In loving memory

Charles Brendan Davis

Charles Brendan Davis, 38, of Scarbro, passed away Sept. 15, 2020 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Brendan was born on April 25, 1982 to Glennys and Ray Davis.

Brendan was an exceptionally hard worker who was very giving to everyone he knew, loved his family and especially his children.

He was preceded in death by his father, James “Ray” Davis; brother, Roger “Rocky” Dolen Wilson; and brother, Fredrick Lewis Nady.

Those left to cherish his memory include his 17-year old daughter, Jayci; sons, Hunter, 15, and Jordan, 11; mother, Glennys Davis; siblings. Ginger Davis, Larry Davis, Christy Wheeler, Ralph Nady (Robin), John Nady (Debbie), Glennys “Sissy” Legg, James “Bo” Nady (Kim), Gina Lilly (Jeff), Amanda Davis (Brandon) and Ashley Jones (Justin).

Clarence Samuel Davis

Clarence Samuel Davis, age 83, of Ocala, Florida, passed away Sept. 11, 2020.

Born Feb. 1, 1937, at Artie, he was the son of the late Holmes and Mary Scarbro Davis.

He also was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, June Ella Noe Davis; by his son, Clarence Davis Jr.; his daughter, Debra Davis; by grandsons, (Little) Ernie Fellows IV and Cody Davis; and by a great-grandson, Cameron Sanner. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Buster, Clinton, Brenda, Wanita Mae, David, Denny and Faye.

Clarence was a former coal miner and later worked in security. He served his country in the U.S. Army for five years.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Brian Davis (Shelly), Sandra Kemnitz (Randy), Monica Fellows (Ernie III), Karen Davis (Robert) and Laura Stewart (Chris); 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Betty Mullins, John Davis, Peggy Holdren, Mary Lou Farris and Holmes Davis Jr.; and numerous other loved ones.

Graveside and committal services were held Sept. 18 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum #1 in Prosperity with Pastor Shirlie Watson officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Martha Raye DeQuasie

Martha Raye DeQuasie, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away Aug. 26, 2020 in her home.

Born on March 13, 1943 in Logan, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Ruth Dailey.

Martha worked as a RN at St. Mary’s Hospital for several years and later was the office manager for Dr. Mark White’s family practice in Fayetteville.

She had numerous hobbies including cooking, growing flowers and spending time at the beach.

She was an avid volunteer for several community organizations in Fayetteville, including the Boy Scouts, Little League baseball, and the Fayetteville High School Boosters.

She also attended Christ Fellowship Church.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jerry DeQuasie.

Survivors include her son, Jerry DeQuasie and wife Angela; grandchildren, Andrew and Ashley; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Sept. 4 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Robert Morey officiating.

Burial was at Ridgelawn Memorial Park in Huntington after a brief service for immediate family and friends.

Online condolences to the DeQuasie family may be sent at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess, Fayetteville.

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Ford Sr.

Robert W. “Bob” Ford Sr., 89, of Ansted, passed away Aug. 26, 2020 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born on Feb. 4, 1931, at Jodie, he was the son of the late John Winston Ford and Violet Rozayles Bennett Ford.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, James F. Ford; grandson, Robert W. “Bobby” Ford III; and daughter-in-law, Patsy Ford.

Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired diesel mechanic with Elkem Metals at Alloy.

Survivors are his wife, Phyllis Jane Wells Ford of Ansted; daughters, Vicki (Clay) Lonie of Gilbert, Arizona and Jennifer (Jim) Kabaci of Mesa, Arizona; son, Robert Ford Jr. of Dawson; grandchildren, Justin and Joshua Kabaci; sisters, Diana (David) Kalinowski of Eagar, Arizona and Lois Johnson of Arizona; and special friend, Makayla Dix of Ansted.

The family requests no flowers; donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV 25801.

A private service will be held.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Robert Harold Hess

Robert Harold Hess, 94, of Fayetteville, passed away on Aug. 28, 2020 at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

Born on Sept. 11, 1925 at Ansted, he was the son of the late Herbert Forrest and Nellie Legg Hess.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Helen Louise Davies Hess; and brothers, Dennis Hess and Herbert “Bud” Hess.

