The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

September 12, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, September 12, 2013


Henry Garland Adams

Henry Garland Adams, 93, of Oak Hill, formerly of Homestead, Fla., died Sept. 3, 2013, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Garland was born April 11, 1920, in Crumpler, Va., son of the late William Victor and Essie Day Adams. Garland also was preceded in death by his sister, Lottie, and brothers, Warren, Doug and Buford, and his beloved wife, Fern Grogan Adams.

Garland was a 1936 graduate of Mark Twain High School where he served as senior class president, captain of the football team and valedictorian.

He left Glenville State Teachers College during World War II to join the United States Navy serving as Chief Petty Officer.

He spent many years in Homestead, Fla., as a contractor and builder of fine homes in the Miami, Dade County area.

Surviving: his daughters, Mary Purvines of Chesterfield, Mo., and Susan Bouldin of Alderson; and by his sister, Jean Holtzapfel of Beckley.

The family will hold a private service to celebrate Garland’s life.

Online condolences may be sent at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Kyle Lewis Allen Jr.

Kyle Lewis Allen, Jr., of Parkersburg, formerly of Beckley, died Sept. 5, 2013.

He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Glen Jean, the son of the late Kyle Lewis Allen Sr. and Edith Walters Allen.

In 1940 he married Ruth Sunday, who preceded him in death in 2008. In addition to his wife, a sister, Evelyn Bragg, preceded him in death.

His lifetime career was as an automobile mechanic and service manager for Ford Motor Co. and GM.

He was an avid hunter and looked forward to spending time at his hunting cabin. His favorite times were with his friends at the camp swapping tales each hunting season.

Surviving: his daughter, Rose Ann Spencer; son, Kyle Lewis Allen III; granddaughter, Karen Boso; great-granddaughters, Megan and Kaitlyn Boso; brother, Ralph Allen; good friend, Carl Gheen; and special little friend, Aubrey Schenz.

Graveside rites and committal services, followed by burial, were Sept. 9 at Wayside Cemetery, Wayside, with Allen Hilton officiating.

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

Memorials may be sent to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shady Spring, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Eunice Faye Elkins Dangerfield

Eunice Faye Elkins Dangerfield of Scarbro, born Dec. 15, 1931, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease on Sept. 7, 2013. She passed away surrounded by her immediate family: Kenneth Dangerfield, her husband of 64 years; her daughter, Susan Smith of Oak Hill, and Susan’s husband, Gary; her daughter, Kelli Dangerfield of Scarbro; her son, Kenneth Bruce Dangerfield of Morgantown and his wife, Vicki; her son, Wesley Dangerfield of Charlotte, N.C., and his wife, Mazie; and her son, Barry Dangerfield of Bristol, Tenn., and his wife, Linda.

Eunice grew up in Pax and lived most of her adult life in Scarbro.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, including her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was active in the community, a member of the Fayette County Black Lung Association, former treasurer of the National Black Lung Association and helped to build walking paths in the area.

She was a retired employee of Lilly’s Jewelers of Beckley. She liked to cook and read in her spare time.

Also surviving: her brother, James Murdock and his wife, Milda, of Knoxville, Tenn.; her brothe, Larry Murdock and his wife, Helen, of Princeton; her sister, Sandra Burress and her husband, William, of Steubenville, Ohio, and her brother, Carl D. Murdock and his wife, Sue, of Mt. Hope. She was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Maynor, and her husband, Dillard, of Detroit, Mich.

She will be cremated, as she requested. A celebration of her life for close family will be held at a later date. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and she will be missed.

Online condolences may be made at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Lucile Elizabeth Shepherd Duncan

Lucile Elizabeth Shepherd Duncan, 89, of Oak Hill, WV, died at the home of her daughter and caregiver Rita Toler on Sept. 7, 2013, after a long illness.

Born Feb. 29, 1924, at Prudence, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Essie Hazel Burdette Shepherd. Lucile also was preceded in death by her husband, Joe P. Duncan; by a son Joe P. Duncan Jr.; and by brothers, Frank J. Shepherd, William L. Shepherd and Charles Shepherd.

Lucile was a cook for the Fayette County school system and was also a former telephone operator.

