Janet Gail Armstrong

Janet Gail Armstrong, of Corliss, passed away June 25, 2020 at Bowers Hospice House after a long illness.

Born April 10, 1933, in Corliss, she was the daughter of the late Arliss Noel McGraw and Atha C. Aldridge McGraw. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Lester L. Armstrong, in 2002, and daughter, Ruth Cathleen, in 1951.

Janet was raised by her grandparents, Harry and Clara Aldridge, and her aunts and uncles were more like siblings to her. 

Janet was a wonderfully devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to quilt, sew, cook and plant flowers. She was a hard worker and a perfectionist. She was a loving person with a smile and even during her illness, she could be found with a generous laugh.

She was a member of the Minnie Belle Baptist Church in Corliss. She was also a member of the High Country Garden Club and Red Hats Society. 

Survivors include her daughter, Marsha (Mark) Adkins of Daniels; sons, Arnold (Carol) Armstrong of Clifton Forge, Virginia and Waymen (Elaine) Armstrong and Joseph Armstrong, all of Corliss; grandchildren, Eric (Sara) Armstrong of Clifton Forge, Kathy (Jerry) Caldwell of Eagle Rock, Virginia, Rebecca (Charles) Evans and Aaron Armstrong, all of Corliss, Nathan Armstrong of Lexington, Kentucky, Joshua Armstrong of Alderson and Zachary Adkins of Columbus, Ohio, and Joe’s children, Paige Fields and Peyton Fields. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, Brad (Tessa) Armstrong, Caleb (Mariah) Armstrong, Mandy Caldwell, Matthew Caldwell, Megan Evans, Cody Evans and Jacob Armstrong; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Betty Wright of Corliss; and Mary Sue Lane, a special friend and neighbor. 

Service was July 3 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Eric Keister officiating. Entombment followed at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Judith C. Ballard

Judith C. Ballard, 75, of Logan, formerly of Fayetteville, entered the gates of Heaven July 9, 2020 at home with her loved ones.

She was born Dec. 14, 1944 at Mammoth, daughter of the late Ernest and Louise Holstein.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Douglas of Logan; her sons, Curtis (Carla) Ballard of Lenoir, North Carolina and Terry (Beth) Ballard and Kent Ballard, all of Logan; brothers, Linus (Annie) Holstein of Salisbury, North Carolina and Dale (Kathy) Holstein of Rand; grandchildren, Ashley, Derek, Samantha and Todd; one great-granddaughter; a host of nieces and nephews.

She loved her family very dearly and worked tirelessly her entire life to provide a great life for them, for which she will always be loved and remembered.

A brief memorial service was held July 12 at the Chief Logan State Park Cabins, with the Rev. Mason Ballard officiating.

Online condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com or the Akers-James Funeral Home Facebook page.

Akers-James Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph David Bianco

Joseph David Bianco, 84, of Canfield, Ohio, passed away suddenly July 1, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Health Center.

He was born Nov. 11, 1935 in Harvey, a son of the late Joseph Luis and Elsie M. (Muncy) Bianco.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Aileen Parsley Hall.

Dave was a chief train dispatcher for Conrail for 42 1/2 years, retiring in 1997.

He was a dedicated and active member of Old North Church and volunteered his time in their food ministry and the library.

Dave enjoyed RV adventures and traveled across the U.S. He also had a great interest in genealogy and stayed in close contact with all his family.

Dave is survived by his wife, Evelyn “Peggy” Stover, whom he married Aug. 16, 1954; a daughter, Deborah (Thomas) Bianco-Ankrom of Canfield; a son, Joseph David (JoAnn) Bianco of Canfield; grandchildren, JoVanna (Patrick) Bianco-Wilson and David (Briana) Bianco; great-grandchildren, Joseph Hunter Wilson, Patrick Harrison Wilson and Gwendolyn Jo Bianco; sisters, Myrtle Hatcher of Columbus, Ohio and Mary L. Wooten of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

Private family graveside services were held at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Material tributes may take the form of donations to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, 962 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Youngstown, OH 44510 or the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank, 2805 Salt Springs Rd, Youngstown, OH 44509.

Professional arrangements are being handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

Gary Allen “Boo” Bill

Gary Allen “Boo” Bill, age 71, of Ansted, died July 15, 2020.

He was born April 18, 1949 at Crown Hill, the son of the late Glenn and Juanita Bailey Bill. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald, Glenn Robert and Cledith; and sisters, Gail Hall and Lilly Richo.

He was a retired custodian supervisor for the State of West Virginia and he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Viet Nam War.

Surviving: wife of 50 years, Diane Bill; children, Gary Bill II (Anita) of Victor, David Bill (Leann) of Ansted and Christina Bill (Jessica Dorsey) of Handley; many nieces, nephews and friends; sister, Brenda Shanklin of Pratt; brother, Bert Bill (Barb) of Hansford; and grandchildren, Lloyd Bill, Jeffrey Bill and Tyler Bill.

