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Douglas Baisden Print Comment Top of page

Douglas Gene Baisden, 61, of East Bank, died Dec. 19, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet. Friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Reba Boggs Print Comment Top of page

Reba Jewel Boggs, 81, died Dec. 16, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

Jaxon Brotherton Print Comment Top of page

Jaxon Lane Brotherton, Jax's sudden departure from our life became one of Heaven's newest angels Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was born August 21, 2014, Jax died peacefully at home.

In his short time here on this earth, Jaxon brought a tremendous amount of love and happiness to his family which will continue to show in Kendall, Emma, and Perry's smile and laughter.

Jax was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnny A. Brotherton.

Jax is survived by his mother, Nikki Ann Brotherton; sisters, Kendall and Emma Tanner; maternal grandmother, Lois J. Brotherton; uncle, Adam and aunt, Misty Brotherton; beloved cousins, Perry Tanner, Rick and Pam Tanner.

A special thanks goes to the Charleston Fire Department and all other emergency personnel who helped and assisted the family on that tragic morning.

Visitation will be held 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 21, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, with a 2 p.m. graveside service at Elk Hill Memorial Park, Big Chimney, WV. The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 1:30 p.m.

"When we close our eyes, we see you, when we open our eyes we miss you"

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

Herman E. Cavender Print Comment Top of page

Herman E. "Blink" Cavender, 88, of Sandyville, passed away December 18, 2014, at his home, following a long illness.

He was born January 21, 1926, at Gay, W.Va. and was a US Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the Operating Engineers Local 132, and attended the Sandyville United Methodist Church. "Blink" was well known in his early days of playing baseball in the highly competitive Jackson County League and will be remembered as a Horseman and hosted many Trail Rides that started from his farm.

He is survived by his wife Erma "Tommie" Shepherd Cavender; stepdaughter, Diana Randolph and her husband, Randy of Sandyville; grandchildren, Jeni McCann of Ravenswood and Shelley Randolph of Sandyville; sisters, Jerri Quick of Charleston and Elaine Curry of Knoxville, Tenn.; nephew, Rod Reynolds and his wife, Pam of Ripley; brother-in-law, Ron Reynolds and his wife, Ann of Ripley; cousin, Bob Rhodes and his wife, Jane of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jenny Kent Cavender; uncles and aunts, Hershel and Nita Tolley, whom raised him and Cyril and Ethel Rhodes; and cousin, JoAnn Rhodes.

The family would like to express a special thank you to his caregivers, Amanda and Ashley Miller for the special care given to "Blink."

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 22, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Herman Robinson officiating. Burial with Veterans Rites provided by the American Legion Post 107, Ripley, will be in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Following the funeral service a time of food and fellowship will be held in the Parsons-Vail Family Center located inside the funeral home. Those wishing to provide the family with food may bring it to the funeral home on the day of the service for this time of fellowship. A procession will be leaving for the cemetery following the reception at approximately 1 pm.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Ossie Dalton Print Comment Top of page

Ossie "Buck" Dalton, 83, of Harts, died Wed., Dec. 17, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at the funeral home. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary J. Dittebrand Print Comment Top of page

Mary Joanne Dittebrand was born on August 11, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, and went home to be with our Lord on Monday, December 15, 2014 after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 60 years old. Mary was predeceased by her father, John Thomas Murphy and mother, Florence Joan Murphy (Rybicki).

Mary was a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Deaf Education. She was a gifted, loving and caring teacher of the deaf and more recently preschool children at Shoals Elementary in Charleston, where she had a positive influence on hundreds of students and families over the past 33 years. A dedicated member of Bridge of Faith Fellowship in Nitro, West Virginia, Mary loved her church and served it faithfully for over 30 years.

Mary led a full life which was mostly spent enriching the lives of others. In addition to teaching and involvement in her church, she was a volunteer at The River City Youth Ballet for more than 13 years, a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and a Little League volunteer. She loved Broadway musicals, collected snowmen & was a talented baker whose specialty was cupcakes. But nothing brought her more joy than her children and grandchildren, especially at Christmas time.

Mary is survived by her sons, Adam Dittebrand (April) and Seth Dittebrand, daughter, Lauren Dittebrand, and grandchildren, Bryleigh, Emma, and Abel Dittebrand. One of 11 children, Mary is also survived by her siblings, Nellann (Bob) Nipper of Erie, PA, Kathy (John) Vitale of North Royalton, OH, John Tom (Karen) Murphy of Hudson, OH, Congressman Tim (Nannette Missig) Murphy of Pittsburgh, PA, Susan (Kevin) Johnson of Hilliard, OH, Christopher Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio, Erin (Paul) Bailey of Lockport, NY, Heather (Peter) von Allmen of Gansevoort, NY, Sarah (Rick) Kluge of Ravenna, OH, Ray (Karen) Murphy of Brunswick, OH and many nieces and nephews.

