In memory

Ruth Pauline Bostic Adkins

Ruth Pauline Bostic Adkins, 89, of Oak Hill, passed away Oct. 12, 2021, at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Born Jan. 23, 1932, in Thayer, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Velma Neff Bostic.

Ruth worked as a hospital administrator.

She was of the Baptist faith, and loved her family very much.

She is preceded in death by sons, Steve Adkins and Scott Adkins; and brothers, Clifford Bostic and Clayton Bostic.

Those left to cherish her memory include children, Jeanne Ditri, Jeffrey Adkins, Craig Adkins and Randal Adkins; grandchildren, Dustin Ditri, Michelle Wilson and Steven Adkins; and great-grandchildren, Domenic Ditri and Steven Adkins II.

Services will be private.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Timmie Ray Arrington

Timmie Ray Arrington, 65, of Oak Hill, passed away Sept. 29, 2021, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Feb. 6, 1956, in Thayer, he was the son of the late Charles and Mabel Dixon Arrington.

He also is preceded in death by wife, Pamela Gouer Arrington, and brother, Tommy Lewis Arrington.

Timmie was a 1975 graduate from Collins High School in Oak Hill.

He worked for the Fayette County Board of Education as a custodian and bus driver and retired in 2015 as head maintenance worker.   

Those left to cherish his memory include daughter, Joyce Arrington and fiancé Allen Ball; adopted daughter, Taylor Arrington; grandchildren, Timothy, Adalyn and Vivian; former wife, Carol Arrington; brother, Charles Arrington; sister, Debrah Arrington; and best friend of 40 years, Paul Wehrle, who was like a brother. 

Services were Oct. 4 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Janet Lynn Bowles

Janet Lynn Bowles, 66, of Oak Hill, passed away Oct. 13, 2021 at Raleigh General Hospital after a long illness.

Born Jan. 12, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Annie Eagles Bowles of Prince. 

Janet enjoyed writing to pen pals, cooking, reading and playing cards. 

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, Gary, Gaylen, William, James and Garrett Ray; and sisters, Glenna and Sheralyn. 

Left to cherish her memory is her sister, Judy Bowles of Oak Hill; brothers, Dennis Bowles of Maplewood and Gregory Bowles (Retha) of Alexandria, Virginia; nieces, Wretha and Amanda; nephew, Aaron; and a host of friends. 

Keeping with her wishes Janet will be cremated and then buried at Stanaford Cemetery with no services. 

Margaret Susan Broughton

Margaret Susan Broughton, age 73, of Hilltop, passed away on Oct. 21, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House. 

Born May 29, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Hazel Allen Woody. 

Margaret worked as Postmaster Relief for the Hilltop Post Office.

She was a life long member of the Binghamtown Baptist Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky and was a devoted mother who loved “enjoying people.”

She is preceded in death by husband, John Willis Broughton. 

Her memory will be cherished by son, John Broughton (Melanie), and granddaughter, Megan Woolwine (Braeden). 

Keeping with her wishes she will be cremated. 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gregory Boyd Castle

Gregory Boyd Castle, passed away on Sept. 17, 2021 at CAMC Memorial after a long illness.

Born Feb. 19, 1964, he was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Castle; father, Leonard Castle; and brother, Leonard Castle Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kristi Castle; sister, Debra Treadway of Oak Hill; brother, Gary Castle (Holly); nephew, James Oiler of Charleston, along with several cousins; Aunt Nona Martin of Dawes and Sue Stanley of Cross Lanes; stepdaughter, Amanda Creathers; and step-grandson, Brandon Creathers of Ohley.

Greg went by “Sinbad” on the CB radio.

He was full of life and never met a stranger and enjoyed laughing and carrying on with everyone. 

He worked for Princess Beverly as a security guard. At the time of his death he was disabled. 

Ethan David Click

Ethan David Click passed peacefully in the arms of his loving parents on Oct. 20, 2021, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio, after struggling with complications of Trisomy 18 Chromosome disorder. 

Ethan David was born on Oct. 4, 2021, and during his 16 days here on earth, he touched the lives of many people and was loved deeply by family and friends. His loving parents took every opportunity available to help care for him while he was on life support; they would do diaper changes, mouth care, bathe, lotion, help reposition, hold and love on him as much as possible. 

Ethan David is the son of David and Cindy Click, of Gauley Bridge. Ethan is survived by his older brother, Levi Thomas Click. His maternal grandparents are the late Thomas N. Meadows and John and Judith Holland of Oak Hill. Ethan’s paternal grandparents are Curtis and Ellen Click of Gauley Bridge. His aunts and uncles are Michael Meadows of Dixie, Brian and Melinda Click of Cross Lanes and James Click of Gauley Bridge. His cousins are Ryleigh and Colton Click of Cross Lanes.