Service was July 21 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Carll Pomeroy officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rev. Richard Marshall Bradley

Rev. Richard Marshall Bradley, 83, of Oak Hill, passed away July 8, 2020, as the result of a tragic accident at his home.

Born Feb. 21, 1938, in Scarbro, he was the son of the late Richard E. and Bertie Francis Toney Bradley.

Richard was a United States Army veteran, after which he worked as an ironworker and was a member of teh Boilermakers Union 667.

A credentialed minister in the state of West Virginia, Dick was former pastor of Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill, an evangelist for 25 years, and active in Pastor’s Fellowship in Winchester, Kentucky.

He was a graduate of Clarksville (Tennessee) School of Theology, editor-in-chief of the Reformation Witness publication, and was the author of several books.

Rev. Bradley is best known for his lectures on the book of Revelation.

His heart was in missions and teaching others the Word. He took several mission trips to South America and spent one year in Honduras.

In his spare time, he was an avid golfer.

His son-in-law, Ned Rady, preceded him in death.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Carol Ann Affolter Bradley; daughters, Marcia Woodard (Kenny), Terri Bradley and Brittany Bennett (Tommy), all of Oak Hill; sons, Richard Bradley (Patti) of Montgomery and Scott Bradley of Oak Hill; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Omar Edward Bradley (Nancy) of Scott Depot; and a host of friends throughout the country.

A private family-only funeral service was held July 11 at the Jones Avenue First Church of God with Pastor Mike Hicks, Pastor Danny Goins and Pastor Mitchell Burch officiating. He was laid to rest at the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Oak Hill with military graveside rites.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dorothy Ford Brede

Dorothy Ford Brede, 91, formerly of Fayette County, passed away June 21, 2020. She was the daughter of the later Herman and Clara Lowry Ford.

Dorothy was a graduate of Oak Hill High School and worked as a Registered Nurse. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, James E. Brede and Thomas A. Brede (Donna); her grandchildren, Justin, Colton and Angela Brede; and four great-grandchildren. 

High Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with her care.

Delmore Dolphus “Moose” Burdette

Delmore Dolphus “Moose” Burdette, 87, of Danese, passed away June 24, 2020 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. 

Born on May 27, 1933, at Elton, he was the son of the late Charles and Rosa Lilly Burdette. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret McKinney; and brothers, Earl, Charles, Ray and Clarence Burdette. 

Delmore was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Green Valley Methodist Church of Danese. He also had worked 11 years for the Fayette County Board of Education. 

Survivors are his wife of 65 years, Lula Belle Bragg Burdette of Danese; son, Chris (Bev) Burdette; grandchildren, Christy (Gary) Spangler and Chad (Bryanna) Burdette; great-grandchildren, Colton Burgess, Alyssa Lilly and Bryson Burdette; sister, Madeline Williams; and several nieces and nephews. 

Service was June 28 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Gary Claypool and Assistant Pastor Randall Patterson officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Juanita May Coleman

Juanita May Coleman was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Fayette County, daughter of the late Al Cana and Ellen Gertrude Smith Coleman. After having lived in the Maysville Nursing Home for several years, Juanita passed away March 26, 2020, at the age of 94. 

She had lived at home with her parents until their passing. She then lived with her brother, Cana Omer Coleman, and his wife, Patsy Lou Powers Coleman, until she became unable to care for herself, even with the help of her brother and sister-in-law. She then moved to the nursing home in Maysville, Kentucky.

Because of having epilepsy when a baby she was never able to read or write. She attended school until the second grade and according to her teacher, she was not teachable. However she was taught by her mother, Ellen, to crochet and knit. Juanita told her brother Omer she wished to be taken back to Fayette County upon her death and buried next to her mother and father in the Coleman Family Cemetery on the farm where she was raised and grew up. 

Juanita was preceded in death by her sisters, Phyllis Ruby Alton and Deloris Marie Erwin; and brother, Leonard Ray Coleman. 

Her memory will be cherished by her one sister, Betty Lou Ferro, living in Elkhart, Indiana; and one brother, Cana Omer Coleman of Maysville, Kentucky. 

Juanita was cremated and in accordance with her wishes, she will be buried at the Coleman Family Cemetery in Lick Fork, back on the farm. 

Online condolences may be sent as www.tyreefuneralhome.com 

Gilda Gray Collins

Gilda Collins, 92, of Bellville, Ohio, passed away June 28, 2020 in Lexington Court Care Center following an extended illness.

The daughter of Francis and Julia (Matney) Miller, Gilda was born Jan. 7, 1928 in Oak Hill.

In 1946 she moved from West Virginia to Ohio. On July 3, 1948, she married Norman Collins.

