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Eric F. Bailey Print Comment Top of page

Eric F. Bailey, born in Charleston on April 19, 1957 to the late Benjamin W. and Mary Orlandi Bailey, passed away in his hometown on May 30, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.

Eric is survived by his sister, Judy Bailey Hassig (Joe Morrison) of Clearwater, Fla.; love of his life, Anna Wood of St. Albans, and her son, Lewis Wood Jr. (Kellie) of Milton; sons-of-his-heart, Lee and Matt Bradley and Georgie Spruce IV; special buddy, Dave "Augie" Augustine; aunts, Louise Wells of St. Petersburg, Fla., Betten Coiner of Charleston and Alma Bell of Barboursville; uncle, Carl (Helen) Francisco of Charleston; cousins; and a profusion of friends and colleagues.

Eric attended St. Agnes Grade School, Horace Mann, Charleston High School and Morris Harvey College. During his career he worked with his father at Tom Jones Trucking in South Charleston and for E and E Jewelers in St. Albans. Baseball was an early and abiding interest: Eric was the Charleston Charlie's bullpen catcher when Kent Tekulve and Steve Blass played for the Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated team; was a longtime baseball coach for Capitol City Big League, where he went to extra effort to raise money to support the teams; was assistant baseball coach at the University of Charleston; and was head groundskeeper at Watt Powell baseball park and then Power Park.

In 2006, "E" became the director of the Charleston Catholic High School Athletic Facility, where he became an integral part of the athletic program and broader school community. The pride and devotion with which he oversaw every aspect of the facility and its programming were evident in the beautifully maintained building and grounds, relationships with the school community and tenants and the high regard in which he was held by coaches, officials, visiting teams and their fans and others.

Admired by all who had the good fortune to know him, Eric believed in the importance of family, of genuine, abiding friendships and relationships, in dealing fairly and honestly with others and in the value of hard work. A loving and dutiful son, brother and life companion, Eric's family was dear to him and he showed his love unabashedly and happily. In addition to his family, he surrounded himself with people he loved, keeping close to his heart childhood friends; athletes he competed with during high school, college and beyond; work colleagues and coaches; and young men whose teams he had coached. He served as mentor and inspiration to countless youth and young adults, nurturing them through his words and actions, offering both encouragement and redirection.

Eric enjoyed time with family and friends, golfing, watching WVU football, fishing, Thursday lunches with the guys and gardening. He took particular delight in evenings spent outside around a campfire with Anna.

Eric's life, though tragically abbreviated, is a testament to the power of one individual to make a difference, leaving the world a better place. If the measure of our lives is not the number of days we walk this earth, but rather how well we live, love and are loved, Eric lived very well indeed.

"His lord said unto him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful … enter into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:23.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial of Eric's life will be held by Monsignor Edward Sadie at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A reception celebrating Eric's life will be held at the Charleston Catholic High School Athletic Facility (10 Dee Drive in Hillcrest Office Park) on Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Charleston Catholic High School, 1033 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.

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

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Bailey family.

Dana P. Carver Print Comment Top of page

Dana P. Carver, 80, of Seth, died June 1, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation one hour prior.

James P. Clendenin Print Comment Top of page

Mr. James Paul Clendenin, 45, of Charleston, passed away May 30, 2015. At this time, there will be no services for Mr. Clendenin. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, is serving the Clendenin family.

Anita Marlene Cooper Print Comment Top of page

Anita Marlene (Harris) Cooper, 51, of Point Pleasant, died June 1, 2015. At her request, there will be no visitation. Service and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

John D. Derrick Sr. Print Comment Top of page

John D. Derrick Sr., 77, of Charleston, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. John was born in Charleston on May 31, 1937 to the late Elbin Cecil and Lucy Irene Derrick. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Elbin Derrick; two sisters, Norma Ragan and Arbutus "Boots" Bratton; and one grandson, Jon Franklin Derrick.

