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Mark Stuart Baldwin Print Comment Top of page

Mark Stuart Baldwin, "Known Unto God" and living in Poca, passed away Jan. 21, 2015 at CAMC Memorial from gastric cancer.

Born in Clarksburg to Clarence Elwood Baldwin and Mary Lou Zais Baldwin (both deceased), he graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1973 and Potomac State College in 1975. He was married to Beth Murphy and worked at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Miss., until Hurricane Katrina, after which he returned alone to his home state.

He will be deeply missed by his sister, Pamela Baldwin Drew of Asheville, N.C., her husband, Bob, and their sons, Kevin and Bryan.

Cremation and family assistance provided by Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Bruce Bennett Print Comment Top of page

Bruce Bennett, 68, of Logan, died Jan. 30, 2015. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

Nellie "Mae" Brown Print Comment Top of page

Nellie "Mae" Brown, 91, of Sutton, died Jan. 29, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

Norma R. Cartwright Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Norma Rose Cartwright of Poca, "Manilla Creek," passed away Jan. 31, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rennie Cartwright, and parents, Lawrence and Ruby Davis of Poca.

She had four grandchildren, Robbie, Jason, Matthew and Tracy; seven great-grandchildren; children, Jack Cartwright of Poca, Jerry and wife, Patricia Cartwright, of Red House, Chester and wife, Lorraine Davis, of Bancroft and Joette Cartwright Russell and special son-in-law, David Russell; and sisters, Connie Westfall and Fannie Craigo.

Mrs. Cartwright delivered newspapers for the Charleston Gazette in the 1960s. Her route was Red House Hill and some of the ridges in that area into Buffalo; as she quoted, "We didn't own a 4x4 back then neither."

Norma enjoyed the great outdoors, camping and liked to travel and loved to fish. She traveled to Quebec, Canada, and stayed on a remote island that was only accessible by boat. Her second fishing trip was to Gowanda, Canada. Both fishing trips were with her son, Jerry, and his wife, Pat, and two grandchildren. She also traveled to Myrtle Beach with her sisters and their families and fished 40 miles offshore, deep sea fishing. Her favorite place to travel in West Virginia was Pocahontas County.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Randall Peterson and staff and Dr. Yaser Haffar for the outstanding quality of care you gave to our mother. Also, thank you to the wonderful nurses and CNAs at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Norma Cartwright will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House, with the Rev. Jerry Ranson officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Cartwright family.

Beatrice Childers Print Comment Top of page

Beatrice Irene Huffman Childers, 90, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015, in Marmet Healthcare.

She was preceded in death by husband, Benjamin A. "Buddy" Childers; daughters, Brenda I. Priddy and B. Marie Mozetti; great-grandson, Micah Burdette.

She is survived by daughters, Rosemary (Roger) Sias, Frances Pauley and adopted granddaughter, Robin (Steve) Hunter and Jessica (Paul) Testa. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Marmet Healthcare Center for the special care they gave mom.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015, at the Wesleyan Bible Chapel, Davis Creek with Minister Robert Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Wesleyan Bible Chapel, Davis Creek.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch, Rd. Elkview is assisting the family.

Darrell F. Copen Print Comment Top of page

Darrell Franklin Copen, 62, lost his battle with cancer on January 15, 2015 at home in Elizabeth, WV, surrounded by his loved ones. Left to cherish his memory are 3 daughters: Megan Copen, Meredith Copen and Michelle Keeling; his companion, Gail Gillenwater; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Darrell was known as "Papaw" to many.

George C. Cummings Print Comment Top of page

George C. Cummings, 91, of Roane County, passed away Jan. 27, 2015 at Quarry Manor, Charleston.

He was born Dec. 22, 1923. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wisconsin in World War II from 1942 to 1946. He worked for Union Carbide as a blacksmith and attended Mars Hill Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mayford and Elizabeth (McCoy) Cummings; brothers, David T. Cummings and Clermont Cummings; and half-sister, Frances Moffatt.

