The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 13, 2010

Obituaries — January 14, 2010


Lucille Ann Spencer Armstrong

Lucille Ann Spencer Armstrong, 60, of Dothan, died Jan. 8, 2010, at CAMC Memorial Division.

Born Aug. 28, 1949, in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Lonzo Spencer and Georgia Manning Spencer. She also was preceded in death by sister Barbara in 1977.

Mrs. Armstrong was a homemaker and a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Oak Hill.

Surviving: husband, James Stuart Armstrong of Dothan.

Committal and graveside rites were Jan. 11 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with speaker Sam Lambert. Burial was in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill.



Alonzo Lawrence ‘Buck’ Bobbitt

Alonzo Lawrence “Buck” Bobbitt, 82, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 9, 2010, at CAMC — Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born Dec. 3, 1927, at Elk Ridge, he was the son of the late William C. and Grace Price Bobbitt. Three sisters, Ruth McArdle, Helen Lopez and Nancy Carello, and two brothers, Bill Bobbitt and Jimmy Bobbitt, also preceded him in death.

Buck was a retired warehouse manager for Rainbird Sprinkler Manufacturing and a former coal miner, having last worked at Winifrede.

He attended the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: his loving wife of 61 years, Jackie Bobbitt; children, John Bill Bobbitt and wife Pam of Alta Loma, Calif., and Bonnie Alvarron and husband John of Oak Hill; brothers, Sherman Bobbitt and wife Rosie of Falls View, Raymond Bobbitt and wife Patty of Winfield and Ronald Bobbitt and wife Mary of Adena Village; sisters, Margaret Bailey of Montgomery and Midge Hartwell and husband Harold of Mankota, Minn.; grandchildren, Jacqueline, Joni and husband Jeremy, Michael and companion Taryn, Jolene and husband Matt, and Matthew and companion Lexie; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elsie Mae Browder

Mrs. Elsie Mae Browder, 80, of Broadway Ave., Oak Hill, died Jan. 7, 2010.

Born March 15, 1929, at Beards Fork, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Morris and Susie Yancey Morris. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James Browder; sons, Johnny Morris, James Evans, Roland Browder and Clark Browder; and sisters, Helen Perry, Frances Morris and Florence Fountain.

Mrs. Browder was a member of Community Baptist Church of Harlem Heights.

Surviving: her daughter, Drema (Mark) Hairston of Oak Hill; brother, Leon (Gerri) Morris of Bronx, N.Y.; sister, Phyllis “Ann” Morris of Oak Hill; daughter-in-law, Mary Evans; grandchildren she helped raise, Maria Jamison, Mary Evans, Carmen Evans, Kimberly B. Woods, and Tiffney Hairston; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Jan. 9 at Community Baptist Church with Elder Craig Dorsey officiating. Burial followed in Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch.

The family requests donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

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

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Carol Ann Rinehart Foster

Carol Ann Rinehart Foster, 70, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 8, 2010, at home.

Born April 27, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Mabel Nine Rinehart. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Harold B. Foster; brother, Clifford Rinehart; sister, Allison Mills; and stepdaughter, Charlotte Rhodes.

Mrs. Foster was a homemaker and a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at Oak Hill.

Surviving: son, Mark Foster of Salem, Va.; daughter, Denise Maiolo of Oak Hill; stepchild, Martha Foster of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Gabriel Maiolo and Elizabeth Maiolo; stepgrandchildren, Debbie and Tammy; and brother, Larry Rinehart of Illinois.

Graveside rites were Jan. 11 at High Lawn Park Mausoleum at Oak Hill, with the Rev. Roy Crist. Burial was in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill.



Carl Robert Furrevig

Carl Robert Furrevig, 63, of Scarbro, died Jan. 6, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill of an apparent heart attack.

Born May 7, 1946, at Jersey City, N.J., he was the son of the late Jake and Ethel Henn Furrevig.

Carl was a retired teacher, having taught English as a Second Language at Ferris High School in Jersey City, N.J.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, the Sts. Peter Alumni Association and the NEA.