Ethan gave us a lifetime of love during his short time here on earth. He will be in our hearts forever and always.  There is no footprint too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.

Services were held Oct. 29 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery, with Pastor John Holland officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. 

A celebration of life dinner was held at the Falls View Presbyterian Church immediately following burial services.

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Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Glenn Wayne Evans

Glenn Wayne Evans, age 52, passed away at Ruby Memorial Hospital on Oct. 15, 2021. 

Born June 30, 1964 in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Hiram and Rita Criss Evans. 

Glenn enjoyed fishing but his favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family; they meant everything to him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Sally Evans; uncle, Frankie Criss; and aunt, Glenna Whitney. 

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Thelma Evelyn Evans; children, Travis Evans (Tiffany), Vencent Evans and Josie Perry (Mason); stepchildren, Miranda Lanham and Dylan Hubbard; siblings, Bill Evans (Amy), Annette Sears (Larry) and Roger Evans; and grandchildren, Myleigh Evans, Hunter Perry, Wyatt Evans and Anastasia Lanham. 

Glenn will be cremated and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. 

Ruth “Jenny” Willis Fannin

Ruth “Jenny” Willis Fannin, 86, of Oak Hill, passed away on Oct. 20, 2021 at Ansted Center. 

She was the daughter of the late Perry and Mildred Willis Pike.

She was a dedicated employee of Hawks Nest State Park, working her way from ticket selling to assistant superintendent. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Floyd Willis; her husband, James Fannin; daughter, Treva Willis; brothers, Perry “Dinky” Willis and James “Piker” Pike. 

She is survived by sons, Bruce (Karen) Willis and Scott (Michelle) Willis; brother, Buck Pike; sisters, Hedy Pike-Chapman, Patty Pike-Cole and Martha Pike; grandchildren, Renee Willis (Jennifer Williams), Jennifer (Rayna) Willis-McDermott, Sherri Willis, Jennifer (David) Wood, Raven Willis, Kristal Willis, Jeremy (wife Alex) Willis and Brian Alan Willis,; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

Services were held Oct. 26 at Wallace & Wallace, Ansted. Burial was private. 

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Rodney Keith Fox

Rodney Keith Fox, age 81, of Ansted, formerly of Montgomery, died Oct. 22, 2021, after he lost a courageous battle with Covid.

He was born in Smithers on March 11, 1940, son of the late Lowell and Edith Thompson Fox. He was also preceded in death by his former wife and mother of his children, Betty Fox; son, Rodney K. Fox Jr.; brother, Robert Fox; and sister, Patty Polson.

He was a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology and owner and operator of Fox Auto Supply of Smithers.

Rodney touched many lives throughout his life here on earth. He was an avid old car enthusiast, specializing in Hemi-Mopar muscle cars.

He is survived by his life partner, Linda Aguilar; sons, Rodney S. Fox of Mount Carbon and Robert G. Fox of Montgomery; brother, Ronald Fox of Montgomery; sisters, Sandra Hutchinson of Chesapeake, Sharon Hornsby of Hopewell, Virginia, Jean Zelenak of Huntersville, North Carolina, Becky Mooney of Southport, North Carolina and Debbie Lawson of Anchorage, Alaska; and grandson, Michael Fox of Mount Carbon.

He was a great father and loved by many people.

Service was held Oct. 28 at O’Dell Funeral, Montgomery, with Rev. Joe Hubbard officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Margie Susan Hoover Frame

Margie Susan Hoover Frame, 88, of Rainelle, passed away on Oct. 14, 2021 at Peyton Hospice House, Lewisburg. 

Born on Jan. 25, 1933 in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Forest Bright Hoover and Ruby Crystal Hoke Hoover. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Keith Hayward Frame; sisters, Virginia Stone and Jean Grady; and brothers, Robert, Buford, Kenneth and John. 

Margie had worked as a housekeeper for Babcock State Park, aide for Greenbrier Valley Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital and a home health care agency. She was a caregiver to her spouse. She was a volunteer at Meadow Garden.

She was a member of the McRoss Baptist Church.

She enjoyed bowling, reading and was a TOPS member. 

Survivors include five children, Linda (Don) Price, Larry (Debby) Frame, Marsha (Jerome) Rodes, Joyce (CJ) Morris and Daniel (Tabatha) Frame; sister, Carolyn Ratliff; three brothers, Melvin Hoover, Bill Hoover and Jim Hoover; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Graveside service was Oct. 18 at Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery, Organ Cave with Pastor Chad Rodes officiating.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Stonerise of Rainelle and Lewisburg, Peyton Hospice House, Trent Walker, Peggy Letts, Laura Wickline and Jim Dorsey for all the care and assistance they provided. 

