, Pa., and Lisa Stabler and husband Fred of Newringgold, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Funeral service will be at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, with Rev. Lum Toney officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service.

Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Scott Allen Carmichael

Scott Allen Carmichael, 43, of Lookout, died May 13, 2013.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Hilton Village Baptist Church, PO Box 166, Lansing, WV 25862.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Jackie Ray Deal Sr.

Jackie Ray Deal Sr., 69, of Oak Hill, died May 10, 2013, at his residence.

Born April 8, 1944, at Willis Branch, he was the son of the late Abbie and Hazel Howard Deal. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Deal, and his sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Claude Brown.

He was married for 38 years to his wonderful wife and loved spending time with his granddaughter.

He attended Fayetteville Worship Center, and was an employee of Appalachian Tire for many years and worked at ACE Whitewater and Lundale Farms.

Surviving: his wife, Patricia Wriston Deal; sons, Christopher Deal and wife Angela and Jackie Ray Deal II of Oak Hill; his precious granddaughter, MacKenzie Deal of Oak Hill; brothers, Ronnie Deal and wife Iris of Sand Branch, Charles Deal of Beckley and Kenneth Deal of Florida; sisters, Pat Young of Beckley, Bonnie Deal of Boston, Mass., and Mary Alice Cox and husband Randy of Senoria, Ga.

Services were May 15 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor James Bailey and Pastor Gary McGuire officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mildred Faye Evans

Mildred Faye Evans, 79, of Oak Hill, died May 9, 2013.

Graveside service was May 14 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home.



Victor L. Hartnett

Victor L. Hartnett, 87, of Birch River, died in his sleep on Dec. 29, 2012, after a short illness.

Victor was born in Moravia, N.Y., on April 17, 1925, and grew up on a farm overlooking the Finger Lakes. He was the son of the late Howard W. Hartnett, a farmer, and Nellie Forrest Hartnett, a school teacher. He had four siblings: the late Dr. Bernard Hartnett, Donald Hartnett, Delores Hartnett Pope, and Coral Hartnett, all of upstate New York.

Victor was a World War II veteran who served in the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and provided for his family by working as an electrician in many states and in Greenland.

Vic had four biological children with his first wife, the late Helen Audrey Hobson Hartnett. He was preceded in death by three sons: Victor Dou, Mark Steven, and Keith Thomas, and is survived by his daughter, Vickie Hartnett Dinse, who currently resides in Buffalo, N.Y.

In 1970, Vic married the late Jane C. Lindenthal and added six step-children to his family: David, George, Agnes Lindenthal Casto, William, Donald, and the late James Lindenthal.

In addition to his 10 biological and step-children Vic is called Grandpa by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He and his family moved to Braxton County in 1976 and then to their much loved farm on Anthony Creek, Birch River, in 1980. Disabled in 1984, due to a well fought battle with esophageal cancer, he enjoyed working and maintaining the farm and running his bulldozer.

He will be missed by family and friends and remembered as an honest, hardworking, gentle man who lived a life of integrity and dignity.

His body has been gifted to the WVU Human Gift Registry.

The family is planning a memorial service 2 p.m. on May 18, at the Birch River Fire Department. Friends of the family are welcome to attend and are invited to a dinner afterward. For more information, contact 304-574-3567.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles William ‘Gundy’ Hawver

Charles William “Gundy” Hawver of Victor died at his home May 11, 2013, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1930, at Ansted, he was the son of the late Luther C. Hawver and the late Donna M. Murray. He also was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne; and brothers, Gene and James Hawver.

Mr. Hawver is retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 137, Briar Cliff Manor, N.Y.; he honorably served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Masonic Lodge 671 and was of the Protestant faith.

Charles enjoyed the simple things in life, his family and friends, golf and an occasional beer with his buds.

Surviving: his son, William J. Hawver of Marlboro, N.Y.; granddaughter, Joslyn M. Hawver; grandson, Damon J. and his wife, Stephanie, and great-grandson, Damon J. Hawver Jr. all of Marlboro, N.Y.; and a very special Aunt, Bessie Fox, who gave him much maternal support throughout his life. He considered Bessie’s and the late Harold Fox’s children, Buddy, Retha, Brenda, Dale, Karen and Eddie, as his brothers and sisters.

Funeral services was May 14 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted. Burial followed at the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery at Victor.

The family requests donations be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.



Cornelius Carson Hicks Jr.

Cornelius Carson Hicks Jr., 77, of Mt. Hope, died May 10, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness.

He was the son of the late Cornelius Sr. and Bessie Vass Hicks. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Mae Milam Hicks; daughter, Virginia Hicks; and grandson, James C. Bell.

He was a retired coal miner.

Surviving: sons, Terry Wayne Hicks and wife Dolly of Oak Hill, and Glennis Carson Hicks of Mt. Hope; daughter, Laura Bell and companion Danny Green of Kilsyth; grandchildren, Emilee, Jessica, John Wayne and Seth; and great-grandchildren, Jewelian, Kolten and Addison.

Services were May 13 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, with Pastor Gunnoe officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.



Gregory Giles Kees

Gregory Giles Kees, 60, of Oak Hill, died May 13, 2013, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born Dec. 10, 1952, at Charleston, he was the son of Delmer Giles Kees of Shady Spring, and the late Jessie Katherine Peal Kees.

Greg was a mechanical pipe fitter for DuPont.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during Vietnam. To say he was an avid fisherman would be an understatement.            

