Obituaries for 03-09-2014
Janie Louise Bellamy, 61, of Montgomery, died March 7, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Prosperity with visitation two hours prior.
Shelbie Jean Blankenship, 74, of Alum Creek, died March 7, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Virginia Bertha Bledsoe, of Danville, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Boone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danville. She was 91 years young.
Virginia was born on July 11, 1922 at Maces Springs, Virginia and was the oldest of ten children. Her parents were the late, Mattie Lou Cindy Larkey and Charles Conley Salyers, which raised their children in Hiltons, Va. Virginia lived for many years in Barnabus (Logan County) with her husband, Walter Beldsoe until his death in 1987, where they raised their five children together. Virginia was a loving mother and home maker.
She is survived by daughters, Ginger Green (Harold) of Foster, Patty St. Lawrence (Joe) of Franklin, Tenn.; sons, Clyde Bledsoe of Omar, Larry Bledsoe (Shelia) of McConnell and Charles Bledsoe (Cathy) of Lynnville, Tenn.; sister, Mary Ann Olinger of Mount Carmel, Tenn.; brothers, Fred Salyers of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Carl Salyers of Hiltons, Va. She had 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Bledsoe; granddaughter, Dawn Ann Bryant of Franklin, Tenn.; sisters, Nadine Robinette of Hickory, N.C.; brothers, Walmer Salyers of Chesapeake, Va., Harold Salyers of Mount Carmel, Tenn.; infant brother, James Salyers of Sigma, Va., Don Salyers of Zenia, Ohio, Charles Salyers of Churchhill, Tenn.; and daughter-in-law, Lucy Bledsoe of Omar.
Prior to her passing, Virginia was cared for at the Boone Nursing and Rehab Center for four years. Prior to that, she lived with her daughter, Ginger Green (Harold) at Foster, for many years.
The family would like to thank the staff of Boone Nursing, especially Regina Akers (CNA) who took "special" care of our Mother. We would also like to express our gratitude to Jennifer, with Hospice of Charleston.
Virginia was a Christian of Protestant faith.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with the Rev. Tom Beckette officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Logan.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
William Albert "Bill" Bollenbach, 81, of Clayton, formerly of Kemblesville, Pa., died March 4, 2014. Service will be 7 p.m. at Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson with visitation two hours prior. Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, is in charge of arrangements.
Delbert Theodore Casto, 85, of Ripley, died March 7, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans with visitation two hours prior.
Everett E. Coleman, 53, of Charleston, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 after a illness.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma L. (Crawford) Brown; brothers, James Crawford and Levere Coleman.
He leaves to mourn his daughters, Shannon, Ashley and Sahara Coleman of Charleston and a host of extended family and friends.
There will be no service or visitation.
Joe Delano Cook, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2014, at Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Born December 29, 1934 in Leslie (Greenbrier County), he was the son of the late Grover C. Cook and Virginia E. Cook.
After graduating Crichton High School, Joe served in the army. He was stationed in Newfoundland during the Korean War, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Honorably Discharged. After a few jobs in Greenbrier County, Joe moved to Charleston to begin his lifetime career with General Engineering Company. Early on he was a chrome-plater and later became a field-sales representative, traveling to mines daily, preferably in a Ford. Joe spent many years in Charleston and Fairmont, then Abingdon, Va. and finally Columbus, Ohio. He had more than one 'family' throughout his life and most people you ask will only mention their affection for him and agree that he could connect with any stranger and make him or her feel instantly like an old friend. Joe will be dearly missed by all who truly knew him.
Joe is survived by his daughter Cynthia M. Carter; sons, Jeffery A. Cook and Gordon R. Cook (Cathy); step-daughters, Gina Strait (Joe plus family) and Kathy Phillips (Eric plus family); companion, Sandra Chapman; ex-wives, Patricia R. Cook and Judy Queen; sisters, June Henson, Rosalee "Sis" Carter and Leah Rae Cook; brothers, Jim "Slink" Cook, Donally "Tiny" Cook and Jerry Cook; granddaughter, Sarah M.Turley; grandsons, William J. Cook, Ian S. Cook and Oliver M. Cook; great-granddaughters, Savannah, Erica, and Emma. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceeded in death by his parents Grover C. Cook and Virginia E. Cook; ex-wife: Sandra Cook; sisters, Wanda Ohlinger and Lucille Nolen; brothers: Bill Cook, Jack Cook, and Johnnie Cook.