She was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene since 1952. She served the church as a board member, Sunday school teacher and member of the Missionary Society.

She was a 1941 graduate of Oak Hill High School and a member of P.E.I.A.

Surviving: her son, Randy Duncan and wife Karen of Oak Hill; daughters, Rita Toler and her husband, Ray, of Oak Hill and Barbara Kincaid of Beckley; a sister, Eunice Wheeler of Beckley; an uncle, Howard Snodgrass of St. Albans; and nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 10 at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Jerry Bush and Pastor Mike Angelona officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Betty M. Green

Betty M. Green, 77, of Maple Fork Road, died Sept. 4, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born May 27, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Jordan and Dollie Teel Jordan. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Malcomb D. Green; brothers, Sonny Jordan and Crawford Jordan; and by a sister, Virginia Stanevich.

Betty was a very loving, gentle person who enjoyed her children, grandchildren and friends and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She has left each one with very special memories that will last their lifetime.

Surviving: her daughters, Toni' James-Stover of Beckley and Dinah Radford and her husband, Edwin, of Beckley; her son, Bruce McClung and partner Sandy Hawley of Beckley; grandchildren, Matthew Radford and wife Andrea, Felicia Puckett and husband John, Lee James, Mark McClung and wife Ashley, Adam James and wife Jill, Wes James and Zack Stover; great-grandchildren, Madison, Emma, Addison and Eve; sister, Marie Frye and husband Bill; and brothers, Jim Jordan and L.T. Jordan and wife Jeannie.

A memorial service was conducted Sept. 7 at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Harmon Davis officiating. Entombment was in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



James B. Hash Jr.

James B. Hash Jr., 85, of Danese, died Sept. 4, 2013, at Kanawha Hospice Care, Charleston.

Born April 21, 1928, in Layland, he was the son of the late James B. Hash Sr. and Mary L. Hash. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney K. Hash.

James attended Zickafoose Memorial Church and was a retired machinist.

Surviving: his loving wife of 64 years, Janice R. Wells Hash; daughter, Cassandra Hash-Cooper and husband Joe; son James B. Hash III and wife Vickie; sisters, Alta C. Smith and Shirley Adkins; granddaughter, Melanie S. Allen; and great-grandson, Brackston C. Allen.

Services were Sept. 9 at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, with Rev. Jack Reeves and Rev. Sherman McCombs officiating.  

The family requests a donation be made to the Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Patti Sue Kesterson

Patti Sue Kesterson, 53, died surrounded by her family, on Sept. 3, 2013, at Hospice of Central Ohio in Newark, following a long, hard-fought battle with metastatic melanoma.

Patti was born Sept. 26, 1959, in Oak Hill, daughter of the late Frank and Tonita J. (Zastawniak) Tolli. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Karen Kay.

After graduating from Oak Hill High School in 1977 she married her one true love in life, Donald R. Kesterson, and began her career and life’s mission of raising three children.

 Patti dedicated her life to the endless pursuit of providing happiness to her children, her adored and treasured grandchildren, and every child she was ever in contact with. She was an avid baseball fan, and treasured her time spent with her family watching Little League games, and her beloved Cincinnati Reds. She loved to cook dishes and meals of any variety and culture, and adored the smiles that her often loved cuisine brought to faces.

An animal lover, Patti ensured the happiness of her dogs, and loved them as her dear companions.

Surviving, in addition to her husband: her children, Christopher Lee Kesterson of Coshocton, Ohio, Brian Andrew Kesterson of Dublin, Ohio, and Megan Nicole Kesterson of Pataskala; her sisters, Debora Brown of Coshocton, Ohio, Cathy Mason of Westerville, Ohio, Rebecca Tolli of Pataskala, Ohio, and Jennifer (Kevin) Ball of Coshocton, Ohio; her grandchildren, Gavin, Raina, Aiden Kesterson of Coshocton and Grayson Kesterson of Pataskala; three very special women she admired, Courtney Hambell of Dublin, Ohio, and Amber Grove and Brandy Burchett, both of Coshocton; and a very special brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Edna Kesterson of Oak Hill.

