In memory

Rosa Lee “Rosie” Srednicki Absher

Rosa Lee “Rosie” Srednicki Absher, 74, of Oak Hill, died June 2, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Jan. 22, 1947 in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Edward Andrew “Eddie” and Rosa Lelia Alexander Srednicki.

Rosie was an active member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God, Oak Hill, and the OHHS/CHS Alumni Association. 

She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Marie Srednicki Ivey.

Survivors include husband of 33 years, Eugene Edgar Absher Jr.; sons, Bill Robinson (Toni) and Chris Robinson (Jeanine); daughter, Deborah Lynn Srednicki; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

Mrs. Absher will be cremated.  A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jack Cather Appleby Jr.

Jack Cather Appleby Jr., 82, of Victor, passed June 16, 2021 at his residence. 

He was the son of Jack and Josephine Richardson Appleby. 

He is survived by his former wife, Brenda Appleby; daughter, Kayleah (Kirk) Maddock of Indianapolis, Indiana; son, Jerry (Desiree) Appleby of Nashville, Tennessee; brother, Jimmy Appleby of Bristow, Virginia; and grandchildren, Zachary Appleby, Adela Appleby, Kallen Maddock and Kade Maddock. 

A graveside service was held June 18 at the McVey-Skaggs Cemetery in Victor. 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Ansted.

Mary Ann Clendenin Atkinson

Mary Ann Clendenin Atkinson, 74, of Ansted, passed away June 10, 2021 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte. 

She was the daughter of George and Almeda Willis Clendenin. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Sim Atkinson. 

She is survived by her son, Berton Atkinson; daughter, Jennifer Atkinson; brothers, Wallace Clendenin and Gordon Clendenin; grandchildren, Courtney Stone and Jayson Settle; great-grandson, James Crist; a sister, Bonnie Willis; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was cremated. 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Ansted.

Walter Ray Ashby

Walter Ray Ashby, 86, of Lookout, passed away June 18, 2021 at home.

Born on Aug. 10, 1935 at Powellton, he was the son of the late Paul Herbert and Margaret Leodia Gann Ashby.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Ashby.

Mr. Ashby proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

He was a graduate of the Class of 1953 at Montgomery High School.

He was the Sunday school superintendent for 18 years at Sunday Road Baptist Church at Hico.

Mr. Ashby was a cattle farmer and enjoyed fishing and camping.

Left to share his memory are his wife of 63 years, Loretta Kay Ashby; three daughters, Cindy and Mike Dickerson, Natalie Ashby (Larry Hughes) and Mendy Ashby; one son, Steve and Evelyn Ashby; 16 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Denny and Ramona Ashby; and special grandson, Shawn Ashby.

Funeral service was June 22 at Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, with Pastor Allen Donaldson and Pastor John Stiles officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

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

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

Jesse Lee Athey

Jesse Lee Athey, 83, of Beckley, formerly of Pax, passed away May 31, 2021 at his home. 

Born Jan. 17, 1938 in Fairdale, he was the son of the late Lowery Layton  and Icie Elizabeth Daniels Athey.

He was a retired coal mining electrician with 32 years’ service.

Jesse was a member of the Long Branch United Methodist Church for over 42 years.

Brothers Herman, Bill, Buster, Junior, Jimmy and Freddy;  and sisters, Nellie, Nettie, Shirley and Patty, also preceded him in death.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years and best friend, Nancy Pat Smith Athey; sons, Jeff Athey (Terri), John Athey and Joey Athey (Susan); grandchildren, Jesseca Dodd (Ross), Josie Showalter (Corey), Rebecca Duncan, Linsie Athey and fiancé Tyler Carr, David Snyder (Tiffanie), Donnie Snyder (Elizabeth), Mark Hughes, Kristen Hughes and Madi Chander (Brandon); 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Minnix, Deloris  Sellards, Betty Manning and Sylvia Honaker; numerous nieces and nephews; lifelong friends and a special family friend, David Loomis.

Services were June 3 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Mervin Sizemore and Pastor Evan Maynor officiating. Burial followed at Pax Community Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Bilie Jean Swanigan Bates

On June 11, 2021, Billie Jean Swanigan Bates, born on Aug. 17, 1938, received her God’s reward and her spirit was guided to her new heavenly home from the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

All those that knew Billie will remember her Christian faith, her kindness, her compassion and wit, and her willingness to do hard work.