Surviving: his wife of 40 years, Bridget Hermes Furrevig; son, Arthur Hermes of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers, Allan Furrevig of Point Pleasant, N.J., and Warren Furrevig of Florida; and a granddaughter, Rachel Hermes of Atlanta.

Mass of Christian burial was Jan. 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Raleigh County Humane Society, PO Box 115, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dorcas Zoe Williams Kuhn

Dorcas Zoe Williams Kuhn, 94, of Minden, died Jan. 10, 2010, at her home.

Born Feb. 22, 1915, at Willis Branch, she was the daughter of the late William and Elsie Phillips Williams. Her husband, Ralph William Kuhn, preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1989.

Mrs. Kuhn was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, Rock Lick, and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Melba Yates of Minden and Ramona Lipka of Baltimore, Md.; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 13 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Jerry Sears officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dottie Lou McMillion

Dottie Lou McMillion, 64, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 3, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born June 10, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Haymond and Helen Buckner and step-daughter of Freda Buckner. Dottie also was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Donald McMillion Sr.; and several brothers and sisters.

Dottie was a nurse and worked at Plateau Medical Center. She later owned and operated her own personal care home and gave loving care for the disabled and those with special needs.

Dottie dedicated her entire life to spending time with family and grandchildren and helping others.

Dottie loved going to church, listening to gospel music, reading the Bible and enjoying company. She was of the Holiness faith.

Surviving: her daughter, Patricia Harrah and spouse Billy of Oak Hill; son, Donald McMillion Jr. and spouse Diana of Oak Hill; grandchildren, David Preston II of Charleston, and Lyndsey Preston, Amy Beth Harrah and Alexis Thee Kendall McMillion, all of Oak Hill; sisters, Charlotte Fleming of Florida, Diana Snyder and spouse David of Kincaid, Debbie Buckner of Oak Hill, Ella Mae Comer and spouse Charles of Mt. Hope, Carmel Campbell and spouse Roger of Belle, Gladys Sears and spouse Lester of Virginia, Mildred Joyce Edward and spouse Roy of Indiana and Mary Sue Wolfe and spouse Doug of Texas; and brothers, Haymond (Jabo) Buckner and spouse Pam of Powellton, Ray Buckner and spouse Judy of Ohio, Mark Buckner and spouse Judy of Virginia, Jimmy Withrow of Belle and Clyde Stevens of North Carolina.

Services were Jan. 8 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Larry Humphrey officiating. Interment followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralfhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Barbara Ann Bozo Pettry

Barbara Ann Bozo Pettry, 68, of Glen Daniel, died Jan. 8, 2010, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Aug. 24, 1941, at Scarbro, she was the daughter of the late Elic Louis Bozo Sr. and Felicia Delores Pawlus Bozo. She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ann.

Mrs. Pettry was a retired registered nurse for over 35 years at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Surviving: her husband, Howard Pettry; daughter, Felicia Ann Stacy (Fabian Durand) of Jackson,Tenn.; brothers, Elic Bozo Jr. of Oak Hill and Jospeh Bozo of Blackstone, Va.; and a sister, Patricia Bagley of Chattanooga, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ramey Presson

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Ramey Presson, 65, of Lander Drive, Conway, S.C., died Jan. 10, 2010, at Conway Medical Center.

Born in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Mabel Roxie Mankin Ramey.

She was a graduate of Oak Hill High School in Oak Hill, and was a graduate of Appalachian Regional Hospitals’ School of Professional Nursing in Harlan, Ky. She received her CRNA degree from Charleston Memorial School of Anesthesia in Charleston.

Mrs. Presson was a nurse in the U.S. Air Force and was employed as a nurse anesthetist at Conway Medical Center.

Mrs. Presson was one of the most giving people you would ever meet.

Surviving: her husband, Anthony C. Presson of Conway; brother, Charles E. Ramey Jr. and his wife, Candice, of Charleston; and cousins, Ray Sims and his wife, Thelma, and Elsie Mae Brown and her husband, Gordon.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel.A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Marian C. Brazell officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Conway Medical Center Foundation, 300 Singleton Ridge Road, Conway, SC 29526.