She was a member of Bellville Presbyterian Church and the Fun-N-Friendship Club. She enjoyed mushroom and ginseng hunting.  She sewed, designing clothes and aprons.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Robert) Braen of Mansfield; son, Larry Collins of Bellville; grandchildren, Benjamin (Amanda) Braen, Jessica Collins and Stephanie Collins; great-grandchildren, Kirstin, Zoe, Kyra, Dakota, Hannah, Ariah, Collin, Savanna and Jaelynn; great-great-granddaughter, Ellie Braen; sister, Marliyn (Art) Coon of Bellville; and sisters-in-law, Barb Miller and Norma Miller.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Collins; siblings, Mark Miller, Alma (Ed) Louria, Richard Miller, Gene Miller and infant brother, Bobby Miller.

Private graveside services will be held in Bellville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is serving Gilda’s family.

Justin Patrick Cooper

Justin Patrick Cooper, 39, of Calvin, went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2020. His life was tragically taken, along with four other family members, as a result of a motor vehicle accident in South Carolina.

Born in Beckley April 26, 1981, he was the son of R. Leon Cooper and Jane O’Brien Cooper. His father preceded him in death in December.

A graduate of Midland Trail High School, Justin briefly attended WVU and went to follow his dream of working at Walt Disney World, Orlando. He was a Lion King puppeteer, various parade characters, Tigger and other costumed icons.

After several years he returned to West Virginia and entered restaurant management.

Justin was a member of Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico. As a youth, he was actively involved in rallies, camps and the creation of the church’s first puppet ministry.

He volunteered in various roles with Historic Fayette Theater and frequently participated in local charity events. He also worked several holiday seasons at the mall as Santa and the Easter Bunny, making children laugh and cry.

Justin had a gregarious personality and could quickly bring a smile to those he met.

He enjoyed camping and exploring the West Virginia outdoors.

He is survived by James Salisbury, Jane Cooper, sister Courtney (Joshua) Bennett, nieces Lily and Mac, and his extended Salisbury family.

Justin was a cancer survivor committed to genetic studies and research participation to further the progress of a cure.

Service was July 11 at Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating.

The family requests a memorial donation to either the WVU Medicine Children’s Building Fund (WVU Medicine Children’s Building Fund, c/o WVU Foundation, PO Box 8200 (ROCII), Morgantown, WV 26506 or at www.secure.give.wvu.edu) or the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or at www.donate3.cancer.org).

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

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

Marian Crockett Cox

Mrs. Marian Crockett Cox passed away June 26, 2020 at Hidden Valley Nursing Home following a long illness. She was 82 years of age.

Born Nov. 15, 1937 in Mount Hope, Marian was the daughter of the late William Harry and Nannie Barberie Crockett.

Following a career path in Hospital Logistics which resulted in moves to various states including New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and even overseas in Saudi Arabia, Marian returned to the Oak Hill area where she worked with the Fayette County Commission on Aging.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Gene Cox; a sister, Doris C. Mills; and a brother, James H. Crockett.

Marian is survived by nieces, Alice C. Conkle and her husband, Milton, Laura J. Crockett, Connie C. LaCourse and her husband, James, Elizabeth C. Morrisette and her husband, Thomas, all of Richmond, Virginia and Carolyn M. Hamilton and her husband, Scott, of Beckley; nephew, Paul T. Mills and his wife, Jacqueline, of Memphis, Tennessee; and a cousin, Janet Lindsey and her husband, Richard, of Bluefield, Virginia.

A graveside service was held at High Lawn Memorial Park with Pastor Mike Hicks officiating.

Nany Lou Skaggs Donelow

Nany Lou Skaggs Donelow, 87, of Ravenna, Ohio, formerly of Mount Hope, passed away June 23, 2020.

Born Dec. 12, 1931 in Prince, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Tolley Skaggs.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Lou Donelow; son, Lloyd Donelow; brothers, Frank Skaggs, William Skaggs, Joseph Skaggs and Samuel Skaggs; and sisters, Laura Coffman and Blanch O’Neal.

Nany was a homemaker and a devoted and loving mother to everyone, loving all and being loved in return.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving children whom she cherished so dearly, Brenda Scott of Mount Hope, Sharon Yearly (Charles) of Ravenna, Drema Jones (Eddi) of Candler, North Carolina, Gilbert Donelow (Violet) of Oak Hill, Patty Treadway (Dennis) of Mount Hope, Joey Donelow (Vivian) of Oak Hill and Donna Epling (Nathan) of Mount Hope; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Susan Plumley.

Graveside rites and committal service, followed by burial, were June 27 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill with Pastor Gerald Kincaid officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Carson Dale Garten

Carson Dale Garten, 84, of Belle, passed away June 25, 2020 at home following a long illness.

He was a retired mechanic for Smith Transfer, former constable for Kanawha County and a member of the Teamsters Union 175.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Buster A. and Margie Spurlock Garten; and brothers, Lavaughn and Roger Curtis Garten.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Johnson Garten; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Candace Garten of Belle; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Tim Albert of Ashland, Kentucky; brother, Lowell Gene Garten of Oak Hill; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly A. and Ben Pitterelli of Lawrenceville, Georgia; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 28 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Jonathan Eubank officiating. Interment followed in Garten Cemetery, Campbells Creek.

