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Today's Obituaries

Lorraine Alford Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Lorraine Alford, 83, of Chapmanville, died Aug. 21, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the funeral home.

Judith Bergeron Print Comment Top of page

Judith Mazzella Bergeron, 70, of South Charleston, entered eternal life on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital after a long illness.

She was a graduate of Charleston Catholic High School and attended West Virginia State College. She lived in Florida for several years and was employed as a paralegal for the law firm of Proskauer Rose of Boca Raton.

If there ever was a good, kind-hearted and generous person it was "Judy." She will be missed by all.

Judith was preceded in death by her husband, Jules; parents, Lucia and Vito Antonio Mazzella; and sister, Josephine Mazzella.

Surviving are her brother, Carl (Barbara) Mazzella; sister, Rosalie Mazzella; nieces, Carla and Theresa; and nephews, Jonathan, Michael, Martin and Daniel.

Requiem Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1000 Sixth St., Charleston with the Rev. Father Joseph Tuscan officiating. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Memories and condolences of Judith may be shared by going to and selecting the obituary.

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

Palmaneda Bias Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Palmaneda Bias, 82, of Barboursville, formerly of Pecks Mill, died Aug. 20, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Victory Freewill Baptist Church, Pecks Mill, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Roberta Lee Coleman Print Comment Top of page

Roberta Lee Coleman, 73, of Flatwoods, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brycle and Jewel Jividen.

She was an active member of Christ Church United Methodist of Sutton. She loved quilting, gardening and reading. Most important to her were her family, church and friends. She was an organ donor through the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE).

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Rev. Don Coleman; three children and their spouses, Terry (Terri) Coleman, Carol (David) Boyd and Ron (Becky) Coleman; four grandchildren and their spouses, Garrett (Lyndsey) Coleman, Courtney (Chase) Petry, Ryan Coleman and Shelby Boyd; and two brothers and their spouses, Ed (Barbara) Jividen and Jerry (Diana) Jividen.

Pallbearers: Ed Jividen, Jerry Jividen, Garrett Coleman, Ryan Coleman, David Boyd, Chase Petry, Terry Coleman and Ron Coleman.

Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton, with the Rev. Doug Smailes officiating. Burial will be in Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or a local hospice service of your choice.

Condolences may be extended to the family at

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Flora Kerwood Eskridge Print Comment Top of page

Flora Kerwood Eskridge, 81, received her wings on Aug. 20, 2014 after a long, courageous battle with lung cancer.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept my faith." She devoted her life to her family. Those who had the pleasure of knowing her as a friend were blessed by a happy, loving woman. Her smile and compassion reflected a woman everyone came to love. She'll be missed by all who knew her.

She was a member of Kimberly Church of God, Kimberly, and loved her church family.

Preceding her in Heaven, husband, Ernest Eskridge; son, Edward "Punkin" Eskridge; daughter, Betty Eskridge Manley; great-grandson, Cody John; son-in-law, Donald Akers; sisters, Grace Harvey, Helen Hedrick, Iris Barker and Mary McGraw; and brothers, Clarence, Paul and James Kerwood.

Left behind to cherish her life's fulfillment, daughters, Lois "Weegie" Akers, Kathy White and stepdaughter, Wanda King; stepsons, Joe and Bobby Eskridge; brother, John Kerwood; 21 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank the Hospice team and Kimberly Church of God for the kindness, support and prayers they gave each of us during the time of our needs.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Kimberly Church of God, Kimberly, with the Rev. Terrance Hamm and Donald "Smitty" Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Charles "Dick" Freeland Print Comment Top of page

Charles Richard "Dick" Freeland, 76, of Asbury, formerly of Newport, Pa., and Maryland, died Aug. 14, 2014. Cremation was chosen in honor of his wishes. Celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Grace Bible Church, Asbury. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral home, Alderson.

Charles E. Hall Print Comment Top of page

Charlie, 74, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

He was born May 14, 1940, the son of the late Russell and Beatrice Hall.

He was a Christian and enjoyed watching Dr. Charles Stanley and Jimmy Swaggart. He was a retired electrician and former Mayor of Lee Street and owner of All-State Electrical Contracting and was known for his quick wit.

He is survived by his sons, Russell (Debbie) Hall and Charles Rodney Hall; sister, Zelma (Gene) Gray; niece and nephew, Brenda and Gene Jr.; his pride and joy, his granddaughters, Lauren, Maddie and Holly; and his former wife, Margie.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Cunningham Memorial Park, Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service Saturday at the Upper Mausoleum Chapel.

Visit to share memories or to express condolences.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Hall family.

Betty Geral Lane Print Comment Top of page

Betty Geral Lane of Charleston, born Jan. 21, 1943, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 21, 2014. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Mary U. Lipscomb Print Comment Top of page

Mary Uldean Whitten Lipscomb, 88, of Kimberly, entered Heaven on Aug. 19, 2014.

She was preceded in death by parents, Cesco and Revell (Stephens) Whitten; daughters, Wanda Lipscomb Swyers and Beth Lipscomb (Rick) Abbott; son, Dee Lipscomb; and brothers, Joe and Don Whitten.

Mary was a retired pediatric nurse at Montgomery General Hospital and a faithful member of Kimberly Church of God. She was selfless in life, accepting of all and exemplified the meaning of family to her kin and her friends. She was loved by all.

