In memory

Wallace “Wally” Velman Amick Jr.

Wallace “Wally” Velman Amick Jr., 63, of Oak Hill, passed away Oct. 7, 2022, at Plateau Medical Center.

Wally was born on July 9, 1959, in Oak Hill to Wallace Velman Amick Sr. and Janet Frances Marshall Long.

Wally attended Calvary Baptist Church.

He was a roofer by trade and loved the outdoors, cliff jumping into the lake and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his father, Wally is preceded in death by his sisters, Arline Amick Guice and Marvella Amick Lawhorn.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Janet Long; first and last girlfriend, Diana Richardson; brothers, Kelvin Amick and Timothy Amick; sisters, Dreama Amick Flint, Linda Amick Tincher, Sheila Amick Kyle and Marlene Amick LaMonica; daughter, Elizabeth Amick; son, Michael Fiels; grandchildren, cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor Greg Swisher officiating. In keeping with Wally’s wishes he was cremated following the funeral service.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Meghan Nicole Atha

Meghan Nicole Atha, 25, of Oak Hill, passed away Oct. 5, 2022 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Born Oct. 31, 1996 in Beckley, she was the daughter of Nicole Thomas Jackson and the late Matthew Atha.

Meghan graduated from Valley High School.

She loved listening to music, but her greatest joy in life was being surrounded by her loving family whom cared for her deeply.

Those left to cherish her memory include children, Madilynne Atha and Matthew Atha; mother, Nicole Jackson; brothers, Isiah Matthew and Luke Aaron; sisters, Mishelle Lynn, Julia Grace and Zena Marie; and other members of the family.

In keeping with Meghan’s wishes, she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Patrick (Pat) Ryan Baker

Patrick (Pat) Ryan Baker, 33, of Fayetteville, passed away on Sept. 26, 2022.

Born on March 26, 1989, in Torrance, California, he was the son of the late Dian Keeney Paura.

Patrick was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and was a dishwasher at Bob Evans.

He loved spending time with his friends, whom he considered as his family, and he loved working and making money.

In addition to his mom, Pat is preceded in death by his uncle, Warren Keeney.

Those left to cherish his memories are his girlfriend, who loved him very much, Jessica Wilder; a brother, Nathan Whitney of Beckley; uncles, Rufus Keeney (Marilyn) of Ansted and Freddy Keeney of Henderson, Nevada; cousins, Drema Keeney of Charleston and Brandon Mullins of Lewisburg; as well as his life-long special friends that were like family, Salena King and daughter Kinley, who he loved as a niece, and Scott Cruz (Danyel) of Fayetteville, along with many other friends and family who will miss him dearly.

A gathering of family and friends for Pat was held Oct. 10 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Friends and family may send words of comfort to the family at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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

Bruce Allen Bass Sr.

Bruce Allen Bass Sr., 65, of Powellton, died Oct. 4, 2022.

He was born in Montgomery on March 3, 1957, to the late Billy Lee Bass Sr. and Lula Farley Bass.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Bass.

Bruce loved fishing and the outdoors, especially his home state of West Virginia.

He is survived by his beloved children, Jennifer Davidson and Bruce Bass Jr., both of Baltimore, Maryland; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister, Marvel Ann Comer.

A celebration of life was held at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, on Oct. 10.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent atwww.odellfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rachel Irene Bennett

Rachel Irene Bennett, 97, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, passed away Oct. 12, 2022, at the home of her loving granddaughter, surrounded by loved ones. 

Rachel was born on July 14, 1925, in Fayetteville, the daughter of Granger R. King and Ruth Alexander King.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Bennett; her sisters, Frances “Fran” Hambrick, Betty Elizabeth “Libby” Martin Robertson and Marjorie “Margie” Adkins Dunbar; and one brother, Benny R. King.

Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Susan Cody (Donald Gunther) of Wilmington, North Carolina; sons, William R. Bennett Jr. of Knoxville, Tennessee and Charles Romeo Bennett (Deana) of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Belinda Groppi (Jerome Walker) of Cleveland, Ohio, Denise Wilcox (Randy McPherson) of Roper, North Carolina, Karen Ostrica (Joe) of Avon Lake, Ohio and Kelly Wyatt (Emery) of Suffolk, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Taylor White, Jesse Sullivan (Keamte Norman), Christopher Sullivan (Tracy Baker), Chloe Sullivan (Cristopher Perez), Jayden Groppi (Amber), Rachel Groppi (Rashad Thompson), Samantha Sawyer (Dylan) and Kaylee Arrington; great-great-grandchildren, Elijah, Jayde and Jermaine; a niece she considered a daughter, Donnie Hamblin (Bill) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Ginger King of Sullivan, Ohio; and a special son close to her heart, Robert Jeffries of Saint Albans. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Amedisys Hospice and her great-granddaughter, Samantha Sawyer, her daily caregiver. 

Rachel was a member of the Gentry Missionary Baptist Church, Oak Hill.

Her love and kindness were infused in everything she did. She loved to cook and share the food she made with others.

She was active with the PTA and school system for 50 plus years.

She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served on the Board of Incorporators for the Rhododendron Girls State program for many years in the capacity of secretary. She also served as a Senior Counselor and Champion Mentor for several Girls State delegates from throughout West Virginia.

At the Fayetteville American Legion Post 149 Auxiliary group, she held membership for more than 50 years and held the office of president, secretary and treasurer. She also served a term as district president.

She also served as a volunteer at the Beckley VA Medical Center and was chairperson of the annual Christmas Gift Shop there for several years.

She loved serving veterans and cared for many people throughout her life including her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and anyone who needed help.

She received the Fayetteville Junior Women’s Club Citizen of the Year Award in 2002.

Celebration of life was held Oct. 29 at the American Legion Hall in Fayetteville.

Please make any memorial donations in her name to your favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rev. J. Chester Bird

Rev. J. Chester Bird, 73, of Charleston, made his triumphant entrance into Heaven’s pearly gates on Oct. 7, 2022.

Chester was born on June 19, 1949. He grew up in what he commonly referred to as “God’s country…the land of Lincoln County.”

He was a proud member of the Duval High School Class of 1967. It was at Duval where he became an active member of the debate team. Over the years he used those skills to lead many souls to Christ. He was called to preach at the age of 17.

Chester attended West Virginia State College as well as Appalachian Bible College. Chester was born to preach. He had a fire inside for Jesus and truly loved serving him. He was a good and faithful servant for 55 years throughout West Virginia. Chester had retired five times, but God kept calling him to help churches in need.

When he wasn’t serving as pastor, he was a faithful member of Kanawha City Baptist Church.

Chester was actively ministering at his beloved Campbell Memorial Baptist Church in Smithers until the Lord called him home.

Chester loved cars, traveling, eating, going to the movies, listening to old time gospel music and, most of all, people. He loved spending time talking and truly getting to know people. Chester Bird was a true friend to everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard D. Bird and Betty Lou Pauley Bird.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Clark Bird; sons, J. Richard Bird of Indian Trail, North Carolina and John Bird of Charleston; grandchildren, Joel (Allison) Bird, Grayson and Gabrielle of South Carolina and Brandon (Sarah) Bird and Cassandra Bird of North Carolina; sister, J. Catherine Bird Doran of Garrett’s Bend; and nieces, Eva Napier and Maty Doran of Garrett’s Bend.

The service was held Oct. 14 at Kanawha City Baptist Church, 4500 Venable Avenue SE, Charleston, WV. Burial was at Orchard Hill Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

The family asks that you make memorial donations in Chester’s memory to Campbell Memorial Baptist Church in Smithers.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Danny Gene Blair

Danny Gene Blair, 64, of Ansted, passed away on Oct. 3, 2022 at his home.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1958 in Paint Creek, the son of John and Virginia Silva Blair.

Survivors include his companion, Donna Giles; son, Nathaniel Giles; sisters, Becky, Debbie and Teresa; and brothers, Roger, Kenny and John.

There will be no services at this time.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Jacquelyn McWhorter Blankinship

Jacquelyn McWhorter Blankinship, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 7, 2022.

A service of witness to the resurrection was held Oct. 22 at the Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, 401 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, or the charity of your choice.