Left to cherish his memory include his sons, Alan Hess and wife Susan and Robert Hess Jr.; sisters, Ernestine Davies, Ann Jordan and Dr. Rose Bennett; grandchildren, Alan Hess Jr. and Amy Evans and husband Matthew; and great-grandchildren, Banyan R. Evans and Baylen M. Evans.

Mr. Hess attended WVU and Chapel Hill. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Hess was a geologist and retired from Columbia Gas Transmissions then took on the position of president of Allegheny-Western Energy Corporation.

He was a 3rd degree mason and a Shriner at the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston. He had many friends, was an avid WWII buff and collected guns and artifacts with his son, Robert Hess Jr. Above all, he loved his grandchildren and the outdoors.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the Hess family at

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

Madeline Capaldo Highlander

Madeline Capaldo Highlander, 87, of Danese, passed away on Sept. 14, 2020 at her home. 

Born on Aug. 5, 1933 at Ada, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Flora Cole Capaldo. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, George William Highlander, and a son, George Robert Highlander. 

Madeline loved the river and fishing, playing rook and horseshoes; she was a good cook and she always took good care of her family. 

Survivors are daughters, Margaret (Brad) Robinson of Beckley and Connie (Bo) Chester of Danese; sons, Dale (Robbie Cline) Highlander and Frank (Cheryl) Highlander, all of Monroe County; sister, Nellie Capaldo of Zenith; brother, Basil Capaldo of Caldwell; 12 grandchildren, Rodney, Sam, Matt, Miranda, Bo Jr., Tracy, D.J., April, Margaret, Tiffany, James and Nikki; 34 great-grandchildren, Garrett, Colton, Jeremiah, Meghan, Casey, Brandon, Kandi, Matt, Amanda, Chris, Zach, Zeph, Brooke, Jaymelynn, Hunter, Jase, Britney, Loren, Brantley, Kealee, Dylan, Ethan, Olivia, Chelsea, Connor, Haylee, Riley, Ty, Tripp, Trent, Tristan, Trinity, Robert and Tannah; 10 great-great-grandchildren, Addison, Aubrey, Alana, Izzy, Jericho, Brayden, Noah, Cohen, Kayleana and Knydon. 

Private services will be held. 

Please make memorial donations to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Rainelle.

Thurmond James “T.J.” Humphrey Jr.

Thurmond James “T.J.” Humphrey Jr., 32, of Fayetteville, passed away Aug. 31, 2020.

Born March 2, 1988 at Beckley, he was the son of Thurmond James Humphrey Sr. and the late Linda May Hall Humphrey.

T.J. was a 2007 graduate of Fayetteville High School. He loved to go 4-wheeling, playing with his niece and nephew, camping, and working on his truck.

His mom, Linda Humphrey, preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memory include his dad, Thurmond Humphrey Sr.; brothers, James Rice and his wife, Jenell, and Christopher Humphrey; nephew, Casey Rice; niece, Courtney Rice; girlfriend, Amy Hicks; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services were Sept. 11 at Cunard Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Jamie Allen Jeffries

Jamie Allen Jeffries, 45, of Hico, passed away on Sept. 1, 2020 from complications to injuries he received in a timber cutting accident 13 years ago.

Born Dec. 3, 1974 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Leigh Briggs Jeffries and Richard Dale Jeffries and his wife Luann of Oak Hill.

Besides his mother, Jamie is also preceded in death by his sister, Courtney Leigh Hatcher, as well as his grandparents on both the Briggs and Jeffries sides of the family.

Jamie was a graduate of Midland Trail High School.

He worked as a timber cutter until his accident 13 years ago.

Jamie was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and loved anything about cars. His sense of humor and independence helped him to manage his situation in life. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him and cared for him.

Besides his father and stepmother, Jamie is survived by his nephew, Dylan Perry, and niece, Dakota Perry, both of Fayetteville; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and longtime friends and caretakers of Jamie, Wanda Sydnor, Lori Webb, Brittany Dempsey and Kathryn McGuire also survive. The family is grateful for the friendship and loving care they and others provided through the years.

At Jamie’s request there will not be services or visitation.

Arlene Frances Hankins Johnson

Arlene Frances Hankins Johnson, 81, of Ansted, passed away on Sept. 19, 2020 at CAMC Memorial. 

