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Today's Obituaries

Bobby Lee Buck Print Comment Top of page

Bobby Lee Buck, 69, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was a 1963 graduate of Point Pleasant High School and a retired truck driver. He enjoyed life and helping others. He lived and worked for several years in Florida, but returned home to Buffalo to care for his parents and others in his family. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Born Aug. 24, 1945 in Gallipolis, Ohio, he was the son of the late Rev. Millard D. Buck and Martha H. Medors Buck.

Survivors include a son, Robert M. Buck of Buffalo; a brother, Bill (Sue) Buck of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Shane Morris, Shanna Morris and Sheyenne Buck; great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Kasandra, Kristina, Karleigh and Eden; niece, Kathy Johnson; nephew, Timothy Buck; and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the church or charity of your choice.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Jake Eldridge officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Buck family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Burns Print Comment Top of page

Thomas Bernard Burns, 71, beloved husband of Rebecca Crawford Burns and a resident of Charleston for over fifty years, died Saturday evening, October 18, at Charleston Area Medical Center. Son of the late C. Thomas and Mildred (Melady) Burns, he was born July 26, 1943, in Bridgeport, Conn.

Tom attended Morris Harvey College and later served in the US Army in Germany from 1965 to 1967. He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Transportation and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Tom is also survived by his son, Clayton Thomas Burns and his wife, Renee' of Richmond, Va.; sister, Kathleen Battistelli of Stratford, Conn.; and niece, Kristen Battistelli of Boston, Mass.

A service to celebrate Tom's life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Very Reverend Kent Higgins officiating. A reception will be held at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. John's Episcopal Church in memory of Tom.

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

Earl Clinton Butcher Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Earl Clinton Butcher, 90, of Wilkinson, died Oct. 22, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the funeral home.

Loretta Marie Carr Print Comment Top of page

Loretta Marie Carr, 75, formerly of Cabin Creek, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014, at her home in Lakewood, Ohio, after a long illness.

She is survived by her sister, Teresa (Carr) Estep (Richard) of Glasgow; several nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins.

The body was cremated and buried in Cleveland, Ohio, where she lived most of her life.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Shrewsbury Community Church, which is located on Center Avenue in Shrewsbury.

Mildred H. Cochran Print Comment Top of page

Mildred Helen Cochran, 65, of Union, died Oct. 22, 2014. Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Johns United Methodist Church Cemetery, Union. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Charles M. Dooley Print Comment Top of page

Charles Marion Dooley, 79, of Sissonville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after a short illness at Hubbard Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

Born Aug. 5, 1935 in Sissonville, he was the son of the late Raymond Oscar Dooley and Virginia Morecott Dooley Whittington.

He served our country in the United States Army.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Norma Dooley; daughters, Pamela Jo Dooley Higginbotham, Virginia Carol Dooley Whittington and Jacqueline Lynn Gibson (Gary); brothers, James Dooley (Carol) and Raymond Dooley (Maxine); grandsons, Jeremy Higginbotham and Evan Gibson; granddaughter, Kendra Whittington; great-granddaughter, Tarah Higginbotham; and Brenda Jones, a special family member.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with Dr. Bill J. Bartlett, Pastor Kevan Bartlett and Dr. Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Floral Hills Garden of Memories.

Online condolences maybe left at

Janice Mynes Fields Print Comment Top of page

Janice Mynes Fields, 68, of Rutherfordton, N.C., died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at her residence.

She was a native of Hurricane and daughter of the late Chester Franklin Mynes Sr. and Mildred Louise Bayliss Mynes. Janice was a member of Spencer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bayliss Mynes.

She is survived by her husband, Clifford Fields; daughter, Wendy Wiseman; grandchild, Hunter Wiseman; sister, Donna (Joe) Varian; brother, Frank (Hilda) Mynes Jr.; and sister-in-law, Polly Mynes.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at McMahan's Funeral Home, Rutherfordton, N.C.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane.

Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, is in charge of arrangements.

Roderick M. Harless Print Comment Top of page

Roderick Mansfield Harless, 75, of South Charleston, died on September 26, 2014 after a brief illness.

He was born in Wyoming County, West Virginia, on February 13, 1939, the son of James Isaac Harless and Ann Elizabeth Baker.