Despite Mary's diagnosis, she never let cancer defeat her. She continued to work, teach, bake, play, and enjoy each day to the fullest even until the very end. A celebration of Mary's life will be held Friday, January 2 at 2 p.m. at Bridge of Faith Fellowship, 402 Main Street, Nitro, WV. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mary's honor to the David Lee Cancer Center, Charleston Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia or Bridge of Faith Fellowship in Nitro.

Juanita Griffith Print Comment Top of page

Juanita Elizabeth Bailey Griffith, 95, of McConnell, died Dec. 18, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at Honaker Funeral Home of Logan. Friends may call on the family from noon to 2 p.m. Sun. at the funeral home. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Allen K. Hambrick Print Comment Top of page

Allen K. Hambrick, 92, of Charleston, breathed his final breath here and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 16, 2014 after a short illness.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Georgia; parents, Alfred and Della; five brothers; and two sisters.

Our Dad was a Christian who loved to read and study the Bible. For the past 60 years he served the Most High God and was known by friends and family as a man of integrity and great faith. He was a good, decent, and hard-working man his entire life. All who were fortunate to know him will miss his humor and quick-wit, his thoughtfulness, his caring attitude, inspiration and wisdom. He was unselfish and reached out a helping hand to all and affected the lives of many.

He was a veteran who loved and served his country with honor on the Amphibious Attack Transport USS Hunter Liggett with the United States Coast Guard during World War II. His assignment was with the medical department, where he took care of sick and injured patients and also assisted in the operating room.

Allen was a 20-year store manager for Kroger and a 27-year store manager for O.V. Smith & Sons. He retired in 1989 and did volunteer work for the Charleston Mountain Mission Social Services Department for the past 25 years. He faithfully attended the Charleston Mountain Mission daily and sang in the radio broadcast choir. When the broadcast was finished, he volunteered several hours sorting and shelving donated food. Then he would box up food to be given to those in need. Many times he would take boxes of his own food to people in need that he met while shopping around Charleston.

Survivors include his loving daughters, Carolyn Sue (Jerry) Cavender of Kenna and Linda Jean DeFrehn of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; son, Bradley Allen (Robin) Hambrick of Charleston; grandchildren, Megan, Amanda, Jerry II, Andrea and Holly; great-grandchildren, Natalia, Isaac, Mya, Keylee, Dakota and soon-to-be-born Giovanni; several nephews and wonderful nieces, including Shirley and Doris; and family friend, Reba.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Charleston Mountain Mission Church with the Rev. Tom Price officiating. Burial will be 1 p.m. Monday at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney, with military rites provided by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please bring non-perishable food donations to the service or drop them by Mountain Mission Social Services food pantry, or make a donation to the Mountain Mission Food Pantry, 1620 7th Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Hambrick family.

Anastasia Hamrick Print Comment Top of page

Anastasia Marie Hamrick, infant child of Nicholas Hamrick and Reva Woods, died Dec. 17, 2014. Friends may join the family for visitation from noon to 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 20, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Lorus "Jack" Hickman Print Comment Top of page

Loris "Jack" Hickman, of St. Albans, died Fri., Dec. 19, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177 is honored to servce the Hickman family.

Joseph Jones Print Comment Top of page

Joseph "Jo Jo" Jones, 28, of Charleston, died Dec. 13, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. A celebration of his life will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carol Ann Keene Print Comment Top of page

Carol Ann McCormick Keene, 71, of Hurricane, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 after a short illness.

Born Dec. 21, 1942 in Charleston, she was a daughter of the late James T. and D. Jean McCormick.

Carol graduated from St. Albans High School. She was a past employee of the former Kanawha Valley Bank, Conner Street Elementary School and had also been a part owner of Hurricane Hardware. She was retired from the receiving department of SuperValu in Milton with 29 years of service.

Carol leaves behind her son, Robert Keene (Donna) of Maryland; her daughter, Kathryn Keene of Virginia; her sisters, Lois Downey (Ernie) of St. Albans and Gail Mooney (Chuck) of South Carolina; her grandchildren, Patrick McGee, Aaron Keene and Salena Keene; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Lower Chapel of Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Burial will follow in the memorial park.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home.