Gregory A. “Greg” Bostic

Gregory A. “Greg” Bostic, 57, of Fayetteville, passed away Oct. 18, 2022 at home following a brief illness.

He was born in Ronceverte to the late Charles “Charlie” and Patricia Hall Bostic. 

Greg is survived by his wife, Christy Wilson Bostic; their son, Brandon Bostic, who now lives in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; and by his brother, Gary (Belinda) Bostic of Lewisburg. Other survivors include nephew, Christopher (Jessica) and their children, Emerson and Brady, of Perry, Georgia; niece, Kelyn of Alexandria, Virginia; father-in-law, Frank Wilson of Oak Hill; along with brothers- and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He has two bonus daughters: Meagan (Aaron) Cobb and their children, Elliot and Aaliyah, of Beckley; and Jenny Varuska of Fayetteville. 

After being graduated from Greenbrier East High School, Greg received a B.S. in business management from Marshall University. He formerly worked at Whitten Transfer in Huntington, Rivers Whitewater Rafting Company and the Robbins Company in Fayetteville. 

Greg held a Black Belt in Taekwondo. He was an avid gamer, and leaves behind many friends at Jade Tiger Games in Oak Hill. He will be greatly missed by his long-time friends, Dave Cline, Tom Bell, Dave and Kelly Ellis, and Wendy, Cassidy and Kyle Bayes. 

A celebration of Greg’s life was held at Cathedral Café, Fayetteville, on Oct. 23.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the caretaker of Greg’s favorite emu, Emmanuel Todd Lopez, at knucklebumpfarms.com — Bing video #EmmanuelDon’tDoIt, or any local animal rescue group. Or, just enjoy the videos of Emmanuel. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Many thanks to Jonathan Wood for his kindness and endless patience.

Ivy Kay Bostic

Ivy Kay Bostic, 63, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 9, 2022 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. 

She was born Sept. 20, 1959 and grew up in London.

Ivy was a beautician for many years before becoming a child care provider for 15 years. 

She will be dearly missed by her five children, Jamie Parsons, Chris Bostic, Jeremy Kirk, Derik Ballard and Danielle Ballard; as well as her seven grandchildren, Hayleigh Parsons, Kalel and Athena Bostic, Annabelle, Lily and Noelle Kirk and Amelia Stump; and godson, Andrew Higginbotham and his children, Drew and Anthony. 

The funeral was held Oct. 12 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Rev. Charlie Bolen officiating. Burial followed in Marmet Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Mary Frances Boyd

Mary Frances Boyd, 76, of Buckhannon, formerly of Summersville, died Sept. 30, 2022 in the St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Huling “Bud” and Delphine Casto Riffle and was born at Persinger Nov. 28, 1945.

She was a homemaker and member of the Alderson Baptist Church at Craigsville.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel L. Adkins; brother, David Riffle; and sisters, Sylvia Woods and Nelda McBrayer.

Surviving: daughter, Lisa Cain (Steve) of Buckhannon; son, Howard McKinney Jr. (Allison) of Summersville; sisters, Sharlon Adkins of Whitewater and Karen Dickerson of Hico; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 7 in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Ed Groves officiating. Burial followed in the Little Union Cemetery at Calvin.

Online condolences may be sent at www.watersfuneralchapel.com

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Home, Summersville.

Merle Sue Brown

Merle Sue Brown, 79, of Belle. passed away Oct. 14, 2022 following a long illness.

She was a retired mail clerk for Acordia National, a member of Belle Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, former member of Witcher Baptist Church and loved to read and decorate for Christmas.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Charles and Martha Slater Graley; brothers, David, Butch and Dicky Graley; and sister, Violet Fitzpatrick.

Surviving are her husband, Clifford Ray Brown; sons, Timothy Brown (Kim) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Scott Brown of Charleston and Ray Brown (Nancy) and Robert Fitzpatrick, all of Belle; daughter, Lisa Summers (Joel) of Spangler; brothers, Mike Graley of Virginia and Steve Graley of Simmons Creek; sister, Millie Tate of Burning Springs; grandchildren, Drew and Dillon Brown, Jessica and Joey Summers and Nathan Hudson; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle. Interment followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Online condolences may be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Mary Bernice “Bern” Callison Carter

Mary Bernice “Bern” Callison Carter passed away on Oct. 8, 2022 at Autumn Way Nursing Home at age 97.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 2010, three brothers and two sisters.

She was a teacher for many years, teaching in four different counties of West Virginia.

She is survived by two sons, Steve and Sandy of Clintonville, and Ed and Tina of Grassy Meadows; one granddaughter, Taylor of Florence, Alabama; sister, Vivian Gwinn of Newark, Ohio; goddaughters, Mary Adams and JayAnn Leon; and several nieces and nephews.

Born at Dawson, she graduated from Meadow Bridge High School, then went to Marshall getting a teaching degree. Later she attended Morris Harvey.

She taught at the last one-room school in West Virginia in Romance in Jackson County.

She survived cancer and a very critical car accident.

She lived on Tyler Mountain in Charleston from 1957 until 1988 when she moved back to her husband’s family farm in Grassy Meadows. She volunteered at Greenbrier Valley Hospital for many years.

She learned to take care of a home at the early age of 8 when her twin sisters were born. One of her favorite appliances was the washing machine. You rarely came in that it was not running. If you had a shirt or jacket missing, she might have given it away or taken it to a thrift store.

She lived a long and fruitful life. Special thanks to her neighbor and caregiver, Diane Fleshman.

The family conducted a memorial service at McElhenney Community Church in Grassy Meadows on Oct. 15.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kanawha HospiceCare, Inc., 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Rainelle.

Patricia Ann Cheek

Patricia Ann Cheek, age 73, of Mount Hope, passed away on Oct. 11, 2022.

Born March 30, 1949, in Rawl, she was the daughter of the late Morton and Emma Grace Gibson. 

Patricia enjoyed crocheting and tending to her flower garden. 

She is survived by loving husband, Carl Cheek; children, Jennifer Kessinger (Michael), Rick Cheek and Jessica Muse; grandchildren, Kayla Kessinger, Kelli Kessinger, JonPaul Kessinger, Jacob Kessinger, Jason Kessinger, Kyra Kessinger, Ryan Muse, Zach Muse and Ayden Muse, and great-grandchildren, Anderson, Macie and soon to be in December, Katie. 

Services were Oct. 15 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Ron Sears officiating. 

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Hugh Rodney Clonch

Hugh Rodney Clonch, 82, of Belva, passed away Oct. 8, 2022 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Hugh was born on Jan. 10, 1940 to Helen and Hughart Clonch. He was born and raised in Bell Creek and Dixie.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Deanna Sue Jarrett Clonch, who passed away July 1, 2022. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ann Clonch Naylor.

He was a Christian and a member of Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

He also owned and operated Clonch Industries in Dixie with his brother, Dale, and sons, Rod and Scott Clonch.

He loved sawmills, working the land, vacationing in Florida, and old cars. He loved friends and family and dearly loved his grandchildren.

Over the years, he employed many throughout the Dixie and surrounding areas, and also enjoyed helping around the community.

Survivors include his children, Rod (Laura) Clonch of Bell Creek, Scott (Lisa) Clonch of Charleston and Monica (Nick) Belmont of Summersville; brother, Dale Clonch; sister, Judy Treadway; grandchildren, Kristen Clonch, Harrison Clonch (Katie), Lilli Clonch, Madi Clonch, Erica Anderson (Devon), Grace Murray (Brett), Ryan Belmont, Kate Belmont and Holly Belmont; great-grandchildren, Kalyn, Sophia, and Alex Clonch; and his beloved dog, Jazz. He had many nieces and nephews that live in several different states and whom he loved very much.

Visitation, followed by the funeral service, was Oct. 13 at Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Joan Marie Dickerson

It is with a heavy heart, but thankful for a long and wonderful life, that we her family announce the passing of Joan Marie Dickerson on Oct. 23, 2022 at home surrounded by her family.

Born on March 29, 1932 in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Jack Miller and Sue Smith Miller.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John T. Dickerson; their infant son, William Anderson Dickerson; her stepmother, Orene Miller; grandson, Matthew Conley; and her step-brother, Charlie Bill Persinger.