Rod was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Joan Lee (nee Kidd) Harless; a son, John Jeffrey Harless; three brothers, Larry Livingston Harless, Rocky Skeen, Charles Harless; and a sister, Suella (nee Harless) Eden.

The surviving family members are a son, David Harless from Charleston, West Virginia; daughters, Robin (nee Harless) Clark of Elsmere, Kentucky, and Holly (nee Harless) Foshag of Los Angeles, California. Surviving siblings of Evans, West Virginia, are sisters, Barbara (nee Skeen) Upton, Rebecca (nee Skeen) Cornett, and a brother, Benjamin Skeen. In the Columbus, Ohio, area his surviving relatives are a sister, Nitah (nee Harless) Clay, a brother, James Harless, a brother, Marion Harless, a sister, Louetta (nee Harless) Chase, and a sister, Catharine (nee Harless) Hill. Rod is survived by 12 grandchildren.

In 1957, Rod Harless graduated from Ripley High School. He was the senior class valedictorian. He served as a co-captain of the high school football team during his senior year. Rod married Joan Lee (nee Kidd) Harless in 1957. She was his high school sweetheart and lifelong partner. Graduating with the honor of magna cum laude from West Virginia State College in 1961, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Harless taught at Antioch College in Beckley, West Virginia. He obtained a Masters of Legal Studies through West Virginia University at the age of 67.

During the 1960s Mr. Harless worked for the department of the United States Navy as a budget analyst at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He later returned to reside in West Virginia and provided many years of public service in his community. For many years Rod Harless served as executive director of the Dunbar Housing Authority.

Rod had many keen interests during his life, including history, government, politics, genealogy, football and basketball. He was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party. A very intelligent, articulate, and witty man, he was described as an "eloquent speaker."

His philosophy of lifelong learning can be summarized by a favorite quote of his by Sir Edmund Hillary. When asked, "Why did you want to climb Mount Everest," the explorer replied, "Because it is there."

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, West Virginia. Reverend Benjamin Skeen will officiate. Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until 2 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Charlotte L. Isner Print Comment Top of page

Charlotte Louise Isner, 94, of Madison, passed away Oct. 22, 2014 at CAMC Teays Valley. She was born Oct. 25, 1919 in Beckley.

While she was able, Louise was active in her church and civic activities, including the Women's Club of Madison, the Madison Chapter of OES and AARP. She enjoyed cooking and listening to music and, most of all, visiting with everyone she met. It was her passion in life to get to know everyone she could and to make each person's life a little happier.

She was a member of Madison United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Arthur and Vertie Cottrill. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Robert Isner, and her brother, Arthur "Jiggs" Cottrill.

She is survived by daughters, Karen (Fred) Bragg of Lynch Station, Va., Ellen (Kevin) Spradling of South Charleston and Donna (Gary) Barton of Madison; son, Robert A. (Kathryn J.) Isner II of Andrew; grandchildren, Frank Bragg of Atlanta, Ga., Doug Bragg of Columbus, Ohio, Jennifer Bragg of Greensboro, N.C., Wade Miller of Elkview, Melanie Miller Bias of Parkersburg, Chad Dunlap of Rochester, N.H., and Lara Berry of Charleston; and great-grandchildren, Brett Miller, Carly Bragg, Ava Berry, Thomas Dunlap, Matthew Dunlap, Emily Dunlap, Jennifer Dunlap and Colton Bias. Other family members include Heather Barton Sturgeon (Colan) and family of LeSage, Lezlie Barton of Huntington, Autumn Barton Johnson and daughter, Brooklyn, of Barboursville and dear friend, Maxine McKinney of Apopka, Fla.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Madison United Methodist Church, Madison, with the Rev. Rick Swearengin and the Rev. Tom Bias officiating. Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison.

Friends may call after 11:30 a.m. at the church. Eastern Star service will be held during the visitation by Madison Chapter No. 121.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Madison United Methodist Church or the VFW Christmas Fund, Daniel Boone Post No. 5578, Madison.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Rev. Robert V. Keaton Print Comment Top of page

Rev. Robert Virgil Keaton, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home in Dillwyn, Va.