She began her life as a “coal miner’s daughter” and was a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She never left the hometown she loved. She went to work at a young age as a telephone operator. She was a true “working mom” and she served as a secretary/office manager for many local lawyers, doctors, county zoning officers, pharmacists, nursing home administrators and church pastors. She finished her earthly work career as the church secretary for the Fayetteville Baptist Church serving in many capacities.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bobby J. Bates; her parents, Leonard V. and Arlene Swanigan; two sisters, Elizabeth (Mac) McNew and Connie (Murphey) Howerton. Those who will continue to honor her memory include two sons, Robert and Michael (Melissa) Bates of Fayetteville; a daughter Deanna (James) Johnson of Lexington, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Molly (Vernon) Farrell, Micah Bates and Marcy Bates; five sisters, Carol (Ray) Hurn, Susan (Bob) Singletary, Brenda (David) Potter, Polly (Dwight) Mentzer and Debbie Appleton; a brother, Leonard Swanigan Jr.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation for all the family and friends took place at the Fayetteville Baptist Church on June 15, followed by funeral services for Billie with Pastor Jack Eades and Rev. Ron George presiding.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Bowers Hospice House for their wonderful compassion and care and Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home for their assistance in making final arrangements. Interment took place at the Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville immediately following the service.

For those that wish to honor Billie’s memory, the family requests donations be made to the Fayetteville Baptist Church Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund assists the church’s college and vocational education students. Donations may be sent to the Fayetteville Baptist Church, 104 Ankrom St., Fayetteville, WV 2t840.

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

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

Betty Jane Giles Burgess

Betty Jane Giles Burgess, 78, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away June 19, 2021 near Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Betty was born Nov. 12, 1942 in Summers County, daughter of the late Eldridge Giles and Pauline Virginia Jeffries Giles. 

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Oliver Lamar “Tubby” Burgess.

She moved to New Jersey, worked for the Quaker Oats Co. of New Brunswick, but later returned to West Virginia and ended her career at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

She leaves behind three children, Julie Magid, Thomas Burgess and Robert Burgess; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 24 in the chapel at High Lawn Funeral Home.

Betty was laid to rest beside her husband immediately following the service at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Irene McVey Fitzwater Campbell

Irene McVey Fitzwater Campbell was born at Ansted on Aug. 21, 1923, to James Harvey McVey and Nora Griffith McVey. For the last two years she was a resident of Stonerise Rainelle. She died at Peyton Hospice House, Lewisburg, on June 17, 2021. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Raymond, James, Sam (WWII) and Augustus; one sister, Elsie McVey Smith; and her husbands, F.B. Fitzwater and Paskle H. Campbell. 

She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Opal Stover of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, including S. Porter Smith of Ansted and Nora Smith Jennings (Levi) of Rainelle who met many of her needs in later years. 

Irene was a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church and served in several capacities as Sunday school teacher, first president of the Christian Board of Education and she always appreciated her church. God had been her guide since she was a young girl and she continued to love him, praise him and thank him daily. 

Irene graduated from Ansted High School, Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and Marshall University.

She taught elementary, middle and high schools. She was guidance counselor at Ansted High School before becoming supervisor in Fayette County Schools. She served a total of 35 ½ years in the Fayette County School System. 

She was an active member and volunteer for over 50 years in the Fayette County Historical Society and she was affiliated with several other service and educational organizations in the county and state. 

She leaves many loved ones, friends and former students whose lives she shared and cherished. 

The service, with Pastor Ron George Sr. officiating, was held at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted on June 21. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor. 

If you choose, you may donate to your favorite charity or Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Ave, Lewisburg, WV 24901, in her name. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Ronnie Lee Coleman

Ronnie Lee Coleman, 62, of Summerville, passed away May 27, 2021 after a short illness. 

Ronnie was born July 9, 1958, the son of the late Lawrence and Mae Coleman in Gauley Bridge.

Ronnie was survived by his twin sister, Connie Lee Muir (Barry) of Morgantown; a son, Ronnie Lee Coleman Jr. of South Carolina; a daughter, Mariam Foster of Beckley; 11 grandkids; three nephews, Kenneth Bailes of Summerville, Brown (Ian) Williams of Fayetteville and Jeremiah Williams of Summerville; and many great-nieces and nephews. 

He loved WVU football, fishing and his family.

Helen F. Morgan Crafton

Helen F. Morgan Crafton, 80, of Pax, passed away May 29, 2021 at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, with her family by her side.

Helen was born Oct. 3, 1940, at Skelton, daughter of Eddie and Mary Magdalene Williams Morgan.