Joan was a 1949 graduate of Fayetteville High School.

She was a member of Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, a member and former officer of Fayetteville Women’s Club, a member and former officer of UDC Chapter Southern Cross 2001, and the ANGEL Support Group. She was secretary of Fayetteville High School for 29 years.

Joan was a long time member of the FHS Alumni Association. She was honored to receive the FHS Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award and Alumni of the year Award in 2022 for her dedication to FHS, the alumni and her community. It was because of Joan’s hard work that the alumni started giving scholarships to deserving FHS students, and now surrounding area students.

Joan’s husband lovingly teased that her middle name was “GO,” and she certainly lived up to it, with trips to all FHS sporting events, WVU games and the occasional Bowl Games. Her favorite colors truly were “green and white” and “blue and gold.”

She also enjoyed the many family beach trips, cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean, and her annual antiquing trip to Virginia every October, just to name a few.

Nothing gave her more enjoyment than the times she spent with her family, the whole family, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, great-great-grandkids, along with friends and other loved ones all under one roof. She relished in the noise, laughter and sheer chaos!!

John and Joan were blessed with nine children: Tom (Teresa), Mike (Donna), Jerry, Jack, Doug (Larry Stowers) “her other son,” as she called him, and Becky, all of Fayetteville, Ron (Barb) of Hurricane and Joan Dale Ryder (Ralph Hendrickson) of Christiansburg, Virginia; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend and partner in “crime,” Rida White.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Debbie Richardson, Lorrie Lewis, Ryan Alton, Frances Bragg, and Barbara Astuto for all their love and support, and especially the Bowers Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to FHS Alumni Association and Bowers Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Fayetteville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jackie Pittman officiating.

Friends and family may send words of comfort to the family at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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

Argatha Frances Eads

Argatha Frances Eads passed away at her home in Gloucester, Virginia on Sept. 2, 2022.

She was born in Beards Fork on July 10, 1951. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jobill and Mary Campbell; daughter, Mary Sue Booth; and grandson, Marvin Booth III.

She was a graduate of Ansted High School.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Glen A. Eads, formerly of Oak Hill; her daughters, Ruth Thomas (Glenn) and Aimee Cadmus Hamilton (Jimmy Bristow); grandchildren, Kacy Skidmore (Makenna), Victoria Miller (Jason), Melissa Davis (Cody), Vanissa Miles (Raymond Burr Jr.), Thomas Booth (Taylor), Monica Boor (children, Samuel, Westley and Willow); and great-grandchildren, James Bates, Jase Skidmore, Trinity and Darrell Davis, Theda and Thomas Booth Jr., and Gabriel Francis Burr. Frances was also survived by her brothers, Joe (Peggy) Campbell of Oklahoma, and Jim (Beverly) and John (Laura) Campbell, all of West Virginia; and her sisters, Rose Carte (Larry), Carol Pittman, Denise Reed, of West Virginia, Nancy Butner of South Carolina, Patty Dial (sons Bradley and wife Jody and William) and numerous nieces and nephews. Frances wanted to acknowledge a special family friend, Pete Swanson.

Frances retired several years ago after teaching for 40 years. She loved the Lord with her whole heart and is safe within the arms of God.

A celebration of Frances’ life was held Sept. 10 at Beulah Baptist Church, Ware Neck, Virginia, with Pastor Tom Cohick.

Michael “Mike” James Edwards

Michael “Mike” James Edwards, age 46, of Oakley, Utah, passed away on Oct. 4, 2022.

Mike was born March 21, 1976.

A celebration of life was held Oct. 8 at Adventures on the Gorge.

Anthony Silas Evans

Anthony Silas Evans, 51, of Minden, passed away on Oct. 16, 2022.

Anthony was born on Oct. 10, 1971, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Silas Evans and Doris Evans of Oak Hill.

Anthony did a variety of jobs from construction to retail.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Doris Evans of Oak Hill; two sisters, Tammy Shifflett of Mt. Hope and Laura Keiffer of Charleston; a daughter, Savannah (Evans) McCallister and husband Casey, and granddaughter, Everleigh McCallister, all of Scarbro.

A memorial service was held Oct. 28 at Gentry Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Lewis Sanson officiating.

Online condolences may be left by visiting the funeral home website at www.doddpaynehssfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Lionel Fair

Thomas Lionel Fair, of Victor, passed away on Oct. 3, 2022.

Tom or Tommy, as he was most often referred to, spent his last moments on this earth doing what he loved most — hunting. Tom was always getting into some type of trouble or predicament or adventure, so much so that his wife referred to him as her “Tom cat” that had 13+ lives.

Tom was born on Sept. 25, 1950 to the late Earl Matthew Fair (“Juggie”) and the late Bobby Jean Keenan Fair. He was a brother and best friend to Earl Matthew Fair Jr. (Kathy) and his sister, Paula Eades (Roger). As his brother and sister would tell you, he was the favorite, and they are sure his mother greeted him with open arms at Heaven’s gates.

He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church where he gave his life to the Lord at the age of 16, then later served as a Sunday school teacher and BYF leader.

Tom was a proud Army veteran, having enlisted in 1970 and served in South Korea for 15 months. He was a member of the Ansted VFW Post 7695.

A “jack of all trades,” Tom worked tirelessly to provide for his family.

An avid outdoorsman, Tom greatly cherished his sacred alone time in the woods. Even after being diagnosed with multiple health problems due to Agent Orange, including Parkinson’s disease, it didn’t stop Tom from doing the things he loved or wanted to do.

He was always “piddling” on small or big projects around the house until dark and was always there to help family or friends in need.

Tom leaves behind his devoted “wifey” of 51 years, Gerriann (Kesler) Fair, who selflessly loved and cared for him; and his daughters, Deanna (Timothy Gill), Elizabeth (Wayne Queen), Mindy (Thomas Ewing) and Holly (Eddie Ramsey). He was the “world’s greatest papa” to Fairan Gill (Seth Daniel), Skyler Amick (Oliver), Seth Ewing (fiancée Madison Berry), Kellen Queen, Owayne Queen, Meghan Gill, Jacob Ewing, Chloe Queen, Brooke Ewing, Ty Ewing and Macilyn Ramsey. He was honorary “papa” to many of his grandchildren’s friends. His great-grandchildren include Aurora Daniel, Roman Amick and Colter Daniel. Tom had many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews that will no doubt cherish his memories. He also leaves behind some very special lifetime friends, Paul Griffith (his forever hunting buddy), Gary Hatcher and Tim Howard.

The family would like to thank his very special neighbors and friends, Adam Willis, Collin Neal and Heather and Jeff Neal. These neighbors will forever hold a special place in the collective heart of his family for the many times they rescued Tom from one his many predicaments, selflessly helped him with projects or hunting, and for being there on the night of his passing. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the neighbors, EMTs, volunteer firefighters, police officers and other first responders that responded to the call on the night of Oct. 3. The family requests your continued prayers as they recover from this loss. He was the light of their world and will be missed beyond measure.

The family held a wake Oct. 10 with funeral services held on Oct. 11 with Pastor Mike Anderson and Mr. Brian Carroll officiating. All services were at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted. Following the funeral, burial was at Kesler Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Hico.

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:6-7).

The family requests donations in his memory be made to the Ansted VFW.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Marion O. Ferguson

Marion O. Ferguson, 84, of London, passed away at home on Oct. 6, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orvil and Anna Mae; brothers, Arnold, Raymond and Marshall; and sisters, Elaine, Sue and Elizabeth.

He was a long-time member of London Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver for R&J Recycling after over 33 years of service.

He was an avid hunter and fishermen and enjoyed planting his garden every year.

He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte; daughters, Gail and Sandra; his grandchildren, Courtney (Mitchell), Andrew, Lily (Will) and Michael; sister, Juanita (Charles); sisters-in-law, Pauline and Carol (Clyde); brother-in-law, Danny; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Services were held Oct. 13 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Kenneth Huffman officiating. Entombment followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Howard Franklin Jr.

On Oct. 17, 2022, Reverend Howard “Jim” Franklin Jr. was peacefully called home to Heaven. He received the promotion that he had witnessed to others about for most of his adult life.