A private, family service is planned for a later date.
John Byron Dean, 85, of South Point, Ohio, died March 7, 2014. Service will be 3 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with visitation two hours prior.
Zelma Noreen Donahue, 86, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Meadowbrook Acres, surrounded by her loving family. She was a Christian.
Zelma was born September 19, 1927 in Dunbar the daughter of the late Edward Grisswood Shaffer and Goldie Kincaid Shaffer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John; son, Ronald; and two sisters, Juanita Fisher and Eva Hanna.
Zelma is survived by two sisters, Monzella Raines and husband, Virgil of Tad and Vonna Lawrence of Nitro; brothers, Gary D. Shaffer and wife, Macel L. of Charleston, Clarence and wife Jenny, of Charleston and Harold Shaffer of Wilmont, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
At her request there will be no service. She will be laid to rest next to her husband and son in Ortin Heights Cemetery, Nitro.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Meadowbook Acres for the love and care Zelma received while in their care.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City is serving Zelma's family.
Eva Linda Woods, 59, of St. Albans, passed away.
She was born June 18, 1954 in Kanawha County the daughter of Everett and Barbara Dixon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Woods.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, devoted wife and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents she is survived by her daughter, Sarah Beth Woods, of St. Albans; grandchildren, Zachary and Emily Woods, and Maisie and Valkarie Broyles; siblings, Dana Dixon, Brenda Adkins, and Cara Jarvis.
In honoring her wishes there will be no service.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.
John Calvert Fisher, 57, of Charleston, formally of Riverside, died March 7, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte K. Riddle Koch and step-father Sherel Koch and also his grandparents, Glade and John Riddle.
Per his request there will no visitation or service.
O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.
Nancy Jane Goodwin, 79, of Amma, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ivydale, after a short illness.
Nancy was the daughter of the late Claude and Faye (Hersman) Bailey. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph W. Goodwin and son, Donald Ray Goodwin.
Nancy loved her puzzle books, flowers and gardening.
Survivors include her daughters, Georgie Fay Goodwin of Amma, Donna Kay Whitlatch of Parkersburg; brother, Carl Bailey of Parkersburg; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Reynolds of Belle, Lorene Mae Goodwin of Chesapeake, Ohio, Alice Ruth Davis of Parkersburg, Dottie Lou Goodwin of Left Hand, Flossie Ann Fields of Ivydale; grandchildren, Rita Jane Parker, Daniel Wayne Lemon; great-grandchildren, Levi and Holden Parker and Haylee Lemon.
Nancy's funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Matics Funeral Home in Clendenin with David Goodwin officiating. Burial will be at the Carper Cemetery in Amma at a later date. Her family will receive friends from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.
Anna "Dubby" Florence Hall, 98, of Elkview, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at her residence.
She attended Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Pinch and was one of the oldest living graduates of Elk District High School. Anna loved spending time with her family, sewing and making clothing. She also enjoyed traveling and especially going to the beach and sitting in the rocking chair and was an avid Cincinnati fan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton P. Hall; grandson, Ronnie Chris Mitchell; granddaughters, Tami Dawn Elkins and Sherri Lee Massey.
Surviving are her sons, David B. Hall and wife, Carolyn, Paul D. Hall and wife, Carol Ann; daughters, Sherry Mitchel and husband, Murl, Marcy Smith and husband, Larry and Cathy Elkins and husband, Leo; special surviving cousin, Mary Lou Walker; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two on the way.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview with Pastor Danny Kinder officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online condolences and memories may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview is assisting the Hall family at this time.
James Allen Hall, 55, of Hurricane passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington with his family by his side.
He was born May 2, 1958 at South Charleston to James Cordell Hall and the late Sarah Jo Fleck Hall.
Allen loved fishing and camping. He loved spending time with his in-laws.
He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Annalisa Meredith Hall; father and mother-in-law, Ted and Gerry Meredith of St. Albans; sister-in-law, Melinda Meredith of Charleston; and father, James Cordell Hall of Jacksonville, Fla..
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to: Muscular Dystrophy Association-WEB, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960.