Her husband, Jack Crafton; brothers, Sam, Jack, and John Morgan; sister, Barbara Morgan; and brother-in-law, Bob Vance also preceded her in death.

She is survived by son, Eddie Canterbury and wife Karen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the first great-great-grandchild to be born this fall; brothers, Robert Morgan and wife Carol, Kenny Morgan and Boone and wife, Karen; sisters, Brenda Vance and Glyda Meredith and husband Chester; and sisters-in-law, Lulla B. Morgan, Connie Hill and Helen Armour. There are an abundance of nieces, nephews and cousins that cherished their Aunt Helen. She is also survived by friend, Steven Stover.

Helen spent a lifetime being one of the finest upholsterers and still working up to the day she went into the hospital. She was also an avid homemaker and gardener. Helen opened her heart and home to many.

Some of her favorite hobbies were working jigsaw puzzles and reading. Everyone that ever met Helen loved her.

Funeral service was June 2 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Tom Lilly officiating. Burial was at the Williams Cemetery at the Cripple Fly Ranch.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Emile Nadine “Nana” Critchley

Emile Nadine “Nana” Critchley, 78, of Danese, passed away May 19, 2021 at her home following a long illness. 

Born on July 22, 1942 in Landisburg, she was the daughter of Clifford Alvin Bennett and Beulah Smith Bennett. 

Nadine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a Godly woman who taught the true meaning of grace, love and kindness to everyone she met by a genuine and humble example. She made her house a home to everyone who entered and cared deeply for all those blessed enough to be called friends and family. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Clarence Critchley, in 2009; brother, Douglas Bennett; and a sister, Uldine Wolford. 

Survivors include daughters, Sherri Critchley of Danese and Robin and Lonnie Foster of Gordonsville, Virginia; son, Bryan and Jerry Lynn Critchley of Danese; brothers, Dale Bennett of Blythe, Georgia, Dwane and Sandy Bennett of Wheeling and Kenny and Renee Bennett of Beckley; grandchildren, Ericka and Brian Fink, Destiney and Jeremy Critchley, Ray Critchley and his girlfriend, Wendy, Deanna Critchley and Zachary Foster; great-grandchildren, Austin and Jordan; a niece whom was like a daughter, Crystal, and James Hall and son J.D.; as well as other special nieces and nephews; close family and friends, George Campbell, Bertha Hanshew, Margie Pack, Macy Holcomb, Donna Martin and Audrey Hatfield, along with many other deeply loved family and friends. 

Services were May 25 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Milburn Pack officiating. Entombment followed at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Rainelle.

Lona Faye Dempsey

Lona Faye Dempsey, 83, of Mt. Lookout, passed away June 14, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. 

Lona was a member of Reynolds Street FWB church for many years.

She received her master’s of nursing degree from WVU in May 1994. She retired as a head nurse supervisor from Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. 

Lona was born Oct. 8, 1937 to Arnold and Iva Marie Hanshaw Clonch in Smithers. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Dempsey, and a sister, Patricia Manley. 

Survivors are a son, Jack Dempsey and wife Delores of Mt. Lookout; daughter, Cynthia Linkenhoker of Oak Island, North Carolina; brothers, David Clonch and wife Debbie of Dublin, Virginia, Steve Clonch of South Charleston and Jimmy Hanshaw; sisters, Judy Conley and husband Joe of Drennen and Irene Husson and husband Raymond of Arlington, Virginia; grandsons, Daniel of Indianapolis, Indiana and Brad of Decatur, Georgia; a granddaughter, Heather of Hendersonville, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ariana and Isabelle; and several nieces and nephews. 

Service was held at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Arnold Nicholas officiating. Entombment followed at Sunset Memorial Park, Harper Road, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Bobbie Lee Eder

Bobbie Lee Eder, 78, of Sun, died May 31, 2021. 

Born Aug. 19, 1942, at Sun, he was the son of the late George and Alma Massie Eder. 

He also was preceded in death by his wives, Bessie Eder, Betty Jean Eder and Ruth Eder; and brothers-in-law, Roscoe Hale and George Lucas. 

Bobbie graduated from Mount Hope High School.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran after which he was employed at MeadWestVaco in Covington, Virginia from 1967-2005. 

Those left to cherish his memory include children, Alma (Jack) Nobles, Lisa (Bobby) Bennett, David (Brenda) Duvall, Jeannie (Emmett) Boguess, Kimberly Imburgia and Nancy Barley; sisters, Betty Hale and Bonnie Lucas; brother, George (Ruth) Eder; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and special nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were June 5 at Tyree Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Hicks officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Nelsie Jones Ferri

Nelsie Jones Ferri, 96, of Glen Jean, died peacefully at her home on June 11, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; parents, Carrie and Joe Jones; brothers, Roy, Everett, Pete and Lonnie; and sisters, Maggie Lane and Mary Alice Jones.