Jim was born on Dec. 18, 1928 in Page, the oldest son of Howard Franklin Sr. and Vera Kathleen Lively.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Phillis; sons, Buddy (Dawn) and Brad; daughter, Lisa; sister, Helen Hendricks; brothers, Jack (Lottie) and Bob (Carole); eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

His parents and older sister, Dorothy Warren, have preceded him to heaven.

In 1934 his family moved to Turkey Creek, close to Ansted, where he grew up and graduated from Ansted High School in 1946. After attending West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery for two years, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948, serving with the Second Infantry Division and participating in the Korean War from 1950-51.

He continued his education at West Virginia Tech after returning from Korea and graduated in 1953 with a B.A. degree. He worked as a high school English teacher in West Virginia from 1954 to 1961.

Jim became a Christian at the age of 19 and felt drawn to serving the Lord as a minister. After pastoring several churches in West Virginia from 1953 to 1964, he attended Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1968.

During his time as a Baptist minister, he pastored churches in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa and California, retiring from church ministry in 1994.

In addition to his work as a pastor, Jim was very active on radio by ministering to people through his broadcast called “Songs in the Night.” He reached a countless number of people in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio by playing gospel music, talking and encouraging people to attend church. He will be missed by those who were loyal listeners throughout almost 48 years of his radio outreach ministry, as well as those who personally knew him as a friend and pastor. He loved people and serving the Lord.

Sympathy cards may be sent to his family at Jim Franklin Ministries, PO Box 380355, Murdock, FL 33938.

Mona Lucille Nelson Gray

Mona Lucille Nelson Gray, 86, of Cedar Grove, passed away Oct. 15, 2022 at home after a long illness surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Robert W. “Bill” Gray; parents, Dennis and Hartzel Nelson; sisters, Betty Caudill; and brothers, Nicky Nelson and Ronnie Nelson.

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy Gwinn (Pete) and Jeannie Pennington (Jimmy); grandsons, Jay Pennington (Vanessa), Jonathan Pennington (Merissa) and Charles Allen Tucker III; great-grandsons, Landyn and Grayson Pennington; great-granddaughter, Jayda Pennington; sister, Marvolene Hunley; and a host of other family members and friends.

Services were Oct. 21 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Roy Boyd officiating. Burial followed at the cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Mary Jean Brady Greenawalt

Mary Jean Brady Greenawalt, 71, died Sept. 27, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She is survived by husband, Robert Greenawalt; children, David and wife Shanna of Kennesaw, Georgia; and Sarah Naranch and husband Stu of Washington, D.C. Grandchildren are William, Matthew, and Lexie Greenawalt, and Felix and Asa Naranch. Also surviving are the canine family members, English setters Sassy, Princess and Peanut.

Mary is a graduate of Mount Hope High School where she was valedictorian and recognized as an honorary National Merit Scholar. She met husband Bob during their first week at Duke University where he was in the Divinity School and Mary was a freshman. They later married and spent 49 years together. At Duke, Mary graduated in three years summa cum laude, majoring in management sciences and accounting. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mary earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina in 1974. Later on, married and with children, she earned a doctorate in accounting in 1986 from the University of Georgia. Professional credentials were Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. Faculty positions included Guilford College, Virginia Tech and the Citadel.

She was honored to serve as a faculty fellow at the Security and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

Also an accomplished musician, Mary was a talented pianist and played clarinet in the Duke Wind Symphony and the Duke Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous community concert bands.

Favorite interests included wild flowers, square dancing, circuses, crossword puzzles and numerous English setters. Mary and Bob also loved to travel. They visited 47 states, 30 foreign countries, and took 20 cruises.

Mary was a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro where she had played in the handbell choir.

The funeral service was held at Mount Hope Baptist Temple on Oct. 9. Burial was after the service in High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Memorial gifts can be made to Mount Hope Baptist Temple or Mount Hope Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Mary Elizabeth Harrah

Mary Elizabeth Harrah, age 70, of Fayetteville, passed away Oct. 16, 2022.

A visitation for Mary was held Oct. 22 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W Maple Ave, Fayetteville, followed by a funeral service.

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

Jolene Kay Swedbergh Henderson

Jolene Kay Swedbergh Henderson, 63, of Lansing, passed away on Oct. 11, 2022 at her home.

Born on Dec. 26, 1958 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Dean Harlow Swedbergh and Elizabeth Ann Merchlewitz Swedbergh of Florence, Arizona.

Her husband, Paul Henderson, preceded her in death.

Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Dean and Betty Swedbergh of Florence, Arizona; and siblings, Michael and Lola Swedbergh of Longmont, Colorado, Barbara and Steve Alley and Lawrence Swedbergh, all of Como, Colorado, and Dean and Kay Swedbergh of Boise, Idaho. Jolene had many nieces and nephews whom she cherished.

Jolene was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and graduated from Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado.

She married her husband, Paul, in 1990 in Evergreen, Colorado. They moved to Fayetteville in 1994 where she went to work for Class VI River Rafters.

Jolene owned Wildwood Flowers in Fayetteville and did amazing flower baskets and barrels that were placed throughout the towns of Fayetteville and Oak Hill. She was known as “the lady that did amazing flowers and loved her dog.”

Often she could be found hiking the mountains and wooded areas in West Virginia and Colorado with family, friends, and her dog, Myrle, whom she loved and spent a lot of time with. Jolene loved to visit family and friends in Colorado and spend time in the winter in Florida.

Friends and family may send words of comfort to the family at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Darrell Lee “Skippy” Hudnall Jr.

Darrell Lee “Skippy” Hudnall Jr., 64, of Powellton, formerly of Gauley Bridge, went home to be with the lord on Sept. 29, 2022.

Born to the late Darrell and Ilene Kincaid Hudnall on May 31, 1958. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, John Ray and Larry Joe; and sister, Charlotte Hudnall.

He served 17 1/2 years in the Army National Guard before being honorably discharged.

He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie Hudnall; 10 children, Phelena Ferrell (Eric), Florence Stanley (Richard), Tonya Casto (Cody), Charlotte Cotton (TJ), Angelica Goodrich (Ricky), Mary Parsons (Ricky), Lindsey Troxell (Roger), Darrell “Skeeter” Hudnall, James Hudnall and Sara Hudnall (Dillion); brothers, Charles “Bodie” Hudnall and Robert “Bobby” Hudnall; 23 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service was Oct. 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Greg Francis officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Billy E. Hunt Jr.

Billy E. Hunt Jr., 69, of Fayetteville, passed away Sept. 28, 2022 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Billy was born on March 24, 1953 in Oak Hill to the late Billy Sr. and Anna Lee Hunt.

Billy was a coal miner/miner operator at Westmoreland Coal Company.

He attended the Minden Missionary Baptist Church.

Billy loved hunting, riding four-wheelers at Tumblin Downs Hunting Camp with all the guys, splitting wood with his son and brothers. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed Sunday dinners with all his kids and grandkids.

In addition to his parents, Billy is preceded in death by his brother, Mark Hunt.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Pamela Hunt; son, Brian Hunt (Bethany); grandchildren, Carrissa Ovalle (Marcos), Braylee Hunt, Brayden Hunt and Abriella Hunt; daughter, Amanda Gibson (Carlos); grandchildren, Arianna Gibson and Zhavia Gibson; son, Jerry Rhinehart; daughter, Hailee Hunt; son, Blake Hunt; along with cherished brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Richards of the Minden Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Minden Missionary Baptist Church at 22 Minden Church Rd., Minden, WV 25879.

High Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Charles Edwin Isaacs

Charles Edwin Isaacs, 80, Russellville, passed away on Oct. 1, 2022 in the Stonerise Rainelle Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 4, 1941 at Rainelle, he was a son of the late Algin and Gladys Mullins Isaacs.

He attended the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at Mt. Lookout, was a retired coal miner, loved to garden, loved the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Sharon “Judy” Campbell Isaacs; his children, Charles Kevin (Melinda) Isaacs of Maysel, Kim (Brad) Walls of Summersville and Sharon Walters of Hico; siblings, Nelson (Margaret) Isaacs of Mechanicsville, Maryland, Pat (Barbara) Isaacs of Hico and Jerry (Sandy) Isaacs of Clifftop; four grandchildren, Kirstin (Donald) Burdette, Morgan Hypes, Charlie Isaacs and Isaac Walls; one great-granddaughter, Hayden Burdette; and a host of nieces, nephews and family.