The family requests memorial donations be made to Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901. 

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Rainelle.

Otto Henry Hanshaw

Otto Henry Hanshaw, 88, of Summersville, died Sept. 19, 2021 at his home.

He was the son of the late Raymond and Virginia Schoolcraft Hanshaw and was born in Fayette County on March 18, 1933.

Otto was a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving: wife, Edith Hypes Hanshaw; sons, Ronald (Carol) and David (Bonita), all of Summersville, and Dale (Tammy) Hanshaw of Kannapolis, North Carolina; daughters, Kandy (Eddie) Metz and Cindy (Johnny) Messer, all of Summersville; brother, Sebert Hanshaw of Summersville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends called Sept. 23 at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville. 

Private burial followed in the family cemetery.

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Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Barbara Ann Holliday Hall Hanshew

Barbara Ann Holliday Hall Hanshew, 87, of Danese, passed at her home on Oct. 10, 2021. 

She was the daughter of Charlie and Aurelia Holliday. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and grandchildren, Amanda Hylton, Rebekah Donelow and Micheal Serber. 

Moments after her passing, her husband, Gerald Hanshew, passed the same evening. 

She is survived by daughters, Cindy Thomas and Patricia Evans; sons, James (Martha) Hall and Kevin Hall; grandchildren, Nathan Thomas, Erin Tompkins, Seth Thomas, Opharah Grose, Josalynn McClure, Levi Hall, Asa Hall, Candace Hall, Telina Thomas, Ashley Hall, Kristen Coleman, Brandy Leonard and Nicholas Serber; 40 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren with two more on the way. 

Services were held Oct. 16 at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Gerald Daniel Hanshew

Gerald Daniel Hanshew, 83, of Danese, passed on Oct. 10, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House. 

He was the son of the late John and Jessie Hanshew. 

His wife, Barbara Hanshew, passed moments before him on the same evening. 

He is survived by sons, Gerald Hanshew II and John Hanshew; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Opie Hanshew; and many nieces and nephews. 

Services were held Oct. 16 at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating the services. 

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Carolyn Broyles Leonard

Carolyn Broyles Leonard, 77, of Salem, Virginia, passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, at Lewis Gale Medical Center on the afternoon of Sept. 16, 2021.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1943 to the late Vennis Clifton Broyles and Pauline Gaylor Broyles.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ronald Leonard; a daughter, Julia Tohme’ (Henri); a son, Charles Leonard (Paula); four grandchildren, Mia and Pierson Tohme’ and Taylor (Beth) and Mackenzie Leonard; one great-grandchild, Jack Leonard; an aunt, Aileen Gaylor Ayers of Lafollette, Tennessee; and an uncle, Paul Gaylor (Barbara) of Pioneer, Tennessee.

A Tennessee native, Carolyn graduated from Mount Hope High School, class of '61, in West Virginia before moving to Roanoke, Virginia to attend National Business College.

After college, she worked briefly as a secretary for Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, before starting a family and moving back to the Roanoke Valley to settle in Salem. While she later worked for Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Roanoke, caring for her family with love and devotion was truly her life’s work.

An avid reader, Carolyn was also a wonderful cook who always made holiday celebrations, as well as every day meals, special. She also enjoyed history, often exploring graveyards, and delighted in recounting stories of her pioneer ancestry in Tennessee.

A graveside service was held Sept. 25 at Sherwood Memorial Cemetery in Salem with Pastor Chris Kingery officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or New Covenant Christian Church, 4807 Cove Rd., Roanoke, VA 24017.

Charlie Lee McCune Sr.

Charlie Lee McCune Sr., 80, of Lookout, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Born March 9, 1941 in Clifftop, he was the son of the late William Henry and Virginia Mae Estep McCune.

Charlie loved his family more than anything and made to sure to brag about them to everyone he met! He also enjoyed the outdoors — cookouts (where his homemade baked beans were always a family favorite), hiking, fishing and camping, especially in the Cranberry Wilderness area.

He liked building things, from home additions to wooden animals to birdhouses.

Charlie also liked to play guitar and sing hymns, loved all flowers — even the weeds — and John Wayne movies were his favorite.