He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1955. He was a Marine Corps veteran, obtaining the rank of sergeant. He retired from FMC Corporation. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and was an avid WVU sports fan.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Eleanor Fadeley Derrick; sons, John D. Jr and Elbin Lynn; daughters, Carol Ann Mollohan, Kris L. Smith and Nancy C. Derrick; sisters, Nancy Wickline and Margaret "Peggy" Eiffert; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial and visitation celebrating John's life will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302. He will receive military honors and be interred at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, 130 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery.

Lou Ann Dornsife Print Comment Top of page

Lou Ann Dornsife, 91, of Charleston, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

George Exoo Print Comment Top of page

The Reverend George David Exoo, born August 22, 1942, died May 26 at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his long-time partner Thomas McGurrin. He is survived by many friends and his beloved cat, Shiva.

He had a doctorate in music history from University of California, Berkeley. Exoo was also a graduate of Emerson College, as well as Harvard Divinity School. He was a religious scholar, a college sociology professor, a Unitarian-Universalist parish minister, a vocal and energetically involved social activist, and an insightful reviewer of religious congregations nationwide.

As the director of The Compassionate Chaplaincy Foundation, an officially recognized nonprofit organization based in Beckley, he advised and gave spiritual counseling to more than one hundred people who ended their lives with dignity. He became one of the most active members of the international Right-To-Die movement.

Exoo became America's first "church connoisseur," making unannounced visits to dozens of churches and synagogues in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Houston. He rated the congregations on the architecture of their buildings, the content of their sermons, the quality of their music, their social outreach, and their hospitality to strangers. The reviews aired on National Public Radio's WQED-FM and brought him national and international attention. The reviews resulted in guest appearances on "Good Morning America," and profiles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the BBC. It also earned him the "Gabriel" award from the National Association of Catholic Broadcasters and an Alumni Achievement Award from Emerson College.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

R. Cleon Ferrell Print Comment Top of page

R. Cleon Ferrell, 89, of Campbells Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 31, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 26, 1925 at Eight Mile, and was the son of the late Roy and Bethel Wentz Ferrell.

Cleon was a retired coal miner with 37 years of service, first with Hatfield-Campbells Creek Coal Company and then Central Appalachian Coal Company. He was a member of the UMWA.

He was a member of Fair Haven Baptist Church, Campbells Creek.

Cleon started his baseball career with kids in 1946, and was the founder and retired president of Charleston Northeast Little League with 50 years of service. In 1997, he was awarded the SGMA Heroes for his outstanding contribution to his local sports community. He was also awarded and recognized twice as Distinguished West Virginian, and in 2008 he was awarded as Hometown Hero by WSAZ Channel 3.

Cleon was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, fighting in both the European and Pacific Theaters. He was a gunner on an LCVP during the invasion of Normandy, Omaha Beach, and was awarded the American, European and Pacific Theater ribbons.

Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Genieve Ferrell and Wilma Galati Ryan.

Cleon is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Rosella Blount Ferrell; twin sons, Terry Wayne and Jerry Lane Ferrell; daughter, Diana (Kelly) Bradley, all of Campbells Creek; three grandchildren, Christopher (Kelly Jo) Bradley, April (Matt) Griffith and Corey (Sidney) Bradley; and four great-grandchildren, Aaron Bradley, Titus Bradley and Zachary and Natalie Griffith.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Corey Bradley and Pastor Tim Martin officiating. The burial with military honors will follow the service in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Family and friends will gather for the visitation from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care, CAMC nurses and a special thank you to Dr. Susan Cavendar for their love and care of Cleon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Cleon's honor to Fair Haven Baptist Church or to Charleston Northeast Little League.

The online guestbook for R. Cleon Ferrell can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Bishop German Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Bishop German died Friday morning, May 29, 2015, at his home in Rand, W.Va., after an extended illness.

Bishop was born Dec. 3, 1917 in Hope Hill, Ala., to parents, Susie and Will German.