You may share memories or condolences to the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned, located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is honored to serve the Hall family.
Osie Leona Carr Hoffman, 87, departed this life on Valentine's Day 2014 to reunite with her beloved husband, Jim. Osie was born in Boone County, where she and her six siblings learned to work the land, laugh together and love good music. Her dad played the fiddle for dances all over the county. Mormon missionaries often visited their home and Osie was baptized with several of her siblings in September 1943.
In 1949, she moved to St. Albans to help with the opening of the Nancy Allen Diner, on Park Street. There she met her future husband, a customer who was impressed that she insisted on serving him a fresh slice of pie rather than a day-old piece. She described Jim as "a true gentleman". They married in 1954.
Together they owned and managed a TV repair shop at the corner of Park Street and Sixth Avenue in St. Albans. He was good with TV's and she was good at managing the business. In 1960 they moved to Florida. Jim's work for Martin, a NASA contractor, took them to Huntsville, Alabama and then back to Florida, where they settled in Deland. After Jim passed in 2005, Osie continued to live in Deland until August 2013, when her declining health prompted her to move in with her sister, June in San Jose, Calif. June cared for Osie in her home until Osie was hospitalized just a few days before her death.
Osie was fiercely independent (some describe her as "feisty") but quick to lend a hand when others were sick or needed help. A fast learner with a quick mind and a sharp wit, she was also an excellent cook and seamstress. She loved country music, clean living and watching space shuttle launches. She and her husband traveled to many places in the United States, often in their travel trailer, to visit family and to enjoy the scenic beauty of the American West.
Osie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The family extends special appreciation to Carol Hunter, Osie's devoted friend and fellow church member. Carol and her husband, Alen (now deceased) helped Osie realize her dream of going to the Orlando Temple and Carol helped Osie in other ways, great and small. Also, Rhonda Cheney and Carolyn Morse befriended Osie during her time at Woodland Towers in Deland and she always spoke highly of them.
Osie is survived by her devoted stepson, Cecil Hoffman, of Salem, Va., and his children Jimmy and Melinda of Charleston; loving sister, Alice June Carr of San Jose, Calif.; nieces, Carla Thomas McClure (WV) and Candice Carr (CA); and nephews, Clark Carr (FL), Christopher Carr (CA), Eldon Thomas (SC), and Carson Thomas (WV). She was preceded in death by parents, John and Dora Carr; husband, Jim; stepson, Ralph; nephew, Tim Carr; sister, Gladys Thomas; and brothers, Orville, Lester, Burk, and Chuck.
A funeral was held in Deland on February 22, with Bishop Tim Richards officiating, followed by the dedication of the grave by longtime family friend, Scott Clark. Allen Summerhill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The body was laid to rest at Deland Memorial Gardens, but Osie's spirit lives on, as do the memories and love she shared with friends and family. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family email@example.com.
Fayette's longest-serving legislator, Robert K. (Bob) Holliday, 81, Fayetteville, transitioned from this life to the next after a stay of just over one week at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, on Friday, Feb. 28. In lieu of flowers, his family requests gifts of sympathy or appreciation should be given to the Hospice House which offers its patients a most comforting environment.
Holliday donated his body for scientific research and will be cremated afterwards. There will be no visitation or funeral, according to his wishes, although the family said an arrangement has been made to conduct a celebration of his life. It will occur in Fayette Circuit Judge John Hatcher's courtroom, Fayetteville, April 25 from Noon to 1 p.m. The public will be invited.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 28 years, Deborah Ann, and children Kelvin (Betty) Stephen (Kelly), Robert (Molly) and Brandon Holliday, Kathy Eddy, Tracey (Jeremy) and Jeff Nichols; and 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by his only sibling, Larry (Faye) Holliday of Oak Hill.
He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Logan Co. and his parents were the late J. Kelvin Holliday and Kathleen Harris Holliday.
