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Today's Obituaries

Lester Ray Adkins Print Comment Top of page

Lester Ray Adkins, 52, of Hurricane, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

He was employed as a glass cutter with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1195, Charleston. Lester loved his family and the outdoors with all his being. If there was a meal to eat, spot to camp, a road to ride, an animal to hunt or fish to catch, Lester was there.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sue Taylor Adkins; son, Cody Ray Adkins at home; daughter and son in-law, April and Luke Flaugher of Salt Rock, along with their son, Braxton; mother, Helen Watts of Barboursville; father, Amos Adkins of Culloden; brothers, Gary (Joyce) Adkins of Lesage and Michael (Lynn) Adkins of Culloden; sisters, Lucy (Ken) Kramer of Fishers, Ind., and Teresa Adkins of Barboursville; father-in-law, James Darrell Taylor of Hurricane; and many aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins that will miss him greatly.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Jimmy Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Friends may visit the family one hour prior to the service.

Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence or memory may do so at

Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to handle Mr. Adkins' arrangements.

Shirley Spradlin Annand Print Comment Top of page

Shirley Spradlin Annand departed this life at the Elizabeth Hubbard Hospice House West on July 6, 2014, after a long illness. She was surrounded by members of her family, with musical pieces she loved dearly playing in the background. Shirley raised nine children, had a fulfilling career as a radio personality in the Kanawha Valley, and was recognized for many contributions to the creative arts in the area.

Shirley was predeceased by her youngest daughter Kelly in 1990, her beloved husband Frank in 1998, and her son Michael in 2012. She is survived by her daughters Kati Lyon from South Charleston, WV; Mollie Hunter from Tucson, AZ; and Megan Annand from Medford, OR; and by her sons Steve Annand from Morgantown, WV; John Annand and David Annand from Portland, OR; and Frank (Jay) Annand from Charleston, WV. Shirley also was a proud grandmother to eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, residing in various places around the country.

Shirley was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, attended Marshall University and was graduated from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston). She was active in the theatre and musical groups throughout her secondary school and college careers. Shirley's parents, Ann and Jack Spradlin, who resided for many years in the Kanawha City neighborhood of Charleston, originally were from Virginia, and their family has numerous ties to Lynchburg, VA, where Shirley's oldest son Steve was born.

In her professional career, Shirley was well known for her work as program director and contact with the local creative arts community with WTIP AM/WTIO FM Radio, and for her radio show on that station at noon on weekdays, in which she interviewed celebrities in the creative arts and other fields from around the country and elsewhere who came to Charleston to perform. Shirley also appeared in many radio and television commercials in the Kanawha Valley over the years.

Because of her tremendous body of work and contributions to radio broadcasting in Kanawha Valley, Shirley was one of eight individuals inducted into the inaugural West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame class of inductees for radio in 2006, along with well-known television personality Don Knotts for his work in television, who was born and raised in Morgantown. Shirley's late husband, Frank, was later inducted posthumously into the WV Broadcasting Hall of Fame for his work in television. Frank Annand was at one time co-anchor with Bill Richards on the WCHS Evening News.

Shirley was for decades a prominent member of creative arts circles in the Kanawha Valley. She had amazing charm, pizazz and resilience. In her personal life, no one in the family can remember Shirley ever saying an unkind word about another person. She never met an individual she did not like or who knew her and did not admire her character and positive outlook on life. Shirley absorbed life's tragedies and losses with grace and understanding, and always maintained an upbeat attitude, which served as an inspiration to others around her who may have been suffering.

Even in her decline, Shirley was accepting, pleasant and appreciative of the many things others were doing to help her. Shirley was a shining light to the entire family and many others who knew her, and will be missed by hundreds of admirers, young and old. A bright light in the world has dimmed, but remains luminous in the minds and hearts of Shirley's family and friends.

Shirley was a charter member and long-time supporter of the Charleston Light Opera Guild, and its singing group the Gildare's. She also was a board member and frequent performer in productions the Kanawha Players theatre group since the late 1940's. Shirley starred in numerous performances with those organizations during an approximately fifty-year period from the late 1940's through the 1990's.

Shirley began her work with the Charleston Light Opera Guild in its production of HMS Pinafore in 1949. She also starred in the Guild production of Roberta in 1955, and performed in many other Guild shows. Included in her resume', was the star role of the Guild's production of Mame in 1971, and by all accounts Shirley played Carol Channing's leading role extremely well. Shirley's Swan song was her final performance in the Guild's 50th Anniversary production of The Follies in 1999, when she was in her mid-seventies!

