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Today's Obituaries

Edwin C. Anderson, Jr. Print Comment Top of page

"Mr. Ed" E.C. Anderson, Jr., 84, went home to sing in the Heavenly choir October 25, 2014. Born in Greenville, N.C., he moved here in the 1950s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin C. Sr., and Mae DuVall Anderson; stepmom, Edith Walp Anderson; wife of 53 of years, Veda Tully Anderson; and sister, Aleda "Giggi" Hartman.

Survived by Elisa Vaggott; sons, E.C. "Bud" Anderson 3rd (Cyndi), Jay Anderson; grandsons, Neal and Gary; and Thomas; niece, Joyce Hartman Fazar and the large family.

He retired from Ravenswood Aluminum after 33 years. He was a decorated Korean War veteran and a member of American Legion Post 94, an alumni of WVSU. He was proud of his family's 50-plus years of volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America. He was a vigil honor member in the OA. He received a Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit and a PhD in Commissioner Science.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 2, at the First United Methodist Church of South Charleston, Glendale Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BSA-Buckskin Council or First UMC of S.C.

Cleora Boswell Print Comment Top of page

Cleora Sharleen Boswell, 78, of Given, left this earth suddenly Wednesday, October 29, 2014, following an automobile accident near her home.

Sharleen was born on July 24, 1936, in Given, W.Va., the first born of seven children to the late Roy Madison and Artie Cleora (Lathey) Sayre.

After attending Walton High School, she married her sweetheart, Otis Warren "Jack" Boswell on December 22, 1956. They were inseparable until his death in May 2014. Her sister, Cheryl Parker, also preceded her in death.

She was a faithful Christian and attended Given United Methodist Church. Sharleen worked many years at Thomas and Wolfe, B&B Market, and J&J Custom Meats, where her customers looked forward to her lighthearted and considerate spirit.

Sharleen's God given purpose was to be a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her compassionate nature endeared her to all who knew her. She loved large family gatherings, vacationing at the beach with her siblings and in-laws, and actively participating in the life of her family. She learned the value of hard work and devotion on her parent's farm in Cicerone, W.Va. She had a zest for life only matched by her strong will and determination.

She is survived by her children, Sherry Colleen Barnette of Evans, Mary Ann Boswell of Ripley, and Warren Kent "Kenny" Boswell of Covington, Va.; her grandchildren, Adena Barnette and Andrea Reneau of Ripley, Austin Drew Barnette of Evans, Halea (Gustavo) Solano of Raleigh, N.C., Mary Elise Boswell-Clark of Ripley and Zachary Boswell of Covington, Va.; her great-grandchildren, Dominik Solano, Harlow Reneau, Huck Reneau, and Mikael Solano; siblings, Kathy Coulson of Parkersburg, Shelba Kniceley of Gallipolis, Ohio, Keith Sayre of Hurricane, Jim Sayre of Cross Lanes, and Nola Myers of Jackson, Ohio, and her many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be 5 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Lloyd Keith officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Committal service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at the Given Cemetery.

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Doris Jean Campbell Print Comment Top of page

Doris Jean "Dot" Mellich Campbell, of South Charleston, passed away Oct. 22, 2014 at the age of 80. She was born Aug. 22, 1934 in Victor, West Virginia, the daughter of Lewis and Helena Ruloff Mellich.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Campbell, and all of her siblings (two brothers and two sisters).

Left to cherish the memory of her awesome holiday dinners are son, Robert W. Campbell of South Charleston; daughter-in-law, Missy McGhee (Cross Lanes); daughter and son-law, Linda Campbell and John Wehrle (Charleston); grandson, Robert L. Wehrle, and granddaughter-in-law, Natalie Kay Wehrle (Charleston); grandson, Hunter Scott Campbell (Cross Lanes); special niece, Terry Mellich Kincaid, and her daughters, Nancy and Allie, of Victor; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

At Dot's request, no memorial service will be held.

Kimberly Cantley Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Kimberly Dawn Cantley, 45, of Given, formerly of Poca, passed away October 30, 2014, in CAMC Memorial Division. She was a 1987 graduate of Poca High School.