A memorial service was held Sept. 9 in the Chapel of Given-Dawson Funeral Home. Donations in Patti’s memory may be made to the James Cancer Center of the OSU Wexner Medical Center, or to Hospice of Central Ohio. An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawsonfuneralhome.com

Edward Lee ‘Eddie’ Miller

Edward Lee “Eddie” Miller, 50, of Scarbro, died Aug. 31, 2013, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Born Dec. 13, 1962, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Clarence and Betty McCoy Miller.

He was a self-employed mechanic.

Surviving: his wife, Brenda Lee Canaday Miller; son, Allen Humphrey of Fayetteville; daughter, Lora Lee Miller of Charleston; brothers, Jimmy W. Miller of Scarbro, Kenneth R. Miller of Fayetteville and John A Miller of Mount Olive; and sisters, Dreama Miller of Scarbro, Anna Masters of Lochgelly, and Carol Miller of Oak Hill.

Memorial service was at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Sept. 6, with Pastor Alan Ledford officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Donna Moran

Donna Moran, 52, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 31, 2013, from injuries received in a car accident.

Born July 29, 1961, she was the daughter of Lonnie Williams and the late Ina Caroline Williams.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her niece, Melissa Johnson.

Donna loved cooking for family gatherings and loved getting together with her friends and family to watch West Virginia football.

Donna had a heart of gold, she would give you the shirt off her back and she loved making everyone laugh.

She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was of the Baptist faith. Donna smiled all the time and she was always joking and laughing. She loved everybody and never met a stranger.

Surviving: her father, Lonnie Williams of North Sand Branch Road; daughter, Amanda Harvey and husband Billy of Oak Hill; son, Patrick Moran of Norfolk, Va.; sisters, Diane Aikens of North Sand Branch Road and Debbie Solace and husband Ronnie of Shelbyville, Ky.; brothers, Lonnie Williams Jr. and wife Angela, Ronnie Williams and wife Beverly, and Keith Williams and wife Debbie, all of North Sand Branch Road; and a host of nephews and nieces.

Services were Sept. 7 at Little Valley Baptist Church, South Sand Branch Road, with Pastor Junior Plumley officiating.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



T.E. ‘Tommy’ Myles

Thomas Eberly “Tommy” Myles, 90, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 3, 2013.

A memorial service was held Sept. 9 in the courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville. Burial of cremains will be private at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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



Sonja Katherine ‘Katbird’ Poole

Sonja Katherine “Katbird” Poole, formerly of Oak Hill, died Aug. 15, 2013, at her home in Valley Village, Calif.

Born Sept. 1, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Audrey Spencer Poole Williams and Claude Poole and stepdaughter of the late Woodrow Williams, all formerly of Scarbro.

Surviving: her siblings, Sandra Poole Gwinn McVige of Casselberry, Fla., and family, Aileen Karol Poole Coffee of Fayetteville, N.C., and family, and Marsha (Lainie Marsh) Williams and family, and Suzanne Williams Johnson and family, all of Nashville, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held on Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral home.com.

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Phillip Louis Prete

Phillip Louis Prete, 76, of Montgomery, died Sept. 2, 2013.

Born Sept. 8, 1936, in Star City, he was the son of the late Louis and Theresa Raymond Prete.

He was a member of the UMWA. He was a former employee of Marathon Industries prior to going into the coal mining field where he retired from Peabody Coal Company in Boone County.

He was former street commissioner of the City of Montgomery and formerly employed by the DOH.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving: his wife, Carolyn Spaulding Prete; children, Louie Prete and his wife, Tammy, of Fayetteville, Sherri Allred and her husband, Jeff, of Charleston, Philip J. Prete and his wife, Tracy, of Montgomery, and Lisa Conley and her husband, Paul, of Summersville; grandchildren, Jason, Michael, Rachel, Brooke, Joshua, Seth and Lauren; great-grandchildren, Kaya and Cole; and his beloved furry best friends, Maggie and Susie.

Service was Sept. 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Frank Brown officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.  

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



George Galen Shrout

George Galen Shrout, 74, of Craigsville, formerly of Oak Hill, died Sept. 4, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston.

Born March 8, 1939, at Oswald, he was the son of the late Buckner and Ophelia Ramsey Shrout. Four brothers, Thomas Shrout, Edward Shrout, Charles Shrout and Chester Shrout, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired surface mine foreman for Ellen Inc. of Beckley.

