The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

September 5, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, September 5, 2013

Danny Alfred Ashmore II

Danny Alfred Ashmore II, 23, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 27, 2013, in East Bend, N.C.

 Born Aug. 2, 1990, in Beckley, he was the son of Bridgette Berry Williams of Fayetteville, and Ronnie Ashmore of East Bend, N.C., and the stepson of Kenneth Williams of Fayetteville.

He was a landscaper.

Danny was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Fayette Heights.

Surviving, in addition to his parents and his stepfather: a son, Bryson Lee Ashmore of Fayetteville; stepbrother, James Lee Williams and wife Patty of Fayetteville; half-brother, Ronnie Dale Ashmore of Fayetteville; and half-sisters, Amanda and Cara, both of Oak Hill.

 Graveside rites and committal services, followed by burial, were Aug. 31 at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. There was no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with expenses.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Annette E. Johnson

Annette E. Johnson, 58, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 29, 2013, at her residence.

Born Nov. 21, 1954, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Glen Darrell Johnson of Oak Hill and the late Theola Gay Evans Johnson.

She received her master’s degree from West Virginia University and taught at her alma mater, Oak Hill High School, for over 20 years, where she was Student Council Sponsor and HI-TEEN sponsor. She was an avid animal lover, especially her dog.

Daughter, niece, cousin, neighbor, friend, educator, Mountaineer, Annette was one of the world’s biggest fans. As a fan, she bled blue and gold because she loved her Mountaineers.

A fan of the roar and thunder of the big race, she waved Dale Junior’s flag, often in the faces of his competitors’ fans.

A fan of great music, she cited the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as her Mecca here on earth, where she trekked every summer to visit family and soak up Janis, and Jim and Steven.

She was a fan of challenging, inspirational education because she loved her students, and thoughtfully prepared provocative lessons for them in psychology and history.

Annette was a fan of man’s best friend, because her dogs were truly her best friends.

And, Annette was a fan of her friends, supporting them with generosity, unconditional love and humor.

Annette leaves behind many memories of road trips and ball games, dog shampoos and lake trips, weddings and Halloweens.

She will be missed by her dad, Darrell Johnson; her dog, Bailey; and her many fans: students, colleagues and friends.

Memorial services were held Sept. 1 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Father James DeViese   and Rev. Pete Lokant officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the OHH/CHS Alumni Association, PO Box 462, Oak Hill, WV   25901 or the Fayette County Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dr. Walter Joseph Kominsky

Dr. Walter Joseph Kominsky, 95, of Daniels, formerly of Oak Hill, died peacefully Aug. 30, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House.

Walter was born in Blaine, Ohio, from Polish immigrants.

He fought for his country in the United States Army during the Pearl Harbor attack. Walter was the sole remaining West Virginia Pearl Harbor survivor.

Dr. Kominsky was a humble and noble optometrist for 40 years in Oak Hill. He generously donated glasses to the Lions Club for numerous needy families. So many of his patients fondly remember him fitting their first pair of glasses.

He was also known for his love of polkas and gardening. His green thumb produced killer crops of tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, onions, and lettuce. His flower gardens were prominently displayed on the hillside of his home on Pea Ridge Road. Walter delighted in sharing his abundant crop of produce with family and friends all summer long.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Kominsky, and his oldest son, John Kominsky.

Surviving: his sons, Paul Kominsky of Oak Hill and Michael Kominsky and wife Julie of Daniels; daughter, Teresa and her husband, Wes Keck, of Richmond, Va.; sisters, Tiny and Helen; and grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, and Kevin Keck, and Alexandria and Miles Kominsky.

Funeral liturgy was conducted Sept. 2 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on South Oakwood Avenue in Beckley. A rite of committal followed at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Online condolences may be extended at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home-Shady Spring Chapel, Shady Spring.

Helen Taylor Lilly

Helen Taylor Lilly, 80, of Montgomery, formerly of Robson, died Aug. 29, 2013.

Funeral services were Sept. 2 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

William L. Nunley

William Leonard Nunley, 80, of Fayetteville, formerly of Smithers, died Aug. 29, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Nov. 6, 1932, at Smithers, he was the son of the late Leonard Fredrick Nunley and Alberta Artie Perdue Nunley. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, June Rose Morrow Nunley; son, William Frederick Nunley; and sister, Ora Mae Nunley McCune.

Mr. Nunley attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church at Fayette Heights.

He grew up in Smithers and graduated from Montgomery High School where he enjoyed playing sports (baseball and football), and he was a member of the band.

After high school he worked at Union Carbide at Alloy, as manager at National Finance in Montgomery, service manager for Montgomery Motors, and served as secretary of Oak Hill Jaycees.

His favorite job was that of his family. He enjoyed spending time with them at home and at the family cabin.

He was an artist, musician, builder, electrician, plumber, and above all a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

Surviving: his children, Cassandra May Bandy of Fayetteville and Jennifer Jayne (Donald) Atha, all of Fayetteville, and John Wayne (Yvonne) Nunley and Gregory Scott (April) Nunley, all of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren, William Frederick (Amanda) Nunley II, Jeremy Wayne (Cynthia) Bandy and Shawn Adam (Deana) Bandy, Zachary Levi Atha, Jared Nathaniel Atha, Gabriel Thomas Atha, Samuel Caleb Atha, Matthew Quinton Atha, Jonathan Tyler Atha, Joshua Micah Nunley and Amber Nicole Nunley, Jade Lee McCracken, Lauren Elizabeth Nunley and Hunter Wayne Nunley; great-grandchildren, Shawn Caleb Bandy, Isabella Grace Bandy and Olivia Faith Bandy, Brooklynn Elaine Nunley, William Frederick Nunley III, Aiden McCracken, Ember McCracken, Kaylin Hudnall, Yvonne Hudnall, and Joselyn Wayne; brother, Jack Lee (Nancy) Nunley of Cartersville, Ga.; and a great number of loving nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home before the funeral on Sunday.