Sign a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, Conway, S.C.



Eleanor Louise Skidmore

Eleanor Louise Skidmore, 77, died Jan. 7, 2010, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a short illness.

Born June 3, 1932, at Rainelle, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Anna Rosa Hunter Sanford. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Dale Skidmore; a brother, Neville Sanford; and sisters, Dorothy Grennan and Gayle Kashola.

Mrs. Skidmore was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: daughter, Cheryl Altizer and husband Nolan of Rainelle; sons, Roy Allen Skidmore and wife Judy of Willow Springs, N.C., and Mark Lee Wayne Skidmore and wife Donna of Summersville; grandchildren, Roy Lee Skidmore, Chris Skidmore, Kim Payne, Sandra Hanna, Shane Altizer and Jeff Skidmore; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 10 at the Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle with Pastor Milton Ker and the Rev. Youel Altizer officiating. Burial followed in the Downtain Cemetery, Nettie.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.



William P. ‘Bill’ Smith Jr.

William P. “Bill” Smith Jr., 58, of Rock Crusher Ridge Road, Danese, died early Jan. 10, 2010, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 3, 1951, at Landisburg, he was the son of the late William P. Smith Sr. and Joyce Marie Bennett Smith.

Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator at the coal mines, and also liked to do carpentry work.

Surviving: daughter, Ann Marie Smith Adkins of Daniels; son, William Kelly Smith of Daniels; sisters, Diana Sue Bennett of Danese, Norma Marie Smith Goddard of Thonotosassa, Fla., and Kristie Kay Smith Sparks; six grandchildren; six nieces and six nephews and their families.

Graveside services, followed by burial, were Jan. 13 at Bennett Cemetery on Wolford Road in Danese, with Pastor Allen Whitt officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ann Adkins, 1038 N. Eisenhower Drive, PMB-100, Beckley, WV 25801, to help defray the funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Robert David ‘Bob’ Snyder

Robert David “Bob” Snyder, 88, of Mount Hope, formerly of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Jan. 9, 2010, at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Beckley.

Born March 1, 1921, at Jersey Shore, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles M. and Edith Kerlin Snyder. He also was preceded in death by his son, Jim Snyder; an infant daughter, Mary Ellen Snyder; a stepson, Gary C. Perry; brothers, Thomas, William, and Charles Snyder; and sisters, Gladys Fry and Miriam Orgitano.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Lake Worth, Fla.; served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service.

Bob attended the Mount Hope Christian Church. He was an avid Mount Hope Mustangs and WVU Mountaineer fan.

Surviving: his wife of 26 years, Gladys Perry Snyder; sons, Danny Snyder of Bethel, Pa., Chuck Snyder of Pottstown, Pa., and Don Snyder of Norristown, Pa.; brother, Clayton Snyder of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Perry of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Autumn, Lauren, and Phillip, all of Pennsylvania, Gregory Perry and his wife, Amy, of Daniels, Jeanay Booth and her husband, Tom, and Brian Perry, all of Oak Hill; nine great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Lucky.

Funeral services were Jan. 13 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Minister Ken Overdorf officiating. Bob was taken back to his hometown where he will be buried on Friday, Jan. 15 at Jersey Shore Cemetery, Jersey Shore, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Hope Christian Church, PO Box 449, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Joseph S. Sodder Sr.

Joseph Samuel Sodder Sr., 85, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 6, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following an extended illness.

Born Sept. 4, 1924, at Smithers, he was the son of the late George (Sr.) and Jennie Cipriani Sodder. He also was preceded in death by his son, Joseph S. Sodder Jr.; grandson, Gary Wayne Gillespie Jr.; granddaughter, Angie Abbott; brothers, John Sodder and Michael Sodder; sister, Mary Ann Crowder; and five siblings who perished in a house fire.

Mr. Sodder was one of the owners of Sodder Trucking at Alloy. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his family.

