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Chelsea Rae Aldridge Print Comment Top of page

Chelsea Rae Aldridge, 23, of St. Albans passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Born April 1, 1991 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, she was the daughter of Debbie Wagner (Kenny) and Carl Aldridge (Mia). In addition to her parents, Chelsea is survived by her sisters, Meghan Aldridge and Ashley (Jake) Dent; brother, Nathan Wagner; grandmother, Norma Curry; nephews, Caelin, Gavin and Owen; niece, Chaylen; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Chelsea was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Thomas R. Curry Sr.; paternal grandparents, Carl and Doris Aldridge; and uncles, Thomas R. Curry Jr. and Shawn Aldridge.

Chelsea was a loving and caring daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt and friend. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was a 2009 graduate of St. Albans High School. She had previously worked at the Mardi Gras Casino Resort and currently worked at Wendy's in St. Albans.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the account of Ashley Dent on behalf of Chelsea Aldridge at City National Bank.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Barlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve Chelsea's family.

Cecil Atkins Print Comment Top of page

Cecil Atkins, 89, of Gallipolis, Ohio, formerly of St. Albans, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Holzer Assisted Living, Gallipolis. Born July 6, 1925 in Layland, Fayette County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas Curtis and Mary Kosnoski Atkins. In addition to his parents, Cecil was preceded in death by his son, Dale M. Atkins, and a brother, Alfred A. "Joe" Atkins.

Cecil graduated from Kingston High School and enlisted in the Army. He served in the 35th Infantry Division in France during World War II. He was on the frontlines for a year when he was wounded, necessitating the amputation of his left leg. He received numerous medals and commendations for his service, including the French Legion Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. His memoirs of his World War II experiences are on file at the National World War II Memorial and he was included in the 35th Division's Living History Project. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he married Ruby Thomas Atkins on Aug. 1, 1946. He graduated from Capitol City Business College and began a career as an accountant, working for several small local businesses and later for the West Virginia Department of Highways as director of finance. He was a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church and later attended Abney Street Church of God and Bible Center Church. He was the epitome of a Christian man and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. His hobbies included golf and model railroading.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Ruby T. Atkins; daughter, Karen A. Wheeler of Point Pleasant; daughter-in-law, Vivian E. Atkins of Anderson, Ind.; grandson, Chris Atkins and his wife, Shallen, of McCordsville, Ind.; granddaughters, Katherine M. Phillips of Columbus, Ohio, and Kalena Wheeler of Point Pleasant; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Logan and Calvin Atkins of McCordsville, Ind.; sisters, Betty Price of Beckley and Mary Ann Johnson of Greenville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the chapel at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with Charles Thomas officiating. Friends may call at the chapel from 1 p.m. until the time of service Thursday. Military funeral honors will be presented in the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Union Mission, P.O. Box 112, Charleston, WV 25321, or to Appalachian Bible College, 161 College Drive, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, Gallipolis, is assisting the family.

An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com.

Margie Bennett Print Comment Top of page

Margie Bennett, 73, of Charleston, died March 26, 2015. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine Burkes Print Comment Top of page

Geraldine Burkes, 83, of Charleston, died March 30, 2015. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dormal Cometti Print Comment Top of page

Dormal Cometti, 96, of Charleston, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at Arthur B. Hodges Center. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Glenna J. Francis Print Comment Top of page

Glenna Juanita Francis, 76, of Sinks Grove, died March 31, 2015. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at New Lebanon Cemetery, Pickaway. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 2 p.m. Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.

Marjorie Jane Gunter Print Comment Top of page

Marjorie Jane Gunter, 94, of Charleston passed away peacefully on March 30, 2015 after a short illness. She was born on January 22, 1921 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlen; her son, Walter; parents, John and Margarita Martin; and her sisters, Lucille Harmon and Mary Virginia Jackson.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Lee Edens (Tom Jr.); brother, Paul (Helen) Martin; brother-in-law, Frank Gunter; granddaughters, Kathy (Willie) Warden and Debbie (Jeff) Walls; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Knight and Eric (Sandra) Walls; great-great-grandchildren, Katheryn Given and Bradyn Given; and many cherished family members and friends.