Nelsie is survived by her children, Debbie, Fred and Genny, and her son-in-law, Randolph Ramsey; her grandchildren, Shannon Hunt Hearne and husband Brendan and Aaron Fredric Hunt and wife Jean; great-grandchildren, Coraline Nelsie Hunt, Charley Katherine  Hunt and Wyatt Fredric Hearne. She is also survived by her brother, Jimmie and wife Ella Mae of Kimberly; her sister, Ruth Hardiman of Prichard; and many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Nelsie was born in 1924 in Brooks. Her father worked in the logging industry, so her family lived in many different communities throughout southern West Virginia, finally settling in Glen Jean. 

Nelsie could light up a room with her laughter. She was beautiful and classy with an artistic sense of style. A trailblazer, at 20 years old she began her career with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. She was incredibly successful and well respected in a male-dominated industry. As a telegraph operator, she tapped orders from Thurmond to Quinnimont to Hinton and all stops in between. She baked; she sewed; and she created beautiful quilts, cards and jewelry. She was our lighthouse, our compass, our rock.

Nelsie’s life was celebrated on June 19 at the Glen Jean Union Church.  

Donations of sympathy and love may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia or to the Fayette County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Michael Andrew Garrett

Michael Andrew Garrett, 74, of Wriston, died June 6, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Born Nov. 25, 1946, in Lick Fork, he was the son of the late Sydney  and Jessie Lou Plumb Garrett.

He was a masonry worker up until his retirement and was a member of the Loup Creek Baptist Church.   

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his only son, Michael A. Garrett II, on Jan. 8, 1992; brothers, Marvin Garrett, David Garrett, Daniel O’Neal Garrett, Albert Edward Garrett and Robert Garrett; and sisters, Mary DelConte, Shirley Kay Holcomb, Sharon Fay Query, Mildred Goode, Doris Ayette, Ruth Mullette, Helen Jorden, Margaret Hamby and Emma Jean Price.

Survivors include wife, Mary C. Taylor Garrett; sister, Betty Jamison of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were June 13 at the Loup Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Ron Persinger  officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Euva L. “Lou” Thorne Grubb

Euva L. “Lou” Thorne Grubb, age 90, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2021, in Medina, Ohio. 

She was born in Bowlin, West Virginia on Dec. 25, 1930, to the late George and Virginia (Mills) Thorne.

She was a devoted wife, loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Lou enjoyed being a part of the Medina VFW Auxiliary, listening to country music, and she was always happiest in the company of her beloved family.

Through the years she worked as a cashier at the Cracker Barrel IGA supermarket while raising her children.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Carl Grubb, in 1990; her daughter, Jacqueline Beal; infant siblings, Milton, Dorothy Lorrine, Clara May and Lily Thorne; and her brothers and sisters, Flora, Paul, Margie, Thelma Jean and Thomas B. Thorne III.

Lou is survived by her sons, Stuart Williams, Max (Jane Steinhouse) Grubb and Carl “Brad” Grubb Jr.; daughter, Jill Grubb; grandchildren, Mary Williams, Rebecca Williams, Heather Blackburn, Sophia Grubb, Jeffrey Roach and Tyler Hapney; eight great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Margaret Rice, Arthur “Leonard” Thorne, Frances Rice,  Johnny Thorne, Jimmy Thorne and Raymond Thorne.

A visitation was held June 3 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope. Services were June 4 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. 

Contributions may be made in Lou’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, OH 44145.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Carlan Marie Harper

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Carlan Marie Brown Harper, 86, of Victor, passed away May 31, 2021 after a long illness. She passed on a special date, as it was her wedding anniversary.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1935 in Winona, daughter of the late James Dana Brown and Fanny Arbella Wood Brown. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Harold Q. Harper; granddaughters, Carla Ann Harper and Erin Lynn McGraw; three brothers; and four sisters.

She is survived by sons, John (Rose) Harper, Wayne (Debbie) Harper and James (Renee) Harper, all of Victor, and David (Crystal) Harper of Nettie; daughters, Lynn (Richard) McGraw and Peggy Harper, all of Victor, Connie Melton of Sutton and Becky (Danny) Cunningham of Pinch; sister, Esther Day of Huron, Ohio; sister-in-law, Eileen McKown of Madison, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. She had boundless love for all of them and they loved her in return.