Charlie was a retired truck driver.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Alice Mae McCune, Janet Kay McCune and Carol Ruth McCune Stump; brothers, Billy Joe McCune, Henry Alvin McCune, Gary McCune and Truman Ray McCune; daughter-in-law, Nancy McCune; and niece, Laura Gerlock. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 58 years, Lou Ellen Manley McCune; daughters, Martha (Glenn) Workman and Carol (Myron) Workman; son, Charlie McCune Jr.; six grandchildren, Stacey (Barry) Walls, Patrick (Aimee) Workman, Terri (Bill) Robinson, Christina (Raymond) Robinson, Janice (Matthew) Fernandez and Elijah Workman; 10 great-grandchildren:, Sara (Chad) Harris, Parker (Kenley) Walls, Amelia Robinson, Abigail Robinson, Kaylyn Fernandez, Ezekiel Workman, Scarlett Robinson, Chloe Robinson, Zayden Fernandez and Benjamin Robinson; two great-great-grandchildren, Alivia and Alayna Harris; brother, Danny (Nancy) McCune; sister, Julie Riley; sisters-in-law, Shirley Johnson and Therisa McCune; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In keeping with his wishes, Charlie will be cremated and there will be no services. His family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.  As Charlie often said, “Till we meet again.....”

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Brenda Bonita Brackens McVey

Brenda Bonita Brackens McVey, 79, of Ansted, passed away on Oct. 18, 2021, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born on Nov. 14, 1941, in Montgomery, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow Brackens and Martha Grose Brackens. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life, Raymond “Nick” McVey Jr.; brothers, Robert Brackens, Arch Brackens and Woodrow Kent Brackens; brother-in-law, Andy Barnett; and a niece, Wendy Sue Barnett. 

Survivors include her children, Mark McVey of Ocala, Florida, Pam McVey Brattleaf of Morton Grove, Illinois and Stacey McVey of Ansted; and special daughters, Tammy Slayton of Ansted and Kathy Kelly of Grove City, Pennsylvania; sister, Carrie Barnett of Kuttawa, Kentucky; grandchildren, Misty Dawn, Kyle, Nicky, Bree and Bode; one great-grandchild, Jayden. She also leaves behind several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. 

Brenda was a long time member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Women.

She was a member of the Ansted Garden Club where she served as president seven times, as well as treasurer. She was a lifetime member of the West Virginia State Garden Club, served on Fayette County Garden Council and, at one time, was the Appalachian District Director and former member of the Ansted Lions Club.

She was a bookkeeper for Hawks Nest Lodge, and then later became the office manager for Dr. Birckhead in Gauley Bridge for many years until he retired, Gauley Clinic until it closed in 1993 and then retired from Montgomery General Hospital after working for Dr. Ulma and Dr. Edgerton. She was loved and adored by so many of her patients. 

Brenda was one of a kind. She had a beautiful smile that would light up a room and an infectious laugh that we will always hear. She had a heart of gold that loved and accepted everyone as they were. She became “my other mother” or “Aunt Brenda” to so many, and everyone was always welcome and eating good at Aunt (or Momma) Brenda’s house.

She loved to travel and see different places, but the beach was always her happy place.

If you knew her, you knew her grandkids were her pride and joy.

She enjoyed watching the birds, beautiful flowers, chocolate and Elvis.

She loved to reminisce, telling family stories and sharing memories that she had with so many friends over the years. We will all miss her loving heart, her beautiful smile, her laugh and her Facebook posts. 

Her children would like to thank the staff at the Ansted Center for loving and caring for our mother as they did. For the ones who spoiled her rotten, your kindness and love we will always be forever grateful. 

Service was Oct. 23 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ansted with Rev. Herman Jones officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Memorial donations can be made in her memory to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Richard “Rick” Karl Miller

Richard “Rick” Karl Miller, 71, of Mount Hope, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Oct. 1, 2021, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 15, 1950, in Spencer, he was the son of the late Carl Woodrow Miller and Anna Faith Epling Miller West; and stepfather, Clarence West.

Rick was 1968 graduate from Spencer High School.

He was a proud United States Army veteran, having served in the 2nd Armored Division in the Army which was the same division his Dad served in during World War II.

Rick was part of the American Legion Post #21 in Spencer.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Beckley.

Rick was a loving husband and father who had many friends and was known for his sense of humor and kindness. His wife always said he is the most patient man she ever knew. They shared a wonderful life together, and both said it was them against the world during which they shared many wonderful times together. He was the best father you could ever ask for and to his wife and children he was a hero.

He is preceded in death by brother, Roland Mack Miller.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 20 years, Janet Hager Miller; sons, Blu Miller and Woody Lee Miller, both of Mount Lookout, and Matthew Aaron Miller of Mamers, North Carolina; granddaughters, Courtenay Richmond of Summersville and Brynlee Miller of Spencer; nephew, Ryan Miller; niece,  Amber Sloan; and stepbrother, Jerry Shock; along with a host of family and friends.

Funeral service was Oct. 6 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Dana Gatewood officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

Donations of sympathy made be made to Mount Hope Baptist Temple, PO Box 466, Mount Hope, WV 25880; Gentry Missionary Baptist Church, 1205 Meadow Fork School Road, Oak Hill, WV 25901; and Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard, 3226 New Hope Road, Princeton, WV 24739. 

