Bradley ‘Brad’ Alexander

Bradley Allen “Brad” Alexander, 41, of Victor, died following a rafting accident.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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

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

June Sweeney Atkinson

June Sweeney Atkinson, 81, of Hampton, Va., formerly of Pax, died May 21, 2012, at Northampton Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center in Hampton.

Born Jan. 21, 1931, at Pax, she was the daughter of the late Walter Isaac and Callie B. Stanley Sweeney. Several brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Connie Leigh Atkinson of Atlanta, Ga.; sisters, Mamie Smith of Hampton, Va., and Lakie Smith of Florida; a brother, Norman Dale Sweeney of Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

Entombment was May 24 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum #2 in Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Mellie Lewis Bleau

Mellie Bleau, 93, of Meadow Bridge, died May 23, 2012, after having been lovingly cared for by the staff at Greenbrier Manor in Fairlea for several months.

Born Sept. 30, 1918, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late John Frederick and Luella M. (Claypool) Lewis. Also preceding her in death was a brother, Haden Lewis of Meadow Bridge.

She was a retired LPN from Pinecrest, a graduate of Meadow Bridge High School, and a World War II vet, having served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

Surviving: daughters, Janet Bleau of Rainelle and Sharon Bleau of Beckley; granddaughter, Molly Bruner of Blacksburg, Va.; and nephew, James J. Lewis of Michigan.

Graveside services were May 29 at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Mellie’s favorite charity, The Salvation Army, PO Box 1573, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Nancy Lee Dorff

Nancy Lee Dorff, 71, of Oak Hill, died May 24, 2012.

Graveside rites and committal were May 26 at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Oak Hill with Father Roy Gene Crist officiating. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 345 Kelly Ave., Oak Hill WV 25901, or New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Louella Rogers Gilbert

Mary Louella Rogers Gilbert, 92, of Fayetteville, died May 24, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Oct. 1, 1919, in Hico, she was the daughter of the late Robert Perry and Nannie Lykens Perry. She also was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Elmer Rogers and John Gilbert; a daughter, Maxine Sullivan; sons, Harold Jimmy Rogers Jr., Ronald Rogers and Donald Jay Rogers; sisters, Leila Pierce, Maggie Potter, Bess Metheney and Mildred Metheney; and brothers, Forrest Perry, Woodville Perry and Wilmer Earl Perry.

Mary was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh Chapel Wesleyan Church of Mt. Hope.

Surviving: sons, Clinton Rogers of Fayetteville, and David Rogers and Regina of Tucson, Ariz.;  grandchildren, Chrissy Rogers Boyle, Jimmy Clark, Nikki Rogers, Mandy D. Stoffle and David Jay Rogers Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Chloe Stoffle, Damian Rogers, Sierra Rogers and Brandy Lynn Rogers.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Terry Hodge officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Laura Louise Cales Gill

Laura Louise Cales Gill, 88, of Oak Hill, died May 24, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Sept. 17, 1923, in Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Fred P. and Mallissia Dean Cales. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Gill; sons, Bruce Arthur Gill and James Frederick Gill; grandson, Jeffery McGraw; great-grandson, William Robinson; sisters, Lillian Lockett, Gladys Mitchell, Nora Perry and Marian Long; and brothers, J.W. Cales, Fred (Jr) Cales and Roy Lee Cales.

Mrs. Gill was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Laura was affectionately known as “Toots” by her family and friends.

Surviving: daughters, Beverly (Mike) Ellis of Oak Hill, with whom she resided, Betty Presock of Lakewood, Ohio, and Pat (Jon) Cottle Thomas of Mesa, Ariz.; son, Charles Wayne Cales and companion Donna of Grayson, Ky.; brothers, Chester (Naomi) Cales of Hilliard, Ohio, Dewey (Mildred) Cales of Lancaster, Ohio, and Ronald Cales of Ravenna, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal service, with burial following, were May 29 at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with Rev. Robert Pauley officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations to be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Thomas Eugene Hayes

Thomas Eugene Hayes, 69, of Jones Avenue, Oak Hill, died May 22, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born Sept. 6, 1942, he was the son of the late George Washington Hayes and the late Vella Dyke Hayes. He also was preceded in death by brothers, James David Hayes Sr., Charles Gary Hayes, and Dana George Hayes; and sisters, Brenda Lou Hayes Bowen, Nancy Jane Hayes Lawrentz, and Betty Sue Hayes Reynolds.

Prior to Tom’s illness, he worked for construction companies as a surveyor.

Surviving: his loving wife, Norma Catherine “Cathy” Hayes of Oak Hill; son, Adam Hayes of Oak Hill; brothers, Bernard Stanley Hayes and Michael Wayne Hayes, both of Oak Hill; stepchildren, Stacy Blackburn and husband James of Oak Hill, and Rebecca “Becky” Stark Hamilton and husband Brian of Hilltop; grandchildren, Destiny Blackburn, Michael Stark, Jonathan Stark, and Joseph Stark; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Bob Reynolds.