Surviving: his wife of 62 years, Clarice Louise Buckland Sodder; son, George Sodder and wife Sherrie; daughters, Vickie Gillespie and husband Gary, and Sherry Thornburg and husband Wallace; brother, George “Ted” Sodder and wife Elsie; sister, Sylvia Paxton and husband Grover; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences and other information available at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Lonnie Martin ‘Corky’ Sproles

Lonnie Martin “Corky” Sproles, 56, of Rainelle, died Jan. 6, 2010, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 18, 1953, in Fort Worth, Texas, he was the son of the late Prentiss Edward and Thelma Belle Forren Sproles.

Corky worked as a truck driver.

Surviving: his wife, Edith “Toby” Marguerite Sproles; daughter, Angela Chalin Spencer and husband Shawn of Culpepper, Va.; sons, T.D. Sproles and wife Christie of Williamsburg, Va., and P.J. Sproles and wife Nicki Tiller of Danese; sisters, Sylvia Martin of Windsor, Va., and Avis Truitt of Tonopah, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Kaitlyn Sproles, Seth Sproles, Sonja Spencer and Abigail Spencer.

The body was cremated. Friends are encouraged to pay their respects at the family residence on Sims Mountain Road.

Please make memorial donations to the family.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.



Glenna Mae Tipton

Glenna Mae Tipton of Adrian, Mich., died suddenly Dec. 6, 2009.

Born May 5, 1921, in Scarbro, she was the daughter of the late Bedford B. and Delta Frances Bragg. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Tipton, on Sept. 30 , 1978; two brothers; a sister; and a special cousin, Alfred W. Foster Jr. of Scarbro, who died Oct. 11, 2008.

Mrs. Tipton graduated from Beckley College, now known as Mountain State University. She retired in 1986 from the Bank of Lenawee as the assistant vice president of mortgage closing loans.

She was a graduate of Oak Hill High School, Class of 1939, and a member of the OH/CH Alumni Association.

At Glenna’s request, cremation has taken place. A graveside service was held Dec. 16 at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park. Contributions in Glenna’s memory may be directed to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or associated charities. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.



Dorothy Walker

Dorothy Y. “Dot” Walker, 91, of Lizemores, died Jan. 8, 2010.

She was the daughter of the late Earl And Zora Stone Hypes and was also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse L. Walker

Mrs. Walker was a charter member of the Ida Baptist Church of Bentree.

Surviving: her son, Leonard (Connie) Walker of Mount Carbon; daughters, Phyllis (Homer) Morton of Lizemores, Dorma (Paul) Moore of Lizemores, Peggy (and the late Denver) Moore of Oak Hill, Ann (Richard) Skaggs of Mount Carbon, Wanda (Emery) Taylor of Dalton, Ohio, and Debbie (Kelvin) VanMeter of Lizemores; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Jan. 11 at the Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. John Cole and Rev. Dennis Preast officiating. Burial followed in the Stone Cemetery, Lizemores.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice, 1606 Kanwha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25302.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Charles Omar Zickafoose

Charles Omar Zickafoose, 87, of Beckwith, died Jan. 4, 2010, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 22, 1922, in Elverton, he was the son of the late Seguine and Birdie Mae Harless Zickafoose. His wife, Helen C. Rose Zickafoose; a daughter, Rebecca Louise Nichols; seven brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

Charles was a retired coal miner having worked for Peabody Coal. He was a member of the Cotton Hill Baptist Church, the UMWA and VFW and was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he served in the Pacific Theater and in Korea and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Surviving: daughter, Patti Dickinson and husband Mac of Riverview, Fla.; sons, Mick Zickafoose and wife Lisa of Beckwith, Dave Zickafoose and wife Sharon of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., and Doug Zickafoose and wife Lora of Hurricane; grandchildren, Stephanie Neal and Stephen Dickinson of Riverview, Fla., Joshua Zickafoose of Princeton, Justin and Jared Zickafoose of Hurricane, Mike Zickafoose of Charleston, Nichole Zickafoose of Beckwith, Levi Zickafoose of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., and Chad Nichols of Page; and great- grandchildren, Zoe and Harlow Neal, Cade Dickinson, Allison Johnson and Brady Zickafoose.

In keeping with his wishes, his body was donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Gideons International, PO Box 429, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

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

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.