She leaves behind her husband, Brian Cantley; children, Brianne and Dylan; parents, Keith "Booger" and Linda Hawley; sister, Teresa Hunt; brother, Keith Hawley; grandfather, Bill Lett; father-in-law, Dan and wife, Violet Cantley; mother-in-law, Judy and husband, Ron Blum; and brother and sister-in-law, Odie and Tammy Cantley.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Kimberly Dawn Cantley will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 3, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Ortin Heights Cemetery, Nitro. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Cantley family.

Maxine Fowler Print Comment Top of page

Maxine "Patty" Fowler, 95, of Leon, died Oct. 30, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon., Nov. 3, at Baden-Presbyterian Church, Leon. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Patty Ann Hamric Print Comment Top of page

Patty Ann Hamric, 77, of Glenville, departed this life just past midnight Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a sudden illness.

Born September 28, 1937, in Gilmer County, daughter of the late Wesley and Madge Robinson Hickman.

On December 24, 1956, she was united in marriage to Ermine Ray Hamric, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2007.

Patty was a graduate of Sand Fork High School, class of 1956. She worked most of her life in retail sales and office assistant positions. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. Patty was a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church and had lived the last 4 years with her daughter, Debbie.

Surviving is one daughter, Debbie Skinner and husband, Doug of Baldwin; two granddaughters, Amber Frashure and husband, Joey of Baldwin, and Amy Skinner, also of Baldwin; and three sisters, Betty Stalnaker and husband, Bill of Glenville, Rose Roberts and husband, Reggie of Glenville, and Linda Dudley of Roanoke, Va. There are also two great-grandchildren surviving, Bayley and Kendall Frashure of Baldwin.

Along with her parents and husband, Patty was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Ray Hamric.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, November 3, at Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV, 26351 with Pastor Phil Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, Linn, W.Va. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Patty Ann Hamric with arrangements.

Matthew Keesecker Print Comment Top of page

Matthew L. "Matt" Keesecker, 45, of Princeton, died suddenly of natural causes early Sunday morning, October 26, 2014, at his residence.

Born April 28, 1969, in Johnson City, Tenn., he was the son of John Keesecker and Ann Lewis Keesecker both of Erwin, Tenn.

Matt was a graduate of Unicoi High School in 1987. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Tennessee Tech University. Matt was a member of Alpha Omega Fraternity.

Upon moving to Princeton, Matt opened the Princeton Walmart Store, where he served as its Manager for many years. Matt continued to serve the Walmart Corporation for 21 years. He also worked in the Mercer County Magistrate's office for two years. While living in Princeton, Matt had been very active in the community, having served on various boards and committees, helping to make Princeton a better place to live. He was a member of the Princeton Church of God on the Oakvale Road in Princeton. Matt enjoyed riding his bicycle.

A bright spot in Matt's life came when he rode from Melbourne, Fla., to Erwin, Tenn., with his son, Ryan and Cousin Mark. Matt will long be remembered for his kind heart, his generosity and his commitment to his family.

His brother, John Mark Keesecker, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, are his wife of seven years, Daphne Dawn Monk Keesecker; his three children; Ryan of Nashville, Tenn., Jordon and Bethany, both of Princeton; and three stepchildren; Chelsea, Shaylah and Coltin Walls, all of Princeton.

On Saturday, November 1, at 3 p.m. we will celebrate the life of Matt Keesecker at Princeton Church of God on the Oakvale Road in Princeton with Pastor J.B. Hurt officiating.

Friends may visit with the family Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the church.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin, Tenn. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children's Ministries, Princeton Church of God, 250 Oakvale Road, Princeton, WV 24740.

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The Keesecker family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Arizona Lacy Print Comment Top of page

Arizona F. Lacy, 88, of Charleston, died Fri., Oct. 31, 2014. Per his request, the body will be cremated with no service. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Phyllis Jean Lane Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis Jean Lane, 74, of Elkview, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, October 29, 2014, after an illness, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Phyllis was a homemaker who was very dedicated to her family. She loved the outdoors and her animals. She attended Elkview Baptist Church.