Please visit the website at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Jerry Downing Green Jr.

Jerry Downing Green Jr., 70, of Danese, died June 25, 2020 after a battle with cancer. 

Mr. Green is survived by a wife, Julie; children, Peggyann (Jeff) Renihan and Megan (William) Pettrey. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Annabelle, Emma, Raelynn and Connor. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry Downing and Ann Green, and brother, John. 

As the son of a Marine, he moved around a lot, but he considered Beaver home. 

Jerry is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served proudly as a scout dog handler.

He moved to Florida following his service in the United States Marine Corps. He made a career of outdoor home improvements, with a focus on lawn and garden, while pursuing his passions as a sailor, fisherman, hunter, ATV guide and motorcycle enthusiast.

His success in all of his pursuits can be directly attributed to his work ethic and charismatic personality. He took pride in the fact that he always left his customers satisfied.

Jerry returned home to West Virginia to enjoy retirement. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest. 

Graveside services were held July 2 at Grafton National Cemetery in Grafton, with military honors. 

Donations can be made in honor of Jerry Green to Sesquehanna Service Dogs at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/susquehanna-capital-campaign 

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Joseph Alvin Hammonds

Joseph Alvin Hammonds, 79, of Bradley, passed away June 28, 2020, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born April 15, 1941 in Charleston, he was the son of the late Zeland and Biddy Hamilton Hammonds.

He also was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

Joseph worked in and was retired from the coal mines.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving children, John Hammonds, Jo Ann Shepherd (Jack) and Charles Hammonds (Karen); grandchildren, Preston Hammonds, Shane Shepherd and Nicholas Shepherd; a sister, Panjella; and brother, Olen Hammonds.

In keeping with Joseph’s wishes he will be cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Elwood “Miky” George Hart

Elwood “Miky” George Hart, 79, of Robson, died July 5, 2020 at Montgomery Elder Care in Montgomery.


Born June 16, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Howard and Dorthy Hart.


He also was preceded in death by his three sisters, Margot Rangnow, Grace Calpadi and Ella Parazzo.


Mr. Hart was a member for over 20 years at the Robson Freewill Baptist Church and a child of God, faithful in church service.


Survivors include former brother-in-law and caregiver of 48 years, Charles, and his wife, Carol Rangnow, of Robson; nephew, Edward Marsh and wife Las; and niece, Theresa Webster and husband Ray.


Keeping to Mr. Hart’s wishes he will be cremated, with no services at this time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Private burial of cremains will be held at the Settle Cemetery in Robson.


Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

William Stanley Holcomb

William Stanley Holcomb, 87, left to be with the Lord on June 30, 2020 at Madison Hospital in Madison, Alabama, surrounded by his nephew, Michael Holcomb, and great-nephew, Sam Bell. He was a resident of Madison for over seven years after moving from Glen Jean.

Stan, as known to most, was born April 4, 1933 in Ameagle, son of Zettie Gibson and James W.R. Holcomb of Glen Jean.

He graduated from Mount Hope High School and went on to enlist in the United States Air Force shortly thereafter at the age of 18. He served faithfully and honorably for 20 years before retiring in October 1971. He was a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War.

Stan returned to his hometown upon retirement from active duty to care for his parents until their passing.

He loved being outdoors and enjoyed activities such as fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed reading Western novels and collecting vehicle license plates.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Russell Holcomb, Ted Holcomb, Jan Holcomb and Icy Holcomb; niece, Karen Sue Conley; nephew, Robert Holcomb; and great-nephew, Aaron Michael Holcomb.

He was a member of The Rock Family Worship Center in Harvest, Alabama and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Stan leaves to treasure his memory nieces, Sonia Allen and husband Thomas of Scarbro and Monica Stoots and husband Jeffrey of Harper; nephews, Teddy Holcomb and wife Patricia of Patriot, Indiana, Timothy Holcomb and wife Christina of Oak Hill, Michael Holcomb and wife Sylvia of Madison, Alabama and James Holcomb of Glen Jean. Also left to remember him are a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

A memorial service in his honor was held July 11 at Sunset Cemetery in Bickmore.

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home.

Joseph Ellis Hylton Sr.

Joseph Ellis Hylton Sr., 78, of Fayetteville, closed his eyes on earth and opened them to see his Jesus on July 3, 2020.


Born Oct. 25, 1941, in Patrick County, Virginia, he was the son of the late Joseph Grover and Pearlie Mae Pendelton Hylton.


Also preceding him in death were his brother, Darrell Hylton of Black Eagle, and sister, Sylvia Hylton of Black Eagle.


He was a strip miner, U.S. Army veteran and a devoted member of the Mountain View Church of God. As a believer in Christ, he would want the message of eternal life to be known; through the crucifixion and resurrection, life has not ended and is only beginning.


Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 55 years, Shirley Darlene Young Hylton; children, Tina Michelle Miller and Jack (deceased) of Winfield, Joseph Ellis Hylton Jr. and wife Rhonda and Terry Dewayne Hylton and wife Mindy, all of Fayetteville; sisters, Shirley Fann of Black Eagle, Louise Smith of Oceana and Dorothy Graham of Texas; six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one step-grandchild.


In keeping with his wishes Joseph will be cremated.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Mountain View Church of God, PO Box 1246 Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Donald Ray Jewell

Donald Ray Jewell, 64, of Beckley, passed away June 26, 2020 at his home following a long illness.

Born June 21, 1956 at Beckley, he was the son of Elizabeth Margaret Delridge Jewell of Maryville, Tennessee and the late Carl Richard Jewell.

Donald was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA.

In addition to his mother, Donald is survived by his wife, Lynn Jones Jewell; son, Christopher Ray Jewell; daughter, Abby Lynn Jewell; sisters, Dodie Frye and husband Roger of Maryville, Tennessee and Donna Walls and husband Michael of Charleston; and grandchildren, Maria Jewell, Maddy Jewell, Jordon Forren, Alex Forren and Lillian Forren.

There will be no visitation or service. Mr. Jewell was cremated. His cremains will be placed at the Davis Cemetery on Delphia Lane, Maple Fork at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Richard (Ricky) Ledford

Richard (Ricky) Ledford, 61, passed away June 21, 2020.

He was born Aug. 28, 1958.

Ricky loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his friends in his hometown of Fayetteville. He also had a knack and passion for gardening and landscaping.

He attended Fayetteville High School after starting school in Baileysville. He joined the United States Army in 1977, serving in the 3rd Battalion 32nd Armor until he was honorably discharged in 1980.

After his service he worked in the cable television field.

He was a member the Church of the Bible Covenant in Prosperity, where his father was the preacher. He was known for his kindheartedness and loved conversation. He was loved by his entire family, especially his grandchildren.

In 1981, Ricky married Robin Johnson of Fayetteville. Together they had one son, Nicholas.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Robin; son, Nicholas; daughter-in-law, Kristin; grandson, Cameron, and granddaughter, Lilliana, of Clinton Township, Michigan. He is also survived by his parents, Rev. David Alan and Wilma Sue Ledford of Prosperity; brothers, David (Debbie) Ledford of Statesville, North Carolina, Keith (Linda) Ledford of Galax, Virginia and Nelson Ledford of Prosperity; sisters, Alana (Mike) Parsons of Fayetteville, Kim Ledford and Beverly (John) Reed, all of Prosperity, Sherri (Curtis) Allen of Crab Orchard, Terri Ledford of Prince and Lori Sellers of Conway, South Carolina; brothers-in-law, Joey (Stephanie) Johnson of Hurricane and Mike Johnson of Lillington, North Carolina. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ricky’s life will be planned later this summer.

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

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

Rufus Linkous

Rufus L. “Link” Linkous, age 81, of Leland, North Carolina passed away June 25, 2020.

Rufus enjoyed drinking coffee at McDonald’s with his friends, gigging for flounder, and being outdoors picking up sticks and pine cones in his yard.

Rufus is preceded in death by his parents, Bittle and Nellie Linkous; wife, Hannelore Elizabeth; son, Patrick Linkous; three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by a son, Andrew Linkous; grandchildren, Katie Linkous, Jennifer Champagne, Steven Linkous, Patrick Linkous and Brandon Linkous; and seven great-grandchildren.

At this time, no services have been scheduled.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.com

Arrangements by White Funeral & Cremation Services, Bolivia/Supply Chapel.

Shirley Dean Love

Shirley Dean Love, broadcast pioneer, state legislator and beloved husband and father, passed away July 17, 2020, at Bowers Hospice House, at age 87.

Born May 15, 1933, he was the son of the late Earl Clinton and Winona May Hall Love.

His unusual Christian name was the suggestion of a family nurse, the wife of newspaper columnist Shirley Donnelly, since she felt the newborn child resembled one of her own.

Love was gifted with an outstanding singing voice, and it was a little known hymn he sang one Sunday in the Oak Hill United Methodist Church that caught the attention of the owner of WOAY Radio Station, who invited him to audition for a job as an announcer. Love landed the position, and when WOAY obtained a television license, Love’s career began to skyrocket. From the time he was eight years old, Love was a steadfast member of the church’s choir.

His fame began to mushroom while anchoring “Saturday Night Wrestling” and before long, he had a following that propelled him into a career in state politics. For 11 years, he served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and invested 18 years in the state Senate. Early on, Love’s engaging, ever-present smile won him many lifelong friends and he quickly built a reputation in the state Legislature as a tireless worker, always willing to listen to the concerns of his constituents.

A decade ago, he was the subject of a biography, “A Man Called Shirley,” a chronicle of his colorful and productive life that made him a household name across his native West Virginia.

Preceding him in death were a son, Dr. Brian Stephen Love; sisters Earline Treadway, Loraine Minnix and Ruth Veigh, and a brother, James Love III.