Born Nov. 16, 1934 to Herbert and Lula Keaton, Robert served in the U.S. Air Force, from which he was honorably discharged in 1960. Returning to West Virginia, he received ordination as a minister from the Hotchkiss Missionary Baptist Church on July 20, 1969. He served as pastor of several West Virginia churches during his career: the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church, Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church in MacArthur, First Baptist Church of Petersburg, Central Baptist Church in Hinton and Ansted Missionary Baptist Church. He returned to First Baptist Church of Petersburg, from which he retired. During his retirement he served as interim pastor of several area churches. Robert received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1981 from the Clarksville School of Theology in Clarksville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Henry Keaton, Basil Keaton and Roy Keaton, and by his sisters, Edna Birchfield and Violet Wood.

Robert truly loved his family and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Canada Keaton, and his four children, Russell Keaton and wife, Susie, Giles Keaton and wife, Karen, Lenora Bell and Wanda Hoerman and husband, Gary. He and Shirley were blessed with nine grandchildren, Daniel Keaton, Robert Keaton, Leah Harper, Janice Williams, Kara Wallace, Marion Robinson, Anita Olejnik, Andrew Roland and Amanda Roland; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by brothers, Elvin Keaton and Larry Keaton; sisters, Ethel Birchfield and Helen Beech; and by numerous other extended family members.

Friends may visit with family from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Crab Orchard Baptist Church, Crab Orchard.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Daniel Keaton, Robert Keaton and Andrew Roland, and nephews, Kenneth Birchfield, Daniel Keaton and Josh Birchfield. Interment will be at Lilly Crews Cemetery, Nimitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crab Orchard Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 466, Crab Orchard, WV 25827, or to Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 1134 Andersonville Road, Dillwyn, VA 23936.

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Gladys M. Lawhorn Print Comment Top of page

Gladys Marie Lawhorn, 86, died Oct. 22, 2014. Graveside service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Orchard Cemetery, Ballard. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Dorothy Mae Lester Print Comment Top of page

Dorothy "Dot" Mae Lester, 84, left this earthly world to be with her Heavenly Father on Oct. 21, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital. She was a resident of Forest Road, Beckley, for the past 42 years. She previously lived in Holden and Hanover many years ago.

Born Jan. 14, 1930 in Big Creek, McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Goldie Holcomb. She graduated Gilbert High School in 1949. For many years she assisted her son and husband in managing the family business, Laser Distributing. She was a member of Hanover Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Ray Lester, in 2008. The death of her only son was a tragic memory never far from her thoughts. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sister, Charles Holcomb, William Holcomb, Donald Holcomb, Betty Moore and Ronald Holcomb.

Left to cherish her memories is her husband of 63 years, Ray G. Lester. Dot and Ray were married April 8, 1950 at Hanover Baptist Church by Joe C. Hatfield.

She is survived by a brother, Walter Holcomb of Bristol, Tenn., and a sister, Francis Cline of Clear Fork. There are many friends, nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her beautiful smile and jolly personality.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Ronnie Lester and the Rev. Jackie Lester officiating. Burial will follow in the Lester Family Cemetery in Hanover.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, immediately preceding the funeral, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Hanover Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 116, Hanover, WV 24839.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Robert W. McDonald Print Comment Top of page

Robert William McDonald, 70, of Charleston, passed away Oct. 21, 2014.

He was a lifetime member of the NRA and a family man who enjoyed his children, grand- and great-grandchildren.

Surviving him are his wife, Shirley; sons, Jody McDonald and wife, Brandy, Budda McDonald and wife, Lisa, and Robert McDonald; daughter, Terri Potter and husband, Terry; grandchildren, Jessica, Richard, Amber, Nathan, Brandon, Tyler, James, Lindsey, Heather, Lil Budda, Michael, Chi-Lynn, Robert, Harley, Courtney, Dezaraye, Miracle, Jodi, Tyler, Derek, Devin and Dustin; and great-grandchildren, Josh, Maddison, Mandi-Mae, Bret, Rain, Abbey, Nevaeh, Chevy, Corey, Kahlyn and Elizah.

Memorial service will be 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Ridenhour Lake, Nitro.

It was Mr. McDonald's wish to be cremated.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary K. Miesner Print Comment Top of page

Mary Kathleen Miesner, of Charleston, passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2014.

She was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Princeton, Ill., to Michael and Margaret O'Brien Holland. She attended Tiskilwa High School, where she was class valedictorian and head cheerleader.

After graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in education, Kathleen taught in the Illinois school system for three years, and later was employed at Caterpillar Tractor in Peoria for nine years during and after World War II.