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

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

Jean Kuhn Print Comment Top of page

Jean Kuhn, 87, of Fosterville, passed away peacefully at home with her daughters and sister by her side December 18, 2014.

Jean was a retired cook with the Boone County Board of Education.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Norman (Bill) Kuhn; son, Nolan (Billy) Kuhn; her parents, GW McClure and Ruby Cantley McClure; sisters, Loraine Swangian, Mary Lee, Gracie Massey, Ruth Dolin and Nellie Drake; brothers, Buck McClure, Bobby McClure, and Jerry McClure.

She is survived by a son, Sandy L. Kuhn (Pat) of Vermilion, Ohio; two daughters, Bobbi Deweese (Bob) of Peytona and Phyllis Conrad (Stephen) of Racine; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Griffy; a brother, Fred McClure; and special nieces, JoAnn Roebuck and Freda Stanley.

Bobbi and Phyllis would like to give special thanks to Edna Griffy, who gave excellent care to our mother over the past two years. We also want to thank Hospice for the care in her final days.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 21, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Interment will be at the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas. Burial will follow at the Pineview Cemetery in Orgas.

Gerald Maxwell Print Comment Top of page

Gerald Martin Maxwell, 28, of Charleston, died Dec. 18, 2014. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Miller Print Comment Top of page

Charles (Charlie) Wayne Miller, 65, of Ballard, died Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

David Null Print Comment Top of page

Mr. David Null, 50, of Poca, died Dec. 17, 2014. He is survived by his daughters, Ashley and Christina Null; their mother, Darlene Runion; and 8 grandchildren. At his request, there will be no service. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Null family.

Robert "Jim" O'Dell Print Comment Top of page

Robert Lloyd "Jim" O'Dell, 86, of Orient Hill, formerly of Quinwood, died Fri., Dec. 19, 2014. Private graveside service. Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle are in charge of arrangements.

Bessie Ann Raines Print Comment Top of page

Bessie Ann Mann Raines, 100, of Ballard, died Fri., Dec. 19, 2014. Service will be 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Catherine Raines Print Comment Top of page

Catherine Raines died Dec. 16, 2014, in Granit City, Ill. Service will be held 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 27, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with visitation from noon until service time. A full obituary will appear in the paper Thurs., Dec. 25.

Jean Faudree Roush Print Comment Top of page

Jean Faudree Roush, 88, formerly of Point Pleasant, died Dec. 15, 2014 in Hagerstown, Md. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Dianna Russell Print Comment Top of page

Dianna Elizabeth Smallwood Russell, 57, of Oak Hill, died Wed., Dec. 17, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at First Baptist Church Harlem Heights, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Anna Lee Smith Print Comment Top of page

Anna Lee Smith, 82, of Point Pleasant, died Dec. 18, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Mon., Dec. 22, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at the funeral home location. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Wilma Marie Smith Print Comment Top of page

Wilma Marie Smith, 90, of Scott Depot, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at Hospice West, South Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Smith; brother, Everette Downey; and her parents, Roy Downey and Mabel Lee.

She was a Sunday school teacher for 55 years and a member of Eternal Light Church of God, St. Albans. She was formerly an office manager for St. Albans Windows and later retired from Nitro Window.

She is survived by three sons, Robert (Elizabeth), Chuck (Carol) and David (Wanda); four daughters, Sue (Virgil) Brogan, Annette Mitchell, Roberta Smith (Jim Hickman) and Dawnetta (Greg) Cook; brothers, Roy Lee Downey, Jerry (Barbara) and Charles (May Downey) Downey; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with her three sons officiating, Robert, Chuck and David. Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek.

Friends may gather two hours prior to the service.

Wilma's family is very grateful to Lori Hughes and also the staff at Hospice West for their wonderful care.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Ray Spencer Print Comment Top of page

Ray Spencer, 80, died Dec. 18, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Tues., Dec. 23, at Meadow Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Tues. at the church. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are serving the Spencer and Dingess family.

Arthur Ray Thomas (Uncle) Print Comment Top of page

Arthur Ray Thomas, 75, of Charleston, passed away peacefully in his own home on Dec. 1, 2014 after a long illness with cancer.