Bishop worked as a custodian for the Board of Education, and retired in 1982. He was an outstanding employee, and never took a day off from work. He was described by those who knew him as handsome, quiet, calm and generous. Bishop was an impeccably dressed man (GQ style).

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Bishop was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 73 years, Mary Lee; one brother; and three sisters.

He leaves to mourn, two daughters, Mary Ellen German of Rand, W.Va., and Lily M. Cleveland of Orange Village, Ohio; three grandsons, Eric Cleveland, William Cleveland (Megan) and James Cleveland (AKA "Jimmy"); five great-grandchildren, Anna, Alexander, Ryan, Owen and Sean; and a wonderful host of nieces and nephews.

Service will be held at noon Friday, June 5, at Preston Funeral Home, 812 Donnally St., Charleston, WV 25301. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Clifford W. Griffith Print Comment Top of page

Clifford W. Griffith, 70, of Yawkey, died June 1, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Porter Fork Baptist Church, Yawkey, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Maxine A. Hall Print Comment Top of page

Maxine A. Hall, 75, of Chesapeake, died May 31, 2015 at home after a long battle with cancer.

She was a homemaker and the world's best mother and grandmother, and was a member of Sharon Church of God.

She was preceded in death by parents, Garland and Helen Venable Austin, and brother, Larry Austin.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Hall of Chesapeake; sons, Rick Hall of Florence, S.C., and Randall (Connie) Hall of Belle; daughter, Karen (Ronald) Ratliff of St. Albans; sisters, Jean Rhodes of Silverton, Barbara Boggess of Charleston and Pattie Miller of Malden; grandchildren, Zachary and Jeremy Hall, Brittany Lucas, Jennifer Massey and Jodi Asbury Ronald Ratliff Jr.; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with the Rev. Rocky Wills officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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

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

Elizabeth "Tib" Heuer Print Comment Top of page

Elizabeth Frances "Tib" Boothe Heuer, 85, of Ronceverte, died June 1, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Vicki Hill Print Comment Top of page

Vicki Hill, 56, of Tornado, passed away May 31, 2015 at her residence with her family by her side.

She was born Jan. 11, 1959 in Clay County, the daughter of Lucy Bryant Barker of Charleston and the late Elmer Barker. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lisa Pierson.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Rick Hill; son, Tony Hill at home; daughter, Angela Strain of Davie, Fla.; grandchildren, Hailey Madison Strain and Ethan David Strain; and brothers, Steve Barker of Charleston and Dewayne Barker of Newton.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, with service to follow, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

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

Helen C. Johnson Print Comment Top of page

Helen C. Johnson, 97, of Big Springs, died May 31, 2015. Services will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, and 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Bruceton Mills. Online condolences may be shared at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

Tommy Glenn Jones Print Comment Top of page

Tommy Glenn Jones, 72, of Alkol, died June 1, 2015. Service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Gwendolyn Counts Lewis Print Comment Top of page

Gwendolyn Counts "Squint" Lewis, 85, of Charleston, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston. She was born July 12, 1929 in Kentuck.

She was the widow of the late Henry B. Lewis Jr. She was the daughter of the late Thomas H. and Adaline Counts, both of Jackson County. She was also preceded in death by her son, Frederick Bradford Lewis of Charleston; three sisters, Izetta Biancaniello and Claudette Hicks of Ripley and Sandra Sazlau of Bowie, Md.; and three brothers, Zane Counts of St. Albans, Edsel Counts of Kentuck and Huey Counts of Salina, Kan.