She retired from Charleston National Bank and was a member of Canaan United Methodist Church and the Pythians Temple # 26.

Marjorie was always generous and giving to her family, friends and church and she will be greatly missed.

At her request, her body has been donated to WVU Health Sciences. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Annette Harrison Print Comment Top of page

Annette Miller Harrison, 69, of Lexington, Ky., passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at home after a long illness. She was a dedicated Hospice and Veterans Hospital nurse, having worked in the nursing field for over 40 years. She was a graduate of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

She was a Baptist by faith and an avid animal lover and a University of Kentucky fan. "Go Cats!"

Annette was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Surviving are her husband and best friend, W.L. "Bill" Harrison Jr. at home; son, Edward Winchester II of California; four nieces; one nephew; two stepsons; three step-granddaughters; two step-great-granddaughters; dedicated caregiver and friend, Kathy Uzzle; and her dog, Sheba.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute, with Military Chaplain R.J. Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove.

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

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is serving the Harrison family.

Arland Hatfield Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Arland Hatfield Jr., 65, of Low Gap, died March 29, 2015. Service will be noon Thursday, April 2, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the funeral home.

Robert C. Ingram Print Comment Top of page

Robert C. "Bob" Ingram, 70, of Nitro, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, on Sunday, March 29, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 35 years of service, where he had served as president of APWU in Charleston. He was a competitive weight lifter and a member of the Charleston Barbell Club. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Clayton Ingram and Aretta Gay Hackney Ingram.

He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Doris Ingram; daughters, Kristi Ingram and Kimberly Ingram; stepson, Austin Basadre and grandsons, Trevor and Eli, and stepson, Derek Basadre; special nephew who is like a son, Josh Chapman and wife, Ellen, and their daughter, Gabby; sisters, Donna Morey and Jennifer Meadows; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Bob's life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Ingram family and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Annie Marie Jeffers Print Comment Top of page

Annie Marie Jeffers, 70, of St. Albans, formerly of Chesapeake, Va., died March 30, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the funeral home.

John R. Jenkins Print Comment Top of page

John Randall Jenkins, 69, formerly of Sylvester, passed away to be with his Lord and Savior on March 30, 2015 at the Lake, W.Va., home of Jimmy and Sheila Baldwin, who loved and cared for him for many years.

He was born July 25, 1945 to the late John Thomas and Nola Marie Broom Jenkins and was a member of Pettus Baptist Church.

Surviving are his brothers, Romie (Mary Ann) Jenkins of Sutton and Ronnie (Delores) Jenkins of Fosterville; nephew, Michael (Chrissy) Jenkins of Concord, N.C.; niece, Amanda (Donnie) Davis of Lavalette; great-nieces, McKenzee and Kelsey Jenkins; and great-nephew, Riley Jenkins. He was also loved by Norene and Bob of Lake, Kayla Tomkins of Hewett, Rande Sheppard of Rossmore and Zach and Torri Baldwin and families of Lake.

Graveside service and burial will be noon Thursday, April 2, at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with the Rev. Robert Perdue Jr. officiating.

Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Sylvia Marie King Print Comment Top of page

Sylvia Marie King, 72, of Grantsville, died March 30, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Floyd S. Legg Print Comment Top of page

Floyd S. Legg, 70, of Charleston, passed away March 29, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Darrell Joe "Dode" Mace Print Comment Top of page

Darrell Joe "Dode" Mace, 73, of Arnoldsburg, passed away March 30, 2015 at his home. Private family services will be held at a later date, with burial at Mace Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

Betty McComas Print Comment Top of page

Betty Ross Saul McComas, of Alum Creek, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at Candlelight Cottage, St. Albans, after a long illness. Betty retired from the Lincoln County Board of Education after serving 43 years as a teacher and administrator. She served her last 22 years as principal of Griffithsville Elementary.