He was he son of the late Noble Thomas and Evelyn West Thomas. He is survived by his two brothers, Marlin Thomas (Janet) and Robert Thomas; four sisters, Janice Warner (Bill), Lois Boggess, Joyce Adamiak (Rudy) and Norma Walker (Doug); and many nieces and nephews, grand and great.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his life partner of 40 years, Walter Harder; sister, Doris Thomas (Stratton); brother-in-law, Cecil Miller; and many nieces, nephews and great-niece.

Arthur graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School at a very young age of 16. Arthur loved the Generals. He spoke of all the fun he had at the ballgames. He still knew all the cheers and could recite them well. The Bucket, The Bucket, from their rival Charleston High School. Arthur went on the attend WVU, the U.S. Army, Barber College and, if that was not enough, he received his real estate license from New York. Education was very important to Arthur. He strived to perfection.

Arthur retired in East Hampton, N.Y., then returned back to his home town of Charleston. He loved to cook (and did like a chef), he had a green thumb, his herbs were gorgeous (so good he shared with the local bakery), his roses were to perfection. In Arthur's own words, "I never learned to play." The oldest of eight brothers and sisters, there was not much time for play. He made it up with his passion to make his surroundings beautiful and inviting.

Arthur made it known of his love of his extended family and friends, Neil Boggs, Garry Page, Miguel Ramirez, Judy and Bookie Henriquez, Judy and Phil Boggess, mothers of his niece and nephew, Jeannine Faegre and Sandy Cottle. Arthur was truly proud to be a hometown boy; he greeted his mailman, Ron, loved to talk to his favorite checker at Kroger, Linda, always had an order to pick up at the local bakery from Libby, and loved the smile on his gardener's face, Steve.

Arthur never forgot how hard he had it growing up; he made donations regularly to the local men's shelter, Manna Meals, Salvation Army (in memory of his parents), Children's Cancer Society and Toys for Tots. He also was a member of the NRA.

Cancer has no friends. Arthur was a fighter and did not want to accept defeat. He experienced a lot of heartache, which did great damage, physical and emotional trauma on him. With this being said, per his request, there was no visitation or service. He wanted his family and friends to remember him as he was; he protected everyone to the end.

Arthur lost his battle to cancer, but won his place in Heaven.

We wish to thank his doctor, Rodney Dean (Arthur thought the world of him), CAMC Radiology Dept., Hospice of Charleston, Jill and Mary.

If you have or can make a contribution, little or large, to your choice, please make it in his memory so as we don't forget our own.

Arthur, our dear brother and friend, we will miss you; as time passes, we will miss you; as the pain and grief softens, we will miss you. Today we celebrate your life as you would if you were here, Dec. 20, 2014. Happy Birthday "Uncle."

Mary Thomas Print Comment Top of page

Mary Hazel Thomas, 72, of Marlinton, died Dec. 19, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21, at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Funerals for: December 20, 2014

Ashby, C.R. 1 p.m., Allens Fork Community Church, Sissonville.

Barker, Everett Jr. 1 p.m., Morning Star House of Prayer, Ridgeview.

Burnett, Cora 11 a.m., St. Mary's United Methodist Church, Beckley.

Canterbury, Susie E. 11 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Carter, Nola M. Noon, Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Edens, Pamela A. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Ferguson, Mary M. 1 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, Milton.

Fugate, Zachariah Jr. 2 p.m., Westmoreland Baptist Church, Huntington.

Gunnoe, Janet M. 11 a.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Hambrick, Allen K. 2 p.m., Charleston Mountain Mission Church, Charleston.

Hamrick, Anastasia 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Hudson, Howard C. 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Jarvis, Belinda 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Kerr, Jerry W. 11 a.m., Thornwood Community Church, Thornwood.

Lewis, Danny R. 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Lilly, Londa L. 2 p.m., Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Summersville.

Lopez, Roy D. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lovejoy, Rebecca P. 11 a.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Martin, Karen S. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

McComas, Lorraine E. 1 p.m., Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, Huntington.

Miller, Jeffrey A. 3:30 p.m., Foster Church of Christ, Foster.

Priddy, Elizabeth A. Noon, Gatens

Ross, Cora G. 1 p.m., West Logan Church of God, West Logan.

Shouldis, Anna L. 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Slack, Dr. Richard L. 5 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Spangler, Shawn B. 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Topping, William F. 11 a.m., Crossroads United Methodist Church, Huntington.

Walton, Berman E. 2 p.m., Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Watts, Harold F. Sr. 11 a.m., Bartlett

Willis, Rose R. 11 a.m., Bartlett Burdette Cox, Charleston.

Wright, Boyd H. 11 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Yoder, Sabrina 1 p.m., Bartlett