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Linzie Edward Mote

Linzie Edward Mote, 87, of Mount Hope, passed away Oct. 14, 2021 at home in Mount Hope. 

Born Nov. 18, 1933 in Dahlonga, Georgia, he was the son of the late Clydia Mote. 

Linzie worked as a Merchant Marine, with Lorain Products, and also was a taxi driver. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by son, Charles Mote; and three brothers. 

Those left to cherish his loving memory include children, Sara Evans (Richard), Edward Mote, Ronald Mote (Anya) and Linzie Mote Jr.; and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly. 

Funeral service was Oct. 19 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Luke Hodges officiating. Cremation followed the service. 

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Robert “Bob” Shannon Mulligan

Robert “Bob” Shannon Mulligan, 91, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2021 at Hilltop Nursing Center.

He was born on April 20, 1930 in Cannelton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Betty Sue Mulligan; his parents, William and Agnes Mulligan; brothers, Patrick, Warren, Harold, John, William and James; as well as, Evelyn and Ruth.

He is survived by his sister, Sally (William) Fish of Memphis, Tennessee; niece, Jayne Ann Woods (Jay) and family in Tennessee; nephews, Jerry Pat Mulligan (Nancy), Richard Fish (Amy) and families, all of North Carolina, and Frank Lemma and family of New Jersey; niece and caregiver, Christy Bryant, and nephew, Pat Tygrett, both of Fayetteville. In addition, he is survived by a great number of other nieces and nephews.

Bob had a great sense of humor, loved his church, his family and his military career. He was an eternal optimist and was an inspiration to all he met.

He was a retired supervisor and general foreman for Harewood Mines.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 129, a lifetime Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners. He was very proud of his status as an Eagle Scout.

He served in the U.S. Army, was a veteran of the Korean War and was a faithful member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, a graveside service was held Oct. 8 at Huse Memorial Park with the Rev. Rick Crawford officiating. He was transported to the gravesite by his nephew, Josh Bryant. The service included military rites. Nephews served as pallbearers.

The family would like memorial donations to be made to the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, W.V. 25840.

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

Billie Francis O’Dell

Billie Francis O’Dell, born May 24, 1931 in Clay County, went to be with the Lord after a long illness on Oct. 2, 2021. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Ruby O’Dell; several siblings; his wife, Mary Lee; and daughter, Debora Gale. 

Billie was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War, He proudly served his country from 1950-1957.

He was a West Virginia coal miner and worked as a mechanic at Cape Canaveral in his younger years.

He retired from Duff Norton, Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996.

He is survived by two sisters, Peggy Bailey and Kathy Hill, both of Florida; his daughter, Cheryl and her husband, Ronnie Morris, of Oak Hill,; his son, Gregory and his wife, Shelley O’Dell, of Winter Springs, Florida; four grandchildren, Michelle O’Dell, Rhonda Morris, Alex O’Dell and Brandon O’Dell; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 

He will be sadly missed by all.

Graveside rites were Oct. 7 at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville, following visitation at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jefferson Howard Oliver

Jefferson Howard Oliver, age 73, of Scarbro, passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2021. 

Born March 24, 1948, in Welch, he was the son of the late Delford L. Oliver and Dorothy Hayden Oliver Osborne. He also is preceded in death by his stepfather, Elmer Osborne. 

Jefferson was an amazing chef.

He loved the Lord, attended the Mount Hope Assembly of God Church and he loved music.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during Vietnam. 

He is survived by daughter, Teresa Oliver; son, Tony Oliver; grandchildren, Tod Jackson Jr., Channon Bazdorf, Courtney Outlaw-Robnett and Benjamin Miinch; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Carol St. Clair. 

Graveside rites and a committal service were held Oct. 8 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Rev. Greg Swisher officiating. 

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Barbara Jean Peterson

Barbara Jean Peterson, age 80, of Belva, passed away peacefully while at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, on Oct. 7, 2021. 

Born March 3, 1941, in Dothan, she was the daughter of the late Emmitt Elbert “Burt” and Frances Lorene Lively Painter. 

Barbara was a devoted mother and will be missed dearly. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Christopher Peterson. 

She is survived by son, Eric Peterson; siblings, David Painter (Naomi), Stella Snyder (Bob), Shirley Schultz and Brenda Powers; and grandchildren, Emme Peterson, Olive Peterson and Ivy Peterson. 

Keeping with her wishes Barbara was cremated. No service is planned at this time. 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. 

Stephen Lee Richardson

With his wife and sons by his side, Stephen Lee Richardson, 74, of Oak Hill, peacefully transitioned from this life on Oct. 23, 2021. 

