The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Obituaries

March 12, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chilton Denward Akers

Chilton Denward Akers, 92, of Meadow Bridge, died March 6, 2014, in the Heartland of Beckley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 3, 1921, at White Oak, he was the son of the late Ken and Thelma Talbert Akers. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Sanford, Earl, Orville, Calvin, Everette and Homer Akers; and sisters, Susie Hawkins and Geneva Richmond.

Chilton was a retired coal miner and a proud World War II Air Force veteran.

Surviving: his caregiver of over 20 years, Melissa Lilly and her daughter, Samantha Kessler, who he loved like a granddaughter, both of Meadow Bridge; his friends, Gary and Valerie Lilly of Meadow Bridge; brothers, Hobert Akers and wife Bertha of Nettie, John Akers and wife Rebecca of Meadow Bridge, Paul Akers and wife Mary Ellen of Danese, Wilbur Akers and wife Charlotte of Meadow Bridge and Robert Akers and wife Murlie of Alta; sisters, Ruth Bagy of Rainelle, Audrey Thacker and husband Jimmy and Mazel Ramey, all of Pikeville, Ky.

A graveside service was held March 9 in the Old Walker Cemetery on Gwinn Siding Road, Meadow Bridge, with Pastor Mike Nutter officiating.

There was no visitation.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Thomas (T.J.) Ball II

Thomas (T.J.) Ball II, 63, of Beckwith, died March 9, 2014.

Born June 15, 1950, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Thomas “Jimmy” Ball and Mildred Grunenberg Ball. T.J. also was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Don Naylor, and nephews Jeremy Bell and Adam Naylor.

T.J. was the owner and operator of his own construction company, T.J. Ball Construction.

He enjoyed boating and camping with his family.

He was also a member of the Over the Hill Gang at Fayetteville Church of God where he attended and enjoyed all church functions.

Surviving: his wife of 40 years, Terri Beth Ball; children, Emily Ball of Parkersburg, Toshea and Matt Maxwell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Thomas and Jennifer Ball of Daniels; his beloved grandchildren, Lauren Maxwell, Ethan Ball, Jagger Maxwell, Kadyn Ball, and Jacob and Liam Ball-Russell; his brother, Dana Ball; brother, Tim and wife Kim Ball; his sister, Tara and husband Jay Criss; mother-in-law, Anne Naylor; best friend, Greg Spearen; many other family members and close friends; and his fur babies, Chesie, Hannah and Bodie.

Services will be held Thursday, March 13 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Friends may gather from 1 p.m. and services will be held at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park.

In  lieu of flowers, contributions for funeral expenses can be made directly to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home.

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

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

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