Holliday represented Fayette County in the House of Delegates following the elections of 1962, 1964 and 1966. He was elected to numerous four-year State Senate terms also, in 1968, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992. Among his key legislative roles, he was chairman of the following Senate Committees: Labor, 65th; Education, 66th; Interstate Cooperation, 67th, and possibly his favorite chair, Health & Human Resources. Holliday received the Distinguished Kanawha/Fayette Community Service, Inc. Award in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1991; WVEA's Pearl Buck Award, 1982; Distinguished Service Award, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1983; Rehabilitation Assn's Structural Barriers Award, 1988; Outstanding Legislator, WV Trial Lawyers Assn, 1988; and also received an honorary Doctorate from the Adult Basic Education Program in 1988. Among his favorite legislation passed was the abolishment of capital punishment in W.Va. and creation of The Autism Training Center. He believed in helping the downtrodden in society, visiting numerous mental hospitals and prisons as a legislator, with his career highlighted by serving eight terms as President of the Fayette Needy Assn. His other community service also included Raleigh-Fayette Co. Consumer Advisory Comm., Montgomery Coal Valley Lodge, AF&AM, 32 Degree Scottish Rite, Shriner, Fayette Heart Fund, New River Gorge Country Development Corp, Elk River Development Corp., Fayette Co. Volunteers, and State Democratic Executive Comm.
Holliday was also well known locally as long-time publisher of The Fayette Tribune, The Montgomery Herald, and The Meadow River Post newspapers. He served his nation in the US Army, and also was active in Presbyterian ministry, including several terms as elder at Oak Hill's church.
Edward A. Holsclaw Sr., 67, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather of South Charleston, departed to be with his heavenly father and his dear wife on Feb. 18, 2014, after a long illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine G. Holsclaw, the love of his life of 50 years, and parents, William and Mildred Holsclaw.
He is survived by his brother, Bill Holsclaw of Manassas, Va., and brother, Frank Holsclaw of Pauley's Island, S.C.; son, Edward (Mylene) Holsclaw II of Charleston; his daughter, Tina Holsclaw Hunter of Cross Lanes; son, Shane (Shannon) Holsclaw of Teays Valley; and eight grandchildren, Eddie, Lucas and Alexandra Holsclaw, Zachary and Savannah Hunter, Emily, Janie and Josie Holsclaw and Jessica Kosobucki with one great-grandchild, Blake Kosobucki. A loving and caring father and husband, Edward was very family oriented and cherished the times spent together with family, especially vacations at Canaan Valley, Myrtle Beach and Disney World. He was also very passionate about anything creative. He loved to write, enjoyed photography, hiking, travel, as well as collecting books and pens.
Being a diabetic, Edward was also passionate about diabetes care. He gave of himself, his time, expertise and monetary donations and aided diabetic friends and strangers in any way possible. Edward, or "Mr. Diabetes," as he was known throughout the state, has been involved in every facet of diabetes management, care, counseling, legislation, research and myriad of activities for over 35 years, all pertinent to improving the health and quality of life for diabetics and their families. His passion was diabetic care and, more importantly, teaching diabetics through his special program, "Attitude Can Lower Your Blood Sugar," that they could take control of their diabetes and live a normal life.
In addition to personal one-on-one care he provided diabetics, he also served on several boards as well as created projects which included: West Virginia Diabetes Coalition board member, which successfully passed Senate Bill 312 in 1996 that provided mandatory insurance coverage for diabetics for various medications and testing supplies as well as reimbursement for diabetes education; author of legislation to remove sales tax from insulin in the state of West Virginia; created and coordinated Charleston Diabetes Health Exposition; created Charleston Diabetes Runathon to raise funds for West Virginia American Diabetes; served as special advisor to Charleston Area Distance Run for diabetic runners; created Patient First Diabetes Support Programs for local home health agencies; coordinated CAMC Diabetes Screening Program; panel member, CAMC Annual Diabetes Month Physician and Patient Forum; developer and speaker, Diabetes Empowerment Seminar; formed West Virginia's chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinolists; served as a board member Diabetes Camp of West Virginia/Camp Kno-Koma.
Edward also received various awards for his diabetes care efforts: Presidential Citation presented by West Virginia State Medical Association in recognition of outstanding achievement of medicine progression of humanitarian services; Fifield Chairman, 1996 Diabetes Annual Achievement Award; Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Award; American Diabetes Association Distinguished Service Award; Diabetes Camp of West Virginia Distinguished Service Award; West Virginia Diabetes Coalition Award of Merit; Volunteer of the Year, Diabetes Camp of West Virginia.