Born Jan. 14, 1947 in Charleston, he was the son of the late Dennis and Emma Jean Arrington Richardson. 

Steve was a 1964 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill and Center College in Charleston. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1966 to 1969. He served on the Board of Zoning and Planning for the City of Oak Hill. 

Working as a sales engineer in mine machine manufacture, Steve was employed by Long-Airdox, Black Diamond, Fairchild Incorporated and lastly by Mining Controls. 

A faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill, this is where Steve worshiped, where he and Linda were married, raised their sons and where he took on many leadership roles throughout the years. To name a few, he had served as deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher and church treasurer. 

A quiet man dedicated to God, his family and his community, Steve Richardson will be missed. 

He was preceded in death by two nieces, Carrie Beth Bowling and Rebecca Anne Richardson. 

Steve’s memory will forever be cherished by a loving and devoted family which includes his wife of 54 years, Linda Lee Bowling Richardson; two sons, Dennis Richardson and wife Tammy of Lester and children, Amber (Travis), Kristen (Russell) and Bobby (Chelsea), and Glen Richardson and wife Cathy Jo of Lebanon, Kentucky and children, Harley (Chris), Brooklyn, Taylor, Jake and Savannah; brother, Timothy Richardson and wife Darleen; and brothers-in-law, Eddie Bowling and wife Mary Jayne and Mike Bowling and wife Donna. 

Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Michaela, Emily, Victoria, Sophia, Ayden, Lincoln and Scarlett and Bentley; niece, Andrea Nelson; nephews, J.T. Richardson, Ben Bowling (Marchelle), Jarrod Bowling and Christopher Bowling (Brooke); and many other relatives and friends. 

True to his altruistic nature, Steve has donated his body to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

A memorial service celebrating the life of Steve Richardson was held Oct. 30 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor Greg Swisher officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the WVU Cancer Institute, Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 9300 Morgantown, WV 26505-9300; Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801; or Calvary Baptist Church, 1424 East Main Street, Oak Hill WV 25901. 

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles “Kurt” Seay

Charles “Kurt” Seay, also known as Charlie, was born on May 28, 1950, age 71, of Fayetteville. He passed away suddenly in the outdoors that he loved on Oct 20, 2021.

Wanting to serve his country, Kurt volunteered for duty in Vietnam at the age of 17. Turning 18 in the jungles of Vietnam, he saw considerable combat. He took some of the most dangerous jobs as part of a long-range recon unit attached to the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. Despite numerous brushes with death, someone up there really liked him and returned him safely to the country that he loved.

Kurt, “Charlie,” dedicated many subsequent years working for the Fayette County school district, serving and watching over many of the area’s youths. Kurt derived satisfaction quietly helping people less fortunate and down and out on their luck, asking only in return to keep it between them.

Kurt was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing with his brothers and grandchildren, Josh and Ryan. Some of his fondest memories were made enjoying the outdoors, going early in the morning to partake in the solitude, peace and tranquility of sitting in his tree stand and enjoying a hot thermos of coffee. He truly enjoyed being a native of West Virginia and all that it had to offer.

Kurt was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Kurt is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Stephen Pearl; grandchildren, Josh and Ryan; and his father-in-law, Basil Hensley. Kurt is also survived by his brothers, Lannie, William (Bill), Hank and Roger Seay. Charlie is survived by his sisters, Sandra Seay, Althea Orrego, Ellen Vera and Tammie Seay. He is also survived by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by mother and father, Edith and “Stubbie” Seay; brother, Terry Seay; and mother-in-law, Janis Hensley.

His contagious laugh and zest for life and enjoying each moment will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him! Kurt would always say to his daughter, Rachel, “Endeavor to persevere,” meaning to never give up, continue in the course of action even in the face of adversity!

The family received friends Oct. 25 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Graveside services were held Oct. 26 at the Hensley Cemetery, Newton, with Rev. Basil Hensley officiating.

Friends and family may send words of comfort to the family at

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

Elizabeth Faye Willis Sloan

Elizabeth Faye Willis Sloan, 72, of Hico, passed on Oct. 17, 2021 in Ansted. 

She was the daughter of John and Rosetta Neal Willis. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Willis. 

She is survived by sisters, Athylene Grimmett and Linda Barker; brothers, John (Becky) Willis, Billy Willis, Ray Willis, Willy Willis and Ronnie Willis; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Services were held Oct. 22 at Wallace & Wallace, Ansted. Burial followed at Willis Cemetery in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Robert Russell Sloan

Our precious father and grandfather, Robert Russell Sloan, 86, of Oak Hill, passed away Oct. 20, 2021, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. 