She is survived by her two sons, Mitchell Blake Lewis (Nahla) and Thomas Montgomery Lewis (Kim), and Maureen Lewis, widow of Brad Lewis, all of Charleston; sisters, Phyllis Conaway and Zalithia Walters of Ripley; eight grandchildren, Maria Sadek (Greg Wallace) of Frederick, Md., Gabrielle Lewis of Charleston, Rachel Lewis of Runnemede, N.J., Maddy Lewis and Alex Lewis, both of Charleston, Elise Stevens (Frank) of Charleston, Chelsea Lewis of Charlotte, N.C., and Hank Lewis of Frankford, Del.; and three great-grandchildren, Zeid Wallace, Lewis and Zane Stevens, all of whom lovingly called her "Granny." Aunt Squint is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Ripley High School in 1947. Following graduation, she followed her sisters to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and had a short career in modeling. After returning to West Virginia, she worked for the Agricultural Commission, where she met her husband and settled down in Charleston.

After raising her children, she returned to her roots in Jackson County, where she bought a lovely old farm house. She enjoyed spending her days tending to her vegetable garden and beautiful flowers while watching her grandchildren romp and play in the countryside. She treasured her family and enjoyed hosting the annual family reunion for many years at the farm.

She was a wonderful, kind, generous and spirited woman. She loved to read, her favorite color was purple and she loved feeding and watching the birds. She was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed watching the local minor league teams over the years.

She was an inspiration to all, having survived laryngeal cancer over 30 years ago. She enjoyed working with the veterans and was a longstanding member of the Ripley VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of the wonderful and compassionate care given to her by Dr. Tony and the staff of the PCU at St. Francis Hospital, and also to her in-home caregivers, Barbara Eggleton, Bonnie Bishop and Tammy Reavis.

Funeral service will be noon Friday, June 5, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston, with the Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens officiating. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemetery, Charleston.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV 25301, or The Audubon Society, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

John H. Medley Print Comment Top of page

John H. Medley, 87, of Elkview, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2015 at Oakridge Center, Charleston, after a short illness. He was born March 3, 1928, the son of the late Elmer L. and Elva Donohoe Medley. He lived at home with his parents and worked diligently on the farm, was loved by many in the community and was known as deacon of Frame Advent Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty J. Medley Lollar; and brothers, Robert J., Edward L. and Mack Medley.

John is survived by his brother, George J. Medley of Charleston; sister-in-law, Joan Medley of Elkview; and nephews and nieces, Tim, Bill, Bonnie, Teresa, Denise, Kathy, Bobbie, Karen and their families.

The family would like to send their special appreciation to the Oakridge Center and Hospice for their outstanding care and consideration for John, and especially to John's in-home caregiver, Beverly Waychoff.

A service honoring John's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Sams officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held in Medley Cemetery, Frame.

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

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

Ronald Clair Murray Print Comment Top of page

Ronald Clair Murray, 92, of Sandyville, died June 1, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Jacob Neff Print Comment Top of page

Jacob Bryan Russell Neff, 17, of Ansted, passed away June 1, 2015 after being struck by lightning. For those wishing to express condolences to the Neff family, you may do so by visiting www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are pending at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Dorothy Marie Pinson Print Comment Top of page

Dorothy Marie "Nan" Pinson, 72, of Cross Lanes, formerly of Spencer, died May 31, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Loraina Pearl Priddy Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Loraina Pearl Priddy, 72, of Poca, passed away June 1, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Priddy is survived by her children, Barbara Kennedy of Georgia, Sharon Hedrick of North Carolina and Carl Junior "Bill" Hill of West Virginia; brother, Philip "Joe" Carr of Poca; sisters, Jeannie Henson of North Carolina and Ada Shamblin of Poca; six grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

At her request, there will be no services.

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

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

John S. "Skip" Queen Print Comment Top of page

John S. "Skip" Queen, of High Point, N.C., died June 1, 2015. Local visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Logan. Cumby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in North Carolina; James Funeral Home, Logan, is in charge of all other arrangements.

Rex Eric Roberts Print Comment Top of page

Rex Eric Roberts, 53, of South Charleston, died Sunday, May 31, 2015 at home.