Funeral services were held Oct. 5 in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at Mt. Lookout with Pastor Damon Wilkowiltz officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Bill “B.J.” Jones

Bill “B.J.” Jones, 86, passed away Oct. 11, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Sylvia Shawver Jones; daughters, Tana (Fred) Bisch and Traci (Ara) Lovitt; grandsons, Travis (Anna) Bisch, Scott (Brittany) Bisch, Peter Lovitt and Max Lovitt; and great-grandson, Barrett Bisch.

He was predeceaseed by daughter, Christina Sanders; and infant son, Harold Edward.

A native of West Virginia, Bill attended Concord College and, later, Drake University, obtaining his CPCU designation.

He retired from Nationwide as claims superintendent and settled in Ocala, Florida for 20 years before recently moving to Birmingham, Alabama to be near family.

Golf, bridge and football were favorite pastimes. Bill was a talented musician, and his gift of music was passed on to his daughters and grandchildren. His true loves were his girls.

Bill’s goal was to spread joy and laughter throughout his life, and he will be remembered for his kindness and fun-loving nature.

A private memorial service and life celebration was held at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Chapel on Oct. 14.

In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html.

Bonnie Joyce Jones

Bonnie Joyce Jones, 80, of Kanawha City, died Sept. 27, 2022 at home. 

She retired from Marmet Health Care Center after many years of service as dietary manager. 

Always full of love, joy and laughter, she was a true woman of God and was a member of City of Hope Fellowship in Belle. An apropos sentiment best describes her transcendence: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (II Timothy 4:7-8).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Dorothy Walk Harris; brother, Charles L. Harris; and sister, Charlotte A. Blevins. 

Surviving are daughters, Debra (Gary) Riley of Kanawha City and Sharon (Brian) Hilman of Charleston; son, Al (Lori) Jones of Belle; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral was Sept. 30 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with son-in-law, Pastor Gary L. Riley, officiating. Per her wishes, she was cremated after the service. 

The family requests donations to City of Hope Fellowship Food Pantry, 714 E. Dupont Ave., Belle, WV 25015. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

James Cluster “Jim” Jones

James Cluster “Jim” Jones, 70, of Summersville, died Oct. 22, 2022 at his home.

He was the son of the late Ewing Cluster and Joy Nida Foster Jones and was born at Gauley Bridge Nov. 30, 1951.

Jim was a retired coal miner, house mover and enjoyed restoring cars and spending time with his family. He was a Baptist by faith.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Jones, in 2015.

Surviving: sons, James E. Jones and Ricky S. Jones, both of Summersville; daughter, Wanda L. Woods of Summersville; sisters, Karen Vena Mullins, Edith Gay Elliot and Ethel Coleman, all of Clay; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 27 in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Mike Hanks officiating.  Burial followed in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Online condolences may be sent at watersfuneralchapel.com

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Roy Thomas (Tom) Kincaid

Roy Thomas (Tom) Kincaid, 99, a longtime resident of Smithers, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2022.

Born to the late Roy Vernon and Myrtle Owen Kincaid on Oct. 1, 1922, Tom would have turned 100 last Saturday.

He was a member of the Greatest Generation, having served in the Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Philadelphia from 1942 to 1945.

Tom retired from the National Biscuit Company after more than 30 years in sales.

He had served on the Fayette County Board of Education, Smithers City Council, and had belonged to the Lions Club, Rotary Club, the Beni Kedem Temple and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Montgomery, having been chair of the church board and an elder.

Tom enjoyed spending time at his “camp” on the New River and at his former home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Millie Davis, Maxine Barrett, Eunice Kincaid Bess and Reba Conn; brother, Leonard “Sonny” Davis; and his beloved wife of 77 years, Mary Margaret (Joann) Bryant Kincaid, whom he wed on Oct. 7, 1942.

He is survived by his daughter, Sue Boyd (Pat) of South Charleston; and son, Tom Kincaid (Debbie) of Mooresville, North Carolina. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Dr. Traci Boyd Acklin (Brian), Kelli A. Boyd, Brent Kincaid and Alexandria Kincaid Lacy (Michael); and five great-grandchildren, Ben, Philip, and Brady Acklin and Eleanor and Graham Lacy; former daughter-in-law, Susan; and special nephew, Johnny Conn and Jamason; and several other nephews and niece and a special neighbor and caregiver, Heidi Hill.

Services were held Oct. 1 at Montgomery First Christian Church, with Rev. James Smith officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rights will be conducted at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be sent to the First Christian Church, 204 6th Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kathryn “Kathy” Light

Kathryn “Kathy” Light, 64, of Mt. Hope, passed away Oct. 7, 2022.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Thomas Light.

Her hobbies included playing bingo, crafting and working puzzles.

She is survived by her sister, Brenda (Dave) Peshel; brothers, Tommy Arnold, Brad (Andrea) Arnold and Tim Arnold; children, Sam (Brandy) Light and Steven Light; stepchildren, Tammy (Bobby) Ewers, Brady (Krissy) Light and Shane Light; grandchildren; and many extended family members.

A memorial service was held Oct. 14 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Clinton Tompkins officiating.

Memorial donations for expenses can be given to the funeral home.

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

Phillip Ray Mace II

Phillip Ray Mace II, 37, of Belle, passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2022. To know him was to love him.

Surviving are his parents, Ray and Toni Mace of Belle; son, Michael Mace of Dunbar; daughter, Tiffany Mace of Dunbar; sister, Crystal Short (Kris) of Clarksburg; niece, Addy “Stitch” Short, and nephew, Noah Short, both of Clarksburg; fiancée, Cynthia Ellis of Belle; and a host of family and friends whom he loved dearly.

A memorial service was held Oct. 8 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Rev. Timothy Oakes officiating.

In keeping with Phillip’s final requests, his cremation wishes have been honored.

Online condolences may be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Ella Jean Maddy

Ella Jean Maddy, 81, of Ansted, passed away Oct. 22, 2022 at Plateau Medical Center.

Ella was born on Sept. 18, 1941 in Ansted, the daughter of the late Robert Jackson Warren and Madeline Ann Skaggs Warren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Maddy, and a brother, Bobby E. Warren.

She was an employee of C&P Telephone Company for 30+ years.

She loved spending time with family and vacationing with them.

Those left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Theresa (Chad) Bennett of Russellville; grandson, Justin Maddy of Ansted; sister, Joyce (Richard) Eades of Ansted; sister-in-law, Judy Warren of Ansted; nieces and nephews, Warren (Carol) Eades of Mt. Nebo, Tammy J. (Paul) Mills of Mabscott, Tina (Roger) Wood of Mabscott, Robert “Greg” (Mary) Warren of Pennsylvania, Sally A. (Mike) Harper of Ansted and William “B.J.” Warren of Ansted; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Service was Oct. 27 at Ansted Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Jack Eades officiating. Entombment followed at Chapel of Rest Mausoleum, Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Shirley June McClanahan

Shirley June McClanahan, 82, of Danese, passed away Oct. 3, 2022 in Cabell Huntington Hospital.

She was born on June 10, 1940 in Crickmer, the daughter of the late Thomas Allen and Ila Janet Fox.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Grover McClanahan; a sister, JoAnn Treadway; and brothers, Gene Fox and Elwood Fox.

Shirley was a cook for the Fayette County Senior Center for many years.

She enjoyed sitting by the fire on the back porch and staying home in Crickmer. She will be missed by all her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are a son, Ferlin McClanahan of Danese; daughter, Tammy (Teddy) Shoemaker of Lilly Park; grandchildren, Megan Lester, Nicholas and Patrick Shoemaker; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Oct. 5 at Martin Cemetery, Crickmer, with Pastor Jesse Pope officiating.

Stephanie Dorene McMillion

Stephanie Dorene McMillion, 62, passed away Sept. 26, 2022, at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

She was preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Inez McMillion; sisters, Nina Mae and Joy Myers; and brother, Keith McMillion.

