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Today's Obituaries

Daniel "Cotton" Beckner Print Comment Top of page

Daniel "Cotton" Beckner, of Charleston, was called home on May 28, 2015, after a short illness.

Cotton and his beloved wife, Mina made their home on the West Side of Charleston for many years, after her death he moved to the Marmet area, where he remained for the final 10 years of his life to be near his son. He will be remembered for his big smile, friendly wave and tales of childhood pranks to friends, family and neighbors. He also enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. He was retired from Trojan Steel and worked many years in construction prior to that. One of his favorite things was going to Bob Evans with his son.

Cotton was born November 5, 1922 to the late Rev. Volley and Gerta Beckner. He was also proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Mina Haynes Beckner; four brothers, Bill, Hank, Dick and Willie Beckner; three sisters, Sylvia Cobb, Beulah Casto and Wilma Withrow.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Patricia Becker; grandson, Eric Beckner of Marmet; and two sisters, Pauline Pickard of Stevensville, Mont. and Audrey Sergent of Sanford, Fla. Cotton is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday May 31, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Goggess officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday May 30, also at the funeral home.

Cotton will be missed be family, friends and neighbors. Everyone that met him will always carry an image of his friendly face and laughing voice in their hearts.

The family will accept online condolences at: Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Beckner family.

Dana Brown Print Comment Top of page

Dana Theodore Brown, 82, of Point Pleasant, died May 29, 2015. Servie will be 11 a.m. Mon. June 1, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sun. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Richard Conley Print Comment Top of page

Richard Burl Conley, 77, of Spencer, died Wed. May 27, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Sun. May 31, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service Sun. at the funeral home.

Bobby Dunbar Print Comment Top of page

Bobby Gene Dunbar, 78, of Union, died Thurs. May 28, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun. May 31, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Groves Funeral Home, Union is serving the Dunbar family.

John Easter Print Comment Top of page

John Easter, 78, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at home in Hedgesville, W.Va.

John was born March 26, 1937 in Charleston to Daniel "Eb" and Amanda VandeLinde Easter. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1956 and joined Kaiser Aluminum out of high school where he worked for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the US Army. On May 23, 1975, he married his wife, Janet Carolyn Hoffman. John was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and friend.

John is survived by his wife, Janet; two sons, Scott (Connie) Easter of Ripley and Dustin (Aileen) Easter of the White Mountain area of N.H.; one step-son, Robert Zerkle in New Haven; and two daughters, Amanda (Chris) Scheuch of Hedgesville and Amaris (Justin) Landis of Atlanta, Ga. John is also survived by six grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Robert, Kyler, Olivia, Isabella and Magdeline; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and William; and close nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel "Eb" and Amanda VandeLinde; as well as one sister, Jaqueline Chancey; and six brothers, Lawrence, Joe, Hubert, Roy, Denny, and Harry.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Waybright Funeral Home, 511 South Church St., Ripley. A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Chad Gabbard Print Comment Top of page

Chad Gabbard, 36, of Russell, Ky., died Thurs. May 28, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Mon. June 1, at Bridges Christian Church, Russell, Ky. Visitation for friends will be from 6 to 9 Sun. at the church.

Bishop German Print Comment Top of page

Bishop German, 97, of Rand, died of May 29, 2015. Preston Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

David Lockhart Print Comment Top of page

David Carrol Lockhart, 71, of Parkersburg, died Thurs. May 28, 2015. Service will be 7 p.m. Sat. May 30, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Edna Matics Print Comment Top of page

Edna "Eddi" Jean Wickline Matics, 64, of Meadow Bridge, died May 27, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun. May 31, in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sat. May 30, at the church. Arrangments by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Kermit "Cue" Smith Print Comment Top of page

Cue knew better than most, that life was a river of people passing through this world, and that he too was passing through it. On May 28, 2015 after 62 years of living on the Elk River, where he and his wife, Freda would watch squirrels play in the hickory tree on the riverbank, and his family would gather around him for any reason they could find; Cue passed on to his eternal reward. His love of God, family, life and others was obvious to those who met him.