She is survived by daughter, Bonna (Mick) Bowen; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Keith and Michelle (Gabriel and Rebekah) Swyers, Mary Beth and Thomas (Harrison) Miller, Tara and Paul (Morrison) Bench, Donnie (Jayden) Lipscomb, Rikki Dawn (Ethan, Dylan and Tobias) Abbott, Dustin (Dalton) Lipscomb, Todd Abbott and Tia and Torri Bowen; sister, Verna (Jay) Bryant; and son-in-law, Ronald Swyers.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Mick Bowen officiating. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

Ethel Elmira Miller Print Comment Top of page

Ethel Elmira Miller, 45, of Cowen, died Aug. 17, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Kimberly Lynn Moore Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Kimberly Lynn Moore, 50, of Cottageville, passed away Aug. 20, 2014 at home. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, is serving the Moore family.

Jimmy Dale Polk Print Comment Top of page

Jimmy Dale Polk, 52, of Sophia, died Aug. 20, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Bryan Craig Pullen Print Comment Top of page

Bryan Craig Pullen, 36, of South Charleston, died Aug. 20, 2014 peacefully in his sleep at home beside his loving wife, daughter and faithful companion, CoCo.

He was born Feb. 3, 1978 as the first child to Jerry and Cheryl Pullen. Bryan married the love of his life, Stephanie Breanne Williams Pullen, on Oct. 3, 2009. They had their first child and light of their world on Jan. 17, 2014.

Bryan graduated from South Charleston High School in 1997. He worked as a parts counter person for Auto Parts Outlet, Charleston Lincoln Mercury, Midway Ford and Bert Wolfe Ford. He was master certified in Ford parts. Bryan was looking forward to beginning vocational classes this October to prepare for a new career.

Bryan was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching all the MLB games. He had an extensive collection of baseball cards and hats. He was very proud of his baseball room. Bryan could rattle off an endless amount of baseball statistics that would amaze anyone.

Bryan enjoyed spending every free moment with his wife, daughter and dog. He felt CoCo was the best dog in the world and affectionately called him "baby boy." Bryan was a wonderful husband and father who will be greatly missed. His daughter was his pride and joy and he lovingly called her his "pretty girl." When she was born he stated that she was perfect and we needed to keep her that way and that he didn't want to miss a second of her life.

Everyone that knew Bryan will remember his great sense of humor and quick wit. Bryan loved to make people laugh. He could quote a line to almost any movie and he loved listening to '80s music. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Bryan was preceded in death by his little brother, Chris Pullen, and his grandfathers, Harold Gene Cantley, Gerald Pullen and Harry Jones.

Bryan is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie Breanne Williams Pullen; daughter, Kenley Christin Pullen; dog, CoCo; father, Jerry Pullen; mother, Cheryl Pullen; grandmothers, Charlotte Cantley and Virginia Craddock; father-in-law, Steve Williams; mother-in-law, Renita Williams; and brother-in-law, Thad Williams.

My darling husband,

I can't believe you're gone. This is a void I will never be able to fill. You were my whole world. I couldn't have asked for a better husband or best friend. I will cherish every second I spent with you. I don't think you will ever know how much I loved you, or how much I will miss you. We had a love of a life time. We had an inseparable relationship and truly became one person when we got married. I don't know how to go on living as half of a person.

Love, Stephanie

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Mike Long officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Annie Lee Riggins Print Comment Top of page

Annie Lee Riggins, 84, of St. Albans, formerly of Waycross, Ga., passed away Aug. 19, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House with her loving family by her side.

Annie is survived by two sons, Tom Riggins and his wife, Jean, and Carl Riggins and his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Liz Riggins; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hubbard Hospice House for their outstanding care and personal assistance given to our family.

The family will be entertaining family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the home of their mother, 2509 Harrison Ave., St. Albans. All are invited to stop by and express your memories.

You may send condolences to the family at

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Vivian Sizemore Print Comment Top of page

Vivian Marseille Sizemore, 94, of Washington, W.Va., died Aug. 20, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Gary Ray Stull Print Comment Top of page

Gary Ray Stull, 63, of Victor, died Aug. 18, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Linda Louise Thorne Print Comment Top of page

Linda Louise Thorne, 63, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 20, 2014. She was cremated. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Daystar Fellowship, Kilsyth. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wanda M. Wiley Print Comment Top of page

A beautiful soul has left this earth: Wanda M. Compton Wiley, 82, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 17, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with illness.

She had a passion for gardening and all animals, but hummingbirds and dogs were very special to her.

She was preceded in death by husband, Walter V. Wiley; father, William E. "Wee" Compton; mother, Della L. Compton; and sisters, Garnet L. Jackson Stanley and Tootie Jackson Kidd Peters.

She is survived by daughter, Pamela G. Wiley of Charleston; son, Kerry M. Wiley and wife, Christine, of Belle; son, Curtis D. Wiley of Charleston; one very special granddaughter, Ashley N. Wiley of Charleston; as well as her brother, Dencil B. Compton and wife, Carolyn, of Garland, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

It was her wish to be cremated.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302. Friends and family may call one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wiley family by visiting

Funerals for: August 22, 2014

Casto, Steve 11 a.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Dorsey, William 10:30 a.m., Church of the Assumption, Keyser.

Fitzwater, Charles E. 1 p.m., Wilson

Fletcher, Anna M. 11 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Cowen.

Geter, Delphine F. 7 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Hendricks, Walter K. 1 p.m., Pineview Cemetery Mausoleum, Orgas.

McKinney, James H. 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston.

Messenger, Lester 11 a.m., Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville.

Pinson, Virginia M. 2 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Ramsey, Ernest L. 1 p.m., Morgan Cemetery, Ripley.

Shelhammer, George S. 4 p.m., Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, Pinch.

Shimer, Iris V. 5:30 p.m., Bartlett

Sizemore, Vivian 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Spence, Emilie 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Thompson, Elizabeth 1 p.m., First Baptist Church Greentown, Oak Hill.

White, Velma D. 1 p.m., St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Charleston.