She is survived by her son, Adam Edwards, with whom she resided in Huntington; daughters, Jennifer Hardy of Charleston and Teresa (Jody) Woodrum of Lexington, Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Grose of East Bank, Ella Hall of Deland, Florida, Kathy Bass of Holly Grove and Rebecca McMillion of Charleston, brothers, Kenneth McMillion of Athens, Tennessee, Larry (Linda) McMillion of Pekin, Illinois and Ernest (Bonnie) McMillion of MontVerde, Florida; grandchildren, Devon, Brianna, Cordelle, Stephen, Robert and Nathan; and great-grandchildren, Nakiyan, Demari, Ahnys, Ryleigh and Luke.

Service was held Oct. 1 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Anthony Pratt officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Margaret Ella Farthing Moran

Margaret Ella Farthing Moran, 93, of Sophia, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 16, 2022 with her loving family by her side.

Born March 17, 1929 in Big Stick, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Franklin and Rebecca Florence Herndon Farthing.

Margaret was a proud graduate from Mark Twain High School, retired from working in sales, was a loyal member of the Sophia First Baptist Church, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Lee Moran; brothers, Gerald Blaine “Jerry” Farthing, Louis Dale “Sonny” Farthing, William J. “Bill” Farthing, Hubert Franklin “Buddy” Farthing Jr. and Robert “Bobby” Farthing; sisters, Betty Johnson, Mary Farthing Moran, Evelyn Jean Henderson and Dorothy Beddingfield; and a great-grandson, Randy Lee Shelton.

Those left to cherish her wonderful and loving memory include daughters, Patricia Nowak (Robert), Pamela Cannoy and Tammy Shelton (Ronald); son, Jeffrey Moran; grandchildren, Tess Cannoy, Jim Cannoy, Shane Cannoy Jeremy Shelton, Joshua Shelton, Summer Chapman and Baylor Moran; great-grandchildren, Amanda Campbell, Cody Hiironen, Ryan Hiironen, Annabelle Lee Cannoy, Tristian Cannoy, Tyler Cannoy and Lyhima Cannoy; great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel Campbell, Amoura Swain and Dylan Campbell; and sisters, Linda Hill (Steve) and Sharon Lou Graziolli.

Graveside service with burial following was Oct. 19 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity, with Pastor Wayne Nutter officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Betty Jo Neil

Betty Jo Neil, 98, of DuPont City, passed away Oct. 4, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a long illness. Prior to Hubbard Hospice House, she resided at Sweetbrier Assisted Living in Dunbar. Betty’s family would like to express their appreciation to the caregivers, nurses, and staff at Sweetbrier and Hubbard Hospice House for their loving care.

Betty grew up in Flatwoods, Kentucky, where she graduated from Russell High School. She worked in a defense department plant during World War II, was married in 1948, moving to Belle and then Dupont City.

She was an LPN and surgical technician in the Labor and Delivery Department at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Betty was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Belle, where she was a Sunday school and Bible School teacher and a faithful member of the Lydia class.

Preceding her in death were her husband, A.C. Neil Jr.; parents, Josephine Moore Phillips and H.H. Phillips; brothers, Charles and Donald Phillips; great-grandson, Alex Holcomb; and grandson-in-law, David Morgan.

Surviving are her son, David A. Neil (Paulette) of DuPont City; daughter, Deborah Neil Denyer (Robert) of South Charleston; grandchildren, Brett Denyer, Corinne Morgan, Eli Neil and Adam Holcomb; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Sonia Denyer and Conner and Adam Morgan; and great-great-grandson, Kai Holcomb.

Funeral services were held Oct. 7 at Judson Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Bolen officiating. Interment followed in Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Hubbard Hospice House, c/o HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Online condolences may be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Deborah “Debbie” Niper

Deborah “Debbie” Niper, age 66, of Montgomery, passed away Oct. 10, 2022.

She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

Debbie was born April 18, 1956, to James and Naomi Mooney and was a lifelong West Virginia resident.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and her grandson. She is survived by her husband, John Niper; her daughter, Tiffany Lanham; and her grandchildren, Jonathan Cochran, Gage Lanham and Savanna Lanham.

A small service for immediate family will take place at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Hughes Nowak

Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Hughes Nowak, 87, of Summersville, passed away Oct. 21, 2022 in the WVU-Medicine Summersville Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug. 28, 1935 at Pool, she was a daughter of the late Charles Austin and Alice Mae Greaser Hughes.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Nowak; by a daughter, JoAnn Sizemore; and by her siblings, Judy Hughes, Nyle “Tiny” Hughes, Rush Hughes, Belle Stone, Sue Roncaglione, Donald Hughes and Betty “Sissy” Applegate.

She was a member of the Saint John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church in Summersville, a retired magistrate court clerk for Nicholas County, a circuit clerk secretary, and was a former secretary for the law offices of Roy Clapperton  and Carroll T. Lay, as well as Dr. Groves. 

Survivors include her son, Jay Nowak; daughter, Wanda “Puddie” Einstein; grandchildren, Peyton Nowak, Logan Key, Samantha Key and John Key; one great-grandchild, Gabriel Chandler Key; special friend, Sueky Bowlin; and a host of nieces, nephews, and family and friends.

She was a friend to many and rarely met a stranger. She was seen around the courthouse and streets of Summersville for decades with a contagious smile and hello. Her love for her community was evident in her passion for local politics where she was often seen energetically campaigning. Her political passions almost matched her love and enthusiasm for her family.  Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews were her whole heart. Spoiling those she loved with time and affection brought her much joy.

Mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 28 at the Saint John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church in Summersville with Father Renee Gerona officiating. Interment of the cremains followed in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens at Calvin under the direction of the White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Ernestine Carol Olsavsky

Ernestine Carol Olsavsky, age 78, of California, Maryland passed away on Oct. 12, 2022.

Ernestine was born to Charlie and Roberta Thomas at Kaymoor #2, Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Olsavsky; parents; all of her brothers and sisters, John, Joe, David, Mary, Ruby, Lois, James, Ralph, Hester and Nola; and several nephews, David, Denny, Gary Dean and James; and nephew in-law, Eddie.

She is survived by her loving family, special nieces, Laura “Robbie” Withrow and Charity Henderson (Clark Callis); nephew, Larry Thomas; nieces, Melanie Peddicord, Regina Jenson and Sharon Reisler, and the children of Robbie and Charity; great-nephew, Shane Withrow (Holli) and children Kayla and Belle; great-niece, Amber Withrow and daughter Amira; great-nephew, Zane Mahan; and the Ho family and numerous other family and friends that meant the world to her.

Ernestine was our beloved aunt who shared a smile and kind word to each and every person who crossed her path. Her kindness touched everyone who met her.

She was more a mother and grandmother than an aunt. She was an avid Willie Nelson fan, chocolate and ice cream lover. She enjoyed the beach and made Christmas the most special occasion.

She taught second grade and felt each of her students were special.

She was a coal miner’s daughter and enjoyed the forests of West Virginia, where she always felt at home.

Funeral services for Ernestine were Oct. 18 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial followed afterwards at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

Jason “Flake” Dale O’Neal

Jason “Flake” Dale O’Neal, 41, of Pratt, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2022, at home surrounded by family and friends.

Jason was born on April 17, 1981, to Michael O’Neal and Elaine “Cathy” Campbell.

He was a graduate of East Bank High School, Class of 1999.

Jason was an electrician at Patriot Coal Speed Mining. After a tragic mining accident, we were told we would be lucky to get 13 more seconds with him, but we were blessed with 13 wonderful years. Jason’s will to survive was remarkable, and he showed that through overcoming multiple obstacles over that time. He never lost his sense of humor and loved to make everyone around him laugh.

Despite his accident, he continued to support and provide for his family. Jason’s children and wife were his pride and joy.