She was a long-time member of Richmond Chapel United Methodist Church of Victor.

Visitation was June 4 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted. Funeral was June 5 at the funeral home with Pat Gray, David Harper, Danny Cunningham and Pat Bennett officiating. Burial followed at the Harper Family Cemetery on the Harper Farm in Victor.

The family suggests donations to Hospice of Southern WV, Home-Based Care Team, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Romie A. “Pete” Hobbs

Family and friends mourn the passing of Romie A. “Pete” Hobbs of Ansted, who succumbed to a long cancer-related illness.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon R. Hobbs (Fox) of Ansted; daughter, Stephanie (David) Thornburg, of South Carolina; granddaughter, Jordan N Thornburg of South Carolina; sister, Carol Sue (Floyd) Taylor of Ansted; brother, Rev. Robert Allen (Drema) Hobbs of Knoxville, Tennessee. Preceding him in death was his parents, Romie F. Hobbs and Mildred Louise Hobbs (Hudson); sisters, Alice Fay Harless of Florida and Betty Lee Roberson of Portsmouth, Virginia; and a brother, David Keith Hobbs of Pennsylvania. 

“Pete” enjoyed a 39-year career in the telecommunications field, working for various AT&T entities.

He served as mayor of the Town of Ansted for 13 1/2 years and was a member of Ansted Improvement Motivators, the Ansted Lions Club and the board of directors of the New Haven Foundation. He also was the treasurer of Midland Trail Community Center and he was a member of the Governor’s Broadband Improvement Council. 

He was well respected in the county, earning Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Fayette County Man of the Year recognition in 2008.

He put Ansted on the world map through an article published and distributed worldwide titled “Mining the Mountains” (January 2009) in the Smithsonian magazine which featured Ansted. 

In remembrance of Pete's life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Midland Trail Community Center, PO Box 446, Ansted, WV 258512. 

A celebration off Pete’s life will be held on July 10 at 10 a.m. at the Midland Trail Community Center. 118 Church Street, Ansted, WV 25812.

Husband, father, grandfather, volunteer, public servant: He will be missed. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Amy Constance “Connie” Criss Holly

Amy Constance “Connie” Criss Holly joined her Savior in Heaven at 76 years old on June 10, 2021 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Connie will be remembered fondly and missed with a smile.

Born May 26, 1945, in Harvey, she was a daughter of the late Ebb and Amy L. Allen Criss.

Connie worked as a teacher in Fayette County for over 30 years. She spent the majority of her career teaching English/Language Arts at Collins Middle School alongside her husband. Connie truly loved her job and made lifelong friends with her fellow staff members, students, and athletes.

Later in life Connie was led to serve as pastor of Harvey Chapel United Methodist Church where she lovingly and faithfully taught her congregation about serving the Lord. Her faith in Jesus Christ was the most important part of her life.

She also enjoyed reading, solving puzzles, furthering her knowledge, and most of all, spending time with friends and family. She will be remembered for her jolly, optimistic, and open-minded spirit. Connie was always a ray of sunshine and extended warmth and understanding to everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Cyrus Edward Holly; brothers, Levi Criss and Roger Criss; and sisters, Doris E. Criss, Velma Bowling and Mary Lou Sullivan.

Connie is survived by her two daughters, Michelle Leigh Holly and Jessica Renee’ Holly Floyd and husband Bret; grandchildren, Jordyn, Noah, Ryleigh and Landon Floyd; sisters, Lois Robinson and Phyllis Sullivan; sisters-in law, Susan Olson and JoAnn Criss Krecji; as well as a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins and many beloved friends.

Services were June 16 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Harvey Chapel United Methodist Church, 127 Pine Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary “JoAnn” Hunt

Mary “JoAnn” Hunt, of Winona, passed away at Bowers Hospice House, surrounded by family, on June 18, 2021, at the age of 81.

She was born in Boone on June 21, 1939 to Charles and Hattie Adkins. Her parents preceded her in death, as did her siblings, Elsie, Loretta, Alice, Charles, Harry, Glenn and Albert.

She is survived by Joseph “Buddy” Hunt, whom she married on Oct. 28, 1961 and loved deeply for 60 years. She is also survived by her siblings, Ellen Carte, Jeanie Adkins and Wayne Adkins; her children, Paul Hunt, Sheila Ferguson (Frank), Joey Hunt, Kevin Hunt, Larry Hunt (Tina) and Brian Hunt; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

JoAnn’s large family and many friends will remember her as abundantly loving and kind. She helped others whenever she could and was always looking for ways to brighten someone’s day. She was a gifted seamstress who provided her children and grandchildren with dresses, clothing, and Halloween costumes that exceeded the quality of store-bought items. Her smile was contagious and she carried joy into every room she entered. 