Surviving: his wife, Della Mae Smith Johnson; daughters, Jessie Treadway and husband Marshall of Oak Hill and Lorna Lewis and husband Danny of Walkertown, N.C.; brother, Mark Kees and wife Sharon of St. Augustine, Fla.; grandchildren, Aaron Lewis and Kristal Lewis; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Stewart.

In keeping with his wishes Mr. Kees was cremated. Family and friends are invited to a time of remembrance which will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the March of Dimes — WV Chapter, 3508 Staunton Avenue SE — 2nd Floor, Charleston WV 25304.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Melvin Eugene ‘Melvie’ Lewis

Melvin Eugene “Melvie” Lewis, 43, of Lester, died May 6, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Nov. 25, 1969, at Beckley, he was the son of Mildred Treadway Lewis of Lester and the late Melvin Cargyle Lewis.

Melvie loved video games, watching TV and reading. He had attended NIT at Cross Lanes.

Previously he had worked at Kroger, Montgomery Ward, John W. Eye and in the warehouse at Sear’s.

Surviving: his mother, Mildred Treadway Lewis of Lester; sisters, Joyce (Kenneth) Carpenter, Donna Caughlin and Patricia (Frank) Mason, all of Lester; nieces, April (Greg) Mitchem and Kymber Mason; and nephews, Michael, Zachary and Daniel Carpenter, Ronnie Allen and Tyler Mason.

Funeral services were held May 10 at his residence, with Rev. Brian McCallister officiating. Burial followed at the Lewis Family Cemetery at the home place.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Dalton Wayne Newhouse

Dalton Wayne Newhouse, 22, of Oak Hill, died May 8, 2013.

Born May 1, 1991, at Beckley, he was the son of Robert Ray Newhouse and Sheila Marie (Rhodes) Newhouse Ballengee.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Wayne Rhodes Sr., and paternal grandmother, Alma Newhouse.

He was a machine operator for Aspen Corporation.

Surviving: his mother, Sheila Marie Ballengee and husband Timothy Ray Ballengee of Oak Hill; his father, Robert Ray Newhouse of Oak Hill; fiancee, Talina Kae Thomas of Oak Hill; sister, Patricia Dawn Newhouse of Beckley; grandparents, Pat Rhodes of Oak Hill, Vonda Newhouse of Wriston, Nancy Carol O’Neal of Dawson, and Samuel Henry Ballengee of Hinton; uncles, Gary Wayne Rhodes Jr. and wife Tina of Oak Hill, and Joseph Newhouse and wife Tina of Oak Hill; aunts, Mary Lee Newhouse of Oregon, Jeanie Webb and husband Bob of Oak Hill, Jane Newhouse of Princeton, and Donna Newhouse of Oak Hill; niece, Ashlynn Marie Lilly; nephews, Trayton Wade Newhouse and Trustin Wayne Lilly; numerous cousins; and many friends.

A Time of Remembrance was held May 14 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Markco Pritt officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Ernest Orville ‘Dud’ Settle

Ernest Orville “Dud” Settle, 96, of Robson, died May 11, 2013, at his residence.

Born April 4, 1917, at Robson, he was the son of the late Adam and Hester Myers Settle. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Ardalee Settle; his second wife, Helen Huddleston; and granddaughter, Donna Breanovich. Dud was the last member of his immediate family.

He was a retired crane operator in the steel industry and a member of Robson Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving: son, Richard Settle and wife Frances of Robson; daughters, Verne Hairfield of Richmond, Va., Evelyn Harlow of Doylestown, Ohio, and Carol Rangnow and husband Chuck of Robson; Helen’s two children, Jerry and John Huddleston; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 31 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were May 15 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Orville Syner and Pastor Gary Philpott officiating. Burial followed at the Settle Cemetery, Robson.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Catherine E. Taylor

Catherine E. Taylor, 84, of Kanawha City, died May 14, 2013, at Broadmore Assisted Living in Hurricane.

She was born in Dayton, Ohio, a daughter of the late David and Abigail Adams. Catherine also was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Rev. Charles Paul Taylor Sr.

Catherine was a member of the Nazarene Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Paul Jr. and wife Kathy of Huntington, Tim Taylor of Alexandra, Va., and Steve and his wife, Mindy, of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Chad and Crystal Taylor of Austin, Texas, Benji Taylor of Huntington, Tiffani and Patrick Stewart of Huntington, Devyn Taylor of Cross Lanes, and Dylan Taylor of Cross Lanes; and great-grandchildren, Makinley Jo Stewart and Caspian Austin Stewart.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Friends will be received at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.



Joyce V. Traynham Willis

Mrs. Joyce V. Traynham Willis, 81, of Whipple, died May 6, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, after a short illness.

Born April 24, 1932, at Red Star, she was the daughter of the late William Traynham and Beatrice Leftwich. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Willis; a son, Norman Traynham;  brothers, Willie and Eugene Traynham; and sister, Josette Traynham.

Mrs. Willis was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and a retired home care provider.

Surviving: her son, Nubert Traynham of Whipple; brothers, Richard Traynham of New Rochelle, N.Y.,  Robert Traynham and Kenneth Traynham, both of Boston, Mass., and John Traynham of Charlotte, N.C.; a granddaughter, Keisha Traynham of Boston, Mass.; and nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were May 13 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Carlisle, with Rev. Charles Brown officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.