Even though his accident hindered him, he was a big part of his community and the community will not be the same without him. He loved working in the mines, was a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan, and loved the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Jason is survived by his loving wife and childhood sweetheart, Andrea Fowler O’Neal, who has been by his side for 26 years. Together they have three beautiful children who also live to cherish their father’s memory: Andrew Scott, Annaleigh Grace and Austin Matthew. He is also survived by his father, Michael O’Neal; mother, Elaine “Cathy” (James) Campbell; sister, Tiffany (Allan) Hodge; sister, Jessie (Michael) Fitzwater; brother, Jon Campbell; brother, Andy (Sarah) Campbell; special nephews and nieces, Dominik Hodge, Jasmine Hodge, Ryleigh Dempsey-Fitzwater, Isaac Fitzwater and Ethan Fitzwater; two special nieces that he loved and raised as his own, Briana (Jackson) Runnion and Katie Fowler; special sister-in-law, Mandy (Jessica) Fowler; and four best friends that he considered brothers, Mikie Sparkman, Allan Sparkman, Allan Hodge and Justin Swint.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Michael O’Neal Jr., both maternal and paternal grandparents, and a host of uncles and an aunt.
The family would like to thank his special nurses, Linda Filbin and Dotty Cales; STICU & Trauma step down unit at CAMC General; and CPICU at CAMC Memorial for his recent care, love and support.
Rest easy, and follow those country roads to your final resting place! “I love you three!”

Service was Oct. 20 at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, with the pastors, Carll Pomery and Matthew Mitchell officiating, and his dad, Brother Mitchell, ending in prayer. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Carroll Newton Preast

Carroll Newton Preast, 72, of Swiss, passed away Oct. 15, 2022 in the United Hospital Center at Bridgeport.

Born Jan. 7, 1950 at Big Creek, he was a son of the late Elzie and Chessie Blankenship Preast. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Judith Ann Preast; by his son, Shawn Preast; and siblings, Delena, Verna, Dorothy, Levana and Nathan.

Carroll was a great man, father and husband.

He was self-employed all his life, owning his own car lot and body shop. He operated semi-trucks and owned a waste disposal company as well.

Alongside his many professional achievements, he was a loving father to his son and daughter and her two sons who had none; all of this done alongside his wife, Judy, who he’d spent over 50 years of marriage with, before her passing in 2018.

Carroll was a man who you could count on, a man his grandsons could look up to and the man they one day hope to become. Carroll will be missed deeply in the hearts of his family and close friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Tonya Harrison of Swiss; three grandsons, Sebastian, Liam and Zack; one granddaughter, Ashley; and siblings, Betty Elkins, Clifford Preast, Otis Preast, Robert Preast, Stanley Preast and Brenda Lanham.

In keeping with his wish he will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held later.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summerville.

Emogene Richards

Emogene Richards, 93, of East Bank, passed away on Sept. 26, 2022.

Born on July 18, 1929 in Burnwell, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Lee Vealey and Mable Foster Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Edward Richards, and two sisters.

Emogene was a member of the East Bank Nazarene Church.

She was an amazingly loving mother and grandmother who was cherished by her family.

She is survived by her children, Eddie (Denise) Richards, Danny (Linda) Richards, Natalie (Dennis) Swartz, Darlene Jarrett, Dennis Richards and Christa Workman; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at Pryor Funeral Home in East Bank, with Pastor Bill Jones officiating. She was laid to rest at the Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pryorfh.com

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Clinton “Tally” Richmond

On Sept. 30, 2022, Clinton “Tally” Richmond, of Scarbro, passed away to a better place known as “Home of the Soul” at the age of 88.

He was born March 1, 1934, in Dothan, son of the late Herman C. Richmond and Ethel Bragg Richmond. He was their last remaining child and was preceded in death by four brothers and six sisters. He was also preceded in death by dear friend and companion, Vickie Bragg Roark.

He is survived by three daughters, Marla Gaudet of Chippewa Lake, Ohio and her family (grandsons Daniel and Ricky and wife Christina and great-grandchildren Annabella and Molly), Tina Richmond of Medina, Ohio and Beverlee Richmond of Mission Viejo, California.  

After leaving Oak Hill High School, he entered the Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Yellowstone (AD-27) in the Sixth Fleet.

Upon discharge, he was a labor union electrician for IBEW Local #71 of Columbus, Ohio, for 50+ years.

Clinton was a member of the ES OES VFW in Ansted, serving as a past VFW commander when living in Brunswick, Ohio, where he raised his family, and American Legion Post #149 in Fayetteville. He had a deep empathy for helping other fellow veterans as well as children and always gladly volunteered to aid in fundraisers for Shriners Hospitals for Children. He passed the importance of service to one’s community to his girls.

To those that called him Tally, Pops or Paw-Paw, he was loved and will be dearly missed. 

Funeral service was Oct. 7 at the Dothan Community Church, with Pastor Darrell Fuller officiating with Masonic and military service. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations can be made to Dothan Community Church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Deborah Lynn Samples

Deborah Lynn Samples, 66, of Pratt, passed away on Oct. 10, 2022.

Born Sept. 24, 1956 in Cabin Creek, she was the daughter of the late Dempsey Petry Sr. and Francis Goble.

Deborah loved cooking for her Senior Lunch Bunch at Pratt Town Hall and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, David Samples; daughter, Catherine Grace Vance of Paris, Kentucky; siblings, Patricia (Ted) Brennan of Dallas, Texas, Delphi (Jay) Heis of Pratt, Dempsey Petry Jr. of Kanawha City, Terry Petry of Cross Lanes and David Petry of Beaver; granddaughter, Leigha Vance; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

William Gary Smith Sr.

William Gary Smith Sr., 77, passed away Oct. 3, 2022, peacefully at home with his loving wife by his side.

Gary was an avid WVU Mountaineer fan as well as a lifelong Fayetteville Pirate fan.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

Gary was well known throughout the community for his many years of working at Montgomery Ward.

He never met a stranger and was always happy to talk sports, WVU or Fayetteville Pirates.

After retirement, his passions were his amazing gardens, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Leapha Smith; brothers, Jimmy Don, Bob and Junior; and grandchild, Slayton.

He is survived by his adoring wife of 38 years, Susan; his grandchildren, Noah, Shaunna, Lindsey, Wyatt, Zach, Josh and Kaden; great-grandchildren, Rylann, Alaynna, Leon, Drake and Treyson; his children, Debbie and William Jr.; sisters, Connie, Jackie and Norma Jean; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Before the Covid pandemic, Gary could always be found on Friday nights cheering on his beloved Fayetteville Pirates and on Monday mornings having coffee with his many friends discussing the weekend’s sports. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Per Gary’s request, there will be no service and his body will be cremated.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Virginia K. “Jenny” Thomas

Virginia K. “Jenny” Thomas was born in Charleston on April 6, 1969. God called her home on Sept. 30, 2022.

Jenny graduated from East Bank High School in 1987.

Jenny obtained associate’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

She was a certified Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Throughout her career, Jenny held several essential positions, working for organizations including Barnes Distribution, Chase Manhattan Mortgage and Travel Centers of America. Most recently, Jenny was a credit specialist for MRC Global.

She received Christ at an early age at Dayton Baptist Temple in Dayton, Ohio.

Jenny was a loving, compassionate, strong, and humble woman who loved her family and friends.

She enjoyed the casino, playing bingo, baking and cooking. Her famous macaroni and cheese and upside-down pineapple cake were always on the menu.

Jenny was preceded in death by her father, Albert Buggs , and her grandparents, Lawrence and Corine Harper; uncle, Calvin Harper; and her brother, Robert (Hump) Harper.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Robert Thomas of West Virginia; mother, Doris Buggs of West Virginia; children, Anthony Hale of North Carolina, Charisse Ruffin of Ohio and Tanisha Ruffin and Robert Thomas Jr., both of West Virginia; sisters, Lisa (Wayne) Bynum of West Virginia and Jacqueline (Roland) Shorter of Ohio; uncles, Roy (Margo) Harper of West Virginia and Lawrence (Earsie) Harper of Ohio; aunts, Carolyn Harper of North Carolina, Lavinia (Dana) Roberts of Ohio and Jacqueline Lawson of West Virginia; grandkids, Janiya Brown, Anthony Hale, Amina Brown and Alayha Johnson; and additional special friends, Ron Ruffin (Kristy) of Ohio and India Hall and Ron Hall, both of West Virginia.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Carl Roger Thompson

Carl Roger Thompson, 76, of Scarbro, passed away Oct. 17, 2022, at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Roger was born on Oct. 10, 1946, in Beckley to Clara Martin Thompson and the late Carl Thompson.