Born on Dec, 28, 1938 at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Donald Bernard Hankins and Lottie Opal McCutcheon Hankins. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandchild, Kelly Kincaid; sisters, Louise Adams, Geraldine Legg and Delores Placinto; and brothers, Clinton Hankins and Eugene Hankins. 

Arlene worked as a nurse at Montgomery General for 27 years.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a great-great-grandmother. 

Survivors include daughters, Janet (Dean) Carte of Hico, Kathy (Tim) Kincaid of Ansted and Julie (Jack Chapman) Wood of Ansted; sons, Steven Johnson of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Bryan (Janet) Johnson of Victor; sister, Mary Ward of Warren, Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is also leaving behind many extended family members. 

Per her wishes, she will be cremated and no services. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Billy Joe Johnson

Billy Joe Johnson, 85, of Mount Hope, passed away Sept. 5, 2020.

Bill was born in Logan County to the late Marvin and Carrie Johnson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Johnson of New York; and a sister, Sue Ann Workman of Virginia.

Bill worked as a brick/stonemason and was also a veteran of the Air Force. He was stationed in Alaska and Korea.

Bill attended Kilsyth Baptist Church and Maple Fork Baptist Church.

He loved walking Max, his dog, on the New River Trails, as well as fishing and deer hunting.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ethel Johnson; his children, Teri Clay of Mount Hope, and Steve Johnson and Mike and Nancy Johnson, all of Mount Hope. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Savannah Johnson and Shara Mae Lozier; and very good friends, Jerry Elswick of Pax and Earl Williams of Maple Fork.

Beauford Franklin King

Beauford Franklin King, 83, of Austinville, Virginia, passed away at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, Virginia on Aug. 31, 2020.

He was born on June 2, 1937, in Nallen.

Beauford was a member of Victory Way Baptist Church in Hillsville, Virginia. He was retired from Columbia Forrest Products. 

Beauford is preceded in death by his parents, John Kyle King and Tola Ann King, and by his son, Denver Wayne King.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie King; his children, Jeffrey Scott King, Deborah Lynn King, John Kyle King II, Elizabeth Ann Stone and Kevin Mark King; and by his siblings, Leonard Calvin King, Alice Tolley and Coralee Proud. Beauford had 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Services were held Sept. 4 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastors Mike Wells and Fred Fryar officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., 283 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Jessie Frances Legg

Jessie Frances Legg, 53, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 9, 2020 at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Funeral services were Sept. 12 at the Missionary Baptist Church in Minden with Pastor Daniel Legg and Pastor Ron Richards officiating. Graveside rites and committal were at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.  

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Patricia Lou Salisbury Mason

Patricia Lou Salisbury Mason, 74, of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2020 at the Bowers Hospice House surrounded by her family with love and light of God after a long illness.

She was a 1964 honor graduate of Mount Hope High School. She retired from the Fayette County Board of Education after over 30 years of service.

She was a member of the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church for almost four decades where she played the organ, was a previous Sunday school teacher, nursery worker, and a youth group assistant.

She was previous president of the Mount Hope High School Alumni Association where her heart will always remain.

She was always laughing, sending cards to everyone, loved animals, traveling, baking, Elvis Presley, WVU, and the Mount Hope Mustangs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Wanda “Eloise” Salisbury; and brothers, Emery Jr. and Darrell Salisbury.

Those left to cherish her memory is her husband of 54 years, Michael “Mike” Mason; son, Brian Mason; daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Mason-Lucas, and husband John of Bridgeport; her beloved cat, Brewster; her grandanimals and many other strays or rescues she has taken in to care for; her sisters, Sherry Pauley, Brenda Pyatt and husband Melvin, and Deanna Salisbury; brother-in-law, Jack Mason and wife Norma of Ohio; sisters-in-law, Hulda Williams of Ohio and Lynn Kern and husband John of Virginia; many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nephews and nieces.

Please make a memorial donation or adopt a pet in her honor to the Humane Society of Raleigh County, Inc., 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25802, or make a donation in her honor to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

All her wishes were followed down to her Mount Hope Mustangs sweatshirt and her blue and gold socks.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rahim and all his staff, Dr. Siddiqi, Dr. Bailey and his staff, Dr. Faheem. Raleigh General Hospital Stepdown and SICU staff, and all the angels who work for the Bowers Hospice House including Captain Jack who all gave such excellent care and compassion; our church family at the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church, our family and all our friends for all their love and support through this difficult time.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held and will plan a celebration of her life at a later date, with Pastors Michael Worley, Daniel Legg, Wayne Peters and Richard Allen officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Claudine Upchurch Petterson

Claudine Upchurch Petterson, 74, of Layland, passed away Sept. 4, 2020 at Raleigh General Hospital. 