George is survived by his daughters, Carol (John B.) Smith of Tennessee and Donna M. (Robert) Ferrell of Howard, Ohio; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio.

Online condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the Cummings family.

Jeannie Dillard Print Comment Top of page

Jeannie Redden Dillard, 71, of Moulton, Ala., passed away Jan. 29, 2015 at Decatur General Hospital, Decatur, Ala.

Formerly from United on Cabin Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Dillard; her parents, Larry and Mae Redden; sister, Juanita and her husband, Eddie LaFollette; and brother, Johnny Redden.

She is survived by children, Donald (Cassie) Powell of Charleston, Melinda Weddington of Ohio and Becky Baker of Alabama; sisters, Martha Stevens of Cross Lanes, Shirley (Charles) Russell of Dawes, Evelyn Hale of Moulton, Ala., and Joy (Howard) Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; brother, Michael Carrington of Decatur, Ala.; her precious granddaughter, Audi Poo, who she took care of for 17 years; granddaughters, Sabrina Workman and Jena Phillips; grandsons, L.J. Phillips, Ryan Powell, Jeffery Powell and Isaac Phillips; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor Rick Holstein officiating. Burial will follow the service at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is assisting the Dillard family.

Deborah V. Dillon Print Comment Top of page

Deborah V. Ganoe Dillon, 59, of Narrows, Va., died Jan. 30, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete with Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Jeanna Sue Yocum Fox Print Comment Top of page

Jeanna Sue Yocum Fox, 64, of St. Albans, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Jan. 30, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

Jeanna was born Feb. 5, 1950. She was the daughter of the late Jerald Yocum and Mildred Yocum Miller. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerald Yocum; husband, Raymond Fox; and son, Ryan Fox.

Jeanna graduated from Wetzel County High School in 1967. She attended Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1970 with a diploma in nursing. After 33 years of nursing she retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

Surviving are her son, Sean Michael Hughart-Fox and husband, Bryan Hughart-Fox, of St. Albans; mother, Mildred Yocum Miller and husband, Veril Miller, of Steubenville, Ohio; brother, Gary Yocum and his wife, LaVerne Yocum, of New Martinsville, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other extended family, all of Ohio.

Jeanna donated her body to Marshall University School of Medicine.

Celebration of Jeanna's life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Gathering of family and friends will be from noon until the time of service.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.

Edith M. Graybeal Print Comment Top of page

Edith Mary Graybeal, 88, of Ballard, died Jan. 30, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Fuenral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the funeral home.

Brian Lee Hill Print Comment Top of page

Brian Lee Hill, 54, of Ripley, passed away Jan. 30, 2015 at his home following an extended illness, while surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born May 15, 1960 in Parkersburg, a son of Lois Marie (Thompson) Hill of the Liverpool Community, LeRoy, and the late Clair Clayton Hill.

He was an operator and crew leader for the West Virginia Department of Highways, a member of Liverpool United Methodist Church and he enjoyed motorcycles.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include his wife, Sonya (Dolly) Hill; daughter, Kelsey Lee Hill of Ripley; son, Nathan (Kristin) DeWees of Fairplain; and brothers, Steve (Linda) Hill and David (Debbie) Hill, all of Evans, and Brent (Melissa) Hill of Sandyville.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, with the Rev. Danny McVey officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Email condolences may be sent to castofh@gmail.com.

Helen Hoskinson Print Comment Top of page

Helen E. Hoskinson, 90, of St. Albans, formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at her residence with her family by her side.

Helen graduated from West Virginia State College with an associate degree in accounting. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 65 years, where she was active in the Ladies Circle, and attended faithfully. She always supported her children and grandchildren in their endeavors. Possibly one of the highlights of her life was supporting the troops through USO activities. She loved playing bridge, Tripoley, golf, Garden Club and shopping with her friends. Helen traveled whenever the opportunity arose, visiting Hawaii, California, Alaska, England, Canada, New York and family reunions at various locations.