Cherishing his memory are his loving wife of 68 years, Audrey Love; a son, James “Jimmy” Love IV; a daughter, Christie Love and spouse Judy Fitzgerald; grandchildren, James Love V and companion Mary Nell, and also Sarah Love, the mother of James’ children, Matthew Love (Allison), Robert Love (Amanda), Benjamin Love (Tiffany), Mary Beth Knight (Pete) and Michael Love and companion Lauren Satyshur; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Ann Painter; special friends, Dave Perry, Joe Shelton, William Laird IV and the Spencer Family; and caretakers, Raymond Frye and family and the Donnelly family.

Visitation for friends was July 19 at Calvary Baptist Church. Funeral service was July 20 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor John Savage and Dr. Ken Krimmel officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park.

The family asks that donations be made to Audrey Love through Fayette County National Bank in honor of a memorial bench for Shirley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Elsie Evlyn Newhouse

Elsie Evlyn Newhouse, 82, of Fayetteville, passed away on July 11, 2020 at home surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Pleasantville, Pennsylvania on Oct. 12, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John Anthony Sr. and Mary Anthony.

Elsie spent many years caring for others and that reflected in her career choice as she was a CNA at Rolling Fields Nursing Home in Conneautville, Pennsylvania.

In addition to her love for being a CNA, Elsie also enjoyed her time cooking, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson Braxton.

Elsie was also a member of the Wriston First Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Newhouse; a brother, John Anthony Jr.; sisters, Alice Gilson and Irene Henderson; and a granddaughter, Amber Rae Huya.

Elsie is survived by daughters, Emma Allen of Warren, Pennsylvania and Connie Huya of Albion, Pennsylvania; sons, Rodney Newhouse and Lewis Buster Newhouse, both of Fayetteville; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Per Elsie’s wishes, she will be cremated and her remains will be laid to rest in Pennsylvania.

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

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

Pamela Sue Pettry

Pamela Sue Pettry, 67, of Oak Hill, passed away June 25, 2020 at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 21, 1953 in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Lee and Verna Mae Adkins Pettry.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence Pettry, Delbert Pettry and Orville Pettry; and two sisters, Delma Caperton and Eleanor Horton.

Pamela was a former clerk for Hill’s Department Store.

She a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at Minden.

Survivors include son, Stacey Trent Pettry; siblings, Douglas Pettry of Dry Branch, Richard Pettry of Sand Fork, Jerry Pettry of Oak Hill, Dennis Pettry of Minden, Marcella Marshall of Greenville, Tennessee, Della Kidwell of Rockport, Glenda K. Shively of Texas and Dinah Burleson of Beckley; and 10 grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal service, with burial following, were June 29 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the New River Humane Society, 513 Shelter Road, Fayetteville WV 25840. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kenneth Gail Raynes

Kenneth Gail Raynes, 88, of Robson, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2020 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Feb. 4, 1932 in Robson, he was the son of the late Luther Raynes Sr. and Clella Bess Raynes.

He also was preceded in death by sons, Steven Raynes Sr. and Kevin Raynes; sister, Margaret Harper; and brothers, Elmer Raynes and Luther Raynes Jr.

Kenneth worked for Cedar Coal Company as a miner.

He was a preacher for 70 years and loved teaching God’s word. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Patricia Parks Raynes; son, Terry Raynes Sr.; daughters, Susan Hannah and Becky Cline (Jimmy); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Raynes (Trula) and Larry Raynes (Norma Jean); and sister, Drema Hannah.

Funeral service was June 27 at the Open Bible Temple in Powellton with Pastor Rodney Nicholas and Pastor Greg Toney officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Edward Franklin Scarbro

Edward Franklin Scarbro, 82, of Mount Hope, died July 12, 2020, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born March 23, 1938 in Burnwell, he was the son of the late Grady Henry and Ardena Francis Jarrett Scarbro.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence and Alan Scarbro.

He was a coal miner and a survivor of the Hominy Falls Mining Disaster of 1968.

Mr. Scarbro was also a drywaller and owned his own company, Scarbro Drywall, in Lansing, Michigan.

Those left to cherish his memory include loving wife, Jackie L. Hancock Scarbro; sons, Edward Scarbro (Carol) and Jerry Scarbro (Devonna), all of Beckley; daughters, Lynn Kious (Frank) of Hilltop, Tracie Parker of Cirtsville and Leslie Billups (Mark) of Maple Fork; stepdaughter, Nancy Cordle (Kevin) of Oak Hill; 16 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Also surviving are brothers, Clarence Scarbro (Shirley) of Lansing, Michigan, and Leon Scarbro and Wilson Scarbro, both of Pax; sisters, Joyce Scarbro of Lansing, Michigan, Faye Scarbro of Portland, Michigan and Susan Mooney and Stevi Scarbro, both of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Graveside rites and committal services were July 15 at Workman Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Gulliun officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Gloria Ruth Smith

Gloria Ruth Smith, age 93, of Oak Hill, passed away July 1, 2020.