That smile never wavered as she dealt with many ailments in her later years. She modeled grit and strength as she endured difficult circumstances without complaining and without ever losing her contagious joy. Her smile persisted in her final week as she encouraged and cheered up her family while she prepared to join her Savior in Heaven. She was an exceptional woman. 

Services were held June 23 at Wallace & Wallace, Ansted, with Rev. Brett Spencer officiating. Burial followed at the Old Amwell Cemetery in Crawley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Russell Arnold Jeffries

Russell Arnold Jeffries, 76, of Oak Hill, passed away May 26, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House.

Arnold was born on April 27, 1945 in Montgomery, son of the late Robert and Goldie Jeffries.

In addition to his parents, Arnold was preceded in death by two wives, Rosemary and Kitty; sons, Rusty, Will Shepherd and Shawn; as well as brothers, Bobby and Marty.

He was a member of Sun Full Gospel Church and loved spending time with family, hunting, fishing and “running the roads.”

Those left to cherish his memory include eight children, Vanessa (Jerry), Timmy (Tonya), Saundra (Walter), Wes (Patrick), Vonda (Mike), Kim (Rob), Chris, Charlene (Matt); along with 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at High Lawn Funeral Home on June 2 with Pastor Joan Terry of Sun Full Gospel Church officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Donations may be sent to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr. Beckley, WV 25801.

Roselee Genevieve Harron Loudermilk

Roselee Genevieve Harron Loudermilk, 77, of Meadow Bridge, passed away June 10, 2021 in Princewick, at the home of her daughter, Brenda. 

Born on April 5, 1944, in Elton, she was the daughter of the late Emmette Eldridge “Dick” Harron and Stella Viola Hammonds Harron. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded by the love of her life, Lawrence A. Loudermilk, on July 18, 2020. They were married on March 1, 1965 and now are reunited. She is also preceded in death by her in-laws, Lewis and Edna Loudermilk Lilly. 

Roselee was a loving mother, grandmother and a wife of a coal miner. Roselee and her husband enjoyed fishing, hunting and quality time with family. She will be missed dearly by family and friends. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Connie (Cameran) Goins, James (Julie) Loudermilk and Brenda (Jay) Welch; seven loving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ethel Harron of North Carolina and Shirley Gibson and Dotty (Denver) McClung, both of Quinwood; and extended family and friends. 

Per her request, she will be cremated and no service. 

The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Southern WV in honor of the wonderful care they gave in their time of need. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Rainelle.

Eugene Carson Marshall Jr.

Surrounded by his loving family, Eugene Carson Marshall Jr., 66, of Beaver, passed away May 30, 2021, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 4, 1954, in Augusta, Georgia on Fort Gordon Army Base, he was the son of Phyllis England and Milton Gillespie, and the late Eugene Marshall Sr.

Eugene was a 1973 graduate from Mount Hope High School.

He was a retired coal miner and after retiring from the mines, he took pride in working for the West Virginia Turnpike as a part-time landscaper.

He was a loyal member of the Cool Ridge Freewill Baptist Church in Cool Ridge.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loyal and devoted wife, Bonnie Carter Marshall; children, John David “JD” Marshall (Brandee), Jeremy Marshall, Mandy Marshall, Mikey Adkins (Sheranda) and Brian Adkins (Chanda); 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Greg Marshall, Larry Gillespie (Tracie) and Rank Marshall (Rhonda); sister, Pam Marshall; special nephew, Randy James; fur babies, Charlie and Mikeydoodle; stepmother, Judy Marshall; and ex-wife, Dorothy White.

Services were June 4 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Danny Gilfilen officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Thomas Carson Martin

Thomas Carson Martin, 91, of Oak Hill, died June 6, 2021 at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born June 4, 1930 in Fayetteville, he was the son of the late James W. Martin and Georgia Mae Cox Martin Repass.

Thomas was a 1947 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict era.

A retired car salesman, Tom worked for Darrell Rollison, King Coal and Grady Whitlock.

He was a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge 1606.

He was preceded in death by  wife, Irene Billups Martin; stepfather, Herschel O. Repass; grandson, Brian Trump; siblings, Lillian Virginia Crawford, William James Martin, Myrtle Brooke Hill, James Franklin “Sonny” Martin, Robert Edward Martin and Nora May Fitzwater.

