The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


December 11, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 12, 2013


Rodney N. Smith

Rodney N. Smith, 59, of Lookout, died Dec. 6, 2013.

Born Sept. 27, 1954, he was the son of the late Clarence and Garnette Smith. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Miranda Smith McDonald.

Rodney was a coal miner, farmer, hunter, fisherman, carpenter and best friend to many. He was known as having a kind heart and as an advocate of animal rights rescue.

He will be loved and missed by all.

Surviving: his wife, Marie Ann Kincaid Smith; daughter, Tori Smith Baines; sons-in-law, Jeff Baines and Shane McDonald; sister-in-law, Toby Oliver; niece, Tina Mettler; sisters in life, Linda Petry and Regina Samuels; grandchildren, Justin Shipp, Kaelie, Tyler and Bethany Withrow, Gabby Smith, Trenton, Timothy, Thomas and Shane O McDonald; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends called Dec. 10 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Hope Sparks

Hope Keeton Sparks, 85, of Fayetteville, died Dec. 5, 2013, at Grand Strand Regional Hospital, Myrtle Beach, S.C., due to complications of a stroke.

She had recently built her dream home in North Myrtle Beach, and was looking forward to spending her winters south.

Hope was born May 15, 1928, in Calhoun County, daughter of the late Chapman and Ada (King) Keeton. She was next to oldest of five sisters and a half brother. In addition to her parents and stepfather (Oak Jett), she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnet Sparks; a daughter, Connie Amstutz; half-brother, Stanton Jett; and sister, Juanita Waffler.

Hope was a kind, gentle, generous woman who was much loved. Although she could be a very private person, she was also very fun-loving. She embraced knowledge and enjoyed sharing what she had learned with others. She was an avid reader, gardener and bird watcher. She wrote poetry, kept a journal, enjoyed music and loved the opportunity to travel.

She was of the Baptist faith and embodied the principles of Christianity with her charitable nature and thoughtful disposition. She looked for good in everyone and always found it.

She was known by many names to those who loved her: Phyllis, Hope, Mrs. Sparks, Mother, Mommy, Mom, Grandmother, Granny, Hope-e, and Nanny.

Most important to her was being a wife and homemaker. She always stated that her biggest accomplishment in life was her children whom she adored.

Surviving: her son, Larry Sparks and wife Kathy of Marmet; daughters, Sherry Waugh and husband Rick of Glasgow, and Bonnie Sansbury and husband Allen of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sisters, Janice See of Elmira, Arlene Morrison and Maxine Uhl of Orrville, Ohio, and Charlotte Maxwell of Fayetteville; grandsons Christopher Waugh and Hunter Sparks; granddaughter, Hayleigh Sparks; great-granddaughter, Jacelyn Tate Jones; step grandchildren, Bryson England, and Cody, Hunter, and Chelsea Corbin; and numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of other family and friends.

Visitation was Dec. 8 at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill. A private graveside service followed at Dotson-Simpson Cemetery in Keslers Cross Lanes.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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