He was a graduate of Charleston High School and West Virginia State University with a B.A. in communications (summa cum laude). He also received several diabetes care certifications. He was retired from Roche Diagnostics.
He had also worked in public relations with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office, West Virginia Department of Highways, as well as many other areas of employment and small business ventures. He also coordinated the opening ceremony dedication of the New River Gorge Bridge. He taught us all to care, love and have empathy for others. He touched so many lives in a magnificent way. He will be forever loved and missed. A private memorial service was held on March 8. In lieu of flowers, please bestow monetary donations in his name to Camp Kno-Koma, P.O. Box 224, Dallas, WV 26036 or donate online at campknokoma.com.
Ernest E. Huckoby, 65, of MacDunn, died March 7, 2014. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Burrell Long, 96, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2014, after a brief illness. Born in 1917, in Camden, he was the son of the late Ray and Bess Long and was a descendent of Morgan Morgan, a first settler of W.Va.
He was the beloved husband of the late Maxine (White) Long. They were married in 1940 and shared 71 years of mutual love and devotion until Maxine's death in 2011. The couple had lived in Kopperston and in Madison before moving to Bourne in 2006. For many years the couple wintered in St. Cloud, Fla. For the last three years he resided with his daughter in Pocasset, Mass.
A 1937 graduate of Weston High School, Tom was employed for 37 years by the Consolidated Natural Gas Company. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
A devoted member of the Baptist Church, Tom served as a Deacon and Youth Teacher at the Toneda Baptist Church, a Deacon at the Madison Baptist Church, and in later years an active member of the Eastern Avenue Baptist Church in St. Cloud, Fla. He served as a delegate to the West Virginia Baptist Convention, on the American Baptist Convention Board of National Ministries, and on the American Baptist Churches General Board.
He worked for 10 years with the Boy Scouts of America serving as a Scout Master and in various capacities for the Boone District, Chief Cornstalk Council, and National Jamboree.
An avid sportsman, Tom played and exceled in many sports throughout the years including baseball, basketball, bowling, archery, hunting and golf. He also enjoyed singing and playing his guitar. But his greatest enjoyment was times spent with his family.
Beloved by those who knew him, Tom was a kind, generous, humorous, gentle and sweet. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a loving man who always had a hug and a smile for everyone.
He is survived by his three sons, David Long and wife, Genevieve of Kearneysville, Daniel Long and wife, Sylvia of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Thomas Long and wife, Teresa of Hanahan, S.C.; his daughter, Laverne Newman of Pocasset, Mass.; and his sister, Katherine Riddle of Weston. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, William Newman.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 10 at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. Full Military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Thomas may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Buckskin Council, Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25350 (or online at www.aplacetogive.scouting.org), or to VNA of Cape Cod/Hospice, 434 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Thomas B. Long.
Mary Katharine Miller, 100, formerly of Clarksburg and Charleston, passed away at her Missoula, Mont., home on Feb. 23, 2014. Arrangements are under the care of Livingston-Malletta and Geraghty Funeral Home of Missoula.
Alice L. Plott, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at her home in Belle.
She was born April 22, 1921 and was just six weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Daisy Virginia Fleming Hess; husband, Garnett R. Plott; sons, Jasper B. and Garnett Joseph Plott; grandsons, Matthew A. and Anthony L. Ringel; and brothers, Okley F. and Elmer Hess.
She is survived by her daughters, Eleanor Ringel of St. Albans, April Bersin of Madisonville, La., and Alice Kerner (George) of Claremont, Calif.; granddaughters, Penelope Kerner, April DiFabrizio, Fallyn Plott and Katherine Darabant; grandsons, Robert J. Ringel, James and Andrew Sparks, Georgie Kerner and Nicholas DiFabrizio; great-granddaughters, Cassidy Sauvageot, Emily and Elizabeth Darabant; great-grandsons, Wesley and Cliff Sparks, Kyle Kerner and Jacob Plott; great-great grandchildren, Christopher and Chloe Sauvageot.
For many years, Alice was the long-time Estee Lauder representative at The Diamond Department Store and made many trips to Chicago where she met with Estee Lauder, the cosmetic company founder, representing, The Diamond. When The Diamond closed, she was invited to come to the Embees cosmetic department and from there she retired. She was a member of the American and Kanawha Valley Kennel Clubs and was the owner of Finiterre Kennels. She was one of the first people in West Virginia to raise dachshunds and show them in regional dog shows.