Survivors include daughter, Nancy R. Perry and husband David; son, Robert Trump and wife Colleen; grandchildren, Angela Grice, Mindy Harris and Brandon Trump; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held June 19 at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor Greg Swisher officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Flora Dianne Ramsey

Flora Dianne Ramsey, 65, of Edmond, passed away on June 11, 2021, surrounded by her family. Flora was born on Dec. 8, 1955 to James Richard Ramsey and the late Myrtle Louise Akers.

Flora had a passion for gardening her flowers, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Flora was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Franklin Ramsey Jr.; her mother, Myrtle Louise Akers; and her grandmother, Elsie Akers.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Tommy Franklin Ramsey Sr.; daughters, Stephanie (John) Syner and Shelia (Travis) Carte; grandchildren, Nathan (Brittany) Syner, Allison (Garrett) Thompson, Devon Steele and Travis Carte Jr.; great-grandchildren, Bo Thompson, Jace Thompson, Tinsley Carte and Mia Syner; her father, James R. Ramsey; and siblings, Floyd Ramsey, James Ramsey and Annette Dowdy.

The family held a graveside service June 14 at Nuttall Cemetery with Pastor Jimmy Mitchell officiating.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia. Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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

James R. “Rab” Ramsey

James R. “Rab” Ramsey, 92, of Edmond, passed away June 21, 2021 at his home. 

Born on Jan. 1, 1929 in Winona, he was the son of the late Niles Ramsey and Goldie Mae McMillion. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Louise Ramsey; daughter, Flora Dianne Ramsey; grandson, Tommy Ramsey Jr.; sister, Hazel Hall; and brothers, Eugene Ramsey, Jackie Ramsey, Thomas Ramsey, Johnnie Ramsey and Ronald Ramsey. 

James was a U.S. Army veteran, proudly serving his country from 1951 to 1953.

He retired from the coal mines. He loved telling stories and spending time with his great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all. 

Survivors include a daughter, Annette Dowdy; sons, Floyd Ramsey and James Ramsey; sister, Eloise Myles; brother, Bernard Ramsey; grandchildren, Stephanie, Shelia, Nickie, Rickie, Kenny, Tara, Jay, Dillon, Jarred and Michael; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. 

Graveside service was June 27 at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with Pastor Jimmy Mitchell officiating. Military rites were performed by the U.S. Army.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Rainelle.

Jean Marie Arbaugh Schulte

Jean Marie Arbaugh Schulte, 88, of Falls View Village, passed away May 25, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s dementia.

She was born in Montgomery, daughter of the late Joseph Walter and Emma Virginia (Vermillion) Arbaugh, on Oct. 22, 1932.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Vernon J. Schulte (1982); brother, Robert Franklin Arbaugh; and sister, Mary Virginia (Arbaugh) Tausch.

Jean spent her early years in Montgomery, graduating from Montgomery High School in the Class of 1950. She enjoyed reconnecting with classmates at the many class reunions she helped to organize.

During her teenage years she worked as a print model and at Embee’s Leader in Montgomery. After marriage in 1951 she moved to Beckley and worked at Embee’s at that location.

Marrying into the Schulte family of florists complemented her flair for decorating and fashion. She worked at Snow Thornton Florist and later at Montgomery Cut Flower when returning to the valley in 1962.

Jean was very active in her community and a member of St. Anthony’s Shrine/Immaculate Conception parish for over 60 years.

She was a long-time member of Montgomery Woman’s Club and Catholic Daughters of America, St. Anne Court, serving as Grand Regent in 1976. She was also a charter member of the Montgomery General Hospital Auxiliary and a great supporter of “Take Back Tech” movement. In her later years she enjoyed fellowship with the ladies of the Hattie Dillon Circle.

Her love of music and the arts took her on travels around the world and to many performances of the West Virginia Symphony and Broadway productions.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Bracken and husband Morgan of Fayetteville; grandsons, Morgan “Levi” Bracken and wife Erin of Arlington, Virginia, Stuart Langer Bracken of Fayetteville and Joel Langston Bracken of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Luke Steele, Emily Claire and Lance Patrick, all of Arlington. She is also survived by two sisters, Melba June Walker of Fayetteville and Jo Ann Steadman of Cross Lanes.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bowers Hospice House in Beckley for their loving care to Jean and her family during her final days.