She was a past member of the Pythian Sisters, Eastern Star, the RHO Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teachers Society and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, the National Education Association and a lifetime member of the West Virginia Teachers Association. Mrs. McComas received her A.B. degree from Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and master's degree in supervision and administration from Marshall University. She was a faithful member of the Thomas Memorial Auxiliary as a volunteer since her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Ross Sr., and mother and stepfather, William and Della Rymer; brother, Robert Ross Jr.; brother and sister-in-law, William Ray and Pauline Rymer; and her late husbands, Dorsey D. Saul and Hal S. McComas Jr.

Survivors include her son, David (Diana) Saul of Charleston; daughter, Nancy (Larry) Pauley of Sod; brother, Jimmy (Anna Gae) Rymer of Yawkey; sister-in-law, Lucille Ross of Spring Grove, Pa.; granddaughters, Lindsey (Ryan) Welch of Dunbar and Tia Saul of Plano, Texas; grandsons, Craig (Jennifer) Pauley of Sandy Ridge, N.C., and Bruce (Karrah) Pauley of South Charleston; great-granddaughters, Chasity (Codey) Cromer, Isabella Pauley and Genevieve Welch, due in May; great-grandsons, Riley Pauley and Augustin Welch; along with several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastors Oshel Bell and Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Candlelight Cottage and Lauren Robinson for taking such good care of her these last few years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Mary F. Nicholas Print Comment Top of page

Mary F. Nicholas, 92, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Clay, W.Va., died March 30, 2015. Preceded in death by husband, Roy Nicholas, and daughter, Alice Burkhamer.

Survived by daughter, Pat Love of Omaha; son, Larry and wife, Gloria Nicholas, of Kentucky; six grandchildrenl; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Bernice Carner of Omaha.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at Reichmuth Funeral Home, Elkhorn, Neb., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback, W.Va. Condolences to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com.

Gregory Pierre Nunn Print Comment Top of page

Gregory Pierre Nunn, 58, of Oak Hill, died March 23, 2015. His body was donated to the WVU Human Gift Registry. A time of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill. Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Daniel Eugene Nutter Print Comment Top of page

Daniel Eugene Nutter, 29, of Mount Nebo, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at his home, after a short illness. He was the son of Gene and Robin Mourey Nutter of Mount Nebo and was born in Charleston on Sept. 2, 1985. Daniel was an employee of MM&A Contracting, a graduate of NCHS, class of 2003, and a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Mount Lookout. He was a loving son, grandson, brother and devoted uncle to his little niece, Livy. Daniel enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially going to camp in Pocahontas County with his papaw, Mourey, and uncle, Eddie.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Lori (Nathan) Ramsey, with whom he lived most of the time, of Summersville; brother, Ryan Dale (Shanna) and niece, Livy Nutter, of Fairmont; paternal grandparents, Dana and Sue Nutter of Mount Lookout; maternal grandparents, Fred and Dot Mourey of Summersville; aunts, Lynda (Dave) Osborne and Pam (Don) Leach; uncles, Eddie (Lisa) and daughter, Heather Mourey, Roger Nutter and Scott (Lori) Nutter; and special friends, Jackie and Amber Hudnall and daughters.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Mount Lookout, with Pastor Damon Wilkewitz and Pastor Mark Secrist officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

E-condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com.

Imogene Searls Print Comment Top of page

Imogene Belcher Searls, 83, of Culloden, passed away March 27, 2015 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Hurricane.

She was born March 22, 1932 and was the daughter of Isom and Lillie Mae Lemon Belcher, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mack Searls Jr.; infant daughter, Karen Francis Searls; brothers, Alfred and Albert Belcher; and sisters, Celia Searls and Charlotte Young.

Imogene's favorite pastime was reading and, in her younger years, she loved to bowl. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Steve Searls of Hurricane and Jeff and Angie Searls of St. Albans; sisters, Mary Ramsey of Kanawha City and Norma Stewart of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Becky White, Stephen Searls, Sarah Searls, MyShannon Cooper and Rodney Holt Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Austin White, Caleb White, Levi Jordan, Jaden Roberts and Jonathon W. Cooper Jr.