She married Hal Miesner on April 14, 1950 in Peoria, Ill. Kathleen and Hal were loving partners, friends and companions for 62 years, until his death in 2012. She leaves her children and spouses, Mary and Brad Carmichael of Bridgeport, Karen Miesner of Charleston, Charles and Marjorie Miesner of Louisville, Ky., John and Mindy Miesner of Charleston and Marsha and Steve Hoyer of Charleston. She was a devoted grandmother to Caroline Carmichael and her husband, Corey Johnson, of Hyattsville, Md., Jeff and Elizabeth Carmichael of Charleston, Emily Carmichael of Washington, D.C., Isabel Miesner of New York, N.Y., Brittney Hoyer, Ally Hoyer, Andy Hoyer, Samantha Hoyer and Erin Hoyer of Charleston, Johanna Miesner, Donovan Miesner and Mary Melinda Miesner of Charleston; and great-granddaughter, Sydney Johnson of Hyattsville, Md. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Lela Windhorst of Peoria, Ill., and Claryce Gomes of Galva, Ill., and cousin, John Stipp of Henry, Ill. She was preceded in death by her son, Kenny Miesner, and brother, William Holland.

As the mother of six children, Kathleen was always there for the swimming, track, wrestling, band, volleyball, basketball, baseball, summer jobs, vacations, camping trips, dance recitals and the family's legendary Halloween weekends.

Kathleen assisted Hal in organizing and running the Stealey Pool Swim Invitational for 23 years. She actively participated in the Washington Irving High School Band Association, and was a longtime member of the Sardis Women's Club.

With Hal, she had the honor of escorting Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Bob Richards and Jim Ryan at their inductions to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in the 1970s.

Kathleen was charming, spirited and full of laughter, always curious, always observant. She had immeasurable concern for others, and was the good and constant friend to many. She loved to travel, with her most memorable trips being to Bermuda, Paris and her beloved Ireland.

Kathleen enjoyed her politics, and worked as a volunteer in many political campaigns. She was an enthusiastic fan of all West Virginia University sports and Duke basketball. She was a member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Association, and was a co-owner of the race horses Camelot Z and GT.

Kathleen was a former member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Clarksburg and, more recently, St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Charleston.

Family and friends may call at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison St., Nutter Fort, from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday. Kathleen will be taken to St. Mark's Lutheran Church to lie in state for one hour prior to the service, which will be Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Linda Muhly officiating. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Gifts in Kathleen's memory can be made to the Special Olympics of West Virginia, 1206 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at

A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

Armenda Miller Print Comment Top of page

Armenda Marcum Miller, 86, of Stollings, was carried on wings of love to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the funeral home.

James Steven Miller Print Comment Top of page

James Steven Miller, 63, of Madison, died Oct. 20, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Doris Doss Miller, and one brother, William Miller.

He was a retired custodian from the Boone County Board of Education.

He is survived by his wife, Rinda Ann Beaver Miller; son, Steven B. (Vicki Renee) Miller of Omar; daughters, Stephanie (Darrell) Houghtaling of Charleston and Jennifer Miller of South Charleston; sisters, Kimmy Miller, Cheryl Miller and Melinda Miller; brother, Rex Miller; and two grandchildren, Ethan Miller and Daniel Faine.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

John Lee "Mitch" Mitchell Print Comment Top of page

John Lee "Mitch" Mitchell, 97, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

John, who was widely known as "Mitch," was very friendly, outgoing and always good-natured. His warm and sincere charm won him many friends, and he especially enjoyed a good party, dancing, good food and dressing up for an occasion. He also had a strong sense of duty and was very dedicated to the military, his employers and family. Throughout his life he received many awards and recognition for hard work, achievement and leadership. As a result, he was given a Lifetime Achievement award by Magnolia High School in his hometown of New Martinsville, W.Va.

He was deeply committed to his marriage to Eleanor for over 66 years and, though he was well into his 90s, insisted on being involved in Eleanor's care during the final phases of her life. John will also be remembered for his great sense of humor. He enjoyed hearing or telling funny stories and was always able to find a reason to smile and laugh, bringing out that well-known twinkle in his eyes. John was not a stranger in the kitchen and was renowned for his baking, especially pies. His homemade fruitcakes at Christmas were his specialty and a tradition he has passed down to his family.