Born June 24, 1935, in Big Rock, Virginia, he was the son of the late Floyd and Nettie Caroline Ratliff Sloan. 

His wife, Glenda Gay Armstrong Sloan (Dec. 25, 2008); daughter, Karen Ann Sloan; a great-grandson; two sisters; and one brother also preceded him in death. 

Mr. Sloan was a retired welder/fabricator for Long-Airdox.

He was U.S. Army veteran and a member of the DAV.

Bob enjoyed restoring antique cars, working with his hands, and spending time with family and friends. 

Robert’s memory will forever be cherished by daughters, Ronda Gay Falk and husband Tim, Neysa Renee Green and husband Ricky and Susan Dawn Sloan DiGiacomo; sons, Richard Dale Catlett and Robert Keith Sloan and wife Sarah; son-in-law, Kevin Phillips; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

In keeping with his wishes, Robert was cremated. No services are planned at this time. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Joanne Sorrell

Joanne Sorrell, 66 of Fayetteville, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021 at home.

Born on June 23, 1955 in Whippany, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Frank Cebello.

Joanne graduated from Whippany Park High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Concord University. She had worked in the accounting department at Plateau Medical Center.

Joanne loved music by the campfire on the river bank, making big Sunday afternoon dinners, and she loved her dogs.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Theodore Garfield Sorrell; brothers, John Cebello, Frank Cebello and Andrew Cebello; and stepchildren, Anita Wendell, Amy Lanham and Josh Sorrell.

She will be cremated.

Friends and family may send words of comfort to the family at

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

Michael Allen Ward

Michael Allen Ward, 70, of Minden, went to his eternal home on Oct. 1, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Mike was greeted into Heaven by family, friends, and favorite pets, Mittens, Ziva, Fancy, Luna, Roger and Pookie.

Born April 7, 1951, in Scarbro, he was the son of the late Floyd “Fuzzy” and Garnet Tompkins Ward. He also is preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry and Raymond Ward.

Mike was a 1972 graduate of Collins High School.

He worked for Coyne Textile for 32 years until he retired in 2014.

He loved and cherished his family very much. 

Those left to forever cherish his memory are his loving wife, Elizabeth Kay Ward; two sons, Wesley and Michael Ward, both from Florida; two stepdaughters, Mary Ann (Jason) Mills of Shady Spring and Stephanie (Jonathan) Mulder from Virginia. Mike was a proud grandfather to three grandsons whom he loved very much, Jon Michael Cobb, Ethan Sumpter and Maximus Ward; he also had a great-granddaughter, Paisley Cobb. Also surviving are two brothers, Frank (Drema) Ward and Elvis (Bonnie) Ward; three loving sisters, Betty Craft and Connie (Randy) Berry, all from Oak Hill, and Nancy (Susie) Willoughby from South Carolina; and several nephews and nieces that Mike loved with all his heart. Special thanks to his niece, Karen (Richard) Wriston, and nephew, Sonny (Debbie) Craft. He loved you both and took you under his wings and treated you the same as his own children.

Mike has a lot of special friends that are too many to mention. Mike was always there when he was needed.

A celebration of Mike’s life was held Oct. 8 at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle on Oyler Avenue with Pastor Eric Smith officiating.

A dinner was furnished by the church to family members following the service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rachel Faye Williams

Rachel Faye Williams, 61, of Beckley, went to her eternal home at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, on Oct. 2, 2021, of natural causes.

Rachel was born Jan. 24, 1960, in Fayetteville, North Carolina to the late Billie Rachel Hall Williams and Oscar Keith Williams.

Rachel was welcomed into Heaven by her maternal grandparents, James “Buck” Hall and Mary Elizabeth Powers Hall; her aunt, Janice Gayle Longsworth; uncles, John D. Hal and James “Fred” Hall; and her paternal grandparents, Arthur Clayton Williams and Junie Irene Saye Williams.

Those who will remember Rachel for her kind and caring heart are her sister, Sara Thorn and husband Keith of Beckley; a very special cousin, Rebecca Lynn Longsworth and husband Tom of Parker, Colorado; and uncle, Kenneth Hall (Faye) of Churchville, Virginia, who mailed her cards regularly and checked on her. Rachel had a half-brother, Brian Wilson (Wendy) of Ringgold, Virginia; half-sister, Janna McDonald of Covington, Georgia; and stepbrother, Moon Williams of Beckley. She was Nana to Prynce Ward, whom she adored and the family of Neil and Amy Lewis who included Rachel in all the holiday and family gatherings and always made her feel loved and welcome. There are many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will miss her.

Rachel never met a stranger; she was kind to everyone and trusted that everyone was her friend. She had a loving and caring heart and would give anyone anything she had. Rachel loved children and took care of many as if they were her own.