Shirley was an active member of the Choir of the St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Charleston for about forty years. All of her children, and many of her grandchildren, attended that Parish as well. Shirley volunteered in numerous organizations in the Kanawha Valley over the years, and many of her children and grandchildren were active in Children's Theatre in Charleston, and participated in civic organizations in the Kanawha Valley when they became adults.

Along with her husband Frank, Shirley had a passion for golf, and they played with many of their friends and family members on courses throughout the Kanawha Valley and elsewhere in WV (including their favorite courses at Canaan Valley and Pipestem State Parks). They also enjoyed playing courses in Hilton Head, SC, Wrightsville Beach, NC, and many other venues. Shirley and Frank visited many of the famous courses in Scotland, where the Annand family is rooted, including the St. Andrews Old Course. The family enjoyed gathering around the television watching golf tournaments, including rooting for many of the now senior golfers who were then in their prime.

Shirley was the matriarch of the Annand family and presided over numerous family reunions in various places around the country, including Canaan Valley and Pipestem State Parks in WV; Wrightsville and Topsail Beaches in NC; Black Butte and Sun River in OR; and the Olympic Peninsula in WA. Shirley traveled with family and friends to San Francisco, Seattle, New York, London, Paris, and many other places, and often took in plays and musicals in those cities.

Shirley never stopped moving and doing things to help others. She was always on the go, and managed to keep herself in good physical shape by walking a few miles almost every day. Accompanied by her son Steve, Shirley completed the full distance of the then 12.8 mile Charleston Distance Walk in 1992 when she was in her late sixties, including the most challenging portion of the route up though the Spring Hill Cemetery. Shirley was an avid dancer and jazzercise enthusiast, and worked out at the YWCA on Quarrier Street in Charleston with many of her friends until late in her life.

Because of her active lifestyle, Shirley was chosen as "Senior Citizen of the Year" from numerous nominations, and honored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, during Older Americans' Month at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May, 2005. Shirley was accompanied on her trip to the Nation's Capitol by her friend, Fred Graves, who was a wonderful companion to Shirley during that period of her life.

In her later years, Shirley took great pleasure in being surrounded by her children and grandchildren, and she often sang along with musical productions and re-runs of the Lawrence Welk Show. Shirley was in the grip of severe Alzheimer's' Disease during the last several years of her life, but her eyes would still brighten when familiar musical numbers were playing. The family believes Shirley served as an encouraging example of the importance of music to Alzheimer's patients.

During the last eight years of her life, Shirley was being cared for primarily by her loving son Jay, who moved back to Charleston from Atlanta for that purpose. Jay was tireless in making his mother comfortable and attending to her every need, for which the Annand family forever will be grateful.

There will be a celebratory Memorial Service for Shirley in the Sanctuary of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Road, Charleston, beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 4, 2014, presided over by Father John R. Hagan. The service will be followed by the Internment of Shirley's ashes in a niche next to her beloved husband, Frank, in the St. Matthew's Church Columbarium just across Norwood Road from the Sanctuary.

Immediately following the Internment there will be a luncheon/reception at the adjacent St. Matthew's Parish House, known as Mathes Hall. The family plans a special treat during the luncheon of pictures of some of Shirley's life over the years with her friends and family, accompanied by recordings of some of her favorite show tunes. For those unfamiliar with St. Matthews, all of the facilities mentioned are on the same campus and in very close proximity to one another.

Beginning at 8 pm on the evening of October 4th, there will be a musical celebration (termed "Final Cast Party") of Shirley's life at the beautiful and historic Charleston Light Opera Guild facilities at 411 Tennessee Avenue in Charleston. Live show tunes will be played on a grand piano, a video will be played of portions of The Follies, along with much singing and playing of musical instruments that arrive on the scene. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Friends and family are cordially invited to join the family in any or all of these celebrations.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Matthew's Church; The Elizabeth Hubbard Hospice House; the Alzheimer's Foundation of West Virginia; the Charleston Light Opera Guild; and/or the Kanawha Players.

Ginger Brown Print Comment Top of page

She is survived by three sons, Billy L. Brown and his wife, Sandra, Jay Brown and his wife, Casey, and Jeremy Brown. Also, a brother, A.T. Meadows and his wife, Stacy; a sister, Terry Munroe; husband, Thomas Scott; cousin, Barbara May; grandchildren, Chris, Chelsey, Emily and Jonathan; and great-granddaughter, Jaycee.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty J. Meadows; grandmother, Maude Cowley; and father, Grif Jarrell.