She was born Oct. 14, 1945 in Big Lake Township, Arkansas, daughter of the late Claude and Vivian Taylor Upchurch. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eric “Pete” Petterson; daughter, Shawn Payton; son, David Martin Jr.; grandson, Justin Carpenter; brothers, Jerry Taylor and Larry Taylor; and four sisters, Ernestine Moss, Barbara Bowden, Jeanie Moss and Linda Ramsey. 

She is survived by daughter, Cheri Payton; son, Thomas Carpenter; a grandson, Dana Dixon II; a great-grandson, Dana Dixon III; three sisters, Carol Holevac, Peggy Upchurch and Brenda Payton; and many nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services were held Sept. 9 at Martin Cemetery in Danese, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Kellen Dean Jeffries Redden

Kellen Dean Jeffries Redden, 54, of Fayetteville, left her earthly home on Aug. 25, 2020.

Born on April 1, 1966 in Montgomery, she passed away at her home on Laurel Creek.

She was a resident of Fayette County all her life.

She enjoyed yard sales, collecting antiques and music, but she enjoyed time spent with her family the most.

Left to carry on her memory are her children, Clayton Redden (Rhonda), Lucille Massey (Robert) and her daughter, Sandra Reed; her wonderful Mom, Shelby Jean Jeffries; her sisters, Tammy Willett and Loretta Vanhook; and brother, Wayne Jeffries, all of Fayette County; her grandkids, Jimmy Lee and Megan Massey, Braydon, Marcella and Gillian Redden and Michael and McKenzie Reed; a huge family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Her grandkids were her pride and joy; she loved all of you the same.

The family is grateful to all who reached out to them and announced that services are pending for a later date.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home.

Beverly Gayle November Robinson

Beverly Gayle November Robinson, 79, of Beckley, passed away Sept. 17, 2020 at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born April 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Samuel November and her stepmother, Nettie Braverman November.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Ray Robinson; and brother, David November.

In keeping with Beverly’s wishes she will be cremated.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Joseph ‘Joe’ Rose

Joseph “Joe” Rose, 59, of Oak Hill, entered in the gates of Heaven on Aug. 26, 2020. 

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Rose and Carol Rose Dixon.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Susan Gregory Rose, and her daughter, Brittnee Horrocks of Oak Hill; godgranddaughter, Za’Rya Humphrey; brothers, Mike Rose of Glen Jean and Jeff (Kim) Rose of Jacksonville, North Carolina; sister, Sheri (Tim) Huffman of Oak Hill; daughters, Nena Hall and Bobbi Jo Rose and their mother Toni Rose of Canton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Katelynn, Nicole and Michael; his stepmother, Goldie Rose of Beckley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joe was a 10-year veteran with the United States Army, a sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division Screaming Eagles. He was proud and honored to serve his country. 

Joe loved his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and laughter. He was loved by so many.

He will sadly be missed but our memories of him will remain in our hearts. We rejoice in knowing he is with loved ones and has eternal peace. The family will hold a memorial service in Joe’s honor at a later date with family and friends.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Shirley Faye Jones Scarbro

Shirley Faye Jones Scarbro, 79, of Maynor, died Sept. 8, 2020 at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. 

Born Sept. 29, 1940 at Plum Orchard, she was the daughter of the late Franklin Cleveland and Ida Jones Bowyer. 

She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Anita Scarbro; son, Gilbert Scarbro; brother, Mutt; half sister, Sandy; and half brother, William.

Shirley was a cook for McDonald’s and a member of the Maynor Freewill Baptist Church. 

Survivors left to cherish her memory are husband of 56 years, Monoah Junior Scarbro; son, Craig Scarbro (Rebekah); sisters, Jackie, Gay and Sara; brother, Zack Hancock; granddaughter, Samantha Williams; and great-grandchildren, Gauge Kincaid and Harley Kincaid.