Alice lived a long and full life, raised five children who loved her, was blessed with wonderful grandchildren and a husband who loved her and thought she was beautiful. Who could ask for anything more?
A memorial mass will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Belle at a later date.
The family would like to thank Rhonda Queen and Hospice for the wonderful care of our mother and suggests any remembrance be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV 25387.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.
Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth Evelyn Bibbee Richardson, of Sparks, Nevada, formerly of Dunbar and Fremont, Calif., died peacefully Friday, March 7, 2014, in Saint Mary's Hospital, Reno, Nev. Born July 5, ,Ruth was the daughter of Walter O. Sr. and Fern M. Bibbee, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Jean Bibbee and brother, Walter O. Bibbee Jr.
Ruth grew up in Dunbar, graduating from Dunbar High School, Class of 1952. That same year she married David A. Richardson, and in 1960 they relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area area until retiring to Sparks, Nevada in 1992, where she resided until her death. "Ruthie" always claimed West Virginia as her home and enjoyed reading the Charleston Gazette online each day to keep up with home events.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, David; sons, David Alan of Reno, Nev., Michael (Donna) Fremont of Calif., Gregory (Sandy) of Roseville, Calif. and Jeffrey; grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Richardson; sisters, Eula Wilson (Robert) of Denver, Colo., Virginia Summerfield of St. Albans and Barbara Crow (James) of Dunbar.
Ruth has requested there be no service, only a private gathering of family and that John Denver's "Country Roads" be played.
Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society.
It is with profound sadness that we tell you that our mother, Margaret Louise Crawford Sands, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 8th, 2014. Born in Giles, West Virginia on November 12th, 1918, she was one of nine children who all pre-deceased her.
She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Kay Sands Wilson (GW) and her son, Burton Victor Sands (Sarah). She had 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Mother donated her body to the West Virginia University Health System and, as a result, there will be no visitation or funeral service. There will be a celebration of her life scheduled at a later date.
The family would ask that if you want to honor Mother in some way, please make a donation on her behalf to Kanawha Hospice Care or to an assistance fund in your local church.
Dan Stewart, 62, of Charleston, died suddenly Thursday, March 6, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
He was an Independent Contractor for LVL. Dan loved to travel, he loved his many friends and loved to drink coffee.
Dan was preceded in death by his dad, Benjamin Stewart, Jr.; grandparents, Cleve and Icie Gillispie and Benjamin, Sr. and Ida Stewart.
He is survived by companion, Heidi Roub; children, Robbie, Tina (Christian) Hill and Jason (Farrah); mother, Anna Lee Stewart; sister, Drema (Mike) Pauley; grandson, Stanton Hill; step-grandchildren, Christian Hill II, Ayden, Gloria and Brycon; niece, Erica Haak (Jason); nephew, Jody (Beth) Pauley; great nephew, Jackson (JR) Pauley; former wife, Bonnie Stewart; "adopted" son, Scott (Joyce) Kessinger and their daughter, Morgan Danielle; and also his dog, Maxwell.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastors Mark Thaxton and Homer Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family wants to say a special thank you to his dear friend, Dr. Steve Zekan, his staff and also to his kidney donor, Joyce Kessinger. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Curry Funeral Home or CAMC Transplant Center.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.
Anita M. Talbott, 84, of Charleston, passed away peacefully on Feb. 6, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, with her family at her bedside. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Anna Ruiz; sister, Isabelle Austin; and brother, John Ruiz. She is survived by her loving sister, Lucia Marshall of Logan; brother-in-law, Charles Austin of Charleston; nieces, Anna (John) Sites and Lisa (Ken) Ratliff; nephews, Charles (Elizabeth) Austin, Eric Austin and Johnny Ruiz; along with great-nephews, great-niece and many special friends.
Anita graduated from Logan High School and the Huntington School of Business. She worked as a secretary for Asbestos and Insulation Company for over 40 years. Anita enjoyed helping others and her smile and laughter brought joy to many. For the past two years, she resided at Dream Home Assisted Living and the family extends appreciation to Blessing Eya and staff.