Mass of Christian burial was at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer on June 2 with Fr. Dominikus Baok officiating. Burial was at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Rosa Lee Stout

Rosa Lee Stout, of Hico, passed away May 21, 2021 at the home of her daughter-in-law, Lulabelle Jones. 

Rosa was born to the late Lawrence and Donna Spencer of Hominy Falls on Oct. 14, 1926. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Stout; her son, James Lee Spencer; and one grandson, James Spencer. 

Surviving her are her grandchildren, Edward and Bobby Spencer of Summersville and Donna Nolan of Jane Lew; great-grandchildren, Josh, Brett, Jason, Madison, Carmen Spencer and Avery; and one great-great-granddaughter, Bristol; sister, Frances of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. 

As per her request, she was cremated with no services.

William Thompson

William Thompson, 94, of Fayetteville, passed away June 15, 2021 at his home in Fayetteville.

Born Aug. 31, 1926 in Minden, he was the son of the late James Edmond and Hattie Treadway Thompson.

Mr. Thompson retired from Big Oak Wholesale, formerly Altman’s Feed Store, and was a proud United States Army veteran.

He is preceded in death by brother, Arthur Thompson; and sisters, Ruth Rilat, Frances Brozik and Dorothy Griepke.

Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers, Danny, Robert and Franklin Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was June 23 at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill with Pastor Greg Swisher officiating. Entombment followed after services at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Billy Con Toney

Billy Con Toney, 80, of Oak Hill, a resident of Ruckersville, Virginia for 30 years, passed away June 8, 2021 at his residence.

Born Oct. 19, 1940 in Carlisle, he was the son of the late Leon Franklin Toney and Pauline Jean Pemberton Toney.

Billy was a United States Navy veteran.

He was the owner of D&S Drywall and retired from P&D Interiors.

He is preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Lucille Wood Toney; children, Jeanine Shreve, Robert Alford, Patricia McCann and Deborah Donlon; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Clyde Toney, Larry Toney and Cooper Toney.

It was Billy’s wish to be cremated. Services will be private. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Janet Louise Foy Payne Vargo

Janet Louise Foy Payne Vargo, 87, of Oak Hill, passed away May 31, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 5, 1933, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Ollie Jones Foy.

Janet was a retired beautician.

She was a loyal and faithful member of the First Brethren Church in Oak Hill, and loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Harry Payne and George Vargo.

Those left to cherish her memory include sons, John Payne (Sandra) and James Payne; daughter, Cara Pomeroy; granddaughter, Jenna Anderson (Chris); great-grandchildren, Haleigh Anderson and James Anderson; granddaughter, Carmen Betts (Ron) and great-grandson, Kamron Betts; grandson, Aaron Payne; and sister, Judy Tinkel; as well as George’s children, Kim and Scott and their families.

In keeping with Janet’s wishes she was cremated. No service is planned.

The family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the First Brethren Church, 142 Church Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert David Webber

Robert David Webber, 62, of Wrentham, Massachusetts went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 28, 2021. He was surrounded by the love of his life, Rebecca, and his daughters, Nicole and Sarah, along with their spouses.

Born Nov. 1, 1958, he was the son of the late Edward A. Webber (Priscilla) and Marjorie Collins (Robert).

Robert worked very hard during his career as a trucker/rigger, specializing in heavy hauling. He was employed by Shaughnessy & Ahern for 25 years and a proud member of Teamsters Local 25 of Boston.

He was a U.S. Army veteran. 

Robert loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren most of all. He loved sports, especially the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins and Nascar.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert David Webber Jr.; his loving sister-in-law, Lois Webber; his mother-in-law, Mary E. Lopez; and many other loved ones.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Rebecca M. (Lopez) Webber; loving daughters, Nicole Heidke and her husband, David, of North Attleboro and Sarah Crompton and her husband, Jeffrey, of Lincoln, Rhode Island; his adored grandchildren, Logan and Emily Heidke, and Zachery Crompton; his brothers, William of Fyreburg, Maine, Edward and wife Nancy of Walpole and Joseph and wife Debbie of Sandwich; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Services were June 12 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park with military graveside rites.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Verlin Lee Wills Jr.

Verlin Lee Wills Jr., 56, of Hico, passed away at home June 3, 2021.

He is survived by his mother, Rose Dalton; son, Brian Johnson; granddaughter, Bentlee Johnson; companion, Nancy Comer, all of Hico; and a host of other family members and friends.

The service was held June 8 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Roy Boyd officiating. Burial followed the services in Ward Cemetery, Ward.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

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