Cue was born on February 8, 1926 to William W. and Othella Rucker Smith of Clendenin. He served in the United States Navy, and graduated from Clendenin High School. He was employed at Elk Refinery Co. for 25 years and founded Smith Insurance Agency in Clendenin in 1962.

He married his high school sweetheart, Freda Fields Smith, on August 23, 1948 and they raised their family at their home on Elk River that is still today a cherished gathering spot for the entire family. Freda passed away in 2004. Cue married Sylvia Bowen Smith in February 2006.

His adult life was dedicated to the Lord and he spent much of his time studying the Bible. He was a member of Clendenin Church of the Nazarene since 1950. He enjoyed teaching the Bible in both Sunday School and at his home where he would hold Bible Studies and discussion, open to all.

Cue is preceded in death by his parents, William Smith and Othella Rucker Smith; sisters, Dessie Chandler, Delcie Nivison, Kathleen Gandee, Dorothy Hill, Phyllis Hunt; brothers, Howard, Doyle, Bill, Johnnie; granddaughter, Wendy Lynn Morton; great-grandchild, Baby Pickle.

He is survived by his spouse, Sylvia Bowen Smith, of Clendenin; children, Mike (Pepi) Smith of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mitch (Becky) Smith of Elkview and Marsha (Charles) Lipscomb of St. Albans; grandchildren, David Smith, Monica Gasque, Stacy Jarrell, Josh Smith and Cortney Smith; and great-grandchildren, Ariel, Isabelle and Trenton Smith, Cole and Camden Gasque, Will, Julia Jarrell; and expected boy, Landon and Liam Smith and Cameron Smith; sisters, Pat (Bill) Humphries, Betty Kittinger; step-children, Tracy, Scott and Alice Bowen.

To keep Cue's memory alive, whenever you see a squirrel playing in a tree please remember Cue, his love of God and life then appreciate God's blessings, both big and small.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday May 31, at the Hafer Funeral Home with the Rev. Allen Midcap and Rev. Charles LaRue officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Gideon's Bible, P.O. Box 2723 Charleston, WV 25330 or Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences may be sent to Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd. Elkview is assisting the family.

Rebecca Sovine Print Comment Top of page

Rebecca (Becky) Sovine, 59, of Leivasy, died Thurs. May 28, 2015. Service will be 5 p.m. Sat. May 30, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle are in charge of arrangements.

Edward "Frank" Thomas Print Comment Top of page

Edward "Frank" Thomas, 63, of Hurricane, departed Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015 at home.

He was born Nov. 15, 1951 in Boone County. He was preceded in death by wife, Elaine Bess Thomas (Zach's mother); father, Edward H. Thomas; mother, Lois Barker Thomas; sister, Shirley Ann Thomas; paternal grandparents, Shirley and Beaufford Thomas; and maternal grandparents, Charles E. and Emma Barker. He retired from Verizon in 2009 with 31 years of service and was active in CWA Local Union 2001.

Frank is survived by daughter, Krista Miller and her husband, James I. Miller II of Nitro; son, Edward "Zach" Thomas of Hurricane; former wife and mother to Krista, Cynthia Slater; special cousin, Teresa Thomas Ball and her husband, Paul Ball, of Van; best friends and "brothers," Guy Jones of Sissonville and Bill Titlow of Pinch; and very special friend, Mary Carroll of Hurricane.

A celebration of Frank's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Lawrence Slater officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the celebration at the funeral home.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to all of his caregivers, Hospice, friends and co-workers that helped the family throughout Frank's illness and with the preparation of the service.

Visit to share memories or to express condolences.

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

Chad Weddington Print Comment Top of page

Chad Trevor Weddington, 38, of Parkersburg, passed away Wednesday May 27, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Matt Weddington.