Gloria was born in Sanger, daughter of the late Lacy Treadway and Laura Whitney. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Marvin Smith; sons, Charles Robert Smith and Clarence Phillip Smith; daughter, Teresa Ann Patterson; and grandson, John David Smith.

Those left to cherish her memory include son, Marvin Richard Smith of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; daughter, Rita Sue Woolwine and husband Randall of Lexington, North Carolina; sons, Ronald Gene Smith of Madison, and William Alan Smith and wife Unna and Clifford Ray Smith, all of Oak Hill; and 14 grandchildren.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ruby Christine Smith

Ruby Christine Smith passed away on July 6, 2020 after a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

Ruby was born on July 6, 1929 in Oak Hill, daughter of the late Mike and Mamie Protka.

She was a proud mother of three children.

Ruby was a Fayette County Board of Education cook at Collins Middle School in Oak Hill or 32 years. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Smith; a son, Donald Warren Protka; a brother, Carl Protka; and sisters, Maybelle Butler and Mary Lively.

Those left to cherish her memory include sisters, Helen Staton and Betty Peters; a son, Michael Eugene Protka; a daughter, Rhonda Lynn Protka; grandsons, Josh Protka and wife Kelly Protka and Jason Davis and wife Debra Davis; a granddaughter, Sarah Franklin and husband Michael Franklin; great-grandsons, Jacob Protka, Caleb Protka, Hunter Franklin and Austin Davis; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Franklin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She will be forever loved and forever missed. 

Private services were July 8 at High Lawn Funeral Home with Eric Smith of Mount Airy, North Carolina officiating.

Teresa Ann Smith

Teresa Ann Smith, 51, of Fayetteville, passed away July 14, 2020 at home. She is now rejoicing in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born April 2, 1969 in Montgomery, daughter of the late Joe Henry Smith and Gloria Ritchie.

Teresa leaves behind her mother, Gloria Ritchie of Fayetteville; a sister, Cyndi Smith of West Frankfort, Illinois; a brother, Joey Smith and wife Pam of Dothan; nieces, Samantha Green of Beckley, Nikki Wise of Illinois and Sarah Deboard of Branchland; a nephew, Kenneth McKinney of West Frankfort, Illinois; and great-nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.

Teresa was an easy going person. She cared a lot about people and would help anyone in need. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

High Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted to her care.

Gladys Collins Perry Snyder

Gladys Collins Perry Snyder, age 102, of Mount Hope, peacefully passed away on July 19, 2020.

Born Oct. 24, 1917 in Cirtsville, Gladys was preceded in death by her first husband of 37 years, Norvell R. Perry (1971), and her second husband of 23 years, Robert Snyder (2010).  Also preceding her in death were her son, Gary Collins Perry; parents, Elmer and Bertie Ann Collins; sisters, Eva, Lorena and Margie; and brothers, Everett and Robert.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law,  Wanda J. Perry of Oak Hill; grandchildren,  Gregory C. Perry and wife Amy of Daniels, and Jeanay S. Booth and husband Tom and Brian P. Perry and wife Shannon, all of Oak Hill; great-grandchildren, Adam Perry, Landon Perry, Genna Perry, Ann-Marie Perry, Lauren Broadwater (Steve) and Thomas Booth; great-great-grandchild, Charlotte Broadwater; and niece, Kay Kohl of Stuart, Florida.

Gladys lived in West Palm Beach, Florida for 43 years, returning to Mount Hope, which she called home, in 2002.

Gladys was a retired hostess of the Carling House in West Palm Beach. She enjoyed travelling between West Palm Beach and Mount Hope for many years and was an avid Mountaineer fan, attending many of WVU’s bowl games. On many occasions she stated to family and friends over the years that her longevity was due to drinking lots of water (Mount Hope had the best water) and eating fresh fruit.

She was a member of the Mount Hope Christian Church, attending faithfully up to her 100 year mark.

Graveside rites and committal service were held July 22 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens where she was laid to rest beside her husband, Norvell.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope.

Shirley Dawn Kincaid Walker

Shirley Dawn Kincaid Walker, 85, of Woodbury, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2020.

Born on May 3, 1935 in Kincaid, Shirley was a member of the Collins High School Class of 1953. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and a Master’s in English from West Virginia University.

Shirley taught for many years in Minnesota, but in 1979, she gave up teaching after being recruited to the world of real estate, retiring in 2010. Shirley earned her CRS and was Realtor of the Year several years.

She loved to read, journal and take pictures. Travel was another passion. Shirley was most proud to have visited each of the United States.

During her lifetime, she traveled to Mexico, Canada, China, Israel, Egypt, Scotland, England, Spain, Japan, but her favorite place to visit was always the mountains of her beloved West Virginia.

Shirley was unapologetically herself. She was independent, quirky, well read and had absolutely no filter.