John's final days were a testament to his sense of decorum and honor. He passed away peacefully and with dignity in the loving arms of his children. Glen Miller music played on as John left this world to rejoin Eleanor, his eldest son, John II, other relatives and many friends in Heaven.

He was a retired merchandiser and regional manager with Colgate Palmolive Inc. in Charleston and was a retired captain from the U.S. Army Reserve.

John came to Charleston in 1941 and attended the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

He attended Montana State College, Marshall University and Morris Harvey.

John was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps.

He was a member of the Elks, Army Navy Club, worked the polls in Charleston for 48 years, and was past president of the Armed Forces Association and the Retired Officers Association.

In addition to his wife, Eleanor, he was preceded in death by his son, John Lee Mitchell II.

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Kent) Carper of Charleston; son, Mike (Lori) Mitchell of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with Monsignor P. Edward Sadie officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Charleston.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Sue Grass Parsons Print Comment Top of page

Sue Grass Parsons, 72, passed away Oct. 21, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sue was the daughter of late Richard and Beatrice "Bea" Grass. After graduating from Duval High School in 1960, she married her husband of 47 years, Ralph Nello Parsons. They raised wonderful sons together in their West Hamlin and later Salt Rock homes.

Sue and her family moved to Aiken, S.C. for 25 years. After retiring from Bechtel, Sue and Nello moved back home to West Hamlin. Sue was thrilled to be among her church family at Center Point Baptist, reconnecting with old friends and spending time with family.

Sue was a precious soul. She was always smiling and laughing. Anyone who knew her was blessed. She has strong faith and said that she hoped her battle and undying faith could lead someone to God. That is who she was, always giving to others.

Sue is survived by her husband, Nello; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Monica of Augusta, Ga., Steve and Judy of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Greg and Holly of Salt Rock; brother, Wayne and Patricia Grass; sisters, Jane Hart and Linda and Charles Smith; and many nieces and nephews. The loves of her life were her grandchildren: Jackson, Maxwell, Ava, Matthew, Nolan and Christian.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Center Point Baptist Church, West Hamlin. The burial will be in May Cemetery, Griffithsville.

Condolences may be left at

Margaret L. Ramsey Print Comment Top of page

Margaret Lucille Ramsey, 76, of Bailey, N.C., formerly of West Virginia, died Oct. 19, 2014. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Greenbrier Memorial Garden, Lewisburg. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Dorothy Sparks Print Comment Top of page

Dorothy Zornes Sparks passed away Oct. 22, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James O. Sparks; her parents; also, her twin brother and two additional brothers; and two grandchildren, Steven McCormick and Leah Sparks.

She is survived by her three children, Kelly and wife, Myra Sparks, Kay Ann and husband, Parker Smith, and Jeannie and husband, Roger Hughes; sister, Lucille; three grandchildren, Erin and husband, Mark Talbot, Lindsay and husband, Jason Philabaun, and Ross Smith; and also three great-grandchildren, Ethan and Spencer Talbot and Evan Philabaun.

Interment will be at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Private services are planned with the the Rev. Dr. Kelly S. Sparks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Faron D. Stanley Print Comment Top of page

Faron D. Stanley, 56, of Eleanor, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 following a sudden illness. He was a 1976 graduate of Nitro High School. He was a member of Genesis Fellowship Church and Tyler Heights Community Church. He and his brothers were members of the Praise to Hymn gospel group. Faron was a gifted artist and musician who loved to play the drums. He also gave his time as a volunteer for CORE, and in his final act gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Born May 27, 1958, he was the son of Hilda Stanley and the late Ian Keith Stanley. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kerry Stanley. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Beverly Stanley; son, Adam (Andrea) Stanley of Charleston; brothers, Lloyd Stanley of Clendenin and Ian Keith Stanley of Hurricane; sister, Angela Bertolini of Pasadena, Md.; and grandchildren, Austin and Hunter Stanley. Faron is also survived by his longtime friend and "special angel," Christy Brooks of Beckley; special "fur baby," Annie; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel) with Pastor Mark Jarrell officiating. Burial will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eleanor Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the Stanley family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.

Keith A. Stire Print Comment Top of page

Keith A. Stire, 60, of Belpre, Ohio, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at Heartland of Marietta. He was born and raised in Charleston, a son of the late Roscoe and Hazel (Counts) Stire.

He was formerly employed at Belrock Diner.