Service to be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. and service at 7 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147, Main St., Poca, is honored to be serving the Brown-Salle family.

Hazel V. Buckalew Print Comment Top of page

Hazel Virginia Buckalew, 89, of Kenna, went to met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 23, 1925 in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late David Casdorph and Bertha Walker Ranson.

Hazel was a member of Fisher Memorial Church in Goldtown for many years.

In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harry F. Buckalew.

She will be missed by her son, Robert W. Buckalew and his wife, Emma Jean; daughter, Rebecca England and her husband, Dwane; grandchildren, Trina L. and her husband, Aaron Pederson, Robert W. Buckalew II, Milissa and her husband, Edward Cheves, and Jessica and Michael Owens; and great-grandchildren, Logan D. Hudnall, Cordel B. Hudnall, Nicholas C. Buckalew, Aidan Stubblefield, Gavin Cheves, Grant Owen, Grace Owen, Miranda Pederson and A.J. Pederson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Aaron Finney officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Floral Hills Gardens of Memories.

Online condolences can be made at

Shirley Ann Fisher Print Comment Top of page

Shirley Ann Fisher, 71, of Spencer, died Sept. 30, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Faith Baptist Church, 237 Arnoldsburg Road, Spencer, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements by Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Brian Anthony Fox Print Comment Top of page

Brian Anthony Fox, 41, of Gatewood, died Sept. 28, 2014 at home, following an apparent heart attack. He was cremated. Service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

William H. Gartin Print Comment Top of page

Mr. William Harold Gartin, 80, of Chapmanville, died Oct. 1, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home.

Linda C. Gillispie Print Comment Top of page

Linda Carol Gillispie, 71, of Charleston, died Sept. 30, 2014 at Valley Center, South Charleston. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Barker Cemetery, Ashford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

John Russell Hall Print Comment Top of page

John Russell Hall, 79, of Lockwood, died Sept. 30, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Irene Edith Holcomb Print Comment Top of page

Irene Edith Holcomb passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 following a long illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Lucille Mann Holliday Print Comment Top of page

Lucille Mann Holliday, 90, of Glasgow, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at her home.

Born Jan. 18, 1924 in Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Bessie Morgan Mann, and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Scott Holliday, and siblings, Clyde Mann, Viola Canterbury and Allen Mann.

She is survived by three sons, Fred Holliday of Charleston, Roy Holliday and his wife, Peggy, of Belpre, Ohio, and Randy Holliday of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren, Megan Turley, Royce Holliday and Ezekiel Holliday; five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Zachariah, Abby, Zakia and Elijah; and one sister, Virginia Morgan of Ronceverte.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with Elder Jimmy Boothe officiating, with burial following in Salem Cemetery, Organ Cave.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Virginia Jasper Print Comment Top of page

Virginia Jasper, 90, of Toledo, formerly of Garten, died Sept. 29, 2014. Service will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley.

Elda D. Jordan Print Comment Top of page

Elda Daphene (Roby) Jordan, of Lisbon, Ohio, formerly of Webster Springs, died Sept. 29, 2014. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Replete. Arrangements by Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Delcia (Hall) Kerwood Print Comment Top of page

Delcia (Hall) Kerwood, 92, of Ripley passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at Ravenswood Village Nursing Home after an extended illness. At her side were her only son, John, and her daughter-in-law, Lynne, from Atlanta, Ga.

Delcia was born April 27, 1922, the daughter of Lessel and Glenn Hall, in Liverpool, W.Va. Sisters, Hallie (Hall) Carney and Dorothy (Hall) Stonestreet, and a brother, Giles Hall, preceded her in death. She is survived by Helen (Hall) Casto of Ripley.

Delcia graduated from Gilmore High School at the age of 15. A year later she enrolled for additional education credits at Ripley High School, where she met her future husband, John Kenna Kerwood Jr. "Dink" and "June" were married on July 21, 1940 and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 21, 2010. A World War II Marine, John Kenna Kerwood Jr. passed away that same year, on September 11.

Delcia was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, which she served for a time as treasurer; a member of Ripley's Woman's Club; and the VFW Women's Auxiliary. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after serving in positions at the Post Office in Ripley and Parkersburg. She was an avid reader and co-founder of the library at Ravenswood Village Nursing Home.

In addition to her son and daughter-in-law, Delcia is survived by two grandsons, Lt. Colonel John Glenn Kerwood, USMC, and his wife, Melissa, and Jeffrey Nelson Kerwood and his wife, Amy, all of Atlanta. She was especially proud of her five great-grandchildren, Jake (12), Annalyn (6), John William (8), Evan (4) and Nathan (2).

Funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at Epworth United Methodist Church, with Pastor Teresa Deane officiating. Visitation starts at 11 a.m., service begins at noon, followed by a brief burial ceremony at Pine Hill Cemetery. Lunch after the burial will be hosted by the church for immediate family and close friends.

Flowers are welcome or donations in memory of Delcia (Hall) Kerwood may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387 or Epworth United Methodist Church, 299 N. Church St., Ripley, WV 25271.

Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, is assisting the Kerwood family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

John Thomas Lackey Print Comment Top of page

John Thomas "Tommy" Lackey, 62, of Ripley, formerly of Cedar Grove, died Sept. 30, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles May Print Comment Top of page

It is with deep sorrow as well as great joy that we announce that Charles (Charlie) Ireland May, 82, left this earth for his heavenly home September 4, 2014. His five year battle with cancer ended at his Scott Depot home, surrounded by his loving family.

Charles was born in Hurricane, August 14, 1932, and graduated from Hurricane High School with the class of 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Joyce, and spent his life working in the building and construction trade. He was often found sharing his time and carpentry skill with his extended family and friends when needed. His love for cooking and sharing good food was well known among those who knew him. He was a much loved member of Scott Depot Christ Fellowship and enjoyed being a member of the Davis Life Group.

Charles is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Phyllis Joyce May; his son, Greg May (Marsha); daughter, Christina Lewis (G.B.); grandchildren, Ben Lewis (Tasha), Annie Lewis Becket (Chris) and Logan May (Katherine Marchese); and his great-grandchildren, Brody, Brooklynn, Maddie and Max. He also leaves behind two wonderful sisters and their families, Betty Lovett of Hurricane and Jane Smith-Larrabee of Leesburg, Fla.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. with a celebration of life memorial service to follow at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, at Scott Depot Christ Fellowship, 4345 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot.

The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice, and all their family and friends fortheir help and support during this time and requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Kanawha Hospice.

You may share memories or condolences to the family at

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

Robert Allen McCune Print Comment Top of page

Robert Allen McCune, 55, of Clay County, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Edward and Edna Marie (King) McCune.

Bobby is survived by his brothers, Donald McCune, James McCune Sr., and Hollie "Rick" King; sisters, Patty Ann Lloyd and Vilinda Downs; and many nieces and nephews.

Per Bob's request, he will be cremated with no services. Burial will be at Blue Knob Cemetery in Clay County at a later date. Matics Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at

Carma Lynn Miller Print Comment Top of page

Carma Lynn Miller, 53, of South Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Tim W. Mills Print Comment Top of page

Tim W. Mills, 53, of Nitro, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 28, 2014 with his family beside him at CAMC Teays Valley.

He was born July 24, 1961 in Parkersburg. Tim loved working at Nitro Fas-Chek, Gary's taxi service and Kanawha Valley Senior Services. He was proud to have been a recipient of the driver of the year award from the state of West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Mills.

Tim is survived by his wife, Beth Mills; his father, Vernon Mills of Nitro; children, Ryan Mills of Arizona and Andy Hutchinson of South Carolina; stepchildren, Erica Totten of Nitro and Jimmy Totten III of Winfield; sisters, Tammy DeWeese of St. Albans, Terri Engle of Virginia and Tonya Hull of Nitro; and grandchildren, Sammie and Scarlett Totten and Amber and Ashlynn Hutchinson. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Nitro Church of Christ, with a memorial celebration of his life beginning at 7 p.m. with Minister Craig Culberson officiating.

Honoring Tim's wishes, he has been cremated. Tim finally got his wish of going home to his mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either the American Cancer Society, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Third Floor, Charleston, WV 25314 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 21903, Lexington, KY 40522.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Mills family and you may express online condolences at

Dora V. O'Dell Print Comment Top of page

Dora Virginia Stricker O'Dell, 101, of Burning Springs, formerly of Quick, a loving wife and mother, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at Riverside Nursing Home, St. Albans.

She was a homemaker and a member of Burning Springs Methodist Church, and enjoyed quilting and cooking.

Dora was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, Ward O'Dell; sisters, Hazel Gant and Maxine Fitzwater; brothers, Cecil Stricker, Frank Stricker and John Stricker; daughter-in-law, Madeline O'Dell; son-in-law, Ron Waters; daughter-in-law, Celeste Holswade O'Dell; and great-grandson, John Jones.