She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, James C., formerly of West York, Ill.; her children, Susan Hooper and her husband, John, of Big Chimney, Nancy Hoskinson-Curran and Ben of St. Albans and Stephen Hoskinson and his wife, Kim, of St. Albans; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sisters, Margaret Hood, Mildred Scott, Fran Allen and Dorothy Scott; and brother, John Thomas Dicks.

Celebration of Helen's life will be 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans, with Pastor Paul Romine officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service Monday.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to her caregivers, Cindy, Bobbi, MiMi and the late Margie.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.

Masami Hull Print Comment Top of page

Masami Hull, beloved mother of Paul Eric Hull and Kimberly Hull-Burdette passed away quietly and peacefully unto Heaven on January 27, 2015. Her unshakeable spirit and deep love for her family and her friends will be missed by us all.

She was born Masami Wakayama in Japan on November 28, 1935, to Toyo and Yozo Wakayama. She met and married Bill Hull and moved to the United States, where she gave birth to Paul Eric and Kimberly Ann Hull. After her divorce in 1972, she raised her two children as a single mother working as a seamstress at Stone and Thomas Department store for 28 years. She later opened up her own, successful business altering Bridal gowns and formal dresses.

Her lifelong church was Highlawn Baptist Church in St. Albans. She loved the Lord and He walked with her her whole life.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Paul Eric Hull and Mary Frances Hull and her daughter and her husband, Kimberly "Kimi" Hull-Burdette and James H. Burdette; along with four wonderful grandchildren, Cody James Burdette, Tyler Matthew Hull, Ryker Daniel Hull and Templar Chiyoko Hull.

There will be a private family service in Georgia and we just ask that everyone take a few moments to remember her fondly and keep her in your hearts.

James E. Kelly Print Comment Top of page

James E. Kelly, 70, of Exchange, passed away Jan. 30, 2015. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Diana L. Martin Print Comment Top of page

Diana Lynn Rucker Martin passed on her 68th birthday, January 26, 2015. A native of Charleston, WV and graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School class of 1966, she spent the last several years residing in Newport News, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents Avis James Rucker and Vernice Odessa Armstead Rucker, and brother James Richard Rucker. She is survived by her husband of 43 years 364 days John Mills Martin; sister Jennifer K. Rucker (John) Givens; brother Jeffrey Clark Rucker; niece and great-niece Jamie and Abigail. Per Diana's wishes she was cremated and there will be no services.

Esther L. Matthews Print Comment Top of page

Esther L. Miller Matthews, of Hurricane, passed away Jan. 29, 2015 at Sweetbriar Assisted Living, Dunbar.

She was born in Victor. She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Wimpy" Matthews, on Dec. 27, 2011.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Ellis E. Conley officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Evelyn Mae Melton Print Comment Top of page

Evelyn Mae Holroyd Melton, 87, of Scott Depot, died Jan. 28, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Agnes Elsie Moore Print Comment Top of page

Agnes Elsie Moore, 83, of Spencer, died Jan. 30, 2015. There will be no service. John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

Hank Moss Print Comment Top of page

Hank Moss, 78, of Scott Depot, joined his newfound Savior Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

Born physically April 22, 1936 and spiritually Dec. 20, 2014, he was a son of the late Roy Cecil and Myrtle Jane Taylor Moss. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Norris; nephew, Scottie Alford; and brothers-in-law, Burl VanMeter and Gary Daniels.

Hank was a cemetery foreman for over 30 years, serving the families of Sunset Memorial Park and Mountain View Memorial Park. Taking great pride in his work and being a dedicated family man, Hank enjoyed being outdoors, be it hunting, gardening or working the cemetery grounds. He also enjoyed stock car racing.

Surviving are his wife of 55-and-a-half years, Doris Jean Moss; his children, Gary Lee Moss of Scott Depot, Mark Andrew Moss (Beth) of Huntersville, N.C., and Stacy Moss Gilmore (Jason) of Mount Pleasant, N.C.; his grandchildren, Anthony Drew Moss, Alex Jacob Moss (Brittany), Ethan Michael Gilmore and Kayden Wesley Moss; his sisters, Elizabeth Moss VanMeter of St. Albans and Leona Moss Daniels of Boone County; and brothers, Rodney Franklin Moss of Florida and Harold Gene Moss (Connie) of Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with his son, the Rev. Mark Moss, officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Tammy Hale, Mary Motley and Chaplain Pete Thompson with Hospice Care and to nephew, Josh Smith, for their compassion and help.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387 or to Special Olympics, Putnam County, 1206 Virginia St. E., Suite 100, Charleston, WV 25301.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Moss family.