Surviving: sons, Ritch Shrout and wife Michelle of Centerburg, Ohio, and David “Skip” Shrout and wife Cindy of Westerville, Ohio; brother, Noel Shrout of Derry Hale; sisters, Bethel Martin of Mill Creek and Hildred Dodrill of Dille; granddaughters, Brooks Brooks of Columbus, Ohio, and Amanda Rossey, Mindy Goudy and Caylee Shrout, all of Westerville; great-granddaughters, Brianna Brooks of Columbus, Ohio, and Taylor Ducilli of Westerville; and great-grandsons, Tyler Rossey and Zaylan Shrout, both of Westerville.

Funeral services were Sept. 8 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with John Wood officiating. Burial was at Nuttall Cemetery, Edmond.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lucille Black Sneddon

Lucille Black Sneddon, 86, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 4, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Feb. 4, 1927, at Amigo, she was the daughter of the late Charles Lee and Edna Thompson Black. Her husband, Alexander Sneddon, preceded her in death in 2011. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Delmar and Charles Black.

Mrs. Sneddon was a retired telephone operator from AT&T Bell of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a homemaker.

She was a member of Mt. Hope Christian Church, Mt Hope.

Surviving: a son, Scott Sneddon and wife Sandra of Ellijay, Ga.; a daughter, Jean Price of Kennesaw, Ga.; grandchildren, John R. and Michael A. Haders, and Heather J. Frederick and Erin Foremonte; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Robert “Bob” Black and wife Mary of Oak Hill; and sister, Marian Thorne and husband James of Oak Hill.

Funeral service was Sept. 7 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Minister Dennis Kinzer officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Christopher ‘Bryan’ Tilley

Christopher “Bryan” Tilley, 36, of Oak Hill, formerly of Glen Rogers, died Sept. 7, 2013, in Hilltop Center, following a lifelong illness.

Born Aug. 6, 1977, in Beckley, he was the son of Michael and Sharon Thompson Tilley of Glen Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arnold “Abe” and Georgia Canada Tilley, and Robert Thompson and Jeanette Thompson Hill.

Bryan was dearly loved by his family. He was never able to do the things on this Earth as we do every day, but now he is walking, talking, and eating at the Master’s Table.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: brothers, Michael Tilley and his wife, Nikki, of Lynco and Andrew Tilley and his wife, April, of Cool Ridge; sister, Cassandra Tilley and her fiancé, John Robert Boyden III, of Beckley; his nephews, Nick, Ryan, Nathan, Erick, and Aaron; his nieces, Kaitlyn, Megan, and Allie; and a host of beloved family and friends.

Services celebrating Bryan’s life were held Sept. 10 in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Dewayne Hurd officiating.

Online condolences may be extended at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Please make memorial donations to the Bowers Hospice House of Beckley.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Raymond Lee Ward Sr.

Raymond Lee Ward Sr., 61, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Oak Hill, died Sept. 7, 2013, in Cleveland.

Born July 5, 1952, he was the son of the late Floyd and Garnet Tompkins Ward. His beloved wife, Sharon Sue Crouch Ward, also preceded him in death on June 29, 2013.

Surviving: sons, James Ward and wife Sue, Raymond Ward Jr. and John Ward and wife Kelly, all of Cleveland; stepdaughters, Jeanette Nuckles and husband Harold, and Debra Parker, all of Oak Hill; brothers, Frank Ward of Minden, and Mike Ward and Elvie Ward, both of Oak Hill; sisters, Betty Craft of Oak Hill, Connie Berry of Minden and Susie Willoughby of Blacksburg, S.C.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Eric Smith officiating. His cremains will be laid to rest beside his wife at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Curtis Ray West

Curtis Ray West, 35, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 2, 2013.

A memorial service was held Sept. 6 at the Gatewood Church of God with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating.

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

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



Randall Wilson

Randall Lee Wilson, 37, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 2, 2013.

A memorial service was held Sept. 6 at the Gatewood Church of God with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating.

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

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



William C. Woods

Mr. William C. Woods, 94, of Winston-Salem, N.C., formerly of Mount Hope, died Sept. 5, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.