A memorial service in honor of Anita will be held on March 15 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston with Father John Finnell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Snodgrass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Ella Ruth May Taylor "Ruth", died March 8, 2014 at the age of 80. She was the daughter of the late William Harvey and Laura Mae Ferguson May. Ruth was born in Oil Springs, Ky. and graduated from Oil Springs High School with honors.
Ruth moved to W.Va. to attend nursing school. She graduated from Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and began a career as a registered nurse. She worked at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital in many roles, including nursing supervisor and in the post anesthesia care unit until her retirement in 1992.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Benjamin Rucker Taylor Jr.; her infant granddaughter, Mollie Taylor; sisters, Mary Lois and Martha Eunice; brothers, Harve, Delbert, William David, Marvin, Paul, John, Saul and Silas.
She is survived by her daughter, Cassandra (Cassy) Lois Taylor and her partner, Janie James of Charleston; her son, Benjamin Rucker Taylor III; her beloved granddaughter, Kaitlyn Tabra Taylor both of Charleston; and her sister, Elizabeth Ratliff of Dayton, Ohio.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday evening March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. concluding with a vigil service. Funeral and mass of Christian burial will take place at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11 officiated by the Rev. Ryan L. Stichweh. Burial and commitment service will follow at Mt. Olivet cemetery in Charleston.
Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Lee Thomas, 86, of Lindside, died March 8, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Lindside United Methodist Church, Lindside with visitation two hours prior. Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Jane Lee Tuttle, 84, of Charleston, formerly of Webster Springs, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Mary's Garden Center, Marmet, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
She was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Clifftop to Mildred McGraw and Michael O'Doud Lee. She was a lifelong resident of Webster County and a devoted mother and grandmother. Donna was a 1948 graduate of Webster Springs High School and class valedictorian. She received a bachelor's degree from Davis and Elkins College in 1952 and a master's degree in school counseling from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. She taught English and psychology at Cowen High School and was a school counselor at Webster County High School until she retired in 1987. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bolair, Eastern Star, Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, Webster County Retired Teachers Association and a volunteer at Mountain Marketplace Mission in Bolair. She was a lifelong learner who loved to read, travel, debate politics and to laugh with family and friends.
Donna is survived by her daughters, Tamra Hemke of Tampa, Fla., Sue Tuttle of Washington, D.C., and Lisa Tuttle of Charleston; grandchildren, Kevin Mahaney, Kyle Mahaney, Jennifer Flinn, John Tuttle Whitlock and Sam Whitlock; and great-grandson, Kieran Mahaney. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Michael Lee Jr.; and husband, John Louis Tuttle.
Friends may join the family for sharing of memories on Saturday, March 15, from noon to 2 p.m. Memorial service to celebrate Donna's life will be held at 2 p.m. at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark McAllister officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Donna's memory to Mountain Marketplace Mission, 117 Gauley River Road, Webster Springs, WV 26288 or the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
Teddy Ray White, 65, of Bald Knob, passed away at home, peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on March 6, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. He was the grandson and adopted son of the late, Milton and Bessie White, of Bald Knob.
He was a Vietnam veteran and retiree of Eastern Associated Coal where he worked for over 37 years and a member of the UMWA. His greatest achievement in life was the love he gave his two children.
He was preceded in death by his adopted parents, Milton and Bessie; his mother, Carleen "Genevieve" White of Madison; his father, Donnie White of Bald Knob; brothers, Bob White, Charlie White and Beecher White; his loved mother-in-law, Helen Cook and father-in-law, Bethel Cook of Bald Knob; his adopted sister, Charlene Price and her husband, Curtis and son, Curtis Wayne Price; and his brother-in-law, Russell King of Bloomingrose, WV.
He is survived by his beautiful daughter, Rhonda White Green of Gordon; his proud son, Dustin White of Charleston; grandson, Patrick Green of Charleston; his beloved dog, O.B.; along with sisters, Dorita and Elvonna; brother, Steve; and many other family and friends who loved him very much.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Bald Knob United Methodist Church with Alvin Browning officiating. Burial will follow in Hatfield Cemetery, Wharton with military graveside rites by Daniel Boone VFW Post No. 5578, Madison, WV.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are by the Handley Funeral Home, Danville, WV. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
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