Jennings B. Newman II Print Comment Top of page

Jennings Bryant Newman II ("Jennings," "J.B."), 85, of Venice, Fla., passed away Dec. 16, 2014. JB was born Feb. 2, 1929 in Crown Hill, W.Va., to the late Jennings Bryant Newman Sr. and the late Mary Evelyn Massey (Newman) Hannigan. He was married to Nancy Austin (McDonald) Newman for 41 years, taking residences in Fort Wayne, Ind., Brazil, Ind., Harden, Ky., Terre Haute, Ind., and Venice, Fla.

J.B. is survived by his wife, Nancy; three stepchildren, Rebecca Graham, Janine (husband, Robert Flesher) and George Zummer (wife, Kate); nine grandchildren, Joe, Justin, Sarah, Megan, Bryant, Kathryn, Catherine, Matthew and Anna; and 13 great-grandchildren.

J.B. was preceded in death by his son, Jennings Bryant Newman III ("Jack"), deceased Dec. 9, 1970, and daughter, Mary Jennifer Newman, deceased Dec. 29, 1986.

J.B. was most proud of his service to the United States as a Navy Seabee (Navel Mobile Construction Battalion) during Word War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He served around the globe from the island of Guam, Sicily, Bermuda, Jacksonville, Fla., Phu Bai and Dong Ha, Vietnam. J.B. retired from the Navy on March 6, 1969. J.B. also retired from General Telephone Company (Verizon) in April 1987, where he supervised cable crews that buried thousands of miles of fiber optic cable throughout the midwest.

J.B. will be interred later this spring next to his children, Jack and Mary Jennifer, and his parents at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va.

Paul O'Connor Print Comment Top of page

Paul Rayburn O'Connor, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2015 with his godchildren by his side, and music from his big band days filling the room.

He is predeceased (February 2014) by his wife of 55 years, Ellen. Paul is survived by his godchildren, Mark Edward Shawley, Deborah (Glenn) Davis and Barbara (Steve) Herman; sister, Betty; and sister-in-law, Peggyette; along with many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

At the age of 12 he started playing the trombone. He began playing professionally in New York City at the age of 15 and continued to play with many great orchestras, not the least of which were Charlie Spivak, Hal McIntyre, and more. He played for hire up to six months before his passing.

Difficult to summarize someone with such a big life, heart, and so much love. Paul will be remembered as a world-class trombonist, a proud West Virginian and someone who was adored by all he met.

Condolences at www.memorialparkfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.

Joseph A. Pacifico Print Comment Top of page

Joseph Angelo Pacifico, 87, of Charleston, passed away Jan. 29, 2015 at CAMC General Hospital.

He was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and Morris Harvey College, with a degree in business. After college he served his country as a member of the United States Army. For over 50 years he was the proud owner and operator of Pacifico Stone Quarry. He had many hobbies, but his work was his true passion.

Born Aug. 17, 1927, he was the son of the late Tony and Angelina Pacifico. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley Pacifico, and sisters, Mary Lapa, Stella DePaul and Lauretta Pacifico.

He is survived by his son, Tony Pacifico; sister, Anita Mazzella; and grandchildren, Joe and Emily Pacifico, Carrie and Matthew Ward.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.

Memories of Joe may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Deborah Comer Rayburn Print Comment Top of page

Deborah Comer Rayburn, 67, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a long illness.

She is preceded in death by her son, John Erik Evjen; father and mother, Alonzo and Carolyn Comer; and nephew, Joshua Nunley.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Rayburn; daughter, Shyanna Rayburn and her boyfriend, Mason Boggess; son, Lee Evjen; sister, Regina Nunley and her husband, Charles; brothers, Lonnie Comer and Randy Comer and his wife, Sandy; numerous grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.