Funeral services were Sept. 11 at Maynor Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Brown officiating. Burial was at Pax Community Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Maynor Freewill Baptist Church, 2701 Sweeneysburg Road, Beckley, WV 25801. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Thelma ‘Kitten’ Neal Sharp

Thelma “Kitten” Neal Sharp died peacefully on Aug. 28, 2020 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley after a prolonged illness.

Kitten was born in Ingram Branch, the youngest of three children of Dewey and Olna Kincaid, who preceded her in death along with her two siblings, Morris Kincaid and Wandaleen Schallen.

She moved to Oak Hill where her father became chief of police, and attended Oak Hill High School where she met her future husband, Charles Warren Neal.

She attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and later worked for the Bureau of Mines at the Mount Hope office.

Kitten married Charles Warren and moved to Ansted, where they established “Honey Bear Farms,” well known locally for strawberries and Polled Hereford cattle. They had two children, Lee and Holly.

Kitten was happiest when entertaining others. Her beauty, bright smile and bubbly personality could light up any room.

She loved making fudge, yeast breads, doughnuts and, of course, her bourbon balls were legendary. She enjoyed her garden and book clubs, as well as the many horse and cattle shows, always supporting her husband and children in their endeavors.

Kitten touched many young lives during the years she worked as an elementary school teacher for the Fayette County School system. She was an easy favorite of the children and many still refer to her as “Miss Neal.”

After her teaching career came to a close, her effervescence made her a natural for her work as the hostess and dining room manager at the Hawks Nest Lodge.

Charles Warren taught school until his accidental death in 1976. Kitten remarried Dr. Roland Sharp of Pocahontas County in 1979 and moved to Frost. She enjoyed life as the wife of a rural physician and the many events at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, where Roland had been past president.

In later years, as her health became fragile, she returned to Oak Hill. Dr. Sharp preceded Kitten in death in 2013.

Kitten is survived by her two children and their spouses, Lee and Francine Neal of Gulf Breeze, Florida and Holly and John Burley of Ansted, in addition to her four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be given to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research.

Pauline Lois Simms

Pauline Lois Simms, 89, of Beckley, passed on Sept. 18, 2020 at Bowers Hospice House. 

She was the daughter of Les and Dorothy Sevy Hanshew. 

She loved sewing, cooking, baking, reading, and tending to her flowers. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Simms; sisters, Peggy Knight and Herma Johnson; and brothers, Bud Hanshew, Steve Hanshew and Johnny Hanshew. 

She is survived by a daughter, Dottie (Jacob) Huddleston of Beckley; sons, Dennis (Cammie) Simms of Hilton Village, Kenny (Bonnie) Simms of Corliss and Mike (Susan) Simms of Lookout; sisters, Patty Spade of Rainelle and Phyllis Jones of Lookout; brothers, Hilbert Hanshew of Danese and Donald Hanshew of Radford, Virginia; grandchildren, Jeff Crist, Greg Crist, Jeremy Simms, Andy Simms, Chris Simms, Brian Simms, Beth Simms and Ben Simms; great-grandchildren, Alex Crist, Sophie Simms, Henry Simms, Josiah Simms, Abrielle Simms and Christina Simms. 

A graveside service was held Sept. 23 at Restlawn Memory Gardens with Pastor Chris Simms and Pastor Don Hanshew Jr. officiating. 

Please make memorial donations to Bowers Hospice House at PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Nancy Jane Boyd Smith

After a long illness, Nancy Jane Boyd Smith, 86, of Ona, formerly of Mount Hope, passed away Sept. 1, 2020.

Born April 11, 1934 at Kilsyth, she was the daughter of the late Richard E. Boyd Sr. and Vivian Jones Boyd.

She also was preceded in death by her husband, George Frederick Smith Sr. (Dec 23, 2012); a sister, Roslyn Boyd Tabor Shirey; three brothers, Richard Elis Boyd Jr., Thomas Jackson Boyd and James Harry Boyd Sr.; and three grandchildren, Amy Vealey, Jason Smith and Eric Adkins.

Nancy attended Mount Hope schools and was of the Methodist faith.