Rex was a 1980 graduate of South Charleston High School. He is the current president of the Charleston Light Opera Guild and was a 25-year employee of Mardi Gras Casino and Resort. He was a former employee of the West Virginia Lottery, Ames, Murphy's Mart, Rescare and was a former Kanawha clown. He loved music and was present at every possible performance at CLOG and enjoyed camping at Pirate Land in Myrtle Beach.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford H. and Sylvia J. Roberts, and grandparents, Chester and Villie Potter and Eddie and Gertrude Roberts.

He is survived by brothers, Calvin Stover (Tina), Mike Roberts and Randy Roberts (Julie), and sisters, Wilda Scaggs (Howard) and Sheila Smith. Rex is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his longtime canine companion, JoJo, who was adopted by his good friends, Roger and Nancy Thaxton.

A memorial service to honor the life of Rex Eric Roberts will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, #1 Deerwalk Lane, Charleston, with the Rev. Terry Yahr officiating. Burial beside his parents will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Family and friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Charleston Light Opera Guild, 411 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302.

Condolences may be sent by visiting snodgrassfuneral.com.

Florence "Ann" Smith Print Comment Top of page

Florence "Ann" Smith, 80, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Charleston, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Born Dec. 20, 1934 in Kayford, she was the daughter of the late Pauline Bradshaw Norton. Florence was raised by her loving grandparents, Orville and Florence Bradshaw.

Florence was an avid gardener and loved to spend time canning. She was retired after 25 years of service driving a school bus for the East Bank school district.

In addition to her parents and grandparents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 37 years, Leonard Smith; son, Robert Smith; three sisters, Charlotte Baldwin, Devonia Bailey and Elinor Anderson; two brothers, Chester Norton and Michael Norton; and great-grandson, Maddon Smith.

Florence will be missed by her children, Ronald Smith, Paul Smith, Leonard Smith Jr. and Ruth Brown (Robert); sister, Mary Martinez; three brothers, James Norton, Charles Norton (Sandy) and Roger Norton (Sarah); eight grandchildren, Vanessa, Barry, Jeremy, Paula, Elizabeth, Samantha, Rony and Billy; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Maddox, Carson, Madeline, Jacob and Tyler.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with the Rev. Charles Norton officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Online condolence can be left at www.pryorfh.com.

Janet Marie Smith Print Comment Top of page

Ms. Janet Marie Smith, 63, of Oak Hill, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

She was born Dec. 15, 1951 in Eagle; she was the daughter of the late John "Jack" and late Ollie Mayfield Smith.

Ms. Smith worked as assistant manager and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larrie L. Mayfield.

Left to cherish precious memories are her fiance, Terry Ferrell Sr. of Oak Hill; her son, Juan (Dawn) Smith of Columbus, Ohio; stepson, Nathan Hawkins of Ocala, Fla.; granddaughters, Kyra Schoolcraft of Cannelton and Chantel Smith of Charleston; grandson, Jaden Smith of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Constance Ann Toney of Beckley, Pandora (AL) Peoples of Columbus, Ohio, Donna (Gary) Smith of Dunbar, Mary Smith of Charleston, Maxine Coats of Kimberly and Pamela Smith of Deepwater; brothers, John L. Smith of Handley, James (Sandra) Smith of Montgomery, Charles Smith of Deepwater, Samuel (Chris) Smith of Powellton and Calvin and Melvin Smith, both of Beckley; children of Terry Ferrell Sr.: son, Terry (Alex) Ferrell Jr.; daughters, Tamiko Ferrell of Charlotte, N.C., and Tryphene Hall of Spartanburg, S.C.; and a host of special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Spirit and Truth Ministries, 100 W. Main St., Oak Hill, with the Rev. William Issac Kinney and Bishop Sam Robert Calloway Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Larry D. Stevens Print Comment Top of page

Larry D. Stevens, 68, of Ravenna, Ohio, died Friday, May 29, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 19, 1947 in Ameagle, W.Va., to Sherman and Inez (Hodge) Stevens. Larry was a veteran of the Army and was stationed in Panama from 1966-1968. He was a member of the Kent American Legion and Kent VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Carden) Stevens, whom he married on July 12, 1969; son, Timothy Stevens of Ravenna; daughter, Chrystal Stevens of Ravenna; eight grandchildren; and sisters, Brenda (Arnold Ray) Seagraves and Ruth Toler, both of West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Dale Stevens; parents, Sherman and Inez (Hodge) Stevens; sisters, Sherrie Dolan and Sally Stover; and brother, Benny Stevens.

