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Today's Obituaries

Dolores G. Bradshaw Print Comment Top of page

Dolores G. Bradshaw, 76, of Charleston, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was a member of Ivydale Baptist Church on David Creek and was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, especially for her family. Dolores looked forward to her annual vacation and spending time with her family at the Meador campground in Hinton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil Motter Sr. and Lucille Motter; several brothers and sisters; and a nephew, Mark Edward Motter.

Surviving are her loving husband of 56 years, Joseph Harold Bradshaw Sr.; sons, Joe Bradshaw Jr., Thomas Bradshaw, John Bradshaw and David Bradshaw; daughters, Debrah Smith and Rebecca Young; and many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Basil Hudson and the Rev. Tyler Long officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

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

Linda Kay Burford Print Comment Top of page

Linda Kay Harper Burford, 66, of Elkview, passed away March 4, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 20, 1948 in Walton.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Charles, and their two children: son, Christopher (Jessica) Burford of Elkview, and daughter, Heather (Simon) Goetze of North Huntingdon, Pa. She is also survived by two grandchildren, whom she cherished, Sadie Claire Goetze of North Huntingdon, Pa., and Brielle Juliette Burford of Elkview.

Linda was a faithful member of Elkview Baptist Church and a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. Linda was retired from Union Carbide.

Donations may be made to Elkview Baptist Church in her honor.

A service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, with Pastor Bobby Sizemore officiating. Interment will be held at Melton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Hafer Funeral Home.

Robert F. Cantrell Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Robert F. Cantrell Jr., 68, of Dunbar, passed away March 4, 2015 after a long illness.

He was born in Charleston on Oct. 3, 1946, the son of the late Robert Frederick Cantrell and Elizabeth Ann Cantrell. "Bob" grew up in Nitro and was a 1964 graduate of Nitro High School and a 1968 graduate of Morris Harvey College. He was retired from AC&S, Inc., where he served as president and CEO.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Ann Cantrell; wife, Elissa Sharpe Cantrell; three children, Bryan Cantrell (Stephanie), Erin Cantrell and Kevin Cantrell (Stephanie); three grandchildren, Adalyn, Bryson and Sadie; brother, William Cantrell (Katherine); as well as extended family, many caregivers, colleagues and friends.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro. A private graveside service will be held at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens at a later date.

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

Judith Erwin Castle Print Comment Top of page

Judith Erwin Castle, 72, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

Born Nov. 15, 1942 in St. Albans, Judith was a daughter of the late Frank Edward and Amy Lea Roberts Erwin. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Castle; son, Billy Castle; and two sisters and one brother.

Judith was a homemaker and a member of Marlaing Gospel Tabernacle, St. Albans.

She is survived by her children, Elaine Castle and fiance, Ron Chastain, of Scott Depot, Charles Castle and wife, Nicolle, of St. Albans and Stacy Castle of St. Albans; three grandchildren, Malaki Castle, Ashley Castle and Brandi Bowyer; and three great-grandchildren. Judith is also survived by her siblings, Freda Miller, Connie Erwin, Bob Erwin and David Erwin, all of St. Albans.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Mike Craigo officiating. A private burial will be at Scary Creek Cemetery, Scott Depot.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at

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

Norma "Muffy" Cooper Print Comment Top of page

Ms. Norma "Muffy" Cooper, 69, passed away Feb. 26, 2015 at Mandarin Chesapeake Hospice House, Harwood, Md. She will be laid to rest Saturday, March 7, at the family cemetery. Information submitted by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Andrew Elmore Print Comment Top of page

Andrew Elmore, 66, of Sandyville, passed way peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 1, 1948 in Charleston, he was the son of the late John Arnold and Dollie Canter Elmore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Burdette and Rebecca Pritt, and three brothers, George, John and James Elmore.

He is survived by his companion, Helen Harrison; three daughters, Julia Smith (Mikey), Patricia White (Jeremy) and Lisa Elmore (Lenny); two sons, Andrew and Johnny Elmore; a sister, JoAnn Barnes; a brother, Willard Elmore; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of his life will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville. Interment will follow at Fisher Cemetery.