She loved baseball, M&Ms, West Virginia, writing letters, hats, the English language and, most of all, ice cream.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos “Todd” and Minnie Kincaid of Kincaid, and sister-in-law, Carolyn Kincaid, of Fayetteville.

Shirley’s absence will be keenly missed by her daughters, Dawn Walker and Cheryl (Rick) Vatsaas of Minnesota, and Stephanie (Phil) Huss of Colorado; grandchildren, Dan Walker, Phillip and Alex Huss, Ingrid (Luke) Amstutz and Kristian (Erica) Vatsaas; great-granddaughter, Sonja Claire; brothers, Carroll (Joyce) of Mechanicsville, Virginia and Doug of Fayetteville; and sister, Judy (Bob) of Oak Hill.

A celebration of Shirley’s life was live streamed on July 1 from The Grove United Methodist Church, where Shirley was a member and sang in the choir.

Memorial donations should be sent to the church at 7465 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN 55125.

Charles “Midge” Sibbley Weatherford Sr.

Charles “Midge” Sibbley Weatherford Sr., 79, of Fayetteville, passed away suddenly on July 23, 2020 at Plateau Medical Center.

He was born at Scarbro on Sept. 18, 1940, the son of the late Dennis M “John” Weatherford and Barbara Lively Weatherford. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Charles Sibbley “Sib” Weatherford II.

Charles was a lifelong resident of Fayette County, a graduate of Fayetteville High School and Morris Harvey College. He was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church and the Fayetteville Lions Club. He was retired from FMRS Health Systems in Beckley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine; daughter, Mendy Haver and husband Doug of Simpsonville, South Carolina; son, John Weatherford and wife Monica of Fayetteville; daughter-in-law, Lauren Weatherford of Fayetteville; and grandchildren, MacKenzie, Noah and Emma of Simpsonville and Jenna and Jillian of Fayetteville.

A graveside service was held July 26 at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Rick Crawford officiating.

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

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

Howard Owen White

Howard Owen White, 86, of Lansing, passed away July 24, 2020.

Born Dec. 20, 1933 in Ansted, he was the son of the late Newton and Lena White.

Howard was a former postmaster, owner of White General Merchandise and former caretaker of Lansing Cemetery.

He attended Lansing Baptist Church.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.

He was a 1953 graduate of Ansted High School, a member of the Lions Club as well as Postmasters of America.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Dennis Smith and son-in-law Dr. Richard Garrison.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Harriette; daughters, Melissa Minter and husband Kenneth and Margaret Grose; son, Matthew White and wife Johna; grandsons, David Garrison, Ben Garrison and Bryan Grose; granddaughters, Rema Martinez, Dr. Catherine Velopulos and Megan Grose; sister, Margie Smith; brothers, Tom White and wife Martha, Doug White and wife Theresa and John White and wife Terry. He also leaves behind his 11 great-grandchildren.

The family had a private graveside service at Lansing Cemetery with Pastor Kenny Hayes officiating.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to Lansing Baptist Church.

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

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

Jessie Leigh Wood

Jessie Leigh Wood, 20, of Oak Hill, died unexpectedly July 12, 2020 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Joann McGraw; grandmother, Dixie Yates; and step-grandfather, Manuel McCallister.

She is survived by her son, Josiah Mitchell and his father, Aaron Mitchell; mother, Angela Yates; father, Mark Wood; stepmother, Florence McCallister; grandparents, Ebbie and Lois Wood, Joe and Trudy Atha and Bob McGraw; step-grandmother, Opal McCallister; sisters, Kaylee Wood, Emily Atha and Rikki McCallister; brothers, Tyler, Daniel and Nathan McCallister; special cousins, Kelsie Atha and Rayna Jackson; special friend, Anthony Goard; special aunt and uncle, Tracie and James Pannell; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Jessie was a beautiful young woman who loved the outdoors and was full of life that was taken all too soon. She will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts.

Visitation and a celebration of life were held July 24 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

William Edward Woolwine

William Edward Woolwine, age 79, of Pax, passed away on July 19, 2020 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. 

Born May 25, 1941 at Willis Branch, he was the son of the late Hobert and Virginia Stover Woolwine. 

William was a civilian dispatcher for the Columbus (Ohio) Police Department.

He was a graduate of Pax High School and a veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He attended the Weirwood Community Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Woolwine. 

He is survived by his wife, Joan Elkins Adkins Woolwine of Pax; his daughter, Lisa Kay Woolwine of Fruitland Park, Florida; stepdaughter, Kimberly Adkins of Ohio and Michael Adkins of Tacoma, Washington; grandchildren, Reed Brooker of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Emily Woolwine of Fruitland Park, Florida and Andrew Adkins of Colorado. Also surviving are his two sisters, Betty Gallihue and Karen Moore of Canal Winchester, Ohio and Dusty Woolwine and wife Sue of Columbus, Ohio. 

Graveside services and burial were held July 22 at Pax Community Cemetery with Pastor Tom Lilly officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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