Memorial service will be 4 p.m. Monday, February 2, with visitation one hour prior at the Loudendale Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Burton Hall officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Loudendale Freewill Baptist Church.

Darlene Rhodes Print Comment Top of page

Darlene Evon Rhodes, 59, of Leon, died Jan. 30, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

Fred Hase Shafer, Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Fred Hase Shafer, Sr. died January 25, 2015 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC after a short illness. He was born November 24, 1924 in Clendenin, WV as he liked to say "10 years after the Devil was kicked out of Heaven in 1914." (Rev.12:9) Fred served in the Army during World War II in the 10th Mountain Division. He married Marion Joyce Blauvelt on August 6, 1945 in Denver, Colorado. They returned to WV and started a family. In 1949 he was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He supported his family and ministry as a welder and pipeline contractor in West Virginia. Fred and Marion were residents of Clendenin and Elkview, WV. They retired to Mount Airy, NC in 1988.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom C. Shafer and Eva Mae Shafer and his sons, Timothy Shafer and Fred Shafer Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, Marion of Mount Airy, NC; daughter-in-law, Judy (Ramsey) Shafer of Mount Lookout, WV; daughter, Karen & Tom McFarland of Mira Loma, CA; son, Jeffrey & Janet (Adkins) Shafer of Fountain Valley, CA; and daughter, Tami & Richard Zamani of Mount Airy, NC; his granddaughters, Monica Shafer of Cross Lanes, WV, Heather and Jeff Marcroft of Mount Airy, NC, Haylee and Aaron Robertson of Huntington Beach, CA; and his great-grandchildren, Preston Marcroft, Cole Robertson, Lauren Marcroft and Brooklyn Robertson.

A memorial service was held at the Mount Airy Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1000 Fowler Rd., Mount Airy, NC 27030, on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., where he was a member. Fred was well known for his bold witnessing in our door to door and Bible study activity as a lifelong minister. For more information on Jehovah's Witnesses, please consult JW.org.

Robert Smith Print Comment Top of page

Robert Smith, 94, of Clarksburg, formerly of Richwood, went home to meet his Lord on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at the Clarksburg Veterans Home.

He was born Feb. 5, 1920 to the late Eddison Ruhl and the late Beulah Mae Givens Smith in Richwood. He served in the Marines for 12 years and received the Purple Heart. He was at the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. He was an operator for the amphibians Track Division and took the men and supplies from their ship to the beaches. He started the Young Marine Corps League. He was mayor of Richwood from 1948 to 1950. He was head admiral of the Cherry River Navy. He was owner of the Richwood News Stand. He was involved with the ROTC at Richwood High School, and read to the children at Cherry River Elementary. He was a charter member of the Richwood Board of Parks and Recreation, and overseer for the Richwood City Pool and helped raise money to build it.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Smith.

Survivors include his brother, Billy M. and wife, Winifred Smith, of Vienna, and two nieces, Sharon and husband, Thomas Batten, of Parkersburg and Barbara Lynn Holm of St. Marys.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Mayor Bob Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Richwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

All arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Jerry Smoot Print Comment Top of page

Jerry Smoot, 78, of Orlando, Fla., died Jan. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 25, 1937. He is survived by his wife, Patty Nester Smoot; daughter, Debbie Burchett; and son, Ricky Smoot. There will be no service. Per Jerry's wishes, he will be cremated. Memories may be shared by visiting Robin Phillips facebook page.

Harlan J. Starcher Print Comment Top of page

Harlan Junior Starcher, 78, of Normantown, died Jan. 28, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Emma Stephens Print Comment Top of page

Emma W. Stephens, 100, formerly of Dunbar and Nitro, went to be with family and friends on January 26, 2015, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane.