Roger was a surface miner, mechanic, and worked for Hightower Welding at the summit in Mt. Hope where he loved working.

He was a member of the UMWA Local 9177 District 17 and attended the Mt. Hope Wesleyan Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty Hornsby Thompson; sons, Jay Hornsby (Sabrina), Roger “Rogie” Thompson (Heather), Steve Thompson and Paul Thompson; mother, Clara Thompson; sisters, Drema Pike (William) and Brenda Munsey (Benny); brother, Kenneth Thompson (Bonnie); grandchildren, Logan (Kaela) Hornsby, Jacob Hornsby and Abrahm Thompson; and great-granddaughter, Oakley Hornsby.

Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robert Pauley officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Sandy Tinnel

Sandy Tinnel, 79, of Charlton Heights, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 30, 2022.

She was born on Jan. 6, 1943, daughter of Gene and Sybil (Murphy) Tinnel.

Sandy enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, reading, and playing games on her computer.

She worked at Montgomery General Hospital for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jim Tinnel; her sister, Betty Matheny; and her sister-in-law, Lucy (Hatler) Tinnel.

She is survived by one nephew, Jeff Tinnel; three nieces, Tanya Zachary (Marvin), Melinda Smith (Chip) and Lisa Stone; her caregivers, Paula Yuhas and Arnold Wright; and several great- and great-great-nephews and nieces.

Service was Oct. 5 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd and Rev. Mark Strickland officiating. Entombment followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent atwww.odellfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Walkup

Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Walkup, 55, of Victor, passed Oct. 11, 2022 at her home.

Born on July 26, 1967 in Charleston, she was the baby of the family.

She was preceded in death by her father, George K Mullins; a nephew, Caleb Mullins; and several grandparents.

Anyone who knew Becky would remark “the sweetest woman” or “always had a smile and a laugh.” Becky had an infectious laugh and a bubbly and optimistic personality. Everyone loved her. She was one of a kind and there will never be anyone quite like her.

Becky had a special talent for working with children and was well loved by the children she met through her time spent teaching at Head Start, Sunday school, and other activities. Becky’s love for helping children led to her opening her home and heart. She fostered many children and adopted six. She would have adopted them all if her house had more rooms. She loved her babies. They were her life. She positively impacted so many children and that is a beautiful legacy to leave behind.

Her favorite color was purple. Her favorite flower were daisies. She liked cake fresh out of the oven, no icing. She was silly and a cutup. Her favorite smell was honeysuckle. She loves her chihuahuas, especially her favorite “little girl.” She LOVES flowers and plants. Her home is testament to this. Her nickname was Picky and she loved to joke around. Family was most important to her. She loved Jesus. She was incredibly artistic. She had the most wonderful accent.

Becky did not always have an easy life, but she never gave up. She kept fighting, kept pushing, and somehow kept her sweet and happy disposition. I know that now she would want us to be strong, but it just hurts so much without her here.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted family, her loving husband, Donald, who will somehow have to figure out how to do this without her; loving children, Anjeletta Mullins-Cook (Zach), Noah Walkup (Kaitlyn), Michael Walkup, Colton Walkup, Jayden Walkup, Payton Walkup and Sam Walkup; a grandson, Donovan Mullins-Cook; loving brothers, Curtis (Alice) Mullins, Marvin (Juanita) Mullins and Charles (Valena) Mullins; devoted sister, Suesann (Hassan) Baharloo; brothers- and sisters-in-love, Hollie (James) Adkins and Jonathan (Stephanie) Walkup; mother- and father-in-love, George and Beverly Walkup; uncle, Vernon (Ann) Slayton who she always had a special bond with; mother, Eileen Slayton Mullins who loves her baby endlessly; lots of special nieces and nephews who she adored and loved dearly; and a host of friends and church family who will all mourn her absence.

If she could, she would tell all who love her to be “prayed up” and ready to meet her in Heaven. Until then.

A graveside service was held at Restlawn Memory Gardens on Oct. 16 with Pastor Wade Samples officiating.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Deborah Faye Bowles Walters

Deborah Faye Bowles Walters, of Smithers, passed away on Oct. 3, 2022.

Deborah’s friends and family knew her as Debbie. Debbie was born on Oct. 22, 1953, as the eldest daughter of the late Hershel Mathew and Loretta Jean Bowles.

She graduated from Montgomery High School with the Class of 1971.

Debbie was a nurse who worked for Montgomery General Hospital for 23 years before resigning and moving to Monroe, North Carolina. She was a nurse in North Carolina for many years before returning to her home state of West Virginia to help care for her father. In West Virginia, she became a member of Campbell Memorial Baptist Church.

Debbie was known as a caring nurse, strong sister, loving aunt, and faithful friend. Everyone who knew Debbie knew she loved her plants and animals.

Debbie is also preceded in death by her husband, Keith Walters; sisters, Patricia Bowles and Denise Withrow; and a brother, Robert Bowles.

Debbie is survived by brothers, Kim Bowles (Alma) and Mark Bowles; nieces, Melissa Koch and Chasidy Bowles (Michael); nephews, James Bowles (Leslie) and Nathan Withrow (Elizabeth). She is also survived by great-nieces, Brooklyn Withrow, Gracie Bowles, Emma Bowles and Brooklynne Querry; and great-nephews, Marshall Wade, Gavin Bowles, Brendon Withrow, Matteo Bowles and Braven Withrow. Debbie was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed dearly.

A celebration of Deborah’s life was held Oct. 12 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Tara Jean Waugh

Tara Jean Waugh, 41, passed away Oct. 6, 2022 at her Jodie home with her family.

Tara was born Aug. 4, 1981 in Charleston to Kenneth and Judith Waugh. Tara grew up in Bell Creek and the surrounding areas her entire life.

Tara was a stay at home mother, taking care of her three lovely children, Makayla Edwards (her heart), Makenzie Edwards (her helga) and Easton Edwards (her bubba). She loved and cared for her children everyday up until she passed away.

Tara enjoyed listening to music, taking care of her pet cat CeeCee, and watching her flowers grow in the summer. But most importantly, she loved taking care of her children, and always made them her top priority in any and every circumstance.

Tara was with her significant other, Shawn Edwards, for 21 years. They had many ups and downs, but stayed together through it all and made it all the way to the end.

Tara will be remembered for having a loving spirit and always lifting people up and making the world a better place.

Services were held Oct. 13 at Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Myrtle Marie Woods

Myrtle Marie Woods, 87, formerly of Sharon, passed away Oct. 7, 2022 at Envoy of Staunton.

She was a retired waitress for the former Cedar Top Restaurant, Cedar Grove, and a member of Cornerstone Community Gospel Tabernacle.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Earl Owen Woods; sons, Dennis Lee Woods and Earl Edward Woods; sisters, Yvonne Lytle, Shirley Norman and Betty Holbrook; brothers, Frank and William Wright; parents, Raymond and Irene O’Shea Wright; and son-in-law, Jeff Smith.

Surviving are her daughters, Earla Boyd (Larry) of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Terri Smith of Chesapeake and Lynda Shrewsbury (Jeff) of Waynesboro, Virginia; brothers, Terry Wright of Roanoke, Virginia, Richard Wright of Kentucky, Timmy Wright of Florida, Roger Wright of Ripley and Steve Wright of Dry Branch; sisters, Beverley Wright of Chesapeake, Margie Condolucti of North Carolina and Debra Payne of Alum Creek; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastors Claude Holley Jr. and John Hudson officiating. Interment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Online condolences may be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Ernest Anthony Workman

Ernest Anthony Workman, 62, of Victor, passed away Oct. 12, 2022 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born March 28, 1960 in Montgomery, he was the son of the late Jerome “Jerry” L. and Tresa Bria Workman.

Ernest was a 1978 graduate from Valley High School, attended West Virginia Tech, worked as a printing manager, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Workman.

Those left to cherish his wonderful memory include his loving wife, Dixie Miller Workman; brother, Michael “Micky” Workman; sisters, Mary Corey and Beverly McGarry; five nephews; five nieces; six great-nephews; and six great-nieces.

Ernest’s wishes were to be cremated and a small family gathering will be held at a later time.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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