She was born February 8, 1940, in Wevaco, W.Va., to the late Edward McGinnis and Mae Lanham McGinnis.

She is survived by son, Ronald D. Lane and wife Cheryl of Morgantown; daughter, Lisa Lane Shamblin and husband, Dale of Elkview; grandchildren, Bruce Lane and wife, Amanda, and Matthew Shamblin.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at Hafer Funeral Home with Rev Scott Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney, WV. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service Sunday.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview is assisting the Lane family with arrangements.

Charles Linville Print Comment Top of page

Charles Eugene Linville, 60, died Wed., Oct. 29, 2014, at his home, in East Long Meadow, Mass. Service was 11 a.m. Fri., Oct. 31, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Spring Field, Mass. He was the son of Stewart Averill Linville and Hazel M. Estep Linville. He is survived by brother, Carl Beecher of Dawes; and sister, Nancy Stafford; and also, Charles had other brothers and sisters of Dawes. Charles was a resident of Dawes.

Steven Martin Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Steven Todd Martin, 46, of Chapmanville, died Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are serving the Martin family.

William Martin Print Comment Top of page

William C. Martin, 93, of Mt. Lookout, formerly of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord October 29, 2014, with his wife and children by his side.

He was born March 9, 1921, in Charleston, son of the late Oather and Vertie Martin. William was a manager with the Kroger Company for over 30 years; he left the Kroger Company and was the owner/manager of the Fas-Chek Supermarket on Sissonville Drive for 15 years.

In addition to his parents and stepfather, James Brown, William was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Opal; son, William (Curtis); brothers, Carl and Kenneth; sister, Virginia Ferrell.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Georgia Lanham; sons, John Martin (Connie) and Robert Martin (Gail); daughter, Janice McMillen (Aaron); daughter-in-law, Diana Martin; stepchildren, David Brogan (Kitty), Stanley Brogan (Bev), Charles Brogan (Debbie), Dewayne Brogan (Andrea), Rebecca Raines (Clarence), Karen Bennett (Russell), April Brogan, Sherry McClung (George); 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; 24 step-great-grandchildren; brother, Ray; sister, Mary Ann McMillen (Elbert).

Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with the Rev. Frank Goff officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Family and friends may call two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Avenue, SW, South Charleston, WV 25309 or The American Cancer Society, 301 RHL Blvd, Suite 6, Charleston, WV 25312.

Robert Morris Print Comment Top of page

Robert Lee Morris, 84, died October 27, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Salem County, N.J. Born in Charleston, he lived most of his life in the Charleston area. Following the death of his wife, Ann Vintroux Morris, in August 2012, he moved to the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Mickleton, N.J.

In July 2014, Bob became a resident of Friends Village Skilled Nursing Center at Woodstown, N.J. The youngest son of Donnally and Anne Byrne Morris, Bob was a direct descendant of William Morris, the first permanent settler of the Kanawha Valley. He was a graduate of Charleston High School, attended West Virginia University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and graduated from Morris Harvey College (now, the University of Charleston). He did graduate studies at WVU and the University of North Carolina. Bob was a retired Employment and Training Coordinator for the WV Department of Employment Security. He was a past president of the Lions Club of Charleston. He was also a past member of the Ruffner and Trinity classes at The First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, the St. Albans Little Theater, the Cotillion Club, The University of Charleston Alumni Association, and The Shepherd Center. Bob is survived by his daughters, Ann Kendall Morris (Joseph Greene) of Charleston, Eugenie Matyas (Edward) of Mickleton, N.J., and Carolyn Beste (Michael) of Santa Fe, New Mexico; his grandchildren, Edward Morris Matyas (Megan) and Julia Ann Matyas of Pa.; and his brother-in-law, John Vintroux of Charleston. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donnally H. Morris Jr. and Buckner S. Morris.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV, with Rev. Jim Roberts officiating.

The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 3, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, WV.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301 or the Friends Village Employee Christmas Fund. Checks may be made out to Friends Village Resident Association (FVRA) and mailed to Friends Village at Woodstown, Attn: Karen Taylor, One Friends Drive, Woodstown, NJ 08098.