Those left to cherish her memory include five sons and three daughters, George F. Smith Jr. (Missey), Thomas M. Smith (Theresa), Anna L. Vealey, Michael A. Smith (Lee Ann), C. Richard Smith (Denise), C. Wayne Smith (Melanie), Nancy Pat Smith and Kelly S. Freeman, who was such a devoted caregiver for her mother for eight years; as well as 23 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside rites and committal were Sept. 4 at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with Minister Elbert E. “Buddy” Goins Jr. officiating. Burial followed.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Paul William Thorne

Paul William Thorne, 91, of Oak Hill, passed away Aug. 30, 2020, at Summersville Regional Medical Center in Summersville.

Born March 18, 1929, in Rock Lick, he was the son of the late Luther Mote and Annie East Thorne.

Daughter Ruth Ann Thorne; brothers James Thorne and Luther Thorne Jr.; and sisters Margaret Rhodes, Elva Butler, Virginia Thomas, Louise Hayes, Beatrice Fletcher and Kathleen Butler also preceded him in death. 

For 45 years Paul was a proud West Virginia coal miner, having been general mine foreman at Valley Camp Coal in Wheeling. He was member of the UMWA for 24 years, Gilmer County #118 A.F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite Valley of Wheeling from which he was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award; and was a loyal and faithful member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene and Church of the Nazarene in Eustis, Florida.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Elizabeth Marguette “Liz” Butler Thorne; daughter, Judy Faye Kuhn (Roger); son, Jimmy Lee Thorne (Claudette); brother, Leon “Skip” Thorne; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Sept. 2 at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Dan Cupp and Pastor Benjamin Bleigh officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum with Masonic graveside rites by Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 AF and AM.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jodie Dean Ward

Jodie Dean Ward, of Oak Hill, passed away on Sept. 12, 2020 at his home with his beloved wife Janet, and his children, Kevin and Janis, by his side.

He was born Feb. 6, 1937 in Scarbro, son of the late Florence Taylor and Toney Ward.

He grew up in Scarbro, working on the family farm. Due to family circumstances, he started working at A&P Tea Company grocery store in 1953 at the age of 16 to help support his family.

One of his first investments upon getting a job was to buy house insurance for the family home. From a young age and throughout his life, he made it a priority to care and provide for his family.

His generosity and empathy extended to neighbors and friends as well. He was the friend or neighbor who cut your grass, loaned you money, cleaned up the neighborhood street and cared for stray animals. He always had great empathy for those in need and did his best to help.

In 1955, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army and sent the majority of his paycheck to his parents. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1957 and in the West Virginia National Guard from 1957 to 1963.

Upon leaving the Army, he continued to work for A&P as a butcher until 1974. Jodie served as a union shop stewart for AFL-CIO Union Local 347 while employed at A&P. In 1974 he accepted a job to work for the Local 347 as a union organizer and held this position until his retirement in 1994. It was a very stressful vocation but one he wholeheartedly believed in, always a supporter of the working person.

He was a lifelong member of AFL-CIO Local 347 from September 1953 until death. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association since April 1, 1977. He was a member of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 120 in Oak Hill from Dec. 2, 1971.

Jodie was an avid gun enthusiast and a founding member of the Fayette Gun Club. Shooting skeet and spending time with his friends at the Gun Club was by far his favorite past time. He was at home with the people at the gun club who shared his passion. 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Davis.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Janet Louise Ward; children, Jodie Kevin Ward (Cristina) of Hedgesville and Janis Ward Irey (Philip) of King George, Virginia; and five grandchildren, Philip Irey, Nathan Irey, Nicholas Ward, Christopher Ward and Ashley Ward. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis Ward of Jacksonville, Florida; his sister, Nina Witter of Canton, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Jodie was a strong, proud and caring man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Myron Elliott Wood

Myron Elliott Wood, 97, of Edmond, passed Sept. 18, 2020 at Raleigh General Hospital. 

He was the son of Harry and Mabel Walker Wood. 

He was a retired carpenter who liked to piddle and do craftwork, mow his grass, loved to read his Bible, and he was dearly loved. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian; brothers, John Wood and Forrest Wood; and a grandchild, Kenneth Allen. 

He is survived by stepdaughters, Gerri Syner and Caroline Kennison; and a sister, Barbara Waldron. 

Services were held Sept. 23 at Beauty Mountain Baptist of Edmond with Pastor Jonathon Bailess officiating. Burial followed at Nuttall Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

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