At his and his family's request, please do not send flowers. However, donations can be made to Helen Harrison, 42 Ruby Lake Road, Sandyville, WV 25275.

Arrangements entrusted to Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Teri Jo Given Print Comment Top of page

Teri Jo Given, 46, of Cowen, died Feb. 19, 2015. Celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Burton Hall, Camp Caesar, Cowen, with visitation beginning two hours prior. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Robert G. Gorham Print Comment Top of page

Robert G. Gorham, 88, of Ona, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Midland Meadows Senior Living Community. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Phyllis C. Keeney Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis C. Keeney, 90, of Charleston, formerly of Scott Depot, left this earth for her eternal home on March 3, 2015.

Phyllis was born April 20, 1924 in Clay County, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late, William C. and Nina Samples Caldwell. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as a young adult at the Oakwood Baptist Church and was formerly employed by Dr. Merle Scherr and Dr. Chandra Kumar

Preceding her in death were her two brothers, Bill Jr. and Ted; her first husband, Buster Keeney; and by "the love of her life," Denver Boggess.

Surviving her are her daughter and son-in-law, Becki and Amon Samples of Charleston; sons and daughter-in-law, Joe Bill and Debbie Keeney of Elkview and George "Mack" Keeney and his fiancee, Jeanne Harvey of Scott Depot; sisters-in-law, Athalee Caldwell of Katy, Texas and Rachel Caldwell of Virginia Beach, Virginia; grandchildren and their spouses, Greg and Becky Samples of Burlington, Ohio, Shannon and Andy Elliot of Charleston, Mark and Adrienne Samples of Charleston, Brian Keeney of Elkview and Jodi Keeney of Dunbar; her "special grandchildren," Michael and Katie Lowe; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and multiple cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, March 7, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Mike Long officiating. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Saturday.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Tender Heart Home Care and to all of her caregivers, present and former, for their love and compassion. Also a thank you to Hospice Care, Mary and Joan, and to her dear friend, Josephine Hypes, for her love and freindship.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Bvld. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

James F. Love III Print Comment Top of page

James F. Love III passed away March 4, at his home in St. Albans after a long illness. Jimmy was the owner of C&O Motors-Love Lexus-Toyota and Love Nissan, located in St. Albans.

He was preceded in death by his parents J.B. and Eva Hanson and son Michael Warren Love.

Left to cherish his memory and the impact he had on their lives, his wife of 56 years Mary Francis Love and son James Love IV of Cincinnati, Ohio, employees of his dealerships and many friends who loved him.

Jimmy graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and served his county in the Army Reserves. He started is long career with a small gas station and building and racing stock cars on the west side of Charleston. He worked for Valley Motors as a mechanic but decided he wanted to go into sales and was told by management that he "couldn't sell cars." He then joined Tag Gaylean dealerships and was soon promoted to sales manager at their South Charleston location. Known for his talent and sales ability he soon became recognized a top automobile salesman in the area. In 1966 he purchased C&O Motors (Chevrolet & Oldsmobile) in St. Albans. The dealership averaged twenty to twenty five units a month. Within just a few years he had grown the dealership to one of the largest producers in West Virginia. He added Toyota (becoming a national leader in truck sales) then becoming the only Lexus dealer in West Virginia he soon added Nissan. His dealership now is the largest franchised dealer in West Virginia and consistently ranked among the largest in the country. The dealership is ranked the fifth largest pre-owned dealership in the country.

Love is past president of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. He is a charter member of the prestigious Presidents' Club with the National Automobile Dealers Association and is one of the only two original members. Due to his vision and determination, he led the force for the association purchasing the current location of the state association. He consistently won every award both for the state and nationally in all aspects of the franchise automobile industry. He loved his boats and airplanes and took great pride in sharing the Mary F, his one hundred foot yacht and collection of wooden boats.