Private services will be held at a later date. Burial will be held at Pineview Cemetery. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Larry A. Swearingen Print Comment Top of page

Larry Alton Swearingen, 74, of Craigsville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Pine Lodge Nursing and Rehab Center, Beckley, after a long illness.

He was born Sept. 15, 1940 in Fenwick to the late Dale Swearingen and Eula Dodrill Swearingen.

He was a Navy veteran, and a member of First Baptist Church, Craigsville.

Survivors include his son, Jason Swearingen of Craigsville; mother, Eula Dodrill Swearingen of Craigsville; and three brothers, Ron and Kay Swearingen of Fenwick Mountain, Charles and Marie Swearingen of Fayetteville, Tenn., and Jeff Swearingen of Craigsville.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood, with Pastor David Sommerville officiating.

There will also be a memorial service at a later date.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Daniel Aaron Tawney Print Comment Top of page

Daniel Aaron Tawney, 91, of Newton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday June 1, 2015. He was born June 4, 1923, the youngest child of Aaron and Almon Graham-Tawney.

Dan grew up on his family's farm just outside of Newton, where many wonderful childhood memories were made and remained with him until his final days. He was a 1941 Spencer High School graduate. He wed Hazel M. Short in June 1943, and they continued to farm and raise a family on the homestead.

He was a former member and superintendent of Newton Baptist Church. He had been a school bus driver, a deputy sheriff in Roane County, then worked several years in pipeline and road construction, where he later retired as a supervisor for the State of West Virginia Department of Highways. Many will remember him as an avid baseball and softball fan and coach. He played on and coached many great teams throughout a span of 50 years, hardly ever knowing a stranger at the ballfield. Dan loved his family, friends and community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Hazel Short Tawney; a daughter, Karen A. Tawney; a son, Jerry W. Tawney; six brothers, Ernest, Clement, Clark, Garrison, Jarrett "Buzz" and Harry Tawney; three sisters, Mabel Rogers, Mamie Haines and Florence Dalton; and a grandson.

Dan is survived by his daughter, Sandra Gray and her husband, JR, of Newton; sister, Anna Desposito and her husband, Mike, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; son-in-law, Gary Tawney of Newton; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of lifelong friends.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Ron Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Tawney Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Geary Athletic Boosters, 9538 Clay Road, Left Hand, WV 25251, in his memory.

Robert C. Terpening Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Robert Charles Terpening Jr., 50, of Charleston, passed away May 31, 2015.

He is survived by his spouse, Benjamin Robinson; mother, Beverly Terpening of Poca; father, Robert C. Terpening Sr. of Syracuse, N.Y.; brother, Ralph Terpening of Poca; sister, Paula Nelson of Weirton; and best friend, Chip Burford.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

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

Funerals for: June 03, 2015

Beasley, Charles R. Noon, Chesapeake United Methodist Church, Chesapeake.

Eagle, Everett Sr. 1 p.m., Taylor

Hager, William A. II 11 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Johnson, Helen C. 6 p.m., Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Bruceton Mills.

King, Michelle L. 1 p.m., Stafford Family Funeral Home Chapel, Lynco.

Martin, Allen R. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Peters, Anita K. 11 a.m., Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Sahley, George H. 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston.

Smith, Sarah L. Noon, Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton.

Stanley, Mildred 3 p.m., Dodd and Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.