She was a member of the former A.J. Humphries Memorial United Methodist Church, which is now Dunbar United Methodist Church. She was retired from Union Carbide, Institute, with 27 years of service. She was a charter member of the Sleepy Hollow Golf Club since 1938, a founding member of the Thirteen Club of Dunbar, and a graduate of Dunbar High School Class of 1935.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, Carl A. and Verdia (Barnett) Warner; her husband, Ray H. Stephens; grandson, Mark W. Stephens; brothers, Gay N. Warner (Nitro), (baby) Jay, Ralph E. Warner (Point Pleasant).

Surviving are her son, Steve and daughter-in-law, Phyllis Stephens of Scott Depot; sister, Donna Kelly of Eleanor; many nieces and nephews; special cousin, Charlene Hoback of Cross Lanes; and devoted friends, Karen and Charles Britt of St. Albans

A very special thank you to the staff of Broadmore Assisted Living who gave Emma tender love and care throughout her stay.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, February 2, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with the Rev. Dr. Okey B. Harless officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at Keller Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christian Community Cupboard c/o St. John's United Methodist Church, 4536 Teays Valley Rd., Scott Depot, WV 25560.

Online condolences may be sent to www.kellerfuneralhome.net.

James L.R. Williams Print Comment Top of page

James Lorenzo Randolph Williams, 76, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Charleston, WV, answered the Lord's call on January 12, 2015 at the Veterans Nursing Home at Rifle, Colorado.

James was a retired Vietnam Army veteran and upon his retirement had settled in the Colorado Springs area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernie and Vivian Williams, and a sister, Bertha Williams Jackson of Charleston.

He leaves to mourn him, wife, Marie Williams of Colorado Springs; daughters, Glenndora Williams of Baltimore, Maryland, and Ursula Williams of Baer, Delaware; brother, Vernie Williams Jr. of Michigan; sister, Virginia Brown of Charleston; and a host of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews, cousins and extended family.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Bartett Funeral Home, Grafton, WV.

Barbara M. Wilson Print Comment Top of page

Barbara M. Wilson, age 90, of Milton WV, died Wednesday Jan. 28. She was preceded in death by her husband McDonald "Dee" Wilson; two sons, James and Joseph, who died in infancy; and her eldest son John M. Wilson. She is survived by son, Rick Wilson and wife Anna Megyesi, of Milton; granddaughter Sarah, husband Joseph Jarvis and great-grandson Cameron Jarvis of Ona; and grandson Eric Wilson and partner Rebecca Harrison of Milton.

She was a graduate of Ohio University and Marshall University graduate college and taught math for decades at Milton Junior High School. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, volunteered in her community and supported progressive causes throughout her life.

Funeral services will be held at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 3434 Teays Valley Road at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. Following the service, there will be a reception at the church from 3-5.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to support juvenile diabetes research at Team JDRF, http://tinyurl.com/l8zedcx.

Judy Ann Withrow Print Comment Top of page

Ms. Judy Ann Withrow, 64, of Bancroft, passed away Jan. 30, 2015 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.

Judy is survived by her mother, Mary Withrow Asbury; sisters, Elizabeth Cobb, Dianna Burns and Betty Workman; and brothers, Curtis, Junior and David Asbury.

A tribute to the life of Judy will be 2 p.m. Monday at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Red House. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Withrow family.

Gregory L. Wyatt Print Comment Top of page

Gregory L. Wyatt, 59, of Hurricane, died Jan. 28, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, although you can visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com for more information as it becomes available. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, is honored to assist the family.

Funerals for: February 01, 2015

Cartwright, Norma R. 2 p.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Cundiff, George C. 2:30 p.m., Poplar Ridge Cemetery, Bidwell, Ohio.

Dunlap, Gary R. 2 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Ellis, Clyde 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Harper, Carletta S. 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Chesapeake.

Herold, Jaime 3:30 p.m., Walker Memorial Park, Summersville.

Kelly, Tari 9 a.m., Taylor

McClung, Travis 2 p.m., Andrew Chapel Methodist Church, Williamsburg.

Meads, Eloise 2 p.m., St. Johns United Methodist Church, Spencer.

Morris, Martha 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Rader, Gregory 4 p.m., High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.