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

Merlin Nutter, Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Merlin "Jack" Nutter, Sr., 79, of Rainelle, died Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Nov. 2, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel at Rainelle with visitaton one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle, are in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Parsons Print Comment Top of page

Margaret Gene Parsons, 77, of Walton, died Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin. Friends will be received Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the service Fri. Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin is in charge of arrangements.

Dixie Ann Rose Print Comment Top of page

Dixie Ann Rose, 77, of St. Albans, died Oct. 30, 2014. Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Saunders Print Comment Top of page

Wayne Norris Saunders, 84, of St. Albans, formerly of DuPont City, went home to be with the Lord October 30, 2014, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer's.

Wayne was a 1950 graduate of DuPont High School and a Korean War veteran. He also worked and retired from Union Carbide.

Wayne was born November 29,1929, to the late Golden Saunders and Mary Saunders Ferrell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his infant son, Wayne Jr.; brothers, Percy Ferrell, Norman Ferrell, Garland Ferrell; and sister, Virginia Pinson.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Claudette Fleck Saunders; son, Kevin Michael Saunders and wife, Tami; daughter, Pamela Kay Purdy and husband, Dave Purdy, daughter, Jodie Lynn Campbell. Also surviving are his precious grandchildren, Kevin Wayne Saunders and wife, Nala, Sarah Campbell, Caitlyn Campbell; and great-granddaughter, Harper Campbell. Also surviving are brothers, Lacy Saunders, Johnny Ferrell, Glen Ferrell; and sisters, Goldia Raines, Ruth Cogan and Gay Bono.

Wayne was a choir director, teacher and deacon at Farrar Memorial Baptist Church for 40 plus years. He loved singing the old traditional songs until the very end of his life.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 3, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Joel Harpold officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Wayne's caregiver, Loretta Hesson, for her love and care; she brought a smile to his face every day and also to all the nurses at Broadmore Assisted Living.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Salvation Army. Visit to share memories or to express condolences.

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

Darrell Smith Print Comment Top of page

Darrell Smith, 76, of Branchland, died Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon., Nov. 3, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral Mon. at the funeral home.

Robert Tolley Print Comment Top of page

Robert Leon Tolley, 83, of Elizabeth, formerly of Canton, Ohio and Gay, W.Va., died Oct. 29, 2014. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 4, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Tues. at the funeral home.

Rocky Wriston Print Comment Top of page

Rocky Dale Wriston, 42, of Fayetteville, died Wed., Oct. 29, 2014. Rocky has been cremated. No service is planned at this time. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Funerals for: November 01, 2014

Adams, Doris M. Noon, Faith Tabernacle Missionary Outreach for Christ Church, Fayetteville.

Amerson, Emogean 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charleston.

Boswell, Cleora 5 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Bowen, Clyde J. 11 a.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Childers, Jacqueline A. 1 p.m., Judson Baptist Church, Winfield.

Coats, Michael 11 a.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Cobb, Troy A. 2 p.m., Gatens

Cochran, Bert F. 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Comer, Pauline 2 p.m., Broyles

Dempsey, Edith 11 a.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Hensley, Rev. Auther 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Jenkins, Gordon E. 11 a.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Keesecker, Matthew 3 p.m., Princeton Church of God, Princeton.

King, Pearl 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

Litton, Lavinia 11 a.m., Fairplain Cemetery, Fairplain.

McCarus, Ramez A. Sr. Noon, Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Overton, Eva M. 1 p.m., Montgomery Presbyterian Church, Montgomery.

Owens, Tommy 1 p.m., West Logan Church of God, West Logan.

Pridemore, George Sr. 11 a.m., Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Pridemore, George Sr. 11 a.m., Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Shaffer, Robert J. 11 a.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Shamblin, Gene F. 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Skaggs, Freddie W. 1 p.m., Restlawn Memory Gardens, Ansted.

Vicars, Nora L. 2 p.m., Crossroads Apostolic Church, Bradley.

Williams, Judy 6 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, Scott Depot.

Williams, Judy 6 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, Scott Depot.

Young, Loren E. 1 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, Fayetteville.