There will be no service at this time.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. They would also like to say thank you to her daughter-in-law, Angie, who took such special care of Imogene. They truly appreciate all of the love and care and countless hours she has given to their mother.

Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, is assisting the Searls family.

George "Eddie" Smith Print Comment Top of page

George "Eddie" Smith, 60, of Boomer, died March 29, 2015 at Ansted Center after a long illness. He was born Jan. 17, 1955, in Montgomery, and was the son of Dorothy Richmond of Boomer and the late George L. Smith. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Kelly Smith.

Surviving are his son, Jordan Russell Smith of Rockville, Md.; daughter, Emily Brooke Smith Germond and husband, Sergeant Joshua Everett Germond, USMC, and granddaughter, one-year-old Charlotte "Charlie" Rae Germond, of Oceanside, Calif.; mother, Dorothy Richmond of Boomer; brother, Parker Smith and his wife, Sharon, of Ansted; and sisters, Kay Villacavilla and husband, Sonny, Debbie Lamborn and husband, Steve, and Abbie Crusier, all of Virginia Beach, Va.

Service will be noon Wednesday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Quinton Runyon officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made the the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

Lovell H. Taylor Print Comment Top of page

Lovell H. Taylor, 91, of Charleston, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at Cedar Ridge Center, Charleston.

He was a retired police officer for the city of Charleston and an Army veteran of World War II. He also was a member of the Order of Eagles and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Lovell was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Taylor and Lelia Carnes Taylor, and siblings, Arnold, Troy, Glenville, Hildree, Hershel and Lovella Taylor.

He is survived by his wife, Helen L. Taylor; son, Michael (Ann) Taylor; daughter, Patricia (Eddie) Casto; sister, Lana Kincer; grandchildren, Nikki Harper, who he and Helen raised like a daughter, Andy Taylor and Aimee Taylor Reeves; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

A private funeral service will be held at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, with Pastor Jerry Young officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney, with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.

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

Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is assisting the Taylor family.

James Lester Trail Print Comment Top of page

James Lester Trail, 88, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully March 30, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 26, 1926, the son of the late Beecher and Lula McGraw Trail. He was retired from Laketon Asphalt Refinery.

James was preceded in death by three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Trail of Hurricane; one sister, Betty Burns of St. Albans; one brother, John Trail of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and stepchildren, Henry Adkins of Hurricane, Pamala Green of Beckley, Ellen Robinson of Jenkins, Ky., and Shelia Elkins of St. Albans. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, WV 25177, with the Rev. Billy Griffing officiating and visitation from 11 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Hurricane.

Donald L. Watts Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Donald Lee Watts Sr., 81, of South Charleston, died March 30, 2015. Gravside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Funerals for: April 01, 2015

Childers, Catherine E. 2 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville.

Davis, James Sr. 11 a.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, Charleston.

Francis, Glenna J. 2 p.m., New Lebanon Cemetery, Pickaway.

Gwinn, Kenneth A. Sr. 1 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Hanna, Olive V. 2 p.m., Alderson Baptist Church, Craigsville.

Helgeson, Pauline 1 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Holley, Mary K. Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Holmes, Jessie V. 2 p.m., Greentown Cemetery, Greentown.

Hoover, Joyce Sue 11 a.m., Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Johnson, Brandon D. 2 p.m., McGhee

Jones, Lena 11:30 a.m., Dodd

King, Sylvia M. 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Lewis, Charles O. Jr. 1 p.m., Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Meadows, Bonna R. 2 p.m., Gatens

Payne, Jean 2 p.m., Bartlett

Perry, Harold G. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Perry, William K. 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, McConnell.

Pringle, Donna K. 1 p.m., Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

Root, Sherry A. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Smith, George Noon, O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Snyder, Della 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Thomas, Russie 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Worrell, Shirley M. 11 a.m., Simons