He is survived by his daughter, Tonya Bowman of Charleston; brother, Virgil Stire of Parkersburg; two sisters, Mona O'Connor of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Regina Higgenbotham of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Haley White; brother-in-law, Richard O'Connor; and nephew, Roscoe Franklin Stire.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor George Horner officiating. Burial will be at Sissonville Memorial Gardens, Sissonville.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The family would like to thank the nursing home staff and all of Keith's doctors for their love, support and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Della Bird Truman Print Comment Top of page

Della Bird Truman, 98, passed away Oct. 22, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Community Missionary Baptist Church, Sycamore. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Daphne Taylor Turner Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Daphne Taylor Turner, 84, of Ripley, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 with her loving family at her side, after a long illness. The only daughter of Ethel Anna Taylor of Clay, she was a strong Christian who read her Bible every day as long as she was able. She was a charter member of Heritage Baptist Church, Pinch, and in later years was active with her church in Union Grove, N.C., and Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley, where she served with the American Baptist Women. She was always a member of the choir who loved to praise her Lord in song.

She graduated from Clay County High School in 1947 and from the old Kanawha Valley Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. She worked most of her career at Kanawha Valley Hospital, serving in several positions in the hospital. She also worked for Dr. I.E. Buff in his office and was employed by Union Carbide in the dispensaries at the South Charleston Plant and the Technical Center in Spring Hill.

Daphne married Davie Belden Turner on Dec. 31, 1948 and had two sons, Jonathan (Teena) of Elkview and David (Crystal) of Spencer. She has two grandchildren, Adam (Katherine) of Leesburg, Va., and Patricia of Charlotte, N.C., along with three great-grandchildren, Lucie, Andrew and Robert. Other survivors are her only brother, James R. Taylor (Dorothy) of Nitro, four nieces, two nephews and a family who is very proud of her.

She was a person who lived her strong faith and was an example of competent and loving care. She loved to paint and draw and give her artwork away to her family. She was a superlative cook, whether it be with special birthday dinners or taking food cooked in her family's heirloom Dutch oven to her nursing class reunions.

Arrangements are being handled by Waybright Funeral Home, 511 S. Church St., Ripley, where open visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, with funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Interment will be at the Turner Family Cemetery in Harrison, Clay County.

In keeping with Daphne's desire to spread the Good News, contributions may be made to the Bible Ministry of Parchment Valley Baptist Church.

Mitzi Lynn Fizer White Print Comment Top of page

Mitzi Lynn Fizer White, 57, of St. Albans, passed away Oct. 17, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Patricia White Print Comment Top of page

Patricia Holland White, 86, happily joined with the Lord Friday, October 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born July 21, 1928, in Charleston, and was a graduate of Garnett High School.

Patricia was employed by the City of Charleston, followed by the State of West Virginia for many years. Upon retirement, Patricia spent much of her time being a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and always a devoted student and follower of the Lord and his Biblical teachings.

She is survived by daughters Michelle Hargis of Huntington, WV, Charmiene Gray of Harrisburg, PA, and Tanya White-Woods of Dunbar, WV; son Adrian White of Waynesboro, PA; daughter-in-law Sonya Erby White; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Additionally, the family would like to thank friends Cathy Carr, Mary Haynes and all the members of Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church for their love and compassion toward Patricia in her later years. CAPA Granny extended her encouragement to all CAPA Kids to strive to do their best at all times.

In keeping with Patricia's expressed wishes, her body has been donated to science and there will be a closed family service with no visitation.

Funerals for: October 24, 2014

Alexander, Frederick A. 1 p.m., Klingel

Barlow, Lawrence 1 p.m., VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Bonnett, Kenneth 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Boyd, Leonard 7 p.m., Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Browning, Tammy 11 a.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Cherry, Deborah 2 p.m., Calvary Nazarene Church, Sissonville.

Collins, Patricia A. 1 p.m., Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Erwin, Constance 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Hurricane.

Goard, Wendell Lee, Sr. 1 p.m., Greenstown First Baptist Church, Oak Hill.

Holdren, Ida 11 a.m., Spoken Work Tabernacle Church, Beaver.

Long, Ellen 1 p.m., Broyles

McCluskey, Thomas F. 2 p.m., Gatens

McDonald, Robert W. 4 p.m., Ridenhour Lake, Nitro.

Taylor, Anita G. 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Varney, Danny R. 11 a.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.