Surviving are her children, Ward Duaine O'Dell, Jean Waters, Gordon O'Dell and James O'Dell; brothers, Donald Marvin Stricker and Harry Keith Stricker; grandchildren, Deborah Pate, Duaina Alley, Donna Kay Harlow, Dana Suzette Harper, Ward Daniel O'Dell, Carole Lynne Waters, Gary Gene Waters, David Lee Waters, Carole Lynwe, Amy Celeste O'Dell, Paul Stephen O'Dell, James Timothy O'Dell and Jonathan Thomas O'Dell; 16 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Fellowship of Praise Church (formerly Quick United Methodist Church) with Pastor Jeff Moales officiating. Burial will be in O'Dell Cemetery, Dutch Ridge.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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

Glenna Ramsey Print Comment Top of page

Glenna Elkins Ramsey, 89, of Huntington, died Sept. 30, 2014. Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the mortuary.

John D. Shanks Print Comment Top of page

John "Donnie" Donald Shanks, 63, of Walton, died Sept. 30, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. After the visitation, the family's request is that Donnie be cremated.

Bernice Smith Print Comment Top of page

Bernice Smith, 87, of Oak Hill, formerly of Harper Heights, died Sept. 26, 2014. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Mildred Snellings Print Comment Top of page

Mildred Snellings, 66, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of London, died Sept. 17, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, London, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Sandra K. Thompson Print Comment Top of page

Sandra Kay "Sandy" Thompson, 64, of Montgomery, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, after a short illness, at CAMC Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

Born Feb. 7, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Garnett and Thelma Halsey Moss. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Thompson; youngest son, Jason Thompson; sister, Carolyn Freeman; and brother, Jimmy Moss.

Sandra was a devoted Christian who held a strong religious faith. She enjoyed crafts and was a talented artist. She had an admirable work ethic. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, always willing to give to those who needed her. Sandra will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Surviving are her son, John Thompson and wife, Angelia, of Boomer; three granddaughters who were her pride and joy, Jordyn and Javin Thompson of Montgomery and Jersey Thompson of Boomer; son, Phillip Thompson of South Carolina; sisters, Linda Senters of Morris Drive and Becky Moss of Charleston; and brothers, Johnny Moss and wife, Karen, of Ohio, William Moss, Roderick Moss, David Moss and wife, Rose, of Teays Valley and Mark Moss and wife, Bonnie, of Arizona.

A service to celebrate Sandra's life wil be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Robert F. Vanfossen officiating.

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

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Eunice Alma Ward Print Comment Top of page

Eunice Alma Ward, 86, of Charleston, passed away Sept. 29, 2014 at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Maggie Lee Payne and Lilburn Messer, and stepfather, Hubert Griffith; husband, Homer Ward; son, Terry Wayne Ward; daughter, Judy Kay Rogers Scott; grandson, Brian Martin; brother, Ernest Messer; and a special friend of Eunice and the family, William "Bill" Chittum.

Survivors include her children, Gary Matheney and companion, Sue, of Bancroft, Pamela Doss and Debbie Kerns, both of Charleston, Michael Graves of Concord, N.C., and Trudy Ahangardezfouli and Lisa Ann Martin, both of Charleston; 21 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren who are also left to mourn her passing.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Terry Hogue officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

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

The family will accept online condolences at

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

Thomas Ray White Print Comment Top of page

Thomas Ray White, 41, of Van, died Sept. 28, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Burial will follow in Green Cemetery, Bandytown.

Funerals for: October 02, 2014

Bickford, June M. 11 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Brown, Ginger 7 p.m., Gatens

Cole, Brenda S. 7 p.m., Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union.

Cutlip, Charles L. 11 a.m., Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte.

Donohew, Kenneth G. 7 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Gilbert, Jeffrey S. 4 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.

Green, Deloris 1 p.m., Cunningham

Gross, David C. 1 p.m., Greene

Harless, Billie J. Noon, Oceana Freewill Baptist Church, Oceana.

Jarrell, Jewett Jr. 2 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Johnson, Elizabeth A. 1 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Ronceverte.

Meredith, Leona M. 2 p.m., Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Ogburn, Marceline 2 p.m., Gatens

Shapiro, Ellen 11 a.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Smith, Sheila A. 9:30 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Taylor, Alfred W. Sr. 11 a.m., Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte.

Underwood, Hazel 11 a.m., Summersville Baptist Church, Summersville.

Wells, Otis G. 6 p.m., Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene, Hurricane.

Westfall, Dorothy 1 p.m., Taylor

Willoughby, John K. 1 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.