Online condolences may be extended at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Ronald Ray ‘Rondal’ Shifflett

Ronald Ray “Rondal” Shifflett, formerly of Oak Hill, died July 17, 2013, at his home in Cornell, Wis.

Born July 24, 1940, in Kingston, he was the son of the late Raymond and Thelma (Coleman) Shifflett.

After attending school in Oak Hill, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 19. He spent time on the West Coast, overseas and then was stationed at Patauxent River, Md. While on the skydiving team he met and married Carol Staudacher. They later divorced.

Ron enrolled in the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1968. Throughout his career with the State Police he spent time with the drug task force and working different cases as an undercover agent. The stories that Ron would tell and the accomplishments throughout his career show the pride he took in his work.

In 2006 he moved to Wisconsin to live with his daughter due to Alzheimer’s. To the very end, Ron never lost a certain personality trait: you never knew what kind of prank Ron was going to pull.

Surviving: his daughters, Karen (Joel) Craker of Luck, Wis., and Donna Shifflett (Bob Kendall) of Cornell, Wis.; sister, Nancy Plunkett of Slaughterville, Okla.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild as well aunts, uncles, niece, nephews, his ex-wife and numerous other family members.

A memorial service was held Aug. 30 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Chaplain Jim Mitchell of the West Virginia State Police officiating. Cremains were interred at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charlotte Lou Truex Houchins Stone

Charlotte Lou Truex Houchins Stone, 85, of Ansted, died Aug. 29, 2013, after an extended illness in the Ansted Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 21, 1928, at Trout, she was the daughter of the late Alfred J. and Lula Gladwell Truex. She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Carlis E. Houchins; her second husband, John Stone; three brothers and six sisters.

Charlotte belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church and graduated from Williamsburg High School.

Charlotte loved to crochet, making beautiful throws, and was known for her beautiful smile.

Surviving: children, Carroll Wayne Houchins and wife Karen of Ripley, Joyce Grose of Summersville and Mellie Fragomene and husband Frank of South Charleston; sisters, Ruth Crookshanks of Asbury and Geraldine Brown of Summersville; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Sept. 2 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastor Joey Sheppard officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Viva Dean ‘Viv’ Stout

Viva Dean “Viv” Stout, 96, died Aug. 25, 2013, in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Born June 4, 1917, in Crosby, Clay County, she was the youngest of 12 children born to Jonathan Calvin Nichols and his wife, Virginia Aretta Pritt. In addition to her parents, Viva Dean also was preceded in death by her beloved son, Gary Lee Stout, in July 1984, and her husband of 48 years, Garland Lee “Jim” Stout, in Aug. 1994; and her siblings, Eva Eads, Tona Bird, Arnold Nichols, Okey Nichols, Westa Nichols, Neva Bird, Loy Nichols, Von Nichols, Ott Nichols, Enos Nichols, and Pert Livesay.

She was a life-long member and the oldest living member of the Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Adonijah, Clay County. She was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

 Viv was united in marriage with Garland Lee “Jim” Stout on July 27, 1946, in Gauley Bridge. They resided in Charleston for the first 10 years of their marriage where their two children, Neva Jane “Janie” Stout and Gary Lee Stout, were born.

 After having served in World War II and being discharged, Garland re-entered the U.S. Army, and Viva Dean became a military wife. The family’s last tour of service began when they arrived at Fort Huachuca on Dec. 31, 1962.

After Garland retired, the family made their home in Sierra Vista where Viv worked various jobs in retail.

Her greatest joy, though, was that of wife and mother. She loved everything about homemaking, and no one ever left her table hungry, be they family, friend or stranger.

She was also an avid flower, fruit and vegetable gardener. She grew her peach trees from the pits of some peaches her son had given her. She loved to can the peaches from her trees each August, and she always gave the biggest and plumpest peaches to her friends, neighbors and her doctor. The family always said Mother could probably make rocks and twigs grow because her thumb was so green.

She was also a prolific writer of poems and songs, and she enjoyed reading or singing them to family and friends. Several of her nieces, nephews and great-nieces would call from time to time to hear her relate tales of her childhood years, and the calls would usually end by her singing a song or reading them a new poem she had written. She was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

 After the death of her husband, Viv made her home for almost 19 years with her daughter, Neva Jane Bryant, and son-in-law, Billy Joe Bryant. The family moved to Daleville, Botetourt County, Va., in 1995 where they resided until moving back to Sierra Vista, Ariz., in December 2010.

Surviving: her daughter and son-in-law, Neva Jane and Billy Joe Bryant of Sierra Vista; her grandcat, Cozy; also nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces, great- and great-great nephews in West Virginia and all across the United States.

 Service was held Aug. 30 at the Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Adonijah, with graveside service at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. The church service and graveside service were conducted by Pastor Earl Elliott.

 Online condolences may be sent at

Local arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, and arrangements in Arizona by Hatfield Funeral Home, Sierra Vista, Ariz.