Known for his strong work ethic and pride of his industry, many successful professionals in the industry were trained at his dealerships. He was one of the last of a generation of "Lions of the Automobile Industry."

Arrangements are pending. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home in St. Albans is in charge of the arrangements.

Donations may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387, or a charity of your choice.

Evelyn McQuain Print Comment Top of page

Evelyn Campbell McQuain, 90, of Dunmore, died March 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Dunmore United Methodist Church, with visitation beginning two hours prior. Online condolences may be shared at

Rae Jean Moore Print Comment Top of page

The service for Rae Jean Moore has been moved to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the funeral home. Electric permitting. Online condolences may be shared at

Jack Blount Park Print Comment Top of page

Jack Blount Park, 81, of Point Pleasant, died March 4, 2015 at his home after a short illness. Born June 29, 1933 in Point Pleasant, he was a son of Victor E.S. and Helen (Blount) Park of Point Pleasant. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Victor E. Park, and his furry friends, Jeep, Pepper, Rusty and Pearl.

He was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School. Jack served in the U.S. Air Force prior to his graduation from Marshall University with a B.A., majoring in art and speech, and an M.A. in fine art.

A lifelong artist, his greatest influence was his father, Victor E.S. Park. He enjoyed experimenting with many forms of art throughout his life. He was a member of the faculty of Point Pleasant High School, where he taught art, debate, graphic art and computer technology. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of art with his students, family and friends. He was also a mentor and teacher to local artists.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Molly Kate Park; his son, Jackson Andrew Park of Charleston; his daughter, Victoria Park Anderson of Columbus, Ohio; three granddaughters, Andrea L. Park, Elizabeth K. Schopis and Kathryn R. Schopis; and his great-granddaughter, Olivia.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, as Jack's life is celebrated on Sunday afternoon, March 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to Pleasant Valley Hospice, 1011 Viand St., Point Pleasant, WV 25550.

Jack's care and the care of the Park family have been entrusted to Crow-Hussell Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting

Hazel McKown Roberts Print Comment Top of page

Hazel McKown Roberts, 94, of Mount Carbon, died March 2, 2015. She was born April 21, 1920 in Roane County, and she was the daughter of the late Jefferson and Mary Mullins Thompson. Also preceding her in death were her first husband and father of her children, Roby McKown, and her second husband, Robert Roberts; daughter, Louetta Lewis; a son, Stanley McKown; granddaughter, Lisa Roy; and a great-granddaughter, Sherri Bennett.

Surviving are her children, Shirley Welch of Powellton, Janet Coleman of Smithers, Marjorie Morrison of Jane Lew, Jean Blake and her husband, Roger, of London, Wilma McKown of Powellton, Virgil McKown and his wife, Lynn, of Falls View and Randall McKown and his wife, Margie, of Charlotte, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Joe Darlington officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

James C. Saulters Print Comment Top of page

James Clifton "Jim" Saulters, 65, of McCandless, PA, formerly of St. Albans, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his boyhood home. Jim was a gentle, funny, kindhearted man. He could navigate whitewater, climb mountains, cross-country ski and tell a good story around a campfire. He lived in West Virginia for over 30 years, and retired from SuperValu in Milton. Parents George and Grace Saulters preceded him in death. He is survived by a nationwide network of good friends. A celebration of Jim's life will take place in May. Arrangements are by Mcdonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Mars, PA. Send condolences to Memorial contributions may be made at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy,

Melba Spears-Kuhn Print Comment Top of page

Melba May Spears-Kuhn, 86, of Sylvester, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 after a long illness.

Born April 1, 1928 in Eunice, she was the daughter of the late Bernie Spears and Norma Miller-Spears. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Kuhn; brother, Earl Spears; sister, Ruth Peters; nephew, Bobby Spears; and her special sister-in-law, Jo Ann Kuhn.