Friends called at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Donations may be made to his wife, Norma Catherine Hayes, and mailed to High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Martha Virginia Calhoun Huddleston

Martha Virginia Calhoun Huddleston, 93, of Oak Hill, died May 25, 2012, at The Summit at Hidden Valley, Oak Hill.

Born June 30, 1918, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Harry Alexander and Hallie Virginia McLain Calhoun. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Wilson Huddleston; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Calhoun, and Dorothy Jean Elms; and infant brother, Harry A. Calhoun Jr.

She retired from Fayette County DOH. She was a member of the Jones Avenue Church of God where she sang in the church choir over 55 years, and was a member of the Women of Church of God, and Tuesday morning prayer group.

She was a graduate of Oak Hill High School and amember of the OHHS Alumni Association.

After moving to Bayberry Retirement Inn, Beckley, in January 2009, Martha attended the First Church of The Nazarene at Beckley with her family.

Surviving: daughters, Judith Ann Smith and husband George of Daniels, Linda Calhoun Hypes and husband Tom of Raleigh, N.C., and Rebecca Kay Johnson and husband Tony of Bowling Green, Ky.; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces, and 5 cousins.

Funeral service was May 29 at the Jones Avenue Church of God, Jones Avenue, Oak Hill, with Rev. Pat Franklin and Rev. Richard Wagoner officiating. Last rites and burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests donations be made in her memory to Jones Avenue Church of God Van Fund, P.O. Box 104, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or First Church of The Nazarene FLC Fund, 607 Johnstown Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Capt. Cecil A. ‘Fuzzy’ Neal

Captain Cecil Alfred “Fuzzy” Neal, 69, of Fayetteville, died May 22, 2012, at home.

Born March 28, 1943, in Montgomery, he was the son of the late Cecil Robert and Blanche Adair Smith Neal. He also was preceded in death by his stepmother, Edith Campolio Neal; nephew, Eric F. Neal; and son-in-law, Mark Delaney.

Fuzzy was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, received his B.A. in Political Science from WVU and his Masters of Social Work from Marshall University.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Military Police Captain. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he earned an Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/six Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and three Bronze Stars and a Meritorious Unit Citation. After being discharged from the Army he joined the West Virginia National Guard.

Fuzzy was a retired juvenile service employee of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources where he worked for 32 years. He was a former river guide with Class VI, a former WV SSAC high school football official, a volunteer for Camp Kismet, and he served on the State of WV Governors Committee on crime, delinquency and corrections.

Surviving: the love of his life, Carolyn Avers of Fayetteville; daughter, Cybil Neal Delaney of North Carolina; son, B.J. Neal of Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughter, Dana Reese of Dunbar; grandchildren, Drew Delaney, Baylee Delaney, Zoe Neal, Harlow Neal, and Jessica Meador; great-granddaughter, Emma; mother of his children, Lovelene Bauders; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were May 24 in the mausoleum at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post 149 followed the service.

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

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

Frances Irene Miller Sweeney

Frances Irene Miller Sweeney, 89, of Oak Hill, died May 27, 2012, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born April 20, 1923, at Handley, she was the daughter of the late Emery and Gwendolyn Petry Miller. Frances also was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm H. Sweeney, on July 14, 1998; by her daughter, Barbara Tompkins; and by three sisters and by one brother.

Frances was a homemaker.

Survivin: her son, Robert Sweeney and his wife, Kari, of Shreve, Ohio, and their children, Sean and Briele; her daughters, Margaret Heron and her husband Tom of Wichita Falls, Texas, and their son Chad, Helen Sweeney of Oak Hill, and her son Rev. Timothy Sweeney of Oak Hill; her grandson, Steven Tompkins and his wife, Gina, of Ohio; granddaughters, Sherry Tompkins and Brenda McGowan, both of Ohio; 4 great-grandsons, 6 great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson; her sister, Jewel Stanley of Peoria, Ill.; and Hunter Hess, who called her “Granny” for over 30 years.

Graveside services with burial to follow were held May 30 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Pea Ridge Road, Oak Hill, with Rev. Joe Hoggard officiating. There was no public visitation.

Memorial contribution may be made in Frances Sweeney’s memory to the Lifebridge Assembly of God Enabled Disabilities Ministry, 1513 E Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Arthur Franklin Thomas

Arthur Franklin Thomas, 72, of Route 2, Fayetteville, died May 27, 2012, at his home.

Born Dec. 24, 1939, at Charleston, he was the son of the late Arthur T. and Thelma Almond Young Thomas. His wife, Merle Eloise Hess Thomas, also preceded him in death on Dec. 7, 2007.

Arthur was a retired machinist for NARCO.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Surviving: stepsons, Jimmy Williams and Leverette Williams, both of Baltimore, Md.; step-daughter, Jackie Kearney of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Thomas of Belle; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 30 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 31.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dempsey R. Vass

Dempsey Ross Vass, 66, of Buena Vista, Va., formerly of Mt. Hope, died May 22, 2012, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

 

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