She loved going to church and when able visited many on a regular basis.

She was a WV Mountaineer football fan and one that would yell at the TV.

A memorial service was held Oct. 5 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Dave Fondale officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House of Beckley, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV, 25801. A special thank you to Miranda Rise, RN, and Becky Richert, RN, with the CNAs who cared for her gracefully and with respect.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Marian “Missy” Etta Davis Wright

Marian “Missy” Etta Davis Wright, 77, originally of Gauley Bridge, entered eternal rest on Aug. 31, 2021, at her home in Detroit, Michigan.

She was born Feb. 3, 1944, to the late Rev. Clarence Davis Sr. and Mrs. Eugenia Whitt Davis of Gauley Bridge.

She was educated in the Fayette County School system and graduated from Ansted High School in Ansted.

She worked for the Detroit Public School System as a teacher’s aide for more than 20 years.

To know Missy, is to love Missy. She was a loving mother and doting grandmother of four and great-grandmother to seven. She was a homemaker and an awesome cook who loved to feed and fellowship with her family, friends and the community.

Missy accepted the Lord at an early age and ministered his word through her talent on the keys and melodious voice. She was a member of Cedar Christian Church, Pastor Henry Hall, in Detroit, Michigan. However, her home church has always been Mt. Chapel Baptist Church of Ansted.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Clara and Lois; and her brothers, Clarence Jr., John, Benjamin, Allen and Andrew.

Left to cherish her memories are a son, Darryl Davis of California (Cassie); a daughter, Sheree Colbert of Michigan; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Booker T. Davis (Gwendolyn) of Oak Hill. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law and host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Linda Faye Chisholm Wriston

Linda Faye Chisholm Wriston, age 70, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 10, 2021, in Bates County, Missouri.

Born Nov. 21, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Kelly Chisholm. 

Linda was a follower of Jesus, was a faithful member of the Mossy Living Word Church, loved her family, country, and LSU football.

Linda served our country as a United States Marine. 

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Herbert “Herby” Wriston; son, Charles Wriston; and brothers, Robert “Butch” Langlos and Melvin Chisholm.

She is survived by four sons, Michael Wriston (Liz), Robert Wriston (Andrea), Joseph Wriston and Christopher Wriston; and one daughter, Stephanie Gilkerson (Frank). She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren whom she treasured deeply; and a brother, Wayne Chisholm.

Funeral service was Oct. 16 at the Mossy Living Word Church in Mossy with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Donald Lee Yarber Sr.

Donald Lee Yarber Sr., 84, of Fayetteville, passed away Oct. 14, 2021, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born on April 5, 1937 in the family home in Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Robert Yarber and Phyllis O’Neal Yarber.

Don was a coal miner most of his life and got a lot of joy out of telling all the family stories from his times spent underground with all his friends.

He was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Don got a lot of joy out of telling jokes and stories of events in his life to all he loved.

Don loved to raise a garden every year and raise farm animals.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him; he was a very kind and gentle soul.

Left with cherished memories of him are his wife of 65 years, Charlotte Dixon Yarber, and their children and grandchildren: daughter Cindy Turner, sons Craig Yarber and John Yarber and daughter Diana Yarber; grandsons Donald Yarber III and Ian Yarber, granddaughter Shannon Blackburn, grandsons Brian Yarber, Chris Yarber, Shane Yarber, Cody Conway, Brack Morgan, Casey Morgan, Zeth Yarber and Steve Yarber Jr., granddaughter Anna Yarber and grandsons Wesley Yarber and Elijah Yarber; and his siblings, brothers Vincent Yarber, Wayne Yarber and Wheeler Yarber, and sisters Shirley Jones, Linda Yarber, Jeanie Arbogast and Barbie Yarber.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Yarber; his mother. Phyllis Yarber; brother, Bobby Yarber; and sons, Donald L. Yarber Jr., Steve Yarber and Dennis Yarber.

Funeral services were Oct. 19 at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Charlie Schmuck officiating. Burial was directly after at Pleasant View Cemetery.

Friends and family may sent words of comfort to the family at

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

Lynn Crouch Zickafoose

Lynn Crouch Zickafoose, 68, of Lookout, passed away on Oct. 25, 2021. 

She was the daughter of Clifton and Coloma Slaughter Crouch. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Ruth Ann Moles, Wanda Dempsey and Terry Crouch. 

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Daniel Zickafoose; daughter, Amber (Rick) Brumfield; sister, Anita Kittinger; brother, Bill Crouch; grandchildren, Tyler Zickafoose and Emma Brumfield; mother-in-law, Betty Jo Zickafoose; and many nieces and nephews. 

Services were Oct. 30 at Wallace & Wallace, Ansted. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

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