Melba could always be found on her front porch swing waiting to greet all of the neighbor children getting off the school bus. Halloween was always one of her favorite days of the year; she loved dressing up to surprise the trick-or-treaters. One of Melba's greatest joys was attending bingo with her daughter, Janie, and socializing with all her special Bingo Buddies. Melba will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving, her daughter, Janie (Mark) Snodgrass of Fosterville; grandsons, Markie (Lisa) Snodgrass of Rock Creek and Randy (Lindsey) Snodgrass of Whitesville; grandchildren, Andrew Jones and Taylor and Baylee Snodgrass; great-granddaughter, Kylee Jones; as well as special family members, Mindy, Nicole and Jessica Spears.

A celebration of Melba's life will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Armstrong Funeral Home with Pastor Ricky Peters officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

R. June Stanley Print Comment Top of page

Rebecca June Stanley, 95, of Cedar Grove, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015 at home. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Jack and Mayme Harrison Young.

June was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Howard Raymond Stanley; her brother, Clayton Popeye Young; and sisters, Helen Brown and Eunice Turner.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Graham Stanley and wife, Linda, of Oak Hill, Ohio, Leslie Sigler and husband, Bill, of Charleston and Kent Stanley and wife, Teresa, of Cedar Grove; grandchildren, Julie and Bryan Stanley, Jennifer Nuckols and husband, David, Steven and Andrew Keeney and Haley Stanley; great-grandchildren, Makayla and Logan Grounds, Kaitlyn Keeney, Chriztian Kessler and Jensen Keeney and Carly and Noah Nuckols; brother, Ernest Young and wife, Delores; and sisters, Margurite Ketter, Kathryn Allison and Francis Grimm. She is also survived by many loving family members and friends, and special niece and caregiver, Ginny Starkey.

Special thanks to Kim, Ashley, Edie and Deanna of Hospice Care.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor John Massey officiating. Burial will follow the service at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311, or Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 294, Cedar Grove, WV 25039.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is assisting the Stanley family.

Myra L. Workman Print Comment Top of page

Myra Lavonne Washington Workman, 61, of Ohley, formerly of Kayford, passed away peacefully at CAMC Memorial on March 3, 2015 with her family by her side. She was disabled.

Myra was born April 16, 1953 to the late George H. Washington and Blanche E. Garten Washington of Seng Creek. Myra was preceded in death by her husband, Terry E. Workman; brothers, Howard L. Washington and George C. Washington; sister, Joyce A. Meadows; and sister-in-law, Marlene K. Buck.

Myra is survived by her daughter, Tina M. Workman (John) of Ohley; granddaughters, Brooke L. Workman (Cody) and Allyson J. Hickman, all of Ohley; brothers, Terry Washington of Seng Creek, Farley Washington (Cheryl) of Kirbyton and John Washington (Regina) of Angier, N.C.; sisters, Shelby Stenger (Dave) of Dunbar and Vera Keeney (Dana) of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; brothers-in-law, Billy Workman (Doris) of Eskdale, Mark Workman (Joanie) of Miami, W.Va., and Sebert Meadows of Merriville, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Darlene Cantley of Chesapeake; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Myra was a kindhearted, loving person who cherished her daughters and granddaughters. She never met a stranger and will be missed by all who knew her.

Myra's family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses and staff in MICU at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Dr. Keith and Dr. Eggleston. The warm, compassionate care they extended will never be forgotten.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with Pastor John Cantley officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent at

Funerals for: March 06, 2015

Boggess, Boyd C. Noon, Dodd

Bracken, Naomi B. 11 a.m., Spring Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Campbells Creek.

Carpenter, John R. 2 p.m., New Life Center Church, Cedar Grove.

Edgell, Karen R. 11 a.m., Forrest

Harris, Linda S. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Lovejoy, Denese L. Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Martin, Marion K. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted.

McCutcheon, David 11 a.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Shamblin, Mark A. 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Sparkman, Peggy A. 2 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Spencer, Drema 1 p.m., New Covenant Baptist Church, Charleston.

Williams, Robert P. 2 p.m., Wilson

Wooten, Gary V. 1 p.m., Mud Fork Freewill Baptist Church, Verdunville.