Chad worked as a cable splicer for Frontier Communications. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Kim attended the Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna. In his spare time, Chad was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and was a former volunteer firefighter in Institute and Havelock, N.C.

Chad is survived by his wife, Kimberly Weddington; step-children, Ava and Jordan Taylor; father and step-mother, David and Belinda Weddington of Culloden; mother and step-father, Alice and Johnny Redhawk of Dunbar; sisters, Holly (Clay) Medley of Charleston and Kortney Patterson of Ravenswood; mother-in-law, Diana Coll of Scott Depot; sister-in-law, Amy (Tim) Whittaker of Scott Depot; four nieces; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday June 1, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with the Rev. Greg Markins officiating. Burial with military honors will Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes to share memories of Chad or condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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

Irene Workman Print Comment Top of page

Irene Grace Workman, 88, of Seth, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston.

She was born November 25, 1926, in Foster, a daughter of the late Bessie Mamie Gunnoe and Russell Halstead. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by son, William Pal Workman; husband, Benjamin Isaac Workman; son, Stephen R. Workman Sr.; brothers, Lako, Claude and Bernard; sisters, Mary Golden, Katherine, Gertrude and Thelma Halstead; and grandson, Clyde Workman III.

She is survived by her one daughter, Wanda Workman and husband, Clyde Workman of Seth; grandkids, Stephen R. Workman Jr. and wife, Brandi of Jacksonville, N.C., Shawn R. Workman and wife, April of Jacksonville, Joseph E. Workman of Seth, and Consuela L. Keener and husband, Jason of Summersville; great-grandkids, Alisha Workman, Sabrina Workman, Stephen Workman, Joey Workman, Michael Monhollen, Shawn Workman, Hunter Workman, Colten Keener, Jace Keener and Faith Workman.

Irene was raised in Drawdy, W.Va. She loved nature, traveling and baking. She and Bennie had been to almost every state and had a state sticker on the old van window. There was never a day when you would walk into her home and she would not ask if you were hungry, she was always ready to please, putting everyone else's concern above her own. She worked as a baker and cook for many years before becoming a homemaker. She could bake the best candy, cake and pie and wow the gravy and biscuits. For the past few years she spent her time at the senior citizens center, delivering meals to the elderly. She loved her grand and great-grandkids so very much, spending time with them and teaching them. She brought great joy to all and will be remembered for her hospitality and kindness.

Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, WV with Atholl Halstead officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until service time. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 31, at Halstead Cemetery, Drawdy. You may express your condolences to the family at

Funerals for: May 30, 2015

Adams, Bill R. 1 p.m., Cook Memorial Baptist Church, Pineville.

Baker, Aleen 1 p.m., Gassaway United Methodist Church, Gassaway.

Ball, Rosa M. 1 p.m., Spencer Methodist Church, Hewett.

Banks, Shirley 1 p.m., Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Charleston.

Berry, Eula M. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Bishop, Teddy B. 11 a.m., Bible Center Church, Charleston.

Carney, Toni L. 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Circle, John H. 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Green, Billy E. Noon, Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Johnson, Richard D. 1 p.m., Dunbar Mountain Mission Church, Dunbar.

Lesher, Leonard N. 11 a.m., Taylor

Lockhart, David 7 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

Mitchell, Mary L. 1 p.m., Heart of God Ministries, Beckley.

Ramsey, Gary L. Noon, Simons

Romans, Kenzie 2 p.m., Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Rainelle.

Sears, William 2 p.m., Sears Family Cemetery, Hominy Falls.

Short, Roy 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home Chapel, Oceana.

Skidmore, Currence L. 11 a.m., Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Sovine, Rebecca 5 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Tabet, Gloria J. 1 p.m., South Ruffner Freewill Baptist Church, Charleston.

Terry, Eloise M. Noon, Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted.

Thomas, Georgia R. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Woodell, Clarence Sr. 1 p.m., First Southern Baptist Church, Sutton.

Workman, Irene 8 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.